Top Gun 2 Is Happening!

News broke over the weekend that Top Gun 2 is officially happening and to top it off, Tom Cruise may be reprising his role as Maverick!

On Saturday, Skydance CEO David Ellison said “Justin Marks is writing the screenplay right now…He has a phenomenal take to really update that world for what fighter pilots in the Navy has turned into today.”

He continued: “It is very much a world we live in today where it’s drone technology and fifth generation fighters. It’s really exploring the end of an era of dogfighting and fighter pilots and what that culture is today.”

Ellison chose to break the news during a Terminator Genisys press junket in Berlin.  At the junket, he even hinted at Cruise’s huge return. “There is an amazing role for Maverick in the movie, and there is no Top Gun without Maverick,” he said. “And it is going to be Maverick playing Maverick.”

Cruise, now 51, starred in the Tony Scott-directed film about a Navy fighter in 1986. The movie is responsible for launching the actor’s career and also starred Val Kilmer (Iceman), Kelly McGillis (Charlie), Anthony Edwards (Goose), and Tom Skerritt (Viper).

Source: US Weekly

Independence Day 2: Resurgence

20th Century Fox announced today that the official title of Independence Day 2 is Independence Day Resurgence. This announcement came from a live Q&A with the cast and filmmakers including executive producer and director Roland Emmerich and a plethora of actors including Jeff Goldblum, Liam Hemsworth, Brent Spiner, Judd Hirsch, Sela Ward and Vivica Fox.

Independence Day Resurgence synopsis:

Using recovered alien technology, the nations of Earth have collaborated on an immense defense program to protect the planet. But nothing can prepare us for the aliens’ advanced and unprecedented force. Only the ingenuity of a few brave men and women can bring our world back from the brink of extinction.

The Q&A also revealed some awesome new technology that will be used in the film including this cool device called a “Moon Tug”:

The cast also shared some small details about their characters, including Jeff Goldblum and Brent Spiner. David Levinson (Jeff Goldblum) is now the director of the Earth Space Defense Program. Dr. Brakish Okun (Brent Spiner), who died in the first Independence Day, is back for the sequel. Spiner did not expound on the details of his resurrection. While Liam Hemsworth, Sela Ward and Maika Monroe are playing new characters, Vivica Fox, Judd Hirsch and Bill Pullman will all be reprising their roles from the original film.

Independence Day Resurgence hits theaters on June 24 2016.

Ron Perlman Wants Hellboy 3 To Happen, And You Should Too

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There’s few things as adorable and awesome as an actor who is dedicated to the fandom they’ve headlined. Case in point is the big man himself, Ron Perlman. Fresh off of being fantastic in Sons of Anarchy, Perlman took to social media earlier this month to drum up support to get the third installment of the Hellboy franchise made.

Hellboy began life as a revolutionary comic by artist/writer Mike Mignola back in 1993. The story of the baby demon raised as a paranormal hunter has since become one of the most well-known properties published by Dark Horse Comics and spawned multiple other comic lines, like B.P.R.D and Lobster Johnson. Perlman donned the Red Right Hand of the devil in the big trench coat twice, once for Hellboy in 2004 and for Hellboy II: The Golden Army in 2008. After the second film underperformed at the box office, the franchise’s producers Universal seemed to scrap the idea of another Hellboy film, even though the second film set them up perfectly for a trilogy. Director Guillermo Del Toro went on

Still, Perlman hasn’t been deterred. Recently, while doing a Reddit AMA to promote his upcoming book Easy Street (The Hard Way): A Memoir, Perlman was asked about the status of Hellboy 3 and expressed his enthusiasm in a big way. “It’s definitely a part of the conversation that I have with Guillermo every time I see him,” wrote Perlman. “I, for one, would love to see how the Trilogy resolves itself. And I will fight for Hellboy 3 as long as my cold dead hands are not cold and dead.”

That’s some passionate words from an actor who’s been at the heart of countless fandoms since the 1980’s. What’s the most exciting about this push by Perlman, and the reason fans really ought to take notice, is that it signals an actor taking personal interest and responsibility for rallying the fanbase to a cause. While many beloved actors have used their celebrity to energize their fanbase to support worthy causes (for example: Misha Collins and Jared Padalecki from Supernatural, or Stephen Amell from Arrow), Perlman’s outreach to Hellboy fans points to a trend of creative professionals leading fans on the charge to complete projects outside of the studio system.

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Perlman’s enthusiasm has certainly garnered attention. Stan Lee’s website and Facebook page voiced support, promoting the charge to get the Hellboy film funded. With the success of crowdfunding fan favorites like the Veronica Mars film, it’s been suggested that Perlman and Del Toro turn to something like Kickstarter or IndieGoGo to raise the funds they need. Meanwhile, fans have been encouraged to support Del Toro’s other projects, so he might have the money and the studio support when the time comes to bring up the Hellboy franchise once more. The director has had trouble in the past raising capital for passion projects, such as his take on H.P. Lovecraft’s In The Mountains of Madness, which has been in production hell for years.

Hellboy 3 certainly hasn’t been announced yet. But have faith: an IMDB entry for the film appeared back in January of this year. With Del Toro’s upcoming gothic horror Crimson Peak with Tom Hiddleston looking to hit huge in October 2015 and Pacific Rim 2 already scheduled for 2017, fans can come together to show the director some love. Maybe that, plus Perlman’s enthusiasm, will be just what we need to see Red back on screen once more.

Jurassic World shatters Marvel’s box office record

It’s well known that The Avengers holds the biggest domestic opening weekend in history with $207.4 million. They have held this record since 2012 and no one has ever come close, until now. Jurassic World dominated the box office this weekend, shattering both global and domestic records. Entertainment Weekly reported that as of Monday June 15th, Jurassic World has grossed $208.8 million! That beats out The Avengers previously held record by just $1.4 million!

Everyone expected the film to do well, but I don’t think anyone expected it to do this well. Marvel films are notorious for setting unbreakable box office records. Three Marvel films held the top domestic opening weekend record: The Avengers, Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Iron Man 3. Now the Jurassic Park franchise can say that they beat the unbeatable and that they now hold the record for biggest opening weekend in history!

So, how did they do it? I think they had a few strengths in their favor: It’s the forth installment in a billion dollar franchise. It’s about a genetically modified super dinosaur called the ‘Indominus Rex’. It takes place not on Isla Sorna, like Jurassic 2 and 3, but on Isla Nublar, the original island from Jurassic Park. It takes place on the same site as the original park, now renamed Jurassic World, and it features Guardians of the Galaxy‘s Star Lord himself, Chris Pratt. If all these things combined with a global marketing campaign, a June release date, and the backing of Steven Speilberg himself, it’s quite clear why this film did so well. Marvel’s president Kevin Feige even tweeted out a poster in congratulations to the cast and producers.

At least Marvel studios has a sense of humor after losing it’s top spot 😉 

Have you seen Jurassic World? Does it deserve the hype? Let us know in the comments below!

Batman v Superman Synopsis and First Look at New Batmobile

Warner Brothers has finally released the official synopsis for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice:

Fearing the actions of a god-like super hero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis’s most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs.  And with Batman and Superman at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it’s ever known before.   

Fans of the DC franchise were treated to a teaser earlier in April which showcased Ben Affleck (Batman) confronting Henry Cavill (Superman) in the gritty, pulp noir version of Snyder’s Justice League universe. The teaser showcased fantastic voice overs from Jesse Eisenberg (Lex Luthor), Jeremy Irons (Alfred Pennyworth) and Holly Hunter, each of whom clearly echo the tone of the Batman v Superman synopsis and the teaser.

First In-Depth Look at Affleck’s Batmobile

Attendees at the Licensing Expo today were treated to the first real look at Ben Affleck’s new Batmobile in Las Vegas. This iteration of the Batmobile weighs in at 7,000 lbs. and features an active anti-ballistic protection system and a stealth-capable, fully armored exterior. Steve Weintraub, Collider’s Editor-in-Chief took a fantastic video at the Expo of the Batmobile revving up it’s engine:

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Collider also captured 36 high resolution photos of the exterior, interior, weapons, tires, and more.

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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hits theaters March 25, 2016.

The Martian Official Trailer

This just made my Monday so much better – Fox has released the first real trailer of Ridley Scott‘s The Martian.

Based on the best selling novel by Andy Weir, The Martian stars Matt Damon as an astronaut who is stranded on Mars after he is presumed dead by his crew after a huge dust storm.  As he struggles to survive, he must find a way to signal to Earth to let him know he is alive. NASA and a team of scientists work on a plan to rescue “the martian”.

The star studded cast also includes Jessica ChastainKate MaraMichael PeñaSebastian Stan, and Aksel Hennie as the crew. Sean Bean,Mackenzie DavisDonald GloverKristen WiigChiwetel EjioforJeff Daniels play some of those helping the effort from Earth.