It’s been a rough road for D. J. Caruso’s haunted house horror The Disappointments Room — with Relativity Media going bankrupt, the film has had a difficult time grabbing a release date after it was removed from the studio’s release schedule. Finally, it’s been announced that The Disappointments Room will have a limited release and VOD premiere in September, and you can watch the first trailer right now.
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Not long ago, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige assured fans that we’d learn who’s directing and starring in Captain Marvel by the end of the summer, or by fall, at the latest. The studio officially confirmed Brie Larson’s casting last month at Comic-Con, when they welcomed the Oscar-winning actress to the MCU in Hall H, but they still hadn’t found a director for her upcoming solo adventure despite various rumors regarding potential candidates. That might change pretty soon, as the Captain Marvel director shortlist offers a few interesting options.
Leslie Jones’ website was hacked Wednesday morning and subsequently shut down after her personal information, including photos and her driver’s license, was posted on the site. Hackers apparently collected her info and photos in an iCloud before moving them over to her site justleslie.com. The website is down and a GoDaddy holding page has replaced it for now.
Doctor Strange is set to hit theaters in a couple of months, but it looks like there’s still a little work left to do on Marvel’s latest superhero outing. The studio is reportedly receiving some assistance from a (pleasantly) surprising source, as Community creator Dan Harmon has been hired to help write some last-minute scenes for the upcoming film.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe, now in its eighth year, has been known to kickstart a lot of otherwise unknown actors’ careers, and give some their big break while rebooting others’ careers. While Robert Downey Jr. definitely had the biggest name at the start, it wasn’t easy for Jon Favreau to convince the Marvel execs that he was right for Tony Stark, but we’re all so glad he did. Chris Evans’ only other blockbuster credit was as the Human Torch in Fox’s Fantastic Four (2005) and its ill-fated sequel Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007), but his chiseled jawline soon landed him the title role in 2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger.
After Guillermo del Toro dropped out of the Dark Universe adaptation for DC and Warner Bros., it became yet another in a growing list of potentially cool movies that were never made and the future of the project was uncertain. Now it seems that Dark Universe has been resurrected, with Edge of Tomorrow director Doug Liman replacing del Toro, who will remain involved as producer and screenwriter.
As the big blockbusters go, so goes the summer movie season. And this summer movie season, the big blockbusters were almost uniformly bad. But the reality is those films represent just a small percentage of the titles released to theaters during the dog days of summer. The vast majority of summer movies have tiny budgets and play only a handful of theaters at a time. And while the focus remains on the tentpoles, most of the summer’s best movies featured absolutely no robots or explosions or superheroes of any kind.
What if Rutger Hauer’s relatively absurd, visually-impaired martial arts badass from Blind Fury was besieged by a home invasion in his reclusive Early Bird Special years? The answer is — to an extent — Don’t Breathe, a thriller that skews a little more toward The Collector than David Fincher’s underrated Panic Room. The latest effort from director Fede Alvarez (the Evil Dead remake) is a relentlessly intense cat-and-mouse game with a couple of hard lefts thrown into its twisted domestic labyrinth. It’s a nasty little piece of work that needs to be a bit more lean and slightly less mean.
Late last week a pretty substantial rumor surfaced suggesting that Zenadaya’s secret role in Spider-Man: Homecoming is actually Mary Jane Watson. While neither Marvel nor Sony have confirmed or even responded to those rumors, it elicited an unfortunately predictable reaction from several fans who were unhappy that a woman of color would be playing a character traditionally depicted as a white redhead. James Gunn already weighed in with his thoughts, and our own Matt Singer wrote an excellent piece on the matter, and now Stan Lee himself has offered his reaction to the recent casting rumor.
While 2016 may look like a crappy year for movies so far, don’t worry. I assure you one of the best films of the year is on its way, and now it finally has a trailer.