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Those expecting Baldur’s Gate 3 returning characters will be pleased to discover that they’re planned for the upcoming RPG, as Larian Studios creative director Swen Vincke revealed during a Reddit AMA hosted late last week. Baldur’s Gate 3 remains one of the most hotly anticipated games in recent memory, weathering the storm of both a somewhat shaky technical reveal during PAX East 2020 and a Google Stadia leak that threatened to dull the game’s momentum somewhat.
There’s a lot fans are already discussing regarding Baldur’s Gate 3 despite having seen relatively little of it, but the chatter has been almost entirely positive, even for events that could threaten to sink other titles. For instance, the gameplay demo at PAX East 2020 that featured both glitches and some extremely unfortunate dice rolls bogged down what was supposed to be an exciting reveal – but fans chose to embrace how much it felt like actual Dungeons & Dragons instead, making it one of the more popular gaming moments of 2020. The decision to change the combat system in Baldur’s Gate 3 was also something that could have hurt the game’s position in the eyes of the franchise’s most dedicated fans, but early returns on the demonstration have people excited for what a modernized version of traditional Baldur’s Gate could be like.
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One thing fans don’t want to see dramatically changed is the way that Baldur’s Gate 3 approaches its story. Luckily, during a Reddit AMA hosted by Larian Studios’ Swen Vincke, the creative director revealed that Baldur’s Gate 3 returning characters will draw on the past games and reward fans who are familiar with where the series has gone in the past. According to Vincke, Baldur’s Gate 3 returning characters need to have a link to the past games in “meaningful ways,” something he feels Larian has delivered on. Here’s the full quote:
“We really don’t want to spoil anything but we wouldn’t call it Baldur’s Gate 3 if there wouldn’t be a link. Let me just say that we touch upon the story of Baldur’s Gate 1 & 2 in meaningful was, there are returning characters and what happened in BG 1/2/tob[sic] leads to what happens into BG3. You won’t necessarily see that at the start of the adventure but you will quickly understand once you get further into the game.”
It seems fans concerned that Baldur’s Gate 3 would be a sequel in name and setting only don’t need to worry about that outcome any longer. Of course, given that this is the first sequel in decades and it’s a franchise that many have held up as one of the best RPGs ever produced, it makes sense that there are still fan concerns trickling in from elsewhere. Some fans, for example, are concerned that Baldur’s Gate 3 dialogue breaks immersion in a troubling way, while others want to see more technical polish from a game that’s rumored to be closer to release than many would have thought.
Still, with so much positivity surrounding the game, one of the major questions fans had has now been answered. Baldur’s Gate 3 returning characters will draw on the games fans loved so dearly many years ago and, while it’s not confirmed just who is returning, it would be surprising if it weren’t at least a few of the most popular characters from Baldur’s Gate 1 & 2.
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Baldur’s Gate 3 does not have a release date currently, and will launch on PC and Google Stadia.
A guest appearance on The Flash continues to set up John Diggle (David Ramsay) moving to the CW’s upcoming Arrowverse show, Superman & Lois. The Arrow series finale gave fans a long-awaited Green Lantern tease for Diggle and revealed that his post-Arrow future includes a transfer to Metropolis.
In The Flash season 6 midseason premiere, titled “Marathon”, Diggle makes a surprise visit to S.T.A.R. Labs to give Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) a gift from Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell). Diggle returns to Barry the Green Arrow mask that Barry originally made for Oliver all the way back in Arrow season 2. Barry spends most of the episode obsessed with trying to understand the meaning of the gift, believing it to be a clue to a new mission. After a fruitless trip to Lian Yu and a long talk with Diggle, Barry realizes that the mask really was just a gift.
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It would seem that the point of Diggle’s guest appearance was to provide a link to Oliver and help Barry move on, but the episode may have also served an entirely different purpose. Diggle mentions for the second time in two weeks that he and his family are moving to Metropolis. The Arrowverse seems intent on reminding viewers of where Diggle will be now that Arrow is over, but why? Establishing that Diggle will be based in Metropolis easily sets up for a guest, recurring, or even series regular role in Superman & Lois, which will naturally be set in Metropolis.
Unlike Green Arrow and the Canaries, Superman & Lois has already been picked up to series. Thanks to the creation of Earth-Prime in “Crisis on Infinite Earths”, Superman now exists alongside all the other Arrowverse heroes, making it easy for shows like Supergirl, Superman & Lois, and Black Lightning to incorporate characters from Arrow, The Flash, and Legends of Tomorrow. As Superman & Lois builds its cast, it could borrow one or two from an existing show, and who better for it to use than someone whose show has ended?
Diggle is a beloved Arrowverse character who was around for eight seasons of Arrow, and even though Arrow is over and Oliver’s story has been concluded, that doesn’t the mean Arrowverse has to be done with all of its supporting characters. Superman & Lois can open new roads for Diggle by bringing him deeper into a less-grounded world filled with alien threats and super-powered adversaries. These are things that Diggle has always been uncomfortable with, so seeing Diggle on a show like Superman & Lois could be interesting to see. Of course, it would be even better if Superman & Lois gets a chance to explore the Arrow series finale’s Green Lantern twist, but whether or not that can actually happen remains up in the air. Either way, it’s promising that both Arrow and The Flash are suggesting that the Arrowverse isn’t done with John Diggle.
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Yes, the dead will walk among the living once again in Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. With the Infinity Saga coming to a close following the release of Spider-Man: Far From Home, there were no shortage of casualties in the battle to save not only Earth, but the universe as a whole. Some fan favorite heroes saw their apparent demise in order to keep the forces of evil at bay. Yet, audiences have not seen the last of some of them who look to return in upcoming movies and TV shows throughout the next phase.
On the big screen, Phase 4 promises plenty of fresh faces, as well as returning favorites, confirmed so far. In 2020, fans will be treated to both Black Widow and The Eternals, released in the spring and fall respectively. To kick of 2021, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings will be released in February with Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness due out in May, considering all pans out. Thor: Love and Thunder releases in November to round out the year. There is a little something for everyone here, with prequels, origin stories, and sequels, meaning there is plenty of potential for deceased favorites to make a comeback.
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On the TV front, Falcon and the Winter Soldier will debut in 2020, along with WandaVision, which was recently pushed up. 2021 promises the highly-anticipated Loki show, as well as the Hawkeye series, which is reportedly still on the way. Once again, dealing with multiverses and all sorts of crazy timelines, these series offer up more opportunities for dead heroes to return. Of course, there are other series, such as Moon Knight and films like Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.3, that may or may not be included in Phase 4, so they should be in consideration as well.
The most obvious of the bunch, Black Widow will be returning in Phase 4. Considering she has an entire film about her on the way, it is a surprise to no one that she will be back on the big screen. However,, she won’t be coming back from the dead. Her death came during last years’ Avengers: Endgame when she sacrificed herself in exchange for the Soul Stone so that the remaining Avengers could undo Thanos’ snap from Avengers: Infinity War. As necessary as it might have been, it was still a major morale blow to the remaining members of the team.
Sadly for them, she will not be resurrected. The upcoming Black Widow movie will be a prequel, set between the events of Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War. In the film, Natasha Romanoff will return to her native Russia in order to not only confront her past personally, but go on an important mission that would affect her future. She will reunite with past allies and family as she seeks to take down Taskmaster, a new villain to the franchise. This return is hardly a surprise, but is notable regardless.
Following Vision’s gruesome demise in Avengers: Infinity War, it will be interesting to see how he’s brought back. The character was first technically introduced in 2015’s Avengers: Age of Ultron and survived up until Avengers: Infinity War, when the character was killed in order for Thanos to receive the Mind Stone from his forehead. His end was very definitive, hence why fans have been baffled as to how he could come back in the upcoming WandaVision series.
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The series has been described as “weird” by Paul Bettany, the actor who plays Vision. In the same vein as classic sitcom format, the show will explore both Wanda Maximoff and Vision as characters, while taking the presentation of the program in a rather “avant-garde” direction. The show itself may be strange in its format alone, but the strangest aspect is how exactly Vision will return. Since the program is set after the events of Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, it has yet to be revealed how Vision will be resurrected. Will he be reconstructed? How will he operate without the power of the Mind Stone? Only time will provide the answers to all of these questions and more.
Another casualty of Avengers: Infinity War, Gamora of the Guardians of the Galaxy was sacrificed by Thanos on Vormir so that he could retrieve the Soul Stone. She was clearly deceased, however her story does not end there. When Nebula and James “War Machine” Rhodes returned to 2014 Morag for the Power Stone as part of the “time heist” in Avengers: Endgame, audiences got to see Gamora once again. There was a twist this time, as it was not Gamora fans had come to know, but rather the ruthless assassin and prodigy of Thanos she was prior to the events of both Guardians of the Galaxy films.
Following Tony Stark’s snap in Avengers: Endgame, which wiped out Thanos and his forces, it has been mentioned that the 2014 Gamora remains alive. Surely this will be an important piece of the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 story, as Peter Quill attempts to find her. The two encountered one another during the final battle at the Avengers HQ, so he is aware of her and would surely want to bring her back for the sake of both himself and the Guardians team. The release of the third installment of the Guardians of the Galaxy films is still up in the air, but Gamora could make her presence felt in Phase 4 should the film release under this wave of films.
The man who started it all, Iron Man may already come back to the big screen this year. One of the most iconic moments in film history was Tony Stark’s self sacrifice, where he wielded all 6 Infinity Stones in order to defeat Thanos and his army. Of course, the universe-saving move came at the cost of his life. With the end of Tony’s story came the end of the tenure the man behind the character had in the MCU. After more than a decade in the suit, Robert Downey Jr. appeared prepared to leave the role behind following Avengers: Endgame. However, the role may not be ready to leave him just yet.
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Rumors and speculation have ran rampant since the announcement of Black Widow, a film set prior to the both Natasha Romanoff and Tony Stark’s deaths. One of the big questions on everyone’s minds was whether or not there would be a Tony Stark appearance in any capacity. There have been heavy rumblings that RDJ would reprise his iconic role this coming May, however nothing has been officially announced. If the rumor mill is to be believed, the genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist could make one last appearance during Marvel’s Phase 4.
The next series of films and TV shows in the MCU are poised to be some of the biggest yet. Surely the franchise is looking to move forward with new characters and stories, but it wouldn’t be too surprising if they call back to the originals more than fans have been led to believe. Some of the names on this list are confirmed, while others aren’t quite there yet. With that being said, it would be in the best interest of all Marvel fans to keep a keen eye throughout Phase 4 for some of their favorites in the coming years, dead or otherwise.
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Captain Marvel 2 is finally on its way towards a 2022 release date, but the venture will go ahead without the directors of the first film. After Captain Marvel grossed over $1 billion at the worldwide box office, a sequel was guaranteed despite not being included in the Phase 4 lineup presented at San Diego Comic-Con. Now, though, there’s plenty of new buzz and concrete information to discuss.
Marvel’s first solo female-led superhero movie was helmed by the directorial duo of Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck. While the two had mostly worked on television shows together, such as The Affair and Billions, they also collaborated on films like It’s Kind of a Funny Story and Sugar. Not only did they direct Captain Marvel, they also co-wrote the screenplay along with several others.
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Given the level of their involvement in such a successful project, it’s quite a shock that they may not be participating as actively in its sequel. THR reports that Captain Marvel 2 will be changing hands on both the writing and directing fronts. Not only has WandaVision staff writer Megan McDonnell been chosen by Marvel to write the screenplay instead, for which she is currently in the final stage of negotiations, but Boden and Fleck will not be directing the film either.
While Marvel is hoping to find a female director for Captain Marvel 2, it at least sounds like the company didn’t part on bad terms with the previous team. Boden and Fleck are apparently in talks to direct a Disney+ series – although there’s no word on what the show would be about. In the meantime, details about Carol Danvers’ second solo outing are scarce. But continuity with WandaVision is nearly guaranteed considering the screenwriter, as a move to the present with an adult Monica Rambeau (Teyonah Parris) seems like a safe bet.
Directors and writers jump in and out of projects all the time, so there isn’t anything to be concerned about necessarily. But the MCU has experienced a few more shake-ups than normal lately, especially with Scott Derrickson exiting Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. There’s no official word on why Boden and Fleck aren’t returning, whereas the phrase used in Derrickson’s case was “creative differences.” Perhaps there was a scheduling issue or perhaps WandaVision is the most important piece of the MCU puzzle and other movies need to accommodate it.
Whatever the reason may be in Captain Marvel 2‘s case, fewer names in the credits may be a good thing behind the scenes. Fans may understandably feel ill at ease with the various changes happening, but the final product will speak for itself one way or another. And while fans wait for the final verdict, they can at least take comfort in the fact that Carol Danvers will soon be here to save the day again.
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Former Survivor contestant, Richard Hatch reportedly will not be returning for season 40, because according to host Jeff Probst, Hatch doesn’t represent the show. This past season saw serious implications for contestants who behaved badly, and CBS would like to avoid more issues like that in the future.
Survivor first aired back in May of 2000 and was a big hit among CBS viewers. The focal point of the contest is to place a group of strangers from unique places in life on an isolated island where they have to find their own food, water, shelter, and fire. Each week, the contestants compete in physical and mental challenges that grant them rewards like peanut butter or immunity from elimination. A contestant is then eliminated by their fellow castmates until one is left to claim the one-million-dollar prize.
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Even though Hatch was the first-ever winner of Survivor, it was announced that he will not be joining the show for its 20th anniversary. According to Us Weekly, Hatch’s history caused concern among the network executives and is one of the main reasons he was not welcomed back to the show with open arms. The 20th anniversary season will be an all champion edition and will be called, Survivor: Winners at War. The show’s executive producer and host, Probst addressed the issue by saying that every single winner had been called before they had started filming in Fiji. But Probst said he did not feel that Hatch fit what “the show was about” or represent what the show has become.
The 58-year-old survivor was known for being the black sheep of the tribe, notably for walking around the island naked and refusing to put on clothes. In the premiere season in 2000, he schemed and formed secret alliances to win himself the one-million-dollar prize. Only six years after his famous win he was sentenced to 51 months behind bars for failing to pay taxes on his winnings. Fans of the show will recall that Hatch was invited to participate in the All-Stars season that aired in 2004 but was quickly voted off for continuing to be naked and deliberately rubbing up against Sue Hawk, who quit Survivor the next day.
Probst made it very clear during his interview that Hatch had a bad history of disobeying the rules and it did not feel fitting to include him this time around. The veteran host added that back when the show first aired was a different time and culture but in today’s world, the network would never allow Hatch to run a challenge naked, but avid fans who tune in each season know that all the antics was Hatch just being himself. For the Survivor host, it makes sense he and the producers would like to avoid future controversy at all costs so that the game can be competitive and fun again.
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A handful of MonsterVerse characters – which includes both humans and Titans – are confirmed to return in the next film in the franchise, Godzilla vs. Kong. Since filming on Godzilla vs. Kong wrapped several months ago, there may not be any surprises in the movie’s human cast, but there could still be more returning Titans in the film that haven’t been announced yet, such as Rodan, who unlike Mothra and King Ghidorah, wasn’t killed at the end of Godzilla: King of the Monsters. If so, they could be unveiled when the long-awaited Godzilla vs. Kong trailer is finally released.
In 2015, the movie was given a May 29, 2020 release date, and was eventually moved forward to March 13 of the same year, but a recent delay has pushed Godzilla vs. Kong to November 20. The delay is believed to have been the result of Godzilla: King of the Monsters‘ lack of success, and Legendary and Warner Bros.’ intent on making sure that Godzilla vs. Kong doesn’t share in its struggles at the box office. Considering that Godzilla vs. Kong features a colossal battle between two pop culture icons that haven’t clashed onscreen in over 50 years, the studio understandably has high expectations for the upcoming crossover movie.
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Directed by Adam Wingard, Godzilla vs. Kong will see the two Titans clash in a “spectacular battle for the ages” while Monarch is busy investigating the origin of the Titans. The movie boasts a mostly original cast, with True Blood star Alexander Skarsgard taking the lead role as a geologist. Also appearing in the movie are Brian Tyree Henry (Eternals), Jessica Henwick (Iron Fist), Demián Bichir (The Nun), Eiza González (Baby Driver), Lance Reddick (John Wick), and more. (In fact, this is Reddick’s second Godzilla movie after first appearing in 1998’s Godzilla film.) Here are the established characters from previous MonsterVerse movies who are returning for Godzilla vs. Kong.
The new film will mark Godzilla’s third appearance in the MonsterVerse. In 2014’s Godzilla, Godzilla emerged as the “alpha predator” on a mission to hunt down the M.U.T.O.s, seemingly in an effort to preserve balance. The titular Titan returned in Godzilla: King of the Monsters for a dramatic showdown with his ancient rival and longtime Toho antagonist, King Ghidorah. After three brutal battles and heroic sacrifices from both Dr. Serizawa (Ken Watanabe) and Mothra, Godzilla entered into his burning form and finally put an end to King Ghidorah. Godzilla’s victory over the three-headed monster earned him the respect of the remaining Titans, who have now accepted Godzilla as the King of the Monsters. If needed, these Titans will presumably be at their king’s beck and call in Godzilla vs. Kong.
It’s been nearly fifty years since King Kong encountered a group of humans and battled the Skullcrawlers in Kong: Skull Island. The actions of humans caused the Skullcrawlers to emerge from the Hollow Earth tunnels beneath Skull Island, forcing Kong to make a stand against them. Afterward, a Monarch outpost was built on Skull Island, which now monitors Kong. He was referenced numerous times in King of the Monsters, but Kong didn’t answer Ghidorah’s call. When Ghidorah summoned all the Titans, Kong ignored the call simply because he didn’t regard Ghidorah as the true alpha. This may mean that he won’t accept Godzilla as the alpha either. It could be that when the two finally meet, Kong will challenge Godzilla for the role of the alpha Titan.
In Kong: Skull Island, Kong is about a third of Godzilla’s size, but it’s been stated that, since Kong was just an adolescent in the movie, he wasn’t done growing. Brief footage from Godzilla vs. Kong has confirmed a massive size upgrade that puts Kong on Godzilla’s level. How this will affect Kong’s biggest fundamental difference from Godzilla remains unclear. Kong movies generally show the giant ape forming a connection with a human character. In Skull Island, it was Brie Larson’s Mason Weaver. In Godzilla vs. Kong, it’s possible that this person will be Skarsgard’s character, since he reportedly interacts with Kong in some way.
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Kyle Chandler’s Mark Russell was the human protagonist of Godzilla: King of the Monsters, but for this film, Skarsgard has top-billing instead. Where Mark fits into King of the Monsters hasn’t been disclosed, but his presence in the movie suggests that he has renewed his ties to Monarch. In King of the Monsters, Mark – the inventor of the Orca – turned his back on his work but was forced to team up with Monarch when his wife and daughter used the Orca to wake up the Titans. Mark’s expertise when it comes to the Orca and his knowledge of the Titans and their behaviors may be of use to Monarch when they wade into the conflict between Godzilla and Kong and investigate the long-forgotten history of the Titans.
In King of the Monsters, Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown portrayed Madison Russell, the daughter of Mark and Emma Russell (Vera Farmiga). After initially siding with Emma out of loyalty to her mother, Madison ultimately betrayed her and the eco-terrorists who were led by Alan Jonah (Charles Dance). According to Brown, what side she’ll end up on in Godzilla vs. Kong, whether it be Godzilla’s or Kong’s, will be part of her character’s journey in the movie (via YouTube).
Zhang Ziyi plays the dual roles of Dr. Ilene Chen and Dr. Ling in Godzilla: King of the Monsters, though Dr. Ling is only present in one scene. Dr. Chen, however, is an important character who works at Monarch and is actively involved in their mission to avert the crisis put into motion by the eco-terrorists. It’s revealed in the movie that she and her twin sister serve as a contemporary reimagining of the Twin Fairies from the classic Toho films. Traditionally, the Twin Fairies are a pair of tiny women with a telepathic connection to Mothra. The Twin Fairies are usually present whenever Mothra is born, which is why it was fitting that Dr. Ling was standing nearby when Mothra emerged from her cocoon in King of the Monsters. The fact that Zhang Ziyi is one of only three actors coming back for King of the Monsters could provide evidence for Mothra’s return in Godzilla vs. Kong. If Godzilla vs. Kong wants to use Mothra again, the movie could draw upon the sisters’ connection to the Titan.
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The cast of The Matrix 4 is growing and will include the return of Lambert Wilson as The Merovingian. It’s been nearly 17 years since both Matrix sequels arrived in theaters just a few months apart, and it appeared the lesser quality of them ended the expansive world after three films. The outlook of the Matrix franchise officially changed last year, when it was announced that Keanu Reeves was returning to star as Neo in a fourth entry.
Directed and written by Lana Wachowski, details on The Matrix 4 have remained tightly guarded. Neo’s return is notable considering how his story appeared to end in The Matrix Revolutions and the same is true about Carrie Anne-Moss returning as Trinity. With both Neo and Trinity returning, many have wondered what other familiar characters Wachowski could fold into the new story. There were already reports that Jada Pinkett Smith will return as Niobe, and now one more franchise veteran is going to appear as well.
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According to a report by Allocine (via The Playlist), Lambert Wilson will likely return as The Merovingian in The Matrix 4. The character is said to be in the script for the fourth film, but Wilson is only in negotiations to return. There is some concern with his schedule to make the appearance work, as The Matrix 4 begins filming sometime this year. The Merovingian was featured in both The Matrix Reloaded and Revolutions.
The Merovingian returning for The Matrix 4 is another sign that the film will once again explore the intricacies of the Matrix. The character was previously said to be one of the oldest programs that exist. He is a trafficker of information and leads a crime syndicate alongside his wife Persephone (Monica Bellucci). Neo and Trinity met The Merovingian in The Matrix Reloaded to discuss the Keymaker, and Trinity paid him another visit in Revolutions to free Neo. His history with the two fallen franchise leads could be telling, along with The Merovingian’s past of providing a safe haven for programs that were no longer needed.
As a result, it is possible that The Merovingian could be a key piece to the story of The Matrix 4. Speculation has persisted that Yahya Abdul-Mateen II is a younger version of Morpheus, and the involvement of a young Morpheus along with a resurrected Neo and Trinity could point to the Matrix being rebooted again or someone trying to repair a previous version of the simulation. Given The Merovingian’s well-documented roots within the Matrix, it would make sense that he could be needed to accomplish some version of these tasks. Of course, that is all merely speculation at the moment since so few plot details have surfaced so far, but The Merovingian being in The Matrix 4 is something fans can now expect.
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Source: Allocine (via The Playlist)
Bad Boys 4 is in the works with stars Will Smith and Martin Lawrence both returning. Released in 1995, the original Bad Boys tapped into the buddy-cop tropes familiar from ‘80s action movies like Lethal Weapon and 48 Hrs. but added a hipper (at least for the mid ‘90s) edge with stars Smith and Lawrence and ratcheted up the action thanks to director Michael Bay.
A big hit with $141 million in box office grosses against a reported $28 million budget, the film was belatedly followed up in 2003 with the sequel Bad Boys II, which also hit big at the box office with a gross of $273 million. A third Bad Boys movie seemed inevitable after the second one performed so well, but as it turned out, it would take nearly two decades for Smith and Lawrence’s wisecracking cop characters to return to the screen. That return is finally here as Bad Boys for Life prepares to hit theaters having received surprisingly positive reviews from critics (the film currently holds a 74% rating on Rotten Tomatoes). Bay may be long gone, but the movie still has plenty of action thanks to directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah.
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With the long-awaited third Bad Boys movie set to be a surprise box office hit, THR reports that Sony is moving quickly to get another sequel into development. Naturally, buddy-cops Smith and Lawrence are both set to return for Bad Boys 4, and so is Bad Boys for Life screenwriter Chris Bremner. Of course, this time around Sony plans to get the sequel out on a faster time frame (it took seventeen years the last time).
Obviously, Smith and Lawrence both know a good thing when they see one, which is why the actors reportedly will be back for even more with Bad Boys 4. Of course, Bad Boys for Life was marketed as a last fling for their characters, but the movie’s big box office obviously forced Sony to reverse course on that idea and go back for more. Bremner clearly delivered the goods with his work on the Bad Boys for Life script, which is also credited to Joe Carnahan and Peter Craig (with an uncredited assist from Seth Rogen), hence his return for the sequel.
That Bad Boys for Life would come out of nowhere to become a critical success and box office hit seems like a very unlikely development indeed, especially considering where star Smith’s career happens to be right now. Smith is in fact coming off a string of flops, including last year’s certified box office bomb Gemini Man, which grossed just $173 million worldwide against a reported budget of $138 million. Smith has definitely struggled in recent years to find vehicles that might help raise his star back up, but if fans don’t want to see him in anything new, at least they still apparently crave the buddy-cop dynamic he creates with Lawrence, even if the stars are both a little long in the tooth at this point. All involved are banking on Bad Boys 4 recapturing the magic one more time.
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This year’s Golden Globes may have just aired this month, but NBC already has next year’s hosts lined up: returning favorites Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. Fey and Poehler have a long-standing relationship with NBC, having both worked on network staple Saturday Night Live for several years. Both comedians have also starred in hits for the network: Fey in 30 Rock and Poehler in Parks and Recreation. Their performances on both shows were well-received, with Fey taking home the Golden Globe for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy twice and Poehler once.
Fey and Poehler first teamed up to host the Golden Globes in 2013. Their first go-round was well-received, leading to turns the following two years. When they step up to the plate in 2021, it will have been six years since they last hosted. Of course, this year’s host, Ricky Gervais, is still on viewers’ minds, as the 2020 Golden Globes were held just last weekend. This was Gervais’ fifth time serving as host of the ceremony. Prior to this year, Gervais last hosted in 2016.
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NBC Entertainment Chairman Paul Telegdy made the announcement about Fey and Poehler today during the Television Critics Association Tour, where networks traditionally share news about current and upcoming shows and events. Telegdy called the comedic duo “two of the funniest people on the planet.” He also explained the early announcement, reasoning, “we didn’t want to wait any longer to share the great news that they’ll be hosting the Globes once again.” NBC also noted that an announcement with an air date for the 2021 ceremony will be made later on.
In addition to their work together on Saturday Night Live and previous hosting gigs, Fey and Poehler have teamed up on several other projects. They co-starred in the 2008 comedy Baby Mama, with Fey playing a mom-to-be and Poehler her surrogate. They reunited on the big screen in 2015 for another comedy film, Sisters. Many of their projects together, including Sisters and last year’s Wine Country, have featured other Saturday Night Live alums, such as Maya Rudolph and Rachel Dratch.
Coming off this year’s Golden Globes ceremony, where Gervais’ stint as host received mixed reviews, it makes sense to return to the solid pairing of Fey and Poehler. The two are recognizable figures who have great comedic chemistry thanks to the many projects they’ve worked on together. Saturday Night Live stars in general usually make for good awards show hosts; they’re used to working on live TV and have lots of experience landing jokes in that environment. Even if the 2021 Golden Globes are a long way off, viewers should be excited to hear that NBC already has a solid hosting team in place.
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