Growing up means realizing that we don’t live in the Jetsons’ version of the future, with instant meals and flying cars, but one that’s run by data and analytics. Hollywood has been inching into the data game, as companies develop software that has the ability to use information from a screenplay or a trailer to predict box office ticket sales. In the future, robots might be choosing our movies for us. It’s already happening now.
Captain Marvel landing not one, but two directors came as a bit of a surprise yesterday — and was a teeny bit disappointing to fans whose hopes were raised by Marvel’s dedication to find a woman for the job. Directing team Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck come mostly from the indie drama scene, although they have had some more high-profile jobs like a few episodes of Showtime’s The Affair and Billions. Kevin Feige revealed that he had met with Boden and Fleck a number of times about the job, and that they had impressed him at every turn.
Something that’s always peeved fans a little bit is Marvel’s somewhat labored finagling of romance into their movies. While shipping characters like Steve Rogers and Bucky Barnes (a.k.a. Stucky), Thor and Loki (okay, it’s not like they’re really related), or even Tony Stark and Rhodey is all the rage amongst the fandoms, Marvel’s movies have generally kept things Extremely Hetero. Lately, we’ve gotten some weird stuff like Black Widow and Bruce Banner developing a relationship seemingly out of nowhere in Age of Ultron, and Scarlet Witch and Vision getting a little Stockholm Syndrome-y during Civil War. It looks like the latter is still on, as some new set photos from Infinity War have revealed.
You may remember, a few years ago in 2015, reading a news story about two American soldiers and their buddy who saved a whole train full of people traveling to France from terrorist hijackers. It’s your classic tale of American bravery in the face of grave danger, and so is right up the alley of someone like Clint Eastwood. The actor-turned-director, whose latest efforts include American-bravery-in-the-face-of-grave-danger movies such as American Sniper and Sully, has decided to take on the story of the train, titled The 15:17 to Paris.
Thanos finally getting some real screen time in Avengers: Infinity War as the ultimate big bad is pretty exciting, but possibly even more exciting is the fact that we’ll also get to see our two favorite Marvel superhero teams come face-to-face for the first time. Until now, there hasn’t been any connective tissue to bridge the gap between the Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy, but a foe like Thanos needs more than one group of heroes to take him down. But while these heroes are incredibly powerful, don’t expect them to buddy up with each other right off the bat.
The Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 ad campaign is doing a great job at bombarding us all with content so that none of us can forget that the movie comes out in a little less than two weeks. The latest look at the movie features a quiet, somewhat sweet moment between Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) and Gamora (Zoe Saldana), as he tries yet again to teach her how to love music just as much as he does.
Amazon released their list of what to look forward to streaming on their instant video service next month, and May has some absolute winners. Not only did the site nab Oscar nominee Manchester by the Sea, they’ll also have available to stream last year’s Best Picture winner Moonlight, their new Original Series Dino Dana and I Love Dick, and a ton of classic James Bond movies.
A certain branch of criticism against the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean movie back when it came out in 2011 focused on the fact that this was the first one with barely a trace of Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann, two characters we’d all grown to love through a trilogy of movies, and, arguably, who are the actual heart and soul of the series. Without them, On Stranger Tides felt adrift, unable to find an emotional focus despite introducing a new generation of generically attractive leads. The good news for those of us who have stuck with the series this far is, thanks to the new international trailer, we know Elizabeth is coming back too. Along with a few more of Captain Jack’s “friends.”
It’s always interesting to see which bits of the source material superhero movies choose to form their story. In the case of Black Panther, the writers had a wealth of recent storylines to draw from, and it looks like at least parts of the movie will dip a toe into Ta-Nehisi Coates, Roxane Gay, and Yona Harvey’s World of Wakanda spinoff series — namely, the awesome gay female warrior stuff.
Let’s be real, most celebs would kill for a chance to get into a Star Wars movie, even if it’s just a cameo. As we all know, Rian Johnson and the crew shot the bulk of The Last Jedi in Pinewood Studios, which is in Britain, which is where the Royal Family lives. Last year some rumors flew that Princes Harry and William had filmed some Stormtrooper cameos during their visit to the set, and now that the movie is a little more than six months from opening, Johnson is being conspicuously cagey.
It wouldn’t be a Ridley Scott movie without a well-timed, ominous viral campaign. Much like the series of short videos starring the crew of The Martian on their space station, Alien: Covenant has come out with two transmissions from the people on that particular doomed ship, intercut with some creepy found footage of their expedition onto a new planet. We all know that no matter how good the intentions of the Covenant crew are, it’s all going to go terribly, terribly wrong, thanks to our Xenomorph friend.
Hollywood is a magical land of opportunity where stars are made and exciting new stories are told every day. It’s also a land of crushed dreams where sometimes the projects you’re most excited for never come to fruition. Such is the case with South American border thriller Triple Frontier, once a Kathryn Bigelow project, until now boasting a cast of everyone’s boyfriends Tom Hardy, Channing Tatum, and Mahershala Ali, but as of today shelved once again.
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