Wednesday, August 1, 2018

STAR WARS: EPISODE IX Has Officially Begun Filming!

STAR WARS: EPISODE IX has officially begun filming (at Pinewood Studios near London) on August 1, 2018.

Earlier today, director J.J. Abrams posted the tweet below announcing that principal photography has officially started on Star Wars: Episode IX at Pinewood Studios near London! If you look closely at the photo, you can spot John Boyega (as Finn), Joonas Suotamo (as Chewbacca) and Abrams while he's sitting on the pilot's seat inside the Millennium Falcon's cockpit. In the foreground is Panavision's Panaflex camera that will be capturing Episode IX on celluloid...just like The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi before it. So cool!


The tweet below was my response to Abrams' post. I have no expectations as to how Rey and Kylo Ren will be portrayed in the 2019 installment (except to hope that Rey finally sports a double-bladed lightsaber a la Darth Maul, and Kylo can now shoot Force lightning from his fingertips 'cause that's how Supreme Leaders roll, heheh), but hope that the First Order will finally employ non-TIE Fighters in its arsenal for the final Skywalker episode. Specifically, the Assault Gunboats that I enjoyed fighting in the old X-Wing video game that I play on my laptop. Happy Hump Day!

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Photos of the Day: The New VENOM Trailer Is Here!

Tom Hardy plays Eddie Brock, a reporter who's infected with an alien Symbiote and takes on the bad guys in VENOM.

Just thought I'd end this month with these screenshots from the newest trailer for Venom...which hits theaters nationwide on October 5. Based on the new preview, Tom Hardy's take on the Symbiote is livelier and more brutal than Topher Grace's portrayal of the alien creature in 2007's Spider-Man 3. This is ironic considering the fact that Venom is an all-out villain in Sam Raimi's third and final Spidey flick, while he's an antihero in the upcoming movie. Not sure if Venom will be R-rated, but one thing's for sure, it's gonna be interesting adapting Hardy's gritty take to the PG-13 tone of Tom Holland's Spider-Man films if the Symbiote ever makes an appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe!

Check out the trailer itself at the very bottom of this entry. That is all.

Eddie Brock confronts the Symbiote that infected him in VENOM.

Venom confronts a bad guy in VENOM.

Venom confronts a thug inside a convenience store in VENOM.

Venom clashes with Riot (Riz Ahmed) in VENOM.

The Symbiote is almost ripped away from Eddie Brock by Riot in VENOM.


Friday, July 27, 2018

STAR WARS: EPISODE IX Is Set to Begin Filming Next Wednesday! Plus More News About the Skywalker Saga Finale...

STAR WARS: EPISODE IX will hit theaters nationwide on December 20, 2019.

Star Wars: Episode IX Cast Announced (News Release)

Returning and New Cast Members Will Join Together for the Final Installment of the Skywalker Saga

Star Wars: Episode IX will begin filming at London’s Pinewood Studios on August 1, 2018. J.J. Abrams returns to direct the final installment of the Skywalker saga. Abrams co-wrote the screenplay with Chris Terrio.

Returning cast members include Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, and Billie Lourd. Joining the cast of Episode IX are Naomi Ackie, Richard E. Grant, and Keri Russell, who will be joined by veteran Star Wars actors Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, and Billy Dee Williams, who will reprise his role as Lando Calrissian.

The role of Leia Organa will once again be played by Carrie Fisher, using previously unreleased footage shot for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. “We desperately loved Carrie Fisher,” says Abrams. “Finding a truly satisfying conclusion to the Skywalker saga without her eluded us. We were never going to recast, or use a CG character. With the support and blessing from her daughter, Billie, we have found a way to honor Carrie’s legacy and role as Leia in Episode IX by using unseen footage we shot together in Episode VII.”

Composer John Williams, who has scored every chapter in the Star Wars saga since 1977’s A New Hope, will return to a galaxy far, far away with Episode IX.

Star Wars: Episode IX will be produced by Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Michelle Rejwan, and executive produced by Callum Greene and Jason McGatlin. The crew includes Dan Mindel (Director of Photography), Rick Carter and Kevin Jenkins (Co-Production Designers), Michael Kaplan (Costume Designer), Neal Scanlan (Creature and Droid FX), Maryann Brandon and Stefan Grube (Editors), Roger Guyett (VFX Supervisor), Tommy Gormley (1st AD), and Victoria Mahoney (2nd Unit Director).

Release is scheduled for December 2019.

Source: StarWars.com

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Mark Hamill and the late Carrie Fisher, in this scene from last year's THE LAST JEDI, will return for STAR WARS: EPISODE IX...with unused footage of Fisher from 2015's THE FORCE AWAKENS being employed in next year's Skywalker saga finale.

Billy Dee Williams is set to reprise his role as Lando Calrissian in STAR WARS: EPISODE IX.

Keri Russell will venture into a galaxy far, far away in STAR WARS: EPISODE IX.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

"Why. So. SERIOUS?" Remembering THE DARK KNIGHT One Decade Later...

Batman (Christian Bale) surveys the wreckage following the death of Rachel Dawes (Maggie Gyllenhaal) in THE DARK KNIGHT.

Today marks 10 years since Christopher Nolan unleashed The Dark Knight onto movie theaters nationwide. Click here to read my review for this game-changing comic book epic! The Dark Knight returns to the standard big screen on August 3 and 4, while it will be shown in four IMAX theaters around the country on August 24 for a one-week engagement. (In regards to where I live, the nearest IMAX screen showing this is at AMC Citywalk theater in North Hollywood.) I plan on watching this masterpiece on both re-release dates! Carry on.

The Joker (Heath Ledger) plays mind games while held inside an interrogation cell at a Gotham police station...in THE DARK KNIGHT.

Rachel Dawes parts ways with Bruce Wayne (Bale) during a fundraiser held for Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart) in THE DARK KNIGHT.

Harvey Dent, now Two-Face, in the climactic scene of THE DARK KNIGHT.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Photos of the Day: The Costumes of ANT-MAN AND THE WASP...

Posing with the Ant-Man, Wasp and Ghost costumes used in ANT-MAN AND THE WASP...on July 8, 2018.

Yesterday, I drove down to ArcLight Cinemas in Hollywood to check out the costumes worn by Paul Rudd (as Ant-Man), Evangeline Lilly (as Wasp) and Hannah John-Kamen (as Ghost) in Ant-Man and the Wasp. This comes less than two months after I last visited the ArcLight to see the costumes worn by Ryan Reynolds, Zazie Beetz and Terry Crews in Deadpool 2. In regards to what I thought about the Ant-Man sequel, here are my quick notes:

- Ant-Man and the Wasp was such a fun and action-packed film! It retained the comedic spirit of the original movie.

- The Ghost kicks ass. She's a lot cooler than Yellowjacket (played by Corey Stoll) in the original film.

- The Wasp versus Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow or Black Panther's Okoye: Who'd win?

- Definitely stay for the mid-credits scene if you wanna see how Ant-Man and the Wasp ties in with Avengers: Infinity War and foreshadows 2019's Avengers 4! In regards to the scene at the very end of the end credits: Eh.

Happy Monday!

The Ant-Man, Wasp and Ghost costumes used in ANT-MAN AND THE WASP...on display in Hollywood on July 8, 2018.

The Ant-Man costume worn by Paul Rudd in ANT-MAN AND THE WASP...on display in Hollywood on July 8, 2018.

The Ant-Man costume worn by Paul Rudd in ANT-MAN AND THE WASP...on display in Hollywood on July 8, 2018.

The Ant-Man costume worn by Paul Rudd in ANT-MAN AND THE WASP...on display in Hollywood on July 8, 2018.

The Wasp costume worn by Evangeline Lilly in ANT-MAN AND THE WASP...on display in Hollywood on July 8, 2018.

The Wasp costume worn by Evangeline Lilly in ANT-MAN AND THE WASP...on display in Hollywood on July 8, 2018.

The Ghost costume worn by Hannah John-Kamen in ANT-MAN AND THE WASP...on display in Hollywood on July 8, 2018.

The Ghost costume worn by Hannah John-Kamen in ANT-MAN AND THE WASP...on display in Hollywood on July 8, 2018.

One last snapshot of the Ant-Man, Wasp and Ghost costumes used in ANT-MAN AND THE WASP...on display in Hollywood on July 8, 2018.

Sunday, July 8, 2018

CAPTAIN MARVEL Has Wrapped Filming!


Earlier today, Brie Larson tweeted the image above celebrating the completion of principal photography on Captain Marvel...which took place last Friday (July 6) after a 75-day shoot. Last Friday, of course, also marked the opening day for Ant-Man and the Wasp—which is the final Marvel Studios movie of 2018 (though Sony Pictures will be releasing the Marvel antihero flick Venom this October, and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse in December). March 8, 2019 is the date that Captain Marvel will be unleashed in theaters nationwide, while Avengers 4 is set to follow less than two months later on May 3. Awesome! Can't wait to see how Larson's Carol Danvers will factor in the defeat of Thanos next spring...

And in regards to Ant-Man and the Wasp, I'll post photos that I took of three of its main costumes at ArcLight Cinemas in Hollywood tomorrow. Carry on.

EDIT (July 9): Pics that I took of the Ant-Man and the Wasp costumes are posted here!

Photos of Brie Larson in costume on the set of 2019's CAPTAIN MARVEL.

A fan-made poster depicting Captain Marvel confronting Thanos in 2019's AVENGERS 4.
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Sunday, June 24, 2018

Photos of the Day: A Q&A Panel for EATING ANIMALS...

Natalie Portman and director Christopher Quinn take part in a Q&A panel (that's moderated by the L.A. Times' Amy Kaufman) for the documentary film EATING ANIMALS...at Landmark Theatres in west Los Angeles on June 23, 2018.

Last night, I went to the Landmark Theatres in west Los Angeles to attend a screening of the documentary film Eating Animals. This movie, which was directed by Christopher Quinn and narrated as well as co-produced by Natalie Portman (and based on a bestselling book of the same name by Jonathan Safran Foer), was about how the proliferation of factory farms around the United States (and in other nations like India) are having a profound impact on independent farmers, humans in general, the environment, and obviously the farm animals themselves. Quinn and Portman were on-hand after the film to take part in a Q&A panel that was moderated by the Los Angeles Times' Amy Kaufman. Very interesting stuff.

Natalie Portman and director Christopher Quinn take part in a Q&A panel for EATING ANIMALS at Landmark Theatres in west Los Angeles...on June 23, 2018.

If you're in the mood to watch a documentary that will make you think twice about eating meat, and maybe even become a vegetarian, then you should definitely check out Eating Animals at the theater. Or at the very least, this film will make you advocate for a more humane treatment of farm animals before their lives are cut short. Eating Animals will also show you just how much influence that corporations have on the U.S. government—which isn't anything new as big conglomerates have had a major impact on American legislative policy for over a century. But the fact that 30 states, according to the movie, advocate "Ag-gag" laws (which allows farms to take legal action against whistleblowers who venture near their property to covertly videotape farming activity taking place) shows that factory farms are not going away anytime soon. Too bad.

Natalie Portman takes part in a Q&A panel for EATING ANIMALS at Landmark Theatres in west Los Angeles...on June 23, 2018.

On the plus side though, research is being done to extract protein from plants and place them in food products that resemble real meat (hence veggie burgers). That's nice to know. I might actually go back to McDonald's to buy a Big Mac once again if the hamburger patties are actually comprised of plant protein! Carry on.

Craig Watts is a poultry farmer who features prominently in EATING ANIMALS.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Images of the Day: WONDER WOMAN 1984...

A fan-made artwork of Diana Prince (Gal Gadot) in 2019's WONDER WOMAN 1984.

Just thought I'd share these images, plus the cool fan-made artwork above, that's been gracing the Internet since Wonder Woman 1984 began filming about a week ago. The photos below come from director Patty Jenkins and star Gal Gadot themselves. It's interesting to see Chris Pine's Steve Trevor back from the dead (If you didn't see last year's Wonder Woman, then MY BAD. Spoiler alert!), but I definitely can't wait to see how Kristen Wiig will look as the villainous Cheetah. Wonder Woman 1984 hits theaters nationwide on November 1, 2019.

And yes, I'm fully aware that pics for this December's Aquaman have been publicly released as well. Black Manta (who I admittedly never heard of till last week) looks pretty cool. Happy Tuesday!

A promo pic of Diana Prince staring at a group of TV sets in WONDER WOMAN 1984.

A promo pic of Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) back from the dead in WONDER WOMAN 1984.

A promo pic of Diana Prince in all her Amazonian beauty in WONDER WOMAN 1984.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

BUMBLEBEE...

The teaser poster for BUMBLEBEE.

Earlier today, Paramount Pictures released the teaser trailer for the Transformers spin-off film Bumblebee...out in theaters nationwide on December 21. Unlike the five previous Transformers movies—which were all directed by Michael Bay—Bumblebee is helmed by Travis Knight, who previously directed the 2016 animated film Kubo and the Two Strings. Leading the cast of the Autobot flick are Oscar-nominated actress Hailee Steinfeld and John Cena, as well as Martin Short, Vanessa Ross, John Ortiz, Kenneth Choi and Peter Cullen (who's once again voicing Optimus Prime). Bumblebee was supposed to be the first of various spin-off movies that would form Transformers' new cinematic universe (a la the DC, Marvel and Star Wars franchises), but in the wake of The Last Knight's 'underwhelming' box office last year (it made $605.4 million worldwide, while Age of Extinction and Dark of the Moon both earned $1.1 billion globally in 2014 and 2011, respectively), is unfortunately no longer the case.

Bumblebee and Charlie Watson (Hailee Steinfeld) meet each other for the first time in BUMBLEBEE.

It was refreshing to hear a voice-over by the late Bernie Mac—who played Bobby Bolivia in the first Transformers movie—at the beginning of the trailer. Optimus Prime aside, Bumblebee is the most popular Autobot in the entire cinematic franchise...and those memorable quotes from the 2007 film help convey the feel that the Bumblebee movie will go back to what made the original live-action Transformers film so endearing in the first place: a human buys a car that he (now she) suddenly discovers is actually a giant alien robot that the person eventually befriends and goes on many adventures with. And in case you're wondering, Dario Marianelli (who worked on such flicks as 2015's Everest and 2005's V for Vendetta) is scoring the music for Bumblebee, not long-time Transformers composer Steve Jablonsky.

You can view the preview itself at the very bottom of this entry.

Charlie Watson tends to Bumblebee underwater in BUMBLEBEE.

Agent Burns (John Cena) will apparently be hunting down Transformers in BUMBLEBEE...including the titular Autobot himself.

Disguised as an F-4 Phantom in this film, Starscream is back in BUMBLEBEE.

With his visor down, Bumblebee is ready to do battle in BUMBLEBEE.


Thursday, May 31, 2018

TOP GUN: MAVERICK Has Begun Filming!

Maverick (Tom Cruise) stares at an F/A-18 Hornet on the tarmac...in this promo pic for 2019's TOP GUN: MAVERICK.

Last night, Tom Cruise tweeted this image showing him in his flight suit as principal photography has begun on the long-anticipated Top Gun 2, a.k.a. Top Gun: Maverick. The F-14 fighter jock memorably portrayed by Cruise in the late Tony Scott's 1986 classic will return to the big screen on July 12, 2019...this time piloting an F/A-18 Hornet, as seen in the photo above. All I can say is, had Cruise waited a few more years to shoot Top Gun: Maverick, it would be an F-35C Lightning II (shown below) that he would be staring at in this promo pic! The U.S. Navy's variant on the stealth jet is set to achieve active status (also known as 'initial operational capability' in military parlance) sometime this year.

Time to listen to Kenny Loggins' 'Danger Zone' on my MP3 player!

An F-35C Lightning II is about to touch down onto the deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln...on March 17, 2018.
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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Photos of the Day: DEADPOOL in Hollywood...

Posing with the DEADPOOL costume at ArcLight Cinemas in Hollywood...on May 29, 2018.

So yesterday, I drove down to ArcLight Cinemas in Hollywood to check out three costumes from Deadpool 2 that were on display in the theater's main lobby. The highlight of the exhibit, of course, was the Deadpool suit worn by Ryan Reynolds himself. To the left of the 'Merc with a Mouth' was the 'Domino' outfit worn by Zazie Beetz, and the 'Bedlam' costume on the right was worn by Terry Crews.

The DEADPOOL costume on display at ArcLight Cinemas in Hollywood...on May 29, 2018.

I also went to the ArcLight to see the costumes worn in Solo: A Star Wars Story (which I watched for a second time at AMC Theatre before I made the trip to Hollywood), but sadly, they were nowhere to be seen when I arrived. I guess ArcLight decided to get rid of the exhibit after the not-so-stellar box office gross that Solo earned in its opening weekend. Just jokin'...maybe. Right next to the Deadpool display were the costumes worn in the upcoming Ocean's 8 instead. The necklace shown in the image at the very bottom of this entry was worn by Anne Hathaway in the movie. Carry on.

The Deadpool, Domino and Bedlam costumes from DEADPOOL 2 on display at ArcLight Cinemas in Hollywood...on May 29, 2018.

The 'Domino' costume worn by Zazie Beetz in DEADPOOL 2, on display at ArcLight Cinemas in Hollywood...on May 29, 2018.

The 'Bedlam' costume worn by Terry Crews in DEADPOOL 2, on display at ArcLight Cinemas in Hollywood...on May 29, 2018.

The necklace worn by Anne Hathaway in OCEAN'S 8, on display at ArcLight Cinemas in Hollywood...on May 29, 2018.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

The SPAWN Reboot Gets Its Star...

An illustration depicting Jamie Foxx as 2019's SPAWN.

Earlier today, Todd McFarlane announced on social media that Oscar winner Jamie Foxx will portray Al Simmons and his hell-born alter ego in McFarlane's 2019 movie Spawn. Unlike the 1997 film of the same name—which starred Michael Jai White as Spawn, was rated PG-13 (the comic book itself contained R-rated material), and had a budget of $40 million—the new flick will be R-rated and presumably have a budget of around $12 million. Produced by Blumhouse (which released such memorable horror flicks as Paranormal Activity, Insidious, The Purge, Happy Death Day and last year's Best Picture nominee Get Out), Spawn would have a story that's portrayed in the same manner as the recent hit film A Quiet Place...directed and starred by 13 Hours' John Krasinski, as well as his wife, Sicario's Emily Blunt. Much like how A Quiet Place only had two or three scenes with spoken dialogue in them, Spawn would rely mostly on non-verbal cues by Jamie Foxx to convey the brooding nature of the hellish antihero.

Since Spawn will only cost around $12 million to make, I reckon that the Violator will be too expensive to feature in the upcoming flick! With the advanced state of today's computer-generated effects, however, I'm sure that a more fearsome iteration of Spawn's demonic arch-nemesis would look better than the 1997 version (shown below). McFarlane wants his movie (which marks his big-screen directorial debut) to be like A Quiet Place... He should be inspired by how frightening the blind but sharp-fanged monsters were in Krasinski's film—and how bad-ass they looked—if he were to do a new take on the Violator! I'm lookin' forward to this flick, as Spawn is one of my all-time favorite titles from Image Comics. That is all.

Spawn (Michael Jai White) with the Violator standing behind him...in the original 1997 film SPAWN.