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The world mourned when Marvel legend Stan Lee died last year, but before that, news was rampantly coming out that he was having problems with his home life, with reports saying he was suffering greatly from elder abuse, either from his own daughter or his business partners. As it turns out, the LAPD have arrested Lee’s ex-business manager Keya Morgan on accounts of elder abuse.
The LAPD said in a statement (via Deadline) that Morgan had allegedly embezzled or misappropriated $5 million of Lee’s money. They wrote:
“Mr. Lee had a large estate worth over an estimated $50 million with no clear protection from opportunists who could insert themselves into his life and take control of it.”
If you look at it, Morgan’s abuse of Lee may have started when Lee’s wife Joan died back in 2017. Morgan had apparently moved Lee out of his home and moved him into a location where he could further control him. The LAPD statement continues:
“Morgan removed Lee from his Hollywood Hills residence to a secured Beverly Hills condominium during the late night hours of June 8, 2018… Morgan was using this tactic to further deceive Lee into believing he was in danger and needed to be moved from his home to a more secured condominium where Morgan had more control over Lee.”
With Lee being such a beloved figure in pop-culture, I’m sure Morgan has now found himself in the most wanted list when it comes to the fans. We don’t know how all of this will turn out eventually, but hopefully Lee gets the justice he deserves.
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HBO has just dropped their new trailer for the Watchmen series, and the only original member we see return from the comics is Ozymandias played by Jeremy Irons. Since the series promises to follow the events of the original comics, some set photos seem to confirm that Adrian Veidt has become some kind of celebrated martyr.
Some set photos from Geek Vibes Nation tease the presence of an Ozymandias statue. Check it out:
Some Exclusive set images from HBO’s #Watchmen including a look at a statue built in honor of Ozymandias pic.twitter.com/vRInrGL5mt— Geek Vibes Nation ? (@GeekVibesNation) May 26, 2019
Of course, it could be possible that this is just some statue that Veidt owns himself. If anything, he’s one of the more arrogant characters in the series, and it’s very possible that he would keep some memorabilia of his superhero days lying around.
If you’ve been following some of the set photos, you’ll know that the effects of Ozy’s alien squid genocide are pretty much felt in this world as well. There are signs for alien shelters, and it looks like Veidt had been following up the incident with smaller attacks to keep people convinced that aliens are after them. Of course, that latter bit is just my speculation, but it would be interesting to see how Veidt planned to keep his ruse decades after the events that took place in the 80s.
Personally, I want to see what’s happened with the other surviving Watchmen like Dan Dreiberg and Laurie Jupiter. We know that Rorschach inspired a cult, and I’m almost sure Dr. Manhattan will make some kind of appearance.
HBO’s Watchmen is set to premiere sometime this fall.
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One mid-credits scene from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 teased the creation of Adam Warlock, and it looks like he’ll be coming back for the third movie. We still have no idea who Gunn wants to play Warlock, but BossLogic has given us a mock-up of what Jaime Lannister actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau could look like as the character.
Adam Warlock @nikolajcw // #bosslogic x @TheKingsletter x @Guardians @JamesGunn pic.twitter.com/RQU7ws0n6W
— BossLogic (@Bosslogic) May 26, 2019
Of course, there are also some other great choices for the character. BL also did the same type of fanart for Alexander Skarsgard. Not too long ago, he also made one for Zac Efron.
Last Adam Warlock take for awhile, this one is with Alexander Skarsgård @Guardians @JamesGunn pic.twitter.com/6XrawNhS2M
— BossLogic (@Bosslogic) May 26, 2019
When it comes to Guardians, I don’t think looks are the only important thing when it comes to casting Adam, but also the comedic timing of the actor. We don’t know how well Coster-Waldau would do with a comedic role, but we’re already sure that Efron has the comic chops. Though Efron is a bit short, I’m sure we could spend the entire movie with the Guardians just making fun of him for his height, but then again, I’m sure Gunn could do better than that.
For now, Gunn is set to start production on DCEU’s The Suicide Squad soon, but he’s set to start working on GOTG Vol. 3 come 2020. Though some may be concerned that it’s not enough time for Gunn to take a breather, I think a lot of the pre-production work was already done before he was fired from the project. Hopefully he doesn’t end up too stressed out.
No release date has been set for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, but you can catch them all in Avengers: Endgame now in theaters.
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The Late Late Show with James Corden has a fun way of promoting musicals with their segment Crosswalk the Musical. With Aladdin currently blowing up in theaters right now, Corden has brought together Will Smith, Naomi Scott, and Mena Massoud to perform Aladdin songs at a crosswalk.
Check them out:
James invites the stars of "Aladdin" - Naomi Scott and Mena Massoud - to partake in a special theatrical rendition of the classic story. But James's excitement to conquer the role of Genie is dashed when Will Smith shows up ready to take on the part he plays in the film, leaving James to play Abu. Can Aladdin, Jasmine, Genie, and Abu literally survive the stage that is the crosswalk of Beverly Boulevard in Los Angeles?
Though I personally thought the live-action film could never top the animation, I have to admit that Smith is probably the best part of the movie. He’s no Robin Williams, but his natural charisma is fun to watch onscreen. If the film had any highlights, it was definitely the Friend Like Me and Prince Ali sequences.
I also have to say that Naomi Scott was probably the second best actor in the film, but I thought her Speechless number was a tad out of place. I did think it was interesting that they tried to subvert her “princess who wants to be normal role” and turned it into “princess who wants to rule.” I mean, it’s a bit Game of Thrones-y, but whatever works, I guess.
Catch Aladdin now in theaters.
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The DCEU has been steadily getting back on its feet with films like Aquaman and Shazam!, but we haven’t been getting any updates on characters we’ve already met like Flash (Ezra Miller) and Cyborg (Ray Fisher). As it turns out, both actors’ contracts are going to expire soon, and we may have seen the last of them in the DCEU.
This comes from The GWW’s Thomas Polito:
Fisher and Miller’s contracts are up this month. We’ve heard nothing about them renewing or extending yet so be prepared to say bye bye, if you haven’t already. pic.twitter.com/mjDuIdWiLH
— Thomas Polito (@thomasp0003) May 26, 2019
While we haven’t been getting any official updates, we do know that Fisher is still very active about his Cyborg casting on social media, and he hashtags his DCEU tweets with #BORGLIFE. As for Miller, the last we heard was he wanted to rewrite the Flash movie with Grant Morrison in a bid to keep the role, but ever since we haven’t been getting any relevant updates.
Though Justice League turned out a mess, there are some saving graces when it comes to a few choices here and there. For one, casting for each member was spot on, and the chemistry between League member was great to watch. With the DCEU seemingly focusing on solo films for now, I’m hoping that they find a way to get the Flash and Cyborg movies off the ground again. Fisher and Miller deserve better considering what they’ve brought to the characters.
Maybe WB is just saving some big announcement for SDCC 2019, but that’s just me being optimistic. We already lost Ben Affleck as Batman, but maybe we can still salvage the other DC heroes moving forward.
The next DC film to come out is Joker and it releases Oct. 4.
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Corridor Crew from Youtube has recently found a hit with this series of VFX artists reacting to good and bad CGI, and now they’ve released a new video where the Clint, Wren, and Niko share their thoughts about the worst and best CGI from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
For one, everyone agrees that the fully CG Thanos is amazing, and the guys delve deep into why he works so well. They zoom in on Thanos and reveal that the artists have actually worked on the pores of his face extensively, and they stretch just like real pores do. You can even see that Thanos has slight stubble on his face when you look up close.
As for bad CGI in the MCU, there’s no escaping the final fight scene with Killmonger and T’Challa in Black Panther. As it turns out, the VFX artists weren’t given enough time to work on the footage; besides that the set-up of the place was already terrible from a VFX point of view, what with BP wearing black and fighting in a scene which is already mostly black.
One thing I kind of hoped they commented on was Bruce Banner’s face out of the Hulkbuster in Infinity War. For how good Thanos looked in the film, they managed to botch Bruce Banner’s appearance in the final scene. Then again, this was added last minute. The original plan was to have Bruce turn into Smart Hulk in the end, but they decided to change it so that Bruce is down with everyone for the rest of the movie.
For now, catch Avengers: Endgame in theaters.
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Guardians of the Galaxy’s James Gunn has produced this superhero horror movie called Brightburn, and if you’ve seen Man of Steel, you’ll notice a lot of similarities between the two movies. Some see this as James Gunn throwing shade at director Zack Snyder, but Gunn iterates in an interview that he actually loved Man of Steel and that he’s good friends with the director.
DCEU shills: fuck james gunn ?? hes just trying to shit on man of steel with brightburn ??
James Gunn: pic.twitter.com/tLQ2EgvP4X
— anthony (@twozerofournine) May 25, 2019
What’s funny is, Gunn had actually worked with Snyder before. Back in 2004, Gunn had helped write the screenplay for Dawn of the Dead, a movie Snyder was helming at the time. Though Gunn is best known for his comedic works now with GOTG, he also has a background with horror like the Slither film and now Brightburn.
For now, it looks like the tables have turned with Snyder and Gunn what with Gunn currently working on the DCEU’s The Suicide Squad. Snyder, on the other hand, seems to have left the world of DC behind, and is going back to making a zombie heist movie with Netflix. Fans wish Snyder could be back working in the DCEU, but so far, it looks like nothing is going to happen.
Then again, Gunn did get rehired for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 so… fingers crossed.
What if a child from another world crash-landed on Earth, but instead of becoming a hero to mankind, he proved to be something far more sinister? With Brightburn, the visionary filmmaker of Guardians of the Galaxy and Slither presents a startling, subversive take on a radical new genre: superhero horror.
Catch Brightburn now in theaters.
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German director Werner Herzog is not known for taking on so much acting roles, but later this year we’ll be seeing him in Jon Favreau’s Star Wars series, The Mandalorian. Werzog had said before that he really didn’t care for Star Wars, but he eventually booked the job to get funding for his own Cannes film.
Talking to IndieWire, Werzog revealed that he needed the cash to fund his movie Family Romance. The film is said to be set in Japan and will focus on “a man hired to impersonate the missing father of a young girl.” The movie doesn’t have any major stars in it, so it would make sense that Werzog would try to get his funding by taking big jobs.
As it turns out, it wasn’t really that big of a challenge for Werzog to get into his character for Star Wars. He said:
“I asked for the full screenplays, and I looked into the part, and it looked good and interesting… The only reason for having me in the film is they needed somebody who would spread terror, and be frightening for the audience. I said, ‘Yes I think I can give you this stylization.’ It came with great ease.”
Though he’s a director, Werzog can actually make for a very good character actor. He has a very distinct voice, and his onscreen presence is already something. Just watch him in his small guest-starring role in Parks and Recreation (with Star-Lord actor Chris Pratt):
For now, The Mandalorian is set to debut on Disney+ which launches Nov. 12 later this year.
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The first Avengers movie had a memorable end-credits sequence where we see the Avengers all eating Shawarma together in their outfits, and now Mark Ruffalo has shared a new BTS photo of everyone together in what looks to be a deleted scene with the Avengers sharing a family dinner.
Check it out:
Casually discussing how we can save the world over dinner. #AvengersEndgame pic.twitter.com/qzT8F2xU1v
— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) May 26, 2019
Here it is compared to the Shawarma scene from 2012:
things never change pic.twitter.com/kO0KEOSNpA
— toby (@vstheworIds) May 26, 2019
By the looks of it, the scene looks to be taking place in the Avengers facility since you can see the room transition from the warmer dining room to the silver sleek lab. At first I thought it was the scene where Cap and the others try to recruit Tony again (since Tony did invite them to dinner), but that scene didn’t include the likes of Hawkeye, Nebula, Thor, or Rhodey.
With Endgame, it’s very likely we won’t be getting scenes like this anymore, but there’s a huge chance that we can find something to love about the next generation of Avengers. A lot of the heroes are still pretty much alive, and what are the odds that we end up getting small cameos here and there. I’m still convinced Tony has somehow placed his personality inside an AI and Peter Parker gets one last moment with him in Spider-Man: Far from Home.
Catch Avengers: Endgame in theaters today. Spider-Man: Far from Home comes out this July 2.
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As it stands, there are now more bad Terminator films than good ones, but James Cameron has come back onboard to produce the upcoming Terminator: Dark Fate. We just got our first trailer last week, and Mr. Sunday Movies gives us his thorough breakdown of the things we missed from the first preview.
While it’s not stated in the trailers, it’s rumored that the character Arnold Schwarzenegger is playing in the film is not a Terminator at all, but the human template for the T-800. Of course, I still expect the Terminator-Arnold to appear, but it could be by the end of the film. Maybe old Arnie has scenes shared with the young robot Arnie. The film is bringing back his body double from Genisys, and it looks like the movie will have a young John Connor from T2 returning in CGI form as well.
Not much is said about Mackenzie Davis or Natalia Reyes’ characters in the film, but it could be an accurate guess that the two will be the new Kyle Reese/Sarah Connor tandem. Davis looks to be a cyborg from the future sent by the resistance, and Reyes’ character will probably play an important role when it comes to Judgement Day or whatever.
For now, most fans are choosing to be cautiously optimistic about Terminator: Dark Fate. After all, the franchise has tried to get back twice now to no success. Hopefully Cameron’s involvement will change something.
Catch Terminator: Dark Fate when it hits theaters Nov. 1.
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