Trailer: Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

It was only a matter of time before Hollywood decided to reboot yet another classic like Jumanji in the hopes of it becoming an action franchise. At least, that’s what Sony’s first trailer for Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle seems to be shooting for. It’s hard to say at this point if an odd sequel like this one will appeal to fans – or completely deter them from it. But the new footage is definitely not as cringeworthy as you may expect.

Welcome to the Jungle follows a group of four teenagers who stumble across the ancient game known as Jumanji – but upon further examination they are all suddenly sucked into the game’s world as “avatars,” played by Dwayne Johnson (The Fate of the Furious), Karen Gillian (Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2), Kevin Hart (Ride Along), and Jack Black (Tropic Thunder). The premise may not be exactly what some may be hoping for in a Jumanji sequel, but it’s at least trying to incorporate an enticing twist.

The trailer features plenty of big action, thrills and – surprisingly – a few laughs as well. It is important to note, however, most of the jokes that land all come from the hilarious Jack Black. Other than that, this one could go either way.

It’s also no surprise Sony cast such huge stars like Johnson and Hart in this risky blockbuster – although that’s no sure bet for success considering the two acted together in the lackluster Central Intelligence last year. What is comforting about the sequel is there are reportedly some homages to the late Robin Williams, which is plenty good enough for me to give this one a look this Christmas. But you can decide for yourself by checking out the trailer below.

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle swings into theaters on December 20th, 2017.

Source: Sony

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Patty Jenkins Hints at Likely Return For Wonder Woman 2

Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman has truly been a God-sin for Warner Bros. and the DC Extended Cinematic Universe. Their first three installments – Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Suicide Squad – have all had less-than-favorable critical and financial success. But Wonder Woman proved to everyone that there’s still plenty of hope for the DECU yet. The film received strong critical acclaim, made huge waves at the box office, and has everyone begging for a sequel. And wouldn’t you know it, Jenkins has our back.

At a screening and Q&A for her film, Jenkins announced that she would love to be return for Wonder Woman 2. The director explained that she recently had “an epiphany” about what her future holds, and that doing a sequel to the first film should be part of it. Take a look below at Jenkins’ full statement at the Women in Film screening (via Advocate).

“I had an epiphany about Wonder Woman 2. I was like, you don’t have to do this. It doesn’t have to be a foregone conclusion that you do Wonder Woman 2. But then as I was falling asleep I had an epiphany. I was like, Wait a minute. You have the greatest character of all time that you love dearly, with a cast that you love sitting at the palm of your hand at this day and age — you can do whatever you want with them — are you crazy?And then I suddenly realized, it’s not more, it’s another movie. It’s its own movie. And it’s got to be great.

It’s a continuation of the same character, but there’s a great, entirely different story to be told. With this character in our—in the world, that’s fun, because now she exists, just funny, and also says something profound about the world we’re in right now.”

Even if this isn’t an official confirmation, it seems very likely Jenkins will come back for Wonder Woman 2. But even if the sequel is a long ways away, fans will surely get their fill of the beloved character when she reappears in Zack Snyder’s Justice League this November. What’s important to keep in mind, however, is that Warner Bros. is also developing sequels to Suicide Squad, Man of Steel, and more. So it’s hard to say at this point what Wonder Woman 2 will be. Luckily, we know that the talented Patty Jenkins will more than likely be back behind the camera. That should keep most fans satisfied for the time being.

Wonder Woman 2 is currently without a release date, but we will keep you updated as more information becomes available.

Source: Advocate

Sundance Hit Ingrid Goes West Gets Wild New Poster & Trailer

It’s always exciting when talented young stars like Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation) and Elizabeth Olsen (Captain America: Civil War) are able to set themselves apart from their well-known projects and explore new areas. And what better way to do that than with a wacky indie movie? Plaza and Olsen star in the upcoming Sundance hit comedy, Ingrid Goes West. The film received strong acclaim during its festival circuit – but the new trailer and Inherent Vice-like poster should convince you not to miss this one.

Centering around the wild social media scene, the comedy follows the unstable Ingrid Thorburn (Plaza), who travels out to California in hopes of becoming the best friend of Instagram celebrity Taylor Sloane (Olsen). Just by the trailer, it’s obvious the partnering of Plaza and Olsen is a match made in heaven. They will surely bring plenty of laughs, thrills, and who knows what else.

Ingrid Goes West marks the feature debut of Matt Spicer, who could easily become a director-to-watch-for after the film hits theaters in August. Alongside Plaza and Olsen, the comedy also stars O’Shea Jackson Jr. (Straight Outta Compton), Wyatt Russell (22 Jump Street) and Billy Magnussen (Into the Woods).

Ingrid Goes West looks to have the cast, the style, and the guts to set itself apart. But if you’re not still excited about this one yet, check out the wonderful new poster and trailer below.

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Ingrid Goes West hits theaters on August 11th, 2017.

Source: Collider

Trailer: The Greatest Showman

Despite Hugh Jackman’s acclaimed role as Wolverine having come to end earlier this year with Logan, the actor is by no means out of the spotlight. Jackman will appear next as the renowned showman P.T. Barnum in The Greatest Showman. The musical follows Barnum’s epic rise to international stardom and fame, and will obviously do so in spectacular fashion. 20th Century Fox has just given us the first footage.

The film looks to be incorporating a similar style from musicals such as Les Miserables (2013) and maybe even Moulin Rouge. But either way, the footage showcases a visually breathtaking movie, particularly anything involving the musical sequences. What makes this movie even more exciting is the phemomenal cast alongside Jackman. The Greatest Showman also stars Zac Efron (Baywatch), Michelle Williams (Manchester by the Sea), Rebecca Ferguson (Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation), and pop sensation Zendaya.

What will also be interesting to see is how director Michael Gracey handles his feature debut. He definitely has help on multiple fronts – especially being that the script is co-written by Mean Girls and Beauty and the Beast (2017) director Bill Condon. So while it’s not a sure bet for success, Gracey seems to be heading in the right direction.

Unfortunately the film doesn’t open until Christmas Day, so musical fans still have a long wait ahead of them. But in the meantime, check out the first trailer below.

The Greatest Showman opens December 25th, 2017.

Source: 20th Century Fox

Power Rangers Director Claims PG-13 Rating Hurt Film’s Success

Getting a franchise off the ground in today’s movie market is always a tough task. With the massive increase in “cinematic universes” like Marvel, Universal’s Dark Universe, Paramount’s Transformers films, amongst many others, there’s a very likely chance some lesser-known franchises will fall through the cracks. At least, that’s what happened to Dean Israelite’s disappointing Power Rangers reboot back in March.

Most blockbusters nowadays – particularly remakes and reboots – often lean towards a more serious, adult-oriented version of their source material. While that’s not necessarily a bad thing, you can risk limiting your audience by doing that. So if you take a campy, lighthearted television show like Power Rangers and turn it into a movie that may scare kids more than entertain them, you may have a problem. The Power Rangers‘ darker tone meant it received also sported a PG-13 rating – not the broader PG rating that Israelite wanted. Speaking to Screen Rant, the director explained how the higher rating definitely hurt his film at the box office.

“Yes, definitely. Definitely. And not only do I think it, but there’s been market studies on it, and the findings have been that if the movie were rated PG- I don’t want to go into the specific numbers- but if the movie had been rated PG, there would have been more traffic. I think parents were unsure if they could bring their kids to the movie, which surprised me, because the movie is a tame PG-13.”

The director went on to explain how he feels Power Rangers‘ darker style isn’t necessarily a bad thing for kids, as well as how he hopes the film will see the light of day now that its hit the home media front.

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“We did a lot of preview screenings, and to me, it felt like a seven-year-old might be scared, but in a good way. They liked that they were scared of Rita, but they still came out of the movie enjoying it, they liked what was going on. I think we really tread that line well, so it was disappointing that parents didn’t know that they could take their kids to it. I’m hoping now, with it coming out on DVD and Blu-ray, and On Demand, that parents will feel more comfortable. That maybe they’ll check it out for themselves and then see that it’s suitable.”

It is too bad Power Rangers did so poorly (grossing only $140 million against a $100 million production budget), but its serious tone does make the case for studios eschewing the adult-oriented blockbusters and embracing the campiness of what made the original source material so cherished. There’s obviously skepticism if there will be a sequel to Power Rangers, but more than likely we won’t be seeing it any time soon.

Power Rangers is currently out on Digital HD, and will be released on 4K, Blu-ray, and DVD June 27th, 2017.

Source: Screen Rant

Review: Transformers: The Last Knight

No matter what anyone tells you, there is absolutely nothing wrong with enjoying a dumb summer blockbuster. Nothing at all. There is, however, something wrong with trying to defend movies that reach a new level of stupidity and laziness that I didn’t even know existed. And Michael Bay’s Transformers: The Last Knight easily falls into that category.

This film not only marks the fifth entry in the Hasbro franchise, but also Bay’s (supposedly) final time being its overseer. The fourth installment, Age of Extinction, seemed as though Bay would be done after that 165-minute abomination. Sadly, he and Paramount decided to continue on with the same exact formula. As with any franchise, I hoped that Bay would try to reinvent what audiences could expect from a Transformers movie. But instead, Bay made The Last Knight just as bloated, boring and mindless as every entry before it.

What initially intrigued me about The Last Knight – being a huge fan of history – was the Medieval settings teased in the trailers. I, like most, could definitely get into giant robots attacking mighty castles or battling it out on the fields of England. And for a few short minutes, that’s exactly what we get. It’s just that as soon as Bay’s terrible sense of humor, unbalanced tone, and carefree nature concerning anything but creating a “spectacle” kick in, it’s game over for the audience.

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The Last Knight quickly transitions back to modern day (that’s not without adding a cringeworthy cameo by Stanley Tucci), and we meet back up with Mr. Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg). The aspiring inventor helps save a group of kids who are running from some type of poorly thought-out Homeland Security robot. He teams up with a few annoying, uninteresting characters as they try to (yet again) save the world. We travel across England, learning about the Transformers’ history — as told by Sir Edmund Burton (Anthony Hopkins). All of it makes zero sense at face value, and even less when you try to think about it. Bay feels the need to throw a thousand ideas and plot points at once towards the audience, rather than letting a few specific ones sink in. So all that we’re left with is a mindbogglingly incoherent mess.

Considering Bay is five Transformers films in now, it doesn’t surprise me that he’s pretty much just treading water at this point. What does confuse me is that he seems to care deeply for the work he’s doing. He is an auteur director, for better or worse, and yet so many of his films still feel so empty. I would put The Last Knight at the top of that list — particularly since he assembled this 149-minute slog with such lazy, asinine direction. And his editing of story, character and theme (if any) are as equally weak. That dumbfounds me. Well, kind of. While Bay surely has some attachment to the iconic Hasbro franchise, he clearly enjoys getting to play with $200+ million much more.

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What’s most upsetting to me about this latest entry (and don’t worry, there will be at least one a year for the foreseeable future) is that I went in really wanting to like it. I knew most critics would bash it, but I didn’t want to be one of those people. There are moments in the third and fourth installments that showcase Bay’s unique sense of cinematic action and spectacle; I even think the first film is an overall enjoyable blockbuster. I just wonder if halfway through production on The Last Knight, Bay suddenly wished he could be someplace else, doing something completely different. I think it’s fair to say that since I was thinking the exact same thing.

Rating: 1/4

Warner Bros. Rumored to Start Releasing 3-4 DCEU Movies Each Year

The phenomenal success of Wonder Woman has surely come as a comfort to Warner Bros. after the very mixed results of Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Suicide Squad. The DC Extended Universe is still very much in its infancy, so there’s no telling what effect this newfound success will have in the years to come. And according to a new rumor, it appears Warner Bros. is already shooting for the stars.

That news may come as a shock to some since the studio has been hurt by rushing productions in the hopes of paralleling Marvel’s output. Warner Bros. hired Joss Whedon (The Avengers) to handle the remaining post-production work (including some potential reshoots) on Justice League after Zack Snyder recently departed to deal with a family tragedy. The Flash has already suffered from two directors stepping down due to creative differences, which is worrying since the movie is reportedly set to hit in early 2018. The Batman is also dealing with directors coming and going, script rewrites, and rumors of star Ben Affleck’s growing disinterest in playing the character. But even with all that said, that doesn’t mean the DCEU can’t thrive.

According Umberto Gonzalez of Heroic Hollywood and The Wrap (per Comic Book), Warner Bros. is rumored to be looking at releasing 3-4 DCEU movies each year. Until now, the studio has only slated two installments a year at most. But Gonzalez seems to think otherwise. While speaking on the Heroic Insider video podcast, Gonzalez stated that “I know for a fact that DC is trying to get three to four movies made a year going forward.”

Now it’s hard to say at this point when (or if) that will happen. There have been rumors galore about potential sequels to Suicide Squad, Man of Steel, Wonder Woman, amongst others. Warner Bros. also has David Ayer’s Gotham City Sirens coming up, as well as James Wan’s Aquaman. So they definitely have their hands full at the moment. It remains to be seen if Warner Bros. can make all of these various disparate projects come together into some cohesive and, most of all, successful.

Source: Comic Book