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‘Aquaman’ Photos and Director James Wan’s Vision For The Underwater Hero
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The DCEU is undergoing a rebrand in the wake of Justice League‘s flop. And directors are taking note of distancing themselves from the film with stories that serve the characters rather than lead up to the ensemble event.

While Aquaman may be the only DCEU film to hit theaters later this year, WB is now releasing a batch of new images from the upcoming film. In addition, director James Wan spoke about his vision for the character and why the film will distance itself from Justice League. More on the story below.

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Brett Ratner Says He Will Direct ‘Rush Hour 4’ Though No One Wants To Tell Him He’s Really Not
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Remember Rush Hour 4? Yeah, it was once an unnecessary sequel that was talked about in some circles. However, plans for that fell through in the wake of the multiple sexual misconduct allegations against director Brett Ratner. But even that isn’t stopping the filmmaker from going around and shopping the sequel to others. There are reports saying Ratner is going around town saying he will return to direct Rush Hour 4. Meanwhile, Warner Bros. says there are no plans for that. More on the story below.

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‘Mowgli’ Trailer: Andy Serkis’ Directorial Debut Is Wild
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Andy Serkis is perhaps best known for his amazing motion-capture work in the Lord Of The Rings and rebooted Planet Of The Apes film series than anything else in his entire career. But now the master of creating characters like Gollum and Caesar takes a turn behind the camera for Mowgli. While the Serkis had previously done double-duty as actor and second-unit director for Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, he’s making his feature directorial debut with Mowgli, a darker adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book. The film had which been delayed to work on the technology and presentation, as well as to get some distance from Disney’s recent live-action adaptation.

Now, for the first time, we are getting a look at the trailer for Mowgli, along with a brief insight into the film from Serkis himself. Check out the first trailer as well as the featurette here below.

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Movie Review: Tomb Raider (2018)
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Tomb Raider
Director: Roar Uthaug
Screenwriter: Geneva Robertson-Dworet, Alastair Siddons
Story By: Evan Daugherty, Geneva Robertson-Dworet
Cast: Alicia Vikander, Dominic West, Walton Goggins, Daniel Wu, Kristin Scott Thomas
Distributor: Warner Bros.
Rated PG-13 | 118 Minutes
Release Date: March 16, 2018

The quality of the video game gameplaying experience continues to progress at an impressive rate. More and more games are weaving a cinematic feel that gives the player a more fulfilling and entertaining play. But it’s not the same for films based on video games. Most, if not all, are dead on arrival. The frustrating part of all of it is that these films take away the interactive experience and leaves them with something they could have enjoyed more at home.

Tomb Raider is a lot like that. On certain levels, it is one of the most physically demanding roles for Alicia Vikander, who takes up the title role. On others, it is yet another film adaptation of a video game franchise that repeats the same mistakes of its predecessors by failing to engage its audience with at least a decent story and relies too much on the video game elements to keep things interesting. Check out my full review here below.

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Tomb Raider: Star Alicia Vikander and Director Roar Uthaug On Crafting This Generation’s Croft
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Lara Croft is back in Warner Bros.’ Tomb Raider, the latest incarnation of the video game icon rooted in the recent video game release and played by Alicia Vikander as a burgeoning heroine to reflect the times.

Recently, the new title star of the franchise and the director Roar Uthaug chatted about the film with Los Angeles press and shared the process of bringing to life what makes Croft so iconic while keeping true to what it means to be a heroine in this day and age. See below for more of what they had to say about the new film.

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Here We Go Again, Ben Affleck Considering A Graceful Departure From Playing Batman
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So the ongoing saga of whether or not Ben Affleck will continue to play Batman after Justice League continues. This has been pretty much a thing since Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice failed to live up to expectations. Affleck has gone on record saying he doesn’t want to play as Batman anymore, only to pull a 180 just days – sometimes hours later – and say he is committed to the role for the foreseeable future. The actor has played The Batman three times so far: once in Batman v Superman, another in Suicide Squad, and a third coming up in this week’s Justice League.

But it appears that Affleck has grown tired of the superhero world and is setting his sights on hanging up the cape for good. However, unlike previous attempts to exit the DCEU, the actor is now reportedly looking for a “graceful and cool way to segue out of it.” More on the story below.

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Annapurna Could Distribute James Bond Films In The U.S.
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Now that Daniel Craig‘s final James Bond film is in very early development, there are various distributors vying for the right to release the film here in the States. Sony had been releasing James Bond films here in the U.S. since 2006’s Casino Royale. However, their deal expired after the release of 2015’s Spectre, leaving various studios ranging from Warner Bros. to Universal battling for the rights to distribute the next film under their banner. Now it looks like Annapurna could be the one to do so. More on the story below.

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Gal Gadot Won’t Do ‘Wonder Woman 2’ If Brett Ratner Produces
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The fallout of the sexual harassment allegations continues. As more and more of the Hollywood elite continue to be outed, projects have either hit a standstill or are moving on without the accused. Some people are even being replaced. The fallout is now making its way to production companies. Case in point, Wonder Woman‘s Gal Gadot is reportedly holding out on signing on to return for a sequel unless the production company led by Brett Ratner won’t be involved in the film.

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’12 Strong’ Trailer: Chris Hemsworth’s Post-9/11 War Drama
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Though the current geopolitical climate is very divisive, it’s a bit of a relief that we can find inspiring stories from those who are willing to put their differences aside for the common good. That’s the feeling you get when watching 12 Strong, starring Chris Hemsworth, Michael Shannon, and more. Based on a true story, the film centers on a group of 12 brave soldiers sent on a dangerous mission in Afghanistan in the wake of September 11th. With emotions running high, they must put their trust and faith in new allies and overcome the cultural divide. Check out the trailer here below.

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The Drill Down 497: #MeToo
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[Design by Deva Pardue.]

On this week’s The Drill Down podcast, #MeToo, speaking out on sexual harassment, Tesla sends power to Puerto Rico, protected WiFi is now vulnerable to eavesdropping, the battle for the net, giant robots duke it out!, and much more.

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