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[MUST WATCH] You Don’t Want To Miss This Jurassic World Short Film

by Kaylen Summers

Jurassic Park fans just got a new reason to cheer. Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow has recently released an all-new short film he directed and wrote with Emily Carmichael. Titled Battle at Big Rock, the 8-minute short takes place one year after the events of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom in Big Rock National Park. The short reveals how the dinosaurs are now living in our world. The plot follows a family of four who encounters with these wild animals and fights for their survival. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7kbVvpOGdQ The short stars André Holland, Natalie Martinez, Melody Hurd and Pierson Salvador and the cinematography is done by Larry Fong and a background score by Amie Doherty. The director is back to direct Jurassic World 3, after his unfortunate his Star Wars 9 firing. He will co-write the script with Emily Carmichael and will executive produce the movie with Steven Spielberg. Though it may look like Colin Trevorrow is heading in for Jurassic World 3, it will take more time than we expect to see the final film in the Jurassic World trilogy. Till then we just have to settle with this surprise short.
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Will Iron Man Make A Cameo In Black Widow Movie?!

by Kaylen Summers

Finally, after a decade of being in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Black Widow is finally getting her own standalone movie. However, there is more to cheer about the upcoming Marvel flick than just that. Recent reports are revealing that Robert Downey Jr. will most probably be making a cameo in the movie as everyone's favorite billionaire, Tony Stark. Scarlett Johansson will be reprising her role as Black Widow, with David Harbour suiting up as Russia's version of Captain America, Red Guardian. Rachel Weisz and Florence Pugh will also appear in the movie as other Black Widow agents. Taskmaster will be the main villain of the story. With his ability to quickly observe and copy any person's fighting style, he is meant to become a formidable foe for Black Widow. Not much information about Downey Jr.'s return is mentioned by the studios, which makes fans wonder whether if it will be just Marvel reusing their old clips or an actual cameo. It won't be a surprise if Marvel is using old footage instead of filming a new scene. They have already done it many times in the past. The continuing tradition of a Stan Lee cameo in every Marvel movie even after the legendary comic-book creator's death is a perfect example for this. If in fact, he is reprising the role, then it's most likely be for just a cameo or a very minor role. The Black Widow footage screened at Comic-Con used a clip of Tony from Civil War, warning Natasha "They're coming for you," before leading into new footage from the film. The footage also revealed the time period of the movie to be when she was hiding from the United Nations. So, there is a possibility that she may seek out Tony's help or at least contact him during the course of the movie. Whatever the reason for Downey Jr. potentially reprising his role, it will surely be awesome to see Stark back on-screen on more time. Unfortunately, we will have to wait some more time before anything official is be announced publicly.
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Alternate Iron Man Post-Credits Scene Reveals Mutants & Radioactive Spider References

by Kaylen Summers

Its seems like Avengers: Endgame only kicked things into gear. Though the recent Comic-Con and D23 announcements point ot new adventures,  it seems like Kevin Feige is not finished with Phase 4 yet. Recently at the Saturn Awards, the studio boss revealed a never-before-seen Iron Man alternate post-credit scene. Marvel Studios is surely one of the most successful movie studios in all of Hollywood now. But, the journey to reach there looked far when the Marvel Cinematic Universe kicked off in 2008. Their first film was a fight against all odds as it was based around what many believed to be a C-list Marvel character (Ironman)  and directed by a then unproven director, Jon Favreau. Even Robert Downey Jr. at the time was viewed as a risk due to his problems in his personal life. From there, the MCU has evolved further and better without many of their biggest characters. With the live-action rights of characters sold off to film studios in the '80s, it was only recently that Fox's characters returned back under Marvel Studios thanks to the Disney-Fox deal. Sony and Marvel Studios also had agreed to work together to make Spidey part of the MCU (The deal, however, came to an end, recently), while Universal's deal has made a Hulk solo film complicated. However, the newly revealed alternate version of Iron Man's post-credits scene teased all of these universes long before it was all interlinked. The deleted alternate post-credits scene from Iron Man, which has been sitting in the Marvel Studios vault for eleven years now, is part of the upcoming Infinity Saga box set. Revealing the clip, Feige said, "We pulled some things out of that vault that we said, 'We'll never show to anybody. Put it away. We're bringing them out. We're putting them on this disc." Here is what Samuel L. Jackson's Nick Fury had to say in the scene: "As if gamma accidents, radioactive bug bites, and assorted mutants weren't enough, I have to deal with a spoiled brat, who doesn't play well with others, who wants to keep all his toys to himself." https://twitter.com/DiscussingFilm/status/1172782239173636097 The "gamma accidents" is a reference to how Hulk got his powers, while the "radioactive bug bites" is a friendly nod to Spider-Man, who at the time was nowhere near the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But, the real reason why the clip got replaced might be because of the "assorted mutants" reference. The X-Men and Mutants were owned by Fox, and Marvel was not allowed to make any references to them in their films. Whatever the reason may be, the clip is a perfect example of how keen Kevin Feige's vision was for the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. More unreleased contents are expected, as The Infinity Saga box set is expected to release towards Christmas 2019.
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Taking Spider-Man Out Of The MCU Is A “Tragic Mistake”, Joe Russo Says

by Kaylen Summers

For more than a month, everybody has been talking about Spider-Man leaving the Marvel Cinematic Universe. With the offers from Marvel Studios turned down, the franchise will be entirely handled by the Sony. However, like always there are two sides to the story, and Avengers: Endgame directors Joe and Anthony Russo think that Sony's attempt to replicate the success of Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige is a "tragic" mistake. The Russo Brothers have been part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe with movies like Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame. Though they are a part of the Marvel Studios family, their side of the story is also worth considering, specifically with how they have successfully used Spider-Man in movies like Civil War to Endgame. Talking about the Spider-Man situation a few weeks ago, the Russos admitted that they were not surprised by the split between Marvel Studios and Sony. Recently, the directors spoke again in another interview about how hard it was to reach a deal in the first place and how the future will be for Spidey to leave MCU now. Joe Russo had this to say: "It was so difficult to get him (Spider-Man) into Civil War. It was an extremely long and hard process. But we were driven to help make it happen. But (Marvel Studios President) Kevin Feige pulled it off, somehow. Disney and all the good people at Sony found a way to make it work and it lasted a few films. We had a wonderful experience with that and I think audiences really appreciated that marriage. But we know how hard that marriage was to make in the first place, so the fact that the marriage fell apart isn't really that surprising to me and Joe." Russo also mentioned that the relationship between Marvel Studios and Sony wasn't always easy to deal with, as sharing one of the biggest superheroes in the world with a rival studio is a bitter pill to swallow. Yet, the short-lived the relationship with the two studios was incredibly fruitful for both and to go on without Marvel Studios is a mistake, according to Joe Russo. He explains: "It was a tenuous, fraught union throughout the whole process. But, I will say, stepping back and trying to be objective as possible, that I think it's a tragic mistake on Sony's part to think that they can replicate Kevin's penchant for telling incredible stories and the amazing success he has had over the years. I think it's a big mistake." Whatever the case may be, a lot of Marvel Cinematic Universe fans are agreeing with Joe Russo. It is true that Sony had a huge part in making Spider-Man successful. However, their track record for handling the Web-Slinger has not always been so great. Not to mention the lack of someone like Kevin Feige with storytelling skills. Recent announcements from Sony is revealing that they have plans to bring the Spider-Verse all together under one umbrella. Though fans definitely want to see Tom Hardy and Tom Holland together on the big screen, will Sony be able to pull it off in a satisfying way is the bigger question. Guess we will have to wait a little longer to see how things will turn out, as Sony's Venom 2 is expected to hit theatres in 2021.
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MoviePass Officially Shuts Down Its Services

by Kaylen Summers

MoviePass, owned by parent company Helios and Matheson, has officially shut down on September 14th. The subscription service is known for spending enormous amounts of venture capitalists’ money for subsidizing movie tickets. Announced through emails to subscribers and separately in a press release, the news marks the end of the company's tumultuous two-year saga to upend the theater business model. The once-popular platform was on extreme lengths to keep its business running, despite the obvious and fraught financial cost. The platform had been struggling for more than a year and it was in last March they attempt to get back on track with a revamped version of its unlimited plan. The new scheme allowed its users to watch one movie per day for $9.95 per month. Yet, its subscribers base plummeted from more than 3 million members to about 225,000 by April 2019. In order to slow its cash burn, the company was forced to restrict users to four movies per month instead of being able to watch one movie per day. In addition to that, the company laid off around seven of its employees last month, bringing the total staff down to 12 people. Helios and Matheson also had to make sizable loans to cover its huge losses. Though the company was around since 2011, MoviePass got national attention back in August 2017 when it dropped the price for its all-you-can-watch movie ticket subscription service to $9.99 a month. The plan was to take on the traditional theater industry in a much more aggressive fashion and it attracted customers well. As MoviePass signed in more than 1 million new subscribers in the next few months, their business model was full of holes. The idea was that whenever a user secured a movie ticket through its mobile app for effectively zero dollars, the company had to pay the cost in full. This was covered by independent debit cards issued to subscribers that pulled funds directly from a MoviePass-owned bank account. However, the subscription revenue MoviePass generated dwarfed its monthly movie ticket costs and the company didn't have any edge left to fight for. Helios and Matheson Analytics has informed that they will be forming a strategic review committee for finding suitable buyers for all or some of its assets. The company’s assets include MoviePass, Moviefone and MoviePass Films. They will also be reviewing any possibility for an organizational restructuring of the company.
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Joker’s Tomato Scores Drops After Negative Reviews

by Kaylen Summers

Joker is truly one of the most anticipated movies for this year. Though the film is just days away from hitting the theatres, it has already made news across the globe after its world premiere at Venice International Film Festival. However, a lot has changed since then, as the movie's Rotten Tomatoes score is now dropping low due to the negative reviews out from the Toronto International Film Festival. It is obvious that the movie will be poised to be one of the most polarizing comic-book movie of 2019. Many have praised it for being a game-changing masterpiece with a bolstering transformative performance by Joaquin Phoenix, while others think that the Joker's approach to its social commentary elements is potentially problematic. After the screening at TIFF, the film's Rotten Tomatoes rating dropped to 77% positive with a dozen "rotten" reviews. The film had its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival and received tremendous raves. Phoenix's performance was immediately proclaimed to be a player for this year's Best Actor nominations. Even ironic was how the movie won the Golden Lion at the Venice International Film Festival just days before the negative reviews poured in. With most of the critics hailing the DC Comics movie for changing the narrative of "how a comic book movie should be", there are others who believe that the movie is: "well, not bad." One of the main reasons for this contradiction seems to be the way how the film presents its values and themes. The movie does "unapologetically hold[ing] up a mirror in our divided modern times," and successfully function as a "disturbing and terrifying commentary on our current society". Whatever the case may be, the movie did present one of Joaquin Phoenix's best Oscar-worthy performances. So, does this tell us anything about Joker? We have to admit that we expect this divide, with some hailing it as Oscar-worthy while others deeming it self-righteous or overplayed. With all the critical reviews settling down soon, it's now up to us to decide if it is a thumbs-up or a thumbs-down. Audience Scores for the movie will be pouring in after Joker's October 4 release.
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Sequel Confirmed: ‘Hobbs & Shaw’ Makes $700M At The Box Office.

by Kaylen Summers

It's official! Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw from Universal has zoomed past the $700 million milestone in the global box office. The running total includes $175 million from Chinese and a $160 million from North American box offices. Released as this year's summer tentpole, the flick is the ninth title in the Fast & Furious universe. The spin-off has Dwayne Johnson's Luke Hobbs and Jason Statham's Deckard Shaw as the lead characters. Unlike other Fast and Furious movies, Hobbs & Shaw do not have franchise stalwart Vin Diesel in his iconic Dominic Toretto role. However, the movie is star-studded with actors like Idris Elba playing the genetically enhanced villain, and Helen Mirren returning to portray the mother of Statham’s Shaw. The movie is directed by David Leitch (Deadpool 2) and scripted by franchise vets Chris Morgan and Drew Pearce. Although It: Chapter Two releasing this weekend may affect the movie, there is still chance for it to make it past the $164 million domestic total of Ice Age: Continental Drift and the $166 million domestic total of Roland Emmerich’s 2012. However, crossing box office milestones are not new for the Fast & Furious movies. After Fast Five, the franchise exploded making massive box office draw in overseas markets. The movie franchise has grown into one of the most bankable franchises around, which is not owned by Disney. Hobbs & Shaw has now made it to the fourth highest-grossing flick in the overall franchise following Fast & Furious 6 ($788.7 million), The Fate of the Furious ($1.23 billion) and Furious 7 ($1.51 billion). This inevitably means that the studio will be attempting for a Hobbs & Shaw 2, or whatever the studio wants to call it. Additionally, this also provides an opportunity for the further expansion of the 'Fast universe'. Vin Diesel has already teased a possible female-led spin-off. With this movie's success, Universal can explore such further opportunities for installments outside of the main series with confidence. However, what comes next up for the franchise will be Fast & Furious 9, which is currently in production. The movie will see Justin Lin, who helmed four prior installments, returning to the director's seat. The studio is also planning for a tenth movie in the main series as well.
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Spider-Man To Join Venom & Morbius in Sony’s Marvel Universe

by Kaylen Summers

With Marvel effectively removing Spider-Man from all future MCU movies, it looks like the drama between Sony and Disney isn’t getting better anytime soon. But, fans hopefully have something to cheer for in the midst, as sony is all set to introduce Spidey to Venom and Morbius. The three characters will be sharing the same cinematic universe going forward, which means we will be seeing a lot of crossovers after all. It was back in 2014 that Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures decided to reboot Spider-Man into the existing Marvel Cinematic Universe. Sadly, the high-profile deal collapsed recently, allowing Sony to be the sole owner of the wall-crawler and produce their own Spider-Man movies without Marvel Studios. Though many fans had high hopes that Sony and Marvel would find a way to reconcile. Now, it seems unlikely as the two rival studios are headed into very different directions. Kevin Feige will be focused on corporate priorities such as Disney+ and the new Fox acquisitions. In the meantime, Sony will be testing out all the lessons it had learned from Marvel to make an independently successful Spider-Man movie. Recently Sony chairman and CEO Tony Vinciquerra have confirmed on Sony's plans for Tom Holland's Peter Parker. "Spider-Man was fine before the event movies," he explained. "[He] did better with the event movies, and now that we have our own universe, he will play off the other characters as well. I think we’re pretty capable of doing what we have to do here.” As expected, we will be seeing Tom Holland's Spiderman and Tom Hardy's Venom together on screen in the near future. But that's not all, Jared Leto's Morbius the Living Vampire will also be getting in on the action. Unfortunately, their won't be Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige to lend a hand. Yet, Tony Vinciquerra feels confident about the plans. He explains: "We had a great run with (Feige) on Spider-Man movies. We tried to see if there's a way to work it out... the Marvel people are terrific people, we have great respect for them, but on the other hand, we have some pretty terrific people of our own. Kevin didn't do all the work." Kevin Feige is already pretty much caught up with all of the new Marvel Studios acquisitions following the recent Fox deal. Anyhow, Sony is still at it by bringing in Andy Serkis on board to direct Venom 2. The first installment did not do well with comic book fans and critics. But, it was a huge box office success. With the second installment, Sony is planning on getting some edge by going for an R-rating. Only time will tell whether Sony's plans will work out or not. Till then you can check out our blog for more stories about Sony's Marvel Universe from our website.
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Lara Is Back: ‘Tomb Rider 2’ To Release In 2021

by Kaylen Summers

Let's admit it. No one honestly saw this coming. After the 2018's Tomb Raider reboot, a sequel for it was the least anyone would expect. Yet, it's happening and much sooner than you can imagine. Arriving on March 19, 2021, the flick will have Academy Award winner Alicia Vikander reprising her role as Lara Croft. But, there will be some change on who is going to call the actions. Recent reports reveal that filmmaker Ben Wheatley will be helming this time around, replacing the original's Roar Uthaug. Wheatley is best known for directing cult British movies like Free FireKill List and High-Rise. With Wheatley confirmed for directing the sequel, there is some hope that the upcoming movie will be worth watching. Helping the director out with penning the action-adventure movie will be Amy Jump, who co-wrote Free Fire and High-Rise with Wheatley. However, we are not sure whether the movie will begin from where the last one was left. Last year’s Tomb Raider was based on the 2013 video game and grossed over $275 million worldwide. The movie's plot was about Vikander’s character attempting to solve the mystery of her father’s disappearance. The first installment of Tomb Raider ended with Lara overcoming the (second) death of her father and escaping the clutches of Trinity. Even if the story doesn't pick up from there, we sure hope to see the explorer with her trademark twin pistols again on a new adventure. Alicia Vikander has expressed her interest in playing Lara again, even before the release of the first movie. She said: "Yes, I adored taking on the role of Lara. So yeah, we'll see. If there's an audience out there for it, then I would love to." Well, from what her character when through in the first installment, let's hope she is ready for some more bumps and bruises. Because in Hollywood sequels have to go big or go home.
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Crazy Rich Asians 2: Writer Leaves After Pay Disparity Dispute

by Kaylen Summers

One more example is here to prove that Hollywood is still a hostile place for women- especially if you are of color. Recently, Crazy Rich Asians co-screenwriter Adele Lim found out that her fellow co-writer, Peter Chiarelli, a white man was earning 9 to 10 times more than her. Adele Lim is a veteran TV writer who debuted into feature films with Crazy Rich Asians. The rom-com turned out to be a massive hit grossing $238 million globally and Lim has since signed a deal with Disney Animation and is working on Raya and the Last Dragon. With such a huge success in the bag, it obvious that Warner Bros, would be more than willing to work on a sequel to the movie. Thus the work for Crazy Rich Asians 2 began and the writers of the first installment were back to pen it. However, it turned out that Peter Chiarelli, a more seasoned screenwriter, was offered between $800,000 and $1,000,000, while Lim was offered only around $110,000 for her work on the sequel. Though the studio felt it to be a fair, industry-standard rate based on experience, Lim believes that her pay should be much closer to her co-writer. Here's what Lim had to say: "Pete has been nothing but incredibly gracious, but what I make shouldn't be dependent on the generosity of the white-guy writer. If I couldn't get pay equity after CRA, I can't imagine what it would be like for anyone else, given that the standard for how much you're worth is having established quotes from previous movies, which women of color would never have been [hired for]. There's no realistic way to achieve true equity that way." The messy pay dispute has put Warner Bros. in a significant snag with Crazy Rich Asians 2. With Adele Lim no longer involved with the sequel, the studio will have a hard time finding the perfect substitute to bring back the magic. However, it seems like that alone cannot save this planned trilogy from production hell, as there are some scheduling issues with the in-demand cast. Hope it gets fixed once the scripting gets all sorted out. Crazy Rich Asians is based on the 2013 novel of the same name by Kevin Kwan. The novel follows a young Asian American woman who meets her boyfriend’s parents, who are one of the richest families in Singapore. The lead is played by Constance Wu with Henry Golding as her fiancé. Michelle Yeoh plays the role of her future mother-in-law. The upcoming sequels will be based on the next two books in Kwan’s trilogy — 2015’s "China Rich Girlfriend" and 2017’s "Rich People Problems." With so many issues surrounding the project, the studio has not set any release dates for the sequels.
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Superman Star Henry Cavil Excited For Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker

by Kaylen Summers

Apparently, we are not the only ones looking forward to seeing the clown prince of Gotham in action. Recently, the Superman actor Henry Cavill revealed that he too is anxious to see Joaquin Phoenix onscreen as the iconic Batman villain Joker. Recently, DC's Chief Creative Officer Jim Lee took his first impression about the Joker movie to Instagram. Lee revealed that the movie will have a lot for fans to analyze when all the dust settles. Lee's first impression of the Joker movie is as follows: "Director Todd Phillips' Joker is intense, raw and soulful. He's talked about how his take on the Joker is not beholden to the character's comic book roots. That said, there's absolutely nothing in this film incongruous with our understanding of who the Joker is. If anything, Joaquin Phoenix's mesmerizing and unsettling turn as the Joker gives us a deep and fully realized look into one of our favorite villains, and I'm sure elements will be embraced going forward in our ongoing, ever-evolving mythology. That's what powerful, compelling stories do. And without a doubt-long time, DC fans will be spending a lot of time unpacking the many story revelations and questions this harrowing cautionary tale raises." https://www.instagram.com/p/B11mnswn0H6/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link Replying to Lee's Post was none other than Henry Cavill, who simply said, "Can't wait to see this!!" https://www.reddit.com/r/DC_Cinematic/comments/cy55jd/other_wb_dont_deserve_this_man/ Directed by Todd Phillips, the movie got debuted at The Venice Film Festival and received an 8-minute standing ovation from an enraptured audience. With numerous positive reviews pouring in from critics, there is no doubt Phoenix will be a worthy contender for this year's Oscars. The actor admits that a lot changed for him during the production of the movie as his attitude towards Arthur Fleck evolved. "Throughout the course of shooting it felt like every day we were discovering new parts of his personality, up until the very last day" he says, "It was his struggle to find happiness and to feel connected and to feel warmth and love and that's the part of the character I was interested in. He was so many different things to me. Who he was in the first few weeks of shooting was completely different than who he was in the end. He was constantly evolving. I've never had an experience like this. The more unpredictable and looser we left it, the more exciting it was." It looks like Cavill has to wait a little longer like the rest of us, as Joker is all set to hit theaters by October 4th.
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Tom Holland Thinks That The Future Of Spiderman Is Safe With Sony

by Kaylen Summers

For many comic book movie fans, August 20 still remains as a dreadful day. The day marks Disney and Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige's announcement that they would no longer be involved with future “Spider-Man” movies. It is obvious that the decision will effectively end Tom Holland’s role as Peter Parker in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Though Holland will continue to play the web-slinger in films produced and distributed by Sony, he will not be able to pop up in 'Avengers'-style team-up or standalone movies tied up to the larger MCU. Talking about the chain of events, the actor assured fans that his spiderman franchise will continue to grow better under Sony's backing. He went on to express his confidence in Sony, saying: "I'm not shy about expressing how incredible the last five years have been with Marvel. I've truly had the time of my life, and in so many respects, they have made my dreams come true as an actor. Sony has also been really good to me, and the global success of Spider-Man: Far From Home is a real testament to their support, skill, and commitment. The legacy and future of Spidey rests in Sony's safe hands. I really am nothing but grateful, and I've made friends for life along the way." It was not the first time that Holland shared similar thoughts. During Disney’s D23 convention, shortly after the news of the Disney-Sony split was announced, the actor promised fans that he would "continue playing Spider-Man and having the time of [his] life,” adding, “It’s going to be so fun, however, we choose to do it. The future for Spider-Man will be different, but it will be equally as awesome and amazing, and we’ll find new ways to make it even cooler." Keeping a cool head and remaining intensely positive is respectable. The actor is literally in the middle of something of an ugly situation between two massive corporations. Yet, as fans, we have some concerns for his version of Spiderman. When it comes to making superhero movies, Kevin Feige has a proven track record. However, Sony doesn't arguably have a good live-action Spider-Man movie in their list since Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 2. Yes, the animated Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse did perform will with fans and critics. But it's a bit of a different ballgame. The only other hit from Sony's Spiderman universe is Venom, which was financially successful, but not critically welcomed. Point being, it's easy to understand why one would be worried about Sony handling the franchise without Feige. The damage has already been done and now all we can do is to hope that Tom Holland is right about Sony.
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The Irishman: De Niro Recreates Iconic ‘Goodfellas’ Scene to Test De-Aging CGI

by Kaylen Summers

A lot of surprises awaits fans as Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman is finally arriving in cinemas and on Netflix. The film will feature the iconic cast of Robert De Niro, Al Pachino and Joe Pesci in a multiple-decade-spanning mob story, with the help of extensive, revolutionary de-aging CGI. Scorsese is known for pushing the boundaries of cinema. However, telling a story of characters from their 20s to 80s is a huge swing for even him. It is in this predicament that the filmmaker looked into his own past before starting the work. According to Industrial Light & Magic's Pablo Helman: "We made a little set that looked a little like the original film, and then Bob got going. He did his monologues and soliloquies and different expressions. 'Get rid of the fur coat! Get rid of the Cadillac!' Then he went through a series of computer processes." Scorsese and the others recreated an old scene from the original Goodfellas to check how effective the de-aged tech will be. It was only after watching the de-aged version and the original scene back-to-back that they decided that the approach would work for the film. "We made a little set that looked a little like the original film, and then [De Niro] got going," Scorsese explained, "He did his monologues and soliloquies and different expressions... Then he went through a series of computer processes". The Irishman marks the ninth time Scorsese and De Niro collaborating. It was in 1995's Casino that the filmmaker and his trusted muse worked together the last time. The movie also pairs De Niro with his fellow crime-cinema icons Al Pacino and Joe Pesci in the cast. The three actors have worked together before, with Pacino and De Niro previously working for Heat, and De Niro and Pesci sharing screen for Scorsese's Raging Bull, Goodfellas, and Casino. The story for The Irishman is adapted from Charles Brandt's book I Heard You Paint Houses by Oscar-winner Steve Zaillian (Schindler's ListGangs of New York). It chronicles the life of hitman Frank "The Irishman" Sheeran through his days of being a young WWII veteran to his career as a hired gun for the Bufalino crime family and involvement in the disappearance of labor leader Jimmy Hoffa (Pacino). Though there is no doubt that the movie will be another cult classic, the production budget for the effect and de-aging De Niro and his costars was more than $159 million. This, in turn, made it Scorsese's most expensive film to date. Either way, Netflix seems to be happy with how things turned out. With the movie premiering at the New York Film Festival, we will be seeing it in select theaters for a few weeks in November and then on the streaming service.
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Charlize Theron’s Cipher Gets A New Look For Fast & Furious 9

by Kaylen Summers

The villainous Cipher is returning back to the Fast and Furious universe and this time she is going to have a new look. Actress Charlize Theron who was introduced into the franchise in 2017's the Fate of the Furious, has confirmed that she will be returning in Fast & Furious 9. Though there were numerous reports on the Oscar-winner's second trip to the franchise, none were officially confirmed till now. Cipher is a cyber-criminal mastermind who blackmailed Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) to do her bidding by keeping his old flame Elena Neves (Elsa Pataky) and their infant son hostage. When Dom disobeyed one of her orders, she even kills Elena in front of him as a punishment. Though Dom and his team eventually get the upper-hand on her, Cipher evades capture and flees. With the inevitable showdown between Dom and Cipher still waiting, her return to the new installment is making us a little anxious about what to expect. Whatever the case may be, Theron is porting her new looks and we are literally blown away by it. https://www.instagram.com/p/B16RfSgBKTo/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link The actress is donning the short razor-sharp new haircut, replacing the longer hairstyle she had in her first Fast & Furious movie. While she had a blond look then, her new look features a mix of black and blonde. Initially, it was rumored that Cipher would be returning on Dwayne Johnson-led spinoff, Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw. Speculations were that the character was going to be revealed as The Director of the sinister organization Eteon in Hobbs & Shaw. Though there's no official evidence to suggest that such a plan was considered, it is believed that the plan was eventually dropped. Either way, we will be seeing Theron back in action soon for Fast & Furious 9. The ninth installment will also see the return of director Justin Lin, who directed the third, fourth, fifth and sixth entries in the Fast & Furious franchise.  Fast & Furious 9 is expected to release on May 22, 2020.
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Lion King Beats Avengers; Becomes 7th Biggest Movie of All Time

by Kaylen Summers

For all those people who are saying that Disney doesn't know how to churn out a hit at the box office: Please step back!! Over the weekend, the studio has yet again made its dominance felt. Disney's The Lion King opened up to be one of the most grossing movies to come from the House of Mouse. The latest live-action addition is still continuing its reign at the box office, and recent reports are revealing that it is surpassing The Avengers to become the seventh highest-grossing movie of all time. Yes! Simba has beaten Earth's mightiest heroes which is nothing shy of impressive, to say the very least of it. Directed by Jon Favreau, Disney's reimaging of its classic animated film features the voices of Donald Glover, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, Seth Rogen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Billy Eichner, John Kani, John Oliver, Alfre Woodard, Florence Kasumba, Eric André, Shahadi Wright Joseph, Keegan-Michael Key, JD McCrary, and James Earl Jones. With the Labor Day weekend behind us, The Lion King has now grossed in a total of more than $1.56 billion globally. The huge returns owe its share to the $523.5 million in domestic ticket sales and a stellar $1.04 billion from international markets. Previously, it was Marvel's The Avengers who held the record position by nabbing around $1.51 billion when it was released in 2012.  The Lion King also managed to bump down Black Panther ($1.34 billion) from its position in the all-time top ten. If the movie continues to shine well at the box office, then there is a chance that it could overtake Jurassic World ($1.67 billion) from the sixth position. However, going any higher than that would be a tough task, as the fifth spot is safe in the hands of Avengers: Infinity War with a whopping $2.04 billion in the collection box. It is obvious that Simba's roar wouldn't have that much strength to reach there. Apart from the numbers, this accomplishment shows how much the Mouse House defies expectations. Disney knows the winning formula to churn out content that audiences want to see. While every other studio struggled this summer, Disney dominated the box office again, giving hit after hit. This milestone is only one among the long list of achievements for Disney. The studio currently occupies six of the top 10 spots on the highest-grossing movie list and nine of the top 15 spots. With already five movies released, they are also having a record-breaking year. Avengers: EndgameThe Lion KingCaptain MarvelToy Story 4 and Aladdin have all grossed at least $1 billion at the box office, making Disney the most money earned studio in a calendar year. But, they are not going to settle down with that. Big releases such as Maleficent: Mistress of EvilFrozen 2 and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker are already lined up and they are sure to have a great shot at taking in $10 billion or more before 2020. Now, it seems like Disney’s only competition at the box office is itself.
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‘Rambo: Last Blood’ Looks For Franchise Best Box Office Opening

by Kaylen Summers

Sylvester Stallone's Rambo is returning for one last mission in Lionsgate and Millennium's Rambo: Last Blood and the makers of the movie are hoping to make it a memorable one. The movie's far projections are indicating that it could be the best debut in all of the franchise. From what is known, the film is expected to open between $21 and $24 million over its first three days. If it is able to hit that bar following its release on September 20th, it will surpass all of the previous installments from the cult-classic franchise. But, that's only the best-case scenario. Even if make it to the lower end of that spectrum, it can still take the top spot amongst all Rambo films. Previously, it was Rambo: First Blood II that held the first spot, by bringing in a $20.1 million when it was released in 1985. 2008's Rambo comes second in the list with $18.2 million, followed by 1988's Rambo III, which brought in $13 million. The original First Blood, released in takes the last spot with $6.6 million. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YPuhNtG47M0 At the box-office, the upcoming Rambo movie will be battling it out against the Brad Pitt astronaut film Ad Astra and Downton Abbey. However, the chances for both of these movies challenging Rambo's supremacy over the weekend is questionable. The Brad Pitt starrer is currently pegged for a $17.5 to $19 million opening and Downton Abbey is looking to gross between $15 and $16 million. It seems like Rambo's return is not for nothing. Directed by Adrian Grunberg (Get the Gringo), the movie is penned by Stallone himself with Matthew Cirulnick (South Beach, Absentia). Picking up where 2008's Rambo ended. Last Blood has Sly's title character visiting his estranged father at his horse farm in Arizona. As he settled into a quiet life after his father's passing, he is thrown back to action when a friend's daughter is kidnapped by the dangerous Mexican cartel led by the cruel Hugo Martinez (Sergio Peris-Mencheta). Rambo: Last Blood will hit theaters on September 20. 
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Blumhouse’s ‘Invisible Man’ Synopsis Puts a Scary Twist on Classic Universal Monster

by Kaylen Summers

Ever since Universal's attempt to bring-forth a Dark Universe got collapsed, not much was spoken about the movies slated for release under the franchise. However, now it seems like The Invisible Man remake is finally undergoing pre-production. Blumhouse and Universal have given us a small glimpse of what the movie would be like, with an official synopsis for the reboot.  The synopsis is as follows: "The film centers on Cecilia Kass (Elisabeth Moss), a woman trapped in a violent, controlling relationship with a wealthy and brilliant scientist. She escapes in the dead of night and disappears into hiding, aided by her sister (Harriet Dyer), their childhood friend (Aldis Hodge) and his teenage daughter (Storm Reid). But when Cecilia's abusive ex (Oliver Jackson-Cohen) commits suicide and leaves her a generous portion of his vast fortune, Cecilia suspects his death was a hoax. As a series of eerie coincidences turn lethal, threatening the lives of those she loves, Cecilia's sanity begins to unravel as she desperately tries to prove that she is being hunted by someone nobody can see." The movie was originally intended to revive the horror property for its now-defunct shared monster-movie universe, with Johnny Depp starring as the titular character. However, following the wholly disappointing remake of The Mummy by Alex Kurtzman, the 'Dark Universe' project was dropped and The Invisible Man remake was moved to Blumhouse instead. Written and directed by Leigh Whannell (Insidious: Chapter 3Upgrade), Blumhouse's The Invisible Man will be a low-budget, socially conscious take on the classic Universal monster. In the vein of the studio's popular horror films like Get OutThe Purge series, and Halloween, it will be led by a cast that includes The Haunting of Hill House actor Oliver Jackson-Cohen as The Invisible Man and The Handmaid's Tale star Elisabeth Moss as his ex-girlfriend. Other members of the cast include are played by Aldis Hodge (Brian Banks), Harriet Dyer (The InBetween), and Storm Reid (A Wrinkle in Time). Over the years we have seen many violent and tragic iterations of The Invisible Man. Though it follows the classic plot from literature, the creative mind behind each of these iterations has tweaked things a bit to give us a distinctive adventure. In this new remake, it is obvious that director Whannell has developed things in a very truly different direction. Whatever he has in store for us, we are super excited to watch it when it arrives in theaters on February 28, 2020.
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Tom Holland’s Spider-Man Cameo for Venom Got Removed by Marvel?

by Kaylen Summers

The recent disputes between Marvel and Sony have put Spider-Man's future in the Marvel Cinematic Universe under jeopardy. Though fans are hoping for some wild Disney magic to turn everything back to normal and it seems like its far from happening as Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige confirmed that Spider-Man and the Marvel Cinematic Universe are done. "It was a dream that I never thought would happen,” Feige explained during this year's D23 convention. "It was never meant to last forever. We knew there was a finite amount of time that we’d be able to do this, and we told the story we wanted to tell, and I’ll always be thankful for that." The news is indeed sad and frustrating for any true comic-book fan out there. However, let's not forget to consider the possibilities this 'break-up' offers too. Sony's already existing Venom universe is a good place to start from. Fans are dying to see Spiderman and Venom share screen and with Marvel out of the way, Sony can now act on their plans to have the Wall-Crawler meet Venom without Marvel's co-sign. It's such a wonderful plan that they could have cashed in on it long before, right? Well, it turns out that Sony may have already tried it once, but Marvel reportedly was so adamant not to go forward with it. On an episode of Collider Live, Jay Washington said that Tom Holland was supposed to make a cameo in the Sony Spider-Man universe. But it was eventually cut due to Marvel asking for the scene to be removed. Washington explained: "I'll tell you the truth: Tom Holland did film a scene for Venom… Marvel saw the movie and was like ‘Take him out. Take this scene out.’ Peter Parker was in Venom, not Spider-Man." Marvel was handling the sticky superhero quite well, while Sony was focusing on building its own Spiderman universe with Venom. Though it was far from being a critical darling, the movie gave Sony the hit they desperately needed. Buoyed by Venom's success, a sequel is already in the pre-production stage with Andy Serkis set to helm the project. The movie will be pitting Eddie Brock against his nemesis, Cletus Kasady/Carnage. But, it was obvious that the studio wants to see both Venom and Spiderman face it off on the big screen one way or the other.  Whatever the case may be, Venom 2  is shaping up to be a true R-rated flick, with Tom Hardy himself helping out with the script. While it's too early to know if Tom Holland will make a cameo in the sequel, we should be expecting anything as Sony can now basically do whatever they want with the web-slinger.
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Sherlock Holmes 3: Dexter Fletcher Replaces Guy Richie As The Director

by Kaylen Summers

It's been more than a decade now since we saw any new adventure from Robert Downey Jr.’s Sherlock. However, recent reports reveal that the distinguished detective of Baker Street will be returning back to the big screens soon. After the first two movies of the franchise were released, Robert Downey Jr was busy with everyone's favorite billionaire Tony Stark a.k.a Ironman. Now that the universe is safe from intergalactic threats, will see him back as the titular detective who solves perplex mysteries with his right-hand-man, Doctor Watson. Jude Law will be returning to the franchise too in the role of Watson. However, Guy Ritchie- who helmed both 2009’s Sherlock Holmes and 2011’s A Game of Shadows- will not be returning to the director's chair for this one. The director had been busy lately, with his recent live-action Disney remake, Aladdin. But, don't worry. The threequel is still in safe hands as the Rocketman director, Dexter Fletcher will be taking over the franchise from him. The filmmaker had a very successful run with his Elton John biopic that did well both critically and commercially. When asked about the movie and its style, during a recent interview, the filmmaker had this to say: "I think that's inevitable, isn't it? Whenever you have different filmmakers. I'm not gonna ignore what he did so brilliantly before. There will be an element of that, but I will also bring my own voice to it as well and it will be something sort of different. And I suppose that's the idea of bringing in somebody new. We'll see what happens." Flecher was on his press rounds promoting the home-video release of Rocketman. Both the directors have known each other for a very long time. Flecher even stared in Ritchie’s breakout feature, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. When heard about him directing the threequel, Flecher revealed that his pal was apparently very supportive. “He’s very generous about it," he explained, "He’s like, ‘You’re going to have a great time with it. Go and have a great time.’ It’ll be exciting. Robert [Downey Jr.] is amazing. Jude [Law} is fantastic. There’s an incredible cast there and a great opportunity. He’s not around to do it. He’s off doing what he’s doing. So it feels good to be part of that. Guy and I go way back and he’s very generous. I think he sort of finds it rather fun that it’s me.” All plot details about the movie are currently being kept under wraps. With Robert Downey Jr. star power, the movie could probably outdo the previous two flicks which made a combined $1.06 billion at the global box office. The official word on when production will begin is yet to be disclosed. From what we know the movie will film in California and is scheduled for release in cinemas on December 21st, 2021.
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‘The Irishman’ To Have A 210 Minutes Long Runtime

by Kaylen Summers

Yep! You heard it right. Martin Scorsese's star-studded The Irishman will clock in a bum-numbing three hours and thirty minutes. Even though the movie is inching closer to its November release, not much has yet been revealed to about the flick. However, the newly disclosed details about the movie's runtime will surely give fans a heads-up before its official release. When compared with other 'long runtime movies', The Irishman is less than Gone With The Wind (238 minutes), Once Upon A Time In America (229 minutes) and Lawrence of Arabia (216 minutes). However, it is nine minutes longer than Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King and 10 minutes than The Godfather: Part II. It was only last month that the film's first trailer got released, featuring the first glimpse of a de-aged Robert De Niro. Even though we haven't heard much about the movie since then, it is obvious now that the film has an incredibly impressive cast including De Niro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci. It’s also one of Scorsese’s priciest films yet, with a reported budget of $160 million (£130m). Though the movie gets its premiere at the New York Film Festival on 27 September, it will only be available briefly in cinemas in the UK from 8 November. However, from 27 November onwards, the movie will begin streaming on Netflix. Here is the official trailer for The Irishman: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Expe7hf6MU
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Kit Harington To Play Marvel’s Black Knight.

by Kaylen Summers

After the severe backlash following Spiderman's departure, Marvel is trying to calm their fans down with some good casting announcements. Marvel Studio head Kevin Feige revealed at this year's D23 Expo that the Game of Thrones star Kit Harington will be playing the role of Dane Whitman a.k.a Marvel's Black Knight in the upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe flick The Eternals. For MCU fans, the news comes with tremendous excitement. However, the real cherry on top came when Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige sat down with 'Good Morning America' backstage at D23 Expo. When asked about Kit Harington's newest role, Feige shared that we will be seeing more of the character's presence in the franchise than just his debut movie. "He’s a really amazing actor, and this part came up in The Eternals film that we’re doing," Feige said, "We were so happy when he agreed to join, and it is a part that could perhaps grow into something else in the future." Whitman first appeared in The Avengers #47 way back in the 1960s. Descendent to the original Black Knight and nephew to the villainous second Black Knight, Harington's character is the third to bear the Black Knight moniker. After his evil uncle perished after a fight with everyone's favorite billionaire, Iron Man, Whitman inherited the Ebony Blade- a cursed, mystical sword that has been passed down from generation to generation. He then takes up the Black Knight title to restore honor to his family name. The Character has been a longtime member many different versions of Avengers' throughout the history of Marvel Comics. He has also joined up with other popular teams like the 'Defenders' and 'Heroes for Hire'. With the arrival of Disney's streaming service, Marvel will have more creative freedom to explore new characters and stories. A Black Knight TV series can possibly help Harington’s role to grow into something bigger. But, all have to wait till Phase 5 as Marvel’s Phase 4 schedule seems to be complete.
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Michael Bay’s Next Project is Sony’s Black 5

by Emily Keen

If your brain is missing a dose of high-speed action, amidst firing guns and nasty explosions, we have good news! Michael Bay is back to helming, with an action feature titled Black 5. The story is an original idea from the man himself but no details of the plot, have been spilled yet! Reports have it that the movie is being developed as a video game too, just like most Bay movies. Ehren Kruger (Ghost in the Shell) will be doing the screenplay. Bay and Kruger go way back, as they have worked together on the script of multiple Transformer movies. Bay and Erwin Stoff will team up again after 13 Hours to produce the new high voltage action-adventure backed by Sony. The details of Black 5 have not been addressed by the studio for now. The production is expected to begin in early 2020 as reported by ‘Variety’. A typical Bay movie is an assortment of pyrotechnics, flying cars and fast cuts of mad war between patriots and enemies! Oh yes! And how can we forget his signature 360 spin shot! Considering his obsession with style over substance, it is safe to expect Black 5 to be an overhaul of a high energy tussle. Michael Bay’s Transformers property has a cult following around the world and to date remains one of Hollywood’s biggest franchises. The franchise returned to screens in 2018 with its latest spinoff- Bumblebee. The film was a blockbuster and well received by critics and audience at large. It was directed by Travis Knight with Bay as a producer. Michael Bay’s take on shooting films is improvisation to the max and giving the audience a complete visual of his set. His art lies in punctuating the scenes in a way to provide the viewers with a sense of space. Bay’s career highlights include ArmageddonPearl Harbor, Bad Boys, The Island, Pain & Gain and 13 Hours. He is currently working on a Netflix project starring Ryan Reynolds which is expected to release next year.  The director is also working on a sci-fi thriller titled Robocalypse, which happens to be an adaptation of a novel by Daniel H. Wilson. The script is penned by Seth Goddard and the plot is set in the wake of a robot insurgency. For all we know, we have a lot of Bayhem coming up on the big screen in the next two years.
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‘Mortal Kombat’ Reboot: Sonya Blade and Kano Casts Confirmed

by Kaylen Summers

The word is out that two more actors have been cast for the upcoming Mortal Kombat movie from Waner Bros and New Line. Actor Jessica McNamee is on board to play Sonya Blade, while actor Josh Lawson will be playing the role of Kano. The two actors are in final negotiations to play the iconic characters onscreen.  Jessica McNamee is famous for her role in movies like The Vow (2012) and Chips (2017). But her most notable performance was in last year's The Meg. On the other hand, the Australian actor Josh Lawson is known for his role as Doug Gugghenheim in Showtime sitcom House of Lies. Though not much about the new film's plot is know, there is a huge probability that it will be following the basic premise of the first game, which was set in a world where one-on-one deathmatches in a tournament held on the evil Shang Tsung’s island determined the fate of the world. It was in 1992 that the original video game Mortal Kombat got first released. Having sold more than 49 million copies, it quickly thrived into one of the most profitable video game franchises of all time. In 1995 a movie adaptation of the game was released, with Paul W. S. Anderson helming the flick. The movie went on to gross an astonishing $122 million worldwide and an indirect sequel named Mortal Kombat: Annihilation was released. However, the upcoming Mortal Kombat is expected to be hard R-rated, considering the amount of screen-carnage promised by the Screenwriter Greg Russo. "Since it's already been stated by other members of the team, I'm gonna put this one to bed," Russo tweeted, "MK WILL be R-Rated and for the first time EVER, FATALITIES will FINALLY be on the big screen (and no I'm not gonna say which ones) You'll just have to wait for the movie & see!!!"  Joe Taslim (Sub-Zero), Mehcad Brooks (Jackson "Jax" Briggs), Sisi Stringer (Mileena), and Tadanobu Asano (Raiden, the Japanese god of thunder) were previously announced as cast members for the reboot. British actor Lewis Tan will also be appearing to play a lead role, whose identity is still unknown. The film, currently in pre-production, is expected to begin shooting later this year in Adelaide, Australia. Directed by Simon McQuaid, Aquaman director James Wan will be the producer of the movie. Mortal Kombat is set to hit theaters in March 2021.
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The First look of Sophia Lillis Starrer Gretel and Hansel is Out!

by Emily Keen

The favorite fairy tale of all times gets an all-new spin. Hansel and Gretel our good ol’ bedtime story, is coming to life on the silver screen to scare your sleep away. Only this time Gretel will be center stage. Sophia Lillis of IT and IT: Chapter 2 fame will be playing Gretel. The Orion Pictures’ upcoming horror feature titled Gretel and Hansel will be directed by Osgood “Oz” Perkins. The creepy recreation of the fairy tale classic opens in theatres on January 31, 2020. January is not exactly a prosperous time when it comes to cinema. But Gretel and Hansel might prove to be the Humdinger for the month of trashy movies. Starring alongside Sophia Lillis will be a newcomer Sammy Leakey. The rest of the lineup includes Charles Babalola, Alice Krige, and Jessica De Gouw. Rob Hayes has finished working on the script and the production is already underway. Brian Kavanaugh-Jones and Fred Berger are co-producing the venture along with executive producers Sandra Yee Ling, Macdara Kellehe. Sophia has soared to heights of fame with her appearance in Stephen King’s IT franchise. She will be back to play Beverly in the second installment releasing this September. Her big-screen debut was with the 2016 drama, 37. She has also featured in TV mini-series like Sharp Objects, and her own franchise Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase. Here is the first image of Sophia Lillis as Gretel, sourced from Orion Pictures. gretel-first-look The plot of the re-imagined version of the gothic tale falls along the same lines as its original version. Gretel leads the brother (Hansel) to the woods in search of food and work. Except for this time, they will witness something far more horrifying than only a miserable witch. The director did give away a few details about the plot. This is what he said in his statement: “We tried to find a way to make it more of a coming of age story. I wanted Gretel to be somewhat older than Hansel, so it didn’t feel like two twelve-year-olds — rather a sixteen-year-old and an eight-year-old. There was more of a feeling like Gretel having to take Hansel around everywhere she goes, and how that can impede one’s own evolution, how our attachments and the things that we love can sometimes get in the way of our growth. Sophia Lillis is really fantastic. She has one of those faces that the camera immediately understands, which is something that rarely happens. For my style and for my taste, which tends to be minimalist and a little bit more mannered, she’s really a dream.” Perkins described the plot of the movie as “awfully faithful to the original” fairytale. But will the audience embrace this creepy take on the legend of Hansel and Gretel? Only time can tell!
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Woody Harrelson to Make a Comeback in Venom 2

by Emily Keen

The cinematographer of Venom 2 in his recent interview dropped news about Woody Harrelson being a part of the second installment of the franchise. The sequel will be helmed by Andy Serkis. Robert Richardson (Oscar-winning cinematographer) will be handling the cinematography. Richardson was recently asked why he decided to work on Venom 2. In response to which he gave away a detail about an unknown cast member of the sequel. Woody Harrelson who made an appearance in the end credits scene of the first installment will be making a return in the sequel. This is what Richardson told ‘Collider’: “I was looking forward to entering into that arena with Batman years ago with Ben [Affleck]. I thought, ‘Well this is something I haven’t done that I would love to try to do.’ And then Andy Serkis, who I worked with on Breathe, gave me a call a month ago and said that he was up for this and would I be willing. I’d seen the film. I watched it again, then they sent me a script and I felt like, yeah, I would say yes anyway to Andy just because I would say yes to Andy, but I also think it’s a great… I think it’s unexplored yet, and it’s going to explode, and this film, I think, will help it explode, because you have a remarkable central character with Venom, but now you’ve got Woody Harrelson, who’s going to obviously make his own little entrance here, and we’ll see what else comes in with the Sony Marvel collaboration. I look forward to it. It’s a massive change for me, but I’m excited. I think Hardy is one of our best. He never misses. I so look forward to sitting with him and watching him perform.” We know for a fact that the confirmation of Harrelson’s entry has not come from the higher-ups in Sony or even the Director. But can’t doubt the credibility of information coming from a person inner circle can we? Speaking of the end credits scene we mentioned earlier, it shows Eddie Brock (the host to Venom) approach Cletus Kasady (portrayed by Woody Harrelson) a deranged serial killer for an interview. Cletus says in his final statement “When I get out of here- and I will... there’s gonna be carnage”. The words were spoken and the comic cult went bonkers. Carnage was coming! As per comics, Carnage is a symbiote who takes over Kasady. But, unlike Venom, he has no inclination towards rules and morals. Was that a sneak peek into the plot of the sequel? As of yet, we do not have any reports on the arc of Venom 2. So will it be hard to predict the significance of Harrelson’s Carnage? Definitely! He could be a primary villain our guy Venom is slated to take down. Or he could be a part of the bigger problem altogether. If you are wondering how Harrelson landed as the perfect piece of the puzzle, know that it’s not completely out of the blue. Ruben Fleischer (director of Venom) shared a professional history with the actor thanks to Zombieland. The team thus found the perfect Kasady! As for Richardson, he seems delighted to be a part of the project, and couldn’t wait to work alongside Serkis and Hardy on this highly anticipated sequel. We do have confirmations that familiar faces will make a return in the upcoming installment of the franchise. Michelle Williams will be back as Eddie Brock’s former fiancée, Anne. The possibility of a high voltage red vs black symbiote battle is gaining fad amongst fans. But what the sequel truly has in store will only be revealed in the October of 2020. Stay tuned to Spotflik for more updates on Venom 2.
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‘The Suicide Squad’: James Gunn Casts Comedian Steve Agee as King Shark

by Kaylen Summers

From specifically-themed birthday cake to plenty of speculation and rumors, we all knew that it would be happening one way or the other. Our expectations were not in vain as it is now official that King Shark will be a part of James Gunn's The Suicide Squad and comedian Steve Agee will be cast in the role. Agee will be providing the voice-over to the humanoid super-villain with shark’s torso and a human’s legs. The DC villain created by Karl Kesel first made a brief cameo in the comics in Superboy vol. 3, #0 (Oct. 1994) and later made his first full appearance in Superboy vol. 3, #9 (Nov. 1994). Even though he was a part of the Arrowverse series The Flash, Gunn's new movie will mark his first appearance in a big-screen adaptation. Gunn and Agee have already worked together in Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, in which he played the Ravager Gef. However, he is known among fans as a comedian with a knack for stealing scenes. The actor has popped up in everything from New Girl to Superstore to You’re the Worst. He has also voiced for Cartoon Network's Adventure Time and Netflix’s Twelve Forever. If that is not enough to note how incredibly talented he is, Agee has also written 306 episodes of Jimmy Kimmel Live! It was in 2016 that Warner Bros. and DC released the first installment of Suicide Squad, written and directed by David Ayer. Even though the movie went through pretty negative reviews, it became a box office hit earning up to $746.8 million worldwide.  The movie also suffered a bit of tumultuous post-production with Warner Bros. who were desperate on changing the heavily criticized dark tone of their movies. The new movie will be a soft reboot with an original story from Gunn. Chuck Roven and Peter Safran will be overlooking the production. Though sequel will not be having direct ties to the first one, it will be picking up where the 2016 film had left off. Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn), Joel Kinnaman (Rick Flag), Viola Davis (Amanda Waller), and Jai Courtney (Captain Boomerang) are reportedly reprising their roles from the first movie. Newly added members to the team will be Idris Elba as a yet-to-be-revealed character, David Dastmalchian (Polka-Dot Man), Daniela Melchior (Ratcatcher), and Flula Borg in a supporting role. The Suicide Squad is expected to hit theaters on Aug. 6, 2021, with its production starting in September. With Gunn onboard, The Suicide Squad will be shaping up to be one of the most anticipated superhero projects of recent times. Check out this space for more updates about the movie.
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Taika Waititi Confirms; Two Thors for Marvel’s ‘Thor: Love & Thunder’.

by Kaylen Summers

The Marvel Cinematic Universe saw the end of its third phase this summer with Spiderman: Far From Home. With more than a decade of movies behind them, the studio has already been revealing its plans for Phase Four through events like San Diego Comic-Con and this year's D23. One among such big Marvel movies announced at Comic-Con this year was Thor: Love and Thunder. The blockbuster features the return of the fan-favorite Avenger Thor portrayed by Chris Hemsworth. Directed by Taika Waititi, the movie will be the first time a Marvel hero is given a fourth solo movie. Waititi is worth mentioning for his quick wits that breathed new life into the franchise when he helmed the action-packed, cheekily irreverent take on the Marvel superhero in Ragnarok. However, there is another reason why fans are super excited about the upcoming movie. Natalie Portman will be returning back to the franchise to reprise the role of Jane Foster. That's not all. The actress is coming back to the MCU as Mighty Thor. The original God of Thunder is sure to have a run for his money. Oh, wait! What will happen to our Thor if Natalie is the new one? There is no need for confusions as the director himself clarified this confusion. Talking in an interview at Disney's D23 Expo, Waititi explained: "[She's] a Thor. There's still the other Thor, the original Thor. She's not called Female Thor. In the comics, she's called the Mighty Thor. It comes from that comic run. I couldn't be more happy and excited." Jane Foster becoming the Mighty Thor is a major story-arc in the comics. However, we cannot say that movie will be adapting that storyline entirely. In the comics, Jane becomes the Thor after the original Thor became unworthy to wield Mjolnir. But, from what director Waititi recently confirmed, there will be two Thors in the film. The director explained previously in an interview with Variety about how he convinced Portman to return, and how he wanted to finally make the actress into a full-fledged superhero. "I just said to her, 'Are you interested in coming back to this thing, but doing something really different?'"Waititi revealed, "Because another thing, no one wants to keep repeating themselves and no one wants to play the same characters all the time. And I think for her, just coming back reprising that character but in this whole fresh new way, is really what I think would interest anyone. Especially, in most of these films, if you're not a superhero... do you really want to keep doing that? I mean, I wouldn't. I would want to come back and change things up." Whatever the case may be, we are super-excited and eager to see two Thors on screen. Though the movie only premieres in theaters on November 5, 2021, the wait is worth it now.
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Nathan Fillion to Join the Ensemble of Suicide Squad 2

by Emily Keen

Nathan Fillion who is best known for his role in shows like Castle and Rookie will be making an entry into the DC universe. Although it is still unclear on what role he will be land in, the actor has been officially signed for the Suicide Squad 2. The ensemble of the DC comic adaptation includes Viola Davis (Amanda Waller), Joel Kinnaman (Rick Flag), Jai Courtney (Captain Boomerang) and Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn). New additions to the cast include Daniela Melchior as Ratcatcher, David Dastmalchian as the Polka Dot Man and John Cena as Peacemaker. And just like Nathan, Idris Elba who is also officially on board the team has some mystery attached to his role as well. James Gunn will be directing the sequel and the pre-production phase has already kicked in. Not to mention this is not the first time James and Fillion have been pairing up for a project. Their history goes way back when Fillion starred in Gunn’s Slither as well as in Super (a dark superhero comedy). Fillion also made his way into the Marvel Cinematic Universe when he voiced for an alien in the Guardians of Galaxy. Is Fillion’s role in Suicide Squad 2 is a crucial arc bearer or will he be seen just as a cameo? Well, that still remains a mystery! Nathan Fillion is adored for his role as Captain Malcolm on Firefly, a series which aired just for one season but still has a cult following. Apart from Firefly, Fillion also starred in popular series like Modern Family and A series of Unfortunate Events. He was the voice of Green Lantern in animated DC series like The Death of Superman. The sequel of Suicide Squad is said to be a total reboot of the first installment. James Gunn has refrained from calling this movie a ‘reboot’ or a ‘franchise’. Apparently, he has headed in a different direction altogether, not taking it down the same path as David Ayer did with Suicide Squad. The plot of the movie is still under wraps. The movie will open in theatres on August 6, 2021.  
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New Set Photo From Fast & Furious 9 Teases The Return of Paul Walker’s Brian

by Kaylen Summers

Anybody who has seen the Fast and Furious movies would know how much the actors care for their friends both on-screen and off-screen. Over the years, each installment from the franchise had brought the crew closer and closer just as 'the family' they portray on-screen. However, the untimely death of Paul Walker was a shock for both them and the fans. The actor died in November 2013 at age 40 during the shooting of Fast & Furious 7. The brothers Caleb and Cody Walker stood in for Paul and helped complete the movie with the help of some CGI. The movie's climax with Brian O'Connor driving off into the sunset paid homage to the actor and the legacy he left behind. Even though we didn't see Brian in The Fate of the Furious, both Caleb and Cody Walker had made it clear that they have no problem standing in for Brian in the future. With that being said, a recent pic posted on Instagram by Diesel revealed him and Cody Walker hanging out on the set of Fast and Furious 9. This has made many fans speculate that we will be seeing Walker again on-screen as Brian. Diesel had this to say in his post: "There is something special that happens every time Cody comes to visit production... Always making Pablo proud! All love, always. ." https://www.instagram.com/p/B1jhLCxFVog/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link It is not confirmed whether Walker's younger brother was there to film something or not. But, we really hope that director Justin Lin has a surprise in store for us. There is also another reason to speculate so.  Jordana Brewster, who plays Dom's sister and Brian's wife will be reprising her role. So the chances of at least having Brian appear briefly on screen is pretty high, even if he's not directly involved in the main plot. Other returning casts include Michelle Rodriguez, Ludacris, and Tyrese Gibson, with John Cena joining the cast as well. The latest addition to the franchise is Michael Rooker who recently signed on for a role yet to be revealed. With their recent spinoff movie, Hobbs & Shaw in theatres, Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham are reported to sit this one out. Fast & Furious 9 is set to release on May 22, 2020, with Justin Lin returning to the director's chair. The script is penned by series newcomer Dan Casey. If you are looking for more updates about the movie and more, do follow our website for some exclusive Fast and Furious content.
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Disney’s Upcoming Animation Movie Revealed at the D23 Expo

by Emily Keen

Disney has spilled the beans on the film that was holding on to the November 2020 slot. Raya & the Last Dragon is a fantasy action-adventure which draws its essence from the culture of Southeast Asia. The film was upstaged at the D23 Expo by Walt Disney’s Chief Creative Officer, Jennifer Lee. The movie showcases the life of a warrior Raya, who is faced with a challenge of saving the Kingdom of Kumandra against a dark force. And for that, she needs to find the last surviving dragon. The panel members at the Expo had the pleasure of witnessing a splendid 3-minute long footage from the movie. The clip showed Raya (voiced by Cassie Steele) and her younger brother, heading through a lush green forest and finally coming face to face with Sisu. Sisu is a gorgeous pink and teal dragon voiced by Awkwafina of Crazy Rich Asians fame. Sisu can apparently also transform into an old woman. Raya is a highly skilled swordswoman. The movie will be directed by Paul Briggs and Dean Wellins who also have Frozen and Big Hero 6 to their credits. The script was composed by Crazy Rich Asians’ writer, Adele Lim. Osnat Shurer will be producing the venture which is slated for release on November 25, 2020. The plot features an unconventional face of planet earth and a civilization that celebrates the power and wisdom of mythological creatures –The dragons. The dragons have all vanished from the planet except for one- Sisu. The Land of dragon in the age comprises five different clans. Raya takes up the challenge with a bunch of eccentrics to bring unity and light back to the land.  
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Black Panther II Release Date Announced at the D23 Expo.

by Emily Keen

Kevin Feige officially took to the D23 expo stage to announce the release date for the sequel of Black Panther. Black Panther II is coming to theatres on May 6, 2022. Director Ryan Coogler was present at the event too. But as of yet none of the details regarding the movie plot or cast have been made clear. So we have no idea of who the villain is or even the title of the project. Considering the release date of the film, we are thinking the movie will be a part of phase 5. MCU phase 4 as of now consists of Black Widow and Eternals (2020); then Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten RingsDoctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, and Thor: Love and Thunder (2021). Though there is no official statement as to which phase has been marked for the return of the King of Wakanda. At D23 Marvel studios also made it clear that the Eternals cast will have Kit Harrington on board. The panelists and the audience were treated with the early looks of the stars. The audience also got another look into the world of Black Widow. Disney too showcased exclusive footages from Star Wars: Skywalker and Jungle Cruise. As for the cast line up of the unnamed Black Panther sequel, the details of newer cast have been kept a low profile. Rumor has it that Namor the Sub-Mariner could be the upcoming villain. The status of Michael B Jordan’s involvement in the project, however, remains unclear. There is still a long way for us to hear the Yibambe battle cries, but at least we know that the king will be back with a Fang!  
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Unchartered’s Second Director Has Officially Shaken Off the Project

by Emily Keen

The week seems to get tougher by the hour for Tom Holland and Sony. First, it was the calling off the deal over Spiderman profits with Marvel. Fans are biting Sony’s head off for the abrupt decision. And then comes the news that Dan Trachtenberg has emptied the director’s chair of Unchartered. The 10 Cloverfield Lane director is the second one to bail out on the project. Shawn Levy was the first director who took up the directorial task and then had to drop it because of a slammed schedule. Earlier to that, two more folks including David O. Russell and Neil Burger were being prepped to helm the project. The latest draft of the script is written by Jonathan Rosenberg and Mark Walker. The film adaptation of a game series stars Tom Holland in the lead role and will begin production early next year. Sony confirmed Trachtenberg's exit on Thursday. In May 2019, Sony launched an exclusive studio 'Playstation Productions' solely dedicated to adapt its huge line up of Video games in Television and Films. Unchartered is the first joint venture of Sony and 'Playstation Productions'. The game series focuses on the adventures of Nathan Drake who lives as a treasure hunter. The fourth Series of Unchartered was a huge hit and sold around 15 million copies worldwide. The movie, however, will narrate Drake's life as a child and how he grows to become a treasure hunter, rather than directly diving into adulthood. None of the other cast except Tom Holland is announced as of yet. But considering the project already has a release date, the word on the remaining cast members should be out in the coming months. Unchartered will be Holland’s fourth movie to open in theatres next year. His other projects include Dolittle, Pixar’s Onward and the long-awaited Chaos Walking which will release later in 2020.  
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Ezra Miller Revives Dying Hopes, Lists The Flash as one of His Upcoming Projects

by Emily Keen

DC’s extended universe has faced quite many obstructions and The Flash is definitely at the forefront of all quandaries. The project has been under development for a long time now. But Ezra Miller pulsed up dying hopes in his recent interview. Warner Bros. usually bets its money on sequels based on the success rate of predecessors. Apparently Justice League’s flat performance did not work in the favor of the ‘fastest man alive’. And without a doubt, The Flash’s production is bearing the brunt of its big-time failure. But Ezra Miller’s latest statement comes as a ray of hope for the fans who eagerly await a solo flick of the scarlet speedster. In his recent visit to Seoul, Miller confirmed to ‘W. Korea’ that his upcoming projects include Fantastic Beasts 3 and The Flash. Miller’s contribution to DC has so far been restricted to cameos he played in Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad. And later in Zack Snyder’s Justice League he got a significant screen time made the best use of it. Miller in the skin of Barry Allen was loved by the audience for his naïve and outlandish spirit. It would not be wrong to say that he in his capacity added life to an otherwise dreary script of Justice League. The movie significantly disrupted the dynamics of DC in its wake. Ben Affleck stepped down as Batman and Henry Cavill’s future as Superman dwells in a dungeon of doubt. However, the major setback for The Flash has been the relentless shuffling of Directors. The film has seen at least 4 directors renouncing the project over creative differences. That is basically on Ezra Miller himself as he insisted on a screenplay which is more on the darker side as opposed to the vision of John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein. The duo wanted the script to size up into a fun and playful experience. Similar differences arose with Seth-Grahame Smith and also Rick Famuyiwa when they took up direction of the speedster romp back in 2016. Andy Muschietti has been sitting tight on the director’s chair since arrival and we hope it stays the same. With the stability at the director’s chair and a word of confirmation from Miller, the red streak is sure to light up the screens sometime in 2020.
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The ensemble of Ghost Draft Just Got More Interesting!

by Emily Keen

Stand up comedian Theo Von is the latest addition to the cast of Ghost Draft. The Sci-fi thriller will be directed by Chris Mckay. The movie brings together an exciting ensemble which includes  Chris Pratt, Yvonne Strahovski, JK Simmons, Betty Gilpin, and Sam Richardson. The script penned by Zach Dean and Bill Dubuque follows the experience of a man of the family who gets drafted to the future to fight a war that shall decide the fate of humanity. It all relies on the man’s ability to confront the issues of his past. The movie will be produced by David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, Don Granger, David S. Goyer, Jules Daly, and Adam Kolbrenner. Von is currently busy with the Dark Arts tour which seems like a huge success with all shows sold out around the globe. This might need him to reorganize his filming schedule of Ghost Draft. Amidst the busy schedule, Von will still continue doing his weekly podcast This Past Weekend. The podcast is a huge hit with 5 million downloads a week. Skydance developed Ghost Draft along with Paramount and will be producing and financing the venture. The David Ellison owned company is also known for some major franchises like Mission Impossible and Star Trek. Von's latest big project was called No offense, a stand comedy streaming on Netflix. It didn't invite much of applause and was poorly acclaimed for being cliche. Looks like Von's career could use a breath of fresh air and Ghost Draft has arrived just in time.
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The Coach of 12 Mighty Orphans Finally Has a Face

by Emily Keen

Luke Wilson has officially stepped in the role of Coach Rusty Russel. 12 Mighty Orphans is a feature adaptation of Jim Dent’s novel of the same name. It documents true life events of a group of orphans chasing the title of Texas Football champions. To summarize the plot- It shows the journey of a football coach and his team who inspires the crippling nation struck by Great Depression! The Bottle Rocket star has an interesting line up of movie coming later in the year. Berlin: I Love you released earlier in 2019 and his upcoming projects include “The Goldfinch” and Zombieland: Double Tap. The story of 12 Mighty Orphans is set in the era of WWI. Rusty Russel, trying to come to terms with his bitter past as an orphan, feels obligated to turn the fate of others like him. On discovering about the boys he decides to trade in as their coach and transforms them from a bunch of amateurs to potential champions. The script has been penned collectively by Ty Roberts and Lane Garrison. The film will be co-produced by Mike De Luca, Houston Hill, Angelique De Luca in association with Greenbelt Films' Brinton Bryan. Production shall kick-off by fall. It will be filmed in Fort Worth, Texas as dictated by the original narrative. Wilson in the skin of Russel seems like a pretty interesting choice given his journey that highlights comedy flicks as his forte. But then again it would be unfair to pigeonhole the actor into one genre since has maintained the balance when it comes to the choice of projects. Although his major credits do come with a stamp of humor. In recent years he has dived into multiple low key ventures and even TV series and like DC's Stargirl and Showtime's Roadies. The hustle and shuffle only point to his gleaming versatility. The 12 Mighty Orphans seem to be in good hands after all!
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Keanu Reeves and Carrie Anne Moss Returning to Matrix 4

by Emily Keen

The year 2019 has been the year of franchises and as we speak, another one seems to have revived after a long long time.  Matrix 4 has been announced and we have familiar faces making a return. As reported by ‘Variety’ Lana Wachowski will be writing and directing the movie. Good news is, Keanu Reeves and Carrie Anne Moss will pair up again as Leo and Trinity for the fourth installment. Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow have teamed up to back this project which will return after a gap of 15 years. The film is likely to begin shooting by the start of 2020, but producer and distributor Warner Bros. have not yet announced an official release date for the film. Matrix landed in 1999 as one of the trailblazing sci-fi action thrillers inspiring a revolution in the world of science fiction. Considering the level of effort that goes into the creation of a Sci-fi marvel like Matrix, progressively perfecting the effects to meet the standards of the time, will take at least a year. So we can predict the release date will move further into 2021. Keanu Reeves proved his worth as an action hero through the very Matrix Trilogy. Back in the days, Carrie Anne Moss was not a very familiar name either before she starred as Trinity in the Franchise. She portrayed the role of a hacker who had the ability to break out from the Matrix. Both actors did their lifting quite well and that was also a major factor in the success of the Matrix Universe. There is still a degree of uncertainty around Morpheus’ character which was played by Laurence Fishburne. The fourth narrative involves the younger self of the character as reported by trade report. This essentially points towards a recasting. Fishburne and Keanu Reeves have however teamed up outside the matrix franchise for a couple of movies including John Wick: Chapter 2 and John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum. The first Matrix movie was considered a game-changer and grossed over $460 million at the box office. It was not just the sci-fi storyline that fired up the brand. Everything from culture to the filming was unique and par excellence. The subsequent movies in the trilogy were a definite success but unlike the predecessor were not at the top of their game. And just like that, the franchise faded into oblivion. But the announcement of the unnamed fourth sequel has awakened the sentiments of the Matrix cult. And having the same faces recreate the electrifying chemistry of Leo and Trinity stirs up further nostalgia.
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Spiderman Retreats from MCU as Marvel and Sony Call Off their Agreement

by Emily Keen

News is out that Sony has called off its agreement with Marvel in response to Disney’s demands over Spiderman’s collections. Post the massive success of Spiderman: Far From Home, the news comes as a shocker. Though not for Sony as it is definitely capable of carrying forward the Franchise as it did earlier. For fans who loved Marvel's involvement in the creative process, this comes as a disappointment. Sony went public confirming the news on Tuesday night. “Much of today’s news about Spider-Man has mischaracterized recent discussions about Kevin Feige’s involvement in the franchise. We are disappointed, but respect Disney’s decision not to have him continue as a lead producer of our next live action Spider-Man film. We hope this might change in the future, but understand that the many new responsibilities that Disney has given him – including all their newly added Marvel properties – do not allow time for him to work on IP they do not own”. “Kevin is terrific and we are grateful for his help and guidance and appreciate the path he has helped put us on, which we will continue.” Sony said in its statement. The reps of Disney and Marvel were not available to clear their side of the story. Post the split Kevin Feige, Vice President of Marvel Studios will not produce any Spiderman films. But as Sony has hinted, things may change in the future. What exactly caused this abrupt decision? Disney apparently insisted on a half and half agreement on co-financing the MCU Spiderman movies which Sony outwardly rejected. The Current arrangement gets Marvel a five percent of the gross box office revenue that a Spiderman movie makes. Disney’s proposal would have proved a substantial boost to MCU’s share. Sony, however, wanted things to remain as they are. Disney could not be unhappier and let the deal go void. Disney and Sony’s talks on splitting the Spiderman profits have been in talks for months now. As a part of an update to the deal that closed in 2015, Marvel would produce the movies while Sony still owned the brand and the retained creative, distribution, financial control. Disney’s offer of update would cover the future Spiderman movies that are currently in development. As reported by 'Deadline', Sony’s executives Tom Rothman and Tony Vinciquerra rejected the demands without even a counteroffer. Sony’s decision implies it is pretty much convinced of the success of the franchise without any involvement from the mouse house or MCU. Sony’s upcoming lineup of projects is also very rich with Two Spiderman films, Venom 2, a Morbius movie and a film about Kraven the Hunter. Marvel does not seem in the bad place either! With the recent acquisition of Fox by Disney, MCU now has access to an assortment of comics that it always wanted to bring into its universe. The X-Men Franchise will now be under Fiege’s umbrella who also wants to pull Deadpool into the Marvel world. But will he not regret losing his favorite Spidey? Most importantly what does this mean for the MCU fans who loved having Spiderman in their favorite verse? After having delivered high voltage romps like Endgame and Far From Home, Spiderman had become a crucial force in the MCU dynamic. Will fans be able to come to terms with the fact that the awkward and funny Peter Parker will never cross paths with other marvel heroes? As we dig deeper, numerous questions arise and complexities seem evident. Only time will tell the impact of the decision on the future of the Spiderman franchise.
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Michael Rooker is the latest addition to Fast and Furious 9

by Emily Keen

Guardians of Galaxy fame Michael Rooker is officially on board for Fast and Furious 9. The sizzling line up made of Vin Diesel, Charlize Theron, John Cena, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Ludacris, Tyrese Gibson, and Helen Mirren will now be joined by Finn Cole, Anna Sawai, and Vinnie Bennett. Rooker who played Yondu (Peter Quill’s mentor) in the Guardians of Galaxy, landed the role of Buddy in the ninth sequel of The Fast and Furious series. His addition to the roster was confirmed by ‘Deadline’. Yondu’s character dies at the end of the second volume of the Guardians of the Galaxy while saving Peter Quill. Superhero movies are known for invariably scheming resurrections, but that won’t happen to Yondu. Director James Gunn made it pretty clear that he had no plans of bringing Rooker’s character back to life in Guardians of Galaxy Vol. 3. With the production kicked off in June 2019, not many details of Fast and Furious 9 are known yet. Justin Lin is back at the helm after having amazingly delivered the pitches of third through sixth parts of the franchise. The script is penned by Daniel Casey. Rooker already has Harold Becker’s Sea of Love, Tony Scott’s Days of Thunder, Alan Parker’s Mississippi Burning and Oliver Stone’s JFK to his credits. The year 2020 seems quite overwhelming for Rooker who will also star in Amazon’s The Dark Tower pilot. His imminent projects for the year include Fantasy Island releasing on February 28 and Monster Problems on March 6. Fast and Furious 9 will be hitting the screens on May 22, 2020. Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham will not be a part of the film thanks to their commitments to Hobbs and Shaw. But it would be interesting to watch where the script goes with Rooker’s coming in. Also for fans who crept out thinking this could be a wrap, be assured that the tenth installment is already in place with April 2021 locked in for release.
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Spiderman: Far From Home to Re-release with Extended Cut

by Emily Keen

Spiderman: Far from home will sling back to the theatres on August 29 with a full scale extended cut. The extended version will be showcased in IMAX and other large formats in select areas. The web-slinger re-release promises four minutes of brand new action sequences that will get fans pouring in for the second time. The sequel starring Tom Holland proved a major success on Sony’s watch. The Sony/Marvel spin-off opened locally on 2nd July and went on to be the biggest success in Sony’s 95-year-old history. It is now officially Sony’s highest-grossing exclusively owned project beating Skyfall, as ‘Deadline’ reported this morning. It is also the only non-Disney movie to hit $1B this year. It’s been three weeks since the film smashed a record of worldwide collection and Sony decides to role the dice one last time for the Labor Day weekend. Far from home has Spidey coming to terms with the death of his mentor while trying to stick to his old reputation of a friendly neighborhood Spiderman. It is just heartwarming to see a kid who just had a battle of universal scale coming back to his old awkward form. Just as his life is starting to spell normal another other-worldly threat looms in. And there begins a battle that will in true sense determine his worth as an avenger. The selling point remains to be Holland’s adorable Peter Parker. Him wanting to pour his heart to his love interest (Zendaya) and then messing up his love story for his duties as a superhero is phenomenally portrayed. With the forever likable Holland and eagle-eyed Fury watching his six, they throw in more charm with Gyllenhaal as Mysterio. He picks up the thread dropped by Tony Stark, taking up as Parker’s new mentor. What else would a winning Spiderman script look like? And the re-release! Well, that just looks like a success party where fans get to savor up the experience with extra spice.
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Good boys saves the day for Universal post the abrupt ban on The Hunt.

by Emily Keen

Good Boys ranked number one at the box office this weekend.  The original comedy had the second-highest opening behind Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Family Funeral. This is Universal’s second original film of the year to reach number one after Us in March. Universal’s low budget line up apparently seems to play well at the field. But that’s not all that the original R rated comedy accomplished. It managed to grab the top spot with one Disney studio release in the running. Disney movies are notorious for invariably calling dibs on the first two spots when it comes to collections. The story of Good Boys revolves around boys in their pre-teens who set out on the journey to uncover the norms of sexuality in anticipation of a kissing party- through a series of shenanigans and forbidden activities of course. Remember Porky’s (1981)? Except Porky’s was about teenagers! Gene Stupnitzky in his directorial debut has served the plot just right and with consistent hilarity and a hint of uniqueness to an abundantly rich genre. Although $21 million may not be a very impressive opening collection, for mid-August, the #1 spot accomplishment stays noteworthy for an R rated original comedy feature. Hobbs And Shaw went on to take the second spot in its third week. The Fast and Furious spin-off could not retain it’s the top position for obvious reasons - a dreary script that lacked conviction. It surprisingly stands tight in the household with the Chinese market is yet to throw in into the global collection. The Disney remake The Lion King stood at the third spot with $11.9 million. The movie is now the tenth highest-grossing movie of the time with a global collection of $1.4 billion.
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Idris Elba Wants to Return as Heimdall. Will It Be In ‘Thor 4’ or ‘Loki’?

by Kaylen Summers

Idris Elba is one of those actors who joined the MCU during its early days. The actor first made his appearance as Heimdall in 2011's Thor directed by Kenneth Branagh and went on to play the role in both Thor: The Dark World and Thor: Ragnarok. Elba also made a brief appearance in 2015's Avengers: Age of Ultron and in Avengers: Infinity War- where the character met his unfortunate end in the hands of the mad titan. Now, it seems like the actor is hoping to return back to the franchise. That's pretty ironic coming from Elba, as the actor clearly expressed his remorse in playing the character with a wig and contact lenses for hours. He even blasted the experience in an interview from five years ago. idris-elba-mcu-return2 However, during a recent appearance on ABC Radio that Elba was asked about his role in the MCU to this point and in the future. Though character perished in the opening scenes of Infinity War, the actor was pretty open in expressing his desire to return back to the franchise. "Of course," the actor said. "Listen, Heimdall is essentially part of the god family. So you know, he essentially could be alive. I'm just saying! I'm just putting it out there. The Heimdall character goes way back into, you know, the Thor mythology, And I'm sure there will be an interesting way to bring that alive. Of course, I would. Yes." Loki also died in Infinity War, but we will be seeing him in the upcoming series show on Disney+. So, as true fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, we don't mind seeing Thor's best pal and keeper of the Bifrost back in action once again. With that being said, the only thing left is to decide when and where we can expect Heimdall's return. Of course, Loki's upcoming show is a perfect place as the story is taking place on a different timeline formed as a consequence of the 'time heist' in Endgame.  However, it will be more sensible for the actor to be returning back in Waititi's 2021 film, Thor: Love and Thunder. If that's not working out with Fegie, there is also Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol 3. Who knows. Maybe we will be seeing some 'Asgardians of the Galaxy' after all. What do you think? Is there any possible way for Heimdall to return back to the MCU? Or is it the last of him? Let us know in the comments below.
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Henry Golding will star in upcoming GI Joe Spin off?

by Emily Keen

Buzz is that Crazy Rich Asians star Henry Golding will be the lead of upcoming G.I. Joe spin-off Snake Eyes. The film will be directed by Robert Schwentke who also has Insurgent and Red to his credits.  The script has been crafted by the writer of Beauty and the Beast’s Evan Spiliotopoulos. Snake Eyes was initially launched in Hasbro’s 1980 GI Joe’s toy line.  The live-action reboots of GI Joe featured actor and martial arts artist Ray Park in the role of this enigmatic assassin. Paramount and Hasbro are looking to experiment with the franchise post the not so successful landing of G.I. Joe: Retaliation. In the recent writer’s gathering aimed at pitching in ideas for a new script, majority zeroed in on exalting Snake Eyes. This decision was highly driven by the character’s popularity among the viewers. Snake Eyes is a ninja commando onboard G.I. Joe’s anti-terrorist military wing. The stealth warrior is accompanied on every mission by his pet wolf Timber. He follows a pitch-black dress code in contrast to his antagonistic counterpart Storm Shadow. And since a family spin to a story always works, Storm Shadow happens to be Snake eyes’ blood brother. The battle between the two has set a benchmark in the history of cinematic sword fights. Now that’s one square off we all would love to savor without any distractions and limitations that occurred in G.I. Joe mainstream scripts.  There is still some confusion going around the overall storyline being a reboot or a sequel. The last two movies of the property did not prove a major success. Even a gleaming line up of a star cast with Dwayne Johnson and Channing Tatum could not set the box office on fire. Explains why Paramount is desperate for a change! Henry Golding has already worked up his charm on-screen with a successful rom-com flick that released last August. There is also a lot of hype around his upcoming holiday movie Last Christmas starring Emilia Clarke. The ex television presenter is still in talks for the role of Snake Eyes. But we hope he lands the role since it demands someone of his charisma.
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‘Doctor Doom’ Script Is Ready. Noah Hawley Waiting For Feige’s Call.

by Kaylen Summers

With Disney's $71.3 billion mergers with Fox earlier this year, the future of franchises like X-men and Fantastic Four remains in a lot of uncertainty. It's obvious that the final decision is up to Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, who teased a possible reboot of Fox's Marvel properties during the studio's presentation at San Diego Comic-Con this year. Now, Legion creator Noah Hawley reveals that Feige recently asked him if he was still working on Doctor Doom. Even though Hawley was ready to read the final script to him, Feige didn't call him back afterward. Talking about the incident, Hawley had this to say: "I mean, where it stands is now that the movie is done and Legion is done and I've taken a little time off because someone told me there was this word 'vacation,' which means you don't work, which sounded really interesting to me. But you know, I need to circle back to them and announce that I would love to make it and figure out if that's something that is possible. "Whether or not they already have a plan in place for what to do with those characters or whether they're open to my kind of vision for what to do with those characters. But it's sort of on me right now to go push them, which I will do as soon as I come up for air." In the comics, Dr. Doom is the arch-rival of the Fantastic Four. Giving supervillains their own solo movie is not something that Marvel usually do. Though Warner Bros' DC (Suicide Squad, Joker) and Sony (Venom) have successfully attempted such runs with their baddies, we don't think that Disney's child-friendly approach will be happy with the idea. Besides that, Feige's primary focus (if he is planning on doing anything with the newly acquired properties) will most probably be on integrating X-men into the existing Marvel Cinematic Universe. That sounds more practical in every sense than a standalone supervillain movie. However, let's hope the best for Hawley to make his Doctor Doom come alive on the big screen.
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Bautista To Star In Undercover Thriller ‘Traphouse’

by Kaylen Summers

Dave Bautista is marking his name on the Hollywood map with some of the most anticipated projects lined up for release. The latest addition to his already busy slate is the new action thriller movie Traphouse. The movie will see the former WWE star and his longtime manager Jonathan Meisner’s Dream Bros Entertainment reteaming with Signature Films. The two production houses worked previously on Final Score last year, which starred Bautista and Pierce Brosnan. Talking about the movie, Bautista had this to say: "Traphouse is a project that we’ve been working on for years. We're thrilled to be working with Marc and his team at Signature to bring [Traphouse] to life, and in Gary, we've found the perfect writer to infuse our original fast-paced action movie with tons of heart." Fast & Furious creator Gary Scott Thompson will be penning the script for the undercover spy thriller. Thompson is known for his scripts for 88 Minutes and TV's Last Vegas. The upcoming movie follows an undercover DEA agent and his partner who embark on a cat and mouse game with their own rebellious teenagers. The teens have been robbing from a dangerous cartel, using their parents’ tactics and top-secret intel. Over the years, Bautista moved from playing brief appearances- like in Smallville and Chuck, to key roles in movies like The Man With the Iron Fists and Riddick. However, it was with his performance as Drax in Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy, that the actor became part of the big-budget Hollywood. The actor is now part of other franchises including films like Blade Runner 2049, Escape Plan, Hotel Artemis and 2019's Stuber alongside Kumail Nanjiani. Traphouse is slated to release next year.
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James Wan To Produce Adaptation of Horror Novel ‘The Troop’

by Kaylen Summers

When it comes to making horror movies, no one does it better than James Wan. Now the man behind the Conjuring universe is all set to give us another bone-chilling experience from the genre. But, this time he will be on the producer's seat. The Aquaman director is developing an adaptation of Nick Cutter’s book The Troop. Cutter is a horror pen name used by Craig Davidson, who also writes under the name Patrick Lestewka for the genre. Recently, Wan's production house Atomic Monster announced that it has acquired the rights to adapt the book into a movie. E.L. Katz, who directed episodes of Syfy’s Channel Zero, will be helming the adaptation. Writers Noah Gardner and Aidan Fitzgerald are said to pen the script. james-wan Originally, The Troop revolves around a group of young Boy Scouts who are off with Scoutmaster Tim on an uninhabited island for their annual camping adventure. They find a strange starving man there and welcome him into their camp. You know where this is going, right?! The sick man unleashes a gruesome parasite, which leads to a battle between the infected scouts and the healthy ones. No wonder why Wan was so interested in the project! Along with Atomic Monster, the movie will also have JS Entertainment and Starlight Media as producers. However, the company has its hands full at the moment, with their next project The Conjuring 3 set for release on Sept. 11, 2020. A Mortal Kombat movie is also in the preproduction, along with There’s Someone Inside Your House for Netflix. There is also an untitled project to be directed by Wan. Wan is also on board for the Aquaman sequel. But that's another story. Stick around and we will give you an update on that.
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Will There Be Batman In Suicide Squad 2? James Gunn Answers

by Kaylen Summers

From production issues to studio interferences, the DC movies have always had a hard time in theaters. Even with such a massive franchise in hand, Warner Bros. was only able to get three hits- Wonderwoman, Shazam! and Aquaman, from all the DCEU movies that they brought to the big screen. However, the studio is trying to get back on track with some exciting projects lined-up. One among them is the sequel (a soft reboot, to be exact) of Suicide Squad, directed by James Gunn. For superhero movie fans, Gunn is a familiar name for his exceptional work as the writer-director of Guardians of the Galaxy- Vol.1 and Vol.2.  The director signed on to helm The Suicide Squad months after his firing from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Though he was eventually reinstated to work back in MCU, Gunn promised fans that he will finish the Suicide Squad movie first before working on any other project. Since the movie is a soft reboot from the original one, fans were curious to know if batman would be appearing in the movie. David Ayer's Suicide Squad in 2016 had Ben Affleck appear in several cameos as Batman. Even though fans are not expecting Affleck to return as Batman, they will be super excited if there will be a cameo of Matt Reeves' Caped Crusader. When one of the fans asked this question to Gunn, the director responded by saying: "You can check out Batman in The Batman June 2021. The Suicide Squad will feature mostly, you know, The Suicide Squad." https://twitter.com/NateBrail/status/1160657149850214401 Sadly there won't be Batman in The Suicide Squad. However,  we will be having plenty of familiar faces in the long-developing project. Margot Robbie will be back for her third appearance as Harley Quinn, with Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman), Jai Courtney (Captain Boomerang), and Viola Davis (Amanda Waller). There will also be some new faces involved, including Idris Elba, John Cena, and Storm Reid. The Suicide Squad is set to hit theaters on Aug. 6, 2021.
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Disney Plans For A Aladdin Sequel. Will It Be ‘The Return Of Jafar’?

by Kaylen Summers

Yeah, yeah! We all know how frenzy Disney is when it comes to 'reimaging' their classic tales. Over the past few years, the Mouse House has been on a streak of remaking their old animated features into live-action ones. Even though the critics are not at all happy with these retellings, the box-office numbers are enough for the studio to continue making such flicks. But, don't underestimate these movies as lousy remakes. They are at the top of the game when it comes to budget, visual effects, star power, and promotions. And as a result, they smash through millions at the box-office. The 2019 movie Aladdin is a perfect example of this. The movie was a huge win for not only the studios but for Actor Will Smith and director Guy Ritchie as well, giving them their highest-grossing film so far. aladdin-2-movie With Aladdin receiving such a huge response at the box-office, it is obvious that the studio will work on a sequel for it.  Recently producer Dan Lin revealed in an interview that the sequel is very much in the cards. Lin explained: "We have now. We certainly when we first made the movie wanted to just make the best movie we could and let audiences tell us if they wanted to see more. And I would say resoundingly audiences want to see more. They've watched this movie multiple times. We have lots of fan letters about people who really go back and they bring their friends and bring their family. And so we feel like there's more story to tell. "We are going to treat it the same way we treat the original Aladdin movie and not going to do a shot by shot remake of anything that's been done before. We're really looking at what's been done before in the past and the home video, and there's just more story to tell with the underlying materials. So without giving away too much, we are certainly exploring where we can go with this franchise." Though Aladdin was a live-action remake, many changes were made to the original version of the story. So, we are curious about how the studio will be developing a suitable script for its sequel. The old animated feature had an indirect sequel named The Return of Jafar. From what we know, the new sequel will not be a direct adaptation of any movie, but an amalgam of various source materials- including the short-lived animated series as well.
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Edgar Wright’s New Psychological Thriller Gets Release Date

by Kaylen Summers

Anyone who saw 2017's Baby Driver will not be forgetting the director of the movie- Edgar Wright, for his unique style of story-telling and visual comedy. Two years after his summer smash hit, the director is back again with another original flick. But, this time Wright is all set to deviate a little from his iconic style for the London-based psychological thriller. Titled Last Night in Soho, nothing much has been revealed about the movie so far. However, during the early stages ahead of filming, Wright revealed that the movie will be a thriller which will remind many fans of Nicolas Roeg's 1973 thriller Don't Look Now and Roman Polanski's 1965 feature Repulsion. Finally, we got the official confirmation from Focus Features that the movie is slated to release on Friday, September 25, 2020. If the date remains unchanged, then we will see the movie face off against The Many Saints of Newark, the upcoming prequel film to The Sopranos. edgar-wright-new-movie However, Last Night in Soho has an impressive cast to power it to the top of the box-office. The movie will star Anya Taylor-Joy (New Mutants), Matt Smith (Doctor Who), Thomasin McKenzie (Jojo Rabbit), Michael Ajao (Attack the Block), Synnøve Karlsen (Clique), Diana Rigg (Game of Thrones), Terence Stamp (Superman), and Rita Tushingham (A Taste of Honey). Wright will be co-writing the script with Penny Dreadful's Krysty Wilson-Cairns. The film will be produced by Wright, Nira Park, and Working Title's Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner. It will also be released overseas by Universal Pictures International. There is no doubt that Baby Driver helped Wright to mark his name on the Hollywood map. The movie starring Ansel Elgort, Lily James, Jon Hamm, Eiza Gonzalez, Jamie Foxx, and Jon Bernthal, went on to gross $226 million worldwide. It was also a massive hit with critics and received three Oscar nominations. With the upcoming movie, Wright will surely make his way into the list of top Hollywood directors. In the meantime, we will keep you update more about Wright and his new psycho-thriller.
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Will Tarantino’s 10th and Final Movie Be A Horror Film?! Here Is What The Director Says

by Kaylen Summers

We all know that Quentin Tarantino's 10th film would be his final one. The director himself has made it clear many times over the past. However, with Once Upon A Time In Hollywood being his ninth movie and his biggest box office hit so far, high expectations seem to build up among fans for his next and final original flick. The hype is real and it's no wonder why Tarantino seems to have a hard time pinpointing a perfect project for his tenth movie. The director has been juggling through many projects for the right one it seems, including a rated “R” take on Star Trek and even a third film in the Kill Bill series. However, in a recent interview, the interviewer asked Tarantino if his 10th and final movie could be a horror-centric one. The director's response was as follows: "If I come up with a terrific horror film story, I will do that as my tenth movie. I love horror movies. I would love to do a horror film. And I do actually think that the Spahn Ranch sequence is the closest to a horror sequence because I do think it's vaguely terrifying. And I didn't even quite realize how good we did it, frankly, to tell you the truth, until my editor told me. [My editor told me,] 'The Spahn Ranch sequence is a horror film. 'Oh, really? It's good? It's working?' He goes, 'No, no, no, Quentin, you don't understand. It's The Texas Chain Saw Massacre with a budget. It's like Brad Pitt is walking into The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. It's fucking terrifying.' I go, 'Wow, I'm glad! Really?!' Because I hadn't seen anything. And when I look at it, I think, 'Yeah, this is sorta like The Texas Chain Saw Massacre,' which is about as good a compliment as you can make." Tarantino is not new to the genre. He wrote the vampire action flick From Dusk Till Dawn for Robert Rodriguez and even took a supporting lead role in the first act. His Grindhouse contribution Death Proof was sort of slasher film with a killer Stuntman named Mike using his car to kill women. Even his movies are known for heavy onscreen violence and bloodshed. As fans of the director, we can only hope that we will get a chance to see a full-fledged horror film written and directed by Tarantino.
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Taika Waititi’s Next project is a Soccer Documentary, Not Thor 4!

by Emily Keen

Taika Waititi’s upcoming project is Next Goal Wins. The film is based on a British soccer documentary of the same name and was directed by Mike Brett and Steve Jamison. The feature adaptation of the documentary will have Iain Morris working on it along with Taika Waititi. Fox Searchlight has effectively backed Waititi with his abrupt new project. Next Goal Wins depicts an uplifting account of the American Samoa soccer team. Dutch coach, Thomas Rongen takes up the challenge to train this team against the tide of their “forever losers” reputation to becoming strong World cup contenders. The doc premiered at 2014 Tribeca Film festival and also created quite a buzz at British Independent Film Awards by winning the Best Documentary. This classic "underdogs prepping for a winning streak” narrative, has won hearts with its comical mood. And who better than Waititi, to serve a strong storyline with a dash of humor? Imaginarium Productions owned by Andy Serkis and Jonathan Cavendish bought the rights to this documentary in 2015. Following which, they approached Waititi to direct the adaptation who then got Garret Basch to produce it. For a director to write and direct three completely different movies and yet deliver an incredible experience each time seems challenging. Starting from Jojo Rabbit, Next Goal Wins and then Thor: Love and Thunder, the ride seems pretty schizophrenic. Marvel’s Thor 4, will kick start production at the beginning of 2020. It was surprising to see Waititi giving a nod to another directorial venture in the wake of Jojo. But since Next Goal wins is relatively a smaller project, it shall wind up well in time for the helmer to begin with the MCU sequel. Disney has locked in November 5, 2021, for the release of Thor: Love and Thunder. Fox Searchlight seems head over heels for Waititi post making of Jojo Rabbit. Set in the era of Nazi Germany Jojo Rabbit is a satirical depiction of the life of a naïve young boy. The feature stars Scarlet Johanson, Rebel Wilson and Waititi himself in a very crucial role. It is set to release on October 18. The period drama is galloping high hopes of an Oscar. The New Zealand based actor turned director has introduced audiences to the most pristine regions of the comical spectrum. It would be interesting to watch how he recreates the impact of a successfully narrated soccer story with a “Waititi spin” to it.
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New GI Joe Spinoff Movie To Feature Undercover Specialist Chuckles

by Kaylen Summers

Even the die-hard fan of the old G.I Joe lineup may not be familiar with the undercover expert: Chuckles. But don't worry,   we will be seeing the character from the comics, making a big-screen appearance in what is reported to be a spin-off from the franchise. Paramount and Hasbro have already announced the upcoming movie Snake Eyes months ago. The new spin-off can build up to a G.I Joe Cinematic Universe sometime in the future. Reportedly, writers Josh Appelbaum and Andrew Nemec, who wrote Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol and Michael Bay's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movies, are attached to pen the script. The pair will also be writing the Tom Clancy-based thriller Rainbow Six for Paramount. gi-joe-movie The immensely popular G.I. Joe was first adapted as a live-action movie with 2009's G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. The movie grossed over $300 million at the box office and paved the way for the sequel G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013). The movie added Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson to the cast and performed even better at the box office, grossing over $375 million. Though Paramount sought to continue the success of the franchise with a third installment called G.I. Joe: Ever Vigilant, the movie didn't even make it past pre-production. Initially reported to be released in 2016, the project juggled directors and eventually wound up in development hell. With Snake Eyes spin-off, G.I Joe is all set to return back to the silver screen once again. Directed by Robert Schwentke (Insurgent, Allegiant), the film will follow Snake Eyes' journey to Japan for training and his eventually joining the G.I. Joe team.
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Why Amanda Seyfried Turned Down To Play Gamora In Guardians Franchise?

by Kaylen Summers

After the devastating events of Avengers: Endgame, you will be a fool to not know 'who Gamora is'. Unless of course, you are friends with this guy! why-is-gamora The green-skinned step-daughter of Thanos is an integral part of the MCU and one of the main members of the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise. With Zoe Saldana acing the role as Gamora, its obvious that Marvel did a pretty good job at casting the right person, right?! But, it now turns out that the studio had someone else in their mind before Saldana. During a recent interview, the Mamma mia! star, Amanda Seyfried revealed that she could have been Gamora in the Guardians of the Galaxy movies. The actress stated: "I turned down one [superhero role] once and they haven't called back since. And it was a big'un. I don't regret it because I didn't want to be green for six months out of every year. They tell beautiful stories through superheroes, and my daughter's now really obsessed with superheroes now, and part of me wishes I'd done it, but the other part of me is like 'I had a life to live' and I don't think I would've been happy." The actress is currently promoting her new movie The Art of Racing in the Rain, which hit theaters this weekend. You can check out the full interview clip from the MTV International YouTube channel below. https://youtu.be/QXOH7dko0EU
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Thor: Love and Thunder’s Script Is Finished. Shoots To Begin Early 2020

by Kaylen Summers

This year's San Diego Comic-Con was full of surprises and one of the most exciting news came from Marvel's Hall H panel. Fans were thrilled to know that Thor will be getting his fourth installment, as the whole cinematic universe is moving into its phase four. It is a known fact that the Thor movies were not fan-favorites until Taika Waititi showed up for helming Thor: Ragnarok. The director gave the character the right twist of humor and made fans want more of him. With the new movie, Waititi will be returning back to the director's seat and we are sure that he is all set to tickle our funny bones. Recent reports reveal that the director has already finished the script for the movie and the filming is set to begin by early next year. However, before returning back to MCU, he will be finishing off the soccer movie Next Goal Wins for Fox Searchlight. The shooting for this movie will be starting quickly and it is believed that Waititi will be diving into his MCU flick as soon as it is wrapped up. The new Thor movie will obviously see Chris Hemsworth reprising Thor Odinson and Tessa Thompson returning as Valkyrie. But that's not all. According to what was revealed at Comic-Con, we will also see the return of Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster, who will take on the Mighty Thor mantle. For those who are into reading comics, this comes as no surprise. The idea of Jane becoming the new Thor was brought to the world first by Marvel Comics writer Jason Aaron. Now, it seems like Waititi will be taking some inspiration from that storyline. If all goes well and the shooting starts by early 2020, we will be seeing the new female Thor on-screen in Thor: Love and Thunder by November 5, 2021.
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Dictionary.com Roasts Disney’s ‘Home Alone’ Remake

by Kaylen Summers

From talking teapots to kingdoms far, far away, Disney is known for bringing out the most imaginative narratives ever. The never-ending tales from the House of Mouse have always been dear to many generations and still holds a warm place in our hearts. However, the studio is recently obsessed with remakes. We are not just alone talking about the live-action retelling of old classics. Disney, with its upcoming streaming service, has announced the remake of hit movies like Home Alone, A Night at the Museum, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and Cheaper by the Dozen. If you think that your childhood just got ruined, then you are not alone.  Dictionary.com is one among the many who feels the same way. It was only recently that Disney CEO Bob Iger announced that the studio will be working on "reimagining" Home Alone and other fan favorites. The new versions will be produced for the upcoming Disney+ streaming service. Properties like Home Alone initially belonged to Fox Studios. However, with Disney's $71 billion acquisition of the company's assets, they are legally free to do anything they want with these memorable hits, including ruining the perfectly-made original movies with remakes, reboots, or spinoffs. While some of us were grumbling in dislike to the announcement, 'Dictionary.com' took it to their twitter page and roast the Hollywood giant with their popular 'Word of The Day' hashtag. Here is the tweet: https://twitter.com/Dictionarycom/status/1159111097246502913 From what is known,  Home Alone will be the only movie to get "reimagined" for now. Meanwhile, spin-0ffs of the movies like Night at the Museum, Cheaper by the Dozen and Diary of a Wimpy Kid are reported to be produced. Though Disney+ will be launching this November, we are still not aware of who will be staring and directing in the new Home Alone or other remakes/spin-offs. Let's just hope that it will not be a total "blasphemy" after all.
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It’s Official! Andy Serkis is Directing Venom 2

by Emily Keen

Andy Serkis will be calling the shots for the sequel to ‘Sony-MCU’s’antihero antic – Venom 2. Serkis took to his Instagram to validate the news of him stepping into the MCU film franchise as the helmer. Venom (2018) is a ‘Sony pictures’ powered venture and a spin-off from Marvel’s Spiderman franchise. Starring Tom Hardy, the movie was poorly acclaimed for a mechanical build-up of a storyline and squeezing in untimely humor. Although critics slammed this movie left and right, nothing stopped it from bringing in a massive 856.1 million USD. Hardy’s acting chops did a major save to a sloppy script then. As for the sequel, he will be writing the script himself, in addition to starring in it. Serkis at ‘TCA’ press tour revealed that Hardy has already begun working on the script along with screenwriter Kelly Marcel. He said, “Tom is very involved with the writing with Kelly Marcel of the new story, so it’s very much centered around their take”. He went on to express his excitement of finally being able to work with Hardy. “I’ve known Tom for many years and I have always admired him hugely as an actor and producer. We’ve always wanted to work together directly. I am deeply excited to work with Tom Hardy and to work with all the great actors who are involved in it. It’s a fantastic franchise. I am really honored to have been asked to direct it and it feels like it’s a very contemporary story. I think it's going to be hopefully an extraordinary piece of cinema” he added. Hollywood is currently experiencing a trend of obsession with screenplay and writing. Studio reps gather a bunch of writers and screenwriters to pitch in ideas for a movie before they grab the best ones. This happens mostly in case of franchises. We really can’t wait to see how the Marcel-Hardy team-up works for Venom 2. Recent reports state the deal between Serkis and Sony was closed earlier this week and the shoot shall begin by fall. This is Serkis’ third attempt as a director, the first two being Breathe(2017) and Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle(2018). Andy Serkis is known for his legendary performance in the Lord of Rings Trilogy as Gollum. He is known as the wizard of motion-capture performance and is also incredibly CG savvy.  This is what conveniently bagged him this role as a director for Venom 2! He got a knack of direction while sharing second unit direction role with Peter Jackson for the Hobbit trilogy. He has performances like Snoke in Star Wars and Klaw in Marvel's Black Panther to his credits. It is only left for us to see if his charm can turn around Venom’s dreary reputation among critics! Sony has still not spilled the beans on the release date of Venom 2. Although there are reports of an MCU sequel hitting screens in the October of 2020! Could be the last piece of the puzzle we are looking for.
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These Ghostbusters 2020 Set Photos Will Make You Nostalgic

by Kaylen Summers

When it comes to iconic movies, none is more recognizable than Ghostbusters. Released during the '80s the original movie and its sequel were nothing short of blockbusters. The movies kick-started a wide range of spin-off cartoon shows, merchandises, theme-park rides, and eventually became one of the most influential pop culture artifact of all time. Though the studio was eager to cash-in on the fame with a third installment, the production never happened. However, in 2016 the studio decided to do a gender-swap reboot of the original. The movie crashed and burnt at the box office, receiving severe backlash from the fans. This put the future of the whole franchise in jeopardy and it was obvious that the studios were up for another shot. Yet, in early 2019 Jason Reitman, son of original Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman and an Oscar-nominated filmmaker shocked fans everywhere with the announcement that there is going to be another Ghostbuster movie and it is going to be the direct threequel to the original. Nothing much about the movie was disclosed and all we got was a small teaser that didn't reveal much (only some easter eggs and other teases). Despite all this secrecy, the internet blessed us with some set photos. Here are some of those photos that popped up online: https://www.instagram.com/p/B0yghz4gB6s/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link https://twitter.com/Paulrudddontage/status/1156399724565544961 https://twitter.com/cathdoll1/status/1156790175789285376 https://twitter.com/MoreHorror/status/1158193366867181569 https://twitter.com/MI_Ghostbusters/status/1157522209625268229 Though these new Ghostbusters 2020 images certainly don’t give away anything new about the plot, it is sure to create some true nostalgic sense for its die-hard fans.  Now, all we can hope is that this newest attempt at bringing back Ghostbusters will somehow be enough to truly satisfy these fans. Whatever the case may be, we will keep you posted.  
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‘Happy Death Day’ Director Is Back To Direct For BlumHouse Again

by Kaylen Summers

Let's all admit that Happy Death Day and Happy Death Day 2U  were two refreshing hits that we never expected from BlumHouse. Directed by Christopher Landon, the movies made quite a buzz at the box-office and became favorites for both movie fans and critics. However, neither BlumHouse or Netflix wanted to go for a threequel. Thus the fate of the Happy Death Day trilogy was left uncertain with just two installments. Earlier this summer, Landon himself confirmed on Twitter that there will be no third installment. https://twitter.com/creetureshow/status/1151491893663952896 Now, it seems like Landon is back working for the studio again. But it will be for another horror flick. Jason Blum of Blumhouse will also be a part of this secret horror movie project as a producer. Not many details about the movie are known as of now. Although, there are rumors that the movie is about a killer wreaking havoc in a small town. Sounds familiar? Yes!! It's another slasher film. But don't worry. Since it's Landon, we can expect some fresh narrative. His previous two films were also slasher films. But they stood out as rare gems from the production house for their novel narrative style and slant towards humor. That does not mean Landon is just about humor alone. Before debuting as a director, he began his career as a writer, co-writing Disturbia and later working on the screenplays for the second, third, and fourth Paranormal Activity movies. He made his debut as directer later with Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones and caught the attention of audiences with the 2015 zombie comedy movie Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse. This guy really knows what he is doing! With that being said, we sure are waiting to see how the new slasher from the director will be like. Some say that it is going to be a reboot of Scream. But, right now we are happy that he is back in action with BlumHouse.
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Clowns in cinema hall?! ‘It: chapter 2’ promotional events go wild

by Kaylen Summers

Americans! Get your clown suits on for the September Alamo Drafthouse It chapter 2 screening event.  The cinema chain is hosting a special screening only for people dressed as clowns. So, if you aren’t creeped out by the clown on screen, the one besides you will definitely make your blood go cold. That’s right! They dare you to walk out without acquiring coulrophobia! Alamo Drafthouse has a really impressive take on promotional events. But seems like this time they have taken it to a whole new level. The audience need not replicate pennywise head to toe. Few strokes of white paint on the face, a red foam ball nose, oversized trousers and you are good to go. It-chapter2-movie 11 American cities are in for this spine chilling drive of 2 hours 45 minutes. Yes! Andy Muschetti has revealed the epic runtime of the movie. The makers are not letting their British fans down either. “It Chapter 2: The Vaults Experience” is a smothering underground journey into Pennywise’s world. 11000 square feet of London's unused railway tunnels are being prepped for a downright heebie-jeebies ride. The event is said to bring to life some of the epic sets from the movie. A highly interactive experience where the fans will totally feel like a part of 'The Losers Club'. It’s free of charge and open to the public. August 31st, save the date. And watch out, he could be anywhere!
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“There IS a Snyder Cut”, Kevin Smith Reveals

by Kaylen Summers

It seems like the whole fire ragging around the 'Snyder Cut' is not going to settle down anytime soon. For more than two years, DC fans have been trying all they can to get a glimpse of the original Justice League. Though there is no actual evidence that such a cut exist, fans believe that there is something closer to Zack Synder's vision out there. Now, director Kevin Smith declared that the Synder Cut is no myth. The director confirmed that the fan theories are indeed true and that the Synder Cut exists. It was in a recent interview that the topic came up. Kevin responded by saying: "I've not seen it firsthand. And also to be clear, I know Zack, but it's not like, 'We're f****** tight son!'... That being said, I've spoken now to enough people at various levels in that production. There IS a Snyder cut. For sure. That's not a mythical beast. It exists. "Now, it's not a finished movie by any stretch of the imagination. There were things that went away from the story that they shot that didn't wind up going into (visual) effects or anything like that. So I would assume, based on what I've been told, that large sections of that Snyder Cut are, you know, pre-viz (with) a lot of green screen. We're not talking a finished movie. When people hear 'Snyder Cut' in their heads, they think about, like, a DVD they've seen of an extended cut or something that's finished. The 'Snyder Cut' that, again I haven't seen, but the one I've heard everyone speak of was never a finished film. It was a movie that people in production could watch and fill in the blanks. It was certainly not meant for mass consumption." justice-league While Marvel Studios was busy building a whole Cinematic Universe for their comic book characters, Warner Bros.-owned DC was working on Nolan's Dark Knight Trilogy. Though there is no debate that Nolan's movies are considered as the best comic book movies ever made (till date), DC (Warner Bros.) missed their chance to retaliate against the MCU with something of their own. The Marvel Cinematic Universe branched itself into one of the most profitable franchises in Hollywood. Meanwhile, DC was left with just three awesome Batman movie and one really, REALLY bad Green Lantern movie.  But, the studio was not going to give up that easily. With visionary director Zack Synder, they decided to assemble their team of superheroes (but a little too quick). The result was Man of Steel, Batman vs Superman (excluding non-Snyder films like Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and Shazam!) which finally ended in Justice League. But, before the movie was even finished, Synder was removed as the director (though he was given credits) and Joss Whedon was appointed to 'lighten up' the movie. The awkward reshoots and inconsistent tone resulted the movie to fail at the box office. Ever since then fans are in a constant rage, asking Warner Bros. to release Synder's original version of the movie. If what Kevin Smith told about the Synder Cut is true, then it is obvious that we will not be seeing any of it. The studio will not be spending more cash on an already doomed franchise. But for now, let's keep our fingers crossed and hope for a miracle.
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Kevin Hart Bags the Buddy Comedy Remake Project: ‘Uptown Saturday Night’

by Kaylen Summers

The word is out and official! Kevin Hart has bet his acting skills on Uptown Saturday Night -one of the classic buddy comedies of the 70s. The delightful comic flick directed by Sidney Poitier who also starred in it back then, will now have Rick Famuyiwa in the director’s chair. The story revolves around two friends who somehow wander into a nightclub full of underworld criminals. The plot unfolds as they are mugged of multiple items through the night amongst which is a lottery ticket, the one thing they try to reclaim the remainder of this hilariously written action-comedy. The remake will be handled in the gloves of Warner Bros. which is also the studio to prep the original movie. Kenya Barris is done writing the most recent draft and is also set to co-produce the venture. Will Smith with production company #Overbrook, and Hart and John Cheng through their production house #Hartbeat are the other producers. Hart definitely seems to be the smart choice to be the protagonist for the remake. But we are still unclear on the choice of actor to play his buddy. Although with Famuyiwa directing and Barris on the writer's table, we already have our hopes of “a fresh spin to the classic” pretty high. Uptown Saturday Night is just another addition to Kevin’s exciting galore of movies in the pipeline. The actor is all set for the release of Jumanji sequel this December. Speaking of remakes, Hart has also cleared his dates to recreate the magic of an 80s' “vacation-gone-wrong narrative” – The Great Outdoors.
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M. Night Shyamalan To Make His First Marvel Movie?

by Kaylen Summers

It is easy for anyone to recognize a good M. Night Shyamalan movie. The director has made a name for himself in Hollywood from his famous plot-twists movie-endings. But that is not what fans are talking about right now? Everyone wants to know how good his way of story-telling will be in one of the most profitable Hollywood movie franchises. Yes! You heard it right. We are talking about Shyamalan directing an MCU movie. There is no doubt that the director is a fan of comic books. His “Eastrail 177” trilogy is a good proof for that. The loose series of superhero-themed movies encompasses 2000’s Unbreakable, 2017’s Split and 2019’s Glass. When asked if Marvel Studios were to reach out, Shyamalan said: "We've talked a couple of times. All good. I love what they do. They're amazing." m-night-shyamalan While it would be awesome to see the director do an MCU movie, it doesn't look like M. Night Shyamalan will be working on anything soon. However, Shyamalan is a huge fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. "The first Iron Man was excellent. Excellent", he explains, "I remember meeting (director Jon Favreau) at a party once and I told him, you know, I went over to him specifically, I just said, 'I thought you did something really, really deft, this grounded humor and the way Robert (Downey Jr.) really brought this flavor.' Of course, that became the Marvel brand, that type of humor. But at that time when I saw it, I was super taken because it was really super grounded. Even to this day, I still find it the most grounded of the MCU." Even though Phase 4 is only set to start next year, rumors about Phase 5 is already underway. Keanu Reeves' name is popping up a lot lately and we are sure to get some names from the Phase 4 slate in Phase 5 as well. Mahershala Ali starring in Blade, the Fantastic Four, and X-Men are some of such projects expected. Even if Shyamalan doesn’t end up doing an MCU movie, at least we’ve still got his own take on the superhero genre to enjoy.
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Bruce Lee’s Daughter Disheartened By Her Father’s Portrayal In ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’

by Kaylen Summers

Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood may have been a smash at the box office. However, it seems like not everyone is happy with it. The daughter of Bruce Lee has criticized Tarantino’s depiction of her father in his new film. Though the actor Mike Moh's performance as martial arts legend Bruce Lee was praised by many, what provoked Lee's daughter was how her father was represented in the movie. In a particular scene in the movie, the actor is seen challenging Brad Pitt’s stuntman character Cliff Booth to an on-set fight. The events take place during the filming The Green Hornet TV series. Lee is talking to the bystanders about how he could take on Cassius Clay, aka Muhammad Ali, in a fight. Cliff disagrees with his boasting and the two exchanges insult. But, it doesn't end there. The two eventually decides to go for a best two-out-of-three fight. Lee wins the first and Tooth wins the second. However, they were not able to complete the third round. once-upon-a-time-in-hollywood-bruce-lee-02 Talking about the scene, Shannon Lee had this to say in a recent interview: "I can understand all the reasoning behind what is portrayed in the movie. I understand that the two characters are antiheroes and this is sort of like a rage fantasy of what would happen... and they're portraying a period of time that clearly had a lot of racism and exclusion. I understand they want to make the Brad Pitt character this super bad-ass who could beat up Bruce Lee. But they didn't need to treat him in the way that white Hollywood did when he was alive." Shannon explains further by saying how her father had to work "triple hard" among the white actors to reach his position in the industry. "Here, he's the one with all the puffery and he's the one challenging Brad Pitt. Which is not how he was," she continues, "What I'm interested in is raising the consciousness of who Bruce Lee was as a human being and how he lived his life. All of that was flushed down the toilet in this portrayal, and made my father into this arrogant punching bag." Bruce Lee is considered one of the most iconic legends of all time. With notable works like Enter the Dragon and Game of Death, the actor had made a name for himself in Hollywood. Shannon's comments may make some critics rethink about the whole movie. Meanwhile, Tarantino has not yet responded to her comments.
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‘Hobbs & Shaw’ Writer Promises Justice For Han

by Kaylen Summers

For Fast & Furious fans, Han is not someone who can easily be forgotten. During the events of the third film in the franchise, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, the character played by Sung Kang was killed off. The character became a fan-favorite that the makers of the franchise made him stick around by setting the subsequent films prior to those events. But the timeline finally caught up to Tokyo Drift at the end of Fast & Furious 6. Han dies in the movie in a terrible car crash and it was finally revealed that Deckard Shaw is the one who is responsible for Han's death, as retribution for his brother Owen (Luke Evans). This made him the most personal villain yet for Furious Seven. However, in the upcoming spin-off movie Hobbs & Shaw, Dwayne Johnson's Hobbs has to form an unlikely alliance with Jason Statham's villain Shaw, leading the character to have a redemption story. It is obvious that the character will soon become part of the "family" as well. Unfortunately, some fans are not so willing to forgive Shaw for murdering their favorite character. They soon started the “Justice for Han” campaign online and it seems like makers are also aware of it too. "I love 'justice for Han'. Sung Kang is a great friend, and Han is a character that I adore", says the Fast & Furious writer, Chris Morgan, "I would say that the super-arc for Deckard Shaw is going to be one of the most interesting, cool, rewarding character arcs in the franchise. Justice for Han is owed. It's something we have discussed for a very long time and want to give the right due to. I think the audience will be satisfied and should know it's coming. There's a line in Hobbs & Shaw that is right before the battle in Samoa where Shaw says to his sister, 'There's things I've done that I have to make amends for.' That line was specifically written and put in there just to let everyone know that he is talking about Han, it is on his mind. It tortures him, and he's going to get to it." The ninth installment of the franchise is already underway, with Justin Lin back in the director's chair. But, it doesn't seem like Deckard Shaw will be back for this one. With the writer promising a satisfying arc, we hope that a Fast & Furious 10 will have answers for our questions.
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’21 Bridges’ Delayed Two Months to November 2019 Opening Date

by Kaylen Summers

Guess it will be taking a little more than expected for us to see Chadwick Boseman back on the big screen. Recently it was announced that his upcoming thriller will be pushed back by two full months. The movie will be switching from its September 27 release date to November 22  because of a crowded opening date. Initially, the Chadwick Boseman-led crime thriller was contenting against films like Joker. However, with the change in release date, the movie will be going against Tom Hanks as Mr. Rogers movie A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood, Frozen 2 and the Reed Morano-directed revenge thriller Rhythm Section from Paramount. Yup! Not crowded at all!!                   However, STX doesn't consider the new release date as a misfire. The crime thriller is clearly being marketed to older audiences, so there won't be a lot of overlap between its target demographic and the families that head out to see the Frozen sequel that same weekend. This leaves Rhythm Section as the only possible direct competition to the movie. With the Avengers: Endgame directors Joe and Anthony Russo as the producers, it won't be much of a problem to get a win over the revenge thriller. "We think this move is the best thing for the movie and we believe the 22nd is a great date that allows this film to play into the pre-Thanksgiving holiday, and it becomes true counterprogramming," says an STX Spokesperson about the move. Directed by Brian Kirk (Luther, Game of Thrones) and written by Adam Mervis, 21 Bridges follows an NYPD detective who takes extreme measures to capture a pair of cop killers by closing all of Manhattan's 21 bridges to prevent them from escaping the area. Here is the movie's Comic-Con trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=67VLGkmYFuw&feature=youtu.be
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‘Baby Driver 2’ Is Happening; Says Ansel Elgort

by Kaylen Summers

Baby Driver can easily be ranked as the best among Ansel Elgort's movie performances. Released in 2017,  the movie is liked by both audience and critics for its immensely likable protagonist and a killer soundtrack. Director Edgar Wright scored his biggest hit in the U.S by collecting $107 million domestically and $226 million worldwide for his summer smash hit. With such a successful product in hand, it's no surprise to see Sony push the filmmaker to pen a script for a sequel. The director himself has told in an interview shortly after the release of “Baby Driver” that distributor Sony was eager for him to do a sequel. “It is one of the ones that I might do a sequel to because I think there is somewhere more to go with it in terms of the characters, especially Baby,” Wright said. “[With] most sequels, you have to contrive something so they go back to square one, unless there’s somewhere deeper for them to go. I think with ‘Baby Driver’ there’s more that you can do in that realm, and I sort of have an idea that if you did another one you would subvert his involvement in the crime in a different way so he’s not kind of the apprentice anymore.” edgar-wright Though no further updates about it came out, Elgort who plays the titular character has recently revealed that Baby Driver 2 is happening. "Yes, I think it's gonna happen. I think there will be 'Baby Driver 2.' It has a different title, actually. You're gonna have to ask Edgar [Wright] that, though," says the actor. But, having a script alone is not enough assurance that the sequel will happen. The project still needs to get a final green light from the studio to go into production. Even if the script gets approved, it will take more time to appear back at the box office, as the director and actors are working on different projects currently. Edgar Wright is currently filming his new thriller, Last Night in Soho.  In addition, he is also working on a documentary about the band Sparks. Meanwhile, Ansel Elgort is playing one of the lead roles in Steven Spielberg's remake of West Side Story. Lily James, who plays Debra, is also busy as she is set to star in the Downton Abbey movie later this year. However, if everything goes right for Wright, we will hopefully see his first direct sequel.  Till then, let's go watch Baby Driver again- which is now available on DVD, Digital, Blu-Ray, and 4K.
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Good Guy Or Bad Guy?! Rock Reveals Black Adam’s Character Arc

by Kaylen Summers

When Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson was first announced to play Black Adam, it was unclear on how things would be proceeding with him and the character. The wrestler-turned-actor is not known for playing bad guys. Considering the fact that he has become one of the most bankable stars on the planet, it is obvious that the star and his team will not be settling for a one-and-done villain. During a recent interview on behalf of his new movie Hobbs & Shaw, Dwayne Johnson talked about Black Adam's solo movie before meeting up with Zachary Levi's Shazam. Johnson said, "Black Adam, how he starts, he starts off as a villain. Then, he becomes an anti-hero. And then he might become a hero or we might not. " In addition to that, producer Hiram Garcia told that they are considering Jaume Collet-Serra (The Jungle Cruise) for directing the movie. Story details in the script are being hammered out and the studio is ready to go. "Well, you're going to meet a character who's going through a journey. And I think the idea is, look, we know the root of obviously Black Adam. He was created as a villain. And through the love of the fans and through some great writers and storytellers, he evolved into an antihero," she explained, "The antihero is a character that we always loved and that we responded to. But we understand that there's been many aspects to Black Adam through him. But ultimately this is a guy who he does have a moral compass as skewed as it may be. And ultimately he is a guy that everything has always been driven by his family and what happens to them. And he is never opposed to unleashing hell when you cross him. So I think when you add in those elements of that DNA, those are things we're very aware of." Dwayne Johnson will be appearing next in the Netflix thriller Red Notice. If things are going smooth with the actor and Warner Bros., there is a chance that Black Adam will be going into shooting sometime in 2020, after Red Notice.
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Marvel’s ‘Black Widow’ Movie Will Include Multiple Widows

by Kaylen Summers

Scarlett Johansson will be reprising her iconic role as Black Widow in her upcoming highly anticipated solo flick. Set as the first movie to kickstart Phase Four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the movie will be a prequel taking place after the events of Captain America: Civil War. However, it seems like there is a lot more to look forward to in the movie than just that. Recently, Rachel Weisz accidentally revealed that there will be multiple Black Widow operatives introduced in the movie. "There are quite a number," said Weisz told IGN, "I'm a Black Widow and there's Scarlett and Florence. There's quite a bit of other characters you'll also meet that are Black Widows." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DAdpHjxi87s The news is exciting since the makers were quite silent in the past about any details of the movie. From what we know now, it is okay to assume that the Black Widow code name will actually be shared by some of the new cast members as well. However, this is not something new. In the comics, the Black Widow Ops Program was one of the Department X's espionage training programs.  It plays a critical role in Natalia Romanova's (Natasha Romanoff) life. Based at the Red Room facility, it had been a Cold War program to train the deadliest female spy in the world. It was created due to the success of their previous sleeper agent and assassin the Winter Soldier. It is obvious that the movie will be pitching on this idea, with multiple female spies trained under the program. Black Widow will debut on May 1st, 2020. In the meantime, we hope that more details about the movie will be revealed. Stay tuned to get updated.
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Martin Scorsese‘s ‘The Irishman’ To Premiere At NYFF. See First Look Images

by Kaylen Summers

From Taxi Driver to Goodfellas, director Martin Scorsese is known for his crime-filled epics. The latest addition to the list will be the highly anticipated The Irishman which will have its world premiere at this year’s New York Film Festival. The movie reunites Scorsese with Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci, and will also mark his first collaboration with Al Pacino. What else do we do to be excited, right? Well, there is more. The movie will also feature a younger version of actors with de-aging VFX from 'Industrial Light and Magic' and cinephiles had been aching to know how it looks. Fortunately, the makers have finally decided to release a first look from the movie. Though they are still putting the finishing touch on extensive VFX work for the movie, the newly released first look images look sleek. IrishMan-First Look First Look- The Irishman The two images released feature Pacino’s Jimmy Hoffa and De Niro’s Frank Sheeran. The Irishman will also star Harvey Keitel, Bobby Cannavale, Anna Paquin, Ray Romano, and Jesse Plemons. The movie is all set to premiere at the end of September. However,  there is no release date set for theaters or Netflix at this time. Talking about the movie premiere at the New York Film Festival, Martin Scorsese said: "It's an incredible honor that The Irishman has been selected as the Opening Night of the New York Film Festival. I greatly admire the bold and visionary selections that the festival presents to audiences year after year. The festival is critical to bringing awareness to cinema from around the world. I am grateful to have the opportunity to premiere my new picture in New York alongside my wonderful cast and crew." The movie is based on true events and is adapted from the book I Hear You Paint Houses by Charles Brandt.  Academy Award-winning screenwriter Steven Zaillian will be penning the script. According to the New York Film Festival, The Irishman is a "richly textured epic of American crime, a dense, complex story told with astonishing fluidity." With that being said, we can't wait to see the movie soon and are hoping for a trailer from the movie soon before the premiere. Don't worry! We will make sure that you won't be missing any of the action.
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Tarantino Gets His Best Opening Weekend With ‘Once Upon A Time In Hollywood’

by Kaylen Summers

It was obvious Tarantino never stood a chance of surpassing the family-friendly The Lion King at the box office. However, the actor did score his career-best opening weekend with his latest film, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood. Starring Brad Pitt, Leo DiCaprio, and Margot Robbie, the film earned $40 million in its first weekend, topping Tarantino’s personal best weekend opener, 2009’s Inglourious Basterds, which gathered $38 million in its opening weekend. However, it was not enough to take down Disney's Lion King reboot to win this weekend's number one spot at the box office. Nine films into his career, Tarantino remains one of the few directors who can generate a blockbuster opening with an original film. Starring two of the industry’s biggest box-office draws, Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt,  the movie travels back to 1969 to visit the movie industry undergoing changes in with cultural tides. DiCaprio, who plays a fading television star, and Mr. Pitt, his longtime stunt man, and best friend, navigate the shifting terrain. https://twitter.com/SonyPictures/status/1155532332046024704 With Sony spending more than $90 million to produce the film, the reviews have mostly been positive for the director's R-rated look at the golden age of Hollywood. The movie even scored an 85 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. However, they would not be enough for it to get a break-even success. The film does have a long way to go for that and with this pace, everyone is hopeful that the movie will surpass Tarantino's all-time record of $165 million from Django Unchained. With only one tentpole picture remaining this summer (Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw), Once Upon a Time in Hollywood should have plenty of room to stretch its legs through August. Till then, you can check out the rest of this weekend's numbers: 1 The Lion King 2 Once Upon a Time in Hollywood 3 Spider-Man: Far from Home 4 Toy Story 4 5 Crawl 6 Yesterday 7 Aladdin 8 Stuber 9 Annabelle Comes Home 10 The Farewell
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Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman 1984 Reshoots. DC Fans In Fear.

by Kaylen Summers

Reshoots are normal. But when you hear a DC movie is getting reshoots, it is inevitable to expect the worse. Warner Bros. have a pretty solid track record of ruining DC movies with their reshoots, and we have plenty of examples to prove it. Now, the Wonder Woman sequel, Wonder Woman 1984, is reportedly back in London for reshoots and fans seems seriously nervous about it. https://twitter.com/WonderWoman84HQ/status/1154067310468096000 Production on Gal Gadot Wonder Woman 1984 commenced in the summer of 2018 and wrapped in late December of the same year, and the fans were eagerly awaiting the sequel to the record-breaking first film. However, director Patty Jenkins pushed the movie to from a November 2019 release to June 2020. She wanted to have a June release same as the first movie which opened in June 2017. With no other official details announced about the reshoot, fans are speculating many theories. Some are even believing that the reshoots are in order to incorporate a new Batman and Superman replacing that of Ben Affleck's and Henry Cavill's from the existing DCEU. There is no doubt that the Wonder Woman movie is the only consistent movie from the  DCEU (Worlds of DC) so far. Though Aquaman and Shazam! were also box-office hits from the studio, the future of these movies is still unknown. In addition, the studio recently announced that it is changing strategies from focusing on a shared universe of stories to more standalone films tied to the directors' vision. Considering that, a new soft reboot with Wonder Woman seems far fetched. In any way, all questions will be answered with the release of Wonder Woman 1984- starring Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Kristen Wigg, Pedro Pascal, Natasha Rothwell, Ravi Patel, Gabriella Wilde, Connie Nielson, and Robin Wright.
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Disney’s ‘Aladdin’ Crosses $1 Billion at Worldwide Box Office

by Kaylen Summers

After Sony's Spiderman: Far From Home, Disney's live-action Aladdin remake blasted past the $1 billion mark at the global box office. The movie marks the fifth Disney-branded live-action release to do so, alongside Beauty and the Beast, Alice in Wonderland, and the second and fourth Pirates of the Caribbean films. Directed by Guy Ritchie, the movie is a remake of the original 1992 animated movie and stars Mena Massoud as Aladdin, Will Smith as the Genie, Naomi Scott as Jasmine and Marwan Kenzari as Jafar. aladdin-will-smith Aladdin gave star Will Smith and director Guy Ritchie entry to the billion-dollar club for the first time. Earlier this month, Smith thanked his fans for making Aladdin the highest-grossing film of his career. the actor said: "To be in this game as long as I’ve been in this game, and to have my biggest movie at this point in my career, I just want to say thank you." Ritchie shared a video on Instagram thanking his "enthusiastic and creative" cast for making it one of his most successful films ever. Massoud, who portrayed Aladdin in the film, also posted a celebratory video online on Friday, in which the actor said: "I told people six months ago that I thought Aladdin would hit a billion. I got laughed at quite a bit, I got dismissed but I believed in what we were showing people and the heart and soul that we put into the film and what the film represents... I’m really glad to say that we’re officially the most ethnically diverse cast to ever lead a film to the billion-dollar club." Aladdin opened with $117 million over the Memorial Day back in May.  The movie collected $343.1 million domestically and $656.2 million internationally, led by $98.8 million in Japan, $81.4 million in Korea, $53.3 million in China and $45.3 million in the UK.
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This Endgame Deleted Scene Will Make You Emotional All Over Again

by Kaylen Summers

Avengers Endgame marked the end for one of the most epic cinematic saga in movie history. The death Tony Stark towards the end of the movie left us with teary eyes. However, months after Avengers: Endgame, a new exclusive deleted scene from the film was unveiled online and MCU fans may need some more tissues. The clip shows the heartbreaking moment when Robert Downey Jr's Iron Man/Tony Stark sacrifices his life to save the universe on the battlefield. Instead of the scene fading into black, as shown in the theatrical release, the Avengers are seen paying a touching tribute to Iron Man. Pepper Potts gives Tony Stark a final kiss as the rest of Earth's Mightiest Heroes slowly dropping to one knee in honor of the fallen Avenger. Jeremy Renner's Hawkeye is the first to kneel and bow his head. Soon, one after the other, Captain Marvel (Brie Larson), Nebula (Karen Gillian), Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America (Chris Evans), and Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) kneel down in front of the fallen hero. Though the scene does not appear to be completely finished in terms of CGI, an extra minute of footage would have been a worthy addition to the Avengers: Endgame rerelease a few weeks ago and MCU fans would probably have responded to it better. Whatever the case may be, the rerelease did help the movie become the highest-grossing movie of all time, beating out James Cameron's Avatar. Directors Joe and Anthony Russo explained in an email about why they excluded the moment: "It’s a beautiful scene with moving performances, but we filmed it prior to Tony Stark’s funeral. The funeral scene ultimately became a more resonant and emotional reflection on Tony’s death for us." What do you think about the deleted scene? Watch the clip and let us know: https://youtu.be/ZKy5actIzn8
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Jennifer Lawrence To Star In True Crime Thriller ‘Mob Girl’

by Kaylen Summers

Jennifer Lawrence is going to be a mob girl! The Oscar-winning actress is set to star in the on-screen adaptation of Teresa Carpenter's 1992 true-crime book “Mob Girl.” Academy Award winner Paolo Sorrentino has been tapped to direct the adaptation with Angelina Burnett (Halt and Catch Fire, The Americans) writing the script. In addition to starring in the movie, Lawrence is also producing the movie alongside Justine Polsky through their production company, Excellent Cadaver. Sorrentino will also produce the project alongside Wildside’s Lorenzo Mieli. The 28-year-old actress will be playing Arlyne Brickman, a mob wife who becomes a police informant against the powerful Columbo crime family. Brickman who was raised amongst racketeers on the Lower East Side of Manhattan becomes attracted to the mob lifestyle. She eventually becomes romantically involved with “wiseguys” and ultimately turns into an informant against the Columbo crime family. lawrence-mob-girl This film will be the first project under the recently announced, first-look film deal between Excellent Cadaver and Makeready. Taking about the project, Makeready head Brad Weston said: "Seeing this story from a woman's point of view is a fresh and exciting approach to telling a classic mob story. We could not imagine a more perfect team of stellar filmmakers, with Jennifer starring in a tour de force role and Paolo at the helm, to bring Arlyne's strength and unique perspective to life on screen." Jennifer Lawrence was talking a break from acting and the last time we saw her on-screen was in last year's Red Sparrow. She did appear in Dark Phoenix. But technically the movie already wrapped production back in 2017. However, the actress is back on track, lining up her next slate with several intriguing projects. Currently, she is starring in another production on A24’s “Untitled Soldier Film,” with director and first-time filmmaker Lila Neugebauer. Carpenter’s Mob Girl: A Woman’s Life in the Underworld was released in back in 1991 and was later awarded the Pulitzer Prize. The release date for this film adaptation of the work is yet to be announced.
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Scarlett Johansson Claims ‘Black Widow’ Belongs To Its Own Genre

by Kaylen Summers

When Scarlett Johanson's character was killed off in the events of Avengers Endgame, fans had a hard time saying goodbye to the character. However, Kevin Feige, the president of Marvel Studios, promised that  Black Window would return to MCU again- that too in her standalone movie. Though there were many reports and set photos indicating that the production for the movie was moving full-fledged, it was finally at their Comic-Con panel that Marvel Studios officially announced the Black Widow movie. Scarlett Johansson debuted as Black Widow back in 2010's Iron Man 2. The actress quickly capturing the attention of audiences and ever since, fans were desperate to see the hero in her own film.  When Marvel confirmed that such a film is about to happen, there were many rumors that the events of the movie could be taking place before her MCU debut. However, these speculations where debunked officially and we now know that her standalone movie is set as a prequel that takes place after the events of Captain America: Civil War. black-widow During an interview with MTV at Comic-Con,  Johansson explained that the film's unique blend of influences will make it feel like its own unique genre. "It's pretty gritty, but it's also surprising...it's kind of in its own genre, I think. Some of the movies that we talked about, we talked about The Fugitive, we talked about Logan, we talked about Terminator 2", she said. The actress revealed that before she signed on to the project, she made sure that the character was the same as we had previously seen her in the MCU. Johansson didn't want the standalone movie to change who Natasha Romanoff has been for all of these years. Fans are already looking forward to the Black Widow movie as it will be the first MCU Phase 4 movie to hit theaters. The movie may be a prequel. But still, it might have hints or hidden easter eggs on where Marvel will be taking their cinematic universe next. Whatever the case may be, it's going to be very interesting to see how the movie is accepted when it hits theaters next November.
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Here Is Why ‘Hell Boy 3’ Was Never Adapted Into A Comic Book

by Kaylen Summers

After the first two movies, fans of Hellboy waited nearly a decade to see if the filmmaker would be closing down the trilogy with Hellboy 3. Unfortunately, del Toro announced in early 2017 that the movie would not be made and later the studio announced that it would be rebooting the franchise. While appearing at  Comic Con International in San Diego last week, Hellboy creator Mike Mignola was asked the obvious, inevitable question: Why not publish that story as a comic, and get some return-on-investment for all the money spent developing the project? And Mignola answered the question in a pretty simple way: "I think del Toro mentioned it to me once, and I said no. I think, let the comics be the comics. Comics are confusing enough for people. Let's not have two different versions of the Hellboy comic out there. My vote would be (to say) no." hellboy-3-movie1 Mignola was referring to how confusing it is for some DC and Marvel superhero fans from having multiple versions of their favorite characters coexisting within sprawling multiverses. Comics can get overly complicated, with numerous continuities running side by side until the whole thing has to explode with an event like Crisis on Infinite Earths. Mignola had co-written drafts of the Hellboy 3 script and went on to consult with the reboot once it was decided to take the franchise in a new direction.  Even if the third installment of the original movie is not going to be released, there is always a chance for the screenplay getting printed or an animated version of the script being released. We already have such movies like Hellboy: Sword of Storms and Hellboy: Blood and Iron, which were set in the continuity of the Guillermo del Toro movies. Then again, considering how poorly the Hellboy reboot performed at the box office, maybe a little bit of multiverse-madness won't be hurtful after all. Come on Mignola! Give us the threequel we deserve!!
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‘Clerks 3’ Is Happening. Kevin Smith Rewrites Script For Jeff Anderson To Return

by Kaylen Summers

A threequel to Clerks was facing production crisis back in 2018 when the director Kevin Smith was not able to bring the complete cast together. It was later revealed that approximately two months before production would start, actor Jeff Anderson was the one who dropped out from the movie. The actor played Randal Graves in the first two Clerks movies and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. With Anderson quitting on the franchise, the movie was stuck in production hell for what it seemed like an eternity. Kevin Smith kept himself busy with movies like Tusk and Yoga Hosers and TV shows like Supergirl and The Goldbergs. However, the director finally decided to revisit the View Askewniverse later this year with Jay and Silent Bob Reboot.  But that not all, Kevin has also promised that Clerks 3 is happening. clerks-movie The filmmaker was at San Diego Comic-Con this year to promote his latest movie, Jay and Silent Bob Reboot, when a fan predictably asked about Clerks 3. Kevin explained that though the script he originally wrote was something he was proud of, it wouldn't be the one they're going to adapt. "When I wrote Clerks III, I wrote it during a weirder darker point in my life, and it's kind of like the King Lear of our movies", he said, "I love it, it's one of my favorite scripts, but it's dark. It's bleak, and it's not what Dante and Randal deserve. We're never going to make that version of Clerks III, but I'm going to write a different Clerks III and we're going to make that f****** film, I promise. And in a world where we got to bring Ben [Affleck] back, I'll be able to bring Jeff [Anderson] back." clerks-movie-2 Clerks helped Kevin Smith kick off a career in a big way. The 1994 black and white became an Indie hit after screening at Sundance. The sequel, Clerks II which was released in 1996 and also proved to be a success. The fact that Kevin was able to reunite with Ben Affleck for Jay and Silent Bob Reboot has made fans hopefully about the threequel. However, whether or not the third installment will actually get off the ground remains to be seen. In the meantime, all we can do is to keep the View Askewniverse train going by watching Jay and Silent Bob Reboot- soon to hit theatres. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VHI_TemTawM
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Zero Ownership In ‘Rocky’ Franchise; Sylvester Stallone Reveals

by Kaylen Summers

There is no doubt that Rocky is iconic. The four-decade-old franchise has spawned one of Hollywood’s most successful film franchises and made Stallone memorable forever. The actor's long career owes a lot to the memorable character of Rocky, the underdog boxer (and let's not forget John Rambo). "It’s like my brother," he says. "It’s the only voice that I can say what I want without being ridiculed, or being silly, or being precious or sentimental because he is that way." rocky-the-movie However, in an hour-long interview with 'Variety' magazine, the actor candidly revealed his resentment for not being given any ownership of the franchise that he helped launch with the 1976 original film. The movie was conceived, wrote and starred in by Stallone and it became the highest-grossing film of the year, winning three Oscars, including Best Picture. Though he had a crucial role in the eight Rocky movies that followed (including the Creed and Creed II spinoffs), he was yet not given full ownership of the series. The actor explains: "I mentioned it a few times because after Rocky II came out and made a ton of money and then Rocky III hit and made more than all of them, I said I’d like to have some ownership since I invented it. And that never happened. So I have zero ownership of Rocky." Its is over 40 years that the actor is speaking out about how he’s still sore about not seeing money from the series that he could have left to his children after his death. He also finds it himself responsible for not pushing the issue enough. rocky-punch-movie Stallone says: "I think there was a certain code of business conduct, maybe not as much now, but back then, that you don’t ruffle the feathers of the golden goose. The studio is the power, the agency relies upon them, and the attorneys are the go-betweens. When I finally confronted them [just before Rocky IV in 1985], I said, ‘Does it bother you guys that I’ve written every word, I’ve choreographed it, I’ve been loyal to you, I’ve promoted it, directed it and I don’t have 1% that I could leave for my children?’ And the quote was, ‘You got paid’ And that was the end of the conversation." It is true that Stallone helped bring one of the most iconic franchises to the silver screen. However, it will be unfair to consider the huge millions the actor made by starring in these movies. Reportedly, Stallone recently received a $15 million for his supporting role in Creed II too. Then again, the money is nothing compared to how much the studios are making from these blockbusters. The actor will be coming back to the big screen again as Rambo in Rambo V: Last Blood coming to theaters on September 20. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4vWg5yJuWfs
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Kill Bill 3: Tarantino & Uma Thurman In Talks For His Last Film?!

by Kaylen Summers

Quentin Tarantino is currently busy with the promotion of his upcoming movie Once Up On A Time In Hollywood. Though fans are super excited to see another Tarantino flick onscreen soon, they are also a little worried too. Why?! Because the Director himself had declared earlier that he would be quitting movie direction after his tenth movie. With the upcoming movie being his ninth one, it's obvious to wonder whether he will throw in the towel or continue making awesome motion pictures. quentin-tarantino-2019 Recent rumors were that Tarantino was going to direct an R-rated Star Trek movie. Whether that happens or not is another topic worth discussion. But now the director has confirmed that he is in talks with Uma Thurman for a threequel to the original Kill Bill. He explained: "Me and Uma have talked about it recently, frankly, to tell you the truth. I have thought about it a little further. We were talking about it literally last week. If any of my movies were going to spring from my other movies, it would be a third Kill Bill." If the movie is to happen after Star Trek, then there is a chance Tarantino is rethinking about his retirement plan. However, it is also said that he does have some TV ideas lined up based on Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Does that mean Tarantino will be moving to the Television after his movie retirement? This is what the director said about it: "I think when it comes to theatrical movies, I've come to the end of the road. I see myself writing film books and starting to write theatre, so I'll still be creative. I just think I've given all I have to give to movies." kill-bill-3 Whatever the case may be, everyone is eager to see Uma Thurman reprise the role of  The Bride.  The first two parts didn't give much about her character- other than what we know from the villains who are out to kill her. A third installment will possibly be giving us more about her back story. Consider that the whole plot came to an end with the sequel, further plot development for a third movie is a challenge that we all want to see Tarantino face. Meanwhile, we can be happy that Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is hitting theaters on July 26th. The movie has been receiving a positive early response from critics who have seen early screenings.
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Doctor Strange 2 Will Be MCU’s First Horror Movie

by Kaylen Summers

San Diego Comic-Con 2019 saw many big reveals. But the most awaited one was from the Hall H panel of Marvel Studios. With the Infinity Saga concluded with Spiderman: Far From Home, it is obvious that everyone is a little too much curious about what to expect next. Fortunately, we didn't have to wait long, as Kevin Feige announced the new slate for upcoming Marvel movies. Among the big reveals we got the confirmation about the next big-screen adventure of Benedict Cumberbatch’s Dr. Stephen Strange. Titled Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness, the movie will also feature Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch as a key supporting character. Feige also confirmed that the movie will have a more horror-centric feel. Fans who are already aware of director Scott Derrickson's previous works will easily understand that prior to his MCU debut, almost all of his movies were focused on horror aspects. With the director returning back to his tonal realm, we are surely in for some pretty scary moments. Scott-Derrickson-Benedict-Cumberbatch Addressing the Comic-Con crowd, he explained: "When I came and talked to [Kevin Feige] about doing a sequel, I said, ‘I don’t want to do just another sequel. If I’m going to do it, it needs to go into the territory that drew me into the Doctor Strange comics in the first place’ – which is how they dipped into the gothic and the horror and the horrific. And we’re going to make the first scary MCU movie." However, there was no information dropped on who will be the villain(s) for the new movie. Will Marvel be going dark like DC?! Don't get too excited! Derrickson can bring all of Marvel Comics’ freakiest threats onscreen. But, the studio will be overviewing the production to make sure that the movie will be rated PG-13. Talk about mood-killing!! Scarlet Witch will be a surprise mix with Strange. Fans are already wondering how two characters will be getting alone together onscreen since not much about her role in the upcoming movie is revealed yet. But, we will be seeing the Wanda in the upcoming Disney+ series WandaVision before the sequel. The series will be hitting the streaming service in the spring of 2021 and will tie in directly with the events of Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness. This will be a massive shift for Marvel's shows as they were not previously connected to the bigger cinematic universe. wandavision-comic-con Want more updates about the Marvel Cinematic Universe and San Diego Comic-Con 2019? Stay tuned here and check it out.
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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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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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