For me, this week has been dominated by the amazing Pluto images shared by NASA’s New Horizons. But it was actually a week filled with a lot of good trailers, rumors and news in the entertainment department. Not only was there a new Spectre trailer, but we might have seen our first glimpse at the new Spider-Man costume. Oh, and there’s going to be a Jurassic World sequel, which is set for a June 22, 2018 release.
Additionally, director Peyton Reed revealed an alternate ending for Ant-Man, while a full-length trailer came out for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2.
My favorite trailer of the week, however, was from The Good Dinosaur, which looks like it’ll be another tearjerker from Pixar. I mean, the trailer is enough to put viewers through a whole rollercoaster of emotions, so I can only imagine what the entire movie will be like.
Finally, we might know who the big bad villain will be in Episode VIII, while Xena: Warrior Princess could return to television. I’d say that’s a pretty fantastic week of news.
Ghostbusters character names revealed
After teasing the Ecto-1, proton pack and jumpsuits in the upcoming Ghostbusters movie, Paul Feig finally unveiled the character names. We already know the actors starring in the movie—Kate McKinnon, Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy and Leslie Jones—but it’s nice to know who will play who. McKinnon will be Jillian Holtzman; Wiig will be Erin Gilbert; McCarthy will be Abby Yates; and Jones will be Patty Tolan. Ok then. The Ghostbusters reboot is set for a July 22, 2016 release.
Okay, here you go. Erin Gilbert, Jillian Holtzmann, Abby Yates and Patty Tolan. Now you know even more. https://t.co/MsQVo5iStI
— Paul Feig (@paulfeig) July 18, 2015
Sword in the Stone live-action remake
Disney has no qualms about turning some of its animated classics into live-action movies, so let’s add another to the list. Variety says Disney is developing a Sword in the Stone live-action flick with Game of Thrones writer Bryan Cogman penning the script. The original animated movie came out in 1963, and followed a young boy who becomes king after removing a sword from an anvil. It could be great, so we’re not too upset about Disney’s choice in source material. Other live-action adaptations coming from Disney include Beauty and the Beast, The Jungle Book, Mulan, Aladdin and more. [Variety]
Look out for Thor: Ragnarok Easter eggs
According to actor Jaime Alexander, a lot of Easter eggs for the next Thor movie will be spread through Captain America: Civil War and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. “There’s just all kinds of Easter eggs and hints, if you’re really paying attention. [Marvel’s] so good at interweaving everything throughout those films,” Alexander said. Civil War is set to hit theaters next May, though the next Thor movie doesn’t hit until the end of November 2017. But be on the lookout! [LATimes]
Sony wants a movie about emoji
First The Lego Movie, soon Minecraft, and next: an animated emoji movie. Deadline says Sony Pictures Animation won a bidding war to create a film based on the colorful icons. What in the world could an emoji movie be? Who knows. But Sony is apparently looking for top comedic talent to fill roles such as Anguished Face, Unamused Face, Disappointed But Relieved Face. Sounds like an Inside Out knockoff. [Deadline]
Leo DiCraprio has very few lines in The Revenant
Oscar bait The Revenant is a different kind of movie for Leonardo DiCaprio. Speaking to Grantland, DiCaprio revealed that his character “says almost nothing.” “It was a different type of challenge for me because I’ve played a lot of very vocal characters,” DiCaprio said. Additionally, DiCaprio said filming was a challenge in and of itself, because Oscar-winning director, Alejandro Inarritu, only relied on natural light for the scenes, which meant if the light ran out, they had to wait until the next day. [Grantland]
Space Jam 2 is coming
Warner Bros. and LeBron James have apparently entered into a partnership, leading many to believe Space Jam 2 is on the way. Adding weight to this rumor is an alleged trademark filed for Space Jam last month, which is probably no coincidence. We’ve been hearing about a possible Space Jam sequel for a while now, and seeing as James is very slowly getting into film (he’s in Trainwreck), maybe this will be his big breakout role. Hooray? No word on whether or not there will be another Bill Murray cameo. [Deadspin] (Editor’s Note: Maybe this means Warner Bros. can finally update the Space Jam website? – Sean)
Logan’s Run remake
Simon Kinberg, who has worked on X-Men, Fantastic Four and Star Wars, reportedly has his sights set on a Logan’s Run remake. The film, which originally came out in 1976, has been discussed quite a bit over the years, with directors like Nicolas Winding Refn and even Bryan Singer involved. Nothing ever came of it, but now it finally sounds like it’s coming back to the big screen. It’s unclear when the film will hit theaters, but I wouldn’t hold my breath for anytime soon; maybe 2018 at the earliest. [HollywoodReporter]
X-Men/Fantastic Four crossover “in play”
Bryan Singer, who’s currently busy filming X-Men: Apocalypse, says ideas for an X-Men and Fantastic Four crossover are “in play.” That’s pretty close to confirming it’ll happen at some point, now the question is when. “That would be a natural match-up because they’re both ensemble films and there is a natural mechanism by which to do it,” Singer said. “It deals with time. That’s all I’m going to say.” Fantastic Four is currently set for an Aug. 7 release, while Apocalypse doesn’t come out until May 27, 2016. [Variety]
Neighbors 2 nabs new actor
Chloe Moretz, who is most known for her role as Hit-Girl in Kick-Ass, has joined Neighbors 2, the follow-up to the Seth Rogen comedy from last year. No other details were revealed, though there’s a good chance Moretz will play the new nightmare neighbor. The first film was good, mindless fun, and I don’t expect the sequel to be any different. Hopefully, however, it’s not just the same movie disguised as a sequel. Neighbors 2 is set for a May 13, 2016 release. [Twitter]
Conspiracies abound regarding a mysterious new Twitter account, which quietly popped up earlier this month. Although the Russo brothers already have an official Twitter account (which only Tweeted once last year), another one seemingly Tweeting on their behalf has begun to tease what people believe to be Civil War teasers. People think it’s legit; James Gunn, […]
Jurassic World has become an unmitigated success. Despite getting mediocre reviews from critics, moviegoers have fallen in love with the dino-themed film, which features a made up genetically modified monster. People love it so much that it has already become the third top-grossing film of all-time, surpassing Joss Whedon’s The Avengers. As such, Universal has announced […]
The first full-length trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 has been released, teasing the epic conclusion to Katniss’ mission to kill President Snow. It’s been a journey several years in the making—broken up by the studio deciding to divide the last book into two movies—but finally it’s coming to an end. Excited? If […]
A big part of what makes Ant-Man so successful is how lighthearted the movie is. There are some dramatic beats, and, yes, the entire world is at stake. But thanks to some sharp writing and “everyman” acting by Paul Rudd, the movie has undeniable charm. That’s no more evident than in the movie’s ending. Some […]
James Bond is back, but it appears this time he may be against an enemy even he can’t handle. The team behind the most successful James Bond film ever, Skyfall, have come together for the next entry in the long-running spy series. Spectre will see Bond (Daniel Craig) come face-to-face with the titular sinister organization. For […]
In what might be one of the more unusual pairings in recent memory, It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia’s Rob McElhenney has agreed to direct the Minecraft movie. And what was already going to be a strange movie is now even stranger. McElhenney, who helped create It’s Always Sunny, is more known for his crude humor […]
A brand new trailer for Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur has been released, giving us a much better idea of what to expect from this prehistoric adventure. Arriving on Thanksgiving (Nov. 25), The Good Dinosaur follows a young Apatosaurus named Arlo who loses his family and finds himself far, far away from home. As he makes his […]
Although Star Wars: The Force Awakens is still months away from release, a new rumor claims Disney is already looking toward Episode VIII. The Wrap reports Benicio Del Toro is in talks to play an unspecified villain role. Yes, please! Del Toro is more than capable of slotting into the Star Wars universe, having proved […]
Xena: Warrior Princess is reportedly getting a reboot. According to The Hollywood Reporter, negotiations are in the very early stages to bring the beloved show back next year. Unfortunately, sources claim the project is moving ahead without Lucy Lawless as the titular hero. “Sources say the new Xena would have to have the charisma and […]
In August, Amazon’s Prime Instant Video will be a goldmine of excellent new content, proving again that Netflix isn’t the only streaming service in town. In some respects, Amazon’s model might be a tad bit superior (content is another topic entirely). Not only will customers get plenty of new free movies and TV to stream, […]