Lucasfilm is reportedly putting future installments of the spinoff line on hold. When Disney acquired the studio, it was revealed that in addition to a sequel trilogy in the Skywalker saga, there would also be standalone anthology films that further fleshed out the universe and told narratives the mainline movies couldn't get into. The first of these, 2016's , was a tremendous success, receiving widely positive reviews and grossing over $1 billion at the worldwide box office. Unfortunately, the success of this initiative was short-lived.Back in May, Lucasfilm released , their second spinoff. Despite receiving and featuring well-known characters from the lore, the film tanked at the box office. To date, it's earned just $341.9 million globally and will go down as . This unprecedented development led many to believe Lucasfilm would reevaluate their plans for the franchise, and it sounds like that's exactly what's happening.Related: According to , Lucasfilm has pumped the brakes on in-development spinoffs and will instead concentrate their efforts on next December's and plotting the course for the next trilogy after that. This means , which had director Stephen Daldry attached, has been shut down. will likely also be off the table in the wake of Solo's commercial performance.Smartly, in retrospect, Lucasfilm never announced projects like Obi-Wan and Boba Fett, so they aren't pulling the plug on anything that was actually official. Works the studio has confirmed, such as and are still actively in development, so it'll be interesting to see what becomes of them down the line. Lucasfilm has yet to schedule any release dates for Star Wars beyond Episode IX, but that will likely change in the near future. , and that would be an ideal venue to reveal an upcoming slate and provide clarity on what's next for the galaxy far, far away. It's unknown if this trilogy Collider mentions is the same as Johnson's project (which is currently being worked on) or something else entirely, like an Episode X of the saga.It is worth mentioning that Solo was largely undone by its ballooning production budget, which . If it had stayed on course and was made for its original price of $125 million, the spinoff would have turned a minor profit via worldwide grosses by now. That being said, its figures are nowhere near Rogue One or , which made it seem like there isn't that large a market for spinoffs that focus on individual original trilogy characters. Perhaps, in order for Star Wars to thrive into the next decade, they need to let the past die and move forward with new stories that have no connection to the Skywalkers.MORE: Source: The post appeared first on
star Josh Brolin reads some of U.S. President Donald Trump's tweets in the voice of his villain character, Thanos, while appearing on . Brolin appeared as the Mad Titan earlier this year in the massive blockbuster from Marvel Studios. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Infinity War is expected to be the beginning of the end for the story of the franchise so far. As such, Brolin brought Thanos to, an antagonist that Marvel has been teasing since 2012's The Avengers.Brolin is quite the actor about town these days, known for his slow-talking and intense delivery of his characters. Following the actor’s recent success, it's no surprise why this season may be referred to as the “summer of Brolin.” His latest roles include the upcoming as well as , in addition to his part as Thanos in Marvel’s box office smash Avengers: Infinity War. Brolin himself (as well as some moviegoers) have compared Thanos to U.S. President Donald Trump - and now he takes that comparison one step further.Related: Brolin appeared on to plug the new Sicario movie, and the full interview can be viewed in the video above. The best segment occurs towards the end of the interview (around 7:20) when Josh adds a few points comparing Thanos to President Trump. He claims the similarity stems from Trump's callousness, particularly concerning children. He finishes the interview with some hilarious voice acting (around 10:10), reading some of Trump’s well-known tweets using the voice of his sinister Infinity War villain.Undoubtedly, those who have made the comparisons between Trump and Thanos will be entertained to hear Brolin read some of the president's tweets in the villain's voice. Brolin made an impact on Infinity War viewers with his portrayal of a three-dimensional antagonist, so much so that the actor helped cement a place for Thanos in the pop culture lexicon. It also helped Marvel overcome one of the franchise's recurring problems, which is a lack of well developed villains.Of course, this isn't the first time an actor has used the voice of a villain to read the tweets of President Trump. Mark Hamill has read multiple tweets from , a classic DC Comics antagonist who regularly faces off agains Batman. Hamill has portrayed the character in a number of animated DC properties, so his performance as the Joker is well known. Now, between Brolin's Thanos and Hamill's Joker, there's a trend of Hollywood actors lending their villainous voices to the words of President Trump, though it remains to be seen who will contribute next.Related: Source: The post appeared first on
Season 3 of Netflix’s royal family drama, , will bring a former exorcist into the mix with the casting of Ben Daniels as the new Lord Snowden. The role of Tony Armstrong-Jones was played by Matthew Goode in season 2 of the series. It was part of a significant subplot that saw Armstrong-Jones, a photographer, bring a whirlwind romance to fruition by marrying Princess Margaret (Vanessa Kirby), only to watch as the union quickly became fraught with difficulties, the impact of which will surely be explored when the series returns with a new cast following a lengthy time jump in season 3. The idea of a time jump has been baked into the series from the beginning, with the plan being for the series to explore many decades in the lives of Queen Elizabeth II and the royal family, beginning with her coronation in season 1 to what will presumably be very near to present day when the series reaches its conclusion. That structure has allowed the series to bring in a number of new actors to fill roles previously played by the likes of Claire Foy and Matt Smith, as well as the aforementioned Kirby and Goode. More: So far, The Crown season 3 has brought on Broadchurch star Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth II and ’s Tobias Menzies as her husband, Prince Philip. Meanwhile, star Helena Bonham Carter will take over for Kirby as Princess Margaret, and now we know she’ll be joined by Daniels as Armstrong-Jones. In all, despite the uncertainty that comes from casting shake-ups (deliberate or otherwise), this is, on the face of it at least, an incredibly strong and likable new cast. How these new actors and interpretations of real-life characters will be received by audiences is really the million dollar question being asked by The Crown. While sidestepping the rarely successful process of aging actors through layers of prosthetics and makeup is almost certainly the right choice, it’s still something of a risk to replace a well-liked, critically praised cast, even when called for by the narrative’s efforts to move forward in time. For his part, Daniels is coming off two seasons of the well-liked but low-rated on FOX. While shifting gears from a supernatural genre series to a big-budget period drama spanning decades of fictionalized real-life events is a big move, Daniels’ resume suggest he’s more than capable of adjusting to the change. In recent years he’s been seen in Starz’ Flesh and Bone, The Hollow Crown, , and even Netflix’s . So, Daniels’ casting in The Crown is a homecoming of sorts, and one that will make the series’ big casting change all the more interesting to watch. Next: The Crown season 3 is expected on Netflix in late 2018 or early 2019. Source: The post appeared first on
Westworld season 2 finale photos: The Passenger Following the release of for the season two finale this Sunday night, has revealed the first photos for Westworld Episode 2.10. Titled “The Passenger,” the next episode — written by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy and directed by Frederick E.O. Toye — is set to air on Sunday, June 24 on HBO. Check out the season two finale photos now in the gallery below! A dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the birth of a new form of life on Earth, the Emmy-winning Westworld was created for television by Jonathan Nolan & Lisa Joy, who are also executive producers with J.J. Abrams, Richard J. Lewis, Roberto Patino, Athena Wickham and Ben Stephenson. Westworld comes from production companies Kilter Films and Bad Robot Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television. The series is based on the film written by Michael Crichton. The returning cast includes: Evan Rachel Wood (Dolores), Thandie Newton (Maeve), Ed Harris (Man in Black), Jeffrey Wright (Bernard), James Marsden (Teddy), Tessa Thompson (Charlotte), Ingrid Bolsø Berdal (Armistice), Clifton Collins Jr. (Lawrence), Luke Hemsworth (Stubbs), Louis Herthum (Peter Abernathy), Simon Quarterman (Lee Sizemore), Talulah Riley (Angela), Rodrigo Santoro (Hector Escaton), Angela Sarafyan (Clementine), Shannon Woodward (Elsie), Ben Barnes (Logan), Jimmi Simpson (William), Leonardo Nam (Felix Lutz) and Ptolemy Slocum (Sylvester). New cast members for the second season include: Fares Fares (Antoine Costa), Katja Herbers (Grace), Gustaf Skarsgård (Karl Strand), Hiroyuki Sanada (Musashi), Peter Mullan (James Delos), Rinko Kikuchi (Akane), Zahn McClarnon (Akecheta), Tao Okamoto (Hanaryo), Betty Gabriel (Maling), Jonathan Tucker (Craddock), Julia Jones (Kohana) and Kiki Sukezane (Sakura). The post appeared first on .
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It would appear that cameras have started rolling on season 2 of Marvel’s . Although it was initially reported that , there has been no confirmation of this from Hulu or the showrunners.We’ve all felt that our parents were evil at some point, right? Well, Runaways takes that concept quite literally. The show follows a group of teens who team up to stop their parents from hatching rather nefarious plans. Adapted for television by Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage (The OC, Gossip Girl), the series is based on the comic of the same name, which was created by Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona. The book debuted in 2003, but was canceled after a mere 18 issues. However, high numbers in digest sales prompted Marvel to resurrect Runaways less than a year after its cancelation and the characters have continued to endure ever since. The Hulu series has garnered positive reviews but is taking its time, with the kids finally running away in the first season finale.Related: , who portrays Karolina Dean, posted an Instagram story of her and her costars throwing loaves of bread at each other. The actors appear to be on a soundstage, with several of their chairs visible, which would imply that filming has officially begun. Although the show back in January, this is the first proof of production that we have seen.The Hulu series has been a slow burn thus far, but there are plenty of exciting places that the story could go when Runaways returns. There are new characters that could be added, , and if the show chooses to follow the book, . However, Runaways quickly established itself as being a completely different entity from the comics, using the source material as little more than a basic blueprint - although thankfully, the writers chose to include .Schwartz and Savage have proven themselves quite adept at creating shows about teens that resonate with viewers of all ages. In the comics, the kids’ parents were straightforward villains, but the show takes a far more nuanced approach. This is why the titular runaways take so long to actually leave home, as opposed to the comic, where everything happens at a much quicker pace. More than likely, Runaways will continue to only loosely base itself on the book and that’s okay. The comic was undeniably one of Marvel’s best. Runaways was smart, funny and unlike any other superhero story. However, television is a completely different animal and the show has made some very smart changes, while still managing to keep the comic’s essence intact. There is so much rich material to mine from the comics, but there are new avenues to explore as well. Cloak and Dagger showrunner, Joe Pokaski, would even . Very little has been revealed about what’s in store for the kids in season 2 and with Runaways diverging so much from the comics, it’s anybody’s guess what will happen next. Hopefully, we won’t have to wait too long to find out.More: Source: The post appeared first on
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George Clooney is reportedly in the early stages of negotiations to direct forthcoming Sci-Fi thriller, . Originally a script by Christopher MacBride (The Conspiracy), Echo was snapped up by 20th Century Fox back in 2013 with Shawn Levy set to act as producer via his 21 Laps production company. Although the project remains in the very early stages, it is known that Echo's plot will focus on a CIA drone specialist who begins to question his own sanity, believing himself to be the victim of a conspiracy in which his own wife may have been replaced. Initial reports suggested that MacBride himself was expected to direct, but now it appears that a far more famous name could be behind the camera.Clooney carved out an A-List acting career in movies such as Three Kings, and Syriana as well as in the TV series ER. However, Clooney has also become known for his work behind the camera, making his directorial debut with Confessions of a Dangerous Mind in 2002. In recent years, Clooney has been more prolific as a director, with 2014's and in 2017. The actor is also set to direct two episodes of upcoming series .Related: It now appears that Clooney's next directing gig could be within the realm of science fiction, as is reporting that he is in early talks with Fox to helm the forthcoming thriller, Echo. Of course, the future of Fox has an air of uncertainty at present as the company is the subject of a bidding war between Disney and Comcast, however the report expects Clooney to land the job regardless.At the present time, there's no word on whether Clooney's interest in Echo is purely as a director or whether he would also appear in the movie. Like many actor/director combos, the man has pulled double duty on a number of occasions (The Monuments Men, Catch-22) and with Echo still in the early stages, the chance to nab Clooney as a lead actor as well as a director could prove too tempting for Fox to turn down.Despite his name being synonymous with the movie industry, hiring Clooney to direct a sci-fi thriller would represent somewhat of a risk. Clooney is still relatively new to the directing game and his work has received mixed reviews thus far. Echo would also represent a departure for Clooney in terms of style and genre, as the man's directorial past has largely focused on , with the exception of the black comedy Suburbicon.More: Echo is currently without a release date. More news as it arrives.Source: The post appeared first on
The fight may be over as Disney has sweetened their offer for Fox's assets, which the company has agreed to.
Bruce Willis and Frank Grillo grab their guns and chase down a violent bank robber in the new trailer for Reprisal from EFO and Lionsgate. The film marks the third collaboration between Willis and director Brian A. Miller after the two paired up for the low-budget EFO actioners Vice and The Prince.Reprisal stars Grillo as Jacob, a bank manager seeking revenge against the robber whose violent heist took the life of his co-worker. Jacob joins forces with James (Willis), an ex-cop with plenty of knowledge on tracking down criminals, not to mention access to weapons. Johnathon Schaech plays Gabriel, the highly skilled and ruthless bank robber, who is always one step ahead. The already explosive situation escalates further when the hunted Gabriel gains the upper hand by kidnapping Jacob's wife (Olivia Culpo) and daughter.Related: The new trailer for Reprisal from Lionsgate teases the movie's very typical EFO style of action. This one gives Willis a chance to play a grizzled old cop, something he has done numerous times in his career (with varying degrees of effectiveness). Meanwhile, Grillo gets to do the emotional heavy lifting, playing a devoted family man whose attempt to right the wrongs of the past puts his loved ones in danger. See the clip above. Additionally, check out the poster below.Earlier this year, Willis himself in Eli Roth's action movie remake Death Wish. Roth predicted the movie would spark a , but the film's modest box office returns and suggest that comeback will not in fact materialize. But Willis will never want for work as long as his name can still sell a movie internationally, and as long as EFO keeps churning out action flicks. Like Nicolas Cage before him, Willis has found a soft landing spot in this kind of formulaic, modestly budgeted fare.Willis also appears to have developed a solid working relationship with director Brian A. Miller. Reprisal marks their third time working together after the sci-fi movie Vice and the gangster film The Prince. Outside the low-budget action arena, , a drama about famed boxing trainer Cus D'Amato and his time working with the teenage Mike Tyson. And then there's , the Die Hard half-prequel that Willis and others have been discussing for years. That project appears to be moving forward again after reports that duo .Lionsgate Premiere will release Reprisal in theaters and on demand on August 31st, 2018.More: Source: Lionsgate The post appeared first on
The experienced a flood of E3 developments, and now word has come in of a partnership with Disney for a televised game show focusing on the platform. Nintendo Switch Family Showdown will pit four families against each other on the Switch console to win prizes, and will be debuting on the Disney Channel and Disney XD, with streaming options on the DisneyNow app.Nintendo’s E3 2018 showcase was full of surprises and fulfilled expectations, including a , the debut of , and even the surprise release of Fortnite for the handheld. Still, it now seems like they may have been saving a significant bit of news for the post-show period.Related: As reported by , this newly announced team-up between Nintendo and Disney might be the perfect way to promote the platform and get it into even more homes, as well as highlight its propensity for multiplayer family gaming. Not only will inspire more attention toward the Switch’s game library, but their tendency for building a library of family-friendly games pairs perfectly with Disney’s age-targeted vertical.For now, three games have been announced for inclusion in the show: Super Mario Odyssey, Mario Tennis Aces, and Just Dance 2018. In addition to the most obvious forms of competition - like a Mario Tennis Aces doubles match - Nintendo Switch Family Showdown will task players with racing to search for collectibles and presumably other forms of goal-hunting within existent games.Modern competitive gaming has largely been centered on internet-broadcasted matches on sites like Twitch, or through streamed invitational conferences. It’s been a while since cable television has courted the concept, although evoked through games like Overwatch, League of Legends, and has established an increased comprehension of competitive gaming within the public understanding.When it comes to eSports, though, there remains a distinct barrier for entry, and it’s this precise quandary that gives a show like Nintendo Switch Family Showdown its strong hook. Offering an accessible look into playing games competitively on the micro-scale, yet broadcasting this competition on cable television to be watched by young people and their parents, Nintendo and Disney will be able to showcase their products while also engaging families on the basics of competitive play.While limited information is currently available about the game show, Nintendo has long nurtured a committed fanbase for their Smash Bros. line of games. With the newest entry on the horizon, it's hard not to speculate that Super Smash Bros. Ultimate might see a cable television debut.More: Nintendo Switch Family Showdown is scheduled to release this summer.Source: The post appeared first on
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is the scariest film in the franchise - is it too much for young children? The sequel takes us back to Isla Nublar, three years after the island theme park was abandoned and the dinosaurs left to roam free. With a volcanic eruption now imminent, Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) and Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) make one last trip to rescue the creatures which are on the brink of going extinct for a second time.From the release of Jurassic Park 25 years ago to the newest offering, the Jurassic movies are renowned for their incredibly realistic portrayal of dinosaurs; the moment the T-Rex first appeared on screen in Jurassic Park and took a whole generation's breath away. It was equal parts terrifying and enthralling. That same wonder is there in Jurassic World 2, but so is the terror.Related: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, is rated PG-13 in the US and 12A in the UK. That means children under the age of 12 can see the movie if accompanied by an adult. The warns of "moderate threat, occasional bloody moments, and action violence," but that can mean all manner of things. For Fallen Kingdom, it's worth knowing that the movie is exceptionally scary in places for young children.From the very start, the looming threat of death in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is very real, and remains there throughout. In terms of actual violence, there are multiple times and tear off limbs, and in one instance the shot lingers on a dinosaur's teeth after he's severed a human arm. Some of the threat is implied but not seen, however, obscured by scene changes right before a terrible fate befalls the characters. Depending on the age of the small person in your care, they may or may not work out what's happened.The dinosaurs themselves are, for the most part, more imposing than before, accentuated by a large part of the movie taking place in a gothic house. That makes the threat of the dinosaurs much more real to young, impressionable children. Under threat themselves, the dinosaurs fight back, and they're not so much presented as magnificent creatures, but as fearsome predators. In particular, there is one scene that has already been seen in where the Indoraptor opens the door of a little girl's bedroom and scrapes his claw over the covers as she hides beneath.Then there's the converse threat the humans pose to the dinosaurs. The creatures are repeatedly shown being hurt with tasers or tranquilizer darts, and there are several dinosaur deaths when leaving Isla Nublar, including one that's protracted to an upsetting degree. Violence aside, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom contains no scenes of a sexual nature or any bad cursing.Related: Although the movie's rating implies that it's okay to take younger children, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is actually quite scary for those under 12. The sound effects and score only serve to add to the terror, especially in a movie theater where the speakers are loud. If your kids startle easily, you may be better to wait until the movie is on home release. For anyone older, the film should be fine but, as always, it varies from child to child.Next: The post appeared first on
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's fifth and final season will begin filming in July, it has been confirmed. The Batman prequel series recently wrapped up its fourth run in by taking cues from the 'No Man's Land' comic story, as , Jeremiah Valeska, succeeded in isolating Gotham City and cutting it off from the outside world. Naturally, the city's various criminals didn't take long to establish their own territories, with the likes of Barbara Kean, Penguin and Victor Fries (Mr. Freeze) all springing into action. Among the lawlessness, only a handful of GCPD officers led by Jim Gordon and fledgling vigilante Bruce Wayne remained behind to defend the fallen city.Upon the conclusion of season 4, Gotham's future was very much hanging in the balance thanks to modest viewing figures and both fans and cast members seemed unsure about whether the show would return. Fortunately for Gotham viewers, Fox eventually confirmed a fifth season of the series was underway but went on to announce that it would be the show's final run. It has since been suggested by actress Camren Bicondova that Gotham season 5 will also be notably shorter than previous runs, potentially clocking in at in length.Related: Executive producer Danny Cannon has now announced that filming of Gotham season 5 will begin next month, with a July 23 date set. Revealing the news on his , Cannon accompanied the update with an appropriately heroic picture of a gun-toting Ben McKenzie as Jim Gordon. A post shared by (@dannyjohncannon) on Jun 15, 2018 at 5:38pm PDT The filming start date is more or less in line with previous seasons of Gotham, which have subsequently gone on to hit TV screens in September of the same year. As such, it could perhaps have been expected that Gotham season 5 would do the same - maybe arriving even earlier if the reports of a shorter season proved true. However, Fox have confirmed that Gotham's final season won't actually premiere until 2019 - an odd decision considering the filming date remains on the same schedule as previous runs.Of course, with filming underway very soon, it surely won't be long until the season 5 rumor mill begins, bringing speculation as to which new characters or storylines Gotham's final season will introduce. With only a limited number of episodes left and the show's fate set in stone, Gotham's creatives now have free reign to go out with a bang in season 5 and take advantage of their last chance to bring their favorite Batman characters into live action. Fans will no doubt be hoping this leads to a frenetic, shocking and action-packed end to the Gotham story.More: Gotham season 5 is set to premiere in 2019 on Fox.Source: Danny Cannon/ The post appeared first on
Kristen Wiig drops out of Apple comedy series Saturday Night Live veteran Kristen Wiig has decided to exit the yet-to-be titled Apple comedy series due to scheduling conflicts with the upcoming Wonder Woman 1984 as has learned. Based on Curtis Sittenfeld’s upcoming short-story collection You Think It, I’ll Say It the currently-untitled series was created by Colleen McGuinness (30 Rock), who will also serve as showrunner and executive producer alongside Wiig, Witherspoon, Lauren Neustadter. Sittenfeld will also serve as a consulting producer. Principle photography has already begun for Wonder Woman 1984 in Washington, D.C., as can be seen , where Kristen Wiig will play her first villainous role, Cheetah. Along with Wiig the film stars Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, and Padro Pascal who might also be a villain. Production will take place in Washington, D.C., Alexandria, Virginia, and in the UK, Spain and the Canary Islands. Wonder Woman 1984 will open in theaters on November 1, 2019. Apple’s upcoming slate includes Are You Sleeping starring Octavia Spencer, a morning show drama starring Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston, an Amazing Stories reboot from Steven Spielberg, a Ronald D. Moore space drama, a Damien Chazelle series, a world-building drama titled See from Steven Knight and Francis Lawrence, an M. Night Shyamalan psychological thriller, the immigration-themed anthology series Little America from Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, the comedy Dickinson starring Hailee Steinfeld, and the romantic dramedy Little Voice produced by J.J. Abrams. (Photo credit: Getty Images) The post appeared first on .
NBA star LeBron James, NFL star Tom Brady, the U.S. women's hockey team, NBA Finals MVP Kevin Durant, Stanley Cup champion Alex Ovechkin and Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles are among the top nominees for the 2018 ESPY Awards.
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