Final trailer and poster for STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER tease epic conclusion, film due December 20, 2019!

Disney and Lucasfilm have released a new trailer for STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER, the third and final chapter of the trilogy started in 2015 with J.J. Abrams‘ THE FORCE AWAKENS and continued with Rian Johnson‘s THE LAST JEDI in 2017. Abrams returns to direct from a script he co-wrote with Oscar-winner Chris Terrio (ARGO).

The breakout stars of the new trilogy will all reprise their roles, as Daisy Ridley‘s Rey, John Boyega‘s Finn, Kelly Marie Tran‘s Rose, and Oscar Isaac‘s Poe Dameron team up to take down—or possibly redeem?—Adam Driver‘s Kylo Ren. As far as the OG Star Wars crew goes, the late, great Carrie Fisher is confirmed to appear through unused LAST JEDI and FORCE AWAKENS footage, Mark Hammill will play a Force Ghost version of Luke Skywalker, Billy Dee Williams will portray Lando Calrissian in live-action for the first time since 1983, and, as shockingly revealed in the first trailer, Ian McDiarmid is back onboard as Emperor Palpatine.

“Taking one last look, sir…at my friends.” Wow, okay, I expected a lot from the final trailer in the entire Skywalker saga but I did not expect C-3PO to tear my emotions asunder. You never quite expect how hard a STAR WARS trailer is going to hit you until that theme stars up, “Lucasfilm” dissolves in, and you’re blasted with a squadron at your back to a galaxy far, far away. It’s been a long, fantastic ride through this latest trilogy, but man, this thing feels massive on every level. Emotionally, yeah, of course, but also just…huge. Emperor Palpatine is out here with a dark magic throne on a dead planet. There are lightsaber fights on sinking ships but also brief shots of Rey and Kylo Ren undeniably working together to smash…something! Star Destroyers rising from the ocean. Finn riding space horses on Star Destroyers. All leading up to the double-whammy of Luke and Leia Skywalker trading off the line, “The Force will be with you…always.” Oof. Oof. Inject this massive, moving STAR WARS directly into my veins.

Check out the poster below. THE RISE OF SKYWALKER—which also stars Domhnall Gleeson, Keri Russell, Lupita Nyong’o, and Richard E. Grant—hits theaters on December 20.

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Trailer for Vin Diesel’s BLOODSHOT movie is certainly an action movie, film due February 21, 2020

If you want to get a feel for all three acts of Sony’s latest superhero flick, by all means watch the first official trailer for BLOODSHOT. But if you’re actually interested in, you know, experiencing the movie as it was meant to be instead of seeing all the major beats laid out in miniature, you might want to skip it; it’s spoilery. The feature film adaptation of the Eisner and Harvey Award-nominated comic book series stars international superstar Vin Diesel (FAST AND FURIOUS franchise) with Guy Pearce (THE HURT LOCKER), Eiza Gonzalez (BABY DRIVER), Sam Heughan (‘Outlander’), Lamorne Morris (‘New Girl’), Toby Kebbell (KONG: SKULL ISLAND), and Talulah Riley (‘Westworld’).

Who’s Bloodshot, you ask? What’s Bloodshot, exactly? Brought back from the dead by Rising Spirit Technologies through the use of nanotechnology and suffering total memory loss, Ray Garrison – aka Bloodshot (Diesel) – struggles to reconnect with who he was while learning what sort of weapon he has become with the help of a group of other augmented combatants. It’s basically MEMENTO (hi, Guy Pierce!) featuring a tech-based Wolverine.

Originally created in 1992 by Bob Layton, Kevin VanHook, and Don Perlin for Valiant Comics, Bloodshot has sold more than 8 million comic books worldwide and remains one of the most popular and enduring comics creations of the past 25 years. Returned to the fore in 2012 as one of the flagship titles of Valiant’s best-selling relaunch, the character’s modern incarnation both inspired Sony’s feature film adaptation and spawned dozens of awards and nominations, including the prestigious Eisner and Harvey Awards.

An elevated sci-fi/action film based on the blockbuster series of comic books, BLOODSHOT was written by Academy Award-nominee Eric Heisserer (ARRIVAL) and Jeff Wadlow (KICK ASS 2) and directed by Dave Wilson (‘Love Death + Robots’). The film reunites Diesel with his FAST AND FURIOUS producer Neal Moritz, who is producing alongside Toby Jaffe for Original Film, and Dinesh Shamdasani for Hivemind. BLOODSHOT will arrive in theaters worldwide on February 21st, 2020.

Box Office: MALEFICENT takes the crown from JOKER with solid $36M!

It’s official: Disney is once again king of the box office in 2019 as MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL defeats recent champ JOKER and fellow newcomer ZOMBIELAND: DOUBLE TAP with an opening weekend total of $36 million. The sequel stars Angelina Jolie as the titular SLEEPING BEAUTY villain with Elle Fanning and Michelle Pfeiffer turning up in supporting roles.

Touting an A CinemaScore and going strong in 3,790 theaters nationwide, the sequel to 2014’s MALEFICENT conquered the box office with style. Even though MISTRESS OF EVIL failed to meet early projections of approximately $45 million, its $36 million domestic box office total is commendable. Sure, $36 million is a pretty shaky number, especially for a Disney flick and especially when you consider the budget for this movie was reportedly somewhere in the $185 million range. However, when it comes to gauging the health of the box office (which continues to cause us to sweat and fret and worry on the regular), this number — along with some other key numbers that I’ll mention in a moment — indicates MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL‘s opening weekend reaped some positive results amidst the low opening weekend total.

Coming in at number two this weekend is JOKER, the previous box office kingpin now in its third weekend in theaters. The flick reeled in $29.2 million this weekend, bringing its domestic total up to $247.2 million. JOKER didn’t seem to be thrown off course too much despite losing 284 locations and dipping 47.7% in its earnings. The Todd Phillips-directed flick is still bringing in $7,141 per theater. Even as the initial glow of box office glory fades, it looks like JOKER will hold strong in the coming weeks if this is where we’re at in week three.

Meanwhile, ZOMBIELAND: DOUBLE TAP — the other newcomer this weekend and a sequel to 2009’s ZOMBIELAND — fared okay. Earning the number three spot in the chart, the mid-budget comedy made back approximately half of its $48 million budget with $26.7 million earned domestically. Unlike the movie’s zombies that are ravenous for human prey, audiences seemed to have about the same amount of appetites for the sequel, giving it just a little more money than ZOMBIELAND, which nabbed $24.7 million domestically in its 2009 opening weekend. If these numbers hold or follow closely to its predecessor’s earnings, we could see ZOMBIELAND 2 leave theaters with domestic total somewhere in the $75 million range.

From here, the weekend box office chart takes some interesting turns. THE ADDAMS FAMILY, a new animated adaptation of the beloved spooky comic strip family, raked in $16 million over the weekend. The flick, which MGM has already greenlit for a sequel due in 2021, now has a total of $57 million and holds the number four chart spot. At number five is GEMINI MAN, which continues to thud and chug along with $8.5 million earned domestically and barely adding to its U.S. total of $36.5 million. International audiences have seemingly warmed to the Will Smith-led action flick shot in a high frame rate of 120 fps and helmed by Ang Lee more than U.S. audiences.

1. Maleficent: Mistress of Evil $36M

2. Joker $29.2M

3. Zombieland: Double Tap $26.72M

4. The Addams Family $16.05M

5. Gemini Man $8.5M

6. Abominable $3.5M

7. Downton Abbey $3.08M

8. Judy $2.05M

9. Hustlers $2.05M

10. IT: Chapter Two $1.5M

Final trailer for STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER arrives Monday, as do ticket sales!

STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER, the final film in the Skywalker saga which began in 1977 with STAR WARS EPISODE IV: A NEW HOPE, is coming to an end this December. This final saga chapter sees J.J. Abrams back in the director’s chair with Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, and Oscar Isaac among the returning cast members.

According to an early Saturday morning tweet from Walt Disney Studios, a final trailer for RISE OF SKYWALKER will air during Monday Night Football on ESPN on October 21. The tweet was accompanied by a very brief teaser clip from the final trailer in which Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo) and Rey (Ridley) are seen smiling at one another as they prepare to pilot the Millennium Falcon while Poe (Isaac) and Finn (Boyega) take a seat behind them in the cockpit.

As if news of a final trailer wasn’t exciting enough, we’ve also learned from a Walt Disney Studios press release that you’ll be able to buy your RISE OF SKYWALKER tickets on Monday, October 21, too. You’ll be able to get those tickets after the trailer airs on ESPN; make sure to have a tab open and ready on your computer or phone to purchase them ASAP. RISE OF SKYWALKER is going to be the movie event of the holiday season and these tickets are gonna go like the hottest of hotcakes.

STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER hits theaters on December 20.

Michael Giacchino joins frequent collaborator Matt Reeves’ THE BATMAN!

A day after Matt Reeves‘ THE BATMAN announced Paul Dano, the most Riddler-looking human alive, would play The Riddler, the latest Dark Knight tale added yet another big name to the crew. During a concert at Royal Albert Hall in London, England, Oscar-winner Michael Giacchino accepted Reeves’ offer to join the film as composer.

Warner Bros. hasn’t officially announced the news, but the update comes courtesy of Cinema Savvy, who had eyes in the crowd.

Giacchino won his Oscar for the 2010 Pixar flick UP after earning his first nod in 2008 for RATATOUILLE. Over in live-action land, the composer is best known for scoring big, brassy genre films, including DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES and WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES with Reeves. Giacchino’s big-name resume also includes the likes of JURASSIC WORLD, DOCTOR STRANGE, both MCU SPIDER-MAN films, and the objectively great garbage fire JUPITER ASCENDING. Besides, apparently, THE BATMAN, he’s got Taika Waititi‘s JOJO RABBIT and DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS coming down the pipeline. Busy, busy man.

THE BATMAN, which hits theaters on June 25, 2021, will see Robert Pattinson suiting up in the cape and cowl alongside Jeffrey Wright‘s Commissioner Gordon to do battle with Dano’s Riddler, Zoe Kravitz‘s Catwoman, and a yet-to-be-cast actor as The Penguin.

VENOM 2 adds Naomie Harris as the villainess Shriek, film due October 2, 2020!

Things are moving right along on VENOM 2, and just days after we learned the movie would be adding a second villain, word arrives that none other than Naomie Harris may fill that role. Variety reports that the Oscar-nominated MOONLIGHT and SKYFALL actress is in talks to play the villain Shriek in the Sony Pictures sequel. Tom Hardy reprises his lead role of Eddie Brock/Venom, and while Woody Harrelson will be fulfilling the promise from the poorly wigged cameo at the end of the movie by playing Carnage in VENOM 2, the baddie gets some company in the form of Shriek.

Described as a “dangerous and criminally insane villainess,” Shriek is a mutant with the ability to manipulate sound. In the comics, she’s the love interest of Cletus Kasady aka Carnage, the serial killer character being played by Harrelson who comes into contact with a symbiote and turns into a formidable foe. No doubt Carnage and Shriek will team up at some point, taking on Hardy’s Venom—an anti-hero with a taste for human heads. Michelle Williams is also due to reprise her role as Eddie’s love interest Anne Weying, who in the first Venom wore the symbiote suit herself at one point.

Andy Serkis takes over the director’s chair from Ruben Fleischer, who moved right into making ZOMBIELAND: DOUBLE TAP after the first VENOM was complete and recently noted he was “bummed” by the critical reception to the box office smash. Serkis has only directed two features thus far, the period drama BREATHE and the VFX-heavy MOWGLI, but he’s assembling an impressive creative team here that includes Oscar-winning ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD cinematographer Robert Richardson.

Harris is a tremendously actress who, frankly, is long overdue a bigger chance to shine. She first broke out in 2002’s 28 DAYS LATER and she returns as Eve Monepenny in the next Bond film NO TIME TO DIE. She already has a working relationship with Serkis, having played the motion-capture character of Nisha in MOWGLI.

VENOM 2 is set for release on October 2, 2020.

Paul Dano cast as The Riddler in Matt Reeves’ THE BATMAN, due June 25, 2021!

Paul Dano has been cast as The Riddler in THE BATMAN. Matt Reeves is directing the superhero movie, which will star Robert Pattinson as the Caped Crusader, Zoe Kravitz as Catwoman and Jeffrey Wright as Commissioner Gordon. Reeves also co-wrote the screenplay with Mattson Tomlin, and is producing alongside Dylan Clark. The Riddler was originally played by Frank Gorshin and John Astin in the Batman TV series back in the 1960s, while Jim Carrey played him in 1995’s BATMAN FOREVER. The Riddler loves to challenge Batman’s mind, leaving clues and riddles behind to taunt the world’s greatest detective.

Jonah Hill had been in talks for the role in THE BATMAN, but Dano was always high on Reeves’ list in the event that Hill failed to come to terms with Warner Bros. Sure enough, after months of negotiations, that’s exactly what happened, and we should all be grateful that Reeves had such a talented actor lined up. Dano may not have a pair of Oscar nominations like Hill does, but he has been nominated for an Emmy and a Golden Globe for his very different turns playing real people in ESCAPE AT DANNEMORA and LOVE AND MERCY, respectively. Regardless of awards attention, Dano is without a doubt one of the best actors of his generation, and I can’t wait to see his take on this iconic villain.

Like Hill, Dano also recently transitioned behind the camera, having co-wrote, produced and directed the acclaimed drama WILDLIFE starring Carey Mulligan and Jake Gyllenhaal. Dano’s other feature credits include THERE WILL BE BLOOD, PRISONERS, 12 YEARS A SLAVE, and OKJA.

Warner Bros. will unleash THE BATMAN on June 25, 2021.