Latest PICARD teaser puts the focus on legacy characters

Latest PICARD teaser puts the focus on legacy characters

A short new teaser for Star Trek: Picard has surfaced online and features plenty of new footage from the upcoming series. This teaser in particular puts lots of focus on the legacy characters appearing in the series.

There’s plenty of footage featuring Deanna Troi (Marina Sirtin) and Will Riker (Jonathan Frakes) as well as looks as scenes featuring Data (Brent Spiner) and the hugely anticipated return of Seven of Nine (Jeri Ryan).

Check out the newest teaser in the player below and let us know what you’re most excited for in the comments section.

Star Trek: Picard is set to star Patrick Stewart, Santiago Cabrera, Michelle Hurd and Evan Evagora and will debut on CBS All Access on January 23, 2020 followed by a release on Amazon Prime in the UK and internationally on January 24.


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Suicide Squad

David Ayer discusses lost SUICIDE SQUAD plot elements

Director David Ayer is no stranger to interacting with fans on social media. The Suicide Squad director often challenges haters as well as dropping nuggets of information about the film he had intended to make.

The journey which 2016’s Suicide Squad took to the big screen has been well documented. But many aspects of the film’s original story have been lost in time. Over the Christmas period Ayer dropped some very interesting tidbits about the machine Enchantress (Cara Delevingne) was seen constructing in the film.

“It was supposed to be a boom tube” said Ayer “as she was under control of a motherbox. All the Apokalypse elements were stripped out late in the game. The machine concept was an attempt to create a ticking clock and world threat.”

Ayer had previously confirmed that the film was set to feature Steppenwolf, that character would go on to be the villain in Zack Snyder and Joss Whedon’s critically maligned Justice League film.

Had this original plan come to pass, could we have seen the Justice League and Suicide Squad members team up in the originally announced Justice League Part 2 in order to take on Darkseid?


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The Mandalorian (Disney/Lucasfilm)

Jon Favreau confirms season 2 of THE MANDALORIAN to debut in 2020

Last Friday as Disney+’s flagship series, The Mandalorian, wrap up its debut season with the release of episode 8. The series, which brought us the newest pop culture icon that is Baby Yoda, is already deep in production on season 2 and now we have some idea about when it will land on the streaming service.

Writer Jon Favreau has now taken to social media to confirm that the second season will debut in Fall 2020. In doing so Favreau has also given fans a first look at an upcoming new character!

Additionally, after writing six of the eight episodes of season 1, Favreau has confirmed his intention to direct at least one episode of season 2. Watch this space for more news on The Mandalorian!

Written by Iron Man‘s Jon Favreau, The Mandalorian stars Pedro Pascal, Gina Carano, Carl Weathers, Giancarlo Esposito, Emily Swallow, Omid Abtahi, Werner Herzog and Nick Nolte. The series debuts new episodes weekly on Disney+.


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Marvel confirms a new BLACK WIDOW “exclusive look” coming Jan 13

The first trailer for Black Widow debuted less than one month ago but we’re already hearing news of a second look at the upcoming Marvel Studios film.

It’s been confirmed that an “exclusive look” at Black Widow will debut on January 13 as part of ESPN’s National Championship game. This new look will most likely take the form of a TV spot rather than a full trailer but there’s only one way to find out!

Here’s a reminder of the first trailer for Black Widow

Black Widow will see the return of Scarlett Johansson in her first solo outing. The film is due to release on May 1, 2020 from Marvel Studios.


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Uncharted

UNCHARTED movie set to lose another director

Sony Pictures long gestating Uncharted movie appears to be in trouble again with the loss of another director.

THR is reporting that Bumblee director Travis Knight is being forced out of the project due to another production delay. The delays are being attributed to lead actor Tom Holland’s commitment to returning to his role as Spider-Man.

With the as-yet-untitled third Spider-Man movie set for release on July 16, 2021 it seems that production Uncharted would need to, once again, be delayed.

Both Holland and co-star Mark Wahlberg remain attached to the project which now begins its search for another director.

The film is currently due in cinemas on December 18, 2020.


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New Mutants (20th Century Fox)

Josh Boone confirms second NEW MUTANTS trailer is coming Monday

The first trailer for New Mutants debuted back in October of 2017 and brought the promise of an exciting new entry to the X-Men franchise. Following that trailer things went wildly off track and a series of delays saw the film pushed back to April 2020.

Many believed that the film would never see the light of day but now it seems we are finally moving forwards.

Director Josh Boone has confirmed rumours that a new trailer for the film will debut on Monday, January 6. The director confirmed the news on his Instagram overnight:

“New trailer supervised by myself, co-writer @knatelee and color corrected by the great @peter_deming arrives January 6th. We’re very excited to share it with you! In theaters everywhere April 3rd!” Boone said in the caption.

In case you had forgotten about it, here’s a reminder of the film’s first trailer.

New Mutants stars Anya Taylor-Joy, Maisie Williams, Charlie Heaton, Blu Hunt, Henry Zaga, and Alice Braga. The film is directed by Josh Boone from a screenplay by Boone and Knate Lee. Production credits go to Simon Kinberg, Lauren Schuler Donner and Karen Rosenfelt.


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Harley Quinn (DC Universe/Warner Bros.)

HARLEY QUINN S01E04 “Finding Mr. Right” review

Harley Quinn debuts new episodes on Fridays via the DC Universe streaming platform in North America. International air dates are yet to be confirmed.

Synopsis

In search of a nemesis, Harley goes after Batman (Diedrich Bader) but ends p with an adolescent Robin (Jacob Tremblay), making her the laughing stock of the criminal underworld.

Review

This week Harley Quinn takes a more ensemble approach to its storyline. Though the titular Quinn (Kaley Cuoco) remains at the centre of the action, the spotlight shines heavily on her new supporting crew including the addition of King Shark (Ron Funches).

This is easily the busiest episode of the series to-date and that’s saying a lot for a show which already includes a handful of villains on top of Batman, Commissioner Gordon and Wonder Woman all also appearing.

“Finding Mr. Right” adds Robin (Tremblay), Superman (James Wolk) and Lois Lane (Natalie Morales) to the roster of characters and deep cuts from the DC Universe.

Writer Jess Dweck (The Tonight Show) is able to balance the large ensemble well throughout the episode. Though it feels busy it is in-keeping with the frenetic nature of the series and doesn’t feel like overstuffed nightmare, instead feeling like a comedy road trip through the DCU.

The episode employs some clever misdirection in setting up the conflict between Quinn and the Boy Wonder. When Harley steals the Batmobile, cleverly using a mix of Batman’s voice to circumvent the controls the show calls back to its pilot episode and is another example of the tight storytelling of Harley Quinn.

The scenes build to a confrontation between Quinn and the Dark Knight who is quickly revealed to be Robin and things quickly escalate. Though Quinn is able to best the 12 year-old Damian, it doesn’t earn her the respect of the villainous underworld or the Legion of Doom and she quickly becomes even more of a laughing stock.

Her hunt for a nemesis leads her to take Lois Lane prisoner which, of course, brings our first appearance of Superman. What does become evident is how Harley Quinn portrays its female characters as strong and empowered, Lois barely bats an eyelid at being taken hostage, but Superman and the other male characters are often played for laughs.

I’m not accusing the show of being sexist, not by a long shot. What I’m saying is the writing cleverly places the female leads ahead of their male counterparts in a way which doesn’t necessarily betray their source material but allows them to often be the punchline of a joke.

It supports the overall ethos of the show well and isn’t particularly alienating to any gender watching the show.

Recalling the success of The Tawny Show from the previous episode (reviewed here) much of the story plays out in front of a live studio audience as the situation becomes more-and-more preposterous. From shark tanks, to Ivy attacks and another appearance from Alan Tudyk’s delightful Joker, it all takes place in front of the cameras with Lois, Superman and also Wonder Woman watching from home.

It offers Harley Quinn the chance to become insanely meta as it pokes fun at its own storytelling devices (Bat-Joke-Ley anyone??) in the most brilliant way.

Ultimately “Finding Mr. Right” doesn’t forward the overall narrative of Harley Quinn particularly. It’s easily the most standalone episode of the season to-date but also one of its most fun. The writers are clearly still flexing their muscles and that’s entirely fine with me.

Verdict

Harley Quinn delivers its most bash*t crazy episode to date, overflowing with DC characters and outlandish action sequences. It’s got a Robin, sharks and a show down on the set of a talk show… what more could you ask for?

7/10

Harley Quinn stars Kaley Cuoco as the voice of Harley, and she’ll be joined by Lake Bell, Alan Tudyk, Ron Funches, JB Smoove, Jason Alexander, Wanda Sykes, Giancarlo Esposito, Natalie Morales, Jim Rash, Diedrich Bader, Tony Hale and Chris Meloni.


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Daisy Ridley (Disney/Lucasfilm)

Daisy Ridley talks THE RISE OF SKYWALKER in new interview (video)

Whilst Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is riding high at the world wide box office, we’re taking a look at the film’s press kit.

In this latest video interview Daisy Ridley (Rey… Skywalker?) talks about working with J.J. Abrams again, writer Chris Terrio and re-uniting with co-stars Oscar Isaac and John Boyega.

There’s plenty more Star Wars content over on our YouTube channel so why not check it out?

The film will see the return of Daisy Ridley (Rey), Adam Driver (Kylo Ren), John Boyega (Finn), Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron), Lupita Nyong’o (Maz Kanata), Domhnall Gleeson (General Hux), Kelly Marie Tran (Rose Tico), Joonas Suotamo (Chewbacca), and Billie Lourd (Lieutenant Connix).

Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Anthony Daniels (C-3PO), and Billy Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian) will also all return to reprise their iconic roles from previous films.

The late Carrie Fisher will appear via previously unreleased archive footage.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is in cinemas now!


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Tom Holland in talks for VENOM 2 cameo

Venom 2 is currently deep in production with lead actor Tom Hardy recently sharing some (deleted) shots from the set. But now a new rumour could setup a potential Venom vs. Spider-Man film for the future.

GWW is reporting that Spider-Man: Far From Home and Avengers: Infinity War star Tom Holland is in talks to cameo in the upcoming sequel which is being directed by Andy Serkis.

There’s been no confirmation from Holland or the studio but the mere use of the word “cameo” suggests the role will be small this time around, possibly setting up a future confrontation for the two web-slinging characters.

Andy Serkis directs Venom 2 which stars Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock/Venom, with Michelle Williams returning as Anne Weying. The Film opens in cinemas on October 2, 2020.


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Deadpool 2

Ryan Reynolds confirms work on DEADPOOL 3 with Marvel Studios

Deadpool last hit out screens in 2018 when Deadpool 2 tore up the fourth wall and brought a live-action Cable to our screens. At the time 20th Century Fox were said to be working on a third Deadpool movie as well as an X-Force adaption.

Of course this was all before the studio was bought by Disney and Deadpool became part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. With the character now under the banner of Marvel Studios and in the hands of Kevin Feige many had been wondering what was next for the Merc.

Now star (and producer) Ryan Reynolds has offered an update on the character during an appearance on Live with Kelly and Ryan in North America.

“We’re working on it right now with the whole team,” said Reynolds. “We’re over at Marvel [Studios] now, which is like the big leagues all of a sudden. It’s kinda crazy. So yeah, we’re working on it.”

Take a look at the interview (shared by CBM) in the player below:

https://youtu.be/ZIxWYuIb5ng

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