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'Bombshell’ Is Going For Oscar Gold By Making Charlize Theron Unrecognisable

It worked before so why not do it again?

The late Roger Ailes is making a weird comeback of sorts in 2019. First there was the Russell Crowe’s TV miniseries about the disgraced Fox News CEO and now there’s a new drama film, Bombshell, starring Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman and Margot Robbie.

Bombshell revolves around the sexual harassment allegations leveled at Ailes by a number of female Fox News employees, including Megyn Kelly (Theron) and Gretchen Carlson (Kidman). It’s pretty heavy duty subject matter, which makes it perfect Oscar bait.

But while it remains to be seen whether the film is, you know, actually any good since all we’ve got so far is the new trailer, Bombshell is already a frontrunner for the Best Make-up Oscar for what they did to transform Charlize into Megyn.

Here’s Charlize Theron as we all know her:

And here’s Charlize as Megyn in Bombshell:

Wow. Just wow.

With just a touch of make-up and some minor prosthetics, she looks like Megyn’s identical twin. If the Bombshell trailer didn’t reveal Charlize’s name in the credits, no one would’ve known it was her.

In less than a minute, Charlize managed to out-act both Nicole and Margot, and she didn’t even have to say a word. Seriously, just give her the Oscar now for her work in the trailer, which is actually unnervingly great.

I may joke but Charlize may actually get an Oscar for playing Megyn if history holds up. She previously won the 2003 Best Actress statuette by doing the whole make-up and prosthetics transformation in order to play real-life serial killer Aileen Wuornos.

Hell, this also worked for Nicole Kidman when she won 2002 Best Actress statuette for wearing a prosthetic nose to play Virginia Woolf in The Hours. Maybe that’s why Margot Robbie missed out on the 2017 Oscar, she just didn’t play the prosthetics game well enough for her take on Tonya Harding.

The point is, the folks who hand out Oscar statuettes not only love it when actors play real people (to my chagrin), they froth over big physical transformations and/or incredible prosthetics work so 2019 could be Charlize’s year for Oscar glory.

Anyway, we’ll see how if we’ll get a bombshell of a performance from Charlize to back up the crazy good make-up when Bombshell drops on December 20.

Keanu Reeves Is Back For The Matrix 4, Even Though It Makes No Sense

We all took the red pill.

Well this is something not even the Oracle could’ve predicted: Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss are set to be plugged back into The Matrix for a new film in the series.

According to Variety, not only are the aforementioned stars set to return, Lana Wachowski is coming back to direct this fourth film in The Matrix franchise.

Yes, this is a massive “whoa.”

After years of rumours and stories about potential reboots, it seems like a new Matrix is actually happening for real this time. Just to make sure this isn’t some gag, Lana issued out a statement confirming that she is indeed back to direct the new film.

“Many of the ideas Lilly and I explored 20 years ago about our reality are even more relevant now. I’m very happy to have these characters back in my life and grateful for another chance to work with my brilliant friends.”

The interesting takeaway from this is the lack of involvement from Lilly Wachowski, who co-created the original trilogy with Lana.

But it appears that there’s no shortage of creative minds onboard this new flick as Aleksandar Hemon (who worked on Sense8 with the Wachowskis) and David Mitchell (who wrote Cloud Atlas, which the Wachowskis adapted) helped co-write the script.

Well, that remains to be seen.

As exciting as it is to see The Matrix get resurrected (rebooted?) for another go around, it also makes absolutely no sense.

Sure Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss are back onboard as Neo and Trinity respectively, but those two characters kind of, well, died at the end of The Matrix Revolutions so having them back is a bit weird. And what about the uneasy peace between the machines and humans that Neo sacrificed himself for? Are they back at war against each other?

Okay, this new film is bringing up a lot of questions and not a lot of answers.

Maybe the original trilogy was set in another Matrix within another Matrix and everyone is still alive? Perhaps Neo and Trinity were uploaded into the Matrix somehow? Or maybe everything was a dream!

But perhaps they’re coming back as flashbacks or something as while plot points are being kept under lock and key according to Variety, Warner Bros. Pictures is looking to re-jig the character of Morpheus by casting a younger actor for a new take.

Seems like those Michael B. Jordan as Morpheus rumours might actually have something to them.

Imagine this guy offering you the choice between a red or blue pill.

Given the wildly flexible rules of the Matrix, there’s no doubt Lana will figure out some way to get all these pieces to work and with a reported 2020 production start date, there’s still time to iron out all the plot details about Neo, Trinity and Morpheus’ return.

Unsurprisingly, there’s no release date or title for this new film yet so we’re just going ahead and calling it M4trix for the time being.

Spider-Man Has Been Axed From The MCU, Which Screws Up Marvel's Plans

They lost the kid.

Sorry Marvel and Tom Holland fans but the MCU has suffered its biggest loss since Thanos triumphed in Infinity War.

According to Deadline, Marvel Studios and Sony have failed to reach a new agreement over the Spider-Man franchise and any new Spidey films will now be made without the involvement of Marvel’s head honcho, Kevin Feige.

So in short, Tom Holland’s friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man is out of the MCU.

From a business point of view, this whole shake-up makes sense. Sony, who owns the rights to the Spider-Man films, initially made a deal with Marvel Studios that introduced Peter Parker to the MCU. This deal was arranged so that while Marvel basically had full creative control for any Spidey film, it only got around 5% of the money earned while Sony got the rest.

Seeing as how Spider-Man: Far From Home raked in over $1 billion and is the highest grossing Spidey film ever, Marvel wanted a bigger slice of the pie and went back to Sony with a 50/50 co-financing deal, which Sony reportedly balked at.

Despite all of Peter Parker’s powers at his disposal, even he is no match for the biggest evil in the world: money.

Sadly that’s not enough in this situation, Pete.

So where does this leave MCU now that Sony has taken back its toys in a huff and decided to go at it alone (again)?

Well this will screw the MCU in the short term for starters since it can’t make any reference to the web-slinger going forward or vice versa. This is problematic as Far From Home clearly sets up Spider-Man as a key figure for the MCU’s future post-Tony Stark.

There will be whole heap of course-correcting going on within Marvel now that ol’ Pete is out but that should all shake out given enough time. And while Spidey may be gone, Feige has more than enough toys to fill that gap now that Disney has the X-Men, Deadpool, and Fantastic Four to play with.

You could soon be in the MCU, Wade!

As for Tom Holland and his version of Peter Parker, Deadline says there are two more Spider-Man movies in the works but Homecoming and Far From Home director Jon Watts doesn’t have a deal to direct those.

And barring any dramatic developments, Feige and the rest of Marvel’s creative team likely won’t be involved either, which is quite worrying from a quality perspective given how the last few Sony-produced films weren’t exactly, well, good.

Having said that, Sony is finding success with its own comic cinematic universe after the surprising success of 2018’s Venom and Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse so it makes sense why they think they’re ready for another go around with Spidey.

Plus it means we could see a crossover flick between Spidey and Tom Hardy’s Venom, which should at the very least be more interesting than when we last saw those two characters appeared onscreen together in Spider-Man 3.

A Spider-Man and Venom crossover you say…

This bombshell will have big consequences on Marvel and Sony on both a creative and financial level. How this all ultimately shakes out is still up in the air. But who knows, maybe everyone will kiss and make up and all will be well in the MCU. Negotiations are reportedly still going as we speak.

Or maybe we’ll get a bunch of new Spider-Man movies where Tom Holland awkwardly talks to Tom Hardy about his adventures with the Avengers without actually mentioning anyone’s name because of legal reasons.

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