Posted on Wednesday, February 24th, 2021 by Jacob Hall
Typically, we know the titles of upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe movies years in advance, letting Marvel Studios tease us and taunt with their increasingly intricate grand design. I love it. I also hate it. But the upcoming third Spider-Man movie, and the sixth MCU movie to feature Tom Holland‘s take on Peter Parker, began filming without a title. Blame the fact that Marvel has to share its Spidey productions with Sony. Blame a filming schedule hampered by the COVID-19 pandemic. Blame Agatha Harkness, because it was apparently her all along.
Anyway, the title for the third solo Spidey movie has not been revealed. But a trio of fake titles were unleashed upon social media last night, leading to mass hysteria (Cats and dogs! Living together!). And while the faux titles turned out to be a big goof, they did arrive alongside some actual images from the new movie. Check them out.
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Posted on Sunday, February 7th, 2021 by Jacob Hall
After an extended delay due to the coronavirus pandemic, the marketing machine for F9 is shifting back into gear. A new trailer for the ninth film in the Fast and Furious franchise debuted ahead of the Super Bowl, teasing the return of Vin Diesel‘s Dom to the driver’s seat and director Justin Lin (who helmed parts three through six of the series) to the director’s chair. And while there is a ton of lovely familiarity to this footage (Diesel mumbling about family! Outrageous car action that defies the laws of nature!), it’s the new stuff that seems really exciting. Specifically, John Cena as Dom’s long-lost and totally eeeevil brother seems like a welcome addition.
Check out the new trailer below.
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(Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a new series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.)
The Series: Battlebots and Battlebots: Bounty Hunters
Where You Can Stream It: Discovery+
The Pitch: Ladies and gentlemen…it’s robot fighting time! Folks from around the world gather for one purpose and one purpose only: to see if they can best opponents in the ring using 250-pound robots they built specifically to fight other robots. Some robots smash. Some lift. Some flip. Some are slick and gorgeous to look at. Some look like they were cobbled together in a garage. Some are made by people whose entire lives are based about robotics. Others are the work of people who have made this niche sport their very peculiar hobby. But one thing unites everyone: they all love building robots…and using those robots to break other robots.
Why It’s Essential Viewing: No one gets into “combat robotics” hoping to get rich or famous. Despite the existence of this slickly-produced series (which has run off and on for over two decades across several networks), this is essentially an underground sport fueled by passion. This means Battlebots is somehow one of the purest shows on television. The people building and breaking these robots are on this show – and investing their blood, sweat, tears, and money – because they love doing this. There’s literally no other reason to build a combat robot. What this means is quietly profound: this is a televised competition with no ulterior movies and no cynicism. It’s just people who really love robots, using their robot to compete against people who also really love robots.
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Posted on Thursday, January 7th, 2021 by Jacob Hall
Look, here’s your obligatory opening sentence about how 2020 stunk to high heavens. Here’s your obligatory second sentence about how everyone thought this was a bad year for movies, because so many major titles were delayed. So I’ll offer this third obligatory sentence about how that’s not true and how movies were as good as ever in 2020, as VOD and streaming allowed smaller titles to shine brighter than ever.
Here’s the obligatory fourth sentence, where I kindly request that you read my top 10 movies 2020 list.
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Posted on Friday, December 18th, 2020 by Jacob Hall
Universal Studios shook up the entire theme park landscape with the Wizarding World of Harry Potter when it opened in 2007. Now, they’re looking to do it again with another franchise beloved by people of all ages and from all around the world.
2021 will see the arrival of Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios Japan in Osaka. Featuring rides and attractions based on Mario, Yoshi, and other beloved characters, the theme park expansion looks to immerse visitors in the colorful and exciting world of a video game. After all, it’ll be the only place on the planet where you can actually race through a Mario Kart grand prix or ride a Yoshi across the Mushroom Kingdom.
New details about the new themed land (which will also, at some point make its way to Universal’s parks in Orlando, Florida and Los Angeles, California) were revealed today during a Nintendo Direct presentation. Here’s what you need to know.
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Posted on Tuesday, December 15th, 2020 by Jacob Hall
The Unmatched board game series has always been about clashes between unlikely titans. So perhaps it was inevitable that the superheroes of the Marvel Universe would one day join the fray.
Mondo (who releases Unmatched alongside Restoration Games) has announced four new sets for the ever-growing tabletop line, and they will start hitting shelves next year. New combatants include characters like Luke Cage, Daredevil, Ms. Marvel, Black Panther and more. Like with past sets, they can be enjoyed as standalone experiences or combined with previous releases for the ultimate battle royale.
We have the first details about the new releases, as well as the first look at some stunning box art. You can check them out below.
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Posted on Monday, December 14th, 2020 by Jacob Hall
Every year, the Black List shows off the most well-liked but not-yet-produced screenplays of year. And each year, the Black List offers a glimpse into a world of not just unmade scripts, but of talented writers waiting for their big moment and film projects just waiting for the right person to say “yes.”
The 2020 Black List is no different. There is a lot of imagination on this list of unmade scripts. Some ideas sound ready to become movies right now. Others are so bizarre that they demand a double take. Some even make you cock an eyebrow and question the taste of the more than 375 film executives who were polled to create this list. One thing is for certain though: at least some of these scripts will get made and more than a few of the writers here will go on to write some major movies.
So let’s take a look and see what the future looks like.
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Posted on Thursday, December 10th, 2020 by Jacob Hall
The Fantastic Four, Marvel’s “First Family,” have been done dirty on the big screen not once, not twice, but three times. Four times if you include the infamously never-released film from the ’90s. However, Marvel Studios is looking to polish this gem of a superhero team with a new take set firmly within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Fifth time’s the charm, as Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige announced during Disney’s Investors Day presentation that Spider-Man: Homecoming and Spider-Man: Far From Home director Jon Watts will direct the new Fantastic Four movie.
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Posted on Friday, December 4th, 2020 by Jacob Hall
(Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.)
The Series: Star Trek: Discovery
Where You Can Stream It: CBS All Access
The Pitch: Initially set 10 years before the events of the original Star Trek series, Star Trek: Discovery offers a shot in the arm for a science fiction series that has seemingly done it all over the past 50-plus years. Heavily serialized, lavishly produced, and chock-full of terrific actors taking on potentially goofy material and giving it all they’ve got, Discovery tries to be a show for old fans as well as a jumping-on point for newbies. Despite some early growing pains, it succeeds.
Why It’s Essential Quarantine Viewing: After Star Trek: Nemesis bombed at the box office in 2002 (possibly because it’s just a very bad movie), the Star Trek franchise was in an “evolve or die” situation. The first step in that evolution was the J.J. Abrams-directed 2009 reboot film, which really does work (its sequel does not). The second step was to revitalize Trek on the small screen, and after a bumpy road that saw the exit of the first showrunner and the firing on the second, Star Trek: Discovery has finally stabilized. And despite proving continuously controversial to the core fan base, the series has made the most of its impossible situation: it’s a thoroughly modern TV show that works overtime to adhere to what makes the more important tenets of Trek resonate.
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Posted on Monday, November 30th, 2020 by Jacob Hall
Godmothered is built on an indelible premise: what if a fairy godmother ventures into our world to prove that we still need magic, only to discover that the little girl she set out to assist has grown into a jaded adult with a couple of kids and loads of emotional baggage? Like Enchanted before it, this film leans heavily on Disney iconography, often playfully poking and prodding it from a thoroughly modern perspective. But in the end, it reveals why fairy tales still continue to resonate – there’s a gentle post-modernism to Godmothered for sure, but it all comes down on the side of magic and why we all need a little bit of it in our lives.
As Eleanor, the fish-out-of-water fairy godmother whose endless supply of pep often proves more powerful than her literal magical abilities, Jillian Bell proves that her scene-stealing comedic stylings remain razor-sharp even in family-friendly fare. And as Mackenzie, the single mother and reporter who finds her life turned inside out by Eleanor, Isla Fisher provides the perfect exasperated foil, asking every question that the viewer would. It’s an unlikely comedic duo, but a lovely one.
We had a chance to speak with Bell and Fisher ahead of Godmothered‘s debut on Disney+ this week, and the topics included the inherent responsibility of starring in a Disney comedy, what movies families should pair with this new release, and, perhaps most importantly, what it’s like to sing poorly for comedic effect.
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