Universal Pictures has released some more Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom goodies for you to watch! The first is a featurette that focuses on Bryce Dallas Howard's experience of riding a T-Rex, which would be incredibly cool!
Director J.A. Bayona and the Jurassic World creative and VFX teams wanted to make these dinosaurs as authentic as possible as they utilized a variety of animatronic dinos to bring them to life. I love that they used practicle effects as much as they could for the movie.
I also included a couple of great new TV spots that offer some cool new footage from the film. As a bonus, I also shared a funny parody video from College Humor called "My Dinosaur is a Service Animal."
I'm excited about this movie. It looks like it will at least provide some fun entertainment.
Here's the synopsis:
It’s been four years since theme park and luxury resort Jurassic World was destroyed by dinosaurs out of containment. Isla Nublar now sits abandoned by humans while the surviving dinosaurs fend for themselves in the jungles.
When the island’s dormant volcano begins roaring to life, Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) mount a campaign to rescue the remaining dinosaurs from this extinction-level event. Owen is driven to find Blue, his lead raptor who’s still missing in the wild, and Claire has grown a respect for these creatures she now makes her mission. Arriving on the unstable island as lava begins raining down, their expedition uncovers a conspiracy that could return our entire planet to a perilous order not seen since prehistoric times.
With all of the wonder, adventure and thrills synonymous with one of the most popular and successful series in cinema history, this all-new motion-picture event sees the return of favorite characters and dinosaurs—along with new breeds more awe-inspiring and terrifying than ever before. Welcome to Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.
J.A. Bayona (A Monster Calls) is directing the film and it looks like he did some awesome stuff with it! The movie stars Chris Pratt as Owen Grady and Bryce Dallas Howard as Claire Dearing, BD Wong asDr. Henry Wu, James Cromwell as Benjamin Lockwood, Justice Smith and Toby Jones. Oh, and how can I forget Jeff Goldblum's return to the role of Dr. Ian Malcolm.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is set to be released on June 22, 2018.
Warner Bros. Animation is developing a new ThunderCats animated series for Cartoon Network called ThunderCats Roar, and it's definitely not was I was expecting. I am a huge fan of the original ThunderCats series but what they are doing here definitely isn't what I want in a ThunderCats series. ThunderCats was a badass show, and although it's different, I'm not seeing anything really badass about this.
EW released the promo art above and a sneak peek video below that features producer Victor Courtright, who explains that ThunderCatsRoar plans on staying true to the original’s premise and will feature tons of action, but that it will also lean into the comedy of the world:
"I think the world that they built lends itself really well to comedy because of how silly and crazy and outlandish those ideas are and some of those settings are. But at the same time, it wouldn’t be ThunderCats if it didn’t have super cool action elements because that’s what people came back to. It’s very much something that we want to lean on. So with the new show, we’re not walking away from the action in any bit. Every step we take towards comedy, we take two more towards really cool action scenes and explosions and lasers and actions effects."
As you can see, the animation style is very bubbly and cartoony which ads to the silly comedic direction that they are taking it. I get what they are trying to do. I'm sure it will find an audience with the kids, but as a fan, I'm not impressed. Here’s the official logline for the series:
"Staying true to the premise of the original series, Lion-O and the ThunderCats — Tygra, Panthro, Cheetara, Wilykat, and Wilykit — barely escape the sudden destruction of their home world, Thundera, only to crash land on the mysterious and exotic planet of Third Earth. Lion-O, the newly appointed Lord of the ThunderCats, attempts to lead the team as they make this planet their new home. A bizarre host of creatures and villains stand in their way, including the evil Mumm-Ra, Third Earth’s wicked ruler who will let nothing, including the ThunderCats, stop his tyrannical reign over the planet."
They keep saying that they are staying true to the original series. But other than the fact the characters have the same names and the story is set in the same place, I'm just not seeing it. Maybe I need to see more. But right now, I'm not sold on it.
ThunderCats Roar stars Max Mittelman (Justice League Action) as Lion-O and Wilykat, Erica Lindbeck (DC Super Hero Girls) as Cheetara and Wilykit, Patrick Seitz (Justice League Action) as Tygra and Mumm-Ra, and Chris Jai Alex (Star Wars: Battlefront II) as Panthro.
The series will premiere in 2019. Watch the video and let us know if it manges to sell you on the series!
I don't know what the current post-credits scene for Deadpool 2 is, but I've heard it's one of the best post-credits scenes ever in a comic book film. Writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese played with several different concepts for the post-credits scene and they revealed that one of them included Chris Evans reprising his role as the Human Torch from Fantastic Four, which would have been amazing!
While talking to Uproxx, Wernick and Reese explain:
"There were different codas kicked around. There were more X-Force interviews that were talked about. One was Chris Evans as Human Torch."
When asked if this didn't work because Evans declined to appear, they said:
"No, no, we never got that far. Someone had the idea we actually did and we thought that was better. But we definitely had a lot more X-Force interviews with bizarre, random people coming in to interview."
It was also revealed that there was a scene in which Deadpool went back in time to kill baby Hitler. This film was actually shot but was ultimately cut out of the film because they felt it may have gone too far.
Would you have liked to see Evans reprise his role as Johnny Storm in Deadpool 2? How do you feel about that scene of Deadpool killing baby Hitler being cut?
After an extended period of rumors and speculation, EA finally announced Battlefield V. As usual, given that the title has just been confirmed, not many details were revealed about the upcoming shooter. At least we know that the game does exist and it is called Battlefield V.
The good news is that fans won’t have to wait long enough to know more about the game. EA DICE said through the game’s official website that a live reveal will happen on May 23, where it is expected that EA will give players more details on the upcoming title, which we hope includes a trailer of the game.
“The next chapter of EA DICE’s groundbreaking all-out war saga is Battlefield V. Tune in on May 23 for a first look into how your epic journey with Battlefield V will be. On the Battlefield V Live Reveal, the team developing the game will share their vision.”
Given the current trend of the battle royale mode in first person shooter games, I can’t help but wonder if EA will decide to implement the last man standing mechanic in the upcoming Battlefield game. Although nothing is confirmed, several sources revealed that Activision’s upcoming shooter, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 will have a battle royale mode, so if what these sources are saying turns out to be correct and Black Ops 4 adds it to the game, then its more than likely that EA will follow suit with Battlefield V.
The only thing do now is to wait for the official live stream reveal which will happen on May 23 at 1 PM PDT/4 PM EDT/ 10 PM CEST. You can watch the live stream on Battlefield’s YouTube channel, or down below. The live stream will also be featured on Twitch and Mixer.com.
So what do you think about Battlefield V? Are you pro or against a battle royale mode? Cast your vote in the comments below.
Apparently people have been lobbying James Gunn to name the third Guardians of the Galaxy film, Guardians of the Galaxy.mp3. It’s clever, but not going to happen. Gunn himself confirmed that the film will be called Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. This confirmation hit Twitter the other day and while some are sad at how boring the name is, it makes the most sense. If you could name the film, what would you call it? I think Guardians of the Galaxy: The Comeback Tour has a nice ring to it.
I hear this suggestion a lot, from many different people. But, no, the three films are a set and I'm going to stay consistent with Vol. 3. https://t.co/jLGg625s4I
I've got some cool news for the fans of Michael Dougherty's classic Halloween horror film Trick 'r Treat. That world is finally going to be brought to life at Universal Studios' Halloween Horror Nights event! The mazes that will be set up will dare guests to live by the rules or suffer the consequences.
Based on the critically-acclaimed and fan-favorite movie directed by Michael Dougherty, the “Trick ‘r Treat” maze will transport guests to Warren Valley, Ohio on Halloween night to celebrate the holiday’s dark traditions. Recreating some of the anthology’s most iconic scenes, the disturbing new maze invites brave thrill-seekers to become entwined within the secrets of this sleepy suburban town.
Guests will experience some of the film’s most grisly scenes and encounter hauntingly familiar characters. They will meander through Mr. Kreeg’s infamous house, watch as college students viciously transform into bloodthirsty werewolves and dismember the town, as well as come face-to-face with Sam – the spirit of Halloween – who readies to punish those who break the holiday’s tradition.
It's a tradition for me to go to Halloween Horror Nights. I always have a blast when I go, and I'm pretty pumped up about Trick 'r Treat being a part of the experience this year!
We already know that the Captain Marvel film will tell the origin story of Carol Danvers. We also know that Marvel Studios will be changing that origin story up a bit. Now we have a new bit of information to share with you regarding how that story will be presented to us.
According to producer Nate Moore, Captain Marvel will feel different from any kind of typical origin story. He explained to CinemaBlend:
"I think there is a structure to origin films that audiences sometimes can get ahead of very quickly. So, if we do origin films, internally, we talk about how we can subvert that structure. For instance, Captain Marvel is an origin movie in that you haven't seen her before, but we think we've stumbled upon a structure there that isn't the traditional structure of what origin movies typically are, which is you meet the character, they have a problem, they get powers at the end of the first act, and the end of the second act they learn about the powers, the third act they probably fight a villain who has a function of the same powers. That's a lot of times what a typical origin movie is structured like, but as we introduce new characters moving forward, we want to find ways to subvert that structure, so at least the experience of the film feels new to audiences. We're very conscious of making sure that audiences don't get things that feel like they've seen them before."
It's awesome that Marvel is looking to be more inventive with how they tell their stories! I love that we won't be getting typical origin films from here on out with Marvel and that they will be thinking outside of the box when structuring their films.
Unfortunately, Moore doesn't offer any details on what exactly will make Captain Marvel different, so we'll just have to wait and see.
The story of the film is set in the 90s and it follows Carol Danvers, an Air Force pilot whose DNA is fused with that of an alien during an accident. The resulting alteration imbues her with the superpowers of strength, energy projection, and flight. The Kree alien race will also be a major part of the story.
Captain Marvel is being directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck who directed Mississippi Grind. The most recent script comes from Geneva Robertson-Dworet (Tomb Raider). The film also stars Brie Larson, Ben Mendelsohn as the villain, Jude Law as Doctor Walter Lawson, a.k.a. Mar-Vell, Clark Gregg will reprise his role as Agent Coulson, and Lee Pace and Djimon Hounsou will be back as the Kree villain Ronan the Accuser and his henchman Korath the Pursuer. It was also recently announced that Annette Bening was joining the cast.
The movie is set to be released on March 8th, 2019.
Netflix has become a monster force in the entertainment industry. If you're a fan with what they've been doing, and the original projects that they've released, you'll be happy to learn that Netflix will have 1,000 original films and series on its streaming service by the end of 2018. That's pretty damn impressive.
Who would have thought that a little company that started out by mailing DVD's to people would turn into this!? The news comes from chief content officer Ted Sanders. Quartz reports:
The streaming-video service has been ramping up production on its own TV shows and movies since releasing its first big original, House of Cards, five years ago. Roughly half of its originals—470 series, films, and other productions—are slated to be released between now and the end of the year, the Netflix executive added at a Moffett Nathanson investor event on Monday (May 15). More than 90% of Netflix subscribers watch its originals regularly, he said, though he did not define what that means.
“Original” has different meanings for Netflix, too. Some Netflix originals, like House of Cards and Orange Is the New Black, are licensed from other studios and branded as originals. Lilyhammer, Netflix’s first original series from 2012, was a co-production that also aired on TV in Norway. Others, like Stranger Things and 3%, are self-produced by Netflix. It’s trying to do more of the latter, so it has more control over the properties.
That's great news because the projects that Netflix has a lot of control over tend to be really well done. It's reported that the Netflix Originals are now "the bulk of Netflix’s content budget now. Original TV shows, films, and other productions make up 85% of all new spending on programming." It's also explained that thanks to its user data, "Netflix knows more about its audience than almost any other media company."
This means that Netflix will be pumping out more and more projects of what audiences like to see. This is something that we've actually already seen happening. That trend is just going to continue.
It's noted that 90 percent of Netflix subscribers are watching the original content regularly. I personally love what Netflix is doing. I love the original programming and I love that they are giving talented filmmakers an outlet to make their films and tell their stories. It's good to know that will continue.
Benedict Cumberbatch has joined yet another television project and is re-entering the world of political thrillers with a drama centered around Brexit. Cumberbatch will portray Campaign Director of Vote Leave Dominic Cummings in a one-off drama from Channel 4 that will detail the highly controversial and high-stakes campaign to win the hearts of British people.
Deadline reports the project will be directed by Black Mirror director Toby Haynes and that filming is scheduled to begin later this year. No release date for the project has been announced at this time.
I'll admit that as an American, I haven't followed Brexit or know nearly enough about it to try and speak intelligently about the topic in this post, so I'll defer to someone else. Is this going to be a project that American audiences will find interesting?
I was very skeptical when we first learned about Solo: A Star Wars Story. A new actor (Alden Ehrenreich) taking on the role made iconic by legendary actor Harrison Ford just sounded like a bad idea. And on top of that, the production being plagued with drama as the original directors were fired and a new one brought on to finish the job. But I have to tell you, this movie blew me away. I would even go so far to say it is my favorite Star Wars movie since Disney acquired Lucasfilm. Go check this movie out, I am pretty sure you are going to be surprised.