‘Julius Caesar’, Delta Airlines And ‘The Alice’s Restaurant Massacree’

On Sunday afternoon, a few hours before the Tony Awards, Delta Airlines declared that the Public Theater had gone beyond the boundaries of civil discourse with its production of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar in Central ParkAfter four years, the company abruptly ended its support of the house that Joseph Papp built. The next time you say to yourself, “I have to go to Washington, I should fly the official airline of the Public Theater,” don’t call Delta. They’re out of the free Shakespeare racket.

Not to be outdone, Bank of America, which has been writing much bigger checks to the Public for the past 11 years, settled for a whack on the backside, pulling its support of the production, which closes in a few days, while remaining the theater’s top corporate sponsor. At least for the moment.

The drama on stage at the Delacorte Theatre centers on the very public, very bloody assassination of Caesar after returning triumphant from war and declining the offer of the crown in order to remain in the peoples’ senate. In Public Theater artistic director Oskar Eustis’ modern staging, Caesar and his Slavic-accented wife Calpurnia look, and act, like Donald and Melania Trump, which is what got the executives at the airline and the bank in a lather. When Caesar gets Swiss cheesed by Cassius, Brutus and their co-conspirators, it looks like they’re offing the President. Kathy Griffin and Snoop Dogg did something similar recently, so it’s a thing.

“The graphic staging of Julius Caesar at this summer’s Free Shakespeare in the Park does not reflect Delta Air Lines’ values,” the company explained. “Their artistic and creative direction crossed the line on the standards of good taste.” Delta and BOA are not alone in taking offense at the production, though the night I saw it, the crowd was pretty benign about it all.

In such situations, I remind myself to pay special attention to what I’m humming, which usually indicates that my subconscious is working hard to get a message out. yesterday afternoon, after writing up the story about Delta and Bank of America for Deadline,  I found myself humming “Alice’s Restaurant.” Why? I wondered. Then I came silently to this part of the song:

“I went over to the sergeant, said, ‘Sergeant, you got a lot a damn gall to ask me if I’ve rehabilitated myself, I mean, I mean, I mean that just, I’m sittin’ here on the bench, I mean I’m sittin’ here on the Group W bench ’cause you want to know if I’m moral enough join the army, burn women, kids, houses and villages after bein’ a litterbug.’ He looked at me and said, ‘Kid, we don’t like your kind.’ “

Here’s the thing about satire: It’s usually crude and juvenile. It generally offends. It often provokes the ire of its targets, as was evidently the case here, when the President’s son Jr. tweeted his concern about the show and raised the issue of public support of such work.

But the Public Theater is not a nunnery. It’s the most productive nonprofit theater in the country. Its contributions to American theater start  with Papp’s very radical idea of free Shakespeare in Central Park and extend through its history of producing some of the great works of our time, many of them rooted in the florid argot of protest and speaking truth to power: Hair. The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel. For Colored Girls. A Chorus Line. Bring In ‘Da Noise, Bring In ‘Da Funk. Hamilton. I’m not even scratching the surface.

Banks and airlines, on the other hand, share with Big Tobacco and Big Oil a history of supporting cultural institutions as a way of cleaning up their images. Their support comes from their marketing budgets. The more enlightened among them know that somewhere, sometime along the way, they will smart from the bite of the beast they’re feeding. It comes with the territory. The supine corporate supporters here have responded to an act of satire with a hot blast of harrumph at a time when conservatives and liberals alike are fearful about the country’s direction. A time when banks and airlines are taking it on the chin daily for practices that “crossed the line.”

That is some gall over the cultural equivalent of being a litterbug.


John Oliver: Donald Trump A “Cocktail Of Insecurity, Horniness, And Malice”

John Oliver opened Last Week Tonight with a look at sacked FBI Director James Comey’s testimony about President Donald Trump before the Senate Intel Committee during the week, and Trump’s reaction to same.

The testimony got everybody’s attention, Oliver noted, when he kicked things off saying he had no doubt Trump fired him because of the FBI’s Russia investigation.

While dramatic, that statement actually was not new or controversial, Oliver insisted, reminding Trump himself suggested as much in his interview about a month ago with NBC News’s Lester Holt.

“It’s more a known fact that people choose to ignore, like ‘a pet snake is a character flaw’,” he said.

Comey said Trump’s claim he fired Comey because the FBI was in disarray and its workforce had lost confidence in him was a lie “plain and simple.”

Oliver took issue, insisting Trump’s lies never are plain and simple. But the remark was just one of many times during his testimony in which Comey questioned the president’s credibility.  At one point Comey explained to the senators why he took such careful notes immediately after a dinner with Trump, saying he honestly was concerned Trump might lie about the nature of their meeting and so thought it was really important to document.

“He is is describing his meeting with the president like a person who thought he was about to be murdered,” Oliver observed.

Asked if it is unusual for an FBI director to have a one-on-one dinner with the POTUS, Comey responded, “Yes, so much so I assumed there would be others [attending]. He couldn’t possibly be having dinner with me alone.”

Oliver guessed it was not the first time a person had been tricked into having dinner with Trump alone.

But the most tantalizing moments of the testimony came when Comey said he was not able to answer questions. When he explained why he thought Attorney General Jeff Sessions was going to recuse himself from any matters regarding a Russia probe.

“Our judgement, as I recall, was that he very close to, and inevitably going to, recuse himself” for a variety of reasons, Comey said, adding that the bureau also was aware of facts he could not discuss in an open setting “that would make his involvement in a Russia-related investigation problematic.”

“Now that sounds like a big deal,” Oliver said.

Trump notably was silent that day but sent a tweet early the next morning saying, of Comey’s testimony, ‘despite so many false statements and lies, total and complete vindication.”

“Trump is essentially claiming that he’s been vindicated by testimony he’s claiming is false,” Oliver pointed out. “At this point he’s become a walking logical paradox.”

Trump reiterated his claim at a Rose Garden press conference, prompting one journalist to ask him if he would be willing to speak on the subject under oath with Robert Mueller, who has been appointed special counsel and took over the investigation into the Trump campaign’s possible Russia ties.

“100 percent,” Trump said. “I would be glad to tell him exactly what I just told you,” he said at that presser.

“Holy shit! Trump just volunteered to testify under oath,” Oliver marveled.

“Why did Trump expose himself like that? I don’t know,” Oliver confessed. “Jane Goodall could not explain” even if she studied him for years, the late-night host joked, imagining that, after studying him for years, she would conclude that Trump is “a cocktail of insecurity, horniness and malice.” But trying to figure out which was in control of Trump would be beyond her, and she would add, “I miss the integrity and emotional intelligence of the apes.”

Most infuriating reaction to Comey’s testimony comes from House Speaker Paul Ryan, Oliver announced, whose explanation that “The President is new to this”  just “proves that you can live a normal healthy life without a spine.”


Tonys Review: Kevin Spacey Does Bill Clinton And Johnny Carson As Bette Midler Drowns Out The Band In A Low-Key Show

With no Hamilton to electrify the TV audience, the 71st Tony Awards tried hard to generate some excitement Sunday night with first-time host Kevin Spacey and a slew of competitive races that jazzed the Broadway crowd. Whether that fed the national audience, tomorrow’s ratings will reveal. For the theater fans, there were a few surprises and even an upset or two in a mostly non-political, nearly old-fashioned show. Stephen Colbert got in some choice digs at the President, but things only got pleasantly anarchic when Bette Midler, accepting the award for best leading performance by an actress in a musical, told the orchestra she would not be drowned out despite the lateness of the hour (it was already past 11 PM New York time). The word “crap” was uttered, and a few others CBS saw fit to keep off the air.

Ben Platt plays the title role in ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ on Broadway.

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The big winners (see the full list here) were Dear Evan Hansen, which won Best Musical, and Oslo, Best Play. In the revival categories, Jitney was named best play and Hello, Dolly! musical. Dear Evan Hansen may never actually have had competition from Come From Away, which won in only one of its seven nominated categories (for Christopher Ashley’s direction, a surprise that denied Hansen helmer  Michael Greif his first win after four nominations). DEH, which won six Tonys in all, including score for La La Land’s Justin Paul and Benj Pasik, brought Ben Platt the award for best lead performance in a musical. His tearful thank-you was one of the evening’s most heartfelt.

Laurie Metcalf, who’s prepping for a return to the world of Roseanne Conners next season, was named best actress in a leading role in a play, scoring the only award for A Doll’s House, Part 2, a smart, sharp comedy by Lucas Hnath. Producer Scott Rudin fought valiantly (and expensively) to overcome the tide for J.T. Rogers’ smashing political minuet, Oslo, which took best featured actor in a play for Michael Aronov, winning two of its four nominations and knocking off the favorite, Danny DeVito. Kevin Kline reasserted his star status, winning for his elegant performance in a revival of Noël Coward’s Present Laughter, though his weird acceptance speech gave the impression he’d been slumming. He did manage to offer tribute to mentors John Houseman, Joseph Papp, Margot Harley and Harold Guskin, theater legends all. And he made a stab at relevance with shout-outs to the national endowments for the arts and humanities that the Trump Administration would like to disappear.

Several celebrated shows came away empty-handed, including Sweat, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama earlier this year, and Groundhog Day, which won the Olivier Award for best new musical in its London debut. The fine revival of John Guare’s Six Degrees of Separation, starring Allison Janney and Corey Hawkins, was ignored, as were revivals of Falsettos and Miss Saigon.

“Bandstand” on Broadway.

Jeremy Daniels

A couple of upsets showed the 839 voters took things seriously, as they went beyond the oddsmakers. Paula Vogel’s extraordinarily moving Indecent, a best play nominee, won two awards, for Rebecca Taichman’s direction and Christopher Akerlind for his exquisite, ghostly lighting. The new musical Bandstand, which got a shout-out from Jill Biden, earned Andy Blankenbuehler the award for best choreography, well-deserved for a show that nevertheless is oddly out of step, no pun intended, with the timely recognition of diversity in casting.

Voters may have been nonplussed by Dave Malloy’s ambitious Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, but they had no reticence about rewarding MacArthur genius Mimi Lien for her spectacular reworking of the Imperial Theatre for the show, and Bradley King for lighting it. And there was genuine joy in Jane Greenwod’s acceptance speech for her clothes for the Little Foxes revival that brought a featured actress Tony to Cynthia Nixon, whose portrayal of Birdie is shattering.  The featured acting categories were the toughest all around, with cherishable performances in both the musical  and play categories.

As for the show itself, Spacey hat-tipped past hosts from Billy Crystal and Whoopi Goldberg to Hugh Jackman, Neil Patrick Harris and all the way back to Johnny Carson, several of which he impersonated, though not all with aplomb. He also tried on Bill Clinton for size, with a joke about Dear Evan Hansen‘s social media theme, noting that “no-one knows more about fake email accounts than Hillary.”

Nixon waved the banner for liberalism, noting that Foxes playwright Lillian Hellman wrote, “There are people who eat the earth and eat all the people on it, and other people who just stand around and watch them do it.” She added, “My love, my gratitude and my undying respect go out to all the people in 2017 who are refusing to just stand and watch them do it.”

A hoofing interlude by the Rockettes, as if to reclaim their home territory on the Radio City stage, resembled nothing so much as a crowd scene from The Manchurian Candidate. Equally awful was an off-key Spacey/Patti LuPone duet that came out of nowhere. Josh Gad teased with a fake news announcement of his return to Broadway in a long-abandoned revival of A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum (that was supposed to star James Corden until he got the call to late-night-land).

And so thank goodness for the Divine One, who began her acceptance speech by touting Hello, Dolly! as the cure for all ills – “It’s about optimism! Democracy! This thing has the ability to lighten our spirit in these terrible times!” – before rattling off a list of names longer than a Roger Angel Christmas poem, while the orchestra could do little more than get her dander up. A few minutes later, producer Rudin defied the powers that are not Scott Rudin by hauling all of his investors onto the vast stage, when the Tony folks had decreed no more than six. The mob ruled, and a good thing, too.


Why Chris Evans Decided to Return for Avengers 4

Like most stars in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Chris Evans signed a multi-picture contract that covered six movies. When he signed that contract, Marvel had been planning a trilogy of Avengers movies, but that plan changed a bit when the studio announced Avengers: Infinity War would hit theaters in 2018, with Avengers 4 debuting on May 3, 2019, which will close out Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. During a new interview, Chris Evans revealed he actually added another movie to his contract for Avengers 4, teasing that this movie will “wrap everything up.” Here’s what he had to say below.

“I had six films in my Marvel contract, so I could have said after the third Avengers I was done, but they wanted to make the third and fourth Avengers films as a two-parter, They said they had so many other characters to fit in, Guardians of the Galaxy, Black Panther, Captain Marvel, Doctor Strange, Ant-Man, and couldn’t get them all into one movie. (I came back) because it made sense. It’s going to wrap everything up.”

The actor wouldn’t go into specifics in his interview with The Telegraph, but his statement falls in line with previous tidbits we’ve heard about Avengers 4. This movie is said to unite the entire Marvel Universe, with directors Anthony and Joe Russo previously teasing that the movie may feature upwards of 67 characters. It is believed that every character who has been established in the MCU thus far will make an appearance to help take down Thanos (Josh Brolin), but it still hasn’t been confirmed if characters from the Marvel TV side, with character like Daredevil (Charlie Cox), Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), Luke Cage (Mike Colter) and Iron Fist (Finn Jones) will be a part of this story or not.

This new statement from Chris Evans comes just a few months after he hinted that Avengers 4 will be his last Marvel Cinematic Universe movie. It isn’t known if his Steve Rogers/Captain America character will be killed off in Avengers 4, but there have been rumors that several of the original Avengers characters will be killed off. As for Steve Rogers, if he is killed off, it’s possible that either The Falcon (Anthony Mackie) or The Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) could step in and take over as Captain America, which has happened in the comics. Marvel hasn’t confirmed any story details for Avengers 3 or Avengers 4, so we’ll have to wait and see.

While Marvel was originally planning on shooting both Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4 back to back, it was confirmed in April that Infinity War and Avengers 4 will be shot separately. Avengers: Infinity War is currently filming now, with filming commencing in January, although it isn’t known when Infinity War may wrap. Instead of shooting both movies back to back, the cast and filmmakers will take a short break after Infinity War wraps, before returning to work on Avengers 4. It was also recently revealed that the title for Avengers 4 is actually a huge spoiler for Avengers: Infinity War, so it seems likely that the title could be revealed at the end of Avengers: Infinity War, but that has yet to be confirmed.


Transformers 5 Story Left Anthony Hopkins Baffled

When Anthony Hopkins says he just doesn’t get the story behind Transformers: The Last Knight, he’s not trying slam the latest sequel. He’s 79 years old, and as any Transformers fan of any age can attest, the last four movies had convoluted, confusing storylines that sometimes didn’t make a lick of sense. On that note, the iconic actor does want fans to know he had an absolute blast making the movie.

The Transformers movies have never been accused of having coherent storylines, and it sounds like Transformers: The Last Knight isn’t any different. Sure, there was a writers’ room with some of the most brilliant screenplay writers in Hollywood helping to hammer out the two hundred and ten page script. But that doesn’t mean they were able to come up with something that makes any sense. All in all, that’s kind of the charm of a Transformers movie. Who really cares what it’s about? As long as there are a lot of explosions, robots and non-stop action?

Sir Anthony Hopkins didn’t really known what he was getting himself into when he signed onto play Sir Edmund Burton in The Last Knight. The character has devoted himself to studying the ancestries of humans and Transformers. But Hopkins didn’t exactly delve too deep into Burton’s backstory, just trying to keep up with what was written on the page. The actor calls the plot ‘complicated’.

Event Magazine, via FemaleFirst, caught up with the actor. And right away, he assured the publication that he wouldn’t be able to explain anything that is going on in the movie, aside from his character’s purpose.

“You’re not going to ask me to explain the plot are you? Because it’s so very complicated and there’s the whole mythology of four previous films that come into play. I have to admit, I don’t quite get all of it.”

Ask Anthony Hopkins about his character, and he feels he has a pretty good lock on that aspect of the sequel. And he has nothing but praise for his co-star Mark Wahlberg. He says this.

“All I know is I play a highly educated, eccentric English lord. I had a terrific time making it. Mark Wahlberg was wonderful to work with, the locations were excellent (Northumberland, Norway, Arizona, the Isle of Skye and Stonehenge) and I showed up, put my costume on, said my lines and stayed out of trouble. That’s all I ever do. It beats working for a living.”

So, there you go. If you walk out of The Last Knight with a billion questions about what just happened, Anthony Hopkins is probably the last person you should talk too about it. Anthony Hopkins might be an Academy Award winning actor, and a classically trained thespian, but he says he’ll never shy away from appearing in a giant summer tentpole blockbuster. He loves the so-called ‘popcorn’ movies. And he’s always followed one rule his father offered to him at a young age. ‘Go where the money is.’ And since his twenties, Hopkins has been trying to do just that.

“And he was right. He told me to go to Hollywood like Richard Burton and make some cash. That’s why I came to Los Angeles all those years ago [in the mid-Seventies] and I fell in love with the sunshine, it’s a great place to make a good living.”

Now, hearing all of this, you might think that Anthony Hopkin’s Oscar winning performance as Hannibal Lecter in Silence of the Lambs and his role as Sir Edmund Burton in Transformers 5 didn’t have anything in common. That couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, he approached both movies the exact same way. Though, he understood what was going on in Silence of the Lambs. But he doesn’t think it is his greatest performance by far.

“No, no, definitely not. I learned my lines, showed up and was herded into my glass box. It was a good role but for me my best performances have been in Remains Of The Day, Nixon and The World’s Fastest Indian, not Silence Of The Lambs. The best thing about that film was that it got me back out of the theatre. I’d done six months and the boredom had kicked in.”

Anthony Hopkins won’t just be seen in the huge blockbuster Transformers: The Last Knight, he also will return to reprise Odin in Thor: Ragnarok, who has taken human form and is living on the streets of New York as a vagrant. Let’s hope that Marvel script was a little more coherent than the collage of transforming robots that will be unleashed on us this summer.


Fan’s Guide to Spider-Man: Homecoming Video Is 22-Minutes of Awesome

As we get closer and closer to the July 7 release of Spider-Man: Homecoming, Disney XD has debuted a new 22-minute special that takes fans behind-the-scenes of this superhero adventure. This video kicks off with both Tom Holland and Zendaya meeting up and discussing a poster for the movie, which Tom Holland notices has Zendaya’s name in a much bigger font than his. Of course, since Tom is playing Spider-Man, he naturally thinks his name should be on top of the poster

This video, from Disney XD goes on to showcase more footage along with interview snippets from Robert Downey Jr., who said the Spider-Man scenes in last year’s Captain America: Civil War was a “home run.” This video also includes a new interview with Kevin Feige, who claims that Spider-Man is quite simply the greatest superhero of all time. Robert Downey Jr. and Kevin Feige also reveal how they completely related to the Peter Parker character when they were younger. We also hear from Jon Favreau and producer Amy Pascal, while getting a glimpse at new behind-the-scenes footage.

We also hear from director Jon Watts, who revealed that he was a science nerd as a kid, just like Peter Parker was. We also get a glimpse at Peter Parker’s homemade Spider-Man costume in some behind-the-scenes footage, but it doesn’t seem that he’ll be in that suit for long. We’ve seen previous footage that shows Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau) delivering the new suit that Tony Stark designed, which is full of high-tech gadgets like a surveillance drone, web wings, and much more. Tom Holland also speaks about how Spider-Man and Peter Parker are really two different characters, but he wants to bring elements of Peter Parker to Spider-Man, and vice versa.

This video also features some behind-the-scenes footage of Tom Holland training, while Tom Holland also teases that this story is the closest to the Ultimate Spider-Man comics. Jon Watts also talks about how preparing for college and even talking to a girl is just as stressful for a teenage boy as defeating a super-villain. Kevin Feige also talks about the original homemade Spider-Man suit, while teasing that the Stark-designed suit will be the most iconic version of the Spidey costume.

We reported last month that this new Spider-Man adventure was on track for a huge box office opening weekend of $135 million. While that tally would be far greater than the opening weekends for The Amazing Spider-Man ($62 million) and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 ($91.6 million), it still falls short of the franchise record of $151.1 million earned in 2007 by Spider-Man 3. Still, the buzz for Spider-Man: Homecoming is quite high, so it’s certainly possible that it could exceed these early projections and set a new franchise opening weekend record. Take a look at this extended preview for Spider-Man: Homecoming below.

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Darth Maul Vs. Yoda in Epic Star Wars Battlefront 2 Gameplay Trailer

E3 is taking place this weekend and that means all of this year’s biggest games are out there putting their best foot forward. That being the case, EA and DICE were on hand to present some brand new footage from Star Wars Battlefront 2. This particular trailer is focused more on the actual multiplayer gameplay, as opposed to the story mode, and it is full of prequel era action. In almost any other context, the Star Wars prequels would be a negative thing, but in this case, it is absolutely awesome.

Luckily, the trailer made its way online, via the EA Star Wars YouTube channel, so you didn’t have to be at E3 to check out all of this Star Wars Battlefront 2 goodness. The trailer opens up with a tiny bit of game engine footage, but then we move to some battle droids and clone troopers duking it out on Naboo in epic fashion. This looks to be much more in line with the original Star Wars: Battlefront, which should delight fans who were let down by the first EA Battlefront. And there are many who were.

The gameplay is absolutely intense and is probably the best use of the Star Wars prequel era characters and settings available to fans. Especially once Darth Maul shows up. We get to see the famed Sith in action, taking out squads of clone troopers with ease. The trailer then moves to some more, very intense battle shots, before bringing us to a montage of sequences that show off more planets, more heroes and an epic showdown between Darth Maul and Yoda. Star Wars Battlefront II makes the prequels look a lot better than they have in a very long time. As another added bonus, EA announced that the game will have a lot of free content, which is great for those who were annoyed by the season pass situation with the first Star Wars Battlefront.

“All players will have access to these free content drops that will include a mix of new locations, characters, vehicles, modes, weapons, star cards, and more. Players will also be able to participate in regular live events and challenges that will come with their own special rewards.”

In addition to the multiplayer mode, Star Wars Battlefront 2 will feature a single play campaign, which was sorely missing from the first game. What’s more is that the campaign will actually be a canon Star Wars story, taking place after the events of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. The story will revolve around an Imperial soldier named Iden Versio, voiced by Janina Gavankar, who is part of an elite Stormtrooper group named Inferno Squadron. Following the destruction of the second Death Star, she is trying to navigate her way through the mess and help the Empire rally after a crushing defeat.

The only possible downside is that it was also announced that Star Wars Battlefront 2 will have microtransactions. Still, it’s better than a season pass and it looks like this game is going to be a big improvement. So some microtransactions aren’t the end of the world. Be sure to check out the brand new Star Wars Battlefront II gameplay trailer for yourself below to help hold you over until the game arrives on November 17.

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Josh Brolin Shows Off New Cable Look for Deadpool 2

We reported last month that Deadpool 2 production has been delayed a week, with filming now slated to begin at the end of June. With shooting set to begin in a few weeks, Josh Brolin has revealed the new hairstyle he’ll wear to play the iconic character Cable. Of course, the actor wasn’t in full costume at the time, but with filming slated to begin soon, hopefully we’ll get to see what the actor looks like in his Cable costume in the very near future.

Josh Brolin shared this photo on Instagram, and while he didn’t specifically mention that this was his Cable haircut, it matches up with the character’s comic book look and filming is slated to begin soon. We have previously seen what Josh Brolin may look like as cable in a fan poster that surfaced last month, but that is by no means an official first look, just a fan rendering. Still, many fans are excited to see what he can do as Cable, with this role putting him in an elite category of actors.

Josh Brolin also plays Thanos in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and many fans wondered if that caused any friction with Marvel, since the Deadpool franchise is not controlled by Marvel Studios, but by 20th Century Fox. However, Kevin Feige said he had no issues with Josh Brolin taking the role. With production starting on Deadpool 2 at the end of this month, it remains to be seen if that presents any issues with his schedule for Avengers: Infinity War, but it most likely will not conflict.

The Deadpool 2 cast includes Ryan Reynolds, returning as the Merc With the Mouth himself, with new additions such as Jack Kesy, who is believed to be playing the villain Black Tom, although that has yet to be confirmed. Other new cast members include Zazie Beetz as Domino, with T.J. Miller expected to return as Weasel. No story details have been given at this time, but hopefully we’ll get an official synopsis once production begins. 20th Century Fox has currently set a June 1, 2018 release date for Deadpool 2, which doesn’t have any direct competition at this time.

David Leitch is directing Deadpool 2 from a script by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, who wrote the first Deadpool movie. The original movie was a groundbreaking success, becoming the highest-grossing R-rated movie of all time, taking in $363 million domestically and $783.1 million worldwide, from a $58 million budget. It isn’t known exactly how big the Deadpool 2 budget will be, but it is believed to be comparable to the modest budget of the original movie. Take a look at Josh Brolin’s Instagram photo below as we get ready for Deadpool 2.


Luke’s Jedi Caretaker Creature in Star Wars 8 Revealed?

Every Star Wars trilogy to date has had that questionable creature or character that fans aren’t 100% on board with. C-3PO was quite a divisive driod when A New Hope debuted in 1977. Then along came the Ewoks in 1983′s Return of the Jedi. And still hated to this very day is Jar Jar Binks, who first appeared in 1999′s The Phantom Menace, and has become the most controversial character in the entire franchise. While some are still stymied, and/or stewing about the Rathtars in The Force Awakens, Star Wars: The Last Jedi is confirmed to have a creature that could either be everyone’s favorite, or the next Jar Jar Binks. However it falls, director Rian Johnson has already assured fans that they are ‘no Ewoks’. While we haven’t gotten an official look at these beasties just yet, has, and they are providing some key details, along with an artistic rendering of what was seen on set.

The Jedi caretakers are said to look after Luke Skywalker and his temple on the planet of Ahch-To. They are sea creatures. Perhaps a bit cantankerous. They were first spotted on set in May 2016, as they are particle puppet creatures. And it is rumored that Frank Oz was involved with the creature and performance of these strange aliens.

Star Wars News has received photos of the puppet. They aren’t allowed to show these guys due to copyright laws, but they had their resident house artist whip up a painting of what they look like. And they’re fairly crazy in appearance. While there is usually some skepticism when it comes to any Star Wars rumor, this report is accurate. We’d say about 97.4%, to be exact. And that’s just because we don’t know how good artist Eli Hyder is at capturing the essence of a puppet seen in various pieces.

The report claims that these creatures, who have yet to be officially named, will be over nine feet tall, towering over Luke Skywalker and Rey. The costume itself is big enough to hold at least two puppeteers. It isn’t known how significant a role the caretakers have in the movie, or if they just waddle around in the background as part of the scenery. The alien is being compared to the giant pig-like happabore from Jakku, who shared a water trough with Finn in the opening act of The Force Awakens. Perhaps they will provide a few moments of comedic relief and that’s it. Some speculate that they come to Luke’s aid on Ahch-To when Kylo Ren and his Knights arrive to battle Rey. None of those story elements have been confirmed at all.

The look of the actual puppet is being called non-threatening. It is said to be round, and lacking any type of quick mobility. It’s hard to tell from the artist’s rendering whether or not this is a sweet monster that fans will fall in love with, or another annoying piece of Star Wars mythology. That probably won’t be decided until The Last Jedi is in theaters this holiday season.

Drone photos that captured the creature in real-life call it hairy and odd shaped. In regards to the caretaker’s face, it isn’t known if those are tendrils or just strands of hair. You can take a look at the painting below. What do you think, is the Jedi Caretaker the next Ewok? Or a full on Jar Jar Binks moment waiting to plague The Last Jedi?

Star Wars Last Jedi Caretaker Creature


Wonder Woman Has Better 2nd Weekend Than Suicide Squad & Batman v Superman

Wonder Woman is continuing to defy expectations at the box office and easily becoming the DC Extended Universe’s most successful movie. Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad both did very well financially, but mixed to negative word of mouth led to some significant drop off following their opening weekend. That is not the case with Wonder Woman. In its second weekend, director Patty Jenkins’ female-lead superhero movie brought in $57 million domestically, making it the best 2nd weekend for any DCEU movie so far.

According to Box Office Mojo, Wonder Woman only dropped 45 percent in its second weekend, which is very good for a blockbuster of this size. Every other DCEU movie so far had a significant drop in their respective second frames, dropping at least 65 percent in the second weekend. While they all made good money, it is surely the very positive word of mouth that has helped Wonder Woman outperform Man of Steel, Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad in its second week at the box office.

Man of Steel, which kicked off the DCEU in 2013, had a great opening weekend with $116.6 million, but the movie experienced a 65 percent drop in its second weekend, bringing in just $41 million. Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice, despite a tremendous critical lashing, made a record-breaking $166 million on its opening weekend, but experienced a massive 68 percent drop in its second weekend, bringing in just $52 million. As for Suicide Squad, which also took it on the chin from critics, outperformed expectations by making $133 million opening weekend. But, like the other DCEU movies before it, took a 67 percent plunge and only brought in $43 million in weekend number two.

There are plenty of fans who defend Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad, despite what critics may think, but Wonder Woman is proving why praise matters. The other three movies in the DCEU are all Rotten on Rotten Tomatoes, and the fan response is not nearly as positive as it has been for Wonder Woman, and that is probably the most important factor. Being able to win over more casual fans, something that Marvel does very regularly, is key to keeping something like the DCEU on the tracks. If Justice League can receive a similar level of praise, Warner Bros. will have managed to do some very impressive course correcting.

Worldwide, Wonder Woman is continuing to crush it as well. As of right now, the movie has made a grand total of $435.2 million, with $205 million of that coming domestically. Wonder Woman has some big-name competition coming down the pipeline in the form of Cars 3 and Transformers: The Last Knight in the coming weeks, but it should be able to keep adding to its total and overtake Man of Steel and, depending on how well things go, it may even be able to overtake Suicide Squad’s grand total of $745 million.

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