Rebel Wilson Explains How She Got MPAA To Change Rating Of New Film

Australian actress Rebel Wilson explains how she convinced the MPAA to change the rating of The Hustle. Directed by Chris Addison, the upcoming comedy is a remake of the 1988 film Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. The Hustle features Wilson in a starring role, and she also co-produced the film.

In The Hustle, Wilson stars alongside American actress Anne Hathaway. The two women portray two distinctly different types of scam artists, though they share a mutual goal in seeking vengeance against morally-challenged men. In the original Dirty Rotten Scoundrels film, Steve Martin and Michael Caine portray con men who manipulate rich women in the French Riviera. The late Glenne Headly stars as a wealthy American heiress in the main female role. Directed by Frank Oz, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is based on the 1964 comedy Bedtime Story starring Marlon Brando, David Niven, and Shirley Jones. For The Hustle, Wilson co-produced with Spyglass Entertainment’s Roger Birnbaum, the former co-CEO of MGM. In February 2018, The Hustle received its official title, and the first trailer released last February.

Related: The 10 Most Anticipated Big Screen Comedies Of 2019

On YouTube, BBC America released a clip from Wilson’s recent appearance on The Graham Norton Show, in which she explains the backstory for The Hustle’s MPAA rating. Appearing alongside co-star Anne Hathaway, along with actor Daniel Radcliffe and Killing Eve star Jodie Comer, Wilson discusses how she originally pitched The Hustle to MGM as “something like ‘Dirty Rotten Skanks.’” The film ultimately received an R-rating from the MPAA, prompting Wilson to utilize her law degree with hopes of receiving a PG-13 rating. During an MPAA arbitration hearing, Wilson defended The Hustle, and compared the film’s dialogue with male-centric comedies such as Anchorman. Wilson emphasized the industry’s double standards, most notably that PG films like Frozen, 101 Dalmations, and Muppet Treasure Island include sexualized comedy despite being “designed for children.” After five minutes of deliberation, Wilson was named the winner of her MPAA arbitration hearing. Watch the full clip from The Graham Norton Show below.

In 2008, Wilson co-produced the Australian musical comedy series Bogan Pride, in which she also served as a series regular. She had a supporting role in Paul Feig’s 2011 feature film hit Bridesmaids, and made her first appearance in the Pitch Perfect franchise the following year, portraying Fat Amy. Wilson created, co-produced, and starred in the short-lived ABC sitcom Super Fun Night, of which aired during the 2013-2014 season. Most recently, Wilson co-produced and starred in the 2019 comedy Isn’t It Romantic, a satire of romantic comedy genre tropes. 

Like Jonah Hill, Rebel Wilson has quietly evolved from a supporting comedic actor into a legitimate A-list star. In addition, both performers have displayed their understanding of the Hollywood industry by working behind the scenes, and even behind the camera in Hill’s case. Given Wilson’s educational background and industry experience, it only seems natural that she’d produce and direct a film in the near future. First, however, we’ll have to see if The Hustle becomes a box office hit. 

More: Crowded Comic Book Getting a Movie Adaptation From Rebel Wilson

Source: BBC America

2019-04-20 08:04:04

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Patrick Wilson Wants to Star in a James Wan Rom-Com

Patrick Wilson wants to star in a rom-com from Aquaman director James Wan. Having already tackled the superhero and horror genre with Wan – they worked together on the Conjuring franchise and the first two Insidious films – Wilson is positive that the multifaceted director can tackle a successful romantic comedy.

In Aquaman, Wilson plays Arthur Curry’s (Jason Momoa) half-brother King Orm, who is a far cry from characters he has played in other films directed by Wan. In the Insidious films, he’s an everyman who just happens to be haunted by a supernatural presence that refuses to leave him alone, while his role in The Conjuring and The Conjuring 2 is centered around the late real-life demonologist Ed Warren. Orm is a larger-than-life style antagonist who technically marks the second time Wilson has played a villain in one of Wan’s films (he’s possessed by an evil spirit at the end of Insidious, as well as most of its sequel), and though he technically has a love interest in Aquaman, his character is far from romantic. Now, Wilson is open to a change of pace and wants to star in a romantic comedy from from none other than Wan.

Related: Aquaman’s ’80s Tone Inspired by Tim Burton, Steven Spielberg, & George Lucas

During an Aquaman junket interview with Screen Rant, Wilson opened up about his experience over the years working with Wan on a number of movies. He specifically pointed out that the filmmaker is capable of handling a variety of genres, and he not only mentioned that Wan should consider tackling a rom-com, but that Wilson hopes he might have a shot at starring in it himself. He said:

“I think a great director – kind of like a great actor – a great director can tackle any genre, and I think he’s [Wan] always had that in him. I knew that since the first Inidious movie we did together. I just knew if he had the opportunity- you know, it takes the success of one genre to be able to- for someone to take a gamble and say, ‘Alright, can you do it with this genre?’ […] But I’ve never looked at him like a horror director. He always leads with his heart, so there’s a great romantic comedy in that guy, too. I hope I’m in it. But there is, because if you look at all of his films, there’s always- he knows that it comes down to character and story, and whatever the device is or the medium or the genre, it doesn’t even matter.”

Having worked on several films with the director, Wilson has become more than familiar with Wan’s unique creative nuances, and he even recently went so far as to compare Aquaman with movies like The Conjuring and Insidious. He referred to the fact that Wan is far more interested in making films about families and their individual struggles than whichever genre they happen to fall into. As a result, that approach has played a significant role in the mostly positive critical response aimed at Aquaman – especially compared to other entries in the DCEU.

As for Wilson himself, the actor is also no stranger to jumping around from one genre to the next. Early in his film career, he went from from a musical (The Phantom of the Opera) to a thriller (Hard Candy) to a drama (Little Children) seamlessly, and later even tackled the superhero genre (Watchmen) before building his work relationship with Wan in Insidious, well before Aquaman. So, if there is any question as to whether either Wan or Wilson are up for the challenge of tackling a rom-com, their approach to the craft more than speaks for itself.

More: Aquaman: James Wan Inspired Willem Dafoe’s Return to the Superhero Genre

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2018-12-15 01:12:05

20 DC Characters Who Can Be In James Gunn’s Suicide Squad (And Who Should Play Them)

James Gunn may be off the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 project after being fired by Disney for some controversial tweets surfaced from long ago, but not only has he apologized and insisted that he’s a much different person than he was at that period in his life; he’s reportedly also getting another stab at creating a comic adaptation with the next Suicide Squad film.

While Marvel fans mourn the loss of the man behind some of the best movies in the MCU, it’s quite possible that Gunn will give the DC universe the boost it desperately needs to really compete with Marvel.

While we’ll have to wait and see what the actual film brings to the party, we have plenty of time to speculate about what its plot might be, what kind of tone to expect and above all, which characters might be included and who might be cast in those roles. While many of us are hoping to see some members of the Squad from the first film return, we’re also crossing our fingers, wishing for a chance to meet more members who weren’t included in the first movie. There’s really an endless amount of speculation to enjoy here and many fans have already photoshopped their choices for the best portrayals of characters audiences have loved for decades.

Casting for these iconic personalities won’t be an easy task, but here are 20 DC Characters Who Can Be In James Gunn’s Suicide Squad (And Who Should Play Them).

20 Christina Ricci As Harley Quinn

Let’s be honest: Margot Robbie is a sure-in for Harley Quinn at this point. The star surprised many fans while proving others right with her incredible performance as the psychiatrist turned psychopath. Ensuring that Quinn not only shone as the premiere talent in a film with its problems, but that she would endure for her own film afterward, Robbie is a fan favorite, through and through.

We could definitely see this version of Harley in a Gunn movie.

If for some reason Robbie had to back out of the project, as much as it would pain fans, some have taken to casting other ideas for actresses who could play Harleen Quinzel. Artist D3SIGNMILTIA’s piece depicts an interesting version of the character that might work well with Christina Ricci.

19 Joaquin Phoenix As The Joker

We’ve seen so many incarnations of The Joker over the years that it’s getting more and more difficult to choose the perfect person to play an updated version of Batman’s most notorious foe. Whether or not he’ll be in the next Suicide Squad film is unclear. Who can measure up to Jack Nicholson’s chilling Joker and Heath Ledger’s perfect monster?

Joaquin Phoenix, currently starring in Todd Phillips’ solo Joker, is certainly one candidate. Phoenix, who’s also utilized some unorthodox acting methods in the past, might give us a bit more grave swagger as the criminal mastermind. His ongoing presence in the DCEU will likely depend on the success of Joker, due out in October 2019.

18 Neil Patrick Harris As The Riddler

Everyone’s favorite child doctor has grown up to become a much beloved singer, showman, and nemesis of the Baudelaire children. Neil Patrick Harris shines in just about everything he’s in, so including him in the next installment of Suicide Squad makes perfect sense.

Harris as the Riddler is pure gold.

He’s got the chops to bring the perfect blend of humor and intelligence that the Riddler needs to truly succeed, which might hopefully replace the slapstick Riddler we got in Batman Forever years ago. Harris isn’t everyone’s favorite for the Riddler, though; stay tuned for more artist manipulations involving the Riddler later.

17 Manu Bennett As Deathstroke

Given the fact that the Arrowverse and TV adaptations of DC stories have proven so successful, it makes sense to borrow from that character pool to not only connect the universe but to help ensure the success of Suicide Squad 2. If Gunn and company are planning on including Deathstroke in the sequel, we think Manu Bennet would be a clear choice for the character.

While some fans speculate that Joe Manganiello will play the part, since he is Mr. Wilson in Justice League and has announced that he’s working on three more films featuring the character, his involvement in Suicide Squad 2 remains speculation at this point. Many believe that Deathstroke will indeed be a primary villain in the film, and Bennet has already proven that he would do the character justice.

16 Sophie Turner As Oracle

Lots of fans are imagining Marvel actors in DC roles, which is pretty delightful for those of us who Make Ours Marvel and DC. Sophie Turner, who gave us the Jean Grey that we were waiting for in X-Men: Apocalypse and is set to reprise the role in Dark Phoenix, would also make an excellent Oracle.

Barbara Gordon’s time as Oracle has included a gig as tech support for the Suicide Squad.

With Ruby Rose’s debut as Batwoman and a Batgirl movie announced, the inclusion of Oracle could provide some timeline intrigue. Plus, after decades of Batman saturation, this much Bat-women power would be so much fun.

15 Oprah Winfrey As Amanda Waller

Viola Davis was a pretty stellar Amanda Waller, which comes as no surprise to anyone who has ever seen Viola Davis in anything. Davis could read a grocery list and deserve an Oscar. That said, Kode Logic has imagined what Oprah might bring to the role and we have to say that it looks impressive. Firm, ruthless and beautiful, Oprah’s Waller seems to give the character a bit more experience points, which are conveyed in that hard gaze.

Davis has said that she loved playing Amanda Waller, who is aligned so well with her character Annalise Keating in the hit TV drama How to Get Away with Murder in many ways, but how much fun would it be to see Oprah bend the rules?

14 Will Smith As Deadshot

You don’t mess with what works, and Will Smith certainly worked as Deadshot in the original Suicide Squad. He did so well, in fact, that plenty of people thought that he deserved his own film and said that they’d have watched Suicide Squad again if it only starred Smith. This really isn’t a surprise, given Smith’s star power, and it’s been announced that he’s returning to the franchise in the role again.

It’s a good thing that we have some time before the movie’s released, too, since Smith is set to star in Bad Boys for Life and Bright 2 around the same time. Smith’s got three films releasing in 2019 alone, and while one is only a vocal role, he’s definitely going to be busy for the next couple of years.

13 Jeffrey Dean Morgan As Batman

Utter the words “Jeffrey Dean Morgan” in the same sentence as “The Batman” and you’re bound to get a room full of excited fans. He’s absolutely perfect for Wayne in an adaptation of something like Batman Beyond, but we could definitely see him as the Batman in just about any adaptation of the series, and DeviantArt user evelius has given us some visual art to really picture the idea.

Morgan has the darkness and the voice necessary for Batman to match this ragtag team of violent convicts.

While Bale and Affleck had their time in the cowl, it’s time for a new man behind the mask. Why not Negan?

12 Rila Fukushima As Katana

While Katana was featured in the first Suicide Squad film, most people believe her role was too small to really critique or appreciate. Japanese-American actress Karen Fukuhara wasn’t bad in the role; she just didn’t get much to do.

Adding Rila Fukushima in the second movie might lend Katana some traction given that she already portrays the character in the Arrowverse.

While Fukuhara, who is set to play Glimmer in the new She-Ra and the Princesses of Power TV series, is rumored to be reprising the role, Fukushima, star of last year’s Ghost in the Shell, was also fantastic as Yukio in The Wolverine, which would give us another fun link between the DC and Marvel universes.

11 Emma Stone As Poison Ivy

Who doesn’t love quirky, smart, and funny Emma Stone? The actress would be perfect for an updated role as Poison Ivy following Uma Thurman’s beautiful but wonky portrayal of Pamela Isley. One of BossLogic’s many creative manipulations, this artwork features Stone as the iconic plant-loving villain and it’s pretty impressive.

We already know that Ivy will be a big part of the upcoming Gotham City Sirens film, which will also feature Harley Quinn and Catwoman at its heart, so why not include her in the Suicide Squad movie as well? There are several other cool artist manipulations of actresses who might be great in the role, such as Jessica Chastain, so it’s going to be a tough one to cast.

10 Kristen Wiig As Cheetah

Many of us can’t stop celebrating Kristen Wiig being cast as Cheetah in Wonder Woman 1984. The strongest thing the DC movies have going for it right now is all the incredible female characters, most notably Harley Quinn and Wonder Woman, and we can’t wait to see where Aquaman takes us. If all goes well it would make perfect sense to include Wiig in Suicide Squad 2, especially since weaving in characters from multiple films would help provide better continuity for the DCEU.

Wiig is funny, smart, and beautiful, and we think she’s going to make an excellent foe for Wonder Woman.

In that case, her inclusion in another movie would also be fantastic to see.

9 Nathalie Emmanuelle As Vixen

DeviantArt artist farrou has created some truly amazing fanart of DC characters, and one of them, which features Nathalie Emmanuelle as Vixen, makes us believers. While we’re not sure if Emmanuelle has a Tantu Totem, we’re pretty sure she could make it work if Gunn and co. gave her one. The actress, best known for her role as Missandei on HBO’s Game of Thrones, is definitely ready for a a super suit and action in a big movie like this.

Then again, Jada Pinkett Smith has expressed interest in the role of Vixen, which would not only be interesting due to her husband’s presence in the movie but also due to her previous DC role as Fish Mooney in the TV series Gotham. Both actresses would be well-cast for the movie.

8 Jake Gyllenhaal As The Riddler

Do we really need the Riddler to come out and play in Suicide Squad 2? After the weirdness of Batman Forever and the sinister developments of Gotham, perhaps it’s time to reinvent the villain. Jake Gyllenhaal makes sense to play the villain not only because he was David Goyer’s original choice to play Batman in the Christopher Nolan movies, but because this fanart made by Vaskoho is something to behold.

While there are several people who could pull off the role, we think Donnie Darko has a fighting chance.

Fans point out that there were some Riddler Easter eggs in the Batman v Superman movie, so it’s possible that we’ll see The Riddler on film someday.

7 Dave Bautista As Bane

Can we all agree that, no matter the context, Dave Bautista must appear in Suicide Squad 2? Not only has the Drax actor delighted us all with his hilarious yet poignant portrayal in the Guardians of the Galaxy series, but he’s also publicly stated that he supports Gunn and wants to be involved in his next project.

We’re pretty sure any role could be molded to make room for such a beloved actor, but as as BossLogic has pointed out, he’d make an excellent Bane. After having two Banes that didn’t work so well in the Batman universe, we could definitely use a fresh face for the role. If he’s not Bane, Bautista would make a fantastic Solomon Grundy, too. We’re not too picky on this one.

6 Michael K. Williams As Black Manta

Could Black Manta make an appearance in Suicide Squad 2? It’s too early to rule anything out and many fans think he’d make a good inclusion, particularly following the Aquaman movie. While the majority of his screen time might simply have his head shrouded in a big bubble, his casting would be nonetheless important. Artist diamondking13 suggests actor Michael K. Williams for the job and we love the idea.

It would be cool to see how Gunn and co, would update the suit for a more modern, movie-friendly look.

Famous for his critically acclaimed roles in The Wire and Boardwalk Empire, Williams was just cast in Jordan Peele and Misha Green’s Lovecraft Country, but Suicide Squad 2 is far enough in the future to give him time for both gigs.

5 Bill Skarsgård As The Joker

This one is a no-brainer. Many of us just don’t care to see Jared Leto return as The Joker and it’s quite possible that The Joker won’t even see a second of footage in the second film. While we’d all probably be okay with that, if a new Joker is cast, Bill Skarsgård is a fantastic choice.

Skarsgård is hot right now following his success as Pennywise in the new adaptation of Stephen King’s It. He also played a less troubling character in Castle Rock over the summer, proving his mettle yet again in King’s world. Considered one of the good things to come out of Netfix’s Hemlock Grove, Skarsgård could probably do the Joker justice, as artist aikoaiham has shown.

4 Teresa Palmer As Killer Frost

After witnessing Killer Frost in the Arrowverse, many fans are calling for her inclusion in Suicide Squad 2. DeviantArt creator farrou has imagined what it might look like if Teresa Palmer played the villain and it’s a pretty spot-on representation.

The Australian actress is no stranger to action movies and could do well in the role.

Kristin Bauer van Straten has already voiced Killer Frost in the animated Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay, while Danica McKellar voices her in Lego DC Superhero Girls. She’s also been in 2009’s Public Enemies animated feature between Batman and Superman, but she’s never been in a live action movie before. Danielle Panabaker portrays the character in The Flash, but she hasn’t made a film in a few years.

3 Jon Bernthal as Rick Flag

Jon Bernthal is another actor already present in the MCU, portraying the most accurate and adept version of the Punisher we could ever hope for, so tossing the talented actor into the DC mix would just be plain fun. It’s not that Joel Kinneman was terrible as Rick Flag, and he’s done a great job standing up for the original film and its purpose, but Jon Bernthal would just be better.

The skill Bernthal has in striking that tricky sweet spot between ruthlessness and gravitas while still being a compelling, empathetic human being isn’t something anyone can do. Artist Riku7kun shows us what Bernthal as Flag might look like. It’s a little bare in comparison to Kinneman’s look, but that might actually work with Bernthal.

2 Josh Gad As The Penguin

It’s no secret that Josh Gad wants the role of The Penguin, having pushed for it himself in social media, and fans are clamoring for the opportunity to see the voice of the snowman, Olaf, and Gaston’s buddy LaFou in a much more sinister role.

Whether or not Gad will show up in The Batman remains to be seen but he definitely has the flippers to play the beloved villain.

BossLogic has given us some art imagining what he might look like in the role and it can only get better from here. In March, Gad started hilariously trolling Matt Reeves on Twitter, sending him animated penguin GIFs and hinting at what he could bring to the Batman franchise.

1 Margot Robbie As Harley Quinn

It’s an obvious inclusion, but it’s necessary. While the original Suicide Squad, hyped up to be the most incredible DC movie of all time, had plenty of problems, most fans and critics agree that the shining star of the whole production was Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn. Robbie’s portrayal was everything we hoped for– brutal, nuanced, and a delicate balance between her joker obsession and Harley coming into her own person without being too over-the-top.

Who isn’t excited to see Robbie return as Harley in theBirds Of Prey adaptation featuring the awesome women of DC, which is so ardently anticipated that it pushed Suicide 2 to the back burner? After this much love, Robbie has to be in this universe.

Who do you most want to see in a new Suicide Squad movie? Let us know in the comments!

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2018-10-11 02:10:45 – Sara Schmidt

Daredevil Faces Kingpin & Bullseye In Stunning Season 3 Fan Poster

Matt Murdock finds himself in the crosshairs of Bullseye and Kingpin, thanks to a new fan poster for season 3 of Daredevil. The wait for new episodes has been a long one. The first series dropped on Netflix in early 2015 to critical acclaim. A second season rapidly followed, premiering less than a year later. The Devil of Hell’s Kitchen was last seen, however, forming The Defenders with Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Danny Rand. The series was met with a lukewarm reaction, with even star Charlie Cox criticizing the pace. Regardless, the team-up show ended on a huge cliffhanger, setting up promising things for Daredevil season 3.

Daredevil will pick up with the world still believing Matt and Daredevil to be dead. Secretly, however, he will still be recovering from his injuries at a nunnery. Wilson Fisk’s release from prison – despite still being in FBI custody – however, will draw him back from the shadows and into conflict with a nemesis that fans have been eager to see since the show was first announced. Bullseye was teased via an Easter egg in season 1 but has officially been confirmed as a season 3 villain. A recent teaser even offered a first look at Bullseye in action.

Related: Daredevil Season 3 Villain Bullseye’s Comic Book Origins

A new fan poster created and uploaded on Twitter by artist Rico Jr plays out this dual threat in stunning fashion. The image finds Daredevil, in his full red outfit, staring down the literal bullseye of the iconic villain’s trademark symbol. The shadowy silhouette of Wilson Fisk looms large behind him, no doubt referencing his being the architect of Matt Murdock’s upcoming suffering. Check out the full image below:

The image is a striking one that fans will surely want hanging on their walls. As well as perfectly summing up the dynamics that will be on display in season 3, it looks like something itself straight from a comic.

In terms of the comic, season 3 will apparently put the more mythological elements such as The Hand on the backburner. Instead, Daredevil will serve as more of a crime thriller. This feels like as wise a choice as the brushstrokes that went into crafting the above image. The Netflix/Marvel shows were, after all, originally billed as a gritty, street-level interpretation of superheroes. While such mystical elements are, to a degree, able to work on Iron Fist, it only served to complicate the tone in past seasons of Daredevil.

Although the Netflix heroes technically exist in the world of The Avengers and alien invasions, the shows are best when exploring more character-driven stories. Rather than tackling immortal ninjas, Daredevil is better served using the concept of superheroes to explore relatable themes and issues, much like Luke Cage and Jessica Jones before it.

More: Screen Rant’s Daredevil Season 3 Set Visit Report

Daredevil season 3 releases October 19 on Netflix.

Source: Rico Jr/Twitter

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2018-10-10 01:10:09 – John Atkinson

Walking Dead: Chris Hardwick, Chandler Riggs, & More Remember Scott Wilson

Less than a day after news broke that Scott Wilson had passed away, several cast and crew members from AMC’s The Walking Dead TV show – old, current, and new – are paying tribute to the late actor on social media. Prior to The Walking Dead season 9 premiere this weekend, the network brought several cast members (including Andrew Lincoln) and franchise producers, as well as new showrunner Angela Kang, to New York Comic Con 2018 to promote the upcoming new season.

It was during the series’ panel at The Hulu Theater in Madison Square Garden that Kang announced Wilson and Sonequa Martin-Green would be reprising their roles as Hershel Greene and Sasha Williams, respectively, in season 9. While the details regarding their return were kept under wraps, the news itself was met with applause. Sadly, it was only a few hours later that word got out of Wilson’s passing. (According to his representative, he passed away from complications with leukemia.) And now, several people that knew him on the acclaimed series are paying their respects.

Related: Walking Dead: Andrew Lincoln Teases That Rick Grimes Might Not Survive

In the time since Wilson’s passing yesterday, cast and crew members such as Chandler Riggs (Carl Grimes), Tom Payne (Jesus), and more, including Talking Dead host Chris Hardwick, have issued statements about the Wilson’s death online. Below is a small collection of those tributes, beginning with Hardwick’s:

Even though Wilson’s character was killed off way back in season 4, his legacy continues to live on, something that audiences will see throughout season 9. Furthermore, while the news regarding Wilson’s season 9 return only recently broke during New York Comic Con weekend, Wilson had reportedly already filmed his scenes for the production, thus meaning that he will still appear in the show, unless, of course, the producers decide to cut his scenes out. But that’s something that fans will just have to wait and see what happens.

At the moment, it’s unclear when Wilson will make his return, posthumously of course, in The Walking Dead season 9, but it’s safe to assume that it would be sometime in the first half of the season. The cast and crew are still in the midst of filming the season’s second half, and since Wilson’s Hershel was Maggie’s father, it makes sense that he would reappear in one of the episodes Lauren Cohan is in. After all, Cohan is slated to exit the series during the first half of season 9, though there is always the possibility that she could return in a future season.

Next: Walking Dead Gets New Opening Credits Sequence For Season 9

The Walking Dead premieres on October 7 on AMC.

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2018-10-07 02:10:06 – Mansoor Mithaiwala

Scott Wilson, Walking Dead’s Hershel, Dies at 76

Scott Wilson, who played popular character Hershel Greene on The Walking Dead, has passed away at the age of 76. Hershel memorably died on the show at the hands of The Governor, but since then, Wilson has appeared at a number of conventions – including Walker Stalker Con – and remained a favorite among fans.

Wilson started his Walking Dead journey back in 2011, when his character Hershel was introduced. His first appearance was in the episode “Bloodletting” in season 2, after Carl Grimes was accidentally shot. Hershel is able to save Carl’s life because of his experience as a veterinarian, and had been living a secluded life on his farm with his family since the outbreak. He always had a strict moral code, and cared deeply for his daughters Maggie and Beth. As the show went on, Hershel became a mentor of sorts to Rick Grimes, and provided wisdom and advice to other main characters. Wilson took part in 37 episodes of The Walking Dead, with his last appearance coming in season 4.

As first reported by Comic Book, Wilson passed away today at the age of 76. Reports of the actor’s death occurred after many people posted tributes honoring Wilson on social media, and those reports were later confirmed to be true. TMZ later revealed that Wilson “passed away peacefully at his home in L.A”. Dominic Mancini, who worked as Wilson’s rep, explained that the actor passed away as a result of complications from leukemia. Bizarrely, Wilson’s death was confirmed not too long after Hershel was confirmed to appear in season 9 of The Walking Dead.

Wilson had been a well-known actor long before his time on AMC’s hit show. Wilson started his acting career in 1967 with the film In the Heat of the Night, and later became known for roles in films like 1974’s The Great GatsbyThe Ninth Configuration, and A Year of the Quiet Sun. In the years after his time on The Walking Dead was up, Wilson appeared on the TV shows Bosch, Damien, and The OA. Most recently, he appeared in the movie Hostiles alongside Christian Bale and Rosamund Pike, as well as voiced his Walking Dead character in an episode of Robot Chicken.

Wilson’s character on The Walking Dead had a big impact on the other characters, and fans often credit Wilson’s casting as one of the stronger decisions made by the show. Many actors have come and gone during the show’s eight seasons, but none have been quite like Wilson. With season 9 looking to recapture the feel of earlier seasons,  one can’t help but look back and reminisce about Wilson’s journey on The Walking Deadand his career in general.

RIP Scott Wilson: March 29, 1942 – October 6, 2018

Source: Comic Book, TMZ

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2018-10-06 09:10:28 – Christopher Fiduccia

WB’s Extended Aquaman Trailer Puts the MCU to Shame, Says Mark Millar

Comic book writer and artist Mark Millar expresses an aggressive opinion about DC Films’ new Aquaman movie, saying that it puts the current Marvel Cinematic Universe movies to shame. James Wan’s upcoming solo movie is the only DC Comics-based feature to release this year, and it continues Arthur Curry’s story that left off with last year’s Justice League movie. Considering that it’s the first time the character has been adapted into live-action in his own standalone movie, there’s obviously quite a bit of hype surrounding it.

Jason Momoa reprises his Justice League role as Arthur, aka Aquaman, in the new movie, which sees him go on a quest with Mera (Amber Heard) to find King Atlan’s Trident. Doing so will grant him the powers he needs to not only control the seven seas but also dethrone his brother, King Orm (Patrick Wilson), as the King of Atlantis and save the surface world from invasion. It’s a lot to take in, which is why the studio started marketing the film back at San Diego Comic-Con 2018. And then at New York Comic Con 2018, they released an extended, five-minute Aquaman trailer (the same one which was shown to Hall H attendees at SDCC).

Related: How Will Aquaman Get His New, Comic-Inspired Costume?

Warner Bros. Pictures officially released the extended Aquaman trailer online today, and it got quite the reaction from Mark Millar, who is best known for writing comic book series like Kingsman, Wanted, Kick-Ass, and even Marvel’s Civil War (of which Anthony and Joe Russo’s Captain America: Civil War movie is based on). In response to seeing the trailer, Millar decreed that the trailer makes the modern MCU movies look like they belong among 1970s Marvel TV shows, like The Incredible Hulk. Take a look:

It’s no secret that the studio has struggled with developing critically-acclaimed DC movies in recent years, despite the fact that the vast majority of those films have been financially successful. Still, with the exception of the third trailer for Zack Snyder’s Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, which infamously spoiled Doomsday’s involvement in the blockbuster team-up movie, the one area that DC has typically excelled in is making trailers. In fact, it’s the popularity of their trailers that convinced studio executives to completely recut David Ayer’s Suicide Squad.

Regardless of what Millar’s point is, it’s clear that people – including Millar – are excited about Aquaman‘s standalone film. Whether it turns out to be the hit that fans (and the studio) are hoping it will be remains to be seen. But it’s on the right track with regards to its marketing campaign, which should kick into high gear sometime in November, leading up to its crowded December release.

More: Aquaman Extended Trailer Breakdown: 18 Story Reveals & Secrets You Missed

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2018-10-05 05:10:49 – Mansoor Mithaiwala

How Wilson Fisk Gets Out of Prison In Daredevil Season 3

Daredevil season 3 showrunner Erik Oleson has revealed how Wilson Fisk gets out of prison and hinted at The Kingpin’s greater machinations this season. Although Daredevil season 1 ended with the villain being exposed and imprisoned for his crimes against Hell’s Kitchen, nobody really thought that would be the last we saw of Fisk. Sure enough, he showed up again part-way through season 2 and made a deal with Frank Castle that allowed him to assume control of Ryker’s Island prison from the inside.

Not long thereafter, he and Matt Murdock had a (violent) meeting in which Fisk promised to destroy Matt and his law partner/BFF Foggy Nelson’s lives as soon as he gets out of prison. Season 2 ultimately left Fisk doing some additional research on Matt and his background, having begun to suspect a larger connection between the blind lawyer and The Devil of Hell’s Kitchen. When Kingpin gets out of prison in season 3, it’s safe to assume that he wastes little time before shifting his attention to dismantling Matt’s life, like he swore to do.

Related: Every Daredevil Season 3 Update You Need to Know

Question is, how does Fisk get out of Ryker’s Island to begin with? Fortunately, Olseon gave Screen Rant (part of) the answer to that query during our visit to the Daredevil season 3 set:

He learns in the first episode this season that Vanessa, his love, will face criminal charges as an accessory to his crimes in season 1 and that pushes Fisk to make a decision to become a state’s witness against other criminals in the city and that brings the FBI – and Jay Ali, Ray Nadeem is the FBI agent who becomes his handler, essentially, and gets Fisk out of prison and moves him into a penthouse … while he’s ratting out other criminals. But as we all know, Wilson Fisk, there’s often more to him than meets the eye and I see him this season as somewhat of a spymaster. … We’ve always seen Fisk has his hooks into people and I go a lot deeper with that this season and that will set Matt and Fisk, of course, on a collision course which will have tremendous implications for everyone in our cast and for who Matt is.

Oleson’s answer here only further hints at the influence that Frank Miller’s comic book storyline “Born Again” has on Daredevil season 3. That famous arc by Miller was published in 1986 and follows Kingpin as he sets out to systematically destroy Matt’s life, having finally discovered that he and Daredevil are one and the same. Daredevil star Charlie Cox has confirmed that season 3 will draw inspiration from Miller’s story, but cautioned that it won’t be at all a beat-for-beat adaptation of the source material.

Fisk’s ability to manipulate the legal system also explains why Matt is disillusioned with the law in the Daredevil season 3 trailers that’ve been released thus far. As Oleson suggested in his interview, Matt will have to decide what he really believes and whether his refusal to kill his enemies is the right choice once Kingpin’s loose on the streets again in season 3. Whereas Daredevil season 2 was tasked with a lot of world-building and setting up last year’s miniseries The Defenders, this story ought to allow season 3 to bring the Netflix series back to its character-driven roots from season 1.

MORE: Read SR’s Full Daredevil Season 3 Set Visit Report

Marvel’s Daredevil season 3 begins streaming Friday, October 19 on Netflix.

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2018-10-01 02:10:33 – Sandy Schaefer

A PG-13 Deadpool 2 Can Prepare Wade Wilson For The MCU

Deadpool isn’t exactly known for his restraint, so the news that a PG-13 version of Deadpool 2 will be arriving in theaters this December came as a bit of a surprise. Based on the teaser image shared by Ryan Reynolds, it looks like the PG-13 edition will get around the movie’s gore and raunchy content by adding a framing device that spoofs The Princess Bride. Fred Savage will reprise his role as the grandson (even wearing his old Bears jersey), while Deadpool will play the role of the kindly grandfather reading him a story.

The most likely reason for re-releasing Deadpool 2 so soon is to squeeze a bit more cash out of the movie (pardon the cynicism). Directed by David Leitch, Deadpool 2 originally arrived in theaters in mid-May and has already been released on home video, along with a “Super Duper Cut” that includes extra footage and alternative jokes. The decision to go ahead and release a PG-13 edition of Deadpool 2 theatrically was almost certainly spurred by the success of the movie’s home video sales; for a small extension of the production budget (the scenes with Savage can’t have cost much to shoot), Deadpool 2 can get another run at the box office and, later, a new edition of the Blu-ray/DVD that includes all three cuts of the movie.

Related: Deadpool 2: PG-13 Version Hitting Theaters In December 2018

There’s another benefit to experimenting with a PG-13 Deadpool, however. With the imminent acquisition of Fox by Disney, the Deadpool movie rights will soon be under the same umbrella as the Marvel Cinematic Universe – along with the rights to X-Men and the Fantastic Four. While the latter two franchises can be incorporated into the current MCU with relative ease, it’s unclear what a strictly family-friendly studio like Disney is going to do with a very badly behaved superhero like Deadpool. But improbable as the idea of Deadpool in the MCU might be, a PG-13 Deadpool 2 could be the perfect proof of concept.

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PG-13 Deadpool Could Be Even Funnier Than R-Rated Deadpool

As funny as the Deadpool movies are, they are sometimes guilty of using profanity as a punchline (for example, Deadpool asking “what in the f**ksicle is this?”) and being over-reliant on shock humor. A PG-13 rating might push Deadpool out of his comfort zone, but that in itself could be an excellent source of humor. Not only is the idea of a notoriously foul-mouthed, violent, and sexually adventurous character trying to be Disney-friendly inherently funny, it also forces a certain level of creativity to bring the Deadpool we know and love to the big screen without traumatizing the kids. The Princess Bride parody is just one example of how that limitation can be turned into a gag.

It could even be argued that Fox should have done this sooner, releasing a PG-13 version of Deadpool so that kids could go and see it as well. Of course, it’s understandable why that didn’t happen (Fox did not have much confidence in Deadpool before the original movie came out, hence its modest budget and February release date), but Deadpool is now one of the most popular and lucrative superheroes around. If there’s a way to make a PG-13 Deadpool work, the character could straddle the line between family- and adult-oriented entertainment, with families going to see a PG-13 cut of the movie and adults going to see an R rated version (similar to 3D and 2D screenings). It’s a radical idea, but so was the MCU.

Deadpool’s Future Is The Most Confusing Of All The X-Men

Disney and Marvel Studios are widely expected to eventually incorporate the X-Men and the Fantastic Four into the MCU, even if it’s still unclear how that will be achieved ( i.e. will the two universes merge, or will the X-Men be completely rebooted or recast?). Deadpool’s fate, however, is a lot less clear. The character pals around with the X-Men and with Spider-Man in the comics, but the movie version of Deadpool is almost defined by his movies’ mature content. In a world where an R rating was seen as too much of a risk for superhero movies, Deadpool turned it into a selling point.

Related: Deadpool 2: Every Reveal From The Director’s Commentary

While it might seem self-evident that the Deadpool we know could never play nicely with the Avengers, Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige has a different perspective. Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter last year, Feige was asked whether the success of Deadpool and Logan had convinced him to consider making R-rated MCU movies. Feige replied that it hadn’t, explaining, “My takeaway from both of those films is not the R rating; it’s the risk they took, the chances they took, the creative boundaries that they pushed.” And while the line between a PG-13 rating and and R rating might seem like the most obvious boundary that Deadpool pushes, it’s not what made the character so successful.

It’s safe to say that Marvel Studios doesn’t actually have any concrete plans for Deadpool just yet, given that the Disney-Fox merger isn’t yet a done deal. In the meantime, however, the PG-13 cut of Deadpool 2 could effectively serve as Wade Wilson’s audition for the MCU.

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How PG-13 Deadpool Could Pave The Way To The MCU

Putting ratings aside for a moment, Deadpool and Deadpool 2 aren’t actually that far removed in tone from MCU movies. While they may spoof the superhero genre, the Deadpool movies are also fairly typical of that genre. There are heartfelt moments between the jokes, big action setpieces, characters with different powers teaming up, climactic final battles and, of course, superhero landings. The Deadpool movies are even in the same continuity as the main X-Men movies (in a way that doesn’t make much sense, but nothing in X-Men continuity makes sense). For comparison’s sake, Guardians of the Galaxy had a joke about Star-Lord’s ship looking like a “Jackson Pollock painting” under a blacklight, and a scene where Star-Lord instigates a dance-off with the movie’s main villain, so raunchy or silly comedy definitely isn’t off-limits. The MCU movies even have their own built-in meta-humor in the form of Stan Lee’s ongoing cameo roles.

Incorporating Deadpool into the MCU is arguably even easier than incorporating the X-Men, because one of Deadpool’s favorite quirks is referencing behind-the-scenes production details. In Deadpool the limited budget was lampshaded by having Wade joke about how the studio couldn’t afford any X-Men besides Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead, and when the filmmakers had to find a way to cut the budget by $7 million, they came up with a running joke about Deadpool repeatedly leaving his guns and ammo in the back of Dopinder’s cab. If restricting the budget can force creative (and hilarious) solutions, then restricting the movie’s rating could have the same effect.

By turning an R-rated Deadpool movie into a PG-13 Deadpool movie, Fox is demonstrating to Disney and Marvel that the character is flexible enough to become part of the MCU – even if that doesn’t officially happen until a few years down the line.

Related: What The Disney-Fox Deal Really Means For Hollywood

Deadpool Isn’t Connected To The MCU (Yet)

Marvel likes to push the idea of the MCU being one huge connected universe with a strict continuity, but that’s not really the case. There’s the core of the MCU, which is made up of almost all of the movies released since 2008, along with the Marvel One-Shots. Then there’s an outer circle, on the periphery of canon, where things get a little more fuzzy and continuity clashes emerge. It’s in that circle that most of the Marvel TV series now sit – occasionally referencing things that happened in the movies, but letting other things slide (none of the Marvel Netflix shows include Avengers Tower in the New York skyline, and none of the TV shows have acknowledged Thanos’ fateful snap).

Just outside of that circle, pressing its nose up against the glass, is Venom. While Sony’s spinoff movie about Spider-Man’s long-tongued nemesis isn’t part of the MCU, there was some early confusion over whether or not it would be, and some of that confusion still remains. Despite threatening to tear off people’s limbs and faces and turn them into a “turd in the wind,” Venom’s movie has a PG-13 rating and – aside from the lack of connective tissue – nothing we’ve seen so far would disqualify it from being part of MCU continuity. In the wake of Spider-Man: Homecoming‘s success, many have speculated that Sony is trying to connect Venom to the MCU, if only implicitly, in order to borrow some of Marvel’s box office magic.

Even though Disney and Fox’s deal is imminent, there are currently no connections – implicit or otherwise – between the X-Men universe and the MCU. The X-Men movies even have their own version of Quicksilver (who was played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson in Avengers: Age of Ultron), and have built up decades of Mutant history that is completely incongruous with the MCU’s timeline. Meanwhile, the closest Deadpool has gotten to the MCU is cracking jokes, like referring to Cable as “Thanos” and calling Domino “black Black Widow.”

All this is to say that we shouldn’t get ahead of ourselves just yet. The Avengers won’t be teaming up with the X-Men in Avengers 4, and (sadly) Deadpool isn’t going to team up with Peter Parker in Spider-Man: Far From Home. The PG-13 cut of Deadpool 2 isn’t itself a gateway to the MCU, but it could be the first stepping stone.

More: Deadpool 2: The Super Duper Cut – Every Deleted Scene, Addition & Change

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2018-09-29 01:09:23 – Hannah Shaw-Williams