Anthony Mackie And David Harbour Set To Star In Family Adventure Film ‘We Have A Ghost’

David Harbour is used to working in the family-friendly space. He’s played the lovable Jim Hopper on the Netflix series ‘Stranger Things‘ for years now. And while that show primarily deals with lab-created monsters, Harbour is preparing to deal with another type of monster.

He’s set to star in the upcoming family adventure film, We Have A Ghost. Joining him will be Anthony Mackie, Tig Notaro, Jennifer Coolidge and Jahi Di’Allo Winston.

Christopher Landon will write/direct the film for Netflix. He previously worked on Happy Death Day and Freaky.

The film centers on Kevin, who finds a ghost named Ernest haunting his new home. Kevin subsequently becomes an overnight social media sensation, along with his family. But when he and Ernest go rogue to investigate the mystery of the latter’s past, they become targets of the CIA.

Sounds like a fun little premise. The script is reportedly based on a short story written by Geoff Manaugh, so congrats to him. Getting a feature film made out of your short story. That’s not a bad life.

The report makes it sound like Landon is still working on the script, so filming probably won’t begin until later this year, which means you’re probably looking at a release date in mid-to-late 2022.

But of course, we’ll keep you posted.

Watch Anthony Mackie In The First Trailer For Netflix Action-Thriller ‘Outside The Wire’

Is it a sci-fi? A thriller? Action? Or all three? The first trailer for ‘Outside The Wire‘ was released this week.

The movie stars Anthony Mackie, Enzo Cilenti, Emily Beecham, Michael Kelly and Damson Idris. It was directed by Mikael Håfström and written by Rowan Athale.

Set in the future, about a drone pilot (Idris) who is sent into a deadly militarized zone where he finds himself working for an android officer (Mackie) tasked to locate a doomsday device before insurgents do.

Well, it sounds thrilling, promises some action, and because it involves the future and drones, I suppose you could say there are sci-fi elements. WE HIT ALL THREE BABY!

The trailer actually looks pretty decent, so I’m kinda excited for this one. It’s set to be released on Netflix, January 15 2021.

Watch Anthony Mackie In The First Trailer For Horror-Thriller ‘Synchronic’

Indie filmmakers Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson gained a bit of a loyal following after the release of their 2017 sci-fi flick, The Endless. The movie received positive reviews from critics and was loved by people all over the world.

Now they’re coming back with their next film, Synchronic. The horror-thriller stars Anthony Mackie and Jamie Dornan.

When New Orleans paramedics and longtime best friends Steve (Mackie) and Dennis (Dornan) are called to a series of bizarre, gruesome accidents, they chalk it up to the mysterious new party drug found at the scene. But after Dennis’s oldest daughter suddenly disappears, Steve stumbles upon a terrifying truth about the supposed psychedelic that will challenge everything he knows about reality—and the flow of time itself. 

Sounds pretty trippy, eh? The studio behind the film announced they planned on releasing it inside theaters this October, but Moorhead and Benson made it clear they did not agree with that decision.

We want to be very clear: at the time of writing this, we personally wouldn’t go to an indoor movie theater, so we can’t encourage you to. To us, this isn’t only about feeling safe in a theater, this is also about the scientific community indicating that enclosed spaces like movie theaters are still a hazard for spreading COVID-19 to others.

It’s a bold move by the filmmakers, basically telling people to not go watch their movie, but it’s a respectable admission. It honestly makes me want to support them more.

In any event, you can check out the trailer below, and if you like what you see, maybe check it out at a drive-in? Seems like the safest option.

Watch The Thrilling First Trailer For Netflix Film ‘Point Blank’ Starring Anthony Mackie

Anthony Mackie is having a good ol’ time at Netflix. He starred in episode one of the fifth season of Black Mirror. His episode was probably the best one of the season. If you haven’t watched it, I suggest you check it out.

In addition to starring in Black Mirror, Mackie will be returning to Netflix in July for the original film, Point Blank.

Mackie co-stars alongside Frank Grillo in the action-packed film. You can check out the official synopsis below…

When his pregnant wife is kidnapped and held as collateral, Paul, an ER nurse, must team with the badly injured career criminal and murder suspect under his charge in order to save the lives of his wife and unborn child. Pitted against rival gangs and a deadly ring of corrupt cops, the unlikely duo find a way to survive together in the fight of their lives. A gritty, action-packed thriller starring Anthony Mackie and Frank Grillo.

This definitely looks like a film you wouldn’t watch inside theaters, but would gladly put on your TV during a lazy Sunday afternoon, which is perfect for Netflix. They’re playing the game right.

Point Blank will be released on the streaming giant July 12, 2019.

Watch Anthony Mackie Star In First Trailer For Netflix Sci-Fi Original Movie ‘IO’

Netflix waited until the very last minute to drop the first trailer for ‘IO,’ a post-apocalyptic film starring Anthony Mackie and Margaret Qualley.

The movie, which sounds similar to Passengers, has Qualley playing the role of a young scientist “dedicated to finding a way for humans to adapt and survive on a poisoned Earth, which most people have abandoned for a colony on one of Jupiter’s moons.”

But when she discovers another survivor (played by Mackie) her plans change a bit. This movie was shot back in 2016 and was scheduled to be released in 2017. No word on why it was delayed over a year, but it could have been to put some distance between it and Passengers, or maybe they needed to work some magic in the editing room after poor test screenings.

That’s just speculation though. IO will be released on Netflix January 18th, which means you have a little over a week to wait.

Check out the trailer below…

Movie Review: Captain America Civil War

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So this was probably one of the most anticipated movies of the spring, despite the fact that it was up against some intense competition, with Jungle Book and Mother’s Day being strong performers. However, I was pretty sure this one would take the number one spot, as it’s already set records outside the US. And for once, a big budget blockbuster is pleasing critics and hitting all the right notes with audiences.

And it had a lot of notes to hit.

The film opens in 1991, with a frozen Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) being thawed out for another in a series of murderous missions. One after another, the code words needed to activate the killer are spoken: “daybreak … furnace … homecoming … freight car …” Flash forward to present-day Lagos, where an Avengers squad made up of Captain America (Chris Evans), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Falcon (Anthony Mackie), and Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) is foiling the theft of a biological weapon. There’s a shit ton of casualties and it all goes downhill for the Avengers from there when they have to submit for government oversight.

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There’s a lot going on, but they managed to balance it pretty well. I never got too confused, despite a cast of what feels like millions. They go through ever doggone country in the world and tie in every other franchise that Joss Wheaton ever read a comic on, and they never stop moving. All the actors blended into their characters, and there’s a lot of characters to keep straight.

But for the most part, I still knew what was going on, because the plot’s pretty straight forward. They don’t want to deal with United Nations regulators telling them what to do, despite the wake of destruction they often leave. It doesn’t become a one sided argument, because it argues the point from both sides. I mean, when you see what they leave behind when they’re being heroic, you can kind of see the government’s point.

“Yeah, guys, you got that lady’s purse back from a mugger, but there were 45 civilian casualties and your caused $85 billion worth of damage to the city. Maybe next time, don’t start with the nuclear option?”

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It all eventually culminates in one of the best battle scenes I’ve ever seen. It should have been confusing, or too much, but it wasn’t. The direction is subtle but the action is perfectly choreographed, which is why I never felt like it was too much, when this movie should be the definition of too much. There’s a method to this madness, and I didn’t even resent the over the top ads for future movies.

The latest offering of Captain America is a misnomer, because it’s got just about every other character you can think of. But it’s extremely well-done to the point where you can follow it easily. It’s controlled chaos and worth the watch. It’s one of those rare movies that’s critic and audience approved and should not be missed.

WE GIVE IT: 4.5 STARS!

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Anthony Mackie Pulls A Vin Diesel, Predicts A Best Picture Nomination For ‘Captain America: Civil War”

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Here we go again. Back in March of 2015, Vin Diesel boldly predicted that Furious 7 would be the most powerful film ever and would probably win best picture at the Oscars.

“It will probably win best picture at the Oscars, unless the Oscars don’t want to be relevant ever.” He said during an interview with Variety. Obviously, we know that’s not going to happen now because the movie wasn’t even nominated for best picture.

And now, almost a year later, another actor is predicting something that probably won’t happen. During an interview with BBC Radio, Anthony Mackie claimed ‘Captain America: Civil War‘ is Marvel’s best movie ever. He also believes it will be the first superhero film to land a best picture nomination.

“It’s Marvel’s best movie thus far… It’s really, really good. It’s because it’s more of an acting movie than an action movie. I think it might be the first superhero movie that might be up for best picture. You get to see Robert Downey Jr and Chris Evans and Scarlett Johannson and Mark Ruffalo and everybody just do really, really good acting.”

The mention of Mark Ruffalo also got a lot of attention because the Hulk isn’t expected to be in Civil War, which made some fans wonder if there might be some special appearance by Ruffalo’s character near the end of the movie.

Mackie clarified his comments during an interview on Late Night With Seth Meyers

“I was giving respect to my fellow actors. I said Marvel movies are so great because they have great actors. The likes of Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Robert Downey Jr., love that guy. People take that to mean that I’m saying this is what the movie is about, and this is in the movie.”

You can watch ‘Captain America: Civil War’ in a theater near you May 6, 2016. We’ll see if Mackie is right about this being the best Marvel movie.

Anthony Mackie Says Marvel’s First Stand-Alone Black Superhero Movie Doesn’t Need A Black Director

If Anthony Mackie woke up a week ago and said, “I want to make the headlines this upcoming week!” He should celebrate right now with a few drinks because he hit a grand slam. Just a few days ago, the 37-year-old actor seemed to endorse Donald Trump, claiming he was an easy sell and would throw the best victory party. After receiving a ridiculous amount of hate on Twitter, Mackie sent out a tweet claiming he was just joking.

Now he’s making headlines again for something he said during an interview with The Daily Beast. He was asked if it was important to find a black director to direct Marvel’s first black superhero film, Black Panther.

This is what he had to say…

“As a director your job is to tell a story. You know, they didn’t get a horse to direct Seabiscuit! The thing is I don’t think the race of the director has to do with their ability to tell a story. I think it’s all about the director’s ability to be able to relate to that story and do it justice. I think men can direct women, and two of my greatest work experiences were with female directors. So I think it all depends. May the best man, or woman, win.”

Obviously, that horse comment has been shared a lot on Twitter, and a lot of people are once again throwing insults his way. Some of them are just as silly as Mackie’s Seabiscuit comment, but there are some good arguments out there…

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As far as we know, horses haven’t been trying to write and direct movies in Hollywood for years, only to be turned away at the door because a bunch of pigs already dominate the space.

The fact is there needs to be more opportunities for black directors in the business, and directing Marvel’s first stand-alone black superhero movie is a perfect opening.

Movie Review: Ant-Man – It’s Stupid In The Right Way

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Ant-Man is the newest super hero release with a comedic twist, and it’s pleasing critics and audiences alike. This snarky sci-fi flick, with an unlikely hero, it’s one to watch this summer. Here’s why.

Our hero is Scott, a thief with a master’s in engineering. When he runs into a reclusive scientist with a special suit, he’s more than happy to try it on. With the push of a button, he’s the size of a dime. What follows is an interesting scene involving Scott getting sucked into vacuums and such. Realizing his new power, Scott does the whole becoming a super hero thing and even finds an arch nemesis. He’s a dude that can turn into a yellow jacket.

While it sounds stupid, it’s stupid in the right way. It’s stupid in the way that Shaun of the Dead was stupid. It’s also hilarious, interesting and even kind of visually stunning. Of course, a lot of the visuals are recycled. Take the Ant-Man suit for example. It’s pretty much an Iron Man Suit. They didn’t even change the color scheme that much.

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However, for a movie that does such a good job on using the standard super hero tropes, with some self-aware tongue in cheek humor, recycled visuals can be ok. Especially with such a unique storyline. Edgar Wight is credited with some of the story line creation, which explains the similar feel to movies like “Shaun of the Dead”.

Paul Rudd was a fantastic choice for the lead. He’s unheroic enough to give the character a certain lack of grace and gritty realness, but he also has awesome comedic timing, which this movie relied on. The great thing about the movie is that the same thing that makes Ant-Man heroic is what makes him vulnerable. The danger of being squashed while in insect form would have been hard to pull off if not for Rudd’s performance.

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It’s a fresh take for a summer filled with big budget blockbuster action movies. Not that it isn’t well done. It’s just a bit lower key and a more slapstick and funny than other movies in the sci-fi genre. The movie knows how to laugh at itself, while keeping viewers entertained.

I have to say, I was a bit disappointed with the main female character Hope (Evangeline Lilly). In a way I was kind of expecting her to emerge as some sort of femme fatale, but instead, her character stays pretty flat and sees no growth at all. So in that, I was disappointed. The two father-daughter stories were sweet, but not overtly so, and they managed to put a bit emotion into the script, in a way that doesn’t feel too over the top for this movie.

But all in all, I have to say Ant-Man was pretty well done and very enjoyable. It was a bit long in the run time, nearly 2 hours, but at least they used their time wisely. If you’re looking for a great action movie, with some good humor, then Ant Man could be one to watch this summer.

WE GAVE IT: 4 Stars – Watch the Official Trailer and Official Movie Poster below!

4 stars

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New ‘Avengers: Age Of Ultron’ Poster Shows Off More Marvel Heroes

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At first glance, the Ultron robots steal the show in the new poster for Avengers: Age of Ultron. But if you look closely at the official credits down at the bottom, you will notice Anthony Mackie listed, which means Falcon will be making an appearance in the film.

We knew his appearance was likely; however, it feels nice to finally have confirmation. You can also see that Hayley Atwell appears next to Mackie’s name, confirming Peggy Carter will also star in the movie.

Another interesting name in the credits? Composer Danny Elfman. We already know Brian Tyler will be composing on the film, but Elfman’s name being added is raising a few eyebrows. Elfman composed the music for Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy.

It’s possible Marvel was able to get approval from Sony to introduce Spider-Man with a cameo or maybe a special scene during the credits after the movie. We know production was pretty much finished when the Spider-Man takeover was announced; however, it’s possible they were able to film something at the last minute.

But that’s just wishful thinking. We’ll find out soon enough when The Avengers: Age of Ultron hits theaters May 1, 2015.

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