Jada Pinkett Smith Tried To Convince Will Not To Turn Down The Matrix

Will Smith’s Neo is just one of Hollywood’s great casting ‘What ifs‘ alongside Russell Crowe’s Aragorn and Tom Selleck’s Indiana Jones. Will Smith famously turned down the role of Neo in 1999’s seminal science fiction film The Matrix, but if he had just listened to his wife, he might have made that instead of Wild Wild West. Jada Pinkett Smith tried to convince Will not to turn down The Matrix, as she explained:

Jada Pinkett Smith did her best to convince her husband that he shouldn’t turn down The Matrix. She believed in the Wachowskis and The Matrix from the start and as she told Entertainment Weekly, she knew that it would be a revolutionary film, which of course it was. The actress got it and tried to explain to Will what a big deal it was and why he should do it, but it was to no avail.

Will Smith simply didn’t get it in the same way that she did and he turned down the role, which resulted in the sci-fi classic that we have today, but is definitely one you’ve got to think he’d like to have back. This proves that he should have listened to his wife all along because her intuition was right on the money. I wonder what she had to say about After Earth.

In Will Smith’s defense, the actor recently recalled the pitch meeting for the film he had with the Wachowskis and given his recollection of it, it’s understandable that he turned it down. According to him, they were just talking about how cool it would be for him to freeze in the middle of jumping during a fight.

You can only make the decision that feels right to you at the time with the information available and that weird pitch may not have seemed like a revolution Will Smith wanted to be a part of, but his wife certainly did.

Jada Pinkett Smith originally went out for the part of Trinity in The Matrix but lost the part to Carrie-Anne Moss. On that front, she has no regrets about the way things turned out, as she explained:

Carrie-Anne Moss was the perfect Trinity just as Keanu Reeves was the perfect Neo– and it’s hard to imagine The Matrix any other way now. Therefore, Jada Pinkett is content with having lost out on that role in a film that she believed in so fully. Will Smith has echoed this sentiment in the past, fearing that he would have ruined The Matrix had he been cast as Neo.

Lucky for Jada though, she still got to be a part of the Wachowski’s world when the siblings wrote the role of Niobe for her in the sequel films The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions.

When in doubt, as Cypher said in the original film, “If I have to choose between that and the Matrix, I choose the Matrix.” Whatever ‘that’ happens to be, always choose the Matrix. Speaking of The Matrix, news just broke that The Matrix 4 is happening with Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss attached to return and Lana Wachowski writing and directing. Will there be a part for Jada Pinkett Smith’s Niobe? We’ll have to wait and see.

Check out our 2019 Release Schedule to keep track of all this year’s biggest films and stay tuned to CinemaBlend for the latest movie news.

Spider-Man: Far From Home Concept Art Has Peter Battling An Army Of Zombie Iron Men

Warning: SPOILERS for Spider-Man: Far From Home are ahead!

Although Tony Stark died at the end of Avengers: Endgame, his influence was felt in the follow-up Spider-Man: Far From Home, as Peter Parker was still mourning for his mentor and worried about living up to Tony’s legacy. Unfortunately for Peter, his adversary in Far From Home, Quentin Beck, a.k.a. Mysterio, would later use Tony’s memory against him by conjuring an illusion of a zombie Iron Man crawling out from the grave.

However, this scene could have been a lot creepier, as new Spider-Man: Far From Home concept art has been released showing Spidey battling an army of zombie Iron Men. Check it out!

In Spider-Man: Far From Home, Spidey didn’t actually fight the Iron Man zombie while he was tripping out during Mysterio’s illusion barrage, but in the above artwork shared by Marvel Visual Development artist Henrik Tamm on Instagram, he could have had to face off against numerous undead versions of the genius billionaire playboy philanthropist. And while the zombie Iron Man in Far From Home still had some of its faceplate intact, these monstrosities favored fully showing off their grotesque faces.

It’s unclear why this action sequence was scrapped; perhaps it was deemed a little too scary for the younger crowd checking out the PG-13 flick, or maybe it was just to . In any case, while it’s a shame Spider-Man: Far From Home didn’t get to go full Marvel Zombies, at least Mysterio still called on one Iron Man zombie to screw with Peter Parker’s head.

Although he was depicted in marketing and the early portion of Spider-Man: Far From Home as a hero, Mysterio soon showed that he was just as duplicitous as his comic book counterpart. A disgruntled ex-Stark Industries employee who was displeased with how Tony Stark made use of his advanced holographic technology (shown as B.A.R.F. in Captain America: Civil War) and was fired for being unstable, Quentin Beck teamed up with other people fired by Tony to establish Mysterio as a new, popular superhero for the world following the death of Iron Man.

Mysterio eventually obtained the E.D.I.T.H. A.I. Tony Stark bequeathed to Peter Parker and tried to use it to carry out his biggest Elementals illusion yet, but the Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man managed to foil this scheme. But before dying, Mysterio left one last surprise Peter: doctored video footage aired by The Daily Bugle showing Quentin framing the Elemental attack in London on the teen hero and revealing his secret identity to the world. No matter what medium he’s in, Spider-Man just can’t catch a break.

In the meantime, you can keep track of what movies are heading to theaters later this year in our 2019 release schedule.

5 Big Questions We Have About Marvel And Sony’s Spider-Man Break-Up

Spider-Man swinging in London in Spider-Man: Far From Home

Five months and one day ago, the Marvel Cinematic Universe became whole. The combination of the Spider-Man deal with Sony, and Disney’s merger with Fox back in March 2019 created a situation where every Marvel character could finally appear in a live-action movie together. Unfortunately, though, that dream state has proven to be short-lived. The aforementioned deal between Marvel Studios and Sony has seemingly fallen apart, and now it appears that the wall-crawler’s time in the biggest franchise on the planet is coming to an end.

The news has sent a shockwave through the industry, with internet chatter exploding and new details very slowly coming to light, and most fans now find themselves a bit dazed and wondering what this all means for the future. There are a lot of questions waiting to be answered, but there are five in particular that stand out to us after this bombshell:

Peter Parker and Nick Fury in Spider-Man: Far From Home

How Will This Affect The Storytelling In The Next Spider-Man Movie?

Prior to the release of Spider-Man: Homecoming, the big question surrounding the project was how it was going to differentiate itself from the five previous Spider-Man movies we saw in the two decades before it. Ultimately, the franchise had a very good answer for that: the film stands apart because the titular hero had never before been a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In addition to skipping the whole origin story business, the relationship between Peter Parker and Tony Stark a.k.a. Iron Man as a mentor became crucial.

This very much continued in Spider-Man: Far From Home, where Peter was left reeling following the events of The Blip and Tony’s death… but evidently these kinds of details are going to be totally off the table for the still-happening sequel. So how is that going to affect the approach that Jon Watts takes and the story he tells? Can previously established villains like Vulture and Mysterio still return even though their backstories are deeply ingrained with the life and work of Tony Stark? Does the relationship between Happy Hogan and Aunt May just totally disappear? This whole situation is akin to mixing flour and sugar together in a bowl, aborting your recipe, and then trying to extract the sugar.

Spider-man swings with the Avengers in Endgame

Will All Other MCU Heroes Just Forget About Spider-Man?

Of course, these things work both ways. In addition to Spider-Man’s world no longer being affected by the events of the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe, presumably the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe would also have to forget about him. That’s pretty significant when you consider that Spidey hasn’t exactly just dipped his toe in to the experience of being around other Marvel characters. At this point he’s basically met all of the principal players.

Let’s not forget that prior to Spider-Man: Homecoming the hero was involved in one of the biggest superhero battles of all time in Captain America: Civil War, and then after his solo movie he was prominently featured fighting alongside Doctor Strange, the Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain Marvel, and more against cosmic forces in Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. Going forward, will heroes just have to totally forget that there once was a teenager who swung around on webs and crawled on walls?

Spider-Man with MJ in Spider-Man: Far From Home

Can The Deal Still Be Salvaged?

Here is where some good news enters the playing field. While things definitely don’t look great at the negotiating table right now, the final hammer has not yet been driven in the coffin of the Spider-Man/Marvel Cinematic Universe deal. A representative from Sony has said that the conversation between the company and Marvel Studios is not over just yet, and that there is still an on-going discussion about credits. So while things don’t look great, the question of “Can the deal still be salvaged?” is still a legitimate one to ask.

What makes this situation particularly complicated is that both sides really are holding a lot of cards. As mentioned earlier, Marvel Studios is operating what is currently the most popular movie franchise in the entire world, and it’s not exactly lacking in characters to bring to the big screen – particularly after the Fox merger opened the door to introduce both the Fantastic 4 and the X-Men. Spider-Man, however, is still arguably the most beloved Marvel hero around the globe, and also happens to be the biggest brand that Sony owns. Neither side has a ton of motivation to budge on key issues, which is surely why this became a conflict in the first place.

Venom in Venom

What Does This Mean For The Venom Series?

The other interesting wrinkle in this whole scenario for Sony is how this development may potentially affect the growing Venom series, which is preparing to start production on its first sequel later this year with director Andy Serkis at the helm. As things stand, the stories take place in a continuity separate from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but a change in the deal between Marvel and Sony could have a massive impact on the direction things go, most importantly in regards to the possible future use of Tom Holland’s Spider-Man.

Up until now, the idea of having Tom Holland’s Spider-Man appear in a Venom sequel wouldn’t have worked because of the continuity conflict. If that’s no longer a problem, though, and Marvel Studios is out of the picture, that might change the way that Sony thinks about the situation. The version of the web-slinger that would appear in a future Venom release wouldn’t technically be from the MCU, but Holland would still carry that franchise’s clout with him, and perhaps boost the profile of Tom Hardy’s gooey alien following the critical hammering that his first feature experienced.

Peter Parker crouching in Italy in Spider-Man: Far From Home

How Does Tom Holland Feel About All Of This?

When it comes to macro-scale franchise machinations, actors don’t really have much of a say in matters unless they also get a producer credit. That’s not the situation with Tom Holland and the Spider-Man movies, though, so one has to wonder how the young actor is currently handling all of this news coming out. He’s never been shy about his enthusiasm for sharing the screen with Marvel’s other biggest heroes, and it appears that his opportunity to do that is closing.

While Tom Holland is a very active social media user, he has yet to post anything since the news broke about the Marvel-Sony deal earlier today. Eventually, though, he will surely have to make a statement on the matter – and if that doesn’t happen in the next few days, it could wind up happening when he’s doing press for one of his upcoming releases (such as The Current War, which will be coming out in early October). The world is definitely waiting for his feelings on the matter, and you can be sure that you’ll find them here on CinemaBlend when he does ultimately share.

While things are still a bit hazy with this whole situation, what questions are you wondering about? Post them, along with your thoughts, feelings, and opinions, in the comments section below, and stay tuned for more updates.

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Is Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time In Hollywood The Current Oscar Frontrunner?

Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio as Cliff Booth and Rick Dalton in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Can you believe it’s that time already? The summer movie season is starting to wind down to make way for award season this fall. And from what’s been released so far, 2019’s contenders may be weighing heavily on the movies we’ve yet to see, even though eight months of the year have come and gone.

For the time being, Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is a no-brainer contender for Best Picture. The Academy loves a film about movie-making and good commentary on the industry – just look at La La Land, Birdman and The Artist. Not to mention Tarantino’s movies are no stranger to the award season… nor the film’s big stars. Has Leonardo DiCaprio legally changed his middle name to Oscar at this point?

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood isn’t just any Tarantino movie, it’s his love letter to Los Angeles during the very time when he grew up. It’s his Roma. It seamlessly recreates Hollywood in 1969 around the happenings of some of the most famous events during the star-studded city’s more somber history.

It features some impressive performances from veterans of Hollywood’s biggest night. Margot Robbie sports a Sharon Tate that brought the late actress’ actual sister to tears (“[Robbie] sounded just like Sharon… I actually got to see my sister again” she said). Leonardo DiCaprio tackles an actor’s inception of his own, layering characters within his Rick Dalton character.

Brad Pitt and Mike Moh as Cliff Booth and Bruce Lee in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

The movie has also found its share of healthy controversy to buff up public conversation. Kareem Abdul-Jabaar has even joined the backlash on Quentin Tarantino’s depiction of Bruce Lee in the film.

The Academy had quite a few contentious picks among the public last year, such as Green Book, Bohemian Rhapsody and Vice. Also, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood became Quentin Tarantino’s biggest box office opening of his career, with a $41 million debut and $179 million worldwide haul so far, placing the movie in the current top 15 of 2019.

Box office numbers by no means make or break a Best Picture contender (just look at Shape of Water’s earnings when it won in 2018). However, if certainly helps Hollywood‘s already big chances at taking the Academy Awards’ top prize. For example, Damien Chazelle’s First Man tanked last year and quickly moved down and out of the Oscars’ shortlist.

Another already released 2019 film the Academy may also consider for Best Picture is Dexter Fletcher’s Rocketman. The jukebox musical comes right off the heels of the surprise buzz Bohemian Rhapsody received by the end of Oscar season. Queen even opened the show in the Oscars’ first hostless show in years with a bang and took home four awards that night.

Taron Egerton as Elton John in Rocketman

This could position Rocketman well for a Best Picture nomination coming up. The Academy is known to show support for musicals, and the Elton John fantasy biopic is also a timely tale that strikes a chord about addiction and brings visibility to the LGBT community and the pitfalls of the music industry.

Plus, it’s more daring than Bohemian Rhapsody, received much better reviews and had a nice run at the box office (though comparably weak to Rhapsody’s $903 million). Taron Egerton sang… Rami Malek lip synced. But will Rocketman look like something of a sequel to Rhapsody and as a result not get the recognition it deserves? I’d say that’d be more likely if Rhapsody had won over Green Book.

Other films that could be in the running (but are more so longshots) are Avengers: Endgame, Us and The Farewell. Marvel Studios may push for an Oscar campaign for the MCU epic, as accomplished with Black Panther’s seven overall nominations (including Best Picture) and three wins.

Thanos in Avengers: Endgame

Endgame’s chances of a Best Picture nod is far less likely than the Wakanda-set feature received. Black Panther boasted social commentary and an impactful diversity shift in Hollywood. Endgame has already won highest-grossing movie ever. It’s the most blockbuster movies can get and the Academy is known to steer away from them with their picks.

Jordan Peele’s Us could snag a nomination or two, following his 2018 Original Screenplay win for Get Out, but Best Picture is less likely – the horror genre is greatly underrepresented at the Academy Awards. Lulu Wang’s The Farewell is more Oscar material. It even has a 99% fresh score on Rotten Tomatoes, and the indie starring Awkwafina has the power to make the kind of waves Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird achieved with five Oscar nominations (including Best Picture). However, it’s not the frontrunner Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is.

With these other options considered, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is the current Oscar frontrunner for Best Picture. This is a huge deal because Quentin Tarantino has never nabbed a Best Picture win for any of his nine films, though they’ve certainly been in the running before.

His first film to be considered for the top prize was 1994’s Pulp Fiction, which lost out to Forrest Gump. 15 years later, Inglourious Basterds was his next contender for Best Picture, but The Hurt Locker was given the title. Then, Django Unchained lost out to Argo in 2012.

Margot Robbie as Sharon Tate in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood could also receive nods in multiple other categories, such as for leads Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie, Best Directing for Tarantino (which he has also never won for) and Best Original Screenplay (the category in which he won his current two Oscars).

The movie could also make waves in technical categories, such as cinematography for three-time Academy Award winner Robert Richardson. Editing, sound editing and sound mixing are two other categories Tarantino’s films have been on the shortlist for.

The Academy Awards are known to deliver unexpected shake-ups, and chances are this will happen again for 2019’s films. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is the frontrunner right now, but another movie could come out of left field during Oscar season and win Best Picture.

Last year, A Star is Born was the early-ish favorite for best film of 2018, but Green Book unexpectedly won the big one. Looking ahead, fall has tons of highly-anticipated Oscar types, such as Ford v. Ferrari, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, The Goldfinch, The Irishman and Little Women. From the movies we’ve seen thus far as of August 2019, Once Upon a Time Hollywood could make history.

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IT Chapter Two Has Screened, Here Are The Early Reactions

The Losers Club in IT Chapter Two

Because the original IT novel is a massive tome, Warner Bros and New Line Cinema wisely decided to split their adaptation of Stephen King’s beloved and horrifying tale into two parts. The first IT movie came out in September 2017, where it was met with a lot of positive reception and made over $700 million worldwide. Now IT Chapter Two is little over two weeks away, but as is often the case with these kinds of major motion pictures, some lucky folks have already seen it.

We have a little longer to wait for the full IT Chapter Two reviews to arrive, but looking at the reactions peppering social media now, it looks like the nearly three-hour IT Chapter Two is also getting a warm reception, though opinions range on whether or not it’s better than IT.

Starting off, CinemaBlend’s Sean O’Connell, a longtime Stephen King fan, declared that while he liked IT Chapter Two, it didn’t quite measure up to IT when it comes to scares, though the cast, i.e. the adult members of The Losers Club, shine brightly.

Mike Ryan from Uproxx also enjoyed IT Chapter Two for the most part, although the pacing wasn’t quite as good as it was in the previous movie. He also mentioned in a follow-up tweet that he wishes the eponymous entity’s powers and motivations were more clearly defined.

Slashfilm’s Chris Evangelista wasn’t a fan of how IT Chapter Two began and the cast chemistry, but ultimately found it to be an enjoyable movie, saying in a follow-up tweet that when looking at the two IT movies together, it’s one of the rare Stephen King adaptations “that actually understands King’s voice and successfully translates it to the screen.”

Paul Shirley from JoBlo was among IT Chapter Two’s biggest fans, praising the tone and cast, particularly Bill Hader, who plays the adult Richie Tozier. As you’ll see from other reactions, it sounds like Hader steals the show.

Collider’s Haleigh Foutch thought that while IT Chapter Two didn’t quite measure up to its ambition, it still worked overall, from the performances to the horror.

Finally, Erik Davis from Fandango felt that IT Chapter Two was a worthy successor to IT (though it’s definitely a heavier story) and added in another tweet that “the last 45 minutes or so are real strong.”

These are just some of the IT Chapter Two reactions that are now available online, so feel free to look around Twitter to learn what other people thought of the movie. But based off just these tweets, evidently we don’t need to worry about the sequel having dropped the ball… for the most part.

Set 27 years after the events of IT (which took place in 1988, 30 years later than the novel’s first time period), IT Chapter Two sees The Losers Club members reuniting in Derry, Maine to confront Pennywise the Dancing Clown again and defeat him for good. Along with the frequently-praised Bill Hader, the main cast includes James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain, Isaiah Mustafa, Jay Ryan, James Ransone and Andy Bean, as well as Bill Skarsgård reprising Pennywise.

We’ll also see the actors who played The Losers’ Club members as kids in IT reprise their roles, some of whom have been digitally de-aged. Andy Muschietti directed again and Gary Dauberman returned to co-write the IT Chapter Two script with Jason Fuchs.

You can judge IT Chapter Two for yourself when it scares its way into theaters on September 6. Stay tuned to CinemaBlend for more coverage concerning the sequel, and in the meantime, keep track of what other movies are coming out for the rest of the year in our 2019 release schedule.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Avengers: Endgame Cut A Battle In The Air Featuring Kraglin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gerard Butler as Mike Banning

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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