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Han Solo ‘Star Wars’ spin-off wraps production, gets an official title and logo

By Jordan Peterson |

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After a historically troubled production (read about it here), Director Ron Howard took to Twitter today to official announce that the Han Solo Star Wars spin-off movie has wrapped production. Howard’s tweet also revealed that the official name for the aforementioned space adventure is Solo: A Star Wars Story. In addition, we also got a look at the film’s new logo.

Catch Ron Howard’s tweet below.

Hey #Twitterville we just wrapped production so here’s a special message #StarWars pic.twitter.com/8QJqN5BGxr

— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) October 17, 2017


What do you think of this new title and are you surprised at all? Let me know in the comments below. I want to hear your thoughts!

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Jamie Lee Curtis Returning for More ‘Halloween’

The original Scream Queen is returning to the slasher series that started her career.

Blumhouse Productions tweeted on Friday: “Jamie Lee Curtis returns to her iconic role as Laurie Strode in HALLOWEEN, released by Universal Pictures October 19, 2018. #HalloweenMovie.”

Laurie Strode herself confirmed the news, tweeting: “Same porch. Same clothes. Same issues. 40 years later. Headed back to Haddonfield one last time for Halloween.

Curtis has played the iconic killer’s sister in a number of Halloween films, including the 1978 original, Rick Rosenthal’s Halloween II (1981), and Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998). Curtis also made a brief appearance in 2002’s Halloween: Resurrection.

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AUSTIN, TX – MARCH 06: Danny McBride (L) and David Gordon Green pose backstage with his award during the Texas Film Awards at Austin Studios on March 6, 2014 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Gary Miller/FilmMagic)

In regards to the new film, David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express, Eastbound & Bound) will direct as well as co-write the script with frequent collaborator Danny McBride (yes, that Danny McBride).

During an interview with CinemaBlend, McBride was asked where the new film fits within the storied Halloween continuity. McBride had this to say:

“You know, it’s not a remake. It’s actually, it’s gonna continue the story of Michael Myers in a really grounded way. And for our mythology, we’re focusing mainly in the first two movies and what that sets up and then where the story can go from there.”

As you may recall, Steve Miner and Jamie Lee Curtis also used Rick Rosenthal’s sequel as the jumping off point for Halloween H20: 20 Years Later. Does this mean McBride and Green’s new film will offer yet another reality for the character of Laurie Strode, one that also stems from Halloween II but in another direction? Guess we will have to see.

While on Empire Podcast, McBride also offered some insight into his and Green’s approach to the material:

“I think we’re just trying to strip it down and just take it back to what was so good about the original. It was just very simple and just achieved that level of horror that wasn’t corny. And it wasn’t turning Michael Myers into some supernatural being that couldn’t be killed— that stuff to me isn’t scary. I want to be scared by something that I really think could happen. I think it’s much more horrifying to be scared by someone standing in the shadows while you’re taking the trash out as opposed to someone who can’t be killed pursuing you.”

While hardcore Halloween fans might be turned off by the notion of demystifying yet another cherished horror icon (*cough* Friday the 13th *cough*), there is more good news. Original Halloween director and franchise co-creator John Carpenter is on board to produce and seems fairly optimistic about the project:

“David and Danny both came to my office recently with Jason Blum and shared their vision for the new movie and … WOW. They get it. I think you’re gonna dig it. They blew me away,” Carpenter wrote then. “I might even do the music. Maybe. It could be kind of cool. And you’ll get to see it in theaters on October 19th, 2018.”

It’s been a number of years since John Carpenter has had anything positive to say about any of the Halloween sequels, so the fact that he’s willing to come back and produce this new one in addition to (possibly) scoring the music is a good sign.

Again, the untitled Halloween sequel is set to film this fall and will hit theaters October 19th, 2018. Just in time for Michael Myers’s 40th anniversary!

What do you all think about Jamie Lee Curtis returning to Halloween? Does it make you any more excited to see another film in the long-running franchise? Or are you about over the whole thing? Let me know in the comments below! I want to hear your thoughts!

J.J. Abrams will write, direct ‘Star Wars Episode IX’

The Saint of Soft Reboots is back. According to a small post over at StarWars.com, Lucasfilm has confirmed that J.J. Abrams will return to close out the trilogy he himself launched back in 2015 with Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.

The post also mentions that, in addition to directing Episode IX: Insert Subtitle Here, Abrams will be co-writing the script along with Chris Terrio (Argo, Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice).

In addition to the breaking news, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy released a pleasant statement:

“With The Force Awakens, J.J. delivered everything we could have possibly hoped for, and I am so excited that he is coming back to close out this trilogy.”

That’s all the objective news there is to gather from the update. If you’re interested in my thoughts on the Abrams hiring, see below.

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Obviously this is a safe bet for Kathleen Kennedy and Lucasfilm. Not only has J.J. been heavily involved in the sequel trilogy, but he is the guy who cinematically revived the Star Wars brand and its cultural relevance. The importance of Abrams to this beloved universe cannot be understated.

Having said that, I was disappointed by The Force Awakens. I thought it was an overly safe retread of A New Hope and though I enjoyed the film overall, I found it to be a bit dull as a result.

The Star Wars universe is so, incredibly vast. The possibilities for new and exciting adventures is endless. However, Lucasfilm is obviously more concerned with covering their asses and steering the ship safely into harbor at this point. They don’t want another situation similar to what happened with Gareth Edwards on Rogue One or Lord and Miller on what was once their young Han Solo spin-off.

It is Hollywood, so maybe I shouldn’t be surprised. It just pains me to watch as a franchise I love is so blatantly milked of what it’s worth. Not to mention Abrams and Rian Johnson (Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi) are two of the most talented sci-fi visionaries of their time. It’s a shame to see their creative sparks dowsed for the sake of making an easy buck.

Anyways, this is huge news and there are bound to be a lot of opinions on Abrams hiring. I want to hear from you guys. What do you think about the direction Lucasfilm is taking here? Hit me up in the comment below and let me know!

‘IT’ Feeds On Record-Setting Box Office Numbers

It’s Monday, which means the official weekend box office numbers are in and they’re great news for IT (check out my video review here). According to Box Office Mojo, the New Line and Warner Bros. adaptation of Stephen King’s beloved novel has scared up a phenomenal $123.1 million domestically (in the U.S.). That easily blows the original projections of $50 million (which it made on Friday alone) down the storm drain.

Along the way, IT broke multiple box office records:

  • Best September opening ever (Topping Hotel Transylvania 2, which previously held the record with just over $48 million).
  • Best Fall opening (previously held by Gravity with $55.7 million).
  • Best opening for an R-rated horror film (previously Paranormal Activity 3 at $52.5 million).
  • Best opening for a horror film of any MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) rating.

The only major box office record that IT couldn’t devour was best opening for an R-rated movie. That title still belongs to Deadpool, which made $132.4 million on its opening weekend.

Coming in second place this weekend was Open Road’s new release Home Again, starring Reese Witherspoon, which made just over $9 million. That’s a difference of over $110 million between first and second place and represents the fifth largest gap between No. 1 and No. 2 at the box office, all-time.

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Reese Witherspoon stars in “Home Again”

After three consecutive weeks on top, Lionsgate’s The Hitman’s Bodyguard fell to third place this weekend. The Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson action/comedy brought in an extra $4.85 million.

New Line and Warner Bros. also clutched the fourth slot this weekend with Annabelle: Creation, which brought in $4 million dollars. The new domestic cume for the horror spin-off prequel sits at $96.2 million. It won’t be long until the film breaks the $100 million mark and becomes the only August release to do so.

Rounding out the top five this weekend is the Weinstein Company’s Wind River. The last installment in Writer/Director Taylors Sheridan’s unofficial American Frontier trilogy  brought in $3.2 million.

In all, this is great news for the box office in general after last week’s historical slump. Apparently people were just saving their money for something they really wanted to see.

What do you all make of this news? Did you expect IT to break $100 million? I know I didn’t. Leave me your comments below. I’d love to hear your thoughts!

IT: Video Review

HIYA, GEORGIE. The highly anticipated big screen adaptation of Stephen King’s beloved IT novel is finally here! Check out our video review below!

What did you all think of IT? Let us know in the comments below!

Review: ‘Naked’ settles for bare bones laughs

Director: Michael Tiddes

Cast: Marlon Wayans, Regina Hall, Dennis Haysbert, Eliza Coupe, Scott Foley 

Rating: PG-13

Year: 2017

It’s easy to imagine the expression of pure jubilation that must have rolled across Marlon Wayans’s face the moment he realized that, by remaking the 2000 Swedish Comedy Naken, he could easily highlight his– ahem– assets. I guess any excuse is a good excuse to flaunt mother-naked in front of a camera when you’ve got a great ass.

To that end, a lot of the cheeky sight gags in Naked work. Wayans expertly times the exposing of his posterior to a crowd of gasping onlookers while hastily breaking the tape at the finish line of a marathon while being pursued by security. Shortly thereafter we’re treated to a well-paced rotation of makeshift getups– think bikini bottoms and a lavishly feathered robe– that crests when Wayans is forced into a laughably inept dance routine set to C+C Music Factory’s “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)” for the musings of an intimidating gang of motorcycle bruisers who may or may not murder him.

Similarly crass humor accentuates Naked. Thankfully, the film benefits from yet another spirited performance by Wayans. Through the good and the bad, Marlon’s energy is infectious and his charm irresistible.

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This time out he’s Rob Anderson, young slacker who’s perfectly content living out his life as a popular substitute teacher at a prep school where he kicks around “flies” and “phonies” with his adoring students. To top it off, Rob is about to wed his long-time doctor girlfriend, Megan, played by the lovely Regina Hall. Hall isn’t doing anything new here, but she and Wayans play well off each other and I found myself compelled by her performance whenever the story called on her.

The story itself is pretty stark and standard. The day before his wedding, Rob discovers he’s trapped in a never-ending time loop that has him living and reliving the same hour before he and his fiancée are supposed to say “I do.” Each do-over, Rob wakes up on the floor of an elevator with no recollection of how he got there. Oh, yeah, and he’s completely naked.

Naked rises, washes, and repeats the Groundhog’s Day formula over and over again until Rob learns the valuable lesson he’s meant to learn. It’s a well-worn premise with a familiar moral. Thankfully, at 96 minutes, it doesn’t take him too long to catch on. Each go-around Rob betters himself to become the man his future wife truly deserves.

During one of his cycles, Rob attends some random couple’s wedding, notepad in hand, to get a sense of how to write meaningful, heartwarming vows. When their vows start spilling over into the one-hour mark, Rob frantically suggests the couple skips to the end. At another point Rob has a scantily clad run-in with R&B artist Brian McKnight, who then shares some heartfelt advice about persistence. Of course these awkward situations are played for laughs, but they also play a part in furthering Rob’s character.

It’s cheesy and formulaic and not every joke lands, but Naked streaks by briskly enough that you won’t have to dedicate a whole lot of time to it. If you’re staying in with a cuddle buddy and surfing Netflix for a few good laughs, Naked is worth a peep.

Grade: B

What did you all think of Naked and are you a fan of Marlon Wayans? Let us know in the comments below!

Quentin Tarantino Prepping Manson Family Murders Movie

Off the hooves of Hateful Eight, Quentin Tarantino has begun preparation on his ninth feature film, sources are telling The Hollywood Reporter. The legendary filmmaker has approached some of the industry’s top talents about starring in an untitled project about the Manson Family murders. Such talents include Brad Pitt, who previously collaborated with Tarantino on Inglorious Basterds, and Jennifer Lawrence. Specific information regarding roles has not been made public, however insiders are saying that Lawrence is not considering the role of Sharon Tate.

Sharon Tate was the 26-year-old actress who was brutally murdered when Charles Manson sent his followers to the wrong house to exact revenge against a record producer who turned him away. She was the wife of filmmaker Roman Polanski and eight months pregnant at the time of her murder.

Tate was one of five victims who were bound and tortured that night. It wasn’t until 1971 that Charles Manson and family were sentenced to life in prison for those bloody executions as well as several other murders that summer.

The Manson Family murders are an interesting subject for Quentin Tarantino’s next film. He’s no stranger to tackling raw brutality on screen but at the same time the director hasn’t previously done an adaptation of a specific historic event even though his films typically take place inside historic time frames.

Long time Tarantino collaborators Harvey and Bob Weinstein are once again expected to be involved though no distributor has yet jumped on to the project. Consequently, there is no current release date set; however, the film is expected to begin principal photography summer 2018.

What do you all think of Quentin Tarantino taking on the Manson Family murders? Are you interested to see his take on history? Let us know in the comments below!