Stargirl

What’s happening in Marvel Contest of Champions for the fifth anniversary of the game? Who is Thomas Lennon playing in this season of Supergirl? Want to see the first trailer for the new DC Universe series Stargirl? What was the most Googled movie of 2019? What does Thanos creator Jim Starlin think of the weird, recent political use of Thanos by Donald Trump‘s campaign? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

Jason Bateman Shut In

Hey, remember earlier this year when Jason Bateman beat out the directors of Game of Thrones, The Handmaid’s Tale, and Killing Eve to win an Emmy for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series? Split votes be damned – the dude took home the gold, and immediately parlayed that success into potentially directing a remake of Clue. Now Bateman has set up another movie to direct (possibly instead) called Shut In, a thriller from New Line that’s described as being in the vein of David Fincher’s 2002 Jodie Foster movie Panic Room.
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dolittle auditions

Robert Downey Jr.‘s first post-MCU film is Dolittle, a remake of Dr. Dolittle that’s undergone heavy reshoots and seems about as ill-advised as the 1960s adaptation of this same story. In lieu of a new trailer, we instead have a Dolittle auditions video, which features Downey acting alongside some questionable-looking computer-animated animals. Nothing here looks very convincing, which is all the more disheartening when you realize this movie apparently cost $175 million to make.

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john belushi biopic

Alex Brightman, who is currently starring as the Ghost with the Most in the Broadway production of Beetlejuice, is set to lead a John Belushi biopic. Brightman will play the legendary comedian famous for Saturday Night LiveThe Blues Brothers and more, with David Frankel directing. A new Belushi biopic has been in the works for several years, with numerous actors up for the part, including Emile Hirsch, Adam Devine, Joaquin Phoenix.

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the dark half movie

Stephen King‘s The Dark Half is getting a second chance on the big screen thanks to Alex Ross Perry. Perry will write and direct a new adaptation of King’s horror novel, which was previously filmed by George A. Romero. The story concerns a writer whose pseudonym comes to life and starts murdering people. The inspiration came after King’s own pseudonym, Richard Bachman, was discovered.

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the matrix 4 release date

Warner Bros. announced new release dates for two of their biggest projects: The Flash and The Matrix 4. While The Flash has shuffled around so much that it’s hard to accept this is legit, for now, Warners says the superhero film will open in 2022. As for the Matrix 4 release date, that’s set for 2021. And to make things extra interesting, the Matrix date is the same as the release date for another Keanu Reeves film: John Wick Chapter 4.

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dune tone

Denis Villeneuve has described his adaptation of Frank Herbert’s seminal sci-fi novel Dune as “Star Wars for adults,” and it sounds like he’s taking the “adult” part of that description seriously. The latest actor in Villeneuve’s very attractive cast to chime in is Oscar Isaac, who teased the filmmaker’s dark and “shocking” vision for Dune. The Dune tone will be “nightmarish” and “brutalist,” according to Isaac, teasing a film that is radically different from past adaptations of Herbert’s dense 1965 novel.

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promising young woman trailer

Carey Mulligan has spent her career playing buttoned-up types or damaged ingenues, so it’s exciting to see her unleashed and angry in Promising Young Woman. Mulligan stars in the darkly comic thriller as a traumatized woman who leads a double life taking revenge on self-declared “nice guys” who are actually would-be assaulters. Watch the Promising Young Woman trailer below.

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VFW trailer

If you enjoy grindhouse, throwback, exploitation-style cinema, a new entry is coming your way next year. VFW, an Assault on Precinct 13-style action film from director Joe Begos (Almost Human, Bliss), is about a group of war veterans who take a violent stand against against a gang of encroaching street punks. The movie is currently sitting at 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, and you can check out its blood-spattered trailer below. Read More »

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star wars the rise of skywalker tv spot

There are nine days left until the release of Episode 9, which means Disney is releasing yet anotherStar WarsTV spot preparing fans “for the end.” The end is in sight for the Skywalker Saga, but not for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker TV spots, and we’ll likely see at least a dozen more right up until the film’s theatrical release next week. Watch the latest Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker TV spot below.

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