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Patty Jenkins On Chances Of Directing Wonder Woman 2: “We’re Working On It”

9 June 2017 7:46 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

2017 has already served up its fair share of success stories (see: Split and Jordan Peele’s nerve-racking Get Out), but it’s fair to say that none are on quite the same level as Wonder Woman.

Not only had Diana Prince’s solo debut spent years languishing on the brink of production, but the Patty Jenkins-directed origin story arrived at a time when Warner’ DC Extended Universe was in dire need of a slam-dunk. And boy, did it get one. Since its launch last week, Wonder Woman has blown past all expectations in its journey to $230 million at the worldwide box office, and that number will only continue to climb as the film enters its second weekend.

So far, so wonderful. But as is often the case in franchise filmmaking, particularly when it comes to Hollywood’s growing roster of shared universes, many are already beginning to draw attention »

- Michael Briers

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Soundtracking: "Best Worst Thing..."

7 June 2017 7:30 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Soundtracking is our newest wekly series, with Chris Feil talking music in the movies! The Tony Awards are this weekend, so here is a documentary on a Broadway flop...

Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened charts the making and failing of Stephen Sondheim / Hal Prince collaboration Merrily We Roll Along. The musical charts the decades-spanning friendship of three showbiz types, but told in reverse and with teenagers playing the roles. It was high concept and it was a notorious bomb - but with one brilliant and emotionally involving score.

If you’re unfamiliar with the musical and its complicated backwards plotting, Best Worst Thing does a pretty snappy job of quickly explaining the show’s concept before focusing on the cast left out in the cold by Merrily’s failure. What sounds rather niche for a documentary subject is actually quite moving and emotionally accessible, and still touches on some hefty themes. »

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Open Casting Call For Fantastic Beasts 2 Uncovers Potential Plot Details

7 June 2017 6:25 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

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Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore is a name that carries a tremendous amount of weight in the Potter universe.

As the mentor and quasi-father figure to the great Harry Potter, the Hogwarts Headmaster proved to a bastion of intelligence, warmth, and spellbinding magic all throughout J.K. Rowling’s fantastical series, and thanks to the release of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 2 in 2018, Warner Bros. and director David Yates will take a deep dive into Dumbledore’s past – not unlike Harry plunging into the mystical Pensieve in Half-Blood Prince.

Filming is expected to get underway this summer (August, potentially?), when Sherlock Holmes and King Arthur star Jude Law will assume the role of the young Albus Dumbledore. But if an open casting call unearthed by Pottermore is to be believed, »

- Michael Briers

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Box Office: The Mummy Headed For $35 Million Domestic Opening As Universal Looks To Strong Performance Overseas

6 June 2017 10:31 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

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Industry polling service Nrg has adjusted its forecast for The Mummy – and it’s not looking too good for Universal’s budding franchise-starter.

Pegged to launch on June 9th, the report claims Alex Kurtzman’s fantastical reboot is now headed for a domestic opening in the region of $35 million. It’s a somewhat disconcerting downgrade from Nrg’s original estimation of $38 million, which is a tepid debut for a Tom Cruise-fronted blockbuster in and of itself. When pulled together, it’s enough to leave Universal brass on edge, but THR reports that the studio is now looking to The Mummy‘s performance overseas as a way to offset its lukewarm debut in North America, where it looks set to get trampled by the so-hot-right-now Wonder Woman. Indeed, Patty Jenkins’ tour-de-force – an inspiring, beautifully told origin »

- Michael Briers

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Chris Pine Recalls Wonder Woman’s Most Revealing Scene

5 June 2017 10:02 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Raised on the relatively sheltered island of Themsycira, Diana Prince has much to learn about the outside world by the time Patty JenkinsWonder Woman gets going in earnest – including the anatomy of a man.

It allows for a delightfully innocent exchange between Gal Gadot’s title heroine and Steve Trevor, the Wwi pilot played by Chris Pine who crash lands on Themsycira and becomes the first man to walk alongside the Amazon Warrior. And though it may be considered slightly spoiler-ish, Pine reflected on Wonder Woman‘s most revealing scene in a recent interview with Kabc.

The Star Trek actor, who was partially nude for the bathing scene, recalled the moment in which Diana Prince looks on at his Trevor with curious fascination, before she asks whether he considers himself a typical man. Trevor’s response? “Slightly above average.”

“I actually knew I was going to do the movie because of that. »

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Patty Jenkins Posts New Details On Wonder Woman Sequel And How It’ll Bring Diana To America

5 June 2017 6:49 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

It’s arguably DC’s greatest feat since The Dark Knight and is the current queen of the worldwide box office – a better-than-expected domestic haul of $100 million was enough to catapult the Patty Jenkins-directed origin movie toward $230 million in its opening weekend – so it’s small wonder (heh) that Wonder Woman continues to dominate headlines left, right, and center.

The latest Diana Prince-related tidbit comes to us by way of Entertainment Weekly, after the outlet caught up with Patty Jenkins to discuss the inevitable sequel. It’s still early, early days – DC producer Charles Roven recently stressed that “nothing has been written” with regards to Diana’s next chapter in a post-Justice League world – but already, there have been rumblings of a modern-day setting and that iconic invisible jet.

And though she didn’t name-drop the latter, Jenkins reaffirmed that Wonder Woman 2 – or whatever title Warner Bros. »

- Michael Briers

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Evidence Continues To Mount That Wonder Woman 2 Will Feature A Contemporary Setting

2 June 2017 8:39 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Wonder Woman Day may not take place until June 3rd, technically speaking, but with Patty Jenkins’ long-awaited standalone hitting theaters today, June 2nd, Warner Bros. is wanting to kick off the annual celebration ahead of schedule. And we’re more than okay with that.

Buoyed by stellar reviews, Wonder Woman was, for a very brief period, the highest-rated superhero movie on Rotten Tomatoes, and though that astonishing figure has already begun to plateau as more reviews begin to surface, there’s no question that Warner Bros. has a hit on its hands with Diana Prince’s first big-screen solo movie.

And we’re already beginning to see that wave of positivity filter through into the box office numbers. Over the past two days, for instance, Wonder Woman garnered $6.1 million overseas before landing an additional $11 million from Thursday night previews. That’s the highest preview figure for a film helmed by »

- Michael Briers

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Wonder Woman Collects $11 Million From Thursday Previews; DC Producer Turns In Sequel Update

2 June 2017 7:39 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

It’s June 2nd, dear readers, and that can only mean one thing: Wonder Woman has graced theaters across the globe.

To say that Diana Prince’s origin story has been a long time coming may read as something of a colossal understatement, but after unanimous praise pushed Wonder Woman toward becoming the highest-rated superhero movie on Rotten Tomatoes, you’d struggle to find anyone who isn’t excited to catch the Patty Jenkins-directed standalone pic on the big screen. Rooted in a Wwi setting – and for very good reason, it seems – Wonder Woman follows Gal Gadot’s graceful heroine from the sun-kissed beaches of Themyscira all the way to The Great War, where she fights alongside Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) for the good of humanity.

It’s not without its faults, of course, but after four films and five years, Warner Bros. has finally unearthed the rarest of »

- Michael Briers

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Director Patty Jenkins On The Reasoning Behind Wonder Woman’s Wwi Setting

31 May 2017 6:51 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

In fiction, World War II tends to be the more popular choice when it comes to 20th century conflicts. Spanning six years and five continents, the Second World War was one of historic invasions (the Normandy landings), fearsome weaponry (the Fat Man and Little Boy atomic bombs that reduced parts of Japan to dust), and power-mongering dictators bordering on the caricature (see: Adolf Hitler).

WWII is therefore considered to be inherently more cinematic than, say, The Great War of the early 1900s, which was notorious for its complex politics, trench warfare, and rudimentary arsenal.

And though she was initially wary of the pitch, Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins recently recalled the “genius” behind the film’s period setting while speaking with Entertainment Weekly. Those familiar with the source material will know that Diana Prince initially burst onto the scene circa World War II, but here, Jenkins outlines her reasoning behind Wonder Woman‘s time period. »

- Michael Briers

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The Immortal Warrior Whips Up A Storm In New Wonder Woman Stills; EW Cover Arrives

18 May 2017 12:17 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

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We are, at the time of writing, little over two weeks away from the theatrical release of Wonder Woman – and we couldn’t be more excited.

Warner Bros. is already beginning to host screenings of Patty Jenkins’ standalone pic across the country, and the consensus seems to be one of cautious optimism – so far, at least. That momentum continued to burn bright earlier this morning when Empire returned from Themyscira bearing gifts, namely an all-new action shot of Robin Wright’s Antiope. Dubbed the “greatest warrior of all time” by DC producer Charles Roven, Diana Prince’s hardened aunt is not to be trifled with, and from the trailers alone, we know that Antiope will be one of the key figures in helping Gal Gadot’s Amazonian transition from a kind-hearted island dweller with »

- Michael Briers

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‘Pacific Overtures’ Theater Review: Stephen Sondheim Survives the Scissors

4 May 2017 4:41 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Franco Zeffirelli once remarked that directors rarely staged Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” effectively, because they either emphasized the comedy or the drama and rarely got the right balance. The same could be said of almost any musical written by Stephen Sondheim. Back in the 1970s, director Hal Prince almost always got it right, from “Company” to “Sweeney Todd.” Broadway theatergoers didn’t know how lucky we were. In hindsight, we do, thanks to John Doyle. Doyle almost always gets it wrong, making Sondheim’s shows all about the angst. His most egregious failure was the 2006 Broadway revival of “Company,” which excised all. »

- Robert Hofler

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New Wonder Woman Stills Take Us Behind The Scenes

30 April 2017 12:35 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

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Wonder Woman is just over a month away now, but with all the attention being placed firmly on James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 at the moment, you’d be forgiven for not knowing.

In fact, fans have been growing increasingly worried in recent weeks, claiming that Warner Bros. hasn’t been doing enough marketing for the film, fearing that the studio may be getting ready to write it off. While it’s still too early to make those kind of assumptions, it does feel like there’s been a lack of promotional material compared to what we see from other comic book movies. Or at least, there was. Now, however, things look to be picking up.

Earlier this week, we got a few new TV spots for Wonder Woman, one »

- Mark Cassidy

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Has Warner Bros. Already Written Off Wonder Woman?

28 April 2017 4:14 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Wonder Woman fans have been waiting for decades to see the most famous superheroine in the world get a solo movie of her own and now, with the release just five weeks away, people are nervous that Warner Bros. is dropping the ball when it comes to marketing the film. Truth be told, it initially seems like a fair criticism. Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 saw a plethora of trailers and numerous TV spots in the run-up to its release, with Justice League and Thor: Ragnarok garnering a huge amount of attention as well, despite their release dates being months away. Wonder Woman, on the other hand, not so much.

According to Donna Dickens at Uproxx, the studio has been “weirdly reticent” about the marketing campaign, pointing out that by this point in its promotional blitz, Suicide Squad already had three full trailers, four TV spots, a »

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Director Patty Jenkins Would Like To Bring Wonder Woman “A Little Farther Along Into The Future” With A Potential Sequel

28 April 2017 6:09 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

With little over a month to go until Wonder Woman‘s theatrical release, Warner Bros. currently has all hands at the pump, rolling out one promo after another for Patty Jenkins’ long-anticipated standalone pic.

The latest media dump hit the interwebs just yesterday, when the studio offered up a fleeting glimpse of David Thewlis as the villainous Ares. But now that the DC Extended Universe is beginning to rapidly expand – carving out room for Nightwing, Batgirl and Gotham City Sirens in the process – the one question that’s been fuelling debate online more recently is whether Wonder Woman will warrant a sequel.

It is, of course, far too soon to gauge the film’s potential success, but that hasn’t stopped Patty Jenkins from dreaming up ideas for a follow-up. Chatting to Toronto Sun (via Cbm), the writer-director hinted at the possibility of taking Diana Prince back to the future »

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New Wonder Woman Promos Bring Us Our First Look At Ares

27 April 2017 8:05 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

While all eyes are fixed firmly on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 at the moment as far as comic book movies go, in just a few short weeks those very same eyes will shift focus to Patty JenkinsWonder Woman. After getting off to a bit of a rocky start, the DC Extended Universe is looking to course correct now with the Gal Gadot-led film and, more importantly, the studio is hoping to prove that solo outings for female superheroes can still do solid box office business. To say that there’s a lot riding on this one is a massive understatement.

Admittedly, we’ve already seen a Lot from Wonder Woman. Too much, in fact. But apparently, the studio is intent on showing us just a little bit more in hopes of getting everyone on board, as two brand new TV spots were released online earlier tonight »

- Mark Cassidy

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Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2: Chris Pratt Wants To Continue Playing Star-Lord For As Long As Possible

25 April 2017 3:06 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

As question marks continue to loom over the future of Chris Evans (Captain America) and, to a slightly lesser extent, Robert Downey Jr. in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, one Hollywood star that has no intention of heading for the exit door anytime soon is Chris Pratt, who told /Film that he wants to continue playing Star-Lord for as long as possible.

The outlet caught up with the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 star in anticipation of the sequel’s UK launch on April 28th, and it was here that Pratt addressed his current Marvel contract. With so many moving pieces to consider within the McU, the finer details of an actor’s contract tend to fuel heated debate online, as budding fans attempt to gauge a character’s eventual fate. By the same token, the Powers That Be over at Marvel often uphold a strict level of secrecy when »

- Michael Briers

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New Wonder Woman TV Spot Delves Into The Hero’s Origin Story

12 March 2017 10:51 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Last night, the highly anticipated third and final trailer for Wonder Woman was finally released by Warner Bros. and brought with it plenty of action-packed footage, which has so far been received pretty well. Now, a new TV spot has followed it and though light on fresh footage, it puts the focus on Diana Prince’s origin story, giving us a better idea of what to expect from that aspect of the film.

It’s interesting that this teaser is treating the identity of the hero’s father as some sort of mystery, especially as an earlier trailer confirmed that she ultimately learns he’s Zeus. Chances are then that Wonder Woman will handle that as something being kept from Diana until she leaves Themyscira and encounters Ares.

Of course, this isn’t something which will surprise comic book fans, as The New 52 reboot firmly established the fact Diana is half Amazon and half Olympian, »

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Final Wonder Woman Trailer Teases An Exciting New Addition To The Dceu

11 March 2017 6:00 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Capping off a busy week for film trailers, Warner Bros. has rolled out the new and indeed final sizzle reel for Wonder Woman, which sheds light on the origin story that awaits Gal Gadot’s Amazonian warrior.

Debuting tonight at the Kids Choice Awards, as promised, this is undoubtedly our best look yet at the Patty Jenkins-directed standalone pic, chronicling Diana Prince’s journey from the sun-kissed beaches of Themyscira all the way to the front lines of World War I, where she’ll be charging into battle alongside Steve Trevor (Chris Pine). That arc will naturally serve as the main body of Wonder Woman, though sources close to production have seemingly uncovered some additional tidbits relating to the film’s plot and, in particular, how it’ll weave its way into the overarching DC Extended Universe.

Those same sources also claimed that the hotly-anticipated solo movie is “good, »

- Michael Briers

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Steve Trevor’s Wonder Woman Role Detailed

10 March 2017 10:45 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

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When Wonder Woman graces cinemas in just under three months, it’s quite understandable that all eyes will be on Gal Gadot, the first actress to portray what is arguably the most iconic female superhero of all-time on the big screen. But, almost just as important, is the supporting role of Steve Trevor, Diana Prince’s love interest played by Chris Pine. In fact, one could say he’s almost as vital to her mythos as Lois Lane is to Superman’s.

Now, those of us who are familiar with the comic book lore already pretty much knew what to expect from Trevor’s involvement in the film, but it’s nice to get confirmation that the source material will be very much honored.

According to, Trevor will indeed somehow breach Themyscira’s magical borders, »

- Eric Joseph

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New Beauty And The Beast Clip Is All About Belle

20 February 2017 2:30 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Looks like her time spent in Bella boot camp has paid dividends, as Emma Watson simply lights up the screen in this all-new clip for Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.

Performing a modernized version of “Belle,” Watson’s lead can be seen interacting with Maurice and other townsfolk on her way to the market. Perhaps one of the lesser-known facets of Bill Condon’s live-action reboot is that Alan Menken, the Oscar-winning composer who drew praise (and two Oscar wins!) for his celebrated work on the 1991 original, is back to score Beauty and the Beast, and up above you’ll get but a taste of what to expect come March 17th. Indeed, today’s snippet launched online to commemorate the film’s press tour getting underway in Paris, signalling that Condon’s live-action fairytale is now finally on the homestretch.

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