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    New Trailer for 'Suicide Squad' Unveiled at MTV Movie Awards

    After the much publicized, negative reaction to the utter 'darkness' and 'seriousness' of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Warner Bros. knows they need to play up the 'fun' and 'entertainment' of Suicide Squad to ensure audiences (and critics) aren't turned off by their DCEU before it even starts.

    Last night, we received our newest look at the film during the MTV Movie Awards, and sure enough, the preview does its job at selling a heck of a good time at the movies.

    In the trailer you can view above, we get more footage of Jared Leto as the Joker along with more comedic lines and banter between the team of Task Force X (we also receive quite a few glimpses of Ben Affleck's Batman though the actor is never actually seen in the trailer).

    Honestly, I expect the film to be received much better by both critics and audiences when it hits cinemas in August. It's definitely got more of a playful tone, but along with that, it's got a great director in David Ayer leading the project which is more than I can say for Zack Snyder, who in my opinion, is one of the main reasons Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has received such poor reviews and frankly, isn't a worthy director to handle such big budget films.

    Anyway, enjoy the newest look at Suicide Squad.

    The film - starring Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman, Jai Courtney, Cara Delevingne, Jay Hernandez, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Adam Beach and Viola Davis - hits theaters August 5th.

    Source: Warner Bros.


    Robin Wright Joins 'Blade Runner' Sequel

    With production set to kick off this summer, news hit over the weekend that Robin Wright is in final negotiations to join the cast of the yet untitled Blade Runner sequel.

    Alcon Entertainment - who purchased the franchise rights back in 2011 - has apparently been after Wright for quite some time for an undisclosed role in the film but her avaibility was in question due to her House of Cards schedule, which is currently in its fourth season on Netflix. The studio reportedly was able to work out things out and a deal is expected to close soon.

    The film - to be directed by Denis Villeneuve (Sicario, Prisoners) - is set several decades after the original sci-fi classic which took place in Los Angeles 2019. Harrison Ford is reprising his role as Rick Deckard and will be joined by Ryan Gosling in a still unknown role.

    The screenplay was written by Hampton Fancher (co-writer of the original) and Michael Green, and based on a story by Fancher himself and Ridley Scott (director of the orginal).

    The Blade Runner sequel is scheduled to hit theaters January 18th, 2018.

    Source: Variety


    David Ayer to Direct Will Smith & Joel Edgerton in 'Bright'

    News hit last night that director David Ayer and Will Smith - who recently worked together on the upcoming Suicide Squad (hitting theaters August 5th) - are reteaming on Bright, a contemporary cop thriller with a fantastical twist. No other plot details are known at the moment but the project is out to bidders with a mandate to both finance and produce the prospective film.

    Joel Edgerton (Black Mass, Warrior) is also attached to star with the film's script being written by Max Landis (Chronicle).

    Edgerton - if you may recall - had been up for a role in Suicide Squad after Tom Hardy originally dropped out of that project.

    Ayer and Smith obviously built a good relationship working together on Suicide Squad to attach themselves to another film and Edgerton is a guy who seemingly can do no wrong nowadays having had a slew of films hitting recently (his directorial debut, The Gift, as well as Jane Got a Gun) as well as this year's Midnight Special and the interracial drama Loving).

    We'll keep you posted on more regarding this project as prospective buyers are expected to submit their bids in the coming days.

    Source: Deadline


    Tye Sheridan to Lead Steven Speilberg's 'Ready Player One'

    We've been waiting a while for this news, but we finally have word on who will be playing Wade Watts in Steven Speilberg's adaption of Ernest Cline's Ready Player One:

    Tye Sheridan.

    The young actor who has done great work in such films as Tree of Life and Mud, will lead the cast which also includes Olivia Cooke (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl) as Samantha Cook/Art3mis and Ben Mendelsohn (Killing Them Softly) as Nolan Sorrento.

    Sheridan's role as Wade Wilson is also that of Parzival, the name of his avatar in the virtual world of OASIS.

    Warner Bros. recently moved the release date of Ready Player One to March 30th, 2018 after Disney shifted Star Wars: Episode VIII to its original December 15, 2017 slot.

    Read the full synopsis for Ready Player One below:

    [via Amazon]:

    In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he's jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade's devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world's digital confines—puzzles that are based on their creator's obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. 
    But when Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade's going to survive, he'll have to win—and confront the real world he's always been so desperate to escape.

    In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he's jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade's devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world's digital confines—puzzles that are based on their creator's obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them.    But when Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade's going to survive, he'll have to win—and confront the real world he's always been so desperate to escape. 

    Source: Deadline 


    New Trailer for '10 Cloverfield Lane'

    I'll admit, I never saw Cloverfield.

    I recall in the summer of 2007 when its surprise trailer hit and no one had a clue what the film was about other than it looked to be a monster movie in the vain of Godzilla with J.J. Abrams producing. A title was also never revealed, up until a few months before it's release in January 2008.

    Fast forward eight years later to just a month ago, we got a surprise announcement trailer for a film again produced by J.J. Abrams, only this time the action looks to take place in a underground bunker with an old man (John Goodman) seemingly keeping a young woman (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) and man (John Gallagher Jr.) imprisoned. We soon learn though that they're merely being kept there for protection from what's outside. Its title was revealed as 10 Cloverfield Lane, an almost companion sequel to Cloverfield.

    Last night during the mid-season premeire of The Walking Dead, Paramount debuted a new 60-second trailer for the film, showing us most footage we've already seen, along with a few new scenes of dialouge (with J.J. Abrams, he's never going to reveal more than he has to).

    From all accounts, the film looks to be suspenseful, scary, well-acted, and of course, a complete mystery.

    Take a look at the new preview above and comment on what you think.

    10 Cloverfield Lane opens March 11th.

    Source: Paramount Pictures


    Focus Features To Distribute Interracial Marriage Drama 'Loving'

    Last October, I did a write-up on the Jeff Nichols' in-production feature, Loving, based on the true story of Richard and Mildred Loving who fought for their marriage rights after being exiled from their home state of Virginia in 1958. Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga were set as the lead characters, with frequent Nichols collaborator, Michael Shannon, also a part of the cast.

    Since then, the film has been completed and readying itself for a distribution deal. Low and behold, today we have news that Focus Features has acquired the rights, paying $9 million to distribute both in North America and throughout most international territories.

    The deal was made off of promo footage shown to buyers last night.

    It's expected the film will get an end-of-year release with a strong push going into awards season.

    This is great news for all involved in the making of this film as its story seems quite appropriate and engaging in our currents times. Not to mention, Jeff Nichols has long been due for his breakout film and this looks to finally be it.

    More to come on this project as it becomes available.

    Source: Deadline


    Final 'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice' Trailer is...Alright

    A lot has been made of the marketing - or should I say 'mismanaged marketing' - of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

    We got a pretty decent teaser trailer last spring, an utterly fantastic Comic Con trailer back in the summer, then during the holidays, a much criticized theatrical trailer which many thought revealed way too much as well as an over-reliance on CGI.

    This has caused 'good, but not great' excitement and buzz online, with box office pundits predicting lower than expected returns and preparations by fans for a less-than-stellar film.

    Yesterday - with over a month to go before the film's release - Warner Bros. released the film's final trailer which is set to play before 20th Century Fox's Deadpool this weekend.

    It's safe to say the trailer

    Long gone is the dramatic beats and epic score that encompassed trailers for films like The Dark Knight Rises or Man of Steel. Here, we have what amounts to almost rock music playing against wall-to-wall action and fun.

    Now granted, I understand what the studio is trying to do here: They want to build up excitement and enthusiasm for a film which is suppose to launch their DC Cinematic Universe. I'm just not sure going the 'we need to get teen boys and young men to go see this movie' route is the best way to go.

    Say what you will about how Marvel conducts their business, but they know what tone and demographic they're going for in all the trailers for their films. Warner Bros., on the other hand, doesn't seem to know what tone to sell the public, which shows inconsistency and a lack of confidence in their product. Audiences pick up on that.

    Now I could be wrong on all this. The film can open next month and blow everything out of the water with great reviews and massive box office, kick-starting the next comic book movie universe into high-gear. But at the same time, I also wouldn't be surprised if the film opens to so-so reviews and delivers decent but not stellar box office results a la Man of Steel.

    We'll find out soon enough.

    Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, starring Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Jesse Eisenberg, Jeremy Irons, Holly Hunter, Callan Mulvey, Tao Okamoto, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne, Diane Lane and directed by Zack Snyder, hits theaters worldwide March 25.

    Soure: Warner Bros.


    Super Bowl 50 Gives First Look at 'Jason Bourne'

    While the big game may have been underwhelming (defense wins championships), Universal dropped the first footage of the newest Bourne film - now officially titled Jason Bourne - which brings back franchise star Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass (The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Ultimatum).

    The spot still offers little insight into what the actual plot of the new film is, but as we can see, Bourne looks to be partaking in underground fighting and once again living off the grid until something brings him out of hiding. As the last line uttered in the preview goes (which I believe is spoken by Alicia Viklander), he's 'the perfect weapon'.

    I for one love the first footage as well as the new title, which is a change-up from the usual branding as this looks to be both a follow-up yet new chapter in the Bourne series. I only wonder if anything will be mentioned of the Damon-less sequel, The Bourne Legacy, which opened in 2012 starring Jeremy Renner as a new character named Aaron Cross. That film had so-so results at the box office and with critics and is unlikely he'll be back for this new film

    Anyway, enjoy the first look at Jason Bourne below which also stars Tommy Lee Jones, Vincent Cassel and Julia Stiles.

    It hits theaters July 29th.

    Source: Universal


    A Level-Headed Opinion on This Oscars 'Diversity' Issue

    If you've been paying attention since the Academy Award nominations were announced a little over two weeks ago, you've probably noticed the outcry and uproar over the lack of 'diversity' in the selections made.

    In all four acting categories, every nominee is white. In the Best Director category, only Alejandro Inarritu is non-white. And in the Best Picture category, every film is led by a primarily white cast.

    Black celebrities such as Spike Lee and Jada Pinkett Smith have pledged to not show up for the awards show on February 28th, as has Will Smith himself who was not nominated for his starring role in Concussion.

    Many have called for the show's host, Chris Rock, to dropout of his duties, though the comedian has stated he will not.

    With this outrage gaining massive media attention as well as criticism of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the organization announced just last week that it will double it's number of both women and minority members by 2020.

    While I understand a more 'diverse' voting body is a good thing, I believe all this outrage is misplaced.

    Over the past 15 years, what do Denzel Washington, Forest Whitaker, Will Smith, Morgan Freeman, Jamie Foxx, Terrence Howard, Don Cheadle, Djimon Hounsou, Barkhad Abdi, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Eddie Murphy, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Gabourey Sidibe, Mo'Nique, Lupita Nyong'o, Halle Berry, Quvenzhané Wallis, Queen Latifah, Sophie Okonedo, Jennfer Hudson, Ruby Dee and Taraji P. Henson have in common? They're are all black actors and actresses that have either been nominated for and/or won an Oscar, some more than once.

    While the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences isn't perfect - and again, a more 'diverse' voting body is a good thing - history has shown that when a great performance by an actor or actress is given and deemed the 'Top 5 Best of the Year', they will more than likely honor that individual, regardless of their skin color.

    The problem, I believe, is the lack of great roles for these aforementioned black actors and actresses (as well as plenty of others) to play. I don't think this is mainly an 'Academy Awards' problem, as so much a 'film industry' problem. Awards are based on merit and excellence, not diversity. If there aren't great roles and opportunities for black actors and actresses (along with any other minority actor or actress), there is nothing to nominate them for. No one cried out this year when the National Board of Film Critics didn't nominate any actor or actress of color. Same with the New York Film Critics, or the Los Angeles Film Critics. Even the Screen Actors Guild Awards - where actors and actresses themselves are the voting body - only selected one actor of color for nomination (Idris Elba for Beasts of No Nation). The Academy Awards basically followed suit with every other voting body in the film industry this year and nominated those who were the best. They can't control the pool of which to nominate. That's a damn film industry problem that needs to be addressed and changed.

    Oh, and Will Smith, just because you decide to do a dramatic role once every five years, doesn't mean you automatically get an Oscar nomination. It doesn't work that way. And for all your talk of diversity, what do the names F. Gary Gray, Antoine Fuqua, Spike Lee, John Singleton, Lee Daniels, Tyler Perry and the Hughes Bros. have in common? They're all black directors, and in your near 20 years in Hollywood, you've never worked with a single one.

    Neither has George Clooney, neither has Matt Damon.

    Keep that in mind when these actors criticize about diversity, and yet have never used their own power to change it.


    Paramount Pictures Pulls 'Terminator: Genisys 2' Off Release Schedule

    Terminator fans rejoice!

    After getting smacked in the face by Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines in 2003, sucker punched by Terminator Salvation in 2009, and just this past summer, kicked in the groin by Terminator: Genisys, it looks like their once great, beloved franchise is officially dead and can no longer cause harm.

    Paramount Pictures has yanked the Terminator: Genisys 2 - which had been dated for May 19th, 2017 - off their release schedule. This news all but confirms we will not be seeing a Terminator film again for a very long time.

    Once again starring Arnold Schwarzenegger - along with Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney and Jason Clarke - the fifth entry in the sci-fi franchise opened last summer to awful reviews and a measly $90 million in domestic box office (though China saved it's international gross with a worldwide total of $440 million).

    A Terminator: Genisys 3 had also been dated for June 2018, but that is forgone to be erased as well as the studio has seemingly lost all interest in continuing the saga.

    So what does this all mean?

    Well, thanks to new U.S. copyright laws, James Cameron will receive the rights back to his original creation in 2019; 35 years after he once sold the rights for $1 to his former producing partner Gale Ann Hurd in 1984.

    There's no word on what Cameron will actually due with the rights once he gets them back (he might shove them in a drawer and collect dust for the next 20 years), but all fans are certainly hoping he'll have the urge to finally make a new Terminator film they've been waiting for since Terminator 2: Judgment Day hit in the summer of 1991.

    As always, we shall see.

    Source: Deadline, Paramount Pictures