There’s a shout-out to “The Mitchells vs. The Machines” in the new Spider-Verse trailer

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Beau Paul

Dec 5, 2021 3:31 pm2021-12-05T15:31:30-05:00

Spider-Man fans are already celebrating the sequel to the beloved Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse, as the newest installment, blows up the internet. But some sharp-eyed animation fans are also buzzing about a certain easter egg in the already dizzying array of crossovers seen in the first look.

The first film utilized a vast array of different Spideys from around the multiverse, including Gwen, as well as an adult (and pretty down on his luck) Peter Parker, Spider-Man; Noir, and, of course, The Amazing Spider-Ham. Many of the characters all already slated to appear in the upcoming sequel. But the new trailer introduces an Easter Egg which alludes to an entirely different type of hero.

As the trailer opens, with Gwen Stacy aka Spider-Gwen visiting a grounded Miles Morales at his parents’ apartment, viewers are treated to several views of Miles’ childhood bedroom, much of which is filled with his old toys. In a blink and you miss it moment, one of them is revealed to be a wooden moose. While the reference may be lost on some, the toy will be instantly recognizable to fans of another project from Spider-verse directors Phil Lord and Christopher Millers’ project, Netflix’s The Mitchells vs. The Machines.

The moose toy, which belongs to Mitchells’ protagonist, Katie Mitchell is a definite shout-out to Lord and Millers’ former work. The Mitchells vs. The Machines, was, like the Spider-verse titles, a Sony Pictures project but was not given a 2020 theatrical release as planned due to the Covid Pandemic. The movie rights were then purchased by Netflix and became a surprise hit for the streaming service when it was finally released in April of this year.

Although The Mitchells vs. The Machines has generated a fairly intense fandom it’s probably not popular to the point where we will be seeing a Katie and Miles team-up anytime soon. But given Lord and Millers’ ability to think outside the box there is always a possibility, however slim, at least another Easter Egg being hatched.

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (Part One) will be released in theaters in October 2022.

“Spider-Man: No Way Home” villains appear at Comic Con XP to discuss their return

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Beau Paul

Dec 5, 2021 2:55 pm2021-12-05T14:55:08-05:00

Willem Dafoe, Alfred Molina, and Jamie Foxx appeared at Comic Con Experience this weekend to discuss stepping back into their roles as Spidey’s arch-nemeses The Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus, and Electro. The actors, who all perished in some form or another at the end of their respective Sony franchise installments will all feature in the new MCU film, bridging the different series for the first time.

According to Dafoe, “You know, when I heard it, I thought, ‘Well, that’s pretty nutty, I got speared pretty good in the first film,’ but I thought, ‘Okay, they can figure out a way to bring me back’. I liked the idea that I was returning to something that was the same but different. it’s a return to something I did before with that kind of history, but there’s a spin on it, and that appealed to me.”

Molina joked that “For me, it’s just about the money.” He went on to add in seriousness that “Oddly enough, Willem and I were kind of joshing the other day about how [it’s been] 20 years since his first Green Goblin and 17 years since my first time as Doc Ock, and these are the longest options that a studio has ever exercised on actors. You know it’s like we’ve been waiting, but the material, the pitch, was excellent. I, to be honest, when when the idea was first suggested I my first thought was, ‘Hang on, I’m 17 years older. I’ve got chins; I’ve got wrinkles. What are they going to do?’ Then, of course, I suddenly realized, wait a minute, they’ve got the technology, this isn’t going to be a problem. But it’s been very nice to come back to something that, as you know, is familiar but at the same time completely new. The technology has moved on phenomenally since in the last couple of decades, you know, and so it’s kind of still exciting.”

Dafoe and Molina also discussed the upgrades in technology that have, among other things, made actually suiting up much easier, with Dafoe contrasting his initial costume fitting, which lasted over eight hours, with the far easier to use scanning technology in use today.

Willem Dafoe and Alfred Molina talk about new tech and putting their suits back on after 20 years.#SpiderManNoWayHome #DoctorOctopus #GreenGoblin

— noel (@PLMPTN) December 5, 2021

Foxx noted his relief that the role did not require him to be painted blue in this version and also commented on working with producer Amy Powell. “I was excited knowing Amy for years, man, and knowing what she’s done with this franchise, and she was explaining to me that it’s gonna be hot, and I didn’t have to be blue, and things like that as far as my character is concerned, so you’re gonna be a little more hip, and that I get a chance to hang out with these incredible thespians. To walk on set and to see these guys, I literally bowed to them, and we’ve been having a ball. I’m happy we got a brand new start, a brand new look,”

Electro’s new look is more industrial in appearance and the lightning generated by the character is not the arcing blue of the former version but a color that more resembles the energy utilized by the character in his original appearances in the first volume of the comic book series,

"I’m happy we got a new look, the blue was like…look I didn’t care, I was just happy. But with this, this new it’s fly!"

– Jamie Foxx on #Electro’s new look in #SpiderManNoWayHome

— Spider-Man: No Way Home News (@spideysnews) December 5, 2021

Spider-Man: No Way Home will be released in theaters on December 17th.

A brutal video game movie is killing it on streaming

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Christian Bone

Dec 5, 2021 1:54 pm2021-12-05T13:54:29-05:00

A video game movie is killing it once more on streaming. Earlier this year, the Mortal Kombat returned to the screens for Warner Bros.’s reboot of the old film series. And while it earned the usual mixed reviews we always expect from movies based on games, it turned out to be a huge hit with audiences and stands as the most popular HBO Max original on the platform. So it’s no surprise that it’s rising up the charts yet again as 2021 draws to a close. 

According to the latest stats from Flix Patrol, Mortal Kombat has climbed a whopping 20 places up the charts this weekend and currently sits as the 18th most-watched movie on HBO Max. After such a hefty jump, it seems logical that it will continue to hop ever closer to the top 10 over the next week or so. It’s not the only 2021 film that’s finding new love on the service right now either, as Godzilla vs. Kong is just above it in 17th and The Suicide Squad is perched at 14th. 

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Mortal Kombat stars Lewis Tan as original character Cole Young, a washed-up martial artist who finds his own life and that of his family in peril when he’s hunted down by the assassin Sub-Zero (Joe Taslim). But when he teams up with a clique of fighters chosen to defeat Earthrealm from Outworld, Cole will discover that he as a grand destiny of his own. Jessica McNamee co-stars as Sonya Blade while Mehcad Brooks is Jax, Ludi Lin is Liu Kang, Chin Han is Shang Tsung, and Hiroyuki Sanada plays Scorpion. 

Unsurprisingly, given its phenomenal streaming figures, Warner is moving forward with at least a sequel, but likely various spinoffs and off-shoots on top of that. And the latest update suggests Mortal Kombat 2 is finally getting somewhere. For now, though, you can either discover or rediscover the first one on HBO Max.

The Will Smith/Tom Holland team-up you forgot existed rebounds on streaming

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Scott Campbell

Dec 5, 2021 1:48 pm2021-12-05T13:49:02-05:00

Under most circumstances, a collaboration between Will Smith and Tom Holland would be guaranteed to puncture the zeitgeist and see the movie in question enjoy massive success at the box office, especially when we’re talking about an action-packed espionage comedy with a $100 million budget.

The two stars are both household names and veterans of the action genre, but even the A-list dream team couldn’t prevent the animated Spies in Disguise from being almost completely forgotten about already, despite the fact the family film only hit theaters in December 2019.

Even with the star power on display, as well as a solid Rotten Tomatoes score of 77% to go with the 92% user rating, Spies in Disguise could only muster an underwhelming $171 million during its theatrical run. Part of the reason it’s been largely swept under the rug might have to do with the fact that it was the last release from Blue Sky Studios before the studio was shuttered, as well as the final animated title to roll out under the 20th Century Fox banner.

It’s still an odd situation to see a fun, frenetic and fast-paced adventure boasting Will Smith and Tom Holland being lost to the sands of time so soon, but Spies in Disguise has managed to find a second wind on Disney Plus as per FlixPatrol, having cracked the most-watched list this weekend.

A movie with a major role for Adolf Hitler is a surprise Disney Plus success

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Scott Campbell

Dec 5, 2021 1:35 pm2021-12-05T13:35:37-05:00

As the most singularly family-friendly corporate monolith on the planet, the last thing you’d expect to see riding a wave of popularity on Disney’s in-house streaming service is a movie where one of the major supporting characters just so happens to be Adolf Hitler.

And yet, that’s exactly where we find ourselves after Taika Waititi’s Jojo Rabbit crashed the platform’s most-watched list to land straight into seventeenth place, as per FlixPatrol. Of course, the satirical dramatic comedy does nothing but poke fun at the infamous dictator, with writer and director Waititi having an absolute blast embodying a comical caricature of the Nazi leader.

Despite a potentially tricky marketing campaign that had to use the backdrop of World War II as the selling point for an outlandish fantasy, Jojo Rabbit managed to become a critical and commercial smash hit. A $90 million haul at the box office on a $14 million budget was a solid return, while Waititi nabbed himself an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, one of six nominations accrued by the movie, which included a Best Picture nod.

Jojo Rabbit deftly navigates the potential minefield of combining irreverent humor with serious themes, and while it wasn’t for everyone, it’s clearly proving to be a major success among Disney Plus subscribers this weekend.

WATCH: Trailer for Netflix’s new ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ sequel

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Beau Paul

Dec 5, 2021 1:27 pm2021-12-05T13:28:07-05:00


Horror fans finally got a peek at Netflix’s new sequel to the seminal slasher movie, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre when the trailer dropped on Saturday at Comic Con Experience. The Netflix sequel, which takes place after the events of the first film and disregards all the previous sequels to this point, is the first installment in the multi-decade spanning franchise since Lionsgate Films lost the rights to it after their release of Leatherface in 2017.

Producer and project helm, Fede Álvarez, already a name in horror following his reimagining of the original Evil Dead film in 2013 and the Sam Raimi co-produced Don’t Breathe series, made the bold decision to set the project following the first movie and disavowing the subsequent sequels from canon. The new film, directed by Cobweb director David Blue Garcia, will take place at some point in the 2000s and feature a 60-year-old Leatherface. New Leatherface actor Mark Burnham, who replaces the late Gunnar Hansen, features prominently in the new trailer and can be seen reclaiming his weapon of choice from its hiding place in the walls of the Sawyer family home.

Other additions to the cast include Outlander’s Nell Hudson as Ruthe and Elsie Fisher, best known as the lead in Bo Burnham’s Eighth Grade as Elsie’s wheelchair-using sister, Lila. Irish actor Olwen Fouéré has been cast as Sally Hardesty, the “Final Girl” of the original picture. The original actress who portrayed Sally, Marilyn Burns passed away in 2014. Sarah Yarkin and Jacob Latimore will also co-star.

The original Texas Chainsaw Massacre is widely considered to be one of the best examples of the slasher genre ever, ranking in most top ten lists among classics such as Halloween and Friday the 13th. The new sequel is expected to hew somewhat along similar lines to the original but with modern updates to reflect the concerns of the present day. According to Álvarez, “I think the first movie really hit a nerve when portraying that culture clash between the countryside and the city. Back in the ’70s, the hippies were representing the youth of the city. This time, they’re more like millennial hipsters from Austin who are very entrepreneurial and have a dream of getting away from the city and back to the countryside. They’re trying to gentrify small-town America — and let’s just say they encounter some pushback.”

Sarah Yarkin, who portrays developer Melody in the movie, explains, “Me and my business partner Dante [Latimore] are these young hip people that come to this ghost town in Texas and try to get other people to come there and make it the next hip place to be. Our fatal flaw is that we ignore the history that came before us.”

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre will be released on February 18, 2022 on Netflix.

‘The Batman’ and ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ fans unite to praise the same person

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Scott Campbell

Dec 5, 2021 1:15 pm2021-12-05T13:15:51-05:00

While there aren’t many similarities between the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Spider-Man: No Way Home and DC’s The Batman, other than the fact both are mega budget comic book blockbusters that come bearing the crushing weight of hype and expectation, they do possess one major common denominator.

That would be composer Michael Giacchino, the Academy Award winner that’s firmly embedded himself on both sides of the comic book divide. A longtime favorite of Kevin Feige, he’s scored the entirety of Jon Watts’ web-slinging trilogy, as well as Doctor Strange and sequel Multiverse of Madness.

On top of that, he’s been a regular collaborator of The Batman director Matt Reeves after scoring Cloverfield, Let Me In, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Rise of the Planet of the Apes. As you can see below, the Marvel and DC divide has been crossed as fans unite in their praise of Giacchino’s hard work, dedication and commitment.

Michael Giacchino going so hard.

from NWH to The Batman, both soundtracks gonna bang.

— . (@SketchedBat) December 5, 2021

I don’t want to hear any Michael Giacchino slander ever again. To bring the No Way Home soundtrack together while culminating everything Spider-Man with this current era is probably one of the hardest pieces ever. Now we have his The Batman score next. Absolute legend

— Aniq (@aniqrahman) December 5, 2021

Giacchino's music for NWH is so great I can't even express words about how good it is.

I hope The Batman's will get even higher or at least be on the same level of greatness.

— VigilanteOne (@GameSnake123) December 5, 2021

I am hyped for Giacchinno's THE BATMAN music !!!

I am sure it's gonna be banger as hell #TheBatman #DC

— EMPEROR BOSS (@GodEmperorBoss) December 5, 2021

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Michael Giacchino Going from No way Home to The Batman

— 12 Days of Marcmas 🎅🏿 (@MarcMac13) December 5, 2021

Michael Giacchino composing Spider-Man No Way Home and The Batman… Jurassic World Dominion is gonna be fire too.

— Matt (@mattbo_0) December 5, 2021

Michael Giacchino on Rogue One, MCU Spider-Man, and The Batman

— you are (not) sidd (@unlinkednode) December 5, 2021

seeing michael giacchino trending and people praising him for NWH. Trying hard not to listen but so, so excited for his master class in NWH and The Batman.

— . (@spidernoir99) December 5, 2021

Besides Spider-Man: No Way Home and The Batman, we haven’t even mentioned Giacchino’s association with Jurassic World, J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot or Pixar, which makes him both one of the busiest most in-demand composers in the industry. Based on what we’ve heard so far, his next pair of superhero scores are going to be playing on repeat among Marvel and DC aficionados for some time to come.

Spider-Man fans blasting EW for crediting Stan Lee as sole creator

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Christian Bone

Dec 5, 2021 1:09 pm2021-12-05T13:09:44-05:00

Traditionally-speaking, Spider-Man is the most famous and beloved superhero in the Marvel universe and Peter Parker’s success is a major reason for Stan Lee’s fame as a comic book creator in the first place. But while Lee is deservedly a pop culture legend, like all comics characters, Spidey was a collaborative effort. In this case, both Steve Ditko and Jack Kirby were instrumental in making the webhead the icon he is today.

So that’s why fans are up in arms over a new special edition of Entertainment Weekly which credits Lee as the character’s sole creator on its cover. EW’s Ultimate Guide to Spider-Man collector’s issue features a byline on the cover promising a feature on “How Stan Lee Created Peter Parker”. And the omission of either of the artists who brought him to life, especially Ditko, is inciting a lot of anger on social media.

One fan called the cover “disrespectful”.

Surely the staff at @EW are aware that Stan Lee is the co-creator of Spider-Man alongside with artist Steve Ditko? The omission of his name on the cover is just disrespectful.

— Saqib W Ali (@Saqib_W_Ali) December 3, 2021

Even nearly 60 years since Spidey’s creation, Ditko is still wrongly being snubbed.

Is 2021 and they still can’t give Steve Ditko the credit and respect he deserves

— Fiti Vidal (@levidu99) December 3, 2021’s Russ Burlingame gave a sarcastic response, bringing Abraham Riesman, author of new biography True Believer: The Rise and Fall of Stan Lee, into the conversation.

All by himself, with no help from anybody. Just ask @abrahamjoseph

— Russ Burlingame, the #JosieBook guy (@russburlingame) December 4, 2021

Sure enough, Riesman agreed that something fishy was going on here…


— Abraham Riesman אברהם ריסמן (@abrahamjoseph) December 4, 2021

Even if you’re a devoted fan of Lee, as most Marvel lovers are, you can’t deny this cover credit stinks.

I love, champion and treasure Stan Lee but 😬 come on, EW…

— Ryan Huelsman (@TheAmazingRyGuy) December 4, 2021

Artists being overlooked in their major contributions to a comic or character in favor of the writer is a long-held problem in the industry which has sadly never gone away, as this cover makes clear. These days there are additional wrinkles to the controversy, too. Take Hawkeye, for example, as heavily inspired by the Matt Fraction/David Aja comics. While Fraction is a consultant on the TV series, Aja’s only compensation has been a “thank you” on-screen credit.

See Spidey, as created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, in Spider-Man: No Way Home, out Dec. 17.

Things heat up as Steven Spielberg fans debate his best movies of the 2000s

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Scott Campbell

Dec 5, 2021 1:03 pm2021-12-05T13:03:45-05:00

When you’re the single most commercially successful director in the history of cinema, and the only one that’s ever seen your filmography earn in excess of $10 billion at the box office, you can pretty much do whatever you want and get away with it.

For the legendary Steven Spielberg, that means sticking to what you do best; flitting between hard-hitting prestige dramas and crowd-pleasing blockbusters on a whim, and never delivering anything less than solid entertainment. His West Side Story remake has been coming in for high praise, with many critics lauding it as his finest work in decades.

Taking that lofty claim to heart, Twitter has been locked in debate all day about which three features can be named as Spielberg’s best since the turn of the millennium, and you can check out some of the reactions below.

The Adventures of Tintin
Bridge of Spies
Catch Me if You Can

— Milo (@Milo_AFC) December 5, 2021

I’ve seen all but WSS and The Terminal, but I’d go:

1. Minority Report
2. AI: Artificial Intelligence
3. Catch Me If You Can

— John T (@TMROJ) December 5, 2021

Minority Report

Honorable Mention: Catch Me If You Can

— Brian Hadsell (@Filmquisition) December 5, 2021

Catch me if you can
Bridge of Spies
The Terminal

War horse and Munich honorary mentions.

— Ted (@WritingTed) December 5, 2021

War of the Worlds (by far)
Catch Me If You Can
The Post

— Ethan “The Calculator” Williams (@EJWilliams64) December 5, 2021

1 – A.I.
2 – Minority Report
3 – Catch Me If You Can

West Side Story will probably steal the third place, tho.

— Carlos Goncalves (@Zolyxx) December 5, 2021

AI with Catch Me If You Can and Munich close behind

War Of The Worlds and Ready Player One are honorable mentions

— Will (@captaintrainor) December 5, 2021

Top 3 for me:

Catch Me If You Can
Minority Report
The Post

— Andrew Corns (@AndrewCorns) December 5, 2021

Minority Report, Munich, and Catch Me If You Can. A versatile king!

— emma thotson (@itsmearabrady) December 5, 2021

Catch Me if You Can
War of the Worlds
The Adventures of Tintin

I am ready for West Side Story to blow me away though!

— Joshua Lozano (@JshLozano) December 5, 2021

Incredibly, West Side Story is Spielberg’s fifteenth directorial effort since 2000, and during that time he’s covered almost every imaginable genre. Suffice to say, Tom Hanks romantic dramedy The Terminal, fantasy flop The BFG and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull aren’t coming up very often, but his consistently excellent body of work is nothing short of astounding.

‘Ghostbusters: Afterlife’ passes $100 million at the box office

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itemprop=”headline name”>‘Ghostbusters: Afterlife’ passes $100 million at the box office

Scott Campbell

Dec 5, 2021 12:48 pm2021-12-05T12:49:05-05:00

Having watched the last attempt at rejuvenating the franchise go up in smoke when Paul Feig’s reboot became one of the most wildly divisive blockbusters of the modern era, Sony will be thrilled to see Jason Reitman’s Ghostbusters: Afterlife hitting that sweet spot between the new and nostalgic.

As a hybrid of sequel and reboot, it caters to old and new fans alike, with longtime supporters of the supernatural comedy series approving much more of Afterlife than critics. At the end of the day it’s all about those box office dollars, though, and the good news is that the third canonical entry in the saga has crossed $100 million domestic

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That makes Afterlife only the tenth release of 2021 to do so, which just goes to show that the theatrical industry isn’t quite out of the woods yet when you remember that 29 movies to hit the big screen in 2019 reached triple figures. However, with a budget rumored to be around the $75 million mark, the studio will be making a profit when you factor in overseas takings.

Now that Reitman and producing partner Gil Kenan have signed development deals with Sony, it’s surely only a matter of time before a Ghostbusters: Afterlife sequel gets an official green light, and the fans have made it abundantly clear that they’re definitely on board.

Chris Pratt trends after viral prank had fans convinced he was voicing the Grinch

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itemprop=”headline name”>Chris Pratt trends after viral prank had fans convinced he was voicing the Grinch

Scott Campbell

Dec 5, 2021 12:33 pm2021-12-05T12:33:29-05:00

Ever since he was first announced to be voicing Mario and Garfield in quick succession, fans have been living in fear that any number of iconic characters could end up being played by Chris Pratt, whether they like it or not.

The bizarre phenomenon has already spawned plenty of memes, and having already lent his talents to The LEGO Movie and its sequel, along with Pixar’s Onward, there’s no telling where the Guardians of the Galaxy star could end up heading next as he continues his regular forays into the recording booth.

The internet’s least favorite of the elite Hollywood Chrises has been trending again after one prankster posted a doctored image claiming to be from The Hollywood Reporter, detailing how Pratt had been tapped to voice the Grinch in a brand new Christmas special. Before the ruse was uncovered, panic began to spread, as you can see below.

I can’t fucking do this again. I can’t. It’s like hearing about each new COVID variant popping up

— Wyatt “Grinchposting” Duncan (@WyattDuncan) December 4, 2021

I don't know where this image came from, but it is FAKE. Chris Pratt will not be playing the Grinch.

— Gwen, but jolly! 🎄 (They/Them) (@ThatRatcatcher) December 4, 2021

The "news" about Chris Pratt playing the Grinch be like:

— View (@ViewLumia) December 5, 2021

Chris Pratt auditioning for The Grinch

— Ziggy (@mrjafri) December 5, 2021

Wow chris pratt is now the grinch, garfield, and mario.

— Furlow7 (@Furlow71) December 4, 2021

I love that this has been fooling people into searching for a NSFW pic of Chris Pratt. It's now the first image that comes up if you search "Chris Pratt Grinch"

— KaelArts (@KaelArts) December 5, 2021

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NO. ABSOLUTELY NOT. We don’t need another Chris Pratt thing and we definitely don’t need another grinch variant. Make it stop.

— Gretchen 💖s Books (@g_lovesbooks) December 5, 2021

the way this can be both about chris pratt voicing characters or the aggressive amount of shitty grinch remakes

— joshi (@j_sebeal) December 5, 2021

No matter how good a actor Chris Pratt is, no one can top Jim Carrey's Grinch

— Christmasburst | Certified Loot Elf (@Finnyboy226) December 5, 2021


— nim 🐀 (@nimothy_) December 5, 2021

Dr. Seuss’ beloved creation always experiences a resurgence right around this time of year, as fans decide to revisit either Ron Howard’s live-action version with Jim Carrey or Benedict Cumberbatch’s animated hit that raked in half a billion dollars at the box office back in 2018. At least we can rest easy knowing that Pratt won’t be the next talent to voice the Grinch. Not yet, anyway…

‘Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse’ trailer teases fan favorite web-slinger

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Scott Campbell

Dec 5, 2021 12:17 pm2021-12-05T12:17:57-05:00

Given that the first installment featured a huge number of alternate reality web-slingers including Spider-Man Noir, Spider-Man 2099, Spider-Ham, Peter Parker, Peter B. Parker, Peni Parker and more, we can expected animated sequel Across the Spider-Verse to double down on deep cuts from the character’s back catalogue.

As a two-part story, there’s realistically twice the time and scope to introduce a multitude of different friendly neighborhood superheroes, especially when Shameik Moore’s Miles Morales is going across the Spider-Verse and not into it, which was made clear from the title.

One eagle-eyed Twitter user has already caught wind of a potential candidate, one that would make for a solid addition to the mythology, as you can see below.


— v (@karazorlls) December 5, 2021

Pavitr Prabhakar was first introduced in November 2004 as the star of a four-issue miniseries, where the orphan moved to Mumbai to live with his Aunt Maya and Uncle Bhim. He then encounters an ancient being that grants him spider-like powers, but when his uncle his killed, he ends up battling against local crime boss Nalin Oberoi while falling for classmate Meera Jain.

Spider-Man: India remains a hugely popular iteration of the iconic hero, and it looks as though we can expect to see his big screen debut in October 2022 when the first part of Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse comes to theaters.

5 Best Threequels in Movie History

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Jamie Dunkin

Dec 5, 2021 11:04 am

So you’ve made an amazing movie, great! Now you have to up the ante for the sequel, add more conflict, make it bigger, and possibly darker. Oh, your sequel has done gangbusters? Threequel time! 

Third films in a series are notorious for being very crap, see Godfather: Part III, Spider-Man 3, and Big Momma’s House 3. However, some rise above that and sometimes even take the crown as the best one.

Avengers: Infinity War

While I still think Avengers: Endgame is a better movie, Infinity War is such a strong and brilliant blockbuster film. Somehow fitting more than twenty of these big characters into the one film is mesmerising to even think about. 

While there are many players, it really hones in on Tony Stark and Thanos. Stark’s arc is close to completion, and reaping what he sowed as he learns that this big massive threat he’s been preparing for is finally arriving. Josh Brolin’s motion-capture performance as Thanos is so good you will forget he’s not actually a real person. 

And who can forget the ending? Possibly the most shocking end to a major blockbuster since Darth Vader reveals to Luke that he is his father. Drama aside, the real litmus test of how good and how big an impact a movie has these days is how many memes can be made from it, and this one just oozes memes. 

Return of the Jedi

Speaking of Darth Vader, here’s the threequel that played a huge part in making other threequels possible. Return of the Jedi. 

While it isn’t the best Star Wars movie, it is still a great movie. Coming off the back of Empire is difficult, but this definitely works as a culmination of the previous two movies. Luke’s reveal at Jabba’s Palace is brilliant, the whole Sarlaac scene is great, the Viet-Cong inspired Ewoks are fun, and who doesn’t love a bit of redemption for the big bad? 

Halloween 3: Season of the Witch

This movie’s connection to the previous two Halloween films is tenuous at best, but this is quite possibly the second-best movie in the entire Halloween filmology. As Halloween approaches, kids from across America are dying to get the new range of toys from Silver Shamrock corporation, with their jingles taking up air in the week leading up.

After some suspicious events, two regular people go to investigate Silver Shamrock and travel to their commune-like factory town of Santa Mira. Without spoiling it, this is a really wild movie that has some of the most interesting ideas from across this franchise. Abandoning the iconic slasher milieu of the previous two films, and immersing itself in this strange science-fiction witchcraft idea is one of the boldest moves that’s been done for a threequel. 

Three more days to Halloween, Halloween, three more days to Halloween, Silver Shamrock…

Indiana Jones & The Last Crusade

After the dark and brutal Temple of Doom came a far more family-friendly and light Indiana Jones adventure. Starring Sean Connery as Indiana Jones’ father in one of the best performances from across the trilogy, here’s a movie that is a great return to classic globe-trotting – perhaps fittingly emulating James Bond. 

Last Crusade provides much more character and emotional stakes than the previous films, with the father/son dynamic between Harrison Ford and Sean Connery being a highlight of the trilogy. 

What a great way to finish a great trilogy in a definitive way, I hope they never consider making a CGI mess of a fourth movie…

Toy Story 3

Toy Story 3 is the greatest threequel of all time. It does everything a good sequel, and good threequel, should do. It ups the stakes, it throws our characters through the ringer, completes character arcs, and provides a truly complete and emotionally fulfilling ending. 

There is no greater way to wrap up a trilogy, and that is something I’m certain of.

What do you think of this list? Did I miss an amazing threequel? Sound off in the comments below!

Jeremy Renner shares adorable photo behind the scenes of ‘Hawkeye’

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Evan J. Pretzer

Dec 5, 2021 9:12 am2021-12-05T09:12:26-05:00

Hawkeye on Disney+ is a hit and behind the cameras Jeremy Renner made sure it was a family affair, too.

On Thursday the 50-year-old took to Instagram and highlighted the back of daughter Ava’s head in a crew chair as she watched him in a scene from Hawkeye when it was shooting a year ago. The performer takes pride in his child and equated her and those he works with as having a similar closeness in his heart when all is ultimately said and done.

“Looking back to a year ago on set … with family and work family,” the post reads.

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Renner’s daughter was born in 2013 with former partner Sonni Pacheco. The two have shared custody of her since their separation began in 2014 and while no one can know what goes on in the private life of an actor, his public comments suggest she is so important to him he would rather give up his iconic role in the MCU than risk growing far apart.

“I said ‘fine, recast me. I’m going to be here with my daughter’,” he said in a recent interview with Men’s Health.

Honestly, bravo. It is never easy being a public figure and it is very hard being a parent, props to those who do both.

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‘The Flash’ season 8 photos reveal Barry in Reverse-Flash’s suit

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Christian Bone

Dec 5, 2021 9:07 am2021-12-05T09:07:18-05:00

Last week’s third episode of The Flash ended on one of The CW series’ most mind-bending cliffhangers ever. Kicking off its eighth season with crossover event “Armageddon”, the current storyline sees Grant Gustin’s Barry Allen dealing with a dark prophecy told to him by the alien Despero (Tony Curran): the Flash is destined to destroy the world in the future. To find out the truth, Barry traveled to 2031 — and discovered his worst nightmares come true.

The final scene of “Armageddon: Part 3” saw Barry gatecrash the engagement party of none other than his old enemy, Eobard Thawne (Tom Cavanagh). But who was the lucky woman? Barry’s own wife, Iris West (Candice Patton)! It seems that somehow Thawne has managed to mangle the timeline so out of recognition that he’s now the Flash and Barry is the Reverse-Flash. That’s what’s promised by these new promo images for “Part 4”, anyway, which showcase the Fastest Man Alive in his nemesis’ yellow suit. See the pics in the gallery below:

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In attendance at Thawne’s party were Team Flash and a couple of super-friends — Alex Danvers (Chyler Leigh), Batwoman (Javicia Leslie) and Ryan Choi (Osric Chau) — all of whom reacted to Barry’s arrival with hostility. So with his loved ones turned against him, it looks like Barry has to go to another old enemy for help, Damien Darhk (Neal McDonough). But can the Scarlet Yellow Speedster really defeat Thawne now that the tables have been turned and he‘s the villain?

Also crossing over for “Part 4” is Kat McNamara as Mia Queen, marking the first time she’s appeared in the Arrowverse since mooted spinoff Green Arrow and the Canaries was cancelled, so hopefully we’ll get some closure for that. Cress Williams is likewise appearing once again as Black Lightning.

Don’t miss The Flash: “Armageddon” as it continues with its penultimate installment next Tuesday, Dec. 7 on The CW.

Willem Dafoe teases Green Goblin’s return in ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’

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Scott Campbell

Dec 5, 2021 5:36 am2021-12-05T05:36:12-05:00

Even though we’d known for a while that he was set to return, Willem Dafoe’s involvement in the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Spider-Man: No Way Home wasn’t officially confirmed until the second trailer dropped, although we didn’t actually get to see the actor’s face.

Having chewed on the scenery to great effect in Sam Raimi’s 2002 original, fans are understandably hyped about seeing the veteran star make his comeback to the world of web-slinging as he prepares to do battle with Tom Holland’s Peter Parker, and perhaps even Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield.

The CCXP panel for No Way Home saw Holland, Dafoe and Jamie Foxx drop a cavalcade of new information on the upcoming threequel, which is poised to obliterate box office records when it finally releases on December 17. During the interview, the longtime Norman Osborn teased that he’ll have some brand new tricks up his sleeve.

“I stood there for eight hours and they put different pre-form pieces on me. Now, they scan me and they can design it and then make the costume, and then try it on me. It’s a huge leap in the technology. They’re more flexible. We can do more things with them. Old Norman and the Goblin are further down the line and they have a few more tricks up their sleeve. So it’s not an exact… There have been upgrades on the costume, let’s say.”

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Various rumors have pointed to Green Goblin being the ringleader of the multiversal villains that descend upon the MCU’s New York City, even if a full-blown Sinister Six appears to be one member short. Either way, we can’t wait to see Dafoe’s signature bug-eyed mania on full display when Spider-Man: No Way Home unveils the hottest cinematic ticket in two years.

Fans are going nuts for first ‘Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse’ footage

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Scott Campbell

Dec 5, 2021 5:35 am2021-12-05T05:35:11-05:00

It takes some doing to steal the spotlight away from Spider-Man: No Way Home, which has been at the forefront of the superhero fanbase’s thinking for months now, but a two and a half minute tease of animated sequel Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse is definitely one way to go about it.

The project had been maintaining virtual radio silence as it moved through production, although co-director Kemp Powers did tease that some major news was coming soon. As it turns out, he was dramatically underselling it, with Sony pulling out all the stops to drop multiversal bomb after bomb.

As you can see from the reactions below, fans were left with their jaws on the floor after clapping eyes on what’s shaping up to be another incredible multiversal adventure for Miles Morales.

Well…I know what I’m doing on October 7 next year.

— Adrian Reddix -Tech Dad Journey (@the_artech) December 5, 2021

The Across the Spider-Verse redesigns are SO GOOD OMG!! I love how they aged up Miles and Gwen, ESPECIALLY Miles

— Дастанович @ SMTV & Metroid 3 (@Dastanovich_) December 5, 2021

YOOOOO I just realized “Across the Spider-verse” implies that they’re visiting different universes. We could be getting portions of the movie animated in different styles for different universes

— like a frog or perhaps a toad (@slimo_47) December 5, 2021


— AmytheRedNosedRabbit🎄 (@Amybitz_) December 5, 2021

It’s gotten to the level where people i haven’t talked to in months are messaging me to make sure i saw the spiderverse trailer. I love my brand

— karsyn 😀 (@karsyn_delaney) December 5, 2021

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— Rosie✨🕺👑 (@makeit_rymin) December 5, 2021

So. Damn. HYPED.

— D_B_2917 (@D_B_2917) December 5, 2021

There is no such thing as too much spider-man. Plus keep pumping these movies out im begging you

— jacobcortez (@spanksyousilly) December 5, 2021

i’m so beyond excited for the new spider-verse movie you have NO IDEA

— anthony (@antsquid) December 5, 2021

Following up one of the finest comic book adaptations to ever hit the big screen is an incredibly tough task, but the first clip from Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse has instilled us with massive confidence. The ante is going to be upped significantly, and if it’s every bit as good as Into the Spider-Verse, then the Academy Awards may as well engrave the Best Animated Feature trophy already.

Watch: Ridley Scott tells interviewer to go f*ck himself

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itemprop=”headline name”>Watch: Ridley Scott tells interviewer to go f*ck himself

Scott Campbell

Dec 5, 2021 5:34 am2021-12-05T05:34:21-05:00

Ridley Scott has been veering dangerously close to ‘old man yells at cloud territory’ recently, having described the superhero genre as “f*cking boring as sh*t”, becoming the latest veteran filmmaker to voice his displeasure at big budget tales featuring spandex-clad crimefighters.

On top of that, he also blamed millennials unable to tear themselves away from their cellphones for The Last Duel bombing at the box office, which ironically came shortly before his House of Gucci landed the highest-grossing opening weekend since 2019 for a straightforward drama.

The 83 year-old is at it again, after taking issue with a line of questioning from a reporter. Despite being praised in a roundabout way for how The Last Duel took more pride in historical accuracy than Kingdom of Heaven and Robin Hood, the Alien and Blade Runner architect let rip with a foul-mouthed tirade, which you can see below.

Thank you, Sir Ridley, for the ultimate answer to any and all people measuring "realism" and "historical accuracy" in period films.

That's one for the books.

— Ilya Glazkov (@IlGlaz) December 3, 2021

The most shocking thing about the clip is that Jodie Comer somehow managed to retain her composure in the midst of such unprofessionalism from her director, who should really know better at this stage of his career than to start lobbing F-bombs in the direction of the press. Historical accuracy be damned; The Last Duel has at least managed to find success on streaming, which is probably the opposite of what Scott would have wanted.

‘Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse’ confirmed as a two-part story

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Scott Campbell

Dec 5, 2021 5:32 am2021-12-05T05:33:00-05:00

By now, you’ve probably watched the first look at Sony’s Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse more than once, which is understandable when it’s promising a sequel that’s every bit the equal of its Academy Award-winning, acclaimed and all-round beloved predecessor.

Right at the end of the footage is perhaps the most exciting reveal of all, after it’s confirmed to be just the first half of a two-part story. In many cases, studios deciding to split one movie into two parts often yields criticism that it’s a cynical move designed to wring out some extra box office dollars from audiences, not to name The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn or Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in particular.

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However, given that we’re talking about a vivid, vibrant and limitless superhero universe featuring web-slinging superheroes from every pocket of reality, this is definitely a decision we can fully get behind. Across the Spider-Verse is shaping up to be a massively ambitious event, one we’ve got the utmost faith can deliver on expectations.

Now that the first footage is out there for the world to see, the speculation will commence about the who, what, when, where and why of Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, now that we know there’s a Part Two coming later on down the line.

Action-packed ‘Morbius’ clip is beginning to win over the doubters

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Scott Campbell

Dec 5, 2021 5:31 am2021-12-05T05:31:24-05:00

The last time Jared Leto played a pale-faced comic book character, it would be an understatement of epic proportions to say that the response was wildly polarizing. Even though he redeemed himself substantially with his cameo as the Joker in Zack Snyder’s Justice League, fans were hardly buzzing over Sony’s upcoming Morbius.

In fact, the online community was actively bummed when it discovered the first teaser trailer for the Living Vampire’s live-action debut was coming before the second full-length promo for Spider-Man: No Way Home that folks had been demanding for months, but the first official Morbius clip may have changed those perceptions.

The three and a half minute scene showcases what appears to be the movie’s first major action sequence, and as you can see below, social media was taken by surprise with the impressive footage.

I like the morbius trailer but where tf is the blood. He slashed a dudes throat and not one drop of blood came out?? I swear if this is how they do Blade…

— LAKERS 2021-2022 champs (12-12) (@DougAM_) December 5, 2021

This looks amazing. I'm so excited for Morbius.
big fan of vampires.

— 🦇Syed-Shahrukh-99🃏 (@syeds6760) December 5, 2021

That Morbius clip was fire

— Panettone Tony Toni (@Khan_Soulo) December 5, 2021

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That Looked Awesome I am Definitely more excited for Morbius 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

— Anthony S (@StraderZane) December 5, 2021

Not surprised that it looks great. #Morbius will be 🔥🔥🔥

— Martin (@MDROCHE_) December 5, 2021

That clip from ‘Morbius’ was solid, the VFX for him looks wicked too! #Morbius

— Devin (@DevinScott64) December 5, 2021

Omg this trailer is mind blowing! #MORBIUS 😎😎🤯🤯🤯

— Laura Matamoros (@LauraKnight98) December 5, 2021

After initially being scheduled for release in July 2020, Morbius was hit hard by the effects of the pandemic and won’t be coming to theaters until January 2022. There’s plenty of goodwill towards Sony’s Marvel universe after Venom: Let There Be Carnage and this month’s No Way Home, though, so it could turn out to be a much bigger hit than many are expecting.

‘Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse’ synopsis tease a new team of Spideys

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Scott Campbell

Dec 5, 2021 5:30 am2021-12-05T05:30:30-05:00

One of the best things about Sony’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse were the unexpected appearances of many deep cuts from the character’s extensive and illustrious comic book history, whether it was Nicolas Cage’s Noir playing a major supporting role, or a brief cameo from Jon Mulaney’s Spider-Ham.

Now that we’ve gotten our first look at sequel Across the Spider-Verse, we can safely assume that the ante is set to be upped significantly. The footage teased a much more substantial part in the story for Oscar Isaac’s Spider-Man 2099, and you can bet that there are plenty more web-slingers across the multiverse being kept under wraps.

Sony have now released an official synopsis for the first half of the two-part epic, and as you can see below, the studio are promising a brand new team of Spider-People will be lending an assist to Shameik Moore’s Miles Morales and Hailee Steinfeld’s Gwen Stacy.

“Miles Morales returns for the next chapter of the Oscar-winning Spider-Verse saga, an epic adventure that will transport Brooklyn’s full-time, friendly neighborhood Spider-Man across the Multiverse to join forces with Gwen Stacy and a new team of Spider-People to face off with a villain more powerful than anything they have ever encountered.”

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Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse isn’t coming to theaters until October 2022, and now that the first details surrounding the project are out there in the open for the world to drink in, the wait is going to become increasingly excruciating. The first installment is one of the best superhero movies ever made, so the creative team face a tall order trying to leap over the very high bar they’ve set themselves.

Sony reveals 3 new ‘Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse’ images

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Scott Campbell

Dec 5, 2021 5:29 am2021-12-05T05:29:19-05:00

The bombs just keep on dropping for Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, which only revealed the first footage a few hours ago. The animated sequel instantly became one of the hottest topics on the entire internet, with Sony responding in kind with a whole heap of brand new information.

We’ve got Oscar Isaac confirmed for a major role as Spider-Man 2099, along with an official plot synopsis and the massive reveal that Across the Spider-Verse is only the first chapter of a two-part story. It’s unfortunate that the movie is still eleven months way from release, because we could really do with seeing it now.

The latest update has seen the studio drop a trio of new stills, and they offer yet another awesome glimpse at the myriad of different animation styles we can expect to see from Across the Spider-Verse, which you can check out below.

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It takes some doing to knock Spider-Man: No Way Home off the summit as the most buzzed-about web-slinging blockbuster on the horizon, but Across the Spider-Verse has managed it and then some. Of course, business will return to normal imminently with Tom Holland’s threequel twelve days out from release, but at least we won’t be forgetting about Sony’s other high-profile Spidey adventure anytime soon.

Michael Bay’s most underrated movie is finding love on Netflix

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Scott Campbell

Dec 5, 2021 5:28 am2021-12-05T05:28:09-05:00

We can all agree that Michael Bay is never going to direct a small, intimate, character-driven drama. Even if he did, he’s probably find a way to sneak at least one explosion into the story. Cinema’s pre-eminent purveyor of pyrotechnic carnage knows exactly who he is and what he does, but that doesn’t mean he’s averse to mixing it up on the rare occasion.

Bay has helmed fourteen features since debuting with Bad Boys back in 1995, and for the most part they all tick the same boxes regardless of genre. His films are big, broad, expensive, packed with one-dimensional archetypes and largely unremarkable scripts, but they all possess an impressive level of visual polish.

Only twice has the filmmaker ventured outside of his comfort zone, and while blackly comic caper Pain & Gain underwhelmed, you could make the argument that 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi is Bay’s most underrated effort by quite some distance.

It’s definitely his most mature, restrained and gripping, and while it does feature plenty of destruction and slow motion, it’s not as showy as we’ve come to expect, either. A 51% Rotten Tomatoes score is dwarfed by an 82% user rating, and even though 13 Hours flopped at the box office back in 2016, it’s gained appreciation as an unsung war drama with serious action elements.

Netflix subscribers have clearly been enjoying it this weekend, after the true-life dramatization jumped by 27 places on the most-watched list, as per FlixPatrol.

Oscar Isaac’s Spider-Man 2099 sends ‘Across the Spider-Verse’ fans wild

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Scott Campbell

Dec 5, 2021 5:26 am2021-12-05T05:27:05-05:00

As you’ve no doubt noticed, Sony’s animated sequel Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse has at least temporarily overtaken the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s No Way Home as the most hotly-anticipated upcoming movie starring the friendly neighborhood superhero.

Tom Holland’s contributions to the CCXP convention may have seen Willem Dafoe offer his first public comments on returning as Norman Osborn for the first time since the Sam Raimi era, but it’s been comfortably blown out of the water by the next multiversal adventure for Shameik Moore’s Miles Morales.

One of the biggest takeaways is that Oscar Isaac’s Spider-Man 2099 is set for a huge role in the story, and in no time at all Miguel O’Hara’s costumed alter ego became the number one trending topic on Twitter. Looking at the reactions below, it’s easy to see why.

Oscar Issac really about to play Moon Knight and Spider-Man 2099 in the same year! 🔥

— The Mighty Myles (@TheMightyMyles) December 5, 2021


— 紅🔴 @ 7K DTIYS ERA (@wild_forms) December 5, 2021


— malachi (@MCUMarvels) December 5, 2021

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Spider-Man 2099 💪

— Spider-Man Shots 📸 (@SpiderManShots) December 5, 2021


— zach (@civiiswar) December 5, 2021


— Steph 🐌 (@steph25nice) December 5, 2021

Having made a surprise credits cameo in the first installment, everyone was hoping that Spider-Man 2099 would be back in a much bigger capacity for Across the Spider-Verse. Now that we know Isaac is locked, loaded and ready for action, we can’t wait to see how he factors into another multiversal epic, the only bad thing is that October 2022 feels like a million miles away.

Watch: First ‘Morbius’ clip reveals Jared Leto’s transformation

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Scott Campbell

Dec 5, 2021 1:20 am2021-12-05T01:20:52-05:00


As the first installment in Sony’s Spider-Man Universe that isn’t a Venom movie, there’s a lot riding on the potential success of Daniel Espinosa’s Morbius.

If the Living Vampire’s live-action debut is a success, then it’ll spur the studio on to put even more blockbuster comic book adaptations into development. On the other side of the coin, if it fails then serious questions will be asked about whether or not Hollywood’s other interconnected Marvel mythology can thrive without Eddie Brock and Peter Parker.

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In an effort to assuage some of those doubts, Sony have dropped a lengthy clip from Morbius that looks to be the first action scene featuring Leto as his vampiric alter ego. Fans have been fairly unenthusiastic over the project so far, but it has to be said that the footage on display is nothing less than solid.

The visual effects are on point, there’s a couple of nice stylistic flourishes, and Morbius‘ combination of prosthetic makeup and CGI gives the character a unique and distinctive look. All told, it’s a lot better than many naysayers were predicting, and Sony need the hype to start building now that we’re less than seven weeks away from the finished product coming to theaters on January 28 of next year.

Watch: ‘Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse’ reveals first teaser

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Scott Campbell

Dec 5, 2021 1:09 am2021-12-05T01:21:10-05:00


Co-director Kemp Powers teased that our first look at the hotly-anticipated Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse sequel was coming imminently, and he certainly wasn’t lying.

Sony have dropped the first look at the animated blockbuster, which has confirmed the title as Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse. The footage opens with Shameik Moore’s Miles Morales daydreaming as he tends to do, before Hailee Steinfeld’s Gwen Stacy returns from her reality to drag New York City’s teenage web-slinger on another multiversal adventure.

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From there, we’re treated to more eye-popping visuals as Miles traverses through the dimensions, before the teaser culminates in a grandstanding appearance from Oscar Isaac’s Miguel O’Hara, better known as Spider-Man 2099. All told, it looks incredible, with even more distinct and vivid animation styles being thrown into the mix.

The only downside is that Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse isn’t coming to theaters until October 2022, but that means we’ll be treated to plenty more footage between now and then. Expectations are through the roof after the opener won rave reviews and landed an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, but based on the two and a half minutes from the movie that have now been released online, the creative team are more than up to the task.

Quantic Dream game starring David Bowie goes viral amid Omicron spread

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itemprop=”headline name”>Quantic Dream game starring David Bowie goes viral amid Omicron spread

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Dec 4, 2021 4:26 pm2021-12-04T16:26:55-05:00

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Long before David Cage set about exploring the depths of what it means to be human and the struggle between the individual and the government, society at large, the supernatural and/or the self in games like Heavy Rain, Beyond: Two Souls and Detroit: Become Human, he may have predicted an element of the coronavirus. David Bowie was apparently part of the revelation, too!

At least, that’s what the internet believes amid the spread of the COVID-19 Omicron variant. The reason — back in 1999, Cage’s Quantic Dream studio burst onto the video gaming scene with its first title, which was called Omikron: The Nomad Soul in North America.

The original PC release of Omikron scored well with critics; IGN gave it an overall score of 8.5 out of 10. It was later ported to the Sega Dreamcast. Now, in 2021, it’s making waves as both a meme and fodder for the conspiracy theory crowd.

Not only is the title a soundalike for the Omicron variant that — as of this writing — has been deen detected in 12 U.S. states, per the New York Times, it also features the following speech from Bowie’s character, which has struck a chord with people who have become fed up with their governments in the wake of mask and vaccine mandates, lockdowns and overall pandemic exhaustion.

I’ll just leave this nice little video game. It came out in 1999. Voice is David Bowie. #Omicron #videogame #davidbowie #1999

— Gracie Chameleon (@cheli23) November 30, 2021

“Wake up, people of Omikron!” he declares. “Reshev and his corrupt government are lulling you to sleep in order to control you better. They have transformed you into puppets that are manipulated by Ix and the demons. Join the awakened ones and rise up to fight for your freedom. Together, we can win!”

The video has gone viral in recent days, with some going so far as to claim that it hints at the future, world-altering plans of one Bill Gates. Some tweeters have incorrectly attributed the game to Microsoft — it was released on Windows at the time, but The Nomad Soul is very much Cage’s brainchild.

In a 2011 piece for MCV, Cage revealed that he began writing the game’s script way back in 1994. Gates/Microsoft weren’t involved in any way, however:

“Omicron” was the name of a 1999 video game by Microsoft (Bill Gates) about demons pretending to be humans and harvesting their souls…. I’ll just leave that right here…

— Tania The Herbalist (@taniatheherblst) December 1, 2021

Omikron: The Nomad Soul continues to be available on Steam for the low price of $9.99. If you think that tenner is going to unlock the secrets of COVID-19, the new world order and/or Joe Biden tracking your movements via nanobots injected into your bloodstream by way of the Pfizer vaccine, you’re probably going to be disappointed.

You will get some David Bowie, though, and that’s always a good thing.

Halle Berry’s gruelling training for “Bruised” started as she filmed “John Wick 3”

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Beau Paul

Dec 4, 2021 3:08 pm2021-12-04T15:08:51-05:00

Halle Berry definitely wasn’t easing into a comfortable director’s chair for her directorial debut, Bruised. In a recent Vanity Fair interview, the star reports six-hour training sessions in the gym to into the shape of her MMA fighter character. The training overlapped into her time filming John Wick 3 and the actor stated that she found inspiration in Wick star Keanu Reeves, marvelling at the 57-year-old’s ability to perform Wick’s challenging action sequences.

Reflecting on her own training process for Bruised, Berry said, “When I started training for John Wick I already knew that Bruised was coming. I sort of got the offer to do those movies around the same time. So the beauty of that was when I was training for John Wick I was also training for Bruised at the same time, in a small way. Part of that training was just getting my body used to five, six hours of training a day. I was changing my diet, learning about recovery. I was really pushing myself to the limit and I knew that was what I’d have to do for Bruised. It was one big period of time when I knew I’d do these two movies back to back that would challenge me like I’ve never been challenged before.”

In Bruised, the actor/director portrays former UFC fighter Jackie “Pretty Bull” Justice, who overcomes multiple challenges to earn a new shot at a Mixed Martial Arts title. Bruised reached the number one most watched spot on Netflix after it was released on the service prompting them to offer Berry a further multi-film contract that would allow her to add to her directorial resume.

Berry is already well known to audiences for her work in blockbuster tentpoles such as the X-Men films and the James Bond franchise but also in critically acclaimed work such as Monsters’ Ball for which she earned the Acadamy Award for her performance. Bruised marks a new chapter in Berry’s career and the new Netflix contract ensure we will be seeing more of her behind the camera efforts in the years to come.

The star doesn’t appear to be disappearing behind the camera though. She is scheduled to next appear in the Rolan Emmerich Sci-Fi disaster film Moonfall which will be released in theaters in February 2022.

Benedict Cumberbatch Says ‘Doctor Strange 2’ Is “Very Busy” And “Bonkers”

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Dec 4, 2021 2:50 pm2021-12-04T14:50:28-05:00

After Spider-Man: No Way Home busts down the doors to the multiverse in a couple of weeks, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is set to properly dive into the other universes out there in the spring. So far, Marvel has kept the sequel to the Sorcerer Supreme’s 2016 origins movie under wraps so we hardly know what to expect from it. But, going by the latest comments from its star Benedict Cumberbatch, it might end up making NWH look basic by comparison.

While speaking on the WTF with Marc Maron podcast, the Avengers: Infinity War star was a little less guarded than usual when talking about the upcoming film. Cumberbatch labelled the sequel as “bonkers”, much as he has done elsewhere, but this time he also called it “very busy” and voiced concerns over whether his mystical hero actually has a character arc in this one. Here’s the relevant exchange:

Benedict Cumberbatch: This is the second one of him on his own.

Marc Maron: So this is your movie.

Cumberbatch: Yeah, well, yeah that’s part of the problem. There’s a lot of stuff going on in it. It’s like, “do I have a character arc in this? Is it working?” There’s great stuff for me to do in it. It’s very busy. It’s called The Multiverse of Madness and it’s bonkers.

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We obviously knew that Doctor Strange 2 was going to be an extremely ambitious and highly populated movie, perhaps on a level with the Avengers flicks, but it’s a little worrying to hear Cumberbatch describe it as “very busy”, which indicates a lack of focus and a baggy plot. Likewise, it’s concerning that the actor isn’t sure the film is rooted in Strange himself and his journey.

But, before we get too worked up about this, we should probably remember that DS2 is currently undergoing reshoots. The movie is still coming together, then, so obviously Cumberbatch might be unclear on how it’s all going to coalesce. Much as the cast of Infinity War and Endgame felt, and those two examples turned out more than OK. Director Sam Raimi has a lot on his plate, but hopefully, he’ll be able to create something very special out of it.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is due out on May 6, 2022.

Memphis will honor Young Dolph with a street named after him

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Dec 4, 2021 2:40 pm2021-12-04T14:40:28-05:00

American Rapper Young Dolph performs during the Astroworld Festival at NRG Stadium on November 9, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by SUZANNE CORDEIRO / AFP) (Photo by SUZANNE CORDEIRO/AFP via Getty Images)

American Rapper Young Dolph performs during the Astroworld Festival at NRG Stadium on November 9, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by SUZANNE CORDEIRO / AFP) (Photo by SUZANNE CORDEIRO/AFP via Getty Images)

Rapper Young Dolph, tragically slain by gunmen in November, was already an icon in his native Memphis, Tennessee, known almost as much for his charity and philanthropy towards his old neighborhood as he was for his many Billboard hits. But the city has chosen to keep his name alive in another way by naming a street after the fallen hip hop artist.

The City of Memphis has announced plans to change the name of an existing street to honor Dolph’s name. The ceremony unveiling the name is scheduled for the 15th of December and will take place at Dunn Avenue and Airways Boulevard in the Memphis Depot Industrial Park.

City Council member J.B. Smiley first proposed the idea of renaming the street after conferring with Dolph’s family. He hopes the street will inspire others to follow the artist’s example of giving back to the community. Dolph was known to have donated money to his high school and was involved in many charity food giveaways. On the day of his death, he was scheduled to pass out free Thanksgiving turkeys to families in need. His family hopes that the street name will bear remembrance of someone who has achieved success through hard work and persistence and who then goes on to give back. According to one family member, “He sent the message that someone who went to the same schools as them, and walked the same streets that they do, was able to not only create a successful legacy for himself but also prioritized family and community.”

ATLANTA, GEORGIA – OCTOBER 09: Rapper Young Dolph is seen backstage during 2021 ONE Musicfest at Centennial Olympic Park on October 09, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images)

According to the family, an additional memorial to the music star is also in the works. In the weeks following the rapper’s death, many of his friends and fellow artists have teamed up in order to ensure that Dolph’s annual Turkey Drive effort will also continue as a legacy for the performer.