Galaxy's Edge Ties Directly Into Rise of Skywalker


Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is now officially open to the public after years of anticipation. Disneyland guests who were lucky enough to snag a highly coveted reservation are now able to roam around the new area of the Anaheim theme park and interact with the Star Wars universe like never before. But, this is all more than just a few new rides with some expensive merchandise. There is a story and it takes place after the events of The Last Jedi and it sets up The Rise of Skywalker.

At the conclusion of The Last Jedi, the Resistance has been pretty much wiped out. The Rise of Skywalker takes place after a time jump because the Resistance needed some time to rebuild, which is where Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge comes into play. The new theme park expansion takes place on the planet Batuu, where the Resistance has landed in an effort to rebuild and gain allies. While on Batuu, General Organa has a plan.

General Organa sends one of her top spies, Vi Moradi, to the remote Black Spire Outpost. Moradi was first introduced in the Phasma novelization and will be featured in the upcoming Black Spire novel, which is tied into Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. While park visitors are walking around, Moradi is seen running around and stopping guests about their allegiance, hoping they’ll say they are there to help the Resistance. This is a pretty clever way to play into the Resistance rebuilding from the myth of the Force and Luke Skywalker spreading across the galaxy. However, things aren’t always what they seem on Batuu and the First Order has a presence too.

 

Vi Moradi is out to help gain allies for the Resistance and the First Order is out get information on what’s going on. Stormtroopers can be seen walking around Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, which will cause Moradi to run and hide if she comes close to them. Kylo Ren can also be seen walking around the park questioning alliances and looking for more information to take down the Resistance. Sadly, The Rise of the Resistance ride is not ready at the new area of the park yet.

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland does not spoil anything about The Rise of Skywalker, but it is an interesting way to immerse fans in the latest trilogy. Everything is working together, which explains much of the secretive tactics Disneyland was using to keep everything under wraps. The Resistance will get the allies they need, but will they all be from Batuu? Are there any spies? We’re just going to have to wait and see when the movie hits theaters later this year. For now, Star Wars fans can expect some major wait times and crowded visits to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. For more information on getting into the park, you can head over to the Disneyland site.



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Guardians of the Galaxy Audition Was a Nightmare Recalls Dave Bautista


Dave Bautista says his Guardians of the Galaxy audition was a “nightmare.” The actor has quickly become a household name, thanks to his work in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Bautista was already huge in the world of professional wrestling before becoming an actor. He does not like to be called a movie star and likes to be referred to as an actor, letting Dwayne Johnson, another former pro wrestler, take on the title of movie star as he tries to distance himself from his wrestling background.

Dave Bautista spoke about his Guardians of the Galaxy audition during a panel at Denver Pop Culture Con over the weekend. Even pro wrestlers get scared and Bautista admits he was “terrified” over meeting with Marvel Studios. From the sound of things, it was a perfect storm. Bautista explains.

“Oh my God, it was a nightmare. I was terrified. I was really desperate at the time, I had hardly worked in three years, and I had gone broke from wrestling and I was desperate to get a job. I finally got an agent like two weeks before I got the audition for Guardians. My agent says ‘You know, I really had to fight to get you this audition. It was really hard to get, they didn’t really want to audition you. They didn’t want any pro wrestlers, so I don’t want to get your hopes up.’”

Going in with low expectations for something like the MCU is probably the right tactic. However, it seems Dave Bautista’s agent could have prepared him a little better than that. Whatever the case may be, it all worked out in the actor’s favor in the end. He went on and had this to say.

 

“He built my hopes really low, so I went in with low expectations. I called my acting coach and said, ‘I don’t get this.’ and he flipped out because he’s like the biggest fanboy. Anyway, he made me do the research and I found one picture and I said, ‘That looks like me!’ He babied me through this whole process, my first and second auditions, my acting coach came with me. I read for Sarah Finn, she’s amazing. I read with her and she said ‘Don’t be nervous. Take your time, we can be here all day.’ We did the audition and she said, ‘Is there any way you can come back tomorrow and read for the director?’”

Dave Bautista luckily had a good team surrounding him for his Guardians of the Galaxy addition. He got the part of Drax and is now a part of MCU history, appearing in Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame. Additionally, he’ll be in the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy 3. This isn’t even mentioning the many other projects Bautista is working on outside of the MCU, like Denis Villeneuve’s Dune remake.

It’s been quite the ride for Dave Bautista over the years. When he first got into the world of wrestling, he was told he would never make it because he was too old at the time (he was 30). With his agent telling him to have low expectations about the MCU, Bautista prevailed yet again and now has a huge career in the entertainment industry. Comic Book was the first to reveal Dave Bautista’s nightmarish Guardians of the Galaxy audition.



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The Perfect Summer Movie Experience


Godzilla: King of the Monsters is the Rocky of Kaiju movies, and it delivers one of the best cinematic experiences to date when front loaded with some of the best 3D I’ve ever seen along with the truly immersive 4DX experience. The audience was left cheering as the final monster battle came to an end, the seats having engaged us all in the full brute force of King Ghidorah and Godzilla’s fight to the death. Godzilla: King of the Monsters is what the 4DX experience was truly built for, and it delivers the goods at nearly $30 a ticket. If you can’t make it to a theme park this summer, this two hour and twelve minute roller coaster ride is your next best option.

4DX is not built for comedies like Booksmart or rock and roll dramas like Rocketman. It brings the true definition of the popcorn movie to life in a fun and unique way, though that popcorn will literally be all over the floor, as Godzilla and his monster friends create a tsunami in the middle of the theater, rocking your innards harder than any heavy metal concert ever could. The best way to describe Godzilla: King of the Monsters in 3D and 4DX is simply. It’s a shit ton of fun that doesn’t disappoint on any level.

Early reviews for Godzilla: King of the Monsters either praised it for its nearly non-stop big Kaiju carnage or dissed it for having barely any human drama. The sequel to 2014’s Godzilla has been a divisive installment in the ongoing MonsterVerse, which also includes Kong: Skull Island. This is by far the best chapter in the saga to date, and offers hope that Godzilla Vs. Kong will be the battle everyone is hoping for. Godzilla: King of the Monsters may not be ‘the best’ Godzilla movie in the franchise’s 66 year run. But it’s definitely one of my personal favorites, and I’ve see quite a few of these things. And anyone who has spent time in the Toho trenches knows this particular series can get bogged down with boring human nonsense and is often times painful to sit through. Pound for pound, there is not a doubt that this is the most thrilling Godzilla movie made to date. You can try and challenge that, but go back and watch some of those older movies, and you’ll understand that this latest journey to Monster Island got it right.

 

At that, the 4DX only enhances the experience for this particular movie. Because with the rumbling seats, wind, lightening and rain, it’s the closest you’ll probably ever come to experiencing a real-life monster attack lead by the likes of Gojira, Mothra, Rodan and King Ghidorah. Or at least until there is a more immersive VR experience released sometime in the next decade. Perhaps most shocking, considering all the iconic monsters that eventually show up in this thing, it’s the airplane standoff with Rodan that brings the biggest jolt to the system and you will feel the damage from this particular spinout as you are pounded and pummeled and shook like a paint can at home depot as these flying monstrosities collide.

Godzilla’s mighty roar rips through your entire body like an Earthquake, and the ground shakes every time one of these big beasts comes stomping out of the ocean or swooping out of the sky. You’ll feel the rumble of destruction at every turn. And it serves to amplify the so-called human drama that some claim is lacking in the narrative. There are scenes where everything stops, so various characters can deliver their heartfelt speeches, emoting over the ruins of what was once this planet earth. Perhaps with all the bells and whistles stripped away, these moments seem fewer and far between. But when you’re being tossed and turned as though you’re trapped inside a washing machine, you’re at once thankful for the breather, but you also want to get back on the ride. And it doesn’t take long for this virtual tilt-a-whirl to rev back up and give you what you came for after letting the humans add a little exposition to the maddness. But who needs talk when your seat keeps punching you?

I can’t even imagine seeing Gareth Edward’s 2014 Godzilla in 4DX. That movie didn’t give us much monster action, and it came on like a fluffer girl. You might as well have seen Steel Magnolias in such a venue. Maybe the seat could have punched you ever time someone cried. On sheer visceral excitement, action and monster fights, Godzilla: King of the Monsters does nothing but deliver that for two hours straight. So if you’re a huge fan of Godzilla kicking much ass all over the place with a late in the game assist from Mothra, and usually fast-forward through all the talky parts when revisiting the Toho catalogue? This is the movie tailor made for you, and the 4DX/3D combo is definitely the best way to experience this hulking attraction. There is no doubting that.

Now, did you really come to a Godzilla movie for the story? Probably not, but there is some decent myth building here for the MonsterVerse as it continues to propel itself forward. Kaiju are unleashed all over the world in a plot involving an estranged family that lost a son in the early monster attacks. The husband and wife, played by Kyle Chandler and Vera Farmiga, had worked together on an Orca device that allows humans to communicate with the Titans. They’ve since split, and now that device is being used for some nefarious business that may or may not save the world. There are a few unexpected twists and turns. A fan-favorite character offers up the ultimate sacrifice. And Stranger Things break out star Millie Bobby Brown is on hand as the daughter torn between mom and dad, still suffering from the death of her brother. While some have complained about the lack of character, the human side of the story is pretty perfect for this type of sequel. Never boring. Just enough of it not to get in the way of what you really came for.

Godzilla: King of the Monsters has some of the greatest 3D cinematography yet seen in one of these big blockbuster outings. It’s not an afterthought slapped on in post-production. There are some absolutely gorgeous shots of Godzilla and the other Titans that are awe inspiring as three-dimensional photography on its own. This was only my second experience with the 4DX format after suffering through the absolutely brutal John Wick 3: Parabellum. That movie literally kicked, stabbed, shot and slaughtered your body and senses all the way through, with the seat continually pushing, poking and literally stabbing you non-stop. Godzilla: King of the Monsters is a completely different kind of 4DX experience. The seat certainly doesn’t punch you in the back as much. It really is a pure viceral roller coaster of a movie experience.

Then there are the smells. At certain points, you can smell pine when Millie Bobby Brown is in Boston, running through the woods. There is also a smell that can only be described as old socks. There are a couple of big fire scenes, where the theater bellows with smoke. And it smells like burnt toast. There are quite a few big splash moments, with the seat in front of you blasting your face with a nice wet mist. As a movie, Godzilla: King of the Monsters is a fun ride and one of the best Godzilla movies ever made in terms of monster battles and big action sequences. But for true fans of the big green lizard, you simply can’t pass up a chance to see this thing in 3D and 4DX together. It truly is what summer movies are all about. You can find the closest 4DX screen near you at Regal Movies.

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Chris Hemsworth Wants Guardians 3 to Be the Asgardians of the Galaxy


Chris Hemsworth has revealed he is into Thor becoming an Asgardian of the Galaxy for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Avengers: Endgame showed Thor joining his old pals the Guardians of the Galaxy on the Benatar once again. However, this time he really doesn’t have anywhere to be, so why not fully join his space traveling friends for good? Hemsworth was recently interviewed and asked about the possibility and played coy about it actually happening, which is completely understandable knowing Marvel Studios’ track record with keeping things under wraps.

The Thor character was starting to get old for Chris Hemsworth after 2013’s The Dark World. The actor has not been shy about his thoughts on the character, but after working with Taika Waititi on Ragnarok, he came back reinvigorated and ready to play The God of Thunder in a new way. This is the arc that Hemsworth would like to continue. When asked about Guardians of the Galaxy 3, he had this to say.

“I’d play that character again. I love it so much – especially if there’s something unique to do again with it. I felt like the last three films were very, very different each time. It really felt like a totally different character. And I don’t even know when or if they’re shooting Guardians of the Galaxy 3. After the Avengers press tour I kind of went and buried my head in the sand.”

After the interviewer expressed his own thoughts on Thor joining Guardians of the Galaxy 3, Chris Hemsworth said, “I’ll work with any of those guys. Asgardians Of The Galaxy.” The actor went on to say he loves the idea and acts like he’s never heard it before, noting, “That’s actually great. You might’ve just got me my next job. Thank you, man.” While Hemsworth says he put his head in the sand after the Avengers: Endgame press tour, the sand more than likely wasn’t very deep.

James Gunn will be back behind the camera for Guardians of the Galaxy 3 and finished his script over a year ago. While MCU fans would love to see the Asgardians of the Galaxy element played out on the big screen again, Gunn may have other ideas. It has been heavily rumored that the highly anticipated third and final installment will put a great deal of focus on Rocket’s story arc. He and Thor are buds, so this could work, but it might not be in the cards.

 

With that being said, had James Gunn not been fired from Guardians of the Galaxy 3, the movie would have probably been done with principal photography by this time. So, it is possible Thor and the Guardians were hanging out some more. Just like everything else Marvel Studios does, we won’t know until the movie premieres unless we end up seeing some pretty good leaked photos from the set. The interview with Chris Hemsworth was originally conducted by CinemaBlend.



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Happy Death Day, The Omen & Hammer Films Get New Fright-Rags Merch


Fright-Rags is back with some new merch celebrating some of horror’s biggest and brightest hits from the past couple of decades. First up, they celebrate the modern classic Happy Death Day from Blumhouse. Then they take on the 1970s classic The Omen. And finally, we have some must-have items from the world of Hammer Films. Fright-Rags has summoned all-new apparel from these beloved properties. Know this: You have been warned.

In Happy Death Day, Tree Gelbman is a blissfully self-centered collegian who wakes up on her birthday in the bed of a student named Carter. As the morning goes on, Tree gets the eerie feeling that she’s experienced the events of this day before. When a masked killer suddenly takes her life in a brutal attack, she once again magically wakes up in Carter’s dorm room unharmed. Now, the frightened young woman must relive the same day over and over until she figures out who murdered her.

Fright-Rags is making every death count with its Happy Death Day merchandise. The modern slasher’s baby-faced killer is featured on three shirts, a pair of socks, and an enamel pin. The shirts all arrive in black, perfect for summer, and show the killer in three distinct and iconic poses. The pin features the baby mask in full glory. But the Pièce De Résistance here is the groovy pair of red tipped socks that feature a wall paper baby design that is sure to frighten any foot fetishist into a diabetic coma.

 

Up next, we have new merch from the 1976 classic The Omen. You are one day closer to the end of the world with Fright-Rags’ The Omen collection. Richard Donner’s horror classic has received three new T-shirts (with baseball tee options) plus an enamel pin of the Antichrist himself, Damien. In The Omen, American diplomat Robert (Gregory Peck) adopts Damien (Harvey Stephens) when his wife, Katherine (Lee Remick), delivers a stillborn child. After Damien’s first nanny hangs herself, Father Brennan (Patrick Troughton) warns Robert that Damien will kill Katherine’s unborn child. Shortly thereafter, Brennan dies and Katherine miscarries when Damien pushes her off a balcony. As more people around Damien die, Robert investigates Damien’s background and realizes his adopted son may be the Antichrist. A red T-Shirt has Damien peering through a cross, the second black T-Shirt is done in an AC/DC design, a third black shirt features redesigned poster art, and the fourth and final shirt features the iconic Cherub crying blood.

The final line of Fright-Rags merch belongs to Hammer Films. Enter Hammer Films’ house of horrors with Fright-Rags’ first apparel dedicated to the legendary British horror studio. The line includes four shirts featuring Dracula, Frankenstein, and more classic monsters. You can also get a baseball jersey with the iconic Hammer logo across it in blood red. The Omen, Happy Death Day, and Hammer Films collections are on sale now at Fright-Rags.com. Stay tuned for the return of Fright-Rags’ “Tee of Mystery.” Blind-bagged shirts in both men’s and women’s styles will be available for only $9 each next week.

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Borat Prank Caused Pamela Anderson & Kid Rock's Divorce According to Sacha Baron Cohen


Borat was the straw that broke the camel’s back for Pamela Anderson and Kid Rock. Sacha Baron Cohen’s 2006 mockumentary comedy is still shrouded in mystery after all of these years, but in a new interview, the comedian has started to pull back the curtain a bit. He now admits that Anderson was in on the gag from the start and the only one in the movie who was. This has been speculated for years, but the former Baywatch star would never confirm.

Another thing that has been speculated about for years is whether or not Borat was the cause of Pamela Anderson and Kid Rock’s marriage ending. Now, Sacha Baron Cohen is confirming that it really was. At the time, tabloids widely reported Kid Rock was not happy with Anderson after seeing the movie for the first time where he reportedly said, “You’re nothing but a whore! You’re a slut! How could you do that movie?” This has never been confirmed to be true, but Baron says the movie was the end of their relationship. He said that he texted Anderson afterwards and got this response.

“How did it go? What did he think? And she texted back, ‘He’s getting divorced.’ I was like, why? And she goes, ‘The movie.’ And I thought it was a joke, but then a few weeks later they got divorced and they put as a reason for divorce, Borat.”

Sacha Baron Cohen is still highly secretive when it comes to answering questions about how he makes his projects and what goes on behind-the-scenes. However, after talking about Pamela Anderson’s divorce, he finally revealed that she was in on the joke the whole time, “Otherwise it would have been kidnapping,” says Cohen. He then went into details about how it all went down on the set.

As it turns out, they had to shoot the Pamela Anderson scene twice because Sacha Baron Cohen wasn’t able to get the reaction he wanted initially. On the second attempt, the crowd ran after them, but Anderson accidentally “clipped her jaw,” according to Cohen. The comedian had this to say about Anderson’s cameo and the first time they shot it.

“And we did that scene twice, actually. The first time we did it at a book signing and I grabbed her over my shoulder and ran out with her and no one did anything. I was like, ‘what kind of fans are these?’”

Sacha Baron Cohen laughs about the situation now and says Pamela Anderson and Kid Rock, who he mistakenly called Tommy Lee, weren’t a good couple anyway. “She lost two things. One, she lost a tiny bit of bone from her jaw,” Cohen said. He then concluded by saying, “And secondly, she lost a husband.” The interview with Cohen is from an upcoming podcast from The Daily Beast, which premieres in full next Tuesday on the site.

 



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Godzilla: King of the Monsters Review: A Turbocharged Kaiju Beatdown


Godzilla: King of the Monsters hearkens back to the Kaiju beatdowns of the classic Japanese Toho films. Gone are the fleeting glimpses of the radioactive reptile that puzzled everyone in the 2014 version. The sequel turbocharges the action on all fronts. It’s civilization crushing savagery as Godzilla and his adversaries pummel humanity on a global scale. The faults lie in the cardboard characters and their weak subplots. Thankfully they don’t yap enough to ruin the monster buzz. Godzilla: King of the Monsters is a summer popcorn spectacle that’s red meat to the diehard fanbase.

Five years after the destruction of San Francisco, Godzilla has disappeared. The U.S. government has had enough of Monarch and its secrets. An oversight committee wants to put the military in charge of finding and killing the prehistoric monsters; now deemed Titans. Monarch lead scientist Dr. Ishirō Serizawa (Ken Watanabe) warns that’s a huge mistake. The Titans are part of the world’s natural order. Humanity is responsible for waking them up.

Meanwhile at a secret Monarch base, Dr. Emma Russell (Vera Farmiga) has made a critical breakthrough. She has discovered a way to communicate directly with the Titans. It’s the culmination of heartbreaking research. The San Francisco attack devastated her family. The breakthrough isn’t a secret for long. Emma and her daughter, Madison (Millie Bobby Brown), are kidnapped by shadowy mercenaries with apocalyptic intentions. Dr. Mark Russell (Kyle Chandler) must overcome his hatred of Monarch to save his ex-wife and daughter.

 

Director/co-writer Michael Dougherty (Krampus) wastes no time getting started. Godzilla’s presence is felt in the opening minute. A few scenes later, the luminous Mothra and terrifying King Ghidorah have joined the Kaiju party. The monster carnage starts off strong and is pretty much nonstop. Their ferocious land, sea, and underwater battles dominate the film’s runtime. Godzilla: King of the Monsters is a big-budget, special effects onslaught that will have you doing a CGI duck and cover. The Titans lay waste to anything and anyone in their paths.

I enjoyed the visual effects, but understand those that have minor complaints. Most of the climactic showdown scenes take place at night during some kind of wet weather. Those conditions obscure minute details and are often used as a crutch for shoddy CGI. Godzilla: King of the Monsters could have lightened up for deeper inspection, but the Kaiju battles do not remotely disappoint. There’s a plethora of monster ass-kicking in the rain and snow.

The ensemble characters add unnecessary drama beyond the requisite running and screaming for their lives. The Russell family wallows in tragedy and divorce. Some of this is pertinent to the story, but mostly it feels like filler. Then you have another smarmy character (Bradley Whitford) whose entire job is counting down various timers for Kaiju attacks and imminent explosions. Godzilla: King of the Monsters could have dialed back the melodrama and subplots without missing a beat.

Michael Dougherty’s greatest success is the scale of the film. Godzilla, Mothra, Rodan, and especially King Ghidorah fill the screen with epic destruction. Godzilla: King of the Monsters lives up to its Kaiju premise. Every belly will feel monster full walking out of the theater. Stick around for the first part of the credits. Godzilla: King of the Monsters is produced by Legendary Pictures and distributed by Warner Bros.

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The Suicide Squad Brings Back Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flag


James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad is getting at least one more returning member from the previous movie, as Joel Kinnaman has revealed that he will be returning as Rick Flag. Ever since learning that Gunn, the filmmaker behind the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise, was going to be tackling this movie, one of the big questions has been will it be a reboot or a sequel? At this point, the answer seems to be a little from column A and a little from column B. This particular bit of information fits squarely under column B.

Joel Kinnaman took to Instagram to confirm the information. There has been some confusion specifically surrounding his inclusion in particular, as various reports have been a bit conflicting on that front. The actor posted a photo of himself at a shooting range doing some prep work to get back into shape as the DC military badass. Here’s what he had to say in his caption, which provided the relatively subtle confirmation of his return to the DC universe.

“At the range with my great friend and teacher kevinlvance and Lele the Italian stallion. Easing into that squad preppppp…. thanks tarantactical for letting us use the range!”

At one point, producer Peter Safran referred to this project as a “total reboot.” Then, when characters from director David Ayer’s 2016 movie were confirmed as part of the cast for this one, the lines got a bit blurry. Even James Gunn during a recent interview, when asked point blank if it’s a reboot or sequel, expressed his frustration for the narrow definitions within those terms, and said that we’ll all just have to wait and see when the movie comes out.

Other returning cast members include Viola Davis as Amanda Waller, the evil woman behind the Suicide Squad program, as well as Jai Courtney, who will be back as Captain Boomerang and Margot Robbie, who is expected to reprise her role as Harley Quinn. Originally, they wanted Will Smith back as Deadshot, but scheduling got in the way. Idris Elba was brought in and was going to replace Smith. However, out of respect for Smith, James Gunn and the studio decided to make Elba a new character instead, who has yet to be specified. Though, there was a rumor floating around that perhaps he was going to play Deathstroke.

 

The new roster also includes David Dastmalchian as Polka Dot Man, Daniela Melchior as Ratcatcher, John Cena as Peacemaker and Michael Rooker as King Shark. Plot details are currently unavailable, but filming is expected to begin later this year. After that, James Gunn will be heading back to the Marvel Cinematic Universe to direct Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, which he was rehired for earlier this year. The Suicide Squad is set to arrive in theaters on August 6, 2021. Be sure to check out the post from Joel Kinnaman’s Instagram below.





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Dark Phoenix Ending Was Reshot Because Another Superhero Movie Had the Same Ending


Dark Phoenix, the upcoming X-Men movie that is set to end this version of the franchise, had to undergo massive reshoots at one point that entirely changed the third act of the movie. Originally, we had been given reasons that seemed a bit generic, like the filmmakers wanting to ground the movie a bit more and whatnot. However, stars James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender have revealed in a new interview that the ending actually changed because it closely resembled another mystery, recently released superhero movie.

With the movie finally set to arrive in theaters next month, the cast has started making the press rounds to promote it. During a recent interview, James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender were asked about the extensive reshoots. That’s when things got interesting, as McAvoy gave anything but a typical answer. Here’s what he had to say about it.

“The end [of Dark Phoenix] changed a hell of a lot. The finale HAD to change. There was a lot of overlap and parallels with another superhero movie that came out… a while ago.”

Michael Fassbender also chimed in, joking that “They had spies on set and basically stole our ideas.” A little background to help unpack why this might be so interesting. Dark Phoenix originally wrapped filming in late 2017. The original ending was set in space. Director Simon Kinberg then had to coordinate massive reshoots and the ending was totally reshot to set it on Earth instead, which is going to be the train sequence that has been featured in the trailers. That brings us to these new comments. The actors didn’t dish on what movie specifically they’re talking about, but we can narrow it down a bit.

Since production originally wrapped before the reshoots, Thor: Ragnarok, Justice League, Black Panther, Infinity War, Deadpool 2, Ant-Man and the Wasp, Venom, Aquaman, Captain Marvel, Shazam! and Avengers: Endgame have all hit theaters. If we limit this to movies with space sequences in the third act, we’re left with Thor: Ragnarok, Captain Marvel and Avengers: Endgame. In any of those cases, it’s a Marvel Cinematic Universe movie, which falls under the Disney umbrella. Since the Disney merger with Fox closed in March, so does Dark Phoenix, technically speaking. Though, the deal was more or less done months before that. Assuming the two companies were thorough, Disney would have realized Dark Phoenix resembled one of their movies some time ago. Hence, that could explain the reshoots.

Related: Dark Phoenix Is on Track for Lowest X-Men Opening Ever

As for which movie it could have been specifically? Best guess is Captain Marvel. Simon Kinberg previously stated in an interview they redesigned Jean Grey’s Phoenix to be more “cosmic” and less “flamey.” That sounds like they may have been pivoting away from looking too much like Brie Larson’s titular hero. We may never know for sure, but this adds an interesting wrinkle to the whole situation. Dark Phoenix hits theaters on June 7. This news was first reported by Yahoo.



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The Lost Boys Early Unused Concept Posters, Comic Book Replica Will Be Available Soon


Late movie poster legend John Alvin’s original The Lost Boys poster designs are being made available for the first time ever. Three never-before-printed designs will be up for sale during a special 35mm screening of the iconic vampire movie this Friday in New York. However, one of the limited edition prints will be available to purchase online exclusively. If that wasn’t enough, full recreations of the Vampires Everywhere and Destroy All Vampires comic books that the Frog Brothers had in the movie are going up for sale.

John Alvin reportedly went through dozens of designs when working with the studio on The Lost Boys. Sadly, many of his designs from that era were only saved through polaroid images, which is kind of a bummer. However, there are three complete designs of Alvin’s that were pitched to the studio, but ultimately not used because they didn’t match the vibe of the marketing back then. With that being said, they certainly fit in very well today. The first design is of a stop sign, with the word “Vampires” scrawled like graffiti at the bottom. The sign has also been bashed in at the top left corner. The Bottleneck Gallery and Justin Ishmael worked very hard to get these poster designs and the comic book art.

The second design is arguably the best as it features Michael flying just outside Sam’s window, only his legs visible, with the iconic tagline that reads: “Sleep All Day. Party All Night. Never Grow Old. Never Die. It’s Fun to be a Vampire.” The iconic official logo is printed at the bottom. The third and final poster is an online exclusive and it features the Murder Capital of the World, Santa Carla from the vantage point of Sam’s Grandpa’s house, with only Sam’s bedroom light on. The third poster will go on sale June 4th and it is 13 x 19 inch giclée in an edition of 125. It costs $50.

 

The first two posters are available at this Friday’s screening at The Roxy Hotel Theatre, starting at 5:30 PM. Tickets for The Lost Boys screening are nearly sold out, but you do not need a ticket to purchase the posters. The John Alvin posters are 18 x 24 inch screen prints with the text editions going for “$50 in an edition of 150, and the art print variants costing $60 in editions of 50.” All of the work done before the screening has been conducted officially with the help of Alvin’s widow and frequent collaborator Andrea Alvin. All of the posters that do not sell at the event this Friday will be sold online June 4th with the third variant.

Getting The Lost Boys original poster designs was pretty easy for Justin Ismael, who basically only had to contact Andrea Alvin. However, getting the original artwork for the Vampires Everywhere and Destroy All Vampires comic books seen in the movie required some detective work, which immediately sent Ishmael to Santa Cruz, California. Ismael ended up at Atlantis Fantasyworld, which is where parts of The Lost Boys was shot. The location of the store has changed a few times over the years, but it is a must-stop location on a production tour of the movie.

Atlantis Fantasyworld has the original prop comics from the movies, which were scanned for the new additions going up for pre-order on June 4th. Vampires Everywhere and Destroy All Vampires weren’t real full-length comics, so Justin Ishmael had some further work to do to track down the original artist and publisher to see if he could get some additional material for his prop versions going up for sale. He was able to get copies of the original artwork, which has been re-colored for the limited edition replicas. They do not contain a cohesive story, since one was never written. Instead, they are just awesome pieces of The Lost Boys history for fans to get their hands on.

For further information about getting your hands on the John Alvin Lost Boys prints, you can head over to The Bottlerock Gallery. This is kind of a big deal and the first two variants at the screening might sell out, so hit up someone in the New York City area to grab you one, if you can. If you can’t score one then, start hitting refresh over at the site on June 4th to pick up the online exclusive and possibly some leftovers.

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