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Scarlett Johansson to produce and star in Tower of Terror movie for Disney

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Scarlett Johansson to produce and star in Tower of Terror movie for Disney
June 23, 2021 by: Kevin Fraser

Not every Disney theme park attraction is able to pull off a successful big-screen adaptation. For every Pirates of the Caribbean, you get a Haunted Mansion, but that certainly won't stop Disney from trying. We've got another Disney theme park attraction making the leap to the big-screen next month with Jungle Cruise, but the future is looking a little more…spooky.

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According to Collider, Scarlett Johansson is set to produce Disney's Tower of Terror movie, which is being developed as a starring vehicle for the actress. Know as The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, the attraction features a Rod Serling sound-alike who narrates as guests ride a spooky elevator that culminates in a chilling free fall drop. The ride was previously turned into a TV movie starring Steve Guttenberg and Kirsten Dunst in 1997, but I think we can assume it might receive a little more attention this time around. Plot details are being kept under wraps, but Inside Out screenwriter Josh Cooley is onboard to pen the script. No director is attached at the moment, but Collider says that Disney will "aim high" due to Johansson's profile.

Scarlett Johansson will next be seen in Black Widow, which will be released in theaters and on Disney+ with Premier Access on July 9, 2021. As far as Disney's next theme park ride movie goes, Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt will star in Jungle Cruise, which hits theaters and Disney+ with Premier Access on July 30, 2021.

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Sexy Beasts: Netflix’s new dating show brings out everyone’s inner animal

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Sexy Beasts: Netflix’s new dating show brings out everyone’s inner animal
June 23, 2021 by: Steve Seigh

All right! Which one of you slipped an ounce of dried mushrooms into my tea this morning? First of all, thanks. Second, what fresh hell has Netflix cooked up with its new dating show Sexy Beasts?

Feeling like a nightmare version of Netflix's other series Love is Blind, Sexy Beasts aims to mask people's facial features, allowing their personalities to shine brighter than before. The logic goes that if you can become infatuated with someone while they look like a panda, scarecrow, or demon from the depths of Hell, it must be true love. It's a high-concept show that feels as if it were ripped out of the mid-2000s. I'd love to get the Furry community's take on this bold theme.

Per Netflix, here's the official description for Sexy Beasts:

Real-life singles sport elaborate makeup and prosthetics to put true blind-date chemistry to the test.

Narrated by Catastrophe star and comedian Rob Delaney, Sexy Beasts is what you get when millions of people tune in every week for shows like The Masked Singer. Honestly, I don't know whether to be terrified or intrigued. After all, there's nothing quite like watching a man dressed as a beaver admit that he prefers looks over personality in front of countless Netflix subscribers. Oh, who am I kidding? I'm a total nerd for elaborate effects, and the make-up on display here is very impressive. While the devil on my shoulder is telling me to look away, I feel like morbid curiosity will win out in the end.

Sexy Beasts premieres on Netflix on July 21. Buckle up, folks. It's bound to be a real circus of events.

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Seth Rogen shares a joint with Conan O’Brien on late night TV

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Seth Rogen shares a joint with Conan O’Brien on late night TV
June 23, 2021 by: Steve Seigh

Conan O'Brien's late-night tenure is coming to an end, and you know what they say, "If you've gotta go, go with a smile."

One thing that's bound to put a smile on your face – unless paranoia hits you upside the head – is a puff of Seth Rogen's own weed brand, Houseplant. Rogen recently joined O'Brien for one more interview on the comedian's late-night program. During their talk, O'Brien asked Rogen for advice about how he can fill his newfound free time. Naturally, Rogen's suggestion was to start smoking weed. Then, like Johnny On-the-Spot, Rogen whipped out a pre-rolled joint from his shirt pocket and offered it to O'Brien. “Don’t smoke that now. Or do, this will be a great, weird show for all of us,” Rogen cautioned. While throwing caution to the wind, O'Brien lit the Wizard Stick and took a puff. I'm not sure that he inhaled the Devil's lettuce, but he certainly seemed pleased with himself for trying. “This is the kind of thing you do when you know it’s over for you,” O'Brien joked as he passed the paper plane to Rogen, who also decided to partake. Rogen then offers the Mummy finger to Andy Richter, who handles the process like an old pro.

You can watch the hilarious scene unfold in the video posted below:

Conan is taking it really easy for all of us sinners during his final week on the air. It's a refreshing sight if you ask me. Yesterday, I thought that Paul Rudd's Mac and Me interview bomb would be the best thing to come from Conan's final bow, but boy was I wrong. It warms my heart to see Conan getting such a warm farewell from his guests and audience members. His quick-witted humor and unpredictable approach to late-night comedy will be sorely missed once all is said and done. But hey, at least he's going out on a high note.

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Unfrosted: Jerry Seinfeld to write and direct Pop Tart biopic

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Unfrosted: Jerry Seinfeld to write and direct Pop Tart biopic
June 23, 2021 by: Steve Seigh

What's the deal with Pop Tarts? They don't pop, and they aren't tart. (Cue musical interlude)

After distancing himself from sitcoms, Jerry Seinfeld will star in, direct, and produce Unfrosted, a film comedy he co-wrote with Spike Feresten and Barry Marder that is inspired by a joke he told on the stand-up stage about Pop Tarts. This unique biopic will be served up at Netflix, where Seinfeld has an existing and pleasant relationship with the streamer. With the green light already burning hot like an illuminated toaster coil, production is set to begin next spring.

Seinfeld has a real cushy setup over at Netflix. In 2017, the comedian struck up a deal that brought his interview series Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee to the streamer, alongside two stand-up specials, Jerry Before Seinfeld, and 23 Hours to Kill. Later this year, the ground-breaking sitcom Seinfeld will come to Netflix, where it will live for a total of five years.

“Stuck at home watching endless sad faces on TV I thought this would be a good time to make something based on pure silliness,” Seinfeld commented. “So we took my Pop Tart stand-up bit from my last Netflix special and exploded it into a giant, crazy comedy movie.”

RELATED: The Ice Road Interviews: Laurence Fishburne and Amber Midthunder!

Wow! It must be nice to stumble upon a lucrative Netflix deal thanks to a bit about a delicious toaster pastry. Who can blame them, though? Pop Tarts are amazing, even when they're unfrosted. That's right, I said it. I prefer my Pop Tarts unfrosted. Anybody else? If I had to go with a frosted Pop Tart, I think I'd choose Raspberry. How about you? What's your preferred Pop Tart flavor? Are you interested in Seinfeld's latest Netflix project? Sound off in the comments section below and let us know what you think.

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Deadline

Infinity Pool: Alexander Skarsgard to star in Brandon Cronenberg thriller

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Infinity Pool: Alexander Skarsgard to star in Brandon Cronenberg thriller
June 23, 2021 by: Steve Seigh

Neon is getting ready to dip its toes back into dark waters with Brandon Cronenberg's Infinity Pool. Set to slap on a swimsuit and dive head-first into the sci-fi thriller is Godzilla vs. Kong star Alexander Skarsgård. Neon is co-financing and executive producing Cronenberg's latest psychological mind-job with Topic Studios. Plans are to release Infinity Pool in the U.S. while Elevation will take care of us Canadians. In addition to his starring role, Skarsgård will also executive produce.

Per Deadline, Infinity Pool follows James and Em, who are young, rich, in love, and on vacation. Their all-inclusive resort boasts island tours and gleaming beaches. But outside of the hotel gates lurks something much more dangerous and seductive, beyond the edge of paradise.

Cameras are scheduled to begin rolling on September 6. The film does not have a set release date at this time.

RELATED: The Tomorrow War: Chris Pratt talks time travel in new featurette

Skarsgård recently completed his part as Amleth for Robert Eggers' The Northman. Billed as an epic revenge thriller that explores how far a Viking prince will go to seek justice for his murdered father, the upcoming film also stars Anya Taylor-Joy, Nicole Kidman, Ethan Hawke, Willem Dafoe, Ralph Ineson, Ian Whyte, Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson, Claes Bang, Kate Dickie, Tadhg Murphy, Olwen Fouéré, and in a rare feature film appearance, my favorite musical artist of all time, Björk.

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The Tomorrow War: Chris Pratt talks time travel in new featurette

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The Tomorrow War: Chris Pratt talks time travel in new featurette
June 23, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling

THE TOMORROW WAR is set to exclusively release on Amazon Prime Video globally on July 2, 2021, and, in preparation for the film’s release, a new featurette has debuted that looks into the movie’s innovative take on time travel.

Titled Protecting Tomorrow, the featurette features Chris Pratt and to highlights how the filmmakers utilize science and time travel an original and unique story of human survival. Showing that the film isn’t just relying on the science fiction angle, the featurette also explores the emotional family themes that the movie’s main character, Dan Forester (Pratt), goes through as he travels through time. You can check out the featurette at the top of the page!

Per the film’s official synopsis, “In The Tomorrow War, the world is stunned when a group of time travelers arrive from the year 2051 to deliver an urgent message: Thirty years in the future mankind is losing a global war against a deadly alien species. The only hope for survival is for soldiers and civilians from the present to be transported to the future and join the fight. Among those recruited is high school teacher and family man Dan Forester (Chris Pratt). Determined to save the world for his young daughter, Dan teams up with a brilliant scientist (Yvonne Strahovski) and his estranged father (J.K. Simmons) in a desperate quest to rewrite the fate of the planet.” Directed by Chris McKay, in his live-action directorial debut, the film also stars Betty Gilpin, Keith Powers, Mike Mitchell, and Sam Richardson.

The Tomorrow War was originally scheduled for release on December 25, 2020, but it was pulled from the schedule due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The film was later rescheduled for July 23, 2021, taking the release date of Mission: Impossible 7, but it was pulled from the schedule once again. In January of this year, Amazon Studios entered talks to acquire the film for a reported $200 million. The deal was solidified when Amazon announced that the film will now hit Prime Video on July 2, 2021.

Did YOU like the featurette?

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The Ice Road Interviews: Laurence Fishburne and Amber Midthunder!

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The Ice Road Interviews: Laurence Fishburne and Amber Midthunder!
June 23, 2021 by: JimmyO

Friday, Liam Neeson returns for some action in the new Netflix thriller THE ICE ROAD. Directed by Jonathan Hensleigh, the new feature brings the legendary actor back in the cold, but this time a bunch of massive trucks are in the mix. And frankly, it’s amazing to see Mr. Neeson still kicking ass and bringing a ton of class to action. Starring alongside the actor include the impressive talents of the great Laurence Fishburne stepping in, Amber Midthunder from TV’s Roswell, New Mexico is also in attendance. As well, you have Matt McCoy, Holt McCallany, Matt Salinger, and more. And this Friday on Netflix, you can check out the latest in the comfort of your own home. Even with many of us are finally back in theatres, it’s still cool to catch a great new movie in your very own environment.

Recently, we spoke to the cast of The Ice Road, which included, of course, the great Liam Neeson. However, we also sat down with another legendary performer, Mr. Laurence Fishburne. This amazing talent opened up about taking on the new thriller. And with a new Matrix coming, I asked his thoughts on where Morpheus would be now. Next up, we sat down with the very talented Amber Midthunder. Like pretty much anybody, she was thrilled to work with such incredible co-stars. The actress is solid here, and it’s likely we’ll see much more from her. And speaking of that, you can catch her with the upcoming new season of Roswell: New Mexico on its way. It was terrific speaking with everyone involved. And as mentioned, this Friday, you too can head out onto the ice for a little vehicular action.

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Once Upon a Time in Hollywood novel trailer shares new footage

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Once Upon a Time in Hollywood novel trailer shares new footage
June 23, 2021 by: Steve Seigh

A stylish trailer for the upcoming novelization of Quentin Tarantino’s ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD has arrived on set. The trailer includes never-before-seen footage from Tarantino’s 2019 film and teases a read that will add to an already awesome viewing experience.

The book is being published by Harper Perennial and is set for a June 29 release. You can pre-order the book here.

Tarantino recently waxed rhapsodic about his new book on the Pure Cinema podcast, saying that the novelization will explore Brad Pitt’s Cliff Booth in ways the film did not.

“In the movie, Cliff is a real enigma, you’re kind of like, what’s this guy’s deal?” said Tarantino. “And one of the things in the book is, there’s these isolated chapters that tell you, like, this whole chapter will be about Cliff’s past. It goes back in time to tell you about Cliff at this point in time. And then you go further on with the normal run of the story and there’s another chapter that goes back in time and tells you about Cliff’s past. And every isolated chapter that’s just about Cliff’s past is like a weird little pulp novel unto itself starring Cliff.”

While everyone is waiting for Tarantino to figure out his next move, his Once Upon a Time in Hollywood novel should help keep the dogs at bay. After all, it’s not every day that a director offers an in-depth and extended look into one of their most celebrated films. Alright, so maybe it happens more often than you’d think, but this is Tarantino we’re talking about, so you know the book is going to include all sorts of elaborate details.

Get yourself a cozy chair, a tall glass of something lively, and enjoy the ride.

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New Candyman trailer reveals the origins of the urban legend

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New Candyman trailer reveals the origins of the urban legend
June 23, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling

A new trailer for the highly-anticipated “spiritual sequel” to CANDYMAN has been released and it goes into the origins of the urban legend that has haunted moviegoers for years.

The new trailer comes ahead of the film’s release this August and the new look begins with Colman Domingo’s William Burke describing the legend at the center of the movie. Anthony McCoy (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) is warned to “stay away” but we wouldn’t have a horror film if he were to heed that warning. Telling his girlfriend Brianna Cartwright (Teyonah Parris) that he “feels connected to this story”, it appears that connection is leading him down a very dark path that will revive the legend to terrorize a new generation of Chicago residents.

The new Candyman takes the events of the original 1992 movie and brings the legend into the 2020s. The story takes audiences back to Chicago’s Cabrini Green neighborhood where the legend of Candyman is still very much alive. Visual artist Anthony McCoy, played by Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, moves into a condo in Cabrini and finds himself becoming entangled in the legend. It soon becomes clear that Candyman is more than just a spooky tale and a strange relationship begins between the supernatural killer and McCoy. Nia DaCosta directs from a script penned by herself, Jordan Peele, and Win Rosenfeld, and the film also stars Teyonah Parris, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Colman Domingo, Vanessa A. Williams, Rebecca Spence, Cassie Kramer, and Tony Todd. 

Did YOU like the new trailer? Candyman hits screens on August 27, 2021. You can check out the film’s new official key art below!

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The Conjuring- WTF Really Happened to this Movie?

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The Conjuring- WTF Really Happened to this Movie?
June 23, 2021 by: Chris Bumbray

 

WTF REALLY Happened To This Movie? – The JoBlo series that dives into movies based on or “inspired by” TRUE stories, REAL people and ACTUAL historical events to separate FACT from FICTION!

On the big screen, the exploits of famed paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren (played by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga) have launched a lucrative movie franchise, beginning in 2013 with THE CONJURING. Director James Wan’s unsettling supernatural thriller is based on the real-life haunting of the Perron family home in the 1970s, but just how accurately depicted is this terrifying tale? Fill your canteen with holy water and find out “WTF REALLY Happened to THE CONJURING!”
 

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Indiana Jones 5: Harrison Ford injures his shoulder rehearsing fight scene

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Indiana Jones 5: Harrison Ford injures his shoulder rehearsing fight scene
June 23, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling

Cue all the jokes about Harrison Ford’s age. It is being reported by “Deadline” that the actor injured his shoulder rehearsing a fight scene for INDIANA JONES 5. The extent of the injury is not yet known but the production will continue to shoot around him while the appropriate course of treatment is established. 

In the following statement Disney said, “In the course of rehearsing for a fight scene, Harrison Ford sustained an injury involving his shoulder. Production will continue while the appropriate course of treatment is evaluated, and the filming schedule will be reconfigured as needed in the coming weeks.” So far it looks like the film won’t suffer any major delays which began production earlier this month in Pinewood and other U.K. locations.

In Indiana Jones 5, Harrison Ford is joined by Mads Mikkelsen, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Boyd Holbrook, Shaunette Renée Wilson, and Thomas Kretschmann. James Mangold is replacing Steven Spielberg in the director’s chair, although Spielberg is still serving as a producer on the project along with Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall, and Simon Emanuel. The film is slated to hit screens on July 29, 2022.

Harrison Ford appears to be in pretty good shape at the age of 78 so he’ll probably recover from this injury in no time. However, this isn’t the first time the actor has suffered an injury after reprising one of his iconic roles. Back in 2014, Ford suffered a pretty series injury when his leg was broken by a hydraulic door on the set of the Millenium Falcon spaceship while filming his return as Han Solo in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. If he can get through that, I’m pretty sure he can get through this.

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Deadline

Sarah Paulson didn’t enjoy doing American Horror Story: Roanoke

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Sarah Paulson didn’t enjoy doing American Horror Story: Roanoke
June 23, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling

Sarah Paulson is returning for season ten of American Horror Story, which is sporting a Double Feature theme this season, and, having appeared in several seasons of the anthology series, the actress is revealing the season that she did not enjoy doing.

During a chat with The Hollywood Reporter's Award Chatter Podcast, Paulson opened up about her experience coming off of playing Marcia Clark on The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story and heading into American Horror Story: Roanoke. Judging from her blunt response about that time period, it doesn't seem like she enjoyed doing that particular season at all.

"I just don't care about this season at all. I know people will get mad at me for saying it, but for me, this was post having played Marcia and it was what I went to do right after finishing Marcia. I was so underwhelmed by the whole experience because I felt like I had entered into a new place inside of myself in terms of what I thought possible, in terms of what I might be willing to see if I can do. I felt really kind of trapped by my responsibility and my contractual obligation to do American Horror Story. As much as it's my home, and I've loved it always, it was the first time I felt like I wish I could have gone to Ryan and said, 'Please let me sit this one out.'"

Roanoke is the sixth season of American Horror Story and Paulson played Audrey Tindall, an actress in the cast for the documentary My Roanoke Nightmare that dramatized paranormal experiences has by the Miller Family. The actress also reprised her role of Lana Winters from the Asylum season that year. In all honesty, it also sounded like Paulson was burnt out from doing the show a bit. The only season that the actress has sat out on is season 9's 1984. Despite the experience of doing season 6, Paulson returned for Cult during season 7 and the Coven crossover, Apocalypse, for season 8. The actress said of coming back for Cult that she "wanted to be there because of what we all went through as a country. I liked that the idea was mirroring what we were experiencing. Enough time had gone by." Cult was the season of the series that was heavily influenced by the political climate when Donald Trump was in office as President of the United States.

As for Roanoke, that season starts off strong and, like most recent seasons of American Horror Story, ends on a very mediocre note. If Paulson is going to pick a season to be underwhelmed by, that's not a bad one to write off. The actress has been a mainstay on the horror anthology series since season one and she is well within her rights to get burnt out by some of the material.

What are YOUR thoughts on American Horror Story: Roanoke? The tenth season, American Horror Story: Double Feature, is set to premiere on August 25, 2021, and will be split into two separate stories, "one by the sea, and one by the sand." 

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The Fast and the Furious: Paul Walker’s Supra sells for $500K at auction

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The Fast and the Furious: Paul Walker’s Supra sells for $500K at auction
June 23, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling

A new record was secured by THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS thanks to the auction for a car that Paul Walker drove during the climax of the first film. The candy orange vehicle driven by the late actor has become the most expensive Supra ever sold at an auction in Las Vegas.

The orange-colored Supra sold for a mammoth $550,000 at Barrett-Jackson’s Las Vegas auction. The Toyota Supra, which appeared in The Fast and The Furious and 2 Fast 2 Furious, is officially the most expensive Supra to have ever been sold and it has the documentation to certify this fact. You can check out a video of the auction below!

The car was originally introduced to the series when Walker’s Brian O’Conner has his previous vehicle blown up. O’Conner finds a written-off Toyota Supra Mark IV in a junkyard and, with “some overnight parts from Japan” and a little hard work, the resulting Candy Orange Supra became one of the most iconic vehicles driven in the franchise. 

As for the vehicle’s true story, the Supra was built at The Shark Shop in El Segundo, California (literally around the corner from me), by Eddie Paul. The car boasts a twin-turbo 3.0-liter 2JZ-GTE engine, which is the very same as the movie’s characters are delighted to find intact when finding the wrecked vehicle, as well as the “Nuclear Gladiator” graphics by Troy Lee Designs, a Bomex body kit, a MOMO steering wheel, 19-inch Racing Hart M5 wheels, APR racing wing, and a number of gauses. The only thing missing from the vehicle is the shifter knob from the movie as the car is a 4-speed automatic which had the shifter added for the film’s production.

SOLD! The “10-second car” has crossed the block selling for a record-breaking $550,000! Driven by actor @RealPaulWalker and featured in two of “The Fast and Furious” films, this 1994 #ToyotaSupra proved to be an icon of car culture. @TheFastSaga @Toyota #Supra pic.twitter.com/GNJnGh0AmL

— Barrett-Jackson (@Barrett_Jackson) June 20, 2021

The late Paul Walker was a car enthusiast himself and he had a personal collection of around 30 vehicles, which included Ferraris, Ford Mustangs, and a Rolls-Royce Ghost, and a Toyota Supra MK4. Last year, 21 of Walker’s cars were sold off in an auction for a combined total of $2.33 million. I think Walker would be proud that his “10-second car” from the franchise sold for a record-breaking number and that the vehicle went on to be an icon of car culture.

What are YOUR thoughts on the record-breaking sell?

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F9: The Fast Saga Review

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F9: The Fast Saga Review
F9: The Fast Saga Review

June 23, 2021 by: Chris Bumbray

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PLOT: Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) can’t outrun the past when his long-lost brother, Jakob (John Cena) reenters the picture. Now one of the world’s most dangerous mercenaries, he breaks Cypher (Charlize Theron) out of the clutches of Mr. Nobody (Kurt Russell) to help him steal a device called Ares, which will let him hack into any computer system in the world.

REVIEW: A few weeks ago, our critic Jimmy O broke my heart when he gave F9 a lukewarm review. Could it be that a Fast & Furious movie was anything other than amazing??? Impossible! I was somewhat soothed by Jimmy when he admitted to me that he hadn’t loved every installment, so a glimmer of hope remained in the dark void that is my heart. Having seen the movie, I’ll say this – F9 comes close to being too over the top, even for an installment in The Fast Saga (as Universal is still calling it), but that said, I still loved it. Back in the day, they used to say a series jumped the shark when it got too crazy, but I doubt director Justin Lin and company would ever pay any mind to that adage. If there ever were a shark in one of these movies, Tyrese would probably end up riding it like a motorcycle. Heck, the shark would probably even become part of the crew…

In a lot of ways, F9: THE FAST SAGA is a bold move by Lin, in that they take things so far that it wouldn’t surprise me if the next film is straight-up sci-fi, as they straddle that line throughout. Several times in the film, Tyrese’s Roman tells the crew that he thinks they may all be invincible, as, despite their insane adventures, he’s never so much as gotten a scratch. He’s on to something as essentially they’re all superheroes at this point, and you either go with it, or you don’t.

Fast 9 attempts to be The Godfather Part II of the saga, with lots of flashbacks peppered throughout to explain Dom’s early years and how he and Jakob wound up estranged. It all relates to the story he told Brian in the first movie about how he almost beat a man to death after his father died in a race. You see that race here, with the young Dom played by an uncanny Vinnie Bennett.

It’s a lot of fun and not a bad way to dig into Jakob’s backstory, with him so obsessed with escaping Dom’s shadow he’s tried to one-up him at every turn. Cena plays him as a character pretty similar to Jason Statham’s Shaw, who’s MIA this time (although his mom shows up – once again played by Helen Mirren). The relationship works, and Diesel and Cena have good chemistry in that their styles of acting aren’t dissimilar.

Most of the crew returns, although the film suffers from the absence of Dwayne Johnson, who at one point had a nice push-and-pull vibe with Diesel, although they hate each other so much now even in F8, they shot them separately. I wouldn’t hold my breath for Shaw’s return outside of a Hobbs & Shaw 2. Jordana Brewster makes a welcome return to the series, although the excuses they keep finding to write Brian out are silly (there’s no way Brian – if he still existed – would let the mother of his children go off on a life and death mission while he chills at home with the kids).

Michelle Rodriguez, in a lot of ways, picks up the slack now that Johnson’s out of the picture, with her, essentially elevated to the second lead. Bringing her back from the dead in Fast & Furious 6 was probably one of the smarter creative decisions they made, as she and Diesel do pair up well. Once again, Tyrese and Ludacris essentially steal the movie as their adventures get even crazier. I like how Tyrese has become the comic relief, and they have fun with his new belief in the movie that he might actually be invincible. Nathalie Emmanuel finally gets to do a little driving, this time in one of the many chases, and seems to have a ball.

Of course, Sung Kang is back, and – for the sake of avoiding spoilers, I’m not going to go into his role here. That said, his return is welcome, and the way they resurrected him – well – sure. It’s fine. I’m glad he’s back. Theron only has a few scenes this time, with Cena getting most of the screen time as the baddie, and it’s cool to see Tokyo Drift’s Lucas Black, Bow Wow, and Jason Tobin come back in sizeable roles (I hope they get worked into the crew from here on out).

Of course, the usual criticisms of the series still stand – with the chases so over the top, they’re not even slightly believable, with CGI lending a huge helping hand in everything from the chases to the stunts to the fights. John Wick and Mission: Impossible this ain’t – but at this point, Fast & Furious is its own thing, so you either go with it or you don’t.

And, of course, the whole thing is anchored by Vin Diesel, who – I have to say – you need if you’re going to do a Fast & Furious movie nowadays. Hobbs & Shaw was fun, but it suffered from a lack of Vin, as silly as he can sometimes be. If I don’t hear his gravel voice talk about family at least once, well, then it just isn’t the same (I’d wager only Tokyo Drift managed to pull it off). I unabashedly love these movies, and I’m happy that I got not only to see it – but see it in theaters!

CHECK OUT JIMMY O’s VIDEO REVIEW BELOW!

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Snake Eyes producer on looking behind the mask for new movie

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Snake Eyes producer on looking behind the mask for new movie
June 22, 2021 by: Kevin Fraser

Over the decades, the deadly ninja commando known as SNAKE EYES has largely remained shrouded in mystery, but the upcoming movie will peek behind the character’s iconic mask in a big way. Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins will star Henry Golding in the title role, but as we saw in the recent trailer, not only will we see his face throughout the film, but he’ll also…speak! Sacrilege, I know.

RELATED: Snake Eyes trailer: Iconic G.I. Joe hero truly begins in first full look

While breaking down the trailer for Empire, Snake Eyes producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura explained why it was finally time to fully explore the character, which meant going back to a time before the incident that led to Snake Eyes’ injury.

Snake Eyes has been this great enigma, so getting underneath the mask presented an interesting challenge for us and also an opening that no one had any real preconceived biases towards. And it’s different from the Joe movies, it’s different from comic book movies. This movie owes more to the samurai film tradition or the Hong Kong film tradition than it does to the way we’ve been constructing these action pictures. It offers us a way into a character that no one had ever seen. And honestly, part of that came out of the fact that it was a struggle to shoot with Snake Eyes before, because he could never talk! By starting before he has problems talking and before he’s hidden, it just allows you into the character in a way that I don’t think you very often get.

Speaking of Snake Eyes’ injury, di Bonaventura said that will have to wait until the next movie, “if we’re lucky enough to make it.” What wasn’t negotiable this time around was the appearance of the character’s iconic mask and suit. “To make a movie with Snake Eyes in it and not have him in the costume? We would’ve gotten killed by the fans!,” di Bonaventura said. “The question was, how to have the most fun with it. This was the exploration of the human, not the guy in the suit, in a sense, so we hold back the suit until he’s earned it as a character.” I wonder if we’ve already seen the end of the film with that suit shot. “One of the things we love about Snake is how enigmatic he is,” di Bonaventura added. “And it seems to be a moral code from the guy who doesn’t speak, but you don’t understand what it is other than experience it. Now you get a chance to see what the building blocks are, and hopefully that will make people want more Snake.” In addition to Henry Golding, Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins also stars Andrew Koji as Storm Shadow, Samara Weaving as Scarlett, Úrsula Corberó as Baroness, Iko Uwais as Hard Master, Haruka Abe as Akiko, Tahehiro Hira as Kenta, and Peter Mensah as Blind Master.

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The official synopsis for Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe: Origins:

Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins stars Henry Golding as Snake Eyes, a tenacious loner who is welcomed into an ancient Japanese clan called the Arashikage after saving the life of their heir apparent. Upon arrival in Japan, the Arashikage teach Snake Eyes the ways of the ninja warrior while also providing something he’s been longing for: a home. But, when secrets from his past are revealed, Snake Eyes’ honor and allegiance will be tested – even if that means losing the trust of those closest to him.

Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins will hit theaters on July 23, 2021.

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Empire

Shazam: Fury of the Gods set photos reveal Helen Mirren as Hespera

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Shazam: Fury of the Gods set photos reveal Helen Mirren as Hespera
June 22, 2021 by: Kevin Fraser

Production on SHAZAM: FURY OF THE GODS is well underway and we received a good look at the entire Shazam family yesterday thanks to director David F. Sandberg, and now set-photos of Helen Mirren’s character have emerged as well. Mirren is playing Hespera, the film’s villain who is described as a daughter of Atlas, and she can be seen wearing ornate metal armour in the set-photos found below.

Here is your first look at Helen Mirren as Hespera in the upcoming #Shazam2. Check out the new set photos! https://t.co/wNfzRwkVWo

— JustJared.com (@JustJared) June 21, 2021

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Along with Zachary Levi and Helen Mirren, Shazam: Fury of the Gods will also find Asher Angel returning as Billy Batson, the kid-at-heart superhero who is bestowed with the powers of six gods: the wisdom of Solomon, the strength of Hercules, the stamina of Atlas, the power of Zeus, the courage of Achilles, and the speed of Mercury. Jack Dylan Grazer has also returned as Frederick “Freddy” Freeman. Mirren isn’t the only daughter of Atlas in the Shazam sequel, as Rachel Zegler (West Side Story) and Lucy Liu (Elementary) are also onboard to play Gods.

Shazam: Fury of the Gods is currently slated for a June 2, 2023 release.

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F9: Vin Diesel blames “tough love” for Dwayne Johnson feud

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F9: Vin Diesel blames “tough love” for Dwayne Johnson feud
June 22, 2021 by: Kevin Fraser

It’s been no secret that Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson haven’t always gotten along, and their famous feud has taken a few twists and turns over the years. Dwayne Johnson’s Luke Hobbs first appeared in the Fast & Furious franchise in Fast Five, but during the production of The Fate of the Furious, Johnson posted a heated rant on Instagram, saying that “Some [male co-stars] conduct themselves as stand up men and true professionals, while others don’t. The ones that don’t are too chicken shit to do anything about it anyway. Candy asses.” While he didn’t name names, it later became clear that Vin Diesel was the subject of Johnson’s anger.

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In a new interview with Men’s Health, Vin Diesel noted that the feud may have began due to his own “tough love” approach when it came to getting the best performance out of Johnson.

It was a tough character to embody, the Hobbs character. My approach at the time was a lot of tough love to assist in getting that performance where it needed to be. As a producer to say, Okay, we’re going to take Dwayne Johnson, who’s associated with wrestling, and we’re going to force this cinematic world, audience members, to regard his character as someone that they don’t know.

At the end of the day, Vin Diesel believes his tough love approach worked as as “Hobbs hits you like a ton of bricks. That’s something that I’m proud of, that aesthetic. That took a lot of work. We had to get there and sometimes, at that time, I could give a lot of tough love. Not Felliniesque, but I would do anything I’d have to do in order to get performances in anything I’m producing.” I’m sure Dwayne Johnson is going to love that.

RELATED: Paul Walker’s daughter could join Fast films, says Vin Diesel

The official synopsis for F9:

Vin Diesel’s Dom Toretto is leading a quiet life off the grid with Letty and his son, little Brian, but they know that danger always lurks just over their peaceful horizon. This time, that threat will force Dom to confront the sins of his past if he’s going to save those he loves most. His crew joins together to stop a world-shattering plot led by the most skilled assassin and high-performance driver they’ve ever encountered: a man who also happens to be Dom’s forsaken brother, Jakob (John Cena).

F9 will hit theaters on June 25, 2021, and you can check out a review of F9 from our own JimmyO right here.

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Solo’s Emilia Clarke would love to play Qi’ra again

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Solo’s Emilia Clarke would love to play Qi’ra again
June 22, 2021 by: Kevin Fraser

In SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY, Emilia Clarke played Qi’ra, Han Solo’s first love who later became a lieutenant in the Crimson Dawn crime syndicate and reported directly to Darth Maul. There was plenty of Qi’ra’s story left to be told, but thanks to Solo’s lackluster box-office performance, it’s unlikely that we’ll receive a proper sequel. However, Qi’ra did recently return to the franchise in the pages of Star Wars: War of the Bounty Hunters for Marvel Comics, which has fans once again campaigning for her return.

RELATED: Harrison Ford liked Solo: A Star Wars Story “very much”, says Ron Howard

While speaking with THR, Emilia Clarke responded to a popular theory that it was Qi’ra who tipped off Enfys Nest to the coaxium shipment that Han (Alden Ehrenreich) and Beckett (Woody Harrelson) were trying to steal. Although Clarke thought the theory was a good one, it wasn’t exactly what was in her mind when she played the scene.

I wrote pages about Qi’ra — behind-the-scenes Qi’ra — and all of the other stuff that was going on. But I think it is only when she sees Han that she realizes that there is a way out. That’s what I was playing. That’s definitely where I was at. I don’t think she felt herself to be strong enough at that point to go on and escape Dryden’s grip. I think that Han is the slap around the face that made her go, “(Gasps.) I was a whole person. I was this other thing. Where have the last 3 years gone?” So it was that kind of thing, but I think your theory is very good. (Laughs.)

Emilia Clarke added that she had “pages about what her life was and what it would be afterwards” and would love to reprise the character at some point as she’s the one with the “most unfinished business.” Unfortunately, she hasn’t heard anything from Disney+ just yet. “Maybe I’ll just write it and send it to them. I’ll be like, ‘Hey guys, I’ve got a few ideas,” Clarke said.

RELATED: Solo: A Star Wars Story sequel still a possibility, says Ron Howard

The actress is currently preparing to star in Marvel’s Secret Invasion series for Disney+ alongside Samuel L. Jackson and Ben Mendelsohn, and while she couldn’t say much, she’s quite excited by what could become a long-term Marvel character. “I mean, I should be so lucky is what I’ll say to that,” Clark said. “Everyone I know and everyone I’ve spoken to who is a part of the Marvel universe — and actors talk! Everyone has only the highest praise to offer. There’s a reason why actors stay in it. They’re so loved because they’re having loads of fun. So I’m down for that.” Secret Invasion is set to debut on Disney+ next year.

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Transformers: Rise of the Beasts: All we know about the Beast Wars movie!

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Transformers: Rise of the Beasts: All we know about the Beast Wars movie!
June 22, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling

Paramount Pictures just hosted a live virtual event to unveil details about the latest Transformers movie and let's just saw hardcore fans are going to love where this one is headed. Moderated by Anthony Breznican of Vanity Fair with producer Lorenzo Bonaventura, director Steven Caple Jr., and stars Anthony Ramos and Dominque Fishback in attendance, the new films sounds like it will be the perfect mix of spectacle and scope of the Michael Bay films and the humanity and character development of Travis Knight's Bumblebee. Here are some of the highlights:

  • The official title is Transformers: Rise of the Beasts
  • Given the title, the next chapter of the Transformers franchise will be the Beast Wars
  • We will be getting Predacons, Maximals, and Terrorcons, that will be joining the existing battle between the Autobots and Decepticons in the film.
  • The film will be set in 1994 in New York, specifically Brooklyn
  • A part of the film will also take place in Macchu Picchu, Peru
  • The main robot lead for the heroes will once again be Optimus Prime, once again voiced by Peter Cullen. He will also be in classic G-1 form.
  • Bumblebee is also returning. His car form will be a classic Camaro/off-road vehicle
  • Mirage is also a part of the heroes squad, car form will be a Porche, close connection to the human character in the films
  • A female Transformer named Arcee will be featured and she's fiercely loyal to Optimus Prime. Car form is a Ducati 916
  • On the villain side we have Scourge, a Terrorcon described as "ruthless" and "scary."
  • The second female transformer is also a villain named Nightbird, a Terrorcon whose car form is a Nissan GTR.
  • Airazor is one of the Maximals in the film. Described as the "heart of the maximal", "nurturing", and rustic in design
  • Rhinox is another member of the Maximals. Desrivved as the "muscle of the group". Producer Lorenzo Bonaventura thinks he'll be a fan favorite.
  • The leader of the Maximals is Optimus Primal. Described as the "father figure of the Maximals." He shares similar values to Optimus Prime.
  • On the human said we have Noah, played by Anthony Ramos. He's from Brooklyn, living with his mom and little brother after serving in the military. He's a father figure to his little brother and he's trying to find his way after he gets back from his stint in the military. Described as a genius when it comes to electronics, he also is said to have a lot of heart and tenacity.
  • Dominique Fishback plays Elena, also from Brooklyn who works at the museum as a researcher of artifacts. She's trying to break the glass ceiling at work but her boss keeps taking credit for all of her work. She is described as a sophisticated thinker.
  • Producer Lorenzo Bonaventura said Steven Caple Jr. was chosen to direct because he could capture the scope and spectacle of the Michael Bay films but he also could capture the humanity that Travis Knight excelled at with Bumblebee. He also says Caple Jr. has Transformers in his DNA and he's coming at this project as a true fan.
  • Director Steven Caple Jr. says the film is heavily influenced by summer movies of the early '90s.
  • Even though the film does have heart and humanity, they're trying to go back to the spectacle of the Michael Bay films in terms of what they're trying to do with effects and action. Bumblebee was a bit on a smaller scale so they want to go a bit bigger while also maintaining the integrity of the characters
  • One question that stood out was since they got Peter Cullen back to voice Optimus Prime, would any other familiar voices be returning? There was some laughter and they said it was a question they couldn't answer but based on their reaction, it seems like they're trying to get more familiar vocal talent on board. Stay tuned.
  • The film hits screens on July 24, 2022.

What are YOUR thoughts about the next chapter of the Transformers franchise?

Solar Opposites gets a Season 4 renewal at Hulu

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Solar Opposites gets a Season 4 renewal at Hulu
June 22, 2021 by: Steve Seigh

Set your phasers to "fun" (sorry, not sorry) because Hulu has renewed Solar Opposites for a fourth season!

Season 4 of Solar Opposites will consist of 12 episodes. The order for more alien-related hijinks comes before the show airs its third season, which is set for a 2022 debut. According to Hulu, Solar Opposites was the streamer's most-watched Hulu Original comedy title.

Co-created by Justin Roiland (co-creator of Ricky and Morty) and Mike McMahan (former head writer of Rick and Morty), Solar Opposites centers around a team of four aliens who have escaped their exploding homeworld, only to crash land into a move-in ready home in suburban America. They are evenly split on whether Earth is awful or awesome. Korvo (Justin Roiland) and Yumyulack (Sean Giambrone) only see the pollution, crass consumerism, and human frailty, while Terry (Thomas Middleditch) and Jesse (Mary Mack) love humans and all their TV, junk food, and fun stuff. Their mission: protect the Pupa, a living supercomputer that will one day evolve into its true form, consume them and terraform the Earth.

Well, how do you like that? Solar Opposites sounds like it's going to have a long life on Hulu. How do you think this show stacks up against Rick and Morty? Do the two even compare? Sound off in the comments section below and tell us what you think.

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Deadline

Transformers: Rise of the Beasts: All we know about the Beast Wars movie!

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Transformers: Rise of the Beasts: All we know about the Beast Wars movie!
June 22, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling

Paramount Pictures just hosted a live virtual event to unveil details about the latest Transformers movie and let's just saw hardcore fans are going to love where this one is headed. Moderated by Anthony Breznican of "Vanity Fair" with producer Lorenzo Bonaventura, director Steven Caple Jr., and stars Anthony Ramos and Dominque Fishback in attendance, the new films sounds like it will be the perfect mix of spectacle and scope of the Michael Bay films and the humanity and character development of Travis Knight's Bumblebee. Here are some of the highlights:

  • The official title is Transformers: Rise of the Beasts
  • Given the title, the next chapter of the Transformers franchise will be the Beast Wars
  • We will be getting Predacons, Maximals, and Terrorcons, that will be joining the existing battle between the Autobots and Decepticons in the film.
  • The film will be set in 1994 in New York, specifically Brooklyn
  • A part of the film will also take place in Macchu Picchu, Peru
  • The main robot lead for the heroes will once again be Optimus Prime, once again voiced by Peter Cullen. He will also be in classic G-1 form.
  • Bumblebee is also returning. His car form will be a classic Camaro/off-road vehicle
  • Mirage is also a part of the heroes squad, car form will be a Porche, close connection to the human character in the films
  • A female Transformer named Arcee will be featured and she's fiercely loyal to Optimus Prime. Car form is a Ducati 916
  • On the villain side we have Scourge, a Terrorcon described as "ruthless" and "scary."
  • The second female transformer is also a villain named Nightbird, a Terrorcon whose car form is a Nissan GTR.
  • Airazor is one of the Maximals in the film. Described as the "heart of the maximal", "nurturing", and rustic in design
  • Rhinox is another member of the Maximals. Desrivved as the "muscle of the group". Producer Lorenzo Bonaventura thinks he'll be a fan favorite.
  • The leader of the Maximals is Optimus Primal. Described as the "father figure of the Maximals." He shares similar values to Optimus Prime.
  • On the human said we have Noah, played by Anthony Ramos. He's from Brooklyn, living with his mom and little brother after serving in the military. He's a father figure to his little brother and he's trying to find his way after he gets back from his stint in the military. Described as a genius when it comes to electronics, he also is said to have a lot of heart and tenacity.
  • Dominique Fishback plays Elena, also from Brooklyn who works at the museum as a researcher of artifacts. She's trying to break the glass ceiling at work but her boss keeps taking credit for all of her work. She is described as a sophisticated thinker.
  • Producer Lorenzo Bonaventura said Steven Caple Jr. was chosen to direct because he could capture the scope and spectacle of the Michael Bay films but he also could capture the humanity that Travis Knight excelled at with Bumblebee. He also says Caple Jr. has Transformers in his DNA and he's coming at this project as a true fan.
  • Director Steven Caple Jr. says the film is heavily influenced by summer movies of the early '90s.
  • Even though the film does have heart and humanity, they're trying to go back to the spectacle of the Michael Bay films in terms of what they're trying to do with effects and action. Bumblebee was a bit on a smaller scale so they want to go a bit bigger while also maintaining the integrity of the characters
  • One question that stood out was since they got Peter Cullen back to voice Optimus Prime, would any other familiar voices be returning? There was some laughter and they said it was a question they couldn't answer but based on their reaction, it seems like they're trying to get more familiar vocal talent on board. Stay tuned.
  • The film hits screens on July 24, 2022.

What are YOUR thoughts about the next chapter of the Transformers franchise?

Paul Rudd visits Conan for one final Mac and Me prank

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Paul Rudd visits Conan for one final Mac and Me prank
June 22, 2021 by: Steve Seigh

Paul Rudd, the Hollywood Dorian Gray, has been a staple on Conan O’Brien’s late-night shows for decades. Over the years, from Anchorman to Ant-Man, Rudd has ended every visit with a video prank featuring a clip from the cringe-worthy E.T. rip-off MAC AND ME. After introducing a clip, a scene from the McDonald’s-funded kid’s movie would play. Shortly thereafter, the camera would return to Conan’s face looking very non-plussed. With Conan’s late-night career coming to an end this month, Rudd paid one last visit to deliver some wheelchair alien goodness.

Rudd’s final spot on the late-night show happened while Conan and Andy Richter were interviewing Saturday Night Live alum, Bill Hader. Rudd emerged from behind the stage dressed in a tuxedo and immediately began embarrassing Hader with a story about an unused SNL sketch gone bad. Rudd says that the sketch, which focused on Ed Burns, was declared by Lorne Michaels as “the worst received sketch of all time.” It’s only after embarrassing Hader that Rudd says he’s willing to share footage from the dress rehearsal. As the clip begins to play, Rudd straight up Rick Rolls Conan again by showing a hilarious clip from 1988’s Mac and Me. This is the ninth time that Rudd has pulled this stunt on Conan, proving beyond the shadow of a doubt that some jokes never get old.

You can watch the full clip of Rudd being a scamp on Conan below:

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“It’s been about 25 years of you coming on the show and you would always say ‘I’ve got a clip.’ … I would be convinced I would see the real clip,” O’Brien wailed in response. “You’re such a genuinely nice person, and you would say, ‘This movie is really important to me. I put my own money into this, and I really care about this.’ And then you pull that shit every time!”

This is truly the end of an era, folks. I hope that Rudd will find a way to haunt Conan with this clip even though O’Brien’s late-night tenure is coming to an end. Actually, Conan will probably have nightmares about this clip for years. In that way and more, Rudd’s work here is done. I salute you, Mr. Rudd. You and your modern-day Ponce de Leon ways.

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The Suicide Squad: New trailer brings all the over-the-top action

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The Suicide Squad: New trailer brings all the over-the-top action
June 22, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling

Update: A new and outrageous trailer for James Gunn’s THE SUICIDE SQUAD is finally fit for mass consumption and distribution.

As you can see, The Suicide Squad looks like the antihero thrill ride fans of Task Force X deserve. The new footage brings new jokes, bizarre battles, potty humor, and is that a malnourished werewolf? Oh, that’s just Weasel, who I’ll remind you has killed 27 children, so far. Will he strike again? Probably, if he lives through this movie. That said, my Magic 8 Ball says, “Outlook not so good.”

Original Article:

The second trailer for The Suicide Squad has arrived but it’s essentially a game of roulette trying to catch a glimpse of it because Warner Bros. has opted to debut the new look in a very interesting fashion.

Warner Bros. launched the trailer by debuting the spot via YouTube preroll ads. So, if you normally get trigger happy when it comes to “Skip Ads”, you might miss it but if you’re willing to sit through some advertisements to see what James Gunn and his team are offering up, it will be worth the wait. 

Having seen the trailer myself, I can say that Idris Elba takes center stage as Robert Dubois/Bloodsport. Although writer and director James Gunn’s offbeat humor is on display in the trailer, the tone is slightly more serious when compared to the film’s first preview. We get a better idea as to how Viola Davis’ Amanda Waller convinces Robert Dubois (Elba) to join this ragtag group of would-be heroes and it looks like how has something to do with her using the emotional connection between him and his daughter Tyla, played by Storm Reid. We also learn that he successfully shot Superman with a Kryptonite bullet, leading to his incarceration. From there we get more about what Amanda Waller needs the Squad to do and it involves following the members of Task Force X after they’re sent to the South American island of Corto Maltese to destroy Jotunheim, a Nazi-era prison, and laboratory which held political prisoners and conducted experiments.

In the trailer, we also get to see Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, John Cena as Peacemaker, Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flag, David Dastmalchian as Polka-Dot Man, Daniela Melchior as Ratcatcher 2, Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang, Peter Capaldi as Thinker, Alice Braga as Sol Soria, Pete Davidson as Blackguard, Michael Rooker as Savant, Nathan Fillion as T.D.K., Sean Gunn as Weasel, Flula Borg as Javelin, Juan Diego Botto as Silvio Luna, and Mayling Ng as Mongal. Steve Agee is also pulling double duty doing the motion capture for King Shark and starring as John Economos, while Sylvester Stallone provides the vocal talent for King Shark.

What I can appreciate about both trailers for the film is that they both set up how tonally different James Gunn’s take is going to be than what David Ayer tried to do with 2016’s Suicide Squad. The director has said he received zero interference from Warner Bros., which wasn’t the case with Ayer, and it shows even in the film’s trailers. This is very much a James Gunn movie and it looks like the movie, which is not being described as a sequel or reboot, will benefit greatly from Gunn’s creativity.

 The Suicide Squad hits screens and HBO Max on August 6, 2021. You can check out some new images from the film below!

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Borderlands celebrates production wrap with official photo of Claptrap

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Borderlands celebrates production wrap with official photo of Claptrap
June 22, 2021 by: Steve Seigh

Attention Vault Hunters! Principal photography for Eli Roth’s BORDERLANDS has officially wrapped!

You know, when I first heard that this movie was getting made, I was like, “Yeah, right.” I said to myself, “This project will fall apart in a matter of months.” Well, look at me now, eating crow with a fork and knife as if it were my last meal. Not only do I believe this movie will actually make it to theaters, but it also has major potential to be damn good.

Borderlands celebrated its production milestone on Tuesday by sharing the first official photo of Claptrap (Jack Black) from the upcoming film. Truth be told, he looks as if he had been ripped right out of the award-winning video game franchise. I know it’s been said that the movie is hoping to emulate the look of the games but damn!

Claptrap really wanted to let you all know he made it down the stairs safely. That, and the production of #BorderlandsMovie has officially wrapped! See you at the theaters in 20 ???? ???? pic.twitter.com/69NFljVjDc

— Borderlands (@BorderlandsFilm) June 22, 2021

Directed by Eli Roth, Borderlands stars Cate Blanchett as Lilith, Jamie Lee Curtis as Dr. Tannis, Kevin Hart as Roland, Arianna Greenblatt as Tiny Tina, Gina Gershon as Moxxi, Edgar Ramirez as Atlas, Janina Gavankar as Knoxx, Oliver Richters as Krom, Ryann Redmond as Ellie, Charles Babalola as Hammerlock, Steven Boyer as Scooter, Benjamin Byron Davis as Marcus, Cheyenne Jackson as Jakobs, and Bobby Lee as Larry.

Based on the best-selling PC and console gaming experience from developer Gearbox Software and publisher 2K, a wholly owned label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc., “Borderlands” has sold more than 66 million units sold worldwide, including over 24 million units of “Borderlands 2,” which is the highest-selling title in the history of 2K. The most recent installment, “Borderlands 3,” which launched in September 2019 and was recently released for the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, has sold more than 11 million units worldwide and was honored with the award for Best Multiplayer Game at Gamescom 2019 and Best Ongoing Game at Gamescom 2020.

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What do you think of Claptrap’s look for the new film? It’s scarily accurate to the source material if you ask me. Do you think the entire film will have a cel-shaded look to it? I’m almost afraid to find out. Hopefully, we won’t have to wait long to find out.

Borderlands will blow a bunch of sh*t up on screen in 2022.

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Only Murders in the Building: Martin, Short, and Gomez star in crime comedy

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Only Murders in the Building: Martin, Short, and Gomez star in crime comedy
June 22, 2021 by: Steve Seigh

Hulu has released a teaser for its upcoming comedy series Only Murders in the Building, starring Steve Martin, Martin Short, and Selena Gomez as three super sleuths looking to solve a local mystery.

Per Hulu, Only Murders In The Building follows three strangers (Steve Martin, Martin Short, and Selena Gomez) who share an obsession with true crime and suddenly find themselves wrapped up in one. When a grisly death occurs inside their exclusive Upper West Side apartment building, the trio suspects murder and employs their precise knowledge of true crime to investigate the truth. As they record a podcast of their own to document the case, the three unravel the complex secrets of the building which stretch back years. Perhaps even more explosive are the lies they tell one another. Soon, the endangered trio comes to realize a killer might be living amongst them as they race to decipher the mounting clues before it’s too late.

Only Murders in the Building is co-created by Steve Martin and John Hoffman (Grace & Frankie). Martin and Hoffman also executive produce alongside Short, Gomez, Jamie Babbitt, Dan Fogelman (This is Us), and Jess Rosenthal.

It's been ages since I last saw Martin and Short sharing a screen. Both are comedic legends in their own right, who've teamed for multiple projects in the past, including Father of the Bride, and my personal favorite, Three Amigos. Meanwhile, Gomez's star only continues to rise as she explores both her singing and acting career. These three talents together have the chance to create something special with Only Murders in the Building, and I can't wait to check it out.

Only Murders in the Building premieres August 31, 2021, on Hulu, with new episodes airing weekly.

 

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His Dark Materials: Production begins on third and final season

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His Dark Materials: Production begins on third and final season
June 22, 2021 by: Steve Seigh

HBO and BBC One have begun production on the third and final season of His Dark Materials. The eight-episode presentation is based on "The Amber Spyglass," the final novel in Phillip Pullman's legendary fantasy trilogy. Production has been set up at Wolf Studios Wales and on location throughout Wales and England.

To mark the show's production start, HBO shared a photo of Dafne Keen and Amir Wilson celebrating the first take of the new season.

Season 3 is poised to be the show's most ambitious yet as Will (Amir Wilson), the bearer of The Subtle Knife, and Lyra (Dafne Keen), the prophesized child, travel through multiple worlds to find and protect each other.

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Returning to the series is Dafne Keen as Lyra, Amir Wilson as Will, Ruth Wilson as Mrs. Coulter, Simone Kirby as Mary Malone, Will Keen as Father President McPhail, Jade Anouka as Ruta Skadi, Ruta Gedminstas as Serafina Pekkala, and James McAvoy as Lord Asriel.

Newly added cast members include Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Commander Ogunwe, Jamie Ward as Father Gomez, Kobna Holbrook-Smith; Simon Harrison and Chipo Chung are the rebel angels “Balthamos, Baruch and Xaphania. Lastly, Amber Fitzgerald-Woolfe plays Ama.

Francesca Orsi, Executive Vice President, HBO Programming, said, “It has been a joy watching audiences embrace this incredible journey of self-discovery, friendship, and purpose with Lyra over the past two seasons. Jane, Dan, and everyone on the Bad Wolf team have done such a tremendous job bringing Philip’s beloved world to life, and I cannot wait for the fans to get a front-row seat to all that is in store in this gripping and poignant final chapter.”

Amit Gupta, Charles Martin, and Weronika Tofilska will be your directors for the final season of His Dark Materials. Will you be ready to wave goodbye to the daemons and danger that Pullman's story delivers when the final season comes to a close?

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Snow White: Rachel Zegler lands title role in Disney live-action adaptation

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Snow White: Rachel Zegler lands title role in Disney live-action adaptation
June 22, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling

Rachel Zegler’s breakout role as Maria in Steven Spielberg’s retelling of West Side Story has yet to be seen but the young actress has already found her next big role. “Deadline” reports that Zegler is taped to play Snow White in Disney’s live-action adaptation of the classic animated film. Marc Webb is set to direct with production expected to start in 2022.

Talking about Zegler, director Marc Webb said, “Rachel’s extraordinary vocal abilities are just the beginning of her gits. Her strength, intelligence, and optimism will become an integral part of rediscovering the joy in this classic Disney fairytale.” In addition to casting Zegler, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, the duo behind La La Land, The Greatest Showman, and Dear Evan Hansen, will write new songs for the project. According to “Deadline“, the reason the studio has taken its time on this adaptation is that they wanted to get the music just right. The higher-ups at the studio are said to be very excited about what the duo has come up with for the movie.

Zegler’s auditions for the role impressed everyone at the studio but it was early footage seen from West Side Story, which is being released by Disney-owned 20th Century, that blew everyone away. Despite meeting with different talent for several months, Webb and studio execs kept coming back to Zegler and that pushed their decision to ultimately cast her. Zegler is no stranger to big auditions. The up-and-coming actress, as a 17-year-old high schooler, beat out more than 30,000 actresses for the role of Maria opposite Ansel Elgort and Rita Moreno in West Side Story. That film hits screens on December 10, 2021.

The casting is also in line with Disney diversifying their Disney Princess characters. This started with casting Halle Bailey to headline the upcoming live-action The Little Mermaid as Ariel and it continues with Zegler. The actress will also be seen joining Zachary Levin in DC’s Shazam! Fury of the Gods. Talk about landing some serious big breaks.

What are YOUR thoughts on Rachel Zegler’s casting as Snow White?

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The Fast and the Furious: Universal celebrates 20 years of the Fast saga

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The Fast and the Furious: Universal celebrates 20 years of the Fast saga
June 22, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling

On June 22, 2001, THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS raced onto the big screen and surprised everyone following its instant success. I don’t think anyone saw it coming that a film based on a “Vibe Magazine” article titled “Racer X”, written by Ken Li, would make much of an impression and it’s highly doubtful that it could be predicted that it would be the beginning of a franchise that has grossed $5.1 billion+ worldwide to date across 8 films. Fast & Furious 9 has only added to that number with an overseas total approaching $300 million before its domestic release this Friday on June 25, 2021. A new 60-second spot, which details where it all began and where it’s headed now, celebrates 20 years of one of the biggest franchises in the world.

Before becoming The Avengers of the car industry, The Fast and the Furious was grounded on a more realistic level. Ken Li’s “Racer X” article, which detailed the illegal street racing circuit operating within New York City, provided the framework for the story but the film probably owes a bit more of a debt to 1991’s Point Break. In that film, Johnny Utah (Keanu Reeves) goes undercover to catch a gang of surfers who may be bank robbers. In The Fast and the Furious, Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker) is an undercover cop tasked with discovering the identities of a group of unknown automobile hijackers led by Dominic Torretto (Vin Diesel). Walker had the same likable surfer-boy charm that made Reeves an unlikely action star and Diesel’s Torretto essentially takes on the role of Patrick Swayze’s Bodhi in Point Break. This is not a slight against The Fast and the Furious. Calling the film “Point Break with cars” never felt like an insult to me. Every generation has a film that pays some kind of homage to a film that came before it as it’s embraced by a new audience. Having being 15-years-old when I saw The Fast and the Furious on opening night 20 years ago, I’d proudly call it the Point Break of my generation.

The first film received mixed reviews from critics upon release, scoring a 53% on Rotten Tomatoes. There was also some indication in the industry that the film would get lost in the summer shuffle of 2001. Sometimes what the demographic wants isn’t entirely obvious. I remember there was legit excitement from my friends to see it and I ended up going with a friend first to catch on opening night before seeing it again with a bigger group of friends. Across 20 years and eight films, that friend and I have seen each one on opening night and it’s a tradition that will continue when the ninth installment opens Friday. Coming out into its opening weekend back in 2001, Doctor Doolittle 2 opened during the same timeframe and it was expected to dominate the box office while The Fast and the Furious was expected to be a minor hit at best. Media outlets did not expect to wake up Monday morning and not only report that The Fast and the Furious was the number one movie in America, but that it also already exceeded its $38 million budget with its better than expected $40 million debut. By the end of its run, the film had grossed $144.5 million domestically and $207.2 million worldwide, which seems like chump change now compared to what the films are grossing now.

Do You think the group of actors in the above photo saw any of this coming? I think that’s why the Fast saga has endured this long. It really didn’t follow the exact blueprint of what makes a successful franchise. Hell, by the time The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift was released in 2006 and became the lowest-grossing film of the franchise, it seemed like that would be all she wrote. 2009’s Fast & Furious made the wise decision of bringing the principal cast of Paul Walker, Vin Diesel, Jordana Brewster, and Michelle Rodriguez back into the fold after some of them were absent from the previous sequels. The concept of the “Fast Family” really starts here and this is when the franchise began to scale unheard of box office heights with the release of each sequel that followed. Action set pieces became bigger and a bit more unrealistic but it was all grounded by an ensemble cast that we began riding with back in 2001. That is the heart of the franchise. The overtop action is merely an added bonus to provide moviegoers with some much-needed popcorn entertainment. That concept of family got the cast through tragedy (the untimely passing of Paul Walker before he could finish Furious 7) and little squabbles amongst the cast that naturally happens when you’re so close (the now patched up rift between Dwayne Johnson, Vin Diesel, and Tyrese Gibson). As the main franchise preps to wrap up with two more films, it feels like the fan response to this franchise is stronger than ever and shows no sign of slowing down after 20 years.

Universal Pictures is planning a lot throughout the day to celebrate the 20th anniversary of The Fast and the Furious and a lot of it can be found on social media by following the hashtag #Fast20Anniversary following the @TheFastSaga page. Also, if you want to catch the first film on the big screen again, Cinemark Theatres will screen the movie at over 300 screens nationwide. Tickets are available now! Lastly, in partnership with Facebook, The Fast Saga page launched a first-of-its-kind “second screen” chat experience exclusively for Messenger along with a custom 360-degree background and chat theme (also available on Instagram). This interactive experience answers movie watchers’ burning questions and offers never-before-seen photos in real-time as they’re streaming their favorite Fast Saga films. Check it out by visiting The Fast Saga Facebook page and clicking “Send Message” to start.

What are YOUR memories of The Fast and the Furious as it celebrates its 20th Anniversary?

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Red Notice: Dwayne Johnson teases release date announcement for Netflix film

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Red Notice: Dwayne Johnson teases release date announcement for Netflix film
June 22, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling

Dwayne Johnson is no stranger to go big or go home and that couldn’t be any more clear with his upcoming Netflix film, RED NOTICE. Co-starring Ryan Reynolds and Gal Gadot, the film is one of the most expensive Netflix movies made to date with a reported budget of $200 million+. Taking to his Instagram page, Johnson is teasing a big release date announcement coming soon that has some fans thinking we will see the film over the Thanksgiving weekend thanks to his post ending with the hashtag #holidays2021.

 

 
 

 

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In Red Notice, Johnson plays an Interpol agent named Rusty, who is said to be the world’s greatest tracker. He comes together with Gadot’s world’s greatest art thief and Reynolds’ world’s greatest conman. A Red Notice is a global alert to hunt and capture the world’s most wanted but when a daring heist brings these three together, there’s no telling what will happen. The film also stars Ritu Arya and Chris Diamantopoulos.

Red Notice began filming in early 2020 and the shoot managed to reach completion by November of the same year, despite the onset of the global pandemic. Johnson referred to the work being done on set to keep everyone safe as the “most aggressive health and safety Covid measures in all of Hollywood.” While many other productions suffered substantial film delays throughout the year due to the pandemic, Red Notice managed to keep on trucking virtually unscathed.

Are YOU excited to see Red Notice?

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Fast & Furious: Vin Diesel confirms Cardi B is returning for Fast 10

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Fast & Furious: Vin Diesel confirms Cardi B is returning for Fast 10
June 22, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling

It looks like Cardi B is sticking with the Fast family. The rapper and sometimes-actress has a cameo role in Fast & Furious 9 and Vin Diesel has confirmed that will expand into a larger role when Cardi B returns in Fast 10.

Diesel confirmed the news of Cardi B’s return during a chat with Entertainment Tonight. Diesel said, “We are very much excited to evolve her character and to expand it to the finale. She made it just in time. She came in Fast 9 just in time.” Cardi B appears in Fast 9 as a character named Leysa, who has a connection to Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto. The rapper actually hinted at her Fast 10 role in an interview from the set of Fast 9:

“Well, my management said Vin Diesel reached out and was talking about a role that on the next Fast & Furious would become a bigger role, and I’m like, ‘Ahhhh, why not?'”

Cardi B’s most notable big-screen appearance was in 2019’s Hustlers. Cardi B has a handful of scenes in that film and was actually pretty decent in it. She went on to explain how the Fast crew lured into the ninth film by saying “I was a little over doing short appearances in films, and I’m like, ‘it’s frickin’ Fast & Furious,’ so I was like, ‘Get me there. Put me on a plane.'”

Something about this just feels right and I’m here for it. How many movies can say they have Helen Mirren and Cardi B? It’s a beautiful distinction that just adds to the reasons I love this franchise. 

Are YOU excited that Cardi B is returning? Fast & Furious 9 hits screen this Friday, June 25, 2021.

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