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‘Lights Out’: David F. Sandberg to return as director for sequel set by New Line

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Following a successful weekend at the box office, David F. Sandberg’s feature-length directorial debut has been given a sequel by New Line Cinema. Produced on a modest budget of $4.9 million, Lights Out has earned $27 million domestically and $35 million internationally since it opened last week. Though details about the sequel are still scarce, it has been revealed that Sandberg will return to direct the follow-up.

“My wife Lotta and I made this two and a half minute short back home in Sweden for no money at all,” Sandberg told us during an exclusive interview last week. “It was supposed to be a contest submission for an online horror contest. We shot it one evening after Lotta got off work and we didn’t make the top six finalists in the competition. Although, I did win the best director award which was awesome. I figured that was pretty much it. He continued, “But then, a few months later, people just started sharing it online and it started getting like millions of views. All of a sudden, all these people from Hollywood were starting to email and call to talk to me. It was just insane that a two and a half minute short can get that much attention.

When asked if he would like to potentially turn his other various shorts into feature-length films, Sandberg replied, “We would love to do that. Lights Out was actually a short that we didn’t have any sort of feature idea for. It was only supposed to be a short, but we have other shorts like Pictured for instance that we had this feature idea first and then we sort of made the short just as a little proof of concept. Pictured is the one where a picture keeps changing, so we have an idea for that one. Also, I think Cam Closer, which is another short about a phone that sees the future—I think that could be a cool movie too.” Sandberg is currently in talks with New Line Cinema to acquire one of them.

The news of the Lights Out sequel was first reported by Deadline. 

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Amid misconduct allegations, Jason Mitchell’s career has pretty much gone down the toilet

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Jason Mitchell was once considered a rising star in the world of Hollywood after garnering plenty of attention and praise for his portrayal of the late rapper Eazy-E in 2015’s Straight Outta Compton. Unfortunately for Mitchell, though, he seems to have pretty much nuked his own career.

According to Deadline, just about every person, company, or project that was involved with Mitchell at one point or another has suddenly distanced themselves from the actor in recent weeks due to “allegations of inappropriate behavior being leveled against him.”

While Deadline says that the details about those allegations are “sketchy,” THR reports that Tiffany Boone, who played Mitchell’s girlfriend on the Showtime series The Chi, says the actor sexually harassed her on multiple different occasions, making her feel unsafe on set.

In fact, Boone began feeling so unsafe on the set of The Chi that she would often have her fiance, Dear White People actor Marque Richardson, come to set with her on days when she had to shoot scenes with Mitchell. And, get this: Boone was only one of several actresses on The Chi who had made complaints against Mitchell.

Since these allegations came to light, Mitchell has been dropped by not only his talent agent, United Talent Agency, but also his management company and his role from The Chi, as well as a role in the upcoming Netflix comedy film Desperados.

Desperados had not even begun shooting yet at the time that Mitchell was fired, but THR says that Mitchell’s co-stars on the film had already begun expressing their concerns and complaints about working with him. So, yeah, that dude must’ve been pretty damn shitty for that to be the case.

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Leonardo DiCaprio torches a bunch of Nazis in the new ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ trailer

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Stop whatever it is that you’re doing, scroll to the bottom of this post, and watch the new trailer for Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood right fuckin’ now. And then watch it again immediately after. And maybe one more time after that.

There’s so much to unpack here, but let me begin by saying this new Once Upon a Time in Hollywood trailer makes the movie look like an absolute blast and I am beyond jealous of all of the lucky bastards who get to see it two whole months (!) early at Cannes today. I envy every single one of them.

Between seeing Al Pacino in a movie for the first time in god knows how long, Leonardo DiCaprio’s Rick Dalton lighting up a bunch of Nazis with a flamethrower, Margot Robbie playing Sharon Tate, and Brad Pitt just being charming as hell, I am officially 100% in on this movie if I wasn’t already.

Critics are currently getting Once Upon a Time in Hollywood projected into their eyeholes at Cannes as we speak, so we should be getting the first reviews for the film within the next couple of hours, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled for those.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood will hit theaters on July 26. Now go watch that new trailer again.

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Mark your calendars, because ‘John Wick: Chapter 4’ now has a May 21, 2021 release date

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I am pleased to inform you that Lionsgate announced via text message(?) today that John Wick: Chapter 4 has been given an official May 21, 2021 release date, so start clearing your schedules and marking your calendars accordingly, folks.

“You have served. You will be of service. John Wick: Chapter 4 is coming – May 21, 2021,” the text message reads, and it’s damn right. I have served. And I will be of service. I will literally do anything to get another John Wick movie in front of my eyeholes.

The release date is literally all we know about John Wick: Chapter 4 at this point, but it’s safe to assume that the film will likely find Keanu Reeves’ titular hitman up to his usual bad guy-fighting shenanigans, killing dudes with everyday objects like books and riding around on motorcycles and shit. Y’know, all the familiar hitman stuff.

John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, which is arguably the best installment in the series to date, hit theaters last Friday and had no trouble putting an end to Avengers: Endgame‘s weeks-long box office reign, picking up $56 million at the domestic box office and another $36 million overseas, bringing its worldwide total so far to $93 million.

I’m going into hibernation now. See you all in two years and one day.

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