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The Mandalorian is Getting a Panel at D23 2019 | ScreenRant

The Mandalorian is officially getting a panel at the D23 2019 expo in Anaheim next month. Disney and Lucasfilm’s upcoming show is both the first live-action Star Wars series and one of the Originals set to premiere when the Disney+ streaming service launches in November, so there’s understandably a lot of interest surrounding the project right now.

Created by actor-filmmaker Jon Favreau (Iron Man, The Jungle Book), The Mandalorian picks up a few years after the events of Return of the Jedi, but takes place far away from the reaches of the New Republic and follows the adventures of a lone Mandalorian gunslinger (who’s played by Pedro Pascal). Lucasfilm debuted the first Mandalorian footage at Star Wars Celebration in April and has unveiled some high-res photos, but has yet to release a trailer online and is otherwise keeping the show’s details close to the chest for the time being. However, the studio will pull back the curtain a little further when this year’s D23 gets underway on Friday, August 23.

Related: Biggest News From The Mandalorian Celebration Panel

StarWars.com has now announced that The Mandalorian‘s D23 2019 panel will take place on August 23 at 3:30 p.m. in Hall D23. Favreau will be attending the presentation with Dave Filoni – who’s both the head of Lucasfilm Animation and director of The Mandalorian‘s premiere episode – as well as some “special guests” that could include cast members like Pedro Pascal, Gina Carano, Carl Weathers, and/or Giancarlo Esposito, among others.

This December’s Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is expected to receive a D23 panel a day after The Mandalorian on Saturday, August 24 (which is when Disney plans to spotlight their upcoming films in general). And as anticipated as J.J. Abrams’ conclusion to the Skywalker Saga is, in some ways there’s just as much – and maybe even more – excitement around The Mandalorian right now. After all, in addition to being the first live-action Star Wars series ever, it will be the first live-action Star Wars project that explores life in a galaxy far, far away after the fall of the Galactic Empire, but well before the subsequent rise of the First Order. It further promises to examine the criminal underbelly of the Star Wars universe in greater depth than last year’s spinoff movie, Solo: A Star Wars Story, managed to do.

While The Mandalorian‘s D23 panel will surely include footage (either the Celebration clips and/or brand-new material), it will be interesting to see if it’s released online shortly after. After all, D23 footage is traditionally exclusively shown to those in attendance and isn’t made available to the public until much later. Then again, Disney + is set to launch less than three months after D23, so the expo might be the perfect time to get the ball rolling on the next phase of The Mandalorian‘s marketing.

NEXT: Every Original Show & Movie Coming to Disney+

Source: StarWars.com


2019-07-11 01:07:08

Sandy Schaefer

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Reportedly Getting SDCC Panel

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will reportedly have a panel during this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. Lucasfilm always has a presence at the premier pop culture convention, but in their Disney era, the only film to take over Hall H was 2015’s The Force Awakens. Back then, director J.J. Abrams and the cast were on hand to help usher fans into a new era for the galaxy far, far away and then surprise them with a concert performed by the San Diego Symphony Orchestra. The other modern Star Wars movies were promoted at different summertime events like Celebration Europe 2016 and the 2017 D23 Expo.

As fate would have it, Abrams returned to Star Wars to helm Episode IX, which concludes the sequel trilogy and the entire Skywalker saga. In many ways, it represents the end of an era before Lucasfilm looks ahead to new horizons like the film series being developed by Rian Johnson and David Benioff & D.B. Weiss. Perhaps it’s fitting the slate that began with Abrams four years ago ends with him definitively closing the book. And in an instance of things coming full circle, it looks like Abrams and company will be returning to Comic-Con.

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According to Making Star WarsThe Rise of Skywalker will have a panel during Comic-Con 2019, which takes place July 18 – 21. Screen Rant contacted Disney for comment and will update this space accordingly.

No official details have been revealed yet, but this wouldn’t be surprising if it proved to be true. Celebration Chicago (where the first Episode IX trailer debuted) took place earlier this month, and D23 2019 (where The Mandalorian will allegedly be featured) isn’t until August. While there will be several other major Hollywood properties vying for attention during Comic-Con, that week is still a golden opportunity for Lucasfilm to continue their Rise of Skywalker marketing campaign. In keeping with their previous practices, it wouldn’t be surprising if the studio showed a behind-the-scenes sizzle reel exploring the making of Episode IX during the panel. It’s not a coincidence ones for Force Awakens and Last Jedi came out in July of their respective years of release.

One thing fans should not expect to see, however, is announcements about future films. Lucasfilm is putting the Star Wars movies on hiatus for a couple of years after The Rise of Skywalker as they iron out what they want to do next. With the next wave of films so far off, it seems highly unlikely they’ll even be mentioned during this particular Comic-Con panel (especially since there will be another Star Wars Celebration come 2020). The focus here is going to be on the present, hyping up Episode IX before its premiere in theaters this December. And since so much of the film remains under wraps right now, hopefully there are some fun reveals in store.

More: Star Wars Already Made Rey A True Skywalker (You Just Missed It)

Source: Making Star Wars


2019-04-22 08:04:03

Chris Agar

Biggest News From The Mandalorian Celebration Panel

Star Wars Celebration began to lift the lid on the secrets of The Mandalorian, the first ever live-action Star Wars TV series. The Mandalorian is set shortly after the events of Return of the Jedi, against the backdrop of a galaxy in chaos. The Empire has fallen, but the New Republic hasn’t really stabilized as a force for law and order across the galaxy just yet. As Jon Favreau noted, in the aftermath of a revolution “it’s fun at first, but it gets very complicated very quickly.

The Mandalorian will be one of the first TV shows to premiere on the Disney + streaming service, and will be available on November 12, the launch of Disney +. Given that’s quite a way away, it sadly proved far too soon for a trailer drop. In fact, while footage and behind-the-scenes shots were shared at the panel, they weren’t streamed online.

Related: The Mandalorian Footage Description

Filoni and Favreau were joined by special guests, stars Pedro Pascal, Gina Corano, and Carl Weathers. The whole panel were careful to avoid giving away any major spoilers, but they did confirm a few details.

The Mandalorian’s true identity is evidently being set up as one of the show’s greatest mysteries. The panel studiously avoided using his name, with even Pedro Pascal referring to his character as “The Mandalorian” throughout. He was described as a skilled bounty hunter with questionable morals, and Pascal suggested that his portrayal was influenced by both Westerns and old Samurai movies. The Mandalorian’s ship is called the Razor Crest.

Lucasfilm may be hesitant to reveal the identity of The Mandalorian, but they did at least give names to members of the supporting cast. Gina Corano is playing an original character called Kara Dune, an ex-Rebel shock trooper who’s struggling to adjust to civilian life now the Galactic Civil War has come to an end. She appears to be something of an action heroine; descriptions of the footage suggest she’s every bit as skilled in battle as Pedro Pascal’s character. Corano likes to do her own stunts, and told an anecdote about dragging another member of the cast during an action sequence.

Meanwhile, Carl Weathers is confirmed to be playing the part of Greef Marga. He’s described as head of a local branch of the Bounty Hunters Guild, and apparently he hires the Mandalorian because “he’s looking for someone to go after a product that he wants to bring to a client.” Fans of the old Expanded Universe will be thrilled to see the Bounty Hunters Guild become more prominent in the Disney Star Wars canon; they were a major part of the EU, but until now have only ever been mentioned in the new canon.

Related: What To Expect From The Mandalorian TV Show

Favreau and Filoni have clearly gone to great effort to ensure The Mandalorian fits perfectly into the ongoing narrative of the Star Wars galaxy. They described it as drawing in plot threads from the original trilogy, the prequels, the sequels, and The Clone Wars. Intriguingly, Favreau noted that it’s “even pulling stuff in from Legends, starting to bring some of that EU stuff in.” That will have to be done very carefully, given Karen Traviss’ Mandalorian novels were hugely popular, but flatly contradicted The Clone Wars.

The 501st Legion is an international fan-group best known for stunning Stormtrooper cosplays and their high-profile charity events. When it came to casting Stormtroopers for The Mandalorian, Lucasfilm decided to reach out to the 501st. Amusingly, the group who turned up had no idea they were actually going to play Stormtroopers in the first live-action Star Wars TV series. Jon Favreau noted that this provided an ideal opportunity to see just how the fans would react to the show.

Jon Favreau is well-known for being at the cutting edge of modern cinema; he’s the director behind the remakes of The Jungle Book and The Lion King. But with The Mandalorian, Favreau was careful to ensure that everything felt like it belonged to the same galaxy as George Lucas’ movies. He went old-school, using everything from puppets to animatronics. The visual effects team even went through the films to work out the tracking shots Lucas tended to use for starfighter combat, so they could reproduce it.

More: Star Wars Celebration 2019: How To Watch Live & Panel Times


2019-04-14 01:04:20

Thomas Bacon

Star Wars Celebration 2019: How To Watch Live & Panel Times

Star Wars Celebration 2019 is finally here, taking place in Chicago from April 11-15, and we have a guide to all the panels and how to watch them live – to make sure you don’t miss a thing. Disney has been carefully keeping Star Wars 9 under wraps, with only a half-second of footage from the movie seen so far (and that half-second only shown to audiences at CinemaCon). However, with an entire fan event dedicated to everything Star Wars, we can expect to see the first trailer, poster, and other major reveals.

While it’s obviously the main attraction, Star Wars: Episode IX isn’t the only part of the franchise that will be promoted at Star Wars Celebration 2019. There’s also highly-anticipated TV show The Mandalorian, which will debut on new streaming service Disney+ along with a new season of The Clone Wars, upcoming video game Jedi: Fallen Order, VR experience Vader Immortal, season 2 of Star Wars Resistance, and details about new Disney Parks attraction Galaxy’s Edge.

Related: Sadly, Mark Hamill Will NOT Be At Star Wars Celebration Chicago

There’s a lot to look forward to if you’re a Star Wars fan, so whether you’re attending Star Wars Celebration in person or just planning to watch the panels online, here’s what you need to know.

Both StarWars.com and the official Star Wars YouTube page will livestream Celebration panels, along with interviews and segments from the show floor, as part of The Star Wars Show LIVE. The show will be hosted by Andi Gutierrez and Anthony Carboni. If you miss out on watching them live, videos from each of the panels are usually uploaded to the Star Wars YouTube channel the next day, and you can also find videos of smaller panels that aren’t featured on the main livestream on the channel as well.

  • Star Wars: Episode IX Panel – 11am CT/12pm ET/9am PT/5pm BST – We can expect to finally learn the full title of Star Wars: Episode IX during this panel, along with an official poster reveal and a trailer.
  • Vader Immortal: A Star Wars VR Series Panel – 1:30pm CT/2:30pm ET/11:30am PT/7:30pm BST – ILMxLAB and Oculus offer a sneak peek at a VR experience that takes you into the heart of Darth Vader’s Mustafar Fortress.
  • Creatures, Droids, and Aliens Panel – 4pm CT/5pm ET/2pm PT/10pm BST – Neal Scanlan, Creative Supervisor of Pinewood Studios’ Star Wars creature shop, hosts a look behind the scenes at the making of the Sequel Trilogy’s aliens and droids.
  • Lucasfilm Publishing Panel – 4:45pm CT/5:45pm ET/2:25pm PT/10:45pm BST – Expect announcements of upcoming Star Wars tie-in books and novels from a panel featuring writers like Jeffrey Brown, Claudia Gray, and Timothy Zahn.
  • Galaxy’s Edge Panel – 11am CT/12pm ET/9am PT/5pm BST – Details about upcoming Disney Parks attraction Galaxy’s Edge, which will feature a ride called Rise of the Resistance and offer blue and green milk as refreshments.
  • Del Rey Panel – 12:45pm CT/1:45pm ET/10:45am PT/6:45pm BST – Star Wars authors Claudia Gray, Timothy Zahn, Alexander Freed, and Delilah S. Dawson discuss their current books and what else is on the way.
  • Rebels Remembered Panel – 12:45pm CT/1:45pm ET/10:45am PT/6:45pm BST – A retrospective on Star Wars Rebels with Dave Filoni and special guests. Disney has said that a new series will not be announced during this panel.
  • Jedi: Fallen Order Panel – 1:30pm CT/2:30pm ET/11:30am PT/7:30pm BST – A first look at the upcoming video game from Apex Legends developer Respawn Entertainment. Expect a trailer and possibly a gameplay demo.
  • The Mandalorian Panel – 11am CT/12pm ET/9am PT/5pm BT – Our first proper look at the Disney+ series, with a trailer and possibly other footage to be expected, and hopefully a release date as well.
  • Marvel Comics Presents: Star Wars Panel – 2:30pm CT/3:30pm ET/12:30pm PT/8:30pm BST – Marvel Comics writers Greg Pak and Ethan Sacks discuss their respective comic book series, Star Wars: Age of Rebellion and Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.
  • The Clone Wars Panel – 3:30pm CT/4:30pm ET/1:30pm PT/9:30pm BST – This panel will offer a sneak peek at the revival of the series, and we can probably expect a trailer as well.
  • Star Wars: The Phantom Menace 20th Anniversary Panel – 11am CT/12pm ET/9am PT/5pm BST – A look back at the movie that kicked off the prequel trilogy, hosted by Warwick Davis with special guests.
  • Star Wars Resistance Season 2 Panel – 1:30pm CT/2:30pm ET/11:30am PT/7:30pm BST – Executive Producers Justin Ridge, Athena Portillo, Brandon Auman plus special guests offer a sneak peak at the upcoming season.
  • Star Wars Celebration Closing Ceremony – 3:30pm CT/4:30pm ET/1:30pm PT/9:30pm BST – Wind down with a closing ceremony that looks back at the biggest reveals and highlights of the weekend.

More: What Trailers & Reveals To Expect At Star Wars Celebration 2019


2019-04-12 08:04:47

Hannah Shaw-Williams

Biggest News From The Star Wars 9 Celebration Panel

Lucasfilm finally peeled back the curtain on Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, revealing lots of new information during Celebration Chicago. In the build-up to the convention, the mystery box surrounding the film was locked tight, with even the official title kept under wraps until the big day. But now the floodgates are open, and already Episode IX is delivering surprises few people would have predicted a couple of months ago.

Due to the nature of the marketing strategy (the trailer came at the very end of the presentation), director J.J. Abrams and company were somewhat limited with what they could talk about and had to dance their way around certain topics. However, the panel did showcase some cool bits from the upcoming film, and we’re going to run them all down here.

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Other than the title, this was the biggest reveal of the entire panel. Sheev Palpatine, overarching villain of the first two trilogies in the Skywalker saga, is returning for the final chapter. Once again, he will be portrayed by the one and only Ian McDiarmid, who first appeared as the character in 1983’s Return of the Jedi. The nature of Palpatine’s reemergence is, of course, heavily guarded for now, but all signs point to him being the movie’s big bad that must be defeated in order for freedom to truly be restored to the galaxy. It’ll be interesting to see how much of Palpatine is showcased in the rest of marketing. Lucasfilm may want to preserve as many of his scenes as possible and rely more on the sequel trilogy’s established characters to sell the film.

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Palpatine isn’t the only Return of the Jedi character coming back for Episode IX. Last summer, it was confirmed Billy Dee Williams would reprise his iconic role as Lando Calrissian. The actor was among the many on hand for the panel, and Lucasfilm gave fans their first look at the old smoothie from the film. Lando’s costume seems heavily inspired by Donald Glover’s outfit in spinoff Solo: A Star Wars Story, with the yellow shirt prominently featured. Calrissian also made a brief appearance in the trailer, flying the Millennium Falcon with Chewie.

The sequel trilogy gave Star Wars fans plenty of new characters to fall in love with, but unlike Luke, Han and Leia in the original trilogy, this new group hasn’t spent much time together. Finn went on separate adventures with Poe and Rey in Force Awakens, and then the trio was separated for much of Last Jedi. During the Rise of Skywalker panel, Abrams confirmed the Resistance heroes would embark on a new mission together, allowing their relationships to further develop and flourish. Part of the Star Wars charm is watching the characters play off each other, so hopefully there’s some fun banter and interactions that rank among the best the saga’s seen.

Related: The Star Wars 9 Title Doesn’t Mean Rey’s A Skywalker

The subject of the trilogy’s most infamous plot hole (will it ever be “another time” to ask that good question?), the Skywalker family lightsaber has been a key component of the sequels so far. Of course, during The Last Jedi, the weapon was literally torn into two halves, though Rey was seen at the end keeping both pieces for herself. Fans wondered if Rey would construct a new lightsaber or simply restore the old one, and it looks like it’s the latter. During the panel, Daisy Ridley stated that the lightsaber lives, and the trailer footage showed her wielding it. Whether it’s fixed at the start of the film or not remains to be seen.

Page 2: New Characters, Droids, and Aliens

Rose Tico was not seen in the trailer, but Kelly Marie Tran is in Episode IX. The actress sat on the panel and a new image of Rose talking with Rey was shown on the screen. While that was happening, Abrams took the opportunity to say how thankful he was that Rian Johnson cast Tran in The Last Jedi, which was a huge, public display of support for her. Tran was incessantly harassed online following The Last Jedi‘s premiere, and it got to the point where she had to leave social media. Lucasfilm seemed to make it a point to champion Tran and her contributions to the films, which is nice to see considering all that happened. How Rose factors into the larger story remains to be seen.

Related: Yes, That’s The Death Star II (& Possibly Endor) In The Star Wars 9 Trailer

Every Star Wars film introduces new characters to the canon, and Rise of Skywalker is no different. Among the many fresh faces is relative newcomer Naomi Ackie, who plays someone called Jannah. Not much was revealed outside of that, but it was confirmed she will cross paths with the main trio, perhaps going along on the adventure with them. At first glance, Jannah would appear to be aligned with the Resistance’s cause, but betrayals are known to happen in Star Wars, so Jannah’s true nature is one of the many questions remaining about Episode IX.

Droids have always been a vital part of the Star Wars franchise. R2-D2 and C-3PO established that legacy back in 1977, with the likes of BB-8, K-2SO, and L3-37 following in their footsteps during the Disney era. Before the book closes on the Skywalker saga, Abrams and company gave the story one last cute robotic companion. His name is Dio (also known as D-0), and a working prop was brought on the Celebration stage to show off. Much like BB-8 once upon a time and then the porgs, Dio looks like he’s taken the mantle of the “adorable cute thing” that’ll sell merchandise like hotcakes. It’s only a matter of time before Sphero welcomes Dio to their app-enabled droid family.

Star Wars is famous for its intricate creature designs, which populate the galaxy with a wide variety of interesting aliens that are instantly recognizable in the pop culture zeitgeist. It’s why just about every film has its own version of “the cantina scene,” allowing the creature shop to go wild and let their imaginations run free. For Rise of Skywalker, there’s a new alien character, and it sounds like he has a decent role. He’s called Klaud, and Abrams described him as a friend of the Resistance that Chewbacca brings in. It’s unknown who plays Klaud, but he’s already left an impression on viewers. The juxtaposition of him next to a Wookiee could be very amusing.

Moviegoers waited a very long time to learn some official details about Rise of Skywalker, and the first tastes were quite tantalizing. Obviously, this is just the beginning of what should be an eight-month long marketing campaign, slowly building up hype and anticipation until the film’s premiere this December. After being in the dark for a while, it’s nice to know at least a few things about the movie.

More: The Rise of Skywalker Trailer Breakdown


2019-04-12 03:04:01

Chris Agar

Star Wars: Episode 9 Panel Officially Confirmed For Celebration 2019

Lucasfilm officially confirms there will be a Star Wars: Episode IX panel at Celebration Chicago next month. As difficult as it is to believe, this year sees the release of the franchise’s latest film, which serves as the culmination of the sequel trilogy and Skywalker saga as a whole. Director J.J. Abrams wrapped up principal photography in February, and as has become par for the course with Lucasfilm, official details about the project remain firmly under wraps. Disney shareholders have been treated to footage of the film, but the general public remains in the dark.

That’s expected to change in the very near future. Reports indicate the first Episode IX trailer will premiere in April, which not so coincidentally is the same month when Star Wars Celebration is held. The previous two installments of the sequel trilogy saw new previews debut at the convention, so it’s largely been presumed that would be the case for the grand finale. Unsurprisingly, it looks like the Episode IX floodgates will finally open soon.

Related: The Big Lesson J.J. Abrams Must Learn From The Force Awakens

The official Star Wars Celebration Twitter account posted confirmation of the Episode IX panel, which will take place on Friday, April 12. Of course, Abrams will be there to talk about the film, though it’s unknown if any other talent will be present. Star Oscar Isaac recently confirmed he’ll be at Celebration, so it wouldn’t be out of the question for a couple actors to join Abrams on the stage.

As for what fans can expect from the panel, one only has to look at the Last Jedi presentation from a couple years ago to get a general idea. Abrams and company will be on hand to reveal some minor details about the movie and then the long-awaited first marketing materials should be unveiled. Back in 2017, attendees were treated to first looks at the teaser poster and teaser trailer, kicking off an extensive promotional campaign that carried on until the film’s premiere in December. Seeing that The Force Awakens and Last Jedi grossed over $3 billion collectively at the worldwide box office, it would be very smart for Lucasfilm to replicate their earlier advertising strategies – particularly since the studio is looking to rebound from the commercial disappointment of Solo last summer.

There may be an extra bit of juice to give the Episode IX panel more buzz (as if it wasn’t hyped enough). Fans might have noticed Lucasfilm has yet to announce the official title, a deviation from their history that indicates something massive is in store. At this point, it wouldn’t be entirely surprising if Star Wars pulled a page out of the Marvel playbook and saved the title for the trailer premiere a la Avengers: Endgame. That would be a way for the Episode IX panel to be extra memorable for those lucky enough to be there.

More: How Star Wars 9’s Trailers Can Avoid Repeating Last Jedi Backlash

Source: Star Wars Celebration


2019-03-13 01:03:10

Chris Agar

Spider-Man: Far From Home Trailer Rated Ahead of Sony’s CCXP Panel

The first trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home has officially been rated ahead of Sony’s CCXP panel on Saturday, indicating an online release shortly after. While MCU fans are left waiting to find out if the Avengers 4 trailer will arrive this week or not, there’s finally evidence to support the impending drop of a full trailer for Tom Holland’s Spidey sequel.

Spider-Man: Homecoming made it clear that the interest in solo Spidey movies still exists after making close to $900 million worldwide. The critical and financial success of the film helped give Sony and Marvel confidence to move quickly on a sequel, and they’ll do just that with Far From Home hitting theaters almost exactly two years after Homecoming. However, the movie has become an even larger talking point thanks to it being the first MCU movie to come out after Avengers 4 and the fact that Peter Parker is technically still a victim of Thanos’ snap, the Decimation. Since the Avengers: Infinity War sequel is full of mystery, we are still in the dark on what the state of the MCU will be when Far From Home begins.

Related: Everything Revealed By Spider-Man: Far From Home Set Photos

The first clues for this should come rather quickly though. Consumer Protection BC (via Trailer-Track) has officially rated the first full trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home. The trailer will run for two minutes and 30 seconds, indicating this will not be a short mysterious teaser. The rating comes days ahead of Sony’s CCXP panel which was previously rumored to be the debut spot of the trailer. This looks even more likely now that the trailer has been rated and should mean that fans around the world will be able to see the trailer online shortly after it debuts in Brazil on Saturday.

There’s already plenty of interest in Far From Home, but it will be fascinating to see what the first trailer does and does not show. Sony has both the stealth suit and new red and black design on display at CCXP, so fans shouldn’t be surprised if either make an appearance in the trailer. Jake Gyllenhaal also recently confirmed his involvement as Mysterio with a hilarious video, so he should be heavily featured as well.

The big question for many in regards to Far From Home‘s trailer is how it will or won’t address its post-Avengers 4 status. There’s plenty of theories that Peter will be working for S.H.I.E.L.D. in the movie, but the organization is still defunct in the films and Nick Fury and Maria Hill are also snap victims. But, if Avengers 4 does end with major Avengers dying (such as Peter’s mentor Iron Man), this will surely play a part in Far From Home‘s story thanks to it picking up “minutes after” the Phase 3 conclusion. This should lead to plenty of trailer analysis for Spider-Man: Far From Home after it debuts on Saturday – especially if the Avengers 4 trailer isn’t out by then.

MORE: Every Spider-Man: Far From Home Update You Need To Know

Source: Consumer Protection BC [via Trailer-Track]



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2018-12-06 01:12:57

Johnny Depp Feels Bad J.K. Rowling Had to Defend His Casting to Harry Potter Fans

Johnny Depp is finally addressing those who oppose his casting in the upcoming Harry Potter film, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, including how they have affected writer J.K. Rowling. Last year, following the release of the first cast photo for the film, the author expressed her support of the casting. Rowling, along with director David Yates, skated around the concerns, saying that she is “genuinely happy” to have him on board.

Controversy regarding Depp’s involvement in the beloved franchise came about around the time of the first film. Depp had been embroiled in a legal battle with his ex-wife, Amber Heard, over allegations of domestic violence. The Aquaman actress responded to a statement made by Warner Bros. (the studio behind both films), sharing the joint statement released by the pair following their divorce, but indicating that she is not necessarily in support of her ex.

Related: Johnny Depp Confirms Fantastic Beasts 3 Return As Grindelwald

Now, Depp is speaking out for the first time about his role, and a little about the various allegations against him. In an interview with EW, the actor remarks that he “felt bad” that Rowling was called to defend her choice to cast him. However, he maintains that he is innocent, remarking that he is suing The Sun for defamation. He insists that Rowling is aware of his innocence, which is why she supports him. “She would not stand up if she didn’t know the truth. So that’s really it,” he says.

The allegations he speaks of goes beyond those made by Heard. In July, Depp was sued for assault surrounding an incident that allegedly occurred on the set of his film City of Lies. The actor fought back, claiming that the accusations were false and he didn’t ever touch the defendant, location manager Gregg “Rocky” Brooks. In August, just a month before the film’s scheduled release, City of Lies was pulled, though it’s unknown if this was connected. But in the case of Fantastic Beasts, things continue on as they have.

The studio has clearly fully embraced Depp in the role. At San Diego Comic-Con 2018, he appeared separate from his fellow actors during the Warner Bros. panel, making a speech as Gellert Grindelwald. He is also featured prominently in the latest image for the Fantastic Beasts sequel, front and center with his back to the viewer as the rest of the characters, including Eddie Redmayne’s Newt Scamander and Judd Law’s young Albus Dumbledore, face forward looking at him. Now that it’s been announced that he’ll be returning in the third film, it seems as though everyone has decided to lean in and ignore the problematic allegations against Depp, even as they persist.

More: Johnny Depp’s Casting In Fantastic Beasts 2 Is A Mistake

Source: EW



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2018-10-11 03:10:55 – Becca Bleznak

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

James Gunn’s Secret Horror Movie Gets a Title & New Release Date

Sony has revealed the title of James Gunn’s latest horror film and pushed the release date to 2019. Writer and director Gunn is best known for his work with Marvel Studios, namely Guardians of the Galaxy and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, but his directorial debut was in the horror genre with Slither, in 2006.

Although he hasn’t directed a horror film since then, he hasn’t stayed far from it, having penned the remake of Dawn of the Dead in 2004, and written and produced the horror-thriller The Belko Experiment in 2016. Last year, it was announced Gunn was producing a new horror film alongside production company The H Collective from a script written by his brother, Brian Gunn, and their cousin, Mark Gunn. The project has been kept under wraps for months, but Sony finally shared some information on it, including a new release date.

Related: James Gunn’s Guardians 3 Script Will Be Used, Confirms Sean Gunn

The Wrap reports that Sony has pushed back Gunn’s film, now titled BrightBurn, from November of this year to May 24, 2019, placing another horror film (The Possession of Hannah Grace) in its spot. BrightBurn is directed by David Yarovesky (The Hive) and stars Elizabeth Banks, who also starred in Gunn’s Slither. Sadly, the studio didn’t share any plot details, so that will remain a mystery for a bit longer.

Back in July, Gunn was scheduled to appear at Sony’s Hall H panel in San Diego Comic-Con to talk about the project, teasing it was something “dark, sweet and special”. However, his appearance was cancelled at the last minute following his firing from Disney after some old tweets were brought to light. Gunn even shared a teaser image for the then-untitled project, which had some fans speculating about a Bloodborne adaptation.

Since then, Gunn has stayed away from social media and no details on his non-Marvel projects had been revealed until now. Aside from his work as writer and director in Guardians of the Galaxy and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, he also directed the mid-credits scene in Thor: The Dark World, Stan Lee’s cameo in Doctor Strange, and served as executive producer on Avengers: Infinity War and the upcoming Avengers 4.

For now, moviegoers can only speculate on the tone BrightBurn will have, and given Gunn’s and Yarovesky’s background in the horror genre, a film more gore-oriented with a good amount of psychological horror can be expected. Hopefully, it won’t be long until Sony releases an official synopsis for the film, as well as a first look – either official photos or a teaser.

More: Marvel Studios’ TV Shows Are The Perfect Way To Bring James Gunn Back

Source: The Wrap



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2018-10-08 06:10:15 – Adrienne Tyler