Netflix Reveals How Many People Have Watched The Irishman, Or At Least Most Of It

Judging the success of a Netflix film usually involves a bit of guesswork and oftentimes we don’t really know because the streaming service generally doesn’t release viewership numbers. But The Irishman isn’t just any Netflix film. This is Martin Scorsese’s long-in-development $175 million crime epic starring Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci, so it’s kind of a big deal. Thankfully, Netflix has now revealed how many people have watched The Irishman, or at least most of it. Take a look:

According to Netflix Film’s Twitter, Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman was watched by over 26.4 million accounts around the world in its first week in release. That is a pretty big number, and remember, that’s just accounts, not viewers. So the number of people who actually watched The Irishman is higher if you account for the people who share an account or those who watched the film with friends or family.

While 26.4 million accounts is no small feat, it is significantly smaller than the amount of viewers Netflix claimed for its sci-fi film Bird Box. That Sandra Bullock film set a Netflix viewership record with the streaming service claiming a whopping 45 million accounts watched it within the first week.

Whenever you dig into the murky waters of Netflix viewership, there’s always a question of how the streamer counts a subscriber as having watched a film. As if to head off this question right away, Netflix Film says that Netflix counts a viewer as anyone who completes 70% of a film.

So these viewership numbers do not mean that 26.4 million accounts watched The Irishman from start to finish. What it does mean though is that 26.4 million accounts, and therefore 26.4 million people or more, watched the majority of the crime epic. To get specific, for a three-hour and 29 minute movie, 26.4 million Netflix accounts watched at least 146.3 minutes, or almost two-and-a-half hour’s worth.

Now, as far as how these numbers stack up to what was previously reported. Last week, Nielsen offered up its viewership numbers for The Irishman, showing the film drew a total average minute audience of 13.2 million viewers in its first five days in release. In addition, according to Nielsen a large number of the initial viewers of The Irishman watched the long film in its entirety in one sitting.

These numbers were only for The Irishman’s first five days though and only for U.S. audiences so they don’t tell the whole story. But now we have a better idea of how many people around the world tuned in for the film.

These numbers certainly reflect a strong interest in the talked about film, indicating that the glowing reviews and buzz convinced audiences to tune in. And while some may have found the film boring, 26.4 million viewers sitting through over two hours of it would seem to indicate that wasn’t the prevailing opinion.

If Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman were a wide theatrical release, it would be much easier to measure its success because it would be in dollars and cents. But Martin Scorsese took his wildly expensive project to Netflix to get it made, thereby guaranteeing its existence, but largely foregoing the money it could have made in theaters.

The Irishman is now streaming. Check out our 2020 Release Schedule to see what big screen movies you can look forward to next year.

Netflix New Releases: Movies And TV Shows Streaming In January 2020

We’re almost at the end of 2019, closing out not just this year, but the entire decade. 2020 marks the start of a new era, and Netflix is kicking off the next decade with a bang. For January, the streaming giant is dropping all sorts of content for subscribers to digest, from well-established movies to new seasons of Netflix-exclusive TV shows. There’ll be something for everyone to enjoy!

If you’d rather focus on the now, look through our full rundown of what dropped on Netflix in December to plan your watches and/or biggest accordingly. However, for those of you already looking to the future, read on to learn what’s hitting Netflix in January 2020.

Week Of January 1

21 – 1/1/20
A Cinderella Story – 1/1/20
American Beauty – 1/1/20
Catch Me If You Can – 1/1/20
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – 1/1/20
Chasing Amy – 1/1/20
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang – 1/1/20
Chloe – 1/1/20
City of God – 1/1/20
Dinner for Schmucks – 1/1/20
Dragonheart – 1/1/20
Dragonheart 3: The Sorcerer – 1/1/20
Dragonheart: A New Beginning – 1/1/20
Drugs, Inc.: Season 6 – 1/1/20
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off – 1/1/20
Free Willy – 1/1/20
Good Girls: Season 2 – 1/1/20
Ghost Rider – 1/1/20
Ghost Stories – NETFLIX FILM – 1/1/20
Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle – 1/1/20
Hitch – 1/1/20
Inception – 1/1/20
Instructions Not Included – 1/1/20
Julie & Julia – 1/1/20
Kate & Leopold – 1/1/20
Kill Bill: Vol. 1 – 1/1/20
Kill Bill: Vol. 2 – 1/1/20
Kingpin – 1/1/20
Kiss the Girls – 1/1/20
Messiah – NETFLIX ORIGINAL – 1/1/20
Monster-in-Law – 1/1/20
New York Minute – 1/1/20
Nisman: Death of a Prosecutor – NETFLIX DOCUMENTARY – 1/1/20
Pan’s Labyrinth – 1/1/20
Patriot Games – 1/1/20
Saint Seiya: Season 4-5 – 1/1/20
Seal Team Six: The Raid on Osama Bin Laden – 1/1/20
Shrek Forever After – 1/1/20
Spinning Out – NETFLIX ORIGINAL – 1/1/20
Strictly Ballroom – 1/1/20
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze – 1/1/20
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie – 1/1/20
The Circle – NETFLIX ORIGINAL – 1/1/20
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King – 1/1/20
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers – 1/1/20
The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear – 1/1/20
The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! – 1/1/20
The Original Kings of Comedy – 1/1/20
The Ring – 1/1/20
The Talented Mr. Ripley – 1/1/20
Tremors – 1/1/20
True Grit – 1/1/20
Up in the Air – 1/1/20
What Lies Beneath – 1/1/20
Wild Wild West – 1/1/20
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory – 1/1/20
Wyatt Earp – 1/1/20
Yes Man – 1/1/20
Sex, Explained: Limited Series – NETFLIX DOCUMENTARY – 1/2/20
Thieves the Wood – NETFLIX ORIGINAL – 1/2/20
Anne with an E: The Final Season – NETFLIX ORIGINAL – 1/3/20
All the Freckles in the World – NETFLIX FILM – 1/3/20
Go! Go! Cory Carson – NETFLIX FAMILY – 1/4/20

Week Of January 5

Cheer – NETFLIX DOCUMENTARY – 1/8/20
AJ and the Queen – NETFLIX ORIGINAL – 1/10/20
The Evil Dead – 1/10/20
Giri / Haji – NETFLIX ORIGINAL – 1/10/20
Harvey Girls Forever!: Season 4 – NETFLIX FAMILY – 1/10/20
The Inbestigators: Season 2 – NETFLIX FAMILY – 1/10/20
Medical Police – NETFLIX ORIGINAL – 1/10/20
Scissor Seven – NETFLIX ANIME – 1/10/20
Until Dawn – NETFLIX ORIGINAL – 1/10/20
Zumbo’s Just Desserts: Season 2 – NETFLIX ORIGINAL – 1/10/20

Week Of January 12

Betty White: First Lady of Television – 1/12/20
The Healing Powers of Dude – NETFLIX ORIGINAL – 1/13/20
Kip and the Age of Wonderbeasts – NETFLIX FAMILY – 1/14/20
The Master – 1/14/20
Big Fat Liar – 1/15/20
Quien a hierro mata – NETFLIX FILM – 1/15/20
Grace and Frankie: Season 6 – NETFLIX ORIGINAL – 1/15/20
NiNoKuni – NETFLIX ANIME – 1/16/20
Ares – NETFLIX ORIGINAL – 1/17/20
Hip-Hop Evolution: Season 4 – NETFLIX ORIGINAL – 1/17/20
Sex Education: Season 2 – NETFLIX ORIGINAL – 1/17/20
Tiny House Nation: Volume 2 – 1/17/20
Tyler Perry’s A Fall From Grace – NETFLIX FILM – 1/17/20
Vivid dos veces – NETFLIX FILM – 1/17/20
We kann, der kann! – NETFLIX ORIGINAL – 1/17/20
The Bling Ring – 1/18/20

Week Of January 19

Family Reunion: Season 2 – NETFLIX FAMILY – 1/20/20
Fortune Feistier: Sweet & Salty – NETLFIX ORIGINAL – 1/21/20
Word Party: Season 4 – NETFLIX FAMILY – 1/21/20
Pandemic: How to Prevent an Outbreak – 1/22/20
Playing with Fire: Season 1 – 1/22/20
The Ghost Bride – NETFLIX ORIGINAL – 1/23/20
October Faction – NETFLIX ORIGINAL – 1/23/20
The Queen – 1/23/20
SAINT SEIYA: Knights of the Zodiac: Season 1 / Part 2 – NETFLIX ANIME – 1/23/20
A Sun – NETFLIX FILM – 1/24/20
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: Part 3 – NETFLIX ORIGINAL – 1/24/20
The Ranch: The Final Season – NETFLIX ORIGINAl – 1/24/20
Rise of Empires: Ottoman – NETFLIX ORIGINAL – 1/24/20

Week Of January 26

Vir Das: For India: NETLFIX ORIGINAL – 1/26/20
Country Strong – 1/27/20
We Are Your Friends – 1/27/20
Alex Fernández: El mejor comediante del mundo – NETFLIX ORIGINAL – 1/28/20
Frères Ennemis – NETFLIX FILM – 1/29/20
Next In Fashion – NETFLIX ORIGINAL – 1/29/20
Night on Earth – NETFLIX DOCUMENTARY – 1/29/20
Omniscient – NETFLIX ORIGINAL – 1/29/20
Ainori Love Wagon: African Journey – NETFLIX ORIGINAL – 1/30/20
Nighthawks – 1/30/20
Raising Cain – 1/30/20
The Stranger – NETFLIX ORIGINAL – 1/30/20
37 Seconds – NETFLIX FILM – 1/31/20
American Assassin – 1/31/20
Bojack Horseman: Season 6 (Part B) – NETLIX ORIGINAL – 1/31/20
Diablero: Season 2 – NETLIX ORIGINAL – 1/31/20
I AM A KILLER: Season 2 – NETLIX ORIGINAL – 1/31/20
Luna Nera – NETLIX ORIGINAL – 1/31/20
Ragnarok – NETLIX ORIGINAL – 1/31/20

TBD

Dracula – NETFLIX ORIGINAL
What the Love! with Karan Johar – NETFLIX ORIGINAL

As you can see, Netflix is dropping a lot of original content in January 2020, further cementing how the company is pulling out the stops to draw people in with its own work. On the TV side of things, Several shows will be making their exits, including Bojack Horseman (airing the latter half of its final season, with the first half dropping in October), Anne with an E and The Ranch, while Grace and Frankie is returning for its penultimate season. On the movie’s side, you have offerings like Tyler Perry’s A Fall From Grace (this marking the first collaboration between the filmmaker and Netflix) and the horro anthology Ghost Stories.

But there’s also plenty of movies from elsewhere to absorb. In the movies realm, Lord of the Rings and Naked Gun fans will have two movies in each trilogy to watch (hopefully the first entry of the former and the final entry in the latter will be added soon after), and Quentin Tarantino fans will be able to stream both chapters of the Kill Bill story (remember, Tarantino considers that tale to be one movie). Other classics that will just be a click away include Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Inception, Pan’s Labyrinth, Tremors and True Grit (though it’s unclear if this is the original or 2010 remake).

So there you have it! These are all the new offerings Netflix will be providing in January 2020. That said, keep in mind that the titles above are, as always, subject to change and availability. So if you’re having trouble tracking down one of next months’ new arrivals, consult our guide again to make sure you kept everything straight. And also keep in mind what region you’re watching Netflix from, as that may change whether any of the above titles will be available next month.

Watch Josh Gad’s Final, Star-Studded Attempt At Star Wars Spoilers From Daisy Ridley

Although we are only a little over a week away from the release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, some people are still trying to dig for spoilers to find out how the Skywalker Saga ends and the answers to the Sequel Trilogy’s most pressing questions. One of those people is Frozen II actor Josh Gad, who has made a habit of harassing his Murder on the Orient Express co-star Daisy Ridley for Star Wars spoilers. Now he’s trying one more time. Watch Josh Gad’s final, star-studded attempt at Star Wars spoilers from Daisy Ridley in the video below.

Despite failing in all of his previous, repeated attempts to elicit Star Wars spoilers from Daisy Ridley (and Lupita Nyong’o), going back to two years ago in advance of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Josh Gad remains undeterred. The lesson he apparently took from Daisy Ridley’s unwillingness to crack was that he just had to try harder and that he simply wasn’t thinking big enough. So to find out the secrets of the all-important Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, Josh Gad adopted a new strategy.

As you can see in the video from his Twitter account, Josh Gad went all out here, trying to overwhelm Daisy Ridley with both volume and star power. The thinking must have been that he could keep peppering her with questions to make 1000 cuts at her impenetrable wall of secrecy. He was also looking to throw her off guard by employing other famous actors, including actors she is a fan of and has worked with.

And man, did Josh Gad get a lot of actors to help him out with this, many of whom were probably nearby given how many of them are also starring in current and upcoming Disney properties. Josh Gad enlists Anna Kendrick, Tony Hale, Awkwafina, Sterling K. Brown, Lauren Ridloff, Kumail Nanjiani, Ben Feldman, Aisha Tyler, Tina Fey, Salma Hayek, Jonathan Groff, Brian Tyree Henry, Questlove, Randall Park and Emily VanCamp.

Daisy Ridley’s Chaos Walking co-star and MCU Spider-Man Tom Holland also wants answers. Josh Gad even gets a few Star Wars traitors who should really know better, like Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’s Alan Tudyk and Diego Luna, Solo: A Star Wars Story’s Paul Bettany, and The Mandalorian’s Gina Carano and Pedro Pascal to help.

Hey, we all want answers, including John Boyega, who apparently forgot he already knew them. J.J. Abrams also pops his head in to tell Daisy Ridley to stay strong. Wow J.J., great note.

Their questions range from the absurd to the crucial. When Josh Gad first comes up to Daisy Ridley, she already knows what he’s going to ask before he even says it and immediately shuts him down. He disagrees and launches into a question that is actually one of the same ones that he asked before Star Wars: The Last Jedi: who are Rey’s parents?

Despite that question seemingly being answered in the last film, it remains a compelling mystery and one we’ve been assured we’ll get clarity on in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. All in all, it was a valiant attempt by Josh Gad and company, but Daisy Ridley remains unmoved, exhibiting a Jedi-like zen and force of will that will hopefully carry her character Rey to victory in The Rise of Skywalker.

It’s also worth noting that Josh Gad gets in a Game of Thrones reference, another beloved and long-running fantasy story that came to dominate pop culture. All I can say is that hopefully The Rise of Skywalker delivers a better ending than that show did.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker blasts into theaters on December 20. Check out our 2020 Release Schedule to keep track of all of next year’s biggest movies.

Why Clint Eastwood Has Been Making So Many Films Based On True Stories Lately

If Clint Eastwood pursued an acting career alone, he’d be the most legendary gunslinger in the history of spaghetti westerns. But, he didn’t stop there. Over the past five decades, Eastwood has established himself as an impressive director that have mirrored his on-screen success. Between his projects such as American Sniper, The Mule or the upcoming Richard Jewell, the actor/director has primarily helmed movies that are “based on a true story”.

Ahead of the release of biographical drama Richard Jewell, CinemaBlend’s own Jeff McCobb sat down with Clint Eastwood to talk about this “true stories” trend. Check out what he said:

Sounds like it’s not as decisive of a choice than one might expect. During the Richard Jewell press day, Clint Eastwood explained that the slew of bio dramas have been brought to his attention and fallen into his lap rather than him seeking them out specifically. But, considering the director’s flair for a grounded movie, it checks out that writers adapting true events to film would approach Eastwood for the job.

Since the start of the century, Clint Eastwood started helming more realistic movies that could believably be “true stories” but were actually fiction. Space Cowboys, Mystic River or Million Dollar Baby could convince some of being actual stories. It was films such as this that likely led the director to branch out into telling true stories through film such as American Sniper, Sully, The 15:17 To Paris and The Mule. He has also moved into directing more exclusively.

Richard Jewell is about the Olympic Park bombing that happened in Atlanta, Georgia during the 1996 Summer Olympics. The movie is titled after the name of the security guard (played by Paul Walter Hauser) who found the bomb and alerted the authorities, saving many lives. However, he later became a suspect of the bombing for three months.

The Olympic Park bombing, which left one person dead and 100 injured has recently been subject to controversy over Olivia Wilde’s depiction of the late Atlanta-Journal Constitution reporter Kathy Scruggs in the movie. In the movie, the reporter who co-wrote the article that began suspicions over Jewell’s innocence is seen offering sex in exchange for information. The newspaper has called this “defamatory and damaging” to Scruggs’ character.

Richard Jewell also stars Sam Rockwell, Jon Hamm and Kathy Bates, who scored a Golden Globe nomination for her role earlier this week in the Clint Eastwood film as Richard’s mother Bobi Jewell. The movie is getting positive buzz from critics so far, with an 84% on Rotten Tomatoes.

The new Clint Eastwood bio drama opens this Friday, December 13 alongside other new releases: Jumanji: The Next Level, Black Christmas and Uncut Gems.

Wonder Woman 1984’s Gal Gadot Explains Why Diana Ditches Her Sword And Shield In The Sequel

The DC live-action universe has a rocky start, with movies like Justice League and Suicide Squad failing to impress critics and audiences alike. But Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman showed that the shared universe was capable of, marking the DCEU’s first critical darling when it arrived in 2017. A sequel was quickly green lit, although Jenkins took her time without rushing into an early release date. Wonder Woman 1984 just got its first trailer, where and its title character was missing her signature sword and shield. And now Gal Gadot has explained their absence in 1984.

Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot teased the first trailer for Wonder Woman 1984 for days, before finally releasing it to the public, and doing some press about the highly anticipated DC blockbuster. That’s where Gadot explained why her signature DC hero won’t carry any weapons for her fourth appearance on the silver screen. As she put it,

Well, that certainly clears things up. It looks like it was a conscious choice to leave Wonder Woman without her weapons in 1984. And as such, we should expect very different action when the sequel hits theaters in June.

Gal Gadot’s comments to come to us from Gal Gadot’s recent press appearance for Wonder Woman 1984, courtesy of CinePop. With the upcoming sequel moving decades into the future, Diana Prince will have to adapt to a very different World of Man than the one she originally discovered in 1918. You can’t exactly walk around a mall the ’80s unnoticed with a sword in hand.

With Diana Prince not utilizing her weapons in Wonder Woman 1984, her action sequences should go down quite differently. The trailer for the sequel show her relying heavily on the Lasso of Truth, even using it to swing on lightning bolts. It looks like there will be plenty of thrilling action, and Diana will utilize her signature gear like the gauntlets and tiara.

Wonder Woman 1984 will further explore the past of Gal Gadot’s signature DC hero, and see her miraculously reunited with Chris Pine’s Steve Trevor… who hasn’t aged a day. We’ll also be introduced to Kristin Wiig’s Cheetah, as well as Pedro Pascal’s Maxwell Lord.

All will be revealed when Wonder Woman 1984 hits theaters on June 5th, 2020. In the meantime, check out our 2020 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

Sounds Like Jumanji’s Jack Black Is Retiring From Acting

This weekend, Jack Black reunites with Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan and Kevin Hart to dive back into the magical video game world for Jumanji: The Next Level. But The Next Level might just be the last for Jack Black, because he’s ready to put the controller down and say ‘game over’ for good. That’s right, it sounds like Jumanji’s Jack Black is retiring from acting, saying in a recent interview:

Wow, audiences better catch Jack Black in Jumanji: The Next Level while they can, because he won’t be on our screens for much longer. On the eve of the massive franchise sequel’s release, Jack Black is teasing his retirement. The actor, whose prolific career extends back into the 1980s, is planning to make his exit from acting to enjoy an early-ish retirement now that he’s 50.

His Jumanji co-stars The Rock and Kevin Hart may be arguing over who will retire first, but it looks like Jack Black will be first to cross the finish line. Jack Black still has a few things to do though before he calls it a career. As he tells Balance, he still wants to make another Tenacious D record and maybe one more movie. That would make Jumanji: The Next Level the penultimate film of his career before he rides off into that sunset that he is looking forward to.

What that last film will be, it’s hard to say, although the Jumanji: The Next Level actor seems like he might have some idea of what it could end up being. He says it’s still early, so perhaps he simply doesn’t have another project lined up yet, but saying that he doesn’t want to jinx it and that he has tricks up his sleeve implies that he knows what movie he wants to do next and end his acting career on.

However, Jack Black does allow himself a little bit of wiggle room He admits that he’s been saying his next movie will be his last for some time, so he isn’t guaranteeing that he only has one movie left, just that it probably isn’t much more than that. Basically, Jack Black has far more movies behind him than ahead of him if he follows through on his intention to retire from acting.

So why does Jack Black want to retire from acting? It’s all about spending more time with his family. He explained his reasoning, saying:

Jack Black has a wife and two kids, and he doesn’t want to be away from home as much anymore. That’s completely understandable and as valid a reason as any for him to want to hang up his acting boots. He would still be willing to act if it meant he could be home with his family every night, he just doesn’t want to keep spending months at a time on film sets away from his family.

After the success of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, this weekend’s Jumanji: The Next Level seems poised to be just the next step on a road to a long-running franchise. So what Jack Black’s potential retirement means for the franchise and the avatar of Professor Sheldon “Shelly” Oberon, we’ll have to wait and see. Maybe Jumanji 3 (or technically 4) could be his swan song.

Or perhaps not. Jack Black likened his impending retirement to that of director Quentin Tarantino’s self-imposed 10-film cap, and admitted that if QT calls, he’s going to do that movie, retirement be damned. Riffing on the possibility, he joked:

Jumanji: The Next Level opens in theaters on December 13. Check out our 2020 Release Schedule to see what movies you can look forward to next year.

Star Wars’ Kathleen Kennedy Explains ‘Tough Decision’ To Replace Colin Trevorrow As Episode IX Director

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It’s almost hard to believe, but we’re mere days away from the release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. J.J. Abrams upcoming blockbuster will end the Skywalker Saga forever, and complete the story that George Lucas began back with A New Hope. Fans are eager to see what Abrams will do with his second installment in the franchise, but Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow was originally set to helm Episode IX. Now Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy has spoken about the decision to part ways with Trevorrow.

A slew of directors have been fired from Star Wars movies lately, including Colin Trevorrow and Solo‘s original duo Chris Miller and Phil Lord. Trevorrow’s exit from the Rise of Skywalker allowed him to return to the Jurassic World franchise, while J.J. Abrams joined to complete the trilogy he began with The Force Awakens. When asked what about Trevorrow’s version of Episode IX didn’t work, Kathleen Kennedy opened up about the split, saying:

That certainly clears things up. It looks like it was all about the story, with Lucasfilm on the hunt to find an appropriate ending to the franchise. Plus, they were on a bit of a time crunch.

Kathleen Kennedy’s comments to io9 help shine a light on the big decision made behind the scenes of the Star Wars franchise. While fans see a finished product, each installment in the galaxy far, far away is made by a series of human choices. A director is an especially important piece to the puzzle, so Kennedy and company at Lucasfilm had to trust their gut with which filmmaker would craft the best overall conclusion.

Kathleen Kennedy does make a point about J.J. Abrams’ history and immersion within the Star Wars franchise. He personally created the characters who occupy the sequel trilogy. What’s more, he worked with all of the original actors at one point. And he was able to craft a story that seemed stronger by the powers that be.

I do wonder what type of ideas Colin Trevorrow had for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. He’s being credited for having worked on the upcoming movie’s story, so at least some of them likely made it into the movie. But there were also likely many other choices that made Kathleen Kennedy and company decide to find another choice. Trevorrow is donating his residuals from Episode IX to Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice in England.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will arrive in theaters on December 20th, and Jurassic World 3 is expected to arrive June 11th 2021. In the meantime, check out our 2020 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

Paul Feig Has Broken His Silence On The Ghostbusters: Afterlife Trailer

The Ghostbusters franchise has been entertaining audiences for decades. Following the original two movies, there have been video games, an animated series, as well as Paul Feig’s 2016 Ghostbusters movie. That recent reboot got a ton of flack ahead of its release, with online hate essentially sinking the movie before it could even get to theaters. Next up is Ghostbusters: Afterlife, and Feig has responded to the movie’s first trailer.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife will be a direct sequel to the original two movies, with most of the original cast returning to reprise their role. The first trailer focused on the newcomer characters, and took the franchise out of New York City. Paul Feig responded to this debut footage on social media, tweeting out:

What a class act. Despite the backlash his Ghostbusters movie got, he still seems eager to see what director Jason Reitman has in store for Afterlife. Although much of the movie’s contents are still a mystery at this time.

Paul Feig’s tweet shows that there’s no hard feelings following the release of his Ghostbusters. After all, the moviemaking business is full of flops and wins. And 2016’s version of the movie did make $229.1 million at the box office, so it’s not like it was a complete financial failure. But it suffered a ton of hate from the point of inception, which started conversations about toxic fandom and onscreen representation.

The Ghostbusters that Paul Feig brought to theaters in 2016 was an original story, introducing new all-female team. Some of the original cast did appear in cameos, but not reprising their roles. That’ll change with Ghostbusters: Afterlife, which will directly connect to the events of the original film. It remains to be seen exactly how, although Dan Aykroyd previously teased that we’d meet children of the original team.

You can check out the first trailer for Ghostbusters: Afterlife below.

In the first trailer, it seems to indicate that Trevor (Fin Wolfhard) has Ghostbusters in his blood, as he stumbles upon his late Grandfather’s stash of gear, complete with the Ectomobile. If I had to guess, his grandfather was Rick Moranis’ Louis Tully. Moranis is noticeably absent from Afterlife‘s cast list, so killing him off would make a great deal of sense.

As for Paul Feig, he naturally went on to direct more movies after Ghostbuster‘s release. First he did the quirky comedy thriller A Simple Favor, and most recently helmed the Emilia Clarke-led holiday movie Last Christmas. And in his tweet about Ghostbusters: Afterlife, he puts the moving hashtag #WeAreAllGhostbusters, possibly in reference to the sexist hate slung at his recent incarnation.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife will hit theaters on July 10, 2020. In the meantime, check out our 2020 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

Kevin Feige Says Black Widow Will Shed ‘New Light’ On Infinity War and Endgame

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After years of supporting appearances, Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow will soon get her own solo movie. Appropriately titled Black Widow, Cate Shortland’s upcoming blockbuster will kick off Phase Four of the MCU, and dive deeper into the history and psyche of Natasha Romanoff. And according to Kevin Feige, the upcoming solo flick will also shed a light on her decisions throughout The Russo Brothers’ pair of Avengers movies, Infinity War and Endgame.

Black Widow is set in between the events of Captain America: Civil War and Infinity War, but it’ll also touch in events further in the title character’s past. First instance, the first trailer showed her signing up for S.H.I.E.L.D. with Thaddeus Ross. Plus, her family’s inclusion will no doubt feature plenty of flashbacks to their life together. Kevin Feige recently spoke to how the long-awaited solo movie would inform her choices in Avengers, saying:

Now this is interesting. It looks like Natasha’s entire tenure in the MCU will be explored throughout Black Widow. And while we ultimately know how her story will end, the Black Widow movie will give new context as to her choices in the fight against Thanos. I’ve got to assume this will be especially true when it comes to her death scene in Endgame, although Kevin Feige’s comments to IGN could reference a number of scenes.

During Endgame’s Time Heist, Natasha battles Hawkeye to sacrifice herself, and therefore procure the Soul Stone for the team. While it seemed that her motivations were due to Clint’s family, she might have had other reasons for making this selfless choice. It’s unclear what happens to the other Widows and David Harbour’s Red Guardian throughout the course of Black Widow, but she presumably didn’t see them during the five year time jump.

It should be fascinating to se what is exactly tackled throughout the course of Black Widow‘s runtime. Scarlett Johansson previously stated that the solo movie gave her closure after her character’s death during Endgame‘s second act. Because while Tony was given a lakeside funeral and Cap got his happy ending, Natasha’s ending was more of an unceremonious one. Because once they got back, Thanos quickly came knocking.

Black Widow will kickstart Phase Four of the MCU on May 1st, 2020. In the meantime, check out our 2020 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

Of Course Dwayne Johnson And Kevin Hart Are Arguing Over Who Will Retire First

Either Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart are truly good friends, or the two must be really sick of each other by now. The pair are about to appear in their fourth film together in three years in Jumanji: The Next Level and it seems a foregone conclusion this won’t be the last time we see the two of them on screen together. Having said that, there has to be a “last movie” for the duo at some point, right?

CinemaBlend’s own Sean O’Connell had the opportunity to sit down with Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson ahead of the release of Jumanji: The Next Level and he asked the pair which of them was likely to retire from acting first. Kevin Hart is pretty sure he knows the answer, The Rock seems a bit less certain. Check out their response in the clip below.

Kevin Hart doesn’t even hesitate in saying he’ll retire before Dwayne Johnson does. He seems quite convinced that’s the way it will go down. Although, it seems Dwayne Johnson is less sure of that. He starts to call Hart the Energizer Bunny at one point, clearly, Johnson thinks Hart has little interest in actually slowing down, and so he’ll be less likely to want to call it quits at any point.

And then the two actually get into it a little bit. It’s all in good fun, but when Kevin Hart says he’d have to sneak his retirement past Dwayne Johnson, the two start arguing in the way that good friends do. It seems that since the pair can be so competitive with each other, there’s a feeling they might actually compete over who gets to retire first.

Although, I feel like the other reason Kevin Hart would have a hard time retiring is that Dwayne Johnson simply wouldn’t let him. Johnson is as big a force today in Hollywood as a producer as he is an actor and so if he wants to keep working with his buddy, all Johnson has to do is keep casting Kevin Hart in his movies and then Hart won’t be able to retire.

In Jumanji: The Next Level, Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart’s video game avatar characters are inhabited by a pair of old friends, played by Danny DeVito and Danny Glover, who had a falling out when one of them decided to retire. The pair of young friends get to play a pair of old friends, and you sort of get the impression that’s what Johnson and Hart are going to be like when they get to that age.

Of course, we don’t need to worry about this too much right now. Even Kevin Hart admits that this retirement point is a long way down the road. He’s not looking to call it quits anytime soon, so we can likely be confident we’ll be seeing these two guys show up on screen together for a long time to come.

Whether or not those future movies include a host of Jumanji sequels will likely depend on whether or not Jumanji: The Next Level performs as well as the previous entry did at the box office. We’ll find out after it hits theaters on Friday.