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12/11/2019

Warner Bros. Sets 'The Matrix 4' In 2021; 'The Flash' Finally Gets Dated, Too


While the entire year hasn't been great for Warner Bros., they're riding high on the unexpected $1B+ of Joker, and the buzz surrounding Wonder Woman 1984. Now's as good a time as any to drop info on two franchises they hope will continue the upward swing: The Matrix 4 and, of all things, The Flash.

It'll be nearly two decades after The Matrix Revolutions when we'll see The Matrix 4 in theatres, arriving on May 21st 2021. Lana Wachowski is behind the camera for this mysterious chapter of the groundbreaking sci-fi franchise, which brings back Keanu Reeves as Neo, Carrie-Anne Moss as Trinity, and Jada Pinkett-Smith as Niobe. Newcomers include Watchmen star Yahya Abdul-Mateen II possibly as a young Morpheus (please no), Jessica Henwick, Neil Patrick Harris, Jonathan Groff, and newest addition Toby Onwumere. 

So a couple of interesting things about the Matrix's date: it arrives on the same day as John Wick: Chapter 4, possibly setting up a Keanu vs. Keanu showdown. Don't worry, somebody's gotta back off...right?  Also, Matrix takes the date formerly occupied by Warner Bros.' live-action Akira, which Taika Waititi is supposed to be directing. However, that's up in the air now that he's taking on Thor: Love & Thunder. Akira is once again off the schedule and in limbo, where it has been for more years than I care to count. 


And The Flash may actually be happening! At least, this is the surest sign-of-life we've heard of it in ages. Ezra Miller will suit up as the scarlet speedster on July 1st 2022, joining Aquaman 2 as the other DCEU movie set for that year.  The long-delayed, much-troubled film has It: Chapter Two director Andy Muschietti on board, making him the first attached filmmaker to score a release date. 

'Hillary' Trailer: Hillary Clinton Goes Deep In Hulu's Sundance Documentary


Hillary Clinton is coming to Sundance. Or at least I would expect her to be there, with the upcoming documentary Hillary announced as part of the festival's slate. And given the way Clinton has been living her best life since the 2016 Presidential election, and subsequently being proven right that Trump is nothing more than a Russian puppet, I fully expect she'll be at the snowy climes of Park City next month. Hopefully, I can snag a photo.

Anyway., the new trailer for Hulu's documentary series has arrived and it really looks to be a warts-and-all look at Clinton's life and career. She's been a public figure for decades, beginning with her work during the Watergate hearings, then as a First Lady, a U.S. Senator, Secretary of State, and of course, as the most wronged Presidential candidate in history. But even at her most popular, Clinton has always been the kind of person that attracts extreme reactions, and director Nanette Burstein isn't shying away from exploring why that is.

SYNOPSIS: A portrait of a public woman, interweaving moments from never-before-seen 2016 campaign footage with biographical chapters of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s life. Featuring exclusive interviews with Hillary herself, Bill, Chelsea, friends, and journalists, an examination of how she became simultaneously one of the most admired and vilified women in the world.

After making its Sundance debut, Hillary will make its way to Hulu on March 6th.

'Promising Young Woman' Trailer: Carey Mulligan Is Out For Bloody Payback


Once territory largely owned by men, the revenge movie has been renewed in the wake of #MeToo by vengeance-seeking women against their predatory attackers. One need look no further than Hustlers, or on a more gruesome level The Nightingale, as just two examples of the genre's timely resurgence. Well, the upcoming film Promising Young Woman takes that idea and ramps it up to the next degree, led by what appears to be a killer performance by Oscar nominee Carey Mulligan.

Directed by Emerald Fennell (Killing Eve) in her directorial debut, and produced by none other than Margot Robbie, Promising Young Woman doesn't have a difficult premise to grasp. Mulligan plays Cassie, a traumatized woman who looks to set things right against any man who unfortunately gets in her way. And judging by the look of things, she's going to go nuts in doing so, daresay almost Harley Quinn-esque in her approach.

SYNOPSIS: From visionary director Emerald Fennell comes a delicious new take on revenge. Everyone said Cassie (Carey Mulligan) was a promising young woman… until a mysterious event abruptly derailed her future.  But nothing in Cassie’s life is what it appears to be: she’s wickedly smart, tantalizingly cunning, and she’s living a secret double life by night. Now, an unexpected encounter is about to give Cassie a chance to right the wrongs of the past in this thrilling and wildly entertaining story. 

Also starring Bo Burnham, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, and Clancy Brown, Promising Young Woman opens April 17th 2020. 

DC Readers: Win Passes To A Free Screening Of 'Cats'


We're happy to offer our DC readers the chance to attend a free early screening of Cats, the star-studded adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Weber's iconic stageplay directed by Tom Hooper. The film's cast of felines includes  James Corden, Judi Dench, Jason Derulo, Idris Elba, Jennifer Hudson, Ian McKellen, Taylor Swift, Rebel Wilson, and Francesca Hayward.

SYNOPSIS: Oscar®-winning director Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech, Les Misérables, The Danish Girl) transforms Andrew Lloyd Webber’s record-shattering stage musical into a breakthrough cinematic event.

Featuring Lloyd Webber’s iconic music and a world-class cast of dancers under the guidance of Tony-winning choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler (Hamilton, In the Heights), the film reimagines the musical for a new generation with spectacular production design, state-of-the-art technology, and dance styles ranging from ballet to contemporary, hip-hop to jazz, street to tap.

The screening takes place on Tuesday, December 17th at 7:00pm at Regal Majestic in Silver Spring. If you'd like to attend, complete the Rafflecopter contest form below. Winners will be selected and notified by email! Good luck.

Cats opens in theaters on December 20th.



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'Ghostbusters: Afterlife' International Trailer Crosses The Streams With Slightly More Action And Humor


The trailer for Jason Reitman's Ghostbusters: Afterlife was released just days ago, and already the reactions to it are wide and varied. Some appreciate the nostalgic, Stranger Things-vibe they are clearly going with in this version, a true continuation from the classic Ghostbusters movies; while others are less certain this approach was worth scrapping the 2016 reboot which attempted something new. The jury will remain out until next summer, obviously, but a new international trailer is here to give us some small glimpses at new footage.

There's a bit more humor in this trailer than in the previous one, but I still find the comedy aspect sorely lacking in everything we've seen. I hope the funny parts won't be isolated to the appearances by returning guest stars Bill Murray, Dan Akroyd, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver, and Annie Potts.

We also see more experimentation with the recovered proton pack by science whiz Phoebe (McKenna Grace) and her classmate (Logan Kim) who is rocking a familiar pair of goggles. The film also stars Carrie Coon, Finn Wolfhard, and Paul Rudd.

SYNOPSIS: From director Jason Reitman and producer Ivan Reitman, comes the next chapter in the original Ghostbusters universe. In Ghostbusters: Afterlife, when a single mom and her two kids arrive in a small town, they begin to discover their connection to the original ghostbusters and the secret legacy their grandfather left behind. The film is written by Jason Reitman & Gil Kenan.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife opens July 10th 2020.

'The Matrix 4' Casts 'Sense8' And 'Empire' Actor Toby Onwumere


The Matrix 4 will reunite director Lana Wachowski with Toby Onwumere, one of the stars of her mind-bending sci-fi series, Sense8, so he should feel right at home in all of the high-concept weirdness that's sure to unfold.

Deadline confirms the news of Onwumere's casting, and of course we have no idea of his role. The actor was part of the second and final season of Sense8 on Netflix, but also had a recurring role on Empire.  He joins those who have already jumped into the Matrix, such as Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, and Jada Pinkett, along with newcomers Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jessica Henwick, Neil Patrick Harris, and Jonathan Groff.

Meanwhile, The Matrix 4 might be shooting in San Francisco early next year, according to some of the city's local outlets. That hasn't been confirmed, however it does make sense for the famously LGBTQ-friendly city to welcome a production with two openly gay castmembers and a director who has undergone gender transition.

Say Bye-Bye To Marvel Television As It Finally Shuts Down


This will come as a shock to no one who has been paying attention the last few months, but Marvel Television is no more. The small-screen arm of Marvel Entertainment that gave rise to Agents of SHIELD, Agent Carter, Inhumans, Runaways, Marvel Netflix, and Cloak & Dagger is ceasing all production and joining Marvel Studios under the supervision of Kevin Feige.

Like I said, this surprises nobody. The writing has been on the wall ever since Feige took over full creative control and began launching live-action Marvel shows for Disney+ that he says are the first-ever to be connected to the MCU. That comment alone could've told you how he felt about what Marvel TV had been up to.

The final shows under the Jeph Loeb-era of Marvel TV will be Hulu's animated shows such as Howard the Duck and Hit-Monkey (Tigra & Dazzler is already on hold), as well as live-action series Helstrom which I think many are expecting to evolve into a limited event series. Loeb will remain on board during the transition, but with layoffs coming I wouldn't be surprised if he's on the list.

Agents of SHIELD and Runaways are in production on their final seasons now. I guess all of this means Agent Coulson is still dead in the MCU, and we'll never get to see the Old Lace vs. Thanos showdown we've been hoping for. [THR]

12/10/2019

Creepy Kids and Keri Russel Highlight the Trailer for 'Antlers'


Being that the great nation of America was built on their land (stolen land if we're being direct) you'd think that we would at least honor the Native American's by showcasing some of their amazing mythology and lore on the silver screen. I don't know if the folks behind the new FOX Searchlight horror flick Antlers had this in mind or maybe they just realized the wealth of crazy stuff ripe for the adapting...whatever the case the movie is coming and it's bringing with it a Wendigo. Those not in the Supernatural fan club like myself may be asking themselves what that is, so let me brief you.

The wendigo (/ˈwɛndɪɡoʊ/) or windigo (also wetiko) is a mythological man-eating creature or evil spirit from the folklore of the Native American Algonquian tribes based in the northern forests of Nova Scotia, the East Coast of Canada, and Great Lakes Region of Canada.  via Wikipedia

Sounds pretty damn metal right? Well, the movie looks like it's going to capture at least a bit of that in this dark and moody trailer with the beautiful and talented Keri Russel running point (bonus points for dollar store Matt Damon being included), all while an eerie tribal chant plays in the background. This feels like one of those January/February movies that I may just end up liking.


John Boyega Says He Felt "Iffy" About Choices Made In 'The Last Jedi'


It's kinda crazy, but with The Rise of Skywalker, the end of the entire Skywalker Saga, just days away and people are still asking about The Last Jedi. Seriously?? Two years not enough to get away from that shit yet? Apparently not, because Hypebeast decided now is a good time to get John Boyega to pile on Rian Johnson's divisive film, and pile on he does...

“‘The Force Awakens’ I think was the beginning of something quite solid, ‘The Last Jedi’ if I’m being honest I’d say that was feeling a bit iffy for me,” Boyega said. “I didn’t necessarily agree with a lot of the choices in that and that’s something that spoke to Mark [Hamill] a lot about and we had conversations about it. And it was hard for all of us, because we were separated.”

Oh damn, okay, John. Sounds like he and Mark Hamill bonded over their mutual dislike of the film. Boyega elaborates on his point by talking about the decision to split Finn away from his pals Rey and Poe Dameron...

“I guess the original ‘Star Wars’ films there was much more of a trio feel where it was essentially about Luke’s journey, but Han and Leia there was a strong dynamic, which I think, I don’t know how quickly we’re going to be able to establish that longterm dynamic with [‘Episode] Nine,’. But if it’s exploring that dynamic, then that would be cool. I do feel even after three films still, we don’t know them as much as we got to know Han, Luke, Leia. And maybe that’s a great opportunity to get to know them a little bit more.”

All that said, Boyega still isn't down with those who can't simply have criticisms of The Last Jedi, but turn the conversation toxic with hateful rhetoric...

“The rest of the fandom, even when they have problems with it, it’s discussed in a very cordial way, in a fun way. But when it gets toxic, when no one’s listening and then I say one thing and then it becomes an attack, come on man, I can tell you lot ain’t never had no real fight before. You call that an attack?”

Trust me, The Rise of Skywalker is going to bring out the worst in so-called Star Wars fans, too. Everybody has an idea how this epic story should end and chances are most of them aren't going to get what they want.

DC Readers: Attend A Free Early Screening Of 'Little Women'


We're happy to offer our DC readers the chance to attend a free advance screening of Little Women, Greta Gerwig's adaptation of the beloved novel by Louisa May Alcott. The film stars Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, Eliza Scanlen, Timothée Chalamet, Laura Dern, and Meryl Streep.

SYNOPSIS: Writer-director Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird) has crafted a Little Women that draws on both the classic novel and the writings of Louisa May Alcott, and unfolds as the author’s alter ego, Jo March, reflects back and forth on her fictional life. In Gerwig’s take, the beloved story of the March sisters – four young women each determined to live life on her own terms -- is both timeless and timely.

The screening takes place on Wednesday, December 18th at 7:00pm at AMC Mazza Gallerie. If you'd like to attend, go to the Sony Pictures site here. Please remember all screenings are first come first served and you will need to arrive early to ensure seating. Enjoy the show!

Little Women opens on Christmas Day.