News: Charlize Theron up for Furiosa prequel!

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By: Myri Nieves

According to Variety, Charlize Theron would be more than happy to climb aboard a Mad Max prequel for her character Furiosa. She was quoted as telling the publication:

“I’d love to,” Theron said. “There were three scripts. They were written as back stories to Max’s character and to Furiosa’s character. But at the end of the day, this thing lives and breathes with [director] George [Miller]. I think Warner Bros. knows that. We are all waiting for him to show us the way.”

This has been rumored since the film’s release as Mad Max: Fury Road was more of a story for Furiosa and the Wives as opposed to Max himself. Mad Max: Fury Road found box office – grossing $378.9 million worldwide – and commercial success, winning six Academy Awards. Theron’s character was a huge success with fans and critics alike, thus garnering attention and clamor for a Furiosa prequel. It has been rumored that George Miller would be happy to direct the film once more – in actuality he wants to make two more Mad Max films – but after the monster production of Fury Road wants to take it easy to “reboot the brain”. If the prequel (and sequel) does happen, the wait would be a couple of years at the least.

With the box office smash of Wonder Woman, it wouldn’t be much of a shock that suddenly this gets greenlit if Miller wants to, but in truth, the success of his film would have been more than enough for the go ahead, so it really is all dependent on Miller. Theron herself has said that due to the success of Fury Road, it led the way for Atomic Blonde to be greenlit. In a way, Fury Road was a brilliant piece of marketing where the film is supposed to be about a male character yet ends up being second plane to a female counterpart. Miller knew how to bring this story without making it a battle between sexes while raising up the voices who normally would have been background noise.

It definitely would be interesting to see Furiosa’s backstory, including her upbringing and how she survived the years of abuse by Immortan Joe. If the film is any indicator, Furiosa did all she could not only to survive but become the best in his eyes in order to plan an escape. We only hope Miller changes his mind on rebooting the brain and continue the snowball for this wonder characters rich history and story.

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News: Entertainment Weekly releases new Black Panther photos!

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Entertainment Weekly has released new photos from Black Panther! This comes ahead of Comic-Con, where we no doubt will get a new trailer or new footage! Check the pictures out behind the cut!

Black Panther is the story of T’Challa who returns to his home in Wakanda to take his place as King. As you remember, his father was killed during the events of Captain America: Civil War and thanks to his advanced technology, T’Challa is now in charge of Bucky’s restoration. During his new reign, an old enemy appears and threatens his identities as King and the Black Panther, while the entire fate of Wakanda is put at risk.

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Trailer: The Glass Castle

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By: Myri Nieves

Lionsgate has released the first trailer for The Glass Castle, starring Academy Award Winner Brie Larson, Woody Harelson, and Academy Award Nominee Naomi Watts.

In a dysfunctional family of nonconformist nomads, a young girl comes of age despite the odds. With a mother who is an eccentric artist and a father who is alcoholic, they strive to stir the children’s imagination in hopes of distracting them from the poverty they currently live in.

The Glass Castle is set to be released in August of this year.

Check out the trailer below!

News: Details on Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them sequel

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By: Myri Nieves

After the smash hit of the first Fantastic Beasts… film, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that a sequel was green lit soon after. Thanks to the Pottermore Twitter account, here’s a few things we know:

  • David Yates will return as director and will more than likely direct all films for the saga.
  • The sequel is set to release November 16, 2018
  • As many know, Jude Law will be joining the world of Harry Potter as young Dumbledore and will take a stand against Grindlwald. No word if the romance will be portrayed.
  • Callum Turner is confirmed as Newt’s older brother, Theseus Scamander; Zoë Kravitz will return completely as Leta Lestrange
  • Ezra Miller’s Credence will be back in “a mysterious way.”
  • The four main characters: Newt, Queenie, Tina, and Jacob are all back.
  • Filming will take place  in New York, London, and Paris.

We’ll keep an eye out for more details and post them as they come!

Throwback Thursday Review: Rough Night

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Rough Night (2017)

Cast: Scarlett Johansson, Kate McKinnon, Zoe Kravitz, Jillian Bell, and Ilana Glazer

Director: Lucia Aniello

By: Myri Nieves

Comedy is a hard genre to pull off and in a market dominated by men; it’s always refreshing to see a group of women come together to try and tickle the funny bone. Coming from films like National Lampoon’s Animal House, and The Hangover, we’ve been presented films of men behaving badly and the wacky consequences that come of it. Not many come to mind when people ask of comedies of the same nature but fronted by women, up until now. Enter Rough Night, a film about five ladies who reunite after three years of not seeing each other for a bachelorette weekend in Miami. This goes horribly wrong when one of them accidentally kills the stripper and mayhem ensues.

Scarlett Johansson plays Jess, an uptight politician trying to make real change in the world and is so obsessed with her job and fiancé that she barely has time for anything else. Enter Alice (Jillian Bell), her college best friend who has planned an entire bachelorette weekend for Jess, Blaire (Zoë Kravitz), Frankie (Ilana Glazer), and herself. Unbeknownst to Alice, Jess has invited Pippa (Kate McKinnon), a friend she met while on the Australian exchange program, which creates some friction as Alice feels threatened by Pippa in her friendship with Jess. As they reunite in Miami and start having the night of their lives, they retreat to their vacation home where a stripper comes in and Alice accidentally kills him when she jumps on him and he falls back. The girls all must confront not just the disaster in front of them but also repressed feelings about each other.

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I’ve seen this comedy widely compared to something like The Hangover or even the second part of the previously mentioned. The thing about The Hangover is that it flows quite naturally within the chaos and the script is so richly hilarious that it helps the actors compliment an already humorous occurrence. This is not the case with Rough Night which does not have the same natural flow and almost feels forced sometimes, like it really wants you to laugh and support this wacky and zany adventure and you’re left feeling bored and wondering when they’ll get caught so it can be over with. McKinnon is the real powerhouse of the bunch, delivering a hilarious performance as the Australian Pippa, which isn’t much of a surprise to anybody as McKinnon is naturally hysterical. Though her accent is a bit over accentuated and she’s overused as the token funny person, at this point, she still delivers a great performance.

As the movie continues on it becomes clearer that the real message between murder and drugs is the bonds previously formed by the girls. In a shock to no one, Alice is played as the lonely, desperate, and an overly horny chubby girl who delivers the laughs because she’s ‘that’ girl. It isn’t outside of the norm for Hollywood to take a bigger built woman/man and have them as the token idiot or patsy or pathetic friend that needs the hotter friend to help them out and I was disappointed that this is the route they went with Alice. In a film with empowering women, you’d want them all to be built strongly and not have someone be a silly scapegoat, especially just by how they look. However, I was pleasantly surprised at the bisexuality that played out between Frankie and Blaire, which I thought was well developed within the time frame of the film.

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One of the main problems in the film is that the men – mainly Jess’s fiancé Peter (Paul W. Downs) – take on hilarious parts away from the girls and onto them, bringing on more laughs than even the main cast. It wasn’t that the main cast didn’t bring humor, but I expected more from the writers of Broad City and I do believe the cast did the best it could with the material it was given. The offensive was either dull or overplayed and clichés plagued the entire story with some laughable parts here and there. Overall, it was the comedy we needed that didn’t quite deliver, but it was a decent start for more comedies with a cast of women to come forward. Let’s hope the next one doesn’t involve painful dialogue due to a poor script.

Official Fearless Rating: ✰✰ 1/2

News: Scarlett Johansson teases Natasha/Bruce romance in Infinity War

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By: Myri Nieves

Scarlett Johansson has dropped another minor Infinity War spoiler for those curious as to what will happen with Natasha/Bruce Banner. As you all well know, in Avengers: Age of Ultron, a romance was blossoming for the heroes as the battled the forces of evil. However, out of guilt on destroying a city while hulked, he leaves Earth and will now be seen in Thor: Ragnarok. During an interview with Bravo, Johansson had this to say:

“I just finished Avengers: Infinity War. The first one. My character has this ongoing relationship with Mark Ruffalo’s character. I had such devastation that day. I don’t know why. I was so devastated. It was something about this character that Mark plays, and this is something that should feel so solid and suddenly doesn’t or there’s… And it reminded me of so much of the things going on in my own life at the time.”

Could Johansson be hinting at a dissolution of their romance? It has been rumored previously that Liv Tyler – who played Dr. Elizabath Ross (Banner’s love interest in canon) – will be making an appearance in Infinity Wars. Could this be what breaks them apart? Could Natasha be a goner? Only time will tell as Avengers: Infinity War is currently in production in Atlanta.

News: Jurassic World 2 gets a teaser poster and title!

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By: Myri Nieves

Universal Pictures has released the first teaser poster and title for the upcoming sequel to the Jurassic World franchise called Fallen Kingdom. The sequel sees the return of Dr. Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum), who provided the tag line for the poster from the famous quote of the very first film Jurassic Park. The upcoming film will see the return of Jeff Goldblum to the series, alongside Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, and newcomers Toby Jones, Daniella Pineda, Justice Smith and Rafe Spall.

Scriptwriter Colin Trevorrow previously revealed that the inspiration for the sequel was taken directly from a quote from, again, the very first film Jurassic Park and comes from Dr. Allan Grant: “Dinosaurs and man, two species separated by 65 million years of evolution have just been suddenly thrown back into the mix together. How can we possibly have the slightest idea what to expect?” Which poses the interesting question: What did they expect in the first place with Jurassic World? That was the main question asked after three initial films which showcase what a terrible idea it is to invade a kingdom you could never belong to. It will be interesting to see where and how they put this sequel in place.

Check out the teaser poster below!

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News: Ron Howard takes over Han Solo film!

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By: Myri Nieves

It’s official: Ron Howard will take over the already rocky production of the untitled Han Solo film. Earlier this week it was reported that directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller were fired from the production due to ‘creative differences.’ Shortly after, LucasFilm released a shortlist of possible directors with the Academy Award Winning Howard being among them and now it seems to be a reality. This isn’t the first time a Star Wars production has faced difficulties during production, with high cost re-shoots happening during Rogue One: A Star Wars Story just a few years back. In a statement, LucasFilm had this to say:

“At Lucasfilm, we believe the highest goal of each film is to delight, carrying forward the spirit of the saga that George Lucas began forty years ago,” said Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm. “With that in mind, we’re thrilled to announce that Ron Howard will step in to direct the untitled Han Solo film. We have a wonderful script, an incredible cast and crew, and the absolute commitment to make a great movie. Filming will resume the 10th of July.”

It’s difficult to determine whether or not Howard will use footage already shot or scrap everything all together and delay the release of the film to start from the ground up, but with his history at LucasFilm, there is no doubt he will find a happy medium to bring his own creativity onto the project. Whether or not this will harm the film in any way is hard to tell, as people are already speculating that a complete ‘young Han’ series might not be such a great idea. With a less than stellar cast and directors being fired for bringing their own light to a script, it puts a sour patch on any kind of project.

Review: Transformers: The Last Knight

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Transformers: The Last Knight
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Laura Haddock, Josh Duhamel
Director: Michael Bay

By: Myri Nieves

Remember when Michael Bay announced he would direct the new wave of Transformers and all your hopes and dreams soared in the sky like Dinobots? You thought, ‘yeah, here’s this guy who loves explosions and excessive CGI and he’s going to make the Transformers even more awesome!’ and after the first film, your faith could’ve been slightly cemented on this fact. Then came the second, and the third, and you pretty much stuck to the animated series because you couldn’t take it anymore. Welcome to the fifth installment of Michael Bay’s Transformers, where your curiosity will kill every cat within a five-meter parameter. Strap into your dragonbot because this is going to be a bumpy ride.

Our story begins in what appears to be a war-ridden world between man and machine. All Transformers, even Autobots, are considered the enemy of the human race. Enter Mark Wahlberg, the savior of all Transformers, who actually does not save a single bot in the movie. For some reason, this war apparently has not reached the South or even overseas, yet appears it has for just half the states, as Cade Yeager (Wahlberg) has his hiding spot in the South where he is hiding Autobots and baby dinosaur Transformers. Don’t worry; I won’t speak on those again because they serve no purpose to the film except being cute. If you expected them to grow and become a complete bad ass, like on Game of Thrones, you are very much mistaken.

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A medallion is given to Cade by a dying Knight Transformer and this activates some sort of space censor that alerts the people on Cybertron that this medallion is in place. Optimus Prime is floating in space and gets captured and turned into Nemesis Prime through his guilt, vowing to destroy the Earth in order to restore Cybertron. Meanwhile, on Earth, more unnecessary plot points happen and Megatron wants part of his clan released for some unknown reason because they are never used. Not learning from his disastrous attempt at being funny in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Michael Bay once again enlists help in culturally offensive robots, who this time is a Decepticon. This wouldn’t be a Michael Bay film without sexist dialogue and misogynistic behavior towards women throughout the film.

Sir Anthony Hopkins, more than likely was bored and in his home thinking, “what could I possibly do to ruin my career?” and thought this film would be the challenge of the century to see if it were possible. After all, what else does a legend do in their spare time? With the help of Vivian Wembley (Laura Haddock) an Oxford history professor, who was apparently completely oblivious to her family history even though she is seen teaching Medieval Studies, they set out with Cade to find the staff of Merlin which is the only tool left to destroy something they never truly make clear and save the world. It is also stated that Cade is the famous Last Knight who can help Vivian in saving the planet. More unnecessary and drawn out plot points happen until they retrieve the staff by some complicated underwater subplot that no one followed and Nemesis Prime magically appears, even though everyone is tracking his moves no one saw him coming, and steals the staff.

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Not to be outdone by magical appearances, Megatron also appears out of nowhere and takes the staff after Nemesis becomes Prime again after Bumblebee speaks with his own voice and snaps him out of his possessed state. Cade saves Prime from destruction from the bots who want to kill him for betraying the powers of the staff by wielding his medallion turned sword, which he loses and his one ultimate power that stops bots, is never seen again. The film continuously delivers subplots within the plots until you’re left with nothing but confusion and regret, much like you would feel after a night of binge drinking. Michael Bay was quoted saying he didn’t make this film for critics, or fans, which clearly shows, as this movie is so bloated with ridiculous dialogue, poor script, and even hard to follow CGI. How could a film that relies heavily on CGI be bloated by ridiculous dialogue? This question still haunts me.

Transformers: The Last Knight is in theaters now, but you might have a better time finding logic from Tom Cruise’s disaster; The Mummy.

Official Fearless Rating: ✰