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‘Mortal Engines’ Featurette Introduces Stephen Lang’s Mo-Cap Mummy Zombie Assassin

Mortal Engines Featurette Shrike

Mortal Engines comes rumbling into theaters next weekend, bringing with it a cast of futuristic, post-apocalyptic characters. One of those characters is Shrike, a kind of mummy-zombie-assassin played (via mo-cap) by Stephen Lang. A new Mortal Engines featurette introduces you to Shrike – a character writer/producer Peter Jackson calls an “unstoppable force.” Watch the featurette below to learn all about this mummy-zombie-assassin.

Mortal Engines Featurette

I have to say, the marketing for Mortal Engines up until now has really undersold the fact that the film features an undead assassin. Had I been aware of that, I might be a bit more excited. Thankfully, we have this featurette. According to Stephen Lang in this video, his character Shrike has been killing people in horrible, brutal ways for 100 years…but he still has shards of humanity inside the husk of his body.

When /Film visited the Mortal Engines set last year, Lang talked a bit about his approach to the character, which was inspired by the movements of birds and insects:

“I’d say the real inspiration for the character came from predatory birds. And that starts really with the name, Shrike. As it happens in this particular edition of resurrected man, that year, that model, they were all given bird names. It just struck me as there was a predatory bird quality to him…and all of those wonderful insects that blend into the background and wait patiently either to avoid being eaten or to wait for something to eat. And so, there’s an element a quality of patience that they have…And that’s very much in keeping with this character who also can remain kind of in a state of immobility for centuries at a time if he chooses.”

I’m not sure what the general public reaction is to Mortal Engines at this point, and I have a feeling the film has been marketed a little poorly. Most of the marketing consists of shots of huge cities on wheels, which, admittedly, is pretty damn cool. But it’s clear from this featurette that there’s a lot more going on in the movie than meets the eye. Hopefully audiences will be willing to discover that when Mortal Engines opens December 14, 2018.

Hundreds of years after civilization was destroyed by a cataclysmic event, a mysterious young woman, Hester Shaw (Hera Hilmar), emerges as the only one who can stop London — now a giant, predator city on wheels — from devouring everything in its path. Feral, and fiercely driven by the memory of her mother, Hester joins forces with Tom Natsworthy (Robert Sheehan), an outcast from London, along with Anna Fang (Jihae), a dangerous outlaw with a bounty on her head.

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‘House That Jack Built’ Director’s Cut Release Pushed to 2019 Because IFC Dared to Defy the MPAA

House That Jack Built director's cut release

Oh, IFC Films. Now you’ve gone and done it. After failing to get the appropriate waiver to screen the unrated The House That Jack Built director’s cut last week, IFC Films is now pushing the official release date back a few months. The House That Jack Built director’s cut release was originally set for next week, but this MPAA kerfuffle has bumped Lars von Trier‘s controversial serial killer flick into June of 2019.

A quick recap: last week, IFC Films made headlines by screening the unrated director’s cut of Lars von Trier’s The House That Jack Built in select theaters for one night only. IFC then planned to release the director’s cut, along with an R-rated cut, On-Demand next week, December 14. The R-rated cut would also play in select theaters. Here’s the problem: the MPAA doesn’t take kindly to screening an unrated cut of a movie so close to an R-rated cut. IFC could have done this smoothly had they acquired an appropriate waiver from the MPAA. But they didn’t. And the MPAA wasn’t happy.

The MPAA threatened sanctions against IFC if they went ahead with their planned release, leading to IFC to change course. Now, The House That Jack Built director’s cut won’t arrive until June 2019. That date is tentative, so it might change. But if you managed to catch the director’s cut in theaters last week, you’re among a privileged few to witness it long before most people will have the chance.

The R-rated cut release will continue as planned, arriving in select theaters and On-Demand December 14, 2018. For what it’s worth, I’ve heard from credible sources that the unrated cut and R-rated cut are almost identical. Indeed, the different in runtime between the two is only about four minutes. Sure, a lot could happen in four minutes, but nothing too detrimental. In other words, the version you’ll be able to watch next week won’t be much different than the version that arrives in June of 2019.

In The House That Jack Built, director Lars von Trier follows Jack (Matt Dillon), a “failed architect and vicious sociopath” through five acts as he “recounts his elaborately orchestrated murders — each, as he views them, a towering work of art that defines his life’s work as a serial killer in the Pacific Northwest.” Also starring Bruno Ganz, Uma Thurman, Siobhan Fallon Hogan, Sofie Gråbøl, Riley Keough, and Jeremy Davies, the film premiered at Cannes, where it was met with a negative reaction (although since then, many have praised the film).

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‘Suspiria’ Featurette Examines the Remake’s Gruesome Make-Up Effects

Suspiria featurette

Luca Guadagnino‘s polarizing Suspiria is chock-full of memorable (and often gruesome) make-up effects. Now that the film has been out for a bit, Amazon has released a new Suspiria featurette devoted to exploring the techniques used to create such authentic-looking special effect make-up. You’ve probably seen Suspiria by now if you wanted to, but if not, beware of spoilers.

Suspiria Featurette 

In the video above, Suspiria prosthetics artist Mark Coulier breaks down some of the film’s most memorable make-up moments. First up: he delves into one of the film’s most ghastly scenes, when Elena Fokina, playing dancer Olga Ivanova, has her body twisted up like a pretzel, tearing skin and snapping bone in the process. To create this moment, Coulier and his team created a prosthetic that looks like a broken jaw, a chest prosthetic with bones protruding just beneath the skin, and my personal favorite – an entire prosthetic arm that twists around the the actress’ neck (her real arm is covered in a green-screen sleeve). The same was done with one of her legs, as well. I think the most impressive reveal here is how practically this scene was done. Someone probably could’ve done all of this with digital effects, but Suspiria opted to make use of actual make-up and prosthetics as well.

The rest of the video focuses on the many gory, bloody effects where various characters meet unpleasant fates. They also highlight something I have to take issue with: the gaping, almost vaginal hole that opens up in Dakota Johnson‘s chest in the film. This video clearly confirms that prosthetics were used to create it, and the prosthetics here look great. But in the final film, CGI was added to the wound to enhance it, and the CGI makes it look annoyingly fake. I wish they had just left the CGI off completely, and used the make-up as-is.

In addition to all of this, Coulier speaks about the make-up effects used to turn Tilda Swinton in the ancient witch you see at the end of the movie. There’s no mention of the make-up used to create one of the other three characters Swinton plays –  Dr. Josef Klemperer  – but perhaps this video was made back when everyone was still pretending a fictional actor named Lutz Ebersdorf played the role.

I love featurettes like this. More horror films with make-up effects should release similar behind-the-scenes looks. I suppose the problem is that more often than not, actual make-up effects are sidelined for digital work instead.

Suspiria is now playing in theaters.

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Exclusive: Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ Plot Synopsis Promises a New Twist on a Familiar Premise

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Ever since making his directorial debut with the acclaimed thriller Get Out, comedian and filmmaker Jordan Peele has been endlessly busy with new projects. He’s working on a new iteration of The Twilight Zone, producing a remake of Candyman, voicing a role in Toy Story 4, and more. But the first feature film since his Oscar-winning debut will be called Us, and until now we knew relatively nothing about this project.

Learn the first details of Jordan Peele’s Us plot after the jump.

After confirming with two separate sources, /Film can exclusively reveal this is the plot synopsis being sent out with recent test screening invites for Jordan Peele’s new film Us:

A mother (Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o from Black Panther, Star Wars: The Last Jedi and 12 Years a Slave) and a father (Winston Duke from Black Panther) take their kids to their beach house expecting to unplug and unwind with friends (including Emmy winner Elizabeth Moss from TV series The Handmaid’s Tale). But as night descends, their serenity turns to tension and chaos when some shocking visitors arrive uninvited.

That plot synopsis is clearly intentionally vague, and knowing what Jordan Peele did with Get Out, there’s no way it’s as simple as it’s made to sound. Often the plot synopses for test screenings only give the most basic gist of the story so that audiences come into the screening mostly in the dark. However, it offers up an ominous tone and promises Jordan Peele will do something unexpected with a premise we’ve heard before.

In fact, that plot synopsis sounds similar to that of Darren Aronofsky’s divisive thriller mother!, though this one does add children into the fray. It’s unlikely that Peele is offering a twist on mother!,a film which has a variety of readings and explanations. But again, this movie likely has much more bubbling beneath the surface, especially since it’s one of those “social thrillers” that Universal signed a deal with Peele to make.

Peele previously had this to say about following up his hit debut Get Out:

“What do I do next? How do I top [Get Out]? And you know, and I think it’s important to focus on stories that are true to me. I go, when writing Get Out, my sort of mantra is or was, ‘Let’s write my favorite film I haven’t seen yet.’ So I think it’s easy to get sort of bogged down in ‘how does this compare to the first one, how does that compare?’ When all is said and done… I’m just trying to entertain myself again.”

In addition to those cast members mentioned in the synopsis, the cast of Us also features Tim Heidecker (Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!), Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Aquaman),and Anna Diop (Titans), Shahadi Wright Joseph, Evan Alex, Madison Curry, and twins Cali & Noelle Sheldon.

Jordan Peele’s Us is slated to hit theaters on March 15, 2019.

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‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ Plot Details Emerge After Trailer Debuts at CCXP

Spider-Man Far From Home

The first trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home was expected to arrive online over the weekend, but Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures decided to hold off until a bit later, maybe sometime this week before Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse hits theaters. However, the first trailer still played down in Brazil’s CCXP comic convention, so details about the film’s plot have emerged.

Get the basic details on the Spider-Man Far From Home plot below, but if you don’t want to know anything about the upcoming trailer, you might want to avoid reading any further.

Brazilian news outlet Omelete (via HNE.co) was on site at CCXP to see the new Spider-Man: Far From Home trailer, where Tom Holland and Jake Gyllenhaal both surprised the audience along with the trailer’s debut. We won’t dive into all the details of the trailer since you’re going to see it soon, but the basic plot details revealed during the pane were interesting (and perplexing) enough to single out on their own. Here’s a video showing where this information comes from:

Continuing the trend of mysterious aliens and creatures making their way to Earth in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, a group of beings known as Elementals have started wreaking havoc on Earth. These are creatures lifted from the comics, but it remains to be seen what iteration of the Elementals will be used. Though it does explain why we saw a bunch of water being thrown around on set before.

Jake Gyllenhaal’s character Quentin Beck is somehow knowledgeable about the Elementals (which should raise some eyebrows) and ends up recruited by Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) to team up with Spider-Man to stop him. That’s right, Quentin Beck and Peter Parker are actually working together at first, not unlike how Doctor Otto Octavius was friendly with Peter Parker before turning bad in Spider-Man 2.

Whatever needs to be done to stop these Elementals, it requires Quentin Beck to put on the suit that will look familiar to fans who know he becomes the villain Mysterio, but he’s not wearing the glass helmet as part of the ensemble, at least not at first. You’ll see him in the full suit before the end of the trailer, because we know that he’s not going to be helping the good guys for long.

Peter Parker is caught off guard by all this, because in the trailer, he actually opts to leave the Spider-Man costume at home, following through on his desire to be just a friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. But Nick Fury’s request for his help changes all that, and that’s likely why he ends up with the stealth suit.

All of this interrupts what’s supposed to be a European school trip, where Jacob Batalon and Zendaya are back as Ned and Michelle (MJ), along with Peter’s classmates played by Tony Revolori and Angourie Rice. That should complicate things for Peter even further as he tries to pull off this mission and keep his identity a secret.

Hopefully we’ll learn more soon from the first trailer. Spider-Man: Far From Home arrives on July 5, 2019.

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‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ Plot Details Emerge After Trailer Debuts at CCXP

Spider-Man Far From Home

The first trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home was expected to arrive online over the weekend, but Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures decided to hold off until a bit later, maybe sometime this week before Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse hits theaters. However, the first trailer still played down in Brazil’s CCXP comic convention, so details about the film’s plot have emerged.

Get the basic details on the Spider-Man Far From Home plot below, but if you don’t want to know anything about the upcoming trailer, you might want to avoid reading any further.

Brazilian news outlet Omelete (via HNE.co) was on site at CCXP to see the new Spider-Man: Far From Home trailer, where Tom Holland and Jake Gyllenhaal both surprised the audience along with the trailer’s debut. We won’t dive into all the details of the trailer since you’re going to see it soon, but the basic plot details revealed during the pane were interesting (and perplexing) enough to single out on their own. Here’s a video showing where this information comes from:

Continuing the trend of mysterious aliens and creatures making their way to Earth in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, a group of beings known as Elementals have started wreaking havoc on Earth. These are creatures lifted from the comics, but it remains to be seen what iteration of the Elementals will be used. Though it does explain why we saw a bunch of water being thrown around on set before.

Jake Gyllenhaal’s character Quentin Beck is somehow knowledgeable about the Elementals (which should raise some eyebrows) and ends up recruited by Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) to team up with Spider-Man to stop him. That’s right, Quentin Beck and Peter Parker are actually working together at first, not unlike how Doctor Otto Octavius was friendly with Peter Parker before turning bad in Spider-Man 2.

Whatever needs to be done to stop these Elementals, it requires Quentin Beck to put on the suit that will look familiar to fans who know he becomes the villain Mysterio, but he’s not wearing the glass helmet as part of the ensemble, at least not at first. You’ll see him in the full suit before the end of the trailer, because we know that he’s not going to be helping the good guys for long.

Peter Parker is caught off guard by all this, because in the trailer, he actually opts to leave the Spider-Man costume at home, following through on his desire to be just a friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. But Nick Fury’s request for his help changes all that, and that’s likely why he ends up with the stealth suit.

All of this interrupts what’s supposed to be a European school trip, where Jacob Batalon and Zendaya are back as Ned and Michelle (MJ), along with Peter’s classmates played by Tony Revolori and Angourie Rice. That should complicate things for Peter even further as he tries to pull off this mission and keep his identity a secret.

Hopefully we’ll learn more soon from the first trailer. Spider-Man: Far From Home arrives on July 5, 2019.

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‘Mary Poppins Returns’ Clip: A Spinning Bowl Whisks Mary & Company to An Animated World

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As we approach the debut of Walt Disney Pictures’ Mary Poppins Returns, the studio has released a new clip that features Emily Blunt‘s magical nanny leading her pal Jack (Lin-Manuel Miranda) and the young Banks children into a brand new animated world. The score swells, the costumes change, the color pops – it’s all very…well, merry. Check it out below.

Mary Poppins Returns Clip

A little context: in the film, the Banks kids want to sell this bowl, but they accidentally break it during an argument. Mary takes Jack’s advice and lets the kids fix their own mistake, but that requires taking them into the world of the bowl itself. Naturally, the drawing of a horse and carriage on the side comes alive as soon as the live-action characters enter that animated realm, and this all leads to a big song and dance number that’s been highlighted in the movie’s trailers.

I’m in the minority of critics who didn’t care for Mary Poppins Returns,  and this clip is illustrative of one of the reasons why. Director Rob Marshall insists on referring to the film as a sequel, but it’s one of those sequels that also basically functions as a remake – the characters do almost the exact same things in this movie as the ones in the original. Remember when Mary, Burt, and the kids jumped into the chalk paintings in the first movie? This clip is just that all over again. The story takes no chances and doesn’t further the mythology or characters in an interesting way – for me, it was largely just a rehash of the 1964 movie, only worse in every regard.

Still, Emily Blunt manages to succeed at taking on the impossible task of stepping into Julie Andrews’ shoes. Here’s a new featurette that features Blunt talking about what makes the character so special:

Mary Poppins Returns hits theaters on December 19, 2018.

In Disney’s “Mary Poppins Returns,” an all new original musical and sequel, Mary Poppins is back to help the next generation of the Banks family find the joy and wonder missing in their lives following a personal loss. Emily Blunt stars as the practically-perfect nanny with unique magical skills who can turn any ordinary task into an unforgettable, fantastic adventure and Lin-Manuel Miranda plays her friend Jack, an optimistic street lamplighter who helps bring light—and life—to the streets of London.

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POTD: The Millennium Falcon Has Been Completed at ‘Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge’

Star Wars Galaxy's Edge Millennium Falcon Complete

Not too long ago, a bunch of new details on the upcoming Disney Parks attraction Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge emerged, revealing some new information on the attractions that will populate the meticulously crafted new par of Disneyland and eventually Disney World. Now we have another glimpse at all the hard work that’s been going on behind the scenes thanks to a new photo from inside the park showing the life-size Millennium Falcon that will be on display outside the ride that allows attendees to pilot it.

Check out the Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge Millennium Falcon below.

This first look at the Millennium Falcon was posted through the official Disneyland Twitter account:

Star Wars Galaxy's Edge Millennium Falcon

As you can see, even though the Millennium Falcon is done, the rest of the exterior surrounding it is still under construction. There are scaffoldings all over the place as Disneyland continues to build the rest of the new planet Batuu.

With the kind of numbers that are expected to swarm Disneyland when Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, there will likely be a lot of people who only get to see this exterior of the Millennium Falcon. But honestly, just standing outside a life-size version of my favorite ship in the history of sci-fi would be a treat in itself. Thankfully, this Millennium Falcon will offer much more than that.

As we recently learned, there will be 200 cockpit controls in the Millennium Falcon that guests will use to control the ship. In response to their controls, the ride will utilize real-time video rendering technology. You’ll be waiting in line for a long time to fly the Millennium Falcon, but the ride will accommodate up to 1,800 people an hour, so it might not be all bad.

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens next summer.

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Jason Momoa Returns as Khal Drogo and Really Hams It Up on ‘Saturday Night Live’

Jason Momoa Hosted Saturday Night Live

Aquaman is coming to theaters later this month, so there’s no better time for Jason Momoa to make his hosting debut on Saturday Night Live. You may not know this, but Jason Momoa is a bit of an SNL nerd, and he was positively giddy with excitement when he walked out on the stage in Studio 8H. Actually he was pretty giddy the week leading up to that moment too.

The result was Jason Momoa giving a hosting turn along the same lines as when Dwayne Johnson returns to SNL, and we ended up with a generally hilarious episode. But if you were hoping for an Aquaman sketch, you’ll mostly be disappointed. However, the monologue comes close to giving us an Aquaman sketch. You’ll see what we’re talking about below.

So let’s run through the best and worst sketches of the Jason Momoa hosted Saturday Night Live.

The Best

Elf on the Shelf – The Elf on the Shelf has become a magical Christmas tradition to instill the belief of Santa Claus in kids, but as those kids get older, the elves on the shelves start to see some pretty weird shit. In this case, Jason Momoa is really just exasperated about what his kid is doing now that he’s 13, and he’s really like a new kid. This is one of those sketches that they’ll start playing during the SNL Christmas Special that airs each year.

Day of the Dorks – Man, Jason Momoa channeled John Belushi in this sketch so well, at least if John Belushi was a muscular monster instead of just a loud goofball. In this parody of Revenge of the Nerds, the douchebag fraternity is trying to figure out how to stop The Dorks from beating them in the big Olympiad competition, and Jason Momoa’s suggestions as the giant, dimwitted Beef are a little worrisome.

First Impression – Lord knows how many women fainted when they saw the Dadbod version of Jason Momoa. Honestly, that’s a big part of why this sketch is so good. It’s so hilarious to see Jason Momoa made up as a 50-something father and desperately trying to find his daughter’s boyfriend, who has inexplicably started a game of hide and seek as a first impression. It’s a weird sketch, but it’s damn funny too.

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‘Bumblebee’ Review: The ‘Transformers’ Franchise Finally Gets a Beating Robotic Heart

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The opening scene of Bumblebee plays out like a child’s fantasy: Brightly colored Autobots clash with the sinister Decepticons in a battle that feels like the cinematic realization of a little kid smashing his toys together. And it’s awesome.

It’s something that’s been missing from the progressively darker and grittier iterations of the Transformers movies, whose brand of “Bayhem” have prevented the films from being anything close to fun. Michael Bay loaded every frame of his Transformers movies with so much visual chaos that the senses become overwhelmed and, ultimately, dulled. But Bumblebee director Travis Knight peels back the layers of epic, hectic spectacle to find the warm, beating heart that the Transformers franchise has always been missing.

Bumblebee takes place 20 years before the events of the first Transformers in 1987, following the titular Autobot as he crash-lands into an unremarkable California beach town. Scared, damaged, and missing his memory, Bumblebee is discovered by a high school teenager named Charlie (Hailee Steinfeld), who befriends and coaches him on the ways of Earth. But their budding friendship is interrupted by the arrival of two Decepticons, Shatter (Angela Bassett) and Dropkick (Justin Theroux), who team up with a Sector Seven led by the ruthless Agent Jack Burns (John Cena) to hunt down Bumblebee for his knowledge on Optimus Prime’s whereabouts.

The ’80s nostalgia is in full force in Bumblebee, which takes more than a little inspiration from the fantastical Spielbergian adventures of the era. A throwback movie in every sense of the word, Bumblebee hits all the familiar beats of the friendly alien movie while tossing in some John Hughes-inspired teen angst — all set to a blaring ’80s soundtrack that is maybe a too overeager to load every scene with a retro musical cue.

But Bumblebee is more than a few choice ’80s references and nods; Knight and screenwriter Christina Hodson manage to capture the spirit of the era’s coming-of-age movies. Bumblebee feels like it emerged from the heyday of Amblin Entertainment’s ’80s catalogue, so full to the brim it is with heart and cheesy sincerity. A lot of that is sold by the fantastic performance from Steinfeld, whose endearing gearhead is the best human character to emerge out of the Transformers movies. In a franchise where the humans are little more than interchangeable stock characters, Steinfeld’s sulky social outcast is irreplaceable. The minute she’s introduced in a grungy Smiths T-shirt and messy hair while brushing her teeth to rock music, she’s instantly a fully realized character who the audience can connect with just as easily as the Autobot we’ve spent six movies with. Steinfeld is an assured actress who sells every funny and heartbreaking moment with gusto — without her, the movie wouldn’t work as well as it does, though Cena gives an entertainingly self-aware performance as the trigger-happy soldier bent on capturing his Moby Dick, Bumblebee. But Steinfeld pulls off a bigger achievement: she doesn’t just teach Bumblebee how to live on Earth, she teaches the audience how to love Transformers again.

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But it’s not hard to love the Transformers who rock the vibrant Gen-1 designs of the toy line, further feeding into the whole nostalgic sheen of Bumblebee. Bumblebee, with his rotund, non-threatening design lends to the warm, family-friendly bend of the film, especially when he speaks in Dylan O’Brien‘s sprightly voice at the beginning. It’s not as jarring as you’d expect to hear Bumblebee speak, particularly when the Maze Runner star somehow manages to make the Autobot sound as cute as he looks.

Bumblebee is not without some random shocks of violence and crude humor, but it maintains the magic of its nostalgic approach. Sometimes a few nods will become a little too on-the-nose —like SoloBumblebee is strangely fixated on over-explaining certain aspects of its titular character’s personality (“You sound like a little bumblebee! Guess what I’ll call you!”) — but for the most part, Bumblebee doesn’t suffer from the prequel curse that befalls movies where you know the character comes out alive. The low stakes are given emotional heft because we care about these characters. Oh, there’s still massive CGI set pieces that may cause you to zone out for a little, of course, but now you actually care about the people in them, as opposed to simply singling out your favorite Transformer.

Bumblebee feels like the first Transformers movie to understand what the franchise is. No matter how militaristic, and bombastic, and oddly violent the Transformers movies get, at their core, they’re still based on a toy line. Unburdened by the convoluted mythology of the Transformers universe, Bumblebee taps into that core and makes a movie for the child in all of us who just wants to know what it’s like to become friends with one of the robot action figures we smashed together.

/Film Rating: 8 out of 10

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‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ Season 6 Trailer: Andy Samberg Finally Gets His John McClane Moment

Brooklyn Nine-Nine Season 6 Trailer

Brooklyn Nine-Nine came this close to death when FOX canceled the cop comedy series starring Andy Samberg, Andre Braugher, Melissa Fumero, Joe Lo Truglio, Stephanie Beatriz, Terry Crews, Chelsea Peretti, Joel McKinnon Miller and Dirk Blocker. Thankfully, NBC came through and saved the series, giving it a sixth season order for 18 total episodes.

Now the first Brooklyn Nine-Nine season 6 trailer has arrived, and it finally gives Jake Peralta (Andy Samberg) the John McClane moment he’s always dreamed of. Plus, it looks like NBC has given Brooklyn Nine-Nine a much bigger budget to play with. Check it out below.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine Season 6 Trailer

All right, so NBC hasn’t really revamped Brooklyn Nine-Nine to become this big action show. Instead, we’re just inside the mind of Jake Peralta as he pitches his idea for the new recruitment video to get some new officers into the 99th precinct. Of course, Andre Braugher disagrees. In fact, he disagrees two different times, because there’s another version of the trailer with an alternate ending that stays even more true to Captain Holt’s style.

So far we haven’t heard much about Brooklyn Nine-Nine season six, but when the cast and crew went to the Television Critics Association presentation over the summer, they did offer some tidbits about what fans can expect to see. The Halloween heist will make a comeback, we’ll see part of Jake and Amy’s married life, and Gina Rodriguez may end up coming back as a guest star as a potential love interest for Rosa.

Here’s hoping that NBC promotes the hell out of the show in order to get as many eyes as possible in front of the screen when season six of Brooklyn Nine-Nine premieres on January 10, 2019 at 9pm ET/PT.

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‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ Season 6 Trailer: Andy Samberg Finally Gets His John McClane Moment

Brooklyn Nine-Nine Season 6 Trailer

Brooklyn Nine-Nine came this close to death when FOX canceled the cop comedy series starring Andy Samberg, Andre Braugher, Melissa Fumero, Joe Lo Truglio, Stephanie Beatriz, Terry Crews, Chelsea Peretti, Joel McKinnon Miller and Dirk Blocker. Thankfully, NBC came through and saved the series, giving it a sixth season order for 18 total episodes.

Now the first Brooklyn Nine-Nine season 6 trailer has arrived, and it finally gives Jake Peralta (Andy Samberg) the John McClane moment he’s always dreamed of. Plus, it looks like NBC has given Brooklyn Nine-Nine a much bigger budget to play with. Check it out below.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine Season 6 Trailer

All right, so NBC hasn’t really revamped Brooklyn Nine-Nine to become this big action show. Instead, we’re just inside the mind of Jake Peralta as he pitches his idea for the new recruitment video to get some new officers into the 99th precinct. Of course, Andre Braugher disagrees. In fact, he disagrees two different times, because there’s another version of the trailer with an alternate ending that stays even more true to Captain Holt’s style.

So far we haven’t heard much about Brooklyn Nine-Nine season six, but when the cast and crew went to the Television Critics Association presentation over the summer, they did offer some tidbits about what fans can expect to see. The Halloween heist will make a comeback, we’ll see part of Jake and Amy’s married life, and Gina Rodriguez may end up coming back as a guest star as a potential love interest for Rosa.

Here’s hoping that NBC promotes the hell out of the show in order to get as many eyes as possible in front of the screen when season six of Brooklyn Nine-Nine premieres on January 10, 2019 at 9pm ET/PT.

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‘BrightBurn’ Trailer: James Gunn Basically Turned Superman into a Horror Story

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BrightBurn has been an incredibly well-kept secret for months. While we’ve long-known that James Gunn was producing the film, and reuniting with his Slither star Elizabeth Banks, plot details have been kept under tight lock and key. We didn’t even know the official title until very recently. Now, the BrightBurn trailer is here, offering us our first real footage of the David Yarovesky-directed horror film. Watch the BrightBurn trailer below.

BrightBurn Trailer

BrightBurn has had a bit of a bumpy ride. Producer James Gunn was hyping the project up over the summer, and was set to drop a big Hall H announcement at SDCC in in July.

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Of course, we all know that didn’t happen. Before the Hall H panel arrived, Gunn was fired by Disney from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 due to some offensive tweets from his past coming to light. The Hall H panel was soon cancelled, leaving the still-untitled project in the dark. Despite the Gunn situation, Sony still has every intention of releasing BrightBurn, although they delayed the release a bit. Now, the first trailer is here.

BrightBurn stars Elizabeth Banks, Meredith Hanger, David Denman, Matt Jones, Gregory Alan Williams, Jennifer Holland and more, with a script from Brian & Mark Gunn. David Yarovesky, a frequent Gunn collaborator, directs while Gunn and the The H Collective produce. Banks’ casting here reunites her with James Gunn, who directed the actress in the cult horror film Slither.

“Elizabeth and I have been on the same artistic page since we first met when she auditioned for Slither back in 2005,” Gunn said when Banks was cast. “She’s since remained one of my best friends in the world, and I’ve been fighting tooth and nail to work with her again. She’s the perfect partner to Yarvo, the H Collective and myself in creating this very special project.”

BrightBurn hits theaters May 24, 2019.

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‘Sister Act 3’ in the Works for Disney+, Whoopi Goldberg Not Involved

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And now, an update to the Sister Act 3 saga that I know you’ve all been following closely these last few years. Back in 2015, a Sister Act remake was announced. Later, it was revealed this remake would be Sister Act 3, and that original star Whoopi Goldberg would have a cameo. Now, Disney is moving forward with Sister Act 3 for their streaming service Disney+, and Whoopi Goldberg is not involved. Holy Mary, Mother of God, what’s going on here?

For far too long, the people have cried out: “Where is the news about Sister Act 3?!”, only to receive no answer. Rejoice, for that time is at an end! According to VarietySister Act 3 is ready to get back in the habit very soon, with Insecure co-executive producer Regina Hicks and Star showrunner Karin Gist writing the screenplay.

The third entry in the Sister Act franchise is destined for Disney+, the new streaming service Disney is putting together right at this very moment. Disney wants to give Netflix a run for its money, and are keen to develop as many original properties as possible. They’ll have both Marvel and Star Wars shows for the service, but let’s be real: the only thing subscribers will really want to watch is Sister Act 3.

There are zero plot details for Sister Act 3 at this time, but you can rest assured the plot will involve singing nuns, because…what else would it involve? In the first Sister Act, Whoopi Goldberg played a lounge singer who witnesses a murder. The witness protection program drops her into a convent, where she’s supposed to law low posing as a nun. Obviously, this lounge singer doesn’t fit in with the quiet, reserved nuns, but soon, she winds their trust. She also joins their choir, and helps turn them into a full-blown sensation. It’s a fun movie.

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Sister Act 2 saw Goldberg’s character asked to pose as a nun once again – this time to teach music to a group of tough and rowdy teens at a school in trouble (one of those teens was played by Jennifer Love Hewitt). Unlike the first Sister Act, it was not a fun movie.

In 2015, a Sister Act remake was announced, eventually morphing into whatever the heck Sister Act 3 will be when it arrives. Earlier this year, Whoopi Goldberg said she was going to appear in the sequel/remake in some small capacity. “They’ve decided that they’re going to go in a different direction with Sister Act,” Goldberg said. “So it won’t be Sister Act 3, it will be a brand new rendition of Sister Act – and I guess I’ll walk through a scene, and that’s how they’ll say I was part of it.”

But that’s no longer the case. Entertainment Weekly reached out to Goldberg’s representatives, and received the following reply: “It is our understanding that this is not a continuation and Whoopi is not involved.” With this in mind, it seems that even though the project is being referred to as Sister Act 3, it’s still going to be a reboot/remake. And Goldberg’s character won’t be involved in any capacity. Which is kind of a shame, since she’s the one who helped make the original film so memorable. So it goes.

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‘All Is True’ Trailer: What Happens After Shakespeare Retires?

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All the world was a stage for William Shakespeare — but what happens when the curtains drop and the stage burns down? He uneasily retires to a life in the country with a neglected family and broken relationships — at least, that’s what Kenneth Branagh’s upcoming period drama All Is True assumes about the legendary playwright’s mysterious twilight years.

Not much is known about the Shakespeare’s uncertain final years, a topic that has long intrigued Branagh, who has always wanted to explore the playwright’s forgotten period. And he does as both the star and director of All Is True, which also stars Judi Dench and Ian McKellen. Watch the All Is True trailer below.

All Is True Trailer

Kenneth Branagh has starred and directed in many Shakespeare adaptations, but never before has he taken on the role of the Bard himself. The actor dramatically transforms to play Shakespeare in his twilight years, after he has been hailed as a world-famous playwright and a master of the craft. But few people know what happens to Shakespeare after he had made all the world a stage.

Branagh explores this in All Is True, written by Ben Elton in his first dramatic screenplay after specializing in comedy and working on British TV shows, including Blackadder, The Young Ones, and the Shakespeare parody Upstart Crow.

The film posits that Shakespeare returns to his country home in Stratford, where he attempts to mend his broken family connections and re-examine “his own failings as a husband and father.” But while he proved to be a deft playwright, he stumbles in everything else including — in a fun bit of wry comedy from the trailer — learning to garden.

Here is the official synopsis for All Is True:

The year is 1613, Shakespeare is acknowledged as the greatest writer of the age. But disaster strikes when his renowned Globe Theatre burns to the ground, and devastated, Shakespeare returns to Stratford, where he must face a troubled past and a neglected family. Haunted by the death of his only son Hamnet, he struggles to mend the broken relationships with his wife and daughters. In so doing, he is ruthlessly forced to examine his own failings as husband and father. His very personal search for the truth uncovers secrets and lies within a family at war.

All Is True will make an Oscar-qualifying one-week engagement at Los Angeles’ Laemmle Monica Film Center beginning December 21, 2018.

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The ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ B-Roll of Nicolas Cage Voice Acting is Pure Cinema

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Voice acting is an undervalued profession, one that we don’t get to see much of unless it’s a star-studded affair like Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.

But the newly released Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse b-roll footage gives us a peek behind the curtain, where stars Shameik Moore, Hailee Steinfeld, Jake Johnson, Liev Schreiber, Brian Tyree Henry, Luna Lauren, John Mulaney, and Kimiko Glenn apparently act in full hair and make-up. But no one is as extra as Nicolas Cage, who shows up in a full suit and gives his whole being into voicing his character.

Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse B-Roll

Brief snippets of the cast’s recording sessions make up this Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse b-roll video, but the entire thing is such a delight to watch that you’ll want an entire movie of just this. There’s nothing more fun than watching Mulaney give his all into voicing the goofy Spider-Ham, or see how Steinfeld’s elastic expressions become the foundation for her character Gwen Stacy.

But the most fun to watch of all of them is Nicolas Cage, a serious actor who takes very seriously his performance as a black-and-white detective version of Spider-Man from an alternate dimension. “Wherever I go, the wind follows,” Cage growls, “and the wind…smells like rain,” his brow furrowing and his hands dramatically gesturing as he delivers his lines with gusto. It’s pure cinema. And though it feels like a loss to not experience his whole performance in live-action, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse‘s stunning animation makes it (almost) worth it.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse opens in theaters on December 14, 2018.

Bitten by a radioactive spider in the subway, Brooklyn teenager Miles Morales suddenly develops mysterious powers that transform him into the one and only Spider-Man. When he meets Peter Parker, he soon realizes that there are many others who share his special, high-flying talents. Miles must now use his newfound skills to battle the evil Kingpin, a hulking madman who can open portals to other universes and pull different versions of Spider-Man into our world.

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