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‘Krampus’ director Michael Dougherty signs on to direct ‘Godzilla: King of Monsters’

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Since the release of Legendary’s 2014 box office smash Godzilla, there has been very little to report on regarding the much-anticipated sequel. However, one thing we did know was that Rogue One director Gareth Edwards would not be returning due to his commitment to the standalone Star Wars movie. In October, the good folks over at ScreenCrush had revealed that Krampus director Michael Dougherty would somehow be affiliated with Godzilla: King of Monsters, though there was no real confirmation until now.

According to a scoop from Variety that was posted earlier today, Dougherty, who’s also on scripting duties with his Krampus co-writer Zach Shields, will officially be taking the helm of King of Monsters Keeping Dougherty’s inventive and critically acclaimed films over the years in mind, it will be very interesting to see where he takes the beloved Godzilla franchise—I for one am ecstatic about the upcoming film and consider Michael Dougherty one of the better talents in Hollywood right now.

Bringing back some classic Godzilla nostalgia for longtime fans of the franchise, some familiar kaiju faces will be featured in the film including Mothra, King Ghidorah, and Rodan. It should also be worth noting that the upcoming Kong: Skull Island will have heavy ties to Godzilla: King of Monsters—we’ve known that Godzilla and King Kong would share the timeline and have their own world, appropriately titled the “Monsterverse.” Whether we get more glorious kaiju films remains to be seen, but at this point, all we know is that Godzilla and King Kong are going to play a huge role within them.

Kong: Skull Island will see the mythic ape back make his first return to the big screen since Peter Jackson’s 2005 remake on March 10, 2017. Godzilla: King of Monsters is scheduled to begin filming in March and will be released March 22, 2019, while Godzilla: King of Monsters, which will help set up Godzilla vs. Kong, is slated for a 2020 release.

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The ‘Uncharted’ movie is probably just one of those things that’s never actually going to get made

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Between Spider-Man parting ways with the Marvel Cinematic Universe and now this new development regarding the long-in-the-works film adaptation of Uncharted, it’s been a pretty eventful and rather unfortunate week for Tom Holland.

Dan Trachtenberg, the fifth director to be attached to Uncharted, has reportedly exited the project for unspecified reasons, though it’s likely it had to do with creative differences or whatever bullshit excuse it is that these studios manage to pull out of their asses whenever a director leaves a high-profile project.

Again, Trachtenberg was not the first, second, third, or fourth director to be attached to be Uncharted, but the FIFTH. David O. Russell, Neil Burger, Seth Gordon, and Shawn Levy were all attached to the project at one point or another but ended up leaving for various different reasons.

On the bright side (?), however, Sony is already looking to lock down a replacement for Trachtenberg and a new director should be in place soon in anticipation of the film’s early 2020 production start.

But, like, let’s be real here for a second; what are the chances of the Uncharted movie actually happening at this point? This is a truly cursed production and if it does actually ever get made, I vow to release my tax returns.

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Adam Driver and Annette Bening work to expose the CIA’s torture program in ‘The Report’ trailer

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Another day, another trailer for a movie starring Adam Driver; a few days after Netflix blessed us with two teasers trailers for Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story, Amazon Studios has released the first trailer Scott Z. Burns’ The Report.

Driver stars here as idealistic staffer Daniel J. Jones, who is tasked by his boss Senator Dianne Feinstein (Annette Bening) to lead an investigation of the CIA’s inhumane Detention and Interrogation Program, which was formed in the wake of 9/11 and used “enhanced interrogation techniques” — that’s government codeword for torture.

“Jones’ relentless pursuit of the truth leads to explosive findings that uncover the lengths to which the nation’s top intelligence agency went to destroy evidence, subvert the law, and hide a brutal secret from the American public,” reads the synopsis.

In addition to Driver and Bening, The Report features one hell of an impressive ensemble cast that includes the likes of Jon Hamm, Sarah Goldberg, Michael C. Hall, Douglas Hodge, Fajer Kaisi, Ted Levine, Jennifer Morrison, Tim Blake Nelson, Linda Powell, Matthew Rhys, T. Ryder Smith, Corey Stoll, and Maura Tierney.

The film premiered at and was purchased out of the Sundance Film Festival in January and currently boasts a 94% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, so it sounds like we’re going to be in for quite a treat when The Report hits theaters on November 15 and Prime Video on November 29.

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Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman & Margot Robbie glare intensely at each other in the ‘Bombshell’ trailer

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Despite taking place entirely in a hot, stuffy elevator and featuring little to no dialogue, the first trailer for Jay Roach’s Fox News drama Bombshell about the downfall of Roger Ailes does a pretty damn good job of showcasing what is likely to be a serious contender this awards season.

Written by Charles Randolph, Bombshell chronicles the inevitable collapse of Ailes’ reign at Fox News, where he served as chairman and CEO up until his resignation in 2016 amid dozens of sexual harassment and abuse allegations from several female employees at the conservative media empire.

Among the many women who accused Ailes of misconduct were former Fox News hosts Megyn Kelly and Gretchen Carlson, who are played here by Charlize Theron and Nicole Kidman, respectively, while Margot Robbie plays as a fictional associate producer named Kayla Pospisil.

As if those three stars weren’t enough, the film’s ensemble cast also includes the likes of John Lithgow (who plays Ailes), Allison Janney, Kate McKinnon, Malcolm McDowell, Mark Duplass, Rob Delaney, and Stephen Root.

I don’t know about you, but I dig everything about this trailer (I could literally watch Nicole Kidman, Charlize Theron, and Margot Robbie glaring at each other in an elevator all day) and I’m actually pretty excited to see how Bombshell turns out when it drops in December.

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