Black Panther International Trailer Is the Best One Yet

If you’re looking for some new Black Panther footage, this international trailer for the upcoming Marvel movie will scratch that itch. Black Panther is easily shaping up to be not only one of the most anticipated superhero movies of 2018, but one of the most interesting Marvel movies ever released. Now, we have quite possibly our best look yet at T’Challa’s first solo entry in the MCU, which looks to be totally unique and absolutely action-packed.

There’s a lot to love in this new Black Panther trailer. For one, we get our best look at T’Challa’s suit in action, as well as a sense of what the suit is capable of. We also get a much better sense for Michael B. Jordan’s villain, Erik Killmonger, who we’re hoping doesn’t suffer the same curse as most Marvel villains. There’s also so much going on in this trailer, in terms of new shots and awesome lines, that it’s hard to really single anything out. If you weren’t already excited for Black Panther, this should do it.

There’s also a very interesting line. At one point, Chadwick Boseman’s T’Challa says that if they figure out “what we possess,” it could destroy the world. Given the events of the Avengers: Infinity War trailer, it seems likely that’s hinting at the possibility that the final Infinity Stone is resting safely in Wakanda. That would help explain all of the very cool technology they have at their disposal, which is on full display in this new Black Panther international trailer. Director Ryan Coogler may have outdone himself with this one.

Black Panther follows T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) who returns home after the events of Captain America: Civil War. He’s now the King of Wakanda, after his father’s death. The isolated, technologically advanced African nation is threatened when a powerful old enemy reappears. T’Challa’s position as king is tested when he is drawn into a major conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. The young king must gather his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life.

The cast for Black Panther also includes Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia, Danai Gurira as Okoye, Martin Freeman as Everett K. Ross, Daniel Kaluuya as W’kabi, Letitia Wright as Shuri, Winston Duke as M’baku, with Angela Bassett as Ramonda, Forest Whitaker as Zuri and Andy Serkis as Ulysses Klaue. Black Panther is set for release on February 16, 2018, which means it will be the first major superhero movie of next year and will be the final MCU movie to arrive in theaters before Avengers: Infinity War. Given how much Wakanda was featured in the Infinity War trailer, Marvel seems to be banking on people really loving the world that T’Challa inhabits. Be sure to check out the new Black Panther international trailer, courtesy of the KinoCheck International YouTube channel, for yourself below.

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Insidious: The Last Key Trailer #2 Is Big on Scares

A new trailer for Insidious: The Last Key has arrived online ahead of the sequel’s release in theaters next month. This latest trailer gives us a much better idea of what to expect from the latest chapter of the very successful Insidious franchise. We’re still not sure if this movie is going to be a return-to-form, in terms of quality, but this trailer promises a ton of jump scares and a super creepy haunted house exploration in the movie.

The trailer features some of the same imagery as the first teaser for Insidious: The Last Key, but they’re not nearly as shy about showing off some of the cool shots this time around. Even though James Wan, who directed the first Insidious, is only producing this movie, you can tell it has his style embedded in its DNA. It’ll be tough for Insidious 4 to top the original, but this could easily wind up being the best entry in the franchise since the first movie. Granted, Insidious: Chapter 3, which was actually a prequel, set the bar pretty low.

Insidious: The Last Key brings back the creative team from the trilogy of horror hits, produced by Blumhouse, the studio responsible for Get Out and Split, two of the biggest hits of 2017. In the movie, which welcomes back franchise mainstay Lin Shaye as Dr. Elise Rainier, the brilliant parapsychologist faces her most fearsome and personal haunting yet: in her own family home. She’s going to have to step back into The Further to fight off supernatural entities in her own home to save her family. The stakes are pretty big and it looks like it will result in some out-of-your-seat kind of jump scares, if nothing else.

Leigh Whannell (Saw), returns to pen the screenplay for Insidious 4, having penned all three previous entries and directing Insidious: Chapter 3. The Insidious sequel is produced by Jason Blum (The Purge), Oren Peli (Paranormal Activity) and co-creator James Wan (The Conjuring). This installment is directed by series newcomer Adam Robitel (The Taking of Deborah Logan). In addition to Lin Shaye, the cast includes Angus Sampson, Whannell, Josh Stewart, Caitlin Gerard, Kirk Acevedo, Javier Botet, Bruce Davison, Spencer Locke, Tessa Ferrer, Ava Kolker and Marcus Henderson.

Blumhouse has a tremendous track-record and has posted a banner year in 2017. Insidious: The Last Key looks to possibly get things going early for the studio in 2018, as the movie is set to arrive in theaters on January 5, 2018. The Insidious sequel was originally supposed to be released on October 20 of this year, but the release date had to be pushed back. January isn’t historically a great year for releases, but the occasional movie can surprise. Be sure to check out the new trailer for Insidious: The Last Key, courtesy of Universal Pictures YouTube, for yourself below.

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New Site Reveals Which Sex Offenders Worked on a Movie

Rotten Apples is a new website that allows users to find out how many alleged sexual predators have worked on a specific movie. The idea had been tossed off as a meme and a joke a few months ago, but it is now a real site with a name playing off of Rotten Tomatoes. The Harvey Weinstein scandal has brought all kinds of other allegations against the entertainment industry, leading many to wonder if it’s safe to enjoy Hollywood movies at all anymore. Spoiler alert, just about every movie you can think of is attached to some kind of alleged sexual deviancy.

The premise is simple: Type in the name of any movie or TV series and you’ll be told if an alleged abuser or creep is in any way connected to the project. If anyone on the cast or crew is involved, all one has to do is click their name, which will then take you to a reputable news source’s article on the charges and/or convictions. This comes at a time when sexual misconduct allegations are constantly at the top of the news. Every day a new allegation seems to surface against a powerful man or woman, though these allegations are made largely by women against men.

The site is useful, but it probably won’t go too far in stopping people from watching their favorite movies and TV shows. On the other hand, Hollywood is quickly severing ties with anybody related to sexual assault publicly. For instance, Kevin Spacey was recently fired from Netflix’s hit show House of Cards as well as Ridley Scott’s All the Money in the World after allegations of sexual misconduct began to surface. In other words, House of Cards should be okay to watch now that Spacey is no longer involved in the project, which Rotten Apples will show you.

One interesting movie to look up is Good Will Hunting, which has Harvey Weinstein listed as an executive producer along with his brother Bob and then Ben and Casey Affleck show up as well. In other words, Good Will Hunting may be blacklisted from some consumers trying to watch and consume more ethically. There are shows like HBO’s Big Little Lies, which is sexual predator free, according to the site and Who Framed Roger Rabbit? is also good to go. The site seems to be accurate, but is it ethical?

Rotten Apples is a good idea in theory, but some of the men or women being accused of sexual misconduct may or may not have performed the heinous acts that they have been accused of, which is certainly not the case for the majority of the allegations. Basically, users can utilize Rotten Apples at their own risk and how they see fit. It could end up as a popular drinking game in the near future as well. Go see for yourself which movies you’re able to watch with a clean conscience via Rotten Apples.


The Dark Crystal Returns to Theaters in February

35 years later, The Dark Crystal remains one of the finest works to ever come from the mind of Jim Henson. To celebrate the recently restored, 4K version of the movie, Fathom Events is re-releasing The Dark Crystal in theaters this February, which comes a year after the Dark Crystal 2 comic was released. Many fans of the classic have never had the chance to experience it on the big screen and this gives them the opportunity to do just that. But the screenings are only happening on two nights, so if you want to go, you’d better clear your schedule and get tickets asap.

The Dark Crystal will play in U.S. movie theaters on Sunday, February 25, and Wednesday, February 28, at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. local time on both days. So you’ll have a couple of chances to catch the movie in theaters. Tickets for the event are set to go on sale on Friday, January 12. If you want to get it on this special event, be sure to grab tickets early. Tom Lucas, Fathom Events Vice President of Studio Relations, had this to say about the upcoming screenings of The Dark Crystal.

“Jim Henson created a truly one-of-a-kind experience with The Dark Crystal,’ one that is rarely seen on the big screen. Fathom Events could not be more excited about the privilege of working with The Jim Henson Company, Universal and Sony to give movie lovers the chance to see the visual splendor of The Dark Crystal in theaters.”

Jim Henson and Frank Oz co-directed The Dark Crystal, which has truly taken on a life of its own in the years since its release. The story of The Dark Crystal takes place in the world of Thra, which has been torn asunder by a fracture in a great magic crystal, which caused two races to be created: the tranquil Mystics, or urRu, and the evil Skeksis, who all but destroyed Thra’s native species, the Gelflings. Now, the Mystics have summoned Jen, one of the last surviving Gelflings, to find the lost piece of the crystal. The quest sends him on an unbelievable adventure that can restore harmony and peace to Thra. Netflix is currently working on a 10-episode prequel series, Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, which is expected to debut next year on the streaming service.

Each screening of The Dark Crystal, in addition to being screened in its newly restored glory, will also feature a brand-new featurette with Lisa Henson, CEO and President of The Jim Henson Company. Following the screenings in February, The Dark Crystal will debut on 4K Ultra HD and return to Blu-ray and Digital on March 6. The Blu-ray will be presented in an all-new collectible Digibook package, with rare photos and behind-the-scenes info about the making of this iconic classic.

When it was released in 1982, The Dark Crystal wasn’t a box office smash, bringing in just $40 million worldwide. But the movie has endured and its legacy will be shared with audiences like never before this February. A full list of theaters participating in the Fathom Events screenings will be released once tickets go on sale January 12. Tickets can be purchased through the Fathom Events website or at the box office from your theater of choice.


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Last Jedi Targets Massive $425M Worldwide Box Office Debut

There is no question that Disney’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be be a massive box office hit, with analysts predicting a $200 million opening weekend at the domestic box office, but it’s shaping up to be an even bigger hit overseas as well. A new report reveals that Disney and LucasFilm are eyeing a roughly $225 million overseas opening weekend for a global opening weekend haul of $425 million. While that is far from the current record, it is among the top 5 of all time, and one of the biggest reasons it won’t contend for the record is that it won’t be opening in China right away.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens held the all-time global opening weekend record of $529 million, including the domestic record of $248 million and the overseas debut of $281 million, for a year and a half, until Universal’s The Fate of the Furious broke that record with an impressive $541.9 million, with 81.8% of that tally coming from overseas with an international opening weekend record of $443.2 million and a decent domestic debut of $93.8 million. If Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which is shaping up to be a critical hit as well with glowing Last Jedi reviews surfacing this morning, hits this projection, it will pass Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice ($422.5 million) as the fifth best global opening weekend of all time, falling just behind Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 ($483.2 million) in fourth place and Jurassic World ($525.5 million) in third place.

The biggest reason that The Fate of the Furious posted such a massive international opening weekend was due to its incredible $184.9 million opening weekend, the biggest debut in Chinese history, behind the $182.4 million debut of Furious 7. While Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($52.3 million opening, $124.1 million total) and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story ($30 million debut, $69.4 million total) have fared well in China, both movies have opened in early January, and not at day-and-date with the rest of the world. The Last Jedi opens in several international markets on December 13 and 14 with its entire global rollout complete by December 15, with the exception of China, which won’t debut until January 5, 2018 in the Middle Kingdom. While this delay in China certainly won’t be disastrous, it will be interesting to see how its confirmed status as the longest Star Wars movie of all time will impact repeat viewing.

While Disney is certainly expecting both a critical and commercial hit with The Last Jedi, they are also mounting an Oscar campaign for Mark Hamill, for his performance as iconic Jedi Luke Skywalker. The studio is putting the movie in contention for all major awards, including Best Picture and Best Director, but it will be interesting to see if awards season voters will spark to this movie as much as the fans certainly have. While Star Wars movies are largely nominated on the technical side of the Oscars, Alec Guinness was nominated for his performance as Obi-Wan Kenobi in the very first Star Wars movie, so there is a precedent in place.

All of the studios as a whole are likely hoping that The Last Jedi opening weekend is huge, because it’s basically the last chance to turn around a truly bizarre year at the box office, since the year-to-date totals are currently 4% behind last year’s record-breaking domestic box office total of $11.4 billion, and a big opening weekend could help close the gap, along with the final wide releases of the year that are being spread out over December 20 (Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, The Greatest Showman on Earth), December 22 (Downsizing, Pitch Perfect 3, Father Figures) and December 25 (All the Money in the World). The Hollywood Reporter broke the news on the global opening weekend projetion today.


Final Bright Trailer Drops Will Smith in a World Filled with Monsters

With just 10 days left until the new Netflix movie Bright debuts, a final trailer has been released with new footage. This climactic final trailer for Bright features a hot new single from Billboard’s “Breakthrough Artist” Camila Cabello and musical duo, Grey called “Crown.” This new song will also be included on Bright: The Album available on December 15th. Bright: The Album is produced by Atlantic Records and David Ayer, who were also behind the sensational soundtrack, Suicide Squad: The Album. This trailer begins with a scene showcased in a Bright clip from last week, which shows how Will Smith is not a fan of orc music.

Will Smith and Joel Edgerton take on a world of evil in the streets of Los Angeles for their highly-anticipated Netflix Film, Bright, directed by the Suicide Squad and Training Day‘s David Ayer. Bright captures the story of two LAPD police officers played by Smith (Officer Ward) and Edgerton (Officer Jakoby) fighting off orcs, fairies and one atomic blonde elf played by Noomi Rapace (Leila) to save the fantastical world as they know it. The unlikely pair must put aside their differences to protect Los Angeles from the lurking sinister forces of the underworld.

The trailer also gives us another look at one of the other pivotal characters, Tikka, played by Lucy Fry, who, as Jakoby reveals, has come across a “nuclear weapon that grants wishes.” It doesn’t take long for Will Smith’s Ward and Joel Edgerton’s Jakoby to realize that, if this weapon gets into the wrong hands, like Noomi Rapace’s nefarious character Leila, it could destroy the world as we know it. This trailer also illustrates how new Jakoby is to the police force, with a new scene where both Ward and Jakoby get shot at, with Ward asking if it’s the first time he’s been shot at, with Jakoby answering, “Yeah, I dislike it very much.”

The trailer also offers a new look at Jay Hernandez as another LAPD officer, revealing that he thought Ward was dead, to which he replies that he can’t be dead because he has, “too many bills to pay. The trailer also features along a very brief glimpse at another cop pairing, played by Edgar Ramirez and Happy Anderson, although it isn’t clear how they fit into the story quite yet. This movie marks a reunion for Will Smith, Jay Hernandez and director David Ayer, who all previously worked on last year’s Suicide Squad for Warner Bros.

The Netflix film stars Will Smith, Joel Edgerton, Noomi Rapace, Lucy Fry, Edgar Ramirez, Ike Barinholtz, Enrique Murciano, Jay Hernandez, Andrea Navedo, Veronica Ngo, Alex Meraz, Margaret Cho, Brad William Henke, Dawn Oliveri, and Kenneth Choi. The film is directed by David Ayer and written by Max Landis. David Ayer, Eric Newman, and Bryan Unkeless serve as producers. This movie made headlines last March when Netflix plunked down a whopping $90 million commitment for the production, including $3 million alone for Max Landis’ script, in an intense bidding war. Take a look at the new trailer below, courtesy of Netflix YouTube.

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Early Last Jedi Reviews Call It a Bold New Step for Star Wars

The review embargo for Star Wars: The Last Jedi has officially been lifted by Lucasfilm and much like the early fan reactions on social media, the critic first impressions have been overwhelmingly positive. The reviews mentioned ahead are spoiler free, but if you intend on going in completely blind, you may want to avoid reading any further. Rian Johnson’s The Last Jedi is a sequel to J.J. Abrams’ The Force Awakens and the story begins right where the last movie left off and sets the groundwork for Abrams’ upcoming Episode IX.

Movieweb’s own Julian Roman praised The Last Jedi, declaring that it “shatters” fan theories and leaves us in a remarkable place. Roman also indicates that there’s a lot to take in for the first viewing, insinuating that repeat viewings may be in order. He had this to say.

“What you’ve pontificated, argued, and theorized about, is going to be shattered utterly. Rian Johnson takes the fabled lore from a galaxy far away into uncharted territory. He will have you spellbound. It’s a lot to comprehend at first blush, and there are a few down beats.”

Roman also went on to say that the movie “cuts no corners” in its storytelling, allowing a more complex narrative to shine. These thoughts are echoed in the majority of the early reviews for The Last Jedi.

Collider’s Matt Goldberg spoke about J.J. Abrams’ The Force Awakens walking familiar ground from the original Star Wars trilogy and went on to reveal that Rian Johnson went out of his way to avoid those pitfalls. Goldberg talks about the strengths, but also sees some weakness in the pacing. He explains.

“Although, like The Force Awakens, it takes more than a few beats from the Original Trilogy, Johnson feels eager to subvert our expectations, challenge the archetypes the series was founded on, and take bold steps to establishing a new concept of what a Star Wars movie can be while still feeling very much in line with previous films in the franchise. Although the movie suffers from a few pacing issues, they ultimately don’t detract from the film’s stunning craft and confident storytelling.”

There’s a lot of ground to cover in The Last Jedi, so it makes sense that there could be some pacing issues. Many find that the pacing and length of the movie are blamed on loose ends that were not explained in The Force Awakens.

Indie Wire’s Eric Kohn raves that The Last Jedi is the best Star Wars movie since The Empire Strikes Back, which has been reiterated in other reviews as well as the early fan reaction. Many thought that the movie was going to borrow a lot from Empire, but that does not seem to be the case at all. If anything, The Last Jedi shares some darker tones, but nothing in the story is a direct link. Kohn had this to say.

“Under the fastidious guidance of writer-director Johnson, The Force Awakens turns the commercial restrictions of this behemoth into a Trojan horse for rapid-fire filmmaking trickery and narrative finesse. The result is the most satisfying entry in this bumpy franchise since The Empire Strikes Back in 1980.”

Ira Madison III from the Daily Beast also praised The Last Jedi, noting that she loved the Canto Bight scenes, which have come under fire from other critics. The Wrap’s Alonso Duralde also compared the movie to Empire while also calling it a lot of fun. He explains.

“If having pure fun at a Star Wars movie is wrong, I don’t want to be right. So for me, The Last Jedi falls right behind The Empire Strikes Back and maybe the original film in providing the thrills and the heartbreak, the heroism and villainy, and the romance and betrayal that makes these films such a treat even for those of us who can’t name all the planets or the alien species or even the Empire’s flunkies. (Sorry, the First Order’s flunkies.) And make no mistake: This is an entertaining chapter, but it also features loss and sacrifice and devastating consequences.”

All in all, Star Wars: The Last Jedi is receiving high praise and is even setting up an Oscar campaign for Mark Hamill and Daisy Ridely, but will it be able to live up to the expectations of the hardcore fans? That’s the real question, but it looks like it is, at the very least, a step in the right direction. Lucasfilm didn’t just hand over the reins to Rian Johnson for his own trilogy for nothing. You can read more reviews for The Last Jedi via Collider’s Twitter account.

The Force is strong with @rianjohnson’s thoughtful, subversive #TheLastJedi. @MattGoldberg reviews:

— Collider (@Collider) December 12, 2017

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