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Newswire: A Top Gun sequel is actually happening, and Oblivion’s Joseph Kosinski might direct

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It looks like Tom Cruise wasn’t kidding when he revealed that Top Gun 2 was going to start filming “probably in the next year,” as Variety is now reporting that Joseph Kosinski is already the front-runner to direct the film. Considering that we didn’t know if the movie was actually happening until Cruise dropped his seemingly optimistic announcement, this is a pretty big leap forward. Paramount, the studio that controls Top Gun, hasn’t made any announcements about the project, but “insiders” seem confident that it’s really happening now.

As for Kosinski, he previously directed Cruise in the sci-fi film Oblivion. While largely removed from Tom Gun on the surface, Oblivion did feature Cruise zipping around in a high-tech flying machine at the behest of a mysterious superior officer, which isn’t that different from how the Navy works these days. Nothing in Oblivion had the panache »

- Sam Barsanti

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Newswire: The new poster for Spider-Man: Homecoming is just not very good

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We’ve been pretty open about the fact that Spider-Man: Homecoming looks like it’s going to be a whole lot of fun. All the trailers have been strong, and even the round of posters Marvel already released were almost uniformly excellent. So naturally, someone unskilled in the ways of design had to go and shit the bed, wrecking the grade curve for this marketing campaign in the process. Behold, the latest poster for Spider-Man: Homecoming.

Sure, it doesn’t quite reach the magical heights of the Geostorm poster, but it’s still pretty bad. Spider-Man: Ineptly Executed Mondo Poster Ripoff doesn’t roll off the tongue, but it conveys the general problem here. Trying to do the characters interspersed with action is fine, but the tonal clash of the bright colors of that giant Spider-Man with his back to it all really throws it off, as do the out-of-place »

- Alex McLevy

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Great Job, Internet!: Let’s figure out why King Arthur bombed so hard

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As we noted in our roundup of the weekend box office last week, Guy Ritchie’s would-be blockbuster King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword flopped hard, the sword of financial disaster pulled smoothly from the stone of foolish expectations and held aloft for all to see. Current estimates have the film on track to lose upwards of $150 million, and the movie now holds the record for the third-worst opening of all time for a movie with such a wide release and giant budget. So now the Monday-morning quarterbacking can begin: What are the reasons this project was such a catastrophic box office failure, other than being a film where Guy Ritchie took the Arthurian legend and updated it to include lots of gun-wielding gangsters and convoluted plots where knights call each other “bruv”? (Full disclosure: We may not have seen the film yet.)

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- Alex McLevy

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Coming Distractions: Why yes, that is “Gangsta’s Paradise” in the new Valerian trailer

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The new trailer for Luc Besson’s Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets foregrounds the occasionally Avatar-esque CGI creatures—including an intergalactic beach idyll complete with adorable pastel lizard creatures—that populate the space metropolis of Alpha. But if you listen closely, you’ll find that, along with clearly outlining the existential threat that drives Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline’s (Cara Delevingne) mission in the film, there’s a cleverly placed bit of ’90s nostalgia in the trailer. Underneath all the trippy neon sci-fi action, thee’s a musical track that sounds a whole hell of a lot like an orchestral version of Coolio’s 1995 mega-hit “Gangsta’s Paradise”—or, to follow the musical thread, an orchestral version of the chorus and strings from Stevie Wonder’s “Pastime Paradise.”

Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets opens on July 21.

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Coming Distractions: Spidey gets an internship with Tony Stark in the new Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer

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In the new Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer, Peter Parker has a pretty convenient excuse for bailing on his friends to go fight crime: He has an internship with Tony Stark. And, hey, that’s not even that much of a lie. He goes out, stops petty crime, and reports back about his activities and churro-eating. However, his connection to Iron Man also means Spidey’s at the mercy of a “training wheels protocol” that enables Stark to disable his suit when he gets too big for his high-tech britches. Peter’s dorky petulance is actually an endearing spin on a superhero, but, naturally, big set pieces are also in order—this is part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, after all.

Spider-Man: Homecoming is due out July 7.

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- Esther Zuckerman

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Newswire: Meet Laura Dern’s purple-haired officer and Benicio Del Toro’s “DJ” in The Last Jedi

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Perhaps we’re only saying this because the only image we’ve seen of her was shot by Annie Leibovitz, but Laura Dern’s new Star Wars heroine looks like she’s adding a giant dose of fashion to the galaxy. According to Vanity Fair’s story about The Last Jedi, Dern is playing Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo. She’s an officer in the Resistance, she has gorgeous purple hair, and she’s wearing a gown that wouldn’t be out of place on a Cannes red carpet.

Ahem.

Laura Dern has purple hair in Star Wars. https://t.co/GS5jUsLtq5 pic.twitter.com/CCzUY70Wyl

— kateyrich (@kateyrich) May 24, 2017

Meanwhile, Vf also has some information regarding other new faces to the franchise. Benicio Del Toro’s character is at this point the most mysterious—so mysterious that he doesn’t even have a name. He’s described as a »

- Esther Zuckerman

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Newswire: Tom Cruise insists that a Top Gun sequel is filming soon

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Even though he can play shirtless beach volleyball with the Sea Org any time he wants, Tom Cruise is still adamant that a sequel to Top Gun will be made at some point. He reiterated that belief yesterday on the Australian morning chat show Sunrise, saying that the sequel will begin filming “probably in the next year” as the anchors freak the fuck out. “I went to boarding school, and we watched the volleyball scene literally every day,“ co-host Samantha Armytage says.

Worldwide Exclusive: @TomCruise just confirmed that Top Gun 2 is happening! “I’m gonna start filming it probably in the next year”. #sun7 pic.twitter.com/X17xvxz4Q4

Sunrise (@sunriseon7) May 23, 2017

Beyond Cruise’s gigantic grin and the tingling in Australian TV hosts’ loins, the only proof we have of movement on a Top Gun sequel is a tweet from Jerry Bruckheimer saying that he and Cruise »

- Katie Rife

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Movie Review: Baywatch is even emptier than its source material

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Nobody cares about Baywatch. With the exception of David Hasselhoff, Eastern European villages where it still runs in syndication, or Yasmine Bleeth’s lawyer, no one particularly harbors a lingering appreciation for the series that nevertheless lasted 11 seasons, spanning the entirety of the 1990s, yet leaving next to no cultural impact besides its unaccountable global popularity. When Baywatch is remembered at all, it’s for the most superficial of signifiers: Playboy Playmates in red swimsuits running in slow motion across sandy beaches, either toward or away from Hasselhoff’s hairy torso. There are no lasting, iconic characters, no memorable episodes fondly recalled. Baywatch is the rare work of pop culture that was already an empty, kitschy joke as it aired.

In many ways, this should work to the advantage of Seth Gordon’s Baywatch, a film inspired by the TV series and, more specifically, by those vague vestiges of ...

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- Sean O'Neal

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Newswire: R.I.P. Lisa Spoonauer, Caitlin Bree from Clerks

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Entertainment Weekly reports that Lisa Spoonauer, the actress who played Caitlin Bree, one-third of the love triangle that partially powers Kevin Smith’s debut feature, Clerks, has died. Spoonauer was 44.

Spoonauer’s acting career was brief; her only IMDb credits are Clerks, a guest-star appearance on its animated spin-off, and a part in Gabe TorresBartender. After a brief marriage to co-star Jeff Anderson, she gave up acting, working instead as a restaurant manager and event planner in New Jersey, raising two children with her husband Tom. Her obituary briefly mentions her acting career, but doesn’t dwell on the fact that she once starred in one of the iconic cult films of the late 20th century.

Smith posted a tribute to Spoonauer on social media today, praising not just her acting—which he first saw while scouting community college acting courses, looking for actors to fill out his ...

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- William Hughes

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Newswire: Doug Liman drops out of Justice League Dark

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According to Variety, director Doug Liman has dropped out of directing Justice League Dark, the DC universe movie that’s set to feature a ragtag group of magical heroes like John Constantine, Swamp Thing, and Zatanna. If this news seems familiar, it could be because DC’s Flash movie has also had a similarly difficult time holding onto directors, or it could be because this is the second time Liman has stepped away from a high-profile superhero movie—he was previously set to direct the X-Men spin-off Gambit for Fox before moving on to Justice League Dark.

Liman left Gambit because he “wasn’t feeling” the script, but apparently his exit from Dark is simply for scheduling reasons. Variety says his film Chaos Walking just got a green light from Lionsgate, so he’s going to work on that instead. Meanwhile, Warner Bros. has started meeting with other directors and »

- Sam Barsanti

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Newswire: Charlie’s Angels are coming back Summer 2019

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Charlies’s Angels will soon be back to treat summer movie audiences to their signature blend of action, sex appeal, and self-aware, campy parodies of both of the above. Per The Hollywood Reporter, Elizabeth Banks’ new film version of the franchise will arrive in theaters on June 7, 2019.

Banks has been working on the project for a while now, her second directing gig after Pitch Perfect 2 made enough money to make producers at Sony sit up and take notice of her behind-the-scenes career. The film has yet to cast its titular Angels, former policewomen who answer to a smooth-voiced intercom that sends them on various adventures that allow them to show off their martial arts skills, espionage prowess, and era-defining hair. The Angels last hit the screen in 2011, when ABC aired an extremely short-lived TV version.

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- William Hughes

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Newswire: Johnny Depp vetoed a female villain for Pirates 5

22 hours ago

We like to imagine Hollywood as a precision machine, with every million-dollar decision motivated by an enlightened blend of business savvy and artistic intent, while auteurs and producers battle it out in the honest assumption that their conflicts will create masterpieces of commercial cinema. The truth, of course, is a little more blurry, as we were reminded this week via a column from prolific screenwriter Terry Rossio.

Rossio—whose credits include Shrek, the 1998 Godzilla, and a host of Disney films, including Aladdin and most of the Pirates Of The Caribbean franchise—revealed that his version of the script for the upcoming Pirates sequel, Dead Men Tell No Tales, featured a female villain, but the character was nixed by star Johnny Depp. Why didn’t Depp want to face off against a powerful female adversary? Because he’d already done that, a mere five years earlier.

Depp apparently cited his ...

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- William Hughes

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Movie Review: Pirates Of The Caribbean slogs out to sea for the fifth time in Dead Men Tell No Tales

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Plot is never the best part of a Pirates Of The Caribbean movie. It’s always some mumbo jumbo about maritime curses, lost treasure, and seafaring ghosts—and Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, the fifth entry in this long-running series adapted from a Disneyland ride, is in no way different. Returning to the basic formula of the three Pirates films directed by Gore Verbinski, in which Johnny Depp’s louche and campy Jack Sparrow played second banana to an insipid love story, Dead Men Tell No Tales finds the dipsomaniacal pirate trading away his magical compass—the one that leads anyone who holds it to what they need most—for a bottle of rum, thereby freeing a ghostly Spanish ship of the line from the Devil’s Triangle. The requisite dull courtship comes courtesy of Henry Turner (Brenton Thwaites), the son of Orlando Bloom and Keira »

- Ignatiy Vishnevetsky

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Great Job, Internet!: Let’s talk about the end of Alien: Covenant

23 May 2017 11:48 AM, PDT

Alien: Covenant remains a quietly contentious movie, with many people saying it’s the best in the series outside of Alien and Aliens and others decrying it as another android-focused disappointment from Ridley Scott. While we’ve pored over its place in the greater saga at length, its twist ending—which pretty much everyone on the planet saw coming—does still leave a few unanswered questions that are worth picking apart, especially if you were in the group that enjoyed the film and doesn’t vomit at the thought of more android lore. A new video from Looper encapsulates the situation nicely. (Spoilers ensue.)

Among the questions left unanswered by the movie, the largest is probably: Why did the android David help fleeing humans Daniels and Tennessee escape from the Xenomorph once they all got back on the spaceship? The video offers some interesting theories, including the idea that the »

- Clayton Purdom

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Newswire: Neill Blomkamp is making a new series of experimental short films

23 May 2017 11:38 AM, PDT

With his vision for Alien 5 abandoned due to Ridley Scott’s sudden desire to ram that series into the ground as hard and fast as possible, filmmaker Neill Blomkamp has had to come up with a new way to get his creative visions out into the world—at least until people start demanding a Chappie sequel. Back in April, Blomkamp asked his Twitter followers if they’d be interested in buying “experimental short films” on digital video game retailer Steam as “tests for potential full feature films,” and now Boing Boing is reporting that he’ll be doing that exact thing.

Blomkamp explained that he wants to use Steam to distribute his films so he can “have everything under one roof,” including concept art and possibly 3D assets, though he also says that some free videos will be uploaded to YouTube as well. Assuming the Steam stuff takes off ...

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- Sam Barsanti

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Contest: Chicago, charge into battle with Wonder Woman early and for free

23 May 2017 10:00 AM, PDT

Hopes are riding high on Patty JenkinsWonder Woman; not only is it the first film of the modern superhero movie boom to have a female lead, but it’ll show the world whether DC and Warner Bros. can actually live up to the “lighter, less brooding, more fun!” marketing they’ve been tossing around recently for their big action movie franchises. Normally, you’d have to wait until June 2 to find out if Gal Gadot’s Princess Diana can live up to the Amazonian hype, but if you’re living in or near Chicago, we can hook you up a little bit early.

All you have to do to score two advance passes to a Wonder Woman screening—scheduled for Tuesday, May 30, at 7:00 p.m.—is head right here and click “Get My Passes.” The screening will be held at the Showcase Icon at Roosevelt ...

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- William Hughes

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Newswire: Sam Mendes may direct Disney’s live-action Pinocchio remake

23 May 2017 9:54 AM, PDT

Sam Mendes began his film career tackling all-caps serious dramas like American Beauty and Revolutionary Road, but has swerved to franchise blockbusters as of late with the Bond movies Skyfall and Spectre. Now Disney might enlist him to helm its live-action remake of Pinocchio: according to Variety, Mendes is in “early talks” for the project. Previously it was reported that he was in the same stage of negotiations for a new James And The Giant Peach movie, but Variety reports that’s off the table.

While Pinocchio still might not seem like a perfect fit for Mendes, keep in mind that he did direct a London stage production of Charlie And The Chocolate Factory. Disney also recently hired Guy Ritchie to make Aladdin, so its choices have been relatively offbeat. And Pinocchio could be pretty juicy material. Who wouldn’t want to tackle a parable about lying in this day »

- Esther Zuckerman

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Newswire: Jordan Peele’s next movie will arrive in March 2019

23 May 2017 8:51 AM, PDT

Whatever Jordan Peele devising for his Get Out follow-up will arrive March 15, 2019, according to The Hollywood Reporter. At this point, we really have no idea what this “social thriller” at Universal is going to be about. But THR does note that Peele will be working with a lot more money this time around, as apparently the budget for the project is “five times bigger” than Get Out’s $5 million. That movie ended up making nearly $230 million worldwide, making Peele the first black writer-director to have a first film reach $100 million.

Earlier this month, news broke that Peele’s company Monkeypaw Productions had entered a first-look deal with Universal for his next movie, as well as a number of “micro-budgeted” endeavors with Jason Blum of Blumhouse.

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- Esther Zuckerman

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Newswire: Vanity Fair unveils an early look at Star Wars: The Last Jedi

23 May 2017 7:26 AM, PDT

Vanity Fair has unveiled a series of covers this morning shot by Annie Leibovitz and dedicated to the cast of The Last Jedi. The poses are familiar—Daisy Ridley and Mark Hamill gaze into the distance as Rey and Luke; Gwendoline Christie, Adam Driver, and Domhnall Gleeson make a villainous trio—but most striking of them all is the solo portrait of Carrie Fisher, who stares down the camera in an image that manages to be both powerful and wistful.

Leading up to @StarWars‘s 40th anniversary, Vanity Fair introduces the next chapter in its saga: #TheLastJedi https://t.co/jLLif1n8L4 pic.twitter.com/41Yb5GVMES

— Vanity Fair (@VanityFair) May 23, 2017

A fourth cover also introduces one of the franchise’s new members, as Kelly Marie Tran’s Rose Tico grins beside Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron and John Boyega’s Finn. During the Star Wars Celebration last month, »

- Esther Zuckerman

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Newswire: R.I.P. Sir Roger Moore, longest tenured James Bond

23 May 2017 6:55 AM, PDT

Sir Roger Moore, the British actor best known for his seven-movie run as James Bond in films like Live And Let Die and The Spy Who Loved Me, has died. His family confirmed the news with a statement released on Twitter saying Moore had died after a brief battle with cancer. He was 89.

With the heaviest of hearts, we must share the awful news that our father, Sir Roger Moore, passed away today. We are all devastated. pic.twitter.com/6dhiA6dnVg

Sir Roger Moore (@sirrogermoore) May 23, 2017

Born in London in 1927, after studying at the Royal Academy Of Dramatic Art Moore moved to the U.S. in 1953 to pursue a film career. However, despite signing a seven-year contract with MGM in 1954, Moore’s career didn’t really take off until he took the starring role in the TV series Ivanhoe in 1958. In the early ...

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- Katie Rife

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