Star Wars: Episode IX Is Really Aiming To Please Fans Of The Original Trilogy, And It’s Working

Say what you will about most other entries in the Star Wars saga, but that original trilogy of films is still the strongest bedrock that the franchise has ever had to call its base. While the series needs to appeal to the fans it’s won in the more recent years, there’s always going to be that fanbase that came to the dance starting with 1977’s initial offering.

I became a Star Wars fan while growing up through the Original Trilogy and a smattering of now de-canonized Expanded Universe material. But I’d always heard that story of that fabled first and third trilogy to round off the saga, and longed for the day they’d exist.

Now, we see the close of the third trilogy coming with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, and it looks like director J.J. Abrams and all involved are looking to please those dyed-in-the-wool fans. Here some reasons why that not only feels like the approach that’s being executed, but also why I think it’s working out rather well.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Luke kisses Leia on the forehead

It Promises The End Of The Skywalker Saga

As I mentioned before, one of the biggest sticking points in Star Wars lore was the fact that George Lucas has allegedly planned out three trilogies in the Skywalker Saga. The prequel trilogy scratched the itch fans had for seeing Anakin Skywalker’s origins as Darth Vader, and for a little while, it felt like the last three episodes of the entire nine-part saga would never come.

Even with Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ big reveal, it wasn’t certain that we’d see the end of the line, as George Lucas was out of the process altogether, and episode numbers were eventually dropped.

Why It Works: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker being the definitive end of the Skywalker clan’s story frees the series for new ideas to take root. But more importantly, it brings that storied end to the legacy of the very family that started the Star Wars franchise, fulfilling a promise from long ago.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Leia holding Rey tearfully

Leia Will Finish Out Her Role In The Star Wars Universe

Due to the untimely passing of Carrie Fisher, another big question was whether or not General Leia Organa would be brought back in some shape or form to close out her own story. After a period of long thought and deliberation, it was confirmed that Fisher’s General Leia would return in previously filmed outtakes from the last two Star Wars films, The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi.

The context of her place in the story, and how much shooting around the footage that was available will affect that is yet to be seen, but this decision is just as important as the one that allowed Luke Skywalker to return.

Why It Works: Seeing our first look at Leia’s return in this final film is pretty convincing stuff. While how the pre-existing story will work with what specific footage they have of Carrie Fisher’s previous performance is definitely a bit of a challenge, it’s good to see the General back for one last adventure. And if the Skywalker Saga is about to end, both of Anakin and Padme’s twins deserve proper closure.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Finn and Poe on watch in the desert

It Looks Like We’re Going Back To A Familiar Desert

The trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker shows a lot of one particular element that’s always been important to the saga’s storytelling environment: sand. With Rey’s big lightsaber flip and some action between Finn and Poe being showcased in the recent teaser, there’s a lot of the rough stuff primed and ready for action.

Which means we’re probably going back to one of two places. Either Jakku or Tatooine are in the mix for the ninth episode of the Skywalker Saga, but either way, this is a pretty big deal when it comes to wrapping up the story started in the Original Trilogy.

Why It Works: Much like the Original Trilogy’s story, bringing our heroes back to where the action started is a classic move of resolution. Anakin and Luke had to return to Tatooine before becoming the men they set off to be, and Rey will more than likely be heading back to Jakku in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. More powerful than when she left, this new Force user will more than likely learn some important knowledge about her origins, before setting off on whatever big battle she’s marching towards.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Lando laughing at the controls of the Millennium Falcon

Lando Calrissian Is Back And Flying The Millennium Falcon Again

One of the most criminally underused characters in the Star Wars galaxy has to be Lando Calrissian. A dashing charmer with a criminal past, Billy Dee Williams’ iconic supporting player is one of those figures that has always been brought up when questioning what moves the next Star Wars films would take to connect the future of the franchise to its historical past.

With so much room for his character to be expanded and enhanced upon in the brand new canon, especially after the discarding of the now-reclassified Legends line of Expanded Universe material, it was a pleasant given that the decision to reinstate Lando would be made.

Why It Works: If there’s a character whose legacy has positively loomed larger than his actual screen time in the Star Wars saga, it’s Mr. Calrissian. While the return of some characters seems more like an exercise in fan service than in storytelling (C-3PO, we’re looking in your direction), having Lando return is a smart way to close the story in the absence of Han Solo. Not to mention, there’s always a spot reserved for a roguish smuggler in the Star Wars universe.

Empire Strikes Back Han Solo about to be frozen by Darth Vader

The Series Is About To Go On Hiatus After The Rise Of Skywalker

Some Original Trilogy fans have been worried that the Star Wars franchise of films has overextended its reach a little bit. While Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was a hit and seemed to do pretty well overall, the reaction to Solo was way more tepid than usual. Even Disney CEO Bob Iger realized that the pace of the series was unsustainable, which lead him to announce that the series would go into hibernation after Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

Why It Works: Fans are always going to show up for the Skywalker Saga entries in Star Wars’ cinematic universe. That said, it’s going to take some time and tweaking to realize just what the fans will want out of the series outside of that now-ending run. It’s nice to see the studio management to realize that, and learn the lesson if you want to keep your fanbase happy, sometimes absence makes the Force grow stronger.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will define the legacy and its storytelling approach for some, while proving whether it adheres to the rules that the Original Trilogy played by for so long. As long as the rest of the decisions made in telling this story match up to the quality of those listed above, there should be a good chance that fans of the Original Trilogy will be very pleased with the finished product.

That’s an investment that should pay off long after Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker hits theaters on December 20. Though, that doesn’t mean the Star Wars fun has to end, as Disney+ will undoubtedly keep the fires stoked as The Mandalorian debuts on the platform’s launch date of November 12.

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Avengers: Endgame Writers Say The Runtime Is Perfect

Iron Man new suit extension in Avengers: Endgame

It was very clear well before we knew what the runtime for Avengers: Endgame would be, and well before we even knew what the official title would be, that it would be a long movie. It is going to be a long movie, but it’s one screenwriter Stephen McFeeley feels is “exactly as long as it needs to be.”

First and foremost, Avengers: Endgame isn’t going to be long, it’s going to be hella long, clocking in at 3 hours and 1 minute in length. AKA 181 minutes. A movie which you could also think of as “not short.”

That’s the sort of length of time that’s comparable to hobbits traveling away from the Shire for the first time or the length of time it takes for scientists to explore Pandora’s biosphere and mess with the environment in the process.

Per Stephen McFeeley, however, the movie’s lengthy runtime works and he’s happy to talk about why it works, saying,

It’s exactly as long as it needs to be. Any shorter and it would have felt like we weren’t honoring all the threads and franchises that are feeding into this climax. Twenty-two movies in, not only has the movie earned its length, but people deserve a movie of that substance.

He also revealed why, noting it’s very important that each of the individual franchises are highlighted in this final movie focusing on the original Avengers. In total, the movie will feel as if it has weight and substance, according to the writer. (Although he did write it, so I’d hope he didn’t have the opinion he was just putting fluff out into the universe.)

However, if you are worried that three hours will drag on and on and on, Stephen McFeeley also claimed in his interview with Vulture that the time will fly.

I swear to God, it sounds like a paradox to say this, but it’s a lean three hours.

In fact, we’ve already heard this super long movie is extremely tight and that every single scene will matter to the whole (along with hopefully being fun, funny and epic). Unlike some of those early episodes of Game of Thrones, there really won’t be much filler, to the point where Marvel’s Kevin Feige basically stated there won’t be a good time to get up and use the bathroom in the middle of the movie. The flick, in fact, was designed that way.

We are fans of movies that you wish didn’t end. Movies that you want to see again as soon as it’s over. And movies that you just don’t ever find a good time to run out to the bathroom. That’s when a movie’s working. And if a movie doesn’t feel like that to us we continue to trim, we continue to shape, we continue to bring that time down. That happened to a certain extent on this movie. But we got to a point where it feels very exciting and goes by very quickly and in the end is the perfect length.

Spoiler alert: I still plan to get up and use the bathroom in the middle of the movie. Someone probably should have worked a bathroom break in there, because I’m 100% positive I’m going to miss at least two minutes of this movie. I just have to hope I won’t miss something super important.

To that point, this movie is so long there has been some chatter online that we should get a bathroom break in the form of an intermission.

Our own Mike Reyes would argue against the inclusion of an intermission, and he has some valid reasons for why he’s opposed to that sort of addition; however, I do have fond memories of getting up in the middle of a special showing of Gone with the Wind as a kid and grabbing more popcorn. So, intermissions could theoretically work for modern audiences.

Either way, we aren’t getting an intermission with Avengers: Endgame, so this sort of argument is rather moot. What’s not moot is figuring out how to hold your bladder for three hours if you are hyper invested in this superhero and space story.

If not, we already have seen a small chunk of Avengers: Endgame in the form of footage revealing the plan to take on Thanos. Unfortunately, given the context of the scene, even if you’ve seen that entire segment already, it’s likely to come closer to the beginning of the movie rather than the middle, which means it may not be a great opportunity for you to get up and stretch your legs.

At the end of the day, Avengers: Endgame‘s other writer Christopher Markus also defends the length of Endgame because a shorter movie would not be capable of wrapping up the entire Phase Three of the MCU (and possibly all the phases that came before it). After all, Thanos not only has to be defeated but a slew of character arcs also have to be tied up! A lot needs to happen. He said:

If we told you the entire universe got snapped out and we were gonna wrap it up in a tight 85, you’d have issues.

I mean, 85 minutes at this point is short for even an animated movie, but I take his point. At least everyone is guaranteed to get bang for their buck with this movie, as well. It’s the longest movie in the MCU so far, competing only against its predecessor Avengers: Infinity War, a movie that is a whopping 32 minutes shorter.

Get prepared for the long and arduous journey your bladder is about to go on, because Avengers: Endgame is finally out next week. At that point we’ll find out whether this arduous movie works or you’ll likely start seeing headlines akin to “Should this have been a trilogy?” Either way, I’m pumped to see how it all pans out.

Catch it starting on April 26, 2019. Be sure to also check out what we know about Phase Four if you haven’t already. Best of luck avoiding spoilers on the Internet for the next few days. We’re in the endgame now.

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Spider-Man: Far From Home Gets Earlier Release Date

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is standing on a precipice. Avengers: Endgame will finally arrive in a matter of days, ending Phase Three and the MCU as we know it. Not much is known about that the studio is cooking up for the next series of films, but there is one movie that we should expect arriving a few months into Phase Four, Spider-Man: Far From Home.

Spider-Man: Far From Home will be Tom Holland’s second starring role in the MCU. While Peter Parker faded to dust in Endgame, he’ll somehow end up in the world of the living before departing on a class trip to Europe. Moviegoers are eager to meet Jake Gyllenhaal’s Mysterio in the upcoming sequel, and the fandom will be happy to know that the movie’s release has been moved up. Three days specifically, meaning Far From Home will now hit theaters on June 2nd.

This date change, which comes to us from Slashfilm, is sure to delight moviegoers who fell in love with the web crawler’s world in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Peter Parker’s second solo flick will assemble all the familiar faces from the first movie, including his friends, Happy Hogan, MJ, and even Michael Keaton’s Adrian Toomes.

It may originally be surprising that Spider-Man: Far From Home went from being released on a Friday to a Tuesday, but it makes sense if you sit down with a calendar. The earlier date coincides with Independence Day in the US, with plenty of people given time off for the holiday. As such, Far From Home will likely make a large sum of money, with American moviegoers looking for a way to spend their vacation.

It’ll be interesting to see how Spider-Man: Far From Home ultimately does in theaters. Every installment in Phase Three was a financial success, including Homecoming. But it’ll be a new world after Endgame, and the stakes will be decidedly lower once that massive blockbuster finally arrives. But audiences may be eager to see what comes next, and exactly how the MCU will continue on after Thanos’ assault on the galaxy.

Spider-Man didn’t debut in the MCU until Captain America: Civil War, but he quickly became a fan favorite hero in the shared universe. Tom Holland brought a youthful energy and gymnastic abilities to the role, especially when he was given more material in Spider-Man: Homecoming. He became a real Avenger in Infinity War, and had the most heart-wrenching death scene when he faded to dust. He’s expected to appear in Endgame in some capacity, although it’s not clear how.

Spider-Man: Far From Home will arrive in theaters on June 2nd, but first he’ll appear in Avengers: Endgame on April 26th. In the meantime, fill out CinemaBlend’s Endgame death pool, and be sure to check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

Looks Like The Shazam! Cast Could Be Back For Quite A Few More Sequels

The following contains spoilers for Shazam!

DC has found another big comic book hit thanks to the success of DC’s Shazam! The movie has been at the top of the box office for the last two weekends and has been largely celebrated by critics and fans alike. We know that a sequel is already in very early stages, but there may be far more than one new movie on the way.

Michelle Borth is the woman who plays Mary Marvel, the adult version of Grace Fulton’s Mary Bromfield in Shazam! In a new interview, the actress reveals that she got the part thanks to a single audition when she didn’t even know what she was auditioning for, but the biggest piece of information, is that she’s now signed to a five-picture deal. According to Borth…

If Michelle Borth was signed to a five-picture deal with Warner Bros. it’s safe to assume that the same is true for the rest of the Shazam! family. Both the adult and child versions of all the characters are likely signed to the same deal. Star Zachary Levi and his kid version, played by Asher Angel, might even be signed to longer deals than that as they may have more crossover opportunities.

The fact that everybody is on board for five movies doesn’t necessarily mean that there’s a specific plan for those five films. While it’s possible that the DC film universe, of which Shazam! is a part, has been mapped out and there are five specific movies that DC and WB know they want Mary Marvel to appear in, it’s more likely that the studio just wants to be sure the actors are under contract if and when they’re needed.

It’s also possible, though less likely, that the five picture deal isn’t specific to playing Mary Marvel. It’s possible Warner Bros. just sees potential in Michelle Borth and wanted her under contract.

Regardless, it is remarkable that Borth has found such success from a single audition. It’s even more impressive when you learn from her Parade interview that, in order to keep the secret of what she was auditioning for, the actual audition wasn’t running lines, but doing a dance. According to the actress…

Whatever else actually happens, a direct sequel to Shazam! is a virtual guarantee at this point. We only actually got to see a small amount of Mary Marvel and the other members of the Shazam Family, so a sequel will likely let these characters gain a bit more depth and let actors like Michelle Borth stretch their wings a bit more.

Does The Child’s Play Reboot Need To Show Us More Chucky? Let’s Talk This Out

The most recent trailer for Child’s Play has landed, and it continues to look rather promising. With the story of a single mother buying a cutting-edge toy for her son to befriend taking front and center, the reboot to the 1988 horror classic looks like it’s got a nice sci-fi upgrade for a new generation.

However, even with the announcement of legendary actor Mark Hamill voicing the character of Chucky, the marketing seems to be playing it coy with showing us the doll in its full form. That decision brings up an important debate, one that we’ll be discussing over the course of what you’re reading here. That discussion boils down to the following question: Does the Child’s Play reboot need to show us more of Chucky in its marketing? Let’s talk this out, starting with the case for more Chuck for the buck.

Child's Play (2019) Chucky clearly standing, holding a knife

The Case For More Chucky

Reviving a character as iconic and well known as Child’s Play’s Chucky takes more marketing prowess than it would to sell a new intellectual property. With a new property, you can shape the terms of how the audience sees that new product.

However, when you’re trying to make the case for the 21st century variant of Chucky, you need some more oomph in your cannon. It’s important to show more of Chucky to the audience that’s been loyal to the brand, especially considering the controversy surrounding the film and the feelings about the new project from some.

Being a Child’s Play remake outside of series/character creator Don Mancini’s TV series, which still retains original continuity, as well as Brad Dourif’s involvement, this may be a harder sell than many reboots in modern times. There’s still a lot of fans who need to be sold on this film to open their wallets.

Showing more of Chucky’s full face and voice in the marketing for Child’s Play just might win over more fans of the original version, as it looks like the film is going in a new direction with the character, rather than just remaking the infamous killing sprees of Charles Lee Ray.

It’s even more critical to approach newer audiences expecting a fresh definition of what the Child’s Play series is all about with a clear picture of what the modern Chucky is capable of. So for the sake of winning audiences old and new, by distancing itself from the original film, the new and improved Chucky should come out to play in whatever marketing materials crop up next.

Child's Play (2019) Chucky's face partially obscured by a knife

The Case For Less Chucky

The freshness of Child’s Play 2019 is a good starting point for the call for more of Chucky’s material to be shown in the trailers. However, that’s also the perfect launching pad for the argument against being too showy with everyone’s new Buddi.

Surprise is exactly what Child’s Play has going for it in this new incarnation, and we did get the slightest tease of Mark Hamill’s fresh performance in that recent trailer. Some could say we’ve gotten enough to tide us over, and history just might prove that faction right.

In the trailer for the original Child’s Play, a similar approach was taken in selling this concept as brand new. The Good Guy doll was shown as a doll, with any glimpses into its evil activities being brief and mostly concealed. We never really got to see Chucky at his full potential, because even as a brand new property, surprise was the key to making audiences go nuts upon the big reveal.

The same could be said for Child’s Play 2019, because we have seen the full doll as a play thing, again with glimpses of the evil that this Buddi can do. So maybe the way to win fans, classic and new, is to give them the same treatment that was had when Chucky was a brand new doll, fresh off the factory floor.

Curiosity and surprise are definitely valuable commodities when selling a movie these days. Getting the audience hyped with a smidge of voice over and just enough violence is probably a better idea, in the sense that it combats the biggest problem moviegoers have with more recent trailers that tend to give the whole movie away. Less Chucky likely equates to more shock value.

Child's Play (2019) Aubrey Plaza bound and bloody, looking frightened

The Final Ruling

Taking into consideration the fact that both arguments are pretty sound, I still feel like there is a clear winner in this debate, which is the trailers for the new Child’s Play reboot need to show more Chucky in the future.

While curiosity and surprise are still needed in the world of film marketing, it’s not spoiling Child’s Play if you show off the killer doll everyone’s expecting. We’ve seen the doll, we’ve heard its voice, and the historical canon of this villain is no secret. So hiding it isn’t helping that much, in my opinion.

Between a new crowd that still knows of Chucky’s character, and a faithful fanbase to that original series that needs some enticing to come to this newly set table, more clear killer doll action can only help better sell this product. This is particularly true in the case of a reboot, as remaking an older, very popular series for a modern context almost always triggers people to think that it’s a cash in.

If Child’s Play 2019 is going to stand a chance, it needs to break away from Child’s Play 1988 and do its own thing. I think that requires showing off the difference between the old Chucky and the new one. Why should anyone expect people to show up when they can’t see the star of the show?

While this debate takes both sides of the coin into account, it is all from one singular viewpoint discussing both sides. If a film like Child’s Play has any chance of succeeding, it needs to adhere to the opinions of you, the audience.

So after you’ve mulled over both sides of this issue yourself, feel free to share your thoughts in both the poll provided at the end of this piece, as well as in the comments section below. But before you go off to deliberate, why not watch the Child’s Play trailer one last time?

As for Child’s Play, it hits theaters on June 21st, just in time to give your summer a scare. But if horror isn’t your thing, and you just like reading arguments about movie marketing, you can find a movie more suited to your tastes in our 2019 release schedule.

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Daisy Ridley Doesn’t Want Rey To End Up With Kylo Ren

We have no idea what the future has in store for our favorite Star Wars characters when The Rise of Skywalker arrives later this year. Fans have been coming up with ideas and theories almost since the beginning. However, the other thing fans have been doing since the beginning, because this is the internet, is building relationships between characters.

Many are deeply invested in whatever is going on between Finn and Poe, but just as many are wondering what might happen between Rey and Kylo Ren. However, one person who is not into “Reylo” is Daisy Ridley herself. According to the actress…

And just like that, millions of ‘shippers cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced.

Daisy Ridley just isn’t on board with the idea of Rey and Kylo Ren getting together romantically. She recognizes that whatever sort of relationship the two do have isn’t exactly healthy. Ben Solo, however right he may feel he is, has left a lot of bodies in his wake to get to where he wants to go, including one who was his actual father. While Ridley, of course, stays quiet about what we will actually see in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, she tells Steele Wars that personally, she doesn’t support the relationship.

Daisy Ridley does tease that redemption for Ben Solo, or at least exploration of the idea of redemption, might be part of the new film. Star Wars: The Last Jedi even teased the idea with Kylo Ren killing Supreme Leader Snoke, and fighting alongside Rey, though it eventually turned out that ultimately that was all for his own selfish reasons.

Ren wanted Rey to join him and use the First Order to remake the galaxy. Now Ren leads the First Order and with The Rise Of Skywalker seeing a significant jump in time after the events of The Last Jedi, it’s likely much will have changed in the organization when we see it next.

Thus far the new Star Wars trilogy has been decidedly light on romantic entanglements of any kind. At the end of The Last Jedi we saw that Rose has feelings for Finn, but where that will go, and if relationships are in the cards for any of our other characters, we’ll have to wait and see. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker arrives December 20.

Avengers: Endgame TV Spot Reveals Which Character Was Originally Cut From The Trailer

Avengers: Endgame is just days away, and the excitement is palpable. Marvel fans have been waiting a calendar year for the movie to arrive, following the shocking twist ending of Infinity War. Marvel Studios originally kept its secrets to allow for Ant-Man and The Wasp and Captain Marvel to hit theaters, but the marketing campaign for Phase Three’s final installment has seriously ramped up.

When the second trailer for Endgame arrived, there was a shot that threw fans for a loop. It featured some surviving heroes outside the Avengers Facility, and there was a noticeable gap between Bruce Banner and Rhodes, likely a character that was cut. But a new TV spot has revealed who that hidden character was: Gwyneth Paltrow’s Pepper Potts.

Pepper Potts may not have had a major role in Avengers: Infinity War, but she’s set pop back up when Endgame arrives in theaters. What’s more, it looks like she’ll be with the rest of the surviving heroes when something arrives from above. But what could it be?

Pepper’s increased presence in Avengers: Endgame was teased by the recent round of character posters, as Gwyneth Paltrow’s signature Marvel persona got her very own. But Pepper has been mostly absent from the trailers, at least until now. While her role is still largely a mystery, moviegoers can expect Pepper to show up in the Avengers facility and interact with the surviving heroes. Let’s just hope that includes some unexpected choices like Rocket.

Of course, there’s always the possibility that this clip with Pepper is a red herring by The Russo Brothers. The co-directors previously admitted to adding fake footage to trailers, to help advertise their blockbusters without giving away their contents. So perhaps Pepper never makes her way to join the Avengers, and has a story more contained to her location in New York City.

Just how Pepper will appear in Avengers: Endgame has been a heavily theorized subject. Many comic book fans are hoping that she’ll suit up in her own Iron Man armor, taking on the mantle of Rescue. There were also theories that she could be the one to save her fiancee and Nebula. That remains to be seen, although her new appearance in the recent TV spot is definitely exciting.

You can check out the TV spot featuring Pepper Potts in below, courtesy of Endgame‘s official social media.

Welcome back, Ms. Potts. Gwyneth Paltrow’s character debuted in the very first MCU movie, when Iron Man arrived back in 2007. It’s a relief to know that she didn’t fade to dust as a result of The Decimation, although how meaty her role in Endgame is remains to be seen.

All will be revealed when Avengers: Endgame hits theaters on April 26th. In the meantime, fill out CinemaBlend’s Endgame death pool, and be sure to check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

T2 Trainspotting Actor Bradley Welsh Is Dead At 42, And Now There’s An Investigation

Bradley Welsh, an actor, trainer and former boxer most known internationally for his work in T2 Trainspotting, has died at 42. Welsh was allegedly found by an Edinburgh Police Division after being shot on April 17th. The actor later died of his injuries and an investigation is underway.

Reports on the scene indicate that Bradley Welsh had been shot in the head following some sort of incident on Chester Steet in Edinburgh Scotland at about 8 p.m. on Wednesday. Police have not confirmed his death came from a shooting, but other outlets are also reporting it was a shot that killed the actor and boxer.

According to police in Edinburgh, the death is being treated as suspicious. The direct comment given on Facebook was as follows:

So details are still scarce regarding what exactly what series of events led to Welsh’s untimely passing.

Trainspotting writer Irvine Welsh has already responded about Bradley Welsh’s death, sending his condolences to his friend.

Bradley and Irvine Welsh are not related.

The boxer also owned a gym and per Variety was involved in charities that helped keeping kids from getting into trouble on the streets. Welsh was also once the champion of the Amateur Boxing Association of England.

He’s a fairly well-known figure in his area, and many have commented on social media about Bradley Welsh’s passing.

We’ll update as more details come to light, but in the meantime, our thoughts go out to Welsh’s family and friends at this time.

Hobbs And Shaw Trailer Has Dwayne Johnson Take On A Helicopter With His Bare Hands

The trailer opens up with the sort of entertaining, almost silly, action that made Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham so much fun in The Fate of the Furious. It was that chemistry that led to the Hobbs & Shaw become a film in the first place. However, it’s when the trailer comes to an end, and we see cars racing down the road and Dwayne Johnson attempt to pull down a helicopter on the end of a chain that things feel the most like a modern Fast & Furious movie.

Interestingly, we also learn that the full title of the movie is apparently Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw/. Nobody wants to forget that this is still part of the Fast & Furious franchise. Those films have been huge money makers around the world and clearly the hope is that Hobbs & Shaw will follow the main franchise to big box office returns, by including the Fast & Furious name in the title, that will help attract an audience all over the world.

While this may not be a standard Fast and Furious movie, it clearly is still going to feel like one, because “family” is going to be a major part of the story. We get to meet more of Deckard Shaw’s family, in the form of Vanessa Kirby. However, we also see the movie go to Hobbs’ home, and get to meet his entire extended family, who are apparently going to fight the bad guys with traditional Polynesian weapons. Because of course they are.

More to come…

New Child’s Play Trailer Will Make You Rethink Your Smart Home

While the original Child’s Play had a magic angle to it, with the soul of killer Charles Lee Ray transferred into a doll, the upcoming remake goes with a different tactic. Replacing fantasy elements with science-fiction, the new take on Chucky sees him as a bit of artificial intelligence gone wrong – and that’s a pretty dangerous thing in the age smart phones and smart homes. Don’t believe me? Just check out the brand new trailer for the film that has just been released online and see for yourself:

In this revamped take on the Child’s Play franchise, Gabriel Bateman stars as Andy Barclay – an introvert who is nervous to move to a new town. His mom, Karen (Aubrey Plaza), is hopeful that the change of scenery will be good for him, and that he’ll be able to make friends fast, but things initially don’t go as planned. To help with Andy’s loneliness she buys him a Buddi– a toy designed to sync up with the other technologies created by the tech giant Kaslan Corp. – but things start to go horribly wrong when the doll, named Chucky (Mark Hamill), becomes homicidal.

The new Child’s Play has been a bit deliberate when it comes to revealing details about the evil doll at the center of its plot, with the casting of Mark Hamill only revealed a few weeks ago at WonderCon, and our first full look at Chucky dropping a couple days ago. This trailer still plays a bit coy, only showing him in brief shots, and showcasing only one line at the end (“Goodnight, Andy”), but it does leave an impression.

In addition to finally getting creeped out by an in-motion Chucky, this preview also gives us a brief glimpse at what to expect from some of the creative kills that will be featured in the movie – despite the fact that it’s a green band trailer for what will be an R-rated flick.

Those concerned that the evil doll wouldn’t get to wield his most iconic weapon – a chef’s knife – must certainly be breathing a sigh of relief, but stabbing seems like it’s only going to be one of the many causes of fatalities in this new Child’s Play. The sequence with the tangled Christmas lights and the lawnmower looks like it’s going to have a seriously bloody conclusion, and it also looks like Chucky is going to have a bit of fun when it comes to controlling various technologies, including cars. This is just a taste, though, and presumably we’ll be getting a whole lot more when the finished film comes out this summer.

Speaking of which, Child’s Play – which co-stars Brian Tyree Henry and Tim Matheson – will be in theaters in just a couple of months, set to be released by Orion Pictures on June 21st. We’ll have a lot more content about the film coming your way between now and then, so stay tuned here on CinemaBlend for all of the latest updates.