Top Movie News for October 16, 2017

Lion King Easter Egg Discovered in New Black Panther Trailer Marvel Studios releases the second Black Panther trailer with obvious references to Disney's classic The Lion King.

Gretchen Carlson’s Lawyer: Harvey Weinstein Can Be Sued by Employees He Never Targeted Harvey Weinstein could faces a wide range of civil lawsuits and criminal charges involving any women he propositioned, touched or assaulted — but he could also get sued by employees he never targeted, according to the lawyer who negotiated Gretchen Carlson’s $20 million settlement. New Jersey employment lawyer Nancy Ericka Smith represented Carlson in the 2016 sexual harassment lawsuit that led to the exit of her boss, Fox News chief Roger Ailes.

Superhero Bits: Inhumans Ratings Still Falling, Justice League Tickets On Sale Soon & More How are the ratings for Marvel’s Inhumans doing after a few weeks? When will Justice League tickets go on sale? What did director David Fincher say that disparaged Marvel Studios and other blockbusters? Which Justice League superhero is getting the social media spotlight this week? What does the granddaughter of Wonder Woman creator Professor Marston think of the new biopic?

Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner has gotten engaged to musician Joe Jonas. The pair announced the engagement in cute crossover Instagram posts: I said yes. A post shared by Sophie Turner (@sophiet) on Oct 15, 2017 at 10:39am PDT She said yes. A post shared by J O E J O N A S (@joejonas) on Oct 15, 2017 at 10:39am PDT But is this a cause for celebration, or for concern? This isn’t the first engagement for the 21-year-old Turner.

Annabelle 2 Crosses Huge Horror Milestone at the Box Office New Line's hit horror sequel Annabelle: Creation is one of 2017's biggest horror hits along with IT and Get Out.

Venom Targets Veep Star Reid Scott in Mystery Role Veep star Reid Scott is in talks for an unknown mystery role in Sony's highly-anticipated Spider-Man spin-off Venom.

Daniel Brühl gets inside the mind of a serial killer in The Alienist trailer As a bit of a sucker for any well-made psychological thriller dealing with serial killers and forensic psychology (David Fincher's Mindhunter is currently scratching that itch), I'm already anticipating that I'll quickly become a fan of TNT's The Alienist. Wrap it all up in a late 19th century setting, and I'm absolutely on-board. The upcoming eight-part series, based upon the novel of the same name by Caleb Carr, stars Daniel Brühl as criminal... Read More...

Trailer released for Steven Soderbergh's Western miniseries Godless I'm not going to lie: not a huge fan of Westerns. A part of it is that they peaked before my time, but honestly I just don't like that era. While I enjoy Western inspired things, ala FIREFLY, I can't really get past a lot of classic Westerns glorification of "Manifest Destiny" and the dehumanization of indigenous people. To be fair, I've also liked a lot of anti-Westerns (UNFORGIVEN) and a few fun ones (like... Read More...

‘Star Wars Rebels’ Final Season Will Be More Serialized, Will Provide Fans With Answers As the animated Star Wars Rebels prepares to air its final season on Disney XD, showrunner Dave Filoni is promising fans that the show will be more serialized and provide answers to questions posed by fans. Get all the Star Wars Rebels final season details you can handle below. Star Wars Rebels will kick-off its fourth and final season this month, bringing a close to the popular animated series that takes place after Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and focuses on a group of rebels who unite aboard a freighter called the Ghost and engage in covert operations.

NBC‘s Hannibal was one of those shows that you had to keep reminding yourself was actually a network show, and not a product of a premium cable channel (HBO, Showtime) or streaming service (Netflix, Amazon). Originally running from 2013-2015, Bryan Fuller‘s take on FBI profiler Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) and cannibalistic serial killer Dr.

Kevin Feige Says That DC Has “Figured It Out” Does DC finally have their sh*t together? It’s entirely possible but there is the chance that they do. Wonder Woman was a critical and commercial success and, for the first time, everyone seemed to walk out of a DC movie happy. The comparison with the Marvel Cinematic Universe is something that won’t go away anytime soon no matter how many times Kevin Feige and Geoff Johns tell us there isn’t any bad blood between them. Heroic Hollywood got the chance to speak to Feige and was asked if he had any advice to DC and Johns. “I don’t know.

Ant-man and The Wasp are suited up and ready for action in new set pics We've still got some time before Marvel's ANT-MAN AND THE WASP is slated to make its theatrical debut, but that won't keep fans from buzzing about the latest behind-the-scenes look at the film's lead characters fighting crime in their snazzy, new super suits. Today, several new photos were posted to Twitter have stars Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly looking battle-ready and... Read More...

Josh Boone hopes The New Mutants kicks off a trilogy of X-Men horror films As I'm not overly familiar with Marvel's New Mutants comic series, I wasn't entirely sure what to expect from Josh Boone's upcoming film, and the first trailer for THE NEW MUTANTS definitely didn't fit the X-MEN image I had in my head. Josh Boone had previously said that THE NEW MUTANTS would be "a full-fledged horror movie set within the X-Men... Read More...

Professional Russian trolls tasked by Vladimir Putin to help Donald Trump win the 2016 presidential election used the Netflix drama House of Cards as a training video, according to a report from Yahoo News.

TV Review: Fear the Walking Dead - Season 3, Episode 16 Season 3, Episode 16: Sleigh Ride PLOT: The Clark family tries to survive the raid of Gonzalez Dam while Madison dreams of Christmas. REVIEW: A shocking event occurred in the previous episode of Fear the Walking Dead, Things Bad Begun. While Daniel Salazar (Ruben Blades) and the traitorous Victor Strand (Colman Domingo) struggled over a gun, the gun went off and shot Daniel in the face.... Read More...

In a move meant to introduce U.S. subscribers to the the scope of its original international series programming, HBO will be showcasing a total of six international series from three key regions across its streaming and VOD platforms.

Gambit Movie Recruits Mad Max Costume Designer Oscar-winning costume designer Jenny Beavan is now working on the Gambit movie for 20th Century Fox. The X-Men spinoff film seemed all but dead for much of this year, until a sudden influx of updates this month revealed that the Channing Tatum headlined comic book movie is alive and well. In the span of but two weeks, Gambit both locked down a new director in the form of Gore Verbinski and secured an official 2019 theatrical release date from Fox. Gambit, like Deadpool, is both a solo vehicle for and a relaunch of the eponymous X-Men character on the big screen.

We’re only a few days away from the release of Stranger Things 2, and an old fan theory has been given new life thanks to last week’s second and final trailer for the new season of the supernatural series. In the show’s first season, the kids’ Dungeons & Dragons game foreshadowed their interactions with creatures like the Demogorgon, and if you recall, season one ends with them reuniting on Christmas Eve and playing D&D one more time in the closing minutes of the eighth episode. Did the events of that game predict what will happen in season 2?

Today in news that will make the denizens of Film Twitter lose their collective minds, acclaimed filmmaker Guillermo del Toro is apparently making a documentary about acclaimed filmmaker Michael Mann. That’s a whole lot of acclaim to go around. Details are slim at the moment, but just the knowledge that a director like del Toro is making a doc about a director like Mann is pretty darn exciting.

Angelina Jolie is set to produce and lend her voice to Stella the elephant in an adaptation of The One and Only Ivan.

Deadpool 2 Wraps Filming, Ryan Reynolds Hints at Easter Eggs Star Ryan Reynolds promises a lot of Easter Eggs for Deadpool 2 as the film wraps production in Vancouver.

David Fincher Criticizes Marvel Studios’ Filmmaking Approach David Fincher offers some criticism regarding Marvel Studios’ approach to filmmaking. While many working in Hollywood would probably be hesitant to sound off on Marvel, Fincher has enough respect within the industry that he knows he can voice his opinions without fear of reprisal.

*SPOILERS FOR CALL ME BY YOUR NAME BELOW* Sequels are normally reserved for blockbuster action flicks, smash-hit comedies and horror flicks that made a billion dollars off a $1,000 budget. But every now and again a director chooses to revisit dramatic material, bringing back beloved characters to re-explore their complexities. Such may be the case with director Luca Guadagnino, who already has ideas for a sequel... Read More...

I have yet to watch Netflix’s new thriller series Mindhunter, but /Film’s own Chris Evangelista wrote a rave review of the first season, which debuted a few days ago. In his conclusion, he noted that the show’s true crime roots and its late ’70s setting leave the door open for a number of possibilities for future seasons. And now we know where the second season is heading. Mindhunter season 2 will examine a string of 28 murders (mostly children and adolescents) that rocked Atlanta, Georgia between 1979 and 1981.

Nine Films That Could Be Affected by the Weinstein Company Scandal With Harvey Weinstein’s extensive history of sexual harassment and assault recently exposed, more women have come forward with new allegations of abuse. As the number of Weinstein’s accusers continues to grow, the film distribution company he co-founded with his brother Bob is reportedly negotiating a possible sale. The Weinstein Company has nine upcoming films on its slate, including The Current War; over the weekend, the potential awards contender had its release date pushed back from this fall to an undetermined date in 2018.

Divisive Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn (The Neon Demon) will launch a new online content platform called byNWR in February. The site is currently live and accepting email subscriptions. The platform, which will offer films and other curated content free of charge, will be "an unadulterated cultural expressway of the arts," said Refn at the Lumiere Film Festival in Lyon, France.

There’s a lot to miss about the late, incomparably great Carrie Fisher: Her delightful screen presence, her sharp contributions to screenwriting, her brilliant wit and unapologetic candor, and her advocacy for those suffering from mental health problems and addiction. She was, for lack of a better word, a badass.

It's been twenty years since the release of the first SPAWN film, and Todd McFarlane has been quite passionate about giving the character the reboot he deserves, and he'll finally get his chance now that Blumhouse Productions has come onboard. At New York Comic-Con, Todd McFarlane said that production on the "dark and R-rated" SPAWN would get underway next February, and... Read More...

Move over, Rick Blaine! A new all-time movie legend has joined the ranks of Hollywood icons immortalized in the Criterion Collection, and he’s wearing a pair of sweet ass fingerless gloves.

Tom Holland Calls Mark Ruffalo ‘Worst Avengers Secret Keeper’ Spider-Man: Homecoming star Tom Holland has called Mark Ruffalo the “worst Avengers secret keeper,” alluding to the Hulk actor’s recent Instagram slip during the Thor: Ragnarok premiere.

Comic book writer, better known for his work on the Uncanny X-Men comic in the nineties and more recently for Superman, Teen Titans and Red Hood And The Outlaws, Scott Lobdell, has scored a major success with his screenplay for the movie Happy Death Day taking the no 1 box office spot, with a $26.5 million take, almost doubling Blade Runner‘s second week success of $15.5 million.

Not only is IT the highest-grossing horror movie ever at the domestic box office, it’s also one of the highest-grossing R-rated movies period. The movie didn’t skimp on the bloody horror, with Pennywise (Bill Skarsgard) devouring on small children like he was at a Golden Corral buffet. But there were lines the filmmakers decided not to cross, and now we have the very grim details of a scene... Read More...

‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Review: ‘Choose Your Pain’ Puts the Crew in a World of Hurt Okay, what was with that ending of the latest Star Trek: Discovery episode? Did “Choose Your Pain” turn Star Trek into a horror show? “Choose Your Pain” is, as the title suggests, filled with tons of pain, including the minor pain of seeing another Stamets continue to look in his bathroom mirror while the real Stamets walked away. The only levity found in this episode, aside from the first usage of the f-word in Star Trek history, was Rainn Wilson’s highly enjoyable Harry Mudd. Seeing this Star Trek OG character was a sight for sore eyes.

By Jacob Oller Understanding wartime maturity was never so poignant. Roberto Rossellini’s scathingly-scripted war trilogy – encompassing Paisan; Rome, Open City; and Germany Year Zero, which has also been called his neorealist trilogy – came after his well-received three films on fascism. The neorealist elements in these later films enabled his scripts to include things like regional dialects and colloquial speech far more easily than his previous work.

The CW has released a new piece of promo art for their upcoming animated CW Seed series Freedom Fighters: The Ray. This is the second animated series to be done on the CW’s on-line presence. The first being two season of Vixen which later lead to a live action appearance for star Megalyn Echikunwoke on Arrow and now Maisie Richardson-Sellers plays Vixen’s grandmother, a previous version of Vixen on DC’s Legends of Tomorrow. The new series is set to debut sometime in December and features the voice of Russell Tovey as journalist Ray Terrill.

Netflix may have been overshadowed by streaming rival Hulu at last month’s Emmy Awards, but it remains second to none in terms of reach, as the company beat expectations by adding nearly 1 million more new subscribers than expected — while traditional pay-TV outlets continue to struggle. For the three months ended September 30, Netflix reported revenue of $2.99 billion and earnings of 29 cents a share. That easily beat the $2.29 billion in revenue and 12 cents a share in earnings the company pulled in during the same time last year.

What Happened to Sif Between Thor: The Dark World and Ragnarok? Kevin Feige shares new insight into Jaimie Alexander's character Lady Sif between Thor: The Dark World and Thor: Ragnarok.

By Max Covill It would seem a lot more of the Professor Marston story is fabricated than we knew. Regardless of its poor box office showing, Professor Marston is a really fascinating look into the creation of the Wonder Woman comic. It is a story filled with BDSM, polyamorous relationships, and the difficulty conforming to social norms. Given it was based on a true story, the audience is led to believe a lot of events on screen actually happened.

With the season 6 premiere of Arrow having finally aired, we now know who lived and who died on Lian Yu… and if you haven’t seen it yet: A) There will be spoilers here and B) how do you call yourself an Arrow fan? We learned quickly the fates of John Diggle, Felicity Smoak, Rene Ramirez, Curtis Holt, Dinah Drake, Quentin Lance, Black Siren, Slade Wilson and Nyssa al Ghul. But it was a little later in the episode before we found out what happened to Samantha Clayton and Thea Queen.

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A new Justice League promotion reveals Cyborg’s (Ray Fisher) altered origin story for Warner Bros.’ DC cinematic universe (unofficially known as the DC Extended Universe). Victor Stone, aka Cyborg, was created by comic book writer Marv Wolfman and artist George Pérez, and he made his debut appearance in 1980 as one of the founding members of the Teen Titans.

Fans have been wondering what type of ramifications the battle against Thanos in Infinity War will bring. Hit the jump for details from a new casting call and a potential spoiler.

"You look like a friendly crowd!" Samuel Goldywn Films recently debuted this official trailer for the new horror thriller titled Psychopaths, which first played at the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year. This is also the latest film from Mickey Keating, director of the films Ritual, Pod, Darling, and Carnage Park, which was also released this year. Psychopaths is about seven different serial killers whose paths cross over one single, blood soaked night. This looks flashy and stylish, though it's hard to tell what exactly is going on in this trailer.

The drama continues to swirl around the NFL and the players who are choosing to protest during the performance of the National Anthem. The Bleacher Report is reporting that former 49er quarterback Colin Kaepernick has retained  high-level attorney Mark Geragos to file a grievance against the NFL owners for collusion. Photo by Mike Morbeck. Collusion in legal terms is the act of two or more parties conspiring to limit open competition by deceiving, misleading, or defrauding others of their legal rights or gaining an unfair market advantage.

By Sinead McCausland From transparent raincoats to faux-fur pom-pom hats: there’s more complexity to the women of Blade Runner and Blade Runner 2049, and it can be found in costume design. This past week it was reported that Blade Runner 2049, the Denis Villeneuve follow-up to Ridley Scott’s 1982 film, opened $20M under its expected domestic box office debut.

Yup, Beyoncé – the Beyoncé – was offered a part in the live-action ‘Beauty and the Beast’ by her ‘Dreamgirls’ director. Continue reading…

Griffin Newman, who stars in Amazon’s The Tick as sidekick Arthur Everest, has a role in the upcoming Woody Allen movie, Untitled Woody Allen Project (not the final name). Timothée Chalamet, Selena Gomez, Elle Fanning, Jude Law, Diego Luna, and Liev Schreiber also star in the film, which is set for a 2018 release window.

Now that Supergirl season 3 is up and running, we have the first awkward situation. In the first episode, new bad guy Morgan Edge (Adrian Pasdar) made a play to buy CatCo. Kara (Melissa Benoist) asked Lena Luthor (Katie McGrath) to try and intervene. She ended up buying the company herself. In the clip below from episode two we see Lena showing up to work at the company without having talked about it was James Olsen (Mehcad Brooks), the guy currently running the company. It’s already going to be interesting to see the dynamic between James and Lena.

The long-awaited live-action Pokemon movie Detective Pikachu is finally moving forward in 2018.

The New York Film Festival showcased three of 2017’s best LGBTQ films, ‘Call Me By Your Name,’ ‘Thelma,’ and ‘BPM (Beats per Minute).’ Continue reading…

FXX By the time Hulu’s October listings rolled around, the streaming service was still basking in its many Emmy wins thanks to the original series The Handmaid’s Tale. Now that the month of November is just a few weeks away, however, it seems Netflix’s biggest competitor is toning down its original output in favor of increasing its licensed catalog.

Director Andy Muschetti‘s It reunion continues rolling along, as Owen Teague (Bloodline) has been tapped to join the cast of Locke & Key, Hulu’s one-hour horror/fantasy drama adaptation of the IDW comic by Joe Hill and artist Gabriel Rodriguez. Teague will be joining previously announced castmates Frances O’Connor; fellow It actors Megan Charpentier and Jackson Robert Scott; Nate Corddry, Jack Mulhern and Danny Glover.

A new report indicates that the pilot episode of the live-action Titans= series will be directed by Brad Anderson (Fringe, The Wire, The Machinist). Plus, Anna Diop has shared a brief VFX test video...

Remember The Belko Experiment? It came out earlier this year and was a B-movie set in an office building about employees who were forced to kill each other at the behest of a mysterious voice who locked them inside. I found that film to be an ugly and largely pointless exercise in brutality, but if that didn’t scratch your itch for office-set murder movies, perhaps Mayhem, the newest film from director Joe Lynch (Everly), will be more up your alley. It certainly looks like it’s a hell of a lot more fun.

By Rob Hunter It’s no franchise-starter, a la ‘Taken,’ but Chan’s “old man seeks revenge” flick is a terrific action/drama all the same. Martin Campbell rebooted the James Bond franchise twice, with GoldenEye and Casino Royale, and his directorial career also includes entertaining fare like Criminal Law and The Mask of Zorro. 2011’s Green Lantern was viewed as such a failure, though, that he hasn’t directed a feature since. Jackie Chan, meanwhile, has kept extremely busy internationally but hasn’t had a wide release in the U.S.

Ever since we first saw Deadd fans have been itching for a second installment in the series. A hard R rated comic book movie that was maybe three years too soon Deadd garnered critical acclaim but failed miserably at the box office. Star Karl Urban has never really given up hope that he’d get to show off his best frowny face on screen again though and there has been hope lately. A new television show, called Mega-City One, and Urban has been saying he’s willing to come back for at least a cameo.

Box Office

  • 1. Alien: Covenant
    Gross: $36,000,000
    Total: $36,000,000
  • 2. Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2
    Gross: $35,062,000
    Total: $301,799,474
  • 3. Everything, Everything
    Gross: $12,000,000
    Total: $12,000,000
  • 4. Snatched
    Gross: $7,600,000
    Total: $32,782,600
  • 5. Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul
    Gross: $7,200,000
    Total: $7,200,000

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