Nick Fury And Captain Marvel Get To Know Each Other In New Clip

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is on a precipice, with just two more blockbusters left in Phase Three. But before the surviving heroes arm back up to take the fight to Thanos with Endgame, we’ll get Carol Danver’s origin story with Captain Marvel. Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck’s upcoming 90’s set blockbuster will greatly expand the shared universe, including familiar faces like Nick Fury, Phil Coulson, Korath and Ronan. Samuel L. Jackson’s signature character will have a major presence, as Captain Marvel and the Kree War are the first superheroic entities he came across.

Fans are eager to see the pairing of Carol Danvers and Nick Fury, as her entrance was teased during the post-credits scene of Avengers: Infinity War. With the movie just weeks away, new clips and trailers have been arriving to satiate the hunger of the fandom. Check out the two Marvel heroes spar with each other verbally in the clip below.

Is it March 8th yet? This is the longest clip we’ve seen of Samuel L. Jackson’s young Nick Fury, digitally de-aged through cutting-edge CGI. He looks picture perfect, and it’s clear that Fury and Carol Danvers are going to have serious chemistry when the blockbuster arrives in a matter of weeks.

This new footage comes to us from Flicks And The City Clips, and is presumably early into Carl Danvers and Nick Fury’s relationship. There was a scuffle of come sort previously, as Fury is rocking a fresh cut on his head. The two heroes try and get to know each other, and discern whether the other is a shape shifting Skrull. Carol wants Fury to tell details about his personal life, including some hilarious quirks including his first pet and even how he likes his toast cut. It’s clear that the duo enjoys each other, as they banter and smile through their introductions.

The relationship between Captain Marvel and Nick Fury will presumably be an important one, as Samuel L. Jackson is billed just below Brie Larson, and is heavily featured in the film’s marketing material. Fury has been largely absent in Phase Three, with the actor expressing his chagrin for being excluded from Captain America: Civil War and Black Panther. But he popped up briefly in the tail end of Infinity War, and is expected to be a major character in both Captain Marvel and Spider-Man: Far From Home.

This latest clip also shows how elusive and expansive the Skrull threat to Earth will be in Captain Marvel. Because the alien forces can change their shape, presumably anyone Carol Danvers and Nick Fury interact with could be a spy. Good thing for the title character, Nick Fury knows a think or two about being a spy. Of course, that doesn’t mean that the duo will end up unscathed. Captain Marvel is expected to reveal how the S.H.I.E.L.D. favorite injured his eye, while also revealing the origin of the other returning characters.

Captain Marvel will arrive in theaters on March 8, 2019. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

The New Candyman Movie Has Found Its First Star

Having recently clashed with Jason Momoa’s Arthur Curry as Black Manta, Yahweh Abdul-Mateen II is currently in talks to play the new Candyman, according to Variety. Rather than being a straightforward remake of the 1992 Candyman, this new movie, which is being directed by The Little WoodsNia DaCosta and produced by Jordan Peele through his Monkeypaw Productions company, has been described as a “spiritual sequel.” Even with that information, it’s unclear if Abdul-Mateen II, assuming he’s cast, is playing the same Candyman that Tony Todd previously brought to life or a brand-new iteration, but either way, when people say “Candyman” in front of a mirror fives times in this new movie, he’ll be what appears.

Titanic’s Iconic Car Handprint Is Still There Today

Over the years, James Cameron has directed some of the most iconic scenes with films like Terminator, Aliens and Avatar, though his arguably his memorable movie to date is still 1997’s 11-time Oscar winner Titanic. Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet’s Jack and Rose have a beautiful and heartbreaking love story that will always have our hearts go on… and apparently one steamy handprint. Take a look:

Do you see it? On the top right of the rear window of the antique car, you can still make out the handprint from Rose when the pair shared a hot and heavy moment in Titanic, 22 years later. James Cameron shared the photo on his Twitter from his personal museum of props he’s collected over the years. You can also see a T-800 endoskeleton from the Terminator franchise right below the handprint as well!

While the handprint signifies Rose’s during the love scene, it actually belongs to director James Cameron himself, which had to be preserved with a spray so the steamy scene wouldn’t evaporate the imprint on the car window. Care to take a trip down memory lane? Check out the Titanic scene featuring the everlasting handprint, below:

James Cameron’s recent photo is a cool callback to his timeless film that will certainly get fans thinking back to Jack and Rose’s star-crossed romance. The fact that over 20 years has passed since the release of Titanic, and the director can still share behind-the-scenes tidbits like this and receive such a reaction shows the staying power of the blockbuster and Best Picture winner.

The director has also recently returned to his Terminator franchise as producer. The upcoming sixth entry, currently titled Terminator: Dark Fate, will be his first time working on the series since 1991’s Terminator 2: Judgement Day. It sees the return of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton and will ignore all franchise events after T2. Dark Fate is coming to theaters this November.

James Cameron has also recently seen his longtime project open in theaters, Alita: Battle Angel. The co-writer and producer has been envisioning the sci-fi visual spectacle since 2003. While the $170 million budget action flick has only cracked $60 million so far domestically, the movie has been saved by the foreign market, which has made over $264 million so far.

The director may have a lot of new features since Titanic, especially right now but it’s nice to see him go back to the beginnings and share props such as the iconic handprint over 20 years later.

Green Book Has The Worst Rotten Tomatoes Score For A Best Picture Winner Since Crash

The Academy Awards gave its Best Picture award to Green Book on Sunday night and, as per usual, a lot of people have a lot of different opinions about that. However, if the criticism of the decision seems a bit harsher than usual, that’s not actually all that surprising, as Green Book is the worst Best Picture winner since 2004’s Crash according to film critics.

Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes lists Green Book with a cumulative score of 79%, which may not seem all that low, but no winner of Best Picture at the Oscars has had a score so low since the 74% score that Crash received.

Now, of course, critics are only one subset of the movie going public and critics and the general public don’t always agree. Green Book has a 93% audience score on the same site and Crash has an 88% score, showing that a lot of people feel very differently about these movies compared to critics.

Still, the lukewarm critic reaction, as mentioned by The Insider, is certainly telling. Most of the time the Best Picture winner is a movie that critics like a lot more. In fact, the numbers tend to go more in the opposite direction. The previous two Best Picture winners, The Shape of Water and Moonlight saw a Rotten Tomatoes critic score up in the 90s, while the audience score was down in the 70s.

In fact, Green Book has the highest audience rating of any of the Best Picture nominees. While it was only the fourth highest grossing film of the eight films nominated, so fewer people saw the movie than saw Black Panther, Bohemian Rhapsody or A Star is Born, but more people who saw it liked it.

It makes one wonder if part of Green Book‘s success was part of the Academy’s very public attempts to make the awards feel more accessible to the viewing audience. Generally, the movies that win at the Oscars are the movies that audiences don’t care so much about. Perhaps Green Book was the compromise choice, as it was popular with many moviegoers, while still being an “awards movie.”

I mean, it could have been worse. Green Book wasn’t even the lowest rated Best Picture nominee according to critics. Vice has a 66% Rotten Tomatoes score and Bohemian Rhapsody is at 61%. The Queen biopic did much better wit audiences, though critics and audiences are more or less in agreement on their mediocre opinion on Vice.

We’ll have to wait and see whether Green Book‘s win signals a shift in Oscar voting or is more of an anomaly. Crash certainly wasn’t a referendum on the Oscars as things went back to more or less the status quo the following year. We’ll be back here in 12 months to figure that out.

Black Widow Script Is Reportedly Getting A Rewrite

After years of fans calling for it to happen, Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow is finally getting her own solo movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The film has been coming together slowly and we don’t know many firm details about it yet, like the story or the cast beyond Scarlett Johansson. Now it looks like some of the story details will be undergoing a change because the Black Widow movie is reportedly getting a rewrite.

Marvel has hired Ned Benson to rewrite the script for Black Widow, according to Collider’s Jeff Sneider. Ned Benson is best known for The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby trilogy of films, all of which he wrote and directed. Those films follow a married couple over the same time period, with the Him and Her entries offering the perspective of James McAvoy’s Conor and Jessica Chastain’s Eleanor Rigby.

The Her chapter, told from Eleanor’s perspective, is considered to be the better of the two, which is encouraging for a writer who is taking on a script with a female lead that will be brought to life by a female director. Apparently Marvel was impressed by Ned Benson’s work on The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby and that helped him to snag the job rewriting Black Widow.

Jac Schaeffer, who worked on the screenplay for the upcoming comedy The Hustle and will be the showrunner on the Vision and Scarlet Witch Disney+ series, wrote the previous draft of the Black Widow script.

Marvel clearly didn’t hate Jac Schaeffer’s work on the first draft of the Black Widow script considering that she will continue to play a big role in Marvel properties. Nevertheless, it sounds like for whatever reason, Marvel thought that the Black Widow script needed some punching up and brought Ned Benson in to do it.

Marvel obviously does everything it can to make every movie great, but it does seem to be taking a little extra care with Black Widow. The studio met with over 70 filmmakers before Cate Shortland gave her winning pitch. Having someone come in and do a rewrite on the script is normal and just shows Marvel wants the best possible script to work off of to get this movie right.

To that end, Marvel has also recently added Star Wars: Episode IX and Avengers: Infinity War art director Jim Barr to do the same job for Black Widow. We also recently got confirmation from Kevin Feige that the Black Widow movie will not be rated R as had been rumored. We are still in the dark about the plot, but the movie is reportedly set before the events of 2012’s The Avengers.

Black Widow does not yet have a release date, but it could be one of Marvel’s mysterious 2020 films. That said, we don’t have to wait that long to see Scarlett Johansson back in action in the MCU. She returns in Avengers: Endgame, in theaters on April 26. Check out our release schedule to keep track of all of this year’s biggest movies.

Movie Theaters Say Roma’s Oscar Wins Devalue The Academy Awards

Roma went into Oscar night nominated for 10 awards and it came away with three big wins. It was a huge night for writer and director Alfonso Cuaron, and also for Netflix, as it was the best night the streaming service has yet had at the Academy Awards. However, not everybody is thrilled with the result. Movie theater owners, especially in Europe are being quite critical of the film and the company that released it, claiming that it devalues the Oscars to see a film that wasn’t released theatrically win major awards. Christian Brauer of Germany’s AG Kino exhibitor association has come out and said quite bluntly that he believes Netflix tried to buy the Oscars. According to Brauer…

The focus of the complaints from the theater chains seems to be two-fold. First, some feel that Netflix tried to “buy” the Oscars by spending a lot of money to promote Roma to the Academy. As with the comment above, some apparently feel that Netflix cared less about the movie and more about simply promoting Netflix as a brand.

Others feel that Netflix, since it doesn’t release movies in the traditional theatrical fashion, shouldn’t be viewed as making movies, and should instead by considered television. THR reports that at least one theater distribution chain in Europe is calling for Oscar rules to be redefined so that Netflix would no longer qualify for the awards.

The conflict between theater chains and Netflix has been an on going battle ever since the streaming service started to produce original films. Netflix traditionally released their films in theaters in a very limited fashion if at all, and many theater chains refused to screen Netflix movies since they were competing with the streaming service itself.

I’m not sure it’s fair to say that it’s “obvious” that Netflix didn’t care about Roma. It’s certainly true that Netflix spent a lot of money to promote the film for awards, and Netflix, by virtue of its success, has a lot of money to spend, but it’s not like marketing a movie for awards is something Netflix invented. Every studio does it for pretty much every movie. It doesn’t mean Netflix doesn’t appreciate the film.

The fact is, pretty much everybody appreciates the film. Even some of those quoted in the THR story being critical of Netflix admit that Alfonso Cuaron absolutely deserved the Oscar for Best Director.

The way we watch Roma might be different than the way we watch other films, but there’s little argument that the film itself is just as good as any of the others nominated for awards. Putting it on a theatrical screen wouldn’t change that.

It’s certainly true that Netflix does things differently than they have traditionally been done, but as technology has changed, that’s to be expected. It will take time for organizations like the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to figure out how these changes impact them.

New Detective Pikachu Trailer Reveals Plenty More Pokemon

But oh man, they’ve thrown a TON of Pokemon our way in this trailer. Off the top of our heads, there’s a Machamp, a Snorelax, a Bulbasaur, and a Lickatung all joining in on the fun in this new look. But wait, there’s more, as Detective Pikachu apparently features the original OP Pokemon itself, Mewtwo! Clearly, the situation is going to get pretty damned serious if a Mewtwo is in play. Get a good look at that beauty for yourself below:

Into The Spider-Verse’s Oscars Acceptance Speech Got Cut Off Before They Could Thank Stan Lee

When somebody wins an Academy Award it is customary to thank all of the people who aided and supported you in doing the thing that got you the award. Frequently, if there are multiple people winning the award, or just a lot of people to thank, there’s just never enough time in the limited time given to thank everybody. The directors and producers of Best Animated Feature winner Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse got cut off giving their speech on Sunday, and it turns out two very important people got left out who one of the directors was going to thank, Spider-Man creaters Stan Lee and Steve Ditko.

Producer Christopher Miller tweeted out the final piece of the acceptance speech.

There were a lot of people who had something to say when Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse won the Oscar on Sunday. Producers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller spoke first before handing the microphone over to the directors. Peter Ramsey and Rodney Rothman got to speak, but when the mic was turned over to Bob Persichetti, it had already been cut off and music had already started playing, meaning he never got to say a word.

It’s certainly frustrating whenever any winner gets “played off” at an awards show. While it’s understandable from a broadcast standpoint that you don’t want the show to go on forever, seeing people win the awards and give their speeches is literally the point of the event in the first place. If the show runs over because people got to give more of their speech, that seems like a perfectly reasonable trade.

If anybody was a little upset that the creators of Spider-Man were not thanked for help in the success of a movie about Spider-Man, it seems the plan had been to end with that, but the people in charge of the pace of the Oscars had other plans.

We lost both of the great comic creators Steve Ditko and Stan Lee in 2018. Steve Ditko passed away in June and Stan Lee followed in November. Lee had lent his voice to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, as part of his regular cameos in nearly all Marvel theatrical projects, but he died before the movie hit theaters.

Sunday’s win for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse was actually one of the more closely watched races at the ceremony. Into the Spider-Verse had been a massive hit with fans and critics alike, many believing the film was worthy of a Best Picture nomination as well. At the same time, with the frequency with which Disney and Pixar tend to win the animated category, there was always the possibility that one of those films could have jumped in and played spoiler.

Luckily, that didn’t happen and the film that was clearly the best animated movie of the year won the award, even if not all the directors got to speak.

Rotten Tomatoes Is Changing Its Pre-Release Function For Audience Score

It’s always interesting to see what movies really resonate with audiences. Word of mouth has been known to make or break major releases, and the last few years this has increased due to aggregating websites like Rotten Tomatoes. In addition to gathering official reviews from publications like CinemaBlend, the site also has an audience score portion for cinephiles to make their opinions heard.

Rotten Tomatoes’ audience score also allowed users to comment and rate their interest in a movie before its even released. But recently, some users used this to troll upcoming releases like Captain Marvel and Star Wars Episode IX, despite not having access to see either blockbuster yet. Now Rotten Tomatoes is changing its policies, likely in direct response to that recent trend. Because users will no longer be able to comment or review a movie until the day it’s actually released in theaters.

This news came from Rotten Tomatoes’ recent press release, where the company explained a variety of changes coming to the site. In addition to disabling comments and reviews from fans ahead the pre-release period, the “want to see” audience score will also be adjusted. Rather than a percentage, fans interest will be displayed through a tally mark that will be updated in real time.

Despite these changes, Rotten Tomatoes does seem committed to allowing fans to voice their opinions. In the press release, Head of Product and Technology Ara Nalbandian reaffirmed this vision, saying:

So fear not moviegoers, Rotten Tomatoes still wants you to make your voice known. The company just doesn’t necessarily want bad audience reviews on a movie that hasn’t even been released yet.

This change in policy is likely related to the recent trolling of Captain Marvel and Star Wars Episode IX over on the website. When actress Brie Larson called for more diversity and inclusion within the film press, some moviegoers took umbrage with her statement, and promptly made it known on Captain Marvel‘s RT page. This resulted in the upcoming Marvel’s blockbuster’s fan interest numbers falling, and tons of negative comments being left referencing Larson. And all weeks before the Ryan Fleck and Anna Bode’s Marvel debut hit theaters.

Of course, Rotten Tomatoes’ press release and statement don’t explicitly mention Captain Marvel or Episode IX. So perhaps they were already planning these changes to the website before the new controversy began.

Be sure to check out CinemaBlend’s 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

Mark Hamill Reveals His Favorite Last Jedi Scene

The Star Wars franchise is in a fascinating place right now, as Lucasfilm is taking more risks since being acquired by Disney. In addition to standalone films and the upcoming live-action series on Disney+, Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi was the most subversive and divisive installment of the franchise thus far. The contents of that sequel are still being discussed today, as the generations of fans will continue reeling until J.J. Abrams brings Episode IX to theaters in December.

The Last Jedi was a big movie for Mark Hamill’s Luke Skywalker, after he was noticeably missing throughout The Force Awakens. While Hamill admits to originally having some issues with Luke’s characterization as a jaded and angry man, he recently revealed his favorite part about the movie: his scene with Leia on Crait. A fan recently created some art after the scene, where Hamill revealed his affection for that moment. Check it out.

I’m not crying, you’re crying. While Luke and Leia didn’t share much screen time in the first two installments of the sequel trilogy, their brief interaction on Crait might be the most touching scene of either of those blockbusters. The siblings give each other some kindness and hope, before Luke departs to face off with Kylo Ren on the salt mining planet.

Mark Hamill’s tweet is just the most recent example of the iconic actor speaking directly with Star Wars fans. Hamill is very generous with his social media accounts, and often uses it to connect with moviegoers who grew up on the George Lucas’ epic space opera. While moviegoers may have teared up watching Luke and Leia finally share a scene together, the sequence obviously meant even more to the actors involved. And given Carrie Fisher’s untimely death after wrapping production, their interaction is all the more significant.

The fan art is definitely something else, as Luke’s kiss on his sister’s forehead was rendered into a stain glass window. Funny enough, the art is almost a more clear picture of that iconic scene in The Last Jedi. Rian Johnson had the siblings backlit during it, with a lens flare creating an interest contrast between light and dark. As such, the fan art allows the characters’ costumes and appearance to be a bit more clear for fans hoping to ugly cry anytime they look at it.

Both Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher are set to reprise their roles in J.J. Abrams’ Episode IX, which will end the Skywalker Saga forever. But how they’ll be used is largely a mystery. Abrams will utilize unused footage from both The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi in order to include Leia in the story. As for Luke, smart moneys says he’ll be a Force Ghost when he reappears.

Episode IX will answer our questions when it arrives in theaters on December 20th. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.