Disney releases the first trailer for the Star Wars Resistance TV show. As many fans know, the galaxy far, far away has a sizable presence in mediums outside of film - most notably in animation. Under the leadership of Dave Filoni, series like The Clone Wars and Rebels helped flesh out the universe further and introduce a bevy of fan-favorite characters to the canon. Some viewers consider the small screen stories to rank among the best narratives the franchise has to offer, so there was much interest in what Lucasfilm Animation would do next.
With Rebels now over, the studio is finally going to really explore the time period between Return of the Jedi and Force Awakens with Resistance. As suggested by the title, it revolves around the scrappy band of freedom fighters organized by General Leia Organa to take on the First Order. The show will feature the voice talents of Oscar Isaac and Gwendoline Christie reprising their sequel trilogy characters, but there will also be some new faces. Resistance's main character is Kazuda "Kaz" Xiono, a pilot looking to make a name for himself. There are only a couple of months until the series premieres, and now we have our first real look.
Today, Disney unveiled the Resistance trailer, which confirmed the one-hour premiere episode will air October 7 on Disney Channel, DisneyNOW, and Disney VOD from 10 - 11 pm EST. You can watch the trailer in the space...
Stand-up comedy specials are nothing new, especially on HBO, but comedians Drew Michael and Jerrod Carmichael are looking to push the boundaries of the format with Michael’s upcoming, self-titled special. Eschewing the typical stand-up format of a comedian on stage with a microphone delivering jokes to a live audience, Drew Michael turns the routine into something else entirely, as the comedian is either by himself or is directing his performance to actress Suki Waterhouse (The Bad Batch, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies).
The result looks to be a fascinating stream-of-consciousness monologue from the comedian and former Saturday Night Live writer. With Carmichael’s direction, the special looks as though it will blur the lines of the typical stand-up performance, not only through its unique format but also through the manner in which Michael interacts with the camera and Waterhouse. For fans of stand-up and performance art, Drew Michael looks to be worth checking out.More: Disenchantment Review: Matt Groening Returns, But The Magic Isn’t Quite There
For more details on the special, check out HBO’s synopsis below:
“DREW MICHAEL follows him as he navigates his fears, anxieties and insecurities in an unconventional stand-up setting. Michael’s darkly comic, stream-of-consciousness monologue raises questions of identity, narrative, self-awareness and the limits of the medium itself. Suki Waterhouse also appears in the special.”
Drew Michael makes for an interesting addition to HBO’s once dominant stand-up comedy lineup. The premium cabler has since seen many (okay, almost all of the) top...
Halo Infinite is Halo 6, 343 Industries content producer and writer Jeff Easterling confirms. The game, which is poised to debut sometime between Q3 and Q4 of next year, will not feature a battle royale multiplayer mode as previously confirmed by Easterling and co-developer James Bachici. Despite that, fans can expect that the installment will be a return to the series' original form which made it so popular in the first place.
Microsoft has been vocal about future Halo titles coming, but it wasn't until this year's E3 last June that there was concrete news about the next installment in the series with Halo Infinite. However, with a different title format, fans were quite confused whether or not the forthcoming game will be a direct sequel to Halo 5: Guardians. Luckily, now, the debate is finally settled with the confirmation from 343 Industries that the game is technically Halo 6.
GameSpot reports (via VG247) that Easterling confirmed during a recent Mixer livestream that the forthcoming Halo title is indeed Halo 6. “It’s Halo 6. Don’t think of it as a weird prequel kind of thing. It’s the next story, the next chapter in what is going on,” the 343 Industries lead writer said. Sadly, other than that, he didn't reveal any other details regarding the anticipated title.
While fans are stoked about the confirmation, there's admittedly a lot to learn about...
Is the mysterious character portrayed by Charles Dance the true villain of Godzilla: King of the Monsters? Unlike in 2014's Godzilla, where the humans mostly watched helplessly while the giant atomic fire-breathing lizard stomped over San Francisco to battle two invading monsters, this time the people are much more integral to the plot. Intriguingly, every human character in Godzilla 2 has already been identified except the one played by Charles Dance. This is naturally suspicious and raises a red flag.
The trailer for Godzilla: King of the Monsters lays down the basics of the story: in a post-Godzilla world, humanity faces "a mass extinction", but not from the existence of the giant monsters. Rather, it's mankind that has harmed the planet and hastened their own demise. According to the voiceover narration by Dr. Emma Russell (Vera Farmiga), the only way to stop "the infection" of mankind and save the world is to find all of the planet's "original and rightful rulers, the Titans" (which is the new name Godzilla 2 has given the giant monsters). However, Dr. Russell's monologue is suspect; per the light released story details, she has been abducted by a mysterious organization and seems to be giving her speech under duress.
So, not unlike how Samuel L. Jackson's insane Col. Preston Packard was the human villain in Kong: Skull Island, King of the Monsters also boasts people who are the...
The gangster film Sexy Beast is the latest surprising piece of IP being mined for the purpose of developing a potential television series by Paramount TV and Anonymous Content. The 2000 film from acclaimed director Jonathan Glazer (Birth, Under the Skin) starred Ben Kingsley as the brutal, foul-mouthed criminal Don Logan, and Ray Winstone as retired safecracker Gary 'Gal' Dove, along with Ian McShane as London-based gangster Teddy Bass. It was an entertaining one-last-job story made into something memorable by its impressive lead performances, as well as Glazer’s virtuosic direction.
Most of the film concerned Don’s efforts to coerce and intimidate Gal into returning for the final score, resulting in a lengthy, tense, and ultimately violent confrontation between the two (as well as Gal’s wife Deedee, played by Amanda Redman) in the retired safecracker’s palatial home in Spain. Though McShane’s Teddy missed out on all the fun in the sun between Don and Gal, it appears that the proposed prequel series will find the character playing a major part alongside the other two.More: Agatha Christie’s Ordeal By Innocence Review: A Cleverly Crafted & Twisty Whodunit
As reported by Deadline, the series would focus on a young Don, Gal, and Teddy in the London underworld, essentially filling in the gaps of their history with one another long before Gal’s move to Spain. Michael Caleo, a writer for The Sopranos and FX’s Denis Leary drama Rescue Me, who also penned...
Books have long been a source of inspiration for movies, with countless adaptations popping up throughout the years. In recent years, there has been a new wave of young adult and children’s book-to-movie adaptations thanks to mega-franchise blockbusters like The Twilight Saga and The Hunger Games.
However, YA movies aren’t exactly a new phenomenon. Nicholas Sparks’ 1999 novel A Walk to Remember became a movie in 2002, and S.E. Hinton’s 1967 hit The Outsiders was adapted in 1983, even becoming a TV series and a stage play.
Even though the target demographic for YA content comprises of teens 12 to 18, YA has proven to be popular for older readers and movie-goers alike. Whether fueled by nostalgia, engaged with socio-political issues, or simply loving the escapism, adults have helped usher in this new wave of YA movies.
That said, not every YA movie has enjoyed the success of the Harry Potter series, and even some wildly popular franchises have ample room for improvement. Some movies might have needed major overhauls, but others would have been saved with the simple addition of a plot twist.
The list below includes plot twists from the source material that didn’t make it into the movie adaptations, as well as twists that have been scrapped from the books altogether. It also features some major spoilers for the books and movies alike, so tread carefully if you’re not yet familiar with more recent YA.
Here are 10 Canceled Twists That Would’ve Saved YA Movies (And 10 That Would’ve...
The Tommyknockers - the latest movie adaptation of a Stephen King book - has hired Fantastic Four co-writer Jeremy Slater to pen the script. While he'll probably never approach the frequency of public domain stories like Dracula, Frankenstein or Shakespeare's various plays, King is definitely up there when it comes to authors whose works are most commonly adapted. The point has even been reached now where King stories that were adapted before are often being adapted again, as seen by the three screen adaptations of Carrie, or the film and TV adaptations of IT and The Shining.
The latest King book to gear up for a second adaptation is The Tommyknockers, a 1987 tale of aliens invading and slowly assimilating a small town called Haven, Maine. The Tommyknockers is far from being one of King's most popular works among fans, and has even been openly bashed by the author himself. Much like King's hilariously bad lone directorial effort - 1986's Maximum Overdrive - The Tommyknockers was a product of a time when he was struggling to escape the grip of drug addiction, and his output suffered. Of course, the Stephen King name equals big bucks regardless, so Hollywood is happy to give the material another shot.
Comedian Jerry Seinfeld has come to the defense of ousted Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 director James Gunn, just after Disney stood by their decision to fire Gunn. It seemed there may have been some sort of opening, a chance for Gunn to be re-hired, after word surfaced the director would meet with Disney CEO Bob Iger. While the meeting was said to be amicable and professional, Iger stood his ground, and Gunn will reportedly not be returning to Guardians 3, which was slated to start shooting in early 2019.
The whole debacle started when an alt-right website unearthed old tweets where Gunn joked about sensitive topics like rape and pedophilia. Other conservative pundits, such as One America News Network's Jack Posobiec, called for Gunn to be fired from Guardians 3, and many were surprised when Disney actually did just that. Since then, most of Gunn's Guardians 3 stars have been coming to his defense, such as Dave Bautista, who threatened to quit if Disney doesn't at least use Gunn's script, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Kurt Russell, the director's brother Sean Gunn, and many more. Now comedy legend Seinfeld is adding his support for Gunn.
While being interviewed by The New York Times, Seinfeld was asked his thoughts about Gunn being fired for his old Twitter jokes. Seinfeld admitted that he has not read them, but added, "if they're jokes, it doesn't matter." He then made the comparison to Roseanne Barr,...
Even forty years into the future, Marvel's two Hawkeyes make for one deadly combination. Sure, most of the deadlines is coming from Kate Bishop since Clint Barton can barely see, but... what he lacks in accuracy he makes up for with morale in Old Man Hawkeye #8.
The team-up was anything but agreed upon, with Clint bringing his mission of revenge to Kate's doorstep - along with a horde of Venom Symbiotes - but it's hard for her to resist the chance to help Clint get the vengeance he's after. And as our preview shows, Old Man Hawkeye #8 finds Kate all too eager to beat the sense out of a particularly rude goon.
Seriously, who ever said that Clint's Hawkeye was the last superhero alive in America?
Old Man Hawkeye #8 finds Kate and Clint working their way towards the last villain on Clint's kill list, and apparently in need of some fuel. It's a dilemma that Kate has willingly agreed to step into, after Clint explained why his mission of revenge is bigger than himself. And after telling Kate how the Avengers were brutally killed by people they believed were their friends, she had no choice. She missed out on that fight, but with Clint's vision failing, it seems she's willing to make up for it now that his days are dwindling.
In hindsight, Kate and Clint could use some practice before making a run at...
Spyro Reignited Trilogy has been delayed until November from its initial September release date. Officially unveiled in April by Activision, the Spyro Reignited Trilogy includes Spyro the Dragon, Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage!, and Spyro: Year of the Dragon, which were all released from 1998 to 2000, and now are all remastered for the current-gen.
The Spyro games are being rebuilt from the ground up with the Unreal Engine 4 by developer Toys for Bob. The remastered collection provides modern graphics, smooth camera control, a reimagined soundtrack from the original composer, re-recorded voice-lines from Spyro voice actor Tom Kenny, and more. However, the layouts for the levels remain unchanged in order to remain faithful to the trilogy's original designs. Unfortunately, it seems like fans will have to wait a little bit longer before they get their hands on the new collection.
Toys for Bob announces that Spyro Reignited Trilogy's release date has been pushed back from September 21 to November 13. According to the blog post from co-studio head Paul Yan on Activision's website, the game is still in need of more "love and care." Yan says that, come November 13, fans will realize that Spyro Reignited Trilogy is "worth the wait."
Developed by Insomniac Games, 3D platformer Spyro the Dragon released in 1998 for the PlayStation. Much like Crash Bandicoot, the fire-breathing, purple dragon was groomed as a mascot for Sony's PlayStation console. The character became the star of several titles...
Aubrey Plaza, Jemaine Clement, Emile Hirsch and Craig Robinson get weird in the trailer for An Evening With Beverly Luff Lin, a new comedy from The Greasy Strangler writer/director Jim Hosking, and a poster for the movie promises, "A love triangle with too many sides."
In this distinctly kooky-looking comedy, Plaza plays a woman called Lulu Danger whose dissatisfying life is disrupted when she sees a commercial for a magical show featuring a man from her past, Beverly Luff Lin (Robinson). This leads to Lulu running away from her husband, Shane (Hirsch), with a gunman that Shane hired (Clement), who happens to fall deeply in love with Lulu. The trailer doesn't give much else about the plot away, but it does look like a movie worth checking out for people who love bizarre and off-kilter comedy.
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Hosking's feature directorial debut, The Greasy Strangler, proved to be divisive among critics, with opinion generally divided down a line of how enamored reviewers were with the filmmaker's unique and potentially off-putting style. An Evening With Beverly Luff Lin debuted at Sundance Film Festival earlier this year to equally mixed reviews, with Variety's generally positive critique acknowledging that, "If Hosking isn’t your tempo, you’re probably in the majority." Check out the movie's poster below:
If nothing else, An Evening With Beverly Luff Lin at least boasts an excellent cast. Plaza and Clement both star in FX's off-the-wall comic book adaptation
Star Trek: Discovery's Klingons are getting a redesign in season 2 according to the show's makeup effects chief. In any modern science fiction franchise, especially one as internationally beloved as Star Trek, the visual designs of alien species are hugely important in creating an interesting, but still believable, fictional world that viewers can immerse themselves in. With everything from Klingons to Kelpians to tangle with, Star Trek: Discovery's makeup effects team had a huge challenge in front of them but their work has now been officially recognized in the form of an Emmy nomination.
One of the most important design tasks Discovery faced was bringing the visual design of iconic villains the Klingons into the modern day and, as could perhaps have been expected, the makeover wasn't universally well-received by fans. Discovery's Klingons looked radically different compared to the ones seen previously in the Star Trek franchise, with pale skin and a noticeable lack of hair. Prior to Discovery's debut, producers attempted to explain the new look by suggesting that different Klingon Houses would perhaps have different features. This would prove to be one of several instances where fans took exception to Discovery seemingly contradicting Star Trek canon, but producer Aaron Harberts has promised any inconsistencies will be addressed in the narrative.
It now appears as if the inhabitants of Qo'nos are getting another restyle, as Discovery's Head of Makeup Effects, Glenn Hetrick, has claimed that the Klingons...
Aretha Franklin has passed away at the age of 76. The singer and musician has been a staple in the music industry since the 1960s. Growing up in Detroit and teaching herself to play the piano, Franklin went on to become a respected name in music beginning with her iconic 1967 debut, an in-your-face rendition of Otis Redding's "Respect" that is forever linked to the Queen of Soul.
Franklin's royalty status was hard-earned. The soul singer boasted 18 Grammys during the course of her long career. She made her way onto the Hot 100 charts on multiple occasions, with 77 total songs making it on the list. She boasted over 100 Billboard hits, 21 reaching the top of the R&B charts and 17 placing in the Top 10. These accomplishments, along with her undeniable influence and inspiration on the artists who came after her, helped her to become the first woman to ever be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. Franklin retired from performing live concerts last year.
People reports the sad passing of Franklin, who succumbed to advanced pancreatic cancer this morning. Franklin was in her home in Detroit at the time of her passing. The singer's illness began to take a turn two days ago and she was put on hospice care in her home. Family and friends gathered around to lend support at that time. Franklin had reportedly been in failing health for years but refrained from speaking...
The Star Wars franchise is home to a number of heroes and villains who fans have grown incredibly fond of. One of the most interesting aspects of the Star Wars characters to the fans is the sheer power that some of the heroes and villains possess.
The Sith and other dark side users especially draw many fans in, simply because of how strong they appear to be. Darth Vader, Darth Maul, and Kylo Ren are each admired by large portions of the Star Wars fan base due to their fighting abilities and impressive use of the Force.
Even characters who never appeared in a movie, like Darth Bane and Mara Jade, are admired by Star Wars fans because of how profoundly strong they are. It's very clear that Star Wars fans value power, yet they regularly overlook just how powerful the main hero of the franchise is.
Luke Skywalker, the iconic star of the Original Trilogy, is perhaps one of the strongest characters in the entire Star Wars franchise. His Skywalker genetics put him on the same level as Darth Vader, and after receiving the proper training, he arguably became more powerful than Vader himself.
Of course, this doesn't necessarily mean that Luke Skywalker is the perfect hero. Like any good hero, Luke has a number of flaws, with some that have almost proven fatal for him and his friends. Luke's balance between his strengths and weaknesses are perhaps what make him into such a fantastic character.
With that in mind, here are the 15 Hidden Powers Luke Has That Only...
Solo: A Star Wars Story production designer Neil Lamont confirms Lucasfilm scrapped plans for a Tatooine-set spinoff movie. The galaxy far, far away's return to the big screen saw not just a sequel trilogy in the Skywalker saga, but also standalone anthology films that worked to flesh out the universe further. 2016's Rogue One got this initiative off to a great start, as it received strong reviews and grossed $1 billion worldwide. Unfortunately, this summer's Solo became the first Star Wars movie to lose money, despite a generally positive reception.
In the aftermath, Lucasfilm has reconsidered their plans for the franchise, reportedly putting other spinoffs like Obi-Wan and Boba Fett on hold. Around the time that news broke, there was also word Lucasfilm was developing a spinoff around Mos Eisley, although none of these projects were ever confirmed by Disney or Lucasfilm. Now, however, it seems that there was some truth to the rumors, and there was a return trip to Tatooine in the cards.
Speaking with CinemaBlend, Lamont briefly discussed work he was doing on another Star Wars spinoff, one that would take place (at least partially) on Tatooine, the famous desert planet that was home to both Anakin and Luke Skywalker:
We were just starting our work on another Star Wars spinoff and yeah. We were actually just making our mark on Tatooine -- which would have been interesting and some other new galaxies. So hopefully, if that...
Twilight has been both revered and mocked since the first book was released. After the movies began to come out in 2008, the series only grew in popularity.
Whether people hated it or loved it, they certainly couldn’t escape it. Vampires and werewolves were everywhere.
Fans of the book series are always really passionate about the choices that were made when the book is inevitably turned into a movie. A lot of adaptations get little details wrong that the book-readers will simply never get over.
Not only do the directors sometimes overlook certain details, but every fan reading the book has a different interpretation of characters in their mind.
This has caused arguments over physical appearance and characterization of beloved characters like Edward and Bella for years, even after the movies came out.
Regardless of what people expected in their heads, the movies certainly had their own set of issues that were entirely different from just what the characters looked like.
From lack of chemistry to the details of someone’s hair, a lot of fans were disappointed with what the movies and have created their own version of Twilight through fan art.
How do your expectations measure up to these 20 Twilight Fan Redesigns Way Better Than The Movies?...
Britain in 2018 is a strange place. Ever since the 2016 Brexit referendum result, the country has been emotionally split, part a nostalgic callback to the Blitz spirit of the Second World War and part a growing anxiety over the potentially-growing divides over politics, race, and nationality. Right in the middle of this environment is Not Tonight, a game that aims to dissect the current state of Great Britain through offbeat humor.
Not Tonight, from developer Panic Barn, throws players into a very mundane dystopia, a world whose downtrodden inhabitants have their lives defined by bureaucracy, poverty, and boredom. This is a very different dark Britannia to that showcased by We Happy Few, with a setting built much more on the realities of modern-day Britain, and that encapsulates those fears in a much more palpable way.
At its core, Not Tonight is an adventure-meets-puzzle game. The player is cast as a British national with mainland European heritage, who sees their rights and livelihood taken away by a government intent on a nation-based ethnic cleansing of Britain as a whole. However, these 'Euros' still have an important role to play, meaning that the player is left in a country that no longer wants them, but depends on them still.
What this boils down to is the player character - chosen from one of three backstories - being forced to become a doorman to earn their keep. Jobs are indicated through the use of the BouncR app of the player's in-game mobile...
It's been a busy week for Ubisoft and the Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege community. From daily updates on Ubisoft's blog about the continuously growing game to the the first ever Six Major in Paris. Esports aside, the tournament will also be host to the full reveal of Operation Grim Sky.
Grim Sky is the year 3, season 3 expansion for Rainbow Six Siege where the game will get two new operators (one attacker and one defender) along with the game's first ever complete map rework. We've already seen the new take on Hereford Base and now we can also finally delve into details on Clash and Maverick - the new specialists joining the Rainbow roster.
Confirming leaks and for one of the operators from old rumors, Clash and Maverick bring the game's first defensive shield operator and a new hard breacher. Below are the official descriptions of each character and their unique backgrounds and skill sets. Gameplay reveals and specifics on how their abilities work will premiere during the tournament this weekend.Morowa “Clash” Evans - Defensive Shield
Born and raised in England, she’s a tough officer who served with the Territorial Support Group, holding the front line during the 2011 London Riots. She earned her spot with the Specialist Firearms Command (SCO19), making herself known within London’s Metropolitan Police Services (MPS).
She’s an expert at devising crowd-control strategies and she even acquired special permission to attend Gold Command...
The popular romantic drama Outlander will return for season 4 on Starz this November. The latest season is set to follow the fourth book in the series written by Diana Gabldon entitled Drums of Autumn. The series – which focuses on the love story between a World War II nurse and the Highland warrior she meets through methods of time-travel – will continue from where it left off after the conclusion of its third season.
Outlander, developed by Ronald D. Moore, premiered August 2014 on Starz. The show and book series tell the intriguing, romantic tale of an English WWII nurse – Claire Randall – living in the 1940s who, by near happenstance, gets transported back in time to Scotland in the 1700s during the Jacobite risings, where she falls madly in love with a Scottish highlander named Jamie Fraser. The historical fiction, sci-fi, adventure, fantasy, romantic drama stars Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan as the star-crossed lovers, who, at the end of season 3, find themselves stranded in an early America in the 1700s after a tumultuous journey and a shipwreck.
TV Line reveals Outlander season 4 will premiere on Sunday, November 4. Outlander's long-anticipated premiere date follows a teaser trailer from July and the announcement that Outlander had been renewed for seasons 5 and 6. Being that the show mirrors the book series, each season represents one book in said series; therefore, there is potential for the show to continue on for nine seasons. Season 5 and 6 will each feature 12 episodes, which differs from season 1, which boasted 16 episodes, and seasons...
Following the success of The Alienist, TNT orders another adaptation of the work of Caleb Carr with The Angel of Darkness. The Alienist had seemingly been on the verge of becoming a major motion picture for years following its publication in 1994, but for a variety of reasons, the project never managed to get off the ground. The same was nearly true of TNT’s 2018 miniseries adaptation of the property, when executive producer Cary Fukunaga stepped away from directorial duties. Despite the many bumps in the road, however, the project finally came to fruition with The Alienist reportedly posting impressive gains in viewership as the season progressed, and earning Emmy nominations for limited series and cinematography along the way.
When you consider the initial series’ success, and the fact that there are several other books in Carr’s Kreizler series just waiting to be adapted, it’s no surprise that TNT is eager to head back to the late 19th century to investigate some heinous crimes. This time, however, instead of a series of gruesome murders, Dr. Laszlo Kreizler and his team will be go off in search of the missing child of a Spanish dignitary.More: Fear The Walking Dead 4B Premiere Review: A Low-Key Start Brings Winds Of Change
In an official release from TNT, The Angel of Darkness will also see stars Daniel Brühl, Luke Evans, and Dakota Fanning return to their roles as Kreizler, John Moore, and Sara Howard, respectively. At present, it’s unknown...