Dakota Johnson Has Been Chosen To Play Madame Web In Sony Universe Of Marvel Characters

Dakota Johnson is having a moment right now. She was just recently featured in two Sundance films last month, both of which could end up with awards nominations next year, and now we’re learning she just landed a huge gig with Sony and their Universe of Marvel Characters.

According to the reports, Johnson has been cast as Madame Web in the studio’s next standalone superhero movie. It’ll mark Sony’s first modern comic book adaptation to feature a female lead.

Insiders say the deal isn’t 100% done, but it’s as close as you can get.

In the comics, Madame Web is depicted as an elderly woman with myasthenia gravis and thus was connected to a life support system that looked like a spider web. Due to her age and medical condition, Madame Web never actively fought any villains. For that reason, sources have stressed it’s possible the project could turn into something else. Insiders say due to her psychic sensory powers, she is essentially Sony’s version of Doctor Strange.

S.J. Clarkson will reportedly direct this film and Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless will write the screenplay. They are the writing team behind the upcoming ‘Morbius’ film starring Jared Leto.

Madame Web is one of several Spider-Man related spinoffs in development as Sony spawns its own separate and expanding film franchise, one that is anchored by baddies like Venom, Morbius and Kraven.

We’ll update once more information is available.

Watch Olivia Colman And Dakota Johnson In First Trailer For ‘The Lost Daughter’

Maggie Gyllenhaal’s directorial debut, The Lost Daughter, has finally released its first trailer. The drama, which is based on Elena Ferrante’s novel of the same name, stars Olivia Colman, Dakota Johnson and Jessie Buckley.

In the film, Colman plays a middle-aged woman vacationing alone and having flashbacks to her days as a young wife and mother.

An impulsive act shocks Leda into the strange and ominous world of her own mind, where she is forced to face the unconventional choices she made as a young mother and their consequences.

This film will hit select theaters on December 17, followed by a nationwide release on Netflix on December 31, so clearly they’re hoping this movie brings home some awards.

The Lost Daughter premiered at the Venice Film Festival, where it received overwhelmingly positive reviews. Variety called the casting of Colman ‘subversive’ and of Buckley ‘inspired,’ while noting that Gyllenhaal ‘assumes an unfussy, practically invisible non-style that conveys the essential while privileging the performances.’

Certainly sounds like it has the potential to impress. Check out the first trailer below…

Dakota Johnson Has Found Her Next Project With Upcoming Jane Austen Adaptation

Dakota Johnson, perhaps best known for Fifty Shades of Grey, has found her next project.

She’s set to star in the upcoming retelling of the Jane Austen novel, Persuasion. Carrie Cracknell, known for her work on Broadway, is set to make her feature directorial debut with this film.

Described as a ‘modern, witty approach’ to a beloved story, ‘Persuasion’ tells the story of Anne Elliot, a headstrong woman living with her snobby family on the brink of bankruptcy. Unmarried and 27-years-old, Anne reconnects with a man she was once persuaded to reject and faces a second chance at love.

Persuasion was the last novel written by Austen, the author behind classics like Pride and Prejudice and Emma.

The novel has been adapted before, once back in 2007 for a TV movie starring Sally Hawkins. The film was well received by critics.

Production on this latest adaptation is set to begin in May. No word on a potential release date, but we’re thinking sometime in 2022.

We’ll keep you posted.

‘Shithouse’ Filmmaker Cooper Raiff Set To Direct/Star With Dakota Johnson In ‘Cha Cha Real Smooth’

If you haven’t watched ‘Shithouse‘ yet, you should probably change that. Don’t let the title or the cover art turn you away. It’s not the raunchy comedy it portrays itself to be.

It’s actually one of the more realistic takes on college, especially college for an introvert who has never left home before. It’s a super sweet and moving film from a young filmmaker named Cooper Raiff.

At just 23-years-old, Cooper is a filmmaker to watch. He could have a very long career in Hollywood.

And just this past week, it was announced his next film will star Dakota Johnson. And much like Shithouse, Cooper will write, direct and star in the movie.

The title of the flick is ‘Cha Cha Real Smooth

In the film, Raiff takes a job as a bar mitzvah party starter — a guy who gets the young crowd dancing and having fun — while he separately strikes up a friendship with a young mother (Johnson) and her autistic daughter

The project sparked a bidding war, which resulted in a co-finance/co-produce situation with Picturestart and Endeavor Content.

It’ll be interesting to see what Cooper can do with a bigger budget. Shithouse was made for a paltry $15,000, and most of the equipment used was “borrowed” from his college.

Now he’s playing in the big leagues. No word on a release, but production will begin this summer.

Watch The First Trailer For ‘Our Friend’ Starring Jason Segel And Dakota Johnson

It’s been a minute since we’ve seen Jason Segel starring in a film. He’s been focused in the TV world recently with his series ‘Dispatches from Elsewhere’

But that will change come January 22, 2021. He’s set to star in the upcoming film ‘Our Friend‘ alongside Dakota Johnson and Casey Affleck. The movie was actually filmed back in 2019.

The film, written by Brad Ingelsby, follows the journey of Segel’s Dane Faucheux, who moves in with Casey Affleck and Dakota Johnson’s Matt and Nicole Teague and their kids when Nicole is diagnosed with terminal cancer. Our Friend is based on Matt Teague’s 2015 Esquire essay ‘The Friend: Love Is Not a Big Enough Word,’ which recounts the real-life experience of Faucheux putting his personal life and career on hold to offer support to his best friend’s family during the last year of Nicole’s life.

The trailer was just released, a month or two before the scheduled release date. Some people believe it has a shot at winning some awards.

It certainly looks emotional. Check out the trailer below…

Watch Dakota Johnson Star In Terrifying Trailer For Ballet Film ‘Suspiria’

Dakota Johnson is moving on from her role as Anastasia Steel. She’s finally breaking free from the Fifty Shades of Grey franchise and is now starring in a horror film titled Suspiria.

If that name sounds familiar to you, it’s because the movie is a remake of the 1977 Italian horror film directed by Dario Argento.

This remake is being directed by the talented filmmaker behind ‘Call Me By Your Name,’ Luca Guadagnino. In addition to Johnson, the horror flick also stars Tilda Swinton, Mia Goth and Chloe Grace Moretz.

“Johnson plays Susie Bannon, a ballet student who joins a prestigious dance company in Germany. But after a series of deaths and mysterious events, Johnson’s character learns the academy and its staff aren’t exactly as they seem.”

The movie is scheduled to be released inside select theaters October 26 before being released nationwide on November 2.

Check out the trailer below…

The Final Trailer For ‘Fifty Shades Freed’ Has Been Released, Watch The Steaminess Inside!

On Valentine’s Day 2018, the final film in E.L. James’ trilogy will be released, and you can bet your mother will be there opening night…’cause your mother is a freak like that.

Fifty Shades Freed released one more trailer before its release, and you can check it out at the bottom of this page. It features pretty much all the things you might expect in a ‘Fifty Shades’ movie: sex, violence, stalking, cheesy dialogue, etc.

E! News explains this movie will pick up right where the previous film left off…

“As to be expected from this dramatic book-to-movie franchise, the honeymoon season doesn’t last for long. Picking up where Fifty Shades Darker left off, Freed will explore what unfolds when Anastasia’s life is threatened by her former and extremely scorned boss.”

In addition to Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan, this final film will co-star Kim Basinger, Luke Grimes and Rita Ora. As mentioned, it will hit theaters the weekend before Valentine’s Day.

First Full Trailer For ‘Fifty Shades Darker’ Has Been Released, Check Out All The Steamy Action Inside!

Fifty Shades of Grey, the first film released based on the ridiculously successful book trilogy by E.L. James, grossed close to $600 million worldwide, and the upcoming sequel Fifty Shades Darker will likely have the same amount of success.

Both Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson are back for the sequel. They will be having even more sex in this one, which should delight fans of the franchise. Although, it might hurt to know that both Johnson and Dornan don’t even really like filming those steamy scenes.

During an interview with Vanity Fair, Dornan admitted he feels sexualized playing the role as Mr. Grey…

I feel very subjective a lot of the time at work. So I wouldn’t say I’m relatively not objectified in the workplace. I am. It’s not just the women, but men too. Sex scenes are hard because you’re simulating sex, and that’s a very strange way to spend the day.

Johnson has said similar things in her interviews, but it’s difficult to feel too bad for them. Getting paid millions of dollars to have pretend sex doesn’t sound that bad. Heck, getting paid millions to do pretty much anything doesn’t sound that bad. I’d push old people down some stairs and take away their Metamucil if someone was paying me millions to do it.

Fifty Shades Darker will be released on Valentine’s Day 2017. Check out the trailer below…


Movie Review: Black Mass (2015) – Depp Returns To His Element of Playing Complex Characters.

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If you’re as sick of watching Johnny Depp play eccentric, weirdly dressed characters, or dudes in guyliner as I am, then Black Mass will be a welcome respite for you. This movie sees Depp go back to his roots, as one of the best method actors around.

The premise is based on the real life drama that saw one of the biggest criminals in history, Whitey Bulger, become an FBI informant. It focuses on FBI Special Agent (Joel Edgerton), a man who actually knew and admired Bulger when he was growing up in South Boston. Of course, Connelly went the other way with his career and eventually tried to turn Bulger (Johnny Depp) into a FBI informant. Of course, this informant deal is a bit well…unethical. In this case, Bulger won’t inform on any of his Irish mob buddies. Instead, he’ll be ratting on the Patriarca crime family. It isn’t long before Bulger uses the opportunity to get the FBI to take out the competition for him, with bloody and catastrophic results.

The acting in this was extremely well done. Depp is barely recognizable as the balding, paunchy Bulger and Edgerton stand out as an agent whose own moral compass becomes increasingly skewed. Ironically, Edgerton actually reminded me a bit of when Depp played Donnie Brasco.

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I liked that they stuck to accuracy in the Whitey Bulger story. Much of what was presented is widely believed to actually have happened, though there are a few disputes from some of the key players, for obvious reasons. They had to mess with the timeline a bit to make it work, but in reality, I liked that they tried to go with the story and not embellish a story that was pretty good on its face.

On the flip, I think they tried a bit too hard to make Bulger likeable. In one scene, that I highly doubt ever happen, Bulger stops to help some old lady with her groceries, because deep down, he’s just a gentlemanly south Boston boy. Oh, please…I think enough court records and information exists to make it pretty darn believable that if Bulger did ever help a woman with her groceries, it was for the purpose of stealing them. Why does every gangster movie need to focus on the goal of turning said gangster into Robin Hood?

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The sad fact is, sometimes, people are just sociopathic monsters. Bulger falls far more on that side than he does of a saintly robin hood. I can accept the fact that he wasn’t a saint. I don’t need to sympathize with him to understand him. In fact, I don’t want to. I have no desire to join any kind of criminal fraternity. If I need moral ambiguity, I’ll get it from Connolly, the truly sympathetic character in this film.

But that slim complaint aside, I will say this is an enjoyable, well written piece that returned Depp to his element of playing complex characters. I had my doubts about him playing Whitey, but he pulled it off. That alone makes this movie worth the watch.


four and a half stars

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Jamie Dornan Leaving ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Franchise? Not So Fast…


You have probably heard the rumors by now. Several sources claim the actor was searching for a way out of his Fifty Shades of Grey contract. They claimed he didn’t want to reprise his role as Christian Grey for the sequel that is bound to happen.

However, Dornan’s rep talked to PEOPLE yesterday, forcing a little bit of truth down our throats.

“Jamie is delighted that the film is breaking box office records worldwide and whilst the studio has not made any formal announcements about sequels, he is looking forward to making the next film.”

The rep also made it clear that this is the only statement Dornan will be making about the rumors. It appears the rumors originated in an Australian magazine. The magazine claimed Dornan was looking to leave the franchise because his wife was uncomfortable with the sex scenes.

Which doesn’t make a lot of sense because everyone was complaining about the lack of chemistry between Dornan and his 25-year-old costar Dakota Johnson. His wife should be thrilled about that.

As of right now, the studio has yet to green light a sequel, but we imagine it’s just a matter of time before they do. Yeah, the film dropped significantly in its second week at the box office; however, it’s grossed over $400 million worldwide.

That pretty much guarantees a sequel.