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Henry Cavill on “Rebirth” of Superman

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In an interview for the tie-in book Justice League: The Official Collector’s Edition, Superman actor Henry Cavill talks about the research that he did for the role, and specifically mentioned DC Comics’ current “Rebirth” initiative.

“I do indeed—especially with Rebirth, which has just come out,” he said. “I’ve been really diving into that. It’s fun to see where the DC Comics Universe is going, and to see how closely our movie universe is matching it.”

This will no doubt be interesting to fans, as it demonstrates how the films have mirrored both the mistakes and corrections of the comic books.

So far, the DC Extended Universe has largely been based on the “New 52” reboot, which began in 2011. Meant to simplify continuity and modernize the stories, they proved divisive for their darker and grittier take on the subject matter. For example, Superman destroying that jerk’s truck in Man of Steel matches the Superman who beat up an abusive husband in Action Comics #1; his brooding, likewise, matches the New 52 Superman, who feels detached from non-powered humans.

After about five years, the New 52 was deemed largely unsuccessful, and Rebirth began as a deliberate “back to basics” approach. Much of the old continuity returned, and it turned out that the Superman from the New 52 was a different version of the old Superman, who came back (from a different timeline… or dimension… or something, it’s a bit confusing) and resumed his old mantle. This Superman is also happily married to Lois—see the smiling Clark who greeted her in Justice League.

Unfortunately, the shift in that film was too abrupt and proved divisive with fans; hopefully, the franchise can be “Rebirthed” better as it moves forward.

Don’t Breathe 2 May Be An Unlikely Horror Sequel

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“Don’t Breathe” proved to be a sleeper hit at the 2016 box office. The horror genre hasn’t exactly been consistently red hot at the box office. For every “Get Out,” there is a “Rings” film that falls below expectations or a new Texas Chainsaw Massacre film that sits on the shelf for several months awaiting distribution.

“Don’t Breathe” definitely was an exception. The suspenseful horror film earned a tremendous amount of money at the box office. $160 million earned from a $10 million budget certainly led to sequel talk. Can a sequel match the creepy suspense of the original, though?

The plot of the film served as a cautionary tale to young persons planning on burglarizing a home of the mysterious Blind Man. The old blind fellow hid a terrible secret behind his locked doors. And the teen invaders discovered he was more than adept at taking care of himself. Stephen Lang returns to reprise his role as the Blind Man in the planned sequel. That means he clearly wasn’t finished off at the end of the original fright film.

Sequelizing “Don’t Breathe” may prove a little difficult. The wonder of the first film derived from the twists and turns that took place once the burglars entered the home. It would seem the original film doesn’t really lend itself to a sequel.

Horror fans generally do like to see their favorite films receive second and third follow-ups. And it would be premature to automatically infer that “Don’t Breathe 2” will be an implausible second film. Reportedly, the concept behind the sequel is supposed to be quite intriguing. Hopefully, this grandiose description turns out to be accurate and isn’t merely hype from the studio.

“Shazam” Casts Two of Protagonist’s Friends

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The upcoming DC Extended Universe film Shazam seems to moving along, with two new cast members being announced by Deadline.

According to the report, Ian Chen from Fresh Off the Boat has been cast in the role of Eugene Choi, while Jovan Armand of Bella and the Bulldogs will be playing Pedro Peña. This comes after we have already received word that Angel Asher (of Andi Mack) will play the protagonist, Billy Batson, with Zachary Levi (Marvel’s Thor movies and Tangled) as his superhero form and Jack Dylan Grazer (It) as Freddy Freeman.

The film centers around Billy, a teenage boy given the power to transform into an adult superhero whenever he yells the magic word “Shazam!” Freddy is a friend of his who also gains superpowers and becomes his sidekick. The two are traditionally joined by a third member, Mary Batson/Bromfield, who is Billy’s twin sister and often Freddy’s love interest.

While these three have a long history in comics—debuting in the 1940s and often outselling Superman—Eugene and Pedro are newer characters, premiering in 2011’s Flashpoint event. In that series, these five children, plus another girl named Darla, all shared the power of Shazam, and fused into one superhero by shouting “Shazam!” together.

In the New 52, the six kids were reimagined as a group of foster siblings. In that version Billy could share his power with the other five, allowing each to become a superhero and team up. It is unclear if this will occur in the film, or if they will simply be friends or family of Billy’s meant to round out the cast.

Grace Fulton has been cast in an unknown role, possibly as Mary.

The Title of the Latest Mission Impossible Movie

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The latest Mission Impossible movie has a new title. The name of the new Mission Impossible movie is Mission Impossible Fallout. This is the third movie in the subtitle trilogy. The first three Mission Impossible were just had numbers after the title with the exception of the first Mission Impossible film which is known as just Mission Impossible. The movie has went through different styles as it changed directors with each installment.

The director of the first installment was Brian DePalma, and it has kept true to the spirit of the first series. The second was directed by John Woo and it has gone into action hero territory with the main focus being on Tom Cruise’s character (not that much unlike the previous film). The third one was a little more close to the ensemble team effort directed by JJ Abrams who has gone on to direct Star Trek and Star Wars movies including the upcoming Star Wars episode IX. The fourth one would be directed by Brad Bird who would use IMAX cameras for certain scenes. The last one was directed by Christopher McQuarrie, who has gone on to direct this upcoming installment in the Mission Impossible series.

One thing about the fifth one is that it has brought the feel of the first film back to the franchise. Given that McQuarrie is back for this one, the feel is going to be very similar. Of course, there is the ensemble cast of Tom Cruise, Ving Rhames, and Simon Pegg along with some newcomers like Henry Cavill, the man of steel and Angela Basset. Mission Impossible: Fallout is set to be released on July of 2018.

Tommy Wiseau Thinking About a 3D Release of The Room

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Pretty much everyone who is into pop culture or entertainment has heard something about The Room, the Tommy Wiseau directed cultural phenomenon. It has gained a huge following for unexpected reasons. For one thing, many people find the acting to be so unbelievable that it has actually kept the film from falling into obscurity. The movie itself has not only gained a lot of curiosity for Tommy Wiseau, but has also spawned a follow up book called The Disaster Artist and a film that is based on the book. Tommy Wiseau and Greg Sestero have gone on to host screenings for The Room and other stars have actually started releasing videos on YouTube in the style of Where are They Now.

As of right now, Tommy Wiseau is considering releasing his cult classic in 3D as a celebration for its unusual and unexpected success. Many fans are probably looking forward to hearing one of their favorite lines said by one of the stars while they are popping out of the screen. For one thing, it is very likely the 3D is going to bring out more of a stage play aspect of the film. At the same time, the green screen scenes are going to have a other-worldliness when it is looked at through the 3D glasses.

This could be a great event for people, especially people who regularly attend screenings. People get to throw spoons at the screen and watch it bounce off of the 3D image. The 3D is definitely going to add a new dimension to the already interesting story of The Room. Other possibilities with The Room include a potential sequel with the possibility of Johnny coming back as a vampire.

Marvel Has Eyes on MASSIVE MCU Expansion

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If you are a devout fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, we might have some good news for you. Right now, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is ramping up for the biggest release of the entire series: “Infinity War”. With the release of this epic film, Marvel will be entering one of the final phases of the current iteration of heroes. For reference, there have been 22 Marvel films released as part of the current MCU. According to the president of Marvel, Kevin Feige, this might just be the beginning.

Kevin Feige is starting to hit the press circuit in advance of the “Infinity War’ trailer launch. Feige revealed via an interview that things were just beginning. Feige said, “Marvel is 22 movies in, and we’ve got another 20 movies on the docket that are completely different from anything that’s come before — intentionally.” This news should be greeted by overwhelming positivity. Feige is likely one of the biggest reasons that Marvel has managed to succeed in the fashion that the company has. Feige’s ability to juggle directors, star talent and giant ensemble casts have been something to marvel at. This is particularly jarring when you compare the smoothness of the MCU to the struggles that have been falling upon their competitors, DC Comics.

Right now fans are locked in on the “Infinity War” announcement, but what they should really be looking toward is the 2019 release of “Avengers 4”. With the fate of so many characters up in the air, “Avengers 4” could become the end of an era- literally. Fans that don’t want the future of their heroes spoiled might do well to turn back here. Are you gone? Okay, there are already rumors abound that the “Avengers 4” film will feature Thanos doing the universe wipe that sealed his character as one of the most infamous villains of all time. The question is, does Marvel have the guts to pull that off?

Are We Closer to a Green Lantern Solo Film?

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The Green Lantern is one of those iconic comic book characters that fans all over the world are waiting to see on screen. Of course, ‘Deadpool’ star Ryan Reynolds had portrayed the character seemingly a lifetime ago, but fans try to block that iteration out of their minds. With the DC Comic Extended Universe desperate to get some momentum on their side, especially after the financial flop that is ‘Justice League’, we could be closer than ever. The ‘Green Lantern’ solo film has been in the works for almost three years now but official details are few and far between. Michael Green, writer of the 2011 ‘Green Lantern’, decided to weigh in and talk about who he sees as the iconic superhero – and his choice might surprise you.

While Michael Green and the rest of the 2011 ‘Green Lantern’ crew probably weren’t proud of the product they put on screen, Green is still excited about seeing the source material adapted. Green says, in his mind, he sees Ricky Whittle playing the legendary Green Lantern, John Stewart. Whittle rose to fame on the hit scify series, “The 100”, and has since been starring in the criminally underrated ‘American Gods’ TV series. Green’s suggestions might hold more water nowadays especially after he penned the hit film, ‘Logan’.

Whittle being Green’s first choice for Stewart might not ring true with fans, but looking at the character in the right light could lead to some understanding. Whittle is a fierce and physical presence on screen but his portrayal of Lincoln in ‘The 100’, showed his ability to play a character out of depth and out of time. If the ‘Green Lantern Corps’ movie is ever going to hit the silver screen, and we think it will, DC is going to have to take some risks with their casting choices.

Fabletics on The Best Way To Influence Others

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One of the common desires of people is to change others. They at least want to influence others. However, one of the ways they go about it is by trying to force a change on others. Part of this involves preaching at them and talking at them about what they are doing that needs to be change. However, this is not an effective way to change anything. A better thing to do is influence people. For people that are looking for a way to influence others, all that is needed is for them to look at the online fashion retailer brand Fabletics.

 

One thing that Fabletics does is build a business centered around a unique business model that saves money for the customers. This involves paid membership levels as well as free membership with the higher levels of membership being offered discounts. This makes it easier for all customers to save money on their purchases. Another thing they do is promote the positive aspects of their business. For instance, they will highlight that all of their products are created in an environment that is humane and peaceful. People are encouraged to have fun and be joyful in the creation of their products. Fabletics has also taken part in initiatives for health related issues such as breast cancer.

 

While there are all of these initiatives and promotions, there is one thing that a brand needs in order for success. It is the desirability of a product. If a product is something that the customer wants, then they are more likely to support a company that is involved with the positive movements. The founders of Fabletics, Don Ressler, Adam Goldenberg and Kate Hudson are aware of the importance of appeal. Therefore, they have worked on bringing something that is very stylish, fun, and aesthetically pleasing in the design.

 

With the attractive products in the inventory, TechStyle brands like Fabletics have a huge chance of influencing the industry as a whole. When people are amazed at the products, then they are going to be more receptive to the message that the company gives them.

Jordan Peele Opens Up About Directing ‘Get Out’

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There was a point in time when Jordan Peele, star of the famous ‘Key and Peele’ sketch-comedy show, never thought his biggest project would get released. We are, of course, talking about 2017’s shocking hit, ‘Get Out’. ‘Get Out’ is described as an inside look at racism in 2017, told through the lens of almost supernatural horror with just a splash of comedy. This was by far Peeles’ most ambitious project and the biggest one he had taken on without his Comedy Central co-star, Michael Keegan, at his side. Because of a confluence of factors, including the genre of the film, Peele was almost positive it would not get released.

Jordan Peele knows that his work is difficult to pigeon-hole. ‘Get Out’ deftly mixes different genres and tropes while subtly subverting all of them. The story follows an African American man as he goes to visit his girlfriend’s wealthy and, well, micro-aggressive family. From there the tale grows considerably darker and we won’t dig any deeper so as to prevent spoilers. Peele says, “The elimination of the white savior trope, I think that’s the power of the story.” Peele goes on to point out that by subverting this trope, especially in modern Hollywood, he was taking a potentially divisive and controversial stance with his film.

Despite Peele’s reservations, ‘Get Out’ turned into a monstrous box office success in a season that saw almost universally dismal returns at the box office. Now, Peele is looking at serious Oscar consideration for his work as the project is a contender in a variety of major categories. Peele isn’t pre-occupied with talk of awards and awards shows. Instead, Peele is focused on his message. Peele says, “I wanted conversation about something that is so uncomfortable, so awkward that we don’t talk about it enough.”

Vanity Fair “Avengers” Reveals

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A cover story in Vanity Fair provides some tantalizing clues about what’s coming to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

The upcoming film, to be released on May 4, 2018, will be part 1 of a saga to be finished with a fourth, currently untitled Avengers film in 2019. These films, chronicling a battle against the Mad Titan Thanos, will bring the end of the MCU’s Phase 3, and according to Marvel spokesman Kevin Feige, will be “a finale” of the franchise up until this point.

“At least some of the original characters who sit at the center of the billion-dollar Avengers team will be hanging up their capes and shields,” he warned.

But fear not, true believers—it won’t be the end of Marvel movies. They have an astounding twenty planned after Avengers 4. Some one can guess—sequels to new franchises like Spider-Man and Doctor Strange, a third Guardian of the Galaxy, and so on—but beyond that fans can only speculate what other Marvel heroes will get their own films.

And there are a lot to choose from—according to Disney CEO Bob Iger, Marvel Studios has the rights to 7,000 different characters, despite not having control of famous properties like X-Men and Fantastic Four.

We also have information about the old guard of Marvel characters. For example, the events of Thor: Ragnarok will have an impact, particular concerning the various things that Thor lost to Hela. (We’re avoiding spoilers, here.) We also get some pictures of Captain America and Black Widow on the run, sporting a new beard and hairdo, and word that Mark Ruffalo has spent a lot of time in the motion capture suit for Hulk.