We Have a Release Date For JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3!

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John Wick: Chapter 3 officially has a release date. Lionsgate announced that the third installment of the John Wick franchise will arrive in theaters on May 17, 2019.  It is the first time a John Wick movie will be released during the summer.

No story details have been released about the Keanu Reeves shooter at this point, but we know it will conclude the trilogy. Director Chad Stahelski also previously teased:

“We want, not so much to go bigger on the third one, but to show you more of the intricacies of the world… I feel like there are all these different subtleties that I skipped over in Number Two, that I’d like to go back to on [chapter three] and show you the inner workings of different parts of New York. So rather than massive set pieces, I’d like to show you cooler and more intricate ones… I think it would be a mistake budget wise and creatively to just go big and blow up a freeway. That’s not our gig. That’s a comic book or a Bond gig. We want to show you cool and intricate details. What are those little details in everyday life? Hopefully – we make people look at garbage collectors and cleaner vans and homeless people a little differently now.”

The R-rated action series stars Reeves as a hitman who is almost too good at killing people that comes out of retirement to get revenge on gangsters who took everything he loved away. Chapter 2 finds Wick fighting off bounty hunters seeking the large prize placed on his head. 

John Wick was directed by David Leitch and Stahelski and first debuted in October 2014 grossing $88 million worldwide. Then John Wick: Chapter 2, helmed by Stahelski, made $171 million worldwide upon its release in February of this year.

Listen To Harrison Ford Be A Dick During An Interview And Love It

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Harrison Ford has never really been known for being the kindest person there is, and old age hasn't taken that fire out of him! Don't worry, watching this interview won't make you hate him, and it might even make you love him a little more as he gives brief answers, is a bit of a dick to the interviewer, and talks about knocking out Ryan Gosling

Watch and be amazed at how somoene can be so cool while still being a jerk below:

Relive The Best Minigames Of The Franchise With MARIO PARTY: THE TOP 100

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The best Mario Party games are making a comeback in the form of a 3DS game that feels mandatory to own. Mario Party: The Top 100 gets rid of the game board and puts players right into the games they love. 

The bad news is that there's no online play for this title, but the good news is that up to four players can play on separate 3DS systems with only one person needing to own the cartridge! Check out the trailer below and if you're interested pick up the game November 10th. 

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Could SPAWN Open Up The Door To More Low-Budget Comic Book Films?

These days most superhero films that we see get made have massive budgets that rocket beyond $100 million dollars. For the most part, these films have turned out to be great and entertaining polished films that fans enjoy. However, not every comic book film adaptation has to be that way. I think there's still room to make low-budget gritty comic book films that fans would flock to.

Deadpool was moderately budgeted at $57 million dollars. That was considered to be a low budget for a Superhero film when it was made. If we want to talk about a very low budget superhero-type film, there's Chronicle that was made for $12 million, and that turned out to be pretty good! 

This brings us to the upcoming Spawn movie, which is being written and directed by creator Todd McFarlane. That movie only has a $10 million dollar budget, and producer Jason Blum recently talked about the film, saying it's a very different kind of superhero movie and that the thought doing a super low-budget movie is cool. Here's what he told CinemaBlend:

"This Spawn movie is a kind of superhero movie, but a very different kind of feeling superhero movie. I like the idea of low-budget superhero movies. It's cool."

I noticed a lot of fans have been giving Blum crap for this statement. It seems like a lot of fans think that if the film budget isn't high, the movie is going to suck. I completely disagree with that. I think a low budget like this forces the talent that are developing the film to be more creative. I think that kind of guerrilla film-making is what's missing in Hollywood right now. Hell, even a lot of the independent films being made right now have bigger budgets than $10 million.  

Judging from the details that McFarlane has shared about the project so far, it doesn't even sound like it would need a big budget unless he is really looking to land Leonardo DiCaprio in the role of Twitch. It's said that the film will mostly revolve around this character. When previously talking about the story he said:

"There's two big roles in the script. There's obviously sort of Spawn himself, although in a weird way it's not the biggest role, and then there's the cop. The cop is this character Twitch who's been there since issue #1. Twitch is the role in this one, and I sort of refer to him as my sheriff Brody, who is the sheriff in the Jaws movie. Although it was called Jaws, Jaws didn't really talk a lot in his movie, right? He just kind of showed up at the opportune time to make the movie worthwhile."

He goes on to elaborate on how his Spawn movie compares to Jaws, saying:

"It was sheriff Brody, the humans talking, chasing the fantastical thing that sort of made the movie, and to me, there's that element. Everything else is normal in this story other than (gesture) the shadow moves, and at times even when it moves, the cop just sort of thinks he's losing his mind so he doesn't even trust that the shadow's moving. If you're a bad guy, then this thing is going to come and it's going to get you."

The other big thing about the low budget is the fact that the studio isn't going to give McFarlane a ton of money to make the movie because he has never directed a film before. He's untested, and they don't want to take a huge risk. With the budget set at $10 million, they are definitely going to make a profit. 

It will be interesting to see how this turns out because I think it could open the door for more low-budget comic book films. There are a ton of obscure characters in the Marvel and DC universes that don't need big budget films, but it would be cool to see some of them get their own movies. Doing them with a low-budget seems like it would open the opportunity and be a good direction for them.

Like I said, low budgets help push creativity, and these types of films could end up having better stories and character development than the big-budget movies that we're seeing. It would also offer the filmmaker more creative freedom, as with such a low budget the studio wouldn't feel like they need to be breathing down the filmmaker's neck during the production. One thing is for sure, the new Spawn movie can't end up any worse than the original!

What do you think? Do you think every superhero film needs a massive budget to be good, or do you think there is a place for low-budget comic book movies?

New BLADE RUNNER 2049 Short Film Features Dave Bautista Kicking Some Ass

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We've got a new Blade Runner 2049 short film for you to watch today called 2048: Nowhere To Run. The short centers on Dave Bautista's character, who is an outlaw replicant named Sapper. 

The short was directed by Ridley Scott's son Luke Scott, and it follows Sapper in the year 2048 as he goes out into the streets to sell some replicant leeches. While he's out in Los Angeles doing his business and mother and her child come under attack by a group of thugs and he goes ballistic and beats the shit out of them.

This is the second of three short films that will be released. They are being made to offer us insight into some key events that happen between 2019 and 2049. To watch the first film in the series click here.

I love these short films and I can't wait to see what the final one in the series will entail. Check out the latest short below and tell us what you think!

Darren Aronofsky Says The Joker Origin Film in Development Sounds a Lot Like His Early BATMAN Film Pitch

As you know, Warner Bros. is currently developing a Joker origin film outside of the DCEU with Martin Scorsese, Todd Philips, and hopefully Leonardo DiCaprio. Before this whole DCEU thing took off, Darren Aronofsky pitched a Batman movie to the studio and it was rejected because executives felt that it was too dark.

Well, as you know, the darkness doesn't seem to be an issue for the studio these days. And, as it turns out, it sounds like Aronofsky's pitch may have influenced the upcoming Joker origin film. During a recent interview with Firstshowing, the director was asked about his Batman pitch and he said that the new Joker film was exactly his pitch to the studio.

"You know what, I think it's finally... I think we were basically, whatever it is, fifteen years too early.  Because I hear the way they’re talking about the Joker movie and that's exactly – that was my pitch."  

"I was like: we're going to shoot in East Detroit and East New York.  We're not building Gotham. The Batmobile – I wanted to be a Lincoln Continental with two bus engines in it... With two bus engines, all duct taped together. It was the duct tape MacGyver Batman."

Well, that sounds interesting! A duct tape style MacGyver Batman. That would have certainly been very very different than any Batman we've seen before. He goes on to say that he believes other elements from his film pitch have already made it into films like Batman v Superman. He explains: 

"Some of my ideas got out there through other films.  Like the ring with "BW", Bruce Wayne's ring making the scar was our idea and I think that was in Zack [Snyder's] or something. Which is fine, you write these ideas and they get out. "

"We were all about reinventing it and trying to make it more Taxi Driver visceral. That was the whole pitch. But the toy people were like, 'Oh it can't be a Lincoln Continental, you have to make a Batmobile.'"

I would have actually loved to see Aronofsky's version of Batman. It sounds like it would have been both absolutely crazy and awesome. I know we'll never see this exact vision of the Dark Knight get made, but it sounds like we'll be seeing elements from it in this upcoming Joker film. 

I'm actually becoming more excited about this Joker movie than I am for the other films in the DCEU. There's just so much great talent involved that's it's hard not to be excited!

The concept art you see above was done for Aronofsky's Batman film.

Netflix Tackles The Rough Issue Of Suicide In New Documentary KINGDOM OF US

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Netflix has been on a roll lately with its documentaries, and this one looks like it's going to continue that streak. Kingdom Of Us tackles some pretty heavy subject matter as it follows a family in the years following their father taking his own life and leaving them in financial ruin.

It sounds super tough to watch, but also something that counter balances all the hate the service got for 13 Reasons Why earlier this year. Check out the trailer and stream it beginning October 13th.  

Man Mistakenly Calls IT To Fix His Computer In Hilarious LATE LATE SHOW WITH JAMES CORDEN Sketch

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While some have likely made the joke before him, it was James Corden who capitalized on the IT vs. I.T. joke in a hilarious fashion on The Late Late Show. I went into this video thinking the punchline would be just the name confusion but things actually get a lot funnier from there. Check it out below, and if you work in I.T. dress up like a clown and frighten your coworkers for Halloween. 

Bethesda Announces DOOM And WOLFENSTEIN II For Nintendo Switch

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Third party support is arriving on the Switch, and Bethesda is one of the companies leading the charge. Many Nintendo fans were shocked yesterday when it was announced that the new DOOM would make its way to the console, and about everyone was floored when it was followed up with the news that Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus would be coming as well!

Check out the trailers for both and continue on below:

Unfortunately, those wanting to play Wolfenstein II on Switch will have to wait until 2018 as the game will not be ready for launch next month. Doom, on the other hand, is expected to be out this holiday season. 

Bethesda also announced that their Skyrim port would land on the console November 17th and showcased more footage of the exclusive Zelda armor that will be in the game (ignore the date as that's for Japan):

Things are looking pretty sweet on the Nintendo Switch as of late! Is it enough to pull you in?

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