The Rock Had A Secret Wedding In Hawaii

The Rock may be known for being the world’s biggest movie star, a larger than life, and just plain large actor who fronts huge blockbusters and captures the attention of millions on the big screen and on social media, but when it came to his nuptials, the man named Dwayne Johnson took a more low-key approach. The Rock, who can currently be seen in Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, just had a secret wedding in Hawaii. Check it out:

As you can see, The Rock married his longtime girlfriend Lauren Hashian over the weekend in Hawaii. Despite his public visibility and possibly because of it, Dwayne Johnson and Lauren Hashian kept their wedding ceremony a secret beforehand, so this news came as a surprise. But the actor made sure to let all of his followers on Instagram know after the fact that the two had finally tied the knot

The images he shared show the loving couple dressed in their wedding attire, with The Rock getting away with wearing white no less, on a rise overlooking the Pacific ocean on what appears to be a gorgeous day. Mr. & Mrs. Rock look positively thrilled and Dwayne Johnson, in true romantic fashion, even shares a photo of the couple sharing a kiss as newlyweds, with the Hawaiian sunset glowing in the background.

The Rock kept the caption in his Instagram post short and sweet, simply saying “We do. August 18th, 2019. Hawaii. Pomaika’i (blessed)” with the Hawaiian word letting everyone know how he’s feeling at his good fortune in love. In his post Dwayne Johnson also tags Hiram Garcia, who was in attendance at the ceremony and snapped these lovely photos.

Hiram Garcia is The Rock’s former brother-in-law from his first marriage to Dany Garcia and he is currently the President of Production at The Rock and Dany Garcia’s Seven Bucks Productions.

People have been wondering when The Rock would finally pop the question to Lauren Hashian for some time now. According to CNN, The Rock met the singer and music producer in 2006 and the two started dating in 2007 but he has been in no great hurry to get married.

In the past Dwayne Johnson has said that he already refers to Lauren Hashian as his wife, so there was no rush. Last year he said that his busy schedule was a factor and that they had planned to get married, but then Lauren got pregnant and didn’t want to be pregnant in a wedding dress so they waited. That wait is finally over though, they found the time and The Rock and the woman who is his rock are officially married.

The 47-year-old Dwayne Johnson and 34-year-old Lauren Hashian already have two children together, 3-year-old Jasmine and 1-year-old Tiana and The Rock has an 18-year-old daughter, Simone, from his previous marriage.

You can currently see The Rock in Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw. Hopefully the always busy Dwayne Johnson has time for a well-deserved honeymoon, because he’s got a bunch of new movies in various stages of development on the way. You can check them all out in our guide.

Godzilla: King Of The Monsters Director Shares Stunning Concept Art

 

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Godzilla: King of the Monsters spent its time in theaters earlier this year, and now the sequel is smack dab in the middle of its home release window. To celebrate folks finally getting to watch King of the Monsters in the comfort of their own home, director and co-writer Michael Dougherty has shared some stunning concept art for the movie, starting off with some images that King Ghidorah fans will appreciate.

After decades of wreaking havoc in Japan, King Ghidorah finally made his American debut in Godzilla: King of the Monsters as the eponymous protagonist’s chief antagonist. Like the original Ghidorah, the MonsterVerse’s version of the three-headed beast is an extraterrestrial rather than a Titan native to Earth, but long ago, he was frozen in Antarctica and should have remained that way. Unfortunately, Dr. Emma Russell and her ecoterrorist partner Alan Jonah just had to set him free.

In the above pieces of concept art, we cover the full range of King Ghidorah’s Godzilla: King of the Monsters introduction, from being stuck behind the ice to attacking the Monarch forces nearby to just before he and Godzilla clash for the first time in millennia. It’s particularly cool to see the lighting crackling from Ghidroah, showing that this monster, like Godzilla and the other Titans, has more than just brawn on his side.

You can head over to Michael Dougherty’s Twitter page to see all of the Godzilla: King of the Monsters concept artwork he shared, but for right here, let’s look at the images highlighting Rodan and Mothra, the other two main monsters that the sequel introduced.

Like King Ghidorah, Rodan was in deep sleep when Godzilla: King of the Monsters started, but after Ghidorah was freed, Emma and Jonah proceeded to awaken the pterodactyl-like Titan from his volcano lair in Mexico. After failing to bring him down, Monarch tried its best to get Rodan to fight Ghidroah, but the latter swiftly beat the former and Rodan served Ghidorah until the power dynamic shifted at the end of the movie, with Rodan and other nearby Titans bowing to Godzilla.

Then there’s Mothra, who, unlike Rodan and King Ghidroah, served as an ally for Godzilla during Godzilla: King of the Monsters. Sure she got a rough awakening at the beginning of the movie and killed a few Monarch employees, but once she emerged from her cocoon as her winged and fully glorious self, she flew to assist Godzilla in the final battle. Sadly, Mothra perished when she transferred all her energy to Godzilla so he could defeat Ghidroah once and for all, but the King of the Monsters end-credits revealed, a second Mothra egg was discovered, hinting that this creature’s legacy will live on in the MonsterVerse.

While King Ghidorah is seemingly gone for good, Rodan and the new Mothra’s MonsterVerse future is shrouded in secrecy. Next year brings the long-awaited match-up Godzilla vs. Kong, and while one can imagine there will be other monsters showing up as the giant reptile and gorilla are beating each other up, it’s hard to say if Rodan and Mothra 2.0 will be involved anyway.

Stay tuned to CinemaBlend for any updates on their cinematic future, but as for Godzilla vs. Kong, its story will also involve Monarch learning more about the Titan’s origins and a conspiracy being uncovered to wipe these creatures off the face of the planet. The cast includes Millie Bobby Brown and Kyle Chandler reprising Madison and Mark Russell, respectively, as well as Alexander Skarsgard, Rebecca Hall, Brian Tyree Henry, Shun Oguri, Eiza Gonzalez, Jessica Henwick, Julian Dennison and Demian Bichir.

Godzilla: King of the Monsters is now available on Digital HD, and you can pick up your Blu-ray/DVD copy starting next Tuesday, August 27. The MonsterVerse will continue when Godzilla vs. Kong comes out on March 22, 2020, but if you’re wondering what other movies there are to look forward to for the rest of this year, head over to our 2019 release schedule.

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Early Kylo Ren Concept Art Reveals A Terrifying Early Design For The Force Awakens

The Star Wars franchise is arguably the most wildly popular property in film, spanning decades and entire generations of moviegoers. The galaxy far, far away has been growing exponentially since Disney acquired Lucasfilm, crafting main installments, standalone movies, and even an upcoming Disney+ series. It all started with J.J. Abrams’ The Force Awakens, and it seems that Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren originally had a much more terrifying look.

Kylo Ren is the villain of the sequel franchise, with Ben Solo’s conflicting emotions being a main through line throughout The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi. Concept art for the character was recently revealed, and it turns out that he could have had a much scarier appearance. You can check out the art below, with Kylo having a close resemblance to Darth Vader’s helmet-less appearance.

Woah. While Kylo Ren is portrayed by Adam Driver as a force sensitive young man, it seems J.J. Abrams and company toyed with a much darker interpretation of the character. And it looks awesome.

This new image comes to us from Instagram, and shows a far less human version of Kylo Ren. In the concept art, he looks far less human than the character we love to hate, seemingly corrupted by the power of the Dark Side. It’s an appearance that is clearly inspired by Anakin/Darth Vader’s looks from the previous films, connecting Ben Solo to his grandfather and villain inspiration.

In the image, Ben Solo is shown to have red eyes and extremely pale skin. The eye color is the same that Anakin Skywalker had as a Dark Jedi in Revenge of the Sith, as he attacked the Jedi temple and massacred younglings. The paleness of the character’s skin also looks like Vader’s when he finally took off his mask in Return of the Jedi.

Darth Vader’s inspiration in the above concept art for Kylo Ren can also be seen in his armor and equipment. He’s shown using some sort of breathing machine, similar to the iconic one that the iconic Vader uses throughout the original trilogy. That version of the character would likely be given his own iconic breathing sounds in the process, just like Darth Vader’s signature heaves.

This concept art is in stark juxtaposition to the look J.J. Abrams eventually landed on for Kylo Ren in The Force Awakens. Instead of a monstrous Sith, Kylo is portrayed as an angry young force user who has fallen to the Dark Side. He’s completely human in appearance, although he crafts his own signature helmet as a tribute to his late grandfather. That helmet was destroyed in The Last Jedi, but it looks like he might pop it back on for The Rise of Skywalker.

It should be interesting to see how Kylo Ren’s appearance continues to change in Episode IX, as the character’s story comes to a close. For instance, he got a scar in The Last Jedi thanks to his wound from battling Rey back in The Force Awakens. Will he submit to the Dark Side and be warped by the dark power of the force like the above image? Or will he finally be redeemed, returning to the Light Side and his mother Leia? Only time will tell.

All will be revealed when Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker hits theaters December 20th. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

Bernie Taupin Talks One Rocketman Moment That Happened In Real Life

At the center of Rocketman, is the relationship between Elton John and his songwriting partner Bernie Taupin. The relationship is one of two men who become incredibly close through working together, though the film implies that in a drunken moment Elton John tried to make the relationship something more. It turns out, according to Bernie Taupin himself, that this scene actually happened.

IT Chapter Two Gave James McAvoy Nightmares Before Filming Even Began

Stephen King is an author who has given many people nightmares in his career. Whether you’re a fan of his books, or the movies based on them, odds are something you’ve read or seen has chilled you at one point or another. James McAvoy, who plays the role of the adult version of Bill in the forthcoming IT Chapter Two, is no exception.

McAvoy first read Stephen King’s IT when he was 15-years-old, but the actor recently told EW that reading the book as a kid didn’t give him nightmares. Rather, it was when he re-read the book in order to get prepared for his film role that the book really got to him. According to McAvoy…

For whatever reason, apparently James McAvoy wasn’t terrified of Pennywise as a teenager, but many years later the clown would finally get to him. Maybe that’s somewhat fitting considering that the actor is playing the adult version of one of the kids who defeated the clown the first time around. Just because they are adults doesn’t mean that they’re going to be in any better position to beat the clown again. If anything, as adults they’re smart enough to realize just what kind of danger they are in, something they maybe didn’t contextualize as children.

Of course, one has to wonder if the first IT movie may have had something to do with the fact that the book gave James McAvoy nightmares the second time around. Picturing the events of the book in your head are one thing, but we now have Bill Skarsgard‘s performance as Pennywise to help add flavor to the experience. It would be difficult to read the book now and not see Skarsgard’s version of Pennywise in your head.

If the first movie was enough to give you nightmares, get ready for IT Chapter Two to take things to another level. We’ve been teased that the sequel will be even more terrifying than the first movie. There are certainly enough moments in the book that could be translated into terrifying images on screen, though we know the filmmakers aren’t limited by the book either.

The first movie, which told the story of our heroes as kids, set box office records for a horror movie, and every indication is that the sequel is going to follow suit. If the new movie matches the first one in viewer perception as well, IT could end up being one of the most successful novel adaptations we’ve ever seen. Of course, even that won’t be the end because we’ve already been promised an extended cut of IT Chapter Two somewhere down the line.

Underwater Trailer: Kristen Stewart Goes Up Against A Deep Sea Monster

Kristen Stewart has fought vampires, evil queens and government agents, but in the 2020 action-thriller Underwater, the acclaimed actress takes a dunk and goes up against a deep sea monster. The first trailer for Underwater has arrived so dive in and check it out below.

The first thing that the Underwater trailer establishes is that this crew of underwater researchers is going to the very deepest parts of the ocean. The trailer doesn’t let us in on the specifics of their objectives or what they are studying, but all we need to know is that these characters are about as far as a person could possibly be on this planet from the nearest help or hope of rescue. That sets the stage for what’s to follow.

Something shakes the entire subterranean research laboratory and Kristen Stewart’s character Norah sees what has to be the most terrifying thing you could see in a place that deep underwater: a leak. The whole thing begins to flood and when the crew regroups, that’s when we get the first idea of what exactly might be going on. It seems that like the Dwarves in the mines of Moria, they “delved too greedily and dug too deep” and freed or awoke…something.

When the crew has to walk across the bottom of the ocean to survival, they must contend with the deep sea creature or creatures that are now awake. Unlike last year’s The Meg, and despite having comedian T.J. Miller as part of the cast, Underwater seems like it will largely eschew campiness. Instead it goes for a true sci-fi horror vibe and it was hard not to think of Ridley Scott’s original Alien while watching the trailer.

The one thing I really like is that similar to something like James Cameron’s underwater science fiction mystery The Abyss, which is still not on Blu-ray for some reason, the trailer for Underwater really makes the deep ocean feel like a different world. Just like space, the depths of the oceans are strange, unknown and alien and therefore frightening.

The special effects in this trailer look solid and the visuals have a real horror quality to them and appear distinctive enough to help this movie stand out if it’s good. My only concern on that front is that Underwater is a January release and while it’s not necessarily as true as it once was, that month is historically a dumping ground for movies Hollywood studios have no faith in.

On the other hand, that rule has exceptions and perhaps Underwater could find itself benefitting from Kristen Stewart appreciation following her role in November’s Charlie’s Angels reboot. The Signal is the third film from director William Eubank, who previously helmed 2014’s The Signal with Laurence Fishburne. For Underwater he lined up a cast that in addition to Kristen Stewart and T.J. Miller, also includes Vincent Cassel and Iron Fist and Game of Thrones actress Jessica Henwick.

Underwater splashes into theaters on January 10, 2020. There’s still plenty to look forward to in 2019 though, check it all out in our premiere guide.

Watch Chris Hemsworth Become Bro Thor For Avengers: Endgame

Following its record-breaking theatrical release, Avengers: Endgame is now officially available on DVD and Blu-ray. The Russo Brothers’ blockbuster may have hit theaters back in April, but the conversation surrounding its contents hasn’t slowed in the following months. One of the most discussed aspects about Endgame was related to Thor’s story, and his transformation into Bro Thor. Now we can see how Chris Hemsworth became the character on set.

Following The Snap and Thanos’ decapitation, the God of Thunder fell into a deep depression. Thor turned to alcoholism as a result, and Endgame‘s five-year time jump revealed the character had a massive physical transformation. He gained weight and let his hair and beard grow out. And now can see Chris Hemsworth in the makeup trailer in an awesome time lapse video. Check it out below.

Well, that’s awesome. Bro Thor (as he’s been officially named) allowed Chris Hemsworth to take his signature Marvel character to new places. And now we can see the process that it took to transform the super fit actor into the God of Thunder in Avengers: Endgame.

This video comes to us from Instagram, and shows the hair and makeup team applying their craft to Chris Hemsworth in order to make Bro Thor into a reality. The 36 year-old actor shot Infinity War and Endgame back to back, so he didn’t have the opportunity to grow out his hair or beard in order to play the OG Avenger. Instead, wigs and prosthetics were needed in order to transform his appearance.

Thor is typically known for his flowing blonde locks, which were unceremoniously chopped off during Stan Lee’s Thor: Ragnarok cameo. The God of Thunder went through the events of Avengers: Infinity War with that short look, getting a new eyeball courtesy of Rocket Raccoon. But the five-year time jump allowed the Avenger to regrow his hair, although it was unkept and nearly dreadlocked due to lack of care.

In order to make this happen, the hair department had to personally braid the wig atop Chris Hemsworth’s head. The above video shows the team at work, while the actor prepared to film his scenes for the fourth Avengers flick. This includes texting and using his phone, but also seemingly studying his lines via an iPad.

Thor’s beard also needed some serious attention, and the team is shown working on making it as ratty and long as possible. Thor typically keeps his facial hair short, but his depression after decapitation Thanos caused him to abandon all forms of grooming and exercise. The character maintained that long beard throughout the runtime of Avengers: Endgame, although it was magically braided when he took up Stormbreaker to fight Thanos again in the ruins of the Avengers facility.

Chris Hemsworth campaigned for Thor to remain at his bro state throughout Endgame, wearing a prosthetic fat suit throughout filming. It should be interesting to see how this is addressed in fourth movie, Thor: Love and Thunder. There’s also the possibility that he’ll have a role in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, as he has some serious chemistry with the motley crew of cosmic heroes.

Avengers: Endgame is available for home purchase now, and Thor: Love and Thunder is currently set to arrive in theaters on November 5, 2021. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

Will The Star Wars Movies Be Jumping To The Future Soon?

 

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With Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker coming towards the end of the year, the future of Star Wars is largely a mystery. The saga will continue, Disney is making sure of that, but where exactly can we expect things to head in the near future?

If I’m placing bets, I’m thinking Star Wars is jumping into the future sooner than later. There are some moves being made that may support that opinion, and some chatter from those with some say in the franchise’s future to support this idea. Here’s some things to consider, and why we all may soon visit a galaxy far, far away not all that long ago.

Disney Is Wrapping Up The Sequel Trilogy

As we all know by now, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will mark the conclusion to the Skywalker saga. That presumably means that, after Episode IX, this franchise is going to move past the events that directly deal with the Skywalker family and onto something else. That family has had quite the legacy, and one would think the only way to escape it would be to go somewhere on the “galaxy’s edge” or deep into the past (such as for a Knights of the Old Republic story) or future.

So how far of a time jump are we talking here? Well, far enough that Star Wars: Resistance is going to end its run right up to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, although an animated series ending isn’t explicit evidence the franchise is prepping for a time jump. With that said, the fact that key actors in the sequel trilogy have gone on the record and said they don’t think they’ll be returning to the series has to mean something.

Either things are taking a jump to a completely different part of the galaxy (which is possible) or this franchise is taking a big jump forwards or backwards. To be honest, it could be doing all that, which is great considering we’re set to be getting more Star Wars content than we’ve had in past few decades in the near future. With that said, the future jump seems like the most obvious play, and one that the franchise is building towards elsewhere.

The Establishing Of The Outer Reaches Of The Galaxy

While a majority of Star Wars fans have been keeping an eye on the films and theories based on what’s seen there, the franchise has been slowly, but surely setting up stories along the edges of the Star Wars galaxy. It’s where The Mandalorian will take place, a setting that frequently keeps popping up in the new Thrawn novels by Timothy Zahn, and let’s not forget Disney Land’s latest attraction is galled “Galaxy’s Edge.”

To say this sudden spark of interest in a region that presumably had little to no role in the Skywalker saga all the sudden is interesting. Where were all these civilizations during the wars? What has been going on since then? Why are we just now hearing about them? It’s a question that, in a universe where light speed travel is possible, poses the question of just how far removed are these civilizations from the events of the core story.

If these factions were incredibly far away, then it would make sense it could take some time for them to successfully reach and impact the story of Star Wars. Or there are plans that have been secretly in development in these far reaches of space for decades, and whoever or whatever is planning on making a move is simply waiting for this First Order and Resistance conflict to play out so it can swoop in and clean up whatever side comes out on top there.

An arrival of an outside force wouldn’t be something that dominates a film that’s supposed to wrap up every movie that has come before, but it could make for a phenomenal scene just before the end credits. It would be different than how trilogies have concluded in Star Wars‘ past, but this is a new era. I’m not saying it’s a good or bad thing, but are we really going to believe Disney is going to wrap Episode IX with absolutely zero tease of where the franchise is headed in the future?

Rian Johnson Talking About His Star Wars Trilogy

Love it or hate it, Star Wars fans, Lucasfilm has Rian Johnson overseeing a future trilogy in the franchise’s universe. Now, because most Star Wars secrets are kept under lock and key, we know next to nothing about what his trilogy will entail, but recent comments the director was allowed to make were very telling.

To start, Johnson revealed that his trilogy will move past the legacy characters. At a minimum, that seems to mean Luke, Leia, Chewbacca, and others that have been around since the original trilogy, and to an extreme this could mean even the folks we only just met in the sequel trilogy. Going back to the bit where the current generation of Star Wars lead actors don’t seem so sure they’ll be reprising their roles. it seems like they may be out of this new chapter as well.

So how does one set itself apart from events and characters that have dominated the better part of a century? Well, going to the farthest reaches of the galaxy is an option, but telling a story completely unrelated to the Skywalker Saga in entirely unfamiliar territory would be a shock to audiences, especially those who were already shocked (and outraged) by some of the themes Johnson introduced in Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

The better solution would seemingly be to jump beyond these characters into a future that’s been impacted by these individuals. After all, we’ve all been impacted by the actions of our forefathers, and we live our lives without making mention of it on a daily basis. Yet the evidence is still around us, and it would still be to a Star Wars audience even if characters aren’t sitting in a classroom and learning of R2-D2’s journey to Luke.

Do we know Star Wars is for sure headed into the future? We don’t, although as shown above, there is reason to suspect a major leap forward would solve some problems the franchise will face as it tries to distance itself from the Skywalker saga. We’ll, of course, have a better idea as we get closer to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, or maybe even sooner than that as D23 is right around the corner. Stick with CinemaBlend in the meantime for updates on both.

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5 Will Smith Movies Worth Streaming Right Now On Netflix And Beyond

 

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Will Smith, now 50, has been a household name for about 30 years now. But he just had his highest-grossing film ever in 2019 with Aladdin. That Disney remake is coming to Digital on August 27. Before you consider buying his blue genie magic, you can stream several other Will Smith movies right now on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and other platforms.

Each week, I like to focus streaming recommendations on what’s available for free through a subscription or free trial, rather than stuff you have to pay extra for. Otherwise you can stream almost anything at any time if you track it down and buy it. Apart from that, we live at the mercy of what Netflix and other services give to and take from subscribers each month. So, ahead of Aladdin‘s Digital release and the new September 2019 titles coming soon, float like a butterfly over to these Will Smith movies available to stream right now.

Ali

Will Smith earned his first of two Oscar nominations (so far) for his portrayal of Cassius Clay Jr./Muhammad Ali in this Michael Mann film covering 10 years of the iconic boxer’s life. The star-studded supporting cast includes Jamie Foxx, Jon Voight, Jeffrey Wright, Mykelti Williamson, Mario Van Peebles, and Smith’s real-life wife Jada Pinkett Smith. The 2.5-hour film earned solid, if not spectacular, reviews and a B+ CinemaScore from polled moviegoers. However, the Christmas Day 2001 release ended up losing money at the box office, making only $87.7 million off a reported production budget of $107 million, per Box Office Mojo. Still, Ali was seen as a huge step forward for Smith’s career as a serious actor in addition to already being famous as a comedic actor and action hero. Ali was also a departure for writer/director/producer Michael Mann, who was better known for crime films like Heat, Manhunter, and Thief.

Stream Ali right now on Showtime, and through Amazon with a 7-day free Showtime trial.

The Pursuit of Happyness

This movie turned me into a pile of mush when I saw it in 2006. I’m a sucker for this kind of down-and-out-and-desperate movie, and it made me nearly as emotional as cinema classics like Bicycle Thieves and Umberto D. Will Smith plays Chris Gardner, father to Christopher Gardner, played by his own son Jaden in his film debut. Smith gives arguably one of his best performances, earning him his second Oscar nomination. The movie — wonky spelling and all — won over fans with an A CinemaScore and an 87% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes, with a 8.0 rating on IMDb. Critics were OK with it too, giving it a fresh rating and crediting Smith’s performance for elevating the film above what could’ve been pure melodrama.

Stream The Pursuit Of Happyness right now on Amazon Prime.

Bright 

When Netflix released Bright in 2017, it became the new poster child for the fan vs. critic divide. Critics were sour on director David Ayer’s (Suicide Squad) modern-day fantasy cop drama, giving it a 26% Rotten Tomatoes score and a Metscore of 29 on Metacritic. But the movie has an 84% audience score on RT from more than 19,000 users. It’s a lot lower on IMDb — 6.4 from 150,000 users — so it’s clear opinions are divided. Netflix touted the movie’s streaming figures, saying it had been viewed more times in its first week than any one of its other movies up to that point. (This was before Bird Box and Murder Mystery.) There’s even a Bright 2 sequel in the works. I watched Bright after the reviews came out, so I had low expectations. The movie isn’t great, but I got through it easily enough and I will watch the sequel if/when it arrives. It’s a perfectly fine Netflix movie, and I don’t mean that as an insult. I just mean I’m happy to watch it at home and not have to pay extra for it. Is that an insult? Maybe it is.

Stream Bright right now on Netflix.

I, Robot 

By the time I, Robot came out in 2004, Will Smith had already established himself as an action hero. He brought his Fresh Prince of Bel-Air TV charisma to the big screen with Bad Boys, Independence Day, and Enemy of the State. Not all of his action movies were successful — lookin’ at you, Wild Wild West — but by 2004 he had already produced sequels for Men in Black and Bad Boys. I, Robot was a slick futuristic sci-fi thriller with just enough thought-provoking content to be a decent meal alongside the action dessert. It came out in July 2004, in keeping with Will Smith’s ownage of that month at the box office, and picked up $347,234,916 worldwide. Smith continued on a dystopian future track in later movies like I Am Legend — one of my favorites from him — and After Earth.

Stream I, Robot right now on HBO Go or Hulu.

Seven Pounds 

This was another polarizing movie for Will Smith. Some critics hated it in a way they later hated his 2016 movie Collateral Beauty. But viewers seemed to appreciated Seven Pounds, giving the 2008 romantic drama a 75% RT audience score, from more than 636,000 user reviews, and a 7.6 IMDb score from 270,000 users. In the movie, Will Smith’s character aims to change the lives of seven people, including Rosario Dawson’s Emily. When the movie came out, Newsweek asked Smith why he took on such a haunting film. Here’s his answer:

Usually with the films that I make there are ideas that I connect to, but lately I’ve been dealing with the bittersweet in life because it feels more natural. You don’t ever get it really the way you want in life. That really fascinates me. As an actor there are certain parts of a character that you create, and you train yourself to have those reactions and then it becomes hard to stop them when the role is over. You have to retrain yourself. My character in this film is like hot grits. You know you can’t shake them off and when you do, it hurts.

Netflix doesn’t have many Will Smith options for viewing at this point — that may change in September 2019, and change again in October 2019, etc. — but Seven Pounds is one of them, so if you haven’t seen the movie and want to know why it earned extreme reactions, give it a stream when you have 2 hours and 3 minutes to spare.

Stream Seven Pounds right now on Netflix.

There are more Will Smith movies to stream for free (with subscriptions) out there, including The Legend of Bagger Vance on Amazon Prime Video and Six Degrees of Separation on Tubi or Vudu. If you’re looking for more streaming recommendations, check out these past features:

What movies have you been streaming lately, and through which streaming services?

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Wonder Woman 1984: See The Amazon’s Colorful New Look

The DC live-action universe has had a fascinating tenure in theaters, full of peaks and valleys. Zack Snyder kickstarted the DCEU with Man of Steel and Batman v Superman, although the first real critical hit was Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman. The movie introduced revealed the backstory of Gal Gadot’s Diana Prince, and a sequel was quickly green lit. Wonder Woman 1984 is set to arrive in theaters next summer, and reshoots are underway now. And it looks like the Amazons might be getting a new look in the highly anticipated blockbuster.

Wonder Woman 1984 will jump a few decades into the future, showing Diana Prince as a hero ahead of her eventual appearance in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The title character is sure to have gone through some changes since her first solo movie, and so have her Amazonian sisters. A photo from the set recently arrived online, and showed one of these new looks. Check it out below.

Is it June 2020 yet? This image shows Diana’s Amazonian sister rocking a colorful look that is similar to Wonder Woman’s signature costume. And DC fans should be excited to travel back to Themyscira for the upcoming sequel.

This set photo comes to us from Reddit, and shows actress in full Amazonian garb. The look is super vibrant in color, which will no doubt excite hardcore comic book fans out there. DC comics are obviously full of bright colors, although they don’t always get the same treatment when being adapted onto the big screen. Just look at Zack Snyder’s work in the DCEU, which features the director’s typical muted tones.

The caption for this image seems to hint at the Bana-Mighdal making their debut in Wonder Woman 1984. In the comics, the Bana-Mighdal are a group of Amazons who break away from the rest of their sisters on Themyscira. Led by Diana’s Aunt Antiope (Robin Wright’s character from the first movie), the group left the mystical island to seek revenge on men. They settled in Egypt, and were kept separate from the rest of the Amazons.

Eventually this split was exploited by the villain Circe, and the Bana-Mighdal waged war with the Amazons on the island. Eventually they reintegrated back into Themysciran society, but their conflict is a fascinating aspect of Wonder Woman’s comic book lore.

Whether or not the Bana-Mighdal will be in Wonder Woman 1984 remains to be seen, but it would be a great way to make the Amazons a more featured aspect of the DCEU. While the group of warrior women made appearances in Wonder Woman and Justice League, there’s plenty of room to further flesh out that female-led society.

Of course, Wonder Woman 1984 already has some big concepts at play, to Patty Jenkins could be saving the Bana-Mighdal for a future project. The upcoming sequel will somehow bring back Chris Pine’s Steve Trevor, despite his apparent death in the first movie. The ’80s setting will allow the franchise to have a more modern feel, as Wonder Woman gets involved in the Cold Water conflict. What’s more, the sequel will introduce Kristen Wiig’s villainous Cheetah.

All will be revealed when Wonder Woman 1984 hits theaters June 5, 2020. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.