Robert Rodriguez Directing The Mandalorian

Robert Rodriguez has made a throwback to his Spy Kids and The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl days. We Can Be Heroes is another Rodriguez kids’ movie full of rainbow colors, unrestrained giddiness, and childlike imagination. The original Netflix superhero movie is wish-fulfillment for children. It’s also another movie that feels hand-crafted by Rodriguez, a famously do-it-yourself filmmaker.

It’s a big month for the director, who reintroduced audiences to Boba Fett in a killer episode of The Mandalorian. Both the director’s entry in the Star Wars universe and addition to Netflix’s library bears his signature eye for playful escapism. With almost 30 years in the business, Rodriguez’s childlike wonder for filmmaking remains firmly intact.

That enthusiasm comes through on-screen and even over the phone when you interview the Austin-based director, who recently told us about the benefits of creating original properties, lessons from George Lucas and James Cameron, and his fond memories from making Alita: Battle Angel.

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alita battle angel re-release

Alita: Battle Angel, a movie that’s been on Blu-ray and digital since July 2019, is headed back to theaters in the midst of a deadly pandemic. Why? Who’s to say, really? But while the film was not a hit in the U.S., it did well overseas and it’s developed a steady fan following. This could all be a test: if Alita does well in re-release, perhaps a sequel will be greenlit. Or it could just be an attempt to fill the void at the box office right now since so many movies have been pushed due to the coronavirus.

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Power Rangers Credits Scene

In this edition Sequel Bits:

  • See a concept drawing of the Green Ranger intended for Power Rangers 2
  • Tiffany Haddish is working on Girls Trip 2 in quarantine
  • What can you expect from Fantastic Beasts 3
  • What’s going on with the Call My By Your Name sequel
  • What would a live-action Scooby-Doo 3 have been about
  • Is anything happening with Alita: Battle Angel

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Alita: Battle Angel VFX

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, a group of VFX artists take a closer look at the Alita: Battle Angel visual effects to explain why even the most impressive shots in the film don’t always feel quite right. Plus, a user experience expert reviews how viable certain sci-fi operation systems are, like the holorgram screens in Minority Report and the computers Tony Stark uses to create the first Iron Man suit, and another video looks back at The Real Ghostbusters animated series with some things you may not know about it. Read More »

New Blu-ray Releases Endgame

Our latest Blu-ray round-up includes the biggest, most epic blockbuster film of the year. That’s right: Detective Pikachu. Oh, and Avengers: Endgame is here too, along with The Curse of La Llorona and Alita: Battle Angel. These are the new Blu-ray releases you should check out this week.

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alita box office

Alita: Battle Angel was a long-awaited film project. For years, James Cameron was planning to adapt the manga and he even talked about directing it while he was promoting the first Avatar. He ended up producing and co-writing the film for director Robert Rodriguez. While it was not an Avatar-level success, or even a Terminator-level one, Alita hung in there at the box office.

Rosa Salazar played the titular cyborg warrior and she was at a Television Critics Association reception for her upcoming Amazon Prime series Undone. Naturally, this meant /Film had a chance to ask Salazar where things stand for an Alita sequel.

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Alita Battle Angel VFX Breakdown

It’s a shame that not enough people gave Alita: Battle Angel a shot when it hit theaters earlier this year. It’s a stunning spectacle with incredible visual effects, an intricately created sci-fi world, and some of the most impressive action sci-fi has seen outside of superhero movies. For those of you who have seen the movie, you can see how some of the cyborg-enhanced supporting characters were created with impeccable digital effects, as well as the thrilling rollerball sequence, an action-packed bar fight, and more. Watch the Alita Battle Angel VFX breakdown below. Read More »

Alita Battle Angel Featurette

Alita: Battle Angel was not a big hit in the United States, earning only $85.7 million at the box office earlier this year. But overseas, the movie performed much better with over $319 million raked in across international territories. We’re not sure if that’s enough to warrant a sequel, especially now that 20th Century Fox is owned by The Walt Disney Company, but maybe if the film does well on home video, there will be some hope to see the story continue.

Speaking of which, Alita: Battle Angel is coming to 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital next month, and today we have a sneak peek at one of the special features you’ll find on the home video release. In the Alita Battle Angel featurette, director Robert Rodriguez talks about bringing a project to life that James Cameron was previously unable to realize due to the limitations of technology nearly 15 years ago, and we get to see how some of the Avatar director’s original art still inspired the movie. Read More »

Rambo 5 - Sylvester Stallone

In this edition of Sequel Bits:

  • Robert Rodriguez would be interested in directing an Alita sequel.
  • Rambo: Last Blood might not take the “last” part of its title literally.
  • Shaft director Tim Story wants to make another Shaft movie, presumably just called Shaft again.
  • Shocking! Two Harry Potter actors who don’t have very big careers now would like to come back for more Harry Potter.
  • While training for Bond 25, Daniel Craig shows off his muscles, and leg injury.
  • There’s a Descendants 3! You must watch the trailer. No excuses.
  • Downton Abbey character posters are posh as hell.
  • The Sopranos prequel movie has wrapped.

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Alita Battle Angel Box Office

Alita: Battle Angel may have topped the box office when it debuted in theaters over a week ago, but it certainly wasn’t a box office haul to brag about. However, the film’s performance in international markets, especially China, has the 20th Century Fox release looking a little more favorable. But the question is will it be enough for the movie to break even and turn a profit for the studio?  Read More »