The Tragedy Of Macbeth Trailer Explained

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Matt Goddard

Sep 26, 2021 9:47 am2021-09-26T09:47:47-05:00

The first trailer for Joel Coen’s The Tragedy of Macbeth is less than a minute long, but it has instantly driven up anticipation for the atmospheric film that’s scheduled to release on Apple TV+ early in 2022

The Tragedy of Macbeth is making history, and not just because it’s an adaptation of Shakespeare’s fictional account of war-ravaged Scotland in the 11th-century. This is the first film from the famous Coens to involve only one jOEL. Reports emerged in 2020 that Ethan and Joel Coen’s partnership, which has produced 36 films over a 40-year career, had amicably ended after Ethan decided not to make any more films. 

That looks to be confirmed with The Tragedy of Macbeth, as Joel Coen takes on writing, directing, and producing duties without Ethan. Joel has brought some familiar faces with him, though. While long-time Coen Brothers collaborator Carter Burwell is providing the score, Joel’s wife Frances McDormand takes on the pivotal role of Lady Macbeth – on top of production duties alongside her husband and Robert Graf. 

It’s Denzel Washington who takes on the tragic hero of the title. Opposite McDormand and Washington, Shakespeare’s ultimate power couple, are Corey Hawkins as Macduff, Harry Melling as Malcolm, and Bertie Carvel as Banquo. Brendan Gleeson, who last worked with Joel Coen on The Ballad of Buster Scruggs in 2018, takes on the role of King Duncan. 

What does the short trailer tell us about the upcoming film, and is that a spoiler in the title? 

What happens in the trailer for the Tragedy of Macbeth?

The film takes the full name of Shakespeare’s play, which is thought to have been first performed in 1606. The title isn’t so much a spoiler as an indication of what audiences can expect – and no, it doesn’t end well. The trailer does an excellent job of conveying a slow march towards a tragic ending. 

It opens with an atmospheric shot of circling crows as an ominous beat alternates with what sounds like footsteps. Critically, there are three crows – the same number as witches, or wayward sisters, that generals Macbeth and Banquo encounter near the start of the play. 

We see the two approach the three witches who are shrouded in mist. In the play, they encounter the witches on a heath after victory in battle. The setting in this scene suggests that the witches are far closer to the battle’s aftermath. 

A lingering close-up on Denzel Washington’s face sums up his apprehension and perhaps shock at the prophecy that the witches have for him. They act like fates in classical mythology, setting the ambitious soldier on a destructive path after telling him he is destined to be king. Macbeth is reluctant to believe the witches until the prophecy that he would be made Thane of Cawdor is quickly proved true. 

The trailer shows us how Macbeth’s rise to the top unfolds. We see the king of Scotland and his entourage, an empty crown picked up, and a smirking Macbeth, presumably when things are going to plan.

The film was shot entirely on soundstages in black and white to maintain a sense of unreality. It helps to create an ominous atmosphere, and the visuals look stunning. At one point, we see Macbeth step into a sharp spotlight. It’s a simple representation of the split between dark and light in the play, of vacuums waiting to be filled, and the circles of dark drawing around its characters.

The only dialogue in the trailer is credited to the Second Witch in the play. Interestingly, The Tragedy of Macbeth credits all three witches to actress Kathryn Hunter. That’s undoubtedly her distinctive voice, reciting one of the lay’s most famous lines: 

“By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes.”

Be in no doubt that something evil is on its way. It’s no mistake that the line ends on the appearance of Frances McDormand as Lady Macbeth, turning from the light. Lady Macbeth is a hugely important part of the story, encouraging her husband before paying the consequences. The nature of the evil the witch refers to will be at the heart of the film. Macbeth explores the effect of ambition, greed, and also self-determination. Once Macbeth hears the witch’s predictions, is he able to break the cycle?

Where will The Tragedy of Macbeth be available?

The Tragedy of Macbeth had its world premiere at the 2021 New York Film Festival on September 24, 2021. A24 has scheduled it for a limited theatrical release on December 25, 2021, before it’s available to stream on Apple TV+ on January 14, 2022.

What Was The First Horror Film?

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Matt Goddard

Sep 26, 2021 9:10 am

Tales of horror have been with us for centuries. Folklore, religion, and ancient traditions left us metaphors and fables to explain the fears and realities of everyday existence. While some have been lost, others have endured in societies across the world. They left countless horrific entities in our books, movies, and, occasionally, our wardrobes. Whether a demon, witch, vampire, werewolf, or ghost, every personification of horror plays on different fears. Some of those have enjoyed particular peaks of popularity. 

Werewolves were familiar in the medieval period, at least in legal codes of the time. The name referred to outlaws, referencing wolves as a symbol of greed. Over the years, the fusion of man and wolf became more physical, drawing on ancient legends of transformation. 

Stories of vampires have a long history too. Beings that preyed on the life force of humans were familiar to ancient civilizations, including Roman, Manipuri, and Hebrew. European folklore expanded their legend as plagues swept through the Dark Ages. But it was only in the 18th century that verbal traditions were drawn together in prose. Remarkably similar traits led to seminal works that embedded more familiar vampires in popular culture, most prominently in Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1897). 

When Mary Shelley wrote her horrific dream into the 1818 novel that played a fundamental role in shaping modern horror and science fiction, she drew on ancient inspiration. Frankenstein continued a direct dramatic line to Greek Mythology. Its publication was crucial in combining Gothic tales with Romanticism at the start of the 19th century. By the end of that century, the genre had already made its way into motion pictures, its bloodline may run far back, but horror was ready-made for revolutionary technology.

What was the first horror film ever made?

1896 was the year when horror reached the movies. One year before Dracula’s publication and just a year after the revolutionary public screening of ten of the Lumière brothers’ short films in Paris.

Those had provided the breakthrough for projected pictures, and early filmmakers were eager to pioneer increasingly spectacular effects on film. At the forefront of these so-called Trick Films was Georges Méliès, an actor, director, and, importantly, an illusionist. At the time, stage magicians were extremely popular, and the switch to recorded footage was not only a natural fit, but it also had even more power to startle audiences.

Méliès’ quest to create illusions on-screen led to many technical and narrative developments in cinema. We can thank him for pioneering special effects and techniques such as multiple exposures, time-lapse photography, and dissolves. And horror, alongside science-fiction fantasy, provided the perfect material. 

Méliès is perhaps most famous for his pioneering fantasy films, A Trip to the Moon (1902) and The Impossible Voyage (1904) – but he worked with horror before those. 

Méliès’s Le Manoir du Diable, known in English as The Haunted Castle or The House of the Devil, may only be 3-minutes long, but it is regarded as the first horror film. 

A supernatural story told through several sketches, Méliès included a skeleton transforming into a bat, the appearance of the devil’s agent Mephistopheles, and the conjuring of many demonic entities. Brilliantly, it was all filmed in Méliès’s garden. The short film was lost for many years but was fortunately rediscovered in the New Zealand Film Archive in 1988.

By 1920, feature-length horror had reached the screen, with the hugely influential German Expressionist film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. That came just over a century after the publication of Frankenstein and ten years after the first loose adaptation of Mary Shelley’s novel. That 1910, 16-minute and one reel short was produced by Thomas Edison.

Horror’s early arrival to cinema was truly a combination of magic and science. 

James Gunn Teases Guardians Of The Galaxy 3 With BTS Pic

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Danny Peterson

Sep 26, 2021 9:01 am2021-09-26T09:01:37-05:00

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 director James Gunn is teasing what’s to come with the third installment of the franchise that chronicles the adventures of Chris Pratt’s Starlord and company.

Gunn took to Twitter on Friday to share a behind the scenes pic of some of his pre-production work on the project. The image shows three stacks of storyboards he’s completed, each one representing a different sequence in the film. “One huge sequence, one middling, and one small. (I can’t wait for you guys to see this big one!)” Gunn Tweeted

More #Vol3 storyboards complete. One huge sequence, one middling, and one small. (I can’t wait for you guys to see this big one!) pic.twitter.com/R5NvJ01sj4

— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) September 24, 2021

Though we aren’t graced with any images that are drawn on the storyboards, the photo does give a glimpse into Gunn’s creative process.

For instance, the lack of reference in the image makes it appear as if each section of paper is perhaps an standard sheet of letter-sized paper, making the larger sequence stack seem absolutely sprawling. It turns out, however, that they are single index cards each representing a single shot, which significantly scales down the scope of what we are seeing.

Those are index cards and each one is a single shot. https://t.co/48K320sPdl

— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) September 24, 2021

In addition, Gunn seems to allude to the fact that the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special, expected to go into pre-production in December 2022 and eventually releasing on Disney Plus, will be connected to the third installment of the film, which itself is purported to enter pre-production in May 2023, according to IMDB.

Most definitely. Secrets will be revealed… https://t.co/nLXbjCJTwt

— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) September 24, 2021

The versatile writer-director has proven himself to easily helm both Marvel and DC franchises, with the recently released DC film The Suicide Squad proving to be a favorite of both critics and fans.

Gunn was able to team up with Marvel once again for the third installment of the space adventure film series, despite being let go briefly for controversial, old Tweets. For many fans, having any other director try to tackle Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 would seem like a betrayal to the unique voice of the franchise.

The CW Is Reportedly Working On Their Own Catwoman Project

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Sep 26, 2021 8:53 am2021-09-26T08:53:05-05:00

Though the Bat-verse was once off limits to them, The CW has well and truly embraced the world of Gotham City over the past few years thanks to Batwoman, which is just about to head into its third season. And this time around, the Arrowverse show is expanding its roster of iconic characters, with the likes of Poison Ivy, Mad Hatter and others due to appear. But could Catwoman be on her way to the CW, too?

We’ve heard from our reliable sources – the same ones who fed us accurate information on Superman & Lois in the past – that the network is secretly working on its own Catwoman project. That’s all we can reveal about this for now, so it’s unclear if this would be directly connected to the Arrowverse, but the odds are that it would be a Batwoman offshoot of some kind if it did come to fruition.


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It’s important to note that just because this project would be based around Catwoman, that doesn’t mean Selina Kyle will necessarily be the star. It might do, but DC is busy using Selina in The Batman universe so it’s feasible The CW wouldn’t get the clearance to use her. Instead, it could focus on one of the few other women to take on Selina’s mantle in the comics. For instance, her protégé Holly Robinson.

Likewise, the fact we’re hearing this is something the network is working on isn’t to say it’s definitely going to happen. The CW seemingly develops a range of new DC projects every year, with only one or two making them to air. For instance, The CW was developing a Wonder Girl show, Black Lightning spinoff Painkiller and Ava DuVernay’s Naomi for the next TV season and only Naomi managed to get past the pilot stage.

While we wait for more on this intriguing Catwoman project, Batwoman season 3 premieres October 13th on The CW.

Find Out How You Can Be “Killed” By Michael Myers

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itemprop=”headline name”>Find Out How You Can Be “Killed” By Michael Myers

Ashley Marie

Sep 26, 2021 8:41 am2021-09-26T08:42:06-05:00

Some horror fans stop their love for the genre at simply watching the films, some surround themselves with it via clothing and home decor and some want to be fully immersed in it. If you’re the latter — you’ll want to take part in this new opportunity from Universal Pictures.

The Halloween film franchise is an incredible one and Michael Myers is one of horror’s truly nightmarish villains. The slasher is responsible for some gruesome deaths and you could be next — in a way.


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That’s right, Universal Pictures is celebrating Halloween Kills by allowing one fan of the Halloween franchise to be a victim of Myers. They’re running a contest that allows the winner to become a ‘lucky victim’. The rules and requirements can be found, here. Most important; you must post a 60-second video explaining why you’re the Halloween franchise’s biggest fan and give them your best slasher scream.

“To be the lucky victim, record a video explaining why you are the biggest fan of the franchise and include your best horror scream.”

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You’ll upload your video to TikTok tagging @UniversalPics or Instagram tagging @HalloweenMovie and using the hashtags #FaceTheShapeContest and #HalloweenKills.

Halloween Kills hits theaters on October 15th, and there’s no better way to celebrate the film than by embracing all things slasher-horror to the extreme.

The contest ends very soon, so you’ll want to get your entry in ASAP; it’s not every day you get a chance to be killed by a horror legend.

This Halloween Lego Build Is Terrifyingly Stunning

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Danny Peterson

Sep 26, 2021 8:18 am2021-09-26T08:18:49-05:00

Lego never disappoints when it comes to a creative outlet to get us in the mood for the special time of year when pumpkins done spooky faces, kids get free candy and 20-somethings binge ’80s slasher films with their pals.

Halloween is right around the corner and Reddit user comp_19 is getting in the spirit with their impressive themed Lego diorama posted to the Lego subreddit featuring mad scientists, a fly mutant, a headless horseman, spooky spiderwebs, a cage full of zombies, a witch, Dracula himself, Frankenstein’s Monster and who appears to be Daphne from Scooby Doo thwarting off mutant carnivorous plants.

The post has already garnered over a thousand upvotes in about a day and you can check for yourself why the images resonated with so many people below:


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Many Reddit users lauded comp_19’s creation for the ominous orange lighting elevating the scene to something that “gives it a massive burning forest fire type vibe,” as one user said.

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The combination of Lego and Halloween isn’t just relegated to fan builds, either. On October 1 , you can stream a new Halloween special on Disney Plus: LEGO Star Wars Terrifying Tales.

The plot centers around everyone’s favorite Resistance pilot, Poe Dameron, and his trusty droid, BB-8, as they journey to Mustafar, one of the most infamous planets in Star Wars lore. The duo will be told three creepy stories while there, pulled from all eras of the franchise.

Be sure to check back right here for all your Lego related news.

The Batman Will Reportedly End With [SPOILERS]

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Scott Campbell

Sep 26, 2021 5:25 am2021-09-26T05:25:58-05:00

As you’d expect from such a high profile project, plot details for The Batman are being held under lock and key, but the slow rollout of information is poised to begin shortly. A new full-length trailer is set for DC FanDome in just a couple of weeks, which should realistically lay out the broad strokes of the narrative.

Last year’s teaser did indicate that Paul Dano’s Riddler was the big bad above all others, but The Batman no doubt has much more going on under the hood. Various rumors, fan theories and potential storylines have been making the rounds on a regular basis, but as of yet we’re not sure how anything is going to play out when Robert Pattinson suits up for the first time and swoops onto the big screen in March 2022.


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However, we’ve heard from our sources – the same ones who told us Ben Affleck was returning as the Caped Crusader in The Flash long before it was confirmed – that The Batman could end on a cataclysmic cliffhanger that sets up the second installment.

The Riddler will reportedly flood Gotham in one final act of defiance before presumably being defeated by the Dark Knight, causing wide-ranging damage that’s said to be almost post-apocalyptic in nature. That would see the sequel take place on a much different depiction of Bruce Wayne’s home turf than we’ve ever seen before, and would set The Batman up as a completely unique spin on the well-worn mythos.

The Witcher Fans Blast Netflix For Series Aimed At Kids And Families

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itemprop=”headline name”>The Witcher Fans Blast Netflix For Series Aimed At Kids And Families

Scott Campbell

Sep 26, 2021 5:23 am2021-09-26T05:23:50-05:00

Having stolen the show at TUDUM by revealing a ton of new footage and confirming three new projects for Netflix, The Witcher was one of social media’s main talking points last night. For the most part, fans couldn’t be more thrilled about getting to spend even more time on the Continent, but that doesn’t mean there hasn’t been some dissension in the ranks.

Without a doubt, executive producer and architect of the entire Witcher universe Lauren Schmidt Hissrich announcing that a new series aimed at children and families is on the way came as a shock. After all, the mythology is famed for its darkness, violence and unflinching brutality, so it’s difficult to imagine how something as grim and gritty as the fantasy franchise would work in a watered-down environment.

As you can see below, the fanbase isn’t even waiting for an answer, having already decided that the family-friendly Witcher project is an abomination that shows corporate greed as its finest while displaying a completely fundamental lack of understanding for what made it so popular in the first place.

😡 You should've never gotten the license! This shows that you understood absolutely ZERO what The Witcher is about. 🤦🏻‍♀️ This isn't some comic shit you can rewrite for kids and families… Fuck it. pic.twitter.com/2C5emBtH84

— 🎃 Joanne 👻 (@WaldWaechterin) September 26, 2021

A kids and family series? Fuck that shit! The Witcher isn’t meant for kids or families, netflix just wants to add new subscribers with bullshit content.

— Rogue Knight (@RogueKnight722) September 26, 2021

I know I can just not watch it, obviously. But I’m not a fan of the attempt to make a kids and families series not gonna lie. It feels unnecessary to the grim dark world that is The Witcher, one of the many things I enjoy about it. But hey that’s just me.

— Nīzzy (@ARapJedi) September 26, 2021

because even if they make one pg, family friendly show, it’s highly likely those kids/families who perhaps know nothing about the witcher watch the main series afterwards. i can already picture the outrage and calls for censorship from the karen types.

— yennefer of vengerberg enthusiast (@adreamofchaos) September 25, 2021

I'm sorry… A Witcher for Kids and families…????
The Witcher… WAT?! https://t.co/mLwrFFu2x1

— GenerationWest (@GenerationWest0) September 25, 2021


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Kids and families… in The Witcher universe.
Netflix has reached a point where they greenlit shit for the sake of increasing their IPs without a thought if it fits said universe or not https://t.co/rGOdgkl9N8

— Leey (@Leeekey) September 25, 2021

ya… what is the point of making the witcher family friendly?
Why would… anyone do that? It's NOT for kids or families… it's full of gore and sex and conspiracy…
Where's even any source material FOR something family friendly here?

— PhilosoShy (@PhilosoShy) September 25, 2021

Netflix is developing a "a new kids and families series" based on #TheWitcher. Um, seriously? Why am I getting flashbacks to the Saturday-morning #RoboCop cartoon, which came out between the X-rated original film and the R-rated sequel? https://t.co/rBAInyEKrG

— Peter T Chattaway (@ptchat) September 25, 2021

“kids & families series in ‘THE WITCHER’ universe” https://t.co/rUtVFqsCdd pic.twitter.com/3lmMl76tIC

— Martin Fisher (@OnlyMcFisherMan) September 25, 2021

We should give Netflix and Schmidt Hissrich the benefit of the doubt for now, but it’s certainly an intriguing creative conundrum nonetheless. There’s no reason why kids couldn’t enjoy a Witcher show set in the same place where Henry Cavill routinely bludgeons monsters into a bloody pulp, but there’s already been an element of gatekeeping to some of the early responses that isn’t going to go away.

Andy Serkis Reveals Why He Wanted To Play Alfred In The Batman

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Scott Campbell

Sep 26, 2021 5:22 am2021-09-26T05:22:32-05:00

Matt Reeves has assembled a stellar cast for The Batman, but a lot of the major roles are filled by actors you wouldn’t have expected to see take a trip to Gotham City. Robert Pattinson’s Dark Knight has obviously generated plenty of debate and more than a little criticism, but that feeling of the unexpected runs right through the cast.

The most notable example came when Reeves hired the roguishly handsome Colin Farrell to play Oswald Cobblepot, only to bury him under an unrecognizable amount of prosthetics. John Turturro is arguably best known for his comedic work but will play fearsome crime boss Carmine Falcone, and while Paul Dano is a fantastic actor, he was hardly an obvious choice for iconic villain the Riddler.

Alfred Pennyworth is typically depicted as the stoic, dignified confidant to Batman, but it’s safe to assume Andy Serkis will be bringing a harder edge to the character than we’ve seen in live-action before. In a new interview with Uproxx, the Venom: Let There Be Carnage director revealed why he signed on as Bruce Wayne’s butler.

“It was definitely to work with Matt. I’d love to be able to talk about it, but I can’t talk anything about it. I’ve been forbidden to talk about Alfred!” 


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That’s hardly the most illuminating answer, but it’s clear Serkis and Reeves formed a bond working on the rebooted Planet of the Apes trilogy. The Batman is sure to put a different spin on the Bruce/Alfred dynamic, and Serkis is a massively underrated actor that arguably doesn’t get enough opportunities to show what he can do without performance capture being involved.

Jason Momoa Says The Stakes Will Be A Lot Higher In Aquaman 2

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itemprop=”headline name”>Jason Momoa Says The Stakes Will Be A Lot Higher In Aquaman 2

Scott Campbell

Sep 26, 2021 5:21 am2021-09-26T05:21:53-05:00

As production continues on Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, more and more information surrounding the project is seeping out, with a quartet of new additions added to the ensemble just the other day. Three of them are potential foes for Jason Momoa’s Arthur Curry, so he’ll have a lot on his plate to deal with second time out.

The first installment never took itself too seriously, and provided an entertainingly bizarre blast of comic book escapism, so fingers crossed director James Wan is doubling down on the insanity. We’ll never experience the rush of seeing an octopus playing a drum solo for the first time again, but in a new interview with Fandango, Momoa teased that Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom will be bigger, better, bolder and funnier.

“We all learned something on the first one. It’s exciting because I haven’t made too many sequels. I just know that it’s, even on the page, it’s absolutely wonderful. There is so much going on. I think the stakes are a lot higher. There’s a lot of comedy. So, I mean, I giggled reading it. There’s a lot of fun, and definitely the action’s bigger. I think just in the last three or four years, technology is constantly evolving, it’s just moving at such a rapid pace that what we’re doing with underwater sequences. I mean, that’s what made the first one so amazing. It’s just gone on to a whole other level, so I’m excited for everyone because it’s just a lot more heart. There’s a lot more at risk.” 


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Not that the stakes weren’t high in the opener; Arthur had to deal with his royal lineage, cope with the dual threats of Black Manta and Vorm, all while ascending to the throne of Atlantis, but it was the standard ‘superhero embraces the destiny they initially turned their back on’ origin story we’ve seen countless times before.

Now that the world-building is out of the way, Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom is free to take the franchise is new and exciting directions, which should ensure that it doesn’t fall into the same repetitive traps that blight many blockbuster sequels, especially with Wan and Momoa leading the charge.

Ant-Man Director Teases Quantumania On Michael Douglas’ Birthday

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itemprop=”headline name”>Ant-Man Director Teases Quantumania On Michael Douglas’ Birthday

Scott Campbell

Sep 26, 2021 5:21 am2021-09-26T05:21:08-05:00

During a long and distinguished career that stretches back over 50 years and has brought such accolades as two Academy Awards, six Golden Globes and an Emmy, Michael Douglas never showed much interest in big budget blockbusters. That’s all changed in the last few years, though, with the veteran having become a valuable addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Hank Pym.

In fact, when Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania comes to theaters in February 2023, four of his last six feature film credits will have come as part of the MCU, and Chinese blockbuster Animal World didn’t even score a big screen release in the United States. Douglas’ twinkling charm and gravitas have made him an excellent foil for Paul Rudd’s Scott Lang, even if Hank keeps pissing of the fans every time he shows up in What If…?.

Yesterday marked the actor’s 77th birthday, and Quantumania director Peyton Reed paid tribute to the second-generation star on social media, while teasing that he’s got big things in store for Douglas’ latest project.

The happiest of birthdays to the great Michael Douglas!

Michael and a few other friends and I are busy cooking up something that we think you’re gonna be WAY into…#Quantumania

— Peyton Reed (@MrPeytonReed) September 25, 2021


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Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is currently in production, and it’s shaping up to be an integral part of Phase Four, if only for the presence of Jonathan Majors’ Kang the Conqueror. The first two installments aren’t exactly regarded as top-tier MCU, but the trilogy-capper has all the tools and ingredients to rectify that in a major way.

Eternals Is Reportedly One Of The MCU’s Longest Movies

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itemprop=”headline name”>Eternals Is Reportedly One Of The MCU’s Longest Movies

Scott Campbell

Sep 26, 2021 5:19 am2021-09-26T05:20:02-05:00

A lot of people share the opinion that superhero movies are just too damn long these days, but that’s entirely dependent on both personal preference, and whether or not the story being told justifies such an exorbitant length.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Eternals tells a sprawling cosmic saga that stretches thousands of years, with the plot needing to introduce and establish over a dozen brand new characters, explain why they’ve remained hidden in the shadows for so long, position the Deviants as worthy threats and tie into the overarching narrative of Phase Four.


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That’s an awful lot of heavy lifting, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Eternals is being touted as one of the franchise’s most butt-numbing installments ever. As per Kino Metro, a Russian film bulletin that previously revealed runtimes for Halloween Kills and The Last Duel before they were made official, Chloé Zhao’s epic clocks in at a hefty 156 minutes.

If that turns out to be correct, then Eternals will be second only to Avengers: Endgame in MCU history, and the longest standalone outing by some distance ahead of the 147-minute Captain America: Civil War. If we’re getting two and a half hours of movie, then let’s hope the quality is there to have audiences on the edge of their seats throughout.

Marvel Fans Debating If The Avengers Or X-Men Are More Popular

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Scott Campbell

Sep 25, 2021 10:40 am2021-09-25T10:41:01-05:00

No offense intended to the Justice League, but if you asked the majority of people to name two superhero teams off the top of their heads, chances are they’d plump for the Avengers and the X-Men. Even folks who’ve never picked up a comic book in their lives will be able to reel off countless members of both rosters, thanks to the success of their big screen adventures.

The merry band of mutants headlined thirteen blockbusters in the space of 20 years, racking up over $6 billion at the box office in the process, while Earth’s Mightiest Heroes have generated close to $7.8 billion despite only having four outings under their belts. The latest superhero debate to grip social media has seen users debating whether the Avengers or the X-Men are more popular or influential, and you can check out some of the reactions below.

People are arguing about whether the Avengers or X-Men are more popular while I’m thinking about a time when this guy was the most popular superhero in the country. #Shazam! pic.twitter.com/ZlMoD5v76i

— ComicsintheGoldenAge (@ComicsintheGA) September 23, 2021

Marvel seeing the "X-Men vs. Avengers" debate pic.twitter.com/lKSHYiSVbU

— Ringer-Verse (@RingerVerse) September 23, 2021

The X-Men are, have been, and always will be more popular than the avengers.

— JM 🦋 (@Son0fkryptonn) September 23, 2021

The way no matter what the Fantastic Four and X-Men will always be more iconic than Avengers……………… pic.twitter.com/7l033KT6jF

— GOHSOKA (@GohsokaRevival) September 24, 2021

I mean the MCU’s fanbase at this point ain’t even Marvel fans, so it’s not really fair. Anyway X-Men are like 5x better than every Avengers roster https://t.co/5s4Mx7k00j

— Noon Ω is SO FUCKING HAPPY (@BeephisHorny) September 23, 2021


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Yes, the X-Men were always more popular than the Avengers. Avengers became a household name just over 10 years ago. When I was on the playground as a kid, or hell, even now talking to an adult who grew up with comics and asked what they lvoed. its 99.999999% of the time… X-Men pic.twitter.com/lersYXX9zY

— Blerd Without Fear!™ is the Blerd Who Remains (@BlerdMinusFear) September 23, 2021

Nobody gave a fuck about the Avengers till the MCU hell the X-Men got they own movie franchise before them and their comics were doing alot better than the Avengers https://t.co/pEj5atnV6H

— ⚡⚡ (@King2Wesley) September 23, 2021

nobody was checking for the avengers up until the MCU came around if anything the x-men are more influential pic.twitter.com/KMhoYrjFrQ

— Sh (@zatannafilm) September 23, 2021

The X-Men are not more popular than the Avengers yall gotta get with the times pic.twitter.com/Ovj1u568OV

— 🦋 (@XMENMAGlK) September 23, 2021

The movies definitely made the Avengers more popular to the mainstream but X-Men and Spider-Man was singlehandedly keeping Marvel in business for decades https://t.co/DzVrHKlik5

— Bran✙⁷ (@yeonbias) September 23, 2021

It’s an interesting argument to make, and one that can’t de definitively settled. Longtime comic book fans might plump for Charles Xavier’s squad given how important they’ve been to Marvel as a whole for over half a century, while the younger crowd would almost certainly pick Nick Fury’s superpowered boy band based almost entirely on the appeal of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

As always, it’s entirely down to personal preference at the end of the day, but that doesn’t mean it’s not fun to sit back and watch the back-and-forth unfold without actually having to pick a side between the Avengers and X-Men.

Watch: Netflix Reveals First Trailer For Mark Millar’s Super Crooks

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Sep 25, 2021 10:38 am2021-09-25T10:38:34-05:00

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Netflix spent upwards of $30 million to acquire Mark Millar’s Millarworld, only for the investment to blow up in their faces when Jupiter’s Legacy lasted for one eight-episode season. The superhero epic was estimated to have set the streamer back $200 million, but didn’t generate reviews or viewership figures strong enough to justify its continued existence.

Instead of a second run for the intended flagship show, the platform has rejigged its approach, announcing shortly afterwards that a live-action adaptation of Super Crooks would act as the erstwhile replacement. Before that, though, an animated version is coming to Netflix in November, and the first trailer has been revealed as part of the prelude to today’s TUDUM event.

Initially created by Millar and artist Leinil Francis Yu, Super Crooks was released as a four-issue miniseries in 2012. It’s been in development for streaming since long before Jupiter’s Legacy aired, with director Motonobu Hori calling the shots. The action-packed effort hails from animation studio BONES, best known for Fullmetal Alchemist and My Hero Academia, so this one should go down a storm with anime fans.

It makes sense for Super Crooks to kick off what’s set to be a major day for Netflix announcements, when it could end up getting lost in the shuffle later one, where a cavalcade of big hitters will be dropping huge reveals of their own.

James Bond Producer Says Amazon Will Be Keeping The Franchise In Theaters

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Scott Campbell

Sep 25, 2021 10:36 am2021-09-25T10:36:23-05:00

When it was first announced Amazon were acquiring MGM in a multi-billion dollar deal, James Bond was the first name on everyone’s lips. That was a completely understandable response when the franchise is comfortably the studio’s biggest cash cow, and the Daniel Craig era imminently drawing to close with No Time to Die means the next iteration of 007 comes armed with a clean slate and new ownership.

It’s an interesting situation to say the least, and you could have set your watch to rumors coming out of the woodwork that the streaming service was planning an entire cinematic universe packed to bursting point with spinoffs and TV shows. The only problem is, producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson have no interest in letting any of that happen.

The Eon Productions duo still retain a huge influence over the creative direction of the series from casting right through to marketing and distribution, so it’s comforting to hear Broccoli reiterating via Deadline that as far as she’s aware, Amazon have no plans on debuting new Bond movies anywhere else besides the theater.

“We focused on making the films for theatrical release and I think that’s our position. Amazon certainly have told us that the films will be theatrical films in the future. And we’ll see what happens.”


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Signing off with “we’ll see what happens” could be a cause for concern, especially when the Eon duo already admitted that the long-running spy series is at a critical juncture. The next James Bond blockbuster will be placed under much more intense scrutiny than usual, and it’ll be fascinating to see how it all unfolds.

The Flash Image Reportedly Wasn’t Teasing A Cult Comic Book Villain

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Scott Campbell

Sep 25, 2021 10:35 am2021-09-25T10:35:28-05:00

Online tongues were set wagging earlier this week when The Flash director Andy Muschietti posted a new image on social media, revealing a spray-painted mashup of Bruce Wayne and Barry Allen’s superhero logos. The crude artwork was reminiscent of what Jared Leto’s Joker had done to poor Robin’s costume, so it was natural that the speculation would begin turning to all corners of the DC Universe.

One name to come up on a regular basis was that of Red Death, who was created by Scott Snyder and Capullo and made his comic book debut in 2017. After Batman loses too many sidekicks, he feels he’s not fast enough to save his friends anymore, so he comes up with what turns out to be a terrible idea.


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Using the Speed Force, the Dark Knight fuses himself with the Scarlet Speedster into a single being that gave Gotham City’s nocturnal protector the abilities of the Flash, but trapped Barry’s mind inside Bruce’s consciousness. Dubbing himself Red Death, the amalgamation goes on a murderous rampage against his enemies, all while Barry is powerless to stop him.

That sounds equal parts insane and awesome, but according to a new report from Geekosity, it won’t be happening in live-action, with the teaser image just that; a hint that Batman and the Flash are teaming up. It always seemed unlikely anyway, given that we’re already getting two versions of the Caped Crusader, and either Ben Affleck or Michael Keaton would have to bond with Ezra Miller to make Red Death a reality. It’d definitely be fun to see, based on nothing but how batsh*t crazy it would be.

A Forgotten Animated Movie Is Making Waves On Netflix

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Scott Campbell

Sep 25, 2021 10:33 am2021-09-25T10:34:04-05:00

Animated family films can typically be relied on to perform well at the box office, because it’s easy enough to park the kids in front of the big screen for a couple of hours to keep them occupied. However, the best examples of the genre are the ones that appeal to audiences of all ages, something that a lot of the more mediocre titles tend to forget.

Pixar mastered the art a long time ago, while Walt Disney Animation and Sony Pictures Animation have been getting better, but DreamWorks have always been much more hit-or-miss. Outside of Shrek, How to Train Your Dragon and Madagascar, the outfit haven’t been able to build many franchises either, which is why a lot of people have probably forgotten all about Abominable already.

Almost the very definition of solid-yet-unspectacular, the chilly adventure hit theaters in September 2019, going on to earn $189 million globally on a $75 million budget, securing a Rotten Tomatoes score of 81%. Chloe Bennet stars as Yi, who discovers a Yeti on the roof of her building, before they head off on a journey to reunite the creature with its family.

There’s a wealthy financier and a zoologist on their tale, and you can pretty much guess how things go from there. It may be predictable, but Abominable has become the latest surprise hit on Netflix this week, having jumped almost a dozen places on the most-watched list as per FlixPatrol.

Chris Pratt Says Super Mario Role Is A Dream Come True

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Sep 25, 2021 8:43 am2021-09-25T08:43:30-05:00

When someone says the name Chris Pratt, most people associate him with either Parks and Rec or, more likely, Guardians of the Galaxy.

Well, with the news breaking of his casting in the Super Mario movie, perhaps now he’ll be universally recognized (for his voice at least) as everyone’s favorite Italian Plumber. To some, it could seem like a step down in his career while he’s still in the midst of a successful run in the MCU, but to Pratt, this is a dream role he’s thought about since he was a kid. The actor even posted a video to Instagram to express his excitement about taking on such an iconic character.

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Ending the video with an impression of Mario, only to quickly assure fans that wasn’t the voice he’d be using, Pratt also used the expression “Dreams come true.” As silly as the video was, it was sweet to see this big guy so excited over something he’s been passionate about since he was a kid.

As with all casting announcements, there’s been some controversy surrounding Pratt getting the part. Can he pull off an Italian accent? Does he look like the character? And yes, it is an animated movie…

Even with the casting concerns though, Chris Pratt is Mario and the rest of the cast is just as stacked. Casting has also announced Anya Taylor-Joy (The Queen’s Gambit) as Princess Peach, Charlie Day (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) as Luigi, Jack Black (School of Rock) as Bowser, Keegan Michael-Key (Schmigadoon!) as Toad, and even Seth Rogen as Donkey Kong.

With such an incredible cast supporting Chris Pratt, it’s only right for him to be so stoked! All we can hope is his excitement translates to the big screen in 2022, when the Mario movie releases.

Fantastic Four Reboot Could Be Delayed By Director’s New Movie

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Scott Campbell

Sep 25, 2021 5:57 am2021-09-25T05:57:58-05:00

Jon Watts is clearly a firm favorite of Kevin Feige and Marvel Studios, with the Fantastic Four reboot making him the only person other than Joe and Anthony Russo to have directed four installments in the superhero franchise. That’s a seal of approval if ever there was one, especially when the MCU has been happy to switch things up behind the camera over the years.

Most fans were expecting Watts to begin ramping up pre-production on Fantastic Four once Spider-Man: No Way Home was out of the way, and one of those unclaimed 2023 release dates looked like the ideal place to re-debut Marvel’s First Family as part of the most commercially successful multi-film series in the history of the business.


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However, a potential spanner may have been thrown in the works, with Watts attached to a new project that’s become the subject of an intense bidding war. As per The Hollywood Reporter, almost every major studio in Hollywood is looking to secure the untitled crime thriller, which has A-list titans Brad Pitt and George Clooney set to star and produce.

Hot tickets like that tend to be fast-tracked into production as soon as they find a home, so if a deal gets reached in the near future, it could result in the start of production on Fantastic Four being delayed. Kevin Feige said casting news was coming sooner than you might think, and we were all expecting it to shoot next year in order to hit the big screen in 2023, but George Clooney and Brad Pitt of all people may end up causing a bump in the road.

Daniel Craig Admits He’ll Feel Bitter When James Bond Is Recast

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Scott Campbell

Sep 25, 2021 5:56 am2021-09-25T05:56:58-05:00

For almost 60 years, James Bond has remained at the forefront of popular culture, which is impressive longevity to put it mildly. The role of 007 has become one of the most coveted in cinema, with all of the names to have donned the tux over the decades never outrunning the shadow of the iconic secret agent.

That’s not necessarily a bad thing when headlining a series of blockbusters recognized the world over can do wonders for the careers of the talent in question, but it never stops following you around. Pierce Brosnan admitted not too long ago that he’s grown tired of fielding Bond-related questions every time he hits the press circuit for his latest project, but he knows that it comes with the territory.

Daniel Craig is currently on the promotional trail for No Time to Die, where he’s reflecting on his legacy and what comes next for MI6’s finest. Even though he’s bowing out on his own terms, he revealed in a recent appearance on The Graham Norton Show via The Hollywood Reporter, that he knows he’ll feel bitter next time the part is recast.

“It’s been incredible to do these films. It’s very emotional. I’m glad I am ending it on my own terms. I’m grateful to the producers for letting me do that. But I sure miss it. I’ll probably be incredibly bitter when the new person takes over. I’m really, really happy that I was given the opportunity to come back and do No Time to Die, because we’ve sort of wrapped up a lot of the stories. And just a chance to come do one more was wonderful.”


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That’s a completely understandable reaction, but at 53 years old he wasn’t going to play James Bond forever, and five films seems like a nice solid number on which to bow out. Now he just has to prepare himself for spending the rest of his professional life answering lines of inquiry about the current and future direction of the franchise.

Mark Hamill Says He Was Impressed By The Star Wars Prequel Trilogy

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Scott Campbell

Sep 25, 2021 5:56 am2021-09-25T05:56:15-05:00

The wildly polarizing reception afforded to The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker has obscured the reputation of the Star Wars Prequel Trilogy a little bit, which were the most hotly-debated entries in the franchise before Episodes VIII and IX came along to shift the conversation elsewhere.

History has shown that a lot of movies can often undergo a reappraisal of sorts long after the dust settles on their initial release, but you’d still be hard-pressed finding longtime supporters of a galaxy far, far away who would actively sing the praises of The Phantom Menace, unless of course you mention the Duel of the Fates.

Mark Hamill has voiced his dissatisfaction in the past over how The Last Jedi handled Luke Skywalker’s character arc, although he’s since changed his tune to a certain degree. Surprisingly, an excerpt from recently released book Howard Kazanjian: A Producer’s Life (via IndieWire) reveals that the Star Wars icon was impressed with the divisive prequels, even if he acknowledged the criticism that they came in for from all corners.

“I was impressed the prequels had their own identity. They were criticized because they were exposition-heavy and more cerebral and probably, like he said back in 1976, they weren’t as commercial. It’s a darker story. But in the age of social media, people’s voices are amplified, and I’m shocked at how brutal they can be, not just in the case of Star Wars films, but across the board.”


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The prequels have yet to undergo a reevaluation from the Star Wars fanbase, but everyone can agree that Revenge of the Sith is the best of the trio by a hefty distance. It’ll be interesting to see if the harsh response to the final three installments in the Skywalker Saga will see Episodes I, II and III viewed in a more positive light in the grand scheme of things over time.

Andy Serkis Says He’s Certain The Batman Will Be Amazing

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Scott Campbell

Sep 25, 2021 5:54 am2021-09-25T05:54:38-05:00

Actor, filmmaker and performance capture pioneer Andy Serkis has been hitting the press trail hard for his third directorial effort, which happens to be blockbuster superhero sequel Venom: Let There Be Carnage. The buzz and anticipation for Tom Hardy’s next outing as Eddie Brock is reaching fever pitch, but that doesn’t mean Serkis hasn’t also been fielding questions about his next major project.

The Lord of the Rings star was a surprising choice to play Alfred Pennyworth in Matt Reeves’ The Batman, if only for the fact he’s a lot more rough and ready than we’ve become accustomed to seeing Bruce Wayne’s trusted butler and confidant in live-action, with the role having been played by Michael Gough, Michael Caine and Jeremy Irons so far.

In a new interview with ScreenRant, Serkis was inevitably sworn to secrecy in regards to The Batman, but he sounds supremely confident that the latest reboot for the Dark Knight is going to deliver on even the loftiest of expectations.

“I’ve been totally forbidden to speak about The Batman, of course. But what I will say is that I’m pretty certain Matt Reeves, who is a very dear friend of mine and of course we’ve worked together on the Planet of the Apes movies, I know for a fact he’s making a pretty amazing picture. I really think it’s going to be special.”


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We’re only weeks away from a brand new full-length trailer premiering at DC FanDome, and there’s less than six months to go until The Batman hits theaters, with fans having been starved of footage for well over a year at this stage. Any new movie starring the Caped Crusader is a huge deal, but there’s every reason to expect the character’s next outing to turn out as one of the best.

Iron Man Villains Reportedly Returning For Armor Wars

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Scott Campbell

Sep 25, 2021 5:53 am2021-09-25T05:53:42-05:00

As you’d expect from a project that revolves around Stark Industries technology falling into the wrong hands, which forces his best friend into action to reclaim it and save the day, the shadow of Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man is going to touch every corner of Disney Plus series Armor Wars.

Don Cheadle recently confirmed that shooting on the Marvel Cinematic Universe show isn’t going to start until next year, which means that there’s plenty of time and even more opportunity for the rumor mill to continue throwing all sorts of hypothetical characters, cameos and plot details into the mix.


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Insider Daniel Richtman is the latest to weigh in, offering that several familiar foes from the Iron Man trilogy could make their presence felt in Armor Wars. That’s about the extent of the information made available, though, so it’s a little flimsy. That being said; there’s absolutely no reason why it wouldn’t become a reality.

Obadiah Stane may be dead, but his son Zeke has been touted for his MCU debut in Armor Wars, while Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings brought back Ben Kingsley’s Trevor Slattery, and Sam Rockwell’s Justin Hammer is a name to have come up more than once. The only real issue is that focusing too heavily on the Tony Stark legacy would shift the spotlight away from Rhodey, so we shouldn’t expect the action-packed adventure to be a trip down Iron Man memory lane when there’s a standalone story to be told first and foremost.

MCU Fans Are Debating The Franchise’s Worst Line Of Dialogue

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itemprop=”headline name”>MCU Fans Are Debating The Franchise’s Worst Line Of Dialogue

Scott Campbell

Sep 25, 2021 5:52 am2021-09-25T05:52:32-05:00

By their very nature, the scripts for superhero blockbusters are inherently ridiculous. You’ve got a bunch of characters with outlandish abilities either teaming up or facing off, leading to a combination of exposition, pseudo-scientific nonsense and plenty of one-liners; at least in the case of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Of course, people don’t go into these movies expecting verbose Shakespearean soliloquies when it’s all about delivering spectacle on the grandest possible scale, but that hasn’t stopped fans from debating the worst line of dialogue in MCU history on Reddit. Looking at some of the contenders, you can’t argue that the franchise has seen its fair share of clunkers over the last thirteen years.

What is your LEAST favourite line of dialogue from any MCU movie or show? from marvelstudios


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Bruce Banner, one of the most intelligent people on the planet with multiple PhDs struggling to pronounce Wakanda is definitely up there. In fact, the mild-mannered scientist’s name comes up quite a lot, in particular his exchange with Shuri in Avengers: Infinity War where she effectively calls him stupid for not knowing how the Mind Stone works. Turns out that the Hulk and the technologically advanced African nation simply don’t mix.

It can’t be easy writing a screenplay for an MCU epic, which often has to strike a balance between exploring returning favorites in greater detail, introducing new characters and tying everything into the overarching mythology, all while hitting the expected ratio of action-to-quips in order to fit Marvel Studios’ in-house formula.

So far, dozens and dozens of scribes have been credited on the saga’s feature film output, but the only one of them to have ever won an Academy Award for their writing prowess prior to tackling an MCU movie is Thor: Love and Thunder‘s Taika Waititi.

Watch: Hilarious Video Imagines Donkey Kong With Seth Rogen’s Laugh

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Ashlie Coon

Sep 24, 2021 10:58 am2021-09-24T11:04:21-05:00

While Seth Rogen is usually known for rom-coms or stoner-buddy comedies, he has been known to dabble in children’s movies. If you can remember, he was the voice of Pumba in Disney’s live-action The Lion King. Now it looks like he’s playing another animal in an altogether different universe: Donkey Kong.

For fans of the original arcade games, they’ll remember Donkey Kong as a big bad who, much like Bowser, wanted Princess Peach to himself. Playing as Mario, you had to jump over the barrels he threw and make it to the top to beat him. Now, the well-dressed primate makes most of his appearances in games like Smash Bros., having taken a back seat on Nintendo’s priority list since the days of Donkey Kong 64 and Tropical Freeze.

Today, though, we get to see Seth Rogen and his very specific voice and laugh take on a well-known character such as Donkey Kong. We even got somewhat of a preview when Twitter user @Cybershell, posted this edit:

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— Cybershell (@Cybershell) September 23, 2021

While the video is funny enough to watch on loop for hours, it also could be a genuine look at what to expect from Kong and co. in the new animated Mario movie. Then again, Chris Pratt, the voice of Mario, has already expressed that he and the creative team are working on his ‘Mario voice’. Perhaps Seth Rogen is doing the same thing.

Do we want to see a Seth Rogen movie without his famous laugh though? Is this a good casting choice? Let us know!

Jared Leto Reportedly Returning As Joker, But Only Opposite Ben Affleck’s Batman

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Scott Campbell

Sep 24, 2021 10:46 am2021-09-24T10:46:34-05:00

In the weeks following the announcement that Jared Leto would be returning as the Joker in Zack Snyder’s Justice League, barely a day passed without the Academy Award winner’s reinvented Clown Prince of Crime being linked with a return, something that carried on for weeks following the four-hour epic’s release on HBO Max.

At various points, Leto was “in talks” for all sorts of movies and TV shows, precisely none of which have come to fruition. In fact, it’s been radio silence on the Joker front for a long time. Undeterred, a new rumor from Giant Freakin Robot posits that the 49-year-old is actively pushing to don the paint once again, but only if he’s starring opposite Ben Affleck’s Batman.

There are two ways to look at this; based on their tense interaction during the Justice League epilogue, a showdown between the two arch-enemies clearly has the potential to be something spectacular, and the reactions from fans would make it abundantly clear that they’d love to see it happen.


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On the other hand, if Warner Bros. wanted Leto to recur as the Joker then they wouldn’t have effectively written him out of the DCEU in Birds of Prey, or moved forward on Joaquin Phoenix’s Oscar-winner despite his protests. He was brought back for the Snyder Cut because the studio didn’t regard it as canon, and it was fan service on the largest scale.

That doesn’t mean it can’t be definitively ruled out by any stretch, but if GFR’s information is on the money then the Joker‘s comeback is entirely dependent on both Affleck and WB thinking it’s a worthwhile endeavor.

No Time To Die Matching Avengers: Endgame In Ticket Pre-Sales

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Scott Campbell

Sep 24, 2021 10:37 am2021-09-24T10:37:31-05:00

Audiences in the United Kingdom always tend to get the chance to see the latest James Bond blockbuster slightly ahead of their counterparts in the United States and Canada, something that’s remained true of No Time to Die, even though the franchise’s 25th installment is one of the pandemic’s longest-delayed movies, having initially been scheduled for April 2020.

Daniel Craig’s final outing as 007 hits theaters in the U.K. next Thursday, a full eight days before audiences across the pond, and early projections have the latest globetrotting espionage blockbuster matching Avengers: Endgame in terms of ticket pre-sales, as per The Hollywood Reporter.


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The conclusion to the Infinity Saga opened to $56 million in the U.K. and ended up earning $115 million, which seems like a very tall if not nigh-on impossible order for No Time to Die. However, Skyfall and Spectre earned $161 million and $124 million on home shores during their respective theatrical runs, and with very little competition from other titles, Bond is poised to absolutely dominate.

Of course, No Time to Die isn’t going to match those numbers given the restrictions still in place, but it’ll comfortably be the U.K.’s biggest hit since the beginning of last year. It’s more of a nationwide event than a simple movie release for the British public, which should propel the leading man’s swansong to commercial heights the local industry hasn’t seen in a long time.

Shang-Chi Becomes Highest-Grossing Domestic Release Of The Pandemic

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itemprop=”headline name”>Shang-Chi Becomes Highest-Grossing Domestic Release Of The Pandemic

Scott Campbell

Sep 24, 2021 10:22 am2021-09-24T10:22:41-05:00

Less than a week before Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings was released, projections still had it pegged for the lowest opening weekend in Marvel Cinematic Universe history, a benchmark that’s been held by The Incredible Hulk‘s $55 million since the summer of 2008.

Not only did it vastly exceed any and all predictions with a haul in excess of $70 million, but it also more than tripled the four-day Labor Day record Rob Zombie’s Halloween had been clutching tight for fourteen years. On top of that, the franchise’s 25th installment has now surpassed Black Widow‘s $183 million tally to become the highest-grossing domestic release of the pandemic era as per Deadline.


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Heading into the weekend, Shang-Chi‘s domestic tally sits at an impressive $183 million, and it’ll sail past $190 million by Sunday with a fourth consecutive weekend at number one. The next milestone to check off is $200 million, which no movie has managed to reach since Bad Boys for Life, which hit theaters all the way back in January 2020.

Globally, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is sitting on $325 million, making it the fifth most successful Hollywood blockbuster of the COVID-19 crisis behind only Fast & Furious 9, Godzilla vs. Kong, Black Widow, and Tenet, so it’s been a phenomenal performance all-round from the martial arts fantasy epic.

Netflix Releases New Halloween Portal For Horror Fans

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Diamond Jeune

Sep 24, 2021 10:18 am2021-09-24T10:27:00-05:00

Netflix has a wide selection of horror movies for the upcoming spooky season. And in honor of Halloween, the streaming service has also designed 12 individual categories to help ease horror fanatics’ searching process across the platform.

These TV and film categories can be accessed anywhere where Netflix is available. Categories vary widely from “Teen Screams” to “TV Horror.” Other options include “High Brow Horror,” “Zombie Horror Movies,” and “This Place is Evil.”

The new Halloween categories aren’t just for adults, either. One new section, “Family Halloween Treats,” offers spooky films perfect for kids and parents alike. “Modern Horror Classics” and “Halloween Comedies” also provide a horror twist, assuring fans have more than just the most serious horror flicks available. Other sections include “Small Town Scares,” “Horror Reimagined,” “Slasher & Serial Killer Movies,” and “Creature Features.”

Listed below are some of the titles that are currently available to stream.

  • Fear Street Parts 1-3
  • The Strange House
  • The Babysitter: Killer Queen
  • Pet Sematary Two
  • Brand New Cherry Flavor
  • Ash vs. Evil Dead
  • Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness
  • Goosebumps (TV Series)
  • Monster House
  • Little Monsters
  • Jaws 1-4
  • Insidious
  • The Conjuring
  • The Conjuring 2
  • The Strangers
  • The Strangers: Prey at Night
  • Vampires vs. The Bronx
  • A Classic Horror Story
  • The Haunting of Hill House
  • The Haunting of Bly Manor
  • Stranger Things
  • Army of the Dead
  • Hell Fest
  • Deep Blue Sea
  • Tremors: Shrieker Island

To view a more detailed list, head over to Netflix’s Halloween portal section here.


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Netflix isn’t the only company getting into the holiday season by encouraging their consumers to binge on horror films. FinanceBuzz is planning on paying one lucky individual a hefty fee to watch the 13 most scariest movies of all time in hopes of finding out if a high budget quality film delivers more fear then a low budget film. The final day to sign up is on Sept. 26.

The Best Horror Movie Sequels

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Matt Goddard

Sep 24, 2021 10:00 am2021-09-24T10:00:36-05:00

You might think that horror films have a finite storyline stitched into them, but few other genres lend themselves to sequels in the same way. No matter how much the concept is stretched, movie theaters are packed with horror fans who appreciate a good formula. After all, you never know when you walk into a new horror film if you’re at the start of a brand new franchise.

The best horror sequels have often come from fresh talent picking up the pieces from an earlier film⏤whether they’re blood-splattered or shaking with paranormal fear⏤and heading in a new direction. Though the real monster often proves to be the law of diminishing returns, many horror franchises have thrown up one or two sequels that match their original.

From gothic classics to modern reinventions, here are the best horror movie sequels.

Hellraiser II (1988)

The first Hellraiser film was a relatively faithful domestic tragedy adaptation of Clive Barker’s novella The Hellbound Heart. When it came to the sequel, all bets were off. Director Tony Randel expanded the concept of Hell, spending much of the film there and providing greater depth and motivation for the cenobites⏤demons to some, angels to others.

Hellraiser II has some startling imagery, from Julia’s reanimated body soaking through her dress to the towering Leviathan. Best of all was the chilling Dr. Channard. Bad enough as a scheming and sinister human, it’s no surprise that he transforms into a malicious cenobite with an odd fondness for a one-liner. The literal deconstruction of Lead Cenobite Pinhead almost finished off the iconic monster in his second outing, but Doug Bradley’s iconic performance was too good to lose. 

Nightmare on Elm Street 3: The Dream Warriors (1987)

After an odd and uninspiring second film, the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise got everything back on track when Freddy Krueger took on a group of defiant children in a psychiatric hospital. Patricia Arquette is just one of the actors this slasher series introduced to the screen. Her central character’s ability to pull others into her dreams, creating a team of Dream Warriors, could have pushed the concept to superpowered extremes. Instead, this entry was a franchise peak, just before Freddy’s one-liners overtook his scares. Wes Craven and Bruce Wagner developed the story that Chuck Russell sharply directed. Freddy has never been better than when he drags poor Phillip to the window ledge as a human puppet.

The Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

Director James Whale was reluctant to take on a sequel to his 1931 classic Frankenstein, but he couldn’t have been more wrong when he said he’d already “squeezed the idea dry.” Bride picked up key moments from Mary Shelley’s novel, including the blind hermit who befriends the creature and, of course, the central demand that Frankenstein make his creation a companion. 

Elsa Lanchester was brilliantly cast in dual roles⏤as the titular Bride and Mary Shelley during the film’s prologue. It’s a fascinating parallel that helped the Bride become an instant icon in just a few scenes. Jack Pierce and Whale worked together to create her starling appearance, an equal to Boris Karloff’s legendary creature. The windmill fire that closed the first film was historic, but the emotional impact of the sequel, from the Bride’s shrill horror at her fate to the creature’s further rejection, is heartbreaking. A peak of romantic horror.

Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966)

It took eight years for Hammer to release a sequel to 1958’s Horror of Dracula. It opens brilliantly with the climactic scrap between Dracula and Van Helsing from the first film’s climax. But this film is a different beast. The talky Dracula is out. Christopher Lee refused to speak the lines, and the hissing, feral Count that’s left became legendary. The film’s success ramped up production during Hammer’s heyday. Prince of Darkness was the first of eight sequels, with Lee reprising his role in six. An impressive run, considering Lee disapproved of the way Hammer treated Bram Stoker’s original novel. 

Saw II (2005)

James Wan’s Saw was a perfect standalone film, but the concept was irresistible and soon spawned an annual series. Saw II upped the ante in every way a sequel should. Its increased budget allowed for a creepier animatronic Billy puppet. It also encouraged the filmmakers to dream up new and better nightmarish traps, this time lined up for a group of guilty victims. The Needle Room, where the admittedly untrustworthy Amanda sorts through thousands of syringes for a door key, stands out as one of the franchise’s most hideous moments. It brings out the worst in Jigsaw’s victims, and debut director Darren Lynn Bousman didn’t spare the horror, to the “point” you could almost feel it. Over 120,000 needles were modified for the scene, although the pit still needed to be packed out with styrofoam. The most horrific part, for them and us? It was all for nothing.

Evil Dead II (1987)

Evil Dead II, sometimes sub-titled Dead by Dawn, is less a sequel and more a remake of the 1981 original. The six years between the two films gave director Sam Raimi the chance to refine the concept, and he produced a funnier, gorier, slicker cabin-in-the-woods tale. Bruce Campbell was in career-defining form as darkly comic Ash, a far more entertaining character than the original. As Ash was dragged through a succession of unbelievable and gruesome events, we watched him emerge as one of the most iconic heroes in horror. An unbeatable mix of gore, terror, and comedy.

Exorcist III (1990)

Exorcist III was in an odd position. While the 1973 original had become an instant classic, its sequel was instant turkey. Exorcist writer William Peter Blatty returned to demonstrate just how to twist the formula and avoid repeating the superb original. He moved the action to a psychiatric ward and added a police procedural and a demonic murder spree inspired by the Zodiac killer. Blatty had trouble selling his script and, after taking up the directing reins himself, suffered studio intervention that dented the third act. Still, he showed a sure hand in his final film, including one of the greatest jump scares in horror history. 

Dawn of the Dead (1978)

How do you follow up a tight black and white siege movie with its sights on social and race in 1960s America? George Romero’s Trilogy of the Dead would become famous for tackling distinct themes in each film. The stand-out was the middle film, Dawn of the Dead, which moved the undead action to a shopping mall and the tense, action-packed tale of survival made a pointed commentary on consumerism. One of the most influential zombie movies of all time.

Halloween (2018)

Confusingly, there have been three ‘second’ Halloween films, but this is the best. John Carpenter reluctantly threw together the script for the sequel to his 1978 original, a film that threw off the whole franchise with the strange twist that Laurie Strode was Michael Myers’ sister. Rob Zombie’s 2009 sequel to his remake remains underrated for its breaks from the original films and a focus on the consequence of trauma.

When they reset the clock in 2018, David Gordon Greene and Danny McBride wisely wiped that familial connection away, replacing it with the three generations of strong Strode women. The 40-year gap may seem unlikely, and Michael’s actions are unbelievable given he’s about 60 years old and has been dormant for four decades. But this streamlined, stylish film brings menace back to the slasher by removing motive and reason. It captures the disturbing horror of the 1978 original, and it was all the better that John Carpenter was back on soundtrack duties. 

Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed (1969)

In Hammer’s sequence of seven Frankenstein films, this is the stand-out. No movie adaptation has turned the spotlight on the doctor like this run. The evil created by Peter Cushing’s chilling scientist is fueled by his arrogance, brilliance, and amorality. While his creations come and go between the films, the Baron remains the real monster of the piece, here proven with an unfortunate assault scene that shouldn’t have made it to the final cut. Still, this fifth entry is the most balanced, and for once, it looks like the creature⏤this time an emotional performance by Freddie Jones⏤has finally gotten revenge on its creator.

Scream 2 (1997)

It was inevitable that there would be a follow-up to the self-aware original. It couldn’t resist. Scream 2 doesn’t just state the rules for making a successful sequel to the audience⏤the body count has to be bigger and the kills more elaborate⏤it goes on to skewer them and plenty of other horror cliches on the way. Scream is so sharp that it should topple over, but the talent in front of the camera, and the sure hands of director Wes Craven and writer Kevin Williamson behind it, help it keep pace with the first film despite missing the element of surprise. If it made one mistake, though, it was dispatching Jamie Kennedy’s Randy Meeks.