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Bond 25: Lashana Lynch Reportedly Playing Female 007 Agent

In Bond 25, the next installment in the long-running James Bond franchise, Captain Marvel’s Lashana Lynch will reportedly be assuming 007’s license to kill. However while Lynch’s character will hold the 007 agent number, she’s not playing the character of James Bond himself. That role remains with Daniel Craig, who’s played the iconic British secret agent in the most recent four Bond films.

When Craig announced that he’d be hanging up his Walther PPK after Bond 25, speculation began swirling around what kind of person might be next tapped to step into the role and continue the venerable series. It’s been wondered about since even before the announcement of his impending retirement, especially the question of if the next actor to take over leading the franchise would be a woman rather than a man, or be a non-white performer.

Related: Bond 25 Theory: Lashana Lynch Is Playing The NEW 007 Replacement

A Bond 25 production insider reportedly told UK’s The Daily Mail that the film opens with Craig’s Bond retired, while back at the MI6 offices, agency director M welcomes 007 into her office, and Lynch enters the room in response. The insider commented that, “Bond, of course, is sexually attracted to the new female 007 and tries his usual seduction tricks, but is baffled when they don’t work on a brilliant, young black woman who basically rolls her eyes at him and has no interest in jumping into his bed. Well, certainly not at the beginning.

It’s unclear how much Lynch’s character of Nomi is as it was in the original version of the Bond 25 script, as BBC’s creator and star of Fleabag, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, at the request of Craig himself, was brought in as a script doctor to help do a polish as well as to make sure that the franchise evolves with the times. When asked during a previous interview if Bond was still a relevant character in the modern 21st century era, Waller-Bridge said, “I think he’s absolutely relevant now. [The franchise] has just got to grow. It has just got to evolve, and the important thing is that the film treats the women properly. He doesn’t have to. He needs to be true to his character.

It seems that Bond 25 is striving to find its balance between the classic Bond stories and villains, as we’ve seen with the news of the character of Blofeld returning to the big screen, and more contemporary gender perspectives. The insider commented that within the Bond production offices, the term Bond Girls is no longer being used, but rather Bond Women. It’ll be a classic Bond, finding his way through a world with women fighting alongside him rather than hiding behind him.

More: Bond 25 Reportedly Halts Production Due To Daniel Craig Injury

Source: The Daily Mail


2019-07-14 01:07:45

Bill Watters

Bond 25: Lashana Lynch Reportedly Playing Female 007 Agent

In Bond 25, the next installment in the long-running James Bond franchise, Captain Marvel’s Lashana Lynch will reportedly be assuming 007’s license to kill. However while Lynch’s character will hold the 007 agent number, she’s not playing the character of James Bond himself. That role remains with Daniel Craig, who’s played the iconic British secret agent in the most recent four Bond films.

When Craig announced that he’d be hanging up his Walther PPK after Bond 25, speculation began swirling around what kind of person might be next tapped to step into the role and continue the venerable series. It’s been wondered about since even before the announcement of his impending retirement, especially the question of if the next actor to take over leading the franchise would be a woman rather than a man, or be a non-white performer.

Related: Bond 25 Theory: Lashana Lynch Is Playing The NEW 007 Replacement

A Bond 25 production insider reportedly told UK’s The Daily Mail that the film opens with Craig’s Bond retired, while back at the MI6 offices, agency director M welcomes 007 into her office, and Lynch enters the room in response. The insider commented that, “Bond, of course, is sexually attracted to the new female 007 and tries his usual seduction tricks, but is baffled when they don’t work on a brilliant, young black woman who basically rolls her eyes at him and has no interest in jumping into his bed. Well, certainly not at the beginning.

It’s unclear how much Lynch’s character of Nomi is as it was in the original version of the Bond 25 script, as BBC’s creator and star of Fleabag, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, at the request of Craig himself, was brought in as a script doctor to help do a polish as well as to make sure that the franchise evolves with the times. When asked during a previous interview if Bond was still a relevant character in the modern 21st century era, Waller-Bridge said, “I think he’s absolutely relevant now. [The franchise] has just got to grow. It has just got to evolve, and the important thing is that the film treats the women properly. He doesn’t have to. He needs to be true to his character.

It seems that Bond 25 is striving to find its balance between the classic Bond stories and villains, as we’ve seen with the news of the character of Blofeld returning to the big screen, and more contemporary gender perspectives. The insider commented that within the Bond production offices, the term Bond Girls is no longer being used, but rather Bond Women. It’ll be a classic Bond, finding his way through a world with women fighting alongside him rather than hiding behind him.

More: Bond 25 Reportedly Halts Production Due To Daniel Craig Injury

Source: The Daily Mail


2019-07-14 01:07:45

Bill Watters

Days Gone: The Best Tips & Tricks to Know Before Playing

Days Gone is finally here, and there are quite a few tips and tricks that players should know before getting started. Even though the Days Gone story leaves a bit to be desired, there’s a lot to love about the full-on freaker massacres in store, and the many ways Deacon can dispatch his foes. The third-person open world shooter has a familiar approach for fans of Red Dead Redemption, Last of Us, or Mad Max, but there’s a few important distinctions to keep in mind.

Though not crushingly difficult, Days Gone does have a large difficulty spike towards the end, when taking down hordes becomes required instead of a random encounter you might run away from. Though there are plenty of early missions to learn the ropes of Deacons’ various skills: stealth, bike-riding, crafting, and so forth, some things aren’t explained quite as well. And so, it’s understandable for players to want to know some Days Gone tips and tricks.

Related: Days Gone Review: A Cliche Open-World Zombie Love Story

Before you hop into your first playthrough, check out Screen Rant’s tips and tricks for Days Gone below. It’s always helpful to have a little assistance in the post-apocalypse.

  • You’ll burn fuel fast driving around on your bike Oregon, so make sure to add gas stations to your route (they’re marked on the map).
  • You’ll save a lot on gas by taking your foot off the petal when heading downhill. Don’t always do this; sometimes in a chase you need to go fast, but know that coasting downhill may get you just the extra distance you need to make it to a gas station to fuel up again.
  • Water is bad news for motorcycles, and even driving through shallow water can damage your bike. Though it isn’t too costly to repair it, you’ll want to save as much scrap as you can for other crafting opportunities.
  • You need to loot after every fight, all the time. Bandits you kill will always have something; whether it’s an already-constructed bandage or medkit, or just an ingredient for a certain recipe. Their camps are often littered in supplies as well: scrap, kerosene, etc. It may not be incredibly engaging, but you’ll thank yourself for checking every nook and cranny later. Unfortunately, the primary enemies in the game, freakers, don’t carry much on them. But simply running over their corpse will place an ear in Deacon’s inventory. These ears can be sold as bounties at the various camps, increasing your credits and trust. Why they pay for freaker ears, we don’t know, but they should always be looted so they can be turned in and used to get upgrades or guns.
  • Don’t hold onto your credits until the end of Days Gone. The various camps offer a lot of tantalizing upgrades. Copeland can get your bike in tip-top shape, and Tucker has a veritable arsenal of guns. While it is important to level up both your fighting and your… flighting, make your priority a new set of arms. Deacon starts Days Gone with a junk condition pistol (the worst level) and later gets a rifle as his primary weapon. They’re functional, but once you get your Trust with Tuck’s camp up to Level 1, there are a lot better guns you can buy. Don’t wait on leveling up trust or save up hard-earned credits to buy the really high-tier items. They may look amazing (and trust us, they are) but you need something in the interim.
  • Days Gone features an extensive day-night weather system that is at times beautiful. Exploring the rainy forests of Oregon is not without its pleasures. However, the changing weather and time also leads to a lot of enemy unpredictability. Most noticeably, freakers are out in full force at night and are a lot more aggressive. They’re still out during the day of course, just less in numbers and less willing to give up the chase. Keep in mind this isn’t always the case; some missions will feature hordes of these freaks irregardless. If you’re struggling with a particular mission (one that doesn’t auto set the time or weather), try sleeping at one of the various beds and advancing the time or simply doing another activity and trying again when the weather’s changed.
  • Way before the game is ready to introduce you to them, you may encounter a huge cluster of freakers, moving together like a mob. This is a horde, and they are tough. Each horde consists of around 150 or so of the undead and they can easily overwhelm you. If you run into one with low ammo, very few health kits, and most importantly – no molotovs, turn around. There’s no shame in running from a fight, especially one that you can’t win.
  • NERO checkpoints often have anywhere from 2-6 loudspeakers. Once the power goes back on, these puppies will ring out, bringing down the wrath of freakers around you. To avoid this, you can either shoot the speakers down with a silenced gun or cut them down with a knife by climbing on top of the outpost. Be careful to look for hidden speakers in trees (sometimes they can be a bit tricky!).
  • Use napalm molotovs all the time. Though the recipe is essentially the same as basic molotovs with a bit more ingredients that are a bit rarer, these guys are necessary in taking out hordes. Necessary. Fire can spread quickly over a large group of baddies and kills them much faster than praying and spraying.
  • Gunfire attracts more freakers. Yes, guns also kill freakers, but if you keep firing in a crowded area, you’ll end up firing for a long time, wasting precious ammo. So instead of shooting these bad guys when there are only a few around you, take out a trusty crafted (or found) melee weapon and go to town.

Mastering all of these concepts in Days Gone will ensure that you’re prepared for the horde, marauders, and anything that the apocalypse can throw at you. Keep in mind that these may not suit your playstyle, so mix and match as you see fit.

Next: The Real Reason Days Gone Removed Player Choices


2019-04-25 02:04:31

Ty Sheedlo

Mortal Kombat 11: The Best Tips & Tricks To Know Before Playing

Mortal Kombat 11 is arguably a great jumping on point for beginners and older players who haven’t picked up a title in the long-running series for a while, with its time-bending storyline and highly polished fighting mechanics. With any game, though, there’s bound to be a learning curve involved and Mortal Kombat 11 is no exception.

The difference between Mortal Kombat 11 and other games, however, is that a lot of vital tricks to succeeding at or making the game a somewhat easier experience are hidden beneath the surface. This isn’t really new to a Mortal Kombat game, either, but this most recent iteration does a few things differently. With that in mind, there are a few different things players can do this time around, from completing early tasks to unlock skins for each character to making some of the difficulty away from some of oft-frustrating Towers of Time mode.

Related: Mortal Kombat 11 Fatal Blows Explained & How-To Guide

Some of these Mortal Kombat 11 tips and tricks are easier to accomplish than others, but all of them will make the game slightly easier or more enjoyable in the long run. Below you’ll find a comprehensive list of these various Mortal Kombat 11 tips and tricks that you’ll want to know about before booting up the game:

  • Make sure to complete each character tutorial, as it’ll guarantee you a new skin for each. This actually serves two purposes, as the very intuitive tutorials will make you a much better fighter as you learn the ins and outs of each of the quite large roster of characters.
  • Keep an eye on the offensive and defensive meters at the bottom left and right sides of the screen. Holding R1 or RB (depending on your console) and attacking will unleash more powerful attacks while defensive breakaway maneuvers (R2 or RT) will help you recover faster. These meters can deplete, but they will recharge.
  • Use projectile Konsumables in the Living Towers mode, especially with modifiers where it makes it basically impossible to block enemy attacks or buffs. This will increase your chances of winning and make the frustration at least somewhat bearable.
  • Customize character loadouts, as the standard ones may not play to your strengths as a fighter. Completing the aforementioned tutorials first will make customization all the better, as well, as you’ll better understand each character’s strengths and weaknesses.
  • Complete the story mode. This may seem like a no-brainer, but every activity in Mortal Kombat 11 rewards currency and cosmetics, including the story mode. It’s a great way to build some Koins before you head into competitive fighting.
  • Focus on one character at a time for augment slots. Otherwise you’ll be spreading your Koin spending out too thin and end up with a bunch of underpowered fighters. Pick your favorite and grind as much as you can stand toward making them powerful. It’ll pay off in the long run. Though, hopefully this changes with NetherRealm Studios’ promised updates to make things less grindy.
  • Experiment with combos. The move list is great for learning the basics of combat, but there are a ton of hidden combos for each character. Play around with different button combinations and see what wonderfully violent combos you can discover.
  • Complete daily challenges. These are a surefire way to getting Koins and other forms of currency as fast as possible. It will help you in both the Towers and Krypt modes.

While there are certainly other ways to become better at Mortal Kombat 11, the above list of tips and tricks are some of the best ways to turn yourself from a novice to a pro in a short amount of time. Keep in mind that a lot of these tips and tricks won’t help you much in ranked play as NetherRealm has designed it with previously designed character variations to ensure balance.

More: Mortal Kombat 11 Ending Explained (& How To Get All THREE Endings)


2019-04-24 02:04:51

Corey Hoffmeyer

World War Z: Best Tips, Tricks, & Hints To Know Before Playing

Before you take on the zombie apocalypse in World War Z, prepare yourself with these tips and tricks. Saber Interactive’s zombie apocalypse co-op shooter, World War Z, is finally out in the wild, and players are having a blast with the game’s non-stop barrage of high-octane action and class-based co-op multiplayer.

World War Z isn’t a cakewalk, and even the most hardened players might have hard time trying to survive the endless waves of zombies hungry for the taste of fresh flesh. Especially on harder difficulties, it’s easy to get overrun by the horde. A four-person squad may seem like an unstoppable force, but the tough zombies will exploit any weakness in their quest for yummy brains.

Related: Here’s What Left 4 Dead 3 Could Have Looked Like

For beginning players, as well as those who’ve already cut their teeth in World War Z‘s first week (at least after overcoming the game’s continuing problems with connectivity and crashing), we’ve assembled some pro tips on how to survive World War Z.

  • Start On Easy: There are five difficulty levels in World War Z. The natural instinct might be to start on Normal or Hard, but it’s better to start on Easy. For an initial playthrough, it’s best to just enjoy the light storytelling and get a feel for the levels and which weapons work best for you. It sounds obvious, but it’s best to learn how to play before trying to conquer Insane difficulty.
  • Bring Friends: World War Z is an online multiplayer co-op game. Like Diablo, Borderlands, Destiny, Army of Two, or, honestly, any co-op game, it’s best played with friends. Trying to conquer levels on Hard difficulty or above can be blisteringly difficult without proper communication, and that’s best handled with friends.
  • Stay In Formation: Most levels in World War Z feature numerous encounters where the team is placed in a wide open area and tasked with defending a position from an onslaught of hundreds of zombies. In the very first level, the concept is introduced via the battle at the mall atrium, in which the team must set up defenses and hold the line against a swarm of zeke who are trying to climb a fence and enter the mall. Communication is key; if a well-armed team delegates responsibility over each portion of the fence, the situation can be resolved with only a minimum number of zombies making it into the mall.
  • Stick Together: In addition to the arena-style horde fights, World War Z also features more traditional corridor shooting. It’s tempting to race through these areas and reach the next objective, but that’s an easy way to get killed. Creeper and Bull zombies can overpower an unaware player and incapacitate them until they’re rescued by another player, meaning “lone wolf” players are better served running with the pack, so to speak.
  • Seriously, Stick Together: Several objectives, including the final leg of the first level in New York, involve scouring a large area for items and returning them to a central point. It may seem tempting to split up and cover more ground, but that path can quickly lead to a TPK (total party kill). Zombies don’t have to divide and conquer when players willingly split up and offer themselves up to be eaten by the horde. At the very least, split up into pairs, so one player can always cover the other’s back. Still, on any difficulty harder than Normal, stick together at all costs.
  • Stay Stealthy: Many areas can be conquered without arousing the attention of the whole horde of zombies. Sticking with silenced weapons like the initial pistols and melee strikes can allow like-minded teams to clear even large rooms without taking a single point of damage. Many level 4 or 5 weapons also feature silencers, including the Combat Shotgun and Sporting Combine (two of our personal favorites)
  • Choose Your Weapon: Save for exceptions like the Heavy Weapons class and certainone-offs like the Revolver and Double Barrel Shotgun (not to be confused with the Compact Shotgun), nearly every weapon in the game earns XP with use and can level up, to a maximum of Level 5. Once you find a gun you like, try to stick with it and it can become more powerful after investing some Credits. That being said…
  • Spend Credits Wisely: Whether it’s purchasing class-specific upgrades, upgrading weapons, or even upgrading multiplayer classes, everything in World War Z costs credits. While it can be tempting to upgrade everything, there’s just not enough credits to go around. It’s better to pick and choose. Especially in the early game, where you’ll be playing on the easier difficulties, it’s not worth buying every single upgrade; instead, purchase the Level two versions, which cost 150 credits, and then wait for the Level 5 version, which costs 1000. Beating levels on higher difficulties awards more credits, so the more you play, the more powerful you get, the more credits you earn. The progression curve is surprisingly natural in this respect.

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  • Choose Your Class: There are six classes in World War Z, each with different strengths and quirks. At the start, the classes seem practically identical, though they really start to become distinct around level 10 or so. When playing on Easy and even Normal, there’s not much strategy to class selection, but having a Medic and Fixer on hand becomes vital on the highest difficulties.
  • Bring A Medic And A Fixer: Medics can partially restore their own health when healing allies, and restore more health when using medkits. Since medkits are a scarce and precious resource in World War Z, a little extra healing power truly goes a long way. Starting at Level 10, Fixers can start each level with a rare Breach Charge, which can open doors to exceptionally powerful weapons, defenses, and medkits. On Insane difficulty, a Breach Charge can easily be the difference between triumphant success and embarrassing failure.
  • Seriously, Bring A Fixer: Fixers don’t carry grenades, tasers, or molotov cocktails: instead, they carry supply drops, which can load any teammate’s primary weapon with explosive ammo. These bullets are so powerful, they can tear through even a Bull zombie in a matter of seconds. When holding the line against a swarm, a strategically deployed supply drop can make all the difference.
  • How To Handle A Zombie Wall: Some of the best moments in World War Z come when a swarm of zombies attempts to scale a vertical structure. The visual spectacle of the incredible animation is matched by the tension and excitement of trying to stop the horde from reaching the top. The best way to handle a wall of zombies is to launch explosives at the base, while a sharpshooter or two snipe stragglers who manage to elude fiery death. With coordination and a little luck, a skilled team can take down a wall without a single zombie making it over.
  • How To Dodge A Bull: World War Z lacks a dodge roll, so Bull zombies can be particularly dangerous. They can take a lot of damage before going down, and have a nasty move where they charge a player and grab them, dealing continuous damage until they’re taken down by other players. Once one has its sights on a player, it’s really tough to evade a Bull, but there is a trick: put something between you and the Bull. Try to position yourself so the Bull will crash into a conveniently-placed obstacle; it will save a lot of grief!
  • Watch Out For Creepers: The Bull’s counterpart is the Creeper, who hides until a player gets close before pouncing on its target. As with the Bull, a player grabbed by a Creeper is completely incapacitated and must be rescued by a teammate. However, Creepers don’t have noticeably more health than regular zombies, and a player with quick reflexes can often take one down before they use their grab move. When a Creeper is in the area, the characters will comment on it; use this opportunity to check tight corners, the preferred hiding spot of these nasty critters.
  • Try PvPvZ: In addition to the co-op story, there is also a somewhat traditional multiplayer suite. Zombie swarms are still present in these 4v4 modes, adding a unique twist on an otherwise standard assortment of modes. Winning a match gains players a cool 250 credits, and getting together with a skilled team can lead to a windfall of currency which can be used to further upgrade weapons and classes.

Next: World War Z Releases Hot Fix to Address Launch Connectivity Bugs


2019-04-21 04:04:14

Zak Wojnar

Mike Myers Playing Multiple Characters in New Netflix Comedy Series

Mike Myers will be playing multiple characters in a new Netflix comedy series. Back in the 1990s, Myers was one of the hottest TV comedians around, taking his Wayne’s World sketch (alongside Dana Carvey) to international heights with two films, and briefly introducing a variety of popular catchphrases.

After leaving SNL in 1995, Myers struck gold with his Austin Powers character, a 1960s era, snaggle-toothed secret agent created as a parody of James Bond. Once again, catchphrases abounded and the character was so popular that it went on to spawn two more films in the franchise, with years of rumors persisting that a fourth is on its way. In addition to the popularity of Austin Powers, Myers was also responsible in part for the huge success of Disney’s Shrek series, in which the former SNL star voiced the big green eponymous ogre in three feature films, numerous spin-offs and several straight to home video releases. Most recently, Myers appeared as EMI record executive Ray Foster in the Oscar-winning Freddie Mercury biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody, as well as the host of ABC’s revival of The Gong Show.

Related: Bohemian Rhapsody’s Mike Myers Cameo Was Cheesy (And Brilliant)

With his penchant for playing a wide variety of unique characters well documented, it was only a matter of time before Myers stepped forward with something new. And while Austin Powers fans may be disappointed that the lecherous 1960s spy isn’t returning just yet, Variety is reporting that Myers will be the latest celebrity to find support at Netflix with a brand new project.

The yet to be titled comedy series will see Myers star as well as executive produce, and has been given a six-episode order from Netflix. Aside from this, not much else is currently known. Speaking about the new project, Myers said, “I love creating characters and Netflix has given me a fantastic playground to play in.” Though Myers has an extensive career that includes roles on TV and the big screen, he’s never been directly involved in a sitcom, meaning this will be new ground for the star. Myers’ relative unfamiliarity with the medium shouldn’t be cause for concern, however, as he’s no stranger to all the behind the camera work that’s required for any production to have a chance at success. His 2013 documentary Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon saw him flaunt his first-time directorial chops with success, creating a true-life and touching portrait of one of Hollywood’s greatest talent managers.

For some, the name Mike Myers might elicit little more reaction than a roll of the eyes. But for others, Myers has been consistently missing from Hollywood’s comedic output over the last decade or two. Undeniably talented, it’s been a long time since fans were treated to something more than small cameos in films or being the star of someone else’s variety series. Exactly what Myers will bring to the crowded Netflix table remains to be seen, but whatever it is, he’s sure to take it all on with the same comedic gusto that’s previously made him such a pop culture phenomenon.

More: Is There A Link Between Halloween’s Michael Myers & Mike Myers The Actor?

Source: Variety


2019-04-17 07:04:03

Mike Jones

The Suicide Squad: Idris Elba is Playing a New Character, Not Deadshot

Idris Elba is no longer replacing Will Smith as Deadshot in James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad, and will portray a new character instead. The DC Extended Universe has undergone some dramatic changes in the aftermath of Justice League‘s box office disappointment in 2017, with previously announced films like The Flash and Green Lantern Corps having – apparently – fallen by the wayside for now. However, in spite of the shifting tides, the followup to David Ayer’s commercial hit Suicide Squad is still chugging along, albeit now under the supervision of the filmmaker behind the Guardians of the Galaxy movies.

While DCEU producer Peter Safran recently described The Suicide Squad as a “total reboot” of the franchise, it’s become clear that isn’t really true. Case in point: Margot Robbie is set to reprise her Suicide Squad role as Harley Quinn in Gunn’s movie, and Jai Courtney has now confirmed that he’ll be back as Captain Boomerang too. Meanwhile, Will Smith was originally slated to reprise his role as Deadshot in Gunn’s movie, but has since stepped away from the project due to a scheduling conflict.

Related: Why The Suicide Squad is NOT a Reboot

Although Elba was originally said to be replacing Smith as Deadshot in The Suicide Squad, it turns out that won’t be the case. Variety has since learned that the actor will play a new character instead, in a move that’s partly meant to leave the door open for Smith to play Deadshot again in the future (either in Suicide Squad 3 or maybe even the previously-discussed Deadshot solo film).

All things considered, this sounds like a smart move. Elba is such a big name these days that it only makes sense for him to play a DC character all his own, as opposed to “filling in” for Smith. Beyond that, Variety says the team behind Gunn’s movie were concerned that replacing Smith this way was disrespectful, seeing as he stepped away from the film because of scheduling and not over creative differences. As for who Elba will play in the DCEU… well, that’s open to speculation for the time being. Gunn’s Suicide Squad screenplay reportedly includes new additions to the team like King Shark, Peacemaker, Polka-Dot Man, and Ratcatcher, though it’s possible the plan is for Elba to play someone else entirely. Again, he’s an in-demand actor for good reason, and will surely have an important – and meaty – role in the movie (whatever it ends up being).

Reading between the lines, this also feels like further confirmation that The Suicide Squad is at most a soft reboot of the property. Presumably, Warner Bros. is trying to distance Gunn’s film from Ayer’s critically derided Suicide Squad movie by calling it a reboot, as opposed to a sequel with characters both new and returning. Gunn, on the other hand, seems intent on maintaining a sense of continuity between Ayer’s DCEU entry and The Suicide Squad, and even has Viola Davis coming back as Amanda Waller. Considering the cast and characters had little to do with the problems with Ayer’s movie, their return is more than welcome here.

MORE: Every DC Movie Confirmed For After Shazam!

Source: Variety


2019-04-05 02:04:03

Sandy Schaefer

Andrew Garfield Reflects On His Time Playing Spider-Man

Andrew Garfield, star of The Amazing Spider-Man films, opens up about playing the web-slinging hero. Debuting in Marc Webb’s 2012 The Amazing Spider-Man, the actor reprised the role again in 2014’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2 alongside Emma Stone who played Peter Parker’s love interest, Gwen Stacey. The movie received mixed reviews and was a let-down compared to its predecessor. It also earned less than the original film despite an increase in production budget.

There had been plans for a third film in The Amazing Spider-Man franchise after the sequel, which was originally touted to kick-start Sony’s own superhero film series with several spinoffs hingeing on the sequel, including Venom and Sinister Six. The studio still moved forward with Venom starring Tom Hardy, which made decent money despite mixed reviews, and is now being positioned to launch the halted universe with Jared Leto’s Morbius and the Black Cat and Silver Sable films on the way on top of Venom 2. The main Spider-Man saga, however, met its unexpected end with Sony striking a deal with Marvel Studios to share the character, who is now played by Tom Holland in the MCU.

Related: Spider-Man in the MCU: The Marvel/Sony Deal Explained

Almost four years since he vacated the Spider-Man role, Garfield has moved on with other projects outside the superhero genre. However, a specific moment in his latest film Under the Silver Lake subtly references his days of playing the iconic Marvel hero, re-energizing conversations about that time in his career. During a recent appearance discussing the David Robert Mitchell film caught on video and shared on Twitter by schnapvsideer, the actor was asked about the said scene causing him to open up. Toward the end, he called his relation with the character “very complicated.” Watch the full clip below:

In the Under the Silver Lake, Sam (Maguire) gets his hand stuck on a sticky Spider-Man comic book. It clung to his left hand for a few seconds before he got very frustrated with it, causing him to fling it out of the frame. The scene was hilarious, but it also says a lot when one considers how the role (and him eventually losing it) haunted Garfield for a while. It was no secret how passionate Garfield was with Spider-Man – even making a surprise appearance at San Diego Comic-Con where he made a moving speech regarding being able to play the character. Even now, he remains a fan of the hero, but having the experience he had portraying it understandably made him develop a bit of distaste to it.

What makes Garfield’s history with the character much worse is the fact that it wasn’t his fault that The Amazing Spider-Man franchise wasn’t as well-received as Sony wanted it. While it was quite jarring that the actor was playing a teen given his age at that time, he sold the role effectively and his chemistry with Stone was off the charts. It all boiled down to the studio not really knowing how to approach the character as evidenced by leaked emails from their top executives. Whether or not Garfield will ever be involved in another Spider-Man project remains to be seen. His version of the hero was supposed to be featured in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse alongside Tobey Maguire’s and Holland’s versions but was ultimately scrapped out. That doesn’t mean, however, that it won’t happen in the planned sequel.

More: How Sony Ruined (And Then Saved) Spider-Man

Source: Andrew Garfield (via schnapvsideer)



2019-03-18 05:03:43

Ana Dumaraog

Playing Black Panther’s M’Baku Almost Cost Winston Duke His Us Role

Winston Duke’s Marvel character nearly cost him a role in Jordan Peele’s upcoming psychological horror film Us. In the MCU, Duke portrays M’Baku in Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, and the upcoming Avengers: Endgame. For his Black Panther performance, the American actor won a Screen Actors Guild Award, and was also nominated by the MTV Movie Awards for Best Fight, alongside Chadwick Boseman. 

Born in Tobago, the 32-year-old Duke moved to the United States at age nine. He later attended Yale University, where he received a Master of Fine Arts in Acting degree alongside future Us co-star Lupita Nyong’o. From 2014 to 2016, Duke appeared on the TV series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Person of Interest, The Messengers, Major Crimes, and Modern Family, before landing his feature film debut role in Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther. In the MCU, Duke’s character is the leader of the Jabari tribe who initially opposes T’Challa in Wakanda, but ultimately chooses to fight alongside him against Erik Killmonger. In Avengers: Infinity War, M’Baku manages to survive the genocidal wrath of Thanos. 

Related: How M’Baku the Man-Ape Became Black Panther’s Best Character

Per THR, Us director Peele initially believed that Duke might’ve been too tough to portray the family man Gabe Wilson. After all, the actor was primarily known for his overwhelming MCU character, a trait that doesn’t align with the narrative premise for Peele’s second feature. According to the director, the presence of a notable MCU star could’ve affected the viewing experience: “It would take away from our ability to feel afraid [for the family] if they have M’Baku on their side. [On the other hand] Winston had this charisma that just stole scenes and really left an impression.” In other words, a world of MCU fans, or those familiar with Black Panther, could subconsciously connect M’Baku to Duke’s Us character, one who’s fighting an entirely different battle.

On March 8, Us premiered at SXSW in Austin, Texas. Critics praised Peele’s follow-up to the 2017 modern classic Get Out, for which the filmmaker earned an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. As for Duke, both fans and critics alike are buzzing about his Us performance, in which he plays a man whose family comes face-to-face with horrifying versions of themselves – “The Tethered” – during a California vacation. In the Blumhouse film, Duke’s role seems to require a more subdued acting approach, at least in comparison to M’Baku’s imposing bravado. 

Nyong’o has already won an Academy Award for her 2013 performance in 12 Years a Slave, and Duke similarly has major potential for further awards success in the years to come. After Us, the actor will next appear in Peter Berg’s novel adaption Wonderland.

More: Us Early Reactions: A Bizarre & Horrifying Must-See

Source: Cinema Blend


2019-03-17 10:03:33

Q.V. Hough

Idris Elba Jokes About Playing James Bond in SNL Sketch

Idris Elba has joked about playing James Bond in a new SNL sketch. Elba, who has amassed a lengthy acting resume over the years with roles in the TV series Luther, as well as a variety of high profile film projects like the Avengers franchise, is no stranger to the lure of James Bond.

In 2015, when Daniel Craig told reporters that he’d rather slash his wrists than play British super spy James Bond again, the world was abuzz with speculation and rumors as to who could be the next actor in line to take on the iconic role. Of all the names offered up for consideration at the time, the one name that seemed to get the most mileage (or at least create the largest debate) was Elba’s. Of course, Craig later backtracked on his apparent disdain for the 007 role that made him a household name, and after a variety of setbacks were cleared up, it was confirmed that Craig would return for Bond 25, thereby ending the speculation that Elba might actually have a shot.

Related: All The Evidence Idris Elba WON’T Be James Bond

Even now however, with Bond 25 well on its way toward kicking off production, the Idris Elba as Bond phenomenon is not so easily forgotten. Given its popularity and the unknown future that lies ahead for Bond should Craig stay true to his word and make this his last 007 film, SNL and Elba took the chance to poke fun at the very idea of Elba knowing what it takes to play the legendary super suave, super cool spy. Check out the video below for the entire sketch, though the Bond-specific joke begins at the 4:53 mark.

The sketch imagines a game show called Can I Play That? in which unknown actors try to guess the roles that they are best suited for. At one point, after suffering a lengthy list of rejections regarding the roles he can play, Elba responds to the question of “Can you play James Bond?” by saying, “Hey, I know the answer to that one!” whereby the host of the ridiculous game show, Kenan Thompson, cringes and asks, “Do you, though?” The moment is a poignant, yet humorous one for those who desperately wanted to see Elba become 007, and it’s not the first time that Elba has shown his sense of humor over the missed opportunity, either. Bond fans will remember the “awkward look” photo shared by Elba during last year’s Golden Globe Awards.

All jokes aside, if things go according to plan – and let’s be honest, it seems that when it comes to James Bond, things rarely go to plan – and Craig call it quits after Bond 25, there will still be a 007 vacancy. Elba has previously claimed that he doesn’t want to be defined by such a huge role, though whether those are his true feelings or just a method by which to continue keeping 007 rumors at bay remains to be seen. What Bond fans do know is that Elba as Bond continues to be a legitimate discussion – one that Elba seems all too willing to joke about, and which supporters are eager to keep alive.

More: 15 Reasons Why Daniel Craig Should Retire As James Bond

Source: SNL


2019-03-10 06:03:35

Mike Jones