mechanic resurrection trailer

Jason Statham is nothing if not consistent. Although he’s taken detours into blockbuster territory with Furious 7, showcased some strong comedy chops in Spy, and made the (love ’em or hate ’em) wholly singular Crank movies, Statham’s bread and butter has always been the modestly budgeted action movie. The continuously expanding Jason Statham library isn’t full of too many great movies, but it is full of movies that make simple promises and then deliver exactly what you need them to deliver. He is the king of low expectations. You put on one of his movies hoping to watch a tough guy with a cockney accent obliterate a bunch of bad guys and he always delivers. And that’s not faint praise, either. There aren’t many actors who can pull that off.

Mechanic: Resurrection looks like another typical entry in the ever-expanding Statham canon. It looks refreshingly small when compared to most modern action movies, incredibly straightforward, and built entirely around the pleasure of watching this man kick every single ass that crosses his path.

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Ouija: Origin of Evil trailer

2014’s Ouija was a waste of a halfway decent idea, a lazy cash grab cobbled together from bits and pieces of other, better movies. But it cost $5 million to make and grossed over $100 million worldwide, so you know what that means: we’re getting a sequel. Or rather, a prequel.

As the title suggests, Ouija: Origin of Evil goes back to earlier times. Specifically the 1960s, even though Ouija boards were actually invented in the late 19th century and evil definitely goes back way further than that. Anyway, the trouble begins when a fake medium (Elizabeth Reaser) and her two daughters (Annalise Basso and Lulu Wilson) accidentally summon a very real and very nasty spirit. Watch the Ouija: Origin of Evil trailer after the jump.  Read More »

inferno trailer

It’s been a decade since The Da Vinci Code hit theaters and seven years since the same team adapted Angels & Demons and it’s a little surprising just how little director Ron Howard‘s adaptations of author Dan Brown’s art history-themed airport thrillers have remained in pop culture consciousness. Tom Hanks playing a bookish, thinking man’s Indiana Jones who galavants around Europe solving mysteries tied to art and architecture should be fun, but it’s hard to remember anything at all about the previous two movies in this series. They’re serviceable. They’re watchable. They’re fine.

But they also made a ton of money (especially on the international stage), so Howard and Hanks are back for the adaptation of Inferno and the new trailer looks…silly. Like, really, really silly. Silly enough that I feel compelled to actually see the film because I need to know if the actual movie is as preposterous as what I’m seeing in the preview.

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Bokeem Woodbine

UPDATE #1: And the Spider-Man: Homecoming casting notices keep on coming. Now Michael Mando, known for his recurring roles in Orphan Black and Better Call Saul, has signed on in (say it with me now) a mystery role.

UPDATE #2: Just hours after we heard Michael Mando had been cast in Spider-Man: Homecoming — which was just hours after we heard Abraham Attah had signed on — comes news that Bokeem Woodbine will also star. He’s coming off of some of the best reviews of his career in FX’s Fargo, and will play an unnamed villain. Original story follows.

Spider-Man: Homecoming began filming a few days ago, but the new cast members keep on coming. The latest name to be added to the first Spidey solo movie set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is Abraham Attah, the young actor who made a huge splash after starring in last year’s critically acclaimed Beasts of No Nation. This has quietly become one of the best and most diverse casts ever assembled for a superhero movie.

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Fantastic Beasts

In some ways, the setting of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them should seem familiar. We’ve already spent eight movies in that universe, after all. But this prequel unfolds 70 years and an ocean away from Harry Potter. And as a new Fantastic Beasts featurette reveals, the American wizarding world of the 1920s is something else entirely.

Oh sure, the wands and the spells and the CG creatures are still there. But when Porpetina (Katherine Waterston) asks Newt (Eddie Redmayne), “Do you know anything about the wizarding community in America?” she could be talking to us. And the answer would be “No, but we can’t wait to learn.” Feast your eyes on tons of new footage in the latest Fantastic Beasts featurette below.  Read More »

who is saw gerrera

Yesterday, a bunch of new info about Rogue One: A Star Wars Story arrived online, revealing (and confirming) a great deal about the upcoming spin-off film’s cast of characters. However, special attention was paid to the Rebel operative played by Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker and rightfully so – this isn’t the first time this particular character has had a role to play in the larger Star Wars saga.

It turns out that Whitaker is playing Saw Gerrera, a Rebel extremist who was first introduced in the fifth season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars as a much younger man. This is the first piece of hard evidence that Lucasfilm was serious about strengthening the ties between the new movies and the various other pieces of Star Wars media floating about. You probably don’t need to know the entire history of Mr. Gerrera to appreciate whatever he does in Rogue One, but here’s everything we’ve gathered so far.

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New Transformers Character Squeeks

So far the images from Transformers: The Last Knight have only offered glimpses of the new vehicle forms for the Autobot Bumblebee and the Decepticon Barricade. But that changes today as we get a look at an adorable new Autobot named Squeeks. And with a name like that, you wouldn’t expect him to turn into a fancy sports car or some kind of military vehicle. In fact, he doesn’t even turn into a car at all. Instead, Squeeks is a little blue Vespa scooter.

In addition, to the reveal of the new Transformers character Squeeks, a couple interesting new logos for the forthcoming sixth and seventh installments of the Transformers franchise were revealed, with one of them seemingly confirming that it will be a film focusing on Bumblebee. Check out all the images after the jump. Read More »

Indiana Jones 5

In news that should surprise absolutely no one, Disney has no plans to end the Indiana Jones franchise after the upcoming fifth film. They may, however, have plans to reboot it. CEO Bob Iger says while we shouldn’t expect a Star Wars-style Indiana Jones universe, the series might head in a new “direction.”

But we’re getting ahead of ourselves here. At the moment, Disney is still developing Indiana Jones 5. The studio has already announced that Steven Spielberg will be back to direct, with Harrison Ford starring and John Williams scoring. Now we’ve learned that George Lucas will be back as well, serving as an executive producer.  Read More »

Star Wars Rogue One Character Names

After this morning’s revelation that Darth Vader would be making an appearance in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, it looks like we’re in for a plethora of news from Lucasfilm’s first standalone Star Wars spin-off. The new Entertainment Weekly cover issue for the sci-fi flick hits stands on Friday, so we’ll likely be getting plenty more information then.

Leading up to their big issue, some details are already being released by the magazine. That includes all the Rogue One character names of the primary players, including one new villain, plus some brief character details for each. Get all the new Star Wars Rogue One character names and details below. Read More »