Category: Action

Uncharted Movie Loses 6th Director

News regarding the highly-anticipated Uncharted film was provided by Deadline. This film has been in rotation since 2007, with numerous scripts being re-built and directors leaving the movie before production. Unfortunately, Deadline confirmed that another director has left the project after disputes amongst studio executives. It’s not known what these issues were from the director of Bumblebee however, it is known that he’s the sixth director to leave the film.

Difficulties with Travis Knight began when Tom Holland had to begin shooting for the third Spider-Man film. Deadline believes that this obligation caused Knight to leave the project, as delays were expected to last upwards of six months. Though Knight has left, Tom Holland remains committed to this film. Going forward, PlayStation and Sony Productions must locate an entirely new director and this could result in slight changes to the storyline. However, Deadline confirmed that whichever director is confirmed going forward, they won’t have any creative control over the storyline. This is just another bump on the 13-year saga of Hollywood’s Uncharted.

Previous directors that were attached to this film include Shawn Levy, who produced Arrival. The Executive Producer of Pixels, Seth Gordon, was signed on to directly afterwards and when he quit, an unknown director named Neil Burger was hired. However, he left after significant creative disputes and that prompted David Russel from Silver Linings Playbook to sign on, who quickly was terminated before Travis Knight.

With the assistance of these six directors, a solidified storyline is available for the next man who takes the helm. It’s known that the Uncharted Movie will act as a prequel to the first came from 2007. This means flashback moments from Uncharted 3 and 4 could be implemented into the storyline. Tom Holland is playing the younger Nathan Drake and Mark Wahlberg is playing Victor Sullivan. These are the perfect casting choices, as they can pla1y their respective roles for decades going forward.

The Game Franchise

Hollywood was desperate to acquire the film rights for Uncharted, as it supports a similar feeling to Indiana Jones. The video game franchise is considered to be PlayStation’s most versatile and exciting, with players travelling the globe in search of treasure. It spawned four games for Nathan Drake, seeing a character develop from a young man into an adult. There was even a fifth game with re-introduced characters previously seen in other entries. Fans of this series have eagerly awaited another entry, which most likely won’t come until the PlayStation 5. It now seems those same fans will have to wait a few more years for the arrival of the Uncharted Film.

Guardians of the Galaxy 3 Delayed until 2021

Marvel Studios confirmed that Guardians of the Galaxy 3 wouldn’t begin filming until 2021. This is because James Gunn, the director of this new film, is currently working on a sequel for the Suicide Squad. This information didn’t surprise fanatics of the Marvel Universe, who had fully anticipated that this film wouldn’t be released for years to come. Regardless, this will make the finale to the trilogy more exciting than expected.

The starting production for Guardians of the Galaxy 3 won’t begin production for another fifteen months, which was revealed by James Gunn and confirmed by Marvel. Gunn noted this information when he had an extensive Q&A Session through Twitter, where a significant amount of questions revolved around the upcoming Suicide Squad. This didn’t stop dedicated Marvel fans from questioning Gunn on the future of Gamora, Draxx, Groot, Starlord and Rocket Racoon. Production takes upwards of two years with a Marvel Film, meaning fans can most likely anticipate this film to be released for the 2023 Summer.

It won’t take long for James Gunn to begin creating a starter draft for the final iteration in the Guardians Franchise. He has entered the post-production phase for the Suicide Squad, with principal photography completed and editing begins. However, it’s anticipated there will be re-shoots and an extended promotional tour. This will factor into the time for Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 3’s pre-production.

The Dramatic History

Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 3 would’ve been released considerably earlier if it weren’t for the decisions of the Disney Corporation. The pre-production was delayed extensively when James Gunn was terminated for making tweets regarding his past girlfriend eight years ago. When Marvel fanatics, actors of the film, and industry insiders began to weigh in on this decision, most concluded that this termination was biased and unfounded. Sets were already being built when this decision was made, resulting in numerous individuals being terminated without any notice.

The Disney Corporation was forced to change their minds when millions of individuals began to come to the defence of James Gunn. There’s a considerable difference between sexual harassment and tweets made in anger after a breakup. Every individual has had thoughts of anger or intense emotion regarding their ex-relationships. When the entire cast of the film threatened to leave, which was noted to the Disney Corporation in a letter, the decision to reinstate James Gunn became official.

Star Trek Reboot Confirmed

The Chief Executive Officer for Viacom CBC confirmed this week that two new Star Trek films are currently in development. This information shocked fans, who weren’t anticipating any other films in the franchise for a minimum of ten years. However, it wasn’t long ago that Viacom CBC earned the complete rights to the Star Trek franchise. It makes perfect sense why the small-scale studio would want to develop a new reboot, even though it been ten years since the last reboot for this franchise was completed.

The last reboot was created by J.J. Abrams, a man infamous for his visionary direction with films. It reached critical success and spawned two sequels, which included Into the Darkness and Beyond. Though both sequels were admired by fans, they didn’t achieve the same critical box office success that the first film discovered. This lack of popularity prompted the switch to television, which has seen viewership numbers of more than a million. Subsequently, the popularity of this franchise is slowly returning. It makes perfect sense that CBC Films and Viacom would want to develop a new trilogy. However, it’s known that this trilogy will center around the television characters. This would mark the first time in decades that Star Trek Actors from TV have moved to film.

Additional Details

Bob Bakish, the newly anointed Chief Executive Officer for CBC Viacom, proposed these two new films to investors at an annual meeting. This meeting was held at the UBS Global Technology Conference, where the announcement of two new movies would be provided first to the Hollywood Reporter. Bob Bakish confirmed that the combination of CBC and Viacom’s capabilities, the next iteration in the Star Trek Film Franchise, would be unlike anything fans have encountered before. This suggests that we could see events and storylines that were never answered in the previous series, especially with the re-introduction of Picard.

The primary purpose for these two new films to create increased synergy between the Television and Film Franchises, which would bring back large percentages of former fans. Though new fans are regularly acquired, Viacom CBC has struggled to obtain older fans.

Disney Issues Warning for the Rise of Skywalker

The Disney Corporation and the Epilepsy Foundation have collectively issued a warning regarding the Rise of Skywalker. The collective noted that they’ve been working together to provide notices to photosensitive viewers, mentioning that several scenes throughout the film have the potential to trigger seizures from a 6 – 10 level. Throughout the collective statement, the Epilepsy Foundation suggested that seizures can be avoided by attending the movie with someone who’s already seen the film. This way, that individual can inform their photosensitive friend of the upcoming scene that’s prone to seizures.

The percentage of individuals who could be exposed to a seizure through the visual patterns and flashing lights from Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is roughly 3%. However, considering that this film is watched by billions worldwide, that small percentage means hundreds of thousands are at risk of a seizure. This has forced the Disney Corporation to implement protective steps for photosensitive viewers.

Those who inform their local cinema of their photosensitivity condition will be provided with the appropriate medical requirements if a seizure takes place. This will include a private space to calm the mind, which will be darker with soothing tones. The Disney Corporation is the first large scale film studio to provide this level of safety for seizure-prone viewers. This somewhat guarantees that they can participate in the final entry for the third trilogy. It should be noted that this is the first film in Disney’s Corporations line that has had seizure warnings. This decision came after photosensitive viewers of the Incredibles Two pointed out how they almost entered into a seizure. Since Star Wars isn’t animated, the appropriate actions had to be taken.

Future Warnings

The Epilepsy Foundation requested that the Disney Corporation implement a next warning across all their digital properties with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. This means that all DVD’s, Blu-Rays, Streaming Variations, or Digital Products must provide a warning regarding the strobe and flash-like lights in the film. They also requested that Disney update versions of The Incredibles Two, which would include a similar notice. Surprisingly, Disney Corporation agreed to both requests.

Those who are wondering if they’re sensitive to epilepsy or photosensitivity should contact their doctor immediately. However, it should be noted that this issue is most familiar with adolescents and children. The chances of having this condition are limited due to our exposure to natural sunlight. The Epilepsy Foundation provided this added detail.

Black Widow Teaser Trailer Released

Marvel Studios have officially released the first teaser trailer for Black Widow. This prequel adventure brings the now infamously dead character back to life, after the sacrifice she made in Avengers: Endgame and allows fans to retrace the female warriors’ roots. Along the way, there will be action, romance, intrigue and a unique emphasis on family. Unlike most Marvel Cinematic Movie Trailers, which keep most of the details hidden from viewers, Black Widow opens up plenty for speculation.

The timeline for this film was more accurately revealed through this trailer. This first comes when we see General Ross return to the screen, aged around the period of the Civil War. Subsequently, Natasha Romanov could see herself being followed worldwide by American Forces for capture. Then the trailer skips to a younger version of General Ross, where he discusses her capabilities at fleeing. However, the Black Widow isn’t running away this time from the fight. It appears she makes her way to Budapest, trying to take care of some unfinished business. This could be where we see Clint Barton and Natasha Romanov fight in that infamous but unknown battle in Budapest. However, this could be falsely identified, as her family members surround Natasha in this film.

However, Marvel Cinematic Studios made sure to leave some critical plot details secret from viewers. We don’t have a full insight over the plotline, as it’s known that her family must return to where all their training first started. There are even a few small one-second clips where the Black Widow Program can be seen. What we don’t know is why is she returning to battle the organization, and why must her family be involved?

The Villain

Fans have been wanting to see the villain of Black Widow in the Marvel Cinematic Universe for some time now. Those fans got their first look at Taskmaster, who has been implemented in a perfect modernized-version of the character. Those who don’t know, Taskmaster is one of the hardest villains to overcome in Marvel Comics. He can mimic the physical motions of any opponent, which will come as a significant challenge for a master assassin like Natasha Romanov. Those wanting to see Taskmaster and the Black Widow fend off against each other can witness the film when it’s released on May 1st, 2020. There’s plenty of time to speculate until then.

Frozen 2 Makes Box Office History

Millions are spent worldwide at box offices whenever a significant film is released to the public. The most recent film to earn substantial sums of money is Frozen 2, the new animated feature from Disney Studios. During its opening weekend in the box office, the film acquired more than $358 million across 37 Nations. Those include the United States, the United Kingdom, China and Europe.

The story in the second chapter in the Frozen franchise is based around Elsa developing her powers as a princess, while Anna and her gang of misfits travel the kingdom in search for their queen. This simple premise was enough to get moviegoers out to cinemas, so much so that Toy Story 4 was dethroned as the highest-earning animated film for an opening box office weekend. TS4 earned $241 million worldwide on their opening weekend, which is $117 million less than Frozen 2.

Frozen 2 also earned more than its predecessor on its opening week. The original Frozen earned $110.6 million in 2013 on its opening week. However, the film quickly gained popularity and would go on to make $1.27 billion worldwide. It’ll be a significant accomplishment if the sequel can earn more than its predecessor after its left theatres in a month.

Film Merchandise & Details

The United States saw the most significant profits made on opening weekend, with the film earning $130 million. This defeats all previous animated films that opened in November, which includes titles like the Grinch and the Incredibles. The United Kingdom came out in folds to engage with this new film, spending £15 million, which is substantial for a country that’s infamous for not spending large sums of money on movies due to low population. Subsequently, Frozen 2 has earned the title of highest-grossing debut for Walt Disney Animation Studios. It’s unlikely that record will be defeated anytime soon.

Since the film released less than two weeks ago, toy manufacturers have actively been releasing new merchandise relating to Frozen 2. This includes everything from castle playsets, to figurines based around the characters. It’s anticipated that upwards of a billion dollars will be spent worldwide on Frozen 2 merchandise during the holiday season. It’s expected that there won’t be any shortage of product this time around, which was a significant issue with the release of the original Frozen. Walt Disney Studios has partnered with multiple manufacturers to account for the considerable demand.

Charlies Angels Flops at Box Office

The reboot for Charlie’s Angeles is an official box office failure, grossing on its opening weekend only $8.6 Million. This comes after multiple commercial disappointments like Doctor Sleep and Terminator: Dark Fate. Since the summer season, Joker has been the only successful film. It hasn’t surprised anyone that Charlie’s Angeles failed at the box office, with no significant buzz centred around the film. The film features Kristen Stewart and is directed by Elizabeth Banks, two women who are infamous for being disliked in Hollywood. Though the film was received well by critics, most believe it was this partnership and lack of originality that forced this film to low profits.

In the films debut weekend, it didn’t even place first as the box office. The film fell below expectations, with Ford Vs Ferrari taking the 1st spot for the November 15th weekend. The Christian Bale and Matt Damon dramatic film earned $31 Million for its opening weekend, with Midway dropping to second place and earning $8.8 Million. Midway has been in theatres for three weeks, which made most believe that Charlies Angels would drop the war films spot in the box office.

The Elizabeth Banks directed Charlie’s Angels was budgeted at $55 Million, which is more than $42 Million than what the film earned on its opening box office weekend. Critics analyzed the buzz and pre-emptive ticket sales, anticipating that the film would generate $13.5 Million for its first weekend. Charlie’s Angels would succeed much past this profit with the introduction of Frozen II and Knives Out to theatres on the November 22nd weekend. Even though all titles speak to different demographics, the popularity of Ford Vs Ferrari and Frozen II will force this film to low budget earnings of $500,000.00 or less. It’s expected that Columbia Pictures will lose more than $40 Million from the Charlie’s Angels Reboot.

Kristen and Elizabeth

Both women have immediately begun defending their film in the worst way possible. Elizabeth Banks mentioned that audiences aren’t ready for three powerful females to take on the silver screen, which caused her significant backlash. Numerous films like Salt and Lucy has earned hundreds of millions at the box office, which both films had powerful female leads. Kristen Stewart went on the defence claiming that her reputation as an actress shouldn’t reflect this film, with most average audience members disliking her performance in the Twilight Saga. Subsequently, it seems that both women can’t handle the fact that this franchise has been rebooted three times and that audiences are tired of re-watching the same story.

Movies That Exceeded the Odds

Creating a film is a massive investment, a gamble taken on the dream that this product will exceed beyond expectations. Often then when the trailers are released, and the critics start preying on your goals, tearing it apart bit by bit, the odds against any takings for your wager gets worsened by the minute. Yet, many movies in silver screen history managed to outlive the worst predictions and exceeded beyond any expectation.

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

This 2003 release was the first from Disney with a PG-13 rating. This is already creating some concern for a Disney release and their much younger crowd. Initially expected to fail, Pirates managed to spawn into a successful range in its own right. Being very entertaining as the viewer is immersed in the wildlife of the beloved Jack Sparrow. Not only was the movie a significant success, but also the beginning of many more adventures for Sparrow and an Academy Awards nomination for Johnny Depp and his brilliance in portraying his role.

Mean Girls

2004 was yet another year with teen movie releases with all the same storylines. The weird girl turns into a famous prima donna, just before the hottest hunk on the sporting team madly falls in love with the newest queen in school. Judging on the poster released in advance of opening night, that was what Mean Girls appeared to deliver. Yet, the script was surprisingly witty and intelligent, and the dialogue lends itself to various famous quotes. This became a movie being watched over and over again. It was exceeding all reasonable expectations at the box office.

The Lego Movie

2014 saw what many considered to be a joke when they first heard about the movie being under construction. Initially, it seemed like Lego is trying to reach out to a bigger audience of very young children in a serious effort to expand its market share and interest in their brand. Soon it was discovered that the dialogue was not only intelligent but also very witty, that the storyline was involved with various twists and suspense and that the animation was purely brilliant. The idea of the Lego movie might have been the laughing stock to many, but upon release, it was clear that the only ones laughing at the end of the day were Lego, the name behind a movie adorned by the masses and claiming a 97% score from the die-hard critics.

Casino Royale

2006 was the date of yet another Bond movie. The cloud of disappointment embracing its predecessors didn’t leave much to hope for when another Bond movie was due to release. Critics even swooned over the fact that this time around the handsome hunk and to many the only highlight, now turned out to be a blonde. Nothing new was expected, but Daniel Craig and a series of immaculate action scenes took Bond to the next level and gained the interest of a new generation Bond fans.

Popular Movie Genre’s

Whether you are some of the few making movies or part of the masses loving to watch them, videos play a vital role in our lives and form part of our development as people. It entertains us and even sometimes contribute in ways we don’t even recognize. The kind of movies we lean-to is a very personal choice, yet there are some similarities in these own choices when we take countries as a form of collective. Hence here are some interesting facts about what genres are preferred as the popular choice in many countries in the world.

The Brazilian market is infatuated with Hollywood action. Yet it seems that Hollywood isn’t always producing enough effect for them and they contribute significantly to their action entertainment. The title that keeps the record as the most-watched is a domestic production by Zazen Produções titled Elite Squad 2.

When moving on to Argentina, you will find a much more relaxed environment when movies are watched, and they strongly favour the comical side of life. They also lean specifically more towards family-friendly comedy and both Ice Age movies as well as the 2015 release of Minions kept them entertained for a while.

Additional Countries

Based on more than a decade’s box office statistics, these three nations favour the lighter side of life too, with comedy ranking as the highest income generator. This is, however, followed in hot pursuit with only a small lead, by adventure movies.

When the top 10 highest income generators in Japan are taken into consideration, it becomes very evident towards which genre they lean. In the top 10, you will find the 2013 release, Frozen as well as two of Harry Potter’s adventures. The remaining seven are all creations of Hayao Miyazaki. His Studio Ghibli is known for their anime fantasy movies which are by far the favourite in this eastern country.

Many titles appear at the top on the list of high grossing films. These titles include Deadpool, Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice, Warcraft, The Revenant and Captain America: Civil War. All of these lean towards either action or adventure.

The Indian movie scene is a unique market in their own right. For years Bollywood has had success in producing dramas and romance, yet they are also lately showing much higher support for comical relief.

Avatar and Titanic are still ranked as the two movies which earned themselves the place as highest-grossing films in recent years in Italy. Yet lately many more comedy films are showing an incline in interest, and it seems that the two leading movies are mere exceptions and comedy seems to be the nation’s choice. France too is more consumed by comedy than any other productions, with locally produced Camping 3 and Les Tuche 2 being at the top.

Silver Screen Gambling Heroes

A silver screen is an exciting place with a vibrant collage of heroes and villains, legends and of course a good dollop of gamblers too. These are the ones who keep our imagination running wild and leave us with a deep desire to be just like them. So who are some of the greatest gambling wizards of the times?

The Gambler

Most readers will probably recognize James Caan as the well-known former Special Forces casino boss, Ed Deline, from the hit series Las Vegas. This was, however, not the first time that Caan was portraying a role in the gambling industry, and it was most likely also not his most significant role either. He was first seen in the position of an English professor with a severe gambling addiction called Axel Freed. His habits spun entirely out of control, and regardless of all his efforts to try and control it, he just got deeper into trouble. One of his lowest points occurred when he fixed a fight to solve his financial concerns. In the end, his character goes through an amazing transformation when he finally faces the man he has become.

Lucky You

He has a very complicated relationship with his dad and the ladies, but Huck Cheever is also a young poker player and a brilliant cheater. During the run of the movie, viewers get pulled in as he is gambling with money and life. He desires a healthy life and finds himself in desperate need of $10 000 to be able to get buy-in into a great tournament. As the movie progresses, Cheever goes through significant personal development and discovers the real importance of life.

A Big Hand for the Little Lady

Mary’s husband is a farmhand, but also a recovering gambler. Through some severe gambling misfortune, her husband lost all their money and all of their possessions. Mary is left in a tight spot with no idea what to do about their situation. Her husband suffers some poor health and collapses at the game, but then Mary gets a place at the table and with some borrowed money, win all their money back and some more. Before you fall into the trap of feeling the urge to give Mary a hero’s applause, the movie reveals that Mary and her family are a bunch of con-artists who are busy with a plot of revenge aimed at the fellow gamblers around the table.

California Split

Bill Denny is a newbie on the block with a seriously cunning side, and he is quickly learning some needed skills. Charlie Waters is a real and seasoned gambler. During their run on several tournaments, they would operate as a team with Waters analyzing the opponents around the table while Denny will take every single sent they own from them. The story tells the tale of what can happen if you mingle with the wrong crowd. These two taught the world a thing or two about the reality of being seasoned in the world of gambling.