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Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
is one of the best films of the 21st century, but not a lot of people saw it. Which is a shame, because the film was an adaptation based on Patrick O’Brian‘s 20-novel Aubrey-Maturin series, meaning it was ripe to launch an entire series of films. Due to shoddy box office, those follow-up films never came to pass, but now Master and Commander star Russell Crowe has given fans of the film hope. While this seems to be more wishful thinking than a sure thing, any news of a possible Master and Commander sequel is worth paying attention to.

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Dark Universe dead

It was supposed to be a brave new world of gods and monsters, but Universal’s Dark Universe might be shuffling back to the tomb from whence it came. After the critical and box office failure of The Mummy, Dark Universe masterminds Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan are departing the franchise, leaving the future of the Dark Universe uncertain. Is the Dark Universe dead?

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next joel edgerton film

Two years after making his excellent directorial debut, The Gift, actor Joel Edgerton is getting back behind the camera for Boy Erased. His adaptation of Garrard Conley‘s memoir, “Boy Erased: A Memoir of Identity, Faith, and Family,” will star Lucas Hedges (Manchester by the Sea) as Conley, the son of a Christian Baptist Minister who was pressured to go to a gay conversion program.

Below, learn more about the next Joel Edgerton film.

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tom cruise killed the mummy

The Mummy was supposed to be the start of a new cinematic universe, and a new franchise for star Tom Cruise to notch onto his belt. But scathing reviews and a tepid domestic opening of $32 million seems to have killed it dead.

Of course, as it happens with mega-blockbusters like The Mummy, the Hollywood blame game has started and all signs point to Cruise. Apparently, Cruise’s excessive control of the movie changed the story almost completely, resulting in the mess that became The Mummy, a movie that thinks Cruise is “a young man.”

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the mummy

The Dark Universe doesn’t get off to the most promising start with The Mummy. Alex Kurtzman‘s first entry in the shared universe is a strangely subdued movie: the scares aren’t scary enough, the humor is often forced and out of place, and the adventure never feels adventurous enough. Grand-scale spectacle and monsters don’t mix well in the film.

We’re going to run a larger review of this one on Friday, but with the first wave of reactions arriving online today, let’s take a quick look at why this movie doesn’t work.

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The Mummy Clips

The blockbuster summer season just keeps marching forward. Now that Wonder Woman has hit theaters and exceeded even the higher opening weekend box office predictions, it’s time to look forward to what’s coming next weekend.

The big release for the weekend of June 9 will be The Mummy, the horror action adventure combo that is meant to kick off Universal’s ambitious plan to create the Dark Universe that they made such a big deal about officially announcing recently. Tom Cruise stars in the remake of the classic monster movie that still looks like more action than horror, and leading up the film’s release in just a few days, Universal has released a batch of clips to entice audiences. The only problem is they don’t instill much confidence in the flick.

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Russell Crowe Wolverine

It’s a well-known piece of trivia that Dougray Scott was initially cast to play Wolverine in Bryan Singer’s X-Men, but the actor ended up having to back out of the production due to scheduling conflicts with Mission: Impossible 2. An unknown actor named Hugh Jackman famously stepped in to take the role and played the character for the next seventeen years, culminating with an epic send-off in this year’s Logan.

But did you know that fellow Aussie Russell Crowe was actually Singer’s first choice to play the part? In a recent interview, Crowe finally revealed the odd reason he turned down the part. Brace yourselves: I’m fairly confident you won’t guess his reasoning. Read why we didn’t see a Russell Crowe Wolverine below.
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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

In the early days of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the various films and characters were connected by the mysterious organization known as S.H.I.E.L.D., which was run by the enigmatic super-spy Nick Fury. And while this agency has grown less central to the films as time has gone on, we’re starting to see the MCU effect in other movies that want to build “shared universes.” Just look to Kong: Skull Island, which connects to 2014’s Godzilla through a secretive organization called Monarch.

And wouldn’t you know it? The Mummy, the first entry in a proposed “monsters universe” for Universal Studios, features another top secret organization. It’s called Prodigium and it’s run by Russell Crowe‘s Dr. Henry Jekyll and you just know that we’ll being seeing a lot of more of them, should these movies take off.

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The Mummy TV spot

The summer movie season hasn’t started yet, but after The Fate of the Furious‘ monster opening weekend at the box office, it almost feels like it’s already begun. Two other mega popcorn movies coming up are The Mummy and Pirates of the Carribean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. Director Alex Kurtzman will try to launch the monster universe, while Kon-Tiki directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg attempt to breathe new life into the Pirates franchise.

Below, watch The Mummy TV spot and a new look at Pirates 5.

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