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Spider-Man Meets Mysterio In New Far From Home Image

Tom Holland’s Spider-Man meets a new potential ally in Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal) in a new image from Spider-Man: Far From Home. All the attention for the Marvel Cinematic Universe is currently on the debut of Avengers: Endgame in theaters, and while fans around the world are just now beginning to experience the film, Phase 3 is not yet over. As Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige recently revealed, Spider-Man: Far From Home is actually the end of Phase 3, and it will hit theaters in just over two months.

The sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming sees Peter Parker go on an overseas summer vacation with his friends. It has previously been said that the film picks up just minutes after Avengers: Endgame, meaning it should be the first insight into the MCU after however the newly released blockbuster ends. The first trailer for Far From Home, though, suggests that it will not be an easy time for Peter. He wants to take a break from being a hero right now and just enjoy the summer, but is then recruited by Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) to fight The Elementals with the help of magician Quentin Beck aka Mysterio.

Related: Sorry, Avengers: Infinity War Didn’t Set Up Spider-Man: Far From Home

Although Mysterio is traditionally a villain to Spider-Man in the comics, Spider-Man: Far From Home is making him a hero (or at least that is what the cast and crew are saying in the press so far). The aforementioned trailer showed Mysterio fighting Hydro-Man, one of The Elementals, and appeared to save Peter in the process. Now in a new image from EW, the two heroes come face to face.

The possible first true encounter between Spider-Man and Mysterio is a big moment that fans of Marvel comics have been waiting to see, but it also confirms a major plot point for the movie. This photo confirms that Mysterio will know of Spider-Man’s true identity, which could come back to haunt Peter if Quentin does become a villain. The duo will reportedly quickly spark a friendship and director Jon Watts said that Mysterio will be the “cool uncle” to Peter when compared to Tony Stark being his mentor in Homecoming, which could make such a turn all the more difficult for Peter to accept.

The photo also gives us an incredibly detailed look at Mysterio’s costume, and the translation to the big screen is just as magnificent as fans of the comics have been hoping for. Additionally, the photo includes Numan Acar in the background, who is rumored to possibly be playing fellow Spidey villain Chameleon. The location of the meeting could potentially be the base of Mysterio and Chameleon, or at least a hiding spot. Regardless, it will be fascinating to see how Spider-Man and Mysterio’s relationship evolves from this point on in Spider-Man: Far From Home.

MORE: Spider-Man Theory: Far From Home’s Mysterio Is From The Multiverse

Source: EW


2019-04-25 12:04:15

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SNL: Michael Keaton’s Julian Assange Meets Kate McKinnon’s Lori Loughlin

NBC’s Saturday Night Live airs a sketch in which Julian Assange meets Lori Loughlin in prison. Actor Michael Keaton makes a cameo by portraying the recently-arrested WikiLeaks founder, while cast member Kate McKinnon appears as the disgraced sitcom actress who was recently charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud. The segment was part of Saturday Night Live’s cold open, a staple of the iconic comedy series. 

On April 11, a heavily-bearded Assange was forcibly removed from Ecuador’s London embassy and now faces extradition to the United States. Authorities claim that Assange conspired with former U.S. intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning to publish classified documents. In 2013, Manning was convicted of violating the Espionage Act, and was arrested last month for refusing to testify against Assange. Meanwhile, the aforementioned Loughlin was also arrested last month as part of a college entrance exam cheating scandal. In pop culture, she’s best known for portraying Aunt Becky in the original Full House series, along with Netflix reboot Fuller House. As reported earlier this month, Loughlin is expected to serve jail time for her role in the academic scandal.

Related: Lori Loughlin May Face 40 Years Jail Time After Additional Charges Filed

For Saturday Night Live’s latest episode hosted by Emma Stone, the show begins with a faux MSNBC video, in which the voiceover states that “we’re back to prison shows” after the Mueller report “turned out to be a big fat zero.” For the comedic premise, Saturday Night Live frames the skit as an episode of “Lockup: Chino Correctional Facility.” To begin, three inmates muse over their crimes before McKinnon appears as Loughlin, and attempts to establish herself as the craziest inmate. Soon after, former Stormy Daniels lawyer Michael Avenatti appears, portrayed by cast member Pete Davidson. Recently, Avenatti was charged with numerous financial crimes. Near the end of the segment, Keaton appears as Assange, chewing gum and projecting a confident demeanor to impress the inmates. He describes himself as the “Architect of Anarchy” and the “King of Chaos,” before shaming the inmates with knowledge of private “ding dong” information, along with his access to a file called “Ideas for Shark Tank.” Keaton’s Assange also describes himself as an actual “James Bond supervillain.” Watch the full SNL sketch below.

Last week, Game of Thrones actor Kit Harington hosted Saturday Night Live. In a sketch called “New HBO Shows,” Harington appears in character as Jon Snow, with the segment’s premise examining all the spinoffs that could emerge once Game of Thrones’ final season ends. Over the past 10 years, Game of Thrones has influenced pop culture like few other television series, and the final season will air throughout April and May on HBO. 

Thanks to poor celebrity decision-making, Saturday Night Live’s cold open always has fresh material to address. Most often, it’s not a cast member that steals the show, but rather a surprise celebrity guest, and Keaton’s surprise cameo displays his knack for comedic timing. Thirty years after starring as Batman, Keaton is still a relevant pop culture figure; one who feels right at home on a series like Saturday Night Live – a show he’s hosted three times in the past (and should host again soon).

More: Adam Sandler Will Return to Host Saturday Night Live in May

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2019-04-14 10:04:23

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GAME OF THRONES Season 8 “Sansa meets Khaleesi” Teaser (NEW GOT 2019)



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Jason Momoa Meets His Madame Tussauds Aquaman Wax Figure

Jason Momoa meets the Madame Tussauds wax figure based on his look for Aquaman. The actor reprises his DCEU role as half human/half Atlantean Arthur Curry, this time in the James Wan-directed flick that will serve as the character’s origin story in the franchise. The events of the upcoming film take place after Steppenwolf’s failed attempt to take over Earth in Justice League. Despite that, don’t expect any other hero from the DCEU to pop up in the flick, as it’ll mainly be a character-driven, isolated narrative.

Marking Warner Bros.’ return to the superhero film arena after taking more than a year hiatus, many are looking forward to how Aquaman builds off the established lore in the DCEU. Plot specifics are being kept under wraps, as Wan promises that there’s so much more in the movie than what’s been seen in the trailers. The global press tour for the film is about to start, but before Momoa, his co-stars and their director jet set around the world, the actor was first able to physically see his epic new wax figure from the famed Madame Tussauds.

Related: Every DCEU Movie Has Set Up Aquaman: Here’s How

Fresh off the New York press conference for Aquaman, Momoa got acquainted with the life-sized statue of Arthur Curry, inspired by his look in the upcoming film. The former Game of Thrones star was obviously thrilled and impressed by the figure, which was created by Madame Tussauds in partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products on behalf of DC Entertainment. Check out some photos from the event below, via Momoa’s Instagram.

The statue is the same one unveiled early last month at Madame Tussauds in Orlando as part of their Justice League: A Call for Heroes experience, which will become available for the public to check out starting December 7. Meanwhile, Madame Tussauds Sydney will open their iteration of the special display a few days later on December 13. Since the event’s opening is just a couple of weeks before Aquaman hits theaters all over the globe, it’s a good way to keep the hype train running until moviegoers can finally see Wan’s contribution to the DCEU.

For what it’s worth, marketing for Aquaman has been solid so far. Both Wan and Momoa have been very active on social media engaging their followers, and teasing them about the film. All trailers for the film have been well-received, and initial buzz following its red carpet premiere has been nothing but positive, giving many the impression that it will be a big hit for the DCEU.

More: Aquaman International Trailer Is The Best Yet

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2018-12-02 08:12:03

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Venom Erases Spider-Man To Avoid Marvel Mistakes

Venom may owe his origins to Spider-Man in the comic books, but in the movie version, Marvel’s hold on Disney means no Spidey at all. But while some fans worried that removing Spider-Man from Venom’s origin would be a problem, it actually makes for a way better story – and honestly, one much closer to Venom’s current origin, too.

By now even casual fans will be familiar with the classic origin story for Venom, if not from the comics, then the fact that Spider-Man 3 adapted it almost to the letter. Spider-Man brings an alien suit back from space, which eventually shows an ‘evil’ mind of its own. Spider-Man rejects the symbiote until it finds the same level of hatred for Spidey in Eddie Brock. Man meets suit, and together they become Venom to launch their revenge on Spider-Man in a tale many claim the Venom movie SHOULD have told.

The problem with that version of a Venom origin movie? It’s faithful to the original version of the comic books, sure. But it’s a story that makes Spider-Man the real star of the show, plus… that’s not what really happened, according to modern Marvel Comics.

  • This Page: Spider-Man Makes Venom Worse, Not Better
  • Page 2: Venom Avoids Marvel’s Mistake By Removing Spider-Man

Venom Should Be Eddie’s Story, Not Spider-Man’s

It’s easy to see why there would be an outcry over the need to remove Spider-Man from Venom’s origin movie. After all, the moviegoers who would know Venom’s origin best are Spider-Man fans, and who would wish to see Spider-Man in the movie more? (Not to mention removing Spider-Man means no iconic Venom logo.)

RELATED: Why Venom’s Director Saved [SPOILER] For The Sequel

But what fans want isn’t always what’s best, and in the case of Venom, the existing origin has one major problem: in the comics, it’s told as one of Spider-Man‘s most formative stories, with Eddie Brock a victim of Peter, the symbiote, and professional failure. While a victim’s story could be interesting, and has been used as a jumping-off point for other superhero origins… those heroes aren’t Venom. Besides the fact that the Venom movie is trying to have some fun with Eddie and the symbiote’s fusion, it’s built on the idea that Eddie is a good man, ruined by evil forces – not a bitter, angry, jealous man fueled by hate of Spider-Man as he was in the comic.

One of those descriptions fits a movie hero… the other fits a villain unlikely to star in a fun, subversive, and oddball body horror adventure. The result is a better version of a Venom movie. “But,” we’re sure some die-hard Spider-Man fans will cry, “you’re making Venom a different character!” And by twisting his origin to make Eddie and the symbiote a misunderstood antihero, the makers of Venom have done just that… but Marvel Comics did it first.

Marvel Has Changed Venom’s Origin Already

Revisiting the comic book history of Eddie Brock and his time as Venom means traversing more than one major retcon, or retroactive changing of his origin story. Fictionally, it’s an expansion and deepening of Eddie’s story. But practically, like most other retcons, it’s about ‘fixing’ past writing or plot that hinders the character’s next step forward. And for Eddie Brock, the idea of him being a byproduct of Spider-Man has been minimized, downplayed, or altogether changed since he first set out to play a hero in Venom: Lethal Protector, upon which the movie is based.

People who walk out of Venom excited to read that comic book inspiration are in for a rude awakening, however, since Spider-Man is without question the WORST part of it. Because Peter Parker is misinformed about who Venom is, what motivates him, and who he has become as more than just the hero’s villain. Arguably, every bit as misinformed as the people claiming the Venom movie ‘got it wrong’ by removing Spider-Man altogether.

As we see it, the makers of the Venom movie just learned from the missteps and corrections Marvel Comics has made so they wouldn’t make them in the movie, too. The first step? Taking Spider-Man out of the equation to create the Venom modern comic readers know and love.

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Venom Avoids Marvel’s Own Comic Mistakes

In Venom’s first solo comic outing, Spider-Man is an antagonist for completely flawed reasons. Despite Eddie being every bit the normal, evil-hating human he is in the comics, Spider-Man actively fights him, believing he’s still as evil as Marvel made him in his origin story. In his defense, Spider-Man was just late to the party, unaware that Marvel editorial, and a long line of writers and artists were already beginning to make Eddie and Venom not evil, just… misunderstood.

RELATED: Venom’s Post-Credits Scene Tease Explained

The changes came one by one: the Venom symbiote wasn’t hateful, but a traumatized member of an alien symbiote race, Eddie Brock’s rough exterior becomes a result of a cold, distant, single father, and just weeks ago, the origin was changed once more by showing that Spider-Man was evil, not the symbiote when they first merged. It’s flawed thinking to assume a movie should recreate each one of those steps, rather than looking at who Venom is today, and aiming for that from thee outset.

Still, one feels for director Ruben Fleischer for having to make that call, since he has admitted that removing Spider-Man from Venom was a challenge (that’s the origin everyone knows). But the finished film shows it was the right path to take for one simple reason: the Venom of the movie is basically the one Marvel took decades to arrive at. Not just Eddie the relatable hero, but the symbiote’s personality, voice, sense of humor, and even love for its host.

The Movie Venom is The True Comic Venom

In fact, the moments of humor and love from the symbiote may turn off older fans of the origin hero, while hitting the bullseye for the modern incarnations. After all, Eddie and the symbiote had a baby not too long ago in the comics, and it’s not hard to see a Venom movie sequel embracing that strange, borderline ludicrous plot. Leave the theater and go pick up the newest issue of Venom, and the version may not be perfect copies, but more importantly, the strengths of one are alive in the other.

And, perhaps most importantly, the existence of Spider-Man is a footnote, or back-up character at best. By now even Peter Parker understands that his time with the symbiote was a fluke, or coincidence, compared to the character Eddie and Venom became.

In Marvel’s Universe, there may not be a greater romance than Eddie Brock and the Venom symbiote –  and when audiences line up for a great love story, you don’t bother starting with the flings, one-night stands, or bad dates that came before.

MORE: Venom Secretly Revealed Carnage’s Backstory



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2018-10-09 03:10:52 – Andrew Dyce

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

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey: How To Get The Best Ending

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey has arrived, and it certainly leaves a big impression. Its massive open world and variety of additional content makes it a hugely impressive and immersive experience, and one where it’s capable to lose hours at a time. Beyond that, however, the game also has a tightly wound and highly personal story to tell.

That said, players will have to pay attention during the game’s main narrative. Rather than losing themselves in completing Conquest Battles, a bit of care is needed during the core plot. That’s because Assassin’s Creed Odyssey offers up nine different endings, depending on the choices that the player makes over the course of the game.

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The story of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey isn’t exactly linear, with three core story arcs that intertwine over the course of the game. The roots of this plot lie in the family section of the story, which directly revolves around the player character (regardless of whether they choose Alexios or Kassandra), and it’s here where the end result of the player’s choices lies. However, it’s worth bearing in mind that those other threads of the story – those for the Cult of Kosmos and those that tie into the First Civilization of Assassin’s Creed lore – are also woven together here.

So, here’s a rundown of the choices players will have to make to make sure they’re left with the best outcome at the end of the game. Bear in mind that there are heavy spoilers for Assassin’s Creed Odyssey ahead.

During Chapter 2 of the game, the player meets their (adoptive) father Nikolaos, a Spartan general otherwise known as the Wolf of Sparta. Here, the player can kill Nikolaos for his part in nearly murdering the hero as a child, or spare his life. Sparing him is the option to choose here, as not only does it open up a quest line later in the game but it allows the best ending to still be available.

Next, during Chapter 6, players will need to make another choice – this time for their mother, Myrinne. Here, they will need to promise to save their sibling Deimos from the Cult of Kosmos to keep the happy ending possible.

The next few options revolve around Nikolaos again, in Chapter 7. During a conversation with Nikolaos, he must be convinced to intervene with Stentor, his adopted son, during the quest The Last Fight of Aristaios. Later in the same chapter, the player must keep Stentor alive when given the chance to kill him.

Next up is Chapter 8. Here, it’s extremely important to choose carefully during the conversation with Deimos in jail during Doing Time. The player has to convince them that they are being manipulated by the cult. Finally, in Chapter 9, the player must refuse to fight Deimos.

This will then result in the happiest ending in the game, with the family reunited. Of course, there are plenty of other endings available, depending on the choices the player makes, so stick to this route unless the player is after one of the different endings of the game.

More: Best Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Abilities to Unlock First



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2018-10-06 01:10:06 – Rob Gordon

Mortal Engines Footage Description: First 25 Minutes Debuts At NYCC

Following The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies, Peter Jackson returns as a producer on Mortal Engines, and at the movie’s New York Comic Con panel, the first 25 minutes of footage debuted; we offer a brief breakdown of what’s included.

Adapted from Philip Reeve’s novel of the same name, Mortal Engines takes place in a futuristic world where cities are moving beasts that roam the world searching for fuel to keep moving. Meanwhile, smaller also mobile towns have become the prey of larger city-states like London. The film follows Hester Shaw (Hera Hilmar), a fugitive with a deadly grudge against London’s Thaddeus Valentine (Hugo Weaving). Hester runs across historian Tom Natsworthy (Robert Sheehan) as she attempts to defeat Valentine and protect smaller cities and towns from the insatiable hunger that is London.

Related: Mortal Engines Trailer #2 Debuts At NYCC

Ahead of the film’s release in December, Jackson, Mortal Engines director Christian Rivers and members of the cast appeared on a panel at NYCC. Prior to a Q&A with the cast and filmmakers during the Mortal Engines NYCC panel, Andy Serkis presented the first 25 minutes of the movie. Much of the opening footage focused on building out the world of Mortal Engines. The film kicks off with an opening monologue setting the stage for the post-apocalyptic world (what Jackson refers to as a “post-post-apocalyptic” world) following the 60-Minute War that destroyed society as we know it.

After the voiceover, viewers get to meet Hester, who’s on a cliff and spots the approaching predator city of London. Once she sees the oncoming, mobile city, Hester runs back to a grouping of smaller, mobile towns that break apart and start running from London. Hester is stuck on one town that can’t seem to get its engines started and winds up being the “prey” pursued by London. The town flees across the open land, which Jackson referred to as “the great hunting ground” (essentially, where Europe used to be). The chase sequence continues for much of the opening, as the smaller town is chased by London and attempts to lose the larger city-state amid some foothills. While the sequence is filled with tension, the town is eventually caught by London and “ingested.”

On board London, Tom meets Katherine Valentine (Leila George) at the London Museum, where he shows her some of the artifacts he’s collected to help with her research into the 60-Minute War. Tom shows Katherine a video of a pre-war city being destroyed using some kind of quantum technology. Then, Tom reveals he’s been collecting similarly dangerous technology, some of which has been stolen. Once London ingests the smaller town, Tom is tasked with going down to sort through it for valuable artifacts, and he’s accompanied by Katherine. There, they meet Thaddeus, but Hester is lurking in the crowd of people moving from the town into London. When she has a moment, she attempts to assassinate Thaddeus, but she’s stopped by Tom and has to flee.

The final sequence of the footage screened includes a foot chase through the ingested mining town as Hester runs from Tom and Thaddeus (though the latter is following more slowly due to the injury Hester inflicted). Hester flees from Tom through the town as it’s being destroyed by massive saws and metal jaws. Eventually, she reaches a platform that overlooks a tunnel out of London and she jumps. Tom catches her and Hester tells him to ask Thaddeus about her mother, revealing that Thaddeus murdered her mother. Then she forces Tom to drop her and when Tom does mention to Thaddeus what Hester said, Thaddeus pushes Tom down the tunnel and out of London.

Altogether, the footage shown at NYCC for Mortal Engines introduced an expansive world akin to that of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit with sweeping, beautiful visuals. It remains to be seen if Mortal Engines turns out to be a massive blockbuster success on par with the trilogies for which Jackson is most well known. But, with Jackson on board as a producer and Rivers at the helm, it’s clear Mortal Engines will provide some stunning sequences for moviegoers – which they’ll get to see when the film hits theaters in December.

Next: The Biggest Changes Mortal Engines Makes to the Book



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2018-10-05 12:10:02 – Molly Freeman

Holmes and Watson Trailer: Step Brothers Meets Sherlock Holmes

The Holmes and Watson trailer reunites Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly for a comedic take on Sherlock Holmes. Ferrell and Reilly previously collaborated with director Adam McKay on a pair of films in the 2000s; namely, the 2006 NASCAR parody Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby and their 2008 movie Step Brothers (a comedy about two middle-aged men who still live with their parents). The duo were generally applauded for having great onscreen comedic chemistry and there’s been talk of them reuniting on a project like Step Brothers 2 over the decade since.

With a Step Brothers sequel unlikely to happen at this stage, Ferrell and Reilly have instead re-teamed for a funny variation on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes detective stories. The project has been in development for ten years and originally had Sacha Baron Cohen attached to star as Holmes opposite Ferrell as Dr. Watson. Obviously, a lot has changed since then and Ferrell is now portraying “the world’s greatest consulting detective” himself, with Reilly costarring as “his loyal biographer” Dr. John Watson (as the official synopsis describes them).

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With just a few months left before the film hits theaters, Sony has officially begun its marketing campaign for Holmes and Watson. For more on that, check out the movie’s official trailer in the space below.

Ferrell and Reilly are joined here by a cast that would be just as impressive (perhaps even more so) even if this were a straightforward take on the Sherlock Holmes mythology. Their ranks include Ralph Fiennes as the villainous Professor Moriarty, Hugh Laurie as Sherlock’s brother Mycroft Holmes and Kelly Macdonald as Rose Hudson, Sherlock’s landlady. Other key players include Rebecca Hall as Dr. Grace Hart, the first female doctor in London; Lauren Lapkus (Jurassic World) as Millie, a woman able to match wits with Sherlock intellectually; and Rob Brydon (The Trip) as the ever-slow-to-keep-up Inspector Lestrade.

Holmes and Watson was written and directed by Etan Cohen, who previously collaborated with Ferrell on the 2015 comedy Get Hard. That film paired the latter with Kevin Hart, but didn’t go over so well with critics and was generally dismissed for being a waste of an interesting premise and leading (funny) men. Cohen might have more luck during his second time at bat though, what with Ferrell and Reilly having already proven themselves to be an entertaining comedy team. At the very least, the Holmes and Watson trailer suggests the combination of its stars’ “dumb” humor and the world of Sherlock Holmes alone should provide some easy laughs.

Whether Holmes and Watson will succeed at the box office, however, is another matter. The film is set to open directly against four other major wide releases this December (Aquaman, Bumblebee, Welcome to Marwen and Alita: Battle Angel) and will arrive just two days after Disney’s sequel Mary Poppins Returns hits the scene as well. Then again, Ferrell’s comedy Daddy’s Home became a hit despite having to compete against Star Wars: The Force Awakens over the same frame three years ago, so there may be hope yet for Holmes and Watson, in that regard.

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2018-09-28 02:09:32 – Sandy Schaefer