Posted on Saturday, August 13th, 2016 by Angie Han
The Lego Ninjago Movie has is adding a couple familiar stars to its tiny plastic lineup. Olivia Munn and Justin Theroux have boarded the voice cast of the Lego Movie spinoff, joining the previously announced Jackie Chan, Dave Franco, Michael Peña, Abbi Jacobson, Kumail Nanjiani, Zach Woods, and Frank Armisen. Get character details and more after the jump. Read More »
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Posted on Friday, August 12th, 2016 by Angie Han
A pattern is emerging from Warner Bros.’ DC universe movies, and it’s not an encouraging one. First Man of Steel got the franchise off to a shaky start, drawing mixed reviews and polarizing fans. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was supposed to get the series back on track, but instead just seemed to derail it further. So pressure fell on Suicide Squad to turn things around… only for Suicide Squad to prove just as divisive as its predecessors.
Which means all eyes are now on next year’s Wonder Woman to save the day. After all, the character was one of the highlights of Batman v Superman, and the first Wonder Woman trailer absolutely killed at Comic-Con. If anyone can make things right, it might be Gal Gadot‘s Diana Prince. Or so we thought. But according to an anonymous insider, Wonder Woman is “a mess” as well. Naturally, director Patty Jenkins disagrees. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, August 11th, 2016 by Angie Han
Zoë Kravitz is getting her Hogwarts letter, or whatever the 1920s American equivalent is. The actress was reportedly a last-minute addition to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the Harry Potter spinoff written by J.K. Rowling and directed by David Yates. She’ll appear alongside Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander, Katherine Waterston as Porpentina Goldstein, Alison Sudol as Queenie Goldstein, and Dan Fogler as Jacob Kowalski. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, August 11th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
This post contains spoilers for Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
We live in an age where pop culture never dies.
No one mourns the loss of a beloved show – they wait for Netflix or Amazon to rescue it. Beloved movies from decades past are granted sequels that double as soft reboots. If something does come to a definitive end, you can always count on the comic book series to fill in the narrative gaps, or the fan conventions that keep the spirit alive. Nearly 50 years ago, a letter-writing campaign saved Star Trek from cancellation after its second season. Today, it’s hard to imagine anything with a passionate following completely slipping through the cracks. It will find a way to live on, to endure. We don’t need to fight for what we love anymore, because everything finds a way of staging a return.
And the past year has seen the return of two of the most popular titles in recent pop culture history. Last December, Star Wars: The Force Awakens opened to record-breaking box office. More recently, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child opened on the London stage, continuing the former boy wizard’s adventures in a new medium while fans snatched up millions of copies of the play itself. And while one of these is a space opera and the other a fantasy tale of magic, these projects have a great deal in common. They’re bound not by creators or parent companies or even the same audience, necessarily. They’re bound by similar intentions and goals and executions.
Most importantly, they both take the concept of a happy ending behind the shed and shoot it dead.
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Posted on Thursday, August 11th, 2016 by Fred Topel
We had a one-on-one interview with MacGyver pilot director and executive producer James Wan and showrunner Peter Lenkov before their Television Critics Association panel. In the time between the interview and panel, news broke that the villain of Wan’s Aquaman movie would be Black Manta. After the panel, I asked Wan about choosing Black Manta for the villain.
“I want to know where Wrap got that piece of news from,” Wan laughed. “Come on, I can’t talk about this.” Read More »
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Over a year ago, when we got the first look at Jared Leto as The Joker, the reaction was…mixed, to say the least. A lot of people weren’t fond of his grill, the body tats, and the tat on his forehead. It’s a bold look, one that some fans still have a lot to say about since Suicide Squad‘s very successful opening weekend at the box office. In none of the film’s many, many flashbacks are the origins of Mr. J’s tattoos or teeth revealed, but writer/director David Ayer says they help tell the character’s story.
Below, you can read what David Ayer had to say about Joker’s teeth, and you can also check out a fan theory about the crown prince of crime and Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie).
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Between Suicide Squad currently in theaters, Wonder Woman in post production and Justice League still filming, we haven’t heard much about James Wann’s Aquaman. But today we finally learn who Jason Momoa’s Arthur Curry will be battling in the DC comic adaptation.
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Over the past couple months, the cast of the Ocean’s Eleven spin-off Ocean’s Eight has slowly been filling out. Sandra Bullock was the first name attached to the project, and we later learned that she would be playing Danny Ocean’s sister, who also happens to be a charming ex-con just like her brother. Since then, the cast has added Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter and Mindy Kaling, but now three more names have just been added to the roster. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, August 10th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
The distinctive work of artist Francesco Francavilla has become a common sight within the pages of the comic book world and on the walls of various pop culture galleries. Now, he’s getting his own solo show courtesy of Mondo, who are dedicating their next gallery show to his comic book work, spotlighting his work for Marvel, DC, and Archie Comics. Four posters from the event, featuring the likes of Batman, Captain America, Groot, and Jose and the Pussycats, have been unveiled in advance.
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