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Blockbusters All Year Long

There are a lot of new movies that have been released in 2018 that are considered blockbusters. It is much more common for Blockbuster movies to be released in the month of June or July, but it appears to be Blockbuster season for many of the big budget films like “Black Panther” and “A Wrinkle in Time.”

The budgets for these movies have been huge and the net gross has also been very big as well. It has become easy for a movie like “A Wrinkle in Time” to make a lot at the box office because Oprah Winfrey was the one that was pushing this film. It is also a book that is very well-known so it became much easier for it to reach a fan base that was already in place.

Many movies that have been created in 2018 have a large amount of special effects and big-budget that bring out fans that are interested in the 3D movies. This is what has been the thing that has captivated millions in the first several months of 2018. There have not been a lot of blockbuster romantic comedies or horror movies, but adventure films that have a lot of action sequences have been taking over the box office.

Typically, movies like this are something that attracts a summer crowd when kids are out of school, but it appears that the action movies like these and other movies like “Tomb Raider” are becoming everyday phenomenons when it comes to action movies.

Producers aren’t waiting any longer to hold off on the new movies. They are coming coming forth with all these. This allows movies to stay at the box-office even longer. It is evident that the “Black Panther” will be in theaters for quite a while because it has had such a successful run. People that bypassed it may desire to see it now.. This is what a blockbuster in the winter months can do. People that do not have a desire to go outside in the cold will be elated to find a good movie that they can enjoy.

It also helps that these movies have received great reviews. When movies get good reviews on websites like Rottentomatoes.com it inspires others to see the movie.

Captain Marvel and the Return of Marvel’s Characters

Congrats 90s kids! Marvel’s Captain Marvel has officially been declared to take place in the 1990s. I can see the memes now: Only 90s kids will remember Captain Marvel.

Marvel Studios have posted a casting list for us to start guessing about some plot points. Since the film is taking place in the 90s, Samuel L. Jackson will be returning as Nick Fury only this time he will not be wearing the signature eye patch. Clark Gregg’s Phil Coulson will be returning to the big screen and Guardian’s villain, Ronan the Accuser, played by Lee Pace.

Other announcements include story plotlines like the Kree Skrull War are showing up for the first time in the MCU. Captain Marvel, played by Brie Larson, will be playing a significant role in the war. The Kree Skrull war has been mentioned several times in the comics and has impacted many characters like Ronan, Thanos, and the Avengers.

It will be somewhat exciting to see the return of many of these characters. We have already seen some of these characters in previous films, so we will be able to learn more about them. Lee Pace has previously stated his excitement in returning to his role, although, he has no idea what is to happen with the character just yet.

Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury has been in plenty of Marvel’s movies. His appearance in Captain Marvel is fascinating because Marvel has stated will not have his eye patch. Nick Fury has had an eye patch in every single MCU movie since the 2008’s Iron Man. Maybe we will see what happened to his eye in Captain Marvel.

Phil Coulson, played, by Clark Gregg, has been in a few of the MCU movies, but has recently been in Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD on ABC. His appearance in Captain Marvel hints at a time he worked with Nick Fury as a SHIELD agent.

Captain Marvel comes to theaters on March 8th, 2019 as of this writing. It is being written and directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck. The two have been co-directors since film school and worked on the film Half Nelson together.

Tarantino Might Not Direct a Star Trek Movie

Simon Pegg has gone on to say that the likelihood of Quentin Tarantino directing a Star Trek movie is actually rather low. Come to think of it, it does seem like a really far fetched deal for a director like Quentin Tarantino to direct a Star Trek movie. For one thing, his current movie, which is centered on the Manson murders is his 9th movie. This would make Star Trek his tenth movie. Quentin Tarantino has been reported as saying that he only plans to do ten movies. Star Trek would be a curious direction for his tenth and final movie.

One thing that can be said about Quentin Tarantino is that he is going to want to finish his film career off with a bang. Another thing that should be considered is that Quentin didn’t specifically say that he is going to completely stop making films when he finishes his tenth film. He might merely slow down on his filmography. One thing he might do is take an approach that is similar to what James Cameron is doing and releasing a film whenever inspiration, or in Cameron’s case, technology, allows for it. One thing that Quentin Tarantino has constantly talked about is when directors lose their touch.

One thing Quentin Tarantino does not want to do is be that director who is making films long after he has lost his touch. Examples of directors that some would say have lost their touch is Ridley Scott. However, he is known as someone who was more of a hit and miss director even in his prime. Even movies like Blade Runner have not been successes when they were first released. His major initial successes can actually be counted on one hand. Many directors who have made great films continued to do so until they have passed on. As for what Tarantino is planning on doing after he has put down the camera, he has mentioned writing novels among other things he could do. If he does make a Star Trek movie, he has mentioned that he might do an extra film.

The Long Time Coming for Black Panther in Hollywood

The Black Panther movie has really set the stage for African Americans to pay more attention to what is happening in Marvel comic books. It is true that Black Panther is a character that has been around for more than 50 years, but before the movie was unveiled there was no presence of the Black Panther in movie roles. It is true that he has appeared as a cartoon character in one of the Avenger movies, but there was still so much that was unknown about Wakanda and the Heritage that this character had. Now it seems that more people are embracing this fictional world of Wakanda where Africans have healing powers and spiritual rituals that allow them to repair the body and become somewhat immortal in ways. This is what fascinates people about this fictional world that was created inside of black panther. This is a movie that is moving far beyond boundaries and establishing a new quota in
Hollywood.

The appears with this movie that people will still be talking about even after it is no longer in theaters. This is the new popularity of a black superhero. It has become something of a symbol of pride for African-American kids. They finally have a superhero that looks like them, they want to know more about the story that is introducing this fictional world. Kids and adults are embracing this superhero.

It should come as no surprise that this movie would thrive at a time when racial tension is at an all-time high. People really wanted something to take their mind off of everything that was going on in the world today. The popularity of this movie is during the time where Donald Trump is in office as the president. This is not a coincidence.

The popularity of this movie during the time where the Black Lives Matter movement is so vital is not a coincidence. There are many reasons why the Black Panther movie has been successful, and all of those reasons are to be factored in when people look at what has become close to a billion-dollar movie franchise. One cannot help but to look at the sources that have created room for Black Panthers to co-exist with other one dominant superheroes.

Cult Classic, Top Gun, Will be Receiving a Sequel

With director of Tron:Legacy, Joseph Kosinski leading the effort, Top Gun 2 is set to hit theaters in the Summer of 2019. Tom Cruise, who was previously set to star in Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, has recently given up the opportunity to reprise his roll as Maverick in the upcoming Top Gun sequel.

Since the original Top Gun was released, the movie has become a cult phenomenon. Fans of the movie praised it for its realistic depiction of Naval Dog Fighting and its character focused plot. The movie is centered around United States Naval Aviator, Maverick and his Radar Intercept Officer, Goose. During the film, Maverick attended the Top Gun school of NAS Miramar where he meets the love of his life. Along his journey, he sometimes breaks rules and goes against authority to make the correct moral decisions. The movie had a 15 million dollar budget and made nearly 400 million dollars at the box office.

It was during promotional tours for his movie The Mummy when Tom Cruise made the announcement. “Aviators are back,” Cruise began. “We’re going to have big, fast machines. It’s going to be a competition film, like the first one, but a progression for Maverick.”

Top Gun: Maverick, the official name of the sequel is set to explore the life of Maverick since 1986 and how he interacts with today’s military system.

About Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise is an actor and producer from America. He was born in Syracuse, New York ins 1962 and currently resides in Los Angeles, California. Since he made his film debut at age 19, he has went on to become one of the highest paid actors of all time. All together, Cruise’s films have created nearly 4 billion dollars in revenue.

In 1996 Tom Cruise starred in the first edition of the popular film franchise, Mission:Impossible. The movie was an international blockbuster and since spawned a long list of sequels, all starring Cruise. Mission: Impossible 2 was release in the year 2000 and the third of the franchise released in 2006. Ghost Protocol was released in 2011 and Rogue Nation came out in 2015, also a part of the Mission Impossible franchise. The newest edition of Mission: Impossible called Fallout will be releasing sometime in 2018.

Blockbuster Movies Before Summer

Movies are getting a lot of attention at the beginning of 2018. The fact there are a ton of movies that are making a splash even though it is clearly not a time where blockbusters would be coming to theaters. People are seeing movies like “Black Panther” that are getting to the billion-dollar mark. This is very likely to be a year where movies that are considered blockbusters are released before the summer. This is really the thing that has become the norm because there are so many opportunities for streaming.

Hollywood recognizes that people are not going to get out if they do not see anything that seems to be worth their time. This is why they are not holding back on the blockbusters. Hollywood is not waiting for the summer months to lure people into theaters. They know that if they wait for long periods of time more people will cozy up with Netflix and Hulu and simply watch what is on these streaming services. This is why these are bigger and better movies even in the month of January and February.

There is also a great amount of talk about 3D movies as well. There are a lot of movies that are coming to theaters in 3D format. There are movies like “Black Panther” and

“A Wrinkle in Time” that are in 3D. This gives moviegoers an extra dose of excitement, and it also racks up even more money in ticket sales for producers. The movie industry is definitely changing as people become much more aware of all of the entertainment possibilities that exist. It has become more of a challenge to get people out to movies because internet piracy has also taken a big turn. More people are into the process of going to see movies in theaters.

Many people right now are going back to see movies that were nominated for Oscars. These movies were brought back into theaters for a limited showing, and this gives people a second chance to see the Oscar nominated films that they may have missed the first time around. This is a good thing because it actually gives people a chance to get that movie experience again if the movie is not on DVD yet.

Why Black Panther is Important

The Black Panther movie is on target to make over a billion dollars while it is playing in theaters. No one expected this type of turnout. African-Americans are

proud of the film that portrays the first black superhero in such a positive light to people around the world. It has become a movie that is more about the Marvel Comics, and it is also largely about all of the different possibilities that exist when it comes to doing the right thing. This is what this superhero and villian saga brings to theaters.

It is very enlightening to see African-Americans in this type of culture because it actually brings a continent of Africans into American soil. There are conflicts between Africans and African-Americans in this film that are highlighted, and this plays a big role in how things unravel from one continent to another. It is a very interesting film that touches on many different aspects of race and morality.

So many people have become fascinated with the Black Panther movie because it is finally giving a black superhero a chance to become part of the Marvel lineup with other heroes that are presented on the big screen. It is already been stated that Chadwick Boseman has been given a 5 movie deal to appear in other Marvel films as the Black Panther. This is a serious undertaking for someone that has become well-known for the role of creating a superhero that has actually been around for several decades in comic book form. It is just now in 2018 that this superhero is getting a chance to become part of this multi-billion dollar movie franchise. For the longest time people have seen remakes of Superman movies and tons of different Spider-Man movies. It is just now that the black superhero is finally getting a chance to she a black superhero with these other superhero figures and upcoming movies.

There is a lot of interest in this Black Panther franchise because it gives people something new to add to what was already an established franchise. Marvel movies have been making billions of dollars for a long time, and now the African Americans finally feel like they are part of this movement. This is groundbreaking for Hollywood cinema.

The Rise, Fall, and Second Coming of M. Night Shamylan

M. Night Shamalyan has had an interesting career over the past twenty years. As one of Hollywood’s biggest directors in the latter half of the 90s, Shamylan produced some of the cinema industries biggest thrillers. With movies like The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, and Signs, Shamylan redefined what a horror movie was and how it felt to be scared in a movie theater. Around the middle half of the first decade of the 2000s, Shamylan’s name appeared less and less on the title card’s of big budget written and directed by films, and the director had moved on to taking one off directing jobs for films like The Last Airbender, and After Earth.

Shamylan has always had a steady stream of work, even though the director has waxed and waned from the public eye over the past two decades. In 2015, public and industry interest was renewed in Shamylan following the release of his once again self written and directed found footage film The Visit. The following year Shamylan scored another success with Split, a psychological horror film set in the same universe as his previous work, Unbreakable. These two box office successes led to further work for Shamylan, including world building on some modern integral science fiction series’ and a mainstay as one of the go to directors for edgy, shaking terror in the world of horror cinema.

In recent years, Shamylan has served as an executive producer, director, and world builder for the Fox series Wayward Pines, which is based off Blake Crouch’s best selling novel trilogy ‘Pines.’ Shamylan directed the pilot of the series and helped establish the overall tone of the narrative. In 2016 it was reported that Shamylan was attached to a reboot of the seminal 90’s series Tales From the Crypt, but by July of 2017 the series had been canceled due to a number of legal reasons. In the past week it has been announced that Shamylan will serve as developer for an Apple led series. No official word has been announced as to the subject matter, but it is known that It will consist of 10 episodes, with Shamylan directing the series pilot. Shamylan is also in post-production for his upcoming film Glass, a direct sequel to Unbreakable. More information on that film can be found in this article from Empire; https://www.empireonline.com/people/m-night-shyamalan/m-night-shyamalan-unveils-next-film-glass

Stars with Reoccurring Roles in Movies that Get Great Reviews

When it comes to new movies there are a lot of people that seem to have reoccurring rolls. There are some people in the limelight that are getting a lot of buzz because they really want to keep a spotlight on what they are doing. People like Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson are a few of the heavy hitters that have continued to show up with new movies on an almost annual basis.

The stars that are smart are the ones that take time to realize that one movie is not enough to sustain you. They have to keep working and keeping your name relevant in order to get people to come out and support. This is how a fan base is built. Kevin Hart has a great knowledge of this because he has appeared in several films in the course of one year. Tiffany Haddish is someone that gained a tremendous amount of success with “Girls Trip”, and now it appears that she has more opportunities to work with big-name stars like Kevin Hart in upcoming roles.

The movie industry tends to get saturated with a lot of movies that are the same so sometimes it takes a spontaneous personality like Tiffany Haddish to make people recognize that there is something else out there. She is definitely proving that her skills as a comedian are something that people are interested in seeing with all of the publicity that she is now receiving.

Haddish has a growing number of fans, and it is no secret that she is one of the more relevant stars when it comes to new films that cater to an urban crowd.

Chadwick Boseman is another actor that has been seen in an array of different movies. Long before he played the “Black Panther,” a movie with stellar reviews, Chadwick also acquired a role as Thurgood Marshall. Prior to this he played James Brown. Before playing James Brown he played Jackie Robinson. It is safe to say that he has been inducted into Hollywood as a leading actor in the urban community. The fact that he was able to play “Black Panther” in a Marvel comic book movie is going to make him a crossover success with a new audience.

Indie Director Kevin Smith Suffers Massive Heart Attack

Kevin Smith, legendary indie film director and podcaster, recently suffered from a massive heart attack, and spent several days in the hospital following the attack last week. Thankfully, the Clerks director is doing well after going into emergency surgery and is now back at home with wife, Jennifer Schwalbach Smith, and daughter, Harley Quinn Smith. On Monday, Kevin tweeted that the attack had been caused by one hundred percent blockage of the LAD artery. Upon leaving the hospital, Smith said he would be making some lifestyle changes, including going vegan, a decision spurred by daughter Harley Quinn who is a major advocate for animal rights and the vegan lifestyle.

The trouble started after Kevin had finished the first of two scheduled stand-up shows last Sunday evening. Smith surprised fans by reporting on the incident on his Instagram Monday morning after having gone through emergency surgery only hours before, continuing the unprecedented work ethic that has kept him one of the foremost experts on pop culture into the 21st century, and could quite possibly have contributed to the attack itself. In the Instagram post, Smith said that after leaving the show he began to feel nauseous and threw up but it didn’t seem to help. Smith attributed his survival to the prompt medical attention he received from Glendale Hospital.

Smith appeared on The Ralph Report, hosted by Ralph Garmin, who is also the co-host of Hollywood Babylon with Kevin, to speak on his brush with death earlier this week. Smith says the incident has made him see things in a new light, and says that he was supposed to be dead in that room without a doubt. Surviving has made Smith want to try and ‘do everything’, as he puts in his own words. The heart attack didn’t deter any of Smith’s trademark pop culture humor, however, as he took to Twitter to request a Bacta Tank and Medical Droid be delivered from Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill. For more on Smith, his recovering, and the outpouring of support from both fans and celebrities alike, be sure to check out Kevin’s Twitter at www.twitter.com/thatkevinsmith.