J.J. Abrams Explains What Shocked Him Most From "The Last Jedi"

In an interview with Fox D.C. 5, as pointed out by Entertainment Weekly, J.J. Abrams explained what surprised him most about Rian Johnson’s take on the series with Star Wars: The Last Jedi

“What I loved about his approach was that he was just subverting all expectations everywhere you looked. Maybe the biggest surprise was not the biggest for everyone else],” said the director. “Weirdly, for me, the thing that was the most surprising was Phasma dying. That was one those characters I thought that there was something else for].”

It was a moment honesty from Abrams who could have dismissed it to avoid accidentally fending Johnson. He continued:

“Look, no one wants a character to die, and yet, I know that when we had Kylo Ren kill Han Solo, that was done because Harrison always knew there needed to be utility for the character, and he had famously always wanted Han to die and serve that purpose. It felt like this was a way to begin to define Kylo Ren, not just a way to kill a character. So, I can see why Rian chose to do that with some these characters, but I guess for me the biggest surprise, weirdly, was Phasma dying the way she did.”

Disney’s Star Wars Hotel Will Open In 2021

Disney bought Lucasfilm for $4 billion in 2012, and they are making good return on their investment. The new movies alone cover almost half that amount (after taking into account cost production), while Disney’s other Star Wars-themed adventures have proven lucrative as well. The House the Mouse opened up the Star Wars theme park Galaxy’s Edge this past year in Orlando and Anaheim. Although the parks have not been a massive hit, yet, it’s still early. Disney is still opening new rides in both parks, and now, they have announced the opening a Star Wars-themed hotel within the park. 

According to a new blog post, the hotel will open its doors in 2021, and will involve a “2-night, all-immersive adventure” that brings guests to “a galaxy far far away.”  Entitled Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser, the hotel will be a full immersion experience. Upon arrival at a simulated space dock, visitors will be transported onto a cruiser known as the Halcyon, a “massive ship that is much too large to land on any planet.” During their stay, guests will be treated to a number activities on board such as lightsaber training, drinks at the Silver C Lounge, or an adventure in the Engineering Room. From the hotel, guests have immediate access to the Black Spire Outpost on Batuu, which is the Galaxy’s Edge theme park, “transport ships” that maintain the completely-immersive experience.

Adam Driver Doesn’t Think Kylo Ren Needs Redemption In "Star Wars: Rise Of Skywalker"

Star Wars: The Rise Skywalker is almost here. The film will debut in roughly two weeks, and fans cannot wait. Kylo Ren, the star villain the last two Star Wars films in the Skywalker Saga, took awhile to catch on with fans. First, many thought he was too immature or emotional after his role in The Force Awakens. Then, he won many over with The Last Jedi, even if the film was the most divisive film in Star Wars history. Now, several fans are expecting JJ Abrams to wrap up Kylo’s story with a redemption arc (much like with Darth Vader in Return the Jedi). Speaking with Entertainment WeeklyKylo Ren actor Adam Driver clearly states that he doesn’t believe the man formerly known as Ben Solo deserves any redemption. 

“What does he have to be redeemed for?,” answered Driver when asked the question. “Kylo Ren] has a different identity, a different definition what redemption is,” Driver says. “He’s already been redeemed in his story. I don’t think there is a thought redemption. He doesn’t have an outside lens the events, you know — you know what I mean? That’s more an outsider’s view his world.” The trailer for the film does show Kylo and Rey teaming up briefly to destroy some type dark figure. Will Kylo and Rey become allies, as we saw momentarily in The Last Jedi? Or will one kill the other? We will find out soon. 

Wes Ball Locked In To Direct Upcoming "Planet Of The Apes" Film

Planet The Apes is one those classic movies that, if revisited, has to be done right. Because the original has such a cult following, details need to be on point in every film the franchise. Therefore, direction needs to be on point as well. That is why, Disney has locked in Wes Ball as director  the upcoming Planet The Apes film. 

Wes Ball Locked In To Direct Upcoming "Planet Of The Apes" Film
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Now while information is still unknown as to whether or not the next movie will pick up from where the last left f, or if it will be a completely new reboot, the one thing that is for certain is Ball’s involvement. Wes Ball’s resume includes having directed all three Maze Runner films.

The last Planet The Apes film was War the Planet the Apes which was directed by Matt Reeves. Andy Serkis starred as Caesar, king the apes, in the last movie and at this time it is uncertain as to whether or not he will join the cast for another installment. 

Disney recently acquired 20th Century Fox, who create the Planet The Apes movies, in March. The upcoming Apes film will be the first one created by Disney.

Following The Success Of "Joker," "Venom 2" May Go For An R-Rating

It seems like the influence  Joker‘s success is already being seen. According to producer Matt Tolmach in an interview with CinemablendVenom 2 may end up going for an R-rating.

“I mean, I think you always have to think about it], now that that works,” Tolmach said. “Having said that, our movie worked really well. Our franchise exists as it is, and I don’t think anybody is looking to just say, ‘Hey, they did it]!’ We have a place in the world. So it isn’t like suddenly everybody’s considering what to do with the rating.”

He continued: “I think what Joker does is it tells you that you can succeed. For a very long time, that was the narrative. And Deadpool sort wrestled that to the turf, and then Logan, but for a long time, that was considered totally forbidden. … So you know, I think it’s the greatest thing in the world that R-rated movies are being embraced by massive audiences. And it just means that there are more opportunities for that kind storytelling.”

While Joker is setting box fice records, Venom was still able to pull in an impressive 856.1 million USD at the box fice, and even while it didn’t hold as strong critically, changing up the formula might be seen as a risky move.

Venom 2 expected to release on October 2, 2020.

 

 

Camila Morrone Discusses 23-Year Age Gap With Boyfriend Leonardo DiCaprio

Camila Morrone was priled by The Los Angeles Times this week and discussed her controversial relationship with actor Leonardo DiCaprio. She told the Times, “There’s so many relationships in Hollywood — and in the history the world — where people have large age gaps.” She continued, “I just think anyone should be able to date who they want to date.” 

Morrone is only twenty-two-years-old making her twenty-three years younger than her boyfriend Leonardo DiCaprio. She admits that she “would be curious about it too” if she weren’t involved. DiCaprio’s relationship history has come under fire in recent years after fans started noticing a trend regarding the age his girlfriends: He seems to always break up with them before they turn twenty-five.

Morrone also discussed her acting career and how she’s more than just Leonardo DiCaprio’s girlfriend: “I think more and more now that people are seeing the film, I’m slowly getting an identity outside that. Which is frustrating, because I feel like there should always be an identity besides who you’re dating. … I understand the association, but I’m confident that will continue to slip away and be less a conversation.”

Morrone’s newest film, Mickey and the Bear, is in theaters now. 

"Frozen 2" Rules Weekend Box Office, "Queen & Slim" Has Moderate Opening

It was a decent weekend for movies after a slow November and October for Hollywood. Disney’s Frozen 2 is dominating the Thanksgiving box fice, as expected, with an estimated $128 million through the five-day weekend. The animated sequel took in $34 million on Friday its second weekend, bringing its cumulative domestic gross to $236 million through Friday. Variety reports that if estimates hold, Frozen 2 will top Hunger Games: Catching Fire‘s Thanksgiving record about $110 million. In second place for the weekend box fice, Rian Johnson’s mystery-comedy Knives Out grossed $10.7 million on Friday and is likely to bring in $41 million from 3,391 North American locations in its opening weekend (which was extended to 5 days for the holiday). The film has an all-star cast which includes Jamie Lee Curtis, Chris Evans, Michael Shannon, LaKeith Stanfield, Daniel Craig, Don Johnson, and Katherine Langford.

Ford v Ferrari is competing with the Mr. Rogers biopic A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood for third place with an estimated $18 million for the holiday weekend. After those two films, Lena Waithe’s Queen & Slim is expected to take fifth place with a reasonable $15 million. Unlike other movies on this list (Knives Out, for example, is playing in 3,391 theaters domestically) Queen & Slim is showing at a modest 1,690 theaters. The film stars Daniel Kaluuya and Jodie Turner-Smith and follows them after an altercation with a police ficer turns violent.

Hulu’s Black Friday Deal Is Crazy Cheap At $1.99 A Month For Year-Long Subscription

The Black Friday bargains gets crazier every year, and in this modern age, you don’t even have the go to the store anymore to get some sick deals. This is more true than ever with Hulu’s latest Black Friday fer: a $1.99 a month subscription for a whole year’s worth the streaming service’s catalogue. This insane deal is 66% f the regular price $5.99 a month, but will only be available for the holiday weekend: the sale begins at 12:00am PT on November 28th, AKA Thanksgiving Day, and ends at 11:59pm on Monday, December 2nd. 

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This deal, however, does not fare to last year’s Hulu Black Friday sale, which fered subscribers a year access to the streaming service for only $12.00, or dollar a month. The deal also doesn’t apply to the add-free option on Hulu, which remains at the starkly higher price  $11.99 a month. Hulu is, course, very dependant on their advertising revenue for prit, which explains the vast difference in the subscriptions. The streaming service which was bought out by Disney earlier this year, boasts a selection 85,000 TV episodes and thousands movies for viewing pleasure. Take advantage the limited time fer and get to work on making a dent in HNHH’s 10 Best Original Hulu Series list.

New Action-Packed "Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker" Trailer Released

The world has just received a new look at the new Star Wars movie. A trailer has been released the new installment, Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise Skywalker, and it looks as gripping as ever. According to Hypebeast, the 30-second clip the new film in the infamous series shows “a first live-action look at the Knights Ren.” There is not a lot known about this group in the series but they have been referenced since Rey’s visions in The Force Awakens. Now that the trailer is here, showing the first glimpse the mysterious Knights Ren organization, fans can begin their countdown to the full story on December 20th when the movie is set for release. 

New Action-Packed "Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise  Skywalker" Trailer Released
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A user found that there may be a tie-in to Disney +’s Mandalorian series, analyzing yellow bolts firing from behind Kylo Ren which are typically used by Mandalorians. Normally in Star Wars the bolts are always blue, red or green, so the yellow stood out to the user.  While there is still a lot speculation around what is to come from the movie, fans now have their first look. Star Wars was first released in 1977 and the storyline still intrigues hoards movie-goers. Check out the trailer below to get an idea what’s to come next in the series.

Janelle Monáe To Star In ‘Antebellum’ Thriller From Producer Of ‘Get Out’ & ‘Us’

Janelle Monáe is caught in a battle between the Antebellum Period and modern-day America in the trailer for the Gerard Bush-directed movie Antebellum.

Produced by Sean McKittrick — who also produced the Jordan Peele-directed films, Get Out and Us — the film also stars Eric Lange, Jena Malone, Jack Huston, Kiersey Clemons and Gabourey Sidibe.

The trailer for the horror-thriller was released by QC Entertainment and Lionsgate on Thursday (November 19). The sweet-yet-haunting score highlights the terror of slavery and the bliss of present day as the singer-actress plays both a slave and a single, working mom.

Monáe joined production in March, marking her first lead role in a film. Over the past couple of years, she was cast in supporting roles for the Oscar-nominated film Hidden Figures and Academy Award-winning movie Moonlight.

Monáe shared the trailer on her own Twitter account earlier this week with the release date.

“#Antebellum,” she captioned the post. “April 24, 2020.”

Disney Announces Marvel Movies Release Dates For 2023

Disney keeps it moving. The MCU has been the most successful movie franchise all time, and Disney has updated its release schedule. As reported by CNet, On Friday night, The House the Mouse announced more untitled Marvel Cinematic Universe movies for the next few years.

We already know about the films being released for the next two years. In 2020, fans will be blessed with Black Widow on May 1 and The Eternals on Nov. 6. Then, In 2021, Shang Chi and the Legend the Ten Rings will be released on Feb. 12, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse Madness on May 7, the still-untitled Spider-Man threequel on July 16, and Thor: Love and Thunder on Nov. 5. 2022 is a little murkier. Four Marvel movies are scheduled, including Black Panther 2 on May 6. Then, three untitled movies are set to drop on Feb. 18, July 29, and Oct. 7.

Disney recently announced there 2023 schedule, which places release on Feb. 17, May 5, July 28, and Nov. 3. The fact that Marvel is looking to do 4 movies in 2022 and in 2023 has fans speculating about a new major plotline. Is the MCU setting the stage for the Secret Invasion storyline with the Skrulls and Kree? It appears so by the way Captain Marvel and Spider-Man: Far From Home utilized the Skrulls. Nick Fury is the first to be replaced undercover, but the MCU will undoubtedly dive into that idea further.

The untitled Marvel movies for 2022 and 2023 may include Blade, Captain Marvel 2, Guardians the Galaxy 3, and Ant-Man 3. We should expect another full Avengers team-up during that time as well, since 2023 will be 4 years removed from Endgame.

Lupita Nyong’o Drops Out Of John Woo’s Remake Of "The Killer"

Lupita Nyong’o is one the most sought after actresses in Hollywood right now. Following her stunning rise to glory after 12 Years A Slave, Nyong’o featured in films like The Force Awakens, Us, Black Panther, The Last Jedi, and The Jungle Book. More roles are coming to Nyong’o’s door than she can keep up with apparently, because she was forced to drop out John Woo’s remake The Killer.

Nyong’o has only had two main starring roles since her breakout in 12 Years A Slave (Little Monsters and Us), so we were hoping for another one with The Killer. Speaking to Deadline, Woo admitted that scheduling conflicts forced Nyong’o to quit the film. “There was a scheduling problem because she’s so popular right now!” said Woo about Nyong’o’s exit. “We rewrote the script and it took so much time…she had to leave for another project.” He continued on to explain why he wanted a woman to play a role that was originally portrayed by a man. “The biggest reason why I wanted to do this movie again because I wanted] ‘the killer’ to be a woman — that’s exciting to me,” said Woo. “It will make the movie have a different look.”

 

Kevin Hart Makes First Public Appearance Since Car Crash

Kevin Hart was among the celebrities and other public figures who had gathered for E!’s People’s Choice Awards ceremony Sunday night. It marked the actor and comedian’s first public appearance since a horrific crash in September that left him with major back injuries.

He was awarded the trophy for comedy movie star the year and received a standing ovation as he accepted this award from presenter Robert Downey, Jr.

“First and foremost thank God because I definitely don’t have to be here,” he began “Being that I am, it makes me appreciate life even more — appreciate the things that really matter, family. I wanna thank my wife and my kids. They really stepped up for me.”

He would go on to add his appreciation for the fans: “I want to thank you all for being there for me during my difficult time.”

September 1st marked the date that Hart, along with producer and friend Jared Black, was involved in a single-car crash when Black lost control Hart’s 1970 Plymouth Barracuda and crashed into a wooden fence.

Hart, who had to undergo emergency back surgery, has since been recovering fairly quickly with a source crediting his “determination” as a driving factor in such a speedy recovery.

“He works very hard,” the source told PEOPLE magazine. “It’s obvious that his determination has helped him tremendously.” “He doesn’t drive himself yet though and instead has a driver,” the source continued.

"Joker" Star Zazie Beetz Wants To Play Storm In The MCU’s X-Men

Zazie Beetz has made two successful entries into comic book movies at this point. First, she starred in Deadpool 2 as Domino, the X-Men gifted with the power luck. Then, she joined Joaquin Phoenix in this year’s Joker flick. Both films broke records and won over fans worldwide, but now Beetz has her eyes on another superhero franchise, The X-Men. Beetz tried out for the role Storm for X-Men: Apocalypse, but was ultimately beat out by Alexandra Shipp. Good thing she missed that role though since Apocalypse was the weakest film in the revived X-Men canon (everything from First Class on). 

Talking to ScreenGreek, Beetz was asked if she’d like another shot at Storm. “Yeah, I think I would be down,” Beetz said. “I guess obviously it depends on the script and it depends on if I think it’s a good script,” she continued. “I think it would be super fun to do that. Storm also essentially is such an iconic character. I mean it would be kind big shoes to fill, I think. I wouldn’t want to confuse audiences too much and be all over the place. And now I’m doing DC as well. I think it would be super fun. I think it would be a dope opportunity.” Both Storm and Domino exist in the same film universe, so I doubt Disney would go for the idea, but who knows. 

Jason Momoa Teases More Glimpses Of The "Justice League" Snyder Cut

Justice League was a massive disappointment for many. The movie failed to connect with fans and bombed at the box fice after being one the most expensive movies ever to create. Many the issues with the film came from the transition director Zack Snyder’s vision to Joss Whedon’s. Zack was almost done with the film but then a family tragedy forced him to exit the film. Avengers director Joss Whedon then stepped in to finish up, but the stark contrast their views can be seen in the finished product. 

Since the theatrical release  Justice League fans have been trying to get their hands on the original cut, which has been dubbed The Snyder Cut. Although it has been confirmed that this version does exist, it is anybody’s guess if Warner Bros. will ever let it see the light day. Jason Momoa, who played Aquaman in the film, has been an avid supporter getting the Snyder Cut released, and he took to Instagram to tease the project. Momoa posted a picture  Arthur Curry stabbing the film’s villain, Steppenwolf, through the chest with his trident. This never happened in the film though, which means if fans want to see the fight play out then the Snyder Cut will need to be released.