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Avengers: Endgame’s Time Stone Heist Almost Looked Very Different

Following its record-breaking run in theaters, Avengers: Endgame has finally arrived on DVD and Blu-ray. Plenty of new information about The Russo Brothers’ epic blockbuster have become available ahead of its home release, as the directors and writers fielded interviews about Endgame‘s complicated narrative. Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus wrote both Infinity War and Endgame, and recently revealed that the search for the Time Stone during the Time Heist originally looked much different.

During Avengers: Endgame‘s epic time heist, the newly formed Professor Hulk traveled to the Sanctum Sanctorum to acquire the Time Stone from Tilda Swinton’s Ancient One. It took some convincing, but he was eventually able to get the stone, promising to return it after snapping the dusted back to life. Christopher Markus recently revealed another plan for the Time Stone that got cut, saying:

Well, that’s quite different. While Bruce Banner used his mind and reasoning skills to get The Ancient One to hand over the Time Stone, he was originally in for a much more theatrical adventure. Alas, it got cut for time during the massive blockbuster.

Christopher Markus’ comments to Canada.com shine a light on the process of crafting Avengers: Endgame‘s massive story. The blockbuster had three distinct acts, and the writers/directors had to cram a ton of plot lines and characters into the blockbuster. The second act saw the surviving Avengers traveling through the MCU timeline, attempting to gather the Infinity Stones to bring back half the population.

Bruce Banner succeeded in convincing the Ancient One to hand over the Time Stone, after revealing how her successor Stephen Strange handed over its power to Thanos in Infinity War. It was a surprisingly low action exchange, although fans were happy to see Tilda Swinton’s departed character return to the silver screen.

The Sanctum Sanctorum is a major setting in Marvel comics, and was obviously a big part of Doctor Strange. But the magical house of Bleeker Street didn’t factor heavily into the events of the last two Avengers movies. Endgame originally did just that, as Hulk would have been forced to break into the Sanctum, and battle off the various magical entities that live within those walls.

Unfortunately, that type of mystical side quest would have slowed down Avengers: Endgame‘s runtime, and the epic Time Heist itself. So while the filmmakers likely made the right decision, Marvel fans may have some FOMO thinking about the Doctor Strange content that could have been.

Avengers: Endgame is available on DVD and Blu-ray now, and Black Widow will kick off Phase Four on May 1st, 2020. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

Spider-Man Fallout: Sony ‘Disappointed’ But Planning To Move On Without Marvel

Seismic waves ripped through the Marvel universe yesterday when news broke that Sony and Disney no longer could figure out how to cooperate on a proper deal to share Spider-Man, meaning that the Tom Holland iteration of the character would be leaving the MCU and only appearing in Sony films from here on out. In a nutshell, it was Sony taking its ball and going home after Disney reportedly asked for a new revenue-share model that was more of a 50/50 split – giving Sony far less than they were getting in the previous agreement.

Since the initial report, new statements have been floated to various outlets suggesting that the report of a complete break are premature, but Sony did officially weigh in on its own social media account, explaining:

Well, that doesn’t ease the sting at all. Sony definitely is trying to take the high road in these discussions, praising what Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has accomplished as a producer and guiding hand on the two most recent Spider-Man films.

But they definitely lay the blame at the feet of Disney for making a decision not to allow Feige to continue overseeing the Spider-Man properties, and suggest that Feige might be too busy to manage all of the titles he’s now managing, thanks to Marvel’s own development of franchises like Eternals and Shang-Chi, and the acquisition of the Fox properties.

That’s nonsense, though. Kevin Feige is not sacrificing the ability to make more Spider-Man movies with Sony (and keep Peter Parker in the MCU) because he has too much on his plate. This man fought tooth and nail to get all of Marvel’s characters back under the same umbrella. He’s going to let Spidey walk back to Sony now, and diminish the overall strength of the MCU, right at a point when it was at its strongest?

No, this is about profit sharing, and Sony believing that after Marvel helped them get Spider-Man back on his feet, they can take the baton and keep running with it… and not run it into a wall, like they did with the Andrew Garfield films. The question becomes, do you trust their ability to do that? Several people weighing in on social media suggest that it’s ludicrous to think that the studio who delivered Venom and a handful of disappointing Spider-Man movies can successfully continue the web-head’s legacy. But this appears to be their plan.

There’s still room for negotiation. Disney can lower its asking price. Sony can listen to the outrage from die-hard Spider-Man fans and realize that they shouldn’t remove the hero from the MCU. Cooler heads can still prevail. We’ll continue to track this story, as it feels like significant developments are still to come.

Whoops, MoviePass May Have Left Credit Card Information For Thousands Of Subscribers Exposed

MoviePass hasn’t had the best run of press lately. The once trendy movie subscription service that ballooned to over three million members at its peak has been hammered by accusations of poor customer service and shady business practices. Now it’s getting hit with new allegations that it may have left the credit card information of some of its subscribers exposed and without encryption.

According to Tech Crunch, the alleged security issue is related to a database on one of the company’s subdomains. Security researcher Mossab Hussein, working for the cyberfirm Spider Silk, allegedly uncovered the database and found more than one hundred million records inside. An overwhelming majority of the files were reportedly just standard, unimportant logs, but upon further review, more than ten thousand also reportedly contained credit card information of MoviePass users. Some of the information was reportedly encrypted. Some of it was not. Some of the information was reportedly related to the debit cards MoviePass users were given to redeem tickets, and some were from personal credit cards people used to sign up for the service.

To be clear, there is no information at this time that hackers found and used any of the information to make fraudulent purchases. A few days after the company was alerted of the apparent hole in its security system, the database was allegedly secured and is no longer accessible. Unfortunately, even if no negative reprecussions will come to any users from this, it represents yet another bad press-style allegation against the company that once seemed poised to upend the entire movie theater industry.

Back in the summer of 2018, MoviePass was all the rage, and it felt like, all anyone was talking about. For only $10 a month, a subscriber could see a different movie every day, and MoviePass would foot the bill, effectively losing money (in most parts of the country and during most times of the day) whenever someone decided to go to the theater. The model seemed crazy to many observers, but MoviePass was confident it would eventually hit a threshold in which it would pick up enough casual, every once in awhile users to cover the more active participants. Executives compared it to an all you can eat buffet, in which, after a few days of gorging themselves, the average person would eventually return to eating a normal amount.

All of the above resulted in a lot of consumer frustration. Rumors have swirled that the service may be down to just 225,000 paying customers, which is less than 10 percent of its peak. It’s unlikely this story will help reverse that trend.

Avengers: Endgame Cut A Battle In The Air Featuring Kraglin

Avengers: Endgame may have arrived back in April, but every week includes more information about The Russo Brothers’ epic blockbuster. The pair of directors managed to do the impossible, crafting a narrative that was complicated but not overstuffed, and able to service the myriad characters that make up the MCU. Since the movie was so jam-packed, plenty of moments had to be left on the cutting room floor. And this includes an air battle, which would have featured Sean Gunn’s Kraglin.

Kraglin is a quirky side character in the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise, played by James Gunn’s brother Sean (who is also the stand-in for Rocket during filming). After Endgame was released, a set photo was revealed of Sean Gunn filming as Kraglin, revealing that the Ravager leader was somewhere in that final battle against Thanos. He recently opened up about that deleted sequence, saying:

FOMO alert. Not only did Kraglin have a deleted role in Avengers: Endgame, but we also would have gotten a brief appearance from Youndu’s signature arrow. Even if he didn’t actually use it in the battle.

Sean Gunn’s comments Screen Rant are exciting, and will have fans wondering what the Battle of the Sky would have looked like during Endgame‘s epic conclusion. The galaxy’s final stand against Thanos was a huge battle, which featured every major character of the MCU. Epic team-ups occurred, and even Howard the Duck joined the fight. Kraglin was there for it too, although we didn’t actually see him on screen.

There are plenty of MCU character are capable of flight, so seeing the battle in the air would have been another interesting perspective on Endgame‘s final battle. And in addition to characters like War Machine, Iron Man, and Rescue, the portal sequence showed a variety of ships arriving for the battle as well. They came from Wakanda, New Asgard, and the Ravagers all flew in artillery to take on Thanos, but the movie didn’t focus on the battle happening above the rest of the characters.

As a reminder, you can check out the set photo featuring Sean Gunn’s Kraglin below.

Ultimately Kraglin didn’t get any screen time in Avengers: Endgame, including during Tony’s funeral. Still, Sean Gunn’s contribution to the blockbuster can’t be understated. He was the one filming as Rocket and being a scene partner for the rest of the cast, before visual effects and Bradley Cooper’s voice was ultimately added to the fan favorite character.

Avengers: Endgame is currently available on DVD and Blu-ray, and Sean Gunn will return to the MCU in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

Angel Has Fallen Reviews Are Up, See What Critics Are Saying

Gerard Butler as Mike Banning

Over the past ten years, Gerard Butler has consistently proven himself as an A+ action star, as well as an actor who can be a bit of a chameleon. He’s kicked ass in movies like Zack Snyder’s 300, as well as movies like Geostorm and Den of Thieves, but he’s also got his own starring action series role as Mike Banning in the Fallen series. Olympus Has Fallen and London Has Fallen each cleaned up at the box office, and soon Angel Has Fallen will arrive in theaters to make the property a bonafide trilogy.

Angel Has Fallen will put Gerard Butler’s Mike Banning back in the line of fire, but this time he’s going to have to clear his name after being framed for an attack on Morgan Freeman’s President Allan Trumbull. Reviews for the threequel have just arrived, and they’re a bit of a mixed bag. CinemaBlend’s own Sean O’Connell gave the blockbuster 3.5 stars, saying:

Rare is the action-movie franchise that finds a way to improve by its third installment, and yet, Ric Roman Waugh’s bare-bones Angel Has Fallen ends up being the best chapter in all the Gerard Butler-led bunch. Color me shocked.

The third movie is often the worst in large franchises, making Sean’s review on Angel Has Fallen surprising and hopeful. Fans of the property shouldn’t sit this one out, as it may be the best installment of the property.

Unfortunately, not every critic seems to have thought as highly of Angel Has Fallen. Variety’s Owen Gleiberman criticized the overall film as well as Gerard Butler’s performance as the protagonist. As he put it:

Gerard Butler showed signs of becoming a more riveting actor in last year’s Den of Thieves (sharp dialogue becomes him), but Angel Has Fallen is yet another movie that turns him into a monosyllabic granite-souled neo-Bronson. It reduces him, in the process, to being a macho lox. As staged by director Ric Roman Waugh, the film’s hand-to-hand combat is so routine it’s deadening — and, for that matter, so is its assault-rifle-to-assault-rifle combat. At times, with Banning in the role of unjustly pursued renegade, the whole thing plays like a generic Bourne knockoff.

Yikes. While the Bourne franchise has proven itself to be one of the most consistently solid modern action franchises, Angel Has Fallen isn’t being treated quite as well critically. What’s more, it’s being accused of being a knockoff of the long-running franchise starring Matt Damon.

IndieWire’s David Ehrlich was similarly disappointed in the contents of Angel Has Fallen. He too felt like it was as ripoff of other projects. Furthermore, he took umbrage with the franchise as a whole, in addition to the threequel. As he put it:

With some actual craft, a pinch more personality, and even a single moment that didn’t feel like it was watered down from 100 better movies, Angel Has Fallen might have felt like a fond homage to a bygone era of blockbuster spectacle. Instead, it brings a mediocre series to a fittingly mediocre close, and sends the summer movie season running away with its tail between its legs.

Well, that’s not good. Mediocre isn’t a word you want associated with a summer blockbuster, especially one that has such a talented cast and a built in audience from the previous two installments.

The cast of Angel Has Fallen includes Jada Pinkett Smith, Piper Perabo, and Nick Nolte, in addition to its returning stars. The film’s plot has been criticized by reviews for being both overstuffed with plot details, while also being a boring viewing experience. The Associated Press‘ Lindsey Bahr described this juxtaposition, saying:

These threads are all thrown together in this kitchen sink of a movie that is unforgivably dull for having so much going on at all times — and I haven’t even had the opportunity or reason to mention that this film also has Tim Blake Nelson playing the vice president and Jada Pinkett Smith as the FBI agent who is leading the hunt for Banning. It’s too much and too little at the same time and neither absurd nor exciting enough to maintain an audience’s interest for two hours.

Action movies are typically thrilling experiences, with explosions and fights helping to titillate moviegoers. But despite the action in Angel Has Fallen, plenty of critics have maintained director Ric Roman Waugh’s threequel failed to keep their attention.

Collider‘s Jeff Sneider wasn’t quite as down on Angel Has Fallen, scoring the blockbuster with a B rating. He particularly praised the inclusion and performance of Nick Nolte as Mike Banning’s father Clay. As he put it:

In the end, however, it all comes down to the buddy movie-like chemistry shared by Butler and Nolte, the latter of whom gets most of the film’s best one-liners. It may very well be Nolte’s best performance on the big screen since his Oscar-nominated turn in 2011’s Warrior. And while it’s crazy to think about, Mike Banning just might be the role that Butler is ultimately remembered for. It just comes easy to him, like Bryan Mills did for Liam Neeson in Taken. The character fits him like a glove. Banning isn’t as flashy as, say, Butler’s star-making turn as King Leonidas in Zack Snyder‘s 300, but he gets the job done, just as he gets it done here… again. I don’t know what will be ‘falling’ next, but it’s comforting to know that Mike Banning will be there when it does. Here’s hoping he keeps his dear old dad on speed dial though.

It looks like the third movie in the Fallen franchise might not set up an ending, leaving the possibility open for a fourth installment. Hopefully this will include Nick Nolte, who may steal the show of Angel Has Fallen.

Empire‘s John Nugent had some issues with Angel Has Fallen, particularly its action and poor visual effects. CGI tech has made some outstanding strides, but it appears that the third Fallen movie had some budgetary constraints that prevented great effects from being used. He said:

The action hovers between good and just adequate. Budget constraints can occasionally be felt; some VFX shots seem lifted from a PlayStation2 cutscene. Other sequences are worryingly incoherent — worst among them a fight in a car, at night, with the lights off, shot in close-ups and so choppily edited that it’s not actually clear who’s winning.

IGN‘s Joey Esposito seemed to enjoy the action sequences of Angel Has Fallen a bit more, although he admitted there was some issues with the moviegoing experience. Specifically, he enjoyed the larger scale gunfights thrilling, while the hand to hand combat sequences paled in comparison. He said:

The movie shines brightest when it focuses on the macro action—shootouts and explosions—rather than the micro, more personal hand-to-hand combat it attempts from time to time. It’s astonishing to watch the climactic gun battle showcase a workable understanding of geography and timing, only to see it evaporate when it comes down to a rooftop battle between our hero and the villain. The same goes for a few sequences early on in which Banning takes down some baddies with his bare knuckles; scenes that should be riveting and showcase the resolve of our hero but are instead lost in the muck of quick cuts and indistinguishable snarling faces.

THR‘s Todd McCarthy seem to echo CinemaBlend’s review, stating the third Fallen movie might be more enjoyable than the previous two. Furthermore, he also highlighted Nick Nolte’s performance as Clay Banning. As he put it,

Angel Has Fallen may not be appreciably better than the first two installments of this lower-middle-range Mission: Impossible wannabe franchise, but it’s actually more fun — first and foremost because of a vastly amusing turn by Nick Nolte as Gerard Butler’s eccentric Vietnam vet old coot father. Outfitted with a dizzying body count and robust R-rated mayhem, this late summer action entry brandishes a small war’s worth of bloody violence and heavy artillery to lure boys young and old to theaters, where the 2013 and 2016 entries both landed in the $200 million box office range worldwide.

Overall, the reviews for Angel Has Fallen seem like a bit of a mixed bag. As such, moviegoers may want to get to theaters and judge for themselves. What’s more, the fans of the franchise seem like they’ll have a good time, especially as its related to Mike Banning’s father character.

Angel Has Fallen will arrive in theaters on August 23, 2019. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

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The Bombshell Trailer Smashes A-List Actresses, Fox News And A Scandal Together

That’s Charlize Theron. Look at it again, and tell me how that’s possible. Oscar winner Charlize Theron, playing former Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly in Jay Roach’s comedy drama Bombshell. Not Kelly, herself, playing her own role. Theron. Impossible. She looks exactly like Kelly. It’s uncanny. Here’s the rest of the Bombshell trailer, which just dropped.

And Charlize Theron is just the tip of the awards-worthy iceberg, as you can tell by watching the first, tense Bombshell teaser. Centered around the sexual allegations leveled at the late Roger Ailes, Jay Roach’s Bombshell casts Theron as Fox News Channel staple Megyn Kelly, Nicole Kidman as Fox News castoff Gretchen Carlson, and Oscar nominee Margot Robbie as a fictional producer who’ll likely be on the ground floor of the growing scandal.

The Roger Ailes scandal seems ripe for a Hollywood skewering, and the fact that Jay Roach has recruited The Big Short screenwriter Charles Randolph to help him make sense of it all implies that Bombshell will aim to educate as it infuriates. The trailer does very little to explain how deep into the scandal the movie will plunge. This truly is a tease, in that we don’t even get to see John Lithgow as Ailes, but that’s coming. But we won’t have too long to wait, as Bombshell boasts a December 2019 release date.

The release window suggests a strong Oscar play for Lionsgate, who swooped in and snatched the rights to Bombshell after Annapurna walked away from the production days before it began filming, reportedly over budget concerns. Again, the teaser trailer for Bombshell doesn’t give us that much to work with. But Charlize Theron is transformative as Megyn Kelly, while Nicole Kidman and Margot Robbie are proven dramatic heavyweights. They, alone, should spark a flame of interest around this movie.

In addition to the three ladies mentioned, Bombshell is lining up a savage roster of acting talent. Lithgow plays Roger Ailes. Alice Eve has been cast as Ainsley Earhardt and Alanna Ubach will play Jeanine Pirro. The supporting cast rounds out with Kate McKinnon, Stephen Root, Connie Britton, Ashley Greene and Allison Janney. The movie will be in theaters on December 20.

Netflix New Releases: Movies And TV Shows Coming To Netflix Streaming In September 2019

For avid TV viewers, the fall months present an exciting opportunity. Namely, that their favorite small screen shows are likely to return for new seasons, after the excruciatingly long summer hiatus. That’s also the case with Netflix’s scheduling, but the streaming service also offers a slew of new movies for the subscribers to enjoy at the start of the month. And we’ve recently gotten news regarding which titles are joining the Netflix catalogue in September, and there is a nice mixture of fan favorites an exciting new projects.

Below is the list for all the new content arriving on Netflix in September of 2019. Mark your calendars for each new arrival, and also enjoy the slew of movie titles that will become available on the first of the month.

Week of August 1

300 – 09/01/019
68 Kill – 09/01/019
American Psycho (2000) – 09/01/019
Dante’s Peak – 09/01/019
Elena – 09/01/019
For the Birds – 09/01/019
Igor – 09/01/019
Loo Loo Kids: Johny & Friends Musical Adventures: Season 1 – 09/01/019
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Season 6 – 09/01/019
Moving Art: Season 3 – 09/01/019
My Sister’s Keeper – 09/01/019
Mystic River – 09/01/019
Olmo & the Seagull – 09/01/019
Open Season – 09/01/019
Rebel in the Rye – 09/01/019
Scream: Season 3 – 09/01/019
Serial Killer with Piers Morgan: Season 1 – 09/01/019
Spookley the Square Pumpkin – 09/01/019
Stripes – 09/01/019
Superbad – 09/01/019
The Lake House – 09/01/019
The Last Exorcism – 09/01/019
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King – 09/01/019
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers – 09/01/019
The Saint – 09/01/019
The Taking of Pelham 123 – 09/01/019
The Walking Dead: Season 9 – 09/01/019
Uncle Naji in UAE – 09/01/019
You Don’t Mess with the Zohan – 09/01/019

The World We Make – 09/04/19
Archibald’s Next Big Thing – NETFLIX FAMILY – 09/06/19
Article 15 – 09/06/19
Elite: Season 2 – NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Hip-Hop Evolution: Season 3 – NETFLIX ORIGINAL – 09/06/19
Jack Whitehall: Travels with My Father: Season 3 – NETFLIX ORIGINAL – 09/06/19
The Spy – NETFLIX ORIGINAL – 09/06/19

Week Of September 8

Norm of the North: King Sized Adventure – 09/09/19
Bill Burr: Paper Tiger – NETFLIX ORIGINAL – 09/10/19
Eat Pray Love – 09/10/19
Evelyn – NETFLIX ORIGINAL – 09/10/19
Shameless: Season 9 – 09/10/19
TERRACE HOUSE: TOKYO 2019-2020 – NETFLIX ORIGINAL – 09/19/19
The I-Land – NETFLIX ORIGINAL – 09/12/19
The Mind, Explained – NETFLIX ORIGINAL – 09/12/19
Turbo – 09/12/19
The Chef Show: Volume 2- NETFLIX ORIGINAL – 09/13/19
Head Count – 09/13/19
Hello, Privilege. It’s Me, Chelsea – NETFLIX ORIGINAL – 09/13/19
I’m Sorry: Season 2 – 09/13/19
Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress: The Battle of Unato – NETFLIX ORIGINAL – 09/13/19
The Ranch: Part 7 – NETFLIX ORIGINAL – 09/13/19
Tall Girl – NETFLIX FILM – 09/13/19
Unbelievable – NETFLIX ORIGINAL – 09/13/19
We Have Always Lived in the Castle – 09/14/19

Week of September 15

Los Tigres del Norte at Folsom Prison – NETFLIX ORIGINAL – 09/15/19
Steal a Pencil for Me – 09/15/19
Surviving R. Kelly: Season 1 – 09/15/19
Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives – 09/17/19
The Last Kids on Earth – NETFLIX FAMILY – 09/17/19
Come and Find Me – 09/18/19
Océans – 09/19/19
Between Two Ferns: The Movie – NETFLIX FILM – 09/20/19
Criminal – NETFLIX ORIGINAL – 09/20/19
Daddy Issues – 09/20/19
Disenchantment: Part 2 – NETFLIX ORIGINAL – 09/20/19
Fastest Car: Season 2 – NETFLIX ORIGINAL – 09/20/19
Inside Bill’s Brain: Decoding Bill Gates – NETFLIX DOCUMENTARY – 09/20/19
Las del hockey – NETFLIX ORIGINAL – 09/20/19
Sarah’s Key – 09/21/19

Team Kaylie – NETFLIX FAMILY – 09/23/19
American Horror Story: Apocalypse – 09/24/19
Jeff Dunham: Beside Himself – 09/24/19
Abstract: The Art of Design: Season 2 – NETFLIX ORIGINAL – 09/25/19
Birders – NETFLIX ORIGINAL – 09/25/19
El recluso – NETFLIX ORIGINAL – 09/25/19
Furie – 09/25/19
Glitch: Season 3 – NETFLIX ORIGINAL – 09/25/19
Explained: Season 2 – NETFLIX ORIGINAL – 09/26/19
The Grandmaster – 09/26/19
Bard of Blood – NETFLIX ORIGINAL – 09/27/19
Dragons: Rescue Riders – NETFLIX FAMILY – 09/27/19
El marginal: Season 3 – NETFLIX ORIGINAL – 09/27/19
In the Shadow of the Moon – NETFLIX FILM – 09/27/19
Locked Up: Season 4 – 09/27/19
The Politician – NETFLIX ORIGINAL – 09/27/19
Skylines – NETFLIX ORIGINAL – 09/27/19
Sturgill Simpson Presents Sound & Fury – NETFLIX ANIME – 09/27/19
Vis a vis: Season 4 – NETFLIX ORIGINAL – 09/27/19

Week Of Sept 29

Gotham: Season 5 – 09/30/19
Mo Gilligan: Momentum – NETFLIX ORIGINAL – 09/30/19

There’s clearly some exciting new titles coming to Netflix in September, for both the small and big screen. The first of the month obviously provides the biggest slew of new programming for the massive streaming service, with plenty of fan favorite movies available for moviegoers to enjoy on their TV or smart device.

For the movie side of things, there’s some classic properties coming to Netflix that will make fans very happy. The second two Lord of the Rings movies will be available to stream on September 1st, although the original movie is noticeably missing from the lineup. You’ll just have to watch a recap in order to remind yourself of the drama on Middle Earth. Christian Bale’s iconic American Psycho will also be available to stream, as well as Zack Snyder’s 300 and the always heart-wrenching My Sister’s Keeper.

As for TV, there will be plenty of exciting shows from last season becoming available, allowing you to binge watch before catching new seasons. The Walking Dead and American Horror Story: Apocalypse are both heading to Netflix next month, as well as the final season of Gotham. Plus, there’s new content in the form of Season 2 of Disenchantment, Season 7 of The Ranch, and Gwyneth Paltrow’s upcoming series The Politician.

Of course, the above schedule is subject to availability and changes ahead of each date. So you may want to check your regional Netflix lineup to make sure each date plays out. But enjoy all the new content, and be sure to check back with CinemaBlend for updates about October’s lineup.

No, Blumhouse Isn’t Doing A Scream Reboot

Following Blumhouse’s success with last year’s Halloween rebootquel, horror fans have been wondering what other iconic properties the production company could tackle and return to prominence next. So it was exciting when a report dropped the other day that a Scream reboot was moving forward at Blumhouse. That was apparently premature though, because no, Blumhouse isn’t doing a Scream reboot. Take a look:

Ryan Turek is the VP of Feature Film Development at Blumhouse Productions and has served as producer on films like Happy Death Day, Truth or Dare, Halloween and Ma, so if anyone knows if Blumhouse has a Scream reboot in development, it’s him. Unfortunately though, as he makes clear in his amused tweet responding to the report, that is not the case. Blumhouse is not rebooting Scream.

That said, although it isn’t happening, that doesn’t mean that Ryan Turek doesn’t want it to. He makes it clear that he wishes Blumhouse was working on a Scream film, but that doesn’t make it so; wishes only go so far when money and rights issues are concerned.

In the Twitter thread, someone asked Ryan Turek that if he were working on Scream, would he want to reboot it or do Scream 5, to which he responded “Personally? 5…” So if he had his way, a Blumhouse Scream wouldn’t even be a reboot, it would be a sequel.

Ryan Turek isn’t alone in his wish to work on a new Scream movie. In the past, Jason Blum has expressed a desire to get his hands on the Scream property, as well as Hellraiser and I Know What You Did Last Summer. But he admitted that wanting to do something and getting to are two separate things, and that nothing was happening with those properties because of the tangled rights issues.

The original report about Blumhouse’s Scream reboot has since been updated and now claims that a Scream reboot is indeed in development, just not at Blumhouse. We’ll have to see what happens on that front, but it certainly seems likely that in the midst of the ongoing horror renaissance and given Hollywood’s current obsession with recognizable IPs, most horror properties probably have someone trying to bring them back to the big screen.

Blumhouse didn’t have the rights to make a Halloween sequel until it did, and now we’re getting two sequels, Halloween Kills and Halloween Ends. So maybe the horror darling will figure out a way to get its hands on Scream or any of the other iconic horror properties just waiting for a chance to return and be discovered by fans and new audiences alike.

We’ll keep you updated on any news on the Scream front as it develops. In the meantime, check out our 2019 Release Schedule to see what’s headed to theaters this year and let us know what’s your favorite scary movie in the comments below.

Martin Freeman Reveals If His Black Panther Character Survived The Snap

Following the jaw-dropping events of Avengers: Infinity War, Marvel fans were scrambling to place each of the vast universe’s characters in one of two columns: those who survived and the snapped. It fueled tons of theories about where Endgame would go after audiences witnessed many of their beloved characters turn to dust. When the Avengers faced off against Thanos in the massive Endgame battle just about everyone answered Cap’s “assemble” call and a sigh of relief could be felt across the galaxy.

As we look ahead to the future of the MCU, Endgame still holds weight. In the highly-anticipated Black Panther 2 for example, did Martin Freeman’s Everett Ross make it through those five rough years? Here’s what the Sherlock actor says:

Whew! The Deputy Task Force Commander who fought alongside T’Challa and Wakandan soldiers to take down Killmonger in Black Panther may not have made an appearance in Endgame, but it looks like he’s still alive and well in the MCU. Martin Freeman told Uproxx he thinks his Marvel character survived the snap and the following regarding the development of the sequel:

Although the studio’s Phase Four slate recently revealed at San Diego Comic Con didn’t include Black Panther 2, Marvel chief Kevin Feige confirmed it was in development. The highly-anticipated sequel is still in early stages, as Feige recently said Ryan Coogler had just started working on the script. Black Panther 2 will likely be part of Phase Five, perhaps alongside Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, Captain Marvel 2 and Blade.

When we do pick up with the cast of Black Panther for the sequel, it will be exciting to see how the Snap affected life in Wakanda and what Everett Ross was up to during this time. In the comics, he becomes an expert on Wakandan culture and a trusted ally to T’Challa and his family.

Martin Freeman is currently promoting his new romantic comedy with Gotham’s Morena Baccarin, Ode To Joy. The movie is about a man (Freeman) with a neurological disorder that has feelings of joy make him faint. When Baccarin’s character comes into his life, this becomes a bit more of a problem. Ode to Joy is now available to rent.

Jeremy Renner Pleads With Sony To Bring Spider-Man Back To Marvel

Jeremy Renner as Ronin in Avengers: Endgame

At the time of this writing, it hasn’t even been a full day since the news broke that Marvel and Sony ended the partnership that saw them working together on Tom Holland’s incarnation of Spider-Man. As a result, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige will no longer produce any future Spider-Man movies, subsequently resulting in this version of Web-Slinger not being a major Marvel Cinematic Universe player and appearing in Sony-only films from this point forward.

Needless to say this turn of events sent shockwaves through the entertainment realm, and it’s not just fans expressing dismay at this new status quo. Jeremy Renner, who plays the MCU’s version of Clint Barton/Hawkeye/Ronin, took to social media to request that Sony give Spider-Man back to Marvel, as you’ll see below.

Jeremy Renner picked a good picture of himself for this Instagram post. Here we have Clint Barton at one of his most emotionally moments in Avengers: Endgame… nay, his entire MCU tenure. He just watched Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow throw herself off a cliff on Vormir, and now he’s within the Soul Stone. He accomplished his mission, but the cost was losing his best friend.

Alright, so Spider-Man leaving the MCU ranks lower on the loss scale, but like the rest of us, Jeremy Renner is clearly not happy that Sony is yanking ol’ Web-Head out of this continually-expanding shared universe. And while his pleading to Sony is unlikely to get the brass over there to budge on their current stance, he’s nonetheless making an effort. That said, to quote Clint Barton from earlier in Avengers: Endgame, “Don’t… don’t give me hope.”

For those who were camped out under a rock yesterday and missed out on the big Spider-Man news, it was reported that this Spider-Man shakeup, revolved around, as many things in life do, money. Disney, which has only been getting 5% of first dollar gross on the MCU-Spider-Man movies, wanted a bigger split: 50/50 on co-financing, to be precise. Sony, which has had the Spider-Man film rights for decades (but not the merchandising rights, which Marvel kept), refused that offer, and the two sides decided to go their separate ways.

Sony later officially commented on this matter, saying that it was “disappointed” by what happened, but “respected” Disney’s decision not to have Kevin Feige not continue as a lead producer on the next live action Spider-Man movie. The official statement also suggested that Feige being too busy with everything Disney’s put on his plate, including “all their newly added Marvel properties” (i.e. the X-Men and Fantastic Four), meant he didn’t have time to work on a property Marvel and Disney don’t own.

So what does this mean for Spider-Man’s cinematic future? Well, assuming Disney and Sony don’t return to the proverbial table and come up with a new deal, we won’t be seeing Tom Holland’s Spider-Man interact with other MCU characters again. In fact, it’s unclear if this version of Spidey will even technically still exist in the MCU or if he’ll somehow be excised from it, which could be problem given that this Peter Parker and the main villains he’s faced are closely connected to other corners of this franchise.

What’s the MCU’s loss could also become the Sony Marvel Universe’s gain, which kicked off last year with Venom, and has Venom 2 and Morbius on the way, along with numerous other projects in development. There’s been a lot of talk about if Tom Holland’s Spider-Man and Tom Hardy’s Venom could ever cross paths, and now that Spidey isn’t affiliated with the MCU anymore, that presumably leaves him free to take center stage in this franchise that relies on characters connected to him.

This change to live action Spider-Man’s status quo comes after Sony’s had a great year with the Web-Slinging property as a while. While not a critical hit, Venom was a commercial powerhouse, making over $856 million worldwide. Two months later, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse followed and was met with critical acclaim and earned numerous accolades, including a Golden Globe and an Academy Award. The Into the Spider-Verse franchise will continue with a sequel and spinoff, and there are also numerous tie-in TV shows in development.

And then there’s July’s Spider-Man: Far From Home, the sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming and Tom Holland’s fifth appearance as Peter Parker. Like its predecessor, Far From Home received many positive reviews, but it also crossed the billion mark and eventually became Sony’s highest-grossing movie, surpassing 2012’s Skyfall.

Although it initially seemed like Spider-Man: Far From Home’s theatrical run was wrapping up, it was announced on Monday that an extended version of the movie will be screened on Labor Day weekend. The timing’s a little awkward now though considering that barring any changes, Far From Home will be Spider-Man’s last MCU appearance, but just how Avengers: Endgame’s re-release worked out quite well for Disney, Sony can expect to add a little more to its coffers by providing a slightly-longer Far From Home.

Despite this shakeup, Sony reportedly doesn’t plan on pressing pause on the live action Spider-Man front. Two more movies are reportedly in the works, and the studio is aiming to have both Tom Holland and Jon Watts back, though the latter currently doesn’t have a deal in place for a third Spider-Man movie. It remains to be seen if/when Holland and Watts will publicly comment on what’s happened to the Spider-Man film franchise.

As for Jeremy Renner, however this Spider-Man situation turns out, he’ll be sticking around the MCU, just not the film side of it. It was confirmed at San Diego Comic-Con that a Hawkeye series is in the works for Disney+, and it’ll see Clint Barton training Kate Bishop to be the new Hawkeye in the aftermath of Avengers: Endgame. The show will drop sometime in late 2021.

Keep checking back with CinemaBlend for all the latest updates concerning Spider-Man’s film future. In the meantime, browse through our Marvel movies guide to learn what that franchise has coming up. You can also keep track of the rest of this year’s release with our 2019 schedule.

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