News Roundup

With Furious 7 hitting theaters next week, Vin Diesel has been hyping up the film with interviews and other promotions. In an interview with Variety, Vin Diesel predicted that Furious 7 will win Best Picture at the next Oscars. His comments seemed very sincere, and that gets me hyped. Furious 7 SHOULD win Best Picture.

THR reported that the Friday the 13th reboot is going to be penned by Nick Antosca. Antosca is mostly known for his work on the TV shows Hannibal and Believe. I haven’t watched either yet, but I do hear Hannibal is really good, so that does give me hope. I’m still not interested in this movie, but if they keep attaching names like Antosca and director David Bruckner, I may just give it a shot.

Following a report from a few months ago stating that the Russo Brothers will be directing Avengers: Infinity War – Part I & II, Badass Digest reported that they’ve closed a deal and we should expect an announcement soon. I’m really digging this. I’m a huge fan of what the Russo Brothers did with Captain America in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. I’m still a bit reserved because I don’t know if the Russos can handle a whole Avengers team yet, so I’ll just hope Captain America: Civil War knocks away any doubt I have.

Jennifer Lawrence confirmed in an interview with MTV that she’ll be done with Mystique after X-Men: Apocalypse. I’m fine with this. If she wants to focus on other films, that’s alright with me. She’s given two good performances as Mystique, with a third one on the way, and that’s good enough already.

In good X-Men news, Bryan Singer revealed that Lana Condor has been cast as Jubilee for X-Men: Apocalypse. This will be Condor’s first role, which gets me a little apprehensive, but she probably won’t even have that big of a role. Anyways, it looks like they’re shaping the team to a roster similar to that of the 1990s X-Men cartoon, and that’s what you should be excited for.

Warner Bros. has announced that Steven Spielberg will be directing the highly-anticipated Ready Player One film adaptation. I haven’t read the book, but people have been raving about it for quite some time now. All I know is that it’s a sci-fi adventure related to video games. Spielberg has proven himself in the sci-fi adventure genre many of times before, so I don’t see any reason to not get excited about this.

THR reported that Jason Segel and Drew Pearce have been hired to write another LEGO Movie spin-off entitled Billion Brick Race. I was a little hesitant at first, but turns out, I’m a big fan of this news. I really liked Iron Man 3 and its subsequent short film All Hail The King so I like the inclusion of Drew Pearce. Also, ignoring all his Cameron Diaz films, Jason Segel is a really funny guy. His work on The Muppets movie specifically gets me excited for his inclusion.

Also, yeah, another DC villain gets a black and white post-haircut photo.

Trailer of the Week

The Mission: Impossible– hype fuse has been lit! Brad Bird isn’t involved, but it looks like director Christopher McQuarrie has an understanding of what made Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol work so well. There’s a lot of amazing action choreography, cool spy gadgetry, and exotic locations. A lot of Mission: Impossible-y goodness. Oh, and of course, Tom Cruise is hanging on for dear life on the side a plane that’s lifting off. He’s 52 years old, and he’s risking his life for our viewing pleasure. What a guy.

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