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Hill House Star Oliver Jackson-Cohen Joins Haunting of Bly Manor

Hill House actor Oliver Jackson-Cohen is joining Vitoria Pedretti in the cast for the upcoming season, The Haunting of Bly Manor. Mike Flangan’s The Haunting of Hill House series was a big hit for Netflix last year, dramatically re-imagining Shirley Jackson’s source material to positive effect. The streaming giant has since announced that the show is becoming an anthology and will base its second season, Bly Manor, on Henry James’ famous 1898 horror novella, The Turn of the Screw. As a result, the next installment will feature all-new characters and settings.

What it won’t feature, thankfully, is a completely new cast. Just last month, it was announced that Hill House breakout Victoria Pedretti is returning to star in Bly Manor, with Flanagan once again calling the shots as director. While plot details are mostly being kept under-wraps for now, it has been confirmed that Pedretti will headline Bly Manor as Dani, a young governess who is hired to care for two “very unusual” children at the eponymous (and, possibly, haunted for real) estate.

Related: What is Bly Manor? The Haunting Season 2’s Story Explained

The Wrap is reporting that Jackson-Cohen will star opposite Pedretti in Bly Manor as Peter, an individual who’s described as simply being a “charming fellow”. Peter is also said to be a leading character and will reportedly interact with Dani directly while she’s working at her (creepy) new job.

It’s only fitting that Jackson-Cohen and Pedretti reunite for Bly Manor; the pair played twin siblings Luke and Eleanor “Nell” on The Haunting of Hill House, and their characters shared a special connection that made it all the harder for them to recover from their traumatic childhood experiences when their family lived in Hill House. As impressive as the Hill House cast was overall, Jackson-Cohen and Pedretti had, in some ways, the most challenging roles and really stood out among the talented ensemble for it. Filmmakers have clearly taken notice of them too, as evidenced by Jackson-Cohen having also been recently cast as The Invisible Man in Universal’s reboot.

Now that Jackson-Cohen and Pedretti are back for Bly Manor, though, it will be interesting to see what other Hill House cast members end up returning for this new installment. Carla Gugino, who played Luke and Nell’s mother Olivia, has confirmed that she and Flangan (who’ve worked together multiple times already) have discussed it, so there’s a real possibly that she too will sign on down the line. Who knows: if there are enough roles to go around and things work out scheduling-wise, the entire Crain family may yet reunite for a second round of Haunting together.

NEXT: What to Expect from The Haunting of Bly Manor

The Haunting of Bly Manor premieres on Netflix in 2020.

Source: The Wrap


2019-07-15 02:07:40

Sandy Schaefer

Samuel L. Jackson Returns for Spider-Man: Far From Home Reshoots

Nick Fury actor Samuel L. Jackson revealed that he’s returning to don the eyepatch and do reshoots for Spider-Man: Far From Home. Following up on the success of 2017’s Spider-Man: Homecoming, which grossed a solid $880 million at the worldwide box office, Tom Holland will return to once again play the MCU’s version of Peter Parker in Far From Home.

When fans last saw Holland’s Parker, he was in fact turning to dust in the arms of Tony Stark during the devastating climax of Avengers: Infinity War. Whether Far From Home is set before Infinity War, or in fact takes place after the events of that movie and therefore by existing spoils the fact that Peter Parker will somehow be resurrected in Avengers: Endgame, is something that won’t be revealed until the newest Spider-Man adventure is actually released. What has been revealed is that Jackson’s Nick Fury will appear in Far From Home, which sees Spider-Man taking a trip to Europe and battling Jake Gyllenhaal’s villainous Mysterio.

Related: Marvel Will Announce Phase 4 Plans After Spider-Man: Far From Home

Indeed, Jackson’s work on Far From Home does not appear to be quite finished yet. As the actor revealed on his Instagram, he is getting ready to put back on the iconic Nick Fury eyepatch and participate in reshoots for the latest Spider-Man adventure. In the post, Jackson also gets in a hashtag plug for another of his upcoming films, The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard, the sequel to his surprise hit action-comedy The Hitman’s Bodyguard. See Jackson’s post below:

It’s not yet known how big a role Jackson will actually have in Far From Home, but the fact that he’s showing up for reshoots could be an indication his part is being beefed up. As Jackson jokes in his hashtag, such reshoots can also be referred to as “enhancement shots,” depending on how you want to spin the matter. Indeed, the idea that a film is being enhanced by doing more work is a much more pleasant notion than that anything is being “reshot,” as the very term “reshoot” is still taken as an indication that something has gone amiss on a production and the scramble is on to fix the problems.

Given how efficient the Marvel Studios/Disney machine has become in churning out blockbuster after blockbuster, it would indeed be a major shock if there were something wrong with Spider-Man: Far From Home. Already this year, the MCU has seen a $1 billion-plus blockbuster in Captain Marvel, and Avengers: Endgame is predicted to destroy box office records when it arrives next week. It seems almost a foregone conclusion that Far From Home will simply take its place as the next successful MCU movie when it arrives.

Then again, not every Marvel movie is considered a masterpiece either by critics or fans, so the Marvel Studios machine is not in fact infallible even if it seems that way. Eventually Marvel will create a dud, and it’s entirely possible that Spider-Man: Far From Home will be that dud. However, if the movie is able to capture the same fun spirit as Spider-Man: Homecoming, it’s almost certain that it will be a success with audiences.

More: Every MCU Movie Coming After Captain Marvel

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2019-04-19 09:04:06

Dan Zinski

7 Things in Lord Of The Rings Canon That Peter Jackson Ignored

Love them or leave them, the Lord of the Rings trilogy by Peter Jackson is in some ways very different from the novels we all know and love. Some of the changes were more aesthetic than not, while others we’ll never be able to forgive. Some of the changes were made for the sake of pacing or timing, and to be fair the movies would have all been at least twice as long without those edits. But that doesn’t always make the changes sit right to fans.

RELATED: 10 Storylines From The LotR Books That Should Be Made Into Their Own Movies

Here is a short list of some of the most frustrating bits of canon that Peter Jackson ignored when making his Lord of the Rings trilogy.

7 The Reason Merry & Pippin Join the Quest

Merry and Pippin are all cute and cheerful in both the novels and the movies, but there’s a dramatic shift between the two. In the novels Merry and Pippin are shockingly perceptive; being well aware that Frodo was in some sort of danger and planning on making a mad run. Knowing that they were likely to be headed into danger, the stubborn pair refused to let Frodo go off on his own (yes, Sam was going with, but without their support, it hardly counts).

In the movies, the pair are shown as bumbling hobbits. They’re clearly being used as comic relief at points. They ended up along the quest because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time. It gave no justice to their true characters or their loyalty.It may seem like a small change, but it did set the tone for these two characters and their appearances for the rest of the movies.

6 The Scouring of the Shire

It is mind-boggling that the Scouring of the Shire was left out of the movies. It was an important lesson for the hobbits and the readers alike to learn, so it seems strange that it got completely overlooked. At the end of the Return of the King, Frodo, Sam, Merry, and Pippin all come back home to the Shire…only to find it fundamentally changed. The Shire did not escape the war unscathed. Here they find that Saruman (disguised as Sharkey) had run from his tower to the Shire to take over their homeland.

The Scouring of the Shire represented the Hobbits learning to stand against tyranny on their own. They had to fight for their homeland in a way they never expected, from an enemy they didn’t see coming. This chapter has been considered vital by many, and as an allegory for what happened to Britain after World War II. Considering how influenced Tolkien was by the war, this seems extremely likely. The closest we get to this chapter is the briefest hint when a glimpse of the future is shown – and even then nothing really comes of it. It’s a shame this part was left out, though Peter Jackson to this day defends his choice.

5 The Elves’ Reason for Leaving

In the movies, it was never really made clear that the Elves must leave regardless of the outcome. If Sauron wins, the reason is fairly obvious. But even if he lost, the Elves must depart. Their power had been weakening, and they had become somewhat dependent on the power supplied by their rings. If the one ring is destroyed, then so are their rings.

RELATED: LOTR: 10 Facts About Middle Earth They Left Out of the Movies

The movie pretty much glossed over this, however, showing it as the Elves leaving almost like they were giving up hope for the battle. It seemed at times like the Elves just assumed that the battle was already lost, and thus not worth staying. When in truth the Elves had invested so much in the battles before this and had high hopes for the outcome of this one. It was simply beyond them to stay and help.

4 Aragorn, Arwen, & Elrond

The relationship dynamics between Aragon, Arwen, and Elrond are a bit skewed between the novels and the movies. It might not have been a big deal, had they not played a major part in how things turned out. Aragon and Arwin were fiercely loyal to one another. Arwen had pled herself to Aragon some fifty years before the novels began, and that is not something Elves turn back on lightly. Thus she simply would not have considered leaving the way she did in the movie; she was tied to Aragorn one way or the other.

Likewise, Elrond wouldn’t have pushed Arwen to leave the way we were shown. He adored Aragorn in his own way – he was, in essence, the uncle or foster father for many of Aragorn’s line, and thus respected Aragorn highly. He thought that if anyone could get the humans through this battle it would be this man. There was tension built here that didn’t need to be. These three were very happily set in their own agreements and opinions. The changes weren’t needed, and the time could have been better spent on other areas that needed more explaining.

3 The Elf Army Appearance

In the movies, during the battle of Helms Deep, the fighters are given a sudden sense of hope as an Elven army arrives at their doors. This does not happen in the books. There simply were not enough Elves to go around at that point. There certainly weren’t enough of them that they’d be so willing to risk and throw away their lives like this. And once again, the Elves have been weakening for years. This land can no longer be their home. It doesn’t seem likely that the Elves would choose to stay and fight for a land that they will never be a part of again.

RELATED: LOTR: 10 Facts About Elves They Left Out Of The Movies

Another important point; the Elves were actively engaged in their own battle by this point in the novel. So they truly did not have the forces to spare, not even if they had been otherwise willing to. Admittedly the moment was very inspiring and heartwarming, which is likely what Peter Jackson was going for. There were other opportunities he could have gone with here though.

2 Tom Bombadil

Tom Bombadil was the biggest character left out of the movie adaptations. There were reasons for it, we’re sure (pacing, having to explain his character, etc), but it still stings. Tom Bombadil is a unique force in the world of Lord of the Rings. Many argue that he’s a great evil perfectly hiding as a crazy – but powerful – old man. Others are less convinced. In the novels, Tom Bombadil was one of the first encounters the Hobbits had all on their own. This odd encounter turns out to be extremely important later, but we’ll get to that. Tom helps Frodo to free Merry and Pippin from Old Man Willow, only to then invite the travelers back to his home.

Frodo trusted this man so much that he allowed Tom Bombadil to inspect the ring – yes, that ring. The ring notably had no effect on Tom Bombadil. Tom Bombadil saved the Hobbits once more after their parting. Tom is one of those characters that fans love to debate about. Still, no matter how one feels about him, we must all agree that he took care of the Hobbits and they likewise learned a lot from him. Not to mention the items they gained with his help.

1 Barrow-Blades

Since we just talked about Tom Bombadil and his importance to the plot, we may as well cover the other reason Tom Bombadil is important. And this fact has inarguably long-reaching effects. Tom Bombadil is the reason the four Hobbits have Barrow-Blades.Barrow-Blades are the iconic short blades we see the Hobbits carrying in the movies (not Frodo’s, of course). These blades were found in a wight’s barrow, hence the name.

These blades were also known as Daggers of Westernesse, and were forged by those very men. They’re old blades, but they have one unique property to them. You see, these blades were enchanted by an Arthedian weaponsmith. Their purpose? They get around the protections cast upon the Ringwraiths. When Merry stabbed the Witch King during the Battle of Pelennor Fields, he significantly weakened the foe, allowing for Eowyn to strike the killing blow. The focus of this moment in the movies was shifted to Eowyn, diminishing the role that Merry (and thus the blades and Tom Bombadil) played in the movie.

NEXT: 10 Most Controversial Changes Made To LOTR In The Movie Adaptations


2019-03-20 03:03:43

Cat Wyatt

Michael Jackson HBO Doc ‘Leaving Neverland’ Pulled From Air in Russia

The Michael Jackson HBO documentary Leaving Neverland has been pulled from the air in Russia. It’s been just under ten years since The King of Pop passed away, leaving behind a legacy as one of the greatest entertainers of all time. Unfortunately, that legacy was arguably tainted over the years, thanks to Jackson’s often-bizarre public persona and rumors of sexual misconduct.

Beginning in 1993, the rumors of misconduct followed Jackson until his death, despite having settled out of court with his accusers and later being acquitted of further charges in court. With Jackson’s death refocusing public attention on the artist and performer, HBO’s new two-part, four-hour documentary, Leaving Neverland, has changed everything. The film – which details the claims of two of Jackson’s now fully grown, alleged victims – has been stirring up substantial controversy since premiering earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival. HBO is now airing the film around the world, and while some fans aren’t eager to see it, censors in Russia are taking action.

Related: Michael Jackson Estate Posts Concert Film During Controversial HBO Doc Premiere

According to THR, Russian television’s main channel, Channel One, has pulled Leaving Neverland from its schedule, refusing to air the film due to the ongoing scandal between the Jackson estate and accusers, James Safechuck and Wade Robson. The film was originally given a late night slot on Russia’s most-watched TV network, but the controversy has led the network to pull the film and make an official statement. Said Channel One’s spokeswoman, Larisa Krymova:

“The film’s premiere at Sundance and on HBO provoked a controversial public reaction and aggression on the part of both supporters and opponents of the film. In this situation, Channel One made the decision to move the Russian premiere of Leaving Neverland to its website.”

Leaving Neverland will be available for free on Channel One’s website for a brief period of time, so those in Russia who still wish to see the film may do so. However, the TV ban has led some to speculate that the action might have more to do with the Russian state’s notoriously strict censorship laws than with its concern for the parties currently involved in the debate. Other countries have seen strong reactions to the film as well, with fans in England having protested outside the headquarters of the TV network due to broadcasting it. In the United States, the Jackson estate announced late last month that they were suing HBO for $100 million, alleging that the film violates a clause in a 1992 contract between the estate and the network.

There’s no question that with an issue such as this, opinions are going to be strong and wide ranging. The fact that Jackson was the performer he was, whose music and seemingly gentle persona changed the face of pop music, and who died under such sudden and tragic circumstances, amplifies the issue’s emotional charge. Fans and networks alike may disagree on the need to air the documentary, but in the end, it must be made available for all who wish to see it. Jackson may not be here to defend himself, but those of us who are left with questions might just need to consider what Leaving Neverland has to say.

More: Leaving Neverland: 20 Little Known Detail’s About HBO’s Michael Jackson Doc

Source: THR


2019-03-16 03:03:52

Mike Jones

Samuel L. Jackson Wants To Explore More of Nick Fury’s MCU Past

After going back to the ’90s in Captain Marvel, Samuel L. Jackson wants to see more of Nick Fury’s past explored. Ever since making his Marvel Cinematic Universe debut in Iron Man’s stinger, the now former director of S.H.I.E.L.D. has been one of the most frequently used characters, making appearances in some of the MCU’s biggest films. He also had a few guest spots on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in some of the show’s earlier seasons, making him one of a few characters to transition between films and TV.

Throughout all of the appearances, he has yet to have a starring role. His biggest roles so far have been Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which explained a bit of his rise through S.H.I.E.L.D., and The Avengers, which showed why he put all of his belief in the Avengers Initiative. However, it may be Captain Marvel that gives him his most revealing role to date, as fans will get to see a young, desk jockey version of Fury (who still has both eyes). Now that de-aging technology has opened up the door to tell more stories, Jackson wants to keep bringing Fury back in other time periods.

Related: Iron Man 2 Creates A Canon Problem For Nick Fury In Captain Marvel

Jackson spoke to CinemaBlend recently to promote Captain Marvel and they asked him what ideas he had for additional Nick Fury adventures set in the past. Whether it would be his pre-S.H.I.E.L.D. days or when he went undercover after the fall, here are Jackson’s ideas for fleshing out his MCU character:

“Part of his service record and also the fact that he was a spy for a while. Where was he, what was he doing, how did he meet this particular person?… He met Natasha through the whole spy thing, I’d like to explore that a bit. I’d also like to know what he was doing after Winter Soldier when they said go to Europe and find out what’s going on.”

If Jackson is truly interested in exploring more of Nick Fury’s backstory, he may just be in luck. How he met Natasha Romanoff (aka Black Widow) specifically could very well happen soon. Black Widow is reportedly going to be a prequel/origin solo film for Scarlett Johansson that would take place prior to her joining S.H.I.E.L.D. If this is the case, it would be the perfect opportunity for Marvel to show Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye being sent to kill her, deciding not to, and then how Fury meets her and welcomes her into S.H.I.E.L.D.

Even though Jackson may be looking to the past to continue playing Fury, his immediate future is still in the present day. He may or may not actually be in Avengers: Endgame, but Fury will return in Spider-Man: Far From Home later this summer, which picks up after the events of the Phase 3 capper. After that, we don’t know what exactly his future holds, but Disney Plus could be the answer to Jackson’s other interests. Since Marvel’s already mastered the de-aging tech on Fury, they could tell a decade-spanning story of Fury through his own live-action series. It would be able to cover Fury’s days as a soldier and a spy that otherwise may not fit into any planned films. After a decade of being a supporting character, it would be great to finally see Fury be the focus of his own story, and Jackson clearly has ideas, so hopefully Marvel is interested.

More: What Nick Fury’s Been Doing Since Avengers: Age of Ultron

Source: CinemaBlend



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2019-03-01 07:03:09

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Tom Jackson Interview: Cold Pursuit

Canadian First Nation actor Tom Jackson stars alongside Liam Neeson in Cold Pursuit, a subversive and entertaining crime drama about spirals of revenge and the relationships between fathers and their sons. Directed by Hans Petter Moland, Cold Pursuit takes great pleasure in upending audience expectations regarding the tried-and-true trappings of a Liam Neeson action film.

Set in the frigid outlands of the Rocky Mountains region of the United States, Cold Pursuit isn’t shy about wearing its Fargo influence on its sleeve, but also goes to great lengths to add layers of surreal humor and somber characterization to its quirky black comedy formula.

Related: Cold Pursuit Trailer

While promoting the release of Cold Pursuit, Tom Jackson spoke to us about being drawn to the script (written by Frank Baldwin) and shares his own feelings on the film’s central theme, that meeting violence with more reactionary violence is a road to ruin for those on all sides.

In some ways, your very presence in this movie is a spoiler, but it’s so winding, the path that it takes before you are introduced to the story. That script, I feel, is just something that should be treasured. Is that what drew you to the project?

Yes, but it wasn’t my interpretation of the script; it was my wife’s interpretation of the script. It was my wife’s reaction to the script. Her name is Alison, and when you meet her, and you will someday, you’ll be so happy that you met her. But, when she read the script, she belly-laughed. And it’s not that I don’t hear Alison belly-laugh, but when I do, it’s one of the experiences of life that one will take away forever. Unlike a lot of other things, this project is one of those moments that you’ll have stuff that you’ll take away forever, and you’ll experience stuff for the first time, and you’ll go, “Was I actually supposed to laugh at that?” But be brave, and allow yourself to do that! Be “brave,” get it? If you allow yourself to do that, then you’ll realize that there are other things in life that you may not understand until you see them right there in front of you.

This is a remake of the foreign original. I feel like one of the biggest differences is the change in your character from the Serbian/Albanian gang to Native Americans. I imagine that other people were able to look at their analogues from the other version of the film; did you have or not have that luxury?

I did not go looking. I wanted to feel like this was instinctive, that I didn’t want to know the end, I didn’t want to know how it was going. To some degree, I didn’t read whole parts of the script. I got to see the whole story, in real time, as you did when you watched the film for the first time. And I’m glad that I did, because, in the film, there are three films. There are three stories. Other than the secret that you (the viewer) get to know, I don’t actually know that, as a character. And it was great to just be in my world, to be in the world with my “bros.” And I knew most of them. It was great, because over the years, I’ve worked with a lot of different people. It was great to hang out and watch them do their craft and enjoy their humor and how they lifted the dialogue, just simple print, off the page and brought it to life.

You were talking about the three stories, and they’re all stories about fathers and their sons. How do you feel like that permeates the whole movie, each father having a different dynamic with their son? How do you feel that yours is similar or different to the stories of Liam Neeson’s character, or Tom’s character? The other Tom.

I won’t compare the three stories in that fashion, but the overall tone of this film within the context of the arc that I have to follow is based in sorrow and in loss. I, just in general, can’t imagine what that would be like, but I do know this: I do know that we have to figure out how to prevent those kinds of things versus then reacting to those kinds of things. We don’t have to react. We know that we’ll get healthy and we don’t need drugs to do so.

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2019-02-06 01:02:01

Spider-Man: Far From Home First Teaser Poster Spotted At Licensing Expo

Sony’s Spider-Man: Far From Home gets a teaser poster as the promotional image is spotted at the Brand Licensing Europe 2018 event in London. Thanks to a deal between Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios, Peter Parker (Tom Holland) joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Captain America: Civil War. Since then, Holland’s wall-crawling superhero has headlined his own movie in Spider-Man: Homecoming and teamed up with Earth’s Mightiest Heroes in Avengers: Infinity War. Next, Spidey will return for Avengers 4, then the beloved Marvel hero will kick off Phase 4 of the MCU with Spider-Man: Far From Home.

Despite Peter Parker becoming the victim of Thanos’ snap as part of Infinity War’s cliffhanger ending, we know the web-head will return somehow – whether that means Avengers 4 will use time travel, though, remains to be seen. Holland and stars of Homecoming returned to work this summer as Spider-Man: Far From Home has been filming across Europe. Set photos from the Spider-Man sequel have offered looks at MCU characters joining the Sony movie, including Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury and Cobie Smulders’ Maria Hill. Now, a promo poster for Spider-Man: Far From Home has also surfaced.

Related: Every Villain Rumored For Spider-Man: Far From Home

Instagram user Dirtees posted a group of photos from the floor of the Brand Licensing Europe 2018 expo in London, United Kingdom this week. The fourth photo in the post (which can be located by clicking through the series of photos below) features a hanging promotion image for Spider-Man: Far From Home. It appears to be an image of Spider-Man from Homecoming that was repurposed with the Spider-Man: Far From Home movie logo. Take a look at the image below.

Of course, Sony can use images of Spider-Man from Homecoming for the Far From Home posters because Peter Parker is expected to be wearing the same superhero suit. Previously, Holland confirmed Spider-Man will wear the Homecoming suit in the sequel, despite upgrading to the Iron-Spider suit for Infinity War. However, based on Far From Home set photos, Spider-Man will also don a stealth suit that’s all black. Fans have theorized this suit is inspired by Spider-Man Noir, but how exactly Spidey gets the black suit for Far From Home remains to be seen. All we know for now is that Peter Parker will trade in his red and blue costume for something more covert (or, perhaps it’s a separate mode built into the old suit by Tony Stark).

Unfortunately, this Spider-Man: Far From Home promotional poster doesn’t reveal anything new from the movie – neither in terms of the web-head’s suit nor otherwise. That said, with Far From Home set to hit theaters in July 2019, we aren’t too far off from Sony kicking off marketing for the Spider-Man sequel. While there are two MCU movies due in theaters before Far From HomeCaptain Marvel and Avengers 4 – their close release dates mean the marketing pushes for each film will inevitably overlap. Plus, given how secretive Marvel Studios has been with Avengers 4, it’s entirely possible we’ll see some official artwork for Spider-Man: Far From Home even before the Phase 3 capper releases a trailer. For now, fans will have to wait and see – and make due with Holland’s occasional social media reveals and the Spider-Man: Far From Home set photos.

Next: 2019 Will Have The Most Superhero Movies Ever Released

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2018-10-10 02:10:45 – Molly Freeman

New York Comic-Con: 26 Biggest Announcements (And 4 Weirdest Possibilities)

It might not be as big as San Diego Comic-Con, but New York’s pop culture celebration is just as eventful. This year’s New York Comic-Con was littered with scoops. Whether it’s juicy rumors or brand new trailers, there was plenty to see and talk about. Of course, the convention weekend can get a bit overwhelming — the onslaught of news, panels, and footage seems endless. Thankfully, we’ve collected all of this biggest topics for those of you who are lost amidst all of the comic book news.

For this list, we’re going to cover the most important stories of this year’s New York Comic-Con, including some big ones that just happened to drop during the week rather than at the convention itself. The list will even feature a few big rumors that have come out of the con for some good measure — or for those of you who just like some gossip. Even those who attended the convention might have missed some of the major stories, so use this as your post-NYCC guide to recap the weekend as things begin to wind down.

We know it’s difficult to keep track of all this news, especially after the convention weekend. This list should make things a bit easier. Even if you didn’t attend, the bombardment of news is probably still filling your news feed. So after you’re finished watching trailers all day and unpacking your NYCC hauls, settle in and we’ll break everything down for you.

Here are the 26 Biggest Announcements From NYCC (And 4 Weirdest Possibilities).

30 Aquaman’s New/Old Armor

The new Aquaman trailer was the highlight of the weekend for many. It revealed a surprising amount of footage — some would say too much. The extended look — roughly five minutes long — featured a plenty of unseen footage.

Audiences were treated to a sequence involving Arthur and Mera in desert ruins, another look at Atlantis, and even an extended action sequence between the two leads as they are chased by Black Manta. Perhaps the biggest spoiler in the trailer was the reveal of Aquaman’s iconic orange and green outfit.

29 Hellboy First Look

While no footage from the Hellboy panel has been released to the public, convention-goers were treated to a poster reveal and an exclusive first look at the upcoming film.

The panel footage wooed many fans in attendance and featured a tone that balanced the movie’s violence and gore with humor. It saw Hellboy receive his iconic handgun and show off the Hand of Doom, and it highlighted his especially shaky relationship with his ally Ben Daimio.

The trailer’s money shot had Hellboy in all-out demon mode, rising out of a pit sporting a flaming sword and crown.

Hopefully it won’t be long before this footage is released to the public.

28 Bullseye in Daredevil Season 3

Daredevil’s new trailers suggest a return to the grounded crime-noir tones of the first season with some big new developments. The first trailer reveals that not only is Kingpin out of prison, but he appears to design a smear campaign to turn New York against Daredevil.

One of the ways this may be happening is through a Daredevil impostor, who is none other than the hero’s most famous villain, Bullseye. Bullseye is the subject of the second new trailer, exploring his life as a government agent-turned-assassin under the employ of Kingpin.

27 Titans Is Grittier Than The DCEU

Titans has already received flak for the marketing’s seriously dark tone. Now, after the first two episodes were screened for viewers at NYCC, it is getting the same criticism.

Not only does Titans sport the DCEU’s same dark tone, but apparently the show is even more violent than the films.

The footage featuring Robin displayed some extremely violent and lethal combat, complete with the same amount of gore and disrespect for human life one might find in — well, anything but a comic book show. With that said, the show did receive a warm reception from the audience, so maybe Titans has potential after all.

26 Possibility — Will Rick Grimes Survive?

The Walking Dead is losing its lead character this season, with the confirmed departure of Rick Grimes actor Andrew Lincoln. His impending exit has been talked about for months now, but fans still don’t know how his character will be written out of the show. In a new rumor, it seems that Rick Grimes might meet a brutal end.

In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Andrew Lincoln joked that he might not “make it through the credits sequence” teasing Rick’s potential demise. Fans don’t want to say goodbye to Rick, but it will be even harder to do so if he is torn apart by walkers. Can’t somebody get a happy ending on this show?

25 Spock On Star Trek: Discovery

Star Trek fans weren’t left out of the fun this year, with a new trailer for season two of Star Trek: Discovery. The trailer promises a ride that might be just as intense as the first season, with plenty of action, character beats, and visuals so gorgeous that one would think the show had the budget of a feature-length film.

Amidst the sizzle of the trailer is a big reveal — the inclusion of a young, bearded Spock.

The character is supposedly connected to the “Red Angel” visions that Burnham is experiencing, though details on his appearance in the season are still under wraps.

24 First 35 minutes of new Spider-Man movie

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is still a few months out but panel attendees were treated to the first 35 minutes — and apparently what they saw was incredible. Reactions to the NYCC footage is overwhelmingly positive, citing the stylish animation and and lighthearted tone as some of the film’s standout elements. These early reactions come off the back of a new trailer for the film, which shows off several more of the alternate universe versions of Spider-Man.

Of course, this was only the first 35 minutes. Much of the movie is still under wraps and it has a long road ahead of it, being only one of many tentpole releases hitting theaters this December.

23 Deadly Class is coming in 2019

SYFY’s adaptation of the critically acclaimed Deadly Class comic series made a big showing this year. Between the close collaboration with series writer Rick Remender, the promise of intense action, and the Russo brothers at the helm (Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Avengers Infinity War), this long-awaited series has the potential to be a household name.

Not only does the show seem like a contender for the “next big thing” in comic book television, but it finally has a release date.

This was revealed to be January 16 in a new trailer that focuses on the coming-of-age aspect of the anarchic action series.

22 Star Wars’ The Mandalorian

The first image of Jon Favreau’s live-action Star Wars series was released on Thursday, getting fans hyped for the first real TV show in a galaxy far far away. The photo was released alongside new details about the show, namely its title: The Mandalorian.

Set between Return of the Jedi and The Force AwakensThe Mandalorian centers on a warrior from Mandalore travelling across the galaxy. The title character wears the iconic armor that the planet is known for — a costume shared by fan-favorite character Boba Fett. Plenty remains unknown about the series, though it is set to premiere on Disney’s upcoming streaming service.

21 Possibility — Kingpin and Spider-Man Crossover

Marvel fans will rejoice if this rumor comes true — during all of the Daredevil buzz over the convention weekend, Vincent D’Onofrio made a very reassuring tweet.

When a fan tweeted that the world will never see the him as Kingpin in an MCU film, D’Onofrio responded with “Who says?”

Marvel’s Netflix shows have been especially vague in their references to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but having Kingpin show up in a Tom Holland Spider-Man film would be the perfect connection. The chances are slim, but at least there’s hope.

20 Bane On Gotham

Gotham‘s fifth and final season was revealed in a trailer this weekend, promising quite the grand finale. The trailer hints that Gotham will be adapting the classic No Man’s Land comic book story this season, and also teased another big bad.

Actor Shane West has been cast as Bane, one of Batman’s greatest adversaries and one of the only major rogues that the show hasn’t yet adapted. Bane’s appearance so early in Bruce Wayne’s life has been met with mixed reactions among fans, but at least that suggests a bombastic end to the pre-Batman series.

19 The X-Men Go To Space

New York Comic-Con got an extended look at X-Men: Dark Phoenix, despite being subject to what seems like endless delays. The exclusive footage, which still has not been revealed to the public, gave fans a look at the fully-formed X-Men team and their upcoming cosmic adventure.

Highlights of the footage included an argument between Mystique and Professor X, Jean Grey absorbing a solar flare, and the team going on a rescue mission in space.

While most of the movie likely takes place on Earth, it’s nice to know that the movies aren’t above digging into the spacebound shenanigans that the comics do.

18 Penny from The Big Bang Theory is Harley Quinn

Among the many DC Universe announcements this weekend was the trailer for the Harley Quinn animated series, which has taken many fans by surprise. The show looks like a quirky adult comedy with Harley breaking the fourth wall and using foul language.

The show is already being compared to the likes of Deadpool, with positive reactions coming out of NYCC. It also features a great cast, with Kaley Cuoco, Alan Tudyk, Ron Funches, JB Smoove, and Wanda Sykes among the voice talent. It is set to release late in 2019 on the DC Universe streaming service.

17 Umbrella Academy’s Big Debut

Netflix’s adaptation of Gerard Way’s superhero darling The Umbrella Academy came to play during NYCC, with a handful of new images and even a trailer exclusive to the folks at Comic-Con. An Umbrella Academy movie has been in the works for many years, but after the switch to television and some time in development freefall, it finally seems right around the corner.

The series — which consists of a dysfunctional family of superheroes — seems to be maintaining its gothic comic book aesthetic.

The show looks like surreal than its counterpart on the pages, but it already has people excited. Umbrella Academy hits Netflix on February 15, 2019.

16 Doctor Who First Reactions

Those who attended the Doctor Who panel were in for quite the event. The attendees got to see the premiere of the new season as well as have an in-depth talk with the season’s Doctor, Jodie Whittaker. The audience’s response to the episode was ecstatic to say the least, and that sentiment seems to be shared by viewers around the world.

Not only was the show a critical hit, but its viewer ratings were record-breaking. The premiere episode “The Woman Who Fell to Earth” peaked at 9 million viewers, which the highest the show has ever had! Sounds like the new season of Doctor Who is off to a fantastic start.

15 Odin’s true form in American Gods season 2

Last year’s adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods was a massive hit and the trailer for the new season looks just as enticing.  Shadow Moon and Mr. Wednesday are back on their surreal fantasy roadtrip, accompanied by even more colorful characters and bizarre, unsettling visuals.

The footage teases a war between Mr. Wednesday and Mr. World, with an especially striking shot of Wednesday in his true form: Odin. 

American Gods is a trippy, gorgeous series that many may have missed last year, and with such a great-looking sequel on the way, now might be the time to go back and binge. The second seasons drops in 2019.

14 Possibility — Sabrina/Riverdale Crossover

A full trailer for Chilling Adventures of Sabrina hit the web early last week, revealing a spooky-yet-fun adaptation of the comics, as well as a revival of the late ’90s sitcom. Sadly, Archie fans will be disappointed to hear that Sabrina is not currently attached to the hit CW series, Riverdale.

While the Sabrina was originally set to appear on the CW as Riverdale’s companion show (much like CW’s Arrowverse), the move to Netflix seems to have stifled the idea. Still, Sabrina showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa is holding out hope for a potential crossovers so that the original plan can come to fruition.

13 George R. R. Martin’s new show

Those of you eagerly awaiting Game of Thrones… well, we don’t have any good news for you. But, if you want more content from the mind of George R.R. Martin, an adaptation of his book Nightflyers has received a new trailer and a first-episode premiere at New York Comic-Con.

The sci-fi thriller follows a crew they struggle to survive on their space mission.

Not everything is as it seems on the vessel, as the show promises some solid horror scares as well as a character-driven story. The show doesn’t officially premiere until December 2nd, but at least sci-fi horror fans have something to look forward to.

12 She-Ra And The Princesses’ LGBT rep

Dreamworks Animation has been launching hit after hit lately — between shows like Trollhunters and Voltron: Legendary Defender, their work has earned them much success on Netflix. The newest series from the studio, She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, dropped a poster and teaser trailer at New York Comic-Con that looks like promising fun for young viewers.

The reboot of the ’80s television show sports new cartoony visuals, witty humor, and a diverse cast of characters — even including a same gender couple. While the show’s initial reveal was met with some backlash, the trailer seems infectiously pleasant and fun.

11 Matt Bomer stars in DC’s Doom Patrol

While Titans got plenty of attention at NYCC, the next DC Universe original series got a brief first look. Doom Patrol is set to release next spring, but panel attendees were show some exclusive photos of Brendan Fraser’s character, Robotman. Fraser appeared at the panel and talked through the first look.

Seeing as Doom Patrol is currently filming, it shouldn’t be long before official footage hits the web.

The Robotman design look remarkably accurate to the comics, which has gotten many fans even more excited for the obscure property’s TV adaptation. Supplementing this news was the casting of Matt Bomer as Negative Man — another big name

10 The Spawn Trilogy

Fans hoping for a Spawn trailer at NYCC were out of luck this weekend, but series creator Todd McFarlane spoke at length about his plans for the newly rebooted movie. McFarlane explained that he envisions an ambitious trilogy of Spawn movies, with each one visually and tonally distinct from the last.

The first film might be described as a kind of existential horror-superhero film, with characters wondering if what they see is even real. While the project is still a ways off, the Jamie Foxx-led vehicle is going to emphasize the dark tones of the book with a hard R-rating, as well as cater to the now-older readers of the comic series.

9 DC Universe Streaming Plans

DC Comics and Warner Bros wanted to spotlight their DC Universe streaming service at this year’s NYCC, several small news breaks on he various related properties. Not only did they show footage of Titans, Doom Patrol, and Harley Quinn, but they also revealed the service’s content release schedule over the coming year.

While no specific dates were given, the timeline depicts various release windows for the service’s different original series.

While Young Justice: Outsiders seems to have been split into two parts, Doom Patrol will drop next spring followed by Swamp Thing in the summer, with both Stargirl and Harley Quinn dropping next fall.

8 Pet Sematary First Look

Horror fans might not have had much to talk about at Comic-Con, but during the convention some promo images dropped for the reboot of a Stephen King classic. The first images of the Pet Sematary remake were released, featuring Jason Clarke, John Lithgow, and Amy Seimetz.

The best image of the bunch comes in the form of the Creed family cat, Church, looking meaner and mangier than ever.

While an evil cat may not be the scariest thing you’ll find in Pet Sematary, it’s a nice preview of the Stephen King spookiness to come, especially after the success of 2017’s It. Pet Sematary is set for release on April 5, 2019.

7 Runaways Season 2 Footage

A new trailer for the second season of Runaways shows that the series has moved way past high school drama, and further into superhero action territory. The trailer features the Runaways’ comic book hideout, huge action set-pieces, and plenty of superpowers to go around.

Highlights of the trailer include a kiss between Nico and Karolina, a battle on an airport runway, and a glimpse at Gert’s pet dinosaur Old Lace. The first season of the show was a quiet hit among the newer Marvel properties, but this season promises a much deeper dive into the superhero genre that fans of the series are have been waiting for.

6 How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

One reveal snuck in towards the end of Comic-Con — a very short trailer for How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World. Although very brief, the trailer is made up of all-new footage.

The trailer consists of baby Hiccup in his father’s arms as he is told about the legendary world of dragons.

During his father’s narration, the titular Hidden World is given a brief tease as hundreds of dragons flutter across a cavernous landscape. It ends with a shot of Hiccup and Toothless overlooking a town covered in dragons. It’s not as extensive as the film’s last trailer, but it might hold fans over until the film’s release on February 22, 2019.

5 Good Omens Trailer

It’s a great year for Neil Gaiman lovers as they got not one, but two different Gaiman projects revealed at NYCC. First was the second season of American Gods, and now Amazon’s adaptation of Good Omens. 

The trailer for the new series pits Michael Sheen and David Tennant against each other as an angel and a demon who must join forces in order to prevent the apocalypse. The dark subject matter is contrasted by the show’s whimsical tone and David Tennant’s devilish charisma. It sets up what looks to be a very fun buddy comedy about he end of the world.

4 First 25 Minutes Of Peter Jackson’s Mortal Engines

Fans of director Peter Jackson were treated to the first 25 minutes of his next project, Mortal Engines, at this year’s New York Comic-Con. Mortal Engines is another expansive world, like the Tolkien material that Jackson has worked with before, but with a post-apocalyptic twist.

The most talked about elements of the footage were the massive scale of the world and the jaw-dropping visuals.

The Mortal Engines footage introduces viewers to Hester, a girl who lives in a world that was ravaged by the “60 Minute War” that destroyed civilization. Now the world consists of giant cities on wheels that fight each other. Audiences won’t see it for themselves until December 14.

3 The Boys Teaser Trailer

Amazon’s adaptation of Garth Ennis’s hyper-violent superhero comic The Boys has finally been revealed with a brief teaser trailer . The teaser features a public service announcement from Vought International, a company that facilitates the operation of the Seven, this world’s league of superheroes. At the end of the PSA, the titular Boys can be seen sitting on a couch, rudely gesturing to their televisions.

The Boys is already setting itself apart from the traditonal superhero fare, and with good reason — the series is about a team of people who keep out-of-control superheroes in check– by blackmailing them, stealing from them, and beating them up. It’s extremely adult-oriented and it already looks like fun.

2 Voltron Ends in December

The release date and synopsis for the eighth and final season of Voltron was revealed at New York Comic-Con, finally bringing the critically acclaimed Netflix series to a close.

The last season will feature the final battle between the Paladins and Witch Haggar.

A few promo images were released as well — one featuring the villain Honerva and another depicting the Voltron Paladins in a control room with Shiro commanding the gang in a background role. While no footage was shown at NYCC, the release date was confirmed to be December 14. The show’s final season will premiere on Netflix.

1 Possibility — Avengers 4 Titled “Avengers: Annihilation”

This rumor went viral during the weekend of NYCC — “Avengers: Annihilation” may or may not be the name of the still untitled Avengers 4. Speculation over the film’s name has driven fans mad in recent months, with “Annihilation” being yet another choice amidstthe rumored titles titles like “Avengers: Forever”, “Avengers: Endgame”, and “The Last Avenger”.

Annihilation comes from the name comic storyline of the same name, though it bears few similarities to the Infinity Gauntlet story that the films are adapting. Seriously, Marvel, just call it “Avengers: Assemble” and get it over with already. Don’t keep us waiting!

What announcements from New York Comic-Con excite you the most? Make sure to leave a comment before you go to share your thoughts!



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2018-10-08 07:10:26 – Jonathan Figueroa

Spider-Man & Nick Fury Go Boating in New Far From Home Set Photo

A brand new Spider-Man: Far From Home set photo features Tom Holland’s headlining hero and Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury cruising on a speedboat. Directed by Spider-Man: Homecoming helmsman Jon Watts, the upcoming sequel will be the MCU’s first entry in its still-mysterious Phase 4. Set after the events of Avengers 4, plot details regarding the movie are still being tightly kept under wraps, considering that next year’s Phase 3 culmination will serve as its narrative launching pad. That said, the follow-up will be bigger in scale, with the young hero traveling around Europe with his high school friends for a vacation. But with several bad guys lurking around – like the returning Vulture, Hydro-Man, Chameleon, Molten Man, and the movie’s apparent primary antagonist, Mysterio – it doesn’t seem like he’ll have much downtime.

Both Peter and Fury suffered the same fate in Avengers: Infinity War – snuffed out from existence following Thanos’ deadly snap. But with Avengers 4 expected to bring back most, if not all the heroes who were affected by the galactic genocide, the two will be resurrected one way or another,  thanks to the upcoming efforts of the core Avengers and the help of Ant-Man and Captain Marvel. After the MCU’s crisis at hand is finally resolved, the two (alongside Cobie Smulder’s Maria Hill) will work together to contain a brand new threat in Far From Home.

Related: Vincent D’Onofrio Won’t Rule Out Kingpin In MCU Spider-Man Movies

This latest set photo featuring Spidey and Fury comes courtesy of Twitter user fangirlonloose_. Taken during one of the filming days in Venice, the image features Peter Parker (sporting his arachnid alter-ego’s suit) and the former head of S.H.I.E.LD. cruising on a river aboard a speedboat. Check out the image below:

Far From Home began production in the U.K. back in July, and Venice was the last stop on its European filming leg before returning back to the U.S. to shoot more in New York and Los Angeles. So far, most filming has been done on location, resulting in a slew of set photos that give fans a peek at what the sequel might look like, including a look at Mysterio – supposedly played by Jake Gyllenhaal. A previously leaked video revealed Fury with Maria Hill, but this is the first time that he’s been spotted on the set sharing a scene with Spider-Man.

Not much can be deciphered from the photo, but it appears like Fury came to Spider-Man’s rescue, with the boat functioning as a getaway vessel. It also backs up theories that Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D. (or the mysterious organization he’s currently working with) have taken in the young hero, with a separate set image revealing that Peter’s brand new stealth suit could be from the agency. Considering Fury’s now watching out for Peter’s well-being, many are speculating that Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) may bite the bullet in Avengers 4, since he seems to no longer be involved in Peter’s solo missions.  Otherwise, if he’s still alive, it’s odd that Stark wouldn’t have anything to do with his mentee, especially since both Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) and Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau) are believed to appear in Spider-Man: Far From Home.

More: Mysterio Costume Photo Reveals Closer Look & Comics Accurate Colors

Source:  fangirlonloose_





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2018-10-06 05:10:31 – Ana Dumaraog