12 items from 2017
If there’s one thing you can count on when you see a Tom Cruise franchise action movie, it’s the look on his face. It is cool and poised, sleek and alert; it’s all dashing resolve. But during “The Mummy,” I kept looking at Cruise and having a strange sensation, which is that the emotion those familiar features seemed to be radiating was, in a word, confusion. Throughout the movie, he looked a little slack and a little blank, a little what-the-heck-is-going-on? It could, theoretically, have been an element of Cruise’s performance. His character, a tomb raider named Nick Morton, gets invaded by the spirit of an Egyptian mummy; his soul then becomes a battleground between good and evil (at least, that’s the idea). That could be enough to leave one confused. The truth is, though, that the slightly discombobulated look on Cruise’s face throughout »
- Owen Gleiberman
Cruise plays the hero with a megawatt smile yet again in The Mummy. But a survey of his less likable characters reveals an actor born to play the baddie
Tom Cruise is stuck in a holding pattern of total heroism and diminishing artistic returns, and he badly needs to break out of it. Look at the last decade of his work: he’s been almost tediously unstoppable. He has had three outings as the indestructible, comically resourceful and courageous Ethan Hunt in three of the Mission: Impossibles (with another one in the pipeline for next summer). He has played Lee Child’s tough and indefatigable loner action hero Jack Reacher. Plus, he was another super-heroic secret agent in Knight and Day, he went to war against the off-world 1% in Oblivion and took on Hitler himself in Valkyrie. But even he couldn’t nail the Führer. It was a rare day of failure for Tc. »
- John Patterson
With Aquaman now officially in production, director James Wan has shared a new image of Amber Heard as Mera, sporting a different costume to the one she’s wearing in Zack Snyder’s Justice League. Check out the image here.
I Know Him!
Lego has officially unveiled images for its two upcoming Marvel Super Heroes Thor: Ragnarok sets: The Ultimate Battle of Asgard (complete with Thor, Bruce Banner, Hela, Valkyrie, and two Berserker minifigures), and Thor Vs. Hulk Arena Crash (which contains minifigures for Hulk, Thor, Loki, a Sakaarian Guard, and The Grandmaster). Take a look at the promotional images here.
Mega City Urban?
Since the announcement of a new series based on 2000Ad’s Judge Dredd, many fans have been wondering if it will have any connections to the 2012 Dredd that never got its deserved sequel. Well, according to the series producer, we could see Karl Ubran »
- Luke Owen
Over the weekend, we reported that Mission: Impossible 6 started production, with director Christopher McQuarrie sending out the first set photo. It revealed the very first slate used during the production. Most assumed that it would only be a matter of time before we caught our first glimpse of Tom Cruise on set, and those fans would be right, with new video and photos surfacing that give us our first look at the actor, reprising his role as Ethan Hunt. As one would expect, these first videos and images show the actor performing a thrilling stunt, as he crashes a motorcycle in the streets of Paris.
Unfortunately, there hasn't been much context given about the scene being filmed, but the videos and photos that have emerged from YouTube and Twitter reveal that Tom Cruise was filming a scene where he gets involved in a "t-bone" crash with a car, which »
Back in February, a report surfaced that the new Mission: Impossible sequel will start filming this spring in Paris, although no details about the story or the returning cast have been confirmed yet. There wasn't a concrete production start date given either, but over the weekend, writer-director Christopher McQuarrie reveale that filming has in fact started, sharing the first set photo. Unfortunately, this image doesn't feature Tom Cruise or any of the other cast members, but it does reveal the first slate for the first scene being filmed.
Christopher McQuarrie shared this new image on Twitter, which comes just after we recently found out that one of the beloved cast members will not be back. While no details of his return in Ant-Man 2 were given, it was said that the actor is expected to shoot both Avengers: Infinity War and Ant-Man and the Wasp back-to-back. Avengers: Infinity War started filming in January, »
Last month, a report surfaced that claimed Paramount's Mission: Impossible 6 will start shooting this spring, with the upcoming action sequel filming in Paris. That raised some questions among many fans, who had been wondering for months if Jeremy Renner would be able to reprise his role as Brandt from Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol and Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation. While that production date has still not been confirmed yet, a new report claims that Jeremy Renner won't be coming back, due to scheduling conflicts with both Avengers: Infinity War, and Ant-Man and the Wasp.
Even though no confirmed cast list has been released yet, it wasn't terribly surprising to learn that Jeremy Renner was returning as Hawkeye in Avengers: Infinity War, although his role in Ant-Man and the Wasp hasn't been revealed until today's report from Showbiz 411. While no details of his return in Ant-Man 2 were given, it was »
In this edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at Thor: Ragnarok, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Doctor Strange, Iron Fist, Inhumans, Gifted, Legion, Logan, Deadpool 2, X-Force, Wonder Woman, Justice League, The Batman, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Supergirl, The Flash, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Arrow, Powerless, The Tick and more…
We’ll start things off this week with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, seeing as we’ve had our very first look at November’s Thor: Ragnarok! Entertainment Weekly kicked off the fun by releasing the cover to its latest issue, featuring a short-haired Thor (Chris Hemsworth) alongside Cate Blanchett’s Hela and Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie [see here], followed by a batch of images which included shots of Thor, Hela, Valkyrie, Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo), Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and The Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum) [see here]. We also got some plot details which give us an insight into how the likes of Hela, »
- Gary Collinson
Ryan Lambie Mar 7, 2017
Alex Garcia knows a thing or two about giant monsters. He was the executive producer on Bryan Singer's 2013 fantasy Jack The Giant Slayer and 2014's Godzilla, and now he's the producer of this year's Kong: Skull Island. The movie not only represents the giant ape's return to cinema screens for the first time since 2005's King Kong remake, directed by Peter Jackson, but also the next step in a larger series of giant monster flicks from Legendary Entertainment.
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It has been announced that the first casting of the upcoming Fox X-Men series is in the books, if you will. My mother being Cherokee makes this yummy for me, as the character is being referred to as "Sam" and is being described as "the strong-headed Native American leader of the underground network." The character is being played by Blair Redford and the show's brief synopsis is as follows:
"The drama will focus on two ordinary parents who discover their children possess mutant powers. Forced to go on the run from a hostile government, the family joins up with an underground network of mutants and must fight to survive."
"It's designed to sidestep questions like, 'Where is Wolverine?' You have to answer those questions. It exists in a world where those questions »
- Drew Carlton
The Mission Impossible franchises has truly been revving up with almost every installment. As the sixth film nears production, a shooting location seems to be set.
Tom Cruise's Ethan Hunt has been all over the world for the Imf. Stopping as many world ending catastrophes as he possibly could. Mission Impossible 2 ventured to Australia while M:i 3 hit up America. We famously got Cruise hanging off a building in Dubai for Ghost Protocol, and Rogue Nation was based primarily in London and Vienna. Now it looks like M:i 6 will be shooting in Paris, France.
Christopher McQuarrie returns as the first director to helm two M:i films. While we have no plot details on M:i 6, but at least we know McQuarrie is one of the best writers working today, as well as turning himself into a strong director as well. He has had a great relationship working with Cruise for the scripts for Edge of Tomorrow, »
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It's one of those quiet stories that goes under the radar, but when Mission: Impossible 6 comes out in 2017, that'll make it a 21 year old franchise. Tom Cruise will have played Ethan Hunt for far longer than any actor has ever been James Bond, and he'll be able to look over at Hugh Jackman and say, "What? You stopped playing Wolverine after only 17 years? Lightweight." Yes, the Mission: Impossible series, with its penchant for quasi-rebooting itself with different directors tackling their respective installments with their own unique flare, has quietly become one of the most dependable staples in Hollywood.
That's no easy task when you have a star that's been as embattled as Cruise has been at times, and when you share a Hollywood landscape where everyone has an itchy trigger finger when it comes to rebooting and resetting franchises.
While, at one point, the status of Mission: Impossible 6 »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Flickering Myth get excited for the year ahead of us…
After a fairly below-average year at the cinema last year, we here at Flickering Myth are feeling rather hopeful for 2017. There are some fantastic films lined up; including a load of comic book movies, the return of Christopher Nolan and King Kong, a new Alien film and a War for the Planet of the Apes. There’s even a new Blade Runner film! Wait… King Kong, Alien, Planet of the Apes, Blade Runner… are we sure this isn’t 1987?..
Twenty-one of our writers voted for a whopping forty-seven movies, with a very tight final top ten. Last year Captain America: Civil War topped our most anticipated movies beating out Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Deadpool and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. It’s probably fair to say that at least three of those movies delivered, but we’ll let you decide which ones. »
- Luke Owen
12 items from 2017
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