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    Back in 2015 Disney announced that they would be developing a big screen adaptation of the classic Disneyland attraction Jungle Cruise with Dwayne Johnson

    The studio is now finally set to move forward with the project because Johnson has finally found room in his crazy busy schedule. That guy is a non-stop working machine! According to THR, the movie will start production in the spring of 2018, which mean they are setting it up for a big release in 2019.

    Jungle Cruise is one of the Disneyland’s original rides and takes passengers on a journey through Africa’s Nile and Congo rivers as well as South America’s Amazon jungle. It's packed full of animatronic animals and the expedition is led by a very cheesy tour guide that cracks the most wonderfully ridiculous jokes along the way.

    There are no details on the story for the film and there's no director attached to the project yet, but I'm sure Disney will fill that position soon. 

    Johnson is set to start production on Rampage next and after that he'll take on the action-thriller SkyscraperJungle Cruise will be the next movie on his schedule. We'll next see Johnson in the new reboot of Jumanji, which looks great! 

    Disney is Moving Forward with Dwayne Johnson's JUNGLE CRUISE MovieDisney is Moving Forward with Dwayne Johnson's JUNGLE CRUISE Movie

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    While I love the new trailer for IT, I still don't understand why we had to see that kid smash his head on the barrier! It's such a hilariously jarring moment in a trailer that's meant to scare you and no matter how many times I see it, I'm going to laugh. In the spirit of that, I found this great mashup that takes said ridiculous moment and mashes it up with Gnarls Barkley for a catchy meme you'll want to play again and again. Check it out below, and if you're feeling frisky I'd love to see this done with Bruno Mars' "Treasure"!

    Gnarls Barkley And IT Trailer Make Beautiful Music TogetherGnarls Barkley And IT Trailer Make Beautiful Music Together

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    Early on in the process of developing Ghost in the Shell, Suicide Squad star Margot Robbie was in the running to play Major. This would've been an interesting choice, but the role ultimately went to Scarlett Johansson, who I thought was awesome in the role. I know the movie is getting a lot of hate but I actually loved the movie! it's a shame that it didn't do better at the box office. It was such a visually stunning film and it also had the solid story to go with it.

    Anyway, some early concept art has surfaced for the film showing us how they visually envisioned Margot Robbie as The Major in her thermoptic suit. The art you see here was created by Jeff Simpson and Nivanh Chanthara. When talking about the art Simpson said:

    "I spent a tiny amount of time doing pre-production work for the new Ghost in the Shell. These were done back in 2013? 2014? When Margot Robbie was gonna be the lead. Only spent a few days on it, but it was fun."

    Chanthara's art came with the following note:

    "At this time, the project wasn't even greenlighted and Margot Robbie was considered for the role. It was an incredible rush and one of the first time I had to produce so much in a very small period of time."

    Check out the collection of art below and let us know what you think. Would you have liked to see Robbie in the role of Major? 

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    Via: CB

    Early Concept Art For GHOST IN THE SHELL Shows Margot Robbie as MajorEarly Concept Art For GHOST IN THE SHELL Shows Margot Robbie as Major

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    Art by Nick Runge

    Art by Nick Runge

    In celebration on of the 20th anniversary of Luc Besson's classic sci-fi film The Fifth Element, there's going to a be a 4K restoration theatrical re-release of the film! I was completely blown away by this film when I first saw it in theaters in 1997. It was such a wild and crazy movie going experience and it's one of those films that I still enjoy watching on a regular basis. So, the fact that I'll get to see it on the big screen again is pretty awesome!

    The re-release is being presented by Fathom Events and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and it will screen in over 400 theaters across the country. It will be screen only two days, which include Sunday, May 14, and Wednesday, May 17, at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm on each day. 

    The screening will also include an exclusive preview of Besson's new sci-fi film Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, which I'm ridiculously excited about. The announcement says:

    As an added bonus, the theatrical presentation will also offer audiences a brand-new, exclusive look at Besson’s upcoming film, “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets,” which opens in theaters nationwide July 21, 2017. This new film stars Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne as special operatives who must protect the astonishing city of Alpha from a marauding menace that threatens not just the city but the future of the universe. Besson both directed and wrote “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets,” as he did the enormously influential “The Fifth Element.”

    You can purchase tickets for The Fifth Element 20th Anniversary screenings at FathomEvents or at participating theater box offices. The Fifth Element will debut on home video in 4K Ultra HD on July 11, 2017.

    From its opening scenes in 1914 Egypt to its towering views of 23rd Century New York City, and its mind-expanding journey to the faraway world of Fhloston Paradise, “The Fifth Element” follows cab driver Korben Dallas (Bruce Willis) as he discovers that the fate of the world is contained within the mysterious Leeloo (Milla Jovovich), who literally drops from the sky and into his life. To save humanity, he must protect her from the evil industrialist Zorg (Gary Oldman), who is embroiled in an intergalactic war between the Mondoshawans and the Mangalores.
    The spectacular odyssey across space and time also stars Ian Holm as the mysterious Vito Cornelius, Chris Tucker as hyperactive radio host Ruby Rhod, and Luke Perry as Billy Masterson. Conceived and written by Besson when he was just 16, “The Fifth Element” became a passion project and took more than 20 years to bring to the screen. “The Fifth Element” was nominated for eight César Awards, France’s top cinematic honor, and received three awards, including Best Director, Best Cinematography and Best Production Design.

    Luc Besson's Sci-fi Film THE FIFTH ELEMENT is Getting a 4K Theatrical Re-ReleaseLuc Besson's Sci-fi Film THE FIFTH ELEMENT is Getting a 4K Theatrical Re-Release

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    Look, do I actually believe The Fast and the Furious head honcho Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) is secretly a Terminator? No. But is this video essay — which attempts to convince everyone that's the case — funny? Yes. Is it well-researched? Surprisingly, yes. Does it enhance your viewing experience of the Fast movies if you do think Dom is a Terminator? Please report back and let me know.

    Video: Is Dominic Toretto a TERMINATOR?Video: Is Dominic Toretto a TERMINATOR?

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    An RPG night goes awry when a Paladin breaks his typical nature of Good Order and goes ballistic on his more on GameTyrant


    Paladin Gets Pissed During DUNGEONS & DRAGONS Session And AttacksPaladin Gets Pissed During DUNGEONS & DRAGONS Session And Attacks

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    Disney has released a new video featuring actor Riz Ahmed talking about his first memories of the Star Wars franchise, his first day shooting Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and similarities between him and his character, the rebel pilot Bodhi Rook. From everything I've read, Ahmed just seems like a really good guy, and I'm glad he's experienced so much success over the past few years.

    Riz Ahmed Talks About His First Day Filming ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORYRiz Ahmed Talks About His First Day Filming ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY

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    This week on Why Am I Laughing, Ben and RJ talk about Rick and Morty, the animated sci-fi sitcom for geeks and comedy nerds alike! So grab your portal gun, avoid the Galactic Federation, and get ready for a multi-dimensional adventure: this is the schwiftiest podcast around. Listen on PodTyrant


    Why Am I Laughing? Ep. 30 — Why is RICK AND MORTY Funny?Why Am I Laughing? Ep. 30 — Why is RICK AND MORTY Funny?

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    Fandango is expanding beyond movie ticket sales. They have launched an online store called Fandango FanShop that will sell lots of movie merch to fans that include toys, prop replicas, t-shirts, hats, and other collectibles. One example of what they will be selling is the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Star Lord figure that you can check out below. Other movies that they will be selling merch for in the near future includes Wonder Woman, Baywatch, and Despicable Me 3. They will also offer access to special events that correspond with certain theatrical releases.

    I'm always buying my movie tickets from Fandango and the fact they are now opening a merch store is pretty cool. In case you're wondering how this shop will be different from other online fan stores, they will be leveraging its ongoing movie fan research:

    Fandango is differentiating FanShop from other merchandise sites and apps by curating select products and experiences that are handpicked by studios, filmmakers and fans.  New merchandise and experiences will be introduced throughout a movie’s life cycle, so there is always something new for fans to discover. In the coming months, FanShop will also feature dedicated hubs for beloved franchises.

    You can find even more details regarding Fandango FanShop in the press release below along with the image of the Star-Lord and Groot statue:

    Fandango, the leading digital network for all things movies, today launches its first-ever online movie merchandise store, Fandango FanShop (, featuring specially-created collections of unique and exclusive wearables, collectibles, and experiences tied to theatrical releases and beloved movie franchises.

    Today’s debut features limited edition and exclusive merchandise for the highly-anticipated summer movies, “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” “Baywatch,” “Wonder Woman” and “Despicable Me 3.”

    “At Fandango, we are always looking for ways to enhance the moviegoing experience,” says Fandango President Paul Yanover. “We’re very excited to launch Fandango FanShop as we help activate excitement for upcoming releases with hand-selected movie merchandise and experiences.”

    FanShop’s launch catalog was influenced by a Fandango survey of more than 1,500 movie fans on the types of merchandise they would want from these upcoming movies. Some of the exciting offerings include:

    “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” (opening May 5):

    • Exclusive-to-FanShop “Get Your Groot On” Fan Box, loaded with special Groot merchandise
    • Exclusive-to-FanShop “Guardians” apparel
    • Funko POP! Vinyl Figures of Groot and Rocket
    • Highly collectible limited edition Kotobukiya ARTFX Statues of Star-Lord
    • Kawaii caps adorned with “Guardians” characters

    “Baywatch” (opening May 26):

    • Men and women’s “Baywatch”-themed tank tops

    “Wonder Woman” (opening June 2)

    • Exclusive-to-FanShop “Wonder Woman” FanSets collectible pins
    • Exclusive-to-FanShop “Wonder Woman” Kinetix fashion tops
    • Funko Rock Candy “Wonder Woman” stylized action figures
    • Highly collectible limited edition Kotobukiya ARTFX Statues of Wonder Woman
    • BioWorld “Wonder Woman” leggings and socks

    “Despicable Me 3” (opening June 30):

    • Exclusive-to-FanShop “Minions” Fun Box
    • Exclusive-to-FanShop apparel
    • Funko Dorbz and POP! Vinyl Figures of “Despicable Me 3” characters
    • WowWee Minion MiP Robot (one of the first available in the marketplace)
    • Minions plush toy sets

    Fandango will promote FanShop across the company’s digital network, and connect consumers directly to the store to peruse and purchase merchandise.  In the near future, Fandango plans for fans to be able to purchase movie tickets and merchandise in the same transaction on Fandango, and buy merchandise with Digital HD movies on FandangoNOW, the company’s video on-demand service.  Fandango also plans to offer movie ticket and merchandise bundles as special promotions and as gifts with purchase. Some of the movie ticket bundles may also include promotional codes for FanShop merchandise.

    Fandango Launches a FanShop Where Fans Can Buy Cool Movie MerchandiseFandango Launches a FanShop Where Fans Can Buy Cool Movie Merchandise

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    Will Smith was originally offered the role of Neo in The Matrix, but he obviously passed on the part. It's one of many great "what if" moments of the past few decades in Hollywood history, but now The Unusual Suspect is here with a fan-made trailer that gives us a pretty good idea what the film could have looked like if Smith were in the lead. Hey, I guess there's always the chance he could take a part in the new movie.

    Via: The Awesomer

    Here's What THE MATRIX Would Have Looked Like If Will Smith Played NeoHere's What THE MATRIX Would Have Looked Like If Will Smith Played Neo

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    Some interesting set photos from Rogue One: The Star Wars Story have surfaced online. They offer us a behind-the-scenes look at actress Ingvild Deila in the role of Princess Leia before they gave her the CGI makeover. As you can see, she's rocking the classic Leia hairdo like a champion.

    The young actress who played Leia in the film recently talked about her experience working on the film that you can check out here. It sounds like this was such a cool experience for her at the time of filming. Stepping in the shoes of someone like Princess Leia is a pretty big deal. 

    ROGUE ONE Set Photos Show Princess Leia Without the CGI MakeoverROGUE ONE Set Photos Show Princess Leia Without the CGI Makeover

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    I can't even imagine what kind of movie Alien would have been had Ridley Scott not directed it. But there was almost someone else who brought the story to life on the big screen. During a recent interview on the podcast Post Mortem run by horror legend Mick Garris (The Stand), Alien producer Walter Hill revealed that before Scott jumped on board, they were looking at hiring director Robert Aldrich to direct the film.

    Aldrich directing Alien definitely would have been interesting. For those of you who don't know, he was the legendary director who worked in Hollywood from the 50 through the 70s and he helmed classics such as The Dirty DozenKiss Me Deadly, and What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?. Hill explained what happened saying:

    “We had sent the script to I don’t know how many directors and they had all turned in down — except Robert Aldrich. Robert Aldrich wanted to do the movie and initially it looked like that was going to happen. Aldrich liked the script, saw the potential, wanted to do it. [But] he was still the president of the Directors Guild at the time. He felt he had been gone so much when he was making the movie he did over in Germany, Twilight’s Last Gleaming, and that he had to make the movie in the U.S. Fox, for various financial reasons, very much wanted to make the film in England… And then Bob had a movie that came out that didn’t too well [possibly 1977's The Choirboys], so suddenly that opportunity vanished.”

    I love a lot of the films that Aldrich had made in his career and I'm curious to see what he would have done with Alien. He was a master at telling psychological thriller type stories. There's no doubt it would have been interesting. But, in the end, I'm happy that the job went to Scott because he created a classic sci-fi horror masterpiece. 

    Via: EW

    Ridley Scott's ALIEN Was Almost Directed by Different Prolific DirectorRidley Scott's ALIEN Was Almost Directed by Different Prolific Director

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    Wisecrack is back with a new episode of Earthling Cinema, and this one focuses on Terry Gilliam's bureaucratic nightmare film Brazil. It analyzes the hidden meaning in the movie, and, among other things, I thought their observation about empathy being a form of subversion was on point. It's been years since I've seen this film, and it's probably about time to give it another shot.

    The Hidden Meaning in Terry Gilliam's BRAZILThe Hidden Meaning in Terry Gilliam's BRAZIL

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    Artist Matt Ryan Tobin is the creator of this totally bodacious poster art for Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey. I loved this movie when it first came out. I actually liked it better than the first film Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure

    The poster includes all of the awesome and heinous elements that Bill and Ted confront through their journey of hell and beyond. I have so many fond memories of watching these Billy & Ted movie and this art is a perfect tribute to Bogus Journey.

    If you want one of these posters for yourself you can order one here. I also include the original trailer for the film for you to watch below,


    Excellent BILL & TED'S BOGUS JOURNEY Poster Art By Matt Ryan Tobin!Excellent BILL & TED'S BOGUS JOURNEY Poster Art By Matt Ryan Tobin!

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    It is time to revisit the Star Wars universe with this week’s retro review of Star Wars: Rogue Squadron!  Originally released on the Nintendo 64 and PC back in December of more on GameTyrant



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    I don't know why Sugar Spice Cakes would carve an intricate replica of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2's Baby Groot out of chocolate, because now they've presented me with the dilemma of whether or not I'd eat it if I came across this thing. What am I, some kind of monster? Look at him! You can't eat Baby Groot! Then again...

    Also, if you're interested in making this little guy yourself, there's a 45-minute how-to video on Vimeo available.

    Via: io9

    Check Out This Ridiculously Detailed Baby Groot Chocolate SculptureCheck Out This Ridiculously Detailed Baby Groot Chocolate Sculpture

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    As you may have heard, there were recent reports revolving around Arnold Schwarzenegger not wanting to do any more Terminator films. Well, turns out that's not true. During a recent interview with Fandango, the actor called the previous reports fake news and says he's "looking forward to doing another Terminator movie." He says:

    “I don’t want to call it, like, fake news, like the president calls it, but I think people just write things -- I have no idea why. Just because Paramount doesn’t want to pick up the Terminator franchise, you have 15 other studios willing to do it -- that doesn’t mean the Terminator franchise is finished, right? It just means they are on their way to negotiate with another studio, but I can’t give you the details of that. They’ll announce that. But, yes, the Terminator franchise is never finished. And remember that after 2018, James Cameron is getting it back, and then it will continue on!"

    That sounds like the good ol' Arnold Schwarzenegger we all know and love! You can read what James Cameron has to say about his plans for the franchise when he gets the rights back here. Before he gets to jump back on board the franchise again, though, producer David Ellison is going to give the project one more push. Apparently, there's a big announcement coming later this year. 

    One thing's for sure. When a new Terminator movie does get made, it sounds like Schwarzenegger will be back.

    Arnold Schwarzenegger isn't Done with the TERMINATOR Franchise YetArnold Schwarzenegger isn't Done with the TERMINATOR Franchise Yet

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    Have you ever heard of the Magnus Effect? You probably haven't, but if you've ever played Basketball or shot a missle, you've seen it in action. You'll learn more about the Magnus Effect in this video and how it helps one man achieve his dream of getting a drone to fly using two KFC buckets. Check it out below. 

    Nerdy Dudes Make A Drone Using Two KFC BucketsNerdy Dudes Make A Drone Using Two KFC Buckets

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    In the comics, Spider-Man and Daredevil have worked alongside each other quite a bit. They share quite a few villains, specifically the Kingpin being one of both heroes bigger villains. They both work heavily on the streets of NYC. So naturally many people have wondered if Spider-Man and Daredevil would ever team up in the future in the MCU. Well, recently co-producer of Spider-Man: Homecoming, Eric Carroll, said he would be interested in having them meet up somehow. He was quoted in an interview with Cinemablend about if we might see Daredevil in Homecoming and he had this to say:

    "Daredevil's not specifically referenced in this movie, no. I think that's something we all think would be really fun, and it's definitely a card I would love to see played, if not sooner rather than later. But as of now, it's not referenced in this movie."

    Now, there have been talks about whether the Netflix series would ever have a crossover with the cinematic part of the Marvel Universe with plenty of people on both sides interested, but as of yet, there have been no official talks. Recently, Vincent D'Nofrio and Charlie Cox have mentioned their interest to meet with Spider-Man in the Marvel Universe. 

    Personally, I would love to see the two characters meet in the MCU. Spider-Man has been one of my favorite heroes as a child and Daredevil has become a recent favorite of mine. They both have such different ideas on the world, with Daredevil taking things so much more serious and Spider-man being so much more lighthearted. Many people say that it could be impossible to crossover the two, but the same thing was said about Spider-man entering the Marvel Universe, so HA. 

    SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING Producer Wants to See a Spider-Man and Daredevil MCU CrossoverSPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING Producer Wants to See a Spider-Man and Daredevil MCU Crossover

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    Yesterday I announced the start of a pre-order sale on Amazon for the Destiny 2 game from Bungie. I found out, thanks to many of the Facebook commenters, that the "Collector's Edition" was sold out on the first day! That's more on GameTyrant


    DESTINY 2 Pre-Order Collector's Edition Sold Out on the First DayDESTINY 2 Pre-Order Collector's Edition Sold Out on the First Day

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