Ben Affleck To Return For ‘The Accountant’ Sequel?

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It looks like Ben Affleck is assembling a new franchise. According to Deadline, Warner Bros. is gearing up for a sequel to ‘The Accountant’, Affleck’s 2016 crime-thriller vehicle directed by Gavin O’Connor.

The article reports that both director O’Connor and star Affleck are returning, and possibly Jon Bernthal as well, whose character is part of the surprising twist towards the end of the movie.

This move from the studio is a bit of a surprise. The movie itself was a moderate success. It received mixed reviews and grossed $155 million worldwide on a $44 million production budget.

But the story and the film’s ending left plenty of potential for follow-ups. The film follows Christian “Chris” Wolff, a certified public accountant and skilled assassin who grew up with high-functioning autism. Chris tracks insider financial deceptions for criminal enterprises, and receives assignments from an unidentified woman over the phone.

Deadline did not report a production schedule nor release for The Account sequel. But Affleck will next be seen as Batman on November 17 in Justice League, also from WB.

Pitch Perfect 3 Trailer: Bellas Go On A Farewell Tour

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Universal has just released the first trailer for Pitch Perfect 3, which reunites Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Elizabeth Banks, Brittany Snow, Hailee Steinfeld.

The trailer shows the Bella’s life after college and struggling to get their careers on track. The team reunites at a bar, take their act on the road and enter a USO competition in Europe, where they face some stiff sing off competition.

Unlike previous installments, the movie seems more action packed. The Treblemakers, consisting of Skylar Astin‘s Jesse, Adam DeVine‘s Bumper, and Ben Platt‘s Benji are also not part of the film this time around.

The trailer and poster suggests that this will be the Bella’s swan song. But just like similarly successful franchises, its not until its over.

Directed by Trish Sie, “Pitch Perfect 3” is scheduled to be released during the holidays on Dec. 22.

New ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ Poster. Trailer To Debut At Comic-Con

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Universal Pictures unveiled the title for its upcoming film Jurassic World sequel via a new poster. Helmed by Spanish film director J. A. Bayona, Jurassic World 2 is now officially “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom”.

“Fallen Kingdom” is fifth installment in the highly successful Jurassic Park film series. Jurassic World currently remains the 4th highest grossing film worldwide.

J. A. Bayona previously directed last year’s fantasy drama A Monster Calls. Chris Pratt will be reprising his park trainer Owen Grady, while Bryce Dallas Howard and B. D. Wong are also set to return.

Interestingly, Jeff Goldblum is also back as Dr. Ian Malcolm, a character in the original 1993 Steven Spielberg classic that started it all, “Jurassic Park” and the 1997 sequel “The Lost World: Jurassic Park”. He also had a book cameo in Jurassic World. Along with B.D.Wong’s Dr. Henry Wu, Malcolm also appeared in Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park novel from which Spielberg’s first installment was based from.

The tagline on the new poster itself is throwback: fans might recall that “life life a way” is one of Malcolm’s cautionary lines from Jurassic Park.

According to Jurassic World 2 Movie‘s website, a trailer might debut at San Diego Comic-Con next month. So it looks like Universal is already ramping up the hype on this highly anticipated sequel.

‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ is scheduled to arrive in theaters on June 22, 2018.

Ron Howard Is The New Director of Han Solo Movie

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It’s been somewhat of a tumultuous week for Star Wars fans. Just a few days ago, the shocking news surfaced that Phil Lord and Christopher Miller were removed of their directing duties due to “creative differences.” But today is a fresh start. According to Hollywood Reporter, Lucasfilm and Disney has found a director replacement for it’s untitled Han Solo movie: Ron Howard.

“I’m beyond grateful to add my voice to the Star Wars Universe after being a fan since 5/25/77,” Howard tweeted. “I hope to honor the great work already done & help deliver on the promise of a Han Solo film.”

Lucasfilm also posted their announcement on Starwars.com:

“At Lucasfilm, we believe the highest goal of each film is to delight, carrying forward the spirit of the saga that George Lucas began forty years ago,” said Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm. “With that in mind, we’re thrilled to announce that Ron Howard will step in to direct the untitled Han Solo film. We have a wonderful script, an incredible cast and crew, and the absolute commitment to make a great movie. Filming will resume the 10th of July.”

Those familiar with Howard’s part work should know he’s a good fit. Besides being an Academy Award winning filmmaker (for 2001’s A Beautiful Mind), his work on 1995’s space adventure, Apollo 13, was both a critical and commercial success. He’s also previously directed a George Lucas production and story, the 1988 fantasy film Willow.

The untitled Han Solo film is still scheduled for release in May 2018.

New ‘Annabelle: Creation’ Trailer And Poster


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Warner Bros. unveils new poster and trailer for supernatural horror film Annabelle: Creation. Directed by David F. Sandberg, who’s directorial debut ‘Lights Out’ was one of last year’s boxoffice surprises, ‘Creation’ is an origin story of the seemingly innocent yet possessed Annabelle doll.

The story will center on a dollmaker (Anthony LaPaglia) and his wife (Miranda Otto), who’s daughter Annabelle died in a tragic accident. Later the couple welcome a nun (Stephanie Sigman) and several girls from an orphanage into their farmhouse, until Annabelle began her reign of terror.

‘Creation’ is the latest chapter in the rapidly expanding cinematic universe which began with The Conjuring’s surprise success back in 2013 and continued with Annabelle a year later, and last year’s The Conjuring 2. Another installment, The Nun, which a spin-off to the character featured in The Conjuring 2, is set for release next summer.

Audiences have embraced the franchise so far: from modest budgets, they collectively grossed almost a billion dollars worldwide, making it one of the most successful horror franchise ever, a feat it achieved in a short period of time.

That successful tradition will most likely continue. ‘Annabelle: Creation’ recently screened at the Los Angeles Film Festival, two months earlier to its release, and early reviews so far have been positive.

Written by Gary Dauberman and to be distributed by Warner Bros., ‘Annabelle: Creation’ comes out on August 11, 2017.

Rock Music and Marvel Collide This September When Five Marvel Rock Variant Covers Will Accompany Select Marvel Titles

New York, NY—June 19, 2017— This September, Marvel will start the celebration of the close connection between music fans and comic readers with five Marvel Rock variant covers, straight from some of Marvel’s most acclaimed artists.  

A truly unique and limited collection, only five covers will be released, each paying tribute to a classic rock band that defined and expanded the music form. Look for Marvel’s Rock variant covers on these select titles beginning this September:

Guardians of the Galaxy #9 – Marvel Rock Variant by MIKE HAWTHORNE & NATHAN FAIRBAIRN
X-Men Gold #11 – Marvel Rock Variant by MIKE DEL MUNDO
X-Men Blue #11 – Marvel Rock Variant by DANIEL ACUNA
Mighty Thor #23 – Marvel Rock Variant by MARCO RUDY
Inhumans: Once and Future Kings #2 – Marvel Rock Variant by DAMION SCOTT

Phil Lord and Christopher Miller Drops Out Of “Han Solo” Movie

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It looks like the Star Wars spinoff might have lost its director, this according to THR. “Unfortunately, our vision and process weren’t aligned with our partners on this project,” said a statement from Phil Lord and Christopher Miller.

This announcement is surprising considering the film has already been shooting since January 2017 at Pinewood Studios in London.

The currently untitled film, which centers on Hans Solo’s character, and supposedly set before the original 1977 film ‘War Wars’, will be the second movie in the Star Wars Anthology series following last December’s “Rogue One.”

Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are the directors behind the hugely successful live-action comedy film 21 Jump Street (2012) and 22 Jump Street (2014), as well as the animated films Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009) and The Lego Movie (2014).

Last year, Alden Ehrenreich was cast to play the legendary character originally played by Harrison Ford. Joining him are Woody Harrelson, Thandie Newton, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Joonas Suotamo.

Despite this major development, the film is still scheduled for release in May 2018.

“Godzilla 2” Filming Starts. Casts Announced.

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Filming of the third film in Warner Bros. and Legendary’s MonsterVerse has officially started. To be directed by Michael Dougherty (Krampus), “Godzilla 2” is a sequel to 2014’s Godzilla.

The announcement however, makes no mention of any official title. For awhile, the movie was going by “Godzilla: King of the Monsters”, a clear nod to the 1956 Japanese-American kaiju film of the same title.

Confirmed cast include Vera Farmiga, Ken Watanabe, Sally Hawkins, Millie Bobby Brown, Bradley Whitford, Thomas Middleditch, Charles Dance, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Aisha Hinds and Zhang Ziyi. “Godzilla 2” is set to storm into cinemas on March 22, 2019.

Also confirmed on the release are the appearance of new giant monsters. Last March, if you had stayed at the very end of Kong: Skull Island, it teased on a set of photographs that some of these new monster beasts exist and could potentially be joining the MonsterVerse series.

To non-geeks who are wondering, ‘MonsterVerse’ is a series of films that centers on Godzilla and King Kong, and will supposedly culminate in a Godzilla vs. Kong matchup movie set for summer 2020 release.

Here is the film’s official synopsis via its website:

The new story follows the heroic efforts of the crypto-zoological agency Monarch as its members face off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah. When these ancient super-species—thought to be mere myths—rise again, they all vie for supremacy, leaving humanity’s very existence hanging in the balance.

Who is the other Miles Morales? Your New Look at Marvel Comics’ SPIDER-MEN II #1

New York, NY—June 16, 2017 — THIS IS IT, TRUE BELIEVERS. The moment five years in the making is finally here. The first time Peter Parker and Miles Morales met ended with a question — WHO IS THE MILES MORALES OF THE MARVEL UNIVERSE? Now that the Miles you know and love is with Peter in the Marvel Universe, you’re finally going to get that answer to who the OTHER Miles Morales is. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg as Brian Michael Bendis (Defenders, Spider-Man) and Sara Pichelli (Spider-Man) bring you the next heart-stopping adventure for both Peter Parker and Miles Morales with Marvel Comics’ SPIDER-MEN II.

Speaking with Marvel.com, Bendis spoke towards Peter and Miles both holding onto the Spider-Man title in the Marvel Universe, “One of my favorite things about a shared universe, is that on top of what you’re writing for the characters, other things are happening to the characters, like now Miles is in the new universe, and now he’s a part of the Champions, and half of [Civil War II] was people fighting over his head, so things have changed in his life, and his relationship to the Marvel Universe is completely different than it was in the first series and that’s exciting.”

Lorde’s ‘MELODRAMA’ Was Totally Worth Waiting For

Waiting for it, that Green Light, we want it!

Lorde at Bonnaroo Festival 2017 by RobertoPulaski.


By Niy Birden

How many amazing things can you list about Lorde? Whether it is her perfectly-curated image, her hilariously opposite, bubbly personality in contrast to her dark music, or her very honest teenage narration of life, you have to admit, that girl is one of the most impressive music-making youth we have in today’s mainstream culture of pop. And speaking of pop, she seems to have embraced the inevitable American influence of it in her album. That was clearly obvious when she released her first single, ‘Green Light’, earlier this year. But take a close listen her long-awaited sophomore album, and it becomes more and more clear: there is no stopping this pop icon. And she may have just gotten much, much better.

The album bursts through your front door with the upbeat and exciting ‘Green Light’, giving an early insight as to what the album could possibly be based on. Detailing her “first major heartbreak’ it’s lyrics are brutally honest and her vocals are intense. Playing on her usual technique of upbeat songs with deeper meanings behind it, you’d immediately feel conflicted as to whether or not she is upset about this breakup or wildly excited. Either way, someone lied to her, which you immediately hear in the context of the ending first verse “She thinks you love the beach, you’re such a damn liar”, with the words ‘liar’ being echoed softly in the background.

The next track, ‘Sober’ is a quite impressive track because not only does it feature even more amazing play on relationship and teenage drama, but it makes quite the musical mark for her with the extensive use of brass horns. This is also another song where she uses the metaphor of dance being used in her lyrics, and goes on to ask an important question that many teens ask themselves but are too afraid to ask aloud “But what will we do when we’re sober?”. The brass horns come on strong, almost as if it is slapping you in the face and running away quicker than you can catch them each time. It gets to a playful and undoubtedly cool-girl moment when the lines “Jack and Jill get fucked up when it’s dark” as she nearly-raps it, without any music, and without any real break for air. And that dance beat-perfectly placed.
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