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Deadpool Star T.J. Miller Talks About Upcoming Film And Assures it Will Be New and Different

In a recent interview about his upcoming movie The Emoji Movie, TJ Miller, who plays Dead Pool’s best friend, irresponsible bar owner in the Deadpool films shined a light on what Deadpool 2 would and would not be like. He told Screen Rant that the movie would have its own original plot and would be darker, funnier and edgier. He compared it to the Hangover 2, which took most of what made the first movie a hit and simply raised the stakes and changed a few minor plot details. He said that Deadpool 2 would be different, and not simply more of the same.

In the interview, Miller hinted at “a tragic and dark event” in the beginning of the film that would have the rest of the film exploring the aftermath. Arguably there are plenty of dark and tragic events that occur in the first film, but fans will just have to wait and see how different and new Deadpool 2 is. New characters Cable (Josh Brolin) and Domino (Zazie Beetz) have already been announced as making an appearance, so there is certainly something that will be different about this movie.

Of course, like most movies based on comic book heroes (or anti-heroes), there are decades of comic book material to pull from, so there is absolutely no reason for Deadpool 2 to be a repeat of the first film. Regardless of how much source material they pull from and what new situations and characters are introduced in this next film, it is hard to believe that it will be less than entertaining than the first Deadpool film. Of course, the second film does not have quite the same build up and expectations as the first, with not being stuck in development hell for so long, but it still has a great deal to live up to.

Wonder Woman Holds Strong in Box Office, Most Successful DCU Film To Date

Wonder Woman has surpassed all box office expectations. As Forbes reports, the film crossed the $381 million domestic box office threshold this weekend and is now the third most successful film to ever be released by Warner Bros., not accounting for inflation. The film trails only The Dark Knight Rises ($448 million) and The Dark Knight ($534 million).

The blockbuster is also the highest grossing film ever directed by a woman, Patty Jenkins. The director held only a handful of credits to her name prior to the DC film. With the award-winning Monster and some episodes of critically acclaimed shows Entourage and The Killing, Jenkins may not have seemed like the obvious choice to direct a summer smash hit, but Warner Bros’ risk has paid off. Wonder Woman holds the highest domestic gross of any film not from Universal or Disney since The Hunger Games: Catching Fire ($424 million).

With the smallest budget of any of the DCU films to date, Wonder Woman stands as an anomaly. The film had a reported budget of only $149 million, compared to Suicide Squad’s $175 million, Man of Steel’s $225 million, and Batman v Superman’s rumored $300 million. The cheapest to make and the most successful at the box office, Wonder Woman has already brought in more than 3.5 times its initial cost.

It’s no wonder, then, that a sequel to Wonder Woman, with Patty Jenkins directing once again, is expected to be announced this upcoming weekend at Comic-Con.

The future is very much unclear for movie producers

Anyone involved in producing movies would likely be lying if they said they are not worried about the future of the movie business. Over time consumer demand changes and it is up to the video production companies to experiment with new ideas. Some companies are experimenting with the idea of consumers given the option to rent a movie several days before the big showing in theaters for around $50 per clip.

Younger audiences are becoming more attached to the smaller screens that live in their pockets. Smartphones have become apart of who we are, and some people struggle to make it far without their handheld technology. The point is that children and young teens prefer to stream content on their phones. There is the still the occasional hot movie that young audiences will want to experience in theater, but a large screen will not always beat the convenience of streaming a movie from your home. Also, that way you don’t have to sit through the long and obnoxious previews. Directors have seen the impact of cable and streaming movies first hand. That is where they would like to be. That is where all the action is at.

The other concern is that Hollywood has lost some of its greatest investors as they were let go by creative studio accounting. A significant chunk of new investment money has been coming in from China over the last few years. That money is also slowly disappearing. Chinese authorities have put up stricter trade barriers that limit some of the cash that can be put towards the entertainment industry. The $1 billion deal between Dick Clark Productions to Dalian Wanda failed, and now another billion dollar deal between Paramount and two groups, Huahua Media and Shanghai Film Group is about to fall short of success.

A Change In the Spider-Man Suit?

With all this talk about the new Spider-Man: Homecoming movie coming out it is hard to fantasize a change in something so perennial. We can all agree that in superhero movies a lot of importance is fallen onto the suit. Comic book fanatics want the superhero suit to look like the original in the books while movie lovers desire the suit to be more modern, and of course there are always people in-between these two sides. Movie creators put a lot of thought into the suit design and there are usually many sketches and ideas involved that never leave the table.
One of these sketches of a possible suit for the new Spider-Man has been released to the public by “concept artist and character designer, Ryan Meinerding” via Twitter. And while most agree that this sketch for what might have been Tom Holland’s suit is far from the classic blue and red suit that we are used to, this suit has a certain flashy appeal. This idea was also based off of Dan Slott and Ryan Stegman’s suit from the Superior Spider-Man comic series(http://marvel.wikia.com/wiki/Superior_Spider-Man_Vol_1), and so fits both sides of classical and modern costume preferences. Unfortunately this design is not likely to ever make an appearance on the big screen now that it has been released to the public but it is certainly interesting to imagine Spider-Man: Homecoming with the star in this suit. A new costume is said to make an appearance in the Avengers: Infinity War, and in the following Spider-Man movie scheduled to shortly follow Avengers: Infinity War. However, for now we will have to wait to see what new designs artists will be able to come up with and say goodbye to the suit that might have been.

You can preview the suit here: http://screenrant.com/what-spider-mans-homecoming-costume-could-have-looked-like/

Predictions for Blade Runner 2049

It is now a little more than 3 months until the release of the most anticipated sequel to Blade Runner, Blade Runner 2049, and there is bound to be some predictions. However, this is not one of these articles that is going to try to predict the storyline and twists. Instead, the release and reception is going to be predicted. One thing that I predict about this movie is that it is not going to live up to its predecessor in every way. The story may be more epic and engaging and the film might actually be a success, but one thing that can be said about the original was that it was groundbreaking in many ways that it has influenced sci-fi and other films.

One thing about Blade Runner 2049 is that the city does look similar enough to the predecessor. However, the overall feel of the film in those shots is different. Replacing the video screens of 2019 are the gigantic holograms of 2049. However, some shots of the new film capture the spirit of the original. Ironically, it is the shot of the desolate city where Harrison Ford’s Deckard fled to.

One interesting thing about the film is that there is the question of the world’s outlook of replicants. After all, this film takes place 30 years after its predecessor and a lot can change in 30 years. One line that gives a clue about the current outlook is the line that Jared Leto’s character gives about replicants being the key to the future of humanity. There can be tons of speculation on all of the possible plots of the film. However, it is best to leave speculation and allow one to find out upon film’s release what is going on. Given Denis Villeneuve’s track record and Ridley Scott’s involvement, it is going to capture the spirit of the original.

Journey to Blade Runner 2049

As fans would know, there have been attempts to make a sequel to Blade Runner for years, even decades since the original, directed by Ridley Scott was released. While the original was release to lukewarm reception, it has eventually caught on with VHS and the director’s cut. The story behind the director’s cut of Blade Runner is interesting. For one thing, work went underway when the 70mm workprint of the film was given a limited release. While it was remarkable how different the workprint was from the theatrical releases, Ridley Scott has made it clear that this wasn’t quite his vision. Therefore, he went to work on the director’s cut and then final cut.

Fast forward a few years, there have been talks about a sequel and people were expecting Ridley Scott to helm the sequel. However, Ridley has decided to give the directing job to someone who is interest. Fortunately, the director’s chair has went to Denis Villeneuve. While fans were initially disappointed that Ridley Scott has not taken over, audiences realize that it could be worse. For one thing, Denis Villeneuve has a lot of respect for the original and has shown that he can keep the spirit of the predecessor alive while bringing enough new things to the table.

One thing that people have remarked on is the drastic changes in many aspects of the design. For one thing, the wardrobe styles are noticeably different from the 1982 original. However, it is important to note that the upcoming film takes place 30 years after the predecessor as the title Blade Runner 2049 reveals, and history has shown drastic changes in clothing styles in a matter of 30 years. The trailer is showing this to be a character driven detective story in the vein of the original. However, it is going to be an upgrade in terms of scope.

The Third Trailer For Blade Runner 2049 Gets a Release

In an unexpected move from Warner Bros, the third trailer for the upcoming Blade Runner 2049 has been released. This time, it shows a little more of the story. People get to see more of the characters that are going to be involved in the story. There is also a nod to the storyline of the predecessor as Harrison Ford’s character talks about being hunted and what he has done to get away. This seems to allude to the possibility that Deckard is a replicant. However, the way the original handled it made this idea debatable. However, the previous trailer has a quick shot that suggests that Ryan Gosling’s character, K is a replicant. There was also some lines in the previous trailer as well.

The visuals have a bit of similarity to the original Blade Runner. However, there has been talk of the different aspects of the look. Denis Villeneuve has once stated that it is not going to look like its predecessor. Even shots of the city have enough differences between 2049 and the 1982 classic. Another thing to notice is that this film seems to have a much wider scope than its predecessor as there are plenty of other shots. Also, one thing to notice is that the latest trailer suggests that this film is going to take place in various parts of California and not just Los Angeles.

Ironically, the most reminiscent shots of the original from the 2049 trailer have to do with scenes in the abandoned city where K goes to meet Deckard. There seems to be a bit more action in this film than in the predecessor. Hopefully, it does ease up on the action because part of what made Blade Runner what it is was that it was slow moving and not wall to wall action.

‘Wonder Woman’ Has a Historic Debut

We are living in the age of the superhero movie. Batman and Superman have been featured in movies for many years. However, the millions of dollars being made by movies featuring comic book characters have caused the studios to start digging into their stockpile of heroes who have never had their own film. Fox had a huge success in this regard with their ‘Deadpool’ film. Now DC and Warner Bros. are getting in on the act by giving Wonder Woman her own film. She is by far the most prominent female superhero in the history of comics. He first major movie appearance was in ‘Superman vs. Batman’ that received lukewarm reviews. ‘Wonder Woman’ has received much better reviews and audiences have been very enthusiastic about it.

 

‘Wonder Woman’ had an amazing opening weekend that was much bigger than any of the movie industry experts predicted. It made $103 million in its first three days of release in North America. The opening was big by any standard. However, the opening became historic because it was the largest amount of money made by a film directed by a female in its opening weekend. Exit polling of people who went to see the movie indicate that many people are going to see the film a second time and recommend it to their friends.

 

One of the most interesting and encouraging stats is the fact that the audience for the film was made up of 52 percent women. This is very significant because comic book movies usually have an audience that is made up of mostly men. The critical and audience approval of ‘Wonder Woman’ is a success that Warner Bros. desperately needed. The studio has put out three consecutive superhero movies that were destroyed by critics and audiences alike. ‘Man of Steel’ and “Suicide Squad’ both received terrible reviews along with the aforementioned ‘Superman vs. Batman.’ It is pretty much a certainty that ‘Wonder Woman’ will get a sequel.

 

Changes Made To Beauty and the Beast Characters

One thing that Disney and the studios seem to be on is adapting animated classics to live action. Disney’s recent Beauty and the Beast live action adaptation has made some changes to some characters. In the animated movie, Gaston had a sidekick named LeFou. In the animated feature, Lefou has been played for laughs as the punching bag of the movie. In the live action adaptation, he has been changed to be more of a human and dignified character. He has gone from a mere goofball to someone who is looking out for Gaston’s best interest.

 

Other than those changes, the movie has all of the beats of the animated feature. Lefou does still have some comedic moments. At the same time, they have even brought somethings to attention in this film that was probably implied in the animated feature. Lefou’s care for Gaston might be more than merely platonic. However, even with the changes made to the story, Beauty and the Beast seems to be little more than an uninspired by the numbers adaptation of the Disney classic. The interesting thing is that the Disney classic is an adaptation of an old fairy tale of the same name. They have taken the time to bring forth many changes so that it will feel fresh.

 

Beauty and the Beast could’ve benefited from going back to the original story in order to find another direction that the movie could go in. Instead, they just decided to just do the animated movie replacing the hand drawn characters with live-action characters. But since the animated feature was considered the best, then this could be considered a good movie too.

The Changing Face of Western Movies

Each era in show business has a central genre that is very popular. These days, it is the comic book movie genre. Just a few decades ago, it was the gunslinger movies that was considered as the favorite genre. While they are often considered western movies, one thing to consider is that every movie made in the west is technically western. It’s just that the popular settings change.

 

Back in the 50s, the gunslingers were the favorite action heroes. Then in the 60s, this version of the genre began to die out. This brought forth some attempts at deconstructing the genre. Among the types of movies that have been released in those days are Spaghetti Westerns. One interesting thing about this category is that it has stripped the central hero down to more of an anti-hero. The outspoken morally good hero has been replaced with a soft spoken amoral anti-hero. A similar thing has happened in the east with Japan’s Samurai movies.

 

After a while, studios have all but stopped making gunslinger movies except every once in a while. However, the themes of the western still remain intact. As a matter of fact, many of today’s action movies can be considered gunslinger movies in an updated setting. The latest forms that the western has taken on is the comic book movie. While they are still as popular as ever, they are already beginning to die down. Some films have been released as a deconstruction of the comic book hero. Among these movies are Watchmen, Logan, and Kick Ass. There is no telling when exactly the comic book film genre is going to fall back into the background, but they are still being enjoyed today with films like Wonder Woman, and upcoming movies like Thor: Ragnarok.