The Predator is one of /Film’s most anticipated movies of 2018. Previous sequels in this franchise haven’t remotely approached the quality of John McTiernan‘s 1987 classic, but the main reason we’re excited about this one is because it’s co-written and directed by Shane Black, the guy behind movies like Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, The Nice Guys, and one of Marvel Studios’ very best films, Iron Man 3.
20th Century Fox has largely kept fans in the dark about Black’s plans for this upcoming sequel, but now the studio has released an official synopsis ahead of today’s CinemaCon presentation. Read it in full below.
We’ve spent the past few months trying to stitch together this movie’s plot piece by piece, using interviews from the film’s actors and insider reports to try to get an idea of what we’re going to see. Now it looks like Fox is ready to start pulling the curtain back themselves, because the studio sent out a press release this morning before their CinemaCon presentation that lays the whole thing out.The Predator Synopsis
From the outer reaches of space to the small-town streets of suburbia, the hunt comes home in Shane Black’s explosive reinvention of the Predator series. Now, the universe’s most lethal hunters are stronger, smarter and deadlier than ever before, having genetically upgraded themselves with DNA from other species. When a young...
In June 2017, I traveled to Honolulu, Hawaii to visit the set of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. This week, we have been running a ton of coverage from this visit. It began with interviews with producers Frank Marshall and Pat Crowley, director J.A. Bayona, and star Bryce Dallas Howard. Today, we present our conversation with Chris Pratt.
This roundtable interview was conducted alongside Eric Vespe from Rooster Teeth.
It’s been a few years since Jurassic World. What has Owen been up to?
Chris Pratt: I have an idea as to the backstory. What I know and what Bryce and I and J.A. have all decided on… We hint at it a little bit through the interaction between Owen and Claire, but I think he’s been running away a little bit. Where we landed in terms of my backstory and our relationship is that something has broken us. We’re not together. The thing that has broken us is that Claire feels as though she has to do something to make it right and Owen feels as though there’s no way to make it right, so you have to move on. I think that’s the thing that destroyed us.
Claire is now working for this organization and she’s pouring all her energy into trying to save these dinosaurs and my character is like “let’s go on a road trip. Let’s forget what’s happened. You...
On the April 25, 2018 episode of /Film Daily, /Film editor-in-chief Peter Sciretta is joined by special guest Frosty from Collider to talk about Paramount’s presentation at CinemaCon 2018, which included sneak previews of Bumblebee, Overlord, Action Point and Mission Impossible: Fallout.
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Now that Star Wars Rebels has ended, creator Dave Filoni is moving onto something new – another Star Wars animated series. Filoni’s Star Wars Resistance will be an anime-inspired series set before the events of The Force Awakens.
We previously reported on Lucasfilm registering several trademarks related to a mysterious property called Star Wars Resistance, and now we know exactly what Resistance is: it’s the latest animated Star Wars series from animation vet Dave Filoni (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels). The series will be anime-inspired, and focus on “Kazuda Xiono, a young pilot recruited by the Resistance and tasked with a top-secret mission to spy on the growing threat of the First Order.”
Star Wars Resistance will be set prior to The Force Awakens, and feature appearances from Force Awakens characters like Poe Dameron and Captain Phasma. Oscar Isaac and Gwendoline Christie will both return to voice the characters they’ve played in live-action. BB-8 appears in the promo image above, so expect him be rolling through the series as well.
“The idea for Star Wars Resistance came out of my interest in World War II aircraft and fighter pilots,” Filoni. “My grandfather was a pilot and my uncle flew and restored planes, so that’s been a big influence on me. There’s a long history of high-speed racing in Star Wars, and I think we’ve captured that sense of excitement in an anime-inspired style, which is something the entire...
It’s here. Whether you hate Marvel enough to sabotage their movies’ IMDB scores or love them enough to get Stan Lee’s face tattooed on your back, the studio has done something impressively unique in cinema by executing 19 movies over ten years to lead us all to an unthinkable team-up of dozens of superheroes.
Avengers: Infinity War is a gargantuan achievement with a mind-scrambling amount of moving parts that had to fall into place over the past decade. It’s such an insane prospect that it’s easy to forget it’s technically the third in a series of Marvel team-ups. A threequel. A nineteenthquel. And still only a launchpad for three centuries of Marvel phases lorded over by an eventually-cybernetic Kevin Feige.
There’s no challenge in picking double features for it. There are 18 easy choices, but it would be a lot more fun to look outside the Marvel universe for inspiration…and then tie those movies to the superheroes that will probably die in Infinity War.
I haven’t seen it yet, but there are a bunch of characters who could (should) buy the farm. Not Hawkeye, though. He’s already got one. Every movie I’ve chosen corresponds with an Avenger who Thanos should destroy.
The Man in the Iron Mask (1939)
Heroism gets redefined, swash gets buckled, and a benevolent heir seeks to replace a...
(Welcome to The Unpopular Opinion, a series where a writer goes to the defense of a much-maligned film or sets their sights on a movie seemingly beloved by all. In this edition: why Avengers: Age of Ultron is actually superior to the other Avengers films.)
What do we want from the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Do we merely want a collection of cool moments; the realization of decades upon decades of comic book splash pages brought to digital life on a big screen with booming surround sound? Do we want the joy of recognition; the giddiness that comes when a familiar easter egg appears and we knowingly elbow whomever we’re seeing the movie with, as if to say, “I recognize that; do you?” Or do we want something challenging? Something that takes the raw materials that make up the MCU and builds them up into something entirely unexpected?
Better yet – what if we could have all of those things, together? As it turns out, we did. It was called Avengers: Age of Ultron. And people weren’t happy about it.
Let me be clear up front : Age of Ultron
When one door opens, another closes. Or in this case, as a whole new batch of content is dropped on Netflix’s streaming service, some existing titles are being shuffled off of it. But fear not, there are still a few days left to watch Check out the best TV shows and movies leaving Netflix in May 2018 below.Field of Dreams
Kevin Costner shines in director Phil Alden Robinson‘s paean to family, human connection, and baseball. Costner plays a farmer who hears a mysterious voice tell him to tear down his Iowa cornfield and build a baseball field in it, and things get weirder from there. At its core, the film is a heartwarming and touching story about a father and son who couldn’t connect in life but are given one more chance through the strangest possible means. It also has a great supporting performance from James Earl Jones, which is always a nice plus.The Host
Bong Joon-ho‘s 2006 South Korean monster movie is the filmmaker’s modern take on Godzilla, but instead of bubbling fears about the horrors of nuclear destruction, it’s at least partially about the proper techniques for disposing of toxic chemicals....
If you love the hit Sundance comedy Wet Hot American Summer, and you’ve always wanted some insight into the creation of the film’s script, an annotated version of the screenplay will be released this fall.
Wet Hot American Summer: The Annotated Screenplay will provide commentary and details from behind the scenes of the cult favorite comedy. In addition to notes on the script, there will be photos, some of the bad reviews the movie got, marked up script pages and even more. Find out more about the book below.
Here’s the full cover art for the Wet Hot American Summer screenplay book:
The official synopsis provides some details on what fans can expect from the annotated screenplay:
At long last, this is the definitive Wet Hot American Summer book fans have been clamoring for! Screenwriters David Wain and Michael Showalter take pen to page and create a hilarious, behind-the-scenes annotated version of the original screenplay that launched a thousand Halloween costumes. They provide commentary on and insight into how and why they made the artistic decisions they did while writing and filming the movie that went on to become a true cult classic, as well as an ongoing Netflix series. The book will...
Having a rough day? Here, take a few minutes, and watch this trailer for Disneynature’s Penguins. It’s a nature documentary about a penguin named Steve. And it looks delightful. The Disneynature’s Penguins trailer is below.
Hey everyone, come meet Steve, the penguin! He’s the star of Disneynature’s Penguins, a new nature documentary from Disney that focuses on the trials and tribulations of an Adélie penguin. Who are you to resist such a charming story?Disneynature’s Penguins Trailer
Listen, I’m a bit jaded, but I got a kick of this trailer. Maybe it’s because I have a soft spot for animals. Maybe it’s because I find the idea of a penguin named Steve to be particularly hilarious. I don’t know. What I do know is that I’ll be happy to watching Penguins when it hits theaters next year. (Side-note: I can’t believe Disney is going to leave us hanging like this. A full year? This is worse than waiting for a new Star Wars).
This is an enjoyable trailer overall. It also has some amazing shots. I’m having a hard time getting over this one shot in particular.
God damn you, Steve. You charming penguin, you.
Here’s some facts about Steve from this trailer:
The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.
In this Avengers: Infinity War edition, some of the cast members from Marvel’s epic sequel surprises fans on Jimmy Kimmel Live while others play a round of “Guess the Avenger.” Meanwhile, a line-up of the super star superheroes try to answer some Marvel trivia questions, and a bunch of them get together for a new rendition of The Brady Bunch theme.
After Chadwick Boseman surprised Black Panther fans on The Tonight Show, he joins Sebastian Stan, Chris Hemsworth, Josh Brolin and Karen Gillan on Jimmy Kimmel Live to surprise some big Marvel fans. The look on their faces and the shocked reactions from these people are so delightful.
Over at MTV News, cast members Zoe Saldana, Tom Holland, Anthony Mackie and Chris Pratt try to answer some Marvel trivia and they find out that even though they play comic book characters, they’re not quite as knowledgeable as they think.
Meanwhile, back at Jimmy Kimmel Live, cast members Danai Gurira, Tom Hiddleston, Mark Ruffalo,...
Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, the newest Harry Potter game, is now available for download on mobile devices. If you’re looking for one more little push to convince you to check it out for yourself, a new launch trailer has arrived, and you can watch it below.Harry Potter Game Trailer
The mobile game, which is the first of its kind for the Potter franchise, allows players to choose their own path as a student at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, creating their own character, choosing their house, building relationships with other students, learning magic spells, and advancing through all seven school years in a brand new story. The graphics are admittedly a little rough, but I’m sure super fans won’t mind when they’re able to spend hours getting sucked into the rich world of J.K. Rowling‘s creation at the touch of a button.
ComingSoon has a bit more info:
Players will also be introduced to some original game characters like Penny, a popular Hufflepuff potions expert, Tulip, a rebellious Ravenclaw prankster, and Merula, a Slytherin with a dark past. As players unravel the Hogwarts mystery, they will explore familiar locations like Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade.
The game is set in the mid-1980s, after the Wizarding Wars but before Harry, Hermione, and Ron arrived at Hogwarts. But even though the main student protagonists from the...
Back in 2015, Juno and Tully screenwriter Diablo Cody was hired to pen the script for Sony’s Barbie movie. Except here’s the thing: according to Cody, she never even finished a first draft.
Sony has been trying to get a Barbie movie off the ground for years now. When Sony began to see how big, name-brand movie franchises were becoming the norm in Hollywood, they began snapping up the rights to properties like Barbie. But turning the popular fashion doll into a major motion picture has proven to be exceedingly difficult. As Ben Fritz writes in his book The Big Picture, Sony chairperson Amy Pascal complained after the fact that “Barbie is in a freefall and we paid a fucking fortune for it…we don’t have a writer.”
The writer Sony eventually hired to get the job done was Academy Award winner Diablo Cody. Back in 2015, Sony officially announced that a Barbie movie written by Cody would hit theaters in June of 2017. Of course, we all know that June 2017 has come and gone, and there’s been no Diablo Cody-scripted Barbie movie. So what happened? ScreenCrush asked Cody, and the screenwriter revealed something surprising: she never even finished an initial draft of the script. “I failed so hard at that project,” Cody said. “I was literally incapable of writing a Barbie script. God knows I tried.”
Cody went on to tell ScreenCrush that while she loved the idea...
J.J. Abrams has cracked open his patented mystery box. But just a little bit. The director made an appearance at CinemaCon is Las Vegas to present footage from Bad Robot’s Overlord, which is being touted as the company’s first R-rated film. He also threw water on a popular story spreading all over the internet, insisting that the horror/sci-fi film is not a secret Cloverfield sequel.
That, he says, is also on the way.
Abrams described Overlord (on which he is a producer) as “batshit crazy,” and the footage that screened certainly backs that up. /Film’s Peter Sciretta was on hand at CinemaCon and sent over this description:
The footage began with a black and white Bad Robot logo and is set the day before D-Day during World War II. A plane filled with parachuters is somehow ripped in two, sending dozens of them flying and crashing into the ocean. A montage of clips shows soldiers taking down other soldiers. The taglines on screen were “The enemy is hiding” and “Every soldier must face their demons”. One woman is wielding a flamethrower.
It looked very intense and ended with an extremely graphic shot of a woman’s head, still alive with only a spinal column for her body.
Previous descriptions of the film’s plot fill in the necessary blanks:
On the eve of D-Day, American paratroopers are dropped behind enemy lines to carry out a mission crucial to the invasion’s success....
In news that should come as no surprise to anyone who ever wandered the horror section at a video rental store and saw the number of titles with numbers in them, Paramount is planning a sequel to A Quiet Place. But there’s something a little different here. Most horror sequels follow a modest hit, a film made for pennies that caters to a hungry niche. A Quiet Place, in just a few short weeks, has emerged as something of a phenomenon and it feels like it’s part of a larger trend.
The news was announced at CinemaCon is Las Vegas, where Paramount presented a panel showing off footage from their upcoming slate of releases. Jim Gianopulos, chairman and CEO of Paramount, made the announcement, noting that the sequel would be steered by “the same group of people that made the first film.” Whether that means writers Bryan Woods & Scott Beck, director John Krasinksi, or just producers Andrew Form and Bradley Fuller remains unknown.
Also unknown: any plot details of any kind! That’s expected, since the film literally just opened and surely no one at Paramount saw the film’s instant and unqualified success coming, which means no one had any plans for a follow-up yet. This is where I raise an eyebrow in the general direction of a Quiet Place sequel. The film feels very much like...
Are you ready to wear the Iron Spider suit in PS4’s new Spider-Man game? Who is the least trustworthy cast member from Avengers: Infinity War? Want to see a new clip from Batman Ninja? Did you know the Iron Spider suit in Avengers: Infinity War is entirely a visual effect? Which director was approached for the Morbius, the Living Vampire movie? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits.
PlayStation 4’s Spider-Man game will officially let players swing around in Infinity War‘s Iron Spider suit.
At Warner Bros. Pictures presentation at CinemaCon, Jason Momoa said Will Arnett was the best Batman.
There was a fan trivia competition at the premiere of Avengers: Infinity War. How much do they know?
Disney’s Alan Horn says Marvel Studios could possibly start releasing more than three movies each year.
The cast of Avengers: Infinity War decide who is the least trustworthy when it comes to keeping secrets.
Patty Jenkins says fans will see Wonder Woman at the height of her powers in the developing sequel.
If you read this headline and were wondering, “Wait, wasn’t a Christopher Robin movie just in theaters a few months ago?”, you are correct. There was indeed a film about Winnie the Pooh creator A.A. Milne and his family late last year called Goodbye Christopher Robin, which starred Domhnall Gleeson and Margot Robbie.
But Disney has a totally separate film coming out this summer called simply Christopher Robin, and now some new photos and details have made their way online. Learn more about the new movie below.
In Christopher Robin, Ewan McGregor stars as a grown-up version of the title character, who was Winnie the Pooh’s best friend when he was a young boy. The film picks up with the Christopher Robin as a hard-working adult who’s lost his sense of wonder, and after he’s forced to abandon a family vacation at his boss request, Robin is shocked to reunite with Pooh and his old friends in London. Watch the first teaser trailer here.Christopher Robin Photo
Entertainment Weekly has two new photos from the movie, and the one below gives us our first look at Tigger, Eeyore, and Piglet:
Aren’t they adorable? This movie is going to make its entire budget back in merchandising alone. Show...
Sam Rockwell won an Oscar earlier this year for his portrayal of a violent and racist cop in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, but the actor isn’t taking the usual post-Oscar path. Instead of using his newfound clout to take a starring role in another prestige picture, an action vehicle, or a superhero movie, his next gig will see him play a supporting role in a twisted comedy from the mind of Taika Waititi, the director of films like Thor: Ragnarok and Hunt for the Wilderpeople. Read more about the Sam Rockwell Jojo Rabbit casting below.
The Hollywood Reporter says Rockwell will co-star in Jojo Rabbit, Waititi’s new movie that sounds both completely unexpected and yet somehow exactly in line with the filmmaker’s tastes. Jojo Rabbit is a satire of Nazi Germany that centers on a ten-year-old boy who yearns to be part of the Hitler Youth. Bullied by his peers, the boy spends his time with his imaginary friend, Adolf Hitler (to be played by Waititi himself). He learns that a young Jewish girl is being hidden in his attic, and according to THR, “after initially trying to find ways to get rid of her, [he] begins to see her as human.”
Scarlett Johansson is playing the boy’s mother, who’s secretly working for the Resistance and is responsible for hiding the girl in their home. Rockwell...
Brett Easton Ellis‘ Less Than Zero is coming to the small screen. Hulu is currently developing a Less Than Zero TV series that will adapt Ellis’ 1985 novel (which was previously made into a 1987 film) about a group of detached college students.
Hulu is continuing to increase their original content. They already have The Handmaid’s Tale, The Looming Tower and the upcoming Catch-22 and Castle Rock. Now they’re hoping to add a TV adaptation of Brett Easton Ellis’ Less Than Zero as well, according to Variety. Ellis’ novel was set in Los Angeles in the 1980s, and followed Clay, a rich, bored, morally ambiguous college student home for Christmas break. Clay reunites with some friends, all of whom are usually on drugs and drifting through a nihilistic haze.
Here’s the book’s synopsis.
Clay comes home for Christmas vacation from his Eastern college and re-enters a landscape of limitless privilege and absolute moral entropy, where everyone drives Porches, dines at Spago, and snorts mountains of cocaine. He tries to renew feelings for his girlfriend, Blair, and for his best friend from high school, Julian, who is careering into hustling and heroin. Clay’s holiday turns into a dizzying spiral of desperation that takes him through the relentless parties in glitzy mansions, seedy bars, and underground rock clubs and also into the seamy world of L.A. after dark.
“When I wrote it, I intentionally set out to write fiction...
The Stephen King movie adaptation train refuses to slow down, so get the hell out of the way. The latest King property to find its way to the big screen: The Long Walk. Frank Darabont previously had the rights to King’s book for years, but that’s no longer the case.
Sooner or later, Hollywood is going to run out of Stephen King adaptations. When that happens, I imagine we’ll get more remakes. For now, though, the few remaining unadapted King works are being snapped up at a break-neck pace, all thanks to the King adaptation resurgence spawned by the blockbuster success of It. The Hollywood Reporter reveals the latest possible King adaptation is The Long Walk, based on the 1979 novel King wrote under the pseudonym Richard Bachman.
The Long Walk is a post-apocalyptic saga set in a dystopian America, where teenage boys are forced to participate in a deadly contest. It’s sort of like a stripped-down version of The Hunger Games. Here’s the official book synopsis:
In the near future, where America has become a police state, one hundred boys are selected to enter an annual contest where the winner will be awarded whatever he wants for the rest of his life. The game is simple – maintain a steady walking pace of four miles per hour without stopping. Three warnings, and you’re out – permanently.
The ever-prolific King later said he wrote The Long Walk in about...
Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has a lot to be proud of – the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to grow astronomically, and Marvel Studios is more powerful than ever. But there’s one thing Feige regrets about the MCU: Thor’s dyed eyebrows in the first Thor movie.
If there was one thing you could change about the Marvel Cinematic Universe, what would it be? I have a few choices of my own, but Marvel Studios head honcho Kevin Feige has one specific answer to this question: Thor’s eyebrows.
As you may recall, Chris Hemsworth‘s eyebrows are dyed a bright blonde, almost white color in the first Thor film. Here’s a photo for reference.
Wow. Computer, enhance.
Good lord, what’s going on here? Why would you do this to handsome man Chris Hemsworth?
Speaking with Uproxx, Feige said that if he had to do the MCU all over again, he’d definitely change those damn eyebrows.
“I’ll tell you one specific example I just thought of today and I laugh at it. Definitively, the one thing I would definitely do differently if I had to do it over again, is we would not have dyed Chris Hemsworth’s eyebrows blonde in the first Thor....