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There were not many ways to get me excited in a Mummy reboot, the first in a planned series of connected movies linking The Wolfman, Dracula, Frankenstein and more, but Universal has found a way. Tom Cruise is in talks to star in The Mummy and is expected to take a major role in developing the new monster universe.
After Guardians of the Galaxy, one of the major unanswered questions revolved around who was actually the father of Peter Quill. There were some hints in the movie (he’s a member of an “ancient race”), and Gunn has gone on the record as saying it wouldn’t be J’son, Quill’s father in the comics. So who is it?
Flame off? After Fantastic Four’s hugely disappointing opening earlier this year, Fox initially claimed they were still moving ahead with a sequel, keeping the planned June 9, 2017 release date. But, after a closer look at the situation and perhaps a good dose of common sense, Fox has removed Fantastic Four 2 from their release schedule.
Earlier today, Matt Singer wrote an article all about the “Legacyquel” phenomenon where “beloved aging stars reprise classic roles and pass the torch to younger successors.” Recent examples include Creed, Star Wars: The Force Awakens and X-Men: Days of Future Past. One film that almost got added to that list is the now-defunct Aliens sequel where director Neill Blomkamp’s proposed follow-up would’ve had Sigourney Weaver returning co-star alongside a now-grown Newt, who would be the franchise’s new action hero.
Chris Hemsworth certainly looks the part of a man who’s been stranded at sea; at least 30 pounds lighter than his Thor physique. The shabby clothes hang off him like a kid playing dress up with his parents’ clothes. Don’t get me wrong: behind the beard, the dirt and the sackcloths, Chris Hemsworth is still a pretty handsome dude (it’s almost not fair). I was able to speak with Hemsworth for a few moments about what it was like to build up all that muscle, lose it again, and then have to build it all back up.
Up until this point, Star Wars: The Force Awakens footage has been doled out in bite-size increments — two seconds here, one second there — but last night on the American Music Awards, Lucasfilm debuted the first full Star Wars clip, giving you a longer and better sense of how these new characters interact on screen.
While the night was short of massive revelations (no, Luke Skywalker talk here), there were plenty of interesting, fascinating and hilarious stories as the show formally got started. Here’s the night’s greatest hits.
Have you ever wanted to hear Robert De Niro talk about Queen Latifah taking a s— in his mouth? Well, good news, because that day has arrived! If you thought the first Dirty Grandpa trailer was something, wait until you see this new red-band trailer, which lets De Niro get more dirty than you ever needed to see and hear.
Once upon a time, there was a movie called Snow White and the Huntsman and it was fine. It made an OK amount of money and people didn’t seem to actively hate it. It just was. There was the requisite talk of a sequel, though the same kind of talk that comes after any movie performs even mildly profitable at the box office. Kristen Stewart, the actual Snow White in the movie, would not be returning, so surely they wouldn’t actually make a sequel, would they? Oh, they did. And it’s something.
Just the other day, director Ridley Scott slipped (?) and revealed the new title for his upcoming Prometheus sequel would be Alien: Covenant. This was news to many, considering Scott previously slipped and revealed the title was Alien: Paradise Lost...