Guillermo Del Toro Says He’d Like To Die Drowning In A Vat Of Ice Cream

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Guillermo Del Toro has an interesting mind for sure, and if his films weren't enough evidence of that, his preference for how he dies certainly is. If most people could choose how they die, many would say peacefully surrounded by friends and family. As for Del Toro, he's wanting to drown in a giant vat of ice cream so he can attempt to eat his way out!

Listen to the director talk about his death fantasy below, and wait until the very end for the unexpected joke. 

Amy Schumer Explodes with Confidence in This Funny Trailer For I FEEL PRETTY

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If you're a fan of comedian Amy Schumer (Trainwreck), then I've got a trailer here for her new film that you might enjoy. The comedy is called I Feel Pretty and it follows an average woman dealing with low self-esteem and insecurity problems. As the story progresses that suddenly all changes for her. After an accident in a gym, she starts looking at herself in a new extremely confident light. She oozing with so much confidence that she believes she is an amazingly beautiful woman who can do anything and she's loving it. 

This is actually a fun concept and it looks like the filmmaking team did a solid job pulling it off. The movie actually looks like it will be pretty funny. Here's the synopsis:

Renee Bennett (Amy Schumer) knows what it feels like to be average looking in New York city – a city of the genetically and financially blessed. After falling off her bike and banging her head during a spin class, she stumbles in  the locker room and it is there that she first sees what has happened – her legs are toned, her hair is silky, her chin is defined – she is GORGEOUS. Except that, to everyone else, she looks EXACTLY THE SAME.

Even though her appearance hasn’t changed AT ALL – Renee’s new belief in herself sees her climbing the ranks at the cosmetics company she works for, getting the respect of her impossibly beautiful boss Avery LeClair (Michelle Williams), bagging a cute boyfriend in Ethan and getting invited to rooftop parties.

With her new confidence comes overconfidence, and even the tendency to treat the ‘less genetically fortunate’ in the same dismissive way that people used to treat her. Eventually Renee believes the spell has been lifted – and finally realizes that when she thought she was ugly, she may have been the most beautiful, and when she believed she was beautiful, she had started to turn a bit ugly. She learns that true beauty is not skin deep.

The movie also stars stand-up comedian Rory Scovel who plays her boyfriend. It also stars Emily Ratajkowski, Aidy BryantBusy Philipps, Michelle Williams, Tom Hopper, and Laura Hutton.

I Feel Pretty arrives in theaters this summer on June 29, 2018.

THE MUPPETS Director James Bobin To Helm The ACTION MAN Movie

Hasbro is moving forward with their feature film adaptation of Action Man at Paramount Pictures. According to Deadline, they've hired James Bobin (The Muppets, Alice Through the Looking Glass) to direct the movie. 

For those of you not familiar with Action Man, it is a military action figure line that is basically the British version of G.I. Joe that was launched in the 60s. There are no details on the story, but Simon Farnaby (Paddington 2) is writing the script.

I was familiar with Action Man when I was growing up, but living in the U.S., I obviously preferred G.I. Joe. This will definitely be a different kind of project for Bobin, who also worked on Da Ali G Show and Flight of the Concords, but I hope that he ends up making a great movie!

Maybe the Action Man movie will succeed where G.I. Joe failed. If you want a full detailed history fn Action Man, you can read up on it here.

Monstrous Nostalgia and Universal’s Dark Universe

Though the plastic teeth felt awkward in my mouth, and the fake blood tasted like cough syrup, I knew that these were small sacrifices to make in the achieving of my Halloween goal. With my hair slicked back and my cape and cowl on, complete with plastic medallion, I resembled a miniature Bela Lugosi as he appeared in Dracula (1931). Well, Dracula if he wore metallic green parachute pants in place of black trousers. I worked with what I had. That night as my parents took me trick-or-treating through the neighborhood, and then later through my elementary school, I showed off my vampire prowess by hissing and twirling my cape. Instead of yelling trick-or-treat I echoed, “I want to suck your blood,” followed by, “I like your house, what’s this?” I was a curious child. Once I returned back home I dug through my candy bag searching for my favorite sweets and watched an episode of Tales From the Crypt (1991) in which Malcolm McDowell played a vampire working at a blood bank. Looking back now I can admire how fitting that episode was given my costume choice that Halloween night.

At that time of my life I had not seen the famous vampire film, Dracula (1931), yet somehow I intrinsically knew about vampires and the fear they inspired. It is possible that episodes of The Munsters (1964) or pop-culture references from various cartoons had penetrated by subconscious creating this instinctual knowledge. However, regardless of how I had come to know of the vampire, werewolf, and assorted other monsters that existed at that time, I knew that there was something powerful in the fear that they inspired. 

Now as an adult I lust after the nostalgic feelings of my youth, hoping upon hope, to brush against that something that inspires the fear, power, and awe that I experienced as a kid. Honestly, I cannot remember the last time I saw a horror film, much less a monster movie, that truly frightened me. This is not to say that some decent monster films have not been produced in the last five years, only that the symbol of the vampire, werewolf, and even Frankenstein’s monster has diminished and faded into pop culture. For example, Afflicted (2013) is a decent modern-day found-footage vampire film, but it did not scare me. I could probably blame films like Twilight (2008) for the current state of monster films, but in truth, the films of the late 90s and early 00s did not help. Looking at you Dracula 2000 (2000). At the same time, the overindulged CGI fest of current monster/action films leaves me wanting. Though I enjoyed Dracula Untold (2014) the film failed in the fear department. 

As Universal struggles to hold onto the Dark Universe, an idea that has failed to ignite once again, I fear that my hopes for a new collection of monster films will be dashed against the rocks of Frankenstein’s Castle. If the Dark Universe is to survive then Universal must learn not only from past mistakes, but past successes as well. Fear and horror are key elements of the classic films of old, but so is a great story. At this point, Universal should drop the Dark Universe in favor of a montage of classic monster scenes that plays with the Universal logo at the beginning of every new connected monster film. I would also suggest, that instead of trying to reboot, retool, or otherwise re- the a new monster franchise that the new slew of monster films should be connected to their black and white counterparts.

These films would offer a foundation for all new stories along with showing how concepts of fear and horror have changed over the years. Keeping this idea in mind, I recommend that Universal revive, at least in the case of The Mummy, the Brendan Fraser Mummy franchise. However, instead of sticking to the action/adventure aspects of The Mummy franchise, I suggest embracing the horror elements of those films. As for Brendan Fraser, I think it is possible that his character was cursed and left as an immortal wondering the modern day world alone and without his family. The new slew of monster films would inspire his character to once again embrace life. Even if Fraser did not return to this type of franchise, a descendant of his character from the Mummy films could be the main and/or joining protagonist of the films.

Regardless of how the Dark Universe, or at least a new batch of monster movies, are brought to the big screen, Universal should throw caution to the wind and learn from past successes. There are many ways that modern fears can be adapted into classic monster cinema. Universal’s goal should not be to create another Avengers-style universe, but to reignite a desire in fans everywhere for another great monster flick. When the time is right and the pieces finally come together then Universal should make a new House of Frankenstein. 

Sound off below with your favorite monster films, and how you think the Dark Universe should be revived. 

Guest Article By Joseph Fridley (@brother_fridley)

DC Entertainment Wants Michael Bay To Direct LOBO and He Has Met With Them

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It looks like Michael Bay actually might jump into the DC universe and Warner Bors. is looking to hire him to direct the feature film adaptation of Lobo. If he takes the job, it will be his first real superhero movie. According to The Wrap, the studio think's Lobo "could be their answer to Deadpool" and they think Bay is the guy who will deliver the goods. 

I have mixed feeling about Michael Bay taking on this movie. I've enjoyed a lot of his films, but I'm not the biggest fan of how he handled the Transformers franchise. In the middle of his Transformers movie blitz, he made Pain & Gain and 13 Hours, both of which were great movies. If he does end up directing Lobo, I hope that he does less of what he did with Transformers and more of what he has done with his other movies that were actually good. 

The report goes on to say that Bay has met with DC to discuss the project and offered some notes  "that Wonder Woman writer Jason Fuchs will incorporate into a rewrite." After that rewrite, the studio will present the new script to Bay in hope that they can close the deal. 

Over the past few years, directors like Guy Ritchie and Brad Peyton (San Andreas) were looking to direct the film with Joel Silver and Akiva Goldsman producing, but those directors ended up dropping out.

Lobo centers on a blue-skinned, 7-foot-tall, heavily muscled antihero alien who works as an interstellar mercenary and bounty hunter. 

Would you want to see Micheal Bay direct this movie? 

MONSTER HUNTER WORLD Now Ranks As The Top Paid Game For Xbox One And PS4 Stores

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It seems like the Monster Hunter craze that is currently happening in the gaming community is far from over. Last week, Monster Hunter: World, Capcom’s latest entry to the franchise, made headlines after they were able to sell 1.35 million copies of the game in its home country in Japan just after a few days post release. Now, it seems like the game is also doing well worldwide. 

Given that the game has always been popular in Japan, it is no surprise that Monster Hunter: World was able to take the top spot on the PlayStation Store. Currently the first two spots are occupied by Monster Hunter: World with the full game on the top spot, and the slightly more expensive Digital Deluxe version on the second. In third place on the PSN top games is the newly released Dragon Ball Fighterz, and Call of Duty WWII in fourth place. 

On the other hand, Monster Hunter: World was able to overtake PUBG as the top paid game on the Xbox Store. In fact the game was able to take the first and third spots for both the physical and digital versions of the game. PUBG on the other hand, is still able to secure a top spot as it is currently the second top paid game in the store, with Madden NFL 18 GOAT Super Bowl Edition in fourth place. 

It seems like Capcom was able to achieve their goal in making Monster Hunter: World more appealing to gamers worldwide. In past franchises, Monster Hunter was not able to reach a wide audience outside of Japan. Personally, I’m not surprised that the game is doing well everywhere. After spending 20+ hours on the game, I feel like I’ve barely scratched the surface and that there is still more to do. You can check out our full review of the game here if you’re still undecided whether to get the game or not. 

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Emilia Clarke Discusses Her Femme Fatale SOLO Character and Says She “Has a Core of Steel”

Even with the trailers that have been released for Solo: A Star Wars Story, we still hardly know anything about Emilia Clarke's character Qi’ra, who has been described as a femme fatale. But, in a recent interview with EW, the actress opens up a little bit about the woman she plays and offers a few new details.

One of the main things that has been revealed about the character is that she and Han Solo grew up together and Clarke expands on the details of their relationship saying:

"Well, they grew up as comrades, essentially. They grew up as pals, as partners in crime. There is obviously the romantic side of things. But they grew up together. So they were kids together. And the beautiful thing about this Han Solo story is it’s highlighting all of the most brilliant aspects of Han Solo the character and characterizing those aspects in characters that he meets on his journey to becoming who he is."

These two characters are obviously going to have a very interesting and heavy dynamic. I'm actually looking forward to seeing how this character influences Solo in the film. When talk about that influence, she says:

"You see the beginnings of him, this loveable rogue. You get it fine-tuned throughout these relationships, and Qi’ra is one of those relationships that has an impact on him as a character. I mean, hopefully [ laughs] — if I have done my job. And within that relationship, the thing that that you see with Qi’ra is that she an enigma."

Clarke goes on to say that since we don't see Qi-ra anywhere else in the Star Wars universe, "something has happened! [Laughs] You know what I mean?" When asked if the movie offers us a reason why Han never talks about this character, she explained:

"Something must have happened to affect him as a person, but for us fans not to know about her. Twists happen, and there is this great idea of trust — and who do you trust and how do you trust? And which side of the tracks are either character from — or going to?"

She goes on to talk about the mystery surrounding the relationship saying:

"It is. Mystery. There is a thing throughout the relationship you just can’t put your finger on. And that’s Qi’ra. Every time you think you have got her number you realize you haven’t at all. [Laughs] Which is really hard to play. The goal is that the shadow of Qi’ra is there in Han as a character that we know. This girl is another texture that makes up who he is when we first meet him."

Clarke offers some info on where the film picks up with her character, saying:

"The point where you meet her, she is with Han. They are both doing what they’ve got to do to survive. And that is Qi’ra the whole the movie. The whole way through, she is surviving. And surviving in the underworld that we know to be [filled with] smuggling, aloof gamblers, wrong-side-of-the-tracks nasty ones. It was beautiful they touched on it very briefly [in The Last Jedi] when they are at the racetracks. Do you remember and they were talking about what that world is?"

As I'm sure you may already know, she is talking about Canto Bight and she explains how that is the world in which their characters inhabit:

"And that’s our world. I mean it’s not the racetracks, and not Canto Bight. But we have the main storyline talk about what the smuggling, gambling black market world is like. It’s dangerous and it’s sordid and it’s ugly, and it’s really, really dark. There are loads of different gangster-y elements running through it. It has been really fun to put Qi’ra in that. She has a couple of guises, but essentially she is just fighting to stay alive."

When talking about the strength of the character, Clarke goes on to say that she has a "core of steel."

"Oh hella yeah. [Laughs] I am never going to take a job that doesn’t tell that story, because I think it’s a very important narrative that we are telling all ages at all stages. And whilst it is Han Solo’s movie, this girl gets to be badass. And strong. And has her own journey. Qi’ra’s journey is definitely one of survival and strength. The way that I felt about her was yeah this girl has got a core of steel."

This is seriously some great insight into this character and it will be great to see how her story arc plays out throughout the course of the film. 

Doug Jones Joins The Cast of Taika Waititi’s WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS TV Series

Taika Waititi's What We Do In The Shadows spinoff series has just added four new members to the cast and one of those actors includes Doug Jones (Hellboy, Pans Labyrinth, The Shape of Water). Beanie Feldstein (Lady Bird), Jake McDorman (Lady Bird, Limitless), and Mark Proksch (Better Call Saul) have also joined FX's half-hour comedy pilot.

There are no details of the characters they will be playing, but according to Variety, "all four will potentially recur on the show should it get ordered to series."

The four actors join the previously announced cast that includes Kayvan Novak, Matt Berry, Natasia Demetriou, and Harvey Guillen. Jemaine Clement wrote the pilot and Taika Waititi is set to direct it.

Clement previously revealed that the first season of the series will consist of six 30-minute episodes. The story will center around the detective characters Mike Minogue and Karen O’Leary, who were introduced in What We Do In The Shadows. They will be patrolling the streets of Wellington, New Zealand in search of nefarious supernatural activity hunting out ghosts, werewolves and demonic possessions.

Producer Paul Yates also confirmed that Wellington Paranormal be shot in a documentary-style like the original movie and that it is drawing inspiration from The X-Files

Joaquin Phoenix Has Agreed To Play The Joker in DC’s Origin Film!

Joaquin Phoenix looking to take on the role of The Joker in director Todd Phillip's upcoming untitled original film that will focus on the Clown Prince of Crime. Phoenix is such a great actor and he's certainly going to bring something very different and bold to the character.

According to Variety, the studio has not entered into negotiations with the actor yet, but he has apparently been in talks and according to the report, "Phoenix has agreed to the role." At this point it just a matter of getting the contract worked out.

This actually isn't the first time that Joaquin Phoenix has been wanted for the role. Darren Aronofsky wanted him to play The Joker in his Batman film. The studio originally wanted Leonardo DiCaprio to take on the part, but that obviously didn't work out. Pheonix is actually probably the better choice. He's definitely going to bring a level of crazy to the character that fans might enjoy.

Todd Phillips is also on board to co-write the film with Scott Silver. The report goes on to say that the story for the film will "delve into what it took for the Joker to become a mastermind criminal. Sources say the story will take place in the ’80s and have more of the look of a gritty crime drama than comic book movie."

Are you excited to hear that Pheonix will be taking on the role of The Joker? Do you think he's a solid choice?