If you haven't watched The Incredibles 2, I urge you to do so - it's an awesome film, and better than the original (which is hard these days, but seemingly not so hard for animated/CGI movies). The box office numbers have also been huge.
Incredibles 2 pulled in a huge $180 million in its opening weekend in the US alone, the highest opening for any animated release, as well as for any PG-rated release, ever. The new Pixar movie also broke another record: the eighth-largest domestic opening weekend, ever.
Pixar has recently enjoyed this success with Finding Nemo sequel Finding Dory arriving in 2016 on the same June weekend, pulling in just $135.1 million in comparison.
Warner Bros. has taken to their YouTube channel to reveal the first official trailer for Mowgli, a dark themed adaptation of The Jungle Book.
From the trailer we can see that there is going to be quite a selection of high-ranking actors involved in this title. The movie is directed by Andy Serkis and is also starring Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Benedict Cumberbatch, Naomie Harris, Matthew Rhys, Freida Pinto and Rohan Chand. Christian Bale will be playing the role of "the cunning panther", Cate Blanchett as "the sinister snake", Benedict Cumberbatch as "the fearsome tiger", Naomie Harris as Nisha the female wolf and Rohan Chand as Mowgli "the boy raised by wolves."
Mowgli will be releasing in Australian theaters this year, more specifically it will be arriving on the 18th of October.
The Lord of The Rings TV show by Amazon has recently come back into the news, the spotlight is featured on a new rumor for the shows setting in the Tolkien timeline. It is possible we could see the TV show focusing on a Young Aragorn and the origins of the Dunedain.
The rumors have surfaced from a fansite called The One Ring, the site has claimed that they have confirmed from multiple sources that Amazons highly anticipated show will be "centered on a young Aragorn." This may not be 100% true as there has been no official confirmation from Amazon as of yet, but for the sake of the rumor and to indulge in the possibility of this being true it would not be a bad choice at all.
If the TV show did center itself around Young Aragorn that would mean the origins of the character would be revealed, allowing for a connection to the Numenoreans and the Dunedain to be established, this would also include the founding of Gondor and the northern kingdom of Arnor. More interesting though, if the Dunedain path is taken we could see the villain for the first couple of seasons being the Witch-king of Angmar. From the perspective of the shows audience, Amazon would also be bringing forth a very familiar character to take the main stage, making it easier for fans that are not so die hard to begin the new story off on a character they have already seen before.
As the Tolklien Legendarium is dense with content, Amazon really does have a lot of choice with where they decide to begin, hopefully Amazon subsides these speculative rumors and releases some official confirmation soon.
Bill and Ted 3 has been rumored more times than I can count, but now the third movie in the series has been confirmed and will officially see Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter reprising their iconic roles.
The creators of the Bill and Ted series are also back, with Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon writing the script while Galaxy Quest director Dean Parisot will shoot the movie. Reeves and Winter said: "We couldn't be more excited to get the whole band back together again. Chris and Ed wrote an amazing script, and with Dean at the helm we've got a dream team!"
As for what Bill and Ted 3 might end up as, the synopsis sounds like quite the ride: "Bill & Ted Face the Music will see the duo long past their days as time-traveling teenagers and now weighed down by middle age and the responsibilities of family. They've written thousands of tunes, but they have yet to write a good one, much less the greatest song ever written. With the fabric of time and space tearing around them, a visitor from the future warns our heroes that only their song can save life as we know it. Out of luck and fresh out of inspiration, Bill and Ted set out on a time travel adventure to seek the song that will set their world right and bring harmony in the universe as we know it. Together with the aid of their daughters, a new crop of historical figures, and some sympathetic music legends, they find much, much more than just a song".
Late April we saw Avengers: Infinity War break the weekend box office record, now the newest Marvel film has broken another box office record.
Infinity War was released to overseas countries on the 25th of April, then was released in the UK on the 26th, the US on the 27th and finally in Russia on May 3rd. Combing all of the sales of each of those countries Avengers: Infinity War has become the fastest film in history to make $1 billion.
The numbers won't stop there though, currently Avengers: Infinity War is sitting at around $1.16 billion without second biggest movie market getting a taste of Thanos. Infinity War will be released in China on May 11th, so expect quite a considerable increase to the already massive number.
HBO kicked off the second season of mega smash hit Westworld just two weeks ago now, but the company has just announced there is a third season on the way.
We could be waiting a while for S3 of Westworld as HBO had a massive 16 months between the first and second seasons, so let's hope it's not that long until we return to the world of Westworld. HBO Programming president Casey Bloys said: "It's been an extraordinary pleasure to work with the exceptionally talented Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, as well as their gifted cast and crew. From the inspired storytelling to the incredible visuals, we are so excited to see where the next chapter will take us".
December last year we heard about a Marvel writer joining Netflix's Witcher TV series project, now that writer Lauren S. Hissrich has taken to Twitter to answer some questions about the upcoming series.
Hissrich reveals and confirms that the first season of the show will only be featuring 8 episodes, this could be worrisome for some fans as they know how rich and in depth the world Andrzej Sapkowski created in his novels. Hissrich backs up the decision of only making the first season 8 episodes by saying "EIGHT EPISODES. Yes! I know, I know, it may not seem like enough for you, but creatively, it's the right call. The episodes can be tight, action-packed, rich in character and story, without lagging in the middle of the season. Sounds good to me, sound good to you?"
The head writer doesn't stop there either, she is asked by a fan when can we expect the series to debut and she says "2020. Who knows?! We're moving quickly ahead with everything -- like, my head is spinning around Exorcist-style, except with enthusiasm, not evil possession -- but one thing is certain: quality comes before speed. You'll get it as soon as humanly possible, and it'll be good." Hissrich finishes up her Twitter spree by saying that there still isn't a cast chosen yet, as well as the script for the other episodes besides the pilot are not even in existence. She does say that other writers will be joining her soon on this endeavor.
Toy Story 4 will surely be one of the biggest movies of 2019, and while the new sequel was announced back in 2014, there was never a rock solid release date... until now.
JUNE 21 2019 pic.twitter.com/LiJhHNTOoo— Josh Cooley (@CooleyUrFaceOff) April 8, 2018
The new director of Toy Story 4, Josh Cooley, took to Twitter with a simple image with a bunch of sticky notes in the shape of the number 4, and a date: June 21, 2019. Cooley was the director of Inside Out and is co-directing Toy Story 4 with Jonas Rivera who he worked on with Coco recently.
Originally, Toy Story 4 was meant to be directed by John Lasseter before he left the project in July 2017 following reports of sexual harassment allegations against him. Rashida Jones had the script prepared along with Will McCormack, but they removed themselves from the project.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Jones said: "There is so much talent at Pixar, and we remain enormous fans of their films. However, it is also a culture where women and people of color do not have an equal creative voice".
Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson took to reddit yesterday to perform a AMA with the /r/movies subreddit, the AMA was cut-short by The Rock announcing he was just casted for a live-action adaptation of Mario's Time Machine.
The actor began talking on the /r/movies subreddit answering a variety of questions about his roles in movies and experiences he has had while playing certain characters. Some questions that were answered by The Rock were replied with quite a heavy dose of sarcasm, making the AMA a very enjoyable to read.
The Rock had to sadly edit his initial AMA post to announce that he just got off the phone to his agent "Aw ****, just got a call from my agent. Just got cast in the upcoming live action Mario's Time Machine adaptation. I'm afraid I don't have time to wait for your questions anymore, but I'll give you all the answers anyway, just make sure to reply to them with your questions."
NHK is paving the way for the future of 8K content, with the Japanese TV broadcaster set to unveil their new 8K inventions at the annual NAB trade show next week, which we'll be attending.
What will be new from NHK is the first look at 8K in slow motion, with freaking 8K 240FPS video to be teased at NAB 2018. Why would we need 240FPS at 7680 x 4320? Well, think about super-slow motion sports footage, or reduced motion blur at full speed - both freaking incredible at 8K.
NHK is also poised to unveil a new 8K VR displa ythat would completely ditch the screen door effect of current-gen VR headsets. But what do you need on the 8K broadcasting side when it comes to hardware? Well, a new transmitter is capable of pushing 8K video from 40Gbps down to 8Gbps, which is a huge drop.