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If you were to ask any Batman fan to list their top five Batman stories, inevitably, 1988’s ‘The Killing Joke’ will appear on that list.  Chances are, it would be near the top, if not sitting in the top spot itself.  The infamous graphic novel written by Alan Moore, with Brian Bolland taking the illustration duties, is one of the darkest stories written about The Dark Knight and, really, that is saying something.  Somewhat of a dive into the psyche of The Joker, the story manages to tell the origin story of The Clown Prince while simultaneously telling the story of the same man as he attempts to drive Jim Gordon insane in present day.  Any Batman fan knows just how dark the story gets and if the new trailer for the film is any indication, things are going to be pretty true to the story.   (more…)

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There is a serious issue with whitewashing in cinema at the minute. Scarlett Johansson and Natalie Dormer have been the actors whose roles have most recently been pushed into contention as they both take on roles originally written for Japanese characters. Even more recently, Marvel have found themselves accused of whitewashing in their upcoming movie starring Benedict Cumberbatch Doctor Strange. But it is not the protagonist that the issue is with, this time it is Tilda Swinton’s character The Ancient One that has been accused of being wrongly cast. The question here is, have Marvel made the right choice in their casting and is that choice justified? Earlier today Marvel released a statement regarding their stance on the issue of Tilda Swinton‘s role… (more…)

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On May 4th we celebrate the saga set a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away and October 21st is the day we remember the man that went to the past, kissed his mother and came back to… Well, you get it. Pop culture is slowly but surely taking over the calendar and one more day couldn’t hurt! 26th April has been deemed “Alien Day.” The day has been chosen as a reference to the planet on which a ship filled with Xenomorph eggs landed and was subesequently discovered by the Nostromo team, the planet Acheron, also known as LV-426. This year marks the thirtieth anniversary of James Cameron‘s follow up to Ridley Scott‘s Alien, the aptly named… Aliens. (more…)

Neill Blomkamp Reveals Art For ‘Alien 5’

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From the time before even Alien Versus Predator was given the green light, people have been talking about making Alien 5. In fact, big names have been buzzing around the project since as early as 2002. Sigourney Weaver has been open about her interest and quite adamant that a new film would definitely be the right way to go with the franchise. Ideas, concepts and even scripts have been pitched, over the years, from Joss Whedon, Ridley Scott and James Cameron. (more…)

Sony Ready to Get ‘Goosebumps’ From Jack Black Again

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It took almost 20 years, but Sony finally did it last fall when Goosebumps arrived in theaters. The anthology of YA horror stories by R.L. Stine was a license to print money in the 90s with several dozen books published, a TV series that ran for four seasons, and lots of spin-offs in the form of games, puzzles, and other merch, but filmmakers just couldn’t crack the formula to turn it into a movie. That changed last year, and the movie was successful enough for Sony to want to invest in a sequel. Now, they’re close to get all the key talent on board to make it happen. (more…)

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The latest television spot for the Russo Brother‘s Captain America: Civil War is online and making the commercial rounds on television and features another look at Tom Holland‘s Spider-Man. This time around we get to hear more from our favorite Web-slinger’s witty repartee as he takes on the Winter Soldier, Sebastian Stan. There’s just ten days to go until the North American premiere, and things are heating up on the press rounds for the cast. (more…)

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The Justice League movie is a film that carries a lot of potential. It has enough time to get what Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice got wrong, right and has the opportunity to lead into a new set of films with a stellar cast. Adams, Batfleck, Cavill, Gadot, Miller and Momoa all return from BvsS with one huge addition. J.K. Simmons was added to the cast in early March to play Commissioner Gordon alongside Affleck’s Batman. Simmons is a huge signing for any film, let alone one that has the stature and potential of The Justice League. Best known for playing ever-so slightly heavy handed jazz instructor, Fletcher, in 2014’s massive success Whiplash Simmons has shown he has much more in his locker than a surly editor of a Spider obsessed newspaper. Recently a bearded J.K. sat down with DP/30 to talk about his future as Commissioner Gordon in The Justice League. (more…)

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Some breaking news regarding Nathan Fillion has come out regarding his character in Guardians of The Galaxy Vol.2. Some of you may remember last year when Fillion’s name was closely associated to GoTG Vol. 1, when many people thought that he end up playing the character, Nova. Nova, of course was a member of the Nova Corps., the group that originally captured the Guardians in the in the first film. However, that turned out to be incorrect, and instead Fillion ended up voicing on of the inmates in the prison. And now today it’s been revealed who Fillion will play in the upcoming sequel. Warning, there are minor spoilers ahead.

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It’s the rumor that’s been chasing every story about the Fantastic Four movie since last summer when Josh Trank‘s reboot tanked hard: how long until Marvel‘s First Family makes its way back to Marvel Studios. The unmitigated disaster of Fantastic Four 2015, plus the middling ho-hum efforts of the two Tim Story movies have some fans wondering if that’s three strikes and Twentieth Century Fox is out, and as of today, the answer seems to be “Yes.” Breaking news over the weekend seems to indicated that Fox and Marvel have reached a deal to bring the Fantastic Four home in exchange for some rights to two new X-Men-related series. (more…)

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White-washing. In these racial charged times in Hollywood, especially following the #OscarsSoWhite protest earlier this year, the blowback flared up again with two specific pieces of news last week: the first look at Scarlett Johansson in Ghost in the Shell, and the appearance of Tilda Swinton as the Ancient One in the Doctor Strange trailer. On the subject of the latter, the film’s screenwriter spoke on the matter in a recent interview comparing the situation to Star Trek’s classic no-win scenario, the Kobayashi Maru. Sure, Marvel whitewashed an Asian character, but a particularly stereotypical Asian character from a political *ahem* tricky area. (more…)