Ghostbusters 2020 Director Teases The Return Of The Ecto-1

Ghostbusters 2020 director Jason Reitman teased the return of the Ecto-1. Arguably one of the most instantly recognizable vehicles in cinema, the Ecto-1 was first unveiled in the original 1984 Ghostbusters. Constructed out of a transformed station wagon, both its siren and appearance instantly send Ghostbusters fans back to the 1980s.

With the somewhat recent announcement that the Ghostbusters would once again be setting off into the ongoing battle against supernatural forces, die-hard fans of the films are hoping that this third entry in the franchise is worth their time. Almost 30 years have passed since Ghostbusters II followed up on the success of the first film, and although a third film was repeatedly promised by co-creator Dan Aykroyd, numerous setbacks throughout the years (including the apparent reluctance of Bill Murray to get involved) have made the possibility of Ghostbusters 3 seem very remote. As all Ghostbusters fans also know, an attempt at taking the franchise in a different direction with 2016’s female-led Ghostbusters wasn’t much of a success.

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Now with Ghostbusters 2020 on its way, fans are once again feeling like perhaps they will get the sequel they’ve been hoping for. Jason Reitman, son of Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II director Ivan Reitman, has been tight-lipped about exactly what this new Ghostbusters film will bring. Aside from some recently announced casting decisions, not much has been seen or heard about Ghostbusters 2020. Now, however, thanks to Reitman’s Instagram account, fans have a glimpse at the celebrated original Ecto-1, along with Reitman’s quip of, “You guys ready to get rolling?”

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The image could be Reitman’s way of announcing that principal photography on Ghostbusters 2020 is about to begin, though this has yet to be officially confirmed. This isn’t the first time that fans have been teased by a look at the Ecto-1, either. Back in January, the film’s first official teaser arrived, showcasing bits of the famed Ghostbusters vehicle from beneath a tarp in a disused barn. Though it was strange to see the Ecto-1 outside of New York City and in a far more rural environment, it’s worth noting that Reitman’s Instagram account listed his location as Calgary, Alberta, Canada. It has earlier been reported that Ghostbusters 2020 will be filming in June, in Calgary, meaning that filming has likely now officially kicked off.

Based on what little amounts of information we do have on Ghostbusters 2020, it’s clear that a new generation of Ghostbusters will be taking on the task of busting ghosts. Unfortunately for die-hard fans, what this means is that once again, the return of the original Ghostbusters in their own film is not in the cards. Still, Reitman’s connection to the series is far deeper than any fan’s could ever be, meaning that he carries with him the pressure of delivering something that is a fitting and suitable upgrade to a franchise that has entertained so many.

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2019-07-12 04:07:11

Mike Jones

Splinter Cell Could Finally Return…As A VR Game | ScreenRant

VR headset owners might be able to add a new Splinter Cell to their gaming wishlists soon. Companies with interest in VR (such as Sony, Valve, and Oculus) have been steadily adding to their libraries for the past few years to showcase the medium as the potential future of gaming. Recently, even Nintendo has thrown their hat into the ring as more players are opting in. Part of the strategy of bringing in players from all of these companies has been taking existing franchises and moving them into the realm of VR.

Fans have been waiting for news of the next Sam Fisher outing for years. Despite its popularity, there hasn’t been a new Splinter Cell game since 2013, nor has there been a confirmation that one is coming in all that time. There have been many rumors and even Easter eggs in other games, but none have resulted in even as much as a trailer.  It appears that the wait may finally be ending, but not in the way many fans expected.

Related: Ubisoft Had An Idea For Next Splinter Cell Game Before Jade Raymond Left

According to The Information, several new games may be coming exclusively to the Oculus headset, and that includes a new Splinter Cell VR adventure. Oculus and its parent company Facebook have been quietly buying studios and exclusive rights to VR games for years, but Splinter Cell and a new Assassin’s Creed VR game are the biggest moves to date. Although the deals (which supposedly included Mark Zuckerberg himself) are reportedly confirmed, there’s no information available about where the potential game fits in the timeline, how it’ll play, or how far they are in development.

This reported move from Facebook and Oculus is one of many that all companies invested in the viability of VR have been making for a while now. Sony has purchased exclusive rights to big games like Skyrim VR and others, as well as smaller, more intimate endeavors for PSVR. Valve has bought into new exclusives, and there are even rumors of the company reaching into its vault of long-dormant franchises to shine them up for new VR games. Facebook seems ready to take the next big step with Oculus, and is making the deals to confirm its commitment.

Fans have been ready and waiting for a new Splinter Game for a long time now, but it’s unclear if this is the version they wanted. There isn’t a lot of information to go off of, but new Splinter Cell and Assassin’s Creed games in VR would be among the most ambitious projects revealed recently. Other franchises, such as Arkham VR, have dipped their toes into the world of virtual reality, but mostly as experiments or tech demos. At this point, most fans wouldn’t be satisfied paying full price for a new Splinter Cell game that’s only a couple of hours long. This deal is welcome news to the fans who were afraid the franchise was completely forgotten, but time will tell if players are ready and willing to step into the virtual shoes of their favorite infiltrator.

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Source: The Information

2019-07-10 04:07:44

David Brown

Avengers: Endgame Directors Have No Plans for an MCU Return

Avengers: Endgame directors Joe and Anthony Russo say they currently do not have plans to return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The brothers have been integral players in the franchise since 2014’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier, following that up with Captain America: Civil War and the one-two punch of Infinity War and Endgame. Many Marvel fans consider their installments to be among the best in the series, as they increasingly got more ambitious and grand in scope. Winter Soldier was seen as a grounded political thriller, and Endgame is the sprawling, epic comic book movie event of the decade.

Much has already been said about how Endgame could potentially mark the end for much of the old Phase 1 guard, like Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, and Chris Hemsworth, but the actors may not be the only ones leaving the franchise. For the first time in years, the Russos do not have a major Marvel tentpole on their schedule, and it sounds like things will stay that way for a while.

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In an interview with Games Radar, the Russos were asked about their future in the MCU. It was Anthony who announced the siblings are moving on to fresh horizons now:

“It’s our Endgame, at least for now. We don’t have any plans for now to make any more Marvel movies. It certainly may come up in the future at some point. We have a wonderful working relationship with [Marvel Studios] and a great passion for what they’re doing.”

The Russos have maintained they would be interested in coming back for a Secret Wars adaptation, but it doesn’t sound like that’s in the cards right now. And, as strong a fit as they’ve proven to be in the MCU, the Russos have most certainly earned a reprieve from helming these grueling, time-consuming tentpoles and would probably be interested in tackling other kinds of films. Case in point: they’ve already lined up a new drama called Cherry, starring Tom Holland as a war veteran struggling with PTSD and drug addiction who starts robbing banks. That will clearly be a much smaller-scale film than anything the Russos have done for Marvel, but still has the potential to be a riveting and emotionally engaging project. It’ll be interesting to see what else the directors decide to do, as they’ve undoubtedly earned a tremendous amount of industry clout for their Avengers gigs.

Fans will probably be sad to hear this is the end of the road for the Russos and the MCU, but it may benefit both parties moving forward. In the case of Marvel, one way to ensure the franchise stays fresh and viable after the Infinity Saga is to bring in new creative voices that can bring their unique perspectives to the films. For Phase 4, Marvel has already brought in Cate Shortland for Black WidowChloé Zhao for The Eternals, and Destin Daniel Cretton for Shang-Chi. Remember, there was a point in time when the Russos were MCU newcomers, so perhaps any of these talented filmmakers can become the next leader of franchise as Kevin Feige and company enter the post-Endgame era.

More: Read Screen Rant’s Avengers: Endgame Review

Source: Games Radar

2019-04-25 03:04:42

Chris Agar

5 Characters We Want To See Return In Jurassic World 3 (& 5 We Don’t)

After both Jurassic World and its sequel Fallen Kingdom grossed over $1 billion at the worldwide box office, it wasn’t long before Universal was asking for a third one. Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard are set to reprise their roles, but Colin Trevorrow, the writer of all three Jurassic World movies and director of the first and third ones, has also promised that there are some characters in Fallen Kingdom who “you’ll realize are major characters” in the third movie.

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But just like Jeff Goldblum returned to the role of Ian Malcolm last summer, we could also see the return of some gone-but-not-forgotten characters from the original series. So, here are 5 Characters We Want To See Return In Jurassic World 3 (And 5 We Don’t).

10 Don’t want to see: Dr. Henry Wu

B.D. Wong was the only actor from the original Jurassic Park movies to appear in 2015’s Jurassic World. He was joined by Jeff Goldblum in Fallen Kingdom when he returned again. Although Dr. Wu is one of the series’ best characters, let’s face it: he’s been the villain enough times now.

There’s only so many times we can watch this scientist betray everyone. And in a world infested with dinosaurs, the plot will likely revolve around the effort to contain them, rather than make money out of them, so there won’t be room for Dr. Wu in the story anymore.

9 Want to see: Ian Malcolm

Jeff Goldblum’s Dr. Ian Malcolm made a reappearance in Fallen Kingdom that was brief, yet well-received by fans. Pretty much anything you can get Jeff Goldblum to appear in is going to get an enthusiastic response from moviegoers, because he’s staggeringly popular, especially since playing the Grandmaster to hilarious effect in Thor: Ragnarok.

RELATED: Jurassic World 3: Jeff Goldblum Interested in Ian Malcolm Return

If he’s back in Jurassic World 3, it would be great to see a more fleshed-out role with more memorable quips like, “When you gotta go, you gotta go.” His line, “Welcome to Jurassic World,” that closed out Fallen Kingdom was intriguing and unforgettable, particularly with Goldblum’s spot-on delivery, but we need to see Ian Malcolm being Ian Malcolm again. We need to see him face off with fellow quipper Owen Grady, too, since Chris Pratt didn’t share any scenes with Goldblum in last year’s dino sequel.

8 Don’t want to see: Nick Van Owen

In the years between The Lost World: Jurassic Park (the second one) and today’s Jurassic World trilogy, Vince Vaughn went from obscure dramatic actor to mega-famous comedic actor and back to obscure dramatic actor again with movies like Brawl in Cell Block 99.

However, Vaughn’s Jurassic Park character Nick Van Owen didn’t make enough of an impact in the movie in which he appeared for his return to be a monumental moment. Fans won’t gasp at the sight of him in the same way they did for Jeff Goldblum in Fallen Kingdom (well, they might, but that would be because Vince Vaughn made a surprise appearance in the movie, not because Nick Van Owen has returned to the big screen).

7 Want to see: Zia Rodriguez

Although Fallen Kingdom was met with mixed reviews from critics (and fans weren’t too pleased either), Dr. Zia Rodriguez – played by Daniella Pineda – was an excellent addition. She was a strong and fearless former Marine who always did the right thing and got plenty of laughs along the way.

There was a scene in Fallen Kingdom that revealed Zia to be a lesbian that was cut for time. It would be interesting to explore this part of her character in the threequel instead. She showed real promise in Fallen Kingdom and has the potential to become a fan favorite with a larger role in Jurassic World 3.

6 Don’t want to see: Franklin Webb

Justice Smith is a fine young actor. It looks like he’ll be the only thing grounding the new Detective Pikachu movie. But his character in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom was just annoying.

He was supposed to be the comic relief, but he was too whiny to be funny. Everything frightened him and he was barely competent. He didn’t like stepping out of his comfort zone and going to Isla Nublar took him out of his comfort zone. That’s about as far as this character can go with his development. He didn’t make much of a splash and if he’s not in the threequel, he won’t be missed.

5 Want to see: Sarah Harding

Steven Spielberg’s initial sequel to Jurassic Park, The Lost World, was not as well-received by audiences or critics as its predecessor. Pretty much the entire original cast was replaced, the runtime dragged on a little bit, and the third act was silly.

However, the movie did have a lot of incredible action sequences, and it gave us a great new character addition: Julianne Moore’s Dr. Sarah Harding. Moore’s star has only continued to rise in the couple of decades since her Jurassic Park appearance, so if there’s any way to fit her into the new sequel, fans will be very pleased.

4 Don’t want to see: Maisie Lockwood

The human cloning subplot in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom was an interesting way to expand the franchise’s fictional universe, and it explored – or rather, scratched the surface of, but still – what else could be done with the technology used to bring back the dinosaurs.

But Maisie Lockwood made a really stupid decision at the end of the movie when she pressed the big red button to unleash all the dinosaurs into the world. She felt a sort of kindred spirit with the legions of prehistoric beasties, having just found out she’s a clone and therefore feeling like they were her brethren. It was pretty lame.

3 Want to see: Ellie Sattler

Laura Dern has already made an appearance in one rebooted sci-fi franchise with her role as Vice Admiral Holdo in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, but it’s high time she returned to the role of Dr. Ellie Sattler. It makes sense that she wouldn’t want to return to Isla Nublar, explaining her absence in the first Jurassic World movie and its sequel.

RELATED: What Happened To Ellie Sattler After Jurassic Park (& Will She Return)

But now that the dinosaurs have come to mainland America, she won’t be able to avoid the action. The plot could concern every dino expert from the previous Jurassic Park movies joining together to try to contain the dinosaur invasion.

2 Don’t want to see: Billy Brennan

While no movie in the Jurassic Park franchise has been truly acclaimed by critics since the first one, it’s arguable that Jurassic Park III is the worst one of the bunch. Fans might be open to William H. Macy returning to the franchise after debuting in Jurassic Park III, since he’s a popular actor and he’s even more popular now due to his performance in Shameless, but not the Billy Brennan character.

He was the token dinosaur egg thief who supposedly redeemed himself later when he saved the missing kid’s life. He was an eager, annoying grad student and the movies are better off without him.

1 Want to see: Alan Grant

Sam Neill is as known to a modern audience as anyone, thanks to his role in Peaky Blinders, so it’s about time we saw Dr. Alan Grant return to action in the Jurassic World trilogy. Director Colin Trevorrow hinted at the return of both Sam Neill and Laura Dern to the franchise when he was told that audiences might feel cheated if their characters didn’t show up.

He said, “I totally agree with that. I would feel robbed too, yeah.” It seems like it’s all a matter of whether or not he can work them into the story organically, but hopefully there’s room for them.

NEXT: How Jurassic World 3 Can Perfectly End The Trilogy

2019-04-20 01:04:28

Ben Sherlock

Star Wars Canon Already Explained How The Emperor Survived Return Of The Jedi

The Star Wars canon has been setting up the possibility of Palpatine’s return for years – and nobody noticed. The first trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker ended with a shocking twist. Luke Skywalker’s words had seemed so very reassuring, as he reminded Rey – and, through her, viewers – that nobody is ever truly gone. But then things became a whole lot more sinister, as the screen went black and familiar laughter began to ring. It wasn’t hard to guess what this meant; Emperor Palpatine has returned from the dead. Confirming this, the trailer was aired at Star Wars Celebration; when the lights went up again afterwards, delighted fans found that Ian McDiarmid himself had taken to the stage.

Nobody expected Emperor Palpatine to return. And yet, it’s such a smart and satisfying way of concluding the Skywalker saga. It really does mean there’s a continuous narrative running through the prequels, the original trilogy, and now through the sequels. They are all the story of how the light side of the Force battled against the greatest Sith Lord of all time. Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy confirmed that Palpatine had always been expected to return. In fact, there’s some evidence that George Lucas himself may have intended this to happen at some point; there have been comments from people involved with the original trilogy that he’d envisioned the Emperor to be in Episode IX.

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Palpatine’s laugh may have taken viewers by surprise, but in truth Lucasfilm has been setting the scene for this resurrection for quite some time, from recent in-canon comics and novels to the concluding chapter of Lucas’ Star Wars prequel trilogy.

  • This Page: Palpatine Was Working To Prevent His Death Since The Star Wars Prequels
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The first, and unarguably the most important, clue is offered in Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith. In one crucial scene, Palpatine attempts to lure Anakin to the dark side with information that he claims has the potential to save his beloved Padmé from death. He tells Anakin what he calls a “Sith legend,” the Tragedy of Darth Plagueis the Wise. “Darth Plagueis was a Dark Lord of the Sith,” Palpatine explained to the fascinated Anakin, “so powerful and so wise he could use the Force to influence the midichlorians to create life… He had such a knowledge of the dark side that he could even keep the ones he cared about from dying.” According to Palpatine, Plagueis made the mistake of teaching his apprentice everything he knew, and his apprentice killed him in his sleep. “The dark side of the Force is a pathway to many abilities some consider to be unnatural,” Palpatine observed. It wasn’t long before Palpatine revealed that he was the apprentice, and that Darth Plagueis the Wise had been his master.

This quote establishes that the Sith can use the dark side of the Force to gain mastery of life and death – and that Palpatine was taught the method by Darth Plagueis. It gives no information as to the method, of course, beyond hinting that a Sith has to be conscious in order to use that ability; why else would Palpatine have chosen to kill Plagueis while his master slept? Viewed through this lens, the Emperor’s tale sets the precedent for his own resurrection.

Official tie-ins have strongly suggested that the Emperor continued to research ways of conquering death. Over in the comics, Charles Soule’s Darth Vader series culminated in a clash between Darth Vader and the spirit of Darth Momin, a Sith heretic who’d been dead for millennia. Momin had died in a powerful conflagration of Dark Side energy, and his essence had been trapped within the mask he had worn. To be in the presence of Momin’s mask was to fall under the influence of the dark side of the Force, driven to rage and bloodlust, while actually wearing the mask meant you were possessed by his spirit. Incredibly, Momin was able to tap into a reservoir of dark side power at Mustafar in order to resurrect himself. It didn’t last long; he’d crossed paths with Darth Vader, after all, and for all his power was frankly outclassed. Still, again, this confirms that a Sith’s spirit can survive death, and that a Sith can indeed return from the dead.

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And here’s the interesting thing; Palpatine had owned the mask of Lord Momin for years. Indeed, he freely admitted that he had learned many secrets of the Force from the mask, before giving it to Vader because he believed Momin would be helpful to his apprentice. While it’s impossible to say whether or not Palpatine used Momin’s technique, the fact remains that the Emperor was still learning lessons from those with the power to conquer death.

Curiously, Soule’s first Darth Vader run revealed that Palpatine didn’t just look into methods using the Force. Vader learned that the Emperor had sponsored a scientist named Cylo, who had created a personality map that could be stored and downloaded into clone bodies. “Add memory banks and plug-in calculations, and I am an immortal system,” Cylo explained. Cylo believed that the Force was limited, and could be surpassed by science; he was even responsible for simulating Force powers in order to create ceremonial apprentices who he thought could surpass Vader. Needless to say, Darth Vader was less than entertained by all this, and killed Cylo and destroyed his would-be apprentices.

Amusingly, the idea of a consciousness jumping into clone bodies is one that will be very familiar to Star Wars fans. In the old Expanded Universe, that was the very method Palpatine used to survive Return of the Jedi; he had clone bodies created, and his consciousness eventually found its way into one.

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That brings us to Chuck Wendig’s “Aftermath” trilogy, some of the most important novels in the new Star Wars canon. They number among the few stories set between Return of the Jedi and Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and they reveal the true story of how the Empire fell – as well as planting the seeds for the First Order. A key player in all this is Yupe Tashu, introduced as a Sith cultist who had been one of the Emperor’s closest advisers. Viewed by many as a fraud and a fantasist, Tashu was absolutely convinced that the Emperor would return from the dead. In one key scene in Aftermath: Empire’s End, Tashu and Gallius Rax – a close aide who planned to take over the Empire for himself – conducted a mystery ceremony. Whatever the purpose of this ceremony, which included a Sith mask and Holocron, the fact remains that both spoke of Palpatine’s return. Tashu believed in it; Rax did not, but viewed Tashu’s faith in Palpatine as a useful tool for manipulating him.

“Tashu gambols down in front of the artifacts, his fingertips dancing along their cases. He mutters to himself, and Rax sees that he’s chewed his own lips bloody. “Are you ready?” he asks Palpatine’s old adviser.

“I am,” Tashu says, turning. His cheeks are wet with tears. His teeth slick with red. “Palpatine lives on. We will find him again out there in the dark. Everything has arranged itself as our Master foretold. All things move toward the grand design. The sacrifices have all been made.”

Not all of them, Rax thinks.

“You must be clothed in the raiment of darkness,” Rax says. “The mantle of the dark side is yours to wear, at least for a time. At least until we can find Palpatine and revivify him, bringing his soul back to flesh anew.”

Related: Star Wars: The Aftermath Trilogy’s Biggest Reveals

It’s impossible to say what the purpose of the ceremony is, but the fact remains that one of Palpatine’s closest aides, a historian who had studied the Sith on his behalf, was convinced that the Emperor would return. He believed that the Emperor was dead, but that his soul had survived, and would take on flesh once again.

Whatever this ceremony may have been, it formed a part of what Palpatine referred to as the Contingency. The Contingency was a plan the Emperor had set up in the event his apprentice, Darth Vader, betrayed him. The first step was known as Operation Cinder, and it’s the focus of the campaign mode in Star Wars: Battlefront II as well. Operation Cinder involved Palpatine’s most loyal troops razing former Imperial strongholds; as far as the Emperor was concerned, he saw no reason Darth Vader should profit from the Empire that Palpatine had built. The idea was that the Galactic Civil War would turn into chaos, with a final battle over the skies of Jakku. The planet had been rigged to detonate, an explosion that would have destroyed the fleets warring above its surface.

Meanwhile, from a hidden base at Jakku the Emperor had created a map of vast portions of the Unknown Regions. According to the novelization of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, he had secured a secret power base out there, with vast tracts of war materiel secreted away. In the final moments of the Battle of Jakku, Palpatine’s most loyal assets were instructed to follow the maps from his observatory and jump out into the Unknown Regions. The planet would explode behind them, destroying everything they left behind them. It’s a stunning, vindictive strategy, but it’s rather odd; if the Emperor didn’t see why anyone else should be allowed to rule his Empire, why would he enable some of his closest, most trusted allies to escape? It only makes sense if Palpatine was assuming that he himself would return from the dead in order to claim the forces he had sent out to the Unknown Regions.

It’s unclear how the ceremony being conducted by Tashu and Rax fits into this, but it seems reasonable to assume that it was somehow tied to the Emperor’s resurrection. Certainly it involved both a Sith mask and a Sith Holocron, being used in an environment that sounds identical to the Emperor’s Throne-Room on the Second Death Star. Ironically, just as Darth Vader betrayed Palpatine on the Death Star, Rax betrayed Tashu on Jakku. He pushed Tashu down the chasm, where he fell to his death. Palpatine’s adviser died in the same kind of flare of blue light as his Master. This may simply be a narrative conceit, of course, with Tashu’s fate paralleling his beloved Master’s. Alternatively, it may be far more important; it may even explain why Palpatine was unable to take charge of the First Order straight away, with Snoke taking the power vacuum. Only time will tell.

It’s fascinating to see how carefully Lucasfilm has signposted the Emperor’s return. The Emperor has been shown to be consistently interested in resurrection, whether involving the Force or science. One of his closest advisers believed he was destined to return. And Palpatine’s Contingency included some sort of mystical ceremony that was surely intended to be tied to his resurrection. Lucasfilm has pulled off an amazing trick, setting the pieces in place without once revealing their strategy. Now, though, the cat’s out of the bag – and it means Star Wars fans will be revisiting every tie-in since Disney took over Lucasfilm, looking for any further clues.

Next: Star Wars Celebration 2019 Round-Up: The Biggest News & Reveals

2019-04-19 04:04:23

Thomas Bacon

Deadwood: Timothy Olyphant Explains Hesitation to Return for Movie

Deadwood star Timothy Olyphant has discussed his hesitation to return for the movie. It’s been more than ten years now since Olyphant portrayed the honorable, but hot-headed lawman Seth Bullock on HBO’s acclaimed western drama series. If anything, the actor’s become more famous than ever in that time, thanks to his work on FX’s acclaimed neo-western series, Justified, and his current role on Netflix’s cult zombie comedy show, Santa Clarita Diet. He’s also found room for several movie roles in-between his TV acting gigs of late, and even has a part in this summer’s Quentin Tarantino offering, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

It’s a good thing too since, for a while there, it was hard to tell if Deadwood: The Movie would ever actually happen. Olyphant himself doubted the revival would come to pass just over a year ago, after so many false starts and stops in the time since HBO cancelled the series in the mid-2000s. Fortunately, he turned out to be wrong and the movie finally went into production last fall, with Daniel Minahan directing from a screenplay by Deadwood creator David Milch. Before then, however, Olyphant’s admitted he was hesitant to sign on for the project, even after it began to officially come together.

Related: Watch HBO’s Deadwood: The Movie Teaser Trailer

In a recent interview with TVLine, Olyphant talked about the Deadwood movie and his experience making the TV film. Before then, however, he revealed his initial reaction when he found out the movie was really going to happen at long last:

My mindset was, “S–t. I guess I’m going to have to make some kind of decision here.” It was a very curious process. I did not expect to be in the position to actually have to make a decision; I just assumed it would go away. It’s a curious [thing] deciding on whether to do a job when all of your old friends have already committed to it and  you kind of think, “Well, I’ve never been in a position to be such an a–hole.” But it was [ultimately] a really wonderful process with [series creator/writer] David Milch and [director] Dan Minahan and [HBO]’s Carolyn Strauss. I had a lot of conversations with them. The whole process was quite rewarding.

As Olyphant put it, his concern was that the Deadwood movie would feel less like a fun high school reunion and more like “repeating your sophomore year”. It’s a perfectly reasonable concern, at that. After all, belated TV revivals are somewhat notorious for being fueled by nostalgia for the original show, more than anything else (see also: Arrested Development, Fuller House). For the same reason, they’re generally hesitant to evolve their characters and sense of storytelling, making them feel like a stab at reliving some past glory more than an organic continuation of the series’ narrative. Thankfully, Olyphant has confirmed that Bullock’s not only in a very different place when the film picks up, but that the movie largely focuses on exploring whether he’s truly changed and matured after all this time:

He was a character that was so defined by his rage. But now he’s got three children and he’s been married [to Anna Gunn’s Martha] for 10 years. And one of the central questions on the show is, “Has he gained any wisdom? Has that rage within him subsided? What will happen when he’s tested? Will he regress to the man he was, or will he be able to take a new path?” It allowed me to really enjoy returning to the character because I could try to answer some of those questions with the performance. It was almost like asking the same questions of myself.

All things considered, the Deadwood movie sounds like a worthy continuation of (and conclusion to) the original series so far, even after so much time. If nothing else, it’s good to hear that Bullock hasn’t simply been hanging around in Deadwood for all these years, and will find himself challenged in new ways when he returns to his old home, to celebrate South Dakota’s newly-acquired statehood. Olyphant also confirmed to TVLine that the film revival will touch on Bullock’s feelings for Alma Ellsworth (Molly Parker), and examine whether fate has anything left into the cards for the ex-lovebirds. Suffice it to say, there may be some heartbreak on the menu here, to go with all the profanity and violence that one expects whenever they pay a visit to good ol’ Deadwood.

NEXT: Every Upcoming HBO Show Through to 2020

Deadwood: The Movie premieres Friday, May 31 on HBO.

Source: TVLine

2019-04-17 06:04:46

Sandy Schaefer

Star Wars Fan Guessed Episode 9 Title & Emperor Return In 2012

Star Wars fan correctly guessed the eventual title for Episode IX and Emperor Palpatine’s return in the sequel trilogy way back in 2012. During Celebration Chicago, Lucasfilm finally peeled back the curtain on their highly-anticipated blockbuster, which also serves as the culmination of the entire Skywalker saga. Besides the movie’s official title (The Rise of Skywalker), the biggest reveal in the teaser trailer was the revelation Sheev Palpatine, overarching villain of the first two trilogies, was coming back for one final showdown. Ian McDiarmid, who’s played the character since Return of the Jedi, reprised the role.

Many viewers were genuinely surprised by this creative choice, which in essence makes Palpatine the link that connects all three trilogies of the saga together. It’s only fitting a story that began with Palpatine becoming Supreme Chancellor will end with him attempting to impose his tyrannical will over the galaxy again. For at least one viewer, the direction of the new films was apparent from the start.

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In a tweet that has since gone viral, Gabriel Garcia predicted in November 2012 (shortly after Disney’s purchase of Lucasfilm became official) that Episode VII would be called The Rise of Skywalker and feature the Emperor in some capacity. Of course, Garcia was off by a couple of films, but this is still impressive. Check out the post in the space below:

The jokes about time travel and Force premonitions write themselves, but this is simply a shockingly eerie coincidence from a time when fans were having fun trying to guess the Episode VII title. Like so many others, it was shot-in-the-dark speculation, only it’s aged considerably better than most. Still, it was a sound hypothesis, seeing that the Emperor returned in the since-discarded Expanded Universe (and Lucasfilm has happily pulled from Legends). Even just by looking at evidence from the movies, it stood reason to believe Palpatine might have survived his would-be demise, despite “dying” in the physical sense. If the spirits of light side users like Obi-Wan and Yoda could live on, then the same could be possible for powerful masters of the dark side (especially when one considers that Plagueis story).

It will be interesting to see how Palpatine is handled in The Rise of Skywalker and what canonical explanation is given for his return. According to Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, this was the plan all along, so it’s something the studio’s been building towards for a long time. Even by their standards, it’s impressive how they were able to keep things secret, so hopefully the finished film delivers satisfying results that live up to the promise hinted at by the reveal. And maybe, after three different wars that spanned three generations, Palpatine will be defeated once and for all.

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Source: Gabriel Garcia

2019-04-16 07:04:43

Chris Agar

Tom Welling Turned Down Superman Return on CW Supergirl

The CW’s Supergirl could have featured the return of Smallville star Tom Welling as Clark Kent aka. Superman as he confirms he turned down the role. Supergirl season 2 saw a number of changes for the small-screen Girl of Steel as the series moved from its original home of CBS to The CW. To kick off the show’s new home in spectacular fashion, Supergirl finally introduced her superheroic cousin, Clark Kent aka. Superman. It was speculated whether Smallville’s own Superman, Tom Welling, would return for the role, but eventually Tyler Hoechlin was cast as Superman.

Hoechlin joining the Arrowverse as Supergirl’s Superman has been largely well-received by fans of The CW’s shared superhero universe, and the actor has returned a few times since the Supergirl season 2 premiere. Most recently, Hoechlin appeared in the 2018 Arrowverse crossover, Elseworlds. But even as Hoechlin has become another beloved small-screen take on the Man of Steel, DC fans have wanted to see Welling return in some capacity, even if it’s not as Superman. After all, the Arrowverse is set in a full multiverse of different worlds. However, it seems Welling may never appear as Superman in the Arrowverse since he’s already turned down a return.

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During a panel at the Armageddon Expo in New Zealand, Twitter user worldofmera (via CBR) revealed Welling confirmed he turned down being in Supergirl. It’s possible this was a joke or taken out of context by panel attendees, since something similar happened with Welling jokingly confirming he’ll be in Arrow season 8. But Welling confirming he turned down a role in Supergirl falls in line with what he’s previously said on the topic.

In 2017, Welling addressed why he wasn’t Superman on Supergirl, saying, “I would not want to watch me [suit up as Superman] at all.” The actor also said the shows are too different in tone for it to make sense that Supergirl is set in the same universe as Smallville. Certainly, he has a point, since setting Supergirl in the same universe as Smallville creates continuity errors – especially since Smallville introduced its own version of Kara.

That said, fans would no doubt have liked to see Welling return as Superman from another world in the multiverse, much like John Wesley Shipp reprising his own Flash TV role from the 90s for the Elseworlds crossover (following two other roles in the Arrowverse, first as Earth-1’s Henry Allen then Earth-3’s Jay Garrick). The Arrowverse has included a number of former DC TV actors across its many shows, like Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman stars Dean Cain and Teri Hatcher in Supergirl.

Fans and the Arrowverse creatives would no doubt like to see Welling appear in the TV franchise in some manner, but it seems the actor doesn’t have any intention of doing so. Fans may be disappointed, but Welling played Clark Kent on Smallville for 10 seasons – that’s a lot of time in one role and it’s understandable he’d want to continue moving forward with his career instead of looking back.

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Supergirl season 4 airs Sundays at 8pm ET on The CW.

Source: worldofmera/Twitter (via CBR)

2019-04-15 09:04:39

Molly Freeman

JJ Abrams Confirms Palpatine’s Return in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

JJ Abrams has confirmed that Emperor Palpatine will indeed show up in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Though it was heavily implied – if not more than obvious – in the first teaser trailer for the film, Abrams made the character’s appearance official.

Though very little has been revealed about the ninth and final entry of Star Wars’ Skywalker Saga, the first teaser for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker offered up some major surprises for fans. With callbacks to the original trilogy, Rey showing off some impressive Force abilities, the return of classic characters, and the introduction of a new droid friend for BB-8, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker looks to be an epic end for the new Star Wars trilogy. However, one of the standout moments in the trailer happens after the title card appears, when Ian McDiarmid’s Emperor Palpatine is heard laughing over a black screen. Now, while this more than implied that the character would be returning, Abrams has made it official in case there was any confusion.

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Empire Magazine’s James Dyer tweeted that he can “100% confirm that Palpatine is back.” Dyer explained that even though the character’s laugh in the trailer, as well as McDiarmid’s appearance at the Star Wars Celebration event in Chicago, should have been enough clues as to the Emperor’s involvement in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, he spoke with Abrams for direct confirmation. Abrams stated that the character is not only in the film, but that he’s surprised McDiarmid’s presence on set didn’t leak” before the big reveal. Check out the tweet below:

At Star Wars Celebration, the trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker wasn’t the only unveiling for fans. It was also officially revealed that Billy Dee Williams is returning as Lando Calrissian, Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber – which was destroyed in Star Wars: The Last Jedi – has been fixed, and there is a brand new character named Jannah played by Naomi Ackie.

Secrecy surrounding a film as anticipated as Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is expected, but this new entry in the Star Wars franchise looks to have even more up its sleeve in terms of surprises. Whether that means bringing back even more classic characters or circling the plot back to earlier storylines or locations, fans can more than likely rest assured that Emperor Palpatine’s big reveal is one of many (or at the very least, one of a few more). Until the film’s December release, though, it’s anyone’s guess.

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Source: James Dyer

2019-04-12 10:04:59

Danny Salemme

Splinter Cell Will Return At Some Point But Probably Not Soon

Ubisoft boss Yves Guillemot gave Splinter Cell fans everywhere a tantalizing confirmation that the series is still very much on the publisher’s mind, before following up with the implication that it’s a rather distant thought when compared to other franchises like Assassin’s Creed and Beyond Good and Evil. The latter game will be getting a release hopefully in the next few years, while Assassin’s Creed continues to churn out well-received titles near-annually.

Fans of the Splinter Cell series will remember that Ubisoft apparently had a new Splinter Cell title ready to start development just prior to Jade Raymond, one of the talented creative minds behind Assassin’s Creed and now working on Google Stadia, departed the company in 2014. Raymond reportedly had an idea for how to continue the series, but left before that could come to fruition, and Splinter Cell has remained in stasis ever since then, excepting small shout outs like the one that was present in the Ghost Recon: Wildlands add-on mission that allowed players to hang out with Sam Fisher.

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Guillemot appeared on IGN‘s Unfiltered podcast, and the Ubisoft boss talked broadly about the many projects the company is working on. Guillemot then notes that Splinter Cell was a major risk for Ubisoft, having skipped the PlayStation 2 entirely in favor of the original Xbox, before host Ryan McCaffrey prompts Guillemot about why the series has remained dormant for as long as it currently has. Here’s Guillemot’s reply:

When you create a game, you have to make sure you come with something different enough from what you did before.

Now, there are some people looking at, ah, the brand, taking care of the brand. So at some point, you will see something. I can’t say more than that.

Obviously, Guillemot was very careful not to outright confirm that a Splinter Cell game is currently in development. He very cautiously refers to the series as a brand rather than a game, which seems to indicate that things might only be in the planning stages at the moment. Splinter Cell: Blacklist was a controversial title that proved the series’ fans are very specific about which features they actively enjoy, so it makes sense that Ubisoft has been extraordinarily deliberate in treatment of the franchise ever since, even if its absence has been concerning.

It’s a double-edged reveal for fans of Sam Fisher’s adventures in espionage. On the one hand, we’ve finally got confirmation that Ubisoft hasn’t outright abandoned the series, and that people have been placed in charge of its direction. On the other, the quote is so deliberately vague and obtuse that it’s abundantly clear we’re not getting a new Splinter Cell anytime soon. We’ll have to wait and see where this quote—and IP—go in the future, but fans shouldn’t hold their breath. It’s probably a few years out at the very least, and Ubisoft’s got some major games to launch in the mean time.

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Source: IGN

2019-04-11 09:04:15

Cody Gravelle