The Mummy box office

Universal looks like they’re feeling pretty good about their universe of classic monsters. Long before The Mummy hits theaters and tries to get this universe started, the studio claimed two release dates – one in 2018, the other in 2019 – for two unknown monster movies. The release dates could be the Johnny Depp-led The Invisible Man, David Koep’s take on Bride of Frankenstein, or The Wolfman from writer Aaron Guzikowski (Prisoners).

But do audiences want these classic monsters updated? We’ll have some idea next month when Alex Kurtzman‘s (Star Trek) film comes out, which is currently tracking to make $40 million its opening weekend.

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The Mummy featurette

Remember Tom Cruise, one of the stars of Cocktail? I guess he’s some kind of hotshot action star now, and apparently – get this – he does a lot of his own stunts. How about that?

I kid, I kid. If you’ve paid even the slightest amount of attention to mainstream American filmmaking over the past decade, you’ve likely seen tons of stories about Cruise hanging from the wing of an airplane as it took off or being strapped to the outside of the world’s tallest building. To the delight of audiences everywhere, he’s reclaimed his reputation from that couch-jumping incident and rebranded himself as the guy who does big stunts for real. That tradition continues with his next action flick, The Mummy, which comes out next month. We’ve already seen him do some zero gravity moves in an airplane, but now there’s a whole new featurette dedicated to Cruise’s stunt prowess. Check out The Mummy featurette below.
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win it all review

Win It All is a nice movie.

That may seem like faint praise, but it’s hard to think of a more accurate or complimentary way to describe the latest collaboration between co-writer/director Joe Swanberg and co-writer/actor Jake Johnson. It is a pleasant, agreeable movie about people you like, where every single scene (and the movie itself) refuses to overstay its welcome. It is funny. It is moving. It is sweet. It is easy to watch. It is nice.

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The Mummy featurette

Tom Cruise brings a lot of respectability to The Mummy. More than one would maybe expect from the first entry in the potential Universal Monster Movie Universe, partly because it’s following up the disastrous Van HelsingThe Wolfman, and, a movie erased from the new world of monsters, Dracula Untold. Universal has struggled to bring their iconic monsters back to the big screen in the past, but Cruise’s involvement in this universe, especially after seeing him in the solid trailer, inspires some confidence — and maybe because you know you’re usually in for a fun time with most movies starring Tom Cruise.

Below, watch The Mummy featurette, which features footage not shown in the trailer.

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Jake Johnson in Jurassic World 2

Even though production on Jurassic World 2 is slated to begin early next year in order to meet the 2018 summer release date, we still know very little about the sequel, and that includes who will be among the cast. So far the only cast members confirmed for Jurassic World 2 (or Jurassic Park 5 depending on how you want to talk about the franchise) are Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard returning as Owen Grady and Claire Dearing respectively. But now we have word on another returning cast member from Jurassic World, or rather lack thereof.

New Girl star Jake Johnson has revealed that he won’t be coming back for Jurassic World 2, which will leave most of the joke cracking in the hands of Chris Pratt. Find out more below. Read More »

Easy trailer

As if you don’t have enough fall TV to catch up on already, Netflix is throwing another new series our way next week. Easy is an eight-episode anthology series created by Joe Swanberg, following several adults as they try to navigate love and sex in modern-day Chicago. The characters include long-term couples trying to spice up their relationships, singles looking for a connection, and everything in between.

The extensive cast includes Malin Akerman, Jane Adams, Andrew Bachelor, Orlando Bloom, Hannibal Buress, Aya Cash, Michael Chernus, Dave Franco, Jake Johnson, Marc Maron, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Kate Micucci, Emily Ratajkowski, Elizabeth Reaser, and many many more. Watch the Easy trailer below.  Read More »

the mummy jake johnson

Every time I write about Universal’s plans to revive their classic monsters in a big shared universe that will allow the iconic monsters share adventures and what-not, I get a little apprehensive. After all, those original movies (Frankenstein, Dracula, The Wolf Man, etc.) are sacred ground. They are holy texts. These movies are a cornerstone my modern self. They’re my church.

And quite frankly, I have no idea what to make of The Mummy, the first entry in the new monsters universe. So much about this project sounds promising, but the very nature of it makes me antsy. And now, there’s another piece of news for everyone to wrap their brains around – Jake Johnson has joined the film’s increasingly interesting cast.

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Megan Fox on New Girl

The new year brought the return of New Girl, arriving just in time for fans who were in dire need of quality time with Jess (Zooey Deschanel), Nick (Jake Johnson), Schmidt (Max Greenfield), Winston (Lamorne Morris) and Cece (Hannah Simone) after Fox opted to have the show premiere in the midseason rather than the fall of 2015. But as we reported before, the show is going to get shaken up for a bit with Megan Fox stepping up as the newest new girl while Deschanel is away from the show for a little bit after having a child.

Now our first look at the This Is 40 and Jennifer’s Body star on the comedy series has emerged online, and it appears that her character Reagan already has a preexisting relationship with Cece. As you’ll see in the quick preview below, that really throws Schmidt for a loop, especially when he hears that they hooked up with each other. Read More »

Megan Fox New Girl

In the world of television, actors and actresses come and go, resulting in some of your favorite characters getting replaced by someone completely new.

Some of the more prominent examples include Michael J. Fox leaving Spin City and being replaced by Charlie Sheen, or for that matter, Charlie Sheen being replaced by Ashton Kutcher on Two and a Half Men. A more tragic example includes Phil Hartman on NewsRadio being replaced by Jon Lovitz after the former’s untimely death.

And now we can add one more to the list, though this one seems to be more temporary. Megan Fox will be replacing Zooey Deschanel during the the fifth season of Fox’s comedy series New Girl as the titular star of the series goes on maternity leave after having her first child last month. But for fans who may be upset, this Megan Fox New Girl stint is only temporary. Read More »

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Digging for Fire trailer

After finding success with low-key, naturalistic indies like Drinking Buddies and Happy Christmas, Joe Swanberg is back with what appears to be his biggest film yet. But because he’s Joe Swanberg, it’s still a pretty low-key, naturalistic indie. Digging for Fire stars Jake Johnson and Rosemarie DeWitt as an L.A. couple still getting used to parenthood.

While housesitting for a friend one weekend, the husband digs up a bone and a gun, sending him on a quest for answers. Meanwhile, the wife sets off on her own adventure involving a handsome stranger played by Orlando Bloom. Watch the Digging for Fire trailer after the jump. Read More »