Superman & Lois Show Casts Its Super Sons, Releases Character Details

The CW’s Superman and Lois show casts the iconic couple’s two sons for the DC series. The Arrowverse is in for a change following Crisis on Infinite Earths that altered Greg Berlanti’s DC franchise forever. With Arrow finished, the lineup of shows is already in process of evolving for next season. Prior to the five-part crossover taking place, The CW revealed its plan for a Superman spinoff series as it got into active development for the pilot season. From former The Flash showrunner Todd Helbing, the spinoff would focus on Lois and Clark tackling the challenges of parenthood.

As Crisis on Infinite Earths was set to resume last month, The CW went ahead and ordered Superman and Lois straight to series. This marked the first time that any new DC TV show got an early series pickup by The CW. With the events of the crossover changing the larger continuity, it directly pulled a twist on the upcoming Superman show. Before the crossover conclusion, casting notices had gone out for two teenage boys, one presumably being an aged up Jon Kent. Following the new status quo, Clark and Lois now had two teenage boys instead of baby Jon. As production is set to begin later this spring, the series has found the Man of Steel’s two kids.

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Now, Deadline reports that Jordan Elsass and Alexander Garfin have landed the series regular roles of Jonathan and Jordan Kent respectively. Given the boys are the same age, it’s meant to be believed they are twins. Warner Bros. TV describes Jonathan as “clean-cut, modest and kind-hearted, with an aw-shucks attitude that somehow doesn’t seem dated,” which matches the “Matthew” role in the audition call.

Fans initially had speculations that the other part of “Ethan” was possibly Damian Wayne aka Robin, Batman’s son, in disguise. Instead, it’s for an original part that doesn’t currently seem to be based on any established DC character in the Superman canon. Jordan is the opposite of Jonathan as the network describes Garfin’s character as incredibly intelligent, but “his mercurial temperament and social anxiety limits his interactions with people,” causing Jordan to be more of a loner who uses a lot of his free time for video games.

The news doesn’t indicate whether or not the boys will have inherited Clark’s Kryptonian abilities. The chances are high, though, that Superman and Lois will go with a Super Sons direction, implying they may be a handful, following Lois’ comment in the Crisis finale. With production approaching, more casting will unveil additional characters joining the series. Enthusiastic viewers should expect the first look at Superman and Lois sometime in May during The CW’s Upfronts.

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Source: Deadline

2020-02-05 01:02:28

Andy Behbakht

What Master Chief’s Animations in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Would Look Like

Since the release of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, players have tried to theorize which characters will be making it to the infamous battle stage to combat against the hand-selected characters Nintendo has made available on their roster, and Twitter user MemoryNova’s animated clips have revealed what it would be like to have Halo‘s Master Chief as a fighter. Smash Ultimate released in December of 2018 and has had six different DLC drops since. With each new DLC announcement, fans theorize just what the next character coming to Smash could be.

Many theories have drifted around the internet about which characters would be the most ideal fighters for Ultimate. Around the time Kingdom Hearts 3 came out, fans expected to hear an announcement about Keyblade-wielder Sora to make his grand entrance. Another speculation included Geralt from The Witcher series, due to the fact that he would add to the list of grittier characters, like Ridley or Simon Belmont, to bring some gloom to the colorful cast. Even Crash Bandicoot’s name has been tossed around by fans for a possible fighter, with his projectile wumpa fruit likely a key factor in his development.

Related: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate: Beginner’s Guide

However, one of the most iconic characters that fans have hoped to see eventually make it to the battle field is the spartan soldier, Master Chief from the Halo series. With the re-release of Halo: Reach and the upcoming Halo Infinite, it would be the perfect time to announce Master Chief as a new fighter in Smash. Twitter user MemoryNova believed in this idea, going as far as to show players exactly what Master Chief in Smash Ultimate would look like with two animated clips. In the first clip, Nova created a victory animation for Master Chief, featuring him in the game’s end screen shooting up a storm. But creating the one alone wasn’t enough. In the next, Nova shows players what they imagined Master Chief’s forward smash to be, featuring the iconic energy blade slashing through the air.

Halo‘s popularity has been revisited over the recent months. Fans of the original Bungie-developed series were overjoyed to hear the Master Chief Collection would be released on PC and gamers everywhere were jumping back into the campaign of Halo: Reach in early December 2019, bringing back a wide sense of nostalgia.

Master Chief’s inclusion in Ultimate would fit so perfectly into the Smash setting and Nova’s animations just prove that. Alongside Master Chief’s forward smash, the game absolutely must feature some of Chief’s other nostalgic moves. Perhaps a projectile of Cortana thrown to stun enemies? No matter which move set Nintendo would create for Master Chief, fans of Halo would undoubtedly and quickly choose him to become their new Smash Ultimate mains.

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is available now on the Nintendo Switch.

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2020-02-04 01:02:56

Juliana Failde

Best Super Bowl 2020 Commercials & Trailers | Screen Rant

Here are the best commercials and trailers aired during the 2020 Super Bowl event. The annual Super Bowl game is the highlight of the NFL season and one of the world’s premier sporting events, but it might be fair to say that there’s more attention paid to what happens away from the field than on it in the modern era, with the halftime show and the high-profile ads shown during commercial breaks often dominating post-match discussion. Movie studios also utilize this prime slot to promote their top releases of the year with a slew of hotly-anticipated trailers.

In 2020, another crop of A-list actors made light-hearted appearances in commercials, more lovable brand mascots were dragged out and movie & TV fans were afforded a closer look at some of 2020’s biggest franchises, both on the big and small screen. J-Lo and Shakira were a key topic after their performance during the halftime break, a spot of tongue-wagging triggered a cultural debate and the Baby Yoda phenomenon was in full effect, as advertising executives took full advantage of the small, green man of the moment and put their own spin on The Mandalorian‘s cultural icon.

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Of course, there was also plenty of joyless drivel. Sorting the halftime wheat from the commercial chaff, these are the most worthy trailers and ads aired during 2020’s Super Bowl.

Nothing sells sugar-free fizzy drinks like Stephen King’s story of a deranged serial killer threatening his family with an ax. In a hilarious parody of Stanley Kubrick’s cinematic classic, The Shining, Bryan Cranston of Breaking Bad and Malcolm In The Middle fame does his best Jack Nicholson impression and the iconic flowing blood of the Overlook Hotel’s elevators becomes sweet, sugarless Mountain Dew. Naturally, Cranston plays his part to perfection and the loving recreation of Kubrick’s original movie isn’t half bad either.

By far the highlight of the 2020 Super Bowl’s selection of trailers was the first look at Marvel’s forthcoming TV range on Disney+, with early looks at The Falcon & The Winter SoldierWandaVision and Loki. There’s plenty for Marvel fans to dissect from this brief montage, including Sam Wilson impressively hurling Cap’s iconic shield, Wanda and Vision’s quirky, era-hopping sitcom madness and Tom Hiddleston’s Loki in a prison jumpsuit. Time will tell how the MCU fares in the world of streaming, but these early signs certainly look encouraging.

In late January, a Planters’ commercial achieved viral notoriety by killing off its century-old mascot, Mr. Peanut, in an Avengers: Endgame inspired marketing strategy. This bold move garnered the desired reaction online, spawning a wildly popular hashtag, and was intended as a build-up to the company’s Super Bowl spot. Starring Wesley Snipes and various other assorted food & drink mascots, this new commercial introduces Mr. Peanut’s baby successor, Baby Nut. Baby Yoda and Baby Groot won’t be duly concerned by this nutty rival.

Some of the trailers aired during 2020’s Super Bowl slots were more or less curtailed versions of longer clips aired previously, such as the F9 footage, but the trailer for A Quiet Place II contained some major details to excite fans of the original film. Although his character died in the original, John Krasinski’s Lee Abbott will return for this horror sequel (which he’ll also direct), most likely via the use of flashbacks. One of 2020’s most anticipated movies, this look at A Quiet Place II is a must-see Super Bowl offering.

Related: How John Krasinski Is Back In A Quiet Place 2

In terms of pop culture references, there’s no beating Walmart’s effort, the centerpiece of which is the long-awaited return of Alex Winter as an older Bill S. Preston Esq. ahead of Bill & Ted Face The Music‘s release later this year. Aside from the clashing of old and young Bills, there are also great nods towards everything from Star Wars and Star Trek to Mars Attacks and Arrival. Aliens love Walmart, it seems, and this commercial will undoubtedly have science fiction fans hammering the pause button to pick up every Easter egg.

Much of the footage shown during Black Widow‘s Super Bowl spot will already be familiar to Marvel fans from the official teaser reveal late last year, but the clip does contain a few impressive new moments. There’s mention of the Avengers, a closer look at David Harbour’s Red Guardian and a gorgeous shot of the entire Black Widow family together on the battlefield. To top off the fun, there’s also a new image of the Taskmaster coolly kicking up a shield, and a tease that the movie’s logo might be more important than it seems.

Jason Momoa is widely known for his heroic, muscular roles as DC’s Aquaman and Karl Drogo from Game of Thrones, but even the King of Atlantis needs a mortgage while living on the surface, and Momoa was prepared to make light of his physical attributes in a Super Bowl commercial for Rocket. Anyone who has ever wondered what Momoa would look like as a Bill Bailey tribute act need look no further, but the CGI isn’t the smoothest here, especially compared to Walmart’s high-production effort.

Due to release later this month, the Super Bowl trailer for Sonic the Hedgehog takes a less conventional approach to marketing by hiring real-life athletes such as Allyson Felix and Kyle Busch to big-up Sega’s famous blue speedster. The interview-style parody is arguably more interesting than the actual movie footage shown, highlighting Sonic’s snarky wit and the improved design. Elsewhere, there’s a glimpse at the hedgehog’s showdown with Jim Carrey’s Dr. Eggman/Robotnik, combined with some material seen in previous trailers.

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The Super Bowl more or less coinciding with Groundhog Day is a dream for marketers and, this year, Jeep took the opportunity to drive home their message about how exciting their vehicles are by showing how Bill Murray overcomes the mundane repetition of his ever-repeating day simply by driving a Jeep. This comedic commercial is a treat for Groundhog Day fans, with some amazing attention to detail in each scene, but the real star of the show is, of course, Murray himself, who is resplendent as ever, even when selling cars.

Ever wondered how Wonder Woman gets her armor so shiny? By using Tide (probably), and this funny skit sees Gal Gadot’s Amazonian come face to face with Charlie Day, who has decided to do his laundry in a mall. DC’s iconic superhero stops Day from doing said laundry, presumably saving the world. Tying into previous Tide commercials, this Super Bowl ad packs plenty into its short run time and, more than anything else, continues to build excitement ahead of Wonder Woman 1984‘s release later this year.

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2020-02-03 01:02:49

Craig Elvy

Watch Every Super Bowl 2020 Movie & TV Trailer | Screen Rant

New movie and TV show trailers are debuting at Super Bowl LIV – starting days before kickoff – and they’re all available to watch right here.

Each year, the Super Bowl is a huge event, not only in the world of professional sports, but entertainment as a whole. In addition to the football game at the center of the event, there’s the halftime show, the pregame show and all the commercials in which brands go above and beyond to market themselves to the Super Bowl’s massive viewership. Though some will be tuning in to Super Bowl LIV for the halftime show featuring Jennifer Lopez and Shakira, and others will be viewing for the Super Bowl commercials, movie and TV fans know to expect plenty of new trailers during the game. For those who want to watch just the trailers – or rewatch them after the game – we’ve assembled every movie and TV trailer that debuted during Super Bowl LIV.

Related: Screen Rant’s Super Bowl 2020 Movie & TV Trailers Prediction

This year, Super Bowl LIV sees the Kansas City Chiefs face off against the San Francisco 49ers on Fox. Now that the onslaught of trailers has begun for the Super Bowl, we’ve rounded up every new movie and TV show trailer here. Be sure to keep checking back since we’ll update with more trailers when they become available.

Marvel Studios released a Black Widow Super Bowl TV spot that features plenty of new footage from the upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe, which hits theaters in May. In addition to teasing Natasha Romanoff’s (Scarlett Johansson) family before the Avengers – Yelena Belova (Florence Pugh), Red Guardian (David Harbour) and Melina Vostokoff (Rachel Weisz) – the TV spot reveals a new look at the villain Taskmaster. In face, the villain copies a classic Captain America shield move. Black Widow hits theaters May 1.

More Marvel projects were spotlighted at this year’s big game, including 2020 shows The Falcon and the Winter Soldier and WandaVision as well as Loki, which is set to premiere in 2021. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, WandaVision and Loki Super Bowl TV spot packs a lot into 30 seconds, revealing Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) training with the Captain America shield, Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) is the classic Scarlet Witch costume and Tom Hiddleston back in the role of Loki – and plenty more. This video features the very first footage of all three shows and, despite not confirming the exact premiere dates of any of the series, Marvel’s Disney+ Super Bowl teaser is sure to excite MCU fans.

Universal debuted the full Fast and Furious 9 movie trailer – with the title officially being F9 – on Friday during a live concert event, but the studio took the chance to promote the film once again during Super Bowl LIV. The Fast & Furious 9 Super Bowl TV spot holds back the big plot twist from the full trailer, that John Cena is playing Dominic Toretto’s (Vin Diesel) brother. That twist will surely make for some exciting drama in F9, especially considering the franchise’s theme of family. F9 hits theaters May 22.

Tom Cruise returns to his classic 80s role in Top Gun: Maverick, which picks up with his character Pete “Maverick” Mitchell 30 years after the events of the first film. In the Top Gun: Maverick Super Bowl TV spot, the video focuses largely on the aerial stunts of the Navy pilots, as the 30-second teaser ramps up the energy and the stakes of the movie. Cruise is joined in the film by Miles Teller, Glen Powell, Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm and more. Top Gun: Maverick hits theaters June 26.

Daniel Craig is gearing up for his final outing as James Bond in the upcoming No Time To Die, which will see his secret agent return from retirement to take on some old and new villains. Craig is joined in the film by Lashana Lynch, who plays a new secret agent Bond is forced to team up with. As seen in the No Time To Die Super Bowl TV spot, the pair don’t exactly get along, but they work together when they must. No Time to Die hits theaters April 10.

After promoting its predecessor, 2018’s A Quiet Place, two years ago, Paramount returns to the Super Bowl with a brief teaser for the sequel, A Quiet Place Part II. While the film’s story is set to pick up after the events of the first movie, based on this Quiet Place Part II Super Bowl TV spot, the movie will also include flashbacks to the arrival of the monsters that decimated the world. As such, John Krasinski not only returns as the director of A Quiet Place Part II, but his character Lee Abbott will also appear as well – albeit in flashback. A Quiet Place: Part II hits theaters March 20.

Universal, Blumhouse and director Leigh Whannell teamed up on a reboot of a classic movie monster for The Invisible Man, starring Elisabeth Moss as Cecilia Kass and Oliver Jackson-Cohen as her abusive ex Adrian Griffin. The Invisible Man Super Bowl TV spot further teases the psychological horror aspects of the movie, as Moss’s character is told repeatedly her ex is dead, though she knows he’s still terrorizing her – but he’s found a way to remain invisible while he does. The Invisible Man hits theaters February 28.

Getting in on the trend of releasing their Super Bowl ad early is Disney with a Mulan TV Spot that will air during the big game – but it confirms that the Mouse House is also releasing a whole new trailer for the movie on Sunday. The 30-second Mulan Super Bowl TV spot features plenty of action as Mulan (Liu Yifei) fights a battle to bring honor to her home. Still, fans may be more excited for the new Mulan movie trailer that will release online following the spot’s airing during Super Bowl LIV. See the Mulan final trailer that debuted during the Super Bowl below.

Mulan hits theaters March 27.

Hitting theaters on Feb. 14 is Paramount’s live-action Sonic the Hedgehog movie, starring Ben Schwartz as the voice of Sonic, James Marsden as his human pal Tom Wachowski and Jim Carrey as the villainous Dr. Robotnik. For the Sonic the Hedgehog Super Bowl trailer, Paramount enlisted real-life athletes to sing the praises of their titular blue hero. The latter half of the trailer features plenty of new footage from the upcoming video game movie, including what appears to be an epic showdown between Sonic and Dr. Robotnik. With only a few weeks left until Sonic the Hedgehog hits theaters, fans will soon get to see this adaptation of the classic Sega game – redesigned Sonic and all. Sonic the Hedgehog hits theaters February 14.

SpongeBob SquarePants returns to the big screen with all his friends from Bikini Bottom in Paramount’s upcoming feature film The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run. Hitting theaters May 22, Sponge on the Run will be SpongeBob’s first 3D-animated movie, which steps away from the Nickelodeon character’s typical 2D style. In The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run Super Bowl TV spot, SpongeBob is tasked with summing up the movie as quickly as possible, a reference to how expensive Super Bowl ads are for advertisers. SpongeBob namedrops Snoop Dogg, references Keanu Reeves’ cameo and the main plot of the movie, which sees SpongeBob and Patrick set off on a road trip to track down his snail Gary. The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run hits theaters May 22.

Universal and Illumination’s beloved Minions return to the big screen this summer in Minions: The Rise of Gru. Since the sequel’s trailer hasn’t been released yet, the Minions: The Rise of Gru Super Bowl TV spot features the first footage from Illumination’s upcoming film. Understandably, the 30-second spot focuses a great deal on the little yellow Minions, though it also features a young Gru, as viewers may expect based on the film’s title. Minions: The Rise of Gru hits theaters July 3.

Amazon’s big push at this year’s Super Bowl is for their upcoming drama Hunters, a series about Nazi hunters in late 1970s New York City. From executive producer Jordan Peele (Get Out, Us) and showrunner David Weil, Hunters season 1 drops Feb. 21 on Amazon. In the Hunters Super Bowl TV spot, the Amazon series plays on the all-American barbecue idea associated with football, shifting gears when a woman screams that a Nazi is among them. The series stars Al Pacino, Logan Lerman and more as the team of Nazi hunters. Audiences will get a chance to check out Hunters for themselves in late February.

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2020-02-02 07:02:01

Molly Freeman

Fast & Furious 9 Super Bowl TV Spot Hides John Cena Being Dom’s Brother

An ad that aired during Super Bowl LIV for Fast and Furious 9 concealed a previously teased connection between John Cena’s Jakob and Vin Diesel’s Dom. Cena’s Jakob was introduced to audiences as Dom’s little brother in the first trailer for the film. The character is billed as a “master thief, assassin, high-performance driver,” and it doesn’t look like Dom is thrilled to see him.

Cena joins the Fast and Furious 9 cast alongside returning members of the extended Torretto family, like Michelle Rodriguez’s Letty. Universal kicked the marketing machine for the franchise’s newest installment into high gear with an official poster release and several character one-sheets. Dom’s brother’s mysterious return wasn’t even the first trailer’s biggest reveal. That honor went to the surprise appearance of Sung Kang’s Han Seoul-Oh, who was killed off way back in 2006’s Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift.

Related: Fast And Furious Needs To Give Han A Spin-Off Now (With Gal Gadot)

Curiously, the ad released during Super Bowl LIV doesn’t highlight Jakob’s connection to Dom at all. The TV spot was posted to YouTube shortly after airing and features quick cuts of Dom settled down on his family farm, followed by an impressive collection of death-defying stunts. The 30-second ad focuses more on the heart-stopping action that made the franchise famous than it does on setting up the film’s story. Take a look:

The ad is basically a condensed version of the full trailer. “If we do this, we lose everything,” Dom ominously warns as a dramatic version of Hallelujah kicks in on the soundtrack. There’s a brief shot of Han back behind the wheel of his car, where he belongs. The whole thing ends with Dom and Letty driving off a cliff with their car attached to a bridge by a wire. The high-octane ad is ideally suited for the testosterone-fueled Super Bowl fans, banking on the thrill of the action to hype up them up months before the film’s release.

Cena is a welcome addition to the cast of Fast and Furious 9, and his character’s relationship to Dom adds another thread to the complex web of familial ties in the Fast and Furious universe. Between the introduction of Cena’s Jakob and the promise of #JusticeForHan it looks like director Justin Lin returned to helm one of the franchise’s most exciting sequels. Hopefully, future trailers for the film will reveal more about the Toretto brothers, and shine a light on Han’s return from the dead. If not, then all will be revealed when Fast and Furious 9 races into theaters on May 22, 2020.

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2020-02-02 05:02:08

Shawn DePasquale

No Time To Die Super Bowl Trailer: James Bond Works With New 007

Daniel Craig’s James Bond works alongside a new 007 agent (Lashana Lynch) in the Super Bowl 2020 trailer for No Time to Die. Although Lynch is playing a 00 in the upcoming film (the 25th James Bond movie), that doesn’t mean she will become the new Bond when Craig leaves the franchise. Still, with the Craig era of James Bond adventures coming to an end, it’s not unreasonable to think director Cary Fukunaga and his writers have some big twists in store. In fact, some are speculating No Time to Die will go where no Bond film has gone before and actually kill Mr. Bond himself.

Whatever happens, No Time to Die aims to provide a sense of closure to Craig’s run with the franchise by bringing back characters from all four of his previous Bond films for this final chapter. In fact, the official trailer alone featured cameos by Jeffrey Wright’s Felix Leiter and Christoph Waltz’s Ernst Stavro Blofeld, along with several key players from both Skyfall and Spectre and a whole slew of newcomers. That’s once again the case with the movie’s newly-unveiled Super Bowl LIV TV spot.

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The No Time to Die Super Bowl trailer is now online, following its premiere during the game. You can check it out below.

Much like Bond, Lynch’s Nomi has a knack for witty banter, as seen in this new footage. She appears to be a match for the iconic spy in other areas too, based on the previous marketing material. No Time to Die co-writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge made it her goal to ensure the film does right by its women (even if Bond himself does not) and she seems to have succeeded so far. In addition to Nomi, the No Time to Die Super Bowl TV spot highlights Craig’s Knives Out costar Ana de Armas as Paloma, a CIA agent who’s said to play an important role in aiding Bond on his mission. Meanwhile, Léa Seydoux’s Dr. Madeleine Swann is also back and sitting on some very important information related to the movie’s mystery villain Safin (Rami Malek).

In a time when more and more people are wondering how Bond can stay relevant in the era of increasingly-inclusive franchises like the MCU, DCEU, Star Wars, and Fast & Furious, No Time to Die may offer the answer. Whether Lynch and de Armas come back in future movies or not, their inclusion (along with Naomie Harris’ return as Eve Moneypenny) sets a precedent for the role not only women, but women of color can and should play in the upcoming era of Bond films. James Bond may never be a woman according to the franchise’s producers, but there’s no reason more of the characters around him can’t be. And who knows: after No Time to Die, the property’s overseers may decide it’s time for a 007 like Nomi to take charge instead.

NEXT: Watch Every Super Bowl 2020 Movie & TV Trailer

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2020-02-02 05:02:04

Sandy Schaefer

Invisible Man 2020 Super Bowl TV Spot Highlights Monster’s Weaknesses

Universal has released a Super Bowl 2020 TV spot for The Invisible Man. After multiple failed attempts to reboot its classic monster movie universe, the studio has decided to take it one film at a time, instead. Up first is The Invisible Man, a loose re-imagining of the 1933 sci-fi horror film and the 1897 H.G. Wells novel that inspired it. Written and directed by Saw and Insidious co-creator Leigh Whannell, the movie stars Elisabeth Moss opposite Harriet Dyer, Aldis Hodge, and Oliver Jackson-Cohen (The Haunting of Hill House).

The Invisible Man‘s marketing kicked off last November with a full-length trailer, teasing a very different take on the story of a mad scientist who finds a way to make himself invisible to the human eye. The film has already made waves thanks to its #MeToo-era appropriate plot and many horror fans rank it among their most anticipated movies of 2020. With its release date just a few weeks away, Universal is giving The Invisible Man an extra boost by premiering a new promo for Super Bowl LIV.

Related: Every Movie Releasing in February 2020

Universal has now gone and released its The Invisible Man Super Bowl TV spot online, for everyone to see. You can check it out, below.

Story-wise, the Super Bowl spot focuses on Cecilia Kass’ (Moss) relationship with her wealthy – but also controlling and abusive – scientist boyfriend, Adrian Griffin (Jackson-Cohen). Even before she realizes he faked his death, Cecilia is haunted by Adrian and his thinly-veiled threats from when they were still together. It seems Whannell’s reboot reimagines The Invisible Man as a parable about the horror of abuse both physical and psychological, as opposed to the original story about a man who turns invisible and loses his sense of morality. However, unlike a figurative specter, the invisible Adrian can still hurt Cecilia literally as much as emotionally. But that also means he has weaknesses, which Cecilia begins to exploit near the end of this TV spot.

After a rough start in January, Universal is hoping The Invisible Man will start to turn things around for the studio in 2020. Last month’s Dolittle and The Turning were both critical and commercial duds, with Dolittle likely to go down as one of the most expensive flops of the entire year. Fortunately, with a $9 million budget, The Invisible Man should have little trouble making back its costs. Should it prove a success, that will only further encourage Universal to carry its director-driven low-budget approach over to its other developing monster movie reboots. Indeed, third time may yet prove to be the charm for their attempt to launch a Dark Universe.

NEXT: Watch Every Super Bowl 2020 Movie & TV Trailer

Source: Universal

2020-02-02 04:02:16

Sandy Schaefer

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Super Fly: 10 Blaxploitation Movies That Kick Some Serious Butt

Blaxploitation films have a complicated legacy. This lurid genre that focuses on black lives and black stories reached its height in the 1970s, a time of great change for race relations. What had once been a Civil Rights movement based on non-violent protest and assimilation fractured due to violent backlashes perpetuated by many white communities. Instead, black protest movements started to focus on self-preservation, protection at any cost, and identity politics.

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While blaxploitation films feature all-black casts, they are often criticized for their stereotyped portrayals of pimps, drug dealers, and hypersexualized women. The genre is also criticized for profiting from the plights of black people in poor urban areas, people who never had access to the movies documenting their trials and tribulations. While some of the films on this list contain questionable characterizations, they have all had profound impacts on black and white filmmakers into the present. They helped to forge a new, yet at times problematic, path for cinema’s diverse potential.

10 Friday Foster (1975)

Wham! Bam! Here comes Pam!” Pam Grier starred in numerous blaxploitation films, and this one stands out thanks to its star-studded cast, its dynamic leading lady, and its thrilling storyline that involves a conspiracy to kill wealthy and well-known black people.

Grier plays a model turned professional photojournalist attempting to make a name for herself in Los Angeles. When she gets a job photographing the arrival of the elusive millionaire Blake Tarr on New Year’s Eve, she ends up in the middle of a murder investigation after Tarr is assassinated. Grier is joined on screen by the likes of Yaphet Kotto, Eartha Kitt, Scatman Crothers, and Carl Weathers.

9 Blacula (1972)

Blacula was an important film when it was released, subverting the white-dominated trend in horror movies by casting a black man as the leading villain. William Marshall stars as an African prince who is transformed into a vampire after visiting Transylvania in the 18th Century.

In the film, Blacula rises from his coffin 200 years later, cruising the streets of Los Angeles’s Watts neighborhood in search of food and fun. The movie maintains the basic structure of Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula, including casting Thalmus Rasulala as Van Helsing and Vonetta McGee as the young woman who reminds the fanged man of his long-lost love.

8 Sugar Hill (1974)

Sugar Hill is a stylish black zombie movie. After her boyfriend is killed by gangsters, Diana “Sugar” Hill, played by Marki Bey, seeks the assistance of a local voodoo queen in Houston to enact revenge. Mama Maitresse summons the lord of the dead, Baron Samedi, who uses his powers to create an army of zombies to take out those responsible for the death of Sugar’s beau.

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The movie’s plot contains layers of social relevancy and potent racial history. The bodies resurrected by Baron Samedi belong to former slaves brought to America from Guinea, and the revenge plot makes Sugar a formidable female hero.

7 Shaft (1971)

One of the most famous blaxploitation films, this feature from Gordon Parks stars Richard Roundtree as John Shaft, a private detective with an office near Times Square. Shaft is hired by a mobster in Harlem, Bumpy Jonas, to help track down his kidnapped daughter. Jonas believes the Italian mob is responsible for the deed.

With Shaft, Parks made an action film out of all the racial tension and urban decline that defined 1970s life in big cities like New York. Well-known actors Moses Gunn, Charles Cioffi, Christopher St. John, and Lawrence Pressman star alongside Roundtree, and the film’s iconic soundtrack was recorded by Isaac Hayes. Shaft inspired numerous spin-offs and sequels.

6 Super Fly (1972)

Another archetypal blaxploitation film, Super Fly is directed by the son of Gordon Parks, Gordon Parks Jr. It stars Ron O’Neal as Youngblood Priest, a drug dealer, and pimp who is trying to leave behind his life of crime and start fresh. Priest plans to purchase a large quantity of cocaine and retire with the profits.

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Priest is eventually cornered by police who, instead of arresting him, want to be part of the drug-selling scheme. While Super Fly did well in theatres, these days, its legacy is more attached to Curtis Mayfield’s stellar soundtrack than to the film itself.

5 Ganja & Hess (1973)

Ganja & Hess is the type of film that defies labels, yet it’s often looped in with blaxploitation films due to its themes, its casting, and it’s director, Bill Gunn. Gunn is a playwright and filmmaker known for his intellectual and atmospheric features. Ganja & Hess is, on the surface, a vampire film about an anthropologist addicted to blood. It’s also a film about black existence, love, and the creative process.

Duane Jones and Marlene Clark play the title roles. Vampirism is treated as a disease in the movie, and it’s referred to as the Myrthian curse. As the characters fall in love, Jones’s Dr. Hess infects Clark’s Ganja with the same affliction that gives him both eternal life and endless hunger.

4 Cleopatra Jones (1973)

Another film with a strong female lead, Cleopatra Jones stars Tamara Dobson in the title role. Cleopatra Jones is an undercover special agent who drives a 1973 Corvette Stingray, knows martial arts, and does whatever she can to look out for folks in her hometown, which has been ravaged by drug addition.

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Famed Hollywood actress Shelley Winters, known for movies like Night of the Hunter and Lolita, plays Cleopatra’s nemesis, a drug lord known as Mommy. Mommy oversees a large poppy field in Turkey. The poppies are used to make opiates like heroin, and Cleopatra seeks to eradicate all signs of the poppies to save her community.

3 Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song (1971)

Considered the movie that really set the blaxploitation genre ablaze, Melvin Von Peebles wrote, directed, and stars in Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song’s, a harrowing tale about a poor black man raised by sex workers who must flee from white authorities after being framed from a crime he didn’t commit.

This sensational film doesn’t hold back from depicting sex and violence, which contributed to its X-rating. Van Peebles’s movie is revered for pinpointing the tone of the burgeoning black power movement, one unafraid to seek retribution for decades and decades of subjugation.

2 Bucktown (1975)

This Arthur Marks film tackles white Southern racism head-on. Fred Williamson plays Duke Johnson, who returns to his hometown, Bucktown, to bury his brother after he is killed by white cops for refusing to pay them for “protection.” Duke asks his friend Roy and his gang to come down and help him take out the crooked cops.

When Roy arrives, he decides to take over the town himself. Duke is left to figure out how to protect Bucktown from both Roy’s cronies and the racist police force.

1 Three The Hard Way (1974)

Gordon Parks Jr. is at the helm of this gem, a conspiracy theory thriller that pitches three tough heroes against an underground clan of white supremacists and Neo-Fascists who plan to “cleanse” the country of black people by poisoning water supplies in Los Angeles, Detroit and Washington D.C.

Jim Brown, Fred Williamson, and Jim Kelly play the trio, who must race against the clock to save black Americans from this evil plot.

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2020-01-31 01:01:56

Megan Summers

Bill & Ted 3: First Look At Old Bill In Walmart Super Bowl Commercial

Alex Winter makes his first appearance as Old Bill from Bill & Ted Face the Music in a new Walmart Super Bowl ad. Released in 1989, the original Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure sent Winter’s Bill S. Preston, Esq and his fellow rock and roller Ted “Theodore” Logan (Keanu Reeves) on a quest through time in order to fulfill their destiny as epic rock stars and the saviors of the world.

Only a modest hit when it was released, the first Bill & Ted adventure nevertheless spawned the sequel Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey, which pitted the titular slacker guitar heroes against Death himself. Now, as part of a spate of long-awaited sequels, Bill & Ted Face the Music will bring back Winter and Reeves as their beloved characters, now older but perhaps not wiser, and bringing their daughters Billie (Brigette Lundy-Paine) and Thea (Samara Weaving) along on yet another time traveling adventure with nothing less than the fate of humanity at stake.

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Early looks at Bill & Ted Face the Music have featured the middle aged versions of Winter and Reeves’ characters along with their young daughters, and have also teased the return of William Sadler as Death (who of course remains Bill and Ted’s slave forever after they defeated him). Now, fans can get their first look at Winter’s Old Bill in action thanks to a new Walmart Super Bowl ad that is absolutely stuffed to the gills with figures from pop culture of the ’80s and ’90s. See the clip in the space below:

The world’s busiest and most action packed Walmart grocery pick-up area is already being visited by Flash Gordon, LEGO men and Buzz Lightyear from Toy Story when “Future Bill” beams in via the iconic time traveling phone booth from the original movies. Future Bill is greeted by his past self, also played by Winter, who indeed informs him that he’s now in the present. The Bills then get their order, which includes a case of Bud Light, from an awe-struck Walmart worker and celebrate with an “Excellent!” and a little air guitar. Reeves’ Ted is unfortunately absent from the spot (no doubt Reeves’ asking price is a little higher right now than Winter’s.).

After the Bills make their excellent cameo, the chaotic spot goes on to feature appearances by a whole array of cinematic aliens, including the Martians from Mars Attacks!, several characters from Men in Black, the aliens from Arrival and finally even C-3PO and R2-D2. The ad indeed ups the ante on last year’s Walmart Super Bowl spot which featured famous movie vehicles including the DeLorean from Back to the Future, the family truckster from National Lampoon’s Vacation and Ghostbusters‘ Ecto-1.

It’s dizzyingly fun keeping up with all the movie cameos in the new ad, but Future Bill’s appearance is undoubtedly the highlight, and should only add to fans’ excitement leading up to the release of the highly anticipated and sure to be excellent Bill & Ted Face the Music.

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Source: Walmart

2020-01-29 01:01:33

Dan Zinski