In this edition of sequel bits:
- A teaser poster (of sorts) for John Wick: Chapter 3
- Lethal Weapon 5 might still be happening after all
- Will Paddington 3 happen? It should, but no one knows yet
- Bond 25 won’t start production until the end of the year
- Another behind-the-scenes look at Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
- A new Equalizer 2 poster
- David Leitch offers an update on Atomic Blonde 2 and Hobbs and Shaw
- Jenn Murray joins Maleficent 2
- An explanation on Deadpool 2‘s title, in case you needed something like that
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Deadpool 2 director David Leitch sat down for a new interview in which he offers up some details on the Fast and Furious spin-off Hobbs and Shaw, and provides a brief update on the potential for Atomic Blonde 2.
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(Welcome to Not Dead Yet, a feature dedicated to what’s new on Blu-ray and what special features you should be excited about. Because yes, some of us still like to own physical copies of our movies.)
It’s time for another round-up of physical media. Are you like me – living in the past and unable to give up material possessions? If so, you prefer good old fashioned physical media like Blu-rays to just going digital. There’s something more special (at least in my broken brain) about displaying your Blu-ray collection on a shelf than just purchasing something digitally and then forgetting all about it. With the actual physical disc, it’s always there, in front of you. Or maybe I’m crazy!
This week’s Blu-ray roundup features one of the coolest action movies of the year, a somber, snowy drama, a five-film box set, and a documentary about cats. What more do you need, folks? Here are the new Blu-ray releases you should check out this week.
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There’s roughly a week until Halloween and many people – myself included – still haven’t gotten their costume situation in check. Thankfully, there are a number of fantastic characters from 2017’s pop culture offerings who make for relative cheap and easy costumes.
If you’re anything like me, the notion of stitching together a terrifying outfit from scratch can be a bit daunting. But, with a little chutzpah, and a whole bunch of inspiration taken from some of the best TV shows and movies released over the past year, I feel that we can all make this happen.
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At the beginning of the season, 2017’s summer movie prospects looked bleak. Though Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 kicked things off in May with a strong start, it was followed by a string of generic tentpole movies — more symptoms of the bloated franchise-crazy studio system.
It seems like a distant memory now, but we were once inundated with another Transformers movie, another Pirates of the Caribbean, an unfunny Baywatch reboot, and Guy Ritchie’s misguided King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (Just give us The Man from U.N.C.L.E. 2, Guy!). But then came Wonder Woman, and the tides shifted.
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(Welcome to What Women Watch, a series exploring what modern women are watching, and loving, on the big and small screens. In this edition, we examine how the films being made for women are changing for the better, as seen in movies like Atomic Blonde and Girls Trip.)
Last week, I went to see Atomic Blonde and I left that theater feeling like a badass. I left that theater feeling sexy. As I listened to two men on the way out say that Charlize Theron’s Lorraine could kick John Wick’s ass, it felt damn fine to be a woman. In the days that followed, the Atomic Blonde soundtrack has become my soundtrack. I listen to it at the gym, while I drive, and even when I sweep my floor. Her capabilities, her complexity, her charm…I couldn’t stop thinking about Atomic Blonde.
On Tuesday I went to see Girls Trip. I left the theater feeling like a badass. I left that theater feeling sexy. As I listened to all of the of women in the room (mothers with their daughters, couples, groups of friends) laughing and cheering, it felt damn fine to be a woman. I was a bit shy about seeing a buddy movie alone, but by the 10-minute mark, the whole theater felt like an old group of friends with inside jokes that we kept from the men in the audience. Those women on that screen, their capabilities, their complexity, their charm…I couldn’t help but feel camaraderie, and a certain amount of pride, in my closest female friends.
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John Wick co-director David Leitch went solo to helm the new Charlize Theron spy film Atomic Blonde, and he proved he could deliver a slick, stylish thriller full of memorable action sequences. I’m sure you’ve already heard about one scene that’s made to look like a single shot, because it’s already earned legendary status among action movie geeks and will rightfully be praised for years to come.
But that’s not the only worthwhile action beat in the movie, and we’ve gathered a couple of videos from the production’s crew that explain how they worked with the actors to pull off a brutal, bone-crunching barrage of punches, kicks, and in-camera car chase stunts that drop us into the world of 1980s Berlin. Find out how these Atomic Blonde stunts were achieved below.
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One of the panels that went overlooked at San Diego Comic-Con amidst all the major news and trailers from the rest of the convention was Entertainment Weekly‘s own “Women Who Kick Ass” panel. Usually, the panel features an ensemble of tough, badass women from movies and television, but this year’s panel focused on just one: Charlize Theron.
With Atomic Blonde in theaters this weekend, Charlize Theron continues to proved that she’s a certified action star. As Theron said during the panel, she sought out the movie herself because she wanted a very specific movie to play with, a movie where she could play a character who was “unapologetic and can play by the same rules as men.” Atomic Blonde is definitely that movie, and it opens up a possible franchise where Charlize Theron can keep returning as the secret agent over and over again.
Along with discussing the future of Atomic Blonde with Entertainment Weekly senior writer and panel moderator, Sara Vilkomerson, the actress also talked about a possible follow-up for Mad Max: Fury Road, what she thinks of the suggestion that she be the next James Bond, one of her proudest moments on screen, and what she wants to see from future female characters in movies. Read More »
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Note: This review originally ran following the world premiere of Atomic Blonde at the SXSW Film Festival. It is in theaters today.
In a nutshell: Atomic Blonde is about a badass, bisexual British secret agent who fights like John Wick and seduces like James Bond who travels to Germany days before the fall of the Berlin Wall to recover some stolen intelligence. She wears a number of amazing outfits, kills a whole bunch of bad guys, and just looks terrific as she struts through noisy nightclubs and desolate alleyways to a soundtrack of ’80s synth pop. It is excellent, two-fisted entertainment and further proof that Charlize Theron is one of our great modern action heroes.
In a smaller nutshell: Atomic Blonde is one of the most purely entertaining action movies coming out this year.
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There was a time when saying that someone “fights like a girl” was considered an insult. Thankfully, that’s become something that doesn’t really sound all that lame anymore, especially when you have a superhero like Wonder Woman cleaning up at the box office. Adding to the power behind female punches will be a new action flick starring Mad Max: Fury Road‘s badass Charlize Theron.
Atomic Blonde stars Charlize Theron as an assassin working for MI6 who is stuck dealing with a city of traitors and killers trying to bump her off at every turn. She’s being hailed as the female 007, and if the trailers are any indicator, this movie will be even more kick-ass than the last mission James Bond went on in Spectre. Now, a new featurette takes a closer look at the action in the flick, showing us just how much of the fighting Charlize Theron is doing herself. Read More »