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6/20/2019

From The Mouth Of the MCU's God We Know Spider-Man Vs Venom is A Real Possibility


It's not surprising but damn is it exciting! Following the surprise success of last years Venom it was only a matter of time until they figured out how to work through the contract issues and get Eddie Brock into the MCU. It made sense, but we hadn't heard anything from the MCU directly so it was still a long way away from reality. Well, thanks to CinemaBlend, who was interviewing the Master of the MCU, Kevin Feige, regarding the upcoming Spider-Man: Far From Home we've finally got official word that if the paperwork gets filed we could see Venom standing next to Rocket Raccoon (now that's a dialogue I want to eavesdrop on). Here's what Feige had to say on the subject:
I think probably it's up to Sony. Sony has both those characters and, has Venom in their world. I don't know what their plans are for another Venom or if they’re doing that. But it seems likely at some point.
Ok, so it's not exactly concrete evidence that it's going to happen but let's be honest, if Feige is interested it's going to happen. The only thing that could really stand in the way is if Sony hedges their bets on Venom being able to continue pulling in 100's of millions of dollars all by himself. While the next Venom being a blockbuster isn't out of the question the reaction to that Carnage teaser at the end of the film makes me think the quality isn't going to shoot up. The best bet for all parties is to join forces and put Parker up against Brock the way it should be. 

'Bad Trip' NSFW Trailer: Tiffany Haddish And Lil Rel Howery Team With The 'Jackass' Gang


Like them or not, those stupid Jackass movies made a Hell of a lot of money, nearly $500M worldwide. That's a lot of people paying to watch Johnny Knoxville stick weird things up his ass or nearly kill himself on runaway golf carts. Even the most recent film, 2013's Bad Grandpa, combined hidden camera pranks with narrative comedy to the tune of $151M. It's a formula that works, and why the movie Bad Trip exists.

Bad Trip sticks to the Bad Grandpa formula as a hybrid comedy/prank movie, only this one features real comedians such as Eric Andre, Lil Rel Howery, and Tiffany Haddish. The loose-knit story follows two best friends as they go on a road trip where they encounter crazy characters, and pull pranks on the real-life audience.

I may call them stupid, but I loved Jackass. Didn't love Bad Grandpa, though, and not sure this one's gonna work for me, either.

Bad Trip hits theaters on October 25th.

'The Peanut Butter Falcon' Trailer: Shia LaBeouf Hits The Road With An Aspiring Wrestler


At a time when professional wrestling is bigger than ever (no matter how shitty WWE is right now), we're seeing Hollywood take interest in a way we haven't seen since the Rock 'n Wrestling days. Earlier this year we had the biopic Fighting With My Family, which took the underdog story to the world of wrestling. And now we have the oddly-named The Peanut Butter Falcon, a coming-of-age adventure tale that was the surprise breakout at SXSW.

Marking the directorial debut of actor Tyler Nilson, joined by writer and co-director Michael Schwartz, the film is best summed up in its synopsis:

“‘The Peanut Butter Falcon’ tells the story of Zak (Zack Gottsagen), a young man with Down syndrome, who runs away from a residential nursing home to follow his dream of attending the professional wrestling school of his idol, The Salt Water Redneck (Thomas Haden Church).  A strange turn of events pairs him on the road with Tyler (LaBeouf), a small time outlaw on the run, who becomes Zak’s unlikely coach and ally. Together they wind through deltas, elude capture, drink whisky, find God, catch fish, and convince Eleanor (Johnson), a kind nursing home employee charged with Zak’s return, to join them on their journey.”

The film fits perfectly with Hollywood's attempts at being more inclusive, casting an actor with Down syndrome to play Zak. Gottsagen's performance has been praised, as well as Shia Labeouf as his road dog. The rest of the cast includes Dakota Johnson, Thomas Haden Church, Bruce Dern, John Hawkes, Jon Bernthal, and WWE fans can take note of appearances by legends Jake "The Snake" Roberts and Mick Foley. 

The Peanut Butter Falcon opens August 9th. 

'Trolls World Tour' Trailer: Justin Timberlake And Anna Kendrick Get Rocked By Ozzy Osbourne


I won't lie, 2016's animated musical Trolls was pretty great. I loved its colors, unabashedly happy tunes and oddball assortment of characters with oversized hair. Do I need to have a sequel? Not really, but I'll damn sure be there to see it, especially after this rockin' trailer for Trolls World Tour.

Justin Timberlake and Anna Kendrick return as Branch and Poppy, who learn their world of cheery pop songs is only one of six musical tribes that include Funk, Country, Techno, Classical, and Rock. And naturally, it's rock that turns out to be the problem child. Ozzy Osbourne voices King Thrash, who along with Queen Barb (voiced by Rachel Bloom) seeks to destroy the other tribes.  It'll be up to Branch and Poppy to bring all of the big-haired Troll tribes together in harmony.

Powerhouses of the music industry have lined up to be part of this. The voice cast includes J Balvin, Flula Borg, Kelly Clarkson, James Corden, Ester Dean, Jamie Dornan, Gustavo Dudamel, Ron Funches, Caroline Hjelt, Aino Jawo, Kunal Nayyar, Anderson .Paak, Anthony Ramos, Sam Rockwell, Betsy Sodaro, Karan Soni, Kenan Thompson, Charlyne Yi, George Clinton and Mary J. Blige.

Trolls World Tour hits theaters on April 17th 2020.

Marvel's Big Spider-Man Reveal Involves JJ Abrams, But It's Not A Movie


Fans of Spider-Man on the big screen were undoubtedly disappointed when a recent rumor got hopes up for an adaptation of Sam Raimi's unproduced Spider-Man 4. It quickly became clear that was not happening...but it still could've been something really cool, right? I would argue it COULD have, but that it definitely is NOT something cool. Because it involves J.J. Abrams. And his son, who I think is secretly his clone.

Marvel Comics has revealed the big Spider-Man news they'd been teasing is of a new limited series to be written by J.J. Abrams and his son, Henry. There aren't a ton of plot details but they'll introduce a new villain named Cadaverous who has the power of superhuman lens flares.

I might've added that last part.

The art will be from Sara Pichelli, a terrific penciler known for helping create Miles Morales aka the lead in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.

And because this is comics, which we don't cover, and it's Abrams, who isn't that interesting, that's all I'm going to say about it. Want to learn more? Watch the video below.

'Black Panther' DP Rachel Morrison To Direct 'Flint Strong' From Barry Jenkins' Script


A couple of years ago cinematographer Rachel Morrison saw her phenomenal work on Mudbound showered with praise and awards, including an Oscar nomination. It's not always the case that a cinematographer makes the move to directing, but it's exciting to learn that Morrison is one who will, and she's doing it with a script written by none other than Barry Jenkins. Yes, please.

Morrison will make her directorial debut on Flint Strong, which has a script penned by Moonlight and If Beale Street Could Talk's Barry Jenkins. He had planned on directing the film himself, but will step aside and maintain a producer role.

Flint Strong is based on the true story of Claressa "T-Rex" Shields, the Olympic and world champion boxer from Flint, MI.  It'll draw from the 2015 documentary T-Rex which chronicled her story, the abuses she faced growing up, and determination to overcome them and become a professional fighter.

Morrison's credentials are incredible, having worked on Fruitvale Station, Dope, and a little movie called Black Panther. She does have some prior experience directing TV but this is her first full-length feature. So we already know this thing is going to look amazing, and hopefully her transition to directing works out better than it did for Wally Pfister with Transcendence.


Sony Inflicts One Final Trailer For 'The Angry Birds Movie 2' On Us


I never played Angry Birds. Never saw the movie. I have friends who were addicted to the game and did pay for the movie. Assuming it wasn't personally offensive they'll probably see The Angry Birds Movie 2. Is there anybody who doesn't give a crap about Angry Birds who will be convinced to see it by yet another damn trailer? Probably not. But here one is anyway. Maybe there's a different colored pig in it or something.

The sequel features more angry birds and their rival pigs, only now they've discovered a common foe on an icy new land. That's all I got. My interest in this is purely to see the box office compared to the prior movie and see how long Sony runs with this. It strikes me this is their replacement for the genuinely good Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs movies. I wish they'd do another one of those.

The voice cast includes Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Leslie Jones, Bill Hader, Rachel Bloom, Awkwafina, Sterling K. Brown, Danny McBride, Peter Dinklage, Zach Woods, Pete Davidson, Lil Rel Howery, and Beck Bennett. Pretty damn good. It's not enough.

Here's the synopsis: The flightless angry birds and the scheming green piggies take their beef to the next level in The Angry Birds Movie 2! When a new threat emerges that puts both Bird and Pig Island in danger, Red (Jason Sudeikis), Chuck (Josh Gad), Bomb (Danny McBride), and Mighty Eagle (Peter Dinklage) recruit Chuck’s sister Silver (Rachel Bloom) and team up with pigs Leonard (Bill Hader), his assistant Courtney (Awkwafina), and techpig Garry (Sterling K. Brown) to forge an unsteady truce and form an unlikely superteam to save their homes.

The Angry Birds Movie 2 opens August 14th.

'Scrawl' Trailer: Daisy Ridley's First (??) Movie Finally Gets Released


Been waiting for Daisy Ridley to star in a comic book movie? Well, you're actually a few years  too late. Kinda.  Before she landed the role of Rey in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and saw her life changed forever, she starred in the little-seen horror Scrawl, which was shot in 2014 and played in genre festivals throughout 2015. Check the Ridley fan pages and you'll find arguments whether this was her actual screen debut. It sat unreleased for years, but now, probably because Ridley is a big star , the film has been released on DVD and VOD.

Directed by Peter Heard, Scrawl stars Liam Hughes as a troubled boy in a seaside town who, along with his best friend, creates a comic book to escape their reality. It works, but when characters and monsters from the comic begin appearing in real life, things get violent and bloody real quick. Ridley plays a mysterious young woman who may have sprung from the comic book.

The film has been praised for its stylish look and gore, but you can tell this a very low-budget piece of work. The big draw here is Ridley in what is technically her first movie role.  We may have a review of this up soon and you can decide for yourself whether Scrawl is worth giving a look.

Check out the trailer below.



SYNOPSIS: Simon Goodman (Liam Hughes) is a 16-year boy living in a rundown seaside town. With his best friend Joe Harper (Joe Daly), they create a comic book called SCRAWL as a way to escape their reality, gain some notoriety and more importantly pick up girls.

Annie Williams (Annabelle Le Gresley), a girl who hides behind her camera and cannot forget the past gets wrapped up in the boys new world, along with Joe's sister Rosie (Ellie Selwood) and suddenly, with the appearance of a mysterious girl, Hannah (Daisy Ridley), events in the comic book start to invade their reality and situations in the comic book come to life.

At first its great, girls start to become interested in the boys, and all seems fun, but then the monsters of the comic book begin to show themselves, and the boys realize that the comic depicts a bloody great massacre at page 21.

With the help of Joes father, Frank (Mark Forester-Evans), family and friends, the boys are forced to face their horrific imagination made real.

Are Simon and Joe able to change their new found reality?

Only if they can rewrite death.


We Nearly Had A Spider-Man Horror Movie From The 'Texas Chainsaw Massacre' Director


It doesn't seem to matter who is under the mask, Spider-Man remains one of the most popular Marvel characters to leap from the comics page to the big screen. Next month will see him swing into theaters for Sony and Marvel's Spider-Man: Far from Home, the second hit movie in the wallcrawler's third recent franchise. But we could be thinking of Spidey in a whole new way if a canceled project from the '80s had been allowed to move forward, a horror from the director of Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

A story in Digital Spy has the info about a Spider-Man horror that B-movie staple Cannon Films ttried to get off the ground. It would've been directed by The Texas Chainsaw Massacre's Tobe Hooper, with a script by Outer Limits creator Leslie Stevens. This weirdo version of Peter Parker's origin would've veered drastically from the radioactive spider bite, and instead have Parker "deliberately bombarded with radiation by a corporate scientist – named Doctor Zork – who transforms the ID photographer (not student, or journalist) into a giant eight-armed spider-hybrid, who’s so monstrous he swiftly becomes suicidal.”

The not-so-good doctor tries to get Parker to lead his race of mutants, but instead he rebels and fights against the creatures.

If this sounds more like David Cronenberg's The Fly than your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, you aren't alone in feeling that way. Stan Lee didn't like that shit, either, and convinced Cannon to kill it. A new, more traditional superhero story was written which Hooper had no interest in making, and the whole thing kinda fell apart after that. But the cast they hoped to get for it was pretty incredible, especially for the '80s...

Tom Cruise as Parker, Bob Hoskins as Doc Ock, Christopher Lee as a supporting scientist, Lauren Bacall or Katharine Hepburn for Aunt May, with Stan Lee potentially playing Daily Bugle editor J Jonah Jameson in a role that wasn’t so much a cameo as a supporting part.

The latter film might've been pretty cool, actually. I mean, young Tom Cruise as Peter Parker? I can see that shit happening and being alright.

Going the horror route, though, sounds like something they should continue to leave in Venom's wheelhouse. They're already doing a sort of Cronenberg-style body horror with that one, and I don't need to see it with Spider-Man, too. But if it had happened, who knows where the character would be now. We might not have had Sam Raimi's Spider-Man in 2002, which means we'd be without everything that sprang forth because of it. Well, not having The Amazing Spider-Man 2 might've been a plus...

'Soul': Pixar's Next Big Film Teases A Cosmic Journey And High Aspirations


Pixar will drop Toy Story 4 on us this week, leaving millions of moviegoers soaked in their own tears. After that, we've been promised a new era of original content, and while it's easy to scoff at, everything we've seen from the studio coming up promises stories and characters we've never seen before. And that includes this tease for the newly-announced film, Soul.

Details are slim, but we do have a release date of June 19th 2020, and a tweet that  says to expect a journey that takes us from the streets of New York into the cosmos to answer some of life's biggest questions...

Additionally, we've learned the director will be Peter Docter, which may explain why Soul has similarly grand aspirations as Inside Out.  That film is considered a masterpiece by many for how it explores with intelligence, humor, and insight the mind of a kid growing up.

It's unfair to expect Soul to reach the same heights as Inside Out but we've come to expect a lot from Pixar and they usually deliver.