Yes, Crawl Admits Jaws Had A Major Influence On The Gator Tale

It’s hard to look at director Alexandre Aja’s Crawl without thinking about one of the landmark creations in natural disaster mayhem: Steven Spielberg’s Jaws. To some, this might feel like a reductive comparison, as comparing any genre effort with a sea-based creature feels unfair to a film that’s trying to strike it out as a fresh prospect.

However, when CinemaBlend got to talk to Alexandre Aja as part of the press day for Crawl at the Long Island Aquarium, even he had to admit that the comparisons are inevitable. Even better, in the following remarks, he admits that while those comparisons are fair and expected. He kept them in mind to make his film a unique monster of its own:

As a fan of the 1975 sea-faring classic himself, Alexandre Aja knows the difference between paying homage and making a film that feels like a straight up remake. Though seeing as Aja has experience with remakes, in both Piranha 3D and The Last House On The Left, even when he’s hired to straight up remake a film, Alexandre doesn’t merely stick to the path that was laid down by the original.

Indeed, Crawl pays as much homage to Jaws in its tale of humans versus alligators hungry for their flesh as it does the Bible itself, something that’s hidden right in plain sight within the film. But much like how he enjoys playing with the convention of whether the dog in a disaster such as this lives or dies, Alexandre Aja is more drawn to defying rather than conforming to expectations set by his historic predecessors.

A good example of such a convention at work is the moment sees Kaya Scodelario’s Haley tries to trap her would-be attacker in a flooded shower, she taunts the gator with a shout of, “C’mon, you son of a bitch.”

While the result isn’t an explosive/killing blow to her adversary, it does recall that famous moment at the end of Jaws where Roy Scheider tells Bruce the shark to smile, using that same insult in the process. And instead of being a huge finale note of triumph, the line proceeds one of the most tense escapes that are to be had in the middle of Crawl’s landscape of terror.

Further showing just how much of a fan of classic monster movie cinema he is, Alexandre Aja had some specific reference points he didn’t want to include in Crawl, and they’re a grab bag of aspects that not only came from Jaws, but also a lot of the movies that were similarly inspired by the shark-centric thrill ride.

Rather than play Crawl as an almost supernatural thriller, much like the Jaws franchise would in using the same shark to stalk the unsuspecting Brody family throughout, Alexandre Aja aimed to bypass a lot of the sillier tropes for the following foundation of action:

While Crawl definitely owes somewhat of a debt to the Jaws series, it’s the kind of debt that a film would incur when inspired by a classic to do its own sort of spin. Alexandre Aja’s film, while having moments where you’re rooting for the human characters to survive, doesn’t allow itself time to sink into the sort of family friendly warmth that Steven Spielberg’s movie is also known for.

Quentin Tarantino Explains Why He Likes Star Trek More Than Star Wars

Science fiction fans have been long divided between two distinct franchises: Star Wars and Star Trek. Your lineage to one over the other often depends on generation you grew up in. The majority of ‘80s kids will fight for Star Wars’ upperhand, while a young Quentin Tarantino grew up watching the original Star Trek television series of the ‘60s. There’s another reason why the Kill Bill director prefers one over the other. Check out what he said:

There you have it. As Quentin Tarantino tells Deadline, Star Trek has William Shatner to thank for his allegiance to adventures on the USS Enterprise over the Millennium Falcon. In true Tarantino fashion, this is quite the controversial opinion. I myself have always found Kirk’s performance in Star Trek over-the-top; it is still entertaining nonetheless, but isn’t exactly the argument I’d go with to prefer Star Trek over Star Wars.

Quentin Tarantino also explained that part of the reason he loved the 2009 Star Trek reboot so much was Chris Pine’s decision to channel William Shatner and “doing a fantastic job at it. I mean perfect, frankly”. Along with Zachary Quinto’s Spock, he said “those two guys, they fucking got it”. The auteur filmmaker has shown his interest in directing his own Star Trek – maybe this is an indication he’ll want to work with the cast assembled by J.J. Abrams.

He’s been trying to get a script by The Revenant’s Mark L. Smith approved over at Paramount, so he can make something to the effect of “Pulp Fiction in space”. He wants to make a Star Trek movie in his R-rated way, that he’s teased has a gangster element “that works out pretty good”.

For fans of Tarantino who have his long-held rule to only make 10 films ringing in their ears for years, Star Trek could pose a bit of a problem. His upcoming Los Angeles love-letter Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is his ninth film, will he really end his filmmaking career on a non-original film, adapted from another person’s screenplay and based on a beloved franchise?

He recently introduced fans to a potential “loophole” Star Trek could pose for him to his own rule. Perhaps he’ll make a Star Trek movie and then an original film to close out his over 30 year career. Quentin Tarantino hasn’t quite made up his mind on the concept, though as he told CinemaBlend’s ReelBlend podcast that maybe he could also commit to Star Trek as his last project too.

Star Trek also has roots in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood as he looked at William Shatner while crafting Leonardo DiCaprio’s Rick Dalton, a famous television actor who is wrestling with the shift in the industry in the ‘70s. Tarantino’s ninth film hits theaters on July 26.

Avengers: Infinity War Writers Reveal Doctor Strange’s Trippy Deleted Scene

Avengers: Endgame arrived in theaters months ago, bringing a close to the two-movie narrative that was built on the previous installments in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The Russo Brothers did the impossible with their pair of Avengers movies, crafting a complicated story that serviced the characters and including plenty of pulse-pounding action.

Infinity War and Endgame were filmed back to back, resulting in many hours of footage– not all of which made it to the theatrical cut. Writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely wrote both blockbusters, and recently revealed a deleted sequence that came from Infinity War‘s epic battle on Titan. And it includes a trippy sequence courtesy of Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange.

Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus recently appeared at San Diego Comic-Con’s Hall H, explaining their process of writing Endgame and Infinity War. That’s when they revealed that Doctor Strange was originally going to send Thanos on a psychedelic mind trip. In fact, it was going to be similar to the one that Stephen Strange experienced with The Ancient One during Doctor Strange.

In the sequence, The Mad Titan would be faced with the many crimes he’d committed in his years of murder and atrocities. Ultimately he was going to be judged by cosmic character The Living Tribunal. The character has its roots on the page of the comics, and would have deemed Thanos guilty for his crimes. Unfortunately, Josh Brolin’s big purple villain eventually realized that this was just a trick by Strange, and the battle on Titan continued on.

So why was this sequence cut from Avengers: Infinity War? Surprisingly, it doesn’t seem to be a concern about the blockbuster’s runtime. Instead, it messed with the rhythm of that iconic battle on Titan. As Stephen McFeely just explained to the crowd at San Diego Comic-Con:

As much as it would have been awesome to see the trippy visuals of Doctor Strange translated into Avengers: Infinity War, Stephen McFeely does make a solid point. The Titan battle is a thrilling part of the film’s third act, and it was exciting to see the Guardians and Avengers unite against the Mad Titan on his home planet. Stopping the action for this side quest may have ruined that iconic aspect of the movie.

Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus also shared bits of their process, including a board that outlined the Infinity Stones’ path throughout the MCU.

How cool is that? Crafting the story of Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame was super complicated, and this board shows how methodically the writers planned out each beat of the behemoth blockbusters.

Avengers: Endgame was recently re-released in theaters, and will also arrive for home purchase shortly. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

Two Halloween Sequels Have Been Officially Confirmed, And They Have Titles

Last year’s Halloween reboot-quel from director David Gordon Green was a critically acclaimed box office smash that returned the iconic horror franchise to prominence. Since the release of that film, horror fans have been eagerly awaiting announcement of a sequel to continue the Halloween mythos. Now that wait is over because not one, but two Halloween sequels have been officially confirmed and with titles! Check out the announcement in the video below:

ReelBlend Host Reunited Ben Affleck And Kevin Smith For Jay And Silent Bob Reboot

This whole entertainment industry thing that we do is a lot of fun, to be sure. Covering the art that is movie making is certainly not without value. But sometimes, someone in this business can do some real good in the world, like repairing an old friendship that had fallen on hard times. It turns out, that if you were overjoyed to see Ben Affleck in the trailer for Kevin Smith’s Jay and Silent Bob Reboot, you have ReelBlend’s Kevin McCarthy to thank.

Kevin Smith had made no secret that while he and Ben Affleck had once been close friends, the pair hadn’t really spoken much in recent years. This made his appearance in the Jay and Silent Bob Reboot trailer quite a surprise to many fans. Kevin Smith took to Instagram to explain how it all came about, and it turns out that it all started when Kevin McCarthy of our own ReelBlend podcast asked Affleck about possibly appearing in Reboot. That one question started all the dominoes falling, and led to it actually happening. You can read Smith’s full explanation below.

Just how awesome is this? It’s amazing to think that such a simple question could have such a profound impact. Not only does it end up changing the movie in a significant way, but more importantly it reconnects two friends who had lost touch. There really does look to be pure joy on the faces of everybody in this picture.

There had been a brief hint that Ben Affleck might be returning to the ViewAskewnaverse when Smith recently revealed that three actors who have played Batman are in the movie. Affleck was an obvious candidate, but with the history, it was far from certain.

Kevin Smith has previously talked about how he and Ben Affleck had stopped talking to each other in recent years. Smith took full responsibility for it, saying that he had a tendency to talk too much and say things he shouldn’t.

Smith was clearly hesitant to try and repair this breach, thinking your old friend doesn’t want to talk to you sucks, finding out for sure could be painful, but in the end Smith reached out, and it looks like everything is ok.

It appears that Ben Affleck now has a single scene in Jay and Silent Bob Reboot, but the scene wasn’t in Kevin Smith’s original script, it was added only after Affleck and Smith repaired their relationship.

For those of us of a certain age (me), Mallrats might be the first time you remember ever seeing Ben Afflek in a movie, so seeing him back working with Kevin Smith again is pure joy. This is how things are supposed to be.

So well done Kevin McCarthy. You do us all proud. You can hear Kevin, along with Jake Hamilton and CinemaBlend’s own Sean O’Connell, every week on the ReelBlend podcast.

Will Jon Favreau Go Back To Making Smaller Movies After Lion King? Here’s What He Told Us

Jon Favreau’s lavishly expensive remake of The Lion King hits theaters this weekend, marking the latest massive film from the director who has become a blockbuster mainstay with films like The Jungle Book, Iron Man, Iron Man 2 and Cowboys & Aliens. Jon Favreau’s career hasn’t been entirely in the blockbuster realm though, as he also directed Elf and wrote and directed Made and Chef. So will he go back to making smaller movies post-Lion King? Here’s what he told CinemaBlend’s own Eric Eisenberg in an exclusive interview:

Jon Favreau doesn’t seem to be specifically aiming to do a big budget movie next or a small personal piece à la Chef. Instead, he’s viewing his endeavors through the lens of what’s best for and what’s achievable within each medium. Having been in the filmmaking industry for some time, Jon Favreau has a clear understanding of the business realities that govern artistic expression.

Following the success of his remake of The Jungle Book, Jon Favreau wanted to spend even more money to push the technology further for The Lion King. He was able to do that because there is a huge worldwide audience for the film, so the studio (Disney) felt comfortable affording him the resources to exact his creative vision. That was just what he calls the ‘sweet spot’ for this though, and that doesn’t mean that he wants to spend his entire career only doing $175+ million films.

The Lion King director is playing on both ends of the spectrum and finding what works for him in each medium. As he told Eric, The Chef Show on Netflix, the one where Gwyneth Paltrow found out she was in Spider-Man: Homecoming, is just a show where Jon Favreau cooks in a kitchen with friends. No bleeding-edge technology is required for that, but it still is able to reach a wide audience.

That’s not the only TV project Jon Favreau is working on though and he went on to tell Eric about how he is excited to explore projects big and small in the changing media landscape:

It’s strange now to think that it wasn’t that long ago that there were TV directors and movie directors. Now the lines are completely blurred, and the advent of streaming services and, as Jon Favreau calls them “the shifting sands” of content distribution, allow for more creative freedom and stories of all sizes. His upcoming Disney+ series The Mandalorian won’t be on the scale of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, but it’ll be vastly bigger than The Chef Show.

Ultimately it sounds like Jon Favreau doesn’t want to pigeonhole himself into only doing films the size of The Lion King or returning to projects like Chef. Instead, he’d rather explore all the new and different storytelling opportunities afforded by different platforms and formats. He’s done movies big and small, now he’s doing small and big TV. Maybe next he’ll tackle something like a limited series or a mid-budget film. The options are many and given the box office he’s been delivering for Disney, he can probably do whatever he wants.

You can hear Jon Favreau’s comments to Eric in the video below:

When last we checked, Jon Favreau was expected to return for The Jungle Book 2, which would keep him in the big-budget realm for a little longer. We haven’t heard much about that sequel in a while, but if it happens, Jon Favreau can presumably use some new tricks he learned on The Lion King.

5 Actors Who Would Make Excellent Marvel Villains In Phase 4

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Getting a prominent role in a new Marvel movie is a damn good gig. There is a build-in audience, a ton of cash being thrown in every which direction, and the firm guarantee that your work will be viewed by critics, movie lovers and casual moviegoers alike. That’s why it should come to no surprise that the always-busy Kevin Feige has rounded up an incredible roaster of talent to perform key roles inside the ever-expansive Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Whether it’s Robert Redford, Michael Keaton, Josh Brolin, Sam Rockwell, Cate Blanchett, Jeff Bridges, Kurt Russell, Mickey Rourke, Ben Kingsley, Guy Ritchie, Michael B. Jordan or, most recently, Jake Gyllenhaal (spoilers?), to name a mere few of the slew of thespians who have provided their talents to their ever-evolving, constantly-interconnecting multi-movie franchise, the Marvel movies have collected an astonishing resume of great actors. And there are even more Marvel movies coming up on the near horizon, securing the possibility of more great actors to introduce to this super-sized series.

Since the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is left a bit vague at the moment, with more clarifications expected to come from the company’s highly-anticipated Comic-Con panel, we wanted to take a moment to recognize some other great actors who should hopefully find a place inside the Marvel Cinematic Universe. So here are a few suggestions of who they could play if they get a call from the folks over at Marvel headquarters.

Nicolas Cage and Arcade

Nicolas Cage As Arcade

As an actor, Nicolas Cage can be a very cartoonish, larger-than-life personality. Sometimes, that works wonders. Other times, it’s distracting or hammy in the wrong ways. However, as the lead villain in a comic book adaptation, it’s hard to think of many actors who would really relish such a spectacular opportunity. The question isn’t whether Nic Cage should be in a huge Marvel movie. The big question is, which person should the Oscar-winner play?

The actor has played a number of comic book characters throughout the years. Whether it’s in Kick-Ass, Ghost Rider, Teen Titans Go! To The Movies or, most recently, Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse, the actor is not only well-versed in the superhero genre, but he’s also an avid comic book lover. His son is named Kal-El, for goodness sake. There’s no question that he would be perfect for a new Marvel movie. It’s simply a matter of trying to find the right part for the actor. And, in my view, one character that could work for Nicolas Cage is Arcade. Particularly when he’s wearing a deranged smile.

The character of Arcade is a sinister madman. He’s sorta like Walt Disney combined with The Joker. He makes wild, perverse carvel-like attraction and he puts people through the ringer in shocking, grotesque ways. All while smiling and laughing manically. If you’ve seen several Nic Cage performances, you know that the guy can play a nutso like few others in Hollywood. And to top it off, Arcade has a wild mane of hair, which is certainly fitting for Cage. It might be awhile before we see the character of Arcade in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but there’s reason to believe Nic Cage would nail the part.

Bryan Cranston and M.O.D.O.K.

Bryan Cranston As M.O.D.O.K.

Bryan Cranston is a thunderous presence, particularly in the right role. The Breaking Bad actor is capable of conveying an array of emotions, both gentle and threatening, and those are great assets when it comes to a Marvel villain. Particularly as the antagonistic character grow more layered and nuanced with each new blockbuster, there is a great opportunity to give this high-grade actor the right meaty, weighted role worthy of his fine talents.

In an interview in the past, Bryan Cranston expressed interest in playing a villain. Particularly a “nasty” Marvel villain, as he explained to There are a ton of wild and deranged villains he could play, but one that sticks out to me is M.O.D.O.K.

Perhaps I’m basing my opinion off his work in the new Power Rangers movie from a couple years ago, where he was a giant head in the wall, but I’d love to see Bryan Cranston really get a chance to play the looney, deranged M.O.D.O.K., a genius who can make huge math equations in his head in an instant and then use it to kill and threaten the lives of others, all while wearing a sick grin on his face. This character is a madman, and with his looming presence and imposing malice, I think it’s a good fit.

Tom Cruise and Magus

Tom Cruise As Magus

It’s safe to note that, in the traditional sense, Tom Cruise is one of the last movie stars of his kind. One of the last men in an era when movie star talent was enough to carry over in box office success, there are only a mere few actors who can sell a movie to a wide audience based on their presence. And we will mention a few others later in this list. But Tom Cruise is a star, and there are only a few times when the actor got to play a villainous person.

One of Tom Cruise’s finest performances is in Collateral, and it’s a shame that no other movie has really captured the actor’s lightning rod intensity when he’s playing the villain. That would make it a wonderful opportunity for the Marvel Cinematic Universe to flip the script and let this actor’s proven star power be seen in a dark, more menacing role. Because, with the exception of the Mission: Impossible movies, the actor’s star power is fading, and it would be the perfect time for him to play a bad guy. But who could he play?

There are a number of possibilities for Tom Cruise, but one that springs to mind is Magus. Although Cruise isn’t exactly 6’2”, he can convincing portray the anguish and desire for leadership and skill that is key to Magus’ character. An intergalactic man who invented a cultish foundation called the Universal Church of Truth, which might hit a little too close to home for the actor, he is a madman who thirsts for power and creation and a character who is sometimes wrestling with the good and bad sides of himself. That mix might make it an almost too good choice for this particularly dense role.

Denzel Washington and Achebe

Denzel Washington As Achebe

There are very few genuine movie stars in Hollywood these days. Yet, Denzel Washington is most certainly one of them. The actor has produced hit after hit based on his name and proven talent, and he knows how to sell a movie like few actors in Hollywood can today. The fact that he hasn’t been in the Marvel Cinematic Universe yet, or even asked yet (according to Washington), is very surprising. Yet, with Phase 4, the opportunity could be arriving.

While Phase 4 hasn’t been announced yet in any official capacity, there is a very good reason to believe that Black Panther 2 is on the docket. The movie was an enormous hit, and it’s not only one of the most successful superhero movies in history (critically and commercially) but it’s quite handily one of the most profitable movies in MCU history. There is little doubt that Black Panther 2 is on the way; it’s guaranteed to be a huge phenomena.

And it would be a great opportunity to bring in a real superstar for a major role. With that, why not bring in Denzel Washington to play Achebe? The role is considered one of the biggest in Black Panther’s comic book history. It’d give Denzel Washington a great chance to let it loose and play a major villainous role. He could maybe even channel the dark edge that he found in his Oscar-winning role in Training Day. The possibility is all very exciting.

Jim Carrey and the Green Goblin

Jim Carrey As The Green Goblin

Jim Carrey has one of the most expressive faces in Hollywood. The man can contort his face in a multitude of different ways, which is why he was such a great fit for The Riddler in Batman Forever (even if the movie itself is, admittedly, only so-so). After a few years away from mainstream cinema, Carrey is making his return to Hollywood with the admittedly less-than-impressive-looking Sonic the Hedgehog movie, which prompts the notion: could Jim Carrey also play a villain in a comic book movie? And if so, which villain should he play? Admittedly, there are more-than-a-few choices to pick from.

But while I could list literally dozens of characters (including Arcade, who is another one I mulled for Jim Carrey), I feel like there is great potential for the comedy character to make something spectacular out of Norman Osborn, a.k.a. The Green Goblin, in the new Spider-Man movies. At this point, there are no officially announced plans to introduce The Green Goblin into the MCU. But considering that he’s such a crucial villain for Spider-Man, it is certainly a possibility down the road. Maybe even in Spider-Man 3. And if that does come to be, then they need a big name to fill in for the villain turn.

While Willem Dafoe was excellent in the role during the Sam Raimi Spider-Man movies, there is a wide array of actors who could take on the part in this extended cinematic universe. And Jim Carrey displays a nice range of maniacal glee and inner turmoil that could work beautifully for a new version of this character. We can’t guarantee that he’ll get involved, but he did express interest in being part of the MCU back in 2017, according to Bleeding Cool. It could be a great opportunity to see Jim Carrey return to the superhero genre in a major way with this great villain role, one he could most certainly ace.

There are many great actors out there, and there are a wide selection of options for who could play what role. These are only a handful of suggestions and we’d love to hear yours. Be sure to comment with your personal picks for both actors you would love to see in the MCU, and who they could play.

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Comic-Con Crowd To Matt Reeves: ‘Don’t Screw Up Our Batman Movie’

The DC live-action universe has been a fascinating place since its inception, and has featured a mixture of victories and losses. Zack Snyder’s vision kickstarted the DCEU with Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, as he introduced Henry Cavill’s Superman and Ben Affleck’s Bruce Wayne to audiences. Unfortunately, the latter actor has already hung up the cowl and cape, no longer appearing in the solo flick The Batman.

Matt Reeves is tasked with helming the Batman movie, and recently cast Robert Pattinson to play the Caped Crusader. The pressure is on for the Cloverfield director to deliver with the long gestating project, as the Batman is one of the most popular superheroes ever. And the crowd at San Diego Comic-Con 2019 made sure to tell Reeves not to mess it up. In fact, there’s video to prove it.

The people have spoken, and they don’t want Matt Reeves screwing up his opportunity with The Dark Knight. And considering how long The Batman‘s development process has already been, moviegoers are going to have some trepidation going into theaters.

This video comes from Matt Reeves’ personal Twitter page, which he uses to communicate directly with the rabid DC fandom. The video sees a crowd in Comic-Con’s historic Hall H making their plea to the director. While Reeves wasn’t personally presenting anything (I wish), the clip was actually sent to him from within this year’s convention. And Reeves seems to have a good sense of humor about it.

Matt Reeves has been attached to The Batman for a number of years, after Ben Affleck dropped out of the director’s seat (but before he dropped out of the role). But the project only recently started moving forward, with Robert Pattinson’s casting revealing that Reeves and the studio are still moving forward. Just what the developing blockbuster contains is a mystery, but it’ll introduce a whole new Bruce Wayne to audiences.

There have been some rumblings about Matt Reeves’ ideas for The Batman, and they do seem notably different than the character’s last incarnation. The report indicates that his version of Batman will be more green and hopeful than the jaded version we got from Ben Affleck in Batman v Superman. What’s more, the project will put a special highlight on the hero’s ability as a detective, and may feature a few villains from his iconic rogues gallery.

There have been plenty of live-action versions of Batman throughout the years, starting with the iconic Adam West. But none of them have really zeroed in on the character’s work as a detective. After all, he’s billed as the world’s greatest. This was an aspect of the character that was utilized during the Arkham video games, but would be a first on the big screen.

While Matt Reeves seems amused by his video from the Comic-Con constituents, there is a distinct possibility that The Batman will face backlash. The past few years have demonstrated how passionate the fans are– sometimes to a fault. Let’s hope he doesn’t end up the victim of trolling, regardless of the movie’s contents.

The Batman is currently set to arrive in theaters on June 25th, 2021. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

The Internet Is Having A Field Day With The Cats Trailer

As in the original stage musical, the roles are played by human actors who largely walk around on two legs, but are otherwise dressed as various varieties of domesticated feline. Whether you love Cats or love to hate on Cats, it’s without question a weird sort of a thing, and Twitter basically went nuts.

We knew what we were getting with a movie based on Cats, but knowing it and actually seeing it are two different things. I’m not saying we can’t all deal with it, but it’s the sort of concept that takes some getting used to. They’re cats, but they’re also vaguely human. It’s this sort of feline uncanny valley. As some have pointed out, it takes a very different path to the screen than say, another new movie that personifies cats in a major way.

Obviously, if you haven’t actually seen the new Cats trailer, you have no idea what all these people are talking about, so you need to take a minute and find out. Check out the new trailer below. You will either thank me or hate me forever. Possibly both.

After viewing that, you likely have some very strange feelings. Luckily, there are people in the world like Anna Kendrick, who just go ahead and say out loud what the rest of us don’t want to admit we were thinking.

More than a few people have remarked that the Cats trailer is probably a glimpse into a different fantasy world that many fans have wanted to see over the years. Turns out, maybe we don’t need a live-action Thundercats movie after all?

Of course, while social media went nuts over the Cats trailer, it has to be said that not everybody was hating on it. A lot of the response on the CinemaBlend Facebook page was actually quite positive and they weren’t the only ones looking forward to it. Yes, Cats looks like a fever dream, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. The stage musical has a lot of fans, many love Cats largely because it’s bonkers and they’re looking forward to the film adaptation for all of the same reasons.

At the end of the day, you have a movie musical with a cast that includes Taylor Swift, Jennifer Hudson, Judi Dench, Idris Elba and Sir Ian Mckellan. That cast right there would sell any other movie instantly and so sometimes you just have to embrace the insanity.

Cats hits theaters in December. Get ready.

Incredibly, Captain Marvel Composer Personally Hired 70 Musicians To Get The Job

Pinar Toprak wasn’t exactly an unknown name in Hollywood when she landed the gig on Captain Marvel, but it was still a big deal when she became Marvel’s first female composer. The route she took to land the job was a little extreme, however.

This year at San Diego Comic-Con, Pinar Toprak was on hand to talk about how she worked to earn the job on Captain Marvel and she told the crowd at the “Musical Anatomy of a Superhero” panel that she personally hired a 70-person orchestra to bring her vision to life well before she really even knew whether or not she had a chance at the job. Toprak revealed:

Ultimately, even though this may seem like a wild (and expensive) step to take, Pinar Toprak saw it as a way forward for her career, even if the Captain Marvel gig hadn’t panned out.

Her audition didn’t end with the composition recorded by 70 musicians, however. According to Pinar Toprak, she also made a tape to argue her case.

The movie hadn’t started filming yet, but she used the Captain Marvel audition tapes to supplement the point. Ultimately, she won the job, but even after the hard work paid off, it took a while for Marvel’s decision to sink in. Per Pinar Toprak, when she got the call she “pretty much collapsed.”

Toprak also told the audience she’s been a big fan of superheroes for a long time, particularly on screen. She really has an affinity for Superman (1978) and her early exposure to superheroes has seemingly made her a good fit for superhero composition.