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Transformers: The Last Knight box office struggles, Blade Runner 3, Spider-Man: Homecoming a hit and more – Weekend News Roundup

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The Last Outing?

Back in 2014, Transformers: Age of Extinction was roundly trashed by critics but the film ended up being the only release to pass $1 billion at the box office that year. It seemed like Transformers was a critic-proof franchise. However the fifth outing, Transformers: The Last Knight, has had a very poor showing at the domestic box office which will pile pressure on its international presence. Transformers: The Last Knight took advantage of a 5-day opening to earn $69.1 million, although its official weekend opening was just $45.3 million. 2007’s Transformers opened to $70 million while Transformers: Age of Extinction earned $100 million over the three-day period. Luckily, the international opening was much better, and in total the $217 million production has made $265 million worldwide. Read more here.

Bay Not Out

Although it’s not been great box office news for Michael Bay, his star Mark Wahlberg doesn’t think he’s done with the franchise yet. »

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Ridley Scott planning more Blade Runner sequels

25 June 2017 3:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Having revisited the Alien franchise with Prometheus and Alien: Covenant, Ridley Scott is also making his return to the world of Blade Runner this year, serving as producer on the Denis Villeneuve-directed sequel Blade Runner 2049.

The film opens this October, and it seems that much like Alien, Scott isn’t content with just one more instalment, as he’s revealed to IGN that he’s already looking to expand the series with more sequels.

“I think that, you know what, George has always proved that. Of course there’s always something. George Lucas, you know, and the way he’s handled Star Wars has been spectacular. It’s what I’ve been trying to do to really evolve Alien, because in those days I wasn’t into making sequels, but now suddenly you realize, ‘Well, that’s stupid.’ I’ll use the word ‘duh’ again, right? You’d better get into sequels, »

- Gary Collinson

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Peter and Ned attend a lame party in Spider-Man: Homecoming clip, new TV spots released

22 June 2017 11:30 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

With less than two weeks to go until the release of Spider-Man: Homecoming, a new clip has arrived online for Marvel and Sony’s upcoming reboot which sees Peter (Tom Holland) and Ned (Jacob Batalon) run into Michelle (Zendaya) at a party; check it out here…

See Also: Zendaya wasn’t aware she was auditioning for Spider-Man: Homecoming

Update: And here’s a couple of new spots…

A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Captain America: Civil War, begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging super hero in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.). Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine – distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man – but when the Vulture (Michael Keaton) emerges as a new villain, everything that Peter holds most important will be threatened.

Spider-Man: Homecoming sees Tom Holland and Marisa Tomei reprising their roles from Captain America: Civil War as Peter Parker/Spider-Man and Aunt May, alongside Marvel veterans Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark and Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan. New additions to the cast include Michael Keaton (Birdman), Jacob Batalon (North Woods), Michael Barbieri (Little Men), Zendaya (K.C. Undercover), Angourie Rice (The Nice Guys), Tony Revolori (The Grand Budapest Hotel), Logan Marshall-Green (Prometheus), Martin Starr (Silicon Valley), Donald Glover (Community), Laura Harrier (One Life to Live), Kenneth Choi (Captain America: The First Avenger), Hannibal Buress (Broad City), Isabella Amara (The Boss), Jorge Lendeborg, Jr. (Graceland), Jj Totah (Glee), Abraham Attah (Beasts of No Nation), Michael Mando (Better Call Saul), Selenis Leyva (Orange Is the New Black), Bokeem Woodbine (Riddick), Tyne Daly (Cagney & Lacey), Garcelle Beauvais (Hollywood Today Live), Tiffany Espensen (Kirby Buckets), Michael Chernus  (Orange is the New Black), Jona Xiao (Halt and Catch Fire) and Martha Kelly (Baskets). The film is set for release on July 5th in the UK and July 7th in the States. »

- Amie Cranswick

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Zendaya wasn’t aware she was auditioning for Spider-Man: Homecoming

22 June 2017 12:52 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Actress Zendaya apparently wasn’t aware at the time that she was auditioning for a role in Spider-Man: Homecoming.

Movie gigs don’t come much bigger than superhero films these days, and superheroes don’t come much bigger than Spider-Man, especially now that the character is being incorporated into the Marvel Cinematic Universe with this latest reboot of the tale.

So a young actress would probably be pretty excited about getting the opportunity to land one of the film’s key roles. Unfortunately for Zendaya, she wasn’t aware what her audition was actually for.

Zendaya told the story to Jimmy Fallon in a recent interview (via comicbook.com), describing her surprise.

“I knew I was auditioning for ‘Girl In Movie’, it was great getting into character [laughs],” Zendaya said. “In fact, I didn’t actually even know what kind of character [it was], because my character is very interesting. She is kind of a loner; she is super-intellectual, very dug-dry humor with one-liners, pops in and pops out. I didn’t even know what character I was going to play until I got there and sign the Non-Disclosure and then read the script.”

The actress, who will be playing a character named Michelle in the movie, also talked about how the production for Homecoming didn’t feel like a superhero film to her.

“So everything that I shot, when we were shooting just felt like I was shooting this awkward teen coming-of-age comedy kind of thing and then you realize, when the trailers were starting to come out, that ‘Wow, this is a Spider-Man movie! This is action, it’s going down!’” Zendaya said.

Fans will be able to see Zendaya in Spiderman: Homecoming, apparently not involved in the film’s action, early next month.

See Also: The hero we deserve: Kevin Feige explains how he brought Spider-Man to the Marvel Cinematic Universe

A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Captain America: Civil War, begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging super hero in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.). Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine – distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man – but when the Vulture (Michael Keaton) emerges as a new villain, everything that Peter holds most important will be threatened.

Spider-Man: Homecoming sees Tom Holland and Marisa Tomei reprising their roles from Captain America: Civil War as Peter Parker/Spider-Man and Aunt May, alongside Marvel veterans Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark and Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan. New additions to the cast include Michael Keaton (Birdman), Jacob Batalon (North Woods), Michael Barbieri (Little Men), Zendaya (K.C. Undercover), Angourie Rice (The Nice Guys), Tony Revolori (The Grand Budapest Hotel), Logan Marshall-Green (Prometheus), Martin Starr (Silicon Valley), Donald Glover (Community), Laura Harrier (One Life to Live), Kenneth Choi (Captain America: The First Avenger), Hannibal Buress (Broad City), Isabella Amara (The Boss), Jorge Lendeborg, Jr. (Graceland), Jj Totah (Glee), Abraham Attah (Beasts of No Nation), Michael Mando (Better Call Saul), Selenis Leyva (Orange Is the New Black), Bokeem Woodbine (Riddick), Tyne Daly (Cagney & Lacey), Garcelle Beauvais (Hollywood Today Live), Tiffany Espensen (Kirby Buckets), Michael Chernus  (Orange is the New Black), Jona Xiao (Halt and Catch Fire) and Martha Kelly (Baskets). The film is set for release on July 5th in the UK and July 7th in the States. »

- Samuel Brace

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Hot Toys’ Iron Man Xlvii Spider-Man: Homecoming collectible figure revealed

22 June 2017 5:17 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Hot Toys has revealed its upcoming Iron Man Xlvii sixth scale figure from Marvel and Sony’s Spider-Man: Homecoming. The collectible comes with a range of accessories and interchangeable pieces, including a head sculpt which is based on the likeness of Robert Downey Jr. in the upcoming reboot; take a look at the official promotional images below and visit Sideshow Collectibles to pre-order…

See Also: Hot Toys unveils Spider-Man: Homecoming collectible figure

Made with fine diecast materials, the much elaborated Iron Man Xlvii figure stands approximately 32 cm and with 28 Led light-up points throughout the body. The streamlined armor is expertly painted with metallic red and gold colors and a distinctive two-toned silver color in the mid-section. An array of components are added to the figure including: a newly painted Tony Stark head sculpt featuring likeness of Robert Downey Jr., an interchangeable Led light-up helmeted head, an interchangeable empty helmet emulating the suit in remote control mode, interchangeable armor parts and a specially designed figure stand. Furthermore, a mini-repulsors deployer with two articulated mini-repulsors and thrust fire effect parts are specially included for this new Iron Man armor!

A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Captain America: Civil War, begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging super hero in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.). Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine – distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man – but when the Vulture (Michael Keaton) emerges as a new villain, everything that Peter holds most important will be threatened.

Spider-Man: Homecoming sees Tom Holland and Marisa Tomei reprising their roles from Captain America: Civil War as Peter Parker/Spider-Man and Aunt May, alongside Marvel veterans Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark and Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan. New additions to the cast include Michael Keaton (Birdman), Jacob Batalon (North Woods), Michael Barbieri (Little Men), Zendaya (K.C. Undercover), Angourie Rice (The Nice Guys), Tony Revolori (The Grand Budapest Hotel), Logan Marshall-Green (Prometheus), Martin Starr (Silicon Valley), Donald Glover (Community), Laura Harrier (One Life to Live), Kenneth Choi (Captain America: The First Avenger), Hannibal Buress (Broad City), Isabella Amara (The Boss), Jorge Lendeborg, Jr. (Graceland), Jj Totah (Glee), Abraham Attah (Beasts of No Nation), Michael Mando (Better Call Saul), Selenis Leyva (Orange Is the New Black), Bokeem Woodbine (Riddick), Tyne Daly (Cagney & Lacey), Garcelle Beauvais (Hollywood Today Live), Tiffany Espensen (Kirby Buckets), Michael Chernus  (Orange is the New Black), Jona Xiao (Halt and Catch Fire) and Martha Kelly (Baskets). The film is set for release on July 5th in the UK and July 7th in the States. »

- Amie Cranswick

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The hero we deserve: Kevin Feige explains how he brought Spider-Man to the Marvel Cinematic Universe

22 June 2017 1:18 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

When it was revealed that Spider-Man would finally be returning home to the McU, it was met with applause, and a healthy dose of disbelief. How did Marvel do it? This was something that the Marvel fan-base had seemingly accepted as an impossibility. So what happened? Well, Kevin Feige happened. In a recent interview with THR, the president of Marvel Studios explained what he did to sway Sony to share the wisecracking web-slinger:

“It really came down to me telling Amy Pascal in her office that I think the best thing for this character is: Sony has the rights, that’s not changing. Have Sony pay for the movie, distribute the movie, market the movie. Just let us make the movie and incorporate him into our universe.”

A lot of this reads like an episode of AMC’s Mad Men. It looks like the biggest deal in comic book movie history was a result of two important people sitting in an office, and making a deal. No word on whether they were drinking gin on the rocks, and making grand postures during this exchange, but one thing is for certain: Kevin Feige is the hero we deserve, and luckily the one we have right now. Now go get Wolverine for us Kevin!

The result of this deal, Spider-Man: Homecoming, is releasing this summer.

See Also: Spidey will team up with another McU hero in Spider-Man 2 – but it won’t be Iron Man

A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Captain America: Civil War, begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging super hero in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.). Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine – distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man – but when the Vulture (Michael Keaton) emerges as a new villain, everything that Peter holds most important will be threatened.

Spider-Man: Homecoming sees Tom Holland and Marisa Tomei reprising their roles from Captain America: Civil War as Peter Parker/Spider-Man and Aunt May, alongside Marvel veterans Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark and Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan. New additions to the cast include Michael Keaton (Birdman), Jacob Batalon (North Woods), Michael Barbieri (Little Men), Zendaya (K.C. Undercover), Angourie Rice (The Nice Guys), Tony Revolori (The Grand Budapest Hotel), Logan Marshall-Green (Prometheus), Martin Starr (Silicon Valley), Donald Glover (Community), Laura Harrier (One Life to Live), Kenneth Choi (Captain America: The First Avenger), Hannibal Buress (Broad City), Isabella Amara (The Boss), Jorge Lendeborg, Jr. (Graceland), Jj Totah (Glee), Abraham Attah (Beasts of No Nation), Michael Mando (Better Call Saul), Selenis Leyva (Orange Is the New Black), Bokeem Woodbine (Riddick), Tyne Daly (Cagney & Lacey), Garcelle Beauvais (Hollywood Today Live), Tiffany Espensen (Kirby Buckets), Michael Chernus  (Orange is the New Black), Jona Xiao (Halt and Catch Fire) and Martha Kelly (Baskets). The film is set for release on July 5th in the UK and July 7th in the States.

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- Jordan Jones

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Engineers Will Return in Next Alien Movie If It Even Happens

21 June 2017 2:52 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Alien: Covenant came and went like a flash in the pan. Heading into 2017, it was one of the most buzzed about sequels being released, but that buzz fizzled pretty quickly and it didn't translate to box office success. That hasn't stopped Ridley Scott from having some very big plans for the Alien franchise, which includes at least one prequel to the original Alien that will take place after the events of Alien: Covenant. Now, thanks to a newly surfaced interview clip, some story details for Alien: Awakening, the proposed Alien: Covenant sequel, have surfaced.

Warning: spoilers ahead for Alien: Covenant. The clip made its way online via the Ding Dan YouTube channel, and it appears to be an interview that Ridley Scott did prior to the release of Alien: Covenant. In the video, the director talks about where the story for the sequel, currently titled Alien: Awakening, will go. He doesn't reveal too much, but it's a lot more than we knew previously. Here's what he had to say about it.

"We're being written now. There'll be three or four different players coming in to investigate. One of which will be the Engineers arriving back to find their planet decimated. I think those ships come and go on regular intervals. I see them as the gardeners of space. Where we go next is obvious. We're gonna actually go to the planet. In so doing...I'm not going to tell you the story!"

Given how Alien: Covenant ended, this seems to make a lot of sense. The planet was left in really bad shape, with the Engineers all killed off, thanks to David's sadistic arrival. The idea of several people "investigating" this incident is interesting. But the real question is, what planet is he talking about? Is Ridley Scott saying the Alien: Covenant sequel will be going back to the planet that David was on for all those years? Is he saying we are actually going to go to the real Engineers homeworld? Does he mean Origae-6, the planet that David seemed to be headed to at the end of the movie? Or, perhaps most sensibly, does he mean Lv-426, the planet from the original Alien? Lots of questions. But sadly, we may never get them answered.

Ridley Scott has, or maybe just had, some very lofty plans for the Alien franchise following the release of Alien: Covenant. He wants to do one more prequel to the original Alien, Alien: Awakening, and, if Scott still gets his way, there may be another entire trilogy of Alien movies at some other point in the series' timeline. The problem is, the movie has not done all that well at the box office. It currently sits at $213 million worldwide, which is about half of what Prometheus made. So we may not even get to see Alien: Awakening at all at this point. It would be frustrating not to get any resolution. The ball is in Fox's court now. You can check out the interview clip with Ridley Scott for yourself below. »

- MovieWeb

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Expect The Engineers To Make A Return In Alien: Covenant’s Nascent Sequel

21 June 2017 1:33 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

The Engineer (Aka the Space Jockey) is an extra-terrestrial being that has evoked a tremendous amount of wonder and awe among moviegoers – us included – ever since its existence was first teased in Ridley Scott’s seminal Alien movie of ’79, and fans have long wondered about the origin and biology of those towering, milky-white aliens, not to mention the true motivations fuelling their interstellar pursuits.

With Prometheus, Scott and his creative team sought to deliver some tangible answers to those burning questions, and wound up raising even more perplexing questions in the process. Its sequel, Alien: Covenant, represented a return to the franchise’s acid-smeared roots, though it’s fair to say that Scott’s prequel-sequel proved to be relatively divisive among viewers, spawning concerns that the beloved Alien series was teetering on the verge of franchise fatigue.

That being said, Covenant‘s lowly box office performance – $213 million worldwide at press time – has in no way quelled Ridley Scott’s enthusiasm for aggressive expansion, and the director himself has hinted that he plans to be back behind the lens within the next 14 months. A new interview uncovered by Alien-Covenant.com confirms as much, wherein Scott notes that those all-powerful Engineers will make a return for the untitled sequel, before deeming the extra-terrestrials to be the “gardeners of space.”

We’re being written now. There’ll be three or four different players coming in to investigate. One of which will be the Engineers arriving back to find their planet decimated. I think those ships come and go on regular intervals. I see them as the gardeners of space. Where we go next is obvious. We’re gonna actually go to the planet. In so doing…I’m not going to tell you the story!”

The planet that Scott is referring to is surely Paradise, the much-touted home of the Engineers. But after all this time, and even after Alien: Covenant‘s mixed reception, do you still want to see Ridley Scott complete his prequel trilogy? Do let us know. »

- Michael Briers

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Spidey will team up with another McU hero in Spider-Man 2 – but it won’t be Iron Man

21 June 2017 8:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Following on from the news that Carnage will be the villain in Venom and Sony’s plans for an expanded SpiderVerse with Mysterio and Kraven the Hunter spin-offs, The Hollywood Reporter also dropped a little nugget of information for Spider-Man 2.

The site’s report says that Spider-Man 2 will see Tom Holland’s Spidey team-up with another McU hero, but it won’t be Ol’ Shell Head.

“Sony will get a to-be-determined Marvel character for Spider-Man 2 like it received for Homecoming with the box-office monster Iron Man, played by Robert Downey Jr,” the report states. “But sources say it won’t be Iron Man next time around.”

Who would you like to see Spider-Man team up with in the next wall-crawler outing?

A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Captain America: Civil War, begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging super hero in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.). Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine – distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man – but when the Vulture (Michael Keaton) emerges as a new villain, everything that Peter holds most important will be threatened.

Spider-Man: Homecoming sees Tom Holland and Marisa Tomei reprising their roles from Captain America: Civil War as Peter Parker/Spider-Man and Aunt May, alongside Marvel veterans Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark and Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan. New additions to the cast include Michael Keaton (Birdman), Jacob Batalon (North Woods), Michael Barbieri (Little Men), Zendaya (K.C. Undercover), Angourie Rice (The Nice Guys), Tony Revolori (The Grand Budapest Hotel), Logan Marshall-Green (Prometheus), Martin Starr (Silicon Valley), Donald Glover (Community), Laura Harrier (One Life to Live), Kenneth Choi (Captain America: The First Avenger), Hannibal Buress (Broad City), Isabella Amara (The Boss), Jorge Lendeborg, Jr. (Graceland), Jj Totah (Glee), Abraham Attah (Beasts of No Nation), Michael Mando (Better Call Saul), Selenis Leyva (Orange Is the New Black), Bokeem Woodbine (Riddick), Tyne Daly (Cagney & Lacey), Garcelle Beauvais (Hollywood Today Live), Tiffany Espensen (Kirby Buckets), Michael Chernus  (Orange is the New Black), Jona Xiao (Halt and Catch Fire) and Martha Kelly (Baskets). The film is set for release on July 5th in the UK and July 7th in the States.

Source: THR »

- Luke Owen

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Carnage will be the villain in Venom movie; Sony planning Kraven and Mysterio spin-offs before Sinister Six

21 June 2017 7:51 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Sony are continuing their SpiderVerse plans, which will kick off fully next year with Ruben Fleischer’s Venom starring Tom Hardy, and development is in place for Silver & Black. If rumours are to be believed, it won’t just be Black Cat and Silver Sable in the movie as it will also feature other Spider-Man characters like Jessica Drew.

In a new article from The Hollywood Reporter, it’s noted that Venom will feature Carnage as the main villain and – contrary to other reports – could feature Tom Holland as Spider-Man.

The report also says Sony are planning on expanding their SpiderVerse further by having spin-off movies for classic villains Mysterio and Kraven the Hunter before potentially pulling them together for The Sinister Six.

This was always Sony’s plan when they launched the Amazing Spider-Man Cinematic Universe, with Daredevil showrunner Drew Goddard writing and directing, only this time they plan to introduce them individually rather than launching straight into the ensemble outing.

Sony will also be making Spider-Man 2 and Spider-Man 3 with Marvel Studios, with Spidey appearing in other McU films like Avengers: Infinity War.

See Also: Sony’s Spider-Man spin-offs to exist in the same universe as Spider-Man: Homecoming, Amy Pascal seemingly confirms

A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Captain America: Civil War, begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging super hero in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.). Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine – distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man – but when the Vulture (Michael Keaton) emerges as a new villain, everything that Peter holds most important will be threatened.

Spider-Man: Homecoming sees Tom Holland and Marisa Tomei reprising their roles from Captain America: Civil War as Peter Parker/Spider-Man and Aunt May, alongside Marvel veterans Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark and Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan. New additions to the cast include Michael Keaton (Birdman), Jacob Batalon (North Woods), Michael Barbieri (Little Men), Zendaya (K.C. Undercover), Angourie Rice (The Nice Guys), Tony Revolori (The Grand Budapest Hotel), Logan Marshall-Green (Prometheus), Martin Starr (Silicon Valley), Donald Glover (Community), Laura Harrier (One Life to Live), Kenneth Choi (Captain America: The First Avenger), Hannibal Buress (Broad City), Isabella Amara (The Boss), Jorge Lendeborg, Jr. (Graceland), Jj Totah (Glee), Abraham Attah (Beasts of No Nation), Michael Mando (Better Call Saul), Selenis Leyva (Orange Is the New Black), Bokeem Woodbine (Riddick), Tyne Daly (Cagney & Lacey), Garcelle Beauvais (Hollywood Today Live), Tiffany Espensen (Kirby Buckets), Michael Chernus  (Orange is the New Black), Jona Xiao (Halt and Catch Fire) and Martha Kelly (Baskets). The film is set for release on July 5th in the UK and July 7th in the States. »

- Luke Owen

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Watchmen: HBO series in development, from Damon Lindelof

20 June 2017 5:17 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Mike Cecchini Jun 21, 2017

The Leftovers' Damon Lindelof is going right back to HBO, to develop a Watchmen TV series...

This is a pleasant surprise. With The Leftovers having just wrapped its final season to wild critical acclaim, Damon Lindelof is sticking around HBO to develop a Watchmen TV series. Yes, you read that right. Watchmen is finally getting the prestige cable drama that fans have wanted for as long as prestige cable drama has been a thing.

Lindelof's vision is apparently unrelated to a Watchmen series discussed by Zack Snyder (who directed the film version) and HBO back in 2015. It's not clear how far those talks got, or what the actual plan for it was. According to Variety, the Lindelof version is "starting over from scratch" and has nothing to do with those previous discussions.

Lindelof, of course, is known for writing the likes of Lost, Prometheus, World War Z, Star Trek Into Darkness, Tomorrowland and - as we mentioned earlier - The Leftovers.

The big question here, is just what will this new series be? Is it another adaptation of the graphic novel?

Zack Snyder's 2009 movie adaptation has its defenders, and visually it's certainly faithful enough to the comics, but it was admittedly limited by the constraints of a movie runtime. A TV series could spend more time exploring the flashbacks to the Minutemen era, or fleshing out some of the supplementary text material that happens in between the comic chapters. 

In 2013, DC Comics released a series of Watchmen prequels, appropriately titled Before Watchmen, from an assortment of creators not named Moore or Gibbons. They were met with what can charitably be described as a mixed response from fans and critics.

Nevertheless, there's plenty of existing material to fuel a Watchmen series for several seasons. Then again, Lindelof and friends might not have to delve into the spinoffs to flesh out the graphic novel. There's enough going on in any one of the original's twelve chapters to fuel multiple episodes.

Watchmen writer Alan Moore has been notoriously outspoken about his disapproval for all adaptations and spinoffs, and that's unlikely to change here. But, for the rest of us, the chance to see this series given another chance at the screen, perhaps one that's a little less stylized than the movie version, is certainly appealing. There have also been rumblings of an R-rated animated movie.

We'll update this with new information as we get it. »

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Spider-Man, The Vulture and Iron Man character posters for Spider-Man: Homecoming, new TV spots released

20 June 2017 2:20 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The marketing blitz for Spider-Man: Homecoming shows no signs of slowing down, with Sony and Marvel unveiling three new interconnecting characters posters for the superhero reboot featuring Spider-Man, The Vulture and Iron Man. Take a look at the posters here, along with four new TV spots

See Also: Spider-Man: Homecoming director comments on the web-slinger’s future in the Marvel Cinematic Universe

A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Captain America: Civil War, begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging super hero in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.). Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine – distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man »

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Spider-Man: Homecoming director comments on the web-slinger’s future in the Marvel Cinematic Universe

19 June 2017 1:10 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Not too long ago Sony’s Amy Pascal made an offhand comment regarding how Spider-Man may never have a solo feature in the McU again after a sequel summer’s hotly anticipated Spider-Man: Homecoming. She specifically stated, “it may never happen again”.

Tom Holland made his debut as the popular superhero in 2016’s box office juggernaut Captain America: Civil War, but it’s a little unclear what is left on his contract in regards to the McU after his upcoming Avengers: Infinity War appearances (Marvel had said that Avengers 4 was as far as it goes for now, although the star did recently suggest he was contracted for two Homecoming sequels).

Thankfully, Spider-Man: Homecoming director Jon Watts has somewhat addressed these concerns over Skype at Australia’s Supernova Comic-Con, saying: “I don’t think she [Amy Pascal] meant that in an apocalyptic way. I think she was just trying to say what an »

- Robert Kojder

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China Box Office: 'Alien: Covenant' Scares Up $30M Debut

18 June 2017 11:22 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Ridley Scott's Alien: Covenant opened at the top of the Chinese box office over the weekend with $30 million.

The 20th Century Fox film earned $10.2 million Friday, followed by just under $11 million Saturday and $7.5 million Sunday, according to data from Beijing box-office monitor Ent Group (the company's weekend estimate was slightly lower than Fox's at $29.1 million). The movie has pulled in $215 million worldwide as of Sunday.

Prometheus, the preceding film in the Alien prequel franchise, opened on a Sunday in 2012, taking $4.4 million on its first day and $19.7 million over its first full week. 

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- Patrick Brzeski

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New poster for Spider-Man: Homecoming

18 June 2017 12:17 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

With less than three weeks to go until the wall-crawler swings back into theaters, Marvel and Sony have unveiled a new poster for Spider-Man: Homecoming, which we have for you here; take a look…

See Also: Sony’s Spider-Man spin-offs to exist in the same universe as Spider-Man: Homecoming, Amy Pascal seemingly confirms

A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Captain America: Civil War, begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging super hero in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.). Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine – distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man – but when the Vulture (Michael Keaton) emerges as a new villain, »

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Sony’s Spider-Man spin-offs to exist in the same universe as Spider-Man: Homecoming, Amy Pascal seemingly confirms

18 June 2017 10:30 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Just a few days after Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige seemingly confirmed that there were no plans to bring characters (specifically Venom) from Sony’s upcoming Spider-Man spin-off films (Venom and Silver & Black) into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, former Sony Pictures Entertainment co-chairman and Spider-Man: Homecoming producer Amy Pascal has offered up a slightly contradictory statement.

Feige and Pascal were sitting down with German movie news outlet Filmstarts to promote the early July release of Spider-Man: Homecoming when the interviewer inquired about the relationship between the Sony spin-off films and the McU. While the expected answer, based on previous statements, was that the two would exist separately from one another, Pascal replied, “[Venom and Silver & Black] will all take place in the world that we are now creating for Peter Parker. I mean, they’ll be adjuncts to it, they may be different locations, but it will all still be in the same world »

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In Defense Of: “Alien 3” (1992)

18 June 2017 7:57 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Let’s face it: The Alien franchise – at least on the big screen – isn’t what it used to be. When Alien: Resurrection released in 1997, it marked a serious turning point for the series, with director Jean-Pierre Jeunet delivering a colorful film unlike any of those that preceded it that ultimately proved pointless in its existence, effectively killing the franchise’s viability at the time not unlike Batman & Robin had done to its own franchise earlier in the year. It wasn’t until 2004 that audiences would see the Xenomorph grace the big screen again (sans Sigourney Weaver’s Ripley for the first time ever) in the crossover film, Alien vs. Predator.

Though a critical failure, that film managed to spin enough of a profit to warrant a sequel in 2007 that immediately dashed any hope AvP had at becoming a long-running cinematic franchise of its own. And so it was that »

- Geoff Cox

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Spider-Man: Homecoming is getting a free Vr experience, watch the trailer here

16 June 2017 4:00 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Sony Pictures has announced that it is bringing a special Spider-Man: Homecoming Vr experience to PlayStation Vr, Htc Vive and Oculus Rift, which will allow fans to suit up as the wall-crawler ahead of the release of July’s hotly-anticipated movie reboot.

“Spider-Man is the most beloved superhero in the world, so we knew Spider-Man: Homecoming Vr had to be something special,” said Jake Zim, Senior Vice President, Virtual Reality at Sony Pictures. “Fans can wear the suit, fire the new web shooters – Thwip! – and swing through the air in a faceoff with The Vulture. It’s every fan’s fantasy turned into virtual reality.”

The Spider-Man: Homecoming Vr experience will be available for free from June 30th; check out the trailer here…

See Also: The Vulture unmasked in new TV spot for Spider-Man: Homecoming

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- Gary Collinson

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Spider-Man: Homecoming tracking $100 million domestic opening weekend, first track from Michael Giacchino’s score released

16 June 2017 9:50 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

With exactly three weeks to go until Spider-Man: Homecoming swings into U.S. theaters, the official tracking numbers for the Marvel and Sony-produced reboot are in, and according to box office analysts the wall-crawler is looking at a domestic opening weekend of between $90 million to $108 million.

That’s down quite considerably from the $135 million projection from mid-May, and puts it in the same region as Warner Bros.’ Wonder Woman, which opened with $100.5 million at the start of this month. It would however be an improvement over Sony’s two Amazing Spider-Man reboots, which opened with $62 million and $91.6 million respectively.

Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 2 – widely considered to be the best Spidey movie to date – opened with $88 million back in 2004, although the original enjoyed a $114.8 million opening weekend in 2002, while Spider-Man 3 set a record for the franchise with $151.1 million.

Should Homecoming come in on the low-end of the tracking, it »

- Gary Collinson

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The Vulture unmasked in new TV spot for Spider-Man: Homecoming

16 June 2017 3:15 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Yesterday we brought you a batch of stills and behind the scenes images from Spider-Man: Homecoming [check them out here], and not with just three weeks to go until its release, a new international TV spot has arrived online for the upcoming reboot, entitled ‘Vulture Unmasked’ which features some previously unseen footage; watch it below…

See Also: Tom Holland confirms Spider-Man 2 and 3

See Also: Watch Captain America give a PSA during detention in new Spider-Man: Homecoming TV spot

A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Captain America: Civil War, begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging super hero in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.). Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine – distracted by »

- Amie Cranswick

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