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Release Date Set for Jumanji 3

Sony has officially confirmed that Jumanji 3 will be released on December 13, 2019. Variety revealed that Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, and Karen Gillen will all reprise their roles. Director Jake Kasdan and producer Matt Tolmach will be on board, too.

(Spoiler warning: Details about the first two Jumanji films are discussed below.)

It will be interesting to see how Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’s central characters will return to the big screen again considering that the video game was destroyed at the end of the last film. Digital Spy points out that it’s one of the few movies that has an ending that doesn’t set up the next installment.

Since Johnson, Black, Hart, and Gillen play avatars inside Jumanji, the new story will have to figure out how the next film will play out. One theory is that they could play their actual characters who have to stop the Jumanji game wreaking havoc in the real world.

Done the right way this could actually lead to many more creative possibilities. And let’s not forget that Jon Favreau’s Zathura is a spin-off of the Jumanji franchise as well. It would certainly be interesting to see those two insane worlds collide.

Another aspect that could be explored in the new film is the motivation behind the game aside from simply causing anarchy. The next installment could finally explain where the game originated from; who or what made it; and why it was unleashed on the world. These are probably questions that fans have been wondering about ever since the first movie came out in 1995. The original Jumanji was a hit that garnered a huge following when it went to video and later television. Collider credits some of the success of the adventure film to Robin Williams’s performance. The original also broke new ground with its special effects, which were ahead of their time.

The movie’s fun-loving appeal translated to the latest edition with Dwayne Johnson now fronting the franchise. This soon led to the film branching out into a number of different ventures to build upon the hype machine surrounding one of this year’s biggest blockbusters. Among the many iconic films that have games on CheekyBingo, Jumanji has a slot title that has become very popular on the back of the Jake Kasdan-directed film. The game’s graphics simulate some of the most memorable scenes from the original film, such as the famous stampede and giant plant attack that resonate with fans even 22 years after the original was released. Killing Time previously pointed out that the sequel’s appeal is mainly due to its video game premise, which drew in the console crowd. Plus, it was an action/comedy, a genre enjoyed even by casual moviegoers.

Sony must be pretty confident to schedule the release of the next film just a week before the release of Star Wars Episode IX. But then again, it didn’t stop them from releasing Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle just 10 days before The Last Jedi, as it still achieved box office success.

*This look at the past and future of the Jumanji franchise was written by Sue Williams.

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Avengers: Infinity War Blu Ray Release Date and Special Features

Josh Brolin in Avengers: Infinity War
Arriving just in time to help everyone forget how unfortunate Ant-Man and the Wasp was (yeah…not sure if I’m going to write a review…I may have reached saturation point with reviewing movies that bitterly disappoint me…it WAS that bad, yes) here comes Marvel’s second of two 2018 triumphs: Infinity War on 4K and Blu Ray.  Earlier this month, it was rumored that we’d be getting 30 extra minutes of Thanos on the blu ray.  The actual blu ray falls short of that by 26 minutes.  There are a number of featurettes, deleted scenes, and a 2.5 hour commentary from the Russo Brothers to satisfy fans.  I imagine, after next year’s Avengers 4, that we’ll get some kind of double-dip release with extras beyond this for completionists, but since Marvel has never really excelled at doing more than the minimum for home video I wouldn’t wait.  Details below from Disney’s press release.  You can have Thanos at home in three weeks.  SNAP!

Marvel Studios and Disney Home Entertainment have officially announced the details for the digital, Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K release of Avengers: Infinity War. The cinematic event ten-years in the making comes home digitally on July 31 and blu-ray on August 14 with over two hours of bonus.  Continue reading Avengers: Infinity War Blu Ray Release Date and Special Features

Dunkirk Blu Ray Release Date and Special Features

Christopher Nolan Filming Dunkirk

There are a group of great films this year at the very top of what has been, otherwise, a mediocre year in film.  Nearly 11 months into the year, Dunkirk is still my pick for Best Film of 2017.  Part of me wonders how much of the immersive experience of Dunkirk will be lost when you’re viewing it at home and not in an IMAX theater.  Gravity is a comparison you could draw.  That film is still good at home, but it’s nothing compared to what it was in IMAX 3D.  I suspect it will still be one of the best war films I’ve ever seen and at the top of Christopher Nolan’s very elite resume alongside The Dark Knight, Inception, and Memento.  The official press release from WB as to the film’s blu ray and 4K special features is below (man, I wish Nolan would do director’s commentaries).  Dunkirk will hit stores just in time for Christmas: December 19, 2017.

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Han Solo Movie Wraps; Official Title Announced

It’s not brain surgery, but it’s an elegant title.  The second anthology film will be called Solo: A Star Wars Story.  Director Ron Howard announced the title today as principal photography has wrapped.  While I’m enormously excited and positive regarding The Last Jedi (which opens in only 59 days), I have a lot of trepidation regarding Solo.  A lot of them stem from the weird firing of original directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller (click here to read more on that).  To some degree, I-like a lot of Star Wars fans-can’t imagine anyone but Harrison Ford as the smuggler, and I don’t have enough confidence in Alden Ehrenreich to overcome that prejudice.  I DO think Donald Glover will destroy a young Lando Clarissian.  What makes me most nervous about the film is how Disney has refused to budge on the May 23, 2018, release date.  That’s not a lot of time to smooth out the wrinkles on a film with a troubled production history PLUS do all the massive amount of post-production work that is required in any Star Wars film.  But say all that goes GREAT and the film is fantastic…..I still think Disney is setting it up to fail. Continue reading Han Solo Movie Wraps; Official Title Announced

JJ Abrams Will Return for Star Wars Episode IX; Film’s Release Pushed to December 2019!!!

JJ Abrams

After parting ways with Colin Trevorrow last week (click here for more details), Lucasfilm moved with their typical lightning speed to replace directors and the new boss is same as the old boss.  The Last Jedi’s Rian Johnson was first offered the film, but declined stating he’d not be averse to doing a future Star Wars film though.  Lucasfilm then went back to the man who kicked off the Star Wars renaissance and JJ Abrams will return to direct and write a new script (with Chris Terrerio) for Star Wars Episode IX.  Since they’re now starting from scratch, the film has been delayed for a Christmas 2019 release.

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