More Cool New AQUAMAN Photos Show Patrick Wilson’s Orm Come Face to Face with Aquaman

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We've got five new photos to share with you from director James Wan's Aquaman! They come from EW and one of the coolest images features our first look at Patrick Wilson's Orm coming face to face with Jason Mamoa's Aquaman. Orm is the half-brother King of Aquaman and he wants to declare war on the surface world.

The other images include Nicole Kidman as Queen Atlanna holding a young Arthur Curry. Amber Heard as Princess Mera is with Aquaman and they are embarking on a journey on the surface world. Then there's a behind-the-scenes shot of Wan directing the actors. That photo includes Aquaman’s mentor Vulko, who is played by Willem Dafoe. All you can see is the back of his head, though.

All of the actors shown here look great in the roles that they are playing in the film! Earlier we posted an Aquaman cover for EW along with a first look at Black Manta. You can check those out here. Check out the additional images below and let us know what you think! Do they get you excited for the movie?

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Aquaman will center on Aquaman as a reluctant ruler of the underwater kingdom of Atlantis who is caught between land dwellers that are always polluting the globe and his own people who are ready to invade the surface.

Aquaman is set to be released December 21, 2018. Hopefully, we get that first trailer soon!

New Trailer For The Ice Age Adventure Film ALPHA From Director Albert Hughes

Sony Pictures has released a new trailer and poster for their upcoming Ice Age adventure film Alpha. The film comes from director Albert Hughes, the co-director of films such as Menace II SocietyDead PresidentsFrom Hell and The Book of Eli, which was a solo directing gig.

I'm not sure about this movie. The trailers that have been released haven't done a very good job selling me on it. My kids want to see it, so maybe that's the film's market. Maybe it will end up being a decent watchable adventure movie, but I'm not expecting much.

The story is set in Europe 20,000 years ago during the Ice Age. "While on his first hunt with his tribe’s most elite group, a young man is injured and left for dead. Awakening to find himself broken and alone -- he must learn to survive and navigate the harsh and unforgiving wilderness. Reluctantly taming a lone wolf abandoned by its pack, the pair learn to rely on each other and become unlikely allies, enduring countless dangers and overwhelming odds in order to find their way home before the deadly winter arrives."

The young man's name is Zeta, and he's played by Kodi Smit-McPhee (The Road, X-Men: Apocalypse). The full cast includes Natassia MaltheLeonor VarelaJóhannes Haukur JóhannessonMercedes de la Zerda, and Jens Hultén.

The movie is set to be released in theaters on August 17th. Will you be checking it out?

Death Wants Some Face Time in First Trailer For UNFRIENDED: DARK WEB

Remember that 2014 horror film Unfriended? Well, apparently there's a standalone sequel that's been made called Unfriended: Dark Web and the first trailer has been released for you to check out. The story unfolds in real time and it takes a group of friends down the rabbit hole of the dark web as they are terrorized by someone on the other end. 

When a 20-something finds a cache of hidden files on his new laptop, he and his friends are unwittingly thrust into the depths of the dark web. They soon discover someone has been watching their every move and will go to the unimaginable lengths to protect the dark web.

The movie is described as being "the most terrifying horror yet from the producer of Get Out, Happy Death Day, The Purge, and the makers of Unfriended." It looks like an interesting story, but "terrifying"? We'll see. The movie is sure to include some disturbing content, but I'm not entirely sold on this whole gimmick of telling a story through the screens of computers and phones. I'll give this one a shot, though. 

The movie was written and directed by Stephen Susco (The Grudge) and it's produced by Timur Bekmambetov and Jason Blum. The film stars Betty Gabriel, Andrew Lees, Colin Woodell, and Connor Del Rio.

Unfriended: Dark Web will be released in theaters on July 20th, 2018.

First Look at Black Manta in AQUAMAN and Jason Mamoa, Nicole Kidman and Amber Heard Grace The Cover of EW

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Thanks to Entertainment Weekly we have our first look at Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as David Kane a.k.a. Black Manta. As you can see he's working on his suit's helmet, which is straight-out-of-the-comics accurate. If you're familiar with the comics, you know that the helmet blasts red plasma beams from its eyes.

I also included a cover of EW featuring Jason Mamoa as Aquaman, Nicole Kidman as Queen Atlanna and Amber Heard as Princess Mera.

When talking about Black Manta, director James Wan says, “He’s part mercenary but full-time pirate who in his suit will look like some crazy alien from outer space."

Manta is not the main villain in the film. King Orm (Patrick Wilson), Aquaman’s ambitious half-brother who governs Atlantis is. But Manta's story arc is expected to play out through future Aquaman films. Wan adds:

"Black Manta is a really interesting character who is somehow factored into this story but our main story is about Jason and Patrick."

When talking about the film as a whole, and how it's different from the previous DC films, the director said:

"The water world my movie takes place in is so separate and so far apart from previous DC movies it’s like I’m making my own sci-fi fantasy film. This is a whole new underwater world nobody has seen before in live action.

Producer Peter Safran then talked about Jason Momoa in the role of Aquaman, saying:

"Rarely has a superhero character been married to the real-life actor as much as Aquaman and Jason Momoa. He’s authentically from two worlds, he’s this real physical specimen, he’s got this humor which he’s never been allowed to play before — in every regard he is Aquaman."

I didn't like the idea of Momoa in the role of Aquaman initially, but it's kinda grown on me. The movie also stars Willem Dafoe as Nuidis Vulko, Temuera Morrison as Tom Curry, Dolph Lundgren as King Nereus, Ludi Lin as Murk, and Michael Beach as Jesse Kane.

Aquaman will center on Aquaman as a reluctant ruler of the underwater kingdom of Atlantis who is caught between land dwellers that are always polluting the globe and his own people who are ready to invade the surface.

Aquaman is set to be released December 21, 2018. Hopefully we get that first trailer soon!

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The Hulk Vs. One Punch Man in This Action-Packed Fan-Made Animated Short

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If you've ever wanted to see what a fight between The Hulk and One Punch Man would look like, I've got an extremely fun and action-packed fan-made animated short film for you to watch. It's called Hulk Vs. Saitama and it was created by Zimaut Animation.

The short comes in multiple parts. The first part follows Bruce Banner as he travels abroad. While on his journey "he stumbles upon a strong creature in Z City. Inevitably he gives into his anger and turns into The Hulk. Losing control of himself. Now, it's up to Saitama, the Bald Caped Hero to tame the green beast." The second part is basically the main event! Saitama's has only fueled Hulk's anger and things get crazy.

The second part ends on a cliffhanger so we'll have to wait for the third part of the fight to see how it comes to an end. This thing turned out to be really fun so I hope you enjoy it!

Benedict Cumberbatch Harnesses The Power of Grumpiness in New Trailer For THE GRINCH

Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment have released an amusing new trailer for the animated film adaptation of Dr. Suess' The Grinch. Benedict Cumberbatch provides the voice of the title character and the new trailer offers us a good amount of new footage from the film that shows us what The Grinch is up to as he attempts to ruin Christmas for the town of Who-ville. 

This is a classic story, one that has been told a few times already. My favorite will always be the original 1966 animated version that we all grew up with. I'm not completely sold on this latest adaptation of the story, but I'll still watch it and hope that it turns out good. 

The Grinch tells the story of a cynical grump who goes on a mission to steal Christmas, only to have his heart changed by a young girl’s generous holiday spirit. Funny, heartwarming and visually stunning, it’s a universal story about the spirit of Christmas and the indomitable power of optimism. Academy Award nominee Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game, Doctor Strange) lends his voice to the infamous Grinch, who lives a solitary life inside a cave on Mt. Crumpet with only his loyal dog, Max, for company. With a cave rigged with inventions and contraptions for his day-to-day needs, the Grinch only sees his neighbors in Who-ville when he runs out of food.
Each year at Christmas they disrupt his tranquil solitude with their increasingly bigger, brighter and louder celebrations. When the Whos declare they are going to make Christmas three times bigger this year, the Grinch realizes there is only one way for him to gain some peace and quiet: he must steal Christmas. To do so, he decides he will pose as Santa Claus on Christmas Eve, even going so far as to trap a lackadaisical misfit reindeer to pull his sleigh.
Meanwhile, down in Who-ville, Cindy-Lou Who—a young girl overflowing with holiday cheer—plots with her gang of friends to trap Santa Claus as he makes his Christmas Eve rounds so that she can thank him for help for her overworked single mother. As Christmas approaches, however, her good-natured scheme threatens to collide with the Grinch’s more nefarious one. Will Cindy-Lou achieve her goal of finally meeting Santa Claus? Will the Grinch succeed in silencing the Whos’ holiday cheer once and for all?

The Grinch was directed by Yarrow Cheney and Scott Mosier and it will be released on November 9, 2018. Are you looking forward to this movie?

The Trademark For That STAR WARS: DETOURS Series From The ROBOT CHICKEN Guys Has Been Renewed

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Remember that animated Star Wars series from the Robot Chicken team, Star Wars: Detours? Well, Lucasfilm has renewed the trademark. Why? I have no idea, but I hope it means that one day it will see the light of day! If you need a reminder of what the series is about, here's the synopsis:

Star Wars Detours is an animated comedy that explores what daily life is like in a galaxy far, far away. There are no Empires striking back or attacking clones here. Instead, Star Wars Detours focuses on the universe’s regular folks and their everyday problems… which, to be fair, do frequently involve famous bounty hunters, crazed Ewoks, and even a Dark Lord of the Sith.
Welcome to Star Wars: Detours: the other side of the stars, between the wars.

It's been six years since Lucasfilm announced the series at Star Wars Celebration in 2012. The comedy series was ready to go with 39 completed episodes and 62 scripts ready to be produced before Lucasfilm put it on hold indefinitely. The series even had George Lucas' stamp of approval. Here's what Seth Green previously had to say about the series:

"So there’s actually been quite a bit of talk about this, but Detours is just on hold currently. We have 39 finished episodes and around 62 finished scripts. But that entire show was created before the decision to make more Star Wars movies, so our show (which was created by George Lucas) is an animated sitcom in the world of Star Wars, so we had a lot of conversations with Kathleen Kennedy about Star Wars in not just the next three years but the next 30 years, and when you’re in as privileged a position as we were to be able to work on Star Wars content with its creator, you get a great sense of responsibility to the whole. I was introduced to Star Wars as a child and it was without any ironic or comedic lens, so I saw Darth Vader as scary, and I saw all of those messages very very clearly. We didn’t think it made any sense, in anticipation of these new movies coming out, to spend the next three years with an animated sitcom as three generations’ of kids first introduction to the Star Wars universe. 
I do feel that Detours is a timeless bit of entertainment. Media distribution is changing so quickly, so dramatically, that can you even imagine what distribution of content will look like in five years? In a day and age when Netflix series are nominated for the top accolades TV has to offer, who is to say what it will look like when the new Star Wars movie comes out? So Detours can sit on a shelf until the Star Wars movie comes out without losing any of its lustre, because what we’ve created is very funny, very smart and like I said before, timeless."

After Disney bought Lucasfilm, the series was canceled for the time being. It's a shame that this series ended up being a casualty of that big deal, but maybe Lucasfilm still plans on releasing it one day. That might be one of the reasons why they renewed the trademark. I think the world could use a little fun Star Wars humor right now. 

I also included a trailer for Star Wars: Detours that you can watch below.

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Captain Marvel is Said to Be The Next Face and Leader of the MCU as we Move into Phase 4

Disney recently gave a presentation at CineEurope, and while there, they actually shared some footage promoting Captain Marvel and Avengers 4. And thanks to MCU Cosmic, we have some information to report from the event. They explain that there are a lot of fake descriptions out there, so they set the record straight with what was screened.

When talking about the Captain Marvel footage, it was explained that she would be the new face and leader of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. They say the footage was "meant to introduce people to Carol Danvers. The footage shown highlighted her as a character and talked about how she would become the new face and leader of the Marvel Cinematic Universe while talking a little bit about her powers and how powerful of a character she is."

As for the Avengers 4 footage, it wasn't much. "It was basically Kevin Feige sitting in a chair talking about the movie and apologizing to the exhibitors there for there being so many fewer heroes to sell to their customers. It was a custom-made video just for the exhibitors and meant to make them laugh as the Marvel characters make them a lot of money and Feige killed most of them in the last movie. He said the remaining heroes would need to come back together as a team in Avengers Untitled."

So, the biggest news that came out of this presentation was that Captain Marvel would lead the charge in Phase 4 of Marvel Studios' plans. It makes sense. After all, she is said to be the most powerful being in the MCU, and she has the ability to travel all over the MCU from Earth to the cosmic realm, so she could technically show up in any movie to help out in some way if she's not busy doing something else. 

I just can't wait to see that first footage of Brie Larson as Captain Marvel! I have no idea when that first footage is coming, but I'll be looking forward to it! What do you all think about Captain Marvel being the new face and leader of the MCU?

Captain Marvel is set to hit theaters on March 8, 2019, followed by Avengers 4 on May 3, 2019.

Jon Favreau’s STAR WARS TV Project Will Reportedly Start Shooting This Fall or Winter

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I don't know about you, but I'm pumped up about the live-action Star Wars series that Jon Favreau is developing for Lucasfilm. It looks like the project is getting very close to production. According to Omega Underground, the series is said to start shooting this Fall or Winter.

Favreau will serve as a writer and producer. He's expected to hire other people to direct the various episodes, but I wouldn't be surprised if he directed one himself. 

There hasn't been a lot revealed about the series, but Favreau did say that the series would be set between the events of Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. He also revealed that it will feature all-new characters and will incorporate the "cutting edge tech" that he used to help in bringing The Jungle Book and The Lion King to life. 

Lucasfilm has yet to announce an official premiere date for the series but there is an expectation it could be coming in the fall of 2019.

What are you hoping to see from this upcoming Star Wars TV series?

There’s a STRANGER THINGS Game Being Developed By Telltale Games

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Telltale Games has announced that they will be adapting Netflix's popular supernatural sci-fi series Stranger Things as a video game. They will also be developing Minecraft: Story Mode as a five-episode interactive narrative series that will be released on Netflix in the Fall. In a statement to Deadline, the game developer said:

"We’re delighted by the response we’re seeing to the idea of Minecraft: Story Mode coming to Netflix in the fall as an interactive adventure. And separately, we’re thrilled to confirm that Telltale is developing a game based on Stranger Things that we’ll publish to consoles and computers at a later date."

In a separate statement made to Mashable, a Netflix rep said:

"We can confirm Minecraft: Story Mode is a licensed 5-episode interactive narrative series coming to our service this fall. It's an extension of our other interactive stories we have on our service like Stretch Armstrong: The BreakoutPuss in Book: Trapped in an Epic Tale and Buddy Thunderstruck: The Maybe Pile.:

Just to clarify, The Minecraft interactive narrative will be developed for Netflix, but the Stranger Things project is "launching on the Telltale platform at a later date, not on the Netflix service." Netflix goes on to say that they don't have any plans to get into gaming. What they are doing here they are labeling interactive narrative storytelling:

"We don’t have any plans to get into gaming. There’s a broad spectrum of entertainment available today. Games have become increasingly cinematic, but we view this as interactive narrative storytelling on our service."

This interactive service allows users to navigate through the story with a remote control, choosing among simple commands and dialogue choices.

Minecraft should be a big hit with fans of the game, but I'm most excited for that Stranger Things game that's being developed. I love Telltale's style and it's going to fit perfectly with the Stranger Things franchise. I'm excited to see how this turns out.