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Happy Monday!

Tom Cruise has taken his stunt work to dizzying new heights.

The following video that was recently released online documents the extensive and difficult development of an insane movie stunt for Mission: Impossible – Fallout. While the action flick does not hit theaters until July 27, it’s not too early to get excited about all the practical effects and practical stunts that were used in this exciting new film.

Here’s Tom Cruise falling jumping out of an airplane in the most Tom Cruise way possible.

This movie is going to be something pretty incredible, if only for the stunts alone.

Have a Better Week Than Last Week. 

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The Future (and Past?) Will Be Wyld

It’s officially happening!

27 years removed from Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey, Alex Winter and  Keanu Reeves–Bill and Ted, respectively–are returning to the iconic characters for the third chapter in their time-traveling adventure journey awesomeness. Hopefully, nostalgic B-movie magic from the ’80s and ’90s is on the way with the original title characters, along with the original sequel writers and a talented director.

If done correctly, this new sequel could be something special. Sadly, George Carlin is not here to reprise his critical and funny portrayal as Rufus. Major bummer. How will they handle this? While perhaps an overstatement, the way in which the filmmaking team deals with curious George’s death from a decade ago could be a signal as to whether this new story will work on a level beyond the obvious. The other key factor to watch for is if Bill & Ted 3 is an extension of the original two films or if it’s a caricature of the original two films.

This kind of stuff will determine if Bill & Ted 3 will be excellent or bogus.

P.S. Jimmy’s Daily Planet is proud to have been following this developing story for some time…

DC Comics Phones the Home of Steven Spielberg

Did he answer?

The iconic filmmaker is tackling his first DC Comics property, the World War II action-adventure hero Blackhawk.

Spielberg, along with his Amblin Entertainment, will produce Blackhawk for Warner Bros. and is developing it as a directing vehicle, the studio announced Tuesday. The move reteams him with the studio behind his latest tentpole, Ready Player One.

David Koepp, who has worked with Spielberg writing the blockbusters Jurassic Park, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, War of the Worlds and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, is penning the script.
–Borys Kit, “Steven Spielberg Tackling DC Comics Movie ‘Blackhawk,'” The Hollywood Reporter

DC Comics officially has all bragging rights concerning its cinematic director’s club. Of course, there’s Richard Donner. And now Steven Spielberg. Following the massively successful Ready Player One, Mr. Spielberg will be embracing the superhero genre seen throughout the aforementioned film for the first time in his illustrious filmmaking career.

Ladies and gentlemen, this is not small news. Particularly with the recent struggles for DC’s movies, signing Steven Spielberg is a game-changer.

While I’ve always wanted Mr. Spielberg to direct a new Superman film and/or trilogy with his team at Amblin, he is perfectly suited for the DC Comics character and story based during World War II. Having already tackled this war in a couple different lights, fans of movies and great storytelling–not just DC Comic fans–should be excited.

Steven Spielberg has proven he can do virtual reality motion-capture at a brilliant level, as well as gritty realism whilst subtly interweaving movie magic that hits a crashing crescendo by the end of the third act with a signature-impact that lasts a lifetime.

DC Comics has allied themselves with the right movie director.

P.S. Check out the Amblin logo below. Notice anything ‘super’ about it? 

Amblin Entertainment - LOGO

Just saying. 

Ready to See the Future?

You’re not seeing things:

Steven Spielberg is now a hologram.

Part of the story in Ready Player One is the exploration of the line between reality and virtual reality (VR) in society in 2045, centered in Columbus, Ohio. Rest assured that this blog won’t just reveal spoilers for film and TV without a bold, unmistakable disclaimer. For this specific blog post, have no worries as there are no film or story spoilers here.

Having said that, the special hologram version of Mr. Spielberg is the latest spotlight of the continued blurring of lines between reality and virtual reality that’s existed in various forms for some time now. This cool tech in the video above–also utilized in the original Star Wars trilogy from back in the ’70s and ’80s with Princess Leia–is an example of VR that can live harmlessly in reality.

Bonus points coins would’ve been given to Steven Spielberg and the team at IMAX if they could’ve created and then broadcasted the beloved storyteller’s avatar that would live in the Oasis.

Oh well.

BTW – If you have not seen Ready Player One directed by legendary filmmaker Steven Spielberg in theaters on the biggest screen possible, then you should probably get on that ASAP with IMAX.