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Shawn Levy is going to "work his ass off" to make sure his Star Wars movie gets made

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Stranger Things and Free Guy director Shawn Levy has given a promising update on his potential new Star Wars movie – despite the franchise’s recent cinematic uncertainty.

"I'm very aware of the ratio of filmmakers who get to the starting line," Levy told Collider, referring to those who have tried (and failed) to get a Star Wars movie off the ground. "But here's my attitude: I have this golden ticket into a galaxy far away, and I'm going to devote myself to developing a screenplay that gives me the privilege of making this movie."

Levy added, "I don't attach to things because it looks good in a trade announcement. I attach to things that I intend to make. And you better believe I'm not going to squander this juiciest of opportunities. I'm going to work my ass off. But first, I got to work my ass off on making Deadpool."

Star Wars has had a potted history of projects post-Skywalker Saga. A Rian Johnson trilogy has been mooted for some time, but showing no signs of progress; Patty Jenkins recently cleared up doubts over her Rogue Squadron movie, and Taika Waititi’s Star Wars movie doesn’t yet have an official release date. On top of that, JD Dillard's Star Wars project was canceled in November.

As mentioned, Levy is pretty busy before he heads to a galaxy far, far away. He’s all set to helm Deadpool 3, with Ryan Reynolds making his MCU debut as the Merc with a Mouth. Reynolds will be joined by his long-time frenemy Hugh Jackman, reprising his role as Wolverine for the first time since Logan. 

Levy has also told Collider that the threequel won’t tiptoe around the violence, despite now falling under the Disney umbrella.

"It is so delicious to hear and write and come up with these scenes where people are just talking foul," Levy said. "And the violence is in your face and hardcore. It’s very much a Deadpool movie."

For more from the worlds of superheroes and Star Wars, check out our guides to new superhero movies and upcoming Star Wars movies.



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wim_s
54 days ago
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I don't understand why there isn't at least one Star Wars movie per year.
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The Hard Road

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God of War: Ragnarok is out this week (yay!), and bringing with it a ton of accessibility options to ensure that as many people as possible can enjoy the game regardless of disabilities or skill level. However, along with options like toggling on checkpoints for boss fights, etc, comes the old debate about easy modes in games and “git gud” gatekeeping.

So I just wanted to add my voice to the conversation in support of letting people play how they want. Don’t make anyone feel bad for playing on an easier difficulty. Everyone pays the same $60-70 for a game, they have the same right to enjoy it all the way through. Choose the difficulty that feels right for you and your ability, or allotment of free time, and let’s stop reinforcing the idea that people who play more casually, or on easier difficulties are less than real gamers. It’s not necessary to tear them down in order to make a higher difficulty playthrough feel more impressive.

I hope more studios go to the lengths Santa Monica has in order to be more welcoming to a wider variety of gamers, and a ton of individually toggled options makes so much more sense than a standard, blanket “easy mode”. Maybe you love combat, but struggle with puzzles; you don’t want an easy mode tuning everything down just for one aspect. In a single player game, letting players fine tune the experience to their liking negatively affects no one, but benefits so many gamers who might otherwise miss out/be left out.

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wim_s
92 days ago
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I play almost every game on easy because I am a dad of three with a full time job and other hobbies. I don't want to replay levels 10 times just to find the right tactic because I just don't have the time.
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Majestic spinning otter headshot

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Majestic spinning otter headshot

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wim_s
94 days ago
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My precious!
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Batgirl directors say they no longer have access to the canceled film's footage

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Batgirl directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah revealed they no longer have access to the film following Warner Bros.'s decision to cancel its release. In an interview with French entertainment channel SKRIPT, the duo shared their outlook on the fate of the film despite the shock cancellation.

When asked if they still had footage of the movie, Fallah revealed that Warner Bros. had blocked their access to the servers. "No, we have nothing," he explained. "Adil called me and said, 'Go ahead shoot some things on your cellphone.' I went on the server and everything was blocked."

"We were like 'fucking shit!'," El Arbi added. “All the scenes with Batman in them! Shit!”

While it was initially reported that the film was scrapped after being completed, the duo says that Batgirl could not be released in its current state: "There’s no VFX, we still had to shoot some scenes. So if [Warner Bros.] wanted us to release [Batgirl] they would need to give us the means to do it. To finish it properly with our vision."

Though the movie is trapped in seemingly indefinite limbo, the filmmakers are still hopeful that Batgirl will one day be released. "The guys from Warners told us, 'It was not a talent problem from our part or the actress, or even the quality of the movie,'" El Arbi told SKRIPT. "After all we make movies for the audience, not for us. We just hope that one day the movie will be released, for the cast and crew. We are a small family."

Added Fallah: "We hope, Inshallah, it will happen.”

For more, check out our list of the most exciting upcoming movies in 2022.



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wim_s
168 days ago
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They are trying to prevent a Deadpool-like leak.
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European Commission Unveils Long-Awaited Stupid Proposal to Mandate USB-C on All Cell Phones and Devices

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Elian Peltier, reporting for The New York Times:

The European Union unveiled plans on Thursday to make USB-C connectors the standard charging port for all smartphones, tablets and other electronic devices sold across the bloc, an initiative that it says will reduce environmental waste but that is likely to hit Apple the hardest.

The move would represent a long-awaited yet aggressive step into product-making decisions by the European Commission, the bloc’s executive arm. Apple, whose iPhones are equipped with a different port, has long opposed the plan, arguing that it would stifle innovation and lead to more electronic waste as all current chargers that are not USB-C would become obsolete. […]

The new legislation is likely to come into effect in 2024 because it first needs to be approved by the European Parliament and then adopted by manufacturers. Besides phones, it would apply to cameras, headphones, portable speakers and video game consoles.

Benedict Evans:

This is a profoundly stupid way to approach product design and standardisation. What happens in 5 years when someone wants to use a better connector? What if they’d picked USB 3 five years ago?

How stupid? This stupid:

But Apple has also argued that if the European Union had imposed a common charger in 2009, it would have restricted innovation that led to USB-C and Lightning connectors. In a statement, Apple said that although it welcomed the European Commission’s commitment to protecting the environment, it favored a solution that left the device side of the charging interface open for innovation.

Mr. Breton said on Thursday that he was familiar with Apple’s concerns. “Every time we try to put a proposal, such companies start to say, ‘It will be against innovation,’” he said.

“It’s not at all against innovation. It’s not against anyone,” he added. “It’s for European consumers.”

Mr. Breton said manufacturers, including Apple, could choose to offer two charging ports on their devices if they wanted to keep a non-USB-C connector.

Two charging ports on the same phone, what an elegant idea. This is like a parody of overzealous regulation of something that is not in need of any regulation at all. Why not mandate that all phones, tablets, and cameras have to run the same operating system, too? Oh, you say, it’s only about reducing waste? Why not mandate that all phones must be the same size and shape, so that they’re all compatible with the exact same cases? Great idea.

These E.U. meddlers have indeed been clamoring for this legislation since 2009 — Apple didn’t pick that date out of the air. At the time, iPhones used 30-pin iPod USB 1 adapters and most other phones used adapters like Micro-USB and (gag) Mini-USB. You don’t have to be a computer engineer to look back at your lifetime and realize that computer plugs and adapters keep getting smaller and better. Do they really think no one is going to come up with an adapter better than USB-C? Ever?

And don’t even start with any sort of argument that legislation like this won’t impede progress, but will instead force the industry to work together via committee to agree upon new better standards in a prompt fashion. Almost everything that goes through such committees takes years longer than one company can do on its own, and comes out worse — often far worse. Look at all the horrendously shitty USB plugs the USB consortium has come up with over the years.

And people in the E.U. wonder why England wanted out, and why nearly all the major tech companies are from the U.S. and Asia.

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wim_s
498 days ago
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Weird last sentence ...
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Oscar Isaac on why he wanted to play Solid Snake in the Metal Gear Solid movie

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Oscar Isaac's dance card is looking pretty full. The actor is currently filming the Marvel series Moon Knight, will portray Francis Ford Coppola in an upcoming movie about the making of The Godfather, and has a role in Ad Astra director James Gray's next feature film, Armageddon Time, alongside Robert De Niro, Anne Hathaway, and Cate Blanchett. Somewhere, amid all that, Isaac will play Solid Snake in the new Metal Gear Solid movie from director Jordan Vogt-Roberts.

"I just loved the game," Isaac tells Total Film when asked about his history with the video game series and what attracted him to the new project. 

"I love the feeling that the game would give me every time I’d play. It’s just a strangely isolated, mournful, lonely game to play that has these incredible moments of violence and terror, with these weird, psychedelic concepts and villains. But, yes, it’s kind of like psychedelic military horror things that happen.

"And the truth is, underneath the whole thing, it’s an anti-war story. So I think those are the elements I really love. And, like I said, I love the feel of playing it, and the big question of: can something like that be transferred – or can you explore those themes in a really interesting way – on film?"

We, unfortunately, know very little else about the Metal Gear Solid movie, though director Vogt-Roberts has previously said the movie will "create a new type of action on screen that also is based in the quietness of the stealth."

Metal Gear Solid does not have a release date. Meanwhile, Dune – Isaac's next major sci-fi adventure – is scheduled to open in US cinemas and on HBO Max on October 22. It will open in UK cinemas on October 21. For much more on the film, including interviews with all of the starry cast, pick up a copy of the new issue of Total Film when it hits shelves on now! Check out the new cover below, as well as the cover of the special supplement that comes with the issue. 

Total Film's Dune issue and special supplement

(Image credit: Total Film/Warner Bros)

And if you're a fan of Total Film, why not subscribe so that you never miss an issue? You can grab both a physical and digital subscription – and subscribers get exclusive covers and big discounts. Click through the link for more info.



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wim_s
531 days ago
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This would be dreamcasting
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