First Trailer For Flight Drama ‘Sully’ with Tom Hanks Released

Warner Bros. has released the first trailer for director Clint Eastwood’s true story drama Sully. The film stars Tom Hanks as Chelsey “Sully” Sullenberger, the “Miracle on the Hudson” pilot who glided a disabled plane onto the frigid waters of the Hudson, saving the lives of the 155 people onboard. But the picture also tells the story of what happened next, as an investigation into the event threatened to destroy Sully’s career.

Unlike Robert Zemeckis’ FlightSully is actually based on a true story of a modern-day hero who’s still living with the memories of that fateful day. That makes it a little easier to sell audiences on the premise, but it’s much more difficult to keep a sense of suspense, mystery, and drama throughout the film when everyone in the theater knows the ending. That being said, this first trailer does an excellent job of showing how the emergency water landing is merely the hook for Sully, while the investigation into the incident, and Sullenberger’s reaction to their questions and accusations, along with his newfound and somewhat unwanted fame, form the meat of the pice. It looks to be more a study of a man than the moment that would come to define him; there’s none better than Hanks and Eastwood to bring that story to the screen.


Scripted by Todd Komarnicki, the film also stars Aaron Eckhart and Laura Linney and opens in theaters on September 9th.

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James Cameron Shares His Opinion On Star Wars 7

In a neat bit of symmetry, Cameron’s box office stranglehold was broken earlier this year by another Star Wars film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which overtook Avatar in January on its way to a record U.S. box office of $936.6 million. So what does James Cameron think about The Force Awakens?

The director, currently at work on a series of sequels to Avatar, gave an interview this week in which he shared his opinions about the most recent Star Wars film.

George Lucas is a friend of mine, and he and I were having a good conversation the other day about it. I don’t want to say too much about the film… I also have a lot of respect for J.J. Abrams, and I want to say where they’re taking it next… I have to say that I felt that George’s group of six films had more innovative visual imagination. This film was more of a retrenchment to things you had seen before and characters you have seen before, and it took a few baby steps forward with new characters. So for me, the jury’s out. I want to see where they’re going with it.

This reaction from Cameron isn’t especially surprising. Lucas’ Star Wars films, the prequels especially, had a large focus on the most sophisticated special effects – which is certainly similar to Cameron’s way of doing things throughout his career.

But the part of the quote that is most interesting is Cameron’s “good conversation” with Lucas – does this indicate that perhaps Lucas agrees with Cameron and was underwhelmed with Abrams’ Star Wars film as well?

Cameron’s next film, Avatar 2 is expected to reach theaters in December 2018, followed by Avatar 3 in December 2020, Avatar 4 in December 2022, and Avatar 5 in December 2023.

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Game of Thrones: Season 6 Ned Stark Flashback Explained

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Game of Thrones delivered another rousing finale with ‘The Winds of Winter,’ capping off what’s been a season unlike any other. Major characters were killed, others found themselves in new positions of power, and now the pieces are being set for the thrilling conclusion of this “great game.”

It was a return to the Tower of Joy, the moment from the past wherein Bran first learned that what he’s always been told happened isn’t always the same as what did happen. Previously, Bran witnessed his father not win against the Sword of the Morning in fair combat (as he had always heard it happened) but rather narrowly avoid getting killed by a fortunate bit of back stabbing. The scene set the tone for a larger reveal yet to come, one that fans have been discussing for well over a decade and was summarily confirmed in the Game of Thrones season 6 finale.

R+L=J, quite possibly the longest running fan theory connected with George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Firenovels is, in fact, true. Though, for viewers not well versed in what the R+L=J theory suggests, this week’s flashback to a young Ned at the Tower of Joy may not have been entirely clear. To help elaborate on the big reveal, we’ve broken down why what Ned did — and perhaps more importantly, what Bran saw — inside the Tower of Joy is so significant.

In ‘The Winds of Winter,’ we see Bran return to the point in time where he had previously called out to his father as Ned began ascending the tower’s stairs. Now, without the previous Three-Eyed Raven there to stop him, Bran follows Ned as he enters the tower to find his sister, Lyanna, lying in bed, covered in blood. It was she who Ned had come to the tower to retrieve, believing she had been kidnapped by Prince Rhaegar Targaryen — oldest son of the Mad King and recently slain at the Battle of the Trident by Robert Baratheon. Yet, it’s hard to say whether Lyanna was truly kidnapped by Rhaegar or not, and there are many who believe the two were secretly lovers and that Lyanna ran away with Rhaegar willingly.

With Jon’s true parentage revealed  — or at least as strongly implied as it’s ever been — the question now becomes, what does this mean for the new King in the North? Jon is not the son of Ned Stark, but he is of Stark blood thanks to his mother. Moreover, Jon is a Targaryen, the only living child of Rhaegar, potentially giving him an even stronger claim to the Iron Throne than Daenerys. Though, the flashback does nothing to enlighten us to whether or not Rhaegar and Lyanna ever married, but assuming they did not (and it’d have been tough with Elia, Rhaegar’s wife still alive), Jon would still be a bastard under Westerosi custom, possibly negating his presumed birthright. There’s also the question of Jon being Azor Ahai or “the prince that was promised,” since Rhaegar was convinced one of his children would fulfill that prophecy. Melisandre certainly believes he is and she isn’t even aware of Jon’s Targaryen blood.

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Dungeons & Dragons May Have Found Its First Lead

Dungeons & Dragons has been a gaming phenomena since the 1970s, allowing players to create their own character and adventure in an RPG fantasy world with friends. However, the game yet to experience any true cinematic success. There was a movie adaptation that came out in 2000, but it was received poorly, and its two direct-to-DVD sequels fared even worse. Now Warner Bros is setting out to give Dungeons & Dragons another chance at the big screen, and they may have found the new movie’s lead in Divergent actor Ansel Elgort.

Goosebumps’ Rob Letterman is directing the feature, while The Conjuring 2’s David Leslie Johnson penned the script.

The Deadline report also mentions that the movie has become a “top priority” for Warner Bros, as the studio is seeking new franchises to add to their slate, which already includes the DC Extended Universe and Harry Potter/Fantastic Beasts series.

Ansel Elgort has been a rising star in Hollywood over the last three years. The young adult crowd will recognize him as Caleb Prior in the Divergent movies, and his other credits include the Carrie remake and The Fault in Our Stars. He was reportedly in the running to play young Han Solo in the 2018 Star Wars spinoff movie centered around the smuggler, but that honor now belongs to Alden Ehrenreich.

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Clone Wars Showrunner on His Animated Character in Rogue One

Since The Clone Wars was announced as being canon, many fans wondered when ties to the animated series would show up in the other Star Wars properties. At first it seemed that Star Wars Rebels would be the main source of tie-ins, though we now know that Saw Gererra from The Clone Wars will appear in the flesh as Forest Whitaker’s character in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story as well. After the reveal was made, Clone Wars and Rebels showrunner Dave Filoni had a few comments about what it’s like to see one of his characters joining up with the Rebellion on the big screen.

Speaking with Comic Book, Filoni talked about how proud he was to see the stories from the animated series and the live-action movies merging together.

I have always thought of Star Wars: The Clone Wars as an extension of the Star Wars films, and now, here we are, seeing a character come to life in the flesh on the big screen. I think it’s tremendously exciting, because it’s fulfilling a promise to the fans, that this is one story, and the characters you know and love are throughout  it, and influencing the story in many ways. I’m so proud of the Rogue One team, and everyone at Lucasfilm. It’s a great day for Star Wars.

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Darth Vader Confirmed For Rogue One

For months now there has been speculation that Darth Vader would appear in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. And unlike some of the other theories and rumors floating around, this one passes the sniff test: the timing lines up (the story takes place shortly before the events of A New Hope) and so does the premise (the Rebels are out to steal the Death Star plans). But it’s only now we’re getting ironclad confirmation.

Yes, we will see Darth Vader in Rogue One, as revealed on a new Entertainment Weekly cover. Darth Vader won’t be the only familiar face returning for Rogue One, as the magazine teases the return of “a few classic [characters].” We already know Mon Mothma will be one of them, since she was in the trailer, and there have been whispers that Alden Ehrenreich could cameo as Han Solo.

Last summer, we heard Vader would have only a small role, appearing “via viewscreen or holo projection or something” as someone pulling the strings behind the scenes.

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‘Power Rangers’ Adds Bryan Cranston As Zordon

The Power Rangers movie reboot, which stars a new batch of teenagers with attitude and Elizabeth Banks as the villain Rita Repulsa, has just added the Breaking Bad star. As announced on the official Twitter account for the film, Cranston will play none other than the Rangers’ fearless floating head leader Zordon.

Cranston joins the already cast Ludi Lin (Black Ranger Zack), Naomi Scott (Pink Ranger Kimberly), RJ Cyler (Blue Ranger Billy), Becky G (Yellow Ranger Trini), andDacre Montgomery (Red Ranger Jason). As production designer Andrew Menzies explained, the new suits of the “alien costume” variety “that grows on them, that’s not man-made.” In short, less spandex, more Iron Man. Assuming the film, directed by Dean Israelite, is sticking with the original character lineup, then the only other major new addition left to be announced is Zordon’s trusty droid Alpha 5.

 

How ‘Game of Thrones’ Filmed the Epic “Battle of The Bastards”

The eponymous “Battle of the Bastards” came and went on Sunday night’s Game of Thrones, and it was a blood bath. Jon Snow (Kit Harington) found himself in a chaotic, impossible-to-navigate tussle of charred limbs, flayed corpses, and frantic swordplay — and it was all executed to perfection by director Miguel Sapochnik, the same guy who helmed the Whitewalker battle at “Hardhome.” Following the hour, HBO unveiled a new featurette that details just how the war for Winterfell was filmed.

There are a numbered of featured interviews, including with series co-creator D.B. Weiss, Ramsay Bolton actor Iwan Rheon, and Harington. But the real meat and potatoes about how it came together come mostly from the other showrunner David Benioff, Sapochnik, and horse master Camilla Naprous. “They [Benioff and Weiss] really wanted to kind of get into the mindset of what it would be like to be in a battle like that,” the director said, while Benioff revealed some of the non-CG moments.

‘The Dark Tower’: Idris Elba Releases New Teaser Image

The long-awaited adaptation of Stephen King‘s beloved book series The Dark Tower is finally underway, which finds Idris Elba‘s hero Roland Deschain, a.k.a. The Gunslinger, locked in a cat-and-mouse game against his nemesis, the nefarious Man in Black (Matthew McConaughey), as they both travel the realm of Mid-Land in search of the elusive, immensely powerful Dark Tower.

Elba now posted a teaser image on twitter which reads “Remember the face of your father,” with the text “I am Roland, son of Steven, son of Henry, true descendant of Arthur. And I have not forgotten.” Aside from sounding vaguely badass, that doesn’t offer much to a non-book reader, but it has a whole lot of meaning for those invested in the saga.

In addition to Elba, the rest of the cast includes Jackie Earle Haley as Sayre, a menacing vampire leader, Fran Kranz as Pimli, The Man in Black’s right-hand man,Kathryn Winnick in a mystery role, and Mad Max Fury Road star Abby Lee as Tirana, a somewhat mysterious character with origins in the book whose role seems to have been bulked up for the film. The Dark Tower is set to arrive in theaters on February 17, 2017.

Tyler Hoechlin Will Be Playing Superman In Supergirl

Since Supergirl first aired on CBS, fans have been wondering when the Man of Steel would finally be making his small screen appearance on the dramedy.

Actor Tyler Hoechlin was recently announced to be cast as Superman, and soon after he sat down with The Daily Mail regarding his approach to playing the famous Kryptonian. With so many other actors taking on the role of Clark in recent years, he was asked if he’ll be comparing himself to Henry Cavill’s big screen version of the character.

I never try to compare and contrast performances because it’s such an iconic character already. Superman is Superman so I’m just going to try to carry on the tradition of that and play that part.

Supergirl is a fairly light show, despite having some fight scenes and heavy drama along the way. This is a stark change from the big screen version of Superman, which is decidedly morose and dark. Zack Snyder’s additions to the DC Extended Unierse have included heroes that spend half the movie brooding, and the other half kicking the crap out of each other.

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Steven Spielberg Wants To Remake ‘West Side Story’

The director has been working for years to get the rights to remake one particular classic musical, and now that he has them, he’s looking forward to one day remaking West Side Story.

Now, according to a profile by The Hollywood Reporter, it looks like his first job after he’s done with Indiana Jones 5 in 2019 could be a remake of West Side Story . Apparently, Tony Kushner, the screenwriter and playwright who handled the scripts for Spielberg’s Munich, Lincoln, and the upcoming The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara, is currently working on West Side Story. Spielberg says he has dreamt of adapting the film “for decades” and that he first attempted to acquire the rights 15 years ago.

West Side Story takes the basic premise of William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Julietand transplants the action to the upper west side of New York City, circa 1950. The two lead characters, Tony and Maria, fall in love, even though they are members of rival gangs, the Sharks and the Jets. It was previously made into a film in 1961 which won 10 Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

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The ‘Lego Movie 2’ Release Date Pushed to 2019

One of 2014’s biggest hits was a little film that made a rather large impression on fans and critics alike. The Lego Movie, written and directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, was a surprisingly huge success at the box office, earning more than $257 million in North America and $469 million worldwide.

The Lego Batman Movie and The Lego Ninjago Movie are currently scheduled for next year, and they were to be followed by the long-awaited The Lego Movie 2 in 2018 – yet that last part has changed.

Deadline is reporting that The Lego Movie 2 is moving yet again to February 8th, 2019. There’s no word yet on why the sequel has been moved once more, but in an interesting tidbit it’ll now release almost five years to the day of the original.

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