Universe Pictures reveal Dark Universe cast and official trailer

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Universal Pictures is so confident that Tom Cruise is going to revive their Dark Universe with The Mummy, that they’ve gone on ahead to introduce their DU cast, release an official trailer and announce the next movie.

THE CAST

Russell Crowe as Dr. Jekyll, Javier Bardem as Frankenstein, Tom Cruise as Nick Morton, Johnny Depp as the Invisible Man and Sofia Boutella as the Mummy. 

I am not sure how much further my interest in this Dark Universe can extend beyond Tom Cruise. I don’t have any interest here although when I was young, I enjoyed The Invisible Man. I’m only here for Nick Morton.

THE NEXT MOVIE

The Bride of Frankenstein was announced as the next movie in this shared dark universe. It will be released on February 14, 2019. Universal has canceled their plans to release a 2018 film.

THE TRAILER

*sighs* Those black and white films were wickedly awesome back then! 

‘Mission: Impossible 6’: Angela Bassett accepts mission

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Angela Bassett and TC at the Annual People’s Choice Awards. Circa 1994. via Getty.

Angela Bassett has accepted the mission! She joins Tom Cruise’s Mission: Impossible 6 in which she’ll play the C.I.A. Director. She will begin work next week.

This is the 123rd star that they’ve added to the roster. Whose next? Russell Brand? I like Bassett, though. She is one of the few actresses that I actually enjoy. 

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The final trailer for ‘The Mummy’ is here and Tom Cruise is in a fight to save his handsome face

“It takes a monster to defeat a monster.” Dr Jekyll

I feel like I’ve seen the entire movie for the highly anticipated The Mummy due to all the clips and trailers and when Tom Cruise starts promoting the movie next week, we’re going to see more clips. This is becoming a nuisance for moviegoers who wants to see the actual movie on the big screen. For example, Nick Morton has supernatural abilities. This would’ve been a cooler reveal during the movie instead of shoving it in our faces. We know Ahmanet is thirsty for him, we know that she has the ability to summon crows, we know that Morton is a sort of coward (he’s not going to be the tradition hero type that we’ve come to know him for) and we know that he’s eventually going to become some sort of monster in order to defeat his erm, stalker. 

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If Cruise becomes a Mummy, immortal, or whatever, I am going to call him Daddy. It won’t be right to call him ‘Mummy’. 

I know. Lame joke. 😛

Anyway, the final trailer for the film is here and the humour is top-notch. Annabelle Wallis comes across as likable and I already see that we’ll be rooting for her against Ahmanet. I get a sense of adventure, dread, and humour from this trailer. My favorite part is where the zombie was trying to get at Nick Morton through the shattered glass of the ambulance and he’s yelling ‘That’s my face. THAT’S MY FACE!’ Oh, no, not Cruise’s marketable face! Hahaha! Plus, he owns the most handsome face in the world so please spare his face. 

The visual spoiler? Crowe’s character at the end. Also, kudos to the wicked background tempo!

The final edit has done its job and it looks really amazing.

Riverdale season finale: “I love you, Betty Cooper.”

This episode is brought to you by Tom Cruise (you’ll see why).

The first season finale of Riverdale came to an end last night after 13 episodes and it left Bughead shippers in La La land. And during some of his best acting, Jughead gave some fans young Tom Cruise vibes. *shrugging* I mentioned this a while aback so it came as no surprise to me. Cole is more TC than Apa. 

Cole also gives me young Johnny Depp and Leonardo DiCaprio vibes.

Sit back, relax, grab your popcorn. We’re going to have a party. 

Yearbook notes (and reactions):

^ The Mayor wants FP Jones to name names in exchange for a lesser jail sentence. The Mayor thinks that the Serpents are involved in helping Cliff Blossom to traffic the drugs. Both the Mayor and Sheriff are looking to save face and oooh! Are they lovers?

“Why are people so afraid of the truth?” Betty Cooper

Girl, let me tell you why:

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^ Veronica and Archie confesses to Jughead and Betty that they’re a couple. Hahaha! Ha! Good one. Archie looks like he regrets not kissing Betty at some point.

^ Josie is back. Meh! She’s one of my least favorite person on this show. My girl is Valerie so I was happy to see her last night.

^ KJ Apa’s character Archie is pretty bland and dull, but his best acting comes out when he’s defending/protecting his best friend, Jughead. I love him when he’s all fired up! They might be onto a Derek Morgan/Spencer Reid thing here with this. Look at Archie when Betty informs him that Jughead decides to go to South Side High! He couldn’t wait to go bring Juggie back!

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Darn! Cliff Blossom really committed suicide! According to this episode.

^ I don’t give Kevin enough love because I am blinded by Jughead’s angst and wonderful sarcasm, but Kev is my little marshmallow. ❤ Casey Cott does justice to this character.

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^ Polly didn’t kill herself. Dang it! She’s gone back to school.

^ Mrs. Blossom is a hard woman.

^ It’s family confession time!: Betty has an older brother. I bet she’s going to look for him so this character should show up in season 2.

^ Cheryl goes to take her life down by the river where Jason’s body was discovered. The Scooby Doo gang goes to save her. I mean, come on! Can’t a girl commit suicide in peace? KJ Apa broke his hand (for reals reals) during this intense scene:

Next time, let the poor girl die in peace instead of saving her, please. Some serious The Mummy vibes was going on when Cheryl was under water and her zombie-like brother was reaching out to her.

^ My ears bleed EVERY SINGLE TIME Archie tries to sing! EVERY TIME!

^ YASSS BETTY! Preach! Great speech, girl!

^ Did crazy Cheryl just burned the house down?

^ Jughead confesses that “I love you, Betty Cooper.” She returns the sentiment and whoa! Hold up! Kids, you’re too young to be making out. Juggie, you’re 15! The Serpents ruins the couple’s make–out session. I do not believe in magic, but I swear, when Jughead pulls on that Serpent jacket, something magical happened. The smirk when he was pulling the jacket on, the hair blowing in his face, to the remorseful look he gives his girlfriend after confessing his love for her was painfully beautiful. Like he was waiting all his lonesome life to be noticed and its finally happening. He went from ‘meh’ to ‘Cry-Baby’ (Johnny Depp).

Plus, he was not wearing his trademark hat during this transformation (a sign of things to come?). This is not looking well for season 2 if he goes the bad boy route. Juggie pulling on that jacket is my favorite scene of this episode; perhaps the entire season. Cole Sprouse SLAYED!

The look!

^ Archie’s happiness is short lived. Someone hired a hit on his father and cue black screen. Fred was the only decent parent on this show. R.I.P.

^ Betty, take a bow! You win this episode.

VERDICT

I started watching Riverdale for Cole Sprouse as the iconic Jughead. Plus, Jughead was my favorite Archie Comics character growing up. Cole was wonderful as Jughead throughout the season and I enjoyed watching this character grow every episode. His bromance with the school jock is a plus.

Season one was good, but there are more questions than answers: who hired the hit on Fred? (Hiram Lodge?) Did Papa Blossom really commit suicide? Is Mama Blossom hiding more secrets? What/Whom is the Sheriff protecting?

Also, I think Archie is not fully into Veronica. He is obviously jealous of his best friend’s relationship with Betty and he has a torch for Cheryl. Never trust a man who gets over his so-call love of his love rather quickly, even if it was his teacher. However, since Archie is the hero of Riverdale, I can imagine him going the Bruce Wayne or Peter Parker route in search of justice for his father. Archie is finally going to do some growing up.

Overall, Jughead won the first season.

And please, fans and Riverdale actors alike, stop it with the ‘daddy’ business. The term has been invented loooong before this show and TC is the real ‘daddy’. The daddy of all daddies. Whatever that is.

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Until next season!

The way he looks at her! Kudos on getting ‘the look’ down pat, Cole!

*** GIFs and photos via Google Search and Twitter. 

Criminal Minds season finale: Reid faces off against Cat

Shemar Moore was back for last night’s season finale of Criminal Minds as Derek Morgan, but there was none of this…

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…so they lose cool points from me because that appearance might as well be the last we’ll ever see of him on CM and there was no reunited bromance. The horrors!

I am not about to recap the show in lengthy details, but I’ll say that the season finale was good. Aubrey Plaza as the psychotic Cat Adams was everything. Aubrey and MGG play off each other so well as Cat and Reid, that I can ship them. 

Cat was interested in playing mind games with Reid and for a moment, I was like, ‘Isn’t this chick forgetting who Spencer Reid is?’

Cat has deep background information on Reid, but the man is not letting that fact faze him. She gives him four hours to guess “a secret he’ll never admit to” in order to save his mother, but she was going to kill Diana anyway. He plays her game, beats her at it and saves his mom. I love him. He’s simply the best character to ever appear on TV. I know that whenever I mention Reid, I say that all the time, but it’s true. No other character have held my attention span for that long. And I love the way he cares/love his mother!

The season finale ended with a banger of a cliffhanger and it’s a trap. Of course! *insert eye roll here* The agents are following up on a lead when out shoots a bunch of spike strips that derail their SUVs. You’d think that they’d stop there, but no, they had to pull all the stops out so here comes an 18-wheeler to plow into the SUVs. The SUV containing Lewis, Prentiss and Rossi takes the brunt of the impact. 

Someone is dead, injured or severely injured.

I hope the 13th is going to be the final season if this awesome show, I hope Spencer finds the happiness we’ve been craving for him since the first season and I hope they finally put Mr. Scratch to bed. 

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The Mummy sneak peek: a BTS look at Tom Cruise’s insane stunts!

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“He fills you up with childhood enthusiasm where you’re like
‘I want to make the movie that Tom sees.'” Jake Johnson

There is no other actor like Tom Cruise and the day he hangs up his harness, I’ll be kissing movies goodbye. The man is committed to his craft and his energy is infectious. I might have grown weary over the years hearing his co-stars, directors and the crew alike praise Cruise for his relentless energy and commitment to the craft because I know what they’re going to say, but it’s an experience of a lifetime for many of these actors and he inspires them.

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As the release date for the anticipated The Mummy grows nearer, Syfy Wire hosts #MummyMondays until June 05th. In the latest offering, we’re taken behind the scenes with Cruise as he performs stunts.

“I’ve never seen somebody that committed in my life… genuinely.”
Sofia Boutella

The real treat is at the very end of the clip. There is a sequence of him rolling down the hill and the camera gets a shot of his face three separate times! His acute awareness of where the camera was at all times prompted the director Alex to remark, “You’re the only actor in the world who can find their frame in mid-air, three times.”

NO CGI HERE, BABY!

The cast and crew comments on Cruise’s ability as a stuntman in this new featurette as he highlights some of the film’s stunts.