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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ New Photos;Cast Hints at Story

Star Wars: The Force Awakens was one of the highest grossing movies of all time because it belongs to one of the biggest movie franchises of all time. We barely know anything about the sequel, The Last Jedi, but in an interview with EWMark Hamill, Daisy Ridley, and Rian Johnson shared some details about he mind sets of the characters in the movie. Especially the Luke and Rey relationship.

Mark Hamill talks about how surprised he was to read the script and see how Luke was portrayed.

“The fact that Luke says, ‘I only know one truth. It’s time for the Jedi to end…’ I mean, that’s a pretty amazing statement for someone who was the symbol of hope and optimism in the original films. When I first read it, my jaw dropped. What would make someone that alienated from his original convictions? That’s not something that you can just make up in an afternoon, and I really struggled with this thing.”

Daisy Ridley says that Rey “misses the gruff warmth of Han Solo” and is trying to get Luke to pick himself back up and become the hero she wants him to be.

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“Regardless of everything else, she’s been welcomed. No one ever really turns away from her.  ’Oh my God, this other man that I lost within a couple days was somewhat of a father figure. Now he’s gone, and instead I’m with this grumpy guy on an island who doesn’t want me here.’ I don’t think one girl, who he doesn’t know, turning up with a lightsaber is gonna make him go, ‘Oh, s—, yeah, of course I’ll get back into the action.'”

Rian Johnson is taking a very different direction for Luke Skywalker than fans expected, according to EW. They say that Star Wars starts with “A long time ago” but doesn’t end with “Happily ever after.”

“The very first step in the writing of this was figuring out why he’s on that island. We know that he is not a coward. He’s not just hiding because he’s scared. But we also know that he must know his friends are in danger. He must know the galaxy needs him. And he’s sitting on this island in the middle of nowhere. There had to be an answer. It had to be something where Luke Skywalker believes he’s doing the right thing – and the process of figuring out what that is and unpacking it is the journey for Rey.”

In The Force Awakens, we learned that Luke was training Ben Solo, who later became Kylo Ren. Hamill says Luke feels guilty about that.

“[Luke] made a huge mistake in thinking that his nephew was the chosen one, so he invested everything he had in Kylo, much like Obi-Wan did with my character. And he is betrayed, with tragic consequences. Luke feels responsible for that. That’s the primary obstacle he has to rejoining the world and his place in the Jedi hierarchy, you know? It’s that guilt, that feeling that it’s his fault, that he didn’t detect the darkness in him until it was too late.”

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He also says that every detail about the past isn’t explained.

“There’s massive amounts of backstory that is left to your imagination and I couldn’t do my job without figuring out what that was. Since it’s not really important to the main story as a whole a lot of it is just for my own process. I talked with Rian about it and went into this elaborate scenario of what happened to Luke after the end of the Return of the Jedi.

Along with the interview, EW posted some exclusive photos from the new movie which you can see some of them below.

I haven’t talked about it much on the website, but I am a massive Star Wars fan. I like to read the canon novels, I’m reading the comics, and love most of the movies (not the prequels). I went to Star Wars Celebration this past April and got to watch the trailer for The Last Jedi on the show floor with hundreds of fans. Everybody went crazy throughout the whole thing, but especially when Luke says “It’s time for the Jedi… to end.” There was a mixture of excitement, confusion, and intrigue all throughout the crowd. What Rian Johnson is doing with the movie is fascinating.

He is taking a radically different approach to the character of Luke than what was expected. It looks like we have a guilt stricken Luke Skywalker here because he takes responsibility for Kylo Ren and the First Order. It looks like instead of a direct mentorship between Luke and Rey, like we had in A New Hope with Luke and Ben Kenobi, both characters are going to help each other get to the point that they want each other to be. It’s almost like he wanted to be what Obi Wan was to him to Ben Solo, but couldn’t have that.

I can’t wait to see what Rian Johnson can do with the power of writing and directing a Star Wars movie. He seems to be very confident that this is the right way to tell the eighth chapter in the Star Wars. Lucasfilm has impressed me so far with their Star Wars installments, so I trust them with this one.

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Disney Starting Their Own Streaming Service;Ending Deal With Neflix

Since 2012, Disney has been putting their movies on Netflix once they release on Blu Ray with a deal they’ve had. This will change based on what Disney CEO, Bob Iger, stated.

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In an earnings call, Bob Iger announced that in 2019, Disney plans on starting their own streaming service which will have many Disney movies and television shows. This means that instead of like it is now, when we get movies like Doctor Strange, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,  and Zootopia, we won’t get any new movies on the service. Netflix replied to a concerned fan on Twitter and confirmed that this deal will not affect the Marvel Netflix TV shows like Daredevil and Luke Cage.

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This could change the way we view Disney owned movies from now on. We don’t know many details about the service, but there is plenty of room to speculate. If they want to make a profit, they would have to charge a certain amount. With that, they would have to host a worth while amount of movies and TV shows. This will most likely include many older Disney movies, maybe some MCU movies, Pixar, and Disney original animated movies.  If they choose to also add their newer movies, which in 2019 will include Star Wars: Episode IX, Captain Marvel, and Frozen 2, people might not buy them on Blu Ray and digitally.

There are many factors that could affect this like how long the movies will stay, the price of the service, or there could even be ads on the service. Another possibility is that Disney could make exclusive content. They could make a Marvel show on it, a live action Star Wars TV show, or anything they want. Whatever happens, this could go very well for Disney if people are really into this idea. However, people already pay for streaming services like Netflix and Hulu, so they might be too late to the game with this one.

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Ivan Drago Possibly Returning for ‘Creed II’

Sylvester Stallone might have confirmed that Dolph Lundgren could be returning for the sequel to Creed.

Stallone did a quick interview for TMZ, and in it he hinted at seeing Ivan Drago on Creed II. This shouldn’t be taken too seriously, but it is certainly interesting.

“It wouldn’t be a party without Drago would it? I’m gonna punch him. You know I gotta hit Drago once.”

If Drago returns, how would it be? Would Drago and Adonis Creed fight? Could there be a rivalry between himself and Rocky? Maybe he teaches Adonis? In Rocky IV, Drago killed Adonis Creed’s father, Apollo, in the ring. That could create some interesting drama between the two characters. Stallone has been hinting at this with several instagram posts, which you can see below. Sylvester Stallone will be writing Creed II, so he could do almost anything we wants with the story. Creed was one of the best movies of last year, so I can’t wait to see what happens in the sequel.

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Rumor: Wonder Woman To Appear in The Flash: Flashpoint

DC seems to be poking up on the love for Wonder Woman because she is rumored to appear in the Flash movie.

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In an article from Forbes about the success of Wonder Woman, it is said that she will be in the upcoming DC movie The Flash: Flashpoint. It also says that it is set for release in 2020. The movie was announced at this year’s Comic Con. Wonder Woman does play a major role in the original comic storyline. Her Amazonians and Aquaman’s army fight over territory of Earth for complicated reasons. Though the movie does focus primarily on Flash and Thomas Wayne Batman.

Forbes isn’t known for doing “scoops”, so this should be taken as a rumor. If this is true, seeing Wonder Woman and Aquaman fight would be amazing. Both characters will be well established with Wonder Woman having two solo films and Aquaman having his solo by this point. As long as they firmly establish the fact that it is set in an alternate universe, audiences shouldn’t be too lost by the idea. Even if she is in the movie, they might not take the comic book approach. She could just simply be a side character in the film. However way they would end up using her would be great with Gal Gadot in the role. She’s really owned the role on the movie screen and in real life.

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‘The Karate Kid’ Sequel Series On YouTube Red

A sequel to the 1984 movie, The Karate Kid, will appear on YouTube Red in 2018.

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The sequel will be a 10-episode, half-hour series currently titled Cobra Kai. It will star Ralph Macchio and William Zabka from the original movies. The series picks up thirty years after the 1984 All-State Valkey Tournament. Johnny Lawrence (Zabka) reopens the Cobra Kai dojo, with that bringing back his rivalry with Daniel LaRusso (Macchio), who is dealing with balancing his life without Mr. Miyagi.

I’m a huge fan of the first Karate Kid movie, so getting a sequel is very exciting. That rivalry between Daniel and Johnny is one of the most iconic of all time, bringing it back is a smart choice. As long as they don’t take themselves too seriously, the show could be really enjoyable. If they take an approach as a serious drama, then it might stray too far from the tone of the original movie. YouTube Red is an odd choice to put it. 

Usually their content stars the YouTubers with a few low budget movies as well. YouTube could be trying to get into the same class of streaming services like Netflix and Hulu. This is the first thing that legitimately makes me want to sign up for YouTube Red. Everything before this has looked like fan service to the fans of certain YouTubers, which there is nothing wrong with, but this looks really interesting.

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‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ Begins Production Plus Plot Synopsis Revealed

Marvel has announced that the upcoming Marvel movie, Ant-Man and the Wasp, has started shooting. They released the following video to show fans that they’ve started.

Along with the video, Marvel also released this synopsis for the movie:

From the Marvel Cinematic Universe comes a new chapter featuring heroes with the astonishing ability to shrink: “Ant-Man and The Wasp.” In the aftermath of “Captain America: Civil War,” Scott Lang (Rudd) grapples with the consequences of his choices as both a Super Hero and a father. As he struggles to rebalance his home life with his responsibilities as Ant-Man, he’s confronted by Hope van Dyne (Lilly) and Dr. Hank Pym (Douglas) with an urgent new mission. Scott must once again put on the suit and learn to fight alongside The Wasp as the team works together to uncover secrets from their past.

Peyton Reed will return as director while Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly are coming back to star as the title heroes. Michael Douglas, Michael Peña, and T.I will reprise their roles along with Bobby Cannavale, Judy Greer, Abby Ryder Fortson, and David Dastmalchian. There will also be a few new cast members including Laurence as Dr. Bill Foster (a.k.a. Goliath), Walton Goggins as Sonny Burch, Michelle Pfeiffer as Janet van Dynne, Hannah John-Kamen as Ghost, and Randall Park as Agent Jimmy Woo.

The first Ant-Man was a really great movie, despite the silly concept. It was also, in my opinion, the funniest Marvel movie so far. I hope this movie can capture the same elements that made the first one work so well.

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‘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.

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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.

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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