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It 2: Actor Bill Skarsgard Wants To See The Film Delve Deeper Into Pennywise

5 September 2017

For quite some time, we were looking at the upcoming It film with a real trepidation. Yes, it’s based on a beloved Stephen King novel, but as with all things that have been tackled already in some form or another, the original adaptation has its own set of rabid fans, and those fans tend to be ready to attack the new one for any minor inconsistencies they can spot. Plus, given how iconic Pennywise the clown is in the original 1990 miniseries, this new one will have a lot to compete with.

And yet, the closer we get to the film’s release, the more promising this adaptation looks. The trailers and TV spots look amazing, initial reception from critics has been exceptional, and with every passing day, it seems more and more likely that the studio is gaining confidence that this one will do well enough to warrant the »

- Joseph Medina

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Mario Has Been Out Of The Plumber Biz For A Long Time According To His Official Profile From Nintendo

4 September 2017 7:00 PM, PDT

What do we know about this Mario character? Well, he always announces his entrance by reminding everyone his name, he has a brother named Luigi, he likes to cruelly jump on turtles' shells, and he’s a plumber. And, if you believe the 1993 film Super Mario Bros., his name is actually Mario Mario, hence the Mario Brothers. We hold these truths to be self-evident.

Imagine my surprise then, when I learned that Mario is not a plumber; no longer, at least. Kotaku has brought it to the world’s attention that on Mario’s newly updated, official Japanese-language profile from Nintendo, Mario is no longer a plumber, and he hasn’t been for a long time:

All around sporty, whether it’s tennis or baseball, soccer or car racing, he [Mario] does everything cool. As a matter of fact, he also seems to have worked as a plumber a long time ago. »

- Nick Doll

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Watch: Super-Stylish Marvel Cinematic Universe Tribute Brings The Awesome

4 September 2017 6:00 PM, PDT

The Marvel Cinematic Universe turns ten-years-old next year; a year that will see the culmination of everything that has come before in Avengers: Infinity War. Iron Man kicked things off on May 2, 2008, and the McU has been printing Marvel Studios and Disney money ever since, as well as delighting fans the world over. Counting July’s Spider-Man: Homecoming, the McU is sixteen films strong, with Thor: Ragnarok due out this November, Black Panther following in February, and Infinity War, Avengers 4, Ant-Man and the Wasp, Captain Marvel, Spider-Man: Homecoming 2, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 all in the works.

Over the years, we’ve gone from solo movies featuring the core team of Avengers – Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, and Hulk – to films starring characters we never thought we’d see on the big screen including the Guardians of the Galaxy, Doctor Strange, and Ant-Man. And what a wonderful decade it’s nearly been. »

- Nick Doll

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Wonder Woman Just Cracked Another Major Hollywood Milestone

4 September 2017 4:00 PM, PDT

The summer of Wonder Woman isn't over yet, as the DC comic's Amazonian origin story passed another major, historical threshold. After 14 weeks, Wonder Woman remains in the top 15 at theaters, and is second in overall domestic box office this year (just ahead of Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2). According to Forbes, Wonder Woman also just blew past Iron Man 3 to become the fifth-biggest superhero movie of all-time in North America (after adjusting for inflation).

Let's put this into perspective, only The Dark Knight Rises ($448m), Avengers: Age of Ultron ($459m), The Dark Knight ($534m), and The Avengers ($623m) have performed better at the domestic box office. This is a truly amazing accomplishment for Patty Jenkins (only her second feature film), and Gal Gadot (her first starring role), and DC who's struggled to construct and sustain their extended universe of superhero films (Dceu). Wonder Woman has also pretty epically »

- David Kozlowski

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Shazam: John Cena & Joshua Sasse Are Rumored Frontrunners To Play Shazam!

4 September 2017 3:02 PM, PDT

For a film that took practically forever to get started, news is sure starting to pile up pretty darn quickly. Shazam is an upcoming DC film that looks to be the most lighthearted fare in the DC Extended Universe yet. Ironically enough, this one is being helmed by Lights Out and Annabelle: Creation horror mastermind David F. Sandberg. Though in spite of his horror background, he assures us that this is very much a fun tale of wish fulfillment, as it should be.

But who will be set to star in this film? This is the big question, as this movie will have not one, but two leading males. The first one will come in the form of Billy Batson, the young kid who says the magic word “Shazam!” and transforms into the big, buff Shazam (previously known as Captain Marvel). For Billy, the studio is rumored to be doing »

- Joseph Medina

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Bad Boys 3 Has New Writer Says Producer Jerry Bruckheimer

4 September 2017 2:00 PM, PDT

Sometimes it would be nice if some film projects stayed dead. If you’ve been a reader here at Lrm for a bit, you’ll know that I’m not one to succumb to the cynicism that’s ever so present on the internet. At the end of the day, we write about movies because we Love them, and we gain nothing from seeing a project fall in its face.

That being said, even I have to admit when a project has overstayed its welcome. Too often in the business does a studio dwell on pushing an unwanted project through development hell, only to force it into theaters. One such example is Bad Boys 3, or Bad Boys for Life. While The first two films have a warm place in my heart, in terms of fun action movies, a Bad Boys 3 is something I’ve never wanted.

Related: Martin Lawrence »

- Joseph Medina

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Some Original Prints Of The Empire Strikes Back Had Unfinished Effects

4 September 2017 1:00 PM, PDT

We love us some Empire Strikes Back. Seriously, who doesn’t? It was the one film that managed to overcome the sophomore slump that other sequels used to. It not only matched the quality of the original Star Wars, but many look at that entry and see it as the single best Star Wars film to date, as well as one of the best sequels ever created.

Of course, that doesn’t make the film perfect. While most of the visual effects hold up, it was still very much a product of its time, and the reality is that George Lucas and company were creating new technology and developing new processes. It was a real trailblazer on many fronts, and in a recent interview with Collider, special effects artist Dennis Muren revealed an interesting thing about some of the prints of the film back in 1980.

"Well you know we were »

- Joseph Medina

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The Flash: Harry Wells Won’t Be The Only Wells Around In Season 4

4 September 2017 12:00 PM, PDT

Over the past few seasons, The Flash has had the ability to constantly swap out different version of one of their core cast thanks to the existence of the multiverse. That’s right. I’m talking about Good ol’ Harrison Wells. Audiences were first introduced to a shady, wheel chair-bound version of the character (one who ended up being Eobard Thawne in disguise). 

Related: Candice Patton Stole The Show On Last Night's The Flash

Another version of the character returned in the form of the grumpier Harry Wells in Season 2, and in Season 3, we got several other versions before settling on Hr — the cheerleader of the group. Season 4 is set to replace the character — at least in part — yet again. In addition to the return of Harry Wells, we’ll be getting another version. But before we get that new version, Harry will be dealing some stuff of his own, »

- Joseph Medina

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Jeph Loeb Wants To Do More Marvel-imax Collaborations

4 September 2017 11:00 AM, PDT

This past weekend saw the fairly quiet release of the first couple episodes of Marvel’s The Inhumans onto IMAX. The presentation only made around $1.5 million domestically, and critically, these episodes were raked over the coals by most outlets. 

This doesn’t necessarily come as a surprise for a lot of us who saw plenty to criticize based on the trailers. Between the cheap-looking sets, shoddy premise, and questionable writing (again, all based on the trailers), it seemed like a far shot that this would even compare to the likes of the Marvel Netflix series in terms of quality. However, what may come as a surprise is that despite the criticism and soft IMAX response, Marvel TV head Jeph Loeb is looking back fondly on this experience, telling Cbr:

“I can’t speak to things that are being worked on, I can only tell you that our partnership with IMAX, »

- Joseph Medina

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Thor: Ragnarok Gets A Cartoon Spoof Trailer

4 September 2017 10:00 AM, PDT

Create a film or trailer and a spoof will soon come. If there’s something we’ve learned from our time online, it’s just that. The internet is full of creative fans who snatch every opportunity to poke fun at a loved franchise, and this includes all things Marvel. This latest one comes from the YouTube channel ArtSpear Entertainment — who has been at this for some time.

Of course, this new trailer they tackle is Marvel’s upcoming opus Thor: Ragnarok, Thor’s third solo film (though this is by no means a solo outing, as Hulk is set to join the fray alongside his Asgardian companion). This is a fun take on an already-fun trailer that seems to show Thor’s funnier aspects as a character.

Thor: Ragnarok is set to be Marvel Studios’ third film this year, with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Spider-Man: Homecoming »

- Joseph Medina

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Jeph Loeb Defends His Vision For Marvel's Inhumans

4 September 2017 9:18 AM, PDT

With everything Marvel has on television, and it's a lot -- 14 series across 5 networks -- plus growing concerns about viewer fatigue, the big question is why the Inhumans (and why now)? Early reviews of Marvel's Inhumans have been less than kind, suggesting that the series may not survive its first season (ABC is slotting it on Fridays, typically a death slot). Marvel is as opaque as any other entertainment organization, so Cbr went looking for answers but they came away with more questions, unfortunately.

As we like to say at Lrm, there are only a finite number of fans out there (and a limited number of hours per week). Considering that most of the well-known A and B-list heroes were already committed to film and TV franchises, the odds were high that the Inhumans could break through and capture a viable audience. Launching Inhumans now, given competition from other Marvel »

- David Kozlowski

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We Just Had The Worst Labor Day Weekend Box Office Haul Since 1999

4 September 2017 8:33 AM, PDT

The past month or so has been pretty rough at the box office. That’s no secret, and has been widely reported. A few weeks back, we had the worst box office haul since 2001, and this past weekend went on to outdo that title. As it turns out, last weekend was the worst Labor Day weekend since 1999. Ouch.

And it’s no wonder, as there were no wide releases to hit. All we got was a limited rerelease of Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and limited releases of Tulip Fever, Do It Like an Hombre, and Marvel’s Inhumans in IMAX.

The Hitman’s Bodyguard made out like a bandit with $10.3 million. It’s nearly doubled its production budget (despite its negative reviews and reception), and this weekend, it only dropped .7 percent from last weekend, reenforcing the fact that there are currently slim pickings in theaters.

Related: Hitman's Bodyguard Takes First Place, »

- Joseph Medina

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Indiana Jones 5 : Shia Labeouf's Mutt Williams Will Not Be Part Of The Film.

4 September 2017 7:25 AM, PDT

For fans of the Indiana Jones franchise, the last film, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, was met with heavy criticism. Besides the fact that folks didn't care too much for the aliens in the film, another aspect that annoyed fans was Shia Labeouf's Mutt Williams. The character was revealed to be the son of Indiana Jones and Marion Ravenwood, but he never seemed to really fit into the franchise, and left most fans bitter. Screenwriter of the yet-untitled fifth Indiana Jones installment, David Koepp, gave fans some relief while speaking with Entertainment Weekly.

“Harrison plays Indiana Jones, that I can certainly say…  and the Shia Labeouf character is not in the film. We’re plugging away at it. In terms of when we would start, I think that’s up to Mr. Spielberg and Mr. Ford… I know we’ve got a script we’re mostly happy with. »

- Seth McDonald

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Watch: Destiny 2 Live Action Trailer

4 September 2017 4:00 AM, PDT

Destiny was released in 2014 by Bungie, the original developers of the Halo series for Microsoft. Whilst it's fair to say it had a troubled development and a less than stellar beginning, the game has certainly attracted a legion of rabid fans, many of whom have essentially stopped playing other video games to focus all their gaming time on this.

Whilst I do play other games, I certainly count myself among one of its many fans. I have racked up over five weeks of continuous play time and I would say that running 6-player Raids on this game with clanmates has been my number one cooperative gaming experience to date. However, the game had many criticisms including a shallow initial storyline with a disjointed and sometimes non-existent narrative. Yes, it improved during the lifespan of the game and its many content updates, but surely this would be a major focus of »

- Cam Clark

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Rumor: Is Sony Developing Nightwatch For Their Spider-Verse?

4 September 2017 3:00 AM, PDT

In case you have been living under a rock for the past few months, Sony is developing a universe built around Spider-Man characters, in the same world as established in Spider-Man: Homecoming, but not a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. If that doesn’t make sense, I don’t know what to tell you, as we are all still scratching our heads trying to figure out exactly what Sony's Amy Pascal, producer on Homecoming, meant when she said such things.

Sony officially has a Venom film starring Tom Hardy on the way, followed by Silver & Black which will focus on Spider-Man characters Silver Sable and Black Cat. Venom is set to release on October 5, 2018 with Silver & Black following on February 8, 2019. With that aggressive a release schedule, surely Sony is close to choosing a third film for their Spider-Verse?

Jeff Sneider of Meet the Movie Press reports that Sony is »

- Nick Doll

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