First Photo From THE WALKING DEAD Season 9 Shows Some Time-Jump Changes

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AMC has released the first photo from The Walking Dead Season 9 and it gives us a look at the big changes that are coming due to the jump in time. The survivors of the zombie apocalypse aren't driving around in cars anymore. They are now fully relying on horses and carriages. That's definitely going to give the show a change of pace and tells us that we are going to see a pretty significant time jump. The photo shows Michonne leading a group of survivors… on horseback.

While talking to EWThe Walking Dead executive producer Angela Kang offers up some details on what we can expect saying that they're "really looking at the start of a new chapter of the show." She goes on to explain:

"We’ll explore what happened as man made objects and structures break down. Infrastructure like roads and bridges are changing and crumbling. And we’ll also explore what happens as resources are getting low. There’s a fun Western vibe that has emerged. We are going into a period where a lot of the things that we’ve seen in previous seasons have broken down, so they’ve got these horses and carriages that are being drawn around instead of cars. Things are lit with oil lamps. People are using different kinds of weaponry. There’s a real grittiness to it that I think will be fun and fresh for the viewers."

I can dig it. This might be the big change that the show needs to keep audiences interested. Kang goes on to tease:

"We’ll see our group together working in unity in a lot of ways, but you’ll also see some changes in the way that they deal with each other. In some ways, you’ll see that the vision has succeeded beyond anybody’s wildest imagination. But you’ll also see the cracks in that."

I'm sure the first trailer for Season 9 will be released at Comic-Con next week, so stay tuned for that!

Henry Cavill Talks SUPERMAN and Reveals The Story He’d Like To Tell

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There are so many awesome Superman stories to tell. I feel like DC Entertainment has barely touched on how amazing the Superman film franchise could be. I have no idea when Warner Bros. will really dive back into Superman with a Man of Steel sequel, but when they do, Henry Cavill has a story that he would like to tell.

While talking to SquareMile, Cavill revealed that his favorite Superman comic story arc is Superman: For Tomorrow. He went on to say that would be the story he'd like to tell in a new film:

"[It is] one of my favourite comic books. I would definitely like to tell a story like that."

If you are a Superman fan who has been wanting to see a more traditional Superman story brought to the big screen, this would be it. Cavill explains that there is an opportunity here to provide a more inspiring take on the classic hero:

"There’s an opportunity to keep on telling Superman stories, and getting them exactly right. Showing the things like hope and joy and that wonderful power of his to make people believe in themselves."

If you've never read For Tomorrow, the story sounds like it could be a sequel to Avengers: Infinity War! The story centers on a cataclysmic event that hits Earth and millions of people have vanished without a trace. "No one is left unaffected; not even Superman! But after a year, Superman is left with many questions. For a hero who tries to have all the answers, it's torture." 

Would you want to see a Superman movie inspired by Superman: For Tomorrow? If not, what other stories would you like to see told?

Samuel L. Jackson Shows Off Nick Fury’s S.H.I.E.L.D. Business Card Which Has a Fun Call Back To PULP FICTION

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As you know, Samuel L. Jackson is reprising his role as Nick Fury in Captain Marvel. He'll look 25 years younger in the movie, which is going to be interesting to see. The film recently wrapped production and Jackson took to Instagram to share a photo of his business card, and as you'll see it includes a personal little touch that only Jackson can and should get away with.

Fury’s job title "Bad Montherfucker" is a callback to the wallet that Jackson’s character had in Quentin Tarantino’s 1994 classic movie Pulp Fiction. If you need a little refresher on that, I included a clip from Pulp Fiction below. You may or may not remember that Jackson also insisted the phrase be inscribed on the hilt of Mace Windu's purple lightsaber in the Star Wars prequel trilogy.

The post comes with the note, "Back to the familiar, the comfortable, the lovably fierce! Loving today’s mood!" And if you click through the other photos, you'll also see Fury's eye patch, hair, and eye scar. This suggests that Jackson is probably filming a new scene as Fury. Maybe a post-credits scene for Captain Marvel? We'll have to wait and see!

Back to the familiar, the comfortable, the lovably fierce! Loving today’s mood!#Can’tkeepagoodmandown#deliriouslyfurious

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Aliens Invade Earth and Michael Peña is The Key To Stopping Them in Trailer For Netflix’s EXTINCTION

Netflix has unleashed the first trailer for their upcoming sci-fi action-thriller Extinction. The film tells the story of a man, played by Michael Peña, who has visions of Earth's impending doom and when there's a deadly alien invasion, for some reason he holds the key to stopping them. It looks like a pretty intense sci-fi movie. I hope that it turns out good. Judging by the trailer it could go either way. Here's the synopsis:

A working class father of the future faces recurring dreams of destruction by an unknown force.  When his unwanted nightmares begin to affect his relationship with his family, he soon realizes they may be the key to a horrible reality, as a relentless alien attack begins to destroy the Earth. As the invaders’ assault progresses, he is forced to find both the strength to protect his family and an understanding of who he truly is.

The film also stars Lizzy Caplan (Masters of Sex), Mike Colter (Marvel’s Luke Cage), and Israel Broussard (Happy Death Day).

Extinction was directed by Ben Young (Hounds of Love) from a script written by Spenser Cohen (The Driver). The movie will be released on Netflix on July 27th.

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First Official Photo From SHAZAM! Shows Zachary Levi as the Glorious Superhero

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Finally! Warner Bros. has released the first official photo from Shazam! featuring Zachary Levi in costume. The studio really dragged their feet on releasing an official image, but here it is in all its glory and he looks great! Standing next to Shazam in the photo is Jack Dylan Grazer, who plays Billy's best friend Freddy Freeman in the film.

When coming up with the costume design for the film, director David Sandberg (Lights Out) took elements from throughout the character’s appearances in comics and animated shows. He tells EW:

"I wanted to keep the shorter cape as a throwback to the original because that’s something that sets him apart from Superman or Batman. It makes him feel a bit more Golden Age superhero, which is the vibe I’m going for."

It looks like he succeeded. I really like how the completed design turned out. It's very fun, playful, and bright. What do you think about Shazam's costume design? 

We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In Billy Batson’s (Asher Angel) case, by shouting out one word—SHAZAM!—this streetwise 14-year-old foster kid can turn into the adult Super Hero Shazam (Zachary Levi), courtesy of an ancient wizard. Still a kid at heart—inside a ripped, godlike body—Shazam revels in this adult version of himself by doing what any teen would do with superpowers: have fun with them! Can he fly? Does he have X-ray vision? Can he shoot lightning out of his hands? Can he skip his social studies test? Shazam sets out to test the limits of his abilities with the joyful recklessness of a child. But he’ll need to master these powers quickly in order to fight the deadly forces of evil controlled by Dr. Thaddeus Sivana (Mark Strong).

Shazam! also stars Grace Fulton (Annabelle: Creation); Darla, played by Faithe Herman (This is Us) as Mary; Eugene, played by Ian Chen (Fresh Off the Boat); and Pedro, played by Jovan Armand (TV’s Hawaii Five-O). Cooper Andrews of The Walking Dead and Marta Milans (Killer Women) play foster parents Victor and Rosa Vasquez. Then there's Djimon Hounsou who was cast in the role of the 3,000-year-old sorcerer who ends up giving young Billy Batson his powers.

Shazam! will be released on April 5, 2019.

Fox Shareholder is Trying to Stop Disney Acquisition by Filing a Lawsuit

Most people I know are either indifferent about Disney acquiring Fox, or they’re all for it. Fox has even been urging its shareholders to vote in the affirmative later this month to approve the deal. One shareholder isn’t going to simply agree to do it though. Robert Weiss has decided that information regarding some of the projections and data underlying valuation analyses was either omitted or was misrepresented in a proxy statement filed June 28.

In short, unless remedied, 21CF’s public stockholders will be forced to make a voting or appraisal decision on the Proposed Transaction without full disclosure of all material information concerning the Proposed Transaction being provided to them.

It appears that Weiss has gotten at least a few more shareholders to agree with him and they are wanting more information regarding Hulu, Sky, and debt. In addition, concerns are being raised about the involvement of Goldman Sachs.

This is no joke as Fox is now being accused of multiple securities violations. I know many of you are hoping this is no big deal and that everything goes smoothly, but this could put a big kink in things. I actually don't blame Weiss and company for wanting more information before making a huge decision.

Source: THR

Release Date And PC Specs For MONSTER HUNTER WORLD Revealed

Six months after the release of Capcom's Monster Hunter World on consoles, the specs for the long-awaited PC version of the game has been revealed and is scheduled to release on August 9.

Besides the specs, Capcom also revealed some of the PC version's Advanced Graphics Settings. Players will be given a multitude of options concerning visuals such as the ability to manipulate the game's environment. Settings would include changing the foliage sway, subsurface scattering, water reflection, and dynamic range.

Also, players who will pre-purchase the game on Steam will receive the Origin armor set and the Fair Wind Charm. A Deluxe Edition will also be available that will feature customization items similar to the console versions of Monster Hunter World. 

You can check out the Minimum and Recommended Specs the game would require below:

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Are you excited for the PC version of Monster Hunter World? Share your thoughts in the comments below. 

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Terry Gilliam Bashes The ALIEN Franchise and Says He Turned Down The Opportunity To Direct One

A few weeks ago, director Terry Gilliam expressed his hate for the superhero film genre. He's not stopping there though. He's now bashing the Alien franchise and even opened up about the time that he was offered the opportunity to direct one of the sequels to Ridley Scott's 1979 classic. During an interview with RogerEbert.com, he explains why he turned down the opportunity, saying:

"I got offered an Alien sequel because I was hot at that time, as a result of Time Bandits and Fisher King, and I just don’t want to do films like that. They are factory jobs, working for a studio. My last factory job was on the Chevrolet assembly plant in Los Angeles, during my junior year of college, night shift on the line. Never again."

I assume he was offered to direct Alien 3, which ended up being helmed by a young David Fincher. That certainly wasn't the best movie, and turning it down definitely wasn't going to hurt his career. Gilliam went on to double down on his distaste for the first Alien film, as he went on the following rant:

"Alien is just a ghost train where something jumps out and you don’t know who’s going to die next. When I watched the first Alien, all I kept saying was, 'just kill them all and be done with it,' because you just know that they’re all going to die along the way. In the end, Sigourney Weaver, who we’ve established is a really tough military officer, is running around in her underwear trying to find a cat. Give me a f-king break. There are some great moments in it, but the shot that should’ve never been in the film is the one at the end showing the alien getting blown out of the airlock. You see the alien, and it’s just a guy in a rubber suit. Up until then, you only saw bits of the alien, and it seemed to be huge and vast and terrifying. That was so clever. It was like the shark in Jaws. I told Ridley, 'You don’t want that shot of the alien at the end. Cut it!'"

Despite Gilliam's harsh words, fans loved those first two films, then the rest of them are debatable. I'm sure one day we'll see another Alien film, but I don't think it's going to happen anytime soon. However, there is an Alien inspired TV series rumored to be in the works! That could be interesting if anything comes of it. 

What are your thoughts on what Gilliam had to say about the Alien franchise? Would you have liked to see him direct an Alien film?

The Monsters Are Unleashed Again in First Trailer For GOOSEBUMPS 2: HAUNTED HALLOWEEN

Sony Pictures has released the first trailer for Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween, which follows a couple of kids who sneak into R.L. Stine old rundown house where, of course, they find a book that no one is supposed to find. They open it and unleash a bunch of monsters from the R.L. Stine novels... again. 

If you liked the first movie, you'll probably like the sequel because it pretty much looks like the same formula movie but with different characters.

Cast members for the sequel include Ken Jeong (Crazy Rich Asians), Wendi Mclendon-Covey (Bridesmaids), Chris Parnell (Hot Rod) Madison Iseman, Ben O’Brien, Caleel Harris, Jeremy Ray Taylor (IT), and Jack Black as the voice of Slappy. Co-stars Dylan Minnette (13 Reasons Why), Ryan Lee (Super 8) and Odeya Rush (The Giver) from the first movie are expected to return.

The sequel was directed by Ari Sandel from a script by screenwriter Darren Lemke (Turbo). Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween will hit theaters on October 12th.

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Director Peyton Reed Talks About Janet Van Dyne’s Evolution in ANT-MAN AND THE WASP

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Michelle Pfeiffer made her big MCU debut in Ant-Man and The Wasp, and there were some things that happened with her character that I wasn't expecting. Those things that were revealed about her also made me wonder how they would play out in the future films of the MCU.

For those of you who haven't seen Ant-Man and The Wasp yet, you might want to steer clear of this because I do get into some spoiler territory. So...

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After Hank Pym recuses Janet from the Quantum Realm, where she has been trapped for the past 30 years, it's revealed that this place has changed her. I mean, if you're trapped in a place for so long with no one around, of course you're not going to come back the same person. But then there's also the physical aspect of change. Not just in age, but there is a power in the Quantum Realm that transformed her in a way that gave super-like powers. 

Those powers were displayed when she temporarily fixed what was wrong with Ghost. That was probably the tip of the iceberg of what Janet is capable of with these powers, but Peyton Reed explains that although these powers are a big deal, Janet has evolved in other terms as well, like what it means to really be a hero. During an interview with CinemaBlend, Reed explained:

"She's evolved down there. I like the idea that maybe in Hope's mind she's going to learn how to fight and how to be a hero from her mom, but what her mom really is ultimately going to teach her is that there are other ways, right? We only sort of dispense a certain amount of information about what's happened to Janet in the Quantum Realm by design, but maybe one of those things is, in terms of how she's evolved, is a larger perspective on what it could mean to be a hero."

I liked that she ended up being a more evolved being and that she approached Ghost with compassion instead of anger. I imagine that those other powers she displayed will be played with a little more later on at some point in the MCU. Perhaps in Avengers 4? Maybe she's so evolved that she will be able to bring herself back to life!? We'll just have to wait and see!

Reed goes on to talk about how they wanted to handle Janet's aging process because the Quantum realm is to supposed to defy the laws of space and time. This is a big discussion that took place with the creative team.

"There was a lot of discussion early on about, 'Will they find Janet? If so, is she young? Is she old? Has she evolved? Has she not evolved?'... I liked the idea of her aging normally, even though there are elements of space and time that are different in the Quantum Realm. It just didn't made sense to me visually that Hank Pym goes down and he's with a [younger] woman. Basically I liked the idea of this being a generational hero's story, that we have Scott and Hope, and then we have Hank and Janet - and it really is about family. And I also just liked the idea that it's a different thing in the MCU to have these legacy heroes, and that they're age appropriate. That just made more sense for our movie."

I liked the direction that they took it with the age because it really would have been a little weird if she didn't age. It makes sense that she appropriately aged over time for Hank's sake. 

What did you think about how Janet Van Dyne was handled in the film?