Several announcements have been made regarding Logan, the last chapter in Hugh Jackman's run as the indestructible Wolverine. In the latest reveal, we learned that Stephen Merchant is confirmed as Caliban for the film, serving as a caretaker to a withered Professor X. We can assume that Caliban may be accompanied by some of his mutant brethren, the Morlocks.
Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, Apple TV - you know the names, and odds are that you probably subscribe to at least one of these outlets. Streaming has become the new normal for countless individuals, often taking precedence over the standard cable television outlets across the country. Now, I'm not saying that Network and Cable television is a thing of the past because they aren't relevant, but what I am saying is that entertainment has evolved because of the popularity of streaming services. Cable networks have even begun changing HOW they do television because of how services like Netflix and Amazon have drastically changed what viewers expect to be able to see.
For those who don't remember Jumanji (1995), the film centered around of a group of people stuck together, due to a magical board game requiring them to complete the game or face a lifetime stuck in a dystopian world full of mischievous and dangerous animals running a muck. The original Jumanji fit perfectly in the time it debuted, as board games were all the rage at the time. However, the newest installment in the Jumanji franchise, Jumanji 2 might not be as well received with its focal points centered around a board game. In today's entertainment industry, board games aren't quite as popular as they were a couple decades ago - so when it comes to news of a Jumanji sequel being in the works, that may worry fans of the classic Jumanji film.
Have you ever tried to make a short film based on an idea you only conceived hours before and then having to fully shoot/edit it for presentation within 48 hours?? it's a hell of a trip!
The newest trailer for the film has released a ton of new promotional footage which fans are dissecting to the finest point. One topic of interest is the cameo of Nate Grey in X-Men: Apocalypse. The reason that Nate Grey is a hot topic of discussion is because his origins stem from being a creation of the villainous, Mister Sinister; along with Nate Grey being made from the genetic material of Jean Grey and Scott Summers, whom are both set to be pivotal characters in X-Men: Apocalypse. But apart from Nate Grey's cameo in the film, there are some more interesting developments happening in X-Men: Apocalypse.
Netflix has been an entertainment staple to countless people over the years, even to the point of thousands of cable/satellite customers cancelling their service to only stream via Netflix (and possibly other services like Amazon and Hulu). Although it may seem like a rash move to cancel satellite or cable service to some, others see it as the only decent solution when an average cable bill is $75 per month (that’s $900 a year), and they can pay $10 per service (Netflix, Prime & Hulu) per month and cut their cost by a third ($360 a year). It’s staggering to think about when you break it down like this so you would imagine that with the popularity of the streaming service the content would just be piling up. But the fact of the matter is that over the last 3 years nearly 40 percent of available content has disappeared.
While we aren't reporting yet another tragic celebrity death, Hollywood is losing a shining star of directors. Creator of #TwinPeaks, the Lady in the Radiator, and two solo-albums #DavidLynch has announced his semi-retirement from directing.
Back in 2008, tv shows had come to a grinding halt when the writer's strike hit Hollywood. While many people were without projects, Joss Whedon took it upon himself to come up with a brilliant idea:
Captain America: Civil War is set to release in less than a months time. The internet is currently being bombarded with fan questions and theories, speculating on what motivation will drive the film. It's obvious that the film will focus on Captain America, but as to how the Civil War will conclude is up to debate. Another question on people's minds is how and where are the X-Men in all this? Yes, their property rights are currently under 20th Century Fox and Captain America: Civil War is packed with superheroes as it is, but where would the X-Men fit into the Civil War conflict if they were given the opportunity to appear? Their Marvel Comics' counterparts have members of the X-Men and other fellow mutants on opposing sides, just as members of the Avengers find themselves in Captain America: Civil War. It's not impossible to think that in the near future 20th Century Fox will come to an agreement with Disney and Marvel to share the properties of the X-Men, and fellow mutants. Fox is down to only having proprietary rights over the X-Men out of the Marvel franchise; the rights to Daredevil, Punisher, Ghost Rider, and Blade have all reverted back to Marvel and Disney which is leading toward the inevitability of the X-Men becoming a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. If and when this agreement will be reached is still unknown, but it brings up an intriguing question as to how the X-Men would fit into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Were the X-Men to be brought into the MCU' as it's currently facing the fate of Captain America: Civil War, the mutants of the X-Men could have an interesting role in the MCU' just as their comic-book counterparts played crucial roles in the Civil War event as well.
Some of you might remember my article a little while ago listing the movies that you could be watching for that Pride and Prejudice feel without actually watching the movie. Nowadays, there are many different ways to share your creativity, and more people are helping expand the love of classic books by creating webseries based on the characters and storyline, filmed in short little episodes so that you can watch at your leisure. Some are still in production, with new videos coming out every week, and some you can enjoy the entirety of without having to be left on a cliff hanger.
The rights to a few of Marvel's key properties belong to 20th Century Fox, and Fox hasn't been keen on sharing those properties with other studios. It wasn't up until recently that Sony decided to share their Marvel properties with Disney studios, and people are expecting the same of Fox. But Fox's past has proven that even consistent failure of their title properties isn't enough for the studio to come to some agreement in order to change that fate. Sony didn't decide to contract their Marvel owned properties with Disney's because of failing properties, despite Spider-Man's solo features failing to meet fan expectations and box office expectations. Sony could see the profitability in Marvel's expanding MCU, now that every mainstream character is having an appearance scheduled for them in the near future.
It is a known fact of both cinematic features of the Fantastic Four being critically critiqued by fans, and meeting horrible outcomes in both domestic and international box offices. With that being said, Fox is still insistent on continuing their attempt at bringing the Fantastic Four to the big screen despite their failures in ownership of the property. The failures of the Fantastic Four films aren't due to the title of the property not being popular among fans, there's a die hard following for the Fantastic Four, the failure of the films are due to studios like Fox withholding the rights to their characters to themselves. Withholding character rights isn't the reason that the Fantastic Four films have failed, but in isolating the Fantastic Four off in Fox's single universe, FOX studio has set themselves up to fail by isolating a team of characters who have built their history in the jointly combined Marvel universe.