Universal Pictures has finally hired a director to take on Jurassic World 2. That director is J.A. Bayona, who brought us The Impossible and The Orphanage. Producers Frank Marshall and Colin Trevorrow made the announcement on their Twitter feeds:
Thrilled to announce JA Bayona is on board to direct JW2. Welcome to the team @FilmBayona!
Bayona was rumored to be the frontrunner for the job after he dropped out of Paramount Picture's World War Z sequel. Bayona is a talented director and this will be his biggest movie to date. I'm looking forward to seeing what he does with it.
Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard are expected to reprise their roles, and the sequel is set to be released on June 22nd, 2018.
Lionsgate obviously isn't finished with the magician heist franchise Now You See Me. The studio has just signed Jon Chu to return to direct Now You See Me 3. He directed the upcoming sequel that they attempted to screen for an audience at CinemaCon last week. Unfortunately, after about 15 minutes they turned it off and evacuated the theater due to mysterious backpack discovered in the theater.
I was really bummed out because I was excited about seeing the movie! I'm a big fan of the franchise regardless of how over the top it is. Hell, that's one of the reasons I enjoy it! I liked what I saw in the first 15 minutes, though!
There's no word on what this next film will entail, but you can bet that it's going to include some kind of heist and some crazy cool magic! I also imagine that Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Dave Franco, and Lizzy Caplan will reprise their roles. Who knows, maybe even Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, and Daniel Radcliffe will come back as well.
The third film was officially announced last year during the development of Now You See Me 2, so I'm sure this third film will be set up in part two. I'm looking forward to seeing what happens with these characters over the course of the next couple movies.
Crispin Glover (Back to the Future) and Jonathan Tucker (Kingdom) have been cast in Starz upcoming fantasy drama American Gods, which is a story that comes from the mind of Neil Gaiman.
American Gods focuses on "a war brewing between old and new gods: the traditional gods of biblical and mythological roots from around the world steadily losing believers to an upstart pantheon of gods reflecting society’s modern love of money, technology, media, celebrity and drugs. Its protagonist, Shadow Moon, is an ex-con who becomes bodyguard and traveling partner to Mr. Wednesday, a conman but in reality one of the older gods, on a cross-country mission to gather his forces in preparation to battle the new deities."
Tucker will be taking on the role of Low-Key Lyesmith, who is described as “wiry and fast-talking, with an offbeat sense of humor and someone who has a theory for everything and gives Shadow some sage advice to ready him for the outside world.” Mr. World will be played by Glover, who is “sometimes more challenged by his own subordinates than his enemies.” These are two separate characters that are actually one and the same. In the novel, both are revealed to be the Norse God Loki.
The series is being developed by Bryan Fuller and Michael Green. The two actors join Ricky White as Shadow Moon, Ian McShane as Mr. Wednesday, Emily Browning as Shadow’s wife Laura, Sean Harris as leprechaun Mad Sweeney, Yetide Badaki as love goddess Bilquis, and Bruce Langley as petulant god Technology Boy.
Some new Captain America: Civil War promo material has been released to help prepare you for the greatness that awaits you in the highly anticipated film. We've got a few new pieces of concept art for Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) created by artist Ryan Meinerding, who offers some information on the costume and what they wanted to accomplish with it:
"The overall concept is that it’s a woven suit- on a more granular level, there is Vibranium woven into the fabric. This Vibranium thread would provide a silver sheen so that when it catches the light, it would glisten a bit. From there we tried to create a design language for patterns to fit very subtly into the hard Vibranium pieces that are woven through the suit."
I thought the costume design was awesome in the movie. It perfectly captured the character, and I think they accomplished exactly what they were going for. Black Panther is definitely one of the coolest characters in the movie, and it's a lot of fun watching him fight.
I also included an action-packed Audi tie-in promo for the film that incorporates some great footage from the film. It basically offers an extended look at a crazy chase sequence involving Captain America, The Winter Solider, and Black Panther. Seeing this scene in context with the full film is even more exciting!
Captain America: Civil War will be released on May 6th. You'll find the concept art under the video. Also, in case you haven't read my review for the film yet, you can check it out here.
A brief new clip has been released from Game of Thrones season 6 called "Arya's Blind Training," and it features Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) who is put in a situation that forces her to take her first steps in learning how to fight again. Arya is one of the most interesting characters to follow in this story, and I'm looking forward to seeing where season 6 leads her next.
Is Jon Snow (Kit Harrington) dead? What is Cersei's (Lena Headey) retaliation for her public shaming through the streets of King's Landing? How will she welcome Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) home, once she learns the outcome of his rescue mission? With Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) back in Dothraki lands, what will become of Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) and Mereen? These questions and more will be answered in season 6 of HBO's critically acclaimed fantasy series, Game of Thrones.
To watch three previously released clips from the highly anticipated series, click here. The sixth season of Game of Thrones is set to premiere on Sunday, April 24th.
Check out this impressively spectacular rule 63 Goku cosplay by Jannetincosplay. For those of you not familiar with "rule 63" in the Dragon Ball Z universe, this is a brief and simple explanation, "If there's a male character, there is a female version of said character and vice versa." Anyway, this cosplay just gives us such a badass real-life version of the character. I absolutely love the hair. I need to get me a wig like that. I'd wear it everywhere!
A lot of fans were hoping that Bryan Cranston would be cast as Commissioner Gordon in the DCEU, but when J.K. Simmons ended being cast in the role last month there weren’t really any complaints. Fans seemed to be open to the idea of Simmons taking on the role of the iconic DC character. I think it’s a great choice and that he’s going to bring something to Gordon that we’ve never seen before.
During an interview with Collider, Simmons opened up about playing the character and what he’s doing to prepare to play him:
"Well, to read the comics, yes, absolutely. I’m still a couple of months out from doing that and I have two other films before then, so I haven’t gotten started on that. Obviously, a lot of really wonderful actors have played that character previously, and most of them I saw at the time the movies came out, never imagining that I would be doing the same thing. So, I can’t say that I don’t have some impression of that character in my head that’s based on what I saw, but I’m not planning on going back and watching any of the other films.
“I’m just planning on learning as much as I can about him through the comics and getting my feet wet in the first movie, and then hopefully continuing on from there. I take this from my days doing theater. If I was doing a musical, I would never listen to the cast album because I wanted to do my version of something. I’m sure there will be differences and similarities with what Gary Oldman or Pat Hingle have done before, but I’m just going to try to do my take on it and be as informed as I can about the rich history of the Batman universe, going into it."
The actor then went on to compare Gordon to his previous comic book movie role, J. Jonah Jameson from Sam Rami’s Spider-Man trilogy. According to Simmons, the only similarity they have is a mustache.
"There are easy comparisons to make. I wasn’t a big comic book reading kid, so I did a fair amount of reading when I was playing Jameson, who was very much the comic relief in those movies. Even in the comics, he was a blowhard who was all bark and very rarely bite. My understanding, from what I’ve learned so far about Commissioner Gordon, is that he’s the older guy with the mustache who relates with our hero in a certain way. Other than that, it’s a vastly different character and much more of a stronger, impactful character in the DC universe."
I wonder how long of a run Gordon will have the DCEU. I know he was cast for the Justice League movie, but I can't help but think that we’ll also see him in any solo Batman films that are made as well. I’m looking forward to him sharing scenes with Ben Affleck’s Batman.
Believe it or not, making movies is hard work! A lot of the actors cast in these movies are put through some very strenuous situations to get the shots that the director is going for. ScreenRant has released a fun new video that lists 20 great scenes that the actors hated shooting. Some of the movies on the list include Captain America: Civil War, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Exorcist, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Evil Dead, and more.
It’s been said that pain is temporary, but film is forever. Perhaps that’s why some of cinema’s best scenes come from making actors suffer. Whether it’s being put in a barrel with raw fish or having to eat it, saying something nasty about another character or sharing a sex scene with them, there are plenty of things that can make an actor uncomfortable on set. If they’re lucky the scene can be done in just a few takes, but some of these scenes can take literally months.
It doesn’t sound like 20th Century Fox and Bryan Singer aren’t going to waste any time jumping back into The Dark Phoenix Saga. A younger version of Jean Grey is being introduced in X-Men: Apocalypse. The character is being played by Game of Thrones’ Sophie Turner, and according to Heroic Hollywood's inside sources, the next X-Men film will revolve around Jean Grey’s Dark Phoenix story arc.
There was an attempt at telling this story arc in 2006’s X-Men: The Last Stand, but it spectacularly failed. Since then, the whole X-Men franchise has basically been rebooted due to the time traveling events of X-Men: Days of Future Past, so now that story can be retold. Producer Simon Kinbergpreviously explained:
“I think everything that hasn’t been told from First Class and Days of Future Past is up for grabs going forward, so it would absolutely be a story we could tell in a different way.”
Then Turner recently revealed that her character in Apocalypse already realizes that something dark is growing inside of her, so it sounds like they are already building up to the Dark Pheonix in her first introduction into the franchise. She says:
“And Jean she has not only has her telekenisis and her telepathy but she also knows inherently that something darker and more powerful is growing inside her and she doesn’t quite know what it is.”
With director Singer at the helm, I’m sure that he’ll tell this story right this time around. For those of you not familiar with the story here’s a basic rundown:
The Phoenix Force consumes Jean Grey and with the manipulation of the Hellfire Club's Mastermind she is driven mad. The Phoenix Force becomes the Dark Phoenix and consumes the power of a star and destroys an entire solar system before sacrificing herself to save the universe from mass destruction.
There’s no confirmation from the studio that this will be the X-Men movie, so of course this is a rumor for now. It definitely sounds like there’s a strong possibility this could be the case, though.
12 years after the NBC series Friends ended, the show is still making an impact on pop culture. Today we have a mashup video for you to watch that recuts footage from the Suicide Squad trailers and sets it to the classic theme song of Friends. The trailer was created by Movie Trailer Trash, and it turned out to be pretty entertaining. Enjoy!