Top Movie News for April 23, 2017

Fate of the Furious Wins Second Lap at the Box Office with $38.6M Fate of the Furious suffers a significant drop in its second weekend at the box office, but still beats out all four newcomers.

Star Wars: Lucasfilm Planning Future Spinoff Movies Soon Lucasfilm is planning on having meetings over the course of this year to discuss possible Star Wars spinoff movies to make in the future. The studio gambled a bit with the release of Rogue One last year, but the success of that anthology film galvanized them and gave them confidence moving forward. Between the positive critical reception and $1 billion worldwide gross, it was apparent there was much interest in seeing Star Wars stories that take place outside the traditional Skywalker family saga, and fans can’t wait to see what the story group comes up with next.

Fox sets dates for X-Men's Dark Phoenix, New Mutants and Deadpool 2 Today, Fox updated their upcoming slate dates with several reveals, including their Marvel mutant franchises, to include the long-rumored DARK PHOENIX and NEW MUTANTS, as well as a slight shift for DEADPOOL 2. Last summer's X-MEN: APOCALYPSE was met with mixed feelings, but the next entry is pushing forth and tackling perhaps the biggest X-Men story from the comics, The Dark Phoenix Saga. You may... Read More...

Release dates have been set for all four Avatar sequels Even though it’s been about seven and half years or so, I’m gonna go ahead and label the amount of time we’ve been waiting for the AVATAR sequels as “forever”. That way I can say we’ve literally been waiting forever for the AVATAR sequels from James Cameron. The director has been pushing the release date back, and further back for years, but we finally... Read More...

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2: Taserface Details Revealed Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 actor Chris Sullivan – who plays Taserface, member of the Ravagers – teases details about his character. Since it launched with Iron Man in 2008, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has largely taken place on Earth, specifically following Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, The Avengers. But Marvel Studios found success in 2014 with James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy, which adapted the, at the time, little known comic book property.

Chris Pratt Has Almost Finished Filming Avengers: Infinity War Star-Lord and the rest of the Guardians of the Galaxy will be appearing in Avengers: Infinity War, and Chris Pratt has revealed he has almost finished filming his part. With Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 still a couple weeks away from hitting theaters, most of the general public does not know how the movie – or its five post-credits scenes – will help put the Guardians on the necessary trajectory to cross paths with the Avengers.

New Kingsman 2 Footage Arrives, Trailer Coming This Monday Get a closer look at Halle Berry as Ginger and Channing Tatum as Agent Tequila in a new preview video for Kingsman: The Golden Circle.

‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Tribeca Panel Turns ‘Bizarre’ as Cast Downplays Feminist Themes A promotional stop at the Tribeca Film Festival escalated into full-blown awkwardness and fan backlash for the cast and filmmakers of Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale.” Based on a seminal 1985 novel by Margaret Atwood, “The Handmaid’s Tale” centers around  a servant in the household of a high-ranking official in a totalitarian society called Gilead.

Killers of the Flower Moon May Reunite DiCaprio, De Niro & Scorsese Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese are teaming with Leonardo DiCaprio for the upcoming adaptation Killers Of the Flower Moon.

Zachary Quinto: ‘No Guarantee’ Star Trek 4 Will Happen Spock actor Zachary Quinto reveals there may not be a Star Trek 4 after Star Trek Beyond. Quinto is currently appearing in Aardvark, a new indie film about a man with mental illness. It’s far from his first time in a smaller movie, but Quinto is probably better known for his work on one of the biggest franchises of all time: Star Trek.

Hammer’s Time: Can Armie Hammer Finally Turn a Corner with ‘Free Fire’? How do you make a charming movie star out of a Winklevoss?Midway through Ben Wheatley’s new one-long-gunfight movie Free Fire, Armie Hammer’s character picks up a machine gun. This escalation will perhaps elicit an exhale and a “finally” from the audience. Hammer plays a deal broker called Ord in a gun-buy gone south, and to this point every shooter in the ensemble cast has ironically been limited to revolvers. But Hammer’s increased firepower at this moment is as fitting as his tailored wool blazer.

That’s just what I need. A new episode of Doctor Who. I think. Okay, second episode in, Smile… what will we find? 1. Stating The Obvious For The Very First Time So you can’t operate the TARDIS from the seats. And another nod to Neil Gaiman’s addition that the TARDIS takes you where you need to be not when you want to be. And, as last week, Bill Potts is the person who points these things out. Like the Doctor’s really high blood pressure.

The Predator pumped back to next August & a slew of other release dates Today must be a national holiday for release dates, because we just got a slew of new release info from Fox, laying out everything nerds and movie buffs are eagerly waiting for. The big ones regard X-MEN and the AVATAR movies, but there’s also been some shifts regarding some smaller films and other franchise favorites, including the upcoming PREDATOR film and MAZE RUNNER sequel. Let’s... Read More...

1970s and 80s television star Erin Moran died Saturday afternoon in Indiana, according to the Harrison County, Indiana Sheriff’s department. The actress rose to fame as Ron Howard‘s little sister Joanie Cunningham on the show Happy Days beginning in 1974. Moran continued the role in 1982 with Joanie Loves Chachi with Scott Baio.

‘Rick and Morty’ VR Trailer: Enter the World of Virtual Rick-ality Even though the surprise third season premiere of Rick and Morty was a nice treat for fans who have been waiting for the animated series return, now we’re still stuck waiting for new episodes to come back this summer. Thankfully, there’s something that might hold us over for the time being. Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality is a new VR game available on the HTC Vive and Oculus + Touch that allows you to enter the wild world of Adult Swim’s animated series.

The more we’ve seen and heard about the Wonder Woman film, the more I’ve become intrigued by its use of World War I to help set the stage for the character.  We’re so used to our iconic heroes emerging from the turmoil of World War II — a notion which echoes very strongly in comic books to this day — that you might think the First Great War is an odd choice here as part of a DCEU that seeks to define these comic book icons for current generations and beyond. But it’s actually very clever.

The most recent trailer for Transformers: The Last Knight showed off plenty from the sequel that is supposed to be the last installment of the franchise directed by Michael Bay. However, one character that we still haven’t seen much of is Hot Rod. The Autobot has origins going all the way back to the 1986 animated movie when he was granted the Matrix of Leadership and became Rodimus Prime in the wake of the death of Optimus Prime.

The Latest Pair Of ‘Alien: Covenant’ Teasers Continue To Show Fox’s Indifference To Spoilers Fox WARNING: More spoilers for Alien: Covenant below. Read at your own risk or better yet, create your own Alien film and release spoilers for it. Could be fun. The build up to Alien: Covenant has been filled with unintentional leaks and official spoilers from Fox and director Ridley Scott. It’s pretty clear that everything we’ve seen to this point is stuff that no one behind the film is worried about being out there.

Margot Robbie in talks to play Queen Elizabeth in Mary Queen of Scots Margot Robbie (SUICIDE SQUAD) may soon be joining the pantheon of actresses who have portrayed Queen Elizabeth I of England as Variety reports that Robbie is currently in negotiations to play the last monarch of the Tudor dynasty in MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS. The film, which is to be helmed by theatre director Josie Rourke, will be "based on the true story of Mary Stuart’s attempt... Read More...

The Marvel Cinematic Universe has had a pretty solid run so far. There have been over a dozen films, and on there slate are eight or so more coming our way. Whether or not you actually like the films, there is no denying that Marvel Studios brought about an entirely new trend in filmmaking when it executed its cinematic universe.

Rosario Dawson’s character of Claire Temple is becoming the glue that holds the Marvel / Netflix universe together. She has appeared in both seasons of Daredevil as well as Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist. She is also scheduled to appear in The Defenders. In an interview with Collider, Dawson answered a few questions that fans have been wondering. First she talked about getting the role as opposed to being one of the costumed vigilantes: I remember when I first took on this character, I was like, “I don’t know, I really wanted to have a radioactive spider situation.

The Jungle Book director Jon Favreau is revealing his plans for making The Lion King, his next live-action adaptation of a Disney animated classic.

Turns out Zimmer’s innovative and memorable film scores, with their pounding rhythms and varied instrumentation, are perfect for the Coachella setting. Crowds reportedly went wild for the charismatic Zimmer as he conducted his way through a selection of his most ...Click to continue reading Watch Hans Zimmer’s Live ‘Dark Knight Trilogy’ Coachella Performance

“The Lovers” is that rare thing: a serious romantic comedy with farcical elements that never puts a foot wrong.

Twentieth Century Fox shifts the release dates for Maze Runner: The Death Cure and Francis Lawrence’s Red Sparrow. The studio announced a number of changes to their upcoming film slate today, including official dates for James Cameron’s Avatar sequels, three X-Men movies in 2018 (including New Mutants, Deadpool 2, and Dark Phoenix), as well as a delay of Shane Black’s Predator reboot, which is currently filming.

Disney's first choice for the Genie in Aladdin was comedian Kevin Hart, but it isn't known why he passed.

'Fantastic Beasts' Sequel Casts 'Green Room's Callum Turner as Newt's Brother Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is going to launch a new Harry Potter franchise whether you like it or not. The next installment will dive a little bit deeper into Newt Scamander’s past and also flesh out Dumbledore’s backstory and how it all connects to the beginnings of Voldemort. We already know that Newt has a very important ex, but apparently he also has a family, as his brother is currently being cast. Continue reading…

Spider-Man: Homecoming Sequence Inspired By Ferris Bueller The upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming contains more than a single nod to the collective cinema of John Hughes.When Marvel and Sony first announced that they would be partnering up to bring Peter Parker/Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, many fans were excited, while others were slightly disappointed. Coming off The Amazing Spider-Man films, the new standalone movie set within the MCU is the third live-action, Peter Parker-focused Spider-Man film released in theaters in five years.

Diane Lane talks here about returning as Martha Kent in Justice League and that big "Martha!" scene between the Dark Knight and Man of Steel in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice...

Patton Oswalt Addresses The Anniversary Of His Wife’s Death With A Beautiful Tribute Getty Image One year ago today, Patton Oswalt‘s wife, true crime writer Michelle McNamara, passed away after taking prescription medications with an undiagnosed heart condition. Oswalt has spoken eloquently about his late wife, both about their life together and how things have changed since her passing. Today, Oswalt wrote a heart-felt tribute on Facebook, explaining that life without her is “awful, but it’s not fatal.” “Last night I took off my wedding ring. I couldn’t bear removing it since April 21st, 2016. But now it felt obscene.

This summer, Tom Cruise takes on the worst evil imaginable in The Mummy and we have an awesome photo that teases the intense showdown between his character & Sofia Boutella's titular monster!

Gemini Man: Ang Lee in Talks to Direct Clone Assassin Film Ang Lee is in talks to direct the long-in-development clone assassin movie, Gemini Man. Some films are stuck in development hell for five, even 10 years. Then there’s Gemini Man. The high-concept thriller was first announced at Disney 20 years ago, and it still hasn’t made its way onto the big screen.

TWhat is the world coming to when Johnny Rotten is the cheeriest, most positive person in the room? That’s the way it seemed on Friday night at the Tribeca Film Festival, when the documentary “The Public Image Is Rotten” had its world premiere, and John Lydon — known for spewing venom and spittle in equal measure during his days in the Sex Pistols — followed the screening with a slightly unhinged Q&A in which most of his answers fairly reeked of positivity and light. He talked about the importance of books, about how the best kind of political statement is to

We chat with Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson about love and rehearsals and life and more rehearsals at Tribeca.Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead in ‘The Endless’. Oh, brother, there art thou!The Shallow Pocket Project is going to Tribeca (in spirit)! We’ll be chatting with several independent filmmakers making the trek to New York for this year’s film festival. Stay tuned! Check out our last chat with Ted Geoghegan (Director of ‘We Are Still Here’).

HBO invites you to remember the gaping hole in your life.That classic saying “a picture’s worth a thousand words” often seems hyperbolic. However, a thousand words (or, you know, two thousand) for fifteen pictures, especially when those fifteen pictures happen to be our first real, official look at the new series of Game of Thrones, seems a lot more reasonable. There was that trailer released a little while back, but it felt like more of a “look at this promotional thing we filmed” stunt rather than bonafide glimpse at future episodes. As such, it really did nothing for me.

Dan Stevens says he’s “open to offers” should Disney decide to make a sequel to its blockbuster live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast. The movie musical – adapted from Disney’s animated classic from 1991 – has been a major success, shattering domestic box office records. Its $350 million opening was just the start, with the film recently crossing the $1 billion mark, making it likely studio executives are at least thinking about some sort of follow-up.

Last Jedi Isn't Repeating Empire Strikes Back Says Director Director Rian Johnson tells fans that Star Wars 8 is not just a rehash The Empire Strikes Back.

Marvel Boss Kevin Feige on How He Prepped for Threat of WGA Strike: ‘Yes, It Moved Up Deadlines’ With contract negotiations between the WGA and AMPTP looking increasingly tenuous, TheWrap asked Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige how strongly a Hollywood writers’ strike might impact the studio’s upcoming projects. His answer: Not very. “I think the whole industry will be affected, but we’ve seen it coming for a while now, and yes it moved up deadlines,” Feige told TheWrap Thursday during the “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.

Word is that Marvel’s Luke Cage season two has begun filming for Netflix and they are looking to add two new characters. The original 13-episode series starred: Mike Colter, Mahershala Ali, Simone Missick, Theo Rossi, Erik LaRay Harvey, Rosario Dawson and Alfre Woodard. Luke Cage (Colter) and Misty Knight (Missick) will be appearing in the 8-episode Marvel’s Defenders due out on August 8th. MCU Exchange has posted a pair of character descriptions meant to let the auditioning actors have a general idea of the character without giving away too much about the upcoming season.

The powder keg that exploded 25 years ago in Los Angeles — after the shocking acquittal of the LAPD officers involved in the Rodney King beating — gets the documentary it deserves in John Ridley’s enthralling, heart-rending history “Let It Fall: Los Angeles 1982-1992.” (The film screens theatrically for one week in New York and Los Angeles before debuting on ABC.) Coming on the heels of a benchmark year for non-fiction movies about America’s ever-simmering racial tensions, from Ezra Edelman’s “O.J.: Made in America” to Ava DuVernay’s

‘Phoenix Forgotten': What’s the Deal With the Phoenix Lights UFO Sighting? This weekend marks the release of “Phoenix Forgotten,” a found-footage horror movie centering on the “Phoenix Lights.” The strange lights in the sky lead the protagonists of the movie to grab a camera and head out into the desert to investigate. Like all found footage movies, it doesn’t go well from there. “Phoenix Forgotten” might not be a true story, but there’s at least some truth to its setting — the Phoenix Lights phenomenon really did happen.

Short of the Day“One astronaut’s journey through space and life ends on a hostile exosolar planet. Grounded is a metaphorical account of the experience, inviting unique interpretation and reflection by the viewer.

Why Marvel Sidesteps A-List Directors for Up-and-Comers Like New ‘Captain Marvel’ Duo Marvel Studios hasn’t exactly worked only with obscure filmmakers. But the studio has shown a marked preference for lesser-known people with careers rooted in smaller genre productions, comedies, or character-heavy work rather than for putting A-List action directors behind the camera.

Is there anything cuter than a baby panda? John Krasinski doesn't think so (and neither do we). The actor narrates the latest Disneynature film Born in China (tickets are on sale now, opens April 21), in which we get a bird’s-eye view of gorgeous, mysterious and untouched landscapes filled with endearing animal inhabitants. Filmed in the Chinese countryside, Born in China follows three stories – an elusive snow leopard mom trying to provide for her two...Read MoreRead Comments

IGN recently sat down with the director of Thor: Ragnarok, Taika Waititi, and spoke of a number topics surrounding the new film. One topic of discussion had to do with Jeff Goldblum's character, The Grandmaster. In the comics, the character is a blue skinned alien. The movie has Jeff Goldblum appear just as you would expect Jeff Goldblum to appear. Waititi's response?"Because he did another movie where he was blue." What film would that be you might be asking?

The impending WGA strike threatens to shake up Hollywood, but it won’t have much of an impact on Marvel. As we once again find ourselves on the cusp of a writers’ strike, all of Hollywood is on tenterhooks as to whether the Writers Guild of America and Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers can avoid another disastrous halt to the industry.

One of the cardinal rules — and sometimes, biggest challenges — in nonfiction filmmaking is that when you set out to follow real people, you often don’t know where they’re going. Sometimes, real life will lead you in unexpected directions that can make for a great film; other times, it will stubbornly refuse to give you the satisfying ending that would make your movie soar. The filmmakers of “True Conviction,” which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival this week, definitely had to deal with some of the latter.

The upcoming “Star Wars” standalone film about young Han Solo almost had a major meeting of fans: those in love with the franchise, and those in love with Harry Styles. The pop star, formerly of the boy band One Direction, hinted that he read for the part that wound up in the hands of “Hail, Caesar!” star Alden Ehrenreich. Styles appeared this weekend as a guest of popular UK chat show host Graham Norton, where the men played a game called Dead Pan.

It's not a reboot, but after spending years losing readers by alienating long term fans, Marvel will be going back to basics with Legacy, an initiative to return the Marvel Universe to its old self!

War for the Planet of the Apes star Andy Serkis is promising a Caesar who acts on his darkest desires for revenge. The third installment in the rebooted Planet of the Apes franchise concerns a dystopian planet wracked by ongoing battles between humans and apes.

Everyone thinks Bob Kane is the sole creator of Batman. What the new documentary Batman and Bill presupposes is, maybe he’s not. Even though Bob Kane is frequently and historically associated with the creation of Batman, the more educated comic book fans now know that many of the signature elements of Batman’s long comic book history were created by another man named Bill Finger. But why is his name not nearly as synonymous with the creation of The Dark Knight?

Warner Bros. Pictures has released two new TV spots for Guy Ritchie's King Arthur: Legend of the Sword featuring a ton of action-packed new footage as Charlie Hunnam fights his way to the throne!

Box Office

  • 1. Fate Of The Furious, The
    Gross: $38,682,095
    Total: $163,578,315
  • 2. Boss Baby, The
    Gross: $12,750,000
    Total: $136,991,870
  • 3. Beauty And The Beast
    Gross: $9,973,000
    Total: $471,097,384
  • 4. Born In China
    Gross: $5,147,000
    Total: $5,147,000
  • 5. Going In Style
    Gross: $5,005,000
    Total: $31,765,843

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