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Film Fondue: Space Jam 2, and Thor: Ragnarok hints

by Brandon Russell | July 25, 2015July 25, 2015 8:00 am PDT

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.


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]

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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]

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Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...