Harry Potter’s Warwick Davis Knows How He Could Return For Fantastic Beasts Sequels

In 2021, J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world will officially be returning to the big screen with a third Fantastic Beasts film, starring the likes of Eddie Redmayne, Johnny Depp, and Jude Law. The spinoff franchise has offered up fans another look of the universe introduced to them with the Harry Potter series – mixing in new elements with callbacks to the original stories. Such as 2018’s Crimes of Grindelwald transporting audiences back to Hogwarts to meet a younger Dumbledore.

Now Harry Potter’s Warwick Davis is hoping to return to the franchise for a Fantastic Beasts film after taking on three makeup-heavy roles throughout the series. Davis played a Goblin Bank Teller and Professor Filius Flitwick in Sorcerer’s Stone before returning to play the key role of Griphook the Goblin (and continuing as Flitwick) later in the series. Here’s what he says about finding a Fantastic Beasts part:

Warwick Davis seems confident he could find another place in the spinoff franchise and per his words to Daily Express, he’ll be having a talk with J.K. Rowling about it next time he runs into her. The actor plays the most prevalent Goblins in the original movies, so if the author wanted to bring the race of magical beings back for a Fantastic Beasts sequel, Davis is the guy to call!

Considering the franchise may place a higher focus on Jude Law’s Dumbledore and the Hogwarts school, audiences could perhaps learn more about Filius Flitwick’s origins (or his lineage) before he became the Head of Ravenclaw House. His story may have had something to do with the events being told in the Fantastic Beasts movies. Who knows? Even if not, the actor could certainly take on a fourth character too!

Fantastic Beasts 3 is expected to begin shooting in spring 2020 and hit theaters on November 12, 2021.

Netflix Users Are Divided Over The Irishman: Is It ‘Boring’ Or A ‘Masterpiece’?

Robert De Niro as Frank Sheeran in The Irishman on Netflix

Who knew Martin Scorsese would give cinema buffs so many things to debate in 2019? After the whole chatter about Marvel as cinema (or not), Scorsese now has fans arguing over The Irishman. His crime movie starring Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, and Al Pacino earned rave reviews from critics, and from the lucky fans who saw it in its early limited release in theaters. But now The Irishman is on Netflix, the great equalizer, and viewers have carved out some time over the Thanksgiving break to watch the movie.

Reactions to The Irishman have been strong — and divided.

Many Netflix users are hailing The Irishman as a “masterpiece.” But “boring” has been coming up as a trending term connected to the 3.5-hour movie as well.

Some fans of The Irishman dragged Marvel into the argument, believing some viewers didn’t appreciate the film because they’re so used to the MCU way of storytelling:

Not every critic of The Irishman used the word “boring” in their dismissal; this viewer, for example, used just about every other word:

Because the movie is 3.5 hours, fans are definitely talking about the length. Some viewers are even comparing the pee breaks you can take at home binging on Netflix vs. what they would normally do at a movie theater:

Some viewers argued The Irishman was too close to Martin Scorsese’s past gangster movies. Others raved about The Irishman for its own merits. Fans have been calling out the actors by name, with some saying Al Pacino stole the movie, while others saying the same for Joe Pesci or giving Robert De Niro credit for owning the entire film. A few fans argued they would’ve liked to see even more:

But even some fans on the “masterpiece” side saw arguments for cutting a wee bit off that three-and-a-half-hour runtime:

You do have to be ready for The Irishman, though, as one fan discovered when they tried to sit their family down to stream the epic gangster film over Thanksgiving:

Yeah, The Irishman might not be the best T-Day viewing for the whole family. But for all the controversy over Netflix’s limited theatrical release — and debate over finding space in theaters for non-superhero movies — it seems from here that the streamer was a great home for the movie.

That said, while The Irishman is still earning raves and “It’s what it is” memes, there are always going to be people more in line with Elaine of Seinfeld, who famously hated the long and (to her) boring movie The English Patient:

Well, no one is right or wrong when it comes to a personal opinion on a movie. The Irishman, which had a pretty huge budget, now seems to be shaping up as a major contender for the 2020 Oscars ceremony. If you’re curious for more, here’s a look at how accurate the movie was compared to the real story. You can stream The Irishman now on Netflix.

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Jack Reacher Author Says Tom Cruise Is Too Old For Action Movies: ‘He Needs To Move On’

Between his iconic sprint, death-defying stunt work, and decades of box office successes, Tom Cruise is one of the most well-known action stars working today. But, since the actor is pushing 60, he too is apparently prone to ageism. After making two Jack Reacher films, the author behind the crime thrillers pulled the plug on Cruise starring in any more.

When series author Lee Child was recently asked about his decision to stop Tom Cruise from playing his rogue investigator, here’s what he said:

Welp, he hit the nail on the head. That does sound patronizing! The best-selling British author thinks he’s doing Tom Cruise somewhat of a favor by barring him from the action franchise. When speaking to The Times of London, Lee Child called him “too old” and also continued with:

Lee Child is currently working on an adaptation of Jack Reacher for television on a streaming platform instead of continuing the franchise with Tom Cruise. He previously announced the decision last year, also calling the Mission: Impossible actor too short for the part – considering he’s 5’8 and the character is supposed to be 6’5.

With Tom Cruise at the center of 2012’s Jack Reacher, the project with a $50 million budget was a success with a $218 million worldwide box office haul. However, 2016’s sequel Jack Reacher: Never Go Back was considered a flop when it made almost half the original’s earnings on double the budget. The sequel also just wasn’t the same quality as the 2012 movie written and directed by Christopher McQuarrie.

But Christopher McQuarrie and Tom Cruise would go on to become frequent collaborators, working together on Edge of Tomorrow and Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation and Fallout. Last year, Fallout became the most successful Mission: Impossible movie of all time. The filmmaker and Cruise are teaming up for Mission: Impossible 7 & 8, being shot back-to-back and set for release in summer 2021 and 2022.

Considering Tom Cruise’s success in these franchises, it’s tough for Lee Child to make the case that he’s completely too old to keep contributing to the genre. However, it would be interesting to see him take on more diverse roles moving forward. The actor has previously shown his dramatic acting chops in Rain Man and A Few Good Men.

What do you think about Lee Child’s comments about Tom Cruise being too old for the action genre? Sound off in the comments below!

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The Petition For Danny DeVito To Play Wolverine In The MCU Just Hit A Big Milestone

We don’t know when and we don’t know where, but the Mutants are coming to the MCU. And when they arrive it seems probable that the most popular member of the X-Men, Wolverine, will arrive with them. That means that someone new will need to don the claws, replacing Hugh Jackman, but who? Well a group of fans has someone particular in mind: actor Danny DeVito. A petition for Danny DeVito to play Wolverine in the MCU just hit a big milestone.

The petition over on Change.org to have Danny DeVito play the rebooted Wolverine in the MCU has passed a whopping 50,000 signatures. That number is still climbing too and as of this writing the petition sits at 53,080 signatures. That’s a lot of people rooting for the now 75-year-old actor to rock some adamantium claws and show that he’s the best there is at what he does.

In the petition page, the petition’s creator, going by Ring Arius, contends that the only person able to pull Wolverine off in the MCU is none other than Danny DeVito. To support this claim, this petitioner cites DeVito’s diminutive stature. This mountain of a man stands a mere 4’10″ tall. Folks, he’s short enough.

Although the 6’2″ Hugh Jackman defined the role, many have hoped that a rebooted Wolverine in the MCU would return the character to his short comic roots. Most of the actors rumored or suggested for the role of Logan are not quite short enough for Wolverine’s 5’3″ frame. Danny DeVito actually manages to come in under the mark, so as far as tests that must be passed to play Wolverine, DeVito aces that one.

The petitioner also notes that Danny DeVito is capable of fighting and not afraid to get dirty, as evidenced by his character Frank Reynolds’ wrestling persona “The Trashman” in It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. He might not quite have Wolverine’s muscles or his full head of hair, but it’s a solid and hilarious argument.

If Danny DeVito were to land the Wolverine role, it wouldn’t be his first comic book character. The actor famously played The Penguin in Tim Burton’s 1992 film Batman Returns, a role that Colin Farrell will soon play in Matt Reeves’ Batman film starring Robert Pattinson.

Danny DeVito isn’t the only name that has been floated by fans as the next Wolverine. Other people that have been suggested are former Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe, Rocketman star Taron Egerton, Scott Eastwood, Keanu Reeves, and Garrett Hedlund, to name a few. But hey, maybe Danny DeVito is the dark horse contender to watch out for.

In reality, this has 0% chance of happening, but just because he won’t play Wolverine doesn’t mean Danny DeVito shouldn’t be in the MCU. He was considered as the voice of Rocket Raccoon and although that isn’t the direction James Gunn went in for Guardians of the Galaxy, with a whole new phase upon us, there are plenty of new characters Danny DeVito could play. MODOK maybe?

You can next see Danny DeVito in Jumanji: The Next Level, in theaters on December 13. Check out our 2020 Release Schedule to see when next year’s biggest movies are hitting theaters and stay tuned to CinemaBlend for the latest movie news.

John Wick 4 Has A Scheduling Problem For Keanu Reeves, Co-Star Notes

Keanu Reeves is just too popular for his own good! Instead of everyone wanting to kill him, like John Wick, everyone wants to work with him. We’ve already seen how 2019 became The Keanussance, but it’s not over yet — Keanu is returning for back-to-back movies in three of his major franchises. That has put John Wick: Chapter 4 in something of a confused position, at least according to John Wick movies co-star Lance Reddick.

John Wick 4 already has a release date of May 21, 2021, but when will they be able to make it? Also, when will they finish writing it?

Lance Reddick plays Continental Hotel concierge Charon in the John Wick films. He gave a John Wick: Chapter 4 filming update to Comicbook:

See? Too popular. Bill & Ted Face the Music should be the easiest to work around. The third film in the Bill & Ted franchise is already finished filming. Provided no major reshoots are needed, Keanu Reeves should only be required to promote the film before its release on August 21, 2020. Not that promoting is nothing — it’s time, and often a lot of travel.

Filming, though, is another matter. When news about The Matrix 4 came out a few months ago, one additional surprising note was that production was looking to start in the early months of 2020. Based on that, it sounds like Keanu Reeves might be filming The Matrix 4 before John Wick 4.

Unlike John Wick 4, The Matrix 4 doesn’t have a scheduled release date yet, beyond assumptions that maybe it’ll show up in 2022. But you have to imagine it will require a lot more post-production and VFX work than a movie with more practical stunts like John Wick. After all, Keanu even said the Matrix 4 script was “very ambitious.”

Another question up-in-the-air for both John Wick 4 and The Matrix 4 is “What about Laurence Fishburne?” John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum ended in such a way that it seems like the Bowery King will definitely return. What about Morpheus for the fourth movie? Fishburne isn’t confirmed at this point and there was some talk about The Matrix 4 including a younger Morpheus, which would involve recasting.

So, to Lance Reddick’s point, between the possible filming of The Matrix 4 in early 2020 and then promotion for Bill & Ted Face the Music in summer 2020, it’s not clear when Keanu Reeves will have time in his schedule to put our favorite dog-lover back in action.

John Wick: Chapter 3 started filming in early May 2018 for its release in theaters one year later in May 2019. Depending on multiple factors, if John Wick: Chapter 4 can’t get Keanu Reeves or the rest of production together in time, we may see John Wick 4 move its release date away from May 21, 2021. It’s not like all three John Wick movies released in May — the first arrived in October 2014, the second in February 2017 — but John Wick 3 had such a huge success this year, I can’t blame Lionsgate for wanting to replicate that as much as possible.

Karen Gillan’s Description Of Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3’s Script Will Make Fans Very Happy

When James Gunn was fired by Disney last July, the return of the Guardians of the Galaxy was looking grim. The studio cut ties with the writer/director after some controversial tweets of his past cycled back into conversation. But, after an outcry from the entire cast and fans asking for him to be reinstated, Gunn is now back on board for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 and the franchise’s Nebula star, Karen Gillan, has now shared her impressions of the script:

Karen Gillan’s words are enough to get even Nebula to crack a smile! The actress breaks her silence on the delayed project with some vote of confidence about what’s to come from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3! She is feeling great about James Gunn’s script and the creative’s involvement back on the film.

It’s safe to say that fans would not have been as interested in the trilogy closer if James Gunn wasn’t rehired. He’s been a major element to the making of and thus the success of the otherworldly Marvel property. He had already finished the script to the third movie and was prepping production when he was initially fired.

After James Gunn was let go from the Disney production, he was approached by its rival Warner Bros to write and direct a fresh take on the Suicide Squad. The filmmaker signed on to the DC property and he’s currently working on The Suicide Squad ahead of its 2021 release date, along with now having plans to jump back in for Guardians 3.

Since the stacked Marvel slate has been announced up until the end of 2021, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 isn’t expected to be released until 2022. The movie may begin rolling its cameras as early as next year. Considering it sounds like James Gunn has finished the script and has a core cast of actors already eager and ready to return, he may be able to easily jump from one production to the other.

Karen Gillan is coming off the massive success of Avengers: Endgame over summer, with the rest of the Guardians cast. Nebula and Rocket were the only remaining members of the team who survived the Snap. Gillan’s character had a key role in Endgame, as her character’s cybernetic parts connected Thanos of the past to the Avengers’ time heist to foil his future plans.

Karen Gillan also told Yahoo how she didn’t see her character reaching such importance in the MCU when she first signed on. The actress originally only had eight days of filming for the character and Nebula was supposed to die in 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy.

Avengers: Endgame Writers Love That Fans Are Still Debating Cap’s ‘Unsatisfied Questions’

If you want to know a sure-fire way to open a can of worms, just include time travel in a movie. While Avengers: Endgame did a pretty good job of explaining its time travel rules and mechanics, as well as wrapping up character arcs and the larger Infinity Saga, there are still some loose ends, particularly those regarding Captain America. The end of the film sees Chris Evans’ Steve Rogers go back in time and stay there to reunite with Peggy Carter.

This has left many fans with some unanswered questions, like whether or not that is an alternate timeline or the main timeline or what. It’s a debate that many are still having months after the film’s release, and Avengers: Endgame’s writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely love to see it. Addressing the ongoing fan debate over Captain America’s ending, the duo said:

You might think that the Avengers: Endgame scribes would be frustrated that people are still debating their ending for Captain America, but in reality they are all for it. The duo loves seeing the fans continue to discuss and theorize about Captain America’s time travel adventure and the wider implications of his choice in the film.

As they told Vanity Fair, Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely love the debate because the fans are diving into intriguing unsatisfied questions. The debate is a reflection of how much the fans love and care about the film and the characters and the theorizing about Captain America’s ending is an example of that engagement.

The writers might not be as thrilled if people were still debating something in Avengers: Endgame because they didn’t like it or thought it was stupid, that is not the kind of conversation they want for their movie. Sure, some fans might still see plot holes or have issues with some things in Avengers: Endgame, but that has not been prevailing narrative around the film or Captain America’s story.

The fact that fans are still discussing this is testament to how much people are still thinking about Avengers: Endgame. And what’s fascinating is that the debate continues as fans come up with their own answers, despite the writers actually offering their own opinions on how things actually worked.

So that’s the closest thing to a canon answer as you can get, but the Avengers: Endgame writers don’t seem to have any problem with fans coming up with their own headcanon for Steve Rogers’ final mission.

With Steve Rogers having retired, and at the ripe old age of 106, the Marvel Cinematic Universe now moves on without him, starting next year. Check out our 2020 Release Schedule to see when the MCU titles and all of next year’s biggest movies are headed to theaters.

New Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker Trailer Returns To A Surprising Planet

We’re less than a month away from the release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, and anticipation is at a fever pitch. The generations of fans are eager to see how director J.J. Abrams will wrap up the nine-film Skywalker Saga, as well as the current trilogy. The contents of Episode IX are almost a complete mystery at this point, as security and marketing on the franchise is notoriously methodical. But a new TV spot recently hit, revealing the return to a surprising planet: Ach-To.

Ach-To became a major setting in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, as Rey spent her time on the island training with Luke Skywalker, and trying to convince him to re-join The Resistance. And despite Luke’s death and the destruction of the ancient tree/text, it seems Rey is returning to the holy Jedi planet sometime during Episode IX. As the image below shows, she’s back, and this time wearing her new hooded costume

While it’s unclear how Ach-To will factor into the story of The Rise of Skywalker, it looks like Rey’s continued training and development will eventually lead her to the isolated planet. Perhaps this will help her get in better touch with The Force, especially as her mentor Luke is no longer with us. The possibilities are seemingly endless, especially given the mysterious nature of that planet.

Ach-To first debuted in the final scene of The Force Awakensalthough we didn’t know its official name at that point. After finding out Luke’s location, Rey is sent by General Leia to bring the iconic hero back. Unfortunately, what she finds is a jaded and self-loathing form of the Mark Hamill’s character. Luckily, the two eventually form a bond and he trains her for a bit.

The planet itself has a mysterious connection to The Force that wasn’t fully explored in The Last Jedi. As such, it stands to reason that J.J. Abrams might return to Ach-To in Episode IX, as he wraps up the Skywalker Saga forever. While The Jedi have a long history with the planet and its keepers, there’s also a darkness deep inside the planet. What’s more, A Force Ghost version Yoda even traveled to the planet when Luke was destroying the ancient Jedi text. Clearly there is more narrative threads to pull from regarding Ach-To, and it seems Abrams will do just that with The Rise of Skywalker.

You can check out the new TV spot for Episode IX below, including Rey on Ach-To and in front of a flaming TIE Fighter.

Is it December yet? Each shot of new footage for The Rise of Skywalker teases major plot twists, and there’s truly no telling what J.J. Abrams will bring to theaters with his sophomore effort in the galaxy far, far away. But Abrams seems to understand the pressure that comes with completing the Skywalker Saga. Luckily, the filmmaker recently revealed that he felt more confident working on Episode IX than The Force Awakens. So hopefully that freed him up to create something truly spectacular for the generations of fans.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will hit theaters on December 20th. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies. And our 2020 release list to look ahead toward the New Year.

Parasite’s Director Has An Odd ‘Personal Problem’ With Superhero Movies

One of the most talked about movies of the year is Parasite. The South Korean thriller by Bong Joon Ho is getting rave reviews, but beyond that, the film is also having a somewhat surprisingly successful run at the box office. Making a lot more people in the United States aware of Bong Joon Ho than had been previously.

When a director hits it big like this, it quite often means that the producers of blockbuster film franchises take notice as well, so it wouldn’t be all that shocking to see Bong Joon Ho being courted to take on an entry in a massive franchise like Star Wars or whatever DC’s followup to Joker might be.

However, it seems that, while Bong Joon Ho could direct any number of projects in the future, we shouldn’t expect him to helm a comic book movie any time soon. When asked by Variety if he would ever helm a Marvel movie, the director said no. His reasoning had nothing to do with wanting to only direct smaller movies, or not feeling like superhero movies count as cinema, he very deftly praises Martin Scorsese while making it clear he doesn’t agree with the director’s recent comments. Instead, for him, the problem is all about the outfits. According to Bong Joon Ho…

I have to say, this is the most unique take on the superhero genre I have seen, but that certainly makes it interesting. Bong Joon Ho can’t deal with superhero movies because everybody wears oddly tight clothing and he finds it too distracting. I guess we can put Power Girl at the top of the list of movies he won’t be directing.

We all have our quirks and apparently tight clothes are the Achilles heel for Bong Joon Ho. He says he could handle a superhero movie for somebody in a boxy costume. Maybe he could take on an Incredible Hulk movie. He wears pretty normal clothes most of the time and even when he’s in full superhero mode, he’s not in spandex.

Bong Joon Ho also says that he doesn’t think anyone would offer him a project like a superhero movie, and I’m far from sure he’s correct in that regard. Even knowing his feelings toward superhero costumes, I’d say there a decent chance he’ll be offered projects like that before too long. While Parasite may not have much in common with your average franchise blockbuster, Bong Joon Ho also directed Chris Evans in Snowpiercer, which was an equally well regarded film, though not as successful at the box office. That movie has a lot more action, and shows what the director could be capable of with a much bigger movie.

Still, maybe something like Star Wars is the better fit for the director. Lots of loose fitting robes in that one.

Cats’ Controversial CGI Changed After Viral Online Response

A certain sound barrier-breaking blue hedgehog isn’t the only one whose trailer has resulted in something of a digital makeover. Tom Hooper’s cinematic adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats provoked quite the viral online response when its first trailer dropped over the summer. Reactions ranged from confusion to amusement to abject horror; it definitely got Cats noticed, but not necessarily for the right reasons. It turns out that Cats’ controversial CGI has actually been changed following the online response, as director Tom Hooper explained:

The first Cats trailer, as is the case for many trailers, especially those with lots of CGI, reflected a film that was still a work in progress. As Tom Hooper told Empire, the film only finished principal photography in March, so the July trailer that caused such a viral response featured visual effects that were not yet finished. But in part because of the responses to the trailer, Cats’ CGI was changed.

Although Tom Hooper was surprised by the reaction to the Cats trailer, the intense nature of some of the responses caused him and the creative team to take a step back and evaluate how to best move forward. The Cats trailer provoked some truly extreme reactions. And in that viral controversy the filmmakers found some clues about how to evolve the CGI and the designs of the cats

The look of the cats was going to change to a degree regardless as more work on the film was done, and as the artists got a better handle on how to use the technology effectively. But these online responses acted like notes to take under advisement about how exactly the CGI and the look of the cats should change.

So when you see Cats in December, the designs of some of the cats won’t be quite the same as what we saw in that July trailer. You can already see some of this evolution in the recently released Cats trailer.

Below you can see Judi Dench’s Old Deuteronomy, with the image on the left from the July trailer and the image on the right from the November one. Take a look:

Beyond the obvious overall color change in the image and the fur, it looks like Judi Dench’s character has much more of a mane here. The shape of the ears is slightly different as well. Take a look at another example of Cats’ changed CGI below:

Again the color temperature of the image has been changed in the newer trailer but Francesca Hayward’s Victoria has also undergone something of a makeover. Her stripes are more pronounced now and her ears are pointier. Her face is also less round and more oval shaped.

Trailers aren’t necessarily indicative of the final product, but as you can see, Tom Hooper and his team have definitely been evolving the design of the cats in the film. Whether that evolution elicits a different reaction is another matter though. Unlike with Sonic the Hedgehog, these cats still look very similar overall and I don’t think that anyone who found the first trailer too uncanny valley weird and off-putting will suddenly be converted by these changes.

But as Ian McKellen has said, these cats aren’t supposed to be real cats. I tend to think that there are limits to the design changes that can be made and still have this movie be Cats and not something else entirely. It seems that Tom Hooper is trying to find the right balance within those limits.

Cats making changes after a viral online response now marks the second example of this phenomenon following what happened with Sonic the Hedgehog. It’s an interesting thing that can be viewed as both good and bad, but that’s a conversation for another day.

Cats opens in theaters on December 20. Check out our 2020 Release Schedule to see what big movies are on the way next year.