Disney D23: Live Action, Marvel, and Lucasfilm Presentation

On Saturday, the live-action films from Disney, Marvel Studios, and Lucasfilm were showcased at Hall D23 at the Anaheim Convention Center.  The presentation was hosted by Sean Bailey (President, Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Production), Alan Horn (Chairman, The Walt Disney Studios), and Kevin Feige (President of Marvel Studios). The films being showcased on Saturday included Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, and Mary Poppins Returns, Marvel Studios’ Thor: Ragnarok,…

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FIRST LOOK: Darkest Hour

Focus Features has released the first photo and trailer for Joe Wright’s Darkest Hour.  The World War 2 thriller stars Gary Oldman as British Prime Minister Winston Churchill. Directed by Joe Wright from a screenplay by Anthony McCarten, the film stars Gary Oldman, Kristin Scott Thomas, Lily James, Stephen Dillane, Ronald Pickup, and Ben Mendelsohn. Synopsis: A thrilling and inspiring true story begins on the eve of World War II as, within days of becoming…

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I’m not just a Film Critic, I’m an Aspiring Filmmaker

I don’t just write about TV and Film. I’ve been working on a screenplay for what I expect will be produced as an ultra low budget feature film. Earlier this year, I took Online Writing for TV/Film through The Second City Training Center in Chicago–much thanks to an anonymous donor who sent me a $500 gift card. Going into the class, I knew that I had wanted to develop a feature film synopsis.  However,I finished…

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Disney’s Aladdin Problem

Walt Disney Pictures has an Aladdin problem as they have been unable to find a male lead to play Aladdin in their live-action film. Guy Ritchie is directing the movie and the studio has searched for months to find a male lead.  In addition to the unknown actors, the search has included known actors such as Riz Ahmed and Dev Patel.  Newcomers include Achraf Koutet, Mena Massoud and George Kosturos. Their problem is that they…

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New documentary focuses on Roger Waters’ Anti-Semitism

A new documentary is coming out soon that focuses on Roger Waters’ anti-Semitism and his hatred of Israel.  Waters is a founding member of classic rock band Pink Floyd. The film is described on its YouTube trailer page with the following: A shocking, explosive and most compelling film by award winning filmmaker/No.1 NY Times bestselling author Ian Halperin. Is Pink Floyd leader Roger Waters an anti-Semite? Is he the de-facto leader of BDS? Find out…

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Spider-Man Homecoming: The Mid- and Post-Credits Scenes Explained

Spider-Man: Homecoming features a mid-credits scene and a post-credits scene. As tends to be the case for Marvel films, the mid-credits scene serves more or less as an epilogue to what we just witnessed on screen.  The post-credits scene is more or less of a thank you to the fans for sitting through the entire credits. In the mid-credits scene, Adrian Toomes (Michael Keaton), also known as the Vulture, is seen walking in The Raft. …

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Baby Driver: Does the Edgar Wright film need a sequel?

In a recent podcast interview, writer-director Edgar Wright mentioned that the studio approached him about making a sequel to Baby Driver. The film was produced on a low-to-mid budget of $34 million and honestly, it doesn’t even need a sequel.  It’s good enough standing on its own. “The studio have asked me to think about writing a sequel and it is one of the ones that I might do a sequel to because I think…

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Independence Day: We Will Not Go Quietly Into the Night

On this 4th of July, we celebrate Independence Day and what better way to celebrate than by watching Bill Pullman’s speech as President Thomas Whitmore from the 1996 film, Independence Day.  Between television and film, it’s one of the best speeches to be made by a fictional president. President Whitmore: Good morning. In less than an hour, aircraft from here will join others from around the world. And you will be launching the largest aerial…

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Hollywood Needs Some More Originality In Movies

When it comes to the studio movies, it’s time to start seeing some originality in the content they are proving. One of the biggest problems I’ve had this year is with the comedies being released.  Either I didn’t see them or I simply chose to pass on them after reading the reviews and that’s a shame because comedies are among the movies that I choose to see first if there isn’t a comic book or…

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Men in Black celebrates 20 Years

Men in Black celebrates 20 years today. The sci-fi action comedy was released on this day in 1997 and I remember watching it at a drive-in theater (yes, they still existed in the 1990s).  Directed by Barry Sonnenfeld, the summer hit stars Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith as secret agents in a secret organization.  Produced on a $90 million budget, Men in Black took in just over $250 million domestically and just short of…

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