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Michael Baculinao

has been a huge movie and TV fan ever since he was a kid. He shows his constant affection for what he loves through his collection of Funko Pops, autograph photos, and merch of his favorite artist. He is also an aspiring filmmaker as he loves to tell stories and showcase his ideas and imagination.

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  • Ghostbusters: Melissa McCarthy Comments on Reboot Backlash
    The 2016 all-female reboot of Ghostbusters received polarizing responses from fans. Plans for the sequels have been canceled and, instead, they continued the original franchise with a third film titled Ghostbusters: Afterlife which is coming in November. Five years after the reboot was released, one of its stars reflected back on the backlash that the film got. In a recent interview with Yahoo! Entertainment, Melissa McCarthy, one of the stars of the 2016 reboot, was asked to reflect on the toxic responses that the film got during the release. "There's no end to stories we can tell, and there's so many reboots and relaunches and different interpretations, and to say any of them are wrong, I just don’t get it," she said. “I don't get the fight to see who can be the most negative and the most hate-filled. Everybody should be able to tell the story they want to tell. If you don't want to see it, you don't have to see it." It seems like McCarthy is pointing to the fact that the hate that they got for the film was too much and she is right about that. Some of the responses that they received were just sexist and misogynistic. Leslie Jones, who also starred in the film, was bullied on social media with racist attacks. None of the people who worked on the film deserved the hate that they got. Fans are welcome to express their dismay on their beloved franchise, but they shouldn't cross any line or personally attack someone. People should be reminded that we should be civilized when engaging in fan conversations or interact with celebrities online, even if we disagree with them. Also Read: Ghostbusters Afterlife Gets Two New Official Posters Even though the 2016 reboot received backlash from some fans, it was still received well by critics. Unfortunately, it wasn't a huge box office success and there were no follow-up installments that came after. Now, we have Ghostbusters: Afterlife which will focus on the grandchildren of Dr. Egon Spengler and is expected to feature the appearances of the main characters from the original films. Ghostbusters: Afterlife is set to be released in theaters on November 19.    
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  • Marvel Files Lawsuits to Retain Rights for Avengers Characters
    Marvel has thousands of characters in their library, but it turns out that there is a possibility that they might lose the rights to certain key members of Avengers soon. Now, they are taking action to keep that from happening. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Disney's Marvel has filed lawsuits against the heirs of late comic book creators including Stan Lee, Steve Ditko, and Gene Colan in which they seek declaratory relief that the characters are ineligible for copyright termination since those are works made for hire. The characters that are affected include Iron Man, Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, Ant-Man, Hawkeye, Black Widow, Falcon, and many more. If Marvel loses the suit, they will lose the rights to the characters and they won't be able to use them in any of their works. The report also mentioned that Ditko's estate has filed a notice of termination last month regarding the character of Spider-Man. The termination provisions of copyright law indicate that authors or their heirs can reclaim rights once granted to publishers after waiting a statutory set period of time. In this case, the termination of the rights for the character will be on June 2023. Marvel is one of Disney's biggest gems so, of course, they will do whatever they can to keep the rights of the characters. Losing them would mean that they won't be able to use them anymore in their future projects and, most importantly, all the money that they can earn from projects and merchandise surrounding the characters. This isn't the first time that a situation like this happened. In the past, the estate of Superman creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster also filed a notice of termination against DC, but it was unsuccessful. Also Read: Disney Changes Talent Deals Following Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow Lawsuit It is interesting to see where this lawsuit will go, which is definitely one of the biggest legal cases in Hollywood at the moment. There is a high chance that they will end up settling behind closed doors or Marvel winning the suit since previous cases have mostly sided with the publisher.  
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  • Star Wars: Mark Hamill Impressed by Prequels
    The response to the Star Wars prequel films has been divisive ever since they were released. Some people do like them to some extent while some hate them and consider the films as the weakest in the franchise. However, there is one notable member of the franchise who has expressed their admiration for the prequels and it's Luke Skywalker himself. Per Indiewire, in an interview for J. W. Rinzler's book Howard Kazanjian: A Producer's Life, which covers the life of former Lucasfilm Vice President and producer Howard Kazanjian, Mark Hamill expressed his thoughts on the prequel films, which turned out to be favorable. “I was impressed the prequels had their own identity,” he said. “They were criticized because they were exposition-heavy and more cerebral and probably like he said back in 1976, they weren’t as commercial. It’s a darker story. But in the age of social media, people’s voices are amplified, and I’m shocked at how brutal they can be, not just in the case of Star Wars films, but across the board.” The Luke Skywalker actor gave a more affirmative response in terms of the prequel films. After all, it is a subjective discussion so he is free to like them if he wants to and he probably has a more unique perspective about it since he worked on the Star Wars films. He might be right when he said that the prequels have their own identity. If you compare them to the other trilogies, the prequels have a more different tone, storytelling, and themes. Perhaps Hamill resonated with them which is why he liked the films. However, it is the complete opposite in the case of Marcia Lucas, George Lucas' ex-wife and co-editor of the original trilogy, as she mentioned in the book that she cried after watching The Phantom Menace because she didn't like it. In addition, she also criticized the sequel trilogy saying that Kathleen Kennedy and J.J. Abrams "don't get it." Also Read: Star Wars Fans Are Divided by Marcia Lucas’ Harsh Criticism Against Sequel Trilogy The Star Wars franchise has been gaining its momentum again thanks to the success of The Mandalorian, in which Hamill reprises his role as Luke Skywalker in the second season finale. There are also several shows and films that are in the works that continue the journey in the galaxy far, far away.
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  • Guardians of the Galaxy Star Chris Pratt Leads Voice Cast of Super ...
    Almost thirty years after the critically-panned live-action Super Mario Bros. film was released, another film adaptation based on the popular video game is coming and this time it will be in animated form. Now, we know who is going to voice the popular Nintendo character. During the recent Nintendo Direct presentation, Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto announced that no other than Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt will be the voice of Mario in the upcoming animated film. Also joining the cast are The Queen's Gambit star Anya Taylor-Joy (as Princess Peach), Charlie Day (as Luigi), Jack Black (as Bowser), Keegan-Michael Key (as Toad), Seth Rogen (as Donkey Kong), and Fred Armisen (as Cranky Kong). Charles Martinet, the voice of Mario in the video games, will also make an appearance in "surprise cameos." Teen Titans Go! developers Michael Jenelic and Aaron Horvath will direct the film. Miyamoto is also involved as one of the producers. The film will be a co-production between Illumination, the studio behind the Despicable Me franchise, and Nintendo, with Universal Pictures set as the distributor. Pratt seemed like an odd choice as the voice of Mario. It's hard to imagine him voicing the character unless he will do a radical voice change in order to suit better. There also seems to be an internet backlash regarding the casting, with a lot of people dumbfounded by the news. However, Pratt has voiced in animated films before such as The Lego Movie so there is still a reason to believe that he will deliver on voicing the role. Also Read: Guardians of the Galaxy Star Chris Pratt Reveals Challenging Dave Bautista to a Fight The casting of Taylor-Joy as Princess Peach is inspired though as well as Rogen as Donkey Kong, which really sounds like a fun and hilarious idea. Imagine Donkey Kong with that iconic Rogen laugh. Black is also a great choice as Bowser and he might also end up as a funny character as well even though he is traditionally an antagonist. It is curious to see what the film will look like and how they will translate the Super Mario Bros. narrative into an animated family film. We shall find out soon. The untitled Mario animated film is set to be released in theaters on December 21, 2022.    
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  • The Orville: Season Three Release Date and Title Revealed
    It's been more than two years since the season two finale of The Orville aired and fans have been patiently waiting for a new season. Now, you can set your calendar as we finally have an answer about when we will see the Orville crew again on their next mission. Hulu has announced that the third season of The Orville will premiere on March 10, 2022. Additionally, the upcoming season will be titled The Orville: New Horizons. The episodes are set to be released weekly. The main cast members will be returning and they will be joined by 13 Reasons Why star Anne Winters playing a new character named Charly Burke. Norm Macdonald, who recently passed away, will also return as the voice of Yaphit as he was able to complete his voicework prior to his death. You can watch the announcement teaser video here:   The first two seasons of the series aired on Fox, but it was announced in July 2019 that it will be moving to Hulu. The third season was supposed to premiere in late 2020, but production got shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic which resulted in a long delay. Filming for the season finally wrapped last month according to creator, director, and star Seth MacFarlane in his tweet. Also Read: Seth McFarlane Offers Hopeful The Orville Season 3 Update It is exciting that the series will finally make its return and it is interesting that they have a new title in it. Perhaps it's because of the season's storyline or major changes might be happening. By the time that the third season premieres in March, it will be almost three years since the season two finale aired. The series has been a major hit among the audience. It was initially perceived as a Star Trek parody series in the beginning, but as it progressed, it was able to stand on its own as a science fiction series. Fans have praised The Orville for its homage to classic Star Trek shows, particularly Star Trek: The Next Generation as well as its throwback to classic science fiction shows.   
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  • Black Widow Star O-T Fagbenle Shares Thoughts on Scarlett Johansson's ...
    Black Widow star Scarlett Johansson's ongoing lawsuit against Disney has been one of the major hot topics around Hollywood ever since it started. Most people have been on the actress' side in the battle and, now, one of her co-stars has also spoken about the issue. O-T Fagbenle, who played Rick Mason in the film, was interviewed by AP and asked about his thoughts on his co-star's lawsuit. He answered, "I mean, honestly, I'm not the most informed on this thing, so I would love to talk with somebody to learn about it, I just don't know. Ultimately, I do believe that all workers should get paid fairly. And, to be honest, the workers I think about most are those who are on minimum wage, I think about those who are in, you know, working in the sweatshops that provide our clothes. That's really my main concern when I think about unfair labor." The actor acknowledged that he wasn't very informed about the issue, but his comment does indicate that he is on Johansson's side in the situation. In the end, he did mention that he is more concerned with the minimum wage workers. It is great to hear that he is at least in solidarity with his co-star. Johansson's lawsuit has been a subject of debate, but most people are on the side with the actress. After all, the issue here is that the terms in her contract weren't fulfilled by Disney, not the amount of money that she is earning. Interestingly, Bob Chapek, the CEO of Disney, announced recently that they are changing the talent deals from now on due to the lawsuit. It proves that the situation is already making a difference in the industry and it has an impact on how talent deals are being negotiated. Also Read: Halloween Star Jamie Lee Curtis Supports Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow Lawsuit As of this time, the lawsuit is still ongoing with the latest update being that Disney filed last month to move it to arbitration, meaning that it is very likely that they will settle behind closed doors.  
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  • Venom: Let There Be Carnage Almost Went for R-Rating
    Before it was announced that Venom: Let There Be Carnage will be rated PG-13, fans have been speculating if the sequel will go for R-rated this time since the story has the potential to be more violent than the first film given the inclusion of serial killer and ruthless symbiote Cletus Kasady/Carnage. In an interview with ComicBook.com, star Tom Hardy and director Andy Serkis were asked if they actually considered the film to be R-rated when they were making it early on. Hardy answered, "100% we considered it. With all of these symbiotes, you know, you consider it. You read the comic books and it is extreme, but that's not what we're here to do. We came here to make a movie which, and correct me if I'm wrong, I mean, there's a law and a rule into creating a movie that's accessible to a lot of people, as well as that caters for everybody, including the hardcore fans. So I hope the hardcore fans at least take home that they look at Carnage and go, 'Yeah, I recognize Carnage from the comic books. I'm happy with that.' And yeah, no, we didn't bite everybody's head off, but we did stick a tongue down someone's throat pretty... and managed to come in at a level of rating which is reputable so that grandma can come but also I'll come watch it too." Serkis also shared how they went with the portrayal of Carnage in the film. "Sometimes leaving things to the imagination is as powerful too," he said. "We pushed it as far as we could possibly go, but with some room to go in people's heads. That character is pretty scary and the kind of the truth of where that character emanates from and Cletus Kasady is a character that is amplified through Carnage, does a lot of the work. So I think we certainly fulfill a lot of the essence of Carnage." They eventually decided to go for PG-13 since it will make the film more accessible to the general audience. The decision makes sense since they can maximize their box office potential and it would be in line as well with the first film which also has a PG-13 rating. Several comic book films in the past have proven that there are still creative ways that you can do through the constrain of the PG-13 rating and it's not a limitation on the story that you can tell, even if it deals with a subject matter involving violence. Also Read: Tom Hardy Says Venom 2 is a Love Story At the end of the day, it doesn't matter what the rating of the film is. What's important is they were able to tell a great story, a satisfying face-off between the two symbiote characters, and honor the source material. Venom: Let There Be Carnage is set to be shown in cinemas on October 1.  
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  • The Mandalorian Composer Ludwig Goransson to Score The Book of Boba ...
    Fans have been looking forward to seeing the upcoming Star Wars series The Book of Boba Fett ever since it was teased at the post-credits scene of the second season finale of The Mandalorian. While the exact plot details are still scarce, we now learn that one key crew member from The Mandalorian will also work on the series. Film Music Reporter has reported that Oscar and Emmy winner Ludwig Goransson, the composer of The Mandalorian and Black Panther, will return to score The Book of Boba Fett. They also indicated that scoring sessions for the series have already started in recent weeks. Goransson's involvement makes him the latest key member of The Mandalorian who is confirmed to be working on the series. There is no argument that the score for The Mandalorian has become as iconic and memorable as John Williams' Star Wars theme. We bet that you can hum the theme music of the series or at least play it in your mind. It is exciting to know that Goransson is involved in the making of the series and now we wonder what kind of music is he going to give for the Boba Fett-centric project. It wouldn't be surprising if he would do some sort of remix of the theme that he did for the character in the second season. Also Read: Star Wars: The Book of Boba Fett Announces Special on Disney Plus There are not many details yet about the plot of The Book of Boba Fett, except that it will center on Temuera Morrison's Boba Fett and Ming-Na Wen's Fennec Shand. It is also known to be set in the same timeline as The Mandalorian. Wen herself has even referred to the series as "The Mandalorian 2.5" and there are rumors and speculations that several characters from The Mandalorian will be making an appearance. It has also been reported that Robert Rodriguez, Jon Favreau, Dave Filono, and Bryce Dallas Howard (who all have helmed episodes of The Mandalorian) will also direct episodes of the series. Filming has already finished last June. The Book of Boba Fett is set to premiere on Disney+ this December.    
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  • The Flash: Supergirl HBO Max Spinoff Series Reportedly in the Works
    The upcoming DCEU film The Flash will not just feature the return of Michael Keaton's Batman, but it will also introduce Sasha Calle's Supergirl. There are no details yet about her specific involvement in the plot. However, it looks like they have more plans for her beyond the film. According to The Hashtag Show, HBO Max is working on a series centering on Calle's Girl of Steel. The project is still in development. The plot is said to revolve around the character's backstory including how she got her powers and how she ended up being in the situation when she gets introduced in The Flash. Calle is reportedly going to reprise her role. Keaton's Batman might make an appearance since the two characters will reportedly have a connection in the film. The report also indicated that Superman won't be making an appearance, but there's a possibility that other Kryptonian characters will show up. The project was supposed to be an HBO Max film at first, but they decided to turn it into a series when the writers realized that the story needed a longer format. However, Warner Bros. or DC haven't made an official announcement regarding the project yet nor the major trades have reported about the news so you have to take this with a grain of salt. If the report is true, that means Warner Bros. and DC have major plans regarding Calle's Supergirl and they are confident that the audience will receive the character well. There have been reports for the past several months that HBO Max is working on numerous spinoff series and films surrounding various DC characters so it is not surprising that they are considering a spinoff series centering on the Girl of Steel. Also Read: The Flash: Filming Reportedly Ends This Week It might take a long time before we get to see the project come to fruition if it is actually in the works. After all, there is a Supergirl TV series on The CW that is airing right now and set to end its run soon. It might take a few years for them to put another Supergirl series on the air to avoid such confusion to the general public. They are also going to wait for The Flash to be shown in cinemas before they get this project on the run. The Flash is set to be shown in theaters on November 4, 2022.  
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  • Yu-Gi-Oh: Kaiba Corporation Online Store to Open on September 30
    Yu-Gi-Oh is celebrating its 25th anniversary this month and it is still a consistent hit up to this day through its anime spinoffs, trading cards, and video games. Now, they found a way to make their silver anniversary celebration extra special. According to a report from Konami (via Comicbook.com), the Kaiba Corporation is coming to real life through the form of an online store to celebrate the 25th anniversary. It is set to open on September 30 to coincide with the actual anniversary date of Yu-Gi-Oh and it will be open for exactly a year. Fans will have a chance to shop and checkout items such as a Yu-Gi-Oh pin set, posters, boxer shorts, and a replica of Kaiba's briefcase with the entire original deck included. There will be new items in each quarter inspired by the story's first four acts which are Duelist Kingdom, Battle City, Pharaoh's Memories, and Ceremonial Battle. Unfortunately, for now, the store will remain online and there are no plans to open a physical store at the moment due to the pandemic. But if it ever does open, fans will surely flock to see it. Although on the bright side, a lot of fans will have an opportunity to buy the items as all they need to do is to scroll and click on their device. It is unknown yet if anyone worldwide will be able to check out the items from the store. Also Read: New Star Wars Game Reportedly Set to be Unveiled Soon This is wonderful news for fans of Yu-Gi-Oh as they will get a chance to buy merch from their favorite anime and commemorate the 25th anniversary. The items that they are selling look like they are must-haves for fans. This would also give them an opportunity to at least experience shopping at the company featured in the anime (albeit in a virtual way) and celebrate the anime's successful 25-year run.  
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