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2017’s Biggest Disappointing Films

While we looked at the top films of 2017 in our previous post, it’s also important to realize that the year had it’s fair share of bombs and disappointments as well. Here are the worst films of the year that if you haven’t already seen them, you will want to avoid.

The Dark Tower: After years of trying to get an adaptation of Stephen King’s magnum opus to the big screen you would have thought what finally arrived would be flawless, but instead we got something that doesn’t really follow the first novel in the series at all. It’s not how long it took to get the theatrical treatment though that’s the biggest questions, it’s why Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey would have agreed to star in this film in the first place is the biggest mystery of all. 

Transformers: The Last Knight: Can we just end this series already? Each addition just gets worse, and really all the movie makers are doing is ruining the childhood idols of the adults that still go to see them. Unfortunately with a Bumblebee spin-off in the works, it doesn’t look like the giant, transforming robots will be going anywhere, any time soon.

Baywatch:  The first question any movie maker needs to ask before making a movie is, why does this movie need to be made. It’s very clear that question wasn’t asked before Baywatch started filming. And to make it worse, The Rock was so over the top with his comedy that you hoped someone would punch him to shut him up.

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets: And the award for the film of the year that looked the prettiest, yet had no substance, goes to Valerian. Not only was this film bad, but Cara Delevingne was somehow worse. Please, can somebody tell her that she’s not a good actress and to stop popping up in starring roles?

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man Tell No Tales: If Johnny Depp hoped his waning career would rebound with this fifth film in the series, he was sadly mistaken. Sure it had a few fun moments, but unfortunately most of them were at the start of the film, which made you stuck watching the rest of it bored to tears.

Ghost in the Shell: Scarlett Johansson was a poor choice to star in this film in the first place, yet it’s understandable why they hired her considering her strong fan base. Even without the controversy surrounding the whitewashing of her role though, the film didn’t stick to the source material and made the plot much more confusing than it needed to be. 

The Mummy: The Dark Cinematic Universe wasn’t supposed to start this way. It was supposed to make people interested in seeing a series of movies based around Universal’s classic monsters, but instead it just made people not care. Now it seems like the further projects in the series are as dead as The Mummy was.

The Circle:  Tom Hanks and Emma Watson starred in this film that should have been good, but just wasn’t. Its problem was that the supposedly relevant topic was very unrealistic and over the top. If you want to make a movie that raises serious issues, make sure people don’t have to suspend their disbelief so much that it was hard to follow along.

The House: This just in, Will Ferrell is treading dangerously close to Adam Sandler territory when it comes to making a good movie these days. The trailers looked good, but really it was just because they had all the good parts of the film in it. 

Life: You’d think that a movie with Jake Gyllenhaal and Ryna Reynolds in it would be good, but you’d be wrong. Reynolds is *SPOILER* killed off early, and the story never really went anywhere other than being an Alien rip-off. 

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2018 Junos: Arcade Fire & Gord Downie Win Big, A Barenaked Reunion and Michael Buble Hosts

Last year’s Juno Awards had problems even before it began, when host Michael Buble had to step down as the host after family issues arose, but this year he was front and centre of the show, and even started the night off with some good news. The singer announced early on that he and his wife were expecting their third child. And that wasn’t the end of the positivity showcased throughout the evening. 

When Arcade Fire’s Win Butler took the stage to claim the Album of the Year Award for Everything News, he stated “I just hope that we can all rise above negativity in our lives and just do what we believe in. Speak your truth and don’t be afraid to just do whatever the hell you want.”

Gord Downie’s brothers Mike and Patrick continued the inspiring words when they accepted his posthumous Artist of the Year award.  “If we’ve learned anything from Gord it was the value of taking care of each other,” Patrick said. “This is Gord’s award. It’s artist of the year, but he was our man of a lifetime. I’d like to believe we’re all better artists and people because of him. We love you Gord and we’re all taking good care of each other.” The love towards Downie was also felt earlier on during a special tribute to the late singer, which was led by Sarah Harmer and Dallas Green, alongside Barenaked Ladies keyboardist Kevin Hearn.

The other big highlight of the evening was of course the induction of the Backnaked Ladies into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. The group reunited with former bandmate Steven Page to accept the award, and even closed out the broadcast with a montage of their hits One Week and If I Had $1,000,000. Page left the group to pursue a solo career back in 2009. Before they could finish their montage though, Jann Arden, Jim Cuddy, The Jerry Cans and the Northern Touch All-Stars joined them sing-along.

The other winners for the evening were: RB/Soul Recording of the Year: Freudian by Daniel Caesar,  Breakthrough Artist of the Year: Jessie Reyez, Rap Recording of the Year: Shooters by Tory Lanez and Juno Fan Choice: Shawn Mendes.

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Jennifer Morrison, Josh Dallas, Ginnifer Goodwin And More Set To Return For Once Upon A Time Finale

You have to give it to the Once Upon A Time producers, they tried to continue the popular series after regulars Jennifer Morrison, Josh Dallas, Ginnifer Goodwin and Emilie de Ravin decided to call it quits after 6 seasons. Unfortunately the ratings continues to fall, and earlier this year ABC decided to pull the plug on it and announced the season finale would also be the series finale. And now it’s been announced that the actors who left the series, are returning for the final episode.

Executive producers Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis said in a released statement that “Seven years after we set off on this magical journey, we prepare to say goodbye to the cast, crew and writers that made the ‘happily ever after’ that is Once Upon a Time possible. We couldn’t think of a more fitting way to say farewell than by reuniting so many of the characters that our fiercely loyal fans spent years with on their adventures. We hope everyone joins our Once family, old and new, for what we hope will be the sendoff of a lifetime befitting this stellar cast and its incomparable fans.”

Once Upon A Time was rebooted for season 7, with few cast members from the previous seasons returning. One was Lana Parrilla, who plays Regina Mills, and who we interviewed for our October 2017 issue. The season also featured several new characters, including Robin, the daughter of Zelena and Robin Hood, played by Tiera Skovbye. We spoke with Tiera in our current, March issue

ABC recently announced that the season ending episode would feature several returning stars, including Jared Gilmore (Henry Mills), Bev Elliott (Granny), Lee Arenberg (Grumpy), Tony Amendola (Geppetto), Keegan Connor Tracy (Blue Fairy), JoAnna Garcia Swisher (Ariel), Robbie Kay (Peter Pan), Sean Maguire (Robin Hood), Victoria Smurfit (Cruella de Vil) and Rebecca Mader (Zelena/Wicked Witch). With Morrison (Emma Swan), Dallas (Prince Charming), Goodwin (Snow White) and de Ravin (Belle) returning, the finale should play out the nostalgia factor and draw in fans who had stopped watching. Morrison, Dallas and Goodwin had been with the series since it began, while de Ravin joined part way through season one before becoming a series regular in season 2. 

The Once Upon A Time finale will air over the course of two weeks, on Fridays May 11 and May 18, at 8 P.M. The returning actors aren’t expected to appear until the season part. 

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Indiana Jones 5 Will Start Production In 2019

Even though Steven Spielberg’s latest film, Ready Player One, isn’t set to hit theatres until next week, people have already started talking about the Oscar winning director’s upcoming films; including the fifth film of the long running Indiana Jones franchise.

While making an appearance at the Rakuten Empire Awards in London this weekend, Spielberg not only praised the Time’s Up movement, but he also started discussing the upcoming Indiana Jones 5 film during his acceptance speech for the Legend of Our Lifetime award. “It’s always worth the trip when I get to work with this deep bench of talent coming out of the UK,” he said. “The actors, and the crew, the chippies, the sparks, the drivers — everybody who has helped me make my movies here, and will continue helping me make my movies here when I come back in April 2019 to make the fifth Indiana Jones movie right here.”

Originally the fifth movie was due out in 2019, but that was switched to July 10, 2020 last April by Disney. What we know is that Harrison Ford will once again star in the film, but Shia LaBeouf, who was one of the stars of the fourth installment The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull, won’t be in it at all. Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall will once again produce the film, and David Koepp is currently writing the script. Other than that the film, including the plot and co-stars, is a complete mystery.

Before getting to the unnamed Indiana Jones sequel however, Spielberg is filming West Side Story and The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara first. 

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