Best of the Week: Jason Momoa Cast As Aquaman, Rian Johnson Takes Over 'Star Wars' and More

Best of the Week: Jason Momoa Cast As Aquaman, Rian Johnson Takes Over 'Star Wars' and More

Jun 20, 2014

The Important News:

Life isn't complete without some Star Wars news, so we heard Rian Johnson is taking on Episodes VIII and IX, which sorta made up for the bad news about Harrison Ford's broken leg.

Nor is it complete without Justice League news, and on that front was the announcement that Jason Momoa has been cast as Aquaman. Oh, and here's your first look at that, sorta. Plus a guide to everything you need to know about the underwater hero. As for other DC Comics characters, we could get another solo Batman movie in 2019

Need help sorting out when Steven Spielberg's pile of planned movies will arrive? Release dates have been set for at least two of them. More release-date excitement came with Paramount's 2016 slate, including Beverly Hills Cop 4 and G.I. Joe 3.

There's talk again of another solo Hulk movie. We know there's a Dr. Strange movie coming, and rumors are circulating about its star. But the best in superhero movie news is the dramatic Lifetime movie about Saved by the Bell.

We can't wait for the Outer Limits movie now that it's in the hands of the Sinister team. Another horror film to look forward to is the video game adaptation Dead Rising.

In sad news of the week, Matthew McConaughey might not be in Magic Mike XXL.


The Geek Stuff and Videos:

Trailers: Dolphin Tale 2, An Honest LiarGuardians of the GalaxyThe Expendables 3Let's Be CopsThe Knick, Video Games: The MovieNinjagoDawn of the Planet of the Apes, The Judge, The Wedding Ringer, The Bronx Bull

The first character posters for the next Hunger Games movie have arrived. 

Here's a must-watch short made out of extra Lego Movie footage. And another awesome short that shows what happens after an action movie is over. And another cool video that shows what it's like to ride inside an action movie vehicle, namely Optimus Prime. And finally a scary video that shows what it's like to go inside The Purge: Anarchy

Still need help understanding Inception? Here's a video for you.

You can now watch Tim Burton's rare Hansel and Gretel movie.

Samuel L. Jackson still knows his Pulp Fiction Bible speech by heart, as you can see here.

Watch comics writer Chris Claremont talk about the James Cameron and Kathryn Bigelow X-Men movie that never was. And here's a video that explains why so many superhero movie are made today.

Horror VHS tapes are still scary, in a new kind of way. Meanwhile, here's a story of how VHS beat Betamax for the video format of choice. Apparently, Office Space was very influential in the real world. 

Check out a map of all your favorite movie locations, including Hogwarts and Gotham City. And your first look at the new Terminator. And your first look at the cast of the N.W.A. movie Straight Outta Compton.


Our Features:

This week's guides: New streaming movies and new Blu-rays and DVDs

Here's a guide to the graphic novels that all movie fans should be reading. And a guide to the cast of Insurgent. Also, our sci-fi expert offers us a tour of upcoming movies to get excited about.

Up for discussion: What are your top three animated features? Which movie has the best end credits? What great scenes came out of bad movies? What musicals need to be made into movies

We picked 10 other directors besides Clint Eastwood who need to make one of those potential musicals. Here's a look at what a Book of Mormon animated movie might look like.

What's the better installment of the franchise, 21 Jump Street or 22 Jump Street? Is 22 Jump Street the best comedy sequel ever?

Speaking more of which, we spoke with the directors of 22 Jump Street about those awesome end credits. We also talked to David Gordon Green about some standout scenes in Joe. And here's an interview with The Exorcist director William Friedkin. 

Turns out we had the same idea as the makers of 22 Jump Street and came up with our own ideas for the next 10 sequels.  






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