Simon Kinberg Hints at an Intriguing Tone for the Gambit Movie

Gambit could be getting a very intriguing tone for his movie.
Gambit could be getting a very intriguing tone for his movie.
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Tim Allen teases an emotional Toy Story 4. There’s a few tiny rumors about the progress of The Batman. Joaquin Phoenix takes a miserable-sounding call in new Joker set footage. Plus, what’s to come on The Flash and Black Lightning, two new clips from Venom, and the Coven gang return to American Horror Story. Spoilers get!

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Speaking with IGN, Dark Phoenix director Simon Kinberg described Gambit as a “romantic comedy,” which he also noted is “looking to start” production in early 2019:

When you look at Gambit, he’s a hustler and a womanizer and we just felt like there was an attitude, a swagger to him, that lent itself to romantic comedy. You know, when I say romantic comedy, I use that term loosely, in the same term that I use the term western for Logan loosely. It’s not like they’re gunslingers at high noon in Logan. It’s just a vibe. And I would say the vibe of Gambit has a romantic or sex comedy vibe to it. While it is also still very much a superhero movie with villains and heroes, as all these movies are.

Charlie’s Angels

Deadline reports Jonathan Tucker has joined the cast of Elizabeth Banks’ Charlie’s Angels reboot in a currently undisclosed role.

Call of the Wild

Karen Gillan has been cast as Mercedes in the upcoming live-action/CGI Call of the Wild remake from director Chris Sanders. [Deadline]


Toy Story 4

Appearing as a guest on The Talk, Tim Allen stated “a couple scenes toward the end” of the upcoming Toy Story sequel were so emotionally-charged, he had a difficult time recording them.

Yes, I gotta resist getting emotional. I don’t want to give it away, but this is an incredibly great story. It is so emotional, it’s so funny, it’s so big, the idea they’ve come up with, I’m startled. I couldn’t even get through the last scene. I would love to be a Washington leaker. I just can’t do it. I can’t give any more away. They’ve got great characters but a couple of scenes toward the end were really hard to get through.

The Batman

The Wrap’s Umberto Gonzalez reports The Batman is “hopeful” to begin production next summer.


How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

The latest How to Train Your Dragon has been pushed up one week, and will now hit theaters February 22nd, 2019. [Coming Soon]



Set footage has surfaced of Joaquin Phoenix weeping in a phone booth in full clown makeup.


Eddie Brock romances Michelle Williams while the symbiote encourages him to bite people’s heads off in two new clips.

Robin Hood

A third trailer reveals the secret origin of Robin Hood.


A U.S. trailer has been released for Mamoru Hosoda’s latest animated feature, a fantasy adventure across time and space sparked by a woman going back in time to save her older brother.

Netflix MCU

During a panel at the 2018 Tribeca TV Fest, Rosario Dawson stated she isn’t sure if Claire Temple will return to the MCU following her breakup with Luke Cage.

Who knows if I’ll come back again? This was looking like it was going to be a big final scene for Claire, and it was really as a culmination of three years and being on five different shows. When the scene was first written, to be honest, it was a little bit more written on his side and his storyline and that kind of stuff. And I approached Cheo and had the audacity of adding some lines and rewriting some stuff and asked him if that could work.



Star Trek: Short Treks

An invisible alien is loose aboard the Discovery in a quick trailer for Tilly’s episode, “Runaway”.

The Walking Dead

A new featurette takes us behind-the-scenes of season nine.


A new promo showcases Beast Boy’s fully nude transformations—and a Batman joke sans “fuck!”

Coming Soon also has the latest poster.

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Sam tracks Dean’s whereabouts in the synopsis for episode 2 of the show’s fourteenth season, “Gods & Monsters”.

Sam (Jared Padalecki) finds a clue to Dean’s (Jensen Ackles) whereabouts, so he, Mary (guest star Samantha Smith) and Bobby (guest star Jim Beaver) set out to investigate. Castiel imparts some sage advice on Jack (Alexander Calvert), who, still desperate to belong, seeks out a familial connection.


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Jughead discovers a mutilated body in the synopsis for episode 2 of the new season, “Fortune & Men’s Eyes”.

After a gruesome discovery is made in the forest, Jughead (Cole Sprouse) and Betty (Lili Reinhart) team up to investigate Riverdale’s latest mystery. As Archie (KJ Apa) navigates his new surroundings, Veronica (Camila Mendes) devises a plan to bring a bit of home to him. Elsewhere, when Moose (guest star Cody Kearsley) decides to join the RROTC, Kevin (Casey Cott) worries he may be pulling away from him.


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The Flash

Chris Klein makes his debut as Cicada in the synopsis for episode 2 of season 5, “Blocked”.

As Barry (Grant Gustin) helps his daughter, Nora (Jessica Parker Kennedy), become a better speedster, he and Team Flash also track down a meta stealing high-tech weapons, only to cross paths with a new foe named Cicada (Chris Klein), who is hunting the very same meta with nefarious intent.


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Black Lightning

Jefferson steps down from his teaching position at Garfield High in the synopsis for “The Book of Consequences: Chapter Two: Black Jesus Blues.”

Jefferson (Cress Williams) must break the news to his students and faculty that he is stepping down. Struggling with his new life as Painkiller, Kahlil (Jordan Calloway) pays a visit to Jennifer (China Anne McClain) in hopes of mending things. Meanwhile, Tobias (Marvin Jones III) continues to enact his plan.


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Meanwhile, Coming Soon has photos from the season two premiere, “The Book of Consequences: Chapter One: Rise of the Green Light Babies.” More at the link.

Illustration for article titled Simon Kinberg Hints at an Intriguing Tone for the Gambit Movie
Illustration for article titled Simon Kinberg Hints at an Intriguing Tone for the Gambit Movie
Illustration for article titled Simon Kinberg Hints at an Intriguing Tone for the Gambit Movie

American Horror Story: Apocalypse

Finally, the Coven witches return in the promo for next week’s episode, “Could it be...Satan?”.

Banner art by Jim Cooke.


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So, I’ve been following the fallout from Rachel Butera’s shit tweet yesterday (or, should I say lack of fallout), and it’s looking like she is still employed with Disney. She has of course deleted her account (because that’ll fix everything), and issued an apology, but as Katmandu pointed out to me yesterday (thanks again, mate) her apology appears to be meaningless by Rachel’s own logic.

Look, I’m not saying I want to see Madam Butera’s body shoved through a meat grinder after her life is destroyed, but it would be nice if a fucking billion dollar company like Disney could show some goddamned consistency with how they handle this shit.

So... I suppose to lesson to take away from all of this is that if you want to get fired from Disney, make sure to not be a bastard and piss off neo Nazis. If you don’t want to get fired, be a piece of shit and mock a survivor of sexual assault. Wait... That’s a terrible fucking lesson here.

As an aside, some Gunn fans have organized a GoFundMe to pay for some “Rehire Gunn” billboards. It’s a nice idea, and I kind of like people trying to do something to give the finger to Disney, but I won’t be sending any money their way. I’m too poor, and I’m about 99% certain that Disney is not going to rehire Gunn to direct Guardians 3, so it’ll be about as useful as farting in the wind.

Oh, and Bradley Cooper has said he doesn’t have any interest in directing Guardians 3. His reasoning is that he only wants to direct a movie that uses a script he wrote. Minor news, but it’s yet another potential director distancing himself from the idea.