Marvel Cinematic Universe: Stan Lee, who is an obligatory element of all movies based on Marvel Comics properties, has shot specifically tailored cameos for the next four MCU installments -- Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Spider-Man: Homecoming and Thor: Ragnarok. And the interesting thing is he did all of them in a single day of filming in Atlanta. [Cinema Blend]
Jumanji: Four young actors have joined the cast of Jumanji as teenagers who are sucked into a video game and then represented in that game by avatars played by stars Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillen, Kevin Hart and Jack Black. The "JumanjiJuniors," as Johnson called them in a tweet (featuring the image above), are Alex Wolff, Madison Iseman... Read More
While promoting the home video release of Hunt for the Wilderpeople, actor Sam Neill revealed that he's already reunited with filmmaker Taika Waititi on Thor: Ragnarok. "I'm not really allowed to say this, and I can't tell you what it is," he says in an interview with UK magazine ShortList (via Entertainment Weekly). "I did a couple of days on Thor just before I came over here. But I had to sign all sorts of things that if I say anything else, Marvel's secret agents -- and they are lethal -- will come and get me and probably my children, as well."
Later, somewhat backtracking, Neill took to Twitter to say, "Let's clear up this Thor: Ragnarok thing: I was there, but am I actually in it? Or on it? Seems like... Read More
Here's your estimated 3-day box office returns (new releases bolded):
1. The Magnificent Seven - $35.0 million ($35.0 million total)
2. Storks - $21.8 million ($21.8 million total)
3. Sully - $13.8 million ($92.3 million total)
4. Bridget Jones’s Baby - $4.5 million ($16.4 million total)
5. Snowden - $4.1 million ($15.1 million total)
6. Blair Witch - $3.9 million ($16.1 million total)
7. Don't Breathe - $3.8 million ($81.1 million total)
8. Suicide Squad - $3.1 million ($318.1 million total)
9. When the Bough Breaks - $2.5 million ($26.6 million total)
10. Kubo and the Two Strings - $1.1 million ($45.9 million total)
The Big Stories
Summer was for the kids, but the autumn is most decidedly for the adults. At least, so far. For the third... Read More
The Important News
Star Wars: Another standalone Star Wars movie was confirmed for 2020.
Image Comics: The Spawn reboot is aiming for an R rating.
Remakes: A new version of High Noon is in the works.
Sequels: Paul Walker's character may return to the Fast and Furious movies. Antoine Fuqua will direct The Equalizer 2.
Prequels: Charlize Theron's character may get her own Mad Max: Fury Road prequel. Jamie Dornan joined Robin Hood: Origins.
Box Office: Sully continued to dominate in theaters.
Biopics: Jared Leto will play Andy Warhol.
Horror: Rings and the Friday the 13th reboot were delayed again.
YA... Read More
Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:
Video Game of the Day:
Ahead of the release of Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, there's an online video game tie-in called Jack Reacher: Never Stop Punching. Play it here.
All the fun of punching without bloodying your hands. Play Jack Reacher: Never Stop Punching https://t.co/rP7HO9P0Kc pic.twitter.com/WKWuH79RDl
— Jack Reacher (@JackReacher) September 20, 2016
Fake Movie of the Day:
This fake trailer from Matt Vince imagines a beautiful animated The Legend of Zelda movie from Studio Ghibli (via Geek Tyrant):
Trailer Redo of the Day:
Fandango created a new trailer for The Magnificent... Read More
As expected, a lackluster summer for science fiction has led to an equally lackluster September. While we wait until November for Arrival to show up and save the day, you do have other options to scratch your sci-fi itch. Let’s run down the ways to keep yourself occupied for a little while, shall we?
Director/co-writer/star Matt Johnson has managed quite the balancing act with Operation Avalanche. It’s a faux documentary period piece comedy that slowly morphs into a paranoid conspiracy thriller that was largely shot guerrilla style, with the cast and crew literally talking their way into NASA to shoot key scenes. The fact that it hangs to together is astonishing. The fact that it’s pretty dang good is a miracle.
This isn’t... Read More
Well, the first trailer for Passengers is finally out in the wild (see below), and it seems pretty safe to say that our first look at the long-awaited sci-fi film lives up to the hype.
It's been nearly a decade since Jon Spaihts' script for Passengers started making the rounds in Hollywood, and the story of the only two people awake on a fantastic spaceship filled with sleeping colonists has been generating serious buzz since first appearing on the 2007 edition of The Black List, the annual industry survey of the year's most popular unproduced scripts.
It's also not the first geek-friendly film to be featured on the famous list, which has been sent out every year since 2005 and ranks various screenplays according to the number of “likes” producers... Read More
This November, Marvel Studios will be bringing their timeless Sorcerer Supreme to life in the form of their new film Doctor Strange, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and directed by Scott Derrickson. In the world of Marvel Comics, Doctor Strange provides a doorway (figurative and occasionally literal) to one of the most interesting, psychologically potent, and frightening corners of the Marvel Universe in the form of the mystical realm. And with all of the pre-release chatter about the film, it looks like it has the potential to deliver on many promises of the comics.
Still, you may be surprised to learn that even though Doctor Strange is the supreme authority on all things mystic on the heroic side of the Marvel Universe, he has a very interesting (and relatively recent... Read More
Tim Burton is responsible for two of the best comic book movies of all time, or at least of the pre-superhero-overload era. And he wasn't going to end with 1989's Batman and its sequel, Batman Returns, either, having been long involved with another DC Comics adaptation, Superman Lives, until the whole project fell apart.
Burton's latest movie, an adaptation of the YA novel Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, is almost like an X-Men movie with him at the helm and modeled after his style of drawings, the sort seen in his book The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy and Other Stories and in exhibitions of his concept design work.
That notion has us wondering what other actual superhero movies he could do... Read More