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Filming Has Officially Wrapped On Annabelle 3

Since the demonic little Annabelle was introduced as one of the breakout stars of 2013’s The Conjuring, her standalone movies have proven so popular that Warner Bros. is releasing the untitled Annabelle 3 over a year before the spinoff’s mother series has been given its third installment.

What’s more, things seem to be moving forward pretty much on schedule, with The Conjuring Universe Twitter account recently sharing a photo of an “A3” production slate with the words “That’S A Wrap” scrolled across the front. The tweet clarifies in the accompany text that “Filming is officially done on #Annabelle3. See you in theaters next summer.”

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After The Nun served as a box office high for the franchise, it’s clear that The Conjuring Universe is in a very strong place commercially right now,
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James Wan on why he chose to make an Aquaman movie

As the promotional push for Aquaman continues, director James Wan has been chatting to The New York Times about the DC blockbuster, with the filmmaker explaining why he chose the oft-ridiculed King of Atlantis for his first superhero movie (having had the choice between that and The Flash), and whether he felt any pressure due to the mixed reception of past DC Extended Universe releases.

“I was definitely aware of that,” said Wan. “The irony is, I picked Aquaman because I thought, here’s a superhero I can make that is fully under the radar. No one’s going to [care] about this film. I can just do whatever I want. Make it easy with no pressure. Fast-forward to three years later and now there’s a massive spotlight on it. So, to answer your question, obviously there was a sense of pressure. But I try not to let any of
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James Wan Turned Down The Flash To Direct Aquaman

It’s been a long and ironically slow journey for the Flash’s big screen solo debut, which has seen the project go through multiple directors before coming into the hands of Game Night helmsmen John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein. And on the extensive list of filmmakers who almost brought Barry Allen back to theaters is apparently Aquaman director James Wan.

In an interview with the New York Times, Wan recalled how Warner Bros. gave him the choice of two Dceu projects he could give a try.

“Having made The Conjuring, I was part of the Warner Bros. family, and I knew they were doing their DC thing,” Wan said. “I spoke with Kevin Tsujihara [the Warner Bros. chairman and chief executive] at a premiere and I said, ‘I’m interested in the properties that you have at DC.’ A few months later, I was in a general meeting with DC and they floated two properties
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Aquaman director James Wan explains why he wanted to tell “a standalone story”

While it remains firmly entrenched in the DC Extended Universe, director James Wan has revealed to Den of Geek that he deliberately set out to tell “a standalone story” with Aquaman – one that wasn’t “necessarily part of a ‘cinematic universe.'”

“We’ve seen him in other films, but I really wanted to tell a standalone story,” said Wan. “People ask me why. And I’m like: ‘Listen, you guys have so many movies to do with Superman and Batman and all that already. Let’s give this guy his time in the limelight. This is his opportunity. He’s never had the chance before. Let’s just let it be his film, and get that right. And maybe then we can have fun mixing him up with the other characters. It’s ultimately about the journey that he goes on. I didn’t want to jam the other
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Rodan, Mothra, King Ghidorah – New Tiatan Poster Are Here For Godzilla II: King Of The Monsters

Check out the Godzilla II: King Of The Monsters new Titan Posters. The new story follows the heroic efforts of the crypto-zoological agency Monarch as its members face off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah. When these ancient super-species—thought to be mere myths—rise again, they all vie for supremacy, leaving humanity’s very existence hanging in the balance.

Following the global success of “Godzilla” and “Kong: Skull Island” comes the next chapter in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ cinematic MonsterVerse: “Godzilla II: King of the Monsters,” an epic action adventure that pits Godzilla against some of the most popular monsters in pop culture history.

The film was directed by Michael Dougherty (“Krampus”), and stars Oscar nominees Vera Farmiga, and Ken Watanabe (“The Last Samurai”) and Sally Hawkins (“Blue Jasmine”), both
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What Critics Are Saying About Aquaman and Mary Poppins Returns – Flickering Myth Fridays #2

Ej Moreno rounds up the week in pop culture news in the latest episode of Flickering Myth Fridays…

In this week’s episode, Ej Moreno dives into what critics are saying about two of Decembers biggest releases in the DC superhero blockbuster Aquaman and Disney sequel Mary Poppins Returns.

You can read our Aquaman reviews here and here and our Mary Poppins Returns reviews here and here.

See Also: Can You Imagine That? How Mary Poppins Returns Unfroze My Cynical Heart

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Aquaman is directed by James Wan (The Conjuring) and stars Jason Momoa as the titular hero, reprising his role from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League, along with Amber Heard as Mera, Patrick Wilson as Ocean Master, Willem Dafoe as Dr. Vulko, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Black Manta,
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Aquaman star Jason Momoa says Henry Cavill is “absolutely not” out as Superman

Just yesterday we brought you some comments from Aquaman star Jason Momoa who addressed the rumours suggesting that his Justice League co-stars Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck were both now finished with the DC Extended Universe.

Momoa stressed that he had no knowledge of the situation, but could sympathise if the actors felt it was time to move on. However, it seems he’s since spoken to Henry Cavill about his Superman tenure, and is now saying that Cavill is “absolutely not” out as the Man of Steel.

Check out his comments here…

Henry Cavill is still our Man of Steel. Watch Jason Momoa shut down rumors about Henry moving on from Superman.

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Reports of Cavill’s Superman exit first emerged back in September, when it was said that he’d failed to reach a deal with Warner Bros. to make
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The Best Horror Movies You May Have Missed in 2018

No matter how you like your horror, the last few years have been an especially rich time for the genre. In the realm of studio horror, blockbuster hits like It and A Quiet Place have thrilled critics and audiences. If franchise horror is more your speed, The Conjuring, The Purge, andthe triumphant return of Halloween this year have led the charge. As for indie horror, things have arguably never been better with folks like A24, Blumhouse and IFC Midnight keeping the release date calendar lined with stranger visions of terror a la Hereditary, The Witch, and last year's surprise …
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Aquaman Review: A Colorful Action Spectacle That Entertains from Start to Finish

Aquaman is a colorful, action-packed spectacle with a somewhat feeble plot. It is thankfully more upbeat than the usual melancholy of the DC Universe. Jason Momoa gives our hero a sardonic smile and punishing physical presence. His epic battles with gnarly undersea monsters gives the film a Clash of the Titans vibe. Horror guru James Wan delivers an angst free experience. The film offers no surprises, but entertains from start to finish.

Aquaman begins with the origin story of Arthur Curry (Jason Momoa). The beautiful Queen of Atlantis, Atlanna (Nicole Kidman), is rescued on a stormy night by a gentle lighthouse keeper (Temuera Morrison). She bears him a child and they live happily, until discovered by her jealous betrothed. Young Arthur grows up aware of his Atlantean powers, but shuns his birthright for the human world.

Arthur's fame as Aquaman grows after the events in Justice League. He's admired on land,
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James Wan Says His Batman Horror Film Pitch Was Briefly “Kind Of Real”

Though he’s ventured outside the horror genre here and there, it’s fair to say that when one hears the name of James Wan, movies such as Saw, Insidious and The Conjuring spring to mind. But now that he’s ready to unleash Aquaman on the masses, odds are he’s going to earn some serious cred with the superhero-loving community.

Funny enough, he very nearly built a bridge between the two worlds.

As you may have heard, Wan had been interested in helming a Batman horror movie, which definitely would’ve put a different spin on the timeless icon – at least in the live action realm. Really, there are various ways you could approach that: a filmmaker could either portray the Dark Knight as a fearsome force of nature, or adapt something like Red Rain, an Elseworlds comic book which saw him become a vampire.

Recently, Wan appeared
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Jason Momoa didn’t recognise Dolph Lundgren when they met on Aquaman set

Aquaman star Jason Momoa apparently didn’t recognise Dolph Lundgren when the two first met on the film’s set.

With all the costumes, makeup, and whigs involved with a film as fantastical as Aquaman, it’s perhaps not that surprising that some actors didn’t recognise one another when they bumped into each other on set.

Well, this is just what happened to Dolph Lundgren while filming Aquaman as when he crossed paths with star Jason Momoa on set, his identity as an action movie icon went unnoticed. Speaking to Variety at the film’s premiere, the actor said:

“Well, the funny thing is when I first met him, I was dressed as Nereus. I looked different; I had a red beard and stuff. He walked right past me, I said, ‘hi Jason,’ and he goes, ‘hey, nice to meet you,’ then he came running back to my trailer like,
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‘xXx: The Return of Xander Cage’ Director in Talks for ‘Are You Afraid of the Dark?’ Movie

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Paramount is in talks with “xXx: The Return of Xander Cage” director D.J. Caruso to take the reins of its movie adaptation of the Nickelodeon horror series “Are You Afraid of the Dark?”

The project was unveiled last year with “It” writer Gary Dauberman hired to write the script. Matt Kaplan is producing along with Dauberman, who’s a co-writer on both “It” movies, and “The Conjuring” and “Annabelle” franchises.

“Are You Afraid of the Dark?” was created by D.J. MacHale and Ned Kandel and ran as an anthology series on Nickelodeon between 1992 and 1996. It followed a group of teenagers who called themselves the Midnight Society and would meet weekly at a secret location in the woods to tell a scary story. The show was revived in 1999 for two more seasons.

Each episode was introduced with the storyteller saying “Submitted for the approval of the Midnight Society,” who then would
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James Wan Pitched ‘Blade’ Reboot To Marvel Studios But Is Fuzzy On The Details

Filmmaker James Wan is known by many film fans as the mastermind behind “The Conjuring” universe. In addition to ‘Conjuring,’ the director has various other quality horror films under his belt. And most recently, the director has ventured outside of the genre to focus on action “Furious 7” and his dip into superhero epics, “Aquaman.” But there was a point in time when his career could have taken a major detour, if his plan to work with Marvel Studios panned out.

Continue reading James Wan Pitched ‘Blade’ Reboot To Marvel Studios But Is Fuzzy On The Details at The Playlist.
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Aquaman’s Jason Momoa comments on rumours of Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck’s Dceu exits

As Aquaman continues its worldwide rollout, actor Jason Momoa has been speaking to The Huffington Post about the current state of the DC Extended Universe, and more specifically the rumours that we’ve likely seen the last of both Henry Cavill’s Superman and Ben Affleck’s Batman.

“”If they’re both out, then listen: It’s just the place they’re at in their careers. I mean, how many has Henry done? He’s done three? Yeah, I mean, like, you want to move on. I think if I did… sh*t, I have done three… I mean, Henry wants to just expand on something. Ben is an amazing director that is of age, and probably he’s done enough. I don’t know how to speak on behalf of them, but I had the time of my life [on Justice League].

It was widely reported back in September that
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Director James Wan is yet to sign on for Aquaman sequel

Even before its bumper opening in China this past weekend, rumours had been circulating that Warner Bros. and DC Films are already in development on a sequel to this month’s Dceu blockbuster Aquaman.

The original report stressed that plans were at the earliest stage, with Warner Bros. yet to enlist a writer, and it seems the sequel doesn’t have a director either at this point as James Wan has revealed to Variety that he’s only contracted for the one movie.

“This is my only one that I have signed to do,” said Wan when asked if he was contracted for a second movie. “Let’s not talk about a sequel before this one’s even come out yet!”

Should Aquaman perform to expectations at the box office (it’s reportedly tracking a $100 million five-day domestic opening), then presumably Warner Bros. will look to open negotiations with Wan,
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Aquaman gets two new IMAX posters

Coinciding with its UK release, IMAX has released two new posters for James Wan’s DC solo movie Aquaman; check them out here…

See Also: Read our reviews of Aquaman here and here

From Warner Bros. Pictures and director James Wan comes an action-packed adventure that spans the vast, visually breathtaking underwater world of the seven seas, “Aquaman”, starring Jason Momoa in the title role. The film reveals the origin story of half-human, half-Atlantean Arthur Curry and takes him on the journey of his lifetime — one that will not only force him to face who he really is, but to discover if he is worthy of who he was born to be … a king.”

Aquaman is directed by James Wan (The Conjuring) and stars Jason Momoa as the titular hero, reprising his role from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League, along with Amber Heard as Mera, Patrick Wilson as Ocean Master,
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Aquaman director James Wan discusses the film’s Steven Spielberg and George Lucas influences

James Wan, the director of Aquaman, has discussed the film’s 80s tone, explaining that he was influenced by Steven Spielberg, Tim Burton, and George Lucas.

While fans around the world are getting ready to see James Wan’s Aquaman, those who have caught the picture already are noting its distinct 80s vibe, with Indiana Jones-esque adventures included.

This is no mistake, of course, as James Wan has revealed to Screen Rant that he was influenced by the filmmakers he grew up in with in the 80s and 90s such as Steven Spielberg:

“I really think just growing up as a child of the ’80s and ’90s; you know – just my love for filmmakers like Lucas and Spielberg and Tim Burton. And so, you know, when I finally get the chance to make my action-adventure film, I think a lot of what those guys had done had rubbed off
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Humans Rise Up Against Their Alien Oppressors in New Trailer for Captive State

A new trailer has dropped for the upcoming sci-fi thriller Captive State, and it offers us our best look at the story yet.

Captive State was directed by Rupert Wyatt’s (Rise of the Planet of the Apes), and it is set in a Chicago neighborhood ten years after an alien invades Earth and takes it over. The majority of the people seem to be happy with the alien occupation, but there’s a small group of rebels who feel that something more sinister is going on and are looking to rise up against their alien oppressors and go to war with them.

I like what I’ve seen from this film so far, and while it may not end up being a big popular hit, I think it will end up being a solid film worth checking out.

The movie also has a great cast that includes John Goodman,
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The Nun was one of the top trending movies in 2018: More The Conjuring movies coming

Join our newsletter to get more stories like this The Nun, deemed one of the scariest movies in The Conjuring franchise, was one of the top trending movies in 2018, according to Google’s Year in Search. It scared audiences around the world with a chilling tale of a priest and a novice who are asked by the Vatican to investigate the death of a nun in Romania. They quickly realize that they are dealing with a demonic force, one that may challenge them personally and their faith. The Nun stars Demian Bichir, Taissa Farmiga, and Jonas Bloquet. The Nun isn’t a stand-alone […]

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Win Passes To The St. Louis Advance Screening Of Aquaman

From Warner Bros. Pictures and director James Wan comes an action-packed adventure that spans the vast, visually breathtaking underwater world of the seven seas, “Aquaman,” starring Jason Momoa in the title role. The film reveals the origin story of half-human, half-Atlantean Arthur Curry and takes him on the journey of his lifetime—one that will not only force him to face who he really is, but to discover if he is worthy of who he was born to be…a king.

The film also stars Amber Heard as Mera, a fierce warrior and Aquaman’s ally throughout his journey; Oscar nominee Willem Dafoe as Vulko, council to the Atlantean throne; Patrick Wilson as Orm/Ocean Master, the present King of Atlantis; Dolph Lundgren (“The Expendables” films) as Nereus, King of the Atlantean tribe Xebel; Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Netflix’s “The Get Down”) as the vengeful Black Manta; and Oscar winner
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