Gremlins And Terminator Actor Dick Miller Has Died At 90

Hollywood lost one of its most dependable talents when Dick Miller, a long-time character actor with loads of classic credits on his resume, died at the age of 90. He is survived by his wife, Lainie, and his daughter Barbara, as reported by Variety.

Don’t know the name Dick Miller? That’s very possible, though you definitely know his face, and likely love many of the movies that Dick Miller appeared in. His resume stretches back 60 years, and he continued to work right up until he passed – though recently, his short films and features were obscure, even by Dick Miller standards.

But in his heyday, few could touch Miller in terms of the coolness factor of his efforts. He’s probably best recognized for playing Murray Futterman in Joe Dante’s Gremlins.

But over the years, Dick Miller stayed busy in genre and horror classics where you’d instantly recognize his face, even if you didn’t know his name. He would steal scenes in movies such as The ‘Burbs, Innerspace, Night of the Creeps and Chopping Mall. He’d be cast by the likes of Martin Scorsese in the hilariously dark After Hours.

But primarily, Dick Miller loved working with both Roger Corman and, later on, Joe Dante, and the two created an identity for the character actor named Walter Paisley, a part Miller played in multiple Dante films. In fact, he recently reprised the role for his final time in the movie Hanukkah, written and directed by Eben McGarr. The film is finished shooting, but doesn’t yet have a release date.

The funny thing about Dick Miller is that he fully embraced his identity as “that guy you know from that movie, but can’t quite figure out his name.” So much so that there was a documentary made in 2014 called That Guy Dick Miller, by director Elijah Drenner, that covered Miller’s illustrious career while also acknowledging that he lived on the fringe, holding down roles in spectacular movies without ever starring in them.

Idris Elba Is Superhuman In First Look Video Of His Hobbs And Shaw Character

Despite its somewhat humble beginnings back in 2001, The Fast and the Furious franchise as quickly become one of the biggest action franchises in the world. Each new installment makes a ton of money at the box office, and the most recent installments have all been critically acclaimed as well. As such, it stands to reason that Universal would want to cash in and produce a spinoff for the property.

Enter Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, which is a starring vehicle for The Rock’s signature character– pairing him up with action legend Jason Statham as Deckward Shaw. The duo will come to blows with newcomer Idris Elba, playing terrorist leader Brixton. Now we’ve got our first look at the film’s villain, and Elba looks practically superpowered. Check it out.

Does anyone else have chills? Idris Elba clearly means business as Brixton, shown rocking armor, weapons, and a badass motorcycle. He’s not somebody to be messed with, but what is exactly is his evil plan?

This first look at Idris Elba in Hobbs & Shaw will no doubt excite fans of the franchise, as well as Marvel fans who never got enough of the actor in the Thor franchise. Elba’s starpower has been steadily growing over the past few years, even being named the Sexiest Man Alive for 2018. So putting him in an epic action franchise and pairing the actor up with The Rock and Jason Statham is enough to get any self-respecting action junky excited.

Seeing Idris Elba suited up as Brixton will no doubt bring more life to all of the James Bond rumors and fan casting. With Daniel Craig approaching his final run at 007 with Bond 25, the time has come to look to a replacement, and the next actor who will be rocking the tux and martini. Idris Elba has been one of the most popular choices by the fandom, with the actor constantly shutting down rumors of talks with the Jame Bond franchise. Still, Hobbs & Shaw isn’t helping the case, as he seems all the more appropriate to play the beloved British spy.

Hobbs & Shaw is breaking new ground for the Fast and the Furious franchise. Despite the property being around for 18 years, David Leitch’s blockbuster will mark the first spinoff, separate from the narrative of the other movies. If the project does well (and really, how could it not?), we may see more standalone movies being produced alongside the main installments. The Rock has previously expressed his interest in an all-female movie, which is reportedly in development now.

Of course, there has been some drama surrounding Hobbs & Shaw, especially when it comes to Fast and the Furious star Tyrese Gibson. Gibson took umbrage with the spinoff being produced, as he claims it was slowing down production on Fast & Furious 9. This resulted in months of online fighting between he and The Rock. And the fans followed closely as two members of The Family dueled in a public fashion.

That being said, the fandom doesn’t seem to share Tyrese Gibson’s concern, as anticipation has been steadily building for Hobbs & Shaw since it was announced. The two made great frenemies in The Fate of the Furious, and audiences seemed to respond to their pairing in the most recent sequel. Now they’ll have the time to take the spotlight, alongside Idris Elba and Vanessa Kirby.

Hobbs & Shaw will arrive in theaters on August 2nd, 2019. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

Why Daniel Radcliffe’s Lego Movie 2 Cameo Got Cut

There are few franchises that have stood up the time quite as well as Harry Potter. In addition to J.K. Rowling’s original novels and their film adaptations, the Wizarding World is still constantly being expanded through projects like Pottermore, The Cursed Child plays, and the Fantastic Beasts franchise. The cast of actors who brought the characters to life remain synonymous with their magical counterpart, especially Harry himself, Daniel Radcliffe.

In fact, Daniel Radcliffe was originally planned to reprise his role in The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part. The animated blockbuster has tons of cameos, but ultimately Radcliffe’s appearance as Harry ultimately ended up on the cutting room floor. Director Mike Mitchell recently revealed why Harry apparated out of the movie, saying:

It looks like the generations of Harry Potter fans were a bit too daunting for Mike Mitchell when it came to crating out the story and various cameos of The Lego Movie 2. Instead, he took a dig at Mary Poppins, the practically perfect nanny who only recently returned to theaters.

Mike Mitchell’s comments to Huffington Post may be surprising, considering just how many iconic characters have already popped up in the Lego Movie franchise. Aim has already been taken at superheroes like the Justice League, as well as characters from the Star Wars franchise. But it seems that Potterheads are the one demographic that Mitchell wasn’t willing to make angry.

The planned Harry Potter joke for The Lego Movie 2 would reportedly poke fun at the movie’s inability to get the rights to the beloved wizard. Instead, Harry’s cousin Larry Potter was going to pop up, with Daniel Radcliffe voicing the lesser known character. It’s a quick gag, and one that it appears Mike Mitchell transferred over to Mary Poppins instead.

And with Mary Poppins Returns recently bringing audiences back to Cherry Tree Lane for the first time in decades, the timing might have been better to make fun of the musical nanny instead. Unfortunately, that also means that Daniel Radcliffe didn’t get to record his quick bit as Harry Potter, and reprise his role for the first time since Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2.

It should be exciting to see how many characters pop up in The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part. Actors like Gal Gadot and Jason Momoa are reprising their roles from the DC, so we should expect plenty of cameos.

The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part will arrive in theaters on February 8, 2019. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

Doctor Strange Director Is Psyched About James Gunn’s New Suicide Squad Gig

This week has been a very exciting one for DC fans. Warner Bros. made a bunch of major steps forward toward the future of the DC Universe, with exciting updates coming from Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn), Matt Reeves’ The Batman, and the developing Suicide Squad sequel, now titled The Suicide Squad.

The latter was previously announced to be written by Guardians of the Galaxy visionary James Gunn, and a new report indicates he’s in talks to direct the project as well. This is exciting news for fans of Gunn’s work, including Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson. As he tweeted out in response to the news:

It looks like Scott Derrickson is supporting James Gunn, and is part of the argument that the director shouldn’t have been fired from the Guardians franchise. Still, Gunn’s career will continue on, as he gets the opportunity to craft another quirky ensemble-based comic book flick.

Scott Derrickson’s tweet is just one of the many reactions currently floating around the internet, after news broke that James Gunn will likely be directing The Suicide Squad. Gunn took a scrappy group of unknown characters and instantly made them fan favorites of the MCU with 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy. Gunn’s perspective is very much apart of the franchise’s blood, as his music taste, sense of humor, and even his dance moved were infused with the first two movies.

It’s this same type of vision that will hopefully make The Suicide Squad the success that the first movie failed to be. While David Ayer’s blockbuster brought Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn into live-action and even earned an Oscar in the process, it was a critical disappointment– especially considering the movie’s fantastic first trailer. But that might change with Gunn’s direction.

The Suicide Squad will reportedly start from scratch, with James Gunn bringing new characters in to assemble the titular team. This will no doubt help the director carve his own space in the greater DCEU, and put some distance between his blockbuster and David Ayer’s 2016 flick. While I’d put smart money on Harley Quinn and Will Smith’s Deadshot reprising their roles, there’s no guarantee we’ll see the rest of the OG team, including characters like Captain Boomerang, Killer Croc, and Rick Flag.

The pressure will certainly be on for James Gunn, so it should be fascinating to see what he does with Suicide Squad‘s sequel. In addition to rejuvenating the franchise, The Suicide Squad will also be Gunn’s first movie since separating from the MCU. Can he bring the same magic from Guardians of the Galaxy into his DC project? Only time will tell.

The Suicide Squad is currently set to arrive in theaters on August 6th, 2021. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

Batman Solo Movie: Everything We Know So Far

Out of all the DC movies slated to hit theaters over the course of the next few years, the one that seems to have the most people excited is the solo Batman movie, which is expected to launch a potential trilogy surrounding a younger version of the Caped Crusader. We recently learned that Ben Affleck definitely will not be returning to the cape and cowl, after last playing Batman in Justice League. But that won’t stop Warner Bros. and DC from giving audiences more of the fan favorite character.

For a long time, concrete details about the upcoming Batman solo film had been incredibly difficult to come by. But recently, we’ve had real movement. So now was as good a time as any to sift through all of the released news and rumors about the upcoming project to bring you everything we know so far about the latest chapter in the long cinematic history of The Dark Knight. Now let’s get the ball rolling with the question that’s at the forefront of everyone’s minds.

What Is The Batman Movie Release Date?

Soon! But not really as soon as maybe some of you had hope. Still, there’s a confirmed release date, so at least we can start there. We now know that Warner Bros. has targeted a release date of June 25, 2021 as the debut of its latest Batman movie. Casting is completely up in the air at the moment, though Matt Reeves has been speaking more and more about The Batman (tentative title), which leads up to believe that pre-production will ramp up soon. This makes The Batman the fifth live-action movie on DC’s production slate, and we also know that it will be followed, officially, but The Suicide Squad, possibly directed by James Gunn. So yeah, the future is looking healthier at DC.

What Is The Batman Movie Rating?

Despite the fact that many people have often clamored for an R-rated Batman movie over the years, it doesn’t look like Warner Bros. or DC has any intention of bringing us one anytime soon. For the foreseeable future, they intend on keeping their films squarely in the PG-13 realm — although that’s an admittedly flexible field. In response to a recent fan petition to make Suicide Squad an R-rated adventure, it was revealed that there are no plans to release any R-rated DC movies in theaters. The primary impetus for this creative decision seems to be a desire for tonal consistency so that each and every entry in the proper DCEU canon feels like it belongs. In this regard, WB appears to be veering more towards Marvel territory than FOX, as the latter of those two has shown a bit more willingness to present more violent and vulgar superhero material to the MPAA. Even rumors that Birds of Prey would be R-rated are being walked back, ever so slightly. So we expect The Batman to stay PG-13.

That being said, we could still potentially see an R-rated Batman movie in some form or another. The Ultimate Edition Blu-Ray release of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice featured an R-rating, so there’s clear precedent for the studio to eventually release a Batman adventure featuring more adult-oriented content at some point.

Who Is Working On The Batman Movie?

Shortly after most people came to the collective realization that Ben Affleck’s Batman represented one of the best aspects of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, Warner Bros. set about getting him much more involved creatively in the greater DCEU. The studio eventually revealed that Ben Affleck and Geoff Johns had been collaborating on a script for the upcoming Batman solo movie, with Affleck also set to direct. However, that all shifted when Affleck officially dropped out as the director of the project to focus on acting in the project and Planet of the ApesMatt Reeves was subsequently brought onboard. Of course, we now know that Affleck is off the project completely, giving Reeves a clean slate to start over with a younger Bruce Wayne (assumedly).

However, this major shakeup also effectively means that certain other individuals will have significantly reduced roles in the upcoming film. As of right now there seems to be no indication that Zack Snyder has any involvement in the Batman solo film (he has been off the DCEU for some time now), and Batman V Superman producer Charles Roven has also been reassigned to have a much less significant, hands off role with all of DC’s solo movies. Matt Reeves seems to have major control over the future of the Batman franchise — which in turn means that he also has plenty of control over the greater DCEU.

Who Is The Villain Of The Batman Movie?

This section, sadly, has been deeply altered by the news that Ben Affleck was walking away from The Batman, and that Matt Reeves was exploring new material. Early reports associated with the Affleck version of the film indicated that the overall story for the upcoming Batman movie would be “villain heavy,” and that The Dark Knight will face off with several of his rogues throughout the course of the film. There even were rumors that it would be set in Arkham Asylum, potentially seeing Batman fight his way through the corridors in a Raid-style thriller. Also, at one point, it was believed that Slade “Deathstroke” Wilson would play the role of the movie’s central antagonist.

However, plenty of elements have likely changed with Matt Reeves’ introduction to the process, so it’s hard to know which villains he will want (or not want) to use. The writer-director did confirm to THR that there will be multiple villains plucked from the Caped Crusader’s rogues gallery, so the casting of those roles will be equally intriguing as we work through this process.

What Storylines Will The Batman Movie Adapt?

Since Matt Reeves indicates that the coming Batman movie will utilize an incredibly villain heavy storyline in order to quickly set up Batman’s corner of the DCEU, while also emphasizing the “Detective” aspect of the DC Comics character, we can extrapolate a few particular storylines that might come into play. THR notes that Reeves definitely is not doing Frank Miller’s Batman: Year One, so that’s off the table. Popular choices at this stage are Hush, in which a mysterious new villain (still, potentially, Deathstroke) rallies all of Batman’s rogues against him; Knightfall, in which Batman’s back is broken by Bane (the movie could swap Bane out for Deathstroke) and he finds himself left to rebuild his weakened body; and the recent video game Arkham Origins, which sees a group of deadly assassins (again, Deathstroke plays a major part in this) all banding together to take on the Dark Knight in the span of a single evening.

Few notable comic book characters seem to have a back catalog of stories quite on par with that of DC’s Caped Crusader. These three are some of the most popular guesses and theories at this point, but there are countless other options that Matt Reeves could draw from. Or, he could forgo adapting a known Batman storyline from the comics and simply conceive an original tale that works for the big screen. At the risk of sounding like a broken record, it’s simply too early in the development process to know for certain what story they will use, particularly with the recent changes.

Where Does The Batman Movie Fit Within The DCEU?

At this point, it probably doesn’t. After Justice League bombed, DC and Warner Bros. seem to be reconsidering the collective path forward, and “shared universe” doesn’t seem to be on their radar. Aquaman has thrived as a solo, standalone story. Wonder Woman 1984 will be a continuation of Patty Jenkins’ successful solo Diana Prince story, with Gal Gadot and Chris Pine returning. The word on James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad is that it’s a soft reboot of the entire franchise, so connections to the David Ayer version might not even exist. In fact, the party line out of the DCEU headquarters is that there’s no longer a concerted effort to make these movies connect, so Matt Reeves likely will have the opportunity to build his own Bat-world, and not feel the need to marry it to the existing storylines in the DCEU.

What Type Of Hero Will We See In The Batman Movie?

At this early stage of the film’s development, it’s incredibly difficult to tell what type of Batman we, as an audience, will see when the film finally premieres. We assume it will be a younger version of the character, for a handful of reasons. Matt Reeves has said on record that he’d like to build a Batman trilogy here, much like he did in Apes, and starting with an older Bruce Wayne makes that difficult (as big-budget superhero movies take time).

Also, every time Matt Reeves is asked, he refers to this story as a “noir Batman movie,” with an emphasis on the hero’s ability to solve crimes and detect things. People forget that Batman doesn’t really have a superpower. He’s a self-trained crimefighter, who has an unnatural will to fight, but relies on his intellect to bring down hardened criminals. The current run of Batman movies got away from that aspect of the character, and Reeves has an opportunity to lean more into Batman’s detection skills, and less on his bloodthirsty distrust of the “menace” that might be Superman.

Who Will Bruce Wayne Work With In The Batman Movie?

Anyone who knows anything about Batman knows that he’s not quite as much of a loner as he claims to be. Over the years The Bat Family has had numerous members, and we can likely expect to see at least some of them make an appearance at some point throughout the course of the upcoming Batman solo movie (and its potential sequels). With a Nightwing movie still being rumored under the guidance of The LEGO Batman Movie‘s Chris McKay, the introduction of more Bat Family members seems even more likely now.

What About J.K. Simmons As James Gordon?

Will ANY members of the Ben Affleck Batman movies carry over into Matt Reeves’ interpretation? While we couldn’t see Jeremy Irons reprising his role of Alfred for a younger Bruce Wayne, it might make some sense to keep J.K. Simmons on board as Gotham City police commissioner James Gordon. Depictions of the character have varied considerably over the years — from Pat Hingle’s bumbling buffoon to Gary Oldman’s hard-boiled detective — but we think J.K. Simmons’ proven intensity helped make the character an incredibly tough cop and reliable ally. He wasn’t given nearly enough to do in Justice League, and a supporting role in The Batman could rectify the waste of Simmons’ talents.

Naturally, a lot will change on The Batman (including, even, that title) as Matt Reeves finally gets up and running with his leading man, and supporting characters. But for now, this is what we know regarding the recent developments on the project. It’s happening. And we know when! Now let’s find out “who,” and take it from there. Meanwhile, be sure to bookmark our DC Portal Page to stay up to date on all the developments for upcoming DC movies.

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Suicide Squad 2 Get A New Title And A Release Date

Despite Suicide Squad being one of the biggest hits for the DC Extended Universe, we have spent the years since its release wondering when we would be getting a sequel – mostly because the franchise hasn’t been big on slate announcements. That changed in a major way today, however, as in addition to revealing scheduling news for Matt Reeves’ The Batman, it has also been confirmed that Suicide Squad 2 – which will be titled The Suicide Squad – is going to be coming out on August 6, 2021.

News about this development comes from The Hollywood Reporter, though they unfortunately don’t seem to have any further details about the in-the-works project. It was recently reported that Guardians of the Galaxy‘s James Gunn was in talks to write the script and potentially direct the film, but whether or not that is definitely happening has yet to be confirmed.

More to come

Ben Affleck Confirms He’s Done Playing Batman

Just moments ago, it was announced that The Batman, one of the most eagerly anticipated projects in the DC Extended Universe, is coming out on June 25, 2021. Along with this news, it was also reported that this movie will see a different actor playing Batman rather than Ben Affleck. Now the actor has confirmed that this information is indeed true with the following tweet:

If this doesn’t constitute enough confirmation in your mind, THR has confirmed with Ben Affleck that this tweet is him “saying goodbye to the role.”

Why Avengers: Endgame Shouldn’t Introduce Any New Key Characters

This whole conversation isn’t even just about the cast from Avengers: Endgame being larger than that of Avengers: Infinity War, though. As alluded to, it was tremendously exciting to see members of the Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy interact for the first time, but it should be recognized that there are still a lot of key characters who haven’t met each other yet. Ignoring the consequences of The Decimation for a moment, it’s noteworthy that Chris Pratt’s Star-Lord not only never makes it to his home planet of Earth, but also never gets to hang out with the likes of Captain America, Black Panther, Hulk, and Black Widow. Similarly, we still haven’t seen what Doctor Strange can do teamed up with Avengers other than Iron Man and Spider-Man – and those guys also still haven’t had the chance to meet Rocket or Groot.

We Finally Know When The Batman Is Coming Out

For nearly as long as the DC Extended Universe has existed, there have been plans for Batman to get his own movie within this franchise. Now, after years of rumors and speculation, Warner Bros has finally dated the Caped Crusader’s next adventure, tentatively called The Batman, for June 25, 2021.

This news comes from Deadline, which also confirmed the numerous reports that rather than Ben Affleck donning the cape and cowl again, The Batman will star a younger actor as the eponymous protagonist. War for the Planet of the Apes’ Matt Reeves is directing and wrote the script.

Check Out Tom Hanks Recording His Last Lines As Woody For Toy Story 4

It’s been 9 years since we’ve seen Woody, Buzz and the rest of the gang from Pixar’s Toy Story franchise, but that changes this year with the release Toy Story 4. The fourth film in the beloved franchise has had a long road to the big screen, but it is finally nearing completion. To that end, Tom Hanks has now recorded his last lines as Woody in Toy Story 4 and the moment was capture for posterity. Take a look:

This tweet from Tom Hanks shows that Toy Story 4 is inching ever closer to being completed, and it looks like the actor had a lot of fun recording his final lines. His accompanying caption is also poignant and perfect, combining the Woody-ism “Ride like the wind Bullseye!” with Buzz Lightyear’s signature line “To Infinity and Beyond!” That Tom Hanks sure knows what to say to tug at our heartstrings.

I’m choosing to view the happy expression on Tom Hanks’ face in this picture as an indication that his final lines recorded were happy ones, and that that’s indicative of the story in this film. The Toy Story movies, and Pixar movies in general are known for being emotional gauntlets so each entry naturally carries the fear that Pixar will deliver another waterworks-inducing gut punch.

Of course, Tom Hanks has previously said that he could barely record the ending of the film, so best bring your tissues just in case.

Despite the happy picture, there is already something melancholy about Tom Hanks’ tweet, with the repetition of the word ‘final’. If Toy Story 4 winds up being the last film in the franchise, that word carries infinitely more weight. Although we long thought that Toy Story 3 was the final film in the franchise until it wasn’t.

Those are concerns for another day, and now we have Toy Story 4 to look forward to– which is another step closer to complete with Tom Hanks wrapping his lines as Woody. It seems like Woody could have quite the story in this fourth chapter. At one point the word on the story for Toy Story 4 was that it would focus on the romance between Woody and the returning Bo Peep, who was absent from Toy Story 3.

The new synopsis for the film is that the new and returning toys get a road trip when Bonnie brings them along on vacation. Presumably that provides an opportunity for them to run in to Bo Peep again. Whether her and Woody rekindle their romance is unclear, but Bo Peep is definitely back and she’s got a whole new look and her return is bound to have an effect on her former flame.

Toy Story 4 opens in theaters on June 21. Check out our 2019 Release Schedule to see all of the other huge titles coming to theaters this year.