Ewan McGregor Will Play Danny Torrance in Stephen King’s THE SHINING Sequel DOCTOR SLEEP

Ewan McGregor has been cast in the lead role of Danny Torrance in Warner Bros. adaptation of Stephen King's Doctor Sleep, which is a sequel to The Shining. I was wondering who they would cast in this role and McGregor is freakin' perfect! 

The film is being directed by Mike Flanagan previously directed Oculus, OuijaGerald's Game and Hush, all of which were solid movies, especially Gerald's Game which was another Stephen King story.

The studio is not only developing this sequel to The Shining, they are also developing a prequel called Overlook Hotel. The films have been in development for years, but since IT was a huge hit, they are really interested in moving forward with these.

The Shining centers on Jack Torrance, his wife Wendy, and their son Danny as they live in the haunted Overlook Hotel during the winter season to take care of it. It's there that the hotel possesses Jack and he slowly becomes possessed by the hotel and nightmarishly torments his wife and son.

Doctor Sleep takes place several years after the events that took place at the Overlook Hotel. It focuses on Jack's son Danny who is now a middle-aged man. He is still traumatized by what happened at the hotel all those years ago and he throughout his life he had to deal with anger management and alcoholism issues. However, in an effort to get his life back together, he gives up drinking and settles down in a small town in New Hampshire. It is at this point in his life where his psychic abilities start to resurface and he develops a psychic link with a 12-year-old girl named Abra Stone. Turns out this girl's life is being threatened by a tribe of paranormals who suck the energy from people. They are led by a man named Rose the Hat and Danny has to save her from them.

What do you think about McGregor taking on the role of Jack's son Danny Torrance?

Source: Variety

New WONDER WOMAN 1984 Details Involving Cheetah, a Lynda Carter Easter Egg, and Steve Trevor Rocks a Fanny Pack

We've got a few little new details to share with you regarding Wonder Woman 1984! We saw a couple official photos recently of Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) and Steve Trevor (Chris Pine). Now we've learned some new details regarding Kristen Wiig's character Cheetah and a couple of other fun things that were spotted in a set photo.

First, here's the new information that was revealed involving Cheetah. This news comes from Vulture entertainment reporter Kyle Buchanan

That seems like the version of the character in the Greg Rucka and Liam Sharp's Wonder Woman: Rebirth storyline. In that story, Barbara Minerva is an archeologist who was considered Diana Prince's best friend. She ends up being cursed by the god Urzkartaga, which is what results in her transformation into Cheetah. She blames Diana for this and ends up being her enemy.

This is just speculation on the information given, but it seems like a good bet that the film's story could go in that direction. 

Then below you'll find a set photo below of Diana Prince and Steve Trevor. In that photo you can see Gal Gadot wearing a similar outfit as Lynda Carter from the original 80s series. The other funny thing that I noticed is that Steve Trevor is rocking a fanny pack! Classic 80s! 

Turns Out Children Still Like MISTER ROGERS NEIGHBORHOOD

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Kids today have the best toys, video games, animation, and programming of any generation before them, and yet, they still get down with Mister Rogers. ABC news did a piece on the lasting legacy of Fred Rogers, and in that segment showed a group of kids watching an episode of his series. All of the kids loved it, and said they'd watch it again every day if given the chance. I think this just inspired me to find a bunch of his dvds to keep for my children in the future, what about you?:

Bandai’s DRAGON BALL Adverge Figures Give Nappa a Toupee

A tweet was recently sent out to show off the new Dragon Ball Adverge figurines from Bandai. Overall, they look pretty cool and a great collectible for any Dragon Ball fan. There’s one figure that seems to come with a special gift: Nappa. Nappa is Vegeta’s original “friend” who dies in the first saga of Dragon Ball Z. He’s bald. Oddly enough, the figure will come with a toupee. Have I missed something in Dragon Ball Super? I don’t think it looks very good either. I just don’t understand why they included such a random add-on for Nappa, unless there’s something in Dragon Ball Super or one of the specials that I missed. Do you like Nappa with or without hair?

According to the tweet, it looks like the figures will go on sale in August in Japan for about 500 yen.

Review: HEREDITARY Is A Technical Masterpiece With Story Flaws

For Ari Aster's Hereditary, the hype was peak out of Sundance Film Festival. Critics dubbed it the scariest film in years, with many comparing it to The Exorcist. Does it live to its reputation? As a movie, yes, but as a story, it isn't as strong. Aster cleverly uses the stages of grief as a guide to forward the plot, but the intended impact falls short. Women hold the story together as Toni Collette at her most brilliant and most unhinged. It's just frustrating when a movie full of potential fumbles in it's second and third act, leaving you unfulfilled and with more questions than answers.

When Ellen Graham, the matriarch of the Graham family dies, her estranged daughter Annie (Toni Collette) throws herself into her work. The mother of two is a diorama artist who creates scenes of her daily life, some serene, some gruesome. Her nuclear family consists of Peter (Alex Wolff)-- her eldest child is a teenaged stoner with raging hormones; Charlie (Milly Shapiro), the creepiest child on screen since Damien in the Omen; and Steve (Gabriel Byrne), the loving husband and father whose just trying to hold shit together.  All are mourning in their own way, but Charlie is most affected. To cope, Annie attends group grief management meetings where she meets Joan (Ann Dowd), a grieving mother looking for solace in the company of others. Unbeknown to Annie, this is a match made in hell.

As family tragedy strikes again, Annie is vulnerable, and Joan sees an opportunity to forward her agenda, and the family descent into madness begins. One by one they start to unravel as the sins of the mother come crashing down on Annie, and it is her responsibility to make things right.

Aster and cinematographer Pawel Pogorzelski deserve high praise for their technical and visual execution. The audience gets a bird's eye view--a diorama in motion--into the life of the Graham family. The use of darkness and shadows plays tricks on the mind and implants a haunting sense of dread. The soundtrack intensifies that anxious feeling with deep hollow sounds and eerie music that sets the tone for the sinister forces at work.

Another fascinating aspect is the way Aster cleverly implements the stages of grief into pivotal scenes. Denial and anger are first as the Graham family can't have dinner anymore because it turns into a screaming match. Bargaining and depression happen as Annie finds ways to address and cope with her losses by attending grief meetings and bonding with Joan, and at this stage, our heroine is susceptible to evil influences. Finally, when Annie begins to accept her fate, she believes she is the one that can free her family from this inherited curse.

The best asset to the film is the captivating performance by actress Toni Collete. She delivers one of the best portrayals of the year in a genre often ignored by award committees. Here's to hoping award snobs can put aside their hate for the horror genre to acknowledge superb acting next year.

With so much to celebrate, Hereditary isn't perfect. From the trailers, many compared the film Jennifer Kent's The Babadook anticipating it would examine the profound effects of mental illness on motherhood, and how that impacts a nuclear family. However, the film is more an homage to Rosemary's Baby with necromancy as a central plot device, and in this case, that feels like a cop-out. It's much more frightening to think of this as a look into the life of a dysfunctional family than it is the work of the devil. There is a problem with the use of these specific themes because Aster's script doesn't shift smoothly between them. This left a disconnect between each act, making it feel like several different films are happening at once.

Hereditary is a hallmark in cinematic film making, and still worth a watch, but the narrative prevents it from living up to its full potential and leaves viewers scratching their heads wondering what they just saw.

Capcom Showed The First Gameplay Footage Of RESIDENT EVIL 2 Remake And It Looks Terrifying

Yesterday, Capcom released a launch date and a brief trailer for the upcoming remake of Resident Evil 2, which proves that the project is still in development. Soon after the announcement, Capcom released a brand-new trailer that shows a brief preview of the remake’s gameplay. 

In the trailer, we see the game’s protagonist, Leon S. Kennedy making his way into the Raccoon City Police Department. From there, players are brought back to a somewhat familiar interior of the Police Station. However, instead of the well-lit hallways from the original games, the Remake sports a darker, creepier vibe, which is perfect for a zombie-infested survival horror game. 

Moreover, the game will be played from a third-person, over-the-shoulder perspective as seen in games such as Resident Evil 4, 5 and 6. The change in camera angle is a massive departure from the game’s iconic fixed camera point of view, which some fans of the game would prefer. Besides that, the trailer showed the technological leap in graphical improvements from the original game. 

In a press release, Capcom explained how they build Resident Evil 2 Remake using the RE Engine. “The game has been completely rebuilt from the ground up for a deeper narrative experience. Using Capcom’s proprietary RE Engine, Resident Evil 2 offers a fresh take on the classic survival horror saga with breathtakingly realistic visuals, heart-pounding immersive audio, a new over-the-shoulder camera, and modernized controls on top of gameplay modes from the original game.”

In the same press release, Capcom talked about the significant improvements made on the game’s iconic zombies. “Zombies now react in real time as they take instantly visible damage, making every bullet from the player count. Stunning lighting brings the familiar rooms and corridors of Raccoon City Police Department to new life. Players will feel they’re in the shoes of heroes Leon and Claire, terrified to step out of the light for fear of what flesh-eating nightmares might await them in the darkness.”

Resident Evil 2 Remake is scheduled to release on January 29, 2018, for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. 

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Wonder Girl Seemingly Confirmed for TITANS

In a recent set photo it was shown that Conor Leslie was working on Titans, but her role has never been revealed. Without being officially announced, fans were speculating that her role would be Donna Troy aka Wonder Girl, and it appears someone may have accidentally slipped and spilled the beans. Minka Kelly will be playing Dove in the upcoming show for DC Universe, and she recently uploaded the following post to Instagram:

I hit the jackpot with this band of stunners I get to work with. Women this talented, strong, beautiful, supportive of each other AND have each other’s backs?! Oh my. Last night we had dinner, saw some ballet and then I let the ladies know I’m a boss at Asteroids and Anna let us know she’s a Pac-Man master. I know what it is to want for supportive women at work so I cherish these ladies and this experience. #Titans #Starfire #ElastiGirl #WonderGirl #Dove 💪🏽❤️

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That image features Leslie and Anna Diop in addition to Kelly. We know that Diop will portray Starfire and while the tags include Elasti-Girl, that role is taken by April Bowlby. Wonder Girl gets a tag in the image as well which pretty much all but confirms Leslie will, in fact, be Donna Troy. I imagine that she will be a recurring character in the series, and I’m guessing she’ll appear in 2 episodes during season 1. What role do you think Wonder Girl will have in the upcoming series?

No release date has been announced for Titans or DC Universe outside of later in 2018.

The Director of VENOM Isn’t Ruling Out a Spider-Man Appearance in the Franchise

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When it comes to if Spider-Man is appearing in the new Venom film, we've heard that he won't be in the movie and we've heard rumors that he will. We just don't know for sure! Now the director of VenomRuben Fleischer, is weighing in on the question. When asked by Empire about Spidey potentially making an appearance in the movie, Fleischer said:

"This feels very much like Venom’s movie. It’s the introduction of the character. As to where it will go in future movies, and who he’ll run across, I can’t say."

While Fleischer doesn't give a definitive answer, he's not ruling out the possibility. Yeah, it would be kinda cool to see Spider-Man show up in the film, but he's not a main part of the story, there's no reason to include him. It would pretty much just be for fan service. 

If Spider-Man did appear in Venom, it would also make things a little weird and confusing because these are two completely separate universes. It's already been made very clear that Venom will not appear in any Spider-Man or any other MCU movie. 

The more I think about it, the more I hope that Spider-Man doesn't show up in Venom. Just let Spider-Man do his thing in the MCU. appearing in a film like Venom would just seem like a step backwards for the character. Would you like to see Spider-Man show up even if it's just some kind of brief cameo?

The movie also stars Tom HollandMichelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Jenny Slate and Woody Harrelson. It's set to hit theaters on October 5th.

 

Via: Heroic Hollywood

 

DC’s THE FLASH Movie is Said to Be Inspired By BACK TO THE FUTURE and More DC Entertainment Details

Ever since Batman v Superman was released, DC Entertainment has been on a path to making films comic book films with a lighter tone. They tried to fix that aspect of Justice League by letting Zack Snyder go and bringing in Joss Whedon, but that didn't really work out for anybody.

Wonder Woman gave the fans what they were looking for and now James Wan's upcoming Aquaman film is said to be the film that will set the DCEU on the right path. This new direction that DC Entertainment is taking now set to spill over into the solo Flash film.

A new report from THR gives us an update on The Flash film, which is being written and directed by John Francis Daly and Jonathan Goldstein (Game Night, Spider-Man: Homecoming). According to the report Back to the Future is going to be their main inspiration for the film.

The Flash, which will finally begin production in early 2019 with Ezra Miller starring, has abandoned the somber themes it had been expected to tackle. The film now has the Game Night team of John Francis Daly and Jonathan Goldstein on board, and it’s looking to Back to the Future as a touchstone.

The movie was previously said to be called Flashpoint which hinted at the story that it would tell. But, who knows if things have changed over the past few months. One thing's for sure, it's not hard to imagine a Flash movie inspired by Back to the Future. That could be fun, especially with the tone. 

There are a few other things that were revealed. The report notes that Todd Phillips and Joaquin Pheonix's Joker origin film will have a lower budget of about $55 million. It's also said that it will be released under a new brand for the darker DC films called "DC Dark" or DC Black".

They also talk a bit about the new person in charge of the DC properties at Warner Bros. His name is Walter Hamada and he is re-evaluating everything being developed and he doesn’t want to make any big movie slate announcements that stretch years out into the future. A source says:

The exec, who successfully oversaw the Conjuring movies at New Line, inherited a slate in disarray and has quietly spent months sorting through projects. “He walked into a shitshow, and he’s trying to clean it up,” says one insider familiar with the scene.

What do you think about the direction they are taking the DC films, specifically with The Flash being inspired by Back to the Future?

Epic Games Confirms FORTNITE For The Nintendo Switch

Developer Epic Games officially confirmed that Fortnite is coming to the Nintendo Switch. The announcement puts to rest several leaks and rumors circulating around the availability of the battle royale game to Nintendo’s hybrid console. 

Fans of Fortnite don’t have to wait too long because the game is now available to the Switch as a free download today. Currently, Epic Games did not release details on any Nintendo-specific content. Concerning cross-play with other platforms, Epic’s Nick Chester revealed on Twitter that the Switch version will have cross-play functionality with Xbox One, PC, Mac, and Mobile. This means that Switch players can play with anyone except with PS4 players, which is not a surprise at all. 

Fortnite is currently available for the PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iOS. Epic Games previously announced an Android version coming this summer. 

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