Many people were excited when Emelia Clarke was cast as the unknown female lead in the upcoming Han Solo standalone movie. Her role as Danaerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones has been well-received in many circles, and a number of people are looking to see what she can do with another role. There are also many questions surrounding her character and what her role is, especially considering the fact that we know Han Solo has a romantic destiny with a certain princess/general.
Those questions have Clarke nervous. Both of her projects have been packed with mysteries. HBO has been extremely tight-lipped about Game of Thrones secrets, while Disney and Lucasfilm are renowned for their ability to keep a secret and to force their actors to do the same. In a recent interview, Clarke opened up about her fears.
“I genuinely can’t tell you anything other than Alden [Ehrenreich, the actor chosen to play a young Han Solo] is magnificent, and it’s a delight to do something on that level with really cool actors and nice people. But it’s even scarier talking about that than Game of Thrones.”
The difference is that Clarke has read the entire script for the Han Solo film, while the Game of Thrones scripts usually come out week by week as they go through their production schedule. She knows all the secrets of the new Star Wars Saga story, whereas HBO keeps their actors on a need to know basis.
“No one knows anything,” she said, referring to Game of Thrones. “No one is told anything. It’s all crazy. It’s a secret from the cast. We generally can’t be trusted. They pretty much have told us so.”
In HBO’s mind, just as with a military or spy agency, you cannot spill secrets that you do not know. The only plot secrets we know for certain about this new Star Wars film is that it will cover six years, following Han from the age of 18 to 24. We will discover how he gained his life bond from Chewbacca, and likely how he won the Millenium Falcon from Lando Calrissian, played by Donald Glover.
There was a time when big event movies were treated as big events. This meant that the films were shown on larger screens which larger formats such as 70MM. People always got to enjoy greater sound and a bigger picture. Also, the 70MM formats offer a much better picture than the 35MM formats. Going to the movies used to be such a huge event for people. Then in the late 90s, the 70MM format pretty much stopped. 35MM became the one format to watch movies on. Also, movie theaters have switched to digital sound formats. As a result, every movie pretty much sounded the same. There was very little reason to catch a movie on the first night other than to catch it on a large screen.
For a few years, people only had 35MM. However, there were experiments with new formats such as IMAX. Eventually, IMAX became the one format for putting movies in theaters on a large format. One of the good things about IMAX was that it has the greatest picture quality for movies that have been shot on this format. However, it has taken a long time before it could really be used for movies. For one thing, IMAX has a limit on the length of movies that could be put on the platter.
One of the limitations that people experienced with IMAX movies is that the films were cut down from the full length. Therefore, the early movies that have been released in IMAX were abridged movies. Fortunately, they have worked through that and now full movies could be shown in this format. Now, there are reasons to see movies in IMAX. These reasons include the changes in aspect ratios for greater show experiences.
Among the films that are able to take advantage of the format is Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2. which is going to make the most of the IMAX experience. People are going to have a fun time at the event.
Stan Lee has been appearing in Marvel based movies and television for decades. Much of the time, he shows up as a cameo. He has appeared as a general, a bystander, a FedEx Agent, a playboy, and much more. For a long time, fans have had a theory that all of these appearances add up to one important thing, Stan Lee is actually Uatu, the Watcher.
Uatu is a recurring character in the Marvel comic universe. He never participates, and, as his name connotates, he has watched some of the most important events in Marvel. His race is billions of years old, and they have chosen to watch over and help the “younger” races in the universe. Uatu, for better or worse, chose to watch the humans of Earth.
In a recent interview, Marvel chief Kevin Feige seems to lend some credence to the theory, especially considering Lee’s new appearances in Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2. Lee has two cameos in the new film, and both seem to heavily suggest that he is indeed Uatu.
In these cameos (and *Spoiler Alert*) Lee is in the company of figures that are very much watching and judging the events of the movie. Their garb and makeup styling are certainly reminiscent of the comic “Watchers”.
Fiege appears to confirm this theory in a statement. “Yes, we always thought it would be fun. Stan Lee clearly exists, you know, above and apart from the reality of all the films. So the notion that he could be sitting there on a cosmic pit stop during the jump gate sequence in Guardians was something very fun…It wasn’t in for a long time and we put it back in towards the end of the process where he references that time he was a Federal Express agent – we thought it would be fun to put that in there because that really says, so wait a minute, he’s this same character who’s popped up in all these films.”
While this may be story back fill, it certainly seems that Marvel itself has taken fans wishes into account when it comes to the godfather of all things superhero.
If nothing else, the forthcoming Justice League movie is going to be long. Reportedly, the running time clocks in at 170 minutes. This would make it longer than Batman v. Superman and The Dark Knight Rises. At nearly three hours, Justice League would be the longest theatrically-released superhero movie. Watchmen does have the longest runtime thanks to a home video release that runs more than 200 minutes.
The heavy running time of the extended Watchman cut does bring up a point. What if the running time listed for Justice League turns out to be overstated? The rough cut of the film may run this length, but the theatrical release could be edited. After all, Suicide Squad was drastically edited by the studio.
Then again, Warner Bros. and D.C. Comics may want to release a very lengthy Justice League film in order to make it appear to be more of an event that previous comic book movies. The “event nature” of the project might assist with further garnering a buzz.
There are definitely risks associated with releasing such a huge-budget film with such a long running time. Lengthier running times mean fewer showings per day. Many believe Peter Jackson’s King Kong suffered at the box office for just such a reason. Still, Jackson’s Lord of the Rings movies did massive box office with their three-hour durations.
Warner Bros. and D.C. Comics both need a major hit with the film. Previous entries in the D.C. Cinematic Universe were not critically well received although the box office returns were good. Suicide Squad and Batman v. Superman were absolutely trashed by critics, but the films pulled in a lot of money. This is why the established chain of D.C. projects was not broken or revamped.
Wonder Woman hits theaters before Justice League does. The trailers for Wonder Women are quite good. The film should be a hit, which would aid the box office for Justice League.
Justice League will not be a box office flop regardless of reviews or running time. Hopefully, the film does end up receiving good reviews and the three hours spent viewing it reflect time well spent.
The original Tron film dazzled 1982 filmgoers with its futuristic inside-the-computer action scenes. The 2010 sequel was less ground-breaking, but a decent effort. Fans waiting for Tron 3 have some reason to hope, and some reason to despair.
As ScreenRant reports, Joseph Kosinki, who directed the sequel, Tron: Legacy, says that “TRON 3 is in cryogenic freeze.” At one point, the third Tron installment’s script was 80% complete, but Kosinki says it is difficult to get the movie made because it would not necessarily be successful as the Star Wars and Marvel movies that Disney is currently churning out.
Will we have to wait another thirty years for the next Tron installment? Disney has invested billions in its Star Wars acquisition and is manufacturing Marvel films at breakneck speed. It does seem that the Tron franchise has been placed on the backburner. A thirty-year wait would be agonizing for Tron diehards.
There is hope for an earlier Tron 3 release, though. Tron has a cultural relevance that is likely to coincide with near-term developments in the real world. Between Tron and Tron: Legacy, the internet was born and spread all over the world. That technological progress made the Tron franchise relevant in 2010. In the next few years, virtual reality is likely to grow and spread, as well. By 2020, the time could be right for a VR-themed Tron movie, and cultural relevance could persuade Disney to get this movie made.
Kosinski has not revealed the plot of Tron 3, but VR would certainly provide an obvious avenue for the story. In the next Tron installment, perhaps many real-world humans will be drawn into the world of Tron through their VR gear, fighting battles that seem like games but are actually real.
Whatever the story turns out to be, Tron 3 will definitely draw out its cult followers. With some appropriate cultural relevance, it could be a major hit in its own right.
It’s a given that anyone who knows who director Christopher Nolan is knows about the very high quality of films he produces. The upcoming film “Dunkirk” will be no exception.
Of the many films that could end up being nominees for next year’s Oscar Awards, Dunkirk happens to be one of the many highly anticipated movies on the list, which is being directed by Nolan himself. Nolan, who is a three-time Oscar nominee, has waited three years since his last flick, Interstellar, hit theaters and naturally that movie was a big hit as well.
The film Dunkirk takes place in the middle of World War II and based on the few minutes of footage shown to the public, has a certain ambition and scope to give it a very authentic experience. The story itself is about the noted evacuation of Dunkirk, France by British, French and Belgian soldiers in 1940 after they found themselves surrounded by the Germans. A fascinating fact about the film is that it’s told from three different perspectives: battles from the land, air and sea.
In a recent interview, Nolan sat down and discussed the overall plot and story of the film, starting with now the event was important for Great Britain and the war effort overall during that time. He went to talk about how from each of the three perspectives, time seems to feel differently for them, so for instance soldiers on the water would see things happen in a day as opposed to those on the ground who may see things over the course of a week. The structure of the film seems complicated but the story itself was actually quite simple, in his words. He concluded with how important the evacuation was in the Second World War and how bad things could have gone if it hadn’t been a success.
The 89th Academy Awards generated a lot of buzz for all the strangest reasons. With an epic error made by the accountant who handed an envelope to Warren Beatty, the wrong film was announced as the winner. When the truth was eventually revealed, the world was agog. Although producers from the musical La La Land had already made acceptance speeches, it turned out that the actual winner of the award was the team from Moonlight.
After the stage manager stepped out from behind the curtains, it quickly became obvious that something had gone horribly wrong. The whole situation was so shocking that even host Jimmy Kimmel said that his brain couldn’t process what was happening. Considering the awkwardness of the situation, the producers of La La Land were extremely gracious about handing over their golden statuettes to the representatives of Moonlight.
Even director Barry Jenkins, who is usually very cool, calm and composed, seemed visibly dazed as he walked up to the stage to accept the award. Not only were the circumstances wild, but he must have realized that he had just made history. As the first film with an all-black cast to win for Best Picture, the incredible achievement of Moonlight cannot be overstated.
Partly based on the real-life experiences of Jenkins and playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney, this story focuses in on the life of a young boy growing up in the rough part of Miami. Taken under the wing of a powerful drug dealer named Juan, he must also contend with his mother’s horrifying crack cocaine habit. Along the way, he also makes discoveries that make him feel different from the other boys at school. Blending elements of an urban coming-of-age story with a romance of sorts, this film generated major buzz from the moment it first started to make the festival circuit rounds. In the years to come, one would hope that moviegoers will remember the historic symbolism of the win—and not a silly envelope mistake made by an accountant.
If nothing else, it looks as though 2017 is shaping up to be a year of awesome movies. According to a recent Huffington Post article, it looks as though it will out do 2016 that brought us great hits like “Finding Dory” and “Suicide Squad”.
Some of the biggest movies expected to bring in huge box office turnouts are from recognizable names. Resident Evil will be back with their sixth and final installment to their movie series, “Resident Evil: The Final Chapter”. The movie is expected to be released at the end of January, so prepare yourself for some zombies, action, fighting, and a good time.
LEGO has made itself quite the name that stretches far beyond the familiar building blocks of our youth. Along with video games, the company has also dabbled in movies, and this February, “LEGO Batman” will be taking theatres by storm. Grab the kids and prepare to watch these beloved block characters come to life in a funny action packed movie that will entertain the whole family.
Weather you love Marvel or just love Hugh Jackman, you’ll want to be in the theatre in March as he takes the screen as Wolverine in the last movie of the series, “Logan”. This final installment will focus on his life after the mutant war as an aging Wolverine joins forces with Professor X to protect a young clone of Logan himself.
If you are looking for a great family friendly movie that will have everyone laughing, head to theatres this summer for “Despicable Me 3”. Everyone loves the Minions, and they will be taking on their foe Balthazar Bratt in a film that is sure to provide buckets of belly laughs.
What is likely to be one of the biggest films of the year won’t hit theatres until December 2017. “Star Wars: Episode VII” will follow the adventures of Finn, Poe, Rey, and Luke Skywalker in another saga of their adventure. Fans will be especially interested to see how the film will play out after the unexpected death of Carrie Fisher, someone who was supposed to have a rather large role in this film.
With so much news about new Marvel Comics films, details about older and equally successful ones are overlooked. Information about concept art from Ant-Man has been released and it is pretty interesting. The character of Arnim Zola was to return in a rather traditional — and traditionally bizarre — way. The human computer version of Arnim Zola was to make appearance in Ant-Man, but things changed and the return of the villain was not to be.
Bringing Arnim Zola to Ant-Man would have been somewhat odd. The character is a Captain America villain, which explains why he appeared in the first two Captain America films. Fans of 1960’s Marvel Comics know Ant-Man and Captain America were part of the original Avengers and Arnim Zola and the Avengers have surely crossed paths.
In the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), things are a bit different. Crossing over heroes and villains has its positives and drawbacks. Bringing back popular villains adds to the continuity of the universe. Unfortunately, there also runs the risk of repeating villains in too many films comes off as a rehash. Original material works a little better sometimes.
The 1960’s to 1980’s version of Arnim Zola was both creepy and corny. Although Arnim Zola was never a A-list Captain America villain, he did maintain a solid presence in the “First Avenger’s” career. The artwork of Arnim Zola shows he would not have been corny looking in Ant-Man. The depiction of the villain was far more ominous. Maybe that is one reason why he was dropped.
Ant-Man is a superhero film with classic science-fiction overtones. The film had a humorous and campy component to it as well. The scary version of Arnim Zola, the one depicted in the artwork, may have been a bit too dark for a lighthearted film such as Ant-Man. Granted, Arnim Zola could be made humorous in the film but, in doing that, he would cease to be Arnim Zola.
There were different versions of the Ant-Man script over the years and different directors were attached to the original film. Ant-Man did well at the box office and a sequel is planned. Ant-Man was a good, not great, film. Maybe a change of style and the return of Arnim Zola can play a part in the sequel.
A matter of months before the film’s March 2017 release, the upcoming “Kong: Skull Island” has been the source of plenty of news as of late. A welcome rush after the silence following the film’s first trailer earlier this year, long-time “King Kong” fans have taken a special interest in the monstrous ape’s new look.
In an exclusive peek from Entertainment Weekly, the newly re-imagined Kong is on full display, showing us much more than the teases to date. Fan response to the new design has been slightly mixed, especially the famous ape’s now slightly leaner build. With an upright, human-like stance closely resembling the original 1933 film though, old-school enthusiasts have a lot to like.
Size has been a big question on people’s minds as well, in regards to this fresh iteration of the iconic movie monster. With a planned “Godzilla vs. Kong” crossover on the horizon, many are hoping Kong will be able to stack up to Legendary’s other giant monster mainstay. Legendary’s 2014 Godzilla was touted as the largest of the King of the Monsters’ dozens of re-imaginings up to that point, and according to some sources, “Skull Island”‘s Kong can say the same. From a look at the film’s initial trailer, it’s certainly hard to argue with.
For an extra bit of crossover magic, Legendary has been having fun with viral marketing under the guise of “Monarch”, the mysterious organization linking both the “Kong” and “Godzilla” franchises. By interacting with the related Twitter account (@MonarchSciences) and official website, fans are rewarded with cryptic video clips and imagery from the film, giving people a deeper view of this exciting new universe, and reassuring us all that “Godzilla vs. Kong” will be more than just a dream.
It’s probably safe to say that hype for “Kong: Skull Island” has well and truly hit its stride. The film’s second trailer is slated for November 16th, no doubt prepared to give us an even better look at the mighty Kong himself. If Legendary keeps up the promotional pace they’ve been maintaining lately, March 2017 will be here before you know it.