Bright was Netflix’s first foray into full blown blockbuster film making, and while critics have been harsh on the film, audiences seem to have liked it. I mean, it’s far from a perfect film, but with a solid cast and well directed action, it’s a pretty fun popcorn flick for a Saturday night. Streaming numbers seem to have been pretty high on the $90 million film too, topping out as the number one film on the service in 190 countries (with over 11 million streams in the US during the first three days alone).
Stars Will Smith and Joel Edgerton are set to return, as is director David Ayer. One person who won’t be back is Bright‘s screenwriter, Max Landis. Landis has had some serious Sexual Harassment allegations leveled against him, and the streaming service’s desire to distance themselves from him makes a lot of sense. Ayer will take over writing duties for the second film, which is either good or bad news depending on whether you’re thinking about Training Day or Suicide Squad.
Honestly, while the social commentary is more miss than hit in Bright, the cast and visuals are amazing. Maybe excising the first film’s writer is exactly what the sequel needed, even if he weren’t turning out to be a garbage person.
The long awaited eighth episode in the Skywalker Saga, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, hit theaters this weekend. It’s Rian Johnson’s first foray into the “Galaxy far, far away,” and with him slated to create an entirely new trilogy on his own, there’s a lot on the line for this film.
About a month ago, talks reportedly fell through in a deal in which Disney would purchase most of 21st Century Fox’s assets (including film studio 20th Century Fox). Well, after a few weeks of rumors that the two parties had gone back to the table, it’s now been officially announced that a $52 billion deal has been reached between the two companies.
Disney is purchasing movie studio 20th Century Fox, the FX cable networks, and Fox’s intellectual properties and rights. Fox’s terrestrial broadcast and news arms would of course remain a separate entity.
On the surface, this is exciting, as it reunites all the the Star Wars rights under Disney’s roof (so we might actually get an official, HD release of the unaltered trilogy), and brings most of Marvel’s properties (with the exception of Spider-Man) back under the same roof too. But there’s a more worrying set of repercussions, and it’s the ongoing consolidation of the entertainment industry. This means one less studio producing materials, and that Fox’s broadcast arm can no longer purchase programming from their own studio. This also means Disney will own two thirds of streaming service Hulu as well.
Look, we didn’t like Suicide Squad. Most people who enjoy “good movies” didn’t like it either. With that in mind, it’s kind of bizarre to get excited about Netflix’s Bright, which shares that film’s director and one of its stars. Okay, it probably helps that this movie was written by Max Landis, who is the showrunner of the brilliant television adaptation of Dirk Gently, but still.
We’ve had a handful of trailers for Bright, and the latest continues to look pretty solid. If you don’t recall, it’s a modern set fantasy movie where Will Smith plays a human cop partnered with an Orc (played by Joel Edgerton). It’s pretty different from most things we’ve seen, which is exciting on its own. This is the streaming service’s first attempt at a “blockbuster” movie, so it’ll be fun to see how it turns out
Sony announced back in 2015 that Phil Lord and Chris Miller were directing an animated Spider-Man feature film. Now, over two years later (and a year before its expected release), we have the first trailer.
What we know is that the film will center on a version of Miles Morales, a character best known from the Ultimate Spider-Man comics (who takes over the mantle after the death of that universe’s Peter Parker). The character has since been merged into the mainstream Marvel universe, but this is going to be his first big-screen appearance. The film looks like it’s going to play with the multi-verse a bit, so it should be pretty interesting.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse comes out in December of 2018.
Well, the first trailer for Alita: Battle Angel has dropped, and we have lots of thoughts. We could talk about how the James Cameron produced and Robert Rodriguez directed live action adaptation of the manga and anime Battle Angel Alita seems to be devoid of Asian actors, but–OH MY GOD WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO HER FACE. WHAT IS GOING ON WITH ROSA SALAZAR’S FACE.
DO NOT LOOK AT ME WITH THOSE EYES.
THOSE ARE THE EYES OF THE DAMNED. THEY WILL HAUNT MY DREAMS. WHY WOULD THEY DO THIS. WHY GOD WHY. THERE IS NO POINT TO THIS. ANIME EYES SHOULD NEVER APPEAR AS FLESH, AND DAMN THE FOUL SOULS WHO THOUGHT THIS WAS A GOOD IDEA. OH MY GOD, OH MY GOD, OH MY GOD.
The new trailer for Ready Player One dropped this weekend, and it sure is a trailer for Ready Player One. Unlike the earlier trailer that was released at San Diego Comic-Con, this one actually gives some plot details too.
Honestly? The more I see of the film the less excited I get. I mean, with the number of references crammed in, I feel like it plans to rely more on nostalgia than bringing anything new to the table. I know that’s sort of the point of the book in many ways, but still.
In any case, Ready Player One comes out March 30, 2018.
The jury has returned a verdict in San Diego Comic-Con’s lawsuit against Salt Lake Comic Con. Unfortunately for the hundreds of comic cons across the country, they seem to have sided with the California juggernaut.
Where San Diego Comic-Con was after as much as $12 million, the jury only awarded them $20,000. Importantly though, the jury agreed that Salt Lake Comic Con violated San Diego Comic-Con’s trademark.
This could have massive implications for events across the country that use variations of “comic con” in their names. Frankly, it’s a generic term, and was long before San Diego Comic-Con’s owners Comic Con International applied for the “comic-con” mark. Salt Lake Comic Con is expected to appeal the verdict, and hopefully sanity will eventually prevail.
2015’s Jurassic World may not have been the best movie, but it was certainly financially successful. I mean, it was a half-decent Jurassic Park movie, and watching dinosaurs eat people can be fun — well, except for the bit with Katie McGrath.
That was just bizarrely unnecessary and weird.
Anywho, with its success a sequel was inevitable – and now we have the first trailer for it. I don’t have much to say about the trailer, mostly because it’s a bunch of action pieces. I mean, it looks alright, and I’m excited to see Jeff Goldblum back as Dr. Ian Malcolm… but I just don’t have high expectations though.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom comes out June 22, 2018.
This last weekend was the scheduled dates of Georgia’s inaugural Catoosa County Film Festival. Founded by Edwin Morgan III and “co-hosted” by Christine Millraney and Kevin Sexton, the guest list included Samantha Newark, G. Larry Butler, a number of Horror film actors, and enough minor characters and extras from The Walking Dead to choke a horse.