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  • Viola Davis Talks About The Health Problems She Encountered While ...
    The Suicide Squad team is made up of a ragtag bunch of supervillains on “suicide” missions for the government that it’s not entirely surprising if we’ll be seeing some wild occurrences taking place in the movie. Apparently though, filming the movie got so wild in some cases for Amanda Waller actress Viola Davis that she experienced some health issues while during shoots. In an interview with E! Live regarding what fans can expect of Suicide Squad, the 50-year-old actress didn’t delve deep into the plot points of the film, but she did say there are some pretty intense scenes in the movie that she experienced heart palpitations and even hearing loss. She said: It got so crazy that there were times during filming that I had heart palpitations. Not only heart palpitations, but at one point, I said, 'Did I suffer from hearing loss? Why is my left ear still pounding?' Obviously, looking at the nature of the movie’s main characters alone, it’s not surprising to find out the movie having wild moments. However, what’s quite disconcerting is the fact that an actress suffered from these health issues during the shoot. Presumably these issues aren’t too serious that they’re life-threatening, since Davis made no mention of actually having to go to the hospital for them. By retrospect, Davis’ character, Amanda Waller, isn’t someone who’s fazed by supervillains, and unfortunately for Davis, if Suicide Squad becomes a hit, it might provide warrant for a sequel, and Davis has to endure her health issues once again while playing Waller. Then again, she may have gotten used to them at some point. From the interview, it looks like she truly enjoyed starring in the movie. She even said her commitment to the movie changed because of Jared Leto’s antics, which can only be good for her acting career. Watch the interview below:   Suicide Squad hits theaters on August 5. Read: The Story Behind Joker’s Tattoos In Suicide Squad Read: How Batman v Superman’s Lex Luthor Could Really Be In Suicide Squad Read: Director David Ayer Teases 'Many Cool Things' For Suicide Squad Are Coming
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  • The Finding Dory Characters That Almost Got Killed Off
    Warning: This article contains spoilers for Finding Dory. Read at your own risk.       While Disney or Pixar movies all have happy endings, that doesn’t mean these films doesn’t come with their own share of deaths. We saw that in old films like Lion King, in Land Before Time, in Bambi, and in new ones like Up. Even in the prequel to Finding Dory, we were treated to a devastating death of Nemo’s mom in Finding Nemo, which director Andrew Stanton previously explained was essential to the plot. We had a taste of that in Finding Dory as well – almost. There’s a scene in the Disney Pixar movie where audiences (I did as well) must have thought Dory’s parents were dead. As it turns out, Eugene Levy's Charlie and Diane Keaton's Jenny are alive. They are simply collecting shells near the Marine Life Institute, waiting to be reunited with their forgetful daughter. They do of course. Despite her short-term memory issues, Dory is able to find her parents. Apparently though, that moment when audiences thought Dory’s parents are dead could have truly been the end of for the characters. However, the idea didn’t push through. In an interview with Cinema Blend during the Finding Dory press day in Los Angeles earlier this month,, director Andrew Stanton explained why he and screenwriter Victoria Strouse decided to scrap the idea. He said: My writer, Victoria, really wanted that for like a hot minute and I was like, 'We can't.' And then it forced us to go, 'Well, listen, what we're really enjoying and we're really thinking is great for the character's arc is truly making her feel alone. You can't bring her to a lower point in her life, where you put her back into the ocean by herself, forgetting everything and emotionally knowing there's nobody to go back to. That is the lowest. Killing her parents off would undoubtedly be devastating for Dory of she traveled across the ocean just to find nothing. For this reason, and since Stanton really wanted the idea, he and Strouse came up with a better solution, and that’s what audiences saw in theaters. He said: So I couldn't argue with her that this was a great thing to do - but it's like, 'We've got to find a way out.' This was early on, so it led us to how they would be found and how that would all be - the track would be laid for that. It just gave us one of the best endings we never intended. Personally, I liked all the turnarounds in the movie just the way they are. I have to say, the creators have done brilliantly at creating a balance between loss and hope. If they pursued the plot of killing Dory’s parents, it would have been devastation to Dory and the audience, and it’s disconcerting for a family movie to feature something so seemingly hopeless such as that. Clearly, the ending worked, which is why the movie is now breaking records at the box office. What do you think of this plot twist? Read: Why Andrew Stanton Dropped The Finding Dory Plot Twist Of Her Having A Sibling Read: Why This Finding Dory Plot Idea About Her Parents Had To Be Cut Watch: Finding Nemo Gets an Honest Trailer, and It’s Mildly Disheartening
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  • Battle of the Bastards Director Speaks Up On Those Bloody Scenes With ...
    Image Credit: HBO Warning: This story contains spoilers for this Sunday’s episode of Game of Thrones, titled Battle of the Bastards. You have been warned.         Earlier today, we reported about Battle of the Bastards director Miguel Sapochnik opening up about the technicalities of shooting the massive battle scene in the episode. Now, the second part of the director’s interview with Entertainment Weekly has been released, and it contains more of Sapochnik’s insights on the psyche of the characters and the bloodlust taking place during the brutal scenes between Jon Snow and Ramsay Bolton, and Sansa and Ramsay in Game of Thrones Season 6, Episode 9. Jon Snow and Ramsay finally met each other for the first time the day prior to the Battle of the Bastards, but he had no idea what Iwan Rheon’s character is truly capable of until that chase scene with his brother, Rickon Stark. Throughout the entire battle, it seemed as if Jon Snow was simply fighting just to get to Ramsay. In the end, he does, and that’s the moment when the two bastards finally meet face to face, and things didn’t end so well for Ramsay. Asked about his experience shooting the bloodlust scene, Sapochnik recalled: We spent an entire day beating Ramsay. It was a little surreal but mostly fun. I mean you have to make it fun to take the nastiness out of it on set. Early on, Kit and I discussed what that moment was and how it should be an empty victory for Jon. His character takes a nose dive into darkness this season in some respects. His faith in humanity is fractured and fragile, he’s tired of fighting and living and yet he cannot seem to die and so in a way he’s lost. From a certain point of view, Battle of the Bastards is all about his journey back to life, at the 11th hour, rediscovering the desire to live. As we were mulling that over and how we might show this conflict one day, Kit said to me “I’m just going to punch him like I’m kneading bread.’” And I thought fantastic; this is going to be both poignant and horrible. And that’s what we did. Poor Iwan took it on the chin a few times but he did an amazing job. They both did. There’s this weird moment that made the final cut when Iwan stops scrunching up his face to receive the blows and just lets himself relax into it. On camera it looks like we’ve used some sort of digital effect to make his face change but it’s all real. Really disconcerting and kind of disturbing. Sure, the scene between Jon and Ramsay had been brutal, but surprisingly (or maybe not), the final scene between Sansa and Ramsay was even more ruthless, but in a satisfying way. Asked about his goals for the scene, Sapochnik said: I must admit I kind of wanted to make people start to feel for Ramsay in that wonderful way Thrones turns these things on their head but [showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss] were clear: They didn’t want anyone to sympathize with Ramsay Bolton and this time they wanted blood. In a way I agree, this is not a time to be morally ambiguous. Ramsay needs to die, and horribly. This is what the audience has been waiting to see. That said, there’s no need to dwell on the actual carnage. What’s left to our imagination is always way worse. The most effective moment for me was the sound of a squealing pig you hear from Ramsay in the background as Sansa walks away. Apparently it’s actually what happens when you rip someone’s wind pipe open while they’re still alive and gasping for air. The other thing I loved was the close-up shot of Sansa as she watches the dogs attack. There’s a moment where she turns to leave but then stops and leans back in, lingering a moment longer. It’s my favorite shot of my episodes this year. In every pivotal scene in the hit HBO series, it seems like that scene is the best yet. The scene between Sansa and Ramsay is undoubtedly one of those cases. Sansa is able to gain vengeance, but at the same time, she has regained control of her own life by doing things on her own terms, and not at anyone’s bidding. Just when you think your last favorite scene cannot be topped, showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss has done it again. They have created another mind-blowing scene that will surely make anyone’s list of favorites from the show. One more episode to go for Season 6 of Game of Thrones. The show returns on HBO at 9 p.m. ET on Sunday, June 26. You can watch the preview trailer here.  Read: Sophie Turner Speaks Up On Sansa’s Final Confrontation With Ramsay And Her “First [Spoiler]” Read: Game of Thrones Actor Talks About His Battle of the Bastards Death Read: Game of Thrones Director Responds to Lady Stoneheart Rumors
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  • Stan Lee Raves About Tom Holland’s Spider-Man – “I Can’t ...
    Playing the role of Spider-Man in the movies is a privilege and an honor, which is why the role is one of the most coveted in Hollywood. However, it’s also a role with so much expectation and can be difficult to pull off. Previous portrayals of the superhero by Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield had been praiseworthy, and as such, Tom Holland had big shoes as the new actor for the superhero role. That said, the 20-year old actor’s debut performance as the web-slinging hero was superb in Captain America: Civil War. Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn think he’s the best Spider-Man on the big screen, Captain America actor Chris Evans was impressed by him, and Civil War director Joe Russo thinks the actor is “f—ing invaluable” to the movie. Now, another big name in the Marvel Universe is putting in a good word for the actor, and it’s none other than Marvel Universe comic book writer (and Spider-Man creator) Stan Lee. This weekend at a spotlight panel discussion during Denver Comic Con, the legendary comic book scribe had nothing but praises for Holland’s powerful portrayal of his favorite character. He said, in reference to working with the British actor on Spider-Man: Homecoming: Oh, he’s wonderful. I was with him the other day. He is great. I can’t believe it. It’s as if we created a living being to be Spider-Man, and it turned out to be Tom. The 93-year-old Marvel legend also offered teases on 3 cameos he has done in unreleased movies. He said: Unfortunately, this will frustrate you a little; I have a favorite [cameo], but I can’t tell you what it is because it hasn’t appeared yet… I had to go [to Atlanta] to do three cameos for three movies at the same time. One of the cameos I did is for the… After that, he was cut off by a voice saying “Stan, you can’t talk.” He then said: Let me put it this way; it’s a movie that’ll come out soon. You’re going to all want to see it because it’s one of your favorites. In that movie I have a cameo where I’m dressed up as… I won’t tell [you], but you are gonna love it. Looking at the next three Marvel films that will be released soon, we’re assuming those cameos include Doctor Strange, coming this November 4, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, to be released on May 5, 2017, and Spider-Man: Homecoming, which hits theaters on July 7, 2017. Below is Stan Lee’s appearance at Denver Comic Con. He discusses about Holland at the 3:56 mark:   Holland was truly impressive as Peter Parker in Captain America: Civil War. He was able to capture a young, wise-cracking Peter Parker so well that we don’t need affirmation from any bigshot in the industry to know that. Nevertheless, it’s still awesome to hear from these leaders in the industry that the actor has done a superb job as Spider-Man. It just makes us more excited of what we’ll be seeing of his performance when Spider-Man: Homecoming finally hits theaters. Read: Director Jon Watts On Why The Spider-Man: Homecoming Cast Needs To Be Diverse Read: Logan Marshall-Green Partners With Michael Keaton’s Villainous Character in Spider-Man: Homecoming Read: Director Jon Watts Slams Spider-Man: Homecoming Whitewashing Controversy
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  • New Teaser Poster For ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ ...
    Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is about to arrive in theaters in a few short months, and the movie’s official Twitter account is drumming up the hype with a new teaser poster. It shows Newt Scamander of the house Hufflepuff scanning the skyline of a 1920s New York City, with wand in tow. He’s also carrying his ever mysterious briefcase. The scene presumably comes after the scene that we’ve witnessed in the trailers where the “fantastic beasts” have escaped from the briefcase. Take a look: Image Credit: Fantastic Beasts (via Twitter) The screenplay for Fantastic Beasts is written by Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling. The poster is an invite for loyal fans to join a new adventure in her “wizarding world.” It’s worth noting that in addition to the teaser poster, there’s another tease in the caption that claims “something FANTASTIC is being announced soon.” Hopefully, it’s going to be a new trailer. Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything) stars in the central role of wizarding world magizoologist Newt Scamander, under the direction of David Yates, who helmed the last four Harry Potter blockbusters. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them opens in 1926 as Newt Scamander has just completed a global excursion to find and document an extraordinary array of magical creatures. Arriving in New York for a brief stopover, he might have come and gone without incident…were it not for a No-Maj (American for Muggle) named Jacob, a misplaced magical case, and the escape of some of Newt’s fantastic beasts, which could spell trouble for both the wizarding and No-Maj worlds. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them also stars Katherine Waterston (Steve Jobs, Inherent Vice) as Tina; Tony Award winner Dan Fogler (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee) as Jacob; Alison Sudol (Dig, Transparent) as Tina’s sister, Queenie; Ezra Miller (Trainwreck) as Credence; two-time Oscar nominee Samantha Morton (In America, Sweet and Lowdown) as Mary Lou; Oscar winner Jon Voight (Coming Home, TV’s Ray Donovan) as Henry Shaw, Sr.; Ron Perlman (the Hellboyfilms) as Gnarlack; Carmen Ejogo (Selma) as Seraphina; Jenn Murray (Brooklyn) as Chastity; young newcomer Faith Wood-Blagrove as Modesty; and Colin Farrell (True Detective) as Percival Graves. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them hits theaters on November 18. Read: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Original Screenplay to Get e-Book Version on Pottermore Read: Young Dumbledore and Other Harry Potter Characters May Appear in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Read: Fantastic Beasts: Four Houses of The American Wizarding School Revealed
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  • Sophie Turner Speaks Up On Sansa’s Final Confrontation With Ramsay ...
    Warning: This article contains spoilers for this Sunday’s episode of Game of Thrones titled Battle of the Bastards. Read at your own risk.         While Game of Thrones Season 6, Episode 9 finally led up to the moment that all fans have been waiting for, which is Ramsay’s brutal death, it’s also a moment which Sansa Stark actress Sophie Turner has been anticipating – Sansa’s first kill. Finally, after seemingly portrayed as a weakling in the past 5 seasons, being passed around from one husband to the next, Sansa finally accepts that no one can protect her, but she is doing her damned best to get revenge on the man that hurt her the most. Viewers saw Sansa’s satisfaction in killing Ramsay herself, and fans and Sophie Turner join in that delight. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the 20-year-old actress shares her thoughts on that “amazing” scene. She said: It was amazing! I really loved the idea of the Battle of the Bastards. And I was loving the idea of Jon killing Ramsay. But then I was like, no, Sansa needs her first kill and it has to be Ramsay. No one else but her. And when he basically says, ‘He’s yours.’ I’m like, ‘Yes!’ She leaves him for dead, walks away doesn’t even watch him die. It’s such a great scene, so well written, and it’s so great to be able to have my first kill. Clearly, Sansa will never be able to get Ramsay’s abuse out of her system. The character had imprinted on her already, but it doesn’t mean that oh-so-sweet revenge doesn’t help her heal. Speaking on how Ramsay changed Sansa forever, Turner said: Definitely. It shows when she sees him in this scene. With Joffrey it was different. He was a little boy and he was so angry at her all the time. Whereas with Ramsay there would be serenity, and then he would be such a bastard – in every sense of the word. He just gets under her skin, and he violated her in such a terrible way. He’s imprinted on her, mentally and physically. She can never get that part of her back again. Sansa has been right all along. Jon Snow fell into Ramsay’s trap, but it looks to have been fate that he didn’t heed Sansa’s opinion. In the end, it’s Sansa’s doing that they got back Winterfell. We couldn’t agree more with Turner. The episode is exceptionally well written, we can only imagine how things will turn out when Episode 10 airs on Sunday. You can read the full interview here. One more episode to go for Season 6 of Game of Thrones. The show returns on HBO at 9 p.m. ET on Sunday, June 26. You can watch the preview trailer here.  Read: Battle of the Bastards Director Opens Up About The Episode Read: Game of Thrones Actor Talks About His Battle of the Bastards Death Read: Game of Thrones Director Responds to Lady Stoneheart Rumors
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  • New Fantastic Trailer For ‘Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar ...
    20th Century Fox has released a new trailer for Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, and it is every bit as magical as you expect it to be. While the children are peculiar, the plot isn’t. As noted by Entertainment Weekly, Tim Burton’s new film adaptation of Ransom Riggs’ novel is reminiscent of X-Men. Well, at least concerning the part where a mentor takes a group of young people with superhuman oddities, and who are ostracized by society, under her wing. However, that’s where the similarities end. Miss Peregrine’s (Eva Green) children may possess peculiar powers, but their abilities are more supernatural than superheroic. Of course, being ostracized, these children are hunted down by monsters called hollows (Samuel L. Jackson), and Miss Peregrine protects them by keeping them in a time loop (“...a loop preserves the last 24 hours. Reset the loop, and you can stay here forever.”) What stands out among these peculiar children is a boy named Jake (Asa Butterfield) who doesn’t have any peculiarities aside from the fact that his fate is tied to the school’s. Take a look:       These children definitely looks like a whole different kind of mutants, and it would be interesting to see how their fate is placed in the hands of a powerless child. Synopsis:  When Jacob discovers clues to a mystery that spans different worlds and times, he finds Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. But the mystery and danger deepen as he gets to know the residents and learns about their special powers. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children hits theaters on September 30. 
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  • Why Andrew Stanton Dropped The Finding Dory Plot Twist Of Her Having ...
    Dory, Marlin and Nemo already consider themselves in all respects following the events of Finding Nemo. However, Finding Dory explores the lovable Blue Tang’s journey towards discovering her biological family while overcoming her memory condition. The movie ended the best way it could possibly have, with Dory finally reuniting with her parents. Apparently, director Andrew Stanton considered introducing a new sibling for Dory, but obviously that didn’t make the cut. In an interview with Cinema Blend during the Finding Dory press day in Los Angeles, the filmmaker explained why he and writer Victoria Strouse didn’t include the plot twist in the movie. Stanton said: I also thought it might be a little bit more of a metaphor for an adoption story. I thought because of the short-term memory loss that the parents might have adopted another stray and kind of misconstrued the loss of Dory. It was very hard to make them sympathetic for making that choice, even though it happened innocently, but that's how it started. Realistically, it is possible for Dory’s parents to have adopted another child in Dory’s absence, but ideally, the current plot of the movie works. Clearly, it would be hard for Dory, as well as the audiences, to gulp down the fact that to Dory’s parents have seemingly moved on after they lost a child. Add that plot twist following Dory’s enormous effort of crossing the dangerous and massive ocean to search for her family, and it would certainly be rough. While adding an adopted sibling for Dory would sure make for an interesting plot twist, I’m glad the filmmakers didn’t take that route. It was more organic seeing the film focused on Dory’s struggle with her short-term memory loss and finding her family than having to cope with another family-related issue. Clearly, they decided well in dropping the plot twist. Finding Dory has broken records at the box office already, and I’ve no doubt it will continue to do so in the following months. The movie is now in theaters. Read: Why This Finding Dory Plot Idea About Her Parents Had To Be Cut Read: Finding Nemo Gets an Honest Trailer, and It’s Mildly Disheartening Read: The Funny Story How Ellen DeGeneres Learned To Speak Whale For Finding Dory
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  • James Gunn Promises To Fix This Problem About The Guardians of the ...
    Guardians of the Galaxy is arguably one of the best films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe that set the bar for action-comedy superhero films. That said, it doesn’t mean that the franchise is not without its faults. Director James Gunn posted a video last week on his Facebook page where he and Star Lord actor Chris Pratt wrapped up filming on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. The video has gotten a lot of comments, and some of those comments the filmmaker has taken the time to read and respond to. In the comments, one fan said he couldn’t find any Gamora action figures for his daughter, and Gunn responded and said it was a problem he’s making sure to fix when Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 comes around. Apparently, Gunn is already aware of the issue and he understands where the fan is coming from, which is why he said he’s already working to fix the issue. He said: I'm making sure this time around the female characters are more represented in the toy world. Not only Gamora, but Mantis, Nebula, and Elizabeth Debicki's character as well. The issue started back in 2014 when Gamora toys or merchandise were hard to find while male characters like Star-Lord or Groot were easily spotted. The issue doesn’t concern just Guardians of the Galaxy. In fact, other toys of female characters like Black Widow and Rey remain heavily underrepresented as opposed to their male counterparts, and one thing these characters have in common apart from the fact that they are female is that they are owned by Disney. It was the same reason why Shane Black said his original script for a villain in Iron Man 3 was dropped – he wanted a female villain but the studio thought a female action figure wouldn’t sell. It remains to be seen whether Gunn’s actions in addressing the issue will bear fruit once Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is released, but it’s nice to know that a man of such a position is concerned enough to make a stand and use his influence to make a change. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 hits theaters on May 5, 2017. Read: James Gunn's Response To Helming A Potential Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 Read: Guardians of the Galaxy Director James Gunn Says 'The Story and End Credits' Are All His Read: Karen Gillan Shares Update on Filming Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
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  • Idris Elba Teases ‘The Dark Tower’ In Honor Of Father’s Day
    The film adaptation of Stephen King's acclaimed novel series The Dark Tower has been in development for quite a while that it’s certainly exciting news when principal photography kicked off in early April. It’s gotten a bit more exciting now that Roland Deschain (a.k.a The Gunslinger) actor Idris Elba has decided to tease fans in a fun way in lieu of Father’s Day. Check it out: I am Roland, son of Steven, son of Henry, true descendant of Arthur. And I have not forgotten. #TheDarkTowerMovie pic.twitter.com/GvowjNapPC— Idris Elba (@idriselba) June 19, 2016   The above tweet which says “Remember the face of your father" may not mean much to those who haven’t read the Dark Tower books, but for fans who have followed the series, it’s a fun way of commemorating Father’s Day while reminding fans of staying true to their beliefs instead of drifting from the path. Clearly, the image isn’t a major spoiler about the movie, but it does hype fans in getting any information about the movie. This could mean a tease for a big real reveal that could be coming soon. Let’s keep our fingers crossed. The Dark Tower hits theaters on February 17, 2017. Read: Dark Tower: First Photos of Idris Elba as The Gunslinger Read: The Dark Tower Casts Newcomer to Play Pivotal Character Jake Chambers
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