Top Movie News for August 18, 2017

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'Star Wars' Buzz: Oscar Darling Stephen Daldry Tapped to Direct Solo Obi-Wan Movie Only one director of a Star Wars movie has been an Oscar nominee. That was George Lucas, who earned his first two Academy Award nominations for writing and directing American Grafitti (he received two more for writing and directing the first Star Wars). Now comes another possibility: according to The Hollywood Reporter, Stephen Daldry is in early talks to helm a solo spin-off prequel focused on Obi-Wan Kenobi.  Daldry was nominated in the Best Director category...Read MoreRead Comments

The X-Men are making their second live action debut this fall on Fox. The new show, called The Gifted, has released some new information and character posters about the more established mutants in the series.

The Defenders: Check Out These Slick New Motion Posters We’re down the wire with The Defenders, and while Netflix is usually perfectly willing to let a film or TV series drop online with little fanfare, this most definitely is not the case with The Defenders.

An Ongoing Timeline of the HBO Hack, From ‘Game of Thrones’ to Embarrassing Tweets Since HBO’s security was breached at the beginning of August, the cable network has been plagued by leaks (some through their own mishaps) and hacks from all sides. In the two weeks since the massive HBO hack, which resulted in the theft of 1.5 terabytes of data, the company has seen Game of Thrones scripts leak online, episodes of Ballers and Room 104 make their way to the web prematurely, and recently, a breach of HBO’s social media accounts, including ones for their individual shows.

Never Give Up, Never Surrender On Galaxy Quest Revival The Amazon planned revival of Galaxy Quest is back on track after a year-plus delay. The TV continuation of the 1999 sci-fi comedy has picked back up according to THR.com and has writer/comedian Paul Scheer (The League) attached to write the script. He replaces Robert Gordon who penned the original film. Galaxy Quest has become a cult classic and much beloved by fans. It starred Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver and the late Alan Rickman as a cast of a long cancelled science fiction television series similar to Star Trek, that is pulled into an actual intergalactic conflict with alien invaders.

‘Deadpool 2’ Actress Zazie Beetz Addresses The Tragic Death Of Her Stunt Double In A Heartbreaking Statement Instagram The tragic death of stunt double Joi “SJ” Harris on the set of Deadpool 2 brought the film to a standstill earlier this week and prompted to some to question if it could’ve been avoided. Harris was killed after a stunt ended with her losing control of her motorcycle and crashing through a glass window. The 40-year-old professional motorcycle driver had never worked on a film before, joining Deadpool 2 as her first stunt job.

Patty Jenkins in Final Negotiations With WB to Direct ‘Wonder Woman 2’ Despite the runaway success of “Wonder Woman” and the confirmation in July that the sequel is due in theaters December 13, 2019, the director behind that success hasn’t yet been announced to return. That will soon change, as Patty Jenkins is in final talks to direct “Wonder Woman 2,” TheWrap has learned. The specific terms of her return to the franchise she led to a $797.8 million worldwide box office haul are not known.

Ben Affleck Will Continue To Play Batman, Says Casey Affleck Was “Having Fun” A few days ago, Casey Affleck did an interview on a radio show where he said that his brother, Ben Affleck, wasn’t going to be Batman anymore. We didn’t report on the story because after listening to the radio interview, it was pretty apparently that Casey Affleck was just messing with people. He even said he was just making stuff up, but people ran with the story nevertheless. Casey had said his brother is “not going to do [The Batman], I don’t think. Sorry to say. … Is that breaking news?

The Justice League Gets a New Batch of Character Posters Some brand new Justice League promotional posters have hit the web featuring all six members of the superhero team. The event marks the first full-length feature film where Superman (Henry Cavill), Batman (Ben Affleck), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), Aquaman (Jason Momoa), The Flash (Ezra Miller) and Cyborg (Ray Fisher) all come together, so naturally, there is a lot of anticipation surrounding the DC project.

Logan Lucky 8.5 Reviewer 0 Users (0 votes) BC Rating Logan Lucky takes all of the fun of a heist movie and sets it in an environment with characters that make you constantly second guess them. Director: Steven Soderbergh Summary: Two brothers attempt to pull off a heist during a NASCAR race in North Carolina. The heist movie has been around for decades, but director Steven Soderbergh really helped elevate it to new heights for the modern audience with his stylize

New Piece Of Promo Art For Avengers: Infinity War We have a new piece of promo art for Avengers: Infinity War. This one comes from Flickering Myth and shows us very different looking members of the Avengers. We see a different version of Captain America. We see a Star Lord with a different looking jacket and a teenage Groot looking like he’s not very happy to see someone interrupting his game sessions.

From Jonah Hill’s teen dream to Academy Award-winning songstress, 2017 was the year Emma Stone hit it big. And what could top winning the most prestigious award in Hollywood for her role in the crowd-pleasing La La Land? A big fat paycheck, of course. Stone has been named the highest paid actress in Hollywood by Forbes magazine in their annual Tinseltown salary ranking list.

IT Projected to Set September Box Office Opening Record Current box office projections for IT have the film setting a new record for the biggest domestic opening weekend ever in September. Director Andrés Muschietti’s big screen adaptation of Stephen King’s novel of the same name has already set a fresh online trailer views record, thanks to the original IT teaser trailer garnering more than 197 million views within its first day of release. General interest in the movie has seemingly remained high since then, thanks in no small part to Warner Bros.

Meet the royal family in latest trailer for Marvel's Inhumans Another day, another underwhelming trailer for Marvel's Inhumans. Try as I might, I just can't muster up much enthusiasm for the upcoming series, which is a shame as the Inhumans clearly have the potential to be so much more. A whole society of powerful individuals living in a secret city on the moon?! Toss in some royal intrigue and out of this world adventures, and... Read More...

New Captain Marvel Writer Won't Start Script from Scratch Original Captain Marvel writer Nicole Perlman confirms that new writer Geneva Robertson-Dworet will be working off her script, not starting over.

Thor: Ragnarok Image Gallery Includes Skurge & A Hulk Parade New images from this fall’s Thor: Ragnarok have arrived, detailing some previously-unseen moments from the film. While the Thor franchise has always offered a window into a different corner of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (namely, Asgard and a few other aliens realms and planets), Ragnarok is poised to offer some of the most unique characters and locales we’ve seen in a MCU film yet.

First Look at Saoirse Ronan in Mary, Queen of Scots Saoirse Ronan will star opposite Margo Robbie in the Josie Rourke directed drama Mary, Queen of Scots.

A decade on and “Superbad” remains one of the funniest comedies of the current century. The coming of age pic written by Seth Rogen‎ and ‎Evan Goldberg hit the ten year milestone today, and to celebrate Rogen distributed 10 facts about the film from his Twitter account. Many of them have long been public knowledge, or more recently have been, like how his mother came up with the statutory rape joke at the end of the film. Even so, they make for a fun look at the film.

By Karen Gomez The Hitman’s Bodyguard goes meta in new TV spot, but how effective is self-reference? Movie marketing has reached new postmodern heights in the last few years. While fourth wall breaking and intertextuality are as old as cinema itself, in the past couple of decades they have also bleed into trailers and movie marketing. The TV spot for the upcoming The Hitman’s Bodyguard — starring Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L.

Kilgrave is back in action in Jessica Jones season two set photos Earlier this week we got news that David Tennant’s Kilgrave will be returning in the new season of JESSICA JONES – purple clothes and all. Given the fate of the character at the end of season one, this led many to ponder how he would be brought back. Though we won’t know the full extent of his reemergence for some time, some new set photos offer a big hint. Put on Twitter by user... Read More...

Silver Surfer Movie Needs to Happen Insists Stan Lee Out of all if his Marvel characters Stan Lee most wants to see Silver Surfer get another shot at the big screen.

At one point, a remake of The Birds was going to hail from producer Michael Bay. Now, a TV remake is in the works from producer David Heyman (Harry Potter). Heyman is collaborating with BBC to turn the story of Alfred Hitchcock‘s 1963 classic into a television drama at the BBC. Below, learn more about The Birds remake. According to Digital Spy, the BBC is going to follow author Daphne du Maurier‘s 1952 novel more than Hitchcock’s film. Heyman’s Heyday Television is behind the production.

Obi-Wan Movie In The Works From Billy Elliot Director Lucasfilm is in the early stages of developing an Obi-Wan Kenobi standalone movie, with Oscar-nominated director Stephan Daldry (Billy Elliot) in talks to call the shots. As many fans know by now, Lucasfilm is expanding their immensely popular Star Wars film franchise with a series of spinoff films that compliment the main episodes of the Skywalker family saga. Last year, Rogue One proved their was an audience for Star Wars anthologies, and Ron Howard’s young Han Solo movie remains on track for a May 2018 release.

I love THE TICK, and I especially loved the new pilot from Amazon Studios. I've said it before, but what I enjoyed about that pilot was the more serious tone and the emotional sincerity (especially when it comes to Arthur) that hasn't been a part of any of the other incarnations. It was even better that The Tick remained the same big doofus he's always been. That tonal dissonance - as it attempted to parody the more... Read More...

Alan Arkin is set to play a Wall Street mogul in Tim Burton's live-action take on the Disney classic Dumbo.

‘American Made’ Review: Tom Cruise Flies Between Comedy and Tension, Missing Both Tom Cruise trashes his flashing-teeth hero image to play, if not a bad guy, then certainly a naughty one in the jaunty drug-running caper “American Made.” Re-teaming with his “Edge of Tomorrow” (a.k.a.

Combine the talents of rising indie star Lola Kirke, talented genre actress Zoe Kravitz, and the endlessly watchable John Cho, and you’ve already got a great set-up for a movie. Place them in a dark Los Angeles-set neo-noir, and well, you have one of the most intriguing indie films of the year. The trailer for New York filmmaker Aaron Katz’s Gemini paints a dark and surreal picture of a Hollywood starlet (Kravitz) and her dangerously co-dependent relationship with her dedicated assistant (Kirke).

Based upon the popular manga series by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata, Adam Wingard's DEATH NOTE follows Light Turner (Nat Wolff), a high school student who comes across a supernatural notebook which grants him the power to kill any person simply by writing down their name on the pages. Helping him uncover the mysteries of the Death Note is Ryuk (Willem Dafoe), the bored demon who dropped the... Read More...

Director Guillermo Del Toro is making Fantastic Voyage his next directorial project after The Shape of Water.

Robert Patrick reveals that Billy Idol was originally cast as the T-1000 in James Cameron's Terminator 2: Judgment Day, but was forced to drop out.

Why The Rock's Black Adam Was Cut from Shazam Script Director David F. Sandberg reveals that Dwayne Johnson's Black Adam was in early scripts, but will no longer appear in Shazam.

Hitman's Bodyguard Review: A Fun But Familiar Action Romp Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson are fantastic together in The Hitman's Bodyguard, but the story gets too familiar in places.

Channing Tatum Starring In Crime Drama Bloodlines Logan Lucky star Channing Tatum is jumping aboard Universal’s Bloodlines, a crime drama about an FBI agent investigating Mexican drug cartels in a seedy Texas border town. Based on Bloodlines: The True Story of a Drug Cartel, the FBI, and the Battle for a Horse-Racing Dynasty by journalist Melissa del Bosque, the movie will tell the story of FBI agent Scott Lawson, who is stuck in a rut in the border town of Laredo, TX until he gets a tip that puts him on the trail of a Mexican drug lord who launders his money through horse racing. Deadline reports that Channing Tatum has climbed aboard

Get your hands off my controller, you damn dirty ape! Today, mo-cap magic man Andy Serkis and his The Imaginarium Studios revealed a new cinematic adventure game that is set between Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and War for the Planet of the Apes films called PLANET OF THE APES: LAST FRONTIER. The game is set to be released on the PlayStation... Read More...

Action movie guru John Woo finally makes a return to the cop thriller genre with Manhunt, a remake of a classic 1976 Japanese action film. Sadly, his once-frequent collaborator Chow Yun-Fat won’t be joining him. Starring acclaimed Chinese actor Zhang Hanyu as a prosecutor who is wrongfully framed for robbery, rape, and murder, the Manhunt trailer looks like a throwback to Woo’s classic stylistic flairs: over-the-top action! Endless ammo! Slow-mo!

‘The Crossing’: ABC Casts Melinda McGraw In Key Recurring Role ABC has confirmed that Melinda McGraw (Mad Men, The Dark Knight) has been cast in “a key recurring role” opposite Steve Zahn‘s (War for the Planet of the Apes) Jude Miller in ABC’s new midseason sci-fi/drama series The Crossing.

Super Troopers 2 has been a long time coming. Over a decade ago, though, there was already talk of more Super Troopers. Five years ago, Broken Lizard had a completed script and were ready to go. Director Jay Chandrasekhar even considered a prequel set in the ’70s about the troopers’ fathers patrolling the highway.

MGM In case you didn’t hear, there was some major news that recently came out regarding Daniel Craig. What you haven’t heard yet? Okay, here it is: It turns out he’s a huge fan of the indie rock band Car Seat Headrest. Oh, he’s also coming back to play James Bond one more time too; but, I mean, Car Seat Headrest! As Stereogum noted, Craig’s cast mate on his upcoming film Lucky Logan, Jack Quaid recently made a promotional appearance on the Today Show where he chatted it up with Hoda Kotb and Kathy Lee Gifford.

Despite an exceptionally passionate fan-base, Netflix wound up cancelling Sense8 after just two seasons, likely due to low viewership combined with hefty production costs. The series, which was created by Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski, and J. Michael Straczynski, followed eight strangers from different parts of the world who suddenly became "sensates," human beings who are mentally and... Read More...

Glenn Close’s revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Boulevard has prompted Paramount to start pursuing a film adaptation — that is, a movie based on a musical that is itself based on another movie. And they want her to play the lead. Continue reading…

With filming of the dark comedy currently underway in New York City, Netflix has announced that Justin Theroux (The Leftovers) will be joining Emma Stone (La-La Land) and Jonah Hill (The Wolf of Wall Street) for the streaming service’s new 10 episode, half-hour comedy series Maniac.

A hedge fund investor is suing Relativity boss Ryan Kavnaugh for fraud, accusing him of misrepresenting the state of Relativity’s finances and of lying about a billionaire investor in order to secure a loan to keep the embattled company afloat. Casey Metz, who had previously invested $10 million in Relativity, filed the suit Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court, claiming that he lent the company $2 million under false pretenses one month before the company filed for bankruptcy. “Kavanaugh desperately needed money to save Relativity from bankruptcy and to save his reputation and l

Gremlins is a fine representation of a classic 80s movie, however the sequel, Gremlins 2: The New Batch was nowhere near the quality or fun of the original. It is almost like the producers somehow managed to feed the first film after midnight, and just like with a mogwai, things got out of control.

Edgar Wright Refuses to Rule Out Baby Driver 2 Edgar Wright has an idea of where the story may go in Baby Driver 2, discussing the first movie's improbable success.

One of the many reasons that the Marvel Cinematic Universe works is because all of the movies feel different. The Captain America movies look nothing like the Thor movies and that’s a good thing. When it was announced that James Gunn was going to be in control of the Marvel side of the cosmic universe there were some worries that all of the cosmic movies would be “James Gunn movies”. In a new interview with Collider Gunn tells us that the cosmic universe is going to be just as diverse, tonally, as the current Marvel universe. “No, I don’t think so.

Two of our favorite pop culture artists working today are undoubtedly Tom Whalen and Dave Perillo. We’ve featured their work when they’ve had shows together, and we’ve even featured them when they tackle two different animated shows for adults. Now they’re back for another team show, this time delivering the ABCs of pop culture in a new show called Alphabitz. Alphabitz does exactly what you would expect it to by having Tom Whalen and Dave Perillo create pop culture pieces inspired by the alphabet.

I am typing this on a keyboard attached to my laptop computer because the laptop's own keyboard started acting up shortly after I purchased it in 2015. This never happened with my Smith-Corona electric typewriter, which my father gave me in 1975, so forgive me if nostalgia soaks through my critical opinion of Doug Nichol's documentary California Typewriter, which is only the bestest movie ever. Sadly, my Smith-Corona is long gone from my possession, but only after typing countless pages of stories and school assignments.

Looks like Hulu has found their Nina Locke, as the streaming service announced Friday morning that actress Frances O’Connor (The Conjuring 2, The Missing) has been signed as the matriarch of The Locke Family in Locke & Key, a one-hour horror/fantasy drama adaptation of the IDW comic book series from writer Joe Hill and artist Gabriel Rodriguez. Hill and Carlton Cuse (Lost, Bates Motel) will be shepherding the pilot with IDW Entertainment.

Dietland has found its lead in Joy Nash, as AMC announced this week that the actress (known for her appearances in The Mindy Project and Twin Peaks) will be heading the cast of the cable network’s 10-episode straight-to-series order based on Sarai Walker’s darkly comedic-dramatic 2015 novel of the same name. Marti Noxon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Mad Men), Skydance TV and AMC Studios are backing the production, with Noxon serving as executive producer, writer and showrunner.

Frank Grillo teams up with The Raid star Iko Uwais to try and survive an alien attack in the first trailer for Beyond Skyline.

A short film called The Nurse has won The Conjuring universe short film contest. Said contest was announced last month by Annabelle: Creation director David F. Sandberg, and it tasked aspiring filmmakers to craft a short in the style of James Wan’s booming horror franchise. The rules of the contest were pretty simple, with the catch being the deadline for submitted entries was less than a month away.

The musical landscape has changed dramatically since the 1989 edition of MTV’s Video Music Awards, when Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora took the stage to perform an acoustic version of Wanted: Dead or Live…effectively serving as the foundation for MTV Unplugged.

Honestly, I don't really need a reason to see Ryu punching out Iron Man, so to me a "Story Mode" for something like this is kinda pointless. But, judging by the trailer above, I have to say that I think it looks cool (if a bit goofy). I, for instance, love seeing Mega Man use Captain America's shield as a boost, or the fact that arguing about freeing Thanos leads to strife among the teammates. However, some... Read More...

Riverdale is based on the Archie Comics characters of Archie Andrews, Betty Cooper, Veronica Lodge, Jughead Jones and the rest of the gang, but with a dark and modern twist. Archie Comics also own the Red Circle or now Dark Circle line of comics which includes a character called the Black Hood. This is what the Black Hook looks like currently in the comics: Now, The CW released a new trailer for the second season of Riverdale that included all the wonderful thing critics have said about the series.

Boba Fett and Yoda Movies Coming After Obi-Wan Spin-Off? More Star Wars movies are in early development with Lucasfilm and Disney planning to give Yoda, Boba Fett and Obi-Wan their own movies.

“The future will be here soon enough. Might as well get friendly with it.” This thought, tossed off by the incomparable Lois Smith in “Marjorie Prime,” captures the exquisite drama’s theme, on many levels. Can we ever get friendly with the future? Doesn’t its very un-knowability preclude that? The notion can also be interpreted through a science-fiction lens: the film takes place in the not-too-distant future, incorporating artificially intelligent characters that are digitally simulated holograms of dead people. But the idea packs a more ruminative punch.

If you are a fan of special features and documentaries on your blu rays, may we suggest Alien: Covenant for your next purchase?  Sure, while the film didn’t do so hot in theaters, the blu ray sort of picks up that slack. “What we’ve tried to do here, is really really scare the shit out of people,” Sir Ridley Scott said about the film.  You can sort of make up your own mind if he did that or not, as some of Covenant is indeed frightening.

The beloved sketch comedy group Good Neighbor was originally formed in 2007 by Kyle Mooney, Beck Bennett, Nick Rutherford, and Dave McCary. The comedians racked up millions of YouTube hits with their offbeat and uncomfortable sketch videos, including such notable standouts as "My Mom's a MILF", "Is My Roommate Gay?", "420 Disaster," and "Unbelievable Dinner," based on Steven Spielberg's Hook. In 2013, Mooney and Bennett joined Saturday Night Live as featured players along with McCary, who stayed behind the camera as a segment director.

What’s next for James Gunn and the Guardians of the Galaxy? It is possible that the franchise could be heading back to its original roots, The Ravagers. They were the Guardians of the Galaxy back before Peter Quill and his crew took over. Fans actually got to see them in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. The Ravagers shown in the film were Stakar Ogord, Aleta Ogord (who eventually meld together into the being known as Starhawk), Martinex, Charlie 27, and Mainframe, who MIley Cyrus lent her voice to.

Jordan Vogt-Roberts has briefly described the script for his highly-anticipated Metal Gear Solid movie. The filmmaker had initially signed on to direct the long-awaited adaptation of Hideo Kojima’s iconic Metal Gear video game series back in 2014, but the project failed to take off right away. Shortly after signing on, Vogt-Roberts had boarded Warner Bros.’ Kong: Skull Island, which released earlier this year, and that film’s success had given him enough clout to leverage Sony Pictures to back his idea for Metal Gear Solid.

Josh Trank's reboot of Fantastic Four was a critical and commercial failure and the cast haven't shied away from criticising it in the years since. Now, Jamie Bell is the latest to take aim at the movie!

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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