The Week, James Franco's The Disaster Artist opens up in theaters. That movie tells the behind-the-scenes story of the making of Tommy Wiseau's hilariously bad cult classic The Room. If you've never seen The Room, you should probably try and watch it before you see The Disaster Artist. Or, you can just watch this new Honest Trailer from Screen Junkies. It does a great job of hilariously pointing out all the main things you need to know about the movie. Enjoy!
For those of you who are wondering if we will see the story of Rey continue past Star Wars: Episode IX, it doesn't sound like it! During an interview with Rolling Stone, Daisy Ridley came out and said that she does not want to play Rey after director J.J. Abrams' Episode IX. Here's how the conversation went down when she was asked about it:
"No," she says flatly. "For me, I didn’t really know what I was signing on to. I hadn’t read the script, but from what I could tell, it was really nice people involved, so I was just like, ‘Awesome.’ Now I think I am even luckier than I knew then, to be part of something that feels so like coming home now."
But, um, doesn’t that sort of sound like a yes? "No," she says again, smiling a little. "No, no, no. I am really, really excited to do the third thing and round it out, because ultimately, what I was signing on to was three films. So in my head, it’s three films. I think it will feel like the right time to round it out."
Does this mean the Skywalker saga will end with Rey if she doesn't come back for more? Not necessarily. Who knows what kinds of twists and turns are in store for us as the story for this new trilogy continues to unfold! Plus, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy said that there's a possibility that more saga movies could get made after Episode IX. She previously said:
"I certainly foresee movies past nine. Whether or not we carry on the Skywalker saga... you know, George always intended nine movies, and whether we continue that or not is something we're talking about right now. If the story warrants it, we'll absolutely do it. If it actually inspires new ideas, then we'll probably head in that direction. We just don't know yet."
But, seven months have passed since she gave this interview and maybe now they know what they are looking to do. Maybe the Skywalker saga will come to an end. J.J. Abrams told Rolling Stone that he felt that Episode IX was the end of the Skywalker saga that has driven the nine-film story. “I do see it that way,” he says. “But the future is in flux.”
With his last comment about the future being in flux, it sounds like they still aren't exactly sure what they are going to do. I'm sure they can close it out at Episode IX if they want to, but leave it open enough to go back and tell more of the story if they feel the need at some point in the future.
The Last Jedi opens December 15. Episode IX starts shooting next year, with a release date of December 20, 2019.
I don't know about you, but I have been rewatching the trailer for Avengers: Infinity War over and over again every chance I get. It's just so damn exciting, and it's filled with so much crazy footage for fans to comb through! So, I went ahead and took a bunch of screenshots from the trailer for you to plow through to try and find any cool little details and Easter eggs.
One of the biggest things that I noticed is that it seems to confirm the popular Soul Stone fan theory. As you noticed in the trailer, Black Panther and Wakanda was heavily featured. We even see that there's a major battle that takes place on Wakanda as Thanos and his Black Order forces attack. So why is Wakanda such a major set piece? That's gotta be where the Soul Stone is!
It's was previously theorized that the Soul Stone is where Black Panther and the Wakandans draw their spiritual strength from. There's a good chance that the meteor that crashed into the country long ago that also brought the metal Vibranium with it also housed the Soul Stone, but we'll just have to wait and see!
We also have a new synopsis that teases the deadliest showdown of all time!
An unprecedented cinematic journey ten years in the making and spanning the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War” brings to the screen the ultimate, deadliest showdown of all time. The Avengers and their Super Hero allies must be willing to sacrifice all in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe.
Avengers: Infinity War is set to be released on May 4th, 2018! Below you'll find a bunch of screenshots!
Disney went out on a year-long worldwide hunt for the perfect actress to take on the lead role in their live-action adaptation of Mulan... and they found her! Chinese actress Liu Yifei, also known as Crystal Liu, will take on the lead role in the movie.
Disney and the creative team traveled to five continents and auditioned nearly 1,000 candidates for the role. They were looking for someone with "credible martial arts skills, the ability to speak English and the most ineffable requirement of all: star quality." Variety goes on to explain why Liu was ultimately cast in the film saying:
In Liu, Disney found the complete package. Nicknamed "Fairy Sister" by the Chinese public for her pure and innocent looks and image, she has been one of the country's most popular actresses of the current generation since breaking out with a series of hit television dramas in the mid-2000s, while she was still a teenager enrolled in the Beijing Film Academy. She is fluent in English, having lived in Queens, N.Y., for part of her childhood, and acted in English in both 2008's The Forbidden Kingdom, alongside Jackie Chan and Jet Li, and 2014's Outcast, opposite Nicolas Cage and Hayden Christensen. She also starred opposite Emile Hirsch in Danish auteur Bille August's period romance The Chinese Widow, which opened the Shanghai International Film Festival in June.
Liu, who has served as a brand ambassador for Dior, Tissot, Garnier and Pantene, most recently starred in the fantasy romance Once Upon a Time, which earned $82.3 million in China this summer. Her other credits include 2012's The Assassins, which earned Liu her first major acting award (at the Macau International Movie Festival), Never Gone and The Four trilogy.
Sounds like that got everything they were looking for and it's going to be cool to see her bring the character of Mulan to life on the big screen.
Mulan is being directed by Niki Caro (The Zookeeper’s Wife), and the film will be reelased sometime in 2019.
This first trailer has been released for an interesting new religious film called Mary Magdalene, and it actually looks really good. It doesn't hurt that the film has a great cast that includes Rooney Mara (The Social Network, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) in the title role and Joaquin Phoenix (Walk the Line, The Master) in the role of Jesus Christ.
The movie comes from Gareth Davis (Lion) and it tells the story of Mary Magdalene and the relationship she had with Jesus. Here's the synopsis"
Mary Magdalene is an authentic and humanistic portrait of one of the most enigmatic and misunderstood spiritual figures in history. The biblical biopic tells the story of Mary (Rooney Mara), a young woman in search of a new way of living. Constricted by the hierarchies of the day, Mary defies her traditional family to join a new social movement led by the charismatic Jesus of Nazareth (Joaquin Phoenix). She soon finds a place for herself within the movement and at the heart of a journey that will lead to Jerusalem.
Mary Magdalene also stars Chiwetel Ejiofor and Tahar Rahim. It's set to be released in theaters on March 16, 2018.
A few weeks ago we learned that Disney Studio was looking to purchase 20th Century Fox. Those talks eventually died down and then it was reported that Sony Pictures was looking to get in on the action. It doesn't seem like thing worked out with them or the other companies that were interesting in buying up Fox because now, according to Deadline, Disney and Fox are back in talks! There is also speculation that a deal is close to being made.
Disney is progressing speedily toward that rumored acquisition of Fox. The version I heard has the Murdoch clan keeping possession of sports and news properties, and the rest of TV and the film studio going to Disney. Radio silence right now from both studios, and given how Disney made the Marvel and Lucasfilm deals under the cone of silence, if this happens we’ll probably only know it when it’s announced.
So, there's a chance that sometime in the near future the news will break that Disney has purchased Fox. What makes this news so exciting for us is that this means Marvel will actually regain control of the X-Men and Fantastic Four characters, which would be pretty amazing!
I just hope that Marvel and Disney allow some of these franchises to keep pushing the boundaries with their R-rated film content like Logan and Deadpool. It'd be a shame if we ended up getting a PG-13 X-Force film!
We'll keep you updated on this news as it progresses. Do you hope that this deal actually goes through?
Micro Transactions are not a new topic. They have been in the spotlight more recently because of EA’s terrible misuse of them in Star Wars Battlefront II. In short, gamers don’t want to spend $60 on a game and not have all of the content readily available. That’s not to say they don’t want to have to unlock things, but it shouldn’t take you 40+ hours to unlock one character. Multiply that by more than one and you have a much bigger problem. Then there’s the fact that you could just buy that same character for additional money and we’re adding insult to injury as we have now created a pay-to-win system that is no fun for anyone. There’s more to it, but that should be enough to get you the basics.
To help illustrate how ridiculous this system is and how microtransactions are getting out of hand, Viva La Dirt League created an episode of Epic NPC Man around this idea. The adventurer goes to continue his quest when an NPC informs him that he must pay real money for it, or spend hours upon hours grinding to get the in-game currency needed. More things happen that he is informed will require even more real-world money to deal with.
If you're looking for a gift for someone who loves anime this holiday season, Amazon is the place to be today! The website is hosting a one-day sale on a bulk of anime titles, and they've got some killer deals on hot titles you would do well to look into. Here are a couple of my favorites that stuck out to me.
- Cowboy Bebop: The Complete Series (Blu-Ray)- $19.99
- Speed Racer: The Complete Series (Blu-Ray)- $12.99
- Dragon Ball Z: The Resurrection Of F (Blu-Ray)-$11.49
There are some more titles on there worth checking out, so be sure to visit Amazon's landing page for the sale and find that perfect stocking stuffer for the weaboo in your family!
A new TV spot has been released for Ridley Scott's upcoming film All The Money in The World and it gives us our first look at Christopher Plummer in the role of J. Paul Getty.
As you may have heard, the film had completed shooting with Kevin Spacey in the role, but after all of the sexual allegations came out against the actor, Ridley Scott and the studio made the decision to reshoot all of his scenes with Christopher Plummer. If you want to compare Plummer's version of the character with Spacey's, you can watch the original trailer for the film here. Plummer is a great actor, so there's no doubt he'll give an incredible performance.
The film tells the true story of the kidnapping of 16-year-old John Paul Getty III. The movie has an incredible cast that also includes Michelle Williams, Mark Wahlberg, Romain Duris, Charlie Plummer and Timothy Hutton. Here's the synopsis:
At 3 a.m. on 10 July 1973, Getty, then age 16, was kidnapped in the Piazza Farnese in Rome. A ransom note was received, demanding $17 million in exchange for his safe return. When that ransom message arrived, some family members suspected the kidnapping was merely a ploy by the rebellious youngster as he had frequently joked about staging his own kidnapping to extract money from his frugal grandfather. He was blindfolded and imprisoned in a mountain hideout. A second demand was received, but had been delayed by an Italian postal strike. John Paul Getty, Jr. asked his father for the money, but was refused. Getty Sr. argued that were he to pay the ransom, then his 14 other grandchildren could also be kidnapped. In November 1973, an envelope containing a lock of hair and a human ear was delivered to a daily newspaper with a threat of further mutilation of Paul, unless $3.2 million was paid: "This is Paul's ear. If we don't get some money within 10 days, then the other ear will arrive. In other words, he will arrive in little bits."
At this point Getty Sr. agreed to pay a ransom, although he would only pay $2.2 million, because that was the maximum amount that was tax deductible. He loaned the remainder to his son who was responsible for repaying the sum at 4% interest. The reluctant Getty Sr. negotiated a deal and got his grandson back for about $2.9 million. Getty III was found alive in a filling station of Lauria, in the province of Potenza, on 15 December 1973, shortly after the ransom was paid.
Sony will release All the Money in the World in theaters on December 8, 2017.
While Joss Whedon took over for Zack Snyder on Justice League, he didn't get a credit as co-director, but he was named as a writer alongside Chris Terrio, for his part in re-writing those reshoots (as well as directing them).
It does seem a little strange that even though he was so involved with the film, Whedon never shared so much as a Tweet in support of the movie or offered a single interview about his part in the production. Whedon did, however, "like" a series of Tweets that bashed the movie, specifically the villains Steppenwolf, which is something that upset a lot of fans.
Now there is a theory making the rounds on the internet that Whedon is even trolling Justice League on the screen of the movie itself. The speculation claims that during Justice League's opening credits, when Terrio and Whedon's names come up you can see a homeless man on the street and the scene immediately following features a sign he's holding that reads, "I tried." Some fans believe this was a message of sorts from Whedon suggesting he tried (and failed) to save the movie.
It is also possible that this doesn't mean anything and is merely a coincidence. what do you think?