Will Smith's Blue Genie Finally Makes His Debut In New TV Spot For Disney's Live-Action 'Aladdin'

Well here it is. When it was first announced Will Smith would be playing the iconic role of the Genie in Disney's live-action remake of Aladdin, fans weren't exactly thrilled with the idea of the late Robin Williams in the role. As such an iconic part of my generation's childhood, it was going to be just about impossible for anyone to fill in his shoes. Funny enough, we ended up getting an actor who's also a nostalgic and charismatic figure of the 1990s, the Fresh Prince himself. We hadn't actually seen any of Smith's Genie in the first trailer for the movie, but now we finally have a look at him in his big blue form. 

Below is the new TV spot for Aladdin:
So chances are you have the same thing going through your mind that most of the internet did when they saw the trailer. Why does Will Smith's Genie look so bad? The initial photos the Entertainment Weekly released from the movie actually showed a non-blue regular sized human looking version of Smith's Genie in costume. This led to backlash from fans who thought this might just be the way he looked throughout the movie, but he assured fans that this was only how he looks in a portion of the movie. This of course got fans excited to see the final product for a version of the Genie closer to what we remember from the animated movie, but I think we all pictured it with some slightly better effects.
Something about the CGI of Smith's body and face as the Genie just seem very fake, and aren't up to standard with the effects audiences have been spoiled by these days. One can only hope this isn't the final product, and that the character will look much better on screen. Fans have argued that the character may have looked better with a more stylized cartoony look like in the animated movie, where the Genie was basically a caricature of Robin Williams. Instead this version of the character seems to just be a ballooned version of Smith's head on an awkwardly disproportionate body.
While Smith's Genie certainly stole the show in this trailer, there were some other standouts from the trailer. We get some great views of iconic sets recreated for live-action, as well as our first look at Naomi Scott's Jasmin, and Marwan Kenzari's Jafar. Kenzari's Jafar has also gotten some criticism from fans of the original movie for his much less menacing appearance and voice in the brief footage we see of him, but its hard to judge from such a scarce amount of lines. Aladdin is expected to set the tone for whats going to be a big year of Disney live-action movies including Lion King and Dumbo, so the studio can only hope it wins audiences over between now and its release.
So what do you think of the new Aladdin trailer? How do you feel about the look of Will Smith's Genie? Let us know below!

The Avengers Aren't Moving On After Thanos' Snap In The New 'Endgame' Super Bowl Spot

Fans weren't sure what to expect from Marvel during this Super Bowl's commercial breaks. While we pretty much all expected a Captain Marvel spot with the movie's release just around the corner, we weren't sure if we were getting any footage from Avengers: Endgame or Spider-Man: Far From Home. Both movies had relatively recent trailers that gave us a decent amount of footage, but thankfully we got a spot for at least one of them. The Russo Brother's tweeted for fans to turn on their TVs, and sure enough there was a 30 second spot of all new footage from Avengers: Endgame for all of us to freak out over and speculate about.

Below is the Super Bowl spot for Avengers: Endgame:
Now as Kevin Feige has pointed out, we apparently will only be seeing footage from the first half hour of Endgame in any promotional material leading up to its release. This is of course being done to keep the secrecy of the film's plot, as well as the mystery of what characters and locations will be showing up. The marketing approach is very different from the "money shots" and impressive CGI of all the Infinity War trailers. That's also clear in this TV spot, with many of the scenes simply just showing the characters looking somber in different locations.
The trailer shows us some of the ramifications of Thanos' snap and the disappearance of a huge chunk of the Earth's population. We see Captain America in what appears to be a support group, and a sign that is meant to convince people to move on from loved ones they lost. This also confirms that there will be a time jump at some point in the movie in order to show us how much has changed since the snap. We also see the Statue of Liberty surrounded by abandoned boats whose owners probably disappeared. Earth seems much more empty then one would expect in some of the shots of The Avengers walking around, so there may also be people in hiding out of fear of Thanos return. It looks like the Russos are going to give us a perspective of how this has affected the world before throwing us straight into the action.
We also get shots of both Thor and Rocket Raccoon on what could either be Wakanda or even Thanos' shack, so maybe the God of Thunder has secluded himself following the events of Infinity War. Then there is of course Iron Man and Nebula who are still stranded in space, and Tony Stark appears to be making some kind of new suit in a call back to the cave scene from the first Iron Man movie. Lastly we get a shot of the team that includes Ant-Man, War Machine, Captain America, Thor, Rocket Raccoon, and Black Widow. There's a space left that probably is meant for a new look CGI Hulk that the Russos are saving for a surprise reveal. Its also possible this could be Captain Marvel who was removed for the trailer in order to not give away the surprise. 
So what did you think of the Avengers: Endgame trailer? What are your theories about the plot given the footage we've seen so far? Let us know below!

Matt Reeves' 'The Batman' Lands July 2021 Release Date; Ben Affleck Is Officially Out

For almost a year now, there's been speculation regarding Ben Affleck vacating the role of Batman in Matt Reeves' upcoming standalone movie. Originally Affleck was set to star and direct the movie which would've featured Joe Manganiello's Deathstroke as the villain, but since Reeves came on board the project took a whole new route. It will instead apparently focus on a young Bruce Wayne in a more detective style Batman story featuring many members of his famed rogues gallery, and this leaves the search open for a new young actor in their 30s to take up the mantle. The movie has now finally landed an official release date, as well as confirmation from Affleck via Twitter that he won't be returning under the cowl.

The upcoming plans for the DCEU have been up in the air for quite a while now, and its still hard to tell what they're doing exactly. These release dates for three of their upcoming projects are the first bit of solid news we've gotten in a while with The Batman, James Gunn's The Suicide Squad, and DC Super Pets all hitting theaters in 2021. The animated film DC Super Pets will come out May 21st, followed by The Batman on July 25th, and The Suicide Squad on August 6th. This seems reminiscent of DC's plan back in 2016, when they released both Batman v. Superman and the original Suicide Squad in the same summer.
While this at least provides a bit of structure and adds to the current DC schedule of this year's Shazam! and Joker, followed by next year's Wonder Woman 1989, its still hard to tell if these movies are actually in the DCEU. Following the success of James Wan's Aquaman this past December which made little reference to the expanded universe or past films like Justice League, it seems this is the route the studio will be taking. They'll apparently be more focused on giving characters their own separate movies rather then trying to connect them all to a larger universe. 
The Batman itself could still be a story of a young version of Ben Affleck's Batman, but it seems unlikely given how restricting that would be on Matt Reeves creatively. Its more likely that the movie will stand on its own as a Batman story with characters not featured in the other films (Minus necessities like Alfred), all cast by Reeves. Several names have been thrown around for the role of the new young Batman including recent fan favorites like Oscar Isaac, Richard Madden, Armie Hammer, Jake Gyllenhaal, Jack O'Connell, Robert Pattinson, and Ben Barnes. Warner Bros. apparently want a familiar face for the project, so it'll be interesting to see who they end up going with. 
So are you happy DC is moving on from Ben Affleck's Batman? Who would you like to see take on the mantle of the caped crusader? Let us know below!

Michael Gandolfini Will Step Into The Shoes Of His Father As Young Tony Soprano In 'The Many Saints of Newark'

Depending on who you ask, fans of the hit HBO series The Sopranos are either excited or down right pissed off that the shows creator David Chase is bringing a prequel movie to the big screen. Little is known about the movie other than that it will focus on the riots between Italians and African-Americans in Newark, New Jersey during the 1960s. For weeks the only casting news we had gotten was Alessandro Navoli as Christopher father Dickie Moltisanti, but now things have really started to pick up. While its unknown who most of the other additions to the cast are playing, we now know that James Galdolfini's son Michael will be starring in the younger version of his character Tony.

Deadline broke the news that Michael, who is an actor currently featured on James Franco's TV show Deuce, landed the role after an extensive casting process. Chase apparently really wanted to make sure Michael was the right guy for the job, but one could imagine no one knows his father's mannerisms as well as his own son. The casting is of course bittersweet as James passed away in 2013, but it seems like a very fitting way to honor him by having his son play his part. 
Its hard to tell how young Tony will be featured in the movie, and how much screen time he'll be getting. We're expecting to see a young Dickie alongside Tony's father and uncle Johnny Boy Soprano and Junior. With Jon Bernthal and Corey Stoll joining the cast recently, its been suggested by fans that those might be the roles the two of them are playing. Young Johnny and Junior were featured in some flashbacks to Tony's childhood in the original series, but it makes sense that the roles would have to be recast as its been twenty years. 
Its possible that the movie will progress through time showing the original generation of the family, and eventually end up with an adolescent Tony. We can probably expect the casting of young Silvio, Pussy, Paulie, and even Ralph Cifaretto at some point if they're really going to show us the origins of Tony's crew. As for what roles Vera Farmiga and Billy Magnussen could be playing, the former is believed to be taking on the role of Tony's devilish mother Livia Soprano. Its hard to tell who any of them are playing this early on, but we should get confirmation at some point soon when an official cast list hits the web.
So what do you think of Michael playing a young Tony? What roles do you think the other actors are playing? Let us know below!

'Spider-Man: Far From Home' Trailer Finally Drops; Peter Parker and Mysterio Team-Up Against The Elementals

After months of anticipation for its release, Marvel and Sony have finally released their first trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home. For fans who haven't figured it out already, one way or another Spidey has managed to come back from the disastrous events of Infinity War. While this trailer gives no indication of how that happened, we do get what could be some hints of a post Endgame MCU. Not only that, but we also get our first look at Jake Gyllenhaal in a full comic accurate Mysterio costume, and confirming the talk that he is in fact a hero in this movie (As far as we know).

Below is the first official trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home:

Most of us are of course looking for hints of how the events of Avengers: Endgame have affected Spider-Man and his world, but Jon Watts and Marvel keep that under wraps. But there is of course a troubling lack of Tony Stark in the trailer, but this could be done to throw fans off. We also now know Aunt May is fully aware Peter is Spider-Man, playing off what we saw at the end of Homecoming. She'll apparently be working for some kind of charity or shelter like she does in the Spider-Man PS4 video game, and helping use Spidey in costume as a figure of the community.
As for the Europe trip Peter will be embarking on with his school later in the movie, we see strong hints of his relationship with Zendaya's Michelle developing. We also see Peter's reluctance to take the Spider-Man suit with him, once again playing off the common Spidey trop of him having to balance his adolescent life with his superhero life. We then of course see the entrance of Nick Fury as it was described in the trailer shown in Brazil a few months ago, shooting a dart at Ned in order to assign Peter a mission. We know at some point after that is when Fury gives him the Stealth Suit, and explains to him he'll be working with another "hero" named Mysterio.
We get our first look at Jake Gyllenhaal and the full comic book accurate Mysterio costume in all its fish bowl glory. Its still hard to tell if this version of Mysterio actually has powers, as some of the things he does are reminiscent of Doctor Strange. Its more likely this is just all part of some effects and illusions he's able to pull off like he does in the comics. We see him fighting the Elemental creatures and warning Peter not to get involved. Fans still believe of course that Mysterio is actually the one controlling them in order to make himself look like a hero. Peter's classmates even describe him as a cross between Thor and Iron Man, hinting at the public's positive perception of Mysterio so far.
So what did you think of the Far From Home trailer? Are you happy with how Jon Watts has adapted Mysterio for the big screen? Do you think he'll end up being the villain? Let us know below!

My Top 15 Most Anticipated Movies of 2019

As 2018 comes to a close, its safe to say this year has had its fair share of surprises, movies that met expectations, and some the were flat out disappointments. Having said that, next year will surely be no different, but right now every movie has a clean slate to start with. While I have pretty much no knowledge of which movies will actually end up being my favorites next year, I do know which ones I have marked on my calendar. As usual, for a movie to make this list I probably have to know at least a little bit about it, so don't expect any secret Oscar movies that don't even have a plot synopsis here. Instead expect a list filled of remakes of Disney classics, projects from the best directors in the business, and of course plenty of superhero movies.

15. Rocketman
Last year this spot was given to Bohemian Rhapsody, so it's only fitting it now goes to Rocketman. The film will be based on Elton John's life and will serve as a concert movie like Rhapsody did, but will apparently be capitalizing on that even more. Rather than being a realistic biopic, it'll be incorporating fantasy elements and visuals specifically during the musical performances as was shown in the trailer.

The movie was originally going to star Tom Hardy as Elton, which personally would've been even more exciting and interesting that what we're currently getting. But it seems they've found a worthy successor in Kingsmen's Taron Edgerton, who can even actually sing. With Dexter Fletcher who directed Rhapsody also behind the camera for this project, I'm expecting another fun time at the movies from this one.

14. Aladdin
Funny enough, this was actually higher on the list before the first official stills from the movie were released a few weeks ago. Director Guy Ritchie has a tough task ahead of him adapting such an iconic childhood movie for so many people, but the first trailer managed to bring back all that nostalgia.

Unfortunately, fans already have their doubts about this adaption of the movie. Probably the biggest criticism has been of Will Smith's appearance as the Genie, although the actor insists he will be blue in the movie. The task of filling in the shoes of the legend Robin Williams is pretty major, but Smith is probably one of the only people funny and charismatic enough to come close.


13. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
I have to be honest here, I'm not the biggest Quentin Tarantino fan. While I loved movies like Django Unchained, the director lost me with his latest effort Hateful Eight. But there's no denying the mans talented and brings a style of his own to all of his movies, and thats sure to be the case with this adaption of the Charles Manson murders.

I'm not sure how much freedom Tarantino will have the story, as this is the first time he'll be adapting a real life event to the big screen. It'll be interesting to see how he manages to take it his own way, while still staying true to the real victims. But the real selling point here is the star-studded cast led by Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio is the first time on screen together. The supporting cast includes the likes of Margot Robbie, Al Pacino, Emile Hirsch, and Bruce Dern which is just more reason to believe we'll be seeing this one around during the Oscar next year.

12. Us
During the days when I would watch Key and Peele sketches with my friends in high school, never would I have thought Jordan Peele would be an Oscar winning horror director. A lot can change in seven years. After how impressive his first effort Get Out was, Peele definitely has a tough act to follow.

Re-teaming Black Panther standouts Winston Duke and Lupita N'yongo is already a step in the right direction, and Peele seems to be tackling a whole new story here rather then relying on the same themes from Get Out. Its still hard to tell what exactly the movies about, but with Peele's creative mind behind this one he's surely going to find a way to mess with audiences heads when Us hits theaters.

11. Glass
Almost as rare as having a horror movie directed by a sketch actor on this list, is having a movie from the guy who made The Last Airbender to follow it up. While M. Night Shamalayn had become a bit of a joke to many movie goers, some of us still remembered the days when he created great movies like The Sixth Sense, Signs, and Unbreakable.

Well last year's Split seemed to be a return to form for the director, and with a twist revealing the movie was actually connected to Bruce Willis character David Dunn from Unbreakable. Now Shamalayn has the challenge of merging the two worlds he created in these movies, and balancing the screen time between three great actors. With Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, and James McAvoy all sharing the screen for this one, Shamalyn will have a lot on his plate. We're rooting for you man.

10. Captain Marvel
I never thought I'd have an MCU movie so low on my list, but here it is. To be fair, I don't know much about the character of Carol Danvers to begin with so that's part of the reason why I'm still not so excited for this movie. That being said, when the plot details for this movie were announced at Comic-Con a few years ago I was sold. Setting in the 90s with a young Coulson and Nick Fury, as well as having the Skrulls finally on the big screen was enough for me.

But the trailers for this movie have yet to impress me and most fans, and have made both the character and plot seem much more bland than we were expecting. Thankfully some extended footage shown a few days ago helped relieve some of those concerns thanks more lines for Carol and Fury, as well as more footage of the Skrulls. I can only hope this movie surprises me and makes me love and care about a character I don't know anything about like Guardians of the Galaxy did.

9. Joker
Forget trying to figure out what exactly DC is doing with their film universe right now, but we have somehow grasp the concept that this movie has nothing to do with that. Set in the 1980s, Todd Phillip's Joker movie will have nothing to do with Ben Affleck's Batman, and will actually only feature Bruce Wayne as a child. 

While the project seemed unnecessary at first, the casting of Joaquin Phoenix as The Joker managed to peek everyone's interest. Jared Leto's Joker has been panned by fans, so it shouldn't come a surprise that they've been much more welcoming to Phoenix. The set photos and videos alone is what really sold me on this one though, with flashbacks to Heath Ledger's Joker coming to mind. With all the talent that will be joining Phoenix on screen, and the mystery and complexity of this character's past, its certainly one of the most interesting projects of the year.

8. IT: Chapter Two
The first IT movie caught a lot of people by surprise, and the child stars of the movie helped make their character's iconic to audiences. Unfortunately this time around the kids won't be the focus of the movie, as it will instead focus on their return to the town they grew up in as adults. Its a very interesting concept as the adult Losers Club will now have to face off against Pennywise again, much like they did in the Stephen King novel.

The original director Andy Muchetti is back for the sequel, and he's put together an impressive cast and the adult Losers including Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, and Bill Hader. The child cast will also apparently be returning for flashback scenes, but it will be an adjustment not getting to see them on screen together for the whole movie. One can only hope the adult actors bring the same chemistry and personality to these characters that their predecessors did. 

7. Shazam!
DC hasn't shied away from the fact that they're trying to distance themselves from the dark tone Zack Snyder had originally set for their film universe. Shazam seems to be the polar opposite of that, which was obvious as soon as sitcom star Zachary Levi was cast in the lead role. The movie was already under some criticism for the casting choice and leaked set photos of the suit, but the Comic-Con trailer finally settled a lot of those concerns.

Essentially this movie is Tom Hank's Big but with the main character turning into a superhero, with a lot of the same funny elements and light tones in it. Levi has the fun personality and charisma Hanks did in Big which just suits what they're going for perfectly, and makes it much more believable that there is a kid under that suit. While certain aspects of the movie such as its villain don't seem as impressive, the tone of the movie and chemistry amongst the younger cast is already enough to sell me on this movie.

6. Lion King
Whether you feel its necessary or not, The Lion King is finally getting the live-action remake we've been expecting these last few years. Thankfully, the trailer has already shown that it won't stray far form the original, recreating many of the iconic scenes from the animated movie with very impressive CGI. Jon Favreau is behind the camera for this project, and is someone who has already proven he knows how to adapt classic Disney stories like he did with Jungle Book

The cast is also very impressive with Donald Glover, Beyonce, Seth Rogen, and Chitwetel Ejoifor all taking on iconic roles. They've also brought back James Earl Jones as Mufasa that definitely wouldn't have been easy to recast. The trailers visuals and nostalgic callbacks are what really sold me on this movie, and the fact that its an adaption of one of my favorite animated movies of all time is also a huge plus. 

5. Toy Story 4
These movies are literally my childhood. I have mixed feelings about this one, given that in my opinion the original trilogy is flawless. I'm not sure where they're going story wise with this one, and if they're really going to be able to justify a fourth movie after what already seemed like solid conclusion. 

In the end its still a new Toy Story movie, and just to hear Tom Hanks and Tim Allen as Woody and Buzz again is enough for me to buy a ticket. The trailers so far have given nothing away other then a few new characters (Who hopefully win me over), but Allen has already teased just how emotional the last scene of this movie is. If there's one things I know these movies can pull off, its making adults cry. 


4. Star Wars: Episode IX

This is a tough one. Like most fans of the Star Wars series, I didn't exactly appreciate all the twists of Rian Johnson's The Last Jedi. While I didn't have the strong hatred for the movie most of the fan base had, there was certainly a sense of disappointment over the abrupt new path the series was taking.

But how could I still not be excited for the last movie in the all new Star Wars trilogy. I'm of course not excited as I'd hope to be at this point in the trilogy, but there's still unanswered questions and surely surprises we can expect at the conclusion or Rey's journey. But what really has me excited is JJ Abrams returning to the director's chair, where he can finish off the vision he originally had for these movies back when Force Awakens came out.

3. The Irishman
This movie honestly sounds like every mafia film fans dream. First of all its directed by Martin Scorcese, but it'll also star Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci. While those are the biggest names involved, several other actors are also included such as Bobby Canavale, Ray Romano, and Sebastian Manascalco. It'll be an adaption of the real life story of Jim Hoffa, and will de-age the main stars in order to cover the important moments of their lives.

The only big reservation about this movie is that it'll apparently be released by Netflix, and still doesn't have a release date. Robert De Niro has said the film will be getting a theater release at some point, but one can only hope the fact it's being made for a streaming service won't water down the final product. De-aging technology can also be a hit or miss, and if done obviously can be a huge distraction from the story of the movie. Minus those concerns, its hard to not be excited for this movie with all the talent involved in front of and behind the camera. 

2. Spider-Man: Far From Home
So if that cat wasn't out of the bag already, some how Spider-Man is coming back after "dying" in Infinity War. With a sequel already announced and set for release next year, it'll be interesting to see just how much the events of the last Avengers movie had an effect on Peter. Is Tony Stark alive to make into the Spider-Man sequel? We still don't know.

What we do know is the events of the movie will be taking Peter and his classmates like Ned, Michelle, and Flash to different locations in Europe. But whats probably most exciting about this movie is the use of the villain Mysterio, who like Vulture in Homecoming, we still haven't on the big screen. If the visual possibilities of that alone weren't exciting enough, Jake Gyllenhaal will be the one under the fish bowl head. Director Jon Watts has already proven once he knows how to do Spidey's rogue gallery justice, and it seems like this time will be no different.

1. Avengers: Endgame
Don't act surprised. The movie that will probably be at the top of every movie goers list of their most anticipated of the year is this one right here. With the cliffhanger ending of Infinity War, and the Russo Brothers leaving all of us shrouded in mystery over whats going to happen in this movie, April can't get here soon enough.

While Infinity War was more of the grand spectacle and the large team-up movie we were all expecting, Endgame will apparently be a much more self contained and emotional movie. With pretty much only the main Avengers from the first film still alive, we know that somehow Scott Lang and Captain Marvel will also be joining the adventure and will play significant roles. The movie is also rumored to feature time travel to the events of the previous movies in order to stop Thanos, which is something that has been hinted at in leaked set photos. We're just going to have to wait and see where the Russo's decide to end this spectacle, and if everyone is going to make out alive.

Honorable Mentions: The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part, Godzilla: King of the Monsters, X-Men: Dark Phoenix and Zombieland 2
So do you agree with my list? What are your most anticipated movies of 2019? Let us know below!