Idris Elba Wants To Play Marvel’s Heimdall Again

Working in the world of superhero franchises isn’t for everyone, and there’s a good number of folks that have turned down offers from even the like of Marvel Studios when asked to render their unique services. Sometimes even those who are working in that industry sound like they don’t want to be in it anymore, as was what seemed to be the case with Idris Elba and his role as Heimdall in the Thor series of films.

At least, that’s what it felt like until a recent interview saw Idris Elba clarifying that not only is that not true, but he’s optimistic that he could come back from his character’s fate in Avengers: Infinity War to make it happen. When asked if he’d reprise this particular performance, Idris Elba gave this very specific answer:

Last seen in the opening to Avengers: Infinity War, Josh Brolin’s Thanos murdered Heimdall after the guardian of the Bifrost used his powers to send Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk to Earth. He was then pierced through the heart, via a weapon wielded by Thanos, thus ending the life of Elba’s character.

Though despite not having seen Avengers: Endgame, as he told an ABC Radio station in an interview, Idris Elba is confident that bringing back the Asgardian gatekeeper is a solid move in the future. Which to some may seem to fly in the face of previous press opportunities the star had taken to highlight what he was not particularly happy with in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

While Idris Elba has previously gone on record as complaining about previous MCU shoots, he’s never said that he wouldn’t want to be a part of the Thor or Marvel experience altogether. In fact, his complaints were more limited to specific moments of his time filming Thor: The Dark World, which if it filmed as well as it was watched by fans, was probably a living nightmare.

Furthermore, the Hobbs and Shaw star has even said that he’d like more action to engage in when it pertains to Heimdall’s specific role.

Even if Idris Elba somehow found himself so upset with Marvel Studios that he’d even dreamed of leaving it all behind, this is apparently the era where those sorts of hatchets are being buried. Just ask Natalie Portman, who participated in Thor and Thor: The Dark World, but didn’t return for Thor: Ragnarok. And yet, six years after her last substantial appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, she’s returned and ready to be a new Thor herself in director Taika Waititi’s Thor: Love And Thunder, as well as lent her likeness to this year’s Avengers: Endgame.

That scenario right there is proof that anything is possible, so long as Marvel and the stars align in an arrangement that works for everyone. So don’t be surprised if Idris Elba’s Heimdall returns to Asgard in the future. However, it’s worth remembering that Elba does still have a book in the comic book movie realm, as he’s set to appear in James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad.

In the meantime, you can enjoy Avengers: Endgame on Digital HD, 4K UHD, Blu-ray, and DVD. Idris Elba fans can also take part in his latest non-Marvel antics, with Hobbs & Shaw currently in theaters.

Bond 25’s Phoebe Waller-Bridge Responds To The Lashana Lynch 007 Rumors

Rumors recently surfaced that Captain Marvel actress Lashana Lynch was joining the cast of Bond 25 as none other than 007. Based on the rumor, it seems her character Nomi would be taking over the 007 designation at MI6 following James Bond’s retirement. Now one of the film’s screenwriters, Fleabag and Killing Eve creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who was brought in to punch up the script, has responded to the rumors, saying:

Well, that’s not exactly a confirmation, but it’s definitely not a denial either. Phoebe Waller-Bridge is clearly playing coy in her response to The Hollywood Reporter’s inquiry about Lashana Lynch’s involvement in Bond 25. But it certainly seems like the rumors about Lashana Lynch as 007 contain at least some grains of truth.

Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s answer is an interesting one and it tells you how she feels about the franchise she is contributing to. The way she sees it, the James Bond franchise is one in which new characters can always be introduced and become instantly iconic. On that point she is absolutely correct.

The Bond franchise has plenty of iconic recurring characters like Bond himself, such as Miss Moneypenny and the villain Blofeld, but not every iconic character has to be a franchise staple that originated in Ian Fleming’s novels. New characters can be introduced and become truly iconic, like Javier Bardem’s Raoul Silva in Skyfall, who is now one of the franchise’s most memorable villains.

While talking about the potential for iconic characters, Phoebe Waller-Bridge doesn’t explicitly say that she is referring to Lashana Lynch’s Nomi, however the context of her answer would lead you to think that she is.

That alone is enough to get us excited about Lashana Lynch’s character in Bond 25. Her character Nomi will presumably be an entirely new creation, and whether that character possesses the 007 moniker or not, Phoebe Waller-Bridge seems rather high on what she brings to the film and her potential to become iconic.

If Lashana Lynch’s Nomi is indeed working at MI6 under the 007 designation, you have to think that she is highly capable and will represent a very different kind of 007 and therefore act as an interesting foil to Daniel Craig’s James Bond.

Hopefully we’ll find out more details about Lashana Lynch’s Nomi and the rest of what’s going on in Bond 25, including a title, soon. The latest installment in the long-running franchise, which is expected to be Daniel Craig’s last outing as James Bond, has dealt with nothing but trouble behind the scenes, including delays, script issues, injuries and criminal activity.

With any luck all that struggle will be worth it and we’ll get some iconic characters and Daniel Craig’s tenure can go out on a high note with an iconic entry in the Bond legacy.

Bond 25 hits theaters on April 8, 2020. Check out our premiere guide to keep up with everything headed to theaters this year.

Looks Like The Rock Just Fired Back At Tyrese’s Hobbs And Shaw Shade

Between its swanky cars and high-flying tricks, the Fast & Furious franchise has always preached the importance of family. Yet, the big stars at the center of them are no stranger to engaging in public fueds with one another. Dwayne Johnson and Tyrese Gibson have a long history of being in an alleged beef with one another. However, it’s been primarily Tyrese targeting The Rock, who often keeps face in response.

The big actor starts off his status by thanking the fans for making the Fast & Furious spinoff the No. 1 movie for the second weekend in a row and racking up $333 million globally. Then out of left field, he says the best way to close the mouth of a clown is “to flex with success and a smile.” Ok, he used an emoji technically, but he’s clearly calling someone a clown!

The Baby Boy actor has previously spoken out about taking issue with the franchise getting a spinoff, saying that Dwayne Johnson was making Fast & Furious all about himself. He was feeling good about his past remarks last week when he noticed the numbers for Hobbs & Shaw weren’t the impressive – for the franchise anyway.

So Hobbs & Shaw isn’t a failure by any stretch of the imagination. Is it at the level of 2017’s Fate of the Furious, which made $1.236 billion worldwide after a $98 million opening weekend? No, but that doesn’t mean Tyrese Gibson has a right to boast about Hobbs & Shaw’s lack of value. It’s like if one of the Avengers spoke ill of one of the solo flicks not making as much as the massive team-up flicks.

Dwayne Johnson is fueling some of these old flames with his “clown” comments on Twitter. His main point seems to be to let the numbers speak for themselves, but he’s definitely throwing some shade out. Maybe it’s time to sit back and watch their feud continue to unfold?

James Gunn’s Suicide Squad Script Is ‘Really Good,’ According To His Brother Sean

In the eight-month interim between when he was fired from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 and then rehired by Disney, filmmaker James Gunn leaped to the DC Extended Universe and signed on to write and direct The Suicide Squad. We’re still a ways off from learning what the next adventure starring the officially-designated Task Force X is about, but according to Sean Gunn, who’s collaborated with his brother on multiple projects, James Gunn’s script is impressive. As Sean Gunn put it:

It remains to be seen if Sean Gunn will appear in The Suicide Squad, having previously worked in the comic book adaptation realm with his brother by playing Kraglin and the on-set Rocket Raccoon in the Guardians of the Galaxy movies (I suspect he’ll get a role). But as he told, Sean Gunn’s already read The Suicide Squad, liked the explosive story and is looking forward to seeing what unfolds next in the creative process.

While 2016’s Suicide Squad was a commercial success for Warner Bros and DC, making nearly $747 million worldwide, it took a critical beating. So fingers crossed that Sean Gunn’s assessment that James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad script is “very good” is accurate and that this follow-up improves the team’s cinematic reputation. Then again, looking at James Gunn’s body of work, the chances of this movie being entertaining (at the very least) are likelier than not.

James Gunn officially boarded The Suicide Squad in October of last year, bringing an end to years of directors coming and going from the project, including Jaume Collet-Serra and Gavin O’Connor. As Sean Gunn noted, The Suicide Squad is scheduled to begin this fall, with James Gunn delivering that movie before he resumes work on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.

The Suicide Squad opens in theaters on August 5, 2021, so stay tuned to CinemaBlend for continuing coverage. In the meantime, look through our DC movies guide to learn what else this franchise has coming down the pipeline.

Bella Thorne’s Short Film For PornHub Has A NSFW Trailer You Can Watch Right Now

The Disney Channel has been a consistent and steady launch pad for numerous stars over the years. Selena Gomez, Miley Cyrus, Zac Efron, The Jonas Brothers and Zendaya all trace their roots back to Disney Channel shows, and now they challenge themselves in more mature projects that range from Ted Bundy movies (like Efron) to HBO’s Euphoria (for Zendaya).

Bella Thorne also took a role on a Disney show early in her career, co-starring on the hit program Shake It Up. But now she’s shaking up her own career path by directing a short film for the adult site PornHub, and you can view the NSFW teaser trailer right now:

Bella Thorne’s short film, Her & Him, is being produced through PornHub’s Visionaries Director’s Series, which the company says is meant to profile “unexpected guest directors” bringing their voices and styles to “diversify porn production,” according to a press release obtained by CNN.

In the same story, Bella Thorne revealed that she has been trying to make Her & Him for a long time, but didn’t find any backers until PornHub stepped in.

I’m really lucky that Pornhub wanted to come on and produce this with me because originally I was shopping it around a very long time ago and things were very different. People are kind of scared to make a movie like this one when it comes to dominance and submissive(ness) between a male and a female and how this relationship can turn quite sour.

As the trailer suggests, Bella Thorne’s short film stars adult film actors Abella Danger and Small Hands (awesome porn name), and follows the story of a guy who picks up his girlfriend’s phone, only to find that she has been searching for ways to kill your lover and get away with it.

What I didn’t realize, up until this point, is that Bella Thorne has been acting in – and even directing – multiple short films up to this point, honing her craft in preparation for Her & Him. And while I have not seen these, I have to wonder if “Bitch I’m Bella Thorne,” “Pussy Mine” and “Fuck Me Fire Truck” are also adult in nature.

Oh wait. I found it. Judge for yourself:

Her & Him is set to hold its official premiere at the Oldenburg Film Festival in Germany, which takes place from Sept. 11-15. After that, the film will be available exclusively on Pornhub Premium, so if you are curious, make sure that you sign up.

Good Boys Reviews Are Up, Here’s What The Critics Are Saying

This year hasn’t been a particularly strong one for comedies so far. So at the end of the summer season, Hollywood is handing it off to the next generation to bring big laughs with the release of Good Boys. The R-rated comedy follows the misadventures of three 12-year-old boys who are ridden with the anxieties of being invited to a “kissing party” without ever have kissed a girl, crossing freeways, coming across sex toys and yelling F-bombs along the way.

The reviews are officially in for Good Boys ahead of its release this Friday,l and overall it has landed in the good graces of critics. Let’s start off with CinemaBlend’s own Eric Eisenberg, who awarded the movie with 4 out of 5 stars in his review. Check out his thoughts:

He was impressed with the combination of hilarious comedic moments, emotional scenes and standout performances from young actors Jacob Tremblay, Brady Noon and Keith L. Williams. Their characters, who call themselves “The Beanbag Gang,” had him laughing from beginning to end, and these days that’s a tough find in movies.

Because Good Boys flips Superbad on its head and is told from the perspective of middle-schoolers, it finds a fresh angle to the raunchy bro comedy. Kohn also said there are plenty of “aww” moments to witness with the boys.

However, not every critic shared his enthusiasm for the movie’s bit. Check out the words of Guardian’s Kristy Puchko in her 3 star review:

The Guardian writer found the jokes to get tiresome midway through the movie as it’s a whole lot of the same types of quips. This is certainly something to keep in mind, as not every moviegoer will find its humor endearing. However, she did say Good Boys redeems itself in the third act when the movie focuses on the characters over crudeness.

It looks like whether the comedy strikes you as funny is up to your personal taste. “Clever” or not, Den of Geek’s Rosie Fletcher found this aspect of the film to be its best strength:

The three kids lead Good Boys with earnestness and believability and it’s what grounds the comedy into something special, per Fletcher’s words. It’s not just about filthy mouths and gross gags, it has heart at its center!

Good Boys hits theaters this weekend alongside other new releases Angry Birds Movie 2, 47 Meters Down: Uncaged, Blinded By The Light and Where’d You Go, Bernadette? Will you be checking out Good Boys this weekend? Let us know in the comments below!

The Snake Eyes Movie May Have Found Its (Awesome) Lead Star

It’s been six years since the G.I. Joe franchise last appeared on the silver screen with G.I. Joe: Retaliation, but it looks like Paramount’s franchise is finally gearing up to go again with its first spinoff movie: Snake Eyes. We first heard about the solo film featuring the fan favorite ninja about a year ago, but things seem to be moving forward now, and it appears that the Snake Eyes movie may have found its awesome lead star.

Actor Henry Golding, best known for his breakout role in the romantic comedy Crazy Rich Asians, is in talks to star in Paramount’s Snake Eyes, according to Variety. Henry Golding will play the titular ninja warrior in the film from director Robert Schwentke, whose previous directing efforts include Red, Insurgent and The Captain. The Huntsman: Winter’s War and Beauty and the Beast’s Evan Spiliotopoulos wrote the script for the solo film.

The talks are in the early stages at this point, but if a deal is made, Henry Golding would lead Paramount and Hasbro’s first attempt to put a new spin on the G.I. Joe series, following the box office success of G.I. Joe: Retaliation. A writer’s room was convened to figure out the next ideas and it seems that they turned to the most popular character in the property to get things started. Although it is still unclear if this film will be a reboot of sorts or fit within the existing continuity.

Snake Eyes was first introduced as part of Hasbro’s G.I. Joe relaunch of the toy line in the 1980s called G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero, and he was previously played onscreen by martial artist and actor Ray Park in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra and G.I. Joe: Retaliation. For those born too late for G.I. Joe’s heyday and who also skipped out on the 2009 and 2013 film’s, Snake Eyes is an enigmatic ninja commando that is part of the G.I. Joe anti-terrorist military group.

Snake Eyes has a pet wolf named Timber and he dresses all in black, in contrast to his villainous counterpart Storm Shadow, who wears all white and works for the evil Cobra organization. Snake Eyes never speaks and like other great badasses Master Chief, Judge Dredd and Darth Vader, he never removes his mask.

The chances of him keeping his mask on the entire time in the Snake Eyes movie seem slim to none though. You don’t cast romantic comedy star Henry Golding in an action blockbuster and not let audiences see his face. I’m not sure what Henry Golding’s martial arts abilities are, if any, but since the character would presumably be masked during many of the fight scenes, a martial artist could handle the more difficult stuff. Maybe they’ll even bring Ray Park back for that.

Henry Golding’s career has been taking off since Crazy Rich Asians, with roles in A Simple Favor and Guy Ritchie’s upcoming The Gentlemen, and just today we saw him opposite the Mother of Dragons herself Emilia Clarke in the trailer for Last Christmas. Yet despite the fan casting for him as the MCU’s Namor, if he gets the role in Snake Eyes, it would be his first true action blockbuster.

We’ll keep you updated on what the future holds for Snake Eyes and the rest of the G.I. Joe franchise. In the meantime, check out our 2019 Release Schedule to see what’s headed to theaters this year.

How Much The Angry Birds Movie 2 Made Opening Night

The Angry Birds Movie 2 is currently the best reviewed movie ever to be based on a video game. That may not be the highest of praise, but it does put the film in a pretty good spot as it hits wide release today. Last night, the movie held its first general audience screenings and it brought in a solid $2.6 million for the night.

Fifth place might seem like a rough spot for The Angry Birds Movie 2 to open, but the film was only in evening screenings while the other movies were available all day long.  Also, it was a Tuesday night, and while a couple major theater chains offer discounted tickets on Tuesdays, it’s still not going to draw out massive crowds. The choice to open Angry Birds 2 on a Wednesday rather than the normal Friday was likely made because kids are heading back to school in a lot of places this week and the movie was hoping to grab them before they did. It will certainly give the movie a bit of extra time to make some cash, but the movie will certainly do better once Friday rolls around.

According to Deadline, The Angry Birds Movie 2 is projected to do something in the neighborhood of $16 million between now and the end of the weekend. That’s a solid, if not a particularly impressive, number for this point in the year. The first Angry Birds movie had an opening weekend just short of $40 million, which does show a not insignificant decline.

Of course, when it comes to box office success it’s all about profit, Angry Birds 2 cost a reported $65 million to produce, which is downright cheap for an animated film. The movie can make a fraction of what the first one did and still be a success.

Domestically it looks like, despite the solid reviews, the sequel won’t do as well as the first movie. The original broke the $100 million mark domestically but the sequel is looking to come in well under that by the end of its run. Still, it’s possible that the overwhelmingly positive reviews will get enough people to check the sequel out that it will exceed expectations. It is the widest new release of this weekend.

Clearly, the summer movie season is winding down. The rest of August is looking pretty slow. There may be some winners hidden in there, but nothing is likely to make the box office blow up until IT Chapter Two arrives in September. That movie is a sequel that is expected to meet or exceed the record-setting performance of the original.

Woody Harrelson’s Hilarious Reason For Turning Down Jerry Maguire

Hollywood’s streets are lined with casting stories of movies that might have gone in different directions if certain actors said yes to specific roles. Will Smith reportedly turned down the role of Neo in The Matrix. Eric Stoltz originally started filming Back to the Future before he was replaced by Michael J. Fox. The list of potential castings stretches on forever… and it just added one more fascinating possibility to the roster.

Jerry Maguire might be Cameron Crowe’s best film. It’s arguably one of Tom Cruise’s greatest roles (he got a Best Actor nomination for the part) and it’s DEFINITELY Cuba Gooding Jr.’s best performance (he won the Oscar that year for playing egotistical NFL wide receiver Rod Tidwell). But what if, instead of Cruise, it was Woody Harrelson screaming “Show me the money!” into a telephone? Would that have worked?

Woody Harrelson was walking down memory lane with Esquire, and recalled being offered the role of the wayward sports agent Jerry Maguire in Cameron Crowe’s winning comedy. He said:

And initially, he’s right. You are not supposed to care for Jerry Maguire at the onset of Cameron Crowe’s movie. In fact, as he alienates himself from his firm after writing a strongly worded missions statement, you almost are meant to question his motives – and that of the loyal lady, Dorothy (Renee Zellweger), who drops everything to follow him.

But it’s the way that Crowe writes Jerry, as well as the way that Tom Cruise chooses to play him, that softens the audience to the sports agent over time.

Woody Harrelson wasn’t the only A-lister in the circle of Jerry Maguire. Reports suggest that Cameron Crowe originally wrote the script with Tom Hanks in mind, with the director later explaining to Deadline:

And yet, I can’t see anyone else by Tom Cruise in this role. Can you? He completes the movie. Pun intended:

At the time of Jerry Maguire, Woody Harrelson was coming off of Natural Born Killers and Money Train, but shooting Maguire with Cameron Crowe might have prevented the True Detective star from appearing in Kingpin or The People vs. Larry Flynt, both of which came out in 1996. That’s pretty incredible, that Harrelson had both of those movies in the same year.

God, he’s a versatile and gifted actor.

Why Will Smith Was The Perfect Choice To Play Aladdin’s Genie, According To The Producer

From the moment that a remake of Disney’s Aladdin was first rumored, the biggest hurdle to the movie’s success was clear. How in the world do you cast anybody else to take on the role made famous by Robin F’ing Williams? It seemed like pure madness that Disney would even try. In the end, Will Smith was the one chosen to be the live-action Genie, and based on the fact that the movie has made over $1 billion, the idea seems to have been a good one.

Aladdin producer Dan Lin says that, in addition to the shoes that needed to be filled, the role was also a complex one to cast, because it required a varied skill set, the ability to sing, dance, be funny and also dramatic. In the end, he tells that Smith was the right choice because he brought his own style to the role and made it his own. According to Lin…

It’s certainly true that the version of the Genie that we get in the live-action Aladdin is a very specific sort of character, one that only Will Smith could have been. He made the character his own and beyond the fact that the Genie sings the same songs and is blue, he has little in common with his animated predecessor. No impressions, more style.

Whatever you think of the live-action Aladdin, this was clearly the right way to approach the role. Anything that more closely resembled Robin Williams‘ performance would have been unfavorably compared to it. Smith’s work was still compared, mostly unfavorably, to Williams, but it’s easier to separate the two because they are so different. Nobody else could have done what Robin Williams did with the character and nobody else could copy Will Smith’s performance either, at least not without looking like that all they were doing.

The performance was such a success that Dan Lin has confirmed that the idea of a sequel to the live-action version is being explored. The animated hit had a pair of direct to video sequels that the remake could pull from, or we could see something entirely new created to followup on this one.