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- The first "Deadpool" had a great joke at David Beckham's expense.
- Now, in a new ad, Deadpool tries to apologize to Beckham for the joke.
- Deadpool finally wins back Beckham by offering him tickets to the World Cup.
- The live-action "Star Wars" TV series that will be shown on Disney's upcoming streaming service will take place seven years after "Return of the Jedi," according to the show's executive producer Jon Favreau.
- He also added that the show will feature new characters, many of them brought to life with the CGI used in his movie "The Jungle Book."
- MoviePass owner Helios and Matheson Analytics was trading at around 60 cents on Friday midday.
- That's an incredible 98% drop from its 52-week high of $38.86.
- Many observers question the firm's long-term viability, including its independent auditor, which said in April it had "substantial doubt" about Helios and Matheson's ability to stay in business over the next year.
- 05/11/18--13:35: 9 summer movies you shouldn't waste your money on — sorry
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- "Avengers: Infinity War" wins the box office for a third straight weekend.
- The movie is the second fastest ever to cross the half-billion mark at the domestic box office.
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- MoviePass owner Helios & Matheson Analytics' CEO, Ted Farnsworth, said he's "not worried at all" about the company's cash situation.
- He said the company had roughly $300 million available from an equity line of credit.
- However, the company's stock was trading at $0.68 at market close Monday, following a recent drop on concerns about its average monthly cash deficit and available cash.
- Farnsworth also teased an acquisition by the company to be announced in the coming days at the Cannes Film Festival.
- Ryan Reynolds returns as Deadpool in a sequel to his highest-grossing R-rated movie of all time.
- It lives up to the hype.
- Aside from Reynolds, Josh Brolin and Zazie Beetz are additional scene stealers.
- Several surprise cameos will have fans cheering.
- The movie's final end-credits scene is one of the best you'll see in any superhero movie.
- Some may feel the movie is bogged down by a lot of world-building for future "X-Men" franchises.
- "Deadpool 2" is in theaters May 18.
- "Deadpool 2" is a worthy follow-up to the hit original movie.
- There are even more crude jokes in this one, and thanks to the director of "John Wick" taking over, the fight scenes are even more insane.
- The first trailer for the Queen biopic "Bohemian Rhapsody," starring Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury, premiered on Tuesday.
- The film will trace the trajectory of Mercury's career with Queen, from the 1970s to the band's seminal Live Aid performance in 1985.
- It is set for release on November 2.
- "Solo: A Star Wars Story" has some great moments, but as a whole is a flawed movie.
- The third act of the movie has major problems and feels uninspired.
- However, Alden Ehrenreich gives a worthy Solo performance, Donald Glover's Lando is fantastic, and the movie beautifully shot.
- "Deadpool 2" director David Leitch gives an update on the status of "Hobbs and Shaw," the first spin-off movie from the "Fast and the Furious" franchise.
- Leitch also explains why working with Ryan Reynolds has prepared him to work with the social-media savvy Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.
- Donald Glover's Lando Calrissian is getting a "Star Wars" spin-off film, Lucasfilm studio chief Kathleen Kennedy said on Wednesday.
- Kennedy told the French publication Premiere that Lando will be the "next" character from the upcoming "Solo: A Star Wars Story" to get a spin-off.
- "Solo: A Star Wars Story" debuted at the Cannes Film Festival on Tuesday night.
- "Westworld" star Thandie Newton is the first black woman cast in a major "Star Wars" role.
- She plays Val in "Solo: A Star Wars Story" (arriving in theaters on May 25).
- To celebrate this legacy, Newton wore a custom gown patterned with her own action figure collection of all the black characters in the "Star Wars" universe.
- The Couture Vivienne Westwood design was Newton's look for the Cannes red carpet.
- See detailed photos of the design below.
- The canceling by Fox of "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" put the internet into meltdown mode.
- The show was eventually picked up by NBC for its sixth season.
- Series regular Terry Crews recalls the shock of getting the news that the show was canceled and how he learned NBC picked it up.
- When YouTube's new music service launches on May 22, it'll be the second music streaming service offered by Google and YouTube's parent company, Alphabet.
- As such, if you already pay for a Google Play Music subscription, you'll automatically get a YouTube Music Premium subscription included.
- There's one unfortunate downside: You lose access to YouTube Red, the ad-free version of YouTube.
- YouTube Red is now called "YouTube Premium," and costs $2 more per month.
There are plenty of movies out there, and not all of them of them are great.
Some movies are undisputed classics. But there are also a lot of movies with bad endings that almost ruin the whole thing and Oscar winners that just don't deserve their awards.
A lot of them have aged poorly, are really boring, or are just plain goofy. Your time is better spent on something else.
Here are 27 classic movies you can skip.
While "Raiders of the Lost Ark" is an undisputed classic, "Temple of Doom" isn't.
Steven Spielberg's second Indiana Jones movie, 1984's "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom," is considered the scariest entry in the series. It's also by far the worst.
"Shakespeare in Love" doesn't deserve its Oscars.
The only reason 1998's "Shakespeare in Love" has a best picture Oscar is because it was engineered to win them. The premise is cute — Shakespeare had an affair while writing "Romeo and Juliet" — but the execution is mostly flat, even as it tries to use Shakespeare's storytelling techniques. "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead" is a much better Shakespeare-inspired movie based on a Tom Stoppard script.
"Life is Beautiful" is more offensive than inspiring.
Roberto Benigni's 1998 monstrosity is a fictional story about a father trying to shield his son from the horrors of the Holocaust. It broke the No. 1 rule of making movies about historical tragedies: Don't make things up!
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The Marvel Cinematic Universe isn't just full of big stars now. Before Mark Ruffalo was stomping around as the Hulk and Lupita Nyong'o joined the fight in Wakanda, the Marvel movies were filled with celebrities.
Going back 10 years, there have been some pretty big cameos and appearances from actors you may have forgotten about or rising stars you missed entirely unless you did a recent movie binge ahead of the "Avengers: Infinity War" release.
INSIDER rounded up the actors you probably forgot appeared in Marvel movies over the past decade. We're looking specifically at the 19 Marvel Cinematic Universe movies that have been released. That does not include "X-Men" movies from Fox and Sony's "Spider-Man" saga.
Some of them are easier to remember than others. Sir Ben Kingsley played an odd villain in "Iron Man 3" and Don Cheadle famously replaced Terrence Howard as War Machine. Before Ruffalo was thrashing around as the Hulk, it was Edward Norton as the big green guy. Keep reading to see which stars appeared in the MCU.
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"Modern Family" dad Ty Burrell appeared in 2008's "The Incredible Hulk."
He played Bruce Banner's psychotherapist, Dr. Leonard Samson, before Mark Ruffalo took over the role.
"House of Cards" star Kate Mara appears near the start of "Iron Man 2" to deliver Tony Stark a subpoena.
Mara played a US Marshal who greeted Tony and Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau) at the film's start.
"The Leftovers" star Justin Theroux appeared briefly as a cop near the end of "Iron Man 2."
Gwyneth Paltrow has a short conversation with him after things go awry at the Stark Expo.
There's another reason Theroux has a small cameo in the movie. He was one of the film's screenwriters!
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One of the better jokes in the first "Deadpool" was when Ryan Reynolds' titular character joked, "You ever heard David Beckham speak. It's like he mouth-sexed a can of helium."
Well, in a new promotional gag from 20th Century Fox for "Deadpool 2," the merc with a mouth feels bad about the joke and has decided to apologize. After a few failed efforts (including one with Deadpool inhaling helium), he finally finds the way back into Beckham's good graces — with tickets to the World Cup, which, probably not coincidentally, is being broadcast on television by Fox.
"I can't wait to not watch Italy play the Netherlands," Deadpool cracks, referring to two of the more prominent teams to miss this summer's World Cup.
"I can't stay mad at you," Beckham said before the two finally hug.
You can watch the entire video below.
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"Iron Man" and "The Jungle Book" director Jon Favreau has revealed some details about the "Star Wars" TV series he's executive producing and writing for Disney's upcoming streaming service.
While doing press on the red carpet for Thursday's world premiere of "Solo: A Star Wars Story" (he voices the character Rio Durant in the movie), Favreau told Nerdist that the show will take place seven years after the Battle of Endor, which is the finale of "Return of the Jedi."
The series will feature new characters, and many will be brought to the small screen using the motion-capture CGI that was used in "The Jungle Book," and the upcoming live-action remake of "The Lion King," which Favearu is currently working on.
In March, Lucasfilm announced that Favreau was taking on the series.
Disney's streaming service will launch in 2019. Along with Faveau's live-action "Star Wars" series, there's also a planned Marvel live-action series, as well as "High School Musical" and "Monsters Inc." series.
It’s been quite a roller-coaster ride for Helios and Matheson Analytics since acquiring MoviePass, and changing the startup's business model to offering a $9.95 monthly subscription to see one movie per day last August.
The stock’s 52-week high was $38.86 in October, as excitement built around the impressive subscription growth, and the potential disruption of the movie-theater business. But now it’s trading around 60 cents (as of midday on Friday). That’s a 98.5% drop.
The first recent tailspin for HMNY came in April when it filed its 10-K to the SEC and reported a loss of $150.8 million in 2017. The company's independent auditor also said it had “substantial doubt” that HMNY would be able to stay in business over the next year. That scared investors and the stock dropped 50% from its highest price the week before the 10-K filing.
The stock again crashed on Tuesday following HMNY’s update of its cash and losses to the SEC.
HMNY said it had been losing about $21.7 million a month since September, and only had $15.5 million in available cash. The company did, however, note that recent tweaks to the service has led to a reduction of “more than 35%” in its cash deficit during the first week of May.
Investors clearly didn't think that reduction in losses was enough, and sent the stock zooming back down under $1. And HMNY has showed no sign of rebounding since.
Chances are you'll find yourself seeking refuge from the summer sun in a well-air conditioned movie theater at least once this summer. And with more than 70 movies across all genres scheduled for release in the next few months, you have options — perhaps even too many options.
To help ensure you don't waste your time and money on Hollywood's more lackluster offerings this summer, INSIDER rounded up a list of movies you can safely skip.
"How to Talk to Girls at Parties"
Release date: May 25
What it's about: Set in suburban London in 1977, the film follows a shy teenager (Alex Sharp) and his friends as they meet a group of very attractive teens from another planet. Loosely adapted from author Neil Gaiman's 2006 short story of the same name.
Why you can skip it: If an unfocused script and dialogue that's been compared to a "stray series of limp noodles" doesn't immediately scare you away, then perhaps the notion the film that "is nowhere near as weird, funny, or edgy as it thinks it is" will convince you to save your money.
Release date: May 25
What it's about: Elle Fanning stars as "Frankenstein" author Mary Shelley (née Wollstonecraft Goodwin) in a biopic that mostly focuses on her volatile relationship with poet Percy Bysshe Shelley (Douglas Booth).
Why you can skip it: Scathing reviews called the film "utterly lifeless,""like a humorless episode of 'Gossip Girl,'" and a "dismal book report that the author herself would have declared fusty."
Release date: June 1
What it's about: The existence of a second-rate, dangerous amusement park is threatened when a corporate mega-park opens nearby. The park's "crackpot" owner (Johnny Knoxville) must rally his zany crew of misfits to save the theme park and his relationship with his daughter.
Why you can skip it: This is basically "Adventureland" if it was filled with "Jackass"-style stunts. If shady theme parks are your thing, but you aren't keen on watching people intentionally hurt themselves (Knoxville suffered multiple concussions, whiplash, a broken hand and shattered part of his eye socket while filming) just watch the documentary on the actual New Jersey theme park that serves as inspiration for the film.
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Let’s start off by getting this out of the way: All of the original movies to the sequels in this list are amazing.
If they weren’t, there would never have been a sequel (or sometimes, three, four, or even seven more movies).
But in some cases, the sequels that push forward what's explored in the origin story are better. That doesn’t lessen the quality of the original, but we love these franchises even more because these subsequent movies were made.
Here we look at 15 sequels that did just that:
James Cameron expands Ridley Scott’s original movie while also giving it a jolt of insane thrills. Taking us from a ship infected by aliens in the first movie to a whole planet in the sequel, the idea of a franchise that can go on for decades is realized. And the Marines getting attacked by the aliens in the beginning of the movie is one of the top anxiety experiences I’ve ever had watching a movie.
“Avengers: Infinity War” (2018)
It’s only been out for a few weeks, but you can tell instantly that this movie is special. The original Avengers movie was a thrill because we got to see all of our childhood heroes on the screen at the same time. But “Infinity War” uses that to give us a punch in the gut that we won’t forget for a while.
“The Dark Knight” (2008)
It’s the high point of Christopher Nolan’s fantastic Batman trilogy. There’s the greatness of Nolan at the helm, but also the Oscar-winning performance by Heath Ledger as the Joker. With a talent like Christian Bale as Batman, putting him up against an equal talent like Ledger resulted in one of the best acted comic book movies of all time.
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The movie was always destined to make an incredibly large amount of money its opening weekend, but instead of one weekend between the latest Marvel hit and its biggest competition, Fox's "Deadpool 2,""Infinity War" had two weekends to shine. And that has led to a multi-record-breaking box office performance.
After becoming the quickest movie ever to $1 billion worldwide last weekend and having the second-largest second weekend ever in US theaters, "Infinity War" won this weekend's box office for a third-straight weekend and has crossed the half-billion figure domestically.
The movie took in an estimated $61.8 million, according to Exhibitor Relations, which puts its domestic total at $547 million ($1.06 billion worldwide). That makes it the second-fastest title ever to cross the $500 million mark domestically. It hit the milestone five days later than the fastest title ever to the figure, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."
"Infinity War" basically sucked the life out of the other big release of the weekend, New Line/Warner Bros.'s "Life of the Party." The latest Melissa McCarthy comedy came in second place but only took in $18.5 million.
It was the first time a release directed by her husband, Ben Falcone ("Tammy,""The Boss"), didn't open over $20 million. It also didn't help that the movie only had a 41% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Now, "Infinity War" will have to make way. The box office will get into the full summer movie season swing when "Deadpool 2" opens next weekend to kick off a constant string of big releases. The movie's early industry projections have it opening around $150 million.
As we look forward to this summer's slate of films, we decided to take a trip down memory lane to remember all the top summer blockbusters since 1975.
We picked that year as our starting point because director Steven Spielberg essentially invented the concept of summer blockbuster with his seminal 1975 film "Jaws." Not surprisingly, he's on the following list an impressive five times.
So, read on for the top summer movies from 1975 to present — and don't forget to check which was the box office champ the year you were born.
The one that started it all. Audiences were scared silly by the man-eating great white shark.
1976: "The Omen"
The thrills and chills continued the next summer with this horror flick about evil boy Damien.
1977: "Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope"
The movie that launched an entertainment empire, the first "Star Wars" was the highest-grossing film of the year, at $323 million.
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Ted Farnsworth — the CEO of Helios & Matheson Analytics, the parent company of MoviePass— played off concerns about the company's financial situation while attending the Cannes Film Festival this week.
While speaking with Variety in the South of France, where Farnsworth was on hand for the premiere of "Gotti," the mob movie starring John Travolta that MoviePass is releasing along with Vertical Entertainment, Farnsworth told the trade that despite the company losing around $20 million a month since September, he's "not worried at all."
"You’re going to see. We’re doing more acquisitions of movies and companies,” Farnsworth said.
He said the company had roughly $300 million available from an equity line of credit. “We’ve got 17 months’ worth of cash without further raises of capital,” he continued.
The company noted in a filing to the SEC last week that it had $15.5 million in available cash. The line of credit doesn't appear to have been mentioned (Business Insider has reached out for comment on why it was not included). HMNY also said in the filing that recent tweaks to the MoviePass service had led to a reduction of "more than 35%" in its cash deficit during the first week of May.
Farnsworth teased a major acquisition by HMNY that will be announced at Cannes in the coming days.
“It’s going to be substantial,” Farnsworth said. “People are going to go, ‘Hmm, how did they pull it off?'”
Perhaps the announcement will change the tune of investors, who have pushed the stock down 98% since its 52-week high in October.
"Deadpool 2" is not what you think it is and that's why you're going to like it. A lot.
Ryan Reynolds returns as the Merch with a Mouth for another go to take down baddies, exact vengeance, and find his own place in the ever-changing landscape of the "X-Men" universe.
This time, the fourth wall breaking antihero is putting together a task force to stop a mysterious guy from the future named Cable (Josh Brolin). Or, at least, that's what the trailers tell you.
"Deadpool 2" feels a lot like "Terminator" sprinkled with some "John Wick" vibes. Those are two very good things. It may not necessarily be better than the sequel, but it is a very satisfying ride filled with a lot of surprises and set up for the larger "X-Men" universe.
Why you should to see it: Ryan Reynolds, Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, and Ryan Reynolds.
If you have any love for the comic character who knows he's a comic character, Reynolds nails bringing him to life. Reynolds not only stars as Deadpool, but he also co-wrote the script. The original cast from the 2016 movie also returns with a few new additions and a few surprises.
If you liked the first "Deadpool," you'll enjoy this. If you want to see Deadpool continue to try and join the X-Men (and fail), this is also for you. Did you like Josh Brolin as Thanos in "Avengers: Infinity War"? Then, you'll probably like him here as another comic character who also has a gadget that lets him turn back time. And if you skipped out on the first film, you won't be lost, but it would be helpful to watch that first.
What's hot: Reynolds (but you already guessed that), Brolin, unexpected appearances and cameos (no spoilers!), and so much more.
Just as Robert Downey Jr. was born to play Iron Man and Hugh Jackman was the man to play Wolverine, Wade Wilson (aka Deadpool) is Ryan Reynolds' holy grail. He is the beating life force of this franchise and makes every moment of both films a nonstop joyride. Even in some of the film's clunkier moments, he manages to light up the screen so effortlessly that you wonder how many of his Disney/Marvel jokes — of which there are many — were improvised despite Reynolds receiving a screenwriting credit.
The only one who steals the spotlight more is Brolin who trades in his "Avengers: Infinity War" gauntlet for Bucky Barnes' metal arm and a charred teddy bear. Seriously, Brolin is killing it this summer and he still has another movie to come. Sorry, Chris Pratt. You may have "Jurassic World" coming, but Brolin is the MVP of summer '18. His character's entire shtick is ripped right from "Terminator," a cyborg traveling back in time on a quest to save the future and "Deadpool 2" isn't afraid to acknowledge it's riffing on that movie, a bit of "John Wick," and a dash of "Speed" at another point. He's a self-aware comic-book character who lives in the real world, after all.
Kudos to the marketing team for allowing viewers to go into this movie mostly blind. The trailers really don't tell or give away that much of the film's plot. If you think you have this movie figured out, you don't. There are so many fun unexpected cameos and surprises in this movie that I'm not going to spoil here because they're better to experience while seeing the film for the first time. Fox never even released a real synopsis for the film. All that exists is a fake one (you can read here) that is either written jokingly by Reynolds himself or Deadpool. So ... Ryan Reynolds.
I'm not sure whether or not "Deadpool 2" is better than the original as a whole, but it definitely has sequences and moments that are far superior than those in the 2016 film. "DP2" begins and ends on high notes. And that really serious Celine Dion music video, "Ashes," released ahead of the film's release? It plays in a Bond-style opening which suggest Reynolds may be gunning for a best song Oscar nod. (Hey, if "Suicide Squad" can have one, so can these guys.)
But the best scene? Don't head out of this movie as soon as the credits start, folks. The highlight of the entire film may be its final end-credits scene that must have been especially satisfying for Reynolds to make. It's sure to be a moment that will have everyone talking.
What's not: Fox uses the sequel as an obvious push for its future X-Men sequel and spin-off, which may rub some fans the wrong way. Oh, and T.J. Miller.
The first Deadpool movie had zero obligations to any other Marvel franchise from Fox. It didn't need to tie in with the X-Men or Fantastic Four and that's what made it so great. It knew it was the red-headed stepchild of Marvel movies. Screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick told INSIDER the studio was afraid to make the original for so long. None of the original "X-Men" showed up in Deadpool. It could have been seen as a bummer, but the movie addressed it upfront by joking 20th Century Fox couldn't afford to add another X-Men in the budget. In the end, it didn't need them. It flipped the bird to every other superhero movie and, in the process, flipped the genre on its head. It made fun of Professor X and Hugh Jackman's Wolverine and the studio's abysmal first rendition of Deadpool's character in the maligned "X-Men: Origins." And it became the highest-grossing R-rated movie ever.
So this time around Reynolds received a little more freedom to stretch his creative wings. And with success, it appears Deadpool has been deemed worthy enough by Fox to be incorporated into the larger X-Men properties. Any fan will notice the entire sequel lays groundwork for future X-Men movies and spin-offs. There's an obvious connection to Fox's "New Mutants" and Cable's entire entrance (again, no spoilers) hints at a larger theme and problem to be explored in future X-Men installments.
It's great for Reynolds. His work to get this character to screen for over a decade has obviously paid off. It's also a little annoying and frustrating. At this point, Deadpool doesn't need the X-Men. They need him to survive Disney's Marvel Cinematic Universe (unless they all become one big happy family soon). The Maisie Williams' led "New Mutants" was supposed to drop in April, but was abruptly pushed back until next year. Ditto with the next "X-Men" movie centered around Jean Grey (Sophie Turner).
It's not that the movie is weighted down much by the larger world-building, but it feels a bit obvious the studio is leaning on Deadpool to help do some heavy-lifting for the rest of the "X-Men" franchise.
The insertion of some of those missing pieces takes you out of Deadpool's separate world he built for himself in the first film a bit. Likewise, it affects how much you see some of the first film's talent. They get sidelined for shiner, flashier characters. If you were planning to see as much of Teenage Negasonic Warhead and Colossus this time around, forget it. They appear in the film, but they're mostly pushed aside for other newcomers. They're all great. It's just unclear why Warhead especially isn't around as much. Instead, Deadpool found newer, cooler friends in his sequel. And, I mean, Brolin and Zazie Beetz ("Atlanta") are pretty cool.
The biggest bummer? Every time T.J. Miller's character came on screen I couldn't help but be taken out of the film a little — and I realize that's an absurd thing to say for a movie which breaks the fourth wall every few minutes. He's not in the movie much, but I actively sat wondering if Fox whittled his role down at all as a result of sexual assault allegations and after a recent arrest. Reynolds confirmed to the New York Times Miller won't be in an upcoming "X-Force" film to come after "Deadpool 2."
Overall: Come for Deadpool. Stay for Brolin. "Deadpool 2" will make you laugh, maybe shed a few tears, and then make you laugh even harder by the film's very end.
It may not get everything right, but it has stand-out scenes and moments that are some of the franchise's finest.
"Deadpool 2" is in theaters May 18. Watch a trailer below:
There certainly is a lot of pressure put on the sequel to the 2016 box-office hit, “Deadpool.”
It doesn’t just have to perform as well (or better) at the box office than the original ($783 million worldwide) to be deemed a success in Hollywood. It also needs to be even more crude and violent to appease the fan base.
Time will tell if the box-office coin will flow into the movie’s studio, 20th Century Fox, like it did two years ago, but I can certainly tell you “Deadpool 2” (opening Friday) is as entertainingly distasteful (perhaps even more) than the first movie.
Ryan Reynolds returns as Marvel’s most gonzo superhero, Deadpool. The Merc with a Mouth has been busy since the first movie ended, traveling the globe doing some ultra-violent killer-for-hire work. But after a major death in the first 10 minutes of the movie, Deadpool goes into a funk and does something drastic: he considers becoming an official member of the X-Men.
Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand) are back to help Deadpool go on the straight and narrow by becoming an X-Men “trainee” (he sports a yellow “trainee” jersey and everything). But Deadpool can’t help but go rogue on the whole good guy rehabilitation when he encounters the troubled mutant Russell (Julian Dennison).
Going rogue on the X-Men lands Deadpool in a prison for mutants with Russell and that’s when the movie really takes off.
Up to this point, there’s a great “Logan” joke, a hilarious opened credits sequence, some funny X-Men jokes, and top-notch fight sequences (David Leitch of “John Wick” and “Atomic Blonde” fame is the director, taking the reins from the original movie’s director Tim Miller). Things are going the usual path of a sequel: reacquainting the audience with the lead character and setting the plot.
But once Cable enters the story things get good.
The action picks up and becomes extremely violent. The jokes and inside-baseball jokes — crafted by screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, as well as Reynolds, who gets a screenwriting credit this time — really kick into high gear. And with Russell becoming the character in the story that Deadpool and Cable are seeking out (for very different reasons), we move away from the typical sequel traits.
Josh Brolin jumps from voicing Thanos in “Avengers: Infinity War” to starring in the next box-office hit of the summer as the time-traveling tough guy Cable. He is the perfect straight man to Reynolds' outlandish Deadpool.
And Deadpool’s creation of X-Force is one of the most entertaining parts of the whole movie. It is full of surprises and incredibly funny. This is the part of the movie that has the most spoilers, so see this movie before social media ruins it.
As a whole, “Deadpool 2” is a very strong sequel. I may have liked the first movie a little bit more, but it’s so hair thin that when I see the sequel again, I may be completely sold that I like it more than the original. And surprisingly, this movie has a lot of heart. By the end you may even get a little choked up (I'm serious).
Reynolds owns this character and there’s certainly enough with the additions of Brolin and Zazie Beetz as Domino that a third movie could be worth exploring.
And be sure not to leave the theater when the credits start rolling. There’s a scene a third of the way into the credits that’s (I’m serious here) the best credits/post credits footage I’ve ever seen in a superhero movie.
20th Century Fox on Tuesday released the first trailer for the upcoming Queen biopic, "Bohemian Rhapsody," which stars "Mr. Robot" actor Rami Malek as Queen singer Freddie Mercury.
The brief preview includes a mash-up of several hits from the rock band in a career-spanning montage. "Another One Bites the Dust" opens the trailer, and there's a scene that depicts the band's process of making the film's eponymous track, "Bohemian Rhapsody."
"Bohemian Rhapsody" will chronicle the trajectory of Mercury's life and career with Queen, from the band's early days in the 1970s to its seminal Live Aid performance in 1985.
Written by Anthony McCarten ("The Theory of Everything") and directed by Dexter Fletcher, the film has been in production since last fall. The film's first director, Brian Singer, stepped away from the project in December, citing "a personal health matter."
The movie also stars "Game of Thrones" actor Aidan Gillen and Mike Myers.
"Bohemian Rhapsody" is set for release on November 2.
Watch the trailer below:
Continuing its record-setting run, "Avengers: Infinity War" cracked the top ten of the highest-grossing movies of all time at the worldwide box office this week.
Just over three weeks since its release, "Infinity War" has surpassed global totals from fellow Marvel properties like "Black Panther" and the first "Avengers."
"Infinity War" could still make a run at another Disney-owned blockbuster, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." But it's unlikely to reach the top spot here.
For this list, we turned to Box Office Mojo for its all-time data on worldwide box office grosses.
Here are the 10 highest-grossing movies of all time worldwide:
10. "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part II" (2011)
Global box office: $1.341 billion
9. "Black Panther" (2018)
Global box office: $1.342 billion
8. "Avengers: Age of Ultron" (2015)
Global box office: $1.405 billion
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Warning: Minor spoilers below.
The moment I realized “Solo: A Star Wars Movie” wasn’t for me was toward the two-hour mark of the movie, when I realized we were nowhere near the end.
Granted, there was about only 15 minutes left in the movie, but it felt like an eternity. I’ve had that feeling in many movies in my life — when it just won’t end. But never for a “Star Wars” movie.
“Solo” is not an awful movie, it just has a few awful parts that feel uninspired. This is particularly true in the third act of the movie.
In “Solo” (opening May 25), we follow the progression of Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich) from a small-time hood on his home planet of Corellia, with dreams of being a great pilot cruising through the galaxy, to eventually becoming a space pirate.
There are thrilling action sequences, cinematographer Bradford Young (“Arrival”) gives the movie a beautiful look, there are fantastic performances by Ehrenreich and Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca, and Donald Glover completely knocks it out of the park as Lando Calrissian.
But the movie crumbles following Han and the gang's thrilling completion of the legendary Kessel Run. The conclusion of the movie is stale, filled with cliches, and tries too hard to set the foundation for future “Solo” movies by featuring one of the most random cameos you’ll ever see in a movie (more on that in a sec, but don’t worry, no spoilers).
That’s certainly not my only issue with the movie.
It starts with some really lame opening text that sets the stage. The worst piece is the use of the words “mean streets” in describing the planet Solo grew up on. And the movie at times tries a little too hard to make Han an idealistic jokester. Personally, I think this is less the leftover effect of Chris Miller and Phil Lord’s involvement in the movie as one-time directors, and more on eventual director Ron Howard’s vanilla style.
However, there are some great elements to the story, as well.
Young’s photography goes from smoky original “Blade Runner” vibe in the beginning to wide epic shots by the end. Glover’s Calrissian sounds like the actor who originally played him, Billy Dee Williams, and has a flawless style. He’s also paired with a sassy robot co-pilot, L3-37 (Phoebe Waller-Bridge) that is a total scene stealer. And Ehrenreich actually pulls off playing Solo, not so much by doing his best Harrison Ford impression, but instead showing us a different side of the character. This is how Solo was before the galaxy chewed up all the youthful optimism he had about life and spit him back out.
And we see the Millennium Falcon at its one-time pristine condition, which is a thrill to take in.
The biggest issue the movie has is that the screenwriters Lawrence and Jonathan Kasdan try to shoe-horn a plot twist at the end that is so unnecessary. In teasing a potential villain path for Han’s love interest in the movie, Qi’ra (Emilia Clarke), they bring back a character from the “Star Wars” saga that is a fan favorite, but is a bizarre choice to be included in this story. It certainly is going to make an uproar when general audiences see the movie, primarily because it feels so blatantly force fed.
Like all “Star Wars” movies, there will be those who will absolutely love this movie, and there are certainly things to enjoy about it. The supporting cast — filled with veterans like Woody Harrelson, Paul Bettany, Thandie Newton, and one character voiced by Jon Favreau — are all great and mesh perfectly with the leads.
But my fear is “Solo” shows signs that Disney/Lucasfilm are hitting a point where the beloved “Star Wars” universe could be headed to a watered-down moment. Is there a need to have a “Star Wars” movie released every single year, especially with multiple “Star Wars” series coming to Disney’s streaming service in the coming years?
To this point, all the movies released so far since Disney took over Lucasfilm have been enormous money makers, so obviously the studio won’t want to slow down. But “Solo” may be the first indication that it might be time to pump the brakes and take more time to focus on the stories, and make sure everything is right (especially the creatives involved) before making a movie.
David Leitch may only have two feature films under his belt, but he's quickly becoming one of the most sought-after directors of action movies working today.
With the release of the highly anticipated "Deadpool 2," coming Friday, Leitch has proven with movie number three that he's not scared of the big stage — as it's destined to dethrone box-office champ "Avengers: Infinity War" and score a huge box-office opening weekend.
But he's not ready to sit back and take in his good fortune. He's gearing up for his next movie.
Leitch has signed on to direct the first spin-off of Universal's popular "Fast and the Furious" franchise, "Hobbs and Shaw," which will put the spotlight on Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's Luke Hobbs and Jason Statham's Deckard Shaw.
Both have been in multiple movies in the "Fast" franchise, but the two characters shined as an unlikely tandem in "The Fate of the Furious," and now they are getting their own movie.
"Dwayne and Jason's chemistry in that movie were some of my favorite stuff out of it," Leitch told Business Insider while doing press for "Deadpool 2" on Tuesday. "So to be able to spin something off and make it my own imprint in that universe, that's exciting."
Cameras don't begin running until September, but Leitch said there's a working draft of the script and is excited about the process right now of crafting the story — especially with the screenwriter the movie brought on.
"Chris Morgan is the writer and one of the producers. He's written a majority of the ['Fast and Furious'] movies," Letich said. "So we're having fun with that process right now."
Recently Johnson posted a picture on Instagram of him with Leitch and Statham, and wrote in the caption: "Been wanting to work with David for years now. Very talented and knows how to create and shoot bad ass, cool and FUN characters."
HOBBS & SHAW. Lotta fun w/ my brothas @jasonstatham & director, @davidmleitch in our production meeting. Scroll left and see what happens when I whisper under my breath, “Smile for the camera you bald Harry Potter bitch!” And he says - Yeah clearly that extra small shirt is cutting off your brain circulation you big asshole. All while our phenomenal director keeps his poker face knowing he’s gonna have the time of his life directing our film. Been wanting to work with David for years now. Very talented and knows how to create and shoot bad ass, cool and FUN characters. He directed JOHN WICK, ATOMIC BLONDE and next week his new movie, DEADPOOL 2 looks to be huge with audiences worldwide. We have a lot of fun surprises in store with our movie and what an opportunity for us to smartly build out our beloved Fast and Furious franchise with our spinoff. We’re pumped to shoot and most importantly, THANK YOU FANS for all the love, support and excitement. Shooting starts this September! #HobbsAndShaw #DavidLeitch #ChrisMorgan #NealMoritz #HiramGarcia #SevenBucksProds #UniversalStudios
When asked if working with someone as social-media savvy as Johnson would take some getting used to, Leitch said the experience of working with Ryan Reynolds on "Deadpool 2" was a good primer.
"I think when you look at how Ryan and Dwayne handle social media and use it as a promotion of their art, they're both really great at it," Leitch said, who admitted that Reynolds' intimate involvement in the marketing strategy of "Deadpool 2" was something he'd never experienced on a movie before. "So there are a lot of lessons learned from Ryan in this experience that hopefully I can take that on to the experience I'm going to have with Dwayne and Jason."
"Hobbs and Shaw" is slated for release in July 2019.
Ahead of the premiere of "Solo: A Star Wars Story," many critics have praised Donald Glover's portrayal of Lando Calrissian in the film, despite the film's lukewarm overall reception. But more importantly, Glover's role seems to have won over the people behind the movie.
On Wednesday, Lucasfilm studio chief Kathleen Kennedy told the French publication Premiere that Lando Calrissian will be the "next" character from "Solo" to get a spin-off movie.
"We think that the next spin-off will be dedicated to Lando Calrissian," Kennedy said. "Of course, there are still many stories to tell about Han and Chewbacca, but Lando will be next."
Kennedy's comment suggests that the Lando spin-off will follow in the studio's planned series of sequels to "Solo." But the next "Star Wars" film slated for release is 2019's "Episode IX."
With over a week until the release of "Solo," the film is projecting to be the worst-reviewed "Star Wars" film since "Attack of the Clones."
"Solo" currently has a 72% critic rating on the reviews aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, but many reviewers, including Business Insider's Jason Guerrasio, have heaped praise on Glover's performance.
Guerrasio wrote in his review that Glover "completely knocks it out of the park as Lando Calrissian."
In a review for The Atlantic, Christopher Orr wrote, "If you are not already a fan of Glover (and, let’s be clear, you should be), this ought to make you one."
Critical praise for Glover's role, along with Glover's star rising from his Emmy-winning FX show, "Atlanta," and his recent viral hit single as Childish Gambino, all rightfully have Lucasfilm encouraged to pursue a film with Glover in what would be his first blockbuster lead role.
At the Cannes Film Festival premiere of "Solo: A Star Wars Story" on Tuesday evening, "Westworld" star Thandie Newton rocked a custom gown patterned with her own action figure collection of all the black characters in the "Star Wars" universe.
Newton is making her "Star Wars" debut in the coming "Solo" prequel film, and she's the first black woman to appear onscreen in a "Star Wars" movie in a major role.
The Couture gown was designed by Vivienne Westwood, and the figurine pattern came from photos of Newton's personal collection of "Star Wars" figurines, which were photographed by Christian Hogstedt.
Here's a closer look at the figurines on one section of the gown:
As reported by ET, Newton's stylist Erin Walsh shared photos of the dress on Instagram and explained the inspiration behind the look.
"For tonight's ["Star Wars"] premiere, Thandie had the brilliant idea to make a dress covered in a print with photos of iconic black ["Star Wars"] characters!" Walsh wrote on Instagram.
For tonight's #StarWars premiere , Thandie had the brilliant idea to make a dress covered in a print with photos of iconic black @starwars characters! She wanted to celebrate her role in the iconic history of the franchise!! She is the first black woman onscreen in a @starwars movie with a leading role 🙌@christianhogstedt photographed the action figures from her personal collection and @viviennewestwood made a SICK print on a gown that's totally ethical given the guidance of @ecoage and @liviafirth... more on this to come, but have a peek at the sketch and up close on the print!!! 🖤🖤🖤
"She wanted to celebrate her role in the iconic history of the franchise!! She is the first black woman onscreen in a ["Star Wars"] movie with a leading role," the caption continued.
Vivienne Westwood's official Instagram account also confirmed the origin of the dress pattern.
"The special gown features images of Thandie's personal ["Star Wars"] figurine collection, photographed by Christian Hogstedt, layered over the iconic 'Absence of Roses' print," the Westwood Instagram post said.
The hosts of "Star Wars" talk show "Black Series Rebels" also tweeted about the gown, saying they helped Newton with the list of black characters.
Not only was the gown a stunningly unique look, but it brought attention to the issue of a lack of diversity in the "Star Wars" franchise universe. Though the recent films have done much to course correct, it's telling that Newton's gown could only have five characters represented on it (Finn, Mace Windu, Captain Panaka, Saw Gerrera, and Lando Calrissian) and they're all men.
For now, "Star Wars" fans don't know much about Newton's mysterious "Solo" character, Val, but all will be revealed when the world sees her bring this groundbreaking character to life next week.
"Solo: A Star Wars Story" arrives in theaters on May 25. Read INSIDER's review of the anticipated prequel film here.
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It's been quite a ride the last week for Terry Crews.
While gearing up to promote his role in the highly anticipated "Deadpool 2," Crews got the shocking news that the popular TV show he'd been a regular on for five seasons, "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," had been canceled by Fox.
The internet went into a complete meltdown over the news. From the super fans to celebrities like Mark Hamill, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Seth Meyers, and Oscar-winning director Guillermo del Toro, it seemed everyone was appalled that Fox would put the brakes on the show.
And Crews admitted everyone involved in the show was shocked as well.
"We had no clue we were going to be canceled," Crews told Business Insider on Wednesday. "All expectations were that we were coming back for a sixth season just because we were doing so well. It was the shock of the century."
Crews said he got the news last Thursday, moments before he was about to go on stage to shoot an episode of the Michael Strahan-hosted "The 100,000 Pyramid" game show.
"Five minutes before I'm about to go on, I get an email from ['Brooklyn Nine-Nine' creator Dan Goor]," Crews said. "And I'm like, 'We're canceled?' It was surreal. I was like in a Spike Lee floating in the air shot. The world was over. But I did my job, I went and did the show. But it was like hearing that your favorite uncle is dead. There were tears, I'm not going to lie to you."
The outrage on social media led to reports of streaming services like Hulu perhaps taking the show over. But Crews went to bed Thursday having to come to terms with the fact that the show was really done.
But then his phone started blowing up at 3 a.m. News had hit that NBC picked up the show for its sixth season.
"It was the middle of the night, I woke up to my phone glowing and I'm wondering what is going on," Crews said. "I got all these texts with everyone saying, 'We're picked up!' I jumped out of bed. I felt like I was one of Madonna's kids. 'I get to live in the mansion now, she picked me!'"
"Brooklyn Nine-Nine" will be a part of NBC's mid-season lineup, according to NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt.
Sorry, Google Play Music subscribers — you're about to lose access to ad-free YouTube.
On Thursday morning, YouTube introduced an evolution of its paid YouTube Red service. The service is now known as YouTube Premium, and it's only available as a $2 add-on to the $10/month YouTube Music Premium service.
Confused? That's understandable!
Essentially, YouTube is transforming its Hulu-style video service (YouTube Red) into a music streaming service with a Hulu-style video service upgrade. It's weird. And it has weird repercussions in other parts of the Google/YouTube universe.
For instance: Previously, Google Play Music subscribers automatically had YouTube Red access.
YouTube Red offered ad-free YouTube and access to original YouTube programming. By paying $10/month for a Google Play Music subscription, you got music streaming through Google Play Music and ad-free YouTube through YouTube Red. Pretty sweet!
Now, instead of access to YouTube Red, Google Play Music subscribers will get YouTube Music Premium: A music service that's strikingly similar to Google Play Music.
Here's what the new music service looks like:
YouTube Music Premium offers access to millions of songs over the internet or downloadable for offline listening, playlists, and dedicated apps to manage your library. So does Google Play Music.
In case you somehow forgot, both YouTube and Google are owned by the same company: Alphabet.
And that doesn't point to a bright future for Google's music streaming service. Why would Alphabet maintain competing music services in perpetuity?
For now, however, the changes for Google Play Music subscribers are limited to an unfortunate downgrade: no more ad-free YouTube videos.