How The MCU Helped Pave The Way For Dark Phoenix

Going all the way back to the original 2000 film, the X-Men franchise has kept going strong, and continued releasing massive blockbusters as shared universes starting popping up. Fox is now producing genre-defying works like Logan and Deadpool, while the main narrative continues in Dark Phoenix. Dark Phoenix will take the mutant heroes into space for the first time, and director Simon Kinberg recently revealed how the Marvel Cinematic Universe helped this occur.

It looks like the X-Men may have needed to lean on their Marvel brothers and sisters in order to finally catapult the story into space. But thanks to projects like Guardians of the Galaxy, the mutants are finally heading there for the first time in live-action.

Simon Kinberg’s comments at New York Comic-Con (via THR) make a great deal of sense, and show how interconnected the respective superhero franchises actually are. While red tape has kept the X-Men and Avengers separated by two separate studios, there is clearly some cross pollination and influence happening. And once the MCU began telling intergalactic stories, it opened a window for Fox’s team of superheroes.

The MCU entered space with James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy, which also had far more quirkiness and comedy than its Marvel predecessors. The Thor franchise eventually followed suit, as Ragnarok brought the God of Thunder and Hulk to Sakaar. Infinity War combined Thor with the Guardians for his own journey through the galaxy, so there has been precedent set for superheroes in space.

On paper, it seems like Dark Phoenix couldn’t function without bringing the heroes to space. In the comic book plot of the same name, Jean Grey is possessed by the phoenix force while on a mission on space– something that the film’s NYCC footage confirmed for the film adaptation. Its a sequence that sounds awesome and expensive, but it seems that both audiences and studios needed to be convinced that the X-Men in space was possible. Cue Marvel’s cosmic blockbusters.

Fans of the genre will definitely remember the X-Men franchise’s last attempt at bringing Jean’s Dark Phoenix to the silver screen. X-Men: The Last Stand is largely considered the worst entry in the property, with massive changes being made to both the canon and the comic book source material. The pressure is on for Simon Kinberg to make things right the second time around.

Dark Phoenix will arrive in theaters on June 7th, 2019. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

The Hilarious Reason Why Mark Ruffalo Didn’t Get A Matching Avengers: Infinity War Tattoo

Most of the on-screen Avengers decided to celebrate the end of the current phase of the MCU with matching tattoos, but one Avengers opted out. While Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, and Jeremy Renner all got Avengers tattoos, Mark Ruffalo did not. Now, the Hulk actor reveals that he the reason he didn’t was that he wanted to be a non-conformist. And also needles are scary, man. According to Ruffalo…

Traditionally, getting a tattoo is the thing that you do when you want to rebel against the establishment. But what do you do when everybody is getting a tattoo but you still want to rebel? Apparently, you choose not to get the tattoo as your way to stick it to the man. At least that’s Mark Ruffalo’s argument on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon when he defended his decision to not get a tattoo with his castmates.

That, and the fact that he doesn’t like needles, which is certainly something that’s going to get in the way of getting a tattoo. It sounds like maybe this was really the reason he decided to avoid getting inked, with the rest of it simply being his justification to try and sound tough.

The Avengers cast tattoos were revealed earlier this year when Avengers: Infinity War hit theaters. Apparently, the team that had been through so much together wanted to commemorate the experience of making the Avengers films and Scarlett Johansson had the idea of getting the tattoos done. the design combines aspects of all the Avengers characters into a single line graphic that resembles a letter A.

The one Avenger who is not represented in the tattoo is The Incredible Hulk because Mark Ruffalo is just too punk rock for that apparently. Check out his explanation below and see if you buy it.

I mean, Mark Ruffalo isn’t wrong. Tattoos, in general, have become much more mainstream over the years and they’re certainly not as “punk rock” as they once were. Still, they do allow you to display your own particular style or celebrate something you particularly love. I feel like Ruffalo is going to regret not joining his co-stars in this particular decision. Still, he has time to get it before Avengers 4 comes out. He could always change his mind and go back and do it, and get it placed somewhere where he doesn’t have to watch the work being done.

22 July Review

Paul Greengrass made the definitive Sept. 11 movie with United 93, a harrowing and unflinching look at organic heroism in the face of unexpected terror. That film was a powerful and visceral glimpse into the chaos of the fateful morning, one that avoided melodrama to capture authentic emotion in its portrayal of true-life events. Greengrass continues his own explorations of the human response to terrorism with the equally raw and compelling new 22 July, and while the location shifts from America to Norway, Greengrass — as both a director and a storyteller — finds similar truths and contemporary fears in both narratives.

The deadliest attack in Norway’s history since World War II occurred on July 22, 2011, when lone-wolf terrorist Anders Behring Breivik conducted a two-pronged attack against the country’s government. Breivik (portrayed with an icy charisma by Anders Danielsen Lie) first distracted law-enforcement officials with a car bomb placed in the executive government quarters of Oslo.

While the community reacted with the expected fear and confusion, Breivik made his way to the island of Utoya, where a popular summer camp was being conducted. Posing as an officer, Breivik opened fire on the unsuspecting campers and counselors. When all was said and done, Breivik’s murderous rampage claimed the lives of 77 total Norwegian citizens, many of them in their teens and early 20s.

Those already anticipating some stomach-churning shaky cam generated by Paul Greengrass’ usual, preferred handheld approach to filmmaking will appreciate that the director abandons most of his visuals tricks, understanding that his subject matter was urgent and visceral enough to perform the heavy lifting needed in 22 July. Also, unlike United 93, Greengrass here chooses to lead with the terrorist attack at the heart of the story, plunging the audience into the tension and shock of an unexpected attack, then settling into the aftermath.

You see, 22 July isn’t so much a movie ABOUT the attack (though it is depicted with gut-wrenching tension and genuine horror, making the island sequence one of the year’s most terrifying experiences). Paul Greengrass has evolved beyond the perspective formed in United 93, and now focuses more on the reality of surviving a traumatic event. That painful and difficult journey is personified by the fantastic Jonas Strand Gravli, playing Viljar, a survivor of the Utoya attack. Concerned with protecting his younger brother, Viljar took multiple gunshots to his head and extremities. Breivik left him for dead on the shores of that island, but Viljar survived, and 22 July becomes as much the story of his recuperation as it does about the legal ramifications of Breivik’s crimes.

22 July assumes a grim but realistic position. It basically assumes that we, as an audience, now accept that public shootings are a reality that we must contend with on a daily basis (a fact probably more relevant in the United States than in Norway, where gun violence is still a tragic shock, and not the norm). One weighty takeaway from Greengrass’ recount of the horrific attack in Oslo is that, at any given moment, your life can be permanently altered by the whim of an insane stranger. One minute, your attending camp with close friends. The next, you’re injured beyond repair, forced to contend with crippling injuries that may fade but never heal, with no real reason given for the pain you now have to endure.

Though the attack that prompts the conversation in Paul Greengrass’ 22 July might have bene senseless, the movie is anything but. Greengrass takes a measured approach to a horrific event, pulling no punches as he presents the tragedy, but carries viewers through the next stages where 22 July analyzes HOW these attacks — more prevalent now than they even were in 2011 — continue to affect us. The story might be specific to Oslo. But in Paul Greengrass’ hands, the excellent 22 July becomes universal in its painful and powerful lessons of preparedness, of frustration, and of human resilience and perseverance in the wake of tragedy.

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The Flash Reveals Full First Look At Season 5 Villain Cicada

The Flash is bringing Cicada in as its Season 5 big bad, and while we’re excited to see such an interesting comic villain enter Barry’s life, we’re somewhat in the dark about how the Arrow-verse will portray him. Viewers hadn’t even gotten a proper view of the villain in previously released promotional materials, although that changed today thanks to our first full look at Chris Klein’s Cicada, which can be seen below:

Cicada is all covered up in the above image, which is pretty fitting, considering the episode in question in called “Blocked.” This second Season 5 installment will show Team Flash encounter the villain for the first time, and he’ll probably be in the exact same outfit he’s sporting in the picture.

The outfit lacks the pop and flashiness of uniforms used by past villains, with its only flair being the silver trim on his mask. That mask could be used to conceal Cicada’s identity here, although his heavy breathing in the Season 5 trailer released at San Diego Comic-Con could mean this is a necessary apparatus that helps him stay alive in some way. Beyond that, he sorta just looks like a guy who’s incredibly prepared for cold weather, with only the area around his eyes exposed to the open air.

Even the hands of Cicada are covered, which further makes it feel like there’s a major reason The Flash‘s new villain is all covered up. Perhaps he has extensive scarring and injuries all over his body, and the protection helps hide them, or prevents him from being in pain.

There’s also a chance the suit plays into helping him control his abilities, which we’ve learned involve the dampening of meta abilities. He might also be someone Team Flash or Barry and Iris’ daughter Nora knows, which is why he’s trying so hard to hide as much of himself as possible. A super-recognizable hand tattoo is going to get you every time in Central City.

As far as how the Arrow-verse Cicada look measures up to the aesthetic of the comic book villain, there are some noticeable similarities. The long black coat and red-ish area on the pants pants are both nods to the original design, showing that The Flash definitely drew some inspiration from the comic’s Cicada, as created by Geoff Johns and Scott Kolins. It’s hard to distinguish just how much inspiration was taken, however, since the hood masks whether or not Chris Klein shaved his head for the role. Plus, the mouthpiece hides if he’s sporting the traditional white goatee.

We also don’t see that black lightning bolt-shaped dagger he was crafting in the trailer, although it’s possible he has a few of those stashed away on the inside his big jacket. Some closer looks at Cicada in action could come soon, probably in an Episode 2 trailer, as one would imagine he will at least pull the hood back should a battle with Team Flash get rough.

The Flash returns to The CW on Tuesday, October 9, at 8:00 p.m. ET. It’s just one of the many shows premiering this fall season, and viewers curious about what else is on the way can visit our fall premiere guide for more details.

Kanye West Has Bailed On Social Media Again

It was seemingly only a matter of time before Kanye West bailed on social media again. The musician isn’t afraid to be confessional about his thoughts and feelings and even his political beliefs and aspirations on the social media forums — sometimes, like in recent months, much to his own chagrin. But after his recently derided appearance on Saturday Night Live, along with a lot of uproar and controversy from what he has posted on his official social media channels, Kanye West has quit social media again.

The rapper, producer, and fashion designer deleted his social media accounts on Saturday, as it was reported by Fox News. The musician hasn’t said publicly why he decided to shut down his accounts, although it’s safe to say that these past few months haven’t treated him well on both sites. A number of people — including (or, perhaps, especially) his vocal fans — have been critical about the means to which he uses social media, and that’s not even diving into his politics.

Kanye West has also been using social media to pump up the impending release of his newest studio album, Yandi, which was originally supposed to come out after he performed on Saturday Night Live‘s season premiere. The newest album from the controversial rap artist has still not been released, and many fans have found themselves wondering when it is supposed to come out. The pressure of releasing it has perhaps weighed on the musician.

Originally, Kanye West took a nine-month absence from social media starting in May 2017, but he returned to his accounts in the early months of 2018. It started innocently enough, with Kanye West returning to Instagram to provide a loving tribute to his wife, Kim Kardashian West, on Valentine’s Day and then spending his time on Twitter providing passionate streams of motivational speeches and many tangents meant to celebrate the endurance of the personal spirit.

But once Kanye found himself getting political and having feuds with other celebs, that’s when things took a mighty turn. It was only a matter of time before things got heated, and Kanye wasn’t afraid to get even more controversial as the year went on. For instance, Kanye West recently earned more backlash after he recently made some highly controversial statements about the 13th Amendment.

It should be noted that Kanye West deleted his social media accounts earlier this year after he began to use his platforms again in February. He returned to being a regular social media user in September, and this is at least the second time the musician called it quits on social media this year.

It’s unclear what Kanye West plans to do away from social media, although it was recently announced that he is planning to meet with President Donald Trump to discuss a variety of different topics, including prison reform, gang violence, efforts to reduce violence in Chicago and more. He follows in his wife’s footsteps upon meeting with the President of the United States and seeking reform through the President’s influence. We’ll keep you posted on the latest celebrity updates.

Creepy New Pet Sematary Photos Make Us Terrified Of Cats

There are few novelists quite as iconic and prolific as Stephen King. As such, the horror writer’s iconic works are constantly being adapted for TV and film, with both IT and Hulu’s Castle Rock being recent hits. But the fur will fly with the upcoming remake of Pet Sematary, which is set to arrive next year. Fans are eager for more information, and some new images were just released– a day before the film’s trailer is set to arrive.

Well, this certainly hits the nail on the head. Horror fans are eager to see the reanimated creatures wreak havoc, and the above image is our first look at a zombie cat. While still small and relatively cuddly, it’s clear that what’s new pussycat is absolutely nothing good. It’s likely that this cat actually belongs to the family in which Pet Sematary revolves around. In both the novel and original movie, it’s the surprise resurrection of their cat Church from its grave in the titular cemetery that puts the plot in motion.

Next up we see Amy Seimetz’s Rachel Creed, who should be one of the film’s protagonist. Rachel moves to a new town with her family in the movie, and soon finds that country life sometimes includes zombified animals. She’s seen holding her small child Gage, who typically has a fascinating and terrifying affect on the story that changes the course of Pet Sematary forever.

In this photo we see a glimpse of the great John Lithgow, who will play friendly neighbor Jud Crandall. From the looks of things, it seems that he’d helping Louis Creed (Jason Clarke) figure out the mysterious of Pet Sematary. Lithgow is the biggest start in the small cast, and is also the only main character who isn’t a member of the Creed family. He’ll help give the project some star power which, combined with the Stephen King mania currently taking hold, will amp up excitement for the upcoming adaptation.

The first trailer for Pet Sematary will arrive shortly, so keep checking back with CinemaBlend. The movie is set to hit theaters on April 5, 2019. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

The Arrow-verse’s Batwoman First Look Shows Off The Franchise’s Best Suit Yet

As bizarrely entertaining as it was to watch the various Arrow-verse characters take on evil Nazi versions of themselves in last year’s “Crisis on Earth-X” mega-crossover, this year’s multi-show even sounds even more fantastic. For this will be viewers’ introduction not only to The CW’s Gotham City, but also to Ruby Rose’s Batwoman. You can get your first full look at her below, and I think most will agree this is the Arrow-verse’s best supersuit yet.

Everything about this image looks right in line with everything I was hoping to see from Batwoman’s first foray into modern live-action TV. Granted, a mostly black costume like this is automatically going to look slick, which is what helps make Batman looks smoother than all the other superheroes out there. (Hot bat-take.) But it’s easy to forget Bruce Wayne’s name after getting a look at Kate Kane in all her Batwoman glory. Get this woman her own TV show!

It’s easy to tell that the various producers and execs among the different shows wanted to bring Batwoman as close to her comic book looks as possible, and they’ve succeeded in (two) flying colors. Her hair looks great. The cowl looks great. The big bat emblem on the chest looks great. The belt looks great. And I can already say that I’m going to be kinda pissy if DC doesn’t start selling those Batwoman capes in stories.

Unfortunately, Batwoman’s trek to The CW hasn’t been the most uneventful one, as some fans backlashed against Kate Kane for being a lesbian (even though she’s also a lesbian in the comics), allegedly causing Ruby Rose to hop off of social media for a while. Here’s hoping this first look at the character’s banging costume will squash anyone’s gripes.

All the Arrow-verse shows will be debuting this week, starting with The Flash on Tuesday, October 9, at 8:00 p.m. But you’ll be able to see Batwoman making her debut when the crossover event starts up on The CW on Sunday, December 9. To see what other shows are popping up on the small screen soon, head to our fall TV premiere schedule.

The Disney Fox Deal Will Oust Fox’s CEO

When companies merge together or get bought out, they have to deal with a lot of redundancy. Each original company had people doing any particular job, and now the new company has two people responsible for the same thing, and probably only needs one. This means that a lot of people usually end up looking for work once a merger is complete, and it appears that one of the people that may be doing just that very soon is the current CEO of 20th Century Fox, Stacey Snider.

While it appears that a number of Fox executives will be hanging around once Disney/Fox deal is done, Alan Horn, the current head of the Walt Disney Company will continue in that role under the newly combined entity, a move that surprises nobody. The heads of the various film divisions, like Marvel Studios, Walt Disney Studios, and Lucasfilm, will report directly to him.

This means there really isn’t a place for Stacey Snider. It’s not all that surprising. While the people at the bottom of a merger like this are frequently found to be redundant, it happens at the top just as much. We probably shouldn’t be too worried for her future, as Deadline says there may already be a couple of major companies with their eye on her once she’s available.

20th Century Fox vice chairman Emma Watts will reportedly be the one running that division of the new company, and likely reporting directly to Alan Horn along with the other division heads. While Fox will lose its Marvel properties to Kevin Feige‘s Marvel Studios, there’s still plenty more material under the 20th Century Fox banner, Avatar etc, for Watts to handle. She will likely also be a major player in Disney’s dealings with Hulu as streaming becomes a major focus in the new company. The heads of Fox 2000 and Fox Searchlight are also expected to remain in their current positions.

An official announcement on this new structure is expected as early as later this week, though it’s unlikely we’ll see any major structural changes take place until the merger is completed, which is expected to be sometime early next year. There’s a lot of work to do to get the various parts of the massive machine working together smoothly before letting people go.

The Disney/Fox merger is one of the largest of its kind and it will have a fundamental impact on the entertainment industry as a whole. While Fox and its various divisions will continue to exist, the fact that they won’t be independent of the rest of Disney means there’s basically one fewer major movie studios in the world. This will change the way films are released, as Fox will probably produce fewer major feature films in order to be sure they don’t compete directly with all the other properties being produced by Disney.

There’s a lot we still don’t know about what the new Walt Disney Company will look like when it’s all said and done. Stay tuned to CinemaBlend as more information as this major industry shift comes into focus.,

Making A Murderer Part 2 Trailer Looks At All The Updates In Steven Avery’s Case

Back in 2015, Netflix blew up the true crime genre with the powerful and captivating series Making a Murderer, which drew national attention to the Wisconsin murder of Teresa Hallbach and the convictions of accused murderer Steven Avery and his nephew Brendan Dassey. Get ready to dive back into those small town politics once more for Making a Murderer Part 2, the second season of the hit series that’ll be hitting Netflix on October 19. You can check out the very first trailer below.

Perhaps it’s because we’re already aware of everything that went down in Season 1, as well as much of the courtroom aftermath that followed it, but the trailer for Season 2 was slightly less invigorating, slightly less frustrating and slightly less enjoyable to watch. Rather than vaulting over to a different murder case, filmmakers Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos slid their hooks back into Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey for another enlightening look at the legal processes within small town America.

As seen in the trailer, Making a Murderer Part 2 will keep part of its focus on Kathleen Zellner, the newest wrongful conviction attorney to step in to defend Steven Avery. Zellner takes the place of the first season’s defense team, made up of Dean Strang and Jerome Buting, and will be leading the charge to try and reverse the charges that Avery was slapped with. If she’s successful, it would be the second time that Avery would get released from prison after having a wrongful conviction overturned. (He spent 18 years in prison after being wrongfully accused and arrested for sexual assault.)

Kathleen Zellner made a name for herself in the world of wrongful convictions, and she is possibly the best bet that Avery and the Making a Murderer team have of changing things. Assuming the filmmakers’ beliefs about Avery and Dassey’s innocence hold true, that is.

In the weeks and months following the release of Making a Murderer, fans could find updates popping up from national news media outlets, and viewers were not shy about making their opinions known to prosecutors like Ken Kratz. Several times, it seemed like Steven Avery and/or Brendan Dassey might have earned a successful appeal or retrial. Nothing permanent every happened on that front, but it didn’t take long for Netflix to announce the follow-up season, knowing that its customers would be interested in keeping up with the complicated legal case. And we’ll be doing just that later this month.

Making A Murderer Part 2 Trailer Looks At All The New Updates In Steven Avery’s Case

Back in 2015, Netflix blew up the true crime genre with the powerful and captivating series Making a Murderer, which drew national attention to the Wisconsin murder of Teresa Hallbach and the convictions of accused murderer Steven Avery and his nephew Brendan Dassey. Get ready to dive back into those small town politics once more for Making a Murderer Part 2, the second season of the hit series that’ll be hitting Netflix on October 19. You can check out the very first trailer below.

Perhaps it’s because we’re already aware of everything that went down in Season 1, as well as much of the courtroom aftermath that followed it, but the trailer for Season 2 was slightly less invigorating, slightly less frustrating and slightly less enjoyable to watch. Rather than vaulting over to a different murder case, filmmakers Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos slid their hooks back into Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey for another enlightening look at the legal processes within small town America.

As seen in the trailer, Making a Murderer Part 2 will keep part of its focus on Kathleen Zellner, the newest wrongful conviction attorney to step in to defend Steven Avery. Zellner takes the place of the first season’s defense team, made up of Dean Strang and Jerome Buting, and will be leading the charge to try and reverse the charges that Avery was slapped with. If she’s successful, it would be the second time that Avery would get released from prison after having a wrongful conviction overturned. (He spent 18 years in prison after being wrongfully accused and arrested for sexual assault.)

Kathleen Zellner made a name for herself in the world of wrongful convictions, and she is possibly the best bet that Avery and the Making a Murderer team have of changing things. Assuming the filmmakers’ beliefs about Avery and Dassey’s innocence hold true, that is.

In the weeks and months following the release of Making a Murderer, fans could find updates popping up from national news media outlets, and viewers were not shy about making their opinions known to prosecutors like Ken Kratz. Several times, it seemed like Steven Avery and/or Brendan Dassey might have earned a successful appeal or retrial. Nothing permanent every happened on that front, but it didn’t take long for Netflix to announce the follow-up season, knowing that its customers would be interested in keeping up with the complicated legal case. And we’ll be doing just that later this month.