It’s not every day that you get to live out the dreams of your own childhood but here I am today, proudly announcing on the site that I founded in my parents garage back in 1998, my financial involvement in the creation of a very awesome documentary series entitled ARCADE DREAMS which focuses on the 100-year history of arcade games!
For those people who don’t know anything about me, I’m an immigrant kid raised from Armenian parents who happened to be living in Amsterdam, Holland when I was born. They brought me to Canada before I turned 10 and my life since then has been engrossed around all things pop culture, including my initial love of comic books, arcade games and movies, all of which led to the creation of the website that you are on right now.
The first comics I ever read were TMNT by the original masters themselves, Eastman & Laird, as well as Judge Dredd from Eagle Comics. It was around the same time that I spent a lot of time in arcades that were just popping up all over the place. My favorite game there was Donkey Kong no doubt but I loved them all…the lights, the sounds, the camaraderie hanging out with friends and having a good old time. The beers. Uhhhhm, okay…beers were probably a few years later, but in Canada, we can drink alcohol at the age of 18, eh?
Flash forward all these years later and in my ripened life, I’ve become a fan of pinball machines. Go figure! I rarely ever played them as a teenager but nowadays, I can’t get enough of them. My love affair started with an Austin Powers pin just for shits and giggles, but that was apparently just a gateway drug as I quickly moved on to Deadpool, Metallica, Elvira, Judge Dredd (natch!) and the holy grail of them all: Indiana Jones!
My passion for pins led me to meet many people from the hobby (all great folks) and if you’re wondering why I’m rambling on about all this, it’s because it was through an exchange in one of these pinball forums that I was able to meet some very awesome like-minded folk who were putting together this awesome historical documentary about arcade games (also console games, pinball machines, VR and much more) and the next thing you know….well, just read the press release below. Pssst, they’re the guys behind Viva Amiga: The Story of a Beautiful Machine on Hulu.
It’s to note that the documentary series (which we’re hoping makes its way to Netflix one day…one can dream) will also be launching a Kickstarter campaign on October 21st (today!!), so if any of this interests you as a fellow gaming enthusiast (or just someone who likes to support cool projects), check out their website and you can also be a part of it.
From my end, this documentary series feels like ‘full circle’ as I can look back at my 15-year old self and tell him that even though I’m still playing games at my age, I’m also a so-called grown-up who is now spreading the gospel about how wonderful these awesome electronic machines can be. Just remember kids…never grow up, it’s a trap!!
JoBlo Movie Productions teams up with Emmy-winning filmmakers to bring Arcade Game History Documentary Series to Life
For Immediate Release
Philadelphia, PA, USA – October 8th 2020 – Even during a global pandemic, movie deals are still being made. JoBlo Movie Productions, a tent-pole movie fansite, has partnered with production house Rock Steady Media to complete Arcade Dreams, an ambitious multi-part documentary series covering the 100-year history of arcade games.
Rock Steady Media is best known for their debut documentary Viva Amiga: The Story of a Beautiful Machine, which premiered on Hulu in 2017 and soared up the iTunes charts in multiple countries.
To bring Arcade Dreams to life, Rock Steady Media assembled a dream team of experts, including director Zach Weddington (Viva Amiga), and Emmy-winning cinematographer Bill Winters (Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee). Everyone on the team is a passionate fan of arcades, video games and pinball.
A chance encounter in a pinball forum (where else?) connected Rock Steady with Berge Garabedian, CEO and founder of JoBlo. He immediately gravitated toward the project, since he was a lifelong arcade game fan, pinball player, and collector.
“What drew me in was the film’s teaser trailer, I was like ‘Oh…my…God! This is my life!’ and I immediately wanted to be a part of the production team. It also feels like now is the perfect time for this project, as retro gaming and nostalgia from the 80s are uber-hot,” said Garabedian.
A serial entrepreneur, Mr. Garabedian founded JoBlo.com in his parents’ garage in 1998, after graduating with an MBA in Montreal, Canada. JoBlo has since grown into a powerhouse in the movie community, offering movie news, reviews, trailers, release dates, as well as thousands of celebrity interviews and set visits from around the world. TIME magazine once called Berge “one of the most powerful taste-makers in Hollywood.” His JoBlo YouTube network has more than 5 million subscribers and nearly 4 billion views.
“We’re thrilled about partnering with JoBlo! Berge has built such an awesome brand and he immediately clicked with our vision after our first phone call,” said director Zach Weddington.
Rock Steady Media has already filmed hours of interviews with industry greats along with stunning, high-resolution footage of classic pinball and arcade machines. The team has reached out to fans, collectors, restoration experts, and game developers. The reaction from arcade game fans around the world to the early footage has been ecstatic.
The success of the recent gaming documentary High Score on Netflix proves that audiences are hungry for these kinds of stories. “There are so many more stories that haven’t been told,” Weddington explained. “And we know gaming fans have been waiting to hear them.” Rock Steady Media plans to launch a Kickstarter this month in order to bring community involvement in the project to a new level.
“We’re hoping that this project will help a lot of people smile during these surreal times in the world. Nostalgia has been shown to counteract loneliness, boredom and anxiety so when you mix that with a fun history lesson in arcade games, we believe our project is poised for success,” said Garabedian.
To find out more and to sign up for updates on the Kickstarter, visit:
Arcade Dreams is a multi-part documentary series that tells the story of arcades. It’s an exhilarating tale, told by an array of historians, collectors, industry legends, and arcade fanatics. This is the first documentary to tell the complete story — from the penny arcades of the early 1900s, through pinball’s glory days and the video generation, to the virtual reality rooms of today and beyond.
We aim to put viewers inside the games and the arcades of every era. You’ll be transported through time as we show you the games, the arcade environment, and the stories of people who were there. We’ve already begun to uncover the rare and the forgotten, machines rumored not to exist and tales that few people have heard. Arcade Dreams will bring these stories to life like you’ve never seen before through unique animations, rare archival footage, and reenactments.
About Berge Garabedian:
Berge Garabedian is a serial entrepreneur with an MBA from McGill University who founded popular movie fansite JoBlo.com in his parents’ garage in 1998. Time Magazine included Mr. Garabedian as “one of the most powerful taste-makers in Hollywood” during his first decade online. With his production company, JoBlo Movie Productions, he has also executive produced five movies while the JoBlo brand has flourished on YouTube with nine channels totaling over 5M subscribers and 4 billion views. Most recently, he has become a pinball fanatic.
About Rock Steady Media
Rock Steady Media was founded by director Zach Weddington in 2012. His early love of video games and computer graphics led to a career in film and television production that’s been going strong for 20 years. Rock Steady Media has assembled an incredible group of talented individuals to bring its vision for Arcade Dreams to life. The crew includes Emmy Award-winning filmmakers, 3D animation experts, famous sound designers, brilliant graphic designers, award-winning writers, and encyclopedic arcade historians. But more important than all these accolades, is that it is a team that is passionate and dedicated to its love of arcades and video games.
Herbert F. Solow, a longtime television executive who pitched the original “Star Trek” series to NBC while he was at Desilu Studios, along with “Mission Impossible” and “Mannix,” died on Thursday, his wife, Dr. Harrison Solow, confirmed. He was 89.
In later years, he and his wife wrote several books on the “Star Trek” series, including “Inside Star Trek: The Real Story” and “The Star Trek Sketchbook.”
Solow was brought in by Lucille Ball after her divorce from Desi Arnaz to help revive Desilu Studios, where he helped develop and sell “Star Trek” to NBC — after CBS originally turned it down because it already had “Lost in Space” — as well as “Mission: Impossible” and “Mannix” to CBS.
Solow helped guide “Star Trek” creator Gene Roddenberry on their pitch to the network, and continued to champion the series until Ball herself got behind the effort.
Solow told the publication Carpe Articulum that he came up with the idea of presenting the story as a flashback. “I made a key change whereby we treated every episode, the whole series, as a flashback and invented Star Date,” he said. “A flashback is very interesting. People become kind of relaxed with the characters and the story knowing what they were watching had already happened. We’re not dealing with the future, absolutely not, we’re dealing with telling a story from the past. The Captain’s Log setup each show. Bottom-line, telling the story from the past was a huge plus.”
He also helped persuade Roddenberry that Spock should retain the pointed ears, but lose the devilish long tail and red face.
Born in New York, Solow started out at William Morris, then joined NBC in New York, where he established the international television sales division. After moving to Los Angeles, he oversaw development and production for NBC’s syndicated programs and created the series “Boots and Saddles.”
He had a stint in daytime programming at CBS, where he oversaw shows such as “Art Linkletter’s House Party,” before rejoining NBC, where he worked with Grant Tinker and supervised production of “Let’s Make a Deal.”
After Gulf & Western purchased Desilu, Solow left to become VP of worldwide television production at MGM, which had gotten out of the television business. Solow revived the TV arm, developing shows including “Then Came Bronson,” “Medical Center” and “The Courtship of Eddie’s Father,” and sold all three in the same week to the three networks.
At MGM, he went on to serve as VP of worldwide motion picture and television production, and headed MGM’s Culver City studios and the Borehamwood studios in England, working with directors including Robert Altman, Blake Edwards and David Lean.
Solow produced the MGM documentary feature “Elvis: That’s the Way It Was,” working closely with the singer.
He segued into independent production, writing and producing television movies and working with comedian Don Rickles. Then as a VP at Hanna-Barbera, he produced live-action productions such as “Man From Atlantis.”
Moving into features, he produced films including “Brimstone & Treacle,” “Get Crazy” and “Saving Grace” with Tom Conti.
Solow and his wife spent several years in Wales, where he became an honorary visiting research fellow at the University of Wales. He was a member of the WGA, the DGA and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, where he served on several nominating committees.
The time has come for Victorian primary producers to finalise their livestock fire plan. According to Agriculture Victoria, the 2019/20 bushfire season led to producers moving around 160,000 livestock to alternative locations and interstate both prior to, during and post the bushfires. A key factor in minimising the threat to livestock during a bushfire or extreme fire danger days is to identify safer on-farm areas where livestock can be moved to. READ MORE: Potential injury and death can be reduced by maintaining low risk areas. These include ploughed paddocks, with areas cultivated and kept free of combustible vegetation, bared-out paddocks and irrigated paddocks. All low risk areas should have sufficient water to enable stock to remain in the area for extended periods of high fire risk and high temperatures, protected from firebreaks and be free of leaf, twigs and bark build-up. Horses should not be locked up in small areas or stables but moved to an open paddock with minimal vegetation, so they can move freely. Horses are good at moving themselves to safe open areas and usually suffer minimal burns if left to do so. If equipment such as rugs, halters and flyveils remain on horses, the plastic may melt and metal buckles can burn the animal. Therefore, it is advised to consider using rope halters for easier handling and management. On days of extreme fire danger or on the day before, stock should be moved into lower risk areas on-farm or to a safer property. For further assistance on preparing a farm and livestock bushfire plan, visit agriculture.vic.gov.au/agriculture/emergency-management or contact the Agriculture Victoria Customer Service Centre on 136 186. While you’re with us, you can now receive updates straight to your inbox from The Ararat Advertiser. To make sure you’re up-to-date with all the news from across the Ararat shire, sign up here.
PLANNING: Agriculture Victoria has urged primary producers to plan for the fire season. Picture: JODIE DONNELLAN
The time has come for Victorian primary producers to finalise their livestock fire plan.
According to Agriculture Victoria, the 2019/20 bushfire season led to producers moving around 160,000 livestock to alternative locations and interstate both prior to, during and post the bushfires.
A key factor in minimising the threat to livestock during a bushfire or extreme fire danger days is to identify safer on-farm areas where livestock can be moved to.
Potential injury and death can be reduced by maintaining low risk areas.
These include ploughed paddocks, with areas cultivated and kept free of combustible vegetation, bared-out paddocks and irrigated paddocks.
All low risk areas should have sufficient water to enable stock to remain in the area for extended periods of high fire risk and high temperatures, protected from firebreaks and be free of leaf, twigs and bark build-up.
Horses should not be locked up in small areas or stables but moved to an open paddock with minimal vegetation, so they can move freely.
Horses are good at moving themselves to safe open areas and usually suffer minimal burns if left to do so.
If equipment such as rugs, halters and flyveils remain on horses, the plastic may melt and metal buckles can burn the animal.
Therefore, it is advised to consider using rope halters for easier handling and management.
On days of extreme fire danger or on the day before, stock should be moved into lower risk areas on-farm or to a safer property.
While you’re with us, you can now receive updates straight to your inbox from The Ararat Advertiser. To make sure you’re up-to-date with all the news from across the Ararat shire, sign up here.
Bieber started off the night with a solo rendition of his song “Lonely,” written with Benny Blanco, followed by a joyful performance of “Holy,” his gospel-influenced single that he originally released with Chance the Rapper. Mendes then appeared on a platform to sing the opening chorus to “Monster” and trade off verses with Bieber against a VR background that resembled the dark fantasy forest seen in the single’s music video.
Later, Mendes took the stage again to perform “Wonder,” the title track from his upcoming album. The artist sang and played piano inside a set designed to look like a homespun cottage, matching the song’s introspective mood. As “Wonder” soared into the arena-rock chorus, Mendes escaped the cottage setting and sang to the entire Microsoft Theatre, surrounded by strobe lights and backed by a full band.
Along with “Lonely” and “Holy,” Bieber appeared on Ariana Grande’s “Stuck With U” this year. His first album in five years, Changes, arrived in February.
While Mendes isn’t up for any AMAs this year, he’s preparing for the release of Wonder, set to arrive December 4th via Island Records. The singer-songwriter announced the album back in September, sharing both the title track and the LP’s short introduction. Wonder marks Mendes’ fourth album and follows his 2018 self-titled effort.
Ahead of the release of Wonder, Mendes will also release a new documentary, In Wonder, which premieres on November 23rd on Netflix. Directed by Grant Singer, the film traces Mendes’ swift rise over the past few years, from promising singer-songwriter to bona fide pop star, while also delving into how he’s grappled with the anxieties of celebrity, coming-of-age in the public eye, and the rigors of touring.
All these months in, and it’s hard to imagine that sitting at home could ever be as good as taking a film in at the theater. While there’s still a whole list of films who have opted to wait out 2020 and the pandemic, instead releasing next year, there is another crop who say—to hell with it. We came to entertain. Those are landing on demand and in your Netflix queue by the week now.
Trolls: World Tour broke streaming records as one of our first pandemic-forced direct-to-digital hits—and it has since caused a ripple effect that might change how Hollywood game plans its big releases going forward. Since Trolls: World Tour, we’ve seen a ton of other studios follow suit, and (praise Queen Poppy), we’ve had the early release of several other films that were originally planned for a theatrical release. From horror hits like The Invisible Man, to true-life looks like Just Mercy, here’s a list of movies that are streaming early due to the coronavirus pandemic. And for a more curated list, many of our best movies of 2020 are available to stream already as well.
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Borat 2, or Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
In an election year that seems absolutely beyond an October surprise, Sacha Baron Cohen’s Borat Subsequent Moviefilm is the closest we might get to a real shocker. The film follows Borat’s return to America with his daughter (played by breakout star, Maria Bakalova), but it truly goes off the rails when the prank-film’s objective turns to gifting Borat’s daughter to either Mike Pence or Rudy Giuliani. It all gets a little too real when the truly news-making final scene unfolds: an un-mic’d Rudy Guiliani laying on a hotel bed, putting his hands down his pants in the company of Borat’s daughter.
Big year for Sacha Baron Cohen! The comedian is just one part of a star-studded cast in Netflix and Aaron Sorkin’s The Trial of the Chicago 7. With standout performances from Cohen, Mark Rylance, and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, the film follows the real life events of a 1969 trail that looked into possible conspiracy charges against seven men who were protesting at the 1968 Democratic National Convention. And if that short synopsis doesn’t do it for you, then listen to this: you can’t miss the wild accents offered by Eddie Redmayne and Joseph Gordon Levitt.
Bald Anjelica Huston, meet Bald Anne Hathaway. The ‘90s kid staple is getting a revamp just in time for Halloween this year. In Roald Dahl’s The Witches, Anne Hathaway has assumed the role of the malicious high witch in a coven. Her plan is to turn all the kids in the world into rodents, but to get there, she has to defeat one determined little boy who has the help of his grandmother, played by Octavia Spencer.
This one is especially poignant because pioneer musician Helen Reddy just recently passed away. This eponymous biopic follows her life and the hit song, “I Am Woman” that thrust her into the dazzling limelight. In a time where women were expecting to dote on their husbands and sing about puppy love, Reddy took the lyrics by the throat and offered a feminist anthem that haas persisted all these years later.
Janelle Monae stars in this horror film about a writer who is thrown back in time to the antebellum south is. It’s gotten pretty terrible reviews, but nevertheless, it is making its way to steaming services later in September. Tip of the hat for the inspired choice of making Janelle Monae a scream queen.
Sarah Paulson’s horror film takes the idea of a mother’s love and… well, it ruins it. The bad news is, you might not want to call your mom for a few days. The good news is, if you’re a Hulu subscriber, you’re going to get this one for free. Speculated to come out later this fall, Run follows the story of wheelchair bound teenager who begins to think that her mother’s protective nature isn’t as genuine as she would hope.
Digital Release Date: September 4
This one’s a biggie. While most of the movies on this list weren’t expected to be the most major blockbusters in the world (no offense, Fantasy Island), Mulan was positioned to be one of the biggest movies of 2020. But 2020 didn’t turn out the way any of us thought it would, and now the live-action remake of Disney’s 1998 classic is heading straight to Disney+. Even if you’re already a subscriber, watching this one will still cost you an extra $29.99, and the movie will have a theatrical release in some regions outside the U.S.
Some straight-to-release films in 2020 have gotten the quick upload because they weren’t too great to start. Miss Juneteenth does not fall in that category. With a release date coinciding with the holiday, Channing Godfrey Peoples’ stunning film about a mother preparing her own daughter for the Miss Juneteenth pageant she won years before has gained massive critical acclaim and currently holds a 99 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Kevin Bacon and Amanda Seyfried star as a couple (don’t do the math on that) in this thriller for Universal Pictures. The Blumhouse picture features the two taking a nice retreat to a Welsh vacation home, but things go awry quickly when a mysterious force in the house doesn’t allow them to leave. Yikes.
Jon Stewart’s satire about a small town mayoral election stars Steve Carell as a Democratic strategist set on turning the state of Wisconsin blue, even if that means beginning with turning a humble retired colonel (played by Chris Cooper) into a politician. He quickly has his plans thwarted by a Lululemon-wearing Republican strategist, played by Rose Byrne.
Legendary filmmaker Spike Lee returns with his follow up to the Academy Award-winning BlackKklansman. Da 5 Bloods follows four black Vietnam veterans who return to the country to recover the body of their former squad leader and recover a buried treasure.
Our Winter issue cover star led off the year with Just Mercy, which tells the true story of rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson. It includes one of his first, and most important cases—representing Walter McMillian, who was sentenced to die for the murder of an 18-year-old girl.
Pete Davidson picked a pretty tough year to become a movie star. He starred in Big Time Adolescence, which was rushed to digital in March, and now his second big movie of 2020, in which he plays a familiar-sounding tatted up New York burnout, is skipping a theatrical release altogether.
After Trolls World Tour broke records with its digital debut thanks to the fact that every grade schooler in America is stuck at home and permitted ever-increasing amounts of screen time, it was announced that this kids movie will skip its theatrical release and head directly to on-demand.
This kiddie jukebox musical is the sequel to 2016’s Trolls, and features the voices of Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, James Cordon, Mary J. Blige, and more. It will now be available on digital on the same day as its planned theatrical release.
Pixar’s latest, which features the voices of Tom Holland and Chris Pratt and tells the fantasy world-set story of a pair of elf brothers on a journey to bring their father back from the dead, has had its On Demand release date fast-tracked.
First Sonic’s release was pushed back, thanks to a hasty redesign after the internet reacted strongly to the idea of a hedgehog with human teeth. Now, its digital release is being moved forward, making the movie available at home just six weeks after its theatrical release.
Downhill is a remake of the acclaimed 2014 Swedish film Force Majeure, and stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Will Ferrell as a married couple forced to reassess their lives after a close call with a controlled avalanche during a family ski trip.
Before Marcel Marceau was a world-renowned mime, he was a young Jewish member of the French Resistance who lost his father to horrors of Auschwitz. Jesse Eisenberg plays the actor during the war, as he worked to save the lives of children orphaned by the Nazis. Due to the coronavirus outbreak, Resistance skipped theaters and debuted digitally.
Director Guy Ritchie returned to his crime comedy roots with his latest film, which stars Matthew McConaughey as an American kingpin operating in the UK whose efforts to sell his marijuana empire become ensnared in a web of blackmail. Charlie Hunnam, Henry Golding, Colin Farrell, and Hugh Grant also star.
It’s hard to imagine that anything was salvageable from the disaster that was Suicide Squad, but Birds of Preyfinds Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn newly single and ready to fly solo—until she teams up with a bunch of other renegade ladies to save an adorable tween from a crime lord’s clutches.
Digital Release Date: Available On Demand March 24
This sports drama stars Ben Affleck as a construction worker who becomes a high school basketball coach while struggling with alcoholism. It earned critical praise, and will be available online just weeks after its theatrical debut.
Saturday Night Live star Pete Davidson stars in this coming of age film as a charming mid-twenties slacker (shocking!) who good-naturedly encourages his ex-girlfriend’s teenage brother to make a series of truly awful decisions.
This satirical horror film already had its original September release delayed after its premise—a cabal of champagne-swilling liberal elites kidnap a bunch of working-class red staters and hunt them for sport—sparked controversy.
This critically-acclaimed sci-fi horror film is the latest take on H.G. Wells’ classic story, and finds The Handmaid’s Tale‘s Elisabeth Moss starring as a woman who suspects she’s being stalked by her wealthy abusive ex-boyfriend—even though he’s supposed to be dead.
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While Marvel’s Eternals are hardly a household name at the moment, the celestial beings look set to be a major part of the studio’s future blockbusters.
They had been due to make their screen debut in November 2020 before the coronavirus pandemic hit, pushing their grand entrance by a full year as cinemas were left shuttered around the world.
Nevertheless, anticipation for the project remains high, as Marvel have wrangled an impressive all-star cast to portray their latest band of intergalactic misfits, just as they did with Guardians of the Galaxy (to great success).
Angelina Jolie (Maleficent), Kit Harington (Game of Thrones), Richard Madden (Bodyguard) and Kumail Nanjiani (The Big Sick) are among those confirmed to appear, with roles likely to extend across other upcoming Marvel movies.
Fans wishing to see them in action are out of luck for the time being, as no trailers or footage from Eternals has been released just yet, despite the film being completely shot, edited and ready for exhibition.
At this point, it’s likely we won’t get our first look until this year, with Marvel currently focusing their efforts on impending Disney Plus series WandaVision and on shoring up a stable release date for Scarlett Johansson’s long-awaited Black Widow.
So when will Eternals emerge onto the big screen? And how exactly does the film fit into current Marvel movies order? You can find all your biggest questions answered below.
Eternals release date
Eternals will be released in cinemas on 5th November 2021, having moved from 12th February after the latest Disney release shake-up due to the pandemic.
The film was previously scheduled to hit the big screen on 6th November 2020, meaning its delay equates to almost a full year, as is also the case with Black Widow, another movie in Marvel’s Phase Four schedule.
It’s not yet clear if Eternals could be delayed again, given that other superhero films, such as Wonder Woman 1984, have been continuously forced to postpone their release due to COVID-related cinema closures.
However, it is hoped by studios, cinemas and fans that movie-going habits will be able to bounce back in 2021, where many of this year’s biggest releases have taken refuge.
We do know that filming on Eternals was able to be completed before the pandemic, as confirmed by star Gemma Chan on Twitter in February 2020.
(L-R) Kumail Nanjiani, Brian Tyree Henry, Salma Hayek, Director Chloe Zhao, Lia McHugh, Richard Madden, Angelina Jolie, Lauren Ridloff and Don Lee Alberto E. Rodriguez / Getty Images
Hollywood A-lister Angelina Jolie will star as the ultra-powerful character of Thena, alongside The Big Sick’s Kumail Nanjiani as master swordsman Kingo Sunen.
Jolie’s physical training tackled “everything from swords to ballet,” she told People.
“She’s a warrior,” Jolie said “I’m going to have to work very hard to give the Marvel Cinematic Universe the Thena they deserve.”
Game of Thrones’ and Bodyguard’s Richard Madden has also been confirmed for a role, playing a character called Ikaris known for his numerous superhuman abilities (including strength, flight, a healing factor, psychic powers, durability and cosmic energy manipulation).
(Photo by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images) Roy Rochlin / Getty Images
In exciting news for Game of Thrones fans, Madden’s old co-star and on-screen sibling Kit Harington will also feature in Eternals as superhero Black Knight, real name Dane Whitman.
“It’s brilliant,” Madden told EW. “It’s been about 10 years since we’ve worked together, I think. So we’ve moved on a bit onto different things, so I’m really excited to get back on set.”
Other confirmed castings include:
Lauren Ridloff as Makkari, the MCU’s first deaf superhero
Brian Tyree Henry as Phastos
Salma Hayek as Ajak, leader of the Eternals
Lia McHugh as Sprite, an ancient Eternal in the body of a child
Don Lee as Gilgamesh, the Forgotten One
Barry Keoghan as Druig
Captain Marvel‘s Gemma Chan will also be appearing in Eternals, though *not* in her earlier role of Minn-Erva – in a rare case of the MCU doubling up, she will play an entirely different character named Sersi.
Featuring in the rumoured-but-unconfirmed space is Hollywood legend Keanu Reeves, currently enjoying a career renaissance thanks to the fan-favourite John Wick movies and possibly now in the frame for another main role in Eternals.
Although, given that he wasn’t included in the SDCC or D23 line-up, it could be more likely that Marvel have him in mind for another upcoming movie.
Perhaps, given the relatively niche source material, Marvel are plumping for some well-known names and faces – but whatever the reason, this is looking like a particularly starry group of superheroes.
And speaking to GQ Britain, Richard Madden teased that “there’s some more actors yet to be announced” for Eternals “which is gonna be crazy.”
In a positive push for inclusivity, producer Kevin Feige has also confirmed that Tyree Henry’s Phastos will be a gay character, who will also be part of the MCU’s first LGBT+ kiss.
“He’s married, he’s got a family, and that is just part of who he is,” Feige told Good Morning America.
Is there a trailer for Eternals?
No, Marvel is yet to release footage from the movie.
But it’s not all bad news: here’s a first glimpse at the movies’ Celestials (the alien beings who created the Eternals) though, as put together by Marvel Studios’ senior visual development concept artist Rodney Fuentebella:
What is Eternals about?
In the comics, the Jack Kirby-created Eternals are a race of vastly powerful aliens with incredible abilities (including atomic manipulation, super-speed, super-strength and so on), which they’ve primarily used in an endless battle against their foes the Deviants.
Essentially, the Eternals are an entire society of super-powered, near-immortal beings who have occasionally come into contact with more mainstream Marvel heroes, leaving quite a lot of scope for where a film storyline could go.
On Wednesday 15th January 2020, Marvel released more Eternals synopsis details to Fandom, confirming the Deviants as the villains. It also looks like the Eternals might have felt the snap of Thanos’s fingers just as badly as Earth, with exploring the MCU post-Avengers: Endgame listed as one of the film’s main themes:
In a heartfelt interview with NewNowNext, actor Haaz Sleiman confirmed his character would be married to Eternals member Phastos (played by Atlanta’s Brian Tyree Henry) and that they would have a child.
“It’s a beautiful, very moving kiss. Everyone cried on set. For me, it’s very important to show how loving and beautiful a queer family can be,” he said.
The MCU’s first openly gay character appeared in Avengers: Endgame, portrayed by co-director Joe Russo in a cameo appearance.
Will Eternals cross over with Guardians of the Galaxy?
Quite possibly. As the Guardians were Marvel’s first spacefaring franchise it at least seems likely that some of the alien races and planets introduced in those movies could cross over into Eternals, with Marvel’s world-building (or should that be universe-building?) in full effect.
And who knows? We could even see a few of the Guardians of the Galaxy characters, or the newly-spacebound Thor, turn up in the movie in guest roles to help introduce the audience to these new figures.
After all, given that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 has been so delayed they might want to find some way to keep the characters in the MCU in the meantime.
The Batman, despite its release date delays, is starting to take shape. After several Batmen have been and gone, it’s Robert Pattinson’s turn to wear the cape and cowl of the Caped Crusader. From what we’ve seen so far, it’s an inspired choice and it’s one flanked by a gritty, dark Gotham filled with perhaps the most villains ever seen in a Batman film.
But we’re getting ahead of ourselves. Whether you’ve only just stumbled across The Batman ahead of its 2022 release or have been keeping up to speed with the set photos and spoilers that have spilled out in recent weeks, there’s still bound to be something here for you in our complete guide to The Batman.
Don’t believe me? Roll call: The Batmobile, Batsuit, every villain, quotes from Matt Reeves, a closer look at the trailer, and even a Batman spin-off are all covered down below. So grab your Batarangs, keep that shark repellent handy (you never know) and grapple hook, or scroll, down for more Bat-news. Don’t forget to bookmark too: we update this hub every time there’s more new info from DC’s new release.
The Batman release date: delays push it back to 2022
The Batman release date has shifted around a lot. Recently, it was set for October 1, 2021 but a wave of Warner Bros. delays has moved that back: The Batman release date is now March 4, 2022.
If you discount Batman v Superman, this is the first solo Batman movie in a decade (The Dark Knight Rises released in 2012), making it the longest gap between Bat-Flicks since Tim Burton’s Batman arrived onto the scene.
The Batman cast
First, the main man: Robert Pattinson will be playing Batman/Bruce Wayne. However, it was a long road to get there.
Joining Pattinson is Westworld’s Jeffrey Wright, who is playing Commissioner Gordon.
Fleshing out the cast further is Catwoman, played by Zoe Kravitz. Signing on in October 2019, Kravitz may have beaten several others to the role. Hobbs and Shaw’s Vanessa Kirby was at one time mooted as a frontrunner for the role of Selina Kyle, yet Kravitz won out in the end.
Also jumping onboard board The Batman is Paul Dano, who will be playing The Riddler. The news broke just a day after Jonah Hill decided to walk away from talks about playing an unnamed Batman villain, believed to be The Penguin.
The Little Miss Sunshine and There Will Be Blood actor is now tasked with bringing the character of Edward Nygma (renamed Edward Nashton for The Batman) to life. It’ll be the first time The Riddler has appeared in a live-action Batman movie since Jim Carrey took on the role in Batman Forever.
But all of these stars can’t get equal screen time, right? During an interview with the GMA Network, Farrell teased that he only has a bit-part to play: I haven’t got that much to do. I have a certain amount in the film. I am not all over it by any means. But there are a couple of some tasty scenes I have in it,” he said.
Peter Sarsgaard is joining The Batman as Gotham District Attorney Gil Colson, though a duality-themed Instagram post has fans wondering whether he’ll be playing Two-Face. Rounding out the cast is Jayme Lawson as Gotham mayoral candidate Bella Real and Alex Ferns in an unnamed role.
Finally, in what appears to be the last set of casting announcements, Max and Charlie Carver will play mystery roles.
The Batman trailer features Batman vs. The Riddler
The first official trailer for The Batman is here and it’s everything one would hope; brutal, action-packed, chills-inciting, and revealing. If you think it’s promising now, just wait until you realise every shot in The Batman trailer is with only 25-30% of the film finished.
We know now exactly what Robert Pattinson looks like as the Caped Crusader, both with and without the mask. There’s even a look at Paul Dano’s Riddler, and thanks to Reeves, we know not to expect anything similar to Jim Carrey’s Riddler.
“Paul Dano plays a version of the Riddler that no one has ever seen before… what he is doing is going to blow people’s minds,” said Reeves following the reveal. The director also touches on the interactions between so many different Batman characters coming together for the latest flick. “How all these characters connect was one of the really interesting things about writing this movie,” Reeves said. With Commissioner Gordon, Selina Kyle, and The Penguin all set to play some role in The Batman, expect nothing short of a high-octane thrill ride from start to finish.
The Batman plot: how long has Batman been on the job?
We now know a lot more about The Batman’s story, judging by the latest trailer. In it, Riddler prods and pokes at both Batman and Jim Gordon, leading them to investigate a murder or possibly a series of murders. Gotham normally racks up the body count, so don’t be surprised if it’s the latter. The film is also set during the Caped Crusader’s second year on the job – so don’t expect everything to be rosy for the crime-fighting vigilante.
“It’s early and Batman’s still a vigilante,” the directed said at FanDome. “[Gotham’s people] wonder, ‘That guy sounds a little dangerous.’ He’s not yet the symbol of hope… He’s still a growing legend. People wonder whether he exists. It’s one of the things he will confront in the story.”
The Batman, though, isn’t going to be a re-telling of the origin story we all know so well.
Gallery: Every new Star Wars movie and TV show confirmed so far (Total Film)
Here’s the low-down on all the new Star Wars movies coming our way over the next few years
When are the upcoming Star Wars movies coming out? That’s a harder question to answer than you may imagine. Ever since Star Wars: The Force Awakens launched the sequel trilogy back in 2015, there’s been a new Star Wars movie every year. Yet, we’re now going through a major dry spell – with no big-screen Star Wars adventures until 2023. And we have no idea what to expect from that movie.
The future of Star Wars, for the meantime, is not in cinemas. That galaxy far, far away has instead found a home on the streaming service Disney Plus. Not only are we getting a follow-up to The Mandalorian, but also a Rogue One spin-off, an Obi-Wan Kenobi series, and another animated show. For a full run-down of everything Star Wars coming our way – and there’s a lot – look no further. Here are all the upcoming Star Wars movies and shows to expect over the coming years.
What new Star Wars movie is coming in 2023?
Release date: December 22, 2023, December 19, 2025, and December 17, 2027
After what felt like an eternity of waiting, Disney finally announced who will direct the next Star Wars movie. Despite the director previously rubbishing reports, Taika Waititi has since been confirmed as the director of an upcoming Star Wars movie, which he will co-write with Krysty Wilson-Cairns, who helped script the Oscar-nominated 1917 and Edgar Wright’s upcoming movie Last Night in Soho.
No other details have yet been announced other than the movie will be heading to cinemas in the future. Indeed, there’s no official confirmation that Taika’s movie will necessarily be the December 2023 release, though this seems likely.
Taika will have a lot on his plate. The director is currently working on the script to Thor: Love and Thunder, which will release in February 2022, and a Charlie and the Chocolate Factory animated series for Netflix.
There are, of course, potential other directors who could be helming the next major Star Wars release. Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss were originally meant to spearhead the trilogy but were reportedly too busy making shows for Netflix after signing a nine-figure deal with the streaming service in 2019.
There have been rumours that the upcoming movie could be set a few hundred years before the first movie in the prequels, in the time of the Old Republic. The obvious source of inspiration here could be the Knights of the Old Republic video game series – though these are all rumours, with nothing set in stone.
Intriguingly, LucasFilm has announced a new series of books and comics, set in the Star Wars Universe, which will centre on the High Republic. The stories will take place 200 years prior to The Phantom Menace and “will not overlap any of the filmed features or series currently planned for production.” Does that mean they are saving the era of the Old Republic, 3,600 years before the Skywalker saga, for the movies? For now, we can hope…
Rian Johnson’s new Star Wars movie trilogy
Release date: Unknown
The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson must have impressed someone at Lucasfilm and Disney because, just before Star Wars: The Last Jedi hit cinemas, they announced that the filmmaker would be heading up a brand new Star Wars movie trilogy featuring “new characters from a corner of the galaxy that Star Wars lore has never before explored.” And even though The Last Jedi was, shall we say, divisive among the Star Wars faithful, Johnson’s still on board, the director having taken to Twitter to respond to rumours the project had been abandoned.
We don’t know very much about this new Star Wars movie trilogy, but Johnson will write and direct the first entry. He’s previously spoken about the pitch that got him the job and, just to warn you, there’s not much to it: “One story told over three movies. Go new places, meet new folks, come up with a new story to tell in the Star Wars universe. The sky’s the limit…” Considering how fresh The Last Jedi felt, we couldn’t be more excited to see Johnson let loose in the Star Wars galaxy.
Kevin Feige’s Star Wars movie
Release date: Unknown
Marvel mastermind Kevin Feige has been brought on board to help shape the future of Star Wars. Disney co-chairman Alan Horn said in a statement: “We are excited about the projects Kathy and the Lucasfilm team are working on… With the close of the Skywalker Saga, Kathy is pursuing a new era in Star Wars storytelling, and knowing what a die-hard fan Kevin is, it made sense for these two extraordinary producers to work on a Star Wars film together.”
Feige, meanwhile, has apparently approached a “major actor” about a role in the upcoming unnamed Star Wars movie, according to one source close to The Hollywood Reporter. The movie may even lead to a larger position working within LucasFilm for the producer.
Little else is known about the movie and Feige’s role at LucasFilm – though expect more reports to emerge over the next few years. Could he pick up where Benioff and Weiss left off? We wouldn’t put it past LucasFilm to hand Feige the reins to their first post-Rise of Skywalker trilogy.
J.D. Dillard’s Star Wars movie
Release date: Unknown
Reports emerged in February that J.D. Dillard — best known for the film Sleight — is working on a feature-length project with Luke Cage and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. scribe Matt Owens. The Hollywood Reporter first announced the news, with Deadline claiming that the movie would be set on the Sith planet Exegol (though the accuracy of the setting has been questioned). Neither publication was able to confirm whether the movie would debut in cinemas or on Disney Plus. Little else is known about the project, other than it’s unrelated to Feige’s pitch.
Any more Star Wars Story movies?
Release date: Unknown
The original plan, when Disney bought LucasFilm for upwards of $4 billion, was to release standalone “Anthology” movies between all the new “Saga” Episodes. That meant the two-year gaps between The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker were to be punctuated by Rogue One and Solo – and at one point it looked like there’d be a third Star Wars Story after The Rise of Skywalker. Then the relatively disappointing box office performance of Solo prompted Disney to rethink the strategy and put the spin-offs on hold.
Solo’s conclusion was clearly setting up a sequel. There were also multiple reports concerning a standalone new Star Wars movie centred on Boba Fett, first with Fantastic Four director Josh Trank at the helm, and later (according to reports that were never confirmed by Disney or Lucasfilm) Logan’s James Mangold. However, this morphed into The Mandalorian (more on that later).
The other frontrunner for a standalone movie was Obi-Wan Kenobi. Indeed, there were various (similarly unconfirmed) reports over the last couple of years (one apparently leaking the synopsis) that Disney/Lucasfilm had an Obi-Wan project in the works with Billy Elliot director Stephen Daldry attached. Ewan McGregor, who played Kenobi in the Star Wars prequels, told The View in 2018: “I would totally do it, of course. There’s no plans, as such, to do it as far as I know.”
Like the Boba Fett solo movie, the Obi-Wan spin-off has also changed into something new: a Disney Plus spin-off series telling the tale of the wise Jedi Knight between Episodes III and IV. But before that, some more on The Mandalorian…
The Mandalorian season 2 and 3
Release date: Season 1 streaming on Disney Plus. The Mandalorian season 2 coming October 30, 2020
There’s a new gunslinger in town, and his name is Dyn Jarren. Before the first season of The Mandalorian (or, as it’s affectionately known, the Baby Yoda show) reached Disney Plus, we had confirmation that season 2 was being developed. Disney has since confirmed the new season will arrive on the streaming service on October 30, 2020.
In April 2020, a new report signalled that, despite season 2 still having yet to air, a third season has entered development. Of course, we haven’t seen a trailer yet for season 2, so we know even less about season 3. Still, it’s exciting how much faith Disney has in their new series.
Obi-Wan Kenobi Disney Plus series
Release date: Rumoured to be 2022
Hello there! Just a week before Disney’s bi-annual D23 expo, reports emerged that an Obi-Wan Kenobi TV show was on the way, with Ewan McGregor back as the Jedi Master. At the event, McGregor joined Kathleen Kennedy on stage to confirm that yes, finally, he would be returning to the iconic role in a new series. The Scottish actor hasn’t played Obi-Wan Kenobi on-screen since 2005’s Revenge of the Sith – although he made a brief return in a voice cameo during Rey’s vision in The Force Awakens.
At this early stage, not much else is known about the Obi-Wan Kenobi series. There have been some rewrites to the scripts, though the details are not known. “They’re still shooting towards having the film [show] release when it was going to be originally,” McGregor said in an interview. Hopefully, that’s sooner rather than later, because we can’t wait for our Kenobi fix.
Rogue One Disney Plus spin-off
Release date: Rumoured to be 2021
A little less high profile, but still noteworthy nonetheless. There’s a Rogue One prequel coming to Disney Plus, with Diego Luna reprising his role as Rebel Alliance spy Cassian Andor and Alan Tudyk returning as the droid K-2SO. The new series is being billed as “a rousing spy thriller will explore tales filled with espionage and daring missions to restore hope to a galaxy in the grip of a ruthless Empire.” Stephen Schiff, of The Americans fame, will act as showrunner.
The Bad Batch
Release date: 2021
A Star Wars: The Clone Wars spinoff series is coming to Disney Plus in 2021, and it’s all about the Bad Batch. We saw the rag-tag of defective clones in the Clone Wars, but now the gang – formed of soldiers who all have unique powers and psychological issues – are getting a spin-off, headed up by Dave Filoni. The series will follow the Bad Batch’s journey after Order 66 as they take on daring mercenary missions and struggle to stay afloat and find new purpose. A tentative release date of 2021 has been announced.
The Mandalorian spin-offs
Release date: Unknown
Speaking at Disney’s investors call in 2020, Disney CEO Bob Iger teased the potential for spin-offs from the Star Wars spin-off show, The Mandalorian. He said: “The priority in the next few years is television with The Mandalorian season 2 coming in October, and then more coming from The Mandalorian thereafter, including the possibility of infusing it with more characters and the possibility of taking those characters in their own direction in terms of series.” Does that mean a Baby Yoda show is on the way? We can only hope, dream, and pray to the Whills.
New “female led” Star Wars spin-off
Release date: Unknown
Just a week after The Mandalorian season 3 entered development, news emerged that a “female-centric” new Star Wars series is currently being worked on, with Leslye Headland – the co-creator and executive producer of the Netflix series Russian Doll – on board as showrunner. Details of the plot and setting are currently under wraps, but sources say it will be “takes place in a different part of the Star Wars timeline than other projects”. On Star Wars Day 2022, Disney confirmed this series has been commissioned.
There have been numerous rumours that Rosario Dawson joined The Mandalorian cast as Ahsoka Tano and could potentially get her own spin-off series. Likewise, we’ve heard numerous times that a Doctor Aphra series could be coming. Whatever the case, we’re excited to see where the future of Star Wars takes us.
Director Matt Reeves said in an interview with Nerdist: “I wanted to do not an origin tale, but a tale that would still acknowledge his origins, in that it formed who he is.”
What evidence is there of that approach? It can perhaps best be seen in the teaser for the Batsuit, featuring what appears to be a Batman logo made out of gun parts. Could this be the weapon that gunned down Bruce’s parents in Crime Alley?
We can also expect an “emotional connection between Alfred and Bruce,” Alredy actor Andy Serkis told LADBible. “That’s really at the centre of it.”
The Batman set photos show off Catwoman, Superman Easter eggs… and possible villain teases
We don’t want to Bat-Spam you with set photos, especially for the spoiler-averse among you who don’t fancy a peek behind-the-scenes just yet.
With that in mind, there are a bunch of set photos from The Batman tucked away in the links below. If you want to see them, they’re all yours, and feature everything from a Mr. Freeze tease, to a bike chase with Catwoman. Meow.
As you can probably tell, Matt Reeves’ version of Bats’ vehicle does away with the high-tech gadgetry of previous iterations in favour of a lean American muscle-style V10 car.
What appears to be new shots of The Batmobile have been revealed in a now-removed post on concept artist Jeff Frost’s website.
Frost, who has worked with Warner Bros. before on Batman v Superman, has shown off a mini model of Bats’ souped-up ride, including the backend. Take this with a pinch of Bat-Salt, however, as it’s far from official as of writing.
Concept Model Maker Jeff Frost posted some pictures of a model of #TheBatman’s Batmobile on his website! pic.twitter.com/xHNkj6WYtvMay 31, 2020
The Batman logo has been revealed
Excited to share the very first look at our official #TheBatman logo, and some very cool additional #DCFanDome artwork by the amazing @jimlee — see more of #TheBatman at the #DCFanDome global event in the Hall of Heroes this Saturday, 8/22! #TheBatman #DCFanDome #ForTheFans pic.twitter.com/ApfngNbyorAugust 20, 2020
This Batman certainly likes black and red.
Director Matt Reeves has revealed The Batman logo alongside a poster for the movie’s then-upcoming FanDome panel in August 2020.
The Batman villains include Riddler, Penguin, Carmine Falcone, and Catwoman
Riddler, The Penguin, and Catwoman (if you want to count the anti-heroine as more of a villain) have been confirmed for The Batman, meaning the Caped Crusader will have his hands full with those looking to terrorise Gotham. But there could be more on the way.
“Paul Dano plays a version of the Riddler that no one has ever seen before… what he is doing is going to blow people’s minds,” says Reeves at DC’s FanDome event.
Carmine Falcone will also be rocking up in Gotham’s underworld. He’ll be played by The Night Of actor John Turturro.
Forbes had also namechecked “Two-Face and a host of other villains” as being scheduled to appear, alongside the then-unconfirmed Riddler and Catwoman. That hasn’t materialised… yet. Peter Sarsgaard joining the cast as D.A. Gil Colson, however, fills a very Harvey Dent-shaped role. If the whispers grow louder and turn into something tangible, even Arkham Asylum could struggle to hold the heaving villainous cast.
The Batman is getting a spin-off prequel
Hell to the yes. The Batman is getting a spin-off centred around Gotham City’s boys in blue. It’ll be coming to HBO Max at an unannounced date.
According to Variety, The Batman’s director, Matt Reeves, and its producer, Dylan Clark, are both signed on as executive producers. Boardwalk Empire creator and The Sopranos writer Terence Winter will write the series.
Reeves even teased how The Batman and the series connect during the movie’s FanDome panel including where it fits on the timeline.
“The idea is we go back to Year One,” Reeves explained. “Year One is the beginning, it’s the first appearance of this masked vigilante [Batman] that states to unsettle the city.”
The idea for this story was Gotham [having] this depth of corruption and have a story… that goes into the inner workings of the city,” Reeves said.
The Batman director: who is Matt Reeves?
Matt Reeves signed on to direct The Batman back in 2017 – after Ben Affleck stepped down as director. Affleck eventually left the cape and cowl behind, but Reeves stayed and has been helming the project ever since.
His most famous work to date is Cloverfield, with his work on Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and War for the Planet of the Apes also widely acclaimed.
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