Will Hobbs And Shaw Tie Into Fast And Furious 9? Here’s What David Leitch Says

Warning: Hobbs & Shaw SPOILERS are below!

Once just a standalone movie, The Fast and the Furious not only launched a massive blockbuster film series, but that series is now a multi-pronged franchise. Over this summer, director David Leitch’s Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw released in theaters, representing the first (and probably not the last) spinoff in this street racing turned globetrotting action hero franchise. Next up though, we get back to the main crew for Fast and Furious 9, but the question remains, how connected will this universe be?

Specifically, will Hobbs & Shaw and the events of that film tie in to what happens in Justin Lin’s Fast & Furious 9? Here’s what the spinoff’s director David Leitch says:

It seems that David Leitch doesn’t have much more insight on the potential connections between Hobbs & Shaw and Fast & Furious 9 than we do, and if he does, he isn’t letting on. That doesn’t mean there won’t be any though, and such a thing could be very much in Universal Pictures’ plans. And there are plenty of opportunities on that front should the studio choose to pursue them.

The director of Deadpool 2 and Hobbs & Shaw believes that there are some real opportunities for Universal to integrate the two parts of this growing franchise. As he told Comicbook.com, David Leitch tried his best in Hobbs & Shaw to create a world that could stand on its own and has plenty of storytelling opportunities within it.

While that world can theoretically operate independently as it did in the first film, the director would be happy to see the studio explore the mythology and world he created in Fast & Furious 9 and beyond. As he said, it’s Universal’s choice, but there is plenty of fertile ground in Hobbs & Shaw for Fast & Furious 9 to dig in to, thereby weaving the two arms of this cinematic franchise closer together.

Jason Statham and Dwayne Johnson are not set to be in Fast & Furious 9, so if the latter film is going to tie in to Hobbs & Shaw, it will have to be through some sort of plot detail. Although maybe we could find out in a post-credits scene for Fast & Furious 9 that Idris Elba’s Brixton is still alive, because come on, he totally is.

I think it’s more likely that either Fast & Furious 9 or Fast & Furious 10 will integrate the storyline about Eteon, the terrorist organization Brixton works for, whose mysterious leader remains unseen. I imagine that will definitely be explored in a Hobbs & Shaw sequel (which hasn’t been announced yet but seems inevitable), and it would be cool for Fast & Furious 10 to bring everyone together to defeat this great threat.

It seemed like the two arms of this franchise might be forever split, a product of the acrimony between some of its stars, specifically Vin Diesel and Tyrese Gibson and Dwayne Johnson. But recently, signs have indicated that feud may be over, increasing the chances that we’ll see The Rock return in Fast & Furious 10, or perhaps a cameo in the next film.

Fast & Furious 9 speeds into theaters on May 22, 2020. Check out our 2020 Release Schedule to see when all of next year’s biggest movies come out.

Robert De Niro Responds To The Irishman Backlash Claiming The Movie’s Not True

Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman is getting a lot of praise from critics. The film is being called one of Scorsese’s best pictures, and by some it’s being called his best. Most everyone seems to be in agreement that the movie, the performances, and everything else about the film is excellent. The only topic of debate is whether or not anything in the film actually happened.

The Irishman is based on the book I Heard You Paint Houses by Charles Brandt. In the book, Brandt interviews former mobster Frank Sheeran, the same character played by Robert De Niro in the film, about his alleged involvement in the disappearance of Union leader Jimmy Hoffa.

Sheeran claims to have been the one to kill Hoffa. However, law enforcement largely doesn’t believe Sheeran’s account of what happened, and Hoffa investigator Dan Moldea has specifically called out the claim as being false. Recently De Niro himself was asked about Moldea’s. The actor seems to have a pretty level head about the whole thing. De Niro argues that The Irishman doesn’t claim to be the true story, just a story,..

For what it’s worth, Robert De Niro seems to believe that the story, as Frank Sheeran tells it, is true, but he tells Indiewire he takes no issue with those that disagree. The fact that there is no definitive answer to what happened to Jimmy Hoffa means that we can’t be sure that any theory or accusation is true and there will be multiple opinions.

The Irishman certainly wouldn’t be the first movie to tell a fictional story based on actual events, and it certainly could be that’s what we’re going to get with it. It’s a popular genre in fiction to try and fill in the gaps in historical knowledge, or simply take actual history in a different direction.

Of course, there’s always a worry that some audiences might take The Irishman as the truth when it may not be that. It is, at best, one theory of the events, an uncorroborated version of what might have happened. Movies based on true stories always get criticized for changing up the truth to make a better movie, and The Irishman may be taking that to a new level.

Whether you believe Frank Sheeran or not, whether The Irishman is full of facts or fiction, that doesn’t seem to influence those who think it’s a great film.

The Irishman is in select theaters now and will arrive on Netflix November 27.

Move Over Die Hard, Disney+ Has Dubbed Iron Man 3 A Christmas Movie

It’s the middle of November, and you know what that means, right? It’s the holiday season! Some may say it’s too early to rock our Santa hats, dip candy canes in our hot cocoa and fill our online carts with gift ideas. But this has nothing on Marvel Studios, which apparently released a holiday movie back in May 2013! That’s right, according to the piping hot streaming service Disney+, Iron Man 3 is a Christmas movie. Make some room, Die Hard.

Now, considering the summer release date of Iron Man 3, it wasn’t particularly intended to be a Christmas movie. The blockbuster is set behind the backdrop of the holidays – “Jingle Bell Rock” plays, festive decorations can be seen and Tony Stark befriends a young boy amidst investigating “The Mandarin.” Other than that, it doesn’t really have a Christmas movie feel. Yet, Disney+ makes this distinction; perhaps to give action fans a bit more to draw from in the category?

Then again, Iron Man 3 was written and directed by Shane Black, who seems to make it a point to set his films around the holidays. His Lethal Weapon is considered a Christmas movie by some, along with Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and The Nice Guys. It’s fun to play action and comedy against the Christmas season, and these elements have certainly added additional character to his films.

The holidays have been infamously burdened with the question of whether 1988’s Die Hard should be among movies cycled out during Christmas marathons. The movie revolves around a holiday party gone awry when German terrorists take over the building. An ambivalent John McClane (Bruce Willis) takes matters into his own hands to save his wife and have a nice Christmas with his family. It’s R-rated and violent, and neither Santa Claus nor the magic of the holiday is nowhere in sight.

Last year marked Die Hard’s 30th anniversary, and the debate heated up a notch when Bruce Willis announced his famous movie was not a Christmas movie after his Comedy Central roast. A poll also saw only 25% of those surveyed calling it a Christmas movie. It’s all good, some people are just wrong. But what about Iron Man 3, would you call it a Christmas movie? Hey, if it helps get you in the spirit, why not?

Christian Bale And Matt Damon Warn About Losing Weight For Movies Like Ford V Ferrari

If you’ve seen Ford v Ferrari, or even the trailers leading up to James Mangold’s new flick, you should know Christian Bale did a lot to change his physical appearance to resemble that of real-life driver Ken Miles. It’s not the first time he’s undergone major weight loss for a role, but it turns out the actor and his co-star Matt Damon worry about this sort of body change becoming the norm.

In a recent interview, the two actors spoke out to warn their fellow Hollywood brethren about what rapid weight changes can do to a person over time. Christian Bale is perhaps one of the foremost experts on these weight changes, having just gained a ton of weight to play Dick Cheney in Vice, only to lose that weight plus more for Ford v Ferrari. He said:

On the bright side, it’s good that Christian Bale was able to lose the Vice weight, but he yo-yoed quite a bit in his preparation to play Ken Miles right afterward, although he also told Yahoo! He was “killing two birds with one stone” by making sure he didn’t keep all the extra weight from the political biopic (which would have been unhealthy) while also getting to the point where he was better able to “fit into a GT40.”

The actor put on 40 lbs for Vice. He lost 70 lbs to then play Ken Miles. Those are big changes to happen in a relatively short timespan apart from one another. It’s also not the first time Christian Bale has gained or lost weight for a role. In fact, he’s done it myriad times.

If you are wondering why Matt Damon also got into this debate, given he seems to be about an average size in Ford v Ferrari, he also spoke out about losing weight for a gig, previously. Back when he filmed Courage Under Fire, he says he tweaked his weight to get down to a meager 130. Courage Under Fire also wasn’t the only time Matt Damon changed his weight for a role, but he also talked about how that particular weight change was a really hard situation:

The good news for these celebrities is that they are working with nutritionists and personal trainers to do this as safely as is possible, but there is some risk to putting your body through this type of duress continuously.

In any case, Ken Miles was a wiry guy and Christian Bale really wanted to play him, but previously ahead of the release of this weekend’s Ford v Ferrari the actor did admit he’s really ready to quit the ups and downs of weight gain and weightloss, noting,

At some point in nearly every actor or actresses career, a role comes along in which weight gain or weight loss — or at the very least getting in crazy shape – has to be a priority. Granted, Christian Bale has made these changes more often than most actors, and also more aggressively. We’ll have to wait and see if Ford v Ferrari really does end up being the last time.

At the end of the day he just hopes moments like when Jared Leto lost weight for Dallas Buyers Club don’t become the norm. It’s interesting because we’ve been talking a lot about Bale’s weight in Ford v Ferrari over the last few weeks, but it’s not really a central component to the movie, other than getting the actor to look a bit more like his real-life counterpart. Granted, it’s not a bad approximation, but Christian Bale does seem to be skeptical that the reasons behind his commitment to the weight gain and loss have been good ones.

You can see Christian Bale looking trim as Ken Miles and Matt Damon looking fit as Carroll Shelby in Ford v Ferrari, out in theaters this weekend. Or take a look at what else is coming with our full movies schedule.

Kristen Stewart Was Let Off Her Leash When It Came To Ad Libbing For Charlie’s Angels

Charlie’s Angels is a property that dates back to 1976, when the original series premiered on TV. Since then there’s been a set of films in the 2000’s, as well as an ill-fated TV reboot in 2011. Now the Angels are back in theaters, with a new movie directed, written, produced by Elizabeth Banks. The new version is an origin story, following three strangers as they become a team. Chief among them is Kristen Stewart’s Sabina Wilson, who is the undisputed scene-stealer of the blockbuster. And it turns out that she was allowed to improvise quite a bit on set.

Kristen Stewart is the primary comedic relief of the new Charlie’s Angels, giving a killer performance in the process. She’s constantly making light of serious situations, and her abilities as a decoy are also fodder for laughs. And it turns out that many of her one-liners were actually ad libbed. I recently had the chance to speak with the cast of Charlie’s Angels, where co-star Naomi Scott revealed that Sabina’s best lines came from Stewart’s mind. Check out the video of our conversation below.

Well, that’s exciting. While the script for Charlie’s Angels is snappy and full of amusing one-liners, it turns out that Kristen Stewart is actually responsible for some of the new blockbuster’s best dialogue. And it all came to her naturally on set.

From my above conversation with Charlie’s Angels stars Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, and Ella Balinska, you can tell how much natural chemistry the three actresses had. Despite not having worked together before (and Balinska making her big movie debut), they really hit it off on set. And Kristen Stewart was comfortable enough with her co-stars that she was able to come up with a variety of hilarious lines on the spot.

From the trailers for Charlie’s Angels alone, you can tell how much of a scene-stealer Kristen Stewart was going to be in the new reboot. She’s got a variety of wise cracks, especially when incapacitating Crazy Rich Asians actor Chris Pang’s Johnny Smith. While that scene in particular is scripted, there were plenty of opportunities for Stewart to play and react through improvisation.

Overall, the reboot of Charlie’s Angels is quite different from the set of movies starring Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz, and Lucy Liu. Director
McG’s movies followed a trio of women who were already best friends, and used to working alongside each other on daring missions. The action was over the top, inspired by the new technology that debuted in The Matrix. What’s more, the Angels were basically superheroes, able to do physically impossible tasks, all while flipping their hair in slow motion.

On the flip side, Elizabeth Banks’ Charlie’s Angels is based a bit more in realism. The Townsend Agency has grown quite a bit over the years, with countless Angels and Bosleys around the world. The new movie is a bonafide origin story, with Naomi Scott’s Elena serving as an everyman who mirrors the audience’s perspective of events. It’s an exciting change, and it should be fascinating to see how well the movie does– and if it gets a sequel.

That Time Kristen Bell Spoiled Frozen II And Then Panicked

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Like so many parents, actress Kristen Bell has children eagerly awaiting the release of Frozen II. But unlike other parents that have had mental breaks upon hearing “Let it Go” for the 10,000th time, Kristen Bell is actually in Disney’s long-awaited animated sequel, where she voices Anna. So her kids didn’t have to wait to find out what happens in Arendelle, Kristen Bell was able to tell them ahead of time, which of course she did. And after Kristen Bell spoiled Frozen II, she panicked, as she recalled:

Kristen Bell was so excited upon reading the script for Frozen II, that she couldn’t help herself but to come home and let her two young daughters know about it. By the sound of it they were eager to hear about the sequel and were quite excited by what she told them, which was everything. But in her desire to be the cool mom she made something of a tactical error and upon that realization she panicked.

That’s because when you’re in a Disney movie, you don’t just get to tell everyone what happens in it all willy-nilly, especially for a movie as big as Frozen II. There are contracts and NDAs, legally binding documents that I imagine say something along the lines of ‘snitches get stitches,’ but in official legal parlance of course.

So Kristen Bell rightly panicked that she was in breach of her contract by spoiling Frozen II and putting what happens in the huge sequel out into the world. At that point, she had already broken her contract and opened herself up to legal action from Mickey Mouse’s mighty studio.

It then became about containment and damage control. As the actress told SiriusXM, she had to tell her kids how important it was that they keep the Frozen II spoilers a secret. It was a desperate move, because as a species children are not known for their secret-keeping abilities, but it was her only play. Fortunately, her young children were able to keep the secret and if they didn’t, whoever they told about Frozen II on the playground didn’t have a Reddit account.

Frozen fans have been waiting years for the sequel to arrive, so the stakes are certainly high. And for those need a refresher on the original, they can now stream Frozen on Disney+. You can use this link for a free 7-day trial.

So Kristen Bell can rest easy now that Frozen II is about to be released and people have already seen it. Her children won’t be resting easy though because in addition to Frozen II spoilers, Kristen Bell warned them about a certain biological destiny they will face if they spoil the sequel’s contents.

You know how Anna doesn’t want Kristoff to tell Olaf about what happens to frozen things in summer in the first Frozen? Yeah, clearly that’s not who Kristen Bell is in real life. As if humans aren’t innately coded to have teeth-falling-out dreams, her poor daughters are now traumatized with this knowledge. That tooth fairy better deliver some seriously good presents to them.

Terminator: Dark Fate’s Final Battle Was Originally Way Grosser

Spoilers ahead for Terminator: Dark Fate.

As far as sci-fi franchises go, there are few quite as iconic as The Terminator. James Cameron’s original set of movies broke new ground for the film world, and contained countless catch phrases that are still in the pop culture vernacular today. Tim Miller reunited Cameron, Linda Hamilton, and Arnold Schwarzenegger for the new sequel Terminator: Dark Fate. The blockbuster ignored the myriad other movies, serving as a direct sequel to T2. And it looks like the final action sequences were originally much grosser.

Terminator: Dark Fate has plenty of pulse-pounding action throughout its 128-minute runtime. And the movie’s R-rating allowed Tim Miller to go full tilt when it came to violence and language. But it out that the movie did pull back when it came to gore. During the film’s third act, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Carl attempts to keep the new villain away from Dani within a pit, getting his skin ripped off in the process. It turns out that that fight was originally much grosser, as Miller explained:

Is anyone else having some horror-related FOMO? It looks like Carl’s de-skinning was going to be even more gnarly in Terminator: Dark Fate. And while Tim Miller and company had the rating to include it, they ultimately decided the additional gore was too much.

Tim Miller’s comments to USA Today might be surprising to fans of both the director and the Terminator franchise as a whole. Miller and James Cameron were thrilled to be doing a return to form with an R-rating, as the past few sequels pulled back and went with PG-13. And while this allowed for more intense action and Linda Hamilton’s countless F-bombs, that didn’t mean the filmmaker was going to blindly include everything in the theatrical cut. That includes Carl’s bloody encounter with Rev-9.

Watching Arnold Schwarzenegger’s character lose an arm and part of his face was already pretty grueling. The T-800 has taken plenty of punishment throughout his tenure on the screen. And usually the robot’s human skin ends up falling off eventually, to reveal the metal underneath. But that doesn’t mean that moviegoers will want to watch Gabriel Luna’s new villain literally rip the flesh from his arm. Everyone has their limits.

Carl took plenty of punishment throughout the course of Terminator: Dark Fate. After learning empathy and developing a conscious, he joins the mission to protect Dani. And after saying goodbye to his family, it’s clear he’s not intending on coming back. He ultimately sacrificed himself to make things right “For John“, but not after losing an arm in the process.

Newest Snyder Cut Image Is All About Jason Momoa’s Aquaman

I must admit, while I fully expected to still be talking about Justice League two years after the film’s release, I never imagined it would be in this context. At this point, it seems nobody is talking about the film itself, the theatrically released movie that is available for all to see. Instead, we’re still talking about the movie we may never see, the mythical Snyder Cut, the version of the film Snyder might have made had he been able to direct post-production himself.

Fans are still obsessed with this version of the movie, and a large part of the reason is that Zack Snyder keeps feeding them. Recently, Snyder rewarded one particularly dedicated fan, known as TheNiceCast on Twitter, with an image of Jason Momoa that the world had never seen. Luckily, the fan himself was more than willing to share the shot with the rest of us. Check it out.

The image itself isn’t particularly wild or impressive. It’s just Jason Momoa in a still shot that could be something out of a clothing catalog. The image was meant simply as a thank you from Zack Snyder to a fan who has shown support, but it’s yet another in a long line of shots and movie details the director has dropped over the last two years, continually teasing fans with what Justice League might have been.

It feels like, at this point, we could practically assemble everything Zack Snyder has released and build the Snyder Cut ourselves. And that might be necessary. While the interest from a segment of the fan base has never wavered, we’ve seen no indication that Warner Bros. has ever even considered releasing Zack Snyder’s version of Justice League.

Still, it doesn’t mean it won’t ever happen, and the fan base that wants it is showing little sign of getting tired. They’ll continue to call for the Snyder Cut and if we don’t see it, it feels like we could continue to see the demands for it for years to come.

Certainly, as long as Zack Snyder continues to show support to those showing him support, these two sides could feed off each other for a long time. Certainly, the fact that Snyder continues to drop images, concept art, and other pieces of material gives the fans hope that the “Snyder Cut” could happen.

While fan support matters, any plan to produce the film will be based on a belief at Warner Bros. that there are enough people willing to spend money on it, it also needs those people high enough on the food chain to champion the idea. That’s where Zack Snyder can come in. It’s unclear how much work would actually need to be done to make the Snyder Cut a reality, it sounds like a great deal of the work has already been done.

This certainly isn’t the last story we’ll be writing about the Snyder Cut. There is surely more material Zack Snyder has, and he’s not showing any signs of slowing down in releasing it. If anything, it feels like it’s all only increasing in frequency.

We may not really have the ability to assemble the Snyder Cut ourselves right now, but I’m not convinced that day won’t come.

Avengers: Endgame’s Writers Had To Ignore Back To The Future When Approaching Time Travel

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It’s been a number of months since Avengers: Endgame hit theaters, but the conversation around The Russo Brothers’ massive blockbuster hasn’t slowed down. Every week comes with new revelations about Endgame, and the various incarnations of the movie that fell to the wayside during its process of development, writing, filming, and editing. The movie had high concepts like time travel, and it turns out that the writers had to actively ignore Back to the Future when approaching the Time Heist.

Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely have written all of The Russo Brothers’ MCU movies, including Infinity War and Endgame. Those pair of movies obviously presented more challenges, due to their massive scale. The duo has been open about the challenges of handling such huge movies, and it turns out that Back to the Future was more than just an anecdote in one scene. As McFeely recently revealed:

It’s a testament to Back to the Future that we all assume time travel – which is not a real thing – is the only way you can do it. Even we did for the longest time. And then we sort of figured out, in quantum mechanics, the same particles can exist in two places at the same time. We went, ‘Oh, that’s really weird; that’s really interesting.’ Fortunately, we had a guy who could exist in the quantum realm if we asked those filmmakers to leave him there. Maybe we could figure out a little get out of jail on this problem. So, it is rooted in science.

It looks like the ’80s time traveling franchise had quite the effect on Avengers: Endgame. Those blockbusters created the blue print for time travel flicks, so McFeely and Markuswere especially cognizant of how audiences might respond to the Time Heist. Endgame had a different approach to traveling through time, and had to get ahead of any jokes/confusion during the writing process.

Stephen McFeely’s comments to the Hollywood Unscripted podcast reveal exactly how the writers and directors of Avengers: Endgame approached time travel. With the exception of Doctor Strange’s Time Stone, Endgame introduced time travel to the larger MCU, and the surviving heroes. They had to be methodical to explain the science behind the Time Heist, and establish the shared universe’s rules for traveling through time and space. You can see how they did that by streaming Avengers: Endgame on Disney+. You can even use this link for a free 7-day trial.

Avengers: Endgame established said rules early in the film’s second act, as Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye prepared to do a test of Tony’s new tech and the Pym particles. Rhodey and Scott Lang went through a list of movies that included time travel, which Smart Hulk quickly shoots down as fiction. It’s a necessary scene for any naysayers in the audience, and lays out exactly how much power the Avengers will have throughout the Time Heist.

The next installment in the MCU is Black Widow on May 1st, 2020. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies. And our 2020 release list to look forward to the New Year.

George Michael Added A Major Plot To Last Christmas Before He Died

Last Christmas is a movie that’s being talked about mostly because of it’s somewhat unexpected ending, but the film’s other major claim to fame is the way that it uses the music of George Michael to tell its story. While the singer died in 2016, it turns out that much more than his music influenced the film, as he was actually aware of the story during its creation, and he gave some notes that influenced the plot.

Last Christmas was a project that co-writer Emma Thompson has been working on for most of the last decade, and so George Michael was very much alive when it started. Director Paul Feig reveals that Thompson actually showed a treatment of the story to the singer, and he suggested the inclusion of the film’s elements dealing with homelessness. According to Feig…

In Last Christmas Henry Golding‘s character of Tom volunteers at a homeless shelter, which leads Emilia Clarke‘s Kate to do the same. The homeless shelter and those staying in it become an important part of the overall story.

It seems that we have George Michael to thank for more than just the music of the film. Vulture also reports that Michael had agreed to help supervise the film’s music, but he died before the film made it into production.

Certainly, if you’re a fan of George Michael, the soundtrack to Last Christmas is a pleasure, it includes several of the artist’s songs, and not simply the radio friendly hits that the general public is aware of, although, certainly, there are plenty of those. Unlike other recent films that focus on a single artist’s music, Last Christmas doesn’t draw a great deal of attention to the music within the narrative, but it’s always there.

Last Christmas may have one of the more talked about endings of current movies, but that doesn’t appear to be helping it draw an audience, the movie has only made about $18 million at the box office worldwide and with a reported budget of $25 million, that’s not great news.

One certainly wonders if the film’s twist, which has been talked about since before the movie ever came out, might be part of the reason. It’s possible that people are skipping it because they know what happens. I would argue that even knowing where the movie is going –which, let’s be honest, we all know most of the time with most movies– it’s still an enjoyable little romance, and yeah, it’s got a pretty solid soundtrack.

Last Christmas is in theaters now