Top Movie News for February 26, 2017

Bill Paxton Already Finished Filming First Season Of Training Day For those of you curious about the fate of the CBS series Training Day now that star Bill Paxton has passed away, reports are that the 13 episode series order completed filming in December, leaving nine new episodes to run with the next one being this Thursday. The series was doing moderately in the ratings, making a second season renewal unlikely. The series debuted with a 4.7 rating, but only a 0.9 in its demo and that dropped to 3.7 and 0.7 by the fourth episode.

'X-Men: Apocalypse' Screenwriter Simon Kinberg Reflects on the Film's Mistakes Simon Kinberg is everything an aspiring writer could hope to be. He’s written some of the biggest and most expensive blockbuster movies of his generation. He’s leveraged his talent as a writer into a lucrative career in film and television producing. He’s pushed the boundaries of superhero films and will even tackle his very own Star Wars sequel in the not-too-distant future. He’s been nominated for an Academy Award. By any measure of success, Kinberg is one of Hollywood’s best and brightest. Continue reading…

Inside the Spirit Awards 2017: 13 Things You Didn’t See on TV, From Matt Damon to Jon Hamm “Moonlight” was the big winner Saturday at the Film Independent Spirit Awards, with Nick Kroll and John Mulaney hosting the most casual awards shows on the calendar in a beachfront tent in Santa Monica. Although the show was telecast on IFC, those watching missed some action that only those attending the ceremony were privy to.

Next Season Of American Horror Story Won’t Literally Feature Donald Trump Or Hillary Clinton Earlier this month, we reported on Ryan Murphy’s plans to make the next season of American Horror Story about a real life American horror story: the 2016 presidential election. That plan still stands, but Murphy clarified at the Publicists Guild Awards Luncheon that this doesn’t mean Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton will actually be characters on the show. “The themes of American Horror Story have always been allegories,” Murphy said while collecting an award, according to IndieWire.

Berlin Independent Film Festival 2017 Winners Announced Berlin Independent Film Festival Announce 2017 Winners   http://www.berlinfest.com/festival-2/festival-2017/   Another year, another BIFF. 2017's edition no. 8 afforded Director Jim Devaux & Deputy Director Claudine Biswas-MacKenzie the opportunity to exhibit boundary crossing short films, innovative feature presentations alongside music videos and courageous documentary filmmaking from around the globe. Berlin Independent Film Festival is an international filmmaking shindig which takes place annually at the Babylon.

Get Out Easily Wins the Weekend Box Office with $30.5M Jordan Peele's directorial debut Get Out easily takes the top spot at the box office while Rock Dog and Collide fail to crack the top 10.

R2-D2 Gets a Voice in Star Wars Mashup Video For every Luke Skywalker, Jyn Erso, and Rey fighting against the Empire or First Order, there’s a droid out there standing right by their side. In many ways, the robots of Star Wars are the true unsung heroes of the franchise. After all, it was R2-D2 and C-3PO who delivered Leia’s stolen Death Star plans to the Rebel Alliance. It was the reprogrammed Imperial droid K-2SO who sacrificed himself helping a squad of rebels infiltrate Scarif.

Oscar Nominee ’13 Hours’ Is Disqualified At The 11th Hour The Michael Bay helmed war drama, 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, has found itself in a crossfire of a very different sort on this Academy Award weekend. It had been nominated in the category of Best Sound Mixing alongside Arrival, Hacksaw Ridge, La La Land, and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, but the Academy has announced that the film had been disqualified for consideration due to a rule breach. It seems that one of the sound editing crew members, Greg P. Russell, had violated rules around campaigning.

Supernatural's Jared Padalecki Wants to Play Nightwing Supernatural star Jared Padalecki reveals on social media that he has always wanted to pay Nightwing.

Neil Fingleton, ‘Game of Thrones’ Actor and EU’s Tallest Man, Dies at 36 “Game of Thrones” star Neil Fingleton died Saturday, according it a statement posted on the Tall Persons Club Facebook page. He was 36. “Sadly it has come to our attention that Neil Fingleton Britain’s Tallest man passed away on Saturday,” the statement reads. “Neil became Britain’s Tallest man in 2007 passing the height of Chris Greener. Neil started off in basketball in the USA before becoming an actor and starring in the X-Men First Class and also recently in the Game of Thrones.

Logan TV Spot: X-23 Shows Off The Foot Claw It’s well-known at this point that Logan is set to be Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart’s final film as Wolverine and Professor X, respectively. Taking place several years in the future in 2029, the film brings an end to Jackman and Stewart’s 17-year long onscreen journey as the characters, catching up with both when they’re older than they’ve ever been before, and slowly dying together.

Guardians of the Galaxy 2: Promo Image Reveals Kurt Russell’s Character The Marvel Cinematic Universe began the exploration of its cosmic side in 2014 with Guardians of the Galaxy and expanded to further dimensions last year with Doctor Strange. Given that Phase 3 will reach its highest point with Infinity War and will end with the still untitled fourth Avengers movie, bringing together the Avengers and the Guardians, the second Guardians movie will play a bigger role than the first. The release date for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 ...Click to continue reading Guardians of the Galaxy 2: Promo Image Reveals Kurt Russell’s Character

Razzies: Dinesh D’Souza’s Anti-Hillary Doc Beats ‘Batman v Superman’ for Worst Picture After getting roundly roasted by critics and most comic book fans so badly that it led to Ben Affleck’s disappointed face becoming an internet meme, it would seem that “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” would be a lock to win Worst Picture at the Razzies this year, right? Not in Trump’s America. Instead, the sarcastic awards ceremony that “honors” the worst films of the year gave its top prize to Dinesh D’Souza’s documentary “Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party.” The film, which was released just af

Many of us are old enough to remember when commercials were considered a necessary annoyance that we had to sit through while waiting for television shows to come back from a break. Now, they’re a think that we seek out and watch, on purpose, as a reward in and of themselves. We’re just talking about the special ones that play during events like the Super Bowl. Pretty much any commercial is considered a big deal, thanks to the age of the Internet, and the 24 hour entertainment news cycle.

If Deadpool Starred in Classic Disney Scenes For years, comic book fans everywhere begged and pleaded with 20th Century Fox to make a Deadpool movie that did the character justice. It looked like the studio was going to do just that initially with the release of X-Men Origins: Wolverine in 2009 and the casting of Ryan Reynolds as the beloved character. Unfortunately, fans know what a disaster that version of the character wound up being, and it was another seven years before the character got a second chance at silver screen stardom, once again played by Reynolds.

Get Out's Daniel Kaluuya joins Steve McQueen's heist thriller Widows As I'm writing this, Jordan Peele's recently released GET OUT is sitting at 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, one of very few horror movies to be able to make that boast. Seems that people are pretty pumped about both the film and its star, Daniel Kaluuya. Audiences are likely to be keeping a much closer look at Kaluuya's future work, and Deadline reports that Kaluuya is set to join the cast of... Read More...

Natalie Portman’s Expanding Family Means She Won’t Be Attending This Year’s Oscars Fox Searchlight Jackie star Natalie Portman is among five contenders in the running for this year’s very shiny Best Actress Academy Award. If Portman’s acclaimed portrayal of Jackie Kennedy wins top spot, it will make her second win in the category. Don’t count on the actress bounding up the stairs to collect her Oscar if she does win, though. Variety reports that Natalie Portman’s pregnancy will keep the actress from attending this weekend’s awards activity. The subject was addressed in a statement that laid the situation out in black and white.

Avengers: Infinity War – Sean Gunn Playing Rocket Confirmed Ever since Iron Man was first released in the summer of 2008, Marvel Studios has been slowly working towards next year’s Avengers: Infinity War, even if that might not have been clear to fans until Thanos’ first appearance during the end credits of The Avengers. Bringing together almost all of the main and supporting characters from the previous films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it will be a team-up film the likes of which cinema has never seen before.

Read the Joint Statement from the Foreign-Language Oscar Nominees Let their voices be heard! This is important. We try to keep politics out of the discussion here on FS, but this statement deserves our undivided attention. And I stand by and support all of these filmmakers and their message. Just in time for the Academy Awards this weekend, the filmmakers behind the five nominated Best Foreign-Language Films have released a joint statement.

Former President Barack Obama Watched Everything from 'La La Land' to 'Monster Trucks' in the White House It’s no secret that Barack Obama is a total cinephile — last year he and Michelle named their favorite films of 2015 (The Martian and Inside Out, respectively), and a few months ago he even listed his favorite sci-fi movies (mostly the agreed-upon classics). Being the President comes with its fair share of perks, including first access to any new releases he wants to watch. Now we know what was on the list he requested for his swanky White House screening room. Continue reading…

Meryl Streep is getting another opportunity to spit some political fire all over the Dolby Theatre on Sunday. Today the Academy revealed that yes, of course Streep would be among the presenters at this year’s ceremony, probably hoping for another rousing speech from the actress who’s made it known that she won’t take any nonsense from anyone, not even from the highest office in the land. Continue reading…

Syrian-Born ‘The White Helmets’ Cinematographer Not Allowed to Enter Country for Oscars The Syrian-born cinematographer of the Oscar-nominated “The White Helmets” won’t be able to attend Sunday’s awards after being barred him from entering the country, according to the Associated Press. “The White Helmets” is nominated for Best Documentary Short, but 21-year-old cinematographer Khaled Khateeb can’t travel to Los Angeles, according to internal Trump administration correspondence, obtained by the AP, stating the Department of Homeland Security won’t allow him in the country. Khateeb was scheduled to arrive Saturday in Los Angeles on

How to Watch the 2017 Oscars Red Carpet Live Online The biggest night in Hollywood is just around the corner — no not the Oscars, the red carpet … because everyone knows that what celebrities will be wearing is a lot more important than the extremely prestigious awards they’ll be receiving. So how can you get in on the red carpet action without actually being there? Well, because it’s 2017 you’ll be able to livestream and judge all your favorite stars’ fashion choices from the comfort of your home. First things first — the Academy Awards will be on Sunday, Feb.

Power Rangers Colossal Megazord Toy Reveals Where Each Zord Fits With Logan, Kong: Skull Island, Beauty and the Beast, Power Rangers and Ghost in the Shell releasing next month, March is shaping up to be full of potential blockbusters. Power Rangers sits at number 14 on our Most Anticipated List as fans wait to see how the upcoming reboot fares in translating the ’90s children’s TV series into a more mature big-budget film and possible franchise. The first trailer for Power Rangers established a “teenager out of water” vibe for the film, which made the five Rangers appear as social outcasts before becoming heroes.

Apparently Patrick Stewart Only Just Discovered He Isn’t Circumcised, And Hugh Jackman Can’t Handle It If our own Mike Ryan’s review is any indication, Logan sounds like the blunt, bloody superhero adaptation comic book fans have been waiting for. (Deadpool was pretty good, too.) Yet the film sadly marks what will probably be Hugh Jackman’s last appearance in the role he originated back in 2000’s X-Men, along with Logan co-star Patrick Stewart’s Professor Charles Xavier.

Gambit producer shuffles out some details on when we can expect the film Wait, are we sure that its Twin Peaks Day and not Simon Kinberg Day, because this dude is everywhere, this afternoon - including this JoBlo exclusive interview. Earlier, the writer-producer spoke about an alternate cut and the future of the Fantastic Four at Fox, now, he's spoken with Comicbook.com about the state of Channing Tatum's on-again-off-again plans for an X-Men-related GAMBIT film. At... Read More...

Why Viola Davis’ Oscar Win Would Be Another Sign of Hollywood’s Gender Bias Everybody expects Viola Davis to win an Oscar for “Fences” on Sunday night at the Dolby Theatre, but does she really deserve it? I’m not saying Davis isn’t awards-worthy — after all, she won the Tony Award for playing the same role of Rose, the long-suffering wife of embittered former Negro league ballplayer Troy Maxson, in the 2010 Broadway revival of August Wilson’s powerhouse play.

There aren’t a lot of Japanese animators with name recognition on this side of the Pacific. We have Hayao Miyazaki — co-founder of Studio Ghibli and director of Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, Ponyo, and countless others — and…well, that’s about it. Sure, we can maybe point to Mamoru Hosoda or Makoto Shinkai as others with more universal appeal, but they’re nowhere close to the level of fame as Miyazaki.

Oscar 2017: Syrian Cinematographer Barred from US by Travel Ban Cinematographer Khaled Khateeb earned his first major credit on the Netflix documentary short The White Helmets. Now, the film is nominated for Best Documentary Short Subject at the Academy Awards. The 21-year-old Khateeb risked his life for the film to document the deadly Syrian Civil War and the work of the Syrian Civil Defense, also known as the White Helmets. The group is credited with saving over 60,000 civilians from destroyed buildings [and received a nobel peace prize last year for their selfless services].

While Marvel has a reputation for valuing continuity on both sides of the camera, it’s easy to forget that the first two phases of Marvel movies were essentially put together by hired guns. The early days of the Marvel Cinematic Universe were populated by directors like Alan Taylor, Kenneth Branagh, Joe Johnston, and Shane Black, one-and-done filmmakers who were either not invited or not inclined to go a second round with the studio. Continue reading…

A recently discovered behind-the-scenes photo shows Margot Robbie in a never-before-seen costume from Suicide Squad.

Skyfall and Spectre star Naomie Harris says that there is a very good chance Daniel Craig will return for James Bond 25.

Report: Cress Williams Is Black Lightning In CW TV Show The CW has found its Black Lightning. Cress Williams has been hired to play the titular lead in the eponymous series, which was originally slated for Fox, but picked up by CW instead when they realized that every other show on their network is based on a comic book, so why not go all in?

It’s just a meal, what’s the worst that could happen?Continue reading on Film School Rejects »

"The DC Extended Universe is in trouble." That’s a lot of the narrative surrounding this universe from Warner Bros that began with Man of Steel in 2012 and continued in 2016 with Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad. Frankly, a lot of fans don’t seem to like these movies, and some have seen the last two films on the slate as a desperate attempt to catch up to Marvel’s own Cinematic Universe before they’ve earned their place alongside them.But is that really the case?

A new rumor claims a member of the Green Lantern Corps. is showing up in Justice League, but it's not one of the more famous ones.

Jodie Foster, Michael J. Fox, Keegan-Michael Key and Oscar-winning Iranian director Asghar Farhadi are all expected to speak on Friday at United Talent Agency’s “United Voices” rally outside the company’s Beverly Hills headquarters. Other speakers at the event — organized in response to the flurry of activity by the nascent administration of President Donald Trump — include UTA CEO Jeremy Zimmer, California Lt. Gov.

The story of Robin Hood has been adapted for the screen many times over the years, starting back in the silent days when Douglas Fairbanks used the classic tale as a vehicle for his signature acrobatic swashbuckling.

Universal Pictures When it was announced that most of the Love Actually cast would be reuniting for a sequel sketch for 2017’s Red Nose Day, the initial delight at seeing what happened to everyone after that fateful Christmas was followed by a wave of sadness due to the loss of Alan Rickman.

All Five Oscar-Nominated Foreign Language Film Directors Issued a Statement Against U.S. 'Climate of Fanaticism' While #OscarsSoWhite doesn’t look like it’s happening this year, the Academy Awards have still been mired in their usual amount of controversy. What with our new President’s attempted travel ban that would have restricted people from primarily Muslim countries from entering the US, and the overall xenophobic malaise that’s been settling over the regime since Election Day, relations between our country and the rest of the world have been pretty awkward. Continue reading…

Pushing the boundaries of what qualifies as news even for the Entertainment Media, podcast Meet the Movie Press is floating a new rumor that a cast member of hit show LOST is up for a role in Marvel’s Inhumans. “It is a veteran. I’m not going to say whether it is a man or a woman, it’s a veteran of the television show LOST,” said host Jeff Sneider via a transcription from Heroic Hollywood. “A LOST veteran, I think, is getting a big role in The Inhumans. There is like 80 people in LOST.

Producer Hisako Tsukaba is currently working on Summer of the Piranha specifically for Japan.

Earlier this week, SR published a round-up of the so far uniformly positive reviews that the new racially-charged horror/comedy Get Out – the directorial debut of Key & Peele co-creator Jordan Peele – had received over on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes. At the time of that article’s writing, Get Out still only had about 30 reviews posted, and it’s not too uncommon for a highly praised film to start out at the 100 percent mark based only on early reviews, then have that score drop by the time said movie has actually arrived in theaters.

Iranian director Asghar Farhadi has recruited two prominent Iranian Americans to represent him at the Academy Awards on Sunday. Farhadi’s “The Salesman” is nominated for Best Foreign Language Film, but the filmmaker is boycotting the event because of President Trump’s continued attempt to ban travel from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering America. Anousheh Ansari, who was the first female space tourist, and Firouz Naderi, a former director of Solar Systems Exploration at NASA, will represent “The Salesman” on Sunday night, despite having zero

Next week, on Legion, we delve deeper into David Haller's subconscious as and hopefully uncover a few answers about his past. Come check out nine new promotional stills from the upcoming installment now!

With this being the fifth season of Arrow, we know that by the end of the season that Oliver Queen needs to return to the island, Lian Yu. Which seems very far away from where he is now, fighting with the Bratva in Russia. EW.com asked Marc Guggenheim to tease just how that is going to happen: I can tease that it will either be by boat or plane. I can also tease he won’t be going back alone. I guess we can knock submarine, hot air balloon, blimp, and teleportation device off the list.

  Last season, Rip Hunter (Arthur Darvill) was the leader of the team on DC’s Legends of Tomorrow. He found a way to connect with everyone on the ship, most notably he helped Sara Lance (Caity Lotz) look at herself as more than just a killer. This season Rip has been missing for most of the season, forcing Sara into a leadership role and now that he’s back, he’s working with the bad guys. Last week they captured him and have him imprisoned on the Waverider, but if they can get him back to being the old Rip is still to be seen.

A regular fixture of both film and TV since the early ’80s, Danny Glover is still probably best known for his work as gruff cop Roger Murtaugh in the Lethal Weapon series.

We've been seeing a lot of Wonder Woman merchandise over the past few weeks and now, we have a look at an upcoming movie tie-in novel, featuring a brand new promotional photo of Princess Diana in action!

Peter Jackson’s 2005 King Kong was a lot of things – a period piece, an adventure, a tragic romance – but above all it was an action movie that had lots of scenes of Kong doing battle with other massive prehistoric monsters.

Box Office

  • 1. Get Out
    Gross: $30,524,435
    Total: $30,524,435
  • 2. Lego Batman Movie, The
    Gross: $19,000,000
    Total: $133,006,578
  • 3. John Wick: Chapter Two
    Gross: $9,000,000
    Total: $74,412,700
  • 4. Great Wall, The
    Gross: $8,719,160
    Total: $34,424,800
  • 5. Fifty Shades Darker
    Gross: $7,700,400
    Total: $103,635,615

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