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IT: 1600s Flashback Was Too Disturbing for Theatrical Cut

Actor Bill Skarsgård has revealed that there was a disturbing scene that was cut from the final cut of the IT movie.

In a recent appearance on Variety’s podcast (via Heroic Hollywood), the actor, who plays Pennywise in the record-breaking horror film, admitted that director Andy Muschietti was forced to cut one particularly creepy flashback sequence showing Pennywise before he was the Dancing Clown we all know and love. Here’s how Skarsgard described the sequence:

“There was a scene we shot that was a flashback from the 1600s, before Pennywise [was Pennywise]. The scene turned out really, really disturbing. And I’m not the clown. I look more like myself. It’s very disturbing, and sort of a backstory for what It is, or where Pennywise came from. That might be something worth exploring in the second one. The idea is the ‘It’ entity was dormant for thousands and thousands of years. The [flashback] scene hints on that.”

Along with discussing the cut scene, Skarsgård also talked about how he’s hoping that the second film will delve more into the “metaphysical” aspect of It and the abstract ideas that are present in King’s novel that have yet to be explored on screen. Here is what he said:

“The book is very abstract and metaphysical about what it means to exist and the idea of fantasy and imagination and all of these things. I think that could be cool to explore as well. It’s like, what is Pennywise? He only exists in the imagination of children. If you don’t believe him to be real then he might not be real. There’s an interesting aspect to explore there.”

Recently, it was announced that a director’s cut of IT is on the way, meaning that certain deleted scenes may be added to the original theatrical release. Perhaps this deleted flashback can be added to that cut of the film to tease what’s to come in IT: Chapter Two.

Here is the synopsis for IT:

Based on Stephen King’s best-selling novel. A group of young kids face their biggest fears when they seek answers to the disappearance of children in their hometown of Derry, Maine. They square off against an evil clown named Pennywise, whose history of murder and violence dates back for centuries.

Directed by Andy Muschietti, the film stars Finn Wolfhard, Jaeden Lieberher, Wyatt Olef, Jack Grazer, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis, Chosen Jacobs, and Bill Skarsgard.

“It” pulled in another $19 million at the domestic box office Friday, bringing the Stateside total to nearly $180 million. The movie is now playing in theaters and will be available here soon for you to watch!

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The Maste Himself, Obi-Wan Kenobi Movie is in the Works!

Lucasfilm is in the early stages of developing an Obi-Wan Kenobi standalone movie.
Sources tell Variety that Disney is in early development on a film centered on Jedi master Obi-Wan Kenobi and is in talks with “Billy Elliot’s” Stephen Daldry to direct.
In the original Star Wars trilogy, Kenobi is a desert-dwelling and war-weary hermit who later proves to be a wise and powerful warrior, brandishing a lightsaber. He is briefly a mentor to a young Luke Skywalker before being cut down by Darth Vader, his former pupil. Alec Guinness’ portrayal of Kenobi garnered him an Oscar nomination.The character played a central role in the George Lucas-directed prequels, which recount the origin of Vader and his betrayal of Kenobi and the Jedis. Ewan McGregor, who played the younger Kenobi in the prequels, has said he would be open to playing the character again. Sources stress, however, that since there is no script, no actor is attached.
Daldry was previously Oscar-nominated for Billy Elliot, The Hours and The Reader. The British director also recently directed episodes of the Netflix drama The Crown, about the life of Queen Elizabeth II.
Disney has been developing several standalone pics with the goal of keeping fans buying tickets while they wait for the next episodes in the main new trilogy. “Rogue One” was the first of the standalones, and Disney is currently shooting an untitled origin tale of beloved smuggler Han Solo. Some of the other standalones in development include a Jabba the Hutt story and a Boba Fett movie.Star Wars films are on the schedule for the next three years, with The Last Jedi in December, the Han Solo movie in May 2018, and then Episode IX in May 2019. And though the CEO of Disney, Bob Iger, has said Lucasfilm was developing a standalone movie for 2020, which most people assumed would be about Obi-Wan anyway, this is the first acknowledgement that something along those lines is really happening.

Ryan Reynolds Wants An R-Rated ‘Deadpool’ And ‘Avengers’ Crossover

Ìs it also what you are hoping for?

Deadpool himself, Ryan Reynolds has expressed interest in a crossover between Deadpool and the Avengers. Though both are a part of the Marvel family, Deadpool is not included in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and is owned by Fox, thus being separated on the big screen, save for references and jokes courtesy of Deadpool. The recent partnership between Marvel and Sony Pictures Entertainment produced the latest Spidey film, Spider-Man: Homecoming, renewing the hopes that Fox could possibly also collaborate with Marvel down the line. Indeed, a lot of great comic book story material still has not been done on the big screen because they involve characters from the separate shared universe. This potential hasn’t passed Reynolds by as even he gets giddy on the thought of  Deadpool having some interaction with the Avengers.

In a newly published interview with Total Film (via Comic Book Movie), Ryan Reynolds was asked if he would like to one day see the Merc With a Mouth go toe to toe with the Avengers. His response was quick and enthusiastic:

“That sounds like a great idea but a very expensive idea. Can you imagine the s**t-talking contest with Iron Man? Oh, that would be great. But it would have to be rated R to completely unharness everybody. Unbridle the merriment and watch them go …”

20th Century Fox may have found success with R-rated superhero movies like Deadpool and Logan, but it seems unlikely that the family-friendly Marvel Studios and its parent company Disney would be interested in going R-rated with the popular Avengers franchise. Maybe Reynolds can make it happen while hosting Saturday Night Live for a skit, but the big screen does not seem like an option.

Another point that Ryan Reynolds brought up was the cost of a movie that would contain them all. Sony’s deal with the MCU had slightly less leverage as this was to be a reboot of the Spider-Man universe, but Deadpool was an out of left field box office success, which would mean a lot more leverage on Fox’s part. But that’s not to totally crush the dreams of the crossover ever happening because anything is possible, but this just seems highly improbable and next to impossible.

Regardless of the hurdles, Reynolds continues to remain true to his superhero character and playfully take a shot the glaring separation. When Josh Brolin was first announced as Cable for Deadpool 2, he questioned its legitimacy and pointed out that he “can’t play 2 characters in the same universe.” Brolin, of course, is also playing a pivotal role in next year’s Avengers: Infinity War and its sequel as the main bad guy – Mad Titan Thanos.

So, your idea is greatly tempting, but hardly possible, Ryan.

Guardians of the Galaxy 3 May Start Filming As Soon As Next Year

James Gun revealed that the movie could start filming by the end of 2018.

Prior to its launch, Gunn made the announcement that he would return to direct the third installment after previously showing some hesitancy to return. He’s already been working on the script and hinted towards a 2020 release, and now revealed it could start filming by the end of 2018.

James Gunn recently spoke with Collider in honor of the upcoming home video release of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which will be the first ever Disney movie to be released in 4K Ultra HD, as well as the standard Blu-ray/DVD release on August 22. During the course of the conversation, he said that it will be “a little more than year” until filming on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, which he says will probably be the title of the movie unless something changes, will begin. But he is currently writing the script and, as he tells it, things are going great. Here’s what director James Gunn had to say about it.

“It’s been pretty easy. The truth is, the first movie is the first act, the second movie is the second act, and the third movie is the third act so I’m tying a lot of stuff together in the third film. We get a lot of answers on a lot of different things, so doing that in an elegant way takes a little bit of grace and elegance. It’s more challenging in that respect writing the third movie than the second movie.”

Ever since it was officially confirmed that Gunn was returning for Vol. 3, there has been heavy speculation that Marvel will keep the Guardians in the prime May slot in 2020. However, Marvel’s production schedule has also typically meant a film starts production roughly a year ahead of its release. Gunn’s timetable does have plenty of leeway with a late 2018 or early 2019 start fitting his guidelines, but a start in 2018 could make a late 2019 release possible.

The final installment will follow the same thorough process Gunn goes through when developing each of his films. “I do an incredibly in-depth treatment for every movie,” Gunn said. “I think of writing a screenplay as creating the body of a human being and you’ve got to start with the skeleton, start with the bones, and you create the bones. You take a lot of time because that’s the actual base of the movie and if you screw that part up, later on down the line, you’re going to have a lot of mistakes. So by creating a really strong foundation for the story, that’s the most important thing. So I write a good treatment that’s probably about 70 pages long. It includes photographs and things like that. So that has been the way I’ve dealt with every movie and this one as well.”

The Guardians of the Galaxy will meet up with Thor before joining the rest of the Avengers in Infinity War, due out May 8, 2018. There’s no projected release date for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.

The Dark Tower: See What Critics Are Saying

Reviews of the sci-fi blockbuster, released in the U.S. Friday, range from scathing to downright obliterating.

The embargo has lifted for reviews on Sony Pictures’ The Dark Tower and the critical consensus can charitably be summed up with one word: meh. The Dark Tower is currently rated a lowly 18 percent on the divisive review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes. That’s far below the 51 percent scored by Luc Besson’s ambitious sci-fi thriller Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, one of the summer’s biggest box office misfires.

Directed and co-written by Nikolaj Arcel, the film stars Idris Elba as Roland Deschain, a gunslinger on a quest to protect the Dark Tower, a mythical structure which supports all realities, and Matthew McConaughey as his nemesis, Walter o’Dim, the “Man in Black”.

While it will be very interesting to see how the film performs at the box office this weekend, it’s clear that The Dark Tower won’t be winning any Academy Awards. Here are what the critics are saying.

IGN – Marty Silva

“The deeply flawed and compellingly tragic characters that King created are one-dimensional in their on-screen adaptations because the motivations that give them that depth are completely lost to the wind. That’s not to say the performances are bad – in fact, I absolutely adore the casting of the leads. […] But there’s no meat on the bone of the script for arguably two of the finest actors of our time to really dig in and give us something we haven’t seen before.”

Birth Movies Death – Scott Wampler

“The Dark Tower is a deeply flawed movie. It’s a film that feels rushed and plodding, sometimes within the same scene. It’s a film that saddles two of our greatest working actors with clunky dialogue and muddled motivations. It’s a film that feels claustrophobic and oddly contained when it should’ve felt sweeping and epic. After decades of waiting, after months of keeping our fingers crossed and hoping for the best, it brings me zero pleasure to report that The Dark Tower doesn’t really work.

Indie Wire – Kate Erbland

“Fans of King’s books will likely be disappointed by the way this long-awaited film adaptation speeds through essential plot points and frantically introduces characters with little in the way of rhythm or care, all in service of a rushed finale that will leave plenty scratching their heads. A tight story is one thing, but a 95-minute feature that is unable to give even the slightest inkling that it’s based on a grand-scale epic masterpiece is something else entirely. The whole universe is at stake here, but “The Dark Tower” wastes precious little time before it delivers any big moments, mostly care of listless action sequences that barely get moving before they’re cut short.”

The Wrap – Dan Callahan

“Most of the scenes in “The Dark Tower” feel like a desperate compromise of some kind, and often there seem to be scenes missing that would simply get us from one point to another. With fantasy material like this, we need to be made to believe in the inventions and the conceits, and we cannot do that if they are shot and staged in such a truncated and perfunctory way.”

THR – John DeFore

“Though far from the muddled train wreck we’ve been led to expect, this Tower lacks the world-constructing gravitas of either the Tolkien books that inspired King or the franchise-launching movies that Sony execs surely have in mind. Though satisfying enough to please many casual moviegoers drawn in by King’s name and stars Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey, it will likely disappoint many serious fans and leave other newbies underwhelmed.”

Collider – Matt Goldberg

“The Dark Tower doesn’t even really do us the courtesy of being laughably bad. That would take some level of ambition, which the movie studiously avoids at almost every turn. Instead, it simply exists, eager to be overlooked and forgotten. It’s a shame that this adaptation didn’t have the funding or the vision to be something remarkable because you can see glimmers of a more ambitious, exciting movie. Sadly, Arcel approaches the story with a flat, uninteresting style, never daring to challenge his audience, invest in his characters, or give us a reason to care. The Dark Tower doesn’t fall because of a child’s mind. It falls because it’s too embarrassed to stand.”

Stargate Returns with – Stargate Origins – Trailer Comic-Con International 2017 HD

Twenty years ago, Stargate SG-1 debuted on Showtime and transformed the single film into an enduring live-action TV franchise that spanned three series. And while it’s been six years since Stargate Universe came to an end, MGM is finally ready to open the iris for a brand new series.

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At the Stargate SG-1 20th anniversary panel at Comic-Con International, MGM revealed that a new Stargate series, Stargate Origins, is slated to begin filming next month. The leading character will be Catherine Langford, the young woman who witnessed her father, Professor Paul Langford, uncover the Stargate in Giza in 1928, as seen in the film. In 1996, Catherine hired Daniel Jackson to translate the symbols on the Stargate, which marked the beginning of the larger story.

It’s not clear if Stargate Origins is a reboot of the TV series timeline or a retcon, as Stargate SG-1 established that Catherine did not go through the gate until much later in life, but she did lose her fiancée, Ernest Littlefield, to an early experiment with the gate. According to MGM, the new series will follow Catherine as she “embarks on an unexpected adventure to unlock the mystery of what lies beyond the Stargate in order to save Earth from unimaginable darkness. ”

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Stargate Origins will be a ten-episode event series, written by Mark Ilvedson and Justin Michael Terry, with Mercedes Bryce Morgan lined up as the director. Since production is starting next month, casting news should be available soon. The other major reveal of the panel is that Stargate Origins will be produced directly for Stargate Command, a new online home for the franchise.

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As you may have suspected, Stargate Command will be a subscription service and it will presumably host the previous TV series as well as other content from the franchise’s history. We wouldn’t be surprised if Stargate Origins is only the beginning of their plans for new content. But it may be some time before we learn more. Stargate Command isn’t scheduled to officially launch until this fall.

Are you excited about the return of Stargate? Let us know in the comment section below!

Saw Gerrera in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

In the deluge of Entertainment Weekly’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story reveals this week, one of the most interesting details so far is who Forest Whitaker is playing.

You may remember that it was reported that Forest Whitaker was playing a character named “Castro,” and due to the name, was theorized to be somewhat of a Fidel Castro-like figure in attitude or position. Today, Entertainment Weekly revealed the character is Saw Gerrera from Star Wars: The Clone Wars, who was written like Che Guevara. It’s all making sense.
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So, who is Saw Gerrera? He’s one of the Onderon rebels that helped lead the resistance to victory over the Confederacy of Independent Systems on Onderon.
For more details on Saw, head on over to MakingStarWars.net, and check out the video below:
Go and check out the extensive story about Saw on Entertainment Weekly, and do your prep for Rogue One by watching the following Star Wars: The Clone Warsseason five episodes on Netflix!
  • A War on Two Fronts
  • Front Runners
  • The Soft War
  • Tipping Points

Make Way for ‘Minions’ as Universal Releases First Trailer

Image Courtesy of Collider.comLet’s face it – kids love minions. Or perhaps, better said, THE Minions. These little yellow underlings, bereft of brains and capable of calamitous physical shtick, have been the main reason why both ‘Despicable Me‘ and its sequel, ‘Despicable Me 2,’ have earned nearly a billion and a half dollars at the box office…and why not? They’re a goofball guarantee. Is the storyline sagging? Throw in some minions. Can’t find a way to end a scene. Enter the minions. Need a laugh here or a cutesy moment there…well, you know the drill. 
Now, Universal is casting the human element of its hit franchise aside – at least, for part of the plot – with ‘Minions: The Movie.’ Long rumored to be in the works, Collider.com is reporting that this origin story will show us how, for as long as they have existed, these confused little creatures have lived to serve only the most evil masters around. We get to see them schlep for a T-Rex, Napoleon, and the Pharaohs of Egypt. We then come to 1968 B.G. (before Gru) and the characters’ arrival in New York City. Check out the just released trailer:

Cool – but concerning. Why? Well, we don’t even get to see a single shot of Sandra Bullock’s female super-villain, Scarlet Overkill. She’s apparently part of this effort as well. The studio synopsis also suggests our crazy critters will wind up in Swinging London circa the Mod movement (or something like that), but that stuff is MIA as well. Granted, what’s here now is gold, but there is apparently much more to look forward to. Not to worry, however. Universal have nine months to drive us to desperation with their Minion marketing excess. We’ll see how many secrets remain come the movie’s release on July 10, 2015.
Source: Collider.com

‘Big Hero 6’ Review

Disney Animation Studios’ streak of creatively outperforming its corporate sibling Pixar continues with “Big Hero 6,” a wildly entertaining animated adventure that successfully adapts the Marvel tradition to animation.
Based on a relatively obscure Marvel Comics series, “Big Hero 6″ may be a Disney Animation production, but the film’s influences are clear: It greatly resembles a Pixar film for its first half- including a nonhuman hero who resembles a bigger, cuddlier EVE–  before becoming a Marvel-style superhero team-up movie in its second half. From beginning to end, it’s always fun.
Set in a futuristic hybrid of San Francisco and Tokyo called “San Fransokyo,” “Big Hero” starts with brothers Hiro and Tadashi who, like their city, are sort of Japanese and sort of not. Orphaned and raised by their Maya Rudolph-voiced aunt, the boys enjoy playing with experiments and robotics- one of which is Baymax, a big white inflatable robot who’s meant to work as a health care aide.
After there’s a tragedy, the survivors team up with a group of engineering students to form a superhero team- and that this is the third Marvel-rooted movie in the last two years to tell the story about the creation of such a team doesn’t bother me in the slightest.
The storytelling is original enough, even going in a couple of surprising directions, and its overall point- about the ultimate futility of revenge- is a refreshing change of pace. The plot places a much bigger emphasis on science and engineering than this sort of film typically does. I caught references to nanotechnology, the “grey goo” problem, as well as futuristic applications of 3D printing.
I also enjoyed the secondary characters, including the Genesis Rodriguez-voiced girly girl called “Honey Lemon,” who resembles an anorexic Lady Gaga. T.J. Miller voices “Fred,” one of those characters who’s a stoner in every way except for the drugs part. And James Cromwell voices a professor, sounding all the while like he’s doing a full-on Liam Neeson impression.
But it’s not just the story. This film’s design, from the characters to the fictional city, is both inventive and breathtakingly beautiful. The animators have huge fun creating the half-San Francisco/half-Tokyo,
My only complaint? “Big Hero 6″ indulges in the year’s worst storytelling trend: Killing off a character, taking advantage of all of the resulting pathos, and then resurrecting them minutes later like nothing happened. I’m really looking forward to that particular trope biting the dust.
“Big Hero 6″ isn’t the best animated movie of the year- that’s still “The LEGO Movie”- and it’s not an instant classic like “Frozen.” But it’s about on par with “Wreck-It Ralp
(Note: Don’t be late to “Big Hero 6″- because the Disney short before it, “Feast,” is absolutely fantastic.) 

The Full Trailer for ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’

We haven’t seen that much in the way of in-trailer action for, Peter Jackson’s last movie in his series of Tolkien movies. Until now. This three minute trailer for the film, due out later this year, is definitely full of battle moments as well as high drama clips for the characters we’ve been following through The Hobbit trilogy.