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X-Men vs. the Avengers and other movie crossovers we want from the Disney-Fox deal

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No wonder Mickey looks so happy he’s about to make all the money with that new Fox deal.

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Just when we thought Disney couldn’t dominate the box office any more completely, they went and picked up 20th Century Fox.

There’s every reason to fret about this latest turn of events. Will the Mouse House discourage Fox’s edgier projects? Might the decreased competition lead to ever-bigger, ever-blander movies? How much more power will Disney have to throw around the next time they pick a fight with the press?

But it’s a done deal. All we can do now is wait and hope for the best. And given that that’s where we’re at, we’ve got some ideas about how we’d like things to go.

Fox brings to Disney a whole new raft of IP just waiting to be milked. The Mouse House now gets all the upcoming Avatar and Alien sequels, and the opportunity to revive Die Hard. Beyond that, the possibilities are endless, at least in theory: Indiana Jones could hang out with John McClane! Buzz Lightyear could visit Pandora! The Kingsmen could enlist Captain Jack Sparrow!

With that in mind, here are some franchise-crossing outcomes we’d like to see.

The Avengers meet the X-Men

You know you want it.

Image: Marvel Comics

This is the biggie. This is the idea that had superhero movie fans salivating the moment the rumors began. And it’s one Disney will find impossible to resist forever.

Think of the audiences they can attract, the toys they can sell, the hype they can build, by bringing the X-Men and the Avengers into the same universe. Imagine Tony Stark butting heads with Charles Xavier, or Black Panther befriending Storm. Captain America will be able to say the word “mutant” without worrying his parent company will get sued. Scarlet Witch will get to meet the other Quicksilver.

… Which brings up another key point: Merging these universes, as fun as it is to think about, is going to be tricky. There are details that don’t really line up, like the dueling Quicksilvers. More generally, Disney-Marvel is extremely meticulous with its continuity; Fox-Marvel is not. Both approaches have their advantages and disadvantages.

Will Disney impose their strict standards on the X-Men? Or will the MCU leave them alone, and just wave away the discrepancies as “alternate reality” nonsense? (Hey, it works in the comics.)

The Fantastic Four hang out with the Incredibles

Then there’s the other crown jewel in Fox’s superhero stable – the Fantastic Four. If Disney does decide to fold the X-Men franchise into the MCU, they’ll probably do the same with the Fantastic Four. But who’s to say they need to stop at the MCU?

We’d love to see some more unexpected team-ups and rivalries out of this deal, even if they aren’t strictly MCU canon. How about introducing the Fantastic Four to another superpowered family unit?

Deadpool befriends Spider-Man

Could we see this on the big screen? Maybe! (But probably not.)

Image: Marvel Comics

The Fox deal has massive implications for the MCU, but it’s not the first time Disney’s managed to regain (some) control of a beloved comic book icon. The studio struck an unprecedented deal with Sony to share Spider-Man, which is how Peter Parker wound up in Captain America: Civil War and the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War.

As a result, Spidey’s also in play when we’re imagining crossover possibilities – which, yes, means you could finally get the Deadpool / Spider-Man team-up of your dreams on the big screen.

Assuming, that is, that Disney’s okay with letting its teenage hero hang out with an R-rated mercenary. Which is a big if. Yeah, we wouldn’t count on this one.

Star Wars gets back its Fox fanfare

Okay, let’s move on from superheroes and into outer space.

Although Disney acquired Lucasfilm five years ago, there’s still a huge subset of fans who fell in love with Star Wars when it was still owned by 20th Century Fox – and who still feel a little weird about not hearing that famous fanfare before the opening scroll.

With this new deal, Disney could maybe right that wrong. But will they? It’s clear that scrapping the Fox fanfare hasn’t hurt Star Warsreputation with critics or its box office potential. Why fix what isn’t broken?

The Alien xenomorphs become Disney princesses

Look, we’re not saying that a princesses / xenomorphs crossover will actually happen. We’re just saying that it’s confirmed fact now that the xenomorphs are Disney princesses, per the flawless logic above.

(But for the record, in case anyone at Disney is listening: We would totally be into a princesses / xenomorphs crossover.)

Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/12/14/disney-fox-deal-crossovers-marvel/

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The movie Gotti Earns a 0% score from Rotten Tomatoes

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The reviews are in for the mobster movie Gotti which profiles the life of notorious crime boss John Gotti. Following the laundry list of excellent mob movies this should be an easy win, but Gotti‘s reviews are apparently the only entertaining thing about it.

The movie currently has a 0 percent Tomatometer score on Rotten Tomatoes. That’s right, zero.

Tomatometer ratings are based on “the percentage of professional critic reviews that are positive for a given film or television show,” provided there are at least five reviews. Personally, I didn’t even know a 0 was possible. 

Among the 18 approved “Tomato Critics,” not one gave Gotti a positive, or “fresh,” review, though we should note that the audience score is currently at 82 percent, with an average rating of 4.1 out of 5 from 6,678 reviews at the time this story was published

Regardless, here are some of the best snippets from the reviews. 

1. “He may have been a murderer, but even Gotti deserved better than this.”

 – Brian Tallerico for RogerEgbert.com

2. “There’s not really a story here. It’s more a series of recognizable scenes from any number of gangster movies…” 

-Mark Dujsik for MarkReviewsMovies.com

3.”Gotti ends up feeling like a kitschy assemblage of other directors’ ideas.”

-Gary Thompson for Philly.com

3. There are 44 credited producers on the picture (good. lord.), and not one person had the nerve to question just what kind of derivative, borderline nonsensical film was being made.

-Brian Orndorf for Blue-Ray.com

4.  You don’t put the “Theme From ‘Shaft’” in a movie that is not “Shaft.” Come on.

– Glenn Kenny for the New York Times

5. “… the picture is a chaotic assemblage of short, disconnected scenes interrupted by snippets of archival footage, bits of narration and even moments when Travolta breaks the fourth wall by talking directly into the camera.” 

– Frank Swietek for One Guy’s Opinion

6. “While Travolta has his moments, the woefully uneven film too often settles for mobster stereotypes rather than providing meaningful insight into its subject.” 

– Todd Jorgenson for Cinemalogue

7. “John Travolta and E from Entourage turn infamous mob boss Gotti into a scowling bore.”

– Mike D’Angelo AVClub

(Writer’s note: This is just the headline, but OMG what a headline.)

8.  “… the vibrant, rap-infused score by Pitbull, which features three solo tracks by the popular artist, doesn’t quite jibe with the movie’s general style and tone.”

 – Gary Goldstein for the Los Angeles Times

9. “…Gotti is a connect-the-dots disaster — the don’s greatest hits, so to speak — without discernible theme or cohesive narrative.”

-Franke Lovece for Newsday

10.”[Director Kevin] Connolly’s in too much of a rush to get somewhere and doesn’t seem to know what that destination is.” 

– Chris Nashawaty for Entertainment Weekly

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Let’s talk about the shocking ending of ‘Hereditary’

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“Let’s pore over the details of Hereditary like it’s an overdue art project based on our tragic lives.

Warning: Major spoilers ahead for Hereditary.

Hereditary is the kind of film you need to sit with.

It’s not just that it has a lot of shocking twists, though it does, or that the scares linger in your psyche, though they do. It’s also that Hereditary is dense with details that only reveal themselves upon closer examination and careful thought… or at least a deep dive into an explainer like this one.

Here’s everything you missed in Hereditary.

1. Yes, King Paimon is real

And people really do worship him.

To be clear, Paimon is “real” in the sense that he was not invented by writer-director Ari Aster for this film. Whether you think he’s actually, literally real depends on whether you believe demons and spirits are real. For what it’s worth, mentions of Paimon go back centuries – he’s even included in the 17th century grimoire Lesser Key of Solomon.

“I’m not tied in any way to the occult, so the research was disturbing, but I knew that I had to go there and I knew that I wanted the ritual elements of the film, which are held at a distance and you only get pieces of them, I knew I wanted them to be rooted in something real,” he said to Thrillist. “I was lead to witchcraft manuals that are instructing people on how to cast spells and this and that.”

2. Charlie has never really been Charlie

From the moment we meet her, it’s obvious there’s something off about Charlie. What exactly that is takes a while to reveal itself.

Early in the film, Annie (Toni Collette) explains that when her son Peter was born, she kept him away from her mother, Ellen. When her daughter Charlie was born, though, Annie relented and “gave” her to Ellen. Ellen…..”

Read more: https://mashable.com/2018/06/14/hereditary-ending-explained-everything-you-missed/

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Heart Rate Challenge for the Horror Movie Hereditary!

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This is your face watching “Hereditary”

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“People are losing their shit over Hereditary — and we mean that almost literally.

We knew we were in for a ride after the jaded film critics of Sundance called the A24 film the “most traumatically terrifying horror movie in ages.” Now, people are even asking “can a movie be too scary?

As horror lovers, we say never to that question. But A24 is known for bringing some of the most riveting and unique horror in recent memory to the screen, like 2016’s much-adored The Witch.

Those heart rates at the 90 minute mark do not lie

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So they tested this hypothesis on Hereditary by tracking the heart rates of 20 participants during promotional screenings of the movie at eleven different….”

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