This summer was full of sequels, but one of the more critically panned follow-ups came from 20th Century Fox in the form of X-Men: Apocalypse. While there were undoubtedly plenty of entertaining attributes, there were still plenty of shortcomings to be found. Therefore, the folks at How It Should Have Ended have plenty of fuel for the fire in their latest installment. And for better or worse, this time a bunch of fans of the web series had input on how X-Men Apocalypse should have ended. Watch below! Read More »
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Director Paul Greengrass and star Matt Damon return to the Bourne franchise with Jason Bourne, but is it as good as the previous trilogy of films based on Robert Ludlum‘s novels? Hit the jump to read some selected spoiler-free excerpts from the first reviews and find out if Jason Bourne is worth seeing this week in theaters.
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The jury is still out on whether or not a sequel to Blade Runner is a good idea in the first place, but I’ll say this much: director Denis Villeneuve has been assembling a cast that certainly makes it look like a good idea. The latest actor to join the increasingly large ensemble is British character actor Lennie James, best known to audiences for playing Morgan Jones on AMC’s The Walking Dead.
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Go back and read the interviews with director Joss Whedon in the weeks leading up to the release of 2015’s Avengers: Age of Ultron and witness a man who was very happy to be getting out of the superhero movie game. Go back a little further and read the various set visit reports and witness a man who was exhausted and beat to hell by the process of making a $200 million spectacle. With those images fresh in your brain, it’s easy to imagine why Whedon says he’ll never direct a superhero movie again, especially since he can make perfectly entertaining low-budget Shakespeare adaptations in his backyard.
Still, there is one character who Whedon says could possibly pull him back into the Marvel fold: Black Widow. He may be done with Avengers movies, but Scarlet Johansson‘s Natasha Romanoff could be the thing that drags him back into the comic book movie business. Theoretically. Because there are currently no plans to make this movie.
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Ever since the Marvel Studios panel happened at Comic-Con this past Saturday, fans have been clamoring to find out when the footage that played for those lucky enough to be in Hall would be online. People who waited in the line the previous night and into the morning were treated to the first footage from Spider-Man: Homecoming, a hilarious mockumentary and behind the scenes sizzle reel from Thor: Ragnarok, a new Doctor Strange trailer (which you can actually watch), and an entire scene and teaser trailer from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
So when can you see this footage? The short answer is that it won’t be online anytime soon, and some of it may never be online in the form that it was shown in Hall H. But director James Gunn wants to make sure you know why the footage is being held back, and he explained as much in a video on Facebook, where he also put up a long post explaining all of the secrets revealed in the Guardians of the Galaxy 2 Comic-Con footage and panel. Find out what he had to say below. Read More »
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20th Century Fox has done a fine job of keeping the secrets of the recently wrapped Alien: Covenant out of the public eye (for now), but everything that has been publicly revealed have showcased a film that seems to be acting as a direct response to how audiences felt about Prometheus. Ridley Scott‘s 2012 prequel remains divisive and the public details about the new film paint the picture of a production that keeps everything that worked in that first film while quietly throwing away everything that did not.
And while Prometheus was bold and bizarre, it was never especially frightening, at least not in the ways that the original films were frightening. Star Michael Fassbender says that Alien: Covenant will correct that.
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This past weekend, Warner Bros. Pictures unleashed a barrage of footage upon Comic-Con with their presentation in Hall H. Thankfully for fans at home, every single piece of footage they showed at the convention ended up online, from the Justice League sizzle reel to The LEGO Batman Movie trailer. But honestly, the best thing to come out of the panel was the first trailer for Wonder Woman. You’ve probably watched it plenty of times by now, but we wanted to do a little breakdown of the footage we see in the tease for the first solo adventure of the DC Comics superhero.
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24: Legacy won’t be on until midseason, but the cast and creators came to Comic-Con to get the fans excited early. Corey Hawkins (Straight Outta Compton) plays the new hero Eric Carter, joined by Miranda Otto and Jimmy Smits in the cast. We interviewed the creators of 24: Legacy, Manny Coto, Evan Katz and Howard Gordon, all the creators of the original 24, in a roundtable where they shared a surprising inspiration for the new story.
“It was suggested by events leading to the shooting of Osama bin Laden,” Coto said. “What we had read about was the soldiers who had actually done it, having done this wonderful heroic thing for the country, many of them had to go into hiding. The FBI told one of them when he asked, ‘What do I do for a living?’ ‘We can get you a job as a truck driver.’ It was fascinating that idea, that nugget, the idea that these great heroes would have to go into hiding and take menial jobs. That became a spark for such a character, part of a team that killed a very notorious terrorist, a fictionalized version, now is living his life, trying to get his life back together. Now one by one the members of the squad are being killed. He realizes someone has given up our names and I’m next.” Read More »
Even though he wasn’t born until four years after the series ended its original run in 1969, director Justin Lin grew up watching episodes of Star Trek: The Original Series. Reruns would come on at 11pm on Channel 13 in Los Angeles, and from 10 years old until he was 18 years old, he and his family would watch Star Trek after they closed their fish and chips shop and had dinner. So it should come as no surprise that Justin Lin attributes his connection to Star Trek to the connection his family had with the show.
More specifically, the filmmaker believes his father lived vicariously through Star Trek because of the sacrifices he made for that family. Lin explained that his father was a pilot back in Taiwan among plenty other things, but when he decided to give his family a shot at a better life in the United States, he didn’t get a chance to do some of the things he wanted to do back home. As Lin tells Deadline, “He latched on to Trek because of the sense of exploration and discovery, and hope.” Therefore, there was only one way that Justin Lin felt he could honor his father in Star Trek Beyond, and while it’s an obvious tribute, you probably didn’t even notice.
Find out about the Star Trek Beyond tribute to Justin Lin’s father after the jump, but beware of some spoilers. Read More »