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‘Logan’ officially earns an R-rating from the MPAA for ‘brutal violence,’ and more

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Just a couple of weeks after unleashing the final trailer for Logan, 20th Century Fox has announced that the upcoming next chapter in the Wolverine franchise has been given an R-rating from the Motion Picture Association of America. Even though we’ve known for quite some time this movie’s content would be far from PG-13 acceptable, the confirmation of the rating helps to further our expectations of Logan’s grittiness and overall brutal tone.

According to the studio, Logan was rated R for strong brutal violence, language throughout, and brief nudity. Given the fact that we’re going to see Wolverine plunge his claw’s through some unsuspecting poor bastard’s head in Logan, we shouldn’t be too surprised. The upcoming film will take place after the events of X-Men: Days of Future Past and finds a weary Logan caring for an ailing Professor X in a hide out somewhere on the Mexican border. However, Logan’s attempts to hide from the world and the legacy he left behind are up-ended when a young mutant named Laura Kinney, perhaps best known as X-23, comes along while being pursued by dark forces.

James Mangold directed Logan from a screenplay he co-wrote with Michael Green and Scott Frank. The film stars Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Richard E. Grant, Boyd Holkbrook, Stephen Merchant, and introduces Dafne Keen.

The latest trailer for Logan arrived earlier this month and offered our best look at the R-rated superhero movie, which actually appears to be more of a modern western when taking its setting and central themes into account. When writing the script for the film, it seems as if the scribes took a cue or two from Deadpool writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick by incorporating some very admirable fourth wall-breaking between Logan and Dafne Keen. In one of the scenes, Jackman’s character discovers a small pile of vintage X-Men comic books lying on her bed before promptly explaining to her: “This is the real world. People die.” Logan is making a reference to what happens in the comics which do not accurately depict the X-Men team’s real adventures—obviously, they don’t always survive and go on to continue their superhero careers like the stories say they do.

Get ready for a whole lot of R-rated superhero movie action as Logan is just around the corner from hitting theaters on March 3, 2017. You can check out the latest trailer for the film below.

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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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