The only people who still regularly play board games are adults: 30-somethings who drink craft beer, elderly people who get bored and raid the nursing home activity closet, my mom’s overly-competitive boyfriend. Some kids play them, sure — but it’s usually begrudgingly during forced “family night,” or if they come from one of those homes without TVs and where the only magazines are Highlights. There’s a reason why you can play Monopoly and Scrabble on your iPhone now, which is why it’s not surprising that the new Jumanji movie doesn’t center around a tangible board game, but a video game.
“We all float down here.” That’s what the evil entity, disguised as a sinister clown named Pennywise, says to little Georgie Denbrough before he lures the kid into a rain gutter in the opening of Stephen King’s classic horror novel, It. That terrifying moment has been reimagined in an eerie teaser poster for the highly-anticipated new movie adaptation of King’s story, boasting a tagline that feels like more of a promise than a threat.
Luc Besson’s Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets looks like The Fifth Element with the voltage cranked up 5 notches. The new movie has more aliens, more special effects, and looks even wackier than the 1997 sci-fi classic. The second trailer for the film debuts online tomorrow, but we got a sneak peek at the footage and caught up with Besson and his star Dane Dehaan earlier this week.
Following yesterday’s debut of the first two images from the new Tomb Raider movie comes another sneak peek at Alicia Vikander as iconic video game hero Lara Croft — and yep, she definitely looks like she’s gonna do some tomb-raiding. Warner Bros. has also revealed the first (very) full official synopsis for the film, which hits theaters next March. They’re really getting a jump on this thing, huh?
We’ve speculated for a while that Brenton Thwaites was playing Will Turner’s son in the upcoming fifth installment of Pirates of the Caribbean. But Disney has been quiet on the matter, merely describing Thwaites’ Henry sans surname, as only “a headstrong young sailor in the Royal Navy.” A new behind the scenes featurette from the studio has officially confirmed that Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley’s characters are indeed Henry’s parents.
After the Avengers defeat the bad guys and the credits roll, who cleans up the mess? Who clears the debris, sweeps up the scraps, and collects all those bits and pieces of alien / mystical / foreign objects — you know, the stuff pedestrians probably shouldn’t get their hands on? Whether you’re a casual or more committed fan of the Marvel universe (or superheroes in general), you’ve likely pondered this very question. Spider-Man: Homecoming will finally give us an answer.
What is a David Gordon Green film? The answer to this question has perplexed film scholars for years now: he began his career with the dreamy lyricism of tone poems George Washington and All the Real Girls, took a detour into stoner comedy with Your Highness and Pineapple Express, returned to difficult character studies for Prince Avalanche and Joe (or as I like to call it, Irrefutable Evidence That Nicolas Cage Is Still a Good Actor), then whipped up a studio-sized flop in haywire political satire Our Brand Is Crisis. Predicting his next move is all but impossible, so what luck that today brings the official news of what he’ll do next — and prepare yourself, because it just as incongruous with the rest of his scattered filmography as you’d expect.
Though he looks like he eats cement and can crack dudes in half like Bane snapping Batman across his knee, John Cena’s just a big ol’ softie on the inside. The professional fighter has always been warm and cordial to his many fans, he loves posting dumb jokes online (the ultimate Celebrities! They‘re Just Like Us move), and he proved himself a game comic performer in 2015’s Trainwreck with Amy Schumer and Sisters starring Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. In this respect, he’s the perfect choice to voice Ferdinand, a mighty bull with a kind and gentle heart. If the role was any more squarely in Cena’s wheelhouse, he’d be romancing an esteemed comedic actress.
Last week Natalie Portman starred in the new music video for James Blake’s “My Willing Heart.” The stunning black and white video, directed by Anna Rose Holmer, seemed like a random collaboration between Portman, The Fits director, and the British musician – you know, cool creatives just hanging out making art. But it turns out Portman and Holmer have another project underway.
The suit makes the man, and that’s seldom more true than for the superhero set. Batman would be another joe-schmo billionaire industrialist without the arsenal of weaponry built into his armor, Iron Man would literally die without his hardware, and now we can add Peter Parker to the list of superheroes whose own clothes act as unofficial sidekick. In the latest trailer for upcoming threeboot Spider-Man: Homecoming, we get a glimpse of some nifty new modifications (courtesy of Stark Industries) to Spidey’s trademark red-and-blue spandex. A new generation’s Spider-Man needs some modern upgrades, and the latest iteration of the suit includes a detachable mini-drone and what I can only describe as “skintight suction technology.”