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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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The Invisible Man (2020) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

The Invisible Man (2020) is the official retelling of the classic horror flick from Universal Studios. A crazed scientist stages his suicide and starts using uses his power of invisibility to stalk and terrorize his ex-girlfriend. Even though she approached the police, no one believes her. Now, it’s up to her to take matters into her own hands and fight back.

Releasing Date: 28 February 2020

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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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7 Disturbing Movies on Netflix You Will Only Watch Once

by Kaylen Summers

Creepy, violent and adrenalizing- yet, good horror flick is adorned by all. However, there are certain movies that push us even further into darker territories. These disturbing tales may raise your eyebrows at first. But somehow, they are strangely entertaining.

If you’re in the mood for these particular thrills, then let’s get started on 7 of the most disturbing movies on Netflix that you will only dare to watch once.

1. The Witch (2015)

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You’ll either enjoy this one or hate it. Set in the 1630s, The Witch talks about an outcast Puritan family troubled by paranormal activity. If you are willing to give in to the movie’s deliberate pacing, then you are in for some unbearable sense of dread. (Plus, you’ll surely not be looking at goats the same way again!)

2. Train To Busan (2016)

🍅93% ⌛1h 58m

Fan of gruesome zombie movies?! Then, here is something for you. Train To Busan takes place in a post-apocalyptic South Korea occupied by zombies. In order to reach one of the few territories not affected, a workaholic father and his daughter are on-board a train. However, the journey is not going to be an easy one, as they’ll have to survive the infected passengers, who are looking to munch on their brains.

3. The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016)

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This is one B-movie that is sure to give the creeps. A small-town coroner and his son are performing a routine autopsy on an unidentified female body. However, things take a spooky turn once the examination begins. It seems like the corpse has a series of increasingly disturbing secrets to reveal. But, can you handle it?!

4. Gerald’s Game (2017)

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Gerald’s Game is very simple in its premise. When her husband’s sex game goes wrong, Jessie is left handcuffed to a bed in a remote lake house. Tapping on the basic fears in oneself, this psychological horror movie is about how far a person will go to stay alive.

5. The Babysitter (2017)

🍅69% ⌛1h 25m

Since its release in 2017, this horror-comedy has grown its own cult following. The movie has become extremely popular for its disturbing (yet, oddly entertaining) plot. The team behind the movie is even working on a sequel. Deeply stupid most of the time, it is the movie’s sense of finding humor that takes it to the next level.

6. Calibre (2018)

🍅94% ⌛1h 25m

This isn’t really a horror film. But, there are enough disturbing scenes in this movie to make it one. The movie is a pretty terrifying thriller that sets off when one of the protagonists accidentally shoots a child. In their desperate attempt to hide their crimes, things go downhill fast.

7. The Perfection (2019)

🍅73% ⌛1h 30m

Try watching the trailer for this movie and figure out what it is all about. No clue, right?! It’s better that way. Don’t let anyone else spoil it for you. Because you really need to see this to understand how twisted this tale can be. This is one movie that has literally earned its place on this list.

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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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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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NEW UPDATE: Here Is What Rami Malek’s James Bond Supervillain Will Be Like.

by Kaylen Summers

It wasn’t long since the makers of James Bond 25 officially announced the title of the movie as ‘No Time To Die’. Other than this and the confirmation that Rami Malek will be playing the villain for the movie, nothing much about the movie has been revealed.

Now, we are getting new details about the supervillain who is all set to give Bond a run for his money. It was producer Barbara Broccoli, who shed some light into the upcoming finale to Daniel Craig’s tenure as 007.

The movie will see Oscar-winner Rami Malek play the villainous character named Safin. Malek got his first Oscar nomination and win for playing Freddie Mercury in the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody. The actor is currently appearing in Mr. Robot Season 4. According to what has been revealed in the official synopsis, Safin is a “mysterious villain”, who’s armed with dangerous new technology. Talking about the details revealed in a recent preview of 2020 movies, Barbara Broccoli described Safin as follows.

“We’ve thrown the book at him on this one. He is really the supervillain. He’s the one that really gets under Bond’s skin. He’s a nasty piece of work.”

Bond movies are known for their great villains. However, Daniel Craig’s Bond movies so far had a mixed bag when it comes to villains. Considering that the actor gave us one of the greatest Bonds in the movie history, it’s fair to say that Craig certainly deserves a good villain to face off against in his last mission as 007.

Previous Bond villains for Craig include Mads Mikkelsen as Le Chiffre in Casino Royale, Javier Bardem’s Silva in Skyfall and most recently, Christoph Waltz appearing as the iconic Blofeld in Spectre. Yet, these characters somehow failed to bring out the best antagonist for the superspy. Will Malek be able to pull it off, where other great performers have failed?

Meanwhile, there are rumors that Bond 25’s villain would be blind. Though that would be an interesting twist, the possibility of making this work out in a highly action-packed Bond movie will surely be a challenge for the makers (if the rumors are correct).

No Time to Die is slated to hit theaters on April 8, 2020. this means that we could be seeing a trailer for the movie anytime soon.

Check out our website regularly for more details and trailers about the movie before anyone else.

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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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The Grudge (2020) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

A young mother kills her family in their own house. The Grudge (2020) tells how a single mother and a detective tries to solve a murder case. However, in the process, they soon realize that the house is cursed. Anyone who enters the house is doomed to die a violent death by a vengeful ghost.

Releasing Date: 2 January 2020

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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.

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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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Antlers (2020) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Antlers (2020) is an upcoming supernatural horror film. It tells the tale of a small-town Oregon teacher and her brother, the local sheriff. They come across a young student in her school who harbours a dangerous secret. This eventually leads them to some frightening consequences.

Releasing Date: April 17, 2020

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6 Reasons Why You’ll Always Love Watching ‘Jurassic Park’

by Kaylen Summers

Franchise after franchise, Hollywood has now become an exhausting  “theme park” of overused CGI and over-the-top action sequences. But before all this, there was a time when we had movies that presented good narratives and just the right amount CGI to back it up. Among such movies, Jurassic Park deserves special recognition for setting up the landscape for all the visual effects we have today.

Released over 25 years ago,  Jurassic Park is still worthy of being mentioned as a milestone in the history of world cinema. The movie became the highest-grossing film of all time when it debuted in 1993. The iconic blockbuster from Steven Spielberg is a seamless blend of practical effects, animatronics, and CGI. It is this effective method of film making that makes this work of art truly unique and transcend across time.

But is it all just that?! What makes this movie so memorable?! No movie has ever made such an effect on audiences the way Jurassic Park has. Not even its squeals and the squeal-franchise (Jurassic World series) after that.

So, we have decided to take a deep dive to find some of the reasons why everyone will always love watching Jurassic Park.

1. Fills You With Nostalgia

Just to clear the confusion. We’re not talking about the ’90s vibe. We are talking more specifically about how this movie seems to get incorporated with our memories each time we see it. By this time everyone has already seen this movie a billion times. But, the real magic is how this movie lies so close to the memories we made while watching it each time. Yes! Movies like Harry Potter and Toy Story does leave us with some lasting impressions. But, none will ever give that warm fuzzy feeling inside like this one.

2. Effects Still Hold Up

Enough with the emotional side. Now let’s talk about the technical bits. We all know how clumsy and outdated the visual effects from the ’90s can be. Computer-generated graphics was still at its infant stage. But, that didn’t stop movie-makers from experimenting with it whenever possible. But, only a few of them had the foresight to present it for the future. Director Steven Spielberg was one such visionary. Even after decades from its making, Jurrasic Park still holds up in terms of effects. Skillfully mixing CGI and animatronic puppets, the film looks far more technologically-advanced and realistic than any recent blockbusters.

3. Strong Female Characters

Long before Hollywood studios were eager to inject feminist ideologies into their movies, Jurassic Park had better realized, strong female characters. There were no damsels in distress, but only characters like Dr. Ellie Satler kicking ass and teenager Lex Murphy saving the day, by herself, by getting the park’s security system back online. Ironically, the franchise failed to follow on these strong representations in its later movies. (Yes! We are definitely talking about the high heels in Jurassic World.)

4. Not All Blockbusters Suck

We currently live in an era where Hollywood movies are just two-hour, CGI-filled explosion factories that eschew the actual narrative in favor of spectacles. Though studios are doing this to maximize their profits overseas, we believe that good content always sells and all you need is just the right amount of CGI to support it (if necessary). Good cinema used to be about good narratives and Jurassic Park is the perfect pick to prove it. The movie has numerous spectacles. But none are incoherent, noise-filled or fast-moving metal-smashing garbage. This keeps the movie more realistic and conjures a graceful suspension of disbelief.

5. Spielberg And Williams At Their Best

Director Steven Spielberg and composer John Williams have a perfect track record of making the best happen whenever they team up. The iconic theme songs from Jaws, E.T and Indiana Jones are exceptional outcomes of this partnership. Yet, no one will argue that their work for Jurassic Park is the best of them all. It is pure harmony between Spielberg’s frames and Williams music that help deliver a few of the biggest movie thrills of all time. Williams, we love you for the Star Wars theme. But, this one is magic.

6. Dinosaurs!

The good ones should be saved for the last right?! Jurassic World won’t be complete without its soul, the dinosaurs. From mesmerizing us with its spectacular beauty to terrifying us to the edge of our seats, the dinosaurs are the one true element in the movie that we will never grow tired of.

It’s fair to say that no movie ever made has given as great movie spectacles like raptors stalking the kids in a kitchen or the T-Rex chases a Jeep and being “closer than he appears” in the side mirror. And for that, we will keep watching this movie wonder again and again.

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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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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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Bloodshot (2020) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Bloodshot (2020) is the upcoming movie based on the comics from Valiant comics. Ray Garrison is a marine who got murdered along with his wife. However, he was resurrected by a team of scientists with the help of nanotechnology. With the nanobots in his bloodstream, he becomes a superhuman, biotech killing machine – Bloodshot.

Releasing Date:  21 February 2020

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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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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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Here Is What Former ‘Catwomen’ Think Of Zoe Kravitz’s Casting

by Kaylen Summers

It’s official! Zoe Kravitz will be putting on her ‘cat costume’ for Matt Reeves’ upcoming Batman movie. The actress will be playing the coveted role of Selina Kyle against Robert Pattinson’s cape crusader this time.

Zoe Kravitz made her acting debut in the 2007 film No Reservations. However, her breakthrough role came from another superhero movie- X-Men: First Class (2011). The actress went on to give memorable performances in movies like Mad Max: Fury Road and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Now, Kravitz is all set to bring the popular comic-book character back onscreen, and she is getting a lot of support, especially from some of the other ladies who’ve previously played Catwoman on the big screen.

The character first made her appearance in comics as ‘The Cat’ in Batman #1 (1940). However, Catwoman was eventually transitioned into an anti-heroine rather than a supervillainess of Batman.

When the casting for the character began many actresses were rumored to play the role. It was only recently that Kravitz got officially confirmed to play the role and most fans were on board with the idea. Not just the fans, former Catwoman actresses Michelle Pfeiffer, Anne Hathaway, and Halle Berry are now also offering their support to Kravitz as well.

Michelle Pfeiffer welcomed Kravitz into the clowder while addressing about the casting in the Good Morning America. Pfeiffer who played Selina Kyle in the Tim Burton sequel Batman Returns, even had some “important” advice for the actress: “Make sure, whilst designing the costume, they consider how you’re gonna go to the bathroom.”

On the other hand, Halle Berry who took on the role for the standalone movie Catwoman, praised the casting choice on her Twitter, saying: “Special shout-out to your new Catwoman, the eternally graceful & extremely badass Zoe Kravitz. Keep shining Queen & welcome to the family!”

Anne Hathaway who had the most recent portrayal of the character made her opinion clear in a post on her Instagram account. “The biggest congrats to Zoë Kravitz on landing the role of a lifetime”, says Hathaway. “Well, one life anyway…⁣⁣ Enjoy the ride, Selina,”

The Batman is expected to hit theaters on June 25, 2021. With the casting progressing swiftly, it won’t be long since we see the movie head into production.

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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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Dolittle (2020) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Dolittle (2020) tells the story of Doctor Dolittle, a former doctor who turns to treat animals because of his love for all creatures. Eventually, he soon discovers that he can communicate with the animals. He, thus, embarks on a fantastical adventure.

Releasing Date: 17 January 2020

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These LEAKED IMAGES From James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad Looks Awesome

by Kaylen Summers

Even in its preproduction stage, James Gunn was not shy to show off inside-details and images for his upcoming DC film The Suicide Squad. Now, it looks like some leaked images from the movie set have surfaced online. The new images are giving us a pretty good look at how the heroes will be looking like in the upcoming movie. Though Gunn has been teasing us over the past months, this is the first clear look that we are getting at the new heroes (or villains, to be exact).

The leaked images show some members of the massive cast involved film, including Nathan Fillion, Flula Borg, Pete Davidson, Mayling Ng, and Sean Gunn. There is also Jai Courtney’s Captain Boomerang returning from the last installment and Sean Gunn is seen in a CGI suit. Rumors are suggesting that the actor will be playing Weasel, a costumed villain and enemy to DC’s Firestorm.

We still need to figure out who the rest of them are. But unfortunately, according to the director, many of these characters might not end up having a big role in the movie. In fact, according to Gunn, most of them will not even make it out alive by the end of the movie. But we are sure that in Gunn’s hands each of these characters will have unique and memorable.

However, if you are expecting the new installment to a continuation of the Will Smith starer, then you are wrong. Everything about the new Suicide Squad is brand-new and fans are really excited to see Gunn’s take on the characters. Afterall the guy does have a strong track record at Marvel, in making the blockbusters Guardian of the Galaxy and Guardian of the Galaxy. Vol.2. If the director is able to bring some of the emotional aspects from that franchise over to The Suicide Squad, it will surely be a blockbuster as well.

James Gunn is known for his works at Marvel. He landed on the DC project after being fired from Disney last year. Though he was rehired less than a year later, the director decided to finish off the DC project before going back to the third Guardians movie.

Let us know what you think about the leaked set photos. Here are some of them:

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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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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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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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The Turning (2020) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

The Turning (2020) is an upcoming psychological thriller based on Henry James’s classic 1898 novella The Turn of the Screw. The plot tells the story of a young nanny who is hired to take care of two orphans. However, she soon realizes that their country’s mansion is haunted.

Releasing Date: 24 January 2020

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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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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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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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6 Underground (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

6 Underground (2019) tells the story about 6 billionaires who fake their death. They formed a vigilante squad eventually to take down notorious criminals. Directed by Michael Bay, the film stars Ryan Reynolds, Mélanie Laurent, Dave Franco, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Peyman Maadi, Adria Arjona, Corey Hawkins, and Ben Hardy.

Releasing Date: December 13, 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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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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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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We Finally Know The Secret Behind C-3PO’s Red Eyes

by Emily Keen

Disney is leaving no chance to mess with the minds of Star Wars followers by revealing clips of questionable nature from The Rise of Skywalker. Daisy Ridley’s Rey, wielding a double-bladed red lightsaber has drawn assumptions that she has fraternized with the enemy. And then another speculation of a good character gone dark seeded from the footage of C-3PO flaunting ominous red eyes.

Plausible explanations behind the red oozing out of C-3PO ‘s peekers are that either he has been swayed or that he is probably a sith. But a recent update about a new character helped us connect the dots.

A Droidsmith of diminutive stature with talents of cosmic proportions – Babu Frik!

Here is how Starwars.com stylized the persona and fervors of the new alien:

“The tiny Anzellan droidsmith, first glimpsed in toy form during the Triple Force Friday livestream event, works among the Spice Runners of Kijimi and can reprogram or modify virtually any droid — regardless of the security measures protecting its systems.”

Have a look at the pint-sized droid technician in live-action:

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Now size up and focus on the part that says “can reprogram or modify virtually any droid”.

Babu Frik is clearly the only one with the powers and talent to mess up with the protocol fixated droid created by Annakin Skywalker. That’s all we needed to understand why C-3PO is shooting red daggers in the trailer. Now we are not quite sure, who Babu Frik swears his allegiance to, but guessing from the part that says “Spice Runners of Kimji” it will not be wrong to assume he operates for Resistance.

The very first disclosure about Babu Frik came in September. The classic toy unveiling the furry coated droid master happened at the Triple Force Friday Preview event. Although not much has been revealed about Babu’s role in the franchise sequel. We can’t help but think if it is because he could do something important to the story.

It’s hard to clearly decipher the arcs of the final chapter looking at the skillfully edited trailers. They are only flashing glimpses from the movie without projecting a clear idea of the plot. All we can do is interpret these glimpses to get the bigger picture. However, it’s only fair to maintain the mysterious aura given this is the final chapter of the Skywalker Trilogy.

After all, it’s just a few months ahead of release and fans deserve this period of excitement.

The Rise of Skywalker opens in theatres on December 20, 2019.

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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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Is Mysterio Is STILL ALIVE?! Check Out This Awesome Fan Theory

by Kaylen Summers

We all have seen the fate of Jake Gyllenhaal’s Mysterio in the last Marvel movie, Spiderman: Far From Home. Though the fabulous villain fooled us for a moment with his inter-dimensional back story, all his illusions eventually came to an end. Or did it?!

Now a popular fan theory is suggesting that the character is pretty much alive and well. The theory advocates that it is because of this that Jake Gyllenhaal has refused to answer any questions of a possible return in the future movies.

Though it may sound over-the-top at first, it is possible. Over his long comic-book history, Mysterio is known for pulling out stunts like this and even faking his own death. One of the strongest reasons to believe that he did the same in his movie debut comes from how he got enough time to set up Peter Parker and reveal his true identity publicly. The cliffhanger was perfect in setting up the sequel. However, it does leave behind a major plothole regarding how Mysterio was able to pull off such a great scheme in his last minutes, and that too in a short interval of time.

According to the theory, Mysterio created the video after his battle with Peter Parker and fooling him that he is actually dead. Considering the amount of work that has gone in the mid-credits ‘news video’, it’s safe to assume that this could actually be true. And there is plenty of evidence to prove that too. So, lets put our Sherlock hat on and analyze them one by one.

EVIDENCE #1: Really Bad Timing.

The post-credit news-clip has Parker ordering the drones for execution. Though it was actually meant for disabling all the drones, our evil mastermind tweaked it to look as if spidey is the bad guy. However, in the original course of the movie, this actual scene happens after Mysterio is down struggling for his life. Anyone who does a side-by-side comparison of both scenes can easily understand the change in actors’ positions and timing.

EVIDENCE #2: The Suit.

The news clip shows the Spidey baddie in his suit. But, in the original sequence of the movie, he was just wearing his motion-tracking suit. Yes! Anyone can easily argue that it might be his team doing all the Vfx work. But why should anyone in his team bother to such an extent if there is no one to lead them?! Not to mention how rude Beck was with his teammates.

EVIDENCE #3: Here Is Some Nerdy Science Stuff.

When a person dies or loses consciousness, their pupil muscles become released and they are fully dilated.  But in the scene where we see Mysterio laying motionless, this is never shown as he is both alive & conscious.

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EVIDENCE #4: Who The Hell Would Make  Such A Video When They Hit With Bullets And Dying ?!

(That doesn’t need any explanation!)

But, does this all really mean that Beck faked his own death?! Although it is really fun to think that the fake death is all part of a great contingency plan by Quentin Beck and his team, there is not much official back up to really hold this theory up.

If it did turn out to true, we would be really happy to see Jake Gyllenhaal back onscreen as Mysterio again in any of the future Spiderman films. But, at this point in time, there is no chance of it happening anytime soon.

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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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Wounds (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Wounds (2019) tells a mysterious psychological tale. It all begins when a bartender in New Orleans picks up a phone that he finds at his bar. The content he sees on the phone is so disturbing is psychologically tampered by it. Soon he began to realize several disturbing and inexplicable events are beginning to happen his life and he cannot stop them.

Releasing Date: October 18, 2019

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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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Will This Marvel Star Appear In Kevin Feige’s Star Wars Movie?!

by Kaylen Summers

We have heard about character crossovers and shared universes. But, now it seems like Disney is doing a talent crossover backstage. As it turns out, Marvel’s Kevin Feige is going to develop a Star Wars movie for Disney and rumors say that Captain Marvel star Brie Larson will appear in the leading role.

It was on Wednesday that Feige announced that he will be teaming up with Kathleen Kennedy on a new Star Wars movie. Though Larson has officially not confirmed on any of the rumors, fans have reasons to believe that Feige is eyeing her for a role. Recently, the actress got invited to the opening of Stars Wars Galaxy Edge in Disneyland. Moreover, she also seems to be talking a lot about the franchise lately.

If that doesn’t make you suspicious enough, Feige himself has admitted that there will be a “major actor” appearing for his Star Wars movie. Given that the Marvel movies are chartbusters at the moment, it’s fair to speculate that the director will pull out a top name from his cinematic universe, and chances of it being Captian Marvel is really high. Though her fans of Larson’s are totally on board with the idea, her critics are not happy with it.

After the release of Captain Marvel, Larson became more popular among casual moviegoers. The movie was the 21st entry into the MCU and has Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Dimon Hounsou, Lee Pace, and Lashana Lynch with Larson. Directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, the movie grossed over a billion dollars at the box office and become one of the highest-earning comic book movies of all time.

However, if Feige is thinking to go for another big name who has not yet to appear in the MCU, then fans are cheering John Wick star Keanu Reeves. Only time will tell whether Fiegie will make the right decision in casting and work his magic again on another franchise. Tell then, all we can do is keep our fingers crossed and wait.

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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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Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Terminator Dark Fate (2019) follows the story of the franchise 27 years after the events of Terminator 2: Judgment Day. In order to terminate Dani Ramos and hybrid cyborg human protector, a new modified liquid metal Terminator is sent from the future by Skynet. However, as going gets tough, Sarah Connor comes to their aid, as well as the original Terminator.

Releasing Date: November 1, 2019

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Spies In Disguise(2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Spies in Disguise animated spy, comedy film which revolves around the characters of super-spy Lance Sterling and scientist Walter Beckett. Walter invents the super-cool gadgets that Lance uses in his mission. However, is not as social as Lance. When events take an unexpected turn, Walter and Lance suddenly have to rely on each other in a whole new way, as Lance must save the world disguised as a pigeon.

Release Date: December 25th

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Here Are Some New Promo Art For New Star Wars Movie

by Kaylen Summers

The promotions for The Rise of Skywalker is underway, as Triple Force Friday is all set to take place next week. However, fans got a surprising tease long before the event itself, with an official look at Rey’s repaired Lightsaber from the upcoming movie.

Though there were a lot of rumors around Rey’s lightsaber, the newly released images give fans something of a confirmed look at what to expect from the upcoming movie. Originally, Luke Skywalker’s Lightsaber was broken by Rey and Kylo Ren during their battle in The Last Jedi. But now, it seems like the blue Lightsaber is returning back to action, with a new band of metal holding the two pieces together.

It was in the Triple Force Friday launch event that the Lightsaber prop was on display, with an official caption: “Re-forged Skywalker Lightsaber.” It is confirmed that The Rise of Skywalker will see “Rey [carring] the Lightsaber once belonging to Anakin and Luke Skywalker, its shattered pieces reunited, as she continues down the Jedi path.”

There were also other treats present- including promotional images from The Rise of Skywalker, a poster which originally got leaked months ago and some previously released art that gives a good look at Kylo Ren’s repaired helmet as well.

Though we need to wait a little longer to see the new Star Wars installment, you can check out the new promo images and the “Re-forged Skywalker Lightsaber” below:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Live-Action Micronauts Movie Finally Gets A Director

by Kaylen Summers

With shared cinematic universes being the new big trend in Hollywood, more and more studios are trying to test their world-building skills for a share of the spotlight. However, when it comes to Paramount studios, things should be a little more desperate. The production house kickstarted the Marvel Cinematic Universe-one of the biggest money-makers in Hollywood now, and sold the rights to Disney. Ever since then, the studio is despairingly trying to build a new cinematic universe and the latest addition to this will be the live-action Micronauts movie.

Decisions on who will helm this new superhero flick has finally reached a conclusion and it was reported that Dean DeBlois, the director of How to Train Your Dragon director will be calling the shots for the upcoming project. DeBlois has been working in the field of animations for many years and this movie will be his first-ever live-action project. Though Micronauts isn’t that much for a fan-puller at the moment, the Academy Award-winning director is hoped to bring an exciting story to the project.

Like many other Hasbro-based flicks, Micronauts also comes from a line of toys that were very popular in the late 1970s. Later, Marvel started releasing licensed comics based on these characters. The comics told the story about a microverse linked together by diverse worlds. A power-mad dictator named Baron Karza kills the royal family and eventually takes control of this world. However, a small group of eclectic characters bands together to form a resistance to stop his evil doings. The Marvel series ended in 1984 and later the property got resurrected by Image Comics, Devil’s Due Publishing and IDW Publishing.

The new movie will be produced by Brian Goldner, Stephen Davis, and Greg Mooradian through Hasbro’s AllSpark Pictures. Dean DeBlois will be writing and directing the flick which is slated for release on June 4, 2021.

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Primal (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Primal (2019) tells the story of a big-game hunter for zoos who has booked passage on a Greek shipping freighter. In the same freighter, there is also a rare white Jaguar from Amazon and other exotic animals. A political assassin being extradited to the U.S in secret escapes on the second day of the journey and releases the captive animals, leading to total chaos on the ship.

Releasing Date: November 8, 2019

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The Jesus Rolls (2020) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Made both as a remake of the 1974 French film Going Places and a spin-off to the 1998 cult film The Big Lebowski, The Jesus Rolls (2019) is a crime comedy flick written, directed, and starred by John Turturro. The movie will see  Turturro reprises his role as Jesus Quintana from The Big Lebowski.

Releasing Date: 2020

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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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The Irishman(2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

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: November 1

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Jurassic World 3 To Bring Back These Stars From The Original Trilogy

by Kaylen Summers

Fans of the original Jurrasic Park trilogy have finally got a good reason to cheer for. Ever since the franchise was soft-rebooted into the Jurassic World trilogy, the movies did nothing much to serve its fans. However, things are surely taking a turn for the better as Universal Pictures is officially bringing back the original Jurassic Park trio- Laura Dern, Sam Neill, and Jeff Goldblum. The move will see the original trilogy linking up with the current sequel trilogy, starring Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard.

But this is not the first time that the franchise tried to establish such connections. In the franchise’s previous installment- Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Goldblum made a brief appearance as the smooth-talking chaotician Dr. Ian Malcolm. Neill and Dern haven’t been seen in these films since 2001’s Jurassic Park III, in which Neill’s Dr. Alan Grant took center stage and Dern’s Dr. Ellie Sattler appeared in a handful of scenes.

Recently, Dern expressed her excitement to return back to the franchise. It was during a fan screening of the newly released Jurassic World short film: Battle at Big Rock that the actress announced her return to the franchise. Dern, Neill, and Goldblum were first seen together in Jurassic Park in 1993. The movie spawned a worldwide franchise over the past 25 years the trio was never seen together in their original roles. With the upcoming installment, it will be fun to watch the new crew and the old crew working together to fight the huge creatures.

Director Colin Trevorrow will be returning to helm threequel, after sitting down the second one. He will also be penning the screenplay with Emily Carmichael (Pacific Rim Uprising, The Black Hole). Steven Spielberg and Trevorrow will also be returning as executive producer of the new film.

Picking up where the last film left off, Jurassic World 3 will see the dinosaurs living among humans. The Battle at Big Rock short gives us a glimpse of the world where dinosaurs are now living in our world. Though it featured a light-hearted approach, the movie will be taking a much serious look at the dire world-threatening situation. It is obvious that Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) and Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) won’t be able to save the world by themselves. So, it makes sense why they would eventually turn to the original Jurassic Park dino crisis team for support.

Jurassic World 3 is expected to hit theaters on June 11, 2021.

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Uncut Gems (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Uncut Gems (2019) tells the story of a jewelry dealer to the rich and famous.  His merchandise is taken from one of his top sellers and girlfriend to pay his debts. Now, he must find a way to turn the merchandise as well as pay off his debts.

Releasing Date: 13 December 2019

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El Camino: The Breaking Bad Movie (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (2019) picks up where the ABC show left off. The movie reunites fans with Jesse Pinkman, who is trying to come to terms with his past in order to forge some kind of future. With the cops still hot on his track, he is left with no one to trust.

Releasing Date: 11 October 2019

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Crystal Skull Writer Returns To Script Indiana Jones 5

by Kaylen Summers

For fans of Indiana Jones, Harrison Ford’s announcement about Indy 5 came with a lot of excitement. The actor even promised that the fifth installment from the franchise would begin production soon. Unfortunately, the whole project was in pre-production far too long as the studio was finding the right person to pen the new adventure. But now it seems like Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull screenwriter David Koepp will be returning back to pen the script for Indiana Jones 5. The writer was previously onboard the same project but was eventually removed.

After his departure, the studio tried many writers including Solo: A Star Wars Story writer Jon Kasdan and Dan Fogelman who wrote This Is Us. But none seem to work and finally, Koepp was brought back to the project. The news was revealed by the writer during a recent interview while promoting his new book ‘Cold Storage’.

“I actually am again.” The writer announced, “I’m working on it again. We’re still trying. And I think we’ve got a good idea this time. We’ll see.”

Koepp has been collaborating with Steven Spielberg several times in the past with movies like Jurassic ParkWar of the Worlds and of course, the much-maligned Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. He is also known for the screenplays of movies like Spider-ManStir of Echoes and The Mummy.

Granted that blockbusters like this often go through a lengthy development process, it is evident that Steven Spielberg and Lucasfilm are having a tough time spinning the right plot for the movie. The movie will probably see Harrison Ford’s final onscreen adventure as the iconic hero, and with David Koepp back on board, we hope that Jones will get the farewell he deserves. But, things can also take a turn to the worse given what happened last time around with the franchise.

Currently slated to release on July 9, 2021, the movie will begin shooting in April 2020. But, till then we will keep you posted with further details.

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First Production Photo Reveals Half of The Suicide Squad Cast Together

by Kaylen Summers

Christmas comes early as fans of the DC’s cinematic universe got a glimpse of what the cast for the upcoming The Suicide Squad movie will look like. A part of the cast involved in the project met with James Gunn over the weekend and the director shared a picture of himself with them. Margot Robbie, who will be reprising the role of Harley Quinn from the first installment was not to be seen in the picture as she is currently working on the reshoots for Birds of Prey.

Familiar faces in the photo include Nathan Fillion (Firefly) alongside David Dastmalchian (Ant-Man), Sean Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy), Flula Borg (Pitch Perfect), Daniela Melchior, Mayling Ng, and Jennifer Holland.

The image also includes a caption from Gunn saying, “Hanging out with part of The Suicide Squad team this weekend. What a great group of people!”

It seems like the director is clearly excited to finally get to work on the movie and as fans, we are also eager to see what Gunn has in store for us with such an extended cast. However, we have to wait till summer 2021 for the movie to finally hit theatres.

It was only a few weeks ago that the full cast of the movie was revealed. The list included stars like Margot Robbie, Jai Courtney, Viola Davis and Joel Kinnaman from the original movie with a lot of new members including Steve Agee, Michael Rooker, Daniela Melchior, Idris Elba, David Dastmalchian, Storm Reid, Flula Borg, Nathan Fillion, Pete Davidson, Taika Waititi, Peter Capaldi and John Cena. Unfortunately, no other details as to who will be playing which character is very much a mystery at this time.

The first installment of Suicide Squad was helmed by David Ayer. The flick turned out to be a critical flop- but was a monster at the box office. Even though a sequel was in the talks right after its release in 2016, it was never completely materialized.

However, in the turn of event that followed James Gunn’s firing from the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 in 2018, DC and Warner Bros. bagged him to direct a sequel. Though Marvel immediately hired him back on board for the final Guardians installment, Gunn decided to with the DC movie first.

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Why Fox Movies Are Continuously Failing After The Merger? Disney CEO Explains

by Kaylen Summers

Walt Disney’s acquisition streak made history earlier this year when it officially took over 20th Century Fox’s assets. The move not only changed the modern-day media landscape, but also how Fox studios was functioning in recent years. While it’s obvious that the studio is experiencing something of a cinematic slump, the fuzz surrounding the topic had to finally settle down with Disney CEO Bob Iger speaking out about it. In a recent interview, Iger revealed the status of the assets before the deal and how Fox’s movies were not making any profit.

He explained: “It wasn’t a slap-down. It was an admission that the movies that they had made failed. And I actually gave then a tremendous amount of cover by saying that when companies are bought, processes and decision making can come to a halt.

“There were problems at that studio well before the deal was announced. But the reason I did not believe that it was something we should be concerned about is. Because it’s a short-term problem. And with the talent that we have at our studio, that are now supervising with some of their executives all the movies that they decide to make and how they are made, I’m convinced that the turnaround can happen. It’s not a snap your fingers, but it’s not 10 years of lost value. It’s a year and a half.”

It was earlier this year that Disney closed the $71.3 billion deal to finally acquire Fox. The Mouse House inevitably took over the majority of the company’s media assets including all of the 20th Century Fox movie studio and popular movie franchises like X-men and Avatar. However, the real problem started when movies that were already completed by Fox prior to the merger got released by Disney. These movies performed worse at the box office and eventually ended up as flops. Ultimately, over an underwhelming quarter, the studio ended up with $170 million in operational losses alone.

It is obvious that with a major merger like this, it takes time to finally get things in place. Fortunately, Bob Iger has no problem taking time and fixing it. And he has every reason to be confident about it too as Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige is already in the works for Fox’s Marvel properties, such as the X-Men and Fantastic Four. Feige is known for creating big returns from often what is called B-class or C-class franchises by turning them into blockbusters. Take the journey from Ironman to Endgame for example.

If Disney can work out similar magic on the rest of Fox’s catalog, then the future will be looking bright for them. But till then it will be more or less a process of rip it up and start again. Only time will prove whether Fox was a good investment for Disney like Marvel, Pixar or Lucasfilm. But, someone like Bob Iger, who has consistently proved he knows what he’s doing, it is just a matter of time till we see the next big blockbuster from Fox. (We are definitely talking about you, Avatar)

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Ford V Ferrari (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Ford V Ferrari (2019) is about American automotive designer Carroll Shelby and fearless British race car driver Ken Miles. Together there are on a battle with corporate interference, the laws of physics and their own egos to build Ford a motor vehicle that can beat Ferrari on the track.

Releasing Date: 15 November 2019

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Fractured (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Fractured (2019) tells the story about a family who is on a road trip when the daughter gets hurt in an accident and rushed to the nearest emergency room. However, things turn spooky as the daughter and the wife goes missing and the hospital shows no record of them ever being there.

Releasing Date: 22 September 2019

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Downton Abbey Beats Rambo & Ad Astra at the Box Office

by Kaylen Summers

The weekend box office saw Downton Abbey easily swooping in and taking the number one spot. The flick is a continuation of the popular TV series of the same name. With much of its original cast returning to appear on the big screen, the movie earned over $31 million and dominated this weekend. The movie also marks the biggest opening of all time for Focus Features.

Here is the trailer for the movie:

The royal period drama was penned by series creator Julian Fellowes and directed by Michael Engler. The cast includes most of the stars from the TV show, like Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern, Michelle Dockery, and Maggie Smith.

The popular British TV show’s big-screen adaptation easily surpassed bigger competitors like Ad Astra and Rambo: Last Blood. Even though Ad Astra has Brad Pitt in the lead role, the movie was only able to perform just above expectations. Making it to the second position, the movie earned $19.2 million over the weekend. But, that’s not the case for the Rambo movie.

It was expected that the movie will be the highest-grossing installment in the franchise. But, the predicted frontrunner fell below expectations and was only able to scrounge up $19 million. The early negative reviews have surely affected its opening weekend performance, including the Rambo creator David Morrell, who remarked that he was “embarrassed” to have his name attached to it. While the numbers can change over the coming weeks, it looks like the war-weary soldier has to settle with the third position for now.

The rest of this weekend’s numbers are the following:

  1. Downton Abbey
  2. Ad Astra
  3. Rambo: Last Blood
  4. IT Chapter Two
  5. Hustlers
  6. The Lion King
  7. Good Boys
  8. Angel Has Fallen
  9. Overcomer
  10. Hobbs & Shaw
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John Wick 3 Becomes Lionsgate’s Best-Selling Home Release In 5 Years

by Kaylen Summers

It seems like the interest in John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum is not going to settle down any time soon. The movie recently got released on home video and has become Lionsgate’s best home release in five years.

Ever since its release in 2014, the action franchise led by Keanu Reeves has created its own fan-base and it seems to be increasing after each new installment. The threequel, which is more critically acclaimed and packed with stunning action sequences, collected over $170 million domestically and $320 million worldwide this summer. That is nearly double of what the prior movie had made.

Recent box office reports show that David Leitch’s Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw will soon crawl past John Wick’s $171 million cume in the domestic box office. However, the third John Wick movie is already a buzzy hit and now has set its sights on the post-theatrical business. The movie has already broken a studio record for the most electronic sell-through titles (EST) in just one week.

Till date, the movie has sold over three million units as DVD, Blu-ray, 4K HD, EST and Video on Demand rentals. It marks Lionsgate’s biggest-selling release in the past five years, since Jennifer Lawrence’s The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I back in August of 2015. However, it is nothing compared to the acclaimed threequel that vastly overperformed in theaters and is now over-performing in-home release as well.

As the interest in the franchise is growing exponentially, Lionsgate is set to develop the John Wick brand further by capitalizing on the opportunity. They are already working on a spinoff TV show based on ‘The Continental’ and the inevitable John Wick: Chapter 4  will be hitting theaters in 2021. Reeves will reprise the role of the assassin, with Chad Stahelski back on director’s chair. In the meantime, fans can to stay to the universe through John Wick 3‘s home release.

It is obvious that the flick will outperform much bigger financial hits like Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 and become one of the studio’s biggest franchises. The third installment is currently the studios’ sixth highest-grossing release of all-time and by far their biggest release of the year. With more to come from the franchise, we will be seeing more records been broken along with bones onscreen.

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Netflix’s Bright 2 gets Delayed

by Kaylen Summers

Blending fantasy and inner-city strife, David Ayer’s Netflix film Bright was fresh, exciting and socially conscious. Though the movie received mixed responses from critics, the casual Netflix viewers saw the film to be solid in conveying its themes and world-building ideas.

The fantasy- crime flick had a heavily-hyped release and was instantly one of Netflix’s most popular movies. The insane number of viewers it pulled in and huge number of positive responses from audiences was enough to encourage Netflix to order a sequel. However, although a second installment was already pretty much guaranteed, it seems like we will have to wait even longer to see the movie go into production.

The reason for this sudden delay in production is primarily due to the schedule of Will Smith. The 2017 Bright was an urban-fantasy movie set in a world where fantasy creatures such as orcs, elves, dwarves, and centaurs live alongside humans. Smith plays the role of a bigoted human police officer who has no other choice but to partner with the first orc to ever wear a badge. The two accidentally find a magic wand and the elf girl who wields it. From there, they are together on a fight to prevent the wand and girl from falling into the hands of a doomsday cult, other criminals and corrupt cops.

Here is the trailer for the first Bright:

The movie was made in a budget of $90,000,000 and was the most expensive original film produced by the streaming platform then. The mashup of genres explored by the flick was welcomed by the audiences with delight and racked up over 11 million views in its first weekend alone. Unfortunately, the critics were unimpressed by the poor worldbuilding efforts and derivative crime plot that got covered up in the superficial fantasy equivalents. The film also failed to properly explore the underlying allegory of racism. This didn’t stop the movie from getting an 84% Rotten Tomatoes score with nearly 20,000 ratings.

With no timetable currently available on the film’s production, exact date to when we will get a sequel is yet to be known.

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Mark Hamill Wants A Child’s Play Sequel After Watching This Video

by Kaylen Summers

Everyone knows that no doll is more terrifying than Chucky. And if you are someone who is suffering from Pediophobia (it means extreme fear of dolls), you definitely don’t want to see the latest Child’s Play reboot.

Voiced by Mark Hamill, the actor best known for playing Luke Skywalker in Star Wars, the movie saw the return of Chucky back to the silver screen. Calling back at the movie, Hamill recently shared on Twitter an adorable video of a dog dressed up as the spooky doll. It is so cute that even folks with Pediophobia will enjoy it.

Showing his approval for the Child’s Play costume, Hamill joked that it was a clever way to bring attention back to the franchise and that was how he wanted the franchise to return. The actor is true! Who doesn’t love a cute doggy video to light up their day?

Based on characters created by Don Mancini, the new Child’s Play was directed by Lars Klevberg and written by Tyler Burton Smith. The film has Aubrey Plaza as Karen, Gabriel Bateman as Andy, and Bryan Tyree Henry as Detective Mike Norris, in addition to the voice of Chucky by Hamill.

Though there is no official confirmation that Hamill’s take on Chucky will continue with a sequel. But, considering the numbers. there is still some hope out there. Released alongside Toy Story 4, Lars Klevberg’s retelling of the horror classic made only $29 million during its box office run. However, it was a good run considering that the movie made on a production budget of $10 million.

Unfortunately, when it comes to big-screen Chucky movies, the 2019 release is on the low end in terms of earnings. Not to mention the middle-of-the-road reviews and a 64% Fresh Rotten Tomatoes score that movie got from critics and fans.

Child’s Play will be available on Blu-ray and DVD from September 24th onwards.

Till then, here is the trailer for Child’s Play:

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Avengers: Endgame Ends It’s Box Office Run

by Kaylen Summers

Disney is surely having a wonderful year as the Mouse House now owns most of the successful franchises in Hollywood. Disney-owned Marvel Studios proved this fact again , as it recently broke some huge box office records with its blockbuster Avengers: Endgame. The movie saw Marvel’s revolutionary approach of cinematic world-building coming to an epic culmination. 

With a total box office time of 20 weeks and 140 days, Avengers: Endgame closed its domestic release on September 12. In this phenomenal period of time, the Russo brothers’ three-hour galactic epic surpassed James Cameron’s Avatar to become the highest-grossing film of all time.

Now, with a massive initial box office presence and a ‘record-breaking’ re-release (literally!), it seems like the movie of the year is finally ready to rest from its box office run.

Cameron’s sci-fi adventure rolled in a $2,789,679,794 worldwide, over a decade ago. However, with a total collection of $2,796,274,401, Endgame finally overtook the throne with grace and style. This is an incredible feat, even though the difference is only about a $6.5 million.

Just below this list is another James Cameron movie Titanic with $2,187,463,944, followed by $2,068,223,624 for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War comes fifth with $2,048,359,754. Movies like Jurassic WorldThe Lion King (2019), and Marvel’s The Avengers are also in the worldwide list occupying the sixth, seventh and eighth position respectively.

With Disney finally deciding to take Endgame out of theaters, it won’t be long before we see the movie running in the home video department. However, the move comes with a price. Though it broke most box office records, it looks like Endgame will have to finally settle for second place in the all-time domestic box office. Apparently, the force is still with Star Wars: The Force Awakens on that one.

Of course, Endgame is just one of the incredibly victorious flicks from for Marvel Studios. After 17 weeks in theaters, Captain Marvel collected $1.128 billion, while Spider-Man: Far From Home brought home another $1.28 billion.

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Sweetheart (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

In The Shadow Of The Moon crime mystery thriller set in the year 1988. The movie is about a police officer who is eager to become a detective. He believes that tracking down a serial killer who resurfaces every nine years will finally get him the position. However, things turn upside down as he soon realizes that the killer’s crimes defy all scientific explanation.

Releasing Date:  21 September 2019

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Fantastic Beasts 3: Eddie Redmayne’s Update Comes as a Relief!

by Emily Keen

Post the not so successful second installment, Warner Bros is definitely not willing to take chances with the third sequel of Fantastic Beasts. And why not? It’s a lore that connects generations and has got to keep up with the reputation. So the initial filming schedule of summer 2019 has been pushed ahead into the summer of 2020 giving J.K. Rowling a fair amount of time to rework the script.

When asked about Fantastic Beasts 3 at the Toronto Film Festival Eddie Redmayne told ET the script is still being worked on. It is appeasing to hear that the makers are not taking the emotions of the cult for granted. The word coming from Newt Scamander himself testifies to the fact that there are efforts made to maneuver the arcs of the script to take the franchise in the right direction.

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling will be planning for five movies of the Franchise. Crimes of Grindelwald script invited a solid criticism from many fans. Executive of Warner Bros., Kevin Tsujihara himself admitted that the sequel was not up to the mark.

He also assured the audience that J.K. Rowling was revising the draft of the upcoming movie.

“The second film didn’t perform as well as the first, but I think we know what we need to do to get the third film hopefully even better than the first one. And J.K. Rowling is really working hard now on that third script, and we’re going to get it right. She has an incredible vision of where she wants to go with this that is incredibly exciting. The hardest part of the franchise is you have such a big core fan base. That fan base really knows the lore and they want to go deep into these characters. But what you don’t want to do is intimidate people. You want to be able to create a stand-alone movie that’s enjoyable for someone who isn’t steeped in the lore.”

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them hit the screens in November 2016 and the second installment opened in November 2018. To keep up with the two-year timeline, the third movie was slated to release in November 2020. But since The Crimes of Grindelwald did not land well, the makers thought it was best to take time and introspect.

Finally, November 12, 2021, was locked in for the release of Fantastic Beasts 3.

The franchise now bears the pressure of redeeming itself. And with a cliffhanger as major as the mysterious Dumbledore family tree, J.K. Rowling has a lot of explanation to do in the third movie. The stakes are high and the job is well, tremendous! It would only be wise to spend time than regret.

 

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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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The Rhythm Section (2020) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

The Rhythm Section (2019) tells the story about Stephanie Patrick whose parents died in a tragic plane crash. Discovering that it was not a accident, she soon assumes the identity of an assassin to find the truth behind it. Pushed into a path of revenge, she is out to get the justice she deserves and nothing seems to stop her.

Releasing Date: January 31, 2020

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6 Must Watch Heist Movies On Netflix Right Now

by Kaylen Summers

When you think about, almost all the Hollywood heist movies have the same, simple yet effective winning formula. There will be a priceless McGuffin, a crack team of smooth criminals and a plan that can’t fail. We all know that something is going to go wrong. Yet, our heroes will always turn things around and win by the end of the day.

But, don’t mistake these movies with the typical crime genre ones. These fun-packed action-adventures are a shout-out-loud to the American dream- work really hard for one night, and set for life.

As much as you love these movies, we also know that you love sitting back on your recliner, munching on some popcorn and watching them on Netflix. So, we have brought the best of both worlds down to you. Here are the must-watch heist movies that you can stream on Netflix right now.

Snatch (2000)

Run Time: 103 min | IMDb: 8.3/10

Made in his iconic film making style, this crime comedy from Guy Ritchie is a fun British jaunt starring Brad Pitt and Jason Statham. While one part of the plot follows the diamond thief Benicio del Toro, the other part is about the small-time boxing promoter played by Statham. del Toro is looking to sell his stolen goods to some double-crossing gangsters. On the other hand, Statham is on the run from a ruthless drug lord who loves to torture.

Son of a Gun (2014)

Run Time: 108 min | IMDb: 6.5/10

A group of inmates is planning on breaking out of prison and pulling off an elaborate gold heist. Starring Ewan McGregor, Brenton Thwaites, and Alicia Vikander star, this Australian crime drama may sound simple on paper. But, hides some awesome plot twists if you stick around enough. Thwaites plays JR who is a young criminal jailed for six months for a minor crime. It is there that he meets Lynch (McGregor) a conman who saves JR’s life. In return, he asks for JR’s help to break out of prison. Though the two eventually partners to sell millions in gold bars, the real story unfolds as JR tries to figure out who he can trust and who’s out to betray him.

Hell or High Water (2016)

Run Time: 102 min | IMDb: 7.6/10

This neo-Western crime thriller tells about a pair of brothers who are out robbing banks to save their family’s property. Toby struggling to live right because of the inherited debt. His brother Tanner is an ex-con and this jeopardizes the two men on their jobs. With no other options, the boys are left with going on a spree of bank robberies. Even though the aging town sheriff tries to bring them to justice, they escape with the help of the locals who hate the bank. Gritty and unapologetic, the tale brings back a forgotten America with some brilliant performances from Chris Pine, Ben Foster, and Jeff Bridges.

Wheelman (2017)

Run Time: 88 min | IMDb: 6.4/10

If you are a fan Baby Driver, then you will understand that being a getaway driver is not an easy job. Wheelman tells such a story of a getaway driver figuring out who betrayed him after a busted bank robbery. The ex-con agreed to chauffeur the bank heist to pay back his debts. Unfortunately, things took a horrible turn and he got a mysterious call telling him to leave his accomplices and fork over the money. If you are looking for some action-packed neo-noir on Netflix, you’ll have a damn good time watching this one.

The Hurricane Heist (2018)

Run Time: 103 min | IMDb: 5/10

The Hurricane Heist is everything that its title says. The movie revolves around a group of thieves who are planning to pull off a massive robbery of the U.S. Treasury’s Mint supply in Alabama. However, what makes this heist nearly impossible is that there is a major category 5 hurricane on the loose, threatening the area. Get you bowl of popcorn and buckle up! Because there are gonna be guns, cars, money and a monstrous hurricane-all in the same movie.

Triple Frontier (2019)

Run Time: 125 min | IMDb: 6.5/10

This heist thriller is a new big-budget action flick from Netflix, starring Ben Affleck, Oscar Isaac, Charlie Hunnam, Garrett Hedlund, and Pedro Pascal. These Hollywood hunks play a group former special-ops bros who reunite to take down an infamous cartel kingpin. However, during their assignment, they steal his profits, pushing them into a plot that is sure to keep you on the edge of your seats. If you are a fan of multiple plot twists and some high stakes action, then this one is for you.

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Dark Waters (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Dark Waters (2019) tells the story about a corporate defense attorney who takes on an environmental lawsuit against a chemical company. The company has a long history of pollution and the attorney soon uncovers its connection with a string of mysterious deaths.

Releasing Date: November 22, 2019

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Jurassic World 3 To Start Filming At Pine Studios In The UK

by Kaylen Summers

Not much was heard about the third installment of the Jurrasic World trilogy than rumors and fan speculations. However, recent reports are revealing that the studio is gearing up for the production of the film at the legendary Pinewood Studios in England. The news can be considered as a confirmation that the cameras will soon start rolling since the locations are locked in.

Planned as the third entry of the sequel trilogy to the original Jurassic Park trilogy, Jurrasic World 3 will see the return of Trevorrow to the director’s chair. The 2015’s Jurassic World grossed $1.672 billion at the box office. However, Trevorrow only penned for its sequel (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom) with Derek Connolly and left the directing duties to J.A. Bayona.

With the director returning to helm the third installment, fans can surely expect some major surprises. Recently, Trevorrow released a short film, Battle at Big Rock, giving us a glimpse of what the world will be like with humans and dinosaurs inhabiting it. The 8-minute-long short takes place after the events of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and is said to be setting up the events of Jurassic World 3.

Although not much about the cast has been revealed yet, it’s obvious that Chris Pratt is set to reprise his role as Owen Grady, and Bryce Dallas Howard back as Claire Dearing. But, we also hope to see Jeff Goldblum, Laura Dern and Sam Neill return as Ian, Ellie and Alan, respectively.

Being excited about this latest film, Chris Pratt had this to say: “When I heard the pitch, I was blown away. I can’t believe we’re gonna make that movie. I can’t believe they found a way to deliver on the promise on the end of Fallen Kingdom. ‘Wait, what? The island is blown up, the animals are out, we can’t put them back in the box. What are we gonna do? How is, not only the dinosaurs but this technology, moving forward, going to affect the planet?’ And we jump forward and it’s like, ‘Oh, oh right. Oh, damn.’ [Trevorrow’s] been working his butt off on it and it’s going to be pretty epic.”

Excited?! Well, you have to wait till next year then, as Jurassic World 3 is currently scheduled to premiere in theaters on June 11, 2021.

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Blumhouse’s Invisible Man Wraps Filming

by Kaylen Summers

It has been a long time since Universal’s attempt to bring forth a ‘Dark Universe’ failed. However, one of the movies that was in preproduction during the time, has slipped out of development hell and has officially completed its filming. Director Leigh Whannell has announced that the production for the Invisible Man remake has officially concluded.

It was through his twitter account that Whannell shared the news that The Invisible Man has wrapped production. The director, who is known for his most recent sci-fi flick Upgrade, shared a photo of himself on set holding the clapboard.

Whannell had this to say in the photo’s caption “It is 6 am and freezing and raining here in Sydney but I am smiling because that is a wrap on the Invisible Man shoot. Thanks to all the amazing crew members who made it a joy to go to ‘work’ every day. Now it’s time to sit in a dark room and figure out what the hell we did.”

Previously the most famous reimagining of the H.G Wells’ iconic novella came onscreen in the 1933 James Whale flick. Later several other loosely adapted versions also appeared such as 2000’s Hollow Man starring Kevin Bacon. Blumhouse’s latest version will be setting the tale from a different perspective and will include Elizabeth Moss, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Storm Reid and Aldis Hodge.

The movie will be centered around the character Cecilia Kass (Elisabeth Moss), who is locked in a violent and controlling relationship with a wealthy, brilliant scientist. She eventually manages to escape one night and disappears into hiding with the help of her sister (Harriet Dyer), their childhood friend (Aldis Hodge) and his young daughter (Storm Reid). But, with the news of her ex (Oliver Jackson-Cohen) committing suicide and leaving a large chunk of his vast fortune to her, Cecilia is forced to return back to the place again. As a string of eerie coincidences turn lethal and threatens their lives, she soon realizes that his death was faked. The movie rolls through her desperate moves to prove that she is being hunted by a person nobody can see.

Even though Universal Pictures’ attempt to reboot its classic monsters on the big screen had found little luck, their latest approach will see Blumhouse Productions overseeing small-budget takes on these classic figures. Who knows. Maybe somewhere down the line, we might see some sort of shared universe. But for now, it’s one step at a time.

The Invisible Man will hit theaters on February 28, 2020. Till then, check out this space for more updates.

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In The Tall Grass (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Based on Stephen King and Joe Hill’s novella of the same name, In The Tall Grass tells the story about a brother and sister venture into a vast field of grass in Kansas, after hearing a young boy’s cry. However, they soon realize that there may be no way out.

Releasing Date: September 20, 2019

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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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Spider-Man: Far From Home Beats Captain Marvel; Becomes 3rd Biggest Film in 2019

by Kaylen Summers

It seems like 2019 is the year fro Disney, as yet another film from it’s Marvel roaster is making its way to the top of the charts. Recent box office numbers are revealing that Spider-Man: Far From Home has surpassed the number three spot held by Captain Marvel for a while. In addition to that, the movie is also now the 8th highest-grossing film the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

So far, the Spider-Man sequel has earned $1,128,276,196 worldwide, overtaking Captain Marvel’s total gross of $1,128,274,794 worldwide. However, when it comes to domestic sales, it still stands tall at $426,829,839. In the second place, there is The Lion King which has made $533,992,775 domestically and $1,616,992,775 worldwide. Of course, these numbers are nothing compared with Avengers: Endgame, which still remains as the top-grossing movie of all time with $858,373,000 earned domestically and $2,796,274,401 worldwide.

With the numbers laid out like this, there is no doubt that Disney is easily the strongest brand in all of the entertainment. However, given the recent split between Sony and Disney, this may get particularly magnified for the future entries in the Spider-Man franchise.

Spider-Man: Far From Home features Tom Holland (Spider-Man/Peter Parker), Zendaya (MJ), and Jake Gyllenhaal (Mysterio) in the lead roles. Marisa Tomei (Aunt May), Jacob Batalon (Ned), Jon Favreau (Happy Hogan), Tony Revolori (Flash Thompson), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), and Cobie Smulders (Maria Hill) are the other stars of the movie.

The movie is the next chapter to Marvel’s Spider-Man series and the sequel to Spiderman: Homecoming. Our friendly neighborhood web-slinger is on a European vacation with his best friends Ned, MJ, and the rest of the gang. However, all plans turn upside down as he agrees to help Nick Fury uncover the mystery of the elemental creature attacking and creating havoc across the continent.

Other top spot earned of 2019 include Toy Story 4 ($432,395,259 domestic, $$1,057,895,259 worldwide) at the fourth spot and Aladdin at number five ($355,088,567 domestic, $1,046,920,888 worldwide). Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw ($168,317,320 domestic, $740,917,320 worldwide) has made it to the sixth place and is so far the only non-Disney owned property in the list.

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Ad Astra Review

by Kaylen Summers

To put it in a nutshell, Ad Astra is more of an Interstellar version of Apocalypse Now, with the scope of 2001: A Space Odyssey, telling the story in the tone and inner monologues of a stereotypical Terrence Malick drama.

There is no doubt that James Gray is successful in presenting a visually dazzling and thematically rich outer-space action drama. But, it will not be complete without Brad Pitt’s starring performance.

The movie shows Pitt as Astronaut Roy McBride, a mystery man to most who know him. He is on a covert mission to save the world by talking up the seemingly impossible task of finding his astronaut dad (Tommy Lee Jones). His dad is thought to have died 16 years ago while working on an old mission to find alien life. Realizing that his dad is still alive, now Roy must defeat space pirates, combat some space primates, and sneak onto a ship to Neptune to finally get him back. Well, like every other movie hero, he does all of this deftly without breaking much of a sweat. (James Bond in space?!)

While space-exploration themed movies like Gravity, Interstellar and Martian focus on the protagonist’s struggle to return back home, Ad Astra is relief in its core plot and theme. Rather than being just a journey across the universe, the movie is a rumination on loneliness under the guise of a space mission. It is about self-discovery and of course, there is the ‘save the planet from spontaneous electric storms’ part.

To put it in short “Ad Astra” isn’t for everyone. Yes! there are many moments in the movie that are sure to set you off on an existential quest of your own. And if you’re a fan of Pitt, this is definitely a must-watch performance for you from him. However, what makes the movie really beautiful is how it makes you want to reach out to loved ones that you haven’t talked to in a while.

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Countdown (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Countdown  tells the story of a young nurse (Elizabeth Lail) who downloads an app that claims to predict exactly when a person is going to die. It tells her she only has three days to live. From there, she is on the run to save her life before time runs out and death closing in.

Releasing Date: October 25, 2019

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

by Kaylen Summers

Jurassic Park fans just got a new reason to cheer. Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow has recently released an all-new short film he directed and wrote with Emily Carmichael. Titled Battle at Big Rock, the 8-minute short takes place one year after the events of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom in Big Rock National Park. The short reveals how the dinosaurs are now living in our world. The plot follows a family of four who encounters with these wild animals and fights for their survival.

The short stars André Holland, Natalie Martinez, Melody Hurd and Pierson Salvador and the cinematography is done by Larry Fong and a background score by Amie Doherty. The director is back to direct Jurassic World 3, after his unfortunate his Star Wars 9 firing. He will co-write the script with Emily Carmichael and will executive produce the movie with Steven Spielberg.

Though it may look like Colin Trevorrow is heading in for Jurassic World 3, it will take more time than we expect to see the final film in the Jurassic World trilogy. Till then we just have to settle with this surprise short.

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Will Iron Man Make A Cameo In Black Widow Movie?!

by Kaylen Summers

Finally, after a decade of being in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Black Widow is finally getting her own standalone movie. However, there is more to cheer about the upcoming Marvel flick than just that. Recent reports are revealing that Robert Downey Jr. will most probably be making a cameo in the movie as everyone’s favorite billionaire, Tony Stark.

Scarlett Johansson will be reprising her role as Black Widow, with David Harbour suiting up as Russia’s version of Captain America, Red Guardian. Rachel Weisz and Florence Pugh will also appear in the movie as other Black Widow agents. Taskmaster will be the main villain of the story. With his ability to quickly observe and copy any person’s fighting style, he is meant to become a formidable foe for Black Widow.

Not much information about Downey Jr.’s return is mentioned by the studios, which makes fans wonder whether if it will be just Marvel reusing their old clips or an actual cameo. It won’t be a surprise if Marvel is using old footage instead of filming a new scene. They have already done it many times in the past. The continuing tradition of a Stan Lee cameo in every Marvel movie even after the legendary comic-book creator’s death is a perfect example for this.

If in fact, he is reprising the role, then it’s most likely be for just a cameo or a very minor role. The Black Widow footage screened at Comic-Con used a clip of Tony from Civil War, warning Natasha “They’re coming for you,” before leading into new footage from the film. The footage also revealed the time period of the movie to be when she was hiding from the United Nations. So, there is a possibility that she may seek out Tony’s help or at least contact him during the course of the movie.

Whatever the reason for Downey Jr. potentially reprising his role, it will surely be awesome to see Stark back on-screen on more time. Unfortunately, we will have to wait some more time before anything official is be announced publicly.

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Like A Boss (2020) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Like A Boss revolves around two friends who try to build a successful beauty company from the ground up. However, their friendship is tested with a buyout offer, putting them at war both professionally and personally. Directed by Miguel Arteta and written by Sam Pitman & Adam Cole-Kelly, the movie has Tiffany Haddish, Rose Byrne, and Salma Hayek in the lead roles.

Releasing Date: January 10, 2020

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Alternate Iron Man Post-Credits Scene Reveals Mutants & Radioactive Spider References

by Kaylen Summers

Its seems like Avengers: Endgame only kicked things into gear. Though the recent Comic-Con and D23 announcements point ot new adventures,  it seems like Kevin Feige is not finished with Phase 4 yet. Recently at the Saturn Awards, the studio boss revealed a never-before-seen Iron Man alternate post-credit scene.

Marvel Studios is surely one of the most successful movie studios in all of Hollywood now. But, the journey to reach there looked far when the Marvel Cinematic Universe kicked off in 2008. Their first film was a fight against all odds as it was based around what many believed to be a C-list Marvel character (Ironman)  and directed by a then unproven director, Jon Favreau. Even Robert Downey Jr. at the time was viewed as a risk due to his problems in his personal life.

From there, the MCU has evolved further and better without many of their biggest characters. With the live-action rights of characters sold off to film studios in the ’80s, it was only recently that Fox’s characters returned back under Marvel Studios thanks to the Disney-Fox deal. Sony and Marvel Studios also had agreed to work together to make Spidey part of the MCU (The deal, however, came to an end, recently), while Universal’s deal has made a Hulk solo film complicated. However, the newly revealed alternate version of Iron Man’s post-credits scene teased all of these universes long before it was all interlinked.

The deleted alternate post-credits scene from Iron Man, which has been sitting in the Marvel Studios vault for eleven years now, is part of the upcoming Infinity Saga box set. Revealing the clip, Feige said, “We pulled some things out of that vault that we said, ‘We’ll never show to anybody. Put it away. We’re bringing them out. We’re putting them on this disc.”

Here is what Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury had to say in the scene: “As if gamma accidents, radioactive bug bites, and assorted mutants weren’t enough, I have to deal with a spoiled brat, who doesn’t play well with others, who wants to keep all his toys to himself.”

The “gamma accidents” is a reference to how Hulk got his powers, while the “radioactive bug bites” is a friendly nod to Spider-Man, who at the time was nowhere near the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But, the real reason why the clip got replaced might be because of the “assorted mutants” reference. The X-Men and Mutants were owned by Fox, and Marvel was not allowed to make any references to them in their films. Whatever the reason may be, the clip is a perfect example of how keen Kevin Feige’s vision was for the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

More unreleased contents are expected, as The Infinity Saga box set is expected to release towards Christmas 2019.

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Taking Spider-Man Out Of The MCU Is A “Tragic Mistake”, Joe Russo Says

by Kaylen Summers

For more than a month, everybody has been talking about Spider-Man leaving the Marvel Cinematic Universe. With the offers from Marvel Studios turned down, the franchise will be entirely handled by the Sony. However, like always there are two sides to the story, and Avengers: Endgame directors Joe and Anthony Russo think that Sony’s attempt to replicate the success of Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige is a “tragic” mistake.

The Russo Brothers have been part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe with movies like Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame. Though they are a part of the Marvel Studios family, their side of the story is also worth considering, specifically with how they have successfully used Spider-Man in movies like Civil War to Endgame.

Talking about the Spider-Man situation a few weeks ago, the Russos admitted that they were not surprised by the split between Marvel Studios and Sony. Recently, the directors spoke again in another interview about how hard it was to reach a deal in the first place and how the future will be for Spidey to leave MCU now. Joe Russo had this to say:

“It was so difficult to get him (Spider-Man) into Civil War. It was an extremely long and hard process. But we were driven to help make it happen. But (Marvel Studios President) Kevin Feige pulled it off, somehow. Disney and all the good people at Sony found a way to make it work and it lasted a few films. We had a wonderful experience with that and I think audiences really appreciated that marriage. But we know how hard that marriage was to make in the first place, so the fact that the marriage fell apart isn’t really that surprising to me and Joe.”

Russo also mentioned that the relationship between Marvel Studios and Sony wasn’t always easy to deal with, as sharing one of the biggest superheroes in the world with a rival studio is a bitter pill to swallow. Yet, the short-lived the relationship with the two studios was incredibly fruitful for both and to go on without Marvel Studios is a mistake, according to Joe Russo.

He explains: “It was a tenuous, fraught union throughout the whole process. But, I will say, stepping back and trying to be objective as possible, that I think it’s a tragic mistake on Sony’s part to think that they can replicate Kevin’s penchant for telling incredible stories and the amazing success he has had over the years. I think it’s a big mistake.”

Whatever the case may be, a lot of Marvel Cinematic Universe fans are agreeing with Joe Russo. It is true that Sony had a huge part in making Spider-Man successful. However, their track record for handling the Web-Slinger has not always been so great. Not to mention the lack of someone like Kevin Feige with storytelling skills.

Recent announcements from Sony is revealing that they have plans to bring the Spider-Verse all together under one umbrella. Though fans definitely want to see Tom Hardy and Tom Holland together on the big screen, will Sony be able to pull it off in a satisfying way is the bigger question. Guess we will have to wait a little longer to see how things will turn out, as Sony’s Venom 2 is expected to hit theatres in 2021.

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The Aeronauts (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

The Aeronauts (2019) is a biographical adventure film that tells the story about headstrong scientist James Glaisher and wealthy young widow Amelia Wren. Set in 1862, the two are on a balloon expedition to fly higher than anyone in history. The movie is written and directed by Tom Harper and stars Felicity Jones and Eddie Redmayne in the lead roles.

Releasing Date: December 6, 2019

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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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Just Mercy (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Just Mercy (2019) tells the story about young lawyer Bryan Stevenson (Jordan) and his history-making battle for justice. The movie tells the true story of Walter McMillian, who with the help of Stevenson appeals his conviction for the notorious murder of an 18-year-old girl.

Releasing Date: December 25, 2019

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The Kitchen (2019) Review

by Kaylen Summers

The American gangster movie genre is popular for its morally challenging convections. With its giddy whiplash through the attraction-repulsion cycle, each gangster movie gets viewers hopped up on power fantasies, adrenaline, and the rush of taboo fantasy. The Kitchen follows the same recipe that audiences have seen countless times.

Adapted from the DC Vertigo graphic novel by Ollie Masters and Ming Doyle, the premise gives a female viewpoint to the popular, machismo infused gangster flick. However, don’t expect Goodfellas from these girls, as most of the vacuous plot is utterly predictable. It is refreshing to see women as the crime bosses, but a gender swap alone cannot make a good movie.

Produced by New Line Cinema and DC Films, and distributed by Warner Bros, the movie is set in the late seventies when the Irish mob ran the unions, protection, and loansharking rackets of New York City’s Hell’s Kitchen. After three local heavies: Jimmy (Brian d’Arcy James), Rob (Jeremy Walsh) and Kevin (James Badge Dale) are arrested for their strong-arm tactics, their wives sink into poverty and desperation. Though begged for a raise in their scant allowance they are ridiculed and rebuked. One of them even gets racially subjugated because she is the only black woman amongst the Irish. Thus, the women decide to take over their husbands’ business and enlist a cold-blooded killer (Domhnall Gleeson) to back them up.

The movie marks the directorial debut of screenwriter Andrea Berloff (Straight Outta Compton). Telling the femme-centric story of women taking the reins, the movie is constructed around three strong actresses-Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish and Elisabeth Moss. However, it fails when it comes to characters and settings, as they are so overblown that they look more like caricatures. Adding that to the generic gangster plot, The Kitchen feels more trudged than visceral.

Most crime dramas pay more attention to detailed character exposition. This nuance is lost somewhere in the heavy-handed and obvious plot of the movie. But, the overall empowerment theme should be celebrated, though it sometimes becomes contrived with its megaphone delivery.

In short, if you are a fan of hard-R rated movies, then The Kitchen might be your cup of tea. There is plenty of onscreen violence, swearing, and adult themes. With extremely graphical headshots and chopped up bodies, the movie works better as a pulp action film with girl power.

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Sequel Confirmed: ‘Hobbs & Shaw’ Makes $700M At The Box Office.

by Kaylen Summers

It’s official! Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw from Universal has zoomed past the $700 million milestone in the global box office. The running total includes $175 million from Chinese and a $160 million from North American box offices.

Released as this year’s summer tentpole, the flick is the ninth title in the Fast & Furious universe. The spin-off has Dwayne Johnson’s Luke Hobbs and Jason Statham’s Deckard Shaw as the lead characters.

Unlike other Fast and Furious movies, Hobbs & Shaw do not have franchise stalwart Vin Diesel in his iconic Dominic Toretto role. However, the movie is star-studded with actors like Idris Elba playing the genetically enhanced villain, and Helen Mirren returning to portray the mother of Statham’s Shaw. The movie is directed by David Leitch (Deadpool 2) and scripted by franchise vets Chris Morgan and Drew Pearce.

Although It: Chapter Two releasing this weekend may affect the movie, there is still chance for it to make it past the $164 million domestic total of Ice Age: Continental Drift and the $166 million domestic total of Roland Emmerich’s 2012.

However, crossing box office milestones are not new for the Fast & Furious movies. After Fast Five, the franchise exploded making massive box office draw in overseas markets. The movie franchise has grown into one of the most bankable franchises around, which is not owned by Disney.

Hobbs & Shaw has now made it to the fourth highest-grossing flick in the overall franchise following Fast & Furious 6 ($788.7 million), The Fate of the Furious ($1.23 billion) and Furious 7 ($1.51 billion). This inevitably means that the studio will be attempting for a Hobbs & Shaw 2, or whatever the studio wants to call it. Additionally, this also provides an opportunity for the further expansion of the ‘Fast universe’. Vin Diesel has already teased a possible female-led spin-off. With this movie’s success, Universal can explore such further opportunities for installments outside of the main series with confidence.

However, what comes next up for the franchise will be Fast & Furious 9, which is currently in production. The movie will see Justin Lin, who helmed four prior installments, returning to the director’s seat. The studio is also planning for a tenth movie in the main series as well.

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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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Spider-Man To Join Venom & Morbius in Sony’s Marvel Universe

by Kaylen Summers

With Marvel effectively removing Spider-Man from all future MCU movies, it looks like the drama between Sony and Disney isn’t getting better anytime soon. But, fans hopefully have something to cheer for in the midst, as sony is all set to introduce Spidey to Venom and Morbius. The three characters will be sharing the same cinematic universe going forward, which means we will be seeing a lot of crossovers after all.

It was back in 2014 that Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures decided to reboot Spider-Man into the existing Marvel Cinematic Universe. Sadly, the high-profile deal collapsed recently, allowing Sony to be the sole owner of the wall-crawler and produce their own Spider-Man movies without Marvel Studios.

Though many fans had high hopes that Sony and Marvel would find a way to reconcile. Now, it seems unlikely as the two rival studios are headed into very different directions. Kevin Feige will be focused on corporate priorities such as Disney+ and the new Fox acquisitions. In the meantime, Sony will be testing out all the lessons it had learned from Marvel to make an independently successful Spider-Man movie.

Recently Sony chairman and CEO Tony Vinciquerra have confirmed on Sony’s plans for Tom Holland’s Peter Parker.

“Spider-Man was fine before the event movies,” he explained. “[He] did better with the event movies, and now that we have our own universe, he will play off the other characters as well. I think we’re pretty capable of doing what we have to do here.”

As expected, we will be seeing Tom Holland’s Spiderman and Tom Hardy’s Venom together on screen in the near future. But that’s not all, Jared Leto’s Morbius the Living Vampire will also be getting in on the action. Unfortunately, their won’t be Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige to lend a hand. Yet, Tony Vinciquerra feels confident about the plans.

He explains: “We had a great run with (Feige) on Spider-Man movies. We tried to see if there’s a way to work it out… the Marvel people are terrific people, we have great respect for them, but on the other hand, we have some pretty terrific people of our own. Kevin didn’t do all the work.”

Kevin Feige is already pretty much caught up with all of the new Marvel Studios acquisitions following the recent Fox deal. Anyhow, Sony is still at it by bringing in Andy Serkis on board to direct Venom 2. The first installment did not do well with comic book fans and critics. But, it was a huge box office success. With the second installment, Sony is planning on getting some edge by going for an R-rating.

Only time will tell whether Sony’s plans will work out or not. Till then you can check out our blog for more stories about Sony’s Marvel Universe from our website.

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Lara Is Back: ‘Tomb Rider 2’ To Release In 2021

by Kaylen Summers

Let’s admit it. No one honestly saw this coming. After the 2018’s Tomb Raider reboot, a sequel for it was the least anyone would expect. Yet, it’s happening and much sooner than you can imagine.

Arriving on March 19, 2021, the flick will have Academy Award winner Alicia Vikander reprising her role as Lara Croft. But, there will be some change on who is going to call the actions. Recent reports reveal that filmmaker Ben Wheatley will be helming this time around, replacing the original’s Roar Uthaug.

Wheatley is best known for directing cult British movies like Free FireKill List and High-Rise. With Wheatley confirmed for directing the sequel, there is some hope that the upcoming movie will be worth watching.

Helping the director out with penning the action-adventure movie will be Amy Jump, who co-wrote Free Fire and High-Rise with Wheatley. However, we are not sure whether the movie will begin from where the last one was left.

Last year’s Tomb Raider was based on the 2013 video game and grossed over $275 million worldwide. The movie’s plot was about Vikander’s character attempting to solve the mystery of her father’s disappearance.

The first installment of Tomb Raider ended with Lara overcoming the (second) death of her father and escaping the clutches of Trinity. Even if the story doesn’t pick up from there, we sure hope to see the explorer with her trademark twin pistols again on a new adventure.

Alicia Vikander has expressed her interest in playing Lara again, even before the release of the first movie. She said: “Yes, I adored taking on the role of Lara. So yeah, we’ll see. If there’s an audience out there for it, then I would love to.”

Well, from what her character when through in the first installment, let’s hope she is ready for some more bumps and bruises. Because in Hollywood sequels have to go big or go home.

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Crazy Rich Asians 2: Writer Leaves After Pay Disparity Dispute

by Kaylen Summers

One more example is here to prove that Hollywood is still a hostile place for women- especially if you are of color. Recently, Crazy Rich Asians co-screenwriter Adele Lim found out that her fellow co-writer, Peter Chiarelli, a white man was earning 9 to 10 times more than her.

Adele Lim is a veteran TV writer who debuted into feature films with Crazy Rich Asians. The rom-com turned out to be a massive hit grossing $238 million globally and Lim has since signed a deal with Disney Animation and is working on Raya and the Last Dragon.

With such a huge success in the bag, it obvious that Warner Bros, would be more than willing to work on a sequel to the movie. Thus the work for Crazy Rich Asians 2 began and the writers of the first installment were back to pen it. However, it turned out that Peter Chiarelli, a more seasoned screenwriter, was offered between $800,000 and $1,000,000, while Lim was offered only around $110,000 for her work on the sequel.

Though the studio felt it to be a fair, industry-standard rate based on experience, Lim believes that her pay should be much closer to her co-writer.

Here’s what Lim had to say: “Pete has been nothing but incredibly gracious, but what I make shouldn’t be dependent on the generosity of the white-guy writer. If I couldn’t get pay equity after CRA, I can’t imagine what it would be like for anyone else, given that the standard for how much you’re worth is having established quotes from previous movies, which women of color would never have been [hired for]. There’s no realistic way to achieve true equity that way.”

The messy pay dispute has put Warner Bros. in a significant snag with Crazy Rich Asians 2. With Adele Lim no longer involved with the sequel, the studio will have a hard time finding the perfect substitute to bring back the magic. However, it seems like that alone cannot save this planned trilogy from production hell, as there are some scheduling issues with the in-demand cast. Hope it gets fixed once the scripting gets all sorted out.

Crazy Rich Asians is based on the 2013 novel of the same name by Kevin Kwan. The novel follows a young Asian American woman who meets her boyfriend’s parents, who are one of the richest families in Singapore. The lead is played by Constance Wu with Henry Golding as her fiancé. Michelle Yeoh plays the role of her future mother-in-law.

The upcoming sequels will be based on the next two books in Kwan’s trilogy — 2015’s “China Rich Girlfriend” and 2017’s “Rich People Problems.” With so many issues surrounding the project, the studio has not set any release dates for the sequels.

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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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Itsy Bitsy (2019) Review

by Kaylen Summers

If you have a deadly fear for spiders, then Itsy Bitsy is sure to creep you out. Taking its base from folklore and spinning a web of spider induced nightmares, the movie will bound you to a good watching time.

Directed by Micah Gallo, this low budget indie movie follows a young, single mother of two and her struggles with parenting and drug addiction. While she is taking up a new job as a private nurse to an antique appraiser, little did she know that her family is being stalked and terrorized by an ancient evil entity in the form of a giant, flesh-munching spider. Though it sounds a little too dark, Itsy Bitsy is actually a pleasant surprise for those who have seen giant spider movies like Eight Legged Freaks and Spiders 3D.

In a traditional scene, Itsy Bitsy is definitely not an indie horror movie we have seen so far. For those who are eagerly anticipating the movie’s death scenes, it will be a downside as the movie follows a Spielberg/Jaws approach and takes longer for its evil spider madness to begin. Putting its human characters to the front and center, the movie tries to focus more on drama, as the bulk of the movie’s screen time is used to explore Kara’s drug addiction, the obvious PTSD, and their family relationships. Though there are several creepy moments and effective jump scares, the drama isn’t quite strong enough to sustain the bulk of the runtime.

Though the movie is only his debut as a director, Micah Gallo’s extensive background with visual effects (Hatchet, The Innkeepers) has paid off in creating a convincing onscreen spider monster. The perfect combination of some effective practical effects, Vfx, and makeup effects have made the spider more believable than anyone would expect.

The movie is well shot and looks more like a big-budgeted feature than it is. The spider effects stand out us the true star of the movie above all. The director handled the monstrous creature with terror-filled precision and gruesome effects, making it enough to instill arachnophobia in even the toughest of viewers. Though the scenes that feature the spider are fairly sparse, the movie warrants a watch for creature effects alone. The same cannot be said about the Spencer family as the emotional pull is lost somewhere in-between.

The post-credit of the movie teases a potential bigger-scaled sequel looks more promising than this. Before you go and watch the movie here is the trailer for the movie. You can also find similar movies from our smart movie recommendations app 

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Between Two Ferns: The Movie (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Featuring cameos from a long list of celebrities, Between Two Ferns: The Movie is based on the famous internet talk show of the same name. The movie chronicles the road trip by Zach Galifianakis and his oddball crew to complete a
series of high-profile celebrity interviews.

Releasing Date: 20 September 2019

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Superman Star Henry Cavil Excited For Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker

by Kaylen Summers

Apparently, we are not the only ones looking forward to seeing the clown prince of Gotham in action. Recently, the Superman actor Henry Cavill revealed that he too is anxious to see Joaquin Phoenix onscreen as the iconic Batman villain Joker.

Recently, DC’s Chief Creative Officer Jim Lee took his first impression about the Joker movie to Instagram. Lee revealed that the movie will have a lot for fans to analyze when all the dust settles.

Lee’s first impression of the Joker movie is as follows: “Director Todd Phillips’ Joker is intense, raw and soulful. He’s talked about how his take on the Joker is not beholden to the character’s comic book roots. That said, there’s absolutely nothing in this film incongruous with our understanding of who the Joker is. If anything, Joaquin Phoenix’s mesmerizing and unsettling turn as the Joker gives us a deep and fully realized look into one of our favorite villains, and I’m sure elements will be embraced going forward in our ongoing, ever-evolving mythology. That’s what powerful, compelling stories do. And without a doubt-long time, DC fans will be spending a lot of time unpacking the many story revelations and questions this harrowing cautionary tale raises.”

Replying to Lee’s Post was none other than Henry Cavill, who simply said, “Can’t wait to see this!!”

Directed by Todd Phillips, the movie got debuted at The Venice Film Festival and received an 8-minute standing ovation from an enraptured audience. With numerous positive reviews pouring in from critics, there is no doubt Phoenix will be a worthy contender for this year’s Oscars.

The actor admits that a lot changed for him during the production of the movie as his attitude towards Arthur Fleck evolved.

“Throughout the course of shooting it felt like every day we were discovering new parts of his personality, up until the very last day” he says, “It was his struggle to find happiness and to feel connected and to feel warmth and love and that’s the part of the character I was interested in. He was so many different things to me. Who he was in the first few weeks of shooting was completely different than who he was in the end. He was constantly evolving. I’ve never had an experience like this. The more unpredictable and looser we left it, the more exciting it was.”

It looks like Cavill has to wait a little longer like the rest of us, as Joker is all set to hit theaters by October 4th.

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Tom Holland Thinks That The Future Of Spiderman Is Safe With Sony

by Kaylen Summers

For many comic book movie fans, August 20 still remains as a dreadful day. The day marks Disney and Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige’s announcement that they would no longer be involved with future “Spider-Man” movies. It is obvious that the decision will effectively end Tom Holland’s role as Peter Parker in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Though Holland will continue to play the web-slinger in films produced and distributed by Sony, he will not be able to pop up in ‘Avengers’-style team-up or standalone movies tied up to the larger MCU.

Talking about the chain of events, the actor assured fans that his spiderman franchise will continue to grow better under Sony’s backing.

He went on to express his confidence in Sony, saying: “I’m not shy about expressing how incredible the last five years have been with Marvel. I’ve truly had the time of my life, and in so many respects, they have made my dreams come true as an actor. Sony has also been really good to me, and the global success of Spider-Man: Far From Home is a real testament to their support, skill, and commitment. The legacy and future of Spidey rests in Sony’s safe hands. I really am nothing but grateful, and I’ve made friends for life along the way.”

It was not the first time that Holland shared similar thoughts. During Disney’s D23 convention, shortly after the news of the Disney-Sony split was announced, the actor promised fans that he would “continue playing Spider-Man and having the time of [his] life,” adding, “It’s going to be so fun, however, we choose to do it. The future for Spider-Man will be different, but it will be equally as awesome and amazing, and we’ll find new ways to make it even cooler.”

Keeping a cool head and remaining intensely positive is respectable. The actor is literally in the middle of something of an ugly situation between two massive corporations. Yet, as fans, we have some concerns for his version of Spiderman.

When it comes to making superhero movies, Kevin Feige has a proven track record. However, Sony doesn’t arguably have a good live-action Spider-Man movie in their list since Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 2. Yes, the animated Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse did perform will with fans and critics. But it’s a bit of a different ballgame. The only other hit from Sony’s Spiderman universe is Venom, which was financially successful, but not critically welcomed. Point being, it’s easy to understand why one would be worried about Sony handling the franchise without Feige.

The damage has already been done and now all we can do is to hope that Tom Holland is right about Sony.

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The Irishman: De Niro Recreates Iconic ‘Goodfellas’ Scene to Test De-Aging CGI

by Kaylen Summers

A lot of surprises awaits fans as Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman is finally arriving in cinemas and on Netflix. The film will feature the iconic cast of Robert De Niro, Al Pachino and Joe Pesci in a multiple-decade-spanning mob story, with the help of extensive, revolutionary de-aging CGI.

Scorsese is known for pushing the boundaries of cinema. However, telling a story of characters from their 20s to 80s is a huge swing for even him. It is in this predicament that the filmmaker looked into his own past before starting the work.

According to Industrial Light & Magic’s Pablo Helman: “We made a little set that looked a little like the original film, and then Bob got going. He did his monologues and soliloquies and different expressions. ‘Get rid of the fur coat! Get rid of the Cadillac!’ Then he went through a series of computer processes.”

Scorsese and the others recreated an old scene from the original Goodfellas to check how effective the de-aged tech will be. It was only after watching the de-aged version and the original scene back-to-back that they decided that the approach would work for the film.

“We made a little set that looked a little like the original film, and then [De Niro] got going,” Scorsese explained, “He did his monologues and soliloquies and different expressions… Then he went through a series of computer processes”.

The Irishman marks the ninth time Scorsese and De Niro collaborating. It was in 1995’s Casino that the filmmaker and his trusted muse worked together the last time. The movie also pairs De Niro with his fellow crime-cinema icons Al Pacino and Joe Pesci in the cast. The three actors have worked together before, with Pacino and De Niro previously working for Heat, and De Niro and Pesci sharing screen for Scorsese’s Raging Bull, Goodfellas, and Casino.

The story for The Irishman is adapted from Charles Brandt’s book I Heard You Paint Houses by Oscar-winner Steve Zaillian (Schindler’s ListGangs of New York). It chronicles the life of hitman Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran through his days of being a young WWII veteran to his career as a hired gun for the Bufalino crime family and involvement in the disappearance of labor leader Jimmy Hoffa (Pacino).

Though there is no doubt that the movie will be another cult classic, the production budget for the effect and de-aging De Niro and his costars was more than $159 million. This, in turn, made it Scorsese’s most expensive film to date. Either way, Netflix seems to be happy with how things turned out. With the movie premiering at the New York Film Festival, we will be seeing it in select theaters for a few weeks in November and then on the streaming service.

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Charlize Theron’s Cipher Gets A New Look For Fast & Furious 9

by Kaylen Summers

The villainous Cipher is returning back to the Fast and Furious universe and this time she is going to have a new look. Actress Charlize Theron who was introduced into the franchise in 2017’s the Fate of the Furious, has confirmed that she will be returning in Fast & Furious 9. Though there were numerous reports on the Oscar-winner’s second trip to the franchise, none were officially confirmed till now.

Cipher is a cyber-criminal mastermind who blackmailed Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) to do her bidding by keeping his old flame Elena Neves (Elsa Pataky) and their infant son hostage. When Dom disobeyed one of her orders, she even kills Elena in front of him as a punishment. Though Dom and his team eventually get the upper-hand on her, Cipher evades capture and flees.

With the inevitable showdown between Dom and Cipher still waiting, her return to the new installment is making us a little anxious about what to expect. Whatever the case may be, Theron is porting her new looks and we are literally blown away by it.

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The actress is donning the short razor-sharp new haircut, replacing the longer hairstyle she had in her first Fast & Furious movie. While she had a blond look then, her new look features a mix of black and blonde.

Initially, it was rumored that Cipher would be returning on Dwayne Johnson-led spinoff, Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw. Speculations were that the character was going to be revealed as The Director of the sinister organization Eteon in Hobbs & Shaw. Though there’s no official evidence to suggest that such a plan was considered, it is believed that the plan was eventually dropped. Either way, we will be seeing Theron back in action soon for Fast & Furious 9.

The ninth installment will also see the return of director Justin Lin, who directed the third, fourth, fifth and sixth entries in the Fast & Furious franchise. 

Fast & Furious 9 is expected to release on May 22, 2020.

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Lion King Beats Avengers; Becomes 7th Biggest Movie of All Time

by Kaylen Summers

For all those people who are saying that Disney doesn’t know how to churn out a hit at the box office: Please step back!! Over the weekend, the studio has yet again made its dominance felt.

Disney’s The Lion King opened up to be one of the most grossing movies to come from the House of Mouse. The latest live-action addition is still continuing its reign at the box office, and recent reports are revealing that it is surpassing The Avengers to become the seventh highest-grossing movie of all time. Yes! Simba has beaten Earth’s mightiest heroes which is nothing shy of impressive, to say the very least of it.

Directed by Jon Favreau, Disney’s reimaging of its classic animated film features the voices of Donald Glover, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, Seth Rogen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Billy Eichner, John Kani, John Oliver, Alfre Woodard, Florence Kasumba, Eric André, Shahadi Wright Joseph, Keegan-Michael Key, JD McCrary, and James Earl Jones.

With the Labor Day weekend behind us, The Lion King has now grossed in a total of more than $1.56 billion globally. The huge returns owe its share to the $523.5 million in domestic ticket sales and a stellar $1.04 billion from international markets. Previously, it was Marvel’s The Avengers who held the record position by nabbing around $1.51 billion when it was released in 2012. 

The Lion King also managed to bump down Black Panther ($1.34 billion) from its position in the all-time top ten. If the movie continues to shine well at the box office, then there is a chance that it could overtake Jurassic World ($1.67 billion) from the sixth position. However, going any higher than that would be a tough task, as the fifth spot is safe in the hands of Avengers: Infinity War with a whopping $2.04 billion in the collection box. It is obvious that Simba’s roar wouldn’t have that much strength to reach there.

Apart from the numbers, this accomplishment shows how much the Mouse House defies expectations. Disney knows the winning formula to churn out content that audiences want to see. While every other studio struggled this summer, Disney dominated the box office again, giving hit after hit. This milestone is only one among the long list of achievements for Disney. The studio currently occupies six of the top 10 spots on the highest-grossing movie list and nine of the top 15 spots.

With already five movies released, they are also having a record-breaking year. Avengers: EndgameThe Lion KingCaptain MarvelToy Story 4 and Aladdin have all grossed at least $1 billion at the box office, making Disney the most money earned studio in a calendar year. But, they are not going to settle down with that. Big releases such as Maleficent: Mistress of EvilFrozen 2 and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker are already lined up and they are sure to have a great shot at taking in $10 billion or more before 2020. Now, it seems like Disney’s only competition at the box office is itself.

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Tall Girl ( 2019)- Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Tall Girl is a Netflix film that tells the story of the tallest girl in high school falling in love with a handsome foreign exchange student. Eventually, she gets entangled in a surprising love triangle, making her realize that she more than just her insecurities.

Releasing Date: 13 September 2019

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‘Ready or Not’-Review

by Kaylen Summers

With most of the blockbusters gone, the end of summer is a pretty awkward time for Hollywood. It is during this time that studios normally drop movies that they aren’t quite sure what to do with. However, this year things got a little different with movies like Tyler Gillett’s Ready or Not appearing on the big screen.

This deliciously diabolical sophomore feature gives the audience a little bit of black comedy, horror movie, thriller and possibly even an action movie. But, don’t underestimate it as 25% of four different genres. Ready or Not is 100% all of them at once.

From wedding cake stuffed with razor blades to blowing up the chapel, the low-budget movie is packed with plenty of subversive pleasure.  Though at first, the premise might seem similar to Richard Connell’s The Most Dangerous Game, the movie is a real winner in how it is capable of achieving deep cultural critique with superficial diversion

SPOILERS AHEAD!! The plot revolves around Grace (Samara Weaving) who is getting married into the wealthy Le Domas family. The family’s wealth comes from making games- everything from cards, to board, to professional sports. According to the family tradition, the new member of the family should play a game on their wedding night. Well, it’s obvious that it is not going to be a game of checkers or chess. It is when Grace pulled the “Hide And Seek” card from a special puzzle box that she knew that in this game the seekers are armed, and the one who is hiding ends up dead if found.

Set up like a thriller, Ready or Not is keen on breaking away from the basic plot cliches with some ghoulish alterations. Even as Grace runs for her life from her crazed in-laws, the film sticks to its black humor and has some great laugh-out-loud hilarious jokes. The movie also avoids the usual plotline of the rich hunting for kicks. The Le Domas family does it because of what they fear will happen if they don’t. Such elements of such superstitions brew the possibility of the supernatural, as Grace struggles through scorching confrontations, deadly mishaps, and gleeful violence that can make any horror movie lover cheer!

Any review of Ready or Not will remain incomplete without talking about Samara Weaving’s performance in the movie. The Australian actress gave what can be legitimately termed as a “star-making performance”. Weaving can be seen nearly in every scene and there are a fair number of them which she spends alone. However, the actress gracefully took the narrative on her shoulders and moved it forward in ease and style.

The movie is 95 minutes long and is a relief considering a season full of features well over two hours in length. The script by Guy Busick and Ryan Murphy is perfectly paced, with everything serving the unbroken tension built up by the plot.

For a movie made at such a low-budget, Ready or Not deserves not to be missed and to be seen on the big screen.

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‘Rambo: Last Blood’ Looks For Franchise Best Box Office Opening

by Kaylen Summers

Sylvester Stallone’s Rambo is returning for one last mission in Lionsgate and Millennium’s Rambo: Last Blood and the makers of the movie are hoping to make it a memorable one. The movie’s far projections are indicating that it could be the best debut in all of the franchise.

From what is known, the film is expected to open between $21 and $24 million over its first three days. If it is able to hit that bar following its release on September 20th, it will surpass all of the previous installments from the cult-classic franchise.

But, that’s only the best-case scenario. Even if make it to the lower end of that spectrum, it can still take the top spot amongst all Rambo films. Previously, it was Rambo: First Blood II that held the first spot, by bringing in a $20.1 million when it was released in 1985. 2008’s Rambo comes second in the list with $18.2 million, followed by 1988’s Rambo III, which brought in $13 million. The original First Blood, released in takes the last spot with $6.6 million.

At the box-office, the upcoming Rambo movie will be battling it out against the Brad Pitt astronaut film Ad Astra and Downton Abbey. However, the chances for both of these movies challenging Rambo’s supremacy over the weekend is questionable. The Brad Pitt starrer is currently pegged for a $17.5 to $19 million opening and Downton Abbey is looking to gross between $15 and $16 million. It seems like Rambo’s return is not for nothing.

Directed by Adrian Grunberg (Get the Gringo), the movie is penned by Stallone himself with Matthew Cirulnick (South Beach, Absentia). Picking up where 2008’s Rambo ended. Last Blood has Sly’s title character visiting his estranged father at his horse farm in Arizona. As he settled into a quiet life after his father’s passing, he is thrown back to action when a friend’s daughter is kidnapped by the dangerous Mexican cartel led by the cruel Hugo Martinez (Sergio Peris-Mencheta).

Rambo: Last Blood will hit theaters on September 20. 

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Blumhouse’s ‘Invisible Man’ Synopsis Puts a Scary Twist on Classic Universal Monster

by Kaylen Summers

Ever since Universal’s attempt to bring-forth a Dark Universe got collapsed, not much was spoken about the movies slated for release under the franchise. However, now it seems like The Invisible Man remake is finally undergoing pre-production. Blumhouse and Universal have given us a small glimpse of what the movie would be like, with an official synopsis for the reboot. 

The synopsis is as follows: “The film centers on Cecilia Kass (Elisabeth Moss), a woman trapped in a violent, controlling relationship with a wealthy and brilliant scientist. She escapes in the dead of night and disappears into hiding, aided by her sister (Harriet Dyer), their childhood friend (Aldis Hodge) and his teenage daughter (Storm Reid). But when Cecilia’s abusive ex (Oliver Jackson-Cohen) commits suicide and leaves her a generous portion of his vast fortune, Cecilia suspects his death was a hoax. As a series of eerie coincidences turn lethal, threatening the lives of those she loves, Cecilia’s sanity begins to unravel as she desperately tries to prove that she is being hunted by someone nobody can see.”

The movie was originally intended to revive the horror property for its now-defunct shared monster-movie universe, with Johnny Depp starring as the titular character. However, following the wholly disappointing remake of The Mummy by Alex Kurtzman, the ‘Dark Universe’ project was dropped and The Invisible Man remake was moved to Blumhouse instead.

Written and directed by Leigh Whannell (Insidious: Chapter 3Upgrade), Blumhouse’s The Invisible Man will be a low-budget, socially conscious take on the classic Universal monster. In the vein of the studio’s popular horror films like Get OutThe Purge series, and Halloween, it will be led by a cast that includes The Haunting of Hill House actor Oliver Jackson-Cohen as The Invisible Man and The Handmaid’s Tale star Elisabeth Moss as his ex-girlfriend. Other members of the cast include are played by Aldis Hodge (Brian Banks), Harriet Dyer (The InBetween), and Storm Reid (A Wrinkle in Time).

Over the years we have seen many violent and tragic iterations of The Invisible Man. Though it follows the classic plot from literature, the creative mind behind each of these iterations has tweaked things a bit to give us a distinctive adventure. In this new remake, it is obvious that director Whannell has developed things in a very truly different direction. Whatever he has in store for us, we are super excited to watch it when it arrives in theaters on February 28, 2020.

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Tom Holland’s Spider-Man Cameo for Venom Got Removed by Marvel?

by Kaylen Summers

The recent disputes between Marvel and Sony have put Spider-Man’s future in the Marvel Cinematic Universe under jeopardy. Though fans are hoping for some wild Disney magic to turn everything back to normal and it seems like its far from happening as Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige confirmed that Spider-Man and the Marvel Cinematic Universe are done.

“It was a dream that I never thought would happen,” Feige explained during this year’s D23 convention. “It was never meant to last forever. We knew there was a finite amount of time that we’d be able to do this, and we told the story we wanted to tell, and I’ll always be thankful for that.”

The news is indeed sad and frustrating for any true comic-book fan out there. However, let’s not forget to consider the possibilities this ‘break-up’ offers too. Sony’s already existing Venom universe is a good place to start from. Fans are dying to see Spiderman and Venom share screen and with Marvel out of the way, Sony can now act on their plans to have the Wall-Crawler meet Venom without Marvel’s co-sign.

It’s such a wonderful plan that they could have cashed in on it long before, right? Well, it turns out that Sony may have already tried it once, but Marvel reportedly was so adamant not to go forward with it.

On an episode of Collider Live, Jay Washington said that Tom Holland was supposed to make a cameo in the Sony Spider-Man universe. But it was eventually cut due to Marvel asking for the scene to be removed.

Washington explained: “I’ll tell you the truth: Tom Holland did film a scene for Venom… Marvel saw the movie and was like ‘Take him out. Take this scene out.’ Peter Parker was in Venom, not Spider-Man.”

Marvel was handling the sticky superhero quite well, while Sony was focusing on building its own Spiderman universe with Venom. Though it was far from being a critical darling, the movie gave Sony the hit they desperately needed. Buoyed by Venom‘s success, a sequel is already in the pre-production stage with Andy Serkis set to helm the project. The movie will be pitting Eddie Brock against his nemesis, Cletus Kasady/Carnage. But, it was obvious that the studio wants to see both Venom and Spiderman face it off on the big screen one way or the other. 

Whatever the case may be, Venom 2  is shaping up to be a true R-rated flick, with Tom Hardy himself helping out with the script. While it’s too early to know if Tom Holland will make a cameo in the sequel, we should be expecting anything as Sony can now basically do whatever they want with the web-slinger.

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Sherlock Holmes 3: Dexter Fletcher Replaces Guy Richie As The Director

by Kaylen Summers

It’s been more than a decade now since we saw any new adventure from Robert Downey Jr.’s Sherlock. However, recent reports reveal that the distinguished detective of Baker Street will be returning back to the big screens soon.

After the first two movies of the franchise were released, Robert Downey Jr was busy with everyone’s favorite billionaire Tony Stark a.k.a Ironman. Now that the universe is safe from intergalactic threats, will see him back as the titular detective who solves perplex mysteries with his right-hand-man, Doctor Watson.

Jude Law will be returning to the franchise too in the role of Watson. However, Guy Ritchie- who helmed both 2009’s Sherlock Holmes and 2011’s A Game of Shadows– will not be returning to the director’s chair for this one. The director had been busy lately, with his recent live-action Disney remake, Aladdin.

But, don’t worry. The threequel is still in safe hands as the Rocketman director, Dexter Fletcher will be taking over the franchise from him. The filmmaker had a very successful run with his Elton John biopic that did well both critically and commercially.

When asked about the movie and its style, during a recent interview, the filmmaker had this to say: “I think that’s inevitable, isn’t it? Whenever you have different filmmakers. I’m not gonna ignore what he did so brilliantly before. There will be an element of that, but I will also bring my own voice to it as well and it will be something sort of different. And I suppose that’s the idea of bringing in somebody new. We’ll see what happens.”

Flecher was on his press rounds promoting the home-video release of Rocketman.

Both the directors have known each other for a very long time. Flecher even stared in Ritchie’s breakout feature, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. When heard about him directing the threequel, Flecher revealed that his pal was apparently very supportive.

“He’s very generous about it,” he explained, “He’s like, ‘You’re going to have a great time with it. Go and have a great time.’ It’ll be exciting. Robert [Downey Jr.] is amazing. Jude [Law} is fantastic. There’s an incredible cast there and a great opportunity. He’s not around to do it. He’s off doing what he’s doing. So it feels good to be part of that. Guy and I go way back and he’s very generous. I think he sort of finds it rather fun that it’s me.”

All plot details about the movie are currently being kept under wraps. With Robert Downey Jr. star power, the movie could probably outdo the previous two flicks which made a combined $1.06 billion at the global box office.

The official word on when production will begin is yet to be disclosed. From what we know the movie will film in California and is scheduled for release in cinemas on December 21st, 2021.

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‘The Irishman’ To Have A 210 Minutes Long Runtime

by Kaylen Summers

Yep! You heard it right. Martin Scorsese’s star-studded The Irishman will clock in a bum-numbing three hours and thirty minutes. Even though the movie is inching closer to its November release, not much has yet been revealed to about the flick. However, the newly disclosed details about the movie’s runtime will surely give fans a heads-up before its official release.

When compared with other ‘long runtime movies’, The Irishman is less than Gone With The Wind (238 minutes), Once Upon A Time In America (229 minutes) and Lawrence of Arabia (216 minutes). However, it is nine minutes longer than Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King and 10 minutes than The Godfather: Part II.

It was only last month that the film’s first trailer got released, featuring the first glimpse of a de-aged Robert De Niro. Even though we haven’t heard much about the movie since then, it is obvious now that the film has an incredibly impressive cast including De Niro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci. It’s also one of Scorsese’s priciest films yet, with a reported budget of $160 million (£130m).

Though the movie gets its premiere at the New York Film Festival on 27 September, it will only be available briefly in cinemas in the UK from 8 November. However, from 27 November onwards, the movie will begin streaming on Netflix.

Here is the official trailer for The Irishman:

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Kit Harington To Play Marvel’s Black Knight.

by Kaylen Summers

After the severe backlash following Spiderman’s departure, Marvel is trying to calm their fans down with some good casting announcements. Marvel Studio head Kevin Feige revealed at this year’s D23 Expo that the Game of Thrones star Kit Harington will be playing the role of Dane Whitman a.k.a Marvel’s Black Knight in the upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe flick The Eternals.

For MCU fans, the news comes with tremendous excitement. However, the real cherry on top came when Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige sat down with ‘Good Morning America’ backstage at D23 Expo. When asked about Kit Harington’s newest role, Feige shared that we will be seeing more of the character’s presence in the franchise than just his debut movie.

“He’s a really amazing actor, and this part came up in The Eternals film that we’re doing,” Feige said, “We were so happy when he agreed to join, and it is a part that could perhaps grow into something else in the future.”

Whitman first appeared in The Avengers #47 way back in the 1960s. Descendent to the original Black Knight and nephew to the villainous second Black Knight, Harington’s character is the third to bear the Black Knight moniker. After his evil uncle perished after a fight with everyone’s favorite billionaire, Iron Man, Whitman inherited the Ebony Blade- a cursed, mystical sword that has been passed down from generation to generation. He then takes up the Black Knight title to restore honor to his family name. The Character has been a longtime member many different versions of Avengers’ throughout the history of Marvel Comics. He has also joined up with other popular teams like the ‘Defenders’ and ‘Heroes for Hire’.

With the arrival of Disney’s streaming service, Marvel will have more creative freedom to explore new characters and stories. A Black Knight TV series can possibly help Harington’s role to grow into something bigger. But, all have to wait till Phase 5 as Marvel’s Phase 4 schedule seems to be complete.

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Michael Bay’s Next Project is Sony’s Black 5

by Emily Keen

If your brain is missing a dose of high-speed action, amidst firing guns and nasty explosions, we have good news!

Michael Bay is back to helming, with an action feature titled Black 5. The story is an original idea from the man himself but no details of the plot, have been spilled yet! Reports have it that the movie is being developed as a video game too, just like most Bay movies.

Ehren Kruger (Ghost in the Shell) will be doing the screenplay. Bay and Kruger go way back, as they have worked together on the script of multiple Transformer movies. Bay and Erwin Stoff will team up again after 13 Hours to produce the new high voltage action-adventure backed by Sony.

The details of Black 5 have not been addressed by the studio for now. The production is expected to begin in early 2020 as reported by ‘Variety’.

A typical Bay movie is an assortment of pyrotechnics, flying cars and fast cuts of mad war between patriots and enemies! Oh yes! And how can we forget his signature 360 spin shot! Considering his obsession with style over substance, it is safe to expect Black 5 to be an overhaul of a high energy tussle.

Michael Bay’s Transformers property has a cult following around the world and to date remains one of Hollywood’s biggest franchises. The franchise returned to screens in 2018 with its latest spinoff- Bumblebee. The film was a blockbuster and well received by critics and audience at large. It was directed by Travis Knight with Bay as a producer.

Michael Bay’s take on shooting films is improvisation to the max and giving the audience a complete visual of his set. His art lies in punctuating the scenes in a way to provide the viewers with a sense of space.

Bay’s career highlights include ArmageddonPearl Harbor, Bad Boys, The Island, Pain & Gain and 13 Hours. He is currently working on a Netflix project starring Ryan Reynolds which is expected to release next year.  The director is also working on a sci-fi thriller titled Robocalypse, which happens to be an adaptation of a novel by Daniel H. Wilson. The script is penned by Seth Goddard and the plot is set in the wake of a robot insurgency.

For all we know, we have a lot of Bayhem coming up on the big screen in the next two years.

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‘Mortal Kombat’ Reboot: Sonya Blade and Kano Casts Confirmed

by Kaylen Summers

The word is out that two more actors have been cast for the upcoming Mortal Kombat movie from Waner Bros and New Line. Actor Jessica McNamee is on board to play Sonya Blade, while actor Josh Lawson will be playing the role of Kano. The two actors are in final negotiations to play the iconic characters onscreen.

 Jessica McNamee is famous for her role in movies like The Vow (2012) and Chips (2017). But her most notable performance was in last year’s The Meg. On the other hand, the Australian actor Josh Lawson is known for his role as Doug Gugghenheim in Showtime sitcom House of Lies.

Though not much about the new film’s plot is know, there is a huge probability that it will be following the basic premise of the first game, which was set in a world where one-on-one deathmatches in a tournament held on the evil Shang Tsung’s island determined the fate of the world.

It was in 1992 that the original video game Mortal Kombat got first released. Having sold more than 49 million copies, it quickly thrived into one of the most profitable video game franchises of all time. In 1995 a movie adaptation of the game was released, with Paul W. S. Anderson helming the flick. The movie went on to gross an astonishing $122 million worldwide and an indirect sequel named Mortal Kombat: Annihilation was released.

However, the upcoming Mortal Kombat is expected to be hard R-rated, considering the amount of screen-carnage promised by the Screenwriter Greg Russo. “Since it’s already been stated by other members of the team, I’m gonna put this one to bed,” Russo tweeted, “MK WILL be R-Rated and for the first time EVER, FATALITIES will FINALLY be on the big screen (and no I’m not gonna say which ones) You’ll just have to wait for the movie & see!!!”

 Joe Taslim (Sub-Zero), Mehcad Brooks (Jackson “Jax” Briggs), Sisi Stringer (Mileena), and Tadanobu Asano (Raiden, the Japanese god of thunder) were previously announced as cast members for the reboot. British actor Lewis Tan will also be appearing to play a lead role, whose identity is still unknown.

The film, currently in pre-production, is expected to begin shooting later this year in Adelaide, Australia. Directed by Simon McQuaid, Aquaman director James Wan will be the producer of the movie.

Mortal Kombat is set to hit theaters in March 2021.

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The First look of Sophia Lillis Starrer Gretel and Hansel is Out!

by Emily Keen

The favorite fairy tale of all times gets an all-new spin. Hansel and Gretel our good ol’ bedtime story, is coming to life on the silver screen to scare your sleep away.

Only this time Gretel will be center stage. Sophia Lillis of IT and IT: Chapter 2 fame will be playing Gretel. The Orion Pictures’ upcoming horror feature titled Gretel and Hansel will be directed by Osgood “Oz” Perkins.

The creepy recreation of the fairy tale classic opens in theatres on January 31, 2020.

January is not exactly a prosperous time when it comes to cinema. But Gretel and Hansel might prove to be the Humdinger for the month of trashy movies.

Starring alongside Sophia Lillis will be a newcomer Sammy Leakey. The rest of the lineup includes Charles Babalola, Alice Krige, and Jessica De Gouw. Rob Hayes has finished working on the script and the production is already underway.

Brian Kavanaugh-Jones and Fred Berger are co-producing the venture along with executive producers Sandra Yee Ling, Macdara Kellehe.

Sophia has soared to heights of fame with her appearance in Stephen King’s IT franchise. She will be back to play Beverly in the second installment releasing this September. Her big-screen debut was with the 2016 drama, 37. She has also featured in TV mini-series like Sharp Objects, and her own franchise Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase.

Here is the first image of Sophia Lillis as Gretel, sourced from Orion Pictures.

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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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‘The Suicide Squad’: James Gunn Casts Comedian Steve Agee as King Shark

by Kaylen Summers

From specifically-themed birthday cake to plenty of speculation and rumors, we all knew that it would be happening one way or the other. Our expectations were not in vain as it is now official that King Shark will be a part of James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad and comedian Steve Agee will be cast in the role. Agee will be providing the voice-over to the humanoid super-villain with shark’s torso and a human’s legs.

The DC villain created by Karl Kesel first made a brief cameo in the comics in Superboy vol. 3, #0 (Oct. 1994) and later made his first full appearance in Superboy vol. 3, #9 (Nov. 1994). Even though he was a part of the Arrowverse series The Flash, Gunn’s new movie will mark his first appearance in a big-screen adaptation.

Gunn and Agee have already worked together in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, in which he played the Ravager Gef. However, he is known among fans as a comedian with a knack for stealing scenes. The actor has popped up in everything from New Girl to Superstore to You’re the Worst. He has also voiced for Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time and Netflix’s Twelve Forever. If that is not enough to note how incredibly talented he is, Agee has also written 306 episodes of Jimmy Kimmel Live!

It was in 2016 that Warner Bros. and DC released the first installment of Suicide Squad, written and directed by David Ayer. Even though the movie went through pretty negative reviews, it became a box office hit earning up to $746.8 million worldwide.  The movie also suffered a bit of tumultuous post-production with Warner Bros. who were desperate on changing the heavily criticized dark tone of their movies.

The new movie will be a soft reboot with an original story from Gunn. Chuck Roven and Peter Safran will be overlooking the production. Though sequel will not be having direct ties to the first one, it will be picking up where the 2016 film had left off. Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn), Joel Kinnaman (Rick Flag), Viola Davis (Amanda Waller), and Jai Courtney (Captain Boomerang) are reportedly reprising their roles from the first movie. Newly added members to the team will be Idris Elba as a yet-to-be-revealed character, David Dastmalchian (Polka-Dot Man), Daniela Melchior (Ratcatcher), and Flula Borg in a supporting role.

The Suicide Squad is expected to hit theaters on Aug. 6, 2021, with its production starting in September. With Gunn onboard, The Suicide Squad will be shaping up to be one of the most anticipated superhero projects of recent times.

Check out this space for more updates about the movie.

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Taika Waititi Confirms; Two Thors for Marvel’s ‘Thor: Love & Thunder’.

by Kaylen Summers

The Marvel Cinematic Universe saw the end of its third phase this summer with Spiderman: Far From Home. With more than a decade of movies behind them, the studio has already been revealing its plans for Phase Four through events like San Diego Comic-Con and this year’s D23. One among such big Marvel movies announced at Comic-Con this year was Thor: Love and Thunder.

The blockbuster features the return of the fan-favorite Avenger Thor portrayed by Chris Hemsworth. Directed by Taika Waititi, the movie will be the first time a Marvel hero is given a fourth solo movie. Waititi is worth mentioning for his quick wits that breathed new life into the franchise when he helmed the action-packed, cheekily irreverent take on the Marvel superhero in Ragnarok. However, there is another reason why fans are super excited about the upcoming movie.

Natalie Portman will be returning back to the franchise to reprise the role of Jane Foster. That’s not all. The actress is coming back to the MCU as Mighty Thor. The original God of Thunder is sure to have a run for his money.

Oh, wait! What will happen to our Thor if Natalie is the new one?

There is no need for confusions as the director himself clarified this confusion. Talking in an interview at Disney’s D23 Expo, Waititi explained: “[She’s] a Thor. There’s still the other Thor, the original Thor. She’s not called Female Thor. In the comics, she’s called the Mighty Thor. It comes from that comic run. I couldn’t be more happy and excited.”

Jane Foster becoming the Mighty Thor is a major story-arc in the comics. However, we cannot say that movie will be adapting that storyline entirely. In the comics, Jane becomes the Thor after the original Thor became unworthy to wield Mjolnir. But, from what director Waititi recently confirmed, there will be two Thors in the film.

The director explained previously in an interview with Variety about how he convinced Portman to return, and how he wanted to finally make the actress into a full-fledged superhero.

“I just said to her, ‘Are you interested in coming back to this thing, but doing something really different?'”Waititi revealed, “Because another thing, no one wants to keep repeating themselves and no one wants to play the same characters all the time. And I think for her, just coming back reprising that character but in this whole fresh new way, is really what I think would interest anyone. Especially, in most of these films, if you’re not a superhero… do you really want to keep doing that? I mean, I wouldn’t. I would want to come back and change things up.”

Whatever the case may be, we are super-excited and eager to see two Thors on screen. Though the movie only premieres in theaters on November 5, 2021, the wait is worth it now.

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Nathan Fillion to Join the Ensemble of Suicide Squad 2

by Emily Keen

Nathan Fillion who is best known for his role in shows like Castle and Rookie will be making an entry into the DC universe. Although it is still unclear on what role he will be land in, the actor has been officially signed for the Suicide Squad 2.

The ensemble of the DC comic adaptation includes Viola Davis (Amanda Waller), Joel Kinnaman (Rick Flag), Jai Courtney (Captain Boomerang) and Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn). New additions to the cast include Daniela Melchior as Ratcatcher, David Dastmalchian as the Polka Dot Man and John Cena as Peacemaker. And just like Nathan, Idris Elba who is also officially on board the team has some mystery attached to his role as well.

James Gunn will be directing the sequel and the pre-production phase has already kicked in. Not to mention this is not the first time James and Fillion have been pairing up for a project. Their history goes way back when Fillion starred in Gunn’s Slither as well as in Super (a dark superhero comedy). Fillion also made his way into the Marvel Cinematic Universe when he voiced for an alien in the Guardians of Galaxy.

Is Fillion’s role in Suicide Squad 2 is a crucial arc bearer or will he be seen just as a cameo? Well, that still remains a mystery!

Nathan Fillion is adored for his role as Captain Malcolm on Firefly, a series which aired just for one season but still has a cult following. Apart from Firefly, Fillion also starred in popular series like Modern Family and A series of Unfortunate Events. He was the voice of Green Lantern in animated DC series like The Death of Superman.

The sequel of Suicide Squad is said to be a total reboot of the first installment. James Gunn has refrained from calling this movie a ‘reboot’ or a ‘franchise’. Apparently, he has headed in a different direction altogether, not taking it down the same path as David Ayer did with Suicide Squad. The plot of the movie is still under wraps. The movie will open in theatres on August 6, 2021.

 

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New Set Photo From Fast & Furious 9 Teases The Return of Paul Walker’s Brian

by Kaylen Summers

Anybody who has seen the Fast and Furious movies would know how much the actors care for their friends both on-screen and off-screen. Over the years, each installment from the franchise had brought the crew closer and closer just as ‘the family’ they portray on-screen. However, the untimely death of Paul Walker was a shock for both them and the fans.

The actor died in November 2013 at age 40 during the shooting of Fast & Furious 7. The brothers Caleb and Cody Walker stood in for Paul and helped complete the movie with the help of some CGI. The movie’s climax with Brian O’Connor driving off into the sunset paid homage to the actor and the legacy he left behind. Even though we didn’t see Brian in The Fate of the Furious, both Caleb and Cody Walker had made it clear that they have no problem standing in for Brian in the future.

With that being said, a recent pic posted on Instagram by Diesel revealed him and Cody Walker hanging out on the set of Fast and Furious 9. This has made many fans speculate that we will be seeing Walker again on-screen as Brian.

Diesel had this to say in his post: “There is something special that happens every time Cody comes to visit production… Always making Pablo proud! All love, always. .”

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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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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Jexi (2019) Trailer

by Emily Keen

Jexi depicts the life of young Phil who finds a sounding board in his virtual assistant which soon turns out to be his worst nightmare The comedy feature is written and directed by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore. It stars Adam DeVine, Alexandra Shipp, Michael Peña, Rose Byrne, Justin Hartley, Wanda Sykes, Ron Funches, and Charlyne Yi.  The movie

Releasing Date: 11 October 2019

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The ensemble of Ghost Draft Just Got More Interesting!

by Emily Keen

Stand up comedian Theo Von is the latest addition to the cast of Ghost Draft.

The Sci-fi thriller will be directed by Chris Mckay. The movie brings together an exciting ensemble which includes  Chris Pratt, Yvonne Strahovski, JK Simmons, Betty Gilpin, and Sam Richardson.

The script penned by Zach Dean and Bill Dubuque follows the experience of a man of the family who gets drafted to the future to fight a war that shall decide the fate of humanity. It all relies on the man’s ability to confront the issues of his past.

The movie will be produced by David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, Don Granger, David S. Goyer, Jules Daly, and Adam Kolbrenner.

Von is currently busy with the Dark Arts tour which seems like a huge success with all shows sold out around the globe. This might need him to reorganize his filming schedule of Ghost Draft.

Amidst the busy schedule, Von will still continue doing his weekly podcast This Past Weekend. The podcast is a huge hit with 5 million downloads a week.

Skydance developed Ghost Draft along with Paramount and will be producing and financing the venture.

The David Ellison owned company is also known for some major franchises like Mission Impossible and Star Trek.

Von’s latest big project was called No offense, a stand comedy streaming on Netflix. It didn’t invite much of applause and was poorly acclaimed for being cliche. Looks like Von’s career could use a breath of fresh air and Ghost Draft has arrived just in time.

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The Sound of Silence (2019) Trailer

by Emily Keen

 

A successful house tuner helps his clients by calibrating the sound of their homes to match their moods until he comes across a client whose problems lie beyond the scope of his skills. The film is directed by Michael Tyburski and stars Peter Sarsgaard in the lead role.

Release Date: 13 September 2019

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The Coach of 12 Mighty Orphans Finally Has a Face

by Emily Keen

Luke Wilson has officially stepped in the role of Coach Rusty Russel.

12 Mighty Orphans is a feature adaptation of Jim Dent’s novel of the same name. It documents true life events of a group of orphans chasing the title of Texas Football champions.

To summarize the plot- It shows the journey of a football coach and his team who inspires the crippling nation struck by Great Depression!

The Bottle Rocket star has an interesting line up of movie coming later in the year. Berlin: I Love you released earlier in 2019 and his upcoming projects include “The Goldfinch” and Zombieland: Double Tap.

The story of 12 Mighty Orphans is set in the era of WWI. Rusty Russel, trying to come to terms with his bitter past as an orphan, feels obligated to turn the fate of others like him. On discovering about the boys he decides to trade in as their coach and transforms them from a bunch of amateurs to potential champions.

The script has been penned collectively by Ty Roberts and Lane Garrison. The film will be co-produced by Mike De Luca, Houston Hill, Angelique De Luca in association with Greenbelt Films’ Brinton Bryan.

Production shall kick-off by fall. It will be filmed in Fort Worth, Texas as dictated by the original narrative.

Wilson in the skin of Russel seems like a pretty interesting choice given his journey that highlights comedy flicks as his forte. But then again it would be unfair to pigeonhole the actor into one genre since has maintained the balance when it comes to the choice of projects. Although his major credits do come with a stamp of humor.

In recent years he has dived into multiple low key ventures and even TV series and like DC’s Stargirl and Showtime’s Roadies. The hustle and shuffle only point to his gleaming versatility. The 12 Mighty Orphans seem to be in good hands after all!

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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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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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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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Last Christmas (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Last Christmas is a romantic comedy about Kate, a young woman who has always been unlucky. She takes a job as a department store elf during the holidays. Just when all things were going so miserable for her, she meets Tom and it turns her life around.

Releasing Date: 7 November 2019

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‘Doctor Doom’ Script Is Ready. Noah Hawley Waiting For Feige’s Call.

by Kaylen Summers

With Disney’s $71.3 billion mergers with Fox earlier this year, the future of franchises like X-men and Fantastic Four remains in a lot of uncertainty. It’s obvious that the final decision is up to Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, who teased a possible reboot of Fox’s Marvel properties during the studio’s presentation at San Diego Comic-Con this year.

Now, Legion creator Noah Hawley reveals that Feige recently asked him if he was still working on Doctor Doom. Even though Hawley was ready to read the final script to him, Feige didn’t call him back afterward. Talking about the incident, Hawley had this to say:

“I mean, where it stands is now that the movie is done and Legion is done and I’ve taken a little time off because someone told me there was this word ‘vacation,’ which means you don’t work, which sounded really interesting to me. But you know, I need to circle back to them and announce that I would love to make it and figure out if that’s something that is possible.

“Whether or not they already have a plan in place for what to do with those characters or whether they’re open to my kind of vision for what to do with those characters. But it’s sort of on me right now to go push them, which I will do as soon as I come up for air.”

In the comics, Dr. Doom is the arch-rival of the Fantastic Four. Giving supervillains their own solo movie is not something that Marvel usually do. Though Warner Bros’ DC (Suicide Squad, Joker) and Sony (Venom) have successfully attempted such runs with their baddies, we don’t think that Disney’s child-friendly approach will be happy with the idea.

Besides that, Feige’s primary focus (if he is planning on doing anything with the newly acquired properties) will most probably be on integrating X-men into the existing Marvel Cinematic Universe. That sounds more practical in every sense than a standalone supervillain movie. However, let’s hope the best for Hawley to make his Doctor Doom come alive on the big screen.

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A Hidden Life (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

A Hidden Life tells the story of an Austrian farmer named Franz Jägerstätter. He refuses to fight for the Nazis during World War II. For this, he faces threats of execution for treason. However, his faith remains unwavering and his love for his family helped to keep his spirit alive.

Releasing Date: 13 December 2019

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Bautista To Star In Undercover Thriller ‘Traphouse’

by Kaylen Summers

Dave Bautista is marking his name on the Hollywood map with some of the most anticipated projects lined up for release. The latest addition to his already busy slate is the new action thriller movie Traphouse.

The movie will see the former WWE star and his longtime manager Jonathan Meisner’s Dream Bros Entertainment reteaming with Signature Films. The two production houses worked previously on Final Score last year, which starred Bautista and Pierce Brosnan.

Talking about the movie, Bautista had this to say: “Traphouse is a project that we’ve been working on for years. We’re thrilled to be working with Marc and his team at Signature to bring [Traphouse] to life, and in Gary, we’ve found the perfect writer to infuse our original fast-paced action movie with tons of heart.”

Fast & Furious creator Gary Scott Thompson will be penning the script for the undercover spy thriller. Thompson is known for his scripts for 88 Minutes and TV’s Last Vegas. The upcoming movie follows an undercover DEA agent and his partner who embark on a cat and mouse game with their own rebellious teenagers. The teens have been robbing from a dangerous cartel, using their parents’ tactics and top-secret intel.

Over the years, Bautista moved from playing brief appearances- like in Smallville and Chuck, to key roles in movies like The Man With the Iron Fists and Riddick. However, it was with his performance as Drax in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, that the actor became part of the big-budget Hollywood.

The actor is now part of other franchises including films like Blade Runner 2049, Escape Plan, Hotel Artemis and 2019’s Stuber alongside Kumail Nanjiani.

Traphouse is slated to release next year.

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James Wan To Produce Adaptation of Horror Novel ‘The Troop’

by Kaylen Summers

When it comes to making horror movies, no one does it better than James Wan. Now the man behind the Conjuring universe is all set to give us another bone-chilling experience from the genre. But, this time he will be on the producer’s seat.

The Aquaman director is developing an adaptation of Nick Cutter’s book The Troop. Cutter is a horror pen name used by Craig Davidson, who also writes under the name Patrick Lestewka for the genre. Recently, Wan’s production house Atomic Monster announced that it has acquired the rights to adapt the book into a movie. E.L. Katz, who directed episodes of Syfy’s Channel Zero, will be helming the adaptation. Writers Noah Gardner and Aidan Fitzgerald are said to pen the script.

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Originally, The Troop revolves around a group of young Boy Scouts who are off with Scoutmaster Tim on an uninhabited island for their annual camping adventure. They find a strange starving man there and welcome him into their camp. You know where this is going, right?! The sick man unleashes a gruesome parasite, which leads to a battle between the infected scouts and the healthy ones. No wonder why Wan was so interested in the project!

Along with Atomic Monster, the movie will also have JS Entertainment and Starlight Media as producers. However, the company has its hands full at the moment, with their next project The Conjuring 3 set for release on Sept. 11, 2020. A Mortal Kombat movie is also in the preproduction, along with There’s Someone Inside Your House for Netflix. There is also an untitled project to be directed by Wan.

Wan is also on board for the Aquaman sequel. But that’s another story. Stick around and we will give you an update on that.

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Dolemite Is My Name (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Dolemite Is My Name is the biographical comedy film about comedian, musician, singer, actor, and producer Rudy Ray Moore. The movie is set to tell the story of how Moore crafted the Dolemite persona when he entered the world of comedy. Eddie Murphy will be portraying the legend onscreen.

Releasing Date: September 2019

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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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Disney Plans For A Aladdin Sequel. Will It Be ‘The Return Of Jafar’?

by Kaylen Summers

Yeah, yeah! We all know how frenzy Disney is when it comes to ‘reimaging’ their classic tales. Over the past few years, the Mouse House has been on a streak of remaking their old animated features into live-action ones. Even though the critics are not at all happy with these retellings, the box-office numbers are enough for the studio to continue making such flicks.

But, don’t underestimate these movies as lousy remakes. They are at the top of the game when it comes to budget, visual effects, star power, and promotions. And as a result, they smash through millions at the box-office. The 2019 movie Aladdin is a perfect example of this. The movie was a huge win for not only the studios but for Actor Will Smith and director Guy Ritchie as well, giving them their highest-grossing film so far.

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With Aladdin receiving such a huge response at the box-office, it is obvious that the studio will work on a sequel for it.  Recently producer Dan Lin revealed in an interview that the sequel is very much in the cards.

Lin explained: “We have now. We certainly when we first made the movie wanted to just make the best movie we could and let audiences tell us if they wanted to see more. And I would say resoundingly audiences want to see more. They’ve watched this movie multiple times. We have lots of fan letters about people who really go back and they bring their friends and bring their family. And so we feel like there’s more story to tell.

“We are going to treat it the same way we treat the original Aladdin movie and not going to do a shot by shot remake of anything that’s been done before. We’re really looking at what’s been done before in the past and the home video, and there’s just more story to tell with the underlying materials. So without giving away too much, we are certainly exploring where we can go with this franchise.”

Though Aladdin was a live-action remake, many changes were made to the original version of the story. So, we are curious about how the studio will be developing a suitable script for its sequel. The old animated feature had an indirect sequel named The Return of Jafar. From what we know, the new sequel will not be a direct adaptation of any movie, but an amalgam of various source materials- including the short-lived animated series as well.

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Edgar Wright’s New Psychological Thriller Gets Release Date

by Kaylen Summers

Anyone who saw 2017’s Baby Driver will not be forgetting the director of the movie- Edgar Wright, for his unique style of story-telling and visual comedy. Two years after his summer smash hit, the director is back again with another original flick. But, this time Wright is all set to deviate a little from his iconic style for the London-based psychological thriller.

Titled Last Night in Soho, nothing much has been revealed about the movie so far. However, during the early stages ahead of filming, Wright revealed that the movie will be a thriller which will remind many fans of Nicolas Roeg’s 1973 thriller Don’t Look Now and Roman Polanski’s 1965 feature Repulsion.

Finally, we got the official confirmation from Focus Features that the movie is slated to release on Friday, September 25, 2020. If the date remains unchanged, then we will see the movie face off against The Many Saints of Newark, the upcoming prequel film to The Sopranos.

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However, Last Night in Soho has an impressive cast to power it to the top of the box-office. The movie will star Anya Taylor-Joy (New Mutants), Matt Smith (Doctor Who), Thomasin McKenzie (Jojo Rabbit), Michael Ajao (Attack the Block), Synnøve Karlsen (Clique), Diana Rigg (Game of Thrones), Terence Stamp (Superman), and Rita Tushingham (A Taste of Honey). Wright will be co-writing the script with Penny Dreadful‘s Krysty Wilson-Cairns. The film will be produced by Wright, Nira Park, and Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner. It will also be released overseas by Universal Pictures International.

There is no doubt that Baby Driver helped Wright to mark his name on the Hollywood map. The movie starring Ansel Elgort, Lily James, Jon Hamm, Eiza Gonzalez, Jamie Foxx, and Jon Bernthal, went on to gross $226 million worldwide. It was also a massive hit with critics and received three Oscar nominations. With the upcoming movie, Wright will surely make his way into the list of top Hollywood directors.

In the meantime, we will keep you update more about Wright and his new psycho-thriller.

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Mary (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Mary tells the story of a family who is longing to refresh their family spirit. They buy an old boat and starts sailing in isolated waters. However, they soon realize certain unusual occurrences happening within the boat. As days pass, they are revealed to a terrifying truth behind the happenings.

Releasing Date: 11 October 2019

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Running with the Devil (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Running With The Devil (2019) American action thriller film that marks the directorial debut of Jason Cabell. The movie revolves around a determined federal agent. He tracks down the supply line of a group of experienced cocaine dealers.

Releasing Date: 20 September 2019

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Will Tarantino’s 10th and Final Movie Be A Horror Film?! Here Is What The Director Says

by Kaylen Summers

We all know that Quentin Tarantino’s 10th film would be his final one. The director himself has made it clear many times over the past. However, with Once Upon A Time In Hollywood being his ninth movie and his biggest box office hit so far, high expectations seem to build up among fans for his next and final original flick.

The hype is real and it’s no wonder why Tarantino seems to have a hard time pinpointing a perfect project for his tenth movie. The director has been juggling through many projects for the right one it seems, including a rated “R” take on Star Trek and even a third film in the Kill Bill series.

However, in a recent interview, the interviewer asked Tarantino if his 10th and final movie could be a horror-centric one. The director’s response was as follows:

“If I come up with a terrific horror film story, I will do that as my tenth movie. I love horror movies. I would love to do a horror film. And I do actually think that the Spahn Ranch sequence is the closest to a horror sequence because I do think it’s vaguely terrifying. And I didn’t even quite realize how good we did it, frankly, to tell you the truth, until my editor told me.

[My editor told me,] ‘The Spahn Ranch sequence is a horror film. ‘Oh, really? It’s good? It’s working?’ He goes, ‘No, no, no, Quentin, you don’t understand. It’s The Texas Chain Saw Massacre with a budget. It’s like Brad Pitt is walking into The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. It’s fucking terrifying.’ I go, ‘Wow, I’m glad! Really?!’ Because I hadn’t seen anything. And when I look at it, I think, ‘Yeah, this is sorta like The Texas Chain Saw Massacre,’ which is about as good a compliment as you can make.”

Tarantino is not new to the genre. He wrote the vampire action flick From Dusk Till Dawn for Robert Rodriguez and even took a supporting lead role in the first act. His Grindhouse contribution Death Proof was sort of slasher film with a killer Stuntman named Mike using his car to kill women. Even his movies are known for heavy onscreen violence and bloodshed. As fans of the director, we can only hope that we will get a chance to see a full-fledged horror film written and directed by Tarantino.

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Low Tide (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Low Tide tells the story about teenager Alan and his younger brother. They find a bag of coins on a dead man’s island home. Even though they hide it from their friends, one of them grows suspicious and eventually finds out about it. Now, the violently unpredictable friend is willing to do anything to get the coins all for himself.

Releasing Date: 4 October 2019

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The Fanatic (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

The Fanatic tells the story about Moose. He is a rabid movie fan who is obsessed with his favorite celebrity action hero, Hunter Dunbar. When he gets cheated on an opportunity to meet Hunter, he turns to stalk the celebrity to get the attention he feels he deserves. What started off as a harmless act, eventually turns into life-threatening.

Releasing Date: 30 August 2019

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New GI Joe Spinoff Movie To Feature Undercover Specialist Chuckles

by Kaylen Summers

Even the die-hard fan of the old G.I Joe lineup may not be familiar with the undercover expert: Chuckles. But don’t worry,   we will be seeing the character from the comics, making a big-screen appearance in what is reported to be a spin-off from the franchise.

Paramount and Hasbro have already announced the upcoming movie Snake Eyes months ago. The new spin-off can build up to a G.I Joe Cinematic Universe sometime in the future. Reportedly, writers Josh Appelbaum and Andrew Nemec, who wrote Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol and Michael Bay’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movies, are attached to pen the script. The pair will also be writing the Tom Clancy-based thriller Rainbow Six for Paramount.

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The immensely popular G.I. Joe was first adapted as a live-action movie with 2009’s G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. The movie grossed over $300 million at the box office and paved the way for the sequel G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013). The movie added Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson to the cast and performed even better at the box office, grossing over $375 million.

Though Paramount sought to continue the success of the franchise with a third installment called G.I. Joe: Ever Vigilant, the movie didn’t even make it past pre-production. Initially reported to be released in 2016, the project juggled directors and eventually wound up in development hell.

With Snake Eyes spin-off, G.I Joe is all set to return back to the silver screen once again. Directed by Robert Schwentke (Insurgent, Allegiant), the film will follow Snake Eyes’ journey to Japan for training and his eventually joining the G.I. Joe team.

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Why Amanda Seyfried Turned Down To Play Gamora In Guardians Franchise?

by Kaylen Summers

After the devastating events of Avengers: Endgame, you will be a fool to not know ‘who Gamora is’. Unless of course, you are friends with this guy!

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The green-skinned step-daughter of Thanos is an integral part of the MCU and one of the main members of the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise. With Zoe Saldana acing the role as Gamora, its obvious that Marvel did a pretty good job at casting the right person, right?! But, it now turns out that the studio had someone else in their mind before Saldana.

During a recent interview, the Mamma mia! star, Amanda Seyfried revealed that she could have been Gamora in the Guardians of the Galaxy movies. The actress stated: “I turned down one [superhero role] once and they haven’t called back since. And it was a big’un. I don’t regret it because I didn’t want to be green for six months out of every year. They tell beautiful stories through superheroes, and my daughter’s now really obsessed with superheroes now, and part of me wishes I’d done it, but the other part of me is like ‘I had a life to live’ and I don’t think I would’ve been happy.”

The actress is currently promoting her new movie The Art of Racing in the Rain, which hit theaters this weekend. You can check out the full interview clip from the MTV International YouTube channel below.

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Thor: Love and Thunder’s Script Is Finished. Shoots To Begin Early 2020

by Kaylen Summers

This year’s San Diego Comic-Con was full of surprises and one of the most exciting news came from Marvel’s Hall H panel. Fans were thrilled to know that Thor will be getting his fourth installment, as the whole cinematic universe is moving into its phase four.

It is a known fact that the Thor movies were not fan-favorites until Taika Waititi showed up for helming Thor: Ragnarok. The director gave the character the right twist of humor and made fans want more of him. With the new movie, Waititi will be returning back to the director’s seat and we are sure that he is all set to tickle our funny bones.

Recent reports reveal that the director has already finished the script for the movie and the filming is set to begin by early next year. However, before returning back to MCU, he will be finishing off the soccer movie Next Goal Wins for Fox Searchlight. The shooting for this movie will be starting quickly and it is believed that Waititi will be diving into his MCU flick as soon as it is wrapped up.

The new Thor movie will obviously see Chris Hemsworth reprising Thor Odinson and Tessa Thompson returning as Valkyrie. But that’s not all. According to what was revealed at Comic-Con, we will also see the return of Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster, who will take on the Mighty Thor mantle. For those who are into reading comics, this comes as no surprise. The idea of Jane becoming the new Thor was brought to the world first by Marvel Comics writer Jason Aaron. Now, it seems like Waititi will be taking some inspiration from that storyline.

If all goes well and the shooting starts by early 2020, we will be seeing the new female Thor on-screen in Thor: Love and Thunder by November 5, 2021.

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Honey Boy (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Honey Boy (2019) is an upcoming American drama film that tells the story about a young actor trying to reconcile with his father. He had a troubled childhood and the event of the movie shows how it, in turn, later affects the relationship between him and his father.

Releasing Date: 8 November 2019

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Dictionary.com Roasts Disney’s ‘Home Alone’ Remake

by Kaylen Summers

From talking teapots to kingdoms far, far away, Disney is known for bringing out the most imaginative narratives ever. The never-ending tales from the House of Mouse have always been dear to many generations and still holds a warm place in our hearts.

However, the studio is recently obsessed with remakes. We are not just alone talking about the live-action retelling of old classics. Disney, with its upcoming streaming service, has announced the remake of hit movies like Home Alone, A Night at the Museum, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and Cheaper by the Dozen. If you think that your childhood just got ruined, then you are not alone.  Dictionary.com is one among the many who feels the same way.

It was only recently that Disney CEO Bob Iger announced that the studio will be working on “reimagining” Home Alone and other fan favorites. The new versions will be produced for the upcoming Disney+ streaming service.

Properties like Home Alone initially belonged to Fox Studios. However, with Disney’s $71 billion acquisition of the company’s assets, they are legally free to do anything they want with these memorable hits, including ruining the perfectly-made original movies with remakes, reboots, or spinoffs.

While some of us were grumbling in dislike to the announcement, ‘Dictionary.com’ took it to their twitter page and roast the Hollywood giant with their popular ‘Word of The Day’ hashtag. Here is the tweet:

From what is known,  Home Alone will be the only movie to get “reimagined” for now. Meanwhile, spin-0ffs of the movies like Night at the Museum, Cheaper by the Dozen and Diary of a Wimpy Kid are reported to be produced.

Though Disney+ will be launching this November, we are still not aware of who will be staring and directing in the new Home Alone or other remakes/spin-offs. Let’s just hope that it will not be a total “blasphemy” after all.

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The Day Shall Come (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

The Day Shall Come is a movie that ridicules real-life FBI sting operations. Moses (Marchant Davis) is a bankrupt leader of a small religious commune in Miami. Kendra Glack (Anna Kendrick) is an FBI Agent who wants to look good in front of her boss. For this, she anonymously offers cash to Moses to save his family from eviction. Her original plan, however, is to turn him into a criminal by fuelling his odd revolutionary dreams.

Releasing Date: 27 September 2019

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The Addams Family (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

The Addams Family (2019) marks the return of the famous comics/animated series back to the big screen. This time the kookiest family on the block has to face off against the 21st century and its treacherous, greedy, arrogant and sly reality TV host Margaux Needler. The movie features the voices of Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, Chloë Grace Moretz, Finn Wolfhard, Nick Kroll, Snoop Dogg, Bette Midler, and Allison Janney.

Releasing Date: 18 October 2019

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Haunt (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Haunt comes from the writers of A Quiet Place.  The plot of the movie is about a group of friends who visits a haunted house on Halloween. However, things soon go out of their control as they are forced to face their deepest nightmares.

Releasing Date: 22 August 2019

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These Ghostbusters 2020 Set Photos Will Make You Nostalgic

by Kaylen Summers

When it comes to iconic movies, none is more recognizable than Ghostbusters. Released during the ’80s the original movie and its sequel were nothing short of blockbusters. The movies kick-started a wide range of spin-off cartoon shows, merchandises, theme-park rides, and eventually became one of the most influential pop culture artifact of all time. Though the studio was eager to cash-in on the fame with a third installment, the production never happened.

However, in 2016 the studio decided to do a gender-swap reboot of the original. The movie crashed and burnt at the box office, receiving severe backlash from the fans. This put the future of the whole franchise in jeopardy and it was obvious that the studios were up for another shot.

Yet, in early 2019 Jason Reitman, son of original Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman and an Oscar-nominated filmmaker shocked fans everywhere with the announcement that there is going to be another Ghostbuster movie and it is going to be the direct threequel to the original.

Nothing much about the movie was disclosed and all we got was a small teaser that didn’t reveal much (only some easter eggs and other teases). Despite all this secrecy, the internet blessed us with some set photos. Here are some of those photos that popped up online:

Though these new Ghostbusters 2020 images certainly don’t give away anything new about the plot, it is sure to create some true nostalgic sense for its die-hard fans.  Now, all we can hope is that this newest attempt at bringing back Ghostbusters will somehow be enough to truly satisfy these fans. Whatever the case may be, we will keep you posted.

 

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‘Happy Death Day’ Director Is Back To Direct For BlumHouse Again

by Kaylen Summers

Let’s all admit that Happy Death Day and Happy Death Day 2U  were two refreshing hits that we never expected from BlumHouse. Directed by Christopher Landon, the movies made quite a buzz at the box-office and became favorites for both movie fans and critics. However, neither BlumHouse or Netflix wanted to go for a threequel. Thus the fate of the Happy Death Day trilogy was left uncertain with just two installments.

Earlier this summer, Landon himself confirmed on Twitter that there will be no third installment.

Now, it seems like Landon is back working for the studio again. But it will be for another horror flick. Jason Blum of Blumhouse will also be a part of this secret horror movie project as a producer. Not many details about the movie are known as of now. Although, there are rumors that the movie is about a killer wreaking havoc in a small town. Sounds familiar? Yes!! It’s another slasher film. But don’t worry. Since it’s Landon, we can expect some fresh narrative.

His previous two films were also slasher films. But they stood out as rare gems from the production house for their novel narrative style and slant towards humor. That does not mean Landon is just about humor alone. Before debuting as a director, he began his career as a writer, co-writing Disturbia and later working on the screenplays for the second, third, and fourth Paranormal Activity movies. He made his debut as directer later with Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones and caught the attention of audiences with the 2015 zombie comedy movie Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse. This guy really knows what he is doing!

With that being said, we sure are waiting to see how the new slasher from the director will be like. Some say that it is going to be a reboot of Scream. But, right now we are happy that he is back in action with BlumHouse.

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Must-Watch Movies This Holiday Season

by Kaylen Summers

Summer is still underway and the box office is crowded with tentpole movies like Hobbs & Shaw and The Lion King. Yet we couldn’t help ourselves from taking a peek at the holiday line-up. Yeah! We know it a little too early to get a full glimpse of the entire holiday slate. But, from what is announced so far, the holiday season this year is going to be really merry for all the cinephiles out there.

With that being said, here is the list for the must-watch movies releasing this holiday season.

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A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood 

Hearing just anything about this movie is enough to warm our hearts. A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood is a real-life story based on the affable friendship between the journalist Tom Junod and television star Fred Rogers. The two meet as a part of the journalist’s assignment to profile the famous TV host. However, the events changed his life by giving him a cordial friendship with Rogers.

Releasing Date: 22 November 2019

1917

Not all movies for the holiday season will be merry-spirited. Some can be grim and bleak in theme. 1917 is one such movie. It 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

Cats

Here is a musical to enjoy the holiday spirit. 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

Jumanji: The Next Level

Wait! Is it Jumanji 3 or Jumanji 2?!  Let’s just call it Jumanji: The Next Level for now. A direct sequel to the 2017 movie, this installment of the franchise tells the story of four students playing a magical video game. The rules are pretty much the same as that of the prequel. They are drawn to the jungle world of Jumanji, where they are trapped as their avatars. To return to the real world, they must finish the game.

Releasing  Date: December 13, 2019

More movies await us for the holiday season. Check out this space again for more updates on that.

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Clowns in cinema hall?! ‘It: chapter 2’ promotional events go wild

by Kaylen Summers

Americans! Get your clown suits on for the September Alamo Drafthouse It chapter 2 screening event.  The cinema chain is hosting a special screening only for people dressed as clowns.

So, if you aren’t creeped out by the clown on screen, the one besides you will definitely make your blood go cold. That’s right! They dare you to walk out without acquiring coulrophobia!

Alamo Drafthouse has a really impressive take on promotional events. But seems like this time they have taken it to a whole new level.

The audience need not replicate pennywise head to toe. Few strokes of white paint on the face, a red foam ball nose, oversized trousers and you are good to go.

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11 American cities are in for this spine chilling drive of 2 hours 45 minutes. Yes! Andy Muschetti has revealed the epic runtime of the movie.

The makers are not letting their British fans down either. “It Chapter 2: The Vaults Experience” is a smothering underground journey into Pennywise’s world.

11000 square feet of London’s unused railway tunnels are being prepped for a downright heebie-jeebies ride.

The event is said to bring to life some of the epic sets from the movie. A highly interactive experience where the fans will totally feel like a part of ‘The Losers Club’. It’s free of charge and open to the public.

August 31st, save the date. And watch out, he could be anywhere!

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“There IS a Snyder Cut”, Kevin Smith Reveals

by Kaylen Summers

It seems like the whole fire ragging around the ‘Snyder Cut’ is not going to settle down anytime soon. For more than two years, DC fans have been trying all they can to get a glimpse of the original Justice League. Though there is no actual evidence that such a cut exist, fans believe that there is something closer to Zack Synder’s vision out there.

Now, director Kevin Smith declared that the Synder Cut is no myth. The director confirmed that the fan theories are indeed true and that the Synder Cut exists.

It was in a recent interview that the topic came up. Kevin responded by saying: “I’ve not seen it firsthand. And also to be clear, I know Zack, but it’s not like, ‘We’re f****** tight son!’… That being said, I’ve spoken now to enough people at various levels in that production. There IS a Snyder cut. For sure. That’s not a mythical beast. It exists.

“Now, it’s not a finished movie by any stretch of the imagination. There were things that went away from the story that they shot that didn’t wind up going into (visual) effects or anything like that. So I would assume, based on what I’ve been told, that large sections of that Snyder Cut are, you know, pre-viz (with) a lot of green screen. We’re not talking a finished movie. When people hear ‘Snyder Cut’ in their heads, they think about, like, a DVD they’ve seen of an extended cut or something that’s finished. The ‘Snyder Cut’ that, again I haven’t seen, but the one I’ve heard everyone speak of was never a finished film. It was a movie that people in production could watch and fill in the blanks. It was certainly not meant for mass consumption.”

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While Marvel Studios was busy building a whole Cinematic Universe for their comic book characters, Warner Bros.-owned DC was working on Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy. Though there is no debate that Nolan’s movies are considered as the best comic book movies ever made (till date), DC (Warner Bros.) missed their chance to retaliate against the MCU with something of their own.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe branched itself into one of the most profitable franchises in Hollywood. Meanwhile, DC was left with just three awesome Batman movie and one really, REALLY bad Green Lantern movie.  But, the studio was not going to give up that easily. With visionary director Zack Synder, they decided to assemble their team of superheroes (but a little too quick). The result was Man of Steel, Batman vs Superman (excluding non-Snyder films like Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and Shazam!) which finally ended in Justice League. But, before the movie was even finished, Synder was removed as the director (though he was given credits) and Joss Whedon was appointed to ‘lighten up’ the movie. The awkward reshoots and inconsistent tone resulted the movie to fail at the box office.

Ever since then fans are in a constant rage, asking Warner Bros. to release Synder’s original version of the movie. If what Kevin Smith told about the Synder Cut is true, then it is obvious that we will not be seeing any of it. The studio will not be spending more cash on an already doomed franchise. But for now, let’s keep our fingers crossed and hope for a miracle.

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Kevin Hart Bags the Buddy Comedy Remake Project: ‘Uptown Saturday Night’

by Kaylen Summers

The word is out and official! Kevin Hart has bet his acting skills on Uptown Saturday Night –one of the classic buddy comedies of the 70s. The delightful comic flick directed by Sidney Poitier who also starred in it back then, will now have Rick Famuyiwa in the director’s chair.

The story revolves around two friends who somehow wander into a nightclub full of underworld criminals. The plot unfolds as they are mugged of multiple items through the night amongst which is a lottery ticket, the one thing they try to reclaim the remainder of this hilariously written action-comedy.

The remake will be handled in the gloves of Warner Bros. which is also the studio to prep the original movie. Kenya Barris is done writing the most recent draft and is also set to co-produce the venture. Will Smith with production company #Overbrook, and Hart and John Cheng through their production house #Hartbeat are the other producers.

Hart definitely seems to be the smart choice to be the protagonist for the remake. But we are still unclear on the choice of actor to play his buddy. Although with Famuyiwa directing and Barris on the writer’s table, we already have our hopes of “a fresh spin to the classic” pretty high.

Uptown Saturday Night is just another addition to Kevin’s exciting galore of movies in the pipeline. The actor is all set for the release of Jumanji sequel this December. Speaking of remakes, Hart has also cleared his dates to recreate the magic of an 80s’ “vacation-gone-wrong narrative” – The Great Outdoors.

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The Hunt (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

The Hunt is about twelve strangers waking up in a clearing. They don’t know where they are, or how they got there. These strangers were actually brought to be ‘hunted’ by a wealthy class of people. The movie is based on a dark internet conspiracy theory.

Releasing Date: September 27, 2019

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Sextuplets (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Sextuplets tells the story of father-to-be Alan. Realizing that he was born a sextuplet, he decides to find the rest of his family. Eventually, he finds his newfound brother Russell. From there both of them are set on a hilarious journey to reunite with his long-lost family.

Releasing Date: August 16, 2019

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M. Night Shyamalan To Make His First Marvel Movie?

by Kaylen Summers

It is easy for anyone to recognize a good M. Night Shyamalan movie. The director has made a name for himself in Hollywood from his famous plot-twists movie-endings. But that is not what fans are talking about right now? Everyone wants to know how good his way of story-telling will be in one of the most profitable Hollywood movie franchises. Yes! You heard it right. We are talking about Shyamalan directing an MCU movie.

There is no doubt that the director is a fan of comic books. His “Eastrail 177” trilogy is a good proof for that. The loose series of superhero-themed movies encompasses 2000’s Unbreakable, 2017’s Split and 2019’s Glass. When asked if Marvel Studios were to reach out, Shyamalan said: “We’ve talked a couple of times. All good. I love what they do. They’re amazing.”

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While it would be awesome to see the director do an MCU movie, it doesn’t look like M. Night Shyamalan will be working on anything soon. However, Shyamalan is a huge fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

“The first Iron Man was excellent. Excellent”, he explains, “I remember meeting (director Jon Favreau) at a party once and I told him, you know, I went over to him specifically, I just said, ‘I thought you did something really, really deft, this grounded humor and the way Robert (Downey Jr.) really brought this flavor.’ Of course, that became the Marvel brand, that type of humor. But at that time when I saw it, I was super taken because it was really super grounded. Even to this day, I still find it the most grounded of the MCU.”

Even though Phase 4 is only set to start next year, rumors about Phase 5 is already underway. Keanu Reeves’ name is popping up a lot lately and we are sure to get some names from the Phase 4 slate in Phase 5 as well. Mahershala Ali starring in Blade, the Fantastic Four, and X-Men are some of such projects expected.

Even if Shyamalan doesn’t end up doing an MCU movie, at least we’ve still got his own take on the superhero genre to enjoy.

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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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Ready or Not (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Ready Or Not tells the story of Grace who is happy as she is about to marry the man of her dreams. The marriage is taking place at his family’s luxurious estate. But things turn upside-down as her new in-laws hunt her with guns, crossbows and other weapons. She must keep herself safe from them till midnight.

Releasing Date: 21 August 2019

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7 Most Iconic Star Wars Characters That You Often Forget

by Kaylen Summers

The Star Wars Universe is perhaps the best thing to come out of Hollywood over the decades.  George Lucas’ story of a young man, an evil Empire, and a galaxy far, far away has captured the imaginations of a generation who grew up on that original trilogy, and later the younger viewers with its prequels, sequels and other canonical spin-offs.

The Star Wars stories are vast and teeming with characters. With room for even more characters to fill, it is normal for anyone to miss out on some of their iconic characters. From the greatest Jedis and Jabba sidekicks to loyal ‘bots and extraterrestrial louts, there are many cool characters that we often forget.  However, we have taken it upon ourselves to freshen up your memories. Here is the list for the 13 most iconic Star Wars characters we often forget. May the force be with you, always!!

Lando Calrissian

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Don’t underestimate Lando by his silk shirt, the matching cape, and the easy smile. This smooth-talking smuggler changed from being a get-rich-quick schemer to a selfless leader in the fight against the Empire. The character portrayed by Billy Dee Williams in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. However, Donald Glover played the younger version of the character in the standalone Han Solo Star Wars movie.

C-3PO

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Built by the heroic Jedi Anakin Skywalker, C-3PO is a droid programmed for etiquette and protocol. He is fluent in over seven million forms of communication and a constant companion to astromech R2-D2. Over the year, this metal worrywart has been involved in many great Star Wars battles and has become an inevitable part of the Star Wars Saga.

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How the hell did he end up in this list, right?! Well, it seems like some people forget him a lot too. Obi-Wan Kenobi is a Jedi Knight who personifies the patience, wisdom, and discipline required to harness the Force. This legendary Jedi Master trained Anakin Skywalker, served as a general in the Republic Army during the Clone Wars, and guided Luke Skywalker as a mentor.

Darth Maul

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A man of few words, Darth Maul is a deadly, agile Sith Lord trained by the evil Darth Sidious. When it comes lightsabers, this guy literally broke the mould and introduced the double-bladed weapon into the Star Wars universe. Now you know where Kylo Ren in The Force Awakens got the inspiration for his cross-sword beam. But jokes apart, Darth is one evil dude you don’t want to mess around with. George Lucas has described the big bad of The Phantom Menace as “a figure from one of his darkest nightmares.”

R2-D2

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Appearing in nine of the ten Star Wars films to date, R2-D2 has been a major character of the franchise. The droid robot was a brave and trustful companion to many including C-3PO, Padmé Amidala, Anakin Skywalker, Leia Organa, Luke Skywalker, and even Obi-Wan Kenobi.

Chewbacca

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Nicknamed “Chewie”, Chewbacca is a tall, hirsute biped and intelligent species from the planet Kashyyyk. Over the years we have seen him do everything from being an engineer, warrior, slave, smuggler to even a rebel hero. But, he is best known to Star Wars fans as a loyal friend and first mate of Han Solo. He also serves as co-pilot on Solo’s spaceship, the Millennium Falcon.

Boba Fett

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He is the most feared bounty hunter in the Star Wars franchise. Wearing his iconic customized Mandalorian armor and deadly weaponry, Boba Fett first appeared in Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980), in which he was hired by Darth Vader to capture Han Solo. The prequel film Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002) establishes his origin as a clone of bounty hunter Jango Fett who raised him as his son.

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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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Bruce Lee’s Daughter Disheartened By Her Father’s Portrayal In ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’

by Kaylen Summers

Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood may have been a smash at the box office. However, it seems like not everyone is happy with it. The daughter of Bruce Lee has criticized Tarantino’s depiction of her father in his new film. Though the actor Mike Moh’s performance as martial arts legend Bruce Lee was praised by many, what provoked Lee’s daughter was how her father was represented in the movie.

In a particular scene in the movie, the actor is seen challenging Brad Pitt’s stuntman character Cliff Booth to an on-set fight. The events take place during the filming The Green Hornet TV series. Lee is talking to the bystanders about how he could take on Cassius Clay, aka Muhammad Ali, in a fight. Cliff disagrees with his boasting and the two exchanges insult. But, it doesn’t end there. The two eventually decides to go for a best two-out-of-three fight. Lee wins the first and Tooth wins the second. However, they were not able to complete the third round.

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Talking about the scene, Shannon Lee had this to say in a recent interview: “I can understand all the reasoning behind what is portrayed in the movie. I understand that the two characters are antiheroes and this is sort of like a rage fantasy of what would happen… and they’re portraying a period of time that clearly had a lot of racism and exclusion. I understand they want to make the Brad Pitt character this super bad-ass who could beat up Bruce Lee. But they didn’t need to treat him in the way that white Hollywood did when he was alive.”

Shannon explains further by saying how her father had to work “triple hard” among the white actors to reach his position in the industry.

“Here, he’s the one with all the puffery and he’s the one challenging Brad Pitt. Which is not how he was,” she continues, “What I’m interested in is raising the consciousness of who Bruce Lee was as a human being and how he lived his life. All of that was flushed down the toilet in this portrayal, and made my father into this arrogant punching bag.”

Bruce Lee is considered one of the most iconic legends of all time. With notable works like Enter the Dragon and Game of Death, the actor had made a name for himself in Hollywood. Shannon’s comments may make some critics rethink about the whole movie. Meanwhile, Tarantino has not yet responded to her comments.

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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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The Irishman (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

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: November 1

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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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Good Guy Or Bad Guy?! Rock Reveals Black Adam’s Character Arc

by Kaylen Summers

When Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was first announced to play Black Adam, it was unclear on how things would be proceeding with him and the character. The wrestler-turned-actor is not known for playing bad guys. Considering the fact that he has become one of the most bankable stars on the planet, it is obvious that the star and his team will not be settling for a one-and-done villain.

During a recent interview on behalf of his new movie Hobbs & Shaw, Dwayne Johnson talked about Black Adam’s solo movie before meeting up with Zachary Levi’s Shazam. Johnson said, “Black Adam, how he starts, he starts off as a villain. Then, he becomes an anti-hero. And then he might become a hero or we might not. ”

In addition to that, producer Hiram Garcia told that they are considering Jaume Collet-Serra (The Jungle Cruise) for directing the movie. Story details in the script are being hammered out and the studio is ready to go.

“Well, you’re going to meet a character who’s going through a journey. And I think the idea is, look, we know the root of obviously Black Adam. He was created as a villain. And through the love of the fans and through some great writers and storytellers, he evolved into an antihero,” she explained, “The antihero is a character that we always loved and that we responded to. But we understand that there’s been many aspects to Black Adam through him. But ultimately this is a guy who he does have a moral compass as skewed as it may be. And ultimately he is a guy that everything has always been driven by his family and what happens to them. And he is never opposed to unleashing hell when you cross him. So I think when you add in those elements of that DNA, those are things we’re very aware of.”

Dwayne Johnson will be appearing next in the Netflix thriller Red Notice. If things are going smooth with the actor and Warner Bros., there is a chance that Black Adam will be going into shooting sometime in 2020, after Red Notice.

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Marvel’s ‘Black Widow’ Movie Will Include Multiple Widows

by Kaylen Summers

Scarlett Johansson will be reprising her iconic role as Black Widow in her upcoming highly anticipated solo flick. Set as the first movie to kickstart Phase Four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the movie will be a prequel taking place after the events of Captain America: Civil War. However, it seems like there is a lot more to look forward to in the movie than just that.

Recently, Rachel Weisz accidentally revealed that there will be multiple Black Widow operatives introduced in the movie. “There are quite a number,” said Weisz told IGN, “I’m a Black Widow and there’s Scarlett and Florence. There’s quite a bit of other characters you’ll also meet that are Black Widows.”

The news is exciting since the makers were quite silent in the past about any details of the movie. From what we know now, it is okay to assume that the Black Widow code name will actually be shared by some of the new cast members as well. However, this is not something new.

In the comics, the Black Widow Ops Program was one of the Department X’s espionage training programs.  It plays a critical role in Natalia Romanova’s (Natasha Romanoff) life. Based at the Red Room facility, it had been a Cold War program to train the deadliest female spy in the world. It was created due to the success of their previous sleeper agent and assassin the Winter Soldier. It is obvious that the movie will be pitching on this idea, with multiple female spies trained under the program.

Black Widow will debut on May 1st, 2020. In the meantime, we hope that more details about the movie will be revealed. Stay tuned to get updated.

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Martin Scorsese‘s ‘The Irishman’ To Premiere At NYFF. See First Look Images

by Kaylen Summers

From Taxi Driver to Goodfellas, director Martin Scorsese is known for his crime-filled epics. The latest addition to the list will be the highly anticipated The Irishman which will have its world premiere at this year’s New York Film Festival.

The movie reunites Scorsese with Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci, and will also mark his first collaboration with Al Pacino. What else do we do to be excited, right? Well, there is more. The movie will also feature a younger version of actors with de-aging VFX from ‘Industrial Light and Magic’ and cinephiles had been aching to know how it looks. Fortunately, the makers have finally decided to release a first look from the movie. Though they are still putting the finishing touch on extensive VFX work for the movie, the newly released first look images look sleek.

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The two images released feature Pacino’s Jimmy Hoffa and De Niro’s Frank Sheeran. The Irishman will also star Harvey Keitel, Bobby Cannavale, Anna Paquin, Ray Romano, and Jesse Plemons. The movie is all set to premiere at the end of September. However,  there is no release date set for theaters or Netflix at this time.

Talking about the movie premiere at the New York Film Festival, Martin Scorsese said: “It’s an incredible honor that The Irishman has been selected as the Opening Night of the New York Film Festival. I greatly admire the bold and visionary selections that the festival presents to audiences year after year. The festival is critical to bringing awareness to cinema from around the world. I am grateful to have the opportunity to premiere my new picture in New York alongside my wonderful cast and crew.”

The movie is based on true events and is adapted from the book I Hear You Paint Houses by Charles Brandt.  Academy Award-winning screenwriter Steven Zaillian will be penning the script. According to the New York Film Festival, The Irishman is a “richly textured epic of American crime, a dense, complex story told with astonishing fluidity.”

With that being said, we can’t wait to see the movie soon and are hoping for a trailer from the movie soon before the premiere. Don’t worry! We will make sure that you won’t be missing any of the action.

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Tarantino Gets His Best Opening Weekend With ‘Once Upon A Time In Hollywood’

by Kaylen Summers

It was obvious Tarantino never stood a chance of surpassing the family-friendly The Lion King at the box office. However, the actor did score his career-best opening weekend with his latest film, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood.

Starring Brad Pitt, Leo DiCaprio, and Margot Robbie, the film earned $40 million in its first weekend, topping Tarantino’s personal best weekend opener, 2009’s Inglourious Basterds, which gathered $38 million in its opening weekend. However, it was not enough to take down Disney’s Lion King reboot to win this weekend’s number one spot at the box office.

Nine films into his career, Tarantino remains one of the few directors who can generate a blockbuster opening with an original film. Starring two of the industry’s biggest box-office draws, Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt,  the movie travels back to 1969 to visit the movie industry undergoing changes in with cultural tides. DiCaprio, who plays a fading television star, and Mr. Pitt, his longtime stunt man, and best friend, navigate the shifting terrain.

With Sony spending more than $90 million to produce the film, the reviews have mostly been positive for the director’s R-rated look at the golden age of Hollywood. The movie even scored an 85 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. However, they would not be enough for it to get a break-even success. The film does have a long way to go for that and with this pace, everyone is hopeful that the movie will surpass Tarantino’s all-time record of $165 million from Django Unchained.

With only one tentpole picture remaining this summer (Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw), Once Upon a Time in Hollywood should have plenty of room to stretch its legs through August. Till then, you can check out the rest of this weekend’s numbers:

1 The Lion King
2 Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
3 Spider-Man: Far from Home
4 Toy Story 4
5 Crawl
6 Yesterday
7 Aladdin
8 Stuber
9 Annabelle Comes Home
10 The Farewell

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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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Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

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

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Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman 1984 Reshoots. DC Fans In Fear.

by Kaylen Summers

Reshoots are normal. But when you hear a DC movie is getting reshoots, it is inevitable to expect the worse. Warner Bros. have a pretty solid track record of ruining DC movies with their reshoots, and we have plenty of examples to prove it.

Now, the Wonder Woman sequel, Wonder Woman 1984, is reportedly back in London for reshoots and fans seems seriously nervous about it.

Production on Gal Gadot Wonder Woman 1984 commenced in the summer of 2018 and wrapped in late December of the same year, and the fans were eagerly awaiting the sequel to the record-breaking first film. However, director Patty Jenkins pushed the movie to from a November 2019 release to June 2020. She wanted to have a June release same as the first movie which opened in June 2017.

With no other official details announced about the reshoot, fans are speculating many theories. Some are even believing that the reshoots are in order to incorporate a new Batman and Superman replacing that of Ben Affleck’s and Henry Cavill’s from the existing DCEU.

There is no doubt that the Wonder Woman movie is the only consistent movie from the  DCEU (Worlds of DC) so far. Though Aquaman and Shazam! were also box-office hits from the studio, the future of these movies is still unknown. In addition, the studio recently announced that it is changing strategies from focusing on a shared universe of stories to more standalone films tied to the directors’ vision. Considering that, a new soft reboot with Wonder Woman seems far fetched.

In any way, all questions will be answered with the release of Wonder Woman 1984- starring Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Kristen Wigg, Pedro Pascal, Natasha Rothwell, Ravi Patel, Gabriella Wilde, Connie Nielson, and Robin Wright.

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Disney’s ‘Aladdin’ Crosses $1 Billion at Worldwide Box Office

by Kaylen Summers

After Sony’s Spiderman: Far From Home, Disney’s live-action Aladdin remake blasted past the $1 billion mark at the global box office. The movie marks the fifth Disney-branded live-action release to do so, alongside Beauty and the Beast, Alice in Wonderland, and the second and fourth Pirates of the Caribbean films.

Directed by Guy Ritchie, the movie is a remake of the original 1992 animated movie and stars Mena Massoud as Aladdin, Will Smith as the Genie, Naomi Scott as Jasmine and Marwan Kenzari as Jafar.

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Aladdin gave star Will Smith and director Guy Ritchie entry to the billion-dollar club for the first time. Earlier this month, Smith thanked his fans for making Aladdin the highest-grossing film of his career. the actor said: “To be in this game as long as I’ve been in this game, and to have my biggest movie at this point in my career, I just want to say thank you.”

Ritchie shared a video on Instagram thanking his “enthusiastic and creative” cast for making it one of his most successful films ever.

Massoud, who portrayed Aladdin in the film, also posted a celebratory video online on Friday, in which the actor said: “I told people six months ago that I thought Aladdin would hit a billion. I got laughed at quite a bit, I got dismissed but I believed in what we were showing people and the heart and soul that we put into the film and what the film represents… I’m really glad to say that we’re officially the most ethnically diverse cast to ever lead a film to the billion-dollar club.”

Aladdin opened with $117 million over the Memorial Day back in May.  The movie collected $343.1 million domestically and $656.2 million internationally, led by $98.8 million in Japan, $81.4 million in Korea, $53.3 million in China and $45.3 million in the UK.

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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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Jennifer Lawrence To Star In True Crime Thriller ‘Mob Girl’

by Kaylen Summers

Jennifer Lawrence is going to be a mob girl!

The Oscar-winning actress is set to star in the on-screen adaptation of Teresa Carpenter’s 1992 true-crime book “Mob Girl.” Academy Award winner Paolo Sorrentino has been tapped to direct the adaptation with Angelina Burnett (Halt and Catch Fire, The Americans) writing the script. In addition to starring in the movie, Lawrence is also producing the movie alongside Justine Polsky through their production company, Excellent Cadaver. Sorrentino will also produce the project alongside Wildside’s Lorenzo Mieli.

The 28-year-old actress will be playing Arlyne Brickman, a mob wife who becomes a police informant against the powerful Columbo crime family. Brickman who was raised amongst racketeers on the Lower East Side of Manhattan becomes attracted to the mob lifestyle. She eventually becomes romantically involved with “wiseguys” and ultimately turns into an informant against the Columbo crime family.

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This film will be the first project under the recently announced, first-look film deal between Excellent Cadaver and Makeready. Taking about the project, Makeready head Brad Weston said: “Seeing this story from a woman’s point of view is a fresh and exciting approach to telling a classic mob story. We could not imagine a more perfect team of stellar filmmakers, with Jennifer starring in a tour de force role and Paolo at the helm, to bring Arlyne’s strength and unique perspective to life on screen.”

Jennifer Lawrence was talking a break from acting and the last time we saw her on-screen was in last year’s Red Sparrow. She did appear in Dark Phoenix. But technically the movie already wrapped production back in 2017. However, the actress is back on track, lining up her next slate with several intriguing projects. Currently, she is starring in another production on A24’s “Untitled Soldier Film,” with director and first-time filmmaker Lila Neugebauer.

Carpenter’s Mob Girl: A Woman’s Life in the Underworld was released in back in 1991 and was later awarded the Pulitzer Prize. The release date for this film adaptation of the work is yet to be announced.

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Jojo Rabbit (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

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

 

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Scarlett Johansson Claims ‘Black Widow’ Belongs To Its Own Genre

by Kaylen Summers

When Scarlett Johanson’s character was killed off in the events of Avengers Endgame, fans had a hard time saying goodbye to the character. However, Kevin Feige, the president of Marvel Studios, promised that  Black Window would return to MCU again- that too in her standalone movie. Though there were many reports and set photos indicating that the production for the movie was moving full-fledged, it was finally at their Comic-Con panel that Marvel Studios officially announced the Black Widow movie.

Scarlett Johansson debuted as Black Widow back in 2010’s Iron Man 2. The actress quickly capturing the attention of audiences and ever since, fans were desperate to see the hero in her own film.  When Marvel confirmed that such a film is about to happen, there were many rumors that the events of the movie could be taking place before her MCU debut. However, these speculations where debunked officially and we now know that her standalone movie is set as a prequel that takes place after the events of Captain America: Civil War.

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During an interview with MTV at Comic-Con,  Johansson explained that the film’s unique blend of influences will make it feel like its own unique genre. “It’s pretty gritty, but it’s also surprising…it’s kind of in its own genre, I think. Some of the movies that we talked about, we talked about The Fugitive, we talked about Logan, we talked about Terminator 2”, she said.

The actress revealed that before she signed on to the project, she made sure that the character was the same as we had previously seen her in the MCU. Johansson didn’t want the standalone movie to change who Natasha Romanoff has been for all of these years.

Fans are already looking forward to the Black Widow movie as it will be the first MCU Phase 4 movie to hit theaters. The movie may be a prequel. But still, it might have hints or hidden easter eggs on where Marvel will be taking their cinematic universe next. Whatever the case may be, it’s going to be very interesting to see how the movie is accepted when it hits theaters next November.

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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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A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood is a real-life story based on the friendship between journalist Tom Junod and television star Fred Rogers. The journalist is asked to profile the famous TV host. From there, his life is enriched by their friendship.

Releasing Date: 22 November 2019

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Hustlers (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Hustlers (2019) is based on New York magazine’s 2015 article “The Hustlers at Scores” by Jessica Pressler. In the movie, a group of strippers robs money from their Wall Street clients using their credit cards. The movie is written and directed by Lorene Scafaria and stars Constance Wu, Jennifer Lopez, Julia Stiles, Keke Palmer, Lili Reinhart, Lizzo, and Cardi B.

Releasing Date: September 13, 2019

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IT Chapter Two (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

IT Chapter Two is the sequel to IT. The movie takes place 27 years after the events of the first movie. The members of the Losers’ Club are all grown up and drifted apart from each other. However, with the evil clown Pennywise returning to torment them, they must reunite once again.

Releasing Date: 5 September 2019

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Playing With Fire (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Playing With Fire is a family comedy film, in which a group of firefighters rescues three rambunctious kids from a fire. But, without a proper guardian to take them over the crew of rugged fighters are forced to keep the kids under their custody.

Releasing Date: 8 November 2019

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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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Ad Astra (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Ad Astra tells the story about Astronaut Roy McBride (Brad Pitt) travels through the lawless solar system to find his missing father. His journey will uncover secrets that challenge the nature of human existence and help understand our place in the cosmos.

Releasing Date: September 20, 2019

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Top Gun: Maverick(2020) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Top Gun: Maverick is the direct sequel to 1986’s Top Gun. The movie takes place 34 years after the events of the original film. Captain Peter “Maverick” Mitchell is the new flight instructor of Top Gun. He guides Bradley, Goose’s son to become an aviator like his father.

Releasing Date: June 26, 2020

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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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Live-Action Akira Movie Has Been Delayed For ‘Thor 4’.

by Kaylen Summers

It looks like Marvel loves sidestepping Warner Bros. in every way possible.  First, it was with James Gunn. After being fired by Disney, the writer-director was hired by WB for doing a soft reboot of their Suicide Squad. Hearing the news, Marvel immediately hired Gunn back to his Guardians project(Though Gunn ensured fans that he will be going for Suicide Squad first). Now, Marvel is at it again and this time it is with Taika Waititi.

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Waititi and Warner Bros.’ live-action Akira movie has been put back on hold as the director is turning his attention to Thor 4 next. The project is based on Katsuhiro Otomo’s 1982 manga and 1988 anime feature of the same name. WB has spent more than a decade trying to get the project off ground. Many directors including Albert Hughes (The Book of Eli) and Jaume Collet-Serra (The Shallows) were involved with different earlier iterations of the project. However, all of them were eventually abandoned.

It was in September 2017 that Waititi got officially attached to direct Akira. But, the movie only received an official 2021 release date less than two months ago and was planning to go into production by the end of this year (or early 2020).  With the director now signing for Thor 4 over at Marvel Studios, Akira is going to have to wait.

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According to new reports, Warner Bros. has officially announced the delay for Akira, citing script and budgetary concerns as the reason. The similar scenario occurred earlier in 2012 when Jaume Collet-Serra was assigned to direct the movie. Just days ahead of filming, the plug was pulled over budgetary issues.

On the other hand, it is unlikely for the studio to look for another director, considering that Waititi has come as close as anybody else to finally making the live-action Akira a reality. Besides that the studio has already invested too much into the project that waiting for two more years will not be a huge deal.

Thor 4 is expected to begin shooting within the next year and probably hit the theatres by 2021 or 2022. So, till then there won’t be much happening with Akira (if everything goes as expected).

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The Red Sea Diving Resort (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

The Red Sea Diving Resort is a Netflix movie based on true events. the movie tells the story about Mossad agents trying to rescue and evacuate Jewish-Ethiopians to Israel from Sudan in 1981. Directed and written by Gideon Raff, the movie stars Chris Evans, Haley Bennett, Michael K. Williams, Michiel Huisman, Alessandro Nivola, Greg Kinnear, and Ben Kingsley.

Releasing Date: July 31, 2019

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The Hunt (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

The Hunt is an action horror film directed by Craig Zobel. The plot of the movie is about twelve strangers waking up in a clearing. They don’t know where they are, or how they got there. These strangers were actually brought to be ‘hunted’ by a wealthy class of people.

Releasing Date: September 27, 2019

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Idris Elba Requested To Remove James Bond Joke From ‘Hobbs & Shaw’

by Kaylen Summers

The Fast & Furious franchise is expanding into a universe of its own, with the release of the upcoming spin-off, Hobbs & Shaw. Picking up directly after the events of The Fate of the Furious, the movie teams up federal agent Luke Hobbs (Johnson) and former SAS operative turned mercenary Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham). The movie also introduces Idris Elba into the franchise as the villain Brixton and he is donning the role with swag.

The recently released movie trailer shows Elba spreading his arms out wide and declaring, “I’m black Superman.” Though the moment was an instant hit with fans, it turns out that the scene was not originally scripted that way. On an interview with Variety  Magazine, Dwayne Johnson told that the line was originally supposed to mention James Bond rather than Superman, but Elba personally nixed it. Elba thought that it was “too close to what everybody’s talking about.”

 

 

The Brit Actor was referring to how fans have been lobbying for Idris Elba to take over from Daniel Craig as the next James Bond. The actor has repeatedly denied any rumors becoming the next Bond, saying:  “You just get disheartened when you get people from a generational point of view going, ‘It can’t be.’ And it really turns out to be the color of my skin. And then if I get it and it didn’t work, or it did work, would it be because of the color of my skin? That’s a difficult position to put myself into when I don’t need to.” In such a situation, it’s no wonder why Elba wanted the joke to be removed from the movie.

Whatever the case may be, ‘the black Superman’ quip did hit the mark and Johnson says that it was all his idea: “Everyone loves ‘the black Superman’ line. Everyone’s taking credit for it – Idris, our director, our producers, I’m sure, Jason [Statham]…[but] I came up with that. I said, ‘What about the black Superman?’’ And everyone’s like, ‘Great!’ [But] now everyone takes credit.”

Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw will be in theaters on August 2.

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Shazam To Face Off Against Black Adam In ‘Shazam! 3’

by Kaylen Summers

Comicbook fans who are so eager to watch Shazam and Black Adam face-off need to wait a little longer than expected. Actor Zachary Levi, who plays Shazam, revealed that his character will be facing off against Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s Black Adam only in the threequel.

Ever since Marvel has successfully created its superhero universe, DC is trying all they can to launch their version. Since DC has all the famous superheroes, it would have been a cakewalk for them, right? WRONG! DC’s attempts to create a coherent cinematic universe failed so miserably that they finally quit the idea (At least for now). However, the endeavor did give us three great DC movies: Wonderwoman, Aquaman, and Shazam.

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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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Bond 25: The New 007 Is A Marvel Movie Actress

by Kaylen Summers

As Bond 25 is developing under production, more and more news about the flick is being released. Our the past few days many set photos and rumors were out revealing returning characters. But the biggest one yet is the announcement that a Captain Marvel actress may be the new 007.

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Actress Lashana Lynch is said to be the next 007. However, it won’t be in an upcoming Bond movie. It will be in Bond 25 itself. Confusing?! If you are aware of the Bond 25’s plot, then it’s easy for you to understand that this is not that much of a straight-forward deal. But, we have some theories on how this whole situation is going to play out in the movie (Spoiler Warning!! – just in case if any of our theories come true). Bond features a retired James Bond living in Jamaica. So, the 007 number has been handed over to any other MI6 agent. With the recent announcement, it is best to assume that Lynch will be that MI6 agent. There might even be a scene in the initial part of the movie where M says: “Come in 007” and Lynch swings in to give as an action-packed bond-style stunt sequence.

This is not the first time that we see a woman do fieldwork in the Bond universe. Moneypenny had her share of on-field action until she made a mistake and was forced to get back to a desk job. However, it will be a kickass moment to watch when a black woman take on the 007 moniker, even if only briefly.

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The untitled Bond25 movie also marks Daniel Craig’s last outing as the handsome MI6 agent. So, the casting of a new actor as Bond is inevitable. Names of many actors including Idris Elba popped up when there were debates on who should be playing the characters next. However, some fans were unhappy with changing the race of the character. Commenting on the debates, Elba said: “You just get disheartened when you get people from a generational point of view going, ‘It can’t be.’ And it really turns out to be the color of my skin. And then if I get it and it didn’t work, or it did work, would it be because of the color of my skin? That’s a difficult position to put myself into when I don’t need to.”

If the new reports are true about Lashana Lynch, then these discussions are likely to resurface again, since this time 007 has a different race and gender. Whatever the case may be, all questions will be answered when Bond 25 finally hits theaters on April 8, 2020.

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Fans Will Be Happy With The Redesign, Says ‘Sonic The Hedgehog’ Movie Producer

by Kaylen Summers

Fans were not that happy when they saw the live-action version of Sonic from its upcoming movie. It was back in April that Paramount studios dropped the first trailer for Sonic The Hedgehog. Social media was immediately flooded with complaints about how their favorite character was looking so goofy in design. It was obvious that the makers wanted the hedgehog to have more human traits.

Following the heavy criticism received, the film’s director took to Twitter to announce that he had heard fans loud and clear and that Paramount and Sega had agreed to push back Sonic’s release date so that he and his team could redesign and ‘fix’ it as fast as he can.

Tim Miller, one of the producers of Sonic the Hedgehog recently revealed that he had seen the redesign and thinks that Sonic die-hards will be pumped to see the improved version on screen. The Deadpool director has been also busy lately with the new Terminator: Dark Fate movie. The movie is planned to revitalize the Terminator franchise and has James Cameron returning to the series as a producer for the first time since 1991’s Terminator 2: Judgment Day. Miller is also busy as the writer, director, and producer to the second installment of the Netflix anthology series Love, Death, & Robots.

Talking about the backlash they received from fans, he said, “Look, I was with fans and so was [Fowler].  When the s–-t hit the fan, I went [to Fowler] and said, ‘The most important thing to do, man, is [acknowledge the mistake]. He’d already sent a tweet out an hour before I got there. He’s a good man. It was exactly the right way to handle that. The fans have a voice in this too. There’s a right way to listen.”

He also added: ” I have [seen the redesigns]. I think the fans will be pleased.”

Sonic the Hedgehog will feature Jim Carrey and Ben Schwartz (Bojack Horseman) as the voice of Sonic. Other major roles are played by James Marsden (Westworld), Tika Sumpter (Ride Along), Natasha Rothwell (Love, Simon), Neal McDonough (Captain America: The First Avenger), and Adam Pally (Iron Man 3).

It is expected to hit screens on February 14, 2020.

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Taron Egerton To Take Over The Role Of Wolverine?!

by Kaylen Summers

Rumors are once again on the rise and this time it’s about MCU’s Wolverine. Recently, it was rumored that the Rocketman star Taron Egerton is considered as a candidate to become the next Wolverine.

The actor had already presented some of the best movies this year. His jaw-dropping performance as Elton John in the biopic Rocketman is expected to be nominated for a Best Actor Oscar. Egerton is also set to appear in Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance on Netflix later this year. If given the chance, the actor could be giving us a different version of Wolverine in the MCU.

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The role was made famous by Hugh Jackman, who played Wolverine for nearly 16 years. Eventually, he decided t0 leave the role and gave his final performance as the clawed superhero in Logan. With Disney acquiring Fox, it is now up to Disney to decide who to play the character again on screen, replacing Hugh Jackman. However, there has been no announcement from the company regarding what they would do with the newly acquired X-men and Fantastic Four property.

When asked about the rumor on a British morning radio show, Egerton said: “That one I think is just a rumor. As far as I’m aware it’s unfounded. I don’t know if I’m quite grisly enough. I mean if the people at Marvel think I am then great, let’s go. But I think there are probably better candidates. But I would love to be involved with that world somewhere.”

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Of course, the actor’s comments sound reasonable. Marvel usually sign its talent to long-term contracts and this has stopped many A-list actors from taking up roles from the cinematic franchise. Other than that, fans really want to see Jackman reprise the role, though the actor has no desire to go on playing it. Many of the fans also have choices on who they want to see as Wolverine next if Jackman is not back- Keanu Reeves and Tom Hardy the favorites among them. It is pretty obvious that Marvel will not be taking a decision that could upset their fans.

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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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Steven Spielberg’s ‘West Side Story’: First Look Of Ariana DeBose As Anita Revealed

by Kaylen Summers

Hollywood has found a new trend in reimagining the musicals onto the big screen. The latest addition to the list is Steven Spielberg himself, who is busy with his upcoming adaptation of the classic Broadway musical, West Side Story.

The production of the movie is already underway and recently 20th Century Fox released a first look image of actress Ariana DeBose in the role of Anita.

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The actress first became a recognizable figure by being the contestant of on “So You Think You Can Dance.” She later turned to Broadway shows such as “Motown the Musical,” “Pippin,” “Hamilton” and “Summer: The Donna Summer Musical.”

The new Spielberg film will feature DeBose as Anita, the girlfriend of Bernardo, the leader of the Puerto Rican gang the Sharks who are at odds with the white American gang the Jets. The flick is said to be a direct adaptation of the original Broadway musical of the same name, not a remake of the Robert Wise-directed 1961 film. Spielberg is directing and producing the film, while the script is written by Tony Kushner. He previously scripted two other Steven Spielberg projects: Munich and Lincoln.

Other stars of the movie include Ansel Elgort (Tony), Rachel Zegler (Maria), Ana Isabelle (Rosalia), Corey Stoll (Lieutenant Schrank), Brian d’Arcy James (Officer Krupke) and Curtiss Cook (Abe).

The movie is expected to hit theatres on December 18, 2020.

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The Good Liar( 2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

The Good Liar (2019) tells the story about a seasoned conman, Roy Courtnay. He meets Betty McLeish, a well-to-do widow, online. Roy orchestrates his latest scheme against her. However, he eventually finds himself caring about her.

Releasing Date: 14 November 2019

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Dark Universe: Oliver Jackson-Cohen Replaces Johnny Deep As Invisible Man

by Kaylen Summers

Universal Studios had everything planned out to set up a Dark Universe featuring all the classic monsters. It began with The Mummy starring Tom Cruise as a mummy, Sofia Boutella as an additional mummy and Russell Crowe as Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. The idea was to introduce individual classic monsters in their own standalone movies and bring them together later in a  bigger crossover movie.

 

With Marvel getting all the spotlight for their cinematic universe, Universal Studios was a little too desperate to get in the action. The result was an awful flick. Fans were left with neither a good Tom Cruise action movie nor a decent Mummy movie. The next Dark Universe movie after The Mummy was supposed to be Bill Condon’s Bride of Frankenstein, followed by Johnny Depp’s reboot of the Invisible Man. Though the studio had already cast many A-list actors, the failure of the first movie put the entire line-up on halt and eventually the actors left the franchise.

However, recent reports reveal that the studio is looking for a comeback by recasting the Invisible Man with The Haunting of Hill House‘s Oliver Jackson-Cohen.  The actor has played opposite some major big-screen talents like Dwayne Johnson and Chris Evans. But, this will be his biggest project yet- that too in a leading role.

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The movie will go into production this month with Elizabeth Moss, Aldis Hodge, and Storm Reid, reportedly joining the list of casts.

The Invisible Man was set to be a part of the Dark Universe. But, there is no announcement yet whether the new movie with Oliver Jackson-Cohen will be a part of the universe or not. But, if the movie turns out to do well at the box office, it is obvious that the studio will be giving Dark Universe one more swing- considering all the effort they had put into it. The success of the movie can also bring possible sequels even if the studio decides not to go for a cinematic universe again.

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Power Rangers To Reboot Without The 2017 Cast

by Kaylen Summers

We will be getting another Power Rangers movie and this time there is going to be a different set of rangers. The 2017 movie starred a pre-Stranger Things Dacre Montgomery and a pre-Charlie’s Angels Naomi Scott. Receiving a critical failure, the movie turned out to a commercial flop at the box office.

While doing a Reddit AMA to promote Stranger Things Season 3, it was Dacre Montgomery who revealed that there will be another Power Rangers movie coming up. However, the actor confirmed that the actor and the rest of the old cast will not be returning for the new flick.

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“I think there is a movie in the works but it’s not with me and the cast,” he stated, “so yes but not with us.”

Dacre Montgomery is currently playing Billy Hargrove in Netflix’s Stranger Things. He portrayed the role of Jason (the Red Ranger) in the 2017 flick with Naomi Scott’s Kimberly Hart (the Pink Ranger), RJ Cyler’s Billy Cranston (the Blue Ranger), Becky G’s Trini Kwan (the Yellow Ranger) and Ludi Lin’s Zack Taylor (the Black Ranger). The movie also had Elizabeth Banks as Rita Repulsa, Bryan Cranston as Zordon and Bill Hader as Alpha 5.

It was only last year that Hasbro purchased the Power Rangers franchise. The talks for another Power Rangers movie being made resumed since then and in August 2018, the company acknowledged that it did see “tremendous potential” for the property. With the actor confirming that there will be a possible reboot ahead, fans are eager for more news about the movie.

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Dora And The Lost City Of Gold Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) live-action reimagining of the young explorer’s adventures. The movie follows a teen Dora (Isabella Moner) who is forced to go to high school while her explorer parents (Eva Longoria, Michael Peña) search for a lost city of gold.  But things take a turn as she and her friends (including her cousin Diego, played by Jeffrey Wahlberg) are kidnapped by dangerous mercenaries and forced into a jungle expedition.

Releasing Date: 2 August 2019

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Two Halloween Sequels Back-To-Back ?! The Real Facts Behind Rumors

by Kaylen Summers

Just when all hopes were lost and done, the 2008’s Halloween gave a successful relaunch of the slasher movie franchise. The reboot which wiped out all established continuity was the much-needed one and gave fans what they really wanted after enduring nearly a decade without seeing Michael Myers on screen. The movie was a direct follow-up to John Carpenter‘s 1978 slasher, ignoring all of the franchise’s sequels and continuing Laurie Strode’s story 40 years later.

The new Halloween movie was a huge success and made a $255.5 million while the actual budget of the movie was around $10 million. That is logically enough reason for any Hollywood production house to work on a sequel and more. But, it’s not just the studio that is interested in a sequel for Halloween. Though interest was expressed by many of the cast and crew, it was Jason Blum who finally opened up, saying: “I’m trying, I’m trying, trying. Not official yet but I’m trying.” Actress Jamie Lee Curtis also expressed that she would return if David Gordon Green was once again in the director’s chair.

Now, there is a fancy new rumor that suggests that Blumhouse Productions is looking to shoot two sequels back-to-back and release them very close to one another.  David Gordon Green will be returning to the franchise as the director after his successful 2018 movie.

Another rumor says that the studio will be releasing the two sequels in the same month- most probably in October of 2020. That would certainly be a bold move, for sure. But, since its all speculations and rumors, let’s take it all with a pinch of salt.

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Midway (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Midway is an American war film based on the Battle of Midway. The film follows US Navy sailors and pilots change the course of World War II during the Battle of Midway. The US and Imperial Japanese naval forces fought for four days.

Releasing Date: 8 November 2019

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Is Disney Finally Doing It is Right?! The Feminist Agenda Behind The New Live-Action ‘Mulan’ Movie

by Kaylen Summers

Disney’s live-action retelling of its classic animated movies continues with the latest addition Mulan. The movie is based on the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan, a brave warrior woman who takes her father’s place in the army to fight against the invading Northern Forces.

Disney’s princesses had always been the epitome for gender stereotyping. Over the years, this was criticized severely by many and Disney clearly didn’t wanted to address serious issues like gender politics in their narratives. It is in this light that we should understand that the recent retellings are not just about taking us down the nostalgia lane or rendering a perfect live-action remake of their old blockbusters. The movie studio wants to correct their past mistakes and tell stories that are more appealing now. Diversity and representation are trending topics and Disney wants its share of the buzz.

However, no matter how hard they try, it all ends up as desperate gimmicks to get attention. Recent movies like Captial Marvel (Well, you know who owns Marvel, right?) and Aladdin showcased this desperateness. Captain Marvel was introduced as the first solo woman superhero movie of their decade-old cinematic universe. The movie failed tragically in its silly attempt to project the superhero as a feminist symbol. Later, they did the same with the live-action remake of Aladdin. Rather than being just a love interest for Aladdin, the lead female character Jasmine was given a satisfying arc that didn’t stand apart from the main plot. Unfortunately, the movie was still about the male protagonist and his adventures.

With Mulan, Disney might be aiming for a full-on feminist movie. The original 1998 animated flick, directed by Tony Bancroft and Barry Cook, itself was praised by critics for exploring and breaking conventional gender norms. The movie was released during the third wave of feminism and Disney was trying to capitalize on the trend. Despite many positive feminist images and departing from the usual “damsel in distress” storyline, the film had its troubles in staying true to its feminist thoughts.

The recent teaser that dropped appears serious in its content and lacks many Disney elements including their iconic songs. With an Asian woman in the lead role, the scope of the movie widens into territories that were once marginalized.

In the teaser, an elder woman of the family is seen explaining the traits of a ‘good wife’. These traits, of being quiet, composed, graceful, and disciplined, are the ones that Mulan’s family wants to see in her. While these traits are being told one by one, a montage of Mulan dressing up in their traditional female attire and makeup is shown juxtapositioned with her training with her sword.

The original flick may have had a hard time figuring out its feminist agenda. But, the new live-action version might focus more on its feminist core. Rather than Mulan just trying to be a man to break the gender stereotypes, we might get a Mulan who can finally embrace her female qualities to become a superior warrior. After all, the traits for a great warrior are also being quiet, composed, graceful, and disciplined.

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Disney’s Mulan(2020) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Disney’ Mulan is the live-action retelling of the 1998 animated film of the same name. The movie tells the story of a tomboyish girl who disguises herself as a young man.  She wants to fight with the Imperial Chinese Army and defend the country from Northern invaders.

Releasing Date: 27 March 2020 (USA) 

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Black And Blue (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Black And Blue features a young rookie policewoman in New Orleans who accidentally captures the death of a young drug dealer on her body cam. Upon realizing that the murder was committed by corrupt cops, she teams up with the only person who she can trust to help her save the footage from falling into the wrong hands.

Releasing Date: October 25, 2019

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[UPDATED] Fast And Furious 9 Cast List

by Kaylen Summers

The Fast and Furious franchise is returning this year with a spin-off movie featuring Dwayne Johnson’s Luke Hobbs and Jason Statham’s Deckard Shaw. Titled as Fast and Furious presents: Hobbs & Shaw, we still haven’t gotten a confirmation that the plot of the story will be tying up to the story of the main franchise. For that, we need to wait a little further for the upcoming installment of the franchise, Fast and Furious 9.  The movie has already started production, and if all goes well, it will be hitting theatres in less than a year.

The movie is less likely to have Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham, as they were busy with their own movie. However, brief cameos are expected. Whatever the case may be, there is a solid line-up awaiting for fans, according to what’s been announced so far. Let take a look under the hood then:

Vin Diesel

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There is no Fast and Furious with Vin Diesel. The actor has been in all the Fast and Furious movies except of course 2 Fast 2 Furious (and most probably Hobbs & Shaw). With Dominic realizing that he has a Son, the events of the next movie are more likely to be on the emotional side of the character.

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Though she stared in not as many movies in the franchise as Vin Diesel, she can be considered as the second most important character and the main female lead. Bringing to life the character of Letty Ortiz, Rodriguez will be a part of the upcoming movie and also, reportedly, in talks for an all women spin-off in the near future.

Tyrese Gibson

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First making his appearance in 2 Fast 2 Furious, the character of Roman Pearce is more like the comic relief to the franchise. But don’t underestimate him- for he is known for both his driving skills and his ability to talk his way through anything. With the recent feud between Tyrese and Dwayne Johnson still lingering in the air, it will be a relief for him that he won’t be sharing the screen with Johnson in the new movie.

Ludacris

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Starting off as a small-time street racer in Miami, Tej Parker is now part of the ‘family’ as he provides them with all the new tech they need for their missions. Hopefully, the actor will be continuing his duties to the ‘family’ in Fast and Furious 9 as well.

Nathalie Emmanuel

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Joining the franchise in Furious 7, Ramsey is the newest member to join the crew. The character was rescued from the villains who kidnapped her because she created God’s Eye. Ramsey is now using her hacking skills to help the team in their missions, though we still don’t know much about her past.

Jordana Brewster

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One of the most unexpected castings in Fast and Furious 9 is that of Jordana Brewster. With Brian O’Connor leaving behind his crew to focus more on raising his kids, Furious 7 gives an honorable farewell to the late actor Paul Walker. However, with Mia Toretto returning, fans have their fingers crossed for a special cameo from Brian O’Connor (of course with the help of Paul’s brothers and some nifty CGI).

John Cena

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John Cena is focusing more on his acting career recently, being part of huge franchises like Transformers. However, no details about his addition to the Fast and Furious franchise is revealed. All fans got was the reveal that his character is going to be “badass”.

Finn Cole

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Similar to John Cena’s character no information about Finn Cole’s role in the movie is revealed yet. Cole is known for his television roles including Michael Gray in Peaky Blinders and Joshua Cody in Animal Kingdom.

Anna Sawai

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Anna Sawai is not that much of a famous star when compared to the others. Fans might recognize her for her brief appearance in 2009’s Ninja Assassin and BBC Two/Netflix drama Giri/Haji. Let’s hope that Fast and Furious 9 will give her the break she deserves.

More cast will be announced soon, and we will be keeping this list updated. Feel free to come back and check it out.

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Spies In Disguise(2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Spies in Disguise animated spy, comedy film which revolves around the characters of super spy Lance Sterling and scientist Walter Beckett. Walter invents the super-cool gadgets that Lance uses in his mission. However, is not as social as Lance. When events take an unexpected turn, Walter and Lance suddenly have to rely on each other in a whole new way, as Lance must save the world disguised as a pigeon.

Release Date: December 25th

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Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw is the spinoff from The Fast and the Furious franchise featuring two characters, Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw, in the leading roles. Hobbs and Shaw dislike each other extremely. But, they are forced to team up to stop a new threat emerging from Brixton Lore, a cyber-genetically enhanced international terrorist.

Release Date: August 2, 2019

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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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Disney’s live-action ‘The Little Mermaid’ cast Helle Bailey as Ariel

by Kaylen Summers

With The Lion King right around the corner, Disney has no intention of taking a break from their live-action retelling of classical stories. The studio is already in pre-production for its next flick, The Little Mermaid with many popular actors in the running for various roles. The news that Aladdin had become the highest grossing film in Will Smith’s career is also luring many to be a part of the next Disney fairytale.

With The Lion King right around the corner, Disney has no intention of taking a break from their live-action retelling of classical stories. The studio is already in pre-production for its next flick, The Little Mermaid with many popular actors in the running for various roles. The news that Aladdin had become the highest grossing film in Will Smith’s career is also luring many to be a part of the next Disney fairytale.

Whatever the case may be, Disney has finally announced the lead for their next movie. The US singer Halle Bailey will be playing the role of Ariel in the upcoming live-action The Little Mermaid. The 19-year-old is best known for her work on Freeform’s Grown-ish and as half of the R&B duo Chloe x Halle.

Bailey expresses her happiness to the news by tweeting that it was a “dream come true.”

The director of the film, Rob Marshall said in a statement: “After an extensive search, it was abundantly clear that Halle possesses that rare combination of spirit, heart, youth, innocence, and substance – plus a glorious singing voice – all intrinsic qualities necessary to play this iconic role.”

Many celebrities are praising the move by Disney for casting a young black woman in the role.

The film will feature songs from the 1989 animated classic by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, as well as new songs by Menken and Miranda.

Melissa McCarthy has reportedly been cast as the villain, Ursula. With the rest of the casting on the way, the film will move into production in early 2020.

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Upcoming Elvis Biopic Has Five Actors In The Running For Lead

by Kaylen Summers

The ‘King of Rock n’ Roll’ Elvis Presley is finally getting a biopic. Baz Luhrmann’s forthcoming biopic is already in pre-production and the director, who is known for Moulin Rouge! and The Great Gatsby is taking his time to find the right person to play the lead. According to The Hollywood  Reporter, Luhrmann is reportedly considering five actors for the role of Elvis: Ansel Elgort, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Austin Butler, Miles Teller, and Harry Styles.

 

Elgort, who was nominated for a Golden Globe for his role in Baby Driver, has already proven that he is worthy to swing his hips as Elvis. The 25-year old actor is now signed up for Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story remake.

Taylor-Johnson is also a Golden Globe nominee for his role in Nocturnal Animals and has a huge fanbase for his appearances in movies Kick-Ass and Avengers: Age of Ultron. The actor is currently working on a Kingsman prequel movie named The King’s Man. The guy is a natural fit for the role, as he even has the same blue eyes as Elvis.

As for Butler, the star has made some impeccable performances in television and also is playing a role in Quentin Tarantino’s much-anticipated Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Though the actor will not be the first pick to Elvis on the big screen, who knows, maybe we might be in for a treat.

When it comes to his acting credits, Teller has an impressive track record. The actor’s performance is Academy Award-winning drama Whiplash and 2016’s Bleed for This is enough to get him into any role in Hollywood. But, will that be enough to make him fit for Elvis’s shoes?

Being a musician is helpful, especially when you are trying to portray one of the greatest musicians of all time. Styles’ music career can get him an advantage over the other contestants. As for his acting skills, he had already proven it with his debut performance in Nolan’s drama Dunkirk.

With Tom Hanks already on board, the movie is expected to begin production in Australia by the end of the year. Hanks will be playing the role of Col. Tom Parker, the infamous manager who controlled practically every aspect of Presley’s life.

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