James Gunn Explains Why The Suicide Squad Doesn’t Need Jared Leto’s Joker

Welp… this is awkward for Jared Leto. The actor apparently hasn’t been happy about the disregard for his version of the character. And fans of the stylish and tattooed Joker were disappointed to see that the huge cast list for The Suicide Squad did not include Leto. Here’s what Gunn says about the villainous clown in the midst of filming:

James Gunn posted this on his Instagram story during a Q&A where one fan asked him how he can justify having a Suicide Squad movie without Joker. Now, Gunn didn’t come out and say Joker will not be appearing in his upcoming take on the DC property, but he did aptly point out Joker isn’t part of the Suicide Squad comics to begin with.

Joker only became associated with the team of villians in David Ayer’s 2016 flick to explain the origin story of Harley Quinn and to add to the conflict of the story. He was a supporting character who didn’t actually hang out with the gang. So Gunn is absolutely right! There’s certainly no need to inject Jared Leto’s Joker into his Suicide Squad movie.

It’s still possible Jared Leto’s Joker could cameo or make a surprise appearance! We know Harley Quinn will be a key player in the movie, but it seems as though Birds of Prey could write him out of her story and make him irrelevant as she learns to fly solo and with the other birds. So heading into The Suicide Squad following her “emancipation,” it seems unlikely Leto’s Joker will come into play.

And let’s not forget about all the big stars being introduced in James Gunn’s DC movie. His recently released official cast list included 24 talented actors, including John Cena, Nathan Fillion, Sean Gunn, Pete Davidson, Taika Waititi and Idris Elba. Audiences might forget who Joker is considering all these names and potentially exciting characters coming to the film. Plus, along with Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn, we also have the return of Jai Courtney’s Captain Boomerang, Joel Kinnaman’s Rick Flag and Viola Davis’ Amanda Waller.

What do you think? Would you be excited to see Jared Leto’s Clown Prince of Crime show up in The Suicide Squad coming on August 6, 2021? Sound off in the comments below!

Jason Momoa Pitched Warner Bros Aquaman 2 All ‘Mapped Out’

With Aquaman hauling in $1.148 billion worldwide, making it the highest-grossing DC Comics movie yet, it’s unsurprising Warner Bros was eager to move forward with a sequel. As it turns out though, the story that will unfold in Aquaman 2 originated from the mind of its main star, Jason Moma. According to the actor:

Including his cameo in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Jason Momoa has played Aquaman on the big screen three times now, but his fourth outing in Aquaman 2 will allow him to contribute more than as just an actor. During his extensive conversation with Esquire, Momoa explained that he’ll be “working more actively” with the creative team in developing Aquaman 2, which included him pitching his vision for where the sequel would go.

Evidently the Warner Bros executives liked what he presented them. That said, keep in mind that David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick, who co-wrote the first Aquaman movie, is back to pen Aquaman 2. So not only will he be the one hashing out specifically what goes down in the sequel, it’s also possible that he worked with Jason Momoa on this general outline.

Still, considering how Aquaman has become one of the most successful DC superheroes of the modern era, it makes sense that Jason Momoa would be more involved in the character’s future, just like how the star of a long-running TV show can eventually become a producer. The DCEU may not be as interconnected going forward as was initially planned, but Aquaman isn’t going anywhere.

So what can we expect from Aquaman 2? Since the movie’s a little over three years away, don’t expect any specific story details for a while. That said, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II has confirmed he will reprise Black Manta in the sequel, which isn’t a shocker considering what we saw in the Aquaman mid-credits scene.

In case you need a refresher, Black Manta (real name David Hyde) was thrown off a cliff during his second confrontation with Arthur Curry in Aquaman, but rather than dying, he was rescued by Randall Park’s Dr. Stephen Shin, a marine biologist who’s desperate to find Atlantis. Upon awakening on Shin’s ship, he agreed to show the scientist where the underwater kingdom was in exchange for his help in seeking revenge on Arthur. The stage is set for Aquaman vs. Black Manta: Round 3.

Although a deal hasn’t been cemented just yet (at least, not as far as the public knows), it’s expected that once James Wan is finished with his next horror movie, he’ll return to direct Aquaman 2. Additionally, there’s a spinoff centered on the monstrous Trench in the works that Wan is producing and Noah Gardner and Aidan Fitzgerald are writing the script.

Aquaman 2 dives into theaters on December 16, 2022, so keep checking back with CinemaBlend for more news on how it’s coming along. For now, keep up to date with what other DC movies are on the way in our handy guide.

6 Directors Who Have Been Heavily Critical Of Superhero Movies

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Martin Scorsese lit the film community on fire recently when he was heavily critical of the superhero movie genre. Fans were outraged and defensive, and argued amongst themselves about his comments. It’s quite the reaction, especially given that Scorsese is far from the first notable director to say something demeaning about Marvel or DC movies.

In fact, he’s the latest of many big name directors who have found themselves under scrutiny for being candid about their views on superhero movies. Here are some of the takes from other notable directors, and interestingly enough, a few of these individuals have actually directed a superhero movie or two in the past.

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Ridley Scott

Ridley Scott is an acclaimed filmmaker, Oscar nominee and someone who doesn’t care all that much for the superhero genre. Apparently, he’s been asked to do one a handful of times, but feels like he already did a movie in that vein with Blade Runner. I’m not sure I would consider Rick Deckard a superhero, but he can for sure take a punch!

What’s funny is that Ridley Scott has dipped his toe in so many other genres and concepts that superhero films are one of the few remaining genres he has yet to touch. At 81, odds are we may never get to see a Ridley Scott-directed superhero film, which is somewhat disappointing, though he’s given us plenty of other great movies to enjoy over the years. If superhero movies aren’t his thing, who can fault him for not wanting to take part?

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David Fincher

David Fincher hasn’t been too keen on the world of superhero movies, but he definitely has one of the more mild takes of this bunch. The director has stated he wouldn’t be opposed to making a superhero movie, though he followed it up with the fact he wouldn’t do it for a previously established character. Translation: unless he’s making an original hero, don’t expect it to happen. Hey, at least he doesn’t hate the genre entirely!

Some have speculated David Fincher’s aversion to outfits like DC and Marvel comes from his experience on Aliens 3, which he has since disowned as a film due to studio interference and other things of that nature. Fincher probably wouldn’t mesh well in the MCU (even if he likes the actors attached) then, considering he’d have to follow a pre-established plan for his film and highlight a previously established hero. He may surprise us one day by signing onto something, but I wouldn’t hold my breath.

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James Mangold

Logan and The Wolverine be damned, James Mangold has a problem with superhero films. Never mind the fact that he’s been responsible for those two, and gave actor Hugh Jackman a phenomenal exit to his long-running role as Wolverine. Mangold just isn’t a fan of superhero movies and we just need to accept that. How can a director of superhero films be actively against the idea of superhero films?

In his defense, James Mangold said it was his aversion to the tentpole structure of the genre that helped him make Logan. He didn’t want to make an overtly long movie with a bloated cast, he wanted a meaningful arc with a conclusion. Typical superhero ensembles have character arcs that he described as being the equivalent of “Elmer Fudd in a Warner Bros. cartoon.”

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Tim Burton

Tim Burton wow’d audiences with Batman and Batman Returns, and he was involved in the never-released Superman Lives, but he’s soured over the years on superhero movies. Burton went on the record in 2014 and credited Marvel for finding a successful formula, but noted he felt the premise was burning out. He also told Yahoo! Movies he was growing weary of the “damaged superhero,” and wondered if Marvel couldn’t do films on happy heroes.

He’s not going to be the director to make that film though, as Burton stated earlier this year that he doesn’t see himself doing another superhero movie. It just doesn’t interest him anymore, which makes sense. He’s been there, done that, and after Batman Returns, he doesn’t really have anything left to prove in regards of proving he can do a superhero movie.

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Roland Emmerich

To say Roland Emmerich was heavily critical of superhero films may be an understatement, as the director went on a tear about the genre while doing the press tour for Independence Day: Resurgence. Emmerich started out slow, saying he doesn’t care much for the concept of superheroes in general. The capes and powers thing went over his head, which he said could be tied to his upbringing in Germany. Hey, superhero films aren’t for everyone, it’s understandable.

Or at least, it would’ve been, but then Emmerich suggested that superhero movies were all just copying what he did in Independence Day. Apparently, Emmerich believed that the teams behind Man of Steel and The Avengers saw aliens destroying buildings in his movie, and they decided to add it in their films. It was a bold and questionable claim, and the internet reacted accordingly. It turns out the masses didn’t agree that the past 20 years of the genre was all because of his movie.


David Cronenberg

David Cronenberg is known for films that have been pretty out there in premise and execution, so it shouldn’t be too surprising he isn’t keen on the superhero genre. The director famously went on a rant about the genre in 2012, which many thought was a direct call out to Christopher Nolan and his recently released Batman flick The Dark Knight Rises. Cronenberg called Memento Nolan’s best movie, and said his Batman movies are half as interesting.

Cronenberg later said his criticism was more meant to be taken for the genre as a whole and not to be a direct criticism of Nolan. Ironically, Cronenberg’s comments came when he was promoting his Robert-Pattinson-led Cosmopolis. Will Cronenberg soften his thoughts on superhero films now that one of his former stars is playing Batman?

When a director has something to say, CinemaBlend will be there to report on it. Stick with us for that and for the latest and greatest in movie and television news.

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How Donald Glover Was Asked To Play Simba In The Lion King

Following his highly-successful and cutting-edge take on Disney’s The Jungle Book, Jon Favreau took the helm to retell The Lion King, arguably the animation studio’s most beloved film, with photo-realistic visuals and a jaw-dropping list of actors behind the voices. Among them was Donald Glover, a multifaceted talent who has found careers in stand-up comedy, his Grammy-winning music project Childish Gambino, television writing and acting roles such as Lando Calrissian in Solo: A Star Wars Story.

Receiving the highly coveted call where you learn you’re joining a major motion picture is something that’s always an exciting moment to hear about, and Donald Glover’s call with Jon Favreau sounds like it was quite casual. Check out how the Simba actor recalls it:

No biggie. He was only asked to play one of the most iconic characters in modern cinema. And sing “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” with Beyoncé. And Quip lines with Seth Rogen and Billy Eichner’s Pumbaa and Timon in the studio. It’s just another day in the life of Donald Glover, I’d assume.

In an interview on the Blu-Ray extras for The Lion King hitting shelves and online stores on Tuesday, Donald Glover explained the exchange. He also shared his initial thoughts about the massive role:

As it turned out, he didn’t record his duet with Beyoncé live in the same room. Due to their other responsibilities around the world, they collaborated together by sending recordings back and forth to one another. Glover has expressed some relief because of her goddess-like status, saying it was a tad less intimidating to throw pieces of paper in the trash at home rather than play with Michael Jordan on the court.

Donald Glover’s portrayal as Simba certainly brought about interest in audiences to revisit the movie years later, along with the rest of the star-studded cast.

Dwayne Johnson Announces When Black Adam Will Begin Shooting

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has been officially attached to play Black Adam in the DC Extended Universe for five years. However, following the critical acclaim Shazam! received earlier this year, Black Adam’s timetable started accelerating, and now Johnson has revealed when the spinoff will begin shooting: next summer.

In response to a fan sharing his sculpture of what he imagines Dwayne Johnson will look like as Black Adam, the wrestler-turned-acting superstar complimented the artist, noted how this project’s been with him for over 10 years (remember, there was a Black Adam movie in development last decade, with Peter Segal attached to direct) and informed the masses on Twitter that the movie will kick off production this coming July.

We already had a loose time frame regarding when Black Adam would start rolling cameras, as both Dwayne Johnson and producer Hiram Garcia had previously said the goal was to get the ball rolling by the end of 2020. Well, a July start state seemingly indicates that things are progressing more quickly than anticipated.

By the time he steps in front of the camera as Black Adam for the first time, 13 years will have passed since Dwayne Johnson’s connection to the Kahndaqian antagonist/anti-hero was born. When the wider DCEU first started coming together after Man of Steel’s release and ahead of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Johnson was given the choice to play either Shazam or Black Adam, and he decided to stick with the latter.

Originally the plan was for Shazam to fight Black Adam in the first Shazam! movie, but by January 2017, the DCEU brass announced that Black Adam would instead debut in his own movie. However, the man originally known as Teth-Adam was still teased during Shazam! when The Wizard told Billy Batson about how his previous champion unleashed the Seven Deadly Sins on the world thousands of years ago.

It remains to be seen when Shazam and Black Adam will finally clash on the big screen, though Zachary Levi, who plays Billy Batson in his superhero form, suspects it won’t happen until Shazam! 3. Regardless, because Black Adam has spent the last several decades for developing into a character who’s more than just Shazam/Captain Marvel’s nemesis, we’ll get to know him quite well in his standalone movie, and perhaps even in a sequel.

So far no official Black Adam plot details have been revealed yet, but it’s expected that at least part of the story will explore the eponymous lead’s origins. It was also rumored earlier this year that the Black Adam script includes Hawkman, Stargirl and Atom Smasher, all of whom he has history with in the comics from Geoff Johns’ run on the Justice Society of America.

Behind the camera, Jungle Cruise’s Jaume Collet-Serra is directing Black Adam and Undateable’s Adam Sztykiel wrote the script. Assuming that production does indeed begin by next January, that means Black Adam could be ready for a late 2021 release, though dropping sometime in 2022 seems more reasonable.

Stay tuned to CinemaBlend for more updates about Black Adam, and don’t forget to browse through our DC movies guide.

John Wick Chapter 4: What We Know So Far

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Keanu Reeves came back in a major way with 2014’s John Wick, thus spawning one of the most unlikely action franchises of the current decade. The third installment, John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum, became one of the most critically acclaimed, as well as one of the most financially successful, entrees in the series yet. Therefore, it should come as no surprise to learn that John Wick: Chapter 4 is right around the corner — locked and loaded.

There are plans for a spin-off or two, as well as a video game, a television show prequel centered around The Continental Hotel and a possible Atomic Blonde crossover with Charlize Theron (as reported by ScreenRant), in addition to this new sequel. Therefore, fans shouldn’t be missing out on any John Wick-related goodness in the years to come. For now, though, let’s take a look at what we know about the upcoming John Wick: Chapter 4. Details are obviously limited, especially since it is not even in pre-production yet. But, we’ll tell you everything we know about the exciting sequel, and why you should be thrilled for Wick’s return.

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When Will John Wick: Chapter 4 Be Released?

John Wick: Chapter 2 came out a little under three years after its original. Subsequently, John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum was released a little over two years after its predecessor. Keeping in this tradition, it has been announced that John Wick fans won’t have to wait terribly long before John Wick is back on the big screen. As it was reported by Variety, the newest John Wick movie is set to be released on May 21, 2021. That’s almost exactly two years after the third movie, and that’s very good news for action movie lovers. Particularly after the explosive cliffhanger at the end of the latest movie.

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Who Is Directing John Wick: Chapter 4?

While it hasn’t been confirmed at this time, there’s very good reason to believe that director Chad Stahelski will return to helm the latest sequel. The former stuntman-turned-action filmmaker co-directed the original John Wick alongside an uncredited David Leitch (Deadpool 2, Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw), and he took over solo directing duties for both John Wick: Chapter 2 and John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum.

There’s little doubt that, when it comes time to shoot this newest installment, Stahelski will return to the director’s chair. The blockbuster filmmaker noted in a Reddit AMA back in May that he would be involved with a fourth film should the third movie be successful. Clearly, that was the case here.

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Who Will Star in John Wick: Chapter 4?

At the moment, nobody is officially confirmed to appear in John Wick: Chapter 4. It’s still in the very, very early stages; they might not have anything resembling a finished script yet — let alone the casting deals sorted out. But it would hard to imagine a John Wick movie without Keanu Reeves. He echoed the statement made by director Chad Stahelski earlier in May when the veteran actor said that he would gladly be involved with a fourth John Wick movie if the third one was a hit. Thankfully, that was definitely the case. And, we can assume a few other familiar faces will return too.

Based on the final cliffhanger at the end of John Wick: Chapter 3, one could assume that Laurence Fishburne will be returning to work on the latest sequel. Similarly, Ian McShane, Lance Reddick, and possibly Halle Berry, John Leguizamo, Asia Kate Dillion, Jason Mantzoukas and Angelica Huston will make their returns to the franchise. But, at the moment, nobody is officially signed on to appear in the sequel, though that will likely change soon.

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What Will John Wick: Chapter 4 Be Rated?

It should come as no surprise that John Wick: Chapter 4 will quite certainly be rated R. There is a very, very, very small chance that the currently-unmade movie might pull an Expendables 3 and release a PG-13 sequel, but it’s highly doubtful. The John Wick franchise is known for its quick, cutting violence, and the third movie was easily the most grizzly and graphic sequel in the series to date. It would be shocking if they decided to make the next one anything but a hard R. After all, they gotta up the ante with each movie, and there’s a good chance that the fourth film is gonna get very violent.

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Will John Wick: Chapter 4 Be The Final Movie In The Series?

As mentioned earlier, John Wick became one of the most unlikely action movie franchises of the past few years. It has grown from a small $20 million action flick into one of the biggest, most expensive and elaborate cinematic franchises in Hollywood. Audiences are clearly hungry for more, and they are happy to know that John Wick: Chapter 4 is coming around the corner in just a little over a year.

How far will this franchise go, though? It’s hard to say for sure, and director Chad Stahelski admits in an interview with Indiewire that he and Keanu Reeves plan each movie one step at a time, trying not to get ahead of themselves thinking about the future. But, it sounds like Stahelski has a pessimistic view when it comes to the future of the title character.

People ask me this all the time, am I ending the movie for a cliffhanger? Is there a number four it’s headed for? Keanu [Reeves] and I have never, from one to two, two to three, ever expected to do a sequel or a follow-up… John may survive all this shit, but at the end of it, there’s no happy ending. He’s got nowhere to go. Honestly, I challenge you right now, here’s a question to you: How do you fucking want me to end it? Do you think he’s going to ride off into the fucking sunset? He’s killed 300 fucking people and he’s just going to [walk away], everything’s okay? He’s just going to fall in love with a love interest? If you’re this fucking guy, if this guy really exist[ed], how is this guy’s day going to end? He’s fucked for the rest of his life. It’s just a matter of time.

While it’s hard to know for sure whether or not John Wick: Chapter 4 will be the conclusive installment in the ever-growing action franchise, it doesn’t sound like the filmmakers have any plans for giving this character any sense of peace throughout his extensive, ongoing troubles. He’s a marked man, someone who has chosen a dangerous profession where you don’t necessarily win or loose. Rather, you either live to see another day or die trying. It is not a happy life, and it doesn’t sound like there is any sort of harmony to be found in John Wick’s final moments — whenever those might arrive.

For now, however, Chad Stahelski, Keanu Reeves and everyone else will seemingly ride the train as far as it’ll go — even if the end point is bleak. All that said, though, it sounds like Keanu Reeves is a lot more hopeful and optimistic about what might happen during John Wick’s final sequence. It should also be noted that Stahelski said back in late 2018 that he would like to continue this series “indefinitely,” so there are no plans to slow down.

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Will John Wick: Chapter 4 Connect To Ballerina?

As mentioned earlier in this article, in addition to John Wick: Chapter 4, there are also plans to make a spin-off movie placed inside the John Wick universe titled Ballerina. The movie was initially announced back in July 2017, a few months after John Wick: Chapter Two stormed into theaters. At that time, there were only slow developments, but it jumped into action earlier this year when it was announced that Len Wiseman (Underworld, Live Free Or Die Hard) was attached to direct, along with Keanu Reeves and Chad Stahelski on-board as a producer and executive producer, respectively.

At the moment, we have more details about Ballerina than we do John Wick: Chapter 4. For instance, we know that it’ll focus on a young woman who is raised to become an assassin, seeking the men who killed her family. And, it’s set to be written by Shay Hatten, who was previously a writer’s assistant for Team Downey. Unlike John Wick: Chapter 4, there is no publicly announced release date, so it is hard to know whether or not it’s set to come out either before or after Chapter 4.

Nevertheless, if a director is attached and the pieces are starting to come together, it wouldn’t be out of the question to see the spin-off movie in the next year or two. If that’s the case, then we can probably expect at least a nod or two to either the upcoming John Wick movie in Ballerina, or for the story told in Ballerina to be referenced in John Wick: Chapter 4, particularly with Chapter 3 providing our introduction to this new spin-off film. Expect more details to follow.

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John Wick (Keanu Reeves)

Born Jardani Jovonovich, John Wick, played by the one-and-only Keanu Reeves, is one of the most deadly and legendary assassins known to man in the world of the John Wick franchise. Once a U.S. Marine turned wealthy (and damn near untouchable) assassin, Wick opted out of the world of killing people for a living, until a couple of no-good punks invaded his house, stole his car and unjustly killed his dog. From there, Wick is out for vengeance. He will stop at nothing until everyone who did him wrong is killed. Wick tried to readjust to life on his own afterwards, but he’s brought back into the field for a favor that needs repaying. Then, everything snowballed into anarchy as John is killing people left-and-right, trying to save his own life.

It’s a franchise that refers back to some of Keanu Reeves’ previous movies, as well as other action classics, and it is an exhilarating thrill ride of a franchise that should hopefully continue to provide no shortage of entertaining and incredible stunts and action sequences galore with the fourth installment. For now, though, this is all we know about John Wick: Chapter 4. Let us know if you’re excited to see John live to fight another day in the comments.

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Netflix And Movie Trailers Of The Week: Dolittle, Bombshell, And More

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Another calendar week has come and gone, with folks everywhere eager to begin their weekend festivities. The past seven days have also brought plenty of exciting movie trailers, which are attempting to drum up excitement for each new release. There’s some big projects coming down the pipeline, both in theaters and streaming on services like Netflix. What’s more, there’s been a mixture of first trailers and supplemental ones for the flicks that are a little closer to theaters. Don’t worry if you missed any of these clips, as CinemaBlend is compiling every week’s trailers


Following the release of Avengers: Endgame, Robert Downey Jr. has officially retired from the role of Iron Man. Moviegoers are eager to see what projects the 54 year-old actor will get into now that Tony Stark is in the rear view, and the first new release is an adaptation of Dr. Dolittle. Amply titled Dolittle, the upcoming movie looks like it’s going to be a mixture of family-friendly heart and cartoonish action-adventure. RDJ is playing the title character, who can speak to animals, and ends up on an adventure with a number of his furry and feathered friends. Directed by Stephen Gaghan, the movie has had some trouble on set. But there’s some great talent attached, including the voice cast. Joining Downey is Antonio Banderas, Emma Thompson, Rami Malek, Tom Holland, John Cena, and Kumail Nanjiani. The movie will hit theaters shortly after the new year on January 17, 2020

Terminator: Dark Fate (Red Band)

This one is NSFW, which is probably what makes it so epic. The Terminator franchise will return to the world of R ratings with Dark Fate, while also reuniting the likes of Linda Hamilton, James Cameron, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Edward Furlong. This new red band trailer highlights all the thing that only an R rating can achieve: F-bombs and tons of bloody violence. Gabriel Luna’s new Terminator looks like he’s going to be extremely deadly, as the new trailer showed him ripping through prison guards with ease. The new footage also shows off Sarah Connor’s potty mouth, as she drops two “fucks” throughout the course of the short trailer. Fans of the franchise will be able to enjoy each F-bomb Terminator: Dark Fate has to offer when it hits theaters on November 1st.


While it previously got an epic and simple teaser, the first full trailer for Bombshell arrived this week. Directed by Jay Roach (Recount, Meet The Parents), the upcoming drama is an adaptation of the real-life story of Fox News, as allegations of sexual misconduct were made on founder Roger Ailes. The story is told through the women of the network, with Nicole Kidman playing Gretchen Carlson and Charlize Theron playing a picture perfect version of Megyn Kelly. The trailer teases a movie with a unique tone, filled with both tense dramatic and comedic beats, and told to the tune of Billie Eilish’s song ‘Bad Guy.’ Margot Robbie will play newcomer Kayla Pospisil, with John Lithgow playing Roger Ailes. Also features in the cast are Kate McKinnon, Connie Britton, Mark Duplass, Allison Janney, and The Good Place‘s D’Arcy Carden. Bombshell will hit theaters on December 20th, competing with the behemoth release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway

On a lighter note, Peter Rabbit is heading back in theaters for his sequel subtitled The Runaway. Voice by the always delightful James Corden, Will Gluck’s original animated blockbuster had a great box office when it hit theaters last year. A sequel was quickly produced, and the first trailer for Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway hit theaters this week. After having some growing pains following the wedding of Thomas and Bea (Domnhall Gleeson and Rose Bryne respectively), the titular rabbit decides to leave home and make his way in the big city. The rest of the voice cast returns for the upcoming sequel, including Daisy Ridley, Margot Robbie, and Elizabeth Debicki. Peter Rabbit 2 will arrive in theaters on April, 3rd, 2020.

Lady And The Tramp Trailer #2

Over the past few years, Disney has made a habit of live-action remakes, which put a new spin on their classic animated blockbusters. Following the release of The Lion King and Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, the next one of these remakes is Charlie Bean’s Lady and The Tramp. But instead of arriving in theaters, the animated movie will be Disney+’s first exclusive movie. This second trailer provided more story, allowing Justin Theroux’sTramp to narrate the story and cue the audience into how the world is for a unleashed dog. The new trailer even includes the iconic spaghetti scene, which is especially adorable with the new canine stars. Tessa Thompson is voicing Lady, joined by Sam Elliot, Janelle Monae, and Benedict Wong. The live-action cast includes Kiersey Clemons, Thomas Mann, Yvette Nicole Brown, Ken Jeong, and Broad City‘s Arturo Castro. You can stream Lady and The Tramp beginning on November 12th on Disney+.

Netflix’s Marriage Story

Now this one looks like a doozy, and far more emotional than the last trailer. Marriage Story is an upcoming drama coming to Netflix, after debuting at Film Festivals like TIFF. The movie stars Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson, as couple Charlie and Nicole. The movie follows the end of their relationship, and the grueling divorce that threatens to tear their family apart. The trailer is sleek and well-directed with both actors given the chance to narrate. Directed by Noah Baumbach, there’s already a ton of buzz around the performance by the leading actors. But there are also some notable supporting actors including Laura Dern as Nicole’s therapist and Ray Liotta as Charlie’s divorce lawyer. Marriage Story will become available to stream on Netflix December 6th, following a limited release in theaters.

Clearly there are a ton of exciting movies arriving over the next few months. And with projects like Marriage Story and Lady and The Tramp approaching, the power of streaming service in the film industry has never been more clear. We’ll just have to wait and see if these movies can transcend the limitations of the streaming world, and possibly get some Oscar attention. Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman might be the project to do that, although we’ll have to see as Awards Season approaches. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

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MoviePass Is Reportedly Still Charging Customers Despite Shutting Down

As it was in life, so also is it in death; MoviePass is not going gently into that good night. The moviegoing subscription service finally shut down last month, and while MoviePass’ impact on the exhibition industry has outlived it, so too apparently have its issues. That’s because MoviePass is reportedly still charging customers despite shutting down.

After looking dead for some time, MoviePass finally gave up the ghost and officially shut down on September 14 at 8 a.m. Despite the shutdown, MoviePass allegedly still charged customers in September. That’s according to former MoviePass subscribers who told The New York Post about a variety of mysterious charges from the service appearing on their credit cards.

According to one former MoviePass subscriber, she was charged twice in September after service was terminated. One of those charges was for the $9.95 membership fee and there was another unknown charge in the amount of $5.64.

Another former customer who cancelled her MoviePass subscription in January, prior to the service’s shutdown, says that she was also charged twice in September, nine months after her cancellation. That customer says she cancelled at the beginning of the year due to what she saw as MoviePass’ broken promises reducing the value of having the service. She has since moved on to AMC’s alternative.

It’s unclear exactly how many MoviePass subscribers believe they have been charged in error following the subscription service’s shutdown. In addition to those two accounts The New York Post also cites former subscribers who have taken to Twitter over this past month to express frustration over allegedly being charged following the shutdown, waiting for refunds and being unable to contact customer service. MoviePass, however, rejects the claim that it is still charging customers.

In a statement, MoviePass CEO Mitch Lowe says that the reports that customers were charged following the September 14 shutdown are false. He says that only one subscriber out of all the thousands MoviePass was charged; that happened on September 15 and that amount was subsequently refunded. According to Lowe, former MoviePass subscribers are misreading their bank accounts and mistaking refunds for charges.

Whether customers are misreading their statements or MoviePass is indeed still charging former subscribers in error, it is a bad look for a service whose reputation is in tatters and will need some serious rehabilitation should it ever be rebuilt, as former Helios and Matheson head Ted Farnsworth hopes to do one day.

MoviePass achieved overnight success and popularity with its $10 unlimited service, which proved to be an ultimately unsustainable business model. Combined with a series of mistakes, including plan changes, service interruptions, poor communication and seemingly shady behavior that eroded its reputation with its subscribers and the public, MoviePass was never able to recover.

No matter how you buy your movie tickets, there are plenty of worthwhile titles headed to theaters the rest of this year. Check them out in our 2019 Release Schedule.

12 Times Grandpa Joe Of Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory Was The Absolute Worst

Grandpa Joe gets angry with Mr. Wonka Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

Charlie Bucket takes his Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory tour in October, so this is the time of year I always think about how much of a selfish shit Grandpa Joe truly is. There’s even a Facebook group called “The I Hate Grandpa Joe From Willy Wonka And Chocolate Factory Page” and yes I joined it.

Grandpa Joe has to be one of the worst characters in any children’s movie. Sure, it’s just fiction, and sure there are “villains” in other stories who do worse things, but they are openly treated as villains. In the 1971 Willy Wonka movie, Grandpa Joe is treated like he’s one of the good guys. Several children get their just deserts as “villains,” but Grandpa Joe does much worse throughout the film and is rewarded. What kind of a message does that send?

So here’s my October rant against Grandpa Joe, pointing out 12 times in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory when he proved he’s the real “bad egg.”

Grandpa Joe says floor is too cold Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

Grandpa Joe Has The Nerve To Complain The Floor Is Too Cold For Him To Get His Ass Up 

Grandpa Joe’s first words in the movie are complaints, of course. He immediately sets a miserable tone, whining to his daughter and never even considering helping her, even though it’s made clear to viewers that all four grandparents have been in bed for 20 freaking years. (Charlie’s mom is never given a name, which really says it all. She’s a martyred saint who is clearly so used to abuse that she’s internalized it.) Here’s Joe shouting at his hard-working daughter about Charlie working too hard; he also replies to her heavy hint to Get The Fuck Up And Help, Dad with a nasty shot about the floor temperature:

Grandpa Joe: He works too hard for a little boy. He should have some time to play. 

Mom: Not enough hours in the day. With the four of you bedridden for the past 20 years, it takes a lot of work to keep this family going. 

Grandma Josephine: If only his father were alive. 

Grandpa Joe: Soon as I get my strength back, I’m going to get out of this bed and help him. 

Mom: Dad, in all the years you’ve been saying you’re going to get out of that bed, I’ve yet to see you set foot on the floor. 

Grandpa Joe: Well, maybe if the floor wasn’t so cold.

Slap his ass for that! Show him what’s really cold. Four people bedridden for 20 years, and the mother has to do it all — including, presumably, pour out those bedpans we see under the bed. Joe isn’t even concerned about helping his daughter, though, he’s too busy pretending he’s going to get up and help Charlie. Sure, Joe. Do you think Charlie’s father is really dead or did he just run for the hills, since these four clowns must’ve been bedridden for about a decade before Charlie was even born? Imagine that.

Charlie brings home a loaf of bread Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

Grandpa Joe Doesn’t Care How Charlie Got Bread 

Charlie ends up late for his paper route job because he’s too busy standing outside the candy shop like an idiot watching smarter children go inside for free candy. When he finally does get to work, he immediately demands his money and then quickly goes through his job by haphazardly flinging papers willy-nilly. When he gets home to the shack, it’s clear he just got his very first paycheck. So I’m not sure where the idea that Charlie works too hard for a little boy came from, other than maybe Grandpa Joe thinks no one but Charlie’s mom should ever have to work.

When Charlie gets home, Grandpa Joe is eating the cabbage water they all have for dinner. Charlie says he’s fed up with that and whips out a loaf of bread. Charlie’s mom — who has a moral compass that she got from somewhere — asks Charlie where he got the bread. She wants to make sure it’s legit. Grandpa Joe? Couldn’t care less. He snaps back to his daughter:

What difference does it make where he got it? Point is, he got it!

Yeah, to Grandpa Joe, the point is just to get it. It’s all about being on the take. This dynamic repeats throughout the movie, but thankfully culminates in Charlie showing he takes after his mom more than his grandpa. Not that anyone punishes Joe for that.

Charlie give Grandpa Joe money for tobacco a pipe a day

Grandpa Joe Has Been Smoking A Pipe A Day In That Bed 

This seriously blows my mind every time. Charlie takes his change from work, gives part of it to his mom, and gives the other part to Grandpa Joe — saying from now on, Charlie will pay for Joe’s tobacco. Joe finally has a glimmer of self-awareness on how selfish he has been, and says when a loaf of bread looks like a banquet, he has no right buying tobacco. That’s when Charlie’s enabling mother jumps in with this humdinger:

Come on, it’s only one pipe a day.

Jumping crocodiles! He has been smoking a pipe a day in that bed for 20 years?! Can you even imagine the smell? The pipe, the dirty unwashed foursome, those bedpans. And yet it takes the shame of Charlie paying for Joe’s tobacco to get Joe to even consider quitting.

Of course, Joe does take Charlie’s money anyway. Not that Joe would know what to do with it — he’s not getting out of bed to buy tobacco! Are you crazy? He has people for that! He’s just going to have to give that money back to Charlie’s mom to buy it for him, and the Stockholm Syndrome will force her to go ahead and do it. Madness. This useless family is going to run the Wonka factory into the ground. You know they’ll probably end up selling the Oompa Loompas.

Charlie helps Grandpa Joe get up Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

Grandpa Joe Gets Out Of Bed The Second A Good Deal Emerges 

This clown’s nerve knows no bounds. When Charlie gets the golden ticket, it seems obvious he should finally treat his long-suffering mother to a chocolate factory tour. Or at least thank his grandmothers for knitting him a new scarf. Instead, Charlie tells his Grandpa Joe, “I wish you could go.” And then Grandpa Joe immediately gets up! Twenty years of bedpans and making his daughter do everything and he never once says “No, take your mom” or “No, if I’m not going to get up for work I shouldn’t get up just for a free candy trip.” No, instead he gets up and does a damn dance around the room.

Selfish Grandpa Joe dances around the shack for himself

Grandpa Joe Sings For Himself And Dances For His Golden Ticket 

The full Nancy Kerrigan. That’s what I’d give this fool. I’d stop Joe halfway through his obnoxious dance, grab that cane out of his hand and whack him behind the knees. I don’t care. He’d deserve it. Grandpa Joe is such a piece of work, he doesn’t just accept the trip to the chocolate factory, he lords it over the three other bedridden fools and brags about his luck in front of his long-suffering daughter.

He literally dances around the bed, singing for himself, bragging “I” and “me” in every word as if this is all about him, which of course it is.

I never thought my life could be anything but catastrophe, but suddenly I begin to see a bit of good luck for me. ‘Cause I’ve got a golden ticket. I’ve got a golden twinkle in my eye…

I half expected him to push Charlie out of the way to claim the whole thing for himself. It would’ve been perfectly on brand. The selfishness is breathtaking. It’s almost impressive. Future supervillains should take notes.

Charlie's mom will take care of everything Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

Grandpa Joe Allows His Daughter To Handle Everything 

I’m not letting Charlie’s mom off the hook for her enabling. She should’ve tipped that bed over 20 years go. This Martyr Mom enabled everything from the pipe smoking to allowing Charlie and Joe to walk over her. She’s the one who notices the golden ticket says the the tour is the next day. Grandpa Joe tells Charlie they have a lot to do — comb your hair, wash your face, polish your shoes. Mom says she’ll take care of everything. Come on! That’s when Grandpa Joe should say, “No, now that my ass is finally up, let me finally do a single goddamn thing to help.” But of course not. Wouldn’t even occur to him.

Grandpa Joe tells Charlie Veruca wants a kick in the pants

Grandpa Joe Has The Nerve To Suggest Someone Else Deserves A Kick In The Pants 

When they get on the boat at the chocolate factory, Veruca Salt says, “Hey daddy I want a boat like this…” Grandpa Joe whispers to Charlie, “What she wants is a good kick in the pants.” Oh oh, she does? We’re meant to chuckle and agree with Joe, because — yes — Veruca Salt is a pain-in-the-ass brat. That is made clear. She’s also a kid who was raised badly. Grandpa Joe is an adult responsible for his own behavior, and as we’ve seen he’s been nothing but a selfish ass for the past 20 years. So he really has some nerve to say anyone else wants a kick in the pants. But, once again, he’s treated like one of the good guys. He didn’t even wear pants for 20 years!

Grandpa Joe tells Charlie Violet is a nitwit

Grandpa Joe Has The Nerve To Suggest Someone Else Is A Nitwit 

Grandpa Joe always has something nasty to say about someone else, including children. After saying Veruca wants a kick in the pants, he insults Violet Beauregarde. When Violet takes the gum from Wonka and pops it in her mouth, Charlie is the first to ask what it tastes like. When Wonka lazily tells Violet please no stop, that’s when Charlie turns to his Grandpa Joe:

Charlie: Why doesn’t she listen to Mr. Wonka?

Joe: Because, Charlie, she’s a nitwit.

Oh oh, she is? You mean like the nitwit who follows this by not listening to Mr. Wonka and instead nearly gets his grandson killed by stealing fizzy lifting drink? No, you’re right, Joe, it’s much worse to chew too much gum.

Grandpa Joe and Charlie float from fizzy lifting drinks

Grandpa Joe Has The Bright Idea To Steal Fizzy Lifting Drinks

Classic Joe. Grandpa Joe is a terrible influence on Charlie, and he almost loses Charlie everything — including his life — with this stupid, selfish, childish decision. After Willy Wonka brings the group into the fizzy lifting drink room, he says he dares not sell it yet because it’s too powerful. Everyone else listens and follows him out, except for Joe and Charlie.

Joe: Let’s take a drink, Charlie, nobody’s watching.

Charlie: Yeah.

Joe: A small one won’t hurt us.

WRONG. So they have a fun time floating along until they realize they’re getting too close to the ceiling. When Joe burps, he realizes that’s the way to get down, but Charlie almost gets ripped up by the fans. Not that Joe ever apologizes or takes responsibility for that bad call. Of course not! They should’ve been thrown out right then and there, considering they did bump into the ceiling, which now has to be washed and sterilized. If Augustus contaminated the chocolate river, Joe and Charlie did just as much damage.

Grandpa Joe asks Willy Wonka about the lifetime supply of chocolate

Grandpa Joe Has The Nerve To Call Wonka A Crook 

Grandpa Joe ends the movie with a series of his trademark bad judgment calls. After the factory tour ends, Wonka tries to get back to work. Charlie even asks Joe, “What happened? Did we do something wrong?” as if he really has no idea. So Joe busts into Wonka’s office to find out how they get that lifetime supply of chocolate. When Wonka points out they broke the rules, a confused Joe says, “What rules? We didn’t see any rules” as if he didn’t tell Charlie to sign away on the contract, because they had “nothing to lose.” Wonka points out they stole fizzy lifting drinks and bumped into the ceiling, which has to be washed and sterilized — so they get nothing. Grandpa Joe has the nerve to react with shock and anger:

You’re a crook. You’re a cheat and a swindler! That’s what you are! How could you do a thing like this? Build up a little boy’s hopes and then smash all his dreams to pieces. You’re an inhuman monster!

Wow, if he made that speech to the mirror I’d say he was halfway there. But instead, Joe really does think they’re owed a reward, even though everyone else was punished for breaking the rules. Lucky for Joe, he gets his reward anyway.

Grandpa Joe tells Charlie they should give Slugworth the gobstopper

Grandpa Joe Suggests They Give Slugworth The Everlasting Gobstopper 

In his infinite wisdom, the outraged and self-righteous Grandpa Joe decides to follow calling Wonka a crook by telling Charlie they should sell out Wonka to Slugworth. Joe wants Charlie to go back on his word about the Everlasting Gobstopper, because lying and cheating is fine if it benefits Joe.

Come on, Charlie, let’s get out of here. I’ll get even with him if it’s the last thing I do. Slugworth wants a gobstopper, he’ll get one.

Charlie — who thankfully still has a lot of his mother’s influence in him — finally stops listening to Grandpa Joe and goes back to Wonka’s desk to give back the gobstopper. Wonka rewards the honesty. “So shines a good deed in a weary world.”

Willy Wonka tells Charlie he inherited the chocolate factory

Grandpa Joe Immediately Asks What’s In It For ME? 

Never mind that Grandpa Joe just slammed Wonka as a crook and an inhuman monster. Never mind that he just suggested Charlie go back on his word and give Slugworth the gobstopper. Never mind that Charlie only “won” because he blew off Joe’s own terrible advice. The second Wonka reveals the truth about Slugworth and Charlie passing the test, Joe puts his hand out for another reward.

Wonka takes Charlie and Grandpa Joe on the Wonkavator and tells Charlie he’s giving him the whole factory. Joe proves has learned NOTHING along the way by immediately asking what’s in it for himself. He doesn’t even ask about his own daughter, wife, or in-laws.

Wonka: So the factory is yours Charlie, you can move in immediately.

Grandpa Joe: And me?

Wonka: Absolutely.

Charlie: What happens to the rest…?

Wonka: The whole family. I want you to bring them all.

If only Wonka had replied to Joe with “No, not you,” and then dropped him out of the Wonkavator. Charlie is the one to ask about the rest of his family.

There’s a Willy Wonka prequel movie in the works, but if there was ever a sequel I wonder how things would turn out at the factory. I can see Charlie’s mom working hard and Grandpa Joe sitting back and letting himself be waited on hand and foot.

None of this is a shot at the late great Jack Albertson, who played Grandpa Joe in the 1971 movie, which you can stream on Amazon to rent or buy. And I still love the movie to bits. I’m just one of the many fans still waiting for Grandpa Joe to be flushed down some chute so the Oompa Loompas can give him a morality song and dance about being lazy and selfish. #JusticeForCharliesNamelessMother

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After The Release Of Judy, A New Documentary Is Arriving To Shed Light On Garland’s Life

This year marks 50 years since the death of beloved showbiz icon, Judy Garland. The life of the actress and singer was cut short back in 1969 due to a drug overdose, but her memory lives on a half a century later as two filmmakers helm odes to her life ridden in troubles, amidst her glitzy stardom. Following early Oscar buzz about Renée Zellweger’s performance in Judy, a Showtime documentary titled Sid & Judy is set to premiere, Friday.

The 95-minute doc about Judy Garland will offer an additional look at the life of The Wizard of Oz star, namely through the lens of rare recordings of Garland’s voice and passages from Sidney Luft, her third husband. Luft’s words come from his memoir and will be read by Mad Men’s Jon Hamm and Jennifer Jason Leigh. Sid & Judy touches upon topics such as Garland’s troubling up-bringing, history with addiction and life in the spotlight through an additional lens, just as Rupert Goold’s Judy gains momentum with audiences.

In the new documentary, interviews of Judy Garland opening up about growing up with a “stage mother” who would threaten her to go out and sing of she’d wrap her around a bedpost, a USA Today reports ahead of the television premiere. She also calls being famous “lonesome”, comparing herself to the Statue of Liberty.

Sid & Judy will also feature footage from a celebration of the star in Hollywood Forever Cemetary in 2017 when her remains were transferred there. Her arrival brought in a swarm of fans dressed in Dorothy’s checkered blue dress were interviewed. They call her “timeless”, “the epitome of hope” and touched upon her status as a gay icon.

Fans of Judy Garland certainly have no shortage of content surrounding the late singer on the year on this 50th anniversary. Or to those who have always wondered about who Judy Garland was, Sid & Nancy looks like it will delve deeply into her life. Sid & Judy follows the biopic starring Renée Zellweger, which also tracks many accurate happenings in her life as the narrative tracks her on her last tour in London as she deals with her addiction and losing custody to her young children.

While Judy places the spotlight on her fifth husband Mickey Deans (played by Finn Wittrock), Sid & Judy will offer up some perspective from her third husband. Her and Sidney had two children together, Lorna and Joey. Lufts was her longest marriage, they were husband and wife for 13 years between 1952 and 1965 before they divorced, Garland accusing him of being an alcoholic and abusing her.

Renée Zellweger incredible transformation as Judy Garland is certainly expected to be in conversation as award season begins to take shape. Check out our exclusive interviews with the cast of Judy, see it in theaters & check out Sid & Judy premiering on Showtime Friday, October 18.