Paul McCartney Gets a Pirates of the Caribbean Character Poster!

Paul McCartney Gets a Pirates of the Caribbean Character Poster!

Paul McCartney gets a Pirates of the Caribbean character poster!

Walt Disney Pictures has released yet another character poster for the upcoming Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, though it’s not for someone fans may have been expecting – Sir Paul McCartney! It’s unclear who the former Beatles frontman will play in the film, but he joins Keith Richards as being a a famous musician to take on a role in the franchise (Richards played Jack Sparrow’s father, Captain Teague, in the third and fourth films).

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Johnny Depp returns to the big screen as the iconic, swashbuckling anti-hero Jack Sparrow in the all new Pirates movie. The rip-roaring adventure finds down-on-his-luck Captain Jack feeling the winds of ill-fortune blowing strongly his way when deadly ghost sailors, led by the terrifying Captain Salazer (Javier Bardem), escape from the Devil’s Triangle bent on killing every pirate at sea – notably Jack. Jack’s only hope of survival lies in the legendary Trident of Poseidon, but to find it he must forge an uneasy alliance with Carina Smyth (Kaya Scodelario), a brilliant and beautiful astronomer, and Henry (Brenton Thwaites), a headstrong young sailor in the Royal Navy. At the helm of the Dying Gull, his pitifull small and shabby ship, Captain Jack seeks not only to reverse his recent spate of ill fortune, but to save his very life from the most formidable and malicious foe he has never faced.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales also stars Kevin R. McNally as Joshamee Gibbs, Golshifteh Farahani as the sea-witch Shansa, David Wenham as Scarfield, Stephen Graham as Scrum, and Geoffrey Rush as Captain Hector Barbossa.

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Directed by Norwegian filmmakers Espen Sandberg and Joachim Rønning (Kon-Tiki), Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales will debut in theaters on May 26, 2017.


Star Wars 8 Darth Vader Fan Theory Gets Debunked

Just because Kylo Ren has Darth Vader’s charred helmet doesn’t mean there are other bits and pieces of the Sith Lord floating around in space. And just because Luke’s old blue lightsaber somehow managed to survive it’s disappearance on Cloud City doesn’t mean Anakain’s Sith lightsaber is still around. A popular fan theory regarding the whereabouts of Darth Vader’s old lightsaber in Star Wars: The Last Jedi have now officially been debunked.

There has been a lot of talk about Kyber crystals in recent months, especially with Rogue One using them as a driving plot point. These magical crystals not only fuel a Jedi’s lightsaber, giving the shaft its powerful beam of burning light, these crispy rocks were also used to power both Death Stars and the Star Killer base. Some believed that the Kyber crystal in Darth’s old lightsaber had somehow survived the Death Star explosion in Return of the Jedi. But that popular fan theory has been officially put to rest.

Earlier this year, it was reported that Luke Skywalker wears a necklace around his neck while sleeping in a tree trunk on the islands of Ahch-To. The piece of jewelry is said to be similar to Jyn Erso’s Kyber crystal necklace she got from her mother. Many quickly speculated that Luke was wearing the Kyber crystal from his dad’s old Sith lightsaber. Industructable, perhaps it survived the explosion on the Death Star, landed on Endor, and Skywalker was drawn to its power.

Nope. That didn’t happen. At least, not where official Lucasfilm story group member Pablo Hidalgo is concerned. He confirms that no, Luke Skywalker is not holding onto the bleeding Kyber crystal that his father once used to try and kill him with.

The fan theory suggested that Kylo Ren is also drawn to the Kyber crystal that used to belong to his grandfather, and it called to him from the outer reaches of space, cluing him into Luke and Rey’s whereabouts on Ahch-To. It supposedly served as a homing beacon for the leader of the Knights of Ren. But according to Hidalgo, when Vader lost his lightsaber in his fight against Luke on the half-constructed Death Star, that was it. Adios, amigo. Easy come and easy go.

This official confirmation that Darth Vader’s personal bleeding Kyber crystal was destroyed came after a fan asked whether there was an official canon explanation as to the whereabouts of the Sith Lord’s prized red lightsaber. Pablo’s answer was simple, as reveled by

“Fell down the DS2 [Death Star 2] reactor, which then exploded. That’s about it.”

So, there you have it. Luke is not going to lift up his robe to expose the bleeding Kyber crystal in the Last Jedi after all. And it’s anyone’s guess as to how Kylo Ren discovers the whereabouts of Luke, Rey, Chewbacca and R2-D2. Though, one rumor that hasn’t been put to rest is the return of Anakin’s Force Ghost, with Hayden Christensen’s recent appearance at Star Wars Celebration only helping to fuel those rumors.

Most believe The Last Jedi will introduce the idea of the grey Jedi into the official Star Wars cinematic canon. And that Rey brings a true balance to the force. Even if that is true, as we all know from the recent Star Wars 8 trailer, it is truly time for the Jedi to end.


RDJ Teases Asgardian Iron Man Armor In Avengers: Infinity War

Details are scarce for the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War, but did Robert Downey Jr. just release a spoiler regarding Iron Man’s suit and Asgardian Uru armor? Avengers: Infinity War will take place after the events of Gaurdians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and will team the Avengers with the Guardians to pit them against Thanos to save the universe. It’s likely that most of the action will take place away from Earth, leading one to speculate that some wardrobe changes might be needed to facilitate space travel for the Avengers. Is Iron Man’s suit going to have an extra kick to it?

Robert Downey Jr. seems to be insinuating that Iron Man might have a new suit made with Asgardian armor with a post on his official Facebook page. The Asgardian armor is much more powerful than Iron Man’s standard suit, which could help him battle Thanos in space. The picture is not an official piece of concept art and we can’t be sure if Downey is just sharing the picture because the suit design looks neat, but the caption underneath the photo does read “nobody does armor like Asgard.” The idea of an Asgardian Iron Man suit is an exciting idea, but is in no way official at the moment. This is pure speculation.

Tony Stark has seen quite a few changes to his Iron Man suits over the years. Stark was at one point given the power to make weapons from Asgard’s ruler Odin. The unearthly metals forged by dwarven smiths from Asgardian resources gave it enchanted powers. In addition to creating 8 weapons with the material, Stark submerged himself in a vat of Uru while wearing his Extremis armor that was then infused with the divine will of Odin, which is the same material that Thor’s mighty hammer had been forged from. Fueling the rumors of the Asgardian armor are the rumors that Peter Dinklage could be playing Eitri, the King of the Dwarves.

The image that Downey Jr. shared is a design by Prince Armory, which is a company that specializes in fabrications for fans, productions, and collectors. The incredibly detailed costumes are mostly synonymous with the world of cosplay. Hopefully Downey Jr. knows what he’s talking about and that we get to see the cosmic battle with the Asgardian Iron Man suit in all of its nerdy glory.

We still have a long ways to go, but this is an exciting piece of news nonetheless. Hopefully Downey Jr. isn’t doing a little bit of trolling to the mighty fan base of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which is entirely possible at this time, because why not? Infinity War isn’t set to open up for another year, leaving plenty of time to speculate and debate whether the Asgard was destroyed with Thor’s hammer or how much of a part that the Guardians of the Galaxy will play in the movie. What we do know is that [Thor: Ragnarok} is set to open November 3rd, 2017 and that it looks epic. Check out Downey Jr’s Facebook post below.


Weird Al Yankovic’s Captain Underpants Theme Song Is Awesome

Weird Al Yankovic has composed the theme song for the upcoming DreamWorks animated superhero adventure Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie. The movie, based off of Dav Pilkey’s best selling children’s book series, isn’t set to hit theaters until June 2nd but today DreamWorks has shared “Weird Al” Yankovic’s perfect theme song. Yankovic proves that he was born to sing a song about a superhero that only wears underwear and a cape.

“Captain Underpants Theme Song” basically sets up the movie, mentioning key details including that the students only need to snap their fingers to hypnotize their principle turning him into his alter ego, Captain Underpants and his call of “TRA LA LA.” Yankovic calls him the “waistband warrior” and then sings that it’s “wedgie power time,” while also calling him “the freaky bald dude in his underwear.” The two and half minute song is catchy and perfect for the tone of the goofy movie.

The original motion picture soundtrack for Captain Underpants also contains songs from Andy Grammer, Cold War Kids’ Nathan Willet, Adam Lambert, Lil Yachty, and Theodore Shapiro. Weird Al Yankovic and Grammer’s songs were written specifically for the movie and Adam Anders collaborated with Theodore Shapiro (Ghostbusters, The Devil Wears Prada) to compose the score, which is included in the soundtrack as well. Anders also worked as the movie’s executive song producer and the album producer for the soundtrack.

Weird Al Yankovic was the obvious choice for the “Captain Underpants Theme” and he did not disappoint. Yankovic has had a truly remarkable career of parodying popular music and often adds movies into the same song. For instance, Yankovic took a classic rock song by The Kinks called “Lola” and turned it into a song about Yoda from Star Wars. Though often simple, Yankovic’s a lyrical genius beyond compare and his popularity is as strong as it’s ever been, except for when his movie UHF came out in the late 80s. Yankovic’s last album, Mandatory Fun, arrived in 2014 and debuted at number one on the Billboard charts. Mandatory Fun marked the first number one record for Yankovic in his entire 30 plus year career. Al has also provided theme songs for not only his own UHF movie but also Johnny Dangerously, Spy Hard and his own Saturday Morning Kids’ show.

The soundtrack will be released on Virgin Records digitally on June 2nd, the same day that Captain Underpants rages into theaters. Though fans can stream the theme song on Apple Music and Spotify right now. The track list is as follows: 1. Captain Underpants Theme Song by “Weird Al” Yankovic, 2. A Friend Like You by Andy Grammar, 3. Saturday (Cast Version) by Kevin Hart & Thomas Middleditch, 4. Think by Adam Lambert, 5. 1812 Ofarture by The Students Of Jerome Horwitz Elementary School, 6. Hallelujah by Kevin Hart, Thomas Middleditch & Ed Helms, 7. Oh Yeah by Lil Yachty, 8. Saturday by Nathan Willett of Cold War Kids, 9. Comic Book Opening by Theodore Shapiro, 10. Saving the Day by Theodore Shapiro, 11. The Prank For Good by Theodore Shapiro. Adam Lambert fans will notice an unreleased song entitled “Think” that won’t be available anywhere else. Watch the video below courtesy of DreamWorks official YouTube channel.

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Timeless Renewed for Season Two! NBC Reverses Cancellation Decision

Timeless Renewed for Season Two! NBC Reverses Cancellation Decision

Timeless renewed for Season Two! NBC reverses cancellation decision

Earlier this week, Timeless executive producer/co-creator Eric Kripke took to Twitter to reveal that NBC had cancelled the freshman series. Now, Kripke has announced NBC has reversed their decision and the show will return!

The #TimeTeam went back 3 days, and changed history. @nbc picked us up for 10 episodes. Seriously. Airs next summer. #TimelessRenewed

— Eric Kripke (@therealKripke) May 13, 2017

Kripke and co-creator Shawn Ryan (The Shield) further updated about the renewal, saying the time lot for the series’ return is up in the air, meaning it could return in spring or summer 2018.

Timeless is a thrilling action-adventure series in which a mysterious criminal steals a secret state-of-the-art time machine, intent on destroying America as we know it by changing the past. Our only hope is an unexpected team: Rufus, a scientist; Wyatt, a soldier; and Lucy, a history professor, all of who must use the machine’s prototype to travel back in time to critical events. While they must make every effort not to affect the past themselves, they must also stay one step ahead of Flynn, a dangerous fugitive. But can this handpicked team uncover the mystery behind it all and end his destruction before it’s too late?

Timeless stars Abigail Spencer, Matt Lanter, Malcolm Barrett, Goran Višnjic, Paterson Joseph, Sakina Jaffrey and Claudia Doumi. The first season of Timeless was NBC’s no. 6-rated drama. The season finale of the freshman time travel story ended on a cliffhanger, with Lucy learning that her mother was part of the Rittenhouse organization.


New Halloween Movie Won’t Have an Immortal Michael Myers

Danny McBride is taking notes from the past to bring the Halloween Returns reboot back to its horror glory. When it was announced earlier this year that director David Gordon Lee (Eastbound and Down, Pineapple Express) and Danny McBride were going to reboot the iconic horror series it left a lot of people scratching their heads. Even after the blessing of original director/screenwriter John Carpenter, who will also serve as a consultant and executive producer on the reboot, fans were still left feeling a bit strange about the choice of the duo behind Your Highness taking a stab at the Halloween franchise.

McBride was recently on the Empire Film Podcast where he discussed how he and Gordon Green hope to stay faithful to the original movies. Here’s what he had to say.

“Look at where the Halloween franchise has gone. There’s a lot of room for improvement. David and I are coming from it as, we are horror fans, and we are humongous fans of John Carpenter and of what he did with the original Halloween, so I think from watching this and being disappointed by other versions of this series, I think we’re just trying to strip it down and just take it back to what was so good about the original.”

The first two movies in the Halloween series are iconic and the only two that had involvement from Carpenter and producer Debra Hill. After that, the series started to lose some of its original creative spark and charm. After talking about his disappointment of where the series went after the first two movies, McBride discussed what it would take to make Michael Myers and Halloween scary again. Read what he had to say below.

“It was just very simple and just achieved that level of horror that wasn’t corny and it wasn’t turning Michael Myers into some supernatural being that couldn’t be killed. That stuff to me isn’t scary. I want to be scared by something that I really think could happen.”

Danny McBride goes on to say that in his opinion, things are a lot scarier when they’re real and plausible.

“I think it’s much more horrifying to be scared by someone standing in the shadows while you’re taking the trash out as opposed to someone who can’t be killed pursuing you.”

There you have it, Michael Myers will not be an immortal supernatural killer this time around. As previously stated, long time fans are still wondering if the McBride and Gordon Green duo are the right choice or if a reboot is even necessary. McBride, who is a giant horror fan also talked about the subject of skepticism and reboots in general. It seems that he and Gordon Green are trying to make a reboot that they (and hopefully fans of Halloween) would want to see. Here’s what he had to say about reboots and the duo’s passion for the project.

“I’m the same way, I’ll be the first person to go online and bitch about someone rebooting something, like “why are you doing this?” So for us, we were like we have to make sure that this is something we actually would want to see or else it’s not worth doing. We came up with a take that we thought was cool, and then we actually went and pitched to John Carpenter, and he loved it, he was into it. It was like insane to have his seal of approval and to have him respond to where we were talking about taking Michael Myers next.”

McBride and Gordon Green’s take on Halloween will be released on October 19th, 2018. If McBride and Gordon Green stick to their principles, we could end up with a really strong addition to the Halloween series. Let’s hope they can persuade Carpenter to dust off the synthesizers to compose the score.


Okja Poster Teases Netflix’s Bizarre Original Film

Okja Poster Teases Netflix's Bizarre Original Film

Okja poster teases Netflix’s bizarre original film

Netflix has released the first poster for their upcoming film Okja, which is set to make its debut at the Cannes Film Festival next Friday, May 19. Check it out in the gallery below!

Directed by Bong Joon-ho (Snowpiercer, The Host), the Netflix original film stars Tilda Swinton, Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano, Giancarlo Esposito, Steven Yeun, Lily Collins and newcomer An Seo Hyun. If you missed the teaser, you can still watch that by clicking here.

For 10 idyllic years, young Mija (An Seo Hyun) has been caretaker and constant companion to Okja – a massive animal and an even bigger friend – at her home in the mountains of South Korea. But that changes when the family-owned multinational conglomerate Mirando Corporation takes Okja for themselves and transports her to New York, where image obsessed and self-promoting CEO Lucy Mirando (Tilda Swinton) has big plans for Mija’s dearest friend.

With no particular plan but single-minded in intent, Mija sets out on a rescue mission, but her already daunting journey quickly becomes more complicated when she crosses paths with disparate groups of capitalists, demonstrators and consumers, each battling to control the fate of Okja…while all Mija wants to do is bring her friend home.

Deftly blending genres, humor, poignancy and drama, Bong Joon Ho (Snowpiercer, The Host) begins with the gentlest of premises-the bond between man and animal-and ultimately creates a distinct and layered vision of the world that addresses the animal inside us all.

Okja will premiere exclusively on Netflix on June 28.


Spider-Man: Homecoming on Target for Huge $135M Box Office Opening

Things are looking good for the first solo Spider-Man movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Not only in terms of the quality of the movie, but financially speaking as well. Some very early box office tracking numbers have been revealed and, if they are even close to correct, Spider-Man: Homecoming will be a major financial success.

According to Box Office Pro, Spider-Man: Homecoming is eyeing an opening of $135 million domestically. That would be a big improvement over Sony’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which brought in $91 million on its opening weekend back in 2014. The movie ultimately went on to gross $708 million worldwide which, on paper seems quite good, but for a Spider-Man movie, wasn’t all that great. The movie also wasn’t received very well by fans or critics, which certainly had a big effect on the box office. That will likely be the case this time around as well. If the reviews and early reactions for Spider-Man: Homecoming are positive, it will surely help the movie out quite a bit. If they are mixed to negative, the movie could suffer in the long run.

Even if the reviews are very positive for Spider-Man: Homecoming, there are still some uncertainties with this movie. This is going to be the third live-action version of Peter Parker we have seen on screen and, it is reasonable to assume that there could be some fatigue with the character from audiences. However, Marvel was smart enough to debut Tom Holland as the new Spidey in Captain America: Civil War. That movie grossed more than $1 billion worldwide and Tom Holland’s Spider-Man was one of the most praised aspects of it. That should help give audiences some faith that this won’t be another Amazing Spider-Man 2 situation. It also doesn’t hurt that Robert Downey Jr. is set to appear as Tony Stark/Iron Man in the movie.

Box Office Pro also released their projections for the total domestic take for Spider-Man: Homecoming which, according to them, will tap out around $325 million. That would be a stellar take for the first solo Spider-Man movie in the MCU, putting it just behind the domestic haul of the first Guardians of the Galaxy, which took in $333 million domestically. That would also put it well ahead of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which brought in just $202 million domestically. Unless Marvel and Sony really drop the ball, which is doubtful given Marvel Studios’ track record, it looks like they have another hit on their hands.

Marvel Studios and Sony have already set a release date for a Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel, which is slated for July 5, 2019. So the early tracking bodes will for the future of Tom Holland’s Peter Parker in the MCU. The cast for the movie also includes Marisa Tomei, Zendaya, Bokeem Woodbine, Donald Glover, Michael Keaton, Jon Favreau, Martin Starr, Hannibal Buress, Logan Marshall-Green, Tony Revolori and Robert Downey Jr. Spider-Man: Homecoming is directed by Jon Watts and is set for release on July 7.


James McAvoy Won’t Return as Professor X in New Mutants

The New Mutants is the next X-Men movie that is getting ready to go into production at Fox, and it will be just one of three new X-Men movies to be released in 2018. The movie recently got its first couple of confirmed cast members in the form of Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch, Split) and Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones). Now, we have a couple of other casting confirmations for The New Mutants, but this time, it is about actors who will not be appearing in the movie.

Film reporter Borys Kit, who works for The Hollywood Reporter and broke the recent casting news for The New Mutants, took to Twitter to clear up a couple of rumors about the new X-Men movie. The first, and probably most important confirmation is that James McAvoy will not be reprising his role as Professor x in The New Mutants, which is something that has been rumored to be happening for some time. Here’s what he had to say about it.

“On New Mutants: other rumored castings, James McAvoy as Prof X, not true. He is not in movie, per sources.”

So we won’t be seeing a Split reunion with Anya Taylor-Joy and James McAvoy in The New Mutants. But, more importantly, these new, young mutants will be making do without the leader of the X-Men and without the acting chops that McAvoy brings to the table. No reason for his absence was provided, but it could be a contractual and timing thing. With Fox also gearing up to shoot X-Men 7, they will probably want to save him for that movie. Plus, shooting two different X-Men movies in the same year would probably be a bit much for James McAvoy. And, depending on how many movies he has on his contract, Fox may have to prioritize how they want to use him.

Specific plot details about The New Mutants haven’t been released yet, but we do know that the movie will be focusing on a group of young mutants, including Russian teen Magik (Anya Taylor-Joy), Scots girl Wolfsbane (Maisie Williams), Native American Danielle Moonstar, Brazilian ladies man Sunspot, a Kentuckian code-named Cannonball, and an alien named Warlock. Borys Kit also revealed that the role of Cannonball will not be played by Nat Wolff (The Fault in Our Stars), which is another bit of rumored casting that has been floating around. Here’s what he had to say in regards to that.

“On #NewMutants: other rumored casting, Nat Wolff as Canonball, not happening either.”

Since Nat Wolff worked with director Josh Boone on The Fault in Our Stars, it wasn’t totally unreasonable to assume he may be joining the cast of New Mutants, but that has now been shot down. The movie is set to start production soon, which means that we should be getting some more casting updates in the near future. The New Mutants is set for release on April 13, 2018.

On NEW MUTANTS: other rumored castings – James McAvoy as Prof X – not true. He is not in movie, per sources.

— Borys Kit (@Borys_Kit) May 11, 2017

On #NewMutants: other rumored casting – Nat Wolff as Canonball – not happening either.

— Borys Kit (@Borys_Kit) May 11, 2017


Box-Office Bomb: ‘King Arthur’ Opens to Disastrous $15M Behind ‘Snatched’

‘King Arthur’ is a flop of epic proportions after costing $175 million to make; ‘Snatched’ enjoyed a huge Mother’s Day spike to land at $19.5 million. Holdover ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2′ easily beat both new offerings.

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