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Sony's starting their own Spider-Man villain shared universe: here's the upcoming movies they have in store. firmly established Tom Holland's Peter Parker within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, thanks to a deal between Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures, but Sony is also developing a sprawling side-universe filled with Spider-Man villains. The studio is prepping , which will star Tom Hardy in the titular role while Silver & Black and Morbius are also in the works. Fans are eagerly hoping that at least some of these movies will be R-rated, especially given the recent success of R-rated superhero outings and .Sony has controlled the rights to Spider-Man and his friends (and enemies) since 1999, and we've already seen incarnations of some Spider-Man villains - including Green Goblin, Venom, Doctor Octopus - as antagonists in the main Spider-Man movie entries. However, the new plan is to take some of those villains (and anti-heroes) and feature them in their own solo movies, which presumably since Marvel won't want a competing version of the web-slinger swinging around.Related: Here's a rundown of the Spider-Man villain spinoffs on the cards at Sony - listed in order of how far along the production pipeline they are.Last Updated: June 27, 2018VenomThe first of Sony's Spider-Man spinoffs, stars Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock. The film is due for release on October 5th, 2018, and is apparently . These see the tongue-slavering symbiote launch his career as an antihero / vigilante, while the Life Foundation attempt to create new symbiote agents. The first teaser trailer was roundly criticized, but the more recent full trailer is actually .Producer Matthew Tolmach is currently dodging questions about . Meanwhile, fans are particularly excited to debate whether or not Michelle Williams's character, Eddie's ex-wife Anne Weying, .Related: MorbiusThe project seems to be taking shape, and there are reports Power Rangers scribes Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama have finished a script for this vampiric spinoff. Daniel Espinosa (Life) has been booked as director, and . The movie is expected to start filming later this year, making a 2019 release date seem very likely.In the comics, Michael Morbius was a biochemist whose experiments with electroshock therapy and vampire bats went badly wrong. In typical supervillain fashion, he became a victim of his own genius, transformed into a vampiric being who feeds on blood. Morbius was created by Roy Thomas and Gil Kane back in Amazing Spider-Man #101, the first issue not written by Stan Lee.Silver & BlackThe most surprising of Sony's Spider-Man spinoffs is . Gina Prince-Bythewood (The Secret Life of Bees) has been signed up as writer and director. Prince-Bythewood wasn't happy with the script, and as a result production was put on hold while Sony changed gears. Sony has hired to pen the latest draft of the script.Not much is known about Silver & Black. The movie promises to bring two of Spider-Man's female nemeses, Silver Sable and the Black Cat, into head-on conflict. It's believed that Silver Sable, who runs , will be hired to capture sneak-thief Felicia Hardy after the Black Cat steals sensitive information. There are consistent rumors that the film will feature , with Sony hoping Marvel will allow the movie to tie into the MCU.Related: Interestingly, claims this film will introduce a version of Jessica Drew's Spider-Woman. They cite an anonymous inside source, but this hasn't yet been confirmed. It's worth noting, however, that the same report first suggested Sony's interest in Kraven the Hunter, and this has since been confirmed by other outlets.KravenIn June, that Sony is planning a Kraven spinoff. Created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko back in 1964, Kraven is one of the webhead's most enduring villains. He's an obsessive big game hunter who decided to move on to the ultimate prey - superhumans. The modern version of Kraven was redefined as a complex, tortured individual when J. M. DeMatteis styled him after a Dostoyevsky character.Sony has on the rumors, with Columbia Pictures president Sanford Panitch merely stating that he's "an awesome character."MysterioA master magician who turned to crime, Mysterio was actually planned to appear in . Another of Lee and Ditko's famous characters, Mysterio is still an active supervillain in the comics to this day. It's likely this spinoff has been dropped, given as the main villain of Spider-Man: Far From Home.The franchise hasn't even begun, and Sony reportedly has five movies in the works. The studio truly believe Spider-Man's rogues' gallery will be a winner; in October 2018, we'll find out whether or not they're right.MORE: The post appeared first on
June 27, 2018
Some of history’s greatest movie villains also happen to be parents-- for example, Darth Vader, Jack Torrance, and The Green Goblin.Parents being evil has become a popular dramatic theme for the hero’s journey, as nothing is quite as scary as fulfilling your destiny, only to be foiled by the very person who raised you-- or, in Luke Skywalker’s case, realizing that you inherit your powerful abilities from a galactic oppressor.Most recently, the Marvel Cinematic Universe continued the tradition of dastardly parental figures with Thanos, the adoptive father of Gamora and Nebula, who is forced to make a chilling sacrifice to gain control over the entire universe.Thanos has joined the pantheon at the very top of Marvel’s list of terrible movie dads, which also includes Odin, Howard Stark, and Ego the Living Planet.Some fan artists have used their creativity to bring their wishful daydreams and twisted fantasies to life, either imagining childless villains with newfound bundles of joy or reimagining their favorite evil parents as loving role models.Although a child is a huge responsibility, as Norman Osborn will tell you, becoming a parent doesn’t necessarily mean leaving behind a life of crime. Children could even grow up to become valuable partners or eventually take over the villainous mantle.With that said, here are 20 Movie Villains Reimagined as Charming Parents. The post appeared first on
June 27, 2018
After a rough few months, has officially dropped their lawsuit against over the latter's Battle Royale mode. PUBG has suffered a loss of player involvement after loot box and microtransaction backlash.In May of this year, an injunction was filed in which . One of the issues mentioned by PUBG publisher, Bluehole, at the time was the fact that Fortnite's Battle Royale mode was advertised with references toward PUBG. It was also noted that the execs behind PUBG felt Fornite was creating a gaming experience that was too closely related to PUBG, in Bluehole's opinion.Related: Now, just a month after the initial filing of the lawsuit, Bluehole has dropped their case against the developers of Fortnite, reports. A letter was sent yesterday informing Bluehole's intention to withdraw their lawsuit. There may be several reasons behind the dropping of the suit. Both PUBG and Fortnite are partially owned by Tencent Holdings. Making matters even more sticky is the fact that Epic, the studio behind Fortnite, provides PUBG's Unreal Engine technology. An official reason for the withdrawal has yet to be given. Nor is it known whether or not the two companies reached some sort of settlement.PUBG has been quick to accuse similar games in the past. A separate lawsuit was filed against China's Netease Inc. over similar Battle Royale styled games Rules of Survival and Knives Out. Just this month, the official Twitter profile belonging to recently debuted Battle Royale mode. The tweet was fairly simple, though it obviously implied that PUBG had been in this genre first as it welcomed Battlefield to the club. Still, a backlash occurred when followers brought up Bluehole's penchant for filing lawsuits against other titles with similar themes. According to several Twitter users, the official account blocked some of those that spoke up against the tweet.Around the same time Bluehole was bringing the fight against Fortnite to court, the game's developer that DLC and loot crates being consistently added to the game while a bevy of glitches went unfixed didn't look good for the company or the title. Many pointed out the chasm between the two games' approaches to microtransactions. Fortnite has completely forgone DLC altogether, while PUBG has taken its to a bit of an extreme. Players have taken note of these differences and have been making the switch to Fortnite in great numbers.More: Source: The post appeared first on
June 27, 2018
actor Kristian Nairn, who played the doomed Hodor on the HBO fantasy series, says he didn't like that notorious Ed Sheeran cameo either. Over the years, Game of Thrones has had occasion to invite numerous musicians to appear on the show in cameos, almost always playing musicians. Many of these cameos and have passed by most fans unnoticed.The majority of viewers didn't bat an eyelash when Icelandic gloom-and-doomers Sigur Ros showed up as musicians to play "The Rains of Castamere" at Joffrey's wedding and got food thrown at them. Nor did they blink when another Icelandic group, Of Monsters and Men, provided musical accompaniment while Arya watched in dismay as a troupe of Braavosi actors satirically re-enacted her father's death. And most fans had no idea when members of the group Mastodon appeared as random Wildlings in the background of .Related: One musical cameo did however come under scrutiny from fans, and was received with mostly negative response. When as a traveling Lannister soldier in season 7's "Dragonstone," many complained that his cameo stuck out like a sore thumb and broke the show's spell. As it turns out, a very prominent Game of Thrones performer was also not happy about Sheeran showing up in Westeros. Speaking to , Hodor actor Kristian Nairn revealed that he hated Sheeran's appearance, and just isn't a fan of cameos in general. Nairn said:“I’m not a fan of the cameos in Game of Thrones. I don’t like them. I think it’s stupid. I don’t mind going on the record on that. I just think it takes you right out of the world. Especially Ed Sheeran. I was like, ‘Why is Ed Sheeran here?’ I mean, Ed Sheeran’s great. He’s a great guy, great musician, but why is he in Game of Thrones? I’m not saying I’m not a fan of Ed Sheeran. I’m being tactful here, but just not a fan of the cameo. I think most people would agree with me there. It was a big snap to reality. It’s like, ‘What? What?’ It’s a fantasy show. We’re all caught in this amazing world and spend so much time and money and talent to create, and all of a sudden there’s a pop star? What?”In the scene in question, Sheeran plays a member of the Lannister army sitting at a campfire in the woods entertaining his fellow soldiers by whose lyrics refer to Tyrion Lannister's relationship with the prostitute Shae. Arya Stark happens to ride up on a horse, hears Sheeran's character singing and compliments him on the "pretty" song. Another soldier invites Arya to join them and, taken aback by the men's kindness, she dismounts and approaches the campfire. To the chagrin of many viewers, the scene does not end with Arya brutally murdering Sheeran and his fellow soldiers.In the estimation of Nairn and many other GoT fans, the Sheeran cameo was gratuitous and unnecessary, and even hurt the experience of enjoying the show. Amid the arguably over-cooked backlash over the cameo, episode director Jeremy Podeswa spoke out in , saying the singer was chosen because he was an appropriate actor for the scene in question. In fact, Sheeran reportedly scored the cameo mostly because Arya Stark actress Maisie Williams is a big fan and producers wanted to give her a nice surprise. The man who played Hodor has now gone on record saying he could have lived without Sheeran's cameo, even if it was a gift for Williams, and Game of Thrones fans have already made it clear that he is not alone in that assessment.More: Game of Thrones will return for season 8 in 2019 on HBO.Source: The post appeared first on
June 27, 2018
won't change his position as the in the DCEU. Since making a turn into the world of acting, Leto has built up an impressive résumé. Dramatic turns in Requiem for a Dream and Dallas Buyers Club proved his ability, but he made a splash a few years back by joining the DC Universe as the Joker. His portrayal was purposefully different from Heath Ledger's memorable turn but it still split viewers. Despite the differing opinions, Leto has remained part of Warner Bros.' plans for the future of the DC world.Leto's been linked to starring in on multiple occasions and could even be a candidate for . There's also been a Harley vs Joker movie discussed and most recently a . Now, it looks like he'll get a standalone movie with a different comic book movie universe after signing on to star in for Sony. However, his status as the Joker isn't changing.Related: In 's coverage of Leto's new superhero role, they cleared up any confusion about his future as the Joker too. They've been told that Leto playing Morbius "does not affect" him playing the clown prince of crime. That is as far as the report goes, so those interested in seeing more of Leto as the Joker have nothing to worry about, even if he's joined a Marvel property.Early indications on Morbius point to the film starting production sometime this year, which could take up the bulk of Leto's schedule. Even though he's still going to be WB's Joker, when exactly the project does begin filming could limit where he could possibly appear. As of right now, there's no DC movie productions happening for the rest of the year, unless Birds of Prey moves a bit faster than .While Leto's Joker status may not be changed right now, it very well could depending on how both of these franchises progress. If Morbius is a success, Sony is surely going to want a sequel with Leto returning. This would be years away from right now, but between other acting projects and Leto's music career, there's only so much time he can spend in either universe. He may have been a polarizing part of Suicide Squad, but Leto is still a rather big name. Plus, if Morbius does wind up being a hit, then it could further incentivize WB to push Leto's Joker movie forward to capitalize. Whatever the case may be, it looks like audiences may need to get used to seeing Leto in both roles.MORE: Source: The post appeared first on
June 27, 2018
In the beginning, the Marvel Cinematic Universe wasn't the multi-billion dollar behemoth it's become today. When it all kicked off, the concept was a foreign land. Never before had a multi-layered idea as delicately constructed as Stan Lee's Marvel Comics creations been brought together under a collective umbrella to form a singular, connected universe.Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige would later admit the uncertainties and anxieties surrounding 2008's , stating that so many pieces had to come together in order for the project to become the franchise-lauching film it's perceived as today.Ten years after its launch, the grandiose, broadly-defined MCU film collection has gathered the thousands of working minds behind the scenes to put forth an interweaving group of superheroes which could only come to life with the many talents of the films' ridiculously gifted cast of actors. Although many characters over the course of Marvel's three phases, the best of the best have forever cemented themselves as part of one of cinema's greatest blockbuster achievements.Taking a look back at all the A-list celebrities who've filled the screen over the past decade, we're searching through the brightest stars to remember those who've risen to the top of the Hollywood ladder as well as those who are already fading into the background as new names take their place.Not every MCU actor has managed to keep relevant outside of the Marvel movie world, so join us as we look at 13 MCU Stars Who Are A-Listers Outside the MCU (And 13 Who Faded). The post appeared first on
June 27, 2018
fans have gone to new lengths to prove their love and dedication for the show after taking out a billboard advertisement in New York City’s Times Square. The devotion of fans across the globe has been showcased time and time again since the news broke that the series would be cancelled due to a lack of further funding.Based on Cassandra Clare’s young adult book series The Mortal Instruments, on the television network Freeform in January 2016. Loosely following the narrative of the books, the series explored the life of young Clary Fray after learning that she’s a Shadowhunter - a human with angelic blood who works to kill demons. Featuring Katherine McNamara as Clary Fray, the show was originally greenlit for development and production after Freeform agreed on an outlet deal with Netflix to provide the necessary funding. Despite the fact that the pilot episode attracted the highest audience numbers that Freeform had seen in the prior two years, it was recently confirmed that the series will not be continuing as Netflix has withdrawn from their funding agreement.Related: As soon as fans heard of the show’s cancellation, there was evident outrage throughout audiences across a variety of different social media platforms. In a report released by , it’s apparent that fans of the series will not be going down without a fight as they’ve also now taken out a billboard advertisement in New York City’s Times Square. The advertisement will be showcased on 42nd Street and 7th Avenue, facing east. It’ll last for a full five minutes from 3pm on June 29, which is this coming Friday, though no previews of the advert have been released.In trying to save Shadowhunters and have it picked up by another network, fans have recently also raised about $20,000 for various charities, as well as bringing attention to the show through using the hashtag #SaveShadowhunters. Earlier this month, Freeform confirmed that the series would not be continuing on to see a fourth season, despite successful . It is currently set to conclude with a final 10 episodes to round off its third season, with the inclusion of a two-part finale.While Shadowhunters gained quite a range of mixed reviews and critics had plenty to say upon its release, the series has definitely gained a lot of audience attention. Being the second adaptation of the book series - after following a somewhat unsuccessful movie - the skepticism around the series was understandable. However, the portrayal of lovable characters by new talent proved to attract fans all around the world. With impressive ratings and a lot of fan appeal, the decision for Netflix to withdraw further funding comes somewhat as a surprise to all. Compared to some of the other shows that Netflix has helped fund, fans aren’t happy with the explanation that’s been given to conclude the series with only its third season.Many cast members of the show, which was developed by Ed Decter, also expressed their upset at the sudden decision for the show to be cancelled. Fans of Shadowhunters are hoping that their immense commitment to bringing the show back to life will prove to be a success in the near future.More: Source: The post appeared first on
June 27, 2018
Social media can be a powerful tool, one that, when used properly, leads to all sorts of outcomes of varying degrees of importance, like, say, learning the premiere date of season 5. In a clever bit of social media marketing, Netflix used the endlessly irritable BoJack Horseman account to announce that season 5 of the critically acclaimed adult animated series will hit the streaming service in September. The announcement made for a well-planned effort between the official accounts for BoJack and Netflix, with another user, whose question as to when the series would return, ended up serving as the catalyst for the official statement. The exchange between @abbyrougish and @BoJackHorseman makes it almost impossible not to read the words in ’s voice, which certainly adds some flavor to what might otherwise have been just an average press release from Netflix. More: If you dig down past the initial exchange, you’ll see that Netflix jumps in for a well-timed rebuke of the account’s handling of the situation, and a mild threat to “revoke” its Twitter privileges. Check out the initial exchange/announcement below:In addition to getting audiences excited about September, Netflix followed up the news with an official release that also included a brand new image from season 5 that's sure to fire up the engines on the internet speculation machine, which have been cooling since the finale on Sunday. BoJack Horseman isn’t normally so cryptic in its marketing, so it will be interesting to see what’s actually happening in the surprisingly bloody image. It’s worth noting that BoJack is the only regular character in the image, and that although he’s clutching his bloody chest after presumably having been shot by the reptile woman in front of some astonished onlookers, he’s also wearing a badge on his belt and is dressed like a TV detective. So unless BoJack Horseman season 5 sees its title character , chances are BoJack landed a role on a cop show or movie. Then again, given the show’s penchant for fantastical sequences, this could also be a dream of some sort. At any rate, it’s fun to have something to pick over while waiting for the first season 5 trailer and more as we creep toward September. If you recall, season 4 ended in a relatively upbeat place for BoJack and his newfound sisters Hollyhock, which certainly gives the series some interesting new avenues to explore. Next: BoJack Horseman season 5 will stream on Netflix on Friday, September 14. Source: Netflix The post appeared first on
June 27, 2018
is currently casting the key role of Goose's son Riot, and Nicholas Hoult, Glen Powell and Miles Teller are reportedly all vying for the part. A recent character breakdown revealed that the Top Gun sequel, , will include the , the wingman of Maverick who of course died in the original Top Gun. The sequel sees Tom Cruise's Maverick taking on the role of flight instructor and becoming a mentor to a new generation of hot shot Navy pilots.Released in 1986, the original Top Gun catapulted Cruise to super-stardom while grossing $176 million at the domestic box office (which translates to $436 million if adjusted for ticket price inflation). After years of rumors about a potential sequel, last year was on, with Tron: Legacy helmer . Earlier this year, Cruise on the long-awaited sequel to one of his biggest hits.Related: With Top Gun: Maverick now officially underway, Paramount and Cruise have accelerated the process of locking down the movie's cast. One key role yet to be filled is that of "Riot" Wrigley, the son of "Goose" Bradshaw, who seeks to become a fighter pilot like his father and winds up under the wing of his dad's former wingman Maverick. As reported by , Nicholas Hoult, Glen Powell and Miles Teller are the three actors currently vying for the role of Riot, with at least one round of testing reportedly taking place in Clearwater, Florida where Cruise lives. Dylan O'Brien and Austin Butler were also in the running at an earlier point.The previous casting breakdown that broke the news of Goose's son being in the movie described the character this way:Supporting Male (20-29) Goose’s son. All-American good looks. Rode a football scholarship to an Ivy League degree. He is in love with Sugar. He distrusts Maverick and dislikes what he stands for, although they have a lot of similarities. Eventually, comes to respect Maverick and uses his techniques. He is forced to eject in enemy territory and Maverick comes to save him.Riot's distrust of Maverick is certainly tied to the fact that his father died while flying with the loose cannon pilot. Goose's death provided a key moment in the original Top Gun, as guilt over the incident nearly drove Maverick to quit the Top Gun program. That guilt was the thing Maverick had to overcome in order to rise up in the third act and ultimately triumph. It seems as though the conflict between Riot and Maverick will be at the center of Top Gun 2, and a lot of that conflict will be born of the fact that the two men are a lot more similar than they care to admit.Riot definitely sounds like a plum role, so it's no surprise to see three actors with solid track records vying for the part. Who among the trio of Hoult, Powell and Teller will ultimately be chosen to take a ride into the danger zone with Tom Cruise in Top Gun 2? That will likely be revealed in the not-too-distant future. But will the winning actor get to take his shirt off and ?More: Source: The post appeared first on
June 27, 2018
has been growing its player base on PlayStation 4 since its release last month but on PC where it all began, it's virtually vanished from the battle royale conversation. When it launched (and included a new Auto Royale vehicle-based mode), H1Z1 needed to go . It currently sits with a few thousand concurrent players as Daybreak attempts to push forward with the game's Pro League.But there's more to come for active players, newcomers, and returning veterans. Daybreak Games today released a massive game update on the PC for H1Z1, higlighted by the remastered Z1 map called "Outbreak". It's a post-apocalyptic, 8x8 square kilometer world designed to enhance H1Z1’s frantic and fast-paced gameplay and is now available in Solos, Duos, and Fives Modes on Windows PC.Related: The update also includes changes to gameplay mechanics that allow players to "recapture the classic feel of H1Z1." This includes new run and jump movements and animations to create a faster and more responsive system that keeps combat fun and intuitive. Classic audio cues also make their return with this update.Veteran players may notice a few smaller POIs in the northern and western areas of the map, along with new loot spots in the otherwise sparse areas. The terrain has been refined for improved navigation and to make it clearer where you can and can't drive a vehicle. Buildings have been updated to be more performant and visually appealing. While most building layouts are unchanged, some were revised to better fit within area, window, and door metrics to make combat and navigation more consistent and less frustrating. All of this was done with an overall development philosophy to keep the footprint of the classic map and retain what made each city and POI fun and interesting.The new map Outbreak is now available for play in all regular modes - Solos, Duos, and Fives - as we are currently in an off-season until Season Two kicks off in July. Based on community feedback and survey results from the Test server, spawn selection has been disabled for Outbreak. In addition, there are multiple lighting and climate schemes for Outbreak that will randomly rotate from match to match (take a look at some examples here). Finally, as we know many of you are fans of the Z2/Arena map as well, keep an eye out for how it could reappear in Arcade mode moving forward!H1Z1 GAMEPLAY UPDATESSpawn selection has been disabled in all Outbreak game modes.The AR-15 and AK-47 have been adjusted to allow two to three (depending on how fast you're firing) extra shots put on target before recoil growth kicks in. This does not affect tapping shot behavior.The AR-15 and AK-47 are now 60% more accurate when hip-firing.Crouch fatigue has been removed, so players are no longer restricted with the crouch action regardless of how often it is used.Jump animations have been shortened to provide a more responsive jump action, allowing players to jump more frequently without having to wait for animations to complete. Additionally, player momentum and velocity persist in the direction of the jump, allowing you to freely aim and look around without prematurely shortening your leap.Running and sprinting animations have been restored to Preseason 3 versions, with the Rifle class of weapons having a prominent forward-facing position.Much-beloved bullet impact sounds have returned. Helmet break, headshot, and laminated/makeshift armor break sounds are all back from Preseason 3.In celebration of the update - and to ensure interested players login again - there are also a pair of limited time rewards available this week only - the Homecoming Scrubs Set and the Z1 Zombie Mask! For the Homecoming Scrubs Set all players need to do is play one match of Solos, Duos, or Fives between 12:01AM PT on Wednesday, June 27 and 11:59PM PT on Wednesday, July 4. For the Z1 Zombie set, the same condition must be met, but it's only for old school players who created their account before September 20, 2016.There's also a new "Apocalypse" crate but we hate loot boxes. H1Z1 and PUBG need to move away from that ASAP.More: The post appeared first on
June 27, 2018
The Assassination Nation red band trailer - full of blood, gore and disturbing images - is definitely not for everybody. Instead of focusing on the celebrity factor, the red band teaser highlights the film’s central themes, all of which are controversial but entirely relevant to modern America.Written and directed by , the son of filmmaker Barry Levinson (), Assassination Nation first premiered in January at the Sundance Film Festival. Overall, critics delivered polarizing reviews about the thriller's narrative featuring the moral destruction of a small town, and how the residents turn violent after an embarrassing data hack. Australian actress Odessa Young is featured in the lead role, and she’s supported by Suki Waterhouse, , and . Assassination Nation was co-produced by David S. Goyer, who wrote the trilogy and collaborated with Christopher Nolan for trilogy.RELATED: Today, released Assassination Nation's explosive first teaser on YouTube, and it comes with “a few trigger warnings.” Along with its new red band teaser, Assassination Nation also released its first poster, too, and it’s already got people buzzing. Take a look at the red band trailer above, and the poster below.After the opening narration teases the storyline, complete with some well-timed profanity, the red band trailer sets the narrative mood with an unnerving visual: a bike-riding child staring directly at the camera wearing a red, white, and blue mask. The image itself bears a striking resemblance to franchise aesthetic, and the trailer’s visuals as a whole are blunt, and to the point. With America-themed graphics placed over provocative sequences, the Assassination Nation clip essentially warns viewers about what they can expect, and there’s indeed plenty to process. Much-discussed concepts like “Fragile Male Egos” and “Toxic Masculinity” are emphasized, but there’s an inherent darkness to the trailer given the most obvious themes are blood and death.Meanwhile, the not only hyped the trailer and first image, but actually teased America itself with three emojis, all of which are representative of the film’s primary (and satirical) themes: consumption, America, and love.The red band trailer suggests that Assassination Trailer is “100 percent a true story,” but given its visual connection to an abstract yet well-known filmmaker like - known for his big fonts, bold colors, and big ideas - audiences can probably expect a heavy dose of visual hyperbole. Based on early reactions, it seems that Sam Levinson’s film will undoubtedly have a polarizing effect after its wide theatrical release on September 21.MORE: Source: The post appeared first on
June 27, 2018
The first reviews are in for Marvel's . Early have been by and large positive, which is encouraging. It's been a big year for Marvel Studios already, between the Marvel Cinematic Universe turning ten, and both Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War becoming massive pop cultural events. For related reasons, the sillier and more standalone Ant-Man & The Wasp promises to provide audiences with , while wrapping up the MCU's film slate for 2018 on a more upbeat note than Infinity War.That's not to say Ant-Man & The Wasp isn't relevant to the larger arc of the MCU. The movie takes place before Infinity War and focuses on Scott Lang, Hope van Dyne, and Hank Pym's attempt to (Hope's mom and the original Wasp) from the Quantum Realm. While that story is mostly self-contained in nature, it will serve to get the movie's characters into place for next year's . It sounds like the film does its job well at that, based on what critics are saying thus far.Related: Ant-Man & The Wasp was directed by Peyton Reed, who (naturally) was with the sequel. It seems that he succeeded too, thanks in no small part (pardon the wording) to Evangeline Lilly as Hope, who co-headlines the second Ant-Man film alongside Paul Rudd as Scott. For more on that, read these SPOILER-FREE Ant-Man & The Wasp review excerpts (with links to the full reviews included).Molly Freeman - All in all, Ant-Man and the Wasp represents Marvel Studios at its best. The movie balances exciting action, well-timed humor, and a heartfelt emotional storyline to great effect, letting the heroes shine in their own unique way while also tying the movie into the larger MCU. After the weighty and stuffed team-up that was Avengers: Infinity War, Ant-Man and the Wasp provides a return to form for Marvel.Meg Downey - Above all else, Ant-Man and The Wasp is yet another in the MCU’s winning streak. It’s not quite a heist movie, not completely a romcom and not totally an action-adventure, but instead delights in dancing between genres. Its comedy is wonderfully offbeat, its heart is huge and emblazoned on its sleeve, and its intentions are wildly optimistic and bright. It’s so bright, in fact, that it may help to soothe that Infinity War ache, if only for a little while.Laura Prudom - Boasting some of the most creative action scenes and finely-calibrated comedy in the Marvel universe so far, Ant-Man and The Wasp doesn’t reinvent the wheel, but it certainly knows how to make the ride even more fun. After the doom and gloom of Infinity War, this savvy sequel is a welcome change of pace, and a reminder that the MCU is malleable enough to tackle just about any genre and tone without losing its sense of identity.Angie Han - The stakes are small, in that the fate of the world never hangs in the balance. The drama is low-key, since most of the personalities are. The jokes are hilarious, because this is a cast who knows how to make a gag land. It's comfy. It's easy. It's as warm as an old blanket knit by your grandma, and as chill as a Sunday afternoon spent catching up with your longest friends. And I don't know about you, but in these apocalyptic times - both onscreen and off - a bit of that sweetness and light is just what I need.Dan Jolin - But as massive as Scott grows - or as wibbly as things get in the mercurial jellybean hurricane that is the Quantum Realm - the film still feels comparatively minor and light-hitting. There’s no getting away from the fact that Ant-Man And The Wasp, as fun as it is, lacks the sheer, mind-blowing heft of Infinity War. Or, for that matter, the scope and thematic muscle of Black Panther. Or the all-the-way-out-there, inventive deliriousness of Thor: Ragnarok. In this new era of Marvel over-achievement, it really does feel like a lesser work.Todd McCarthy - The result is an effects-laden goofball comedy in which anything goes and nothing matters. Not that this is an entirely plot-free extravaganza or just an excuse for comic riffs. But the filmmakers are so cavalier about the idea that any of this is supposed to make any sense that there's a certain liberation in not burdening two human-brained insects with the fate of the entire universe. If the filmmakers don't pretend to take the proceedings too seriously, you don't have to either.Owen Gleiberman - In “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” [director Peyton] Reed keeps the entire movie - one-liners, Macy’s Parade effects, hand-to-insect-wing combat - spinningly aloft. Always an inspired director of comedy (“Down with Love,” “Bring It On”), Reed has learned how to operate the heavy machinery of a Marvel superhero movie yet keep it all light and fast and dizzying. His combat scenes don’t overpower. They’re well spaced out and actually make visual sense...Rodrigo Perez - “Ant-Man & The Wasp” somehow manages to organize laughs, action, theme, small MCU connections and even fairly touching ideas about family, responsibility and what it means to be a hero all housed inside of an undersized blockbuster. It never reinvents the wheel and it might even be a little slight, but for what it is and based on its own merits “Ant-Man & The Wasp” proves size is relative and always in the tiny eye of the beholder.On the whole, critics seem to feel that Ant-Man & The Wasp makes for an agreeable palate cleanser after the universe-threatening stakes of Infinity War and the dramatic heftiness of Black Panther. It appears the sequel further benefits from Reed's gained experience behind the camera, resulting in some of the more inventive and funny set pieces featured in an MCU movie thus far. Even the more tepid critical responses note that the sequel is a noticeable improvement on its predecessor, not only in terms of spectacle, but its emotional core and story as well.The other thing that most of these reviews agree on is that Ant-Man & The Wasp is not really mandatory viewing for those who want to stay up to speed on what's happening in the MCU, ahead of next year's one-two punch of and Avengers 4. In this case, however, that arguably comes as refreshing news. Given just how sprawling the MCU's overarching narrative has become at this stage, Ant-Man & The Wasp sounds all the more appealing because it's a silly yet heartfelt superhero adventure - one that mostly stands on its own and features multiple great female characters, no less.MORE: Source: Various [see the above links] The post appeared first on
June 27, 2018
Nicolas Cage wants bloody vengeance in the trailer for Panos Cosmatos' Mandy. The Oscar-winning Cage has spent much of the past several years appearing in forgettable direct-to-DVD or low-budget fare, with exceptions like David Gordon Green's acclaimed drama Joe. However, the actor (in)famous for his gonzo performance style could be on the verge of a comeback. In addition to playing (okay, voicing) the Man of Steel in , Cage is starring in this year's midnight-movie-in-the-making, Mandy.Directed and written by Cosmatos (Beyond the Black Rainbow) with music video/video shorts filmmaker Aaron Stewart-Ahn (This is Why We Fight), Mandy earned raves from critics following its premiere at this year's Sundance Film Festival. The film now has an official trailer that aims to demonstrate just what it is about this action/horror/thriller that has cinephiles buzzing.Related: Set in 1983, Mandy stars Cage and Andrea Riseborough () as Red Miller and Mandy Bloom, a couple living in the wilderness near the Shadow Mountains in California. When Mandy is targeted by the unhinged cult leader Jeremiah Sand (Linus Roache), their quiet existence is shattered and Red begins (as the synopsis phrases it) "a spiraling, surreal, bloody rampage of all out, mind-altering vengeance". For more, watch the Mandy trailer in the space above.As mentioned, the critical response to Mandy at Sundance was almost unanimously positive (case in point: the film is at 97% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes after 29 reviews). Critics generally seem to agree that with Mandy, Cage has finally found a project that matches his psychologically off-the-wall and emotionally explosive acting methods. By and large, the Mandy trailer succeeds in leaving a similar impression, after but a couple minutes of actual footage.If nothing else, Mandy has Nicolas Winding Refn levels of style to spare, if the trailer is anything to go by. On a sadder note, the film is also noteworthy for being one of the last movies scored by (Sicario, Arrival), prior to the composer's shocking death earlier this year. Mandy certainly won't be everyone's cup of tea, but for those film buffs who have been waiting for Cage to go, well, full-blown Nicolas Cage for awhile, this one seems like a must-watch.MORE: Mandy begins playing in select theaters, On Demand, and Digital HD later this year on Friday, September 14.Source: The post appeared first on
June 27, 2018
Warning: SPOILERS For Batman: Prelude to the Wedding Harley Quinn vs. The JokerHarley Quinn and The Joker are a textbook example of an unhealthy and abusive relationship. Typically though the abuse has only traveled one way from Mister J to Harleen. Harley Quinn has always been the victim. However, in the latest issue of Batman's Prelude to the Wedding series finally has Harley get a little a revenge on her puddin'.DC's Prelude to the Wedding miniseries has been all about the adventures of Batman's friends and family on the night before he gets married to Catwoman. Harley's status as the ex-girlfriend of The Joker has made her one of the one unsteady members of the Bat-Family. Yet in recent years, Harley's been more an ally to The Dark Knight than not.The finale to the Prelude miniseries sees Harley face off against her own twisted love and it ends in the way every Harley and Joker face-off concludes, not in Harley's favor.Related: There's a very good reason that Prelude to the Wedding has saved Harley and The Joker's story for the very end of the series and not just because they're the dark fun-house mirror version of Catwoman and Batman's own relationship. The threat of The Joker has been seeded throughout the other Prelude to the Wedding issues. , Nightwing ended up in an alternate dimension with Hush and a lot more. For this and everything else he's done, Harley has had enough.The issue begins with Harley literally running The Joker over and kidnapping him. Harley then proceeds to put her puddin' in a death trap of literal pudding, drowning The Joker in a vat of tapioca. Harley explains her intention isn't to really take out The Joker and not just because there's way The Clown Prince of Crime is going to suffocate by a dessert. She merely wants The Joker to know what it felt like to be trapped in a relationship with him and to prove to Mistah J that she was much accomplished than he ever made her feel.The strangest thing isn't the death trap itself. It's that it all begins to work. Joker does eventually escape Harley's vat but not after being consumed by pudding for a bit and admitting to Harley that there was always something brilliant about the schemes. Harley Quinn has grown a lot in the comics from New 52 onwards but it's been mostly independent of The Joker. The first half of the Prelude to the Wedding issue feels like there's really some movement on her twisted relationship with The Joker. Both characters are acknowledging their past and moving forward, then everything goes awry.Joker reveals that he knew all along that Harley would capture him. He even got to her henchmen first and used Joker Gas to bring him under his mind control. Joker then completely escapes Harley's clutches. The whole experiment, even Harley's victories, have all been about proving that The Joker will always be better and more prepared than Harley. Harley can never escape the shadow of The Joker.Although The Joker doesn't kill Harley. Instead he lets her go because he hopes that, one day, she will come crawling back to him. In his own very Joker way, he still loves Harley. It's just communicated in the most abusive (vaguely repetitive) way possible.It could be asking a bit too much of Prelude to the Wedding to really move Harley and Joker's relationship forward. Joker needs to survive the encounter and relatively unscathed because Prelude to the Wedding leads directly into . It's still disappointing that even when Harley succeeds DC still finds a way to knock her down as less than The Joker.More: Batman: Prelude to the Wedding Harley Quinn vs. The Joker is available now from . The post appeared first on
June 27, 2018