Temple Trailer Turns a Japanese Getaway Into a Horrific Nightmare

Screen Media Films has released the first trailer for Temple, the latest from beloved genre screenwriter Simon Barrett, who has written hits such as You’re Next, The Guest and last year’s Blair Witch. This new horror-thriller takes the action to the other side of the world, with three American tourists visiting Japan, who get much more than they bargain for. Along with the trailer, we also have the first poster from this upcoming thriller, which is slated to hit theaters on September 1.

The trailer debuted on Screen Media Films YouTube, which showcases three American tourists who, despite warnings from locals, decide they want to find a particular Temple. They follow a mysterious map deep into the jungles of Japan searching for this ancient temple, and while they do find this temple, they have no idea what’s in store for them. When spirits entrap them, their adventure quickly becomes a horrific nightmare.

The trailer reveals that there was a group of children who were playing in the mountains near the temple, but when nightfall came, the children never returned. The footage also reveals what looks like several tiny graves, marked by piles of rocks. There are also some mysterious scenes set within a hospital, with one creepy individual sitting in a wheelchair that is sealed off with a bubble, who is being asked a few questions by a doctor. One particularly thrilling shot features this character breaking free from the wheelchair, presumably to spread terror throughout the hospital.

The movie stars Logan Huffman, Natalia Warner and Brandon Sklenar, with Michael Barrett directing from an original screenplay by Simon Barrett. This thriller marks Michael Barrett’s directorial debut, although he has had a lengthy career as a cinematographer. He has served as the director of photography on several episodes of CSI, along with Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang for director Shane Black, Takers, Ted, Ted 2, A Million Ways to Die in the West, About Last Night and the pilot episode of Supergirl.

Screen Media Films has set up a September 1 release date for Temple, which puts it up against Lionsgate’s action-thriller Unlocked, starring Noomi Rapace, Orlando Bloom and Toni Collette. It will also arrive just a week before what could be one of the biggest movies this fall, the horror remake IT, arriving on September 8, along with the romantic comedy Home Again. It remains to be seen if Temple will actually get a wide release or not, or how it will fare in its opening weekend. Until then, take a look at the poster and trailer for Temple.

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New Terminator Trilogy Coming from Producer James Cameron

Terminator: Genisys failed in pretty miserable fashion when it came to rejuvenating the franchise. The movie dramatically underperformed at the box office and was given a pretty serious critical lashing. James Cameron gets the rights back to the franchise in 2019 and has been promising that he is going to produce a new Terminator Reboot with Deadpool‘s Tim Miller directing. Now it sounds like he is feeling a little more ambitious and actually has plans for an entire trilogy of new Terminator movies.

James Cameron is about to be neck deep in Avatar movies as he is finally going to be filming Avatar 2 later this year, as well as the other 3 sequels. But that hasn’t prevented him from having talks with David Ellison, who currently holds the rights to the Terminator franchise. In a recent interview with News Australia, Cameron talked a bit about his plans and where everything stands right now. Here’s what he had to say about it.

“The question is, has the franchise run its course or can it be freshened up? Can it still have relevance now where so much of our world is catching up to what was science fiction in the first two films. We live in a world of predator drones and surveillance and big data and emergent AI (artificial intelligence)…So I am in discussions with (producer) David Ellison, who is the current rights holder globally for the Terminator franchise and the rights in the US market revert to me under US copyright law in a year and a half so he and I are talking about what we can do. Right now we are leaning toward doing a three-film arc and reinventing it. We’ll put more meat on the bones if we get past the next couple of hurdles as and when we announce that.”

It isn’t necessarily surprising that a Terminator reboot would be planned as a trilogy. That is pretty standard practice for big franchises these days. What is a little weird here is how disjointed this project seems to be. David Ellison talked about making a big reveal in regards to a new Terminator project sometime this year and Arnold Schwarzenegger has been teasing his involvement as well. Then you have James Cameron going out and making some pretty lofty promises. The problem is that we haven’t had everyone sit down together and firmly say what is going on. So really, it’s just a little hazy in terms of what we’re actually going to get. Is James Cameron going to work with David Ellison on a new movie? Is he just going to wait to get the rights back? Will Schwarzenegger actually return?

The last few entries in the Terminator franchise have failed to live up to the legacy that was left behind by Terminator 2: Judgement Day, which is still considered to be one of the best sequels ever made. Despite James Cameron’s public support for Terminator: Genisys, he did say in the interview that he has had his issues with the sequels not directed by him. He even went so far as to say that he only supported Genisys because he was supporting his buddy, Arnold Schwarzenegger.

“I think it’s fairly widely known that I don’t have a lot of respect for the films that were made later. I was supportive at the time in each case for Arnold’s sake because he is a close friend. He has been a mate of mine since 33 years ago so I was always supportive and never too negative. But they didn’t work for me for various reasons.”

It will at the very least be interesting to see how this all shakes out. Tim Miller is a very promising director and having James Cameron involved in any capacity with a Terminator movie could really help get the franchise back on track. Will it be a full-on reboot? If not, what will it borrow from the old movies? There are a lot of questions right now and not a lot of answers but it sounds like more Terminator movies are coming. That much is relatively certain.


John Wick Universe Will Expand with Female Spin-Off Ballerina

John Wick was one of the most unexpected hits in recent memory. What seemed like a run-of-the-mill action movie turned into a massive critical and financial success, spawning an even more successful sequel with a third installment in the works. Now Lionsgate is looking to get in on the cinematic universe game and turn a female-led action script called Ballerina into a female-led movie within the John Wick universe.

Per The Hollywood Reporter, Lionsgate won a pretty significant bidding war for the Ballerina script, which was written by newcomer Shay Hatten. Warner Bros. and Universal were also said to be interested, but Lionsgate came out on top. Ballerina was not written as something intended to be in the John Wick universe, but they saw the potential in it and decided this would be a good opportunity to try and give one of their most successful franchises a major shot in the arm with a female-driven spin-off.

Details are largely being kept under wraps with Ballerina, but it is said to “center on a young woman raised as an assassin who must hunt down the other assassins that murdered her family.” It was also compared to director Luc Besson’s La Femme Nikita, but with a hyper-violent tone akin to directors like Quentin Tarantino (Pulp Fiction, The Hateful Eight) and Matthew Vaughn (Kick-Ass, Kingsman: The Secret Service). Even if that wasn’t intended to be a movie set within the John Wick universe initially, it certainly sounds like this young woman would fit in quite nicely at the Continental Hotel with all of the other assassins from that universe.

As for 23-year-old Shay Hatten, this could wind up being a big deal for him. Prior to the recent sale of Ballerina, he had been working as a writer’s assistant for Robert Downey Jr.’s company, Team Downey. He got an internship with the company after graduation from film school and he got a major boost when his dark comedy Maximum King!, which is a fictional take on how Stephen King wrote and directed Maximum Overdrive, made it onto the Black List, which is a list of the best unproduced screenplays in Hollywood. He managed to work on Ballerina in his spare time and now he could be looking at a major franchise.

John Wick: Chapter Two made $169 million worldwide earlier this year working from a relatively small budget. If Lionsgate can successfully turn Ballerina into a similarly low-budget spin-off, this could be huge. Given the desire for female-led movies after Wonder Woman and given the feverish desire for studios to make cinematic universes happen right now, this could be a home run. Especially considering that this is one of the more sensible cinematic universe ideas out there right now.

In addition to Ballerina, Lionsgate is also working on John Wick 3, but director Chad Stahelski hasn’t yet confirmed whether or not he will direct. They also have plans for a John Wick TV series about The Continental. There was also some talk by David Leitch of a potential crossover with Atomic Blonde, but that doesn’t seem overly likely since that upcoming release takes place in the 90s and John Wick exists in the here and now. Ballerina doesn’t have any timetable attached in terms of release date or production, but Basil Iwanyk, who handles the John Wick movies via his Thunder Road production company, will produce.


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Wonder Woman 2 Release Date Announced, Gal Gadot Will Return

Warner Bros. officially confirmed that the Wonder Woman sequel is happening during their Saturday Hall H panel at Comic-Con last week, and now we know when it will hit theaters. The studio has officially handed out a December 13, 2019 release date for the superhero sequel, which will bring back Gal Gadot as Diana Prince, perhaps better known to the world as Wonder Woman. While thought to be officially confirmed earlier this month, it seems that director Patty Jenkins’ deal to direct the sequel has not entirely been finalized yet.

The Hollywood Reporter reveals that negotiations for Patty Jenkins to return at the helm are ongoing, and that the filmmaker has not been officially announced as the sequel’s director quite yet. The filmmaker did only sign a one-picture deal for Wonder Woman, and she revealed during a Q&A earlier this month that she originally thought she wouldn’t come back, since she didn’t think it should be a “foregone conclusion” that she make the sequel. However, the director also revealed that she had an “epiphany” that she should make Wonder Woman 2, and that it has to be great. There was also a report last month that the director was seeking a significant pay raise to come back for the continuation of the Wonder Woman standalone saga.

As of now, Wonder Woman has earned $389.7 million domestic and $390.6 million from international markets for a worldwide tally of $780.3 million, from a $149 million budget. Last weekend’s box office take pushed Wonder Woman past Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 to become the second-highest grossing movie this year, although it still has a long way to go to catch Beauty and the Beast, which has taken in $504 million domestically. Oddly enough, there was a rumor that Warner Bros. would announce this release date at their Comic-Con panel last weekend, and while they did use the Hall H panel to confirm the sequel is happening, the release date wasn’t announced until today.

As for the date itself, nothing else has been slated for release, although there are some high profile projects within striking distance of this superhero sequel. Disney has set Frozen 2 for release on November 27, 2019, while an untitled “Fox/Marvel film” has been set for November 22, 2019. The only other movies set for December 2019 so far are Masters of the Universe on December 18, an untitled Disney live-action fairy tale project on December 20, Universal’s Wicked on December 20 and an untitled Sony Pictures Animation franchise movie on December 25.

Director Patty Jenkins revealed last month that Wonder Woman 2 is set in America, as opposed to the original movie, which went between Themyscira and the U.K. during World War I. While the sequel was believed to be set in present day, another report claimed that the sequel will be set in the 1980s, which would allow Chris Pine to return as a presumably aging Steve Trevor, with the story following Wonder Woman as she does battle with the crumbling Soviet Union in the closing days of the Cold War. Hopefully we’ll find out more about Wonder Woman 2 in the very near future.


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Atomic Blonde

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Without Charlize Theron, the spy adventure “Atomic Blonde” would only be clever. She makes it insightful. The actress gives emotional depth to the highly mannered behavior of the film’s heroine, British spy Lorraine Broughton, as she tries retrieve a coveted list of undercover operatives and catch a British double agent working in West Germany. What Lorraine truly wants, for the most part, is a mystery, since she hides behind a chilly James Bond-style persona, amplified by silver-grey camera filters, pulsating blue lights and Lorraine’s favorite drink, vodka on the rocks. 

Theron’s commanding performance is remarkable. Her take-no-bull body language and calculating stare give her character an intelligence and prove she’s the right person for the job. Theron grounds the film whenever it threatens to become a smarter-than-thou, hyper-convoluted slog. She also makes you believe that her character isn’t just another James Bond clone. You may watch “Atomic Blonde” because it’s from the co-director of “John Wick,” but you should see it for Theron.

Theron also makes you want to dig into the meaning of a film whose amped-up ’80s soundtrack—everything from Nena’s “99 Luftballons” to New Order’s “Blue Monday”—announces “Atomic Blonde” as a knowing act of role-playing. The story is set during the first week of November, 1989, days before the fall of the Berlin Wall. Historically speaking, we know how the story ends. But what’s important here is the spy work and its consequences for Lorraine. To get the job done, she has to enter every situation numb to the human connections she makes in order to (primarily) survive and also to save the lives of her colleagues. She consequently addresses every situation tactically rather than emotionally. 

Lorraine has personal ties to the spy whose death and betrayal leads to her arrival in Berlin, even if those ties are thankfully only mentioned once during a flashback. That dream/flashback suggests a personal dimension to Lorraine’s quest that is thankfully never foregrounded. Lorraine’s status quo is chilliness, a foundational state of being whose necessity is confirmed with almost every interaction she makes. As a woman, she necessarily has to be on guard at all times, because she enters every situation knowing that everyone wants to proposition and/or take advantage of her. At every step, she meets people who openly deceive her or who are theoretically on her side but seem as if they’re out to get her. First she is ambushed by a group of Stasi officers who pose as her contacts. Then she meets British spy David Percival (James McAvoy), who is disillusioned with his low status on the espionage totem pole and doesn’t seem too invested in helping a British informant known as Spyglass (Eddie Marsan) to flee Berlin. A French spy and potential love interest named Delphine (Sofia Boutella) challenges Lorraine, but even she is initially untrustworthy since she employs the same used car salesman “trust me” tactics as Lorraine’s counterparts (the first time they meet, Delphine offers to “rescue” Lorraine).

Still, the fact that Lorraine’s backstory is relegated to a single dream sequence is telling. True, her story is recounted in the form of a series of flashbacks to a trio of antagonistic interrogators: Eric Gray (Toby Jones), Lorraine’s commanding officer; Emmet Kurzfeld (John Goodman), a dickish CIA chief; and the mysterious Chief “C” (James Faulkner), an MI6 figurehead who watches Lorraine tell her tale from behind a two-way mirror. But these guys are, as she points out, not her “superiors.” For the most part, action and steely-eyed glares tell us everything we need to know about who Lorraine is. The fact that the film’s creators trust viewers enough enough to downplay hackneyed origin-story psychology will hopefully make viewers more inclined to forgive blocky expository dialogue exchanges, smart-ass Machiavelli quotations, and an overwritten plot.

Based on Antony Johnston and Sam Hart’s comic book, “Atomic Blonde” has been adapted by director David Leitch (co-director of the “John Wick” films) by screenwriter Kurt Johnstad in a way that gives us lots of information about Lorraine through visuals alone. The heroine announces, in thuddingly obvious dialogue, that she’s cool, and is only making connections to get ahead, but she’s actually a mix of fire and ice: Leitch and his cinematographer Jonathan Sela put the idea across with red and blue light. The ice bath Theron emerges from in her first scene is lit blue, while the lighter that is offered to her at a bar in one of the film’s most indelible images lights her face up red. Blue is the persona that Lorraine presents to the world; red light cuts sees through the character’s facade and reveals her interior. When Lorraine makes contact with Delfine, her blue-lit face is undercut with flashes of fiery red light that accent Theron’s cheekbones. When Delfine and Lorraine retire to Lorraine’s bedroom, the sheets are the same cerulean hue as the light on their bodies. 

Pop culture references do some of the heavy lifting here, too, connecting not only with Lorraine’s personality but with the historical landscape through which she travels. “Blue Monday” plays during a table-setting introductory scene, solidifying the notion of Lorraine-as-ice-queen and subtly reminding us that espionage is Lorraine’s job and she’s about to start a new assignment. The film’s main action kicks off to the tune of David Bowie’s “Cat People,” a song that begins with a verse by Iggy Pop, one of Bowie’s famous collaborators during his Berlin years, and whose main refrain is “It’s been so long … ” More ideas are teased in a fight scene where Lorraine tracks a group of killers into a movie theater showing “Stalker,” Andrei Tarkovsky’s 1979 science fiction drama, then sneaks into the area behind the screen and is ultimately kicked through right through it. “Stalker” is set in “the Zone,” an Edenic oasis where wishes are granted by discarded alien artifacts; to Lorraine and Percival, Berlin is their own personal version of the Zone, a Wild West-style frontier where anything goes and everything can kill you. 

This, ultimately, is why it matters that Theron plays a role that under most other circumstances, would have been given to a lesser male star. Her intensity during the film’s action scenes—a mix of ostentatiously choreographed “The Raid”-style brutality and Paul Greengrass-style hand-held camerawork—really convinces you that she is the best person for the job. And while the film doesn’t ultimately say anything more cutting than “sometimes we role-play in order to remind ourselves what we stand for,” Theron does ground the film whenever its hard-boiled heroine threatens to get bogged down by superficial allusions and armchair philosophizing. The film’s creators do exploit her gender in ways that they wouldn’t for a man (a male lead wouldn’t be allowed to have a same-sex relationship in a movie made at this budget level). But you can’t help but be awed as Theron’s Lorraine knowingly traipses into a minefield of impending double and triple crosses, and comes out looking as poised as royalty.  


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Captain Marvel Won’t Show Up In Avengers: Infinity War

There have been rumors for months that Captain Marvel will be appearing in Avengers: Infinity War, which is why some thought Brie Larson was cast so early, but it seems that isn’t the case. During an interview from San Diego Comic-Con last weekend, director Joe Russo confirmed that Captain Marvel will not be making an appearance, stating definitively, “She’s not in Avengers 3.” He did however shed some light on his approach to the Mad Titan Thanos, which you can check out below.

“The stakes are incredibly high. Look, I wanted to turn Thanos into Darth Vader for a new generation. He’s an incredibly intense character, sociopathic, he takes no prisoners, and I think the audience needs to be completely prepared when they go see these movies.”

Captain Marvel has been presumably confirmed for Infinity War in the past, through a casting call that featured this character, but also from the Russo Brothers themselves. During an event at the Smithsonian Institute for Captain America: Civil War, the Russo Brothers mentioned Captain Marvel along with many other Marvel characters that would be featured in Infinity War. When asked by a fan if they just confirmed that Captain Marvel was in the movie, the directors jokingly said they meant the “totally different character “Captain Barvel.” It’s worth noting that this revelation came just days after the Russos also confirmed that both movies, which at the time were known as Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 and Avengers: Infinity War Part 2, will get new titles.

It’s possible that Captain Marvel will in fact be featured in Avengers 4, which will be shot before the Captain Marvel movie goes into production. However, Captain Marvel will be released on March 8, 2019, before Avengers 4 hits theaters on May 3, 2019, which would explain why Brie Larson was in fact cast so early. Speaking of Avengers 4, the director spoke about how he wanted each movie to feel different, while confirming the production schedule for Avengers 4. Here’s what he had to say in his interview with

“They’re all big. I think it’s important for both movies to be distinctly different. It’s important for the m to have different tones, different narratives, and to have different surprises for the audience. We’ve worked really hard with Markus and McFeely in ensuring that the films are tonally different and structurally different. We just wrapped the first movie a week ago, and I start shooting the second one in two weeks. So it’s a crazy schedule.”

We reported earlier this month that production has wrapped on Avengers: Infinity War, with a casting call that also hinted at the inclusion of Carol Danvers, and it’s possible that casting call may be for Avengers 4. Still, the character hasn’t been confirmed for anything except her own Captain Marvel movie, so it remains to be seen when we’ll get confirmation. As for the Infinity War Comic-Con footage, Joe Russo wouldn’t offer a timeline as to when it may be released to the public.

“All I can say is, when the footage comes out, we want it to be exactly right. We are taking our time and we are working on that footage because, as you can imagine, the level of visual effects in these movies are unprecedented, and there are certain things in this footage that works specifically for Comic-Con, but when we go to a wide audience, we have to make sure that footage works for a wide audience. So, we’re hard at work at that right now. I’m not going to give a timeline on it, because I wanna surprise people, but hopefully they’re patient with us.”

With production starting soon on Avengers 4, with filming expected to last the rest of the year, and likely into next year, it remains to be seen when we’ll get any confirmation about the cast for either Infinity War or Avengers 4. Still, it’s possible that we may get a glimpse of Brie Larson on set when Avengers 4 starts filming, but it seems unlikely that we’ll get conformation of her involvement anytime soon.

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