“Captain Marvel” may be hitting theaters soon, but the real star of the movie is Goose the cat.
As part of a promotion leading up to the impending release of Captain Marvel, Marvel Studios surprised us with this live stream of Goose the cat doing… well, cat stuff. He chases things, he naps, and he even gets some scratches from surprise guest Samuel L. Jackson.
Check out the riveting video below:
The name of this cat is Reggie, and he along with three other felines played the role of Goose throughout the movie.
Heads up to you Ghibli Studios and Hayao Miyazaki lovers! Ghibli Fest is back this year, with a slew of movies to watch starting in the Spring and ending this Winter.
If you ever wanted to see a classic Miyazaki movie on the big screen, this is your chance. GKids is bringing nine of his greatest hits to US theaters throughout the course of the year, giving you a great opportunity to see these movies the way they truly were meant to be.
This year also marks three major Miyazaki milestones. 2019 is the 15th anniversary for “Howl’s Moving Castle”, 30th anniversary of “Kiki’s Delivery Service”, and the 35th anniversary for “Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind”.
Check out the schedule below:
The current line-up and dates to see the movies are as follows:
HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE: 15th Anniversary Event – April 7, 8 & 10 NAUSICAÄ OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND: 35th Anniversary Event – May 20 & 21 WHISPER OF THE HEART – July 1 & 2 KIKI’S DELIVERY SERVICE: 30th Anniversary Event – July 28, 29 & 31 MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO – August 25, 26 & 28 THE SECRET WORLD OF ARRIETTY – September 29 & 30 SPIRITED AWAY – October 27, 28 & 30 PRINCESS MONONOKE – November 17, 18 & 20 THE TALE OF THE PRINCESS KAGUYA – December 16 & 18
Why so serious? You should be rejoicing, since there’s a new clown prince in town, and it ain’t Jared Leto anymore!
In a report from Forbes, we learned the fate of many DCU movie franchises, including The Suicide Squad series, where we learned the following about Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn and Jared Leto’s Joker:
The Suicide Squad sequel, meanwhile, is moving forward as a sort of soft reboot to some extent, and is expected to have a new cast of characters and avoid direct tie-in to the first film’s events. Harley Quinn is not expected to return, and James Gunn’s script will be a new approach and rethinking of the property.
The Mad Love-type Joker and Harley Quinn film has also fallen by the wayside, as has the solo Joker project for Jared Leto’s version of the character from Suicide Squad. With Gunn on board as director, the film has plenty of room to bring a new flavor to the series and to the world of DC films as well.
Fans were not too keen on Leto’s rendition of The Joker, while Robbie fared much better. With the upcoming Birds of Prey movie, it seems that Harley will transition into a much more heroic role, emancipated from the toxic Joker character.
On the plus side, we do have that Joaquin Phoenix “Joker” movie on the horizon, and that is shaping up to be very interesting looking.
As of now, Forbes has the following movies on the outlook for the DCU – Shazam! Joker. Wonder Woman 1984. Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn). Supergirl. The Suicide Squad. The Batman. Batgirl. The Trench. Aquaman 2. New Gods. Green Lantern Corps.
Aquaman 2 and Wonder Woman 3 will also surely end up on that list at some point.
What remains to be seen is how the DCU will remain now, as the films are mainly intended to be standalone features, and not necessarily all tied together in one universe.
Are you happy that Leto is out as The Joker for good?
Based on the Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comics miniseries by James Tynion IV and Freddie Williams II, the film will see the turtles meeting Batman via a transdimensional encounter, and feature our heroes teaming up to face Batman’s deadly rogues gallery.
This is the first time these worlds have collided in animation, but the two have met before in that aforementioned crossover comic between IDW and DC Comics from 2015.
The film’s voice cast features Troy Baker (The Last of Us, Batman: Arkham Origins) as both Batman and The Joker (making him the first actor to ever take on both roles in one project), Darren Criss (the Emmy winning star of The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story) as Raphael, Kyle Mooney (Saturday Night Live) as Michelangelo, Baron Vaughn (Grace and Frankie) as Donatello, Eric Bauza (The Woody Woodpecker Show) as Leonardo, Rachel Bloom (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) as Batgirl, Tom Kenny (Spongebob Squarepants) as The Penguin, John DiMaggio (Adventure Time) as Mr. Freeze, Tara Strong (The Powerpuff Girls) as both Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy, Carlos Alazraqui (Reno 911!) as Bane, and Cas Anvar (The Expanse) as Ra’s al Ghul.
Knowing the cast does give us a bit more info about plot details, especially since we have five villains for the heroic group to deal with. How they all tie together remains to be seen.
Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will arrive on 4K, Blu-ray, and Digital late this spring.
No need to let it go anymore, because the cold doesn’t bother Elsa anymore… or anyone it seems, according to the new teaser trailer for Disney’s “Frozen 2”. Looks like our characters have left the safety of the castle, and are on a quest somewhere very different, and very dark. We took a look at the new video and broke it down to see what we can figure out from it.
Check out the teaser trailer below:
The biggest thing to note right away is the seriousness of this trailer. There are no jokes, and more importantly, zero dialogue. Something big is happening here, and we are thrust into the drama of it immediately.
As we can see at the start of the video, Elsa is testing her powers, and she’s learned a lot since the first movie. Now, she can use her powers to essentially walk on water by freezing the ground under her when she steps, and she is exhibiting some Todoroki powers a la My Hero Academia when it comes to ice blasts.
It may just be my own theory, but her dress does not seem to be fabric, or at least made entirely of cloth. The way it seamlessly blends with her skin by her chest and shoulders makes me think she made that out of ice and snow, which is pretty nuts. Has Elsa’s power become that strong since the last time we saw her?
After Elsa battles the sea, Anna is observing a collection of pastel-colored crystals outside her windows – whose are they? They don’t seem to match the color palette of Elsa’s abilities, so it must be someone, or something else. Next, we see Anna and Kristoff journeying around. But where are they?
Director Jennifer Lee previously hinted to Varietythat the upcoming animated adventure will still focus on Arendelle royalty Elsa and Anna, but it will be “bigger” and “more epic” in scale. “They’re going to go far out of Arendelle,” she said. This appears to be that far away.
We follow this with Kristoff and Sven riding with a herd of moose in a very autumnal setting, followed by a very gloomy Anna (with a new hair style) sulking in the woods.
Next, it looks like Olaf has returned, at least for a little bit since this is the only time we see him in the entire trailer. Elsa is using some crazy ice blasts to keep some purple flames away from her buddy, but it looks like it will be for naught.
Perhaps this means that Arendelle has become under attack by some other elemental power user, and chances are this means Olaf may be melted before the end of the first act… at least until he is revived by the end of the movie (parents, get ready for some tears).
After that… who’s that? There appears to be a never-before-seen red-haired character hanging out in this crimson forest, and she may have those aforementioned elemental powers. She wind-blasts somebody out of a pile of leaves, but who is that dude? It’s hard to say, but it’s either an entirely new character, or it could be the return of Hans, the bad guy from the first movie.
Finally, the bulk of the teaser ends with our heroes overlooking this vast landscape, unfamiliar to them and a huge change from what we remembered in the first movie. Where are they, and what’s going to happen next? This is likely the start of their journey to figure out what’s up with the elements, but who really knows?
After that title sequence ends, we land on an over the shoulder shot of the trio in the woods (no Sven or Olaf, so this may be earlier in the film after Olaf is downed, which also means Sven may get separated and meets his moose brethren, rejoining them later for that big shot earlier in the trailer with the herd), but whose view point is that? Possibly the redhead and her friend from earlier, but whoever it is just got the bad end of Anna’s sword!
Also of note, Elsa no longer has her strapless ice dress, so maybe she loses her powers at some point in the movie and must resume wearing fabric clothes.
We will have to wait a few months to learn the answers to these mysteries, but it seems like it will be well worth the wait. So far, “Frozen 2” looks like a very different movie tonally. It almost feels like the movie franchise is maturing with its original audience, giving the kids who grew up with the original 2013 movie something they can still be interested in six years later.
With the same song-writing duo from the original once again doing music (Kristen and Robert Lopez), this means we are still getting a traditional Disney musical, but this Broadway power couple may flex their dramatic muscles with new songs to better fit the drama unfolding on-screen. I theorize there will be some direct Sondheim references in this, since it seems the characters are going “Into The Woods” after all.
“Frozen 2” stars Elsa (Idina Menzel), Anna (Kristen Bell), Olaf (Josh Gad), Kristoff (Jonathan Groff), and some other surprises that will be revealed as we get closer to the release date. The movie opens in U.S. theaters on Nov. 22, 2019.
By the power of Greyskull, we finally have a date for the new “Masters of the Universe” movie from Sony to start shooting!
Production Weekly tweeted the news, announcing that pre-production was nearing completion, and the actual production of the movie would begin this summer.
The tweet was: “Updated production schedule and location for Sony’s MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE, from the directing duo of Aaron and Adam Nee. Principal photography is due to get underway mid-July in Prague.”
The Nee Brothers previously co-directed “Band of Robbers,” “Clark Kent has a Dream”, “The Geniuses”, and a short titled “You Can Never Really Know Someone”, just to name a few of their works.
David Goyer is penned to write the script. No casting news has been announced yet, although I would not be surprised to see something like that revealed closer to SDCC 2019.
Sony originally scheduled this movie for release on December 18th, but the likelihood of that happening is up for debate.
J.R.R. Tolkien remains one of the most influential fantasy authors to this day, giving us The Lord of The Rings series, and a legacy that continues to live on today. Fox Searchlight is readying to release a new biographical movie about the man soon, and the first trailer for it has finally dropped.
Check out the trailer below, and enjoy it with your second breakfast or elevenses:
The film stars Nicholas Hoult as Tolkien himself, along with Lily Collins as his wife Edith, Colm Meaney, Anthony Boyle, Patrick Gibson, Tom Glynn-Carney, Craig Roberts, Laura Donnelly, Genevieve O’Reilly, Pam Ferris and Derek Jacobi. It’s directed by Dome Karukoski.
Here is the official synopsis from Fox Searchlight:
TOLKIEN explores the formative years of the orphaned author as he finds friendship, love and artistic inspiration among a group of fellow outcasts at school. This takes him into the outbreak of World War I, which threatens to tear the “fellowship” apart. All of these experiences would inspire Tolkien to write his famous Middle-Earth novels.
Good news, Transformers fans! More movies are on the way, and if they are all half as good as Bumblebee, then things could be looking up for the franchise.
During the Hasbro 4th Quarter Earnings Conference call, CEO of Hasbro Brian Goldner spoke about the current state of the Transformers brand. Goldner went on to speak specifically about the future plans for the movies, and it turns out they do have some:
“In Transformers, in the fourth quarter was up both in the US and internationally, so up overall. We really successfully reengaged fans and families with Bumblebee. It’s done over $450 million globally.
The early indications as we enter the New Year are for a strong ESP and home entertainment window, and we believe that the enterprise for Bumblebee, including the film, is profitable for Hasbro go forward.
Obviously we’re in the early days. Haven’t hit the home entertainment window yet. We haven’t even opened in Japan yet, and the movie is still in theaters.
We knew In addition to the feature film, which is an important element and we are working on new films ideas with Paramount in partnership with Jim Giannopoulos and that team, and they’re fantastic, we also have television on Cartoon Network, Netflix offering, and preschool offering. So across the board, it’s a brand that really embodies our brand blueprint strategy, and we continue to believe very strongly in the power of the franchise.”
Hasbro will webcast its Annual Investor Update at New York Toy Fair 2019 on Friday, February 15, 2019 at 8:00 AM EST at this link here. The meeting will be hosted by Mr. Goldner, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Deborah Thomas, Chief Financial Officer, and John Frascotti, President and Chief Operating Officer. Replays of the call and the Investor Day will be available at the same location approximately 2 hours following completion of each event.
There was no mention of a direct sequel to Bumblebee, which has been having a very successful box-office run, but it would not be surprising to see that series continue on. Perhaps we will get more Cyberton-based movie as time goes on. What kind of Transformers movie do you want to see them make next?
Warner Bros just released a new behind-the-scenes featurette on their upcoming DC Universe movie “Shazam!” This video includes some new footage to put more context to the superhero, both in story and tone. Plus, more of Billy Baton’s bestie, Freddy!
Check out the new featurette below:
“Shazam!” stars Zachary Levi, Asher Angel, Jack Dylan Grazer, Grace Fulton , Faithe Herman, and Oscar nominee Djimon Hounsou as the Wizard. Nobody beats the Wiz!
“Shazam” will be released in US theaters on April 5.
The above screen-grab shows our heroes walking towards something mysterious in the sky. The only thing is, it sure looks like there is an empty space on the right between Bruce Banner and Rhodey. It would appear that something, or someone, was removed from the scene. Who could it be and why?
This isn’t the first time Marvel has fiddled with a trailer, like when they had The Incredible Hulk in the Wakanda Battle from Infinity War, despite him not being there as the green giant, but instead in a Hulkbuster suit.
CBR did a whole video about it, which you can watch below:
What’s your theory on this scene? Is someone missing, or is just poor direction – or a bunch of conspiracy theorists reading too much into nothing?
“Avengers: Endgame” arrives in US theaters on April 26.
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