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has addressed accusations that audience scores for the John Travolta film were artificially manipulated, saying they have found no problems with the suspiciously high score. Intended as a comeback film for Travolta, who reportedly had for his role, Gotti was released last week to almost universal critical derision. So bad was the film in the eyes of critics, score on review aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes.Though critics hated Gotti, audience reviewers on Rotten Tomatoes were quite kind to the film, giving it (to date) a 64% positive score on an unusually high 7,000-plus reviews. This glaring discrepancy between critic and audience score, not to mention a seemingly inflated number of reviews, set off alarm bells with some, leading to accusations of deliberate manipulation. Speculation was further fueled after marketers for Gotti picked up on the critics vs. audiences narrative and .Related: Could someone involved with Gotti have launched a campaign to artificially boost the film's Rotten Tomatoes audience score? For their part, Rotten Tomatoes says they have found no evidence that anyone gamed their system to give Gotti a push. As they told :“We closely monitor our platforms and haven’t determined there to be any problems. All of the reviews were left by active accounts.”As claims of Gotti audience score manipulation picked up steam during the week, many eyes fixed on MoviePass, the subscription ticketing service that recently branched out by getting involved in film financing and owns a stake in Gotti. When questioned by Gizmodo, MoviePass denied knowing anything about possible Rotten Tomatoes shenanigans:“The MoviePass marketing team is only engaged in sending promotional emails and push notifications to our users. We have no further involvement from a marketing perspective and have no insight or information about who is providing the audience reviews to Rotten Tomatoes.”As Rotten Tomatoes has gained popularity and influence, more and more controversy has erupted over how the site arrives at its audience score, and the issue of whether that score is sometimes manipulated to help either boost or torpedo a film. Last year, freely admitted to creating burner accounts just to down-vote in hopes of lowering its score. Earlier this year, the Facebook group "Down With Disney’s Treatment of Franchises and its Fanboys" launched a campaign to drive down the audience score for .Given these known instances of internet trolls armed with keyboards deliberately hurting audience scores for movies, it's arguably not a stretch to think a clever marketing team armed with their own keyboards might engage in the same activity for the sake of boosting a movie's score and encouraging a few more people to buy a ticket. Either way, Rotten Tomatoes has something of a credibility issue on its hands. It will be interesting to see if Gotti experiences a boost at the box office thanks to all those possibly suspicious positive audience reviews. The movie is currently considered a flop after grossing .More: Source: The post appeared first on
June 21, 2018
Disney and Lucasfilm are moving away from the Story spinoff movies, but are they learning the wrong lesson? The Anthologies idea has been around almost as long as the sequel trilogy, with standalone Star Wars movies for Han Solo, Boba Fett and more first reported in early 2013. Two films deep, however, it looks like that plan is being - at the very least - encased in carbonite; the , with the studio now focusing on and the next trilogy (presumably Rian Johnson's).Much of the blame for the shift away from Star Wars Stories is being placed on . The franchise's , its production was mired by conflicting opinions on what it should be to the point that directors were changed and a high percentage of the movie was reshot. However, while the resulting budget increase - - that can't take away from the box office being so low. Its opening was below 's, and the drop off even more severe. It seems that the interest in exploring the original trilogy's past is not there.Related: However, this may not be the right lesson for Disney to learn. The production issues on both movies ( had a less public director imbalance) and Solo's financial struggles are certainly concerns and indicate some producing changes are needed, but the current failure of the enterprise may be that they simply picked the wrong stories to tell.This Page: Why Rogue One Succeeded But Solo Didn'tPage 2: Rogue One Had A Story, Solo Didn'tRogue One unequivocally worked. Despite no recognizable characters beyond a barely-in-it Darth Vader, it grossed over $1 billion worldwide and reviews were positive on a par to the main episodes. Even with oft-discussed that changed much of the third act and cut most of the prime trailer footage, the film has received mostly good press since release. The fact it was buoyed by the positivity coming off is certainly a factor, sure, Rogue One is still, by nearly all metrics, a good film.Crucially, though, it's also a story immediately worth telling. The Rebels' first victory against the Empire, the band who , and how Princess Leia escaped with them has been on Star Wars fans' minds since the first movie's opening crawl, and indeed was retold many times in the pre-Disney Legends. Rogue One was a key piece of Star Wars history that connected directly to the main episodes yet had characters and themes that existed in isolation from them.Contrast to Solo, which told us that the word "solo" means "solo". The film's goal is abstract and self-explanatory - how did Han become who he is - and so lacks the same information hook. There's plenty of things that must have happened in his past, yet do any of them warrant genuine curiosity? That question has double the weight given how Disney were never quite sure where to go with it; the biggest "reveal" that got the project green-lit was how where the , and behind-the-scenes concept art reveal an ever-changing story. That the Kasdans and Ron Howard delivered a worthy story in the end - Alden Ehrenreich's battle with idealism is a worthy precursor to Harrison Ford's stoic entrance in the original trilogy - is certainly impressive, but did little to redeem the pitch to many audiences.Related: We have two idealistically opposed films here, and only one appeared to be the future.Page 2 of 2: The post appeared first on
June 21, 2018
boasts the biggest budget in the franchise, but despite that has almost broke even before it opens in the United States. While the film opens in the U.S. on June 22, it has already made .The budget of Jurassic World 2 was , over $100 million more than Jurassic World. However, this was refuted by the producers and Box Office Mojo now reports that the film's budget is $170 million, only $20 million more than the original.Related: While $170 million is significantly lower than initial reports, it still makes Jurassic World 2 the most expensive Jurassic film to date. All Jurassic film budgets are given below, including both the production cost at the time and the cost adjusted for inflation:Jurassic Park (1993):$63 million (adjusted: $109.76 million)Jurassic Park 2 (1997): The Lost World: $73 million (adjusted: $114.72 million)Jurassic Park 3 (2001):$93 million (adjusted: $132.82 million)Jurassic World (2015):$150 million (adjusted: $158.69 million)Jurassic World 2: Fallen Kingdom (2018):$170 millionLike many other film franchises, the film's budgets become incrementally bigger, both because of inflation and a desire to expand on previous films. Jurassic World 2's increase in budget is part of a larger trend that began with The Lost World.Earlier this year, 's extensive reshoots caused its , making it the most expensive Star Wars film of all time. It looks less and less likely that Solo will earn back its gigantic budget at the domestic box office. In contrast, Jurassic World 2's $170 million budget has easily been earned back at the international box office, signaling that the film will have a successful run despite . Already, the film is being celebrated as a commercial success.But would if its budget had been $260 million like Solo? The higher budget would have at the very least put more pressure and scrutiny on the film's performance. Jurassic World 2 is hardly a low-budget film like recent successes like (with an estimated budget of $20 million) or (estimated budget $4.5 million), but if film producers compare the performances of Jurassic World 2 and Solo, they may take away an important lesson for future films: even blockbusters can benefit from a tighter budget.The original Jurassic World brought in a $208 million in its opening weekend and grossed a total of $1.67 billion dollars worldwide. Jurassic World 2 may not match those numbers, but it's at least off to a strong start.More: Source: The post appeared first on
June 21, 2018
More female-centric stories are coming to season 9, new showrunner Angela Kang teased.On the brink of a major change with the , Andrew Lincoln (Rick), while Norman Reedus (Daryl) steps up to the plate and become the newest face of the show, The Walking Dead season 9 is already intriguing a lot of fans who are itching to know what happens next after Negan's reign. Much like in the comics, the upcoming season, but specific plot details are scant at the moment. Regardless, fans can look forward to the series' heroines taking center stage.RELATED: Speaking with , Kang hinted about what fans can expect from The Walking Dead's ninth year, and it seems like the future is female for the AMC juggernaut series."We're going to see some really great stories with the women on our show, particularly. And I think for people who are really invested in say Michonne, Maggie, Carol, there's such great material for them as well as, of course, Rick and Daryl, and those other characters that we love, but for people who are looking for that specifically they will really see some incredible work from our women."The new showrunner, who has just been promoted earlier this year despite having worked on the post-apocalyptic show since its sophomore season, also spoke about what it means for her to oversee such a popular TV series. "I'm so humbled by the opportunity to work on a show that's been such a juggernaut and that is so beloved by millions of fans around the world," she said at the panel's start. "It's not lost on me that for a lot of women who watch the show and watch the strong women characters on the show, and dress up as those characters, people are looking for role models," she said.Kang, however, did not mention the forthcoming set-up for Lauren Cohan who may have signed on for The Walking Dead's next season, but opposite Scott Foley. It's still unclear how the actress will juggle both jobs considering that it appears like she's going to play prominent roles in both, but previous reports have suggested that Cohan is in the AMC series than she would normally be in.This is somehow contradicting to Kang's statement as Maggie's arguably the most suitable female character to be at the forefront of a female-driven The Walking Dead season 9. Obviously, other established players like Michonne and Carol can also serve that role, but given Maggie's personal arc since Glenn's brutal death, she should officially take charge of her own community. While this could still happen, it's doubtful that it would be a major focus in the series' upcoming outing if Cohan won't be appearing in many episodes.MORE: Source: The post appeared first on
June 21, 2018
The road to becoming an A-list celebrity is long, arduous, and filled with numerous obstacles. The final reward of fame and money is usually worth it, however.Everybody has to start somewhere, and it is almost always fascinating to look back upon one's humble beginnings. Sometimes it is downright embarrassing for the celebrity himself, but of course, there is no shame in looking a little dorky during one's younger years.While many of these stars may want to hide their younger selves from the public, the internet is here to make sure that the past never becomes entirely forgotten.This list will be taking a look at handsome leading men before they were anywhere as famous as they are today. For the stars featured, this means a variety of different things. Some of these photos will showcase the stars as children or teenagers, as their stardom began in their young adulthood. For others, the photos will already reveal them as grown men, but before they came into the spotlight. They they often look very different than audiences remember.With the amount of photos featured, the stars will not only be from modern Hollywood, but from its entire history. Leading men are not a modern invention, after all.While many stars may not want to be reminded of their more awkward years, we have no intention to shame them. We all had embarrassing phases, so it is encouraging to know that these seemingly infallible stars also went through similar periods in their pasts.With that said, here are 25 Photos Of A-List Leading Men Before They Were Famous. The post appeared first on
June 21, 2018
San Diego Comic-Con’s Hall H will soon see its fair share of horror, as both and will have panels at the venue next month. Glass and Halloween are among the most highly-anticipated sequels in Hollywood right now, and it will no doubt be interesting to see what type of reveals will be made at their respective panels. Glass is a sequel to M. Night Syamalan’s Unbreakable, while Halloween is the next film in the Halloween franchise (and a direct sequel to John Carpenter's original 1978 film).Both films have deep ties to SDCC, so it’s fitting that they will each be making an appearance at the convention before they release later this year and early next year. Halloween’s lead Jamie Lee Curtis regularly attended SDCC for her FOX series Scream Queens, while Glass director M. Night Shyamalan screened his film, The Visit, in 2015. Plus, Halloween's titular villain is an iconic pop culture character going back 40 years.Related: reports that Blumhouse Productions and Universal Pictures will host Hall H panels for both Glass and Halloween at San Diego Comic-Con next month. While Shyamalan has used the convention to debut his films before, attendees shouldn't expect the filmmaker to do so again with Glass this time around.Glass follows the events of Shyamalan’s 2016 thriller, Split. The film stars Bruce Willis’ character from Unbreakable, David Dunn, who is on a mission to . Samuel L. Jackson’s antagonist from Unbreakable, Elijah Prince aka Mr. Glass, will also return in the new film. With characters from both Split and Unbreakable making appearances in the film, Glass represents a unique Hollywood project. Since both of those films were produced by different studios, to bring the sequel to life on the big screen.Halloween, meanwhile, was a different beast altogether. David Gordon Green’s latest installment of the Halloween franchise revives a series many fans thought was over and done with. The film will also bring back one of horror’s most iconic final girls: Jamie Lee Curits’ Laurie Strode, as she faces off against Michael Myers one last time. Halloween will ignore some of the franchise’s previous sequels, removing the in order to keep the air of mystery that surrounded the figure of Meyers in the original film. Fans of Carpenter’s original film can also expect to see some of the director’s influence in this latest installment. Halloween screenwriters Green and Danny McBride consulted with Carpenter on their script and followed Carpenter’s direction Although neither Glass nor Halloween 2018 are of the typical superhero, fantasy, or sci-fi genres that usually fill SDCC, convention-goers are sure to be excited over the announcement that both titles will have panels. The news is especially exciting after HBO revealed last week that it would be leaving this year’s Hall H empty this year, with with their own panels next month. Fortunately, Universal and Blumhouse swooped in to save the day and will be providing their own panels for convention-goers to enjoy.More: Source: The post appeared first on
June 20, 2018
The Star Wars universe is not an easy place to live. A galaxy far, far away tends to be embroiled in massive conflicts. Even when one major enemy is defeated, another soon takes it place.The Separatists are defeated and the Clone Wars end, only for the tyrannical Galactic Empire to form in the wake of victory. The Empire is destroyed, only for the First Order to rise from the Empire's ashes. Oftentimes the only thing that can make such life bearable is romance.Through the years Star Wars has told tales of many romantic couples. These tales have been spun not only in the movies, but also through television shows, books, comics, and video games.Some of these couples are the beating hearts of the galaxy's best stories. Others had potential that fizzled out, and a select few were misguided from the start.This list will only look at couples that have actually happened or officially begun. That means that disappointing as it may be, popular fan ships that haven't actually happened yet, such as Finn and Poe Dameron (Stormpilot) or Rey and Kylo Ren (Reylo), are not included here. Reylo came incredibly close to officially happening in The Last Jedi--and may very well happen in Episode IX--but as of now is not eligible for the list.Whether a romantic couple is canon or now relegated to Star Wars Legends, all have played significant roles in either enhancing or hurting the overall universe. As such, both canon and Legends couples will be explored here.With love in the air, it's time to unveil the 8 Couples That Hurt Star Wars (And 12 That Saved Them). The post appeared first on
June 20, 2018
Hank Pym's new laboratory in Peyton Reed's is comprised of erector sets, car parts, and various other materials. In the upcoming sequel, Michael Douglas' character uses the Pym Particles to shrink his new building (and lab) down to the size of a luggage bag - but that's not all that's new.Pym's new lab is a representation of how different he is compared to other scientists in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The lab has a mixture of standard building materials and support beams that resemble parts of an erector set, stereo knobs, and bread bag clips, all of which offer a glimpse into Pym's innovative mind, particularly how he's able to repurpose just about anything to meet his needs on the fly.Related: During the Ant-Man and The Wasp set visit, Screen Rant had the chance to speak with production designer Shepherd Frankel, who contrasted Hank Pym's way of doing things with that of Tony Stark, saying, "Hank Pym does not need Stark Industries science to do his work. He's an engineer. He's a physicist. You give him a box of stuff and he can kind of collude things together, assemble things together, 'cause he is constantly trying to figure out how to do what he needs to do."These elements of Pym's character were at the forefront of the designers' minds as he and the rest of the production team constructed Hank Pym's new lab. In doing so, the designers created an unpolished vision for the lab, something that is constantly being improved upon and reconstructed: "...you see a lot of exposed ideas and his brain, his journal is in three dimensional form on tables - You can feel like it's being built as he goes."Frankel goes on to describe a space meant to be a treat for the audience. Beyond the "pretty standardized" control room, the scale undulates from oversized objects like erector set-inspired support beams and "things like springs that you have in your car or motorcycle in the corners that become the reinforcement engineering that a box that is shrunken down and being taken around." With highly reflective surfaces, undersized objects (normally large objects shrunk down to be worked on), strategically positioned on tabletops, and a low ceiling, the intent of the new lab is to disorient. Frankel's purpose with all this was to create a space that makes the visitor begin to question themselves, "What size am I? Am I big or am I small?" And for him, that's part of the fun, especially since this is a movie about people who can shrink in size.In contrast to the first movie, in which they refrained from doing anything oversized, this time around they chose to go big and couple it with the macro photography, which was quite successful in the first film, to create, "a visual delight and visual journey for the audience.” In the end, the production design team constructed an incredible space and a place that embodies the character of Hank Pym, and one in which the cast and audiences can fully immerse themselves.More: The post appeared first on
June 20, 2018
Richard Greenberg - noted opening title designer and visual effects producer for classics like and - has died at the age of 71. It's a sad day for Hollywood, as the man responsible for helping to create some of the most iconic opening credits sequences in history has passed on, according to A specific cause of death for Greenberg has yet to be reported, but he's been confirmed to have died on June 16, in New York City.Greenberg broke into the movie business thanks to an award-winning short film he made entitled Stop, which caught the attention of Pablo Ferro, title designer for such varied hits as Dr. Strangelove, A Clockwork Orange, Beetlejuice, and Philadelphia. In 1977, Greenberg teamed up with his brother Robert to create the company R/Greenberg Associates, which worked on opening titles and/or visual effects for modern classics like Die Hard, Ghostbusters, Goodfellas, and the latter of which scored Greenberg an Oscar nomination.During that time, he also personally designed the iconic opening titles for Richard Donner's Superman and Ridley Scott's Alien, including the instantly recognizable - and still used - Alien franchise font. In 1991, Greenberg ventured out to Los Angeles, where he formed a new company with Bruce Schluter called simply Greenberg/Schluter. Robert Greenberg would stay on as head of R/Greenberg Associates, a position he occupies to this day. Greenberg/Schluter would go on to design the opening credits sequences for such major moves as the Lethal Weapon sequels, Independence Day, and While Richard Greenberg is best known for his work with opening titles and visual effects, he also tried directing a few times. In 1989, Greenberg helmed the dark comedy Little Monsters, starring The Wonder Years' Fred Savage as Brian, an 11-year-old boy who learns of a secret interconnected world In recent years, some have pointed out the plot similarities between Little Monsters - which has amassed a small but loyal cult fanbase in the decades since its release - and Pixar's although there is no direct evidence one film influenced the other.Greenberg also directed the 1990 episode called "The Sacrifice," starring Kevin Kilner and Kim Delaney as lovers who plot to murder Delaney's rich husband. They succeed, but things are complicated when noted genre villain Michael Ironside shows up claiming he has evidence of their crime. The episode aired as part of season 2, and is fairly well regarded by fans.Greenberg is survived by three children, two sons and a daughter. His work truly made a mark on Hollywood, and will continue to be remembered by fans for decades to come.Rest in Peace Richard Greenberg: 1947 - 2018Source: The post appeared first on
June 20, 2018
Comic fans and movie critics alike went absolutely mad over Batman v Superman, but if you think that's becoming a more and more common phenomenon... the movie's cinematographer agrees. At the time Zack Snyder's stylish sequel divided fans, with most critics citing it as the lowest point yet for the heroes, and the genre. But since then, tensions and reviews have only gotten more heated.More recently, fans made , proving beloved franchises are just as likely to turn critics against them as the fans, or earn praise just as easily. It's a strange time to be a fan of geek blockbuster - so strange, even has given up trying to understand reviewers at all.RELATED: Speaking in an interview with , the insights offered into Fong's work on Batman v Superman inevitably led to a discussion of the public reception. Not in terms of the box office success - bringing in $870 million - but the divisive response from fans, as well as a critical lambasting. While Fong says that Snyder got the worst of the response, hearing some give his own work and crew a pass turned out to be the "weirdest" reaction:Everyone has their opinion. Does everyone have to love the movie? Of course not... visually I feel like me and my crew killed it, so when you hear things about it, it kind of hurts. To be honest the weirdest thing... I've never really talked about this. But the weirdest thing, and this has happened a lot, I'll have a stranger come up and say, 'Batman v Superman really sucked... but don't worry, what you did was great. It looked really good. It wasn't your fault.'And I listened to that for a while and was like, 'Okay, well thanks.' But then the more I thought about it I thought I'm not going to accept that. Because everyone's working towards a common goal, right? And Zack's my brother, I'm not gonna go 'YEAH!' you know, 'HE did a horrible job... but I didn't! I just did MY job! That's right!' I don't accept that. If you make a baby together you're proud of that baby. You can't divide that up.It's probably worth considering the weighting of a movie review when a film is 'rotten,' but the crew responsible for how the movie looks is praised - since film is a visual medium, first and foremost. But regardless of where one lands on the movie, or Man of Steel or even Justice League (neither of which Fong worked on, despite the occasional troll on social media), the resulting fan base confirms Snyder's and Fong's work was appreciated.And as we've noted before, one online fan contest shows how . Fans who, from their perspective, embrace the film for many of the ways it's distinct from the rest of a largely formulaic 'superhero' genre. A formula that - at their own peril, critically speaking. Fong has nothing but love for Snyder and fans of his own work, but admits that when it comes to understanding critical reception... he's at a loss. These days, not just for his own films:I'm not going to pretend I understand anymore [Laughs]. Because I don't. You know, [critics] see a film... The films I like, no one seems to like, and the films I don't like, everyone likes. So there's a disconnect for me. I can't even pretend to understand how it all works.More movie fans should take his lead, and accept that it's not a critic's job to tell audiences what they love or hate. Let us know if you share Fong's opinion of the impossible-to-rationalize movie review scene in today's cinema landscape, and be sure to check out .MORE: Source: The post appeared first on
June 20, 2018
is upon us, taking place over the weekend of July 19th-22nd 2018. The event has become a mecca for nerds around the world, delivering the biggest panels, trailers, and news about everything from comics to TV and movies. Studios compete to deliver the biggest surprises for fans, some of whom line up overnight to be the first to see the stars and footage from their favorite pop culture properties.While over the years the convention has only grown in size, 2018 looks to see a scaled back version. Some of the biggest players including and will be sitting out this year, meaning no panels about , , , or . However, there will still be plenty of things to look forward to from the first appearance of the to the and trailers.Related: This year San Diego Comic Con will take place from July 19th-22nd. Preview night is on Wednesday July 18th from 6 to 9 PM PST. Preview night is when the convention floor is first open to guests. The crowds are usually much smaller on preview night, giving fans a better look at some of the major booths without an influx of people. Thursday through Saturday the convention floor is open from 9:30 AM to 7 PM, although some panels do run past 7. On Sunday, the last day of the con, the floor is open from 9:30 AM to 5 PM. Sunday is a great day for shopping on the floor because it's usually slightly less crowded than Friday and Saturday and many vendors reduce prices, wanting to sell their merch rather than packing it back up to take home.If you're wondering when to tune in for news, Saturday is the biggest day for panels. Expect the major movie trailers (and any CW show bloopers) to be dropped on July 21st. Fridays are usually for big TV properties like and Marvel's TV shows, both Netflix and network. Sunday is typically reserved for SDCC mainstays and Doctor Who.There are several major movie studios attending San Diego Comic Con 2018. Besides DC, to be a big presence. They have and to promote as well as potentially . Fox is also expected at the con for . Universal is also predicted to have a panel, potentially to promote the reboot/sequel.There are plenty of TV shows also assumed to return to Comic Con. , with hope that he may be joined by the casts of and/or . Panels for the DCTV shows, Supernatural, and would not be a surprise with the CW always appearing to tease the upcoming seasons of their shows. The fan favorite Netflix series should also be in attendance as well as SYFY darling . Besides the old favorites, there are new shows also showing off footage for the first time at Comic Con. George R.R. Martin's is having a panel featuring the writer himself. Stephen King and J.J. Abram's new show for Hulu, is at the con. SYFY's will also be there, although there is no word on whether or not executive producers Joe & Anthony Russo will be making an appearance.There will be plenty of news coming out of San Diego Comic Con 2018 so be sure to keep an eye on Screen Rant for all the latest!More: The post appeared first on
June 20, 2018
While discussing and the future of the franchise, Simon Pegg reveals that the series isn't slowing down and indicates that Mission: Impossible 7 is a possibility.In this summer's Mission: Impossible sequel, Pegg will be reprising his role as Benjamin "Benji" Dunn, after first making his appearance in the third movie.Fallout follows IMF agent Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) as him and his team face serious consequences after a mission goes wrong. Accompanied by , including Dunn and Luther Stickell (Ving Rhames), as well as former MI6 agent Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson) and IMF secretary Alan Hunley (Alec Baldwin), Hunt is forced into a race against time. Fallout also stars Henry Cavill, Angela Bassett, Sean Harris, and Michelle Monaghan, with director Christopher McQuarrie being the first director in the series to helm more than one Mission: Impossible movie (the previous being his first). And even though the series has reached its sixth installment with Fallout, Pegg opened up about the future of the series, as well as the likelihood of a seventh movie.Related: In an interview with, Pegg, who has been part of the Mission: Impossible family for 12 years so far, revealed various tidbits of information regarding Fallout's overall tone, as well as the future of theseries. He explained that - especially compared to previous installments - Fallout will be significantly darker than other entries in the series, adding that he'll also be playing a much more active role with his character this time around. Then, when asked about a possible seventh movie, Pegg pointed out that the franchise "shows no signs of slowing down," adding, "I imagine that at some we'll be doing mad things again, so, yeah... never say never."Even though Fallout will mark the first time the franchise has used the same director twice, Pegg noted that McQuarrie may as well have channeled a completely different directing style than what he brought to Rogue Nation. He explained that McQuarrie was "at pains to make it feel different," adding that, "the look of it is different; the lighting, production design - it's gonna feel like another, different movie."While one of the most unique elements associated with the Mission: Impossible series was the fact that it incorporated different directors for every installment, doubling down on McQuarrie could turn out to be a positive move in the end given how successful - both critically and commercially - the last movie was. Plus, having formed a strong relationship with Cruise (he also directed Cruise in the first adaptation), their comfortability and familiarity with each other could prove to create a more fluid filmmaking experience, potentially resulting in a more satisfying final product. Furthermore, as long as Cruise continues to be able to perform all the necessary stunts, then there's no real reason to end the Mission: Impossible franchise just yet.More: Source: The post appeared first on
June 20, 2018
Jamie Bell is reportedly in talks to play a key role opposite Taron Egerton in the Elton John fantasy musical, . Beginning with his breakthrough role as a ballet prodigy from a working class British family in the acclaimed 2000 drama Billy Elliot, Bell has become has mainstay on the big screen over the past 18 years, amassing an impressive acting resume including the Peter Jackson films King Kong and The Adventures of Tintin, as well as the Doug Liman-helmed sci-fi hit , not to mention the indie sensation Snowpiercer.Now, on the heels of latest big screen turn in the critically acclaimed drama, Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool, Bell is about to tackle the role of the legendary lyricist who helped legendary artist Elton John rise to rock music stardom in the 1970s, and who remains the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer's chief song collaborator to this day.Related: According to , Bell is in talks to play Bernie Taupin in the musical biopic Rocketman. In addition to chronicling John's life as a student at the Royal Academy of Music, his hit-making years in the 1970 and '80s and his recovery from drug and alcohol addiction in the 1990s, the film will also reportedly focus on John's and Taupin's enduring songwriting partnership. Together John and Taupin have created such classic hits as "Your Song," "Bennie and the Jets," "Goodbye Yellowbrick Road," "Someone Saved My Life Tonight," "I'm Still Standing," and of course, "Rocketman."In some ways it shouldn't come as a huge surprise that Bell was cast as Taupin in Rocketman, given that the film's script is being penned by Billy Elliot screenwriter Lee Hall. Considering that John and Hall worked together on the stage musical version of Billy Elliot, Hall no doubt brought some clout with him to Rocketman, and it's not completely out of line to guess the writer had some input into the decision by (who recently took over directing ) to cast Bell.No matter how the filmmakers arrived at the casting decision, it's great to see someone of Bell's caliber take on the pivotal role of Taupin in Rocketman. A rare, behind-the-scenes figure who has rightfully attracted just as much attention as his famous musical counterpart, Taupin deserves his due on the big screen, and Bell possesses the charisma to make the role of the lyricist a memorable one. The bonus for both Egerton and Bell is that, since John is one of the producers of the film, he'll likely be available to give tips on the performances. And, hopefully, the piano man will invite his longtime writing partner along for some set visits to effectively help write a recreation of their storied history together.More: Source: The post appeared first on
June 20, 2018
has received the treatment, but with a 1990s twist in some newly released fan-art. Directed by the partnership of Half Nelson's Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, the blockbuster starring Brie Larson in the title role isn't due to hit screens until 2019. But that hasn't stopped some fans from already humorously envisioning how that might look.It's no secret that Captain Marvel will be set in the early-'90s, which was even . Featuring some earlier iterations of such established characters as Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg), and Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace), the film is set to offer a glimpse at a never-before-seen time-period within the MCU, particularly when Carol Danvers finds herself at the center of an intergalactic conflict between two alien races. It's a plot that could potentially be adapted from the Secret Invasion story from the comics. And now, fans are already starting to imagine what the movie's '90s-themed promotional material would look like.Related: Reddit user, , edited a promotional to demonstrate what else Captain Marvel (and audiences) could be confronted with over the course of her adventure, featuring such nostalgia-bait as Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Nirvana performing at MTV Unplugged, Friends, and even Tamagotchis. Check it out below.Pop culture references are nothing new to the MCU, with Tony Stark offering everyone a nickname, from Thor's Point Break to Hawkeye's Legolas; even Steve Rogers manages to understand some of them. Most notably, the references come into play in , when the titular captain maintained a helpful list of movies, music, and television shows he needed to catch-up on.The parallels between Captain Marvel and Captain America will undoubtedly not end there, especially with the former rumored to be assuming a more of . Comparisons between Captain Marvel and Wonder Woman are equally inevitable, since both films portray strong, female leads outside of the established era of the wider franchises as they deal with otherworldly threats. It's a fact that will no doubt fuel further debate and arguments between those who insist on pitting Marvel and DC against each other.With wildly differing tones, however, both movies and heroines are sure to be distinct. And, though there is nothing to suggest that Captain Marvel will be as similarly displaced in time as Steve Rogers, it's hard to imagine that the filmmakers will pass on such an obvious opportunity to for all its comedically and nostalgically worth.More: Source: The post appeared first on
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The world of the X-Men, filled with mutants with extraordinary powers, has been the cornerstone of the Marvel Comics universe for decades. With its varied characters and deep plotlines, the franchise has remained a favorite since its launch by the creative mind of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby back in 1963. Over the years, Marvel ran into some financially tough times and had to find a means to save its struggling company from bankruptcy. Since the company could not afford to create its own superhero films, they sold the rights to the X-Men characters to 20th Century Fox in 1994.Since then, the X-Men have gained a new audience through numerous animated series and the launch of the live-action X-Men film franchise in 2000. After the debut of the series, Marvel Studios decided to partner with Tribune Entertainment and Fireworks Entertainment to create its own world of mutant superhumans: Mutant X.However, since its initial pitch and conception, the Mutant X TV series has been bombarded with numerous lawsuits and restrictions. Despite the drama, series creators developed their own unique world where humans had their DNA genetically modified after birth, resulting in 4 main categories of mutants.Set in a format that tackled a new villain each week, Mutant X soon gained a unique fan base of its own outside of the Marvel world.In the article, we will explore some of the untold secrets behind the Mutant X show - from the original concept of the show to the fans’ fight to bring back the series.Here are 21 Crazy Facts About The Forgotten Marvel Show, Mutant X. The post appeared first on
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Not unlike the game's committed fanbase, even the developers behind want a sequel to the video game. That said, the likelihood of a sequel remains to be seen. Released in 2010 by Remedy Entertainment, Alan Wake is a psychological action-adventure video game based around the title character's attempt to solve his wife's murder.With a unique gaming and narrative structure that divides the plot into six different episodes, Alan Wake thrusts Alan into a mystery that utilizes darkness, light, and a survival horror approach that incorporates a blend of reality and events stemming from his latest novel that seemingly come to life. Though there has been talk of a sequel to the game (with the developers going so far as to use the foundation of a scrapped sequel for another one of their games, , which itself ), nothing official has been set in motion. Now, the developers have said that they want a sequel to Alan Wake just as eagerly as the fans.Related: During the PlayStation showcase at E3 2018, spoke with Remedy Entertainment's Mikael Kasurinen about the company's latest game, , a supernatural third-person action-adventure. The conversation eventually turned to past games from Remedy, leading to a discussion about a potential Alan Wake sequel. Kasurinen explained that, even though Remedy owns the rights to Alan Wake and is excited about the prospect of a sequel, he can't confirm or deny any details regarding the series' future. He said:“So, we own the Alan Wake IP, yes. I just want to say right away that it’s very dear to us and close to our hearts. We all love Alan Wake at Remedy and I think all of us want to see a new Alan Wake game. I just want to say that out loud. Unfortunately, I can’t speak to it anymore than that. We’ll see what happens with Alan Wake next, but we all want to see it happen, absolutely.”While there have never been any official sequels to Alan Wake, that's not to say that the story has ended completely. Following the initial release of the game, two additional episodes were released as downloadable content to continue the story, as was a live-action web series titled Bright Falls (named after the town in which the game is set). There was even a novelization of the game written by Rick Burroughs, a book called The Alan Wake Files included in limited editions of the game, as well as an in-univere spinoff game called Alan Wake's American Nightmare. That said, the supplementary material did not fully satisfy the game's cliffhanger ending.Remedy is currently focusing all of their attention on Control right now.However, the upcoming game appears to be following a similarly mind-bending aesthetic to Alan Wake, which might be enticing for gamers looking to fill that void. But still, an Alan Wake sequel has been a longtime coming, so, hopefully, Control's potential success might convince Remedy Entertainment to give their original blockbuster game another shot.More: Source: The post appeared first on
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