Mostly, "Godzilla" exhibits a level of reverence that a cinematic series known for its schlock value doesn't necessarily deserve. Those who spent Saturday mornings watching men in suits knock over toy buildings might appreciate the special-effects upgrade, but mostly, all the sound and fury just evokes sympathy for the human actors, leaving a prestigious international cast to stare in awe at the mayhem.In what feels very much like a sign of the times, Warner Bros. has committed to series of Monsterverse movies, with the disappointingly weak "Kong: Skull Island" followed by this slightly better entry, and the inevitable faceoff, "Godzilla vs. Kong," scheduled for next year.Still, all the efforts to flesh out the mythology — about gigantic titans that have secretly resided among us — transparently play as an excuse to justify that endeavor, with the franchise's bigger-is-better mentality providing a good metaphor for Hollywood's infatuation with blockbusters and putting big stars (literally, in this case) on the marquee."Godzilla" doesn't start from scratch, rising from the ashes of the 2014 movie, bringing back a few key players — Sally Hawkins and Ken Watanabe — while adding new faces, among them a monster-savvy family with issues played by Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga and "Stranger Things'" Millie Bobby Brown, in her movie debut.Frankly, though, the humans mostly just gape as director/co-writer Michael Dougherty reassembles the real stars: monsters of yore Mothra, Rodan and King Ghidorah, the three-headed beast who specializes in destruction and winds up turning Godzilla into a de facto hero. Basically, it's a redo of 1965's not-so-epic "Godzilla vs. Monster Zero," asking whether three heads are truly better than one.The original "Godzilla" served as a proxy for apprehensions about nuclear weapons and tampering with the unknown, which makes it appropriate that this latest version carries a central environmental message.The underlying logic of that plot, however, is as murky as much of the action, which is invariably shot through pounding rain, as Ghidorah has the unfortunate habit of bringing bad weather along with him. (Would it have killed someone to film at least one sequence in broad daylight, without buffeting the poor cast with water?)There are plenty of amusing callbacks strewn throughout the film — including snippets of the "Godzilla" musical theme — but the main attraction is seeing these gigantic creatures brought to life via the wonRead More – Source
007 film must treat Bond girls properly, says Waller-Bridge
Fast cars, martinis and Bond girls are core parts of the formula for 007 films, but one of those ele..
Fast cars, martinis and Bond girls are core parts of the formula for 007 films, but one of those elements is set for a change in the latest adventure.
Fleabag creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who is working on the script for the 25th Bond film, is on a mission to make sure the movie will "treat women properly" – even if the spy does not.
Ahead of the release of the as-yet-untitled film, Waller-Bridge told Deadline: "There's been a lot of talk about whether or not (the Bond franchise) is relevant now because of who he is and the way he treats women.
"I think that's b*******. I think he's absolutely relevant now. It has just got to grow.
"It has just got to evolve, and the important thing is that the film treats the women properly.
"He doesn't have to. He needs to be true to this character."
Waller-Bridge says she intends to ensure the female characters, including those played by Lashana Lynch, Lea Seydoux and Ana de Armas, feel "like real people ".
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She added: "I just want to make sure that when they get those pages through, that Lashana, Lea and Ana open them and go, 'I can't wait to do that'.
Sir Elton hits out at Russia for ‘cruel’ Rocketman censorship
Sir Elton John has criticised Russian censors for cutting gay sex scenes from the hit musical biopic..
Sir Elton John has criticised Russian censors for cutting gay sex scenes from the hit musical biopic Rocketman.
The critically acclaimed film charts the British singer's rise to fame, and its scenes of kissing and sex between men, as well as drug use, contributed to it earning a 15 certificate in the UK.
But in a bid to play down the sexuality of Sir Elton, played by actor Taron Egerton, for a conservative Russian audience, an estimated five minutes of footage was reportedly removed ahead of its debut in Moscow.
The Moscow Times quoted a Russian film critic who had seen the film at its world premiere in Cannes on 16 May as saying "all scenes with kissing, sex and oral sex between men have been cut", as well as a photo displayed during the end credits featuring Sir Elton and his husband David Furnish.
Sir Elton, 72, a prominent gay rights campaigner, released a joint statement with the makers of the film to accuse censors of being "cruelly unaccepting of the love between two people".
"We reject in the strongest possible terms the decision to pander to local laws and censor Rocketman for the Russian market, a move we were unaware of until today," they said.
"That the local distributor has edited out certain scenes, denying the audience the opportunity to see the film as it was intended, is a sad reflection of the divided world we still live in and how it can still be so cruelly unaccepting of the love between two people.
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Ben Affleck steps out to drop off kids as Robert Pattinson is announced as new Batman
Ben Affleck played Batman until earlier this year (Picture: Backgrid)
Ben Affleck has been pictured ..
Ben Affleck has been pictured performing his parental duties in Los Angeles, as his official replacement in the Batman role is announced.
The 46-year-old actor was seen in the early hours on Friday (31 May) dropping off son Samuel, seven, and daughter Seraphina, 10, to school.
Affleck has three children with ex-wife Jennifer Garner – Seraphina, Samuel and 13-year-old Violet.
On the same day the actor was pictured, it was announced Robert Pattinson will take over as Batman in a planned trilogy of movies with director Matt Reeves.
Affleck, who played Bruce Wayne in Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice and 2017s Justice League, stepped down from the role in January earlier this year – after being originally down to direct and star in his own film.
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Speaking about his departure in March, Affleck stated how he was never happy with the script they were planning to use.
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