‘Transformers’ Spinoff ‘Bumblebee’ Release Date and Cast Announced

Now that Michael Bay has left the Transformers franchise, they will be making some spinoff movies. The first of which will be Bumblebee, releasing on December 21, 2018.

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The head of LAIKA and director of Kubo and the Two Strings, Travis Knight, will direct the film. It will star Hailee Steinfeld, John Cena, Pamela Aldon, Stephen Schenider, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., Jason Drucker, Kenneth Choi, Ricardo Hoyos, Abby Quinn, Rachel Crow, and Grace Dzienny.

Paramount also released the following synopsis:

On the run in the year 1987, Bumblebee finds refuge in a junkyard in a small Californian beach town. Charlie (Steinfeld), on the cusp of turning 18 and trying to find her place in the world, discovers Bumblebee, battle-scarred and broken. When Charlie revives him, she quickly learns this is no ordinary, yellow VW bug.

The fact that the movie will be directed by Travis Knight intrigues me. I haven’t been able to bring myself to sit down and watch any of the transformers movies yet, but I’m aware of how bad they are. Despite that, I really loved the LAIKA animated film, Kubo and the Two Strings. I thought it might have even been the best animated film of last year. To see that he will be taking on the spinoff is certainly interesting. Also, Hailee Steinfled is starring which also shines some positive light on the film.

The release date isn’t the best though. Aquaman releases that same weekend, and Mary Poppins Returns comes out five days later. I’d rather see Aquaman open separately so both movies have some breathing room, and I think they’d both benefit from that. I wouldn’t be surprised if one of the movies changed release dates. Audiences are starting to show some Transformers fatigue based on the poor performance of Transformers: The Last Knight. It only made $128 million domestic and $568 million worldwide. That is a drastic difference from its predecessor. Transformers: Age of Extinction which brought in $245 million domestic and $1.1 billion worldwide.

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As tired as I am of the Transformers movies, I can’t help but be intrigued by the director and cast. The movie might not be good, but it certainly has potential to go a different direction than the previous installments . I just hope Aquaman doesn’t suffer from it opening on the same weekend.

What do you think about the Bumblebee spinoff? Do you have any hope for it? Do you like the release date? Leave your thoughts and opinions below in the comments.

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July 28-30 Weekend Box Office Report

This weekend’s box office is very interesting. The Emoji Movie opened, but with critical hate following behind it. Many critics are saying it is the worst movie of the year, and it has a terrible 7% on Rotten Tomatoes. I was hoping that it would not do well so studios would see that movies with dumb concepts and are clearly product placement aren’t just guaranteed to do well. My wish was granted because it was barely beat by Dunkirk for the number one spot.

Christopher Nolan’s World War II film made $28 million at the box office this weekend taking a 44% drop from last weekend’s $50 million opening. Its total gross is now $102.8 million. This proves how a director definitely can sell a movie, especially Nolan, who is one of the greatest director working today.

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In the number two spot we have The Emoji Movie earning $25.6 million. This is probably very disappointing for Sony as they most likely expected a higher opening for a movie about something as recognizable as emojis. This shows that it takes more than a familiar concept to make a successful film. You have to put in effort and have a great script so the whole family can enjoy it. A good example of this is The Lego Movie. It was a great movie and it opened with $69 million. It’s extremely unlikely for a World War II movie in its second weekend to beat out an animated movie in its opening weekend.

The surprise hit, Girl’s Trip, made the number three spot with $20 million in its second weekend. That means its that domestic gross so far is $65.5 million. It only dropped 35% from its opening weekend. The film has also done great critically as well with 87% on Rotten Tomatoes. Some people are even calling the movie the best comedy in recent years. Charlize Theron’s new action film, Atomic Blonde, opened at number four with $18.5 million. The movie is directed by David Leitch, who co-directed John Wick and will be directing Deadpool 2.

In the number five spot is Spider-Man: Homecoming earning $13.4 million in its fourth weekend. It’s great to see it hanging on in the top five still. he movie was a great collaborative effort between Sony and Marvel that produced a fun, exciting Spider-Man movie.

 

  1. Dunkirk                                       $28,130,000
  2. The Emoji Movie                       $25,650,000
  3. Girl’s Trip                                    $20,085,540
  4. Atomic Blonde                           $18,554,000
  5. Spider-Man: Homecoming      $13,450,000

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Josh Brolin Confirms Thanos Will Be In Avengers 4

Yesterday, Josh Brolin went to Instagram to let the fans know that he is starting filming for the untitled Avengers 4.

Going back for more more MORE! I want it all. #mcu #marvel @marvelstudios @disney @prevailactivewear

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The Infinity War trailer was shown at both D23 and San Diego Comic Con. One of the main thing people took away from the trailer was how great Thanos was. They’ve been building up Thanos since the first Avengers movie. So, it makes since that Marvel would give him all the time he deserves in these next two Avengers movies.

Avengers 3 and 4 were originally going to be called Avengers Infinity War Part 1 & 2. They changed it afterwards because the movies are apparently two completely separate stories, and the dividing it into parts ddn’t reflect the movie very well. I hope the two movies still feel separate, even with Thanos as the villain in both movies. I just don’t want a “To Be Continued” at the end of the first movie.

I can’t wait to see Josh Brolin as Thanos in these upcoming movies. The past ten years have been leading up to this guy, so it seems like it will pay off based on what people say he did in the Infinity War trailer.

 

 

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Jaume Collet-Serra No Longer Directing ‘Suicide Squad 2’

Jaume Collet-Serra, director of Liam Neeson movies like Unknown, Non-Stop, and Run All Night, has turned down Suicide Squad 2 to direct the upcoming Disney film, Jungle Cruise, starring Dwane Johnson.

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A report from Deadline says that Jaume Collet-Serra has signed on the direct the Disney film, Jungle Cruise, which means he will not be directing Suicide Squad 2. Warner Bros. had Collet-Serra as their top choice to take on the project. The report goes on to say that details of the plot are kept under wraps, but it is based on a theme park ride that takes you through the rivers around the world.

This is interesting because we all know that Suicide Squad was received poor reviews, earning a 25% on Rotten Tomatoes. Although it did earn $745 million in the box office. Leaving might be the best choice for Collet-Serra because of the bad taste the first film left in people’s mouths. Also, reports did come out about how Warner Bros. took over David Ayer for the first film, and he wasn’t able to direct the movie he wanted to make.

If Suicide Squad 2 failed, then all eyes would be on him and his directing. This would likely put a damper on his career moving forward. However, if Jungle Cruise were to not go well, then the blow wouldn’t be nearly as hard. It could just be a simple thing of what studio you want to work with. Disney is known to make very good films while the DCEU has not proven itself thus yet.

 

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I’m not very familiar with his directing, but it seems like people enjoy his films. I’m excited to see Jungle Cruise, mainly because Dwane Johnson is in it. Also, I’m sure that Disney and Jaume Collet-Serra can make  fun movie.

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‘Wonder Woman’ to Make Big Oscar Push

Now that it is the highest grossing movie of the summer, Warner Bros. is working towards an Oscar campaign for the DC film, Wonder Woman

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According to a report from Variety, Warner Bros. is going to push to make Wonder Woman the first comic book movie to be nominated for best picture. They are also campaigning for Patty Jenkins to get a best director nomination. No director of a comic book movie has ever been nominated for best director. Looks like they’re trying to break more records than they’ve already broken with the summer hit.

It’s surprising how no comic book movie has been nominated for best picture. The Dark Knight was supposedly the reason why they opened up the number of nominations for best picture to up to ten films. Also, only four female directors have ever been nominated for best director: Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker), Lina Wertmuller (Seven Beauties), Jane Campion (The Piano), and Sofia Coppola (Lost in Translation). 

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I really loved Wonder Woman, I thought it did a great job of showing a loving, and compassionate woman who could also kick butt at the same time. While the movie was great, I didn’t think it wasn’t one of the top ten comic book movies of all time, not to discredit the movie. My point is, it didn’t really do anything to transcend the genre of comic book movies or anything just outright amazing. Again, I absolutely loved the movie, but I don’t think it was anything Oscar worthy.

It’s great that Warner Bros. is pushing for this to get Oscar buzz. I wouldn’t be upset at all if got a nomination, I’d actually be pretty happy that it got one. Also, this year hasn’t had many Oscar type movies so far, though those usually come late in the year. So, if there isn’t much competition by the end of the year, my opinion might change, and it might have a better chance. One comic book movie that did do something daring and different with the ends this year was Logan. If any comic book movie could be nominated, I would choose Logan because it proved that comic books movies aren’t all the same. It showed what you can do with storytelling with that type of background behind it.

One last time (if I haven’t said it enough), I thought Wonder Woman was amazing, it just doesn’t seem like an Oscar movie.

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Marvel San Diego Comic Con 2017 Recap

I better see the Infinity War trailer soon

Marvel had a huge show at San Diego Comic Con this past weekend. I’ve already covered DC’s presentation at the convention, and now I will be going over Marvel’s panel.

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Cate Blanchett talking about Thor: Ragnarok

Like I said in the DC review, I was not at the convention, and I am just compiling all of the news from various blogs and articles. The panel started with a sketch with Paul Rudd and Michael Pena doing a recap of the past ten years of the MCU. (I hope this is released online) They then showed concept art of Ant-Man and the Wasp, and also revealed the logo for the movie. They showed the new suit for Wasp, which apparently looks more yellow. They showed a smaller Ant-Man riding his daughter’s back, Ant-Man growing and flipping a car over, and a giant Scott Lang peeking around a street corner. They also revealed some new casting for the movie: Hannah John-Kamen will play the Ghost, Randall Park is Agent Jimmy Woo, and finally Laurence Fishburne will be Dr.Bill Foster, aka Goliath.

Next, they showed Captain Marvel concept art. They confirmed that Nick Fury will appear in the movie. It will be set in the 90’s, so Fury will have two eyes, and the villains will be the Skrulls. After that, they had the cast and crew of Thor: Ragnarok talk about the movie. Tom Hiddleston said that Loki has been pretending to be Odin for the past four years. Mark Ruffalo said Hulk refuses to be Bruce Banner because he is a popular gladiator on Sakaar. He also said that because he hasn’t changed into Bruce Banner in two years, Hulk has the vocabulary of a two year old. Something I found interesting was that Jeff Goldblum revealed that his character, the Grandmaster, and the Collector are brothers. They are Elders of the Universe, so they are the oldest living being in the universe. Now, he rules Sakaar and puts on fighting games. They did a Q&A with the fans and showed the new trailer.

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Captain Marvel fighting Skrulls

Marvel had the Black Panther cast come on stage and talk their experience, and the whole cast seems to be very invested in this movie. You can find what they said online, but they all seem to understand their characters really well. Ryan Coogler, the director, said he walked into a comic store, asked what he should buy, and was given Black Panther. They also showed some footage, which they made clear would not be released online, and the response was overwhelmingly positive. It’s been described as a James Bond like scene with T’Challa and Okoye tracking Ulysses Klaw, and then fighting afterwards. Also, apparently Klaw has a robotic arm… that’s cool. Then, as expected, they showed that famous trailer for Avengers: Infinity War that they showed at D23.

All of this news is pretty exciting. I guess Laurence Fishburne left DC, because now he’s in Ant-Man and the Wasp. So, don’t expect to see Perry White anytime soon. Seriously though, I am really excited to see the sequel to Ant-Man because of how funny and unexpected that movie was. Captain Marvel being set in the 90’s is interesting, it’ll be nice to see what the MCU was like in that time period. We’ve never had a full movie set in the past. I hope they don’t reveal how Nick Fury lost his eye because I personally want that to stay a mystery, but there is a good chance they will reveal it. I don’t know much about the Skrulls, but it seems like they are a big part of the comics. So, I guess I’ll wait and see.

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New Black Panther Poster

I’m even more excited for Black Panther now. The first teaser trailer got me very excited to see what Marvel could do with the character. I can’t wait to see what Ryan Coogler can do after his work on the phenomenal Creed. The Thor trailer was amazing! I have’t been a fan of the Thor movies thus far, but but this movie looks like a lot of fun. It seems funny, crazy, wild, and Hulk! They didn’t show Doctor Strange, even though they said he would be in the movie. I don’t want them to, I would rather see him in the movie proper. Marvel always does a great job at Comic Con, they haven’t let me down since Thor: The Dark World in 2013.

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‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Movie Review

Does whatever a Spider can

Spider-Man: Homecoming is the first solo Spider-Man movie to take place in the MCU, and the sixth solo Spider-Man movie ever. It is about Peter Parker dealing with balancing his Spider-Man life with his high school life. After his adventures in Captain America: Civil War, he wants to be an avenger, but he might not be ready just yet.

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I’ve been waiting for a good Spider-Man movie for thirteen years. I believe Spider-Man 2 is one of the best comic book movies of all time, but every installment after that was disappointing. I’m happy to say that Spider-Man: Homecoming gets the character right again. 

I love how this movie has a younger Peter Parker. He’s fifteen in his sophomore year of high school, whereas in previous movies he either graduates in the first movie, or just doesn’t touch on that aspect at all. The main reason we relate to Spider-Man is because he’s just a kid running around saving lives, and he has real world problems. There are instances when he suffers in his real life because of him having to be Spider-Man. Him being young brings a lot of fun to the movie. The movie is really funny, and Tom Holland sells the role so well. You can feel how Peter is just having a blast being Spider-Man. He’s always anxious throughout school to get out so he can swing around and be a hero.

Jacob Batalon plays Peter’s best friend, Ned, and their chemistry makes the movie a lot better. We haven’t seen Peter Parker with a real best friend is any of the movies that didn’t bail on him in the first movie. Another neat aspect is that Peter goes to a special math and science school, so Flash Tompson isn’t a typical jock bully to Peter, he’s really just a jerk to him. I liked that because in today’s world, that cheesy type of bullying doesn’t happen as much, it’s more verbal bullying nowadays.

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Spider-Man is written differently than we’ve seen before in the movie. He’s young, so he makes stupid decisions and learns from them. He also thinks he can do anything because he has powers, but he quickly learns where his boundaries are throughout the movie. This is only the first chapter in his story, so it leaves a lot of room for the character to grow and develop. Tony Stark keeps Peter in check because he made his suit. The trailers made it seem like Iron Man would be in the movie too much, but this is very much Spider-Man’s movie. There isn’t a single moment when you think that he is being overshadowed be Robert Downey Jr. He always comes in when it’s necessary for the story, and the scenes don’t revolve around him.

Michael Keaton plays the villain of the movie, the Vulture, and he’s probably one of the best ever villains in the MCU. You might think that he is silly because of his character in the comics. While he is campy in the source material, they go a completely different route in the movie and it works. It wouldn’t be as good as it was without Michael Keaton. I won’t spoil anything, but there’s a scene in a car between Vulture and Peter that I think is Keaton’s best scene in the movie.

One of my problems with the movie was that it wasn’t as emotional as I wanted it to be. Sure, there are some great acting scenes in the movie, and it is a lot of fun, but during the fight scenes there seems to be a lack of stakes. The movie plays it safe, and doesn’t really take any risks for the character. In the Sam Raimi movies, I still sit on the edge of my seat for the action scenes 15 years later, but in this movie it just seemed cool without feeling much for the character. Spider-Man is a great character in the movie, and the action scenes are good, but it just wasn’t everything I wanted. The third act of the movie also felt very overblown and crazy. I would have preferred it to feel more grounded, but they took a different approach and took the explosion route. It wasn’t as bad as it was in movies like Batman v Superman, but I found it to be too much for a Spider-Man movie.

I would definitely recommend Spider-Man: Homecoming. If you haven’t already you should go see this movie.(I’m so late with the review, you should have seen it already) It’s my second favorite Spider-Man movie of all time behind Spider-Man 2. 

                        Rating: A-             

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