Top Movie News for July 26, 2016

Suicide Squad Director Shoots Down Joker Is Jason Todd Theory Director David Ayer clarifies a long-standing rumor about The Jokers true identity in Suicide Squad.

The Walking Dead's Lennie James joins the cast of Blade Runner 2 The idea of a sequel to Ridley Scott's BLADE RUNNER should sound like a terrible idea, it really should, but damn if I'm not growing more and more excited about the project with each passing day. Taking place decades after the first film, the UNTITLED BLADE RUNNER SEQUEL will bring Harrison Ford back as Rick Deckard and pair him up with Ryan Gosling. Details on the plot are close to... Read More...

Review: 'Jason Bourne' is one trip to the franchise well too many for this spy 'Jason Bourne' marks the return of Paul Greengrass and Matt Damon to the spy franchise that they turned into one of Universal's biggest series, but do they actually have anything new to add?http://www.hitfix.com/blogs/motion-captured

Office Christmas Party Trailer Gets Wild with Jason Bateman & Jennifer Aniston Jason Bateman stars as a branch manager who throws an epic Christmas party to try and save his employees' jobs in Office Christmas Party.

Black Panther’s Michael B. Jordan Talks Shift From Hero To Villain This past weekend, Marvel Studios brought thunder and lightning to their presentation at San Diego Comic-Con. Marvel is riding a nearly decade-long wave of success, resulting in a lineup of films that has continued to expand their world in some creative and fun ways. Now that their cinematic universe is firmly established, the company is set to tell more stories from different corners of the MCU that have yet to be explored. One of the new faces of Marvel coming to theaters is Black Panther in early 2018.

Jessica Chastain in talks to join Jake Gyllenhaal in Ubisoft's The Division Unfortunately we're still waiting for a film to come along and break the so called video-game movie curse; Duncan Jones' WARCRAFT didn't wind up being the film to do it and now it's up to ASSASSIN'S CREED, the upcoming adaptation of the Ubisoft franchise of the same name starring Michael Fassbender. Ubisoft has been attracting some big talent to their upcoming... Read More...

We're unhealithy excited about 'Wonder Woman' after the new trailer - She Said, She Said Donna Dickens and Jill Pantozzi discuss how the SDCC 'Wonder Woman' trailer raised expectations for Diana's solo outing higher than they've ever been.http://www.hitfix.com/blogs/harpy

Paul Feig to Produce the Intriguingly Titled ‘Supermodel Snowpocalpyse’ Paul Feig ain’t afraid of no ghosts, but an epic blizzard may be another story. The filmmaker has signed on to make the intriguingly titled Supermodel Snowpocalypse, about fashionistas caught in a snowstorm in Chile. It’s based on an article by Mickey Rapkin, who is best known for writing the book that inspired Pitch Perfect.  THR reports Paramount has scooped up the rights to Rapkin’s 2016 Elle magazine article, titled This Drug-Fueled, Multimillion-Dollar Supermodel Snowpocalypse Has Been Fashion’s Best-Kept Secret Since ’77.

Star Wars Set Accident Could Have Killed Harrison Ford Claims Court Case A recent court hearing calls Star Wars: The Force Awakens Millennium Falcon set a death trap just waiting to kill someone.

Benjamin Bratt Might Be In Marvel's DOCTOR STRANGE Apparently a new cast member has been listed as one of the stars for DOCTOR STRANGE. This comes in the form of Benjamin Bratt being listed among such ones as Benedict Cumberbatch, Tilda Swinton, and Rachel McAdams. Even though the actor is listed in the film,  there is no indication or idea about who or what Bratt may be playing. For the most part, a majority of notable roles in the film have been filled.

Elizabeth Banks compares Donald Trump to 'Hunger Games' character Actress and director Elizabeth Banks slammed Donald Trump on the Democratic National Convention stage Tuesday night, comparing the Republican presidential nominee to her character from The Hunger Games. “Some of you know me from The Hunger Games, in which I play Effie Trinket — a...

Oprah Winfrey to star in Ava DuVernay's A Wrinkle in Time Admittedly it's been quite a while since I last read Madeleine L'Engle "A Wrinkle in Time" (elementary school), but I recall quite enjoying it. The acclaimed novel "revolves around a young girl whose father, a government scientist, has gone missing after working on a mysterious project called a tesseract, which involves being transported to a fifth... Read More...

First Look At Justice League Dark Offers Glimpses Of Swamp Thing, John Constantine And More A first look at Justice League Dark has emerged online. Like previous first look videos in the DC Universe Animated line, it features cast and crew interviews, early animation tests and some completed footage to whet the appetites of those already interested in the range’s next release.

If a studio pays big money for time in Hall H, you'd best believe that they want to leave the event knowing that the movies they've teased have generated a lot of buzz online. With very few studios outside of Marvel Studios and Warner Bros. making their presence felt this time, it was very much Marvel vs. DC this past weekend, and social media numbers point to there being a clear winner!  According to data compiled by ListenFirst Media (via Variety), Suicide Squad came out on top with a 548k score.

BOX OFFICE: BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE Debuted With An Impressive $3.1 Million Yesterday Evening The demand for Batman: The Killing Joke was so high that Warner Bros. decided to give it a limited two day theatrical run, and it seems that's paid off in a big way for them. Box Office Mojo reports that the animated feature earned a solid $3.175 million yesterday, a figure which isn't all that far behind what many wide releases earn during their Thursday night showings.

Brie Larson Thanks Captain Marvel Fans for Their Support Brie Larson sends out a heartfelt message to fans for all the support after she was officially confirmed as Captain Marvel at Comic-Con.

More than a few of you probably spent your time last weekend binge-watching Netflix’s latest series Stranger Things. Matt and Ross Duffer‘s sci-fi show was embraced so quickly by the streaming service’s customers that a season two is already confirmed. The Duffer Brothers have shared a few details about what to expect from the next season of their hit show. Below, learn more about Stranger Things season two. Executive producers Shawn Levy and Dan Cohen told us season two would follow the same characters and introduce critical new ones.

News Briefs: Multiple Han Solo Movies Rumored Star Wars: Alden Ehrenreich (above) has been confirmed to star as young Han Solo in an upcoming Star Wars spin-off adventure. Now an unconfirmed rumor claims that Ehrenreich has been signed to a three-picture deal, opening up possibilities for further adventures if the first movie is successful. Of course, it's not unusual nowadays for stars to have multiple-picture deals for prospective franchise entries, but we'll wait to see what happens. The untitled Han Solo movie is set for release...Read MoreRead Comments

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Review: Nerve

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Review: Nerve PLOT: A shy teen (Emma Roberts) enters a popular online game, “Nerve”, on a dare. After she’s teemed-up with a mysterious fellow player (Dave Franco) she becomes a virtual prisoner of the game, with the dares she’s asked to fulfill getting more and more dangerous. REVIEW: NERVE continues directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman’s obsession with online social... Read More...

If you could get by with the Adam Sandler business model, you'd certainly try. Get paid to make movies with a bunch of your friends on someone else's dime as you travel to the latest vacation destination of your choosing... What the hell is wrong with that if you can get someone to sign off on such a sweet deal? Granted, other people still have expectations for his films or his... Read More...

John Wells & Netflix Will Develop THE PANAMA PAPERS Movie The story of thousands of secret bank accounts, a long list of the rich and powerful, and an insane accumulation of wealth hiding in plain sight just beyond the reach of governments gripped the world earlier this year when German investigative journalists Frederik Obermaier and Bastian Obermayer broke the story and led the team that uncovered THE PANAMA PAPERS.Now, Netflix and John Wells Productions (BURNT, AUGUST OSAGE COUNTY, LOVE AND MERCY) are teaming up to tell the definitive story behind THE PANAMA PAPERS and the two journalists who, working through an anonymous s

TV Review: Preacher, Season 1, Episode 9 "Finish The Song" SYNOPSIS: Jesse is on the run while those around him face life-altering decisions. The Cowboy returns to Ratwater to exact his revenge. REVIEW: The penultimate episode of Preacher featured the return of The Saint of Killers, as played by Graham McTavish, who has become the most intriguing enigma on the show, even overshadowing the titular character of Jesse Custer. You can take that as good or bad, I... Read More...

TIFF unveils 1st slate of galas and presentations; Magnificent Seven to open It's about that time for arguably the world's most exciting film festival; TIFF! The 41st Toronto International Film Festival kicks off on September 8th and you can bet that our own Chris Bumbray will be in attendance, seeing more movies during the event than you can shake a stick at! The powers that be decided to announce their first slate of galas and special presentations, taking special care to... Read More...

Director James Cameron explains how his process of 'overwriting' lead to Avatar 5, while teasing other ways he can expand the franchise.

Jon Watts Explains SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING's "Tech Based" Vulture And Teases 3D Scenes The Vulture's costume in Spider-Man: Homecoming has definitely been a big talking point since it was revealed this past weekend at Comic-Con, and it's clear that this version of the classic villain will be utilising technology on par with characters like Ant-Man, Iron Man, and The Falcon. Talking to Collider, director Jon Watts shed some light on what led to Marvel deciding to take Vulture in that direction.  "It's a very tech based approach to how The Vulture would build a wing suit and how he would fly," the filmmaker explained.

Pacific Rim 2 Loses Charlie Hunnam Charlie Hunnam has confirmed that he won't return for the sequel Pacific Rim: Maelstrom.

Go back and read the interviews with director Joss Whedon in the weeks leading up to the release of 2015’s Avengers: Age of Ultron and witness a man who was very happy to be getting out of the superhero movie game. Go back a little further and read the various set visit reports and witness a man who was exhausted and beat to hell by the process of making a $200 million spectacle.

T2: Trainspotting 2 is probably the sequel you thought you were never going to get, definitely not 21 years later. Check out the very short teaser below. Danny Boyle made no secret of wanting to make a sequel to his 1996 classic, the only reason he waited this long was so his original cast would […] Read The Teaser Trailer for Danny Boyle’s T2: Trainspotting 2 on Filmonic.

Though at one time everything in Marvel‘s Cinematic Universe was intended to be connected, there are now three major story units: the films, the Netflix series and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. For various political and practical reasons, the three islands of production rarely meet. But for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. star Clark Gregg, it means meetings between Iron Fist and Agent Coulson are highly unlikely.

Matt Damon might step up to the poker table and play another hand. The star of the 1998 poker drama Rounders was asked on The Rich Eisen Show if he had discussed a sequel. Damon said the original film’s writers, Brian Koppelman and David Levien, are sitting on a good hand and...

Still playing catch-up with all these comic-con trailers, today it’s Oliver Stone’s Snowden, which also had its first “secret” screening over there. We’ve seen various teasers and trailers for Snowden for over a year now and after being delayed a few times, the film is almost here. Now I can’t say I’m excited for this, but […] Read A Peak at the Modern Battlefield in the New Trailer for Snowden on Filmonic.

11 Iconic Stanley Kubrick Scenes in Honor of Kubrick Day: ‘Spartacus’ to ‘The Shining’ TheWrap rounds up just a few of the incredible moments from the celebrated director’s career on what would have been his 88th birthday “The Shining” (1980)–All Work and No Play “The Shining” (1980)–“Here’s Johnny!” “Dr. Strangelove: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb” (1964)–Maj. Kong Rides the Bomb “Dr.

As we wrap up our coverage of Comic Con 2016 (and what coverage it was!), we mustn't forget one of the main reasons folks go to this massive convention to begin with: the art. When you walk the floor at SDCC, you're brought face to face with hundreds of unique pieces of art, some of it exemplary, some of it not so much, but all of it created with love. It's impossible to include everything, or even... Read More...

“Boy” star James Rolleston has been seriously injured in a car crash on New Zealand’s North Island Tuesday night. The 19-year-old had to be cut out of a car after it hit a bridge on State Highway 35, near his hometown of Opotiki in the Bay of Plenty.

The reviews are in — and Cursed Child is a magical 'triumph.'

At SDCC over the weekend, a group of Ravagers came out on the stage during the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 presentation that included Michael Rooker in his Yondu make-up and new fin and introduced us to Chris Sullivan as Taserface.

Production for THOR: RAGNAROK is in full swing, and we've been treated to several small bits of behind-the-scenes goodness thanks to Mark Ruffalo's newfound fondness for social media. Now another actor from the production is getting in on the social fun, as Karl Urban has officially arrived to begin filming his work as Skurge, now that he's done promoting STAR TREK BEYOND.Urban arrived in Australia, where THOR: RAGNAROK is filming, on Sunday.

The Flash returned to Comic-Con for the third time in anticipation of its third season on The CW. We spoke with producers Todd and Aaron Helbing in a roundtable before their panel. The season premiere is called “Flashpoint,” based on the classic comic book alternate universe story. Like other classic comic book titles, like “Worlds Finest” on Supergirl and “The Brave and the Bold” on Arrow, The Flash will put a new twist on “Flashpoint.” “It’s like any of those iconic moments in Flash,” Todd said. “You want to make sure you do right.

A number of films are making the transition to television shows this upcoming television season, but The Exorcist — which debuted its pilot episode at Comic-Con over the weekend — may be one of the more solid efforts with an appealing set of lead characters and an interesting twist to set off its season-long exorcism. Following a very brief cold open that hearkens back to the original film, the pilot spends a good long time with Father Tomas. He is introduced as a warm and concerned leader of his congregation, but he is also conflicted about the priesthood.

20th Century Fox has done a fine job of keeping the secrets of the recently wrapped Alien: Covenant out of the public eye (for now), but everything that has been publicly revealed have showcased a film that seems to be acting as a direct response to how audiences felt about Prometheus.

A Harry Potter fan weighs in with some healthy skepticism.Continue reading on Film School Rejects »

Moana Official Cast & Character Images Revealed Walt Disney Animation studio’s latest offering Moana is set for release in just a few months time. From the directors of Aladdin and The Little Mermaid, this new tale follows a brave sixteen year-old wannabe wayfinder on a life-affirming quest across the ocean. Fourteen year old newcomer Auli’i Cravalho has been cast in her debut role as the voice of Moana, acting alongside Dwayne Johnson (Central Intelligence) as her friend and idol, the demigod Maui.

X-Men: Apocalypse, which released earlier this summer, was met with rather divisive reactions from both fans and critics alike, with some claiming that the film itself was the same old story we’ve seen over and over again in director Bryan Singer’s roster of recent X-Men movies.

Neil Gaiman's "The Sandman" lost another star attempting to adapt it when Joseph Gordon-Levitt dropped out of the WB film project. At Comic-Con, we checked in with Eric Kripke, who previously tried to make a "Sandman" TV series, about why the comic is so tough to adapt.http://www.hitfix.com

Even though favorites like “The Pursuit of Happyness” and “The Best Man” are taking a leave of absence, there are plenty of new options to Netflix and chill with. What’s coming: “Louis CK: Live at the Comedy Store” is exactly about what it’s titled: Louis CK’s standup night at the Comedy store in Los Angeles. This gem will be available Aug. 15 What’s coming: “No Country for Old Men” has been on multiple “Best Films of the Decade” lists and now it’ll be available for your streaming pleasure Aug.

As previously announced, Shout! Factory will release Transformers: The Movie on DVD and Blu-ray in September. But the company has updated their release plans with a list of special features to be included on the two-disc set. The marquee bonus feature is ‘Till All Are One, a brand-new, comprehensive documentary looking back at film with cast and crew, including story consultant Flint Dille, cast members Gregg Berger, Neil Ross, Dan Gilvezan, singer/songwriter Stan Bush, composer Vince Dicola and others.

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Though Ghost Rider will likely be the main focus of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 4, from the sounds of things they're not forgetting about The Inhumans. While being interviewed by io9, producers Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen divulged a few details on what we can expect from this next batch of episodes, and confirmed that because the Inhumans have now been established, they're going to have a bit more freedom when it comes to which characters they can use. “We’ve told a couple of seasons of stories but now we do have some more freedom," explained Whedon.

Get your first look at Paul J. Taylor's Pinhead and the new villain known as The Auditor in next year's horror sequel Hellraiser: Judgment.

After the release of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, Warner Bros. made quite a few changes in their managerial department including bringing on DC’s golden-boy Geoff Johns on to assist on all DCEU films. This big move led fans to believe that Johns was being brought in to save the day alongside of Warner Bros. Studios’ Jon Berg.

Joshua Marston is directing the Netflix drama

Box Office

  • 1. Star Trek Beyond
    Gross: $59,253,211
    Total: $59,253,211
  • 2. Secret Life Of Pets, The
    Gross: $29,607,210
    Total: $260,985,955
  • 3. Lights Out
    Gross: $21,688,103
    Total: $21,688,103
  • 4. Ice Age: Collision Course
    Gross: $21,373,064
    Total: $21,373,064
  • 5. Ghostbusters
    Gross: $21,009,831
    Total: $86,266,570

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