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Want a first look at the Superman: Red Son animated movie? Want to see a crossover comic with Svengoolie the DC Universe? How many Red Room operatives could we see in Black Widow? Did you know Steve Jobs helped convince Bob Iger to buy Marvel Studios? Where is Doctor Manhattan in the Watchmen series? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

house party remake

Calmatic is the latest music video director to make the move to feature film directing. Fresh off his nomination for video of the year at the MTV VMA’s for Lil Nas X’s wildly popular “Old Town Road,” Calmatic has been tapped to direct New Line’s remake of House Party, the 1990 teen comedy starring Kid and Play of the popular hip hop duo Kid ‘n Play. Calmatic will be working as the House Party remake director in collaboration with LeBron James, who is developing the film through his SpringHill Entertainment banner.

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peaky blinders season 5 trailer

Cillian Murphy has played crime lord Tommy Shelby for four seasons now, but in Peaky Blinders season 5, he’s going to have to defend his crown. The BBC/Netflix series has documented Tommy Shelby’s rise from crime lord to member of Parliament, but with the aftermath of the great financial crash of 1929, the former crime lord is thrust into a world in chaos. Watch the Peaky Blinders season 5 trailer below.

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digital actors

As technology advances and digitally de-aged actors begin to look less shiny and more human in big blockbuster movies, it’s becoming an exciting or a disheartening time for cinema, depending on who you ask. Are fully CG characters, like the digital recreations of Peter Cushing and Carrie Fisher in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, a touching homage to their legacies or cinematic sacrilege? Or is this just the future that Hollywood is heading toward?

Those are questions that are too tough to answer right away, but one that pioneering motion-capture performer Andy Serkis is attempting to draw more attention to. And, despite the technological innovations he himself has made as a digital actor, Serkis does think that the topic raises more “serious issues” than we may realize.

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Spider-Man: Far From Home Gag Reel

Spider-Man: Far From Home arrives on digital and Blu-ray next month, and even though there’s a good chance you’re already sold on picking up this movie to complete your collection of The Infinity Saga (at least until the new massive box set comes later this year), Sony Pictures still wants to show off the supplemental materials you’ll get along with the movie.

A couple new previews of the Spider-Man: Far From Home gag reel have been released online, and they show that Tom Holland isn’t just prone to spoilers, but he ruins takes by sneezing, falling, and even closing props at the wrong time. But he’s not the only one, because Jake Gyllenhaal can’t keep a straight face during one of the more serious scenes in the movie. Watch the Spider-Man: Far From Home gag reel clips below. Read More »

rumble

Let’s get ready to…well, you know the drill. But there’s not anything routine about Paramount Animation, the still-fairly untested animation division of Paramount Pictures behind films like Wonder Park and Sherlock Gnomes. But Paramount Animation is starting to kick things into gear in 2020, partnering up with WWE Studios for a new film called Rumble.

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the mortuary collection trailer

I’m the type of person who would love to hang out at a spooky old mortuary. But I also realize that’s not exactly everyone’s idea of a good time. And according to this fun The Mortuary Collection trailer, such an activity could have consequences. This horror anthology follows a young girl who strikes up a conversation with a creepy mortician, who proceeds to tell her four tales of terror. Watch the trailer below.

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The Goldfinch trailer

Adapting Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Goldfinch for the screen was never going to be an easy task. At 771 pages, it would make a daunting TV miniseries – and director John Crowley managed to whittle it down into an under-two-and-a-half-hour feature film. As any team adapting existing material must, the filmmakers had to make a number of choices as to how they would present the story.

While the critical consensus seems mostly aligned against the changes to The Goldfinch, I tend to align with /Film’s own Meredith Borders in her review from TIFF. “The deliberate pacing and mysterious unveiling of information appear to have alienated many viewers,” she wrote out of the festival. “The film feels more like a gorgeous piece of emotional art than a straightforward story.” Whether that’s what people wanted – or felt – watching The Goldfinch, it was certainly the intent of the filmmaking team.

Just hours before the film’s world premiere in Toronto, I sat down for an extended discussion on the post-production of The Goldfinch with editor Kelley Dixon. Being fresh off both reading the novel and seeing the film, I came ready to dive into the nitty-gritty of how some of the biggest choices in the adaptation came to be. Her answers into both the larger structural changes, as well as some of the smaller details, proved an enlightening glimpse into a film that’s inspired strong reactions from viewers of many perspectives.

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knights movie

Just as the endless deluge of remakes, sequels, and reboots from the House of Mouse were starting to wear thin, Disney revealed that it has a new original feature film in the works. But it’s going back to medieval times to get it. The Knights movie is a new Disney live-action adventure film in development with Operation Finale screenwriter Matt Orton penning it.

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mondocon 2019 recap

In its fifth year, MondoCon is bigger than ever. In the convention’s program, co-founder and creative director Mitch Putnam mentioned this year’s con is “the first time it actually feels like we’ve hit our full potential.” Honestly, I couldn’t agree more. Movie, music, and comic book fans love Mondo for all of the rad collector items they make. Hell, I’m one of them. People line up for hours (and even camp out overnight) to get their hands on the latest releases, and this year was no different. I had the pleasure of attending this year’s two-day convention, which by far was their biggest and best event yet.

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