The first of several proposed sequels to James Cameron’s Avatar will finally come to theaters at some point in 2018. By the time Avatar 2 comes out it will have been 10 years since the release of the first film from 2008. Do audiences still give a sh*t? Time certainly has not been on the franchise side. Avatar is remembered as a ground breaking 3D movie (arguably starting the 3D trend that most everyone now hates) just as much as it recalled for a having an uninspired story. Like Fern Gully, Pocahontas, and Dances With Wolves before it, Avatar is just another salty reminder that where there are indigenous people, there are greedy white men to ruin their day and their lives… along with at least one white guy that feels really bad about it.
Avatar is, at the end of the day, the highest grossing movie of all time. Swinging people back to it, yeah, James Cameron isn’t too worried about it. Still, there are many defectors that will need strong convincing to be invested again. Maybe a word from Sigourney Weaver, talking about how great the new scripts are, will spark some interest, eh? (more…)
The latest Foot Locker commercial is raising some questions about the potential return of Space Jam to our screens. The new ad showed the return of the Monstars and the Toon Squad, and also featured LA Clippers star Blake Griffin and Chicago Bulls star Jimmy Butler. What does this mean? There have been no official announcements regarding a Space Jam sequel, but the commercial seems to be throwing out some pretty big hints that Space Jam could be coming back in a big way. (more…)
A lot of big movies come out at this time of year, blockbusters looking to make franchise money, and prestige pictures looking for awards consideration. But this is also a big time of year for pending releases. In the next several weeks, expect to see new trailers for many of 2017’s most anticipated movies, including some ones you might have forgotten that you were anticipating. To wit, consider The Mummy. Not only is it a remake of the classic Universal Monster movie from 1932 starring Boris Karloff, and not only is it the next big movie starring Tom Cruise, but its the kick-off to a shared Universal Monsters universe. And now, there’s a teaser… (more…)
Considering the huge amount of publicity Pokémon has received this year thanks to a certain popular augmented reality game, it’s not really surprising that we’ll be seeing a new Pokémon feature film coming out soon. Legendary Pictures announced in July that they had plans to create the live-action movie Detective Pikachu, with writers Alex Hirsch (Gravity Falls) and Nichole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy) coming on board to work on its script. It looks like the movie now has a director too, as Rob Letterman (Goosebumps) has also just joined the Detective Pikachu team. (more…)
Two weeks from tonight, you will likely be sitting in a preview screening of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the latest in a likely long line of Star Wars movies. We’re nuts for it! Brought to us by Godzilla director Gareth Edwards, the movie will likely be loaded with Easter eggs and references to other Star Wars stories, in fact we already know there is one, the appearance of Clone Wars character Saw Gerrera in the person of Oscar-winner Forest Whitaker. That maybe the first egg, but it won’t be the last, and Edwards was all too eager to share another. (more…)
Before we were in the “dawn of superhero movies,” superhero films were few and far between. During that time, we didn’t have a new Marvel Cinematic Universe or DC Extended Universe. Instead, we had a few one-off films ere and then. The first “real” superhero film came out in 1989, and it was Tim Burton’s Batman. Modeled after Frank Miller’s “Dark Knight” comic book, we got to see a different Batman from the old 60’s campy TV show. We got our first big screen iteration of the crown prince of crime, and Jack Nicholson gave us our best Joker (at the time). Also included in the classic film was Michael Keaton (“Mr. Mom”) as Batman, and we were introduced to District Attorney Harvey Dent, played surprisingly by actor Billy Dee Williams. While Williams never played his alter ego (Two-Face) as he was replaced by actor Tommy Lee Jones in subsequent films (with no explanation for the racial switchback). Some fans were disappointed as they were denied of Williams playing the role. It looks like we may finally be getting the Billy Dee Williams Two-Face we have been wanting for more than 28 years.
When fans last saw Steve Rodgers, he was a wanted man, and on the move. The shield? He dropped it and left it behind after his fight with Tony Stark. The Avengers who were being held probably got out and are in hiding. Then there’s Bucky. He’s on ice in the middle of Wakanda. At least he should be. So when Sebastian Stan posted a photo of himself with a shield stripped of it’s stripes and looking a lot like his arm, internet fanboys erupted and rumors began flying in every direction possible.
Dwayne Johnson has his hands in so many pies these days he might as well be a Strawberry Shortcake villain. Seriously, how can anyone keep track of them all? One could hardly be blamed if it slipped their memory that one of Johnson’s many upcoming projects is Rampage, an adaptation of classic arcade game about monsters destroying cities. Johnson will be teaming up with his San Andreas director Brad Peyton to bring the mayhem to life, and what tremendous mayhem it will be. It’s not yet certain when we’ll see the movie, but Peyton wants you to know that this will be a Rampage of love. (more…)