delete

Why Disney’s ‘Last Jedi’ Mind Trick Isn’t Working in China


‘Episode VIII’ leans heavily on references to the originals, and that doesn’t play with young audiences in the world’s No. 2 market.

read more

delete

Will Saw 9 Keep the Jigsaw Legacy Alive?

Do you want to play a game for a ninth time? Even if you don’t, it seems that the Saw franchise is far from dead. Jigsaw was incredibly successful at the box office, despite the fact that it didn’t do much for critics or fans, if Rotten Tomatoes is to be believed. In any case, money talks and that means it’s only natural that the producers of the Saw franchise see that there’s possible money to be made with another installment. With that said, it looks like some discussions have started about making Saw 9 happen.

At the present time, that’s about all we know, but a new report claims that Twisted Pictures is having a “conversation” about Saw 9 at the present time. Though this new report notes that it’s merely talk at the moment, one has to imagine that they’re taking this rather seriously. How could you not? Saw, at this point, thanks to Jigsaw, is just shy of becoming a billion-dollar franchise. That’s not something many horror franchises can claim, so Saw 9 seems like the kind of thing that is probably going to become closer to a reality as time goes on. Even if, on paper, it doesn’t make much sense.

Not to get too heavily into spoilers here, but the Saw franchise has been messing with the timeline and the lore in a big way ever since Saw III. In that movie, Tobin Bell’s John Kramer, aka Jigsaw, was killed. However, his presence has been felt in the franchise since then and he even had a pretty prominent role in Jigsaw. With that said, the last movie really had to do some creative rejiggering to make the convoluted idea work and it’s near impossible to imagine where they could take it from there. At least without being a total rehash, that is.

Then again, that’s never really mattered with horror franchises like Saw. Case in point, Jigsaw was reportedly made for $10 million and made $102.9 million worldwide. Even with marketing costs factored in, that means the movie turned a very healthy profit. And to put that in perspective even further, that’s the second-lowest grossing movie in the Saw franchise to date. So yeah, people like Saw movies and they make money. Plain and simple. That kind of math makes Saw 9 seem like a sure thing by Hollywood standards.

There’s always the possibility that the studio could decide to go with a reboot of some kind, be it a soft reboot or some kind of complete reset of the Saw franchise. We’ll have to see how this all shakes out, but don’t be on waiting another eight years for the next Saw movie. Bloody Disgusting also notes that, if Saw 9 does happen, directors Michael Spierig and Peter Spierig will not be coming back. So we’ll once again get some new blood in the director’s chair, which could help.

delete

Tom Hardy Confirms Carnage Is the Villain in Venom?

Did Tom Hardy just accidentally confirm that Carnage is going to be in the Venom movie? At this point, it would probably be nothing shy of disappointing if the fan-favorite bad guy didn’t appear in Venom, given how much conversation has swirled surrounding his possible inclusion in the upcoming Spider-Man spin-off (that may or may not actually feature Tom Holland’s Peter Parker in some capacity). Now, thanks to star Tom Hardy, it looks like we more or less have the confirmation we’ve been looking for.

Plot details for Venom have largely been kept under wraps by Sony at this point, but Carnage has been rumored to be the movie’s main villain pretty much since the beginning. With that in mind, Tom Hardy’s since-deleted recent Instagram post is more than intriguing. The image features Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock in the foreground, with Carnage looming terrifyingly large in the background. Then he mysteriously had to delete it. Why post something like that and then delete it? Well, likely because Sony didn’t want to spoil the Carnage reveal in this way.

In any case, if Carnage is in the movie, it’s a pretty poorly kept secret at this point. No matter what, the cat is pretty much out of the bag. In case you aren’t overly familiar, Carnage is a villain who starts life as a bad guy with no powers of any kind named Cletus Kasady. He is a straight-up serial killer who is as evil as they come. The guy killed his own grandmother and also killed more than a dozen people before winding up in jail and sharing a cell with Eddie Brock. As for how he ultimately becomes Carnage? At one point, the Venom symbiote visits Brock and allows him to bust out of jail. However, offspring of the symbiote was left behind and bonded with Cletus. Thus, we get Carnage.

The Venom symbiote accents the more extreme personality traits one carries. So for Cletus, that means his evil is amplified in a big, ugly way. Originally, it was suspected that Riz Ahmed (Rogue One) was going to be playing Carnage, but that has since pretty much been squashed, unless the movie winds up taking some very serious liberties with the source material. In addition to Ahmed, the movie also stars Michelle Williams (Manchester by the Sea), Jenny Slate (Gifted) and it was recently reported that Woody Harrelson is in talks to join the movie. That hasn’t been confirmed, but he would make an excellent Cletus Cassidy.

Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland) is directing Venom, which is set to arrive in theaters on October 5. This is the first of Sony’s planned Spider-Man spin-off movies, which will also include Silver and Black and a Morbius the Living Vampire movie, among other yet-to-be-revealed projects. In the meantime, you can check out Tom Hardy’s deleted Instagram post, courtesy Mclovin Gaylord’s Twitter account, for yourself below.

Tom Hardy just posted this himself on his instagram account, just saying… @[email protected]@[email protected]@[email protected]VenomMovie#Venom#Carnagepic.twitter.com/MAnBdIIZrPpic.twitter.com/xnRx5Emr1B

— Mclovin Gaylord (@cmolokwu11) January 16, 2018

delete

Is This Really Why the Han Solo Movie Trailer Is Delayed?

Solo is roughly four months away from release, and only today did we get a synopsis as part of Disney’s big 2018 preview. No photos though, and no hint as to when we’ll actually get to see the trailer. As things chug along, with no delayed release date yet announced, could Disney be pushing an agenda that wouldn’t see a movie trailer ever released? Instead playing off J.J. Abrams’ mystery box conceit, with audiences getting their first look only after they buy their ticket? While that almost sounds too genius to be true, it probably is. And it sounds like the upcoming reshoots are the real reason we haven’t seen anything yet.

Solo has been a tumultuous production for Disney and Lucasfilm, and it’s because of shareholders who have been promised a new movie this May that the standalone adventure hasn’t been bumped yet. But that doesn’t mean an announcement isn’t coming soon. Ron Howard, who famously took over for fired directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller after nearly the entire movie had been shot, is set to do reshoots this month after he already completed a bunch of reshoots on the movie already. Way more than planned, in fact.

Now, it is being rumored that these reshoots are the reason we haven’t seen the trailer. Apparently, they want to include one of the reshoot shots in the actual trailer itself. Perhaps to avoid what happened with Rogue One. Disney released that trailer a little too early, and as you may remember, a lot of the promotional material for the first Star Wars story arrived with a ton of footage that was never included in the finished movie. And that was a big problem for some fans. Lucasfilm has since refused to even officially release any of that footage on a Rogue One Blu-ray or DVD.

And it’s also possible we’ll never see any of the scrapped footage for Han Solo as it gets locked away in a vault along with that Boba Fett trailer they buried after director Josh Trank got fired. Apparently we were supposed to see the Solo trailer last week, with Ron Howard teasing this on Twitter.

“Hang in there. Now that Episode 8 is out there, it won’t be long.”

It was widely reported by just about everyone save except for Disney and Lucasfilm that the trailer for Solo was going to be featured in the January 12 episode of Good Morning America. That didn’t happen. The show came and went without a mention of Han and Chewbacca, and many fans were disappointed. Metro reports that self-described Star Wars expert Mike Zeroh had an answer about the trailer’s no show from studio insiders close to the movie. Now, we know some of you absolutely hate Zeroh, so swallow this with a Fathier tranquilizer and you’ll feel a little bit better about yourself and the situation. Mike reveals this new information.

“The trailer was supposed to come out on a date which was delayed due to pick-up shots. These will involve two characters, Han Solo and Lando Calrissian, portrayed by Donald Glover. These will be done on a studio and not on location. This is the main reason why the trailer is delayed.”

These pick-up shots are scheduled to being tomorrow, January 17, and they will reportedly last a week or more. Then it should take at least a couple of days to pull the perfect shot for the supposed trailer. So we’re possibly looking at a mid-February debut for the first footage. Many believe it will come during the Super Bowl. But that also seems unlikely because it could get buried among the other big trailer releases that day. Or, perhaps, burying it is the point? Maybe we can just give the whole movie to the Corellian hounds and let them eat it all away.

delete

Ant-Man and the Wasp Are Ready to Fight in New Photo and Synopsis

As part of Disney’s 2018 movie preview, the studio has unveiled a new photo and the official synopsis for Ant-Man and the Wasp. The photo gives us a better look at both of the title characters, Paul Rudd’s Scott Lang, a.k.a Ant-Man, and Evangeline Lilly’s Hope Van Dyne, a.k.a. The Wasp. This sequel wrapped production back in November, and while it remains to be seen when the first trailer will debut, this photo will tide fans over until the footage is unveiled. Take a look at the official synopsis for Ant-Man and the Wasp below.

“From the Marvel Cinematic Universe comes Ant-Man and The Wasp, a new chapter featuring heroes with the astonishing ability to shrink. In the aftermath of Captain America: Civil War, Scott Lang grapples with the consequences of his choices as both a super hero and a father. As he struggles to rebalance his life with his responsibilities as Ant-Man, he’s confronted by Hope van Dyne and Dr. Hank Pym 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 the past.”

Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly lead a cast that also includes returning Ant-Man stars Michael Douglas as Hank Pym, Michael Pena as Luis, David Dastmalchian as Kurt, Bobby Cannavale as Paxton, Judy Greer as Maggie Lang and Abby Ryder Fortson as Cassie Lang. The highly-anticipated follow-up welcomes Academy Award nominees Michelle Pfeiffer as Janet Van Dyne, the long-lost wife of Hank Pym and mother of Hope Van Dyne, Laurence Fishburne as Dr. Bill Foster, who turns into Goliath in the comics, Hannah John-Kamen as Ghost, Walton Goggins as Sonny Burch and Randall Park as S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Jimmy Woo.

Since the synopsis reveals that this story is set in the aftermath of Captain America: Civil War, it’s possible that this story could be set before the highly-anticipated Avengers: Infinity War, which could certainly be an interesting dynamic. It’s possible that this could be set between Captain America breaking out Ant-Man and the other Avengers at the end of Captain America: Civil War, and Avengers: Infinity War, although that timeline has yet to be confirmed. It’s possible that the events in this story could shed some more light on the happenings that take place in Avengers: Infinity War, which could include the Multi-Verse.

Ant-Man director Peyton Reed (Yes Man, The Break-Up) returns to helm Marvel Studios’ action-adventure from a screenplay by Chris McKenna & Erik Sommers, Andrew Barrer & Gabriel Ferrari, and Paul Rudd. The film, which opens in U.S. theaters on July 6, 2018, started production last August, on location in Atlanta and San Francisco. As of now, Ant-Man and the Wasp has the July 6, 2018 date all to itself, although Universal’s untitled Purge sequel is slated to debut on July 4, while Sony’s Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, Warner Bros. Conjuring spin-off The Nun and Universal’s action-thriller Skyscraper are set to hit theaters on July 13. Take a look at this new photo from Ant-Man and the Wasp below, courtesy of Disney.

<strong><em>Ant-Man and the Wasp</em></strong> Photo

delete

Han Solo Movie Synopsis Reveals First Official Story Details

Disney released their 2018 movie preview today, which included a brand new synopsis for Solo: A Star Wars Story. While many of the other movies on this preview included new photos, no imagery was released for this Han Solo movie, although these plot details are quite intriguing. Take a look at the official synopsis for Solo: A Star Wars Story below.

“Board the Millennium Falcon and journey to a galaxy far, far away in Solo: A Star Wars Story, an all-new adventure with the most beloved scoundrel in the galaxy. Through a series of daring escapades deep within a dark and dangerous criminal underworld, Han Solo meets his mighty future copilot Chewbacca and encounters the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian, in a journey that will set the course of one of the Star Wars saga’s most unlikely heroes.”

This synopsis not only confirms that this movie will feature the first meeting between Han Solo and Chewbacca, but also his first meeting with Donald Glover’s Lando Calrissian. While the studio doesn’t offer more about these “daring escapades,” the fact that this story delves deep into “a dark and dangerous criminal underworld” is most intriguing, and could be a hint that we may see iconic characters like Jabba the Hutt. The story is said to be set 10 years before the events of A New Hope, and while that has not been confirmed either, another element to this synopsis could hint at a moment Star Wars fans have been waiting decades for.

The synopsis states that Lando Calrissian is a “notorious gambler,” which certainly isn’t a surprise to Star Wars fans, but this could be a hint that this movie will feature the now-infamous game of “sabacc,” a popular card game played throughout the galaxy, where Lando Calrissian lost his Millennium Falcon ship to Han Solo. While the game is never actually seen in any of the Star Wars movies, Han winning the Falcon from Lando is mentioned in The Empire Strikes Back, when Han and Lando reunite in Cloud City, and the game has been featured in episodes of Star Wars: Rebels along with a number of novels.

There have been rumors that the first trailer will be coming soon, although another report from last week claimed there would be more reshoots happening later this month, although that report was never confirmed. There has been speculation that Disney will ultimately push Solo: A Star Wars Story into a mid-December date, away from the May 25, 2018 date, especially given these rumors of more reshoots and since new director Ron Howard essentially reshot all of the footage that fired directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller shot in their four months of production. This Disney 2018 preview still lists Solo: A Star Wars Story as having a May 25, 2018 date, so perhaps it will in fact be ready for release in just a few short months.

delete

Kim Kardashian And Kanye West Welcome New Baby Girl

There are up to three babies currently expected across Kim, Kylie, and Khloe, and now the first little bundle of joy has arrived.

delete

Taylor Swift Is Dealing With A Dude Who Thinks He’s Her Husband, Has A Gun

Singer Taylor Swift has certainly seen both sides of the fame monster, as all of her dating exploits are breakups are broadcast into the pop culture lexicon. Now it looks like Swift has yet another stalker on her hands.

delete

NAACP Image Awards Winners And Live Blog

The 49th NAACP Image Awards are underway from the Pasadena’s Civic Auditorium with black-ish star Anthony Anderson returning as the show’s host for his fourth year in a row. The annual ceremony will honor winners in nine big categories tonight, including Best Picture, Comedy and Drama series, lead actor and actress in both film and TV, as well as the marquee Entertainer Of The Year award. In addition, actor, producer and humanitarian Danny Glover will be honored with the prestigious NAACP President’s Award.

Last night, winners in the 47 non-televised categories were announced during a gala dinner celebration. This included Jordan Peele’s Get Out, Tiffany Haddish for her breakout role in Girls Trip, Kathryn Bigelow’s Detroit and Idris Elba for his role the Marvel Studios blockbuster Thor: Ragnarok.

For the winners and up-to-the-minute coverage of tonight’s ceremony follow our live blog below.


Amanda N’Duka
January 15, 20186:41 pm

My money is on Sterling K Brown for outstanding actor in a drama series 


Dino-Ray Ramos
January 15, 20186:41 pm

Sonequa Martin-Green and Danai Gurira grace the stage (both looking gorgeous) to present the award for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series.


Dino-Ray Ramos
January 15, 20186:40 pm

“When we speak up and use our voice, we have so much power. It’s important that we vote.” – Ross during her acceptance speech.


Dino-Ray Ramos
January 15, 20186:38 pm

There’s a trend of everyone on stage encouraging people to go out and vote…and there’s nothing wrong with that.


Dino-Ray Ramos
January 15, 20186:37 pm

“I always wanted to grow up to be a girl on stage in a sparkly dress — I wonder where I got that idea.” Ross in her acceptance speech referring to her mother — and one of the original divas — Diana Ross.


Amanda N’Duka
January 15, 20186:36 pm

Ross leads a brief meditation session as she accepts her award onstage. 


Dino-Ray Ramos
January 15, 20186:35 pm

This is Ross’ 4th win as matriarch Rainbow Johnson in black-ish — and her 7th NAACP Image Award. She previously won for her role in Girlfriends.


Amanda N’Duka
January 15, 20186:34 pm

Ross and Anderson are both four-time winners in the comedy acting category 


Dino-Ray Ramos
January 15, 20186:33 pm

WINNER: Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series – Tracee Ellis Ross, black-ish


Dino-Ray Ramos
January 15, 20186:33 pm

I’m leaning towards Issa Rae for this one!


Dino-Ray Ramos
January 15, 20186:32 pm

Terry Crews and Jay Pharoah (with his spot-on Jay Z impression) take the stage to present Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series.


Amanda N’Duka
January 15, 20186:32 pm

Henson was not present at the ceremony 


Dino-Ray Ramos
January 15, 20186:31 pm

WINNER: Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series – Taraji P. Henson, Empire


Dino-Ray Ramos
January 15, 20186:30 pm

Chadwick Boseman (aka T’Challa aka Black Panther) takes the stage for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series.


Dino-Ray Ramos
January 15, 20186:24 pm

This marks Anderson’s 4th NAACP Image Award win for his role as patriarch Andre Johnson in black-ish.


Amanda N’Duka
January 15, 20186:23 pm

Anderson wins for the fourth time, thanking all the women in his life and his son, “who had nothing to do with this”


Dino-Ray Ramos
January 15, 20186:21 pm

WINNER: Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series: Anthony Anderson, black-ish


Amanda N’Duka
January 15, 20186:20 pm

Anthony Anderson is the favorite of this category 


Amanda N’Duka
January 15, 20186:20 pm

Outstanding actor in a comedy series is up next 


Dino-Ray Ramos
January 15, 20186:20 pm

FUN FACT: Octavia Spencer was nominated last year for her supporting role in Hidden Figures. Her Hidden Figures co-star Taraji P. Henson won for Outstanding Actress.


Dino-Ray Ramos
January 15, 20186:14 pm

WINNER: Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture: Octavia Spencer, Gifted


Dino-Ray Ramos
January 15, 20186:13 pm

Anthony Anderson brings out Kerry Washington, Tracee Ellis Ross, Lena Waithe, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Angela Robinson and Laverne Cox to talk about Time’s Up and urging people to vote in mid-term elections.


Dino-Ray Ramos
January 15, 20186:09 pm

Anderson takes on Omarosa: “Even Taylor Swift and Kanye West agree they hate Omarosa.”


Dino-Ray Ramos
January 15, 20186:07 pm

Anderson jokes that black-ish is the Hillary Clinton of TV because they can’t win an award other than an Image Award.


Dino-Ray Ramos
January 15, 20186:03 pm

Anderson coming out referring to the NAACP Image Awards as “Oprah For President Headquarters” and taking jabs at Trump.


Dino-Ray Ramos
January 15, 20186:02 pm

It’s showtime! black-ish star Anthony Anderson is taking the stage as host…for the fourth time! Fourth time’s a charm…


Dino-Ray Ramos
January 15, 20185:59 pm

We are less than a minute away from the 49th Annual NAACP Image Awards! Stay tuned for our coverage!

delete

California Driver Ticketed for Using Chucky Doll in Carpool Lane

The California Highway Patrol had a good laugh after they pulled over a driver who was using a Chucky doll from the Child’s Play movies as his carpool passenger. The driver took the proper precautions and made sure to buckle Chucky up, which surely avoided another ticket for not having him strapped in. Apparently the dolls have found a new form of popularity in the Bay area since John Gruden has returned as head coach of the Oakland Raiders. Football fans believe that the head coach closely resembles Chucky and they bring the doll with the iconic scowl to games.

A California Highway Patrol officer pulled over a driver last Thursday around 4 PM on Highway 4 after noticing something peculiar about the driver’s carpool passenger. Many people have been wrongly pulled over due to officers not being able to see small children in the car, but the horror icon was clearly seen by the ticketing officer. Patrol spokesman Officer Brandon Correia said that he often asks for funny pictures to be sent to him from out on the road, but stated that Chucky takes the cake as one of the most random and humorous things that he’s seen yet.

Drivers in California must have at least two passengers to drive in the carpool lane, Brandon Correia said. They did not release the name of the clever driver, but they did however post a picture of the possessed Good Guys doll buckled in on the Contra Costa Twitter account. Correia tweeted a photo of the killer doll on the patrol’s Twitter account with the caption that reads.

“We know Jon Gruden is back, and we love it too, but this will definitely not work as your carpool passenger! But hilarious! A for effort,… and here’s your carpool ticket.”

It would have been pretty interesting to be around for the exchange between the driver and the officer who pulled him over. It would have been even better if Chucky took over the conversation, telling the driver to “Shut up and drive, before I kick your teeth in.”

Despite the laughs that the California Highway Patrol shared, the driver was still given a ticket. The carpool violation tickets start at $481, but they can quickly escalate and they count as a moving violation, which counts against a California license. Though the driver still received a hefty ticket, he has provided a lot of laughs from the California Highway Patrol as well as Child’s Play fans all over the world.

The driver may have been just reenacting the scene from Child’s Play 2 where Chucky forces Kyle to drive him to Andy, but that theory has not been proven. It is more than likely that Chucky was used to sit shotgun to avoid California rush hour traffic, which is completely understandable. You can check out the picture of Chucky sitting shotgun, all buckled up for safety below, courtesy of the The CHP Contra Costa’s Twitter account.

We know JON GRUDEN is back, and we love it too, but this will definitely not work as your carpool passenger! But hilarious! A for effort,… and here’s your carpool ticket. pic.twitter.com/qDBY0rlze7

— CHP – Contra Costa (@320PIO) January 12, 2018

John “Chucky” Gruden is back … pic.twitter.com/5b56Ec7bzf

— BaseballStall (@buddie_live) January 9, 2018

Page 2 of 2,11412345...102030...Last »