The Rookie Actors Respond To Results Of Sexual Harassment Investigation

It’s been a few weeks since Afton Williamson abruptly quit The Rookie, alleging she had been sexually harassed and racially discriminated against by people on the set. Afton Williamson publicly indicated one of the people she was making allegations against was Demetrius Grosse, along with a hairdresser on the series. An investigation was launched that later found Grosse was not behaving inappropriately during the alleged incidents, and now he and Afton Williamson have both made public statements regarding what happened.

We’ve known for a while that The Rookie parent company eOne had completed an outside investigation with the help of law firm Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP and investigators EXTTI. However, the results of that investigation became public this week and now a statement from eOne says that an outside probe was done into the matter, determining that they “respect” Afton Williamson’s experience and decision to quit the show, but that it was ultimately found her coworkers on the series were not being inappropriate during the filming of The Rookie.

Following the release of the eOne statement (via Deadline), Afton Williamson took to social media to clarify that she still feels she was treated poorly on the set of The Rookie and that the results of the investigation feel like a setback to her. As part of a longer statement on Instagram she said:

As for Demetrius Grosse, the actor’s representative reported that Grosse “lost” working jobs in the wake of the Afton Williamson allegations. Grosse spoke through his attorney, Andrew Brettler, about the matter, who crafted a statement:

This post closed with the comment “onward,” also noting that Demetrius Grosse has maintained gigs in upcoming projects such as Jordan Peele’s Lovecraft Country. He will also be in Body Cam and Swagger, a new series, coming up.

The Rookie will be heading into Season 2, and showrunner Alexi Hawley has already detailed how the show will handle the exit of Afton Williamson’s character, Talia Bishop. We know Talia will shifting to a Federal Agency where she hopes to climb the ladder of success.

In the meantime, Nathan Fillion, who is the lead on the ABC series, will be without a partner at the start of the series. This will give the show a unique opportunity to have the character pair with different people on the show before finding his character a new partner, presumably at some point during the upcoming season.

The Rookie will return to ABC’s schedule on Sunday, September 29 in the 10 p.m. ET slot. For more on when your fall favorites are returning, take a look at our premiere schedule.

Sylvester Stallone Wants A Rambo Prequel To Happen

This weekend, one of Sylvester Stallone‘s most iconic film characters, John Rambo, will take what appears to be his last ride in the new film Rambo: Last Blood. Rambo first hit the screen back in 1982 and while the near 40 year journey might be ending for Stallone, that doesn’t mean that the story is truly over for Rambo, as the actor would love to see a Rambo prequel happen.

We first meet John Rambo in 1982’s First Blood after he has already been through the horrors of the Vietnam War. It’s clear the experience has had a permanent impact on the man’s soul. Sylvester Stallone says he’d like to see a movie go back and show the person that Rambo was before Vietnam made him the man we know. According to Stallone…

None of the movies, or the novel the first film is based on, ever really give us any indication what sort of man John Rambo was before ending up in Vietnam. However, Stallone tells ScreenRant that he apparently has a very clear idea of who Rambo was before he was drafted. He was the all-American boy.

It’s stated in Rambo III that Rambo’s exceptional abilities in combat came more from natural talent than training, the training just perfected what was already there, so it would stand to reason that he was an incredible athlete, but the idea that John Rambo was the most popular kid in school really doesn’t match with the man we see in the films, but then, of course, that’s the point. War has changed him forever.

While prequels often seem like a last ditch effort to pull more success from a popular franchise when there’s nowhere left for the story to go, a prequel to Rambo doesn’t necessarily sound like the craziest idea. We know this character has a story from earlier in his life, we’re not inventing one, and watching this super popular, super talented, kid go through the experience of training and war that turned him into the killing machine that he became would certainly be full of drama.

There’s plenty of opportunity here for action, which the Rambo series truly embraced in its sequels, but we could also see a lot of the personal drama, and trauma, that was key to First Blood as we watch this man who is so, unfortunately, good at his job, come to terms with his own actions and become a prisoner of war.

Perhaps, if Rambo: Last Blood does well at the box office, we could see a prequel. Before we see the beginning of the story, however, it’s time to see the end. Last Blood is in theaters Friday.

Jai Courtney Teases Captain Boomerang’s Return In The Suicide Squad

Although he debuted in the comics as a Flash villain and continues to antagonize the Scarlet Speedster periodically, Digger Harkness, a.k.a. Captain Boomerang, is arguably just as well known for being a member of the Suicide Squad, having been affiliated with the group since it was re-imagined in the 1980s. So naturally he was included in 2016’s Suicide Squad, played by Jai Courtney, and he’ll also be one of the few returning characters in the next cinematic appearance of the officially-designated Task Force X, The Suicide Squad.

Sure, throwing weapons from Australia are key to depicting Captain Boomerang, but when it comes to Jai Courtney’s version of the character, that gold tooth is almost as important… somewhat important? Okay, maybe it’s not that big a deal, but the actor wears it finely, and this Instagram post makes it clear that Jai Courtney is ready to step back into

Even by the Suicide Squad’s standards, Captain Boomerang is particularly abhorrent due to his cowardice and obnoxious behavior. And yet, he’s been a mainstay in the Squad for decades on the printed page, and Jai Courntey’s Boomerang was one of the main sources of comedic relief in the last movie, making it logical why he’d be back for The Suicide Squad.

When we last saw Captain Boomerang in the DC Extended Universe, he was the only surviving member of the team who didn’t get any perks following the mission to defeat Enchantress and Incubus in Midway City. Clearly his luck hasn’t changed if he’s still having to serve on the team, although it’s unclear if Boomerang has been stuck in prison this whole time or if he returned to the outside world, and then was tossed back into Belle Reve.

Jai Courtney’s Captain Boomerang is one of only four characters who will be back for The Suicide Squad, the other three being Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn, Viola Davis’ Amanda Waller and Joel Kinnaman’s Rick Flag. The rest of the cast is comprised of brand-new faces, from John Cena and Michael Rooker to David Dastmalchian and Daniela Melchior, though it’ll be a while until we officially learn who their characters are.

This time around, Jai Courtney and his fellow performers are being directed by James Gunn, who also wrote the script. Gunn boarded The Suicide Squad during that period when he’d been fired from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, and once he’s done with this DC project, he’ll return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe to reunite with Star-Lord and the gang. Principal photography on The Suicide Squad is set to begin soon in Atlanta, Georgia.

The Suicide Squad charges into theaters on August 21, 2021, so stay tuned to CinemaBlend for more updates on its development. You can also learn what other DC movies are on the way with our comprehensive guide.

It’s Time To Bring Back The Brendan Fraser Mummy Franchise

The Mummy Ardeth, Rick, Evie, and Jonathan prepare to face something with a torch

Universal has been trying to turn its stable of Universal Monsters into a shared universe for quite some time. The corpses to The Wolfman, Dracula Untold and 2017’s The Mummy are all the proof you need, as the Dark Universe experiment failed not once, but twice, to do just that.

With a third spin of the wheel coming through movies like Leigh Whannell’s take on The Invisible Man, starring Elizabeth Moss, those legendary monsters are not going anywhere anytime soon. However, there’s another option as to how Universal could revive one of its most prized franchises.

Rather than introduces us to another new version of The Mummy, perhaps it’s time to dust off the Brendan Fraser/Rachel Weisz-led series for another ride. It may sound crazy at first, but hear me out, as I think there are some pretty amazing reasons for why sending Rick and Evie on another supernatural adventure is just the ticket to Universal’s monster woes.

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Brendan Fraser Is Still Game For Another Mummy Movie

Point blank, the first reason is something that’s so obvious it shouldn’t even need to be said. In a recent interview, Brendan Fraser himself said he’d be game to do another Mummy movie. So long as this new film approaches the material with the right amount of fun, the man himself has said that he’d be ready to head off into the fray again.

The fact that Brendan Fraser would put that thought into the world after the rough patch he went through in life says something. With part of those tough times including getting really banged up due to The Mummy movies, you’d think Brendan Fraser wouldn’t want to have anything to do with them. And yet, he’s ready and willing to have fun again. Something tells me if the right Mummy script landed on his desk, he’d be all smiles, and that’s too good of a moment to pass up.

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Legacyquels Are Hot Right Now

The term “legacyquel” came into play pretty recently, but the concept itself has been at work for quite some time. Basically, if you’re making a sequel to a franchise after a long period of time, but you’re including new characters and concepts as well, you’re making a legacyquel. And as we’ve seen with Jurassic World and its sequel, as well as tons of other films that have made nostalgic hits of themselves, it’s a pretty hot concept.

Having The Mummy wade into the world of legacyquels is a perfect way for Universal to embrace its existing IP, while also pushing it forward into the next chapter. Fraser’s Rick and Rachel Weisz’s Evie are one of those pairs you could drop into any sort of monstrous adventure.

The Mummy Evie Rick and Jonathan explore a tunnel together

Rick And Evelyn Are Characters Who Haven’t Gone Out Of Style

Part of the mistake with the Tom Cruise-starring version of The Mummy was that whoever selected that film as a Dark Universe kickoff probably did so because of the popularity of the Brendan Fraser/Rachel Weisz series, without realizing what made it so successful. Here’s a hint: it wasn’t just Arnold Vosloo’s Imhotep that made the films a success, as Fraser and Weisz’s Thin Man-style chemistry made the monster hunting even more exciting.

You could cook up a story about how Rick and Evie age much slower than normal people because of the supernatural forces they’ve tangled with and bring them to the modern age. Or you could make a fantastic period adventure, like director Stephen Sommers did with those first two films. Either way, so long as Rick and Evelyn O’Connell, as well as the rest of their Mummy friends and family, are able to match wits while fighting great evil, you can team them up against anything.

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The Dark Universe Made It Easy To Pick Up Where The Mummy Left Off

While that latest version of The Mummy does have a lot of explaining to do, it managed to do a couple things right. Not only does it set up Tom Cruise’s Nick Morton as a new Mummy, it also incorporated the “Book of the Dead” from the Fraser/Weisz films into that particular universe. Should anyone looking to bring Rick and Evie back want to use another Mummy, we have one now, and the timing couldn’t be better.

Again, there could be an easy explanation as to why those characters come back into the modern world, and a lot of supernatural fun could be part of the process. Plus, with Russell Crowe’s Dr. Jekyll and his organization Prodigium being the current custodians of the book, there’s plenty of room for divulging the details of how he got it in the first place. More than likely, through an adventure with The O’Connells.

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We Can’t Let The Mummy: Tomb Of The Dragon Emperor End The Series

Bringing back a franchise like The Mummy is definitely dangerous. If one isn’t careful, it could turn into one hell of a mess that sees everything that made it so special fall away. That fate has certainly befallen the Brendan Fraser variant of The Mummy, as seen in its ill-advised threequel The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor; and it’s also why at least one final Mummy movie is in order.

With a story and execution that felt like a cheap imitation of the previously polished franchise, it didn’t even let fans say good bye to Rachel Weisz’s Evie, as she refused to return for this third film. That right there makes the film easy to forget about, but the general boredom that movie inspired was so antithetical to what Stephen Sommers’ previous films gave us. If we’re to do The Mummy justice, let’s start by giving it a sequel it deserves, and potentially the ending it needs to be a complete and consistently good trilogy.

Legacyquels are sometimes a method of righting the wrongs of franchises who lost their way. Robocop Returns and Terminator: Dark Fate are both looking to wipe the slate clean, and dial things back to overwrite the less favored entries in their respective series. It’s only fair that The Mummy would be allowed to take that same tactic, and bring Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz back together to potentially finish the series in style, if not resurrect it for a continued partnership that would please fans all over.

As of this moment, it doesn’t look like any big plans are in the works for The Mummy, as the failure of the 2017 reboot has probably buried that title for a couple of years. Thought the Universal Monsters will have their day at the movies again thanks to Paul Feig’s upcoming Dark Army project he’s now working on. Adept to comedy and suspense in equal turns, and with a penchant for the sparkling wit that Feig loves to add to his work, the writer/director could breathe new life into this extremely fitting franchise.

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Jurassic World’s Colin Trevorrow Explains Why He Didn’t Want To Direct Guardians Of The Galaxy

Colin Trevorrow is famously the almost-director of the upcoming ninth Star Wars film, as he left due to “creative differences” and The Force Awakens’ J.J. Abrams then returned to the franchise. But apparently, the Jurassic World director almost helmed a space epic for Marvel Studios too! Here’s what Trevorrow recently revealed:

The conversation came up on the live taping in London as Colin Trevorrow was gushing about Kevin Feige’s carefully crafted MCU, calling it “one of the most impressive feats of narrative construction in film history.” He then revealed his meeting with the Marvel folks, though it never came to fruiton due to his unfamiliarity with the comic book material.

After his breakout indie hit in 2012’s Safety Not Guaranteed, Colin Trevorrow found a franchise that better aligned to his childhood passions. Trevorrow said he was a “Spielberg kid,” so it’s perfect that he would end up working with the famed director on revitalizing his classic franchise.

After handing off the directing reigns to J.A. Bayona for Fallen Kingdom, Trevorrow will return for Jurassic World 3 to close out the franchise. He has called it “a celebration” of the entire franchise, giving fans hope for a reunion with more of the original cast. Jurassic World 3 will reportedly soon begin filming in Pinewood Studios in London ahead of its June 11, 2021 release.

Until then, Colin Trevorrow recently directed an eight-minute short set in the Jurassic World and feature new dinosaur species called Battle at Big Rock, which premiered on FX on Sunday.

As far as Guardians of the Galaxy goes, the third film will begin production after James Gunn’s work on The Suicide Squad. No word on a release date yet, but it will likely be a part of Marvel’s Phase Five.

Downton Abbey Creator Didn’t Think The Movie Would Happen

After six years of televised heartbreak, suspense and ultimately bliss, Downton Abbey fans almost immediately wanted to know if there was going to be a movie in the works. No one knew this better than writer/creator Julian Fellowes, and for a little while, he didn’t even know that a film continuing the story of the Crawley family would happen in the first place.

As with any good idea though, it all started with an idea that would inspire it all. Fellowes described how the entire process began, as follows;

It’s strange that the man who crafted 52 episodes worth of intrigue, romance and humor could feel himself hit such a stumbling block. But then again, even by the time Downton Abbey had reached its end in 2015, it did feel like everything that could be done was already used up.

For Downton Abbey to have a cinematic journey, it needed an event big enough to put both the Crawleys, led by Hugh Bonneville and Elizabeth McGovern, as well as their downstairs staff, through their paces. And as he’d revealed to Page Six, all it took was a real life visit made by the royals in 1912 to inspire the film’s fictitious 1927 royal affair.

Which is interesting, as depending on when King George V visited Lord and Lady Grantham in that particular year, he’d not only have seen them in mourning for their lost relatives on the Titanic, but he’d also have been placed squarely in the first season of Downton Abbey. And how in the world do you continue your show when you already have a royal visit right out the gate?

Even with a great idea, the years between Downton Abbey’s film incarnation being first mentioned as a passing concern in 2016 to the film’s 2018 production window certainly presented challenges to the project’s prospects. Story was only the beginning of Julian Fellowes’ problems, as he wasn’t going to do the film if he couldn’t get the entire main cast back for the ride. Fellowes continued to explain his woes thusly:

In the end, everything worked out the way it needed to, and Downton Abbey is making its way to the big screen in its own time. With director Michael Engler’s film already open in international territories, the U.K. naturally being one of them, it’s set to make its US debut this Friday, after a one-night fan event gave domestic audiences their own chance to see the film last week.

Who knows? If Downton Abbey translates to the screen in a way that rekindles the love affair fans have had with the series, there might be more adventures with Michelle Dockery’s Lady Mary, Laura Carmichael’s Lady Edith and, of course, Maggie Smith’s Dowager Countess, yet to come. For now, you can catch the film as it rolls out into wide release, starting with early shows Thursday night. And if you’re interested to see what initial critical reaction has been like for the film, you can see our roundup, as well as our own review of Downton Abbey, which are both available for your perusal.

Did Jojo Rabbit Just Become An Oscars 2020 Best Picture Frontrunner?

Taika Waititi just shook up the Oscar race. Yes, the filmmaker best known for his quirky and refreshing Marvel entry, Thor: Ragnarok (and the voice behind friendly pile-of-rocks sidekick, Korg) could have a Best Picture contender on his hands. Waititi’s Nazi Germany satire Jojo Rabbit has won Toronto International Film Festival People’s Choice Award. Past winners almost always score top Oscar nominations and have later become Best Picture winners.

Last year, TIFF’s audience award was awarded to Green Book, which gave the film a boost to its Best Picture win earlier this year. The honor was also given to 12 Years a Slave, The King’s Speech and Slumdog Millionaire before claiming the big Oscar prize. In fact, for the past seven years in a row, the TIFF People’s Choice pick has found a place in the Best Picture nomination category, including major past contenders Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, La La Land, Room and Silver Linings Playbook.

Taika Waititi’s film was met with positive to mixed reactions from critics. It made a good impression on CinemaBlend’s own Sean O’Connell and Corey Chichizola who both praised Jojo Rabbit for being “heartfelt”, along with being packed with laughs. The movie currently has a 74% Rotten Tomatoes score with over 60 reviews filed.

Due to the film’s irreverent nature, it could be divisive in the Oscar race as award’s season moves forward. Jojo Rabbit has Taika Waititi playing an imaginary friend version of Adolf Hitler to a young boy in his army (Roman Griffin Davis), while his mom Rosie (Scarlett Johansson) is hiding a Jewish girl in her house.

The Fox Searchlight release was previously reported to be a point of worry for new parent company Disney, though Scarlett Johansson recently said the studio is excited about the Oscar hopeful gaining traction during the season, to her own surprise.

Taika Waititi had been trying to get Jojo Rabbit made for eight years and faced plenty of rejection before getting the green light shortly after the success of Thor: Ragnarok. He wrote the script based on the Christine Leunens novel, Caging Skies.

Early praise for Jojo Rabbit has revolved around its sweet coming-of-age quality between its gutsy subject matter revolving around a goofy Hitler character. It’s the kind of movie that by no means should work, but has impressed early audiences with how well it actually does.

Jojo Rabbit’s TIFF award almost secures a spot in the Best Picture category, but does it have a chance to win? Keep following along with us here on CinemaBlend as award season unfolds. The Nazi Germany comedy arrives to theaters on October 18.

All The Original Movies On The Way To Disney+

Anna Kendrick as Noelle

When Disney+ launches on November 12, it’s going to instantly be popular if for no other reason than it will contain a library of some of the most popular films and television shows of all time. However, simply containing all of Disney’s classic material won’t be enough to make for a successful streaming service. Disney+ will also, over time, release a great deal of material, both movies and series, exclusive to Disney+.

Most of the attention has been given to the planned Disney+ series, due to their connections with major franchises like Marvel and Star Wars. However, Disney+ is also planning several original movies for the service, the first of which will be arriving on Day One. Let’s go over what’s on the way to Disney+ on this front.

Lady and the Tramp

Lady and the Tramp

Live-action remakes have been massive business at the box office for Disney in recent years, so it shows just how dedicated to streaming the company now is that one of those remakes will be an exclusive streaming film. Lady and the Tramp might not be one of Disney’s box office behemoths, but it’s a classic film with huge name recognition.

Rather than being a fully CGI creation like The Lion King was recently, Lady and the Tramp used actual dogs for the new movie. Tessa Thompson will voice Lady and Justin Theroux handles the Tramp. This will be one of the first original films Disney+ subscribers will be able to watch as its already confirmed to be a day one release.

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Dolphin Reef

Animation was what put the Walt Disney Company on the map, but the studio has been making wildlife documentaries for almost as long. Recent Disneynature entries like Born in China and Penguins have been released in theaters, but Dolphin Reef will make its debut on Disney+ instead, with Natalie Portman as the narrator.

The successor to the True Life Adventures films created by Walt Disney himself may not be massive box office hits like basically everything else the studio produces, but that’s part of the reason the streaming service is so potentially powerful, There’s a good chance something like Dolphin Reef will get a lot more viewers streaming than it would have seen as a theatrical release. It will be a day one release for Disney+

Anna Kendrick in Noelle

Noelle

Noelle is a movie that’s been sitting on ice some time now. The project was originally slated for a theatrical release, but the movie vanished from the big screen schedule a couple years back, before resurfacing as a Disney+ movie.

What’s unclear from all that is whether this is a situation similar to the one Netflix has found itself in, where movies have been shopped to the streaming service after studios determined they would be unsuccessful theatrically, or if Disney, in fact, thinks the movie is so strong that it will draw streaming subscribers. The exact release date of this one is unknown, but it’s a Christmas movie, so it should be hitting shortly after launch.

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Togo

One of the areas where streaming services can be quite beneficial to movies as a whole is giving projects that might not survive the box office a place for life. These days it’s hard to get anything that isn’t a blockbuster level franchise to get the green light. A story about a man and a sled dog racing through the icy wilderness of Alaska doesn’t seem like the sort of thing that would beat a comic book movie at the box office, but it’s no less dramatic.

Togo will star Willem Dafoe as Leonhard Seppala, the leader of a sled dog team racing to bring diphtheria serum to isolated Nome, Alaska in 1925. Togo was Seppala’s lead dog and the team handled the longest single leg of the relay. Since nothing has been publicly released regarding this movie yet, we likely won’t be seeing it until sometime in 2020.

Stargirl

Stargirl

Stargirl (not to be confused with the same-named, upcoming DC Universe show) is based on the 2000 novel by author Jenny Spinelli and tells the story of Stargirl Caraway, a young teenager making the transition from home school to high school. At first, Stargirl’s unusual ways make her popular, but before long she is turned on for her differences. While the novel won over critics and won several awards, this is yet another smaller production that probably would never happen if theatrical release was the only outlet.

America’s Got Talent competitor Grace Avery VanderWaal will be making her film debut in the role of Stargirl. Graham Verchere will co-star as her friend Leo. This is another film we’d expect to drop in 2020. If it’s a hit, the book has a sequel, so the movie could see one as well.

Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made

Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made

Timmy Failure is a popular book series about a small boy who believes himself to be the world’s greatest detective. With his partner, a 1,200 pound imaginary polar bear named Total, he opens the Total Failure Detective Agency. The film is being directed by Spotlight‘s Tom McCarthy and is based on a screenplay by Stephan Pastis, the original creator of Timmy Failure.

While Timmy Failure may not be a Disney property, few know family entertainment quite like the House of Mouse, and this one sounds like just the sort of “everybody gather around the TV” sort of movie that could attract the whole family. Folks at D23 got a sneak peek of the undated movie, so hopefully the rest of us won’t be too far behind.

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Flora & Ulysses

Flora & Ulysses is the story of a 10-year-old girl (Flora) and the squirrel she rescues (Ulysses). Flora is a huge comic book fan, which comes in handy when the young girl discovers that the squirrel she has saved actually has superpowers. The movie is based on a Newberry Award winning children’s book by author Kate DiCamillo.

Production on this film only began this last June, so we’re certainly not looking to see the film until sometime at the end of 2020 at the absolute earliest. Broadway actress Matilda Lawler will be making her film debut as Flora.

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Safety

Disney stories rarely fail to inspire an audience, especially when they’re based on true stories of courageous athletes. Disney has been responsible for great real-life sports movies like Miracle, Invincible, and Remember the Titans. Now, Disney is going back to the gridiron with the new film Safety.

Production just got underway last week on the newest Disney+ production. Safety will tell the true story of Ray McElrathbey, a man who fights against multiple challenges so that he may play football for Clemson University and help to raise his 11-year-old brother all at the same time. Reginald Hudlin, director of Marshall, is helming the project.

Disney+ movies are likely to be an eclectic mix of stories for the foreseeable future. The major franchises that Disney is known for are still going to be focused on theatrical releases, and it’s unlikely we’ll get some sort “small” Marvel or Star Wars movie on Disney+ unless something truly unexpected happens.

Still, there’s a wide variety of content here that will likely appeal to a wide variety of audiences. We’ll get a chance to see just how well these Disney+ movies have turned out beginning November 12.

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Marvel Put Out A Night Monkey Trailer For Spider-Man: Far From Home, And Wow

When Tom Holland’s Peter Parker donned a new costume during his trip to Europe in Spider-Man: Far From Home, it came with a new moniker. In an effort to make sure no one figured out Peter was Spider-Man, Peter’s buddy, Ned Leeds, labeled his black-suited buddy Night Monkey, a European Spidey ripoff, and the name stuck.

So much so that with Spider-Man: Far From Home now being released on home media, there’s even a Night Monkey-themed trailer that’s been released, and it’s… something. Check it out!

Spider-Man is one of the most popular superheroes of all time, but some missions just aren’t a good fit for the Web-Slinger, particularly ones taking place in the evening. When that happens, Peter Parker becomes The Night Monkey! Ok, not really, but this Spider-Man: Far From Home preview is amusing for how it paints the wall-crawling hero in a Batman-like light. Sadly, I don’t see Night Monkey getting his own film trilogy.

Peter Parker’s “Night Monkey” costume, a.k.a. his “stealth suit,” was given to him by one of Nick Fury’s spy associates, as the one-eyed former S.H.I.E.L.D. director (or rather, the Skrull disguised as him) wanted Peter to keep a low profile while he was vacationing with his classmates. Ahead of Spider-Man: Far From Home’s release, director Jon Watts joked that this costume previously belonged to Black Widow and was tailored to fit Peter, but it’s your decision whether that should be deemed canon or not.

The “Night Monkey” costume was also one of four suits Peter Parker donned during Spider-Man: Far From Home, the other three being his Iron Spider armor, the costume he previously wore in Captain America: Civil War and Spider-Man: Homecoming, and the brand-new red and black suit he designed aboard Happy Hogan’s jet right before Far From Home’s climactic third act. The “stealth suit” also resembled the costume worn by Spider-Man Noir, an alternate universe Spider-Man who was voiced by Nicolas Cage last year in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.

It hasn’t even been a full three months since Spider-Man: Far From Home was released, but it made quite the splash during its time in theaters, receiving a lot of positive reviews and overtaking Skyfall as Sony’s #1 movie of all time with its over $1.1 billion worldwide haul. Far From Home also set up big things for the future of Tom Holland’s Spider-Man film series, namely by having Peter Parker’s secret identity being exposed to the world and being branded a murderer.

Unfortunately, a wrench has since been thrown into the works in the form of Disney and Sony breaking up their Spider-Man partnership due to financial disagreements, which means that Spidey will no longer be a player in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It’s still unclear if the next Spider-Man movies will at least be able to reference Peter’s connection to the MCU, but going forward, he’s back to being a Sony-only film character.

Spider-Man: Far From Home is now available on Digital HD, and the Blu-ray and DVD copies will drop on October 1. Stay tuned to CinemaBlend for more updates on what’s happening with the Spider-Man film franchise, and you can find out what the MCU has coming up in Phase 4 and beyond in our handy guide.

Hustlers Briefly Considered A Song With J.Lo, Lizzo, And Cardi B

When three of the most popular female artists are in the same movie together, you’d expect it to be something of a musical. But that’s not Hustlers. Jennifer Lopez, Lizzo and Cardi B may all star together in the “based on a true story” stripper heist, but their acting and seductive pole-dancing numbers remain the focus. That said, there were talks of the trio collaborating on a track together for the movie, according to Hustler’s music supervisor, Jason Markey. In his words:

Cheesy? Maybe… but it also would have been amazing! A song featuring the likes of J-Lo, Lizzo and Cardi B would have no doubt been a fire track and a huge pop hit! However, it also might have taken away from Hustlers itself – separating audiences from the characters the actresses are playing for the movie. The crime drama was trying to emulate a gritty Martin Scorsese film over a campy Showgirls feel. Markey continued to Variety:

There you have it! The Hustler filmmakers decided to stick to their vision for the film – which included a pass on a massive pop track for Hustlers in the vein of Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim, P!nk and Mýa’s 2014 hit “Bang, Bang,” or the recent release “Don’t Call Me Angel” for the upcoming Charlie’s Angels reboot that brought together Ariana Grande, Lana Del Rey and Miley Cyrus.

Hustlers has seen success so far, with buzzy beginnings at its Toronto International Film Festival premiere earlier this month and a solid $33 million opening weekend. The female-led crime story didn’t pass It Chapter Two’s box office dominance in its second weekend, but exceeded tracking expectations for indie studio STXFilms.

The movie, written and directed by Lorene Scafaria, is based on a viral New York Magazine article about strippers who turn the tables on their Wall Street clients during the recession. It stars Crazy Rich Asians’ Constance Wu, Keke Palmer, Julia Stiles and Lili Reinhart.

Check out Hustlers in theaters now.