We've got a great new video from Couch Tomato that breaks down Logan and War For The Planet of the Apes and gives us 24 reasons that explain how they are the same movie. Like always, Couch Tomato does a great job and offers some compelling insight that you may have never noticed below.
Disney has released the first teaser trailer for the long-awaited sequel to Pixar's The Incredibles 2! It features little baby Jack-Jack stumbling around amusingly showing off his superpowers! We then get a little clip of Mr. Incredible learning of Jack-Jack's powers for the first time and he's very excited about it... at first.
We previously watched a clip from the film at D-23, which was a lot better than this, but this is just a teaser to get you excited about what is to come. You can watch our reaction video from the clip we saw here.
The Incredibles is my favorite film Pixar has made. It was made before superheroes films started to take off so in a way it was one of the first great superhero movies. I couldn't be more excited that this sequel is coming! Here's the synopsis:
Everyone’s favorite family of superheroes is back in “Incredibles 2” – but this time Helen (voice of Holly Hunter) is in the spotlight, leaving Bob (voice of Craig T. Nelson) at home with Violet (voice of Sarah Vowell) and Dash (voice of Huck Milner) to navigate the day-to-day heroics of “normal” life. It’s a tough transistion for everyone, made tougher by the fact that the family is still unaware of baby Jack-Jack’s emerging superpowers. When a new villain hatches a brilliant and dangerous plot, the family and Frozone (voice of Samuel L. Jackson) must find a way to work together again—which is easier said than done, even when they’re all Incredible.
The Incredibles 2 is being directed by Brad Bird (Iron Giant, The Incredibles). The movie busts into theaters on June 15th, 2018.
Netflix is developing a new series called Messiah, which tells a story of Jesus Christ and what it would be like if he showed up in the modern day world. It's certainly an interesting concept. It will explore how society would react to a person who mysteriously appears in the Middle East claiming to be the Messiah and savior of the world.
The 10-episode series is described as a “suspenseful drama exploring the lines among religion, faith and politics", and this is the synopsis that was released:
Messiah will chronicle the modern world’s reaction to a man who first appears in the Middle East creating a groundswell of followers around him claiming he is the Messiah. Is he sent from God or is he a dangerous fraud bent on dismantling the world’s geopolitical order? In ten hour-long episodes, the story unfolds from multiple points of view, including a young CIA agent, an Israeli Shin Bet officer, a Latino preacher and his Texan daughter, a Palestinian refugee and the media, among others.
The series was created by Michael Petroni (The Chronicles of Narnia: the Voyage of the Dawn Treader, The Book Thief) and some of the episodes will be directed by James McTeigue (Sense8, V for Vendetta).
Cindy Holland, Vice President, Original Content for Netflix had this to say in a statement:
“Messiah promises to be a fascinating series for viewers of every faith, and a thrilling drama filled with multi-layered characters set on a global stage.
“Messiah will have every viewer asking the question ‘is he or isn’t he?’ How you answer that question may reveal more about you than it does about the show. Messiah challenges us to examine what we believe and why."
The producers of the series Roma Downey and Mark Burnett say that the series "could change everything."
"Messiah is a series that will have the audience asking big questions. What if someone showed up in 2018 amid strange occurrences and was thought to be the Messiah? What would society do? How would the media cover him? Would millions simply quit work? Could governments collapse? It’s a series that could change everything."
There's no doubt this will be fascinating series to watch. I'm curious to see where they actually go with it. We'll find out in 2019 when it's released.
The wait is finally over. Justice League is in theaters now and there's no doubt that fans are going to flock to see it regardless of the mediocre reviews and terrible Rotten Tomatoes score. There's been a lot of talk about this film. Lots of fans are expecting it to be another crap DC film and a lot of fans are coming to its defense.
Well, I attended a late screening of the movie last night and you know what? I actually enjoyed the film! Sure, it wasn't without its problems, but for the most part, it was a fun action-packed movie with heart. I would say it's better than Batman v Superman but not as good as Wonder Woman. In the end, it was a step in the right direction, and I think fans are going to like it.
The two biggest problems that I had with the film were the villain Steppenwolf and the VFX work that was done. Steppenwolf's character was not established very well and I didn't really find him to be that menacing. He came off as being a very one-dimensional character that would be an easy villain for the Justice League team to take out. And you know what? It seemed like an easy fight for them.
Then, I don't know what was going on with the film's special effects, but it was pretty cheap looking. Not sure why they skimped out on the VFX work, especially with the changing landscape during the climax of the film. One of the most glaring issues for me was Henry Cavill's CG upper lip. As you know, he had to reshoot several parts of the film with a mustache that would later be digitally removed. Well, that digital removal stuck out like a sore thumb!
The story the movie told was ok. Batman and Wonder Woman set out on a mission to recruit Aquaman, The Flash, and Cyborg to help defeat Steppenwolf, who is collecting the Mother Boxes to destroy the world. There were a few holes in the plot along with some silly overlooked things that happen. I don't want to spoil anything, so I won't really get into specifics. But, there is one scene that leaves the team in a dire situation, then it cuts to them being out of it, and the audience is left wondering how they got out of the predicament. Then there's another scene in which they basically end up giving one of the Mother Boxes to Steppenwolf.
Now that my issues with the film are out of the way, I loved how the characters were handled in the movie! Aquaman, The Flash, Batman, Wonder Woman, they were all were wonderfully entertaining to watch. Jason Momoa was badass as Aquaman, Ezra Miller was amusingly loveable as The Flash, Ben Affleck lightened up a bit as Batman, Gal Gadot was as charming as ever as Wonder Woman, and Henry Cavill gave us the Superman I've been waiting for!
Justice League made me love Superman again! I wasn't a big fan of how dark and moody he was in Man of Steel and Batman v Superman. But here, he was full of light hope and smiles. Regardless of the bad CG on the upper-lip, I loved Superman in this movie! He made me happy as a fan and it got me excited to see what Man of Steel 2 could end up being.
As for Zack Snyder and Joss Whedon both having a hand in the film's direction, everything seemed to come together nicely. I didn't really see two different styles of filmmaking when watchng the film. However, you definitely notice both of their strengths in the film with Snyder's visuals and Whedon's character development.
If you enjoy watching big spectacle comic book movies, you're going to enjoy this for what it is. If you go into it looking for all of the bad aspects of the film, you'll definitely find them. But, if you go just looking for an enjoyable good time at the movies, you'll find it with Justice League.
George Clooney has jumped on board to star in and direct a new World War II project called Catch-22, which will be an adaptation of 1961 Joseph Heller novel. It will be a six-episode limited series and it's sure to make for a great and fascinating series. For those of you not familiar with the what the story deals with, here's a description:
Catch-22 is set in Italy during World War II. It focuses on Capt. John Yossarian, a US Air Force bombardier who is furious because the bureaucratic rule known as Catch-22, which specifies that a concern for one’s own safety in the face of dangers which are real and immediate is the process of a rational mind; a man is considered insane if he willingly continues to fly dangerous combat missions, but a request to be removed from duty is evidence of sanity and therefore makes him ineligible to be relieved from duty.
This is such an interesting story, which is why I'm excited about the series. I think this is the perfect project for Clooney to take on. According to Variety, Clooney will take on the role of Colonel Cathcart. Here's a little background on the character:
He is a group commander at a U.S. Army Air Corps base in Pianosa and is obsessed with becoming a general. As such, he does whatever it takes to please his superiors—in particular, by repeatedly raising the number of missions the men have to fly to complete a tour of duty, beyond that normally ordered by other outfits. This becomes the bane of Yossarian's life, as every time he comes close to obtaining the target number of missions for being sent home, Colonel Cathcart raises the required number again. Ironically, Cathcart himself has only flown in two missions, one of which was accidental.
Catch-22 was previously adapted into a film in 1970 with Alan Arkin in the role of Yossarian and Martin Balsam in the role of Cathcart. The series will reportedly start shooting in 2018 and Clooney’s producing partner Grant Heslov will also direct a portion of the series.
Catch-22 will be the first regular TV role that Clooney has had since he starred in the 1990s series E.R.
Josh Gad has a new superhero project that he's been shopping around Hollywood called Super-Normal and it just landed at Netflix. He will star in the project alongside Daisy Ridley and Luke Evans. He previously worked with both actors on Murder on the Orient Express and Beauty and the Beast. They make for a pretty radical cast!
The movie is being written by brothers Aaron and Jordan Kandell, who previously worked on Disney's Moana. There are no plot details, but THR says, "Super-Normal is intended to be a character-driven, subversive take on a genre that Hollywood and the rest of the world loves too much."
With Gad being the brains behind the series, there's no doubt this will end up being a fun comedic twist on the superhero genre.
A couple months ago it was rumored that Star Wars: The Last Jedi would be the longest Star Wars film ever released. That rumor has now been confirmed by director Rian Johnson who says the full runtime is 2 hours 30 minutes long! That's a long movie, my friends. That's getting into Lord of the Rings territory, and it certainly gets me excited! The reveal came from a press conference in France where the director was promoting the film and the info was tweeted out:
Rian Johnson confirms that The Last Jedi runtime is 2hr 30m (credits included) making it the longest Star Wars film of the franchise. https://t.co/l0gV2lKn1E— sleemo (@sleemo_) November 17, 2017
The original three films in the trilogy are the shortest in the saga, with Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi being the shortest with the runtimes of 121 minutes, 124 minutes and 132 minutes.
I'm ok with a long Star Wars movie! As long as the story is engaging and we are enjoying the experience it doesn't matter. I'm sure once the movie ends some of the hardcore fans, like myself, will be wishing it was even longer!
What do you all think about The Last Jedi clocking in at 2 hours and 30 minutes?
Star Wars: The Last Jedi opens on December 15, 2017. To catch up on all of our Star Wars: The Last Jedi news, and to watch the most recent promo spot for the film, click here.
Toho's Godzilla: Monster Planet anime is set to stream on Netflix today November 17th. It looks really good, and I'm excited to check it out. Turns out, this is only the first film in a trilogy of Godzilla anime films that Toho plans on making! According to Variety, they are developing two sequels.
The first sequel is called Godzilla: Battle Mobile Breeding City, and it takes place in "a dark future in which surviving humans battle a Godzilla who has ruled the Earth for the past 20,000 years." Oh yeah, it will also feature Machagodzilla! A Godzilla robot doppelganger who first appeared in the 1974 Ishiro Honda film Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla. That's going to be awesome!
There's also some teaser art that you can see below that feature a group of humans standing in front of a massive mecha-like structure. That movie is set to open in May of next year. There are no details on the third film that they are developing yet.
As a long-time fan of Godzilla, this is exciting and I can't wait to see how this trilogy of Godzilla anime films end up playing out.
Godzilla anime film Pt.2 is titled, "Kessen Kidou Zoushoku Toshi." The official website has updated with a new teaser visual. The release date for Japanese theaters is scheduled for May 2018 https://t.co/3AtapTGelD pic.twitter.com/AQTD6EN6Hy— moetron | pKjd (@pKjd) November 17, 2017
Lucasfilm has released a brand new promo spot for Star Wars: The Last Jedi and it's got some more new footage that you have to see! The first couple trailers for the film made us believe that Rey might be joining the dark side and fighting against Luke Skywalker with its clever editing. But, this new spot features Rey talking to Luke Skywalker saying, "Kylo failed you... I won't."
This is obviously Rey's attempt to convince Luke to train her in the ways of The Force and she wants him to know that she won't betray him like Kylo did. But! Who knows what will happen with her as the story plays out! What if she actually does end up betraying Luke in the end!? Holy shit! That would seriously suck for Luke after opening himself up to her. It would be his worst nightmare come true... again!
Will Luke be making a big mistake training Rey? I guess we'll just have to wait and see, and I can't wait! We only have less than a month to go! The Last Jedi opens in theaters on December 15th!
Another classic film from the 80s is getting a series adaptation! This time, CBS is developing a show based on Bill Murray and Harold Ramis' comedy Stripes. I love that movie! I just recently watched it again last month and it's one of those movies that still makes me laugh! Variety offers the following details:
Like the film, the series will follow a perennial rebellious outsider who finally finds his purpose in life when he joins the US military and must unite a group of ragtag eccentrics. The original 1981 film starred Bill Murray in the lead role with Harold Ramis playing his best friend and Ivan Reitman directing. It grossed over $85 million during its theatrical run.
You won't see any of the original cast come back for the series, but the director of the original film, Ivan Reitman, will helm and produce it, so that's pretty cool! The series will be written and executive produced by Trevor Moore, Sam Brown, and Zach Cregger. They are best known for their work as the sketch comedy troupe The Whitest Kids U’Know.
With that team of talent developing the series, there's a good chance that this series might actually turn out good! But, there is no way in hell they will cast anyone who will be as funny as Billy Murray!