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Small Soldiers 2 Fan Film Imagines a Sequel for the Modern Era

The 1998 action-comedy Small Soldiers is looked upon fondly by a certain generation of moviegoers, and while a sequel has yet to materialize in the decades since, it’s never too late. As this new fan film proves. Conceived as a ‘Proof of Concept’ trailer by the video game company Comadran Studios using Unreal Engine 5, the 5-minute trailer imagines a return of the violent toys as Small Soldiers: War for the Nekron finds two different factions once again waging war. Check out the concept trailer below.

“Hey there, YouTube community! We are happy to announce the Proof of Concept trailer for our next big project at Comadran Studios,” a description alongside the footage reads. “Get ready to dive into the extraordinary world of Small Soldiers, an epic toy battle brought to life in Unreal Engine 5, pushing the boundaries of cinematic storytelling to new heights!”

While neither our hero Archer nor the villainous Major Chip Hazard appear in the footage, Small Soldiers: War for the Nekron promises to deliver a sequel to the first Small Soldiers, and finally deliver on the tease left at the end of the original outing. The clip does feature a hint towards the Commando Elite, however, with the central character and leader of the Space Elite revealing that she has received an order from “CHIPHZRD” to neutralize the Necronite threat, the alien toys who, much like the Gorgonites before them, will have to fight to survive.

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Small Soldiers Is Now a Beloved Family Favorite
Still from Small Soldiers

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Releaded in 1998 and directed by Gremlins filmmaker Joe Dante, Small Soldiers follows teenager Alan, who buys a set of Commando Elite action figures while helping to run his father’s struggling toy shop. Unaware that they have been programmed with military technology the toys, including leader Chip Hazard, spring to life and start taking their directives seriously, beginning by “killing” their enemies, the toy Gorgonites. But Archer and the Gorgonites won’t go down without a fight as Alan gets caught in the middle of the war alongside his neighbor and crush, Christy.

Starring Gregory Smith as Alan Abernathy, Kirsten Dunst as Christy Fimple, and Kevin Dunn, Ann Magnuson, Wendy Schaal, and the late, great Phil Hartman as the put upon parents, as well as Frank Langella as the voice of Archer and Tommy Lee Jones as the voice Major Chip Hazard, Small Soldiers was met with mixed reviews upon release, but has since become a firm family favorite.

Despite the critical reception, Small Soldiers saw success at the box office, grossing $87.5 million against its $40 million budget. A sequel to Small Soldiers has been discussed over the years, with Dreamworks assigning Megamind writers Alan Schoolcraft and Brent Simons with the task of penning the script. Sadly, nothing ever came of it, and apart from potential reboots there has been no word of a follow-up to Small Soldiers since.

Could Small Soldiers: War for the Nekron finally provide the sequel that fans have been waiting for?

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‘I am officially off the market’: When Margot Robbie revealed she made the ‘conscious’ decision of not dating actors

Margot Robbie revealed her decision to not date actors because of the media scrutiny that came with a public relationship of two high-profile actors
Back in 2015, A-lister Margot Robbie made a declaration that she would not be dating any actors. The actress may have alluded to her fiance Tom Ackerley, who she married the following year in 2016. In an exclusive interview with Marie Claire, she revealed that being in a relationship as an actor herself came with its own set of challenges. She believed that dating someone who was popular would add on to the media scrutiny.

Margot Robbie opened up on why she made a conscious decision to not date actorsTalking to Marie Claire, she claimed, “I am officially off the market.” She then shared the reasoning behind her decision and added, “I made a conscious decision not to date actors.” She continued to explain, “But not because I hate actors. That’s a nasty generalization to make, and that’s not the case. People take such an interest in your love life when you have a profile, it puts a lot of stress on a relationship.”
The Barbie actress continued, “So two people with profiles, I figure it’s just double the amount of scrutiny, and I’d like to avoid that at all costs.” This came after reports of her locking lips with Tarzan co-star Alexander Skarsgard started making rounds. It was reported that she was caught kissing the actor during the Sundance Film Festival.

Margot Robbie revealed she opted for a minimal lifestyle even after becoming an actorIn the interview, Robbie also opened up about how she was adapting to fame. She shared, “I have a normal 24-year-old life. If I were a waitress, I’d probably have the exact same lifestyle. I’d go to the same clubs I go to already, live in the same house with the same housemates, hang out with the same people.”
However, Margot Robbie tied the knot with Tom Ackerley who is an English producer and actor. The duo met on the sets of 2013 movie Suite Francaise where Tom was working as an assistant director. Post marriage, both of them launched their production company LuckyChap Entertainment.

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Monica Bellucci and Tin Burton at lunch in the restaurant in Selci Lama

For All Saints’ Day, the Hollywood star from Tiferno returned to his native Umbria to enjoy a moment of relaxation and then visit his parentsOn the occasion of the All Saints’ Day celebrations, the Hollywood star of Tiferno origin, Monica Bellucci, returned to her native Umbria to enjoy a moment of relaxation and to visit her father Pasquale and her mother Brunella.Flanked by her current partner Tim Burton, she went to lunch, together with about twenty old friends, at the Osteria del Musicista, which has always been her favorite restaurant, in Selci Lama.Menu dedicated to typical dishes of the area, which includes an appetizer with breadsticks lined with coppa, duck in porchetta and grilled pork livers, polenta with wild boar sauce accompanied by the very typical cappelletti in broth.To conclude, a dessert based on fried “ciaccia” with Nutella and roasted chestnuts.
Having paid the bill and greeted the restaurant owner and lifelong friend, Roberto Polchi, Monica brought home cappelletti and broth for a family dinner.

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‘Rocky’ Was Quite Different In His Original Screenplay, Sylvester Stallone Claims

Sylvester Stallone took his friend’s advice on a rewrite of the original screenplay to Rocky. A few tweaks later, he was on his way to major success.
In the new Netflix documentary Sly, Stallone discussed how he initially conceived of the project, which had a much harder edge. In the early version, Rocky was depicted as a “thuggish” character, inspired by Martin Scorsese’s crime drama, Mean Streets.

But Stallone’s perspective changed when a friend read the script and thought the boxer was too cruel for audiences to actually care about him.
Stallone recalled her crying.

“She goes, ‘I hate Rocky. I hate him. He’s cruel. He hits people. He beats them up.’”
Stallone took it to heart, and asked what he could do to soften the character.

“I said, ‘what if you stop short of it?’ Like, maybe he almost did. He could have, that’s his job, but he doesn’t?’ ‘That’d be nice,’” he added. “I said, ‘What if he had a girlfriend or something?’ ‘Yeah, that’s nice.’ So I go back, start writing that: ‘Girlfriend. Nice.’”
$117 million in box office later, a franchise was born.

Stallone also revealed that actor Dolph Lundgren sent him to the hospital during one fight scene in Rocky IV.
“Dolph Lundgren… he pulverized me,” Stallone says in the documentary. “Later that night, my heart started to swell—which happens when the heart hits the chest—and then my blood pressure went up to 260, and they thought I was going to be talking to angels. Next thing I know, I’m in intensive care, where I’m surrounded by nuns, and I thought, ‘OK, that’s curtains.’”
Stallone was in the hospital for nine days following the incident, praying for “one more round.”
“For the first minute of the fight, it is going to be a free-for-all,” Stallone told Lundgren. The Swedish actor joked in a separate interview that all he did was “obey orders,” explaining, “[Stallone] was the boss. I did what he told me.”
Doctors allegedly told Stallone that he received a blow to the ribs that made his heart rattle around in his ribcage, a condition typically seen in head-on collisions. “I did hit a bus, of sorts,” Stallone joked.

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