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Wrath of Man Review ' It’s entertaining, it’s dark, & it’s typical Guy Ritchie! So I dug the hell out of it!'

Krampus” Director Michael Dougherty Will Direct Godzilla 2

After first being hired to run the “ Godzilla ” universe writing room, “ Krampus ” director Michael Dougherty has now been tapped to direct the next installment in the monster movie franchise as well. When news first broke that Dougherty and his “Krampus” co-writer Zach Shields would be penning the sequel, reports surfaced that Dougherty would also helm the pic, but insiders said then that the deal was only to write the sequel, not direct. After months of work in the writers room, Legendary eventually extended an offer for him to direct as well. Alex Garcia will oversee the project for Legendary. In October 2015, Legendary and Warner Bros. made a joint announcement that all future “King Kong” and “Godzilla” films would be developed by Legendary and distributed by Warner Bros., starting with “Kong: Skull Island” in March. Legendary currently holds a distribution deal with Universal, but in order to re-team Godzilla and King Kong, Legendary decided to send the rights back over to

GODZILLA VS. KONG Coming In 2020

Following Legendary’s and Warner Bros. Pictures’ 2014 success with the global reinvention of the Godzilla franchise, the companies have come together to create an epic, new shared cinematic franchise. All-powerful monsters become towering heroes for a new generation, revealing a mythology that brings together Godzilla and Legendary’s King Kong in an ecosystem of other giant super-species, both classic and new. Monarch, the human organization that uncovered Godzilla in the 2014 film, will expand their mission across multiple releases. “Today, I’m excited to reveal that film was only the beginning of an epic new entertainment universe. As a lifelong fan of these characters, I’ve always wanted to see the ultimate showdown, and today we’re pleased to be announcing that and more.” The announcement that the reinvention of monsters continues was made today by Legendary CEO, Thomas Tull, and Kevin Tsujihara, Chairman and CEO, Warner Bros. The initial trio of films are 2017’s KONG: SKU

Inside the Bucket Podcast #75

This week's episode of Inside the Bucket is online! Revel in the digital mastery! After a few weeks off (and a second try at recording), I nside the Bucket returns with gangster violence, as Matt and John return rested and ready to break down the best movie and television news from our website SANDWICHJOHNFILMS.COM . The show begins with all the style of a bull and full of greasy attitude. as the boys discuss this week's hottest TV and movie news. Topics include the cancellation of Pacific Rim 2 , the possible arrival of Godzilla in a King King movie, and a new role for Actor Woody Harrelson. They also discuss the re-awakening of this week's box office, will Matt gets excited about Blu-rays releasing this week. After a pee break, they return to throw down in the Rants and Raves segment, as they bitch and complain about all the things they're watching, following, and are generally pissed off about from the past week. John tells us why he likes Direc

Is 'Godzilla 2' Moving Forward?

Writer Max Borenstein gives clues as to the sequel's chances. Story by Matt Cummings When the rebooted Godzilla arrived in 2014, audiences rewarded it with a $93 million opening weekend and a worldwide haul of over $528m. But it's also safe to say that fans were disappointed at the lack of scenes (only 8 minutes total) which actually featured the big guy in all his glory. So when Legendary Pictures announced it was moving forward with a planned June 8, 2018 release, fans were understandably worried that he might get the same treatment. From Screenwriter Max Borstein's recent comments, it seems like we have little to fear. According to a recent interview with Collider, Borenstein - who's working on the Fox Television adaptation of Minority Report - had this to say about what's coming in the sequel: "I’m writing it now, and it’s really going to be great. I don’t want to go off book and tell you anything that I’m not allowed to tell you. The res

Custom Fan Box: Review: April 2015

Our subscription box reviews continue with Custom Fan Box. Review by Matt Cummings Subscription boxes - the monthly subscription service - are all the rage these days: you can go with the standard themes behind Loot Crate, choose a clothing line, and even get a little kinky from Unbound . While I haven't partaken of the latter, I have gotten deep into several geek boxes. This time, it's the new service from Pop-Up Tee's Custom Fan Box. Here's the deal: you choose the single month plan - that's all the choices you're given - and then select from a variety of radial boxes broken down into categories like favorite movies, television, etc. You're also asked to choose a shirt size, which doesn't appear to be the case for May's offering. That one asks you for a shoe size. But we're worried about April, and so here's the breakdown of Custom Fan Box's inaugural offering. First, let's be clear about expectations: you're pr

Big Movie Questions - Q4 Report

As 2014 comes to a close, we look back at several movie questions we've posed throughout the year. Story by Matt Cummings The fourth quarter of the movie season is much like the holiday season: theaters crowded with customers and Hollywood licking its chops in hopes for strong returns. As 2014 has unfolded, it's clear that Hollywood's business plan was not as strong as one would have hoped, showing off a great Q1, a good Q2, and a frankly awful Q3. And while the year has delivered the great ( Captain America: The Winter Solider and The LEGO Movie ), the very good ( The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 ), and the surprising ( Guardians of the Galaxy ), several of our Big Movie Questions were yet to be answered. With the holidays wrapping up, we can close out 2014 by unwrapping the rest of our gifts. We've collected all the questions we've asked this year into one article so you don't have to look back to see them all. Welcome to our 2014 Big Movie Q

Open Forum Friday: September 12, 2014

Here's your chance to connect with the SJF community. While you're welcome to comment on any movie or television thoughts you might have, here's a brief rundown of the movies released this week and Blu-rays to be released next Tuesday: Movies - The Drop Blu-rays - Arrow: The Complete Second Season - Godzilla - The Fault in Our Stars Also, don't forget to listen to our weekly podcast, where we break down the major news of the week and do our giveaways. No matter what you choose to talk about, a few ground rules: keep it nice, no ads, and no flaming. Other than that, sound off on any movie or television thoughts you have. Feel free to comment on any of the following: 1. What are you watching on television? 2. What's the last film you saw? 3. What would you like to see us discuss on the podcast? These are just some of the questions, but again pick something movie or TV related. Happy posting!

2014 Big Movie Questions - Q3 Report

As Q3 comes to a close, we look back at several movie questions and make bold new predictions about the third quarter of 2014. As 2014 has unfolded, we've learned just how precarious the Hollywood film system is. Before summer arrived, we could see serious gaps in programming, especially once May ended. That did in fact happen, exposing a decent July (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Hercules, and The Purge: Anarchy) and a pretty awful August, with Guardians of the Galaxy being the only thing we could recommend. The year has delivered several memorable films ( Captain America: The Winter Solider and The LEGO Movie ), but what lessons have we learned about 2014 so far? Several questions we pondered back in January have finally had a chance to play out, so let's get to them. Has 2015 talk already eclipsed 2014? No, but there is some lingering concerns . 2014 has brought some amazing films like Godzilla , X-Men: Days of Future Past , Captain America: The Winter Soldier ,

Classic Monsters To Appear In Godzilla 2

After this summer's reboot of Godzilla scared up an impressive $491 million worldwide, a sequel seemed assured … until Star Wars came calling. "Unfortunately, our director Gareth Edwards is locked up in a galaxy far, far away," said Legendary Pictures chief Thomas Tull let us know at Comic-Con. Indeed, after Edwards was selected to helm one of the coming Star Wars spinoffs, Hollywood wondered whether Legendary would press on with a new Godzilla film without him … but in a special video message from Edwards that just played at Hall H, the director thanked fans for their support and revealed, "It means we get to make another one. I'll be back to do Godzilla 2 ." And what might we see in the sequel? Tull showed another new video, reminiscent of Godzilla's opening-credits sequence, when three monsters turn up in classified footage: Godzilla's famous foes Rodan, Mothra, and Ghidorah . "There is still one secret that remains hidden," teas

Inside the Bucket Podcast #24

This week's episode of Inside the Bucket is online! Revel in the digital mastery! This week's edition of Inside the Bucket is filled with the magic voices of Matt and Brandon, as the two celebrate not having to witness the human misery that is San Diego Comc-Con 2014. Instead, the two bring you all the best news and reviews of films they've seen this week. They tackle comic and movie news from the Con, as well other items which can be found on our site SANDWICHJOHNFILMS.COM . Later, they get into a Rants & Raves segment that includes 13 2013 films worth a second look, as well as a review of A MOST WANTED MAN , featuring Phillip Seymour Hoffman in his last starring role. After a discussion of the weekend's box office winners/losers, they review LUCY , starring Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freeman, and HERCULES , starring Dwayne Johnson, Ian McShane, and John Hurt. Please check out all the links to the stories we covered in today's podcast. Finally,

2014 Big Movie Questions - Q2 Report

As Q2 comes to a close, we look back at some movie questions and make bold new predictions about the second half of 2014. As we began 2014, the distinct feeling among SJF writers was that 2015 was about to seriously dominate any discussion about the coming year. But 2014 has stood its ground, delivering memorable films and enticing moviegoers to come along. You'll have to wait for our upcoming Quarter 2 financial report to see the specifics, but for now we've tackled several questions we pondered back in January and you'll surprised by some of our answers. Enjoy. Has 2015 talk already eclipsed 2014? No - 2014 has brought some amazing films like Godzilla , X-Men: Days of Future Past , Captain America: The Winter Soldier , and The LEGO Movie . Meanwhile,2015's Batman/Superman movie was postponed to 2016 and Fast 7 has been shrouded in mystery since Paul Walker's death. We've seen large crowds at the theaters (not just for our screenings) and the genui

The Fault In Our Stars Rules The Box Office

It was a battle of romance vs. sci-fi this weekend at the American box office, and love really did conquer all, as The Fault In Our Stars soundly trounced Edge Of Tomorrow in the quest for the top of the charts. With Fault novel writer John Green’s impressive social media following and the presence of rising star Shailene Woodley in the lead driving interest, The Fault In Our Stars drew fans of the book and the actress in droves, front-loading attendance for a result of $48.2 million this first weekend alone. That means the movie has already taken in four times the amount it cost to make, and shows no sign of slowing down despite a drop between Friday and Saturday, with audiences giving it a healthy thumbs up, which indicates it’ll have positive word of mouth appeal. It’s also yet more clear proof that films driven by women in front of the camera and in the audience can be hugely successful, especially when you consider that Fault deposed Angelina Jolie and Maleficent from the

Gareth Edwards To Direct Star Wars Spinoff Film

Fresh off the success of Godzilla , filmmaker Gareth Edwards has lined up his next project, something set in a galaxy far, far away. Edwards is attached to direct one of the Star Wars spinoff films, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Gary Whitta (Book of Eli) is writing the script for the movie, which has a release date set for December 16, 2016, said Disney and Lucasfilm in a statement later posted on the official Star Wars website. Due to the high level of secrecy surrounding the Star Wars development process, it is unclear which spinoff Edwards will tackle. Speculation has focused on characters such as bounty hunter Boba Fett and Jedi master Yoda as those who might be getting their own movies. There are also rumors of a potential Han Solo origin story or at least something on the Solo clan, and untold adventures of Luke Skywalker . "Ever since I saw Star Wars I knew exactly what I wanted to do for the rest of my life - join the Rebel Alliance! I could not be

Godzilla 2 Already in the Works

The Thunder from Way Down Under is getting a sequel. Story by: Matt Cummings With box office numbers from Friday surpassing everyone's expectations, it was a no-brainer that Godzilla would dominate the weekend box office. Since then, it's done nothing short of breaking worldwide records for 2014 ($196m) and took in an impressive $14.1m in domestic IMAX receipts. As a matter of comparison, Roland Emmerich’s 1998 version grossed $55 million in its Memorial Day opening weekend, $136 million domestically, and $379 million overall. That's not bad numbers, but fans cringed at many elements of the plot and even at Godzilla (her)self. Thankfully, the studio passed on making a sequel, even though it cost only $130m to make. And while we liked it ( read our review ), there hadn't been word from the studio whether we might see a sequel. That got answered on Sunday, when Deadline confirmed that Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures have approved a sequel. Accor

Inside the Bucket Podcast #14

Inside the Bucket is online!  Revel in the digital mastery! On today's show, we learn just how much Zak from ONEPERCASE.NET and Matt hate one another, as they go at it on a variety of topics, while John just sits and looks confused.  Along the way, the trio start with news from our site   SANDWICHJOHNFILMS.COM , which includes links at the bottom, and then the boys discuss the upcoming  X-Men: Days of Future Past .  Then they Rant and Rave about a variety of topics including television's finale week, and some  Godzilla  news.  Finally, they review  Godzilla , starring Bryan Cranston, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and Elizabeth Olsen.  Please check out all the links to the stories we covered in today's podcast. We're a little pissed off in this one, so lower your volume and strap yourseld in! As always, thanks to everyone for your continued support, and we'll see you at one of our screenings. Please make sure to check out our website  SandwichJohnFilms.com   and