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6 reasons why ‘Casablanca’ remains a unique classic film

by Emily Keen

The greatest love story ever made will forever hold a special place in the hearts of movie buffs. Casablanca is one unique classics which continues to retain its reputation as an iconic film. The masterpiece has transcended the norms of filmmaking. For obvious reasons of incredible performances and a magnificent screenplay, the film went on to win three academy awards since release. Although, not the biggest hit during the initial phase of release, Michael Curtiz’s highly acclaimed Hollywood classic is more than just a love story. This monumental thriller is a journey through the setup of the Second World War and its consequences on normal lives.

For those uninitiated, here are six reasons why Casablanca hails as a unique classic film

  1. Rick Blaine

To start with, the variations in character experienced by the Rick Blaine (played by Humphrey Bogart) are rather unconventional. We do not see the world through his point of view. The audience is in fact left to judge the morality of the character through the lens of various other characters. His employees and clientele see him as someone who you cannot easily walk up to for a conversation. He is cold and arrogant. There are times when Blaine comes off quite negative. When the police arrest Signor Ugarte, he says “I stick my neck out for nobody”.

His best friend Renault views the man in stark contrast. He thinks of him as an emotional and compassionate being. The cold Rick is nothing but a consequence of his failed love story. These traits are obvious in the character on multiple occasions. For instance when he helps a Bulgarian couple flee to America. The conclusion, in fact, is the greatest testimony to his altruism. Like most Hollywood heroes, the man cuts a dash. And more importantly, he is the one leading the story through various arcs.

  1. Elsa

Elsa is a strong feminine character who is torn between her love for Rick and the respect she has for her husband, Victor. Stuck at the crossroad where it’s either love or responsibilities Ilsa Ingrid finely portrays a heroine who is in no way trying to do anything heroic. She is just a simple woman making her loveless marriage work as a courtesy to her good-natured husband. In doing so, she won’t hesitate to even point a gun at Rick whom she loves so deeply.

  1. Unconventional narrative

The story is presented to us in a disorderly fashion. For those times this was a rather unconventional method of storytelling. The film begins with a shot of Rick’s café and a narrator explaining the background events. The delightful moments of Elsa and Rick’s life are stacked in between the messy present. Moreover, the ending does not resolve any of the chaos, be it the war or Rick’s love life. The War persists and so does the pain of our protagonist’s heart. The film is also a reminder that justice and freedom come with a price.

  1. Separate plotlines

The story perfectly blends in two different plotlines. The first is the love triangle between Rick, Elsa, and her husband. It is the nobility of Elsa’s husband that adds complexity to the narrative. The second plotline is the war and its consequences on the lives of people staying in Casablanca. More importantly, the film has some powerful underlying beliefs and political messages.

  1. The mysterious town of Casablanca

There is always a mystery surrounding the town of Casablanca. The movie is based in a Moroccan setting but there is hardly any reference to Moroccan way of life. It is simply chaotic and reeks of uncertainty. There is a line where a German commander warns Elsa – “human life is cheap in Casablanca”. And people in and around view the city a prison from which they desire to escape. However unsafe, the town does has some fantasy attached to it. It is the brilliant vision of the makers that fuels our desire for mystery and makes us fall in love with the idea of a risky life.

  1. The Remarkable Conclusion

The climax of this poignant tale of love will break your heart but in a very positive way. The climax defies the usual traditions of happy endings or the death of a significant character. But ardent movie fans would not have it any other way. For that is what sets the film apart from others in the league. Besides Rick Blaine’s heartfelt decision at the end is what makes him not just one of the greatest known lovers but also a very noble character.

Over the period of its release, Casablanca went on to win three Oscars – Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Director. The music is still enchanting to the ears. Can you even listen to ‘As Time Goes By’ and not think of the film? There is nothing and absolutely nothing mediocre about this epic tale of romance. Be it the story, the music or even humor. The film shall forever remain a unique classic in the history of cinema.

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‘The Godfather’ Vs. ‘Goodfellas’. Which Is The Best Mob Movie Ever Made?!

by Kaylen Summers

We all know that Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather and Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas are truly the best gangster movies out there. However, fans of the two iconic flicks often go on debates to find the finest of the two.

Undoubtfully both are very excellent movies. Coppola’s The Godfather is adapted from a fictional novel and Scorsese’s Goodfellas is a true-to-life biopic. One follows a traditional timeline and the other is nonlinear with choppy editing. However, these two well-crafted movies define their genre and are touchstones for all mob movies that got made after.

For those who are eager to find the best from these movies, here is a comparison of the good, bad and ugly from the two movies.

THE GODFATHER IS ROMANTIC PORTRAYAL OF MOB LIFE

Since the movie is based on a novel, the filmmakers had all the freedom to make The Godfather was free to make their lifestyle look glamorous. The Corleones family essentially picturized as the royalty in the criminal underworld. Even though there were occasional scenes like Sonny getting shot dead at a toll booth, most of the movie had their gangsters very glitzy and fabulous.

Gangsters were never this cool until Francis Ford Coppola gave an idealized Hollywood depiction to them.

GOODFELLAS IS THE REALISTIC PORTRAYAL OF MOB LIFE

One of the major differences between The Godfather and Goodfellas is that one is a work of fiction while the other is more of a realistic portrait. While the former glamorize the gangster lifestyle, the characters of Goodfellas are often shown doing the dirty work. The Corleones family is also shown filthy rich, while the characters of Goodfellas don’t make that much money.

The movie even ends with one of the mobsters ratting out on all of his friends. He secures his family’s safety in the Witness Protection Program. This itself is a nod to how realistic the movie’s storyline is portrayed.

THE GODFATHER HAS BRILLIANT PERFORMANCES

Whether the fiction element is good or not, it did help the movie’s actors give some of their greatest performances. Surely, Ray Liotta’s performance as Henry Hill in Goodfellas is truly remarkable. His portrayal of the guy who adores the gangster lifestyle and constantly cheats on his wife is phenomenal and intense. However, let not forget that Al Pacino’s turn as Michael Corleone in The Godfather is more nuanced than any performance in Goodfellas.

While Henry yells out what he’s feeling, Michael explains everything in a single facial expression. In addition to that, the subtle performances from supporting players like Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, James Caan, Talia Shire, John Cazale, and Diane Keaton only adds extra charm to the whole movie. Though Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci’s support in Goodfellas is riveting, it can never be compared to the ensemble of The Godfather.

GOODFELLAS HAS A FASTER PACE

There are many who criticizes The Godfather for being too slow. On the other hand, the pacing in Goodfellas is much quicker. The movie’s plot moves at breakneck speed, jumping back and forth along the timeline of the narrative. But, the makers did make sure that we will be getting all the information you need at any given moment.

In fact, it is this choppy editing of Goodfellas, that gives it the iconic style. In a way, it throws you right into the story at the deep end.

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6 Awesome Plot Twists You Would Never Expect

by Kaylen Summers

There is nothing more exciting in a movie than the brilliant misdirection that’s thrown right in our face. 

Here we are picking out the top ten best movie twists of all time. So there will be some major movie-ruining spoilers ahead. If you haven’t seen anyone of the movies listed below, its okay to skip. 

For everyone who’s still here,  let’s kick it off.

The Time And Place Twist: Planet of the Apes

While the vast majority of twists are aimed to deceive us about either the what or the who, there are a few that mislead us in terms of where and when. Movies like Triangle and The Village gave us similar twists. But none will even come close to the ending of the Planet of the Apes.

The idea that they were on Earth the whole time is absolutely brilliant and completely unexpected.  Released in the 60s, this ape twist set the recipe for great movie twists later.

Conspiracy Twist: The Sting

These types of twists are a common element is heist movies. We love this kind of twist because it takes advantage of our own hubris. Just when we think we’re ahead of the plot, fully informed, and upon every aspect of the scheme, we realize that we too are being duped. The Sting presents the audience with one such excellent twist from this category.

In many ways, we too are similar to Lonnegan in the movie. Without realizing that everything is part of the con, we commit the exact same mistake he does- overbetting our hand.

The Unexpected Bad Guy: Murder on the Orient Express

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If you’ve ever watched Scooby-Doo, you’ll be familiar with these twists. Though there are many great movies that given us such awesome twists, Murder on the Orient Express threw in an extra twist on top. And for that, it needs to be on the list.

Based on the Agatha Christie novel, the movie presents an incredibly complex portrait of 13 strangers suspicious in the murder of Cassidy. While initially, it seems that there is nothing connecting any of the suspects, it emerges that the one thing they have in common is that they all have a reasonable motive. And that’s the twist. The killer is not one, but everyone. The perfect coverup for who’s guilty was that they’re all guilty.

It Was All A Dream: The Wizard of Oz

This is perhaps one of the most controversial and occasionally obnoxious twists commonly found in the film. We’re talking about movies like The Matrix and Source Code that play with the concept of what is real and not. But nothing uses this more brilliantly than the original, the magical and the lovable The Wizard of Oz.

Though this plot twist is considered pretty frustrating and lazy writing, In when it seems like something really interesting and subversive is going on, in The Wizard of Oz, the dream world helps Dorothy subconsciously work out her conflicts in a symbolic way.

All In The Protagonist’s Head: Fight Club

The twist, of course, comes from detangling the fantasy from the reality. These are films where the audience experiences the delusions alongside their unreliable narrator. There is only one movie that comes to our mind when we read this description and that’s Fight Club.

Probably one of the most popular twists of the last few decades, Fight Club manages to slip an entire character by us without us noticing. A character who interacts with all kinds of different characters that tend to keep their hallucinations separate.

Identity Mixup: The Empire Strikes Back

Yes! There are movies like Frailty, Matchstick Men and The Crying Game giving as the best of this plot twist. But, none will be as iconic as this one.

As far as twists go, The reveal of who is Luke’s father is perhaps one of the biggest reveals in movie history. The question is how did they keep it a secret? Well, they lied about it in the script and to just about everybody but Lucas and Hamill, then overdubbed the line later.

Mistaken Identity Twist: Psycho

Don’t get confused with the previous one. This one is entirely different. Instead of realizing we’ve confused someone for another, we realized they’re the exact same person.

With some brilliant contenders to fight for the top spot in this category, it’s tough to find the best one. However, the Norman Bates reveals in Psycho will always stay remarkable. One would ever expect mild-mannered Norman to actually dress up as his dead mother and kill protagonists weirdly early in the movie. This thriller still messes with our heads when we watch it and for that, it remains one of the best movie plot twists of all time.

But, we know that you still have some more awesome movie twists that you want to share with us. Let us know which movie surprised you the most.

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Why is ‘It Happened One Night’ a Classic Worth Watching?

by Kaylen Summers

It was on Feb. 22, 1934, Frank Capra’s classic road trip film It Happened One Night got released into theaters. The movie was an instant hit and won 5 awards at the 7th Academy Awards, which included the best actor for Clark Gable and actress for Claudette Colbert.

Though the iconic movie is running for more than a good two hours, its excellence is that there is not even one dull moment in it. During the post-production, some of it was left on the editing floor, but it is too good throughout that the audiences won’t mind having some extra footage kept in. The main reason for this is that It Happened One Night has a charming, coherent and believable plot. The characters are also lovely and human that you will instantly connect with them and events they go through.

The movie belongs to an offshoot genre of comedy known as screwball comedy. In many ways similar to the romantic comedy, this sub-genre slowly vanished in the 30s itself. However, It Happened One Night still remains as one of the best screwball comedies and also as an iconic cult classic. It has everything from being a comedy with a kick, drama with a punch, and the acting and direction served at a new high.

The lead roles are played by Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert. Gable plays the role of a newspaperman who helps Colbert escape from her father. The two embark on a hitchhike from Miami to New York. And eventually, they fall for each other.

Both Gable and Colbert are seemingly effortless in their acting. It felt as if they were joyfully being utterly natural and devastatingly human throughout the picture. Adding this with the perfect lines did nothing but sparkle. It is as if the makers of the movie made extra sure that not even one single dull line of dialogue was there in the whole thing, and there isn’t a character who is not lively. More than its everlasting charm, this gave the film all its life and personality.

Other characters in the movie include Walter Connolly who looks splendid as Miss Colbert’s father. Roscoe Karns also amuses the audiences as a traveling salesman. Alan Hale’s smaller role is also worthy to be mentioned.
But the icing on the cake was from none other than the director of this classic flick- Frank Capra. Along with Joseph Walker’s cinematography, the two created a marvel on the screen.

Whether you are a fan of comedies or not this one is worth seeing. It’s got superb acting, riotous comedy, big names, and perfect direction. So what are you waiting for?! Go watch the movie and let us know how much you enjoyed the movie, in the comments below.

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‘The Wizard of Oz’ Is The Most Influential Film of All Time. Here Is The Reason

by Kaylen Summers

A recent study has found that The Wizard of Oz is the most influential film of all time. The study conducted at the University of Turin selected MGM’s 1939 musical ‘masterpiece’ from more than 47,000 films.

Based on L.Frank Baum’s 1900 children’s novel ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’, the movie was MGM’s biggest production at the time ($3 million). However, the movie turned out to be a failure at the box office initially. It was only with several re-releases that the studio was able to make a healthy financial return from it.

How did such a movie end up as the most influential movie of all time?! We also want to find out the answer to that. There are several factors and a variety of combinations that make up the anatomy of a cult film. We will be taking a close look at these elements in The Wizard of Oz.

1. Breaking the Rules

 

In order for any art to gain cultural significance, it needs to break the existing rules and produce something better. In the case of cinema, this happens more often, but only a few will pass the test of time to become cult classics. When MGM decided to make The Wizard of Oz, they knew that they were breaking or rather bending some contemporary self-imposed ‘unwritten rules’ of the industry.

The production was more of a gamble since it followed the failure of 1933’s Paramount production of Alice in Wonderland.  However, what made MGM stand out is the skillful use of Technicolor. And for that, the movie is still considered as an extremely bold and worthy ‘rule twister’.

2. The ‘Better-Than-Life’ Feeling

Cinema has always shaped our reality. It constantly makes us believe that there is something better than life out there. This feeling of leaving the reality behind can be seen even in the most cynical cult movies. When MGM was producing The Wizard of Oz, they made sure that this ‘better-than-life’ sentiment is provoked in the audience.

The makers of the movie deliberately used sepia tones at the beginning of the film and the end, to represent reality. However, in the ‘surreal world’ they used technicolor (which was a new technology at the time).

As a result, we also fell in love with Dorothy Gale’s fantasy world.

3. Missing Subplots

Loose ends are mostly considered as lazy writing. But in cult movies, they add an extra charm. The idea that the characters ‘live on’ outside of the finished story itself keeps these movies open for new speculations and theories.

The abrupt ending of The Wizard of Oz presents the audience with one such loose ending. Initially, it was planned as Hunk/The Scarecrow (Roy Bolger) leaving for an agricultural college and he would eventually marry Dorothy upon his return. However, this was changed to the ‘Kansas family’ assembling around Dorothy’s bed. Though this change happened as a result of the studio shortening the movie’s runtime, it gave the movie its cult appeal.

4. So Bad, It’s Good.

Wait! Are we talking about bad production or the morality of the content?! Unfortunately, The Wizard of Oz has both. Though the movie was made with the biggest budget of that time, it did had many production flaws. The rough ending of the movie is merely the tip of the iceberg. Throughout the film, there are scenes that end a little too abruptly. The Wicked Witch’s instructions to the flying monkeys are cut short almost mid-sentence. This is one of many clunky and disjointed edits in the movie.

As for the moral side, we all know how the ‘romance’ between Dorothy and Hunk/the Scarecrow got diminished.

What do you think about The Wizard of Oz? Does it deserve to be the most influential film of all time? Let us know in the comments below.

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Bad Boys For Life (2020) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Bad Boys For Life (2020) will see the return of old-school cops Mike Lowery and Marcus Burnett. The two are now part of a newly created elite team from the Miami police department called AMMO. They will be teaming up to take down Armando Armas, the ruthless leader of a Miami drug cartel.

Releasing Date: 17 January 2020

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REVIEW: ‘Motherless Brooklyn’ (2019)

by Kaylen Summers

Rating:⭐⭐☆☆☆  (2/5 stars)

Actor Edward Norton’s new directorial attempt, Motherless Brooklyn is painfully slow and boring. Motherless Brooklyn is the big-screen adaptation of Jonathan Lethem’s period crime novel. The movie is set in 1957 New York City where a private investigator with Tourette syndrome tries to solve the murder of his mentor. Norton also stars in the film, along with Bruce Willis, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Bobby Cannavale, Cherry Jones, Alec Baldwin, and Willem Dafoe.

Departing from the original source material, Motherless Brooklyn takes the story further back to 1957 from the novel’s 1990s setting. Norton plays the role of Lionel Essrog, a detective with Tourette syndrome. His involuntary tics and outbursts have made him into a ‘freakshow’ for others. However, his ‘broken brain’ gives him a photographic memory and a keen ability to line up details.

During one of the assignments, best friend and mentor Frank Minna (Bruce Willis) is shot. However, before he dies Frank whispers scant clues to Lionel. From there, the mystery is set up and Lionel is on the pursuit to uncover it.

Though the film has some great performances from actors, it’s another miss for Edward Norton as a director. It is clear that he has lost focus on the pacing and structure of the whole movie. The movie drags its audience through the two hour and twenty-four-minute runtime. Yet, the mystery doesn’t provide any big reveals in its ending. This is what makes this movie fails as a detective story in the first place. Many key clues are revealed in the first act itself. Any casual moviegoer can easily solve the so-called mystery in the first 20 minutes into the film and this predictability affects the flick’s ending punch severely.

The movie’s exploration of themes like racial subjugation and oppression feels clunky and heavy-handed at times. Rather than treating these themes with more subtlety, they are hammered into the audience scene after scene.

With that being said, there are a fair amount of memorable moments that the movie does offer. One of these includes a scene where Lionel tries to light a showgirl’s cigarette and fails desperately. This scene is both humorous and heartbreaking, making the audience care for the character more. Unfortunately, these minor, necessary detailings are the same factor that made the movie more sloppy altogether. Instead of spending too much time on such smaller details, Norton should have focused on its critical plot point.

For a casual moviegoer, Motherless Brooklyn will be a tiresome theatre experience. However, if you a movie buff looking to see some awesome performances, then you should be giving it a shot.

  • Rating: R (for language throughout including some sexual references, brief drug use, and violence)
  • Genre: Drama
  • Directed By: Edward Norton
  • Written By: Edward Norton
  • Runtime: 144 minutes
  • Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
  • Cast: Bruce Willis, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Bobby Cannavale, Cherry Jones, Alec Baldwin, and Willem Dafoe.
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This Is What GOT Creators Had Planned For Their Star Wars Trilogy

by Kaylen Summers

Star Wars fans will be having a sad weekend this time around. With David Benioff and D.B. Weiss officially exiting their deal with Disney, we won’t be seeing any Star Wars trilogy from the Game of Thrones showrunners as promised.

Initially, it was reported the two will be developing on the Jedi origin story. Fans had speculated that the pair would be developing the Knights of the Old Republic storyline. However, recent reveals are showing that they were intending on going even further back in the official canon to explore how the Jedi came to exist. Guess, we will not be seeing the secret of the Jedi’s origin anytime soon.

Even though Benioff and Weiss’ Star Wars trilogy was canceled, not much about its possible connections to the current sequel trilogy is out yet. Some fans are theorizing that there are chances for their story arc to be linked to the Jedi Temple on Ahch-To. Also, it actually unclear how far they were in the writing process before exiting from the project.

Rumors circulating are stating that it was the massive $250 million deal with Netflix that put an end to David Benioff and D.B. Weiss’ association with Lucasfilm. With such a huge deal already in their pockets, it was most obvious that the pair would never be able to get the time from the studios to properly develop a new trilogy. Despite that, Disney was not liking the Netflix deal from the beginning.

However, it is not the first time Lucasfilm has let go of a director in the past years. Before David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, other directors like Phil Lord, Colin Trevorrow, Chris Miller, and Josh Trank have had similar experiences with the studio.

Considering the ‘toxic fandom’ and heavily divisive final season of Game of Thrones, Lucasfilm might have become nervous about giving over the project to David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. Whatever the case may be, the deal is now officially off.

Fans, on the other hand, are looking for new stories with the Skywalker Saga ending this year with The Rise of Skywalker. Whether or not the studios will be able to bring such a story to the table needs to be seen.

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Gerard Butler Tapped For a High Voltage Action Thriller

by Emily Keen

An elevated action thriller titled The Plane has made its way into Gerard Butler’s schedule. The film will be launched at the AFM next week by MadRiver International. The domestic rights to the film are attained by CAA Media Finance.

Charles Cumming and  J.P. Davis have written the script based on a book penned by Cumming. Butler will be seen as a commercial pilot Ray Torrance who skilfully lands his damaged aircraft in a war zone but now must face the brunt of militants trying to take the passengers hostage.

The film is being produced by Di Bonaventura Pictures’ Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian, MadRiver Pictures’ Marc Butan and Ara Keshishian. Butler and Alan Siegel under their G-BASE banner are also co-producing the venture.

Between 300 and his Fallen franchise, the actor has created a different groove for himself. The actor recently starred in the final installment of the successful series Angel Has Fallen which grossed at $133 million globally.  He has also demonstrated some serious acting chops in The Vanishing, which follows three lighthouse keepers who come across a missing fortune.

Although his action cinema does not have a serious fanbase, we cant wait to see how he goes about donning a pilot stuck in a warzone. The production for The Plane is set to begin in the second quarter of 2020.

Butler’s upcoming projects include Ric Roman Waugh‘s thriller Greenland, and Jamie Foxx‘s upcoming basketball comedy All-Star Weekend.

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Waves (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Waves (2019) tell the epic emotional journey of a suburban African American family. After suffering a tragic loss, they are set to navigate love, forgiveness, and togetherness. The movie takes place in the vibrant landscape of South Florida. It got its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival.

Releasing Date: 15 November 2019 

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Jeffrey Wright confirmed in the role of Batman’s GCPD Ally

by Emily Keen

The Batman director has spilled the beans on the actor’s identity set to don Commissioner Gordon. Jeffrey Wright is now confirmed for the role of the caped crusader’s ally from the police department.

The rumors of Wright playing Gordon have been doing the rounds for quite some time now. Although the Westworld actor’s onboarding was not verified by any of the makers or the directors until yesterday.

The Cloverfield director took to his tweeter account to introduce Wright as Gordon.

The tweet did not say much. He merely wrote the word Tweet!  And Gordon with a hashtag followed by a bat emoji. So there you go. You know who the head of the Gotham city Police Department is.

The Batman’s casting is still an ongoing affair or at least it seems so since there is not much confirmation on the finalizing of many characters. For now, all we know is that Twilight star Robert Pattinson will play Bruce Wayne, Zoe Kravitz has been tapped in as Catwoman, Paul Dano will don The Riddler and now it’s Wright in the skin of James Gordon.

Jonah Hill has reportedly walked away from the role of Oswald ‘Penguin’ Cobblepot which led to Jason Alexander volunteering to play the role. Although it does not seem that Reeves has accepted the Seinfeld actor’s offer.

The Batman, as far as we know, follows the life of young Bruce Wayne and the plot will be somewhere along the lines of Bruce Wayne trying to track a serial killer in Gotham City, keeping suspicious of almost every supervillain in the comic. But the makers were upright in stating that the film is a standalone affair and has no connections with the DCEU whatsoever.

DC movies do not have a great reputation of standing tall at the Box Office with a shared universe. On the other hand, individual ventures tend to perform a great deal. It worked for Joker. Might as well turn out the same way for the masked vigilante’s latest.

The film has locked June 25, 2021, for release. Its currently under the pre-production phase and hopefully we will have news on more castings rolling out soon.

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Jeremy Irons to star in a Racehorse Biopic

by Emily Keen

Frankel, the British race wonder horse’s life is getting a film treatment. Oscar-winning actor Jeremy Irons has been tapped in to play the Horse’s trainer Henry Cecil in the film.

Irons is known for his roles in The Lion King, Die Hard: With A Vengeance and The Man In The Iron Mask. His role as Claus von Bulow in Reversal of Fortune won him the Oscar. Currently, the actor stars in a hit HBO series, Watchmen.

Frankel is a retired racehorse owned by breeder Khalid Abdullah, who ran 14 races and went out unbeaten in all the races. Irons will play his trainer who endured years of professional failure and sickness and train Frankel into one of the greatest racehorses, the races have ever seen.  Frankel’s final race at the Champions stakes was indeed an emotional event as the sire went bowing out in front of the capacity crowd at the Ascot Racecourse. The film is set to chart the highly emotional and powerful bond between Frankel and his late trainer.

Apart from starring in the Film, Iron will also be producing it alongside Andrew Berg and John Sachs of Eclipse Films.

“A lot of people have tried to make this film but fell short of the mark,” Andrew Berg and John Sachs of Eclipse Films told screendaily.com.

“Jim Piddock’s script stands out as the perfect balance of drama and action and director Ron Scalpello is a gifted director, visceral, sensitive and extremely hard working and creative. Jeremy was first choice to play Henry and has a genuine love for horses. Jeremy’s decision to join us as a producer has further cemented his passion for this project.” They added.

This, however, is not the first time that the winning horse’s life story has been documented. Frankel and Cecil’s relationship was earlier showcased in a British documentary named The Trainer and the Racehorse: The Legend of Frankel.  It aired on Channel 4 in 2015.

The worldwide sales on Frankel’s biopic will be handled by Canadian Wazabi Films. The co-presidents of the firm Anick Poirier and Lorne Price expressed by saying they “immediately connected with the determination and resilience of the story.”

The film is written by Jimmy Piddock and will be directed by The Corrupted and My Name Is Lenny’s Ron Scalpello.

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21 Bridges (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

21 Bridges tells the story about an expertly trained NYPD detective named Andre Davis (Chadwick Boseman). A gang of cop killers is on the run. In order to defeat them, Andre puts all of New York City on a lockdown. As the night unfolds, he soon becomes unsure of who to pursue, and who’s in pursuit of him.

Releasing Date: 23 August 2019

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MAJOR SPOILERS! Plot Details and Photos of Edgar Wright’s ‘Last Night in Soho’

by Kaylen Summers

Last Night in Soho is finally pulling back its curtains a little and it seems like director Edgar Wright is expecting to pull off a different approach this time.

 It was in a preview for 2020 movies, that Wright described his new film as an “all-out psychological horror”, set in 1960s London. The movie will have a lead character named Eloise played by Thomasin McKenzie. Eloise is obsessed with the time period of the 60s and ends up experiencing it. This has led many to speculate that there is some possibility of time travel involved. But, how exactly it will be presented in the movie is yet to be seen. Talking about his latest directorial effort, Wright had this to say.

“There’s something I have in common with the lead character in that I’m afflicted with nostalgia for a decade I didn’t live in. You think about ’60s London, what would that be like? Imagine if you knew everything you knew now, and went back. I’m taking a premise whereby you have a character who, in a sort of abstract way, gets to travel in time. And the reality of the decade is maybe not what she imagines. It has an element of ‘be careful what you wish for’.”

Fans also got a behind-the-scenes photo of Edgar Wright on set with Anya Taylor-Joy. The actress plays a character named Sandy, who shares a “mysterious connection” with Eloise.

Wright is known for his breakout hit Baby Driver released back in 2017. However, movie lovers would remember him for his early works with Simon Pegg. Popularly known as the Cornetto Trilogy, it was the movies Shaun of the DeadHot Fuzz and The World’s End that made Wright’s unique style recognizable. His later movie Scott Pilgrim vs The World went on to gain something of a cult following over the years. However, his greatest hit came as 2017’s Baby Driver. The movie was recognized by both critics and the general audience alike. It eventually went on to get nominated for three Oscars.

For more information, guess we will have to wait till Last Night in Soho hits the theaters on September 25, 2020.

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An Iconic Character from Spiderman to Cameo in Sony’s Morbius

by Emily Keen

There could be an unexpected cameo of a Spiderman character in Sony’s upcoming antihero flick Morbius. News has been doing rounds that J. K. Simmons could appear in Morbius in the form of J. J. Jameson.

A twitter handle, DR Movie News cited an unnamed source to have had a peek through the footage of the Daily Bugle editor-in-chief making an appearance in the Jared Leto film.

As reported by CBR.com – “Freelance media journalist Daniel Richtman seemed to confirm that footage of Simmons as J.J did exist for the upcoming Sony film, though no descriptions were provided.”

J. J. Jameson’s character has famously appeared in Sam Raimi’s Spiderman Trilogy. As of lately, he also made an appearance in Spiderman: Far From Home. MCU’s version of this fan-favorite character is in the form of a host of an online news show instead of an editor-in-chief of a newspaper.

It’s about time the two studios settle on a common version of hefty Simmons, as it seems he is not just passing by and is definitely sticking around.

Given the character has already appeared in a Marvel Studios film, it is clear that Sony needs an approval to use Jameson in Morbius.

So if they have come to an agreement on Jameson, does it mean that the SMCU and MCU are ready to build bridges?

If Jameson does make an appearance in Morbius, it is not wrong to assume that Sony well intends on sharing the Spider-Verse with the MCU.  In other words, Sony’s Venom and Morbius do not just exist in a shared universe of their own, but may somehow be connected to the MCU just like Spiderman.

Kevin Feige now has creative control over all Marvel characters and is also the one to broker the deal with Sony to maintain Spiderman’s presence across universes. It is possible that the new arrangement might have opened doors for various other characters to travel across the cinematic universes too. His statement about the new deal might have hinted at the existence of a multiverse between MCU and Sony’s Marvel characters.

“I am thrilled that Spidey’s journey in the MCU will continue, and I and all of us at Marvel Studios are very excited that we get to keep working on it,” Feige said. “Spider-Man is a powerful icon and hero whose story crosses all ages and audiences around the globe. He also happens to be the only hero with the superpower to cross cinematic universes, so as Sony continues to develop their own Spidey-verse you never know what surprises the future might hold.”

Morbius starring Jared Leto as the eponymous character will be directed by Daniel Espinosa. Matt Smith will be playing Loxias Crown and Adria Arjona is set to don Martine Bancroft.  Further, we have Tyrese Gibson as Agent Stroud and Jarred Harris in an unnamed role. The film will open in theatres on July 31, 2020.

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Teen Wolf Heartthrob to Lead an Infestation Thriller

by Emily Keen

Teen Wolf star Tyler Posey has been signed for a new thriller from Johnny Martin – Alone. The movie will also star Donald Sutherland alongside Posey in the lead role, Deadline confirmed. 

Sutherland is known for his role in The Hunger Games franchise as President Snow. He recently also starred in Brad Pitt led cosmic thriller Ad Astra. Sutherland’s other credits include Lolita and Buck White. 

The plot follows the life of Aidan(Posey) who locks himself in his apartment to protect his life from infected screamers infesting the complex. Amidst the chaos Aidan discovers that a young girl (Summer Spiro) in a house across his courtyard is also trapped and now must find a way out for both of them. 

The story naturally unfolds into a tantalizing romance between the two youngsters together in times of danger. 

Alone is written by Matt Naylor and financed by HIG Productions. Martin in addition to helming the movie is also co-producing alongside Rabih Aridi and Anne Jordan.

Malaysian actress Maya Karin also has a brief role in the film as that of a scientist who understands the virus infecting the screamers.  The actress confirmed her onboarding earlier in July when she flew to LA for the short scene. 

The film began shooting in May this year and i currently in the post production phase.

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Knives Out (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Knives Out (2019) is a modern take on the murder mystery genre, starring  Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, LaKeith Stanfield, and Noah Segan in lead roles. The events of the movie follow the investigation of the suspicious death of a presumably wealthy patriarch Harlem Thrombey, played by Christopher Plummer, on the night of his 85th birthday.

Release Date: 27 November 2019

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Game of Thrones Creators Drop Star Wars Trilogy Project

by Emily Keen

David Benioff and Dan Weiss have chosen to walk away from the upcoming Star Wars Trilogy. The Game of Throne creators juggled a $200 M deal with Netflix and realized it was not possible to do justice to both projects in the given time frame. 

The duo had entered an agreement with Disney Lucasfilm to write and produce the project. The official announcement of the deal came in February 2018. But earlier this year, when GOT was almost ready for its final showdown, ‘Deadline’ found out that the duo were being approached by as many as 6 film studios.

The pair finally closed a $200 M deal to write, produce and direct a venture for Netflix. 

Benioff and Weiss acknowledged in a public statement that it would not be fair for more than one project to be handled in such tight frames. 

“There are only so many hours in the day, and we felt we could not do justice to both Star Wars and our Netflix projects,” they said in a statement to Deadline on Tuesday. “So we are regretfully stepping away.”

“We love Star Wars. When George Lucas built it, he built us too. Getting to talk about Star Wars with him and the current Star Wars team was the thrill of a lifetime, and we will always be indebted to the saga that changed everything.”

Kathleen Kenedy, Lucasfilm President said in his statement: “David Benioff and Dan Weiss are incredible storytellers. We hope to include them in the journey forward when they are able to step away from their busy schedule to focus on Star Wars.”

No comments were made on as to what the future of this trilogy would be, but that need not concern Star Wars fans. A different trilogy from Rian Johnson is already on charts of Lucasfilm along with other releases in the Franchise. These include Kevin Feige’s film, Disney + live-action series Mandalorian and the return of Obi-Wan Kenobi in an upcoming Disney + series. 

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Joker Takes Over Maleficient’s Collections, Back to Being No. 1

by Emily Keen

Arthur Fleck’s contagious laugh does not seem to be dying any sooner. Joaquin Phoenix’s magnum Opus now stands strong with a global collection of $849 million. The DC movie has toppled Angelina Jolie’s fantasy fiction once again to reclaim it’s top spot this weekend.

According to ‘Deadline’ the Todd Phillip’s Joker rolled in a $18.9 million where as the Disney film brought in $18.5 million. The numbers are close but the fact that Joker has been it its fifth week of release speaks for itself. In the last week, Maleficient 2 brought down the highly acclaimed Phoenix starrer with the collection of $36.9 million. Joker in that weekend stood at $29 Million.

Maleficient: Mistress of Evil’s global earnings as of now are $293.5 million.

This weekend was rather peaceful with studios slowing down releases for the onset of Halloween. In the third place, stood Addams Family with $11.7 million edging out Zombieland: Double Tap which brought in $11.6 million.

Joker’s list of accolades could already bind a compendium and it has them coming. The movie has now officially surpassed Deadpool’s record as the highest grossing R-rated movie. The Ryan Reynold’s film stood at $782.6 million.

Terminator: Dark Fate debuted in cinemas this weekend and made $12.8 million. The numbers might have been a tad disappointing given the hype around the Linda Hamilton starrer. But the movie might soon catch up as there are Holidays coming up in the keys markets of release.

As for Joker, it is still running strong in Europe. This weekend added $47.8 million to Jokers collections from 79 overseas markets. The film is now looking forward to a $950 million worldwide collection.

The film is also the highest grossing WB movie in 14 international markets including Russia, Argentina and Mexico and the biggest DC movie in 34 markets which includes, Holland, Italy, Spain, Russia, India, Argentina and Mexico.

Moreover it has stood at the #1 spot for a 4th weekend in a row in Europe. In Asia, Joker is now the 4th best WB title and the 2nd best of WB movie of all times in Latin America.

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It’s a Wrap for Daniel Craig’s Last installment of 007

by Emily Keen

The latest installment of the James Bond series, No Time to Die has successfully wrapped its shoot.

The official Instagram page of 007 confirmed the news. The news comes almost a month after Daniel Craig’s emotional speech on the final day of production in Italy. The Bond hunk was then tapped giving a heart-warming speech for a wrap up party.

The new picture features director Cary Fukunaga, Craig himself holding a clapperboard.


Post Spectre, this will be Craig’s last dive into the Bond universe. Fans are even more eager to see the actor don the secret agent for the last time. The makers were firm on having a strong story-line for Craig’s last film. And in the effort lost the original Bond director Danny Boyle.

Fukanaga finally came in as Boyle’s replacement, but the change led the film to be postponed until 2020. With his arrival Fukunaga made a few more additions to the line-up of the film including Rami Malek. Fukunaga has taken the shoot around the world and has been busy with the production of Bond 25. Craig’s on-set injury also added to the delay in the duration of the filming. But the shoot has finally come to an end.

Familiar faces are set to make returns in the 25th installment of the Bond series. Jefferey Wright will be reprising the role in the movie with his character Felix Leiter.

The movie is set to hit theatres in the April of 2020. Since the production is already complete, we can expect the first trailer to drop soon.

Stay tuned to Spotflik for more updates on movies.

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Code 8 (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Code 8 (2019) is a sequel to the 2016 short film of the same name. The movie tells about how people with superhuman abilities are co-existing with normal human beings. However, one desperate young man decides to use his powers to rob. This eventually leads him into a clash with the militarized police force of the city.

Releasing date: October 2019

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Halloween Treat! ‘Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark’ Returns to Theaters

by Kaylen Summers

This year’s Halloween is getting an extra scary treat from Guillermo del Toro and Andre Ovredal. The two are all set to bring back Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark to more than 1,500 screens in North America this weekend. But this time the movie will take a more family-friendly PG-13 approach with the intention to fill the relative void for horror-loving audiences this Halloween.

The announcement was made by Ovredal on Twitter. He tweeted:

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is back in over 1500 theatres all over North America this weekend and through Halloween! Bring the family, it’s PG-13 scary.”

Grossing almost $95 million in its first outing, the movie did well with critics and audiences alike. This can be seen in its 79 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. With the re-release, the movie is expected to cross the $100 million mark.

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is already available on Digital HD and the Blu-ray/DVD and 4K Ultra HD versions are expected to release on November 5 from Lionsgate.

The movie is directed by Andre Ovredal, who is known for his works in Troll Hunter and  The Autopsy of Jane Doe. Guillermo del Toro, whose previous works include Pacific Rim and The Shape of Water produced of the movie. 

The plot of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark revolves around the town of Mill Valley, during the late 1960s. The young Sarah Bellows, belonging to the Bellows family has turned her abused life and disturbing secrets into a series of scary stories. However, it turns out that these tales eventually become the living nightmare for a group of unsuspecting teenage Mill Valley residents.

The horror movie is an actual adaptation from author Alvin Schwartz’s beloved book series. The trilogy includes Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark and Scary Stories 3: More Tales to Chill Your Bones. Based on real-life folklore and urban legends, the books were initially published between 1981 and 1991.

If you’re looking to watch the movie in theatres this Halloween, here is its trailer for you:

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Realease Date Set for James Wan’s Upcoming Horror Flick

by Emily Keen

Aquaman director James Wan’s latest horror romp now has an official release date. Before going ahead with the sequel of the DC movie, Wan has bet his time on a project that takes him back to his horror roots. The Warner Bros. movie, Malignant is set to hit the screens on August 14, 2020, as suggested by a report from ‘Deadline’.

The cast line up for the film includes Anabelle Wallis who recently starred in Netflix’s Peaky Blinders. Jake Abel of CW’s Supernatural fame is also a part of the horror freight. The rest of the lineup includes George Young, Michole Briana White, Jacqueline McKenzie, and Ingrid Bisu. Bisu has co-written the film alongside Wan. In addition, she will executive produce the venture with Wan and his Atomic Monster partner Michael Clear.

Not many details about the film’s plot have been revealed yet. For all, we know from Wan’s statements that the film will be a Hard-R thriller.

Wan had said in a statement:  “There’s been a bit of speculation as to what my next project is… all I’ll say is, I’m super excited to go back to my indie roots with this hard-R thriller,” Wan said of the project earlier this year. “An original horror idea (not a reboot/remake or anything based on existing IP) with old school, practical effects and no giant, blue screen sets.”

Malignant will be distributed by New Line Cinema with Starlight Media and Midas Innovation as the financers. The film is currently undergoing production in Los Angeles.

Wan’s previous direction credits include Saw, The Conjuring, The Conjuring 2, Furious 7, and the Mamoa starrer DC freight Aquaman. Wan’s Conjuring and Insidious sagas have gained him the reputation of a horror film honcho. With Malignant, the director plans to weave a new kind of horror fantasy.

The film is set to square off against three major wide releases on opening. These include Universal’s Nobody, Sony’s Escape Room 2 and Disney’s The One and Only Ivan.

Stay tuned to Spotflik for more updates on the film.

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Disney is Plotting the Second Round of Hocus Pocus

by Emily Keen

A sequel of the cult favorite Halloween classic Hocus Pocus is apparently making movements. A report from ‘Collider’ confirmed that Jen D’Angelo is on board and working on the script. The sequel is exclusively aimed for streaming on Disney’s web streaming service, Disney +.

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The report also claims that the writer has been asked to work the script to get back the original characters. The 1993 classic starred Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy in the role of the three lead witches. There are rumors that the three actresses might make a return in the sequel. If they will reprise their roles or pass the legacy to a new generation of actors, is still a fact that remains unclear. Given the fact that the Witches are obsessed with restoring their youth, we may not be wrong to assume that the Sanderson sisters could be portrayed by three young faces.

The original PG-rated film was written by Mick Harris. The plot follows as a young boy, Max unintentionally resurrects the Sanderson sisters (the witches) from the dead inviting trouble for his little sister. The film progresses as Max along with his love interest Allison makes a run from the witches trying to save his sister and all the children in the city. The film was helmed by Kenny Ortega.

Many of the original cast has expressed interest in making a return in the sequel, including the actresses who played the witches and also Doug Jones who played the deadman, Billy Butcherson. Considering the cultural impact of the characters, Disney could very well grant them the wish.

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The film then did not land as a box office success initially, but over the years went on to become one of the most-watched Halloween movies. Despite the film lacking commercial success, Disney has kept its fad piqued with recurring streaming on All Hallows Eve. It’s consistent airing on Disney’s networks probably aided the film’s growth as a classic loved by a huge faction of audience.

As for D’Angelo, she has served as a writer-producer for CBS’ Happy Together and Fox’s sitcom LA to Vegas.  She also holds the credits as the associate producer of Netflix’s Game Over, Man!  She also made a consistent appearance on Facebook series Loosely exactly Nicole, as Veronica.

Disney + launches on November 12 it plans to add a whole lot of fan-favorite freights to the platter in addition to lots of reboots and spin-offs. Stay tuned to Spotflik for more updates on movies.

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EXCLUSIVE!! Keanu Reeves To Join Fast & Furious Family?!

by Kaylen Summers

Everyone’s heart-throb, Keanu Reeves is back making headlines again. It seems like the star will be joining the Fast & Furious movie franchise really soon. Fast & Furious is one of the most profitable movie franchises now in  Hollywood that not owned by Disney. Longtime franchise writer Chris Morgan had a recent conversation with the actor about bringing him into the popular movie series. 

A similar discussing had already happened earlier, about Reeves being a part of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson starring spin-off Hobbs & Shaw. Though it never happened, Morgan has high hopes that the beloved actor will make his presence felt in the franchise with full capacity.

Talking about this in a new interview, Morgan had this to say about his potential involvement in the series.

“I sat down with him and we’re talking about. I wanted him to be in the Fast universe for a very long time. We’re just trying to find… the hardest thing is always time and competing schedules and then designing the right thing together. My fervent desire is to bring him into this franchise for sure.”

From what Johnson had told earlier, Reeves was initially expected to play the director of the mysterious techno-terrorist organization ‘Eteon’ in Hobbs & Shaw. However, this particular idea “just didn’t feel right creatively” for Reeves. As fans of the star, it seems fair for us to say that the star does deserve a much bigger presence in the franchise. In the spin-off movie, the character was eventually made off-screen, only speaking out as a faceless voice. The real reason for keeping the character a mystery might be because of the difficulties in finding the right actor for the part.

With that being said, now it is speculated that Reeves could appear in a surprise cameo appearance for the upcoming Fast & Furious 9, set to release next year. Reeves is not new to jumping into other popular long-running franchises. Recently, the actor played a role in the animated sequel Toy Story 4.

Though there is no official word confirming Reeves’ casting, many other popular musicians Cardi B and Ozuna have been recently revealed to be part of the upcoming movie. The newcomers will be joining other big-names like Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Jordana Brewster, Nathalie Emmanuel, Helen Mirren, John Cena, Michael Rooker, and Charlize Theron.

Whether we will be seeing Reeves alongside the Fast & Furious cast or not, the actor will surely be reprising his most popular characters in the upcoming sequels The Matrix 4 and John Wick: Chapter Four.

Fast & Furious 9 is currently slated to release on May 22, 2020, by Univeral Pictures. In the meantime, we will keep you updated on any of Reeves’ possible involvement in the franchise.

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Fast And Furious 9 Tapped Rapper Cardi B

by Emily Keen

Fast and Furious 9 has been making waves with it’s casting news lately. No very late after the news of Keanu Reeves possibly becoming a part of the Franchise future rolled out, they are ready with the next blow.

Cardi B has been signed for an unknown role in the upcoming installment of the fast-cars feature. The Fast and Furious frontman Vin Diesel dropped a clip of him and Cardi B acknowledging their last day of shooting in the UK.

In the video, Cardi B is seated next to Diesel, while he tells us that the entire cast has given the film everything. The Emmy winning rapper shares the feeling, declaring this film would be the best one of all the others in the franchise.

The news of Cardi being a part of Fast 9 comes on the final day of their UK shoot. Which means the queen of rap had been onboard for quite some time now. Looks like Diesel is hell-bent on not letting the hype die down. He kept it in the hopper and dropped the news yesterday as the film is nearing wrap. Cardi B recently sizzled alongside Jennifer Lopez in the hit stripper crime thriller Hustlers.

Many popular names have joined the cast in unknown roles including John Cena, Finn Cole and now Cardi. Reggaeton artist Ozuna will also be a part of this hot lineup. Ozuna and Cardi have previously worked together for the hit DJ Snake Song and its music video- Taki Taki.

Besides the new joiners, we have familiar faces making returns. Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Jordana Brewster, Chris Bridges (aka Ludacris), Nathalie Emmanuel, Helen Mirren, and Charlize Theron will be reprising their roles along with Vin Diesel.

The ninth film of the series is being directed by Justin Lin who had also helmed the third, fourth, fifth and sixth films of the saga. The film will open in theatres on May 22, 2020.

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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) marks the conclusion to the Skywalker Saga of Star Wars. Rey, Finn and Poe Dameron resume their journey with the power and knowledge of generations behind them. The narrative continues with the surviving Resistance facing off against the First Order again.

Releasing Date: 20 December 2019

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The Lighthouse Review

by Kaylen Summers

Directed and co-written by Robert Eggers, The Lighthouse is dark and not just in its overall color tone. The period psychological thriller is skillfully crafted in grainy black and white to give a unique theater experience.

The movie revolves around a retired timberman Ephraim Winslow, who is on a contract job as a ‘wickie’ for four weeks on an isolated island with a gassy elderly man named Thomas Wake. For Winslow, Wake appears to be a strange and superstitious fellow, going up to the top of the lighthouse at night and stripping nude.

As days pass by, Winslow’s chores increase and he is constantly attacked by a seagull. He eventually kills the bird, even though Wake warned him that it would bring bad luck. From there, Wake becomes paranoid that a storm is destined to attack the island and this causes his psychological descent into insanity. His hallucinations and the terrors caused by it are the real spooks of the movie.

The enthralling performances of Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe are enough to immerse you into the disturbing environment of the narrative. Their performance deserves universal acclaim and is worthy of contending any acting award out there. However, the intensity they had build-up was wasted in a bizarre and somewhat predictable climax.

The movie doesn’t belong in the typical horror movie genre. Yes, there are some dark, horrifying elements present in it. But, The Lighthouse stands much closer to the reality-inversion of psychodrama character studies like Repulsion. In fact, just spending 110 minutes is enough for even us to doubt our sanity.

However, the movie will undoubtfully be marked as Pattinson’s complete transformation into a captivating character actor, which he had already initiated in features like High Life.

In short, The Lighthouse is raw, powerful, and brilliantly cinematic. The mastery of the character’s journey is truly appreciable. Robert Eggers has done a brilliant job in giving his lead actors the platform to show their remarkable talent.

If you are ready to witness some true movie magic, go for this one without any hesitation. The movie may be in black and white, but the art of it is vibrantly colorful.

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Gemini Man’s Abysmal Figures Will Take a Toll On its Production Companies

by Emily Keen

Will Smith’s Gemini Man was trying hard to breathe since two weeks of its release. But looks like the game’s over for the Double Smith feature. The movie rolled in multiple bad reviews from critics and faced tough competition from the highly acclaimed Joker and Maleficent: Mistress of Evil.

But that’s not all with director Ang lee’s directorial venture. The movie took multiple hits of disappointments and this one seems like the last nail in the coffin.

Gemini Man’s failure at the box office is a testament that not even a wildly popular actor and an Oscar-winning director can save a bad script. The story sees Will Smith, squaring off against a young clone of himself (materialized with de-aging tech).

The movie is set to face a whopping loss of $75 million. The movie opened in the domestic market at $20 million. If you think that is worse, the worldwide collection figure will sink your heart.

The action thriller made a modest $118.7 million dollar global collection according to ‘The Hollywood Reporter’. The film still had high hopes from Chinese Markets where it disappointed again with just $21 million over the weekend where Maleficent: Mistress of Evil surprisingly surpassed making $22.4 million.

The loss, however, will be shared by David Ellison’s Skydance Media, Paramount Pictures and the China-based Fosun and Alibaba. The production of the Will Smith starrer cost roughly around $140 million and over $100 million was spared as the marketing budget.

The movie garnered high hopes across demographics for being the trailblazer of de-aging and high frame rate technology.  Paramount and Skydance, however, predicted the current precarious situation when pre-release tracking and reviews showed no signs of positivity.

The VFX packed feature is by Far Lee’s worst project with a 25% score on Rotten Tomatoes.

Paramount and Skydance each invested 35 percent budget in the film. Paramount’s returns, however, will ultimately soar up through distribution minimizing the loss. Fosun and Alibaba have 25 percent and 5 percent stakes respectively as per sources.

Both Paramount and Skydance can still hope for redemption for they have James Cameron’s Terminator: Dark Fate coming to theatres next month.

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Zack Snyder’s Upcoming Zombie Film Wraps Shoot

by Emily Keen

Zack Snyder is done with the principal photography of his upcoming film Army of The Dead. The Man of steel director took to Vero to acknowledge the wrap of his upcoming zombie romp.

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Since Dawn of the Dead (2004), this will be Snyder’s first zombie feature. The director stepped away from the movies post Dawn of Justice (2017) owing to a family tragedy. Army of The Dead marks a comeback to his momentarily snoozing career.

His wife Deborah, Wesley Coller, Ori Marmur, and Andrew Norman are co-producing the venture alongside Snyder himself.

The Netflix exclusive’s plotline picks up 6 years after the city of Las Vegas has been put under isolation down to a Zombie outbreak. Amidst the vicious assortment of the walking dead, a mercenary (played by Dave Bautista) brings together a group of soldiers to retrieve a casino owner’s money from the quarantined zone of the zombie-infested city.  Snyder came up with the idea of the plot and put together a script along with Shay Hatten.

Apart from Bautista, the movie contains one exciting line up including Ella Purnell, Omari Hardwick, Theo Rossi, Ana De La Reguera, Huma Qureshi, Hiroyuki Sanada, Chris D’Elia, Garret Dillahunt, Raúl Castillo, Nora Arnezeder, Matthias Schweighöfer, Samantha Win and Rich Cetrone.

When the project was announced Snyder was excited to have full creative independence with a film. He said in a statement, “There are no handcuffs on me at all with this one. I love to honor canon and the works of art, but this is the opportunity to find a purely joyful way to express myself through a genre. It will be the most kick-ass, self-aware — but not in a wink-to-the-camera way — balls-to-the-wall zombie freakshow that anyone has ever seen. No one’s ever let me completely loose [like this].”

In a recent interview, he also expressed how the movie has given him a chance to introspect and grow.

“With Army [of the Dead], it’s difficult not to do to a social statement because the movie is about building a wall for refugees and veterans but it’s also fun to do a zombie heist in Vegas. It makes it richer and better. I can’t help myself. I’ve always worked in a self-reflective way. Cinema is a reflective art form.”

History has not been very kind to Netflix’s decision of giving directors full creative control over films. Films like Roma, Gerald’s Game Apostle and Hold the Dark have failed to generate a consistent response from the audience. Snyder, however, seems pretty confident about his ideas as the movie falls well in the confines of his creative expertise.

Netflix has not given an official release date for the movie. Zack However has revealed the launch could happen somewhere in the winter of 2020. We are hoping the project is worth all the wait.

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Zombieland: Double Tap Review

by Kaylen Summers

After more than a decade, a sequel to the 2009 post-apocalyptic horror zombie comedy film Zombieland is finally here.

The new installment, aptly named Zombieland: Double Tap, brings back the winning formula of the first with some new hilarious additions. Director Ruben Fleischer has successfully delivered a raucous adventure again which is sure to satisfy the eager fan base.

It was in a time when the zombie movie genre went boring as hell that Zombieland first made its much-needed presence felt with a shot of adrenaline and creativity. With the stars of the movie becoming huge stars in the later years, a squeal with the same cast felt almost impossible. However, the original cast returned and the second installment turned out to be worth the 10 years wait.

The movie picks up a decade later with the characters now becoming an irreverent family. The cast does a wonderful job of keeping the humor alive with their wonderful chemistry. The laugh riot got more amplified with the arrival of some new hysterical characters. One such performance that stands out is from the newly added character of Zoey Deutch. She nearly steals the show as the dumb blonde stereotype, Madison. The love triangle between her, Columbus, and Wichita is sure to have you rolling down in waves of laughter.

Penned by Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick, and Dave Callaham, the flick gives space for each character to shine. The movie has no dull moments to offer. Though the overall plot is wafer-thin, Double Tap has a graceful, immensely entertaining pace. The narrative is mostly driven by the interaction between the characters. This constant engagement gives the movie no room for downbeats. The movie also has two old school cameo surprises and if you stick around till the end, there is another surprise after the credits.

If you are looking for a great fun-filled entertainer, do see this movie in the theaters. It’s worth it!

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Dwayne Johnson is Finally Ready to Don Black Adam

by Emily Keen

Dwayne Johnson is finally ready to break the ice around his dormant DC project. Black Adam, the arch-nemesis to Shazam! is finally happening. The project that has been in talks for over a decade, is ready to begin production in July next year.

Beau Flynn of FlynnPictureCo has stepped in to produce the film alongside Johnson, Dany Garcia and Hiram Garcia of Seven Bucks Productions.

Johnson took to his Twitter to confirm the production by reposting an image of a fan-made sculpture of the antihero.

After the huge success of Shazam! the makers are already working on a sequel. Black Adam was earlier set to appear in the movie. But looking at the rich history of the character, the makers decided to give the villain a feature of his own.

The gestating project will be helmed by Jaume Collet-Serra. The director has already worked with Johnson on the upcoming Disney flick, Jungle Cruise.

Dwayne Johnson was approached for the role of Shazam! but he chose Teth-Adam intrigued by the transformation curve of the character. He said he found it interesting how the character goes on to become a villain from a slave and then an antihero.

The Shazam! movie has equally had its share of delays and conflicts.

The movie had kicked up in the pre-production phase in 2008 at New Line Cinema. But as soon as the studio was acquired by Warner Bros. the project had to be shelved. As a part of the old plan, Peter Segal was tapped in to direct the movie with a script from John August.

August left the project over creative differences with the studio. Apparently the studio wanted more intensity to Shazam post the success of The Dark Knight. The draft prepared for Shazam was more on a comical and light-hearted side.

Meanwhile, another team of scriptwriters tried their luck with Shazam’s script. Bill Burch and Geoff Johns too tried making progress but apparently did not think that Johnson will stick around with the script being constantly altered.

Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel released in 2013. Segal stated that a Kibosh was put on Shazam! owing to the superhero’s similarities with Superman.

 

 

In August 2014 the movie was back in talks and Dwayne Johnson confirmed he was still a part of it. Later that year in September, he finally settled his choice of character with Black Adams – the modern antihero version. In 2017 David F. Sandberg stepped on board as the director of Shazam!

By the time DC had something big planned for Johnson’s character. They decided to make the character a solo film without him making an appearance in Shazam! They wanted the character to have an origin story before facing off against the superhero.

You have to give it up for Johnson for sticking around for so long. 12 years if you will! Besides this will be the actor’s first time testing the waters of the superhero territory. It will be interesting to watch an otherwise morally right Johnson, approach an unusual grey character.

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James Gunn Says It’s Okay if Genius Filmmakers Don’t Like Superhero Movies

by Emily Keen

Martin Scorsese taking a dig at Marvel movies, calling them “not cinema” has now escalated into a war of words between the directors who are for and against the comments.

In his resolve to support Martin’s thoughts, Francis Ford Coppola took a hard hit at the comic book movie universe. He called the films “Despicable”!

 

 

Speaking to a Journalist in Lyon where he was awarded the Prix Lumiere for his contribution to cinema, Coppola said:

“When Martin Scorsese says that the Marvel pictures are not cinema, he’s right because we expect to learn something from cinema, we expect to gain something, some enlightenment, some knowledge, some inspiration. I don’t know that anyone gets anything out of seeing the same movie over and over again. Martin was kind when he said it’s not cinema. He didn’t say it’s despicable, which I just say it is.”

James Gunn particularly could not stay quiet at the sound of this obnoxious criticism.

The Guardians of Galaxy director, however, did not call out to Coppola directly. He did but give quite a dignified response through an Instagram post using the word “Despicable”.

The post materialized with an image of an emotional scene shared by Groot and Rocket accompanied by captions in the vein of “a movie may not necessarily resonate across demographics”. He also highlighted how perceptions change with generations by citing examples of how our grandfathers and other elderly thought differently about movies that are in today’s time, considered classics. He ended by saying that if genius minds are not able to appreciate a movie loved by masses, it is still okay!

Here is James Gunn’s Instagram post with a statement responding to Coppola’s comments.

The dramatic exchange of emotions first began with Martin Scorsese saying in his interview with ‘Empire Magazine’, that he has had futile attempts of watching Marvel movies. He then doubled down the attack by classifying them into theme park adventures.

The Irishman director’s comments invited a twitter backlash from multiple Marvel actors and fans.

James Gunn had also responded to Scorsese’s comments saying

“Martin Scorsese is one of my 5 favorite living filmmakers. I was outraged when people picketed The Last Temptation of Christ without having seen the film. I’m saddened that he’s now judging my films in the same way.”

We do not know if Gunn’s response will settle this heated debate. Marvel is currently the biggest entertainment company in show business. It has given audiences around the world, a universe full of hope that is now a part of their lives. So it’s hard to say if fans will let go of an attack on something they have cherished for years, so easily.

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Godfather Director Coppola Says Marvel Movies Are “Despicable”

by Kaylen Summers

It seems like Marvel movies are getting a lot of harsh criticism these days. After director Martin Scorsese and actress Jennifer Aniston, it is director Francis Ford Coppola showing his disagreement towards the superhero movies.

The master filmmaker supports the words of Scorsese stating that the MCU movies are nothing but theme park rides. It’s obvious that the director doesn’t like getting involved in anything from the superhero genre. The comments were made at the French city of Lyon where he was given the Prix Lumiere for his contribution to cinema. Talking to the journalists, Coppola said:

“When Martin Scorsese says that the Marvel pictures are not cinema, he’s right because we expect to learn something from cinema, we expect to gain something, some enlightenment, some knowledge, some inspiration. I don’t know that anyone gets anything out of seeing the same movie over and over again. Martin was kind when he said it’s not cinema. He didn’t say it’s despicable, which I just say it is.”

When it comes to his works, Coppola is really selective and only initiates a project only if it interests him. Coppola’s last movies Distant Vision back in 2016 and the obscure fantasy horror comedy Twixt in 2011, were experimental cinemas. However, they did not do well with the general audience. However, the director is always be known among moviebuffs for his cult classic work, The Godfather.

Coppola has been working on his upcoming project Megalopolis for over two decades and with the recent comment riling up Marvel fans, the movie will be getting more attention than before. He had this to say about the film:

“I wanted to make a film about a human expression of what really is heaven on earth. I would say it’s the most ambitious film (I’ve worked on) — more than Apocalypse Now. That’s the problem. I think it would cost more than Apocalypse Now. It would be the biggest budget I ever had to work with.”

Francis Ford Coppola is one of the exclusive movie makers to be awarded the Prix Lumiere. Other recipients who previously received the prestigious award include Martin Scorsese, Pedro Almodovar, and Milos Forman.

With more and more top filmmakers and movie stars coming against the superhero movies, will the successful genre be affected? What do you think?! Let us know in the comments below.

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The New Riddler is Ready to Challenge The Batman

by Emily Keen

Paul Dano has been tapped in as the Riddler for the upcoming Robert Pattinson led Batman movie. For a while, there were rumors about Jonah hill being in talks to play the character, but it seems the makers have finally settled the deal with Dano.

Dano’s character in the movie will be named Edward Nashton who goes on to adopt a villainous new identity as Edward Nygma.

The news of Dano’s casting was confirmed by Matt Reeves himself through Twitter.

Tantamount to his name, the Riddler is known to challenge Batman with tough to solve puzzles.

Riddler’s character first appeared in a live-action Batman series in the 1960s. The character was then portrayed by Frank Gorshin. Following which, the infamous portrayal of the character by Jim Carrey in the 1995 film Batman Forever, left a mark.  In the recent Fox series Gotham, the role was marvelously handled by Corey Michael Smith.

The news broke almost 3 days after Zoe Kravitz landed the role of Catwoman in The Batman movie.

As for Dano, his previous credits include Escape at DannemoraSwiss Army ManLooper and, in the dual role of Paul and Eli Sunday in There Will Be Blood. He also produced and co-wrote 2018’s Wildlife.

The Batman is set to begin shooting by January and will open in theatres on June 25, 2021. The latest reboot of the franchise follows the life of young Bruce Wayne.

Spotflik keeps you updated on all the latest happenings of Hollywood. Stay tuned!

 

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Charile’s Angels (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Charlies Angels (2019) reboots the 2000 action-comedy. A young systems engineer blows the whistle on a dangerous technology. Now, the Charles Angels are on the run to prevent it from falling into the wrong hands. They will risk their lives to protect us.

Release Date: November 15, 2019 (United States)

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Truth Revealed! Here Is Why Martin Scorsese Doesn’t Do Director’s Cuts

by Kaylen Summers

Martin Scorsese is famous for the brilliant movies he had made over the ages. The original works from the iconic director are a fine example of this directorship and visually vibrant storytelling abilities. But, have you ever wondered why we never got any director’s cut of his movies?

Apparently, it seems like Scorsese believes that the director’s cut of a movie is the one that moviegoers experience in the theater. He believes that some directors go back to their already released movies as if the product is not finished yet. He states:

“The director’s cut is the film that’s released – unless it’s been taken away from the director by the financiers and the studio. The (director) has made their decisions based on the process they were going through at the time. There could be money issues, there could be somebody that dies (while making) the picture, the studio changes heads and the next person hates it. Sometimes (a director says), ‘I wish I could go back and put it all back together.’ All these things happen… But I do think once the die is cast, you have to go with it and say, ‘That’s the movie I made under those circumstances.”

Obviously, no studio head will be asking Scorsese to rethink his work. However, that’s not the case for other directors who will have to suck it up and let studio interferes ruin their original visions. Talking about the issue, the director had this to say:

“It’s an interesting thing. We would have loved to see an extended version of a number of films in the past where scenes were cut out. Now (those scenes were) cut out from the director’s cut, not from the rough cut. There’s a big difference. (Sometimes to) capitalize on (a film’s popularity) and exploit it they say, ‘This is the director’s cut.’ You should take a look at Sam Peckinpah’s Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid.

I saw the full version a few days before it opened at a meeting and it was two hours and 20 minutes or so. Then MGM released their version and it was 90 minutes. We all said, ‘Oh no, it was a masterpiece,’ and wished it could be saved. The editor saved a copy and what you see now is what we saw in that meeting. That is the director’s cut. And if the editor said there were another 20 minutes that Peckinpah wanted to keep in there, I would have loved to see those 20 minutes. So I understand the idea of an audience wanting to be entertained for another 20 minutes in that world.”

Unfortunately, the term “director’s cut” is often misused as marketing term these days. Corporate studios are looking to capitalize on the audiences’ love for the craft and want audiences to go out and buy the digital or Blu-ray copy of their favorite movies.

It was in an interview for the promotion of his upcoming film, The Irishman that Martin Scorsese spoke about releasing director’s cuts. His upcoming film is already over three hours long, so we are definitely not expecting a four-hour-long director’s cut for it.

The Irishman is scheduled for a limited theatrical release on November 1, 2019, and will be available on Netflix from November 27, 2019.

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Bombshell (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Bombshell (2019) is the upcoming American drama based on the sexual harassment allegations against Fox News founder Roger Ailes. Three female employees at the news network are set to take on the toxic male culture. This eventually leads to the downfall of media mogul Roger Ailes.

Releasing Date: December 20, 2019

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6 Best Horror Movies on Amazon Prime To Watch This Halloween

by Kaylen Summers

After doing a list of best Halloween movies on Netflix, we know you are dying to hear our list of the best horror flicks on Amazon Prime Video. Everyone knows how complicated the “browse” function on the streaming platform can be at times and at times, finding the right movies for the Halloween season can itself be a super scary thing.

Since no one likes to get lost in the infinite streaming scroll, we have decided to bring the cream of the crop to the forefront. Get your popcorn ready for some spooky times, because we have everything from classic Italian Giallo movies to the 1980s slashers.

Here is our list for the best horror movies to watch Amazon Prime:

1. Final Exam (1981)

⭐4.7/10 ⌛1h 29min

Released during the early slasher boom, Final Exam has all the basic ingredients for a  Halloween slasher flick. The movie takes place on a college campus and has some of the memorable idiosyncrasies from the golden era of the genre. The identity of the killer or his motive is never revealed. This adds an extra bone-chilling shiver to the voyeuristic deaths he/she does on-screen. The movie may feel clumsy at times, but it surely pushed the “death-stalks-campus” genre further for future films like Happy Death DayThe House on Sorority Row and Graduation Day.

2. The Woman in Black (2012)

⭐6.4/10 ⌛1h 35min

This modern Hammer Horror film stands unique for producing a traditional ghost story in 2012. With Daniel Radcliffe making his first ‘adult’ role after the Harry Potter movies, the Victorian-era story tells about a lawyer who travels to the country to negotiate the sale of a house. However, he soon realizes that it is haunted by the spirit of the Woman in Black. If you are a fan of the classic Sam Raimi movie Drag Me to Hell, then this ghost story is your cup of tea.

 3. Frankenstein’s Army (2013)

⭐5.3/10 ⌛1h 24min

Looking for some Indie horror magic?! This found-footage horror is sure to give you the same chills that you felt seeing Paranormal Activity. The story is of a troop of Russian soldiers during WWII. While infiltrating a German compound, they realize that they are actually in the testing grounds of a Frankenstein-descendent mad scientist. The Russian soldiers soon end up fighting for their lives against the undead soldiers.

4. We Are Still Here (2015)

⭐5.7/10 ⌛1h 24min

We Are Still Here will undoubtedly be the single most terrifying movie to be released back in 2015. Different from the other movies of the genre, this flick begins at the bloodbath itself. Apparently, the director doesn’t wait much for baiting or switching and confidently takes us right into the danger.

5. It Comes at Night (2017)

⭐6.2/10 ⌛1h 31min

Do you remember the movies where most of the important characters die by the end?! It Comes at Night is one such horror movie. Following a mysterious apocalypse, the world is left with only a few survivors. Two such families are forced to share a home in order to survive from the evil outside. The movie touches hearts and is sure to give you painful scares. However, it treats this trauma as a tone poem that is bittersweet down to its bones.

6. Hereditary (2018)

⭐7.3/10 ⌛2h 7 min

This movie takes creepiness to a whole new level. The story is about the Graham family. Following the death of the family’s matriarch, her daughter and grandchildren start to realize the cryptic secrets about their ancestry. From there, its a terrifying attempt by them to outrun the sinister fate they have inherited.

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The Batman has found the Catwoman

by Emily Keen

Big Little Lies star Zoe Kravitz has been cast as Selina Kyle in the upcoming Batman Flick alongside Robert Pattinson.

‘Deadline’ confirmed that the iconic role which has earlier been donned by Michelle Pfeiffer and Anne Hathaway has now been claimed by Kravitz. It will be interesting to see how the actress will blend into the skin of the gray character.

Kravitz has earlier starred in Mad Max Fury Road, X-Men: First Class, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald in significant roles. That seems like enough a testimony of her aptitude to sizzle as the Catwoman alongside the Sly Caped crusader. Besides Kravitz already has some experience with the character. She was the voice of Catwoman in The Lego Batman movie.

Ana de Armas, Ella Balinska, Eiza Gonzalez were also in the running for the role of Selina Kyle. But Kravitz was found to be the apt choice for the role of the Bullwhip flinger.

Jonah Hill will reportedly play Penguin the eccentric yet gentlemen of a criminal. Jeffrey Wright is in talks to play Commissioner Gordon. However, none of these actors have been publically been named by the makers.

Selina and Bruce Wayne share an odd relationship wherein the cat although a rival ends up being a reluctant ally of Batman on most occasions.

We can’t wait to see how Zoe and Robert will recreate this inevitable bond onscreen.

Director Matt Reeves has teased saying that “there will be a rogues gallery” for the Batman to deal with. Robert Pattinson in the reboot of Dark Knight will play a young Bruce Wayne, who is more of a detective than a vigilante behind a mask protecting the city against crimes.

The makers are looking to unlock a whole new Bat-world with this film. In addition to Catwoman and Riddler, Two-Face, Firefly and Mad Hatter are also rumored to appear to amplify the misery of Batman in this movie. The upcoming story of the caped Knight is a completely new script and does not aim at validating the adventures of Ben Affleck’s Batman.

Nothing has been disclosed about the plot as of yet. Though rumors have it that it might be along the lines of The Long Halloween comic book, where Bruce Wayne in his pursuit of a serial killer is faced with his many of his old foes along the way.

The Batman will open in theatres on June 25, 2021. Stay tuned to Spotflik for more updates on the movie.

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‘Abominable’ Lands in Trouble in Vietnam Over Territorial Issues

by Emily Keen

Vietnam has put a Kibosh on Abominable’s theatrical run in the country as it shows a controversial map that marks territory in Vietnam as a part of China.

A scene in the Dreamworks feature showcases a map that presents China’s unilaterally declared nine-dash line enclosing a part of the South China Sea. China has claimed a resource rich region of the sea. But the South Southeast Asian Nations including Vietnam assert rights over portions of the sea as rightfully theirs.

The region has been the cause of a standoff between the two countries.

The screenshots of the map from the movie were extensively circulated on social media by Vietnamese viewers once they spotted the inaccurate depiction.

This thus resulted in the government pulling off the movie from theatres.

Ta Quang Dong, Vietnam’s deputy minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism said “We will revoke [the film’s release license],” as quoted by the ‘Thanh Nien’ newsdaily.

Written and directed by Jill Culton, Abominable opened in Vietnam, on October 4th.  Screenings of the film were put to an end on Sunday once the images of the upsetting map started circulating on social media.

The PG-rated adventure follows a Kid (Yi) who discovers a Yeti seeking refuge on the terrace of her home. When Yi learns that the capitalists are trying to use the creature for their gains, she and her friends (Tenzing Norgay Trainor, Albert Tsai) set on a quest to save the animal and put her back in her natural habitat.

Abominable is a joint venture produced by Shanghai based Pearl Studio and Dreamworks animation. Pearl studio is owned by Chinese entertainment conglomerate China Media Capital. This unit is supported by the Chinese government. As The Hollywood Reporter suggests, the depiction may not have been a fluke after all.

The two neighbors are already in the middle of a heated Maritime dispute. Earlier in July China tried to conduct an energy survey by sending its vessel in the waters controlled by Vietnam.

The scene from Abominable might have fanned the sparks.

Stay tuned to Spotflik for more updates on movies.

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Disney’s Jungle Cruise (2020) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Disney’s Jungle Cruise (2020) is an adventure movie based on the famous theme park ride of the same name. The movie is set in the early 20th century and is about a riverboat captain named Frank who takes a scientist and her brother into the jungle. Their mission is to find the tree of life, which has great healing powers.

Releasing Date: July 24, 2020

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Secrets Revealed! Will Disney Buy Back Spider-Man from Sony?!

by Kaylen Summers

These days, the relationship with Disney and Sony feels more like two divorced parents trying to decide where their children should spend the summer vacation. And like every relationship it was so exciting and fabulous when it all began. Fans were so thrilled to see Spiderman back home fighting the battles with Avengers.

As for money, the initial idea was that 10% of the revenue collected will go to Disney and rest to Sony. However, things changed last summer as the Mouse House demanded a 50-50 deal and Sony packed its bags and left the house.

The dispute regarding the deal did recently come to end with Sony agreeing on 25% for Disney. Yet, recent rumors are indicating that there is a secret plan for Disney to shell out a lot of money to buy back Spiderman from Sony.

It is clear that Disney is not down with the recent agreement to work together again for a Spider-Man: Far From Home sequel and an unknown upcoming MCU movie. The Mouse House is known for its famous acquisitions and plans to continue it by taking full control of Spiderman. That too for a whopping $5 billion, if Sony agrees.

It was Mikey Sutton who revealed the details of the studios’ intentions. Though not much is known about the character, it is now assumed Disney and Marvel want Tom Holland and Brie Larson to lead the MCU into the future. This, in turn, opens up the possibilities for Holland’s Spider-Man to become the new leader of the Avengers.

Considering the $1.1 billion the last Spiderman movie grossed in global ticket sales, the investment could make easy returns for Disney and Marvel Studios in no time. But, the real question is whether Sony will take up the offer. After all $5 billion is a lot of cash and Sony is busy with its own Spiderman Universe (Ironically, without the actual Spiderman!).

What do you think? Would it be wise to sell Spiderman to Disney? Tell us know in the comments below.

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Aladdin Officially Beats Avengers: Endgame

by Emily Keen

Aladdin has officially steered past the theatrical run of Avengers: Endgame. It released on May 24th and has now completed 143 days on the big screen.

Avengers: Endgame sure stays the highest-grossing movie of the times beating James Cameron’s Avatar with a worldwide collection of $2.79 billion. Aladdin’s collections stand at $1.05 billion.

In his interview with comicbook.com Aladdin producer, Dan Lin said

“I mean, we’re just so fortunate we got Will,” Lin said. “As has been publicized, he passed at first and then he thought about it some more. I think Jaden [Smith] may have influenced him, and encouraged his role in this movie, but that’s the only way that you can cast this movie, which is with the biggest movie star in the world. And it’s a role that is so complex because it requires singing and dancing, high expectations, it requires comedy, it requires drama. It really requires kind of the full skill set of an actor, and he pulled it off. And how he did that was he made it really personal. I think that’s the number one overarching theme that everyone brought the movie. They made this movie by bringing their personality to it.”

“And so Will Smith, if you look closely at the Genie, is influenced by what he did so well in Hitch and what he did so well with Fresh Prince,” the producer continued. “This is a hip hop genie and so it’s very specific to Will. No other actor could have done this the way he did, in the same way no other actor could have done the genie the way Robin Williams did. They are so iconic and so the way Will interpreted the Genie was to make an iconic character that only he can play that is very true to himself. And that’s what really excited us and allowed us to differentiate and stand out from the previous Aladdin movie.”

As of Thursday Aladdin was still being played across 105 screens in the United States. Whereas Endgame is available digitally and also on physical home media. It is Disney’s one of five movies to hit the 1 billion mark in 2019 alongside The Lion King, Captain Marvel, Toy Story 4 and of course the showstopper of the Year Endgame.  And that is not all! Disney still holds two more cards up its sleeve before it ends the year with a bang. Frozen 2 open in Theatres in November and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is set to hit the screens at Christmas. The predecessors of both features are members of the $1 billion club.

Stay tuned to Spotflik for more updates on movies.

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Joker’s Rank In IMDb’s ‘Top Movies of All Time’ List Will Shock You

by Kaylen Summers

Though there are mixed responses about the movie, Joker has no intention of stopping anytime soon. The movie has become a huge hit at the box office and slowly making its way up to become one of the biggest hits from DC in recent times. Now, it seems like more and more IMDb users are also cheering for the movie. The controversial movie has become one of the highest-rated movies of all time on the online movie database.

Making its way into the Top 10 movies of the list and occupying the No.10 slot, the movie stands tall among some of the cult classic titles like Pulp Fiction, The Shawshank Redemption, and the first two Godfather movies. With Heath Ledger’s clown prince of crime (The Dark Knight) currently ranked No. 4, it is safe to say that fans love watching the character on screen again and again (We are not talking about you, Jared Leto!).

Standing apart from the existing DC movie canon(s), the Todd Phillips directed movie presents an alternate origin story for the chaotic comic book villain. Joaquin Phoenix’s performance as Arthur Fleck deserves a spotlight even in the midst of all the controversies. The movie also stars Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Frances Conroy, and Brett Cullen, alongside Phoenix.

The new Joker movie had been facing many controversies over its release in theaters. The film’s violent and disturbing content is being widely criticized to evoke mass shootings or copycat killings by people with the same mental state. While nothing of such has been reported thus far, the movie continues to take the heat even though it has made it’s way up to become the highest-grossing movie from WB studios this year. Whatever the case may be, there is no denying how well the movie is crafted in Phillips’ direction and the Phoenix’s performance.

Though it’s a wonderful sight to Phoenix’s performance being appreciated alongside Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger, IMDb numbers can quickly change eventually over time, either during its theatrical run or after a subsequent release on home video.

If you haven’t seen the movie yet, watch it and let us know what you think about it.

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Terminator: Dark Fate Run Time Beats Most Movies of the Franchise!

by Emily Keen

Terminator: Dark Fate is one the second-longest movie among the entire series. The Dark Fate plot has apparently altered the timelines neglecting the events of Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Terminator Salvation and Terminator Genisys.

Dark Fate sees a destructive humanoid (Gabriel Luna), sent from the future to kill a young woman Dani Ramos (Natalia Reyes), much similar to the plot of the first installment of the series. The new Terminator model is Rev-9 and is capable of separating itself in two autonomous units. And just like in the original movie, there is also a soldier from the future sent to protect Dani from the murderous cyborg- Grace (Mackenzie Davis). Arnold Schwarzenegger will reprise his role as Carl who now lives peacefully with the humans. Linda Hamilton as Sarah Connor is also back at being the hardcore gunslinger.

BBFC announced that the movie has a runtime of 128 minutes.

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The James Cameron production instead is a direct sequel to Terminator 2: Judgment Day. We see what Cameron did there! It looks like he had a different vision for how the franchise would progress since the second installment and that looked nothing like the two movies that came after.

Director Tim Miller has teased a powerful ending to this highly anticipated follow up. There is some overwhelming nostalgia about to hit the fans.

He said in his statement

“I think it’s hugely emotional, and I’m not making this up when I tell you I just watched the ending again this morning because I was showing someone, and I cried. I still cry almost every time. It’s really powerful at the end and I think it’s a testament to the story, but also what the actors brought to it.”

Arnold Schwarzenegger is also very happy with the film. He said: “I haven’t seen action and emotion like this since the second movie. It feels new again.”

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Under Miller’s direction, Dark Fate seems to be redeeming itself by going back to the roots after the last two installments wandered off. And with a runtime of over 2 hours, the film is not compromising on any aspect of the narrative by keeping it tight. The audience can experience high voltage action made of blazing guns and human-robot face-offs for a good two hours.

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A Training Day Prequel is Officially Underway

by Emily Keen

Denzel Washington’s Training day is getting a prequel. Warner Bros. is currently working on the project. The original movie released in 2001 and was a box office hit with a gross collection of $104 million at the box office.   

The movie follows the life of Jake Hoyt (Ethan Hawke) who is taken up for evaluation by Alonzo Harris (Washington) for determining his potential for joining the LAPD. It does not take long for Jake to learn that Harris is corrupt and has quite a shady past.

The film was directed by Antoine Fuqua with a script from David Ayer. Denzel Washington won an Oscar for the second time in his career for his role as Alonzo Harris (The first one being for Supporting Actor in Glory). Ethan Hawke also received an Oscar nomination.

The movie was later on adapted into a tele series that premiered in 2017, starring Bill Paxton and Justin Cornwell. Unfortunately, the venture had to be called off after Paxton’s untimely death.

The prequel is rumored to be showcasing the past life events from Hariss’ life and is set almost a decade behind the time period of the original movie. Blacklist writer Nick Yarborough will be working on the script. The prequel as of yet has no attached director to it.

Denzel Washington’s character in the original movie was 46 years old. Now that the prequel is set almost a decade earlier, Alonzo would probably be in his late thirties. We wonder who could best fit to play the younger Alonzo. Bets are being placed on John David Washington (Denzel’s son) who is currently 35. If Warner Bros. believes that the apple does not fall very far from the tree, then chances of John being the young Alonzo seem pretty high. In addition, John has recently worked with Warner Bros. for Christopher Nolan’s Tenet. So the predictions are not entirely delusional.

There is no hint of Antoine Fuqua or Jeffrey Silver(one of the three original producers) being involved in the making until yet. But there is a possibility they might return as executive producers.

A lot of projects lately tend to create a buzz but do not make it past the writing stage. We hope the Training Day prequel does not suffer the same fate. But considering the accomplishment of the original film, it would not be wrong to assume that Warner Bros. is pretty serious with this one.

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Onward (2020) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Onward (2020) is the upcoming animation feature from Disney and Pixar. Two teenage elf brothers, Ian and Barley Lightfoot are given a wizard staff that could summon their dead father for one day. However, with their magic, they could only bring half of him back. Now, the brothers are on a journey to find more magic so that they could spend one last day with their father.

Releasing Date: 4 March 2020

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Coming 2 America Will Not Be Rated R; Here Is The Reason.

by Kaylen Summers

Even in the midst of busy promotions for Dolemite Is My Name, it seems like Eddie Murphy is not going to stop giving us inside scoops about the other works on his slate.

Recently, the actor revealed that his highly anticipated project Coming 2 America will not be rated R and more likely be getting a PG-13 rating. The long-awaited sequel was expected to have an R-rating like the first installment.

On the other hand, the Dolomite movie will be R-rated, marking twenty years since the actor put out an adult comedy. Life with Martin Lawrence (1999) was his last film from the sub-genre and many fans were hoping that Prince Akeem Joffer’s return would bring him back to his roots.

Talking about the ratings of comedies over the years, Murphy had this to say: “I think what happened was, there was a period when Hollywood was on some PG-13… that’s how you reached most audiences. And there was, maybe, a 15-year period where that’s all everybody was doing. So I got caught up in that sh*t. But no, doing this movie, we went, ‘This movie has to be rated R because of the way Rudy Ray Moore was.’ But I’m doing Coming to America next, and that’s PG-13.”

Directed by John Landis, the 1988 movie is about the African Prince Akeem who has to marry a woman he has never seen on his 21st birthday. determined to find the woman he can love and respect, the prince breaks the tradition and goes to America.

Initially making a name for himself in comedies like Coming to America,  it was only later in the late 1990s and early 2000s that the actor found his success formula for family comedies. Movies like The Nutty Professor and the Shrek came as a result of this. Now it seems like Murphy is looking to bring the same formula back with Coming 2 America. Besides that, the makers are planning to release the sequel during the holiday season. That explains a lot about the gentler rating.

Currently in the pre-production phase, Coming 2 America is expected to release in theatres on December 18th, 2020. It seems like we have to wait and see if Eddie Murphy’s comedy formula still works after over 30 years.

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Joker Has made it Among the Top 10 IMDb Movies

by Emily Keen

The audience around the world has clearly defied all the arguments of the film content inciting violence and helped Joker sit in the top tier of IMDb movies. 

Joker follows the life of Arthur Fleck who is disenfranchised by the society where he tries to spread laughter as a clown. His frustration grows into untamed lunacy that takes the path of heinous crimes. 

The fact that Joker is a comic book adaptation and still managed to grab a position in the list definitely seems like an achievement. But will it be okay to dismiss the spirited and purposeful experience it created just like any other art house cinema? How Todd Phillips was able to narrate a gritty story that sourced from the poster selling world of DC universe is something to reckon with.

The origin story of Batman’s arch-nemesis has no connection with the DCEU’s timeline whatsoever. Hence just tossing the movie into the segment of comics would be not entirely fair to this masterpiece.

The movie is a downright classic that explores the cultural imagination of times with such precision. There has been enough discussion around the potential of its content to trigger criminal minds. Despite the film only intending to reflect on the pervasion of the evil in society.

Joker currently stands at the ninth position in the IMDb top 10 list. But let’s not rejoice just yet as, there have been instances where a film entered the high ranks soon after release and then fell away in months to come.

It is not easy to maintain the rank in the top 10 given the number of factors that influence the ratings. But having said that we hope it does maintain the ranking because, well, it deserves it!

Philipps’ imagination clearly seems to have resonated with the masses and the flocking audience is a clear indication of its success. 

The clown prince of crime currently shares the space with Shawshank Redemption, Both Godfathers, Pulp Fiction and it’s dear enemy- The Dark Knight.

The R-rated film is on its way to hit the $300 million worldwide collections.  DC’s previous installments have performed quite poorly at the box office. The Arthur Fleck lunacy has made up for all the low points DC had with the last few features. 

Joker is currently playing in cinemas near you. Go watch the movie if you haven’t yet! 

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6 Netflix Movies With Awesome Twist Ending

by Kaylen Summers

It seems fair to say that a good plot-twist in the third act can surely make your movie experience worth it. There is nothing like investing a good 90, 95 minutes in a story and then out of nowhere the ending completely turning everything you saw upside down. These movie moments are so priceless that they become the most lauded and crucial aspect of the film.

Take M. Night Shyamalan movies for example. The guy has literally made a living out of making movies with twist endings. But, those are the best ones. End up with one of the worst and you will be wondering why you wasted your time watching it.

Thankfully, Netflix has a long list of movies with great twist endings and we have picked 6 of the best ones from them. 

1. The Invitation (2015)

⌛ 1h 40min  ⭐6.6/10

This movie is brilliant in its ability to conjure two interesting plots into one. The first one terrifies you with a cult performing some dreadful ritual, while the second story is about a man who is driven into the point of a complete mental breakdown because of his past.

2. Devil (2010)

⌛ 1h 20m  ⭐6.2/10

Produced and written by none other than M. Night Shyamalan, this movie has one hell of a twisted ending. The flick is about a group of people stuck in an elevator together. Soon, they start dying one by one and it becomes obvious that one among them is behind all this. The movie ends with a shocking reveal of who really is the devil among them.

3. Vanilla Sky (2001)

⌛ 2h 17m  ⭐6.9/10

Telling the story of David Aames, a publishing magnate, this flick has Tom Cruise playing the lead role. Aames gets into a car crash and scars his face. The incident forces him into an existential crisis and raises questions about the existing reality of his life. However, all these questions are given a shocking answer with a remarkable plot twist at the end of the movie.

4. Primal Fear (1996)

⌛ 2h 10m  ⭐7.7/10

Edward Norton plays the role of a stuttering altar boy in this legal thriller. He is accused of murder. Suffering from multiple personality disorder, he seems to have no knowledge of the murder committed by his alter ego, Roy. Think you know what the twist is?! Then you are definitely in for a surprise.

5. Raw (2016)

⌛ 1h 39m  ⭐7/10

Raw has a straightforward plot about a French cannibal discovering her sexuality (and taste for human flesh). Apparently, that is as straight forward as it can get, as the movie forwards into a more mythological ending. Surely this one is not for the faint of heart.

6. The Village (2004)

⌛ 1h 39m  ⭐6.5/10

Written and directed by the master of plot twists, M. Night Shyamalan, the twist in The Village may sound a little dumb at first. However, you have to hand it to the director for making such an unrepentant big swing in the third act. Watch the movie just for that.

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Walter White Alive?! Here Is What The Series Creator Revealed.

by Kaylen Summers

Fans of the Breaking Bad TV show will surely not be forgetting Walter White’s presumed death scene in the series finale. When a movie sequel based on the series was finally announced, the obvious question that arose in everyone’s mind was about Walter White.

Is he still alive? Will he be returning back in the movie?

For those who are still hoping for the miraculous survival of Walter White, get ready for some really bad news. Recently on ‘The Rich Eisen Show’, the series creator Vince Gilligan finally confirmed the fate of the Walter White character and revealed what we can expect from the upcoming movie.

“You know what, yeah,” he said, “I’m gonna give you that one too, Rich, because I love you so much and because it’s your fifth anniversary. Yes, Walter White is dead.”

Bryan Cranston played the lead role as Walter White in the hit AMC series. However, it seems like the movie will have his then co-star Aaron Paul in the spotlight.

The Breaking Bad show is a pop culture phenomenon and is still considered as one of the most beloved TV series of all time. Unfortunately, the show came to an end with five seasons and 62 episodes and ever since then the fans were clamoring for more.

Though there were rumors about a Breaking Bad movie long before, it never got materialized. However, fans did get the spin-off series Better Call Saul with Bob Odenkirk reprised the role of crooked lawyer Saul Goodman.

With the director of the movie declaring that Walter White is dead, the possibility of seeing the two awesome on-screen crime partners again has finally come to a sad end. Still, it seems fair to not rule out the chance for Bryan Cranston to appear in a flashback sequence or in the thought of Jesse Pinkman.

But, the makers of the movie are conscious about any possible leaks od such plot detail. From what we have seen from the trailer, it will be Aaron Paul’s Jesse Pinkman serving as the central character. Other confirmed casts include Charles Baker and Matt Jones- returning as Skinny Pete and Badger.

El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie will be premiering on Netflix and in select theaters on Oct. 11.

Here is the complete interview with Gilligan from The Rich Eisen Show:

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How about David Diggs as The Jamaican Crab?

by Emily Keen

‘Sebastian’ the chatty crab may finally have a voice in Disney’s live-action feature of The Little Mermaid. Blindspotting actor David Diggs is in talks to be featured as Sebastian in the adaptation of the 1989 animated pic. Sebastian is a close friend to princess Ariel and happens to sing one of the acclaimed songs from the movie- Under the sea.  

The movie will be directed by Rob Marshall and written by David Magee. The titular character of The Little Mermaid has already been claimed by Halle Bailey. Melissa McCarthy will play the evil aunt Ursula. Oscar Awardee Javier Bardem is in talks for the role of King Triton. Awkwafina and Jacob Trembly will be Skuttle and Flounder respectively.

Harry Styles was almost set for the role of Prince Eric but called the deal off this summer. 

Producer Lin-Manuel Miranda was rumored to play Sebastian’s role but the filmmakers apparently feel that Diggs can pull it off way better. As for Miranda, this seems only a little less work among many other duties. In addition to producing the film, Miranda will also be working on the songs of the film along with Alan Menken who was also behind the score and sound of the original animated pic.

The then Sebastian was voiced by Samuel E.wright.

Director Rob Marshall will also be producing the film alongside Marc Platt, John DeLuca, and Miranda.

Marshall in his statement to comicbook.com said,

“There are things I’ve learned about how you have to work to integrate songs into story, and how it has to feel earned. It can’t just be sort of put there, placed there, because you feel there should be a song. It has to be a song that’s earned, that takes you there. And so as we’re working on, in a way, fleshing out The Little Mermaid — Ariel has one song in the animated film — and so we’re looking for maybe more material.”

“Alan Menken and Lin-Manuel Miranda are coming on board to write some lyrics, so that’s exciting, to sort of take what was there, which is so beloved, but also find a way to create a live-action version of it,” Marshall said, adding “the lessons of creating an original musical have been very helpful so far.”-He added.

Diggs rose to fame with as Marquis de Lafayette in the infamous Broadway production of Hamilton. He was also awarded a Tony for the best featured actor in a musical. He also has Wonder, Undone and the upcoming tele series Snowpiercer to his credits.

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Richard Jewell (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Based on true events, Richard Jewell tells the story of the security guard who got wrongfully framed for the Olympic bombing of 1996. Initially, Jewell was hailed as the hero for saving people’s lives. However, the media and FBI soon turned the table and he ended up as the prime suspect.

Releasing Date: December 13th, 2019

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Kevin Smith’s Clerks III Is Almost His Own Biography

by Emily Keen

A few days earlier Kevin Smith announced on his Instagram page that his 1994 indie cult hit Clerks is getting a threequel.

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3 CLERKS! Thanks to the good folks at @zscentertainment and @leeloomultiprops, I got to see Randal! #JeffAnderson, @jaymewes, and I spent Saturday signing stuff and catching up, seeing so much movie merch that’s been made over the last 25 years (hit the Leloo site for sweet signed skateboards)! But even better than that? We talked about making a movie together. It’ll be a movie that concludes a saga. It’ll be a movie about how you’re never too old to completely change your life. It’ll be a movie about how a decades-spanning friendship finally confronts the future. It’ll be a movie that brings us back to the beginning – a return to the cradle of civilization in the great state of #newjersey. It’ll be a movie that stars Jeff and @briancohalloran, with me and Jay in supporting roles. And it’ll be a movie called CLERKS III! To be great is to go on. To go on is to go far. To go far is to return. And we’re all gonna return to the scene of the crime! This won’t be the old script we almost made a few years back: this is a completely new screenplay that I just started writing last night! And so far, it’s like a dream come true! After mending fences with @benaffleck earlier this year, I was hoping for a chance to do the same with Jeff – so huge thanks to Leeloo Multiprops for getting us all in the same room. But the biggest thanks ever go to Jeff, for being receptive to the idea at all. This means I’m gonna get to play with my two favorite inaction figures again: Dante & Randal! Two weeks from the debut of @jayandsilentbob Reboot (on @fathomevents screens 10/15 & 10/17, link in my bio), I’m ecstatic to announce our imminent return to Quick Stop! So I assure you: we’re open! #KevinSmith #clerks3 #jaymewes #jayandsilentbob #danteandrandal #quickstop #leeloomultiprops #indiefilm #clerks

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Although the idea through which the plot seeded is even more interesting.

Kevin Smith, in his interview with ‘The Wrap’ confirmed that the plot of Clerks III is inspired by his own heart attack. For those not in the know, Smith suffered a fatal Heart attack last February.

In his interview he explained the plot for Clerks III:

“Randal has a heart attack, decides that he came so close to death, and his life has meant nothing, there’s nobody to memorialize him, he has no family or anything like that. And in the recovery, while under fentanyl, he comes to the conclusion at mid-life, having almost died, having worked in a movie store his whole life and watched other people’s movies, he tells Dante, I think we need to make a movie. So Dante and Randal make Clerks. That’s the story of Clerks 3.”

Brian O’Halloran and Jeff Anderson will reprise their roles of Dante and Randal respectively with Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith himself as supporting characters.

The third installment of Clerks was being teased for quite some time now. Smith even read an iteration of the script publicly along with his friends. He had completed the script for the threequel a few years back. But owing to Jeff Anderson (one of the headliners of the franchise) bailing out of the project, the film had to be canceled in 2017.

Smith and Anderson recently reconciled the differences as the director confirmed in an Instagram post. It looks like the differences were likely about the script since Smith also mentioned that the current script for Clerks III has an entirely new screenplay from the one which was written earlier.

The director seems to be on a “making amends” spree lately. He also made up with Ben Affleck and got him to do a cameo in Jay and Silent Bob Reboot which is set to open in theatres next week. We all know, most Kevin Smith films exist in a shared universe. Jay and Silent Bob are characters from Clerks 2 who went on to have their independent movie in 2001.  And it was not just Ben Affleck but many folks from the View Askewniverse who made their way into the follow-up feature of Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back.

Smith takes pride in the fact that he enjoys living in the past. His obsession with remakes and reboots and most importantly callbacks of characters from his other movies is proof enough. Where most his films are more humor over substance, things seem to have changed with Jay and Silent Bob Reboot which actually has more to it than just raunchy humor and celebrity cameos. The plot follows Jay discovering the existence of his love child and experiencing unusual fatherly instincts.

And learning of plot of Clerks III we can hope for the trend to continue.

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Tom Holland’s Drastic New Look Will Surely Leave You Stunned

by Kaylen Summers

Almost all moviegoers around the globe, know Tom Holland better as the Spiderman from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The actor’s career has been nothing short of success since his debut in the MCU. However, Holland is all set to push further and show off his acting skills outside the superhero genre. The actor even took a bold (bald, to be exact) new look for his upcoming movie Cherry.

In a recent video recorded for his fan, Holland can be seen in a drastic buzzcut look. The video is currently in the rounds and it looks like social media users have some thoughts on the matter.

 

The upcoming movie will see Holland teaming up again with the Russo Brothers. The pair had previously worked together in Marvel movies like Captain America: Civil WarAvengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. It was Civil War that Holland’s Spiderman was introduced into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Cherry is based on a semi-autobiographical novel by Nico Walker. Penning the script for the movie will be Jessica Goldberg (The Path) and Angela Otstot (The Shield). Besides Holland, other major characters of the movie will be played by Forrest Goodluck (The Revenant), Ciara Bravo (Wayne), Jack Reynor (Midsommar), Bill Skarsgard (IT Chapter two), Michael Gandolfini (The Deuce), Jeff Wahlberg (Dora and the Lost City of Gold), and Kyle Harvey (The After Party) round out the ensemble.

It is obvious that being an actor requires certain sacrifices. As for Tom Holland, it was his hair that needed to go for taking up the role in Cherry. Unfortunately, as always the internet is busy making fun of this new look than being logical. From comparisons to rapper Eminem to the children’s show character Caillou, most users seem to be upset that the actor’s new buzzcut.

Let’s all hope that we see Holland in his luscious locks soon.

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Edward Norton Finally Reveals The Truth About Kevin Feige’s “Cheap” Press Release

by Kaylen Summers

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is surely one of the top movie franchises that Hollywood has ever seen. Though their movies are huge blockbusters at the box office, there are many deep dark secrets that the studio is trying to hide. One such secret is finally out from The Incredible Hulk Star Edward Norton. The actor finally revealed why he left the Marvel Cinematic Universe and his relationship with Kevin Feige.

It was in the second installment of Universal’s Hulk franchise that Norton took up the character. However, it didn’t last long and he eventually left the franchise making way for Mark Ruffalo’s Bruce Banner/Hulk.

After a long silence since then, the actor has opened up about the situation in detail. It was during a recent profile honoring Edward Norton’s new directorial effort Motherless Brooklyn that the actor revealed his views on the movie business. When asked about the friction with the brass at Marvel, he had this to say about it:

“Well, no. I loved the ‘Hulk’ comics,” Nortan explained, “I believed they were very mythic. And what Chris Nolan had done with Batman was going down a path that I aligned with: long, dark and serious. If there was ever a thing that I thought had that in it, it was the Hulk. It’s literally the Promethean myth. I laid out a two-film thing: The origin and then the idea of Hulk as the conscious dreamer, the guy who can handle the trip. And they were like, ‘That’s what we want!’ As it turned out, that wasn’t what they wanted. But I had a great time doing it. I got on great with Kevin Feige.”

It was obvious that these were not going great with him and Marvel. The studios even had Kevin Feige release a press release that said they were looking for someone who “embodies the creativity and collaborative spirit of our other talented cast members” for The Avengers. However, Norton looks back at that specific press release as cheap, and has this to say:

“Yeah, which was cheap. It was brand defensiveness or something. Ultimately they weren’t going for long, dark and serious. But it doesn’t matter. We had positive discussions about going on with the films, and we looked at the amount of time that would’ve taken, and I wasn’t going to do that. I honestly would’ve wanted more money than they’d have wanted to pay me. But that’s not why I would’ve wanted to do another ‘Hulk’ movie anyway. I went and did all the other things I wanted to do, and what Kevin Feige has done is probably one of the best executions of a business plan in the history of the entertainment industry. As a Disney shareholder, you should be on your feet for what they pulled off.”

Whatever the creative disagreements maybe, let us not forget that the MCU has generated billions at the box office and The Incredible Hulk still remains the lowest-grossing entry to date.

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Guy Ritchie and Jason Stathom are Back With a New Action Thriller

by Emily Keen

After Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch Jason Statham and Guy Ritchie are powering up again for a Miramax action thriller. The currently unnamed project is a remake of a 2004 French film Le Convoyeur.

The plot charts the life of a reserved and mysterious man who works for armored trucks company. The character-driven script spans across various timelines in the life of the protagonist through a meticulously crafted narrative creating a truly mind-altering experience.

Miramax CEO Bill Block and Ivan Atkinson will be lending the project their producorial prowess.

Block said in his statement- “Working again with Guy Ritchie on our second collaboration together, alongside renowned actor Jason Statham, is a privilege, and we anticipate that the tone and flavor of these two longtime friends will resurrect nothing less than a true, genre classic,”

Ritchie who can’t wait to work with Statham once again had this to say:

“I’m looking forward to bringing this story to life and working with Jason while he still has the use of his knees.”

Jason Statham’s latest project with Dwayne Johnson, Hobbs and Shaw saw a tremendous global success grossing over $758 million. Even though the fast and furious spin-off had a bit of a sluggish start at the box office, it eventually kicked up momentum and how.

Guy Ritchie’s year too has started on a fantastic note with Aladdin turning out to be a massive success worldwide. Aladdin currently stands tall with a global collection of $1 billion. His upcoming projects include The Gentlemen starring Matthew McConaughey who plays an expat Drug lord based in London trying to clean himself up while enemies try to take over his empire.

For all we know, the unnamed project with Statham is Ritchie’s claim to fame frenetic action genre. There are no official confirmations on production dates or release dates as of yet. Similar is the case of the remaining cast line up for the action freight but we are hoping for the news to drop soon enough.

Stay tuned to Spotflik for more updates on the Hollywood adaptation of the French action thriller.

 

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Klaus (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Klaus (2019) is a retelling of the Santa Claus tale. The movie follows a  postman who is posted to a frozen town in the North for being the worst postman at the academy. He eventually finds Klaus, who is good at making toys and makes a deal with him to deliver his toys.

Releasing Date: 8 November 2019

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You Wont Believe Who Showed Up In The Red Band Trailer Of Zombieland: Doubletap

by Emily Keen

It is only a few days ahead of Zombieland: Doubetap’s release and the news of a familiar face making return has surfaced. Apparently Bill Murray who was famously killed in the last installment of the zombie romp is not dead after all.

The latest Red Band Trailer of the movie dropped in a few hours ago and it clearly shows the actor alive and well.

Murray’s appearance in the first film was a cameo where he tries to prank-scare Columbus as a Zombie and gets shot to death. As terrible as his backfiring fate sounds, it may not be that worst after all. The shot of the actor in the latest trailer is proof.

In the trailer we can see Murray being asked in an interview:

“What made you do it? And don’t say the script.”

To which he answers – “Can this be just between us? Drugs cost money.”

The sequel happens almost a decade after the first installment. All the four leads along with the Director and writers have reprised their roles. Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, and Abigail Breslin are returning are back at poking fun and hunting the zombies. Joining them on their quest of saving the world are Rosario Dawson, Luke Wilson, Zoey Deutch, Thomas Middleditch and Avan Jogia.

The Sequel is written by Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick, and David Callaham.

The first movie had a huge cultural impact and fans were hoping for a sequel to happen just years after the first movie. Considering the cult following director Ruben Fleischer was high on the idea of maintaining the standards of the script.

He said

“We all have so much love for the original. So, we held ourselves to a really high standard as far as making sure that, if we were going to make a sequel, that it be at least as good, if not better, than the original.”

The Venom director has apparently taken the zombie calamity to a whole new level. In the original, the four slayers had to deal with zombies alone. But now they will be seen battling a whole new species of evolved zombies along with some painful family drama.

Zombieland: Doubletap opens in theatres October 18 and we can’t wait to savor the vicious assortment of the living and dead once again.

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EXCLUSIVE! It Looks Like Batman and Joker Will Face-off At Oscars This Year.

by Kaylen Summers

There is no doubt the Todd Philips’ Joker will be a worthy contender at the Oscars this year. Grossing a weekend collection of $96 million at the domestic box office and $248 million worldwide, the movie is clearly triumphing at the theatres. Joaquin Phoenix’s power-packed portrayal of Arthur Fleck and his gradual descent into a homicidal maniac is nothing short of excellence.

However, it seems like the new Batman will be chasing down his arch-nemesis at the Oscars too. Recent reports are confirming that Robert Pattinson will be competing at the Oscars next year for his performance in ‘The Lighthouse‘. A24 has officially submitted the actor for award consideration.

Pattinson will be competing in the lead actor category while co-star Willem Dafoe’s name has been submitted for the supporting actor field. The Lighthouse made its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year and received immense critical acclaim. Though the movie is yet to be released in theaters, it has already established itself as one of 2019’s must-see movies.

The Lighthouse is director Robert Eggers’ homage to the classic black-and-white horror movies era. The movie takes place in the 1890s and talks about two lighthouse keepers (Pattinson and Dafoe). Their isolation and loneliness drive them into insanity.

With the movie already being referred to as a classic, all is now left to see is whether it will take the ‘clown prince of crime’ down. If given his first Oscar nomination, it will huge milestone in Pattinson’s career as he is all set to play ‘cape-crusader’ in the upcoming The Batman.

Joker, on the other hand, has already made its moves for Oscar, as the movie had a special show at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theatre on Saturday. However, the reactions for it were mixed. The movie was already receiving similar critical responses long before, which gave its 69% fresh Rotten Tomatoes score and a B+ on CinemaScore.

Unfortunately, we will have to wait until the nominations are officially declared to see how far this battle will go. Check out Spotflik again for future updates about this.

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Is There A Matrix Cinematic Universe In The Works?! Zak Penn Reveals

by Kaylen Summers

For movie fans around the globe, the recent announcement about the fourth Matrix movie came as a shocker. The sequel installment will see Lana Wachowski back in the franchise writing and directing the movie, and also Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss reprising their roles from the original trilogy.

Now, more news about the franchise is being revealed as Zak Penn confirmed that Warner Bros. is actively developing two Matrix projects.

It was about two years ago that Zak Penn let fans know that he was working on something new for the Matrix universe. Though fans were initially confused about whether it was a remake or a reboot, no one thought that it would be the further extension of the universe.

Here is Zak Penn’s Twitter clarification below.

“People keep asking, so let me clarify there are two different Matrix projects at WB. I wrote one set earlier in the timeline of the Matrix universe. Lana Wachowski is directing a sequel that I did not work on but can’t wait to see. Neither of them are reboots.”

Yes! It seems like we are finally going to get a ‘Matrix Cinematic Universe’.

Unfortunately, Zak Penn didn’t say much about his Matrix project than that it will be taking place earlier in the timeline. The writer has always been known for standing against Warner Bros. trying to reboot the franchise. Now, he finally gets his wish fulfilled as ‘The Matrix Universe’ is expanding further. As fans, we too share the same excitement.

While this news unfolds, we have been also getting more info on Lana Wachowski’s Matrix 4 movie as well. The movie will see most of its artists and technicians from the first installments return to keep everything uniform. In addition to that, last week the officials revealed that they are looking for an actor to portray the younger version of Keanu Reeves’ Neo. There are also rumors that we might see a young Morpheus too.

This is what Warner Bros. chief Toby Emmerich had to say about the movie: “We could not be more excited to be re-entering the Matrix with Lana[…] We are thrilled that she is writing, directing and producing this new chapter in The Matrix.”

With Lana Wachowski putting the finishing touches on the script and casting already underway, we won’t have to wait long to see the movie, it seems. However, there are no details as to where Zak Penn’s Matrix project stands in the development phase.

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1917 (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

1917 tells the story of two young British soldiers, Schofield (George MacKay) and Blake (Dean-Charles Chapman). During World War I, they are given an impossible mission. They must cross enemy territory and deliver a message that will stop a deadly attack on hundreds of soldiers.

Releasing Date: 25 December 2019

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Tom Holland’s Next big Project With Russo Brother’s Begins Production

by Emily Keen

Now that Sony and Marvel have finally settled the Spiderman conflict, Tom Holland can happily get back to work. Joe and Anthony Russo’s Cherry has officially kicked off with principal photography. This is the Russo brothers’ fourth big venture in collaboration with Tom Holland since Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame.

The brothers were eventually planning on shooting the film in their hometown of Cleveland but could not do so owing to uncertainty around Ohio’s film production tax incentives.

Cherry is a big-screen adaptation of Nico Walker’s Bestselling novel with the same name. Holland will portray the protagonist of the story who is a war veteran and suffers from the post-traumatic stress disorder. He resorts to bank robberies to support his drug addiction. 

The first announcement about the project came in March with Holland’s in the lead role. The makers also confirmed that the film will be R-rated.  Co-starring with Holland in female lead is Wayne star Ciara Bravo. The remaining cast line up includes star Bill Skarsgard, Jack Reynor, Forrest Goodluck, Jeff Wahlberg, Michael Gandolfini, and Kyle Harvey.

In a joint statement, Russo brothers said

“We were drawn to Cherry given our personal experience from Cleveland, as well as the important need to share stories like these. As Cleveland natives ourselves, it means a lot to us to be able to film in our hometown. We shot the exteriors for Winter Soldier here, we are excited to return home to our roots.”

The novel happens to draw inspiration from the real-life experiences of the author who is also a Cleveland native. We can see what really sparked the connection between the Russo Brothers and the story.

At the Comic-con event in July, Joe Russo expressed why they felt like taking up the subject.

“It’s a story about drug addiction and the opioid crisis. It’s touched us both, it’s a deeply personal movie for us. The gent who wrote the book went through the same growth arc in the same part of the city we grew up in — but different experiences.”

Stay tuned to Spotflik for more updates on the movie.

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The Gentlemen (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

The Gentlemen (2020) is an upcoming movie directed by Guy Ritchie. The movie talks about a British drug lord named Mickey Pearson who has created a highly profitable marijuana empire in London. He is looking to sell off his drug empire to a dynasty of Oklahoma billionaires.

Releasing Date: 24 January 2020

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Joker’s Demonic Dance Moves are a Box Office hit!

by Emily Keen

Joker’s infectious energy is spreading onto tomato meter with the ratings being as unstable as the protagonist’s state of mind. But that is not stopping the audience from pouring in at the international screenings of the highly anticipated DC villain origin story.

The dark drama stands tall in Korea with a staggering collection of $2.25 million. It opened at $846,000 in Indonesia and $170,000 in Belgium. By the end of the week, it should have spanned 73 markets worldwide. The Batman villain solo flick opened in Hong Kong, Italy and Russia on Thursday. Predictions suggest it could bring in close to $60 million from the international collections.

Sony’s Venom currently holds the October records at the North American Box office with a collection of $80.3 million. The Joaquin Phoenix starrer began its run in the region Thursday night and is expected to surpass Venom in terms of October collections.

To top the crazy fan following the DC anti-hero has in India, the opening, fortunately, clashed with a public holiday pitching in a whopping $900,000.

Joker has clearly beaten DC’s recent releases including Shazam, Wonder Woman and Aquaman in terms of collection and reviews! But the list of accomplishments for the Warner Bros.’ R-rated romp does not end there. The movie received an eight-minute-long standing ovation at the Venice Film Festival before it won the prestigious Golden Lion.

The Long-range tracking report by BoxOffice Media’s chief analyst Shawn Robbins suggests in all probability, the movie could be the first-ever $100 million+ opener in October history.

The plot covers the origin story of DC’s rogue villain Arthur Fleck whose mental instability snowballs into a mayhem causing homicide mania. Joaquin Phoenix nails the character to its core and the concerns about the film sparking real-life violence are a testament to his skills.

The Oscar-baiting psychopath memoir directed by Todd Philips with Scott Silver’s screenplay also stars Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Bill Camp and Marc Maron in important roles.

Theatres across U.S. have been kept strictly under the guard of Law enforcement agencies post numerous threats of violence doing rounds on social media. But so far no slump of interest has been noted even with the film drawing concerns of distress. Although the film was aimed at a diehard DC fan base, the movie has interests piqued across demographics.

The cultural impact created by Heath Ledger’s Joker is unmatchable. Possibly it is this impact that is also driving the audience to step out and experience the genesis of this hysteric/historic character.

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Watch Out! Your Joker Social Media Posts Might Be Under FBI Monitoring.

by Kaylen Summers

DC movies may not always be blockbusters. But when they do, they will definitely do it with a bang (literally!).

As Todd Phillips’ Joker is all set to release this weekend, the Federal Bureau of Investigation is looking into any potential threats at the screenings. Over the past few months, the movie had become the center of the debate for its violence implications. Many officials and critics are concerned that the movie could drive people with the same mind frame to carry out acts of violence, just like the fictional character onscreen.

Talking about the concern, the FBI had this to say in a statement: “While our standard practice is to not comment on specific intelligence products, the FBI is in touch with our law enforcement and private sector partners about the online posts. As always, we encourage the public to remain vigilant and to promptly report suspicious activity to law enforcement.”

Adding fuel to the fire, the FBI also revealed that they have found “disturbing and very specific chatter in the dark web” regarding the Joker screenings. The chatter apparently is a bunch of trolls trying to throw dirt on to the movie. 

In addition to this, it seems like the Iowa National Guard is on the lookout for “potential active shooter threats” during the upcoming movie screenings. Unfortunately, the warnings appear to pretty serious as “credible sources indicate a known extremist group may be behind the threat.”

However, the Joker actor Joaquin Phoenix and director Todd Phillips argue that the movie is not going to push anyone into acts of violence.

The government looking out for any suspicious behavior and ensuring the safety of moviegoers appreciatable. Even theaters have taken extra steps by beefing up their security prior to the screenings. Whatever happens, we will have to wait and see if the movie’s opening collection will get to be affected by all these warnings and increased security.

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Abominable (2019) Review: This Is NOT Your Happy-Go-Lucky Kid Flick

by Kaylen Summers

After Smallfoot and Missing Link, here is another CGI adventure about the mythical Himalayan creature. But, if you are looking for one of those fun-filled animation movies, then you are in for a somber ride. The movie does have a handful of humorous moments, but overall it trends in a pretty serious tone.

Taking place in Shanghai, China, Abominable has a young girl named Yi as the central character. Voiced by Chloe Bennet, Yi is struggling to come in terms with the recent death of her father and grieves by playing her father’s violin on the roof of her apartment building. It is here that she eventually meets the Yeti. Escaping from the capture of the crotchety Mr. Burnish (Eddie Izzard), the frightened Yeti (Joseph Izzo) is hiding from a famous doctor (Sarah Paulson) and an army of goons who are out to recover the beast.

Slowing down considerably to establish the characters, the movie only picks up its pace as Yi decides to help the Yeti return back home to Mount Everest. From there Yi’s cross country adventure with her basketball playing neighbor, Peng (Albert Tsai), and his social media addicted older cousin, Jin (Tenzing Norgay Trainor) takes the movie into its ‘feel-good’ half. And eventually (like every other tale) Yi learns to accept the loss of her father and appreciate the love of others.

It is appreciatable how the makers of this flick gave much attention to the depth of its story. The heroine of the story is too complex for an animated feature. The existential quest of the heroine is the core of the whole movie. Her inability to grieve is brilliantly equated to the challenge of her journey. However, any person who is buying tickets for a normal animation feature will get a little bored with the unexpected drama. Luckily, with some stunning animation and a remarkable score, the movie was saved from being a total drag.

Abominable, even though an animation feature with a cute fluffy creature, is not something that your children would consider watching. The deeper, thoughtful philosophy is mostly for mature audiences than little ones. With that being said, the movie is watchable and good for recommending to someone who is down and facing challenges in their life.

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Ryan Coogler’s Latest Production Venture Is A Whole New World of Superheroes

by Emily Keen

News is out that the famous comic series Bitter Root is getting the film treatment and Ryan Coogler has officially stepped in as the producer.

While the Creed director already has his hands full with Black Panther 2 and Space Jam 2, he has willingly accommodated another big project in his schedule. Legendary acquired the rights to the Image comic created by David F. Walker & Sanford Greene and got Ryan Coogler on board to produce the film adaptation alongside Zinzi Evans, Sev Ohanian and Chuck Brown.

The plot is set in the era of the Harlem Renaissance. It circles around a family whose members have down the line of history hunted evil monsters lurking in the city of New York. A supernatural force preys on the prejudice of people and turns them into ruthless creatures. But the period of glory has faded for the family. The Sangeryes are now survived by a few descendants who can’t hold the fort down. And that is mainly due to conflict of interests and tragedies that have shattered their family integrity.

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The comic started off as a casual talk about Harlem Renaissance and demon hunters between Chuck Brown and Sanford Greene. Sanford who shared good chemistry with David Walker got the latter aboard to do the designs. And the rest is history! 

The fifth issue of the comic was released by Image last March. Bitter Root bagged the nomination of the Best New Series at the 2019 Eisner Awards. The series also created quite a buzz at the 2019 Ringo awards as the Best series Nominee. Both Walker and Greene are onboard the film crew as executive producers.

Coogler is currently working on his Black Panther 2 Script which will hit the screens somewhere in 2022. He rose to fame with his directorial prowess in Fruitvale Station and Creed before he became a part of Marvel Universe. Coogler and Wife Zinzi Evans have worked hand in glove on many projects. The couple is teaming up again for Bitter Root’s big-screen adaptation. 

Time and again Coogler has proved his knack with successfully depicting Black legacies. And with Bitter Root being based on one of the most important events in Black History, we cannot think of anyone who can bring life to the comic better than he can.

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Eddie Murphy To Reprise His Classic Character For Next Movie

by Kaylen Summers

It seems like Eddie Murphy will be bringing back a lot of his classic characters to mark his Hollywood return. Recently, after announcing a sequel to his Coming to America, the actor is preparing to reprise yet another classic character of his. If everything goes well, we will be seeing Axel Foley from the Beverly Hills Cop series back on the big screen again. Originally playing the character in all three previous installment, the upcoming Beverly Hills Cop 4 will see Murphy in the character after 25 years.

It was in a recent interview that Murphy revealed his very next film project after Coming 2 America. The actor was promoting his Netflix movie Dolemite Is My Name. Talking about the next Beverly Hills Cop sequel, he said:

“Yeah, that’s what we’re doing after Coming 2 America. We’re doing Beverly Hills Cop. Then the plan is to get back on stage and do stand-up. That’s what I’ll be doing mostly, is stand-up, and Beverly Hills Cop will be like – I keep saying it, these movies and Saturday Night Live is kind of like, I’m looking at it as a bookend. If I decide I just want to stay on the couch forever, I’d ended [my movie career] on a funny note.”

Premiering in 1984, Beverly Hills Cop was directed by Martin Brest and was one of Murphy’s first blockbuster hits. Earning $234 million domestically, the movie had Eddie Murphy playing the role of a Detroit cop who is seeking vengeance in Beverly Hills for the murder of his friend. Judge Reinhold, John Ashton, Lisa Eilbacher, Ronny Cox, and Jonathan Banks are the other stars of the movie. Even if you are not familiar with this movie and its sequels, you will surely remember its iconic theme song composed by Harold Faltermeyer.

A fourth installment was initially announced in the mid-1990s, but never got fully materialized. In 2006, the studio again went forward to produce the movie, but that too ended up in development hell. The spin-off of the movie was even attempted by CBS with Brandon T. Jackson as Axel Foley’s son, Aaron. Though a pilot episode was filmed in 2013, it also failed to pick up.

No information on production or release dates is currently available. Yet, the news itself that we are finally getting the Beverly Hills Cop 4 is enough to get us excited.

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8 Movies On Hulu That Will Surely Make You Fall In Love

by Kaylen Summers

Whether it’s break-up or patch up, we all love watching a good romance unfold on our screen. But, finding these feel-good rom-coms can be a miserable task at times. (Admit it! We all have been there.)

However, if you are on Hulu, then there is an extensive collection of romantic flick that can easily connect with your soft side. From classics to little-known favorites, here is a list of the best movie love stories that you can find on Hulu. The next time you’re craving for a rom-com, you can simply pick one from the list or binge-watch them all.

Pretty in Pink (1986)

When it comes to rom-coms, Pretty in Pink is iconic like every other John Hughes movie in the genre. Molly Ringwald plays the role of Andie Walsh, a young teenage girl who is in love with the rich boy Blane. Redefining the concept of teenage lovesickness on film, the core construct of this flick resonates with young audiences even today. If you are looking for some burning teenage love, then Pretty in Pink will be the right one to start from.

Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)

Don’t mistake it with the recent miniseries on Hulu. We are definitely talking about the classic one. This romantic comedy is so good that you’ll be amazed to know that it is directed by the same person who helmed the Harry Potter and Goblet of Fire movie. Starring Hugh Grant, Four Weddings and a Funeral  tells the story of Charlie, who is uncomfortably busy with four weddings and a funeral. However, among the weirdly big circle of friends present at each event, Charlie keeps on encountering the beautiful American Carrie, played by Andie McDoweel.

Chasing Amy (1997)

Yes, you heard it right. Back in the ’90s, this movie was nicknamed as the “Ben Affleck falls in love with a lesbian” movie. Though the plot is pretty much that, Chasing Amy is more about love than just sexual politics. It explores the male insecurity in finding love and maintaining it and other human emotions. The movie is a wonderfully crafted rom-com with a bittersweet ending.

Sixteen Candles (1984)

John Hughes is back again on the list with the teenage masterpiece Sixteen Candles. More than just a romance, this iconic movie is a coming-of-age comedy flick. However, its core is pure and its ending truly romantic. The movie follows 16-year-old Sam Baker (Molly Ringwald) on her birthday. Her parents have completely forgotten about their daughter’s birthday and her crush, Jake Ryan (Michael Schoeffling) doesn’t even know she exists.

Let the Right One In (2008)

This one will surely not be your first choice for a romantic movie on Hulu. However, there is something about Let the Right One In that makes it romantic and sweet from all the other movies. Yes, the flick is about a little boy and a little girl vampire and it’s a little spooky at times. But, no one will ever deny how sweet it is for this movie to present the beloved as the ultimate protector for her lover.

Secretary (2002)

Are all romances about puppy dogs and flowers? This movie says otherwise. From the sexual complexities of dominance and submission to some good old fashioned BDSM, this movie will make you rethink about the generic love stories. Starring Maggie Gyllenhaal, the movie is about Lee Holloway who takes a job as a secretary for E. Edward Grey (James Spader). The two soon embark on an unusual romantic relationship…

Oh, wait! Does the plot sound familiar to you? It is because this movie is everything 50 Shades of Grey tried to be- even down to the protagonist with ‘Grey’ as the second name.

Sense and Sensibility (1993)

Adapted from the Jane Austen novel of the same name, the 1995 film Sense and Sensibility is filled with talent both on camera and behind. Directed by Oscar-winner Ang Lee, the movie is surprisingly scripted by Emma Thompson. (The same actress who starred in Love Actually and Nanny McPhee.)

XX/XY (2002)

That’s a pretty awesome title, right?!  XX/XY refers to the two chromosomal pairings that make up women and men respectively. The movie, on the other hand, has nothing to do with genetics. It is about two women and one man who are entangled up together in a turmoil of emotions. Two college roommates, Sam (Maya Stange) and Thea (Kathleen Robertson) have a wild sexual encounter with animator Coles (Mark Ruffalo). Going through their relationship, the movie explores how one treats passion differently in young adulthood and adulthood.

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Birds of Prey (2020) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Birds Of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation Of One Harley Quinn) (2020) joins Harley Quinn as she splits with Joker and teams up with Black Canary, Huntress, and Renee Montoya to protect a young girl named Cassandra Cain from an evil crime lord, Black Mask in Gotham City.

Releasing Date: February 7, 2020

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Trick (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Trick (2019 ) introduced a new serial killer to Hollywood. Going by the same name as the movie, the serial killer Trick is terrorizing a small town. The story unfolds as a no-nonsense detective tries to track down the scary murderer. Directed by Patrick Lussier, the movie is penned by Todd Farmer and Patrick Lussier.

Releasing Date: 18 October 2019

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Exclusive! Guess Who Will Be Directing Spiderman 3?!

by Kaylen Summers

Spiderman is busy making headlines lately and the latest one is about who will be directing the third installment coming out next year. Recent reports are revealing that Jon Watts is in final talks to direct Spider-Man 3, the continuation to this summer’s blockbuster hit Spider-Man: Far From Home.

Sony and Marvel Studios finally reaching a deal to bring Tom Holland’s Spider-Man back to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This means that Watts will be able to bring a conclusion to his trilogy, retaining his signature youthfulness and fun energy.  With Jon Watts closing in on the deal to direct the threequel, it is obvious that the third installment (probably) will also be a huge success like the first two blockbusters.

Earning around $880 million, Spider-Man: Homecoming was a huge success at the box office. With the partnership paying off well for both studios, Sony was more than happy to let Peter Parker showed up in Civil War, Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame. The success was also reflected in the Far From Home as well, as it made over $1 billion. This inturn made it the highest-grossing movie ever for Sony.

As remarkable as these movies are, Jon Watt’s directorial style should also be mentioned as it played a huge factor in making the first two installments so profitable. With the director back on franchise, it’s obvious that the next one will also be a box office frontrunner.

Since the creative team behind the last two movies are back, we are also happy that we will be getting a proper explanation to the heavy cliffhanger at the end of Spider-Man: Far From Home. If everything goes smoothly with Sony and Marvel, there is also a chance that we will be seeing Tom Holland’s Peter Parker in more MCU movies.

Spiderman 3 is set to hit theaters on July 16th, 2021.

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This Is What The Rock Thinks About Vin Diesel’s Support For ‘Hobbs & Shaw’

by Kaylen Summers

The feud between Dwayne Johnson and Vin Diesel is well known. However, it seems like this nasty fight between the stars has finally come to an end. Recently, Fast and Furious spin-off Hobbs & Shaw made over $752 million globally. Celebrating the victory lap, Johnson posted a video on social media thanking all those who supported Hobbs & Shaw to become a success at the box office. The actor didn’t forget to give a shout out to Diesel and teased his return back to the main franchise soon. Vin Diesel is currently working on Fast and Furious 9 and it was reported that Dwayne Johnson will not be a part of the movie because of his busy schedule with the spin-off.

The feud between two action juggernauts dates long back to when Hobbs & Shaw was officially announced. Diesel and the Fast and Furious crew were against the idea and they have even expressed it publicly, leading to a full-on feud. Now that Johnson is okay giving a shout-out to Diesel, it seems like things are finally settled down between them.

Here is what Johnson had this to say: “Lastly, but not least, I want to thank brother Vin (Diesel) for your support of Hobbs & Shaw. I saw your post and I appreciate it… As you know, and what a wild ride this is and what a wild ride this has been, 10 years ago when you and I spoke, you invited me into the Fast and Furious family. I’m grateful for that invite. And as you know, my goal was always, all these years, to come into the Fast & Furious world and help elevate the franchise in any way that I possibly could. And of course, all roads lead to one thing. I’ll be seeing you soon, Toretto.”

We hope that the two actors have gone through some personal growth during the past few years and have settled their disputes. Though we won’t see the ‘family’ together in the next installment, hopes are on  Fast and Furious 10 to bring the gang back together.

With that being said, another major feud among the Fast stars is between Tyrese Gibson and Dwayne Johnson. If all goes well, maybe we will see them finally settle it out too. While we wait for that, you can check out Johnson’s Instagram video below:

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Suicide Squad Unites: New Photo Of Cast Includes Margot Robbie & Pete Davidson

by Kaylen Summers

New specifics about James Gunn’s Suicide Squad has arrived as the director himself revealed that his version of characters will be mostly based on the iconic 1980s comic run. Recently, Gunn shared a new photo of the cast with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 star Pom Klementieff. The stars of the upcoming film were at a screening of Joker.

With most of the cast set, The Suicide Squad seems to be pretty huge even for James Gunn. However, the production has already begun and in honor of that, the director also posted a picture of an original comic given to him by his agent. Answering to one of the questions by his fans, Gunn had this to say about the characters and their source material origins:

“The original Squad was a group of adventurers, soldiers, and scientists, who explored and battled anomalous events. Ostrander introduced the idea of the Dirty Dozen with disposable, second-rate supervillains. King Shark didn’t enter the team till the 2000s. (Our) movie takes elements from all those timelines but is especially indebted to Ostrander (and Kim Yale).”

Though Gunn seems okay answering fan questions on social media, it seems like he has brought some secret-keeping Marvel skills over to DC as well. However, keeping everything tightly under wraps will turn good for us too, since it should make the movie more satisfying as it releases in 2021.

Whatever the case may be, we are sure to get some set photos to come our way in the near future, either officially from Gunn and the studio, or as leaked set photos and videos.

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The King’s Man (2020) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Directed and produced by Matthew Vaughn, and written by Karl Gajdusek, The King’s Man is a prequel to the Kingsman film series. The plot of the movie takes place during the early-1900s and describes how the spy agency was formed.

Releasing Date: 14 February 2020

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Abominable Dominates the Weekend Box Office; But How?!

by Kaylen Summers

This weekend, it was the animated family movie Abominable which took the top position at the box office. Grossing in a $20.8 million cume domestically, the movie picked up an additional $10 million overseas, making a grand total to $30.8 million.

Directed by Jill Culton. the movie is the first animated Hollywood studio project to have a woman credited as the main director and writer. With the box office success over this past weekend, it is obvious that Culton is definitely celebrating.

In the second position is Downton Abbey, which previously occupied the top position. Continuation of the popular TV series, the movie earned $14.5 million and made $107.1 million globally. Jennifer Lopez and Constance Wu starrer Hustlers secured the third position this weekend with a total earning of $11.4 million, with over $95 million collected globally.

Bringing in $10.4 million, Andres Muschietti’s IT Chapter Two is seated at the fourth position. Though the horror sequel didn’t make much impression compared to the first installment, it did manage to collect $417 million globally and doesn’t seem like stopping anytime soon.

The critically acclaimed Ad Astra earned $10.1 million and took the fifth spot this weekend. With Brad Pitt in the lead role, the movie opened to positive reviews last week.

Sylvester Stallone’s Rambo: Last Blood seems to fall down to number six this weekend with an $8.5 million cume. The long-awaited sequel was expected to be a front runner at the box office. However, with the negative feedback from critics and fans, marching back up the charts seems to be an impossible task at the moment. 

Other movies in the top ten include the Judie Garland biopic, Judy at number seven and Good Boys at number eight. The comedy flick currently brought in a global grand total of $104 million. Disney’s Lion King still reins the box office with its ninth position and action thriller Angel Has Fallen at the tenth.

Here is the list of all the top ten movies  of the weekend according to Box Office Mojo:

1. Abominable

2. Downton Abbey

3. Hustlers

4. IT Chapter Two

5. Ad Astra

6. Rambo: Last Blood

7. Judy

8. Good Boys

9. The Lion King

10. Angel Has Fallen

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FIRST TIME EVER! Marvel To Release 4 MCU Movies in One Year. Here Is The List.

by Kaylen Summers

Just when you thought that all the dust is going to settle, Marvel Studios is back in the game, set to break new ground in the coming year. Four different big-screen MCU entries are slated for 2021.

First in the list will be Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings slated to release on February 12, 2021. Announced over the summer at San Diego Comic-Con, the movie will be part of MCU’s Phase 4 slate and will star Simu Liu as the titular martial arts master.

Then it will be Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which will hit the screen on May 7, 2021. Directed by Scott Derrickson, the movie will see Benedict Cumberbatch in his a solo movie sequel as the Sorcerer Supreme.  Scarlet Witch will also be a part of this installment and Nightmare will be the main villain.

Thor: Love and Thunder is slated to release late on November 5, 2021. The movie will see Ragnarok director Taika Waititi back calling the shots and also the return of Natalie Portman as Jane Foster. But, she will be more than just a pretty face this time, as the actress is set to become the Mighty Thor.

Though this was initially believed to be the slate for 2021, it seems like we got a final minute entry into the list. With Sony and Marvel finally getting back together, Spider-Man 3 will also be releasing on July 16 of 2021. However, little is known about the specifics of the deal. Still, MCU fans have a lot to cheer for in the coming year.

The studio has been releasing two movies a year for quite some time. It wasn’t until 2017 that three releases were made in a year- with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Spider-Man: Homecoming and Thor: Ragnarok. However, 2021 will surely be a crowded year for the Marvel Cinematic Universe as this is the first time they are releasing four movies in a single year. Guess we have to wait and see how things turn out for the studios with such a year planned ahead.

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[EXCLUSIVE] Here Is What Stephen Lang Thinks About The Don’t Breathe 2 Script.

by Kaylen Summers

The original Don’t Breathe was a sleeper hit when it got released in 2016. Starring Stephen Lang in the lead role, the movie told the story of a deadly blind man hunting a group of petty criminals who broke into his home.

Now, the makers of the movie are planning on a sequel and it seems like the actor is impressed with the script for it. Lang revealed in a recent event that he has seen the script for Don’t Breathe 2, and thinks that fans are going to love it.

“I’ve read the screenplay [for Don’t Breathe 2],” he said, “and it’s really good!” Though the actor did not confirm whether his co-star Jane Levy will return as Rocky.

Co-written by Alvarez and Rodo Sayagues, the original Don’t Breathe was helmed by Fede Alvarez (Evil Dead). The movie had Jane Levy, Dylan Minnette, and Daniel Zovatto star in the lead roles of three delinquents who make a living by breaking into homes to steal. However, things take a turn as they breaks into the house a harmless blind man, played by Stephen Lang. After trapping them in the house with complete darkness, Lang goes on hunting out and killing each of the criminals. The thieves are left with no choice but to escape the darkness and the blind man.

Surprisingly, the movie turned out to be a pretty big hit and gross over $157 million in ticket sales. That too under a production budget of less than $10 million. The movie went on to earn the Best Horror Film award at the Saturn Awards and Lang also won the Best Supporting Actor award at the Fangoria Chainsaw Awards.

Don’t Breathe did left room for a sequel and given the potential for success, a second installment is inevitable. Now that Lang is onboard, we won’t have to wait long for Don’t Breathe 2.

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New Footage Reveals Harley In Roller Derby Costume

by Kaylen Summers

DC’s Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) is tuning up to be a flick worth waiting for. Though a full trailer for the next year’s movie is yet to arrive, the filmmakers have spared no time in teasing us with sneak-peaks here and there. From a short Comic-con footage to a theater-only teaser released alongside IT Chapter Two, the makers are not shy to show off their works whenever they can. The latest addition to this comes from a video from WarnerMedia’s (the parent company of Warner Bros. and DC) YouTube page.

The new footage gives us a glimpse of Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn at a roller derby.

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You can watch the full video below:

It may be the last place you will expect a new look for the movie, but we are so awestruck with Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn that we’ll take whatever we can get. The short portion shows Birds of Prey director Cathy Yan working with actress Margot Robbie in full roller derby costume.

With her pigtails going through her helmet and a great roller derby outfit, the scene will surely have some of the fun and heart of Whip It combined with the ridiculousness of Rollerball.

Lately, Actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead remarked that the film will be really weird when compared with other comic book movies. The first poster released supports this description to the most as well.

With the tone of the movie already made familiar with the audiences, Birds of Prey is expected to have fair reception when it arrives in theaters on February 7.

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Frozen 2 (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Sequel to Frozen (2013), Frozen 2 takes place three years after the events of the first film. Elsa and her sister embark on a new journey beyond their homeland of Arendelle in order to discover the origin of Elsa’s magic powers and save their kingdom. They are joined by Kristoff, Olaf, and Sven.

Release Date: November, 2019

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Zombieland: Double Tap is R-Rated. Here is Why!

by Emily Keen

Zombieland: Double Tap is releasing a decade after its first installment and word is out that it will be R-rated. The Motion Picture Association of America has officially set boundaries which only adults can cross. Children below the age of 17 will need to be accompanied by an adult.

The zombieland sequel apparently contains a lot more gore and violence and to top that, some drug abuse and sexual content as well.

A zombie romp is naturally expected to have a lot of violence and blood in the frame. And the added dose of drugs and explicit content got the movie an R-rating as per the report given out by Film Ratings.

For those of you looking forward to a brutal crusade Zombieland: Double Tap sounds just about right! The first installment with a PG-13 rating was a howling success. And now with the sequel stamped R, the franchise only assures to keep up with the intensity of viciousness. Good thing they did not crank down the element of gore to extend its reach. How can they possibly take away the mojo?

The sequel was in talks soon after the release of the first movie. But it took almost a decade to materialize. Ruben Fleischer resumed his position as a director owing to which he had to take a rain check on Venom 2. The project was finally handed over to Andy Serkis for. Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick returned as scriptwriters and were supported by David Callaham.

Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Woody Harrelson, and Abigail Breslin will reprise their roles on screen. 10 years is quite a gap but seems like the cast gets along just fine. We hope that reflects in their onscreen chemistry. And lest we forget to mention, Bill Murray will be back in action in the Double Tap along with Dan Aykroyd. Zoey Deutch, Thomas Middledtch, Luke Wilson, Rosario Dawson, and Avan Jogia are some of the latest additions to the crew.

The movie will hit the screens on October 18. so get ready for a cold and crude zombie adventure.

 

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9 Upcoming Netflix Movies that are Worth Watching

by Emily Keen

Netflix has an interesting lot of cinema coming up in the days ahead. Here is a sneak peek into few of the must-watch upcoming features you definitely don’t want to miss. Have a look.

 

  1. Between Two Ferns: The Movie

An ill-tempered Zach G is defamed when Will Farrel projects a clip of his celebrity interview TV show as a laughing stock on Funny or Die. Zach decides to redeem himself and hits the road to shoot more high profile interviews with Hollywood stars. Directed by Scott Aukerman, the movie bifurcates from the genre of mainstream comedies with a special touch of Galifianakis comedy. Between Two Ferns is originally a web talk show of similar nature as shown in the movie. Galifianakis has famous guests from various sectors and asks insulting questions to the interviewees who return the gesture in their responses.

Release Date: September 20

 

        2. In the Shadow of the Moon

A mysterious serial killer resurfaces every nine years and a Philadelphia police officer, Thomas Lockhart (Boyd Holbrook) is downright determined to find him. But the case facts fall beyond the confines of science and Lockhart is pushed over the edge by the obsession. The psychological thriller is directed by Jim Mickle and also stars Michael C. Hall and Cleopatra Coleman in very important roles.

Release Date: September 27

 

  1. El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie

El Camino picks up where the hit AMC TV series Breaking Bad left off in its last season. The TV series revolves around Walter White a chemistry professor with terminal lung cancer, who gets involved in a local drug trade to pay off his debts along with his student Jesse Pinkman. In the climax of the last season, Jesse makes a run from the captivity of neo-nazis who want him to formulate meth. The plot of El Camino builds up with Jesse coming to terms with his past and make choices for building a decent future for himself.

Release Date: October 11

 

  1. The King 

Roughly drawing inspiration from Shakespeare’s Henriad, The King is a period drama. A headstrong prince inherits the throne upon the death of his father and must take charge of an ongoing war and chaos threatening the kingdom. The King stars Timothee Chalamet, Joel Edgerton and Robert Pattinson in important roles.

Release Date: November 1

 

  1. The Laundromat

Meryl Streep’s pleasant vacation unexpectedly turns into a quest to unravel an insurance scam. As more layers start coming off she learns of the involvement of Panama City law firm and their efforts directed towards nourishing the wealth of their rich clients. The founding partners (played by Gary Oldman and Antonio Banderas) through their incessant charm and expertise in shell companies and offshore accounts help the rich grow more wealth. Ellen Martin (Meryl Streep) being a commoner naturally bears the brunt of tax evasion, bribery and other such treachery lurking in the financial framework of the world.

Release Date: October 18

 

  1. Dolemite Is My Name

Post numerous failed stand up gigs an epiphany changes Rudy Moore’s life as an artist. He assumes a new stage identity borrowed from the legends of Los Angeles streets- Dolomite. Bizarrely written scripts full of obscene legends and a pimpish outfit to go with it makes him a sensation in the world of comedy. But now he wants more than that. His dream now takes the shape of a movie about Blaxploitation. Through countless hurdles and challenges from rivals, the movie is finally materialized and turns out to be a smashing hit at the box office.

Release Date: October 25

 

  1. American Son

American Son is a drama following a mysterious disappearance of the Kendra Ellis-Connor’s son (Jamal). Estranged from her husband, a single mother Kendra rushes to the police to report the absence of her son. But in the light of timeframes governing the reporting of missing cases and typical patterns exhibited by youth behavior, the police officer refuses to dive in to investigate the case right away. Kendra’s husband, an FBI agent finally shows up and adds to her already miserable situation with misdirected emotions and futile arguments. The investigative feature seasoned with race politics is based on a Broadway play of the same name.

Release Date: November 1

 

  1. The Forest of Love

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Director Sion Sono builds another of his typical scripts around a cold-hearted protagonist. The story explores the depth of darkness in the human mind. Jo Murata with his manipulative charisma convinces a group of filmmakers that his patchy relationship would form a good arc for their film. As the journey of filmmaking begins, it becomes hard to tell reality from lies. Gruesome and equally shocking acts follow as the limits of humanity are tested.

Release Date: October 11

 

  1. The Two Popes

Set in the backdrop of the Vatican city, the movie explores the events from the life of Pope Benedict and his unusual retirement in the vein of light-hearted humor. The movie though based on the critical event in the history of Papal supremacy maintains a breezy tone giving the viewers a glimpse into the personal conversations that happened between Pope Benedict (played by Anthony Hopkins) and Cardinal Bergoglio (played by Johnathan Pryce). Directed by Fernando Meirelles with Anthony McCarten as a screenwriter, The Two Popes comes across as a bold attempt to deconstruct the life of a Vatican supreme beyond what the world can see.

Release Date: December 20

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Real Reason Why Jojo Rabbit Director Taika Waititi Decided To Play Hitler

by Kaylen Summers

Fans of Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok will not have trouble recognizing director Taika Waititi. The maker of best Thor movie so far is coming back again, but this time with his new comedy-drama Jojo Rabbit. Teaming up with Fox Searchlight, the comedy is set in Nazi Germany and playing the role of an imaginary Adolf Hitler will be the director himself.

In a recent interview at the Toronto International Film Festival, Waititi opened up about donning the infamous mustache. The director confessed that he was feeling “very nervous” about playing the Nazi dictator on screen.

“It wasn’t my intention at all writing the script and it was actually something Fox Searchlight encouraged me to do. They encouraged me to play the role and I felt very nervous about that. But then I thought, ‘you know what? Once in a generation, an actor comes along who sort of changes the game…”

When asked about the hardest part in playing Hitler, Waititi replied: “Just that he’s so ugly.” If you think that he is referring to the Nazi leader’s internal ugliness, then you are wrong. It turns out that Waititi had to shave his real mustache to wear a fake version of Hitler’s distinctive facial hair.

“I didn’t feel comfortable growing one and walking around town on my days off.”

You can’t blame him for that. The young actor Roman Griffin Davis who played the titular Jojo Rabbit was startled to see his director and co-star dressed as Hitler for the first time.

“The first time I saw Taika in costume, I cried. He didn’t do anything, I just cried. It was a shocking thing,” the actor explained.

Initially, the movie received a mixed reaction with a less-than-desirable 62% on Rotten Tomatoes. However, with more reviews, the rating soon increased to a more favorable 73%.

Bringing in his signature style of humor and pathos, the director’s Jojo Rabbit is a World War II satire that follows a lonely German boy, Jojo(Roman Griffin Davis). His world views are turned upside down when he discovers his single mother (Scarlett Johansson) is hiding a young girl (Thomasin McKenzie) in her attic. With only his thick-witted imaginary friend, Adolf Hitler (Taika Waititi) to guide him, Jojo must find ways to confront his naive patriotism.”

Waititi is not new to dressing up as odd characters. Over the years we have seen Waititi appear on the screen as a vampire, a giant, and even a friendly rock monster. There are also rumors that he will be appearing in some semblance of costume for the upcoming James Gunn Suicide Squad movie.

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Goldfinch Falls at the First Hurdle

by Emily Keen

Time is hard for Dramas and Goldfinch figures have proved it. Where Jennifer Lopez’s thriller romp Hustlers swept a clean victory in its opening week, Goldfinch had the worst recorded opening numbers. The movie had a wide release across 2,542 screens. As per Box Office Mojo, the movie had the sixth worst opening for a debuting movie on almost over 2500 screens. It grossed at a weekend estimate of $2,640,000.

Dramas do find it hard to soar even with an impressive cast ensemble like Nicole Kidman, Sarah Paulson, Finn Wolfhard, Ansel Elgort and Jeffrey Wright. An R rated one for that matter! The feature and could not impress the audience and hence lost the last ray of hope too- Verbal advocates!

Goldfinch is a feature adaptation of a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Donna Tartt. The movie opened at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival days before its theatrical run. It could not impress the folks there either.

Goldfinch directed by John Crowley and written by Peter Straughan follows the life of a boy who loses his mother and how that shapes his life as an adult. The script swings across different timelines showcasing events from growing years of the protagonist’s life. It is intense and 150 minutes long. It at least needs a gripping plot to glue the minds swayed by the fad of event movies. It lacked the major element that is needed to survive in the theatrical marketplace of times.

The film has earned a 25% rating on the tomatometer from critics and a 74% fresh rating from only 674 users. It is not a shock since very few people show up at multiplexes intending to witness a soulful drama.

This is a third Warner Bros. of the month movie which saw a straight-up flatliner in the opening weekend. The movie has an IMDb average of 6.3 out of 10.

Goldfinch was set to make an opening figure of $5M-$8M. But the predictions dropped to a shocking $3M since it mostly ran for empty theatres.   It stood at #8 on the September 13-15 weekend box office chart. Amazon streaming is the only option the movie is left with to redeem itself.

It comes with a serious lesson for art-house dramas too. A festival opening might not be the best way to hype up a literary feature adaptation. Although many would argue, the deviation from the arcs of novel and poor handling of script caused it to crash hard.

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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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Black Christmas (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Black Christmas (2019) tells the horrifying story of how the sorority girls of  Hawthorne College are being killed by a stalker during the holiday season. However, the killer soon realizes that this generation’s women aren’t going to be just hapless victims. They are will be fighting back.

Releasing Date: 13 December 2019

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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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Prey (2019) Trailer

by Emily Keen

Prey (from Hyde Park Entertainment, ImageNation, and Blumhouse Productions) is a terrifying thriller which follows two youngsters trying to escape the wrath of a mysterious force that lurks deep in the jungle. The movie features Logan Miller, Kristine Froseth in the lead roles.

Release Date: 27 September 2019

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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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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.

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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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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. .”

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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Bombshell (2019) Trailer

by Emily Keen

Bombshell follows the lives of three women who bring down Fox News Channel boss, Roger Ailes. The movie stars Margo Robbie, Charlize Theron and Nicole Kidman in the lead roles and is directed by Jay Roach.

Release Date: December 2019

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Corporate Animals (2019) Trailer

by Emily Keen

 

A tale of a corporate team-building trip gone wrong starring Demi Moore as a megalomaniac CEO, Corporate Animals builds up as a catastrophe strikes the people aboard. Now bonding is not a choice but more of a distraction they all need.

Release Date: 20 September 2019

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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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The Opening Weekend for Gemini Man Looks Tough

by Emily Keen

Will Smith’s Gemini Man is set to release in October 2019 and ‘Box office Pro’ has predicted its numbers for the opening weekend. The Sci-Fi thriller brings in a unique concept to the genre with Ang Lee calling Action!

The script sees Will Smith as an executioner wanting to give away his career as a killer and stumbling upon a clone of his younger self. The young doppelganger is blessed with a potentially toxic ability to predict his thoughts and actions.

Though the doubled up Smith factor looks like a selling point it may not turn out to be one of Will’s career highlights. Per ‘Box Office Pro’ the opening weekend will bring in between $25-30 million. That makes it join the pack of other moderate hits that Smith has had like Bad Boys II, Hitch, and I, Robot.

What does not really look in its favor is the time of its release. The movie releases one week after DC’s Joker. If the Joaquin Phoenix starrer works up its magic over mature audiences it could be bad news for Gemini Man.

Squaring off directly against Gemini Man in the same weekend is the animated feature The Addams Family. The film is expected to open somewhere in between $16-$21 million and is meant for a younger audience. Yes! It does not sound like much of a competition for a Will Smith fan-base, fascinated by movies like I Am Legend and Enemy of the State.

Another reason is the idea of the plot being drawn in from the trailers. Visually the pic draws in vibes similar to Looper and other movies in the “man vs self” genre. This could act against its success in the initial phase of release. Word of mouth could save some losses if the script out-does the impact of the movies it is being judged against.

Aladdin proved to be the highest point of Will Smith’s career. The movie came out in a time when it seemed like his presence was not enough to get an audience pouring in. Although Aladdin was more of a brand success, Smith’s portrayal of Genie was acclaimed by the audiences at large.

Speaking of Gemini Man, the nerdy buffs do have more to look forward to than just the faces and story. The surreal moment of having a de-aged Smith head-to-head his older self is a technological marvel to watch out for. And just like Ang Lee’s last venture Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, this film has a frame rate of 120 FPS. Not much of attention magnet, the format had invited concerns of diminishing cinematic experience owing to overtly realistic visuals.

Gemini Man is set for release on October 11. It is definitely untimely to predict its success rate without watching what it has in store. The audience’s perception without a doubt remains a major factor in powering up its numbers.

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Marriage Story (2019) Trailer

by Emily Keen

Marriage Story is a comedy-drama feature directed by Noah Baumbach and starring Adam Driver, Scarlet Johansson, Ray Liotta, Alan Alda, Laura Dern, Merritt Wever, and Azhy Robertson. The story revolves around a couple – a stage director and his actor wife, who go through a crippling divorce that pushes them to the extremity in personal and professional lives.

Releasing Date: 29 August 2019

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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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Underwater (2019) Trailer

by Emily Keen

Underwater follows an account of a crew of underwater researchers who come face to face with an underwater calamity and must then find their way to safety from their wrecked subterranean laboratory. Starring Kristen Stewart, T.J. Miller, Vincent Cassel, and John Gallagher Jr., the film is directed by William Eubank.

Releasing Date: 10 January 2020

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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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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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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.

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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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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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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Good Boys (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Good Boys is about 2-year-old Max and his best friends Lucas and Thor. Max is invited to his first kissing party. He turns to his buddies for help. To somehow understand girls, he uses his father’s drone to spy on the teenage girls next door. But loses the drone instead. So, the boys skip school and hatch a plan to retrieve it before Max’s dad can figure out what happened.

Releasing Date: 14 August 2019

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1917 (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

1917 tells the story of two young British soldiers, Schofield (George MacKay) and Blake (Dean-Charles Chapman). During World War I, they are given an impossible mission. They must cross enemy territory and deliver a message that will stop a deadly attack on hundreds of soldiers.

Releasing Date: 25 December 2019

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7 Upcoming Movies That Are Worth Waiting For

by Kaylen Summers

The war between franchise movies and original movies are changing how people watch movies. With the box office being flooded with over-the-top tentpole movies, don’t get the impression that your movie dates are ruined. Thankfully, there are plenty of movies to look forward to. Here are a few of them:

ZOMBIELAND: DOUBLE TAP

Zombieland: Double Tap is the sequel to the 2009 Zombieland. The movie stars Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Abigail Breslin, and Bill Murray all reprising their roles from the first film. They are joined by an additional cast consisting of Rosario Dawson, Zoey Deutch, Luke Wilson, Thomas Middleditch, Avan Jogia, and Dan Aykroyd.

Releasing Date: October 18, 2019

GEMINI MAN

Gemini Man tells the story of Henry Brogan, who is an elite assassin. He becomes the target of a mysterious assassin who can predict his every move. However, he soon realizes that the man who’s trying to kill him is a younger, faster, cloned version of himself.

Releasing Date: 4 October 2019

JOJO RABBIT

Jojo Rabbit is an upcoming dark comedy-drama film written and directed by Taika Waititi. Lonely German boy Jojo “Rabbit” Betzler (Roman Griffin Davis) discovers that his single mother Rosie (Scarlett Johansson) is hiding a young Jewish girl (Thomasin McKenzie) in their attic. Now with the help of his idiotic imaginary friend, Adolf Hitler (Taika Waititi), he must confront his blind nationalism.

Releasing Date: October 18, 2019

21 BRIDGES

21 Bridges tells the story about an expertly trained NYPD detective named Andre Davis (Chadwick Boseman). A gang of cop killers is on the run. In order to defeat them, Andre puts all of New York City on a lockdown. As the night unfolds, he becomes unsure of who to pursue, and who’s in pursuit of him.

Releasing Date: 23 August 2019

ANGEL HAS FALLEN

Angel Has Fallen (2019) tells the story about Secret Service agent Mike Banning. He is accused of a failed assassination attempt on the U.S. President Allan Trumbull. In order to clear his name and find the real threat to the president, Banning escapes from his captors. He soon turns to unlikely allies to help save the country from imminent danger.

Releasing Date: 23 August 2019

JAY AND SILENT BOB REBOOT

Set in the View Askewniverse, Jay And Silent Bob Reboot brings back the Jersey boys- Jay and Silent Bob. They are on a mission to stop a brand new reboot of their old “Bluntman & Chronic Movie” that they hated so much. The movie is a tongue-in-cheek satire that pokes fun at the movie business’s recent re-do obsession.

Releasing Date: 15 October 2019

THE IRISHMAN

The Irishman is the upcoming biographical crime film based on the book I Heard You Paint Houses. The movie focuses on Frank Sheeran, a mob hitman, and World War II vet. He is involved with the Bufalino crime family and plays a key role in the disappearance of labor leader Jimmy Hoffa, his longtime friend.

Releasing Date: September 27, 2019 (NYFF)

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The Lighthouse (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

The Lighthouse is the 2019 black-and-white psychological horror film directed by Robert Eggers. It features Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson as two lighthouse keepers who are faced with loneliness, friendship and their fears. They soon start to lose their sanity and become threatened by their worst nightmares.

Releasing Date: October 18, 2019

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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.

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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:

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The Goldfinch (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Based on the 2013 novel of the same name, The Goldfinch tells the story of Theodore Decker. When he was 13 years old, his mother was killed in a bombing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The tragedy changed the course of his life and led him into the world of art forgery.

Releasing Date: 13 September 2019

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Angel Has Fallen (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Angel Has Fallen (2019) tells the story about Secret Service agent Mike Banning. He is accused of a failed assassination attempt on the U.S. President Allan Trumbull. In order to clear his name and find the real threat to the president, Banning escapes from his captors. He soon turns to unlikely allies to help save the country from imminent danger.

Releasing Date: 23 August 2019

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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.”

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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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Gemini Man (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Gemini Man tells the story of Henry Brogan, who is an elite assassin. He becomes the target of a mysterious assassin who can predict his every move. However, he soon realizes that the man who’s trying to kill him is a younger, faster, cloned version of himself.

Releasing Date: 4 October 2019

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HARRIET (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Harriet tells the story based on the iconic American abolitionist and political activist, Harriet Tubman. The movies tell how she escaped from slavery. She led dangerous missions to liberate hundreds of slaves through the Underground Railroad.

Releasing Date: 1 November 2019

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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.”

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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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Jay And Silent Bob Reboot (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Set in the View Askewniverse, Jay And Silent Bob Reboot brings back the Jersey boys- Jay and Silent Bob. They are on a mission to stop a brand new reboot of their old “Bluntman & Chronic Movie” that they hated so much. The movie is a tongue-in-cheek satire that pokes fun at the movie business’s recent re-do obsession.

Releasing Date: 15 October 2019

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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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Cats (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Cats (2019) is a British-American musical fantasy film based on the musical of the same name. The plot of the movie takes place over the course of a single night. A tribe of cats called the ‘Jellicles’ make what is known as ‘the Jellicle choice’. The choice will decide which cat will ascend to the Heaviside Layer and come back to a new life.

Releasing Date: December 20, 2019

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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.

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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.

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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The Kitchen (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

The Kitchen is a crime- thriller movie based on the Vertigo comic book miniseries of the same name. In the movie, three mobsters are sent to prison by the FBI. Their housewives, however, took over the Irish mafia’s matters into their own hands. They eventually became Hell Kitchen’s most feared mobsters.

Releasing Date: 8 August 2019

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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.

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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].”

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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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The King’s Man (2020) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Directed and produced by Matthew Vaughn, and written by Karl Gajdusek, The King’s Man is a prequel to the Kingsman film series. The plot of the movie takes place during the early-1900s and describes how the spy agency was formed.

Releasing Date: 14 February 2020

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Ode To Joy (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Ode To Joy tells the story a man with narcolepsy is activated when he’s happy. so, he is on the run to find ways to not be happy, even if that includes not falling in love. The movie is a hilarious and touching look at what happens when we stop being afraid and let ourselves truly live.

Releasing Date: Aug 9, 2019

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7 Best Plot Twists Of All Time

by Kaylen Summers

Everyone loves a good plot twist. Surprise endings and crazy plot twists were always an integral part of a great movie. Filmmakers like M. Night Shyamalan has made a career out of plot twists.  In fact, it has now reached a point where whenever a new flick from the director is out, people are just sitting there waiting for the plot twist to happen. However, bringing a good surprise twist to the silver-screen is harder than it looks. We have seen enough plot twists fail and ruin movies many times in the past.  Obviously, that begs the questions of what the best plot twists are. So, we are counting down on the 7 most surprising plot twists of all time.

7. Gone Girl (2014)

Directed by David Fincher and written by Gillian Flynn, this psychological thriller is based on the popular novel of the same name. The movie is filled with plot twists one after the other. After realizing that her husband Nick was cheating on her, Amy planned her disappearance to make it look like Nick killed her. Later, when she decides to return home to Nick, she seduces and then murders an old ex-boyfriend to make it look like he kidnapped her. To make sure that Nick stays with her, she also gets artificially inseminated with Nick’s semen. Darn! That’s too much plot twists in a single film!!

6. The Departed (2006)

 

Blink and you will miss this one. Directed by Martin Scorsese and written by William Monahan, the movie tells the story of Billy Costigan goes undercover within the Irish mob to implicate sadistic boss Frank Costello. Meanwhile, Staff Sergeant Colin Sullivan, a dirty cop secretly doing Costello’s bidding, tries to hunt out the “rat.” However, when Costigan finally takes Sullivan down, he is shot in the head at a blink-of-the-eye moment, leaving the audience in shock.

5. Fight Club (1999)

The movie was not well received at the box office or with critics when it was first released. However, it has since become a cult classic because of its demented plot and a mind-boggling plot twist. The flick is about the unnamed narrator and his new friend, Tyler Durden, creating a “fight club” that turns into a national movement. Later, it was revealed that the narrator was suffering from dissociative identity disorder -he and Tyler Durden are the same person. The movie is directed by David Fincher.

4. Shutter Island (2010)

This Martin Scorsese 2010 neo-noir psychological thriller film had a truly memorable plot twist at it’s ending. The plot of the movie revolves around a US Marshal named Teddy Daniels who attempts to track down an escaped mental patient, Rachel Solando. But, later it turns out that Daniels is actually Andrew Laeddis. He was detained at the mental hospital for murdering his wife (Rachel) after she killed their three children. The whole search for Rachel is a mere “game” devised to shake him from his insanity.

3. The Prestige (2006)

Christopher Nolan never seizes to surprise us with his truly one of a kind storytelling skills. But, his The Prestige had more than just skillful movie making. The plot twist of the movie as mesmerizing as the prestige of a magic show. Robert Angier and Alfred Borden are rival magicians attempting to outdo one another in a quest for the perfect illusion. The movie reveals in the end that was actually two people—twins, to be exact. This helped him pull off so many of his tricks. Meanwhile, Angier copied his tricks by cloning himself with the help of Nikola Tesla and killing his clones after each trick.

2. The Sixth Sense (1999)

M. Night Shyamalan is the king when it comes to plot twist and it all began with his debut feature film, The Sixth Sense. The protagonist of the movie, Dr. Malcolm Crowe,  is a child psychologist. After a home invasion, he returns to work by attempting to help a young boy who sees the dead. However, he along with the audience realizes that he too is dead.  The film established Shyamalan as a writer and director and introduced the cinema public to his affinity for surprise endings.

1. The Usual Suspects (1995)

No list about plot twists will be complete without mentioning The Usual Suspects. This 1995 neo-noir mystery film was directed by Bryan Singer and follows the interrogation of Roger “Verbal” Kint, a small-time con man. He tells the interrogator a convoluted story of events about mysterious crime lord known as Keyser Söze. Söze controlled him and his associates during their heist. It is only after the police let Kint go, that they realize he’s actually Söze.

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7 Best Slasher Movies Of All Time

by Kaylen Summers

You can make fun of it all you want, but the truth is that everyone loves a good slasher movie. It has everything that a movie lover whats- dumb teenagers who always take the wrong decisions, a masked psychopath, lots of blood, violence, and nudity. Okay, maybe it doesn’t have all the things that a moviegoer wants. But still, these movies can really get you ‘hooked’. With that in mind, we like to share with you seven of the best teen slasher movies around.

7. Scream (1996)

Director: Wes Craven
Stars: Neve Campbell, David Arquette, Courteney Cox, Rose McGowan, Matthew Lillard, Skeet Ulrich, Jamie Kennedy, Drew Barrymore, Henry Winkler

For many reasons, this slasher film is beloved to fans. The movie literally took the template of then-dead genre and made it into a cult-following blockbuster. The flick unleashed a masked killer onto a band of unsuspecting youngsters, and the best part is that they all know how slasher movies work. These teases made the movie more relatable and gave audiences a memorable movie experience- though we cannot say the same for the movies that came later in the Scream franchise.

6. Deep Red (1975)

Director: Dario Argento
Stars: David Hemmings, Daria Nicolodi, Macha Meril, Clara Calamai, Gabriele Lavia, Eros Pagni, Giuliana Calandra

Originally titled as Profondo Rosso, the flick can be considered as the pinnacle of Italian Giallo films, a sub-genre of the slasher films. The movie marvels in its technical elements, death scenes, and all-encompassing greatness. The plot follows a pianist who witnesses the death of a psychic through an apartment window and then teams up with a reporter to solve the crime.

5. Alice, Sweet Alice (1976)

Director: Alfred Sole
Stars: Linda Miller, Brooke Shields, Niles McMaster, Alphonso DeNoble, Gary Allen, Lillian Roth

Directed by Alfred Sole,  Alice, Sweet Alice is surely the creepiest movie in this list. Set in the 1960s, the film breaks many taboos including killing a 9-year-old child and then setting the girl’s 12-year-old sister Alice as the prime suspect. The movie is a prolonged psychological game of whether Alice is the one behind all this or not.

4. Peeping Tom (1960)

Director: Michael Powell
Stars: Carl Boehm, Moira Shearer, Anna Massey, Maxine Audley, Pamela Green, Brenda Bruce, Miles Malleson

The movie follows an aspiring filmmaker who murders young women, trying to capture their last moments on his camera. The violence, sexual content, and voyeuristic themes in the movie were too much for the audience of that time to handle. In fact, the film’s reviews were so harsh that the director Michael Powell didn’t direct another film. However, the flick developed its own cult following and critical appraisal decades later.

3. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

Director: Wes Craven
Stars: Heather Langenkamp, Robert Englund, Johnny Depp, John Saxon, Ronee Blakley, Amanda Wyss, Jsu Garcia

For many reasons, Freddy Krueger is the most iconic slasher movie character ever. Played by Robert Englund, the child molester turned knife-glove-wearing dreamland serial killer revived interest back to the genre with the introduction a key new element: the supernatural. Wes Craven’s A Nightmare on Elm Street is truly one of the most successful slasher film franchises of all time.

2. Black Christmas (1974)

Director: Bob Clark
Stars: Olivia Hussey, Margot Kidder, Keir Dullea, John Saxon, Marian Waldman, Andrea Martin, Art Hindle

The concept of a killer making threatening phone calls was not something original to Wes Craven’s Scream. This was just the actor paying homage to a much iconic slasher movie, Bob Clark’s Black Christmas. The story follows a group of sorority sisters who receive threatening phone calls during the Christmas season. They are eventually stalked and murdered by a deranged killer.

1. Halloween (1978)

Director: John Carpenter
Stars: Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasance, P.J. Soles, Nancy Kyes, Charles Cypher

Among all the movies in this list, Halloween will be the one with the least bloodshed. The movie revolves around a serial killer Michael Myers who stalks and kills teenage babysitters on Halloween night, fifteen years after he murdered his teenage sister. Though the movie had many sequels and reboots, none came even close to the original 1978 flick.

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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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Christopher Robin Review

by Utkarsh Bansal

Full disclosure: I did not grow up watching or reading about Winnie the Pooh. In fact, my only exposure to Milne’s world so far has been through the 2011 Disney animated movie. Jim Cummings, who was terrific as the voice of Pooh and Tigger in that movie, reprises both roles in Marc Forster’s Christopher Robin. That’s about all the two movies have in common. Just like its titular character, the movie also seems to have lost something special, something childlike.
As a child, Christopher Robin used to spend his playtime in the Hundred Acre Wood, with his stuffed toy pals Pooh, Eeyore, Piglet and others. Pooh is a bear who cares only about honey and his friends, Piglet is scared of things, and Eeyore is depressed. Their adventures always involve the animals being silly and getting themselves into trouble, and Christopher saving them. However, as he grows up, supposedly too old to be playing with stuffed animals, he has to say goodbye to his friends. As an adult, played by Ewan McGregor, he loses sight of the things that are important in life, friends, family, fun, and devotes himself to a dull, thankless job. One day, Pooh crosses over from the Wood to the human world, and craziness ensues as the animals try to save Christopher from unhappiness.

The movie, while pleasant, falls short of the potential of that premise. Mark Osborne’s The Little Prince is another movie that dealt with the idea that growing up should not mean we forget what it’s like to be a child, and why happiness matters more than our day-to-day routine. In fact, this is a fairly common theme in children’s movies. This means that in order to be anything more than just pleasant, the film must either put a new spin on it or simply cover its lack of originality up with charm and manic energy.

Christopher Robin, however, is as by-the-numbers as it gets. Mark Gatiss plays the boss who just won’t give Christopher a break. Hayley Atwell plays the wife who just wishes he would be around more. As talented as these actors are, they can’t help their characters rise above the shallow writing, leading to characters as one-dimensional as the stuffed animals. And as adorable as Pooh is, whenever Jim Cummings uses that deep voice of his to deliver what’s supposed to be a wise, philosophical observation, what comes out is trite.

Christopher Robin. (Ewan McGregor) with his long time friend Winnie the Pooh in Disney’s live-action adventure CHRISTOPHER ROBIN.

When the movie works best is when Christopher is having fun with his friends, reconnecting with his fun side. Even that aspect of the movie isn’t perfect, since at times it feels like Forster is more interested in telling us that his characters are having fun than in just letting us live the moment. That said, it is always, at the very least, endearing, in large part due to Ewan McGregor’s performance. He takes a tried-and-tested mold, the adult who has lost touch with his inner child, and infuses it with heart and energy. Because of this, even when Christopher is being his dull self, McGregor has an arresting screen presence, keeping us engaged in his story.

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The 2011 animated Winnie the Pooh is an exuberant celebration of childhood, and stylistically unique. It’s the perfect film to get younger kids hooked on movies. Christopher Robin is a tired, somber return to that world, and while it’s an entertaining ride for both kids and adults, it’s not particularly memorable for either. I recommend watching it, but only if you’re so invested in these characters that your enjoyment of it gets a boost from nostalgia.

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