The times, they certainly are a’changing. I think this is particularly notable for actors and actresses like Afshan Azad, who stopped acting on the big screen after her stint in Harry Potter. Unlike some of her co-stars — from Matthew Lewis to Daniel Radcliffe– we didn’t get to see her grow up on the big screen and so it’s easy to think of people involved in the franchise as being younger than they truly are. Though I think the really huge rude awakening will come when the likes of Rupert Grint, Emma Watson and Daniel Radcliffe are all old enough to play the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child versions of their characters, with kids who are old enough to also go on their own adventures. At that point, I think the age of former child stars is certainly going to more deeply set in.
We have to start with Zombie Tiger, right? Naturally, thanks to noted stage magicians Siegfreid and Roy, tigers are a part of the Las Vegas landscape, so when a zombie outbreak has taken over the globe (and by extension of this plot, Las Vegas), Army of the Dead has to include a zombie tiger, and he looks terrifying. More terrifying than the Zombie Elvis, who also would absolutely be integral to a Las Vegas setting, which is the exciting backdrop for Army of the Dead.
This area will include the new artwork, a mysterious door, and a statue of a cat with an occasionally glowing red eye. This was designed as a reference to an early concept for the Haunted Mansion from Imagineer Xavier Atencio, who saw a Black Cat as a recurring character in the ride, a sort of guide taking guests through the attraction. “X” as he was known, wrote the song “Grim Grinning Ghosts” for the ride.
When your doctor tells you to take it easy, it’s a good time for a vacation. That’s the sort of situation Ryan Reynolds’ protagonist finds himself in at the beginning of The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard, but it doesn’t last for long. With Salma Hayek trying to rescue a captive Samuel L. Jackson, and a lot of invested parties trying to stop her, both blockbuster actors are going to go on the run from some very bad men. And as you see in the trailer above, it’s all to the tune of Britney Spears’ “Baby… One More Time.”
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The Marvel Cinematic Universe contains a ton of characters, but a few stand out as fan favorites. Chadwick Boseman’s T’Challa/Black Panther was certainly one of those, immediately capturing the attention of fans in Captain America: Civil War, before starring in Ryan Coogler’s acclaimed solo flick. Boseman’s death last summer was heartbreaking for friends and fans alike, and now some moviegoers have launched a petition for T’Challa to be recast.
Wanda Mind Controls A Town
The initial setup for Marvel’s first MCU Disney+ series, that Wanda Maximoff and Vision were, for some reason, trapped in a seemingly endless series of sitcoms, had an obviously humorous premise. However, the reality of the series was anything but funny. Wanda was hurting in a big way, and in her grief, she inadvertently began to mind control an entire town. It doesn’t seem that Wanda did any of this intentionally, and she ultimately did the right thing and let everybody go. However, she was given more than one chance to see the truth and refused, somehow knowing she’d done something terrible. Her grief was understandable, but her actions were ultimately not those of a hero.
North Hollywood – TBA 2021 (Post-Production)
With a logline that amusingly calls itself “the first-ever movie about becoming a pro skater,” North Hollywood is — right from the get-go — introducing itself as a winking, light-hearted, self-aware coming-of-age story. Written and directed by Mikey Alfred, who produced Jonah Hill’s Mid90s, North Hollywood has a cast filled with newcomers and famous faces alike, including Nico Hiraga (Moxie), Miranda Cosgrove, Blake Anderson, and Vince Vaughn. Details remain limited otherwise, but the movie made its premiere in late March, which means that it should be out later in 2021. Especially since it comes from producer Pharrell Williams, it’s only a matter of time before it finds a distributor.
Certainly, the trailer for North Hollywood has a tone reminiscent of the aforementioned Mid90s, which should make it appealing to movie lovers who enjoyed Jonah Hill’s impressive first outing as a writer-director. Admittedly, coming-of-age movies based in sunny LA are a dime a dozen these days, but North Hollywood will hopefully make a good impression — especially with its high-profile cast.
For the longest time, the term “video game movie” was never synonymous with adjectives like good, enjoyable, or even faithful, but that has all changed in recent years with video game movies like Sonic the Hedgehog, Detective Pikachu, and even the Wreck-It Ralph franchise, which even though it’s not based on any specific game, includes a myriad of classic characters. And with the slate of upcoming video game movies and TV shows, it looks like the dark days of the Max Payne, Resident Evil, and Super Mario Bros. adaptations are nothing more than a distant memory.
Throughout 2021, 2022, and beyond, video game fans will be treated to some truly promising movies and TV shows adapting modern classics like Uncharted, The Last of Us, and (my personal favorite) Metal Gear Solid. With so much in the works, now is the perfect time to lay it all out and go through what’s set to be released in the very near future.
Ok, let’s ignore the fact of how much time and effort went into printing out these “Ush-Bucks,” which don’t serve any purpose other than advertising Usher’s Las Vegas residency that begins this July. Let’s also push aside the weird decision go with a side profile of the musician for this nonlegal tender, even though none of the men on actual bills are presented this way. To put it plainly and simply, if Usher did indeed gave this fake money to the strippers who danced for him recently, it’s disgraceful at best and illegal at worst. If you’re going to hire these women for their services, you’d better pay them with actual money, since one can’t cover their rent and groceries with “Ush-Bucks.”
Speaking with Collider on behalf of the awards run for Netflix’s Mank, the conversation with Roth turned to the subject of Dune. Poised to be one of Warner Bros’ 2021 blockbusters, even after a delay of almost one whole calendar year, the way the story is being divided is something that devotees to the 1965 novel are mentally pacing over. Assuring the public of Dune’s content, Eric Roth said,