James Bond 25 Official Cast, Writers, Synopsis & Locations Revealed

James Bond 25 has finally gotten an official cast and team of writers. It’s been nearly 57 years now since Sean Connery made his debut as 007 in 1962’s Dr. No, in the process kicking off one of the most lucrative (and long running) film series of all time. More than half a dozen actors have played James Bond in the years since then, beginning with Connery and carrying on through to stars like Roger Moore, Pierce Brosnan, and most recently Daniel Craig, starting in 2006.

As popular as Craig’s take on Bond has been, however, his movies have been a bit of a roller coaster in quality, going from the highs of Casino Royale and Skyfall to the lows of Quantum of Solace and Spectre. For that reason, there’s been extra pressure on Bond 25 – which will mark Craig’s final apperance as 007 – to deliver the goods. This may account for the film’s creative struggles in pre-production, which include a change in director from Oscar-winner Danny Boyle to the equally prestigous choice of Cary Fukunaga (Jane Eyre, Beasts of No Nation).

Related: James Bond Producers Want Scottish Actor as Next 007

In the time since he signed on, Fukunaga has reportedly recruited Rami Malek to play the movie’s villain, gotten early production going, and hired Phoebe Waller-Bridge (FleabagKilling Eve) to punch up the screenplay. Now, thanks to this morning’s livestream reveal by Eon Productions, Bond 25‘s official cast includes returning players Léa Seydoux, Ralph Fiennes, Jeffrey Wright, Ben Whisaw, Rory Kinnear, and Naomie Harris, in addition to series newcomers Ana de Armas (Blade Runner 2049), Billy Magnussen (Game Night), Dali Benssalah (Nox), Lashana Lynch (Captain Marvel), David Dencik (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), and Malek. Waller-Bridge was also confirmed as a writer, along with Scott Z. Burns (Contagion), and franchise veterans Neal Purvis and Robert Wade. However, the film is still without a title for the time being.

Fukunaga further revealed that, when the film picks up, Bond is not in active service and starts his journey in Jamaica. It only makes sense, considering that Spectre ended with James and Madeleine (Seydoux) driving off together for destinations unknown. The director also confirmed that production on Bond 25 has already begun in Norway and that shooting will later take place in Italy, in addition to the sound stage and location work in the UK. This lines up with a previous report that claimed Bond 25 will feature a massive action sequence in Southern Italy, possibly even the movie’s climax. The plot summary was later unveiled online, along with the news that IMAX is partnering with MGM on the film:

“Bond has left active service and is enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica. His peace is short-lived when his old friend Felix Leiter from the CIA turns up asking for help. The mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist turns out to be far more treacherous than expected, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.”

Between the returning cast and new additions, it sounds like the plan is for Bond 25 to serve as a proper conclusion to Craig’s run on the franchise, while still providing all the globe-trotting action, extravagant locales, and (hopefully, memorable) A-grade supporting players that audiences have come to expect from the Bond property. It’s been a bit of a hectic journey following the project’s development (recall that Spectre came out about three and a half years now), but so far the film seems to have come together nicely, with a talented director and ensemble joining Craig on his final mission. Here’s to hoping that Bond 25 ultimately delivers the good when it hits the scene next April.

NEXT: Everything You Need to Know About Bond 25

Source: Eon Productions

2019-04-25 05:04:07

Sandy Schaefer

Jeopardy Champion James Holzhauer Is Breaking Records & Still Going

Jeopardy! Champion, James Holzhauer, is breaking all records on the trivia game show – and he shows no sign of slowing down. Iconic and perdurable Jeopardy!, consisting of host Alex Trebek and blue box panels, has sported a fair share of champions over the years. However, Holzhauer’s current reign is game-changing.

Created by Merv Griffin, the show consists of presenting contestants with clues in the forms of answers, to which players must phrase their responses in the form of a question. A household staple and the most recognized game show of all time, the series has been in syndication for 35 seasons. Jeopardy! has become a Hollywood A-lister itself, being featured in a slew of films and TV shows, including, The Golden Girls, SNL, and Family Guy. A seemingly tame form of entertainment, Jeopardy! has made waves in the headlines over the years with a mid-game marriage proposal, a contestant winning with just $1, and the recent shock of Trebek’s cancer diagnosis. Now, a contestant’s winning streak is drawing in as much attention as his earnings.

Related: Jeopardy! Makes Streaming Debut On Hulu 

According to USA Today, the 34-year-old professional sports gambler from Las Vegas James Holzhauer recently became the second person ever to surpass $1 million in non-tournament play. The contestant caused viewers to notice him early on by winning $131,127 in a single game. While there does appear to be strategy involved, Holzhauer also possesses encyclopedic trivia knowledge. Using his coined term, “All the chips,” while making bets, the contestant seems optimistic about taking risks. Perhaps the biggest question of Jeopardy! – not from a blue box – is what formula he is following to make his gameplay a dominant force. Eddie Timanus, a five-time winner on Jeopardy!, has analyzed his strategy:

“First and foremost, a successful Jeopardy! player has to have a broad trivia knowledge base. Of equal if not greater importance, however, is a contestant’s ability to master the buzzer, or, to use its proper name, the signaling device. According to statistics compiled by Andy Saunders at, Holzhauer successfully rang in first nearly 57 percent of the time through his first 14 wins. That’s a phenomenal percentage with two other competitors trying to do the same. But it’s his approach to the board that’s made him a true game-changer. While many players, myself included, prefer to play categories from top to bottom and try to stick to them, Holzhauer clears the big-dollar clues first. Thanks to his ability to ring in first consistently and rarely miss, he usually has a considerable total built up by the time he uncovers a daily double.”

As it stands, the reigning Jeopardy! champion is Ken Jennings, who tapped out at just over 2.5 million in 74 games. Jennings was dethroned after providing the wrong answer to a question about taxes. While Holzhauer is on track to surpass Jennings at this rate, there is no telling what question will stump the champion. Holzhauer has attributed his vast array of knowledge to children’s literature – claiming those books were easier to dive into than adult reference books. For those worried about Holzhauer’s winnings breaking the show’s bank, the streak is causing viewers to tune in more than ever, which has boosted advertising sales.

Jeopardy! is America’s favorite game show for numerous reasons. With beloved father-figure Trebek behind the podium, wholesome entertainment, and nuggets of knowledge, the program has become more than just a game show to its viewers. Jeopardy! has become part of the family during its syndication and welcomed into the homes of millions. Holzhauer’s current winning streak has breathed new excitement into the show, and amid a rocky season after Trebek’s cancer diagnosis, it is reminding viewers why they tune in in the first place. Holzhauer and Jeopardy! do not appear to be dwindling anytime soon.

Next: Jeopardy! Reportedly Searching For Alex Trebek’s Replacement

Source: USA Today

2019-04-25 02:04:46

Bethany Guerrero

Salem’s Lot Adaptation Moving Forward, James Wan Producing

Hollywood’s reignited love affair with Stephen King continues, as New Line prepares to adapt Salem’s Lot for theaters, with James Wan producing. While King has regularly seen his projects get selected for adaptation on both the big and small screens throughout his long writing career, the last few years have seen a huge resurgence in the amount of King-based movies and TV shows in the works. The biggest hit so far has been 2017’s IT, which did nothing but prove that putting all these King things in development wasn’t a mistake.

More recently, Paramount adapted Pet Sematary for the big screen, after the novel had been first adapted to film in 1989. The new Pet Sematary drew mixed reviews from critics, but was a good investment financially, now nearing the $100 million mark worldwide on a budget of $21 million. It’s by no means an IT-sized success, but few films are, and movies based on King have always been hit or miss.

Related: Every Upcoming Stephen King Movie In Development

Now, THR reports that Warner Bros. and its sub-studio New Line – the makers of IT – have greenlit a new movie adaptation of King’s vampire novel Salem’s Lot. The story centers on writer Ben Mears, who returns to the seemingly quiet little town of Jerusalem’s Lot after having suffered a traumatic experience as a child. Unfortunately, powerful undead bloodsucker Kurt Barlow soon shows up to make the town his. Modern horror master James Wan will produce, from a script by New Line’s go-to horror scribe Gary Dauberman, writer of IT and its sequel, as well as several Conjuring universe entries.

This will be Salem’s Lot first trip to the big screen, but it’s twice before been adapted for TV as a miniseries. The first and by far more famous of the two came in 1979, directed by Texas Chainsaw Massacre helmer Tobe Hooper, and starring Starsky and Hutch’s David Soul as Ben Mears. This version changed King’s quite verbose Barlow into a Nosferatu-esque snarling beast. TNT’s 2004 adaptation starred Rob Lowe as Ben and cast Rutger Hauer as a more book-accurate Barlow, but has mostly faded into obscurity.

The new Salem’s Lot movie is in the early stages, so it’s unclear how closely those involved plan to stick to King’s text. Director Andy Muschietti’s IT deviated in large ways from the book, and proved successful, so audiences will certainly accept changes if they work well. Also unclear is who will direct the project, although Wan would seem like an obvious choice. If he’s unavailable, perhaps Dauberman himself could. His directorial debut, Annabelle Comes Home, hits theaters this summer.

More: Every Stephen King Movie Ranked, From Worst To Best

Source: THR

2019-04-23 04:04:29

Michael Kennedy

James Gunn’s Suicide Squad 2 Eyes John Cena For Unknown Role

John Cena appears to be joining James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad. The former WWE star has been making the transition to Hollywood over the last several years, hoping to find the same level of success that Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and Dave Bautista have had. His first major role came in 2009’s 12 Rounds, but it did not result in him becoming a major action star right away.

Instead of being pigeonholed into being the larger than life, indestructible hero, Cena has more recently found most of his success with more comedically inclined roles. He made small appearances in Amy Schumer’s Trainwreck, both Daddy’s Home movies, and the Tina Fey and Amy Poehler comedy Sisters. He recently got the chance to star in Blockers and joined the franchise world with Bumblebee. These were both successful turns for him, and now he’s using it to join a superhero franchise.

Related: Why Suicide Squad 2 Is NOT A Reboot

Variety is reporting that Cena is in talks to play an undisclosed role in James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad. He would be the second new cast member to join, after Idris Elba previously joined the project. This report further confirms that Margot Robbie will return as Harley Quinn, as will Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang. UPDATE: Variety‘s Justin Kroll shared on Twitter that Cena’s role is the same one originally intended for Bautista (who passed due to scheduling) and that it is believed to be Peacemaker.

This is not the first time that Gunn has brought a former WWE star aboard one of his superhero projects, as he notably gave Dave Bautista his breakout role as Drax in Guardians of the Galaxy. Bautista has used the popularity of that character to become one of the busiest actors in Hollywood, and if everything goes well, this unknown role in The Suicide Squad could be another launching point for Cena’s acting career. Bautista and Cena could even share the screen here, as Bautista was previously reported to be in line to make an appearance of his own.

Even though this report does not add any details on his character, a previously revealed Suicide Squad team lineup does at least give us a few realistic options. The one that may suit Cena the most is Peacemaker, but that is also the role that Bautista was rumored to be playing. Since that is not yet confirmed, Cena fits the same mold and is now reportedly in talks to join, while Bautista has most recently joined Zack Snyder’s new movie and could make it difficult for him to also appear here. If it isn’t Peacemaker, Cena could also potentially play King Shark. This role could require less from Cena if the giant shark is made with CGI, but Cena may also have the necessary build to try and do the character practically.

That all said, there is also the chance that Cena is playing a character who previously was not said to be in the movie. Gunn is still rewriting the script and is still making big changes, like making Elba play a new character instead of taking over as Deadshot. Regardless of who he ends up playing, Cena’s comedic and action ability make him a great fit for Gunn’s usual style and gives The Suicide Squad another recognizable name to increase interest.

MORE: Suicide Squad 2’s New Characters Explained

Source: Variety

2019-04-17 11:04:42

Cooper Hood

X-Men’s James Marsden Open to His Cyclops Joining the MCU

Actor James Marsden is open to his X-Men character joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Marsden had been acting since the early ’90s, but one of his biggest roles came in 2000 when he was hired to play Scott Summers in Bryan Singer’s X-Men. Marsden returned to the role several times over the years, including the sequels X2: X-Men UnitedX-Men: The Last Stand, and X-Men: Days of Future Past.

Marsden has played a recurring role in 20th Century Fox’s X-Men series, but there have also been several movies that the actor hasn’t been a part of. There is, of course, Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine trilogy, which consisted of X-Men: Origins Wolverine, The Wolverine, and Logan. Marsden also hasn’t played a role in Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool movies or the prequel films X-Men: First Class and X-Men: Apocalypse. Needless to say, Fox has been going in a new direction with their X-Men films in recent years, which hasn’t found a need for Marsden’s Cyclops (replacing him with Tye Sheridan). That being said, Marsden is open to returning to the role.

Related: Dark Phoenix Footage Description: X-Men & Mutant Brotherhood Fight Scene

After being asked by Comicbook, Marsden seemed more than willing to return to the role of Cyclops, if and when his character gets introduced to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. After being asked about the possibility of him joining the MCU, Marsden commented, “Sure, I’d be down. I think that world, there just are no rules. You can do whatever you want. If there’s some iteration down the line where we’re involved… that’s been a special thing to be a part of for a good period of my life and I love those fans and I love playing that character, so yeah, I’d be totally open to that.”

The past ten years have no doubt been a huge decade for superhero movies. Thanks to Marvel Studios, several famous superheroes have been brought to the big screen. That being said, several other movie studios have made superhero flicks with the characters they hold the rights to as well. 20th Century Fox has held the rights to two of the most famous superhero teams, Fantastic Four and X-Men, but with Disney acquiring 20th Century Fox, these characters could one day be introduced to the MCU. Even with Marsden’s willingness to return to Cyclops, he more than likely won’t get the opportunity to play the character in the MCU.

Like most characters that have been adopted into the MCU, Disney’s X-Men movies will likely recast the famous mutants and reboot their storylines. In fact, Deadpool looks to be the only X-Men character that will transition over to Disney. This year, Avengers: Endgame is thought to be wrapping up several characters’ storylines, but that doesn’t mean the X-Men will be introduced to the MCU right away. Disney likely won’t release a new X-Men movie until 2021 at the earliest, but they could still tease or introduce X-Men characters in their upcoming films. Even if Disney does introduce Cyclops into the MCU in the next few years, Marsden likely won’t return to his iconic role for these reasons.

More: Marvel Finally Explains The Secret of ROGUE’s Power

Source: Comicbook

2019-04-07 10:04:37

Christopher Fiduccia

Zachary Levi Turns James Corden Into Shazam! In Late Late Show Video

Shazam! star Zachary Levi helped James Corden live out his superhero dream by turning him into a bad Shazam in a hilarious Late Late Show video. First appearing in Whiz Comics #2 under the name Captain Marvel, the superhero Shazam has lasted through multiple comic book, movie and TV iterations over the decades, and is now joining the DC movie universe with his own comedic superhero movie.

Directed by David F. Sandberg, Shazam! stars Asher Angel as Billy Batson, a tough-talking foster kid who’s transformed by a wizard into an adult with super powers (played by Zachary Levi). Because Shazam is a teenage kid in an adult’s body (with super powers to boot), things take a decidedly humorous turn in this particular DCEU entry. Critics have thus far been kind to Shazam!, which currently carries a 92 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. For once critics and regular fans seem to agree on a movie, as Shazam! also carries a 90 percent audience rating on RT.

Related: Shazam’s After-Credits Scenes Explained

With Shazam! set to hit theaters this weekend, hoping to drum up some good numbers in the few weeks before Avengers: Endgame arrives to stomp all the competition, star Levi hit up The Late Late Show with James Corden for some comedic hijinks. In a fun little bit starring Levi and Corden, the Shazam! star helps the late night host realize his dream of becoming a superhero by turning him into Shazam. Naturally, things do not go quite as Corden expected. See the clip below:

As the video teaches us, just having a superhero costume doesn’t automatically make you a superhero. Corden may look the part of Shazam but finds out he can’t even tear a thin paper script in half. As for super-speed, Corden can’t run any faster than he could before he allegedly became Shazam. Adding to the hilarity, when Corden tries calling on his powers by saying the magic word “Shazam!,” it only causes him to grow a long, comical beard. In a twist ending, the beard proves amazingly useful in helping Corden achieve true superhero cred by apprehending a criminal.

Levi’s natural comic gifts come in handy in the clip with Corden, as they do in Shazam! itself, which has been described as the Superbad of superhero movies. Of course, Shazam! continues the trend of the DCEU moving away from the darkness and grittiness of the Zack Snyder movies and toward a tone that’s much lighter and much less serious. As last year’s Aquaman proved, with its $1.1 billion box office haul, there’s absolutely a market for DC movies that dial back the seriousness and pile on the humor. Aquaman of course also brought spectacle, an element that looks to be in short supply in the relatively modest Shazam!.

It remains to be seen if audiences will further embrace the sillier side of DC with Shazam!, but if they don’t like it, there’s always the apparently horrifically dark Joaquin Phoenix Joker to bring them back to the darkness.

More: Everything We Know About Shazam 2

Source: The Late Late Show With James Corden

2019-04-05 11:04:21

Dan Zinski

Viola Davis Reportedly Returning for James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad

Viola Davis is reportedly returning as Amanda Waller for James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad. While Gunn’s DC Extended Universe movie has been described as a “total reboot” of the property by producer Peter Safran, it’s becoming increasingly clear that’s not really the case. So far, Margot Robbie and Jai Courtney are both set to reprise their respective roles from David Ayer’s Suicide Squad (Harley Quinn and Captain Boomerang) in Gunn’s film. Meanwhile, Will Smith was planning to reprise his role as Deadshot in Gunn’s movie, but had to pass due to a scheduling conflict, and has since been replaced by Idris Elba.

The Suicide Squad comic books revolve around a rotating roster of incarcerated super-villains who are recruited by the government to carry out jobs that are deemed too dangerous or illicit for DC’s superheroes to execute, with the promise of reduced jail sentences for their efforts (if they survive). As the team title implies, these missions have a tendency to get its members killed, and only a handful end up actually living to fight another day. Of course, their boss Amanda Waller is a constant, and it looks like the DCEU movies will follow suit in that respect.

Related: Why James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad is NOT a Reboot

The Wrap is reporting that Waller will reprise her role as Waller from Ayer’s Suicide Squad for Gunn’s movie, based on intel from a source close to the project. Assuming that’s the case, it shouldn’t be too long before either Davis or Warner Bros. confirms the news.

As poorly as Ayer’s Suicide Squad fared with critics, it was a big box office success (grossing $747 million at the global box office) and featured a motley crew of characters that, for the most part, audiences seemed to like. That was certainly the case with Davis as Waller, who did a great job of capturing the character’s ruthless nature in a relatively limited amount of screen-time. Waller, as indicated earlier, is a bit like the Nick Fury to the Suicide Squad’s Avengers in the comic books, so it only makes sense for the character to appear in The Suicide Squad in some capacity. And seeing as the movie is shaping up to be more of a soft reboot than anything else (WB Chairman Toby Emmerich even called it Suicide Squad 2 at the studio’s CinemaCon presentation this week), there’s absolutely no reason to not have Davis come back and tackle the role again.

Of course, those who bit the dust in Ayer’s movie (RIP Slipknot and El Diablo) won’t be coming back for The Suicide Squad, so there will have to be some fresh additions to the lineup in Gunn’s film. It’s been reported that the new recruits will include obscure characters like Polka-Dot Man and Peacemaker, as well as super-villains like The Flash‘s King Shark. But again, knowing Waller, there’s a very good chance that she’ll end up sending one or more of these newcomers to the grave with whatever mission she’s got planned next for The Suicide Squad.

MORE: Every DC Movie Confirmed For After Shazam!

Source: The Wrap

2019-04-05 09:04:57

Sandy Schaefer

Vin Diesel Seemingly Reveals He Has A Role In James Cameron’s Avatar Sequels

Fast and Furious star Vin Diesel has seemingly revealed he has a role in James Cameron’s Avatar sequels. Released in 2009, the original Avatar became the all-time box office champion with $2.7 billion in worldwide grosses. Director James Cameron hopes to repeat or even surpass the impact of that groundbreaking film by releasing not one but four sequels, all of which are currently in production.

The first of Cameron’s four Avatar sequels, reportedly titled The Way of Water, will up the ante on the original by taking audiences under the waves of Pandora’s oceans to meet a new race called the reef people. Of course, the original movie’s main characters will also figure into the action, with a story involving the children of Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) and his Na’vi bride Neytiri (Zoe Saldana). The new films will also pick up the original movie’s themes of man vs. nature, as Pandora again finds itself menaced by the evil human corporate entities bent on pillaging the planet for its resources.

Related: The Avatar Sequels Are A Very Good Thing For Star Wars

With the four Avatar sequels reportedly set to kick off shooting of live-action scenes this spring, Cameron has added another big-name actor to the cast in Fast and Furious star Vin Diesel. The actor himself revealed the surprise casting in a video posted to Instagram, with Cameron joining Diesel for the reveal. In the clip, the two joke about the “Manhattan Project” level secrecy of the film shoot and say they’ll have to use the Men in Black flashy thing on the audience so they don’t remember what they’ve seen. In the background behind them can be glimpsed a lot of equipment but not very much that will serve as spoilers to the untrained eye. See the clip below:

In the clip, Diesel talks with a lot of pride about finally getting to work with Cameron after years of wanting to make the collaboration happen. Diesel’s arrival in the Avatar universe is of course not the first time the actor has tackled sci-fi, as he previously starred in Pitch Black and its two follow-up Riddick movies (the third Riddick movie has not yet arrived to round out the trilogy, but maybe Cameron can help Diesel make that happen now). The actor also has experience working on CG-heavy roles, having voiced the character of Groot in the MCU. Diesel obviously is best known for his roles in more earthbound action movies from the Fast and Furious series to the xXx films. He’s also set to kick off another new potential franchise with the lead role in the Valiant Comics adaptation Bloodshot.

Diesel of course is not ready to reveal anything specific about his role in the Avatar sequels, so it’s not known if he’ll be playing a human character or a Na’vi or some other alien entity. The actor’s presence in the film does however help build up its international prospects, as Diesel is a huge star overseas thanks to the Fast and Furious movies. It remains to be seen how exactly Diesel will lend his talents to Cameron’s ever-expanding Avatar universe.

More: Avatar 2 News: Every Update You Need To Know

Source: Vin Diesel

2019-04-04 08:04:28

Dan Zinski

Netflix Orders Adult Animated Series Described As Gay James Bond

Netflix has ordered an adult animated series called Q-Force, which is described as gay James Bond. The original James Bond series, which officially kicked off with Ian Fleming’s 1953 novel Casino Royale, was a fourteen-novel series that later expanded to something of a cinematic empire, with twenty-four films to its name and a twenty-fifth on the way.

Throughout the years since Sean Connery first portrayed the super-spy known as 007 in 1962’s Dr. No, the James Bond franchise has gone through substantial highs and lows. Perhaps one of the biggest ongoing debates has been the appointment of a black James Bond – in this case, the possibility of Idris Elba taking over from current Bond, Daniel Craig. Regardless of how much momentum or support this talking point gets, however, the concept of altering Bond’s sexual orientation or gender has never been considered a plausible change for a new Bond who’s entering into a new era. As a matter of fact, the idea of an LGTBQ action hero in any capacity has received scant support, especially during this time of original streaming content and providers. Until now, that is…

Related: Pierce Brosnan Talks Gay James Bond: ‘Why Not’?

According to TV Line, Netflix has just commit to ten episodes of Q-Force, an adult-themed animated comedy about a team of LGTBQ superspies who are led by a handsome, James Bond-esque secret agent. The new series is the brainchild of Will & Grace star Sean Hayes and Brooklyn Nine-Nine producer Mike Schur. At present time, there are rumors floating around that Hayes will also voice Q-Force’s lead character, though Netflix has yet to confirm this.

As a team of superspies, Q-Force are regularly underestimated by their colleagues and are constantly working to prove themselves, despite having an excellent history of getting the job done. In addition to the regular obstacles the team faces, they also deal with their own personal challenges as a part of the LGTBQ community. Although it currently doesn’t sound as if there’s a lot of room here for comedy, the series will likely be striving for that comfortable middle-ground between delivering an honest portrayal of real life LGTBQ issues and the laughs that can be found by turning a traditionally hetero-dominant genre on its head. It’s no small task, but one that Netflix and the team behind Q-Force are willing to take on.

One of the best things about the growing number of streaming platforms like Netflix is that they allow new voices, subjects and concepts to be more readily taken on. As the LGTBQ community and other minorities fight for more representation both on and off TV, it is programs such as this that will offer audiences of all sexual orientations the opportunity to see something new. Q-Force may or may not hit the right mark with viewers, but as things stand, it already wins full points for its originality and willingness to challenge a still-changing status quo.

More: 10 Best LGBTQ TV Shows

Source: TV Line

2019-04-04 04:04:31

Mike Jones

James Gunn’s Brightburn Officially Rated R for Violence, Blood, & Language

James Gunn’s upcoming dark superhero film Brightburn has received an official R rating for its violence, among other things. Superhero movies have become a Hollywood staple over the last decade, and this year is no different. However, superheroes have recently started branching out into other genres too, such as horror. This is the case with Sony’s upcoming film Brightburn, which will drastically change the narrative about Superman into a dark fantasy.

The dark superhero film was penned by Gunn’s brother Brian and cousin Mark and will be directed by David Yarovesky. Gunn, who’s producing the film, was originally going to present it at Sony’s SDCC panel last summer, but this changed once Disney fired him from Guardians of the Galaxy 3. Since then, Gunn has been brought back on board to helm the upcoming third entry in the popular Guardians of the Galaxy series, and Brightburn is scheduled to release next month.  Much like the tale of Clark Kent, Brightburn starts off with an otherworldly child crash landing on earth, but as seen in the trailer, instead of protecting the planet he’ll be its worst nightmare. The film will star Elizabeth Banks, Matt Jones, David Denman, Meredith Hagner, and Jackson A. Dunn. Stills from the movie have been released, allowing audiences to get a taste of what to expect from this dark Superman. Now, Gunn’s upcoming revamped take on Superman has officially received an R rating.

Related: Everything You Need To Know About Brightburn

The MPAA has announced that Brightburn is rated R for “horror violence/bloody images, and language.” Gunn recently unveiled the terrifying poster for the film, and revealed an extended 3-minute trailer. Sony’s most recent dark superhero film Venom managed to receive a PG-13 rating, but many expected and hoped for it to be the start of R rated superhero films from Sony. Hopefully, with Brightburn being rated R, this sparks a new trend for future Sony superhero movies to follow.

While Gunn isn’t credited for penning the script, he did assist with developing the premise alongside his brother and cousin. And, while he’s known today for his work with the cosmic team fans have come to love over the last few years, this isn’t Gunn’s first venture into horror. His most recent work was 2017’s The Belko Experiment, which followed office workers being forced to “compete” in a sick social experiment that required them to kill in order to stay alive. In the past, Gunn penned Zack Snyder’s 2004 Dawn of the Dead remake, and directed 2006’s Slither, a sci-fi/horror effort also starring Banks. So, while he may not have fully written the script for Brightburn, it’ll be exciting to see how his influence led to this twisted take on Superman’s mythology.

With the film set to arrive late next month, promotion for it should begin picking up the pace. So far, from what’s been shown, it looks like this will be an interesting change of scenery for superhero movies, but time will tell if the movie is actually as good as it seems on paper. Borrowing tropes from classic evil kid horror movies and throwing in superhuman abilities certainly is a way to draw an audience. Hopefully, when Brightburn releases in theaters next month, it proves to be a successful cross between the genres.

More: Dave Bautista is Very Excited James Gunn Returned to Direct Guardians 3

Source: MPAA

2019-04-03 09:04:53

Eric Trigg