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Mortal Kombat 11 Review Roundup: Bloody Good

According to early reviews, Mortal Kombat 11 is a worthy successor to a franchise that has had its fair share of ups and downs over the past decade or so. As the first entry in the beloved series in over four years, Mortal Kombat 11 has embraced all the elements of the franchise that fans may have missed in its absence, including over-the-top fatalities and a storyline that features time travel, Johnny Cage teaming up with Johnny Cage, and a first-time female villain with the ability to control the ebbs and flows of reality.

Mortal Kombat‘s last release was Mortal Kombat X, which was considered one of the best in the series despite having a PC release that was met with middling reviews over the severe technical issues players faced on that platform. In the time away from the series, NetherRealm Studios released Injustice 2, the DC-based super hero fighter that received equal amounts of praise for its prowess in the genre. To say that the developer has had a string of successes (excepting WWE Immortals) over its past few outings would be an understatement, and as such, expectations are high heading into Mortal Kombat 11‘s release tomorrow on April 23, 2019.

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Luckily for those heavily invested in the adventures of Liu Kang, Scorpion, and the countless other iconic characters who grace Mortal Kombat 11‘s roster, it appears that early feedback on the game is extremely positive. Many reviewers are praising the game’s combat (spelled with a “c”, sorry), particularly what many have identified as a fluid, savvy tutorial system that immediately prepares players for the nuances of mechanical and timing-based online fighting. According to MetaCriticMortal Kombat 11 is currently sitting at an 84, which makes it generally favorable and something to keep an eye on. It’s a similar story with OpenCritic, which sees Mortal Kombat 11 at an 82% average with an 81% recommendation percentage from reviewers. Those are strong numbers, and should the reviews that are still to come continue the trend, it will be yet another impressive release from NetherRealm Studios. Read on to learn more about what Mortal Kombat 11 is doing to keep reviewers kraving more.

IGN: 9/10 – Mitchell Saltzman

It’s a rare fighting game that hits just about every note as strongly as Mortal Kombat 11 doesEverything from its methodical and deep combat to its fantastically absurd story mode and its rock-solid netcode, right down to its extraordinarily comprehensive tutorial is absolutely exceptional. It’s only when you get into its drawn-out progression that it triups up: the keys to unlocking Mortal Kombat 11’s rich vault of customization options are locked behind the frustratingly gimmicky and grindy barriers of the Krypt and Towers of Time.

GameSpot: 8/10 – Edmond Tran

MK11 isn’t just a sequel for series fans and NetherRealm devotees, it’s a gateway into the realm of fighting games for anyone who has a passing interest in watching ruthless warriors beat each other silly. Streamlined mechanics keep the act of fighting furiously exciting no matter what your skill level, and comprehensive tutorials encourage you to dig into the nitty-gritty. There’s a diverse roster of interesting characters and playstyles, and the story mode is an entertaining romp. The unfulfilling approaches to the game’s dynamic single-player content and progression may feel like they’ve totally whiffed (at least at this early stage), but Mortal Kombat 11 hits where it matters.

GamesRadar: 4/5 – Aron Garst

Mortal Kombat 11 struck a rare chord in me where, even after playing twenty hours in a few days, I want to go back and play more. I doubt I’ll be next in line to compete at EVO, but as a casual player who enjoys putting extra time in – I love what NetherRealm Studios has put together.

USGamer: 3.5/5 – Mike Williams

There’s a lot to love in Mortal Kombat 11. It’s a fantastic fighter with a roster of 25 varied characters, tons of customization options, beautiful graphics, and one of the best story modes in a fighting game. It’s a shame that modes like the Krypt and Towers of Time inject annoyance and tedium into what was an excellent experience. The progression is complex and obtuse, when it should be easy and straightforward. MK11 could been[sic] an all-time best, but it’s just a contender.

Variety – Nicole Carpenter

The violence in Mortal Kombat 11 is gratuitous, but it’s also self-aware. In both comedy and horror, we like to make ourselves feel uncomfortable. Mortal Kombat 11 is uncomfortable. Outlandish. Campy. Combined with the game’s complex, precise gameplay, it’s a damn good fighting game.

From the sounds of it, Mortal Kombat 11 succeeds as a fighting game, with mechanics, tutorials, fatalities, visuals, and even some absurd storytelling to make it one of the most compelling choices in the genre in 2019. As the reviews all tend to point out, though, the thing holding back NetherRealm Studios’ latest effort is the grind that is required to unlock many of its customization options: it’s time-consuming and has been called out by nearly everyone who has come into contact with it as a transparent means of either getting players to spend money to accelerate the process or to extend the game’s lifespan by several hours.

Overall, Mortal Kombat 11 seems to make up for its short-comings with a near-flaweless gameplay experience in-fight. While concerns over Mortal Kombat 11 microtransactions—especially after series creator Ed Boon was so adamantly against predatory game practices—remain a point of contention for the game heading into its broader release, it’s also possible the grind will be lessened based on reviewer feedback. As it stands now, Mortal Kombat 11 is another worthy entry into a historic franchise that should once again sit at the top of the fighting game genre alongside some of its fiercest competitors.

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Mortal Kombat 11 will be available on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Switch on April 23, 2019.


2019-04-22 08:04:27

Cody Gravelle

Hellboy Review: This Superhero Reboot’s a Bloody, Lifeless Dud

Despite a potentially compelling lead, Hellboy is a surprisingly boring superhero epic that drags between sequences of fantasy action spectacle.

Based on the comics by Mike Mignola, the new Hellboy movie additionally serves as a reboot of the big screen franchise that previously consisted of Guillermo del Toro’s Hellboy and Hellboy II: The Golden Army. However, when plans fell through for Hellboy 3, the studio decided to take the series in a new direction by rebooting it and casting a new actor in the role of Hellboy, with David Harbour taking the reins from Ron Perlman. It was promised the new movie would be more faithful to Mignola’s original comics, with a script by Andrew Cosby (Eureka) and directed by Neil Marshall (Game of Thrones), but Hellboy suffers from pacing issues that may arise directly from so closely adapting the comics. Despite a potentially compelling lead, Hellboy is a surprisingly boring superhero epic that drags between sequences of fantasy action spectacle.

Boiling the plot of Hellboy down to its most basic, the film is about Hellboy (Harbour) teaming up with allies of the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense (B.P.R.D.) in an effort to prevent the ancient witch Nimue (Milla Jovovich), the Blood Queen, from wiping out all of mankind. The movie operates as an origin story for Hellboy, offering insight into where he came from and why his adoptive father, Trevor Bruttenholm (Ian McShane), chose to raise him as a son. But the film also offers slightly more abridged origin stories for the other members of Hellboy’s B.P.R.D. team: Alice Monaghan (Sasha Lane) and Ben Daimio (Daniel Dae Kim). With side stories that take Hellboy in different directions to battle giants, deal with a faerie changeling and face off with Baba Yaga, Hellboy throws everything and the kitchen sink at the viewer but fails to tie it all together compellingly.

The pacing issues of Hellboy may be the result of sticking too close to Mignola’s comics as the movie has a sense of jumping from one story to the next with the Blood Queen as the loose connective tissue – similar to how comics tell a story per issue, but link together for an overarching tale. However, when that storytelling method is translated to the screen, it has more of a disjointed feel as Hellboy takes far too much time to get to the real main conflict of the movie, then wraps it up quicker than expected. Further, because so much time is spent on side stories and quests, it takes time away from developing the main characters of Hellboy. Rather, Cosby’s script does more telling than showing, explicitly laying out Hellboy’s inner conflict of whether he believes he’s a good person or not. It has the makings of a compelling character story, but much of it gets drowned out by everything else going on. Nimue, Alice and Ben receive similarly heavy-handed character arcs that are clunky and ham-fisted into the already overcrowded storyline.

Where the movie excels, perhaps, is in its fantastical action sequences insofar as they offer largely enjoyable spectacle. Marshall’s direction makes for exhilarating fighting scenes that are almost on par with the episodes of Game of Thrones he directed: “Blackwater” and “The Watchers on the Wall.” Because of his experience, Marshall handles the battle scenes of Hellboy well, though they have the feeling of a cinematic TV movie more than a blockbuster film. Still, the sheer absurdity of certain Hellboy action scenes is entertaining enough for the viewer to just go along for the ride. It’s in these scenes that Hellboy earns its R rating, too, using it to gruesome effect. Much of the bloody violence in Hellboy seems to be included simply for the sake of it. So viewers who dislike too much gore will want to be forewarned there is a lot in Hellboy.

Hellboy has all the potential of an epic superhero movie with an intriguingly atypical hero in Harbour’s Hellboy; a strong cast that includes the likes of Ian McShane, Daniel Dae Kim and Milla Jovovich; and a whole host of known folktales and lore to draw on and adapt to a modern fantasy blockbuster. However, Hellboy throws too much into one two-hour movie and the overcrowded story ends up dragging down what could have been a compelling character examination of Harbour’s hero. Hellboy seems overly concerned with adapting everything from the comics that fans may love and less focused on a telling an entertaining standalone story. The result is a movie that may be more faithful to the comics, but struggles to keep viewers invested in everything going on for its full two hours.

Ultimately, Hellboy may be worth a watch for fans of the original comics, or those interested in seeing a different take on the character than del Toro and Perlman’s. However, in a month as crowded with superhero movies as April, Hellboy may be the most missable of the bunch. The movie has its merits, and the fantasy spectacle may be worth seeing on a big screen, but it’s a middle of the road fantasy-action film; it’s not bad enough to be so-bad-it’s-good and not good enough to be widely appealing. Instead, Hellboy seems bound to be a misfire that quickly gets overshadowed by bigger blockbusters arriving in the coming weeks.

Trailer

Hellboy starts playing in U.S. theaters on Thursday evening April 11th. It is 121 minutes long and rated R for strong bloody violence and gore throughout, and language.

Let us know what you thought of the film in the comments section!


2019-04-10 03:04:21

Molly Freeman

Star Trek: Discovery Has A Bloody Star Trek VI Klingon Reference

Star Trek: Discovery season 2, episode 9, “Project Daedalus”, contains a bloody callback to Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. In the final film starring the original Star Trek cast, Starfleet assassins wearing environmental suits and gravity boots boarded the Klingon flagship to assassinate Chancellor Gorkon. In “Project Daedalus”, Michael Burnham leads an away team to infiltrate Section 31’s forward operating base that intriguingly echoes that infamous moment from Star Trek VI.

In Star Trek: Discovery season 2, Section 31 has been a thorn in the side of the U.S.S. Discovery and the tension was exacerbated in the previous episode, “If Memory Serves”, when the Discovery and the black ops agency raced to Talos IV to retrieve Burnham and Spock. The Discovery got to Burnham and Spock and warped away but was labeled a fugitive vessel now on the run from Section 31 and Starfleet Command. In “Project Daedalus”, Admiral Katrina Cornwell came aboard the Discovery to confirm the shady dealings of Section 31; it turns out the true enemy of the Federation is Control, the spy agency’s artificial intelligence threat assessment program, which is seeking to evolve and wipe out all sentient life in the galaxy.

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The Discovery’s gambit was to take the fight to Section 31’s headquarters, where Commanders Michael Burnham, Nahan, and Airiam beamed aboard to take out Control. The base’s environmental controls were deactivated and lacked artificial gravity so the away team wore EV suits and gravity boots. As they explored the base, the Starfleet Officers found floating corpses belonging to the Starfleet Admirals who were in charge of Section 31, including Admiral Patar, a Vulcan logic extremist – all of them were murdered by Control. The away team also encountered pools and globules of blood floating in the Zero-G environment.

All of this cleverly harkened back to the similar scene in Star Trek VI – which is set in 2293, 36 years after the events of Star Trek: Discovery season 2 – when an assassin’s phaser almost doomed the chance of peace between the Klingons and the Federation.

How Star Trek: Discovery Homaged Star Trek VI

In Star Trek VI, there was a secret conspiracy by Starfleet, Klingon, and Romulan agents to prevent a détente between the Klingon Empire and the Federation. Two Starfleet assassins wearing EV suits and gravity boots beamed to Kronos One, the Klingon flagship, to kill Chancellor Gorkon. A cloaked Bird of Prey hiding beneath the Starship Enterprise fired a photon torpedo that disabled Kronos One’s artificial gravity; once aboard, the killers attacked the helpless Klingons with phasers. Without gravity, the phaser blasts caused the Klingons’ pink blood to burst out of their bodies and free-float in pools around the ship – which looked just like the corpses and blood Burnham and her team encountered in Star Trek: Discovery’s homage.

In “Project Daedalus”, not only is there also a secret conspiracy, but the away team’s gravity boots landing on Section 31’s base were purposefully emphasized as an extra ode to Star Trek VI: Spock and his protégé Valeris were trying to save Captain Kirk and Doctor McCoy from being framed for the assassination and led a hunt throughout the Enterprise for the two pairs of gravity boots the assassins wore, which would prove the real assassins were still aboard Kirk’s ship. Further, Section 31’s forward operating base is a converted former prison, which is another nod to Star Trek VI, since Kirk and McCoy were sentenced to life imprisonment on the Klingon prison planet Rura Penthe (known throughout the galaxy as “the aliens’ graveyard”).

Related: Star Trek: Discovery Broke Tradition For Its Best TOS Callback Yet

The Star Trek VI sequence that Star Trek: Discovery honored was especially memorable thanks to it being an early use of CGI in a Star Trek movie. Prior to Star Trek VI‘s release in December 1991, the most famed use of computer-generated effects was the liquid metal T-1000 in James Cameron’s Terminator 2: Judgment Day from July of that same year. The T-1000 was, in fact, the next level of CGI from Cameron’s water alien in 1990’s The Abyss. Star Trek VI utilized similar CGI to create the Klingons’ pink blood globules floating around the interior of Kronos One. Though the effects look primitive and cartoon-ish by Star Trek: Discovery’s modern, feature film-quality standards, this was a fun callback to one of the best Star Trek movies by the CBS All-Access prequel.

Next: Star Trek: Discovery Made Spock’s Banter With McCoy Even Better

Star Trek: Discovery streams Thursdays @ 8:30pm on CBS All-Access and internationally the next day on Netflix.


2019-03-17 06:03:23

John Orquiola

30 Actors Who Regretted Superhero Roles

Landing a part in the latest major superhero movie release represents the pinnacle of many an acting career. Michael Keaton, Hugh Jackman, Chris Evans and, to some extent, Robert Downey Jr might not be the household names they are today were it not for their comic book exploits.

However, while headlining the latest cinematic effort involving a caped crusader of some kind represents a dream come true for many, it’s proven to be something of a nightmare for a rare few. Bad scripts, difficult directors and a toxic work environment are just some of the many myriad reasons cited by the actors and actresses in this list – yet that’s really only the tip of the iceberg. Studio politics, stalled contract negotiations or issues around costume, make-up and iffy computer effects have also played a role in making these superhero movies not-so-super for the stars involved.

More often than not, the resulting movie has been forgettable at best and downright terrible at worst – but there are exceptions to the rule. Sometimes, an actor ended up enduring a miserable time on an otherwise enjoyable project. Other times, far sinister things were going on, unbeknownst to many involved in the finished movie.

Plenty of flops feature on this countdown but some major moneymakers can be found too, with comic book movie properties tied to Marvel, 2000AD, DC and Titan Comics all present and not very correct. Yes, landing a part in the latest superhero movie blockbuster has represented the pinnacle of many an acting career down the years but for this lot, it represented the pits.

Here are 30 Actors Who Regretted Superhero Roles.

30 Hugo Weaving – Red Skull

Hugo Weaving originally signed a multi-picture deal to play the Red Skull across various future Captain America movies. However, when the character returned in Avengers: Infinity War the character had been recast with The Walking Dead’s Ross Marquand taking Weaving’s place. It wasn’t a huge shock.

A few years prior, The Matrix actor told Collider playing the Red Skull was “not something I would want to do again.”

“It’s not the sort of film I seek out and really am excited by,” he said. “I increasingly like to go back to what I used to always do, which is to get involved with projects that I really have a personal affiliation with.”

29 Ryan Reynolds – Green Lantern

Ryan Reynolds has made no secret of the fact things didn’t exactly go to plan with 2011’s Green Lantern. He even went as far as to include a gag, poking fun at the project, in Deadpool 2. Though it’s something he is able to laugh about now, it’s clear the actor regrets signing on that particular dotted line.

“When we shot Green Lantern, nobody auditioning for the role of Green Lantern was given the opportunity to read the script because the script didn’t exist,” Reynolds told The Hollywood Reporter. The experience did at least teach him some valuable lessons about making superhero movies which was good news for Deadpool fans.

28 Jessica Alba – Invisible Woman

Jessica Alba’s experience playing Sue Storm in Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer was so bad it left her considering a career change. “I wanted to stop acting. I hated it. I really hated it,” Alba told Elle [via SyFy].

“I remember when I was dying in ‘Silver Surfer’. The director [Tim Story] was like, ‘It looks too real. It looks too painful. Can you be prettier when you cry? Cry pretty, Jessica.’ He was like, ‘Don’t do that thing with your face. Just make it flat. We can CGI the tears in.'” She continued: “It all got me thinking: Am I not good enough?”

27 Ben Affleck – Daredevil

Ben Affleck doesn’t just regret starring in the 2003 movie adaptation of Daredevil, he hates it. Affleck let his feelings be known to TimeTalks [via NME] during a discussion about why he signed on for Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice. Affleck said: “Part of it was I wanted for once to get one of these movies and do it right – to do a good version. I hate Daredevil so much.”

“The Netflix show does really cool stuff,” he added.

“I feel like that was there for us to do with that character, and we never kind of got it right. I wanted to do one of those movies and sort of get it right,” Affleck stated.

26 Terrence Howard – War Machine

Terrence Howard has always blamed Robert Downey Jr for the fact he never got to reprise the role of James Rhodes in the Iron Man sequels. “It turns out that the person that I helped become Iron Man, when it was time to re-up for the second one, took the money that was supposed to go to me and pushed me out,” Howard told Watch What Happens Live [via Vulture].

Howard claims the studio offered to pay him “one-eighth of what we contractually had” and when he tried to call Downey Jr to talk about it “he didn’t call me back for three months.”

25 Idris Elba – Heimdall

Idris Elba’s experience working on Thor: The Dark World was so bad the actor described parts of it as “torture” to The Telegraph. In the interview, Elba recalled how he was forced to complete reshoots in London for the Thor sequel just days after return from filming the prestige biopic Mandela, in South Africa.

“In between takes I was stuck there [hanging from a harness], fake hair stuck on to my head with glue, this fucking helmet, while they reset, he said. “And I’m thinking: ‘24 hours ago, I was Mandela.’ … Then there I was, in this stupid harness, with this wig and this sword and these contact lenses. It ripped my heart out.”

24 Ryan Reynolds – Wolverine: X-Men Origins

Ryan Reynolds’ appearance as Deadpool in Wolverine: X-Men Origins was plagued with problems, starting with the character’s appearance. “He wound up being this abomination of Deadpool that was like Barakapool, with his mouth sewn shut and weird blades that came out of his hands and these strange tattoos and stuff like that,” he told GQ.

Though Reynolds objected, the studio pressed on.

“The conversation at the time was ‘If you want to play Deadpool, this is your chance to introduce him. And if you don’t want to introduce him in this fashion, we’ll have someone else play him.'”When the film leaked online and fans reacted angrily, Reynolds response was simple: “told you so”.

23 Ed Norton – Hulk

Ed Norton clashed with producers behind the scenes on The Incredible Hulk, having only agreed to play Bruce Banner on the proviso he could have a say on the script and direction of the film. Replaced by Mark Ruffalo in the MCU, Norton couldn’t resist having a dig at the film during an appearance on Comedy Central’s Roast of Bruce Willis.

“I tried to be like you,” he told Willis [via Indiewire]. “I did a big action movie called The Incredible Hulk. You know what went wrong? I wanted a better script…I thought we should make one Marvel movie as good as the worst Christopher Nolan movie, but what the hell was I thinking.”

22 George Clooney – Batman

Joel Schumacher’s Batman & Robin may have fallen flat with critics and fans alike but it proved to be a serious career wake-up call for its star, George Clooney. “Up until that moment, I was an actor only concerned with finding work,” he told The Hollywood Reporter. “After the failure of that film creatively, I understood that I needed to take control of the films I made, not just the role.”

Clooney successfully banished memories of his time as Batman with next three films: Out of Sight, Three Kings and O Brother, Where Art Thou?

21 Tommy Lee Jones – Two-Face

Tommy Lee Jones hated working on Batman Forever or, rather, he hated working with co-star Jim Carrey. “I was the star and that was the problem,” Carrey explained on Norm MacDonald Live [via THR].

The situation came to a head when Carrey ended up in the same restaurant as Jones during filming.

“I went over and I said, ‘Hey Tommy, how are you doing?’ and the blood just drained from his face,” Carrey said. “He went to hug me and he said, ‘I hate you. I really don’t like you.’ And I said, ‘What’s the problem?’ and pulled up a chair, which probably wasn’t smart. And he said, ‘I cannot sanction your buffoonery.'”

20 Topher Grace – Venom

Topher Grace never felt entirely comfortable in the role of Eddie Brock/Venom having bagged the role in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3. “I was a huge fan of the character of Venom when I was a kid when Todd McFarlane brought him into the comic,” he told Michael Rosenbaum on the Inside of You podcast [via Cinemablend]. “And I was surprised and a little bit like ‘Huh?’ when they wanted me to play it.”

Not only does Grace accept he was miscast, but he also agrees Tom Hardy is perfect for the role. “When I look at it now… [at Tom Hardy’s Venom movie] I go ‘That’s the guy.'”

19 Mickey Rourke – Ivan Vanko

Micky Rourke trashed the bigwigs over at Marvel Studios for what they did to his character Ivan Vanko, in Iron Man 2. Rourke told Syfy that he had worked hard with writer Justin Theroux and director Jon Favreau to flesh out his Russian villain and turn him into a three-dimensional character. Someone behind-the-scenes had other ideas though.

“I wanted to bring some other layers and colors, not just make this Russian a complete murderous revenging bad guy,” he said. “Unfortunately, the [people] at Marvel just wanted a one-dimensional bad guy, so most of the performance ended up the floor.”

18 Alicia Silverstone – Batgirl

Alicia Silverstone was on the receiving end of some serious body shaming while working on Batman & Robin. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Silverstone, who was a huge star following the success of Clueless, was under intense scrutiny over her weight with one critic reportedly observing she “looked more Babe than babe.”

When rumor got out on set that she was having issues with her costume fittings, a storyboard artist ever put together a joke cartoon of Batgirl, mocking Silverstone’s issues.

The fake poster for Clueless 2: The Casting of Batgirl might have gone down well with the guys in the film’s art department but studio bosses were far from impressed.

17 Nicolas Cage – Ghost Rider

Nicolas Cage has previously spoken of his disappointment at his two Ghost Rider movies, which he felt played it too safe. Speaking to JoBlo [via Bloody Disgusting], Cage explained that he and writer David S. Goyer had always envisioned the films as being gritty and, most importantly, R-rated.

“Ghost Rider was a movie that always should’ve been an R-rated movie,” Cage said. “David Goyer had a brilliant script which I wanted to do with David, and for whatever reason, they just didn’t let us make the movie.” Though he believes there is the potential for someone else to take on the role and go down that dark path, Cage is done with the character.

16 Jim Carrey – Colonel Stars And Stripes

Jim Carrey stunned social media ahead of the release of Kick-Ass 2 by denouncing the film and its “level of violence” in the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre. Carrey, who is an outspoken advocate for increased gun control, took to Twitter following the incident to explain that he could no longer support the film.

“I did Kick-Ass 2 a month b4 Sandy Hook and now in all good conscience I cannot support that level of violence,” he wrote [via The Guardian]. “My apologies to others involve[d] with the film. I am not ashamed of it but recent events have caused a change in my heart.”

15 Michael Jai White – Spawn

He may have been among the first African American actors to portray a major comic book superhero but Michael Jai White has little love for his sole outing as Spawn. In fact, White is a much bigger fan of his small but powerful role as the gangster Gambol in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight.

He even went as far as to conduct an interview with The Hollywood Reporter revisiting his performance alongside Heath Ledger.

During the interview, White couldn’t resist having a dig at Spawn: “There is no footage of me ever saying that I liked Spawn. I have never said that I thought that was a good movie.” Ouch.

14 Jared Leto – The Joker

Jared Leto was left far from happy with the version of Suicide Squad that made it to the cinemas. Asked by IGN whether any scenes involving the Joker were cut from the film, Leto let rip.

“There were so many scenes that got cut from the movie, I couldn’t even start. I think that the Joker… we did a lot of experimentation on the set, we explored a lot. There’s so much that we shot that’s not in the film,” he said. “If I die anytime soon, it’s probably likely that it’ll surface somewhere. That’s the good news about the death of an actor is all that stuff seems to come out.”

13 Halle Berry – Catwoman

Halle Berry’s regret at signing up for Catwoman was clear to see when she decided to make an appearance at the annual Razzie Awards back in 2005. A celebration of the year’s worst films and performances, Berry ‘won’ the Worst Actress gong for her efforts in Catwoman and, in a surprising turn of events, was on hand to deliver a memorable acceptance speech.

“I want to thank Warner Bros. for casting me in this piece-of-sh**, god-awful movie,” she said [via MTV], going on to mock the rest of her cast. “I’d like to thank the rest of the cast. To give a really bad performance like mine, you need to have really bad actors.”

12 Alan Cumming – Nightcrawler

Back when Alan Cumming was still in the frame to reprise his role as Nightcrawler in X-Men: The Last Stand, the Scottish actor shocked journalists with his response to the news Bryan Singer would not be returning for the third installment.

“I’m not disappointed, I can’t deny it,” Cumming said [via Movieweb]. “I think he’s really talented. I’m very proud of the film. I think it’s a great film. I didn’t enjoy working with him on the film.”

Evidently, Singer and Cumming didn’t see eye to eye on X-Men 2 though the source of their fractious relationship has never been divulged.

11 Ellen Page – Kitty Pryde

Ellen Page took to Facebook in 2017 to accuse director Brett Ratner of harassment during their time together on 2006’s X-Men: The Last Stand. According to Page, Ratner mocked her sexuality during promotional work for the film. Page was only 18 at the time.

“‘You should f*** her to make her realize she’s gay.’ He said this about me during a cast and crew ‘meet and greet’ before we began filming, X Men: The Last Stand,” Page wrote. “He looked at a woman standing next to me, ten years my senior, pointed to me and said: ‘You should f*** her to make her realize she’s gay.’”

10 Michael Fassbender – Magneto

Back in 2016, during the Toronto Film Festival’s pre-opening-night fundraising event, honoree Michael Fassbender surprised those in attendance by laying into his performance as Magneto in X-Men: Days of Future Past. According to Vulture, during a segment in which clips from several of Fassbender’s films were shown, Fassbender started “cringing and rubbing his face with embarrassment”.

“I don’t actually like that performance there, to be honest,” Fassbender said after the highlights reel finished. “I just think it’s me shouting. It’s just like [making a face and flailing his arms around] some dude shouting.”

9 Jamie Bell – Thing

Rumoured unrest on the set of Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four movie, coupled with the movie’s bad reviews left a bad taste in the mouth of its star, Jamie Bell. “There were several things on that movie I was clearly not privy to because I’m just an actor and I just do my stuff on set,” Bell told the Los Angeles Times.

“Everything starts with the best of intentions. A production begins with the idea to make something that’s unique and original and with integrity,” he said.

“I don’t know what happened between the launch of the voyage and the arrival. I think we were all bitterly disappointed with that film,” stated Bell.

8 Josh Brolin – Jonah Hex

Production delays, directorial changes, script rewrites, reshoots, and some pretty heavy-handed editing helped make Jonah Hex one of the most disappointing comic book movies of all time. It’s something the film’s star, Josh Brolin, is only too aware of. In fact, he revealed in an interview with the Nerdist that he hates it just as much as everyone else.

“Oh, ‘Jonah Hex,’ hated it. Hated it,” he said [via Collider]. “The experience of making it — that would have been a better movie based on what we did. As opposed to what ended up happening to it, which is going back and reshooting 66 pages in 12 days.”

7 Jennifer Garner – Elektra

While Ben Affleck bounced back from his Daredevil movie, Jennifer Garner never quite got going again after her spin-off effort, Elektra, bombed. Though Garner has never spoken openly about the film, her ex-boyfriend and close friend Michael Vartan revealed to Us Weekly [via SFGate] that the Alias actress was very unhappy with how the film turned out.

“I heard [Elektra] was awful. [Jennifer] called me and told me it was awful,” Vartan said. “She had to do it because of Daredevil. It was in her contract.” Garner has never denied Vartan’s claims.

6 Edward Furlong – The Crow

The Crow: Wicked Prayer is an absolute stinker of a comic book movie and currently boasts a 0% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

It’s star, Edward Furlong, struggled to show much in the way of enthusiasm for the role during an interview with Movieweb.

Asked about how he prepared for the film’s starring role, Furlong said: “It’s sort of like a really slow process that Lance Mungia, the director, and I went through. Initially, I was just attracted to the script because it was The Crow and I got to put on some leather pants and kick people’s ass.” Given how it turned out, he must be regretting signing up for such flimsy reasons.

5 Chloë Grace Moretz – Hit-Girl

Chloe Moretz made her name as Hit Girl in Mark Millar’s original Kick-Ass but, despite the first film holding a special place in her heart, she’s always been less enthusiastic about the sequel.

During an appearance on a panel at the Provincetown Film Festival in 2018, Moretz made those feelings crystal clear. “I love the franchise, I think the first movie was really, really special. I wish the second one had been handled in a little bit of a different way,” she said [via Cinemablend]. “Because I think we were all kind of looking forward to something a little different than what happened with it all.”

4 Kate Mara – The Invisible Woman

Kate Mara played Sue Storm in Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four movie and, in an interview with The Times[via Yahoo] revealed the negative aura surrounding the film made her “a little gun-shy” about seeing the finished film.

“You don’t always have to learn some incredible life lesson when making a s*** movie. Sometimes it’s just what happens,” she said. “[Fantastic Four] was a tricky shoot but you know when you know when you’re shooting it that a film isn’t going to be what you want it to be? That was not the case at all.”

3 Jamie Kennedy – The Mask

Son of the Mask saw Jamie Kennedy replace Jim Carrey as the franchise’s star, with almost unwatchable results.

Though the movie is widely regarded as one of the worst ever made, Kennedy’s biggest regret may boil down to the make-up he had to wear on the film.

“I wore it 6 days in a row, and after that it gets rough,” he told Movieweb. “I had ears in this one, and Jim Carrey didn’t in the first one, so they would like press against my real ears and cut the circulation, so I would have to like rub my ears a bit after having on the makeup to get the blood flowing again.”

2 Sylvester Stallone – Judge Dredd

Despite starring in such turkeys as Over The Top, Stop Or My Mom Will Shoot and Oscar, Sylvester Stallone’s biggest regret was reserved for another movie. “The biggest mistake I ever made was with the sloppy handling of Judge Dredd” he once declared [via Den of Geek]. “The philosophy of the film was not set in stone – by that I mean, ‘Is this going to be a serious drama or with comic overtones’, like other science fiction films that were successful? So a lotta pieces just didn’t fit smoothly.”

“The design work on it was fantastic, and the sets were incredibly real, even standing two feet away, but there was just no communication,” he stated.

1 Lori Petty – Tank Girl

Lori Petty had a very particular gripe with the way things turned out for her Tank Girl movie: it was given an R rating. “There is nothing about that movie that is R. Nothing. Except there’s a woman talking s***. That’s why they rated it R. If they were going to rate it R I should have been butt-naked all the time, running around,” she told AV Club.

Tommy Boy came out that weekend, too, which is a hysterical movie, but it was rated PG-13. Do you know how many people bought Tommy Boy tickets and went to see Tank Girl? A billion.”

Are there any other superhero actors who regretted their roles? Sound off in the comments!



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2018-10-08 03:10:25 – Jack Beresford

Hellboy NYCC Trailer Description: The Last & Only Hope

One of the most exciting events at New York Comic-Con this year was the Hellboy panel, in which star David Harbour (Stranger Things), his co-stars Daniel Dae Kim (Lost) and Sasha Lane (American Honey), and Hellboy creator Mike Mignola presented fans with the first trailer for the upcoming movie reboot. Directed by Neil Marshall (Dog Soldiers), the movie pits Hellboy against Nimue, the Blood Queen (Milla Jovovich), an ancient sorceress who is hell-bent on revenge and the destruction of mankind.

Hellboy faces the challenge of winning over audiences after two well-liked Hellboy moves from director Guillermo del Toro, which starred Ron Perlman in the title role, but fans seem to be open to this new take and excited to see what Harbour can bring to the role. During the panel, the actor described Marshall’s Hellboy as “a monster movie right out of Frankenstein, updated for 2018.” It will have more of a monster movie tone that emphasizes the horror elements, in contrast to the fantasy tone of del Toro’s movies. We’ve pieced together descriptions of the trailer from several sources to give those who weren’t able to attend an idea of what to expect when Hellboy arrives in theaters next year.

Related: Hellboy NYCC Poster Reveals Professor Broom, Blood Queen, & More

The trailer opened with a scene in which Hellboy arriving at a crime scene, with cops surrounding a building. When Hellboy exits his vehicle a panicking SWAT officer shoots at him and Hellboy, annoyed, yells “I’m on your side!” The officer apologizes, replying, “My bad.” From there, the footage launched into a collection of brief clips set to Billy Idol’s “Mony Mony.”

  • A series of clips introduce the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense (BPRD), which Ian McShane’s Professor Bruttenholm describes as, “The line in the sand, we fight against the forces of darkness.”
  • The BPRD arrive at their secret headquarters in England, whose front is a quaint little shop. Hellboy is skeptical, and Kim’s Ben Daimio asks him if he expected it to be labelled “Secret Headquarters.” When they go in, the old lady behind the counter asks Hellboy for ID and he asks, “Are you serious?”
  • Hellboy is asked if his Hand of Doom can do anything special. He replies, “It smashes things real good,” and then offers a demonstration.
  • Ben Daimio isn’t too happy when he first meets Hellboy, saying, “I thought we were fighting monsters, not working with them.” Hellboy retorts, “Who you calling monster, pal? You look in the mirror recently, Scarface?” In another clip, Hellboy calls Ben an “asshole.” It seems like there’ll be a fair bit of friction between these two.
  • Hellboy wonders aloud if he’s nothing more than a weapon, and Professor Bruttenholm tells him that he wants him to be the best version of himself that he can be.
  • Professor Bruttenholm gives Hellboy his gun, the Good Samaritan. Hellboy cocks the gun and comments, “Some parents get their kids LEGOS.”
  • Hellboy and Alice (Lane) are seen fighting side-by-side in a setting that resembles a factory, with Bruttenhol saying in voiceover, “You are our last and only hope.”
  • Hellboy interrupts a ritual being held by the Blood Queen, sardonically asking her, “Did I interrupt?” She replies, “No, you’re right on time.”
  • There’s plenty of action, including one particularly bloody clip of someone getting shot in the head and gore splattering towards the camera, emphasizing that this will be an R-rated affair.
  • The trailer ends with an impressive shot of Hellboy in his full demonic glory, rising from a pit with his flaming sword and crown. The crowd went crazy when they saw this.

You can expect to see an emphasis on practical effects over CGI in the movie, with Harbour even throwing a little shade at Thanos when comparing his character with the big purple villain of Avengers: Infinity War. Harbour quickly amended that by saying that he thinks Infinity War is “a great movie,” but went on to say, “I do lament that [Hollywood] uses a lot of CGI right now, and I love the practical stuff.”

Unfortunately the trailer was not released online, so it may be a while before everyone else gets a look at Harbour’s version of the character in action. However, the positive response from fans in attendance definitely has us excited for this one, so hopefully Lionsgate won’t keep us waiting for a trailer much longer.

More: Hellboy 2019: Every Update You Need To Know

Source: ComicBook.com, IGN, Deadline, Gizmodo



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2018-10-06 05:10:55 – Hannah Shaw-Williams

Halloween 2018 Sequel is Reportedly in Development at Blumhouse

Prior to the film’s release, speculation abounds that Blumhouse is already gearing up for a sequel to 2018’s Halloween movie. The movie, due out this month, completely resets the timeline. As fans of the series know, the original was quickly followed up by a sequel – and then things began to get complicated. So this time around, they’re mostly ignoring the other sequels and starting from where things left off in the original (with subtle references to the now non-canon flicks).

First announced in 2016, the “reinvention” was directed by David Gordon Green and co-written by Green and Danny McBride, who worked together on comedic films such as Pineapple Express and Your Highness. Green and McBride, along with producer Jason Blum, have spoken at length about the movie, discussing the choice to change up the continuity as well as the way they decided upon the title. The return of original star Jamie Lee Curtis to the project, coupled with the positive reactions out of TIFF, have sparked discussions of an immediate follow-up. Now, rumors are flying that the sequel is a go.

Related: Blumhouse Will Make A Sequel To Halloween 2018 If It Performs Well

Bloody Disgusting reports that things are already underway for another Halloween 3 (since this year’s installment is a sequel to the first movie). The outlet cites unnamed sources who believe that Green and McBride will not be on board this time around, despite previously hinting that they wanted to keep things going. What’s more, the outlet speculates that, if Blumhouse kicks things into gear, this sequel could hit theaters just a year after its predecessor – just in time for the 2019 Halloween season.

As the outlet notes, this wouldn’t be unusual for Blumhouse. The production company put out its first major hit, Paranormal Activity, in 2009, and a sequel, prequel, or spinoff was released nearly every year after that (save for 2013) from 2010–2015. If Halloween is successful (as the box office predictions indicate it will be), it would make sense to keep the ball rolling and churn out another hit as soon as possible.

Of course, that all depends on what happens in the still-to-be-released 2018 film. Laurie Strode is back, and she’s tougher than ever before. Having spent 40 years waiting for the day that Michael Myers returned, it seems unlikely that she’ll be taken down. John Carpenter, who wrote and directed the original, has given the 2018 movie his seal of approval and even composed the score. At this point, there doesn’t seem to be anything in the way of another Blumhouse hit, as long as they can get a solid writing and directing time solved.

More: Halloween Director Explains The Reason Behind 2018 Movie’s Title

Source: Bloody Disgusting



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2018-10-05 03:10:53 – Becca Bleznak

Netflix’s Castlevania Gets a Bloody Season 2 Poster



The cast of Netflix’s Castlevania are seeing red in a new poster promoting the series’ upcoming second season. Based on the popular video games by Konami, the long-running franchise details the centuries-spanning battle between the Belmont family and Count Dracula. The Netflix series, which draws inspiration primarily from the third Castlevania game, Dracula’s Curse, was a surprise smash hit for the streaming service and is now widely regarded as one of the greatest adaptations of a video game storyline in any medium ever.

The plot of Netflix’s Castlevania focuses on the cursed land of Wallachia, which has suffered the wrath of Count Dracula (Graham McTavish) ever since a corrupt bishop saw Dracula’s wife burned as a witch. Enter Trevor Belmont (Richard Amitage) – scion of the long-banished Belmont clan, whose family’s knowledge of the dark arts and history of hunting the forces of evil have made them nearly as unpopular in Wallachia as Dracula himself. Joining with a group of wanderers known as The Speakers, Trevor rescued the Speaker sorceress Sypha Belnades (Alejandra Reynoso) and joined their quest to locate the tomb of a legendary “Sleeping Soldier” it was said held the key to defeating Dracula. The season concluded with Trevor and Sypha locating the soldier and recruiting him to their cause, discovering that the “Sleeping Soldier” was Alucard (James Callis) – Dracula’s half-vampire son.

Related: Netflix’s Castlevania Season 2 Trailer Released By Adi Shankar

NX on Netflix debuted the season 2 promotional poster, which can be viewed below. The poster depicts the titular castle of Dracula, silhouetted against a blood red moon, with Trevor, Sypha, and Alucard standing in the foreground before it.

Precious little has been said about what fans of Netflix’ Castlevania can expect in the second season, beyond what was revealed in the first season 2 trailer promoting the upcoming episodes. It has been confirmed that the fan-favorite character of Hector – one of Dracula’s generals who renounced his former master and his magical powers to live a simple life – will be part of the new season. Writer Warren Ellis has also confirmed that the second season will be twice as long as the first, numbering eight episodes instead of four.

Given the devout following that Netflix’s Castlevania has developed among fans of horror and anime, in addition to the loyal fan base of the original games, it seems likely they’ll have another monster hit on their hands when the new season is ready for streaming. Thankfully, fans will not have long to wait.

More: Netflix’s Castlevania Is Getting A Third Season

Castlevania season 2 premieres on Netflix on October 26.

Source: NX On Netflix





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