John Krasinski Reveals Release Date For A Quiet Place Part 2

The horror genre has been in a serious renaissance over the past few years, with new and exciting properties hitting theaters to critical and box office acclaim. One of these most recent hits came from the mind of John Krasinski, as A Quiet Place delivered an emotionally driven, sensory thriller that made a ton of money and earned universal acclaim. Calls for a potential sequel quickly followed, especially given the film’s ending. And while Krasinski has been open about his interest, he surprised everyone today by revealing a release date and potential title.

John Krasinski took to social media to share the news, posting on Twitter about A Quiet Place‘s sequel, which looks like it will be called A Quiet Place Part II. Check it out below.

How To Train Your Dragon Reviews: What CinemaBlend Thought Of The End Of The Trilogy

The first How to Train Your Dragon movie came out almost a full decade ago to rave reviews. It was followed by a sequel that was equally lauded by both critics and fans. This weekend, the third film in the trilogy hits theaters. Has the franchise been able to stick the landing? In a word, yes. Team CinemaBlend checked out How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World this week, and we all pretty much loved it. Mike Reyes wrote the official review for the site, giving the movie four and half stars and warning everybody to bring tissues…

CinemaBlend’s glowing review is far from the only one. The vast majority of the critics who have seen The Hidden World have had nothing but good things to say about the film. It’s a real ending to the story that began with the first film, with characters seeing satisfying and real conclusions.

In the same way that Mike praises the new film for its emotion, CinemaBlend News Director Jessica Rawden focused on the beautiful visuals. This is one movie that not only do you need to see, but it’s one you need to see on the biggest screen possible. According to Jessica…

Is there any downside at all to How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World? While Mike and Jessica thought the film was close to flawless, CinemaBlend video producer Katie Hughes wouldn’t go quite that far. She actually felt the movie started out a little slow, though it did eventually find its footing, and by the end she was completely on board too…

My own opinion on The Hidden World is probably closer to that of Katie than the others. While I was absolutely on board for the entire movie, the early buzz for The Hidden World had me hyped up for something amazing, and while I enjoyed it, I didn’t think the movie really was all that stunning, until it was

The general CinemaBlend opinion is in pretty universal agreement that How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World is a good movie, it’s just a question of exactly how good we’re talking here. Maybe it’s perfect, maybe not, but either way, it’s worth seeing and closing out this trilogy the right way.

The general CinemaBlend opinion is in pretty universal agreement that How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World is a good movie, it’s just a q

Disney Backs Up Will Smith’s Genie After Aladdin Look Goes Viral

Recently, Disney’s live-action remake of Aladdin revealed what Will Smith would look like as the iconic Genie. It…did not go well. Most people thought Smith’s blue genie looked terrifying, ridiculous, or some combination of the two. He became the stuff that memes are made of. However, Disney apparently isn’t too worried about the initial reaction. In a statement, the studio has thrown its support behind Will Smith and the rest of the film as well, claiming that once people see the movie, they’ll be on board too. According to the statement…

The PR statement made to USA Today is pretty much what you’d expect. There certainly wouldn’t be a statement saying anything other than providing full-throated support. The only other option for Disney would be to say nothing at all, and that’s not really the right move when your movie’s marketing campaign is in full swing.

At the same time, that doesn’t mean Disney doesn’t fully believe the statement. Aladdin is a well loved Disney classic with a lot of fans who have been looking forward to the live-action remake. The people involved in making the film certainly know that and you can be sure every attempt was made so that the remake lives up to the reputation of the original.

It’s also true that we’ve only seen a few seconds of Will Smith‘s Genie, and that the digital effects may not have even been quite finished since the movie is still a few months away. By the time we get to the final product it’s certainly possible that Will Smith’s performance could overcome any shortcomings in the visuals.

The first pictures we saw of Smith in the role had the Genie in a human disguise, which is to say he looked like Will Smith and was not blue. That might be preferable considering the response that his blueness got from social media.

While many are surely excited for the new Aladdin, the deck was always going to be stacked against the remake when it came to the Genie. Robin Williams‘ performance in the animated classic was the sort that only he could have delivered. Trying to follow in those footsteps was always going to be impossible.

One thing that is clear from what we’ve seen of the Will Smith version is that Smith is going to make the character his own. Smith will focus on his own character strengths making the Genie a bit more of a smooth talker than a straight up comedian.

This is without a doubt the best decision. The best way to avoid negative comparisons to Robin Williams is to make those comparisons as difficult to make as possible.

We may get at least one more trailer before Aladdin arrives in May that could give us a better look at Will Smith’s Genie. At least, we probably will if Disney thinks it will get a better reaction from fans.

See What Scott Eastwood Could Look Like As Marvel’s Wolverine

There has been a lot of discussion recently about who will play Wolverine once the X-Men make the jump the Marvel Cinematic Universe. A whole host of names have been thrown out there and will continue to be until someone gets officially selected for an adamantium skeletal upgrade. One name that has been in the conversation for a while now is Scott Eastwood who, judging by some fan art, could definitely look the part. Check it out:

It’s awesome how fan art out has brought potential Logan actors to life, and each artists’ styles portray Wolverine a little differently. This piece from Barrett Digital shows Scott Eastwood as Wolverine. He’s not in his berserker mode, but appears to be the hard living, world-weary roughneck he is. With whiskey in front of him and the character’s trademark cigar in hand, Scott Eastwood definitely passes as the fan favorite mutant.

If Marvel decides to bring the character back closer to his comic book stature, he is a little tall for Wolverine at 5’11. But this fan art shows that Scott Eastwood can definitely pull of the grizzled look required to play him. Which makes sense considering that he’s the son of Dirty Harry himself, Clint Eastwood. Scott is also young enough that he could theoretically be in the role for a while.

This isn’t just random fan speculation, or the product of a rumor mill started by a joke (as was the case with Daniel Radcliffe), Scott Eastwood actually wants to play Wolverine. The actor has expressed interest in the past, which has prompted more than one bit of fan art showing him in the role. The above piece just being the latest one.

Scott Eastwood’s desire to play Wolverine doesn’t mean that he will get to, but it is exciting that someone who is a genuine fan of the character is expressing interest in the role. Alongside Scott Eastwood, some other names that have been thrown out there, including Daniel Radcliffe and Zac Efron. Deadpool creator Rob Liefeld rebukes those candidates, and probably wouldn’t approve of Eastwood either, preferring the next Wolverine be played by an unknown actor.

These conversations are all likely premature, given the fact that the Disney-Fox deal isn’t even finalized yet. Not only is the ink not dry, it hasn’t even left the pen. It seems like a foregone conclusion it will happen sometime this year, but like the future of much of the MCU post-Avengers: Endgame, we don’t know how soon Marvel will bring back the X-Men and whether or not Wolverine will be a part of that first wave.

The casting of the next Wolverine is set to be one of the more fascinating and discussed topics in this comic book movie age. I would argue it might even eclipse the question of who will play the next Bruce Wayne in Matt Reeves’ Batman movie. After all, there have been many cinematic Batmen, but only one Wolverine. Hugh Jackman so embodied the role that seeing another actor don the claws is both an exciting and nervous prospect.

We here at Cinemablend will keep you updated about what the future holds for Wolverine and all your movie news. To see the biggest movies heading to theaters this year (including some mutant movies) check out our 2019 Release Schedule.

Disney Exec Thinks Solo: A Star Wars Story Reception Was Worse Than It Deserved

The last few years have been a great time for Star Wars fans, as new and exciting content hit theaters to expand the galaxy far, far away. One of the ways Disney expanded Lucasfilm’s scope was through standalone films like Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Ron Howard stepped in to complete Solo after the original directors’ departure, but the blockbuster ended up being the franchise’s first box office disappointment. But one top Disney exec thinks the project gets a bad wrap.

Alan Horn is Disney’s Film Chief, and works on bringing the massive Star Wars franchise to theaters for the generations of fans. And while Solo: A Star Wars Story failed to be a critical or box office breakaway hit, he doesn’t think it deserves all of the bad press it’s gotten since arriving in theaters in May of 2018. He recently spoke to that, saying:

That’s certainly one way of thinking. Because Solo was apart of the behemoth Star Wars franchise, the expectations for the standalone movie were sky high. Additionally, Solo had the added pressure of expanding a fan favorite’s backstory, while passing the baton to Alden Ehrenreich from OG hero Harrison Ford. Audiences didn’t ultimately respond to those efforts, and it’s unclear if a sequel will come to fruition.

Alan Horn’s comments to THR reflect the complicated world of filmmaking, especially when it comes to beloved franchises like Star Wars. Disney has the process largely down to a science, juggling both the Marvel Cinematic Universe and George Lucas’ beloved space opera. Lucasfilm has also been shown to take risks with Star Wars, as Rian Johnson’s The Last Jedi purposefully subverted fan expectations. J.J. Abrams is next back behind the director’s chair for The Last Jedi, completing both the current trilogy and overall Skywalker Saga in one foul swoop.

Star Wars Episode IX will arrive in theaters on December 20th. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

Sylvester Stallone Shares New Look At Rambo 5: Last Blood

Coming off of Creed II, Sylvester Stallone said he was done playing Rocky Balboa. Now the actor is returning to yet another of his popular characters for, based on the movie’s title, what will be the last time. Rambo: Last Blood recently wrapped filming and the star has shared some new images of the film which help set the stage for the drama to come. Check out some of the images below.

Sylvester Stallone released a series of black and white images on Instagram that show him along with a couple of his co-stars in what are apparently shots from early in the movie. Along with the pictures, Stallone sets up the way that Rambo: Last Blood will begin, and how that will draw John Rambo back into conflict.

Yvette Monreal will play the role of Gabriella. She’s apparently a close friend or adopted family for John Rambo. She wants to go from Arizona to Mexico in order to learn why her estranged father left. While Rambo thinks this is a bad idea, it seems Gabriella will go anyway. Whether Rambo decides to go with her in an attempt to keep her safe, or ends up going after her after things go south, is not clear.

What little we had known about the plot of Rambo: Last Blood prior to now reportedly had Rambo going up against a Mexican drug cartel. Assuming that all remains true, then it would seem Gabriella’s trip into Mexico is what brings the cartel into the picture.

If you looking for images of John Rambo being, well, Rambo, that’s not what these pictures are about. We see a much older man who has clearly left his violent life behind and just wants to be left alone.

Sylvester Stallone introduced John Rambo back in 1982 in the movie First Blood. We met Rambo as a Vietnam War veteran who was going through troubles of his own when he came up against corrupt law enforcement in a small town. From there, the rest of the Rambo franchise became a much more straight forward action series with Rambo taking on armies in foreign lands.

Rambo: Last Blood feels like it’s trying to capture the more personal feel of the original film, from the shift to fighting a drug cartel, to the intentional reference in that title in this movie, it looks like Last Blood may be trying to wrap up the franchise by focusing more on the man than the action.

Which is not to say that we don’t expect Rambo: Last Blood to be short on action. There will certainly be plenty of that.

When we’ll get to see more of Rambo: Last Blood is anybody’s guess. The movie is tentatively scheduled to release this year, but no specific date has yet been set.

Captain Marvel’s Pre-Sales Are Among Marvel’s Best

The Marvel Cinematic Universe has been on a serious roll during Phase Three, as every new release has been a critical and box office success. There are still two more blockbusters left in this phase, so the pressure on for the studio to deliver a clean sweep. While Avengers: Endgame will no doubt be a juggernaut at theaters given the high stakes and events of Infinity War, it was unclear just how much of a presence Captain Marvel would have, given the brand new protagonist.

But it looks like Captain Marvel will be another serious moneymaker for Marvel Studios, as its tracking for a strong performance when it arrives in a matter of weeks. Box office predictions have the opening weekend above $100 million, and now Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck’s MCU debut is already among the universe’s highest pre-sales on Fandango.

At the time of writing Captain Marvel is the Marvel’s third biggest pre-seller on Fandango, behind Avengers: Infinity War and Black Panther. Considering both of those movies featured characters that moviegoers knew and love, this is particularly significant. Carol Danvers hasn’t been seen on the silver screen yet, but that’s not stopping Captain Marvel from selling tons of tickets in advance, as fans will clamor to theaters to see the penultimate installment of Phase Three.

Indeed, Captain Marvel‘s pre-sales are outperforming most origin stories that have hit theaters recently, from from both DC and Fox’s X-Men franchise. Fandango reports that Captain Marvel is sitting just below Black Panther‘s pre-sale numbers. And it’s beating out the likes of Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and Deadpool in the process. Carol Danvers will be going higher, further, faster, and now it seems that her movie’s box office performance may be following suit.

Anticipation for Captain Marvel has been steadily growing for years, as Brie Larson was announced to be playing the title character back in 2016, fresh after winning an Academy Award for her emotional performance in Room. So it’s been years of waiting and hoping for information, as Marvel Studios kept its cards close to the chest, as per usual. This made the first images and trailers especially exciting, along with the myriad familiar faces that are set to appear.

While Carol Danvers is a new character for Marvel fans, there are quite a few characters making resurgences in Captain Marvel. Samuel L. Jackson and Clark Gregg are reprising their roles as Nick Fury and Agent Coulson respectively, being digitally de-aged for the 90’s set story. Additionally, Guardians of the Galaxy characters Ronan The Accuser and Korath will also be appearing in significant roles, making Captain Marvel is super connected to what we’ve seen from Marvel.

Then there’s Brie Larson’s upcoming role in Avengers: Endgame, and Nick Fury’s call to her during Infinity War‘s post-credits scene. Captain Marvel is set up to be a big gun in the upcoming battle against Thanos, and Captain Marvel will no doubt feature its own juicy credits scene to keep us guessing.

Captain Marvel will finally hit theaters on March 8th. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

Godzilla Vs. Kong Is Coming Out Even Sooner Than We Thought

The right release date can make or break a film. Getting a movie in front of audiences during the time that they want to see it can be the difference between box office success and failure. As a result, competition for dates can be fierce as studios have begun to stake out weekends further and further in advance in order to be sure that another studio doesn’t get there first. Warner Bros. just set several new release dates for upcoming films, but they also changed some existing ones, including moving up Godzilla vs. Kong by nine weeks.

Godzilla vs. Kong was originally set to open May 22, 2020. While the date originally had been left mostly alone, recently, it was announced that Fast and Furious 9 was being pushed back from its previous April 2020 date to May 22, making some significant potential competition for the giant monster movie.

Whether Godzilla vs. Kong decided it didn’t want to go head-to-head with “the family” or will just be ready to hit screens sooner than anticipated, according to Deadline, the film has now moved up the schedule and will now see release on March 13 2020.

This moves Godzilla vs. Kong out of the frequently lucrative summer movie season, but recent years have shown that blockbuster movies of a certain size can open more or less whenever they want and serious money can still be made. Venom broke the box office in October and the holiday season has seen films do as well or better as anything released in May or June.

The March date that Godzilla vs. Kong now has could still see some potential competition on opening weekend, but it’s far from guaranteed. Blumhouse has been holding the date for an as yet unannounced horror project. That movie could turn out to be big but while Blumhouse has been an incredibly successful studio in recent years, they tend to release smaller movies, not the sort that you expect to compete with the likes of Godzilla vs. Kong.

The movie that could cut into the monster movie’s bottom line is the other release current set for that date, the superhero movie Gambit. The question about that movie, of course, is whether or not we’ll ever actually see it. The project has had its release date rescheduled more times than we can count as the movie has had a hard time finding directors. There’s a perfectly reasonable chance the movie could get moved again.

And that assumes that it ever actually happens in the first place. With the Disney/Fox merger still being finalized, nothing has been decided regarding the future of the X-Men franchise that has been announced. It would surprise nobody if the movie was simply cancelled once Disney takes control because it doesn’t fit with the new studio’s plans for the characters. If that happens, Godzilla vs. Kong will be in great position as the only major release of the weekend.

Captain Marvel’s Brie Larson Clarifies Comments About Inclusivity In The Press

It’s an especially exciting time in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as there are only one more releases until Phase Three is completed with Avengers: Endgame. While all eyes are on how the surviving heroes will fight back against Thanos after his snap, first up is Carol Danvers’ origin story in Captain Marvel. Brie Larson’s signature Marvel character will finally arrive on the scene, in a 90’s set blockbuster that will also expand a variety of favorite characters’ backstories.

Brie Larson recently came under some fire for comments made during her press tour for Captain Marvel. The Oscar winning actress was encouraging more diversity in the press and among critics, although that resulted in some backlash that manifested on the movie’s Rotten Tomatoes page. ReelBlend co-host and Fox 5 Entertainment Reporter Kevin McCarthy recently spoke with Larson about the ongoing situation, where she clarified her comments, saying:

Carol Danvers has spoken. After her comments about inclusion among film critics blew up into a viral story, Brie Larson took this time to expand her thoughts. While she’d like more people of color and women in the industry, she’s not hoping this happens at the cost of other journalists.

Brie Larson’s comments to Kevin McCarthy come after Captain Marvel‘s Rotten Tomatoes began suffering from some serious trolling. The comments section is full of angry references to her call for diversity, with white men claiming they don’t need to see the upcoming Marvel blockbuster because it’s “not for them”. But Larson stands by her earlier statements, encouraging inclusion in all facets of the film industry, including the press.

The original statement itself came early in Brie Larson’s press run leading up to the release of Captain Marvel. She was quoted about the lack of inclusion among film critics, and how that might negatively affect the reviews of films that feature more diverse protagonists. Larson had said:

Inclusion and representation in the film industry has been a major focus of conversation over the past few years, which is likely what helped prompt Brie Larson’s comments. In addition to cast, crew, and directors, Larson is extending this call for diversity to film critics as well. And now she’s had the chance to expand upon her thoughts, and hopefully appease the naysayers out there who took offense.

Captain Marvel will arrive in theaters on March 8th, with Brie Larson making her highly anticipated Marvel debut in the process. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

Fighting With My Family Reviews Are In, Here’s What Critics Are Saying

Professional wrestlers like Dwayne Johnson, John Cena, and Dave Bautista have successfully made the leap from the ring to the movie screen, but the film industry has histically paid little attention to the place where they all came from. That changes this weekend with Fighting With My Family the true story of Saraya Knight, who grew up around wrestling, and then followed her dream to become a superstar in the WWE. While opinions about sports entertainment as an industry tend to vary wildly, opinions about this movie do not. It’s good. CinemaBlend’s review came from Mike Reyes who gave the film three and a half stars saying…

Mike’s opinion tends to be shared by most reviews. The film currently sits with a 93% fresh score on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes. That actually puts it one point higher than this weekend’s other wide release, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (though the animated film has significantly more reviews to its credit).

One potential issue that Fighting With My Family may have to deal with at the box office is that not everybody finds the WWE’s product all that interesting. However, the Boston Globe says one of the reason’s the film succeeds is that you can still enjoy it even if you’re not a wrestling fan.

Fighting with My Family follows Saraya Knight (Florence Pugh) as she leaves her native England for the WWE’s Performance Center in Florida and trains to become a superstar. She has experience in the world of the predetermined sporting event, but she’s not really prepared for the “reality” of the WWE.

Making a fairly traditional “inspirational sports movie” out of an activity where the results are predetermined many seem like an odd combination, and Richard Roeper would agree, but he believes the movie pulls it off.

Of course, In addition to being a movie about a woman trying to join the WWE, it’s also a movie produced by WWE Studios, (and former superstar Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson) which means that the movie clearly has an angle. While Forbes still gives the film a positive review, it also points this out…

Most reviews frame their view of the film as a “sports movie;” It’s a pretty tried and true genre that traditionally combines a character or characters fighting against the odds of success, and uses the sport itself as the action set piece to give the story a bit of action and built in drama.

While most are calling Fighting With My Family a better than average sports movie, it is still a pretty traditional example of the genre, so if you’re not one for tropes, it’s possible you might agree with THR, who felt that the film was just another example of a tired genre.

As somebody who has been a fan of WWE since I was nine-years-old, and actually watched parts of Fighting With My Family when they happened on live TV, I was already on board with the movie from the beginning, nut I would agree with most reviews that it definitely has a little something that elevates beyond the standard biopic. The story of WWE’s Paige is one worth seeing, and it’s also not terrible that professional wrestling is given it’s first serious movie treatment. Just because the outcome is predetermined, doesn’t mean the drama is any less real.