The Kid Who Would Be King

Every now and then, a movie comes along that has remained mostly under the radar until it’s time for the marketing campaign to kick off. And that appears to be exactly what happened with a new fantasy adventure from 20th Century Fox coming in 2019.

The Kid Who Would Be King just released the first teaser poster, and upon first inspection it looks like a teaser poster for a Thor movie that has a kid in the lead for some reason. But this movie is actually something more intriguing than that.  Read More »

doctor sleep cast bruce greenwood

Gerald’s Game actor Bruce Greenwood is reuniting with Mike Flanagan for another Stephen King adaptation. Greenwood is the latest addition to the Doctor Sleep cast, based on King’s sequel to The Shining. The film stars Ewan McGregor stars as the grown up Danny Torrance, who must now deal with a nomadic horde of psychic vampires.

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dune remake cast

Denis Villeneuve‘s Dune adaptation may have found its Lady Jessica. Mission: Impossible breakout Rebecca Ferguson is in talks to join the Dune cast as the female lead, opposite Timothée Chalamet, who has already been cast as Paul Atreides.

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doctor sleep cast

The Doctor Sleep cast has locked down a pivotal role. Young actress Kyliegh Curran will play Abra Stone in the Shining sequel from director Mike Flanagan. Curran joins a cast that includes Ewan McGregor and Rebecca Ferguson.

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men in black spin-off cast

Update: Sony has sent out an update clarifying Rebecca Ferguson’s role in the film…by making it less clear! It seems that the Mission: Impossible star is not playing the “female lead.” That role still belongs to Tessa Thompson. And that’s it. This makes us lean even harder on our (purely speculative!) original theory that Ferguson may be the villain in the film.

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The “fallout” from Rebecca Ferguson’s breakout success in the Mission: Impossible franchise is real. Ferguson stole the scenes in Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation and its 2018 sequel Mission: Impossible – Fallout, so much so that fans declared her character to not only be an equal to Tom Cruise’s Ethan Hunt, but that Ferguson herself was a star on par with one of “Hollywood’s last movie stars.” So we waited with bated breath for Ferguson’s next big role. And while she impressed in The Greatest Showman, there was not yet a standout role that would do justice to Ferguson’s overwhelming screen presence.

But maybe being cast in the Men in Black spin-off is a good start.

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doctor sleep cast

Doctor Sleep, the official sequel to Stephen King‘s The Shining which is almost nothing like The Shining, continues to attract a great cast. Zahn McClarnon, who broke out in a big way on the most recent season of Westworld, has come aboard to play villainous character Crow Daddy. In addition to that, Carl Lumbly and Alex Essoe will play Shining characters Dick Halloran and Wendy Torrance.

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Christopher McQuarrie

After over 20 years and six movies, the Mission: Impossible series is still evolving, and not just because the action is getting bigger and wilder. Mission: Impossible – Fallout contains the biggest action sequences in the franchise, but also the most personal. Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) is more conflicted than ever as he enters morally murky waters in the well-received sequel.

Following up Rogue Nation, writer-director Christopher McQuarrie returns not to simply top the previous installments, but to deepen Ethan Hunt and the world of the IMF. The filmmaker gives Ethan Hunt as many personal challenges as physical ones in the sequel, although the action sequences are stunning to behold and mind-boggling in their ambition and scope. Both Ethan Hunt and Tom Cruise always go big, never home.

And as you’d imagine, McQuarrie had a lot to say about the making of the film in our interview.

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Fallout spoiler review

(In our Spoiler Reviews, we take a deep dive into a new release and get to the heart of what makes it tick…and every story point is up for discussion. In this entry: Mission: Impossible – Fallout.)

“The end you’ve always feared is coming,” the villainous Solomon Lane tells Ethan Hunt halfway through Mission: Impossible – Fallout. “The fallout of all your good intentions.” If the Mission: Impossible franchise has one specific problem, it’s this: it took a very long time to tell us who Ethan Hunt was. From the beginning, Hunt, as played by Tom Cruise, was a bit of a cipher.

Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation changed that. The previous entry in the Mission franchise took a step back and finally asked, “Who is Ethan Hunt?” The answer: he’s kind of a crazy jerk. Someone who will risk everyone’s life just to come out ahead. This was a fascinating development in Ethan’s character trajectory, but perhaps director Christopher McQuarrie – who is the first Mission franchise filmmaker to return for a second time – realized it was a bit too much. That the series couldn’t realistically continue if Ethan Hunt remained a borderline sociopath.

Which brings us to Fallout, the most breathless, exciting, action-packed installment in the series yet. I don’t know if I’m quite ready to call it the best entry in the series – Rogue Nation still holds that distinction, as of now – but I am ready to declare Fallout to be the most thrilling Mission. A film so relentlessly entertaining that it might actually exhaust you. Believe the hype: this really is the best action movie since Mad Max: Fury Road.

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Mission Impossible Recap Video

This weekend brings Mission: Impossible – Fallout to theaters, and even if MoviePass somehow isn’t working properly this weekend, you should take the time to check out the latest installment of the action franchise starring Tom Cruise. It’s the definition of a non-stop thrill ride and it has some of the most impressively executed action sequences in recent memory. It proves that director Christopher McQuarrie is one of the best blockbuster filmmakers working today.

However, if you’re one of those more casual moviegoers who hasn’t kept up with all the intricacies of the Mission: Impossible franchise, we have good news. Mission: Impossible – Fallout cast members Henry Cavill, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Angela Bassett and Vanessa Shaw participated in a recap video of the entire franchise that lasts just 11 minutes. Read More »

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Mission Impossible Stunts

Tom Cruise loves risking his life for our entertainment, and no film series has awarded him the opportunity to do this more than Mission: Impossible. In each new Mission, Cruise increases the chances of premature death by throwing himself into dangerous situations. A new Mission: Impossible stunts highlight reel showcases all the crazy stuff Cruise did for Mission: Impossible – Fallout.

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