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‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ Trailer: Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Karen Gillan, Kevin Hart & Danny DeVito In A Game Of Who’s Who



Dwayne Johnson takes Jumanji to the whole other level by channeling Danny DeVito in the next installment of the long-running franchise. Sony Pictures dropped the official trailer today for Jumanji: The Next Level, and as might be expected by the first sentence of this paragraph, the action adventure includes a Rock-size dose of comedy.

Sony Pictures’ logline: “In Jumanji: The Next Level, the gang is back but the game has changed. As they return to Jumanji to rescue one of their own, they discover that nothing is as they expect. The players will have to brave parts unknown and unexplored, from the arid deserts to the snowy mountains, in order to escape the world’s most dangerous game.”

The large cast, with lots of role-switching, includes Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan, Nick Jonas, Awkwafina, Ser’Darius Blain, Madison Iseman, Morgan Turner, Alex Wolff, with Danny Glover and Danny DeVito.

Check out the trailer above to see who switches with whom. No spoilers here.

Directed by Jake Kasdan, Jumanji: The Next Level is written by Kasdan, Jeff Pinkner and Scott Rosenberg, based on the book Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg. The film is produced by Matt Tolmach, Jake Kasdan, Dwayne Johnson, Dany Garcia and Hiram Garcia, with exec producers David Householter, Melvin Mar, Scott Rosenberg, Jeff Pinkner, William Teitler, Ted Field, Mike Weber and Chris Van Allsburg.

Sony Pictures releases Jumanji: The Next Level to theaters on Dec. 13.

Source: Deadline

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Marvel Shares Original Plans For Thanos’ Backstory In Avengers.



Forget Baby Yoda for a second, because Baby Thanos now exists – as does toddler Thanos, school-age Thanos, and brooding teenager Thanos.

Shortly following the release of Marvel's Infinity Saga collection, a book detailing the original concept art of Avengers: Endgame has been released, including an 'Unused Concepts' section that includes some of the inspiration for Infinity War.

Revealing Marvel's initial plans for a more in-depth exploration of Thanos' past, concept images (via show Thanos as both a baby and an adolescent.

Marvel Studios' creative director Ryan Meinerding explained the ideas behind the artwork, revealing that Infinity War's writers were going to include "Thanos' backstory" right from the very beginning.

Showing the Avengers villain malformed from birth, the scrapped plot also imagined Thanos growing up a pariah, and even "having an actual teen moment of being that seven-foot tall awkward teenager".

While fans will never get to see baby Thanos come to life in the way Infinity War writers may have hoped, there is now a whole host of deleted scenes from the Marvel Cinematic Universe available to peruse.

Bonus material from the Infinity Saga collection includes key moments across the MCU's 23 titles that never made the cut, including Hulk breaking out of the Hulkbuster and Thor trying to kiss Valkyrie.

Avengers: Endgame is out now on DVD, Blu-ray, 3D,4K and digital download.

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Dwayne Johnson’s ‘Black Adam’ Sets 2021 Release Date.



After years of development and teases, Dwayne Johnson's Black Adam finally has a release date. The New Line film based on the DC villain will open on Dec. 22, 2021, Johnson announced Thursday. That puts it just days after Avatar 2's Dec. 17, 2021 release date.

Fox and Disney's Avatar 2 is the sequel to the second highest-grossing film of all time, but DC has had luck in the December corridor. James Wan's Aquaman, released in December 2018, became the first DC movie to pass $1 billion since 2012's The Dark Knight Rises.

Black Adam will reteam Johnson with his Jungle Cruise director Jaume Collet-Serra and is a spinoff Shazam!, Zachary Levi's superhero film that opened in April. Black Adam was at one point to have been in a main Shazam! movie but the studio and producers ultimately decided he warranted his own movie. Johnson has been attached to play Black Adam for more than a decade.

Though Black Adam has traditionally been a villain, Johnson is selling him as a hero.

Johnson positioning Adam as a hero has roots in the comics. When he debuted in 1945’s The Marvel Family No. 1, Black Adam was unmistakably a villain — an earlier version of Shazam who was corrupted by the power. That was a role he maintained through his eventual reappearance in the late ‘90s comic book series The Power of Shazam!, which retconned his backstory to reveal that he had actually been corrupted by an external force, leading to the emergence of Adam as a somewhat repentant — if still arrogant, violent and susceptible to poor decision making — anti-hero in the early 2000s in the pages of Geoff Johns’ JSA comic book. That version of the character, who’d go on to become the ruler of the fictional Middle Eastern country of Kahndaq, has been the primary incarnation of Black Adam across media ever since.

"He’s a rebellious, one of a kind superhero, who’ll always do what’s right for the people," Johnson wrote on Instagram, "but he does it his way. Truth and justice - the BLACK ADAM way."

2021 will be a packed year for DC films. Matt Reeves' The Batman opens on June 25 and The Suicide Squad hits on Aug. 6.

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Joker Becomes First R-rated Film To Make $1bn At Global Box Office.



It’s all part of the plan: Joker has crossed the $1 billion mark at the worldwide box office becoming the first R-rated film ever to do so. 

Since its release in October, the Clown Prince of Crime has been a fixture in headlines across the globe. From mass shooting concerns, polarising opinions and record after record, one thing’s for sure: people are talking about Joker.

From best October opening of all time, to highest grossing R-rated film in cinema history (not adjusted for inflation), it was only a matter of time before the Batman foe’s origin story joined the lucrative $1bn club.

Joker Becomes First R-Rated Movie In History To Make $1 Billion

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The film’s global box office take was sitting at $999.1 million yesterday, November 15. Exhibitor Relations Co. then confirmed on Twitter that it had reached the massive milestone (the exact figure has still to be released).

It was only weeks ago that Joker sailed past The Matrix Reloaded and Deadpool 2 as the highest-grossing R-rated movie of all time.

Ryan Reynolds – who stars as the sweary, spandex-wearing hero – even took a moment to congratulate the Clown Prince of Crime on Instagram, in true R-rated fashion.

Joker joins Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 ($1.34bn), Aquaman ($1.148bn), The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King ($1.12bn), The Dark Knight Rises ($1.08bn), The Hobbit: The Unexpected Journey ($1.01bn), and The Dark Knight ($1bn).

What’s particularly impressive is that Joker has yet to be released in China, still managing to bag a seismic box office without one of the key markets.

Also, with only a humble budget of $62.5 million, Joker has become the most profitable comicbook movie of all time too.

The film has been critically-acclaimed, swooping the Golden Lion (a highly prestigious award, generally a precursor to a Best Picture Oscar nomination), at the Venice Film Festival.ADVERTISING

Joaquin Phoenix, who plays the titular villain, is a hot favourite as predictions for next year’s Oscars start to roll in – as it stands, Phoenix and Adam Driver (for Marriage Story) are the front-runners for Best Leading Actor.

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It’s currently sitting at 69% on Rotten Tomatoes, with the site’s critics’ consensus calling it ‘a chillingly plausible origin story that serves as a brilliant showcase for its star’.

UNILAD called Joker our film of the year, describing it as a ‘terrifying, harrowing, volatile triumph’.

Joker is in cinemas now.

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Titanic Superstar, Leonardo DiCaprio Fights To Protect Ghana’s Atewa Forest.



Oscar award-winning actor, Leonardo DiCaprio, has added his voice to calls for the protection of the Atewa Forest as Ghana prepares to commence the first phase of the Sinohydro deal.

The deal will see Ghana’s bauxite reserves in the Atewa Forest mined and traded in a ‘barter’ deal for $2 billion from China, meant to be invested in various developmental projects across the country, particularly roads.

DiCaprio, who is a staunch environmentalist believes that mining in the Forest would put the millions of people and hundreds of “wildlife species” who depend on it “at risk of extinction”

“Ghana’s #Atewa Forest Reserve provides drinking water to 5 million+ people & harbors 100+ wildlife species at risk of extinction. We must prioritize the protection of these irreplaceable places for a healthy planet,” he said in a tweet on Tuesday.

Having founded an environmental organization – Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation – which has been in existence since 1998, it is not surprising that the multiple award-winning actor would take a keen interest in the developments with the Atewa Forest, which has been a raging issue since the deal with China was first announced.

This week, Ghana received the first instalment of the $2 billion deal, initially agreed in 2018 for the country’s bauxite deposits to be leveraged in exchange for the funds.

With the commercial mining of the bauxite set to commence next year, there has been rising agitation from within the country and externally as well, especially from environmental and wildlife conservation groups over the fate of the Atewa Forest, where about 165 million tonnes of bauxite is located.

Back in June, a group of mainly environmental activists marched through the streets of the Ghanaian capital, Accra, eventually presenting a petition to Parliament asking that the deal to mine in the forest be called off.

While the Minister for Lands and Natural Resources at the time, Kweku Asomah Cheremeh promised to “look at the issues they have raised in their petition”, the government still made moves towards implementing the deal as a private firm had been contracted to undertake the confirmatory drilling in the forest.

Several other bodies including A ROCHA Ghana, who have been fierce critics of the Sinohydro deal, the Christian Council of Ghana and the US Forest Service who provided some technical advice have urged the government to consider the potential ramifications of mining in the forest, one of most detrimental being the destruction of the sources of water for about five million people.

The US report stated that: “given the scale, duration, and potential significant and permanent impact of Ghana’s Integrated Bauxite Plan on the Atewa Forest Reserve and water supply of over 5 million people, it is critical to evaluate a range of development and management options (including … alternatives to mining) to protect drinking water and other ecosystem services.”

A group, the Concerned Citizens of Atewa Landscape, has also threatened to take the matter up to The Hague, adding that turning the location into an “ecotourism attraction” could earn the country much more than the 2 billion being provided by China.

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