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Thankfully Light and Fun | Review of ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’

Spider-Man: Homecoming starring Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Jon Favreau, Zendaya, Marisa Tomei & Robert Downey Jr.
Distributed by Sony Pictures Releasing
Image Credit: IMDB

“Peter Parker tries to balance his life as an ordinary high school student in Queens with his superhero alter-ego Spider-Man, and must confront a new menace prowling the skies of New York City.” —IMDB

It took forever to see this movie. You may think that since I work at the theater, I get to see the movies, but that is not the case. I do not get to see the movies when I am working, and after a hard-long weekend, the last thing on my mind is going to the movies. So just keep that in mind the next time you ask the person selling you the tickets if they have seen the movie yet. Continue reading Thankfully Light and Fun | Review of ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’

An Excellent Spin-Off of Despicable Me | Review of ‘Minions’

By: Cynthia Ayala

Minions starring Sandra Bullock & Pierre Coffin
Universal Pictures

“One Minion named Kevin has a plan, and he—alongside teenage rebel Stuart and lovable little Bob—embarks upon a thrilling journey that ultimately leads them to their next potential master, Scarlet Overkill, the world’s first-ever female super-villain.”

–– Minions (2015) Synopsis, Fandango

Adorable, simply adorable. From Illumination Entertainment and Universal Studios, the companies that brought viewers Despicable Me and Despicable Me 2 comes a spin-off about the Minions before they came to Gru. In this film, viewers see where they came from and discover what their purpose is: to find the biggest baddest villain and serve them without question.
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DC is taking over Gotham for the New York Comic Con 2014 – DC Comics News

By: Cynthia A.

DC Entertainment is taking over the New York Comic Con this October with a Gotham centric panel. Check out all the details here. Continue reading DC is taking over Gotham for the New York Comic Con 2014 – DC Comics News

Remaking 1980’s Action | Cyn’s Movie Review of RoboCop (2014 Film)

By: Cynthia A.


Directed by: José Padilha

Screenplay by: Joshua Zetumer

Based on Characters by Edward Neumeier & Michael Miner

Starring: Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Samuel L. Jackson, Abbie Cornish, Jackie Earle Haley, Michael K. Williams, Jennifer Ehle & Jay Baruchel

Genre: Action

In the year 2028, a multinational conglomerate, OmniCorp, after expanding their reach of mechanical soldiers by supplying them to the US Military, they want to bring their product home and sell their products for use in civilian law enforcement.  OmniCorp CEO, Raymond Sellars, asks his marketing team to create a new law enforcement product by combining human and machine to sway public opinion.  Their candidate: any civilian officer injured in the line of duty.  And when Detective Alex Murphy is severely injured by a car bomb, he makes it to the top of the list, becoming Robocop.  Part man, part machine, but all cop.

Fans of the original have no worries. RoboCop us a loosely based remake on the 1987’s film RoboCop that spawned a trilogy and created a franchise.  Nevertheless, make no mistake, while the movies share many common elements, this movie is a new RoboCop is more story oriented and character driven.

As the movie opens, moviegoers are introduced into the world of tomorrow and the base incentive to for the creation of a human inside of a machine before introducing viewers to who Detective Alex Murphy is and why viewers should care about him and his predicament.

As a fast-paced movie, the writers and directors decided that they were going to focus on the character development and the human component.  The movie takes a strong focus on the creation of the RoboCop and the psychological element that would come into play after such a drastic turn of events.  One moment he’s a man with a loving family, the next moment he’s more machine than he is man, his whole life completely altered.  That gave the movie a powerful undertone as viewers travel alongside Det. Alex Murphy.  Nevertheless, it wasn’t just the writers and the directors who made that aspect so powerful but also the actors.  Each actor was able to bring to light a completely new part of the story and give the viewers’ something tangible to grasp, giving these characters life and bursts of captivating energy.

Joel Kinnaman was, easily, an amazing choice as the actor to bring new life into this RoboCop revitalization.  He was able to capture the pain that the character felt, the intense emotions that Alex Murphy felt with his incredibly expressive eyes and demeanor.  Even with the visor down, his voice and charisma vibrated off screen making him amazing.  He shows more character than the original had, and I love the original, don’t get me wrong, but this movie just had more substance behind it and the actor gave more to the part.

Additionally there was the family element.  In the original, the family thought he was dead, in this one, the family is very much aware of what he is.  The tension between the family and OmniCorp, between the wife and the doctor, brought out a lot in the other characters and gave the movie such a heart gripping tension.

This movie, aside from the beginning, which was a little disturbing, was awesome.  The script, direction and story behind all the action was  put together amazingly.  Oh, and Michael Keaton as the corporate bad guy, that was perfect.  That man is a very talented actor.  ★★★☆ (A-)

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Michael Keaton Still Game For Beetlejuice 2 – CinemaBlend.com

By: Kristy Puchko


Before Johnny Depp came along and became Tim Burton’s ever-odd muse, the director with a taste for the dark side was fixated on Michael Keaton. The pair made Batman, Batman Returns and Beetlejuice together, but haven’t collaborated on a film since. Even though more than twenty years have passed between now and their last joint effort, Keaton is game to reunite with Burton for the oft-rumored sequel to Beetlejuice.

In promotion of his upcoming vehicle Need for Speed, Keaton appeared on The Today Show where he was subjected to the awkward interview stylings of Savannah Guthrie. Asked about if he’s be ga[…]

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Winona Ryder Interested In Coming Back For Beetlejuice 2

By: Nick Venable


There were a lot of left field sequels and remakes announced this year, but the strangest one of all – besides the recently announced follow-up to It’s a Wonderful Life – is the not-quite set in stone Beetlejuice 2, with a reteaming of director Tim Burton and the host with the most Michael Keaton. But Beetlejuice just wouldn’t be the same if he didn’t have the eternally goth Lydia around to poke fun at, so it’s pretty exciting that there is an extremely good chance Winona Ryder will also be coming back to reprise her role.

As is the case with anything Beetlejuice 2-related, there isn’t anything official, but Ryder has hinted to The Daily Beast that there are serious talks going on behind the scenes. “I’m kind of sworn to secrecy,” she told them. “But it sounds like it might be happening.”

While Ryder may have been skeptical about coming back to that universe before, she was won over by the script from author Seth Grahame-Smith, who wrote Burton’s Dark Shadows. “It’s not a remake,” she said. “It’s 27 years later. And I have to say, I love Lydia so much. She was such a huge part of me. I would really be interested in what she is doing 27 years later.” She gives the role credit for giving her a career, so I think we can definitely expect some Lydia Deetz in our futures, probably wearing a black overcoat and loads more makeup.

But don’t expect her to go on if she’s the only familiar face involved. “I would never go near [a sequel] if it was not Tim and Michael,” she said. “Because those guys, I love.” Don’t worry, I’m pretty sure millions of other people wouldn’t go near it either. I shudder to think about anyone else taking over the Beetlejuice role, like Robert Pattinson or Channing Tatum or someone more bankable to studios than Keaton. Ugh.

Ryder’s upcoming slate of films only includes the James Franco vs. Jason Statham actioner Homefront and the David Hare’s sequel to his Page Eight TV movie, titled Turks & Caicos. So I think we can safely assume she’ll be up for it whenever production is supposed to take place.

What do you guys think about it? Would you rather see Beetlejuice in an entirely different place in his (after)life, or are you fine with he and Lydia still catching up after all these years? Relive their magical meeting below and let us know what you’re thinking in the comments.

Source: Cinema Blend

Tim Burton In Talks To Direct Beetlejuice 2 With Michael Keaton

By: Eric Eisenberg

image It would appear that Tim Burton is feeling very nostalgic these days. Last year he directed feature adaptations of both his favorite show as a kid (Dark Shadows) and one of his early short films (Frankenweenie) and now there are reports that he’s in talks to direct a sequel to one of his earliest hits. Following up on rumors that we heard last night, The Wrap is now reporting that Burton is negotiating a deal that will have him back in the director’s chair to make Beetlejuice 2,

Those who know their Burton history know that this actually isn’t the first time that the director has been close to making a Beetlejuice sequel. Though it sounds like a joke, in 1990 Burton actually started working on a movie called Beetlejuice Goes Hawaiian, which would see the Deetz family moving to the island state so that the father, Charles, could develop a resort that winds up being on the burial ground of a Hawaii sorcerer (the story concludes when Beetlejuice wins a surf contest using magic and saves the day). Both Michael Keaton and Winona Ryder were attached to star, but the director wound up getting distracted by Batman Returns and never came back to the project.

Rather than sending the ghost with the most to The Aloha State, instead a new adventure is being planned. Seth Grahame-Smith, who worked with Burton on the critically-scorned Dark Shadows and wrote the books “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” and “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies,” penned the screenplay for the project, though at this time no plot details are available. The best news we’ve heard about the sequel so far is that Keaton is expected to return in the title role (why would you bother making the movie otherwise?).

Part of Burton’s decision to return to the world of Beetlejuice could be explained by the fact that the status of what was supposed to be his next project is up in the air. The director has been linked to an adaptation of the book Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children since 2011, and while that film has a release date set for July 31, 2015, it doesn’t look like Burton is going to be the one to direct it.

If you’re excited for Beetlejuice 2, however, the bad news is that you may have to wait a little while to see it. The Wrap says that the project definitely won’t be the director’s next project – though at this point it isn’t exactly clear what will be his next. He is currently in post-production on Big Eyes, which is a biopic about painter Margaret Keane that stars Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz. While expected to come out some time next year, that title doesn’t currently have a release date.

Source: Cinema Blend

Writing begins on “Beetlejuice” sequel?

By: Arielle Stomski Chester


It was announced in 2011 that a sequel to the cult horror film “Beetlejuice” (1988) was in development. Tim Burton would produce the film and Michael Keaton would reprise his role as the eccentric title character. The sequel would be written by Seth Grahame-Smith , who has recently worked with Burton on “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” and “Dark Shadows”. No new developments had been announced on the project until now.

On March 12, Grahame-Smith posted a viral picture on his Instagram account. In it, we can see Beetlejuice’s signature pinstripe outfit and the screenplay software “Final Draft” in the background. The caption for the picture contains one of Beetlejuice’s now-famous phrases: “It’s showtime.” Fans easily took the hint, and are now more excited than ever to see the freelance ghost back on the big screen.

Grahame-Smith has said that the script is, “not a reboot or a remake, it’s a straight sequel with Michael Keaton returning as Beetlejuice. It’s a true continuation 26 years later”. No word has been given regarding the release date, but the film will likely be released around 2015.

Are you looking forward to the return of “Beetlejuice”?

Source: IFC

Keaton, Stone, Watts And Galifianakis Join Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu Comedy Birdman

By: Eric Eisenberg

michael_keaton_36181Director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu is changing gears in a major way for his next project. While we have gotten to know the filmmaker through his deeply dramatic, soul crushing movies like Amores Perros21 GramsBabel andBiutiful, his next title, Birdman, will take him head-first into the world of comedy. And he’s assembled an absolutely amazing cast to take the trip with him.

The Hollywood Reporter has learned that Michael Keaton, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts and Zach Galifianakis have all signed on for Inarritu’s first comedy. As previously reported, the movie will center on an aging actor who earned fame while young playing an iconic superhero, Birdman. Looking for a way to see his name back in lights, he realizes that his best course of action is to put on a Broadway play. Keaton, who actually played Batman in Tim Burton‘s Batman and Batman Returns, will star as the lead and Stone will play his daughter, a young woman fresh out of rehab who works as her father’s assistant. The trade adds, “Watts will be an actress in the play, while Galifianakis will play the production’s conniving producer.” The film is still looking to fill two major roles: the lead actor in the play and Keaton’s character’s ex wife.

While most of the actors will be working with the director for the first time, Watts previously starred in 21 Grams, though this will obviously be a very different kind of movie. I love the fact that Keaton may be playing some kind of odd version of himself, and it’s just straight up awesome that he’s been signing on for so many projects recently.

Birdman is looking to start production early next month.

Source: Cinema Blend


Michael Keaton Joins Aaron Paul In Need For Speed

By:  Eric Eisenberg


Thanks to an extended trailer that featured even more stunts, action and car racing than the Super Bowl spot (not to mention more Gina Carano vs. Michelle Rodriguez), Fast & Furious 6 has dominated a lot of attention today, but it’s no longer the only big car-centric action movie on the block. Dreamworks is quickly putting together their adaptation of the Need For Speed video game series with Aaron Paul and Dominic Cooper already set to star, and today they’re stealing a bit of attention away from the established franchise by adding Batman to its lineup.

Michael Keaton, who has been absent from the feature scene since 2010’sThe Other Guys and Toy Story 3, is continuing his comeback by addingNeed For Speed to his upcoming slate. Based on a script by brothers John and George Gatins, the film is about a street racer (Paul) who is framed by his former partner (Cooper) and sent to prison. Upon his release he signs on for a cross-country race from New York to Los Angeles to get revenge. Unfortunately, his former partner puts a price on his head, putting more than a few roadblocks in the hero’s way. According to The Hollywood Reporter, which broke the casting news, Keaton will be playing the host of the underground supercar race “where he invites the best drivers from around the world.” Scott Waugh, who hit it big co-directing the real-marine thriller Act of Valor, is directing.

Keaton most recently starred as the villain in José Padilha‘s RoboCopremake, alongside Joel Kinnaman, Jackie Earle Haley Samuel L. Jackson, Gary Oldman, Abbie Cornish, Jennifer Ehle and Jay Baruchel. That film will be released February 7, 2014.

Source: Cinema Blend