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Jeremy Renner teases his Hawkeye Avengers 4 costume as Gwyneth Paltrow shares spoilery behind the scenes video

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Jeremy Renner has teased an image of what looks to be his Hawkeye/Ronin costume for Avengers 4 and Gwyneth Paltrow has had a spoiler-filled behind the scenes video deleted.

The question of just who is going to turn up in Avengers 4, or rather, who will survive Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War, is one that is asked often. Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye is a character that will be showing up however, and the actor has shared on Instagram a shot of himself in costume (prior spy photos have indicated that he’ll be getting a brand new suit as he moves over to his Ronin persona).

The shadowy photo was posted along with the caption: “Costume on point today … what do you think?”

 

Meanwhile, Gwyneth Paltrow, who plays Pepper Potts in the McU, may have just given away a pretty big spoiler regarding her character in Avengers 4.

In an Instagram video, »

- Samuel Brace

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Jason Momoa says Aquaman is “on the edges of society” at the start of solo movie

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Aquaman actor Jason Momoa has spoken about the character’s frame of mind at the beginning of his solo movie.

Now that Justice League is out of the way, the future of the Dceu has become the focus, with much of it centring on characters like Jason Momoa’s Aquaman.

Aquman did feature in Justice League but the character also has his own solo movie on the way. In Justice League: The Art of the Film – an inside peek at how the Dceu movie was made – Momoa said the following (via Screen Rant) about what the character is going through at the start of the Aquaman movie:

“When we find Arthur, he’s hiding on the edges of society. He knows what his power is, but he doesn’t know how to channel it. He hasn’t accepted himself as king. He’s been running from both sides, human and Antlantean, »

- Samuel Brace

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Are franchise blockbusters too big to fail?

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Anghus Houvouras on whether franchise blockbusters are too big to fail…

Sequels, prequels and reboots. Hollywood is in love with the familiar because more often than not it’s a safe bet. This year’s monumental blockbuster clusterfuck Justice League is proof of that. Can you think of a big studio film more maligned? More inherently flawed at a fundamental level? It was the product of short-term thinking and absolutely baffling choices from a studio realizing a creative vision can’t be hacked and slashed into existence.

And yet, in spite of a long laundry list of poor decisions and questionable calls, Justice League will end up losing around $100 million. In comparison, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is projected to lose almost $150 million. Justice League wasn’t just an unmitigated disaster. It was a franchise stress test. Proof that these familiar characters are the safest bet in blockbuster cinema. »

- Anghus Houvouras

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Cinema’s Damaged Heroine

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Sarah Myles on cinema’s damaged heroine…

“Badass.”

As a word, it has become synonymous with determined women in movies. Why? Because that is how critics routinely describe them.

“Black Widow gets extra bad-ass in this Avengers 2 trailer,” said Rob Bricken of i09.

In Atomic Blonde, Charlize Theron plays “a career badass who enjoys both the job and the perks with equal enthusiasm,” according to J. Hurtado of Screen Anarchy.

Kaya Payseno of Bust tells us that “Badass women star in a feminist western,” while reviewing The Keeping Room.

According to Wendy Ide of The Guardian, Wonder Woman is “A gloriously badass breath of fresh air.”

From whence does this strangely limited vocabulary come? How have we reached a point where a critic can use the word ‘badass,’ and we almost all picture exactly the same thing: a mostly solitary woman, in figure hugging/revealing costumes, scowling and being violent? »

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Movie Review – Ferdinand (2017)

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Ferdinand, 2017.

Directed by Carlos Saldanha.

Featuring the voice talents of John Cena, Kate McKinnon, Gina Rodriguez, Daveed Diggs, Gabriel Iglesias, Bobby Cannavale, David Tennant, Anthony Anderson, Flula Borg, Sally Phillips, Boris Kodjoe, Jerrod Carmichael, Raúl Esparza, Karla Martínez, Miguel Ángel Silvestre, Peyton Manning, and Juanes.

Synopsis:

After Ferdinand, a bull with a big heart, is mistaken for a dangerous beast, he is captured and torn from his home. Determined to return to his family, he rallies a misfit team on the ultimate adventure.

Bookended by a charming beginning and ending, Ferdinand loses its way through the middle stretch quickly becoming the type of animated feature every critic dreads watching and writing about. Abandoning it’s all-age accessible themes regarding going against what one is perceived to be or destined to do, a number of loud and obnoxious talking animals are introduced, all containing thinly sketched personalities (such as a wacky »

- Robert Kojder

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Natalie Portman stars in new trailer for Alex Garland’s Annihilation

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Paramount Pictures has released a new trailer for writer-director Alex Garland’s upcoming adaptation of Jeff VanderMeer’s novel Annihilation. The sci-fi action horror stars Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, Tuva Novotny, and Oscar Isaac; check it out here…

The book’s official synopsis read:

Area X has been cut off from the rest of the continent for decades. Nature has reclaimed the last vestiges of human civilization. The first expedition returned with reports of a pristine, Edenic landscape; all the members of the second expedition committed suicide; the third expedition died in a hail of gunfire as its members turned on one another; the members of the eleventh expedition returned as shadows of their former selves, and within months of their return, all had died of aggressive cancer.

This is the twelfth expedition.

Their group is made up of four women: an anthropologist; a surveyor; a psychologist, »

- Amie Cranswick

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Ready Player One author Ernest Cline is working on a sequel

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Author Ernest Cline is set to hit continue on Ready Player One, with the writer revealing during a Facebook Livestream for Steven Spielberg’s upcoming movie adaptation of his cult novel that he is working on a sequel to the 2011 novel.

“It’s true,” said Cline when asked about the rumours that he was working on a follow-up book. “I can’t talk about it too much, but there’s no better inspiration for a writer [than] to return to a world they’ve already worked on when they’re watching Steven Spielberg bring that world to life.”

Cline went on to reveal that he’s been bouncing ideas of Spielberg, whose work on the sequel inspired him to return to the world of the Oasis.

See Also: Watch the trailer for Ready Player One here

Ready Player One is set in 2045, with the world on the brink of chaos and collapse. »

- Gary Collinson

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Lego unveils new Star Wars Mos Eisley Cantina set

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A batch of promotional images have arrived online for Lego’s latest Star Wars Mos Eisley Cantina set which is set to go on sale January 2018, priced at $39.99; take a look at the official images here and let us know what you make of this latest Mos Eisley set in the comments below…

Recreate iconic Star Wars: A New Hope scenes at Tatooine’s most perilous tavern, Mos Eisley Cantina. This detailed model has a modular, open-out design for easy play. Slide the door and enter the bar to reveal the detailed interior, which includes a counter for serving refreshments and 2 seat-tipping functions for reenacting the unforgettable encounter between Han Solo and bounty hunter, Greedo. You also get a Ubrikkian 9000 pod with an opening minifigure cockpit and stud shooter on top. This Lego Star Wars toy includes 4 minifigures.

The post Lego unveils new Star Wars Mos Eisley Cantina set appeared first on Flickering Myth. »

- Amie Cranswick

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Robert Rodriguez explains Alita: Battle Angel’s anime eyes

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While James Cameron messes about on Pandora, he has handed the directorial duties of his years-in-development Alita: Battle Angel over to Predators director Robert Rodriguez. When the trailer debuted the other day, amongst the most striking features of the sci-fi epic were the rendering of Rosa Salazar’s eyes.

Speaking to Empire about the trailer, Rodriguez addressed the creative choices behind giving Alita such prominent features:-

“It was always Jim’s intention to create a photo-realistic version of the manga eyes that we’re so accustomed to seeing. We really wanted to honour that tradition and see that look standing next to any human character. To have the right person to emote behind it was really essential. Her origins are in the film and you understand why she looks that way. If the eyes are the windows to the soul, we have some pretty big windows. You can see a lot going on in there! »

- Matt Rodgers

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Clint Eastwood brings real-life heroes to the screen with trailer for The 15:17 to Paris

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Warner Bros, has debuted the first trailer for director Clint Eastwood’s upcoming biographical drama The 15:17 to Paris. The film tells the true story of the thwarted terrorist attack on a Paris-bound train in 2015, and sees Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos, and Spencer Stone – the three young heroes that prevented the attack – play themselves, alongside Jenna Fischer, Judy Greer, Ray Corasani, Pj Byrne, Tony Hale, Thomas Lennon, Paul-Mikel Williams, Bryce Gheisar, and William Jennings; watch it below…

In the early evening of August 21, 2015, the world watched in stunned silence as the media reported a thwarted terrorist attack on Thalys train #9364 bound for Paris—an attempt prevented by three courageous young Americans travelling through Europe. The film follows the course of the friends’ lives, from the struggles of childhood through finding their footing in life, to the series of unlikely events leading up to the attack. Throughout the harrowing ordeal, their friendship never wavers, »

- Amie Cranswick

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What did George Lucas think of Star Wars: The Last Jedi?

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Whatever your feelings about the Star Wars prequels, George Lucas must be revered for shaping the galaxy far, far away, and while he wasn’t too keen on the “retro tone” of The Force Awakens, it appears that the godfather of this galaxy was altogether more complimentary about Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

His rep, Connie Wethington told The Hollywood Reporter’s Heat Vision that The Last Jedi was “beautifully made” and that in speaking with director Rian Johnson after viewing, was complimentary about the film.

You can find out whether Flickering Myth agrees with Lucas by reading our review of The Last Jedi here.

See Also: Mark Hamill wishes that Disney followed George Lucas’ original outline for the Star Wars Sequel Trilogy

In Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the Skywalker saga continues as the heroes of The Force Awakens join the galactic legends in »

- Matt Rodgers

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Watch an exclusive clip from the 4K restoration of The Apartment

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Ahead of its release on limited edition Blu-ray this coming Monday, we’ve got an exclusive clip from Arrow’s brand new 4K restoration of Billy Wilder’s Oscar-winning classic The Apartment featuring screen legends Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine. Check it out here, or watch it over on our YouTube channel…

C.C. “Bud” Baxter is a lowly Manhattan office drone with a lucrative sideline in renting out his apartment to adulterous company bosses and their mistresses. When Bud enters into a similar arrangement the firm’s personnel director, J.D. Sheldrake, his career prospects begin to look up… and up. But when he discovers that Sheldrake’s mistress is Fran Kubelik, the girl of his dreams, he finds himself forced to choose between his career and the woman he loves.

Special Features:

• Limited Deluxe Edition Blu-ray [3000 copies]

• Brand new 4K restoration of the film from the original camera »

- Gary Collinson

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Kingsman 3 could already be in development

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Kingsman: The Golden Circle has earned over $400m worldwide since its September release, which is all the more impressive when you consider the budget was at the lower end of the blockbuster movie scale, and it wasn’t nearly as good as the first.

This means that 20th Century Fox have a brand that works on a global scale, so this report from Comic Book Movie should come as no surprise. While speaking at a Blu-ray launch of the Matthew Vaughn directed sequel, special effects supervisor Andrew Bickerton said “We’ve had the briefest of conversations with Matthew [Vaughn] about it…he’s got plans.”

How immediate these plans are remains to be seen, as Vaughn has recently signed on to the sci-fi actioner Courage, but as Cbm points out, Vaughn spoke at length about the plans he has for the franchise, stating  “I think there’s a story in my »

- Matt Rodgers

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Movie Review – Call Me By Your Name (2017)

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Call Me By Your Name, 2017.

Directed by Luca Guadagnino.

Starring Armie Hammer, Timothée Chalamet, Michael Stuhlbarg, Esther Garrel, Victoire Du Bois, Vanda Capriolo, Antonio Rimoldi, Peter Spears, Andre Aciman, and Amira Casar.

Synopsis:

A young man named Elio (Timothée Chalamet), living in Italy during the 1980s, meets Oliver (Armie Hammer), an academic who has come to stay at his parents’ villa as a student of Elio’s father, a professor. A passionate relationship develops between Elio and Oliver as they bond over their sexuality, their shared Jewish heritage, and the Italian landscape.

Come awards season, Call Me by Your Name will have its name known, although those that scoff and dismiss it as another gay romance or find themselves turned away due to its passionate but lovingly sexual relations between a 24-year-old and a 17-year-old (keep in mind, the age of consent in Italy is actually 14) are missing the point entirely. »

- Robert Kojder

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Marvel’s Runaways Season 1 Episode 6 Review – ‘Metamorphosis’

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Liam Hoofe reviews the sixth episode of Marvel’s Runaways…

Marvel’s Runaways has been fairly successful so far. The opening five episodes have done an excellent job at building the characters, exploring the relationships between them, and establishing the world that they live in. The season’s sixth episode ‘Metamorphosis’ while far from a bad outing for the show, was definitely the show’s most inconsistent so far.

The episode started off very strong, with a flashback to the arrival of Jonah, the mysterious figure from the end of the last episode, and the first ever sacrifice committed by Pride. The scene explained that, as expected, every member of Pride is in some way indebted to Jonah, and the sacrifices, which we discovered turned matter into energy, were done as a way of repaying him, and that they have been taking place for 15 years. Jump forward to the present »

- Liam Hoofe

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Wrestling Daily News Roundup – Changes Made to Clash of Champions Card, Former Impact Star Set to Make his WWE Debut, Nxt Star Debut Date Revealed

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Liam Hoofe with a round-up of the latest wrestling news…  

Changes Made to Clash of Champions Card 

On last night’s Clash of Champions go home edition of Smackdown [read our review here], Daniel Bryan added himself as the second referee for the Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn Vs Shinsuke Nakamura and Randy Orton bout. Also added to the Clash of Champions card were a match between The Bludgeon Brothers and The Fashion Files, and a pre-show match between Zack Ryder and Mojo Rawley.

The addition of Bryan to the tag-team match will having many fans speculating as to whether or not Bryan is going to turn heel this weekend, but expect there to just be plenty of confusion over the finish with Bryan counting the victory for the heel team. It remains unclear as to whether or not Bryan will be able to return to the ring in 2018, so expect this storyline to »

- Liam Hoofe

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Netflix and DreamWorks Animation announce six new series including She-Ra reboot

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Netflix and DreamWorks Animation Television are set to release six new original series in 2018, including a reboot of the classic 80s cartoon series She-Ra: Princess of Power!

In addition to She-Ra, the streaming service will debut DeamWorks Trolls: The Beat Goes On!, The Boss Baby: Back in Business, Harvey Street Kids, The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants and 3 Below (the second instalment of the Tales of Arcadia trilogy), as well as Trollhunters Part 3.

She-Ra

From Eisner Award-winning author and executive producer Noelle Stevenson (Lumberjanes, Nimona) comes a modern take on the ‘80s girl power icon for a new generation of young fans. The trailblazing property originally debuted in 1985 to satisfy overwhelming demand for a female lead fantasy series. With Stevenson’s unique voice at the helm, fans are in store for an epic and timely tale that celebrates female friendship and empowerment, lead by a warrior princess tailor made for today. »

- Gary Collinson

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi tracking $425 million global opening

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We’re now just hours away from the arrival of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which opens here in the UK at midnight tonight, and as you’d expect, box office tracking is predicting a rather impressive opening weekend for the latest chapter in the Star Wars saga.

According to THR, The Last Jedi is looking at a worldwide opening of $425 million plus, which would give it one of the top five box office openings of all time. Impressive, considering that it doesn’t open in China until January 5th.

For comparison, Star Wars: The Force Awakens debuted to $529 million worldwide back in 2015, the second-biggest ever behind this year’s The Fate of the Furious on $541.9 million, although that included a whopping $184.9 million from China.

See Also: Read our review of Star Wars: The Last Jedi here

The only other new competition facing The Last Jedi this weekend is the animated movie Ferdinand, »

- Gary Collinson

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Exclusive Interview – Ferdinand director Carlos Saldanha

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Director Carlos Saldanha’s latest animation, Ferdinand, marks a shift in tone.  After the vibrant colours of his two Rio movies and the comic action of Ice Age, we’re presented with the story of a gentle giant, a Spanish bull who doesn’t want to fight.

Based on a children’s book from the 1930s – one that was banned in Spain and ordered by Hitler to be burnt because of its pacifist stance – it tells the story of Ferdinand (voiced by John Cena), the bull who would rather smell the flowers than take his place in the bull ring.  For Saldanha, it was a project that took a number of years to develop – or, as he told the family audience at a pre-release screening, longer than many of them had been alive!

Talking to Flickering Myth’s Freda Cooper, he revealed the screening was the first time he had »

- Freda Cooper

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The CW releases new trailer for DC series Black Lightning

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Following yesterday’s poster for Black Lightning [check it out here], another new trailer has arrived online for The CW’s upcoming DC superhero series which you can watch below…

Jefferson Pierce (Cress Williams) is a man wrestling with a secret. As the father of two daughters and principal of a charter high school that also serves as a safe haven for young people in a New Orleans neighborhood overrun by gang violence, he is a hero to his community. Nine years ago, Pierce was a hero of a different sort. Gifted with the superhuman power to harness and control electricity, he used those powers to keep his hometown streets safe as the masked vigilante Black Lightning. However, after too many nights with his life on the line, and seeing the effects of the damage and loss that his alter ego was inflicting on his family, he left his Super Hero days behind and »

- Amie Cranswick

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