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Will Smith On Why A Film Like Bright Is Possible At Netflix

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Much has been said about all the change Netflix is bringing to the industry. It’s been said by us and it’s been said by many other outlets over the past few years. While it’s the studios’ hopes to get audiences’ butts in seats in theaters across the globe, Netflix has a different goal — to get folks to stay home and watch their service. As such, traditional Hollywood and Netflix feel diametrically opposed to each other in a big way.

But how does this affect their filmmaking? As you may know, the streaming service has recently upped their feature film game, paying big money to get big names like Brad Pitt, Martin Scorsese, and Will Smith to get involved in their features. Though while they may be pulling from a lot of the same talent as the rest of the studios, the nature of their business model is »

- Joseph Medina

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Marvel’s Defenders: How They Handle Iron Fist’s & Luke Cage’s First Meeting

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This year’s The Defenders is set to have a lot of first time meetings. Daredevil will meet Iron Fist, Luke Cage, and Jessica Jones, Jessica will meet Iron Fist and Daredevil, and Iron Fist will meet everybody else. However, while all these meetings are sure to have a certain amount of expectation, one that may have more expectations than others is the one between Iron Fist and Luke Cage. In the comics, the two become good friends and start up Heroes for Hire.

Related: The Defenders Will Be A "Summer Popcorn Thing," Says Mike Colter

Speaking at San Diego Comic-Con, actor Finn Jones (who plays Danny Rand, a.k.a. Iron Fist) discussed the pressures of those two meeting for the first time (via Cbr).

“Because it’s so iconic, I don’t think you want to put too much pressure onto it or try to oversell it, you know? »

- Joseph Medina

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Star Wars: New Han Solo Set Photo Shows…A Temple?

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Ron Howard is proving to be quite the social savvy filmmaker. On the heels of the recent director changeup that saw Howard taking the helm of the Star Wars Han Solo spinoff, he was wise to realize that audiences would need reassurance that the film wasn’t being pissed away by the studio. After going through the uncertainty in recent weeks, it would take some winning over for audiences to feel good about the prospect of seeing Han Solo take the big screen in young form.

As such, Howard has spent the last few weeks of the production of the film tweeting out photos, and posting others in Instagram. At this point, it’s hard to believe anything a studio says, so we really have to go off of what we have seen. While the shares have been relatively limited in scope, they have been pretty cool. We’ve seen »

- Joseph Medina

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The Defenders: Iron Fist Actors Discuss Danny Rand's Growth In The Series

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If you've watched Iron Fist, then you surely recognized that Danny Rand (Finn Jones) was annoying. Childish, impulsive, and lacking patience, Rand makes Jessica Jones look like a responsible adult! Danny has a long way to go to truly become the immortal Iron Fist. Marvel fans had many criticisms with Season 1 of Iron Fist, including bland action sequences in a show that was supposed to bring with it the best martial arts yet, but Danny Rand's immaturity has drawn some fans to even request a recasting or have another character take up the mantle of Iron Fist. So, is Marvel Studios clueless or is there going to be a bit of course correction with the Danny Rand character in this August's The Defenders?

Actor Finn Jones and co-star Jessica Henwick, who played Colleen Wing in Iron Fist, discussed the character's development in Season 1 of The Defenders with Cbr. Henwick explained:

“In Iron Fist, »

- Nick Doll

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Iron Fist Season 2: Production Begins December, Plus Why They Switched Showrunners

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Last week, it was revealed that Iron Fist would be getting a new showrunner. Out was its original showrunner, Scott Buck, and in was Sleepy Hollow’s Raven Metzner. So what was the reason behind this change. If you listened to our latest episode of Los Fanboys, we wondered whether or not the quality of ABC’s Inhumans (which Scott Buck is showrunning) had to do with Buck getting replaced. It was bad enough that Iron Fist was as poorly received as it was, but coupled together with what looks to be a disaster with Inhumans, it looks like a trend that Marvel may want to avoid.

Related: Iron Fist Changes Showrunners

However, speaking with The Tracking Board, Marvel TV boss Jeph Loeb batted down such theories, stating:

“What happened, really very simply, was [Season 1 showrunner] Scott Buck was on [ABC Marvel series] Inhumans and we were delighted to get another order from Netflix and »

- Joseph Medina

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Why Cate Blanchett Decided To Play Hela In Thor: Ragnarok

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Cate Blanchett is an incredible actor, to be sure. Winner of two Academy Awards, for 2005's The Avaiator and 2014's Blue Jasmine, Blanchett has also been nominated five other times for the Oscar for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role. Marvel Studios is somehow very skilled in landing actors of her caliber including Anthony Hopkins, Robert Redford, Gwyneth Platrow, Natalie Portman, Tommy Lee Jones, and Ben Kingsley, to name but a few. Yet, what would draw Blanchett to such an odd role as Hela, the Goddess of Death, in this November's Thor: Ragnarok? Surely, it wasn't simply the goth look?

E! News had a chat with Blanchett, where she revealed several of the reasons she took the role of the main villain in Thor: Ragnarok. First, it doesn't hurt to make the character's entrance involve the destruction of Thor's hammer, the mighty Mjolnir:

"That had me at 'hello' actually. »

- Nick Doll

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The Summer Box Office: Which Movies Made Money & Which Movies Flopped? We Break It Down!

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This summer has been a big one for Hollywood. Over the course of the past few months, we’ve seen around 19 big films hit theaters. And these weren’t just normal low or mid-budget releases. No, these were big, $150 million-plus budget releases. Every single weekend, it seemed, contained a big film. Heck, I’d say this triage of big blockbusters began well before summer did, with films like Kong: Skull Island hitting in March.

But how has this summer fared? With so many big movies hitting, how many were audiences actually able to go out and see, and is it enough films that studios will continue churning these bad boys out in massive quantities for the foreseeable future? We were curious about this ourselves, and set out to see how the box office fared over the past few months.

Related: U.S. Studios Don't Need U.S. Audiences Anymore

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- Joseph Medina

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Deadpool 2 Director Praises Josh Brolin's Performance As Cable

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Actor Josh Brolin is going to have a killer 2018 (and beyond)! Brolin will appear as two iconic Marvel characters in two completely separate Marvel universes. First, in May, Brolin will finally take center stage in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War, after teasing the character for over five years. Then, in June, Brolin will appear as Nathan Summers aka Cable in Deadpool 2, the sequel to the hit 2016 R-rated action-comedy, over in Fox's Marvel universe populated by mutants. But, is Brolin up to the challenge? Can he really give Deadpool 2 his all when also playing the McU's biggest, baddest villain? 

With less than 20 days into shooting Deadpool 2, director David Leitch (John Wick, Atomic Blonde) discussed working with Brolin with IGN:

"When he graciously agreed to do the role, Ryan and I were through the roof; we love him. He's such a great actor, he brings a humanity to Cable, »

- Nick Doll

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Deathstroke Returns, Akira Kurosawa, Zatoichi, and The Man With No Name -- The Lrm Weekend

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  By David Kozlowski   |   28 July 2017

Welcome to Issue #6 of The Lrm Weekend, a weekly column highlighting cool and unique videos about film, TV, comics, Star Wars, Marvel, DC, animation, and anime. We also want to hear from you, our awesome Lrm community! Share your favorite videos to: @LRM_Weekend and we'll post your Tweets below!

Previous Issues: 7.21.17 | 7.14.17 | 7.7.17 | 6.30.17 | 6.23.17

Hey Lrm Weekenders, we survived San Diego Comic-Con 2017 -- did you have a favorite moment? Thor: Ragnarok's latest trailer was a big hit at Lrm (Hulk speaks!). As July comes to a close, we're ramping up for the big movies and shows of the late summer and holiday season.

This week our emphasis is on Akira Kurosawa, the legendary Japanese filmmaker who's works have inspired generations of directors, screenwriters, and actors. Kurosawa's films have been adpated and remade dozens of times, and we hope that this week's column gives you an idea »

- David Kozlowski

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Wonder Woman Getting Best Picture Oscars Push From Warner Bros.

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Wonder Woman seems to be the gift for Warner Bros. that keeps on giving. As I’m sure you’re aware at this point, Wonder Woman is one of the big winners to come out of Hollywood this year. In addition to being an all-around solid film, it served as a reminder to the industry that there were plenty of men and women willing to see a female-led superhero in theaters, so long as the movie itself was good (shocker, right?).

As of this writing, the film is nearing $800 million worldwide, its Rotten Tomatoes score is sitting at 92 percent, and its Metacritic score at 76, it’s clear that this is a home run for the studio. But if you thought Warner Bros. would try to stop there, you’d be mistaken.

Related: Wonder Woman - The One Scene Patty Jenkins Reshot

According to Variety, executives have discussed launching a “formidable” awards-season campaign for Wonder Woman. »

- Joseph Medina

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Another Familiar Face Is Returning For Ant-Man And The Wasp

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Ant-Man and the Wasp, the sequel to 2015's Ant-Man, is finally beginning to receive some of our attention as the film begins to shoot in order to hit a release date of July 6, 2018. The cast is stacked, even for a Marvel Cinematic Universe film, with Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas, Michael Pena, T.I., and David Dastmalchian all returning. The film also welcomes newcomers Hannah John-Kamen, Walton Goggins, Laurence Fishburne, Randall Park, and Michelle Pfeiffer as Janet van Dyne, mother to Hope van Dyne (Lilly). Now, it appears another key player from Ant-Man will be back for the sequel as well.

Deadline reports that Judy Greer has joined Ant-Man and the Wasp to reprise her role of Maggie Lang, Scott Lang's (Rudd) ex-wife and mother to his daughter, Cassie. 

This is welcome news indeed, as if Maggie is back, we will also likely see more of Cassie. Besides being »

- Nick Doll

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Atomic Blonde Review: It’s No John Wick

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We seem to be heading into a period of resurgence of mid-budget action flicks. A couple years ago, we saw John Wick hit theaters, and while it was made on a modest budget, it boasted topnotch gun-toting action. On the heels of that, it’s as if studios realized that they could actually make some good money off these mid-budget films. Coming off the success of John Wick, uncredited co-director David Leitch hopped on board Atomic Blonde, an action flick that stars bona fide badass Charlize Theron in the lead role.

So how does Leitch’s single directorial debut fare? Does it match the previously-mentioned John Wick in quality and thrills? Sadly, the answer is no, but that’s not to say it’s a bad movie, and if you’re just looking for some amazing fight choreography, then you’ll likely be in for quite a ride.

Atomic Blonde follows Agent Lorraine Broughton, »

- Joseph Medina

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The Batman: Joe Manganiello On The Deathstroke Uncertainty

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Just what in the hell is going on with The Batman? That’s been a question we’ve been asking for months. Ben Affleck was originally on board to helm the superhero flick for Warner Bros., but earlier this year, he dropped out, saying he wanted to focus on actually playing the Batman himself. His departure put everything into question. Sure, we knew that there’d be a Batman movie eventually, but when Affleck was on board, he revealed via some test footage that Teen Titans character Deathstroke would be the big bad.

However, when Affleck stepped down and Matt Reeves stepped in, we weren’t sure if Deathstroke would still be a part of the equation. Matt Reeves recently revealed that they would be starting over with the script, and as such, Deathstroke’s fate was brought even more into question. So will he be in it or not? »

- Joseph Medina

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When We Can Expect Season 2 Of Westworld

28 July 2017 5:00 AM, PDT

No doubt that HBO has found their next big hit to follow up Game of Thrones which is on it's second to last season, Westworld. The series that is a remake of the 1973 film Westworld which was written and directed by Michael Crichton. In case you have not had the opportunity to watch the show, it's a sci-fi/western hybrid about a robot filled western adult theme park. The cast featured names like Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Thandie Newton, Evan Rachel Wood, Jeffrey Wright and Tessa Thompson. The first season was very successful even earning an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Drama. Now the question stands when will we see the next season of Westworld?

Season 2 of Westworld is currently in production. ScreenRant is reporting that a PR overview of the premiere dates for all HBO/Cinemax television series confirmed that the second season will premiere in the spring of 2018. It »

- Emmanuel Gomez

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Bright: Director David Ayer On Working With Netflix

27 July 2017 4:54 PM, PDT

Netflix is very quickly changing the way media is being consumed. Just a few short years ago, they weren’t even involved in original programming, and in the time since then, they’ve managed to be one of the most respected “networks” around (if you can even call them that). They are now hard at work at extending their reach to the feature film department.

Netflix has had a good number of original films hit their service over the past few years, but this year has the release of a few high profile ones. Among them is the Brad Pitt-starring War Machine, the fantasy film Okja, the horror-thriller (based on a manga) Death Note, and the original action-fantasy-cop drama Bright, from Suicide Squad director David Ayer.

Related: Death Note Review - A Film Worth Noting

With a unique film like this hitting, outlets were understandably curious about how the »

- Joseph Medina

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Star Wars Promo Photos Show Off Luke, Snoke, Phasma, Rey, and Kylo Ren

27 July 2017 3:45 PM, PDT

The most fun part of entering a new Star Wars film is checking back in with the characters. What happened in between the last film in this one, and how will it manifest itself in their new outfits and designs? The Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer a while back revealed most of those looks, but a new series of (either unused or soon-to-be-used) promo images.

In those images, we get looks at the likes of Snoke, Luke, and Phasma. Perhaps most notably is Snoke, as it gives us our first real look at his face, in full color glory, and I have to say, his face looks pretty damn brutal.

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Also of note is Luke Skywalker, who is wielding a lightsaber. While we expected to see Luke wielding a lightsaber at some point (that’d be like Han Solo not wielding a blaster »

- Joseph Medina

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It Producer Teases Deleted Scene And The Second Film

27 July 2017 2:20 PM, PDT

It has taken a winding road to the big screen. Like many Stephen King properties, it wasn’t quite clear what the best approach to the film would be. Should it be a mini-series on HBO, a single film, a trilogy, or two films? Clocking in at well over 1,000 pages, it was one of those stories that could have been tackled in many different ways. 

Ultimately, the filmmakers decided that the best way for It to make the big screen would be in a two-part film series. However, rather than splitting the book in half, they decided to follow things chronologically. The way the original story is structured, it goes back and forth between the 1950s and 1980s — or between when the lead characters are kids and when they’re adults. Rather than do that, they thought it best to do one film about them as kids, and one film as adults. »

- Joseph Medina

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Gotham City Sirens: Is David Ayer Still On Board? A Cryptic Tweet Seems To Indicate So

27 July 2017 1:35 PM, PDT

Yesterday, there was an extensive piece from Mashable. In it, the outlet discussed the changing landscape of DC Films. In short, it sounded like things were shifting away from Zack Snyder’s vision, with various directors coming together to form something of a brain trust. However, one director whose future over at Warner Bros. was brought into question was David Ayer.

David Ayer was the director behind such films as Fury, End of Watch, and most notably Suicide Squad. Suicide Squad was a flick that got a whole lot of press last year because there were rumors of the film getting plucked from him and handed over to a trailer editing house so that they could cut it into something that felt more like the initial trailer we saw for the flick. The result was a muddled mess that — while having strong elements within it — seemed like a shadow of what it should it been. »

- Joseph Medina

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Avengers: Infinity War Will Explore Vision And Scarlet Witch's Relationship

27 July 2017 12:50 PM, PDT

Marvel's Vision and Scarlet Witch have a quite odd relationship in the comics. Though Vision is a type of android called a "synthezoid," created by Ultron under slightly different circumstances than in the films, he has a full-blown romantic relationship with Scarlet Witch. Wanda Maximoff, the Scarlet Witch, may be a mutant, but she has a hell of a lot more in common with humans than androids. In the realm of comics, one barely bats an eye at this type of relationship, but such a move may raise eyebrows in the film environment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Yes, the films have become wackier and wackier as the universe has aged, with the genre embracing the strangeness of the comics more than ever before, but the McU still remains more realistic than the comics, avoiding the weirdest characters and plot-lines in favor of mostly more grounded fare. 

We've seen hints »

- Nick Doll

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U.S. Studios Don't Need U.S. Audiences Anymore

27 July 2017 12:05 PM, PDT

Stop me if you've heard these: Wonder Woman is the highest-grossing film of the summer. The latest Transformers is a flop. Valerian has no chance to make its budget back. All of these statements are false (well, maybe not the one about Valerian...). That is, if you're looking at the worldwide box office. While many news sites continue to primarily report on movies' success (or lack thereof) in the good ol' United States, increasingly, U.S. studios are looking to foreign shores to not only pad their films' numbers, but to justify entire franchises.

In 1989, Tim Burton's Batman was the quintessential franchise starter. It had a memorable actor in Michael Keaton playing the hero, and movie legend Jack Nicholson played the film's villain. On a budget of $35 million, the movie scored $251 million in the U.S. box office, and immediately warranted a sequel. It also made a cool $160 million in foreign theaters, »

- Brian Jasper

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