CAPTAIN PHILLIPS Writer Billy Ray Set To Rewrite New TERMINATOR Movie

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The new Terminator movie already has Deadpool director Tim Miller attached, with original director James Cameron producing. Now The Wrap reports that Captain Phillips and The Hunger Games screenwriter Billy Ray has been hired to rewrite the script for Paramount's new Terminator movie.

The new Terminator film will disregard all sequels produced after 1991’s Terminator 2: Judgment Day. The new film will also act as a launching pad for a whole new cast of characters. Cameron previously said:

“This is a continuation of the story from ‘Terminator 1’ and ‘Terminator 2.’ And we’re pretending the other films were a bad dream. Or an alternate timeline, which is permissible in our multi-verse.”

Cameron wrote and directed the first two films in the franchise, he then stepped away before Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines. Since then there have been three sequels and a TV show. Cameron goes on to say that the idea to disregard later films was Miller’s idea.

“This was really driven more by [Tim] than anybody, surprisingly, because I came in pretty agnostic about where we took it. The only thing I insisted on was that we somehow revamp it and reinvent it for the 21st century.”

Linda Hamilton, who played Sarah Connor, and Arnold Schwarzenegger are expected to return, but Cameron explains the main purpose of the reboot is to hand off the story to new characters.

“A lot of this is handing off the baton to a new generation of characters. We’re starting a search for an 18-something young woman to essentially be the new centerpiece of these stories. And then a number of other characters around her and characters from the future. We still fold time in the story in intriguing ways. But we have Arnold’s character and Linda’s character to anchor it.”

Sounds very similar to what Disney and Lucasfilm did with Star Wars: The Force Awakens, brought back the original cast only to have them hand off the saga to a new generation of actors and characters.

Right now the new Terminator film is set to hit theaters on July 26, 2019

Zack Snyder Hasn’t Seen JUSTICE LEAGUE Yet and He Wishes He Could’ve Finished It

I'm actually really curious to know what director Zack Snyder thinks of the finished Justice League film, but apparently, he hasn't seen it yet. 

Snyder recently revealed he hadn't seen it yet to a fan on Vero. After a fan pointed out Joss Whedon's "shallow character development" and "poorly writing skills", Snyder responded with:

"I will be honest I have not seen the film since I stepped away. You know I love these characters I wish only I could only have finished it for you and the others who love MOS BvS."

As you know Snyder ended up stepping away from the project a few months after a family tragedy involving the death of his daughter. Zack Snyder is said to have hand-picked Joss Whedon to take his place as the director and finish the film.

I think there's more to this story than we are being told, as Snyder does wish that he could have finished the film. That comment tells me that he would have gladly finished the film his way if the studio would have let him. But, even before Snyder walked away, Whedon was already reworking the script.

It makes me wonder if Snyder just saw his original vision for the film being hijacked and just didn't want to proceed with the direction that the studio wanted to take it. I don't know, I'm just reading into things and speculating. 

I would be curious to know how Snyder's vision of the film would have turned out, though. I know we'll never see that cut of the film, but I can't help but wonder what might have been had Whedon not brought in by the studio. 

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Martian Manhunter May Be Coming to the Silver Screen

In a recent interview with CBR, Charles Roven (a producer who has worked on Justice League, Wonder Woman, and the Dark Knight trilogy) was asked, “What’s the most unusual property in the DC toy box that you would love to bring to film? Maybe not a marquis character, but a deeper dive choice?” Roven responded with the following:

I wouldn’t necessarily say that I would rather do that character, because we know that there is going to be a Flash movie, we know that Aquaman is being done, I think that Cyborg deserves his own movie too, and I know that the fans are out there screaming for Green Lantern, that’s for sure. But I was always a fan of J’onn J’onzz, Manhunter from Mars.

A J’onn J’onzz movie could be awesome. I was first introduced to the character in the animated Justice League series from the early 2000’s and for a while, he was my favorite. With the ability to shapeshift, fly, phase through objects, and more, he was like a less bland Superman for me. Then, in Justice League Unlimited, J’onzz went through some great character development to further endear the character to me. The real question is, if they made this movie, what would it cover? Would it be him landing on Earth and trying to fit in and figure things out? Would it be his backstory and end with him fleeing Mars? It is important to note that this is not a confirmed movie coming up in the DCEU. If it does happen though, who should play J’onn J’onzz and what story should be told?

Finn Wakes Up in New Promo Spot For STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI – “I Was Raised to Fight”

We've got a couple new TV spots for Star Wars: The Last Jedi for you to watch, and I have no doubt it won't be the last. The first spot mostly puts the focus on John Boyega's Finn waking up for the first time since Adam Driver's Kylo Ren slashed him up in battle with his Lightsaber. He obviously wants to know where Rey is and what is going on. Luckily Oscar Isaac's Poe Dameron is there for him. The second spot features a brief new clip of BB-8 in action with Poe. 

I'm curious to see if Rey and Finn will end up reuniting in the film because they both end up embarking on very different journeys. If we do see them reunite, it probably won't happen until the very end of the film. The big question on my mind is when they do meet up, will Rey be a hero or a villain? 

Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be released on December 15th!

The Full Trailer For A WRINKLE IN TIME Explodes With Imagination!

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Disney has released the first full trailer for director Ava DuVernay's epic imaginative adventure A Wrinkle In Time. I remember reading the classic 1961 book by Madeleine L’Engle when I was a kid and I loved it. I haven't read it in years, but I'm excited about seeing the movie, it looks great! I especially love the colorful visual style used to bring the story to life.

The story "takes audiences across dimensions of time and space, examining the nature of darkness versus light and, ultimately, the triumph of love. Through one girl’s transformative journey led by three celestial guides, we discover that strength comes from embracing one’s individuality and that the best way to triumph over fear is to travel by one’s own light."

Here's the synopsis:

Meg Murry and her little brother, Charles Wallace, have been without their scientist father, Mr. Murry, for five years, ever since he discovered a new planet and used the concept known as a tesseract to travel there. Joined by Meg’s classmate Calvin O’Keefe and guided by the three mysterious astral travelers known as Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who and Mrs. Which, the children brave a dangerous journey to a planet that possesses all of the evil in the universe.

The movie has a great cast that includes Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Michael Peňa and introducing Storm Reid, with Zach Galifianakis and Chris Pine.

A Wrinkle in Time is set to hit theaters on March 9, 2018.

New STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI EW Covers and Photos Highlight The Heroes and Villains and Asks Some Burning Questions

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Entertainment Weekly has released four new magazine covers and photos featuring several of the film's heroes and villains. They also ask four burning questions that fans will want answers to. 

The first cover above features Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) and Rey (Daisy Ridley) and asks the question, "Could Rey fall to the dark Side?"

The second cover has Finn (John Boyega) and Rose (Kelly Marie Tran) with the question, "Can Finn get his mojo back?"

The third cover includes Poe (Oscar Isaac) and Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo (Laura Dern), and it comes with the question, "Can Poe get along with his new boss?"

The final cover features Luke (Mark Hamill) and Leia (Carrie Fisher), and it asks one of the biggest questions... "Will Luke & Leia reunite?"

During an interview with the magazine, writer and director Rian Johnson talks about the history of the light and dark side in the franchise. It's clear that his job is not to protect these characters as the story progresses, but to put them in harm’s way:

“There’s a history in Star Wars of the attraction between the light and the dark, whether it’s the story of Anakin basically turning from this sweet kid and seeing his seduction to the dark side, or even with Luke. Even though you never really believe he’s going to go over to the dark side, the whole revelation of ‘I am your father’ has to do with Vader and this darkness that [Luke] thought he could just dismiss as ‘That’s the bad guy. I don’t have any of him in me.' Suddenly he realizes ‘No, I come from him. I have quite a bit of him inside me.’”

There's a lot of exciting stuff to look forward to! There's been a lot of cool photos and footage released for this movie, but we still have no idea what to expect from the story! Star Wars: The Last Jedi opens in theaters on December 15th, 2017.

Check out the remaining covers below along with eight cool new photos! 

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Ben Affleck Stole a Batarang From the Set of JUSTICE LEAGUE and Warner Bros. Billed Him

When staring in a movie like Justice League there are a ton of awesome props that I'm sure many of the actors would love to keep and take home with them. Well, Ben Affleck admits in an interview with Stephen Colbert that he stole a Batarang among other things from the set of the film. 

You'd think a studio like Warner Bros. would just let it go and let the actors keep something cool from the film that they got to work with, but that isn't the case at all. After the prop department constantly called Affleck questioning him about where some of the props had gone, the studio ended up sending him a bill, and the actor says, "Turns out Baterangs aren't cheap." Affleck doesn't say, but I wonder how much they billed him for! Regardless, it's not like he can't afford it. 

You can watch the interview between Affleck and Colbert below. The talk of stealing the Baterang starts at the 6:14 mark. 

Yamcha Becomes Hero in DRAGON BALL Z Spin-Off Manga

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Oh Yamcha. Probably the worst fighter out of all the Z-Fighters in Dragon Ball Z. So many jokes are made about him, and there’s not much defense. He gets taken out by a nameless generic grunt and throughout all of Dragon Ball Z never wins a fight (except apparently on King Kai’s planet, maybe?). Heck, in the Buu Saga, he has given up fighting entirely. He knows he’s not good. If you’ve watched Dragon Ball you know that he used to be a fearsome fighter, but something happened between the two series.

As much as Yamcha sucks, he now has his own spin-off series manga appearing in Shonen Jump Plus. Dragon Ball Side Story: The Case of Being Reincarnated as Yamcha (translated from Dragon Ball Gaiden: Tensei-shitara Yamcha Datta Ken) is about a Japanese high school student who mysteriously becomes reincarnated as Yamcha. The student is able to use his knowledge of the Dragon Ball manga to influence events to keep Yamcha from dying all the time and train to become the strongest fighter. I’m going to let that sink in for a moment. This boy plans to change the story of a manga he has already read so that he can turn the weakest character into potentially the strongest. Manga doesn’t get much better than that.

Looks like Yamcha survives the Saibamen this time.

Looks like Yamcha survives the Saibamen this time.

The series is written and illustrated by Dragon Garow Lee and it is based on the original work by Akira Toriyama. Will the boy be able to help Yamcha rise to the top and become Earth’s mightiest hero? If you read Japanese, you can read the first chapter on Shonen Jump Plus, now.

Watch a Katana Slice Through Plastic Bottles in Slow Motion

The Slow Mo Guys decided to see how sharp a katana is. To test this, they adopted the methodology of Man at Arms: slice through plastic bottles filled with water. They first cut through small water bottles full of water, and then they graduate up to larger bottles filled with soda or other colored liquids. Once the wielder gets the hang of things, he easily gets through them and describes it as cutting through butter. I only wish they would’ve put all the slow-motion clips at the end of the video if you just want to watch some very satisfying clips and don’t care about the setup.

This Parrot Turns Lights on with Amazon Echo

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We recently showed a reason to be scared when around an Amazon Echo. Here’s something a little less creepy for you. Petra is an African Grey and she mimics what she hears in the morning which activates her Amazon Echo. With the signal of a door opening, Petra begins with, “Alexa. All lights on.” The lights then turn on because the Echo is connected to the Insteon switch and hue bulbs installed in the house. The full transcript is as follows:

Petra Mimics what she hears in the morning.
Door opens. “Alexa. All lights on.” Lights come on. Thanks to Amazon Echo, Insteon switch and Hue bulbs.
Petra says “Okay.” in anticipation of Alexa’s own “Okay”
”Petra Sorry. What are you doin? Do you want fresh water peanut? Say your sorry. Do You want fresh water? (?) then laughing. (Noises)

The craziest part is at the end, Petra just laughs. What pets do you have that can use technology like this?