Stephen McFeely Addresses What Took Thanos So Long to Take Action

Raise your hand if you’re wondering what took Thanos so long to actually do anything after announcing at the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron, “Fine, I’ll do it myself.” Now that everyone is raising their hand, Stephen McFeely, one of the screenwriters for Avengers: Infinity War tries to explain this in the commentary of the film.

The catalyst for the whole movie was when Thanos figured out where the Soul Stone was because he captured Nebula on his ship [after she went after him at the end of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2] and rooted around in her brain and found out that Gamora knew where the Soul Stone was.

Normally you want, you know, your inciting incident, the catalyst for this to maybe be on screen and maybe be first. But given how we wanted to approach the story we buried it to basically the midpoint. And, you know, again, it keeps you off balance, but it’s definitely there.

It makes some sense when you think about it. Thanos is a man with a purpose. He doesn’t care about having power to have power. He sees the Infinity Stones as a means to an end and not just some power boost. That being said, do you think the catalyst for everything was buried too deep or were you fine with it?

Source: LRM

Jordan Vogt-Roberts Looks to Break Video Game Movie Curse with METAL GEAR SOLID By Leaning Into its Weirdness

Video game movie adaptations are typically not well received by audiences. Prince of Persia wasn’t awful, but it wasn’t great. Super Mario Bros was utter garbage. Then you’ve got Resident Evil, Tomb Raider, Mortal Kombat, Warcraft, etc. It’s like how anime movie adaptations struggle. However, Kong: Skull Island director Jordan Vogt-Roberts is hoping to make a good video game movie with Metal Gear Solid. His idea is to lean into what makes the game so weird. At San Diego Comic-Con, Vogt-Roberts told ScreenRant his plan:

You know the beauty of Metal Gear and the reason I give our producers and the studio a ton of credit is because I went in and said, ‘Let’s embrace the fact that this is weird.’ Let’s embrace the fact that there are supernatural elements to this game that are horror elements to this game. Let’s embrace the fact that there are weird Japanese quirkiness and idiosyncrasies and oddities that are all framed around this very self-serious world and let’s lean into those things and let’s have it be unique and unlike anything else because it represents those things and let’s have the rest of the world fall in love with it because of that as opposed to trying to make it something else.

There’s certainly plenty of weirdness in those games. I’ve heard stories of some people needing to change the controller port mid-game. Do you think embracing the weirdness of Metal Gear Solid is the key to making it a good video game movie? Do you think this is a lost cause?

Jaime King Cast in Netflix’s New Zombie Series BLACK SUMMER

If you’re wanting a new zombie apocalypse show, you may want to consider Black Summer. Black Summer was recently ordered by Netflix and it will star Jaime King from Hart of Dixie. The series will start with 8 episodes and I imagine it will get more if it does well. Karl Schaefer and John Hyams created the series, and both will serve as executive producers. Here’s a brief synopsis:

Black Summer stars King as a mother, torn from her daughter, who embarks upon a harrowing journey, stopping at nothing to find her. Thrust alongside a small group of American refugees, she must brave a hostile new world and make brutal decisions during the most deadly summer of a zombie apocalypse.

Does this sound like a new series that you might enjoy?

Source: Deadline

Let’s Talk About GO GO POWER RANGERS #12

We are coming to the end of Shattered Grid, but that doesn’t mean things are slowing down. If you haven’t read Go Go Power Rangers #12 yet, be warned that spoilers are ahead.

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My favorite part is that we finally learn the story of the Ranger Slayer! We get to see her become brainwashed and under Drakkon’s spell. That’s awesome. This then leads into where we left off in #11 where Ranger Slayer had just knocked out Billy, but it’s for a good reason which she explains to Kimberly. However, there’s an awkward glimpse at Jason’s life. He’s dealing with his dad being sick and trying to get his dad to tell Jason’s mom. Normally, I’d love this. Unfortunately, I think it’s placed in a weird spot and we don’t get any resolution about the scene. It’s literally just one page that felt to me like there was going to be more, but the rest got lost.

The next momentous occasion is when Matt runs into Ranger Slayer and is furiously texting the Rangers trying to get help. Ranger Slayer then tells Matt everything after reviving the Gravezord. After the Gravezord is revived, Ranger Slayer sends it remotely to help the Rangers who are struggling against Hammerdillo and Crush-Tacean. It then combines with the Megazord for the super awesome (my second favorite part of the comic) Mega-Gravezord!

We finally get to the most confusing part of the issue. Ranger Slayer finds Tommy Oliver. We have no indication as to when or what dimension this Tommy is in which is what makes this really confusing to me. Ranger Slayer then does some cool acrobatics before shooting what appears to be a magic arrow. Tommy is then shown images of what I believe are the memories of the dead Tommy. Ranger Slayer is next seen losing her powers. At least, that’s what I think is happening.

Of course, the very end of the issue is Matt confronting the Rangers in an attempt to get them to tell him the truth about them being Rangers. The Rangers refuse, and Matt decides he never wants to talk to them again.

I thought this issue was awesome, and I hope and expect things to be explained in #13. What did you think of the issue.

Wakandan War Chants Were Improvised in INFINITY WAR

I loved Avengers: Infinity War. I thought it was a spectacular movie. One of the many parts I loved, was when the Wakanda warriors do their awesome war chants before engaging Thanos’ forces. It turns out, that was not planned by the Russo brothers. Infinity War and Black Panther were being filmed at the same time so there was no way for the Russos to know how successful the movie would be or how much people would love the war chants and the phrase “Wakanda forever!” The brothers did not plan on including any of that into Infinity War. However, in the commentary for Infinity War, they explain how Winston Duke and Chadwick Boseman incorporated them into the film.

We did not know — because we had not seen Black Panther because they were still making Black Panther — about their war chants,” Joe Russo notes on the commentary. “And they just started doing it.”

”Oh my God, yeah,” Anthony Russo interjects.

”And after watching Winston doing it in the opening of the sequence, it led to the responding war cry that T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) leads,” Joe Russo says. “A year ahead of time, we had no idea ‘Wakanda forever!’ was going to be amazing.”

Infinity War is available on Digital now and on Blu-ray August 14, 2018.

Source: THR

Henry Cavill and Zachary Levi Share Their Thoughts on Shazam vs Superman

Many DC fans debate who would win in a fight: Superman or Shazam. There are plenty of valid arguments for both sides. What do Superman and Shazam have to say about it though? When asked who would win in a fight including Superman, Shazam, and Batman, Henry Cavill responded with:

Well, if it’s three guys fighting, Batman has a chance. Because Shazam and Superman are going to focus on each other. And that’s when Batman gets all his sneaky stuff in. Superman isn’t going to just be beating up Shazam. He’s not. And Shazam is basically just a big kid. So he’s not going to be beating up Superman. He’s a huge fan of Superman, for one. But Supes is seriously quick. I think it’s whoever gets the jump on the other. It’s situational.

Zachary Levi gave a much simpler response about Shazam vs Superman.

Shazam is magic. So I think we’re team Shazam.

Since Superman is vulnerable to magic, that does lend some credence to that side. What do you think though? Superman or Shazam?

Source: Cinemablend

The Series Adaptation of Y: THE LAST MAN Adds Timothy Hutton to the Cast

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If you’re excited for the adaptation of Y: The Last Man, Y, you’ll be interested in knowing that Timothy Hutton has been cast. Hutton is currently said to only appear in the pilot as the U.S. President. This makes sense considering the premise revolves around there only being one male.

The DC Comics/Vertigo title was first launched in 2002 and revolves around Yorick Brown — the last surviving human with a Y chromosome — and his Capuchin monkey, Ampersand. The series follows escape artist Yorick after a mysterious plague as he sets out to find what might have wiped out the male chromosome.

Hutton joins the previously cast Diane LaneBarry Keoghan, Imogen Poots, Lashana Lynch, Juliana Canfield, Amber Tamblyn and Marin Ireland.

The series is being developed by showrunners Michael Green (American Gods, Blade Runner 2049, Logan) and Aida Mashaka Croal (Luke Cage, Turn). The creator of the comic is also a producer on the series. Melina Matsoukas (Insecure, Master of None, Beyonce: Formation) is set to direct the pilot. 

Source: Deadline

Netflix and Sony Introduce “Netflix Calibrated Mode” for New Sony Master Series TVs

Are you sick and tired of your Netflix watching not looking like what the creators saw with their fancy professional grade equipment? Well, it’ll be a bit easier for you now that Sony and Netflix have teamed up. Sony’s new Master Series TVs will now have a “Netflix Calibrated Mode” that will essentially automatically adjust the picture to look as close to what the creators saw on their reference monitors as possible.

According to THR, Zack Estrin, executive producer of Netflix’s Lost in Space tested one of the TVs out and said they were “almost indistinguishable.” Of course, for cinephiles this is a bit of a dream come true as many want to make sure they can see and hear everything the director intended.

With this new mode, the menu setting effectively takes picture information that might be used in a grading suite with a professional reference monitor, and applies it to the display of the program, with the goal of allowing Netflix viewers to get accurate color and contrast, including when they are viewing content in 4K resolution or high dynamic range (HDR). This feature, developed by Sony picture engineers with Netflix color scientists only works for Netflix content, at least in today’s announced models.

Sony has declined to comment if they're working with other content creators. If this is something that interests you, you’ll need the 65-inch or 55-inch model of the A9F OLED or the 75-inch or 65-inch model of the Z9F LCD TVs. All 4 models are scheduled to be available in the fall and there is no pricing yet.

Priyanka Chopra Cast Opposite Chris Pratt in COWBOY NINJA VIKING

Universal and Chris Pratt are working on putting together a movie for Cowboy Ninja Viking and they have found Pratt’s love interest. Priyanka Chopra from Quantico, A Kid Like Jake, and Baywatch is said to have earned the role as the female lead for the film. In case you’re unfamiliar with Cowboy Ninja Viking, here’s a brief synopsis of the graphic novel by A.J. Lieberman:

The series revolves around a counter-intelligence unit of Multiple Personality Disorder patients, formed by psychotherapist Dr. Sebastian Ghislain, who are transformed into agents known as Triplets (referring to the three different personalities inside their minds). It is hinted that this is possible through experimental psychiatric conditioning and treatment, psychotropic drugs, and past life regression therapy. After the unit falls apart, its various members are turned into hired killers. Duncan, a Triplet who channels the skills of a Cowboy, Ninja, and Viking, is sent to find and stop the rogue Triplets.

Michelle MacLaren is set to direct the film that will use a screenplay written by Ryan Engle, Dan Mazeau, Craig Mazin, David Reese, and Paul Wernick.

Cowboy Ninja Viking currently has a release date of June 28, 2019.

Source: THR

MoviePass Increases Pricing and Makes Other Changes to the Service as They Struggle to Survive

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MoviePass is struggling. There has been a big increase in outages from the service and it all comes down to the fact that they’re broke. As expected, offering people a movie a day for only $10 a month is apparently not working as a business model.

They’ve tried off-setting things by introducing peak pricing, but it clearly wasn’t working. So, MoviePass has decided to keep fighting instead of folding. In order to continue, they are tweaking their business model. Instead of $9.95 a month, customers will now be charged $14.95 a month. They also are planning on making it so that most customers cannot see movies within the first few weeks that they’re in theaters.

For example, if you are a current customer, you cannot see Mission: Impossible – Fallout. They have also mentioned that you’ll have to wait in order to see Christopher Robin and The Meg. Of course, this rule will probably be bent for movies that have a promotional deal with Moviepass.

Do you mind these changes? Will you be changing to Sinemia, AMC A-List, Atom, or some other service? Here's the press release:

MoviePass™, the nation’s premier movie theater subscription service and a majority-owned subsidiary of Helios and Matheson Analytics Inc. (Nasdaq: HMNY) (“Helios”), today announced the implementation of several new measures aimed at accelerating the plan for profitability. Through these new steps, the company believes it will be able to compress its timeline to reach profitability.
Approaching the one-year anniversary of introducing its standard $9.95 price point, the MoviePass community has grown to more than 3 million members and in turn has contributed to record box office growth, responsible for approximately 6 percent of the nation’s total box office sales in the first half of 2018. In addition, MoviePass Ventures and MoviePass Films are contributing to the company’s ancillary revenue.
Today, the company has implemented several elements of a long-term growth plan to protect the existing community and set it up for future sustainable growth.
MoviePass has implemented several new cost-reduction and subscription revenue increase measures:
  • Actions that have been implemented are currently cutting the monthly burn by 60%.
  • A future increase of the standard pricing plan to $14.95 per month within the next 30 days.
  • First Run Movies opening on 1,000+ Screens to be limited in their availability during the first two weeks, unless made available on a promotional basis,
  • Implementation of additional tactics to prevent abuse of the MoviePass service.
As of Q3 and beyond, MoviePass is also generating incremental non-subscription revenue of approximately $4 to $6 per subscriber per quarter:
Integration of MoviePass Ventures and MoviePass Films with our own original content allows us to gain revenue by owning the films through box office, streaming, DVD, retail, transactional sales e.g. Apple and Samsung, and international rights, etc.
  • Partnerships with 3rd party media inventory to increase scale and reach of marketing efforts driven by data
  • Continued rollout and refinement of the Peak Pricing program
  • Creating strategic marketing partnerships and promotions with studios, content owners, and brands
  • Integration of Moviefone.Com to support the media buys of brands and studios
In an effort to maintain the integrity of the MoviePass mission, to enhance discovery, and to drive attendance to smaller films and bolster the independent film community, MoviePass will begin to limit ticket availability to Blockbuster films. This change has already begun rolling out, with Mission Impossible 6 being the first film included in the measure. This is a strategic move by the company to both limit cash burn and stay loyal to its mission to empower the smaller artistic film communities. Major studios will continue to be able to partner with MoviePass to promote their first run films, seeding them with a valuable moviegoing audience.
MoviePass subscribers are also more readily influenced by recommendations and more willing to make them, making them an invaluable audience to studios and distributors. The National Research Group study indicates that when we recommend films, partner with studios, or promote our own movies, we currently account for 20% to 45% of the national box office.
“Over the past year, we challenged an entrenched industry while maintaining the financially transparent records of a publicly traded company. We believe that the measures we began rolling out last week will immediately reduce cash burn by 60% and will continue to generate lower funding needs in the future,” said Ted Farnsworth, Chairman and CEO of Helios.
“These changes are meant to protect the longevity of our company and prevent abuse of the service. While no one likes change, these are essential steps to continue providing the most attractive subscription service in the industry. Our community has shown an immense amount of enthusiasm over the past year, and we trust that they will continue to share our vision to reinvigorate the movie industry,” said Mitch Lowe, MoviePass CEO.