Wonder Woman 1984 trailer rides in on lightning: Watch

It’s been two years since we last saw Gal Gadot wearing Diana Prince’s tiara. After the film was pushed back more than half a year to give it summer tentpole status, we’re finally getting a solid look at Wonder Woman 1984 with the first trailer. The sequel to 2017’s Wonder Woman moves the action from World War I to the Cold War. Now, an Amazonian goddess making it 66 years without so much as a wrinkle is one thing, but how in the world did Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) survive an exploding airplane and six decades without a single scratch? And on top of that mystery, Wonder Woman has a pair of dangerous new adversaries to face in archaeologist/Cheetah goddess Barbara Ann Minerva (Kristen Wiig) and the devious business man Maxwell Lord (Pedro Pascal). The trailer also reveals a hyper-vibrant new look for Wonder Woman to go along with her impressive powers — like using her lasso of truth to swing from actual freakin’ lightning. Take a look below. (Read: Top 25 Comic Book Movies of the 2010s) Directed once more by Patty Jenkins from a script she co-wrote with Geoff Johns and David Callaham, Wonder Woman 1984 also stars Connie Nielsen […]

Film Review: In Fabric Perversely Challenges Our Habits, Routines, and Desires

The Pitch.There’s something profoundly gratifying about watching a film take off into some uncharted part of the imagination and wondering, Did that just happen? Did this film really just do that? And when you see it happening over and over again—a director’s purest surreal impulses steering the car, taking you with them, unworried about shock, disturbance, bafflement, anything—you may feel, once the film is over, that your mind has been truly, as the cliché goes, bent. Such is the experience of watching In Fabric, the new film from Peter Strickland, purveyor of such previous oddities as The Duke of Burgundy. Ostensibly about a red dress that has a distinctly unpleasant effect on its wearers, often bringing violence or worse on them, it’s not really about a dress. But the movie isn’t a metaphor, either; it’s more a philosophical character study of the dress’ purchasers, a who-how-why-dunit in which you have the answer to begin with, after which many larger questions start. Is the film perverse? At the least, yes. At the same time, though, it’s intimate, and real, and sad, even when one could claim some of its parts, by themselves, are unbelievable. It’s a Bargain, in More Ways Than One: The film […]

Film Review: Disney+’s Lady and the Tramp Feels Neutered

The Pitch: One Christmas morning in a quaint Midwestern town in 1909, Jim Dear (Thomas Mann) gifts his wife Darling (Kiersey Clemons) with an adorable Cocker spaniel she names Lady (voiced by Tessa Thompson). After a few years as the Dears’ loyal, sophisticated housepet, though, Lady senses that the impending arrival of Darling’s new child will leave her without a home. One terrifying dogsitting stint from nosy cat lover Aunt Sarah (Yvette Nicole Brown) later, and Lady’s out on the street with nowhere to go; luckily for her, she runs into a cocky mutt with no name (voiced by Justin Theroux) and an equally independent perspective on life. Sparks fly, dogs kiss over noodles, you know the rest. Isle of Dogs: As Disney remakes go, Lady and the Tramp is certainly one of the more inoffensive of the bunch. It’s fitting that it’s headed straight for streaming (as part of Disney+’s opening slate), since everything about Charlie Bean’s remake of the 1955 original screams a kind of warm, gentle safeness. It’s a warm blanket disguised as a motion picture, focus-tested and guaranteed to not ruffle feathers (or fur) while making sure children don’t lose the script. It feels made for TV, for lack […]

Joker is the most profitable comic book movie of all time

Put on a happy face, because Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker is the most profitable comic book movie of all time. The villainous origin story had a modest (by studio standards) budget of $62.5 million, and a global gross of $957 million as of Friday evening, according to Forbes. That means it has made more than 15-times its budget, surpassing the record previously held by Jim Carrey’s The Mask ($351 million from a $23 million budget). Currently, the third-most profitable comic book movie is Venom, the fourth is Batman, and the fifth is Deadpool.  Of course, this news somewhat depends on how you define ‘profitable.’ For instance, the highest-grossing comic book movie of all time is Avengers: Endgame. But with a bloated budget of $356 million, and a mere $2.798 billion in box office, Endgame only made 7.9-times as much as it cost. According to the way Forbes defines ‘profitable’ — in terms of return on investment — that makes Endgame only about half as profitable as Joker. The Avengers will no doubt be crying into their billions. (Read: Who’s the Better Joker: Heath Ledger or Joaquin Phoenix?) During its record-breaking run, Joker has had the kind of wild promotional cycle that would make Kanye West proud. From Joaquin Phoenix’s stormy interview, the concerned letter […]

Game of Thrones’ David Benioff and D.B. Weiss scrap plans for Star Wars film

Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are no longer developing a Star Wars film trilogy. In a statement released late Monday, the pair cited their recent overall deal with Netflix as the reason for their exit. “We love Star Wars. When George Lucas built it, he built us too. Getting to talk about Star Wars with him and the current Star Wars team was the thrill of a lifetime, and we will always be indebted to the saga that changed everything. But there are only so many hours in the day, and we felt we could not do justice to both Star Wars and our Netflix projects. So we are regretfully stepping away.” In her own statement, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy remarked, “David Benioff and Dan Weiss are incredible storytellers. We hope to include them in the journey forward when they are able to step away from their busy schedule to focus on Star Wars.” In 2018, prior to the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones going into production, Benioff and Weiss signed a deal with Disney to develop a new series of films. Some fans and critics of GoT subsequently blamed the deal for the […]

Put on a happy face, Joker porn is currently the most popular genre on Pornhub

The worst part about having a Pornhub account is people expect you to behave as if you don’t. This weekend, the new Joker movie didn’t just lead the Box Office, it also topped the search box at Pornhub. The Internet carnality distributor keeps tabs on their users’ search histories, and as first reported by TMZ, the popular site saw a massive uptick in customers who were, well, down to clown. Pornhub counted 741,000 searches for “joker” in the first four days following the release of the movie directed by Rod Drillups Todd Phillips and starring Walking Penis Joaquin Phoenix. The activity came to a head (get your mind out of the gutter) on Sunday, with a peak of 291,628 searches. This is hardly the first time that men and women in skintight spandex have dominated pornography searches. In 2016, Suicide Squad led to Harley Quinn (played by Margot Robbie in the film) becoming the most searched fictional character in Pornhub’s history. It’s a dubious distinction for Robbie, and something she probably won’t want to tell her parents. Sure, there’s something vaguely disquieting about so many porn users being attracted to comic book characters, but then again, lots of them seem […]

Stephen King announces new novellas collection If It Bleeds

Stephen King never stops. It’s been teased for months now, but the Master of Horror has confirmed the release of If It Bleeds. The book collects four different novellas — similar to Different Seasons or Four Past Midnight — and lands on shelves May 5, 2020. Details are sparse, though it’s been confirmed that fan favorite character Holly Gibney of the Mr. Mercedes trilogy and The Outsider will return. Currently, there’s an Amazon listing and a book cover befitting of our current season, all of which you can see below. From #1 New York Times bestselling author, legendary storyteller, and master of short fiction Stephen King comes an extraordinary collection of four new and compelling novellas—Mr. Harrigan’s Phone, The Life of Chuck, Rat, and the title story If It Bleeds—each pulling readers into intriguing and frightening places.” “The novella is a form King has returned to over and over again in the course of his amazing career, and many have been made into iconic films, including “The Body” (Stand By Me) and “Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption” (Shawshank Redemption). Like Four Past Midnight, Different Seasons, and most recently Full Dark, No Stars, If It Bleeds is a uniquely satisfying collection of longer short fiction by an incomparably gifted […]

Eddie Murphy confirms he’s making Beverly Hills Cop 4

Who knew 2019 would be the year of Eddie Murphy? The comedian has been blazing the comeback trail, with plans to host SNL, embark on a comedy tour, and even star in Coming to America 2. Now, the actor has shared he’ll also be making the long gestating Beverly Hills Cop 4. Making the Cop’s fourth installment has been on-and-off the table for some time. In 2013, CBS whipped up a pilot for a sequel series centered around the son of Murphy’s cop character, Axel Foley. That never made it to air, and Paramount decided to move ahead with a proper cinematic follow-up. Initially set to release in 2016, production hit multiple delays and eventually fell apart after Murphy expressed frustrations with the script. Now however, it seems like it’s officially back on. In a new interview with Collider, Murphy discussed his comeback plans, including bringing back Foley. The comedian stated, “Yeah that’s what we’re doing after Coming to America 2. We’re doing Beverly Hills Cop and then the plan is to get back on stage and do standup.” He continued, “These movies and Saturday Night Live it’s kind of like… I’m looking at it as a bookend. If I […]

Session 9 director Brad Anderson shares first trailer for new Netflix film Fractured: Watch

Session 9 director Brad Anderson has a new film. It’s called Fractured, and Netflix just dropped the first trailer today ahead of its October 11th release. According to a press release, the film is about a family vacation gone wrong. After getting into a car accident, the protagonist and his family are rushed to the ER, but once there, he learns he can’t trust anyone after his wife and child go missing. Sam Worthington, Lily Rabe, Lucy Capri, Stephen Tobolowsky, and Adjoa Andoh star in the thriller. (Read: The 100 Scariest Movies of All Time) Here’s the full synopsis, which ups the stakes considerably: Driving home after a tense holiday weekend with his in-laws, Ray Monroe, a well-meaning but overwhelmed family man, pulls into a rest area with his wife Joanne and daughter Peri. The trip takes a turn for the worse when Peri is hurt in an accident and the family rushes to a nearby emergency room run by a staff with dubious intentions. After being sent away for further testing Peri and Joanne vanish and all records of their visit disappear. Ray’s concern turns into a desperate race to find his family and discover the truth of what […]

Paramount is working on a new Face/Off reboot

A reboot of the 1997 action thriller Face/Off is in the works at Paramount. Fans can thank Oren Uziel, the screenwriter behind 22 Jump Street, as he’s who is penning the reboot. In the original version of Face/Off, an FBI agent (John Travolta) is chasing down a terrorist (Nicolas Cage) when the plane he escapes on crashes, injuring him badly. Naturally, the agent goes through surgery to swap faces (!) with the terrorist and attempts to go under cover for his mission. Things get even more chaotic from there. (Read: Enter the Cage: Con Air and Face/Off at 20) There’s no word yet on casting or even plot direction for the reboot. At the very least, we can only hope the film’s original stars play a role. Uziel is joined on the Face/Off reboot by producer Neal Moritz and executive producer David Permut, according to The Hollywood Reporter. In addition to writing 22 Jump Street, Uziel also contributed to The Cloverfield Paradox, the upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog, and is working on the follow-up to Detective Pikachu, too. In the meantime, revisit the trailer for the original Face/Off below. [embedded content] Consequence of Sound RSS Feed