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Starring Jason Statham (“Spy,” “Furious 7,” “The Expendables” films) and award-winning Chinese actress Li Bingbing (“Transformers: Age of Extinction,” “Forbidden Kingdom,” “The Message”) are back in the science fiction action thriller “The Meg,” directed by Jon Turteltaub (the “National Treasure” movies, “Last Vegas”).

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Jason Statham and Li Bingbing

In the film, a deep-sea submersible—part of an international undersea observation program—has been attacked by a massive creature, previously thought to be extinct, and now lies disabled at the bottom of the deepest trench in the Pacific…with its crew trapped inside. With time running out, expert deep sea rescue diver Jonas Taylor (Jason Statham) is recruited by a visionary Chinese oceanographer (Winston Chao), against the wishes of his daughter Suyin (Li Bingbing), to save the crew—and the ocean itself—from this unstoppable threat: a pre-historic 75-foot-long shark known as the Megalodon. What no one could have imagined is that, years before, Taylor had encountered this same terrifying creature. Now, teamed with Suyin, he must confront his fears and risk his own life to save everyone trapped below…bringing him face to face once more with the greatest and largest predator of all time.

Rounding out the international main cast of “The Meg” are Rainn Wilson (TV’s “The Office,” “Super”), Ruby Rose (“xXx: Return of Xander Cage,” TV’s “Orange is the New Black”), Winston Chao (“Skiptrace,” “Kabali”), Page Kennedy (TV’s “Rush Hour”), Jessica McNamee (“The Vow,” TV’s “Sirens”), Ólafur Darri Ólafsson (“The BFG,” TV’s “The Missing”), Robert Taylor (“Focus,” TV’s “Longmire”), New Zealander Cliff Curtis (“The Dark Horse,” “Risen,” TV’s “Fear the Walking Dead”), Sophia Shuya Cai (“Somewhere Only We Know”), and Masi Oka (TV’s “Hawaii Five-0,” “Heroes”).

Turteltaub directed the film from a screenplay by Dean Georgaris and Jon Hoeber & Erich Hoeber, based on the New York Times best-selling novel by Steve Alten. Lorenzo di Bonaventura (the “Transformers” films), Belle Avery (“Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead”) and Colin Wilson (“Suicide Squad,” “Avatar”) produced the film, with Gerald R. Molen, Randy Greenberg, Wayne Wei Jiang, and Barrie Osborne serving as executive producers.

Turteltaub’s behind-the-scenes team included Oscar-nominated director of photography Tom Stern (“Changeling,” “Sully,” “American Sniper,” “The Hunger Games”), Oscar-winning production designer Grant Major (“The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King,” “X-Men- Apocalypse”), editor Steven Kemper (“Salt,” “Mission: Impossible II,” “Face/Off”) and costume designer Amanda Neale (“Truth,” “Pete’s Dragon,” “What We Do in the Shadows”).

Filming on “The Meg” was accomplished on location in China and New Zealand.

“The Meg” is a presentation of Warner Bros. Pictures and Gravity Pictures. It is production of di Bonaventura Pictures, Apelles Entertainment, Maeday Productions, Inc., and Flagship Entertainment, in association with Beijing Digital Impression (BDI) Film, Inc. “The Meg” will be distributed in China by Gravity Pictures, and throughout the rest of the world by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Entertainment Company. It is slated for release on August 10, 2018.

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YES! Killmonger & M’Baku Set to Return in “Black Panther 2!”

“Black Panther” is still one of the top-grossing films of all time, and remains the highest grossing one for a predominantly Black cast. Indeed, the cast of the film was nothing short of amazing with A-list actors like Chadwick Bozeman, Angela Bassett, Forrest Whitaker, Lupita Nyong’o and Michael B. Jordan.

It was leaked last year by Angela’s husband, Courtney B. Vance, that the entire cast would be returning, but now it is being reported that Michael B. Jordan and Winston Duke’s characters, “Killmonger,” and “M’Baku” (Man-Ape) will return as well in “Black Panther 2!

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“Black Panther” is still one of the top-grossing films of all time, and remains the highest grossing one for a predominantly Black cast. Indeed, the cast of the film was nothing short of amazing with A-list actors like Chadwick Bozeman, Angela Bassett, Forrest Whitaker, Lupita Nyong’o and Michael B. Jordan.

It was leaked last year by Angela’s husband, Courtney B. Vance, that the entire cast would be returning, but now it is being reported that Michael B. Jordan and Winston Duke’s characters, “Killmonger,” and “M’Baku” (Man-Ape) will return as well in “Black Panther 2!”

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Yes “Black Panther” was chalked full of amazing characters, especially the women, but it was the aforementioned characters Killmonger and M’Baku who stole the show. Killmonger was a rare of example of the “honorable villain.” (This type of villain is one you empathize with and is fighting for a righteous cause, even if they are going about it the wrong way. Other notable examples would be “X-Men’s” Magneto, “Gargoyles'” Xanatos, and Catman from DC Comics.) Killmonger was a very complex character with a number of issues to impact. His character represented the African-American experience in the context of being African in a global context. Also, it was never confirmed that Killmonger died from the wound he received from T’Challa (Chadwick Bozeman). Even then, the vibranium, technology, and mixture of science and magic in Wakanda could revive or stabilize him.

We are not surprised at M’Baku’s return. He was seen helping the Wakandan Army, Avengers, and their allies take down Thanos’ forces in Avengers: Endgame. The question, however, is in what capacity will he return? As the villain? In the comics, he is Man-Ape a rival and staunch enemy of Black Panther and the Panther Clan. Then there is the fbaive year gap where T’Challa and his sister, Shuri were both wiped from existence. Who ruled Wakanda in his absence? M’Baku would seem to be a natural choice as a member of the Wakandan council at the end of the first film and being the ruler of the Jabari tribe he knows how to govern.

Still, Michael B. Jordan and Winston Duke are both sex symbols and we are always happy to see them on screen. Even if they are only doing cameos we are requesting the former’s chest and the latter’s thighs to be in attendance! What do you guys think of this new “Black Panther 2” news? Sound off in the comments’ section below.

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“Joker” Becomes First R-Rated Movie to Reach $1 Billion!

Warner Bros and The DCEU are currently winning! Not only is the “Joker,” starring Joaquin Phoenix, the highest grossing R-Rated movie of all time, it has also now reached the one billion dollar mark!

This places the film in the same vein of other hit comic book-based films like “Black Panther,” “Captain Marvel,” and the Avenger movies! 

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Warner Bros and The DCEU are currently winning! Not only is the “Joker,” starring Joaquin Phoenix, the highest grossing R-Rated movie of all time, it has also now reached the one billion dollar mark!

This places the film in the same vein of other hit comic book-based films like “Black Panther,” “Captain Marvel,” and the Avenger movies!

via WeGotThisCovered.com

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It’s no exaggeration to say that Joker is a monster of a hit in terms of box office sales. Having recently topped the UK charts for six consecutive weeks, the accomplishments just keep adding up. In fact, according to Forbes, the film will pass – or, in all likelihood, has passed – the $1 billion worldwide mark today.

Currently, it’s got a domestic total of just over $316 million and – at the time of writing – a worldwide figure of a whopping $998 million. This means that in the next few hours it’ll smash through the one billion dollar barrier, if it hasn’t already, making it the first R-rated movie to reach such a milestone.

It’s also “the third non-Disney/Universal movie to do so in just under a year,” the other two being Aquaman and Spider-Man: Far From Home. We should also mention that those two films made it to $1 billion with the help of China’s box office figures, whereas Joker has managed without it. To that extent, all it needs to do now is pass The Dark Knight and it’ll be the biggest movie to never play in China (there’s an interesting fact for you).

Despite director Todd Phillips saying that Joker was only intended as a one-off, this latest achievement will surely get things rolling for a possible sequel. After all, given the ending of the first film, it would definitely make sense to pursue further ideas, especially when you factor in its business at the box office.

We are really glad “Joker” is so successful. The film was definitely one of the better comic book-based films we have seen. Joaquin’s version of The Joker is nothing short of genius. We would actually love it if his version of the villain would ingratiated into the DCEU.

 

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Makeover! “Sonic The Hedgehog” Trailer Re-Released w/ A New Look for Sonic!

Fans everywhere were in an uproar earlier this year after Paramount Pictures debuted the first movie trailer for the forthcoming Sonic The Hedgehog movie debuted. Sonic was deemed too human with a mouthful of weird teeth and beady eyes. The trailer was summarily scrapped and removed from circulation. Now the trailer has been re-released and the titular looks well…GOOD! He has gotten a makeover with a few less teeth, bigger eyes, and finer fur. 

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Fans everywhere were in an uproar earlier this year after Paramount Pictures debuted the first movie trailer for the forthcoming Sonic The Hedgehog movie debuted. Sonic was deemed too human with a mouthful of weird teeth and beady eyes. The trailer was summarily scrapped and removed from circulation. Now the trailer has been re-released and the titular looks well…GOOD! He has gotten a makeover with a few less teeth, bigger eyes, and finer fur.

via People

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On Tuesday, Paramount Pictures debuted the famous cartoon’s design changes with a new official trailer for the Sega video game-inspired film, after initial reactions to the original design released in April caused an internet frenzy. Fans blasted the old trailer for portraying Sonic as “human-like” and were particularly upset about Sonic’s realistic looking teeth and shapely legs, Vulture reported.

Now, the electric blue hedgehog has been reimagined to look more like the traditional cartoon character — boasting larger, more animated eyes, white gloves instead of white hands, thin legs and all-around less human-like features.

Director Jeff Fowler confirmed in April that the movie would be delayed by three months after receiving backlash about Sonic’s appearance.

Check out a few fan reactions:

We have to say we are here for this makeover and the studio listening to the fans. Sonic The Hedgehog is one of the greatest and most beloved characters in the world we always want him done right! We will keep you posted as more news about the movie comes forward.

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