The psychological thriller taking a deep dive into the backstory of the most dangerous DC Comics villain makes them all laugh with glee winning the most prestigious award at the Venice Film Festival
It would appear that Warner Bros. has found its golden goose, or rather a Golden Lion as Joker the Todd Phillips helmed feature based on the DC character receives the highest honor at the Venice Film Festival. The film has been getting a lot of attention since it was green lit by the studio, and drew such big name talent as Robert De Niro and Joaquin Phoenix in the titular role. The film examines the life of “failed comedian” Arthur Fleck who after experiencing a series of unfortunate incidents begins a dissent into madness.
The character has become a fan favorite ever since Jack Nicholson first portrayed him on the big screen for Tim Burton’s signature blockbuster Batman and then again when Heath Ledger embodied the villain so brilliantly in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight. The Joker has become something of a fascinating exploration by writers and artists, and the villain’s origins have been suspect. Phillips showed interest in Joker and co-wrote the script for the film with Scott Silver. The prestige project is expected to sit outside of “standard” film canon.
Meaning fans that are anticipating Joaquin Phoenix’s Clown Prince might eventually go toe-to-toe against Robert Pattinson the latest Hollywood A-lister to inherit the cape and cowl of the Dark Knight Detective, may not be in the cards, but perhaps after the reception the film is getting that might change. The early word is that the film is living up to expectations, and that Phoenix may well be on his way to winning himself another coveted award. Similarly perhaps when the film is released in October the studio will be the last one laughing — all the way to the bank.
Here is the final trailer for film:
Joker directed by Todd Phillips and starring Joaquin Phoenix will be released nationwide on October 4, 2019.
Reborn from the ashes! The next film in the X-Men franchise will be revisiting one of the most popular arcs in the mythology while reigniting the series. Here is X-MEN: DARK PHOENIX…
The good news this week came when Disney Studios finally announced it had won its long-running bid to absorb 20th Century Fox which would reunite the Marvel Comics properties that have long been a box office boon for the studio. This will bring the various X-Men film franchises including Deadpool (starring Ryan Reynolds) and Fantastic Four back into the fold and into the realm of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which after the reacquisition of Spider-Man from Sony helped to bring the web-slinger into the Avengers: Infinity War.
When director Bryan Singer introduced the mighty mutants onto the big screen X-Men released in 2000 was practically unchallenged in the blockbuster arena and quickly helped to ramp up the interest in the superhero genre as a viable effort. The film also made overnight stars of its cast including Hugh Jackman who would immediately spin-off his portrayal of Wolverine into a separate franchise that recently concluded with the critically acclaimed Logan. Since 2000 there have been 2 additional sequel films and three “prequel” films expanding on the mythology.
The X-Men franchise has proven a money-maker for FOX and expanded the franchise narrative beyond the theatrical realm to television with the hit FX series Legion and the family drama The Gifted which are also suggested to take place within the “X-Men” cinematic experience. Although the last big-screen venture 2016’s X-Men: Apocalypse did not draw in audiences as eagerly as its predecessors (though the films returned Singer to the director’s seat), FOX immediately recommended that a follow-up be green-lit.
The next installment in the film series will be X-Men: Dark Phoenixand is promising to realize one of the comic book’s more enduring and popular storylines that is centered on Jean Grey (played by Game Of Thrones star Sophie Turner) and her ascent to near-omnipotence! The film will reunite the “reboot” cast which includes Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender and will also co-star Jessica Chastain. “The Dark Phoenix Saga” written for the comics by Chris Claremont and John Byrne and published in 1980 was a best-seller for Marvel.
In the last feature, Turner’s Jean Grey exhibited an astonishing new level of power when the heroes faced the long-lived tyrannical Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac) and his four horsemen. The “Dark Phoenix” story was also touched upon as a supplemental narrative of 2006’s X-Men: The Last Stand. Directed by Brett Ratner it proved the most unpopular of the first series of films, and an unlikely conclusion to the trilogy. Most of the events from that film appeared to have been retcon at the conclusion of 2014’s X-Men: Days of Future Past.
Evoking much of the feel of the original trilogy, the teaser poster for the next installment of Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi features the film’s heroine Rey in a striking homage to Luke Skywalker with the Jedi Master himself looking as if from above and the menacing visage of Kylo Ren, Skywalker’s nephew turned disciple of the Dark Side.
Beautifully crafted in its simplistically overpowering splendor, fan expectation for the continuing saga and the dramatic turn it will undoubtedly take with some all-new revelations has built to a fever-pitch this weekend thanks in large part to the release of the film’s first teaser trailer.
Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi opens in theaters across the world in December.
The Skywalker Saga continues and the helm is being passed down, but at what cost if the galaxy cannot repel the advancing forces of the First Order? How much is hanging in the balance?
Now that the glorious day has arrived, the trailer for the next chapter in the greatest space opera ever told, this first look at Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi raises more questions than answers them. The first images reintroduce Rey — the hero from Episode VII – The Force Awakens played by relative newcomer Daisy Ridley — as she undergoes what looks like the trials to become a Jedi who have been all but lost especially since the last of the order Luke Skywalker went into hiding.
The Last Jedi promises to pick up right from where we left off, with Rey arriving at the top of a lonely mountain after recovering the last piece of a map leading to a secluded location where Luke has been hiding. Fans of the original trilogy were in complete awe when Mark Hamill was finally revealed. The actor was the focus of the mystery that leads us up to this moment, and as the evil First Order presses on, the Resistance led by Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher) may need all the help that they can get.
As the trailer relates the Resistance will find itself in several battles with the First Order and Resistance fighter Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) may not make it to his X-Wing in time to fight off the advancing fleet. Even his astromech BB-8 can outrun the firestorm. The one-time First Order stormtrooper Finn (John Boyega) appears to still be recovering from his injuries sustained in the climatic confrontation with the menacing Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) who appears to be descending further into the darkness.
It may be all up to the Chosen One — the Jedi meant to bring balance to the Force. Over the course of the saga that mantle has been passed from one Skywalker to another, but perhaps there is still hope, especially if Luke is all too ready to put aside all he’s learned and allow nature to take its course. The trailer ends with Luke’s ominous declaration: “Its time for the Jedi…to end.”
Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi opens in theaters everywhere in December.
The wait is over and the saga continues! STAR WARS “The Last Jedi” Trailer is something to celebrate!
Oh glorious fans! Orlando is currently hosting the biggest and most profound fan convention of any genre with Star Wars Celebration 2017 taking over the greatest tourist destination in the world. Expectations have been high and only escalating since Disney purchased Lucasfilms, Ltd. and promised an entire new generation of stories from a galaxy far, far away!
The Star Wars saga reignited interest with the announcement that the original saga would continue with a third trilogy. 2016’s Star Wars: Episode VI — The Force Awakens brought back old favorites first introduced in the original trilogy continuing the adventures of the Skywalker family, and launched the new heroes that would eventually carry the torch forward.
By the end of The Force Awakens audiences of all ages, dedicated and inspired by the world of George Lucas, or entirely uninitiated had come to the realization — the Force is strong! No doubt among all the highlights of the weekend long celebration in Orlando, which included a reunion of some of the original cast 40 later returning to remember and honor Carrie Fisher who recently passed away, everyone was waiting with bated breath for the first glimpse from the next installment…and here it is finally — the trailer to Star Wars: Episode VIII — The Last Jedi.
Though there is very little to draw on as far as large themes or narrative goes, one thing is for sure Mark Hamill’s Luke Skywalker will be playing a pivotal role in training the Force sensitive Rey played by Daisy Ridley as the mystery continues to unfold around who this young woman is and what her role in the coming battle between good and evil! The remnant of the evil Empire, the First Order is launching an attack against the Resistance armies but are they shifting balance in their favor? In the end, does Luke Skywalker have it in him to restore balance once and for all?
Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi opens in theaters everywhere in December.