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New Twin Peaks Trailer Gives Sneak Peek

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Fans of the show Twin Peaks have been stockpiling their coffee, donuts, and cherry pie in preparation for the new season, which will air on Showtime May 21st, 2017. Recently, fans were treated to a split-second sneak peek at a scene from the new season, and it has the Internet in an uproar.

 

A trailer (entitled “The Darkness of Future Past,” which is a direct reference to the beautifully crafted monologue lines spoken by Mike/”The One-Armed Man”) for the new season showing almost exclusively footage from the first two seasons and from the prequel movie Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me features a tracking scene of the woods which appears to be new.

 

There has been a lot of secrecy behind the new season since it was announced that showrunners David Lynch and Mark Frost were reviving this long-loved show. There are no known on-set images floating around the Internet, and the cast and crew aren’t giving away too many details. In fact, we only really know who is back, who did not return for this new season, and that it is taking place 25 years after the events of the Season Two finale that aired on June 10th, 1991.

 

This new split-second footage has fans wondering if it was shot specifically for the trailer or if it will actually be featured in an episode from the new season. But one thing is for sure – there is still something very strange in those old woods. Fans will have to tune in on May 21st to see just what the new season of Twin Peaks has in store.

 

The Blade Runner 2049 Trailer Soon Arrives

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The new trailer for Blade Runner 2049 will soon be upon us. The trailer is slated to precede the film Alien: Covenant. Movie fans know Ridley Scott created both Blade Runner and Alien. Likely, Alien: Covenant is going to be a big hit. A great many eyes are going to see the trailer. Blade Runner 2049 really does need an impressive trailer in order to be successful. Not everyone has long memories nor has a number of younger audience members even seen the first Blade Runner movie.

 

A good trailer and accompanying television spots could do a lot to stimulate interest in Blade Runner 2049. And questions marks do exist regarding how much of an audience is out there for this film. Science-fiction is popular, but the dark nature of the original Blade Runner is likely to reappear in the sequel. Most successful sci-fi these days is escapist and fun fare.

 

Yet, a solid trailer could do a lot to intrigue significant numbers of Alien: Covenant audience members to check the film out. That could lead to a solid opening weekend at the box office. From there, good word of mouth may help ticket sales remain solid for some time.

 

Blade Runner 2049 is a unique film and it could end up becoming a cult classic just like the original. If so, then the sequel will continue to generate money for years and years. A special edition DVD or Blu-ray set probably would sell exceptionally among fans. Yes, this is a different type of film with an equally different business model.

 

In order to be a true success, the sequel cannot disappoint. A poorly written or weakly directed sequel would be met with scorn from long-time Blade Runner fans. Hopefully, the creative talent behind Blade Runner 2049 are going to deliver a very special and excellent film.

 

Is Sylvester Stallone Going To Make A Home In The MCU?

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James Gunn seems to be very pleased with the work Sylvester Stallone did on the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 feature film. The screen legend takes on the role of Starhawk, a critical member of the original team.

 

Even though the highly-anticipated sequel has not yet arrived in theaters, Gunn is publicly stating he wants Stallone to appear in future Marvel Cinematic Universe productions. The inference here is Stallone is welcome to be a part of the third entry in the Guardians of the Galaxy series. Gunn did, however, say, MCU. Does this mean Stallone’s character could turn up in cameos in other Marvel superhero projects? The possibility exists.

 

Sylvester Stallone recently made headlines walking away from a massive multi-million dollar paycheck to appear in the new Expendables movie. Stallone simply did not like how the project was taking shape and walked away. He did not want to tarnish his legacy. This is the same reason Stallone opted not to do the lamented final chapter of the Rambo series. Stallone felt he could not feasibly handle the physical demands of the Rambo role at age 70.

 

It would seem the iconic actor is looking to make a few more film appearances before retiring from the front of the camera. As such, he is being very choosy about the types of films he opts to appear in. He definitely does not want to go the route Charles Bronson did — appearing in a number of horrible action B-movies to dwindling audiences.

 

Cameos in the Marvel Cinematic Universe surely would appeal to Stallone. The films are generally quite good and almost always draw in significant audiences. His appearance on screen is sure to be appreciated. The roles won’t be too demanding on him physically. In truth, there are only upsides to Stallone choosing to appear in MCU projects.

 

Pacific Rim: Uprising has Finished Filming

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Pacific Rim Sequel has Finally Finished Filming

 

The sequel to the film “Pacific Rim” has hit a major milestone, in the fact that filming has finally been completed.

 

Back in 2013 when the original Pacific Rim hit theaters, it wasn’t nearly a big of a hit in the United States as many thought it would be, but it did do incredibly well overseas. This was all helped by a ton of passionate and dedicated fans who liked the overall premise of the movie. None of this matters now that the sequel entitled Pacific Rim: Uprising will be hitting theaters in 2018. One particular thing to keep in mind is that Guillermo del Toro did not reprise his role as the director.

 

Instead of del Toro, Steven S. DeKnight, who is known for being the showrunner of season one of Daredevil, was the one who was in the director’s seat. Another point to take note of is that the sequel will replace much of the cast from the original films with other talented up and coming actors such as John Boyega and Scott Eastwood. More important than this is the development that the movie has just wrapping up filming, and an announcement for that was made by DeKnight on his own personal Instagram account.

 

Pacific Rim: Uprising will premiere in theaters in a little less than a year and with filming completed now, DeKnight and the rest of the crew and creative time will go into the post-production and editing phase. Aside from Daredevil, DeKnight has also proven how good of a storyteller he is in other works, such as with Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Spartacus and Angel, just to name a few examples.

 

Boyega is one of the big names attached to the film. His big breakout role was in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and following the success of that movie, Uprising happened to be the first big role he signed onto afterwards.

 

Kong: Skull Island Does “Fine” at the Global Box Office

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The box office receipts are in for Kong: Skull Island. The film performed in a decent manner. Ticket sales, however, were not great. Above average would be the best way to sum up the movie’s impact with audiences around the world.

 

The new King Kong film, a prequel of sorts, was produced by the same company that remade Godzilla to massive success. Legendary Pictures, working with Warner Bros., came up with the brilliant idea of a “MonsterVerse” that would bring back King Kong and set up a remake of King Kong vs. Godzilla.

 

The trouble here is King Kong is not as hot at the box office as Godzilla.

 

In the 1930’s, King Kong ruled the box office. The original film was an incredible sight to behold. The film pulled in millions of dollars when a movie ticket could be purchased for ten cents. The sequel, titled Son of Kong, did not do anywhere near as much business. King Kong would live on in remakes, sequels, and Toho giant monster movies.

 

None ever surpassed the success of the original King Kong. Still, Kong: Skull Island needed to earning around $400 million at the worldwide box office to break even. The film is going to top the $400 million mark, but not by much. There are other sources of revenue such as home video and television that will eventually roll in. Kong: Skull Island is far from a flop. The film will go down as a modest hit. Sadly, the film’s ticket sales reveal King Kong can’t carry a movie on his own anymore.

 

With King Kong vs. Godzilla on the horizon for 2019, the giant ape won’t have to carry a film by his lonesome. Godzilla has remained a much more bankable pop culture icon thanks to consistent appearances in television programs, video games, cartoons, and, of course, movies. Scores of Godzilla toys on shelves assisted with keeping the radioactive dinosaur popular with kids.

 

King Kong is still an iconic character in his own right. Kong will continue to be part of the entertainment landscape for years to come. Maybe one day he will show up in Jurassic Park.

 

DC’s Batgirl Film Continues Rolling to Production

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On the heels of DC Films’ announcement of a Batgirl movie, rumors have been circulating that Lindsey Morgan will be playing the starring role. Known for her performance as “Raven Reyes” on The CW’s The 100. Although it’s not a sure-fire pick for the upcoming movie, her twitter account continuously retweets messages regarding the choice.

 

Although, it’s not fully known if this film will be part of the burgeoning DC film universe, but it has been announced at the same time as a Nightwing film. Releasing live action versions of Batman’s supporting characters is not unprecedented in recent years. FOX’s prime time show Gotham has been a big success for the network and introduced a number of characters to the average viewer’s lexicon.

 

Warner Brothers, DC’s parent company, is seeking Joss Whedon to write and direct this latest superhero outing. Since he’s had ample comic book film experience, Whedon’s addition is being looked at because of his commercial successes. He took the helm on Marvel’s The Avengers, but fans are hoping it will be another along the lines of Buffy the Vampire Slayer – a tough, acrobatic girl who is also naive and adventurous.

 

Whedon is believed to bring one major thing that he’s well-known for, namely a sense of humor to the situations. Batgirl can add a bit of the fun that has lacked in DC’s film universe to date. Due to the timing, it may also cross over with the Nightwing film, since both characters are very tightly-knit in the comic books.

 

The real question thus far for fans of the character is how they intend to present her. The character started in the comic books in 1961 but became a household name due to her addition for the final season of the Batman television series in 1967 as portrayed by Yvonne Craig. She later ended up paralyzed by the Joker and took up the mantle of Oracle, a computer hacker and spy. The comics returned to her roots in the late 1990s and 2000s. While most are convinced that the Barbara Gordan version of the character will be represented as a way to tie it into the current films.

 

Batgirl Moves Forward And Expands The Batman Movie Franchise

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The D.C. Extended Universe features a number of lesser-known heroes soon to make a big splash on the big screen. And then there are iconic characters that everyone knows and loves. Heroes such as Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman are always going to be prominently featured. The news of a Batgirl film should raise eyebrows. The character is known to many thanks to the incredible performance by Yvonne Craig in the 1960’s.

 

Batgirl absolutely deserves her own film. In the near future, she is going to get one. Maybe Batgirl can provide the spark capable of extended the Batman franchise. The publication history of Batman comics is loaded with a number of outstanding characters. Many should be able to do well in their own features.

 

Batgirl has a track record of success. The only reason the 1960’s Batman TV series was renewed for a third season was due to the introduction of Batgirl. Millions of people have fond memories of Craig’s portrayal of the heroine. Those memories may translate into enthusiasm for a Batgirl feature.

 

D.C. Comics and Warner Bros. want to succeed where Sony faltered with the Spider-Man franchise. Sony wanted a host of Spider-Man spinoff projects including Venom, The Sinister Six, Black Cat, and even a bizarre Aunt May spy film. When Amazing Spider-Man 2 underperformed, the plans were scrapped.

 

The massive popularity of Harley Quinn shows Batman characters can carry films. This is why Harley Quinn is getting her own standalone film and will appear with other Batman characters in Gotham City Sirens.

 

The adult Dick Grayson drops his Robin persona to become Nightwing, another Batman character getting a film. Nightwing may need to be introduced in The Batman film or another project since the character is not known to many non-readers of D.C.’s comic books.

 

Strangely, as plans for the expansion of the Batman franchise role forward, the solo project dubbed The Batman is going through a page-one rewrite. That means the screenplay is being scrapped and a new one being written. The production start has been delayed.

 

Let’s all hope every Batman and Batman-inspired movie is worth the wait.

 

DC Comics Pulls Ahead of Competition in Female Superhero Movies

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Boys around the world have plenty of heroes to look up to when they go out to the movies. From watching Captain America fight Hydra to looking on in awe as Batman defeats the criminals of Gotham City to Superman vanquishing General Zod and his cronies, there is no shortage of male superheroes on the big screen. Little girls around the world may have been wondering where their superhero role models have been.

 

There was a lot of disappointment when it became clear after the first Avengers movie that the character of Black Widow would not be getting her own standalone movie. The degree to which she thrashed the bad guys in that movie and in “Iron Man 2” certainly seemed to have earned her a place in her own film.

 

Female superhero fans around the world were given cause to rejoice with the appearance of Wonder Woman in the latest DC movie “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.” Unlike poor Black Widow, Wonder Woman will be getting her own movie that is scheduled to be released this June. Trailers are out for it, and it looks like it will be a box office winner for DC Comics.

 

In the latest female superhero news, Joss Whedon has signed on to direct a standalone film for Batgirl. This is fantastic news for fans of this character from her debut in DC Comics back in 1967 and her appearance in the old television show “Batman.” Joss Whedon is, of course, famous for directing such Marvel Cinematic Universe films as “The Avengers” and “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” Now that he is crossing over to the DC Comics film franchise, it will be interesting to see how his new movie compares to the ones he has already done for DC Comics’ biggest competitor in this industry. One thing is certain, DC Comics has a leg up over Marvel in terms of shining a spotlight on strong, powerful female leads in their franchise.

 

 

IT Trailer Breaks All Viewing Records

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Anyone who doubted the potential box office success of the updated version of Stephen King’s IT now has less of a reason to doubt. The teaser trailer was released online and quickly smashed all records. The number of views tallied by the end of the first 24-hour period logged in at 197 million views. That number absolutely and totally crushes the numbers held by previous record holders. Star Wars: The Force Awakens “only” drew 127 million views.

 

IT may need a title change to HIT. The film has the potential to be one of the biggest horror hits of all-time.

 

IT is a remake of the classic TV movie version of Stephen King’s outstanding novel. The lengthy TV movie was critically acclaimed, faithful to the source material, and quite scary for a TV outing. The cinematic version is also going to be faithful to the original novel. This time, however, the project comes with an R-Rating. The visceral horror of the novel will be presented on the silver screen and without any censorship filters.

 

The horror genre has been slumping the past few years. Get Out was a massive box office success showing that fears the genre was on the way out were overstated. A project that is not a useless sequel or a rehash of cliches always has the potential to connect with audiences.

 

IT is something a bit more intriguing than the traditional horror movie. Yes, creepy clowns are all the rage these days. A newfound interest in insane clowns positively played a role in stirring up similar interest in IT. IT is also one of those rare films that may draw in old and new fans. Like Star Wars: The Force Awakens, IT can attract audiences who sat in front of the TV and watches the classic miniseries 25 years ago while also drawing in young ones who want to learn what all the hubbub is about Pennywise the Clown.

 

All will unravel when the first film is released in the coming months. In a year or so, the second chapter of IT is slated for a debut.

 

 

Westworld Season Two Won’t Jump Timelines

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The HBO series Westworld is definitely developing a strong cult following among fans of science-fiction television programs. The inaugural season of Westworld employed a number of alternate timelines in order to weave the timelines seamlessly together. All this lead to a shocking twist at the end of the season.

 

Season two of Westworld is not going to incorporate the concept of various timelines. Fans might be unhappy to hear that one of the “cooler” aspects of season one is being dropped. Honestly, fans should see the decision to stick with a singular timeline a good thing.

 

The official reason for dropping the multiple timelines makes sense. In the first season, weaving back and forth from the past to the future better helped establish the characters. Plus, the revelation of the surprise twist allowed all the different timelines to connect together.

 

Repeating the same conventions in the second season probably would not work very good. For one, the whole element of surprise would be gone. Reusing multiple timelines could also be deemed lazy writing and planning. The concept runs the risk of slipping into the cliche of overused flashbacks. Too many flashbacks can ruin a movie or TV show.

 

Another thing worth noting is not everyone gave a thumbs up to the multiple timelines. Complaints levied at Westworld season one often focused on the convoluted nature of the various storylines. Not every viewer was thrilled about the storylines being revealed as hidden timeline flashbacks.

 

The various criticisms about the first season have been heard loud and clear by the producers and showrunners. The HBO executives likely heard the criticisms clearly as well. Westworld received some initial bad press due to production problems. The series definitely is a complicated one to produce. Troubles are expected on genre projects with large budgets. Still, no cable network wants to read anything controversial in the trades. Streamlining the narrative could improve perceptions about the program.

 

The debut of season two of Westworld is still up in the air. A lot of preproduction work seems to be going into crafting the sophomore more. Hopefully, the extra work will pay dividends in the form of a continually awesome series.