Godzilla sequels

The anime film Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters opened in some territories today, but it won’t be the last animated adventure of everyone’s favorite kaiju. Toho Studios is currently developing two Planet of the Monsters sequels, with the intent to create a Godzilla anime trilogy. In other words, Godzilla will continue his never-ending reign of destruction for the foreseeable future.

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Bumblebee movie

In this edition of Sequel Bits:

  • Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald news from Carmen Ejogo
  • A look at amazing Blade Runner 2049 miniatures
  • A new title for Bumblebee
  • Another crazy Mission: Impossible stunt
  • F. Murray Abraham joins How To Train Your Dragon 3
  • That Tremors TV show finished shooting its pilot

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star wars 3

I’m sure you can picture the scene: Our two heroes, one male and one female, suddenly realize they are under attack. What happens next? Male hero grabs female hero’s hand and shouts something blatantly obvious like “Run!” This is a movie trope that has irked me for quite a while; I can’t imagine that holding someone’s hand while running for my life would be at all conducive to the task. And though it may seem like an insignificant quibble, I see it as indicative of the larger Hollywood trend of prioritizing the male storyline while, well, dragging the woman’s along behind.

And this is why a scene from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, in which Rey repeatedly tells off Finn for grabbing her hand as they run away from the invading First Order, is so refreshing and vindicating.

Just as this trope reflects the problematic portrayal of women in blockbusters, Rey’s character reflects the changing nature of these portrayals – she’s fierce but vulnerable, physically capable but at times emotionally naive. In sum, she’s a real human, not just some sexy lamp. In many ways, Rey represents a break from traditionally portrayed female characters, even in – or especially in – an action-adventure movie like Star Wars. And I hope her character will make another, very specific crack in the glass ceiling and triumphantly complete her journey without any semblance of a romance plot – and without any man deigning to “take her hand.”

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rey's parents

Back in the Ye Olde Tymes of Star Wars, fans could pick and choose how deep they wanted to go. Stop at the movies? That’s okay. Indulge in the novels and comics and video games? Go for it! That’s getting trickier these days now that Lucasfilm is maintaining a more unified canon, layering background information across television and publishing about characters and worlds and events seen on the big screen.

And don’t forget about electronic gaming. We knew that the single player version of Star Wars Battlefront II would tell a canonical story set in the immediate aftermath of Return of the Jedi, but does it also answer the biggest question hanging over the new movies? Does it reveal Rey’s parents?

Naturally, big spoilers for the video game begin right here, so if you plan to play it, click away.

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star wars the last jedi runtime

Prepare your bladders, Star Wars fans. Director Rian Johnson has confirmed the rumors that Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be the longest Star Wars movie yet. So maybe hold off on that extra-large drink when you settle into the theater next month.

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star wars the last jedi extended tv spot

“Kylo failed you. I won’t.”

A new Star Wars: The Last Jedi TV spot, which is long enough to be labeled as a new trailer on its own, gives us insight into what exactly went wrong between Luke Skywalker and his once-promising padawan, Kylo Ren. But the wary Jedi Master can’t be left to bemoan his failures in peace, as the desperate Rey pleads with him to train her, promising to succeed where Kylo Ren failed.

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the shape of water creature

Until The Shape of Water begins floating into theaters next month, the details of the mysterious fish creature and romantic interest at the center of Guillermo del Toro‘s film will remain mostly in the depths of the acclaimed filmmaker’s mind.

But the sexy fish man played by Doug Jones is steadily emerging from the black lagoon of del Toro’s imagination in the form of the filmmaker’s tweets, where he explained (in amazing detail) how this creature was designed.

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Star Trek Discovery Gay Characters

(Welcome to The Soapbox, the space where we get personal, political, and opinionated about anything and everything. In this edition: how Star Trek: Discovery, and series star Anthony Rapp, feel more necessary than ever following the allegations against Kevin Spacey.)

Lt. Stamets of the starship Discovery has taken on a bolder meaning in recent weeks.

The actor behind the Star Trek: Discovery character, Anthony Rapp, revealed that Kevin Spacey once tried to sexually coerce him when Rapp was just 14 years old. Learning about the act of sexual misconduct was shocking enough on its own, but what made things even more shocking was Spacey’s initial statement about why he did it. To paraphrase his statement, he acted this way because he was drunk and in the closet.

It’s important to note that Rapp, who is gay, is playing a gay man in a relationship on television at a time when an actor like Spacey has sought to use what is supposed to be a brave moment — coming out — as a way to deflect from his predatory relationships. This poses a threat to strides the LGBT community has made across the board towards inclusion and positive representation, and exposes people once again to the stereotypes that being LGBT is synonymous with being a sexual predator. Thankfully, it’s Rapp’s own presence in Star Trek: Discovery, as well as his relationship with Wilson Cruz’s Dr. Culber that illustrates for viewers that whatever Spacey believes about being gay is absolutely untrue.

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The Last Jedi New Images

We’re getting closer and closer to Star Wars: The Last Jedi and two new images from the film have arrived. The images give us new looks at new characters Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo (Laura Dern) and Rose (Kelly Marie Tran). In a new interview to accompany the images, Dern and Tran reveal some details about their new additions to the Star Wars universe. You can see the new The Last Jedi images below.

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Boss Level

The classic Bill Murray comedy Groundhog Day is the most famous movie example of a time loop scenario in which a character must relive the same day over and over again, but there have been plenty of others since 1993. The concept seems to be back in fashion in Hollywood these days, with films like Edge of Tomorrow, Before I Fall, Naked, and Happy Death Day putting their own characters through a repeating hellscape in order to teach them a lesson about themselves. And now a new movie called Boss Level will use that same formula.
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