The New Mortal Engines Trailer Is Gorgeous And Epic

A lot of the biggest films this holiday season are reboots, sequels or familiar big-name properties. Standing out from the pack of blockbusters in that regard is Mortal Engines. The film is based on the novel of the same name by author Philip Reeve and it is coming from the Lord of the Rings writing trio of Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens and Peter Jackson. Mortal Engines is a YA film with a steampunk aesthetic that looks positively nothing like the rest of the holiday slate. The latest trailer for the film has been released and it is the best one yet, teasing a positively gorgeous film with an epic feel. Take a look at the new Mortal Engines trailer below.

Despite how intrigued I was by the concept and wanted to love the first couple trailers for Mortal Engines, I was underwhelmed. This trailer though I feel does a much better job at selling this movie. It gives us a good look at different parts of the film that are more interesting than we’ve previously seen, and the special effects here also look much better. This film is a visual feast. Mortal Engines is the directorial debut of Christian Rivers, who worked on the visual effects for the Middle Earth films and won an Oscar for his VFX work on King Kong, and it shows in this trailer for Mortal Engines. Aesthetically, this movie is positively gorgeous. Everything from the griminess of the cities to the eye-popping color of the skies and landscapes keeps you transfixed on the trailer and demands that you see this movie on the biggest screen with the best projection possible.

In addition to the captivating visuals, this Mortal Engines trailer further expands on the history of the protagonist and the story of the film that centers on a megalomaniac, a rebellion and a mysterious girl. Comparisons to Waterworld have been made, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Clearly Hera Hilmar’s Hester Shaw is important, but this trailer still doesn’t tell us why she’s special. But maybe we’re not supposed to know that yet and that’s a journey we go on with the character.

The first teaser made it seem like this was standard YA fare in a different wrapper, but this latest trailer, with its steampunk aesthetic and zany characters, gives it a different feel. I’m getting strong vibes of other quirky sci-fi/fantasy flicks like Stardust, The Fifth Element and Snowpiercer (although the director has made other comparisons). Hopefully Mortal Engines leans into that weirdness.

This film also feels positively epic and grand in scale. Just watching the trailer you feel like you are going on a huge journey with these characters. Mortal Engines is an adaptation of the first novel in a four part series, but that novel can apparently stand on its own. This movie looks like it will introduce a whole world worth exploring and maybe it will get a chance to do that with sequels if Mortal Engines can stand out in a crowded holiday season.

Mortal Engines rolls into theaters on December 14. Check out our release guide for all of the biggest movies you can look forward to this holiday season.

Why Star Wars Resistance Is Set Before The Force Awakens

Star Wars Resistance is only days away from hitting the airwaves on Disney Channel, and it promises to deliver Star Wars action to the small screen, help fill in some blanks in the current timeline of that galaxy far, far away, and explain what happened to some of those former Rebel and Imperial pilots after the events of the original trilogy. It is actually set in a time and place that has been largely unexplored by other projects in the saga: before The Force Awakens and in the Outer Rim.

Resistance executive producer Justin Ridge spoke with CinemaBlend about all things Resistance (including how it was impacted by previous series The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels), and he had this to say about why the new show is set before the devastating events of The Force Awakens:

As many Resistance viewers will undoubtedly know thanks to The Force Awakens, the galaxy is in for a devastating tragedy when the First Order unleashes Starkiller Base on the New Republic. The show isn’t just set at a random place in the decades between the happy ending of Return of the Jedi and the dark beginning of The Force Awakens. Its placement in the timeline means that it can tie into the events of the first movie of the sequel trilogy, featuring characters like Poe and Captain Phasm and even BB-8 along with the newcomers like Kaz and The Aces.

Interestingly, the state of affairs being revealed in Resistance can be directly relevant to the sequel trilogy, especially since The Last Jedi takes place so soon after The Force Awakens. Justin Ridge also clarified how soon ahead of The Force Awakens that Resistance kicks off:

Poor Kaz and his new friends (and rivals) don’t have all that much time left before the First Order unleashes Starkiller Base on the galaxy, although it’s worth noting that not all of the news will be terrible. When Poe isn’t dropping by Star Wars Resistance, he’ll be busy helping Leia and the other Resistance leaders. While the Resistance (and Kaz) obviously won’t be able to prevent Starkiller Base’s upcoming strike against the New Republic, Poe will take it down, and we have to hope that Kaz and Co. will have contributed to that victory.

As is clear from the exciting trailers for Star Wars Resistance, the new show will be focusing on pilots and non-Force sensitive characters, meaning there will be some key fundamental differences between Resistance and the two shows that came before it. Poe’s victory against Starkiller Base proves that the non-Jedi characters are vital to fighting the good fight of the sequel trilogy era, even if the titles of the first two movies directly reference the Force and the Jedi. Justin Ridge explained why Resistance is focused on non-Jedi characters:

Naturally, a big question that will be on the minds of Star Wars fans is whether Resistance‘s place so soon ahead of The Force Awakens means that the show could eventually extend into the timeline of the movies. After all, both The Clone Wars and Rebels spanned multiple years before coming to their ends, although Rebels notably ended shortly before the original trilogy began, and showrunner Dave Filoni explained his understandable reasons why. Time will tell if the new batch of Clone Wars episodes will advance into the time of or beyond Revenge of the Sith.

When I asked Justin Ridge whether we could see Kaz’s story extend into the movie timeline, here’s what he had to say:

Star Wars Resistance premieres with a one-hour event on Sunday, October 7 at 10 p.m. ET on Disney Channel and DisneyNOW. It’s only one of the two upcoming Star Wars shows that will be set between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. Be sure to tune in to meet some fun new characters in a truly unique location in the Outer Rim.

Watch Steven Seagal Walk Out Of Interview Over Sexual Assault Question

As seen in the BBC clip found above, Steven Seagal gets up and begins to take out his earpiece as soon as the question is proposed by the interviewer. The person behind the desk was only beginning to ask Steven Seagal about the allegations, when he began to rise from his seat and scramble to take out his earpiece and microphone. It was only a short while later when the telecommunication was cut out from Seagal’s end. While the actor has denied these accusations in the past, Seagal wasn’t willing to discuss the topic on the air when pressed about the allegations in this clip.

The interview took place on BBC’s Newsnight on Thursday night. When jumping between talking points, host Kirsty Wark brought up the #MeToo allegations that have sprung up against him in the months since the movement came into the public spotlight. The claims were that Steven Seagal sexually harassed several women in the past, and also reportedly sexually assault a woman. Before the question was even finished, however, Seagal was taking off his microphone equipment and stepping away from the camera, prompting the interview to be cut shortly thereafter.

Steven Seagal has been accused of inappropriate behavior by Portia de Rossi, who claimed the actor had sexually harassed her during an audition. On Twitter, she claimed that he unzipped his pants during one of her final auditions. Seagal was also accused of similarly indecent actions by Julianna Margulies, who claimed that the B-movie action star once answered the door in a silk robe “and nothing else” during an audition. Seagal has denied these allegations. The actor was also reportedly involved in inappropriate behavior with Katherine Heigl when she made a film very early in her career. The film they made together was Under Seige 2: Dark Territory, which came out in 1995, and the actor apparently made some crude comments to her.

With more allegations being made in the media to high-standing public figures, it’s hard to know what response these public figures will have to the allegations made against them– particularly when they’re in the hot seat. Steven Seagal made it clear in this interview that he doesn’t want to talk about the allegations that have been presented against him, and he isn’t looking to have any sort of dialogue about his feelings regarding the matter at this time. If that were to change, however, we’ll be sure to keep you posted on the latest developments. Meanwhile, when it comes to the newest celebrity news and updates, you can be sure to check back here at CinemaBlend for more.

Pokemon Go Is Adding More Shiny Pokemon

Ever since 2016 when Niantic Labs first launched Pokemon Go and Nintendo’s stock prices went soaring, gamers have been asking for lots of new content for the game; they’ve asked for new Pokemon, which Niantic delivered. They’ve asked for new customization options, which Niantic delivered. They’ve asked for more Legendaries, which Niantic delivered. And they’ve asked for more generational sets, which Niantic also delivered. At this point, Niantic is starting to take the initiative to move forward by providing new content in Pokemon Go without always having the community beg for the content. A good example of that is the developers adding in brand new Shiny Pokemon to the game to give gamers even rarer Pokemon to capture while out and about.

Vincent D’Onofrio Really Wants Kingpin In A Spider-Man Movie

One of the long held hopes among Marvel fans has been to see the New York City-based heroes and villains, who have so much interaction in the comics, finally cross paths on the big screen. Chief among these desired crossovers is to see the Devil of Hell’s Kitchen and the Spider of Queens to unite. In the comics, Spider-Man and Daredevil both share common enemies, most notably Wilson Fisk, a.k.a. Kingpin. Fans would love to see the crime lord mix it up with his original foe Spider-Man on the big screen, and they’re not alone. Responding to a fan lamenting this would never happen, Kingpin actor Vincent D’Onofrio made it clear he wants his character in a Spider-Man movie. Take a look:

Clearly Vincent D’Onofrio is not resigned to his character remaining constrained to the small screen and seems optimistic that the Kingpin could one day show up in a Spider-Man movie. More than that, the actor seems to want it to happen just as much as the fans do. Vincent D’Onofrio’s Twitter response is great, too. His response sounds like how the Kingpin himself would incredulously respond to someone telling him what he can and can’t do. If the Kingpin wants to be in a Spider-Man movie, the Kingpin will be in a Spider-Man movie.

If you actually answer Vincent D’Onofrio’s query, things get a bit more muddled. The characters of Marvel’s Netflix-verse have all crossed over with one another, but none of them have appeared in the MCU films, not even in Avengers: Infinity War. Despite being all under the Marvel Entertainment banner, Marvel Television and Marvel Studios are separate entities which have not shown a great willingness or desire to work together. Beyond that, Spider-Man isn’t even under the Marvel banner, he’s under Sony’s.

So there are some logistical hurdles that must be cleared for this matchup to take place, but there is hope to cling to. Sony is apparently keen on more integration of its Spider-verse films and the Avengers, so perhaps there is an opening for the Kingpin to make his way into the film universe if all the requisite parties can come to an agreement. Vincent D’Onofrio wants it, so that’s at least one less step necessary to make this a reality. And hey, we never thought Sony would allow Spidey in the MCU or the X-Men would be returning home, so stranger things have happened.

It would certainly be a pity if this doesn’t happen considering how great of a villain Vincent D’Onofrio’s Kingpin is. For my money he is the best of the Netflix-verse villains and deserves to be among Loki, Killmonger and Thanos at the top of the villain heap. Spidey vs. Kingpin will have to wait though. Kingpin is getting ready to go round two with Matt Murdock in Daredevil Season 3, which premieres on October 19. Spider-Man is currently dust and will be hanging out in Europe for his next adventure in Spider-Man: Far From Home, which swings into theaters on July 5, 2019.

Check out our 2019 release schedule to see all the biggest movies coming next year and for all the latest in dream matchups and keeping your fingers crossed, stay tuned to CinemaBlend.

Why John Carpenter Has No Interest In Doing A Thing Remake

We wouldn’t be counting down the days until the ultimate face-off between Michael Myers and Laurie Strode 40 years in the making with the upcoming Halloween if it wasn’t for iconic director John Carpenter. He’s also the man behind memorable films such as The Thing, Big Trouble in Little China and Escape from New York. Carpenter hasn’t returned to the director’s chair since his 2010 film, The Ward but says he’s game to keep directing, though under some conditions:

It looks like you can count John Carpenter out of any exotic or extreme destinations for his next project. Might I pitch doing a sequel for The Thing in the Bahamas? It would be a perfectly comfortable and enjoyable for the 70-year-old director if it’s all about location, location, location! In his interview with Entertainment Weekly, Carpenter showed an interest in doing something in Europe, Venice specifically. He loves the odd nature of the sinking city, but doesn’t have a story to work with just yet. He has also recently developed two new interests, basketball and video games! Carpenter said, ‘I love that! That’s my job now, to sit around and do nothing!’ (So definitely not retired!)

Jokes aside, the incredible director has gifted audiences so much already and deserves to bask in the fruits of his labor! And if he does find the right project that he feels compel to direct, his fans would certainly be thrilled. John Carpenter was hard at work composing the gripping music for the new Halloween including an updated theme for “The Shape”. When the new Halloween filmmakers David Gordon Green and Danny McBride penned the script for it, they also approached Carpenter to take a look and gave them notes on it, also offering them advice to make it “relentless.” According to CinemaBlend’s Sean O’Connell, the new sequel is exactly that.

While you can cross off The Thing as a potential next project from John Carpenter, the director isn’t likely to do sequels to any of his other cult classics since he hasn’t done them already. He only directed one sequel for Escape from New York with 1996’s Escape from L.A. so expect something unexpected. After Halloween, another one of Carpenter’s famous directorial projects is returning to the big screen. A sequel to Big Trouble in Little China is currently in the works starring Dwayne Johnson, but Carpenter isn’t set to be involved.

A new Halloween, heavily influenced by John Carpenter’s classic, comes to theaters on October 19.

How Javier Bardem Went About Gaining Weight For Playing Pablo Escobar

Watching Fernando León de Aranoa’s new movie Loving Pablo, it’s surprising to see the transformation of Javier Bardem playing drug kingpin Pablo Escobar. In addition to sporting a mustache that we don’t typically see on the actor, Bardem also gained quite a lot of weight for the role — working to be as accurate to reality as possible. What’s interesting, though, is that Escobar’s size actually fluctuated over the many years that the story covers, and according to the Academy Award winner, it had an interesting effect on the way the film was made:

Javier Bardem was never going to have the exact same body type as Pablo Escobar, as he stands almost half-a-foot taller than the notorious criminal did in real life, but that didn’t hinder his efforts to try and embody him as much as he could. This included putting on a significant amount of weight for the part with the help of professionals, as Bardem explained last month during the Los Angeles press day for Loving Pablo, but it also helped that the film production was, to a degree, working in sync with his transformation.

Movies are very rarely filmed in sequence for a number of reasons — the most significant being that it’s generally not economically feasible — and it should be noted that Loving Pablo didn’t exactly go that route. The film as a whole was not filmed in chronological order, but there were concessions made in the scheduling to help Javier Bardem be the size he needed to be for certain sequences. When I followed up about shooting in sequence, the actor explained,

You can watch Javier Bardem — sans his Pablo Escobar weight — talk about his physical transformation for Loving Pablo by clicking play on the video below:

In addition to Javier Bardem, Loving Pablo also stars Penelope Cruz and Peter Sarsgaard, telling the story of Pablo Escobar’s rise from the perspective of his lover/journalist Virginia Vallejo. The movie is in theaters this weekend, and stay tuned for more from my interview with Bardem here on CinemaBlend.

Venom Uses An Important Spider-Man Character You Might Have Missed

This story gets into spoilers for Venom, so stop reading now if you haven’t yet seen the film!

Even casual fans know that Venom supposedly takes place in a universe that also includes Spider-Man. So while the web-slinger doesn’t show face in Ruben Fleischer’s origin movie for Venom, rabid Spidey fans will still hear a number of references to characters that we recognize from the comics, and from this world. One of them shows up very early in the movie, as astronaut John Jameson is name-dropped and shown (before he’s quickly dispersed). Still, hearing the name “Jameson” in a Venom movie raises all sorts of possibilities, so when CinemaBlend got the opportunity to speak with co-producers Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach about the man’s inclusion — and if it means J. Jonah Jameson is also part of this world — Arad teased:

Avi Arad is right, in that J. Jonah Jameson always believed that his astronaut son was the type of hero that people should be worshipping, and he never understood why people rooted for Spider-Man, instead. Yes, in the comics, John was a successful astronaut, but his trips to space actually brought back rubies that turned John Jameson into the Man-Wolf in the pages of the Marvel comics.

Like most of what we see in Venom, it appears that John’s legacy is going to be ret-conned and repurposed, and Avi Arad’s answer to us actually hints at the direction that they could be going in this Spider-Man-free spider-verse. In the opening sequence, John loses his life after being a temporary host to the symbiote. What if, in Venom 2, they introduce J. Jonah Jameson, and he blames Venom for the death of his hero son? And instead of having a vendetta against Spider-Man, this new J. Jonah hates Eddie Brock’s antihero, blaming him for his crushing loss?

It would be a different way to reintroduce J. Jonah, who was such an integral part of the Sam Raimi movies, but hasn’t been seen in a Spider-Man movie yet. Could J. Jonah make a triumphant return… in the Venom franchise? Time will tell, but Venom certainly moved us closer to that by using John. And where there’s John, his loudmouth father and usually close behind.

Mega Man Is Getting His Own Live Action Movie

In Hollywood’s continued efforts to find success in video games, a new adaptation is coming from one of the most popular characters of all time. Game developer and publisher Capcom recently announced that the classic character Mega Man is being transformed into a live-action feature film from 20th Century Fox.

Mega Man was first released on the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1987 and featured the lead character, a robot, fighting against other robots, with names like Cut Man, Bomb Man, and Ice Man. Each boss robot had a special ability that matched their name, which Mega Man would obtain after defeating them. These abilities could then be used to fight the other bosses, with each boss being especially vulnerable to the ability of at least one other character. After defeating all the robots, Mega Man could go after the evil Dr. Wily, who had created all the boss robots. Several sequels and spinoffs would follow, making Mega Man one of the most popular video game characters in history.

Mega Man has been adapted into animated series before but this will be the first time the character will be seen in live-action. The basic gameplay of blowing up robots with an arm cannon and jumping from platform to platform certainly could be adapted into an exciting action movie, though most Mega Man games had a fairly simple plot so creating a compelling story is likely to be the difficult part of turning Mega Man into a movie.

The other bit of difficulty will likely come in the costume design. The image above is the most classic version of Mega Man and while the character has seen numerous redesigns over the years thanks to improved graphics, he’s never exactly looked “real.” It’s hard to imagine how you would make a human actor look like Mega Man without him looking somewhat ridiculous. Certainly, a large amount of CGI will need to be used. There will probably be a significant change in the final design. I can see the big screen Mega Man looking more like Iron Man than his video game self.

Video games have been a popular source for film adaptation of late, with recent films being based on everything from the recent reboot of the Tomb Raider franchise to the classic arcade Rampage. Thus far these adaptations have received lukewarm critical support at best and decent box office, though there have been some exceptions in both cases. Rampage saw a solid global box office though it was unable to break the $100 million mark domestically. With Mega Man coming from the same era of video games, it’s possible Capcom is hoping for similar success.

David Boreanaz Has Surprising Thoughts About The Buffy The Vampire Slayer Reboot Backlash

David Boreanaz was an integral part of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer television show, even going on to star in his own spinoff series — Angel. A reboot of the firstly-mentioned cult favorite was announced a few months back. So, how does the actor feel about it? At New York Comic Con, the conversation shifted to the upcoming series, and Boreanaz opened up about his thoughts regarding it amid the backlash from diehard original Buffy fans. Boreanaz said:

David Boreanaz’s positive response regarding the reboot came after those attending the panel audibly booed as the reboot was mentioned, per THR. Whether his reaction was enough to help sway the crowd is unclear. Based on his statement, he seems aware that fans want to see he and his cast members reprise their roles in a revival of the series. He also points out the advantages of the reboot, while wishing the new crew well.

David Boreanaz joins Buffy the Vampire Slayer‘s former showrunner Marti Noxon in expressing positive feelings towards the reboot. Original Buffy star Alyson Hannigan expressed similar optimism while pointing out the importance of having the series’ creator, Joss Whedon, involved in some capacity. Boreanaz’s positive response to the reboot continued with him vocalizing his support of the project as a whole and another potential aspect of it. At the same time, Boreanaz shared that he is proud of the original, saying:

There you have it. David Boreanaz is fully behind the reboot and entirely supportive of another actor taking on the role of Angel. He also sounds excited for fans of the original Buffy the Vampire Slayer to be getting the opportunity to revisit the world of the original in a fresh way. That there is still strong enough interest in rebooting the property is a testament to what the original series was able to create with fans.

Given that David Boreanaz is so excited about the Buffy the Vampire Slayer reboot, it stands to reason that he could be on-board with making a guest appearance on the series. Perhaps, as a different character that wouldn’t require an intensive makeup process? When it comes to Boreanaz’s co-star James Marsters, the actor has not hidden that he would love to reprise his role as Spike. Things are still in the early stages of the reboot. For instance, a network or streamer has not signed on for it yet.

As things get further along in the process, that should only be a matter of time. Whether the series will be a full-blown reboot of the original series with a new Buffy, Angel, and Spike, among others, is another thing that is not entirely clear at this point. The new show can count at least David Boreanaz as being in its corner. Fans will have to stay tuned for the latest as the reboot gets further along. In the meantime, there are lots of new shows premiering this fall.