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Eva Longoria developing Sci-Fi for Disney branded TV based on Carlos Hernandez’s book ‘Sal and Gabi break the universe’

Obi-Wan Kenobi star Ewan McGregor confirms filming has wrapped on the Disney+ series

Box Office: Marvel’s ‘Shang-Chi’ Opens to $8.8 Million in Thursday Previews

Letitia Wright injured after Stunt Rig Incident On ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’

Charlize Theron and KiKi Layne Return for ‘The Old Guard’ Sequel

‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ Wraps Filming with a release date of May 26th 2022

Paul Rudd confirms he’s already filming Ant Man 3

Aaron Taylor-Johnson to Play Marvel’s ‘Kraven the Hunter’ for Sony Pictures

‘Star Trek: Picard’ Officially Renewed for Season 3 at Paramount+

Bad Wolf has begun filming season 3 of His Dark Materials

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‘SEE’ post-apocalyptic drama returns for new season on  Apple TV+

“See” takes place in the distant future, after a deadly virus decimated humankind. Those who survived emerged blind. Jason Momoa stars as Baba Voss — the father of twins born centuries later with the mythic ability to see — who must protect his tribe against a powerful yet desperate queen who wants the twins destroyed. 

‘Jungle Cruise’ Sequel In The Works At Disney

If you were a fan of the first one hopefully this won’t disappoint.
Once again starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Emily Blunt. Jaume Collet-Serra is also signed on return as director, while Michael Green is back to write the script.

I don’t know much else so far but
no official mention of Jack Whitehall yet, although his tweets hint that he will return.
 Marvel and Sony Pictures released the first 3 minute trailer for the much-anticipated sequel film “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” starring Tom Holland as the famous webslinger. The trailer however was leaked a day earlier ahead of the planned reveal at Las Vegas’ CinemaCon 2021. The trailer brings back a few other characters including Doctor Strange and also Doctor Octopus who appeared alongside Toby Maguire in Spiderman 2 back in 2004.

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Netflix has released the cast  of Jupiter’s Legacy which effectively means that they will not be making a second series.

However it’s not the last we’ll hear of Millarworld. Likely development of Supercrooks being discussed. Details will follow soon. 
                

Marvel adding to its slate with Armor Wars

Following the success of WandaVision, Falcon and the Winter Soldier and Loki, Marvel is continuing to build on its upcoming development slate for limited series as sources say Yassir Lester has been brought on to pen Armor Wars starring Don Cheadle, who will reprise his role of James Rhodes aka War Machine. Plot details are vague other then the question being raised, what would happen if Tony Starks technology fell into the wrong hands?

Recipe for an adventure fantasy

Sci-fi and fantasy news: Jungle Cruise reviewTake a large mixing bowl and pour in 10 grams of Indiana Jones, add half a cup of Romancing The Stone , a tablespoon of Baron Bomburst from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, a drop of The Mummy (1999 vintage). Mix thoroughly and bake for two years.

The result is Jungle Cruise. Try a slice with a side order of popcorn and Coke. I know it’s not quite the right genre but it’s fun and it is the school hols after all.

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Amazon Studios’ big-budget The Lord of the Rings TV series is leaving the franchise’s longtime home in New Zealand and moving production to the UK starting with the upcoming second season.

Zack Snyder To Direct Sci-fi Adventure Film “Rebel Moon” For Netflix

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When a peaceful colony on the edge of the galaxy finds itself threatened by the armies of the tyrannical Regent Balisarius, they dispatch a young woman with a mysterious past to seek out warriors from neighboring planets to help them take a stand.

The Good Place star Jameela Jamil is turning evil to join Marvel's She-Hulk series on Disney+. The site has confirmed other reports that Jamil will be playing Titania, a Marvel Comics villain who can certainly match She-Hulk's power. Marvel has declined to comment.

Blast from the past

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The Quatermass Experiment
BBC 1953
An experimental spacecraft returns to earth with two of its three-man crew missing and the third transforming into an alien creature. It’s up to Professor Quatermass to save London.
Created by Nigel Kneale and directed by Rudolf Cartier.

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Temuera Morrison surprised fans of Star Wars by returning to the franchise and bringing Boba Fett back to life in the second season of The Mandalorian reports Collider Now, we’re getting our own series starring Morrison and following Fett’s adventures with The Book of Boba Fett, Morrison has revealed that his new series will flashback to the original Star Wars films.

In the world of the Highlander films, there can be only one and Henry Cavill has his eyes on the title. Sources tell Deadline that the Man of Steel star is in talks for one of the lead roles in Lionsgate’s reboot of Highlander with John Wick director Chad Stahelski helming.

Sci-fi and fantasy news: Dwayne Johnson will voice krypto

Dwayne Johnson will voice Krypto the Super-Dog in DC’s upcoming animated movie, DC League of Super-Pets, according to a report by Deadline. The report also stated that Johnson will not only be voicing the superdog, but his production company, Seven Bucks Production, is producing the movie as well.

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An NFT of the late Chadwick Boseman create for the 93rd Academy Awards by Andre Oshea is being redesigned after sparking backlash online.
“I now recognize that Chadwick’s face is a triggering reminder of his death,, rather than his life.”

Mini Reviews

1/5

Shadow In The Cloud – Amazon

Please do not waste your time. A script that was written in about 10 minutes, £10 spent on special effects and a storyline beyond ridiculous, especially “what was in the box”.
Chloë Grace Moretz does her best with what she has to work with but the whole thing just falls short in all aspects including the running time of 1hr 24minutes. Obviously with a film being this bad a 1hr 24min running time seems more like a blessing. Most of film takes place in a B-17 gun turret underneath the plane which is followed by a ludicrous scene as the star manoeuvres herself along the outside of the plane whilst still in full flight. It’s partially a WWII film so why is the music played on a synthesiser and would suit better in a episode of Dr WHO back in the early 80’s. I wouldn’t waste your time on this film, just watch the trailer it is better than the film.  

Rating
3/5

The Tomorrow War – Amazon

I really wanted to like this as I’m a big Chris Pratt fan. Unfortunately the script seems written in a rush and the plot has more holes than Swiss cheese. The acting apart from a few characters is amateurish and the film is also 30 minutes longer than it needed to be. It would seem that Amazon were bored of Netflix making big CGI films and thought “Hey we can do this as well” and they pulled out all the stops. The CGI isn’t bad but that isn’t the only thing to make a film. It could have been better but if you turn your brain off it’s not a bad way to spend 2hrs 20mins. One last thing, if this is 30 years in the future why are they using the same guns as the people from 30 years in the past…………. Where are the laser guns or something?

Rating
4/5
Raya and the last Dragon -Disney+

Last year Disney Pixar released a truly marvelous film called ‘Soul’ and 1 year on they have done it again. Characters are original although, as usual, the star has an animal sidekick. Some of the most striking imagery that Disney has ever produced and plenty of jokes, action and a storyline to keep the whole family entertained for 1hr 47mins. Give it a watch and transport yourself into the mystical world of dragons, you will not be disappointed.
Well done Disney!

Rating (Interim)
3.5/5

The Nevers
Okay so I’m only one episode in but it’s clear that it’s going to take an episode or two more before I even begin to understand what’s going on. I get the basic plot: a gang of Victorian women who find themselves with unusual abilities, relentless enemies, and a mission that might change the world. Fantasy certainly; intriguing definitely; watchable absolutely. Superb production and excellent performances all round. Time will tell.

Surprised if this gets a second season.
Rating
2.5/5

 

 

Intergalactic Sky One
The saying, you can’t judge a book by its cover also applies to a series by its promo.
The year is 2134, binge drinking is still a thing and 1990’s vocabulary trips off the tongue, even a split tongue.
Sets and production values are reasonable but the cast, although trying their best, is fighting against the quagmire of a cliché riddled script. To return to the book analogy, if the first chapter doesn’t grab you it’s unlikely you’ll finish the book.

Rating
3.5/5

Army of the Dead – Netflix
After Zack Snyder fans saw the ZSJL cut their expectations may have been too high for Army of the Dead. This is not a superhero film and is not to be taken seriously. You could also say that it was more like a cannibal film than a zombie film. The script was a little cheesey and the acting was below par (may be David Bautista should not be a leading man). Don’t expect too much and don’t expect awards. It was enjoyable and gory but predictable, but what zombie films aren’t?

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