More X-Men Movie News

Posted: 06/15/2017 in Uncategorized


She is an interesting choice but has the skill to pull it off in any case. I look forward to her depiction.  REC

Jessica Chastain in talks to play villain in X-Men: Dark Phoenix

UPDATE: Following this news, filmmaker Bryan Singer posted a photo on Instagram of “passing the torch” to Kinberg for the next film. You can find it below along with the original story.

Deadline reports longtime X-Men series writer and producer Simon Kinberg has officially signed on to write and direct X-Men: Dark Phoenix, which will bring back the cast of X-Men: Apocalypse, including James McAvoy (Professor X), Michael Fassbender (Magneto), Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique), Nicholas Hoult (Beast), Alexandra Shipp (Storm), Tye Sheridan (Cyclops), and Kodi Smit-McPhee (Nightcrawler).

Kinberg will also produce the film alongside Lauren Shuler Donner and Hutch Parker.

In addition, actress Jessica Chastain is in talks to play the villain of the upcoming X-Men: Dark Phoenix. Should the actress strike a deal for the picture, THR reveals she will take on the role of Lilandra, emrpess of the Shi’ar Empire, an alien race that is in search of and eager to eradicate the Phoenix Force. Sophie Turner will reprise her role as Jean Grey in the film, the host of the Phoenix Force and subject of the Shi’ar’s search. X-Men: Dark Phoenix is set to open in theaters on November 2, 2018.

Kinberg previously confirmed that the next X-Men movie would jump ahead ten years from Apocalypse, offering a 1990s setting for the sequel. The X-Men comics saw a commercial boom during the ’90s, following character redesigns by Jim Lee, which went on to be the basis for the fan-favorite animated series.

2018 is set to be a banner year for the X-Universe as Dark Phoenix will cap off the year following Josh Boone‘s New Mutants on April 13, 2018 and Deadpool 2 on June 1, 2018.

(Photo Credit: Getty Images)




Billy Zane To Guest Star In ‘Legends Of Tomorrow’ Season 3

Legends of Tomorrow
is staging a Titanic reunion in its third season as Billy Zane will be guest-starring in one episode of the CW series. Zane, who appeared alongside Victor Garber (Martin Stein/Firestorm) in the 1997 film, will be playing the historical figure P.T. Barnum, although it remains to be seen what episode he will be guesting in.

Executive producer Phil Klemmer spoke with Entertainment Weekly about his excitement of bringing Zane on to the show. Klemmer also elaborated on the show’s take on Barnum and how Season 3 of Legends of Tomorrow will feature appearances of more historical figures.

“But I’ve wanted to bring Billy onto LEGENDS every since I saw him in a friend’s comedy pilot. I’m not sure that people know how funny Billy is, although we cast him as P.T. Barnum because we knew that he would be able to find the soul beneath the larger-than-life showman. Truth is, Barnum never said ‘there’s a sucker born every minute.’ He was less a conman, more the father of modern advertising. A guy who made things ‘go viral’ before that was a thing. Sure, in one sense, he’s the villain of our story, but in another, he’s just a guy who wants to put on a good show. Anyone who works in TV can relate to that, right?! Anyway, Billy seemed like the perfect guy to get that duality.

The thing about history books is that they turn famous people into 2-D characters. This season on LEGENDS, we want to meet other famous figures from history, people like Barnum, people we think we know, so that we can find the aspects of them, the parts of their story, that the history books left out — we want to bring history to life by infusing it with heart, humor, and total absurdity (often at the same time).”

Legends of Tomorrow Season 3 will premiere on Tuesday, October 10 at 9/8c on The CW.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

X-Men Movie Update

Posted: 06/15/2017 in Uncategorized


Now I know I am in a minority as regards appreciating X-Men: Apocalypse, but whatever naysayers may think, few could find fault with Sophie Turner’s portrayal of Jean Grey. That the creative force behind this imminent film is pushing for the full range of the story is a good thing in my opinion. We shall see and I shall surely be attending in any case:) REC

X-Men: Dark Phoenix’s Reported Setting Will Please Comics Fans

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Amid the flurry of news Wednesday about X-Men: Dark Phoenix, the characterization of Shi’ar Empress Lilandra as a “villain” undoubtedly raised the eyebrow of more than a few longtime comics readers. However, one possible detail about the Fox sequel should please fans: its setting.

Christopher Marc of entertainment site Omega Underground contends director Simon Kinberg’s film will take place in 1991, perhaps not coincidentally the same year Marvel Comics relaunched its X-Men series with a new series by Jim Lee and Chris Claremont. The first issue was certified in 2010 by Guinness World Records as the bestselling comic book of all time.

That Dark Phoenix might be set in the ’90s shouldn’t come as a surprise, considering the timeline of the X-Men film prequels: X-Men: First Class took place primarily in 1962, X-Men: Days of Future past primarily in 1973, and X-Men: Apocalypse in 1983. Presumably any sequel would sync up with the franchise-launching X-Men, which opened in 2000.

For Marvel Comics, and for many fans, the ’90s was a new heyday for the X-Men comics, an era that saw the introduction of such characters as Cable, Gambit and Bishop, as well as titles like X-Force andGeneration X.

As the film’s title suggest, X-Men: Dark Phoenix will adapt the seminal Marvel Comics storyline “The Dark Phoenix Saga,” some of whose elements were used for a subplot in 2006’s X-Men: The Last Stand.

Opening Nov. 2, 2018, X-Men: Dark Phoenix stars James McAvoy as Charles Xavier, Michael Fassbender as Magneto, Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique, Nicholas Hoult as Beast, Sophie Turner as Jean Grey, Alexandra Ship as Storm, Tye Sheridan as Cyclops and Kodi Smit-McPhee as Nightcrawler

Yet another tour de force triumph featuring a more insular tale about our favorite 7 foot tall leprechaun. The connection between Sweeney (Pablo Schreiber) and Laura Moon (Emily Browning) reaches back in time via the connection between he and Essie McGowan(Browning). This run had due gravitas and easily garnered some sympathy for the generally poorly perceived Leprechaun. Despite no immediate follow up regarding last week’s uber ep featuring Wednesday’s (Ian McShane) power move, the show did not suffer for it. Ep. 7 presented a deeply engaging tale that culminated in an epic revelation. As is the norm, much good was rendered. My review follows below.

The ep starts up with the mortuary services of Ibis (Demore Barnes) & Jacquel (Chris Obi). While the former awaits the latter’s finishing up on a new arrival, via his handwritten account and narration,we learn about the not so old world via the tale of Essie McGowan,played by Emily Browning, with a spot on depiction and warts and all depiction of the woman who lived life un-apologetically, hearkening to the arrival of the modern day Laura Moon. Ibis’ noting that the young woman was not ‘given to working’ is followed with an explanation of her fascination with her grandmother’s (Fionnula Flanagan) tales of fairie and ‘wee folk’. Her belief informs her young life and a combination of willfulness and ‘bad turns’ allows for a captivating hour as we follow her journey. We witness her growth from young maid in a wealthy household, where she allows herself to dream and expect more out of life via a romance with a wealthy young man. Her worship via leaving an offering to the leprechaun is sincere, along with her telling young children the same tales that so delighted her as a young girl. Her forgetting an offering leads to the first ill turn by the mythical creature which sees her sent into ‘service’ as a thief in America.  The turn however works both ways as through her belief she ‘wills’ him along to the new land. As with the slave arc in earlier episodes, the conditions and brutality of ‘transport,’ are shown in harsh detail.

The aspect of both lives being linked, Mooney’s and Laura’s,  including the modern bizarre variant has due resonance and gravitas. A flash to the present in which she frees Salim (Omid Abtahi) from his bond and earns Sweeney’s ire leads to the road trip becoming a twosome. Salim’s pronouncement “you are a terribly unpleasant creature” though aimed at Sweeney could easily be pointed at Laura.  Sweeney’s telling her some of his origins including why he feels he owes his service to Wednesday earns her simple, stark pronouncement, “you’ve walked the earth for hundreds of years, you are due” referencing his inevitable death. There are some stellar departures from the novel and they actually enhance the source material. Gaiman has got to be stoked about the rendition of his work. Sweeney’s stating she can’t imagine some of the things he has done culminates in a holy eff reveal and delivers stratospherically with a follow up moment that floors the viewer from both a visual and emotional perspective.

The Essie tale offers respite from the god gathering and imminent god war. Essie’s up and downs depict both a self-possessed and unrepentant character. Not unlike Laura, however, we don’t hate her…we might even pull for her a little. That she eventually earns some manner of stability is presented via the reprisal of Fionnula Flannagan’s performance as a grandmother is fitting. The closing off of her arc as relates to Sweeney’s was well done, very much paying due homage to its novelized source and reinforcing the connection to the present day dynamic.

American Gods has only one more episode to go and with the formidable performances and powerfully good story telling, one can only hope that after next week that time will not pass too slowly before the second season installment. American Gods continues to exhibit its status as simply outstanding and well worth your time. It is also at present, the most interestingly odd program on television. Here’s to many more seasons.


Hellboy: Guillermo del Toro Weighs in on R-Rated Reboot

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As soon as this fall, production will begin on the R-rated reboot of the Hellboy franchise. However, the gun-toting, world-saving demon won’t be played by Ron Perlman, who originally brought the character to life in 2004, and fan-favorite director Guillermo del Toro won’t be behind the camera. Instead, Stranger Things star David Harbour will don the (filed-down) horns, and The Descent’s Neil Marshall will direct. Nevertheless, the reboot seems to have del Toro’s blessing.

“I don’t own Hellboy, Mike [Mignola] does. So, you know, he is the father of the character and if he wants to reboot it, it’s perfectly fine. I got to make two — that’s two more than I thought I would get to make,” del Toro told The Hollywood Reporter. “So you know, as far as I’m concerned god speed and god bless.”

News of the reboot arrived just two months after director Guillermo del Toro confirmed that Hellboy 3 would not happen. Whispers of a supposed third entry into the Hellboy film series circulated for years, even though it never seemed all that likely to happen. While the devoted fans are there, the financial returns for del Toro’s pricey adaptations made it a difficult sell from the start. Recently, however, a glimmer of hope seemed to appear when del Toro teased a Twitter poll regarding a meeting between star Ron Perlman, series creator Mike Mignola, and himself. The meeting eventually did take place, but unfortunately, it appears to have been for naught.

Last month, Mignola announced an R-rated reboot of the franchise. Dark Horse Entertainment’s Mike Richardson is on board to produce, and Andrew Cosby, Christopher Golden and Mignola have penned the script for the film, which is tentatively titled Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen. “I can say that this is a darker, more gruesome version of Hellboy,” Cosby said in a recent interview. “Neil said from the very beginning that he wanted to walk a razor’s edge between horror and comic book movie, which was music to my ears, because that’s what I was shooting for in the script, and precisely what Mignola does so well with the comics.”

Directed by The Descent‘s Neil Marshall, the upcoming Hellboy reboot is written by Andrew Cosby, Christopher Golden and Mike Mignola and stars David Harbour in the title role. The film does not yet have a release date.

Stephen King is Awesome

Posted: 06/14/2017 in Uncategorized


Trump blocks Stephen King on Twitter — but J.K. Rowling comes to the rescue

Caitlin Gibson – The Washington Post 17 hrs ago
It doesn’t take much to provoke U.S. President Donald Trump into blocking a follower on Twitter — anything from an insult to an unflattering GIF to a mild “covfefe” joke seems enough to do the trick.So it perhaps shouldn’t come as a surprise that bestselling author Stephen King was abruptly added to the #BlockedByTrump list Tuesday. The horror fiction maestro has been one of Trump’s most consistent and creative Twitter critics since well before the November election: “A Trump presidency scares me more than anything else,” he told Ron Charles, editor of The Washington Post’s Book World, during a Facebook Live interview in September. “I’m terrified that he’ll become president.”

Trump, of course, did exactly that — and King continued to offer outspoken condemnation (and sometimes, outright mockery) in response to Trump’s Twitter missives. That is, until Tuesday, when King announced that he had apparently been blocked from viewing the president’s tweets:

“Trump has blocked me from reading his tweets. I may have to kill myself.”

The tipping point appeared to be a couple of pointed barbs aimed at the president’s cabinet and his daughter, Ivanka Trump.

But it didn’t take long for another prominent Trump critic and literary icon to come to the rescue: bestselling author J.K. Rowling promised that she would keep King informed of the president’s tweets.

Despite his dramatic initial tweet, King was quick to note that he wasn’t actually despondent; for many, in fact, being blocked by Trump — a phenomenon that has inspired a trending hashtag — is something of a mark of pride. Among left-leaning Twitter critics who make a point to respond directly to many of Trump’s tweets, some consider being blocked as a sign of success: Their words were getting through, and their messages effectively bothered the president, or at least someone monitoring his account.

Others, though, have found the abrupt cut-off more disturbing. Hours before King was barred from viewing Trump’s tweets, the president’s @realDonaldTrump account blocked VoteVets, a progressive advocacy group that claims to represent more than 500,000 veterans, military families and supporters. The group had decried Trump’s proposed travel ban, which limits travel from six predominately Muslim countries, as “unconstitutional, immoral” and a national security threat.

Some have questioned whether it is unconstitutional for a commander-in-chief to prevent certain members of the American public from seeing his public communications; this month, the Knight First Amendment Institute sent a letter to the president arguing that blocking Twitter users because of their opinions was a violation of the First Amendment.

As for King, the development caught him so off guard that he first questioned whether it was a hoax. But even if it wasn’t, he assured Rowling in a tweet that he’d be OK: “I’ll always have Pence.”

Black Panther Teaser…

Posted: 06/13/2017 in Uncategorized


The first teaser for Marvel’s BLACK PANTHER from director Ryan Coogler has just roared online and it’s got all the makings of another entertaining romp from the comic book studio. We got a look at the poster earlier today (with mixed reactions), but the trailer has a great vibe to it and this looks to be a really nice change of pace in terms of style, location and characters for the studio, while still retaining their signature franchise beats. As someone who was mildly interested before, this definitely inched up on the hype-meter after this teaser.

Starring Chadwick Boseman as the titular character, the film boasts an impressive cast that includesMichael B. Jordan as Erik Killmonger (loving that look, too!), Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia, Danai Gurira as Okoye, Andy Serkis as Claw, Martin Freeman as Agent Ross, Sterling K. Brown as N’Jobu, Angela Bassett as
Ramonda and Forest Whitaker as Zuri. That’s a hell of a line-up, but Marvel doesn’t often fall short in that department. It’s great to see the studio pushing new (yet established) characters into their line-up as their universe continues to expand. Let’s just hope that the quality can be maintained (or improved, for those that feel it’s waning).

BLACK PANTHER slashes into theaters on February 16th, 2018.

Source: Marvel


Adam West Tributes

Posted: 06/13/2017 in Uncategorized


Several Actors Who Have Portrayed Batman Pay Their Respects To Adam West

Many of Hollywood’s elite have come together to honor Adam West, the original Batman, who passed away on Friday night at the age of 88. A variety of actors who have portrayed Batman in one way or another took to Twitter to share their thoughts on West, his legacy, and how his portrayal opened the doors for them to do the same later on down the road.

Adam West exemplified heroism. Kind, funny and an all around great guy. Thank you for showing us all how it’s done.@therealadamwest

Ben Affleck, who plays the current iteration of Batman in the DCEU had a heartfelt message for West.

Ah dear Adam West. He was always so kind when we met. A real gent. Once when I was a kid we found ourselves in front the batmobile. I got in

Val Kilmer, who portrayed Batman in Batman Forever shared a personal story about the Hollywood legend.

Will Arnett, who voiced Batman in The Lego Movie and The Lego Batman Movie professed his love for West.

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RIP to a childhood hero who showed us Batman was kind and good and flawed and funny.

Phil Lord, director of The Lego Movie and producer of The Lego Batman took a moment to share how comedic Adam West’s Batman was.

Adam West has passed. The Batman of my childhood. He brought us so much entertainment and was a truly class act. We’ll miss u Adam

Kevin Conroy, the voice of Batman on TV and the Arkham games, shared a beautiful picture of himself and Adam West.

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was such a wonderful actor & so kind, I’m so lucky to have worked w/ him & tell him how much he meant to me & millions of fans.

Mark Hamill, the voice of The Joker and Luke Skywalker himself, shared a variety of Adam West pictures.

Adam West was definitely a beloved actor who had a long career and it’s clear that he will be missed by the Hollywood community.

Have Role…Wil Traval?

Posted: 06/13/2017 in Uncategorized


‘Jessica Jones’ Star Wil Traval Clears Up ‘X-Men: Dark Phoenix’ Rumor

Wil Traval, who plays Will Simpson on Netflix series Jessica Jones, decided to clear up some of the confusion that he caused with a cryptic tweet about X-Men: Dark Phoenix a few months ago. On April 22, Traval tweeted that he was “going to be in heaven” followed by the X-Men 7 and Dark Phoenix hashtags.

While no one knew for sure whether Traval was joining the X-Men Cinematic Universe or not, it definitely got fans curious about what Traval’s tweet could mean. But it appears that it was just Traval sharing his excitement for the film as a fellow X-Men fan. The actor confirmed on his Twitter page the other day that while he isn’t actually in X-Men: Dark Phoenix, he is definitely looking forward to it.

“‘I am going to be heaven’ because I am looking forward to the film. Nothing more to it.”

‘I am going to be heaven’ because I am looking forward to the film. Nothing more to it.


Despite X-Men: Dark Phoenix being set to come out at the end of 2018, a director has yet to be announced for the upcoming installment. There were reports earlier in the year that X-Men scribe Simon Kinberg would possibly be making his directorial debut with the new film, but nothing has been decided yet.

While the second season of Jessica Jones has started filming in New York, it has yet to be confirmed whether or not Traval will be reprising his role in Season 2. The actor did guest-star in another comic book television show this season as he appeared in Arrow Season 5 as the DC character Human Target.

X-Men: Dark Phoenix is set to come out in theaters on November 2, 2018.

Source: Wil Traval


Posted: 06/13/2017 in Uncategorized


Joel Schumacher Apologizes For ‘Batman & Robin’

While the character of Batman has come a long way in his cinematic portrayals over the last couple of years, the Caped Crusader definitely hit rock bottom in the late 90’s. When Tim Burton decided to not return for the third installment in the Batman franchise, Joel Schumacher was chosen to helm Batman Forever starring Val Kilmer.

Despite mixed reviews, Batman Forever did decently enough at the box office to be granted a sequel, with Schumacher returning to the director’s chair for Batman & Robin.That ended up killing the current Batman franchise as the fourth installment was a critical disaster and is universally the most disliked Batman film in the history of the Dark Knight’s cinematic presence.

Vice recently spoke with Schumacher as the director reflected on his time with the Batmanfranchise. Schumacher started the interview off with a straight-up apology for Batman & Robin as he definitely felt bad for the fans that he let down.

“Look, I apologize. I want to apologize to every fan that was disappointed because I think I owe them that.”

Throughout the interview, Schumacher described the challenges of doing a sequel after Forever. The director also discussed how he was seen as “scum” after the disaster that was Batman & Robin.

“You know, I just knew not to do a sequel. If you get lucky, walk away. But everybody at Warner Brothers just expected me to do one. Maybe it was some hubris on my part. I had a batting average of 1,000, so I went from falling down a bit after Lost Boys, to a kind of a genius with The Client, a big blockbuster with Batman Forever, then had great reviews with A Time to Kill, so my batting average was good. I never planned on being, that dreadful quote, “a blockbuster king” because my other films were much smaller and had just found success with the audience and not often with the critics, which is really why we wrote them. And then after Batman & Robin, I was scum. It was like I had murdered a baby.”

While being apologetic for the films, Schumacher stressed that no fans gave up on the Batman character seeing his films. The director reflected on the initial process when he was approached to take over the franchise from Burton who apparently begged Schumacher to take the gig.

“I guess I’ll say, I hope no fans moved on from Batman upon first seeing my movie. When I was first approached to do Batman Forever, I said that it was Tim Burton’s franchise. At the time Danny Devito’s character with The Penguin was causing a ruckus among parents. Also, Michelle Pfeiffer with her fabulous bondage outfit didn’t help matters. People across America were objecting to everything. Tim, who is a great friend of mine, begged me to take the franchise. Because of the pressure and he was ready to walk away. What’s interesting to me is if you see Tim and my version, you can see how innocent viewers were back then.

It’s really interesting to me is, because if you see Tim’s and my [films], you’d understand how innocent the audience was back then when it demanded to have more of a family-friendly Batman. Then when you see Christopher Nolan’s trilogy, the last one especially where he’s dealing with real class and economic problems, you see how the audience has changed in the fact that they can accept and want darker and darker subject matter.”

Source: Vice