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Sony Pictures Now Looking Into Buying Fox

Sat, 11/18/2017 - 8:57am

Following the reveal that both Disney Pictures and later Comcast have been in talks to acquire a number of assets from 21st Century Fox, now comes word that Sony Pictures may now be interested in acquiring their film division 20th Century Fox.

The Washingon Post revealed that Fox has only been informally approached by Sony meaning talks are in the very early stages, but they reportedly are after the same assets Disney was after previously.

Sony has struggled with output for a while and so such a deal would see them gaining a lot of new and established IPs to exploit. The most notable of course is Fox’s “X-Men” franchise.

While Sony has a pre-existing deal with Marvel Studios over “Spider-Man,” \\reaching the same style agreement over “X-Men” and “Fantastic Four” rights are hardly guaranteed. The chance of “X-Men” and “Spider-Man” crossover though would be more likely.

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“Beasts” Producer Talks Dumbledore Casting

Sat, 11/18/2017 - 8:46am

Following the reveal of the first cast photo for the “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” sequel, the film’s producer David Heyman has now spoken about some of the casting choices.

Specifically he’s discussed the casting of Jude Law as Dumbledore and says it was because he possesses many of the same qualities that they have found in the Dumbledore character:

“One of the reasons we chose Jude is he has many of the qualities we find in Dumbeldore in the Potter films. He’s got authority, he’s got a twinkle in his eye, he’s sometimes a bit elliptical. So you have that but also have this youthful energy and jubilance. So he brings that twinkle, mischief, authority, and power, but at the same time brings far more youthful energy to the film. You understand why he would be your favorite teacher and be someone you believe is an extraordinary wizard.”

Law is part of a cast that also includes Ezra Miller as Credence, Claudia Kim as a Maledictus, Zoe Kravitz as Leta Lestrange, Callum Turner as Theseus Scamander, Katherine Waterson as Tina Goldstein, Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander, Dan Fogler as Jacob Kowalski, Alison Sudol as Queen Goldstein and Johnny Depp as Dark wizard Gellert Grindlewald.

“Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” is in production in the U.K. and France ahead of a late 2018 release.

Source: EW

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Teaser Trailer: Disney and Pixar’s “Incredibles 2”

Sat, 11/18/2017 - 7:58am

The super-powered baby Jack-Jack is the focus of the first teaser trailer for “Incredibles 2,” the upcoming Disney and Pixar sequel that finally arrives thirteen years after the original.

Brad Bird returns as director for this new story with Mr. Incredible (Craig T. Nelson), Elastigirl (Holly Hunter), Violet (Sarah Vowell), and Dash (Huck Milner) facing off against The Underminer.

“Incredibles 2” will hit theaters on June 15th 2018.

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Billy Ray To Polish “Terminator” Script

Sat, 11/18/2017 - 7:53am

“Captain Phillips” and “Shattered Glass” scribe Billy Ray has been brought onboard to do a final polish on the script for the next film in the “Terminator” franchise.

James Cameron is producing and “Deadpool” helmer Tim Miller is directing the project which came out of a writer’s room that teamed scribes David Goyer, Justin Rhodes, and Josh Friedman working with a story created by Cameron, Miller, and David Ellison.

Ray will now tweak the result. Linda Hamilton and Arnold Schwarzenegger are returning to the franchise for this entry which serves as a direct sequel to “Terminator 2: Judgment Day”.

The new “Terminator” is slated for a July 26th 2019 release.

Source: Variety

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Photos: CW’s “Crisis On Earth-X” Crossover

Sat, 11/18/2017 - 7:46am

The CW has released nearly one hundred photos from “Crisis on Earth-X,” this year’s four episode crossover of The CW’s DC series “Supergirl,” “The Flash,” “Arrow” & “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” which airs November 27th & 28th.

Executive producers Andrew Kreisberg & Marc Guggenheim penned the story for the crossover in which the wedding of Barry (Grant Gustin) and Iris (Candice Patton) brings the gang together, but things go awry when villains from Earth-X attack the ceremony. The shots include a first look at Russell Tovey as The Ray, check out the album below.

The photos hit as the adaptation of the DC Comics title “Black Lightning” will premiere on the network on Tuesday, January 16th at 9pm.

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“Doctor Who” Christmas Special First Clip

Sat, 11/18/2017 - 7:42am

The BBC has released an extended clip offering a first look at “Twice Upon a Time,” the upcoming Christmas Special that serves as Peter Capaldi’s final outing in “Doctor Who”.

The holiday episode features Capaldi’s 12th Doctor and David Bradley taking over for the late William Hartnell as the 1st Doctor alongside Mark Gatiss as a WW1 officer.

The episode arrives on Christmas Day on both The BBC in the UK and BBC America in the US.

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New “All the Money In The World” Posters

Sat, 11/18/2017 - 7:41am

TriStar Pictures has released two new posters for Ridley Scott’s “All the Money in the World,” the first to include the swapping out of Kevin Spacey’s name with Christopher Plummer.

The film follows the 1973 kidnapping of 16-year-old John Paul Getty III (Charlie Plummer) and the desperate attempt by his devoted mother Gail (Michelle Williams) to convince his billionaire grandfather (Christopher Plummer) to pay the ransom. Romain Duris, Charlie Plummer and Timothy Hutton co-star.

“All the Money in the World” is slated to open nationwide on December 22nd.

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Carmen Ejogo Joins “True Detective” S3

Sat, 11/18/2017 - 7:41am

Carmen Ejogo (“It Comes at Night,” “Alien: Covenant”) has been tapped to star opposite Mahershala Ali in the forthcoming third season of Nic Pizzolatto’s anthology drama “True Detective” for HBO.

The macabre third season is set in the heart of the Ozarks and deals with a mystery that deepens over decades and plays out in three separate time periods.

Ejogo will play the female lead, Amelia Reardon, who is an Arkansas schoolteacher with a connection to two missing children in 1980.

Ali stars as Wayne Hays, a state police detective from Northwest Arkansas. Pizzolatto, who created the series, will serve as showrunner and direct alongside “Green Room” helmer Jeremy Saulnier.

Source: The Live Feed

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One-Third Of Netflix Users Binge At Work

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 5:29pm

Second screening has become a big thing in recent years as people, having adapted to multi-tasking at all times, have gone beyond music and podcasts and are now fully watching TV shows and films whilst also at work at their occupation.

A survey conducted by Netflix with SurveyMonkey has revealed that 67% of Netflix users are watching when they’re not at home, 37% of subscribers are binge-watching at work, 30% watch Netflix while traveling, 27% binge watch while waiting in line, and 12% fired up the streaming service while in a public bathroom.

In an age of peak TV viewing, watching shows whilst at work is in many ways the only way to keep up with everything on. The survey included 37,056 responses from adult Netflix users in the United States, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, France, Germany, India, Italy, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, Philippines, Poland, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, and Turkey.

Netflix releases the first season of “Marvel’s Punisher,” the Jim Carrey-led documentary “Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond,” and the potential awards candidate racial drama feature “Mudbound” all on the service today.

Source: Mashable

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“Justice League” To Fall Short At $95M

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 5:05pm

Zack Snyder & Joss Whedon’s “Justice League” is heading for a disappointing opening weekend of around $95 million according to early estimates on Friday. Up until this point, estimates were that the film would open in the $110-120 million range. Not anymore as the film followed up its strong $13 million Thursday night preview with quieter than hoped early Friday business.

As a result, it’s slated (at best) to come in about the same as “The Fate of the Furious” ($98.7M) which would still make it one of the biggest openings of the year. However, it’s also the softest start for a superhero film this year behind “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” ($146M), “Thor: Ragnarok” ($122M), “Spider-Man: Homecoming” ($117M) and “Wonder Woman” ($103M).

With the film’s budget estimated to be as much as $300 million, the movie will struggle to make it into profit without help from overseas and repeat business. The film earned $16.4 million Friday in its first day in China and overseas earned $27.3 million in its first two days (Wed & Thurs) in select countries.

On the latter front, it may have some success as an early audience survey from comScore/PostTrak showed the film has scored a 69% definite recommend from filmgoers who saw it, most surprising is that women over the age of 25 gave it a whopping 93% positive score. 26% reportedly plans to buy the film on Blu-ray and 23% expressed a desire to see it again in theaters.

The feel good drama “Wonder” also opens this weekend and is overperforming, beating early estimates of $9 million with a $20-25 million launch now looking likely.

Source: Heat Vision

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“Call Me By Your Name” Could Get Four Sequels

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 5:02pm

Luca Guadagnino’s summer romance tale “Call Me By Your Name” is looking to ride the wave of buzz to potential awards glory this year, but the filmmaker has reiterated that he’s not done with these characters.

In fact, the director says he’s so enamoured with Armie Hammer’s Oliver and Timothee Chalamet’s Elio characters that his ambitions for a sequel have expanded. He tells Vulture:

“Sequels. I want to make five movies. I think I want to see them grow up. How great would it be to see those actors grow older, embodying those characters?. It sprung out of my love for these characters and my desire to visit them again, and in doing so, to be with the same people I did this movie with.”

So effectively it sounds as though Guadagnino is planning his own version of the “Before Sunrise” trilogy – one which would pick up with these characters every couple of years as the actors age. We already know the second movie would pick up with a 32-year-old Oliver and 25-year-old Elio, but Guadagnino says he’s not bound by the rules of sequels:

“Maybe in the sequel, Elio and Oliver only meet after two hours of the movie. I want to follow them, Mr. Perlman, Marzia, all these people. Maybe the movie opens with how Mafalda the maid is living in the house, all alone! I definitely would buy myself the freedom of a movie that is not bound to a textbook of rules.

Once, I dreamt of making a sequel to ‘I Am Love,’ which was basically about Emma, Tilda’s character, living with no money on the periphery of Rome. It would be about her daily routine, like Chantal Akerman’s ‘Jeanne Dielman.’ Five hours of watching Emma go to the supermarket where she’s a cashier, going home to cook a meal, eating her meal, and then one day she bumps into the daughter, who’s a big artist. I thought about doing that.

The only problem for me is that for a director, time is very limited in general. You can do a certain amount of films and no more than that. You know, I am 46. To make a movie is long. I have to learn how to discipline my ambitions.”

For now, “Call Me By Your Name” stands strong on its own and opens on November 24th.

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Claes Bang Is “Girl in the Spider’s Web” Villain

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 4:33pm

“The Square” star Claes Bang has been cast as the villain of “The Girl in the Spider’s Web,” the upcoming sequel to “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” that also serves as a minor reboot of the franchise.

Clare Foy plays Lisbeth Salander, the young female hacker who is contacted by journalist Mikael Blomkvist to help him out after he receives a call from a source who claims to have been given information vital to the United States by a young female hacker. Together they are drawn into a ruthless underworld of spies, cybercriminals, and government operatives.

There’s no official word on what role Bang will be playing, though potentially it’s Holtser, an assassin for the enigmatic criminal organization ‘The Spider Society’. Sylvia Hoeks (“Blade Runner 2049”) has scored the role of Lisbeth’s twin sister Camilla, but the casting of Mikael Blomkvist has not yet been announced. Fede Alvarez helms the new film from a script he co-wrote with Steven Knight and Jay Basu from the David Lagercrantz’s 2015 novel.

The film is targeting an October 19th 2018 release.

Source: Variety

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“The Incredibles 2” Trailer Launches Tomorrow

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 4:13pm

The first trailer for Disney and Pixar’s “The Incredibles” sequel is expected to debut in cinemas next week and will be timed to the release of “Coco,” however the studio has confirmed in a tease on Twitter that it’s set to launch online tomorrow.

Meanwhile The Tracking Board reports that Bob Odenkirk and Catherine Keener have joined the voice cast of the Brad Bird-directed animated sequel, joining a list that includes Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell, Huck Milner, Samuel L. Jackson, John Ratzenberger and Bird himself.

Picking up where the first film left off, the sequel will focus on Elastigirl’s adventures saving the world while Mr. Incredible is left to care for Jack-Jack. A bunch of new superheroes will also factor into the story of the film which opens June 15th.

Tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/jjif8byDGE

— Disney•Pixar (@DisneyPixar) November 17, 2017

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“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” Extended TV Spot

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 3:37pm

A brand new extended TV spot has been released by Disney and Lucasfilm for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”. Entitled ‘Light,’ the clip offers new footage as well as some new dialogue between Luke (Mark Hamill) and Rey (Daisy Ridley). The clip comes as director Rian Johnson has confirmed the film runs 150 minutes – making it the longest running “Star Wars” film to date.

In the film, the heroes of ‘The Force Awakens’ join the galactic legends in an epic adventure that unlocks age-old mysteries of the Force and shocking revelations of the past. Mark Hamill, the late Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Kelly Marie Tran, Laura Dern and Benicio Del Toro star.

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” opens in regular and IMAX theaters on December 15th.

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Dave Chappelle’s “Equanimity” Set For NYE

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 3:35pm

Netflix has announced that Dave Chappelle’s new stand-up special “Equanimity” will premiere on December 31st.

Earlier this year, Netflix released two Dave Chappelle comedy specials that came from Chappelle’s personal vault – ‘The Age of Spin’ at The Palladium in Los Angeles in March 2016, and ‘Deep in the Heart of Texas’ at the Moody Theater in Austin in April 2015.

‘Equanimity’ however will be the first special the comedian has made exclusively for Netflix. Like those preceeding specials, this aims to bring Chappelle’s unflinching comedic style to issues of race, class, politics, pop culture, and more.

Check out the teaser below, which includes a “Stranger Things” cameo.

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“Romper,” “Frontier,” “Chi” & “Gunpowder” Promos

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 3:33pm

A whole swag of new TV promo trailers have arrived today starting with “Romper Stomper: The Series,” a TV follow-up to the early 1990s Melbourne-set neo-Nazi film which launched Russell Crowe into the acting spotlight. Jacqueline MacKenzie returns and is joined by the likes of David Wenham, Lachy Hulme, Dan Wylie and several newcomers. It premieres on Australian TV on New Year’s Day.

Next comes the trailer for the second and final season of the critically acclaimed Netflix original series “Frontier” starring Jason Momoa, Katie McGrath, Landon Liboriron and Jessica Matten. The new season will debut in full on November 24th.

Next up, HBO has released a trailer for the three-part thriller “Gunpowder” based on the real-life 17th century events that lead to Guy Fawkes Day. Kit Harington star as his real life ancestor Robert Catesby alongside Peter Mullan, Mark Gatiss, Liv Tyler, Edward Holcroft and Tom Cullen. The program will debut on Monday, December 18th.

WGN America has announced today that its recently acquired the thriller series “Shoot the Messenger” and is slated to premiere on Monday February 26th. They’ve also released the teaser trailer for the eight-part event series starring Elyse Levesque, Lyriq Bent, Lucas Bryant and Alex Kingston. The show explores the complex relationships between crime reporters and the police as a young reporter becomes drawn into an interconnected web of criminal and illicit sexual activity after witnessing an apparent gangland murder.

Finally, Showtime has released the trailer for Lena Waithe’s “The Chi,” an “Easy”-esque ensemble look at Chicago’s south side, dropping them into the lives of neighborhood residents, ranging from kids going to school to the elderly watching the world pass by. It premieres January 7th.

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“Justice League” Scores $13M Preview Night

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 8:25am

Zack Snyder’s “Justice League” film pulled in $13 million in Thursday night previews in the United States, higher than the $11 million that “Wonder Woman” made earlier this year but behind the $14.5 million that “Thor: Ragnarok” pulled in last month.

For now, “Justice League” remains on track for a $110-115 million start domestically for the weekend – dramatically behind the $166 million opening of “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” last year. THR says that: “if a B character from Marvel shut downs?and outperforms the A team from DC, that’s an embarrassment… it’s going to be a stressful weekend for some [Warners]?execs.” Reviews for the title remained mixed.

Variety reports that with reshoots the film’s production budget came in at “well over $250 million” which means the film has to earn at least $600 million to break even, likely higher. The film is now playing in theaters worldwide.

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“Dunkirk” To Be Re-Released Next Month

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 7:23am

Hoping for a boost of its awards chances, Warner Bros. Pictures is set to re-release Christopher Nolan’s war epic “Dunkirk” in select IMAX & 70mm theaters across the country on December 1st.

Dunkirk will play on fifty IMAX screens and on 70mm screens in thirty-four markets including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Dallas, Atlanta and Toronto, among others.

On January 24th, the film’s rerelease will be expanded to include an additional 250 locations. Released in July, “Dunkirk” grossed $188 million domestically and $525 million globally.

Source: THR

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“A Wrinkle In Time” Poster, Next Trailer Sunday

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 7:14am

Walt Disney Studios has revealed the new poster for ” A Wrinkle in Time,” filmmaker Ava DuVernay’s adaptation of the famed Madeleine L’Engle 1962 young adult novel of the same name.

The story deals with Meg Murry and her brilliant brother Charles Wallace who go on an unexpected journey into alternate dimensions on a mission to bring home their father and save the universe from an expanding darkness.

The cast includes Oprah Winfrey as Mrs. Which, Reese Witherspoon as Mrs. Whatsit, Mindy Kaling as Mrs. Who, Chris Pine as Mr. Murry, Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Mrs. Murry, Zach Galifianakis as The Happy Medium, Andre Holland as Principal Jenkins, Levi Miller as Calvin, Deric McCabe as Charles Wallace, and introducing Storm Reid as Meg Murry.

The one-sheet comes ahead of the new trailer which will debut during the American Music Awards this Sunday. The film is set to debut in cinemas on March 9th 2018.

Here’s the brand-new poster for A Wrinkle in Time! Tune in to the @AMAs this Sunday on ABC to see the new trailer. #WrinkleInTime pic.twitter.com/EvrLABQgRu

— A Wrinkle In Time (@WrinkleInTime) November 17, 2017

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Michelle Williams Joins Guadagnino’s “Fall Back”

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 7:07am

Michelle Williams is in talks to play the female lead alongside Jake Gyllenhaal and Benedict Cumberbatch in “Call Me By Your Name” director Luca Guadagnino’s next project “Let It Fall Back” at Studiocanal.

Steven Knight (“Peaky Blinders,” “Locke”) penned the script which stars Gyllenhaal as a financial reporter who travels to Rio de Janeiro to visit a wealthy friend (Cumberbatch), only to get sucked into a plot to fake his friend’s death.

Specifics of Williams’ role are being kept under wraps. Gyllenhaal and Cumberbatch will each produce along with Adam Ackland and Riva Marker. Filming begins next year.

Source: The Tracking Board

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