“Dora the Explorer Movie” in Works. Michael Bay Set to Produce

Get your maps and backpacks ready because Dora the Explorer is heading to the big screen. Michael Bay is set as producer of the film with his Platinum Dune partners, Andrew Form and Brad Fuller. Nick Stoller, director of The Muppets and Neighbors, is working on the script.

Most of the production details are secretive as of now, but it will be a live action feature and feature Dora as a teenager moving into a new city to live with her cousin, Diego.

The popular children’s show has been in many different forms of media such as video games, book, and toys. This will be the first time Dora will be on the big screen.

There is no specific release date yet, but Paramount is eyeing for a 2019 release date. Platinum Dune is has also made Paramount’s Transformers and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

The Michael Bay and Stoller names might give a feeling that the film will be more oriented for teenagers and older audiences, but Stoller has worked many age appropriate films like The Muppets, Storks, and Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie.

Who knows how this will turn out, but College Humor did make a trailer parody in 2012 of what a more adult themed Dora movie would look like. Let’s just hope Megan Fox and Mark Wahlberg don’t get casted in this movie.

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It: Entertaining But Not Scary

I remember when I saw clips from the television mini series, It, when I was a young child. The clown, Pennywise, traumatized me. Tim Curry’s performance was eerie and it made me not want to see a clown ever again. Fortunately, I don’t really come across clowns so my fear of them is pretty much gone. The older I got, the sillier the mini series got. Now that mini series isn’t even creepy to many people. Well now things have changed.

Warner Bros. announced in 2009 plans on making It and announced in 2012 that Cary Fukunaga, season one True Detective and Netflix’s Beast of No Nation, would be the director. Two years later, Warner Bros. said the project got moved to New Line Cinema. In May 2015, New Line Cinema announced Will Poulter, We’re the Millers and Detroit, would play Pennywise. Less than a month later, Fukunaga left as director due to creative differences. Then it was finally announced in July 2015 that Andrés Muschietti, Mama, would be the official director and Bill Skarsgård, would later be casted as Pennywise.

So a lot has happened in this eight-year production. People were wondering how the film would actually turn out. It wasn’t until the trailer where people were finally getting excited, including me.

The film is based off of the first half of the book, with the second film to be based off of the second half. It’s Derry, Maine in 1989 and people are missing; more kids than adults. One of the more recent kids to go missing is Georgie Denbrough (Jackson Robert Scott). His brother, Billy (Jaeden Lieberher) thinks the sewers have something to do with his missing brother. Him and his friends Eddie (Jack Dylan Glazer), Richie (Finn Wolfhard), and Stan (Wyatt Olef) have to deal with the missing of Georgie along with bullies and the supernatural of Pennywise. On their adventure of defeating “it” they befriend Ben (Jeremy Ray Taylor), Beverly (Sophia Lillis), and Mike (Chosen Jacobs).

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I do think this movie is a very entertaining movie. A lot of people will have a fun time in the theater. Skarsgård as Pennywise is pretty great. His performance is more disturbing than his look by having the sweet child friendly personality like any clown should. Yet it’s the details that went into Pennywise that makes him truly scary. It’s noticeable in his first scene when he’s drooling while talking to Georgie. The way his voice sounds is chilling; it’s something I wouldn’t want to hear in a dark room. Whenever Pennywise is on the screen you can feel the discomfort in the theater because you know something is about to go down. He was always entertaining

The film isn’t entirely about Pennywise, however. The film focuses a lot on the friendship between the kids, or “The Loser Club” as they like to call it. Muschietti as a director decides to add detail on the kids. For the most part, it delves into enough backstory on most of the children. We understand why certain characters act this way due to their parents and why some of them are scared of certain things. It’s clear they’re the underdogs in the story and each child has a different personality and the entire chemistry works superbly.

Though it doesn’t go deep enough on certain characters. Stan is one of the kids who is just feels like a part of the group. He is just the kid who’s scared of a painting. There isn’t much too him. They mention about him trying to be prepared for his bar mistvah, but that’s about it. Mike is gone for a decent chunk of the movie to where it feels like the writers forgot about him, then shoehorned him in with the group. Richie is just the comic relief; there’s nothing deep about him. It’s fortunate enough that the relationship between everyone works well together, because if the chemistry didn’t work, then I’d most likely care less about a few of them.

When the film delves into the more personal development, it adds a different aspect of horror. Beverly, for example, has to deal with a sexually abusive father. Clearly, these moments aren’t meant for jump scares; it’s meant to make your bones chill. It’s similar with Billy’s loss of his little brother; it’s more traumatizing at moments. It’s good directing from Muschietti by being able to show two different types of horror and still make it engaging.

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It might be different for many people depending what scares them, but It isn’t scary in my eyes. It’s creepy, but not scary. I wasn’t tense at all like I was hoping to be. There were a couple of times where I was impressed with the horror elements, but a lot of the times it just felt off. It was still clear when a jump scare was going to happen. They even did the old classic trick where you think the jump scare is going to happen but it doesn’t, then after a couple seconds of relief they trick you. When the jump scares happen, the cut goes on just a tiny bit too long making it feel awkward. The look of the monsters Pennywise uses to scare the children don’t even come off as scary. This was a common trend for me throughout most of the movie, but I couldn’t tell if it was intentional to feel off because of Pennywise’s odd personality or if it’s just me.

The humor at times feels like this too. Richie’s non-stop 12-year old jokes can be funny at times, but some of his lines make him irritating. Some of the jokes felt random and really didn’t need to be there. There’s a scene that involves rocks being thrown, and it’s presented in a too satirical way where I think it could have been shown in a more lighthearted way. I’m sure it was meant to feel more like a bonding moments between the children in the group, but it was perceived in a bizarre way.

The score has the perfect blend of horror and bliss throughout the film. If there’s anybody who enjoys listening to film scores, I recommend listening Benjamin Wallfisch’s score for this film because it is some pretty good music. The cinematographer, Chung-hoon Chung, also did great work to now where I’m looking forward to his next film.

There are some cliché things that you can find in almost any Stephen King story and It does have those tropes of the underdogs, the bullies, abusive parents, and the settings. It would have been nice if a few of the kids had more development with their personal lives like some of the other kids in the group, but it’s fortunate enough that the entire group has fantastic chemistry and distinct personalities to still have me root for them. Though the film might be one of the scariest for some, many of the haunting elements felt off because of the weird edits from the jump scares and effects that don’t make it scary. Pennywise by Skarsgård is great for having an eerie performance, but it goes more into details by his movements and really just how he looks at the characters.

IT is more than just a horror movie though; it’s about companionship. Many people will love the film for its ambitions and horror. Some fans of the book might not like it as much. There a great moments in the film that will probably be some people’s favorite scenes this whole year. It’s clearly a better made and more entertaining film than the 1990 television mini series. With the small clues the film offered, it’ll be interesting to see how the second part of this story will turn out on the big screen. Guess well have to wait and see. The sooner the better.

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Colin Trevorrow Exits “Star Wars: Episode IX”

Once again, Lucasfilm will need to look for a new director for one of their forthcoming films. On Tuesday, StarWars.com announced that Colin Tervorrow, Jurassic World, will exit as director for Star Wars: Episode IX. The statement says:

“Lucasfilm and Colin Trevorrow have mutually chosen to part ways on Star Wars: Episode IX. Colin has been a wonderful collaborator throughout the development process but we have all come to the conclusion that our visions for the project differ. We wish Colin the best and will be sharing more information about the film soon.”

This isn’t the first time Lucasfilm has decided to get a new director for one of their films. On June 20, Lucasfilm announced Phil Lord and Christopher Miller will not be directiong the Han Solo spinoff film due to “different creative visions.” Rian Johnson is the director for Star Wars: The Last Jedi and is rumored to be the director for Episode IX. Though it’s unclear if Johnson will return to do another Star Wars film, he has mentioned that he would be interested in doing another one. Let’s just hope the trend for Lucasfilm dropping directors ends soon, because fans don’t want to be worried about the future Obi Wan spinoff film.

A Joker Origin Film Is Not a Good Idea

For almost 80 years, the famous comic book villain, Joker, has been shown in many different varieties  through many sorts of medium such as comic books, film, television, and video games; all portrayed in a different way by the artists and actors.

Some people say he’s known as one of the best villains ever written and has helped change the way writers create characters. Some people also love the mystery about him by having little to no history known about him. Well that’s soon going to change.

Deadline reported Tuesday that a Joker origin movie is in the works. Warner Bros has set Todd Phillips (The Hangover) and Scott Silver (8 Mile) to write the script. Phillips will direct the film with Martin Scorcese producing. This will be the first film where WB will expand the DC canon and make unique storylines with different actors playing DC characters, meaning this film will have nothing to do with the current DC movies.

It has been reported earlier that Jared Leto will reprise his role as the Joker in Suicide Squad 2 and the Harley Quinn spinoff, and since they’re going to get a different actor for this origin film, it means we’ll probably see a younger actor play the character.

Hollywood is now at that point where two actors will play the same character in two movies, and both will have nothing to do with each other timeline wise. It’s another way for them to take our money.

Doing this is a risky business move. WB might be able to get half a billion dollars just because it’s technically a comic book film, but if the final product isn’t good then there’s nothing left for them. This will already confuse many people who aren’t aware of the news. You might hear, “Why are there two Jokers in Gotham now?” This can also take the fun away from the beloved character.27F5FF0200000578-3054834-image-a-10_1429926377124

One of the great things about the Joker is not knowing about his origin. We don’t need to know about it, especially if it has no involvement with our current films. Though the Joker does tell his origin in the comic book, The Killing Joke, it doesn’t mean that’s what really happened. At the end of the comic book he says that his story is “multiple choice.”

In The Dark Knight, the Joker played by Heath Ledger, tells different stories on how he got his scars, which helped add the mystery to the character. We saw how the Joker was made in Tim Burton’s Batman, with Jack Nicholson playing the role, but that was a part of the story that effected the characters and outcomes to everyone’s arcs.

If WB decided to make this canon and be a part of the DCEU, then the idea wouldn’t be as bad. It would actually fit Leto’s Joker. Deadline also reported that film would take place in Gotham city around the early 1980s and have the tone of a a gritty crime film. Leto’s Joker in Suicide Squad fits that gangster / top of the chain villain. So then why is this not canon?

It seems like this is happening because of the backlash WB has been getting for their DC films. Though Wonder Woman was a good film, it’s still clear WB doesn’t know what to do with this franchise. This news makes it sound like the studio isn’t confident in the direction their cinematic universe is taking and they don’t have faith in Jared Leto as the Joker, who has disappointed fans by his performance and the amount of screen time he has in Suicide Squad.

There are many other stories WB can do with the Joker if they ever want to make a movie about him. The studio has plans to make a Harley Quinn spinoff and that’s going to involve the Joker so that has potential of having an interesting story. There are plenty of comic books to get inspired from.

Who knows if this will even get turned into an actual movie. WB has announced so many movies without an official date. The only movies we’re aware of that’s made progress and will be seen in theaters is Justice League, Aquaman, and a Batman and Flash film eventually in the future. WB says their next DC movie they will start filming is Shazam, but that’s still a bit of a ways. If we ever see this Joker origin film come to life, let’s just hope it will be a shocker and offer something new to film.

Kim Kardashian says people should get over Jeffree Star’s racist past

Jeffree Star, a singer and make-up artist tweeted his criticism of Kim Kardashian’s new KKW Beauty swatches kit.

 

When Kim K’s fans caught wind of Star’s negative comments, they defended Kim by addressing Star’s usage of racial slurs.

In 2016, a YouTube video exposed Starr and the racist statements he made about Hispanics and African Americans.

In the video, Starr said, “I win by having diamond rims, you win by being a poor Mexican.” “Shut up, you f*cking n**** b*tch.” and “You stupid ape.” among many other cruel words.

When Kim K saw that her fans were calling Star out for being racist, she posted a Snapchat video. In the video, Kim thanked Star for his honesty and told people to overlook Star’s racist “past.”

 

“I get that it’s a serious deal if you say like, racial things, but I do believe in people changing and people that apologize, I will give them the benefit of the doubt,” Kim said via video.

Kim also said she doesn’t defend people who are racist and is against it, but she will give someone the benefit of the doubt if they claim they have changed.

After Kim posted the videos, social media users called her out for basically condoning Star’s actions and telling people to get over his racism.

When Kim became aware of the backlash her comments created, she posted an emotionless apology on Snapchat.

Kim’s attempt to apologize for defending Star failed and only created a deeper hole for herself.

In the video, Kim said she is naive to racism, which puzzled many since she is married to Kanye West, a black man, who also fathered her two children, North and Saint West.

Since Kim is the wife of a black man and the mother of biracial children, it would seem that Kim should know firsthand about racism and not defend someone who says racist things about African Americans.

It would also seem logic for Kim to not believe that Star has changed his racist ways, since he recently posted a picture on Twitter with the caption, “Hood b*tch.”

But things are not always what they seem, right?

With the presence of Kim Kardashian’s antics and Kylie and Kendall Jenner’s t-shirt lawsuit, it seems that many will no longer be keeping up with the Kardashians.

 

 

 

Spider-Man: Homecoming – Spidey is Back

We have now seen three reiterations of the famous comic book super hero, Spider-Man. It’s a little insane to think that. It’s only been fifteen years since Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man came out, and it’s arguable that it helped changed the comic book movie genre. Yet, like I said, we’ve already had three.

After The Amazing Spider-Man 2 came out people, including myself, gave it mixed feelings along with not getting the money Sony was hoping it would receive. This outcome led to the decision of Sony and Marvel studios putting Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War, except we would get see a brand new actor portray Peter Parker.

This time we get to see Tom Holland play Spider-Man in Spider-Man: Homecoming. After Peter helped out Iron Man in Civil War, he thinks he’s up there with the Avengers, but unfortunately he isn’t. Peter is constantly trying to get in contact with Happy (Jon Favreau) and Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), questioning what his next mission will be. While Peter is being ignored, he discovers a gang that works for Adrian Toomes aka Vulture (Michael Keaton) is using weapons with mass destruction. Peter must stop him from destroying the city and prove to Tony that he has what it takes to be a full time member of the Avengers.

What’s new about this Spider-Man film is that it’s an all new fresh take. Though both Raimi’s and Webb’s Spider-Man films do have parts featuring Peter in high school, but a huge focus of Homecoming is Peter being a student in high school. The movie really emphasizes that Peter is a kid, who hasn’t reached his full potential on many things and still has a lot to learn.

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We see takes on situations that we haven’t seen Spider-Man deal with in the past movies. They’re entertaining and creative situations as well, like Spider-Man figuring out how to travel with his web powers, yet there are no towers for him to swing on. That’s only a small glimpse of situations and action sequences that we see Spider-Man in. These scenes show that Peter is still learning with his powers, and each action sequence feels refreshing and new.

The movie might not have bigger stakes than maybe a Captain America or Doctor Strange movie, but it’s more of a character piece which is something the last three films lacked. We got to see a great amount of personality from Tom Holland, who is now my favorite Spider-Man. Holland was able to give a great amount of humor and heart. His character felt pure and showed he really cares about helping the city be safe from danger.

Tony Stark surprisingly isn’t in the movie as much as expected. It’s in no way a negative that we couldn’t see Stark in the film that much. It’s pretty great because this shows Holland is able to carry a film by himself without much support.

Keaton also helps elevate scenes in the movie. In a long time, we got to see a great Marvel villain. Not joking. Vulture is so far one of the better villains in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. We get to see his reasoning for why Toomes does this. His character isn’t about ‘taking over the world’ but doing this in order to support his family and that makes him feel more compelling. You’re able to understand why he has to do this. Toomes is also menacing to the point where it’s uncomfortable to be around him at times. Keaton’s performance makes Vulture a fantastic character.

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There are some characters and jokes that feel pointless at times though. Peter’s friend, Ted (Jacob Batalon), has some funny lines, but there are some jokes from him that are predictable and don’t feel clever. Michelle (Zendaya) is entertaining sometimes but some jokes feel off. Donald Glover is in the movie for a little bit, and it feels like a waste to use little of a guy with much talent, but big fans of the Spider-Man series know how his character fits in with Spider-Man.

It’s great to see a new take on our beloved Spider-Man by showing imaginative situations and settings that we’ve never thought of and by blending it in with the MCU seamlessly. Holland’s personality fits Peter perfectly by showing humor and heart. Keaton’s performance is menacing and intimidating, yet there are compelling elements about Toomes that makes him a well developed villain. Though some jokes and characters feel odd at times, the tone and colors help make everyone feel unique. I’m glad to say, Spider-Man has finally found his home and that’s in the MCU.

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Rob Kardashian Exposes Blac Chyna On Social Media

Throughout the day yesterday, Robert Kardashian went on social media to vent about his current relationship with his wife, Blac Chyna, who showed him videos of her cheating on him with another man.

Here is a snippet of tweets that were sent from Rob.

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Rob also claimed that he spent more than $100,000 on Chyna to get a “better body”… Why would she, as a mother of his son, go behind her husband’s back and do something like this? Also, does anyone see anything wrong with Rob spending this money on her knowledge of her past?

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The sad thing here is the fact that their daughter, Dream, was growing up without a mother, according to Rob. When Dream was born, Rob tweeted that Chyna dipped out and completely shattered the relationship.

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I’m not one to take sides in these kinds of situations, but going behind your husbands back is clearly wrong. A part of me felt like Chyna, when she got married to Rob, would be serious and “change her ways” but I was wrong.