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Wait, Did Kevin Feige Help Sony With Venom?

It’s been an interesting week in the world of comic book movies, especially when it comes to the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. Despite the massive success of Spider-Man: Far From Home, Sony and Marvel have ended their shared custody of Tom Holland’s signature Marvel hero. The future of Peter’s role in the MCU is unclear, as the Spider-Verse continues to grow for Sony, kickstarted by the success of Venom. But did Kevin Feige actually work on Ruben Fleischer’s blockbuster?

Venom was a big risk for Sony, one that ended up paying off greatly once the movie hit theaters. Despite a poor critical performance, the movie really connected with audiences, and it made a ton of money at the box office. The movie was in some ways the antithesis of the meticulous MCU, but a report about Sony and Disney’s Spider-beef indicated that he “lent an unofficial hand” in the early stages of Venom‘s road to theaters.

This potential intel comes to us from Deadline, which helped break the news of Sony and Marvel’s split as the news originally broke. The Venom franchise and its potential future no doubt factored into Sony’s decision to end the deal, given the property’s potential to grow and create spinoff opportunities. And the potential to bring the wall-crawler into the story with his villains was likely too good to pass up.

Kevin Feige’s involvement with Venom may end up just being a rumor, as there hasn’t been any previous indication that he was involved in Eddie Brock’s raucous origin story. What’s more, the outlet has since updated/retracted the story, and the line about Feige appears to no longer be present. Still, it’s a concept that is blowing minds of the collective fandom in the midst of the ongoing situation.

Cinephiles were shocked earlier this week when news of Sony and Marvel’s split was revealed. The turn of events basically broke the internet, and left us with countless questions about how the Spider-Verse and Marvel Cinematic Universe would move forward. The latter franchise seems to be in a particularly precarious position, given how popular Tom Holland’s Peter Parker has become across his five film appearances.

Spider-Man made his long awaited Marvel debut at the start of Phase Three with Captain America: Civil War. Fans instantly connected with Tom Holland’s youthful energy and gymnastic abilities, and the character had a compelling arc throughout that slate of movies. His relationship with Tony Stark was a particularly beloved aspect of the larger shared universe, and the story was played out across his two solo movies and Avengers appearances.

It should be fascinating to see how the ongoing situation continues to unfurl. Social media has been sounding off, with Spider-related hashtags trending for the past few days. There’s no way of predicting how the industry will handle this change, and what storytelling possibilities close or end. Regardless, CinemaBlend will keep you updated as more details become public.

Venom 2 is currently set to arrive in theaters on October 2nd, 2020, and the next installment in the MCU will be Black Widow on May 1st, 2020. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

Terminator 2’s Robert Patrick Is Down To Return To The Franchise

As far as sci-fi franchises go, there’s few quite as iconic as James Cameron’s Terminator. The futuristic and action-heavy property has compelled moviegoers for decades, and has never really been far from theaters. But Terminator fans are especially excited for the upcoming release of Dark Fate, which will be an R-rated direct sequel to Terminator 2: Judgement Day and feature Linda Hamilton’s Sarah Connor. So could T2 actor Robert Patrick also appear in a future installment?

Robert Patrick played Terminator 2‘s primary antagonist, the T-1000. Made of liquid metal, the updated Terminator had special capabilities that made him especially troublesome for T-800, Sarah, and John. Patrick was recently asked if he’d be interested in returning to the sci-fi franchise, and he said:

Well, this is exciting. It looks like the liquid villain of Terminator 2 is down to return for a role in a future installment. The reason? Because he loves working and making a living as an actor.

Robert Patrick’s comments to Comic Book are sure to make hardcore fans of the Terminator franchise happy. Terminator 2: Judgement Day is largely considered the best installment in the long-running property, with Arnold Schwarzenegger transitioning from villain to ally throughout the course of James Cameron’s follow-up.

That’s what makes Terminator: Dark Fate such an exciting project, with tons of anticipation behind its upcoming release. The upcoming movie will ignore the rest of the franchise’s sequels, following up with Sarah Connor decades after she stopped judgement day in T2. Also reprising his role is Edward Furlong, who portrayed Sarah’s son John.

Since the trio of leading Terminator 2 actors are returning for the franchise with Dark Fate, the only one really missing from the reunion is Robert Patrick. The 60 year-old actor’s character perished during the conclusion of that first sequel, although Arnold Schwarzenegger’s character did as well. Just how he might be brought back is unclear, but it’s a concept that fans would be very happy about.

The Terminator franchise, complete with a new timeline, will continue when Terminator: Dark Fate arrives in theaters November 1st. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

Spider-Man Fans Are Planning A Protest On Sony’s Lot After Split With Marvel

Fans of tjhe Marvel Cinematic Universe have been in a state of shock since it was revealed that Tom Holland‘s Spider-Man might be on his way out of the successful franchise. While it’s far from clear exactly why, indications are that the deal between Marvel and Sony that brought the web-head into the MCU has fallen apart. However, fans aren’t taking the situation lying down, as many thousands are apparently planning to “storm Sony” in order to bring Spider-Man back to the MCU.

A Facebook Event has been created with the title “Storm Sony And Bring Spider-Man Home To The MCU.” The event is currently scheduled to take place on Saturday October 19th at noon eastern time at Sony’s New York City offices. Currently, nearly 9,000 people have RSVP’d as going to the event, with another 7,000 listed as interested.

While the title of the event may imply a “they can’t stop all of us” Area 51 sort of plan, the description of the event says the event is planned as a non-violent protest, so it doesn’t seem there is an actual plan to take the building, simply to gather, in your Spider-Man gear, and protest the fact that Spider-Man is leaving the MCU.

Earlier this week it was revealed that negotiations between Sony and Marvel had fallen apart, resulting in Kevin Feige and Marvel Studios no longer being directly involved in co-producing Spider-Man movies with Sony. That seemingly takes the character out of the MCU movies since Sony is the actual owner of the film rights to the character.

While the decision certainly makes business sense for Sony, since they don’t need to share their profits with Marvel, for those more interested in the story of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it’s a blow. Even Spider-Man’s solo movies from Sony have benefited from their connection to the MCU and appearances by other characters. Now, it seems that the next Spider-Man movie will simply magically take place in a universe where Venom exists but Nick Fury does not.

Clearly, this Facebook event, and many fans, have decided that the fault of the breakdown lies with Sony. Indications are that Disney was asking for a much larger stake in future Spider-Man movies and Sony balked at that. According to Sony, Disney made the decision to pull Kevin Feige away because the man has so many responsibilities, he simply didn’t have the time to work on Spider-Man as well.

Of course, at this point a lot of this might be semantics. While another Spider-Man movie is certain, no movie has been announced. In addition, it’s hard to see anyplace in Marvel’s announced slate where Spider-Man could have been appearing. It’s possible that by the time Spider-Man becomes an active concern again, we could see the two sides make up and figure out a deal.

Disney Reveals Its ‘Secret Project’, And It’s Not Exactly Space Mountain

Both casual fans and hardcore Disney enthusiasts are gearing up for this weekend’s D23 expo in Anaheim, California. The biennial event is expected to generate a ton of exciting reveals and teases for the future of Disney Theme Parks, Disney+ and Disney’s movie schedule, as well as some talk about the other properties it now owns. Some of the first whispers were revealed last night, and while a handful went over very well, there has been a general sense of “huh” following the reveal of Disney’s so-called “Secret Project”.

The so-called “Secret Project” has been a fertile source of theories and conversations among hardcore Disney fans since it was added to the D23 schedule at the beginning of August. It was given its own panel, and fans were told the subject would be announced on August 22nd. Theories ranged from a new park in India to new hotels at Walt Disney World to a 5th Park to a massive new ride. It turns out the real answer is a documentary and 52 episode short-form series on what it’s like to work at Disney, as well as an accompanying coffee table book. Huh.

Now I’m a huge Disney guy. I appreciate what the Mouse House’s best and brightest do. I will even watch these shorts (and the documentary) when they come out. I’m in on the concept. The project itself is not the problem, but like the rest of the Internet, I am confused and even kind of annoyed at the marketing strategy here. Disney is typically one of the best companies in the entire world at playing the hype game. Mickey and friends know how to tease an idea, build momentum and create a buzz. They certainly created the buzz here, but if you can’t deliver and are only going to disappoint people, why even create the buzz at all?

There are really only two different possibilities here. Let’s explore each one of them individually. The first is that Disney teased the project because executives thought fans would be much more excited about featurettes on Disney employees. Maybe the decision-makers thought the sheer scope of this project, per The Mercury News, (76 different photoshoots, all of which happened on the same day, plus video packages) was going to impress the target audience. And it is impressive. I don’t want to lose sight of the fact that there was tremendous effort put in here.

Thumbs up to whoever thought of doing this, but at the end of the day, it’s still a Disney streaming project and coffee table book about Disney employees produced by Disney employees. How could that possibly live up to the hype and speculation of a “Secret Project” coming from a company that routinely creates things that cost hundreds of millions of dollars?

Now the second option here is that this “Secret Project” was originally something else. It was going to be one of these ideas people have tossed out or a completely separate big ticket idea, but at some point, executives decided it wasn’t a good idea to announce it and turned this Cast Members documentary into the thing. That would make sense from a marketing standpoint. It would be better to get criticized for underdelivering on an announcement than for either cancelling the announcement or announcing something really cool that you can’t ultimately deliver and will get crushed for later. This course of action makes logical sense, but it also begs the question of what could have possibly changed in a month.

Ultimately, we don’t know what exactly happened here, and we may never know. There should be a ton of fun and exciting Disney announcements coming over the next few days, and by Sunday night, most of us will probably have forgotten this little mishap even happened. But for a company that’s normally so incredible at creating expectations and delivering on them, it’s hard not to be disappointed by the “Secret Project” turned out.

Brad Pitt Knows The Answer To Once Upon A Time In Hollywood’s Unsolved Mystery

Quentin Tarantino loves leaving open-ended conversations, both in his films and outside of them. What’s in the briefcase in Pulp Fiction? Is Kill Bill really one movie, or two? His latest, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, also leaves a dangling plot thread that several people have been pulling on, and in a recent interview, co-star Brad Pitt admits that he knows that answer.

In the film, Pitt plays perennial stunt man Cliff Booth, a knock-around film industry veteran who currently “carries the load” for fading character actor Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio). Booth’s not welcome on the set of every movie, primarily because there’s a nasty rumor about him that he might have killed his wife. Asked by the L.A. Times if Brad Pitt knows the answer to the mystery, the elusive star confessed:

So it seems the cast of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood are buying into the Pulp Fiction line of mystery, choosing not to reveal some of the delicious secrets that Quentin Tarantino layers into his screenplays to help keep the loyal audience guessing.

With Cliff Booth, however, the answer to the mystery has prevented several audience members from fully embracing his character. Did he actually murder his wife that day on the boat? Tarantino takes the flashback scene right up to the moment where a murder was possible. But he stops short of revealing whether or not Cliff’s a cold-blooded killer, or just a guy whose reputation has been dogged by a nasty rumor.

Of course, Brad Pitt being the outstanding character actor that he is, he adores the ambiguity of Cliff’s backstory, preferring to exist in the grey areas that avoid giving an audience a simple, regurgitated answer. Pitt did tell the L.A. Times that he worked out the answer of Cliff’s guilt so that he could construct the character properly, but he has no intention of sharing what he came up with. When told that the mystery leaves a black cloud over Cliff, Pitt says:

That’s the right attitude. Not every plot point needs to be crystal clear, and the uncertain makes both Cliff Booth and the entirety of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood more intriguing. We want to root for Booth, but question our own motives in light of the uncertainty. It leads to fascinating discussion and debate.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood continues to perform well at the box office, earning some repeat business as it pushes its domestic cume to $116 million. It has plenty more global markets in which it needs to open, and hopefully a lengthy Oscar campaign in which to engage. Where Pitt can continue to dodge this question from reporters far and wide.

The Rumored Price For The New Disney Star Wars Hotel Is Pretty Intense

Star Wars hotel room concept art

While Walt Disney World is just about to enjoy the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, that’s only the beginning when it comes to the Star Wars experiences that guests will be able to enjoy before too long. A Star Wars themed hotel is currently under construction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios that’s connected to the new land, which has been teasing an experience so immersive that it may outdo the theme park itself.

Almost nothing official has been revealed about the hotel or experience, but rumors have indicated the hotel will be a set length, two nights and three days, and will involve all the guests in their very own Star Wars story, complete with wardrobe. Such a thing clearly is not going to be cheap, but a new rumor has indicated that the price may be a bit more than your highest expectations, as the complete experience could run you $3,300 for a single person or $7,200 for a cabin of five.

This price is reportedly for the standard cabins. There will be “First Class” cabins available as well, but the rumor from WDWNT doesn’t have those numbers. The markup between standard rooms and larger suites at other Walt Disney World hotels can be significant, so those better cabins could end up costing twice as much, maybe more.

Of course, it has to be said that this hotel won’t even exist for a couple more years, so there’s no way these numbers are final. They will almost certainly fluctuate based on a number of factors. Even if these numbers are legitimately what Walt Disney World is considering right now, they can’t possibly be more than placeholders.

Honestly, when you break it down, it’s not necessarily that insane a number. The 5-person room cost breaks down to $1,440 per person or $480 per day, and since this hotel will be operating more like a cruise ship tha a standard hotel, most food and drink, as well as some entertainment, will be included in that price. It’s not cheap, to be sure, but for a one-of-a-kind vacation experience, it’s maybe not as crazy as it appears.

The cruise ship analogy fits quite nicely because that’s really what this. The theming for the hotel is that guests will be on board a starship traveling through space. When you’re inside the hotel windows will only look out onto star fields. One would assume that a “shore excursion” to Batuu, allowing you to visit Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will also be part of the experience.

$480 per person is actually quite reasonable for room and food and entertainment for a day at Walt Disney World. If you have four friends you can split a room with that you enjoy vacationing with, it could actually be quite fun.

Honestly, even the single person number isn’t all that insane when you consider what is included. If you were to book a room at one of Disney’s more expensive existing hotels, buy your theme park tickets, and eat a couple of nice table service meals in a day, you could easily approach spending four figures per day on your vacation. Hell, a suite at the Animal Kingdom Lodge costs more than $1,000 a night by itself.

There was never any question that this hotel was going to be expensive. Of course, if these prices are anywhere close to correct, then honestly the new Star Wars hotel is going to be a vacation all its own. Spending $500-$1000 per day on your vacation to do the Star Wars hotel may be worth it for the experience, but if you’re tacking that onto a longer Walt Disney World vacation, you could end up spending more than a week at the theme park in total, and, even if the per day cost isn’t insane, it’s just a lot of money at the end of the trip.

Of course, getting you to spend as much time at Walt Disney World as possible is the point. A Star Wars hotel that is a completely inclusive experience means you have no reason to leave. Any additional money that you do spend, you spend at Disney.

If these numbers are still too high, odds are they are the standard rate. Walt Disney World hotel rates fluctuate with the season so there may be a time of year when the rooms are slightly cheaper. Although, one guesses that, assuming the hotel is in high demand, even getting a room at first will be tough.

There will apparently only be 34 rooms per floor, 32 standard and two First Class cabins, which is much smaller than your average hotel. This means that the hotel as a whole will have fewer rooms. This probably a necessity for managing the crowd, considering that everybody in the building will apparently be involved in some sort of Star Wars themed adventure. If there are too many people, it just becomes impossible to manage, but it’s another reason the per room cost may be so high.

As somebody who recently spent a week at Walt Disney World with a dozen friends, I could easily see myself grabbing a couple of them to go with my family and share a room on the Star Wars hotel, even going with just my family isn’t out of the question if I save up. For fans of Walt Disney World or Star Wars, there is going to be nothing quite like this and those who are able will almost certainly find the money to visit once.

With Disney’s D23 Expo happening this weekend, and an entire panel dedicated to Disney Parks on the schedule, we’ll probably get some news on the forthcoming hotel. We could get a confirmed name or a window for opening. It’s probably too far out for much more than that. It’s unlikely anything like pricing will be confirmed. Not only is it too far out for these numbers to be final, but Disney doesn’t usually drop “bad news” at D23, and prices like this will certainly qualify for a lot of people.

Are these prices too expensive or will you be booking your room at the first opportunity? Let us know in the poll below.

If These Prices Are Accurate, Will You Be Booking A Room At The Star Wars Hotel At Walt Disney World?

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8 Great Movies Coming To Netflix In September 2019

The Lord Of The Rings: Return of the King Aragorn stares forcefully

As we near the fall season of moviegoing, it’s good to fall back on some old favorites in-between new and exciting fare, like the potentially surprising horror hit Ready or Not. While not every weekend is a barnstormer at the box office, that just means there’s more room to head to Netflix for something you’ve seen a million times before, or perhaps not at all.

With that in mind, we’re always on the lookout for the best and brightest titles to come online in any given month, and September 2019 looks to have some ringers headed our way. If you’re curious as to what else Netflix is bringing to the table in the next month, head over to our full rundown of the titles coming online.

Otherwise, it’s time to look into the future and recommend the following prime picks:

300 Leonidas watches his enemies fall in the rain

300

At the height of his powers, director Zack Snyder was one of the most creative interpreters of the DC/Vertigo comic line that Warner Bros had to offer. Working around the same time as Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy was in play, Snyder gave the world two precious graphic novel based gifts: Watchmen and 300. Gerard Butler, Michael Fassbender, and Lena Headey all star in the latter, Snyder’s adaptation of Frank Miller’s cult comic classic, which is drenched in his personal brand of style.

A lot of the hallmarks of the director’s visual language are here, especially the beginnings of his obsession with speed ramping, as this film most definitely lead to the director’s prime position in DC Comics’ filmmaking apparatus. Debate 300’s messages all you want, you can’t rob the film of its beauty.

American Psycho Patrick stares intensely at his axe

American Psycho

Before Christian Bale even donned a cape for the first time, he had a noteworthy career in a variety of roles that would set him up as an acting talent that had to be seen to be believed. Among those early victories was a film that was passed around with quite a bit of impish glee: director Mary Herron’s version of Bret Easton Ellis’ infamous novel American Psycho.

As the central role of insecure sociopath Patrick Bateman, Bale set a benchmark for a role that had already drawn quite a bit of attention through merely existing in print. So you could imagine how much seeing Bateman kill Paul Allen for the first time on screen must have shocked audiences in 2000 for it to still be talked about to this very day. Insanely quotable and severely unhinged, it’s a must-see for old fans and new victims.

Dante's Peak Pierce Brosnan and Linda Hamilton make their way through the forest with kids

Dante’s Peak

1997 was the year to have a volcano in your movie, as both Dante’s Peak and Volcano would open in U.S. theaters within three months of each other. While 1998 would be an even bigger year for dueling projects, as Armageddon vs. Deep Impact and A Bug’s Live vs. Antz would see Disney and Dreamworks going head to head in two very unique ways, this was the battle that started it all.

Much like those conflicts, there’s a distinct difference between the combatants. One film tends to be the more character-invested of the two, with the other being a more blockbuster fueled experience. Dante’s Peak is the perfect example of the former, as Pierce Brosnan and Linda Hamilton’s journey to brave the elements in the middle of a volcanic event is the more grounded of the pair. Admit it: it’s been a while since you’ve seen this one, and you’re curious to see if it holds up.

Mystic River angry Sean Penn is restrained by cops

Mystic River

Author Dennis Lehane is one of those writers who found his work explode in greater popularity after one particularly impressive film adaptation put him on the map. Already a renowned writer before director Clint Eastwood and writer Brian Helgeland tackled the emotionally haunting Mystic River, Lehane’s star only rose when the film version of that very book became an Oscar contender in 2004; winning Sean Penn and Tim Robbins trophies for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor, respectively.

Three childhood friends are reunited by fate when one of their daughters is murdered, and a past trauma is unearthed as a result. Dark and brooding, Mystic River was also the breakout role for Shameless vet Emmy Rossum, and boasts a particularly effecting performance from acting legend Laura Linney. It’s a film that deserves to be rediscovered, and it’s about to get a lot easier to do so.

Stripes Bill Murray, John Candy, and Harold Raimis look tough in the Army

Stripes

If Meatballs and Caddyshack teed up Bill Murray for cinematic stardom, his work in Ivan Reitman’s Stripes has to be the swing that sent him through the plate glass window of comedy legend. Re-teaming Murray with Reitman and adding co-writer/actor Harold Ramis to the balance, the stage would be set for the three to form up most of the unit that would go on to land Ghostbusters just three short years from this point in time.

Though don’t expect supernatural charged laughs in this one, as Stripes is a laugh-filled comedy about irresponsible men who find a bit of personal accountability as they make their way through the finest training the U.S. Army’s has to provide them. Bill Murray was officially on a role by time this one came around, and performances by John Laroquette, John Candy and a bunch of other notables make this an ‘80s classic that survives the test of time.

Superbad the boys looking confused

Superbad

Since this past summer has produced two pseudo remakes of Superbad in not only Booksmart, but also Good Boys, the fact that the 2007 R-rated comedy is heading to Netflix’s streaming lineup puts audiences in an interesting position. If one really wanted to, they could buy a digital HD copy of Olivia Wilde’s directorial debut, cue up the Michael Cera and Jonah Hill hitmaker, and then go see the raunchy tween comedy – all in rapid succession if they really wanted to.

Obviously, this story of two best friends getting into misadventures on one of the last nights of high school should be first in the queue, as Cera and Hill’s big break is the one that started it all. But if we were to recommend any other specific placements, we’d put Booksmart in the middle and bookend things with Good Boys, as it would round things out with another Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg involved comedy. No matter how you watch them, Superbad is the perfect foundation of laughs to a day’s worth of superb comedic entertainment, and we could all use a day or two like that.

The Two Towers Frodo, Sam, and Gollum held captive

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

With The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring already on Netflix, anyone who’s enjoyed the beginning of Peter Jackson’s epic trilogy based on the work of J.R.R. Tolkien was probably left hanging when the remaining chapters in the series were nowhere to be found in the streaming library’s archives. Now, if you really want to kill an afternoon in style, those two remaining chapters are coming online for your personal enjoyment.

In the case of The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Jackson’s adaptation of this famed trilogy tackles the hardest part of any three-tiered story, the middle, with the greatest of ease. The film also follows up the intense world building of the film before it, mixing in an economy of battle sequences that prepare the audience for the raised stakes the finale would cash in on with Return of the King.

The Lord Of The Rings: Return of the King the cast assembled in movie poster fashion

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

The finale of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Return of The King is undoubtedly peak Peter Jackson. Everything comes together in the final chapter of Frodo and the Fellowship’s quest to destroy the One Ring, and it’s hard not to feel incredibly satisfied once the film’s concluded. Just as any Academy Award voter that awarded the film its phalanx of victories, including Best Picture, in the same year that Mystic River would compete for those top honors. If you’re looking for a little extra excitement, throw that film on after watching this triumphant achievement, and feel free to debate which film should have walked away with the crown that night.

Keep in mind that the titles above are subject to availability, as they could change at any time, and are not available in all regions. So check your Netflix queue carefully throughout September to make sure you’re in the clear. Other than that, if you’re curious to see what big debuts made waves throughout this past month, you can check those titles out in our run through the notable titles of August.

We’ll see you back here this time next month, when October has revealed its Netflix surprises in waiting!

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Don’t Worry, Ezra Miller Says The Flash Movie Is ‘Absolutely Confirmed’

The DC live-action universe has had a fascinating tenure in theaters, and is a constant source of surprising news. The DCEU has had its share of peaks and valleys, with Warner Bros. approaching each new installment based on the performance of its predecessors. Unlike Marvel Studios, DC doesn’t reveal a full slate of releases, with certain projects stuck in development hell. One of these is the Flash’s solo movie, although Ezra Miller recently assured fans that it’s indeed happening.

The Flash movie, which may or may not be named Flashpoint, was hit with a serious of setbacks following the disappointing performance of Justice League. A number of directors have fallen to the wayside, with fans wondering of the movie would end up coming to fruition. But Ezra Miller recently put those fears to rest, listing the Flash movie and the delayed Fantastic Beasts 3 as two upcoming projects that are “absolutely confirmed.”

This news, which comes to us from a Korean outlet‘s interview with the star, should be a relief to DC fans who have been waiting for Barry Allen to finally get his own solo movie. It’s a project that is a long time coming, as Ezra Miller as announced to be playing The Flash a number of years ago. After making a few cameos in Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad, he finally got to play the role in larger capacity in Zack Snyder’s Justice League.

Unfortunately, that blockbuster left something to be desired, and its poor box office and critical performance altered the original plans for the shared universe. Ben Affleck departed from the role of Batman, while Henry Cavill’s fate as the Man of Steel is unclear. As for the Flash movie, it hit a series of setbacks, being delayed a number of times.

The biggest problem Flashpoint has had is its rocky road regarding directors. The long gestating blockbuster saw both Seth Grahame-Smith, Rick Famuyiwa, and John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein depart from the director’s chair, further delaying the movie’s production. IT director Andy Muschietti is currently attached to helm the project, with the script reportedly being worked on at the insistence of Ezra Miller himself.

While Justice League might have been a disappointment, Ezra Miller’s performance as The Flash was a real saving grace for the ill-fated blockbuster. He brought a sense of naivety and youthful energy to the blockbuster, and was a standout by chewing the scenery and making Barry Allen a quirky hero who was still getting his footing at a crime fighter.

The Flash ends up becoming a real hero throughout the course of the movie, even facing off against Superman during his resurrection. DC fans are eager to see what the Scarlet Speedster has been up to since helping to take down Steppenwolf, so hopefully the upcoming movie will indeed arrive sometime in 2021.

The next installment in the DCEU is Birds Of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) on February 7, 2020. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies

Disney’s Lady And The Tramp Star Was A Shelter Dog

While Disney’s big remakes have been setting box office records this year, the studio’s next remake won’t be on the big screen, but rather the small one. Lady and the Tramp will be the next live-action remake when it arrives on Disney+ on November 12, and, as it turns out, the movie is much more live-action than people may have suspected, because the movie uses actual dogs and not CGI recreations.

Not only that, but the dog that will play the role of Tramp, even has a backstory that’s perfect for his role, as it turns out he came from a shelter.

THe dog who will play the role of Tramp, and be voiced by Justin Theroux, is actually named Monte, and he was found in animal shelter in Phoenix according to AZCentral.com. Heather Allen, president of HALO Animal Rescue in Phoenix, says Monte was adopted last year and while the staff knew it had something to do with Hollywood, everything was being kept extra quiet…

The remake of Lady and the Tramp was announced following news the release of The Jungle Book and the news that The Lion King was going to be remade using similar CGI animation. Many likely assumed, i was certainly one who did, that Lady and the Tramp would use a similar process and not actually use real animals. Simba had a reference lion for the new Lion King, but no real animals appear in the film.

Whether this was a creative decision, or simply a financial one, this movie decided to go with real animals. This had the nice benefit of rescuing many different animals to play the various roles, all of whom have reportedly now been adopted.

For his part, Monte seems quite perfect for Hollywood. While he may have been living in shelters for sometime, he has always worked well with people. Allen continues…

We’ve had a chance to see the animals that play the roles in Lady and the Tramp, but the movie itself is still largely being kept secret. No trailer has been released, even though the movie is less than three months away. It has been confirmed that Lady and the Tramp will be a launch day movie for the Disney+ streaming service when it arrives November 12.

With Disney’s D23 Expo happening this weekend, and a major panel being dedicated to Disney+, I would expect to get our first look at Lady and the Tramp there. Alongside The Mandalorian, it’s one of the major original releases at launch, so it will probably get a lot of attention.

Lady and the Tramp is a piece of classic Disney animation that i don’t think gets quite enough credit for how good it is. Hopefully the remake will remind people of the original, and also be great on its own.