In case you missed the news, the jacket that Han Solo wore in The Empire Strikes is going up for auction on September 20, and it is expected to sell for about $1 million. That’s a lot of freaking money.
Well, Mark Hamill has decided that he wants in on the action. Hamill stormed Jimmy Kimmel Live recently to offer fans the chance to buy a pair of capri pants that he swears were worn in The Empire Strikes Back. He even has Photoshopped proof that he was wearing them on Dagobah and in his fight against Darth Vader in Return of the Jedi.
He is even willing to take less than $1 million as he offers to start the bidding at $100,000, but then he drops it to $50,000 and includes one of Chewbacca’s hairballs. How much would you spend on a piece of Star Wars history?
We don’t know too much about the casting for DC’s upcoming Birds of Prey film outside of Margot Robbie reprising her role as Harley Quinn. However, the rumor mill is in full force right now as CBM reports that WB and DC are looking at two actresses for Black Canary and Huntress.
Supposedly, they are liking Alexandra Daddario from Baywatch for Huntress. Meanwhile, Jodie Comer (Killing Eve) and Vanessa Kirby (Mission: Impossible - Fallout) are reportedly at the top of the list for Black Canary’s role. Do you like any of this potential candidates or is there someone else you have in mind for the roles?
Birds of Prey will feature Cathy Yan as director and Christina Hodson as the writer.
As I outlined in another article, with Disney acquiring Fox, they are getting a lot of franchises including The Simpsons. The Simpsons is a big winner for Fox which is why it’s not surprising that they’re planning on fighting to keep the show on their network. It sounds like Fox is willing to part with the franchise, but they’re trying to keep Disney from moving The Simpsons to one of Disney’s networks like ABC. Dana Walden said:
Do you think Disney will let Fox keep The Simpsons on their network, or will Disney force it to ABC or one of their other networks? Looks like Disney has a big piece of leverage.
Christopher Robin is opening up to mixed critic reviews, but high praise from audiences. This will likely help it earn a healthy amount at the US box office which is great considering China won’t be airing it at all.
Apparently, many people resisting the communist regime of Xi Jinping are comparing him to Winnie the Pooh which has led China to censor the character like crazy. THR reports that "bloggers have drawn comparisons between the pudgy bear and Xi, which has put the country's censors in overdrive." They go on to say that an insider is claiming the block came from, “the size and scope of the film given the foreign film quota and the fact that there are several new Hollywood tentpoles in the Chinese market right now.”
Personally, I find the former option more likely as HBO was blocked in China after John Oliver mocked Jinping’s sensitivity to being compared to everyone’s favorite yellow bear. Of course, Christopher Robin is not the only Disney film to not be aired in China this year. A Wrinkle in Time was also given a no.
Tom Cruise is sitting pretty right now after the release of Mission: Impossible – Fallout and the generally positive reviews it’s been getting. Each of the Mission films seems to get bigger and bigger. So, why haven’t they gone to space yet? It turns out that Cruise has thought about it. In an interview with Collider, Cruise was asked about going to space and here’s his response:
I appreciate the fact that they’re wanting to make sure there’s a good reason to go into space instead of doing it just to do it. However, I’m sure they could figure something out.
The last time we saw Blake Lively in a superhero movie was when she was in Green Lantern. For better or for worse, Lively has not been in a superhero movie since 2011, but what if she joined the DCEU? Black Canary is reported as being part of Birds of Prey, but no actress has been put in the part. Why not cast Lively? Everyone’s favorite fan-casting artist, BossLogic, has stepped up and given the world his take on what Lively as Black Canary would be. Do you think Lively is the one to go with? Who do you think should be Black Canary?
The fourth part of the Yu Yu Hakusho 25th Anniversary Blu-ray release will include a new OVA. This OVA will include two stories. The first will be about Kurama and Hiei meeting and becoming friends and will be called Two Shots. The other story will adapt the second-to-last chapter of the original manga and be called All or Nothing. Now, we have some new stills from the OVA and I’m excited!
The first part of the release features the Spirit Detective arc and is already shipping. The Dark Tournament arc will begin shipping August 28 with Chapter Black shipping September 26. The fourth installment that includes the OVA and the Demon World arc will ship on October 26.
Another cast member has been announced for the live-action Dora the Explorer movie with Madeleine Madden (Picnic and Hanging Rock). Madden’s role has not been revealed, and I honestly have no idea who she could be. Maybe Backpack? I’ll be honest, I’m still surprised that this movie is being made.
Madden is joining Isabela Moner, Eugenio Derbesz, Micke Moreno, and Adriana Barraza. Danielle Sanchez-Witzel and Nicholas Stoller are writing the script that James Bobin will use to direct the film. Michael Bay is also producing.
Dora the Explorer currently has a release date of August 2, 2019.
Raise your hand if you’re wondering what took Thanos so long to actually do anything after announcing at the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron, “Fine, I’ll do it myself.” Now that everyone is raising their hand, Stephen McFeely, one of the screenwriters for Avengers: Infinity War tries to explain this in the commentary of the film.
It makes some sense when you think about it. Thanos is a man with a purpose. He doesn’t care about having power to have power. He sees the Infinity Stones as a means to an end and not just some power boost. That being said, do you think the catalyst for everything was buried too deep or were you fine with it?
Video game movie adaptations are typically not well received by audiences. Prince of Persia wasn’t awful, but it wasn’t great. Super Mario Bros was utter garbage. Then you’ve got Resident Evil, Tomb Raider, Mortal Kombat, Warcraft, etc. It’s like how anime movie adaptations struggle. However, Kong: Skull Island director Jordan Vogt-Roberts is hoping to make a good video game movie with Metal Gear Solid. His idea is to lean into what makes the game so weird. At San Diego Comic-Con, Vogt-Roberts told ScreenRant his plan:
There’s certainly plenty of weirdness in those games. I’ve heard stories of some people needing to change the controller port mid-game. Do you think embracing the weirdness of Metal Gear Solid is the key to making it a good video game movie? Do you think this is a lost cause?