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I’m Sure You’ve Heard Who’s Coming Back?


I know the ‘Rugrats’ fans from the 90’s already know the answer to this. The popular animated series about a crew of adventurous babies is coming back to both the big and small screens.  The show is being revived with a new 26-episode season and a live-action movie featuring CGI, Nickelodeon announced Monday.  Rugrats is hands-down one of the most celebrated cartoons in TV history, and we are thrilled for a whole new audience to meet these iconic characters in brand-new adventures, Sarah Levy, the chief operating officer of Viacom Media Networks and interim president of Nickelodeon, said in a statement. The Daytime Emmy-winning show debuted in 1991 and ran for nine seasons over 13 years, reaching millions of viewers and inspiring three movies. The new Rugrats projects will reportedly feature the classic characters including Tommy and Angelica Pickles, Chuckie Finster, and Phil and Lil DeVille as well as some new ones.  Needless to say, many nostalgic Rugrats fans were excited to hear the news.

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Uncharted – The Short Film.


Ever since Sony revealed their plans for a live-action Uncharted movie, fans worldwide have been clamoring to see Nathan Fillion (Firefly; CastleThe Death of Superman) take on the role of adventurer extraordinaire Nathan Drake – a dream-casting that Fillion was very much onboard with. However, those hopes and dreams were subsequently crushed when the studio opted to go in a vastly different direction with their movie and cast up-and-comer Tom Holland (Spider-Man: Far From Home) as a younger version of the hero fans have come to know and love over the course of five video games. With that film perpetually stuck in development hell, Fillion and a few of his friends decided to take matters into their own hands and produced a 15-minute live-action fan film, directed by Allan Ungar, that finally puts Fillion in the shoes of good ol’ Nate as he tracks down the lost treasure of Flor de la Mar.  The cast is rounded out by Mircea Monroe (Episodes) as Elena Fisher, Stephen Lang (Avatar) as Victor “Sully” Sullivan, and Geno Segers (Banshee) as the villain.

It’s Time To Break The ‘Glass’.


M. Night Shyamalan just tore the roof off of Hall H with the first official trailer for his highly-anticipated Glass, which will feature the return of both Samuel L. Jackson as Elijah Price and Bruce Willis as David Dunn. Plus, this time, they’re joined by James McAvoy as Kevin Crumb and Anya Taylor-Joy as Casey Cooke, who reprise their roles from last year’s critically-acclaimed Split. The new trailer, which originally debuted at CinemaCon in April, offers plenty of outstanding footage as Mr. Glass partners with The Beast to wreak havoc on the world, leaving only Dunn and Cooke to find a way to stop them.

Enjoy the new trailer below.

Creed 2: Official Trailer.


It seems like Michael B. Jordan isn’t done kicking ass just because Black Panther vanished.  This installation of Creed, is being helmed by Steven Caple Jr. instead of Ryan Coogler, but still has the same look and feel as the original.  The first trailer dropped sometime last night, but you can check it out below.

The 2018 MTV Movie Award Winners.


 

Wakanda Forever! We’re still a long way from next year’s Academy Awards but comic book fans are already hoping that Black Panther will be recognised at the ceremony (making it the first superhero movie to receive a Best Picture nod since The Dark Knight). Regardless, the Marvel Studios movie dominated at the 2018 MTV Movie and TV Awards picking up a number of huge wins at the show.

Stranger Things, meanwhile, took charge of the television field. That’s no great surprise giving its popularity but an argument could definitely be made that the second season wasn’t quite up there with the first! Going back to Black Panther, it’s great to see the movie receive so many awards and it just goes to show that it resonated with moviegoers in a big way. Did you catch the ceremony?

BEST MOVIE
“Avengers: Infinity War”
“Black Panther” (WINNER)
“Girls Trip”
“It”
“Wonder Woman”
BEST SHOW
“13 Reasons Why”
“Game of Thrones”
“Grown-ish”
“Riverdale”
“Stranger Things” (WINNER)
BEST PERFORMANCE IN A MOVIE
Chadwick Boseman, “Black Panther” (WINNER)
Timothée Chalamet, “Call Me by Your Name”
Ansel Elgort, “Baby Driver”
Daisy Ridley, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”
Saoirse Ronan, “Lady Bird”
BEST PERFORMANCE IN A SHOW
Millie Bobby Brown, “Stranger Things” (WINNER)
Darren Criss, “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”
Katherine Langford, “13 Reasons Why”
Issa Rae, “Insecure”
Maisie Williams, “Game of Thrones”
BEST HERO
Chadwick Boseman (T’Challa/Black Panther), “Black Panther” (WINNER)
Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen), “Game of Thrones”
Gal Gadot (Diana Prince/Wonder Woman), “Wonder Woman”
Grant Gustin (Barry Allen/The Flash), “The Flash”
Daisy Ridley (Rey), “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”
BEST VILLAIN
Josh Brolin (Thanos), “Avengers: Infinity War”
Adam Driver (Kylo Ren), “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”
Michael B. Jordan (N’Jadaka/Erik Killmonger), “Black Panther” (WINNER)
Aubrey Plaza (Lenny Busker), “Legion”
Bill Skarsgard (Pennywise), “It”
BEST KISS
Gina Rodriguez (Jane) and Justin Baldoni (Rafael), “Jane the Virgin”
Nick Robinson (Simon) and Keiynan Lonsdale (Bram), “Love, Simon” (WINNER)
Olivia Cooke (Sam) and Tye Sheridan (Wade), “Ready Player One”
KJ Apa (Archie) and Camila Mendes (Veronica), “Riverdale”
Finn Wolfhard (Mike) and Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven), “Stranger Things”
MOST FRIGHTENED PERFORMANCE
Talitha Bateman (Janice), “Annabelle: Creation”
Emily Blunt (Evelyn Abbott), “A Quiet Place”
Sophia Lillis (Beverly Marsh), “It”
Cristin Milioti (Nanette Cole), “Black Mirror”
Noah Schnapp (Will Byers), “Stranger Things” (WINNER)
BEST ON-SCREEN TEAM
“Black Panther” – Chadwick Boseman (T’Challa/ Black Panther), Lupita Nyong’o (Nakia), Danai Gurira (Okoye), Letitia Wright (Shuri)
“It” – Finn Wolfhard (Richie), Sophia Lillis (Beverly), Jaeden Lieberher (Bill), Jack Dylan Grazer (Eddie), Wyatt Oleff (Stanley), Jeremy Ray Taylor (Ben), Chosen Jacobs (Mike) (WINNER)
“Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” – Dwayne Johnson (Smolder), Kevin Hart (Mouse), Jack Black (Shelly), Karen Gillan (Ruby), Nick Jonas (Seaplane)
“Ready Player One” – Tye Sheridan (Wade), Olivia Cooke (Samantha), Philip Zhao (Sho), Win Morisaki (Daito), Lena Waithe (Aech)
“Stranger Things” – Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin), Finn Wolfhard (Mike), Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas), Noah Schnapp (Will), Sadie Sink (Max)
BEST COMEDIC PERFORMANCE
Jack Black, “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle”
Tiffany Haddish, “Girls Trip” (WINNER)
Dan Levy, “Schitt’s Creek”
Kate McKinnon, “Saturday Night Live”
Amy Schumer, “I Feel Pretty”
SCENE STEALER
Tiffany Haddish (Dina), “Girls Trip”
Dacre Montgomery (Billy Hargrove), “Stranger Things”
Madelaine Petsch (Cheryl Blossom), “Riverdale” (WINNER)
Taika Waititi (Korg), “Thor: Ragnarok”
Letitia Wright (Shuri), “Black Panther”
BEST FIGHT
“Atomic Blonde” – Charlize Theron (Lorraine) vs. Daniel Hargrave (Sniper), Greg Rementer (Spotter)
“Avengers: Infinity War” – Scarlett Johansson (Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow), Danai Gurira (Okoye), Elizabeth Olsen (Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch) vs. Carrie Coon (Proxima Midnight)
“Black Panther” – Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther) vs. Winston Duke (M’Baku)
“Thor: Ragnarok” – Mark Ruffalo (Hulk) vs. Chris Hemsworth (Thor)
“Wonder Woman” – Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman) vs. German Soldiers (WINNER)
BEST MUSIC DOCUMENTARY
“Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop: A Bad Boy Story”
“Demi Lovato: Simply Complicated”
“Gaga: Five Foot Two” (WINNER)
Jay-Z’s “Footnotes for 4:44”
“The Defiant Ones”
BEST REALITY SERIES/FRANCHISE
“The Kardashians” (WINNER)
“Love & Hip Hop”
“Real Housewives”
“RuPaul’s Drag Race”
“Vanderpump Rules”

‘Tag’: Spoiler Free Review.


‘Tag’ is a film that will make you both laugh and cry.  Myself, coming from a background of two different groups of very close friends, staying connected is extremely important.  Even with its ‘Hangover’ style antics, ’Tag’ will be quite resonant with people who have their “boys” that they have stayed connected with for the majority of their lives, and this movie has that impact on people whom share that similarity.  The first thing I noticed was the amazing soundtrack of the film, from the opening moments, you can tell that whoever picked these songs, knew what they were doing.  Even seeing the trailer alone, you think you can tell the type of film this will be, but it’s a bit different. (And luckily the trailer doesn’t give away all the best parts of the film)

The entire cast meshes well together, and there are some interesting rules to the “game” that aren’t covered in the previews.  The trailers would have you believe that this group of friends is constantly attempting to tag one another, but there is a bit of intricate teamwork involved.  Team members tag each other on purpose in order to achieve a common goal. Their specific rules aren’t expressly stated at first, but as the film moves along, you figure out the specificity of the rules.

The movie isn’t without its loose ends and unfinished plot points however.  Rashida Jones’s character is a welcomed inclusion to the cast, but her storyline has no real end, or consequence.  To speak on the end of the movie in general, there are quite a few points that are never tied up.  A bar tender dying to get into the game, is just never touched upon after a certain point, and there are several ‘Breaking and Entering’ situations that just seem to have NO consequence whatsoever.

Following the film’s conclusion, there are several shots of the real people involved in the game, which are AMAZING.  I highly recommend staying for the end credits.  (There’s a bit with an old woman that is in the film, but seeing the actual incident in real life is much more gratifying).  One of the two stand out stars of the film is Hannibal Buress, who you would wish had more to say in the film, but his lines, are simply one-liner jokes that help make the film as funny as it is. The other is Isla Fisher, (who I just realized that I have a strange crush on).  But her character Anna is a person who you wish would play the game with the guys, and when she’s able to, she is quite the competitor.  

Another interesting bit is Jermey Renner, and his ability to evade his friends, using a Sherlock Holmes style mental process (The Robert Downey Jr. version) he can predict whenever he’s about to be potentially tagged.  This leads to some creative and interesting action sequences.  We KNOW from the film that the physical training from “The Avengers” is part of the reason Renner is able to do the things that he can do in the movie, much like Keaunu Reeves had the training for John Wick, because of the Matrix.  But a number of Renners evasion techniques are quite impressive. 

Aside from some certain plot points that are crucial to the story-line that never come to fruition, the film is quite good. There are extra players that you never see, and the main purpose of the majority of the plot is for one character is write an article on the entire story, but you never hear anything about it when the film wraps up. There is also an interaction between two characters, that would be quite funny, but you never see anything of it.

Although this story is based on real life, there is a “dead baby” joke (and thats in quotations for a reason). But that just sort of fades away after a while, which would NEVER happen between friends.  However this script, movie, and over arching story is a good one, filled with hilarity and depth that one wouldn’t expect.  It is very much worth seeing, and the giant crowd of critics that clapped and cheered at the movies’ end would agree.

Don’t Call It A Comeback. Deadpool 2 Gets A New Trailer.


From Deadpool in high heels, to decapitation, to even a shot at Black Panther, the red-band trailer for “The Untitled Deadpool Sequel” is hilarious, and NOT for the faint of heart.

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