Riz Ahmed in Talks for ‘Venom’

Looks like the one of the stars of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will be in Sony’s new Spider-Man spinoff movie, Venom

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THR reports that Riz Ahmed (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Jason Bourne, and The Night Of) is in talks to be in Venom, the Solo movie for the Spider-Man villain. The report states that he will not play the villain of the movie, Carnage, who Sony is still looking to cast. The movie will star Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock/Venom and be directed by Ruben Fleischer. 

The Sony movie movie, Venom, has gone through some confusion as to its involvement in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. One moment it was separate, then it was in it, then it was separate again. As of now, it will not take place within the Spider-Man: Homecoming universe. It will be a completely separate story focusing on Venom. Riz Ahmed is a great up and coming actor who will be getting lots of work once he builds up his filmography further. Even though I’m not completely satisfied with Sony’s decision to make this movie, this adds a second great cast member and make me a little bit more optimistic about the movie.

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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.

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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Fox Sets 6 Marvel Movie Dates Plus Website Updates

Gambit?

20th Century Fox, the studio responsible for the current X-Men franchise, has set 6 dates for upcoming Marvel movies. The dates are as follows:

June 7, 2019

November 22, 2019

March 13, 2020

June 26, 2020

October 2, 2020

March 5, 2021

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I think it’s safe to assume one of these dates is for Deadpool 3, most likely June 2020. One is probably an X Force movie, and we will definitely get a main X-Men movie. The other three are interesting. We could get the scrapped Gambit movie as one of these dates (which no one wants). James Mangold has said he would direct another movie with X-23, so one could involve that. As for the third, it is way too early to even think about. They set these dates pretty far out, especially the 2021 date. I’m not even sure if they know what movies they’re making.
Anyways, Fox has been showing promise with movies like Deadpool and Logan when they try comic book movies that try something different. I hope the future of the X-Men franchise follows that philosophy.

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Power Rangers 2 in Talks

Please give us the theme song again

Dan Israelite has been doing press for the Power Rangers Blu-Ray release. In an interview with Screen Rant he revealed that there are talks of making a sequel to the movie. Here’s what he had to say:

“I hope so. It’s obviously not up to me, but I know the studio (Lionsgate) and Saban are talking in earnest about it, and are trying to push forward. They’re having a discussion.”

Reports came out that Lionsgate and Sabah were planning a six movie franchise with the Rangers. Everybody put this down after the less than satisfying box office results came in. However, certain outlets say that a sequel can still happen from toy sales.

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I really enjoyed Power Ranger. Being a fan of the Mighty Morphin’ show, it was really satisfying to see a retellinv of that story. It was by no means a great film, but it was action, popcorn fun. So, I would really like for thereto he a sequel to the movie. Other articles say that Lord Zedd could be a potential villain for the movie. This could be really good, as long as he has more personality than Goldar had in the movie.

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