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Official Title For Star Wars Episode VIII Released

Episode VIII in the Star Wars Saga has recently completed production. However, there has been one interesting issue when it comes to the release of the movie. There has been no release of the official title for Episode VIII. There hasn’t even been any type of development of news even with the release of Rogue One. Finally, the official title of Episode VIII is The Last Jedi. This title already inspires a lot of curiosity for the upcoming film. Among the things that people are wondering is what is going to happen with some of the key characters, particularly Luke Skywalker.

 

It has already been established that this is going to be the darkest movie yet in the franchise. This means that it could even be darker than Rogue One. There have been worries that they were working to lighten the tone in Rogue One. However, the final reports of reshoots have revealed that the original version of the movie was actually a lot lighter in tone than what was finally released. One thing that should be considered is that even though Star Wars is considered a movie for the family, it is a franchise that delves into dark territory. The first Star Wars film released back in 1977 was actually pretty dark in some points with disturbing and violent imagery. It was not until The Phantom Menace that Star Wars actually became a little to kid oriented. Even then, it has darkened back up with Attack of the Clones.

 

It does look like The Last Jedi is going to go in a different direction. There is going to be a lot of speculation on the meaning of the title. However, one thing is certain. People are going to have to wait until December to see the next film. Also, it is only a matter of time before there is a teaser. Hopefully, they take a similar approach to The Force Awakens when it comes to advertising.

 

Is Black Mask Going To Be The Top Villain In Gotham City Sirens?

Gotham City Sirens is an interesting DC Comics film currently in development. The film won’t be lost to development misery since top director David Ayer is working on the female superhero/anti-hero ensemble film. Margot Robbie has agreed to return as Harley Quinn in the feature. Catwoman and Poison Ivy are likely to play major roles in the films. And Black Mask might be the main villain. Everything sounded pretty good up to that point. Black Mask is a really weak Batman villain.

 

Anyone who takes a glimpse at Black Mask might be confused into thinking they are looking at Marvel’s The Red Skull. That is pretty bad on its own. The personality and character traits of Black Mask are reminiscent of the second and third tier gangster bosses in Marvel Comics. Anyone remember the Spider-Man villain The Rose? Not too many people do so fondly.

 

Black Mask was created to play the lead villain in a number of Batman story arcs over a decade ago. The villain did not exactly set the sales of the comics on fire. Honestly, Black Mask is about as trite of a villain as can be. Batman comics are known for a wonderful array of great rogues, but the same antagonists do get boring after a while. Creating a new bad guy makes sense. Putting a new bad guy who no one really cares about into a big budget movie, well, that is a weird plan.

 

Casting counts for a lot. A top A-list actor could make the on-screen version of Black Mask appealing. The actor really would need to infuse a lot of his own personal direction into the villain. Again, Black Mask is a really dull, one-note nemesis.

 

Black Mask may or may not even be the main villain in the film. Ayers has only hinted at Black Mask being the top bad guy. He may just direct other villains from afar like The Kingpin does in Daredevil. Black Mask doesn’t have the strange appeal of The Kingpin though.

 

Hopefully, things will change long before the final script is written.

 

Logan To Receive Black And White Home Entertainment Release

Logan is shaping up to be a very special film. Reports are the advanced ticket sales promoted through Fandango are moving tremendously well. Actually, “tremendous” is a real understatement. The advance ticket sales are topping all the previous X-Men movies produced by Fox. Logan is surely going to be a massive hit. Interestingly, word is leaking about the special home entertainment release of the film. A black and white version of Logan is likely to hit stores in the near future.

 

Sin City was the first black and white comic book movie to be a huge hit. The sequel did not fair well, but the original did show fans will go for a noir-like feature even decades after black and white film ceased to be commonplace.

 

Mad Max: Fury Road was originally released in color. A black and white version of the film was circulated. The idea at work here was the gritty realism of Fury Road would look amazing in black and white. The assessment was correct. Logan is going to follow this same approach.

 

Surely, DVD and Blu-ray sales for all forms of Logan are going to do exceptionally well. The incredible critical reception for the film definitely is boosting pre-release interest. The exceptional quality of the film may turn Logan into a classic.

 

Logan is a very personal film, one that focuses on the character of Logan. Yes, the backstory of the hero has been displayed on screen already. The psychological underpinnings that make Logan tick have not. In the upcoming film, the dark psychology and loneliness of the hero take center stage.

 

Whatever acclaim Logan receives is going to be very deserved. The creative team behind the film definitely made a special feature.

 

“Moonlight” Viewership Expands to More Than 1,500 Theaters

After a headline-making flub at the Oscars for the Best Picture category involving “La La Land,” the homage to Hollywood’s courtship with musicals, “Moonlight” emerged triumphant. The film by Barry Jenkins, is a double threat of Oscar notables, being the first Best Picture winner to focus on LGBT issues and to feature a cast completely consisting of African-American actors, most of whom were unknowns. Moonlight is Jenkins’ most recent director credit after an eight year absence.

 

Despite all of these accolades, Moonlight’s run up to the awards was far less sterling. Having earned only $22 million, Moonlight qualifies as the bottom earner among this year’s nine nominees and the next-to-least-grossing Best Picture winner in film history; The Hurt Locker owns the claim to that title. Beyond earning the Best Picture award, Moonlight also earned Mahershala Ali the Best Supporting Actor category and Best Adapted Screenplay. Now that Moonlight has had such a stellar run, it will be re-released to an excess of 1,500 theaters, nearly tripling the screen count of when it was last screened. In addition to getting a theatrical re-release on March 3rd, Moonlight is also available on home media formats.

 

While it is a common tactic for Best Picture winners to get theatrical re-releases, the size of Moonlight’s re-release is notable; previous winners “Birdman” and “Spotlight” only expanded to 1,200 screens. While Moonlight was released only half a year ago and rode a massive wave of accolades and mentions of Awards-worthiness, it never found a welcoming venue in the box office.

 

What To Expect With Suicide Squad Extended Cut

Given all of the talk about a “director’s cut” of Suicide Squad, a lot of fans would be happy to know that it is happening. However, it is important to know what to expect in the film. One thing that should be made clear is that the film is not meant to be rated R. David Ayer has always intended the film to be a hard PG-13 (which often means that there are a few scenes that could push it just into R territory like Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice). However, the extended film may be fairly darker than what has been released into theaters.

 

One interesting aspect of the film is the type of marketing that has come with it. The observant people may remember the Comic Con trailer of Suicide Squad. One thing about the Comic Con trailer that stood out was how dark it was with an eerie rendition of “I started A Joke”. It also featured a lot of elements and footage that made it look like it might be an R rated movie. One may actually have been reminded of a trailer for Blade Runner back in 1982 with how dark and weird it seemed. There was a bit less color, especially when it came to the titles. One thing that is worth noting is that the Comic Con teaser was only meant to be seen at Comic Con, but the leaks have caused the company to release it officially.

 

It was when the theatrical marketing began that there was talk about the tone changing. There have also been reshoots in order to be able to experiment with different versions of the film.

 

Not only has there been an announcement of the extended edition of the Suicide Squad, but there has also been a release of the teaser that has shown a lot of scenes that have been left out of the film that have been shown in leaked sets videos. Among the scenes that are to be expected in the film is a confrontation between Harley and Joker at the beginning. There are also going to be more scenes with the Joker in it as teased by Jared Leto. Also, the tone might be a bit darker resembling the teaser that was shown at Comic Con. Some scenes may still be left on the cutting room floor.

 

Logan Garners Solid Reviews

Hugh Jackman is getting the proper sendoff for his legendary cinematic run as Wolverine. The forthcoming final film in the solo trilogy presents effective closure to the character that helped the X-MenHugh Jackman is getting the proper sendoff for his legendary cinematic run as Wolverine. The forthcoming final film in the solo trilogy presents effective closure to the character that helped the X-Men franchise achieve box office success.

 

Rotten Tomatoes, the aggregate site for film reviews, has Logan rated at “95% Fresh”. That means 95% of all reviews are positive ones, a tremendous feat. franchise achieve box office success. Rotten Tomatoes, the aggregate site for film reviews, has Logan rated at “95% Fresh”. That means 95% of all reviews are positive ones, a tremendous feat.

 

Ironically, the first entry in the Wolverine trilogy received less-than-stellar reviews. Fox has had its ups and downs with its X-Men and Fantastic Four films. At least with the X-Men films, even the ones with bad reviews made big money at the box office. Hugh Jackman was not the only reason behind the appeal of the films, but he was the breakout star.

 

The trailer for the film revealed the final entry is intended to be a somber affair. Anyone looking for whimsical entertainment in Logan may wish to look elsewhere. Whimsy is fine, but not in this type of story. Fans have garnered an emotional attachment to the tragic and complex antihero Hugh Jackman has played on the silver screen for more than 15 years. A fun and whimsical adventure would not have set the appropriate tone for the end of Jackman’s run.

 

One problem with being somber is the risk of being too dark and serious hangs like a cloud over a movie. Tim Burton’s Batman films suffered from such dark and depressing tones.

 

Based on the reviews, Logan has hit all the right emotional cords necessary to be both a serious drama and an engaging superhero film. More than the critics, fans are sure to appreciate the unique approach taken with this interesting end to the Wolverine saga.

 

Reviews of Latest Films

The most popular times of the year for movies tends to be around the major holidays in the summer, fall, and winter. While January is not normally the time of the year for top blockbusters or award-winners, there are currently several different movies out that have been very popular with both consumers and reviewers.

 

One film that has done pretty well at the box office so far, and has also been very popular with movie fans, is Hidden Figures. This movie, which has been out for five weeks, grossed about $16 million over the past week. This brings the total for the film up to $83 million in the US. The last week results are very strong and show a continued support for the film. The movie centers around three woman who were involved in the NASA Space Program and developed much of the formulas and algorithms used to send men to the Moon.

 

The highest-grossing film of the past week was Split, which earned around $40 million. This film is a horror-drama film that focuses on a few different young woman that are kidnapped by a man with multiple personalities. Writer and Director, M. Night Shyamalan, once again included a surprise ending that was very popular with both fans and reviewers. Many consider this to be one of the best films for the director, and likely the best that he has released in the past 10 years.

 

Two other films in the top 10, La La Land and Rogue One, each made around $10 million. La La Land is approaching $100 million in domestic ticket sales, and has seen a recent increase in popularity due to its success at the Golden Globes. The film is also expected to win several different Oscars at the Academy Awards later this winter. Rogue One, which is the latest Star Wars universe film, has been well-reviewed by both fans of the series and critics. It is expected that it will be the first of several films that tell a story in the universe that diverts from the original script.

 

Hidden Figures Scores Big on Opening Weekend

A new film telling the story of the African-American women who were instrumental in early NASA missions opened with a surprising outcome last weekend. In a surprising move, new release “Hidden Figures” beat out fan favorite, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” by nearly $1 million.

 

“Hidden Figures” received an audience score on Rotten Tomatoes of 94 percent. It tells the previously untold story of three female scientists who worked behind the scenes at NASA to launch the first astronaut into orbit. Arguably, this is the event that won the space race for the United States and inspired the country. Despite this, African-American women at this time were largely unrecognized in the scientific fields, regardless of their achievements. For decades, the impressive work of these women has gone unrecognized. For the first time, “Hidden Figures” gives audiences a glimpse into the behind-the-scenes work required to make the space program everything that it became.

 

Early Sunday, weekend estimates had “Rogue One” continuing its reign at the top of the box office. Indeed, “Rogue One” performed admirably, grossing over $20 million for the fourth week running. Hidden Figures nudged it out of first place Sunday, however, possibly due to a significant weather pattern that brought snow across the country. Word of mouth has also contributed to a fast spread of love for the two-hour movie.

 

This was only the first weekend of shows for “Hidden Figures,” but it looks to be an early fan favorite. With relatable women played by phenomenal actresses, the move tells a larger-than-life story that even more inspiring today.

Top Box Office Films

The entertaiment industry in the United States is one of the most profitable exports in the country. While music and other forms of entertaiment are popular, the movie industry continues to be the entertainment leader. While the top movies of the year tend to come out in the summer or around the holidays, a recent news article has pointed out that a few movies that are out right now or coming out soon will have a major impact at the box office and at year end awards shows.

 

According to a recent news article (http://variety.com/2016/film/news/box-office-arrival-doctor-strange-trolls-almost-christmas-1201916123/) , the scifi thriller Arrival is likely to do very well at the box office and with reviewers. The movie, which stars Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner, among many other solid cast members, is the latest blockbuster attempt at an alien invasion. In this film Amy Adams’ character will play a linguist that will attempt to communicate with the aliens while the rest of the world begins to panic and prepare for a war. Experts believe that the film will earn around $20 million, which is low compared to other blockbusters, but will likley earn a cult following.

 

Another movie that will continue to do well at the box office is Dr. Strange. This film, which takes place in the Marvel Universe, is unlike many other superhero films. While the film will not get as much of a revenue stream as other films in the same universe, it has a very deep storyline that critics have been raving over.

 

The third film that is going to do well when awards come out is Hacksaw Ridge. This film, which was directed and produced by Mel Gibson, is an unusual war story. As opposed to following around soldiers that are in battle during the war, the story focuses on a medic that refuses to carry a weapon to fight the enemy. He ends the film as a major hero and is credited with saving dozens of soldiers on the battlefield.

Films Do Well at Box Office This Weekend

With the 2016 Summer Blockbuster season now a month behind us and the Holiday-season movies still a month ahead, October is often a slow time for movies. While this may be true for most years, there are several movies that have been recently released that have captured the attention of critics and movie fans.

 

According to a recent review (https://www.theguardian.com/film/2016/oct/09/the-girl-on-the-train-review-emily-blunt-paula-hawkins), a current popular film, Girl on a Train, is an excellent film that has included passion, drama, and even light comedy. The film, which stars Emily Blunt, has been out for a couple of weeks but is already looking that it will do very well at the box office. This past week the film made $25 million, which made it the top grossing film at the box office. While this was the first fully tracked week, it has been doing well with critics and movie fans, which means that it will likely do well at the box office in coming weeks.

 

Another film that has done well over the past few weeks has been the Magnificent Seven. This film, which is an old western film that has many modern stars, including Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt made just $8 million this past weekend, but has made over $75 million overall since it was first launched. The film has attracted many people that are either fans of the genre of the movie or are fans of the specific actors.

 

While the current films in the box office are continuing to do well, there are a number of other films that are coming up that are expected to be a hit with fans. Over the next few weeks a Ben Affleck-film called The Accountant will be released. This film seems to have a considerable amount of mystery, suspense, and action, which is sure to captivate audiences in the coming months. After that, there are many holiday blockbusters that are sure to do very well in both terms of reviews and financial results.