For Mark Webber’s ‘Reality Cinema’, Lack of Resources is its Strength

Mark Webber’s ‘Flesh and Blood’ is a docu-fiction hybrid starring his unconventional real-life family.

The only thing that’s fabricated in Mark Webber’s documentary-fiction hybrid Flesh and Blood is its inciting incident: Webber, who plays himself, did not, in reality, serve prison time. The film opens as he is released into the inner-city Philadelphia streets, where he grew up impoverished and intermittently homeless, raised by his single mother, Cheri Honkala, now an activist and Green Party politician. Though Webber has resolved to return to life as a free man with practiced grace and optimism, the world around him has changed little—it’s still plagued by the temptations and injustices that contributed to Webber’s imprisonment in the first place.

“I wanted to use the lack of resources as my strength, not a limitation.”

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Women of Horror: Exploring Directors Who Are Making Their Mark on the Genre

Horror has been good to these directors. (Or is it the other way around?)

Like comedy, horror is a tricky genre to get right, because right away you’re faced with the inescapable expectation that your work must, in fact, be the very thing that makes the genre what it is. For comedy, it has to be funny, but for horror, it has to be scary. Though there are plenty of horror flicks out there that are reductive, predictable, and barely able to make you flinch, there have been some truly great films that have come out in the last several years that remind horror film fans of why we love this bloody genre so much—and an exciting number of them have been women.

In this video from Fandor, we get to explore the work of three female directors who chose to make a name for themselves in the horror genre with their transgressive, challenging, and yes, really, really scary films. Check it out below:

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Superhero Bits: Hellboy Joins Injustice 2, Mark Hamill Meets The Joker and Trickster & More

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What happens when Mark Hamill gets kidnapped by The Joker and Trickster? Are you ready to play as Hellboy in Injustice 2? What did Joss Whedon have to say about Thor: Ragnarok? Could Jeffrey Dean Morgan ever play Flashpoint Batman in the DCEU? Want to get your hands on some Justice League coins? How does South Park mock Marvel in their new video game? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits.

A new video for Injustice 2 teases the arrival of Hellboy in the game, and he’s got quite the sweet set of moves.

There’s an unsubstantiated “confirmation” that Green Lantern will have some kind of cameo in Justice League.

The Justice League press tour kicked off yesterday in China and is heading around the world in the coming weeks.

The original Daredevil series showrunner, Steven S. DeKnight, wouldn’t mind doing a Kingpin miniseries sometime.

Watch a promo for “A Day in the Narrows,” the seventh episode in the fourth season of Gotham, coming next week

IMAX CEO Rich Gelfond conceded that Marvel’s Inhumans series was not up to snuff for their usual audiences.

Justice League MondoCon Print

One of the MondoCon 2017 special edition print releases is this Justice League print created by artist Lee Bermejo.

Read the descriptions of the sixth episodes of The Flash, Arrow, Supergirl and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.

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Despicable Me 3 Crosses the $1 Billion Mark at the Worldwide Box Office

Despicable Me 3 Crosses the $  1 Billion Mark at the Worldwide Box Office

Despicable Me 3 crosses the $ 1 billion mark at the worldwide box office

With yesterday’s grosses, Illumination’s Despicable Me 3 crossed $ 1 billion at the worldwide box office, earning $ 741.4 million internationally and $ 259.05 million in North America. Its results have propelled the Despicable Me franchise past the Shrek series to become the highest-grossing animated film franchise of all time globally, and past the Ice Age series to become the highest-grossing animated franchise internationally. Despicable Me 3 joins The Fate of the Furious ($ 1.238 billion) as the second Universal film to cross $ 1 billion this year.

Illumination’s eight releases—which include Despicable Me, Hop, Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, Despicable Me 2, Minions, The Secret Life of Pets, Sing and Despicable Me 3—have grossed more than $ 5.7 billion worldwide. Despicable Me 3 is Illumination’s second film to gross more than $ 1 billion, as well as the first time an animated franchise has had two movies both cross $ 1 billion. It is also the company’s third title to gross more than $ 900 million, another feat that no other animation studio has ever accomplished.

Despicable Me 3 is now the sixth-highest-grossing animated film of all time worldwide, and the third-highest-grossing animated film of all time internationally, behind only Frozen and Minions. At the global box office, Despicable Me 3 has become the biggest animated film of 2017, as well as the third-highest-grossing film of any genre this year.

“The enduring success of Despicable Me and Minions is a testament to the extraordinary talent of the team at Illumination and Illumination Mac Guff combined with the world’s greatest studio, Universal,” said Illumination Founder and CEO Chris Meledandri. “Our passion for creating memorable experiences is on display in Despicable Me 3, and we thank fans for taking this chapter to a billion-dollar milestone.”

“What Chris and his team at Illumination have been able to do with this franchise has been nothing short of amazing,” said Duncan Clark, President, Distribution, Universal Pictures International. “Despicable Me has permeated deep into all cultures internationally, and these movies have become a destination for family audiences of all ages everywhere. That is a remarkable achievement by any standard.”

“This record-breaking franchise continues to appeal to a wide range of audiences with compelling stories and distinctive characters that are both sweet and subversive,” added Nick Carpou, President, Domestic Distribution, Universal Pictures. “When audiences see an Illumination title on the release schedule, they know they’re in for a good time.”

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Star Wars Bits: ‘Star Wars Rebels’ Blu-ray, ‘Star Wars Battlefront II,’ and Mark Hamill’s Thoughts on Disemboweled Tauntauns

Star Wars Rebels

In this edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • Star Wars Rebels season 3 home release news
  • All-Ages Adventures comics creative teams revealed
  • More Battlefront 2 action
  • New The Last Jedi rumors
  • And more!

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Star Wars Rebels season 3 hits Blu-ray and DVD on August 29, 2017. The season includes the introduction of Grand Admiral Thrawn into modern Star Wars canon, some major new looks into the nature of the Force, Darth Maul vs. Obi-Wan Kenobi round 3, and even some looks into the mysterious past of the Mandalorians. The Bonus Features can’t be missed, with featurettes on Mandalore, Thrawn, Kenobie and Maul, Saw Gerrera, and five episodes with audio commentary from Dave Filoni, Justin Ridge, and more.

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Speaking of Grand Admiral Thrawn, he’s just made his way to Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes after the EA Play and E3 event. He joins most of the rest of the cast of Rebels, and since he’s a strategic master, he has abilities that directly affect his allies, plus a special ability for every Empire ally on your team. Recruit him now!

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More promotional materials have leaked out for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, giving us an even closer look at the new Praetorian Guards, the First Order’s version of the old Imperial Guard you see above. Only click this link if you want to see them directly. They’re still rocking red, but the arms are a scale-style armor, and the helmet is closer to Mandalorian than anything we’ve seen from the Empire or First Order. Could it actually be Mando? We’ll have to wait until December to find out!

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IDW’s new all-ages Star Wars Adventures comics come to stores in September, but now we know who’ll be writing and drawing some of these fun comics thanks to CBR. The first story by Cavan Scott and Derek Charm will tell a story of a young Rey before the events of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Rotating creative teams will bring in other characters and eras of adventures in the ongoing series.

New videos for Star Wars Battlefront 2 have been coming out nearly constantly since EA Play, where EA brought “Gamechangers,” people from the Battlefront community who are active in the game and stream, to take on the game’s new content, class system, weapons, and more. Above is the general video produced by EA, but for an even closer look, check out the videos of BattlefrontUpdates on Youtube, where he has close looks at the Crate system, the star cards, and more.

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Our friends at Star Wars News Net have uncovered a list of Star Wars: The Last Jedi toys – but they carry codenames. Thanks to all the combing they’ve done, they have some pretty good guesses at what’s coming though. It looks like Luke will get a couple of new black series figures, along with Rey, obviously. A proper Snoke figure, once his full look is revealed, is expected, as are some creatures and droids. There are three new lightsabers, but those are most likely just re-branded/packaged versions of existing weapons. There is another new Black Series Helmet, but no word on whose it will be, after Poe Dameron’s came out this year.

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Been dying to know how Captain Phasma survived the trash compactor and got off Starkiller Base so she could live to see The Last Jedi? Well, the new comic mini-series from Marvel Comics will tell you all that and more, in a four-issue book from Kelly Thompson and Marco Checchetto. The first preview is now online, and Phasma looks very, very angry, a testament to Checchetto for bringing that across on a stoicly-helmeted character.

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Sure, the Han Solo film has paused production while new director Ron Howard reviews what’s gone on so far, but that doesn’t mean they just tear down all the sets – or the vehicles. In a fun bit of Google Maps searching spotted by JediNews, if you look around at Longcross Studios in the UK, and go a little to the right below the M3 in satellite view, you’ll spot a certain ship (um, come on, we’re not being very oblique here) that can make the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs.

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Briar Rose, I am your father. Yes, Hayden Christensen and Rachel Bilson’s daughter is two-and-a-half now, but she won’t be seeing any Star Wars movies, especially not the prequel trilogy, anytime soon. Bilson told People she wants to keep Briar Rose from finding out her dad is Darth Vader, and generally keep her away from both their acting personas for the time-being. Still, there’s a bonus to his most famous role. “No one’s gonna mess with her on the playground” when they find out Darth Vader is her dad.

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Canon C-Log Now Available for 5D Mark IV DSLRs

Canon adds C-Log to EOS 5D Mark IV, highlights auto-focus

In this video, we highlight the Canon Log upgrade that’s available for EOS 5D Mark IV users. C-Log isn’t a RAW recording, but it uses the image sensor’s characteristics to produce a wide dyanamic range with minimal losses in shadows in highlights. The video appears flat, low in contrast and saturation with muted sharpness to provide flexibility during the color grading process.

The firmware update will be available in July and will cost $ 99. Visit usa.canon.com/canonlog5d4 to grab yours. If you’re shopping for a new EOS 5D Mark IV, it will come pre-installed with a retail price around $ 3,599 (body only).

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Iron Man’s Mark XLVII 1/6th Scale Hot Toys Figure for Spider-Man: Homecoming

Iron Man's Mark XLVII 1/6th Scale Hot Toys Figure for Spider-Man: Homecoming

Iron Man’s Mark XLVII 1/6th scale Hot Toys figure for Spider-Man: Homecoming

Hot Toys has revealed its Power Pose Series 1/6th scale collectible figure of Tony Stark’s new Iron Man armor in Spider-Man: Homecoming – the Mark XLVII as a Movie Promo Edition item only available in selected markets!

In reference to the appearance of Iron Man’s new armor in the upcoming Marvel Studios blockbuster, the Mark XLVII (Movie Promo Edition) Power Pose collectible figure is sophisticatedly-crafted and designed with movie-accurate quality. It features a meticulously-sculpted sleek, streamline armor and trapezoid-shaped indent around the arc reactor. Equipped with 28 LED light-up points throughout the body, it is also given the iconic red and gold color featured mostly on the helmet and shoulder, as well as the distinctive silver and dark silver colored painting on the mid-section of the armor. This Power Pose collectible figure also comes with articulated head and arms, interchangeable fists and repulsor palms, and a figure base.

The 1/6th scale Mark XLVII Power Pose Collectible Figure specially features:

– Authentic and detailed likeness of Iron Man Mark XLVII in Spider-Man: Homecoming
– Approximately 35 cm tall
– Metallic red, gold, silver and dark silver colored painting on the sleek and streamline Mark XLVI armor design
– 28 LED light-up points throughout parts of the armor (white light, battery operated)
– Articulated head and arms
– Two (2) pairs of interchangeable hands including:
— One (1) pair of fists
— One (1) pair of repulsor firing palms (white light, battery operated)
– Figure stand with transparent pole, Mark XLVII nameplate and Spider-Man: Homecoming logo

Release Date:  End of Q2 – Q3, 2017

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Canon Drops New CN-E 70-200mm Lens, Updates 5D Mark IV for Filmmakers

Canon debuts CN-E 70-200mm telephoto lens and adds C-Log to its flagship EOS 5D Mark IV in a NAB preview.

The new CN-E 70-200mm COMPACT-SERVO telephoto zoom lens from Canon will be on full display during this year’s NAB. This compact, lightweight lens will be essential for filmmakers who are seeking the quality optics of Canon’s Cinema Primes with the features of an EF lens.

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Luke Skywalker Is ‘The Last Jedi’, Mark Hamill Teases a Turn to the Dark Side

Who is the Last Jedi

Following the release of the teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, there were plenty of details for fans to obsess about in the new footage (check out our trailer breakdown for a closer look). But perhaps the most shocking part of the trailer comes from the end when we hear Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker say, “I only know one truth. It’s time for the Jedi to end.”

This detail about the movie has been there this whole time in the title The Last Jedi, but at the same time, fans have also been wondering who the title is referring to. It was thought that the international titles revealed that the title was plural, either referring to Luke and Rey (Daisy Ridley) or maybe Luke and either some Jedi who are still alive, or the Jedi who were killed by Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) and the Knights of Ren. But it turns out, the title isn’t plural.

In a recent interview following the premiere of the teaser trailer, director Rian Johnson seemingly confirmed the title is specifically referring to Luke Skywalker, which may provide some insight into what we can expect from the Jedi master in this movie. Furthermore, with Luke Skywalker coming to the belief that the Jedi must end, Mark Hamill doesn’t rule out the possibility that our hero takes a turn to the dark side. Find out more after the jump.

Who is The Last Jedi?

Rian Johnson notes that he’s been amused by how much analysis and discussion there has been about whether The Last Jedi is singular and plural. He never thought about that detail when he came up with the title (perhaps because he already knew), but even in pondering the question, he found it to be an “uninteresting” one. Still, he clarified that in his mind, the title is singular.

That raised the question as to who this singular last Jedi would be. The interviewer at ABC News in the clip above assumes that Luke Skywalker is the last Jedi, and Rian Johnson goes along with it nonchalantly, saying, “If you say so.” That could indicate that he’s not really confirming that the title refers to Luke, but he goes on to refer to something from the previous movie:

“They say in The Force Awakens that [Luke] has gone to find the last Jedi temple and Luke’s the last Jedi.”

There’s always the chance that Rian Johnson is just playing it cool and reiterating what was said in the previous movie or making assumptions as if he were an audience member who doesn’t know what he knows now. But if Luke Skywalker really is the singular last Jedi as the director seems to confirm, then why does he appear to be training Rey in the teaser trailer?

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Is Rey Training to Be Something Beyond the Jedi?

Throughout the Star Wars saga, there has been the discussion of bringing balance to the Force. The Jedi believed in a prophecy predicting that someone would come along who would bring balance to the Force, which is why Qui-Gon Jinn freed Anakin from Tatooine and brought him to the Jedi temple on Coruscant to be trained in The Phantom Menace. He believed it until his death and tasked his padawan Obi-Wan Kenobi with completing his training so that the prophecy might come true.

When Anakin Skywalker turned to the dark side in Revenge of the Sith, Obi-Wan lamented that he was supposed to bring balance to the Force, not leave it in darkness. But in reality, having both the light and the dark side is where balance lies. It could be argued that pushed Anakin to the dark side was the archaic rules of the Jedi that decreed he deny his feelings for Padme, and hide his anger deep within him, something that we know is not healthy for anyone’s mental or emotional state. Sure, one could argue that’s what made the Jedi wiser than the average citizen, but if there is nothing to oppose them, how can balance exist?

Perhaps Luke has figured out that the Jedi aren’t as righteous as he was led to believe. In the teaser trailer for The Last Jedi, we hear Rey mention “light” and “darkness” and then coming to “balance.” But then we hear Luke whisper, “It’s so much bigger than that,” just as we see Rey swinging Luke’s old lightsaber on the mountainside of Luke’s island where we met him at the end of The Force Awakens.

When Luke says it’s time for the Jedi to end, maybe he’s referring to the ancient beliefs that have become antiquated and have created more harm than good in the years since the first Jedi came to be. Therefore, his training Rey may be to help her to become something more than a Jedi, more than a Sith. Whatever that is, we don’t know, but it likely won’t be an easy road. As for what that will accomplish for the galaxy in the long run, that remains to be seen.

Luke Skywalker’s Journey

If Luke Skywalker believes that the Jedi must end, is there a chance that he’s taking a turn to the dark side? The interviewer with ABC News doesn’t seem like someone who’s all that familiar with the lore and mythology of Star Wars. She assumes that if Luke Skywalker things the Jedi must end that he wants to destroy them like many Sith have before. But that’s a rather two-dimension way of looking at what he says, as we just explained in the previous part of this story.

However, in some capacity, Luke’s perceived change of heart about the Jedi could be considered a turn to the dark side. Perhaps that’s why when he’s asked if Luke makes a turn to the dark side, he merely says, “It’s possible. Anything is possible.” That’s definitely a non-answer to a question that he simply can’t answer. But when we think about what Daisy Ridley said during The Last Jedi panel regarding the difficulty of expectations one has when they meet their heroes versus what actually happens, it’s not hard to determine where Luke’s head is at when they meet. While Rey may be expecting to meet this Jedi master who will teach her to be the hero she’s always dreamed of being, it’s likely not as black and white for Luke Skywalker anymore as it was when he was trained by Obi-Wan Kenobi and Yoda.

If Luke Skywalker is the last Jedi, could we be looking at the end of Mark Hamill’s time as Luke Skywalker? If he sends Rey on this path to becoming something great than the Jedi and the Sith, what will become of Luke Skywalker after that? Fandango asked if The Last Jedi will be the last we’ll see of Luke, a question that Mark Hamill couldn’t answer even if he wanted to, and he sidestepped with a smirk saying, “To be determined.”

Star Wars: The Last Jedi arrives on December 15.

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