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Trailer For The Boxing Drama JUNGLELAND Starring Charlie Hunnam and Jack O'ConnellMovieTrailerJoey PaurFri, 16 Oct 2020 16:30:00 +0000http://www.leelozano.com/news/trailer-for-the-boxing-drama-jungleland-starring-charlie-hunnam-and-jack-oconnell51b3dc8ee4b051b96ceb10de:51ce6099e4b0d911b4489b79:5f88a36392e9cf6ab45070a0

Paramount Pictures has released the trailer for an upcoming bare-knuckle boxing drama titled Jungleland. The movie stars Charlie Hunnam and Jack O’Connell as brothers who try to escape their circumstances by traveling across the country for a no holds barred boxing match that becomes a fight for their lives. 

The movie comes from director Max Winkler and it looks like a wonderfully made film that tells an inspiring, gripping, and moving story. Here’s the full synopsis:

Stanley (Hunnam) and Lion (O’Connell) are two brothers struggling to stay relevant in the underground world of bare-knuckle boxing. When Stanley fails to pay back a dangerous crime boss (Jonathan Majors), they’re forced to deliver an unexpected traveler as they journey across the country for a high stakes fighting tournament. While Stanley trains Lion for the fight of his life, a series of events threaten to tear the brothers apart, but their love for one another and belief in a better life keep them going in this gripping drama that proves family pulls no punches.

Jungleland debuts on PVOD and for Digital purchase on November 10th.

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Trailer For The Boxing Drama JUNGLELAND Starring Charlie Hunnam and Jack O'Connell
Tatiana Maslany Denies That She's Starring in Marvel's SHE-HULK SeriesTVJoey PaurFri, 16 Oct 2020 16:00:00 +0000http://www.leelozano.com/news/tatiana-maslany-denies-that-shes-starring-in-marvels-she-hulk-series51b3dc8ee4b051b96ceb10de:51ce6099e4b0d911b4489b79:5f89b41a9ec8bf0eb6c94f2e

Not long ago, several major media outlets reported with certainty that Orphan Black star Tatiana Maslany was officially cast in Marvel’s She-Hulk Disney+ series and that she would be taking on the role of Jennifer Walters, a.k.a. She-Hulk.

A lot of fans were super happy about the news! It’s actually pretty great casting! Mark Ruffalo even welcomed the actress to the Marvel family with the following Tweet:

Well, according to Maslany, there’s no truth behind the news! She flat out denies that she is involved with She-Hulk! In a recent interview with The Sudbury Star, when asked about the big She-Hulk news she surprisingly said:

“That actually isn’t a real thing and it’s like a press release that’s gotten out of hand. It’s totally not — I’ve been connected to these things in the past and press has gotten onto it, but it’s not actually a thing, unfortunately.

“Yeah, I don’t know how these things get — I don’t know, I don’t know. You know better; I have no idea. (Laughs.)”

This is certainly interesting because from what I understand Marvel actually did cast her in the role. Maybe, she’s been completely sworn to secrecy and is just flat out denying it to avoid any other kinds of questions. Maybe things fell apart during negotiations and she dropped out? I don’t know, but I was super happy to learn that she was cast in the role. It’d be a shame if that didn’t work out.

The She-Hulk series centers on Jennifer Walters (Maslany), “cousin of Bruce Banner who inherits his Hulk powers after she receives a blood transfusion from him. Unlike Bruce, however, when she hulks out, Jennifer is able to retain most of her personality, intelligence, and emotional control.”

Kat Coiro will helm the pilot along with several other episodes. She will also serve as an executive producer. Rick and Morty writer Jessica Gao leads the writer’s room for the series.

Coiro has worked on several well-known shows in her career including Netflix’s Dead To Me, Showtime’s Shameless, and FX’s It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia. She also directed Life Happens and the upcoming film Marry Me starring Jennifer Lopez and Owen Wilson.

She-Hulk is one of several shows that Marvel is developing Disney+ including Falcon and the Winter Soldier, WandaVision, Loki, Hawkeye, Ms. Marvel, and Moon Knight.

What do you think about Maslany taking on the role of She-Hulk?

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Tatiana Maslany Denies That She's Starring in Marvel's SHE-HULK Series
Delightful Trailer For Paul Bettany and Sophie Lillis' 1973 Set Drama UNCLE FRANKMovieTrailerJoey PaurFri, 16 Oct 2020 15:30:00 +0000http://www.leelozano.com/news/delightful-trailer-for-paul-bettany-and-sophie-lillis-1973-set-drama-uncle-frank51b3dc8ee4b051b96ceb10de:51ce6099e4b0d911b4489b79:5f888460c9806577258de685 delightful-trailer-for-paul-bettany-and-sophie-lillis-1973-set-drama-uncle-frank-social.jpg

Amazon has released the first trailer for its upcoming film Uncle Frank which stars Paul Bettany (WandaVision), Sophia Lillis (IT), and Peter Macdis (Six Feet Under).

The story is set 1973, and it follows Beth Bledsoe (Lillis), a teenager who “leaves her rural Southern hometown to study at New York University where her beloved Uncle Frank (Bettany) is a revered literature professor. She soon discovers that Frank is gay, and living with his longtime partner Walid “Wally” Nadeem (Macdissi) — an arrangement that he has kept secret for years. After the sudden death of Frank’s father — Beth’s grandfather — Frank is forced to reluctantly return home for the funeral with Beth in tow, and to finally face a long-buried trauma that he has spent his entire adult life running away from.”

Following Frank’s painful journey from hitting rock bottom to acceptance and forgiveness and, finally, reintegration into his family and into life itself. “Bettany reveals Frank’s fragile core by peeling away the layers of Frank’s sophisticated but guarded persona. Sophia Lillis plays Beth as a naive but observant young woman whose eyes are opened to a world she could never have imagined. Peter Macdissi also has a standout performance as Wally, a man whose capacity for compassion runs deeper than he even knows.”

The movie was written and directed by Alan Ball (American Beauty) and also stars Judy Greer, Steve Zahn, Lois Smith, Margo Martindale, and Stephen Root.

Amazon Studios will release Uncle Frank on Prime Video on November 25, 2020.

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Sony Pictures Responds to Rumors About Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield Joining SPIDER-MAN 3MovieJoey PaurFri, 16 Oct 2020 15:00:00 +0000http://www.leelozano.com/news/sony-pictures-responds-to-rumors-about-tobey-maguire-and-andrew-garfield-joining-spider-man-351b3dc8ee4b051b96ceb10de:51ce6099e4b0d911b4489b79:5f89a976a273347aabd0bee7 sony-pictures-responds-to-rumors-about-tobey-maguire-and-andrew-garfield-joining-spider-man-3-social.jpg

Earlier this week we shared a rumor that Spider-Man 3 will involve Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield reprising their role of Peter Parker/Spider-Man. This news has gotten a lot of Marvel fans excited about what this could mean for the kind of story that the film will tell.

With the inclusion of Jamie Foxx returning as Electro and Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange confirmed to be a part of the story, there’s a lot of discussions and speculation that Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios are looking to blow open The Spider-Verse in the third film.

Sony has since responded to the rumor involving Maguire and Garfield. ET Canada received word from Sony that, “Those rumored castings are not confirmed.”

I just want to note that the studio doesn’t outright deny the rumor. They just say the rumor hasn’t been confirmed. Maybe the talks between the actors are still ongoing? If the rumor is true, I’m sure that it’s a bit of information that the studio doesn’t want to be confirmed yet because they simply aren’t ready to make an official announcement.

All I know is that at this point, with how we’ve seen things play out with these comic book movies, anything is possible. Anything can happen! We’ll just have to wait and see how this whole thing with Maguire and Garfield turns out.

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Sony Pictures Responds to Rumors About Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield Joining SPIDER-MAN 3
George Clooney to Direct an Adaptation of John Grisham’s Baseball Novel CALICO JOEMovieJoey PaurFri, 16 Oct 2020 14:30:00 +0000http://www.leelozano.com/news/george-clooney-to-director-and-adaptation-of-john-grishams-baseball-novel-calico-joe51b3dc8ee4b051b96ceb10de:51ce6099e4b0d911b4489b79:5f88cf08c8c8650d99e48f87

George Clooney is attached to direct an adaptation of John Grisham’s baseball-themed novel Calico Joe. I’m not a fan of watching the sport baseball, but for some reason, I love baseball movies. I love the stories that they tell, and Calico Joe sounds like it’s going to be a solid flick!

The 2012 novel tells the story about “a pitch thrown in 1973 that ends the career of a fictional promising player, sending him into a coma for three decades. The story was inspired by the real-life tragedy of Ray Chapman, a major league player killed by a pitch in 1920, along with Grisham’s personal baseball experience as a teenager when he developed a strong dislike of aggressive pitchers.”

Clooney is developing the film with screenwriter Grant Heslov (The Men Who Stare at Goats), and they say in a joint statement, “John has written a beautiful story and the chance to collaborate with Bob to bring it to the screen is just fantastic.”

Producer Bob Dylan added, “George and Grant see in this book what I see in it – a powerful story that will resonate with young and old alike. People in all walks of life will be able relate to it.”

Producers Ara Keshishian and Petr Jakl then said, “In this climate, with the ever-evolving distribution landscape and different ways to reach audiences, we feel this is the perfect time to focus on development with the best storytellers. Smokehouse’s track record speaks for itself and we look forward to working with them and the legendary Bob Dylan to bring this story to life.”

Source: Variety

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George Clooney to Direct an Adaptation of John Grisham’s Baseball Novel CALICO JOE
Clip For Glen Keane's Animated Film OVER THE MOON - Meet Chin and His Pet Frog CroakMovieVideosJoey PaurFri, 16 Oct 2020 14:00:00 +0000http://www.leelozano.com/news/clip-for-glen-keanes-animated-film-over-the-moon-meet-chin-and-his-pet-frog-croak51b3dc8ee4b051b96ceb10de:51ce6099e4b0d911b4489b79:5f88656940f85e5e394de64f clip-for-glen-keanes-animated-film-over-the-moon-meet-chin-and-his-pet-frog-croak-social.jpg

An amusing clip has been shared for Netflix’s imaginative animated adventure film Over The Moon. The film comes from animation legend Glen Keane (Dear Basketball, Duet, Tarzan, Beauty and the Beast) and co-director John Kahrs (Paperman).

The story follows a 13-year-old girl named Fei Fei (Cathy Ang) and she is going through an adjustment period in life as her father is in a new relationship. In this clip, Fei Fei meets her potential step-brother Chin, who introduces himself and his pet frog Croak.

The movie goes on to follow Fin Fin’s Journey as she builds a rocket to travel to the moon in hopes of meeting the legendary Moon Goddess that she was told about when she was a little kid. Here’s the full synopsis:

Fueled with determination and a passion for science, a bright young girl builds a rocket ship to the moon to prove the existence of a legendary Moon Goddess. There she ends up on an unexpected quest, and discovers a whimsical land of fantastical creatures. Over the Moon is an exhilarating musical adventure about moving forward, embracing the unexpected, and the power of imagination.

The film was made in partnership with Pearl Studio in Shanghai, and it will feature music by Christopher Curtis, Marjorie Duffield, and Helen Park (KPOP); with a score by Oscar-winning composer Steven Price.

The voice cast includes Phillipa SooKen JeongJohn ChoRuthie Ann MilesSandra OhRobert G. ChiuMargaret Cho, and Kimiko Glenn.

Netflix will release Keane's Over the Moon streaming exclusively sometime in fall 2020. I’m looking forward to watching this movie! It looks like it’ll tell a great story!

Source: /Film

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Clip For Glen Keane's Animated Film OVER THE MOON - Meet Chin and His Pet Frog Croak
Anne Hathaway Shows Off Her Sinister Smile in New Promo For THE WITCHESMovieTrailerJoey PaurFri, 16 Oct 2020 13:30:00 +0000http://www.leelozano.com/news/anne-hathaway-shows-off-her-sinister-smile-in-new-promo-for-the-witches51b3dc8ee4b051b96ceb10de:51ce6099e4b0d911b4489b79:5f886b1d5ae7a3254cb224d3

Warner Bros. has released a new promo spot for director Robert Zemeckis’ film adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The Witches. The promo features new footage from the film and it features the cast talking about the different ways you can spot a witch. The film’s star, Anne Hathaway, mentions and shows off her character’s huge sinister smile, which is enough to give a little kid nightmares. I love it!

Hathaway takes on the role of the Grand High Witch in the film and she is joined by Octavia Spencer, Stanley TucciKristin Chenoweth, Codie-Lei Eastick, and Jahzir Bruno with Chris Rock lending his voice for adult narration.

Zemeckis’s visually innovative film tells the darkly humorous and heartwarming tale of a young orphaned boy who, in late 1967, goes to live with his loving Grandma in the rural Alabama town of Demopolis. As the boy and his grandmother encounter some deceptively glamorous but thoroughly diabolical witches, she wisely whisks our young hero away to an opulent seaside resort. Regrettably, they arrive at precisely the same time that the world’s Grand High Witch has gathered her fellow cronies from around the globe—undercover—to carry out her nefarious plans.

Zemekis also co-wrote the script for the film with Guillermo del Toro and Kenya Barris, and it looks like they’ve come up with a fantastic and fun adaptation! I enjoyed what this trailer showed off, and I’ll be looking forward to watching the movie! Zemeckis always tends to make great films, and I don’t think he’s going to let us down with this.

Alfonso Cuaron (The Revenant, Gravity) and Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water, Pan’s Labyrinth) are also executive producers on the project.

The Witches will be released on HBO Max on October 22nd!

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Anne Hathaway Shows Off Her Sinister Smile in New Promo For THE WITCHES
Martin Freeman, Andy Serkis, and More to Voice New Adaptation of A CHRISTMAS CAROLMovieVideosTommy WilliamsFri, 16 Oct 2020 13:00:00 +0000http://www.leelozano.com/news/martin-freeman-andy-serkis-and-more-to-voice-new-adaptation-of-a-christmas-carol51b3dc8ee4b051b96ceb10de:51ce6099e4b0d911b4489b79:5f87a502e66fdb4971d6de49

Charles Dickens’ classic story A Christmas Carol is set to get a new adaptation with quite the cast. Directed by Jacqui Morris and David Morris, the adaptation features dancers performing the different roles but then top notch actors like Carey Mulligan, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Simon Russell Beale, and Andy Serkis doing the voice work. The directors wanted a dream-like experience for the audience and I think it sounds pretty cool.

This retelling of the classic Christmas tale follows a Victorian family as they prepare a toy theater for their annual performance of “A Christmas Carol.” The audience enters the imagination of one of the children and the cardboard stage transforms to reveal a magical world containing real dancers and stylized sets, with spoken narration.

The list of dancers include Michael Nunn, Jakub Franasowicz, Russell Maliphant, Karl Fagerlund Brekke, Mikey Boats, Grace Jabbari, and Dana Fouras. A Christmas Story is set to release in the U.K. in cinemas and theaters on November 20. I want to see it as soon as it’s available in the U.S.

Via: Variety

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Martin Freeman, Andy Serkis, and More to Voice New Adaptation of A CHRISTMAS CAROL
100% WOLF Trailer - A Teen Boy Wants to Be The Most Fearsome Werewolf EverMovieTrailerJoey PaurFri, 16 Oct 2020 12:30:00 +0000http://www.leelozano.com/news/100-wolf-trailer-a-teen-boy-wants-to-be-the-most-fearsome-werewolf-ever51b3dc8ee4b051b96ceb10de:51ce6099e4b0d911b4489b79:5f885fde87af535a1433b4d9

Here’s a trailer for an animated werewolf comedy titled 100% Wolf. The movie follows a young teen boy in a family of werewolves that thinks he will be the most fearsome werewolf ever. Things don’t go as planned during is first “warfing” when he ends up turning into a poodle.

The movie comes from Australian animation filmmaker Alexs Stadermann (Maya the Bee Movie) and the voice cast includes Loren GraySamara WeavingJane LynchJai Courtney, and Ilai Swindells.

This isn’t a top-notch animated movie, but it looks like something that kids will enjoy. Here’s the synopsis:

Freddy Lupin, heir to a proud family of werewolves, is positive he'll become the most fearsome werewolf ever. On his 13th birthday, Freddy is in for a shock when his first "transwolfation" goes awry, turning him into a ferocious… poodle. Just when Freddy thinks life can’t get any worse, he’s thrown out of his pack and finds himself in the clutches of a dog pound. Can Freddy and his new streetwise friend, Batty, escape? Despite his pink and fluffy exterior, Freddy now has until moonrise to prove that he’s still 100% Wolf! 

100% Wolf opened in Australia and the UK earlier this summer and the movie is currently playing in select theaters in the U.S.

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Xbox Explains Various Improvements for Backwards Compatible TitlesGamesTommy WilliamsFri, 16 Oct 2020 12:00:00 +0000http://www.leelozano.com/news/xbox-explains-various-improvements-for-backwards-compatible-titles51b3dc8ee4b051b96ceb10de:51ce6099e4b0d911b4489b79:5f863fd45d05fb0bb97b5fac xbox_series.jpg

One of the features for the Xbox Series consoles that many are excited for is the backwards compatibility. It’s not just because we can then clear out our old consoles and never use them again (although that’s a big perk). It’s also because for probably the first time on console, the Xbox Series will play games better than on their original platforms. A couple of weeks ago, Digital Foundry found the practical application of this with older titles performing better on Series X than on Xbox One X. Now, Xbox has gone ahead and talked about this.

In a recent post, Peggy Lo explains that all backward compatible titles will be able to access the full powers of the Xbox Series consoles. None of the hardware is downclocked or anything. Of course, many of these titles won’t take full advantage of the new hardware, but the performance will probably be the best possible with higher and steadier framerates and higher resolutions.

Also, the hardware allows for Auto HDR which will vastly improve the visual quality of games. All games will automatically gain HDR enhancements with the developers needing to do nothing and players don’t have to worry about any additional latency or hit to their performance.

If that’s not enough, the backward compatibility team has been hard at work using the Heutchy method to improve the resolution of games from 360p or 720p up to 1440p on the Series S and 4K on the Series X. This comes with improved texture filturing including 16x anisotropic filtering. The goal is not just to let you play your old games, but to let you get more out of those old games.

Finally, the team has been working developing new methods to effectively double framerates. This will only work on select titles, but it’s pretty promising. One of the games is Fallout 4 and you can watch the video of the framerate getting the pump on an Xbox Series S!

The Xbox Series consoles will launch on November 10.

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Xbox Explains Various Improvements for Backwards Compatible Titles
Make Religious Stories More Interactive with the RPG THE LIVING TESTAMENT: THE THREE MAGIGamesTommy WilliamsFri, 16 Oct 2020 11:00:00 +0000http://www.leelozano.com/news/make-religious-stories-more-interactive-with-the-rpg-the-living-testament-the-three-magi51b3dc8ee4b051b96ceb10de:51ce6099e4b0d911b4489b79:5f8644cbdcff487723f5882b Make Religious Stories More Interactive with the RPG THE LIVING TESTAMENT: THE THREE MAGI1

Justin Handlin of Crit Academy has created a fun 5th edition RPG for people who want to explore some stories from the Bible in a creative way. The Living Testament: The Three Magi is a project created to do just that.

The 80-page supplement includes all the rules that you’ll need in order to play, a starter adventure, beautiful artwork, and pregenerated characters ready to print and play. The starter adventure follows the three magi from the Christmas story.

The only complaint that I have about the RPG is that there aren’t any rules for creating characters. This was done deliberately to make things easier and less complicated for anyone to pick up though. Other than that, it looks like fun.

The Living Testament is a 5th Edition roleplaying game that drops the players right into the story. Walk alongside the Magi as they follow the star of Jacob. Protect them from wild beasts, sabotage King Herod’s plans, and fend off his army while Mary and Joseph escape with baby Jesus.

A new and fantastic way to include young disciples in learning the bible stories in a way that is engaging, memorable, and most importantly, fun.

You can purchase the PDF version of The Living Testament from Crit Academy or the PDF and softcover versions from Amazon or DriveThru RPG.

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Make Religious Stories More Interactive with the RPG THE LIVING TESTAMENT: THE THREE MAGI
Interview: Comedian Steven Byrne Opens Up About Making THE OPENING ACT and Gives Great Advice to Hopeful ComicsInterviewJessica FisherFri, 16 Oct 2020 10:00:00 +0000http://www.leelozano.com/news/interview-comedian-steven-byrne-opens-up-about-making-the-opening-act-and-gives-great-advice-to-hopeful-comics51b3dc8ee4b051b96ceb10de:51ce6099e4b0d911b4489b79:5f8763f6a717ba6ca6db2e1a Steve+Byrne.jpg

I was given the awesome opportunity to interview actor and comedian Steve Byrne ahead of the release of his film The Opening Act. Byrne wrote and directed the film, which follows a young comedian, played by Jimmy O. Yang, who is hoping to start his career as a full time stand-up comic. I am a huge fan of Byrne’s comedy, and have enjoyed watching his specials for years. He’s a funny guy, a fan of the site, and he offered up some great advice to those hoping to try their hand at comedy. Check out the interview below, and watch The Opening Act in theaters, On Demand, and on Digital today.

Jessica Fisher: Hi Steve, I’m Jessica from GeekTyrant.

Steve Byrne: Hi Jessica, pleasure to meet you. I’m actually a big fan of your site. You’re the third website I go to every day.

JF: That’s so awesome, I’m so glad to hear it! We are huge fans of yours too. We watch all of your Netflix specials and loved your series, so it’s just a great pleasure to talk to you.

SB: You got it. I love, obviously, all your movie insight, but you guys are one of the few that actually showcase some of the collectible toys and Sideshow and all that, so I’ve always been a fan of your site, so this is kind of really cool for me.

JF: That’s so cool! So, I was able to watch The Opening Act, and I enjoyed watching it, just being a fan of comedy. In the film, when Jimmy and Cedric’s characters go out to lunch, Cedric’s character Billy talks about what it takes to be a comedian, and he tells him to write and get on stage, then he shares that the gift of being able to make people laugh makes comedy the best job in the world. So is that your voice and advice coming through, or is that advice you’ve gotten from mentors along the way?

SB: You know, all three characters in the film are me. I was Will Chu, I certainly was Chris Palmer, and at this point in my life, I am Billy G. And those are all based off of conversations I’ve had over the years. I’ve listened to them over the years, and I’m having them now. Now that I’m kind of a veteran, on the road especially, there’s a lot of comics who say ‘Can I go out to lunch with you?’ or ‘Can I pick your brain?’ or ‘Can I talk to you in the green room before, and talk about how you started?,’ and you know, it almost becomes nauseating after a while, but you just say, you know, I was that kid. So, you know, I have those conversations on almost a weekly basis. And there was a comedian, I won’t say his name, but he came to one of these screenings, and he said, ‘I had that conversation with you just a few months ago! Is that why you put that in there?!’ And I was like, ‘No, unfortunately, that’s a common conversation.’ So, I discerned a lot of knowledge from comics. And that line in the film that says, ‘when I was younger, I thought I had to make people laugh so that I could feel good, but now I know I make people laugh so that they feel good,’ that’s the line from Billy Gardell. He’s from Mike and Molly, and now Bob Hearts Abishola, I actually named the character Billy G after Billy Gardell, because he’s been such a mentor to me over the years. I have nothing but high regard for him. And that line stuck with me like an incredible melody, like your favorite song. It’s just been in my head over the years. When I was writing this, I was like, ‘that’s going in the fucking script.’

JF: I’m a huge fan of his as well, so that’s so cool to hear that he was the inspiration for that.

SB: He’s an enormously underrated comic.

JF: Totally agree. So how vital is it for comedians to bomb onstage and get through those rough patches?

SB: Well, I mean, it’s inevitable, right? It’s part of the job, to bomb. There was something originally written in the script where, you know, part of the barometer, part of becoming a stand-up comedian, other than being full time, these are…well, actually these things all got cut out for a reason, so maybe I shouldn’t share, (laughs) but it’s just not being dissuaded by the fact that you bombed. The ratio is usually one to ten. For every one joke that works, there are usually ten jokes that haven’t. So when you see an hour stand-up comedy, you see every joke that works, you think of all the jokes that didn’t work to get there. So it’s definitely just part of it. And I think when you finally get that comfortability of knowing okay, I’m fine, on to the next one, but it also helps you develop an arsenal of weapons. You know how to get out of any situation. No matter how bad a joke is, you’ll have a line that will help transition and pass the baton from the bomb joke to the next joke and your head becomes kind of like this Plinko chip that hopefully always gets you to the ten thousand dollar instead of the hundred dollar Plinko reward. So I think it just takes time, it takes experience, and I think Jimmy’s character Will is trying to do over the course of the weekend, is he’s trying to take the advice from Billy G, he’s trying to apply it. But he’s learning that it’s also going to take time. It doesn’t happen overnight, and he learns that pretty quickly.

JF: Right, so in learning from every situation, the movie sees Jimmy dealing with hecklers, so as a comedian, you prepare your material and commit it to memory, so is there a rule of thumb when dealing with hecklers and how to get back on track from that?

SB: Um, yeah, I think when it comes to hecklers, I love it. I love anyone who tries to heckle me, because I feel like I’ve got a black belt in Jiu Jitsu and somebody just came to the strip mall for their first class of Tai Kwon Do, you know, white belt, no stripes. So that’s kind of what it feels like. You feel empowered with it, and you know, when I was a young stand-up in New York City, I was doing six or seven shows a night, and I’d dedicate one of my shows solely to improving and crowd work, and to this day, I spend my first ten minutes just doing crowd work, and it’s a part of the craft I feel very confident in. And there are different facets of stand-up comedy. People just think, oh, you do stand-up, but like roasting, like Jeff Ross, there’s a real art to that, and that’s not something that’s my forte. But crowd work, and slowly I’ve worked into becoming a better writer, and an overall entertainer. I certainly know my strengths now down the line as opposed to early on.

JF: So what would you recommend for people who are just starting out in a pandemic? What do you think they should do to keep the momentum and not give up?

SB: Oh God, if you want to start now, in a pandemic, I think you might want to move to a red state, first off. Those seem to be the only states that are open right now. They’re just like, ‘Fuck it! We’re open for business baby!’ So you may wants to go there, and get to the open mics and the bars. Because you certainly do need that physical interaction from performer to audience, no matter how slim the margins are. I’ve gone up in front of four people, I’ve gotten up in front of fifteen thousand people, and you just need that communal feel.

JF: Right, because you may think something could work, but you’ve just got to have that return.

SB: They know nothing about stand-up. An audience member has no clue, they’ve never written a joke, they’ll be the most honest. They will tell you what works and what doesn’t. There’s just something about a collective group of people. Same thing with a movie, right? People will just say, ‘I just liked it. I don’t know why, I just do.’ Same thing with stand-up.

Steve went on to say he has a lot of irons in the fire, and is hard at work on projects that we will hopefully soon hear all about. He’s a kind and gracious guy, and I hope to talk to him again soon.

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Interview: Comedian Steven Byrne Opens Up About Making THE OPENING ACT and Gives Great Advice to Hopeful Comics
Review: THE OPENING ACT Takes a Straight Look at the Journey of a Stand-Up ComedianMovieReviewJessica FisherFri, 16 Oct 2020 09:00:00 +0000http://www.leelozano.com/news/review-the-opening-act-takes-a-straight-look-at-the-journey-of-a-stand-up-comedian51b3dc8ee4b051b96ceb10de:51ce6099e4b0d911b4489b79:5f8609b420d285781e7c2794

I was given the opportunity to watch the film The Opening Act, written and directed by comedian Steve Byrne. The film follows the journey of fledgling comedian Will, played by real-life comedian Jimmy O. Yang, as he decides to pursue his dreams of becoming a stand-up. He takes the opportunity to get on stage and meet new comedians that he can gather wisdom from, and learns the meaning of the job that he loves and hopes to be able to break into.

The film is chock-full of familiar comedy faces including Alex Moffat, Cedric The Entertainer, Neal Brennan, Debby Ryan, Ken Jeong, Bill Burr, Whitney Cummings, Jermaine Fowler, Russell Peters, Tom Segura, and Iliza Shlesinger, and the film was produced by Vince Vaughn and Peter Billingsley.

I am a huge fan of stand-up comedy. I go see it live, I watch the specials, I follow my favorite comedians in their careers, and have enjoyed Steve Byrne’s comedy and projects for years, so I was really excited to watch this movie. It was fun to see the ensemble and have the curtain pulled back on a profession I admire so much. The one thing that disappointed me about the film was the lack of comedy. I expected to laugh at and with these talented comedians, but was surprised when the film played so straight.

After watching the film, I watched an interview with Byrne where he explained that the film purposefully didn’t distract from the main character’s journey with anything else going on in his life. That helped me to understand why we didn’t see the spotlight on any other comedic characters, but I just hoped for some more funny moments with Yang’s character. The most memorable moment in the film was when Yang’s character took Cedric the Entertainer’s character to lunch to ask his advice, as he was a seasoned comedian in the movie. Cedric tells him that the gift of being able to make people laugh makes comedy the best job in the world. This line resonated with me and brought it all together. I ended up being happy with the film, because I love comedy and the people who make it, but I was surprised that the film about a comedian’s journey featured less comedy than I expected.

Check out my full interview with Steve Byrne on GeekTyrant today, as he talks a lot about being a comedian today and gives great advice for those starting out. Then check out The Opening Act in theaters, On Demand, and On Digital today.

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Review: THE OPENING ACT Takes a Straight Look at the Journey of a Stand-Up Comedian
Review: THE DEVIL HAS A NAME Tells an Interesting Story and Features Solid PerformancesMovieReviewJessica FisherFri, 16 Oct 2020 08:00:00 +0000http://www.leelozano.com/news/review-the-devil-has-a-name-tells-an-interesting-story-and-features-solid-performances51b3dc8ee4b051b96ceb10de:51ce6099e4b0d911b4489b79:5f85d893862a6b276cb54882

I was given the opportunity to watch the film The Devil Has a Name, an interesting fictionalized story based on true events in the recent past with the farmers who live in central California. While the farmlands there are major agricultural sources for the United States, in recent decades oil companies have used adjacent land as dumping ground for their waste, ruining much of the rich soil it runs into.

In the film, David Strathairn plays a recently widowed almond farmer who is beginning to learn of the devastation that is being brought to his land when a young man who he has known since he was a kid (Haley Joel Osment) shows up to offer him a laughable offer on his farm on behalf of the oil company, run by Kate Bosworth’s character. The farmer and his friend (Edward James Olmos) team up with a lawyer (Martin Sheen) to make a statement and get him his fair share. There are threats made, as well as carried out, and you see the effects of greed, lies, and corruption, as well as the danger the farmer faces in going up against a much bigger opponent.

Each of the performances in the film feel very rich and nuanced, and the story feels familiar, as we have heard of the true devastation heaped upon working class farmers like this in the past. The characters are each motivated by something different, and each story weaves well within the others. The film was directed by Olmos and written by Robert McEveety. The main cast is supplemented by Pablo Schreiber and Alfred Molina.

The Devil Has a Name was well done, and although slightly predictable at times, it tells an interesting story and showcases solid performances from its cast. The Devil Has a Name is in theaters, On Demand, and Digital today.

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Review: THE DEVIL HAS A NAME Tells an Interesting Story and Features Solid Performances
Exciting New Trailer for Season 2 of HBO's Fantasy Epic HIS DARK MATERIALSTrailerJoey PaurThu, 15 Oct 2020 22:40:00 +0000http://www.leelozano.com/news/exciting-new-trailer-for-season-2-of-hbos-fantasy-epic-his-dark-materials51b3dc8ee4b051b96ceb10de:51ce6099e4b0d911b4489b79:5f88c8b527772f640f2a12d6

We’ve got another trailer to share with you for the second season of HBO’s fantasy epic His Dark Materials. I loved the first season of this series, and it looks like Season 2 is going to take things to another level. The world is expanding in a big way, and I’m excited to see how the story plays out over the course of the next season.

The first season of the series followed Lyra (Dafne Keen), “a seemingly ordinary but brave young woman from another world. Lyra’s search for a kidnapped friend uncovers a sinister plot involving stolen children and becomes a quest to understand a mysterious phenomenon called Dust. As she journeys through the worlds, including our own, Lyra meets a determined and courageous boy called Will. Together they encounter extraordinary beings and dangerous secrets, with the fate of both the living — and the dead — in their hands.”

In the second season, “Lord Asriel (James McAvoy) has opened a bridge to a new world, and, distraught over the death of her best friend, Lyra follows Asriel into the unknown. In a strange and mysterious abandoned city, she meets Will (Amir Wilson), a boy from our world who is also running from a troubled past. Lyra and Will learn their destinies are tied to reuniting Will with his father but find their path is constantly thwarted as a war begins to brew around them. Meanwhile, Mrs. Coulter (Ruth Wilson) searches for Lyra, determined to bring her home by any means necessary.”

The series also stars Ariyon Bakare (Lord Boreal), Amir Wilson (Will), Lin-Manuel Miranda (Lee Scoresby), Andrew Scott (John Parry), Jade Anouka (Ruta Skadi), and Simone Kirby (Dr. Mary Malone). New members of the cast for season two include Terence Stamp and Jade Anouka.

His Dark Materials will premiere on HBO on November 16th.

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Exciting New Trailer for Season 2 of HBO's Fantasy Epic HIS DARK MATERIALS
Update on THE LAST STARFIGHTER Sequel, Which Is Still in DevelopmentMovieJoey PaurThu, 15 Oct 2020 22:30:00 +0000http://www.leelozano.com/news/update-on-the-last-starfighter-sequel-which-is-still-in-development51b3dc8ee4b051b96ceb10de:51ce6099e4b0d911b4489b79:5f888e3f45753b29941788bb update-on-the-last-starfighter-sequel-which-is-still-in-development-social.jpg

A couple of years ago we learned that Star Wars: Rogue One screenwriter Gary Whitta was developing a reboot of the classic 1984 sci-fi film The Last Starfighter. This is a project that I’ve actually been pretty excited about, but it’s been a while since we’ve had an update. I’ve actually been wondering what the status of the project is, and thankfully, it’s still in development!

Jonathan Betuel, the co-writer of the original film, recently gave an update on the sequel and explained that he’s still working on the sequel with Whitta. While talking with Moviehole, Betuel said:

“It looks like we’ll be making the deal to get it going. Gary’s a gifted collaborator, we’ll be writing the script together but it’s taken a long time. I had to go through a process that took years to recapture the rights, but that was recently completed and although nothing is ever clear sailing, it looks like we have a really good opportunity now. So I’m really looking forward to taking it up.”

We’ve already seen some concept art for the project, which got fans super excited. Betuel went on to confirm that the sequel will be “a movie with all the bells and whistles, and it won’t presuppose that you’ve seen the original film. There’ll be references here and there, but it’ll carry the saga forward.”

When talking about the story, he shared that “the leads are now parents and time has passed. It’s not a remake, it’s going to continue the story. What’s changed is time itself, certainly as the video world and the alien world have continued to tick away. It’s not a time capsule of the ’80s by any means, we’re taking it to the next level. Passing the torch…or the joystick.”

Whitta previously opened up about what he was planning for the film and explained why now is the right time to bring The Last Starfighter back. He also offered some story details saying:

"The simple answer to that is Jonathan Betuel. Jon created and wrote the original movie, it was all his idea, a spec script he wrote while he was working as a waiter in Hollywood in the early ’80s. There was a whole bidding war over that script. In all the years hence, whenever I’ve brought up the idea of a Starfighter reboot in meetings, people would always convey excitement and then say that it’s impossible because the rights are a mess. It’s true that it’s not simple, but part of the key to it is, as I understand it (and I’m not a lawyer), Jon still retains some piece of ownership of the original IP, so no one can make a new movie without his participation. I happened to track Jon down, and after I was done pestering him with all my fanboy questions about the original film we started to talk about what a new version might look like. Since then we’ve spent so many hours working on it I’ve long since lost count, but right now we have a fully developed story that is a combination of reboot and sequel that we both think honors the legacy of the original film while passing the torch to a new generation. We’re both very excited about it creatively."

Whitta has said that this is a passion project for them, and they are both confident that they have developed a great story for a great movie.

The Last Starfighter is a cool movie and a favorite of mine from when I was growing up. It’s so cool that after all these years we are going to get a sequel!

The story of the original film centered on a video game expert named Alex Rogan who finds himself transported to another planet after conquering The Last Starfighter video game only to find out it was just a test. He was recruited to join the team of best starfighters to defend their world from the attack.

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Update on THE LAST STARFIGHTER Sequel, Which Is Still in Development
Here's Our Preview for MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS #55Comic BookTommy WilliamsThu, 15 Oct 2020 22:00:00 +0000http://www.leelozano.com/news/heres-our-preview-for-mighty-morphin-power-rangers-5551b3dc8ee4b051b96ceb10de:51ce6099e4b0d911b4489b79:5f8794668266e7513cec5942

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers will come to an end later this month with issue 55. Then, it will split into the Mighty Morphin and Power Rangers comic series. Well, we have our first look at the comic, and it does not look good. The Dark Rangers are completely overwhelming the Power Rangers. Zedd is finally getting his wish. This is clearly a push for the team to add the Green Ranger as a seventh member of the team. I’m still hoping that it’s not Drakkon even if he’s the most likely candidate.

It’s a battle for the ages—the Power Rangers' THUNDERZORDS vs the Dark Rangers' TERRORZORDS—and nothing will ever be the same! Plus, the shocking first appearance of the New Green Ranger, setting the stage for the upcoming era of UNLIMITED POWER in the brand new series Mighty Morphin and Power Rangers in November 2020.

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #55 will be available on October 21. You can purchase physical copies from your local comic shop or digital copies through outlets like comiXology, Google Play, iBooks, and Madefire. The series is written by Ryan Parrott and features art by Moisés Hidalgo, and color by Igor Monti with assistance by Sabrina Del Grosso. The main cover is from Jamal Campbell with variants by Go?i Montes, Kris Anka, and more.

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Here's Our Preview for MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS #55
Jon Favreau Addresses THE MANDALORIAN Movie Rumors and Says Season 3 Will Shoot This YearTVJoey PaurThu, 15 Oct 2020 21:30:00 +0000http://www.leelozano.com/news/jon-favreau-addresses-the-mandalorian-movie-rumors-and-says-season-3-will-shoot-this-year51b3dc8ee4b051b96ceb10de:51ce6099e4b0d911b4489b79:5f88b7241e1055312a21689f

While Disny+ has yet to officially announce The Mandalorian Season 3, we know that it’s going to happen, and Jon Favreau says that it’s on schedule to start shooting before the end of the year.

Even though I’m excited that we are going to get a third season of The Mandalorian, we still need to experience Season 2, which drops later this month! We need to get through this next chapter of the story before we can even begin to speculate what’s coming in season three!

While talking to Variety, Favreau said, “We’re operating under the assumption that we’ll be able to go forward. We’re in very small situations and oftentimes we have a lot of characters in masks. And we also have a lot of digital work that augments things. So we’re a show that’s probably well-equipped to be flexible based on the protocols that are emerging surrounding work restarting.”

Favreau also addressed rumors of a Mandalorian movie, explaining that he’s open to it, but in no rush to make one:

“But we’re definitely open to it. And excited to see where the story leads us and have that flexibility — because there’s no rulebook now. Technology is always offering new opportunities to tell stories in a fresh way. It’s a very exciting time to be doing this and I feel very grateful that we’re able to be able to work remotely, because of the nature of the technology that we’re dealing with. So we’re continuing to try to move forward and keep the ball rolling, even though it’s been a challenging time for everyone.”

The Mandalorian star Pedro Pascal was more enthusiastic about a potential film, saying:

“I think that the work is so beautiful that I would love for that to be held by a big-screen experience. But it seems to work so well that also I’m not sure it’s something that I would want corrupted by any kind of change, you know? I mean, I certainly know that the challenge can be met. It’s not like these people don’t have the experience. If anybody can do it, they can!”

So far I’m happy with how things currently are with The Mandalorian. I wouldn’t complain if we never see the character on the big screen. As long as we get to see the complete story arc for this character play out… I’ll be happy.

The Mandalorian season 2 will premiere on Disney+ on October 30.

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Jon Favreau Addresses THE MANDALORIAN Movie Rumors and Says Season 3 Will Shoot This Year
Let's Talk About SEVEN SECRETS #3Comic BookRantTommy WilliamsThu, 15 Oct 2020 21:00:00 +0000http://www.leelozano.com/news/lets-talk-about-seven-secrets-351b3dc8ee4b051b96ceb10de:51ce6099e4b0d911b4489b79:5f865418595c1b3c7cade09f

BOOM! Studios has released Seven Secrets #3, and I like where this is going. The comic is written by Tom Taylor and features art by Daniele Di Nicuolo and colors by Walter Baiamonte. You can purchase a copy from your local comic store or if you like digital copies you can go to outlets including comiXology.

The only thing standing between Caspar and his dream of protecting one of the Secrets -- and getting to know the mother who abandoned him -- is the Trials. Caspar is pitted against the best and brightest of his generation, fighting for his life -- but will it be worth the cost of winning?

After the preview, we get to the funeral of Sigurd. Caspar feels strange going since he didn’t really know his dad, but afterwards, Eva gives him a metal chest full of things that Sigurd wanted to give him. She also told him the biggest secret in their society, that Sigurd loved Caspar, and gave him a kiss. It’s so sweet and sad. Inside the chest are things that Sigurd had collected over the 15 years of Caspar’s life including one of his jackets, a copy of London Calling by The Clash, George Orwell’s 1984, The Deep (a graphic novel written by Taylor), and a copy of We Only Find Them When They’re Dead #1 (another comic from BOOM! Studios that I enjoy) to name a few.

Caspar then has to compete in The Trials with Titus, Dion, and Fel. The trials are grueling and really test them. Caspar thinks outside the box and ends up winning the privilege of being the Holder of the seventh secret with Eva being his Keeper. Also, it turns out that Tajana had a lot of faith in Caspar as she had given him the real case for the seventh secret during the trials. Wow. Can you imagine what would’ve happened had he lost? That would’ve been embarrassing.

At the end, a small boat explodes in the base and the evil guy, Amon, appears with some cool looking henchmen. I’m sure it’s just a coincidence, though, and they were just in the neighborhood. That’s a thing. Right?

I really liked this issue of Seven Secrets because I feel it wraps up a lot of the backstory and exposition so that we can just get moving forward. I can’t wait to see where Caspar and Eva go from here. What even are these secrets?

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HBO Max Competition Craft Show CRAFTOPIA Releases Halloween Trailer and Gets a Second Season OrderTVTrailerTommy WilliamsThu, 15 Oct 2020 20:30:00 +0000http://www.leelozano.com/news/hbo-max-competition-craft-show-craftopia-releases-halloween-trailer-and-gets-a-second-season-order51b3dc8ee4b051b96ceb10de:51ce6099e4b0d911b4489b79:5f8783394cd0011fabc9fa7b

HBO Max has some fun news for fans of crafting shows. The streaming service’s competition crafting series Craftopia is launching four holiday-themed special episodes over the next month and a second season with adult competitors has been picked up for next year. Craftopia will release two Halloween episodes on October 22 and then two winter spectaculars will be available on November 16. This looks like so much fun to watch! The series is hosted by Lauren Riihimaki, aka LaurDIY, who said:

The upcoming holiday episodes are cute beyond words with talented kids that will melt your hearts.

As for the second season with adults, the season is being dubbed Craftopia: Holiday Showdown and will be released in 2021. Riihimaki will return to host the eight episode season that will also feature surprise guests and brand-new challenges. Teasing the season, Riihimaki said:

For season two, not only are the contestants literally bigger, so are the challenges and we're taking everything to the next level. It's going to be an epic ride and I'm so grateful to be part of a show that embodies everything I love about being creative.

I am very excited and really want to check this show out now. You can find a trailer for the upcoming Halloween episodes below.

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HBO Max Competition Craft Show CRAFTOPIA Releases Halloween Trailer and Gets a Second Season Order
Watch the Halloween Intro for AMPHIBIA's Special This WeekendTVVideosTommy WilliamsThu, 15 Oct 2020 20:00:00 +0000http://www.leelozano.com/news/watch-the-halloween-intro-for-amphibias-special-this-weekend51b3dc8ee4b051b96ceb10de:51ce6099e4b0d911b4489b79:5f861bcc5832086afb7a935a

This weekend is the Halloween special for the awesome animated series Amphibia. Well, to go with the special, Disney has shared the spooky opening and reworked theme song. It’s a lot of fun and absolutely perfect. It’s things like this that sometimes make me wish I had cable.

Anne and the Plantars leave the cozy confines of Wartwood for the distant city of Newtopia, on a quest to unlock the mysteries of the music box! On their journey, they’ll visit exotic new locations, uncover hidden secrets, and experience unexpected reunions as they continue to search for a way to get Anne home.

Amphibia’s special will air at 8 PM on Disney Channel and DisneyNOW on October 17.

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Rooster Teeth Drops New Trailer for RWBY Volume 8TrailerTVTommy WilliamsThu, 15 Oct 2020 19:25:00 +0000http://www.leelozano.com/news/rooster-teeth-drops-new-trailer-for-rwby-volume-851b3dc8ee4b051b96ceb10de:51ce6099e4b0d911b4489b79:5f877ace349af75c2aaed772

We are less than a month away from the volume 8 premiere of RWBY. I love this animated series from Rooster Teeth, and the new trailer has me so pumped. Salem is barging into Atlas, Ruby and pals need to stop her and save the world, and Ironwood is a hyperfocused crazy man. Plus, Salem has the lamp and knows she needs Oscar to actually summon Jinn and ask her question. This is going to be an intense season, and I am here for it.

With the lantern in her grasp, Salem’s power is reaching daunting new heights; Atlas, and the entirety of Remnant, have never been in more grave danger. Is there any hope of Team RWBY prevailing, or is Salem’s influence truly too great to be defeated?

RWBY Volume 8 will premiere on Rooster Teeth on November 7.

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Rooster Teeth Drops New Trailer for RWBY Volume 8
THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE and BLY MANOR Address Possibility of a Third SeasonMovieJoey PaurThu, 15 Oct 2020 19:00:00 +0000http://www.leelozano.com/news/the-haunting-of-hill-house-and-bly-manor-address-possibility-of-a-third-season51b3dc8ee4b051b96ceb10de:51ce6099e4b0d911b4489b79:5f87761588f77530ff5cc35e

The Haunting of Bly Manor recently dropped on Netflix and the horror series, which is a follow-up to The Haunting of Hill House, has been met with mixed reviews. I personally enjoyed it, but I knew going in to it that it was going to be a very different kind of story than Hill House. I was expecting different, and while it wasn’t as scary as Hill House, it still told a wonderful and haunting story.

I’m hoping that Netflix orders a third season of the horror anthology and that the creators and executive producers Mike Flanagan and Trevor Macy return to tell a new creepy story. During a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, they were asked about a potential third season and Flanagan is certainly open to exploring more ghost stories. He explained:

“A ghost is an impact from the past on the present in every ghost story. That's all it really is, no matter how you dress it up. A ghost is simply an element of the past that refuses to live in the past and instead just encroaches upon the present that it alters the present. It changes the trajectory of the person who’s experiencing that little piece of the past... That link between memory and ghosts and between ghosts and the past, that is the lifeblood of the show.

"I feel like there’s no shortage of ghosts in the world for all of us. So, if we could find some common language with which to talk about them, then that’s something we always aspire to do this season or beyond, if that’s the way it goes."

I think Flanagan and his creative team have done great things with telling ghost stories in Hill House and Bly Manor, and he’s right! There is no shortage of ghost stories to tell! The big question is, what kind of ghost story will they tell for the third season?

While we wait for news of a Season 3, Flanagan is currently developing another Netflix series titled Midnight Mass, which follows “an isolated island community that experiences miraculous events — and frightening omens — after the arrival of a charismatic, mysterious young priest."

What did you think of The Haunting of Bly Manor?

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THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE and BLY MANOR Address Possibility of a Third Season
Amazon Orders Modern Remake of YA Horror I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER to SeriesTVJessica FisherThu, 15 Oct 2020 18:30:00 +0000http://www.leelozano.com/news/amazon-orders-modern-remake-of-ya-horror-i-know-what-you-did-last-summer-to-series51b3dc8ee4b051b96ceb10de:51ce6099e4b0d911b4489b79:5f874e0ad3352b1088e06569 I know what you did last summer movie scary guy.jpg

Amazon has given a series order on a modern remake of the popular 90s YA slasher movie I Know What You Did Last Summer. The series will give the story an updated look, with Preacher writer Sara Goodman on board, based on the 1973 novel by Lois Duncan. Though the story will take place in modern-day, it will still follow the same formula laid out in the film, where “in a town full of secrets, a group of teenagers are stalked by a mysterious killer a year after a fatal accident on their graduation night.”

Albert Cheng, COO and CO-Head of Television, Amazon Studios said of the project:

“The best horror franchises always have another scare coming, and this I Know What You Did Last Summer series from Sara Goodman is a perfectly twisted update to the iconic slasher movie. Any way you slice it, our global Prime Video customers will love this modern take on the fan favorite film.”

This was a fun scary teen movie, and I’m sure it will be an equally fun series. Are you a fan of this story? Will you check out the series at Amazon?

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Amazon Orders Modern Remake of YA Horror I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER to Series
Stephen King Confirms THE OUTSIDER Season 2 and Says It's Going to Be 'Real Spooky'TVJoey PaurThu, 15 Oct 2020 18:00:00 +0000http://www.leelozano.com/news/stephen-king-confirms-the-outsider-season-2-and-says-its-going-to-be-real-spooky51b3dc8ee4b051b96ceb10de:51ce6099e4b0d911b4489b79:5f876a9615cb615f5031d0e9

The first season of HBO’s series adaptation of Stephen King’s The Outsider was fantastic! I couldn’t have asked for a better retelling of the story. The series was a huge hit for HBO, and while they have yet to confirm that a second season is happening, King himself confirmed it in an interview with EW, saying, “There’s going to be a second season of The Outsider as soon as they can get the production going.”

If you haven’t watched the series yet, The Outsider follows police detective Ralph Anderson (Ben Mendelsohn), “as he sets out to investigate the mutilated body of 11-year-old Frankie Peterson found in the Georgia woods. The mysterious circumstances surrounding this horrifying crime leads Ralph, still grieving the recent death of his own son, to bring in unorthodox private investigator Holly Gibney, whose uncanny abilities he hopes will help explain the unexplainable.” While this is going on, another man (Jason Bateman) is blamed and arrested for the murder, and he claims he’s innocent.

There are a lot of great and interesting twists and turns in the story, and there’s a cool supernatural element to it. It’s that supernatural element that will need to be explored further in Season 2. King went on to tease what we can expect from the next season saying:

“I know exactly where it's going because I have seen some of the scripts. I could tell you, but then I'd have to kill you. I'll just say that it's really great and a real spooky paranormal element.”

Well, I’m happy that Season 2 is actually moving forward, and I can’t wait to see how the story continues to play out.

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Stephen King Confirms THE OUTSIDER Season 2 and Says It's Going to Be 'Real Spooky'
STAR WARS Book Reveals George Lucas Originally Planned on Killing Off Luke Skywalker in EPISODE 8MovieJoey PaurThu, 15 Oct 2020 17:45:00 +0000http://www.leelozano.com/news/new-star-wars-book-reveals-george-lucas-originally-planned-on-killing-off-luke-skywalker-in-episode-851b3dc8ee4b051b96ceb10de:51ce6099e4b0d911b4489b79:5f887d214c786a442ac75948 new-star-wars-book-reveals-george-lucas-originally-planned-on-killing-off-luke-skywalker-in-episode-8-social.jpg

All these years later, we are still learning about what director George Lucas was originally planning for the final trilogy of the Skywalker saga before he sold everything off to Disney.

In the trilogy that we ended up getting, Luke Skywalker died in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. A lot of fans were upset by this, but if Lucas got to make his version of the trilogy, he was planning on killing off Luke in Episode 8 as well. So, either way, Luke would have died in that film.

A tweet has been making the rounds recently that reveals an excerpt from a new book titled Star Wars: Fascinating Facts, which comes from Lucasfilm Story Group member and Star Wars Encyclopedia author Pablo Hidalgo, and it reveals the following:

"Years before The Last Jedi began development, the treatment left behind by George Lucas in 2012 also had Episode VIII be the one wherein Luke Skywalker would die."

Another excerpt from the book reveals Lucas' plans for Luke overall saying:

"Although Luke Skywalker only barely appears in The Force Awakens, the concept artists had a lot to imagine based on the fragments of the story they were hearing as it developed.

“Rey was on a mission to seek out Luke Skywalker, who had disappeared. As described by George Lucas, Rey is like Willard going up river seeking out Colonel Kurtz, an allusion to Apocalypse Now. The story had Rey find Luke on a Jedi temple planet, but he is a recluse, withdrawn into a very dark space and needs to be drawn back from despair."

Those plans for Luke were pretty much utilized in The Last Jedi. So, director Rian Johnson actually took the ideas presented by Lucas and incorporated them into the story. It was just handled in a different way than what Lucas might have done. The Apocalypse Now reference leads me to believe Lucas’ version would have had less humor, maybe even be a bit darker. We’ll never know.

What’s done is done, and while the recent Star Wars trilogy might have ultimately been a disappointment, I’m excited about the future! I liked the standalone films and the work that’s being done on The Mandalorian gives me hope that Lucasfilm will continue to make smart decisions.

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STAR WARS Book Reveals George Lucas Originally Planned on Killing Off Luke Skywalker in EPISODE 8
Ava DuVernay Set to Direct, Write, and Produce Adaptation of CASTE at NetflixMovieJessica FisherThu, 15 Oct 2020 17:30:00 +0000http://www.leelozano.com/news/ava-duvernay-set-to-direct-write-and-produce-adaptation-of-caste-at-netflix51b3dc8ee4b051b96ceb10de:51ce6099e4b0d911b4489b79:5f874301d1b33d2eddafe466 AvaDuVernay_1.jpg

After the success of the documentary 13th, and the limited series When They See Us, Ava DuVernay is teaming back up with Netflix to direct, write, and produce the feature adaptation of Caste for the streamer. The story is based on Isabel Wilkerson’s critically-acclaimed novel, Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents.

Variety reports the description:

The film adaptation, titled Caste, will use a multiple-story structure to examine the “unspoken system that has shaped America and chronicles how our lives today are defined by a hierarchy of human divisions dating back generations.” The novel, published in August 2020 by Pulitzer Prize winner Wilkerson, was a New York Times best-seller and an Oprah’s Book Club selection.

This is a perfect project for DuVernay, who has been a solid director making poignant projects for a while now. DuVernay is currently producing a series based on the life of athlete and activist Colin Kaepernick, titled Colin in Black & White, and is filming DMZ starring Rosario Dawson and Benjamin Bratt.

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Ava DuVernay Set to Direct, Write, and Produce Adaptation of CASTE at Netflix
Reba McEntire Set to Star in FRIED GREEN TOMATOES Series at NBCTVJessica FisherThu, 15 Oct 2020 17:00:00 +0000http://www.leelozano.com/news/reba-mcentire-set-to-star-in-fried-green-tomatoes-series-at-nbc51b3dc8ee4b051b96ceb10de:51ce6099e4b0d911b4489b79:5f873c78c6e4e823aa78492b reba+mcentire.jpg

Singer and actress Reba McEntire has signed on to star in a new adaptation of Fried Green Tomatoes at NBC. The story will be told in a series this time around and will follow the story first told in the book by Fannie Flagg and made famous in the 1991 film. Maude and All In The Family writer Normal Lear is returning to executive-produce the series, having produced the film as well.

Variety described the new series, saying:

The hour-long drama project is described as a modernization of the novel and movie that explores the lives of descendants from the original work. When present-day Idgie Threadgoode (McEntire) returns to Whistle Stop after a decade away, she must wrestle with a changed town, estranged daughter, faltering cafe and life-changing secret.

This movie is one of my favorite of all time, and I watch it regularly. I hope that they are able to do the story the same justice in the series as they did in the film. I like McEntire as an actress, and I think she fits the role, as long as she can bring a seriousness to the part. Idgie Threadgoode is a solemn character with a lot of heart and a lot of pain in her life. I am interested to see how it all works out.

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Reba McEntire Set to Star in FRIED GREEN TOMATOES Series at NBC
Roland Emmerich's Moon Disaster Film MOONFALL Adds Stanley Tucci and John BradleyMovieJoey PaurThu, 15 Oct 2020 16:30:00 +0000http://www.leelozano.com/news/roland-emmerichs-moon-disaster-film-moonfall-adds-stanley-tucci-and-john-bradley51b3dc8ee4b051b96ceb10de:51ce6099e4b0d911b4489b79:5f87489b051a48789a5d1106

Stanley Tucci and John Bradley (Game of Thrones) are the latest actors to join writer and director Roland Emmerich’s upcoming moon disaster film, Moonfall. They join the previously cast Halle Berry, Patrick Wilson, and Charlie Plummer.

Emmerich has never had a problem filling his casts with great actors, regardless of how mediocre his movies are. The story for this next film revolves around a “mysterious force that knocks the Moon from its orbit around Earth and sends it hurtling on a collision course with life as we know it. With mere weeks before impact, and against all odds, a ragtag team launches an impossible last-ditch mission into space, leaving behind everyone they love and risking everything to land on the lunar surface and save our planet from annihilation.”

If you take the moon out of the equation, this is the exact same plot as Armageddon. Wilson will take on the role of Ben Harper, a disgraced former NASA astronaut whose last mission, which ended in tragedy, holds a clue about the impending catastrophe. Plummer will play his teenage son.

Berry is playing a former colleague of Wilson’s character. Tucci will take on the role of Tom Phillips, a wealthy car dealer who’s married to Harper’s ex-wife, while Bradley is KC Houseman, an eccentric and unkempt genius who discovers that the moon has fallen out of its orbit. Josh Gad was originally cast in the role, but he dropped out.

Lionsgate will release the film sometime in 2022.

Source: Deadline

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Roland Emmerich's Moon Disaster Film MOONFALL Adds Stanley Tucci and John Bradley
More STAR WARS Actors Join Disney+'s LEGO STAR WARS HOLIDAY SPECIAL and a New PosterTVJoey PaurThu, 15 Oct 2020 16:15:00 +0000http://www.leelozano.com/news/more-star-wars-actors-join-disneys-lego-star-wars-holiday-special-and-a-new-poster51b3dc8ee4b051b96ceb10de:51ce6099e4b0d911b4489b79:5f886ff63112304776ed6bc2

Disney+ has released a new poster for its upcoming Star Wars holiday special, LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special. They also have announced the voice cast of the series, and it’s filled with franchise stars reprising their roles.

The cast includes Kelly Marie Tran (Rose Tico), Billy Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian), Anthony Daniels (C-3PO), as well as Star Wars: The Clone Wars vets Matt Lanter (Anakin Skywalker), Tom Kane (Yoda, Qui-Gon Jinn), James Arnold Taylor (Obi-Wan Kenobi), and Dee Bradley Baker (clone troopers).

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The upcoming holiday special reunites LEGO versions of Rey, Finn, Poe, Chewie, Rose, and the droids for a joyous feast on Life Day, which is the holiday first introduced in the 1978 special. Here’s the synopsis:

Directly following the events of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, Rey leaves her friends to prepare for Life Day as she sets off on a new adventure with BB-8 to gain a deeper knowledge of the Force. At a mysterious Jedi Temple, she is hurled into a cross-timeline adventure through beloved moments in Star Wars cinematic history, coming into contact with Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, Yoda, Obi-Wan and other iconic heroes and villains from all nine Skywalker saga films. But will she make it back in time for the Life Day feast and learn the true meaning of holiday spirit?  

The new LEGO special “will continue the rich legacy of collaboration between Lucasfilm and LEGO—playful adventures told in the endearingly irreverent way that only LEGO Star Wars co-branded content can.”

There will be plenty of nods to the original special, and according to executive producer Josh Rimes, "We wanted to give a wink and a nod to the original. It's a celebration of the saga. A lot of characters will be interacting with different characters and perhaps even different versions of themselves at different ages."

Rimes when on to say that "Life Day was an easy sell with Lego and Star Wars because it gives you the license to be a little more playful and comedic.”

LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special was directed by Ken Cunningham and written by David Shayne, who is also co-executive producer. James Waugh, Josh Rimes, Jason Cosler, Jacqui Lopez, Jill Wilfert, and Keith Malone are executive producers.

LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special is set to arrive on Disney+ on November 17th, which is the same day the original Star Wars Holiday Special premiered on CBS. This isn’t the new Star Wars holiday special that I expected, but there are fans that will tune in to check it out.

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More STAR WARS Actors Join Disney+'s LEGO STAR WARS HOLIDAY SPECIAL and a New Poster
Upcoming Dark Teen Comedy Netflix Film STRANGERS Is Inspired by Alfred Hitchcock's STRANGERS ON A TRAINMovieJoey PaurThu, 15 Oct 2020 16:00:00 +0000http://www.leelozano.com/news/an-upcoming-dark-teen-comedy-netflix-film-strangers-is-inspired-by-alfred-hitchcocks-strangers-on-a-train51b3dc8ee4b051b96ceb10de:51ce6099e4b0d911b4489b79:5f872c6b89e5f722dccb9ca5

Netflix is producing a new film project titled Strangers, a dark teen comedy that is coming from director Jennifer Kaytin Robinson (Someone Great, Sweet/Vicious). She also will produce the film from a script she co-wrote with Sweet/Vicious collaborator Celeste Ballard.

The movie is inspired by Alfred Hitchcock’s classic film Strangers on a Train, and the dark comedy will follow unlikely cohorts “Drew (an alpha, ‘It’ girl) and Eleanor (beta, alt girl) who agree to go after one another’s bullies.” The story features “the scariest protagonists of all: teenage girls.”

With the story involving teenage girls, this movie could be vicious! I’m actually kinda curious about this project, and I hope that it turns out good.

Robinson has a few other projects going at the moment including a TV adaptation of the teen dance classic Center Stage at Sony Pictures Television. She’s also been brought in by Marvel to co-write the screenplay for Thor: Love and Thunder for director Taika Waititi. Then there’s a series titled Obsessed that she’s working on for The CW.

Source: Variety

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Upcoming Dark Teen Comedy Netflix Film STRANGERS Is Inspired by Alfred Hitchcock's STRANGERS ON A TRAIN
Sarah Shahi Joins Dwayne Johnson in DC's BLACK ADAMMovieJoey PaurThu, 15 Oct 2020 15:30:00 +0000http://www.leelozano.com/news/sarah-shahi-joins-dwayne-johnson-in-dcs-black-adam51b3dc8ee4b051b96ceb10de:51ce6099e4b0d911b4489b79:5f8726e04aa8a667cf3d76d1

Sarah Shahi (The Rookie, Person of Interest) is the latest actor to join Dwayne Johnson in DC’s highly anticipated film Black Adam. She also joins the previously cast Aldis Hodge, who is set to play Hawkman, and Noah Centineo, who will play Atom Smasher.

Shahi will take on the role of a “university professor and freedom fighter leading the resistance in Kahndaq.” Some of the other characters we can expect to see include additional members of the Justice Society of America including Doctor Fate and Cyclone.

There are still no story details to share regarding the film, but when previously talking about it, Johnson explained that Black Adam isn't your typical DC Comics hero, saying:

"There are many variations and iterations of Black Adam that we have all fallen in love with over the years, and what I can promise you is a Black Adam that I feel in my heart is the right one to root our story in the beginning, this origin story. This is a character that will possess all the qualities that we have loved, regardless of what variation of Black Adam you've loved."

Johnson went on to describe the character as a "ruthless keeper of justice." He also said, "He is the judge, the jury, and the executioner, and he believes in an eye for an eye. He will always do everything he can to protect his people, more so protect his family."

Jaume Collet-Serra (Jungle Cruise) is directing Black Adam, the most recent script of which was written by Rory Haines and Sohrab Noshirvani wrote the latest draft. Adam Sztykiel wrote the previous draft.

Black Adam will hit theaters on December 22, 2021.

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Sarah Shahi Joins Dwayne Johnson in DC's BLACK ADAM
Enjoy Halloween with Less Horror in GNOMES IN THE NIGHT D&D SupplementGamesTommy WilliamsThu, 15 Oct 2020 15:00:00 +0000http://www.leelozano.com/news/enjoy-halloween-with-less-horror-in-gnomes-in-the-night51b3dc8ee4b051b96ceb10de:51ce6099e4b0d911b4489b79:5f86126e1f173d316496d3f6

There are plenty of people who love getting into the Halloween spirit without needing to be scared pantsless via horror movies and games. Drew Dawes, Sadie Lowry, and Sven Truckenbrodt have created a Dungeons & Dragons supplement exactly for those people called Gnomes in the Night.

This is a 3-hour one-shot adventure for 3-5 level 2 characters (although it can be scaled for higher levels). In addition to a full-color 18-page PDF, DMs will also find handouts, a soundtrack to use via Spotify, 20+ custom illustrations, and more.

A Dungeons & Dragons fifth edition one-shot adventure for folks who love Halloween but do not love horror. Inspired by bedtime stories equal parts fun and frightening.

You can purchase Gnomes in the Night on DMs Guild via $4.95.

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Enjoy Halloween with Less Horror in GNOMES IN THE NIGHT D&D Supplement
Cool SPIDER-MAN: MILES MORALES Gameplay Footage Shows Boss Battle Against RhinoVideosGamesJoey PaurThu, 15 Oct 2020 14:30:00 +0000http://www.leelozano.com/news/cool-spider-man-mile-morales-gameplay-footage-shows-boss-battle-against-rhino51b3dc8ee4b051b96ceb10de:51ce6099e4b0d911b4489b79:5f8721ed9909ff1abc68e227

We’ve got some cool new gameplay footage to share with you from the highly anticipated Marvel game Spider-Man: Miles Morales. This footage shows off the boss fight against the mean villain Rhino.

This is actually the first big boss fight in the game. I’m curious to see how this new story plays out in the game and the other villains that Morales will be facing off against. Check out the fight against Rhino below!

The story for the game is set in the winter about a year after the events of the first Spider-Man game. Brian Horton, the game’s creative director, previously explained, “Marvel’s New York is covered in snow, and just before Christmas break, a war between an energy corporation and a high-tech criminal army has broken out. Miles’s new home in Harlem is at the heart of the battle.”

This is going to be a full story arc for Miles, which started in the first Spider-Man game. Horton went on to explain:

“We really are completing this hero’s coming of age in our game. It is a complete story. When we started crafting it we realized that, with a little bit more of a compact storytelling style, we could tell a very emotionally impactful story that would fit really well as an experience that would take Spider-Man 1 and [Miles Morales] and do justice to this character.”

In regard to the game’s animation, the movements, the mechanics, and even his powers, it’s been explained that they “aren't just unique tricks for this character, they are metaphors for that hero's journey the pair keep mentioning.” While Peter's origin "was born out of tragedy," Horton says Miles "is more so born out of family. What I think is really compelling about Miles as a character is he has friends that he could actually let into his world — his human world and his Spider world. He's a little different in the way he approaches it."

Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales is set to be released later this year in 2020 for PlayStation 5.

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Cool SPIDER-MAN: MILES MORALES Gameplay Footage Shows Boss Battle Against Rhino
FRIGHT NIGHT Director Craig Gillespie to Helm CHIPPENDALES Murder Film with Dev Patel Set to StarMovieJoey PaurThu, 15 Oct 2020 14:00:00 +0000http://www.leelozano.com/news/fright-night-director-craig-gillespie-to-helm-chippendales-murder-film-with-dev-patel-set-to-star51b3dc8ee4b051b96ceb10de:51ce6099e4b0d911b4489b79:5f871c4eba7a483b51f0860f

Craig Gillespie, the director behind films such as Fright Night, The Finest Hours, and I, Tonya, is set to helm a new film titled Chippendales. Dev Patel (Lion, Slumdog Millionaire) is set to star.

Chippendales follows the true story of Steve Banerjee, who will be played by Patel, “an Indian immigrant who acquires the struggling L.A. club Destiny II and transforms it into a hot spot. The club features women’s mud wrestling and a ladies-only male exotic dance night, which becomes the basis for the famous ‘Chippendales’ group. Soon enough, Banerjee finds himself earning $8 million a year, and with the help of co-creators Paul Snider and his playboy bunny girlfriend Dorothy Stratten, builds an empire on the idea. However, treasure soon turns to tragedy when Snider murders Stratten and then commits suicide, sending Banerjee into a downward spiral of legal battles.”

Patel has been attached to this project for several years, but the supporting role of his business partner, Nick Denoia, still has yet to be cast. Ben Stiller was initially in talks to play the role, but he’s no longer involved.

Gillespie’s most recent project is Disney’s Cruella, which tells the original story of the classic 101 Dalmations villain Cruella de Vil, who is played by Emma Stone.

Source: Variety

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FRIGHT NIGHT Director Craig Gillespie to Helm CHIPPENDALES Murder Film with Dev Patel Set to Star
First Look at The SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS Prequel KAMP KORAL: SPONGEBOB'S UNDER YEARSMovieJoey PaurThu, 15 Oct 2020 13:30:00 +0000http://www.leelozano.com/news/first-look-at-the-spongebob-squarepants-prequel-kamp-koral-spongebobs-under-years51b3dc8ee4b051b96ceb10de:51ce6099e4b0d911b4489b79:5f8718c486796771e4361ec3 first-look-at-the-spongebob-squarepants-prequel-kamp-koral-spongebobs-under-years4

Spongebob fans! Nickelodeon has shared a first look image at its upcoming SpongeBob SquarePants prequel series, Kamp Koral: SpongeBob’s Under Years.

Kamp Koral is a CG-animated series that puts the focus on a 10-year-old SpongeBob at a sleepaway camp. It’s there that he meets Patrick, Sandy, Squidward, Plankton and Mr. Krabs, and the “new friends spend the summer building underwater campfires, catching wild jellyfish and swimming in Lake Yuckymuck at the craziest camp in the kelp forest.”

The voice cast includes Tom Kenny (SpongeBob), Bill Fagerbakke (Patrick), Rodger Bumpass (Squidward), Clancy Brown (Mr. Krabs), Carolyn Lawrence (Sandy) and Mr. Lawrence (Plankton). They are joined by Carlos Alazraqui and Kate Higgins who will voice new characters Nobby and Narlene, narwhal siblings who live in the woods surrounding the camp.

The series will consist of 13-episodes and its set to premiere in 2021 exclusively on the newly rebranded Paramount Plus streaming service and air on Nickelodeon later in the year.

Source: Variety

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First Look at The SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS Prequel KAMP KORAL: SPONGEBOB'S UNDER YEARS
The Classic Swashbuckling Sci-Fi Hero BUCK ROGERS Is Getting New a Film and Series AdaptationMovieTVJoey PaurThu, 15 Oct 2020 13:00:00 +0000http://www.leelozano.com/news/the-classic-swashbuckling-sci-fi-hero-buck-rogers-is-getting-a-new-film-adaptation-at-legendary51b3dc8ee4b051b96ceb10de:51ce6099e4b0d911b4489b79:5f877d703cda562e8a22b0f2 the-classic-swashbuckling-sci-fi-hero-buck-rogers-is-getting-a-new-film-adaptation-at-legendary-social.jpg

Legendary Pictures is acquiring the movie rights to the classic swashbuckling sci-fi hero Buck Rogers, and they have brought on Transformers producer Don Murphy to develop a series of film and TV projects.

The report explains that Legendary is “planning something along the lines of what was originally planned for Stephen King’s The Dark Tower, with a prestige television series that leads to a blockbuster film franchise along with an anime-style animated series, all designed to reintroduce the Buck Rogers Universe to modern audiences.”

The project will be based on the 1928 novella Armageddon 2419 A.D. written by Philip Francis Nowlan, which is the story that introduced Buck Rogers to the world. The story centers on a coal mine inspector who awakens from suspended animation after 500 years to find himself in the middle of a planetary war.

The Buck Rogers property has been adapted into various forms of entertainment over the years including comic strips, movies, radio and television shows. The comic strip debuted in the 1930s and was developed by John F. Dille. It ended up becoming a huge hit and was one of the world’s most popular comic strips.

I loved Buck Rogers! I was a big fan of the art style and sci-fi designs with the ray guns, rocket ships, jet packs, laser beams, costumes, and its vision of the future. The comic strip inspired so many elements of sci-fi over the years, and we are still seeing its influence today.

Following the success of Star Wars in the late ‘70s, Universal developed a feature-length Buck Rogers television pilot starring Gil Gerard. That pilot was released as a theatrical film, and then it went on to run for two seasons on NBC between September 1979 and April 1981.

I’m excited about these projects! There’s a lot of awesome potential with Buck Rogers, especially if the film and TV series really leans heavily into the designs of the original retro source material. But, we’ll see what happens.

Source: The Wrap

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The Classic Swashbuckling Sci-Fi Hero BUCK ROGERS Is Getting New a Film and Series Adaptation
LAST MAN STANDING to End After Its 9th SeasonTVTommy WilliamsThu, 15 Oct 2020 12:30:00 +0000http://www.leelozano.com/news/last-man-standing-to-end-after-its-9th-season51b3dc8ee4b051b96ceb10de:51ce6099e4b0d911b4489b79:5f878d34b8ad02204ad11e61

Last Man Standing started on ABC where it ran for six seasons. It was then canceled, but picked up by Fox. Well, it looks like it’s time for the show to finally rest as Fox recently announced that the family sitcom will come to close after its upcoming ninth season. This appears to be something that was planned and not some last minute ditch because of ratings or controversy. Star Tim Allen explained:

I’ve been one lucky dude to have been part of LAST MAN STANDING. I so appreciate the incredible support from our fans over this near decade of work. As we approach the ninth season, I just admire and feel grateful for all the hard work our wonderful cast and crew have done. We had all considered to end the show after last season, but together with FOX, we decided to add a year so we could produce a full season to create the gentle and fun goodbye. I'm looking forward to a memorable and hilarious final season.

Michael Thorn of Fox shared his love of the show in the following statement:

It has been an honor to be home for Tim Allen and LAST MAN STANDING. Millions of families have long enjoyed the show because, perhaps, they see themselves in the Baxters. The loyal affection they’ve shown proves just how much this series has meant to them. On behalf of everyone at FOX, a big, big thank you to LAST MAN STANDING’s brilliant cast, led by Tim, Nancy and Hector, as well as its writers and crew, headed by showrunner Kevin Abbott. We’ll be rooting them on throughout the season as they conclude what has been an impressive run.

Last Man Standing’s ninth season will begin airing in January. The series was created by Jack Burditt and stars Allen alongside Nancy Travis, Amanda Fuller, Molly McCook, Christoph Sanders, Jordan Masterson, Jonathan Adams, Krista Marie Yu, and Hector Elizondo.

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WB Animation Developing a Musical Adaptation of TOTO: THE DOG-GONE AMAZING STORY OF THE WIZARD OF OZMovieJoey PaurThu, 15 Oct 2020 12:00:00 +0000http://www.leelozano.com/news/wb-animation-developing-a-musical-adaptation-of-toto-the-dog-gone-amazing-story-of-the-wizard-of-oz51b3dc8ee4b051b96ceb10de:51ce6099e4b0d911b4489b79:5f862535fca7701efa64f88f

Warner Bros. Animation is developing a feature film musical inspired by the Michael Morpurgo written book Toto: The Dog-Gone Amazing Story of the Wizard of Oz

The script for the film is being written by John August (Big Fish, Frankenweinie, Corpse Brid) and it’s said that it will loosely be based on the book. The film will tell the story of The Wizard of Oz from the point of view of the dog.

The film will be directed by Alex Timbers, the co-creator of Amazon’s Mozart in the Jungle series. Here’s the description of the book:

“I was there,” Papa Toto said, and those magic words sent shivers down my spine. It was going to be the Wizard story. “Dorothy and me were both there.”
We were all silent, snuggled up together, waiting, waiting.
Then Papa Toto began…

When a twister descends on their Kansas farm, Toto and his owner Dorothy hide in the house – only to be plucked into the air and whisked away!

Coming down with a crash in the mysterious land of Oz, the pair meet a series of extraordinary characters: a scarecrow who believes he has no brains, a tin man without a heart, and a cowardly lion who may not be as cowardly as he thinks he is.

But Toto and Dorothy are desperate to return home – after all, home is home, and home is best! So they set off with their new friends on a journey down the yellow brick road to find the only person who might be able to help them: the Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

But what they find might surprise them. And on the way, all of them will learn that what they think they are missing might have been there, all along…

Seems like a fun film that the kids might enjoy. It has some decent talent involved with bringing the story to life. Maybe it’ll turn out good! I’m just not sure if people are excited to see this story retold again. What do you think?

Source: Deadline

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WB Animation Developing a Musical Adaptation of TOTO: THE DOG-GONE AMAZING STORY OF THE WIZARD OF OZ
Pixar Drops New Trailer for Upcoming Film SOUL, Coming to Disney+TrailerMovieTommy WilliamsThu, 15 Oct 2020 11:00:00 +0000http://www.leelozano.com/news/pixar-drops-new-trailer-for-upcoming-film-soul51b3dc8ee4b051b96ceb10de:51ce6099e4b0d911b4489b79:5f879e6aa612636f9795fa52

Soul is an upcoming Disney and Pixar film set to release on Disney+, and we’ve got a new trailer to enjoy. In the trailer we get to meet the main character a bit better. He’s a middle-school band teacher who loves jazz music before he meets his untimely end. Joe is voiced by Jamie Foxx, and 22, the voice that gets dragged along the adventure, is voiced by Tina Fey.

What is it that makes you...YOU? This Christmas only on Disney+, Pixar Animation Studios’ all-new feature film “Soul” introduces Joe Gardner (Foxx) – a middle-school band teacher who gets the chance of a lifetime to play at the best jazz club in town. But one small misstep takes him from the streets of New York City to The Great Before – a fantastical place where new souls get their personalities, quirks and interests before they go to Earth. Determined to return to his life, Joe teams up with a precocious soul, 22 (Fey), who has never understood the appeal of the human experience. As Joe desperately tries to show 22 what’s great about living, he may just discover the answers to some of life’s most important questions.

As it turns out, Joe is not the only lover of jazz. Foxx related the following:

Like Joe, I hear music in everything. When you’re a jazz artist, man, you talk a little different: ‘Hey, cat!’ I got a chance to go to a few jazz fests and meet Herbie Hancock, Chick Correa—hang out with those guys. They have a way of talking, a way of dressing—everything funnels toward their music, toward the jazz.

Pete Docter directed Soul, and he offered:

I’ve been so lucky to work with some incredible people and make movies that have been seen around the world. But I realized that as wonderful as these projects are, there’s more to living than a singular passion—as expressive and fulfilling as that may be. Sometimes the small insignificant things are what it’s really about. This film is about broadening the idea of a singular focus to thinking more widely about what life has to offer and what we have to offer life.

Other members of the cast for Soul include Graham Norton as spiritual sign twirler Moonwind; Rachel House as the count-obsessed Terry; Alice Braga, Richard Ayoade, Wes Studi, Fortune Feimster, and Zenobia Shroff as the Counselors; Donnell Rawlings as Joe’s barber Dez; June Squibb as Gerel; Phylicia Rashad; Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson; Angela Bassett; and Daveed Diggs.

Soul will be available to stream on Disney+ starting December 25.

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Pixar Drops New Trailer for Upcoming Film SOUL, Coming to Disney+
Regina King Producing a Supernatural Series For The CW Titled SLAYTVJoey PaurThu, 15 Oct 2020 10:00:00 +0000http://www.leelozano.com/news/regina-king-producing-a-supernatural-series-for-the-cw-titled-slay51b3dc8ee4b051b96ceb10de:51ce6099e4b0d911b4489b79:5f860018068b30367da30dad

Watchmen star Regina King is set to produce a new supernatural drama series being developed at The CW titled Slay.

Slay centers on a character named Carson Jones, who is described as “a bold, witty teenager with afro puffs, leather boots, seventies cool, and – thanks to her mother’s ancient African bloodline – supernatural gifts and the responsibility to use them to protect Virginia’s Historic Triangle (one of the most haunted areas in the country) from the forces of darkness.”

The series is being written by Julian Johnson with former CSI: NY showrunner Pam Veasey supervising. King and Veasey previously worked together on the ABC drama pilot The Finest, which was directed by King and written by Veasey.

I’m always up for a good supernatural series that tells an interesting story, so let’s see how this turns out.

Source: Deadline

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Regina King Producing a Supernatural Series For The CW Titled SLAY
GUILTY GEAR -STRIVE- Releasing in April 2021GamesTommy WilliamsThu, 15 Oct 2020 09:00:00 +0000http://www.leelozano.com/news/guilty-gear-strive-releasing-in-april-202151b3dc8ee4b051b96ceb10de:51ce6099e4b0d911b4489b79:5f863adb7e8c8a37e792454c

We have new details for the latest chapter of the fighting game series Guilty Gear. Guilty Gear -Strive- will launch early next year and two more characters were revealed: Giovanna and Anji Mito. Giovanna is a new character who is a special operations unit officer with a wolf spirit companion. Her wolf spirit can possess her and give her super speed. Anji is making his return to modern Guilty Gear with his “graceful and fluid fighting style.”

Guilty Gear -Strive- will come in a few different editions. The Deluxe Edition of the game will include Season Pass 1 and cost $84.99 (standard costs $59.99, Season Pass 1 costs $29.99). The Ultimate Edition will include the Deluxe Edition plus the digital soundtrack and art, 5 additional colors for each character, and if you get the PS5 physical copy you’ll get a heavy metal case and premium box. Anyone who purchases the game before April 23, 2021 will also get special colors for Sol and Ky. Finally, Season Pass 1 will add 5 characters to the roster, 2 stages, Extra Character Color Pack, and a bonus story scenario. Not bad.

Guilty Gear -Strive- will be available for PC (via Steam), PS4, and PS5 on April 9, 2021 (Deluxe and Ultimate Editions will be available on April 6 with limited characters and story missions).

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GUILTY GEAR -STRIVE- Releasing in April 2021
Most Popular October Movies Purchased Through Movies AnywhereMovieTommy WilliamsThu, 15 Oct 2020 08:00:00 +0000http://www.leelozano.com/news/most-popular-october-movies-purchased-through-movies-anywhere51b3dc8ee4b051b96ceb10de:51ce6099e4b0d911b4489b79:5f8627515757437eb2a4ee52

Movies Anywhere is a digital movie platform and it’s celebrating its third anniversary. One thing the company decided to do was take a look at some trends they’ve found. For instance, to no one’s surprise, people like to buy horror and suspense films more than spooky family films as Halloween approaches. It should be noted that based on the data, the family friendly picks are still very popular to watch. Also, the most purchased movies are not always the most watched films. Below you’ll find the most purchased and most watched films for spooky season in 2017 (October 12-31) when Movies Anywhere was in their first year, and 2020 (September 13-October 2). I do want to note that for 2020, the data is pretty premature as it ends on October 2. I’d be interested to see how it compares at the end of the month.

What are some of your go-to favorites for October? Personally, I love ParaNorman, B-horror films, and pretty much anything Scooby-Doo.

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Most Popular October Movies Purchased Through Movies Anywhere
Enjoy More Evolving Magical Items in D&D with AWAKENED BLADES VOLUME 2GamesTommy WilliamsWed, 14 Oct 2020 23:00:00 +0000http://www.leelozano.com/news/enjoy-more-evolving-magical-items-with-awakened-blades-volume-251b3dc8ee4b051b96ceb10de:51ce6099e4b0d911b4489b79:5f84e01838ca910bb676af2e

Darren Kenny and Conor Higgins have a sequel to their cool Dungeons & Dragons supplement, Awakened Blades. Awakened Blades Volume 2 brings 46 new magic items that have unique powers and personalities that can be accessed by using its power word.

As you bond with the items, they’ll evolve and become even stronger. It’s really cool. This is a mechanic that always reminds me of zanpakutos in Bleach and I am here for it.

The sequel to our best selling magical item collection, the sequel is now here! This collection of magical weapons comes packed with 46 new options, each one with unique and interesting powers, a detailed personality, a backstory for each weapon, and incredible artwork that changes as the weapon evolves into later forms. Whether starting a new campaign or about to face off against the BBEG, these swords are the perfect gift for any party member who feels left behind by their fellow adventuers, or just wants to feel like a badass on the battlefied!

You can purchase Awakened Blades Volume 2 from DMs Guild for $4.95.

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Enjoy More Evolving Magical Items in D&D with AWAKENED BLADES VOLUME 2
Pre-Orders Are Open for POWER RANGERS: HEROES OF THE GRID Next ExpansionsGamesTommy WilliamsWed, 14 Oct 2020 22:30:00 +0000http://www.leelozano.com/news/pre-orders-are-open-for-power-rangers-heroes-of-the-grid-next-expansions51b3dc8ee4b051b96ceb10de:51ce6099e4b0d911b4489b79:5f8632fd6b4d447a8a53cd4c

Renegade Game Studios has opened up pre-orders for the next batch of expansions for Power Rangers: Heroes of the Grid. This includes the Squatt & Baboo Character Pack, Legendary Rangers: Forever Rangers Pack, Villain Pack #3: Legacy of Evil, and the Painted Megazord figure. All of these are incredible, and any bundle pre-order comes with the Fan Appreciation Kit.

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The kit comes with a scenario book featuring the free scenarios #0-12, Titanus, Ultrazord, 8 Patch tokens, 6 Gift tokens, 8 Megazord tokens, 6 Player Life tokens, 5 Zeo Crystal tokens, 20 Ranger dividers, 15 Monster dividers, 5 Boss dividers, and a card divider sticker sheet. This is a $20 value added on for free to bundles.

Personally, I cannot wait to get my copies of all of these. Getting new decks and sculpts for Rocky, Adam, Aisha, Kat, and Alpha, as well as new monsters and bosses is just amazing. Plus, the Thunder Megazord looks awesome as it automatically lets Rangers reroll any number of dice without being exhausted! What!? Which expansions are you most excited for?

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Pre-Orders Are Open for POWER RANGERS: HEROES OF THE GRID Next Expansions
Starz Releases Trailer and Premiere Date for Docuseries SEDUCED: INSIDE THE NXIVM CULTTVTrailerJessica FisherWed, 14 Oct 2020 22:00:00 +0000http://www.leelozano.com/news/starz-releases-trailer-and-premiere-date-for-docuseries-seduced-inside-the-nxivm-cult51b3dc8ee4b051b96ceb10de:51ce6099e4b0d911b4489b79:5f85e67a89085d67fca9117b

Starz has released the trailer for the upcoming docuseries Seduced: Inside the NXIVM Cult, which tells the story of India Oxenberg and her involvement in the nefarious group. The NXIVM (pronounced Nexium) movement has been chronicled in a podcast, as well as the recently concluded HBO docuseries The Vow.

The group was created by Keith Raniere, who developed the “Executive Success Programs” which drew people in who were hoping to give their lives greater purpose, and move past their own self-doubts to a greater understanding of their capabilities. That is until Raniere used women within the cult to recruit more women to join more secretive ranks within the organization, where they were blackmailed, used for sex, and even branded.

Oxenberg, daughter of Dynasty actress Catherine Oxenberg and descendant of European royalty, was one of the latter members to escape the group, and has finally spoken out to tell her story in this docuseries.

Check out the trailer below, and watch Seduced: Inside the NXIVM Cult on Starz this Sunday, October 16th. 

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Starz Releases Trailer and Premiere Date for Docuseries SEDUCED: INSIDE THE NXIVM CULT
Darkwing Duck Returns to DUCKTALES Next WeekTVTrailerTommy WilliamsWed, 14 Oct 2020 21:38:00 +0000http://www.leelozano.com/news/darkwing-duck-returns-to-ducktales-next-week51b3dc8ee4b051b96ceb10de:51ce6099e4b0d911b4489b79:5f861e64a3b29437cfc42fdc

Darkwing Duck is returning to DuckTales! Growing up, Darkwing Duck was one of my favorite superheroes, and he’s making another appearance in the rebooted DuckTales series that’s really good. A new trailer from Disney XD teases that four of his villains will be making an appearance, and only the terror that flaps in the night will be able to stop them. The new episode will air on Disney XD on October 19. Will you be watching?

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Darkwing Duck Returns to DUCKTALES Next Week
Selena Gomez Set To Star in a Psychological Fashion Horror Thriller DOLLHOUSEMovieJoey PaurWed, 14 Oct 2020 21:00:00 +0000http://www.leelozano.com/news/selena-gomez-set-to-star-in-the-psychological-horror-thriller-dollhouse51b3dc8ee4b051b96ceb10de:51ce6099e4b0d911b4489b79:5f85f7a6584295420769b8df

Selena Gomez set to star in and produce an upcoming psychological horror thriller titled Dollhouse, the story of which is set in New York City’s elite fashion scene.

While there aren’t any details on the story to share, the movie has been described as “a psychological thriller in the spirit of Black Swan.” I liked Black Swan and these kinds of horror films, in general, so I’m curious to see what exactly comes of this.

STXfilms Motion Picture Group chairman Adam Fogelson said in a statement:

“Selena’s involvement is an exciting direction for this project. She is supremely talented as both a star and a producer. Teaming Selena with Shawn and Dan’s expertise in the horror-thriller genre will elevate ‘Dollhouse’ and we couldn’t be more thrilled by the way this is being developed.”

Stranger Things and Real Steel director and producer Shawn Levy is set to produce the film from a script written by newcomer Michael Paisley. The hunt is on for a director.

Source: Variety

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Selena Gomez Set To Star in a Psychological Fashion Horror Thriller DOLLHOUSE
DEXTER Is Coming Back for a Limited Series at Showtime with Michael C. Hall Returning!TVJoey PaurWed, 14 Oct 2020 20:33:00 +0000http://www.leelozano.com/news/dexter-is-coming-back-for-a-limited-series-showtime-with-micheal-c-hall-returning51b3dc8ee4b051b96ceb10de:51ce6099e4b0d911b4489b79:5f875cd50a60aa0a62dc8c72

I never thought I’d ever see this happen, but the incredible serial killer drama Dexter is getting a limited series revival at Showtime!

Michael C. Hall, who played Dexter in the series, will be returning to reprise his role, and series showrunner and writer Clyde Phillps is also coming back to help develop the series.

Dexter was one of my favorite shows, and it followed Dexter Morgan, a complicated and conflicted blood-spatter expert for the Miami police department by day and a serial killer, who murdered bad guys at night.

Gary Levine, Co-President of Entertainment at Showtime, said in a statement:

Dexter is such a special series, both for its millions of fans and for Showtime, as this breakthrough show helped put our network on the map many years ago. We would only revisit this unique character if we could find a creative take that was truly worthy of the brilliant, original series.  Well, I am happy to report that Clyde Phillips and Michael C. Hall have found it, and we can’t wait to shoot it and show it to the world.”

We don’t have any details to share on the story, but if you watched the show, you know how it ended. If you haven’t watched the series yet, you need to! I know a lot of fans didn’t care for the way Dexter came to an end, but it looks like the story isn’t finished yet, and that makes me so happy!

What are your thoughts on Dexter coming back for a limited series at Showtime?

Source: Deadline

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DEXTER Is Coming Back for a Limited Series at Showtime with Michael C. Hall Returning!
Let's Talk About ONCE & FUTURE #12Comic BookRantTommy WilliamsWed, 14 Oct 2020 20:15:00 +0000http://www.leelozano.com/news/lets-talk-about-once-amp-future-1251b3dc8ee4b051b96ceb10de:51ce6099e4b0d911b4489b79:5f864c0a2702a94f800ef87f

Once & Future #12 is officially out from BOOM! Studios. Kieron Gillen and Dan Mora continue to deliver an intriguing comic with absolutely amazing art. If you haven’t grabbed your copy yet, you can head to your local comic shop for a physical one or go to digital outlets like comiXology if you prefer digital.

The veil between the Otherworld and the human world is thin, and as the story changes around Duncan and Gran, each foe becomes harder to defeat... and predict. They may be holding the line, but enemies both new and old are closing in fast, and even Gran and Duncan may not be prepared for what's next!

Picking up after the preview, Duncan’s mother Mary/Elaine actually runs to help Duncan and offers some magic as he goes about looking for a weapon. He dives into the lake and basically acts not only as Sir Percival, but thanks to Mary’s reading, a substitute Beowulf. While she’s doing this and Duncan is in the lake, Bridgette shows up demanding to know what the crap is going on. Mary says she’s no longer Mary nor Elaine but now she’s Nimue. The two women have kind of a heart to heart. Kind of. Bridgette is annoyed that Mary is helping Merlin and points out that in the end Nimue betrays Merlin. Meanwhile, Mary explains that the stories of Arthur and Beowulf have become intertwined for centuries. Mary finishes reading, Duncan acquires Excalibur and defeats Grendel’s mother, and then Mary gets away. Somehow Duncan loses Excalibur, but that’s not explained.

Duncan and Bridgette talk about how he may have to fight a dragon later, and Bridgette doesn’t know as much about Beowulf. He then goes and meets up with Rose, and you can tell that he’s just feeling down. He looks tired and defeated. Rose doesn’t ask him to explain and instead just kisses him. When is she going to get to do more?

Cut back over to Mary who’s talking with Merlin. Merlin has a really cool and creepy design in this comic. Well, Mary says that Duncan took the manuscript from her, but looking back, I don’t see that ever happen. Is she already betraying him with lies?

Bridgette then has some foreboding talk as one of the other residents’ daughter visits. The place is a mess, and things are not looking good.

Cut to Merlin and Arthur. The pair are looking for the Grail but apparently need Percival, Galahad, and Bors. We know who the first two are, but we don’t know Bors. Arthur asks Merlin if he’s found Bors, and it cuts away to the Prime Minister and someone else talking about some secret thing. It appears to be about the mystical hunters like Bridgette and Duncan, but we don’t get any true confirmation of that. The Prime Minister talks about opening a box, and I can’t help but wonder if Pandora’s Box is a real thing or if it’s more of a figurative language. Merlin then is seen saying, “Not Bors, but close enough.” He has a very evil smile as he says that, and I’m worried.

I like how Bridgette is getting phased out. She’s still useful, but her age is becoming more of a hindrance. Now, even her knowledge is becoming less helpful as more stuff from Beowulf is introduced. She’ll still be an important character, but it is interesting how she can no longer be the knowledge source for Duncan in this adventure.

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Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield Rumored To Have Signed Onto SPIDER-MAN 3MovieJoey PaurWed, 14 Oct 2020 19:45:00 +0000http://www.leelozano.com/news/tobey-maguire-and-andrew-garfield-rumored-to-have-signed-onto-spider-man-351b3dc8ee4b051b96ceb10de:51ce6099e4b0d911b4489b79:5f85d59b2a8aa517b4869252

After it was announced that Jamie Foxx would be reprising his role as Electro in Spider-Man 3, a lot of fans wondered if we might see the other film versions of Spider-Man in the film as well. There’s a lot of discussion and speculation among fans that Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios are looking to blow open The Spider-Verse in the third film, especially now that Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange is confirmed to be a part of the story.

Well, now FandomWire is reporting that a source close to the production has confirmed to them that Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield have signed on to reprise their respective Spider-Man roles in the film appearing alongside Tom Holland’s version of the Peter Parker/Spider-Man.

This is just a rumor. None of this has been confirmed by Marvel. I have my doubts as I’m just not confident that Maguire and Garfield would sign up to play Spider-Man again. But, I never thought I’d see Michael Keaton play Batman again, but he has signed up to appear in The Flash, so I guess anything is possible!

The outlet is also reporting some details on the other villains that will be included in the story as well as some minor plot details.

They explain that there will be “many villains” in the film and they claim to confirm that Kraven the Hunter is among them. Kravan’s involvement in the story has been rumored in the past and it’s a character that a lot of fans would love to see brought to life.

It’s also reported that Green Goblin will return, but they don’t know if Willem Dafoe from the Sam Raimi film will reprise his role, or if this Spider-Verse timeline will explain that. They do say it’s possible this could be the version from The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

Scorpion could also be making his “first costumed appearance since his alter ego Mac Gargan appeared in Spider-Man: Homecoming”. That character was played by actor Michael Mando.

As for Michael Keaton’s Vulture or Jake Gyllenhaal’s Mysterio, it’s unclear if they will be returning for Spider-Man 3.

A couple of other bits of information that were shared include the inclusion of S.W.O.R.D. (Sentient World Observation and Response Department), which implies “epic galactic repercussions of the Spider-Verse being introduced.” This was teased at the end of Spider-Man: Far From Home with Nick Fury in space with the Skrulls. Then, Oscorp will apparently finally make its first appearance in the MCU.

Again, none of this has been confirmed. This could just all be a made-up rumor from the source. FandomWire is hit or miss. I’ve seen a few things confirmed, but I’ve also seen a lot of things that have been garbage. So, I guess we’ll just have to wait and see what happen. This is a big one, so if they shit the bed on this, I’ll never trust them on anything again.

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Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield Rumored To Have Signed Onto SPIDER-MAN 3
Adam McKay's Netflix Film DON'T LOOK UP Casts Leonardo DiCaprio, Cate Blanchett, Jonah Hill, and MoreMovieJoey PaurWed, 14 Oct 2020 19:27:00 +0000http://www.leelozano.com/news/adam-mckays-netflix-film-dont-look-up-casts-leonardo-dicaprio-cate-blanchett-jonah-hill-and-more51b3dc8ee4b051b96ceb10de:51ce6099e4b0d911b4489b79:5f874e5e0ec883699d389fc8

Damn! Director Adam McKay (The Big Short, Vice) went out and got himself an insanely impressive ensemble cast of A-list actors for his upcoming Netflix film project, Don’t Look Up.

Jennifer Lawrence was already cast in the movie, and she will be joined by Leonardo DiCaprio, Cate Blanchett, Jonah Hill, Himesh Patel, Timothée Chalamet, Ariana Grande, Kid Cudi, Matthew Perry, Tomer Sisley, and Rob Morgan.

That’s one hell of a great cast! It’s one of the most impressive casts that has been gathered together for an original Netflix movie. I’m not surprised by it, though. Lots of actors want to work with McKay, and this film tells the kind of story that is attractive to actors like this.

The story follows ”two low-level astronomers who embark on a media tour to warn mankind of an approaching asteroid that will destroy Earth.”

McKay will write, direct, and co-produce along with Kevin Messick. Given the star power behind the project, I’m sure that Netflix will want to get this film out in theaters.

Source: Deadline

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Adam McKay's Netflix Film DON'T LOOK UP Casts Leonardo DiCaprio, Cate Blanchett, Jonah Hill, and More
Get Ready for the 2-Player Action of 2 KINGS Launching Its Kickstarter Later This MonthGamesTommy WilliamsWed, 14 Oct 2020 19:00:00 +0000http://www.leelozano.com/news/get-ready-for-the-2-player-action-of-2-kings-launching-its-kickstarter-later-this-month51b3dc8ee4b051b96ceb10de:51ce6099e4b0d911b4489b79:5f80eccc32d45901b86ece9f

Jocaranda Games is getting ready for fans to enjoy a new 2-player tabletop game: 2 Kings. The game comes from Roberto Bucciarelli and Piccini Bros. In the game, each player takes the role of either the red king or the blue king with the goal of conquering the other team’s kingdom. 2 Kings is designed to be portable with the box serving as a small diorama of the battlefield as well as quick with games taking roughly 20-25 minutes. Casual and hardcore gamers alike should be able to enjoy this game that features strategy, skill, and a little bit of luck.

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If you’re interested in 2 Kings, you’ll be able to check out the Kickstarter on October 27. You can head over to the page now and sign up to be notified when the campaign launches.

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Get Ready for the 2-Player Action of 2 KINGS Launching Its Kickstarter Later This Month
Adam Brody Is a Grown Up Kid Detective Who Investigates a Murder in Fun Trailer for THE KID DETECTIVEMovieTrailerPosterJessica FisherWed, 14 Oct 2020 18:30:00 +0000http://www.leelozano.com/news/adam-brody-is-all-grown-up-in-fun-trailer-for-the-kid-detective-coming-to-theatres-this-friday51b3dc8ee4b051b96ceb10de:51ce6099e4b0d911b4489b79:5f8729b3edad4d001c2c58ac

We’ve got a fun new trailer for you to check out for the film The Kid Detective, an R-rated film that imagines what life is like for a guy who is known for having been a kid detective after he’s all grown up.

The film follows Abe Applebaum, played by Adam Brody (The O.C., Ready or Not), “a once-celebrated kid detective, now 31, who continues to solve the same trivial mysteries between hangovers and bout of self-pity. Until a na?ve client brings him his first ‘adult’ case – to find out who brutally murdered her boyfriend.”

Brody is joined in the cast by Sophie NélisseTzi MaWendy Crewson, and Sarah Sutherland. The film is written and directed by Evan Morgan, and it looks like it’s going to be a lot of fun.

Check out the trailer and poster below, and watch The Kid Detective in theaters this Friday.

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Adam Brody Is a Grown Up Kid Detective Who Investigates a Murder in Fun Trailer for THE KID DETECTIVE
Ridley Scott and Joaquin Phoenix Teaming Up for a Film About Napoleon Titled KITBAGMovieJoey PaurWed, 14 Oct 2020 17:53:00 +0000http://www.leelozano.com/news/ridley-scott-and-joaquin-phoenix-teaming-up-for-a-film-about-napolean-titled-kitbag51b3dc8ee4b051b96ceb10de:51ce6099e4b0d911b4489b79:5f87374ec6e4e823aa773355

Director Ridley Scott is set to team back up with Joaquin Phoenix for another historical epic titled Kitbag. The story involves the French military leader and emperor Napoleon, and Phoenix is going to be playing him.

The film’s title, Kitbag, is derived from the saying, “There is a general’s staff hidden in every soldier’s kitbag.” The story will give us an “original and personal look at Napoleon’s origins and his swift, ruthless climb to emperor, viewed through the prism of his addictive and often volatile relationship with his wife and one true love, Josephine.”

It’s explained that the intention of the film is “to capture Napoleon’s famous battles, relentless ambition and astounding strategic mind as an extraordinary military leader and war visionary.”

I love the historical epics that Scott has made over the course of his career so, of course, I’m interested to see what he’s got cooking for Napoleon. I’m also looking forward to seeing how Phoenix portrays Napoleon in the movie.

Scott has hired screenwriter David Scarpa (All the Money in the World) to work on a script for the Napoleon epic. The film will be produced by Scott and Kevin Walsh for Scott Free.

Scott most recently wrapped The Last Duel with Ben Affleck and Matt Damon. His next project is Gucci, which stars Lady Gaga as the murderess Patrizia Reggiani alongside Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Adam Driver, and Jared Leto. He plans on jumping into making Kitbag after that.

Source: Deadline

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Ridley Scott and Joaquin Phoenix Teaming Up for a Film About Napoleon Titled KITBAG
Rachel Brosnahan is On the Run in New Trailer for Amazon's Crime Drama I'M YOUR WOMANMovieTrailerJessica FisherWed, 14 Oct 2020 17:30:00 +0000http://www.leelozano.com/news/new-trailer-released-for-amazon-prime-crime-drama-im-your-woman-starring-rachel-brosnahan51b3dc8ee4b051b96ceb10de:51ce6099e4b0d911b4489b79:5f871e33a4c2fa5c70063fb6 new-trailer-released-for-amazon-prime-crime-drama-im-your-woman-starring-rachel-brosnahan-social.jpg

A new trailer has been released for the crime drama I’m Your Woman, which features The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel star Rachel Brosnahan as a mother on the run from the repercussions of her husband’s lifestyle.

The 1970s set crime drama follows a woman named Jean (Brosnahan) who is forced to go on the run after her husband betrays his partners, sending her and her baby on a dangerous journey. This looks like a great story with solid acting and an intriguing hook.

Brosnahan is joined in the cast by Arinzé Kene, Marsha Stephanie Blake, Bill Heck, and Frankie Faison. The film is directed by Julia Hart, from a script she co-wrote with Jordan Horowitz.

I’m Your Woman is set to debut this week at the AFI film festival, then it will hit theaters on December 4th before launching on Amazon Prime on December 11th. Check out the trailer below.

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Rachel Brosnahan is On the Run in New Trailer for Amazon's Crime Drama I'M YOUR WOMAN
OLDBOY Director Park Chan-wook Set To Helm DECISION TO LEAVEMovieJoey PaurWed, 14 Oct 2020 17:00:00 +0000http://www.leelozano.com/news/oldboy-director-park-chan-wook-starts-work-on-his-next-film-decision-to-leave51b3dc8ee4b051b96ceb10de:51ce6099e4b0d911b4489b79:5f85d1970b2e960453251f0f

Park Chan-wook, the director behind Oldboy, Lady Vengeance, Thirst, Stoker, and The Handmaiden, is gearing up to shoot his next film project. The film is another Korean-language drama titled Decision to Leave.

I’m a big fan of Chan-wook’s film work, style, and the stories that he tells and this next one involves “a diligent and serious detective (Park Hye-il) who is investigating a possible murder case in the mountainous countryside. He begins to suspect the man’s widow (Tang Wei), whom he also develops romantic feelings for.”

I’ve enjoyed all of Chan-wook’s film work and I’m curious to see how he ends up bringing this story to life. It seems like a film noir kind of story, which is the perfect story material for the filmmaker to work with.

The script was co-written by Park and frequent collaborator Jeong Seo-kyeong. They previously co-scripted Park’s 2006 film I’m a Cyborg, but That’s OK, the 2009 horror adaptation Thirst and the 2016 erotic thriller The Handmaiden.

Park’s latest project was the six-episode drama series Little Drummer Girl, which aired on AMC/BBC in 2018.

Source: Variety

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OLDBOY Director Park Chan-wook Set To Helm DECISION TO LEAVE
Eddie Murphy's COMING 2 AMERICA Makes The Move From Paramount Pictures To Amazon StudiosMovieJoey PaurWed, 14 Oct 2020 16:30:00 +0000http://www.leelozano.com/news/eddie-murphys-coming-2-america-makes-the-movie-from-paramount-pictures-to-amazon-studios51b3dc8ee4b051b96ceb10de:51ce6099e4b0d911b4489b79:5f85ec41a782b87e8afff0d2

Eddie Murphy’s Coming 2 America is making a big distribution change. Paramount Pictures is selling the highly-anticipated sequel to the 80s comedy classic to Amazon Studios, in a deal which is said to be worth roughly $125 million.

With the pandemic and the lack of movies being released in movie theaters, the industry is dying. Studios are trying to be creative and find ways to make money, and selling properties off like this to streaming services is one that we’ve been seeing a lot of. So, it’s not surprising to see Paramount sell Coming 2 America to Amazon.

According to the report, Murphy, who is also a producer on the film, has to give his blessing before the deal is finalized. Final details are currently being hammered out, “including two complex consumer marketing tie-ins with McDonalds and whiskey brand Crown Royal, which are expected to transfer over to Amazon Studios with the film.”

In the sequel, “Prince Akeem is set to become king of the fictional country of Zamunda when he discovers he has a son he never knew about in America — a street-savvy Queens native named Lavelle. To honor the former king’s dying wish to groom his grandson as the crown prince, Akeem and Semmi set off to America.”

The movie was directed by Craig Brewer (Hustle & Flow, Black Snake Moan) and Murphy is joined by Arsenio Hall, James Earl Jones, Wesley Snipes, Leslie Jones, Paul BatesTracy Morgan and Jay Pharaoh.

The expected streaming premiere date is December 18th.

Source: Variety

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Eddie Murphy's COMING 2 AMERICA Makes The Move From Paramount Pictures To Amazon Studios
Trailer for Ron Howard's HILLBILLY ELEGY Starring Amy Adams and Glenn CloseMovieTrailerJoey PaurWed, 14 Oct 2020 16:00:00 +0000http://www.leelozano.com/news/trailer-for-ron-howards-hillbilly-elegy-starring-amy-adams-and-glenn-close51b3dc8ee4b051b96ceb10de:51ce6099e4b0d911b4489b79:5f8713159bc33c018323ca53 trailer-for-ron-howards-hillbilly-elegy-starring-amy-adams-and-glenn-close-social.jpg

Netflix has released the first trailer for director Ron Howard’s latest film, Hillbilly Elegy, and it looks like it’ll be quite the emotional journey. This movie is based on a true story, and it’s definitely going to pull at your heartstrings.

The film stars Amy Adams, Glenn Close, and Gabriel Basso, and the story is described as “a powerful personal memoir that offers a window into one family’s personal journey of survival and triumph. By following three colorful generations through their unique struggles, J.D.’s family story explores the highs and lows that define his family’s experience.”

As you’ll see the movie is going to be filled with powerful performances. The movie is based on the memoir of J.D. Vance and this is the synopsis that was shared:

J.D. Vance (Basso), a former Marine from southern Ohio and current Yale Law student, is on the verge of landing his dream job when a family crisis forces him to return to the home he’s tried to forget. J.D. must navigate the complex dynamics of his Appalachian family, including his volatile relationship with his mother Bev (Adams), who’s struggling with addiction. Fueled by memories of his grandmother Mamaw (Close), the resilient and whip-smart woman who raised him, J.D. comes to embrace his family’s indelible imprint on his own personal journey.

Hillbilly Elegy will premiere on Netflix on November 24th.

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Trailer for Ron Howard's HILLBILLY ELEGY Starring Amy Adams and Glenn Close
Uplifting New Trailer For The Inspiring Disney+ Film CLOUDSMovieTrailerJoey PaurWed, 14 Oct 2020 15:30:00 +0000http://www.leelozano.com/news/uplifting-new-trailer-for-the-inspiring-disney-film-clouds51b3dc8ee4b051b96ceb10de:51ce6099e4b0d911b4489b79:5f85c360ba986d0f6ffa19bb

We’ve got a new trailer to share with you for the upcoming Disney+ film Clouds, which tells the inspiring true story of seventeen-year old Zach Sobiech, who “captured the hearts of people everywhere when his original song ‘Clouds’ debuted and instantly became a viral sensation in 2012.”

The movie comes from director Justin Baldoni (Five Feet Apart) and it looks like he has made an uplifting, emotional, and moving film. Clouds is based on the book Clouds: A Memoir by Zach’s mother, Laura Sobiech. The movie stars Fin Argus, Sabrina Carpenter, Tom Everett Scott, and Neve Campbell.

The film offers a “poignant and beautiful look at the heartbreaking duality of life and a testament to what can happen when you start to live as if each day might be your last. Zach Sobiech (Argus) is a fun-loving high school student with raw musical talent living with osteosarcoma, a rare bone cancer. At the start of his senior year, he is ready to take on the world, however when he receives the news that the disease has spread, he and his best friend and songwriting partner, Sammy (Carpenter), decide to spend Zach’s limited time following their dreams. With the help of Zach’s mentor and teacher, Mr. Weaver (Lil Rel Howery), Zach and Sammy are given the chance of a lifetime and are offered a record deal. Along with the support of the love of his life, Amy (Madison Iseman) and his parents, Rob and Laura (Scott and Campbell); Zach embarks on an unforgettable journey about friendship, love and the power of music.”

Clouds is set to premiere on Friday, October 16th.

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Uplifting New Trailer For The Inspiring Disney+ Film CLOUDS
According to Jessica Henwick, THE MATRIX 4 Will 'Change the Industry Again'MovieJoey PaurWed, 14 Oct 2020 15:15:00 +0000http://www.leelozano.com/news/according-to-jessica-henwick-the-matrix-4-will-change-the-industry-again51b3dc8ee4b051b96ceb10de:51ce6099e4b0d911b4489b79:5f86187bbfee412fce935603

When The Matrix was first released in 1999 it blew audiences away with its insane visual effects, cool complex story, and badass action sequences. We had never seen anything like it before! It changed the way Hollywood made movies with the tech that had to be invented to pull off some of those jaw-dropping action sequences. According to actress Jessica Henwick, director Lana Wachowski will "change the industry again” with The Matrix 4.

During a recent interview with CB, Henwick explained:

"There are definitely moments on set where Yahya [Abdul-Mateen II] and I look at each other and we just go, 'Matrix 4’, Those pinch me moments. Yeah. Lana is doing some really interesting things on a technical level in the same way that you know, she created a style back then. I think she's going to change the industry again with this film. There's some camera rigs that I've never seen before that we're using. That's probably all I can say for that."

Well, hell! I’ve been wondering how they would advance things for this movie to give audiences another unexpectedly mind-blowing experience. I can’t wait to see what they’re doing!

Wachowski co-wrote the script with Aleksander Hemon and David Mitchell, and the film stars Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, and Jada Pinkett Smith reprising their iconic roles as Neo, Trinity, and Niobe. The film will also star newcomers Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Neil Patrick Harris, Toby Onwumere, and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, who is rumored to be playing young Morpheus. Jonathan Groff also has a role in the film along with Daniel Bernhardt, who is returning to play Agent Johnson.

Reeves previously said that Wachowski has written “a beautiful, beautiful script.” He went on to reveal that the film will tell a love story that he calls “inspiring” and shared that “it’s another version of a call to wake up. It entertains, great action, and all will be revealed.”

The Matrix 4 is currently slated to hit theaters on December 22nd, 2021.

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According to Jessica Henwick, THE MATRIX 4 Will 'Change the Industry Again'
A Squad of Soldiers Battle Giant Creatures in Full Trailer for MONSTER HUNTERMovieTrailerJoey PaurWed, 14 Oct 2020 14:57:00 +0000http://www.leelozano.com/news/a-squad-of-soldiers-battle-giant-creatures-in-full-trailer-for-monster-hunter51b3dc8ee4b051b96ceb10de:51ce6099e4b0d911b4489b79:5f870d69fd6a3a5d6e551db5 a-squad-of-soldiers-battle-giant-creatures-in-full-trailer-for-monster-hunter-social.jpg

Sony Pictures has released a full trailer for director Paul WS Anderson’s upcoming action-adventure film Monster Hunter. We’ve already seen a couple of teaser trailers for the film, but this trailer offers us our best look yet at monstrous madness.

The film’s story follows Milla Jovovich as Artemis and a small squad of soldiers who find themselves being transported to another realm that is inhabited by giant creatures and they’ve got to fight them! They team up with a warrior in this realm named Hunter, who is played by Tony Jaa. Together they engage in battle against the monsters to close a portal to prevent the monsters from going through and invading earth.

I’m not expecting Monster Hunter to be a great cinematic masterpiece, but it looks like a fun and enjoyable film that might be worth checking out. Here’s the synopsis:

Behind our world, there is another: a world of dangerous and powerful monsters that rule their domain with deadly ferocity. When an unexpected sandstorm transports Captain Artemis (Milla Jovovich) and her unit (TI Harris, Meagan Good, Diego Boneta) to a new world, the soldiers are shocked to discover that this hostile and unknown environment is home to enormous and terrifying monsters immune to their firepower. In their desperate battle for survival, the unit encounters the mysterious Hunter (Tony Jaa), whose unique skills allow him to stay one step ahead of the powerful creatures. As Artemis and Hunter slowly build trust, she discovers that he is part of a team led by the Admiral (Ron Perlman). Facing a danger so great it could threaten to destroy their world, the brave warriors combine their unique abilities to band together for the ultimate showdown.

The movie also stars Ron Perlman (Hellboy, Drive), T.I. Harris (Ant-Man and The Wasp), Diego Boneta (Luis Miguel, Rock of Ages), Meagan Good (Code Black), and Josh Helman (X-Men: Days of Future Past).

Monster Hunter is set to be released in theaters in December 2020.

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A Squad of Soldiers Battle Giant Creatures in Full Trailer for MONSTER HUNTER
Badass Trailer for JIU JITSU – Nick Cage, Tony Jaa, and Frank Grillo Are Masters of Jiu Jitsu Battling an AlienMovieTrailerJoey PaurWed, 14 Oct 2020 14:30:00 +0000http://www.leelozano.com/news/badass-trailer-for-jiu-jitsu-nick-cage-tony-jaa-and-frank-grillo-are-masters-of-jiu-jitsu-battling-an-alien51b3dc8ee4b051b96ceb10de:51ce6099e4b0d911b4489b79:5f8672b637bce9017e65353e

Oh, hell yeah! The first awesome trailer has dropped for an upcoming sci-fi martial arts action film titled Jiu Jitsu. This movie looks insanely fun, and it’s described as, “Predator meets Mortal Kombat meets National Treasure.”

The movie stars Nicolas CageTony Jaa, Alain MoussiFrank GrilloRick YuneMarie Avgeropoulos, and Juju Chan. The story follows an ancient order of master Jiu Jitsu fighters who find themselves facing off with a vicious alien invader, who they must battle for the survival of Earth, and this alien has got some skills.

The movie looks just as ridiculously fun as it sounds and here’s the full synopsis:

Every six years, an ancient order of expert Jiu Jitsu fighters faces a fearsome alien invader in a battle for Earth. When war hero and master Jiu Jitsu fighter Jake Barnes refuses to face Brax, the indomitable leader of the invaders, the future of humanity hangs in the balance. Injured and suffering from amnesia, Jake is captured by a military squad that has arrived on the planet and is rescued by Wylie (Cage) and a team of fellow Jiu Jitsu fighters who must help him recover his memory and regain his strength for an epic battle that will once again determine the fate of mankind. 

The film comes from director Dimitri Logothetis (Pretty SmartSlaughterhouse RockThe CloserBody ShotHungry for YouCheyenneThe Lost AngelWings of the DragonKickboxer: Retaliation). Prepare to rumble on November 20th when the film is released in select theaters and on VOD.

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Badass Trailer for JIU JITSU – Nick Cage, Tony Jaa, and Frank Grillo Are Masters of Jiu Jitsu Battling an Alien
Trailer For Japan's Live-Action Adaptation of THE PROMISED NEVERLANDMovieTrailerJoey PaurWed, 14 Oct 2020 14:00:00 +0000http://www.leelozano.com/news/trailer-for-japans-live-action-adaptation-of-the-promised-neverland51b3dc8ee4b051b96ceb10de:51ce6099e4b0d911b4489b79:5f85c7de8791af082c435425

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