Mortal Kombat Trailer Viewership

Last week, Warner Bros. Pictures debuted the first trailer for the latest big screen adaptation of the Mortal Kombat video game franchise. There was a lot of excitement following the trailer’s debut, mostly because it was a red band trailer that didn’t hold back on the blood and gore of the fights between otherworldly warriors. In fact, the hype was so high that Mortal Kombat now has the honor of being the most watched red band trailer of all time, beating out both Logan and Deadpool 2.
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‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ Clip: Whoever Wins, Boats Lose

Godzilla vs Kong clip

Early marketing materials for Warner Bros.’ and Legendary Pictures Godzilla vs. Kong have showcased a massive battle between the two titans that takes place in the open ocean. Now a new clip from the film gives a bit more insight into how that encounter goes – and, as you may expect, it does not turn out well for the humans who are caught in the middle of the mayhem. Watch the clip below.
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Superman reboot Ta-Nehisi Coates

A new Superman reboot is headed to the screen courtesy of acclaimed writer Ta-Nehisi Coates and producer J.J. Abrams. Coates, author of Between the World and Me and We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy, a writer for The New York Times Magazine and The Washington Post, and the writer on acclaimed comic runs of Black Panther and Captain America, said he looks “forward to meaningfully adding to the legacy of America’s most iconic mythic hero.”

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Tom and Jerry Streaming Release

I spent a large chunk of the experience of watching Tom & Jerry thinking about the late Bob Hoskins. As I watched talented actors struggle their way through a creaky script that could have just as easily been unearthed from a time capsule of the 1990s, or the 1970s, or the 1950s, and spruced up a bit, I thought about how difficult it truly must have been for Hoskins to not only “interact” with animated characters in Who Framed Roger Rabbit, but how few actors since have effectively followed his example. Plenty of actors can now add to their CV that they’ve worked opposite characters of some kind that are created in post-production, but only a handful or two can claim that they did it well. 

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Shazam 2 cast updated

Rachel Zegler might soon become a household name. The previously unknown actress was plucked from obscurity to star as Maria in Steven Spielberg’s remake of West Side Story, and now she’s joining the DC Extended Universe as well.

A new report says Zegler has been hired to play a “key role” in the upcoming sequel Shazam: Fury of the Gods, making her the latest member of the Shazam 2 cast.

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great chinese art heist

Jon M. Chu is in high demand, and he continues to line up future projects. While the Crazy Rich Asians filmmaker had to drop out of the Willow Disney+ series, he has plenty of other options. The latest is The Great Chinese Art Heist, based on a GQ article about “a slew of museum art robberies that occurred in Europe, in which Chinese antiquities were stolen.” Chu will produce and direct the pic for Warner Bros.

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Going the Distance

(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 Movie: Going the Distance

Where You Can Stream It: HBO Max

The Pitch: Erin (Drew Barrymore) and Garrett (Justin Long) strike sparks during a summer fling in New York City but neither expects it to last once Erin heads home to San Francisco and Garrett remains behind for his Big Apple job. But after six romantic weeks, neither is sure they want it to end. So despite opposing coasts, naysaying friends and family, and unexpected temptations, the couple just might have found something like love. And helped by a lot of texting and late-night phone calls, they might actually go the distance.

Why It’s Essential Viewing: Romantic comedies are mostly predictable and cliched, but every now and then one comes along that perfectly mixes the tropes of Hollywood romance with just the right kind of R-rated comedy and some irresistible chemistry. That’s exactly what happens with Going the Distance, the raunchy yet charming long distance romantic comedy that makes fantastic use of the real-life romance between Drew Barrymore and Justin Long. Read More »

justice league cameo

Yesterday, Vanity Fair published an in-depth piece about the making of Zack Snyder’s Justice League which suggested that the four-hour project’s reshot ending will contain “a hero cameo that will blow hard-core fans’ minds.” Naturally, fans immediately went into overdrive speculating about what that cameo might be, with Ryan Reynolds’ Hal Jordan – AKA Green Lantern from WB’s 2011 live-action movie – gaining traction as a possible contender. Reynolds went on Twitter and denied that he was in the project, but the fan community has been burned by denials before, so I imagine a few stubborn people are still wondering if that response was just a smoke screen to conceal a surprise Reynolds cameo before the credits roll.

Now the cameo has been revealed. If you’d like to go in fresh, turn back now – there will be spoilers ahead. Read More »

blue beetle movie director

Angel Manuel Soto, the filmmaker behind Charm City Kings, will direct Blue Beetle, the first DC Films and Warner Bros. superhero movie starring a Latino character. Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer, who wrote the upcoming Scarface remake and Miss Bala, penned the script, based on the character who first appeared in the pages of Fox Comics in 1939 before moving to DC comics. There have been multiple Blue Beetle characters over the years, but it looks like the film will focus on Jaime Reyes, a Latino teenager and the third person to take up the Blue Beetle mantle.

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zack snyder's justice league details

It was a campaign that dominated the internet (and occasionally, Times Square billboards) for the better part of three years: #ReleaseTheSnyderCut. Fans spent years demanding that Warner Bros. release the original cut of Justice League from director Zack Snyder, who left the production partway through, with writer/director Joss Whedon stepping in to complete the film. But did this mythic cut actually exist? Well, yes and no, according to a lengthy profile on the coming release of Zack Snyder’s Justice League.

The outlet goes in-depth on the behind-the-scenes problems that plagued the production of Justice League, and the details that got left out as HBO Max prepares to premiere the four-hour cut, now titled Zack Snyder’s Justice League. Here are some of the latest Zack Snyder’s Justice League details, and a new images of Jared Leto’s Joker dressed up like Jesus for some reason.

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