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DC Disappoints With “Justice League” At The Box Office

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According to the box office numbers, fans didn’t exactly line up for DC’s “Justice League”.  Earning only $96 million in the U.S. market this weekend, this marks the lowest grossing opening for the DC Expanded Universe. Fans of the classic DC Comics’ motley crew of superheroes entered theaters with mixed hopes. With most leaving theaters with even less.

In response to the commercial success of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe, DC executives hoped to achieve the same results.  It’s first Expanded Universe film being “Man of Steel” (2013). The latest entry in the connected universe for DC “Justice League” came into theaters on November 17, 2017. The film starts shortly after the closing events in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” (2016).

The film follows the established characters of Batman and Wonder Woman played by  Ben Affleck and Gal Gadot, respectfully. The pair set out to recruit members to fight the latest threat to Earth. Joining the ranks is the young and eager The Flash, the brooding Cyborg, and the loner prince of the sea, Aquaman.

“Justice League” tries to establish 3 new heroes, in addition to setting the stage for the DC Expanded Universe. However, the movie falls short on both counts. The movie not only under performed DC’s projected sales goals, but also fans’ and newcomers’ expectations. In some instances the film was visually appeasing. However, the storytelling and atmosphere leaves critics with a lot to be desired.

Critic with New York Times, Manohla Dargis, had this to say about the film:

Mr. Snyder remains regrettably committed to a dark, desaturated palette that borders on the murky, and this movie’s chaotic, unimaginative action scenes can drag on forever.

Dargis goes on to say while not the worst film in the franchise. The touches of humor are a welcomed relief to the film that the gloomy “Batman V Superman“” lacked.

Despite the mixed to negative reviews of “Justice League”, Warner Bro’s still remain hopeful of the movie’s long term success. Head of domestic distribution at Warner Bros., Jeff Goldstein, said, ”This is a big vacation week, and we have an opportunity to get a big audience to see us in a different pattern.” We can only hope that future DC movies will follow a different pattern from the “Justice League” film as well.

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Christopher Nolan Will Not Direct James Bond

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Christopher Nolan will not follow Dunkirk up with 007.

The final movie starring Daniel Craig as the titular espionage agent is due out in late 2019. A director has yet to be named — but it won’t be Nolan who took his name out of the mix during an interview with BBC Radio 4.

“I won’t be the man,” he said during the segment. “No, categorically. I think every time they hire a new director I’m rumored to be doing it.”

Other directors rumored to get behind the helm include Yann Demange, Denis Villeneuve, David MacKenzie and Paul McGuigan.

The next 007 flick, known for now simply as James Bond 25, opens on November 8, 2019.

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Ryan Reynolds Reveals The Best Part Of Being Deadpool

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Deadpool 2 returned to Vancouver for some reshoots, Ryan Reynold’s made some dreams come true with kids from the Make-A-Wish and Children’s Wish Foundations on the movie’s set.

“One of the best parts of playing the Big Red Jackass is welcoming @makeawishamerica and @childrenswishfoundation onto set,” he wrote on social media. “Deadpool kicked Cancer in the taint, but these kids do it for real every day. These foundations make dreams come true for a lot of of super-brave kids. They also make dreams come true for parents, who just wanna see their kid smile. HUGE thanks to our Prop Master, Dan Sissons, for making sure every kid left with his/her own sword. (Bamboo versions. Not stabby-stabby versions.)”

Deadpool 2, which also stars Josh Brolin and Zazie Beetz, arrives in theaters on May 18.

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Thor: Ragnarok’s Extended And Deleted Scenes Are Jeff Goldblum At His Best

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Thor: Ragnarok’s extended and deleted scenes show Jeff Goldblum at his best. With the upcoming digital, Blu-Ray, and DVD release of the movie, Marvel Studios has revealed deleted and extended scenes that highlight Goldblum’s character The Grandmaster.

One of the extended scenes features The Grandmaster trying to explain his elaborate hand signals to his bodyguard, Topaz (Rachel Mouse). Another revisits Thor’s (Chris Hemsworth) first encounter with The Grandmaster and includes an unruly Saharan bat getting caught in the throne room during the meeting.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Jeff Goldblum discusses the editing of Thor: Ragnarok and the choices its director, Taika Waititi made. “Anything that you see in the movie was a version selected by Taika’s tasteful editing from usually ten other choices of stuff that we tried. We just kind of had a growth spurt and creative ecstasy together and what you see is the result of something from that.”

Thor: Ragnarok, the third installment of the Marvel movies involving the titular Asgardian, revolves around Thor getting stuck on the gladiatorial planet of Sakaar (which is ruled by The Grandmaster), after a battle with Hela (Cate Blanchett). Once there, he reunites with Bruce Banner/The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Loki (Tom Hiddleston), and meets a new ally in Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson). Together, they must try and stop Hela from destroying Asgard.

Thor: Ragnarok will be available on digital platforms on Februry 20th. A DVD and Blu-Ray release will be available on March 6th. Watch the extended and deleted scenes below!

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