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Who will be the new Green Arrow on the next episode of the sixth season of Arrow? Who has joined the Shazam crew as director of photography and costume designer? What did Josh Brolin think of the first footage he saw of himself as Thanos? Why don’t we ever see Avengers Tower in The Defenders? Why did the setting of the scene where Mjolnir is destroyed in Thor: Ragnarok get moved? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

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On the October 20, 2017 episode of /Film Daily, Peter Sciretta is joined by Ben Pearson and Chris Evangelista to talk about the latest news, including a potential Pacific Rim crossover, why David Fincher turned down Star Wars, Rian Johnson’s involvement in Star Wars Episode 9, hilarious ‘Geostorm’ reviews and the Dark Tower TV Series. And in The Mail Bag, we’ll talk about deceptive and misleading movie trailers.

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thor ragnarok scene change

Fair warning: I’m going to spend this article talking about something that happens in the Thor: Ragnarok trailers and how that aligns with what happens in the final movie. It’s not a world-shattering revelation, but if you’ve avoided all of the trailers thus far and would prefer to know nothing about the movie at all before seeing it, here’s your opportunity to bounce to the next article.

There’s a moment in the Ragnarok trailers in which Hela, the leather-clad villainess played by Cate Blanchett, catches Thor’s hammer (good old Mjolnir) out of the air and destroys it with her bare hand. It’s a symbol of her tremendous power, and a sign that she’s not to be trifled with. But in one trailer, this confrontation happens in an alleyway, and in a more recent video, the scene takes place in a grassy field. We’ve actually written about this before, but now director Taika Waititi has explained the reasoning behind changing that Thor Ragnarok reshoot.
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The Dark Tower TV Series

Remember when The Dark Tower came out several years ago? Okay, it was actually only a few months, but it feels like an eternity, especially because the film was such an overall disappointment. Fans who had been waiting forever to see Stephen King‘s epic fantasy series leap to the big screen were heartbroken with the results, and the film barely broke even, taking in about $111 million at the worldwide box office. Despite this disappointment, a Dark Tower TV series is apparently still in the works. And perhaps because of these disappointments, it’s going to be a complete reboot.

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star wars episode 9

In the aftermath of Colin Trevorrow leaving the director’s chair of Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: Episode 9, there was a lot of speculation about who might take over. Eventually J.J. Abrams, the prodigal son who relaunched the franchise with The Force Awakens in 2015, returned to the fold, but before that was locked in, there was some speculation that The Last Jedi writer/director Rian Johnson may come back to finish off the trilogy. After all, it was initially reported that Johnson would be writing the story treatment for Episode 9 – a claim the filmmaker recently described as inaccurate and based on “old info.”

But Johnson took himself out of the running for Episode 9, and in a new interview he confirms that he is not involved in the development of the upcoming follow-up to his sequel. And while we’re here, he also addresses the speculation that Luke Skywalker may be transitioning to the dark side of the Force.
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Geostorm reviews

Geostorm has had a rough road to the big screen. The Dean Devlin-directed disaster movie was shot back in 2014 but after some reportedly awful test screenings, the film underwent massive and expensive reshoots and was delayed all the way until today, when it finally stumbled into theaters without press screenings or even Thursday night showings in most markets.

Sounds bad, right? Well, the reviews have arrived, and while the movie’s 18% Rotten Tomatoes score might seem dire, some of the reviews are having the opposite effect intended: they’re painting the film as being so bad that it might actually be worth seeing if you’re amped for a “so bad it’s good” experience. Take a look at some Geostorm review quotes below, and decide for yourselves whether you’re ready to face down the storm(s).
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Welcome to The Water Cooler, a weekly feature where the /Film staff is free to go off-topic and talk about everything except the movies and TV shows they normally write about. In this edition: Peter Sciretta adopts a new puppy, Ben Pearson sees Hamilton, Hoai-Tran Bui checks out a relaxing Japanese reality show, Chris Evangelista searches for spooky fun, and Jacob Hall buys some irresponsible Anchorman art.

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Stranger Things season 2 clips

Stranger Things season 2 is a week away from arriving on Netflix, and the promotional machine is going into overdrive. As fans anxiously wait to return to Hawkins, Indiana, two new promotional looks at Stranger Things 2 have arrived to tease what’s to come. If you’re worried about spoilers, fret not – as has been the tradition with previous Stranger Things promos, these are vague enough to keep you in suspense. See the Stranger Things season 2 clips below.

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It has been almost a decade since No Country for Old Men, the seismic film adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s novel, first went into limited release in the United States. Directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, the winner of the Best Picture Oscar for 2007 is simultaneously steeped in genre tropes and highly unconventional. I still remember hearing the lady in front of me at the local indie theater jeer “That’s it? Boo!” as the closing credits rolled.

In a way, the film’s plot acts as a Trojan Horse, lowering the viewer’s defenses against all things arthouse with an exciting genre premise. A Vietnam vet hunting in the desert comes across the site of a drug deal gone bad. Absconding with a satchel full of drug money, he finds himself on the run from an eccentric hitman who uses an air-powered captive bolt gun to dispatch roadside Good Samaritans and other unwitting marks like human cattle.

If that is all there was to the film, however, we might not still be talking about it ten years later. What gives No Country for Old Men such resonance is what happens when the belly of its Trojan-Horse plot springs open. Then the film reveals itself to be a haunting, literate rumination on mortality, something richer and far more meaningful than the simple chase thriller you thought you were watching. (If you have somehow managed to not see this movie, spoilers do lie ahead.)

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pacific rim crossover

The movie franchise that started as a love letter to the kaiju monster genre may end up battling some of the OG kaiju in future crossover movies, if Pacific Rim Uprising director Steven S. DeKnight gets his wish.

The sequel to Guillermo del Toro’s affectionate homage to the mecha anime and monster movie genres that sprung out of Japan, Pacific Rim Uprising also happens to hail from the same studio that is currently spearheading Godzilla and King Kong’s cinematic MonsterVerse, Legendary Pictures. So it would not be too difficult for a crossover between the three properties to take place. Because all we’re really missing from the Godzilla and Kong films are giant robots beating them up.

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