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Disney Confirms Entire 2019 Slate – Including New Mutants Movie

Walt Disney Studios confirms their upcoming movie slate at CinemaCon 2019, including live-action films, Marvel, Star Wars and their Fox properties, like Dark Phoenix and The New Mutants. Each year, movie studios, press and other industry professionals descend on Las Vegas, Nevada, for CinemaCon, the Official Convention of The National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) to preview what lays ahead for Hollywood. Typically, studios tease their biggest upcoming movies with footage and presentations from cast, directors and other members of the creative teams.

Already during CinemaCon 2019, Warner Bros. revealed the first Joker movie trailer, previewed Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn), showcased the very first footage from the highly anticipated horror sequel IT Chapter Two and unveiled new footage from Godzilla King of the Monsters and Detective Pikachu. Earlier today, Universal Pictures previewed a new Hobbs & Shaw trailer along with a host of other movies that include The Secret Life of Pets 2, Ma,Paul Feig’s Last Christmas and Tom Hooper’s live-action Cats musical. Now, the Mouse House is pulling out all the stops for their first CinemaCon presentation since the Disney-Fox deal closed last month.

Related: All The Live-Action Disney Remakes In Development

During their presentation at CinemaCon 2019, Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn revealed the full slate of upcoming movies for this year, including Fox acquisitions like Dark Phoenix and The New Mutants. The full list of movies is as follows: Captain Marvel, Dumbo, Breakthrough, Penguins, Avengers: Endgame, Tolkien, Aladdin, Dark Phoenix, Ad Astra, Toy Story 4, Stuber, The Lion King, Artemis Fowl, Spies in Disguise, The Art of Racing in the Rain, The Woman in the Window, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, Ford v Ferrari, Frozen II, Star Wars: Episode IX and Call of the Wild.

Much of this slate should come as little surprise because it largely combines those of Disney and Fox. It includes all the major Disney releases the Mouse House had slated for 2019, along with those that Fox had slated prior to the deal. As such, Dark Phoenix and The New Mutants being included was to be expected. The slate didn’t include an exact date for The New Mutants, but based on its placement, it may be retaining its current August release.

In recent months, the status of The New Mutants has been under a great deal of scrutiny. It was originally meant to release in 2018, but Fox ordered reshoots to make The New Mutants scarier. However, despite the release date being delayed twice, the reshoots haven’t actually been filmed yet. As a result, even the stars of New Mutants don’t know what’s going on with the movie. It was expected Disney would make a decision about the film’s fate. As of now, it appears Disney is planning to theatrically release New Mutants this year.

However, while this is Disney’s current slate, it could potentially change in the coming months. The New Mutants isn’t the only movie on this slate that seems unlikely to make its release date. The sci-fi film Ad Astra is supposed to debut in May but marketing has yet to begin, causing some to wonder whether it will actually release next month. So, although Disney’s 2019 slate looks promising with a mixture of high profile and smaller releases, it remains to be seen if everything goes according to plan.

Next: Disney’s Upcoming Movie Releases – From 2019 to 2023


2019-04-03 03:04:59

Molly Freeman

Shazam is the Last Remaining Movie From the DCEU’s Original Slate

When it releases next month, Shazam! will mark the end of an era for the DC Extended Universe, as it’s the last remaining movie from the original DCEU slate. Announced by Warner Bros. in October 2014, the schedule for the planned shared universe of DC movies included titles that have now been released, such as Wonder Woman and Aquaman, along with canceled or indefinitely delayed projects like The Flash, Justice League 2 and Cyborg.

Once believed to be a surefire plan for success, the DCEU has hit quite a few stumbling blocks in the four and a half years since the original slate was announced. Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice was scorned by critics and divided the fandom, while the heavily reshot Justice League earned the dubious honor of being one of the highest-grossing box office bombs ever, with its $657 million worldwide gross not able to offset the massive expense of production and marketing.

Related: The DCEU’s Biggest Mistake Was Not Letting Zack Snyder Finish His Vision

Directed by David F. Sandberg, Shazam! stars Asher Angel as troubled foster kid Billy Batson, who is gifted with incredible powers that allow him to turn into an adult superhero (played by Zachary Levi) when he shouts the magic word: “Shazam!” Based on the trailers, it looks like Shazam! will lean heavily into comedy, as well as showing the world of superheroes from the perspective of kids – quite a far cry from the early DCEU entries. Impressively, not only has Shazam! survived the turmoil of the DCEU and the many alterations to the original lineup of movies, it’s even stuck with the release date that was announced back in 2014. As a reminder, this was the original plan for the DCEU:

  • Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice – March 25th, 2016
  • Suicide Squad – August 5th, 2016
  • Wonder Woman – June 23rd, 2017
  • Justice League – November 17th, 2017
  • The Flash – March 23rd, 2018
  • Aquaman – July 27th, 2018
  • Shazam – April 5th, 2019
  • Justice League 2 – June 14th, 2019
  • Cyborg – April 3rd, 2020
  • Green Lantern – June 19th, 2020

Of the other movies on the list, Batman V Superman, Suicide Squad, Wonder Woman, Justice League and Aquaman all made it into theaters and were, for the most part, successful. Aquaman and Wonder Woman were both box office hits and now have direct sequels on the way, while Suicide Squad was a more mixed bag and is currently getting a sequel/soft reboot from writer-director James Gunn.

However, the less-than-enthusiastic response to Batman V Superman‘s grim and dark take on the DC universe and director Zack Snyder’s departure from the DCEU means that Warner Bros. has since pivoted to focus less on building a cohesive universe and more on individual movies. New additions to the DC slate include Joker, a mid-budget origin story starring Joaquin Phoenix that doesn’t appear to have any connection to the rest of the DCEU, and Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn), which will lean into and double down on the popularity of Margot Robbie’s Suicide Squad character.

As for the other movies on the original release schedule, Green Lantern, Justice League 2, and Cyborg all seem to have been abandoned for now, while The Flash has been rewritten and changed directors so many times that it’s surely unrecognizable from whatever Warner Bros. had planned in 2014. That movie obviously didn’t make its 2018 release date, and according to the most recent reports, star Ezra Miller may be recast (though he’s writing his own script in a bad to remain in the role).

Even in the golden age of superhero cinema, with no sign of audience fatigue in sight, movies like Shazam! – featuring a character that general audiences aren’t familiar with – are a risk. However, based on early box office projections, Sandberg’s movie should prove to be a modest success for Warner Bros.

More: All 31 Upcoming & In-Development DC Films


2019-03-24 10:03:07

Hannah Shaw-Williams

Roger Ailes Movie Dropped By Annapurna Shortly Before Production

Annapurna Pictures drops director Jay Roach’s untitled film about former Fox News chairman Roger Ailes, just weeks before it was set to begin production. The studio had been developing the project, which chronicles the sexual harassment allegations against Ailes, for quite some time – recruiting an all-star ensemble cast to boot.

Earlier this year, Charlize Theron signed on to portray former Fox reporter Megyn Kelly, and it was only a couple of months ago John Lithgow was cast as Ailes. Other prominent thespians involved include Margot Robbie and Nicole Kidman, giving the film a tremendous amount of clout and prestige. Particularly in today’s climate, the Ailes movie seemed like the socially relevant film any studio would love to have on their slate, but Annapurna has to pass on it at the last minute.

Related: The Trailer for Annapurna’s If Beale Street Could Talk

THR reports Annapurna dropped the Ailes film, with the official reasoning unknown. Some sources claim there were budgetary concerns, but that isn’t confirmed. It’s worth mentioning the project hasn’t been scrapped, and is now on the lookout for a new home. Per Variety, Focus Features may wind up distributing it.

The reported budget for the Ailes movie is roughly $35 million, which is a relatively small amount by Hollywood standards. However, Annapurna is going through quite a rough period. A separate Variety report stated Annapurna President of Film Chelsea Barnard is leaving her position as the studio also let go of the upcoming The Hustlers at Scores, which stars Jennifer Lopez as a stripper out for revenge. THR also notes the studio is hurting financially, which would explain their decision to drop two high-profile films. Last year, the indie house got in the business of distributing their own movies – an endeavor that likely hasn’t gone as well as they’d hope. To date, their biggest hit as a distributor is Eli Roth’s Death Wish remake, which earned $41.4 million worldwide.

Hopefully, Annapurna is able to find its footing soon, as it still has plenty of noteworthy films on deck. As of now, they’re distributing two of this year’s biggest Oscar hopefuls in Barry Jenkins’ If Beale Street Could Talk and Adam McKay’s Vice and handling the Stateside release of Bond 25. That’s a fairly tall order, particularly for a studio trying to keep its head above water. It would be a sad day for the film industry if Annapurna ends up going under, so ideally studio founder Megan Ellison will be able to work some magic and get things back on track. In the meantime, they desperately need Vice (receiving a wide release on Christmas) to be a hit this holiday season.

More: Watch The Official Vice Trailer

Source: THR, Variety [2]



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2018-10-09 04:10:51 – Chris Agar

Venom’s OTHER End-Credits Scene Explained

Venom not only has a mid-credits scene that overtly sets up a sequel with Cletus Kasady a.k.a. Carnage as the villain – it also has a post-credits scene that offers a sneak peek at upcoming animated adventure Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.

Unlike the careful cohesion of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Sony Pictures’ stable of Marvel properties are a little more complicated. Venom may or may not be in the same live-action universe as a slate of upcoming Spider-Man-adjacent movies like Silver Sable, Black Cat and the Jared Leto-starring Morbius, the Living Vampire. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, however, is explicitly set in a different universe (though possibly within the same multiverse).

Related: How Venom Sets Up A (Much Better) Sequel

Let’s break down the hilarity and action of the Into the Spider-Verse scene that follows Venom‘s end-credits, what it tells us about the world of young Miles Morales, and the insight it offers into Sony’s approach to marketing superhero movies.

  • This Page: Into the Spider-Verse and Miles Morales’ Universe
  • Page 2: What Happens In The Post-Credits Scene

Spider-Verse Is NOT Connected To Venom

Barring a surprise cameo by Tom Hardy, bursting into Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse like Eddie Valiant arriving in Toontown, it’s safe to say that Venom and Into the Spider-Verse do not share any continuity. Directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman, and produced by The LEGO Movie directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller, Into the Spider-Verse embraces the Marvel Comics concept of a superhero multiverse by bringing many different versions of Spider-Man into the same universe.

Based on the most recent trailer, it looks like this crossing-over of universes is triggered by the Kingpin’s use of a super-collider. The protagonist of the movie is Miles Morales, a Brooklyn teen who was introduced in the Ultimate Marvel comics back in 2011, and takes up the mantle of Spider-Man in his universe after Peter Parker dies. Into the Spider-Verse is about Miles discovering that there’s an entire multiverse full of weird and diverse Spider-People out there, and working together with them to stop Kingpin from destroying Brooklyn.

We’re expecting to see a lot of cameos and references to the many versions of Spider-Man in the movie, but the trailers so far have introduced a group of six main Spider-People: Miles himself; a version of Peter Parker from a different universe; Spider-Gwen (a version of Gwen Stacy from a universe where she was bitten by the radioactive spider instead of Peter); Spider-Man Noir (a black-clad Peter Parker from a noir-themed 1930s universe); Peni Parker (an anime schoolgirl who operates a spider mech suit); and Spider-Ham, a spider who was bitten by a radioactive pig.

Related: Every VENOM Easter Egg & Marvel Secret You Missed

Peter Parker Is Dead (In Miles Morales’ Universe)

As mentioned before, Miles Morales hails from the Ultimate Universe and was introduced after a story arc called The Death of Spider-Man, in which (you guessed it) Spider-Man dies. Specifically, Peter Parker dies in battle with the Green Goblin, saving Aunt May in the process and, in his mind, redeeming himself for failing to save Uncle Ben. Not long afterwards, Miles Morales is bitten by a radioactive spider stolen from Oscorp, and develops all of Spider-Man’s powers – plus a couple of extras: camouflage, and the ability to fire a blast of energy from his hands, called a venom strike.

Venom‘s post-credits scene confirms that Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse will be adhering closely to the Ultimate comics, as it shows Miles kneeling by Peter Parker’s grave – making it clear that the Peter Parker in his universe is dead. In the comics, Miles takes up the mantle of Spider-Man (despite having some qualms that it might be in “bad taste”) to honor the late Peter Parker. It seems as though the Miles of Into the Spider-Verse has done the same, but worries that he’s not a good enough Spider-Man to live up to Peter’s legacy.

The post-credits scene then takes a turn for the weird. As Miles is mourning Peter Parker, who should sneak up behind him in the graveyard but… another Peter Parker!

Page 2: What Happens In The Post-Credits Scene

What The Spider-Verse Post-Credits Tease Shows

The first meeting between Miles and Peter does not go well. Miles accidentally knocks Peter out and ends out attached to him by a string of webbing. Before he can untangle himself, the cops show up in the graveyard and – mistakenly thinking that Miles is carrying a dead body – start coming after him. Panicking, Miles flees the graveyard with the unconscious Peter in tow, but the extra weight slows him down. Peter’s body manages to get webbed to a passing train, and the train drags his body along with Miles – still stuck to Peter – dragged along behind.

What ensues is a downright hilarious chase through the streets of New York with the cops trying to keep up as Miles and Peter are pulled helplessly along by the train. Miles attempts to keep Peter from coming to harm, but he bounces off cars and other objects, getting increasingly beat-up. At one point he crashes into a snowman and gets the snowman head stuck on his own head, creating quite a bizarre spectacle for the citizens of New York as he passes by. Peter regains consciousness just as the train finally slows to a stop, and the scene ends there.

Related: Spider-Verse Theory: Peter Parker Is Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man

Overall it’s a pretty revealing clip – setting up the first meeting between Miles and Peter, and effectively communicating the premise of the movie to audience members who may not have been aware of Into the Spider-Verse‘s existence. Some fans may be dissatisfied with it – perhaps hoping for a glimpse at one of Sony’s other upcoming movies, or even a clip that teases Spider-Man: Far From Home. However, it’s smart for Sony to promote their next comic book movie wherever possible, and the Into the Spider-Verse clip is arguably a lot better than Venom‘s mid-credits scene.

Venom’s Mid-Credits Scene Sets Up Venom 2

Before wrapping up, it’s worth touching on Venom‘s mid-credits scene as well. This is a much more standard use of the mid-credits scene gimmick, overtly setting up Venom 2 (which seems like an inevitability, based on the first movie’s strong box office performance). It was all but confirmed that Woody Harrelson would be playing Cletus Kasady, the host of Venom’s symbiote offspring Carnage, but the mid-credits scene offers a first look at Harrelson in the role… and wearing a comically bad red wig.

Eddie Brock scores a hot interview with Cletus, a serial killer with many gruesome murders under his belt, and is taken to San Quentin Prison. There, Cletus is being held in a maximum security cell (a similar set-up to Harley Quinn’s cage in Suicide Squad), and is strapped into a straitjacket for good measure. He’s busy scrawling messages on the wall in his own blood when Eddie arrives, and the two of them confront each other coolly. A smirking Cletus asks if Eddie wants to hear about “the Carnage,” and the scene ends there.

It doesn’t look like Cletus Kasady has yet bonded with Carnage in this scene, but if Eddie’s visiting him in prison that Venom could well give birth to Carnage during the visit (symbiote reproduction is asexual and pretty casual) – thereby unwittingly handing Cletus the key to his escape.

More: Every Spider-Man Villain Confirmed For Into The Spider-Verse (So Far)



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2018-10-07 02:10:15 – Hannah Shaw-Williams

Seven movies hit the big screen this week



Venom

Featuring Tom Hardy, Jenny Slate, Riz Ahmed, Michelle Williams, Woody Harrelson, Michelle Lee, Marcella Bragio and Sope Aluko, “Venom” was directed by Ruben Flesicher.

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Predicting Marvel’s 2020 Movie Release Slate

Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe will officially kick off in 2020, but what will that release schedule look like? The MCU’s first saga, consisting of all the movies released from the very first Iron Man, will conclude with next year’s Avengers 4, which will culminate into one last showdown with the Mad Titan Thanos. That will also see the mainstays of the Earth’s Mightiest Heroes – namely Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man, Chris Evans’ Captain America, Chris Hemsworth’s Thor, and Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk – presumably either being killed off or seen riding off into the sunset.

Shortly thereafter, audiences will get their first introduction into an MCU post-Avengers 4 with the release of Spider-Man: Far From Home, which was previously said to take place only minutes after the ending of Anthony and Joe Russo’s currently-untitled 2019 film. It makes sense that info has already come out about Spidey’s next solo outing considering that it’s currently in production, but there’s a lot of uncertainty regarding the MCU’s slate after the Homecoming sequel.

Related: Avengers 4 Isn’t Going To Be The MCU’s Secret Invasion

Of course, one of the most talked about things in relation to the future of the MCU is how the X-Men and Fantastic Four will be included. But the thing is, there currently aren’t any concrete plans on how to incorporate either superhero team (or their respective members) beyond the simple fact that they will one day join the ongoing shared universe. Therefore, it’s extremely unlikely (and borderline impossible), due to the way the film rights for 20th Century Fox’s assets transfer to Disney, for a movie based on either team to hit theaters in 2020. That’s not all that’s known, though.

  • This Page: What We Know About Marvel’s 2020 & Guardians 3
  • Page 2: Predicting Marvel’s 2020 Movies

WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT MCU 2020

Exact details regarding the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe are unclear at the moment, but there has been some movement behind in the scenes on certain projects as well as plenty of comments regarding the franchise’s next steps from executives in the know. It’s been said numerous times that the Russos’ Avengers 4 will mark the conclusion of the MCU’s first saga, bringing an end to the story arc that began with Jon Favreau’s first Iron Man movie in 2008. And next year’s Spider-Man film will act as a branching off point for the franchise’s next stage, as well as a continuation of the events of Avengers 4, but it won’t exactly act the big Phase 4 movie that people may expect it to be.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, on the other hand, was (and possibly still is) meant to bridge the old and the new sagas of the MCU together, laying the foundation for the next 10 years or so of Marvel movies. Releasing it as the first movie in 2020 would’ve been ideal for Marvel Studios to really kick off Phase 4, but that burden will now most likely fall onto another movie’s shoulders, similar to how Kenneth Branagh’s 2011 Thor film was the movie primarily responsible for setting up Joss Whedon’s The Avengers. In this regard, the first real Phase 4 movie will release in 2020 – but it won’t be the third Guardians of the Galaxy movie.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 3 WON’T MAKE 2020

From the get-go, it was thought that James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 would hit theaters in 2020 since it was originally supposed to go into production in early 2019, at least according to the main cast. Since that movie is no longer on the table (for now), with Walt Disney Studios searching for a new director for the project after indefinitely shelving it in the aftermath of firing original director James Gunn, Marvel Studios needs to rethink their entire timeline.

Guardians 3 likely won’t move into production in time by early next year, even though it has been confirmed that Gunn’s script will still be used, because they would also need to dive into pre-production first. And so, the entirety of the Marvel Cinematic Universe may need to be fundamentally reworked (or Guardians 3 replaced) since that film was reportedly going to set up the future of the MCU, taking the next saga away from Earth and into the cosmos. Whether that happens remains to be seen. But, for now, there are plenty of other movies that have a higher chance of releasing in 2020.

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DOCTOR STRANGE 2 – May 1, 2020

One of the fan-favorite characters from Avengers: Infinity War was Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange, whose story and characterization had really been elevated since his MCU debut in Scott Derrickson’s Doctor Strange movie in 2016. At this time, if there’s any character that is close to being overdue for a sequel (aside from Hulk), it’s Doctor Strange. The character is integral to the future of the MCU, and that was clearly evident in Avengers 3.

Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige recently revealed that they will make Doctor Strange 2 at some point, but he wouldn’t say when. Considering the story that will presumably unfold in Avengers 4, and the fact that there’s an entire universe out there that Marvel would like to explore, using Doctor Strange 2 as a jumping off point to bridge the old and new MCU movies together (in a similar fashion to Guardians 3) would be ideal. Releasing in 2020 would put the sequel four years (in real-time) after the last movie, much like how Thor: Ragnarok released in 2017 – four years after Thor: The Dark World.

Related: Doctor Strange Director Teases Possible Movement on the Sequel

The first movie’s writer already has ideas of where to take Doctor Strange 2, and since the sequel is reportedly slated to start filming in the spring, it’s possible that it may replace Guardians 3 as the first 2020 movie in May. Plus, Derrickson has been posting and discussing the character on social media more nowadays than he was before, so that type of behavior can always be indicative of an impending announcement; the calm before the storm.

THE ETERNALS – August 7, 2020

Spider-Man: Far From Home and Doctor Strange 2 are obviously sequels that would make it easy for Marvel Studios to, once again, bridge the first and second sagas of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but the first movie on the docket that can truly kick off this new phase of the franchise while also building off (and diving into) Thanos’ mysterious background is The Eternals. What started out as merely a possibility turned into a rumor, and then eventually into a reality with the studio hiring Chloé Zhao as director. She is the third female director to be hired for a Marvel movie (and second as a solo director).

Related: Marvel Movies James Gunn Could Direct (Other Than Guardians 3)

It’s been reported that a mystery MCU Phase 4 movie was eyeing a production start in June 2019. Considering that multiple writers have been working on The Eternals script for quite some time and that the project now has a director attached, the film could very well move into production by summer 2019 in order to make an August 2020 release. It’s the most likely option given the fact that there aren’t many other Marvel movies with writers and directors attached just yet. What’s more, this is arguably the best non-Guardians film to launch the future of the cosmic MCU.

BLACK WIDOW – November 6, 2020

A standalone Black Widow movie has been talked about off and on since Scarlett Johansson made her debut as the S.H.I.E.L.D. agent in Jon Favreau’s Iron Man 2 in 2010. However, she’s been relegated to starring in team-up movies as well as other characters’ solo movies over the years. And now that all her friends are preparing to exit the shared universe, the actress is gearing up to finally star in her own film. Given that there has been a huge push for female-led superhero movies on the studio side recently, namely due to the overwhelming success of DC Films’ Wonder Woman, it makes sense to follow-up Captain Marvel with a Black Widow movie.

Since Cate Shortland is already attached to direct the movie, and that Marvel has been adamant about moving this project forward, it seems likely that it will become one of the Marvel movies that will release in 2020. And releasing Black Widow in the November slot also opens up the possibility for non-comic book (and movie) fans to check out the film based on the fact that it will focus more on spies and less on gods. That time of year produces fewer tentpole films and more drama-heavy productions, anyway, which is a genre that a Black Widow movie can easily tap into.

More: Why Marvel TV Can Tease X-Men & Fantastic 4, But Movies Can’t



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2018-09-29 01:09:07 – Mansoor Mithaiwala