Clint Eastwood’s The Mule Trailer Is Super Tense

These days, multiple Oscar winner Clint Eastwood is doing a lot more directing and not much acting. The last time Clint Eastwood starred in a film was all the way back in 2012 in Trouble with the Curve. That changes later this year, though, when Clint Eastwood steps in front of the camera for his next directorial effort, The Mule, where he stars as a man in his eighties who becomes a drug mule for a Mexican cartel. The first trailer for the film has been released and it teases an emotional performance from Clint Eastwood in what looks to be a super tense film. Check out the trailer for The Mule below.

Interestingly, there is another film out right now called The Old Man & the Gun, starring Robert Redford, that is also about an old man committing crimes, and it looks absolutely nothing like what we see here from Clint Eastwood’s The Mule. That film looks like a charming romp while The Mule looks like a dark nail-biter. The trailer here is incredibly tense with a slow boil feel that ratchets up the tension with each successive scene, from the sweaty-palmed nervousness of the interaction with the cop to the dangerous dealings with the cartel to the alarm at seeing Bradley Cooper’s FBI agent literally right behind Clint Eastwood’s drug mule.

The danger is palpable for Clint Eastwood’s Earl Stone as he finds himself in way over his head, eluding the authorities and dealing with very dangerous people. This doesn’t look to be a situation where Clint Eastwood’s character is a cold 80-year-old badass either. Based on the trailer and the narration, this looks to be an emotional performance for the actor as a character with real regret and sadness in his life as he stares down the barrel towards the end of it. It’s those moments that deal with his family that makes this film especially interesting and should add emotional weight to the criminal elements.

As you can tell from the trailer, Clint Eastwood’s World War II vet and horticulturist doesn’t know what exactly he’s driving, at least not at first. He becomes a drug mule for a Mexican cartel and he winds up being pretty good at it, which puts him on the radar of Bradley Cooper‘s FBI agent Colin Bates. Like Walter White before him, Earl Stone looks to be doing the wrong things for the right reasons and before he knows it, he may find himself on the wrong side of the law and the cartel, putting him in terrible danger with no good way out.

Clint Eastwood’s latest directorial effort reunites the actor-director with his Gran Torino writer Nick Schenk, who also wrote The Mule. Clint Eastwood seems to have a preference for using true stories for his films in recent years, and that is the case again here. The Mule is inspired by the true story of 90-year-old Leo Sharp, who became a drug mule for the Sinaloa cartel. His story was told in a New York Times story which you can read ahead of seeing the movie adaptation.

This movie looks like a compelling crime drama and something a little bit different than what we’ve seen from Clint Eastwood’s films of late. It is also exciting to see him back in front of the camera in a role that seems ideal for him. The Mule stars Clint Eastwood, Taissa Farmiga, Bradley Cooper, Michael Peña and Laurence Fishburne, and it hits theaters on December 14. For all of the movies you can look forward to the rest of this year, check out our release schedule.

Why Daredevil Season 3 Doesn’t Feature Any Defenders Crossovers

The third season of Daredevil will feature many things, including the return of past villains, and a Sopranos-inspired storyline. What it will not include is any crossovers from The Defenders. A move that may be surprising given that Iron Fist‘s post-credits scene teased Daredevil Season 3. Fans of the Marvel universe, curious as to why that decision was reached, are about to get their answer. Daredevil‘s new showrunner Erik Oleson explained the move to CinemaBlend’s own Corey Chichizola, and here’s what Oleson said:

Given that Daredevil was presumed dead at the end of the crossover miniseries event, you would think the characters that interacted with him there would be shown reacting to him being alive in Season 3. Maybe even desiring to confirm it in the flesh. But, it sounds like a passing mention may be all the superhero show ordered.

During its first two installments, Daredevil was the springboard to many characters within the Marvel Universe, including The Punisher and Elektra. The former ended up getting his own spinoff, and the latter played a crucial role in The Defenders‘ storyline. So, what Daredevil‘s showrunner is teasing is relatively groundbreaking for a new season of Netflix’s original Marvel series, and exciting. The superhero drama shifting inwards, once again, to the characters it has developed will be a fun thing to explore.

That said, Daredevil has had a history of doing such a wonderful job with its crossovers, it was never really an issue. For instance, The Punisher’s story was so cohesively woven into the fabric of Season 2 that it did not seem out of place when he was brought in. Plus, it fueled a stellar story for Karen, which helped her continue honing her identity. Not to mention the philosophical dialogues that took place between Frank Castle and Matt Murdock.

Based on the incredible trailer, conversations like those seem as though they will be echoed in Season 3’s direction. So, in many ways, the crossovers have helped propel Daredevil as much as it has helped drive them. There are many intriguing things about Erik Oleson’s quote, and one of them is him saying the show will be getting back to its core characters by having them interact in “surprising ways.” Fans may have already gotten a hint as to what that might entail.

Daredevil‘s showrunner had previously teased to EW that Foggy and Matt’s relationship would be hitting a rough patch in Season 3. Given how betrayed Foggy has felt by Matt that is not entirely surprising. One can only hope the one-time best friends can work things out. Tune in to find out if, and how, they can when Daredevil Season 3 premieres October 19 on Netflix. And, the superhero series will not be the only fresh content the streaming giant and networks will be welcoming this fall, so be sure to keep up with everything else coming to the small screen.

Re-Releasing Jaws With A CGI Shark Is A Good Idea, According To Richard Dreyfuss

For a movie about a shark attacking beachgoers at a summer resort town, there’s actually not that much shark footage within Jaws. This came out of necessity rather than by design since the mechanical sharks constructed for the movie kept malfunctioning, but it actually ended up working in Jaws‘ favor, as it gave the story a much more ominous, Hitchcockian-like tone. 43 years later, movie-making technology has leaped to previously unimaginable heights, and Richard Dreyfuss, who played oceanographer Matt Hooper, believes it would be a good idea for Jaws to be re-released and have the terrorizing shark be a CGI creation. As Dreyfuss put it:

As we’ve seen with the original Star Wars trilogy, it’s easy enough to go back into an older movie and add current effects, though that doesn’t come without criticism. But Richard Dreyfuss doesn’t see updating Jaws with a CGI shark as a problem, a realization he came to after Deadline brought up the idea when interviewing him at the Catalina Film Festival. Dreyfuss also acknowledged that director Steven Spielberg managed to work wonders with Jaws, but given what can be created for the big screen now, it’d be wise for Jaws to get an update so that the shark feels more realistic. In the actor’s words:

Given how Jaws remains one of the most popular movies of all time, it being re-released certainly would be “huge,” and maybe Richard Dreyfuss is right that making the shark all CGI would be more appealing to younger moviegoers who might not have otherwise have checked it out. However, as mentioned earlier, it was the fact that we don’t see that much of the shark in Jaws that makes the movie more terrifying. Audiences have to imagine how big this monstrosity is, and sure there a few moments where the shark pops up and it’s obvious the thing is man-made, but those don’t take from how scary the movie overall. It’s one thing to go in and touch up parts of the shark with CGI, but to completely erase the original, practical version is a questionable decision, and one that would almost certainly anger a lot of movie buffs.

If the Jaws franchise is ever rebooted, maybe the new take could feature a CGI shark to fit in among the other blockbusters, but when it comes to the original Jaws, such a decision would be incredibly divisive. In any case, keep up to date with what’s heading to theaters over the next year with our 2018 and 2019 release schedules.

Do you thin Jaws should be re-released with a CGI shark?

Caitlyn Jenner’s Partner Opens Up About Relationships, Says It’s Not Romantic

During a recent interview, Sophia Hutchins opened up about her relationship with Caitlyn Jenner. As she discussed on a podcast appearance, Hutchins holds a close bond with Jenner, and they share the same house and interact with each other on a daily basis. But Hutchins doesn’t consider themselves to be “romantic.” Rather, Sophia Hutchins claims they simply “share a life together,” along with everything that comes with a close-knitted correspondence. Here’s how Sophia Hutchins described her day-to-day life with Jenner, and how she would describe the work they do together and the lives they share.

Sophia Hutchins’ recent comments about her relationship with Caitlyn Jenner were made during her appearance on the podcast, Hidden Truths with Jim Breslo. During this ongoing conversation, Hutchins wanted to stress that, while she maintains a relationship with Caitlyn Jenner, she doesn’t consider it to be a romantic one. Rather, she views the bond she shares with Jenner as a partnership, above all else. While she considers herself “inseparable” to Caitlyn Jenner, Hutchins doesn’t consider believe it’s extra romantic. And she doesn’t believe that conversation needs to be a public one. That’s a private manner, and Hutchins would prefer if it was kept that way. Here’s how Sophia Hutchins described her relationship with Caitlyn Jenner on the episode.

While Sophia Hutchins is open about how close she is with Caitlyn Jenner, she doesn’t want their relationship to be labeled. They hold a tight bond together, where they spend a lot of time together in the same workplace and under the same roof– but she believes other matters should be kept to themselves, at least as far as the media is concerned. And that’s certainly understandable. Even though Jenner is a public figure, privacy is something everyone wishes to have. If Sophia Hutchins and Caitlyn Jenner want to keep a part of their lives separate from the world, that’s their choice to make.

We’ll continue to keep you posted on the latest celebrity developments and updates right here at CinemaBlend.

Gareth Evans Praises Joe Manganiello’s Dedication To DC’s Deathstroke

As far a cinematic universes goes, there is no place quite as unique as DC’s live-action universe. The DCEU has already had plenty of peaks and valleys, with projects regularly announced, and then promptly cancelled. As such, it’s unclear when many of the franchise’s favorites might return to the silver screen. This includes Joe Manganiello’s Deathstroke, who had a brief cameo in the final moments of Zack Snyder’s Justice League. After originally being set to appear as the villain in the Batman movie, it now looks like a Deathstroke movie may also be in the works for Manganiello, with Gareth Evans recently rumored to be helming the project. While revealing he’s only had a few quick phone calls, Evans praised Manganiello’s dedication and knowledge of the DC villain, saying:

Well, that seem pretty clear. It looks like, despite the characters’ myriad setbacks, Joe Manganiello is still very much committed to playing the DC’s live action version of Wilson Slade aka Deathstroke. Now the question is: when will that be?

Gareth Evans’ comments to Comic Book will likely elicit a mixed back of emotions from the DC fandom. On one hand, they’ll be pleased to learn just how seriously Joe Manganiello has taken his Deathstroke research. Comic book fans look very closely to film adaptations, and expect each actor to have done a fair amount of homework ahead of performing. Manganiello does just that, and apparently knows more than most of his peers in the superhero genre.

But there’s also a downside to Gareth Evans’ Deathstroke update: it doesn’t seem like he’s actually attached to direct a spinoff. Edwards is mostly known for his contributions into the horror world, and therefore seems like a fascinating choice to helm a DC project. The horror genre has been on a serious upswing as of late, and plenty of directors have made their way to superhero movies, including James Wan. A fresh take might be just what the DCEU needs, as Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman is still the only critical success to come from the shared universe.

Seemingly anything can happen in the DC’s still growing universe, so perhaps Gareth Edwards will work out a deal with DC after all. If he’s taken so many calls, he’s at least somewhat interested– especially if it links him with Joe Manganiello.

The next installment in the DCEU is Aquaman on December 21st, 2018. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

Krypton’s New Villain Lobo Looks Ready To Tour With Rob Zombie In First Image

Well, now. Let’s see…Guns a’poppin? Check. Muscular, exposed torso? Check. White skin? Check. Long, dark, voluminous hair? Check? Scowl? Check. Chain wrapped arm? Check. Red eyes? Check. Face paint and attitude that would have him fitting right in on stage at a Rob Zombie concert? Check, check, check! You might have also noticed that Scanlan is outfitted in Lobo’s signature fanged skull decorative pant ornament. While this is usually shown as being a belt buckle of sorts, it appears as though Krypton has decided to switch things up a bit and have the character use it as more of a cod piece. What can I say? I can’t complain about it. Though, I do feel like he needs a more impressive layer of white all over to really make his Kiss-like eye adornment pop, but I can withhold full judgement until I actually see Lobo in action on the drama.

Why Disney Hated Johnny Depp’s Pirates Of The Caribbean Performance

With Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald soon approaching theaters, audiences will soon get to see the unconventional Johnny Depp make his mark on yet another beloved franchise as the film’s sinister villain. Although the 55-year-old actor has roots as a rebellious indie favorite in the 90s, he is best known as the leading high-earning family friendly franchises that he has twisted on its head with his unique performances. Depp’s shift into super-stardom began when he first played Jack Sparrow in 2003’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl. The Disney character became so iconic that Depp was added to the classic Disney park ride dating back to 1967. However, Depp said when he first introduced his interpretation of the pirate on set, the studio had quite a bit of criticism about it. In his words:

Johnny Depp’s comments come from a completely unfiltered interview with GQ. It’s no secret that Depp and Disney had their differences. The actor has previously how he expected the studio to fire him because he wasn’t following its wishes. He reminisced how he would get on set and go completely “rogue”, tearing up the script and muttering what he felt was best for the drunken scoundrel. After working in a collaborative environment on independent films, working under a big studio was a new experience for him. And Depp felt that if he wasn’t challenging the values of Disney and making them unhappy, then he wouldn’t be doing his job as an actor right. Depp continued by divulging another conversation with a Disney executive:

Johnny Depp’s unhinged name drop is regarding former Disney executive, Nina Jacobson who was president of Buena Vista until 2006. Jacobson is a gay woman herself, who currently helms her own production company– best known for producing the Hunger Games franchise. Despite Disney’s alleged comments to Depp, his controversial performance became a huge success and he went on to make four Pirates sequels along with working with Disney again with the new Alice in Wonderland franchise. You can see Depp next in Crimes of Grindelwald, coming to theaters on November 16.

Did Chris Evans Just Say Goodbye To Marvel For Good?

Ever since he was brought into the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Captain America: The First Avenger, Chris Evans’ Steve Rogers has been one of the franchise’s anchoring characters. Whether by himself or with his superhero allies, Steve has kept humanity safe time and time again, but over the last couple years, there’s been the sense that his time is drawing to a close. The latest example of that is Evans announcing that he’s wrapped filming Avengers 4, and he appears to be saying goodbye to both Captain America and Marvel for good.

Had Chris Evans stuck to his initial, six movie contract (excluding cameos) with Marvel Studios, Avengers: Infinity War would have served as his final appearance in the MCU, but Evans agreed to also return for Avengers 4 because the movie was “going to wrap everything up.” As for post-Phase 4, while neither Marvel or Chris Evans have provided official confirmation, there’s been no indication that Steve Rogers will be around, and Evans’ above tweet implies that whatever happens to Steve at the end of Avengers 4, the actor won’t be around for the next stage of this continuously-expanding franchise.

Gareth Edwards Praises Joe Manganiello’s Dedication To DC’s Deathstroke

As far a cinematic universes goes, there is no place quite as unique as DC’s live-action universe. The DCEU has already had plenty of peaks and valleys, with projects regularly announced, and then promptly cancelled. As such, it’s unclear when many of the franchise’s favorites might return to the silver screen. This includes Joe Manganiello’s Deathstroke, who had a brief cameo in the final moments of Zack Snyder’s Justice League. After originally being set to appear as the villain in the Batman movie, it now looks like a Deathstroke movie may also be in the works for Manganiello, with Gareth Edwards recently rumored to be helming the project. While revealing he’s only had a few quick phone calls, Edwards praised Manganiello’s dedication and knowledge of the DC villain, saying:

Well, that seem pretty clear. It looks like, despite the characters’ myriad setbacks, Joe Manganiello is still very much committed to playing the DC’s live action version of Wilson Slade aka Deathstroke. Now the question is: when will that be?

Gareth Edwards’ comments to Comic Book will likely elicit a mixed back of emotions from the DC fandom. On one hand, they’ll be pleased to learn just how seriously Joe Manganiello has taken his Deathstroke research. Comic book fans look very closely to film adaptations, and expect each actor to have done a fair amount of homework ahead of performing. Manganiello does just that, and apparently knows more than most of his peers in the superhero genre.

But there’s also a downside to Gareth Edwards’ Deathstroke update: it doesn’t seem like he’s actually attached to direct a spinoff. Edwards made history by directing the first Star Wars standalone movie, Rogue One, and therefore seems like a great choice to helm a DC project. Rogue One was set in a fantastic world, but still managed to be grounded and character driven. That seems like just what the DCEU needs, as Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman is still the only critical success to come from the shared universe.

Seemingly anything can happen in the DC’s still growing universe, so perhaps Gareth Edwards will work out a deal with DC after all. If he’s taken so many calls, he’s at least somewhat interested– especially if it links him with Joe Manganiello.

The next installment in the DCEU is Aquaman on December 21st, 2018. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

Daredevil Season 3 Trailer: The 5 Most Exciting Moments

There’s A New Daredevil

A bulk of footage seen so far for Daredevil Season 3 has featured Matt taking the fight to others in his traditional black costume, and sometimes with no costume at all. It appears the true Devil of Hell’s Kitchen left his red costume behind, and it unfortunately got snagged by someone else pretending to be the fearless vigilante. The rest of the world doesn’t realize the change of the guard, of course, so Daredevil’s good name is being besmirched by this new guy, who seems incredibly violent and merciless and incredibly accurate. This smells like one of Fisk’s schemes to exact revenge on Matt, but the big question we have concerns the person behind that mask. We have our guesses for who it is, but we won’t know for sure until Matt kicks this imposter to the curb.