Steve Carell Would Totally Do Anchorman 3

While Will Ferrell has had plenty of comedy hits in his career, there’s arguably none quite as iconic as Anchorman. The over the top romp was a massive hit when it arrive in 2004, helping to elevate the status of its cast and making a ton of money at the box office in the process. Basically every line in Anchorman: The Legend Of Ron Burgundy is quotable, with some of the film’s most iconic moments actually coming from actor Steve Carell.

The Office helped Steve Carell become a household name, and Anchorman cemented the actor as a film star. Carell played bizarrely dimwitted Brick Tambland, the weatherman of the news station. Carell nailed his performance, and ultimately reprise his role in Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. And it seems he’d be happy to return for a threequel, recently saying:

By the beard of Zeus, it looks like Steve Carell would be down to play Brick in Anchorman 3. Considering how beloved his performance is, this will no doubt excite plenty of cinephiles out there who are waiting for the news team to return to the silver screen.

Steve Carell’s comments to Variety show how much fun the Office alum had on the set of both Anchorman movies. It’s a truly ridiculous franchise, allowing the actors to be as cartoonish as they’d like. Carell’s Brick Tambland is arguably the silliest character in the cast, which is saying a lot. The actor enjoys filming those movies, so perhaps Anchorman 3 could become a reality after all.

While most moviegoers associate Steve Carell with his comedic roles like The 40-Year-Old Virgin, he’s been doing a ton of dramas recently. Carell’s movies are often tear jerkers lately, with projects like Beautiful Boy, Welcome to Marwen, and Last Flag Flying all tackling super heavy material— especially for Carell. As such, he might be eager to do a light and frothy project like a possible Anchorman threequel.

As a reminder, you can see some of Brick’s finest moments below, with Steve Carell’s fun on set shining through.

We’ll just have to wait and see if Steve Carell and the rest of the Anchorman cast and crew return for a threequel. Anchorman 2 was a critical and box office success, so there’s certainly reason to continue the story sometime in the future.

You can catch Steve Carell in Welcome to Marwen on December 21, 2018, just make sure you bring your tissues. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your trips to the movies in the New year.

Once Upon a Deadpool Has A Special Post-Credits Tribute For Stan Lee

Marvel Comics and MCU fans were shocked last month when we all learned that Stan Lee, the face of Marvel, had passed away at 95. The tributes have been coming in from all corners since then, but the real question many of us had was how the actual Marvel movies would handle the fact that Lee was no longer with us. While Once Upon a Deadpool is something of an anomaly movie-wise, it is the first Marvel movie to hit the screen since Lee left us. This makes it extra special that the movie takes a moment to honor Lee after the credits of the new movie.

Stan Lee doesn’t cameo in person in Deadpool 2, one of the few Marvel movies where that’s the case. There were apparently some scenes shot for the new PG-13 rated version of the film, but rather than seeing them inserted in the film, Complex reports that they’re included as part of a post-credits sequence of Once Upon a Deadpool. Beyond simply showing the scenes, however, the post-credits bit also includes interview footage of Stan Lee reflecting on his own legacy. That legacy is now being considered by a lot of people, making it a perfect addition to the conversation to know what Stan Lee thought himself.

For the record, he didn’t really care. Stan took a pretty pragmatic view of the topic, realizing that once he was gone, it didn’t really matter what other people thought.

It is somewhat humorous that Once Upon a Deadpool, the Marvel property that takes itself the least seriously, becomes the first movie to pay a serious tribute to Stan Lee. However, the filmmakers clearly felt that doing so was necessary under the circumstances. Stan Lee probably would have loved the irony.

Stan Lee has a brief cameo of sorts in Ralph Breaks the Internet where Sarah Silverman’s Vannellpe Von Schweetz runs past him during the Disney infused sequence of the film. The audience in my theater let out an audible sigh seeing his digital avatar. We can expect similar things to happen over the next few months as the final Stan Lee cameos appear in movies like Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and Avengers: Endgame.

Of course, while Stan Lee might not have cared about his legacy, there’s no argument that he left an indelible one. Lee was instrumental in creating numerous comic book superheroes who have gone on to become pop culture icons. Lee crafted an image of himself which became larger than life and almost a character in its own right. Stan Lee the comic pioneer and Stanley Martin Leiber the man were barely the same person. It was fitting that the former ended up in the movies about the characters he created.

The characters that Stan Lee helped create will live beyond him. At this point, it’s difficult to imagine that names like Spider-Man, Iron Man, or The Incredible Hulk will ever not be part of the popular imagination. Fans owe him a lot and Once Upon a Deadpool shows that those making the films won’t forget it.

The Greatest Showman Was Originally Going To Be A Broadway Musical

There’s usually one big movie musical a year, which often makes a ton of money at the box office, as its soundtrack is quickly adopted into pop culture. While all eyes are on how A Star Is Born and Mary Poppins Returns will perform during Awards Season, last year’s musical blockbuster was The Greatest Showman. Starring Hugh Jackman as P.T. Barnum, the movie performed extremely well in theaters, and has remained relevant over the last calendar year through projects like the cover album.

Now separated from his iconic role as Wolverine in the X-Men franchise, Hugh Jackman is taking his musical talents on the road with a tour, including songs from The Greatest Showman. The actor recently spoke about the movie’s development, including original plans to make it a stage musical. As Jackman tells it,

While the iconic musical numbers and visual affects are part of what made The Greatest Showman a new classic, it appears that the project could have originated on the stage. Does that mean a Broadway bound musical could be on the way? Fingers crossed.

Hugh Jackman’s comments to THR might not come to a complete shock, considering the career of composers Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. The songwriting duo has its roots in theater, recently having a massive hit with Broadway’s Dear Evan Hansen. Pasek and Paul also worked on projects like La La Land, so The Greatest Showman could have easily ended up on either film or the stage.

Ultimately, crafting The Greatest Showman into a movie allowed the story to be told in a grand scale that it couldn’t on stage. It’s a massive movie, with visual effects elevating the musical numbers and allowing zoo animals like Tigers and Elephants to appear digitally. It ultimately helps put you in the world of Barnum’s circus, although a stage play doesn’t seem out of the question for the future.

Hugh Jackman specifically referenced one Youtube video, where actress Keala Settle sang “This Is Me” for the first time in public. The video currently has 34 million views, and you can check it out below.

Pretty powerful stuff. And given how both Keala Settle and Hugh Jackman have a history on Broadway, the duo easily could have starred in The Greatest Showman, if it ended up a Broadway musical.

You can catch Hugh Jackman singing The Greatest Showman soundtrack on his tour. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your trips to the movies in the New year.

Jason Momoa Made A Serious Entrance For The Aquaman Premiere

Jason Momoa is having the best time playing Aquaman, whether that be talking to reporters about the movie or it is having a blast at the premieres for the latest DC movie. It’s pretty clear he’s living his best life. Last night, at the U.S. premiere in fact, the actor took a break on the blue carpet to do a traditional haka dance, hearkening back to his Maori roots. Check it out.

Jason Momoa was front and center at the Aquaman premiere as the actor and his energetic crew performed a routine that included chanting, dancing and Jason Momoa wandering around holding a trident prop. At one point, he got so excited he snapped the trident in half.

If you watch the video (via Variety) closely, you can see Jason Momoa’s kids, daughter Lola and son Nakoa-Wolf, also performing the haka in the background.

This isn’t the only evidence of Jason Momoa having fun at the premiere. The actor also sipped on a beer while talking to reporters in a moment caught by the LA Times.

It’s pretty crazy how amped up and energetic Jason Momoa was, considering Aquaman director James Wan had just shared an image of leads Momoa and Amber Heard traveling back from Manila just in time to make the big, splashy (pun intended) premiere of the DC flick.

That’s a lot of travel in a very short time, considering it was only recently the cast and creative team were in China celebrating the premiere of the DC movie as well. Still, they looked refreshed and ready to run through another set of press lines. Fellow Aquaman actress Amber Heard also looked like she was having a pretty good time, sharing an image from the premiere featuring herself, Jason Momoa and his wife Lisa Bonet.

Warner Bros. and DC are pulling out the stops for Aquaman. While the studio has put out other big movies this year–recently Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of GrindelwaldAquaman is the lone DC outing on the calendar this year.

We’ll have to wait and see whether or not the new movie ends up really resonating with audiences, but the flick is off to a good start overseas and some estimates say it could make as much as $100 million during its opening weekend. We’ll find out soon enough. Aquaman opens on December 21 and if you are itching to know more, be sure to check out our full guide.

The Aquaman Movie Uses Water, But Not Nearly As Much As You Think

You can’t make an Aquaman movie without using a ton of water. Right? This was something I paid very close attention to on a second viewing of James Wan’s Aquaman. For while the bulk of the action is set underwater, there’s far less water involved in the making of the movie as one might have originally believed. CinemaBlend brought this up with the film’s cast during a recent Aquaman press day, and learned the following:

The consensus from the Aquaman actors is that very little water was actually involved in the shooting of the film. They all explained how it’s impossible to actually film in water, and that the only way to get water to properly show up on screen in an image is for the subject to be soaking wet.

So, the alternate was wire-work, which allowed characters played by Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Patrick Wilson, Dolph Lundgren and more to “float” in water as they interact, and fight, and it looks extremely credible.

In fact, during that second viewing of Aquaman, I spent so much time looking at how CGI wizards made hair “float” on screen. It’s amazing.

That doesn’t mean that Aquaman didn’t use any water whatsoever. You can tell in several important scenes that gallons of water were used to lend authenticity to the surroundings, as Arthur Curry’s environment is supposed to be all about water. James Wan assured CinemaBlend:

To me, this aspect of Aquaman was the most compelling. If you can’t convince us, visually, that the action is taking place underwater, then the movie kind of fails. Technology has improved drastically even from when Jason Momoa had to fight Steppenwolf underwater in Justice League. And most of that credit has to go to James Wan.

Aquaman is cleaning up in international theaters already, and is making its way to theaters in the States on December 21. I wish you guys didn’t have to wait that long. It’s so much fun, and is a fantastic step in the right direction for DC. Our full review is here. And for more on the DCEU, in general, bookmark our Portal Page and visit it often.

Rami Malek Had A Crazy Exercise And Diet Routine For Bohemian Rhapsody

While Bohemian Rhapsody received mixed reviews as a film, most have praised Rami Malek’s performance for the way he seemingly transformed into Queen frontman Freddie Mercury. The actor has spoken at length about the way he watched a lot of Mercury in an attempt to learn how to move and how to speak like the eccentric performer, but it turns out that becoming Freddie Mercury also included a serious diet and exercise routine in order to both physically look like the man, as well as have the ability to perform in the way that he did. According to Malek…

Getting in the right physical shape for a role is important. It’s frequently a key part of action movies, but in the case of Bohemian Rhapsody, Rami Malek needed to be in shape so that he could perform like Freddie Mercury. The singer was an energetic and enthusiastic performance, and Malek had to be able to look the same way, without wearing himself out.

In addition, Malek tells The Wrap that he had to shift between adding muscle and dropping weight quickly, as he shifted between filming scenes of a young scrawny Freddie and the larger, more in shape Queen version of the man.

Shifting between heavy workouts and crash diets certainly doesn’t seem like fun and Rami Malek confirms this. Being a lead actor in a major Hollywood movie is probably a lot of fun most of the time. And sometimes it sounds like it completely sucks. Crash diets aren’t healthy and nobody recommends that people try them, but when you’re under the constraints of a multimillion dollar movie schedule, there’s little else that can be done.

Ultimately, as Rami Malek says, the goal wasn’t so much muscle as it was energy. Bohemian Rhapsody culminates in an epic finale which recreates the band’s famous 1985 Live Aid performance almost in its entirety. Malek had also confirmed that some takes were done as a single long performance, which meant Malek had to be able to put on a concert without wearing out. He did succeed, as the Live Aid sequence is the highlight of the movie.

Marvel Really Wanted A Female Director For Black Widow

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is in a fascinating place right now, as the studio and Disney are keeping their cards extremely close to the chest. While this helps keep the contents of Avengers: Endgame a complete mystery, it’s also caused some anxiety amongst the fandom, which is used to Marvel’s extensive release schedules. One of the few projects to be announced after Phase Three is the Black Widow movie, which will finally give Scarlett Johansson’s signature character a chance to lead her own blockbuster.

The Black Widow movie is set to be directed by Cate Shortland, but she obviously wasn’t the only one approached to helm Natasha Romanoff’s highly anticipated solo movie. Argentinian director Lucrecia Martel recently revealed she was also approached to helm Black Widow’s solo flick, and it seems that Marvel Studios made it a point to hire a female filmmaker for the project. As she told it,

Not only is Black Widow finally getting her moment in the spotlight in Phase Four, but it seems the studio was very concerned with having a female director helm the project. Mostly so that the person at the head of the project can fully develop the title character.

Over the past few years, there has been a ton of conversation in the film industry about inclusivity. In the wake of the #OscarsSoWhite and #TimesUp movements, the call for diversity both in front and behind of the camera has been deafening. The MCU has been allowing people of color and women to take larger roles, and the Black Widow movie will finally give Scarlett Johansson’s character the chance to take center stage.

In her same appearance at the Mumbai Film Festival (via Daily Pioneer), Lucrecia Martel described how her conversations with Marvel Studios went. And while the MCU made a conscious effort to hire a female director, it seems the studio didn’t want Martel to handle things like action sequences. She elaborated, saying:

Well, that was honest. Lucrecia Martel has certain things she does and doesn’t like about the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and property’s music seems to be a particular point of contention. That, and the fact that the studio reportedly didn’t want her to handle things like action sequences.

CinemaBlend will keep you updated on all things Black Widow, as the movie’s details finally become public. You can catch the fan favorite character appear in Avengers: Endgame on April 26, 2019. In the meantime, check out our2019 release list to plan your trips to the movies in the New Year.

M. Night Shyamalan Reveals Glass Was Originally Going To Be Way Longer

M. Night Shyamalan’s upcoming movie Glass is a strange beast since it’s technically a direct sequel to two different movies. Not only is it finally reuniting us with David Dunn and Elijah Price nearly 20 years after Unbreakable, it’s also following after the events of Split. With so much mythology to work with, Shyamalan acknowledged that it initially looked like Glass was going to be a tale stretching over three hours. The director recalled:

Because Unbreakable and Split are set in the same world, it’s understandable that M. Night Shyamalan wanted to dedicate plenty of time to ensure that fans of one or both of those movies would be properly caught up. Plus, one also has to account for people checking out Glass who haven’t necessarily seen Unbreakable or Split. Still, it’s rare that movies longer than three hours are released, so as Shyamalan mentioned, eventually there came a point where he started to tighten Glass up. Now the movie is a little over two hours, which is a more digestible runtime for the average moviegoer.

During his interview with Digital Spy, M. Night Shyamalan all mentioned that there’s no need for Glass to “rehash” either of its predecessors, pointing to a scene in the Glass trailers where Patricia, one of Kevin Wendell Crumb’s many alternate personalities, is speaking with a group of cheerleaders she’s kidnapped. Shyamalan explained:

While it’s fine for a sequel to remind audiences of certain events that happened in preceding movies, it can’t come at the expense of the story that’s being told now. That’s not to say that M. Night Shyamalan wasn’t worried about Glass appealing to moviegoers who aren’t familiar with Unbreakable and/or Split, but he realized that Glass needed to stand on its own, even going so far as to pitch Glass to Disney and Universal as if it were a standalone movie.

As the final chapter of the Eastrail 117 trilogy, Glass will see Bruce Willis’ David Dunn, a.k.a. The Overseer, pursuing James McAvoy’s Kevin Wendell Crumb, whose most dangerous alternate personality, The Beast, has allied itself with Samuel L. Jackson’s Elijah Price, a.k.a. Mr. Glass. Glass is also bringing back Anya Taylor-Joy, Spencer Treat Clark and Carlene Woodard as Casey Cooke, Joseph Dunn and Mrs. Price, respectively, while Sarah Paulson will appear as Dr. Ellie Staple, a psychiatrist who specializes in treating patients who believe they’re superheroes.

Glass opens in theaters on January 18, 2019. If you’re interested in other movies that are coming out next year, browse through our 2019 release schedule.

Once Upon A Deadpool Promotion Has Offended Some Members Of The Mormon Church

The new Deadpool may be more family-friendly, but that doesn’t mean that he has become entirely inoffensive. A petition is online which has asked that one of the posters for Once Upon a Deadpool be pulled, as it constitutes religious discrimination. The poster sees Deadpool at the center of the image and dressed all in white. He’s surrounded by characters from the film who look like angels. Check it out below.

The problem, according to the Change.org petition, is that the image for the Once Upon a Deadpool poster is based on a sacred picture to the Church of Latter-Day Saints, entitled The Second Coming. Deadpool has taken the place of Jesus Christ in the image, which the petition claims mocks the church, and the petition asks that the film stop using this poster and find something different to promote the PG-13 version of Deadpool 2.

Unfortunately, as written, the new petition isn’t going to carry much weight, as it’s directed to the wrong place. Change.org petitions need to be sent “to” a person or other entity and clearly, the person who created this one only did minimal research on the Deadpool franchise. This petition is being directed at Tim Miller, who was the director of the original Deadpool but left Deadpool 2 early in production, to be replaced by David Leitch.

Errors in attribution notwithstanding, the petition does have some support, as it has received over 36,000 signatures as of this writing. It’s not the massively overwhelming support that many movie based petitions have received, but it’s certainly a significant number of people.

Of course, while Once Upon a Deadpool might be a PG-13 version of the movie, the film is still a Deadpool movie. It’s not like everybody involved didn’t know what they were doing when they chose that particular religious image as the basis for the poster. Is it potentially offensive? Sure it is, but that was obviously the point. There were even rumors before the release of Deadpool 2 that the film was going to be subtitled The Second Coming, so it’s possible the studio has had this poster idea kicking around for a while, and just decided that it made sense to use it for the Christmas time release of Once Upon a Deadpool.

Of course, due to the fact that Once Upon a Deadpool has already been released in theaters, it’s unlikely that this petition will have any effect on anything. It could convince the studio to not use the image as the cover for the eventual Blu-ray release, but, honestly, the other Once Upon a Deadpool poster, which features Fred Savage and Deadpool astride Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, is a better image for that anyway. Any official response from the filmmakers or the studio seems unlikely, but we’ll have to wait and see.

Apparently We Have Steven Spielberg To Thank For The Bumblebee Movie

Although Michael Bay’s Transformers films have always been towering, worldwide box office successes, it’s been clear for quite some time that the franchise could do with a little less flame bursting and a lot more heart. The upcoming spinoff Bumblebee, about the origins of the lovable yellow Autobot, hopes to do just that as the film tells a heartwarming tale about the bond between a teenaged girl and the robot.

Sounds a bit like E.T. doesn’t it? That comparison would be spot on, because as Bumblebee director Travis Knight recently stated, the plot for the spinoff had a lot to do with one legendary filmmaker’s input. Here’s what Knight said:

That’s right, Steven Spielberg pulled from one of his greatest films for the latest Transformers film, and the franchise will likely be better for it. Spielberg is an executive producer on Bumblebee and it looks like he took the opportunity for audiences to see a touching storyline throwback, as Travis Knight revealed to Yahoo Movies.

The spinoff is set in the ’80s as a nod to when the popular toy first hit shelves, but also pays tribute to the 1982 classic. Travis Knight said when they decided on the era for Bumblebee, he decided he wanted to take the opportunity to acknowledge the films that meant a lot to him as a kid of the time, and much of Spielberg’s work is threaded into that time.

The action-flick will center on Hailee Steinfeld as Charlie Watson, who finds an old yellow Volkswagon bug in a junkyard and rescues it, unaware that it’s the Autobot Bumblebee. When the Transformer reveals himself to Charlie, the two form an unlikely friendly bond as Bumblebee becomes targeted by government agents, including John Cena as Agent Burns, and Decepticons as well.

Early reactions to Bumblebee have been overwhelmingly positive as critics have gushed about how they think it’s the best Transformers film ever — noting the blend of heart, solid performances, fun action sequences and ’80s era influence.

The flick will mark the first of the franchise to not be directed by Michael Bay and seems to tone down the action sequences and have quite a different feel than the films based on the Hasbro toys that started in 2007 when Bumblebee met Shia LaBeouf’s Sam Witwicky.

Steven Spielberg has actually served as executive producer on all five Transformers films, but the new director Travis Knight definitely brings something different to the table as he typically works with Laika Studios in the animation department. 2016’s Kubo and the Two Strings, a stop-motion animation Japanese epic about family was his directorial debut.