Jennifer Lopez Set To Save Humanity In Upcoming Sci-Fi Thriller Film ‘Atlas’

Jennifer Lopez, Netflix, and filmmaker Brad Peyton are joining forces to create a huge sci-fi thriller film titled Atlas.

And according to the premise, Lopez is humanity’s last hope.

Atlas unfolds in a bleak-sounding future where an AI soldier has determined the only way to end war is to end humanity. Obviously, this extremist approach to achieving a pacifist paradise doesn’t go down so well with Lopez, who finds herself teaming up with the one thing she fears most — another AI.

Gotta admit, that sounds a little confusing to me, but I think I’m here for it? I mean, maybe. Like, I definitely have a foot in the door.

Peyton was the director behind Rampage and San Andreas, so we know he can do end of the world action well.

He recently talked about partnering up with Lopez:

Having the chance to direct Jennifer in the title role of this movie is a dream come true, as I know she’ll bring the incredible strength, depth and authenticity we’ve all come to admire from her work.

This film will be the latest project to come out of Lopez’s first-look deal with Netflix.

No word on when filming is expected to begin, but we’ll keep you posted as more information comes out.

Lopez has two other movies she’s currently in development on as well. And you know, she’s having to find time to deepen her romance with Ben Affleck.

It’s Official, Josh Duhamel Is Taking Over For Armie Hammer In Jennifer Lopez Comedy ‘Shotgun Wedding’

After it was revealed Armie Hammer was a cannibal in training, the 34-year-old actor decided to step away from the spotlight, which meant dropping his upcoming roles.

He was set to star alongside Jennifer Lopez in the upcoming action-comedy, Shotgun Wedding. The movie was set to begin filming this month.

But due to the controversy surrounding him, he dropped out at the last minute, and the producers had to scramble to find some other white guy to replace him.

Thankfully, they had a full ocean of white dudes to choose from. It was just announced that Josh Duhamel has officially joined the project.

We couldn’t be happier for our bride and groom of this Shotgun Wedding, We know Josh and Jennifer will make a compelling and sexy on-screen couple and they will be fun sparring partners as their dream destination wedding erupts into a memorable nightmare.

Now that they’ve found the new co-star, we’re assuming filming will take place later this month.

The logline can be found below:

Darcy (Lopez) and Tom (Duhamel) gather their lovable but very opinionated families for the ultimate destination wedding just as the couple begin to get cold feet. And if that wasn’t enough of a threat to the celebration, suddenly everyone’s lives are in danger when the entire party is taken hostage

No word on a potential release date, but we’ll keep you posted.

Jennifer Lopez Set To Star In Netflix Action Flick ‘The Mother’

It looks like Jennifer Lopez is putting more energy into acting/producing than singing these days. Perhaps because she feels like she has more to prove with her acting, or maybe there’s just more money involved.

In any event, it was just announced that the 51-year-old actress will star/produce in Netflix’s upcoming action flick, The Mother.

Mulan‘ director Niki Caro is in talks to direct, but nothing is signed at the moment.

Deadline reports:

Lopez will play a deadly female assassin who comes out of hiding to protect the daughter that she gave up years before, while on the run from dangerous men. I’m told that the project is in the spirit of the Luc Besson classic The Professional.

Misha Green (Lovecraft Country) wrote the script. No word on when filming might begin, but we’ll keep you posted.

In the meantime, it was already announced that Lopez will star and produce another Netflix film. She will be starring in the adaptation of the novel ‘The Cipher‘ 

In that movie, Lopez will play FBI agent Nina Guerrera, who is pulled into a serial killer’s case after he leaves complex codes and riddles online, which are linked to his recent murders.

No signs of slowing down for Lopez.

Jennifer Lopez Set To Star/Produce Upcoming Netflix Thriller ‘The Cipher’

The latest trend in Hollywood? Actors researching the latest bestselling novels and picking out which ones they want to adapt/star in.

Jennifer Lopez is the latest actress to join the train. It was announced this week that the 51-year-old actress will star/produce ‘The Cipher‘ which is based on the bestselling novel of the same name.

Lopez will play FBI agent Nina Guerrera, who finds herself drawn into a serial killer’s case after he strategically posts complex codes and riddles online. The codes correspond to recent murders, designed to lure her into a cat-and-mouse chase.

Netflix optioned the book at Lopez’s request. No word on when filming might begin, but we’re assuming it’ll start up sometime in 2021.

That being said, Lopez is a busy lady.

Lopez has a slew of movies in the pipeline, including: ‘Marry Me’ from Universal Pictures, the tale of a pop star who spontaneously weds a fan during an arena performance; ‘The Godmother,’ a look at the rise and fall of the late drug lord Griselda Blanco from director Reed Morano at STX; and ‘Shotgun Wedding,’ about a couple whose destination wedding is highjacked by criminals, co-starring Armie Hammer and distributed by Lionsgate.

Where will she fit everything in? No idea, but at 51-years-old, she shows no signs of slowing down.

Jennifer Lopez And Armie Hammer Set To Star In Action-Comedy ‘Shotgun Wedding’

Jennifer Lopez has never been known as a great actress, but her recent performance in the award-winning film ‘Hustlers‘ has people wondering if she’s finally found something.

And it looks like her next shot to prove her acting skills are improving will be in the action-comedy, Shotgun Wedding. Armie Hammer will co-star in the movie, which is being directed by Pitch Perfect’s Jason Moore.

The film follows Darcy (Lopez) and Tom (Hammer), who gather their lovable but very opinionated families for the ultimate destination wedding just as the couple begin to get cold feet. And if that wasn’t enough of a threat to the celebration, suddenly everyone’s lives are in danger when the entire party is taken hostage.

I suppose it sounds interesting enough. The script was written by Mark Hammer and Liz Meriwether. Hammer wrote the indie flick ‘Two Night Stand‘ back in 2014. Meriwether created the hit comedy series New Girl.

Production is expected to begin early next year, so depending on how quickly they move, it could be released in late 2021 or early 2022.

Jennifer Lopez’s ‘Hustlers’ Film Has Solid $2.5 Million Thursday Opening

Things are looking good for Jennifer Lopez’sHustlers‘ film after a $2.5 million Thursday night preview. That number beats out other R-rated titles like Girls Trip ($1.7 million) and Bad Moms ($2 million).

Hustlers should benefit this opening weekend from extremely positive reviews. It has a 90% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and most critics believe Lopez could get an Oscar nomination for her performance.

Even with the hype, Hustlers probably won’t take the top spot at the box office. It’s expected to make around $25 million, which should put it behind the second weekend haul for It: Chapter Two.

But still, a $25 million opening would be great. The production budget was believed to be around $20 million.

So even if it can’t beat the scary clown, the studio will still be celebrating a very successful opening.

The Goldfinch also opens this weekend, but it’s been getting slammed by critics. It might be one of the most disappointing movies of the year, considering people were so excited for it. After all, it has a pretty impressive cast.

Tracking suggests it’ll only make around $10 million this weekend, which is not great considering it has a $40 million budget.

Jennifer Lopez’s Strip Club Drama With Cardi B Has A Release Date, And It’s Soon!

Well, damn. Hollywood is moving fast these days, huh? It was just announced a few weeks ago that filming had begun on Jennifer Lopez’s strip club drama, Hustlers.

The movie, which is inspired by a New York Magazine article, follows a group of savvy strippers who band together to turn the tables on their Wall Street Clients.

In addition to Lopez, this film is set to star Cardi B, Lili Reinhart, Keke Palmer and Constance Wu.

We thought the movie wouldn’t hit theaters until 2020, but Lopez just went on her Instagram account to announce the movie would premiere on September 13, 2019.

As you can see in the clip above, they’re still filming the movie. September is just five months away!

Movie Review: Home (2015) – Big on Humor, Big on Animation, Perfect Timing for Easter

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Home is Jim Parsons’ attempt to break free from “The Big Bang Theory.” At least, that’s my best guess of why he chose to do it. Otherwise, this guy is going the way of Urkel, forever typecast as one memorable guy from TV.

The premise is this. An alien named Captain Smek (Steve Martin) becomes convinced that humans need the help of his people. His best idea is to take over the planet and relocate his race to a place in Australia. Enter Oh (Jim Parsons) a bumbling alien who sends a ‘warming of the house’ evite to everyone in the galaxy, thereby telling the mortal enemy of their race exactly where they’re going. Oh gets booted and hooks up with a human girl named Gratuity “Tip” Tucci (Rhianna) and her pet cat. Road trip hijinks ensue and everyone learns the true meaning of friendship.

There’s a lot of humor in the movie, especially from a fish out of water perspective. Oh’s poor grasp of the English language is a constant source of comic relief, as is Captain Smek’s inability to work even the most rudimentary human items. When it comes to laughs, this movie delivers.

It’s not exactly intelligent. You can see the plot twists coming from a mile away and the overall message of the movie is a bit on the nose, but I don’t take away points for that. I mean, it’s a kid’s movie, not Schindler’s List. This is not a kid’s movie that is also for adults. It’s simply a kid’s movie and I’m ok with that.

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The animation speaks to it being a kid’s movie as well. The colors are all pastel and vibrant, which makes is perfect for release just in time for Easter. Everything is rounded and soft looking. There are no sharp edges in this movie, either in the animation or the story.

Jim Parsons is an adept character actor, but it feels like his character was simply an animated version of Sheldon from Big Bang Theory. If he was looking to move away from that role, this was not the movie that does it. While this character is far nicer, the lack of understanding of people and motivations is extremely similar. In that area, Parsons didn’t get to show much range.

It actually reminded me a lot of Lilo and Stitch, though Oh is far smarter than Stitch but just as cute. But honestly, the premise is identical. A girl befriends an adorable alien who is a fugitive and is on the run from his own kind. The whole message is about the importance of friends and family. Despite the fact that this movie was based on a book, “The True Meaning of Smekday” it feels like it was copied from the original Lilo and Stitch script.

It’s a simplistic movie that rests on humor and good animation to earn its revenue, but it’s not a bad movie. It’s enjoyable for adults, but not exactly aimed at adults. Regardless, it’s a clever effort that children are sure to enjoy.

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

4 stars

 

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Movie Review: The Boy Next Door – A good movie could have been great with a bit more work

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I had no idea that Jennifer Lopez was still making movies. Despite my misgivings (I still haven’t fully recovered from Gigli) I have to say, The Boy Next Door wasn’t half bad. In fact, it was kind of a throwback to those psychological thrillers that were so popular in the 90s, like The Temp or The Hand the Rocks the Cradle.

Lopez stars as a newly divorced teacher named Clair Peterson. After sewing some wild oats and engaging in a one night stand with 19 year old Noah Sanborn (Ryan Guzman), Peterson’s life takes a turn for the worse. Turns out, Sanborn is bunny boiling nuts and proceeds to stalk and harass Peterson right up to a climactic and deadly confrontation.

Now that I think about it, this movie is a lot like Fatal Attraction, only with a bit of a role reversal. The one major problem I see with it is the way Noah just suddenly went from 0 to nuts at the speed of light. See, in Fatal Attraction, you could see there was some bad stuff coming from Glen Close’s character, from the way she set up meetings, to how immediately clingy and crazy she got.

With Noah, there is no warning. One minute, he’s the nice kid tending to his invalid grandfather. The next, he’s full on psychotic. There are no signs as to what was coming. I think if there had been a bit of build up, even some subtle signs that Noah was a bit nuts, it would have worked.

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On top of that, Lopez’s character decisions make her a hard woman to sympathize with. Yes, I know Noah is allegedly 19 (though he doesn’t look like any 19-year-old I’ve ever seen) but he is in high school. The fact that a teacher in her 40s just happily jumps his bones is kind of disturbing and a little bit of me was saying ‘this chick had it coming’ when Noah starts to stalk her.

While this movie is getting thoroughly panned, I don’t think it’s quite that bad. In fact, I found it pretty stylish and thrilling. It had a few tense moments and I enjoyed it. As far as psycho factor goes, this movie was right up there with Fear.

I think the main problem is the lack of character development. It’s hard to see why Lopez’s character would risk everything to get naked with a dude half her age. It’s hard to see why Guzman’s character goes completely nuts out of nowhere. There should have been more buildup in order to make that relationship a bit more believable. After all, this kid seduces her in the first 20 minutes of the movie. I’m around Lopez’s age, and there is no way some high school kid is getting into my pants that quickly.

It’s not a terrible movie. It’s just the way the film moves so rapidly from relationship development to stalking isn’t realistic. If they’d drawn that part out a bit, this really could have been a Fatal Attraction. The problem is it didn’t really make it there. No character development made it harder to believe and a good movie could have been great with a bit more work.

WE GAVE IT: 3.5 Stars – Watch the Official Trailer and Official Movie Poster below!

3.5 stars

 

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