ULTRAMAN: RISING Director Says Animated Film Will Kick Off a Trilogy

Ultraman: Rising looks like it’s going to be an interesting project and very different from the Ultraman projects that we’ve seen made in the past.

The movie is an action-adventure comedy that sees Ultraman battle giant creatures, but it also sees the hero finding himself in a situation where he’s babysitting a baby Kaiju.

According to the film’s director Shannon Tindle, this film will kick off a trilogy of movies that he has planned. During an interview with CB, Tindle said: “I will say this. I have ideas for two more films. I know very specifically what I want to do for those two films.”

He continued: “And all I can say is, fans of the emotion and the heart of Ultraman, people who don’t know anything about Ultraman at all, I think are going to be surprised if I get to make those movies, and hardcore fans, they’re going to have fun too. Because there’s one thing that we didn’t explore in this film […] so I’ll let you infer what you want with that.”

The story for the first film follows Baseball superstar Ken Sato, who “returns to his home country of Japan to pick up the mantle of Earth-defending superhero Ultraman, but quickly finds more than he bargained for when he’s forced to raise the offspring of his greatest foe, a newborn Kaiju.

“Struggling to balance the roles of teammate and new father, Ken must confront his own ego, his estranged father, and the conniving Kaiju Defense Force to rise up and discover what it truly means to be Ultraman.”

Ultraman: Rising takes viewers on a gripping journey filled with newfound responsibilities, unexpected challenges, and the age-old battle between good and evil.

The cast of Ultraman: Rising includes Christopher Sean (You, Gotham Knights), Gedde Watanabe (Sixteen Candles, Parental Guidance), Tamlyn Tomita (The Karate Kid Part II, Cobra Kai, and Avatar: The Last Airbender), Keone Young (Men in Black 3, Star Wars Rebels), and Julia Harriman.

The film comes from Tsuburaya Productions, who teamed up with Netflix and Industrial Light & Magic to bring this new Ultraman story to life.

The First Trailer For NOSFERATU Will Be Released This Weekend in Theaters

It’s being reported that the first trailer for Robert Eggers‘ upcoming remake of Nosferatu will be released this weekend, but you’ll only be able to see it in theaters.

The trailer will screen ahead of Focus Features’ The Bikeriders when it hits theaters this Friday. I imagine the trailer will be released online shortly after.

I’m curious to see what audiences think of the trailer after they see it. I already had the opportunity to watch it at CinemaCon and it looks like it’s going to be a stunning and terrifying movie.

In this new reimagining, Nosferatu tells the haunting gothic tale of obsession between a haunted young woman (Lily-Rose Depp) in 19th-century Germany and the ancient Transylvanian vampire (Bill Skarsgård) who stalks her, bringing untold horror with him.

This is a movie that we’ve been very excited and curious about, and it looks like Eggers has made an incredible movie! I love the haunting atmosphere that he’s brought to this movie! The footage was stunning and you can watch us talk about it in the video below!

When talking about the movie, Eggers said: “It’s a scary film. It’s a horror movie. It’s a Gothic horror movie. And I do think that there hasn’t been an old-school Gothic movie that’s actually scary in a while. And I think that the majority of audiences will find this one to be the case.”

Focus Features chairman Peter Kujawski said in a statement: “The audacious filmmaking of Robert Eggers is always a gift for fans, and we can promise that his Nosferatu is planning quite the Christmas feast.”

Nicholas Hoult also stars in the movie along with Willem Dafoe (Spider-Man: No Way Home), Emma Corrin (Deadpool 3), Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Kraven the Hunter), Simon McBurney (The Conjuring 2) and Ralph Ineson (The Witch).

The movie will be released in theaters on December 25, 2024. 

Trailer For Kit Harrington’s Werewolf Horror Movie THE BEAST WITHIN

Game of Thrones star Kit Harrington stars in an upcoming werewolf horror movie titled The Beast Within and the trailer for the movie has been released.

This actually looks like a pretty good and well-made werewolf film that is worth checking out.

In the movie, “After a series of strange events leads her to question her family’s isolated life on a fortified compound deep in the English wilds, 10-year-old Willow follows her parents on one of their secret late-night treks to the heart of the ancient forest.

“But upon witnessing her father undergo a terrible transformation, she too becomes ensnared by the dark ancestral secret they’ve tried so desperately to conceal.”

The movie was helmed by Alexander J. Farrell, who is making his directorial debut. The movie stars Ashleigh Cummings, James Cosmo, Caoilinn Springall, Miriam Arabella Maslin, and Adam Basil.

The movie will howl its way into theaters on July 26, 2024.

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Review: THE BIKERIDERS Is an Honest Glimpse Into the Real Lives of People of the First Motorcycle Club Era

I got the chance to see a screening of The Bikeriders this week ahead of its wide release this weekend, and the film was a beautiful, real snapshot in time of an era that came and went 50 years ago. The film had the feel of a documentary, complete with the storyteller who captured it all at the heart of it. The film is based on the book The Bikeriders by photographer Danny Lyon, who was a member of the Chicago Outlaws Motorcycle Club from 1963 to 1967. He published his book of photos in 1968, and the actor who portrayed him, Mike Faist, was seen throughout the film, photographing and audio recording the story of the group from its conception through its evolution.

Tom Hardy’s Johnny was an everyman who was inspired by a character in a movie who epitomized coolness. He was a trucker who had only identified as husband and father before deciding to start his own club, where he could be respected and offer a place to be recognized to other men in his community. Austin Butler’s Benny was a hotheaded young man with nothing to lose before realizing he had something to live for. And Jodie Comer’s Kathy was the film’s witty narrator who pulled no punches and wore her heart on her sleeve.

Michael Shannon, Boyd Holbrook, Damon Herriman, Emory Cohen, Norman Reedus, and Toby Wallace were each given moments to shine in the film, opening the door just slightly to their pain before moving on to the next scene. No moment was wasted in telling this story, and it took viewers back to this place in time so completely, it made sure to give you the entire story, and left nothing unsaid.

I was blown away by Jeff Nichols’s ability to take these people in the photos and recordings and fill in every gap in their lives, as if they had risen from the pages to tell their stories themselves. The audience laughed together, held their breaths, and gasped when the violence or turn of story shocked us. It was a great film, and a great time at the movies.

THE ACOLYTE and THE BOYS Season 4 Seem to Be Getting Review Bombed by Unhappy Fans

After four episodes of Star Wars: The Acolyte and three episodes of The Boys Season 4, the Audience Score for each of them has plummeted on Rotten Tomatoes, as the shows seem to be getting review bombed by unhappy fans.

When it comes to The Acolyte, the Critics Score stands at 85% while the Audience Score only has a 14% rating. Some fans are even review bombing the wrong project and going after the 2008 Australian horror film Acolytes, which is pretty hilarious.

As for The Boys Season 4, the series has a 95% rating from critics but only a 49% rating from audiences, which is the lowest of all three seasons. For context, The Boys Season 1 has 85%/95%, Season 2 has 97%/83%, and Season 3 is currently at 98%/75%.

So, you can see that the audience score has gradually been declining, but this latest season is the biggest drop yet.

There are a lot of reasons why these shows might not be connecting with fans that are driving them to tear them down on Rotten Tomatoes. A lot of the reviews are pretty mean-spirited.

I’ve never seen so much hate for a Star Wars project before The Acolyte came around. Some fans aren’t happy about some of the creative choices in the show, and many feel as though it doesn’t fit with the rest of the Star Wars canon.

Others are not impressed with the show’s quality and are generally unhappy with the direction the Star Wars franchise has been going.

Then there are those who are upset that the show is putting the focus on female characters, its diverse cast, and “woke” content.

When it comes to The Boys Season 4, I’ve seen a lot of people upset about its strong political messaging as we enter an already tense election year. 

Now, The Boys has never really shied away from this kind of thing, but Season 4 puts it all out there when it comes to how they really feel about far-right views. This is something showrunner Eric Kripke freely acknowledged in a recent interview. 

He said: “There’s just so few shows that can directly comment on the world we’re living in, and they get to do it as a cartoon. We get to hold up a mirror as a fantasy genre show.

“But again, because we’re just like, we’re right there. I mean, it’s all in the original comic. The comic is really political. It just, it’s political about the post-9/11 George Bush era.”

“The show’s not subtle. It wears its politics on its sleeve. And it’s funny to rip on the madness on the right, and we get some shots in on the left of all the performative wokeness and everything.”

“I’m just going to lean into it, and then the audience can sort of decide whether they want to watch or not. I mean, it’s almost become like ‘South Park,’ you know what I mean?”

Kripke has also made it clear he has little love for those who consider Homelander as a “hero.”

What do you think about all of this?

Norman Reedus Calls the Season 2 Finale of His DARYL DIXON Spinoff Series “The Best One-Hour WALKING DEAD Anything Ever”

The Walking Dead was full of great episodes and moments that left the fans cheering, laughing, crying, or in shock. The flagship series has wrapped, but the stories live on in the spinoffs, one of them being the Paris-based adventure series, Daryl Dixon.

The show’s star, Norman Reedus, is getting ready to start making the show’s third season, but he wants fans to know that the season 2 finale is one of the best hours of TV in The Walking Dead’s history.

Reedus told Collider:

“We’re about to start season 3, but I will say the finale of season 2 is the best one-hour Walking Dead anything ever. I’ve said it in press before. I stick to it. It’s mind-blowing.”

He added that the Daryl-centric spin-off “has some time left in it,” and he wants his character to “end correctly.”

Season 2 of Daryl Dixon will hit AMC on September 29th. He will be joined by Melissa McBride’s Carol, who is in search of her long-time friend and companion after the two parted ways after the events of the mainline series of The Walking Dead.

The first season saw Daryl washed up on the shores of France and coming into contact with a handful of survivors, nuns, and a young boy named Laurent (Louis Puech Scigliuzzi), who is heralded as a messiah in a country plagued by a new breed of walkers.

Are you looking forward to the upcoming season?

GLADIATOR 2 is Being Hyped as Having The “Biggest Action Sequences Ever Put on Film”

Paramount Pictures recently screened some footage of Ridley Scott’s Gladiator 2 at the 2024 CineEurope trade show, and it was the main event of their presentation.

While we got to see some awesome footage from the movie at CinemaCon, according to Variety, CineEurope attendees were treated to some epic and never-before-seen extended footage from the movie.

Before the footage was screened, Scott said in a video introduction that this sequel was “well worth the wait.” Paramount’s president of international theatrical distribution, Mark Viane, also hyped the film, saying that it features some of the “biggest action sequences ever put on film.”

That’s some pretty big hype! While I’m sure that the film will feature some epic action sequences, I doubt they will be the biggest ever put on film. There are so many incredibly epic action sequences that have been put in movies and I don’t see how anything will top what The Lord of the Rings delivered.

There are so many films with massive action sequences, so it’s hard to believe that Gladiator 2 will feature the biggest ever put on film. But, we’ll have to wait and see.

The sequel centers on Lucius, the son of Lucilla, and nephew of Commodus, the son of Roman leader Marcus Aurelius who murdered his father and seized the throne.

Commodus met his downfall in the gladiator ring against Maximus, who despite being mortally wounded, took down the emperor before passing on to reunite with his family. Maximus had saved Lucius and his mother, leaving a lasting impact on the young boy.

Scott revealed some additional story details, specifically for Lucius, who is played by Paul Mescal in the movie, saying: “[Lucius] has been out in the wilderness for.. let’s see, we last saw him when he was 12.”

He added: “It’s about 12, 15 years later, he’s been out in the wilderness having lost touch with his mother. His mother lost touch with him. She doesn’t know where he is. She thinks he might be dead.”

The movie stars Paul Mescal as Lucius, Denzel Washington, Connie Nielsen back as Lucilla, and Stranger Things star Joseph Quinn as Emperor Caracalla. Fred Hechinger will play Emperor Geta.

The movie hits theaters November 22nd!

DEADPOOL & WOLVERINE Director Reveals There Were “Early Conversations” About What Was Off The Table For The Movie

Deadpool & Wolverine is going to be Marvel Studios’ first R-Rated feature film, but that doesn’t mean they could do anything they wanted, or go all the way with some of the film’s risque jokes.

Director Shawn Levy recently revealed that there were early conversations about what could and couldn’t be in the movie, specifically mentioning “overt drug use.”

During an interview with Total Film, Levy shared: “I’m so wary of what I can say, but certainly there were early conversations about overt drug use.”

Those conversations they had ended up inspiring the creative team to put a scene in the film about it! Feige said: “And we thought that was an interesting conversation. Let’s actually write a dialogue scene about having had it.”

This moment even popped up in the trailer for the film as Deadpool referred to cocaine as “the one thing [Marvel Studios head] Kevin [Feige] says is off the table.”

In the scene, Deadpool chastises Blind Al (Leslie Uggams) for offering up some ‘Bolivian marching powder.’

So, while there were conversations about what Levy and his team could and couldn’t have in the movie, they found a way to get around some stuff.

I’m sure there are things that were completely off-limits for this movie, but nothing that would take away from the story they want to tell. It seems like everyone on the creative team is very happy with the freedom that Marvel and Disney gave them.

Writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick previously said the studio has been “very hands off and supportive” of their vision for the movie.

Reese said: “It’s almost like putting on a comfy old sweater. Marvel’s really given us the support to maintain the tone and the vision that we have for it.

“They’ve been very hands-off and supportive, but they’ve also let us do what we do. So really, it’s just been fun. We’re mad scientists back in the laboratory again.

“Deadpool is our favorite who will always be the character I think we’re most associated with, and we’re very grateful for being allowed to write him again.

“So it’s a blast. It’s like going back to school again after having summer off. It’s pretty fun.”

When talking about the support they’ve received from Marvel and Disney, Reese also said: “Don’t worry about that, they’ve been very supportive with regard to that.

“Now when it comes to a particular joke, if we cross a line, maybe we’ll hear at some point, ‘Maybe not that joke.’ But I think they’ve been incredibly supportive of what we’re doing, because obviously we were doing it separate from them for a long time, and I think they’ve seen the success and they’ve had their own even greater success.

“So hopefully it’ll be a marriage made in heaven. But we’ve definitely got their support, and that’s a great thing to feel.”

Marvel Studios presents their most significant mistake to date – “Deadpool & Wolverine. A listless Wade Wilson toils away in civilian life. His days as the morally flexible mercenary, Deadpool, behind him. When his homeworld faces an existential threat, Wade must reluctantly suit-up again with an even more reluctantlier… reluctanter? Reluctantest? He must convince a reluctant Wolverine to – Fu-k. Synopses are so f–king stupid.”

The existential threat in the movie is Cassandra Nova, who is the evil twin sister of the X-Men’s Professor Charles Xavier who poses a threat to the multiverse.

This whole story will lead to Deadpool changing the history of the MCU as he and Wolverine jump across the multiverse in a crazy adventure.

Shawn Levy is directing the movie and the confirmed cast for the film includes Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool, Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, Emma Corrin as Cassandra Nova, Morena Baccarin and Stefan Kapicic as Vanessa and Colossus, Matthew Macfadyen as a TVA Agent, and Leslie Uggams as Blind Al.

They are joined by Brianna Hildebrand and Shioli Kutsuna, who will also return to the franchise as Negasonic Teenage Warhead and Negasonic Teenage Warhead’s girlfriend Yukio. It was previously confirmed that Jennifer Garner will return as Elektra in the movie.

Deadpool & Wolverine will hit theaters on July 26th!

SPIDER-VERSE Composer Talks About Pressure of Delivering a Great Third Film – “You Don’t Want to Godfather It”

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse ended with a pretty big cliffhanger, and since then we’ve been excitedly waiting to see how the story will continue in the next film, Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse.

The creative team is hard at work developing that third movie, and now the film’s composer Daniel Pemberton has offered an update and some insight on the pressure that they are all feeling to deliver a great conclusion to the story.

Pemberton obviously isn’t going to share any details on the story, but he did admit that the team is hoping to avoid the mistakes that other film trilogies have made and explains that the don’t want to “Godfather it.”

He said: “They are beavering away on it as we speak and I think the main thing for everyone is we are so proud of what we have done on these movies and you want a classic trilogy, you don’t want to let it down, you don’t want to Godfather it. We are feeling added pressure – in capital letters, underlined, with a big exclamation mark at the end.”

Pemberton added that he also wants fans to know that the next film continues to push boundaries and offer something new to audiences.

He said: “I think with these films we have always said ‘what do we want to see, what do we want to experience, what will make us excited?’ I always think about the audience but myself as the audience – how will I respond the best to this scene?

“If you do it in a way you have heard a million times before, it’s boring. I’ve seen that in so many films – you either reheat an old meal or make something fresh, and we are always trying to work out how to do the latter. But the high bar has been set.”

The composer goes on to to about why these films and the scores resonate with audiences saying: “Another reason these films and scores have resonated so much with people is because it’s a universe where there is cohesion – so many of these superhero universes have different composers, directors, and approaches, so nothing links up musically but here it all does.

He continued: “Every choice in the score is a very considered one and there are musical clues about things, people, events, situations, and characters – they link from the first to the second film and hopefully into the third film. There’s secrets in there.”

Pemberton goes on to admit that “there is pressure to add these details. If you have good base ingredients you can go to lots of places with them. That’s what’s been so interesting – like trying to find these character themes that are instantly recognizable in two seconds, and that’s another reason they have all taken off on TikTok because it’s so immediate.

“But I need to also write ones I know I can adapt and then find ways to adapt them. Like how do you turn Miles’ destiny theme into something else or how does the Spider-Man theme give you a different emotion? That puzzle is an exciting part of being a composer but also it’s satisfying for a viewer when it feels bigger.”

Producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller previously talked about this movie saying: “It will be a very satisfying conclusion. It goes even more emotionally deep into the relationships between Miles, Gwen, Peter B., [and Miles’] parents.”

Lord He went on to talk about the cliffhanger ending of the second movie, which featured Miles stuck in the wrong universe facing off against a variant of himself, who happens to be the Prowler.

He said: “The big thing that’s interesting for Miles [in Beyond the Spider-Verse] is how do you deal with a sense of betrayal and turn it into something affirmative?

“And I think that the thing that we try to do with these movies is represent goodness and show how the love that the characters in the movie have for Miles translates into his growth and success.”

Beyond the Spider-Verse was originally supposed to be released in 2024 before its release date was removed from the schedule. There’s no word on when it will be released right now.

Source: GamesRadar

INDIANA JONES AND THE GREAT CIRCLE Is “Closest To” RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK and THE LAST CRUSADE

I’m pretty excited about the upcoming video game Indiana Jones and the Great Circle as it looks like it will actually tell a great Indiana Jones adventure story. From what I’ve seen, the seems to have the same classic vibe as the original trilogy, which makes me happy.

The director of the game, Jerk Gustafsson, recently talked about the game shedding some light on what they were hoping to accomplish with the project and says that it’s “closest to” the films Raiders of the Lost Ark and The Last Crusade.

While speaking to Xbox Wire, Gustafsson explained: “We spent countless hours just re-watching the films – especially the two movies that are closest to the game, which are Raiders of the Lost Ark and the Last Crusade.”

The filmmakers of Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny probably should’ve done the same thing. He went on to talk about the MachineGames’ “invaluable” partnership with Lucasfilm Games while working on The Great Circle, calling it a “cave of knowledge” about Indy.

Production director John Jennings added that it’s been “great” having to access to “people who worked with the Indiana Jones property for decades.”

He added: “Having their input – I mean, some of these people know everything that has ever been written about Indy – and having them to bounce ideas off, and get some of their own input has been hugely, hugely invaluable.

“We managed to get access into some of the Lucasfilm archives as well, which for Indy fans has been an absolute dream come true, to get access to some of these things that perhaps not so many people have seen.”

So, it makes sense why The Great Circle is “closest to” Raiders of the Lost Ark and The Last Crusade. Not only is the story set between the two films, but the creative team did extensive research to make sure they would tell another great story that is in line with the quality of those previous movies.

This is a first-person title is set in 1937, “sinister forces are scouring the globe for the secret to an ancient power connected to the Great Circle, and only one person can stop them – Indiana Jones.”

Director Todd Howard has been trying to get this made for over a decade. During a previous interview, he explained: “I am a giant Indiana Jones fan. It can be brought to video games in a unique way. The game is obviously: you’re exploring stuff. It’s about him. So if you’re playing the game, how do you feel that you are indeed playing versus just watching? […] We’ll talk next year.”

Bethesda’s head of publishing, Pete Hines, previously discussed the project, saying: “Todd might be the biggest Indiana Jones fan on the planet. I’m not exaggerating even a little.

“Anyone who has seen the pitch has immediately said, ‘oh my god, I have to play that game right now.’ It’s going to be amazing and we think reaction to the announcement is going to be terrific.”

The game is set to be released sometime this year in 2024. I hope the game ends up being as great as it looks!