Wait, Who’s Shao Kahn?
First appearing in 1993’s Mortal Kombat II, Shao Kahn is, basically, the god behind the guy. The ruler of the Outworld that the Mortal Kombat tournament takes place in, there’s a rich history that saw Kahn make many enemies throughout his conquest of that mythical realm. Ultimately, his ambitions lie in the conquest of all realms, including that of Earth. But what’s more, Shao Kahn has some personal ties to other Mortal Kombat fighters we’ve already glimpsed.
This time, Paramount and J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions has enlisted Star Trek: Discovery writer Kalinda Vazquez to write an “original” Star Trek movie, per Deadline. The television writer apparently pitched this idea herself, but it’s unclear if this will feature Captain Kirk and his crew or a wholly new set of characters. Vazquez has been working in TV for over a decade on shows including Nikita, Runaways and Fear of the Walking Dead, and she will also develop George R.R. Martins’ new dragon HBO series, Roadmarks, as announced just last week.
Isle Of Dogs (Disney+)
If it worked the first time, might as well try again. Isle of Dogs, Wes Anderson’s second dabbling into the stop motion world, tells the story of Atari, a boy who goes searching for his dog on an island, where many dogs were exiled after an outbreak of the canine flu in Japan. He uses the assistance of the pack leader to somehow find him.
Anderson does a spectacular job with the stop motion yet again. It wasn’t a colorful as his first entry on this list, but the style has been upgraded and you can tell straight away that this is a modern stop motion film. The movements feel smoother, the story a bit better, and everything melds well together like a well-oiled machine. And yet again, this voice cast is amazing. Bryan Cranston takes on the starring role, alongside co-stars like Edward Norton, Greta Gerwig, Jeff Goldblum, and more.
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Olivia Wilde’s career has taken a different turn in the last few years. While still maintaining a stellar acting career, the actor has moved towards the director’s chair for her latest few projects. After the success of Booksmart, she is in post-production for her second film, Don’t Worry Darling, with Florence Pugh and Harry Styles. Wilde took to Instagram to unveil the first look at her second film. Check out her still of Pugh and the simple caption below:
As far as the Looney Tunes themselves go, Bugs Bunny will be accompanied by Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Lola Bunny, Marvin the Martian, Sylvester, Tweety, Pepe le Pew, Foghorn Leghorn and Speedy Gonzales. And LeBron James won’t be the only basketball talent gracing Space Jam: A New Legacy; NBA players Klay Thompson, Anthony Davis, Damian Lillard, Chris Paul, Draymond Green and Kyle Kuzma will show up, as will WNBA players Diana Taurasi, Nneka Ogwumike and Chiney Ogwumike. Star Trek: Discovery’s Sonequa Martin-Green stars as Savannah James, LeBron’s wife.
Stars, they’re just like us; they get their own groceries! But on a serious note, I am so excited for Kelly Marie Tran. To think that there was a time where she didn’t think she was going to get the part, and now it’s complete and she executed it flawlessly. When I tell you that Raya is my favorite Disney princess, I am not exaggerating, and all credit goes to Kelly Marie Tran’s performance. Raya is fierce yet playful, strong yet cautious, broken-hearted yet able to love, and Tran delivers it all.
Over the past decade or so, Kevin Hart has made a name for himself in Hollywood as one of its most bankable stars. At the same time, Hart has made it his business to expand his business and brand. The actor founded his production company and streaming platform as well as investing in other ventures. His business moves led people to seek out his financial advice. Recently, Hart took to his Instagram to give out some advice on saving as part of a partnership with Chase Banks. In the video, he aimed his honest words toward the Black community:
When a fan noticed a Star Wars set photo with Hamill, Guinness, and said cake, they inquired with Mr. Luke Skywalker personally about what the occasion was. Never shy about telling the truth, and always thankful for his fans, Mark Hamill enlightened the world as to the story behind this memory. And with a bit of quick Googling, the following story could be told through his Twitter:
Jessie (Joan Cusack) entered the world of Toy Story in Toy Story 2. Jessie was a toy created based on a television program called Woody’s Roundup that starred Woody, Jessie, Stinky Pete the Prospector (Kelsey Grammer), and Bullseye. We also learn that Jessie was once abandoned and tossed by her owner, which is why she ended up with toy collector Al McWhiggin (Wayne Knight).
A Jessie film could either explore more of her Woody’s Roundup character and its origins, or it could go back to Jessie’s days with former owner Emily. The Emily route may seem sad at first, but we know that Jessie eventually gets a happy ending with Woody, Buzz, and the rest of Andy’s toys. It might be interesting to see what happened with Emily and why Jessie was eventually donated. The Woody’s Roundup route is just as interesting because we don’t know the complete story behind the series and those who created it. Maybe the puppets are based on real people, like maybe Jessie was based on the creator’s daughter or something of that nature. We could see the inspiration for the toy Jessie’s story in a movie.