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Dark Phoenix Gets A New Title For Its Home Release

by Kaylen Summers

Titled Dark Phoenix in its theatrical release,  the X: men saga's final installment from Fox will have a new title for its home release. Similar to Logan, the movie also took a standalone title when it hit theatres. However, the movie performed worse at the box office and it seems like a rebranding is inevitable before its home release. The movie will be retitled X-Men: Dark Phoenix for its September 3 digital release and September 17 arrival on Blu-ray and DVD. Considering how much the movie struggled at the box office, the studio hopes that adding an X: Men to it will somehow entice more people to pick up the film. dark phoenix DVD The X: Men Saga started with X-Men back in 2000. X-Men: Dark Phoenix is the 12th movie in the franchise. The movie is the sequel to X-Men: Apocalypse, which also had a standalone title at first and then got retitled during home release. However, there are other movies that removed X: Men completely, like The Wolverine in 2013, Deadpool in 2016, Logan in 2017, Deadpool 2 in 2018. The rebranding may seem like a minor thing. But, it is the last chance for the studios to make a profit from the movie. With just over $250 million in the global box office, the movie didn't even make enough money to cover the full cost of both making the film and releasing/marketing it around the world. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=azvR__GRQic Dark Phoenix's box office was a failure mostly because fans didn't feel compelled to rush out and see it at the theater. but, they see it at home? What do you think? Comment down your thoughts below.
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Cats (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_O8DN1CY_E Cats (2019) is a British-American musical fantasy film based on the musical of the same name. The plot of the movie takes place over the course of a single night. A tribe of cats called the 'Jellicles' make what is known as 'the Jellicle choice'. The choice will decide which cat will ascend to the Heaviside Layer and come back to a new life. Releasing Date: December 20, 2019
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A Sneak Peek From Comic-Con; ‘Terminator Dark Fate’ Will Be R-Rated

by Kaylen Summers

When we heard that Terminator Dark Fate was going to have a panel at Comic-Con, we did expect some surprises. Hopes were not in vain as Paramount Studios dropped an exclusive behind-the-scenes featurette. The newly added scenes in the featurette have fans hyped. It is sure that David Miller and James Cameron will be taking the franchise somewhere new while keeping its roots planted firmly in the past.  The best part is that Miller and Cameron have confirmed that the movie will be rated R. "It’s because it wasn’t always that way, and the fans kind of demanded it," Miller said. "The DNA of ‘Terminator’ is an R-rated f—ing movie." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-iTco6JgZ4o The movie will not just be about the return of Cameron and Linda Hamilton. Cameron also casually dropped a bombshell: Edward Furlong, the actor who portrayed young John Connor in 1991's T2, will reprise his role in Terminator: Judgment Day. Terminator: Dark Fate hits theaters November 1, 2019.
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No More Rumors: Happy Death Day 3 Isn’t Happening

by Kaylen Summers

Coming from a studio that is known for their horror movies, the Happy Death Day franchise is 'horrifyingly' refreshing. The movie might have some resemblance to GroundHog Day with its time paradox theme.  But still, it was delightfully clever in making great use of its time-loop premise. The movie gave audiences a consistently enjoyable, even charming franchise, boasting a killer lead performance from franchise star Jessica Rothe. Happy Death Day 2U took the plot to a whole new level and was focused more on the comedy premise of the plot than horror. As a result, Rothe's character appeared funnier and had greater emotional depth than in the first film. The movie also introduced new elements into the franchise involving alternate dimensions. happy-death-day The first film collected $125 million at the box-office on a $4.8 million budget, while the second film grossed over $60 million on a $9 million production budget.  With both movies being runaway hits, it was obvious that there would be a third film. The sequel ended with the possible set-up for it too. Recently, rumors spread over the internet that such a threequel is under development.  However, the rumors were quickly shot down as the director Christopher Landon responded that Happy Death Day 3 won’t be happening anytime soon. https://twitter.com/creetureshow/status/1151491893663952896 Landon had planned on Happy Death Day as a trilogy. Though the director revealed that the threequel is not currently under development, that doesn't mean that a third film is not coming at all. As fans of the franchise, all we can do is to keep our fingers crossed and wait for it.
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‘Terminator: Dark Fate’: T-800 will be “Very Different” From What You Expect

by Kaylen Summers

The uneven Terminator franchise is finally hitting the refresh button with the upcoming Terminator: Dark Fate movie. Director James Cameron will be returning to the franchise as a producer. Cameron was not involved in any of the movies after Judgement Day (and you know what happened after that!). The new movie directed by Deadpool director David Miller will be ignoring all the movies after Judgement Day, setting a different timeline. Linda Hamilton will be reprising her iconic role as Sarah Connor and this time also she will be facing off some nasty robots. In the movie, Gabriel Luna plays a super-advanced evil Terminator, while Mackenzie Davis is Grace, a human-machine hybrid who teams up with Sarah. But that's not all, Miller recently dropped some more info regarding the movie, teasing that Arnold's character in the movie will be very different from the T-800 we know. https://www.instagram.com/p/Bv1pZJxn9uh/ "There’s this new future because of what Sarah did at the end of Terminator 2, and it’s worse than ever," he said, "And that gives us the opportunity for these new characters. Gabriel comes from something that is not Skynet, but it’s like Skynet. And Mackenzie comes from something that Kyle Reese and the Resistance did. I tried to keep Gabriel a bit grounded while still interesting; I feel his new weapons and abilities are right for our times but not so ridiculous that it just turns into a visual effects super-fest. "And the same with Mackenzie’s character — I really liked her origin story. We did an early writer’s room and Joe Abercrombie came up with her as this super-soldier from the future, but it comes at a cost to be one of these people. They’re the first people to die, they’re the shock troops who protect the rest of humanity, and her readiness to sacrifice is a really interesting way to come at a character." Though Arnold was featured in the movie's trailer, nothing much was revealed about his character. He was shown in a cabin in the woods greeting Sarah Connor, Natalia Reyes’ Dani Ramos, and Mackenzie Davis’ Grace. Finally, Miller gave us a little more about the character, saying: "I don’t think people will be ready for what Arnold has become either, because it’s very different." With San Diego Comic-Con underway, fans are expecting a new trailer and perhaps more clarification on what to expect from the new movie. Whatever the case may be, all questions will be answered when Terminator: Dark Fate finally opens in theaters on November 1.
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Live-Action Akira Movie Has Been Delayed For ‘Thor 4’.

by Kaylen Summers

It looks like Marvel loves sidestepping Warner Bros. in every way possible.  First, it was with James Gunn. After being fired by Disney, the writer-director was hired by WB for doing a soft reboot of their Suicide Squad. Hearing the news, Marvel immediately hired Gunn back to his Guardians project(Though Gunn ensured fans that he will be going for Suicide Squad first). Now, Marvel is at it again and this time it is with Taika Waititi. akira-spotflik2 Waititi and Warner Bros.' live-action Akira movie has been put back on hold as the director is turning his attention to Thor 4 next. The project is based on Katsuhiro Otomo's 1982 manga and 1988 anime feature of the same name. WB has spent more than a decade trying to get the project off ground. Many directors including Albert Hughes (The Book of Eli) and Jaume Collet-Serra (The Shallows) were involved with different earlier iterations of the project. However, all of them were eventually abandoned. It was in September 2017 that Waititi got officially attached to direct Akira. But, the movie only received an official 2021 release date less than two months ago and was planning to go into production by the end of this year (or early 2020).  With the director now signing for Thor 4 over at Marvel Studios, Akira is going to have to wait. thor-4--taika-waititi According to new reports, Warner Bros. has officially announced the delay for Akira, citing script and budgetary concerns as the reason. The similar scenario occurred earlier in 2012 when Jaume Collet-Serra was assigned to direct the movie. Just days ahead of filming, the plug was pulled over budgetary issues. On the other hand, it is unlikely for the studio to look for another director, considering that Waititi has come as close as anybody else to finally making the live-action Akira a reality. Besides that the studio has already invested too much into the project that waiting for two more years will not be a huge deal. Thor 4 is expected to begin shooting within the next year and probably hit the theatres by 2021 or 2022. So, till then there won't be much happening with Akira (if everything goes as expected).
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Idris Elba Requested To Remove James Bond Joke From ‘Hobbs & Shaw’

by Kaylen Summers

The Fast & Furious franchise is expanding into a universe of its own, with the release of the upcoming spin-off, Hobbs & Shaw. Picking up directly after the events of The Fate of the Furious, the movie teams up federal agent Luke Hobbs (Johnson) and former SAS operative turned mercenary Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham). The movie also introduces Idris Elba into the franchise as the villain Brixton and he is donning the role with swag. The recently released movie trailer shows Elba spreading his arms out wide and declaring, "I'm black Superman." Though the moment was an instant hit with fans, it turns out that the scene was not originally scripted that way. On an interview with Variety  Magazine, Dwayne Johnson told that the line was originally supposed to mention James Bond rather than Superman, but Elba personally nixed it. Elba thought that it was "too close to what everybody's talking about."     The Brit Actor was referring to how fans have been lobbying for Idris Elba to take over from Daniel Craig as the next James Bond. The actor has repeatedly denied any rumors becoming the next Bond, saying:  "You just get disheartened when you get people from a generational point of view going, ‘It can’t be.’ And it really turns out to be the color of my skin. And then if I get it and it didn’t work, or it did work, would it be because of the color of my skin? That’s a difficult position to put myself into when I don’t need to." In such a situation, it's no wonder why Elba wanted the joke to be removed from the movie. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b736ZM_KfEk Whatever the case may be, 'the black Superman' quip did hit the mark and Johnson says that it was all his idea: "Everyone loves ‘the black Superman’ line. Everyone’s taking credit for it – Idris, our director, our producers, I’m sure, Jason [Statham]…[but] I came up with that. I said, ‘What about the black Superman?’’ And everyone’s like, ‘Great!’ [But] now everyone takes credit." Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw will be in theaters on August 2.
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Shazam To Face Off Against Black Adam In ‘Shazam! 3’

by Kaylen Summers

Comicbook fans who are so eager to watch Shazam and Black Adam face-off need to wait a little longer than expected. Actor Zachary Levi, who plays Shazam, revealed that his character will be facing off against Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's Black Adam only in the threequel. Ever since Marvel has successfully created its superhero universe, DC is trying all they can to launch their version. Since DC has all the famous superheroes, it would have been a cakewalk for them, right? WRONG! DC's attempts to create a coherent cinematic universe failed so miserably that they finally quit the idea (At least for now). However, the endeavor did give us three great DC movies: Wonderwoman, Aquaman, and Shazam. shazam1 Being released last spring, the movie Shazam! was an origin story in which Billy Batson fought against his arch-nemesis from the comics, Dr. Thaddeus Sivana. When fans heard that a sequel for the movie getting the green light, many wondered if that’s when the long-awaited cinematic clash between Shazam and Black Adam is going to happen. Johnson also revealed that he will be getting a standalone movie as Black Adam, opening up to the possibility that the movie might be building up to the expected clash in Shazam 2. However, Zachary Levi recently revealed that this clash will only be happening in Shazam 3. The actor said: I can say that as far as I know, Black Adam is not going to be in the second Shazam!, because the idea is that they want to go and do a standalone Black Adam movie first. And then it would kind of be, if we do a third Shazam! and a second Black Adam, kind of [parallel] like that, that’s where we would [meet]." dwayne1 The actor believes if Shazam and Black Adam were to fight too early, that would result in this corner of the DCEU peaking prematurely. Levi said: Because he’s like the ultimate bad guy for Captain Marvel, Shazam. Like [Shazam and] Black Adam, they’re doppelgängers right, the evil twin to who I am. So that’s got to be like the final battle." Shazam did well at the box office $364 million at the box office with its reasonable $100 million budget. Though things are a little uncertain at DC's extended universe, fans are happy that Shazam will be getting 2 sequels in the near future.
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Bond 25: The New 007 Is A Marvel Movie Actress

by Kaylen Summers

As Bond 25 is developing under production, more and more news about the flick is being released. Our the past few days many set photos and rumors were out revealing returning characters. But the biggest one yet is the announcement that a Captain Marvel actress may be the new 007. Lashana-Lynch-James-Bond Actress Lashana Lynch is said to be the next 007. However, it won't be in an upcoming Bond movie. It will be in Bond 25 itself. Confusing?! If you are aware of the Bond 25's plot, then it's easy for you to understand that this is not that much of a straight-forward deal. But, we have some theories on how this whole situation is going to play out in the movie (Spoiler Warning!! - just in case if any of our theories come true). Bond features a retired James Bond living in Jamaica. So, the 007 number has been handed over to any other MI6 agent. With the recent announcement, it is best to assume that Lynch will be that MI6 agent. There might even be a scene in the initial part of the movie where M says: "Come in 007" and Lynch swings in to give as an action-packed bond-style stunt sequence. This is not the first time that we see a woman do fieldwork in the Bond universe. Moneypenny had her share of on-field action until she made a mistake and was forced to get back to a desk job. However, it will be a kickass moment to watch when a black woman take on the 007 moniker, even if only briefly. 007-Lashana-Lynch The untitled Bond25 movie also marks Daniel Craig's last outing as the handsome MI6 agent. So, the casting of a new actor as Bond is inevitable. Names of many actors including Idris Elba popped up when there were debates on who should be playing the characters next. However, some fans were unhappy with changing the race of the character. Commenting on the debates, Elba said: "You just get disheartened when you get people from a generational point of view going, ‘It can’t be.’ And it really turns out to be the color of my skin. And then if I get it and it didn’t work, or it did work, would it be because of the color of my skin? That’s a difficult position to put myself into when I don’t need to." If the new reports are true about Lashana Lynch, then these discussions are likely to resurface again, since this time 007 has a different race and gender. Whatever the case may be, all questions will be answered when Bond 25 finally hits theaters on April 8, 2020.
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Fans Will Be Happy With The Redesign, Says ‘Sonic The Hedgehog’ Movie Producer

by Kaylen Summers

Fans were not that happy when they saw the live-action version of Sonic from its upcoming movie. It was back in April that Paramount studios dropped the first trailer for Sonic The Hedgehog. Social media was immediately flooded with complaints about how their favorite character was looking so goofy in design. It was obvious that the makers wanted the hedgehog to have more human traits. Following the heavy criticism received, the film's director took to Twitter to announce that he had heard fans loud and clear and that Paramount and Sega had agreed to push back Sonic's release date so that he and his team could redesign and 'fix' it as fast as he can. https://twitter.com/fowltown/status/1124056098925944832 Tim Miller, one of the producers of Sonic the Hedgehog recently revealed that he had seen the redesign and thinks that Sonic die-hards will be pumped to see the improved version on screen. The Deadpool director has been also busy lately with the new Terminator: Dark Fate movie. The movie is planned to revitalize the Terminator franchise and has James Cameron returning to the series as a producer for the first time since 1991's Terminator 2: Judgment Day. Miller is also busy as the writer, director, and producer to the second installment of the Netflix anthology series Love, Death, & Robots. Talking about the backlash they received from fans, he said, "Look, I was with fans and so was [Fowler].  When the s–-t hit the fan, I went [to Fowler] and said, 'The most important thing to do, man, is [acknowledge the mistake]. He'd already sent a tweet out an hour before I got there. He's a good man. It was exactly the right way to handle that. The fans have a voice in this too. There's a right way to listen." He also added: " I have [seen the redesigns]. I think the fans will be pleased." Sonic the Hedgehog will feature Jim Carrey and Ben Schwartz (Bojack Horseman) as the voice of Sonic. Other major roles are played by James Marsden (Westworld), Tika Sumpter (Ride Along), Natasha Rothwell (Love, Simon), Neal McDonough (Captain America: The First Avenger), and Adam Pally (Iron Man 3). It is expected to hit screens on February 14, 2020.
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Taron Egerton To Take Over The Role Of Wolverine?!

by Kaylen Summers

Rumors are once again on the rise and this time it's about MCU's Wolverine. Recently, it was rumored that the Rocketman star Taron Egerton is considered as a candidate to become the next Wolverine. The actor had already presented some of the best movies this year. His jaw-dropping performance as Elton John in the biopic Rocketman is expected to be nominated for a Best Actor Oscar. Egerton is also set to appear in Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance on Netflix later this year. If given the chance, the actor could be giving us a different version of Wolverine in the MCU. Egerton1 The role was made famous by Hugh Jackman, who played Wolverine for nearly 16 years. Eventually, he decided t0 leave the role and gave his final performance as the clawed superhero in Logan. With Disney acquiring Fox, it is now up to Disney to decide who to play the character again on screen, replacing Hugh Jackman. However, there has been no announcement from the company regarding what they would do with the newly acquired X-men and Fantastic Four property. When asked about the rumor on a British morning radio show, Egerton said: "That one I think is just a rumor. As far as I'm aware it's unfounded. I don't know if I'm quite grisly enough. I mean if the people at Marvel think I am then great, let's go. But I think there are probably better candidates. But I would love to be involved with that world somewhere." hugh-jackman-wolverine Of course, the actor's comments sound reasonable. Marvel usually sign its talent to long-term contracts and this has stopped many A-list actors from taking up roles from the cinematic franchise. Other than that, fans really want to see Jackman reprise the role, though the actor has no desire to go on playing it. Many of the fans also have choices on who they want to see as Wolverine next if Jackman is not back- Keanu Reeves and Tom Hardy the favorites among them. It is pretty obvious that Marvel will not be taking a decision that could upset their fans.
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Steven Spielberg’s ‘West Side Story’: First Look Of Ariana DeBose As Anita Revealed

by Kaylen Summers

Hollywood has found a new trend in reimagining the musicals onto the big screen. The latest addition to the list is Steven Spielberg himself, who is busy with his upcoming adaptation of the classic Broadway musical, West Side Story. The production of the movie is already underway and recently 20th Century Fox released a first look image of actress Ariana DeBose in the role of Anita. west-side-story-anita-spotflik The actress first became a recognizable figure by being the contestant of on "So You Think You Can Dance." She later turned to Broadway shows such as "Motown the Musical," "Pippin," "Hamilton" and "Summer: The Donna Summer Musical." The new Spielberg film will feature DeBose as Anita, the girlfriend of Bernardo, the leader of the Puerto Rican gang the Sharks who are at odds with the white American gang the Jets. The flick is said to be a direct adaptation of the original Broadway musical of the same name, not a remake of the Robert Wise-directed 1961 film. Spielberg is directing and producing the film, while the script is written by Tony Kushner. He previously scripted two other Steven Spielberg projects: Munich and Lincoln. Other stars of the movie include Ansel Elgort (Tony), Rachel Zegler (Maria), Ana Isabelle (Rosalia), Corey Stoll (Lieutenant Schrank), Brian d’Arcy James (Officer Krupke) and Curtiss Cook (Abe). The movie is expected to hit theatres on December 18, 2020.
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Samuel L. Jackson To Star In New ‘Saw’ Movie Produced By Chris Rock

by Kaylen Summers

It seems like there is no stopping Samuel L. Jackson, as the busiest star in Hollywood is joining yet another franchise. Reports say that the actor will be playing a key role in the upcoming Saw movie. The new installment of the Lionsgate and Twisted Pictures horror franchise will also have Max Minghella and Marisol Nichols. The movie kick-started with Chris Rock pitching a concept for a new Saw movie to Lionsgate. The studio liked the pitch and give it the green light immediately. Rock will also be appearing in the movie as a police detective investigating a series of grisly crimes. Jackson will play his father. Minghella will play William Schenk, Rock’s partner, and Nichols will play Capt. Angie Garza, Rock’s boss. Originally created by James Wan and Leigh Whannell in 2004, the franchise revolves around the fictional character John Kramer, also called the Jigsaw Killer, who traps victims in situations that test their will to live. Tobin Bell has portrayed Jigsaw in all eight films of the franchise. Lionsgate is keeping most of the details about the plot under wraps. But, they ensure that it will keep the fans at the edge of the seat with its tricky traps, clever clues, and sneaky suspense. Joe Drake, chairman of the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group said: "We think Samuel L. Jackson and Chris Rock along with Max Minghella and Marisol Nichols make this film completely special in the ‘Saw’ canon and we can’t wait to unleash this unexpected and sinister new story on fans of this franchise. This is next level of ‘Saw’ on full tilt" The next installment is expected to hit theatres by October 23, 2020.  
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Dark Universe: Oliver Jackson-Cohen Replaces Johnny Deep As Invisible Man

by Kaylen Summers

Universal Studios had everything planned out to set up a Dark Universe featuring all the classic monsters. It began with The Mummy starring Tom Cruise as a mummy, Sofia Boutella as an additional mummy and Russell Crowe as Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. The idea was to introduce individual classic monsters in their own standalone movies and bring them together later in a  bigger crossover movie. https://twitter.com/darkuniverse/status/866706548923314176   With Marvel getting all the spotlight for their cinematic universe, Universal Studios was a little too desperate to get in the action. The result was an awful flick. Fans were left with neither a good Tom Cruise action movie nor a decent Mummy movie. The next Dark Universe movie after The Mummy was supposed to be Bill Condon’s Bride of Frankenstein, followed by Johnny Depp's reboot of the Invisible Man. Though the studio had already cast many A-list actors, the failure of the first movie put the entire line-up on halt and eventually the actors left the franchise. However, recent reports reveal that the studio is looking for a comeback by recasting the Invisible Man with The Haunting of Hill House's Oliver Jackson-Cohen.  The actor has played opposite some major big-screen talents like Dwayne Johnson and Chris Evans. But, this will be his biggest project yet- that too in a leading role. Oliver Jackson-Cohen The movie will go into production this month with Elizabeth Moss, Aldis Hodge, and Storm Reid, reportedly joining the list of casts. The Invisible Man was set to be a part of the Dark Universe. But, there is no announcement yet whether the new movie with Oliver Jackson-Cohen will be a part of the universe or not. But, if the movie turns out to do well at the box office, it is obvious that the studio will be giving Dark Universe one more swing- considering all the effort they had put into it. The success of the movie can also bring possible sequels even if the studio decides not to go for a cinematic universe again.
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Power Rangers To Reboot Without The 2017 Cast

by Kaylen Summers

We will be getting another Power Rangers movie and this time there is going to be a different set of rangers. The 2017 movie starred a pre-Stranger Things Dacre Montgomery and a pre-Charlie’s Angels Naomi Scott. Receiving a critical failure, the movie turned out to a commercial flop at the box office. While doing a Reddit AMA to promote Stranger Things Season 3, it was Dacre Montgomery who revealed that there will be another Power Rangers movie coming up. However, the actor confirmed that the actor and the rest of the old cast will not be returning for the new flick. stranger-things-actor "I think there is a movie in the works but it's not with me and the cast," he stated, "so yes but not with us." Dacre Montgomery is currently playing Billy Hargrove in Netflix's Stranger Things. He portrayed the role of Jason (the Red Ranger) in the 2017 flick with Naomi Scott’s Kimberly Hart (the Pink Ranger), RJ Cyler’s Billy Cranston (the Blue Ranger), Becky G’s Trini Kwan (the Yellow Ranger) and Ludi Lin’s Zack Taylor (the Black Ranger). The movie also had Elizabeth Banks as Rita Repulsa, Bryan Cranston as Zordon and Bill Hader as Alpha 5. It was only last year that Hasbro purchased the Power Rangers franchise. The talks for another Power Rangers movie being made resumed since then and in August 2018, the company acknowledged that it did see “tremendous potential” for the property. With the actor confirming that there will be a possible reboot ahead, fans are eager for more news about the movie.
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Will Millie Bobby Be Starring In Marvel’s ‘The Eternals’?

by Kaylen Summers

Netflix's Stranger Things is making quite a buzz with the release of its third season last week.  However, that's not the only buzz that circulates around Stranger Things star, Millie Bobby Brown. Reports say that the 15-year-old superstar is joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe for upcoming The Eternals movie. Since there hasn't been any official confirmation, it is obvious to take the news with a grain of salt. Eternals are a group of immortal ancient aliens offshoots created by Jack Kirby. As the Marvel Cinematic Universe has finished its third phase, the multi-billion dollar franchise is keeping its possibilities for Phase 4, and most probably it will be kickstarting the new phase with The Eternals. The movie is said to be directed by Chloé Zhao, starring Keanu Reeves, Angelina Jolie, Kumail Nanjiani, Richard Maddenand, and Salma Hayek. Earlier this year Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige told Collider about the possibility of the movie: "Eternals are one group, but we like the idea of introducing an ensemble, doing an ensemble movie from the start, as opposed to building up as we did with the first Avengers. More like Guardians, not tonally, but in terms of introducing a new group of people. "You were asking about ’60s, and ’70s before. Jack Kirby did an immense, amazing epic with Eternals that spans tens of thousands of years, and that’s also something we haven’t really done, which is why that among many other things post-Endgame, we find appealing." If the Stranger Things star is joining the movie, then Marvel will have a solid cast moving forward into Phase 4.
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Critics Unhappy?! Lion King Rotten Tomatoes Score Revealed

by Kaylen Summers

Disney's new live-action film remake, The Lion King is gearing up for worldwide release in a week and the House of Mouse is already busy with the final lap of its promotional activities. However, things are not looking bright. The movie was premiered in Hollywood on July 9  for critics and as the initial reviews are pouring in, Tomatometer had revealed the movie's rating to be only 58%. According to the website's rating system, a film has to get at least 60% to be 'fresh'.  This means that the new version is downright 'Rotten'. The assessment was taken from 89 reviews (so far) consisting of 52 Fresh reviews and 38 Rotten rankings (so far). The 1992 original animated feature had a Tomatometer reading of 93% coming from 127 reviews. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7TavVZMewpY This is not the first time that Disney's live-action remakes are having a rough patch with the critics. The over-dependence on CGI  and not story-telling is one of the recurring element for most Disney movies of the recent age. As a result, these live-action movies get less critical appraisal than it deserves. Recent examples are Dumbo and Aladdin, which got only 46% and 57% ratings respectively on Rotten Tomatoes. But can critical reviews and ratings alone be enough to say The Lion King is going to be bad? After all, it all depends on how well the movie will perform at the box office. And Disney had already proved it's the real king in that.  Dumbo, which was made at a $170 million production budget, brought in around $352 million worldwide. Guy Ritchie's  Aladdin is at a current total of $925.3 million worldwide on a $183 million budget. So, its “Hakuna Matata” for Disney no matter what. Whatever the case may be, within just a week's time we will get to experience the movie and know it for ourselves.
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‘Wolf Of Wall Street’ Producer Arrested For Laundering $248 Million

by Kaylen Summers

Hollywood producer Riza Aziz, who is the stepson of former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak, was arrested in by Malaysia’s Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) on suspicion of money laundering. The Wolf of Wall Street Producer is facing more than 40 money laundering charges and is accused of embezzling $681m from the state fund 1MDB, short for 1Malaysia Development Berhad. His wife is also charged with money laundering and tax evasion. Investigators say that some of the money was used to fund the Martin Scorsese hit Wolf of Wall Street and other films from his production company, Red Granite. The movie got a Golden Globe for Best Actor and Leonardo DiCaprio thanked Riza in his acceptance speech. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9QioETUx0RU Last year the company paid $60 million to the US Department of Justice to settle civil claims linked to the scandal. The involvement of Dicarpi with the scandal money is still unknown. However, DiCaprio did hand over $10 million worth of assets to US authorities that were believed to be acquired with illicit funds. These included a $3.2 million Pablo Picasso painting, a $9 million Jean-Michel Basquiat collage, and the Oscar given to Marlon Brando for On the Waterfront. The statue was worth around $600,000 and was given to the actor as a lavish birthday present. Currently, Riza is on bail and asked to appear before the court for further proceedings. Though he has denied all charges of intentional wrongdoing, if found guilty he could spend up to five years in prison.
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Early Reactions Praise ‘The Lion King’ As A Visual Masterpiece

by Kaylen Summers

Disney’s classic 1994 animated film The Lion King is surely one of the most beloved animation features from the House of Mouse. With its immaculate animation, Shakespearean themes and pitch-perfect performances, it was the most grossing movie of the time. Years later, the movie is all set to break records again.  The movie premiered in the US on Tuesday night and has been receiving praise from the critics for the film's “beautiful effects” which is described as a “game-changer” for VFX. Take a look at some of these tweets and you will understand for yourself. https://twitter.com/mikeryan/status/1148804190405353473 https://twitter.com/ThinkHero/status/1148815075135766529 https://twitter.com/ErikDavis/status/1148804130523242496 https://twitter.com/AlishaGrauso/status/1148805219934806016 https://twitter.com/BrandonDavisBD/status/1148808567077531649 https://twitter.com/JennaBusch/status/1148804053582807040 https://twitter.com/ChrisHayner/status/1148804198869245952 https://twitter.com/bverhoev/status/1148809461034696704 Directed by Jon Favreau, the remake stars the voices of Donald Glover, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, Seth Rogen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Alfre Woodard, Billy Eichner, John Kani, and John Oliver—with James Earl Jones reprising his role as Mufasa.  The Lion King hits the big screen on June 18.  
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Two Halloween Sequels Back-To-Back ?! The Real Facts Behind Rumors

by Kaylen Summers

Just when all hopes were lost and done, the 2008’s Halloween gave a successful relaunch of the slasher movie franchise. The reboot which wiped out all established continuity was the much-needed one and gave fans what they really wanted after enduring nearly a decade without seeing Michael Myers on screen. The movie was a direct follow-up to John Carpenter‘s 1978 slasher, ignoring all of the franchise’s sequels and continuing Laurie Strode’s story 40 years later. The new Halloween movie was a huge success and made a $255.5 million while the actual budget of the movie was around $10 million. That is logically enough reason for any Hollywood production house to work on a sequel and more. But, it’s not just the studio that is interested in a sequel for Halloween. Though interest was expressed by many of the cast and crew, it was Jason Blum who finally opened up, saying: “I’m trying, I’m trying, trying. Not official yet but I’m trying.” Actress Jamie Lee Curtis also expressed that she would return if David Gordon Green was once again in the director's chair. Now, there is a fancy new rumor that suggests that Blumhouse Productions is looking to shoot two sequels back-to-back and release them very close to one another.  David Gordon Green will be returning to the franchise as the director after his successful 2018 movie. Another rumor says that the studio will be releasing the two sequels in the same month- most probably in October of 2020. That would certainly be a bold move, for sure. But, since its all speculations and rumors, let's take it all with a pinch of salt.
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The Rock, Gal Gadot and Ryan Renolds Are Teaming Up For Netflix’s Heist Movie ‘Red Notice’

by Kaylen Summers

Netflix never seems to stop surprising us and this time it is with a high profile heist movie. Titled Red Notice, the movie is reported to have everything you’d usually go to cinemas for. The movie was initially a project by Universal studios. But due to the delay in production, the rights were scooped up by the world's largest streaming service and ever since then it has been making headlines. The latest one is that the movie will be the first time we will see Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool) and Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman) on the screen together. It was Johnson who made the awesome announcement through his Instagram account. https://www.instagram.com/p/Bzru5aKF6wc/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link Talking about the movie, the actor said: “With Red Notice, our goal at Seven Bucks Productions was to break down traditional barriers and create a true global event for the audience. Netflix has illustrated that they are the perfect partners to accomplish this goal.” Directed and scripted by Rawson Marshall Thurber, the movie will cost Netflix around $130 million to produce, including the $20 million salary for Dwayne Johnson and surely the large salaries for both Gal Gadot and Ryan Reynolds. Johnson and Gadot have previously worked together in the Fast & Furious franchise, while Gadot starred alongside Reynolds in the 2016 thriller Criminal. Rawson Marshall Thurber has previously worked with Johnson on Central Intelligence and Skyscraper. It’s the second big Nextflix film for Reynolds, as the actor stars in the recently wrapped Michael Bay-directed 6 Underground. But for both Johnson and Gadot, it will be the first big film to go into production at Netflix. Although shooting for the movie will start in 2020, the exact release date of the movie is not yet slated.
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A Sequel For ‘Brightburn’?! Or A New Cinematic Universe?!

by Kaylen Summers

Being released alongside Guy Ritchie's Aladdin, it was not a surprise when David Yarovesky's Brightburn quickly fell off the charts. In fact, the movie made headlines with a 70.5 percent drop in its second weekend. But, considering the reported $6 million budget before publicity and marketing, the movie did make a handsome profit. This makes us wonder whether there will be a possible sequel to this horror take on the Superman storyline. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g6eB0JT1DI4 Microbudget movies like Bightburn don’t need a lot of ticket sales to be in the black. It is for this reason that we are recently seeing many such movies getting a sequel. With a global box office return of  $31.8 million, a sequel for Brightburn is considerable by Sony/Screen Gems. However, the producer, James Gunn seems to have his hands full for the next few years with the upcoming blockbusters from both Marvel and DC. In his personal Instagram page, Gunn stated: “I think I’m tied up for the next few years with Suicide Squad and then Guardians, but we’re talking about the sequel”. But later, this comment was seen deleted. Feeling suspicious? Yeah, we too. Whatever the case may be, Brightburn ends with the possibility for future sequels and even a cinematic universe. At the end of the movie, the film suggests that the villainous Brandon Breyer (Jackson Dunn) isn't the only individual on Earth destructive superpowers. You know what that means, right? The studio can follow-up on the current storyline and introduce new characters in a possible sequel. Or better yet, they can create standalone movies featuring dark versions of known superheroes and build a new cinematic universe. With such a universe/franchise not tied up to any comic-book company, the makers will have no problem in bringing together a vampire Batman and monster Hulk together on the movie screen. Hopefully, it will be the least we will ever see of a shared universe. brightburn sequel As acknowledged by James Gunn, however, exactly when such a project could get off the ground is a significant question mark. Gunn was all set and ready to go for the third installment of his Guardians of the Galaxy trilogy when he got fired by Disney. The writer/director was then hired by Warner Bros. to do a soft reboot of their Suicide Squad. The word reached Disney and they hired him back. Now, Gunn has two big budget movies lined-up from two big production houses. It will definitely take a while for him to think of anything else in between. Did you enjoy watching Brightburn? Do you want to see a horror superhero universe? Let us know your thoughts.  
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Disney Secretly Deletes Sexual Misconduct Scenes From ‘Toy Story 2’

by Kaylen Summers

Toy Story 2 made a recent 4K release and some of the fans have noticed that one of the blooper scenes that featured during the closing credits was cut out. The scene involved the old prospector Stinky Pete being caught having a 'questionable' chat with the Barbie twins while the cameras were still rolling. Pixar’s Toy Story movies are known for including fake outtakes in between the credits of the movies. Since the particular clip involves what appears to a ‘casting couch’ scenario, Disney might have thought that it might be best on their part to remove the scene from the new release.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zFwsJtqr9Ew The scene involves Woody turning around his box to reveal Pete inside with the twins. Pete flirts with the twins saying: "And so, you two are absolutely identical? You know, I'm sure I could get you a part in Toy Story 3… I'm sorry, are we back? Oh! Alright, girls, lovely talking with you, yes, anytime you'd like some tips on acting, I'd be glad to chat with you. Alright, off you go, then!" It is obvious that the scene jokes on sexual misconduct in Hollywood. However, the exclusion of the clip has brought more attention to the scene than before. Some also pointed out that the scene hasn't always been included in all versions of the film such as the DVD release. Whatever the case may be, it's surprising how the bad joke got into the beloved Pixar sequel, considering that the studio’s main realm involves mostly movies for children. Interesting aspects to be noted is that John Lasseter, who co-founded Pixar and wrote and directed the first two Toy Story movies, took a leave of absence from the company in 2017 after admitting to "missteps" with female employees.  Being in an era where abuse against women are being questioned loudly and boldly, it is appreciatable that a major studio like Disney took such a step. However, rather than correcting the mistakes that had happened already, it would be better if such huge production houses took effective measures of censorship and not let such content to be made. 
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Rami Malek Against Playing A Religious Terrorist In Bond 25

by Kaylen Summers

Rami Malek revealed that he thought twice before accepting the role in the upcoming Bond movie. The actor said that he insisted that his character should not be another stereotypical middle eastern terrorist. The Bond franchise is known for its iconic villains and fans often relate the quality of a particular Bond film to the foe he’s set to take on. With a role that carries such a great deal of weight to it, it’s no wonder why the actor is concerned. Malek, who won an Oscar this year for his performance as Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody, feared his Egyptian ancestry could lead to him being cast as an Arabic-speaking terrorist or a villain who uses religion as a justification for his crimes. rami-malek In an interview with The Mirror, the actor said, “It’s a great character and I’m very excited. But that was one thing that I discussed with Cary Fukunaga [director]. I said, ‘We cannot identify him with any act of terrorism reflecting an ideology or a religion. That’s not ­something I would entertain, so if that is why I am your choice then you can count me out’. But that was clearly not his vision. So he’s a very different kind of terrorist.”  The Oscar-winning actor was born in Los Angeles in 1981 to parents who immigrated to the United States three years earlier. Speaking of his heritage, the 38-year-old added: “I am Egyptian. I grew up listening to Egyptian music. I loved Omar Sharif. These are my people. I feel so gorgeously tied to the culture and the human beings that exist there.” As for Bond 25, the actor revealed: "It's another extremely clever script from the people who have figured out exactly what people want in those movies. But I feel a substantial weight on my shoulders. I mean, Bond is something that we all grow up with." daniel craig Though we still haven’t gotten an official name for Bond 25, the movie is slated to reach cinemas in the US, Britain, and France on 8 April 2020.
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Disney’s live-action ‘The Little Mermaid’ cast Helle Bailey as Ariel

by Kaylen Summers

With The Lion King right around the corner, Disney has no intention of taking a break from their live-action retelling of classical stories. The studio is already in pre-production for its next flick, The Little Mermaid with many popular actors in the running for various roles. The news that Aladdin had become the highest grossing film in Will Smith’s career is also luring many to be a part of the next Disney fairytale. With The Lion King right around the corner, Disney has no intention of taking a break from their live-action retelling of classical stories. The studio is already in pre-production for its next flick, The Little Mermaid with many popular actors in the running for various roles. The news that Aladdin had become the highest grossing film in Will Smith’s career is also luring many to be a part of the next Disney fairytale. Whatever the case may be, Disney has finally announced the lead for their next movie. The US singer Halle Bailey will be playing the role of Ariel in the upcoming live-action The Little Mermaid. The 19-year-old is best known for her work on Freeform's Grown-ish and as half of the R&B duo Chloe x Halle. Bailey expresses her happiness to the news by tweeting that it was a "dream come true." https://twitter.com/chloexhalle/status/1146509551497170944 The director of the film, Rob Marshall said in a statement: “After an extensive search, it was abundantly clear that Halle possesses that rare combination of spirit, heart, youth, innocence, and substance - plus a glorious singing voice - all intrinsic qualities necessary to play this iconic role.” Many celebrities are praising the move by Disney for casting a young black woman in the role. https://twitter.com/halleberry/status/1146564345410621440 https://twitter.com/WajahatAli/status/1146515563780423682 https://twitter.com/kpfallon/status/1146509835158151168 https://twitter.com/freeblackgirl/status/1146515213853741056 The film will feature songs from the 1989 animated classic by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, as well as new songs by Menken and Miranda. Melissa McCarthy has reportedly been cast as the villain, Ursula. With the rest of the casting on the way, the film will move into production in early 2020.
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Upcoming Elvis Biopic Has Five Actors In The Running For Lead

by Kaylen Summers

The 'King of Rock n' Roll' Elvis Presley is finally getting a biopic. Baz Luhrmann's forthcoming biopic is already in pre-production and the director, who is known for Moulin Rouge! and The Great Gatsby is taking his time to find the right person to play the lead. According to The Hollywood  Reporter, Luhrmann is reportedly considering five actors for the role of Elvis: Ansel Elgort, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Austin Butler, Miles Teller, and Harry Styles.   Elgort, who was nominated for a Golden Globe for his role in Baby Driver, has already proven that he is worthy to swing his hips as Elvis. The 25-year old actor is now signed up for Steven Spielberg's West Side Story remake. Taylor-Johnson is also a Golden Globe nominee for his role in Nocturnal Animals and has a huge fanbase for his appearances in movies Kick-Ass and Avengers: Age of Ultron. The actor is currently working on a Kingsman prequel movie named The King's Man. The guy is a natural fit for the role, as he even has the same blue eyes as Elvis. As for Butler, the star has made some impeccable performances in television and also is playing a role in Quentin Tarantino's much-anticipated Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Though the actor will not be the first pick to Elvis on the big screen, who knows, maybe we might be in for a treat. When it comes to his acting credits, Teller has an impressive track record. The actor’s performance is Academy Award-winning drama Whiplash and 2016’s Bleed for This is enough to get him into any role in Hollywood. But, will that be enough to make him fit for Elvis’s shoes? Being a musician is helpful, especially when you are trying to portray one of the greatest musicians of all time. Styles’ music career can get him an advantage over the other contestants. As for his acting skills, he had already proven it with his debut performance in Nolan’s drama Dunkirk. With Tom Hanks already on board, the movie is expected to begin production in Australia by the end of the year. Hanks will be playing the role of Col. Tom Parker, the infamous manager who controlled practically every aspect of Presley's life.
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The Hype Is Real! These New Lion King Stills Are Truly Stunning.

by Kaylen Summers

Just when you thought that the hype around the live-action version of The Lion King can’t get any bigger, Disney released a new series of images in which the cast of the upcoming blockbuster are put face-to-face with the character that they help give life.   Donald-Glover-Simba Beyoncé-Knowles-Carter-Nala Chiwetel-Ejiofor-Scar The original Lion King was animated and released in 1994. The new version, however, is not exactly a live-action flick as there isn't a single living person in the film. But, the movie's CGI team has done a striking job in making the talking animals look as real as they ever have on screen. Directed by Jon Favreau, the new movie will have Donald Glover voicing the grown-up version of Simba, the main character of The Lion King. Other characters are voiced by Seth Rogen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Alfre Woodard, Billy Eichner, John Kani, John Oliver, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, and James Earl Jones reprising his original role as Mufasa. John-Oliver-Seth-Rogen-Billy-Eichner-Zazu-Pumbaa-Timon John-Oliver-Seth-Rogen-Billy-Eichner-Zazu-Pumbaa-Timon Eric-André-Florence-Kasumba-Keegan-Michael-Key-Hyenas-Azizi-Shenzi-Kamari Set to release in theatres on July 19, the movie is hyping up to be another victory lap for Disney. The original Lion King became one of the highest grossing movies of all-time when it was released. The studio is looking to repeat the same all over again.
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Daniel Craig, Aston Martin V8, London: These Bond 25 First-Look Photos Are Lit AF

by Kaylen Summers

Daniel Craig is in full-on 007 mode, as the first-look of Bond 25 shows the actor rocking the crap out of a suit and driving a classic Aston Martin V8. Craig was away from the production of the movie due to his ankle surgery. But, now it seems like the actor has recovered nicely and is back in action. The first proper look at Daniel Craig as the eponymous spy in the next James Bond movie was released as a series of photos posted to the official James Bond 007 Twitter account.  There was also a short video showing the star pulling up in the superspy's iconic Aston-Martin as cameras rolled. https://twitter.com/007/status/1145353418803834880 https://www.instagram.com/p/BzWNJYrAtoS/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link https://twitter.com/007/status/1145290007713910784 https://twitter.com/007/status/1145266976421531648 The movie has already finished shooting in Jamaica, where the initial part of the movie is reported to take place. A video was posted recently on the 007's official youtube channel, revealing the making of the movie in Jamaica. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NQkO0Shirl8 In addition to Craig, it is also revealed that the flick will feature Jeffrey Wright (West World) and Lashawna Lynch (Captain Marvel) Ralph Fiennes (The Grand Budapest Hotel), Naomie Harris (Moonlight), Lea Seydeoux (The Lobster), Rory Kinnear (The Imitation Game), Ben Whishaw (Mary Poppins Returns), Rami Malek (Bohemian Rhapsody), Dali Benssalah (A Faithful Man), Billy Magnussen (Velvet Buzzsaw), Ana de Armas (Blade Runner 2049), and David Dencik (Chernobyl). The movie is expected to release on April 8, 2020.
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Endgame Re-release: It couldn’t be more disappointing than this.

by Kaylen Summers

It was not shocking news when Marvel and Disney announced the re-release of Avengers: Endgame. The movie was truly the culmination of over a decade's worth of blockbuster movies and one of the biggest events in cinematic history. It had everything it needed to nab the top position in worldwide box office from Avatar. However, from the reports that are coming in, things are not looking bright for Marvel. While the blockbuster initially received rave reviews from fans and critics alike, the re-release didn’t give much for the fans as expected. Though the studios promised additional footage and post-credit scenes, all that fans were left with was a Stan Lee tribute, an unfinished deleted scene with the Hulk, and a sneak peek at Spider-Man: Far From Home. The unfinished deleted scene shows the Hulk putting kids in a big dish and jumping down the burning building with them. It is then that Steve Rogers calls him on the phone, to which he answers: “Steve who?!”. These extra footages are already leaked online. Meanwhile, the Far From Home sneak peek offers nothing more than what the movie’s trailer had already given. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nt9L1jCKGnE Die-hard fans who flocked at theatres to watch the movie were disappointed to the core. Considering that it came from the most well-planned studio in Hollywood right now, the re-release felt as if the studio had taken advantage of their devoted fans for their cynical and desperate attempt to dethrone Avatar. So, where did marvel fail?! The simple truth is that Marvel didn’t have anything new to offer with its re-release. There's nothing wrong with doing a re-release, but the additional content has to make the rewatch worth it. It's important to note that when Avatar was re-released, James Cameron stitched nine minutes of new footage back into the movie with completely finished CGI. This gave the re-release a sense of value to it, compared with the one crappy unfinished deleted scene that is not even in the actual film. The end result is that Endgame is still somewhere around $35 million away from James Cameron’s 2010 blockbuster. Interestingly enough, that won’t be a problem for Disney. The studio has recently acquired Fox which owns the rights to Avatar. A sequel to this blockbuster is also in pre-production for a December 2020 release, with Cameron back on the director’s chair. Guess, Disney always win!! https://www.facebook.com/Avatar/posts/10154838757419064:0  
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Disney’s Live-Action Little Mermaid Movie: Melissa McCarthy Might Play Ursula

by Kaylen Summers

Disney is currently on a winning streak with the live-action remakes of their classic animated fairy tales. The 2019 movies Aladdin and Lion King are the latest addition to this. The studio is not willing to take a break from success as it is currently working on retelling The Little Mermaid. Reportedly, Melissa McCarthy is in talks to take up the role of Ursula in the live-action remake of this iconic 1989 animated film. The final word on the deal is not out yet, but as fans of this golden age Disney tale, we believe that McCarthy will be the perfect one to play Ursula. The need for live-action versions of Disney's classics began with the success of 2017’s Jungle Book directed by Jon Favreau. Even though Tim Burton's recent reimagining of Dumbo didn’t do well at the box office, the live-action redo of Aladdin scored huge at about $819 million dollars globally. With the most anticipated The Lion King, expected to become the next billion-dollar feather in Disney's live-action cap, no wonder the studio is already looking for stars for their next flick. The live-action Little Mermaid has been in development from 2016, with a script penned by Jane Goldman. The writer is famous for his works in movies like Kick-Ass, X-Men: First Class, and Kingsman: The Secret Service. Rob Marshall, who directed the Best Picture Oscar-winner Chicago, has been announced as the director of the movie. Fans will have no hard time recognizing him for his other box-office hits including Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and last year's Mary Poppins Returns. With Mccarty on board, the movie is shaping up to be another blockbuster from Disney. The original hand-drawn classic was based on the fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen. However, with the live-action version, there will be some tweaks here and there, considering how they sneaked in ideas of feminism into Jasmine’s character arc in Aladdin. Whatever the case may be, we really hope that they include the classic movie’s original tunes by Alan Menken. If all goes well, we might see McCarthy singing one of the iconic villainous songs in the Disney canon: “Poor Unfortunate Souls”. The actress, however, has not yet disclosed anything regarding the movie. Being named by ‘Time’ as one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2016, McCarthy is known for her roles in adult comedies like Bridesmaids, Identity Thief, and Life of the Party. She has received two Primetime Emmy Awards and nominations for two Academy Awards and two Golden Globe Awards. With the casting of McCarthy, the feature will officially take its first step into production. However, no timeframe has been announced yet regarding the release of the movie- while fans are expecting a 2021 release.  
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Upcoming movies : August 2018

by Vikram Sinha

Christopher Robin -August 3rd

(Comedy, Drama, Fantasy)

StudioWalt Disney Pictures

Director: Marc Forster ScreenPlay: Tom McCarthy, Alex Ross Perry, Allison Schroeder

Cast: Ewan McGregor, Hayley Atwell, Bronte Carmichael, Mark Gatiss, Jim Cummings, Brad Garrett, Toby Jones, Nick Mohammed, Peter Capaldi, Sophie Okonedo


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The Darkest Minds -August 3rd

(Superhero, Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller)

Studio20th Century Fox | 21 Laps Entertainment

Director:  Jennifer Yuh Nelson | ScreenPlay: Chad Hodge

Cast: Amandla Stenberg, Mandy Moore, Gwendoline Christie, Harris Dickinson, Skylan Brooks, Miya Cech, Patrick Gibson, Golden Brooks, Bradley Whitford


The Spy Who Dumped Me-August 3rd

(Action, Comedy)

StudioLionsgate | Imagine Entertainment

Director:  Susanna Fogel | ScreenPlay: David Iserson

Cast:  Mila Kunis, Kate McKinnon, Sam Heughan

 

Billionaire Boys Club-August 3rd

(Biography, Crime, Drama)

StudioVertical Entertainment

Director: James Cox | ScreenPlay: James Cox, Captain Mauzner

Cast:  Ansel Elgort, Taron Egerton, Kevin Spacey, Jeremy Irvine, Cary Elwes, Emma Roberts, Billie Lourd, Suki Waterhouse, Judd Nelson


Never Goin' Back-August 3rd

(Comedy, Drama )

StudioA24

Director/ScreenPlay: :  Augustine Frizzell

Cast:  Maia Mitchell, Camila Morrone, Kyle Mooney, Joel Allen, Kendal Smith, Matthew Holcomb


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The Miseducation of Cameron Post-August 3rd

(Drama)

StudioFilmRise

Director:  Desiree Akhavan | ScreenPlayDesiree Akhavan, Cecilia Frugiuele

Cast:  Chloë Grace Moretz, Sasha Lane, John Gallagher, Jr., Forrest Goodluck, Jennifer Ehle, Quinn Shephard


The Meg-August 10th

(Action, Horror)

StudioWarner Bros. Pictures

Director:  Jon Turteltaub | ScreenPlay: Dean Georgaris, Jon Hoeber, Erich Hoeber

Cast: Jason Statham, Li Bingbing, Rainn Wilson, Ruby Rose, Winston Chao, Cliff Curtis


BlacKkKlansman-August 10th

(Crime, Drama )

StudioFocus Features

Director:  Spike Lee ScreenPlay: Spike Lee, David Rabinowitz, Charlie Wachtel, Kevin Willmott

Cast: John David Washington, Adam Driver, Laura Harrier, Topher Grace, Jasper Pääkkönen, Corey Hawkins, Paul Walter Hauser, Harry Belafonte


Slender Man-August 10th

(Horror, Thriller)

StudioScreen Gems

Director:  Sylvain White | ScreenPlay: David Birke

Cast: Jaz Sinclair, Joey King, Julia Goldani Telles, Annalise Basso, Talitha Bateman, Javier Botet


A Prayer Before Dawn-August 10th

(Drama)

StudioA24

Director:  Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire | ScreenPlay: Jonathan Hirschbein, Nick Saltrese

Cast:  Joe Cole


Animal Crackers-August 10th

(Animation, Comedy, Fantasy)

StudioEntertainment Studios

Director:  Scott Christian Sava, Tony Bancroft | ScreenPlay: Scott Christian Sava, Dean Lorey

Cast:  John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Ian McKellen, Danny DeVito, Sylvester Stallone, Raven-Symoné, Wallace Shawn, Patrick Warburton


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Dog Days-August 10th

(Comedy)

StudioLD Entertainment

Director:  Ken Marino | ScreenPlay: Elissa Matsueda, Erica Oyama

Cast:  Nina Dobrev, Finn Wolfhard, Vanessa Hudgens, Adam Pally, Eva Longoria


Crazy Rich Asians-August 10th

(Romance, Comedy, Drama)

StudioWarner Bros. Pictures

Director:  Jon M. Chu | ScreenPlay: Peter Chiarelli, Adele Lim

Cast: Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Gemma Chan, Lisa Lu, Awkwafina, Ken Jeong, Michelle Yeoh


Alpha-August 17th

(Adventure, Fantasy, Drama)

StudioColumbia Pictures

Director: Albert Hughes | ScreenPlay: Dan Wiedenhaupt

Cast: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Leonor Varela, Jens Hultén


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Mile 22-August 17th

(Action, Thriller)

StudioSTX Entertainment

Director:  Peter Berg | ScreenPlay: Graham Roland, Lea Carpenter

Cast: Mark Wahlberg, John Malkovich, Lauren Cohan, Iko Uwais, Ronda Rousey


Down a Dark Hall-August 17th

(Fantasy, Drama)

Lionsgate Premiere

Director:  Rodrigo Cortés | ScreenPlay: Michael Goldbach, Chris Sparling

Cast: AnnaSophia Robb, Uma Thurman, Isabelle Fuhrman, Kirsty Mitchell, Taylor Russell, Jim Sturgeon, Victoria Moroles


The Wife-August 17th

(Drama)

StudioSony Pictures Classics

Director:  Björn Runge | ScreenPlay:  Jane Anderson

Cast: Glenn Close, Jonathan Pryce, Christian Slater, Max Irons, Annie Starke, Harry Lloyd, Elizabeth McGovern


The Happytime Murders-August 24th

(Puppet, Comedy, Thriller)

StudioSTX Entertainment | The Jim Henson Company | On the Day Productions

Director:  Brian Henson | ScreenPlay: Todd Berger, Melissa McCarthy

Cast: Melissa McCarthy, Bill Barretta, Maya Rudolph, Joel McHale, Elizabeth Banks


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Searching-August 24th

(Thriller)

StudioScreen Gems

Director:  Aneesh Chaganty | ScreenPlay:  Sev Ohanian

Cast: John Cho, Debra Messing, Joseph Lee, Michelle La, Sara Sohn


A.X.L.-August 24th

(Sci-Fi, Adventure)

StudioGlobal Road Entertainment

Director/ScreenPlay: :  Oliver Daly

Cast:  Alex Neustaedter, Becky G, Alex MacNicoll, Thomas Jane, Lou Taylor Pucci, Patricia de Leon


Papillon-August 24th

(Biography)

StudioBleecker Street

Director:  Michael Noer | ScreenPlay:  Aaron Guzikowski

Cast:  Charlie Hunnam, Rami Malek


Destination Wedding-August 24th

(Romance, Comedy)

StudioRegatta

Director/ScreenPlay: :  Victor Levin

Cast:  Winona Ryder, Keanu Reeves


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Operation Finale-August 29th

(Historical, Drama)

StudioMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Director:  Chris Weitz | ScreenPlay: Matthew Orton

Cast:  Oscar Isaac, Ben Kingsley, Lior Raz, Mélanie Laurent, Nick Kroll, Joe Alwyn


Juliet, Naked-August 31st

(Romance, Drama)

StudioLionsgate | Roadside Attractions

Director:  Jesse Peretz | ScreenPlay: Tamara Jenkins, Phil Alden Robinson, Jim Taylor

Cast:  Ethan Hawke, Rose Byrne


Kin-August 31st

(Sci-Fi, Action, Crime, Thriller)

StudioSummit Entertainment

Director:  Jonathan Baker, Josh Baker | ScreenPlay: Daniel Casey

Cast: Myles Truitt, Jack Reynor, Zoë Kravitz, Carrie Coon, Dennis Quaid, James sFranco


The Little Stranger-August 31st

(Horror, Thriller)

StudioFocus Features

Director:  Lenny Abrahamson | ScreenPlay: Lucinda Coxon

Cast: Domhnall Gleeson, Ruth Wilson, Will Poulter, Charlotte Rampling, Alison Pargeter


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Upcoming movies : July 2018

by Vikram Sinha

The First Purge -July 4th

(Fantasy/Crime)

StudioUniversal Pictures | Blumhouse Productions

Director: Gerard McMurray | ScreenPlay: James DeMonaco

Cast: Y'lan Noel, Lex Scott Davis, Joivan Wade, Luna Lauren Velez, Marisa Tomei


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Ant-Man and the Wasp - July 6th

(Fantasy/Science fiction)

Studio:  Marvel Studios

Director:  Peyton Reed ScreenPlay: Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers, Andrew Barrer, Gabriel Ferrari, Paul Rudd

Cast:  Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Peña, Michael Douglas, Michelle Pfeiffer, Walton Goggins, Hannah, John-Kamen, Bobby Cannavale, Judy Greer, Tip "T.I." Harris, David Dastmalchian, Abby Ryder Fortson, Randall Park, Laurence Fishburne

Sorry to Bother You - July 6th

(Fantasy/Science fiction)

Studio: Annapurna Pictures

Director/ScreenPlay: Boots Riley

Cast:  Lakeith Stanfield, Armie Hammer, Tessa Thompson, Steven Yeun, Jermaine Fowler, Omari Hardwick, Terry Crews, Patton Oswalt, David Cross, Danny Glover

 

Whitney - July 6th

(Musical/Documentary)

Studio:  Roadside Attractions | Miramax

Director/ScreenPlay: Kevin MacDonald

Cast:  Whitney Houston


Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation - July 13th

(Fantasy/Comedy)

Studio:  Columbia Pictures | Sony Pictures Animation

Director:  Genndy Tartakovsky | ScreenPlay : Michael McCullers

 Cast: Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, David Spade, Steve Buscemi, Molly Shannon, Keegan-Michael Key, Kevin James, Fran Drescher, Asher Blinkoff, Kathryn Hahn, Jim Gaffigan, Mel Brooks

Skyscraper - July 13th

(Drama/Crime)

Studio: Universal Pictures | Legendary Entertainment

Director/ScreenPlay: Rawson Marshall Thurber

Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Neve Campbell, Chin Han, Roland Møller, Pablo Schreiber, Byron Mann, Hannah Quinlivan, Noah Taylor

Eighth Grade - July 13th

(Drama/Comedy)

StudioA24

Director/ScreenPlay: Bo Burnham

Cast: Elsie Fisher, Josh Hamilton, Emily Robinson, Missy Yager

Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot - July 13th

(Drama/Comedy)

Studio: Amazon Studios

Director/ScreenPlay:  Gus Van Sant

Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Rooney Mara, Jonah Hill, Jack Black

Shock and Awe - July 13th

(Drama/History)

Studio: Vertical Entertainment

Director: Rob Reiner | ScreenPlay: Joey Hartstone

Cast: Woody Harrelson, Tommy Lee Jones, James Marsden, Milla Jovovich,, Jessica Biel, Richard Schiff, Al Sapienza


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Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again - July 20th

(Musical/Comedy)

StudioMamma Mia! Here We Go Again

Director/ScreenPlay:  Ol Parker

Cast:  Meryl Streep, Lily James, Amanda Seyfried, Pierce Brosnan, Jeremy Irvine,

Colin Firth, Julie Walters, Christine Baranski, Stellan Skarsgård, Dominic Cooper, Cher

The Equalizer 2 - July 20th

(Crime film/Action)

Studio: Columbia Pictures | Escape Artists

Director:  Antoine Fuqua | ScreenPlay : Richard Wenk

Cast: Denzel Washington, Ashton Sanders, Pedro Pascal, Melissa Leo, Bill Pullman

Blindspotting - July 20th

(Drama/Comedy)

Studio: Summit Entertainment | Codeblack Films

Director: Carlos López Estrada | ScreenPlay: Daveed Diggs, Rafael Casal

Cast: Janina Gavankar, Ethan Embry, Daveed Diggs, Rafael Casal, Wayne Knight

Unfriended: Dark Web - July 20th

(Horror)

StudioBH Tilt

Director/ScreenPlay: Stephen Susco

Cast:  Colin Woodell, Stephanie Nogueras, Betty Gabriel, Rebecca Rittenhouse,

Andrew Lees, Connor Del Rio, Savira Windyani

Bleach - July 20th

(Action/ Adventure/ Fantasy)

Studio: Warner Bros. Japan

Director: Shinsuke Sato

Cast: Sota Fukushi, Hana Sugisaki


Mission: Impossible – Fallout -July 27th

(Adventure/Spy )

Studio: Paramount Pictures | Skydance Media | Bad Robot Productions

Director/ScreenPlay: Christopher McQuarrie

Cast:  Tom Cruise, Henry Cavill, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Sean Harris, Angela Bassett, Michelle Monaghan, Alec Baldwin

Teen Titans Go! To the Movies - July 27th

(Science fiction/Action)

StudioWarner Bros. Pictures | Warner Bros. Animation | DC Entertainment

Director: Peter Rida Michail | ScreenPlay: Aaron Horvath, Michael Jelenic

Cast: Scott Menville, Khary Payton, Tara Strong, Greg Cipes, Hynden Walch, Will Arnett, Kristen Bell, James Corden, Lil Yachty, Nicolas Cage

Hot Summer Night - July 27th

(Drama)

StudioA24

Director/ScreenPlay: Elijah Bynum

Cast: Timothée Chalamet, Maika Monroe, Alex Roe, Maia Mitchell


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Puzzle - July 27th

(Drama)

StudioSony Pictures Classics

Director:  Marc Turtletaub | ScreenPlay: Oren Moverman

 Cast:  Kelly Macdonald, Irrfan Khan, David Denman, Bubba Weiler, Austin Abrams, Liv Hewson

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Weekend Performance: Juggernauts and New Releases Contribute to Healthy Box Office

by Utkarsh Bansal

What did people see? Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom dropped a hefty 58.8%, making another $61 million. This is quite unsurprising, given its lukewarm reception, and the numbers will only get worse once Ant-Man and the Wasp opens in the US this weekend. Incredibles 2 fared much better, dropping only 42.2% to make $46.4 million, but it too will probably face a significant drop next time. Fallen Kingdom has made $943.5 million so far, while Incredibles 2 currently stands at $656.5 million worldwide. Among new releases, Sicario: Day of the Soldado made an impressive $19 million on a budget of $35 million, and the comedy Uncle Drew made a respectable $15 million. In eight place this weekend came the Indian biopic Sanju, which made $2.7 million from only 356 screens. What did people like? Both Soldado and Uncle Drew only received a lukewarm critical reception. On Rotten Tomatoes, the two movies got ratings of 64% and 66% respectively. Metacritic, on the other hand, gave the edge to Soldado with a score of 61 as opposed to Uncle Drew's 57. General audiences made their pick much clearer, with Uncle Drew getting a CinemaScore of A whereas Soldado had to settle for a B. Sanju, which is enjoying widespread love from the Indian public, didn't do so well with critics, with only half of the 10 reviews collected on Rotten Tomatoes being fresh. For the coming weekend, while we do not have enough reviews to say what the consensus is with any certainty, critics generally seem to love Sorry to Bother You, like Ant-Man and the Wasp and be mixed on The First Purge.
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Weekend Performance: Fallen Kingdom at the Top of the Food Chain

by Utkarsh Bansal

What did people watch? The weekend's big new American release, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, shot past estimates with a massive 148 million opening weekend. While it is, of course, far less than Jurassic World's 209 million, that's not to be interpreted as the sequel underperforming, but instead as the previous instalment overperforming. And while this won't be matching the predecessor's gigantic 1.67 billion gross, it's already rapidly heading towards the 1 billion mark, with over 700 million worldwide so far. People like dinosaurs in movies. Meanwhile, Incredibles 2 dropped 56% for a second weekend gross of just over 80 million dollars. This is impressive considering the massive opening of Fallen Kingdom, but not too surprising considering the well-deserved A+ CinemaScore. This is better than the A received by Toy Story 3 and Finding Dory, the only Pixar films so far to make a billion dollars. This should indicate that Incredibles 2, which has grossed 484.43 million so far, will comfortably cross that number, and beat Toy Story 3's 1.067 billion to become Pixar's biggest earner so far. What seems less likely is that it'll become the highest grossing animated film ever, for which it would have to beat Frozen's 1.29 billion. The upcoming barrage of summer blockbusters will make that rather unlikely. What did people like? Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom currently holds a 50% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with 131 positive reviews and 132 negative. The consensus reads, "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom adds another set piece-packed entry to the blockbuster franchise, although genuinely thrilling moments are in increasingly short supply." The Metascore of 51 from 59 reviews is no more positive, and both the scores place it at the second-worst position in the franchise, better than only Jurassic Park III. However, the crowdpleasing aspect of dinosaurs fighting dinosaurs still gained the movie a CinemaScore of A-, which, while still worse than Jurassic Park and Jurassic World's A, is at least better than Jurassic Park II and III's respective B+ and B- grades. What I make of this A- is that while the movie will have a good hold over the next weekend, it will get crushed as soon as Ant-Man and the Wasp is released on July 6, and will keep taking large drops as more major tentpoles are released.
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Weekend Performance: Incredibles 2 Breaks Record, Then Runs Laps Around It

by Utkarsh Bansal

What did people see? No one who knew how much people were waiting for a sequel to 2004's The Incredibles expected it to fall short of Finding Dory's record for the highest opening weekend box office for an animated film, 135 million. But as predictions of 135 million gave way to predictions of 150, and those were replaced by estimates of 170, no one could've predicted that Incredibles 2 would end up with 182.7 million dollars at the end of its first weekend. In addition to being the highest for an animated film by a mile, this is also the 8th highest opening of all time. Moreover, it is the highest opening weekend ever for a family film, with the 7 movies above it all Among superheroes, it's behind only Black Panther and the 3 Avengers titles, and ahead of The Dark Knight sequels, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Iron Man 3 and Captain America: Civil War. Between this, The LEGO Batman Movie, and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, it's reasonable to hope that animated superhero movies will start to get more common in theatres. I, for one, am excited for Big Hero 7. The Jeremy Renner based-on-a-true-story comedy Tag made 15 million dollars. With a 28 million production budget, the movie will easily make a profit, but still isn't quite the smash hit Warner Brothers was hoping it'd be. Superfly opened to a similarly decent but unimpressive 6.87 million. The infamous John Travolta-starring biopic Gotti opened to a miserable 1.72 million, barely edging out the critically bashed Indian blockbuster Race 3, which opened to 1.69 million in the US, and almost as much in India. What did people like? Gotti, in addition to the abysmal Metascore of 25, received the rare distinction of a 0% Rotten Tomatoes rating based on 26 reviews, with the concise critical consensus "fuhgeddaboudit". Race 3 hardly fared better, with just one positive review out of 9. Tag was better received than many expected, but I personally had had high hopes for this movie, which ended up with a 56 on both Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic. Audiences were similarly underwhelmed, as seen by the B+ CinemaScore. Incredibles 2 garnered all the critical acclaim this weekend, complimenting its box office gross with a Metascore of 80 and a 94% on Rotten Tomatoes. It is, however, worth noting that this only ranks it at #11 and #12 respectively on the two websites, among Pixar's collection of 20 films. This is not to say that Incredibles 2 isn't a great family adventure, but that Pixar has set its standards high enough that a movie needs to be truly brilliant to even make it to their top 10. That said, Incredibles 2 still did become the 7th Pixar movie to score the rare (yes, rare) CinemaScore of A+. That kind of word-of-mouth is going to ensure it has legs, so that even though Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom releases this coming Friday, it won't be able to stop Incredibles 2 from reaching the coveted 1 billion dollar mark. Did someone mention superhero fatigue?
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Movies This Week – Incredibles 2 and More

by Sonika Sharma

Rarely if ever has a sequel been as intensely awaited as Incredibles 2. The first movie was released before the superhero genre dominated pop culture, and gave the public a taste of both Marvel's heart and humour and DC's darkness, without being adapted from any comics. To this day, it stands as the most critically acclaimed superhero movie ever made, and unlike other Pixar movies like Finding Nemo and Cars, is one people actually wanted to see a sequel to. It's here, and the good news is that people have been loving it so far. I can't wait to see it this Friday morning, to see the Parrs deal with familiar problems of being a family and fighting evil as well as new characters voiced by Bob Odenkirk and Catherine Keener. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i5qOzqD9Rms Gary Ross's Ocean's 8 doesn’t appear to be a breakthrough in creativity but rather a much needed change in the genre's perspective. Heist dramas have always presented images of men filling roles such as planners, getaways and nerds with maybe one token woman whose role remains ambiguous. So an all female cast in similar high stakes and bold action sequences is refreshing and necessary in our times. The stellar cast includes Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter and Anne Hathaway among others. I don’t have high expectations from the movie as a concept but it’s a movie I will walk into for the same laughs, same anxiety, same absurdity wrapped in a new rendering of “those who will win despite all odds”. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n5LoVcVsiSQ I'm not exaggerating when I say that Hereditary is my most anticipated movie in a while. Ari Aster's directorial debut seems to hinge on a critical factor that the genre frequently ignores- human emotions and bonds. It appears to rely on more than just loud noises and cheap scares. Inherited baggage from one's family is a concept much too easy to relate to and thus is potentially more unnerving for the audience. It would be interesting to see if emotional and psychological triggers would be used to induce a real sense of dread or it would be brought down to shoddy manipulation. The movie would win an easy go if this dread lingers with us long after we leave our seats. I've got a feeling that hereditary might just be the one to do that. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V6wWKNij_1M Rarely if ever has a sequel been as intensely awaited as Incredibles 2. The first movie was released before the superhero genre dominated pop culture, and gave the public a taste of both Marvel's heart and humour and DC's darkness, without being adapted from any comics. To this day, it stands as the most critically acclaimed superhero movie ever made, and unlike other Pixar movies like Finding Nemo and Cars, is one people actually wanted to see a sequel to. It's here, and the good news is that people have been loving it so far. I can't wait to see it this Friday morning, to see the Parrs deal with familiar problems of being a family and fighting evil as well as new characters voiced by Bob Odenkirk and Catherine Keener.
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Weekend Performance: Ocean’s 8 Successfully Revives the Franchise

by Utkarsh Bansal

What did people see? The all-star heist comedy Ocean's 8 exceeded expectations this weekend with 41.6 million dollars. This number exceeds the openings of all previous Ocean's movies, where the highest so far was Ocean's Twelve with 39.15 million. If the movie has legs, it's safe to say we will be getting more heists with this crew. What's left to see is whether this will motivate more gender-swapped franchise revivals. Women in Black perhaps? Meanwhile, A24 just had its biggest opening weekend so far with Hereditary's 13.6 million. The studio's top 3 opening weekends are all horror movies, the other two being The Witch and It Comes at Night, but this seems to be at least partially due to their awards fare like Lady Bird and Moonlight opening in limited release before expanding. Avengers: Infinity War, still going strong worldwide, became the fourth film to join the 2 billion dollar club. It reached this milestone in 48 days, beating Star Wars: The Force Awakens which took 54 days, but not Avatar, which did it in 47. It now seems plausible for the movie to beat the overall gross of The Force Awakens by the end of its run. What did people like? The dystopian crime comedy Hotel Artemis got mixed reviews from critics, with a Metascore of 57 and 59% on Rotten Tomatoes. Audiences were much less forgiving, and the movie ended up with a CinemaScore of C-. Hereditary did poorly with audiences too, with a CinemaScore of D+ that is in line with previous A24 horror releases The Witch (C-) and It Comes at Night (D). Critics, however, loved it even more than those two films, with a "must-see" 86 on Metacritic and an impressive 91% on Rotten Tomatoes. Ocean's 8 got very mildly positive reviews, with a lackluster Metascore of 60 and a Rotten Tomatoes approval rating of just 67%. Audience response was par for the course for this franchise, as the B+ CinemaScore joins the B+, B and B+ scores for the Soderbergh trilogy. The blaxploitation remake Superfly didn't fare any better with the audiences, getting a grade of B+. With critics, the reaction was significantly worse. Both the Metascore of 53 and the Rotten Tomatoes rating of 52% indicate an even split, and the consensus reads, "Superfly updates the blaxploitation original with a stylish remake that's short on social subtext, but still exciting and visually arresting enough to offer its own slickly staged action rewards."
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Weekend Performance: Solo Struggling to Hold on Even as Other Disney Movies Approach Milestones

by Utkarsh Bansal

What did people see? As expected, Solo: A Star Wars Story topped the weekend with 29.4 million dollars. This drop of 65.2% from its opening weekend confirms what was already suspected, the movie will almost certainly fail to make back its budget, and will thus lose Disney money. Elsewhere at the Mouse House, Black Panther crossed 699 million domestic, and might just cross over the 700 mark in the coming weeks, becoming only the third movie to do so, while Avengers: Infinity War stands at 1.966 billion dollars worldwide, and will almost certainly become the fourth movie to cross 2 billion this coming weekend. Among new releases, only the Sam Claflin and Shailene Woodley survival romance Adrift fared well with 11.6 million. The sci-fi action thriller Upgrade made 4.67 million, which is respectable given its low budget. Action Point, on the other hand, bombed with 2.39 million dollars only. What did people like? Critics trashed Action Point, with only 19% positive reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and a Metascore of 38. Audiences agreed, giving it a miserable C+ CinemaScore. Adrift received a more mixed response. Critics were slightly positive about it, with a Metascore of 56 and a Rotten Tomatoes score of 69% accompanied by the consensus: Adrift sails smoothly between love story and survival drama, thanks in large part to a gripping central performance from Shailene Woodley. The B CinemaScore reflects a somewhat less positive audience response. The Leigh Whannell-directed sci-fi thriller Upgrade was received much more positively, as indicated by a Metascore of 65 and 86% positive reviews on Rotten Tomatoes. The consensus reads: Like its augmented protagonist, Upgrade's old-fashioned innards get a high-tech boost -- one made even more powerful thanks to sharp humor and a solidly well-told story.
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Weekend performance: Solo Falls Short of Even the Lowest Expectations

by Utkarsh Bansal

What did people see? The decision to make a Han Solo prequel was always a questionable one, and Ron Howard stepping in to finish a movie started by Phil Lord and Chris Miller did not help get people on board. Over these last few months of trailers and spots, I've asked some of the biggest Star Wars fans I know whether they're excited about Solo, and have received a few different variations of "meh" in response. The unenthusiastic critical and audience response cemented it. As it stands, more than half of these friends of mine have not seen the movie yet, and will probably wait until they can stream it on Netflix. The theatre I watched it in had somewhere between 10 and 15 people, and that was opening day. And in spite of all that, I was convinced that the Star Wars brand name alone would push Solo: A Star Wars Story past a 100 million opening weekend. But in a disappointment reminiscent of last year's Justice League, the movie ended up with 84.42 domestically. Internationally, it fared even worse, which is less surprising. Star Wars was an American cultural phenomenon, unlike, say, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which is more global in its appeal. Speaking of which, Avengers: Infinity War only dropped 41.3% this weekend, a significantly smaller drop than had been expected for a long time. Deadpool 2 took a bigger hit, making 65.4% less than its opening weekend haul. It has now almost crossed half a billion worldwide, while Infinity War is fast approaching the 2 billion mark. What did people like? The weekend's only notable release was Solo: A Star Wars Story, which has a Metascore of 62. On Rotten Tomatoes, 70% of critics gave it a positive review. The critics consensus reads: "A flawed yet fun and fast-paced space adventure, Solo: A Star Wars Story should satisfy newcomers to the saga as well as longtime fans who check their expectations at the theater door." With a mildly positive CinemaScore of A-, it appears that general audiences agree with that sentiment. For context, the last 3 Star Wars movies, The Force Awakens, Rogue One and The Last Jedi each got an A, while the 3 prequels shared Solo's grade of A-. In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, only 4 out of their 19 movies have CinemaScores A- or lower. Over at Pixar, Cars 2 is the only one of their 19 films to stumble down to that score. From every direction, critical, public, and box office, the message is clear: Star Wars can do better.
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Movies this Week – Solo: A Star Wars Story

by Sonika Sharma

Solo: A Star Wars Story is the latest in the ever-expanding Star Wars universe. The movie will take us back to a time when Han Solo was still young and was yet to fly the Millennium Falcon. Han has always been a simple character for me, someone with clear motivations and a bad attitude. But the trailer makes me curious about his past and I hope to be able to connect with his character more once I know more about him. The story seems to be built on undertones of revenge and regret and brings together an ensemble of familiar characters in the mix with some intriguing new ones. I’m looking forward to seeing how the writers will connect Solo's journey to the storyline in the future. I’ll be honest and say that reviving a character like Solo does feel like cheap trick to keep the core audience interested. But what’s worse is that this is a prequel to a movie almost 40 years after it first came on screen. The world will be flashier despite all the attempts to keep the consistency. But the fan in me is hoping that what the movie lacks in consistency of feel, it would make up for in storytelling and sheer entertainment. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jPEYpryMp2s   At first glance of the trailer, Bill Holderman's Book Club doesn’t seem to be selling anything new. It’s just another story about love and life. But with an ensemble of great actresses including Diane Keaton and Jane Fonda, the movie will take on the crucial topic of age, sex and love. A group of friends decide to read Fifty Shades of Grey and soon chaos takes over as they try to break out of the monotony of their lives. I wonder if the movie will break the norms or if it’ll just tire itself out. I don’t expect too much from it but I’m hoping it will push against appropriating behaviour of “mature” women and not just use it for easy laughs. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LDxgPIsv6sY   The trailer for HBO's The Tale, starring Laura Dern says the movie is based on a true story, as far as the narrator knows. The statement seems to set the entire premise of the movie for me. We will be going down a memory lane and it’s not going to be happy reminiscing. It seems to be juggling questions of identity and repression of memories. The movie is semi-autobiographical and tells the story of a woman who realised that something really crucial had happened to her when she was a young girl. But the more she tries to unearth, the more unnerving it seems to get. It’s not a long stretch to believe that we will be dealing with sensitive issues of abuse and manipulation. The movie seems thought-provoking and layered, but it would be a disappointment if it handles itself with too much of a dramatic flair. I hope that in dealing with issues that are important, the movie remains aware of the fact that many of the audiences have experienced them firsthand too. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXpYsr3AL4U Solo: A Star Wars Story and Book Club release in theatres on July 25. The Tale debuts on HBO July 26.
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Weekend performance: Deadpool 2 Falls Shy of Record

by Utkarsh Bansal

What did people see? In a surprise to no one, one superhero movie starring Josh Brolin dethroned another this weekend, with Deadpool 2 making 125.5 million dollars in its opening weekend, falling just short of Deadpool, which made 132.4 million. Its dominance will be short-lived, however, as Solo: A Star Wars Story opens this coming Friday. Avengers: Infinity War made 29.45 million, taking a hit as expected, but its 52% drop is still not staggering, probably because of Deadpool 2's R rating. Which means that Solo will cause a significantly larger drop next week. Worldwide, it's closing in on the coveted 2 billion mark, for which its biggest obstacle is, of course, Solo. Book Club starring Diane Keaton and Jane Fonda opened to a respectable 13.6 million, which should be enough for it to turn a profit. It opens in India this Friday. The other wide release, Show Dogs didn't even make enough to break into the top 5. Meanwhile, nearing the end of its massive run, Black Panther is crawling towards 700 million domestic. Fingers crossed it gets there. What did people like? Deadpool 2 received a similar critical reception as Deadpool, matching its 83% on Rotten Tomatoes and slightly improving on the Metascore, bringing it from 65 to 66. Book Club got a mixed reception with 58% on RT and 53 Metascore. Show Dogs was thrashed with 23% on RT and 35 Metascore. The limited release Ethan Hawke movie First Reformed received rave reviews, earning a 97% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a Metascore of 84. General audiences showed their love for the Merc with a Mouth, with a CinemaScore of A, while Book Club and Show Dogs received A-, which is still a mildly positive score.
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