“The Batman” Potentially A Stand-Alone Movie

By Creative Media Times

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Hot on the heels of yesterday’s news regarding a stand-alone Joker origin movie comes another revelation: Matt Reeves’ “The Batman” will also not be a part of DC Extended Universe, this according to his recent interview.

“When they approached me, what they said was: ‘look, it’s a standalone, this isn’t part of the extended universe,” Reeves said during Hollywood Reporters Kim Masters on her podcast, The Business.

Speculation regarding The Batman’s production have been going on for awhile now ever since star Ben Afflect stepped down from directorial duties citing an unmanageable workload early this year.

But that is all it is right now, speculation. It is entirely possible that WB’s DCEU slate could change depending on the performance of this November’s Justice League, especially given Wonder Woman’s recent success. At this point, there is no question that The Batman is moving forward, at least based on WB/DC’s DCEU lineup announced last month at San Diego Comic-Con.

One thing we’re sure of is Reeve’s enthusiasm to make his own Batman film, most likely in the same vein as Christopher Nolan‘s The Dark Knight trilogy.
“I have a vision for a way to do something with that character that feels like it resonates with me personally, and a perspective that can grow out into other things.”

2017 MTV Video Music Awards: Katy Perry, Demi Lovato, Ed Sheeran And More

By Armando

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Its only four days away from music world’s big event and the excitement is already heating up as to who will be getting a Moonman this year.

Set to be held this Sunday August 27, 2017 at The Forum in Inglewood, California, MTV’s annual Video Music Awards will be hosted by Katty Perry, marking the first time for Perry as host of the event.

On Wednesday, Demi Lovato took to Twitter to announce her scheduled performance on Sunday. “See you at the VMAs this year,” Lovato wrote complete with emojis. Gucci Mane, Logic and Post Malone are also set to perform, joining previously announced artists Ed Sheeran, Miley Cyrus, Fifth Harmony, The Weeknd, Lorde, Kendrick Lamar, Julia Michaels, Thirty Seconds to Mars, and Shawn Mendes.

Also this week, Cardi B was announced to perform at the pre-show stage. She will be joined by “Location” singer and songwriter Khalid and indie pop act Bleachers.

The event is set to be a big night for P!nk, who will be receiving a Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award for her accomplishments in music and film. Sometimes called “Lifetime Achievement Award” in some years, the accolade has been given to some of music’s biggest names, most recently Justin Timberlake, Beyoncé, Kanye West, and Rihanna.

The top nominees for this year’s Video of the Year include Kendrick Lamar for “Humble”, Bruno Mars for “24K Magic”, Alessia Cara for “Scars to Your Beautiful”, DJ Khaled (featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller) for “Wild Thoughts”, and The Weeknd for “Reminder.”

The ceremony on Sunday will start at 8 p.m. ET while red carpet starts at 7 p.m. ET. The pre-show will be hosted by rapper Lil Yachty.

“Suburbicon” Trailer Sees Matt Damon’s Life Crumble

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“Welcome to Suburbicon. A town of wonder and excitement. With the promise of prosperity for all. Isn’t it time for your new start?” That’s the narrator heard on the background of the latest trailer for George Clooney’s “Suburbicon.”

What makes this narration strange and disturbing are the scenes that came before it, where we see a distraught husband and father Gardner Lodge (Matt Damon), a harrowing home invasion that may have killed his wife, a shady and suspicious insurance investigator (Oscar Isaac), and Garden’s somber son (Noah Jupe) who witnessed it all.

From there things went very dark, twisted and violent very fast, as we see scenes of street riots, mobsters in police lineup, Gardner’s sister Margaret (Julianne Moore) crushing pills for a peanut butter jelly sandwich, and a blood-soaked Gardner pedaling away on little child’s bicycle. “It’s all falling apart Maggie,” Gardner says to Margaret.

If all these sound very Coen-esque, it is because the Coen Brothers wrote the script with Clooney and Grant Heslov. Heslov of course is another longtime Clooney collaborator. Cloenslov anyone?

All in all, the film looks and sounds like another delicious dark comedy we come to expect from the team. But don’t tell that to Clooney; the multi-hyphenate star insists the movie isn’t a laugh out loud comedy. “It’s a pretty angry and dark film, which is sort of what we wanted to make at the time,” he told Entertainment Weekly.

Paramount Pictures is set to release Suburbicon on October 27.

Here’s the film’s official plot outline:

Suburbicon is a peaceful, idyllic suburban community with affordable homes and manicured lawns …the perfect place to raise a family, and in the summer of 1959, the Lodge family is doing just that. But the tranquil surface masks a disturbing reality, as husband and father Gardner Lodge (Matt Damon) must navigate the town’s dark underbelly of betrayal, deceit, and violence. This is a tale of very flawed people making very bad choices. This is Suburbicon.

Marvel Announces Exclusive Agreement With Writer Ed Brisson

Ed Brisson joins the House of Ideas writing Old Man Logan, Iron Fist and more

New York, NY—August 21, 2017—Marvel Entertainment is excited to announce that writer Ed Brisson will bring his powerhouse storytelling and creative flair to Marvel in an exclusive agreement. Brisson, who has made his mark with engaging work across the comic industry, is currently writing acclaimed Marvel books Iron Fist and Old Man Logan. He will continue to write exclusively for Marvel in this new agreement.

“I’ve been a huge Marvel fan since I was a kid. I grew up with stacks of Spider-Man, Punisher, Daredevil, Ghost Rider and X-Men littering my bedroom floor. The comics would be in tatters because I would read them repeatedly, often having to tape the covers back on,” said Brisson. “I remember being on vacation when Kraven’s Last Hunt was coming out and begging my mom to drive me a half hour to the closest town with a convenience store so that I wouldn’t miss out on the latest issue. It’s still surreal to me that I’m currently writing some of those characters that I grew up reading. I don’t know that I’ll ever get over that feeling. I hope that I don’t.”

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New music slated from Weezer and Robert Plant this October

By Eric Gasa

Weezer – Pacific Daydream

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Weezer are back with a follow up to last year’s White Album. Pacific Daydream, their 11th record, is due out October 27 with an extensive summer tour heading far into 2018. Originally suspected to be the long awaited Black Album, Pacific Daydream came to be as the songwriting process shifted from darker elements to “reveries from a beach at the end of the world,” according to a press release.

Pacific Dream’s first single, “Feels Like Summer” trades the pop-punk guitars for a bouncy electronic pop beat ala Imagine Dragons or 21 Pilots. Frontman Rivers Cuomo shouts about youthful insecurities despite being 47 years old but still sings like he’s 24 again. It’s a far cry from 90’s classics like “Sweater Song” and “Buddy Holly” but “Feels Like Summer” is sure to be heard blasting at a beach somewhere.

The more traditional “Mexican Fender” finds the band doing what they do best; singing about girls, guitars, and nerdy idiosyncrasies. Fitting to the title, Pacific Daydream is still stepped in Weezer’s signature sunbaked, California style. Check the charming video for “Mexican Fender” starring a lovesick seagull.

Robert Plant – Carry Fire

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Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant delves into his love for blues and acoustic guitars on his newest single, “The May Queen”. The song is the first from his forthcoming record, Carry Fire, which is due out October 13 via Nonesuch Records. On “The May Queen” the fiery singer takes a break from the heavy rhythms to deliver a softer, sweeter slice of his songwriting. Think more “Stairway to Heaven” or “Going To California” than “When The Levee Breaks” or “Immigrant Song”.

Some Zeppelin fans will notice the sly “Stairway to Heaven” reference in “The May Queen” but this song could not be more different from his original work. Regarding the recording process, Plant says that he prefers “mixing old with new”.

“The May Queen” is especially unique wherein we see Plant take a twangier approach reminiscent of Paul Simon and acoustic world music. Country-style fiddles permeate the song alongside slide guitars and a choir. If “The May Queen” is a primer to Carry Fire then fans should expect a warmer side of the former frontman.

“Out here the fire’s still burning so long into my night,” Plant sings, “Still captive and still yearning/Surrender to your light.”

“Super Troopers 2” Lands Release Date

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Fox Searchlight Pictures


The sequel to the 2001 film Super Troopers will finally arrive in theaters 17 years after the original’s debut. Fox Searchlight has set an April 20, 2018 release date for the film, Variety reports.

Comedy troupe Broken Lizard, which consists of Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter and Erik Stolhanske, return as writers. The team also stars in the film, with Chandrasekhar helming. Joining the cast this time around is Rob Lowe. The actor plays Guy Le Franc, a former hockey player and the current mayor of a Canadian town near Quebec.

Super Troopers was a hit for Fox Searchlight in 2002, grossing $23 million at the boxoffice off a small budget of $1.2 million.

Already a crowded release date, April 20, 2018 will see Super Troopers competing against Lionsgate’s Overboard, Warner Bros’ Rampage, and Focus Feature’s Tully.

Here’s the film’s official synopsis:

Everyone’s favorite cops are back (by popular demand) with the long anticipated follow up to the cult comedy classic: Super Troopers 2. When the United States and Canada get into a dispute about the location of the actual border, the Super Troopers – Mac, Thorny, Foster, Rabbit and Farva – are called in to set up a new Highway Patrol station in the contested area. Our heroes quickly revert to their own brand of unconventional police work.

“Wonder Woman” Crosses $800 Million

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Another day, another milestone for “Wonder Woman”: DCEU’s latest film officially topped $800 million this weekend at the worldwide.

The film is yet to open in Japan next weekend, its last major market which will dictate the amazonian princess’ final global box-office number.

On the domestic front, though there is still two weekends left for summer movie season to end, the film can already claim the title of highest grossing domestic film of summer 2017. As of Sunday August 20, Wonder Woman also topped $404 million, surpassing Sam Raimi’s 2002 Spider-Man ($403.7 million) to become the become the highest grossing superhero origin film ever.

This is all good news to fans, and especially to director Patty Jenkins, who may possibly land a “historic deal” to come back and direct the planned sequel.

Wonder Woman stars Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Connie Nielsen, Danny Huston, David Thewlis and Elena Anaya, and is still currently playing in theaters. The character will next be seen on November 17 when the superhero ensemble Justice League, the fifth installment in the DCEU opens across north america.

Black-ish Spin off Series Grown-ish set to Premiere Early 2018

By Cameron Pridmore

ABC


The winter television line up just keeps getting better and better, a new spin off series is set to premiere in the first half of 2018. ABC has ordered 13 episodes of “grown-ish” which is a spin off of the smash hit black-ish starring Anthony Anderson. This new series is going to feature Yara Shahidi reprising her role as Zoey Johnson, this time experience college life without her parents. The show will take place in current setting, where Zoey has gone off on her own to college and must now adapt to a different kind of life. The show which is going to feature an entirely new cast, looks to focus on some of the tougher issues that are facing young college students today but with a comedic take.

While it is still unknown yet what part Anthony Anderson will play in this new series, we can rest be assured that he will at least make a few cameo appearances. The original series Black-ish which premiered in 2014, quickly became a smash hit already lasting four seasons and going strong. The series which is known for tackling the tough issues of race and family in America, while adding a comedic kick to it. The show has won countless awards, and the new spin off series hopes to ride this wave. Obviously with all that has gone on so far, the plot line seems juicy enough. Zoey had already been fighting with her dad about religion and other topics, building up to the premiere of this series, so we can only wonder what she will do while on her own.
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“Annabelle: Creation” Pushes Conjuring Film Universe To One $1 Billion

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The Conjuring series continues to make a killing at the boxoffice. After “Annabelle: Creation” took in more than $110 million this week, the horror film franchise from New Line Cinema, a division of Warner Bros. Pictures, has now surpassed the $1 billion at the global boxoffice.

“This year marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of New Line, and without question, the horror genre has always been an integral and important part of the company’s DNA.” stated Toby Emmerich, President and Chief Content Officer, Warner Bros. Pictures Group. “While the genre has certainly evolved over the decades, watching the critical and commercial success of the ‘Conjuring’ universe has been truly spectacular and I am incredibly proud of all the talented people involved in making this happen.”

The series began with the low-budgeted The Conjuring in 2013. Directed by James Wan the film was a critical and commercial success, grossing over $318 million worldwide. But New Line Cinema knew they have a hit prior to the films releases: after positive reception from test screenings, the company started development of a sequel The Conjuring 2, and then later of Annabelle, a spin-off based on the origins of the doll seen in first film.

Another spinoff, “The Nun,” is currently in post-production. Based on the “Demon Nun” character Valak from The Conjuring 2, The Nun and is scheduled for release next summer July 13, 2018.

“Annabelle: Creation” stars Stephanie Sigmanm Talitha Bateman, Anthony LaPaglia and Miranda Otto, and directed by David F. Sandberg (“Lights Out”) from a screenplay by Gary Dauberman, who also wrote the first Annabelle film.

Frank Grillo in Wheelman: First Look

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Frank Grillo’s upcoming action film is set to launch on October 20th exclusively on Netflix, and now we finally have a first look image (right).

Wheelman is written and directed by Jeremy Rush, with Grillo and his frequent collaborator Joe Carnahan (The Grey, The A-Team) producing. The film also stars Garrett Dillahunt, Wendy Moniz and Caitlin Carmichael. Todd Harris, Chady Mattar, Scott Silver are executive producing Wheelman.

Grillo is having an excellent year so far. His most recent film, the 2017 Chinese action movie Wolf Warriors 2 is a commercial success and recently become the highest-grossing Chinese film ever released.

Here is the official synopsis of Wheelman:

Frank Grillo (Kingdom, Captain America: Civil War) stars as the wheelman, a getaway driver thrust into a high stakes race-to-survive after a bank robbery goes terribly wrong. With a car full of money and his family on the line, the clock is ticking to figure out who double-crossed him and the only person he can trust… his fourteen-year-old daughter. All reasons to think fast and drive faster.