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Is Man of Steel 2 Bringing Supergirl Into the DCEU?

While Supergirl continues to flourish on the small screen with the hit CW TV series, it seems that this popular character may be coming to the big screen as well. Throughout the years, we have heard that there will be a traditional Man of Steel sequel, although no details have been officially released yet. Over the weekend, an anonymous source revealed that the script has been finished by Geoff Johns and Zack Snyder, and that the story will introduce Supergirl into the DCEU. Here’s what the anonymous source had to say.

“The sequel to Man of Steel has been developing in secret. Geoff Johns and Zack Snyder finished writing a story for the film back in November. Multiple writers were approached to turn into a screenplay including the writers from Watchmen and the 300 movie series. Brainiac will be the villain and Supergirl will be introduced to the DCEU. Wonder Woman 2 is pretty much a done deal. The main villain hasn’t been decided but Cheetah and Circe have been discussed. The studio will most likely attempt to cast a big female lead to oppose Gal Gadot. Early ideas that were discussed for Suicide Squad 2 included Maxwell Lord, Scarecrow or Bane as villains. Killer Frost will be added to the team and Diablo will return.”

This report from an anonymous 4Chan user mirrors a report from last year that both Geoff Johns and Zack Snyder are developing the script, but this is not the first we’ve heard that the story will introduce Supergirl. A report surfaced in September 2015 that claimed Man of Steel 2 would feature Supergirl, Brainiac and another villain, Bizarro, but that was never confirmed. While no casting has been announced, it seems unlikely that the studio will bring in Melissa Benoist, the actress who plays Supergirl on the CW TV series, since the studio is keeping its movie and TV universes separate. Some fans have criticized the studio for not bringing in The Flash TV series star Grant Gustin to play Barry Allen in the movie universe, with the role occupied by Ezra Miller.

We reported in May that Jurassic World 2 director J.A. Bayona may be directing Man of Steel 2, with the filmmaker recently following DC Films president Geoff Johns, who followed him back. While that is far from any sort of confirmation of the director boarding the movie, Twitter activity like this in the past has often indicated stars and/or filmmakers boarding certain projects. Still, Warner Bros. hasn’t even officially announced Man of Steel 2 quite yet, although there were earlier reports that the studio was eyeing Matthew Vaughn to direct this sequel.

There was also a rumor that surfaced in April which claimed that the Shazam! movie was effectively cancelled, with the Black Adam character played by Dwayne Johnson reportedly becoming the villain in Man of Steel 2. However, this report claims that Brainiac will be the villain, but since neither of these reports have been confirmed by the studio, it remains to be seen who will actually be the villain of this sequel. Henry Cavill will most likely return as Superman, but it remains to be seen what other Man of Steel and/or Justice League characters will be brought back for Man of Steel 2.

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Meet the Ladies of Mission: Impossible 6 in New Set Photo

Last week, Mission: Impossible 6 director Christopher McQuarrie took to social media to post a new photo of Michelle Monaghan, confirming that the actress will be returning to reprise her role as Julia Meade from Mission: Impossible III and Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol. The character wasn’t seen in Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation, but she married Tom Cruise’s Ethan Hunt at the end of Mission: Impossible III and had a brief appearance in Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol. Just days after sharing that photo, the filmmaker has posted another image that showcases the women of this sequel.

Christopher McQuarrie shared this image on both Twitter and Instagram, which features Michelle Monaghan alongside franchise newcomers Vanessa Kirby (The Crown) and Angela Bassett, along with Rebecca Ferguson, who returns as Ilsa Faust from Rogue Nation. Unfortunately, the director didn’t share any details about Vanessa Kirby or Angela Bassett’s characters, or reveal anything about how large or small their roles may be. Still, these ladies will certainly be forces to be reckoned with in this highly-anticipated action sequel.

No story details have been released at this time, but back in March, producer David Ellison teased that this sequel will feature Tom Cruise’s biggest stunt ever, which will somehow top the death-defying stunt that he pulled off at the beginning of Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation. The actor’s character Ethan Hunt was seen holding onto the door of a massive cargo plane, as the plane took off. No details have been given for the new stunt yet, but the actor has consistently managed to top his previously impressive stunts, such as scaling the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, in Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol.

The cast also includes returning stars such as Simon Pegg as tech expert Benji Dunn and Ving Rhames as Luther Stickle, who has starred in all six Mission: Impossible movies. Alec Baldwin and Sean Harris will also reprise their roles from Rogue Nation while Henry Cavill joins the cast as the “right hand” to the director of the IMF head. It is believed that Henry Cavill’s character will help fill the void left by Jeremy Renner, who could not return as Brant from Ghost Protocol and Rogue Nation due to scheduling conflicts with his obligations to film Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4.

Christopher McQuarrie directs Mission: Impossible 6 from his own screenplay, based on the original TV series created by Bruce Geller. We have previously seen set videos which feature Tom Cruise crashing his motorcycle, but it seems unlikely that this is the huge stunt that somehow manages to impress producer David Ellison. Paramount has set a July 27, 2018 release date for Mission: Impossible 6, which is currently the only movie slated for release on that date, although Aquaman was originally scheduled to debut on this date before being pushed to December 2018. Take a look at the latest photo from the set of Mission: Impossible 6.

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— ChristopherMcQuarrie (@chrismcquarrie) June 17, 2017

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Despicable Me 3 Video Wishes All Dads a Happy Father’s Day

Gru might not be the best father. But he certainly is trying. Universal has dropped a special Father’s Day Themed preview for Despicable Me 3. And its pretty cute. Children and their fathers should get a real kick out of it.

This latest Despicable Me 3 sneak peek has Steve Carell reprising his role as loving dad Gru. Sure he’s just a super villain, but he’s also doing his best to raise his children right and be a good dad as well. This video leans on a pretty classic scenario. One of Gru’s kids is seen making a horrible tasting dish for her parent. Like a good sport, Gru tries to play along. This latest animated adventure for Gru looks like it will fall much more in line with the first two entries in the franchise and less of what we got with Minions a couple of years ago. Universal certainly won’t mind if the Minions are a model for the box office success that Despicable Me 3 may soon find, though, as that was a big hit.

Universal isn’t the only studio celebrating Father’s day though. Fox has also dropped a great sneak peek at War for the Planet of the Apes. And this could wind up being the best movie of the summer. This spot highlights the loving relationship between Caesar and his son and the legacy that Caesar is going to leave behind. Will Caesar make it out of this movie after the war with the humans? That idea might make it hard not to get a little emotional watching this latest footage. Perhaps Andy Serkis will finally get that Oscar?

Both of these movies should do very well for their respective studio. War for the Planet of the Apes is already getting insanely positive early buzz and could wind up capping off one of the best trilogies of the modern age. If not ever. As for Despicable Me 3, Minions aside, this franchise has done will critically and brought in tremendous money at the box office. In fact, Despicable Me 3 already opened in a couple of overseas markets and has brought in $10 million ahead of is U.S. debut later this month. So it’s already off to a good start. But War for the Planet of the Apes could also be riding a wave of great buzz to box office success as well.

Despicable Me 3 will arrive first on June 30 and, thanks to its family-friendly nature, could wind up being one of the highest-grossing movies of the year. War for the Planet of the Apes is set to hit theaters on July 14 and is going to likely be a box office success, as well as a possible Oscar contender later this year, if the buzz is to be believed. It could be one of those rare summer blockbusters with awards season potential. Be sure to check out both of the new Father’s Day spots for yourself below.

Happy Father’s Day from #DespicableMe3pic.twitter.com/eounzi5JHK

— Despicable Me (@DespicableMe) June 18, 2017

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Dad Becomes Legend in War for the Planet of the Apes Father’s Day Preview

Happy Father’s Day, everyone! Enjoy some new TV spots for some major upcoming movies, won’t you? Fox and Universal both decided to celebrate all of the dads out there by releasing some new TV spots for their major upcoming releases. Fox has dropped a great new spot for War for the Planet of the Apes and Universal is gunning for the younger crowd with a new spot for Despicable Me 3.

Starting with War for the Planet of the Apes, 20th Century Fox dropped the new TV spot to honor the holiday and, not that they needed to sell us any more, but this is another great piece of marketing material for what could wind up being the best movie of the summer. This spot appropriately focuses on the relationship between Caesar and his son and the legacy that Caesar is going to leave behind. We don’t know if Caesar is going to make it out of this movie after the war with the humans, and it is hard not get a little emotional watching this spot for that reason. Can we get Andy Serkis that Oscar already?

As for Universal, their new spot for Despicable Me 3 focuses heavily on Steve Carell’s Gru as an unlikely father. He’s just a supervillain doing his best to be a good dad as well. The clip features a pretty classic scenario, with a kid making a truly awful tasting dish for her parents and, like a good sport, the parent tries to play along. This looks like it will be much more in line with the first two entries in the franchise and less of what we got with Minions a couple of years ago. Though, Universal certainly wouldn’t mind if the Minions were a model for the box office success that Despicable Me 3 may or may not enjoy.

Both of these movies should do very well for their respective studio. War for the Planet of the Apes is already getting insanely positive early buzz and could wind up capping off one of the best trilogies of the modern age. If not ever. As for Despicable Me 3, Minions aside, this franchise has done will critically and brought in tremendous money at the box office. In fact, Despicable Me 3 already opened in a couple of overseas markets and has brought in $10 million ahead of is U.S. debut later this month. So it’s already off to a good start. But War for the Planet of the Apes could also be riding a wave of great buzz to box office success as well.

Despicable Me 3 will arrive first on June 30 and, thanks to its family-friendly nature, could wind up being one of the highest-grossing movies of the year. War for the Planet of the Apes is set to hit theaters on July 14 and is going to likely be a box office success, as well as a possible Oscar contender later this year, if the buzz is to be believed. It could be one of those rare summer blockbusters with awards season potential. Be sure to check out both of the new Father’s Day spots for yourself below.

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Happy Father’s Day from #DespicableMe3pic.twitter.com/eounzi5JHK

— Despicable Me (@DespicableMe) June 18, 2017

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Cars 3 Zooms Past Wonder Woman at the Box Office with $53.5M Win

After easily winning its first two weekends at the box office, Warner Bros.’ hit DCEU movie Wonder Woman was not expected to take home the box office crown for a third weekend in a row. Standing in its way was four newcomers, Disney Pixar’s animated sequel Cars 3, Open Road Films’ biopic All Eyez On Me, Sony’s R-rated comedy Rough Night and Entertainment Studios’ shark thriller 47 Meters Down. As expected, Cars 3 easily won the weekend with $53.5 million, but Wonder Woman continued to perform well in its third frame in theaters.

Box Office Mojo reports that Wonder Woman pulled in an impressive $40.7 million in its third weekend, bringing its domestic total to $274.6 million, which, when combined with its international tally of $297.2 million, brings its worldwide total to $571.8 million. This DCEU superhero movie only dropped an impressive 30.3% this weekend, with a solid $10,148 per-screen average from 4,018 theaters, a 147-theater drop from the previous weekend. This 30.3% drop in its third frame indicates that this movie has much more staying power than its DCEU predecessors, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad, both of which suffered huge drops of over 60% during their second weekends in theaters. Whether or not Wonder Woman can reach $1 billion worldwide remains to be seen though.

Disney Pixar’s sequel Cars 3 opened in 4,256 theaters for a solid $12,582 per-screen average, with a decent 65% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, the only new release to get a Fresh rating on the critic aggregate website. However, its $53.5 million debut is the lowest of all three movies, coming in just below the $60.1 million debut of the first Cars movie, and the $66.1 million debut of the 2011 sequel Cars 2. The sequel hasn’t performed too well internationally either, earning just $21.3 million from foreign territories, although it isn’t slated to open in China, the most important foreign market, and its rollout in several other international markets won’t happen until later this summer.

The Tupac Shakur biopic entitled All Eyez On Me opened in third place with $27 million, opening in 2,471 theaters for an impressive $10,947 per-screen average. The movie hasn’t been a hit with critics, though, earning just a 24% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with notable celebrities like Jada Pinkett Smith, who was one of Tupac Shakur’s closest friends, and rapper 50 Cent taking to social media to express their distaste for the movie. The top 5 was rounded out by The Mummy with $13.9 million and newcomer 47 Meters Down with $11.5 million. 47 Meters Down opened in 2,270 theaters, posting a middling $5,066 per-screen average.

The top 10 was rounded out by Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales ($8.4 million), Rough Night ($8 million), Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie ($7.3 million), Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 ($4.9 million) and It Comes at Night ($2.6 million). Also opening in limited release was The Book of Henry, which earned just $1.4 million opening in 579 theaters with a paltry $2,431 per-screen average. Abramorama’s documentary Hare Krishna! The Mantra, the Movement and the Swami Who Started it All pulled in $21,473 from just one theater, while Oscilloscope Pictures’ comedy Lost in Paris earned $4,500 from one theater, Sony Pictures Classics’ drama Maudie earned $49,842 from 24 theaters for a $2,077 per-screen average and IFC’s dramatic comedy The Journey earned $34,364 from two theaters for a $17,182 per-screen average. No box office data was given for Vertical Entertainment’s drama Pray for Rain or Indican’s action movie Jasmine.

Looking ahead to next weekend, Paramount’s Transformers: The Last Knight will be the only movie opening in wide release, debuting Wednesday, June 21, although there will be several indies arriving in limited release. Vertical Entertainment’s Alien Arrival will debut alongside Neon’s The Bad Batch, Indican’s A Beginner’s Guide to Snuff, Focus Features’ The Beguiled remake, Lionsgate’s The Big Sick, a pair of Abramorama documentaries, Food Evolution and F(l)ag Football, Arc Entertainment’s The Operative, Strand’s The Ornithologist, Screen Media’s Ripped and Yash Raj’s Tubelight. Take a look at the top 10 estimates for the weekend of June 16, and check back on Tuesday for next week’s predictions.

1Cars 3
2Wonder Woman
3All Eyez on Me
4The Mummy
547 Meters Down
6Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
7Rough Night
8Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie
9Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
10It Comes at Night

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Ralph McQuarrie’s Alternate Empire Strikes Back Logos Revealed

Heads up, Star Wars fans, because this is pretty cool. While we wait for Star Wars: The Last Jedi to hit theaters on December 15, which simply can’t come soon enough at this point, we can take a look at these alternative logos that were done by Ralph McQuarrie for Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. And they are quite a bit different than what we ultimately ended up with.

The art made its way online courtesy of Star Wars fan Gus Lopez, who posted the artwork to his Instagram page. The image features several concept sketches done by Ralph McQuarrie for Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back before settling on a logo design. There are several different options here and they all vary quite a bit from what ended up being used for the marketing materials. Though, the two at the top left look like they could have had some influence on the eventual Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire logo. There is something of a history of Lucasfilm honoring McQuarrie’s work in that way. Whether or not that is even remotely true, just seeing these sketches is pretty cool for any die hard Star Wars fan.

“Daily Grail: Ralph McQuarrie original concept sketches of Empire Strikes Back logos”

If you don’t know the name Ralph McQuarrie off the top of your head, you will definitely know his work. Though, many Star Wars fans know him as one of the most important figures behind-the-scenes, rivaled perhaps only by George Lucas, John Dykstra and a few others. McQuarrie is a legendary concept artist who helped Lucas whip his ideas into shape and flesh out a lot of his vision for Star Wars in the earliest stages. Outside of the original Star Wars trilogy, some of his other very notable credits include E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Cocoon. We can ignore the Star Wars Holiday Special. Nobody blames him for that.

It may just be a logo, but logos are a pretty big deal within the Star Wars universe. Few things are of no significance in a galaxy far, far away in the eyes of fans. To illustrate that point, the classic yellow lettering of the Star Wars logo has been a staple of the franchise since the very beginning. That’s why it was a pretty big deal when the Star Wars: The Last Jedi logo was revealed with red lettering. What does it mean? Why is it red? Point being, logos matter in a Star Wars movie, so seeing a window into what could have been is interesting.

We lost Ralph McQuarrie in 2012 so, sadly, he never got to witness this new age of Star Wars. But for fans, he is still a tremendously important part of the universe and continues to influence the movies that Disney and Lucasfilm are making. Be sure to check out the alternative logo designs for Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back for yourself below.

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Real-Life SpongeBob and Patrick Are Terrifying

You want to see something really scary? We’re not talking your garden variety slasher or giant monster from space. This creature lurks in the depths of the ocean. In fact, you could say he lives in a pineapple under the sea. Yes, it’s SpongeBob SquarePants. Though, not quite like you’ve ever seen him before.

3D artist Miguel Vasquez has decided to infiltrate our nightmares with his own take on the iconic cartoon from Nickelodeon. And he’s bringing his pal Patrick Starfish with him. It’s hard to say which character is more terrifying when they get the real world treatment. But you wouldn’t want to come across either one of these monstrosities getting ripped and loaded on ice cream sundaes at your local Fossleman’s.

These images are part of Vasquez’s ‘Best Friends Forever’ project. He rendered the speed sculpts in Keyshot. As you can see, they are not for kids or the faint of heart. While we get these images now, Miguel says he is also busy busting out a sculpt of Squidward which should be even more horrifying than what we have here.

The popularity of SpongeBob SquarePants has never wavered since it first launched on Nickelodeon way back in 1999, the same year that Star Wars: The Phantom Menace hit theaters, if that gives you any frame of reference for the time period. Paramount is still so enamored with their little yellow friend in the short-shorts that they previously confirmed SpongeBob Squarepants 3 earlier this year.

The last movie, Sponge Out of Water, brought SpongeBob, Patrick and the rest of the gang out of their home and into the real world. But holy cow, it didn’t look anything like this. There is no story announced for the upcoming sequel just yet. SpongeBob 3 is expected to hit theaters in February 2018. But that’s not the only or last time we’ll see these underwater dwellers.

Nickelodeon announced last month that SpongeBob SquarePants, which is still the number-one animated show for kids 2-11 and kids 6-11, has been greenlit for season 12. The 26-episode pick up will further the nautical adventures of SpongeBob and his Bikini Bottom friends Patrick, Sandy, Mr. Krabs, Plankton and Squidward. Season 12 is scheduled to premiere in 2019, the series’ 20th anniversary year.

SpongeBob SquarePants, the most-watched animated program with kids for more than 15 consecutive years, will debut season 11 later this summer, and feature the return of fan favorite characters including: the mischievous pencil-drawing Doodle Bob; SpongeBob’s friend and creation Bubble Buddy; the super villain Man Ray; and Cave SpongeBob, who made his debut in season one. Since 1999, many notable guest stars have voiced imaginative characters, including: Amy Poehler, Mark Hamill, David Bowie, Alton Brown, Johnny Depp, Dennis Quaid, Ricky Gervais, Rosario Dawson, LeBron James, Tina Fey, Craig Ferguson, Will Ferrell, P!nk, Victoria Beckham, Kristin Wiig, Ginnifer Goodwin, John Goodman, Andy Samberg, Johnny Knoxville, Bob Barker, Betty White, Aubrey Plaza, and Jon Hamm, among others.

While we await all of this glorious SpongeBob goodness in the next couple of years, you can take a look at some of the renderings below.

Artist’s SpongeBob and Patrick in human form will ruin your life. https://t.co/xOhnNH3nQ4pic.twitter.com/Wj2vet2aW3

— someecards (@someecards) June 16, 2017

this is what spongebob and Patrick would look like if they were humans ???????????? pic.twitter.com/ybLX5z4lZx

— #cashcarti #trashboi (@trashboicarti) June 14, 2017

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Box Office: ‘Cars 3′ Beats ‘Wonder Woman’ With $53.5M; ‘All Eyez on Me’ Nabs $27M


In a surprise upset, Mandy Moore shark thriller ’47 Meters Down’ beats the R-rated female comedy ‘Rough Night,’ starring Scarlett Johansson; ‘Wonder Woman’ approaches $600 million globally.

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