New Trailer For John Cho’s Interesting Mystery Thriller SEARCHING, Which is Told Through Technology

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We've got another trailer for John Cho's intense looking mystery thriller Searching. The story revolves around a father named David, whose 16-year-old daughter goes missing. So he goes on the hunt to find her, and a detective fails to find a single lead.

David decides to search the one place no one has looked yet, where all secrets are kept today: his daughter’s laptop. In a hyper-modern thriller told via the technology devices we use every day to communicate, David must trace his daughter’s digital footprints before she disappears forever.

This is one of those films where the story is told through various forms of technology. This new trailer puts more of a focus on the daughter Margot. When talking about the film in our review, Corrin explained that even though the concept seemed too gimmicky, "from the Windows XP startup screen, I was hooked. The story unfolds through pictures, emails, home videos, you name it. And within the first ten minutes, I was not only completely invested, but crying like I hadn't cried during an opening sequence since Pixar's Up." She goes on to say:

With many twists and turns, Search is an exciting story that uses the limitation of its format to cleverly reveal clues as to Margot's whereabouts. 

Searching hits theaters on August 3, 2018. Check out the new trailer and let us know if it's a film you'll go out to see.

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SICARIO: DAY OF THE SOLDADO is Getting Great Buzz and is Said to Be an Amazing Sequel

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Sicario: Day of the Soldado is one of my most anticipated films of the year. I loved director Denis Villeneuve‘s first movie and everything that I've seen from this sequel has looked incredible. Well, it sounds like the movie actually turned out as amazing as it looks! At least that's what the first wave of reactions have been. 

The sequel was directed by Stefano Sollima, and a lot of fans wondered if a director other than Villeneuve would be able to pull it off, and it looks like he did. The buzz you'll read below is overwhelmingly positive. Of course, he wouldn't have been able to do it without the script written by returning screenwriter Taylor Sheridan.

Not only is the movie praised, but so are the performances by Josh Brolin and Benicio del Toro. Before we get to what the critics are saying, here's what Denis Villeneuve said about the film in an interview with IndieWire:

"[The sequel is] a knockout. Sollima did a masterful follow up to ‘Sicario.’ I was blown away! Having seen his film, I’m proud to say that Stefano did an impressive, powerful, masterful follow-up,” Villeneuve told IndieWire. “It’s a hell of a good movie!"

Now, here's what the critics are saying:

Stefano Sollima directs Sicario: Day of the Soldado, which stars Benicio del Toro, Josh Brolin, Isabela Moner, Catherine Keener, and Jeffrey Donovan.

FBI agent Matt Graver calls on mysterious operative Alejandro Gillick when Mexican drug cartels start to smuggle terrorists across the U.S. border. The war escalates even further when Alejandro kidnaps a top kingpin’s daughter to deliberately increase the tensions. When the young girl is seen as collateral damage, the two men will determine her fate as they question everything that they are fighting for.

Sicario: Day of the Soldado opens in theaters on June 29, 2018.

Will Pixar Ever Make an INCREDIBLES 3? Here’s What Director Brad Bird Had to Say

Fans waited fourteen long years for Incredibles 2 and it was so damn good that fans, like myself, can't wait for an Incredibles 3! The big question is, will Pixar ever make it? With the sequel being as big of a hit as it is, it seems like a no-brainer to develop a sequel, but what would that sequel entail?

One of the reasons why it took so long for the sequel to get made was because director Brad Bird didn't want to do it unless it had the right story. Well, it turns out that there was so much material developed for Incredibles 2, that some of those elements could easily spill over into a third film. Bird certainly isn't ready to rule out the possibility. 

When talking about the pressures of making the film after Disney moved the release date up a year, he told EW:

"You couldn’t linger on. It’s like the episode of I Love Lucy when she’s got the candies piling up on the conveyer belt. This film was like that. They took a year off our schedule, so if an idea didn’t work quickly, you had to just kill the darling and move onto the next. And I killed like a city full of darlings."

The "darlings" that Bird is referring to are all the new superheroes that were introduced in Incredibles 2. We didn't get to see much of them in the film, but the original plan was to really dive into these new characters and several of the stories that Bird wanted to tell got lost in the shuffle. When talking about a possible sequel, he said:

"We storyboarded, and we designed characters, and they’re really good! Some of them were really funny and cool and explored certain things. You know, you never say never, because there might be an opportunity to use it. Maybe the idea shows up in a different film. There was an idea I had for an animated version of The Spirit that I ended up using in The Iron Giant. You never know how these things are going to get repurposed. There were a lot of ideas that we had on this film that could be [used]… whether it’s another Incredibles film, or something else."

So there is a chance that one day there could be a sequel or even possibly a spinoff film, which I think would be interesting. Some of those new supers that were introduced in the sequel were a lot of fun. 

Whatever happens, hopefully we don't have to wait another fourteen years for it to happen!

Would you want to see an Incredibles 3? Where would you like to see the story go?

Robert Zemeckis Will Direct a Film Adaptation of Roald Dahl’s Classic Book THE WITCHES

Director Robert Zemeckis is in final negotiations to helm a big screen adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic 1973 book The Witches for Warner Bros. He will also co-write the script with his partner, Jack Rapke along with Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity) and Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water). Del Toro was attached to direct at one point, but he had to drop out due to a scheduling conflict. 

As a fan of Zemeckis, I actually think this is a great project for him to take on and I'm sure he'll have some fun with it and deliver a solid film adaptation. He's such a great filmmaker that has made some incredible and classic films in his career and I'm looking forward to seeing what he does with this. The story was previously adapted by Jim Henson in 1990 with Anjelica Huston playing one of the lead roles. 

The story follows a seven-year-old boy who has a run in with real-life witches. According to Variety, Zemeckis’ version will be "more rooted in the original source material, while the Huston pic was a loose adaptation." Here's a description of the book:

This is not a fairy tale. This is about real witches. Grandmamma loves to tell about witches. Real witches are the most dangerous of all living creatures on earth. There's nothing they hate so much as children, and they work all kinds of terrifying spells to get rid of them. Her grandson listens closely to Grandmamma's stories—but nothing can prepare him for the day he comes face-to-face with The Grand High Witch herself!

Zemeckis most recently directed the Steve Carell film, Welcome to Marwen. What do you think about Zemeckis taking on The Witches?

Sammy Davis Jr. Biopic is Set to Be Produced At Paramount Pictures

The Sammy David Jr. biopic is set up at Paramount Pictures and it will be produced by Transformers producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura. According to Deadline, the project is on the fast track and they are in the process of hiring a writer and director to take on the life of the iconic entertainer who could do it all. 

The movie will be based on the 1965 memoir Yes I Can: The Story of Sammy Davis, Jr. that he penned with Jane and Burt Boyar. Davis’ heirs are also joining a producing team, which will also include Lionel Richie

Apparently, Richie was the key to getting all the right deals done to be able to bring Davis’ story to the big screen. In a statement, he said:

“I cannot tell you how excited I am about the signing of the Sammy Davis Jr. project with Paramount. I knew and loved Sammy dearly.
"He was so kind to me at the beginning of my career and gave me advice that helped me become the artist that I am today. I am so happy for his kids that we can bring his story to the screen."

The Memoir details Sammy Davis' personal conviction, and the "view of success that both propelled him to stardom from ghetto obscurity and served as his armor against racism." Here's the description from the book:

YES I CAN is the self-portrait of one of the extraordinary men of our time, who became a figure of controversy because he dared to live his life not as a Negro but as a man. "I've got to be a star like another man has to breathe," write Sammy Davis. "I've got to get so big, so powerful, so famous that the day will come when they'll look at me and see a man, and then somewhere along the way they'll notice he's a Negro." 

Davis truly did live a great life and I'm sure Hollywood could make multiple films out of it. But for now, this is the one we are getting. 

The film is said to follow him from "Vaudeville with his dad and uncle in the Will Mastin Trio to the integrated infantry with Southern whites in WWII to his big break in the short film Sweet and Low in 1947 and his chance meeting with Sinatra."

Davis was among the first "entertainers to truly cross the white barrier in a racially charged America. Thanks in large part to his champion Frank Sinatra, Davis — who even as a child in Vaudeville was entertaining with his incredible tap-dancing repertoire –truly was able to thrive." Here are some additional details on Davis' life. There's a lot of stuff here that I wasn't aware of before:

He was born in Harlem and performed for troops during World War II. By the 1950s, Davis was recording albums and performing on Broadway. But it was when he joined Sinatra in what was known as The Rat Pack — along with Dean Martin, Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop — that he began to become a major celebrity.
The guys ruled the Las Vegas Strip, often staying at The Sands. He then started appearing in 1960s Rat Pack films such as Ocean’s 11, Sergeants 3 and Robin and the 7 Hoods.
It was his love affairs with white actresses such as Kim Novak, however, that threw him into private and public controversies. Faced with a death threat from Columbia Pictures’ Harry Cohn after he found out that Davis and Novak were an item, the singer was forced to marry a black woman as a beard.
Then came his love affair with the Swedish actress May Britt, which really raised eyebrows during what was a time in America when interracial marriages were banned in many states. But the two were deeply in love, and Davis proudly announced the engagement to the world. Sinatra was concerned and said not to marry Britt, but the two lovebirds were determined. It was a marriage that lasted eight years and produced three children.
During a time in America when there were still segregated water fountains and black performers had to stay in black hotels separate from whites-only hotels (like the Frontier and the Desert Inn in Vegas and the South), Davis — and others including Eckstine, Lena Horne, Count Basie, Billie Holiday, Bobby Tucker, The Mills Brothers, etc. — continued to push through the bigotry. Davis later threw down the gauntlet and boldly refused to work for companies that segregated.
The marriage to Britt was not without backlash from the black community as well. Davis, however, continued to push for civil rights even though some in the black community saw him as a sellout; even though he was scared, he marched with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. from Selma to Montgomery in 1965. Davis broke down many barriers; played for the Queen of England and even was given his own network show in 1966 — unheard of for a black man at the time.
In 1971, Davis enjoyed a major pop hit with “The Candy Man, which was written by others specifically for the film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. That song held onto the No. 1 spot for three weeks.

Davis, who was tirelessly devoted to his work, was almost killed in a 1954 car crash in San Bernardino. That’s how he lost his left eye. During his recovery, he began studying Judaism. He converted in 1961. So did Britt.

Controversy hit again when he backed (and hugged) then-candidate Richard Nixon in 1972. But Sinatra loved the politician, too — eventually even helping out VP Spiro Agnew financially with his legal woes behind the scenes). Davis later got involved with porn star Linda Lovelace and fell in with even more strange bedfellows of drugs and alcohol.

It will be interesting to see who the studio hires to write and direct the movie. They will have a big responsibility on their shoulders to tell this story right. Davis had a bigger than life personality and whoever they end up casting in the role is going to have a big job ahead of him. Who do you think should play Sammy Davis Jr.?

TANK is a Radical 80s Inspired Vector Arcade Game Short Film That You’ve Gotta Watch!

I've got a totally awesome animated short film for you to watch today called Tank. The film was created by Red Giant’s Chief Creative Officer, Stu Maschwitz. As you'll see it was created in the style of those old-school vector arcade games from the 80’s like Battlezone and Star Wars.

It's just not the cool unique visuals as well, this thing also has a story, which follows a team of pilots that must take on a weapon of mass destruction in a battle to save their world.

I loved this! I thought this was just the coolest thing! it also has a great 80s-style synth musical score that was created by Ben Worley. As for how Stu created the film, he explains:

Putting aside current 3D modeling techniques, Stu looked to the past and built the world of Tank entirely in Adobe After Effects, using math, code, and hundreds of hours of painstaking animation work.

In case you're interested, I also included a "making of" video for the short film that was released as well so that you can see what exactly went into creating this nostalgic short. I can't wait to see what the filmmaker does next! I'd love to see a series of this!

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James Gunn Confirms When GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 3 Takes Place

Earlier today, we reported that Chris Pratt said  he thought that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 was set in the past, prior to the events of Avengers: Infinity War. There's been a lot of teasing by the writers and directors at Marvel that this could be the case. 

Director James Gunn has now confirmed when the third chapter in the story will be set, putting to rest all of this talk and speculation. He actually cleared this up a couple of days ago, but a lot of sites, like ours, must've missed it.

When asked by a fan when it would be set, James Gunn simply said, "it will be after." Which means the Avengers will find a way to fix what Thanos did and the Guardians of the Galaxy will be back in action! 

Who from the Guardians team remains to be seen. The one character that most fans aren't quite sure about at this point in regards to returning is Gamora. So, now that that's been settled we can move on to all the other crazy things about the future of the MCU to speculate about!

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will arrive in theaters in 2020.

Five New STAR TREK Series Are In Development Including a Sequel To THE NEXT GENERATION with Patrick Stewart

Star Trek: Discovery has gone through a bit of drama lately as the showrunners of the series, Gretchen Berg and Aaron Harberts, were recently fired due to the abusive work conditions that they put their writing staff through. 

Alex Kurtzman has since replaced them as the showrunner of the show and he just signed a new deal with CBS. A $25 million deal which will be part of a five-year plan to develop more Star Trek series for the network. There are currently six projects that are apparently currently in early development, one of them includes a sequel to The Next Generation series with Patrick Stewart reprising his role as Captain Picard! 

First, Variety reveals details on the following four series that are in development:

  • A teen-oriented series set at Starfleet Academy from Stephanie Savage and Josh Schwartz, the duo behind the recent Dynasty reboot and Marvel’s Runaways adaptation.
  • A limited series with a currently confidential plot.
  • A limited series based around the beloved character Khan, from the original Star Trek and the classic film The Wrath of Khan—something that’s been rumored for a while as being spearheaded by Wrath of Khan director Nicholas Meyer.
  • An animated series with another currently confidential plot.

Those all sound great, but I'm most excited for this possible Next Generation sequel series that was reported by The Hollywood Reporter! The report says:

The new deal comes as rumblings about another Star Trek series, featuring Patrick Stewart reprising his role as Star Trek: The Next Generation's Capt. Jean-Luc Picard, have been heating up. Sources say Kurtzman and Akiva Goldsman, who left Discovery after season one, are attached to the Stewart-led reboot. CBS TV Studios declined to confirm the Stewart project as sources say a deal is far from completed and may not happen despite the fact that the actor recently teased his potential return to the franchise.

I hope that series happens because it could be amazing! It may have a long way to go, but it sounds like there's a chance that it could happen.

There's a new post on the official Star Trek website that confirms that the deal has closed and he will "extend the Star Trek franchise for television, developing new series, mini-series and other content opportunities, including animation."

Out of all the new shows that are mentioned to be in development, what are you most excited for?

McFarlane Toys Reveals Their Captain Kirk and Captain Picard STAR TREK Action Figures

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McFarlane Toys has revealed their first two Star Trek action figures featuring Captain Kirk and Captain Picard. It seems like it's been a while since we've seen Star Trek action figures like this and they turned out great! I'm going to have to add these to my collection!

The 7" scale figures are set to come packed in collector friendly window boxes. They will include themed accessories and about 16 points of articulation. Each figure is priced at $19.99. Read on for photos and official details.

Star Trek: The Original Series – Captain James T. Kirk

Captain of the USS Enterprise, Captain James Tiberius Kirk is one of the most renowned Starfleet leaders. Kirk leads his crew to the far reaches of space, Where No Man Has Gone Before. Regarded as a maverick, Captain Kirk strays from the path of Starfleet regulations, but only when the ends justify the means.

Captain Kirk is shown in his Command Yellow Starfleet uniform and will come with a Type II Phaser, a Communicator, and a Phaser Rifle. Figure Stands 7 inches tall and comes complete with multiple articulation points and a stylized brand specific base.

Star Trek: The Next Generation – Captain Jean-Luc Picard

Captain of the USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D), Captain Jean-Luc Picard shows that diplomacy can be just as effective as jumping head first into action. Despite his mastery of rhetoric, Picard is also known as an incredibly tactical Captain when faced with a violent threat. Captain Picard leads his diverse crew to seek out new life and new civilizations and to boldly go Where No One Has Gone Before.

Captain Picard is shown in his Command Red Starfleet (Type B) uniform and will come with a Type II Phaser and the Ressikan Flute, from the episode Inner Light. Figure stands 7 inches tall and comes complete with multiple articulation points and a stylized brand specific base.

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James Mangold’s BOBA FETT Film Probably Won’t Start Shooting Until 2020

A few weeks ago we learned that Logan director James Mangold was set to helm the standalone Boba Fett film for Lucasfilm and that seemed to get fans pretty excited. Unfortunately, the movie isn't going to be happening anytime soon.  

According to Omega Underground, who first reported that the Boba Fett movie was going back into development a couple of years ago, have reported that director Josh Trank was fired from the project, and the movie won't go into production now until 2020.

One of the reasons that Mangold won't be getting around to the film anytime soon is because he is looking to start production on his Ford vs Ferrari movie in California this summer. He will be working with Matt DamonChristian Bale, and Jon Bernthal on that. He's going to be pretty busy with that through 2019 as he is making the press rounds for the film.

After that, he'll get started on Boba Fett! The current production scheduling at Lucasfilm includes J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: Episode IX shooting this summer, Jon Favreau‘s Star Wars TV series shooting in fall/winter, and then there's the Obi-Wan Kenobi movie, which will most likely start shooting in April 2019. Lucasfilm has yet to make an official announcement on that Kenobi film, but it seems like it's only a matter of time. 

I think Mangold is going to do something incredible with the Boba Fett film and I can't wait to see what story he ends up telling.