John Travolta Is Bloody And Unrecognizable Filming New Movie

We know John Travolta as a dance move icon for Saturday Night Fever, Grease, and Hairspray, but he’s also quite the character actor — known memorably for Face/Off, Pulp Fiction, American Crime Story, and Gotti. Next up, the actor has another big-screen transformation on the way for suspense-thriller Moose… and it’s quite the sight for a bloody eye. Take a look:

Whoa! What’s happening here? The Instagram post features John Travolta in character for Moose, as the titular character with chopped gray hair and some gory makeup that indicates his eye will certainly take a beating sometime during the film. To cut the tension of Travolta’s look is Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst peeking out from behind the actor.

Fred Durst is the director and co-writer of Moose, and while the musician-turned-filmmaker hasn’t had much luck providing crowd-pleasing movies to audiences in the past, his upcoming project with John Travolta certainly has an interesting premise. Check it out, according to another post on the Moose Instagram:

This is kind of exciting, right? John Travolta will be playing a fanatic fan to Devon Sawa’s Hunter Dunbar; Travolta’s Moose reverts to some intense stalking of the action hero following some ill feelings after an encounter with him. It looks like things are going to get real bloody, based on this image, and judging by the description of this movie, it could be a crazy ride to go on.

Moose is apparently based on an actual incident from the Limp Bizkit singer’s past. Fred Durst has previously directed music videos for his band, commercials, and two films: 2007’s The Education of Charlie Banks with Jesse Eisenberg and 2008’s The Longshots with Ice Cube. Previously, Durst had a cameo in Travolta’s 2005 film Be Cool, but this is a much more involved collaboration.

On Friday, TMZ spoke with John Travolta on Moose, and the actor had some great things to say about the time on the project. In his words:

Wow! Does Moose trump his time with Quentin Tarantino? As John Travolta commented, he loved having the space to craft a crazy character with the director and looks to really dig the unique vision he has for the project. Maybe this dark comedy/thriller hybrid will join Travolta’s many iconic roles and potentially signal a long-awaited comeback for the actor?

No word on the exact release date yet, but Bloody Disgusting did just report that Moose — or The Fanatic, as it may ultimately be called — was acquired by Amazon and may be released this summer. Stay tuned and check out our 2019 release calendar for your next trip to the movies.

Chris Hemsworth Is Open To Returning To Thor After Avengers: Endgame

Avengers: Endgame has been teased as a finale. The film will close the book on 11 years of storytelling, and that finality extends to the characters. The original six Avengers (plus some surviving friends) are on a collision course and not everyone is going to make it out alive. While we can only speculate as to who may be leaving the MCU, Chris Hemsworth has decided to leave the door open for himself.

It’s no secret that Chris Hemsworth wasn’t entirely pleased with playing Thor before Thor: Ragnarok came around. The actor has admitted in the past that he was feeling frustrated in the role and that the films have never quite found the right tone, with Thor: The Dark World as a perfect example.

But then Taika Waititi came along to direct Ragnarok, creating one of Marvel’s funniest and most entertaining films. It was just the revitalization that Chris Hemsworth needed, and now with Endgame fast approaching, the actor is happy to return should he get the call.

In an interview with Yahoo Movies UK, Chris Hemsworth spoke on his feelings playing Thor changing after Ragnarok, and what an experience it has been to play the character for a decade. It sounds like Hemsworth is not entirely ready to put the hammer down for good, and he would love to play the character again if it was ever needed. (Darryl needs you, man.)

While it’s rumored that Chris Hemsworth’s contract is complete after Endgame, the future of Marvel is fairly unclear. While we do know of plenty of projects in development — like Black Widow, Shang-Chi, and The Eternals — none have technically been officially confirmed. There’s plenty of room in Marvel’s slate for a Thor 4 if it wants it.

It’s good to hear that Chris Hemsworth is down for more Thor. The character just found his stride, so why call it quits now?

As for where Thor could show up again, it’s not hard to see him popping up as a side character in other cosmic franchises like The Eternals or Captain Marvel. Also, it would be really fun if Thor had a cameo in the Loki series over on Disney+.

We’ll be able to better judge what fate has in store for Thor after seeing Avengers: Endgame, which is out in theaters in less than one week on April 26. To learn more about the film, here’s what we know so far.

Wait, Is Doctor Strange Director Scott Derrickson Doing A Hellraiser Reboot?

It’s normal nowadays for a studio to resurrect old, familiar franchises in order to give them a second life up on the big screen. We saw an example of that last year with the new Halloween film, which sparked new life into the horror franchise. It looks like another horror icon may be getting a new film soon. Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson tweeted an image teasing that he might be directing a new Hellraiser movie.

Fitting right in with Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees, and other movie monsters, Hellraiser is a series of horror films that centers around a creature named Pinhead. The storylines of the films follow a puzzle box that is a gate to the hell-like dimension of the Cenobites, an order of formerly human monsters who harvest souls to torture in sadomasochistic experiments. Pinhead is the leader of the Cenobites and the face of the franchise.

The first film was released in 1987 and spawned nine sequels, the most recent of which was released last year. However, despite the longevity of the franchise, the films vary in quality and after the fourth film, every sequel was released straight-to-home video.

However, the franchise could be making a comeback. Earlier this year, it was reported that Blumhouse, the extremely successful horror film studio, was interested in making a new Hellraiser film. Now we’ve got this tweet from Scott Derrickson seemingly teasing his involvement in said film.

Derrickson didn’t make any sort of announcement to go with the social media post, but it’s doubtful he would just randomly share the picture if he didn’t have something in the works. While Derrickson is maybe best known as the director of Doctor Strange, he’s directed plenty of horror films like Sinister and The Exorcism of Emily Rose.

Scott Derrickson knows how to get scary and he seems like a good fit for the Hellraiser franchise. Plus, I’m sure that fans of the series are eager to see a real high-quality theatrical release.

Assuming that Scott Derrickson is directing a new Hellraiser, one would assume that this would come after Doctor Strange 2. While not officially confirmed, it’s long been rumored that Doctor Strange 2 is in the works with Derrickson back in the director’s chair. Without either film actually being confirmed, it’s tough to guess what Derrickson’s schedule would look like.

Either way, a new Helllraiser might be in-bound. Get a blast from the past with the trailer for the very first film in the series.

Make sure to stick with CinemaBlend and we’ll keep you updated on all the latest movie news as soon as it becomes available to us. For everything that is definitely coming to theaters this year, be sure to check out our handy 2019 movie release guide.

Really, Chucky? Child’s Play Celebrated 4/20 In A Wacky Way

Earlier this week, fans got a new trailer for the upcoming Child’s Play, with the infamous Chucky recently announced to be played by none other than Mark Hamill. So it’s safe to say the anticipation for the horror remake is high. So high, in fact, that the murderous doll has taken to Twitter to celebrate 4/20 with a weed-themed fashion statement and puff of smoke. Check it out:

Yep… they went there. As the holiday’s hashtag trends on Twitter for the day, fans have come across this advertisement referencing Chucky’s 420-friendly past — with reactions emitting a whole lot of “yikes” toward Child Play’s marketing strategy.

User @ImperialMince noted the franchise may be trying a bit too hard to relate to the young’uns. Take a look:

Amidst all the reactions showing their cringey feelings toward the posting, @xVeHeMeNcEx took it back to 1998’s Bride of Chucky, when Chucky smokes a joint. The image of an embroidered marijuana plant on his overalls with a “bud” pun to go with the “he’s your best friend” tagline for the film seemed a bit too spot on. Check it out:

Is the advertisement a tease for Chucky blazing it in the upcoming Child’s Play? The film will reportedly be receiving an R-rating, and with Mark Hamill on board to frolic around as the mischievous doll, who knows what kind of antics are coming our way in the new flick.

The reboot has an altogether different spin on the origin of Chucky, so it is interesting the marketing for it includes a little nod to its past films. If anything, the post may be seeking to mix in a bit of nostalgia for the boldness of Bride of Chucky back in the day, and also get fans intrigued for what we may see this time.

Instead of Chucky being the spirit of a serial killer, this time around he will be an A.I. toy designed to sync up into other smart home tech in the house of a mother (Aubrey Plaza) and son (Gabriel Bateman) who have just moved to a new town. So far, we’ve seen a bit of Chucky using his iconic chef’s knife to wreak havoc on the neighbor, along with Christmas lights in one scene in the newest trailer.

However, the teasers have shown little of Chucky’s actual performance, except for the line “goodnight Andy” at the end. Mark Hamill reportedly went above and beyond to voice the character, as he marathoned all the films, took notes, and crafted a few voices on his first day in the recording booth. We can’t wait to see what is in store for us in Child’s Play when it comes to theaters on June 21, although that cringey 420 ad looks to be swaying fans in the other direction today.

John Wick 4? Keanu Reeves Will Continue ‘As Far As The Audience Wants To Go’

How many times is John Wick thinkin’ he’s back? Mr. Wick is in an extremely tight spot in the upcoming John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, but it sounds like he probably makes it out alive. Is that a spoiler alert or pretty much a given? Maybe it’s a misdirect. We won’t know until the movie opens in May, but Keanu Reeves said he’s up for making as many more John Wick movies as you want:

So this is up to YOU, dear ticket-buyer. Keanu Reeves’ John Wick 3 co-star Ian McShane recently said he could see John Wick continuing for another 10 years. So, yeah, that sounds like a good sign for John Wick 4. There’s also that TV show following The Continental supposedly coming to Starz, but it’s been a while since we got any solid updates.

Keanu Reeves shared his “as far as the audience wants to go” quotes with GQ, in the same interview where he talked about being put in movie jail after rejecting Speed 2. (He deserved a medal for that decision.)

Keanu also recently recapped the previous two John Wick movies, in case you’re not up-to-speed on the wife-and-puppy love that brought his hitman out of retirement, and the global contract out on his life that currently has him on the run. Reeves explained the existential crisis at work in John Wick:

The John Wick films are directed by Chad Stahelski, who first met Keanu when working as the actor’s stunt double in The Matrix movies. Stahelski praised 54-year-old Reeves’ commitment to his roles:

I can see Keanu Reeves continuing that mental fortitude through more John Wick movies, but the box office and reception for John Wick 3 will certainly play a role. The early opening weekend estimates aren’t too shabby, but I think they’re too low. We’ll see.

For now, you can watch a full scene from John Wick 3, with John trying to keep his new dog safe at The Continental hotel while John continues to run for his own life. Keanu Reeves previously said he wanted two specific things to be in Parabellum, and he got them both. He also apparently got a lot of rain, since the New York clips are just drenched. But we will get to see John Wick dry out in the desert with Halle Berry’s Sofia.

Colin Trevorrow Jokes About His Thwarted Star Wars: Episode IX Plans

The hype for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is real. The first details and footage for the blockbuster debuted at Star Wars Celebration earlier this month, and it sent fans racing to board the Star Wars train. However, things didn’t used to look so positive for Episode IX. Colin Trevorrow was originally supposed to direct the film, but was fired. It seems that time heals all wounds and Trevorrow is now joking online about The Rise of Skywalker.

The first trailer for The Rise of Skywalker ends with the laugh of Emperor Palpatine as the screen fades to black. One fan posted online an alternate take of this moment in which Jurassic Park villain Dennis Nedry replaces Palpatine. For those who may no remember, Nedry (played by Wayne Knight) was the disgruntled computer programmer who sabotaged the park in order to steal dinosaur DNA.

It might seem pretty random to substitute Nedry and his catchphrase into Star Wars, but not with Trevorrow tagged in the post. Colin Trevorrow is connected to both Jurassic Park and Star Wars. He’s something of the overseer of the new Jurassic World movies, and he was the original director of Episode IX before he was fired in 2017.

Colin Trevorrow was let go from Star Wars after Lucasfilm was reportedly dissatisfied with the drafts of the script he was turning in. So he was replaced with J.J. Abrams, who started from scratch.

At the time, it was just the latest behind-the-scenes drama to plague Star Wars, but it seems like Trevorrow is over it all. The director replied to the Nedry post on Twitter joking that those had been his original plans for the movie — or maybe joking that he had that twist planned for Jurassic World 3.

It’s not the only Star Wars-related joke Colin Trevorrow has made online recently. He responded to a tweet of a photoshopped Star Wars poster that had Samuel L. Jackson’s Mace Windu as every character. The title of the movie? Star Wars: The Last Motherfucker.

It’s good to see that Colin Trevorrow is in good spirits in a post-Star Wars life. He hit a rough patch after the release of his film The Book of Henry, which was absolutely savaged by critics. He lost his Star Wars job soon after, but it wasn’t like he didn’t have another major franchise to fall back on. He’ll be directing the upcoming Jurassic World 3, which is targeting a 2021 release date.

Colin Trevorrow may not have anything to do with it, but there’s a lot going on in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker and plenty more to be excited about. To find out more about the highly-anticipated film, here’s what we know so far. The final film of the Skywalker Saga will debut in theaters on December 20, 2019.

The Most Ridiculous Avengers: Endgame Fan Theory Ever, According To The Russos

The absence of almost any plot details for Avengers: Endgame has led fans to run with their imaginations and create countless theories about how the biggest movie of the summer will end. Some are clever, others are outside-of-the-box, and the rest are fun. But there’s one fan theory that is so ridiculous that it’s become a viral hit. It involves Ant-Man jumping up Thanos’ butthole, and the Russo Bros. can confirm its the silliest theory they’ve ever heard.

If you’ve been on the internet for the past few weeks looking up Avengers: Endgame news then you have almost certainly seen the “Thanus” Theory. According to the theory, the Avengers have a surefire way to defeat Thanos. If Ant-Man shrinks down and jumps up Thanos’ asshole, he can grow to giant-size and explode Thanos from within.

It’s an extremely goofy theory that obviously won’t happen in the movie, but it’s taken on a life of its own. It became a popular meme and anyone with access to Photoshop and some free time has found some creative way to joke about the theory. One fan even went as far as to create an animated video solely about the theory.

It’s now gotten to the point where poor Paul Rudd is asked about whether he gets to know Thanos on an up close and personal level during every single interview. Honestly, the joke has worn itself really thin by this point, but it’s funny to see how this has all exploded to such levels.

The Russo Bros. seem to agree. The duo hear a lot of fan theories, but Thanus is without question the most ridiculous they have ever heard. Here’s what the co-directors had to say about the theory in an interview with the Los Angeles Times.

The Russo Bros. previously said that no fan theory has ever been 100% correct, so it looks like we’ve got our confirmation that Ant-Man won’t be taking one for the team next week.

Either way, we will know for sure soon enough. Avengers: Endgame arrives in theaters in less than one week (!!!) and all of our many, many questions will finally be answered. Be sure to stick with CinemaBlend because we are going to have tons to say about this film. To learn everything that we currently know, here’s our handy guide for one of the biggest blockbusters ever made. For everything Marvel-related, here’s what films the studio has coming up.

Johnny Depp Allegedly Asked Warner Bros. Boss To Fire Amber Heard From Aquaman

Johnny Depp’s $50 million defamation suit against Amber Heard alleged her words got him fired from the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. Now a completely separate lawsuit from Depp against his former lawyer alleges Depp tried to get Heard fired from Aquaman.

Johnny Depp is alleged to have personally asked former Warner Bros. chairman Kevin Tsujihara to remove Amber Heard from her role as Mera in DC’s Aquaman, and also block her from getting other WB projects.

What’s interesting is that Kevin Tsujihara is the one who was recently ousted, although he did get to resign, after a casting couch sexual misconduct scandal.

Johnny Depp filed this initial lawsuit against former attorney Jake Bloom in 2017, THR reports, claiming Bloom collected more than $30 million in fees without a signed contract. Bloom countersued, and Amber Heard only got her name brought in when Bloom’s attorney, Bryan Freedman, brought up how Depp’s team had started to accuse Bloom’s side of “malpractice in connection with Depp’s divorce from Amber Heard.”

In part, Johnny Depp’s lawsuit claimed that Jake Bloom gave Depp bad advice regarding the actor’s split with Amber Heard. But Bloom reportedly isn’t the only one who advised Depp to settle with Heard, just the only one being sued right now, which is apparently why so many of Depp’s former advisors and lawyers were just asked to testify.

Johnny Depp’s current lawyer, Adam Waldman, shared a statement with THR calling it bewildering that the Bloom side claims they’ve been accused of malpractice related to Amber Heard. They don’t understand what evidence Heard’s ex-boyfriend Elon Musk or former Warner Bros. boss Kevin Tsujihara could possibly present related to their $30 million legal malpractice suit.

Be that as it may, Elon Musk and Kevin Tsujihara are among the many who’ve been dragged into this and asked to give testimony.

Kevin Tsujihara will reportedly be asked to testify under oath on whether or not he played a role in trying to blacklist Amber Heard at Warner Bros. As THR noted, there’s been no evidence presented yet that he tried to do so, and it would’ve been tough for even the studio chief to remove Heard from the role of Mera, since she already played it in Justice League. (They could’ve always recast the role, though, just like they could recast Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts if they wanted to.)

Amber Heard did previously allege that, following her split with Johnny Depp, “I lost a part for a movie in which I had already been cast.” And she wrote in her op-ed piece — the one Depp later sued her over — that she was worried about being blacklisted.

Johnny Depp was also back in headlines recently when unnamed sources claimed Warner Bros. execs were worried about Depp continuing in the Fantastic Beasts franchise. That was in reaction to his other major lawsuit — the $50 million defamation suit Depp filed against Amber Heard. He alleged her abuse allegations against him were a hoax.

Amber Heard recently responded to that defamation lawsuit with court documents describing the alleged abuse in graphic detail. The back-and-forth from the lawsuits is reportedly worrying to Warner Bros. execs, who manage both the Fantastic Beasts and DC/Aquaman franchises.

Johnny Depp previously sued his former business managers at The Management Group for more than $25 million, accusing them of fraud and negligence in mishandling his money; TMG then responded with a cross-complaint claiming that Depp’s own overspending was the real problem. That lawsuit was reportedly settled in summer 2018.

Meanwhile, Amber Heard seems to be continuing on as Aquaman’s (Jason Momoa) lady love Mera wherever Aquaman goes after the billion dollar success of the James Wan movie. She also has a role in the movie Gully, which is expected to premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 27. Johnny Depp appears to be continuing on as Gellert Grindelwald in the Fantastic Beasts franchise, which is filming Fantastic Beasts 3 in late fall, for a currently unknown release date.

The Percentage Of Avengers Fans Who Think Each Main Character Is Going To Die

The end is near, my fellow Marvel fanatics. And all that audiences really want to know as we prepare for Avengers: Endgame is… who will survive?

OK, fine. There are a lot more questions that need answered by Joe and Anthony Russo’s Avengers: Endgame. But the mortality rate of the key Avengers characters is top of mind as the culmination movie in the MCU makes its way to theaters. With that in mind, we launched a questionnaire for Endgame fans to make predictions about what’s going to happen (you can take the survey here). In all, we talked to more than a thousand readers, and not surprisingly, a lot of fans are worried about a lot of different characters.

Who will live? Who will die? We won’t know until the film premieres, but you can head down the page and check out what most fans are thinking.

Captain America (81% Vote Dead)

The fans are pretty convinced that Avengers: Endgame will be Steve Rogers’ last dance in the MCU. And if Endgame requires a mighty sacrifice, few will hit harder than Captain America (Chris Evans), who has been the spiritual and physical leader of the Avengers since the team was formed in Joss Whedon’s initial superhero team-up film.

Thanos (72% Vote Dead)

A lot of fans vote that Thanos (Josh Brolin) won’t just be defeated in Avengers: Endgame, he will be killed. But if Infinity War told us anything about the hulking, purple Mad Titan, it’s that he’s really hard to kill. If only Thor (Chris Hemsworth) had gone for the head…

Phil Coulson (57% Vote Dead)

This would kind of be a running joke, but if Agent Coulson were to somehow return in Avengers: Endgame and then be killed off, we’d have a meme of Dead Coulson on our hands. He “sacrificed” himself in The Avengers, only to return on the S.H.I.E.L.D. TV show. Captain Marvel brought the character back, but that’s a prequel set in the 1990s. Still, 57 percent of y’all think Coulson will eat it in Endgame.

Tony Stark (55% Vote Dead)

Truthfully, we thought this number would be higher. If Captain America stands as a symbolic sacrifice, so too does Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), and we think the odds are high that he trades his life for another team member in Avengers: Endgame. You guys don’t agree, however, with just over half of you thinking the MCU’s latest chapter will end with Stark’s death.

Nebula (55% Vote Dead)

This one makes sense. Nebula (Karen Gillan) largely exists so she can achieve vengeance against her dad, Thanos. Avengers: Endgame puts her on the path to reach that goal, and why wouldn’t she die in pursuit of this personal quest? Her sister, Gamora (Zoe Saldana), died in the previous film. And Nebula isn’t essential to the announced Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. This could be her swan song.

James Rhodes (33% Vote Dead)

Justice for Terrence Howard! I’m kidding. If Endgame plays out in a way where Tony Stark has to be compelled into action by the death of a friend, Rhodes (Don Cheadle) could be the victim. However, Marvel had a golden opportunity to take out this character back in Captain America: Civil War, and they opted for temporary paralysis over death, so why kill him off now?

Hank Pym (32% Vote Dead)

Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) is a founding member of the Avengers team in the comics, and he has been a crucial mentor to Scott Lang (Paul Rudd). But the Ant-Man franchise has avoided emotional deaths, and losing Pym in battle could break a few hearts. Also, how much longer do we think Douglas wants to be making these movies?

Carol Danvers (1.94% Vote Dead)

We jumped from Hank Pym all the way down to Carol Danvers (Brie Larson), because the character received the fewest votes total in the poll. Maybe it’s all the talk from Marvel President Kevin Feige about how Captain Marvel will lead the studio into the next phase of films. But only 20 people picked her to die in Avengers: Endgame, so it’s likely she lives on.

The answers are coming. We are less than a week away from Avengers: Endgame opening in theaters on Thursday, April 25. Do you have your tickets for opening weekend yet?

Shazam! Just Passed A Box Office Milestone

Shazam! is heading into its third weekend with $104 million on the domestic front and $178 million from the foreign box office for a current total of $282 million worldwide. That’s not counting the money it’ll pick up this Easter weekend. (Speaking of Easter, don’t miss some key Shazam! Easter eggs.)

According to Deadline, Shazam! passed the $100 million mark at the North American market in its 13th day of release.

Are these huge numbers? No, and certainly not for a major superhero movie. But everything about Shazam! has been positive so far, from the critics’ reviews (90% on Rotten Tomatoes) to the fan response (A CinemaScore, 88% RT audience score) to the humble and grateful reactions of star Zachary Levi, director David F. Sandberg, and the rest of the cast.

Shazam! had a reported production budget of $100 million, per Box Office Mojo, and that doesn’t usually include things like marketing. So Shazam! is just starting to break even and make a profit worldwide.

This weekend, though, Shazam! is expected to take second place to another Warner Bros. movie, The Curse of La Llorona. The Conjuring Universe movie is expected to make around $17 million, with Shazam! following with around $13.5 million. That’s just at the domestic box office, and more will be added from foreign markets. Shazam! has already made $40 million in China, the second biggest box office market in the world after us.

Shazam! is technically part of the DC Extended Universe and even originally planned to have an appearance from Superman himself, Henry Cavill. So far, as compared to the previous six DCEU films, Shazam! is squarely at the bottom of that pack. That seems expected — it was never eyed for massive blockbuster money. Then again, Aquaman was something of a surprise as the first DCEU movie to pass $1 billion, and the highest-grossing DC Comics movie of all time.

At the domestic box office, Shazam!‘s current $104 million is just below Justice League‘s $229 million, and they are far below the current domestic leader, Wonder Woman, who has $412.5 million. Worldwide, Aquaman is the overall champ with a current total of $1.14 billion. Justice League is at the bottom of that pack, other than Shazam! (which is still earning money), with the Zack Snyder/Joss Whedon movie making $657.9 million total.

Shazam! has a long to way to go in its journey, but do you think it has any hopes of beating Justice League at the box office, or will it stay #7 on the list of the seven DCEU movies so far? There’s no shame in it. Someone has to be the scrappy underdog.

Shazam! is still playing in theaters as one of the many movies worth watching in 2019. Come back to CinemaBlend Easter Sunday afternoon for our full box office report on how Shazam! fared against the many new releases out this week.