Star Wars Celebration is well underway in Orlando and after an absolutely brilliant first day, which included a touching tribute to the late Carrie Fisher and the surprise appearance of both Harrison Ford and George Lucas, fans camped out (some, likely for days) for the event that everyone at Celebration has been waiting to experience: the Episode VIII: The Last Jedi panel. Director Rian Johnson was on hand to introduce the audience to some new characters to the Star Wars universe but, really, all of that, while amazing, was simply icing to the cake that Johnson kept to himself until almost the end of the panel, the first trailer for the highly anticipated sequel. And, man, what delicious cake it turned out to be. (more…)
It’s difficult to make a bad adaptation when you’re working from source material as rich and absorbing as anything written by Alan Moore, but the complexity of his writing isn’t easy to condense into the relatively small space of a feature length film. For this reason, many fans of Moore’s work – and Moore himself – tend to be critical of film adaptions of his comic books and graphic novels. Zack Snyder‘s 2009 cinematic adapation of Watchmen got exactly this response. Though it was praised for its dark take on the superhero genre and was largely a faithful adaptation of the source material, some felt that a lot of the deeper themes were lost on those who weren’t already familiar with the story. (more…)
The Star Wars Celebration taking place this weekend has a hell of a lot to cram into just a few short days. On top of its existing legacy spanning decades of fierce fandom, the new movies released in recent years have brought droves of new fans to the franchise. That is now compounded with Disney’s plans to release even more films expanding the Star Wars universe perhaps indefinitely – with fans eager to hear more about the future movies that will build on the new characters they’ve come to love and introduce even more heroes to follow in their adventures in a galaxy far, far away. (more…)
Despite the uproar over the idea, when it was announced January of last year, a reboot of Jim Henson 1986 classic fantasy movie Labyrinth is still happening. The new movie is moving forward with director Fede Alvarez, who is best known for horror films Don’t Breath and The Evil Dead remake. (more…)
There’s been a lot of Spider-Man movie talk lately, and it’s centred around the development of a Spider-Man Universe of standalone movies based on characters like Venom, or Silver Sable and Black Cat. For the time being, Marvel and Sony have an arrangement to co-own the live-action Spidey (basically), but that doesn’t mean that Sony can’t go rogue and proceed with it’s own Spider-thing, like having their own separate animated Spider-Man. Oh yes, there will soon be two Spider-Men on screen, and now the one that will be animated has his own voice. Get ready for Miles Morales! (more…)
Outside of a new film release, the biggest thing to happen for a Star Wars fan is happening now. That thing, is Star Wars Celebration. A semi-annual 3-day convention that, well, celebrates Star Wars. But it’s more than just haven for autographs and photo ops (and the occasional naked guy that runs through your hotel room wearing nothing but a Stormtrooper helmet. Yes, that happened to us). The event, which starts today in Orlando and runs through Sunday, is also a prime source for new footage of upcoming movies and, television series, as well other Star Wars related announcements.
Missing out on the excitement? Disney has got you covered. The house of mouse will be live-streaming the biggest panels! (more…)
A few decades back, an advert for a big-budget, superhero adaptation claimed moviegoers would “believe a man could fly.” Except, of course, he wasn’t a man. He was a Superman and the movie, Superman: The Movie officially kickstarted big-screen, comic-book superheroes (Superman and Batman, the only superheroes who really counted back then). Soon enough audiences took the whole flying thing for granted, wanted more and eventually, got more. It took almost four decades, though, before the whole superhero thing took over pop culture completely. Even a one-time illegal street racing flick, a Point Break knock-off no less, eventually mutated into the equivalent of superheroes with muscle cars. Forget believing a man could fly. Now moviegoers will not only believe a muscle car can jump over a submarine, they’ll willing applaud the utter and total ridiculousness of it all. And “ridiculous” is exactly the right word where the multi-billion dollar Fast & Furious series is concerned: It’s turned into a gravity- and logic-defying live-action cartoon, pure escapist, sensory-overloading fun. (more…)
The DC Extended Universe continues to grow despite poor reviews on its recent films. It seems nothing will stop the juggernaut production company from bringing about the worlds of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and soon, Aquaman. For those who watched Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice and have been following the news, they already know that Jason Momoa will be playing the titular hero also known as Arthur Curry. Now a new cast member has been announced. Who will Dolph Lundgren be playing? Find out after the bump!
Word around the Internet Grapevine via The Hollywood Reporter, is that Josh Brolin (Jonah Hex, Men In Black, Avengers) has signed a four-picture deal to play Cable, aka Nathan Christopher Charles Summers, first in Deadpool 2 and then X-Force and others? While it shouldn’t surprise anyone, besides Ryan Reynolds, the soon to be Deadpool franchise has been making casting decisions from left-field since the beginning. (more…)
Jude Law is an accomplished British actor. His next big role is as the King Vortigern in the upcoming King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, which are pretty big shoes to fill from British folklore. Law has also played Dr. John Watson in two Sherlock Holmes movies, another part that holds a great deal of significance being the world’s most famous sidekick after Robin. But how about something more current? How about a beloved character from modern British literature? Well Law has just landed a big one, perhaps the most in demand role of its kind for British men of a certain age. He’s the new Dumbledore! (more…)