Jaws

 For modern-day audiences, JAWS might not necessarily live up to the hype that you’ll end up being “afraid to go into the ocean.” Yet what makes JAWS so scary is the same thing that makes all other horror films so scary: The unknown. Not seeing what’s in the dark and not seeing what’s in the ocean—it’s a similar concept, right? That’s what leaves you glued to the screen the entire time. 

Yet what makes JAWS a classic is through its crew: Chief Brody, Hooper, and Quint. Ordinary everyday people going up against a larger-than-life monster. In a way, this film parallels Herman Melville’s classic novel “Moby Dick” with Quint as the Captain Ahab. Much like the novel, Steven Spielberg masterfully builds the legend of the shark before fully unleashing him in the final climactic battle.

That’s the most effective thing about the film. If you think about it, the technical difficulties involving the animatronic shark were a blessing in disguise. Spielberg adapted his film and creatively came up with a solution to his expensive shark troubles. That fear of a monster unseen has always been more effective than showing the monster from the get-go. After all, nothing is more frightening than your imagination. 

But unlike other monsters at the time, JAWS is based in reality. There are no radioactive lizards or giant apes terrorizing humans here. No, this is simply a great white shark having his fill of unsuspecting humans. This is nature forcing its way onto Amity Island. Sadly though, this film is shockingly relevant to what’s been happening in 2020. It’s kind of sad to see that stupidity hasn’t changed in 45 years.

Overall, JAWS is a technical achievement and an outright miracle film. After all, with all of the behind-the-scenes troubles involving the shark, no script, and no crew it’s a miracle that the film ended up as good as it is. That’s attributed to the genius that is Steven Spielberg. With JAWS, the Hollywood landscape would never be the same again.

Movie Rating: 4.5/5 atoms

Jaws - Richard Dreyfuss and Roy Scheider

Video

JAWS hits Ultra HD Blu-ray with an HDR transfer and a 2.35:1 aspect ratio. From the opening scene on the beach to the foggy nighttime boat trip scene, you can see all of the improvements from the Ultra HD presentation. The brightness from the moon radiates off the screen while the black levels keep the scene nice and dark. The black levels give the picture with some deep blacks while also keeping all of the shadow details intact… And that’s just the opening scene. The brightness and black levels have a wide grayscale to accurately display the light and darkness on the screen.

The colors stay faithful to the source material by not going too overboard with the colorization of the picture. The color saturation only increases when needed such as the blood-red in the ocean waters leading to fuller color experience. The details also get an increase in clarity but the film still suffers from the soft edges of the source material. The film grain is also noticeable as well—preserving the cinematic quality of the classic. Overall, this is a great-looking 4K video transfer that stays faithful to the source material.

Video Rating: 5/5 atoms

Jaws - Murray Hamilton, Richard Dreyfuss, and Roy Scheider

Audio

JAWS hits Ultra HD Blu-ray with a Dolby Atmos and a core 7.1 Dolby TrueHD Master Audio track. This review will reflect JAWS‘s Dolby Atmos track. Now, having a Dolby Atmos mix may sound amazing on paper but it’s a much less dynamic mix than you would expect. Much like the video transfer, the audio mix keeps it faithful to the source material without going overboard. Unfortunately, that means that the mix will be primarily front-loaded for most of the mix.

However, when the scene calls for it, the soundstage subtly comes alive with some scene accurate atmospheric effects. The overhead effects also do not distinctly come alive in this mix. Instead, the overheads primarily enhance the effects in the mix. That being said, the mix does come alive during the climactic battle against the shark. As you can imagine, the dialogue is clear. Though there are some scenes where the dialogue has a lo-fi vintage sound to it. Although it’s nice that the audio mix doesn’t rework the source material, it’s still sad to see that the Dolby Atmos mix doesn’t give us a richer and more robust experience.

Audio Rating: 4/5 atoms

Jaws - Roy Scheider and Robert Shaw

Special Features

JAWS‘s Ultra HD Blu-ray disc has the following special features on the disc:

  • The Making of JAWS
  • The Shark is Still Working: The Impact & Legacy of JAWS
    • Martha’s Vineyard, 1974
    • This Is a Great White… A BIG One!
    • The Theme
    • The Shark Is Not Working
    • Call Ishmael
    • I Love Sharks… I Love Them.
    • The USS Indianapolis
    • JAWSFEST
    • Life Imitates JAWS
    • The Shark Is Still Working
  • JAWS: The Restoration
  • Deleted Scenes and Outtakes
  • From the Set
  • Theatrical Trailer

The 1080p Blu-ray contains the following archival featurettes:

  • Storyboards
  • Production Photos
  • Marketing JAWS
  • JAWS Phenomenon

If you own the previous Blu-ray release of JAWS then these special features will look very familiar. Unfortunately, there’re no new bonus features added for this release. However, if you haven’t seen it then you’re in for an overload of information about the history of the film. First off, the deleted scenes are more of an extended cut of scenes than actual deleted scenes. It features a lot of setup and expositional scenes that explain a lot of nitpicky little details such as how the mayor found out that Chief Brody is closing the beaches at the beginning of the film. The outtakes also are simple goofs than an actual gag reel.

The “Making of JAWS” is a very dated and dry behind-the-scenes featurette but it does detail a lot of the turmoil that occurred while making the film. It also features a lot of the smaller and more funnier stories from the production of the film. “The Shark is Still Working” is a fan-made feature-length documentary that expands upon the “Making of JAWS” featurette with newer interviews and a more streamlined way of storytelling.

JAWS: The Restoration” documents the JAWS‘s entire restoration process for the Universal 100th Anniversary Blu-ray release of the film. “From the Set” is a British 1974 archival interview profile piece on Steven Spielberg and on JAWS. It’s always interesting to see vintage interview footage so “From the Set” is a fun watch for sure.

Special Features Rating: 3/5 atoms

Jaws

Extras

JAWS‘s 45th-anniversary Ultra HD Blu-ray release comes with a lenticular slip box and a commemorative booklet. The booklet contains information and biographies, original storyboards, Quint’s USS Indianapolis monologue script page, the original schematic blueprints of Bruce the Shark, and photos of the various posters for the film.


Overall, JAWS is a cinematic classic and proves that some great things can come from a bad situation. It’s still astonishing the kind of creativity Spielberg had to create a coherent film from so many problems. The video looks amazing for a 45-year-old film but unfortunately, the audio mix doesn’t necessarily bring the best out of the Dolby Atmos format. The special features are sadly the same bonus features from several years ago.

Overall Rating: 4/5 atoms

This Blu-ray was reviewed using a retail/advance copy/unit provided by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

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Dead by Daylight, the asymmetrical 4v1 horror game, has been knocking it out of the park with its large roster of horror icons. These include Freddy Krueger, Leatherface, Stranger Things’ Demogorgon, Saw’s Pig, Scream’s Ghostface, and Michael Myers. Today, developer and publisher Behaviour Interactive has announced that it’s bringing a deadly video game killer to the mix. Silent Hill’s Pyramid Head, the giant executioner with a huge blade, is coming to Dead by Daylight.

Joining the new killer is new survivor Cheryl Mason, also known as Heather Mason from Silent Hill 3. She’s the daughter of Harry Mason, the main protagonist in the original Silent Hill game.

Check out the reveal trailer below.

The trailer features two fan-favorite characters from the Silent Hill franchise, which marks the 16th chapter for Dead by Daylight. Additionally, Midwich Elementary School will be added as a new map.

Although it looks like it won’t be taking place outside a foggy road, it should have enough eeriness including empty classrooms and halls with stained walls, chains, and dead bodies hanging all around.

Pyramid Head

Pyramid Head made his appearance in Silent Hill 2 and is a remnant of the town’s dark past. In the Silent Hill game, he’s a killer that moves at a snail’s pace, but once he gets close, he will lunge at you with his weapon.

Cheryl Mason

Cheryl Mason has been on the run with her father since the events from Silent Hill. The cult believes that she is the chosen one to help them resurrect a demonic god.

Fans of Akira Yamaoka’s work in Silent Hill will recognize the music in the trailer. Let’s hope we get to hear more of that once the new chapter is released.

“We are so thrilled to welcome Silent Hill as Chapter 16 of Dead by Daylight. Silent Hill is such an iconic video game licence and to add it to our legendary roster of horror is truly an honor,” notes Mathieu Côté, Game Director on Dead by Daylight and Product Evangelist for Behaviour Interactive. “We hope players will have as much fun discovering this Chapter as we had in making it.”

Dead by Daylight: Silent Hill will be available on PC and consoles on June 16, 2020. It’s now live on Public Test Build on Steam.

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Some new flavor just came in regarding this Saturday’s Net Fest On Your Couch!  The Hatchet Warrior himself, Anybody Killa has been added to the festivities!

That’s right…we’ll get a full set from ABK on top of a headlining set from Twiztid, and performances by Blaze, The R.O.C., A.X.E, Lex The Hex Master, and many more that have yet to be announced!  All you have to do is tune into NetFestOnYourCouch.com this Saturday, May 30th at 7 PM EST!  Don’t miss it!





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Blumhouse's Run Sweetheart Run Acquired By Amazon Studios

Blumhouse’s Run Sweetheart Run acquired by Amazon Studios

After making its debut at Sundance Film Festival this year, Blumhouse Productions and Automatik’s upcoming supernatural horror film Run Sweetheart Run has found its home as Amazon Studios has acquired the rights to the project, according to Deadline.

RELATED: Blumhouse Taps Issa López To Adapt Our Lady of Tears

The film, written and directed by Shana Feste, centers on single mother Shari as she decides to brush away her previous hesitations and try out the dating scene once again after being urged on by one of her co-workers. After her boss sets her up on a blind date with Ethan, she’s thrilled as he initially proves to be charming and magnetic but the night becomes a nightmare as things turn sinister and she must find a way to escape, navigating the streets of L.A. after hours on foot.

As crazy as audiences may find the film protagonist’s experience, I wrote and directed a film that is based on a very personal story for me and I’m thrilled that a global audience will have the chance to see it soon on Amazon Prime,” Feste said in a statement. “I’m also grateful to my friends at Universal and Blumhouse for their unending support of the film.

The cast for the project is led by Ella Balinska (Charlie’s Angels) and Pilou Asbæk (Game of Thrones) and also features Aml Ameen (The Maze Runner), Dayo Okeniyi (Shades of Blue), Betsy Brandt (Breaking Bad), Clark Gregg (Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD) and Shohreh Aghdashloo (Star Trek Beyond).

We are excited to continue our partnership with Blumhouse and Automatik. We can’t wait to bring this thriller to our global Prime Video customers,” Matt Newman, Co-Head of Movies at Amazon Studios, said in a statement. “Filmmaker Shana Feste takes the audience on a knuckle-bending ride that is sure to keep genre fans on the edge of their seats.

RELATED: Blumhouse Adapting Dateline Story, Plus Jamie Lee Curtis First-Look Deal

The film was originally set to hit theaters via Blumhouse Tilt on May 8, as well as show at this year’s South by Southwest Film Festival, but after this year’s global pandemic, the indie powerhouse production studio has elected to go the streaming route.

Shana is a supremely talented writer and director, and we were fortunate to collaborate with her to help bring her vision to fruition,” producer Jason Blum said in a statement. “I’m thrilled that movie loving audiences around the world will get to see the film soon.”

In addition to writing and directing, Feste is also a producer on Run Sweetheart Run alongside Blum and Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, while Jennifer Besser, Couper Samuelson, Bea Sequeira and Jeanette Volturno acting as executive producers.

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Netflix's Spelling the Dream Trailer Released for New Documentary

Netflix’s Spelling the Dream Trailer Released for New Documentary

Netflix has released the official trailer for the upcoming documentary Spelling the Dream, following four hopeful competitors’ journeys as the film explores the trend of Indian Americans ruling the Scripps National Spelling Bee since 1999. You can check out the trailer below!

RELATED: The Final Cycle Is About to Begin When Dark Season 3 Debuts This June

An Indian-American competitor has won the prestigious Scripps National Spelling Bee for the past 12 years straight, making the trend one of the longest in sports history. Spelling the Dream chronicles the ups and downs of four Indian-American students as they compete to realize their dream of winning the iconic tournament.

With fascinating perspectives from CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta and Fareed Zakaria, comedian Hari Kondabolu, ESPN’s Kevin Negandhi, 1999 Scripps National Spelling Bee winner, Nupur Lala, and others, the film explores the reasons behind this incredible winning streak and what it means for the community.

RELATED: The Old Guard Trailer: Charlize Theron Is An Ass-Kicking Immortal Mercenary

Spelling the Dream is directed by Sam Rega (League of Millions, Miami Noir: The Arthur E. Teele Story), who produced along with Chris Weller. The movie will premiere on June 3.

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Starz Unveils June 2020 Calendar Including Pride Month Celebration!

Starz unveils June 2020 calendar including Pride Month celebration!

Starz has unveiled its full calendar of debuts for the upcoming month of June, including curated movie collections for Father’s Day and Pride Month, as well as films Fresh From Theaters and first day of summer films to keep us all uplifted.

STARZ Encore Black has unveiled a special marathon of films to celebrate Morgan Freeman’s birthday on Monday, June 1 that will begin at 9 a.m. EST with six films including Scandalize My Name, Unleashed, Nurse Betty and An Unfinished Life.

STARZ Encore Español will be honoring Salma Hayek with a special collection of films airing on Saturday, June 13 beginning at 4 p.m. EST which will include In the Time of the Butterflies, Drunk Parents, Once Upon a Time in Mexico and Desperado.

STAR Comedy will be celebrating the first day of summer on Sunday, June 21 with a collection of solstice favorites that will include Secondhand Lions, Johnson Family Vacation, The Sandlot, One Crazy Sumer, The Great Outdoors and Wet Hot American Summer.

STARZ Edge has planned to feature an LGBTQ film marathon the weekend of June 27 and 28 to celebrate Pride Month, with five films each day beginning at 2 p.m. EST including In & Out, Antonio Lopez 1970: Sex, Fashion & Disco and Brokeback Mountain.

RELATED: Starz Offering Pilot of Hightown For Free Viewing

LGBTQ Pride Month – June 1-30

Vida

Now Apocalypse

Spartacus

Take My Wife

Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood

Rebels on Pointe

Brokeback Mountain

Pain and Glory

Milk

Antonio Lopez 1970

Cameron Esposito: Marriage Materials

Giant Little Ones

The Happy Prince

My Days of Mercy

Connie and Carla

In & Out

 

Movies For Dads – June 18-21

Live Free or Die Hard

Master and Commander: Far Side of the World

Miami Vice

Snatch

The Equalizer 2

Cinderella Man

Can’t Choose Family – June 1-30

Meet the Parents

Meet the Fockers

That’s My Boy

Frankie

Jack and Jill

Johnson Family Vacation

Little Miss Sunshine

Meet the Blacks

Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins

Zombieland: Double Tap

Boundaries

Grandma

The Addams Family

Cheaper by the Dozen 2

The Great Outdoors

Mo’ Money

My Cousin Vinny

The Savages

The Burbs

Carbon Copy

RELATED: BritBox Unveils What’s Coming to the Streamer in June 2020

Pride Series – June 22-28

Hightown

Vida

American Gods

Now Apocalypse

The Girlfriend Experience

Black Sails

Take My Wife

The Pier

What’s New On STARZ in June: 

AVAILABLE JUNE 1

American Outlaws (2001)

And Now For Something Completely Different (1972)

Cyborg (1989)

The Deep End Of The Ocean (1999)

Honey (2003)

Honey 2 (2011)

I Come In Peace (1989)

I Love You, Beth Cooper (2009)

Losing Isaiah (1995)

Meet the Fockers (2004)

Meet the Parents (2000)

Mo’ Money (1992)

My Girl (1991)

My Girl 2 (1994)

No Good Deed (2002)

October Sky (1999)

Quigley Down Under (1990)

Spider-Man (2002)

Spider-Man 2 (2004)

True Romance (1993)

The Tuxedo (2002)

Up In The Air (2009)

Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins (2007)

When The Daltons Rode (1950)

The Wood (1999)

Drop Dead Diva – Episodes 301-613

 

AVAILABLE JUNE 2  

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019)

 

AVAILABLE JUNE 5

Frankie (2019)

 

AVAILABLE JUNE 7

Hightown – Episode 104

 

AVAILABLE JUNE 12

Awakenings (1990)

Cast A Long Shadow (1959)

Fools Rush In (1997)

Land Raiders (1970)

Madhouse (1990)

Poetic Justice (1993)

Seven Pounds (2008)

Shakes The Clown (1991)

Thirteen Conversations About One Thing (2001)

Trooper Hook (1957)

 

AVAILABLE JUNE 13

Dragonheart (1996)

Dragonheart 3: The Sorcerer’s Curse (2014)

Dragonheart: A New Beginning (1999)

Dragonheart: Battle for the Heartfire (2017)

Windtalkers (2002)

 

AVAILABLE JUNE 14

Hightown – Episode 105

 

AVAILABLE JUNE 19

Bean (1997)

Butch And Sundance: The Early Days (1979)

Gigli (2003)

Gun Fight (1961)

Hart’s War (2002)

Hickey & Boggs (1972)

La Bamba (1987)

Mr. Bean’s Holiday (2007)

Natural Born Killers (1994)

Out Of Sight (1998)

The Peacemaker (1997)

Tears Of The Sun (2003)

The War Of The Roses (1989)

Zoom: Academy For Superheroes (2006)

 

AVAILABLE JUNE 21 

Hightown – Episode 106

 

AVAILABLE JUNE 25    

Charlie’s Angels (2019)

 

AVAILABLE JUNE 28   

Hightown – Episode 107

 

AVAILABLE JUNE 30  

6 Souls (2013)

Neil Young Journeys (2012)

That’s My Boy (2012)

RELATED: Everything Coming to HBO Max This June

What’s Leaving STARZ in June: 

LEAVING JUNE 2

Away (2015)

Secondhand Lions (2003)

 

LEAVING JUNE 8 

Walt & El Grupo (2009)

 

LEAVING JUNE 12   

Freddy Vs. Jason (2003)

 

LEAVING JUNE 14   

Bel Canto (2018)

Who We Are Now (2018)

 

LEAVING JUNE 15   

Charlie St. Cloud (2010)

Frost/Nixon (2008)

The Grey (2011)

Larry Crowne (2011)

 

LEAVING JUNE 25   

SuperFly (2018)

 

LEAVING JUNE 29      

An Actor Prepares (2018)

Blue Iguana (2018)

 

LEAVING JUNE 30     

The Accused (1988)

Ali G Indahouse (2003)

Another 48 Hrs. (1990)

April Fool’s Day (1986)

Arnez J: Racially Motivated (2013)

Babylon A.D. (2008)

The Bad News Bears In Breaking Training (1977)

The Big Lebowski (1998)

Broken Arrow (1950)

Bruno (2009)

Cameron Esposito: Marriage Material (2016)

Cheaper By The Dozen 2 (2005)

The Cider House Rules (1999)

Colors (1988)

The Couch Trip (1987)

Craig Ferguson: I’m Here To Help (2013)

The Crimson Trail (1935)

Crocodile Dundee II (1987)

The Dark Half (1992)

Death Race (2008)

Death Race 2 (2010)

Death Race 3 (2012)

Definitely, Maybe (2007)

Destry Rides Again (1939)

Double Jeopardy (1999)

Down Periscope (1996)

Dragnet (1987)

Dwayne Perkins: Take Note (2016)

Ed (1996)

El Dorado (1966)

End Of Days (1999)

Fried Green Tomatoes (1991)

Girl 6 (1996)

Grace Of My Heart (1996)

Gunfight At The O.K. Corral (1957)

Hot Shots! Part Deux (1993)

I’m Not Rappaport (1996)

In The Time Of The Butterflies (2001)

The Jerk (1980)

Kidco (1983)

Live Free Or Die Hard (2007)

Lost In Translation (2003)

Love Me Tender (1956)

Man’s Best Friend (1993)

Money, Women And Guns (1958)

My Cousin Vinny (1992)

Naruto The Movie 2: Legend Of The Stone Of Gelel (2005)

Naruto The Movie: Ninja Clash In The Land Of Snow (2002)

Nick Cannon: Stand Up, Don’t Shoot (2017)

The Night Of The Grizzly (1966)

One Crazy Summer (1986)

The Order (2003)

Osmosis Jones (2001)

Paranormal Activity (2009)

The Presidio (1988)

Quest For Camelot (1998)

The Round Up (1950)

The Running Man (1987)

Sasheer Zamata: Pizza Mind (2017)

Schindler’s List (1993)

Seminole (1953)

Sgt. Bilko (1996)

Shane (1953)

The Sheriff Of Fractured Jaw (1959)

Shoot Out (1971)

Showdown (1963)

Space Chimps (2008)

Spaceballs (1987)

Sword Of The Valiant: The Legend of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (1983)

Tales From The Hood (1995)

Taza, Son Of Cochise (1953)

Tequila Sunrise (1988)

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Part 2 (1986)

The Truman Show (1998)

The Truth About Cats & Dogs (1996)

Undisputed 2: Last Man Standing (2006)

View From The Top (2003)

Vince Vaughn’s Wild West Comedy Show (2008)

XXX (2002)

Young Maverick (1979)

Zoot Suit (1981)

“Barbie Dreamtopia” – Episodes 117-126

“Camelot” – Episodes 101-110

“Romper Stomper” – Episodes 101-

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Stargirl Season 1 Episode 2 Recap: S.T.R.I.P.E.

Stargirl Season 1 Episode 2 Recap: S.T.R.I.P.E.

In the second episode of DC Universe’s Stargirl, Pat (Luke Wilson) reveals the truth to Courtney (Brec Bassinger) about the history of the Injustice Society of America following her unexpected run-in with Brainwave (Christopher James Baker).

Special Tactics Robotic Integrated Power Enhancer

Episode 2 picks up right where the premiere left off, with Pat showing up in his powered armor suit S.T.R.I.P.E. to save Courtney from Brainwave. After whisking his stepdaughter away to safety at his mechanic shop, Pat explains that he built S.T.R.I.P.E. out of old car parts after Starman was killed. He asks Courtney what her attacker looked like and susses out that Courtney came face-to-face with Brainwave. He tells her that Brainwave is a member of the Injustice Society of America and one of the Justice Society’s enemies.

Courtney demands to know who Brainwave is, but Pat only wants to protect her. She asks if Brainwave killed her dad, and once again Pat tells her that Starman wasn’t her dad and that Brainwave killed a lot of his friends that night, including Johnny Thunder, Hawkman, Hawkgirl, and that it was their leader, Icicle, who put down Starman. Courtney tells Pat to come clean with her, realizing that it’s not a coincidence that they moved to Blue Valley where Brainwave also happens to be.

Elsewhere, at the home of William Zarick (Joe Knezevich), the councilman is woken up by his son, Joey (Wil Deusner) who tells him someone is in their home. William, also known as The Wizard, another member of the Injustice Society, grabs his wand from a safe and investigates, finding Brainwave aka Dr. Henry King downstairs. King tells him about the girl who has Starman’s staff and that he’s already contacted their leader Jordan Mahkent/Icicle (Neil Jackson) to let him know. William reminds King that Jordan left him in charge, and warns King to stay out of his head when Brainwave begins speaking to him in his mind, accusing him of wanting to run. King tells William that Jordan’s secret Project: New America, is their purpose, their legacy, one that cannot be abandoned. King says he’s going to locate the girl with the Cosmic Staff to find out what she knows before he kills her.

Superhero Rule Number One

Back at home, Pat is telling Courtney about another member of the Justice Society of America called Hourman and reveals that he survived the battle that destroyed the rest of the JSA. Hourman took it upon himself to follow the Injustice Society’s trail across the country, eventually tracking them to Nebraska before he and his wife were killed in an accident shortly after arriving at Blue Valley. Two years ago, Pat followed Hourman’s research to Blue Valley and that’s where he met Courtney’s mom, Barbara (Amy Smart). Pat says that he was unable to pick up the Injustice Society’s trail at that point, telling Courtney he never would have moved their family to the town if he thought the villains were still there, too.

Pat tells Courtney she’s being careless when she mentions wanting to go after Brainwave. He explains there was a reason they wore costumes to hide their identities, which Courtney quickly picks up on, saying she gets it: “Protect the family. Superhero rule number one.” Again, Pat tells Courtney Starman wasn’t her dad when she says that this is her purpose, to do something for her father, and says Courtney is not touching the Cosmic Staff ever again. Courtney argues, saying she’s not going to sit on the sidelines like he did.

Unable to sleep, Pat gets up in the middle of the night to go over the JSA’s documents once more and goes through Brainwave’s file. Later, Pat takes S.T.R.I.P.E. to an empty cornfield to test the prototype and also fix up the machine in his shop, attempting to get his robotic suit in peak condition as he prepares for a fight with Brainwave.

A New Look

During breakfast, Pat and Courtney both have to come up with excuses to explain to Barbara why they have minor facial injuries, trying to use “falling down the basement stairs” as a cover. Courtney’s stepbrother Mike (Trae Romano) accuses them of acting weird as Barbara hurries off to work. Courtney then runs down to the basement and takes Starman’s old uniform, stuffing it into her backpack.

King’s son, Henry King Jr. (Jake Austin Walker), is grilled again by his dad about the night his car was blown up. He eventually gets Henry to admit that maybe it was a girl that had beaten him and his friends up and destroyed King’s car. King then sits across from his son and tells him if he knows what his father is thinking. Henry, unaware of his father’s abilities as Brainwave, is unable to. Before he leaves, King has Henry give back the money his son stole from his wallet, reminding him that they don’t steal from family.

At school, Courtney uses Starman’s uniform to transform it into one suited perfectly for her, including a mask. Meanwhile, at work Courtney’s mom listens to the CFO of The American Dream, Steven Sharpe (Eric Goins), asking for ideas for their next community fundraiser. Barbara tries to offer an idea involving the new restaurants in town but she is immediately shot down by Sharpe. Even after she offers a secondary idea, Sharpe, called “tough” by her colleagues, says he’ll come up with something himself.

Get Ripped

Pat pays a visit to Ripped City, owned by Larry “Crusher” Crock (Neil Hopkins) who previously invited Pat to check out the gym. Pat wants to sign up and come back later but finds himself immediately getting changed into borrowed clothes right then and there to begin his training program with Crusher as his gym guru.

Back at school, Courtney sits down to eat next to her classmate Beth Chapel (Anjelika Washington) who is video chatting with her parents so they can all have lunch together. We learn that Beth’s mother, Dr. Bridget Chapel (Kron Moore) works with Dr. King. King overhears Dr. Chapel and Beth discussing the school’s open house later that night, and Brainwave realizes it will be the perfect opportunity to find the girl with the Cosmic Staff. Courtney has the same idea, using the open house to try to identify Brainwave among the crowd of students and parents.

As everyone gathers in the gymnasium, King walks around trying to determine which student is the girl who attacked his son and now wields the staff. After Pat gets accosted by Crusher for trying to eat a cookie, we see Barbara meeting with other parents as Courtney takes Pat aside to ask if he’s spotted Brainwave. Pat tries to get her to back off, but she says they can cover more ground working together. Pat later runs into Denise Zarick (Cynthia Evans), the councilman’s wife. As the two share greetings, Courtney continues her search and eventually finds exactly who she’s looking for, realizing that Dr. King is Brainwave. With his powers, Brainwave is able to hear her thoughts and follows Courtney out into the hallway.

Brainwave vs Stargirl & S.T.R.I.P.E.

Alone, Brainwave and Stargirl come face-to-face as King reads Courtney’s thoughts, including how she thinks she’s Starman’s daughter. Courtney tells King he’ll pay for what he did to her dad and to the JSA. King dives deeper into Courtney’s head, telling her if she doesn’t bring him the Cosmic Staff he will make sure her mother’s death is extremely painful.

Courtney runs back into the gymnasium and tells Pat what happened. Pat immediately finds Barbara and pulls her away from her chat with the principal and the Zaricks so they can all go home. Later that night, Pat tells Courtney what Brainwave is capable of, wanting her to stay home while he deals with King. Courtney wants justice for her dad, for the JSA, and to protect her family. Pat doesn’t give in, determined to do this alone, telling Courtney that if he’s not back by morning, she needs to get her, Barbara, and Mike out of Blue Valley and to safety: “You protect your mom. You get her out of here. Tell her I love her.” Pat then smiles at Courtney before walking out the door.

At his shop, Pat starts up S.T.R.I.P.E., ready to go to war. Back at home, Barbara thanks Courtney for getting along so well with Pat, saying her efforts haven’t gone unnoticed. Barbara tells her she’s grateful to her daughter for everything she’s done and how they’re going to have a great life in Blue Valley and that Courtney will always be the greatest thing that has ever happened to her. Courtney looks at her father’s picture in her locket as Pat, operating the new and improved S.T.R.I.P.E., confronts Brainwave outside of the school.

When Brainwave attempts to get into Pat’s head, Pat starts throwing large objects at Brainwave, who is able to use his telepathic skills to easily fling them away before crushing S.T.R.I.P.E. between vehicles. Courtney, suited up in her Stargirl costume, shows up, blasting Brainwave away from her stepfather. She announces herself as Stargirl and S.T.R.I.P.E. as her sidekick. Stargirl and Brainwave fight before King eventually gains the upper hand, telling Courtney she’ll die for attacking his son. After Pat is able to distract Brainwave momentarily, Stargirl uses the Cosmic Staff to zap King in the head, knocking him out as his brain short-circuits.

A New Dynamic Duo

Pat and Courtney drop King off outside of the hospital. Dr. Chapel explains to King’s son that they think he had some kind of seizure. For now, Brainwave is in a coma.

At home, Courtney and Pat discuss the fight as well as the Cosmic Staff. Pat explains that the staff was built by a man named Ted Knight, not Starman, and he doesn’t exactly know how the staff works. Now that they’ve taken down Brainwave, Courtney wants to go after the rest of the Injustice Society. Pat says that maybe Courtney really is Starman’s daughter, “as crazy as that might be,” and he now sees her as the Stargirl superhero she was meant to be, but Pat doubts himself as a sidekick. Courtney reminds him that they stopped Brainwave together. “The last time I was a sidekick my partner got killed,” says Pat. Courtney tells Pat that this time he has a robot and that he can do this. “The staff chose me, and I choose you,” Courtney tells her stepdaughter, solidifying the new dynamic duo of Stargirl and S.T.R.I.P.E.

In another part of town, the Injustice Society’s leader returns home. Jordan walks into the empty The American Dream late at night and opens up a hidden door, revealing a secret bunker for the Injustice Society. Icicle pauses at a heavily fortified door saying, “Hello, old friend,” as a creature growls on the other side. He then walks away, heading to the society’s meeting room where Sharpe is waiting for him. Sharpe, a member of the Injustice Society known as The Gambler, asks Jordan what they’re going to do about the person who took down Brainwave. Icicle replies, “I killed one Starman. I can kill another.”

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David Ayer Shares Thoughts On HBO Max Release of Suicide Squad Cut

David Ayer Shares Thoughts On HBO Max Release of Suicide Squad Director’s Cut

After last week’s announcement of HBO Max debuting Zack Snyder’s infamous cut of Justice League, rumors have begun swirling regarding David Ayer debuting his cut of Suicide Squad in a similar fashion and though he confirmed there would be some legal hurdles to overcome in bringing it to audiences, he has continued to share his thoughts on Twitter as to how it could happen.

RELATED: David Ayer Comments on Suicide Squad Director’s Cut

After Collider’s Steve Weintraub posed the possibility of HBO Max debuting Ayer’s original cut given the continued popularity of the superhero genre and that it wouldn’t need nearly as much work as Snyder’s Justice League, the 52-year-old writer/director confirmed it wouldn’t take the $20-30 million to finish and considers being given the chance to finish it “incredibly cathartic.”

The ball is firmly in Warner Bros. court on this one. It certainly bodes well that Ayer doesn’t seem to harbor any ill will toward the studio. Ayer has also said that there’s a lot more footage of Jared Leto’s Joker nestled somewhere in the WB archives. Regardless, there’s the matter of what kind of resources the studio is willing to give Ayer to realize his true vision of the film. Warner Bros. is reportedly giving Snyder an estimated $20-30 million to properly finish his Justice League cut.

Would you like to see a director’s cut of David Ayer’s Suicide Squad down the line? Let us know in the comment section below!

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WonderCon@Home: Legendary Comics: Monsterverse Panel Teases Adult Kong!

WonderCon@Home: Legendary Comics: MonsterVerse panel teases Adult Kong!

While fans are still anxiously waiting for the first trailer of the upcoming third installment in Legendary’s Monsterverse, Godzilla vs. Kong, this year’s digital WonderCon@Home festival has brought fans a first look at the adult version of the titular gorilla in its Legendary Comics panel! Check out the elder behemoth in the player below!

RELATED: Godzilla vs. Kong Pushed Back to November 2020

The most recent film in Legendary’s MonsterVerse, Godzilla: King of the Monsters, hit theaters this summer. It ended with Godzilla taking his rightful place as the ruler of all Titans. Unfortunately, the movie was a financial disappointment, grossing only $385.9 million against a budget estimated to be as high as $200 million. Next year, Godzilla and King Kong will also fight Marvel Studios’ Eternals (which opens on November 6) for box office glory.

Adam Wingard is directing Godzilla vs. Kong, which serves as a follow-up to both King of the Monsters and Kong: Skull Island. The film began shooting last November and wrapped principal photography back in April. Millie Bobby Brown, Kyle Chandler, and Zhang Ziyi will all reprise their roles from King of the Monsters. Some of the new cast members include Julian Dennison, Brian Tyree Henry, Jessica Henwick, Demián Bichir, and Rebecca Hall.

Godzilla vs. Kong is currently set to hit theaters on November 20.

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Scott Derrickson Signs On To Helm Labyrinth Sequel

Scott Derrickson signs on to Helm Labyrinth sequel

After exiting the highly-anticipated Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness earlier this year, director Scott Derrickson has found his next project in the form of a sequel to the David Bowie-starring cult classic Labyrinth, according to Deadline.

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The original film, which hit theaters in 1986, focused on a 16-year-old girl named Sarah (Jennifer Connelly) as she sets out on a quest to reach the center of the titular otherworldly maze to rescue her infant brother Toby from Jareth the Goblin King (Bowie), whom she wished him away to. It was a box office failure upon release while receiving a fairly warm reception from critics and would go on to become a cult classic in the years since, spawning tie-in novels, video games, perennial screenings and an annual fan masquerade ball.

A sequel to the film was originally announced in 2016 with Nicole Perlman (Detective Pikachu) set to pen the script alongside Jay Basu and Fede Álvarez (Don’t Breathe) attached to direct, but after languishing in development hell, that project was shelved, with the new project being a different take on the concept.

The new sequel is set to be penned by Maggie Levin, who wrote and directed Into the Dark and My Valentine for Hulu, with Lisa Henson of The Jim Henson Company set to produce while Brian Henson will executive produce alongside Derrickson and his frequent collaborator C. Robert Cargill.

RELATED: Scott Derrickson Reveals DC Movie He Wants to Helm

Derrickson began making a name for himself in the horror world early in his career, helping co-write Urban Legends: Final Cut and co-writing and directing the direct-to-video Hellraiser: Inferno before making his big screen directorial debut with The Exorcism of Emily Rose. He would continue with the fan-favorite 2012 hit Sinister and 2014 box office hit Deliver Us From Evil before trying his hand at the blockbuster genre with the 2016 Marvel Cinematic Universe smash Doctor Strange. He was set to return as co-writer and director for its upcoming sequel, but after reported creative differences between him and Marvel Studios, he exited the project with Sam Raimi (Spider-Man trilogy) taking over the reigns.

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