Things are beginning to shape up for the Dark Pheonix film and it looks like our first, new mutant hero, has been announced. Dazzler, the energy beam wielding mutant, was referenced and slated to appear in last years X Men: Apocalypse. The character was heavily rumored to be portrayed by pop singer Taylor Swift, after an image surfaced of Swift and cast from the film hanging out. While this wasn't the case, fans can look forward to seeing her appear in the next big screen, X Men film, due out next year.
In as little as 48 hours, Disney has had the controversial firing of the former Han Solo film directors and found their replacement in Academy Award winning, Ron Howard. Granted, it seems like there wasn't much work left to be done, so Howard has his work cut out for him but this is still great news for the fans that were worried that this swap in directors could cause a delay in production schedule. In other interesting news, it's been reported that Phil Lord and Chris Miller had met with DC sometime ago over leading one of their projects, The Flash. Considering that the film is currently without a directorial lead and given the comedic elements of the characters itself, they would actually make a perfect fit for leading the title. While nothing has been said by either party, it's good to hear that Lord and Miller will hopefully be back behind the chair sometime in the near future.
THR has written up a lengthy piece on some of the history surrounding next months Spider-man: Homecoming including some surprising news about the villain of the film. The article states that the film, which stars Tom Hardy, "will also feature the villain Carnage." This will the first live action debut for the iconic Spidey-verse villain. You can read more about the deal and the plans ahead for Spider-man here and get excited for Spider-man: Homecoming, when it hits theaters July 7th, 2017.
It looks like the plot thickens in a galaxy far, far away. After the shocking news this morning that Phil Lord and Chris Miller had left the Han Solo film, many fans were left scratching their heads but according to a report by Variety, the departure wasn't as smooth as it initially seems. Apparently, the directing found themselves at odds with various members of the Lucasfilms studios, including Kathleen Kennedy and executive producer of the film, Lawrence Kasdan. The duo apparently weren't fans of the tightly run production. Kennedy has assured fans that a replacement director will arrive shortly but until then, we'll just have to keep an eye out of the untitled Han Solo film that is due out next May.
It's been a little while since we heard any news of HBO's plans to turn the iconic Watchman series into a TV show and it looks like they have finally found their front runner. Keeping it in house, HBO has reportedly been eyeing Damon Lindelof, to develop the series for the network. Lindelof, also known for his work on Lost, Prometheus, and Star Trek: Into Darkness, has just finished his run with HBO's Leftovers, which just recently aired it's series finale. This will be the first time we've seen any on screen Watchmen content since Zack Snyder's 2009 film. While the series is in the early stages of planning, one can only hope that it'll get the adaptation and leg room it needs on HBO when we see the series sometime in the future. Keep posted for more Watchmen news as it comes!
Sea of Thieves has been generating a lot of buzz for some time but this years E3 showings were truly a treat. The game that's currently in alpha and has a release window of 2018, is Rare's foray into an open world, Pirate adventure experience that blends co-op and strategy fantastically well. If you were anywhere near E3 this year, you were likely to hear about this game or even see the fun pirate band that sang songs from the game itself. Debauchery and eye patches galore, take a look at some of the E3 footage below and make sure to learn more about Rare's title here. (Note: This is the 4K walk through that will be featured with the Xbox One X, due out in November).
Of the many, amazing titles at this years E3, one that deserves some major recognition is The Artful Escape of Francis Vendetti. I was fortunate enough to meet the creator of the title at an event and hadn't heard of the game prior to this years E3 conference but from the moment I saw the trailer, I knew I would be interested in it. The game's aesthetic is beautiful, working through a world of strange creatures adorned with lights to some beautiful snowy back drops. You follow Francis as he finds himself in another dimension, shredding on the guitar and fulfilling his own own dreams of being a rockstar. Take a look at some of the footage from E3 of The Artful Escape and be on the lookout when this title
After what is being reported as a short battle with leukemia, actor Adam West has sadly passed away at 88. Best known for his roles of the 1960's Batman as well as Mayor West on Family Guy, West was truly an old Hollywood star in every sense of the word. While moving from on screen action to voice over work, West also portrayed characters in such notable series as Futurama, The Simpsons, The Boondocks, Johnny Bravo, Robot Chicken, and was most recently the narrator of (now cancelled) NBC series, Powerless. His mark on Hollywood and pop culture will be long lasting, as we say goodbye to an true icon. Below is a compilation of some of the funniest gags involving Adam West, granted he was always funny in everything Family Guy related. (Note: there is, most likely, obscene language so fair warning).
Marvel has given us the first look at it's 2018 film, Black Panther, and it does not disappoint. Take a look at the action packed trailer and learn a little bit more about the world of Wakanda in the teaser trailer below!
Netflix's Okja is the latest victim in their on going battle with same day theater releases. The filmed helmed by the director of Snowpiercer, Bong Joon-Ho, was originally going to be released on the streaming service and in theaters in Korea on June 28th. The largest Korean theater chains, Lotte, Megabox, and CJ CGV have now banned the film from screening entirely, which is a major impact to the box office revenue for the film, considering those three companies control 93% of the countries theaters. This isn't Netflix's first run in with this issue. Last February, AMC and many IMAX screen refused to show Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny, which was ultimately met with low review scores and a low box office gross, most of which came from China. While Okja will be available on Netflix June 28th, movie theater chains are still sending a clear message that they have no interest releasing a film to theaters and streaming services the same day. You can take a look at the trailer below and get excited for this heart warming monster movie.