Posted April 3, 2017 by Stephanie Topacio LongA person scary in life is even more terrifying when she returns 2,000 years later.That’s a clear takeaway from the new trailer for “The Mummy,” starring Tom Cruise. Vance, and Russell Crowe.”The Mummy” hits theaters on June 9. The trailer is packed with creepy attacks — they happen on land, in air, and even underwater. Except, her tomb is actually a prison, because she was so evil that she was trapped and wrapped alive.Once unleashed, the princess proves she’s an evil force to be reckoned with. Unfortunately for Nick (Cruise), he is the target because has been chosen by “the ultimate evil.” He has to fight to not be used as part of her evil plan to remake the world into her own.Check out the madness below.The Alex Kurtzman-directed film has quite the cast. The latest preview, released Sunday, brings us to the desert, where the tomb of an ancient princess (played by Sofia Boutella) is found. Cruise and Boutella star alongside Annabelle Wallis, Jake Johnson, Courtney B.
Posted April 3, 2017 by Stephanie Topacio LongWe’ve already been promised that “The Walking Dead” Season 8 will kick off with four episodes that will “melt people’s minds,” but we always want to know more. “They want to live in a fair world instead of having it just be Negan’s. To that end, that idea feels to me like the beginning of civilization is at stake, this new civilization they want to build rather than live this strange half-life serving a despot.”The impact, as Gimple pointed out, will spread farther than “just their little corner” of the world. Fortunately, showrunner Scott Gimple has delivered.While the writer is, of course, still keeping a lot hidden, he did reveal what’s at stake in Season 8 during an interview with Variety. This makes the stakes higher than ever, so we’re in for an extremely intense Season 8.We’re in for a wait, too, unfortunately. It’s more than you might think, too. With the Season 7 finale having only recently aired, it will be months before we finally see Rick’s coalition and Negan’s Saviors take each other on; “The Walking Dead” Season 8 is slated to premiere in late 2017.[via: Variety] The long-awaited Season 8 battle between the coalition led by Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and his Saviors won’t just determine who lives but also what kind of world they live in.”There’s a very basic political idea at play here,” Gimple told Variety.
On the off chance that he does, though, his fans can rest assured that he thought his complicated “Big Little Lies” role “was worth it.”[via: EW] Now, Skarsgård seems to think casting directors will have trouble separating him from his character’s horrific actions.”If you ever need an abusive asshole, I’m your guy,” he joked when asked about typecasting.There might be some truth to that. As Perry — spoilers ahead if you haven’t completed the miniseries — he abused his wife, Celeste (Nicole Kidman), and was ultimately outed as the man who raped Jane (Shailene Woodley) before he was pushed to his death. Posted April 3, 2017 by Stephanie Topacio Long”Big Little Lies” came to an end Sunday, but the HBO limited series isn’t the only thing over, according to Alexander Skarsgård.The actor, who stars in the miniseries as the violent Perry Wright, recently discussed his role with EW and joked that his career may have reached its end, too. … He insinuated that playing a dark character like Perry might make it harder to land future work, especially as a film or series’ hero.”I have a feeling this is going to be my last interview ever because after Perry Wright, I’ll never get another job. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen Skarsgård play a violent villain, after all; he played a very twisted character in 2011’s “Straw Dogs,” for example.Nonetheless, we still doubt Skarsgård will be struggling to find work anytime soon. I’ll never play leading man, that’s for sure,” Skarsgård told EW with a laugh.His “Big Little Lies” character is definitely more one of nightmares than daydreams.
“We are definitely not picking up right where we left off,” co-creator Jonathan Nolan told Entertainment Weekly at the show’s recent Paleyfest panel. Posted April 3, 2017 by Kelly WooThe first season of HBO’s “Westworld” ended with an array of android hosts seemingly rising up against their human makers to take over the park. Like us on Facebook. A bloodbath looked imminent. or decades) after that showdown? Season 1 played with different time frames — perhaps “Westworld” will go back in time and explore more of the origins of the park.Nolan has previously indicated season 2 would illuminate how the park works, so we may get to know more of the hosts — like the ones played by Louis Herthum and Talulah Riley, who were both promoted to series regulars.”Westworld” season 2 is expected to air sometime in 2018.Want more stuff like this? Nolan’s wife and co-creator Lisa Joy cryptically explained, “You’re definitely going to see the aftermath and the effects of what happened.” So, does that mean season 2 will have some kind of time jump — so we see the park days or weeks (or even months or years … But when “Westworld” returns for season 2, viewers may not see that battle — at least, not at first.
Sophia starts out by buying secondhand clothing in vintage shops, then flipping them for insane profits on eBay. “Go ahead, underestimate me,” she brags at one point. And when online backlash forces her off that site, the savvy budding entrepreneur decides to begin her own online venture. Posted April 3, 2017 by Kelly WooSome people just have “it.” And in Netflix’s trailer for half-hour dramedy “Girlboss,” Sophia Amoruso (Britt Robertson) is one of those people.The series is based on the real-life story of Sophia, founder of the Nasty Gal fashion brand. Like us on Facebook. “I’ve got it all figured out.”It certainly seems that way, at first, as Nasty Gal takes off. But in the real world, the company eventually went bankrupt, so the glitz and glam of Sophia’s life can be taken as a cautionary tale.”Girlboss” begins streaming April 21 on Netflix.Want more stuff like this?
Posted April 3, 2017 by Kelly WooIn “Ingrid Goes West,” Instagram is more like “Insane-gram” for the titular character. Like us on Facebook. and opens in theaters August 4.Want more stuff like this? It’s a big year for the actress, since she also drew acclaim for her acting in FX’s X-Men drama “Legion.””Ingrid Goes West” also stars Wyatt Russell, Billy Magnussen, and O’Shea Jackson Jr. Ingrid begins to model herself and her life after Taylor’s, even moving to Los Angeles to be near her idol.She manages to befriend Taylor, bu clearly, the friendship goes sour, since the trailer opens with a crazy-looking Ingrid crashing Taylor’s wedding and pepper-spraying the bride.The movie debuted to rave reviews at Sundance, with critics particularly calling out Plaza’s phenomenal performance. #Truth!The trailer for the dark indie comedy introduces us to Ingrid (Aubrey Plaza), who becomes obsessed Instagram star and “lifestyle guru” Taylor Sloane (Elizabeth Olsen).
It finds Peter Parker struggling through high school while also dealing with the new-found pressures of being Queens’ friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. The costume has moving eyes, and there is more practical effects with the suit than the filmmakers expected.22. As of production, they were referring to the OS as Jarvis, but not official. Because, like you, the filmmakers are aware of how tired that it is. A fun gag in the film finds Pete asking the suit the best way to get to an important destination, and the suit responds with “By car or walking…?”24. Hannibal Burgess plays a character who has the “unfortunate job of running the Athletics Dept. Another good comedic beat in the film: Pete will have to use a 15-year-old computer to help analyze a piece of alien tech.33. Somewhere near the film’s mid-point, there will be an epic action sequence set in and around the Washington Monument (above). The suit also has a heater, and it can light up at opportune times.29. The movie, according to Carroll, is about the “acceptance of who you are” and “finding your place in this coming-of-age story.”34. But Peter’s attempt to save them inadvertently puts other aspects of their lives in jeopardy, typical Spider-Man style in that our hero can’t catch a break.37. Toomes is a family man, and we will meet his family at some point in the film.14. (Think more “college years.”)42. Pete’s friends are in D.C. Spidey appears more than Peter in the movie.35. As of now, the MCU can play with any character from Spidey’s deep bench, hero or villain, in future films. The black spider logo on the chest (as seen in the second trailer) can float off its mount and give Peter surveillance data for his HUD — which, initially, startles him because he didn’t quite know the suit can do that. Here, Spidey shows up in a homemade, baggy sweatpants-looking costume. Why? I think the arc for Toomes and the Vulture has changed quite drastically from the first draft I read, which, I think for the better.”11. Vulture, in this Spidey universe, is Peter’s first real supervillain.16. It is this role that sets Toomes off, as he thinks it is unfair that Stark can call himself a hero after selling weapons and building the DODC to clean up the messes he and the Avengers make.13. Starting with our hero’s.15. The goal is to keep Peter and his friends in high school for as long as possible in future films, following a similar model to that of the “Harry Potter” movies. But we did see a quick (and not very revealing) scene set in a warehouse of some sort, involving Keaton and Holland (above). Stark’s suit will either be the same one from “Civil War” or one with a slight upgrade. At first, the Jarvis voice surprises Peter because he doesn’t know it is part of the suit. After the film opens with Toomes showing up to a landmark site from the Battle of New York, and being turned away by the Department of Damage Control (DODC), we cut to Happy (Jon Favreau) setting up Peter in Berlin, following his introductory “Civil War” battle. Keaton plays a blue-collar man called in as clean-up crew post-“Avengers,” (and yes, Damage Control exists in this universe, Marvel fans) and finds himself in possession of alien tech. Yes, the suit comes with an airbag. at a school for smart kids.” (This should yield some of the film’s funnier moments.)18. Posted April 3, 2017 by Phil Pirrello[SPOILER ALERT: Stop reading if you don’t want to know anything about this movie. The Spidey symbol can be adjusted big or small to determine target size and web size.28. (A cool thing about the movie is that it keeps the audience at ground-level with Spidey; we learn what the suit can do when he does, so we are never ahead of our hero.)30. Timeline-wise, the film takes place about five months after “Civil War.”6. Holland revealed a little about his character’s arc this time around: “The basic script and the arc for my character has remained the same. And fans will not see the Daily Bugle in the movie, but maybe it will factor into future films. “Homecoming” provides another MCU stepping stone, leading to the events of the upcoming “Infinity War” films. We figuratively (and almost literally) drooled over this aspect, which is set up during the end-titles stinger in “Civil War” when Pete’s web shooter casts a Spidey symbol on the wall orbited with interactive icons. (And, as glimpsed in the trailer, it looks like Donald Glover might play a Shocker-like character.)17. Tony Stark appears in four or five scenes.38. He’s middle-class to the core, and seemingly not a fan of folks like Tony who are on the receiving end of many generous silver platters. (We did not learn how Toomes comes in possession of an Iron Man face shield, as we all saw in the recent trailer.)3. “We want to do a fun and different take,” Carroll revealed.8. “Pete makes web fluid,” Carroll said, and the shot of him doing it will be a practical effect. To that end, the emphasis is less on “super” characters and more on the real world ones, the people closest to Peter, like Aunt May and his friends at school.36. This is an interface for web shooters, and here, Pete can adjust spread with fingers and scroll thru web ball options. The movie pits Holland’s part-time Avenger against the Vulture (Michael Keaton), as Keaton’s character seeks to settle a score following the events of “The Avengers” that turned huge chunks of Manhattan into a battleground for Loki’s alien army.On set, we spoke with Holland, Keaton, director Jon Watts, and producer Amy Pascal — here are the highlights:1. There is no mention of OSCORP in this film, or nods to previous Spidey films.41. (Though, according to Carroll, “our Consumer Products friends would prefer if it is a new one.)39. And the suit does have holographic interface, but Peter isn’t as smart/adept with it as Tony is. Okay, but you’ve been warned.]Spider-Man, perched on playground equipment, talking with Iron Man.That was just one of the crazy-cool images we saw while taking a storyboard-filled tour of “Spider-Man: Homecoming” and its production office. for a science fair, bad stuff goes down, and Peter has to rescue them. There are a few variations of the Spidey suit in this film, with the aforementioned baggy, homemade version (above) being the one Pete wears during one of his first encounters with Toomes.10. Moving on…31. Spidey’s origin story is well-documented on the big screen, so it won’t get a re-tread here.19. The new suit from Stark could feature a familiar operating system: Jarvis.23. Lead by Eric Carroll, Marvel’s Director of Development, Moviefone and several other outlets were gathered in one big conference room and pitched most of the film’s three-act structure.And the verdict was that this may be both the best Spider-Man movie ever and one of Marvel’s best efforts.”Homecoming” marks Tom Holland’s first solo film as Spidey, under the Disney-Marvel-Sony pact. For example, multiple webs can be shot out of one wrist at one time.32. Stark had a role in making the DODC. Both Carroll and Keaton touched on Toomes being a “businessman” and having sort of a “Tony Soprano mentality.” The villain just wants his shot at the good life — even if it means taking lives. Logan Marshall-Green appears as a member of Toomes’ crew. I mean, there’s only been a couple days where we come in and I’ve learned the lines for the scene and he’s like — “that’s not in the movie anymore, it’s a different scene.”12. As of the set visit last year, the plan was to show him killing time in Berlin in the Spidey suit, playing tourist during the opening credits.5. That leads to what looks like significant aerial kick-punching in the film’s back half, in between some very funny, and heartfelt, scenes depicting Pete’s high school relationships and how he deals with this idea that Manhattan has the Avengers, while this side of the river has him.4. Peter was expecting to be in the fight for much longer than he was, so he has some time to kill. However, the film will have nods to that origin but never show it in full. When asked about director Jon Watts’ process, Holland said that he “keeps everything fresh, and if there are ever changes [to the shoot], we all are well notified beforehand. Still here? Arguably the suit’s coolest feature is its variable web controls. Future “Homecoming” sequels fall in with overall MCU slate for Phases Three and Four.40. (Sweet!)26. Different webs can be tasked for in-the-field functions. The former is rocking a cool aviator jacket, addressing the latter as he sneaks into the joint. As fun and action-packed as the film will be, all of the stunts and spectacle are thread through emotional and thematic tentpoles. (Let’s hope that means we get a badass Doc Ock in the future.)”Spider-Man: Homecoming” swings into theaters July 7. The film’s codename is “Summer of George,” a direct reference to “Seinfeld.” It was picked because, at the time of developing and making the film, re-runs of the sitcom were running.21. Sadly, we did not get to see the suit in action. (The new trailer features parts of this sequence.)2. When it comes to Spidey’s suit, there will be a mix of CG and practical. Despite the high-tech suit, the film strives to keep its wearer grounded. They wanted to avoid flashbacks, Carroll pointed out, becuse it “would feel familiar” and they wanted to avoid that trope unlike “certain Batman movies.”20. (The new trailer shows this at work, with Pete launching a special web ball — similar to one he used in the comics.)27. Keaton’s character, Adrian Toomes, has been described by the actor as “kind of a dark mirror, a kind of darker version” of Tony Stark to a degree. No voice cast had been locked down yet.25. When we meet Peter, he is starting his sophomore year in high school.9. Peter has been operating as Spidey for less than a year when Iron Man finds him in “Civil War.” (We learned that there was a line cut from “Civil War” telling us that Pete has spent four to six months fighting crime in the city.)7.
The June 13 season premiere of TNT’s “Major Crimes” ranked second with 5.8 million.”How and why did that information come out? Lionsgate, which produces “Orange is the New Black” […] gave Nielsen permission to release data…Until Nielsen or Netflix releases official data on shows like “Marvel’s Iron Fist,” we’re going to keep getting estimations from data research firms like Symphony and 7Park. Like us on Facebook. Symphony uses audio content recognition on phones to recognize what’s being watched and when.As the New York Times reported, in January 2016:”According to Symphony’s data, the Netflix show ‘Jessica Jones’ was viewed by 4.8 million people within the first 35 days of its premiere in the 18-49-year-old bracket important to advertisers. It’s possible “Iron Fist” did have a huge premiere (maybe even because of all the bad reviews), but Netflix can’t really brag about it without lifting its own veil of secrecy.Want more stuff like this? Netflix can just say their shows are doing as bigly as the networks and there’s no way to officially confirm or deny it. Wurtzel said that, according to Symphony’s data, ‘Master of None’ had 3.9 million viewers, ‘Narcos’ had 3.2 million and Amazon’s ‘Man in the High Castle’ had 2.1 million viewers.” Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos called the figures NBC had quoted “remarkably inaccurate.” He said Netflix doesn’t even track the 18-49 demographic numbers, since it sells subscriptions not advertising based on target demos. In Nielsen live-plus-three ratings, the June 19 episode of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” was cable’s most watched show with 10.4 million total viewers. Here’s what Nielsen revealed about Netflix’s premiere of “Orange is the New Black” Season 4:”According to the measurement service, 6.7 million people watched the show’s season-four premiere from June 17, when it debuted on the service, through June 19. In that demographic, Mr. It’s reminiscent of NBC Universal head of research Alan Wurtzel quoting data from the firm Symphony Advanced Media to try and give a “Netflix reality check” on how many people are actually watching the streaming service. The company found that 54.7% of “Iron Fist” streams on the premiere date were of episodes three or higher. At the time, he said Netflix had about 70 million subscribers worldwide and 43 million in the United States, but retained his stance that Netflix will never release ratings:”One we give a number for a show, then every show will be benchmarked off of that show even though they were built sometimes for very specific audiences.”Nielsen managed to reveal some Netflix numbers in June 2016, during a presentation at its Consumer 360 conference. As Variety reported:Last year, Nielsen began to track viewing on digital services such as Netflix, but has thus far only made its findings available to clients. Over the same period, 5.9 million people watched the season’s second episode.That places “Orange” in the same league as the most watched shows on cable for the same week. The average hour-long show on Netflix has a binge score of 46.9%.”Iron Fist” also accounted for 14.6% of all Netflix streams on March 17 — the highest percentage of any series premiere that 7Park measured, topping “Stranger Things” (4.0%), “Marvel’s Luke Cage” (12.8%), “Marvel’s Daredevil” Season 2 (13.8%), and “Orange is the New Black” Season 4.That data analysis is something to keep in mind, and it might be right, but it might also be off. Posted April 3, 2017 by Gina Carbone”Marvel’s Iron Fist” could’ve very well had the most binge-watched premiere of 2017 so far, as recently reported, but you have to tilt your head and squint at how that conclusion was reached.Netflix doesn’t release its viewer numbers — much to the consternation of TV executives whose shows still live and die by Nielsen ratings. So as much as it sounds great to read the data from research firm 7Park Data, via Variety, it has to be filed in the “Unconfirmed” drawer with most of the other Netflix analysis out there.That said, here’s what Variety reported on “Iron Fist”:The superhero drama’s March 17 premiere was the most binge-watched this year for a Netflix drama, according to data from research firm 7Park Data, which measures number of streams on subscription video services.
— chris o’dowd (@BigBoyler) April 1, 2017You will be amazing. (Funny how people only really question news announcements on April 1st.)Actor Chris O’Dowd took the baton from there, announcing he’d play the newly male version of Mom Lorraine McFly:So excited to be playing Larry McFly (formerly Lorraine) in this exciting re-boot. Posted April 3, 2017 by Gina CarboneGreat Scott, this might’ve been the best prank of April Fools’ Day 2017. I’m rebooting Back to the Future with an amazing all-female cast! — Paul Feig (@paulfeig) April 1, 2017The reactions! Hey, we’d watch the heavy heck out of it.Want more stuff like this? Rebel Wilson pulled a quality stunt on the set of “Pitch Perfect 3,” but Paul Feig’s meta-trolling of his “Ghostbusters” haters was just next-level perfect.Here’s the director announcing his new project:It’s OFFICIAL! https://t.co/aX30y8qFF3
— Paul Feig (@paulfeig) April 1, 2017Some fans started thinking fourth-dimensionally about the whole thing, dream casting the fake “Back to the Future” reboot with Kate McKinnon as Doc Brown and Melissa McCarthy as a female Biff, among others. Thanks, Bob Z., for believing in me. People hoping it’s not true, hoping it is true, pretty sure it’s not true, but it sounds like it could be true, so they don’t know. Like us on Facebook.
“Big Little Lies” co-stars Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern had a Facebook/Instagram live chat before the finale, and Witherspoon addressed the idea of Season 2 (via InStyle):”One of the main questions everyone keeps asking us is is there going to be a Season 2. If there’s an opportunity to reunite with Reese, Nicole and these characters of course, I’ll be a part of it, but Big Little Lies One is a one-time deal. Imagine what you want to imagine and that’s it. It’s a shut door. We’ll just have to wait and see.Want more stuff like this? Why spoil it?He doesn’t even sound on the fence about it. Would you want to direct a Season 2?The detective doesn’t want to let go and that’s how we finish that. But there’s certainly nothing [about Season 2] now, nothing that’s solid or anything. HBO would probably want to find someone else to take the helm, since the series seemed to do well for them, and got fans buzzing. We won’t give you a Season 2 because it’s so good like this. Let’s move on and do something else! OK!’ I think if there was something compelling and extraordinary that they could come up with, then would we want to go and embody these women again? Kelley as the series writer:”So between Liane and David, I would hope that they could come up with something… And maybe he’s right?Would the stars be willing to return without their beloved director, even if a new story emerged? Reese recently mentioned there being talks for a season two and that author Liane Moriarty has some ideas of what that could look like. And we think, “Did they do the right thing? there are so many shows! But I love that people are responding to it. And that it’s had an impact, that it’s penetrated the very, very dense world of television… Here’s part of his Q&A with The Hollywood Reporter:The last scene with the women being watched on the beach is open-ended. We’ve been talking with the writer, and you guys should Facebook Liane Moriarty and tell her how much you want to see ‘Big Little Lies 2.’ That would be good. [Laughs] There are so many moving parts to this series that would be impossible not to have again. But all of us, I think, feel so connected to it. And for us, I think there’s also a strength in terms of our friendship. What will happen?” Now it’s up to the audience and their imagination to figure out. So we all went, ‘Uh… I love the emotional attachment to it. That would be a beautiful prospect. Even those of us who read and loved Liane Moriarty’s book still got wrapped up in the storytelling of the HBO limited series, and don’t want to say goodbye to these characters.So are we really saying goodbye, or just goodbye for now?Moriarty didn’t write a follow-up book, but there is some hope that the story could continue. “We thought maybe J.Lo should be in ‘Big Little Lies 2,’ because I’m a huge fan of J.Lo.”Nicole Kidman told TVLine it would be “a beautiful prospect” to revisit the women of Monterey, but it’s up to Moriarty as the author, and David E. I mean, it took us six months to shoot this. Like us on Facebook. The end is for the audience to talk about. She’s thinking about ideas, and so we would love to hear ideas.” Asked who they’d like to see on “Big Little Lies 2,” Witherspoon picked Jennifer Lopez. Posted April 3, 2017 by Gina Carbone”Big Little Lies” just had its big finale, and many fans are hoping for more. It’s very rare.”However, one big problem witih “Big Little Lies” Season 2 is that it would most likely lose its director, Jean-Marc Vallee, ’cause he has no interest in continuing the story. All five of us, there’s a very, very strong connection through what it took to get the series made, you know? And who knows if it’s meant to be finite? To do a Season 2, I’m not for it. Big Little Lies Two? Nah. I mean, it was a lot to get it to this point!
Season 8 will premiere in October, like every other season, and showrunner Scott M. Will we not be able to watch because we have no minds or TVs, or does the show just go for filler after that?TWD has kept to a fairly standard filming schedule for its 16-episode seasons. “The Walking Dead” Season 7 just ended strong, after a less-than-strong full season, but now that things are (finally) getting started in the war against Negan and the Saviors, there’s a six month break until we see the next episode. This year, same thing. I say these things and I’ve meant them every year, and I think we’ve actually accomplished that. More intense. What happens after Episode 4? Posted April 3, 2017 by Gina CarboneAnd so the long wait begins. In the meantime, we can look forward to more hype about how great Season 8 will be, and watch videos like this one from AMC wrapping up Season 7, and this one honoring the fallen:Want more stuff like this? The first four episodes will melt people’s minds and break their televisions.”Not all fans would agree that they’ve accomplished what they’ve hyped, but so be it. Gimple did his usual vague early hyping on “Talking Dead.”Gimple admitted to host Chris Hardwick that he’s asked for a next season preview every year after the finale, and every time he says the same stuff:”I say it’s going to be bigger, it’s going to be more intense. The cast usually shows up in Georgia, where they shoot, in mid-to-late April to start filming in the first week of May. They usually take a short break in August after filming the midseason finale, then return to finish the rest of the season until late November or early December. Like us on Facebook.
And that is just scratching the surface of what I plan to do. I kind of don’t want to give too much away but know this: The spirit that I’m going for is like a classic sort of swashbuckling action adventure, sort of high seas adventure story. I think Amber will bring that sense of strength, but at the same time, we also want someone who has a sort of feminine quality to her as well. “Justice League” arrives in theaters on November 17 of this year, and “Aquaman” is currently expected in December 2018.Want more stuff like this? Amber’s character is super strong, she’s very powerful as well. Posted April 3, 2017 by Gina Carbone”Aquaman” is now filming, and Amber Heard is ready to fight.Heard plays Mera, wife of Jason Momoa’s Aquaman/Arthur Curry, in the DC Comics standalone movie. […] I think that dynamic will be really interesting between the two. Like us on Facebook. She’s a bit of a contrast to Momoa, who’s more of a muscular machine almost.”We can’t wait to see them in action. It’s ultimately a quest story in the spirit of ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ meets ‘Romancing the Stone.'”According to Bustle, Aquaman and Mera’s story “starts off initially with them not quite clicking with each other.” Wan continued:”But then as the story progresses as they learn to try and work together, they get closer and closer. You don’t wanna mess with her. The characters will both be in “Justice League” this November before getting their own “swashbuckling action adventure” in 2018.The actress showed off some of her character’s skills in an Instagram video from set:Another day at the office #Aquaman #fighttraining @87elevenaction @jonvaleraA post shared by Amber Heard (@amberheard) on Apr 1, 2017 at 10:56am PDTWushu were here —- Trainer: @lijing_wushu #AquamanA post shared by Amber Heard (@amberheard) on Mar 27, 2017 at 1:32pm PDT
“Aquaman” director James Wan previewed his film to Entertainment Tonight:”I think Amber and Jason Momoa, in their moments in ‘Justice League,’ [are] going to give the rest of the world a flavor of what their own standalone movie could be.
Most of these films did much better overseas than they did here, and “Ghost” looks like it will follow that pattern. (It’s already earned $40 million abroad.)Indeed, Johansson went to Tokyo last November to promote the movie to a receptive audience. With critics complaining that the movie’s striking visuals overwhelmed its lackluster storytelling, audiences seemed to agree; they gave the film a weak B grade at CinemaScore. Posted April 2, 2017 by Gary SusmanGiven all the fanboy chatter, pro and con, about “Ghost in the Shell” over the past year, one might have expected the $110 million Scarlett Johansson sci-fi/action picture to open big at the box office.As it turned out — nope.Conventional wisdom had it that “Beauty and the Beast” would win its third straight weekend with upwards of $45 million, while “Ghost” and cartoon “The Boss Baby” would both open around $25 million. But while “Beauty” held up as well as expected, “Boss” surged ahead with an estimated $49.0 million No. On paper, you can see why the filmmakers went with Johansson instead; she’s an international star, she’s the most prominent actress in the mega-popular “Avengers” franchise, and she’s proved she can open sci-fi/action thrillers on her own with 2014’s “Lucy,” an original story that the star powered to a $43.9 million opening and a $463.4 million worldwide gross.And yet, Johansson’s popularity and box office history weren’t enough to sell domestic audiences on “Ghost,” which, for all its cult fanbase, is a largely unknown property to average moviegoers. In fact, she might have been a deterrent, either because the ads made the movie look a lot like a “Lucy” retread, or because moviegoers of color, who’ve been very vocal on social media about their opposition to seeing Johansson in this role, stayed home.After all, complaints of whitewashing — the casting of white actors in roles seemingly meant for performers of color — have been growing for years, from “21” to “The Last Airbender” to Netflix’s new “Iron Fist.” Meanwhile, recent hits like “Hidden Figures” and “Get Out” show that there’s a large, racially mixed audience for movies where people of color heroically assert their own dignity and worth. But it’s not exactly a win-win for us or Hollywood when, out of two bad movies coming out, we picked the least terrible film to put at the top of the box office. Some have been predictable smashes like “Beauty,” “Logan,” or “The LEGO Batman Movie,” though there have also been sleeper surprises like “Hidden Figures,” “Split,” and “Get Out.” While these films provide escapism from daily political events, 73 percent of audiences attended “Boss Baby” because it is an animated film.An impressive marketing campaign, especially a trailer before “Beauty and the Beast” on that Disney hit’s opening weekend, boosted awareness for “Boss Baby” amongst families, giving it “must-see” status. Based on the iconic and influential anime, “Ghost” had the opportunity to honor its source by casting an Asian lead. In Japan, they’re familiar with the “Ghost” story, they like visual spectacle, they like Johansson, and they’re not offended by the casting of a white American star, perhaps because Japanese moviegoers have plenty of homegrown movies that offer heroes who look like themselves. True, the reviews for “Boss Baby” weren’t much better (49 percent at RT), but audiences liked it more and gave it much stronger word-of-mouth, indicated by an A- at CinemaScore.One reason “Ghost” may have earned poor reviews and low box office numbers is its studio, Paramount. The troubled Hollywood studio seems to have marketed “Ghost” haphazardly in the United States, making it the latest big-budget flop from the studio that also had trouble selling domestic viewers on such recent films as “xXx: Return of Xander Cage,” “Rings,” “Monster Trucks,” “Allied,” and “Ben-Hur.”Then again, maybe the American release was an afterthought. Years ago, the star revealed in “Interview” that she can’t think of anything I’d rather do less than have to continuously share details of my everyday life. And Paramount holding off all-media press screenings until the Wednesday before release is all but proof that the studio knew they had less than a hit on their hands. I’m always surprised that certain actors have Twitter accounts.” That stance on social, coupled with the film’s complicated/hard-to-understand storyline (one that was even harder to sell) didn’t do the anime adaptation any favors.The “whitewashing” controversy over Johansson’s casting didn’t help, either. Bad buzz hurt “Ghost’s” chances at the box office significantly — critics gave it a “meh” 42 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. 1 debut, while “Ghost” underperformed in third place with just an estimated $18.6 million.Just three months in, 2017 has already been a robust year for moviegoing, with sales up 5 percent from this time last year, and with eight $100-million blockbusters released before the crocuses poked out from beneath the snow. And its presence on social media was strong, too, starting with teaser trailers last fall and continuing with viral clips so clever they may have made the movie look funnier than it really is.Johansson, on the other hand, is notoriously anti-social media, and her relative lack of online promotion didn’t do “Ghost” any favors.