Captain Marvel’s Amazing Cat Goose Is Stealing The Show In Massive Banners

Visiting the 1990s of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, meeting a young Nick Fury and seeing the ultra-powerful Carol Danvers onscreen for the first time are all solid reasons to want to see Captain Marvel, but the real selling point of the film is Goose. Carol Danvers’ cat is the first pet in the MCU set to make an impact on a film, and he is already stealing the show. Check out Goose in some massive banners for Captain Marvel below.

Look at him(her?), he’s positively magnificent. This fantastic banner tells you absolutely nothing about the movie, and yet let’s you know with utter certainty that you have to see it. Goose clearly has the need… the need for speed, and is ready to go higher, further, faster in Captain Marvel. Goose’s cuteness is exceeded only by his coolness, and he is the height of cool in those aviator glasses, evoking the movie Top Gun where he gets his namesake.

This banner, spotted by someone on Reddit, is actually a clever bit of marketing as yet another way to sell Captain Marvel to audiences. Captain Marvel doesn’t have the name recognition or pop culture penetration that many of Marvel’s other characters do, so seeing her might not be enough to sell everyone. But a giant banner of a cat in sunglasses, that’s a movie you want to see.

Marvel knows what it’s doing here, because cuteness sells. Cat videos are popular for a reason and people love their pets. Goose is poised to take the MCU cuteness mantle from Rocket Raccoon and Baby Groot, and I fully expect ‘Goose’ to shoot up the rankings of most popular cat names after this movie comes out.

Goose being a prevalent part of the marketing in this way could be especially fun if Captain Marvel borrows from the comics in the way we think it might. In the comics, Carol Danvers has a pet named Chewie. While Chewie appears to be a cat, she is in fact a Flerken, a species of alien creatures that look like cats, but can travel between dimensions and have pink tentacles that come out of their mouths when attacked.

If Goose is indeed a Flerken like Chewie from the comics, Marvel has hidden his true nature in the trailers and marketing materials like this banner. That should make for a fun surprise when audiences find out that what appears to be just a cute cat actually has a lot more to him/her.

This Goose banner isn’t just a fun highlight of Captain Marvel’s marketing either. The word out of an early screening of Captain Marvel is that Goose steals the show in the movie itself, which is very exciting.

Captain Marvel opens in theaters on March 8 and is tracking at a $100 million opening weekend. Check out our release schedule to see all the other movies you can look forward to in 2019, and stay tuned to CinemaBlend for the latest movie news.

There Was A Mini Twilight Reunion, See The Photo

While it’s been seven years since the Twilight saga concluded and each of the film’s young stars have since moved on to their own projects, some of them are still undoubtedly close. One mini Twilight reunion actually happened earlier this week. Can you spot which two actors are still posing for pictures together after all this time? Take a look:

No, your eyes don’t deceive you! Kristen Stewart (left) and Taylor Lautner (middle) snapped a picture together with their hairstylist Cj Romero, who recently posted the photo on his Instagram. Stewart was Team Jacob all the way in the photo taken during a surprise birthday to ring in Taylor Lautner 27th year, which he reached on February 11.

Taylor Lautner also posted about the celebration, thanking his girlfriend for surprising him. Check out his Instagram post below for another look at Kristen Stewart and Lautner together, this time posing for a group picture of the whole party.

The actors have known each other for over 10 years and have a unique shared experience of becoming teen celebrities when 2008’s Twilight became a cultural phenomenon, similar to Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint’s journey on the Harry Potter movies.

In the Twilight saga, while Kristen Stewart’s Bella first became first enamored with teen vampire Edward Cullen, as the movies progressed, she also developed a close relationship with Taylor Lautner’s Jacob and his werewolf clan. While Jacob had a small supporting part in the first Twilight movie, Lautner’s role expanded as the book’s adaptations continues through 2012.

Since the end of the Twilight movies, Taylor Lautner hasn’t continued to star in blockbusters. The actor starred in the 2015 star-studded Netflix film The Ridiculous 6 alongside Adam Sandler, Terry Crews, Luke Wilson and Will Forte. He’s primarily moved to the small screen, starring in Scream Queens in 2016 and Cuckoo from 2014 to 2018.

On the other hand, Kristen Stewart has continued to keep busy on film sets of indie flicks such as Clouds of Sils Maria, Equals and Personal Shopper. Next up, Stewart will star in action thriller Underwater alongside T.J. Miller, the Charlie’s Angels reboot with Elizabeth Banks, Ella Balinska and Naomi Scott, and a recently announced rom-com called Happiest Season with Mackenzie Davis playing her girlfriend.

The third point to the Twilight star triangle, Robert Pattinson, has also been hard at work on a slew of film projects, including Amazon’s The Lost City of Z, the critically-acclaimed Good Time and will soon star in High Life and an upcoming movie with Marvel stars Tom Holland and Sebastian Stan called The Devil All the Time.

For Twilight fans, it’s nice to see a couple of the stars still hanging out and having fun together. Maybe one day they’ll work together on another project again!

Film Academy Responds To Backlash Over Moving Categories To Commercials

In the latest controversy surrounding the upcoming Academy Awards, it was announced that the awards for Best Cinematography, Makeup and Hairstyling, Film Editing and Live-Action Short would be presented during the commercial breaks and not on the live broadcast this year. This was met with major backlash from the industry. Now the Academy has responded to the backlash and attempted to address concerns in a letter to its membership. It reads in part:

In response to the outrage over the reported changes to this year’s ceremony, this letter from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ board of governors attempts to set the record straight. To assuage the concerns of Academy members, the letter assures everyone that contrary to the narrative that is out there, no category will be disrespected or represented in any way as ‘less than’ any other category.

The board of governors talks about inaccurate reporting and social media posts regarding the changes to this year’s ceremony presumably because the headline-grabbing change is that categories like Best Cinematography and Best Editing will be presented during commercial breaks. That has perhaps led some to the upsetting assumption that these categories will not be seen at all during the broadcast and are thus being disrespected for other, more flashy categories.

The Academy attempts to clarify this and any other misconceptions about this year’s ceremony elsewhere in the letter, as reported by Variety. It states that all 24 categories will be presented at the Dolby Theatre and shown on the broadcast. The difference is that the awards for Best Cinematography, Makeup and Hairstyling, Film Editing and Live-Action Short will not be presented live on the broadcast.

Instead these awards, including the speeches from the winners, will be recorded during the commercial breaks and air later in the broadcast, with time consuming elements like the walk to and from the stage edited out. The branches for these categories volunteered for this position. The letter also notes that in the future, four to six categories will be selected for this position and these four will be exempt next year.

So everyone will see the awards and speeches for these four categories, it just won’t be live for those watching at home on ABC. That should come as some comfort to those who thought that categories vital to cinema like cinematography and editing wouldn’t be seen at all. However, whether or not this will reduce the backlash will depend on if people believe that by not presenting these awards live, the Academy is casting them in a light that makes them seem less important than the others.

This is just one of the various controversies that have dogged this year’s Oscar ceremony. From the Best Popular Film category introduction, backlash and delay to the issues that ultimately led to this year’s ceremony being hostless, to the reversal on not having performances for all of the Best Original Song nominees, the Academy must be longing for the days when the La La Land/Moonlight Best Picture snafu was the biggest headache to deal with.

The 91st Academy Awards airs on Sunday, February 24 at 8 p.m. E.T. Check out our 2019 release schedule to see all the movies that will be hoping to have a place at next year’s ceremony.

Star Wars: Episode IX Has Wrapped Filming, Here’s How JJ Abrams Celebrated

The end of a cinematic era is almost upon us. This December will bring forth Star Wars: Episode IX, which is not only the final chapter of the current Star Wars sequel trilogy, but also conclude the Skywalker Saga. Episode IX kicked off principal photography back in August, and today production has officially wrapped. To celebrate the occasion, director and co-writer J.J. Abrams dropped this photo of three of the main Episode IX actors together in warm embrace.

Star Wars: Episode IX opens in theaters on December 20, so stay tuned to CinemaBlend for continuing coverage.

Josh Gad Is Now Totally Trolling Mark Ruffalo About Frozen 2 Spoilers

During his time playing Bruce Banner/The Hulk in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Mark Ruffalo, like Tom Holland, has gained a reputation for spoiling things. You tell him a sensitive piece of plot information, and there’s a decent chance that he might accidentally reveal said information in public. Now Frozen 2 star Josh Gad is poking fun at Rufflalo’s poor track record with keeping secrets with the following tweet about the upcoming Disney release.

This is a pretty good burn Josh Gad laid on Mark Ruffalo, and playing along, Ruffalo then asked Gad on Twitter to DM him about if everybody dies in Frozen 2 following the release of the sequel’s first trailer. What does this movie look like, Avengers: Infinity War?! In any case, Gad clearly knows of Ruffalo’s propensity to inadvertently say things about an upcoming release that he shouldn’t (like how half of the heroes in Avengers: Infinity War did indeed end up biting the dust, pun fully intended) and is making sure he doesn’t make that same mistake over the next nine months.

Josh Gad would also be wise not to share any Frozen 2 details with Mark Ruffalo privately whatsoever, even if they are both members of the Disney empire… I mean, family. After all, if Tom Holland could spoil Chris Pratt on Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’s plot before Pratt had even read the script, then it’s a good bet that Ruffalo could spoil something about Frozen 2 to someone he meets before the sequel drops in theaters.

To Disney’s credit, the studio hasn’t released any official plot details about Frozen 2 yet. The trailer had quite a few interesting moments, like Elsa using her ice powers to fight the waves from a nearby beach to Anna grabbing Sven’s sword and slicing at something offscreen, but we have absolutely no context for any of these scenes. 2019 is packed with highly-anticipated Disney releases, and it’s safe to say that Frozen 2 ranks towards the top of the list, so Disney is aiming to keep fans in the dark for as long as possible. Fingers crossed Josh Gad sticks to his goal not to emulate Mark Ruffalo in the meantime.

It’s worth noting that Frozen 2 isn’t the only Disney movie Josh Gad is appearing in this year. He’s also playing Mulch Diggers in Artemis Fowl, although since that’s based off a book that was released nearly two decades, spoilers aren’t quite as big of a deal. As for Mark Ruffalo, he’s reprising Bruce Banner this April in Avengers: Endgame, and while Banner’s monstrous other half only appeared in Avengers: Infinity War’s opening, Hulk will be back in action for the Phase 3 capper and be sporting his own costume.

Frozen 2 will work its magic in theaters on November 22, so stay tuned to CinemaBlend for continuing coverage. In the meantime, look through our 2019 release schedule to learn what other major motion pictures are coming out this year.

Jason Momoa Just Landed His First Live Action Aquaman Follow-Up

After recently lending his voice to LEGO Aquaman in The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part, Jason Momoa is now in negotiations to star in Dune as Duncan Idaho, according to Deadline. He will join an already jam-packed cast including Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Dave Bautista, Stellan Starsgard, Charlotte Rampling, Javier Bardem and Josh Brolin. (Whew, that’s like half of Hollywood!)

Eddie Redmayne Says Making The Crimes Of Grindelwald Was Exhausting

It seems that thanks to the success of CGI digital effects there is absolutely nothing that can’t be created for a movie screen. However, what we see on film is quite different from what the actors are dealing with while making the movie. In a new exclusive clip that is part of the new Digital and Blu-ray release of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, star Eddie Redmayne talks about what it’s like working opposite things that aren’t really there, and just how insane, and tiring, the experience truly is. Check it out.

We’ve often heard the stories coming from actors who work on movies with heavy CGI about the experience of working opposite a character they can’t see, that’s maybe nothing more than a tennis ball on a stick. Eddie Redmayne explains that for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, while there certainly was some of that, the fantastic beasts were actually created using a variety of different methods. According to Redmayne…

While acting against nothing certainly requires a lot of imagination from the actors, acting against a puppet or a green screen stand-in requires a different sort of imagination. The end result is that at the end of each day Eddie Redmayne was mentally worn out as he’s had to stretch himself to his limits performing against such a variety of different “creatures.”

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, while it wasn’t nearly as focused on the fantastic beasts as the previous film, still had its share of amazing creatures. Some of the first film’s favorites came back along with several new animals. It seems that each one was created using whatever method best suited it, which resulted in the actors having to shift between acting like nothing was something or acting like a puppet was real.

And it’s completely understandable that this can be exhausting. In the case of something like acting like a creature is sitting on your hand when there’s nothing really there, the actor has some degree of freedom. The digital effects artists simply need to draw in the creature to match what the actor does.

However, in the case of working with green screen stand-ins, that freedom becomes more limited. The creature now must exist in a particular space, so you have to treat those ridiculous looking people in green pajamas in just the right way so that the creature can be created around them.

While this clip was made available exclusively to CinemaBlend, everybody else can watch the entire look at Newt Scamander‘s magical creatures when Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald is released on Blu-ray March 12. For those who can’t wait, the film is available in Digital HD starting today and includes an extended cut with additional footage not part of the theatrical release.

Man Of Steel Has A Cool Watchmen Easter Egg

The DC live-action universe is currently in full swing, with a bevy of exciting projects set to arrive in theaters over the next few years. The DCEU is stepping away from serialized storytelling, allowing each new blockbuster to stand on its own. And it all began with Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel, which jump-started an entire cinematic universe when it arrived in theaters in 2013.

Zack Snyder brought his signature style and dark tone to Man of Steel, as Henry Cavill’s Clark Kent got an origin story in the modern world. Visually, the film is very reminiscent of Snyder’s previous comic book movie Watchmen, although it turns out that there’s another connection between the two. Namely, an easter egg featuring the The Comedians’ iconic smiley face badge. Check it out below.

Real subtle, Snyder. In this shot you can clearly see The Comedian’s logo, which has become the symbol for Watchmen in general. It’s the crossover we never expected, and one that should tickle comic book fans out there.

This recently discovered easter egg, which comes to us from Reddit, is one that has largely gone unidentified in the 6 years since Man of Steel arrived in theaters. But it’s the type of content that cinephiles and comic book fans adore, as homage is paid to other projects within the genre. While Snyder’s blockbuster didn’t have any crossovers with other DC heroes (the DCEU wasn’t born yet), it’s exciting to see that he was able to put a touch of Watchmen in Man of Steel.

In many ways, Watchmen helped to shatter the expectations of what a comic book movie could do. Ultra-stylized and extremely mature, the movie is a polarizing point in Zack Snyder’s career. It ultimately remains one of his most iconic movies, and clearly informed the way he approached DC projects like Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Justice League.

Despite being released back in 2013, there hasn’t been any major steps toward a Man of Steel sequel. Zack Snyder doesn’t appear to have any plans to step back behind the camera for the DCEU, so other directors’ names have been thrown around as a possible replacement for a follow-up. Most recently, it was revealed that Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn was approached about directing the sequel, before he eventually settled on The Suicide Squad.

Henry Cavill’s Superman may have been the first superhero in the DC Universe, but the actor’s future with the character is currently unclear. About six months ago, rumors swirled that Cavill would be hanging up his cape and departing the role. There has been no official announcement, although Cavill did respond in a bizarre video that only raised more questions from the general public. Although with Ben Affleck already out the door as Batman, it’s clear that DC’s priorities are shifting.

The next installment in the DC Universe is Shazam! on April 5th. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

Alita: Battle Angel Ending – What Robert Rodriguez Says About That Finale

The following contains spoilers for the end of Robert Rodriguez’s Alita: Battle Angel. Stop reading now if you do not want to know more about the movie’s ending.

By the time you reach the conclusion of Alita: Battle Angel, you realize that it’s really just the first chapter in what could be a much larger saga. Fans of the Manga comic on which this new movie is based understand that. There are volumes of stories that can be told about Alita (Rosa Salazar), and Rodriguez and his producer James Cameron – who once developed Alita as a project for himself – had to figure out how much they wanted to include.

As such, when you get to the end of Alita: Battle Angel, it actually feels like a beginning. The girl has risen to the status of warrior, and she identifies her greatest threat in Nova (Edward Norton). Speaking on the ReelBlend podcast this week, Rodriguez spoke about his decision to end there, explaining:

Now, [Alita] has a very cool ending that makes you think, ‘Oh, that’s going to definitely be more.’ But I like ending movies like that, even if you don’t do a sequel. It’s what I call story value. El Mariachi ended very similar. He didn’t get the guitar case with weapons until the last scene in the movie. In Spy Kids, they didn’t actually become spies until the last scene in the movie. They’re actually spies in the very last scene. So even if you didn’t do a sequel, you could imagine more in your head. Because you go, ‘Oh, now this character is so set up. I can imagine them now going on all of these adventures.’ This is very similar. You go, ‘OK, she’s definitely going to go up there. She’s going to go kick this guy’s ass.’ You almost don’t even need to see it, you know? But you know, if there’s another one, it’ll have tons of surprise, of course, because now you have to counter what people are probably thinking is the logical choice, and really pull the rug out from under them.

Alita: Battle Angel is built for sequels. Based on the cyberpunk comic series by Yukito Kishiro, the story started back in 1990 and lived on, in assorted mediums, for years. James Cameron, in fact, first started developing his take on Alita more than a decade ago, and was deep into development before he got sidetracked by another little project called Avatar.

With Cameron over in Pandora, Robert Rodriguez shifted from Sin City and Spy Kids movies to take a crack at the Battle Angel of Iron City. And it turns out that he inherited a wealth of prep material from Cameron with which to start. Rodriguez spoke at length about this outline when interviewed on the ReelBlend podcast, telling us:

Even when [Cameron] puts his stories together for a one-off movie, he’ll build the idea of sequels. So, in his notes – 600 pages of notes – he had a whole section about a trilogy. Where the trilogy would be. The first world, Iron City would be story one. You would never go up to the second level, there’s more than one level, until a second film. So he kind of outlined where that would go. Even if we don’t make sequels, it helps you to know what to put in the first story, what isn’t important, so that if you do go and do another movie, you’re not like, ‘Oh, we kind of didn’t set it up right.’ But also, [Cameron’s] not really thinking about setting up another story so much as he is about making this first one a complete story. It needs to be a complete story, in case you don’t make another one.

Will Robert Rodriguez be able to make another one? Right now, that’s in the hands of theatergoers, and they can vote with their ticket sales if they’d like to see Alita: Battle Angel turn into a viable franchise. It’s not even a guarantee that Rodriguez would be back for the next one. Producers James Cameron and Jon Landau are the driving forces behind this, and if it does go forward, they’ll go with the right person for the job. (Though Rodriguez poured his heart and soul into the opening chapter.)

Listen to the full interview with Robert Rodriguez in the latest episode of our weekly podcast, ReelBlend:

Alita: Battle Angel is in theaters as we speak. It’s even available in 3D, so if you are looking to go down that route, be sure to check out our To 3D Or Not To 3D review before you grab a ticket.

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Blumhouse Doesn’t Actually Have The Rights To Make Halloween Sequels Yet

Last year, Blumhouse’s Halloween reboot-quel from director David Gordon Green was a hit with critics and a record-breaker at the box office. Given that level of success and the fact that the horror genre is built for it, you would think that a Halloween sequel would be no-brainer, but it turns out that we shouldn’t get too excited just yet. Addressing the initial plan to shoot two Halloween movies at once, producer Jason Blum explained the hurdles to a potential sequel:

I think many people probably assumed that a Halloween sequel was a foregone conclusion given that it made $253.7 million on a $10 million budget, but it turns out that the situation is a bit more complicated than that. The fan sentiment and financial incentive might be there, yet as Jason Blum told Moviefone, Blumhouse actually doesn’t have the rights to make sequels at the moment.

As it seems is often the case with big name properties, the legalities of rights issues must be sorted out before a film can make it to the big screen. In this case, Blumhouse was able to make Halloween, but desire alone won’t be enough to get a sequel made; it has to get the rights to make sequels first.

Fortunately, for fans that want to see more of what Blumhouse can do with this property, the desire to make more films is clearly there. Jason Blum is ambitiously hoping that they can make 10 more Halloween movies, thus basically doubling the Halloween films that have been made thus far. He’s clearly got big plans for Halloween, but at the moment, Jason Blum is just taking it one at a time and hoping to make a sequel to the 2018 film.

So while there is no guarantee that Blumhouse will make another Halloween sequel, Jason Blum is trying, and with the first film’s success, there is a lot of money to be made. I imagine a deal will get worked out sooner or later so that money doesn’t get left on the table.

It seems Blumhouse might be bullish about getting to make a sequel too. It was reported last week that Narcos: Mexico producer Scott Teems is in talks to write the Halloween sequel. Many of the people involved with the first film seem down to return should a sequel happen, so now it’s just a waiting game to see if it does.

As far as where a sequel could take the story, it’s hard to say. Danny McBride, who was one of the writer’s on the first film, has some ideas, but since he isn’t writing the sequel as far as we know, it’s unclear whether those ideas will be used. We also know that there are plans in place for Allyson’s boyfriend Cameron, played by Dylan Arnold.