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Disney-Fox Merger: What It May Mean for MARVEL and Other Mouse Properties

It’s merger time in corporate America folks, and the entertainment business is no exception. Now, the Walt Disney Co., already a behemoth in entertainment that, when it comes to use cinephiles at least, already controls our lives and what we enjoy from Star Wars to Marvel to Pixar, is about to get a lot larger. And I mean Cable-size, if you get my drift. After a few days of negotiations, a buyout/merger for most of 21st Century Fox’s entertainment arms was announced. The deal is not really a merger, but an asset for stock acquisition where Disney will tender...

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JUMANJI Review: Sequel Gets Lost In Its Own Jungle

Maybe I was a silly young teenager, or maybe there was something to it, but the 1995 Jumanji had a small heart to go along with its rhino-sized adventure. Call it the sentimentality that Robin Williams always evoked in his comedies (Mrs. Doubtfire comes to mind). Or note the fact that the story had a deeper arch about the relationship between a young boy and his frustrated father, whose expectations he could never meet. All of that is gone from the locked and reloaded sequel, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. Instead of heart we have biceps, and instead of...

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FILM REVIEW: FERDINAND Charges For Greatness But Sees Red

The children’s tale of Ferdinand finally gets the big tent, big studio adaptation with a release by 20th Century Fox this weekend, helmed by veteran animated director Carlos Saldanha (Ice Age, Rio, and Robots are some of his credits). It is an adorable story with a timely anti-violence, anti-bullying message, adapted into a well-meaning movie that boasts of talented voice cast and a catch song called “Home” by teen-throb Nick Jonas. But despite having all the ingredients for a successful and heartwarming bowl of cartoon soup, Ferdinand is persistently and fatally hobbled by an uneven script that takes the...

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SAG Awards Reward Three Billboards, Lady Bird, Upending Unpredictable Awards Season

Just two days after the Golden Globe nominations seemed to buoy awards-season favorites like The Shape of Water, The Post, and Dunkirk, the SAG Awards had a wrench to throw into the whole thing. Rather than show love for some of those more technical movies, they went for true ensemble films and rewarded The Big Sick, Get Out, Lady Bird, Mudbound, and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, with Best Ensemble nominations. It has been 22 years since a movie won the Best Picture Oscar without getting at least a nomination for the Best Ensemble SAG Awards, so if you...

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Netflix’s MARVEL’S THE PUNISHER Renewed for Season 2, New Featurette Launched

After the success of the first season of its highly-anticipated Marvel’s The Punisher, it was no surprise when Netflix had The Punisher renewed for Season 2. You could also obviously count on Netflix to pull out all the publicity stops. With a new featurette that is now live streaming on the web-based platform, you know that the company is priming itself for what it hopes will be a successful run to its newly-found gem of a TV Show. The byline of the show is familiar to anyway who knows a bit about the comics. It revolves around Frank Castle (The...

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Final Trailer For Netflix’s BRIGHT Released

Splashtas Clauses, I’m not sure if we’ve wished everyone a happy holiday season, so “HAPPY HOLIDAYS!” Now, one of the best parts of receiving gifts is when you’re allowed to open one early, right? And, you always go for the biggest one (which generally proves to be a mistake) and Netflix has a pretty big one we get to open on December 22nd. Bright stars Will Smith, Joel Edgerton and Noomi Rapace in a new take on the buddy cop film. I have to admit, when I first heard “Netflix and Will Smith…” I rolled my eyes. But, after...

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DC’s TITANS To Include Young Dick Grayson…and Bruce Wayne?

Will we see Dick Grayson and/or Batman in DC’s TITANS show? We’re back with more exclusive character breakdowns for DC’s Titans, the upcoming live-action Teen Titans series debuting on DC’s still-untitled streaming service. And once again, we’ve got another potentially huge reveal for you. THAT HASHTAG SHOW has gotten their hands on two character breakdowns for the new TITANS show and let’s just say they’re very interesting indeed: [YOUNG JOHN CROSSLAND]Male, Caucasian, To play 10-13, athletic, lean, approximately 5’0″ and not afraid of heights.  Please list height on submission.  RECURRING GUEST STAR This, as the note about heights indicates, is a breakdown for a...

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New BLACK PANTHER Japanese Trailer

Marvel Studios has released this new Black Panther Japanese trailer, which you can check out below. Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, with Angela Bassett, with Forest Whitaker, and Andy Serkis. Marvel Studios’ Black Panther follows T’Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king—and Black Panther—is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the...

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Exclusive: WINGMEN Story Details

Am I obsessed with Channing Tatum? Maybe. One of the most exciting projects I’ve seen in the past year is called WINGMEN. Joseph Gordon-Levitt will star and direct this film written by Michael Bacall (Project X, 21 and 22 Jump Street). Joseph Gordon-Levitt had previously helmed the severely underrated Don Jon. My buddy Channing will join him in what can only be described as a modern-day musical.  Producer Marc Platt (La La Land, Into the Woods) is shepherding the film for Universal Pictures. Airplane pilot Captain Aaron Alpine (Channing Tatum) and first office Ben Betan (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) manage to save the flight they’re...

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