Monday, April 12, 2021

Destiny 2: Season 14 Iron Banner Weapons Revealed

Earlier today, we talked about the various nerfs that are being implemented in Destiny 2: Season of the Chosen ahead of season 14 on the horizon. The reason behind the wide swath of nerfs is that the studio is bringing in a ton of new weapons and gear for the upcoming season, and the team is making preemptive changes to ensure that those arrivals fit right in. While we don't know even a small portion of what's on the way, Bungie did reveal the new Season 14 Iron Banner weapons on the way to help ease the blow of the most recent nerfs. Iron Banner is slated to kick off one last time in Season of the Chosen on April 13 at 10 a.m. Pacific until April 20 at the same time. This will be the final Iron Banner before season 14, so get in there if you still need to complete the Iron Sharpens Iron Seasonal Challenge. Saladin also offers weekly bounties that are great for leveling, especially for those trying to get to 1325 for Grandmaster Nightfalls.  Regarding what's next, here's our first look at the new weapons on the way for the upcoming season:  The Hand Cannon and Sniper Rifle, seen above, will be familiar for dedicated Guardians, but there will also be brand new weapons joining as well. "Our goals moving forward are to continue bringing some Year-1 weapons up to speed with random rolls, but also bringing some new rewards into the fold when possible," said Bungie in its most recent update. "This always depends a bit on what resources we have for a given season, but we’re looking forward to a few new Iron Banner-themed tools for your arsenal." There will be new armor in Iron Banner as well, but the studio isn't ready to share that first look quite yet since it won't be ready to debut for a few more seasons.  I'm interested in seeing how the new weapons operate, given the recent meta changes. It's nice to see a blend of returning favorites and new weapons. While I like that Bungie keeps bringing back familiar items, it does get a little exhausting when returning gear takes a priority of brand-new weapons and armor. What do you think about our first look at the new weapons for Destiny 2: Season 14 Iron Banner? Sound off with your hopes and Guardian-driven dreams in the comment section below! 
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    CS Video: Godzilla vs Kong’s Adam Wingard Talks Mechagodzilla!

    CS Video: Godzilla vs Kong’s Adam Wingard Talks Mechagodzilla!Warner Bros. and Legendary provided with the chance to sit down 1:1 with Adam Wingard, director of the smash MonsterVerse crossover Godzilla vs. Kong! In this segment, we ask Wingard to talk about how the previous iterations of Mechagodzilla influenced his version in the new film. Check out what Wingard had to say in the player below!Click here to purchase Criterion’s amazing Godzilla: The Showa-Era Films collection!RELATED: CS Interview: Tom Holkenborg On His Score for Godzilla vs. Kong!Directed by Adam Wingard (Death Note) from a script by Eric Pearson (Black Widow) and Max Borenstein (Godzilla: King of the Monsters) based on a story treatment from Zach Shields, Michael Doughtery (Krampus) and Terry Rossio (Shrek), this epic action-adventure pits two of the greatest titans in motion picture history against each other with humanity caught in the middle. The film not only marks the second major showdown between the two, but also marks the 36th Godzilla film and 12th Kong outing, with the former having two under his belt for the MonsterVerse while the latter only has Skull Island.The ensemble roster for the monster mashup features returning franchise stars Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things) and Kyle Chandler (First Man) as well as Alexander Skarsgård (The Stand), Rebecca Hall (The Night House), Brian Tyree Henry (Atlanta), Shun Oguri (Gintama), Eiza González (Baby Driver), Julian Dennison (Deadpool 2) and Demián Bichir (Land). King of the Monsters‘ Zhang Ziyi and franchise newcomer Jessica Henwick (Love and Monsters) were slated to appear in the film, though their roles were left on the cutting room floor.RELATED: Godzilla vs. Kong Destroys the Box Office!Godzilla vs. Kong is produced by Mary Parent, Alex Garcia, Eric McLeod and Brian Rogers while Kenji Okuhira, Yoshimitsu Banno, Jon Jashni and Thomas Tull as served as executive producers and Jay Ashenfelter, Jen Conroy and Tamar Kent as co-producers.It is now available in theaters and on HBO Max!

    Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway Release Date Moves Up

    Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway moves upOriginally slated for July 2, Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway now shifts up to an earlier release date of June 18. With cinemas opening up again, this move makes a play for summer vacation families eager to go back to the theaters.The first film, Peter Rabbit, opened in 2018 and went on to take in $351M worldwide.RELATED: First Ghostbusters: Afterlife Clip Features the Return of Stay PuftIn Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway, the lovable bunny is back. Bea, Thomas, and the rabbits have created a found family of their own. Even with a new life, Peter can’t seem to shake his mischievous reputation. Adventuring out of the garden, he finds himself in a world where his mischief is appreciated. Realizing he is missing, Peter’s family risks everything to go looking for him. Seeing what he has at stake, Peter must figure out what kind of bunny he wants to be.James Corden returns to lead an ensemble voice cast as the voice of Peter Rabbit. Margot Robbie and Elizabeth Debicki return as the voices of Flopsy Rabbit and Mopsy Rabbit and Domhnall Gleeson and Rose Byrne are reprising their live-action roles as Thomas and Bea. Aimee Horne has stepped in to replace Daisy Ridley in the role of Cottontail Rabbit. The sequel also features the additions of Emmy nominee David Oyelowo, Lennie James, Rupert Degas, and Damon Herriman. RELATED: Ghostbusters and Jumanji rides set for new Columbia Pictures Aquaverse ParkPeter Rabbit 2: The Runaway is written and directed by Will Gluck, who returns having co-written the script with Patrick Burleigh, based on the characters and tales of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter. The film is produced by Gluck alongside Zareh Nalbandian, Catherine Bishop, and Jodie Hildebrand, with Doug Belgrad, Jonathan Hludzinski, Emma Topping, and Thomas Merrington serving as executive producers on the film. 

    Tom Cruise’s Top Gun: Maverick & Mission: Impossible Sequels Delayed

    Tom Cruise’s Top Gun: Maverick & Mission: Impossible sequels delayedParamount Pictures has officially decided to shift the release dates for their three highly-anticipated projects starring Tom Cruise, with the long-awaited Top Gun: Maverick seeing its sixth delay from Independence Day weekend to November 19 as well as the Mission: Impossible sequels both being delayed a year.RELATED: Delaney, Parnell, Varma & More Join Mission: Impossible 7 & 8 RostersWriter/director Christopher McQuarrie’s Mission: Impossible 7, which still currently in production, is now set to open Memorial Day weekend on May 27, 2022, pitting it against fellow tentpole actioner John Wick: Chapter 4 at Lionsgate, while Mission: Impossible 8 has also been delayed from its November 4, 2022 to July 7, 2023. Filming for the project is expected to begin as soon as Cruise completes his promotional duties for Top Gun: Maverick.Directed by Kosinski from a script by Peter Craig, Justin Marks and Eric Warren Singer, Top Gun: Maverick is set in a world of drone technology and fifth-generation fighters along with exploring the end of the era of dogfighting. Maverick (once again played by Tom Cruise) is now a flight instructor, who takes Bradley Bradshaw (played by Miles Teller), the son of Maverick’s late partner Nick “Goose” Bradshaw, under his wing. The film also stars Jon Hamm, Val Kilmer, Jennifer Connelly, Glen Powell and Ed Harris.A follow-up to Tony Scott’s 1986 hit has been in the works for quite some time, with Tom Cruise interested in reprising his role as United States Naval Aviator Lieutenant Pete “Maverick” Mitchell. Producer Jerry Bruckheimer previously outlined that the film will deal with the rise of unmanned drones and pilots becoming a thing of the past.RELATED: Top Gun: Maverick: Miles Teller Details Intense Training for Real Flight StuntsJoining Cruise and Hayley Atwell in seventh and eight installments are returning Mission: Impossible alums Rebecca Ferguson (Doctor Sleep), Simon Pegg (Ready Player One), Ving Rhames (Pulp Fiction), Vanessa Kirby (Hobbs & Shaw) and Henry Czerny (Ready or Not) along with newcomers Shea Whigham (Joker), Pom Klementieff (Guardians of the Galaxy 2), Rob Delaney (Deadpool 2), Charles Parnell (Top Gun: Maverick), Indira Varma (Game of Thrones), Cary Elwes (Stranger Things), Mark Gatiss (Sherlock) and Esai Morales (La Bamba, Titans) who will replace Nicholas Hoult (Mad Max: Fury Road) for the villain role.Following the large critical and commercial success of the past two installments, writer/director Christopher McQuarrie inked a deal with the studio to return to write and direct the next two installments, with Skydance Media, who joined the franchise in the fourth installment, Ghost Protocol, will be returning to produce the next two entries.

    Paramount Shuffles Release Dates for Jackass, Snake Eyes & More!

    Paramount shuffles release dates for Jackass, Snake Eyes & more!As theaters slowly begin to open around the globe and studios revisit their theatrical schedule, Paramount Pictures has announced a major shuffle in its lineup of upcoming films, including a bump up for the G.I. Joe spin-off prequel Snake Eyes, delays for the new Jackass, Top Gun and Mission: Impossible sequels and first dates for a number of other films!RELATED: Universal Bumps Up The Forever Purge Release a WeekSummer plans made. #SnakeEyes is now coming to theatres July 23, 2021 – Experience it only on the big [email protected]— G.I. JOE (@GIJoeOfficial) April 9, 2021Originally slated for an October 22 release, the Henry Golding-starring Snake Eyes origin story film is moving up to July 23, putting it squarely between Warner Bros’ Space Jam: A New Legacy the week prior and Disney’s Jungle Cruise the following week, as well as pitting it against Universal’s Old and Sony’s Hotel Transylvania: Transformania. Meanwhile, in addition to the shift of Tom Cruise’s Top Gun: Maverick, Paramount is also delaying its only other 2021 film, Jackass, from its September 3 release to October 22 in place of Snake Eyes.Another major delay from the studio can be found in John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein’s ensemble adaptation of Dungeons & Dragons, which will be shifting from its May 27, 2022 release to March 3, 2023, with the highly-anticipated Mission: Impossible 7 taking its place.RELATED: Dwayne Johnson Announces July 2022 Black Adam Release Date!Sad news of delays aside, Paramount did bring some exciting calendar additions for the next few years, one of which includes the Kenneth Branagh-helmed untitled Bee Gees biopic, which has been set for a November 4, 2022 release date, taking the place of the recently-delayed Mission: Impossible 8. Additionally, the new Star Trek film from Discovery writer Kalinda Vazquez has been set for a June 9, 2023 release, the film adaptation of The Shrinking of Treehorn has been set for a November 10, 2023 release and the Ryan Reynolds and John Krasinski-led fantasy comedy, previously titled Imaginary Friends though now untitled, for a November 17, 2023 release.

    Josie and The Pussycats Cast Reunites for 20th Anniversary

    Josie and The Pussycats cast reunites for 20th AnniversaryUniversal’s cult early aughts classic Josie and the Pussycats, inspired by the Archie comics and Hanna-Barbera cartoon of the same name, turns 20 today and to celebrate, stars Rachael Leigh Cook (Love, Guaranteed), Rosario Dawson (The Mandalorian) and Tara Reid (Sharknado) reunited virtually to look back on the film’s legacy! The cast reunion can be viewed in the player below!RELATED: Watch Rosario Dawson Transform Into Ahsoka Tano for The Mandalorian“I think it was way ahead of its time. You watch it now and it so resonates with the moment we’re in but at the time I think it was hard for people to really appreciate the satire that it was.” Rosario Dawson, who starred as Valerie, said of the film which is still often quoted to this day: DUJOUR MEANS FAMILY! The quote is even homaged by indie film fashion labels like Super Yaki, which featured hoodies and even ornaments based on it during one of their limited runs.Rachael Leigh Cook starred as Josie and was brought in by the film’s directors Harry Elfont and Deborah Kaplan, she reflected on the shoot, “As an experience, [it was] very much women supporting women from day one to this day.”Co-lead Tara Reid echoed the sentiment as they looked back, “It meant so much to us. When we made this film we had the best time ever. One of our directors was also a woman. So it’s kind of changed. And that was before there was such an influence now but in so many ways I feel like we started this game.” Click here to purchase the cult classic musical comedy!Upon release, Josie and The Pussycats was compared to Spice World, though cinephiles would later fight to reclaim it as a cult classic. The film shares more DNA with another cult film about the pop music industry: Brian De Palma’s Phantom of the Paradise, especially in how it dives into the soul-selling world of subliminal messaging to conform to capitalism over individualism. Mondo released a printing of the Josie and the Pussycats soundtrack on Vinyl that you can pre-order here. Matthew Libatique, the film’s cinematographer, would later work on both Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s A Star Is Born and Cathy Yan’s Birds of Prey starring Margot Robbie. Josie and the Pussycats may have been a blueprint for Birds of Prey.RELATED: Friends Unscripted Reunion Special to Tape Next Week!Both on-screen and behind the scenes the teamwork of the film really made the film shine as being about young women sticking together even as the fame machine tried to eat them up and chew them out. It was about friendship, and Rosario thinks the film transcends time because of that, “There’s scene after scene after scene that was not about how men were in our lives. It wasn’t about all these other things. It was about us and our dreams and our passions. And seeing these men being being super supportive of these women and wanting to see them shine. And watching them grow in front of you and being amazed by that. It’s just there are so many levels in it that are just really profound looking back on it through the lens of now.”[embedded content]

    WEEKLY universal Bumps Up The Forever Purge Release

    Universal bumps up The Forever Purge release a weekAfter the studio delayed The Forever Purge a whole year from July 2020 to 2021, Universal Pictures is bringing the hit horror-thriller franchise back to fans a little sooner as the studio has bumped its release up from July 9 to July 2, just in time for Independence Day weekend.RELATED: Warner Bros. Pushes Mortal Kombat Release Back a WeekThough the new release date sees the film escape the competition of Marvel’s Black Widow, it does now pit the fifth and final horror outing against the family-friendly Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway and the Chris Pratt-starring sci-fi actioner The Tomorrow War, which was recently acquired by Amazon and slated for a July 2 release.Franchise creator James DeMonaco will not be returning to the to the director’s chair for the film, which he confirmed to Entertainment Weekly in 2018 would be the finale, but will still act as screenwriter for it while Everardo Gout, award-winning director of Days of Grace, is helming.“I think it’s a great way to end it all,” DeMonaco previously told EW. “We want to end it all, I think, in this one, and I’m very excited. When I came up with the idea and pitched it to everybody, they seemed psyched, and I think it will be a really cool ending, how we take this one home.”RELATED: Lionsgate Announces The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard Release Date!The Forever Purge will be  produced by Jason Blum, Man In A Tree duo DeMonaco and Sébastien K. Lemercier, and Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form and is set to star Leven Rambin (True Detective) and be helmed by Everado Gout.The Purge series kicked off in 2013 with the first film, a smaller scale home-invasion thriller starring Ethan Hawke. It went on to gross $89.3 million worldwide and kick started the franchise, which to date has pulled in $456.8 million in worldwide grosses across four films (with the total box office grosses for each film out gaining its predecessor).

    Adverse Review: a good Michael Mann-esque Crime Drama

    Rating:7/10Cast:Thomas Ian Nicholas … Ethan (as Thomas Nicholas)Mickey Rourke … KadenPenelope Ann Miller … NicoleLou Diamond Phillips … Dr. CruzSean Astin … FrankieKelly Arjen … MiaMatt Ryan … JakeAndrew Keegan … JanWritten and directed by Brian MetcalfLow-budget thrillers carry a certain charm. Sure, the technical aspects may not be up to par with most modern-day productions; and, yeah, the acting never rises beyond B-movie standards, but such traits only add to the flavor. If anything, these films serve as interesting exercises in the art of filmmaking on a micro-budget, where creativity, strong storytelling and smart directing go a long way.So, it goes with Adverse, a very low budget crime drama that comes surprisingly close to capturing the spirit and style of the Michael Mann thrillers it clearly aspires to be. As directed by Brian Metcalf, Adverse digs deep to tell its tragic tale of revenge; and introduces a handful of fascinating characters who all get their moment to shine.RELATED: Tom Holland to Star in The Crowded Room from Akiva GoldsmanThe story follows Ethan (Thomas Nicholas), a hard-working American who has had it up to here with society. His psychiatrist, played by Lou Diamond Phillips, says he’s angry; and we see that anger plastered all over Ethan’s face as he goes about his day-to-day activities, namely taking care of his druggie sister Mia (Kelly Arjen), confronting his a-hole boss Frankie (Sean Astin) and dealing with the loud and obtrusive customers who stumble into his car during endless late night Uber-like shifts.Ethan’s predicament takes an even steeper dive when Mia and her boyfriend get wrapped up with a local drug kingpin named Kaden (Mickey Rourke) and wind up dead, forcing the angered sibling to seek out those responsible and exact bloody revenge-via-tire iron.Sounds fairly rudimentary, right? Except, Metcalf, who also wrote the film, takes the time to really flesh out his characters, so much so that, cheesy acting be damned, we actually care about what happens to all of them by film’s end.Indeed, the best scene arrives not with a wave of blood or violence, but via a quiet moment shared between Ethan and Kaden (molded after the famous coffee shop bit between Al Pacino and Robert De Niro in Heat) in which the world-weary drug dealer mournfully reflects on his past life as a kid yearning to play baseball.“This is not how I planned my life to be,” Kaden says dejectedly.Metcalf goes above and beyond the standard thriller and delivers a film that is, at its core, a study of broken characters undone by society, none of whom are right or wrong, just lost in a world they don’t understand. And while the execution of the story may leave you wanting —namely, the distracting jump cuts, bizarre line deliveries, unconvincing CGI blood and some silly plot contrivances — these central themes are strong enough to keep you invested in the story to the blood-spattered, Collateral-inspired end.RELATED: Benny Safdie Joins Are You There God? It’s Me, MargaretPerformances are mostly good. Rourke, in particular, now years removed from his Oscar-nominated turn in The Wrestler, offers up some fine work as Kaden. While Nicholas, tasked with playing a character who quite literally wears his intensity on his sleeve, delivers a convincing, if not slightly overstated performance as Ethan. The sequence in which the character unleashes his wrath with all the fury of an Old Testament god on an entire building full of drug peddlers — shot in one extended take — with nothing but a tire iron is both shocking and enthralling. You cheer for justice but mourn for Ethan’s soul.Now, this isn’t anything new. Revenge flicks are a dime a dozen. But the best of the lot, such as Death Wish and, more recently, John Wick, are able to compound meaning with madness. After all, who gives a damn about John Wick if his dog isn’t killed?Thanks to Metcalf’s steady hand, Adverse rises above the typical crop and delivers an intimate look at society’s underbelly, a place filled with murderers and scoundrels who quietly lament the broken path they chose.

    Justin Timberlake to Star in Confessions of a Dangerous Mind Series

    Justin Timberlake to star in Apple’s Confessions of a Dangerous Mind seriesComing off the critical success of Fisher Stevens’ drama film Palmer, Justin Timberlake has found his next collaboration with Apple TV+ in the form of a brand new drama series based on Chuck Barris’ 1984 memoir Confessions of a Dangerous Mind. Deadline reports that Apple has successfully acquired the script at an auction and is planning to develop the project into an hour-long drama series.Timberlake has officially signed on to the role of Barris, who claimed that he was a CIA assassin moonlighting as a game show host. Should the project secure a series order, this would mark the Grammy and Emmy-winning actor’s first major scripted series after only making guest-starring appearances on Saturday Night Live.RELATED: The Mosquito Coast Trailer Starring Justin Theroux and Melissa GeorgeIn Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, Chuck Barris revealed that becoming the host of The Gong Show and creator of The Dating Game and The Newlywed Game was only a cover for his real job as a CIA assassin, who was tasked to eliminate state enemies during the 1960s and the 1970s.Pick up a copy of the memoir here!The memoir was first adapted into film in 2002 also titled Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, which was George Clooney’s directorial debut (after taking over from Bryan Singer). Written by Charlie Kaufman, the film featured an all-star cast including Clooney, Julia Roberts, Drew Barrymore and Sam Rockwell as Barris (a role originally eyed by Michael Myers). The film scored some good notices from critics, but fell short at the box office with a worldwide take of $33.1 million on a $30 million budget.Click here to purchase a copy of the 2002 movie!RELATED: Apple Takes Greatest Beer Run Ever, Bill Murray in TalksThe series will be executive produced by David Hollander, who will also serve as the showrunner. The project will be written by Jon Worley with Miramax and Paramount Television Studios set as co-producers.(Photo Credit: Getty Images)

    New Hotel Transylvania Short Monster Pets Released Online!

    New Hotel Transylvania short Monster Pets released online!In Monster Pets, Drac’s lovable monster-sized puppy Tinkles has more energy than ever and just wants to play ball! Unfortunately, Drac is too busy juggling his duties at the hotel, so he is determined to find a monster pet companion for his huge furry friend. After a series of mismatches, Drac’s plan goes awry when Tinkles chooses a very unlikely companion. Check out the brand new Hotel Transylvania short in the player below!Fans can now purchase the Hotel Transylvania trilogy in 4K UHD on sale on Vudu here for $24.99 (usually $29.97).RELATED: Hotel Transylvania: Transformania Release Date Revealed by Sony![embedded content]Executive produced by Hotel Transylvania’s franchise creator Genndy Tartakovsky along with Michelle Murdocca, directed by Jennifer Kluska and Derek Drymon, written by Jennifer Kluska and produced by Christian Roedel, the short film which can now be seen exclusively in theatres with Cinemark, has launched online to celebrate Pets Day this upcoming weekend.“What would it be like if the Drac Pack all owned pets? We couldn’t be more excited to jump back into the world of Hotel Transylvania, and explore all the fun and lovable frustrations of pets through a monster lens,” said Monster Pets directors Jennifer Kluska and Derek Drymon. “What happens when your golden retriever is 5 stories tall? Or your chihuahua breathes fire? Being able to introduce an all-new group of characters in Monster Pets who are just as funny and weird as the Drac Pack was an absolute blast. We hope audiences enjoy the short, and look forward to seeing the monster pets make an appearance in the upcoming Hotel Transylvania: Transformania!”“This short has been a labor of love from the teams at Sony Pictures Animation and Sony Pictures Imageworks, and we’re pleased that we can bring heartfelt laughter to families around the world in this time,” added Christian Roedel, Monster Pets producer. “The Hotel Transylvania franchise is all about family, and it has been an honor to work alongside our newest members Jennifer and Derek, the amazing directing duo who will take the reins for this exciting new chapter.”And don’t miss the final chapter of the franchise, Hotel Transylvania: Transformania, coming to theatres July 23. Fans can sign up for a Fandango Fan Alert when tickets go on sale here.RELATED: Disney+ Adds Genndy Tartakovsky’s Star Wars: Clone Wars in AprilMonster Pets: A Hotel Transylvania Short was directed by Jennifer Kluska and Derek Drymon. Written by Jennifer Kluska. Produced by Christian Roedel. Executive Producers are Michelle Murdocca and Genndy Tartakovsky. The film features the voices of Brian Hull (Dracula), Derek Drymon (Tinkles/Zombie/Gillman), Jennifer Kluska (Toots), Genndy Tartakovsky (Blobby/Puppy Blobby) and Jon Olson (additional monster pets).Sony Pictures Animation’s $1.3 billion family film franchise Hotel Transylvania follows Dracula, Mavis and all their monster friends and their adventures at Hotel Transylvania, a lavish five-stake resort where monsters and their families can live it up, free to be the monsters they are without humans to bother them. The first film debuted in theaters in 2012, followed by two sequels Hotel Transylvania 2 and Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, which were released in 2015 and 2018, respectively. The final chapter, Hotel Transylvania: Transformania, is scheduled to debut on July 23, 2021.

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