Into The Spider-Verse’s Shameik Moore Wants To Play A Live-Action Spider-Man, And Fight Tom Hardy’s Venom

Since Miles Morales’ Spider-Man first appeared on Marvel comic book pages in 2011, readers have been rallying for a big screen origin story for the young hero. Sony Animation’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse allows the fan favorite to shine front in center, beside some other amazing spider-heroes.

When 23-year-old Shameik Moore, who voices Miles Morales in the film was asked by MTV International if he would suit up for a live-action Marvel movie, he didn’t hesitate to show his deep interest to play the role, with these words:

Hope Sony is listening because we would love to see Shameik Moore lend more than just his voice to Miles Morales’ Spider-Man. The breakout star is no stranger to a stunning on screen performance, such as in the 2015 film Dope and Netflix’s The Get Down. It would be a really interesting move by Sony to bring the characters established in their animated film to life in live-action and why not use an actor who already knows the character well?

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse follows Miles Morales’ story from the beginning, as the character is bit by a radioactive spider at 13 years old. This would pose a bit of an issue for Shameik Moore as he is ten years older than Miles. The actor does realize this and pitches that for a live-action Miles Morales starring himself, they could move through time a little to make it possible.

Not only is Shameik Moore ready to swing into action, he has just the villain he’d want to fight; it even fits contractually with Sony’s sprouting Spider-Verse universe. Here’s his choice:

Yes, yes, yes! While Peter Parker is over at the MCU with the Avengers, Miles Morales could take post at Sony’s Spider-Verse that started this year with the blockbuster hit Venom. Shameik Moore wasn’t shy about his adoration for Tom Hardy, or how he would love to work with him in a Spider-Verse team up. He also believes that collaboration would challenge him as an actor to show what he’s really capable of.

Okay, this amazing pitch is kind of a long shot — especially since those who have seen it are especially praising Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse for its incredible use of animation. And the medium certainly allowed the film to show off what the live-action Spidey flicks couldn’t quite pull off.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse has already been ordered a sequel and spinoff, so Shameik Moore isn’t saying goodbye to his Spider-Man role anytime soon. On the flip side, what if Tom Hardy voiced an animated Venom in one of the upcoming Spider-Verse films? Maybe we’re getting a too ahead of ourselves… check out Into the Spider-Verse in theaters this Friday.

ReelBlend #48: Avengers Trailer, Aquaman Reviews And Interviewing Clint Eastwood

ReelBlend started out as AwardsBlend (shout out to the loyal listeners who have been following us since day one), and these days, our conversations feel like they are in line with the early days of the show. We have a LOT of news to get to in the 48th episode of ReelBlend, and a lot of it has to do with the Oscar race.

To begin with, the guys — Sean O’Connell, Jake Hamilton and Kevin McCarthy — are reacting to the new SAG Awards nominations, which gave their Best Ensemble slots to Black Panther, BlackKklansman, A Star is Born, Bohemian Rhapsody and Crazy Rich Asians. The first three movies have heard their name called numerous times, by critics groups and the Golden Globes and Critics’ Choice Awards.

But the latter two got a real boost from the SAGs, with many now believing Bohemian Rhapsody has a chance to make some serious noise in the Oscar nominations. The guys dig in-depth into what the recent nominations mean for the big-picture race.

Before they got into the Awards race, the ReelBlend boys also broke down two major trailers: the one for Avengers: Endgame; and the one for the Superman homage, Brightburn. One of us had real problems with the Brightburn trailer, so listen to what the complaint was.

As they discussed the movies opening this week, Jake, Kevin and Sean opened up about interviewing Clint Eastwood, whose new movie, The Mule, is in theaters. The guys take you behind the scenes at a junket, and the preparation that goes into interviewing a living legend.

The guys this week also give you a spoiler-free Aquaman review, before playing this week’s #Blend game, which was all about Movie Sequels. So yeah, this is a jam-packed episode.

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How Much Once Upon A Deadpool Made On Opening Day

When you think of the holiday season, you don’t think of Deadpool. And when you think of the Merc with a Mouth, you don’t think PG-13, but that’s exactly where we find ourselves with this week’s release of Once Upon a Deadpool. The slightly more kid-friendly, holiday-themed reimagining of this year’s Deadpool 2 arrived in theaters yesterday, December 12, and it made over $900,000 on opening day.

Including Tuesday night preview showings, the 20th Century Fox film opened at 1,566 theaters on Wednesday and is estimated to have made $953,000 according to Deadline. That number was good enough for Wade Wilson to surpass every other film at the Wednesday box office, with the exception of another holiday movie, Illumination’s The Grinch, which added another $968,000 to its domestic haul of over $226 million.

Once Upon a Deadpool will be celebrating the 12 Days of Christmas and remain in theaters until Christmas Eve. Deadpool 2 already made $318.5 million domestically and $734.2 million worldwide, and Once Upon a Deadpool‘s box office will just add to Fox’s bottom line, making for a nice little stocking stuffer for the studio.

Of course, in keeping with the spirit of the season, not every cent Once Upon a Deadpool makes will be going to the soon-to-be-Disney-owned studio. One dollar of every ticket sold for Once Upon a Deadpool during the December 12-24 time period will go to the charity Fuck Cancer, or as it is being temporarily called to keep with Once Upon a Deadpool‘s curse-averse rating, Fudge Cancer.

Once Upon a Deadpool‘s Wednesday performance shows that there was clearly was some interest in the film, even though the original version of it came out only seven months ago. Some of that interest is probably coming from younger audiences that eager to see what they couldn’t under the restrictions of the R rating.

There is also curiosity from those who saw Deadpool 2 at just what exactly this movie is and whether or not Wade Wilson can work under a PG-13 restriction (make sure to read CinemaBlend’s own Sarah El-Mahmoud’s thoughts on the matter). It will be interesting to see if this little experiment portends more PG-13 cuts of R-rated movies.

While Once Upon a Deadpool is adding to the coffers of an already successful film, there are other titles opening this weekend also looking to make their mark at the box office. Universal has Mortal Engines, which starts preview screenings at 7 p.m. on Thursday night, and Clint Eastwood’s latest directorial effort The Mule also opens this weekend.

Sony’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse opens Thursday night as well starting at 5 p.m., and is looking at a mid-$30 million opening. The animated feature riding a wave of enthusiasm and acclaim and should swing into first place this weekend.

The year is coming to a close but there are plenty of huge movies headed to theaters next year. Check them out in our 2019 release schedule.

Peter Jackson Provided Some Super Special Items To The Museum Set In Mortal Engines

While Peter Jackson didn’t actually direct the new movie Mortal Engines — that duty belonging to Christian Rivers — he did have a huge hand in its creation. After all, he’s not only credited for producing the film, but also co-wrote the script with long-time collaborators Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens. That’s not all, however, as it turns out that he also made significant contributions to the production design, as I recently learned from star Robert Sheehan,

Sitting down with Mortal Engines stars Robert Sheehan and Leila George last week, one question I asked was about all of the special details in the production design that audiences may not immediately pick up on without looking for them. While discussing the expansive London Museum set featured in the movie, Sheehan revealed that a number of the items were actually on loan from Peter Jackson, who evidently has a personal collection stocked with all kinds of historical items.

In Mortal Engines, the London Museum is essentially an archive that displays all kinds of artifacts from the world that existed before the Sixty Minute War — a human-driven cataclysmic/apocalyptic event that totally changed life on Earth and led to societies boarding giant mechanized cities. Not all of the items are properly labeled, leading to some major inaccuracies, but there is a wide range of items featured, from video game systems to Segways. And while we can’t say for sure exactly which items belong to Peter Jackson, it can be a fun guessing game for fans watching the movie.

The Easter eggs apparently don’t stop there, however, as the actors also pointed out a recurring aesthetic theme in Mortal Engines: the design presence of lions. According to Leila George and Robert Sheehan, they can be found all over the place in the film, just waiting to be noticed by audiences:

Sadly that does actually sound a lot like the world we currently live in, as I pointed out during the interview, but let’s not dwell on it.

You can watch my interview with Robert Sheehan and Leila George below — just click play on the video embed!

Co-starring Hera Hilmar, Hugo Weaving, Stephen Lang, Jihae, and Colin Salmon, Mortal Engines arrives in theaters this Friday, December 14th.

Steve Carell Would Totally Do Anchorman 3

While Will Ferrell has had plenty of comedy hits in his career, there’s arguably none quite as iconic as Anchorman. The over the top romp was a massive hit when it arrive in 2004, helping to elevate the status of its cast and making a ton of money at the box office in the process. Basically every line in Anchorman: The Legend Of Ron Burgundy is quotable, with some of the film’s most iconic moments actually coming from actor Steve Carell.

The Office helped Steve Carell become a household name, and Anchorman cemented the actor as a film star. Carell played bizarrely dimwitted Brick Tambland, the weatherman of the news station. Carell nailed his performance, and ultimately reprise his role in Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. And it seems he’d be happy to return for a threequel, recently saying:

By the beard of Zeus, it looks like Steve Carell would be down to play Brick in Anchorman 3. Considering how beloved his performance is, this will no doubt excite plenty of cinephiles out there who are waiting for the news team to return to the silver screen.

Steve Carell’s comments to Variety show how much fun the Office alum had on the set of both Anchorman movies. It’s a truly ridiculous franchise, allowing the actors to be as cartoonish as they’d like. Carell’s Brick Tambland is arguably the silliest character in the cast, which is saying a lot. The actor enjoys filming those movies, so perhaps Anchorman 3 could become a reality after all.

While most moviegoers associate Steve Carell with his comedic roles like The 40-Year-Old Virgin, he’s been doing a ton of dramas recently. Carell’s movies are often tear jerkers lately, with projects like Beautiful Boy, Welcome to Marwen, and Last Flag Flying all tackling super heavy material— especially for Carell. As such, he might be eager to do a light and frothy project like a possible Anchorman threequel.

As a reminder, you can see some of Brick’s finest moments below, with Steve Carell’s fun on set shining through.

We’ll just have to wait and see if Steve Carell and the rest of the Anchorman cast and crew return for a threequel. Anchorman 2 was a critical and box office success, so there’s certainly reason to continue the story sometime in the future.

You can catch Steve Carell in Welcome to Marwen on December 21, 2018, just make sure you bring your tissues. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your trips to the movies in the New year.

Once Upon a Deadpool Has A Special Post-Credits Tribute For Stan Lee

Marvel Comics and MCU fans were shocked last month when we all learned that Stan Lee, the face of Marvel, had passed away at 95. The tributes have been coming in from all corners since then, but the real question many of us had was how the actual Marvel movies would handle the fact that Lee was no longer with us. While Once Upon a Deadpool is something of an anomaly movie-wise, it is the first Marvel movie to hit the screen since Lee left us. This makes it extra special that the movie takes a moment to honor Lee after the credits of the new movie.

Stan Lee doesn’t cameo in person in Deadpool 2, one of the few Marvel movies where that’s the case. There were apparently some scenes shot for the new PG-13 rated version of the film, but rather than seeing them inserted in the film, Complex reports that they’re included as part of a post-credits sequence of Once Upon a Deadpool. Beyond simply showing the scenes, however, the post-credits bit also includes interview footage of Stan Lee reflecting on his own legacy. That legacy is now being considered by a lot of people, making it a perfect addition to the conversation to know what Stan Lee thought himself.

For the record, he didn’t really care. Stan took a pretty pragmatic view of the topic, realizing that once he was gone, it didn’t really matter what other people thought.

It is somewhat humorous that Once Upon a Deadpool, the Marvel property that takes itself the least seriously, becomes the first movie to pay a serious tribute to Stan Lee. However, the filmmakers clearly felt that doing so was necessary under the circumstances. Stan Lee probably would have loved the irony.

Stan Lee has a brief cameo of sorts in Ralph Breaks the Internet where Sarah Silverman’s Vannellpe Von Schweetz runs past him during the Disney infused sequence of the film. The audience in my theater let out an audible sigh seeing his digital avatar. We can expect similar things to happen over the next few months as the final Stan Lee cameos appear in movies like Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and Avengers: Endgame.

Of course, while Stan Lee might not have cared about his legacy, there’s no argument that he left an indelible one. Lee was instrumental in creating numerous comic book superheroes who have gone on to become pop culture icons. Lee crafted an image of himself which became larger than life and almost a character in its own right. Stan Lee the comic pioneer and Stanley Martin Leiber the man were barely the same person. It was fitting that the former ended up in the movies about the characters he created.

The characters that Stan Lee helped create will live beyond him. At this point, it’s difficult to imagine that names like Spider-Man, Iron Man, or The Incredible Hulk will ever not be part of the popular imagination. Fans owe him a lot and Once Upon a Deadpool shows that those making the films won’t forget it.

The Greatest Showman Was Originally Going To Be A Broadway Musical

There’s usually one big movie musical a year, which often makes a ton of money at the box office, as its soundtrack is quickly adopted into pop culture. While all eyes are on how A Star Is Born and Mary Poppins Returns will perform during Awards Season, last year’s musical blockbuster was The Greatest Showman. Starring Hugh Jackman as P.T. Barnum, the movie performed extremely well in theaters, and has remained relevant over the last calendar year through projects like the cover album.

Now separated from his iconic role as Wolverine in the X-Men franchise, Hugh Jackman is taking his musical talents on the road with a tour, including songs from The Greatest Showman. The actor recently spoke about the movie’s development, including original plans to make it a stage musical. As Jackman tells it,

While the iconic musical numbers and visual affects are part of what made The Greatest Showman a new classic, it appears that the project could have originated on the stage. Does that mean a Broadway bound musical could be on the way? Fingers crossed.

Hugh Jackman’s comments to THR might not come to a complete shock, considering the career of composers Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. The songwriting duo has its roots in theater, recently having a massive hit with Broadway’s Dear Evan Hansen. Pasek and Paul also worked on projects like La La Land, so The Greatest Showman could have easily ended up on either film or the stage.

Ultimately, crafting The Greatest Showman into a movie allowed the story to be told in a grand scale that it couldn’t on stage. It’s a massive movie, with visual effects elevating the musical numbers and allowing zoo animals like Tigers and Elephants to appear digitally. It ultimately helps put you in the world of Barnum’s circus, although a stage play doesn’t seem out of the question for the future.

Hugh Jackman specifically referenced one Youtube video, where actress Keala Settle sang “This Is Me” for the first time in public. The video currently has 34 million views, and you can check it out below.

Pretty powerful stuff. And given how both Keala Settle and Hugh Jackman have a history on Broadway, the duo easily could have starred in The Greatest Showman, if it ended up a Broadway musical.

You can catch Hugh Jackman singing The Greatest Showman soundtrack on his tour. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your trips to the movies in the New year.

Jason Momoa Made A Serious Entrance For The Aquaman Premiere

Jason Momoa is having the best time playing Aquaman, whether that be talking to reporters about the movie or having a blast at the premieres for the latest DC movie. It’s pretty clear he’s living his best life as Arthur Curry. Last night, at the U.S. premiere in fact, the actor took a break on the blue carpet to do a traditional haka dance, hearkening back to his Maori roots. Check it out.

Jason Momoa was front and center at the Aquaman premiere as the actor and his energetic crew performed a routine that included chanting, dancing and Jason Momoa wandering around holding a trident prop. At one point, he got so excited he snapped the trident in half.

If you watch the video (via Variety) closely, you can see Jason Momoa’s kids, daughter Lola Iolani and son Nakoa-Wolf, also performing the haka in the background.

This isn’t the only evidence of Jason Momoa having fun at the premiere. The actor also sipped on a beer while talking to reporters in a moment caught by the LA Times.

It’s pretty crazy how amped up and energetic Jason Momoa was, considering Aquaman director James Wan had just shared an image of leads Momoa and Amber Heard traveling back from Manila just in time to make the big, splashy (pun intended) premiere of the DC flick.

That’s a lot of travel in a very short time, considering it was only recently the cast and creative team were in China celebrating the premiere of the DC movie as well. Still, they looked refreshed and ready to run through another set of press lines. Fellow Aquaman actress Amber Heard also looked like she was having a pretty good time, sharing an image from the premiere featuring herself, Jason Momoa and his wife Lisa Bonet.

Warner Bros. and DC are pulling out the stops for Aquaman. While the studio has put out other big movies this year–recently Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of GrindelwaldAquaman is the lone DC outing on the calendar this year.

We’ll have to wait and see whether or not the new movie ends up really resonating with audiences, but the flick is off to a good start overseas and some estimates say it could make as much as $100 million during its opening weekend. We’ll find out soon enough. Aquaman opens on December 21 and if you are itching to know more, be sure to check out our full guide.

The Aquaman Movie Uses Water, But Not Nearly As Much As You Think

You can’t make an Aquaman movie without using a ton of water. Right? This was something I paid very close attention to on a second viewing of James Wan’s Aquaman. For while the bulk of the action is set underwater, there’s far less water involved in the making of the movie as one might have originally believed. CinemaBlend brought this up with the film’s cast during a recent Aquaman press day, and learned the following:

The consensus from the Aquaman actors is that very little water was actually involved in the shooting of the film. They all explained how it’s impossible to actually film in water, and that the only way to get water to properly show up on screen in an image is for the subject to be soaking wet.

So, the alternate was wire-work, which allowed characters played by Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Patrick Wilson, Dolph Lundgren and more to “float” in water as they interact, and fight, and it looks extremely credible.

In fact, during that second viewing of Aquaman, I spent so much time looking at how CGI wizards made hair “float” on screen. It’s amazing.

That doesn’t mean that Aquaman didn’t use any water whatsoever. You can tell in several important scenes that gallons of water were used to lend authenticity to the surroundings, as Arthur Curry’s environment is supposed to be all about water. James Wan assured CinemaBlend:

To me, this aspect of Aquaman was the most compelling. If you can’t convince us, visually, that the action is taking place underwater, then the movie kind of fails. Technology has improved drastically even from when Jason Momoa had to fight Steppenwolf underwater in Justice League. And most of that credit has to go to James Wan.

Aquaman is cleaning up in international theaters already, and is making its way to theaters in the States on December 21. I wish you guys didn’t have to wait that long. It’s so much fun, and is a fantastic step in the right direction for DC. Our full review is here. And for more on the DCEU, in general, bookmark our Portal Page and visit it often.

Rami Malek Had A Crazy Exercise And Diet Routine For Bohemian Rhapsody

While Bohemian Rhapsody received mixed reviews as a film, most have praised Rami Malek’s performance for the way he seemingly transformed into Queen frontman Freddie Mercury. The actor has spoken at length about the way he watched a lot of Mercury in an attempt to learn how to move and how to speak like the eccentric performer, but it turns out that becoming Freddie Mercury also included a serious diet and exercise routine in order to both physically look like the man, as well as have the ability to perform in the way that he did. According to Malek…

Getting in the right physical shape for a role is important. It’s frequently a key part of action movies, but in the case of Bohemian Rhapsody, Rami Malek needed to be in shape so that he could perform like Freddie Mercury. The singer was an energetic and enthusiastic performance, and Malek had to be able to look the same way, without wearing himself out.

In addition, Malek tells The Wrap that he had to shift between adding muscle and dropping weight quickly, as he shifted between filming scenes of a young scrawny Freddie and the larger, more in shape Queen version of the man.

Shifting between heavy workouts and crash diets certainly doesn’t seem like fun and Rami Malek confirms this. Being a lead actor in a major Hollywood movie is probably a lot of fun most of the time. And sometimes it sounds like it completely sucks. Crash diets aren’t healthy and nobody recommends that people try them, but when you’re under the constraints of a multimillion dollar movie schedule, there’s little else that can be done.

Ultimately, as Rami Malek says, the goal wasn’t so much muscle as it was energy. Bohemian Rhapsody culminates in an epic finale which recreates the band’s famous 1985 Live Aid performance almost in its entirety. Malek had also confirmed that some takes were done as a single long performance, which meant Malek had to be able to put on a concert without wearing out. He did succeed, as the Live Aid sequence is the highlight of the movie.