Top Movie News for July 28, 2017

Review: The Emoji Movie PLOT: A "meh" emoji goes on a journey of self-discovery after being labeled an outcast by his fellow emojis. REVIEW: "Well, we've announced we're making an Emoji Movie, now what the hell do we do?!" I can imagine this conversation happening in the writers room of THE EMOJI MOVIE, which is a thoroughly cynical and vapid effort to cash in on... what,... Read More...

Infinity War D23 Footage Does Not Spoil Thor: Ragnarok Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi assures fans that the Avengers: Infinity War sizzle reel that played for attendees of D23 and San Diego Comic-Con 2017 this month does not spoil the ending of his film. While the footage was never officially released online, descriptions of the teaser mentioned that it began with the God of Thunder floating through space before colliding into the Guardians of the Galaxy’s Milano – setting the stage for an epic partnership in the fight against Thanos.

'Wonder Woman' Gearing Up for Serious Oscar Campaign It takes a lot for Academy voters to recognize or even acknowledge a superhero film, but perhaps the highest-grossing film ever directed by a woman could do the trick. With a worldwide box office gross of $781 million (to date) and a 92 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, Wonder Woman is a certified hit. Critics and audiences alike have fallen head over heels for Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot’s solo superhero film, but can Warner Bros. get Oscar voters to do the same? Continue reading…

Hulu presented a Future Man panel to the Television Critics Association with creator Seth Rogen, showrunner Ben Karlin, executive producers Kyle Hunter and Ariel Shafir, and cast members Josh Hutcherson (who is also an EP), Eliza Coupe and Derek Wilson. Hutcherson plays Josh, a janitor who wins a video game, which causes time travelers from the future, Tiger (Coupe) and Wolf (Wilson), to come to tell him the game was designed to find a savior for the future.

Runaways And Defenders Share Cinematic Universe; Both Will Be Ignored By Marvel Movies Filed in “news that’s nice to know but won’t have any noticeable affect on anything at all”, Marvel revealed that their upcoming Hulu show on Runaways will be set in the same universe as the Defenders on Netflix. Marvel TV head Jeph “Jeff” Loeb broke the news to Decider at TCA: Jeph Loeb says that @Runaways lives in the same world as Netflix's Marvel shows, how it's connected remains to be seen.

Star Wars: We’re Close To Having Real-Life Blasters The real world is scarily close to having a key piece of fantasy weaponry from the Star Wars galaxy. While lightsabers are without question the most famous weapons in the franchise, blasters are a close second. Several characters in the films use them, and many of the saga’s greatest battles wouldn’t be possible without them. Particularly in a movie where there are no Jedi present to help in the fight (like Rogue One), blasters are a necessary and vital piece of Star Wars lore.

Atomic Blonde Review: It’s No John Wick We seem to be heading into a period of resurgence of mid-budget action flicks. A couple years ago, we saw John Wick hit theaters, and while it was made on a modest budget, it boasted topnotch gun-toting action. On the heels of that, it’s as if studios realized that they could actually make some good money off these mid-budget films. Coming off the success of John Wick, uncredited co-director David Leitch hopped on board Atomic Blonde, an action flick that stars bona fide badass Charlize Theron in the lead role.So how does Leitch’s single directorial debut fare?

Matt Damon And Ben Affleck Are Making A TV Crime Drama Set In… Wait For It… Boston Miramax Theyah headed back to Bawstahn, ya pissahs. Matt Damon and Ben Affleck were catapulted to fame with the release of Good Will Hunting, and after some time away creatively, they’re headed back to their Massachusetts hometown for their next project.

With the recent resigning of White House press secretary Sean Spicer, there is now a vacancy at the mobile podium over at Saturday Night Live.

Ranking The Young Men Of Dunkirk, From Harry Styles To Everyone Else A ranking of the young, indistinguishable cast of 'Dunkirk,' from Harry Styles to everyone else.

'LBJ' Trailer: Woody Harrelson Is a Dead Ringer for Our 36th President If an esteemed actor gets big enough, you can place a pretty good bet that he’ll be cast as at least one American president in his lifetime. Everyone from Martin Sheen to Jon Voight has played George Washington, Daniel Day-Lewis got extremely in character as Abraham Lincoln, and Robin Williams’ Teddy Roosevelt is one of the joys of the Night at the Museum movies. Since Woody Harrelson is having a real moment these days, it comes as no surprise that he’s been tapped to play one of our most recognizable presidents, Lyndon B. Johnson, in LBJ. Continue reading…

Judy Greer Will Return as Maggie Lang in Ant-Man 2 Judy Greer has been confirmed to reprise her Ant-Man role as Scott Lang's ex-wife Maggie in Marvel's Ant-Man and the Wasp.

By Angela Morrison These actors and actresses have proven their talents on ‘Game of Thrones,’ and their upcoming projects are just as promising. One of my personal favorite things about Game of Thrones is the impeccable casting. Not only do all the performers fit their roles perfectly — physically and in terms of mannerisms and dialogue — but they are all incredibly talented actors. Of course, they have had six seasons to perfect their characters on GoT, but many of them are also pursuing projects outside of the HBO series, proving that they can play a diverse range of characters.

The new American Horror Story teaser is pure bath time nightmare fuel Nope! Thanks a heap, FX. I hadn't planned on adding "soulless clown in bath tub" to my overactive imagination in this lifetime, and yet, here we are. AMERICAN HORROR STORY: CULT has been rather busy lately, while rolling out promotional material for their upcoming season. Today,  the latest teaser for the horror anthology series created... Read More...

Jessica Williams Shines Brightly In Netflix’s ‘The Incredible Jessica James’ netflix Jessica Williams fills up a space like the glow of a megawatt bulb. The former Daily Show correspondent has been gifted the lead in Netflix’s demi-eponymous The Incredible Jessica James, a romantic comedy that writer-director Jim Strouse has assembled in her honor like a temple to Helios. It’s Williams’ first real movie role (cameos like Jamaican Damsel, Coffee Shop Crier, and African-American Spa Worker don’t count) and she transitions from TV to film at light-speed, glorying in the extra room.

You can say this about the newest version of IT: The creative teams behind the scenes have been thinking outside the box when it comes to casting Pennywise. When Cary Fukunaga was attached to direct the film (he still gets screenplay credit), he had cast Will Poulter - only 22 at that time - as the ancient evil that haunts the town of Derry. Obviously, Fukunaga exited the project and Poulter had to move on, so... Read More...

Stephen Colbert Bringing Animated Trump Series To Showtime Stephen Colbert is bringing Donald Trump to Showtime this fall — whether Trump likes it or not. The premium cable network announced a 10-episode order for a still-untitled animated half-hour comedy series focusing on Trump and life inside the White House. Colbert will serve as executive producer, and the series is set to premiere this fall, with a a quick production turnaround time that will allow the show to remain timely. From Showtime: “The fresh, cutting-edge comedy will present the ‘truish’ adventures of Trump’s confidants and bon vivants – family, top associates, heads of go

Robert Pattinson has revealed that he was almost fired from the Twilight franchise for being too broody as Edward Cullen. Harry Potter fans may remember the British actor for his role in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire as the smart and wise Cedric Diggory – which was actually his first big Hollywood gig.

Pennywise the Dancing Clown is an unlikely horror movie icon, mainly because he has yet to appear in a horror movie. Many people know him from Stephen King‘s classic horror tome It. Many more know him from the 1990 TV miniseries adaptation, where he was played so memorably by the great Tim Curry. So, how does a 2017 big screen version of It take on a character so familiar (and so frightening) to so many people?

HBO If there’s one thing HBO’s new anthology series Room 104 gets, it’s that hotel rooms, no matter how luxurious and expensive, are inherently disturbing. The show, which follows 12 different story lines taking place in the same room over varying time periods, is poised to celebrate that creeping dread that a whole host of things (unnatural and otherwise) have happened in those communal spaces. Who knows exactly why hotels carry such a chilling, sinister aura?

The Mystery Screenwriter for Steven Soderbergh’s ‘Logan Lucky’ Might Not Exist Logan Lucky is already getting rave reviews as a “high-spirited” and “brilliantly constructed” heist thriller, with first-time screenwriter Rebecca Blunt getting much of the acclaim for penning Steven Soderbergh‘s return to cinema. But rumors are swirling that Blunt may not be who she says she is.

Karl Urban: Star Trek 4 Would Be ‘A Blast’ Thor: Ragnarok star Karl Urban is hoping he gets to revisit his other big budget franchise, as fans await official word on a fourth entry in the rebooted Star Trek film series. Urban is unsure of the franchise’s future, but would love to portray the loveably surly Dr. McCoy once again. The Star Trek film series is in a strange spot. J.J. Abrams’ first film in the alternate timeline reboot of the exploits of Kirk and Spock was a huge hit both critically and financially.

American Gods star Pablo Schreiber has signed on for an unspecified role in Dwayne Johnson's action-thriller Skyscraper.

Homecoming Passes Both Amazing Spider-Man Movies at U.S. Box Office Good news for fans of Spider-Man: Homecoming: the latest entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (and the first solo Spider-Man film overseen by Marvel Studios) has now surpassed the domestic totals of each of Sony’s The Amazing Spider-Man films. When Homecoming opened earlier this month, it grossed a massive $117 million domestically, which made it the biggest opening weekend for a Spider-Man film since Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3 way back in 2007 (that film opened to $151 million when not accounting for inflation).

Sony Pictures Classic Though it was co-written by and stars Kyle Mooney, and was directed by Mooney’s long-time friend and SNL segment director Dave McCary, Brigsby Bear is about a million miles from your typical SNL star movie, and not just because it wasn’t produced by Lorne Michaels. Where those are performer driven, Brigsby is almost ruthlessly conceptual.

Early in “The Last Face,” Javier Bardem’s dedicated and glamorous doctor character asks Charlize Theron, playing another dedicated and glamorous doctor who is about to speak at a charity fundraiser: “Why do we have to entertain them to get them to listen?” It’s a question that director Sean Penn may have petulantly wrestled with in making this mopey, overlong and vacuous disaster. There is nothing remotely entertaining about this dreary romance and misguided drama, set against the backdrop of war in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Sudan.

Joe Manganiello says he knows the status of director Matt Reeves’ The Batman, but an appearance as Deathstroke is not up to him. The first solo movie in the DC Extended Universe for the Caped Crusader, The Batman has undergone quite a transformation since January, when star and director Ben Affleck stepped back from the helm of the project and DC/Warner Bros.

Patty Jenkins & Chris Pine team up for One Day She'll Darken TV series Hot off the armored heels of her well-earned WONDER WOMAN success, director Patty Jenkins is re-teaming with Steve Trevor, I mean Chris Pine, after Turner's TNT gave the greenlit for a straight-to-series order regarding a new drama entitled ONE DAY SHE'LL DARKEN. For the moment, Jenkins is set to direct the pilot, though she may find herself directing... Read More...

Getty Image Jason Mitchell had his big breakout role in 2015’s Straight Outta Compton, receiving accolades for his portrayal of Eazy-E. Since then he’s appeared in Kong: Skull Island, Keanu and, now, playing the pivotal role of Carl Cooper in Kathryn Bigelow’s Detroit (read our review of the film here). The entire second act of Detroit recreates the incident at The Algiers Motel – an intense and deadly police interrogation after there were reports that gunfire had come from the motel, which was most likely just Carl Cooper’s harmless starting pistol.

Angelina Jolie’s new Vanity Fair cover story is getting a lot of attention — but some of it is negative. Several people have expressed anger over details that were reported in the interview feature, specifically over how children were cast for Jolie’s new Netflix film, “First They Killed My Father,” while other details about the making of the film have human rights activists concerned. The magazine piece reports that Jolie and her casting director “looked at orphanages, circuses, and slum schools, specifically seeking children who had experienced hardship.&a

Supreme Leader Snoke Is the Real Star of Those Leaked 'Last Jedi' Photos Wow, Snoke got hot. Continue reading…

Spawn creator and reboot director Todd McFarlane is using Leonardo DiCaprio's performance in Wolf of Wall Street for character reference.

Netflix is very quickly changing the way media is being consumed. Just a few short years ago, they weren’t even involved in original programming, and in the time since then, they’ve managed to be one of the most respected “networks” around (if you can even call them that). They are now hard at work at extending their reach to the feature film department.Netflix has had a good number of original films hit their service over the past few years, but this year has the release of a few high profile ones.

Darth Vader Actor Dismisses Rumor He’ll Appear in Han Solo Movie Spencer Wilding, the actor who played Darth Vader in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, is setting the record straight on his rumored appearance in the young Han Solo movie.

George Clooney is lashing out against paparazzi who “illegally” took pictures of twins Alexander and Ella, published in France’s Voici magazine.

The latest trailer for Stephen King's big screen adaptation of IT features an awesome shout out to Tim Curry's version of Pennywise the Clown.

If you held an elimination tournament to determine the movie director who was best representative of the 2000s, there are many names that might make it into the final round.

Andy Muschietti somehow looks both exhausted and indefatigable. It’s very late in the day when the director of Mama is able to peel himself away from the set and join our motley band of film bloggers and journalists for a conversation.

You will never use the clown emoji again after watching the terrifying new trailer for 'It.'

By H. Perry Horton See where your selfie obsession began. The last half-century is pocked with amazing, life-changing inventions: the artificial heart, various vaccines and medications, the personal computer, the internet, solar panels, electric cars, the space program, cable TV, and fidget spinners, just to name a few.

IT director Andy Muschietti has teased where IT Part 2 will take audiences – at the same time, revealing which scenes didn’t make the final cut for the first part of his Stephen King horror novel adaptation (but which could appear in Part 2). Based on King’s 1986’s novel – and being a loose remake of 1990’s TV movie – Muschietti’s IT will be the first time Pennywise the Dancing Clown has made it out of the sewers and onto the big screen for a theatrical release.

I’d been looking forward to the Temple of Art panel for a while, but I’m guessing that since it was at 8 p.m. on Saturday night at SDCC, most people did not have it on their radar. With a panel that included filmmakers Allan Amato and Olga Nunes, as well documentary subjects Bill Sienkiewicz, David Mack, Jason Shawn Alexander, Megan Hutchinson, and Dave Crosland, it was a panel that definitely should not have been missed. Filmmakers Allan Amato and Olga Nunes Temple of Art is a documentary film about, as described by Nunes, why people pursue art when it can be so hard.

That doesn’t sound at all scary, right? Living in the Michael Myers house from the John Carpenter movie? Continue reading…

Warner Bros. has been pretty quiet about their proposed remake of The Little Shop of Horrors but that looks to be about to change. It’s been reported that Josh Gad (Beauty and the Beast) and Rebel Wilson (Pitch Perfect) could be in the frame for taking the lead roles in an update of the cult horror-comedy musical. The first version of The Little Shop of Horrors was a darkly comic low-budget horror from genre legend Richard Corman (The Masque of the Red Death).

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets will release in China this August. Luc Besson’s ambitious tentpole film, starring Dane DeHaan as Major Valerian and Cara Delevingne as Sergeant Laureline, aims to bring the iconic French comic book series of the same name to life on the big screen, utilizing an astonishing 2,734 visual effect shots throughout the entire film.

Justice League‘s reshoot locations in the United Kingdom hint at scenes taking place at Wayne Manor.

While Power Rangers fans anxiously await word on a potential sequel, it's been revealed that the post-credit scene at the end of the movie that teased a second film could have looked a lot different.

Grant Gustin has weighed in on the impact being trapped in the Speed Force for six months will have had on Barry and it sounds like the Scarlet Speedster's upcoming Rebirth is going to lead to big changes.

Deadpool 2 director praises Josh Brolin's Cable performance Some may have wanted Stephen Lang or Pierce Brosnan to play Cable, but we got Josh Brolin, which was an inspired choice no one really thought of given his role as Thanos in the MCU. The Oscar-nominee has been beefing up and getting the right hair trim to play the part, and such commitment has resulted in a dream performance for DEADPOOL 2 director David Leitch and star Ryan Reynolds. IGN was able to... Read More...

10 years ago on yesterday audiences finally got what they had been begging nearly two decades for. Not world peace; not an end to global starvation; and not even a flying car. No, it was THE SIMPSONS MOVIE. America’s favorite animated family had at long last hit the big screen, and in the end garnered terrific reviews and a $530 million global box office tally. Those are tremendous numbers even by... Read More...

Have you ever imagined what you would do if robbers came in and held up the convenience store you were shopping in? There you are, just trying to buy some Cool Ranch Doritos and a hot dog that has been on that rotating warmer for WAY too long, and all of a sudden some punks come in trying to start some shizz. Cowering in fear behind the magazine stand would be the most common response, but at some point, the... Read More...

With Fox moving full-speed ahead on Deadpool 2, director David Leitch has refused to shut down rumors that our titular antihero could have a surprising link to Spider-Man. Airing before this year’s Logan, fans of the superhero world were treated to our first Deadpool 2 teaser, which was dubbed “No Good Dead”. Including a wise-cracking Ryan Reynold as The Merc With a Mouth, it was a typically Deadpool take on the genre.

Box Office

  • 1. Alien: Covenant
    Gross: $36,160,621
    Total: $36,160,621
  • 2. Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2
    Gross: $34,653,754
    Total: $301,391,228
  • 3. Everything, Everything
    Gross: $11,727,390
    Total: $11,727,390
  • 4. Snatched
    Gross: $7,832,517
    Total: $33,015,117
  • 5. King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword
    Gross: $7,152,269
    Total: $27,503,490

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