NBC Cancels Timeless for Second Straight Year is reporting that has been cancelled, yet again, by NBC. The network however is in talks with Sony Pictures TV to produce a 2-hour series finale TV movie though it remains to be seen if that will come to fruition. As fans of Timeless know, the second season of the sci-fi series ended on a huge cliffhanger and the TV film would reportedly wrap up all of the storylines introduced during both seasons. The idea of a 2-hour TV film will be expensive and NBC, Sony Pictures TV will have to negotiate new contracts with the cast as their options for another season will expire on June 30th. However, the idea of a series finale film is not unheard of having previously been done on CBS for CSI and recently with Sense8 on Netflix. The sophomore series was cancelled after it’s first season due to lackluster viewer ratings, but was resurrected three days later by NBC due to the passionate fan base flooding NBC with support for the show. NBC ended up giving the series a 10 episode second season that premiered on March 1st. The cast of Timeless includes Abigail Spencer, Matt Lanter, Malcolm Barrett, Goran Višnjić, Paterson Joseph, Sakina Jaffrey and Claudia Doumit. Shawn Ryan and Eric Kripke are the creators, writers and executive producers. Tom Smuts and Arika Lisanne Mittman are co-showrunners and executive producers. Don Kurt, Greg Beeman, John Davis, John Fox and Marney Hochman also executive produce. Timeless is a production of Sony Pictures Television, Davis Entertainment, MiddKid Productions and Kripke Enterprises. The post appeared first on .
June 22, 2018
The entertainment industry can be a ruthless working environment. An aspiring actor may spend years, if not decades, getting rejected for various roles, only to make it big and have their project torn apart by critics while simultaneously watching their personal lives taken out of context and dissected by the tabloids. Not to mention that fame and fortune can easily spell disaster for someone who literally has to manipulate their emotions for a living.Of course, the massive paychecks and the ability to work alongside some of the most talented individuals in the industry may well be worth the glare of the spotlight.But there has been a fair share of A-list actors who have gladly walked away from Hollywood — whether it be because they had a negative experience or they simply wanted to try something new. These individuals often get a bad rap, as if they were somehow no longer able to cut it in the entertainment industry. In reality, it's no different than anyone else putting in their two weeks notice and giving something else a try.The flip side of this is the actors who have found themselves blacklisted. In light of the #MeToo movement this is becoming all the more commonplace, as these less-than-stellar individuals are finally facing social backlash the likes of which has never been seen before. That isn't to say that all these actors have stopped working entirely - only that their off-screen antics have severely affected their careers and alienated them from mainstream success.Here are 10 Former A-Listers Who Abandoned Hollywood (And 10 Who Were Kicked Out). The post appeared first on
June 22, 2018
Star Wars news for the week of June 22, 2018 The purpose of this roundup is to put all the Star Wars news from the week of June 22, 2018 in one location. If you read this each week, you should be able to converse fluently with any fan on everything from the latest Star Wars developments to the latest toys. And maybe you’ll even share with them something that they might have missed. Let’s get to it! Solo: A Star Wars Story News and Rumors This was fun! ⁦⁩ interviews me — Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) Another Look At Best Buy Exclusive ‘Solo’ 4K Steelbook Blu-ray – — Jedi News (@JediNewsUK) How Alden Ehrenreich Found Out About That Major ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ Cameo (Exclusive) via — Star Wars Events (@StarWarsEvents) Mark Hamill praises Alden Ehrenreich for his performance in Solo: A Star Wars Story – — Fantha Tracks: Star Wars News In A Single File (@FanthaTracks) Target ‘Solo’ Blu-ray Releases Include Filmmaker Gallery, Storybook, Bonus Content – — Jedi News (@JediNewsUK) Solo: A Star Wars Story composer John Powell interviewed by Billboard – — Fantha Tracks: Star Wars News In A Single File (@FanthaTracks) Standalone News and Rumors Exclusive: Plans for future ‘A Star Wars Story’ films—including the Obi-Wan movie—have been put on hold. — Collider (@Collider) ‘Multiple films’ still in ‘Star Wars’ pipeline, sources say – ABC News – via — Clayton Sandell (@Clayton_Sandell) Episode IX News and Rumors RUMOUR EXCLUSIVE: A HUGE name is part of Episode IX – — Fantha Tracks: Star Wars News In A Single File (@FanthaTracks) Television News and Rumors The Millennium Falcon’s new residents are looking for nesting materials… so now it’s up to Chewbacca to find some in Star Wars : “Porgs!” — Star Wars (@starwars) Jim Rash on joining the voice cast of Star Wars: Resistance – — Fantha Tracks: Star Wars News In A Single File (@FanthaTracks) The celebrates 100 episodes with a star-studded extravaganza packed with fun surprises and much, much more! — Star Wars (@starwars) Around the Web Natalie Portman says she’d love to meet her son, — Hollywood Reporter (@THR) Todd Fisher opens up about deaths of Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds — Variety (@Variety) In 1980 The Empire Strikes Back w/Roger Kastel’s stunning Gone with the Wind style movie poster art. Han Solo and Princess Leia are captured embracing the force. Check out article ‘The History of Star Wars’ by William Dass about — Paul Shipper Art (@PaulShipperArt) We are happy to announce that Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire by ILMxLAB and has received two Digital Craft awards! More details: — ILMxLAB (@ILMxLAB) Comics … and here’s my cover to LANDO Double or Nothing #5. — W. Scott Forbes (@ScottForbes) Video Games Starting today on , the entire library of classic are on sale for up to 66% off. has all the details on your old favorites. — Star Wars Games (@StarWarsGames) Collecting With hundreds of possible combinations, choose your unique Star Wars style for your home or office with these official cafe tables & directors chairs. Bring what you love into your living space with Regal Robot: — Regal Robot (@RegalRobot) New Star Wars Count Dooku vs Yoda Hot Toys Revealed via — ComingSoon.net by Mandatory (@comingsoonnet) 2018 SDCC Exclusives Available August 13th On Hasbro Toy Shop – — Jedi News (@JediNewsUK) Return of the Jedi Art Director James Schoppe collection available via Julien’s Auctions – — Fantha Tracks: Star Wars News In A Single File (@FanthaTracks) Christmas in July! Here are ALL of PopMinded by Hallmark’s exclusives for 2018, including Marvel, , , and more: — SDCC Unofficial Blog (@SD_Comic_Con) Funko has unveiled this year’s exclusives. More: — SDCC Unofficial Blog (@SD_Comic_Con) 2018 SDCC Exclusive Reveals: Star Wars! — Funko (@OriginalFunko) Comic Convention Exclusive Hallmark Boba Fett Itty Bitty | — Yakface (@yak_face) Press Release: Hallmark 2018 Event Exclusives – — Jedi News (@JediNewsUK) We really have a thing for the exclusive LEGO Millennium Falcon Cockpit. And we know it’s mutual. — LEGO (@LEGO_Group) Hot Wheels’ joy-riding porg exclusive is the only reason you need to visit Comic-Con — io9 (@io9) New Solo: A Star Wars Story Carships incoming – — Fantha Tracks: Star Wars News In A Single File (@FanthaTracks) For Hot Wheels’ Comic-Con 2018 exclusive, the Millennium Falcon gets a new feathery pilot — io9 (@io9) The post appeared first on .
June 22, 2018
Somewhat unexpectedly, is worse than the original . It's safe to say Colin Trevorrow's 2015 box office smash is oddly regarded, with initial enthusiasm making way for three years of mounting derision - and thus putting a lot of weight on the sequel.Everything about Fallen Kingdom looked better. Director J.A. Bayona is a veteran of both horror () and realistic action (), and with the sequel reportedly going in a darker direction evocative of 's more intense moments, hopes were high. The budget wasn't being ballooned, thus keeping expectations low, and some of the key concerns (like ) were being addressed. Even when the trailers arrived a bland muddle - they either undersold iconography or gave up far too much - it was chalked up to a bad marketing approach, rather than anything intrinsically wrong with the movie.Related: However, that wasn't the case. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom isn't a total disaster (and Jurassic Park III, which just gives up an hour in, stops it being the worst in the franchise) but it's definitely a lesser sequel. Considering it's following up Jurassic World, that's pretty chaotic. What went wrong?This Page: The Problem With Jurassic WorldPage 2: Jurassic World Is A Good Idea Done PoorlyBefore looking at Fallen Kingdom, it's worth establishing what exactly the problems with Jurassic World are. Overall, it's a case of bad execution.What Jurassic World is trying to do is pretty smart. The film opens on an active dinosaur theme park full of franchise restaurants, expensive hotels and a whole slew of distractions before attendees even get to the creatures, while those behind the scenes are focused on transferring the attractions into more profitable streams. The plot is motivated by financial greed and consumer indifference: people are bored of dinosaurs, so InGen scientists set out to make a new, "cooler" one. The is a corporately-sponsored concoction that exists not for wonder's sake but to get more ticket money and, because this is Jurassic, it gets out of hand. On the page, Trevorrow is trying to condemn such soulless faux-creativity.However, Jurassic World doesn't seem to realize it's actually a commentary on itself. It was distributed by Universal Pictures, a subsidiary of Comcast, and as the reboot of a once-major franchise that audiences have become disinterested is basically the I-Rex; that hybrid dinosaur wasn't made to thrill the park patrons in the movie, it's for the audiences in the real-life theater. This fundamental contradiction is there in Jurassic Park with its anti-capitalist ribbing paradoxically leading to a massive merchandise push, but Jurassic World doesn't quite grasp it. Time and again, Trevorrow misses that what he's making is the thing he's talking about - when the I-Rex's sponsor is revealed as Verizon, it's less a spearing of thinly-veiled advertising and more product placement for the service provider - and so the message becomes garbled and cynical; it's a retread but bigger just because that's what'll get bums on seats. There is the kernel of something smart in here - having the signature theme begin to swell as the characters ride an escalator to their hotel room is deliciously ironic - but no intentional delivery.Related: With that bedrock, the film is fighting against the flow, and it has a lot of other issues besides; the characters are distinctly designed but poorly delivered - Owen Grady and Claire Dearing are so blank they're almost universally referred to as their actors - and the action can be a bit too pedestrian. Overall, Jurassic World hangs together because it does have an ideological and narrative purpose that make it for fine escapism, but it never rises too high because of repeated mishandling of the material.Page 2 of 2: The post appeared first on
June 22, 2018
In season 2, showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker successfully shifts the series from a street-level superhero story into a propulsive and engaging urban crime drama, one that is more in keeping with not only Coker’s sensibilities as a writer and producer, which he honed on shows like Southland and Ray Donovan, but also with the show’s eponymous character. Removed from the limitations and obstructions of the stultifying, archetypal superhero origin story, Coker brings forth a multifaceted story with themes of identity, legitimacy, and the control one has over their own narrative. It turns the series into a true ensemble, making great use of not only Mike Colter as the bulletproof hero for hire, but also Alfre Woodard as crime queenpin (née Stokes) and Theo Rossi as her right-hand man/lover, Shades. The season also includes a compelling new arc for Misty Knight (Simone Missick), who, in the wake of the injury she suffered during the (injurious) miniseries, is struggling to redefine her place in the NYPD. Part of what makes season 2 work and makes it an improvement over season 1, as well as much of what Marvel TV has produced in recent years, is how Coker repositions Luke Cage as a single figure on a much larger canvas, rather than as the central figure in a story about him. That shift in perspective keeps the series from overindulging in the character’s past and power set, and instead emphasizes who Luke is now, how the persona he’s built and the — for lack of a better term — brand he’s cultivating fits into the show’s version of a Harlem that’s in the midst of a similar evolution. It’s a matter Coker and the series’ writers are interested in exploring from a variety of different angles, as Harlem’s hero comes to terms with the concept of celebrity and the idea that being a “Hero for Hire” raises questions as to what Luke is meant to represent. More: The notion of superhero-ing as a for-profit industry is woven into the season’s narrative, routinely bringing the story back to a question of legitimacy. Characters question their roles in whatever corner of this world they’ve managed to stake a claim on. Coker, in part, uses those questions as a springboard to introduce a new villain, Bushmaster (Mustafa Shakir), whose history with the Stokes family has him seeking a different kind of legitimacy in Harlem and a claim on Mariah’s turf. At the same time, Mariah and Shades make a concerted effort to go legitimate, to leave the underworld behind, but as is so often the case, a person may be done with the past, but the past is not done with them. Yet Coker and his writers stay firmly entrenched in the present. For the most part, the season is free from digressive flashbacks or efforts to rehash what the audience already knows. Instead, each episode strives to give the viewer a better understanding of who these characters are now, often just as the character is learning it themselves. This self-discovery unfolds through a series of dramatic choices that keep the narrative ticking along at a surprisingly brisk pace.Some of the season’s best moments are actually two-handed scenes, conversations between characters that signal an almost meta-awareness that they’re participating in a superhero drama and just how weird that can be for them to wrap their heads around. Since first premiered, that role has primarily been filled by Rosario Dawson’s Claire Temple. Dawson is back this season as Luke’s love interest but also as the audience proxy, the one whose job it is to call time out and to signal to those watching what’s happening is indeed extraordinary.This season, though, she has some company with a greatly expanded role for Simone Missick, who walks an interesting line between audience proxy and burgeoning superhero after . Then there’s the late Reg E. Cathey as Luke’s semi-estranged father and minister, who gives a typically absorbing performance as a man working to legitimize his role as a father after having failed his child to the frankly ludicrous degree that he had. Both Missick and Cathey make for great verbal sparring partners with Colter and, in one way or another, both represent institutions that have seen the legitimacy of their power and authority increasingly scrutinized in recent years. All these details add up to a richer, more detailed world in which this story unfolds. As for the Big Bad, Bushmaster makes for a more compelling villain than Diamondback, particularly because he’s not tied to Luke and his convoluted family history. Instead, Bushmaster’s story links him to Mariah Dillard, which in turn leads to revelations about Mariah’s past and questions about her future that afford Woodard a chance to shine and weaver her character through moments of vulnerability and wickedness in equal measure. As for Bushmaster, his power set makes him a worthy adversary for Luke, but Coker wisely treats the Jamaican crime lord’s extraordinary abilities as secondary to his unbending will and desire to see his bloody course of action through to the very end. While the character work feels more nuanced and the narrative more engaging, the biggest achievement of Luke Cage season 2 is in how Coker seems to have cracked the code as far as streaming drift is concerned. Rather than break Luke Cage season 2 into two halves, split by the usual road trip of self-discovery or severe injury that makes the hero question his or her life choices for an episode or two, the season’s narrative structure follows a much more conventional arc, with each hour gradually building to a far more satisfying climax at the end of the season. The season itself is still too long by about two or three episodes, and some of the episodes could stand to lose 10 or 15 minutes, but overall the series’ second outing turns a superhero show into a thrilling, well-paced crime drama that’s one of the most fulfilling of Marvel’s Netflix series. Next: Marvel’s Luke Cage season 2 will stream on Friday, June 22 on Netflix. The post appeared first on
June 22, 2018
Viewers who catch in IMAX will be treated to a sneak peek of . Over the years, the M:I franchise has become famous for Tom Cruise's extreme dedication to practical stunt work, as the actor always goes the extra mile for his craft. For this latest installment, Cruise learned how to , jumped rooftops, and . He seems to try to one-up himself each time out, going bigger and crazier in the Mission films.Because of the grand scale and scope, Mission: Impossible is tailor-made for IMAX, thrilling audiences with death-defying set pieces in the premium format. Director , meaning that's the way he intended fans to see it in theaters. Though moviegoers have to wait until July to see the final product, this weekend will offer a small tease.Related: IMAX revealed today by way of posting a video on their official YouTube channel that people who see Fallen Kingdom in IMAX this weekend will see an exclusive sneak peek of Fallout. There's no word on which scene from M:I 6 will be shown, but it'll likely be one of Cruise's trademark stunts. Watch the video in the space above.This isn't the first time the Mission: Impossible series has done something like this. Back in 2015, an IMAX preview of Rogue Nation was attached to screenings of Terminator: Genisys. Ideally, the extended look at Fallout will be seen by more people. Fallen Kingdom is projected to , which is considerably higher than Genisys' $27 million debut haul. Mission: Impossible is going stronger than ever, but getting plenty of eyes in front of an extended look should only help its commercial prospects. If the sneak peek goes over well with viewers, more people will likely be inclined to see Fallout in theaters. It remains to be seen how the action film is tracking, but the expectation is for it to be another hit.It should be interesting to see how Fallout shapes up. This marks the first time in the franchise's 22-year history the same director has called the shots on multiple installments (McQuarrie also helmed Rogue Nation), so the onus will be on him to keep things fresh and exciting. Previously, the series thrived thanks to a revolving door of unique cinematic voices, but things should be just fine here. McQuarrie has worked quite well with Cruise numerous times in the past, and marketing is hinting at a thrilling story full of twists and turns. In all probability, a seventh entry is right around the corner.MORE: Source: The post appeared first on
June 22, 2018
The Terror Season 2 greenlit, will be set in World War II today announced that it has renewed its popular and critically acclaimed anthology series The Terror for a second season. The next iteration of The Terror anthology will be set during World War II and center on an uncanny specter that menaces a Japanese-American community from its home in Southern California to the internment camps to the war in the Pacific. The Terror Season 2 is co-created and executive produced by Alexander Woo (True Blood) and Max Borenstein (Kong: Skull Island, Godzilla). Woo is also set to serve as showrunner. The next season of The Terror anthology is expected to air on AMC in 2019 with 10 episodes. The series is distributed internationally by AMC Studios and premieres across AMC Global markets as well as in certain Amazon Prime Video territories. The Terror Season 2 is executive produced by Ridley Scott and is an AMC Studios production, produced by Scott Free, Emjag Productions and Entertainment 360. Season 1 of The Terror was the number two new drama on cable for the current television season and a top 10 drama on ad-supported cable overall, well-received by critics and audiences alike. Vulture said The Terror was “a horrifying 19th century nightmare.” The Daily Beast called it “Stunning. TV’s most terrifying new show.” TV Insider said it was “literate and philosophical, yet shocking and terrifically scary.” “’The Terror’ has given us the opportunity to take a unique approach to the anthology format. We loved the concept of beginning with an actual historical event and overlaying it with a fictional horror element, and we are immensely proud of this show’s combination of cinematic scope and intimate character work. We are thrilled to announce a second season and dramatize one of the most chilling and important events of the 20th Century, guided by the vision of the gifted Alexander Woo and Max Borenstein,” said David Madden, president of original programming for AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios. “Our deep appreciation goes to the persistently creative and passionate showrunning team of David Kajganich and Soo Hugh, the incomparable Ridley Scott and the rest of the producing team, and the outstanding cast led by Jared Harris for launching this concept and leaving us on the precipice of terrifying new adventures as we continue with the next chapter of ‘The Terror.’” “I’m deeply honored to be telling a story set in this extraordinary period,” said Woo. “We hope to convey the abject terror of the historical experience in a way that feels modern and relevant to the present moment. And the prospect of doing so with a majority Asian and Asian-American cast is both thrilling and humbling.” “As a history-buff and genre geek (not to mention a conscious American today), it’s clear that truth is always scarier than fiction,” said Borenstein. “This season of ‘The Terror’ uses as its setting one of the darkest, most horrific moments in our nation’s history. The Japanese-American internment is a blemish on the nation’s conscience — and one with dire resonance to current events. I’m thrilled that AMC is giving us the chance to use that darkness as the inspiration for what I hope will be a trenchant, terrifying season of TV.” Season 2 of The Terror anthology series is co-created and executive produced by Alexander Woo and Max Borenstein, from an idea by Borenstein. Woo, who is currently in an overall development deal with AMC, serves as showrunner. The series is an AMC Studios production produced by Scott Free, Emjag Productions and Entertainment 360. “The Terror” is also executive produced by Ridley Scott, Dan Simmons, David W. Zucker, Alexandra Milchan, Scott Lambert and Guymon Casady. The first season of The Terror was inspired by a true story about the Royal Navy’s perilous voyage in 1847 while attempting to discover the Northwest Passage. Frozen, isolated and stuck at the end of the earth, The Terror Season 1 highlighted all that can go wrong when a group of men, desperate to survive, struggle not only with the elements but with each other. The post appeared first on .
June 22, 2018
Chris Evans wished his fellow MCU actor Chris Pratt a happy birthday, while trolling him in the process. Two of the three famous MCU Chrises (the third one is Chris Hemsworth, who plays Thor), Evans and Pratt play Captain America and Star-Lord, respectively, in the famed superhero franchise. But despite appearing in the same film series, the two Marvel heroes have yet to cross paths. saw the two fought Thanos separately - the former in Wakanda, while the latter in Titan alongside Tony Stark/Iron Man.With Pratt's Star-Lord currently a pile of dust following Thanos' deadly snap, it's uncertain whether the pair will ever fight side-by-side in the MCU. Since is likely to resurrect most of the dead MCU heroes through some means, there's a chance yet that Steve Rogers and Peter Jason Quill will share the screen one day. Regardless of whether that happens or not, the two actors recently had a funny exchange in light of the Guardians of the Galaxy star's birthday.RELATED: Taking to his official account, Evans sent a birthday greeting to Pratt, but aside from the standard message, he infused some of his humor into the post, including a photo of his beloved rescue dog, Dodger, peeing at a water hydrant that looks like Star-Lord. Making the image funnier is the sign that says "PROPERTY OF STAR-LORD Dogs beware!" Check out the post below:Happy birthday from me and this giver of zero f*cks. We hope you’re getting showered with affection today. — Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) Pratt eventually replied to the humorous birthday greeting by tweeting back and saying that Evans and his dog will soon hear from his lawyer. Sadly, Evans still hasn't replied to his buddy's sarcastic threat. See Pratt's post below:You’ll be hearing from my lawyer. — chris pratt (@prattprattpratt) Fans have also quickly jumped on the conversation by replying with all kinds of memes with regard to Cap, Star-Lord and the pair's off-screen relationship. A few years back, the two got into a bet with regard to the Super Bowl match between New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks. Evans, who's a huge fan of Tom Brady and the Patriots, got into a friendly competition, indicating that whoever loses will have to dress up as his Marvel character and visit a charity of the winner's choosing. In the end, Evans emerged as the winner, so Pratt dressed up as Star-Lord to visit Christopher's Haven, a Boston-based charity for families of child cancer patients. Despite the outcome, Evans eventually put on his super soldier suit and visited Seattle Children's hospital anyway.Since Evans mostly skipped the press tour for Avengers: Infinity War, fans didn't get any funny banter between him and Pratt. Perhaps the two can be teamed-up to promote next year's Avengers 4 alongside Chris Hemsworth, as a triple Chris treat for loyal Marvel fans.MORE: Source: , The post appeared first on
June 22, 2018
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is a fun ride full of adventure - and scares - that builds on the mythology of Jurassic Park in very interesting ways.In 1993, Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park hit theaters and became a sci-fi/adventure classic beloved by moviegoers young and old. The film was enough of a hit to earn two sequels; Spielberg's return to the world he helped create in The Lost World: Jurassic Park and Joe Johnston's Jurassic Park III. The third film was released in 2001, and it wasn't until 2015 that the franchise full of de-extinct dinosaurs was revisited. Colin Trevorrow's Jurassic World picked up the thread from the original park and explored a world in which John Hammond's dinosaur theme park became a reality. Now, director J.A. Bayona takes the reins for the next installment in the franchise. is a fun ride full of adventure - and scares - that builds on the mythology of Jurassic Park in very interesting ways.Fallen Kingdom picks up three years after the events of Jurassic World, with the theme park on Isla Nublar having been deserted by humans, leaving the dinosaurs to run free. However, the long-dormant volcano under the island has become active again, and those around the world are deciding what to do about the dinosaurs - should the U.S. government interfere and save the de-extinct creatures, or should humans allow the act of God to once more wipe out the animals? Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) is now head of the Dinosaur Protection Group and refuses to let the dinosaurs be killed by the volcano.She's recruited by Eli Mills (Rafe Spall) of the Lockwood Estate, established by Hammond's former parter Sir Benjamin Lockwood (James Cromwell), in order to help get the dinosaurs off the island and to a sanctuary where they can live in peace. And in order to rescue the Velociraptor Blue, Claire calls on Owen Grady (Chris Pratt). Along with Owen, Claire brings paleoveterinarian Dr. Zia Rodriguez (Daniella Pineda) and systems analyst Franklin Webb (Justice Smith). However, the mission on Isla Nublar goes sideways when Claire and Owen learn the true goal of Mills' project and what he's actually hoping to achieve. With additional complications like the genetically engineered dinosaur, the Indoraptor, it remains to be seen if Claire and Owen will be able to save themselves from a horrible fate, let alone the last remaining dinosaurs on Earth.Bayona steps into the director's chair on Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, working from a script by Trevorrow and his Jurassic World co-writer Derek Connolly. Having previously helmed a horror film in The Orphanage, a disaster thriller in The Impossible, and a fantasy drama in A Monster Calls - among other films - Bayona has a unique skillset to bring to the Jurassic World sequel. In Fallen Kingdom, Bayona balances horror with action and adventure for some of the more thrilling sequences in the entire Jurassic Park franchise. The director skillfully directs a scene so as to wring as much tension out and keep viewers on the edge of their seats - or hands over their eyes, preparing for the scare, as the case may be. Further, Bayona infuses plenty of fantastic horror imagery in Fallen Kingdom, again utilizing beautiful visuals to eke out as much emotion from a scene as possible.Bayona, along with screenwriters Trevorrow and Connolly, also bring a great deal of heart and tragedy to the world, especially when it comes to the dinosaurs. Fallen Kingdom showcases the wonder and amazement of seeing dinosaurs made real through de-extinction, while also balancing it with the true cost of what it means - not only for humans, but for the creatures who now exist in a modern world. One of the biggest strengths of the Jurassic Park franchise, both the original series and the new trilogy kicked off in Jurassic World, has been the concept of de-extinct dinosaurs and how humans would co-exist in modern day with these creatures. While Jurassic World relegated the dinosaurs to its titular theme park on Isla Nublar, Fallen Kingdom takes the next logical steps to build out this alternate universe - and those steps lead toward a very different and very compelling reality that will be further explored in .However, like Jurassic World, one of the weaker aspects of Fallen Kingdom is the relationship of its two leads. The on-again, off-again romance of Claire and Owen feels shoehorned into the story simply for the sake of checking some box. For their parts, Pratt brings the same amount of swagger and charm to Owen as in Jurassic World, while Howard plays a more dynamic and matured version of Claire. The supporting players of Smith's Franklin and Pineda's Zia provide equal amounts of fun comedic relief and necessary plot progression. Perhaps the biggest surprise is Isabella Sermon's performance as Benjamin Lockwood's granddaughter Maisie, who turns out to be a compelling addition to the film. And, of course, Jeff Goldblum returns for Fallen Kingdom, reprising his role as Dr. Ian Malcolm. While his performance will be fun for longtime fans of Jurassic Park, it amounts to little more than a cameo.Certainly, some aspects of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom are retreads of previous Jurassic Park films, with even the movie's Indoraptor repurposing the basic concept of Jurassic World's Indominus Rex - making a man-made dinosaur the main antagonist. Undoubtedly, these issues arise from Trevorrow and Connolly's script, which is weak at times. Fallen Kingdom feels like much more of a fully realized idea and application of the Jurassic World concept. But, the back half of the movie isn't quite as tightly woven as the first, with the script setting up a number of interesting threads and struggling a bit to pull them all together by the third act. Still, it's an entertaining enough third act that sets the stage for Jurassic World 3 to take the franchise somewhere new.All in all, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom provides the fun and adventure moviegoers have come to expect from the Jurassic Park franchise, while providing a great deal of horror and perhaps even more heart than viewers may be expecting. Further, the concepts and ideas explored in Fallen Kingdom also weave in a little more to think about in terms of the real impact de-extinct dinosaurs would have on humankind's existence on Earth. And, given Bayona's visuals as applied to the big action set pieces throughout the film, this may be one for fans to catch in IMAX. Ultimately, Fallen Kingdom is a more mature and fully realized vision than Jurassic World, offering plenty of entertainment for diehard Jurassic Park fans and casual summer moviegoers alike.TrailerJurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is now playing in U.S. theaters nationwide. It runs 128 minutes and is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of science-fiction violence and peril.Let us know what you thought of the film in the comments! The post appeared first on
June 22, 2018
Spider-Man and Doctor Strange's connection now apparently goes beyond the MCU, as footage from Insomniac Games' PS4 title includes an appearance by the Sorcerer Supreme's Sanctum Sanctorum. This year's brought Doctor Strange and Peter Parker together on the big screen, as the heroes of the MCU united to battle the Mad Titan Thanos. While Spider-Man PS4 won't be connected to the ongoing MCU narrative in any way, Marvel fans may get to see Marvel's New York-based superheroes interacting with each other yet again in the video game.Some eagle-eyed fans had actually already spotted the Sanctum Sanctorum in the Spider-Man PS4 trailer released at last year's Paris Games Week. However, since it was spotted in a wide-angle shot, there was some doubt as to whether it was really Doctor Strange's base or just another building similar in appearance. Now, however, thanks to a newly-released gameplay demo that Insomniac Games previewed at this year's E3, fans can clearly see the Marvel landmark in all of its (exterior) glory.RELATED: Insomniac Games' live stream event for Spider-Man PS4 (which was posted to their official channel) included an in-depth look at the E3 presentation and a tease of the title's gameplay demo, wherein fans got a great look at Doctor Strange's Sanctum Sanctorum. Fans got a glimpse of the three-story townhouse's exterior (located at 177A Bleecker Street's) as Spidey swung from building to building, until he found himself on a rooftop directly across the Sorcerer Supreme's home. It's still unclear at this point, but chances are slim that players will be able to go inside of the actual building. You can check out a screenshot of the Sanctum Sanctorum in the game, below.Just last week, it was revealed that in the Spider-Man PS4 game. However, unlike Strange's Sanctum Sanctorum, that New York building is noticeably different from its MCU counterpart. Still, between the cameos of the Sorcerer's Supreme's base and Earth Mightiest Heroes' headquarters in the Big Apple, Marvel Games seems to be planting plot seeds for what could be - a concept that Vice President and executive producer Mike Jones floated last year.While executive creative director Bill Rosemann didn't confirm the idea when asked about it earlier this year, would be a great way to cross-promote forthcoming titles from the company (despite coming from different developers). which could very well tie-in to the upcoming Spider-Man game, especially given the existence of the Avengers tower in the latter. While Doctor Strange may not be as popular a Marvel character as Spider-Man or Iron Man, having him appear in the Spider-Man PS4 title would be a great way to introduce him into what could become a Marvel Games Universe (or MGU, if you will).MORE: Source: The post appeared first on
June 22, 2018
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is the busiest man in Hollywood. Between updating his millions of fans on social media, appearing as a regular in the world of WWE, and generally being the nicest celebrity on the planet, it’s a wonder how he stars in any movies at all.Yet, Johnson’s name is seemingly attached to every major Hollywood production going.As one of the most bankable actor’s working today, having The Rock star in your movie all but guarantees that audiences will show up in droves. This is something that can no longer be said about the Hanks, Cruises, and Schwarzeneggers of this world.Having first made his movie debut in The Mummy Returns, the former wrestler is now better known for his work on-screen than in the ring. Charisma, presence, and a knack of knowing what his audience wants has kept him on top.Sure, there were some missteps along the way (Tooth Fairy), a rare box office disappointment (Baywatch), and some interesting choices (Southland Tales), but since breaking out as Luke Hobbs in Fast 5, it’s been nothing but box office gold.It's no wonder why he’s set to earn a career-best pay check of for upcoming action-comedy Red Notice.Being so prolific means that it's hard for fans to know what The Rock is up to next. So to help, we’ve broken down the rumors we’re excited about and the ones that should definitely stay as rumors.Here are the 8 Dwayne Johnson Rumors We Hope Aren't True (And 9 We Hope Are). The post appeared first on
June 22, 2018
Marvel Studios' latest blockbuster sequel runs for exactly one minute longer than the first according to press materials. Ant-Man & The Wasp will of course be Marvel Studios' third entry into the MCU canon in 2018, after February's mega hit and April's seismic smash Featuring Paul Rudd returning as the current iteration of Ant-Man, Evangeline Lilly's Hope Van Dyne officially assuming the identity of The Wasp, and Michael Douglas as genius inventor - and original Ant-Man - Hank Pym, Ant-Man & The Wasp heads to theaters with high expectations from fans, and hope that it can somehow live up to its 2018 predecessors.While Ant-Man & The Wasp's plot is still vague - Marvel Studios just loves keeping fans guessing - it's at least known that the sequel sees the titular duo team up to take down a criminal who gains dangerous abilities after stealing some of Pym's tech. Another goal the Pyms and Scott Lang seek to accomplish is the rescue of Hope's mom and Hank's wife In a terrific bit of casting, Janet - the original Wasp - is being played by Michelle Pfieffer, who Related: As revealed by Marvel Studios' press materials for the film, Ant-Man & The Wasp runs 118 minutes in length, as opposed to the 117 minute running time of 2015's original Ant-Man movie. That's understandably quite a bit shorter than Infinity War, Marvel Studios' longest film to date, and one that featured nearly every hero in the franchise outside of Ant-Man and The Wasp. It's also a lot shorter than Black Panther, which came in at 134 minutes in length after regaling audiences with T'Challa's epic tale of gaining a kingdom, losing it, then gaining it again.Proving that the common misconception of superhero movie running times only getting longer since the dawn of the MCU isn't entirely accurate, Ant-Man & The Wasp is also shorter than 2008's MCU kickoff movie Iron Man, which ran for 126 minutes. In fact, Ant-Man & The Wasp is one of the shortest films in the entire MCU canon to date, with only 2008's The Incredible Hulk, 2011's first Thor film and its 2013 sequel Thor: The Dark World, the aforementioned first Ant-Man, and 2016's Doctor Strange getting in and out in less time. When it comes specifically to the second film in an MCU sub-franchise, only Thor: The Dark World is shorter - by three minutes - as Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 all easily surpass the 2-hour mark.In many ways, Ant-Man & The Wasp's relative brevity when compared to other MCU films may be exactly what fans need after the emotionally exhausting, but endlessly thrilling ride that was Avengers: Infinity War. While Scott Lang's second headlining adventure is suspected to have for the most part, Ant-Man & The Wasp is almost like the MCU equivalent of a "breather" episode, designed to amuse and delight fans while they recover from More: Source: Marvel Studios The post appeared first on
June 22, 2018
could once again be returning to the world of video games, after rights owner Rebellion suggested that a game could be in the pipeline. There hasn't been a major video game adaptation of the 2000 AD comic book character since Judge Dredd: Dredd vs. Death, which released to something of a mixed reception and struggled with a staggered release window that saw it launch in different parts of the world between 2003 and 2005.All in all, the Mega-City One Judge hasn't had the best of times with adaptations in general. The 1995 film starring Sylvester Stallone is now notorious for its treatment of the character and , and although 2012's Dredd earned the respect of long-term fans and some solid reviews, it struggled to find a larger audience and seems destined to remain as a cult classic. This boils over into the world of video games, with previous releases over the years also struggling.Related: However, there could be a chance for someone to have another crack at the 2000 AD character. Speaking with , Rebellion CEO Jason Kingsley suggested that there could be some news coming soon about some games based on 2000 AD properties, including Judge Dredd. This comes after Rebellion opened up to the prospect of other studios working on 2000 AD games last year, so clearly some positive discussions have taken place."We’ve talked to and we have agreements with a number of different people," stated Kingsley at E3. However, Rebellion is not ready to announce the specifics of the projects because, at the moment at least, it's still a little too early. The CEO did go on to state that "there may be announcements coming in the next few months," though, which will no doubt be interesting news for 2000 AD fans after another video game from the property.In spite of its status, 2000 AD has been somewhat underutilized when it comes to video games. Rebellion had previously released Rogue Trooper and its Redux edition, but has spent more time on its own properties. However, this might not come as much of a surprise, given the middling critical reception that Rogue Trooper received versus series such as Sniper Elite, whose entry last year was considered one of .Even so, it's going to be intriguing to see what these further 2000 AD projects are. Fans will want to see exactly which developers are taking on which properties before getting too excited, but if Rebellion has truly vetted the studios in question then it may well be that gamers could have a faithful Judge Dredd game on the cards. With that , now's a good time to be a Judge Dredd fan.More: Source: The post appeared first on
June 22, 2018
actress Amber Heard has said that her visual depiction of Mera in the upcoming film will be comic accurate. Heard's character Mera is Aquaman's love interest in the film and eventually becomes his wife in the source material. Mera first appeared on film in , albeit in a minor cameo role. Although the Aquaman movie will largely focus on Jason Momoa's Arthur Curry/Aquaman, it seems that Mera's role will still be hefty.Aquaman is the first DC film to release since the lukewarm Justice League hit theaters last year. The DCEU has been met with its fair share of criticism and, as a result, has shifted its focus to more individualized films. Like next year's , James Wan's Aquaman is focused on telling its own story within the DC movie universe continuity officially established in 2016.Related: In an interview with , Heard spoke in detail about Mera's role in the film. She loves the concept of Mera being a "warrior queen" and was because she is averse to being a damsel. Like her modern comic-book counterpart, Mera will bea stern future leader, having been raised to become Queen of Atlantis her whole life. All of this seems to play into the costumes Mera will wear throughout Aquaman. According to Heard:"Justice League highlighted her militaristic side. In Aquaman we have a fuller picture, not just her as Mera of Atlantis but also see her struggle in the surface world in civilian clothes. One of my favorite scenes is her first time on the surface world and she’s forced to dress as a normal human. We wanted to honor the comic books, I wanted to stick with how she’s depicted in the comic books in a superficial way, I wanted to go full comic book as to how she looks, but it’s in the nuance of her personality where I wanted to push the boundaries."This is not the first revelation from the upcoming film that indicates Wan is paying homage to the source material. Many fans reacted positively to the recently released , which highlighted his signature mask. The stills released of Mera thus far certainly add to Heard's claims that the film will be borrowing heavy influence from the Aquaman comics.To say there is a lot riding on Aquaman's success is an understatement. When DC first announced their plans to expand their franchises into a shared universe, fans were elated. So far, though, only is generally considered by many to be both a critical and commercial success. Even though films like and did considerably well at the box office, their negative buzz seemingly led to creative conflict for Justice League. Aquaman's solo outing will have to convince audiences to give DC's movie universe a second chance. Luckily, it seems that Aquaman will continue the trend of dynamic female characters that Wonder Woman proved was lucrative.Mera's role in the future of the film franchise is certainly expected only to grow if the film should spawn a sequel. The Queen of Atlantis has always been a supporting character in the Aquaman comics but remained a major focal point, especially in the newest continuity. It could be that Mera steals the show in the movie adaptation. Since details are still scarce on the film's plot, audiences will have to wait until Aquaman is released this December to find out.More: Source: The post appeared first on
June 21, 2018
Warning: SPOILERS for Batwoman #16 Things certainly haven't been easy for in recent issues of - her long-lost sister Alice is back, and in this week's Batwoman #16 Kate Kane has to battle himself to keep her alive. It's not the first time that her relationship with Alice has made things complicated for Batwoman, either. Alice, aka Elizabeth Kane, is Kate Kane's twin sister, presumed dead after a childhood kidnapping by a terrorist organization. In the years since she first appeared as the criminal lunatic Alice, she has both battled Batwoman and fought by her side as an ally, and was most recently sent to an asylum in the hopes that her Alice persona could be treated.However, the past four issues of DC's Batwoman (an arc titled 'The Fall Of The House Of Kane') have seen Alice's return in all her insane glory, with a new plan to attack Gotham. She planned to unleash a plague of bats over the city, infected with a virus - and while the bats were destroyed at the end of Batwoman #15, Alice is still at large, and Batman warns Batwoman that if she doesn't 'do her duty', he will... and that's not the only threat he levels at Batwoman this issue!Related: The issue begins with Batman's threat to take down Alice if Batwoman won't, telling her that he believes Kate has lost control of her sister and that Alice needs to be sent to Arkham. Kate, however, pleads with Batman to allow her to keep trying to help Elizabeth/Alice her way, because if she is sent to Arkham, she will become Alice permanently. As the story continues, we see Kate fighting three battles; one against Alice, as she tries to bring Elizabeth back, one against Batman, as she tries to stop him hurting her sister, and one against herself, as she struggles to take down Batman after all he has done for her.In the end, though, Kate chooses family over the Bat, and manages to knock down and pin Batman with a giant 'K' (part of a sculpture). She tells him that she has to deal with her family herself, and attempts to explain her need to protect her sister... but Batman throws one last threat at her as he walks away. He tells her that this is her second strike, and when she asks what happens if she hits three, he responds 'then you'll never be Batwoman again'.The first strike that Batman references here comes from Detective Comics #973, released January of this year, when the Bat-Family were dealing with an out-of-control Clayface. Batman had his plans to try and control Basil Karlo, but Batwoman believed that they would fail, and when she saw an opportunity to take him down (when he was returned to his human form), she shot him in the head... disobeying a direct order from Batman, who told her he would not have a Colony weapon used in Gotham. This means that now, Kate Kane has fought Batman on his orders twice in a short span - once to kill someone, and once to save them.While the loss of Kate Kane's name as Batwoman would represent a major rift in the Bat-Family, it looks like this is the direction that DC is headed. With two strikes in only five months, we may even see Kate disowned by Batman by the end of the year, although there's no telling what her third strike may be (or if it will be to save or to slaughter). Of course, this isn't guaranteed to happen, but it's a solid bet - and should make a fascinating story, as Kate and the other members of the Bat-family deal with the fallout as Batman bids farewell to his friend.Next: Batwoman #16 is now available from . The post appeared first on
June 21, 2018
ABC officially orders the spinoff The Conners to series. Last month, series star and creator Roseanne Barr made a controversial tweet that inevitably resulted in ABC canceling the show altogether, despite it being immensely popular with general viewers and the network having already given earlier this year.While ABC had no interest in working with Barr again, they were reportedly that could stand on its own. However, the one stipulation was that Barr could not profit from a potential spinoff whatsoever. That meant Barr agreeing to relinquish the rights over to the network or agree to a deal in which both parties get what they want. Unfortunately, that didn't seem entirely likely... until today. ABC had been tenaciously holding off on announcing a replacement program for Roseanne's time slot for good reason, as they have now announced that they are moving forward with a spinoff series without Barr's involvement.Related: ABC has ordered a 10-episode first season for The Conners, and that Roseanne Barr has reached a settlement with series producer Tom Weller that will ensure Barr has absolutely no involvement in the new show, either creatively or financially. Besides Barr, the entire cast of the Roseanne revival is set to return, including Laurie Metcalf (Jackie), John Goodman (Dan), Sara Gilbert (Darlene), Lecy Goranson (Becky), and Michael Fishman (D.J.). It's unclear how Roseanne Barr's character will be handled on the show, but that's something audiences should find out more about as the series premiere nears. Here's the series' description:“After a sudden turn of events, the Conners are forced to face the daily struggles of life in Lanford in a way they never have before. This iconic family — Dan, Jackie, Darlene, Becky and D.J. — grapples with parenthood, dating, an unexpected pregnancy, financial pressures, aging and in-laws in working-class America. Through it all, the fights, the coupon cutting, the hand-me-downs, the breakdowns – with love, humor and perseverance, the family prevails.”In a statement, ABC implied that the spinoff, much like the revival, will "portray contemporary issues that are as relevant today as they were 30 years ago." The actors reportedly signed brand-new contracts for one year, and will keep the same salaries that were in place for Roseanne (rumored to be roughly $300,000 per episode.) Behind the scenes, The Conners will keep the same stable of writers and producers that had been scheduled to work on season 2. Dave Caplan, Bruce Rasmussen, and Tony Hernandez are scripting the new season, with Gilbert and Tom Werner producing. Showrunner Bruce Helford will also return to shepherd the new show through.In a joint statement from Werner and Roseanne Barr, the disgraced comedian said that she regrets "the circumstances that have caused me to be removed from Roseanne.” She emphasized that she “agreed to the settlement in order that 200 jobs of beloved cast and crew could be saved, and I wish the best for everyone involved.” Regardless of the creative decisions that are ultimately made, audiences will be sure to tune in, if only to satisfy their morbid curiosity as to what Roseanne could possibly look like without its titular character at the center. Although The Conners is slated to air this fall, it does not yet have a premiere date, which is something that should be resolved sometime soon.More: The Conners premieres on ABC later this year. The post appeared first on
June 21, 2018
Killmonger becomes the hero in a recent fan re-cut of the trailer, which edits the film’s footage to show his point of view. The short trailer barely features Chadwick Boseman’s T’Challa at all, teasing an alternate narrative centered entirely on Michael B. Jordan’s Killmonger.Ryan Coogler’s explosive hit Black Panther was released earlier this year and has proven to be a major cultural movement across the world. The film was historic in every sense of the word, even serving as the movie to this past April when an AMC theater screened the movie in Riyadh, the nation’s capital city. Black Panther follows Boseman’s T’Challa as he is thrust into the role of King of Wakanda after his father’s death. His strengths as a leader and superhero are tested by Jordan’s Killmonger, whose radical politics threaten the fate of Wakanda and the entire world.Related: YouTube user Kaz Kilroy released his Killmonger-focused recut of the Black Panther trailer (above). His trailer-length reinterpretation of the original film is especially amusing in light of the fact that Black Panther won several awards, including Best Trailer, at the "Orphan, Warrior, Prince," the trailer proclaims as it portrays Killmonger as a revolutionary who, after overcoming the tragedies of his past, has come to overthrow T’Challa’s rule and save the day in Wakanda. The trailer is backed by the heavy instrumental beat of RTJ’s “Panther Like a Panther”.Killmonger is a character that has been celebrated by many viewers of Black Panther as being one of the due to the fact that he has a compelling and tragic backstory coupled with clear and driven motivations. Many considered Killmonger to be one of Black Panther’s strongest aspects. He even comes with the ultimate stamp of approval: Tom Hiddleston, who plays another infamous Marvel villain, Loki, “absolutely extraordinary” and that the character was compelling because “[You] could understand why he was angry and there was a kind of flawed but comprehensible logic in it.”Unfortunately, Killmonger saw his death at the end of Black Panther, but Michael B. Jordan is keen on the opportunity to bring his character back. The actor recently said that he’d love to in any capacity, claiming that, “if there was ever an opportunity for me to come back and like join this universe… you know, of course I would.” If Marvel ever considers such a project, there might be some inklings of a new Killmonger story within this trailer re-cut that could potentially play out on the big screen.More: Source: The post appeared first on
June 21, 2018