Brad Bird Uses EDGE OF TOMORROW as an Example of Why Hollywood is Scared of Making Original Films

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Whenever we see news of a remake, reboot, or unnecessary sequel, movie fans almost always tend to express their dissatisfaction and they feel that Hollywood needs to be producing original content. We've had conversations like this several times over the years. Hollywood needs more original films! A few years ago I wrote an article that focused on the fact that if we want original films, we have to support them! Unfortunately, original films aren't getting that support so they are afraid to invest money and time in original properties. 

Director Brad Bird (The Incredibles 2, Tomorrowland) recently went on a little Twitter rant regarding the reason why Tom Cruise's Edge of Tomorrow may have failed and used it as an indicator of why he thinks that studios are afraid of putting big money into originality.

"GREAT movie, but the audience (who asks for originality in films) failed to show up for it. If it had been released as “LIVE, DIE, REPEAT” it might’ve been the hit it should’ve been. Sadly, it was called EDGE OF TOMORROW... a terrible & bland title for a really entertaining film."

I can see why the title was off-putting, but the movie still got a ton of great word of mouth and positive reviews, so in the end, the title of the film shouldn't have mattered. But, this is one of the main reasons why the studios ended up changing the title when it was released on home entertainment to Live. Die. Repeat.

Now, the film didn't really bomb at the box office, it did pretty well, but Bird explains why it didn't encourage other studios to jump into making original movies. 

"To be clear, EDGE OF TOMORROW was a hit, but given production and advertising costs, it didn't show the kind of profit that would encourage other studios to start gambling on originals again. But they ARE planning a sequel..."

Hopefully, that sequel, which is called Live Die Repeat and Repeat, will actually happen. It's been in development for a long time. Everyone is excited about it, but the studio still has yet to pull the trigger and give it the greenlight. When previously talking about the sequel director Doug Liman said:

"It picks up where the last one left off, but then we go backwards in time. I love it way more than the story of the original film." 

Anyway, what do you all think about Hollywood's problem with not creating original film content? Do you think it is a problem? Do you think they are producing a good mix of original films? If not, do you think they'll ever change and start trying to make more of them?

Hell, James Cameron's Avatar was an original film that became a huge success so we know that it's possible to make great and successful original movies. 

Rotten Tomatoes is Tweaking Their System for Critic Reviews

 

I know many of you are already groaning and complaining since Rotten Tomatoes is being mentioned. However, this might be something good. Rotten Tomatoes has announced that it is changing their criteria for critics. First, Rotten Tomatoes will be allowing podcast and video reviews and will consider them alongside the written reviews for scoring. Second, it is now a bit easier to become a critic on their site. EW states:

In a first wave changes being rolled out, the site will add podcasts and video movie reviews to its mix of scores instead of just written ones. Also, the site will relax its critic certification process to allow prolific reviewers who might not be full-time employees of a known publication to get their self-published reviews on the site. Rotten Tomatoes is considering tweaking other aspects of its platform as well.

Yes, that sounds like some buzzwords, but this could help lead to a more diverse group of critics which in turn could (in theory) improve the site and present a more accurate score. Third, it sounds like more changes will be coming in waves.

I know a lot of people don’t like Rotten Tomatoes for various reasons. However, I am cautiously optimistic about them changing things up. Maybe this can help close the gap between “Critics” and “Audiences.”

MR. ROBOT Confirmed to End After Season 4

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Not long ago Christian Slater came out and said that he thought the amazing USA Network series Mr. Robot would come to an end after Season 4. Well, it looks like he knew what he was talking about, which isn't surprising. 

Variety has confirmed that Mr. Robot Season 4 will, in fact, conclude after the fourth season. We don't know how many episodes Season 4 will consist of yet, or when exactly it will premiere, but we do know it's coming in 2019. 

The series stars Rami Malek and the series has followed the character Elliot Alderson (Malek), "a cyber-security engineer who became involved in the underground hacker group fsociety after being recruited by their mysterious leader Mr. Robot (Slater), whom he later discovered to be the projection of his dead father. Following the events of fsociety’s five/nine hack on the multi-national corporation E Corp, the series explores the consequences of the attack, the motivations of those involved and the disintegration between Elliot and Mr. Robot."

Mr. Robot Season 3 did a solid job of setting up the characters for a conclusion in the upcoming season and I can't wait to see how their stories come to an end. By the end of Season 3, Elliot and Mr. Robot seemed to have a stabilized partnership as they are looking to take down Whiterose and get out from under the Dark Army's grip.

Creator Sam Esmail has sure told an incredible and compelling story and it's a bitter/sweet feeling knowing that it's all coming to an end. But, at least the creative team will get to tell the full story that they set out to give us.

BIG MOUTH Gets First Season 2 Teaser Trailer and Release Date

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Big Mouth is back for Season 2, and in just a short time it's proven the upcoming season will be as raunchy as Season 1 and then some. There's some more good news, it looks like fans won't have to wait long for the new season as we'll all get a chance to binge to our heart's delight on October 5th.

Big Mouth was created by Nick Kroll, Andrew Goldberg, Mark Levin, and Jennifer Flackett and it's based on Kroll and Goldberg's tweenage years growing up in Westchester County, New York. Kroll voices his fictional self in the series.

The series follows 7th grade best friends Nick Birch and Andrew Glouberman as they navigate their way through puberty, masturbation, and sexual arousal. Acting as sex-based shoulder angels are the hormone monsters; Maurice (who pesters Andrew and occasionally Nick and Jay, and strongly resembles Pan), and Connie (who pesters Jessi and occasionally Missy). Throughout the series, the kids interact with people and objects who are personified in one way or another and offer helpful, albeit confusing, advice in their puberty-filled lives including the ghost of Duke Ellington, a French accented Statue of Liberty, a pillow capable of getting pregnant, and even Jessi's own vagina.

Check out the teaser trailer below, and try not to strain so hard your butthole turns inside-out:

Microsoft Reveals Xbox Games With Gold For September

Microsoft recently revealed the roster of Xbox Games with Gold for the month of September, which will comprise of an exciting mix of games from adventure titles to prison simulators. 

September’s list of Games with Gold include games such as Prison Architect for the Xbox One, which allows players to build, design, and run an actual prison. The game features charming visuals and fun gameplay as the player is tasked to develop and manage the day-to-day activities of a private prison. Prison Architect will be available from September 1-30. 

Next on the Xbox One list is Livelock, which is a top-down co-op shooter from Perfect World Entertainment. Livelock takes place in a post-apocalyptic setting and is often described as a game similar to the style of the Diablo series. Livelock will be available from September 15 to October 15. 

Check out the full list of September’s Xbox Games with Gold:

Xbox One:

  • Prison Architect: September 1-30
  • Livelock: September 16-October 15

Xbox One and Xbox 360:

  • Lego Star Wars 3: The Clone Wars: September 1-15
  • Sega Vintage Collection: Monster World: September 16-30 

What do you think of September’s list of Xbox Games with Gold? Which one are you most excited to play first? Share your pick in the comments below. 

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New Featurette and Poster For STAR WARS RESISTANCE Spotlights the Main Characters

A new piece of poster art and a featurette have been released for Lucasfilm's upcoming animated series Star Wars Resistance and they highlight the new characters that will fill the story and make up Team Fireball. I also like the little tagline that comes with it: "Some Heroes Stick To The Plan. Others Just Wing It."

The Fireball team consists of, Jarek Yeager, former Rebellion pilot who is trying to live a quiet life as a mechanic. That all changes when Poe and Leia ask for his help; Tam Ryvora, a fellow mechanic who used to be a racer herself before she lost her ship. “She’s tough, no-nonsense, she kind of has attitude"; Neeku, a green naive alien, who is an "unbelievably positive, happy character"; and Bucket, a droid who has a thing for wearing X-wing fighter pilot helmets. 

I enjoyed what I saw in the trailer that was released for the series and fans seem to be pretty excited about it. The new show has a very different style than the other animated shows, but I kinda dig the western anime style. I also like the thing s that I've learned from this featurette. We also get our first look at Leia in the series!

When the show was first announced, we learned that it would revolve around a character named Kazuda Xiono, who is described as "a young pilot recruited by the Resistance whose mission is to spy on the growing threat of the First Order." We also knew that Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) and Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie) would be a part of this new Star Wars adventure. The press release goes on to reveal: 

“While undercover, Kaz works as a mechanic and lives with Poe’s old friend Yeager, a veteran pilot who operates a starship repair shop run by his crew: Tam, Neeku and their old battered astromech droid, Bucket. Kaz soon finds himself in over his head with his newfound friend BB-8 as he’ll have to compete in dangerous sky races, keep his mission a secret from his newfound family, and avoid the danger of the First Order.”

The rest of the voice cast includes Christopher Sean (Days of Our Lives), Suzie McGrath (East Enders), Scott Lawrence (Legion), Myrna Velasco (Elena of Avalor), Josh Brener (Silicon Valley), Donald Faison(Scrubs), Bobby Moynihan (DuckTales), Jim Rash (Community) and Rachel Butera (Tammy's Tiny Tea Time). Here's the synopsis:

Resistance fighter Poe Dameron tasks young pilot Kazuda “Kaz” Xiono with spying on the First Order. At the time, little was known about the secretive organization and its strength.

In order to fulfill his mission, Kaz travels to the space station Colossus, which is being used by many ships as a port to refuel and do repairs. However, there are also dangerous races taking place there. After Kaz bragged with his piloting skills at his arrival there, he is soon drawn into one of the races…

The first season of Star Wars Resistance will run for 22 episodes, and the first episode will be titled "The Recruit." The show will make its debut in October on Disney XD. Watch the trailer and tell us what you think!

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Producer Adi Shankar Thinks That Losing Chris Pine and Captain Kirk isn’t a Big Deal

A couple of weeks ago we learned that both Chris Pine and Chris Hemsworth dropped out of Star Trek 4 after their negotiations with Paramount Pictures fell apart. There's been no word on any changes regarding that but Dredd producer Adi Shankar is saying that he thinks it's fine to move forward without Pine and Captain Kirk. He actually thinks it would be a good thing! While talking to ScreenRant, he says:

"Losing Pine and Kirk is not a big deal and kind of cool. Actors don't matter, stories do. This is the universe presenting an opportunity to do something different and boldly go where no suits have gone before."

He makes a good point, but Star Trek 4 was supposed to revolve around Kirk meeting his father George. It's a storyline that a lot of fans were excited about, but without Pine's Kirk and Hemsworth's George, there's really no point. 

Some fans never really cared for Pine's version of Kirk anyway, so I'm sure they'd be fine with the film franchise moving forward without him.

However, removing Kirk from the franchise would definitely be a little strange and jarring. For me, anyway. But, it's not like we haven't seen a Star Trek film or series without Captain Kirk before! I'm sure they could pull something off if that's the direction they ultimately end up taking the franchise.

What are your thoughts on the studio possibly moving forward with the film set in the Kelvin timeline without Captain Kirk? Do you think they should just reboot the whole thing again?

Dwayne Johnson Will Play The Hawaiian King Kamehameha in a New Epic Film Being Directed By Robert Zemeckis

Dwayne Johnson is teaming up with director Robert Zemeckis to produce an epic film that will revolve around the legendary Hawaiian King Kamehameha, who will be played by Johnson. The film is so big, it's said to be compared to Mel Gibson's Braveheart, and that might be because the script for the film was written by Braveheart screenwriter Randall Wallace. For those of you not familiar with King Kamehameha, here's a little history lesson:

Kamehameha is the legendary king who was the first to unite the warring Hawaiian islands, which fulfilled the prophecy that surrounded his fabled life since birth. He took control of Hawaii’s destiny, and gave the islanders leverage in advancing the culture in trading with the foreign ships from Europe that began showing up on the shores of islands that must have seemed like paradise, albeit a sometimes dangerous one as explorers like Simon Metcalfe and Captain James Cook discovered before Kamehameha forcibly unified the islands.

I'm actually a big Hawaiian history buff, so I couldn't be more excited about this film project! Johnson will be great in the role of Kamehameha, and this is an important passion project for him. Apparently, this is his dream role. But I'm mostly excited to see Zemeckis' vision of this history come to life on the big screen. He's going to bring ancient Hawaii to life in a way we've never seen before! According to Deadline:

Johnson’s decision to finally step up to his dream role was made during the filming of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle that took place in Hawaii. Johnson was at the peak of his star power, and has matured as a man and actor, and the feeling among Johnson and Seven Bucks’ Hiram Garcia was that the time was right. Johnson and his cohorts have been able to sell their packaged projects and get green lights in the deal making stage — as evidenced by the deal with Universal and Legendary for the Rawson Marshall Thurber action film Red Notice, and they took their chance in the global market and scored this deal. They wanted a visceral historical epic like Braveheart, and so sought out Wallace who sparked to doing it on spec. They then sent the script to Zemeckis, who jumped aboard quickly.

The movie is set up with New Line Cinema and Warner Bros. and I can't wait to see how this movie turns out! This is an incredible story and it has the potential to be an awesome film!

DC’s SWAMP THING Series Pilot Will Reportedly Be Directed By Len Wiseman and There Are New Story Details

Some new information has surfaced regarding DC Universe's Swamp Thing series that is being produced by James Wan. According to Splash Report, the creator of the Underworld film franchise, Len Wiseman, is set to direct the Swamp Thing pilot which is set to start filming in the Fall in Wilmington, NC.

I like Len Wiseman and the film and TV work that he has done for the most part, and I think he's a good fit for Swamp Thing. We also have some new details on the pilot episode, but before we get to that, here are the details that we were previously given. 

Swamp Thing will follow "CDC researcher Abby Arcane, who returns to her childhood home of Houma, Louisiana, in order to investigate a deadly swamp-borne virus. She develops a surprising bond with scientist Alec Holland, only to have him tragically taken from her. But as powerful forces descend on Houma, intent on exploiting the swamp’s mysterious properties for their own purposes, Abby will discover that the swamp holds mystical secrets, and the potential love of her life may not be dead after all."

As for the details regarding the pilot, here's a description of it that also comes from the same source as the directing news. If you don't want anything spoiled for you, don't read ahead. However, there is always a chance that this is just rumored information.

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The episode opens with a chill, a scary situation. Three rednecks drive a boat on a swamp in Houma, Louisiana in the dead of night. I think you can probably guess what ensues, but let’s say something happens to them that stops their trip early. However, the main point I wanted to bring up here isn’t really what happens, but how. This cold open doesn’t feel like a comic book show at all, it feels like something out of American Horror Story. Yeah, okay, it isn’t precisely top-tier, high-brow horror, but it does the job.  It’s like an excellent horror film that you might watch on a Saturday night. Nothing spectacular, but it conclusively establishes SWAMP THING as something unique within the world of DC. And, of course, since this is a DC Universe (streaming service) show, there’s a hell of a lot of swearing and mature language… *cough* F— Batman *cough*. But as has been said before, the show isn’t connected to TITANS or DOOM PATROL, so I’m hoping it establishes a different visual palette than those. 
While the show opens with a horror sequence, for the most part, the pilot is focused on establishing the town of Houma and the characters that live within it rather than the scares. But when the frights do come, they work. Funnily, SWAMP THING has a lot in common with shows like SHARP OBJECTS and CASTLE ROCK whereby an inhabitant of an old town comes back after decades away and sees how much it has/hasn’t changed. Meet Abby Arcane, a CDC medical agent who returns to, you guessed it, Houma after decades away to investigate the outbreak of a new infection that is taking over the town. Along with her investigation, we meet a bunch of characters. Most notably Alec Holland, a person who is also drawn to the swamp virus for reasons I won’t get into… There’s also Abby’s friend in the CDC, Harlan; the wealthy family Mr. and Mrs. Sunderland, who have a complicated history with Abby; and a police officer, Matt Cable, among many others. All of them are solid characters, though nothing incredibly deep, they do the job. I particularly liked Abby’s relationship with Mrs. Sunderland, who still holds resentment for Abby after what she did to their family decades ago. It’s one of the highlights of this episode.
Anyway, back to the crux of the story: the infection. It is seriously gross. It’s vomit-inducing gross. It’s described as causing plant growth inside of people that create their bodies to be mutilated and mixed with plant matter to produce a hybrid of grossness. And I guess that’s part of why SWAMP THING feels so unique. There aren’t that many ‘scares’ in the pilot, but there’s a hell of a lot of weird, creepy s***! There are plenty of body-horror visuals that are perhaps even more desired than traditional horror elements. The world of SWAMP THING is what is established in this pilot, and it’s spooky.
Strangely, or perhaps thankfully, the character of Swamp Thing itself doesn’t indeed appear much at all in this episode. He’s more of a figure causing havoc behind-the-scenes and throwing the narrative into motion. The show is far more focused on the human characters than the monster. Since I am unfamiliar with the source material, maybe that’s what Swamp Thing is all about, but I always assumed the stories followed the big monster as he did vigilante duties. It is evident by the end of the pilot, however, that Swamp Thing will undoubtedly play a more significant, direct role moving forward.

I actually like the things that I'm hearing here about the show and I hope that this is the direction that Wan and his creative team are really taking it. After all, I love really weird and creepy shit. That why I'm a fan of Swamp Thing in the first place! 

Swamp Thing will make its debut on the upcoming DC Universe streaming service in 2019. What are your thoughts on Len Wiseman possibly directing the pilot and the rumored plot episode details that have been revealed?

GAME OF THRONES Season 8 Will Reportedly Premiere in Early 2019 and Will Not Be Delayed

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Over the weekend it was being reported all over the place that the premiere of Games of Thrones Season 8 would be delayed to mid-2019 making it not eligible for Emmys until 2020. Well, according to Entertainment Weekly, that's not the case.

They say that Games of Thrones Season 8 will premiere in the first half of 2019 so that it will be eligible for the 2019 Emmy Awards. For a show to be eligible, it will have to air before May 31st, 2019. 

So, if HBO is looking to be eligible for the 2019 Emmys, all six episodes will have to air before May 31st. That means the latest that Game of Thrones can premiere is mid-April. That's in line with six of the previous seven seasons of the show, which either premiered in March or April.

It's good to hear that we might not have to wait until late 2019 for the final season of this epic fantasy series! I can't wait to see how this story ends!