The Predator Comic-Con

At San Diego Comic-Con, director Shane Black brought a new sneak peek of the latest entry in the Predator franchise that he was part of all the way back in the 1980s. But rather than slinging some inappropriate jokes in the jungle as a supporting star, this time he’s behind the camera for The Predator, bringing the galaxy’s most dangerous hunter to a new generation of audiences. So is The Predator up to the task of slaying in 2018? We attended The Predator Comic-Con 2018 panel in Hall H to find out. Read More »

casting bits

A whole bunch of casting news happened this week, and we went ahead and rounded it all up for you in one spot. You’re welcome! In this edition of Casting Bits:

  • Ben Affleck and more join Anne Hathaway in Dee Rees new movie The Last Thing He Wanted.
  • Julianne Moore will co-star with Amy Adams in The Woman in the Window.
  • Ralph Fiennes will star in Terry Gilliam‘s Mr. Vertigo.
  • Rosario Dawson takes the lead in USA Network pilot Briarpatch.
  • Michael C. Hall, Cleopatra Coleman, and Bokeem Woodbine will appear in the Netflix drama In The Shadow of the Moon.
  • Quentin Tarantino has added even more people to his never-ending Once Upon a Time in Hollywood cast.

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The Predator Trailer

Shane Black hopes to breathe new life into the stagnant Predator franchise with The Predator, the latest continuation in the series that started back in 1987. The new Predator trailer gives us a better look at the action and alien-based horror to come. Does this new trailer improve on the somewhat lackluster first trailer? See for yourself below.

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Boyd Holbrook Predator Interview

Boyd Holbrook is blowing up. Although he’s been steadily working since breaking through in 2008’s Milk, he has finally taken several large leaps toward “leading man” status. First, he anchored the first two seasons of Netflix’s Narcos. And then he faced off against the Wolverine himself as a memorable villain in Logan.

Now, he follows in the footsteps of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Danny Glover, and Adrien Brody in The Predator. As the leading human of director Shane Black’s sequel, he gets plenty of face time with those ugly alien hunters. And when we visited the film’s Vancouver set last year, he talked all about it.

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predator trailer new

After appearing in a supporting role in director John McTiernan’s 1987 action classic Predator, Shane Black has returned to the franchise as a writer/director with The Predator, his new reinvention of the sci-fi saga. 20th Century Fox has just released the first trailer, and you can check it out below.
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the predator cast

The original 1987 Predator is one of those movies that I can’t stop watching once I see a frame of it. If John McTiernan’s action/horror/science fiction classic is on a screen near me, I will be drawn into its gravitational pull. There’s a special power in how it builds an atmosphere of macho excess before quickly nicking the whole thing, taking deranged pleasure in watching an ensemble of tough guys get completely obliterated for by an alien for two hours.

So while the Predator itself is important in a Predator movie, its victims are even more important. So when director Shane Black (of The Nice Guys and Iron Man 3 fame) reveals the cast of the latest sequel, we should take note. Are we going to like these people enough to watch them get blown to pieces by an extraterrestrial menace that sees them as nothing more than trophies to be mounted on a spaceship wall?

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‘Logan’ Images: X-23 Unleashes the Fury

logan images

The latest trailer for Logan continued to help make James Mangold‘s film stand out from the herd. Everything we’ve seen so far from the R-rated comic book movie implies what Mangold has been saying all along: this isn’t your average superhero movie.  Hugh Jackman recently described Logan as a slightly more violent Little Miss Sunshine, which isn’t the typical go-to reference for most comic book movies.

Below, check out some new Logan images.

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Logan poster

Normally, when a studio offers us the chance to preview footage from an upcoming film, we’re treated to a handful of clips. In the case of James Mangold‘s Logan, we saw the entire first act — perhaps 30 or 40 minutes of footage. Such a move speaks to 20th Century Fox’s faith in the film, touted as Hugh Jackman‘s very last performance of Wolverine after 17 years. And based on what we saw, that confidence is well placed.

Mangold’s Logan feels unlike any superhero movie in recent movie, and yet its gritty Western vibe feels perfectly suited to Jackman’s world-weary take on the character. If this really is the last time we’ll see his Wolverine, it seems like a fitting end to his tenure. Read our Logan footage review below.

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New ‘Logan’ Photo Offers a Closer Look at the Villain

logan villain photo

A recent photo from Logan showed us the mutant hero after a battle, and now another photo offers a better look at what exactly Hugh Jackman‘s Wolverine will be doing battle against. Click through to get up close and personal with one of the Reavers — a team of cyborg criminals under the leadership of Donald Pierce (Boyd Holbrook).  Read More »

Shane Black's The Predator

It’s understandable that fans get leery when beloved movies from decades past get lined up for the reboot treatment. Even the legacyquel that keeps the original mythology intact and acts more like a sequel than a reboot can be worrisome. However, in the case of The Predator, we’re getting a follow-up to the original 1987 sci-fi action classic that hails from Shane Black, who not only is the accomplished director of Iron Man 3, The Nice Guys and Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang, but also had a supporting role in the original movie. That should definitely put some fans at ease.

Now Shane Black has opened up a bit about The Predator in a couple recent interviews where he talks about what a Predator movie should be, the casting of Boyd Holbrook in the lead after Benicio del Toro exited the project, and why the movie absolutely had to be R-rated. Read More »