Deadpool 2, New Mutants & X-Men 7 Get Release Dates

It took 20th Century Fox long enough. But we finally have an official release date for Deadpool 2. The movie has been given some prime summer real estate with a June 1, 2018 launch. Ryan Reynolds will return as Wade Wilson, the Merc with a Mouth, and this time out, he’ll share top billing with Josh Brolin, who’ll be making his X-Men debut as time traveling mutant Cable.

20th Century Fox has also announced a number of other release dates, including Steven Spielberg’s Pentagon Papers drama starring Tom Hanks, Bryan Singer’s Bohemian Rhapsody, two more Marvel superhero movies that include the X-Men spin-off, New Mutants and the sequel Dark Phoenix, and lastly Steve McQueen’s Windows. But who cares about any of that? Deadpool 2 is the hot ticket item here.

Arriving in 2016 as one of the biggest releases of that year, and one of the top selling R-Rated releases of all time, Deadpool became an unheard of kind of phenomenon in this current age of throwaway cinema. The sequel is now one of the most anticipated sequels of the decade. And as such, it’s leaving its original February dumping ground to play with the big dogs next summer.

Deadpool was a passion project for Ryan Reynolds, and it finally paid off after almost a decade of trying to get it off the ground. The first outing is called a ‘sleeper hit’ by The Hollywood Reporter. It earned $783 million worldwide before dominating the Blu-ray and DVD sales charts for months.

Deadpool 2 will reunite Ryan Reynolds with original Deadpool 2 writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, with Drew Goddard joining the team to help assist with the story and some of the jokes. Tim Miller infamously left the director’s chair after making the first movie such a hit. He’s been replaced by John Wick co-director David Leitch. Along with the aforementioned Josh Brolin, Zazie Beetz has also joined the cast as Cable’s deadly girlfriend Domino. Shooting will begin this June, with the entire production process getting a full year, a luxury not often afforded to some of today’s bigger superhero movies. The team is definitely looking to get this one right.

Deadpool 2 is surely the most anticipated X-Men spin-off coming next year. But it’s not the only one. 20th Century Fox has set release dates for three Marvel movies altogether. Arriving in the spring, before Deadpool 2, is New Mutants, which will hit theaters April 13, 2018. It is rumored that Negasonic Teenage Warhead, played by Brianna Hildebrand and first introduced in Deadpool will return here alongside a host of iconic Marvel characters that have never made their way to the big screen before. Bringing up the rear will be X-Men 7, now simply known as Dark Phoenix. It lands on November 2, 2018.

New Mutants is directed by Josh Boone and follows a young team of of superheroes. Dark Phoenix will revisit the classic comic book arc that reveals how Jean Grey became host for the Phoenix Force, a cosmic entity that causes Jean to become a destructive power ultimately leading to her death. Sophie Turner will reprise her role from X-Men: Apocalypse. No director is in place yet, but longtime X-Men writer and producer Simon Kinberg is at the top of the list to direct. The plot is basically rebooting the events seen in 2006′s X-Men 3: The Last Stand.

On to the awards contenders that Fox is also releasing in 2018. Steven Spielberg’s Washington Post Pentagon Papers movie that features Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep together for the first time on the big screen is hitting theaters on December 22, 2018. The film is without a title right now. The initial drop will hit limited theaters to give it an awards season run. The wide release happens in January 2019. Widows, another Oscar contender, will hit theaters on November 16, 2018. And Bryan Singer, who is known for his time spent in the director’s chair on the original X-Men, it’s first sequel, and the last two outings, will have his non-Mutant drama Bohemian Rhapsody hitting theaters on Christmas Day, 2018.

Fox also made a few more tweaks to its release schedule. Murder on the Orient Express has gotten a slight bump from November 22, 2017 to November 10. And Jennifer Lawrence’s The Red Sparrow is arriving a little earlier. Scheduled to hit November 10, 2018, it will now arrive on March 2 of that year. Lastly, the hugely anticipated franchise reboot The Predator is getting a slight delay, moving from February 9, 2018 to a summer slot on August 3.

Deadpool 2 currently has no direct competition on June 1 next summer. It will arrive one week after the Han Solo Star Wars spin-off. And the following week sees reboot Ocean’s 8 and Transformers: Bumblebee into theaters. The month of June, 2018 also sees the release of Jurassic World 2 and Barbie (which could end up getting delayed). New Mutants will have to face off against Paramount Pictures A Quite Place, a horror drama directed by and starring John Krasinski and his real-life wife Emily Blunt. It will also open against one of Universal’s Monster movies, though the title hasn’t been revealed at this time. New Mutants opens one week after Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time and one week before Dwayne Johnson’s video game adaptation Rampage. Lastly, X-Men 7 will have to face off against Disney’s live-action Mulan remake as well as an untitled Paramount event movie.


Jar Jar Binks to Return in Star Wars Battlefront 2 Game?

During Star Wars Celebration, the new video game Battlefront 2 was unleashed. And it showed off various new characters, three story generations, and some single player action that was sorely missing from the original outing. While Yoda and Darth Maul both made their presence known, one character was suspiciously absent, even though the game delves into the Phantom Menace era. Where was Jar Jar Binks? Fans are clamoring to know whether or not everyone’s favorite (or most despised) Gungan, the infamous Jar Jar Binks, makes an appearance as a playable character in the game as well.

In a new interview with Euro Gamer, primary developers Steve Blank and Matt Webster were quite coy regarding Jar Jar’s presence. It sounds like we will probably be getting a playable version of Jar Jar that fans can put through all kinds of holy hell. But the team behind the new game aren’t confirming that yet. Steve Blanks explains.

“[laughs] Ohhhh…Only time will tell!

Then Matt Webster retorts.

“Yes, that’s a great answer Steve, thank you!”

That’s not a no. Why not have Jar Jar as a playable character, or one that can be unlocked? Love him or hate him, Jar Jar is a part of the Star Wars universe. In fact, that may be the best reason to add the character, give the fans a chance to take out their long stewing hatred on the Gungan. Or on the other side, give Jar Jar supporters the means to exact a sweet Gungan beatdown. Either way, it would be a fun addition to the game.

As it were, Star Wars Battlefront 2 is following the new paradigm set by Lucasfilm with a female lead as the primary character. The single player campaign story will star Iden Versio, the leader of Inferno Squad, a black clad, elite special forces unit of the Galactic Empire. They are fighting the Rebellion on Endor when the Death Star is destroyed. Versio will seek bitter revenge for her “beloved Emperor”, taking the fight to a new level with the Empire’s remaining forces. Star Wars Battlefront 2 story director, Mark Thompson, scoffs at anyone who has gender issues with Iden Versio. In another recent interview with Euro Gamer, Thompson remarks.

“My personal belief is it’s just about it making a good character, I don’t care about anything else. If the character makes sense to the story, if the character belongs in that universe then everything else is unimportant. Does it feel right for this story? Does it feel right for Star Wars? Is that character interesting and relatable, is it someone we can connect with? Those are the important things, everything else is unimportant.”

The teaser video released for the game looks incredible. The aforementioned scene of Inferno Squad watching in disbelief as the Death Star explodes gave me goosebumps. It’s about time we saw things from the bad guy perspective. Star Wars Battlefront 2 looks to have extensive space battles with players having the option to pilot various Rebellion and Galactic Empire spacecraft. The ground campaigns and death matches are going to have old Star Wars favorites, like Yoda, combined with new characters like Kylo Ren and Rey.

Electronic Arts has also announced that Star Wars Battlefront 2 will have new locations from the prequel eras and The Force Awakens. This means you’ll have multiplayer campaigns on Yavin 4, Mos Eisley, and Star Killer Base. There will be a character progression mode, in line with the best features of the latest online, multiplayer shooters. This is not confirmed, but from the teaser trailer it also looks like Iden Versio has a drone that accompanies her. This could be a great feature for specialized attacks and recon.

Star Wars Battlefront 2 will be released on November 17, 2017 for the PC, Playstation 4, and Xbox One. There have been no confirmations of the voice actors. We will update any news regarding the game as Electronic Arts and Lucasfilm issues it.


Oscar Isaac Remembers Intense Star Wars 8 Scene with Carrie Fisher

While we’re still unsure whether or not General Leia will come face-to-face with her son Kylo Ren after he killed Han Solo, or if she’ll reunite with her twin brother Luke Skywalker in The Last Jedi, one thing is for certain. Leia and Poe will have a few scenes together. In a recent interview, Oscar Isaac, who plays ace X-Wing fighter Poe Dameron, opened up about his time spent on set with the late Carrie Fisher. And even though we don’t really know much about Poe yet, these scenes shot between them should be intense and emotional for the audience.

Carrie Fisher’s untimely passing last year had every Star Wars fan wondering if the beloved actress would ever return to the franchise. Fisher had already filmed her scenes for Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The question was whether she would be digitally recreated for Star Wars 9, as we’ve previously seen the CGI recreation of Princess Leia in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Fans were stunned when Carrie Fisher’s brother, Todd Fisher, announced that her family had given Disney permission to use her image for the last film; and that the performance would be done with previously shot footage.

That news was short lived. Kathleen Kennedy, the President of Lucasfilm, shot down the possibility at the Star Wars convention in Orlando. Carrie Fisher will not be seen in the final film. To remove any doubt, Disney CEO Bob Iger confirmed Kennedy’s statement.

Carrie Fisher’s final starring performance will be in The Last Jedi. We were treated to a bit of interesting news from Oscar Isaac about working with Fisher on the film. Isaac plays Poe Dameron, the best pilot in the Resistance. He was in New York last week doing press interviews for his Armenian Genocide movie, The Promise. Isaac, in an interview with Business Insider, commented on shooting a particularly “intense” scene with Fisher:

“It was basically my first day [on set] and we did about 25 takes total. Half of them were on me and half of them were on her. I can’t give anything away but there was a scene where there was some physicality there and it was shot just over and over and over. She relished the physicality of it, let me just say. It was pretty intense. It will be funny to see what they cut together based on that.”

He also went on to say how “fortunate” he was that he “got to be in her gravitational field.” Then concluded his remarks with a wonderful personal note about the actress.

“At every moment she would just wander over with her Coke, she was constantly drinking Coca-Cola, and find a way to undercut the situation or to cut through something to make me laugh.”

Carrie Fisher was beloved by her costars as much as her fan base. It will be interesting to see how the scene Isaac describes will look when the film finally comes out. It still leaves the lingering question how Lucasfilm will handle her absence from the final movie in The Force Awakens trilogy. Rian Johnson, in panels at the Star Wars convention, declared The Last Jedi to be almost finished. There were no statements that the film had been altered to reflect Fisher’s death. My theory is that General Leia may not survive The Last Jedi. It would add emotional heft to the film and set up a blockbuster finale for the trilogy. It’s just a guess, but I think a logical conclusion.


Every 2017 Summer Movie You Need to See

Summer isn’t here yet, but that doesn’t mean we can’t start looking forward to it. Amidst the blazing sun, the cool waves and that late afternoon breeze, there is another constant and that is, you guessed it, Summer Movies. No matter how good or bad they are, one thing about them is always certain. There will always be more next year.

However, in 2017, we have a year like no other. Before you roll your eyes and sigh, “You guys say that every year!” Know one thing, we do not. There is just something about this latest list that seems to stand out more than in recent years. As always, there’s an eclectic mix. But this thatch of films really shimmies into uncharted territory.

How you ask? Well, have we ever seen a movie that tackles the inner emotions of an emoji? Has Captain Underpants ever been given the big screen treatment? What about the big screen pairing of Spider-Man and Iron Man in their own movie? Not to mention All Eyez on Me, the Tupac Shakur movie?

Also mixed into this, we have some anticipated (even if familiar) horror in Annabelle 2. We’ve got the comedy/drama Rough Night which sees a night with a male stripper go very bad (did you see what I did there…Very bad things….as in we know this is just a thinly veiled remake of Very Bad Things….But no one is going to notice, right?). Then there’s a film like It Comes At Night which can best be described as a thinking person’s horror film.

So it is without further adieu that we give you all the summer movies you definitely don’t want to miss, which we culled with help from The Numbers. This list has been copiously aggregated. Know that we left no stone unturned in trying to bring you the creme dela creme of of 2017 Summer movies.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (May 4)

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How good does it make you feel that there is going to be a new Guardians of the Galaxy movie this summer? Yup, you heard that right. Star-Lord, Gamora, Baby Groot, Drax and a bunch of other characters are returning for another installment of this popular franchise. Add to this that none other than Kurt Russell is joining the cast, and you have a film that is practically a license to print money. This new adventure goes even deeper in trying discover who Peter Quill’s/Star-Lord’s parents were. If this seems like unusual fare for a comic book movie that is precisely what makes Guardians of the Galaxy so special. Young people love it because of the bigger than life characters. Adults love it because it is a kids film with adult sensibilties. Big summer blockbusters don’t come anymore readymade than Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.


‘Deadpool 2′ Lands June 2018 Release Date

20th Century Fox stakes out a slew of other release dates, including for Steven Spielberg’s Pentagon Papers film, two more superhero movies and Steve McQueen’s ‘Widows.’

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Fullmetal Alchemist Trailer Arrives with English Subtitles

If you aren’t already excited about the live-action Fullmetal Alchemist movie, or if you aren’t aware that it is happening, this trailer may just do the trick. This latest teaser showcases the same footage we saw in a previous sneak peek, but this one comes with English subtitles, providing some much needed context for those less familiar with the material. Or even for those who know the material, but aren’t fluent in Japanese.

Warner Bros. released the trailer online recently and it gives us a great, though brief, look at the Fullmetal Alchemist movie, which is set to hit theaters later this year. The short preview packs in a whole bunch of quick moments, including a great shot of Alphonse in action, as well as giving us a good sense of the anime style and what we can expect in terms of the general narrative. A lot of longer trailers for much bigger productions fail at that, so credit where credit is due to whoever put this Fullmetal Alchemist trailer together.

The story of Fullmetal Alchemist follows two alchemist brothers who go on a quest for the Philosopher’s Stone (no, not the one from Harry Potter) after an attempt to revive their dead mother goes horribly wrong. This is teased in the opening shot of the trailer, in which, we see the brothers standing at a grave of their mother. It is also worth noting that her gravestone is marked with the death year of 1904, meaning that this movie will be taking place in the early 1900s, which could make for an interesting setting. The trailer then transitions into the attempted resurrection, which doesn’t go well. Though, the special effects look quite good, especially for a movie that probably doesn’t have a massive budget on the level of a Transformers movie, or something along those lines.

Fullmetal Alchemist is one of the most popular and well-regarded manga series to ever be released and this is the first time a live-action movie based on the book has ever been done. There was a very popular anime series based on the title that won several awards as well. But seeing this beloved work brought to life will take things to a new level. Just to give an idea of how popular Fullmetal Alchemist truly is, the manga has sold more than 60 million volumes worldwide and when the first volume was printed in English back in 2005, it became the highest-selling graphic novel of the year. So there will definitely be a lot of people in the U.S. who want to see this movie, which is probably why Warner Bros. decided to release a trailer with English subtitles.

The cast for the movie includes Ryosuke Yamada, Tsubasa Honda, Fas Roy Mustang, Ryuuta Satou, Misako Renbutsu, Natsuna, Natsuki Harada, You Ooizumi, Jun Kunimura, Fumiyo Kohinata, Yasuko Matsuyuki, Kanata Hongou, Shinji Uchiyama and Kenjirou Ishimaru. Fullmetal Alchemist is directed by Fumihiko Sori with a Japanese release date set for December 1, but it isn’t clear when or if Warner Bros. will release it domestically. Be sure to check out the new trailer for yourself below.

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Killers of the Flower Moon May Reunite DiCaprio, De Niro & Scorsese

Hollywood heavyweights Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro and Leonardo DiCaprio are possibly teaming up to make the highly-anticipated adaptation Killers Of the Flower Moon, based on the book by David Grann which will be published this week by Doubleday. The book was first picked up for a whopping $5 million by Imperative Entertainment last year, after a bidding war emerged, with Leonardo DiCaprio originally set to produce alongside J.J. Abrams, but it doesn’t appear that Abrams is involved anymore. Our first report revealed that Paramount had the top bid at the time with $2 million, but they were eventually beat out by Imperative Entertainment’s $5 million bid.

Deadline reports that no deals are in place with Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert DeNiro or Martin Scorsese, but all three parties are “seriously considering” taking on the project. Oscar-winning screenwriter Eric Roth (Forrest Gump) wrote the screenplay adaptation based on David Grann’s book, with Imperative Entertainment partners Dan Friedkin and Bradley Thomas producing. It isn’t known what roles Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro are eyeing, or if they are only attached as producers at this time.

The book by David Grann chronicles the string of murders that took place in the 1920s on the Osage Indian tribe in Oklahoma, which took place shortly after oil was discovered on the Indian reservation. The indians were granted rights that gave them a percentage of the oil sales, but then several Indians started to get killed off. The case became so big that the federal government stepped in, which was one of the first major cases for the Bureau of Investigation, which was later renamed the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The case was one of the first major successes for J. Edgar Hoover, who lead the investigation and was ultimately named the head of the FBI.

Ironically, Leonardo DiCaprio has already played the FBI head in the 2011 biopic J. Edgar, but it seems unlikely that he would play this character once again. This project will mark the sixth collaboration between Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese, following Gangs of New York, The Aviator, Shutter Island, The Departed and The Wolf Of Wall Street, and they are also developing The Devil In the White City. This will also mark the 12th film Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese are working together on, including The Irishman, which is coming together at Netflix and will also star Al Pacino and Joe Pesci, marking a Goodfellas reunion.

Leonardo DiCaprio is coming off his first Oscar win for The Revenant, and has The Black Hand and The Ballad of Richard Jewell currently in pre-production. Robert De Niro most recently starred in The Comedian, and he has a number of projects in development including The War With Grandpa, an untitled Edgardo Mortato project for director Baltasar Kormákur and another untitled project from director Jonathan Jakubowicz, which reunites him with his Hands of Stone co-star Edgar Ramirez. Martin Scorsese most recently directed Silence and the pilot episode of HBO’s Vinyl. Hopefully we’ll have more on Killers of the Flower Moon soon.


A Fierce Trailer And A “Found” Documentary Offer Two Views Of Strife-Torn Detroit

So much to hope, so much to fear from Kathryn Bigelow’s Detroit — at least, that’s how many of us who grew up in and around Detroit feel about the film Bigelow is directing, based on a script by collaborator Mark Boal, about the 1967 riot. When the trailer dropped earlier this month, a shudder ran through some in the Motor City.

“Here, people are so used to negative portrayals, and given the subject matter they’re just numb to another one like all the others,” offered one film-savvy Detroiter—a major fan of both Boal and Bigelow—in a private email. But, the same correspondent noted, a perhaps slightly overheated trailer, with heavy emphasis on police brutality in the Algiers Motel killings that occurred mid-way through the July unrest, doesn’t mean the filmmakers won’t have captured the combined horror and heartbreak of the Detroit uprising in a drama set for release by Annapurna Pictures on August 4.

Soon enough, the film will speak for itself. Already, though, Detroiters have been using film to examine not just the five-day riot, but also about the lost era—and the possibilities—that burned with it. Largely unnoticed here, March 30 brought the world premiere in Detroit of a documentary 12th And Clairmount, that tells a story of the uprising and its precedents largely through the use of “found footage.” Produced by the Detroit Free Press and others, the film does what even the most skillfully crafted drama would hard-pressed to match. That is, it re-captures some of the ease and even amity that sometimes prevailed in what was, after all, a still hopeful time in Detroit.

“The footage donated by the white people is just like footage donated by the black people,” said Bill McGraw, a former Free Press reporter who worked on the film, in describing it to a Free Press interviewer. “Everyone’s dancing in the basement, doing the same sort of dances, kids are riding their old Stingray bikes with their banana seats, playing Wiffle ball in the street or in front of their house. It shows how life was going on often the same for people even though they were living very separate lives.”


Obviously, the riot didn’t come from nowhere. There was deep racial injustice and a powerful reaction. “You can understand that there would be a lot of anger building up, and it exploded,” said Larry Bohner, who contributed footage to 12th And Clairmount, to the same Free Press interviewer.

That part, to judge from the red-hot Detroit trailer, is well-represented by Boal and Bigelow. But harder to recall are those better moments on the racial fault line, as when you could find yourself standing with a couple of Temptations—who were just off the stage in Cobo Arena, probably in late 1966, if I remember correctly—as they marveled at the still-novel long-hairs in a local psychedelic band, the Scot Richard Case, who were performing in the banquet-hall next door.

Through the mid-1960s, 12th And Clairmount reminds us, the city was still alive. In 1967, that Detroit promo says, the gentler part died.

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