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New Creed 3 Image Teases Complex Bond Between Donnie & New Villain Damian



Jonathan Majors’ Damian and Michael B. Jordan’s Adonis tease their surprisingly complex bond in a newly released image from the upcoming Creed 3.

Jonathan Majors’ Damian and Michael B. Jordan’s Adonis have a complex bond in a new Creed 3 image. Jordan revived the Rocky franchise (alongside returning star Sylvester Stallone) with his portrayal of hungry fighter Adonis Creed in 2015’s smash hit Creed. Now the star is set to make the Creed franchise his own by taking the directorial reins for the highly anticipated second follow-up Creed III.

Rocky himself may not be part of the action in Creed III, but Jordan has recruited another heavy-hitting actor to spar with in Lovecraft Country’s Majors. As previously teased, Majors plays Creed III’s villain, a character with a grudge named Damian. And for the sake of authenticity, Majors got incredibly jacked for his role as the antagonist who pushes Adonis in Jordan’s first go-around as director. But the relationship between Damian and Donnie is indeed more complex than the standard hero-villain thing, as is teased in a new Creed III image released by Empire. See the image in the space below:

Jonathan Majors as Damian stands on the edge of a boxing ring bumping his gloves into the fists of Michael B Jordan as Adonis in Creed 3

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How Jonathan Majors’ Damian Will Challenge Michael B. Jordan’s Donnie


The recently released Creed III trailer gave audiences their first taste of the dynamic between Majors’ Damian and Jordan’s Donnie. In the clip, Adonis doesn’t initially recognize Damian, an old friend from his youth who has been in prison for a long time: a measure of how different their lives have been since they first bonded as kids. The clip then shows the two “brothers” reconnecting, but as Majors is the villain of Creed III, it’s clear that their friendship will soon go sour.

But while it’s plain that Damian is being positioned as the “bad guy” of Creed III, he’s definitely no cartoon villain like classic Rocky franchise characters Clubber Lang and Ivan Drago. Driving this point home, Jordan in Empire refers to Damian as “a grounded character who’s antagonistic by nature,” but whose antagonism comes from “real emotions.” Jordan also says, “I think he has an intensity and a realness of character we haven’t seen before.”

It’s plain from Jordan’s remarks that his intention is for the audience to sympathize with Damian, a character who feels he was robbed of his chance to become a champion like Adonis. This will no doubt lead to some complicated emotions as Damian comes for Donnie, forcing his old friend to put the boxing gloves back on and return to the ring. Previous antagonists in the Rocky series have been memorable indeed, but few have ever had the kind of personal connection with the hero that Damian has with Adonis in Creed 3. That is bound to make the challenge tougher for Jordan’s character, as he carries a whole lot of mixed emotions into the ring. The audience should also be in for a gripping experience as these two old friends become rivals between the ropes.

Source: Empire

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GOTG 3 Hints The Guardians Recreated Vol 1’s Nova Corps



The Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 trailer features a brand new logo for the team – and it hints the Guardians may have reformed the Nova Corps.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 subtly hints the Guardians recreated the Nova Corps – setting up the debut of some of Marvel Comics’ greatest heroes, the Novas Richard Rider and Sam Alexander. The Nova Corps appeared in the first Guardians of the Galaxy, defenders of the planet Xandar. They were subsequently decimated offscreen before the beginning of Avengers: Infinity War, when Thanos’ forces attacked Xandar and the Mad Titan took the Power Stone from them. Still, it’s long been clear that wasn’t the end of their story; Marvel Comics has two heroes who are part of the groups, and Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has long claimed these Novas have “immediate potential” in the MCU.


The trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 subtly hints the Guardians are either allied with, or more likely are part of, the Nova Corps. It shows the Guardians wearing new team uniforms, and they bear a logo inspired by Star-Lord’s from the comics. There are some differences between the logos, though; in the comics, the flame shape is empty, but the MCU has filled it in with a design clearly inspired by the symbol of the Nova Corps. It looks as though Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will reveal the status of the Nova Corps, and their (presumably expanding) role in defending the galaxy. In doing so, it will clearly set up the potential introduction of those superheroes teased by Feige.

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Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3 Explains Why Marvel Is Taking So Long With Nova

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Feige’s initial comments about Nova were made back in 2018, which means the term “immediate potential” looks rather odd in hindsight. But it’s important to remember Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3‘s delay affected Marvel’s Phase 4 slate, because the film isn’t only the swan song for the OG Guardians; it’s also positioned as a launchpad for a new wave of cosmic films. Gunn was originally heavily involved with these plans, confirming scripts were already in the works. Gunn was fired from Marvel when old comments on social media resurfaced, with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 – and all these cosmic plans – put on hold until he was eventually rehired. It’s worth noting that Marvel recently revealed their upcoming slate for Phases 5 and 6 of the shared universe – but even after these announcements, the MCU still has several unannounced films and TV shows. It’s reasonable to assume many of these are projects that spin out of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, presumably including Nova.

What Is The Connection Between The Guardians Of The Galaxy & The Nova Corps?

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The Guardians of the Galaxy have long had ties to the Nova Corps in the comics – especially Star-Lord, who is a close friend of Richard Rider, Earth’s pre-eminent Nova. The two allied together in a number of major Annihilation events, and in the Realm of Kings epic they teamed up to trap Thanos in a twisted alternate universe called the Cancerverse. Richard Rider has often served as leader of the Nova Corps, and under his leadership they’ve frequently shared resources with the Guardians of the Galaxy. Thus a connection between the groups in the MCU has its basis in comics, even if the MCU is yet to introduce its version of Richard Rider.

This could explain why the Guardians have relocated to Knowhere, the severed Celestial head transformed into a mining colony. The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special revealed the Guardians have purchased Knowhere from the Collector, and it’s possible they are doing so on behalf of the Nova Corps – taming a previously-untamed part of the galactic frontier. It would certainly fit with the apparently unlimited resources Star-Lord has access to, allowing him to buy all the new equipment seen in the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 trailer.

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Need A Bathroom Break During Avatar 2’s 3-Hour Runtime? Cameron Says When To Go



James Cameron has a humorous response when asked about the best time to take a bathroom break during Avatar: The Way of Water’s three-hour runtime.

James Cameron reveals the best time to take a bathroom break during Avatar: The Way of Water. The long-awaited sequel to 2009’s highest-grossing film of all time, The Way of Water is once again written and directed by Cameron. The film’s final runtime clocks in at three hours and twelve minutes, a full half-hour longer than the original Avatar. Cameron has defended this long runtime from criticism, pointing out how people have no problem binge-watching television for that amount of time. While TV can be paused for a bathroom break, that obviously isn’t the case in a crowded theater, meaning that audiences, if they are unable to hold it, will have to make a calculated decision about when to go.


During a recent interview with THR, Cameron was asked about the most opportune time to take a bathroom break during The Way of Water‘s lengthy runtime. The Avatar director had a humorous response, saying that audiences can take a trip to the lavatory “any time they want” since they can catch the scene they missed when they see the film in theaters for a second time.

Any time they want. They can see the scene they missed when they come see it again.

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Why Avatar 2 Is So Long

Sam Worthington as Jake in Avatar: The Way of Water.

Avatar: The Way of Water‘s long runtime has been the subject of debate ever since it was revealed to be over three hours, with the final runtime clocking in at 192 minutes. This is one of the longest blockbusters in recent memory, besting the likes of The Batman‘s two-hour and 56-minute runtime and Avengers: Endgame‘s three hours and two minutes. However, the Avatar sequel comes in at just under Cameron’s own Titanic, which is three hours and 14 minutes long.

With a runtime of over three hours, The Way of Water has a chance to correct the original Avatar film’s biggest flaw. The first Avatar has been showered endlessly with praise for its groundbreaking visual effects but criticized for its storytelling and characters. Cameron himself has recognized his own shortcomings and by way of the sequel’s longer runtime, set out to tell a story that is much more nuanced and emotionally complex by focusing on Jake and Neytiri’s close-knit Na’vi family, while still maintaining its spectacle.

Avatar 2’s Box Office Is Counting On Repeat Viewings

Avatar and Avatar 2 Box Office

As is the case with most modern blockbusters, Avatar: The Way of Water‘s success at the box office will count on repeat viewings, and Cameron clearly knows that. The sequel’s budget was revealed to be one of the biggest in Hollywood history at $350 million-$400 million, meaning it will have to be the third or fourth highest-grossing film of all time just to break even, by Cameron’s own estimation. Avatar: The Way of Water is projected to open at $135 million, nearly double the original, but it will have to post several consecutive strong weekends in order to be successful or by a long shot, break the original Avatar‘s box office, which will largely be attributable to repeat viewings.

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Muppet Christmas Carol Cast Reveal Their Favorite Songs On 30th Anniversary



The Muppet Christmas Carol Muppets reveal their favorite song from the holiday film. Released in 1992, Muppet Christmas Carol has become one of the most popular reiterations of the classic Charles Dickens tale. Starring Sir Michael Caine as Ebenezer Scrooge, The Muppet Christmas Carol produced a soundtrack that remains a staple with fans during the holiday season. Directed by Brian Henson, the charming musical stars Kermit as Bob Cratchit, Gonzo as Charles Dickens, Robin as Tiny Tim, and Miss Piggy as Mrs. Cratchit.


Now, the Muppet Christmas Carol cast opens up about making the feature-length Muppets film. In a delightful interview for Entertainment Weekly, Ted Lasso star Brett Goldstein sits down with the Muppet Christmas Carol cast on the film’s 30th anniversary. Reflecting on the Muppet Christmas Carol’s legacy, the Muppets share their experience working with Caine, filming in London, and performing their stunts. Speaking on the film’s soundtrack, Kermit, Miss Piggy, Robin, and Gonzo share their picks for their favorite. Check out the Muppets’ answers to their favorite Muppet Christmas Carol songs below:

GOLDSTEIN: What’s your favorite song in the film? Do you have a favorite?

KERMIT: Yeah, they’re all great, in my opinion. It all comes down to our good friend Paul Williams. It was the first time that we’d worked with him since The Muppet Movie. Paul, he’s always been able to take a special feeling and turn it into beautiful music. If you ask me, Paul and [composer] Miles Goodman made every one of those songs a new classic.

MISS PIGGY: Oh, I agree with Kermit, but if I had to pick one song, then I choose, “It Feels Like Christmas.” I’ve always believed that every day should feel like Christmas: joy, glad tidings, and especially —

KERMIT: Lots of presents.

MISS PIGGY: That’s right, Kermit. How did you know?

KERMIT: Well, I’ve known you a long time.

GOLDSTEIN: What about you, Gonzo? What’s your favorite song?

GONZO Well, I’m with Kermit. They’re all great songs. I’m a little bit disappointed, though, that my big solo number, “I’m Charles Dickens and You’re Not,” got cut from the final film.

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Why The Muppet Christmas Carol Soundtrack Was So Successful

Michael Caine with Muppets

Indeed, the Muppet Christmas Carol cast had a great selection of songs to choose from. Written by Paul Williams, the memorable soundtrack includes “One More Sleep ’til Christmas,” “Thankful Heart,” and “It Feels Like Christmas.” Crafted by Williams and Miles Goodman, the collection of songs remains relevant during the holiday season. Last year, the fully remastered soundtrack of The Muppet Christmas Carol was released on vinyl, much to the delight of fans.

Of course, the Muppet Christmas Carol song catalog can’t be discussed without mentioning the lost song “When Love Is Gone.” Sung in Christmas pasts by Scrooge’s fiancé Belle (Meredith Braun), the song is a pivotal turning point for Ebenezer Scrooge. Omitted from the theatrical cut and DVD versions, the ballad will finally be restored for The Muppet Christmas Carol extended cut for Disney+. When asked about “When Love Is Gone” by Goldstein, Gonzo cleverly answered, “Well, if I had any idea it was cannon, I would have made them keep it in the movie.”

For now, Muppet Christmas Carol fans can enjoy the titular cast sharing their hysterical, thoughtful, and insightful input on the making of the iconic film three decades later. Each year, streaming services continue to dole out new holidays film, but longtime classics, such as Home Alone, A Christmas Story, and The Muppet Christmas Carol have stood the test of time and remain staples during the festive season. The Muppet Christmas Carol and its clever storytelling can be enjoyed this holiday season on Disney+.

Source: EW

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