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Zombieland 2 is coming to a cinema near you

After months, maybe even years, of back-and-forth speculation it has finally been confirmed that Zombieland 2 is in development. 

This news was confirmed at CinemaCon where the brand new logo was revealed for the long-awaited Zombieland sequel, as reported by ComicBook.com.

For those that are not aware, simply, Zombieland is based on a world whereby a zombie virus is spreading and survivors need to stick together. In the original film, released back in 2009, the likes of Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Woody Harrelson and Abigail Breslin there was a lot of action, a lot of shooting and even some comedy. 

Zombieland was a critically-acclaimed success story and many fans will be hoping that the same quality will be echoed in the sequel. 

There has been no official announcement as to who will be involved in Zombieland 2 as of yet, but in the meantime, fans have a pretty simple logo to keep them hyped. 

[ComicBook.com]

The Visit Movie Review

Director M Night Shyamalan has had a bad couple of years with films; “The Happening” (2008) to “The Last Air Bender” (2010) to “After Earth” ( 2013) being some examples of his lack luster films. Shyamalan has been on a serious losing streak. Needless to say, expectations weren’t too high for his latest endeavor. But in a strange turn of events, (like most of his films) “The Visit” is surprisingly entertaining and heartfelt. A strong balance of comedy is present, which helps pace viewers through the notoriously slow build up scenes all found footage films seem to have. Shyamalan takes an approach that ultimately pays off in the end.

“The Visit”, which is shot in a found footage manner, is a horror movie captured and directed by two siblings taking a trip to their grandparents home in Pennsylvania for a week. Becca (Olivia DeJonge), age 15, is an aspiring documentarian who wants to film their visit, with the hopes of reuniting her single mother with her estranged grandparents. Without any real knowledge of knowing why her mother severed ties with them in the first place, Becca and her younger brother Tyler (Ed Oxenbould) film their “visit” as a way to open a window for closure. Nevertheless, in typical M. Night Shymalan fashion, by the end of the week it becomes much more than that.

The candid camera approach of horror movie narration is getting old, but Shyamalan surprisingly finds a way to keep it fresh through a strong balance of genuine comedy with decent scares. Both siblings steal the show but the grandparents both bring their own distinct eeriness to the forefront. They do so without being blatantly obvious as to which direction of crazy they’re heading for next. The kids get there on Monday and are supposed to stay until Saturday however as the days progress so do their grandparents’ crazy. Pacing wise, it works that it is only six days. The scenes at night are sure to have viewers clenched in their seats as they anxiously await what comes next. Surprisingly, it is the scenes during the day that really steal the show, in terms of reminding you how insane the grandparents can be. Cinematography was beautiful as far as capturing the believability that this is a found footage film. As Becca would say “the mise en scène” was visually captivating. The only confusion within in the film was the random transitional b-roll shots that didn’t quite fit the mold of the direction the movie was headed. There weren’t many instances of this, but it did go against the found footage style of narration it was going for.

Ultimately, by the end of the film, the more jumpy audience members can breath a slight sigh of relief because it never gets as bad as one would think. However, this isn’t necessarily a good thing, especially in the genre of horror. The biggest complaint about this film is that it almost feels as though the filmmakers played it too safe. The build up to see just what is wrong with these elderly people is well paced, but the film definitely could have done more with it. Not to say it felt short, but though it calls itself a horror movie, it more closely rides the rails of thriller/suspense. That being said, overall the film does not leave a bad taste in your mouth due to the genuine moments of sentiment it leaves you with as you walk out. Like most M Night Shyamalan films, there is a message he tries to get across by the end of it. To avoid spoiling anything, all you need to know is that it won’t piss you off for once; just wait until you hear the super hot lyricism of T. Diamond Stylus. And for that, “The Visit” earns itself a 3.5/5.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens' sound supervisor translates BB-8's dialogue with Rey

Many people across the world are excited by the prospect of learning a new language, whether it's Spanish, German or English… but in the world of Star Wars, languages take up very different forms.

While some hard-core Star Wars fans might have done their research and tried their hand in learning the tongue of a droid, much like Game of Thrones fans and Dothraki, to most people droids just make nonsensical robotic noises. 

Some fans might well have wondered what exactly BB-8 said to Rey in order to convince her to let the droid come along with her, and now we have some answers. 

The sound supervisor for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Matthew Wood, has been discussing the process of composing BB-8's language, explains some specific dialogue and much more during an interview with The Huffington Post. 

He said: "The first time you hear him, it’s sort of off screen, and you hear him yelling because Tito has kidnapped him, and you have the creature sound that Tito is riding on the back of, and BB-8 is making sounds, but then it’s when Rey runs over and starts talking to him.

"Even moments there when she first rescues him, and she’s like, ‘That’s just Tito. He’s a dune bandit, and he’s going to sell you for parts.' And then Ben Schwartz’s dialogue would be like, ‘Oh, yeah? Well, you know, I hate you, Tito.’ And he’s like yelling to him, basically getting mad at him.

"And it’s good for us to know the emotional beats. Like, ‘Well, can I come with you?’ He’s like, ‘Oh, thank you so much for saving me … please take me with you.’ And she’s like, ‘No, I’m not going to,’ and it was just that kind of dialogue to help the plot." 

So, was that what you were expecting?… probably. 

[HuffingtonPost]

Hitman: Agent 47 Movie Review

Hitman: Agent 47 may be the closest Hollywood has come to adapting a game franchise into a coherent Hollywood film. Far from the Mario Bros., the Uwe Boll disasters, and the half-dozen Resident Evil films audiences have been subjected to, Hitman: Agent 47 does a solid “standard action film” impression. Short of actually starring Jason Statham (it unfortunately doesn’t), Hitman still feels more like an overdone Statham vehicle than a video game movie. I’m just not sure Agent 47 benefits from things like being coherent and legitimate, as the end result isn’t all that entertaining.

The film uses the backstory of the Hitman game series as a foundation, with the lab-created Agent program serving as a jumping-off point for a deeper plot. Agent 47 himself looks the part, and he does indeed do some Hitman-y things, but the film falls short of capturing the essence of the Hitman world. Sure, he puts on a disguise here and there, he looks the part, and he has the signature weapons, but these things never serve the larger plot or action in any meaningful way.

Hitman: Agent 47 feels late to the party, as I couldn’t help thinking of last year’s John Wick the entire time. Now that was protagonist that felt like a professional killer! What’s more, the world he inhabited had clear rules (like gold coins for successful jobs) and lore (The Continental Hotel and all its denizens). It felt like the best kind of video game world-building, despite not being based on any game. John Wick provided a blueprint for a game adaptation I wish Hitman had gone for.

Instead we get a film that seems interested in celebrating its source material, but after two-decades of failed video game adaptations it shies away from fully embracing it. We don’t get complex sequences of stealth-action, with Agent 47 utilizing his environment to blend in and kill creatively. Instead we get hard-hitting car chases and shootouts. Rather than the action taking creative twists and turns, the plot does (sort of), with various characters double-crossing and revealing allegiances. Where Hitman sprinkles in some video game bits here and there, it’s really using the storytelling building blocks made famous by films like The Bourne Identity and The Transporter.

What’s more, the film’s own best ideas are underutilized. Zachary Quinto’s character, John Smith, grafts a layer of titanium into his skin, making him virtually bulletproof. It’s a ridiculous idea, but the end result is this Terminator-like threat that could have built some serious suspense and tension. Instead he is consistently bested by Agent 47 at every turn, making him more of a dopey obstacle that won’t go away. This, despite a lingering concept throughout the film that Agent 47 is an obsolete model of killer — a theme that never truly limits his character or amounts to anything.

Hitman: Agent 47 left me in a weird spot, wishing the film had further embraced some of the unique elements of the source material, but knowing that that road is what made previous game adaptations such unmitigated disasters. The strict adherence to video game source material is why we have things like the awful first-person shooter sequence in Doom, after all. Yet I couldn’t help but feel like that extra slice of cheesiness would have helped here.

As it stands, Hitman: Agent 47 is a serviceable experience that ascends beyond the typical video game adaptation. But with the bar set so low, you’re still getting something woefully generic and forgettable. In the attempt to bring some legitimacy to the video game adaptation, Agent 47 strips itself of any identity. The end result leaves me wondering if something more memorable would have came out of another epic disaster of a video game film.

Latest look at Game of Thrones Season 6 shows us a new clip of Jaime & Cersei Lannister

HBO has unveiled an inside-look into the first episode of Game of Thrones, season six, featuring an emotional coming together between both Cersei and Jaime Lannister. 

Cersei – to our understanding – doesn't have a glass of wine in her hand either. So, you know, at least the break from being on-screen has had a positive effect on somebody…

On the other hand, fans can't wait to see what happens in the upcoming season. After all, the books are not available to use as a reference point this time around, and based on the promotional material HBO have released thus far, things could be about to get interesting. 

The show is set to return to screens on HBO on April 24th and will repeat for viewers in the UK the following day on Sky Atlantic. 

[HBO:YouTube]

Kit Harington apologises to Game of Thrones fans

This story contains information regarding Sunday's Game of Thrones episode: 'Home' and may contain spoilers.

After months of Kit Harington telling Game of Thrones fans that their beloved Jon Snow had died and would not be making a return, it turns out he was lying all along. 

This week's episode came to a close with Davos and Melisandre trying to revive Jon Snow, but after it looked like their attempts had failed, they left the room. Little did they know, Snow started to breathe again – despite Harington categorically claiming that his character was not coming back. 

Well, in a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Kit Harington gave his post-episode comments. He said: “Sorry! I’d like to say sorry for lying to everyone. I’m glad that people were upset that he died. I think my biggest fear was that people were not going to care. Or it would just be, ‘Fine, Jon Snow’s dead.’

"But it seems like people had a, similar to the Red Wedding episode, kind of grief about it. Which means something I’m doing – or the show is doing – is right.” 

Whatever way you look at this resurrection, one thing is for certain – Jon Snow definitely knew something this time around. 

[EntertainmentWeekly]

Sigourney Weaver: Blomkamp's Aliens sequel will be "worth the wait"

While Ridley Scott has apparently called dibs on the spotlight for the Alien franchise, Neill Blomkamp's sequel has been "kinda holding/pending" for the last six months or so in favor of promoting Prometheus 2. That's all well and good, but if you ask most Alien fans, they are more interested in an official sequel for the franchise instead of a sequel…to a pre-quel. This stuff just gets confusing sometimes.

That said, Sigourney Weaver herself responded to an inquiry about the film at an event for VMWare.

"Well, I think it is. Ridley asked Neill not to make our Alien 'til after 'Prometheus 2.'  [Ridley] wanted his movie to shoot and be released first. But it’s an amazing script, and Neill and I are really excited about doing it," she said. "We’re doing other things until we can get going on that. I’d be really surprised if we didn't do it, because it’s such a great script, and we love working together. So, it’s just going to take a little bit longer to get out to you, but it’ll be worth the wait."

Blomkamp had been active on his Instagram, teasing fans with concept art and weaponry but has since fallen silent on the updates. There has also been much speculation that Micheal Biehn will reprise his role as Corporal Hicks and that the film will more or less ignore Alien 3 and Resurrection all together.

Source: [Indiewire]

Ratchet and Clank are not doing so hot in the box office

The highly anticipated adaptation of Ratchet and Clank on the big screen has been doing not as well as predicted. The film released this past weekend resulting in a lackluster first weekend coming in at 7th place.

Ratchet & Clank was played over 2,800 theaters and in its first three days accumulated a total of $4.28M revenue. The movie that is still sitting on top of the charts is the recently released live-action Disney remake of the Jungle Book which grossed a total of $43.7M.

 

 

However, the video game counterpart to Ratchet & Clank is doing just amazing. Insomniac and Sony came together to recreate the PlayStation 2 classic, Ratchet & Clank, for the PlayStation 4. It appears as though the remake has hit a home run, offering both the classic experience and new features to entice a new generation of gamers.

 

Have you seen the Ratchet & Clank movie yet?

Spencer Wilding reportedly set to play Darth Vader in Star Wars: Rogue One

It looks like Hayden Christensen will not be reprising his role as Darth Vader in Star Wars: Rogue One, as a report today suggests Spencer Wilding will instead be wearing the character's iconic mask. 

For months the reports and rumours have swayed back-and-forth as to who will be casted as Darth Vader, should he appear in Star Wars: Rogue One, and now FlickeringMyth.com believe they have the answer. 

A report posted on their website states: "It was reported last year that the Sith Lord would feature in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and that Hayden Christensen would be reprising the role for the movie. We teased last month that the rumour was correct, but Christensen would not be playing the part. That’s because our sources are telling us that in fact British actor Spencer Wilding has been cast to play the body of Darth Vader in Rogue One." 

Many websites have reported the potential return of Darth Vader to the franchise, some would even say it is confirmed at this stage, and it would make sense for the storyline for him to do so. 

For those that might not have heard about Star Wars: Rogue One's plot, here's a little synopsis that might help. Basically, the story involves a group of rebels who seek to steal the plans to build the Death Star from the Empire, without the help of Jedi allies. 

Therefore, this upcoming movie – which is heading for a December 16th release later this year – will be positioned between the prequel trilogy and the original trilogy, making reports of a possible Darth Vader cameo pretty plausible.

[FlickeringMyth.com]

The Joker is no joke in the latest Suicide Squad Blitz trailer

There are still those who are skeptical towards DC's Suicide Squad, however the latest trailer should eliminated at least some of that skepticism.

Those who follow the TV show Arrow know what sort of person Amanda Waller is, since Arrow already gave its viewers a taste of what a Suicide Squad film could look like. It is fair to say that the latest Suicide Squad trailer looks promising, it also gives viewers an awaited second glimpse of The Joker who looks like a madman.

Perhaps even critics will like this DC film since it seems to be closer to the average Marvel film instead of the dark and gritty DC universe many of us are used to.

Some fans may be skeptical about having Will Smith as Floyd Lawton after Michael Rowe's portrayal of the world's most deadliest and most accurate sharpshooter in Arrow. Take a look for yourself and decide. 

While waiting for Suicide Squad's August 5 release fans can go watch the animated Batman: Assault on Arkham film to prepare for the overdose of bad guys in a single sitting.