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Despite all the crap dumped on The Phantom Menace, people seem to universally agree that Ray Park as Darth Maul was one of the best parts of the film. It’s probably why he was given a hero’s welcome at Toronto ComiCon Friday night as he was ushered in to “The Imperial March” with an entourage from the charity cosplayers of the 501st Legion (and one little girl in a Wonder Woman costume).  (more…)

A few days ago, it was announced that Warner Bros would be returning to one of their most lucrative and successful franchises, The Matrix. The trilogy that centered on a war between machines and humans in a virtual (and real) world was everything we ever wanted in a franchise. Though provoking storylines, kung-fu action, high-quality special effects, even a believable romance were all a part of the trilogy. This past week Warner Bros was considering a reboot of the franchise with actor Michael B. Jordan in consideration for the lead role. Some people were not too excited about the idea of a reboot for the franchise. Looks like some of their fears can be put to rest.

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Sony made a trilogy of Spider-Man movies directed by Sam Raimi and starring Toby Mcguire. That series of films ended with Spider-Man 3, which featured the very first live-action version of Venom played by Topher Grace. The movie was so bad that it killed the Raimi/Spider-Man universe entirely. A year or so later Sony rebooted Spider-Man, with The Amazing Spider-Man 1 & 2, starring Andrew Garfield (who, to his credit, played a marvelous Spider-Man). Sony intended for that series to spawn off a “Spider-Man-Movie-Verse,” where villains and heroes would get their own movies, but all be connected much like all the other films by Marvel Studios. Venom, arguably Spider-Man’s most revered villain, was in the mix for a possible Spin-Off, but thanks to the bomb that was The Amazing Spider-Man 2, the franchise was once again dead and put back in the on-deck circle while Sony tried to figure out how to kick start another set of Spider-Man movies. Then Marvel Studios stepped in and negotiated a deal with Sony to resurrect (and give us an AWESOME) Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War and start production on Spider-Man’s own MCU movie Spider-Man: Homecoming.

With the resurgence of Spider-Man on the silver screen, and given FOX’s latest runs with wildly success R-Rated superhero films like Deadpool and Logan, Sony wants in! They’ve just pushed through their long-conceived plan to make a spin-off film focusing on the villain Venom and plan to release it in Oct 2018. Venom is a fan-favorite character that many have been clamoring to see on the big screen. One major question the Sony should ask first though after considering who Venom is, his history, and how this possibly ties into the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe): “Is a Venom spin-off a good idea?”  (more…)

Mads Mikkelsen is a remarkably accomplished Danish actor, and that’s even before you start talking about his most well-known works in Casino RoyaleHannibalRogue One: A Star Wars Story, and Doctor Strange. He’s great, he’s gotten great roles, and that doesn’t happen by accident. Indeed, Mikkelsen, while being a working actor, is also a discerning actor, meaning that he’s not about to take roles that don’t fulfill him. To wit, Mikkelsen just confessed that he walked away from a possible role in Josh Trank‘s Fantastic Four, which makes you wonder if he knew something no one else did till after the film was released.  (more…)

The enigma juggernaut that is Transformers: The Last Knight rolls on with the second full trailer, which is embedded below. Now we’ve heard a lot about this movie: it’s got Nazis! It’s got King Arthur and the Knights of the Roundtable! It’s got Optimus Prime going bad! It’s got Sir Anthony Hopkins! It’s got Goonies! Well, sort of. This new trailer focuses on none of the other “What the…?” stuff that’s been introduced before, but on a young girl named Izabella and her precocious friends who seem to live in a Transformers demilitarized zone, and the only one there to help them is Mark Wahlberg! (more…)

Let’s face it; Dwayne Johnson being cast in the movie adaptation of this epic video game is pretty spot on and, now, the movie has finally found its villain. Malin Akerman is now in negotiations with the film’s crew so as to portray the villain in the new flick which will start filming next month.

 

Although it has not been said how many other cast members must be chosen before the filming process can begin for Rampage, Akerman is said to be joining a pretty awesome cast for the new film. Earlier today, The Hollywood Reporter announced that Akerman will be playing the head of the tech company responsible for the three monsters’ creation (Lizzie the lizard, Ralph the werewolf, and George the ape) and, in turn, Johnson will be portraying a “Primatologist and head of an anti-poaching unit in Rwanda” (prepare yourself guys, this is gonna rock). On his Instagram, Johnson recently posted this about his part in the new film,

“Spent my Friday night at our Warner Bros offices in a 6hr script session with these rampaging rockstars. Our Rampage (next movie I’ll make) writers, producers, director and star (occasionally me). Even though this took us deep into Friday night and we all have families and stuff to do – this kind of meeting is so critical to our movie’s success. Everyone’s instincts were firing on the highest of levels. My fav moment from this merciless 6hr meeting was when I shared with this group that there’s an equity and trust I’ve built with my audience that they trust me to take them on an epic ride, and always do our best to send them home happy. A very cool moment to see everyone’s eyes light and heads start to nod. To win on any level you gotta have teamwork and collaboration and can’t thank everyone enough in this room for their energy and focus. You truly helped us move the needle. And Wendy Jane you’re Superwoman for your creative brilliance and putting up with all these asshole’s dumb guy jokes. Not me of course, I’m a gentleman. Next stop for me in my research – the Primate division at the Atlanta Zoo (my character’s a Primatologist & head of an anti poaching unit in Rwanda). Really informative and educational character to play and project to work on. More to come. Start shooting this April. #Rampage”

 

 

On top of Johnson and Akerman, Naomie Harris joined the cast in January as a geneticist that begins to feel remorse for her terrible creations and the destruction they have caused and Jake Lacy is set to play the role of the brother of Akerman. Along with these stars, Joe Manganiello, Marley Shelton, P.J. Byrne, Jack Quaid, Matt Gerald, and Breanne Hill will also be starring in the new film, although, their roles in Rampage have not been disclosed just yet.

With a cast this great, of course, the crew matches accordingly. Brad Peyton will be directing the film using a script written by Carlton Cuse, Ryan Engle, and Ryan Condal. On top of this, Beau Flynn, John Rickard (Wrigley Pictures), Hiram Garcia (Dwayne Johnson’s 7 Bucks Entertainment), and Brad Peyton will all be producing the epic video game-based flick. Similarly, Wendy Jacobson (Flynn Picture Co.) will be co-producing the movie and Marcus Viscidi, Dwayne Johnson, Dany Garcia, and Jeffrey Fierson will be executive producers as well. The release date for the highly anticipated film is set to be April 20, 2018 and both fans of the game as well as the extensive cast of this new film couldn’t be happier. For now, only time will tell who will play each role but, with a villain and a protagonist that are nothing more than stellar, I think we can all rest at ease.

 

Out of the countless exciting movies coming to theaters next year, two have continued to stand out. However, recent reports suggest that one of these films will be taking the place of the other one’s pretty generous release date as the latter just isn’t quite ready yet (again, I know). Aquaman’s original opening date was said to be in October of 2018 but, recently, James Cameron stated that his sequel to the epic film, Avatar, will not be ready by their rather prime spot of December 21, 2018 and, in turn, Aquaman has chosen to nab the ideal date before any other movies can.

 

Although this means that the first installment of four new Avatar films is going to more than likely be hitting the big screen in 2019, the excitement revolving around the Aquaman flick starring Jason Momoa is enough to keep fans of both films quiet for now. Other than Momoa, the films boasts a pretty talented cast and crew with Amber Heard and Patrick Wilson as guest stars as well as James Wan directing the epic tale of the ‘epic tail’.

 

Despite Avatar fans being depressed about yet another moved data for the next film, Cameron recently set the record straight by explaining to the Toronto Star, “What people have to understand is that this is a cadence of releases…So, we’re not making Avatar 2, we’re making Avatar 2, 3, 4 and 5.”

 

With this in mind as well as an exciting date change for the Aquaman film along with countless other release dates being addressed by Warner Bros. this week, the excitement continues to rise for fans of nostalgia and nerd culture alike. In fact,  Ed Helms and Owen Wilson are said to be creating an R-rated road comedy entitled Bastards that will be released on December 22, 2018 (a week after The Last Jedi). Similarly, Sony’s Jumanji, Paramount’s Downsizing, Universal’s Pitch Perfect 3, and The Weinstein Company/Dimension’s The Six Million Dollar Man are also planning on being released during the week of Christmas 2018 as well.

 

Although this means yet another setback for fans of both films, this will ultimately increase the viewership of the exciting Aquaman flick and make the true fans of Avatar beg for the sequel and increase the sheer desire for the film to be released in the process. Until then, raise your tridents to the sky and mark your extremely long calendars with the date.

When we think about the DC cinematic Universe, we tend to picture an ageing society beauty long forgotten by press and public. Alone in her dusty mansion, she gazes longingly at a faded photograph of Christopher Nolan before coughing spots of blood onto a handkerchief. Things aren’t looking too good, in short. The “take off and nuke the site from orbit” moment was last year’s Suicide Squad, an extended Hot Topic advert that left both fans and critics cold. In order to stop the patient from bleeding out on the table completely, they’ll need a new team for the sequel. Only the best of the best will do. So, who are they eyeing up so far? Their latest signing is screenwriter Adam Cozad, perhaps better known by his nickname; “who?” (more…)