ocean's twelve defense 1

(Welcome to The Unpopular Opinion, a series where a writer goes to the defense of a much-maligned film or sets their sights on a movie seemingly beloved by all. In this edition: Ocean’s Twelve is a brilliant chapter in what may be the best trilogy mainstream Hollywood has ever produced.)

If sequels are hard to pull off, then trilogies are the hardest of all. Hollywood is overstuffed with franchises, but few of those series are straight-up trilogies, and even fewer of those are good from start to finish. Even the existing trilogies that might be enjoyable have built-in caveats. Like most people, I love the original Star Wars trilogy, but it’s not a closed-off trilogy, telling three stories as opposed to being three stories in a larger, more massive series of films. The original trilogy is great, but it’s not, in its own way, standalone. Even great mainstream trilogies like the Toy Story films aren’t going to be trilogies for much longer, as the fourth Toy Story is on the way in 2019.

This week, as we prepare for the release of Logan Lucky, a new heist film from iconoclastic director Steven Soderbergh, it’s time to acknowledge perhaps the best mainstream trilogy of all: the Ocean’s trilogy.

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Han Solo Empire

“The Empire Looms Large.” That’s what Ron Howard, the director of Lucasfilm’s still-untitled Han Solo movie, tweeted today, along with a photo of a Death Star trooper’s helmet. So what might that mean for the new film? Let’s take a look at some Star Wars history to potentially find out.
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Mission: Impossible 3 - Tom Cruise Injury

UPDATE: This story has been updated at the end with statements from director Christopher McQuarrie providing some insight into the injury and how production will recover while Tom Cruise does the same after his injury.

Last weekend brought some troubling news when a stunt involving Tom Cruise on the set of Mission: Impossible 6 in London, England resulted in the actor seemingly injuring himself. In a video posted online, Cruise could be seen jumping from a scaffolding on one building to the rooftop of another, but he appeared to fall short of his landing, injuring his leg. He could be seen limping off set after being removed from the wire harness holding him up. Now, it appears that injury will have a major impact on the sequel’s production.

Mission: Impossible 6 is shutting down production in order to give Tom Cruise time to heal from his injury. The delay looks to be significant, and it could end up having an impact on the film’s release date. Read More »

indiana jones adventure

The newest rumor churning through the Disney Parks rumor mill is a report that an Indiana Jones Land is in consideration for Disney World’s Animal Kingdom. Here’s what’s going on.
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Kingsman The Golden Circle TV Spot

Kingsman: The Secret Service is a movie with energy to spare. Matthew Vaughn‘s spy movie moves fast with an infectious giddiness about itself. The director’s enthusiasm for this world of spies and super villains is unmistakable. Next month, that world is going to get bigger with the sequel, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, which looks every bit as playful as the first movie.

Below, watch the new Kingsman: The Golden Circle TV spot.

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Daniel Craig James Bond returning

Mere hours after Daniel Craig said he still wasn’t sure about returning to the role of James Bond again, the actor announced on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert that he is indeed – yes, officially this time – coming back to play the part again. Two Bond Watch entries in one day? Well, at least we can finally put some of these casting rumors to bed for the next few years.
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Star Trek Discovery Season 2

It feels like we’ve been writing about Star Trek: Discovery for eons already, but the new series still hasn’t premiered yet and doesn’t debut until late next month. But the fact that we haven’t seen an episode yet won’t stop anyone from thinking about where the show could go in its second season, and executive producer and co-creator Alex Kurtzman has revealed in a new interview that Star Trek Discovery season 2 will include ramifications from a Klingon War that will take place over the course of season 1.
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Halston Sage X-Men

We know that X-Men: Dark Phoenix, writer/producer Simon Kinberg‘s directorial debut, will primarily be about Sophie Turner’s young Jean Grey. (It’d be super weird if they chose that title and it didn’t focus on Jean.) But this is an X-Men movie, and that means, historically speaking, it needs an expansive cast of characters that might end up with decent supporting roles or, just as likely, could be little more than glorified extras.

We know the upcoming film involves the light-emitting, pop star mutant Dazzler, and now it seems that the producers may have found an actress to play her.
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James Bond 25 Daniel Craig

Earlier this month, we decided that if we’re going to wade into the flood of 007 movie rumors that tends to form in the months and years before a new franchise entry officially gets underway, at least we’ll have some fun with it. So here we are. Bond Watch: Day 15.

But this time, there’s more than just unverified “reports” from British tabloids to discuss. Daniel Craig himself has gone on the record about whether or not he’ll return to the role of the world’s greatest superspy once again, and you can read his latest comments below.
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Quantum and Woody Joel McHale

While the Russo Brothers are undertaking the gargantuan task of directing two Avengers movies back to back (it’s practically three, if you count Captain America: Civil War), they’re looking ahead to what will happen after the cinematic battle between Thanos and Earth’s mightiest heroes. The pair haven’t officially signed on for more Marvel Studios films yet, but they’re ramping up development on a series of movies and TV shows that they’ll produce in the years to come.

One of them is a TV adaptation of the Valiant comic series Quantum and Woody, and a new report indicates that Joel McHale (Community) is now in talks to star in one of the show’s two lead roles. Judging from the character description, he’s a perfect choice for this property.
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