Fresh off of its win for Best Drama at the Golden Globes, Hulu recently announced thatThe Handmaid’s Tale Season 2will premiere on April 25th. They also released the first trailer for the upcoming 13-episode second season that you can watch below.
If you haven't watched the first season yet, it's definitely worth checking out. It's a great and intense series that tells a fascinating story. This trailer gives us a little glimpse of what we can expect to see from the new season. One of the things we know that it will focus on is Offred’s (Elisabeth Moss) pregnancy and her continuing fight to help her future child escape the dystopian horrors of Gilead.
When talking about Season 2 with Variety, Moss explained that it's going to be much darker than Season 1, saying:
"So much of the season is about motherhood. It's a bit of a ticking time bomb. And the complications of that are really wonderful to explore... It's a dark season. I would say, arguably, it's darker than season one — if that's possible."
The series is based on the novel by Margaret Atwood and developed as series by producer and writer Bruce Miller. Moss stars in the drama alongside Joseph Fiennes, Yvonne Strahovski, Samira Wiley, Alexis Bledel, Ann Dowd, Max Minghella, Madeline Brewer, O-T Fagbenle and Amanda Brugel. It was also announced that Marisa Tomei would be making an appearance this season!
Watch the trailer and let us know if you're excited about the second season of The Handmaiden's Tale.
Last week the big news hit that Marvel was finally moving forward with a Black Widow movie. For years fans have been campaigning for the film to happen and now its time is finally coming. The studio has already hired an up and coming screenwriter named Jac Shaeffer, and according to Variety's Justin Kroll, he will meet with the film's star Scarlett Johansson soon to talk about the direction they want to take the story.
BLACK WIDOW update: While Jac didn't get a chance to meet with ScarJo before she was tapped to pen BW, hearing the two are likely to sit down at the beginning of next month to talk about the film and how they see it going.
There's also a rumor going around about the movie online that is saying that it's going to be more than just a Black Widow movie. CBM is saying that it's going to be an all-female superhero team film that will feature several other female members of the MCU.
This all started when Thor: Ragnarok co-star Tessa Thompson revealed that she cornered Kevin Feige with several other Marvel actresses and asked him about producing a film that centered around the female superheroes. Feige said "yes" and explained that it could very well happen.
If this is the case, I imagine it will end up being more of a Lady Liberators movie! Lady Liberators is an all-female team in the comics with characters that have included Valkyrie, Wasp, Black Widow and Scarlet Witch.
Of course, these rumors could be false and this might just end up being a Black Widow movie. It seems more likely that it could set the stage for an all-female superhero movie. Regardless of what happens, it will be interesting to see how it turns out!
Yesterday James Gunn took to Twitter to answer a bunch of questions from the fans. During this little Q&A, the director was asked the silly question if there was going to be a Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. It's at this point that he took the opportunity to revel that the movie would be released in 2020.
He didn't exactly say when. But Marvel has already carved out release dates for May 1st, August 7th, and November 6th, so it could end up being one of those dates.
Gunn also pointed out that Disney's recent acquisition of Fox's assets wouldn't change any of his plans for the third film in any way. You won't be seeing any of those characters that Fox owned the rights to in his films because he's not interested in them. He also makes a point of saying that he will not bring Yondu back to life. Here are those other tweets:
As of today, I wouldn’t find adding any of those characters interesting. I really am more of a fan of the Abnett/Lanning stuff as opposed to the stuff that came after the movie or first screenplay. https://t.co/6XdrYtGv1s
At some point, Chris Pratt posted this amusing tweet:
@jamesgunn I noticed you haven’t answered me. Let me be more specific. Can the villain in volume 3 be a guy who has a cardboard box full of snakes, yes or no? If no. Then how bout just a handful of snakes and he says, what up wit snakes? And then throws the snakes at us?
We don't know much about Vol. 3, but we do know that it be the beginning of a whole new Marvel cosmic cinematic universe and he's got a list of a ton of songs that he wants to use. We can also expect to see Adam Warlock finally make his big screen debut. It's going to be excited to see where the next chapter of this story will lead these fantastic characters.
So look, we all know that Hugh Jackman said he was completely dine with playing Wolverine after Logan. As hard as it was to hear that we'd never see Jackman play Wolverine again, Jackman ended his time as Wolverine on a high note. Logan was incredible and if he never plays Wolverine again at least he ended it with, in my opinion, his greatest performance ever.
Well, it sounds like Jackman might actually be thinking about coming back now that Marvel and Fox have joined forces and we will see the X-Men finally crossover with the Avengers. The information came from MCU star Sebastian Stan during a panel at Ace Comic Con. While there, he shared a story of how he asked Hugh Jackman about the possibility of returning. Here's what Stan had to say:
"Recently I happened to be sitting next to Hugh Jackman. I didn't know what other awkward thing I could talk about but to be like, 'Am I going to see you soon?' I don't know. But he said a couple of things to me and I'll just leave it at that. Otherwise, I feel like I'm going to get into trouble with somebody."
It didn't seem like getting in trouble bothered him that much because he continued:
"I asked him because I kept thinking he said whether or not that was, Logan, was supposed to be the last Wolverine thing or whatever and he said to me, well I think he publicly said out there, which was like he's been thinking about it and it's been on his mind. So, I don't know, he may be."
So, is Hugh Jackman actually thinking about coming back to the role of Wolverine? Stan doesn't really have any reason to make this up, so who knows. Why would he just bring it up like that unless it Jackman said something note worthy? Jackman recently commented on the idea of coming back after the Disney-Fox merger and this is what he said:
“It’s interesting because for the whole 17 years I kept thinking that would be so great, like I would love to see, particularly, Iron Man and the Hulk and Wolverine together. And every time I saw an Avengers movie I could just see Wolverine in the middle of all of them like punching them all on the head. But it was like, 'Oh well, that’s not gonna happen,' and it was interesting just when I first saw that headline — it was just the possibility of it and who knows what’s gonna happen, obviously — I was like, 'Hang on!' But I think, unfortunately, the ship has sailed for me, but for someone else I would like to see Wolverine in there."
Well, Sebastian Stan may have gotten our hopes up, but as far as we know at this moment, Logan was Jackman's final performance as Wolverine and I'm ok with that. I just assume that Marvel is going to end up rebooting the whole thing anyway.
Would you want to see Jackman return now that Marvel has control of the X-Men characters?
If you're a fan of Sylvester Stallone's hardcore action franchise The Expendables, you'll be happy to hear that a fourth film is back on track! Stallone made the announcement on Instagram with an image and a caption that reads:
"Just when you thought it was safe to go outside…They’re coming back!"
We haven't really heard anything about this film project since it was announced a year ago that the movie would be coming out in 2018. Before that, it was supposed to be released in 2017, so the movie seems to keep getting pushed back.
Stallone first started talking about the film project about three years ago. Since then, we've heard that Hulk Hogan was in talks to play the villain and that Stallone is looking to give fans something completely different. When talking about that, Stallone said:
"I have actually entertained the idea of putting the group into such an unnatural environment that it, in an of itself, creates extra suspense and tension: the 'fish out of water' scenario. That environment might not be time travel, but nearly just as jarring."
We don't know for sure which actors will be returning for the fourth installment yet, but I'm sure Jason Statham, Jet Li, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dolph Lundgren, Terry Crews, and Randy Couture will all come back.
Are you excited to hear that The Expendables 4 is still pressing forward!? I doubt it will be released this year, but if Stallone is serious this time, maybe we can expect it to be released in 2019.
It looks like Warner Bros. has set a release date for Shazam! According to CB, the studio has set the release date for the film for April 5th, 2019. That's one month before Avengers: Infinity War is being released.
Shazam! is being directed by Lights Out and Annabelle: Creation director David F. Sandberg and Zachary Levi is set to play the title character. I like what Sandberg has done with his previous films and I'm curious to see how he ends up handling the big screen adaptation of this classic DC comics character.
When talking about the film with EW, New Line president Toby Emmerich said the movie has "a tone unto itself" and added:
"It’s a DC comic, but it’s not a Justice League character, and it’s not a Marvel comic. The tone and the feeling of the movie will be different from the other range of comic book movies."
He went on to say that it "will have a sense of fun and a sense of humor." In the past, Levi likened it to Tom Hank's 80's comedy Big, saying:
“The hope is that it’s gonna feel like the movie ‘Big’, but with superpowers... So, you’re gonna have the heart of that kind of Tom Hanks of the kid in you."
I know a lot of people are worried that Levi won't be able to cut it physically, but apparently, he's been working his ass off. He's also taking in about 4,000 calories per day to help in his efforts. As I've said before, if Chris Pratt could bulk up for Star-Lord, Levi will be able to bulk up for Shazam!
The film also stars Asher Angel asBilly Batson, a young boy who has the power to turn into an adult superhero. Other cast members includeJack Dylan Grazer (IT), who is taking on the role of Billy’s best friend Freddy Freeman, and Mark Strong will play the villain, Doctor Thaddeus Sivana.
Are you excited about Shazam! or are you worried that the studio and the director are going to drop the ball?
John Malkovich has been cast in the upcoming thriller Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile. The film is based on the true story of the 1979 murder trial of serial killer Ted Bundy. The actor will take on the role of Judge Edward Cowart. Malkovich will join Zac Efron who is playing Ted Bundy and Lily Collins who is playing his girlfriend, Elizabeth Kloepfer.
Cowart presided over the trial and sentenced Bundy to death. The trial was nationally televised, and drew media attention as Bundy eventually represented himself and developed a rapport with the judge.
Malkovich is an awesome actor and this will be another solid role for him. The story for the film will be told from the point of view of Kloepfer, who had no knowledge of the murders while she was in a relationship with Bundy. The killer was executed in 1989. Shortly before he was put to death, he confessed to 30 homicides committed in seven states between 1974 and 1978.
The film is being directed by documentary filmmaker Joe Berlinger (Paradise Lost films) and production is set to begin on January 18th. If you have a fascination with Ted Bundy or true crime stories, this is a film that you might want to check out.
Quentin Tarantino has officially cast Leonardo DiCaprio in his upcoming ninth film. This will bring the two talents together for the first time since they worked together on Django Unchained. This will also be DiCaprio's first film project since winning the Oscar for his role in The Revenant.
There's no title for Tarantino's new film yet, but it's described as being a Pulp Fiction-esque type movie set in the 1969 Los Angeles during the summer of the Manson murders. According to a previous report, the story focuses on "a male TV actor who’s had one hit series and his looking for a way to get into the film business. His sidekick—who’s also his stunt double—is looking for the same thing. The horrific murder of Sharon Tate and four of her friends by Charles Manson’s cult of followers serves as a backdrop to the main story."
According to Deadline, DiCaprio will play the aging actor in the story. It's awesome to see that DiCaprio will be working with Tarantino again on this project and I'm excited to see how it turns out. The director also wants Margot Robbie in the role of Sharon Tate and he's looked at casting Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt in another lead male role.
The film is being produced by Harry Potter’s David Heyman and the released on August 9, 2019, which coincides with the 50th anniversary of Tate’s murder.
The badass action film franchise John Wick is now in active development as a TV series and it's being produced by Starz. The series will be called The Continental and it will put the focus on the host of hitman hotels that are set up around the world and their inner-workings. As you know, the hotel serves as a refuge for assassins. Starz CEO Chris Albrecht had this to say in a statement:
"This series is truly unlike anything else on TV. The Continental promises to include the thunderous fight sequences and intensely staged shootouts between professional assassins and their targets that fans have come to expect in the John Wick movie franchise as well as introducing some new, darkly compelling characters who inhabit this underground world."
Sounds good to me! The series will be written by Chris Collins (Sons of Anarchy, The Wire, Man in the High Castle) and he will serve as showrunner. On top of that, the creative team of the original films are all involved including Thunder Road Pictures' Basil Iwanyk, who produced the first two features along with directors Chad Stahelski, David Leitch, and original franchise screenwriter Derek Kolstad, and Keanu Reeves is also involved as a producer, but I'm sure he'll end up making an appearance! Starz’s head of programming Carmi Zlotnik said, "you can expect to see him at some point of the series."
Stahelski will direct the premiere of The Continental. Oh, and don't forget! There is a third feature film in development with Reeves back in action! That is set to be released in 2019. Are you excited about this!?
Shane Black (Iron Man 3, The Nice Guys, The Predator) has got a new project that he's been digging into. According to his writing partner Fred Dekker, he and Black are working on a TV reboot of the classic 1960s British spy series The Avengers for Warner Bros. Even though Black has already worked with one of the Avengers in Iron Man 3, this is very different than what he did with Marvel.
“It’s The Avengers, with John Steed and Emma Peel. We’re setting it in Britain in the 60’s, and our approach is The Ipcress File meets Doctor Who. At this moment, it’s my favorite thing we’re working on.”
That's awesome! The Avengers series ushered in a wave of other spy series at the time that included Mission: Impossible, Get Smart, and The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and more. It was adapted into a feature film in 1998 that starred Ralph Fiennes as Steed, Uma Thurman as Emma Peel, and Sean Connery as the villain. That movie wasn't very good, but I miss Sean Connery.
I've always enjoyed Shane Black and Fred Dekker's work, which started with Monster Squad, and I think they could do something really cool, fun, and fresh with this series reboot of The Avengers. I have no idea if anything will come of this project, but I'm definitely interested in seeing what they would do with it!