Black Mass is one of the year’s more notable disappointments. It’s far from a bad movie, although Angie Han certainly made a case for why it is one. The Whitey Bulger (Johnny Depp) story is frustrating, because it has all the pieces to make for a great movie: an ensemble of excellent actors, a story loaded with potential, and a promising filmmaker at the helm. The end result is well made but hollow. Black Mass wasn’t a huge box-office or critical hit, either, but Warner Bros. still wants to stay in business with director Scott Cooper (Out of the Furnace). Learn more about Cooper’s potential next film with Warner Bros., White Knight, after the jump.
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By the time Barbershop 3: The Next Cut hits theaters, it will have been 12 years since the previous comedy sequel hit theaters, and 11 years since the spin-off Beauty Shop with Queen Latifah arrived. But the new sequel aims to combine both worlds (kinda), and has them teaming up to fight the increasing presence of gang violence on the streets of Chicago and around the barbershop itself.
Honestly, I’m a little surprised that what started as harmless comedy franchise is tackling a pretty serious issue. But as you’ll see in the first Barbershop 3 trailer, this isn’t like Spike Lee’s Chi-raq, and there is still plenty of lighthearted comedy to be had. Read More »
There’s a chance that when the movie Creed was announced, some fans of the alternative rock band Creed were disappointed to learn about wasn’t about the band that can take you higher, to a place where blind can see. That chance is very slim, simply because I don’t think there are any Creed fans still around. But just in case those fans need a consolation prize, the band’s lead singer Scott Stapp took the time to review the Rocky spin-off Creed, and he’s obviously pretty disappointed. Read More »
Just last week, a photo from the set of Wonder Woman made its way online thanks to previously unannounced cast member, French actor Saïd Taghmaoui, posting a photo alongside his co-star Chris Pine as Steve Trevor. But now we finally have the first Wonder Woman movie photo of our titular heroine on the set of the movie straight from Gal Gadot herself, and Warner Bros. has revealed a few more cast members as production officially begins. Check it out! Read More »
Posted on Friday, November 20th, 2015 by Jacob Hall
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Florida is nothing short of amazing. It’s the kind of stunning, next-generation step forward theme park fans hope to see every decade or so. The sense of place, the small Wizarding community of Hogsmeade and the the nearby Hogwarts Castle, is astonishing. The rides, namely Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, do things we’ve never seen done before. It’s a triumph of design and execution.
It’s also increased attendance at Universal’s Florida parks enough to get Disney nervous, so it was inevitable that Universal would eventually bring their Harry Potter attractions to their California location. Why make mountains of gold Galleons on one coast when you can rake in the big bucks on both? Now, nearly four years after it was announced, a new video tour has been released, giving us our first look at the Universal Studios Hollywood version of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter that isn’t a gallery of construction site photos.
Check out the new video for the Universal California Harry Potter attractions after the jump.
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The debate over Man of Steel‘s third act isn’t going to end anytime soon. It’s been a topic of conversation ever since the film was released, and with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice coming out in the next few months, expect even more discussions about it. The film will address the third-act destruction we saw in Man of Steel, and will question how much Supes is responsible for all those deaths. Now, comic book writer Mark Millar has weighed in on the level of violence we saw in the comic book origin story.
After the jump, Mark Millar discusses Man of Steel and comic book movies in general.
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Comc book fans who were looking forward to seeing Justice League Dark hit the big screen with director Guillermo del Toro behind the camera had their hearts broken when the filmmaker stepped away from the project over the summer. Since then, Mad Max: Fury Road director George Miller was rumored to be offered the job, but he has chosen not to be involved as well. Now a new rumor gives us a couple more options for a potential Justice League Dark director.
As of now, Evil Dead remake director Fede Alvarez and Big Bad Wolves directing duo Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado are said to be the top contenders for the job, which gives us a good idea of what kind of tone Warner Bros. might be going for with this supernatural comic book adaptation. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, November 19th, 2015 by Jacob Hall
Even the most ardent defenders of Peter Jackson‘s three-film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit acknowledge that none of them come close to matching the highs of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Something about them just feels off from frame one, like something important is missing. Whatever spark made the first trilogy such a magical experience is missing here.
And it’s now apparent that no one knows this more than Jackson himself. In a new special feature on the newly released extended edition of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, the Oscar-winning filmmaker is completely honest about his experience on the films and how a rushed schedule sapped his spirit. You will never see a filmmaker look more tired, lost and despondent than you will here. It’s genuinely heartbreaking.
Keep on reading to sort through the various Hobbit movie problems with Peter Jackson as your tour guide.
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Director Jeff Nichols has delivered two rich, fantastic indies with Mud and Take Shelter, but now we’ll get to see how he fares with a studio sci-fi flick, Midnight Special.
The film follows young St. Vincent star Jaeden Lieberher, a young boy who has mysterious supernatural gifts, forcing him and his father (Michael Shannon, because of course) to go on the run from agents who just don’t understand his powers. We just got our first look at the movie this past weekend, and now the first Midnight Special trailer has arrived. Read More »