Ron Howard Shares a Photo of Paul Bettany in Costume From HAN SOLO Film

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Ron Howard has enjoyed teasing all kinds of things in the photos that he's shared from the set of the Han Solo movie he's directing for Lucasfilm. As a fan, I appreciate his enthusiasm, and it's been fun to see how the production is coming along, even if it's just in little teasing glimpses. Well, one of his most recent images features Paul Bettany in costume and he's looking pretty dapper! 

It was announced a couple of weeks ago that Bettany would be joining the film, but there was no information on who he would be playing. This photo offers no additional information, but the photo was posted on his final day of shooting. With two weeks of shooting, it seems like he will have some kind of key role.

We still have yet to get a good look at any of the main characters in the movie, but I'm sure they will come soon enough. 

The Han Solo movie is scheduled to be released on May 25, 2018.

Fun New Trailer For KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE Focuses on Julianne Moore’s Evil Villain and Dancing

Kingsman: The Golden Circle will be released in theaters this week and we have one more final trailer for you to watch that focuses on Julianne Moore’s insane villain, Poppy Adams. She might just be one of film's most sadistic villains since Hannibal Lector! No joke, she's very jacked-up. The spot also features a little amusing dancing from some of the cast, including Channing Tatum as Tequila, busting some interesting dance moves. It's also loaded with lots of new footage and additional story details. 

 

Speaking of Tatum, I also included a clip that features his character's grand entrance in the film as he busts Eggsy and Merlin after they break into his bourbon distillery secret hideout. We don't get to see what happens after he confronts them, but having seen the full scene play out, I can tell you it's a great action-packed fight sequence! 

Also included a previously released IMAX TV spot.

Kingsman: The Secret Service introduced the world to Kingsman - an independent, international intelligence agency operating at the highest level of discretion, whose ultimate goal is to keep the world safe. In "Kingsman: The Golden Circle," our heroes face a new challenge. When their headquarters are destroyed and the world is held hostage, their journey leads them to the discovery of an allied spy organization in the US called Statesman, dating back to the day they were both founded. In a new adventure that tests their agents' strength and wits to the limit, these two elite secret organizations band together to defeat a ruthless common enemy, in order to save the world, something that's becoming a bit of a habit for Eggsy...

Kingsman: The Golden Circle was directed by Matthew Vaughn and also stars Colin Firth, Jeff Bridges, Taron Egerton, Mark Strong, Halle Berry and Sir Elton John. The movie hits theaters on September 22.

Watch Dave Chappelle And Others Invade Your Favorite Netflix Shows In Hilarious Commercial

"Netflix is a joke." So goes the new tagline for a hilarious ad campaign by the streaming service to promote the amount of stand-up comedy it has on its service. The tagline isn't all that great, but the commercial for it, which features Dave Chappelle, Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, and Ellen Degeneres poking fun at some of the best Netflix originals is pure comedy gold.

Check out below if you missed it during the Emmy's and let us know what you think!

Mark Hamill Warns that an Old STAR WARS Comic Book Spoils THE LAST JEDI

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When it comes to Star Wars spoilers, Mark Hamill has recently become a beacon of light, warning us about what to avoid so that our viewing of Star Wars: The Last Jedi will not be ruined come December. Now Luke Skywalker himself has taken to twitter to warn fans to avoid a certain comic book before The Last Jedi premieres in theaters.

The book in question is Star Wars #49 by Mike Barr, Walt Simonson, Tom Palmer, Christie Scheele, Don Warfield, and Shelly Leferman. It was originally released WAY back in April 1981 and takes place after the Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.

This is clearly a case of Hamill giving a little misdirection because it's very unlikely that this book actually spoils anything, at least I hope not.

Comicbook.com shares a breif synopsis of the book:

The comic deals with a damaged alien named Jedidiah who had the potential to become a Jedi Knight. Jedidiah accompanied his friend, the prince of the planet Velmor and heir to the throne.
Luke and Leia must return Jedidiah and the prince to their home planet before another is coronated, one who sympathizes with the Empire. Jedidiah sacrifices himself to save Luke Skywalker.

Though a lot of plot details have been kept under wraps for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the movie better NOT be anything like that comic book or Jedidiah could very well be the next Jar Jar Binks. And if it does end up being similar or spoils the movie, don’t say Mark Hamill never warned you!

Star Wars: The Last Jedi opens in theaters December 15.

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Bill Skarsgard Reveals a Disturbing Scene Cut From IT That Teases Pennywise The Clown’s Backstory

We recently learned that the director's cut of Andy Muchietti's IT will include 15 minutes of extra footage, and the director even teased a couple scenes that will be included that you can read about here. Thanks to actor Bill Skarsgard, who played Pennywise the Clown in the film, there was another scene that was cut from the film. The actor says that the scene teases Pennywise's backstory and says that it's very disturbing.

This is what he had to say while he was a guest on Variety's “Playback” podcast, he briefly talked about the scene that was cut saying: 

“There was a scene we shot that was a flashback from the 1600s, before Pennywise [was Pennywise]. The scene turned out really, really disturbing. And I’m not the clown. I look more like myself. It’s very disturbing, and sort of a backstory for what It is, or where Pennywise came from. That might be something worth exploring in the second one. The idea is the ‘It’ entity was dormant for thousands and thousands of years. The [flashback] scene hints on that."

I hope that we eventually get to see this scene! Maybe it will be included in the director's cut, maybe it will find its way into the sequel. It sounds absolutely fascinating and it'd be a shame if we never got to see what exactly this scene entails. What intrigues me most about the scene is that it's set in the 1600s. 

Unfortunately, Skarsgard didn't offer any other details. According to Variety, there was an early draft of the script that featured Pennywise "playing a saloon piano in the 1800s to spur on violence, as well as a colonial-set sequence where It devours a child."

The actor went on to talk about playing with the elements from Stephen King's book and some of the cool things that he'd like to explore. 

“The book is very abstract and metaphysical about what it means to exist and the idea of fantasy and imagination and all of these things. I think that could be cool to explore as well. It’s like, what is Pennywise? He only exists in the imagination of children. If you don’t believe him to be real then he might not be real. There’s an interesting aspect to explore there.”

There certainly is! I'm looking forward to seeing the history of Derry and Pennywise explored in IT: Chapter 2.

Frank Castle Brutally Kills a Couple Soldiers Who Are After Him in New Promo For THE PUNISHER

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Netflix has released a new promo spot for Marvel's The Punisher and it teases the kind of hardcore violence that we will be seeing in the series. The spot features Frank Castle (Jon Bernthal) being hunted down in the woods by a group of soldiers. The soldiers obviously don't know what they are up against as we see a couple of them brutally killed by Castle. It's a pretty intense little teaser and in it, The Punisher warns... "I'm coming for you."

This is just a taste of the kind of hardcore violence that we will see in this series. Bernthal promised us an extremely dark and brutal series and judging from this promo, it looks like it's going to deliver on that. 

Bernthal is joined by Ben Barnes as Billy Russo a.k.a. Jigsaw, who is Castle’s best friend from his days in the Special Forces. He runs a successful private military corporation called “Anvil”. The series also stars Ebon Moss-Bachrach as Micro, a former NSA analyst whose secrets may be of great value to Frank Castle and everyone around them; and Amber Rose Revah as Dinah Madani, a highly-trained sophisticated Homeland Security agent who is vexed by the Punisher.

Also in the cast are Daniel Webber as Lewis Walcott, a young veteran who has had a difficult time re-assimilating into Civilian Society; Jason R. Moore as Curtis Hoyle, a friend of Frank Castle’s and one of the few people who knows he is alive; Paul Schulze as Rawlins, a high-ranking member of the CIA whose operations in Afghanistan intersect with Frank Castle; Jaime Ray Newman plays Sarah Lieberman, Micro’s wife whose marriage has made her life far more complicated; and Michael Nathanson as Sam Stein, a Homeland agent who is challenged by his partnership with Dinah (Amber RoseRevah).

The Punisher is set to premiere sometime later this year in 2017. To catch up on all things Punisher, click here!

Alicia Vikander Looks Badass as Lara Croft in First Poster and Teaser For TOMB RAIDER

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Warner Bros. has unleashed the first poster for Tomb Raider featuring Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl, Ex Machina) as Lara Croft, and she looks totally badass! I love that she is playing this character and I can't wait to see her in full on action. Turns out we won't have to wait long because the first trailer for the movie will be released tomorrow. While we wait, you can watch a promo teaser below!

Tomb Raider also stars Walton Goggins as Father Mathias Vogel; Daniel Wu as Lu Ren, the ship captain who helps Lara in searching for her Father; Dominic West as Lord Richard Croft, Lara's deceased archaeologist father; and Hannah John-Kamen as Sophie, Croft's flatmate and best friend.

Here's the official plot synopsis that was released:

“Seven years after the disappearance of her father, 21-year-old Lara has refused to take the reins of his global business empire, instead working as a bike courier in London while taking college classes. Eventually she becomes inspired to investigate her father’s disappearance and travels to his last-known location: a tomb on an island somewhere off the coast of Japan. Suddenly, the stakes couldn’t be higher for Lara, who—against the odds and armed with only her sharp mind, blind faith and inherently stubborn spirit—must learn to push herself beyond her limits as she journeys into the unknown. If she survives this perilous adventure, it could be the making of her, earning her the name Tomb Raider.”

The movie, which was directed by Roar Uthaug (The Wave), hits theaters March 16th, 2018.

THE PUNISHER Series Will Include The Battle Van! Plus We Have New Photos of Jon Bernthal as Frank Castle

I've got some awesome news for all you Punisher fans! If you're familiar with the comics, you know that Frank Castle drove around in a "Battle Van". Well, I'm excited to say that the Battle Van will be in Marvel's The Punisher series!

The news was confirmed by Marvel TV head and producer, who recently said:

"They travel around in the Battle Van in the comics, so it was important for us to do our version of that. It’s not the Batmobile, but it’s definitely an iconic character that people know." 

That's pretty rad that they are including the Battle Van. For some reason, I didn't think that they would include it, so this was a cool surprise. It's going to be awesome seeing it in action!

The Battle Van made its first appearance in Giant-Size Spider-Man #4 and has since made a number of appearances. The van is wrapped in armor and features a variety of advanced weapons. It's basically Frank Castle's base of operations that he can also go to battle in. Here's a detailed breakdown of several of the features that the van has had in the comics:

Microchip made several battle vans during his time as the Punisher's ally due to the vans being destroyed during various missions.
The vans generally were the same being built off a model of vans made by Ford and featuring a turbocharged Ford V-8 engine that allowed it to keep with high end European sports cars.
The Battle Vans had 4-Wheel Drive allowing the vehicle off-road capabilities. They also featured heavy duty suspension which stood up to the vans using ramps to jump over other vehicles at high speeds while being able to make turns and go around corners like a high end sports car.
Each and every single Battle Van was heavily armored and easily enduring of small arms fire. The van's armour allowed it to ram and even run through other vehicles tearing them apart without being damaged. The Battle Vans were only able to be destroyed by Anti-Tank weaponry or better.
They featured a Minigun that fired 5.56 ammo and a grenade launcher as offensive weapons. One Battle Van was equipped with sonic weaponry which Frank Castle used to capture Venom. The roof would open up upon the weapons being activated. The rear left door of the Battle Vans were also capable of extending several feet allowing someone to stand behind the door on a platform using the door as a shield and fire at targets to the rear while the van was moving.
Other features of the Battle Van's included their own computer system with Artificial Intelligence. The AI allowed the Punisher to give the vehicle commands to drive by itself and eliminate targets or to lure the enemy away as an evasion strategy. It would also be able to detect and repel intruders and came with a single layer peel-off paint job and different license plates to avoid detection.
The computer systems on the Battle Vans also allowed the user to hack into other computer systems as well and were equipped with satellite communication, police scanners, and CB radios; other than a stockpile of weaponry for the Punisher to choose from upon taking up a mission.

It will be interesting to see what features end up being included in the van in the series. I also have some new promo photos from the series featuring Jon Bernthal as Frank Castle that you can check out below!

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Darren Aronofsky Says He Wanted Joaquin Phoenix To Play Batman in His Film

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Darren Aronofsky's Batman film would have been unlike any other version of Batman than we've seen before. He recently talked about it, explaining that the Joker origin film currently being developed at Warner Bros. sounded a lot like the pitch he made for his Batman film before Christopher Nolan did his thing with the franchise. The movie never happened, though, because it was apparently too dark for the studio. 

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In a recent interview with Yahoo Movies, the director revealed who he wanted to play the caped crusader. That actor was Joaquin Phoenix, and you know what? I think he would've made a great Batman! Phoenix is such an incredible actor and he would've brought something crazy and heavy to the role. The director says:

"I always wanted Joaquin Phoenix for Batman. It’s funny, I think we were just sort of out of time with our idea. I understood that [with] comics, that there’s room for all different types of titles, but I think Hollywood at that time was still kind of in the Golden Age of comics, and they were still just doing the classic titles in classic ways."

His film was loosely based on Frank Miller's Batman: Year One and when previously talking about it in an interview with The Guardian he explains: 

“It was a hard R-rated Batman. What I pitched them was Travis Bickle meets The French Connection — a real guy running around fighting crime. No super-powers, no villains, just corruption. For the Batmobile, I had him taking a bus engine and sticking it in a black Lincoln. Real low-tech geek stuff.”

When Miller talked about the project, he said it was the first time that he worked with someone whose vision of Batman was darker than his.   

There's no doubt that Aronofsky would have given us an insane Batman movie. After watching mother! I'm still not sure the world is ready for his vision of Batman! But, I sure would still love to see it!

Would you have liked to see Phoenix in the role of Batman?