In the adventure comedy, Free Guy, Ryan Reynolds’ bank teller discovers he is actually a background player in an open-world video game. He decides to become the hero of his own story, one he rewrites himself. Now in a world where there are no limits, he is determined to be the guy who saves his world his way — before it is too late.
Free Guy co-stars Killing Eve‘s Jodie Comer, Stranger Things’ Joe Keery, and Taika Waititi, who co-starred with Ryan Reynolds in Green Lantern, although they have both tried to deny that.
That Wonder Woman sure knows how to make an entrance! DC’s sequel is called Wonder Woman 1984 and you probably know the first official trailer is coming tomorrow during CCXP Brazil. Well, we got a little teaser today and fans are already freaking out about that shot of Diana Prince swinging through lightning:
Hey, maybe Shazam showed up to help? Probably not, but Wonder Woman 1984‘s mini tease — with that lightning lasso — left fans very curious to know what’s up:
Some weren’t sure how to even feel about that lightning lasso swing:
Ridiculously epic might sum this whole thing up. After all, the DC Comics movie is set in the 1980s, and if the title didn’t remind you, the music at the end of the tease should have. Everything in the ’80s was cheesy and ridiculous, but the movie should also be big colorful (hair) fun. Then again, not everything was fun — and Wonder Woman 1984 will have the backdrop of the Cold War.
Kristen Wiig joins the cast as Barbara Ann Minerva/Cheetah with The Mandalorian star Pedro Pascal finally confirmed to be playing Maxwell Lord. Chris Pine is back as Steve Trevor, even though we saw what happened to him in the World War I timeline of Wonder Woman.
The full Wonder Woman 1984 trailer will be shared amid the WW84 CCXP Twitter Live Stream Panel with director Patty Jenkins and star Gal Gadot. The live stream starts Sunday, December 8 at 12:30 p.m. PT / 3:30 p.m. ET and will be followed by the trailer debut.
Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins pushed for the movie to come out this coming summer so they could keep the June date that was certainly lucky for them with Gal Gadot’s first movie. But then when the movie was in post-production she regretted asking to wait until June since she’s excited for fans to see the results.
Wonder Woman 1984 arrives in theaters on June 5, 2020. It will follow February 2020’s Birds of Prey as the next film in the DCEU. Keep up with everything heading to the big screen next year with our 2020 movie release date schedule.
As the release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker gets closer, speculation about the film is reaching an all-time high. Fans are eager to find out what happens to the sequel trilogy’s remaining characters as the Skywalker saga comes to a close. And while some are arguing that villain Kylo Ren could be redeemed, Adam Driver doesn’t agree.
Few characters in the new Star Wars films have inspired as much debate as the Supreme Leader formerly known as Ben Solo. In two films, he’s certainly done his fair share of damage — killing his dad Han Solo, wiping out the Jedi, and decimating several planets, just to name a few highlights. But in a conversation with Entertainment Weekly, Adam Driver seemed a bit incredulous when asked if Kylo Ren was due for a redemption arc:
You can’t entirely blame the guy for being on his characters’ side. And he offered a compelling reason for why he thinks there are more important things on the villain’s plate in The Rise of Skywalker:
Adam Driver has said he’s had some deep conversations with J.J. Abrams and Rian Johnson about Kylo Ren’s journey. Of course, the details of his story arc are really up to the film’s creators. But the actor’s insistence that a redemption isn’t needed could be a hint at what kind of conclusion we can expect for Kylo Ren’s Star Wars journey. Even if we don’t see him apologizing for the myriad sins he’s committed, there’s plenty of reasons to suspect he’ll be a hugely important player in The Rise of Skywalker. Now that Snoke is out of the picture, Kylo Ren is unquestionably the trilogy’s big bad. And though he’ll likely be busy trying to further his power, The Rise of Skywalker will also delve into his complicated relationship with Rey (Daisy Ridley).
Though Star Wars: The Last Jedi has proven to be a hugely controversial entry into the franchise’s canon, the final chapter seems primed to draw beleaguered fans back into the fold. And though it’s too early to know if the final chapter will be satisfying, those involved with the film seem to be pleased with the final results. No matter what the conclusion, Kylo Ren’s fate, and the film in general, should keep us talking long after the credits roll. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker hits theaters worldwide on December 20.
Scarlett Johansson has heard Marvel fans say it’s too late for Black Widow to be getting her first — and presumably only — solo MCU movie. After all, Natasha Romanoff was first introduced in Iron Man 2, which came out in 2010, 10 years before Black Widow will arrive in 2020. Also, we just saw her die in Avengers: Endgame! It’s a rather unusual choice to give a character their first feature film, set in the recent past, after the character died in a movie that was released the previous year. Is Black Widowjust an “afterthought” for the MCU?
To Scarlett Johansson, even though Black Widow had to see multiple Iron Man, Captain America, and even Ant-Man films come and go before she got her turn, she needed to wait until this moment for the full impact of Nat’s story.
It sounds like there’s more depth to the story now, and Marvel fans certainly know Black Widow better than we did 10 years ago. Interestingly enough, Marvel released the first teaser trailer for Black Widow this past Monday and no one told Scarlett Johansson it was coming. She told Stephen Colbert she learned when she got a text from Captain America Chris Evans at 5 a.m. saying the trailer looked great.
You can check it out again here:
As Scarlett Johansson noted, the story takes place between Captain America: Civil Warand Avengers: Infinity War. Jac Schaeffer co-wrote the script with Ned Benson and she told Inverse Natasha is “very much on her own, and over the events of the Black Widow movie she has to reckon with some of the red in her ledger.” Schaeffer said she “cried like a baby” watching Natasha’s sacrifice in Avengers: Endgame. It was just weird for her to see Natasha’s death on screen:
Scarlett Johansson said Black Widowgave her closure after Avengers: Endgame, and it may give fans the same feeling. At the same time, the movie is just the start of MCU Phase 4, so many fans are curious how Marvel’s tradition of post-credits scenes will set up the next movies — including The Eternals, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, and Thor: Love and Thunder.
If you were shocked to see Xfinity’s new ad, featuring the beloved stars of E.T., you weren’t alone. In the nearly 40 years since the film was released, Steven Spielberg has resisted a true sequel. So it’s surprising, to say the least, that we finally got one by way of a commercial for cable. Fan response to “A Holiday Reunion” has been somewhat mixed, but Henry Thomas recently offered some insight into what Steven Spielberg thought of the long-awaited reunion between Elliott and E.T.
A week after the ad launched, Xfinity shared a behind-the-scenes feature on YouTube that detailed how it all came together. And E.T. star Henry Thomas, who played the young protagonist Elliott, addressed why he decided to get on board. He made it clear that he’s always deferred to Steven Spielberg as to whether or not a sequel would be appropriate. And he admitted he was surprised to learn the director’s reaction to plans for the ad:
After he found out that Xfinity had Steven Spielberg’s blessing, Henry Thomas eventually also agreed that the ad’s story was a natural next step for Elliott and E.T.:
The commercial, directed by Lance Acord, is filled with nostalgic homages to many of E.T.’s iconic moments, from the film’s tear-inducing finger touch to the moonlight aerial bicycle rides. It also packs more than 30 easter eggs into its 4 minute and 18 second runtime — including blink-and-you’ll-miss-it glimpses at a Raggedy Ann doll, some Nike Diablos, and E.T.’s snack of choice, Reese’s Pieces. And despite Hollywood’s technological advanced since the ‘80s blockbuster, the commercial’s creative team employed some old-school puppeteering, in addition to CGI, to bring Steven Spielberg’s lovable extraterrestrial back to life.
Check out the behind-the-scenes feature on the making of “A Holiday Reunion”:
E.T. is easily one of the most beloved blockbusters of all time. Though some have argued that bringing it back via an advertisement feels a little cynical, others found it to be a heart-warming and genuine modern rendering of the film’s story and themes. Thus far, “A Holiday Reunion” has been viewed over a million times on YouTube.
Mad Max director George Miller is back again, talking about the next films he wants to make in that franchise. While doing so, he discussed the true star of 2015’s Mad Max: Fury Road — guitar guy, aka Coma-Doof Warrior, or Coma The Doof Warrior, which is his actual name, although guitar guy/dude just sounds better to me.
The scene-stealing character got his own backstory and there’s still hope that he’ll find a way into the next movies.
George Miller told Deadline he’s “not done with the Mad Max story,” as he’s mentioned several times before, adding, “there’s certainly another Mad Max coming down the pike after this.”
So, in theory, Coma could possibly return. George Miller has even talked about it before, potentially bringing back this character in the next Mad Max sequel.
Deadline asked about the chances of Coma returning in another Mad Max movie. In his response, Miller delved deep into the character’s history:
I love when seemingly minor movie characters have entire backstories. George Miller continued, explaining how The Doof Warrior ended up on Immortan Joe’s side of things in Mad Max: Fury Road:
I love it. And it’s not like George Miller came up with that on the fly, he gave guitar dude’s backstory to Australian-based musician iOTA, who played the character in Mad Max: Fury Road.
Here’s what he was told about Coma-Doof Warrior’s backstory:
As we wait for Warner Bros. and George Miller to ever finally announce they are actively filming the next Mad Max movie, and not just talking about making the next Mad Max movie, keep up with everything heading to the big screen next year with our 2020 movie release date schedule.
Would you want to see Coma return in whatever is next for the Mad Max franchise?
Disney might want to work on its timing. Just days after Aladdin’s star confessed to having career troubles, the studio announced it’s producing a spinoff for Disney+ that stars the relatively obscure Prince Anders. And thus far, the backlash has been pretty intense.
The Hollywood Reporter broke the news of the standalone film on December 6. It’s not a surprise that Disney would try to leverage Aladdin’s success. The film has grossed over $1 billion around the world since it hit theaters in May 2019. What is surprising is that the studio would put its weight behind a character that few seem all that enthusiastic about. The spinoff news probably wouldn’t have been met with much enthusiasm under normal circumstances. But the recent news that the actor behind the titular hero, Mena Massoud, hasn’t gone on a post-Aladdin audition added a layer of frustration for fans.
In an interview with The Daily Beast, the Aladdin star expressed his frustration that studios don’t seem interested in considering him for roles, despite proving that he is capable of successfully leading a big budget movie. Fans were already miffed about Mena Massoud’s struggle — so Disney really couldn’t have picked a worse time to announce they’re moving ahead with a spinoff that no one seems to have asked for.
On Twitter, few people who reacted to the news of the Aladdin spinoff seemed to think it was a good idea. And those who were critical of the move had a range of reasons to be skeptical. Many pointed out that Disney’s decision to announce the Prince Anders movie so soon after Mena Massoud’s announcement was in poor taste:
Others offered praise for Prince Anders actor Billy Magnussen but still found the new announcement “very odd”:
Tweeters were quick to point out that Disney seems to have some pretty weird priorities when it comes to producing franchise spinoffs:
The general consensus among Aladdin fans on Twitter seemed to be that of all the characters in the film, Prince Anders was one of the worst candidates for a solo movie:
To many fans, it did seem “random” to single out Prince Anders first:
One fan contended the claim that Prince Anders was a character that fans were invested in — and pointed out that race could be a factor in Disney’s decision:
It remains to be seen whether there is actually any real demand for the streaming service’s planned spinoff. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Disney+ project is separate from the rumored Aladdin sequel, which is still in the early stages of development. There’s no official word yet as to whether Mena Massoud will be a part of either film.
Daniel Craig confirmed No Time to Die is his final James Bond movie, so this is his final new watch. He helped design Omega’s fancy Seamaster Diver 300M 007 edition watch for the 2020 movie. You can see him wearing one in the new trailer, and that’s it in the photo above.
Look, I’m not a watch person and I don’t have anyone I know who’d want a 007 watch, but there’s gotta be a big market out there. I’m fascinated by it. Because there are two options for this watch — the cheaper one is $8,100 on a NATO strap and the more expensive one is on a titanium mesh bracelet for $9,200. (The $9,200 version is apparently the one Daniel Craig advocated for.)
I was just complaining that Marvel Studios’ Infinity Saga box set was too expensive at $550. This? It’s a watch. These days, most people just check their phones, don’t they? But there are still watch people — like Daniel Craig — and I’m sure it’s also an heirloom for families. It should certainly be protected from gun battles and other scrapes, so don’t take it into spy combat like James Bond.
Apparently Daniel Craig is the first Bond to collaborate with Omega for Bond’s watch. Craig also described what he wanted in a press release (via GQ):
Bond wore Rolex watches until a 1995 switch to Omega, which was considered the more historically accurate watch for a real British Navy man like James Bond. James Bond is big on brands, including his iconic Aston Martins. This year, according to The Sun, one of Bond’s cars is reportedly the new Aston Martin Rapide E, the first all-electric Aston Martin. Speaking of expensive, CNN said that car, priced upon ordering, ran around $330,000.
No Time to Die is Daniel Craig’s fifth and final James Bond film, after Casino Royale (still his best), Quantum of Solace, Skyfall, and Spectre. He initially didn’t want to return for this film but by the time it wrapped, he made a drunken speech about it being the best experience he’d had.
The first Bond 25 movie trailer came out earlier this week, showing more of Rami Malek’s new villain Safin, Lashana Lynch’s new 00 agent Nomi, Ana de Armas as CIA agent Paloma, and the return of several familiar characters from recent films — including Naomie Harris as Moneypenny, Ben Whishaw as Q, Ralph Fiennes as M, Jeffrey Wright as Felix Leiter, Christoph Waltz as Blofeld.
Check out the first No Time to Die trailer again:
No Time to Die opens first in the U.K. on April 2 before we get it over here on April 8, 2020. Keep up with everything heading to the big screen next year with our 2020 movie release date schedule.
Every Christmas the same old debates come out to play. Was Ebenezer Scrooge really changed? Did Mrs. Deagle really deserve to die at the hands of Gremlins? Does fruitcake count as a war crime? But one of the greatest debates is over what sort of film constitutes as a “Christmas Movie,” and both Die Hard and Lethal Weapon have been put through that particular wringer one too many times. So let’s settle this all with one simple equation, which if it doesn’t pass muster, should settle the debate for good: If Die Hard is a Christmas movie, that means Lethal Weapon is too.
We’re going to weigh in on both films individually, as well as pull in some evidence from the people behind both films as to why this case is as solid as Roger Murtaugh’s sensibilities. Of course, there will be a chance for you, the public, to weigh in with your own thoughts on the matter. But for now, let’s get into the case of whether both Die Hard and Lethal Weapon are Christmas movies.
Why Die Hard Is Definitely A Christmas Movie
One of the biggest debates in modern film discourse has to be about whether or not Die Hard is a Christmas movie. Some feel that the setting is enough to land the film a slot in their holiday rotation, while others think the case is extremely flimsy and not worth the time. However, take the following rundown into consideration.
Bruce Willis’ John McClane is a man who’s separated from his wife, missing his family on the holidays, and ultimately trying to reconcile with Bonnie Bedelia’s Holly. Truly learning the meaning of family, and how much he misses her, John fights off iconic baddie Hans Gruber (played with historic relish by the late, great Alan Rickman,) as he tries to put the Grinch on Christmas for everyone in Nakatomi Plaza.
By the end of the movie McClane’s heroism pays off, Reginald Vel Johnson’s Sgt. Al Powell overcomes his traumatic experience in the line of duty to save the day, and it starts snowing paperwork on the aftermath. With lessons of selfless devotion to duty and family, a Christmas Eve setting, and several sweet seasonal needle drops, Die Hard is definitely a Christmas movie; no matter what Bruce Willis himself has said on the matter. But just to be sure, let’s take a look at how Lethal Weapon meets those standards.
Does Lethal Weapon Meet The Standards Of A Christmas Movie?
Knowing what we know about Die Hard, we can begin to look into just what makes Lethal Weapon a Christmas movie more effectively. Is the film set at Christmas? Like most, if not all of writer Shane Black’s filmography, yes it is. Does the film have a message of selfless devotion to duty and family togetherness? Danny Glover’s Roger Murtaugh exemplifies those values perfectly, and we see that through his relationship with his own family around Christmas time.
But the one big thing that really ties Lethal Weapon into the Christmas movie canon, besides the opening usage of “Jingle Bell Rock,” or even the fact that the film has an action set piece set in the middle of a Christmas tree lot, is Mel Gibson’s Martin Riggs. A suicidal mess who’s a loose cannon, Riggs isn’t exactly the jolliest cop on the LAPD beat when we meet him.
And yet, through the caper that throws him together with Murtaugh as a partner, Riggs goes through a Christmas Carol style journey that helps him become a better man. Making a friend in Roger Murtaugh, Martin Riggs eventually becomes a better person after a harrowing Christmas, and even spends Christmas with the entire Murtaugh family; allowing him to give a symbolic gift that proves he’s a changed man. Does Lethal Weapon meet the standards of a Christmas movie? It absolutely does, and to help prove that fact we have evidence provided by none other than Die Hard writer Steven de Souza, who freely admits that thanks to Lethal Weapon, Die Hard was inspired to become a Christmas classic in the making!
What Do The People Behind Die Hard Have To Say About It?
In his case to pitch both Lethal Weapon and Die Hard as Christmas movies, Steven de Souza cites a pretty important source: legendary film producer Joel Silver. A man who was involved with both of those movies, as well as other megahits of the ‘80s like Commando, Predator, and Road House, de Souza told a journalist at Dazed Digital that not only are both Die Hard and Lethal Weapon considered Christmas movies, they were deliberately made to be considered as such.
De Souza explained the scenario as follows:
The Christmas setting is in [Die Hard’s] source novel, Nothing Lasts Forever, by Roderick Thorpe. … One of our producers, Joel Silver, had made Lethal Weapon the previous year, which was also set during the holiday, and he had decided he liked all his movies to take place at Christmas, as they would then very likely be played on television every December and we would all get residual checks. Obviously, he was right!
Not only is Lethal Weapon considered a Christmas movie because it falls into the same criteria that Die Hard does when being evaluated in a similar context, the film was the inspiration for making John McClane’s holiday adventure a holiday themed classic. Throw in the fact that the novel that inspired Die Hard was also a tale set at Christmas, and you’ve got a tight circle of proof that these two films are cinematic tree toppers to any good holiday themed marathon.
At their hearts, Die Hard and Lethal Weapon happen to be movies that show characters in a tough spot during the holidays. Through a journey of the soul, and some action packed adventure, they eventually discover that their personal baggage doesn’t matter. What matters is that they have friends and family they cherish, and through the magic of Christmas (and some gunfire) they learn this lesson just in time to celebrate with the ones they’re closest to.
When all else fails, Joel Silver made sure they were Christmas-y enough to enter heavy rotation in December, so whether you want to take the sentimental route or the logistical one, Die Hard and Lethal Weapon are definitely considered Christmas movies. So no matter what the polls may say, the facts tell a different story. But, of course, just because there’s a compelling argument of logic and reason in front of you doesn’t mean there’s no room for other opinions.
Below this very case study is a poll that you can take to weigh in on how you feel about both Die Hard and Lethal Weapon being considered as Christmas movies. You also have the usage of the Comments section, where you can leave notes explaining just why you feel so strongly in either case. And if you’re still in the fighting mood, head over to our explanation as to why Iron Man 3 is a Christmas movie, because we don’t make the rules, we just make the arguments!
Are Die Hard and Lethal Weapon Both Christmas Movies
It’s taken 67 years, but when 90 beauty pageant hopefuls strut their stuff across the stage for the Miss Universe competition this Sunday, December 8th, they will be joined by the pageant’s first openly gay contestant—and it’s about time.
The pageant world isn’t especially known for its inclusivity. Contestants have historically been overwhelmingly thin, white and model tall. But times are changing. Last year Miss Universe had their first openly trans contestant and this year, for the first time ever, Miss America, Miss USA, and Miss Teen USA are all black women.
By being the first out gay woman in Miss Universe’s history, Miss Myanmar Swe Zin Htet is helping to write the next chapter in pageant representation. She’s also leaving a lasting and hopefully change-inducing mark in her own country, where same sex relationships are illegal. “A majority of people in Myanmar are not accepting of this,” Zin Htet says of her sexuality. “But my goal is to make them look at me and others that are like me just the same.”
According to the Myanmar Times, members of the LGBTQ+ community can still be prosecuted for being who they are and loving who they love. They are verbally teased and beaten, and being gay is, “punishable with a lengthy stint in prison.”
That’s what makes Zin Htet’s bravery so impressive. “LGBTQ people in Myanmar do not have equal rights and I want to change that,” she says of her decision to come out despite knowing it could create a backlash in the country she calls home. “I feel like if I am open about my sexuality others will open up, too.”
By choosing to come out on such a public stage, she is opening the door for increased inclusivity—while also putting herself at risk. Of course, coming out so publicly wasn’t easy. “This decision was a little bit difficult for me because I’m shy,” she said, recognizing that coming out would increase the public’s interest in her private life.