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In Hollywood, there is no try. There’s do (and fail), fail (and do) until something, anything inevitably sticks with moviegoers, breathing new life into a thirty-year-old series in desperate need of reinvention, The Predator, co-written and directed by Shane Black (The Nice Guys, Iron Man 3, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang), proves what 20th Century Fox executives should have known – or maybe they’ve known all along – the Predator series should never have been a series. It should have stopped at one. The Predator was – and continues to be – near impossible to beat, let alone match, the combo of peak Arnold, ace action-director John McTiernan (Die Hard), and a dreadlocked, crab-faced, spine-ripping alien hunter caught up in jungle-set, deadly game of hide-and-seek. Bigger, faster, and armed with super-advanced tech, the Predator bloodily dispatched well-armed (in every sense) mercs, but proved no match for the former Mr. Universe (a/k/a, the Austrian Oak). Arnold, however, smartly stayed away from every sequel or spin-off greenlit by Fox in the misguided hope they could capture the magic of the original. They couldn’t and they haven’t. (more…)

Ever since it was announced that Shane Black was directing a new film in The Predator franchise, there was a little confusion if this was going to be a reboot of the franchise or a sequel to the second film. After a little bit of clarification, it’s sort of both. The Predator will in a way, “reboot” the franchise (and make us collectively forget those Alien Vs Predator films) and will be a sequel to the original 1987 film. With it being story wise, connected to the original film, this led many fans to wonder if Arnold Schwarzenegger’s character Major Alan “Dutch” Schaefer would make a return, having been the sole survivor of the Yautja’s hunting of his special forces group in Central America. It could be a great connective tissue to bridge the old film and the new one. However, it looks like, that’s not going to happen.

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A lot of actors from Game of Thrones have been cast in other things lately (Emilia Clarke in the Han Solo movie, Maisie Williams in iBoy), and it leads many to wonder whether these are early signs of deaths in the season to come. The latest Game of Thrones cast member to score work outside of Westeros is Alfie Allen, aka Theon Greyjoy. He’s just been cast in the new Predator movie to be directed by Shane Black.  (more…)

Shane Black’s Predator reboot/sequel, The Predator continues to grow an impressive cast as it is preparing to go into production next month. Already, the quasi-sequel to Predator and Predator 2 has the following actors associated with the project: Boyd Holbrook (Narcos, Logan), Olivia Munn (X-Men: Apocalypse), Keegan-Michael Key (Keanu, Key and Peele), Trevante Rhodes (Moonlight), and most recently, Sterling K. Brown (The People vs OJ Simpson, This Is Us, Black Panther). It Looks like the suburban-based alien film is adding yet another actor to the film.

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Olivia Munn sure is making a name for herself around Hollywood. This once famous co-host of Attack of The Show has been landing some pretty cush acting gigs. After a break-out role in The Newsroom, she hustled her way in Kevin Hart’s Ride Along 2 just before boarding the cast of  X-Men: Apocalypse – playing the butt-kicking femme fatale Psylocke. And now, this actress/model/self-professed geeky gal, has earned herself into another huge IP. She’s hopped onto Shane Black‘s Predator reboot-quel.  (more…)

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Many people are looking forward to Shane Black‘s upcoming half-sequel/half-reboot of Predator, called simply The Predator, and why not? Black is an accomplished writer and director with a cult following, he knows action, and he even appeared as Hawkins in the original film. We know that Narcos star Boyd Holbrook is now likely to be the leading man in the film, and we know that Arnold Schwarzenegger is likely to return in some capacity as Dutch, but in talking much more broadly about the film, Black had music for fans’ ears. His Predator will be scary, funny, and absolutely R-rated! (more…)

Has ‘The Predator’ Met His Match in Benicio del Toro?

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When it comes to the Predator film series, the star has always been the titular alien hunter who’s constantly on the look out for the most dangerous game of all. Having said that, the Predator has chased a wide variety of game on the big screen, from the preternaturally strong Arnold Schwarzenegger in the first Predator, to the somewhat more average Danny Glover in Predator 2, to Adrien Brody with a big freakin’ gun in Predators. But if the following news is true then the Predator is really about to meet his human match for the upcoming Shane Black sequel The Predator. (more…)

Rock Doc

A few weeks ago, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson teased an upcoming project he was working on. He mentioned he was reading an outline for a “cool movie” that will see him partnering with director Shane Black next year. It didn’t take fans long to ascertain which films Black would be working on in the near future. The director is signed on to direct “The Predator,” a sequel to the it 1987 sci-fi film “Predator,” and to “Doc Savage.” Given Johnson’s acting ability and his physical stature, either film could certainly be a possibility for him to star.

Well, the actor has taken to social media and officially made the announcement that he will be taking on the titular role of Doc Savage. In his announcement, made on his Instagram page, Dwayne posted a photo from this weekend of himself joined with Shane Black, writers Anthony Bagarozzi and Chuck Mondry, and producer Hiram Garcia. Here’s what the actor revealed on Instagram(more…)

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This time last year, a controversy started erupting about Disney, toys, and Marvel Studios‘ then-latest hit Avengers: Age of Ultron. A LEGO set was released, based on a prominent action scene in the film, but one of the players in that scene was conspicuous by *her* absence. From there, a #WheresNatasha campaign was launched as mothers and fathers of young girls asked hopelessly for toys featuring the sole female Avenger. Did Disney still labor under the opinion that a) girls don’t like action figures and b) that boys won’t play with girl action figures? Apparently that was the opinion of Disney execs, or at least it was circa 2013. (more…)