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Summer movie preview: Blockbusters and indies reign supreme



With great weather comes great films in the form of big-budgeted blockbuster franchises and surprise independent films, as things outside and at the box office slowly begin to heat-up. Now that the summer movie season is just around the corner, join us as we preview what’s to come over these next few months.

It Comes At Night (June 9)

A24 looks to continue their barrage of atmospheric and quality films with the release of the highly anticipated horror tale, It Comes At Night. Not much is given away from the teaser trailer that dropped a few months ago, but one thing is certain; we are in for a treat. With recent horror films released such as The Witch and The Blackcoat’s Daughter, A24 has proven to be one of the most dependable production companies as far as quality horror film distribution, and you can expect nothing less from It Comes At Night.

Dunkirk (July 21)

Christoper Nolan is back with his first film since Interstellar, Dunkirk. The upcoming war-drama is based on the astounding true story about a fight for survival as allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire, Canada, and France are hunted by air from the German army during World War II. Nolan has an immense talent for creating gripping, thrilling cinematic masterpieces. Dunkirk is not to be overlooked.

A Ghost Story (July 7)

A Ghost Story is yet another film being released by A24 and it is already generating lots of buzz from both critics and fans alike, who were lucky enough to have caught the film at Sundance back in January. The latest effort from director David Lowery stars Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck, fresh off his Best Actor win for Manchester by the Sea, in search for the answers of life and its enormity. It may be a little too early to call, but A Ghost Story seems to have plenty of awards season potential.

All Eyez On Me (June 16)

All Eyez On Me is the latest biopic focusing on the musical icon, Tupac Shakur. Newcomer Demetrius Shipp Jr. looks to captivate audiences around the world taking on the larger than life role of the California rapper. With the critical and box office success of F. Gary Gray’s Straight Outta Compton still fresh in our minds, All Eyez On Me is definitely a film to be hyped for this summer.

Atomic Blonde (June 28)

What’s cooler than a John Wick sequel? How about a film that takes place set during the Cold War where an undercover agent must track down a list of missing double agents as well as investigate the murder of a fellow agent? Oh, and did we mention this agent is the one and only Charlize Theron? Atomic Blonde looks to be a fun and stylized action film along the lines of the highly successful John Wick franchise.

Baby Driver (June 28)

Baby Driver follows a young getaway driver who partakes in an almost impossible heist after being looped in with a dangerous crime boss. The premise sounds simple, but the trailer reveals something much more special—a perfect blend of action/comedy, plus a star-studded cast that includes the likes of Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Jamie Foxx, Lily James, and so much more.

Spiderman: Homecoming (July 7)

Everyone’s favorite web-slinging superhero is back on the big screen. After making his debut as the new Spider-Man in last year’s Captain America: Civil War, Tom Holland looks to bring a breath of fresh air to the beloved superhero franchise in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Much like its predecessors, Spider-Man: Homecoming features a young Peter Parker who must balance his normal life in high school along with his other identity as Spiderman. Robert Downey Jr. reprises his role and the iconic Iron Man, while Michael Keaton will make his first appearance as The Vulture.

War for the Planet of the Apes (July 14)

Three years have gone by since the release of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and now audiences are graced in what could be the final Planet of the Apes film for a while; War for the Planet of the Apes. Based on what we’ve seen in the trailers, the franchise seems to take a darker approach with this installment. The premise is in the title, humans vs. apes for the world. Who will reign supreme? Man, or everyone’s favorite chimp, Caesar.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (May 4)

Prepare for even more epicness. Obviously. The best intergalactic group of superheroes are back and ready to rock audiences once more! We are, of course, referring to the intergalactic team known as the Guardians of the Galaxy. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 follows Chris Pratt’s Star-Lord and the gang as they search for Peter Quill’s true parentage while facing some trials along the way. However, if you intend to see this film for the great soundtrack and Baby Groot only, it is totally understandable.

Alien: Covenant (May 19)

Connected directly to Ridley Scott’s 1979 sci-fi masterpiece, Alien: Covenant is the second installment in the prequel trilogy that began with Prometheus and follows the Covenant crew as they head to what is believed to be a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy. Unfortunately for them, they uncover a threat beyond their wildest imaginations and must attempt a harrowing escape before it is too late.


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



Jason Mitchell

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



Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

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



John Wick: Chapter 4 release date

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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