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Warner Bros. Wants to Avoid Auteur Directors in the Future?

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Many industry insiders are predicting that Warner Bros. will start avoiding auteur directors in favor of cheaper directors who can't demand final cut. These predictions stem from the announcement that New Line's Toby Emmerich would become Warner Bros. new president, which was made late last year. Insiders told the Hollywood Reporter that many have been watching closely to see what changes that Emmerich will attempt under his new position. Many insiders are concerned that Emmerich will "New Line-ization" Warner Bros., in other words, slash costs wherever possible and avoid auteur directors altogether.

Toby Emmerich ran Warner Bros.' New Line label for over 8 years, overseeing The Conjuring and We're the Millers, which were moderately budgeted projects that became hits. It has been said that Emmerich has "a real strong loyalty to New Line," which is understandable. It is also understandable for a studio to try and cut costs wherever they can to maximize profits. But since he has such a strong loyalty to New Line many are wondering if he will be moving a lot of movies down to New Line, which might not necessarily be a negative thing. It has been reported that Emmerich is looking to possibly move away from franchises to find a way to make cheaper movies that generate more profits.

Warner Bros. has seen its fair share of bombs lately, most notably Guy Ritchie's King Arthur: The Legend of the Sword, which was estimated to be at least a moderate success and maybe go on to an extended universe. Another recent failure was Ben Affleck's Live by Night. The critical and box office failure of that project may have actually lead to Affleck being removed as director of The Batman, but that is pure speculation at this point because it was made to look as if Affleck walked away from the director's chair to focus on acting.

Whether any of Emmerich's reported plans will come into fruition is not clear at this time, but the news comes at an interesting time for the relationships between studio brass and directors. The recent news of Chris Miller and Phil Lord being fired from Disney and Lucasfilm's untitled Han Solo movie for apparent creative differences, leading many to believe that directors aren't allowed much creative freedom while working for Lucasfilm. Edgar Wright recently spoke out about being a director for hire on Marvel's Ant-Man and ultimately leaving that project because Marvel didn't want an "Edgar Wright" movie. Wright also took the sides of Miller and Lord, speaking from personal experience from his time working with Marvel.

An interesting piece of information from the so-called studio insiders is that apparently Warner Bros. still intends to give final cut to Christopher Nolan and Clint Eastwood. Also Harry Potter, Lego, and the Dceu would remain intact, which kind of goes against what has been speculating. Maybe Emmerich is just going for a more cautious plan of attack instead of green lighting just about everything without considerable research. Emmerich's first green light is rumored to be The Goldflinch, which is based off of a novel by Donna Tart, with John Crowley set to direct, so we'll have to wait and see what he does with his new position. »


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Is Donald Glover Playing the Prowler in Spider-Man: Homecoming?

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Last week, a Reddit user claimed that Donald Glover is playing a criminal character called Alex, but it seems that may not be accurate. Earlier today, a report surfaced that Jennifer Connelly has been added to the IMDb page for Spider-Man: Homecoming, but that page also revealed that Donald Glover's character is actually Aaron Davis, who fans of the Marvel Comics will also know as The Prowler. While we likely won't know for sure until Spider-Man: Homecoming hits theaters on July 7, these new details could set up some interesting developments in future Spider-Man movies.

Shortly after it was discovered that Jennifer Connelly was listed as "Karen/Suit Lady" on IMDb, she was removed from the page entirely, while the character listing of Aaron Davis was removed after Donald Glover's name. This could certainly hint that the listings were valid, with Marvel possibly asking IMDb to remove them, but it's also possible that they could be completely fabricated, since anyone can edit a film's IMDb page. Then again, it has been mentioned before that Donald Glover is playing Aaron Davis.

Just a few days before the original report on Donald Glover, Disney Xd aired a Fan's Guide to Spider-Man: Homecoming, a 22-minute special chocked full of new footage, where Donald Glover's character was referred to as Aaron Davis. It's also worth noting that the Spider-Man: Homecoming novelization only covers the first act of the movie, so it's possible that Aaron Graves was using Alex as a fake name, perhaps to hide his identity from the characters he's buying the weapons from, Herman Schultz (Bokeem Woodbine) and Jackson "Montana" Brice (Logan Marshall-Green).

In the Marvel Comics, Aaron Davis was also the uncle of Miles Morales, the character Donald Glover voices on the Ultimate Spider-Man animated series, and the character that he also lobbied to play for some time in a live-action movie. Aaron Davis was a career criminal, who used to be partners with his brother Jefferson Davis, before Jefferson reformed his life and had a family, including his son Miles Morales. After stealing some technology from Oscorp, a spider that was genetically enhanced with the Oz formula crawled into Miles bag and eventually found and bit Morales, giving him the Spider-Man powers. In the comics, Aaron Davis was also associated with The Tinkerer, a character played by Michael Chernus, so perhaps this movie will set up an alliance between those characters for future Spider-Man movies.

Sony has confirmed that Spider-Man: Homecoming 2 is already in the works, with the studio setting a July 5, 2019 release date. It was recently announced that this sequel will not feature Iron Man or the Vulture, although no other specific plot details were given. If Donald Glover is in fact playing Aaron Davis, then it's possible that this movie may also introduce his nephew Miles Morales, but that may not happen since Sony is also putting out a Spider-Man animated movie, with Shameik Moore voicing Miles Morales, with that movie following his origins. Regardless, we'll find out what happens when Spider-Man: Homecoming hits theaters nationwide on July 7. »


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Star Wars 9 Director Was Shocked by Book of Henry Hate

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Colin Trevorrow's The Book of Henry came out last week and the reviews from critics and moviegoers have been less than stellar to say the least. In fact, the movie has been publicly torn apart from just about every major news outlet, leading some to question Trevorrow manning the helm for Star Wars 9, which is completely ridiculous. Colin Trevorrow has been mostly silent about the negativity that his latest project has received, but did tease a little tongue in cheek jab on the movie's release date. The director said "Be proud of everything you paint, even if Mom doesn't put it on the fridge" through social media. It's important to note that audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes is at 70%, which is not terrible by any means.

The Book of Henry has been described as "catastrophically awful", "a flaming mess," and "the worst movie of the year" by various critics. Star Wars fans (who probably have not even seen The Book of Henry) have even started an online petition to remove Colin Trevorrow from Star Wars 9 because that's what's important in the world right now and it's fun to jump on the negativity train. The negative reviews have come as a complete shock to Trevorrow and the cast and crew.

Colin Trevorrow sat down with Empire Magazine to discuss The Book of Henry and all of the hate surrounding the movie. The director admitted that the negative reaction was "a little heartbreaking." Read Trevorrow's thoughts below.

"It came to us as a bit of a shock. We did not anticipate that level of vitriolic dislike for the film. In the end, do I want to be somebody who pleases both audiences and critics? Absolutely. Is it hugely disappointing? It is."

Trevorrow obviously still stands by his movie and the performances within the movie. He explains.

"I do stand by the movie. I know it's something I'm very proud of, and everyone who made it is very proud."

The director's wife pointed to an online form where a fan said that he should be removed from the project entirely and Trevorrow just laughed it off. What else can you do?

In the end, Trevorrow thinks that a lot of the very negative public response stems from his past and present projects that have thrust him further into the public eye. He directed Jurassic World and production is about to start on Star Wars 9 and fans of the franchises are watching his every move, waiting for the director to take the wrong step. Trevorrow admits that he hadn't taken his new found visibility into account while making the indie movie The Book of Henry.

The extreme criticism will ultimately have zero effect on the outcome of Star Wars 9. The Book of Henry will be 2 years old and a distant memory by the time that Star Wars 9 hits theaters. Who knows, maybe The Book of Henry will be looked upon as a cult classic, an underrated gem by the time of the release of the next project. There are fans of the movie out there, they're just a little silent at the moment. »


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Blade Runner 2049 Finally Reveals If Deckard Is a Replicant

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There are very few, if any movies, in the history of science fiction that are as iconic and influential as director Ridley Scott's 1982 masterpiece Blade Runner, which is based on the novel Do Androids Dream Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick. Now, 35 years later, we are getting a sequel in the form of Blade Runner 2049. The many fans of the original movie have had a burning question on their minds for years that still needs to be answered: is Rick Deckard a Replicant? According to Ridley Scott, that question will be answered in Blade Runner 2.

Ridley Scott, who is only producing Blade Runner 2 and is not in the director's chair, recently spoke with IGN and talked a bit about the highly-anticipated sequel. When asked about the whole "is Deckard a Replicant?" thing, he gave a pretty solid little rant about it. The main takeaway, according to him, is that director Denis Villeneuve will address the issue in Blade Runner 2049. Here's what he had to say about it.

"Oh, it was always my thesis theory. It was one or two people who were relevant were... I can't remember if Hampton agreed with me or not. But I remember someone had said, 'Well, isn't it corny?' I said, 'Listen, I'll be the best f***ing judge of that. I'm the director, okay?' So, and that, you learn , you know, by then I'm 44, so I'm no f***ing chicken. I'm a very experienced director from commercials and The Duelists and Alien. So, I'm able to, you know, answer that with confidence at the time, and say, 'You know, back off, it's what it's gonna be.' Harrison, he was never, I don't remember, actually. I think Harrison was going, 'Uh, I don't know about that.' I said, 'But you have to be, because Gaff, who leaves a trail of origami everywhere, will leave you a little piece of origami at the end of the movie to say, 'I've been here, I left her alive, and I can't resist letting you know what's in your most private thoughts when you get drunk is a f***ing unicorn!'' Right? So, I love Beavis and Butthead, so what should follow that is 'Duh.' So now it will be revealed [in the sequel], one way or the other."

So Ridley Scott is sticking to his guns and thinks Deckard is a Replicant. Since he directed Blade Runner, one would think that is the final word on the matter. But that isn't the case. Harrison Ford has talked about his Blade Runner character's actual identity in the past and he believes that Rick Deckard is a human. Considering his current age, it might make more sense if he were a human in Blade Runner 2049. The other big thing to consider is that, as far as Blade Runner revealed to us, Replicants were built to last just four years. So, if Deckard is one, how is he still alive in the sequel?

Blade Runner 2049, which comes out on October 6, may very well address the Deckard issue, but don't expect it to be laid out nice and clean. Denis Villeneuve was asked about if the movie would address the issue a while back and he said that Blade Runner 2 will "not necessarily" clear that up. Luckily, the wait is almost over and we won't have to wait that much longer to get some answers. »


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Did Jennifer Connelly Secretly Join Spider-Man: Homecoming?

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With exactly two weeks left until Spider-Man: Homecoming hits theaters, it seems that a new mystery cast member has been unveiled. The IMDb page for Spider-Man: Homecoming has added Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Connelly to the cast, with the actress portraying "Karen/Suit Lady." This casting has yet to be confirmed by Marvel Studios or Sony Pictures, but this certainly wouldn't be the first time that news of a surprise casting addition happens just before a Marvel movie is released.

When Marvel announced the red carpet premiere of Avengers: Age of Ultron, the studio made a list of cast members that have been confirmed to attend, as part of the tip sheet sent to members of the press covering the event. That tip sheet included two cast members who had not been previously announced, Julie Delpy as Madame B, who trained a young Natasha Romanoff to become the Black Widow, and Linda Cardellini as Laura Barton, the wife of Clint Barton, a.k.a. Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner). When production began last year on Captain America: Civil War, fans were surprised to find William Hurt as part of the cast, reprising his role from 2008's The Incredible Hulk as Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross. It remains to be seen if Marvel plans on confirming this casting as we get closer and closer to the July 7 release date of this Spider-Man movie.

Aside from the IMDb listing, no further details about this character have been given, but if it is true, this won't be her first time starring in a Marvel movie. Five years before the Marvel Cinematic Universe started with Iron Man, Universal Pictures released Hulk, which starred Eric Bana as Bruce Banner and Jennifer Connelly as Betty Ross. When Marvel Studios released The Incredible Hulk in 2008, just months after Iron Man, Liv Tyler portrayed Betty Ross alongside Edward Norton as Bruce Banner, who was replaced by Mark Ruffalo in 2012's The Avengers. The actress is also married to Paul Bettany, who plays the iconic character Vision in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

It's worth noting that anyone can edit a film's IMDb page, so it's possible that this could have been added by someone who was given some inaccurate information. On the other hand, the movie has already started screening for members of the press, so it's also possible that someone could have seen the movie and then added Jennifer Connelly's character into the movie's IMDb page. Regardless, fans will find out in exactly 14 days whether or not Jennifer Connelly is part of this highly-anticipated Spider-Man movie. There has already been one Spider-Man: Homecoming early reaction, which claims its the best Spider-Man movie ever.

If Jennifer Connelly is part of Spider-Man: Homecoming, she joins a diverse cast that includes Tom Holland as Peter Parker, Marisa Tomei as Aunt May, Zendaya as Michelle, who has been rumored to be the daughter of Adrian Toomes (Michael Keaton), a.k.a. The Vulture, but that report was shot down. The cast also includes Laura Harrier as Liz Allan, Tony Revolori as Flash Thompson, Michael Cherus as The Tinkerer, Kenneth Choi as Principal Morita and Jacob Batalon as Ned Leeds. Jon Watts, who made his directorial debut with the indie hit Cop Car, directs from a script by John Francis Daley, Jonathan Goldstein, Jon Watts, Chris McKenna, Christopher Ford and Erik Sommers. Hopefully we'll find out more about Spider-Man: Homecoming as we get closer to the July 7 release date. »


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The Goofiest Star Wars Toy of All Time According to Mark Hamill

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Star Wars star Mark Hamill was recently asked what the goofiest Star Wars toy was and his response is pretty awesome. The goofiest Star Wars toy or merchandise is quite a difficult question since there are so many weird toys and pieces of merchandise over the years. The George Lucas family action figures certainly come to mind, so does the Darth Vader/Death Star Transformer, the somewhat sexual C-3P0 tape dispenser, or maybe the Darth Vader toaster. There's honestly too many to count, but Hamill has a definitive answer on the subject.

Mark Hamill was asked by Scott Weinberg on Twitter which is the goofiest Luke toy or merchandise that he's ever seen. Luke Skywalker himself responded promptly that the winner was the Tauntaun with the open belly to sleep inside of. Hamill says this.

"Too many to choose just 1, but the Luke that could be removed from a disemboweled Tauntaun certainly comes to mind."

To be clear, Luke Skywalker didn't come with the toy Tauntaun, he was sold separately. But the ads on television and print definitely show Luke Skywalker chilling in the belly of a Tauntaun. The toy from The Empire Strikes Back let kids reenact the scene where Han Solo rescues Luke from freezing to death, and cuts open the belly of a Tauntaun so that Luke can keep warm in the snow. It's a very vivid and graphic scene and Kenner thought it would be an excellent idea to capitalize on the cutting open of an animal for survival. As children played with the bizarre toy over the months, the rubber belly of the Tauntaun started to turn to a yellow color, adding to the overall creepiness. Many years later a Tauntaun sleeping bag was manufactured for adults and children alike to reenact the gross scene in real-life, allowing people to sleep in the carcass of a Tauntaun.

Recently Star Wars fans have been able to buy a Lando Calrissian disguise kit, which consisted of an oversized fake mustache and even a Darth Vader burger from Burger King. The dark burger was only available in Belgium, but it consisted of a burger bun that was dyed black. If you were thinking of ways to make Burger King any less appealing, a black bun would be a good start. Another star to get many different types of toys and merchandise was R2-D2. There were action figures, remote control toys, cookie jars, t-shirts, coolers, and even an aquarium. Yes, an aquarium.

Next up, somebody should ask what Hamill's favorite Star Wars toy or merchandise is. In fact, it would be interesting to hear what most of the cast thinks of this question. While we wait in suspense for those answers to come in you can check out Kenner's original 1981 commercial promoting the Tauntaun as well as the Hoth Wampa. One of the kid actors says Wampa over and over and then you can see the Tauntaun toy in its full glory. Check out the video and Hamill's tweets below.

This one?? pic.twitter.com/fjeFM5cwuK

Scott Weinberg (@scottEweinberg) June 22, 2017 »


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Marvel Unchains Its Wolverine Hulk Hybrid in New Comic

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Marvel has officially unleashed an unholy mega-mutant monster of epic proportions. Back in February, Marvel Editor-In-Chief Axel Alonso posted a pretty crazy photo that featured what looked to be Hulk in a tank with Wolverine claws. Turns out, that is exactly what was in that tank and now, the insane Wolverine/Hulk hybrid, named the Hulkverine, has been unleashed on the world of Marvel Comics. And no mutant is safe.

Warning: spoilers ahead for the current Weapon X series and Weapons of Mutant Destruction: Alpha. Marvel is currently in the middle of a crossover event that is dealing with this Wolverine and Hulk hybrid, which has officially been set loose in the Weapons of Mutant Destruction: Alpha comic. Combine all of the best elements of Hulk with the healing power and Adamantium skeleton (claws included) of Wolverine and what do you get? A monster capable of killing all mutants on Earth. And that is exactly the goal. Here's the synopsis for the event.

"Their goal is a simple one...Eradicate All Mutants! And they're starting their hunt with the most dangerous group of mutants on planet Earth, Old Man Logan, Sabretooth, Domino, Lady Deathstrike, Warpath and...the Hulk?! But with an army of genetic cyborgs at their disposal, this may just be the beginning..."

This actually isn't the first time that a Hulk/Wolverine hybrid has shown up in Marvel Comics. In the Secret Wars: Civil War series back in 2015, a gray Hulk who turned out to be Logan that was able to deploy his adamantium claws at Captain America's command did show up, but this is completely different. This was engineered with a purpose, and that purpose is to kill all mutants. Author Greg Pak, who is writing a lot of the comics in this crossover event, spoke a bit about just how powerful this Hulkverine is.

""That's like a machine gun with a bazooka, some hand grenades and a bunch of knives thrown in; and then the Hulk is a nuke," explains Pak, "He's the strongest entity in the Marvel universe so if anyone has that power they're a huge threat. They could wipe out all mutants."

Marvel faithful probably won't be surprised to find out that the man behind the Hulkverine is none other than Reverend William Stryker. This is the man responsible for creating Wolverine and, under the new Weapon-x program, he is asserting his hatred for mutant kind in all new ways. It is now up to a team that consists of Old Man Logan, Sabretooth, Domino, Lady Deathstrike, Warpath and Hulk to defeat the Hulkverine and save mutant kind. There are still a lot of secrets behind the creation that need to be revealed, and some of them will be next month in Weapon X number 6. For now, you can check out some of the Hulkverine images for yourself below and, if you feel so included, you can read Weapons of Mutant Destruction: Alpha, as well as Totally Awesome Hulk 19, which is the official prelude.

What’s cooking in the Weapon X lab? We asked writer @GregPak to spill the beans: https://t.co/oZu5uKhOcG

Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) June 23, 2017

#MarvelComics#AxelAlonso nos da otra probadita de #Hulkverine como parte del crossover de #TheTotallyAwesomeHulk y #ResurrXion de #GregPakpic.twitter.com/fj42AKb0eO

— Mr Mosh (@MrMrmosh) March 31, 2017

Edge boy wet dream Hulkverine emerges...........................just clean up your keyboards after okay. pic.twitter.com/ieU382blih

— Alexis Sergio (@TransComics) March 21, 2017

screenrant: Marvel's Wolverine/Hulk Hybrid Has Arrived - https://t.co/yZLWiTvI5Tpic.twitter.com/7FfvrMGSbq

— Jay Zampi (@z4mp1) June 23, 2017 »


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Pitch Perfect 3 Poster Announces Last Call, Trailer Coming Tomorrow

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Just a few days after Pitch Perfect 3 wrapped production, Universal Pictures has unveiled the first poster, which reveals the tagline "Last Call Pitches." The studio also revealed that the first trailer will debut during VidCon's "Night of Awesome" live stream. It remains unclear if the studio will debut the trailer online after the live stream, although it certainly seems likely, as we get closer and closer to the December 22 release date.

Now graduated from college and out in the real world where it takes more than a cappella to get by, the Bellas return in Pitch Perfect 3, the next chapter in the beloved series that has taken in more than $400 million at the global box office. After the highs of winning the World Championships, the Bellas find themselves split apart and discovering there aren't job prospects for making music with your mouth. But when they get the chance to reunite for an overseas Uso tour, this group of awesome nerds will come together to make some music, and some questionable decisions, one last time.

Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Hailee Steinfeld, Brittany Snow, Anna Camp, Hana Mae Lee, Ester Dean, Alexis Knapp, Chrissie Fit, Kelley Jakle, Shelley Regner, Elizabeth Banks and John Michael Higgins all return and are joined by additions including John Lithgow and Ruby Rose in this Universal Pictures sequel. Pitch Perfect 3 is again produced by Paul Brooks of Gold Circle Entertainment and Max Handelman & Elizabeth Banks of Brownstone Productions, and is directed by Trish Sie (Step Up All In). Elizabeth Banks was originally slated to direct Pitch Perfect 3, after making her directorial debut with Pitch Perfect 2.

The first Pitch Perfect movie was a surprise hit when it debuted in 2012, earning $65 million domestically and $115.3 million worldwide, from a $17 million budget. The soundtrack was also a huge hit as well, becoming the highest-selling soundtrack of 2013, selling 1.2 million copies, while the single "Cups" landed on the Billboard Hot 100 singles charts, along with two other songs from the soundtrack. This success spawned Pitch Perfect 2, which brought back the main cast and introduced new characters such as Hailee Steinfeld's Emily and Katey Sagal's Katherine. The sequel was an even bigger hit, earning $184.2 million domestic and $287.5 million worldwide, from a $29 million budget.

Pitch Perfect 3 is set for release on December 22, which puts it in the midst of a competitive holiday season, where eight new films open in wide release, over a 10-day span. Disney rolls out what will likely be the biggest movie of the year, Star Wars: The Last Jedi on December 15, along with the 20th Century Fox animated movie Ferdinand, with Sony debuting their highly-anticipated Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle on December 20. This Pitch Perfect sequel will go up against Paramount's Downsizing, Warner Bros.' Bastards and The Weinstein Company's The Six Billion Dollar Man on December 22, with 20th Century Fox's The Greatest Showman on Earth arriving on Christmas Day. Take a look at the new Pitch Perfect 3 poster below, and check back tomorrow night for the new trailer. »


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Spaceballs 30th Anniversary Secrets Revealed by Bill Pullman

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Spaceballs is now officially 30 years old and Bill Pullman, aka Captain Lone Starr, is taking a trip down memory lane. Spaceballs was director Mel Brooks' first movie in 6 years and wasn't exactly going to be a Star Wars parody at first. Rumor has it that the idea for the movie came from an annoyed Brooks when somebody asked what the name of his next movie was going to be. When asked, Mel Brooks yelled out "Planet Moron!" in an annoyed tone, which then ignited the idea to start working on a space adventure.

Bill Pullman recently talked with the Hollywood Reporter about working with Mel Brooks, blue screen blindness, and the comedic brilliance of Rick Moranis, as well as the late John Candy. Pullman admits that he never saw the original Star Wars trilogy before taking the role of Captain Lonestarr, who is based off of Han Solo. He explains.

"I missed it the first time around, I just needed Mel to tell me what was going on. I didn't need to see Star Wars to know what the whole thing was."

Pullman said that Brooks had a hard time with the Lone Starr character because there was no obvious "shtick" or something that was easy to pull from, so they collaborated on the character together. Pullman also mentions that Mel Brooks is the master of the 5-minute power nap and that the director was always fool of energy after said nap.

Bill Pullman recalls that everybody on set had to wear sunglasses in between takes to supposedly protect their eyes from the blue screen. It was 1987 and apparently there was a "belief that the blue screen was bad for your eyes," so the actor remembers everybody on set wearing the sunglasses for a time, but ditching them midway through the production because "it was so hard to work the comedy in between takes when everybody was wearing sunglasses."

Spaceballs also starred Rick Moranis, John Candy, Daphne Zuniga, and Joan Rivers. Pullman remembers the comedic timing and patience of John Candy (Barf) who had to wear animatronic ears and an animatronic tail. Candy was forced to adapt his style of acting to his costume. Pullman had this to say.

"He wanted to play it a certain way, Mel wanted it a different way and then he had to deal with the mechanical issues of the ears and tail. John's sense of comedy was so ephemeral, it was these shy, short moments and there was real difficulty delivering that while trusting the ears and wanting more control over the tail."

Pullman also spoke about Rick Moranis who portrayed Dark Helmet and his ability to improvise his lines and how Brooks and Moranis worked together.

"Rick really pushed the envelope more than Mel would. I think it was a part of him being younger and edgier. Mel's style was more "let's refine the line," but he would let Rick riff. Rick and John had a more conceptual style. Sometimes it would be tense. No one wants to say "that's not funny" when you're working."

Mel Brooks originally wanted Tom Cruise or Tom Hanks to play the role of Captain Lone Starr, but in the end he went with Bill Pullman who had only been in one movie up until that point and was relatively unknown. The choice worked well for both Pullman and Brooks as the movie has become a cult classic and regarded as one of Brooks' best movies. 30 years later and the demand is still there for a sequel, which Brooks is reportedly talking about doing, but no other information has been given at this time of writing. Spaceballs 2: The Search for More Money? The Schwartz Awakens? Hopefully we find out sooner than later. »


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Batman and Harley Quinn Is Coming to Theaters for One-Night Only

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The Dark Knight is back for a one-night cinematic event with the all-new animated DC Universe original movie, Batman and Harley Quinn on August 14. Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment team with Fathom Events to present nationwide theatrical screenings, including a First Look at Harley Quinn Featurette.

Following successful big screen presentations of Batman: The Killing Joke and Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders in 2016, Warner Bros. Studios, DC Entertainment and Fathom Events are proud to announce a special, one-night cinema event for the latest DC Universe Original Movie, Batman and Harley Quinn, on August 14, 2017 in movie theaters nationwide.

One night prior to the Digital release and 15 days in advance of its arrival on Blu-ray and DVD, Batman and Harley Quinn will screen Monday, August 14 at 7:30 p.m. local time. In addition to seeing the film, audiences at the one-night screening will be the first to experience an exclusive featurette spotlighting the film's star character, Harley Quinn.

Tickets for Batman and Harley Quinn can be purchased beginning Friday, June 30, 2017 online by visiting www.FathomEvents.com or at participating theater box offices. Fans throughout the U.S. will be able to enjoy the event in select movie theaters through Fathom's Digital Broadcast Network (Dbn). A complete list of theater locations will be available June 30 on the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).

Produced by Warner Bros. Animation from an original story spawned by animation icon Bruce Timm, Batman and Harley Quinn finds Poison Ivy and Jason Woodrue (a.k.a. The Floronic Man) embarking on an ecological quest to save the planet, and, unfortunately, eliminate most of humankind along the way. To save humanity, Batman and Nightwing are forced to enlist Harley Quinn to catch Poison Ivy, Harley's Bff and frequent partner-in-crime. But Batman's patience is put to the test by the unpredictable and untrustworthy Harley during the twists and turns the reluctant companions face during their bumpy road trip. The result is a thrill ride of action, adventure and comedy no Batman fan has seen before. Said Mary Ellen Thomas, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Vice President, Family and Animation Marketing.

"Fans of DC Universe Original Movies are a devoted legion, and never was that so evident than with the enthusiastic embracing of our 'Batman: The Killing Joke' Fathom Events presentation. Audiences nationwide turned the screenings into true interactive experiences, and we believe 'Batman and Harley Quinn' will inspire a similar night of celebration."

The film boasts a stellar voice cast topped by The Big Bang Theory star Melissa Rauch in her first turn as the irrepressible Harley Quinn. The fan favorite voices of Batman: The Animated Series - Kevin Conroy as Batman, Loren Lester as Nightwing - take the protagonist leads, while Paget Brewster (Criminal Minds) and Kevin Michael Richardson (The Cleveland Show) provide the voices of the villainous duo of Poison Ivy & Jason Woodrue, respectively.

Sam Liu (Batman: The Killing Joke) directed the film from an original story by Bruce Timm (Batman: The Dark Knight Returns) with a teleplay written by Timm & Jim Krieg (Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox). Co-Producer is Alan Burnett (The Batman). Executive Producers are Sam Register and Bruce Timm. Benjamin Melniker and Michael Uslan are Executive Producers. Fathom Events VP of Studio Relations Tom Lucas said.

"Seeing 'Batman and Harley Quinn' on the big screen and among fellow fans is truly the best way to experience it. There's only one opportunity to do this and it's on August 14. On that night, we're expecting audiences to pack theater auditoriums just like they did for 'Batman: The Killing Joke.'"

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Ron Howard Promises to Honor Han Solo Work Already Finished

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Just one day after Ron Howard officially signed on to direct LucasFilm's Han Solo: A Star Wars Story, the filmmaker speaks out about taking this coveted job for the first time. Howard appeared at the Cannes Lions advertising and media conference in France today, after officially coming in to replace departing Han Solo directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller, who were fired by LucasFilm over vast creative differences. Here's what Ron Howard had to say at the conference earlier today.

"It's a little opportunity that came my way. I've been a fan forever. It's gratifying to be asked to lend my voice to the Star Wars universe."

Variety reports that Ron Howard has already started working on the Han Solo spin-off, with production scheduled to resume on July 10. There are already five weeks of reshoots built into the schedule that will take place later on this year at an unspecified date. Here's what he had to say about the material that has already been shot for Han Solo: A Star Wars Story.

"So many people involved in the Star Wars franchise are friends. It's already been in production, and there's a lot of really great work there."

The director also spoke about how director George Lucas discussed his plans for a "fun sci-fi film," while he was starring in the filmmaker's American Graffiti alongside the actor who would go on to become Han Solo, Harrison Ford. The director added that, when the first Star Wars movie came out on May 25, 1977, he waited in line for over two hours to see the film with his wife. Since they were both so inspired after seeing the movie, they got back in line and waited another 90 minutes to see the movie again. Ron Howard also took to Twitter last night, to release a statement about taking over on this highly-anticipated project.

"I'm beyond grateful to add my voice to the Star Wars Universe after being a fan since 5/25/77. I hope to honor the great work already done & help deliver on the promise of a Han Solo film."

Aside from "creative differences," no further explanation was given for Lord and Miller's departure, although there were reports that the directors were portraying Han Solo as a "comedic personality," which didn't sit well with Kathleen Kennedy. Other sources claimed there was friction immediately between the filmmakers, who were reportedly surprised they weren't given the same level of creative freedom they have enjoyed throughout their careers. Regardless, Ron Howard now has to step in and try to put together a movie that will make Star Wars fans proud, with LucasFilm keeping the May 25, 2018 release date.

After it was announced that Phil Lord and Chris Miller would be leaving the project, with reportedly just a few weeks left in production, LucasFilm president Kathleen Kennedy announced that a director would be announced soon. Ron Howard was mentioned as the front runner within hours of Lord and Miller's departure, while other candidates were mentioned such as Lawrence Kasdan, who co-wrote the Han Solo: A Star Wars Story script with his son Jon Kasdan, and Joe Johnston, who started his career working on visual effects for the first three Star Wars movies. Take a look at Ron Howard's tweets below, as we wait for more details on Han Solo: A Star Wars Story.

I'm beyond grateful to add my voice to the Star Wars Universe after being a fan since 5/25/77.

Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) June 22, 2017

I hope to honor the great work already done & help deliver on the promise of a Han Solo film.

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J.K. Rowling Reveals Who Harry Potter Is Named After

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You would be hard-pressed to find a creator more dedicated to the fanbase of the thing that they created than author J.K. Rowling and her Harry Potter fans. The book series ended a decade ago and the movies were completed in 2011. Yet, she still continues to tell stories in that universe, and she recently made quite the big reveal. It turns out that Harry Potter was actually named after his grandfather.

J.K. Rowling made this pretty significant reveal in a recent post on Pottermore. She pretty regularly posts new stories and content that take place in the wizarding world, and this time, she decided to give us a little insight into the Potter, originally "Potterer", family tree. At one point, she was discussing wizards from his family who spent time in London. One of these wizards happened to be Henry Potter, or "Harry" Potter, as his friends knew him. Here's what J.K. Rowling had to reveal about Harry's grandfather, the man from whence he got his name.

"Occasionally, a Potter made it all the way to London, and a member of the family has twice sat on the Wizengamot: Ralston Potter, who was a member from 1612-1652, and who was a great supporter of the Statute of Secrecy (as opposed to declaring war on the Muggles, as more militant members wished to do) and Henry Potter (Harry to his intimates), who was a direct descendant of Hardwin and Iolanthe, and served on the Wizengamot from 1913 - 1921. Henry caused a minor stir when he publicly condemned then Minister for Magic, Archer Evermonde, who had forbidden the magical community to help Muggles waging the First World War. His outspokenness on the behalf of the Muggle community was also a strong contributing factor in the family's exclusion from the 'Sacred Twenty-Eight.'"

For more casual Harry Potter fans, this may not be that big of a deal, but for those who really get into this stuff, it's pretty significant. Not only is this where the most famous wizard in the history of wizards got his name, but he also contributed to the Potter's exclusion from the Sacred Twenty-Eight. In case you need a refresher, the Sacred Twenty-Eight is a compendium of truly pure bloodlines within the world of Harry Potter. But there is also something pretty significant here when you consider the timeline that J.K. Rowling establishes. Could we be seeing Henry Potter in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 2?

Since the Fantastic Beasts sequel will be taking place in the U.K. and is going to be taking place around the time that Henry Potter would have been around, it doesn't seem at all difficult to imagine him at least popping up. J.K. Rowling did write the script for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 2, which is set to arrive on November 16, 2018. Maybe that's what made her really think about all of this Potter family tree stuff? Even if Henry Potter doesn't show up in the next movie, this is a pretty interesting bit of information for die-hard fans. »


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Why Edgar Wright Really Left Marvel's Ant-Man

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Marvel fans were thrown for quite the loop back in May 2014, when it was revealed that director Edgar Wright left Ant-Man, after spending nearly a decade developing the project, even before Marvel Studios was created. The filmmaker, who wrote the original script with Joe Cornish and retained a screenplay credit and story credit, cited "creative differences" for his departure, which has become the go-to response for any actor or filmmaker leaving a project. During a recent interview, the director shed some more light on exactly why he left Ant-Man. Here's what he had to say below.

"The most diplomatic answer is I wanted to make a Marvel movie but I don't think they really wanted to make an Edgar Wright movie. It was a really heartbreaking decision, to have to walk away from it after working on it for so long. Some people say, 'Oh he worked on it for eight years,' and that's somewhat true, but in between that, I also made three movies, it wasn't like I was working on it full time. But after The World's End, I did work on it for about a year. I was the writer-director on it and then they wanted to do a draft without me, and having written all my other movies, that's a tough thing to move forward. It's like, if I do one of these movies, I would like to be the writer-director. Suddenly becoming a director for hire on it, you're sort of less emotionally invested and you start to wonder why you're there, really."

What's interesting is back in April 2015, Joss Whedon revealed in an interview that Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish's Ant-Man script was the best Marvel script ever, and he didn't understand "whatever dissonance that came." With such a strong script in place, according to Joss Whedon, who knows a thing or two about Marvel movies, it certainly could have gone in a completely different direction under a new writer. However, since both Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish received both story and screenplay credits, that means enough of their work from the script remained in the film to warrant a screenplay credit, which they shared with Adam McKay and star Paul Rudd. Ironically, Edgar Wright was hoping that this Marvel movie would be a hit, so he could make a passion project of his that he had already written, called Baby Driver, which hits theaters next week. Here's what he had to say about how he was hoping for a hit with Ant-Man, that would enable him to make Baby Driver, even though he ended up making the movie anyway, speaking on the Variety Playback Podcast.

"The good thing that came out of it, is I got to move on to this (Baby Driver), which was a script that I had already written. One of the ironies about it is I had thought, in the back of my head, that 'If the Marvel movie does well, maybe I'll have enough muscle to get Baby Driver made.' So it's ironic, I guess, that I didn't make that movie, and I got Baby Driver made, and with a studio, which is, I think an original movie with a studio is very rare."

He also added that after he left Ant-Man, all of the "Hod's" (heads of departments) who were working with the director on that movie, all left with the director when he walked away, "in a show of solidarity." The director added that he wanted to get another movie off the ground as quickly as possible so he could hire them all back again. When it all was said and done, Edgar Wright's departure seemed to work out quite well for all involved.

Marvel brought on Peyton Reed to direct, with Paul Rudd and Adam McKay rewriting the script. While Ant-Man certainly wasn't Marvel's biggest hit ever, earning $180.2 million domestic and $519.3 million worldwide, from a $130 million budget, it was popular and successful enough to spawn the sequel Ant-Man and The Wasp, which starts filming this summer for a July 2018 release. Edgar Wright, on the other hand, is getting rave reviews for Baby Driver, which has 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes from 31 reviews, as the director gets ready for its June 28 release. »


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Infinity War Selfie Reunites the Science Bros.

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Mark Ruffalo celebrated National Selfie Day by bringing the Science Bros together once again on the set of Avengers: Infinity War. Unlike the lunchtime photo where Robert Downey Jr. and Mark Ruffalo were flanked by Doctor Strange stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Benedict Wong, this image features these scientific heroes sharing a moment together between takes on the Infinity War set. Given the massive size and scope of Avengers: Infinity War, it remains unclear how many actual Science Bro moments fans will get,

This photo from Mark Ruffalo's Instagram doesn't show either of the actor's costumes, but we can see a large blue screen behind them. Naturally, this blue screen could be used for anything, and Mark Ruffalo didn't offer any more details about what's going on behind the Science Bros in this photo. It's been more than two years since we last saw Mark Ruffalo's not-so-jolly Green Giant on the big screen, when he stole a QuinJet and took off for parts unknown at the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron. Thankfully, we'll get to see Hulk on the big screen later this year in Thor: Ragnarok.

While many fans have been clamoring for a Planet Hulk adaptation, Thor: Ragnarok may be the closest that we'll get to that story being told on the big screen. We know that Thor will be exiled from Asgard and taken to a gladiator planet, where the reigning champion is in fact the Hulk. Mark Ruffalo teased in an interview last January that the Hulk story arc will connect both Thor: Rangarok and Infinity War, although what that connection may be is uncertain. Thor: Ragnarok is said to center on an "intergalactic road trip" with Thor and Hulk, who have never been the best of friends throughout their Avengers tenure.

There have also been rumors that Avengers: Infinity War may have a connection to the 2008 Phase 3 movie The Incredible Hulk, with actress Liv Tyler reportedly reprising her role as Betty Ross for this movie. Still, since Marvel hasn't confirmed any cast members or character for Avengers: Infinity War yet, all we have are rumors to go on. Marvel did bring back Betty Ross' father, General Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross (William Hurt) back into the fold in last year's Captain America: Civil War, so it's certainly possible that his daughter may also return. If they both do come back, they'll be part of an ensemble that the Russo brothers revealed had as many as 67 characters.

We also showed you another photo earlier today featuring the Doctor Strange Sanctum Sanctorum, featuring the Russo Brothers and Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson. While no details were given with that photo, the more we see from this epic adventure, the more fans will start to piece together, but as of now, there is very little to go on, with no official synopsis and no full cast list, although we have seen several stars on the set through recent set photos. Marvel hasn't confirmed when production will wrap on Avengers: Infinity War, but that may happen soon, since filming has been under way for nearly six months. Take a look at this Science Bros photo from Avengers: Infinity War below. »


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Transformers 5 Disappoints with Lowest Opening Day in Franchise History

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Things are not looking great for the Transformers franchise at the box office. At least not domestically. Transformers: The Last Knight has just arrived in theaters and, unfortunately for Paramount, the results are not awesome so far. Transformers 5 has actually managed to put up the lowest first day ever at the box office for the franchise, which doesn't necessarily bode well for the studio's lofty plans moving forward.

According to Deadline, Transformers: The Last Knight pulled in just $15.65 million, including $5.5 million from Wednesday night previews. That isn't just a franchise low, it is less than half of what the second-worst Transformers movie pulled in, which was 2007's original Transformers movie with $36.6 million. The other three Transformers movies all pulled in significantly more on their opening day, with 2009's Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen nabbing a series-best $62 million, 2011's Transformers: Dark of the Moon bringing in a still huge $43.2 million and 2014's Transformers: Age of Extinction managing a comparable $41.8 million.

Interest in the U.S. has been falling off for the Transformers movies for a while now, but this drop off for Transformers: The Last Knight still seems somewhat shocking. Typically, one might look to poor reviews and blame them for such bad numbers, but Transformers is a bit of an interesting case. The franchise has never done particularly well with critics (every movie is currently Rotten on Rotten Tomatoes), but that hasn't kept the movies from making bank at the box office. So, looking at the abysmal 16 percent approval rating from critics may be partially to blame for the decline, though, considering the history of the Transformers movies and financial success, despite critics hating them, that doesn't seem like the main reason. One would probably point to general fatigue with the franchise at this point, and that could be problematic.

Right now Paramount has some huge plans for the future of the Transformers franchise. They are getting ready to go into production on a Bumblebee spin-off movie that will take place in the 80s, and they have already confirmed Transformers 6 will come out in 2019. Michael Bay said not that long ago that, thanks to a writer's room that was assembled by Paramount in 2015, they have 14 potential Transformers movies mapped out. Should this trend continue, those plans may never see the light of day. Or we could be seeing a total reboot.

However, there is the foreign box office to consider, which has become increasingly more important to movies like Transformers: The Last Knight in recent years. The first Transformers made a total of $709.7 million worldwide, with $319.2, or 45 percent of the total gross, coming from domestic audiences. Looking at Transformers: Age of Extinction, which wound up being the top grossing movie of 2014 worldwide, only 22.2 percent, or $245.4 million of the $1.1 billion total box office was domestic. Paramount is going to be relying even more heavily on foreign markets this time around. Transformers: The Last Knight is expected to make somewhere in the neighborhood of $65 million total this weekend, and that is definitely not what we've come to expect from Optimus Prime and the gang. »


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Star Wars: The Last Jedi Wraps Post-Production in August

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We are nearing the halfway point of 2017, and that means we are a mere six months away from Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Originally, the movie was supposed to come out in May of this year, but Lucasfilm decided to bump that back, which may have been a good decision. One reason for that is that the movie still isn't done yet, but director Rian Johnson recently confirmed that Star Wars: The Last Jedi will wrap post-production this August.

The director was recently a guest on the Talk House Podcast and offered up the information without being probed about it. When asked what he hopes to do after Star Wars 8, he provided a timeline for his next project and, in that, he revealed when the movie will be totally done and in the can. Turns out, that will be in just a couple of months Here's what he had to say about it.

"Well, that's the thing, I've got, like, a couple idea that I've been working on. Pretty well-developed. I just gotta sit down and fuckin' write one of them. And I guess my pipe dream is...'Cause we're actually gonna be done with [The Last Jedi], if we stick to schedule, we're done with post-production, like, in August, and the movie doesn't come out 'till Christmas. So I'll have a couple months that I'm hoping, my pipe dream is I'll actually write one of these scripts."

This is interesting for a few reasons. For one, we now know when to expect Star Wars: The Last Jedi to be completely done. That means we will probably hear some buzz about early screenings, even if they are Lucasfilm and Disney only screenings that are behind closed doors, but those will be telling. There is also just the knowledge that the next chapter in the Skywalker saga will just be sitting there, waiting to be seen. It is also interesting that Rian Johnson's next project is going to be another original project, it sounds like. That should make anyone who has seen movies like Looper or Brick pretty happy.

It is also interesting to think about that original release timetable. Given how long the movie has been done with principal photography, it isn't as though Rian Johnson and everyone working on Star Wars: The Last Jedi couldn't have finished the movie on time, if pressed. But having that extra time, especially given the tragic passing of Carrie Fisher after production wrapped, was probably very beneficial. We'll have to wait and see how the movie turns out.

We'll have a slightly better idea in not too long, since another trailer for Star Wars 8 is on the way very shortly, probably at D23 or San Diego Comic-Con. Still, don't expect Lucasfilm and Rian Johnson to give away too much, as the new trailer is very short and they seem to be keeping this one especially under wraps, even for a Star Wars movie. In any case, we are one step closer to Star Wars: The Last Jedi being a reality. »


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Avengers 3 Set Photo Returns to Sanctum Sanctorum

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Not to be outdone by Robert Downey Jr.'s Illumnati set photo yesterday, the Russo Brothers shared a new image from Avengers: Infinity War today, which returns to the Sanctum Sanctorum from Doctor Strange. While the good Doctor himself (Benedict Cumberbatch) wasn't present, this image does feature Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson, who shared the image on Twitter. Unfortunately, neither the Russos nor Scott Derrickson would shed any light on what is being shot in the Sanctum Sanctorum as of yet.

The image debuted on both the Russo Brothers Instagram and Scott Derrickson's Twitter early this morning, which shows all three filmmakers looking over what is likely the script for Avengers: Infinity War, presumably for a scene involving the Sanctum Sanctorum. Benedict Cumberbatch just began shooting on Avengers: Infinity War last week, nearly six months after filming got under way. We reported in January that a stand-in would be used for Benedict Cumberbatch, as he finishes shooting the true story adaptation The Current War, where he portrays Thomas Edison. Broadway actor Aaron Lazar was brought on to serve as the actor's stand-in, with Benedict Cumberbatch said to reshoot all of the scenes where his stand-in's face was shown.

The Sanctum Sanctorum was first established in last year's Doctor Strange, which also featured a post-credits scene in the New York Sanctum, featuring Chris Hemsworth's Thor, which will tie into this fall's Thor: Ragnarok. As for Avengers: Infinity War, since there is practically nothing confirmed about the story thus far, it's anybody's guess why the Sanctum is being used, but we did see both Doctor Strange stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Benedict Wong having lunch together in yesterday's set photo, and it's certainly no coincidence that this set photo comes just a day after both Doctor Strange stars were spotted on the set.

It's possible that the Sanctum scenes will have something to do with the fifth Infinity Stone, the Time Stone, which was part of the Eye of Agamotto. After the events of Doctor Strange, the Time Stone was placed back in the library of the Kamar-Taj in Tibet, with Stephen Strange promising to never wear it again in public until he learns how to master its powers. While the Sanctum Sanctorum doesn't connect to the Kamar-Taj, it's possible that some of Thanos' forces may believe the Time Stone is there, which could be why there are scenes in the Sanctum Sanctorum, but that is pure speculation at this point. Still, with Strange and Wong coming back for this adventure, there could be any number of reasons why the Sanctum Sanctorum, or possibly the other Sanctums in London and Hong Kong are being used.

While at first Marvel was planning on shooting Infinity War and Avengers 4 at the same time, the studio decided to shoot both movies separately. After Avengers: Infinity War wraps production, the cast and filmmakers will have a short break before starting production on Avengers 4. The title for the fourth Avengers movie is said to be a spoiler for Infinity War, so we likely won't know the Avengers 4 title until after Avengers: Infinity War hits theaters on May 4, 2018. Until then, take at the latest photo from the Avengers: Infinity War set. »


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Rocko's Modern Life Movie Gets a Title, Brings Back Original Cast

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Rocko, Heffer, Filburt, and yes, Spunky the dog, along with the rest of O-Town are headed back to Nickelodeon for the long-awaited Rocko's Modern Life revival next year. More than twenty years after it first went off the air, one of the most fondly remembered shows of Nickelodeon's golden age is coming back for a special TV movie. The good news? The entire original cast is set to return for the special, which has been given an official title as well.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Nickelodeon has officially titled the upcoming one-hour TV special, Rocko's Modern Life: Static Cling. Joe Murray, who created the original series, is on board to write and executive produce the special for the network, which is another very important piece of the puzzle for fans. Here's the synopsis for Rocko's Modern Life: Static Cling. And yes, Rock and the gang have been in outer space for more than two decades.

"[Rocko's Modern Life: Static Cling] brings the characters back to Earth after being lost in outer space since 1996. Rocko has trouble accepting this 21st century modern life, while Heffer and Filburt embrace every aspect of new technology, social media and the endless diversity of food trucks. Rocko whole-heartedly believes that his nostalgia for the past can save him from the tortures of the modern world."

Interesting approach. It seems that they are aware that the audience who used to watch the show has grown up and, as such, they are taking a bit of a social commentary approach. More importantly than that, all of the voice actors who made Rocko's Modern Life what it was are going to reprise their roles for the show. Carlos Alazraqui is back primarily as Rocko, but also Spunky and Leon. Tom Kenny, the man behind Spongebob, is back as Heffer, in addition to Chuck and Really Really Big Man. Other cast members include Mr. Lawrence as Filburt Turtle, Charlie Adler as Ed and Bev Bighead, Linda Wallem as Aunt Gretchen and Dr. Hutchinson, Jill Talley as Nosey, and Joe Murray as Ralph. Two new cast members in the form of Steve Little (Adventure Time) and Cosmo Segurson have also come on board.

This is not the only Nicktoons revival that the network currently has in production. Nickelodeon is also going to be airing Hey Arnold!: The Jungle Movie later this year, as well as an Invader Zim revival next year. 90s nostalgia is not something Nickelodeon is willing to ignore at this point.

Rocko's Modern Life aired for a total of four seasons from 1993 to 1996 with a total of 52 episodes. The series, in the same vein of something like Ren and Stimpy, has some mature themes hidden within the framework of a kid-friendly TV series. Like the theory that Rocko works for a phone sex hotline, for example. We can only hope that Rocko's Modern Life: Static Cling will bring in some of that same mature humor. Nickelodeon has yet to set a release date for the special yet, but we will be sure to keep you up to date as more information is made available. »


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Neve Campbell Teams with The Rock in Skyscraper

22 June 2017 2:44 PM, PDT

With a release date already set, Universal and Legendary have found the next cast member to star alongside Dwayne Johnson in their action-thriller Skyscraper, with Neve Campbell joining the cast. No details have been given for her character at this time, but it's possible that the actress could be playing the wife of Dwayne Johnson's Will Ford. Story details released in March revealed that Will Ford is trying to rescue his family in what was thought to be the safest building in the world.

Deadline broke the news today, although they don't have more on the character or the story. Dwayne Johnson's Will Ford is a former FBI Hostage Rescue Team leader and U.S. war veteran, who now assesses security for skyscrapers. On assignment in China he finds the tallest, safest building in the world suddenly ablaze, and he's been framed for it. Will has become a wanted man who must go on the run, find those responsible and clear his name, while also rescuing his family who is trapped inside the building... above the fire line.

We first reported on this Dwayne Johnson action-thriller in May 2016, when Legendary emerged victorious in a bidding war for writer-director Rawson Marshall Thurber's script, which the studio reportedly shelled out a whopping $3 million for. The story is said to be in the same vein as the 1970s classic The Towering Inferno, and this story is even more timely than ever now. Earlier this month, a fire blazed through Greenfell Tower, a 24-story high-rise apartment building in London, which left more than 79 people presumed dead or missing after the blaze. It remains to be seen if this real-life story will have any impact on this fictional thriller.

Production will begin in August, with Universal and Legendary already setting a July 13, 2018 date, setting it in the midst of a competitive summer movie season. Skyscraper will open against the animated sequel Hotel Transylvania 3 and the horror spin-off The Nun. Arriving a week earlier on July 6, 2018 is Marvel's highly-anticipated Ant-Man and the Wasp, which will also start production soon, and Lionsgate's action-comedy The Spy Who Dumped Me. Opening a week after Skyscraper on July 20, 2018 is 20th Century Fox's long-gestating Alita: Battle Angel from director Robert Rodriguez and Universal's musical sequel Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!

Rawson Marshall Thurber is directing Skyscraper from his own script, with this project reuniting him and "The Rock" after their action-comedy Central Intelligence, which earned $216.9 million worldwide from a $50 million budget. Dwayne Johnson is currently shooting his video game adaptation Rampage, and it seems likely that he'll move directly from that project to Skyscraper. Neve Campbell can currently be seen on Netflix's hit series House of Cards, where she plays Leann Harvey. With production beginning in just a few months on Skyscraper, we should be hearing about more casting additions soon. »


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Fantastic Four Is Returning to Marvel Comics with a Big Twist

22 June 2017 2:22 PM, PDT

Are you ready for the Fantastic Four to make their glorious return to the world of Marvel? Well, you are at least halfway in luck, because it sounds like half of the famous Marvel Comics foursome are making their way back to the publisher's lineup in the near future. We are probably getting a new Fantastic Four comic, but this time, it'll be more like the Fantastic Two, or something like that.

The news comes directly from Marvel Comics Editor-In-Chief Axel Alonso who, without saying much, pretty much said everything we need to hear. He posted a picture featuring Ben Grimm, aka Thing, sporting the classic Fantastic Four belt on his signature blue bottoms. Only with a twist. Instead of the usually appropriate number 4 on his belt, it is a number 2, heavily implying that Marvel's famous supergroup is going to be a duo this time around. Alonso's caption only furthers that idea.

"It takes 2"

Even if it is just two of the four members of the Fantastic Four, this is a pretty big deal. The group hasn't been present in Marvel Comics since the end of the Secret Wars crossover event, and Marvel decided to end the Fantastic Four comic in April of 2015 at issue 645. Given that 20th Century Fox currently holds the movie rights to the characters and that was four months before the release of the failed Fantastic Four reboot, it seemed like a safe bet that the publisher was doing this to spite their rival studio in some way. Granted, Marvel never confirmed that, and even if that were the case, it isn't as though they could come right out and say it. But now, more than two years later, it looks like their return is imminent. In some form or another.

Warning: some minor spoilers ahead for the current Guardians of the Galaxy comic and some other general Marvel Comics happenings. Following the events of Secret Wars, Reed Richards and Sue Storm, along with their children Valeria and Franklin, took a journey into the Multiverse to try and repair the destruction caused by the war. They have been there ever since. Ben Grimm joined up with the Guardians of the Galaxy, but recently returned to earth. As for Johnny Storm, he joined up with the Inhumans. However, given this tease from Axel Alonso, we can guess that he'll be back with his old buddy Ben very soon.

As for the Fantastic Four on the big screen, rumor has it Fox is currently working on a new movie that would center on Reed and Sue's kids Valeria and Franklin, with more of an Incredibles vibe to it. Marvel Studios insists they have no plans for Fantastic Four and Fox doesn't seem to want to give up the rights. So, why not bring them back into the comics? No sense in keeping some fan-favorite characters out of the comic book side of things. You can check out the Fantastic Four tease photo from Axel Alonso for yourself below.

It takes 2 pic.twitter.com/6UNbi2VVjd

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