A sequel to the 2009 hit horror-comedy (but mostly comedy) Zombieland has been teased for some time, (there was even going to be an Amazon series at one point) but it wasn’t until earlier this year that the wheels seemed to have finally been set in motion. Via a surprise logo reveal, Zombieland 2 was officially announced at CinemaCon in April, with the writers who are also working on Deadpool 2 on board to pen the script.
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Last Friday, producer Jack Morrissey posted several pieces of concept art and behind-the-scenes photos from Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast remake. It gave us our first real look at Luke Evans’ dastardly Gaston, as well as Lumiere and Cogsworth, voiced by Ewan McGregor and Ian McKellen, respectively. It looks like we should’ve kept an eye on Morrissey’s Facebook page because the producer shared one more photo later in the day, and this one gives us our first behind-the-scenes look at Dan Stevens as the eponymous Beast.
He might not be able to shoot actual webbing from his hands, but that doesn’t mean Tom Holland will be leaving all the stunts in Spider-Man: Homecoming up to the wizardry of CGI.
Y’know those back to school ads for Staples? The ones that repurpose the Christmas standard “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” to celebrate children going back class? I always hated those ads as a kid. Going back to school was not a time to celebrate. It was a time for grief and mourning.
There were a lot of rumors about perennial DC Comics bad guys Deathstroke the Terminator showing up in Suicide Squad. He’s gonna be in the movie! (He wasn’t.) He’s gonna be a hired assassin competing with the Suicide Squad! (He didn’t.) He’s the breakout character in the movie! (He wasn’t.) Scott Eastwood’s gonna play him! (He didn’t.) So, so many stories about this character who wound up not being in the movie at all, in any way.
Critics of the DC Cinematic Universe have often pointed out that Warner Bros. has tried to crawl before they can walk, choosing to stuff their movies with as many recognizable villains and superheroes as possible instead of slowly ramping up their exposure for movie fans. And while I am certainly not as pessimistic about the future of the DCU as others, I will agree that Warner Bros. too often seems to include three or more characters when one or two would suffice. So it’s not particularly surprising to hear a rumor that the standalone Flash movie will feature — you guessed it — as many villains as possib
In a summer filled with misfires and box office disappointments, the horror genre has kept its head above the water. The Conjuring 2 crossed the $100 million mark. Lights Out was a gigantic sleeper hit. And now, Don’t Breathe has closed out August with a surprising bang, dethroning Suicide Squad with a very strong opening weekend.
Even months before the movie was released, it was pretty obvious that Thor had no real place in Captain America: Civil War. That film was rooted in political intrigue and manipulation of trust; Chris Hemsworth’s Thor is really more of the Mary Poppins of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, not really worrying so much about the day-to-day and just popping in whenever he’s needed the most. To remain true to the character, there was no scenario in which Thor did not just roll his eyes and head back to Asgard until the whole thing had blown over.
Good things come to those who wait; that’s what my mother used to say, anyways. Odds are she was just being polite and not thinking about the first standalone Star Wars movie, but it’s a sentiment that certainly applies here. We spent time waiting for the first Rogue One: A Star Wars Story teaser trailer, and then the first and second theatrical trailers, and then we were waiting for Empire Magazine to launch its October issue that has several new images from the movie. It would seem that life as a Star Wars fan is made up of waiting.
We’ve all complained about Hollywood’s increasingly monochromatic color scale from time to time. It seems that no blockbuster franchise is immune to a post-production color correction that turns everything into the shame shades of dull and dingy. So while reactions to the new Ghostbusters movie were more than a little split — that seems like the charitable way to put it — I hope that most people could agree that the bright splashes of color in the new movie were a breath of fresh air for studio films. Fluorescent purples, yellow, and greens are a nice change of pace from browns, blacks, and… wait, did I mention browns already?