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“Justice League” Headed For $150M Opening?

15 hours 55 min ago

Nearly two months out from release, the earliest box-office projections for Zack Snyder & Joss Whedon’s “Justice League” film are in.

According to Box Office Pro, indications are that the film is on track for a $150 million opening weekend and a potential eventual haul of $330 million in North America.

That opening would put it behind “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” which debuted to $166 million, but would put it ahead of “Thor: Ragnarok” which opens just before it and is estimated to be tracking for a $100 million opening.

The estimate comes as Batman News reports that actress Kiersey Clemons and her Iris West character have been cut from the film with fan speculation rising that the part will be recast.

“Justice League” opens November 17th.

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Aronofsky’s “mother!” Could Become An Opera?

15 hours 57 min ago

Darren Aronofsky’s “mother!” has been labelled many things so far, and in new Reddit AMA with director Darren Aronofsky, there’s another name it might earn in the future – opera.

During the session, someone asked Aronofsky if he considered staging his new movie as a play. The helmer responded: “[Composer] Johan Johansson and I are thinking about turning it into an opera.”

The film famously uses no score, even though Johansson crafted a bunch of music for it during the production process. Aronofsky has hinted in interviews that the music created won’t just disappear and will come back again in some form.

“mother!” is out in cinemas now.

Source: Vulture

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No “Blade Runner 2049” Director’s Cut Coming

15 hours 59 min ago

Earlier this year Patty Jenkins confirmed there would be no alternate or director’s cut of “Wonder Woman” coming because there was no need – the film was so well planned that little was left on the cutting room floor.

Now, director Denis Villeneuve has admitted much the same about his upcoming sci-fi sequel “Blade Runner 2049,” saying that the substantial 2 hour and 32 minute long R-rated theatrical cut will be the definitive vision. He tells Europe Plus (via ScreenRant):

“The thing is, the movie you’re going to see is the director’s cut. There will be no further … maybe there’ll be a ‘studio version’ [laughs], maybe a producer version, but not a director’s version. That’s my director’s cut. So I don’t think there will be further versions. If there are alternate versions, they’re not from me.”

Villeneuve reportedly had nearly complete artistic freedom over the project which used real sets where possible and opted for practical over CG where it could.

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Vaughn: Why “Flash Gordon” Won’t Work Today

16 hours 1 min ago

Filmmaker Matthew Vaughn has revealed that his plan years ago to make a reboot of the “Flash Gordon” franchise was kind of cut off at the knees by James Gunn’s “Guardians of the Galaxy”.

Speaking with Collider during “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” press rounds, the British helmer says the project hasn’t made much progress as making the comic adaptation stand out in the market today is difficult:

“For me, the only problem with Flash Gordon is Guardians [of the Galaxy] kind of stole what I would have liked to have done with it. You’ve got Star Wars, you’ve got Guardians, so you’ve got to have your own space opera, but you have to find something that can survive among these two very, very great franchises.”

Vaughn confirms he’s still working on the idea, but has shied away from locking in any production dates:

“The way I choose films is when I know I have to make it. Simple as that. There will be a moment where I can’t think of anything else other than getting behind a camera and shooting a movie. It’s a very hard switch to click; once it’s on, nothing stops me.”

Vaughn’s name has been linked to several projects in the works, most notably including the standalone “The Flash” film.

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David Sakurai Is A Villain In “Fantastic Beasts” Sequel

16 hours 36 min ago

Danish-Japanese actor David Sakurai (“Marvel’s Iron Fist”) has joined the cast of the “Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them” sequel at Warner Bros. Pictures.

Sakurai will play the role of Krall, an ambitious and sulky henchman of the film’s villain Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp).

The film opens in 1927 with Grindelwald having made a dramatic escape and gathering more followers to his cause. The only one who might be able to stop him is the wizard he once called his dearest friend, Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law).

But Dumbledore will need help from the wizard who had thwarted Grindelwald once before, his former student Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne).

David Yates returns as director on the film which opens late next year.

Source: Deadline

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HBO Unveils “Spielberg” Documentary Trailer

16 hours 38 min ago

HBO has premiered the trailer for the feature-length documentary “Spielberg” which pulls back the curtain on the filmmaker’s remarkable career.

Award-winning documentarian Susan Lacy helms this in-depth look into the master director’s nearly five decades long filmography, revealing how his experiences fed his work and changed over time.

Drawn from nearly thirty hours of exclusive interviews with the director, the work also includes insights from members of Spielberg’s family, as well as friends and colleagues.

The doco debuts Saturday, October 7th exclusively on HBO and will be available through HBO NOW, HBO GO, HBO On Demand and affiliate portals.

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Photos: De Niro, Pesci, Scorsese Film “Irishman”

Sat, 09/23/2017 - 12:22pm

Filmmaker Martin Scorsese is in the midst of filming his mob drama “The Irishman” for Netflix, a big-budget project that sees the return of Robert DeNiro, Joe Pesci and Scorsese for the first time together since 1995’s “Casino”.

This weekend, photos have emerged of the trio shooting scenes in New York, and fans of the director’s work will go giddy over the shots – especially of the seemingly out of retirement Pesci.

Al Pacino and Harvey Keitel also star in the film about Frank Sheeran, a mob hitman allegedly involved in the death Jimmy Hoffa. The project will notably use digital effects to de-age De Niro as it charts Sheeran’s life over a long period.

Filming is expected to continue through December ahead of a release on Netflix sometime in late 2018. For heaps more photos, check out The Daily Mail

Source: Chris Evangelista

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Palpatine Actor Doesn’t Want To Be Recast

Sat, 09/23/2017 - 11:58am

Speaking with BBC News this week, “Star Wars” veteran actor Ian McDiarmid admits that he doesn’t want anyone else playing the role of Emperor Palpatine in future films, and doesn’t know if he’ll be needed for future ones

The actor has taken on the role in all three prequels and the original trilogy entry “Return of the Jedi” where his character was seemingly killed. The character didn’t appear in ‘Rogue One’ and isn’t going to appear in the young Han Solo spin-off film, but there’s a chance he might appear in a future standalone:

“I suppose there must be a chance but I think you’d find out about it more quickly than I would. As far as the new films are concerned, I’m dead. There is no question about that. But there is what they call the anthology series and actually the most recent one, Rogue One, was about the time when I was in charge. I was referred to a few times, Darth Vader popped up, but you did not see me. Maybe they are keeping me as a surprise for later but I have no idea. Of course, I don’t want anyone else to play him.”

The character has been resurrected in comic form in the past and recently there was an unconfirmed rumor of an appearance in ‘The Last Jedi’ but not in a way you’d expect – a rumor that has since been dismissed.

In related news, Ron Howard has posted two photos from the currently filming “Han Solo” film, both shots likely tied to the Spice Mines of Kessel/Kessel Run sequence teased a few days ago.

Shooting a scene about desperate and dangerous times in the Galaxy pic.twitter.com/AtNZPOkzFO

— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) September 23, 2017

Shooting a scene about desperate and dangerous times.

A post shared by RealRonHoward (@realronhoward) on Sep 22, 2017 at 1:10pm PDT

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Liman Talks “Edge of Tomorrow 2” Intentions

Sat, 09/23/2017 - 11:55am

Still out doing press rounds for “American Made,” film director Doug Liman recently sat down with Yahoo Movies to talk a little bit more about “Live Die Repeat and Repeat,” the upcoming sequel to the well-regarded sci-fi hit “Edge of Tomorrow”.

Liman has never done a sequel in his career and admits he was apprehensive about returning, but it was the strong fan support and the story idea come up with by Cruise that convinced him to come back:

“Normally there are financial decisions behind making a sequel, but with this, it was just about us coming up with a story. Really, it’s not a world I was eager to go back to, because dealing with time travel can make your head hurt. But there was so much affection from fans of the movie — more than any of my other movies! — that Tom and I felt that we owed it to ourselves to at least think about what a sequel could be.”

Liman says he’s a bigger fan of the story idea for the follow-up than he is the original film:

“It picks up where the last one left off, but then we go backwards in time. I love it way more than the story of the original film.”

“Live Die Repeat and Repeat” still doesn’t have a production schedule or release date yet set.

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“X-Files” ‘Home’ Actress Returns In New Role

Sat, 09/23/2017 - 11:54am

Karin Konoval is returning to “The X-Files” albeit in a new role.

The acclaimed actress previously appeared on the series in 1996 in the show’s most infamous episode “Home” in which she played a mutant-breeding amputee kept under a bed.

The episode was so notoriously disturbing that FOX declined to re-air it for years, but it has since become one of the show’s most memorable hours.

In the new season, Konoval will play multiple roles in another scary entry with showrunner Chris Carter saying: “While Karen Konoval won’t be reprising her role as the mother-under-the-bed in the fan-favorite episode ‘Home,’ she will be returning in a tour-de-force performance in an early episode. Or, more accurately – performances.”

The ten-episode second season of the revival of “The X-Files,” the eleventh season overall, also guest stars Barbara Hershey and Brian Huskey. It will air sometime in 2018.

Source: EW

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Firth’s “Kingsman” Return Was To Be A Secret

Sat, 09/23/2017 - 11:53am

20th Century Fox certainly made no secret that Colin Firth’s seemingly shot in the head Harry Hart would be returning in the just released sequel “Kingsman: The Golden Circle”.

First teased in the poster, the revelation of Harry’s survival was the ‘money shot’ of the teaser trailer and his presence has been used in all of the film’s marketing to date.

IGN asked the film’s director Matthew Vaughn about the decision to let this secret be revealed, and the director didn’t hold back on putting the blame squarely on the studio:

“Well, I’m not in charge of marketing. The thinking about that was stupidity, to be blunt. I begged the studio not to reveal it. Because it’s the whole driving force of the first act and if you didn’t know that scene it would’ve made the whole audience gasp. So you have to ask the lovely marketing guys because I think their job is to open the movie and don’t really care about the experience of the movie.”

Vaughn does go on to say the film was a learning lesson from him and should a third be made, he will do what he can to have more control over the marketing as well.

“Kingsman: The Golden Circle” is now in cinemas.

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Monster Tease In “Godzilla” Sequel Set Photo

Sat, 09/23/2017 - 11:50am

Taking a break during the 69th day of filming on the sequel to the 2014 “Godzilla” reboot, filmmaker Mike Dougherty has posted another photo tease from the set.

The photo shows a cockpit with a projection of Godzilla on a screen behind it, likely for the actor inside to react to.

In the film, the crypto-zoological agency Monarch faces off against a group of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and the three-headed King Ghidorah.

When these ancient super-species – thought to be mere myths – rise again, they all vie for supremacy, leaving humanity’s existence hanging in the balance.

Vera Farmiga, Sally Hawkins, Kyle Chandler, Millie Bobby Brown, Bradley Whitford, Thomas Middleditch, Charles Dance, O’Shea Jackson Jr. , Aisha Hinds, Zhang Ziyi and Ken Watanabe star. The film is currently scheduled for release in March 2019.

Day 69. @GodzillaMovie pic.twitter.com/fy4BvBTeic

— Mike Dougherty (@Mike_Dougherty) September 22, 2017

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Rumored “Gambit” Story Details Emerge

Sat, 09/23/2017 - 4:26am

The long in the works “X-Men” spin-off “Gambit” has been through the ringer. While leading man Channing Tatum is holding on, multiple writers and directors have now come and gone from the film with its current status up in the air.

Now, Splash Report claims to have a copy of the recent story outline for the film and says it’s “the Ocean’s Eleven” of the comic book genre – a heist film which starts with an almost 25 year flashback involving the thieves guild and a first meeting with Bella Donna Boudreaux.

Cut to adult Remy Lebeau who has been hired by Nathaniel Essex a.k.a. Mr. Sinister to recover a mysterious trunk that was stolen by the Boudreaux clan. Gambit uses New Orleans’ Mardi Gras celebrations as a cover.

Mutants in the film include Rictor, Fifolet, Dani Moonstar, Multiple Man, Marrow, and a ‘blue X-Men regular’. Gambit also reportedly makes reference to “X-Men: Days of Future Past” and “X-Men: Apocalypse.”

For the full report, click here.

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Russell Tovey To Play Gay Superhero The Ray

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 3:52pm

In a superb bit of casting, openly gay British actor Russell Tovey (“Looking,” “Being Human,” “Quantico”) is set to play gay superhero The Ray for The CW’s DC series.

Tovey will appear in the four-episode crossover event of “Arrow,” “The Flash,” “Supergirl” and “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” as part of the storyline which will be titled ‘Crisis on Earth-X’.

In the comics the character is an investigative reporter who is exposed to a genetic light bomb which grants him light-based powers.

The crossover event takes place over two nights, November 27th & 28th, on The CW.

Source: TV Line

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“I, Tonya,” “Ladybird,” “Star” Set New Dates

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 2:19pm

Following rave reviews on the Fall film festival circuit, Neon has announced plans to open Craig Gillespie’s Tonya Harding biopic “I, Tonya” in New York and Los Angeles on December 8th.

Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan and Allison Janney star in the dark comedy which will get a platform rollout continuing into January.

That isn’t the only date announced today as A24 have set a November 3rd limited release for Greta Gerwig’s semi-autobiographical film “Lady Bird”. The film will then go wide over the Thanksgiving holiday.

The story follows a fiercely independent high school senior (Saoirse Ronan) who yearns to go to college in New York so that she can get out of her humdrum Sacramento home town and away from her tormenting mom (Laurie Metcalf).

Next up, Warner Brothers has moved up its release of the Bradley Cooper-directed “A Star is Born” from September 2018 to May 18th 2018.

Cooper plays Jackson Maine, a country music star who discovers a talented unknown (Stefani Germanotta, aka Lady Gaga). As her career quickly eclipses his own, he struggles to accept that his best days may be behind him.

Finally, though they haven’t set a date yet, Samuel Goldwyn Films has snapped up the North American rights to Warwick Thornton’s “Sweet Country” following raves at Venice and Toronto.

Source: THR

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Arnie Says “Terminator 6” To Ignore “Genisys”

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 1:44pm

After multiple bad sequels, the “Terminator” franchise is headed back towards greener pastures. James Cameron is returning to the franchise as producer, “Deadpool” director Tim Miller is taking the helm, and both Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton are returning on screen.

Speaking at the An Experience With Arnold Schwarzenegger event this week in Birmingham England (via The Terminator Fans), the former Governor of California confirmed that the new film will ignore the events of “Terminator Genisys”.

He also says filming is slated to begin in March next year with Linda Hamilton already training for it, and Robert Patrick won’t be back as the T-1000 despite the actor expressing interest in the possibility at one point.

Schwarzenegger didn’t elaborate beyond that, but this does re-affirm indications that the new movie is essentially a direct sequel to “Terminator 2: Judgement Day”.

He also confirmed he plans to shoot “Triplets,” the sequel to the 1988 buddy comedy “Twins,” once he wraps the next “Terminator”. That will see Arnie and Danny DeVito reprising their roles from the original, with Eddie Murphy joining them as their long-lost brother.

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“Jesse James” Narrator On The Film’s Legacy

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 12:55pm

There’s plenty about Andrew Dominik’s “The Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford” that’s faultless – the cinematography is jaw-dropping, the score is wondrous, the performances are strong, and the direction is deft.

There’s no question it’s a meticulously well-crafted artistic work, but it’s also not faultless. The script isn’t quite up in the same league in its exploration of themes of hero worship, legacy, and guilt all tied to one man’s pathological obsession with another.

Mostly though the film has come under fire in the past for its languid pacing spread out over an unnecessarily long 159 minute runtime. Over time people have grown more forgiving of the longer runtime and relaxed pacing, but at the time of production it was famously a big issue of contention between the filmmakers and the studio.

At one point Spielberg’s longtime editor Michael Kahn was brought in and came up with a version that ran 110 minutes – nearly a full hour shorter. The film’s first assistant editor Hugh Ross, who also narrates the film, spoke with EW this week about the movie and of Kahn’s cut said:

“Honest to God, they paid him a ton of money, and I honestly don’t think anybody even looked at that cut. It wasn’t any good.”

Ross also remains uncertain why the studio didn’t care for the film and offer it more support:

“Warners just treated it so badly and never understood what they had. It has always completely perplexed me because the screenplay is a real faith adaptation of [Ron Hansen’s] book, and the movie is exactly the screenplay. I don’t know what they were expecting.

I understand why it scared Warner Bros. Pictures, I just don’t understand the point of dumping it. Why not put it out there and see what happens? If you say this movie isn’t going to work and then release it in just a couple theaters, yeah, it’s not going to work.

If you put it out there for a weekend and nobody sees it or hears about it or knows that it’s there, it’s not going to work. Then you can say to yourself, ‘See? I told you it wouldn’t work.'”

“The Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford” is now available on disc and streaming services.

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VOTD: “Tomb Raider” Trailer vs. Game

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 12:37pm

Those involved in the upcoming reboot of the “Tomb Raider” film franchise have made it fairly clear that the Alicia Vikander-led new film takes its inspiration from the 2013 game reboot.

That title saw a young Lara Croft on her very first expedition in order to uncover and protect her late father’s research. When her ship capsizes, she is left isolated on an island east of Japan – an island being used for a dark purpose.

Certainly, when watching the trailer, big parts of it offer a direct homage to the title, while elements of its sequel “Rise of the Tomb Raider” are also visible.

Today a new video has popped up offering a side by side comparison of various key scenes and it’s surprisingly on point. “Tomb Raider” will hit cinemas on March 16th.

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“IT” Passes “The Exorcist” At Box-Office

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 12:29pm

The film adaptation of half of Stephen King’s iconic novel “IT” has pushed past “The Exorcist” to become the highest-grossing R-rated horror film domestically after just two weeks in release.

“IT” has earned $236.3 million stateside, passing the $232.9 million haul of ‘Exorcist’ including that film’s two re-releases combined into the original’s gross. These figures aren’t adjusted for inflation though.

By the end of the weekend, “IT” is expected to pass “I Am Legend,” “Jaws” and possibly “The Sixth Sense” in the next few weeks to become the highest-grossing scary film there aside from “Jurassic Park” and “Jurassic World”.

The film is also now the ninth highest-grossing R-rated release in history and the highest-grossing September release.

Source: Variety

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Craig Wants Villeneuve For Next Bond

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 12:10pm

“Sicario,” “Arrival” and “Blade Runner 2049” director Denis Villeneuve is reportedly actor Daniel Craig’s choice to take the helm of the next James Bond film which will serve as his final outing in the 007 role.

Baz Bamigboye broke the report. Villeneuve’s name has been mentioned as one of the favorites for the gig before, the other two being Yann Demange and David MacKenzie.

Craig however has a big say in creative decisions at this point and holds much sway. The other big upside with Villeneuve’s involvement is that it will potentially bring back “Skyfall” cinematographer Roger Deakins to the franchise as well.

At last report, Villeneuve is still developing his new adaptation of “Dune,” though earlier this year he admitted the large scale sci-fi project will take some time to coalesce and he’s in need of a break after doing five films in six years.

The next James Bond film opens on November 8th 2019.

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