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“Fate of the Furious” Heads For $110M Opening

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 12:39pm

The first tracking figures are in for the eighth film in the “Fast and Furious” franchise with “The Fate of the Furious” on course to domestically earn between $110-120 million during its three-day opening weekend on April 14th.

That’s a softer start than the previous outing “Furious 7” which snagged a whopping $147 million opening, but ahead of “Fast and Furious 6” which pulled in $97 million in its Friday-Sunday opening weekend run.

With “Fast Five,” the series left behind its formula of a street racing “Point Break” sprinkled with hyper-masculinity and partly self-aware homoeroticism. Instead it adopted a team-centric and physics-defying heist and espionage angle in which the word ‘family’ has become increasingly more than just a noun.

A new clip from the movie has gone online today of a car chase scene in Havana which emphasises the sheer insanity of the action sequences the franchise now gleefully embraces. Check it out below:

Source: The Wrap

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“Justice League”: Cyborg Poster, Trailer Tease

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 11:50am

Warner Bros. Pictures has released the fifth of six character posters and trailer teases ahead of the first “Justice League” trailer hitting on Saturday.

This one puts the focus on Ray Fisher’s new character Cyborg with several new shots of the character in his full cybernetic form which seems like a combination of costume and CG.

“Justice League” will open in cinemas on November 10th.

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First “Spider-Man: Homecoming” Poster Released

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 11:50am

Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios have released the first posters for “Spider-Man: Homecoming” starring Tom Holland as Peter Parker.

Michael Keaton, Marisa Tomei, Robert Downey Jr., Zendaya, Jon Favreau, Donald Glover, Tyne Daly and more star in the film which follows on from events in “Captain America: Civil War”.

The Jon Watts-helmed “Spider-Man: Homecoming” hits cinemas on July 7th.

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Netflix Gives Adam Sandler Four More Movies

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 11:49am

Netflix has signed a new four-film deal with comedian Adam Sandler to create original features exclusively for its streaming service which Sandler’s Happy Madison Productions will produce.

The deal comes over two years after Netflix first inked a four-film deal with Sandler in 2014. Two of the four films of that deal, “The Ridiculous 6” and “The Do-Over,” have been the biggest film releases ever for the service. Ted Sarandos, Netflix chief content officer says in a statement:

“Adam Sandler is one of the leading comedians in the film world, and his movies have proven to be extremely successful with our subscribers around the world. We are thrilled at the opportunity to extend our partnership with Adam and his entire team at Happy Madison and keep the world laughing.”

The third film in what is now Sandler’s eight-film contract for Netflix is “Sandy Wexler” which will premiere on the streaming giant on April 14th.

Source: THR

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Colin Farrell In Talks For Disney’s “Dumbo”

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 11:48am

Colin Farrell is in talks to star in Tim Burton’s live-action adaptation of “Dumbo” at Disney Pictures.

Farrell would play the father of the children who fall in love with the lovable elephant, a role that Will Smith, Chris Pine, and Casey Affleck have all passed on.

The original followed an ostracized baby circus elephant who strives to achieve his full potential. Burton’s movie will included both live-action and computer-animated elements.

Eva Green and Danny DeVito are also in negotiations to join the film which Burton is directing from Ehren Kruger’s script. Kruger and Justin Springer are producing.

Source: Variety

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New “Love Actually” Sequel Short Photos

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 11:48am

With the “Love Actually” sequel ‘Red Nose Day Actually’ hitting the UK tonight, a bunch of new photos of the reunited cast members have arrived. The sketch will air in the U.S. on May 25th.

Hugh Grant, Martine McCutcheon, Keira Knightley, Andrew Lincoln, Colin Firth, Lucia Moniz, Liam Neeson, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Olivia Olson, Bill Nighy, Marcus Brigstocke, and Rowan Atkinson are all back as writer/director Richard Curtis provides the next chapter for these characters in the short film for the annual charity celebration.

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Edward James Olmos Joins “The Predator”

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 11:47am

Veteran actor Edward James Olmos has signed on to play an unspecified military role in Shane Black’s “The Predator,” the upcoming refresh/reboot of the sci-fi action franchise at 20th Century Fox.

The movie once again features unsuspecting humans who slowly realize that fierce hunter-aliens are in their midst. Black is directing from a script he co-wrote with Fred Dekker.

Boyd Holbrook, Jacob Tremblay, Keegan-Michael Key, Trevante Rhodes, Thomas Jane, Alfie Allen, Yvonne Strahovski and Olivia Munn star and shooting is currently underway in Vancouver.

Source: Heat Vision

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Disney Chief On The Future Of “Star Wars”

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 11:03am

Disney CEO Bob Iger, fresh from a contract renewal that keeps him as the head of Disney through at least mid-2019, appeared at an event at USC this week and has dropped all sorts of “Star Wars” related news which is making headlines.

The big news is the future of the franchise, one that will not end with the ninth episode in 2019 which is currently the end point for the ‘saga’ films: “We’re starting talk about what could happen after Episode IX, about what could be another decade-and-a-half of Star Wars stories.”

Next he discussed Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s Han Solo movie which is currently filming. We already knew that it will focus on how young Han (Alden Ehrenreich) became the smuggler, thief, and scoundrel we all first met at Mos Eisley.

Now Iger confirms the film will span a nearly seven year stretch – covering Han’s life from 18 to 24, including how he came to possess the Millennium Falcon, how he first met Chewbacca, and “you will also discover how he got his name”.

Finally he confirmed that the recent passing of Carrie Fisher will not impact her role in Rian Johnson’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” later this year:

“We had to deal tragedy at the end of 2016. Carrie appears throughout VIII. We are not changing VIII to deal with her passing. Her performance remains as it is in VIII. In Rogue One, we had some digital character. We are not doing that with Carrie.”

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” opens in December, while the Han Solo movie is currently slated for a May 25th 2018 release.

Source: Heat Vision

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“Justice League”: Wonder Woman Poster, Trailer Tease

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 10:58am

Warner Bros. Pictures has released the fourth of six character posters and trailer teases ahead of the first “Justice League” trailer hitting on Saturday.

This one puts the focus on Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman with two new shots of Diana Prince in action outside of the iconic suit, along with two shots previously seen in the Comic Con trailer.

“Justice League” will open in cinemas on November 10th.

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Anime “Godzilla: Monster Planet” New Art

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 10:54am

Several new promo images have been released for the upcoming “Godzilla: Monster Planet” (aka. “Godzilla: Kaiju Wakusei”), the new anime feature from Toho Pictures that marks the 30th “Godzilla” film produced by the company.

The story follows a group of human space colonists who, having found no habitable world in space, take a hyperspace jump home and arrive 20,000 years later in the future where they discover Earth has become a totally unknown world dominated by an ecosystem topped by Godzilla.

Kobun Shizuno and Hiroyuki Shshita helm the film which will initially have a Japanese theatrical run in November, and then will be released on Netflix worldwide soon after.

Source: Godzilla-Anime.com

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Refn’s “Maniac Cop” Remake Is Happening

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 10:45am

Danish filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn (“Drive,” “The Neon Demon”) has finally been given the green light to move forward on his long in the works remake of cult 1988 exploitation classic “Maniac Cop”.

Variety reports that Merlin Funds will be financing the film which will shoot this summer in Los Angeles with Wild Bunch on board to handle world sales. John Hyams will helm the film which Refn and the original film’s director Bill Lustig will produce.

Refn and Ed Brubaker (“Captain America: The Winter Soldier”) wrote the script for the remake based on Larry Cohen’s original which starred Robert Z’Dar. The new take shifts the action to contemporary Los Angeles with a female cop trying to find out why innocent people are being murdered at the meathooks of one her own.

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Luc Besson’s “Valerian” Gets Another Poster

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 10:37am

The latest poster has arrived for Luc Besson’s sci-fi epic “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets”. The one-sheet comes ahead of the film’s second trailer which is due for release online on March 29th.

Based on the classic European graphic novel series, “Valerian and Laureline,” Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne play special operatives for the government of the human territories and charged with maintaining order throughout the universe.

Rihanna, Ethan Hawke, John Goodman, Herbie Hancock and Kris Wu also star in the film which opens in cinemas on July 21st.

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Talulah Riley Gets Upgraded On “Westworld”

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 10:33am

Actress Talulah Riley has been upgraded to a regular cast member for the second season of HBO’s “Westworld”.

Riley appeared in six episodes of the ten-episode first season as Angela, a host character seen in three different ways – as one of the androids being tested, as the park greeter, and as part of the Wyatt storyline from Dr. Ford.

The second season of the series isn’t expected to air until 2018 at the earliest and specifics about it, beyond the storyline setup in the final minutes of the first season finale, are unclear.

Source: Deadline

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Brett Ratner Not A Fan Of Rotten Tomatoes

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 10:28am

As a director, Brett Ratner’s resume leaves much to be desired. The “Rush Hour” series filmmaker who was also behind the camera for the likes of “X-Men: The Last Stand,” “The Family Man,” “After the Sunset” “Tower Heist,” “Red Dragon” and the Dwayne Johnson-led “Hercules” – a resume which has varied in quality between decent and awful.

As a producer he’s fared slightly better with some success stories like “The Revenant” and “Black Mass” on film and “Prison Break” on TV along with several acclaimed documentaries.

Now, while speaking at the Sun Valley Film Festival, the filmmaker made it clear he’s not a fan of review aggregation sites like Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic for their single score becoming the de facto critical consensus on a film. In particular he has a bone to pick with the former:

“The worst thing that we have in today’s movie culture is Rotten Tomatoes. I think it’s the destruction of our business. I have such respect and admiration for film criticism. When I was growing up film criticism was a real art. And there was intellect that went into that. And you would read Pauline Kael’s reviews, or some others, and that doesn’t exist anymore.

Now it’s about a number. A compounded number of how many positives vs. negatives. Now it’s about, ‘What’s your Rotten Tomatoes score?’ And that’s sad, because the Rotten Tomatoes score was so low on ‘Batman v Superman’ I think it put a cloud over a movie that was incredibly successful.

People don’t realize what goes into making a movie like that. It’s mind-blowing. It’s just insane, it’s hurting the business, it’s getting people to not see a movie. In Middle America it’s, ‘Oh, it’s a low Rotten Tomatoes score so I’m not going to go see it because it must suck.’

But that number is an aggregate and one that nobody can figure out exactly what it means, and it’s not always correct. I’ve seen some great movies with really abysmal Rotten Tomatoes scores. What’s sad is film criticism has disappeared. It’s really sad.”

Rotten Tomatoes followed that up already with a statement on their site which says they make: “it easier than it has ever been for fans to access potentially hundreds of professional reviews for a given film or TV show in one place.”

Source: The Playlist

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“Zombieland” Helmer Tackles “Archer & Armstrong”

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 10:23am

“Zombieland” writer/director Ruben Fleischer has come onboard to direct the film adaptation of the indie comics title “Archer and Armstrong” at Sony Pictures and Valiant Entertainment.

“Pirates of the Caribbean” series scribe Terry Rossio is also on board for the action-comedy project about the unlikely friendship between Armstrong, a drunken self-styled philosopher and immortal warrior, and the teen prodigy Archer who has been trained since childhood to murder Armstrong.

Jason Brown, Sean Daniel and Dinesh Shamdasani will produce the film which is being developed in-house before being shopped to studios.

Valiant Entertainment is the comics publisher behind the likes of “Harbinger,” “Bloodshot” and “X-O Manowar” and has begun serious efforts to see their works adapted for the screen.

Source: Heat Vision

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Adrien Brody Comes To “Peaky Blinders”

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 10:16am

Oscar winner Adrien Brody has joined the Steven Knight-created BBC Two period gangster drama “Peaky Blinders” for its fourth season.

Brody’s role is being kept under wraps, but it’s a role described as a formidable presence. Shooting kicked off this week in Liverpool.

Cillian Murphy, Tom Hardy, Helen McCrory, Paul Anderson, Joe Cole, Sophie Rundle, Finn Cole, Aimee-Ffion Edwards, Kate Phillips, Natasha O’Keefe and Packy Lee are also all back for the new chapter in the saga of the Shelby clan which will air later this year.

Source: Deadline

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Luc Besson’s “Playground” Web Series Trailer

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 10:15am

The first trailer has hit for the new web series “Playground” which has been created by famed French filmmaker Luc Besson (“Nikita,” “The Fifth Element”).

The story is described as a high-voltage, Paris-set series about a teenage girl who joins a school for assassins. Along the way she tries to solve the mystery of her parents’ death.

Helmed by Pascal Sid (“Behind the Walls”) and longtime fight/stunt choreographer Olivier Schneider, the first season runs for ten episodes of between 8-12 minutes each and marks one of a whopping fifty new shows in the works from French digital studio Blackpills.

The entire first season of the series can now be seen through Vice Media.

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Netflix Takes Over Motley Crue Biopic “Dirt”

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 10:05am

Netflix is in talks to produce “Dirt,” a film about the rise of 1980s heavy metal band Motley Crue based on the autobiography “The Dirt” by Crue members Tommy Lee, Vince Neil, Mick Mars and Nikki Sixx along with author Neil Strauss.

The book follows the full run of their success and excess with drugs, high-heeled boots, makeup and celebrity love affairs – all while the band was selling more than 100 million records worldwide, falling out, and nearly dying from their lifestyle.

Rich Wilkes and “Californication” creator Tom Kapinos are penning the script for the film on which the bandmembers will serve as co-producers. Jeff Tremaine (“Jackass”) will direct while Julie Yorn, Erik Olsen and Allen Kovac are producing.

The project was previously being developed at Focus and Paramount.

Source: Deadline

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Full Trailer: Noomi Rapace In “Rupture”

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 10:04am

Things get strange fast in the new trailer for the Noomi Rapace-led sci-fi horror thriller “Rupture” which also stars Peter Stormare, Kerry Bishe, and Michael Chiklis.

“Secretary” filmmaker Steven Shainberg helms and co-wrote the film about a woman who gets violently kidnapped. Things take a turn for the far stranger though quickly.

“Rupture” hits DirectTV on March 30th and cinemas and VOD on April 28th.

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“Justice League”: Flash Poster, Trailer Tease

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 9:22pm

Warner Bros. Pictures has released the third of six character posters and trailer teases ahead of the first “Justice League” trailer hitting on Saturday.

This one puts the focus on Ezra Miller’s The Flash with two new shots of the actor suiting up along in the clip. The Flash’s costume remains one of the most debated aspects of the film – the design deliberately avoiding resembling the TV incarnations in favor of something more akin to the “Injustice” games.

“Justice League” will open in cinemas on November 10th.

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