Top Movie News for January 23, 2018

Paramount Comes Up Empty in Oscar Nominations for First Time in 15 Years Viacom’s Paramount emerged with no Oscar nominations on Tuesday for the first time since 2003. What’s worse, it’s the first time in 15 years that any of the major Hollywood studios (or their indie divisions, including the now-dormant Paramount Vantage) has gotten blanked by the Academy. Paramount came into this Oscar season with high hopes for a trio of high-profile and starry films, including Alexander Payne’s high-concept “Downsizing” with Matt Damon and Kristen Wiig, director George Clooney’s ’50-set drama “Suburbicon” (also starri

Hugh Jackman Reacts To Logan’s Oscar Nomination Logan star Hugh Jackman congratulates director James Mangold for earning an Oscar nomination for the film in the Best Adapted Screenplay category. Released back in March 2017, Jackman’s Wolverine swan song earned widespread critical praise as many considered it to be one of the finest comic book adaptations ever made.

Ryan Reynolds Takes on Clue Remake, Signs Big Deal with Fox 20th Century Fox has signed a three-year first-look deal with Ryan Reynolds' production company, with the first project in the deal slated to be Clue.

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Christopher Nolan Lands First Directing Oscar Nod For Dunkirk Christopher Nolan finally receives his first Oscar nomination for Best Director for his 2017 film, Dunkirk. Nolan is an ambitious and influential director in Hollywood, shepherding movies such as The Dark Knight trilogy and Interstellar, which has earned him enough clout in the industry, especially at Warner Bros. Pictures, in which he can now produce virtually any film he wants and still contractually receive final cut rights. That doesn’t happen often.

It Looks Like S.H.I.E.L.D. May Be Back For Avengers 4 Some set photos of the recently wrapped Avengers 4 have revealed that S.H.I.E.L.D is going to play some sort of part in the blockbuster. In the shots, Tony Stark can be seen in a body-suit very visibly repping a patch from the organization that first brought the Avengers together.

A ‘Duke Nukem’ Movie Starring John Cena is Hollywood’s Latest Bad Idea Remember Duke Nukem? The video game in which a muscle-bound bro fights aliens with a rotating arsenal of weapons, occasionally stopping to quote They Live and Army of Darkness? Well, now that Hollywood has officially run out of ideas, they’ve decided to turn it into a movie, and they want wrestler and baggy suit enthusiast John Cena to play the part. Groovy. When Hollywood saw the breadth of its domain, it wept for there were no more worlds to conquer. So it decided to make a Duke Nukem movie.

Will The Shape of Water Sweep the 2018 Oscars? Guillermo Del Toro's The Shape of Water leads the 2018 Oscar race with 13 nominations including Best Picture.

Bill Skarsgard, Bella Thorne Thriller ‘Assassination Nation’ Sells to Neon, Russo Brothers for $10 Million “Assassination Nation,” the Bill Skarsgard/Bella Thorne thriller, has sold to Neon and and AGBO production company for $10 million at the Sundance Film Festival, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap. AGBO, launched by Anthony and Joe Russo, acquired the worldwide rights along with Neon. 30West arranged the deal on behalf of the two companies, while Endeavor Content repped the filmmakers. The film also stars Odessa Young, Suki Waterhouse, Hari Nef, Abra, Colman Domingo, Joel McHale and Anika Noni Rose, and was written and directed by Sam Levinson.

‘Bright’ Reply: Netflix CEO Disses Critics as ‘Disconnected’ Netflix CEO Reed Hastings doesn’t care about the haters. While taking a victory lap on Monday afternoon, as he discussed his company’s standout Q4 earnings, the executive said he wasn’t thrown off by the tepid reviews received by “Bright” — its recent big-budget Will Smith release. “The critics are pretty disconnected from the mass appeal,” said Hastings on Monday’s earnings call, adding, “considering we’re moving internationally at this point, and most of those critical reviews are English language and just U.S.” Also Rea

Ed Nuemeier talks new Robocop sequel in the works While participating in a filmaker's workshop dedicated to screenwriting and science fiction, Ed Neumeier, co-writer and co-producer of the 1987 film ROBOCOP, offered a few words to Zeitgeist regarding his involvement in another ROBOCOP movie currently in the works at MGM. During the Meet the Filmmaker’s media event, Neumeier was asked to elaborate on the evolution of ROBOCOP, and how the story... Read More...

Jaegers Rise Up in Epic Pacific Rim 2 Poster A group of Jaegers stand tall to defend humanity against the Kaiju monsters in a new poster for Pacific Rim: Uprising.

We’ve been talking a lot this year about the various awards shows, and it’s finally time to reveal the list of Academy Awards nominees for this year’s Oscars.Films and movies are at their core, a special way to preserve and present an idea and story. There have been some pretty incredible performances over the past 12 months, memorable for their ferocity and humor, realism and action prowess, and genial enjoyment.The nominees for this year’s crop of Oscar hopefuls were read this morning by Tiffany Haddish and Andy Serkis:We’ll see you in the morning. Watch live!

The First Trailer for 'Mission: Impossible 6' Is Coming Very Soon The latest Tom Cruise stunt mishap hasn’t delayed the trailer, at least. Continue reading…

The Biggest Oscar Snubs and Surprises The Academy Awards can be a source of great joy and great misery for movie fans. On one hand, it’s fun to watch your favorite movies get celebrated by the industry that spawned them, to see incredible artists awarded with golden statuettes. On the other, it’s an opportunity to moan and groan because the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences just doesn’t get it and failed to nominated the truly deserving movies and/or performers. It’s a struggle! The 2018 Academy Award nominations are no different.

Reed Morano Confirms Meeting With Lucasfilm, But Denies ‘Star Wars’ Directing Rumors You can stop grilling Reed Morano about Expanded Universe trivia: she’s not directing Star Wars. After The Handmaid’s Tale director emerged from a two-and-a-half hour meeting with Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennnedy earlier this week, the Star Wars community was abuzz with speculation over whether Morano would be the first female director to helm a Star Wars franchise film.

Who could ever forget that infamous moment when LA LA LAND was mistakenly announced as Best Picture at the Academy Awards? It was an unprecedented blunder to be certain, and one that haunts Oscar host Jimmy Kimmel to this very day. However, as a man who isn't afraid to climb back atop the proverbial horse, Kimmel is once again psyching himself up to host this year's celebration, though not before... Read More...

Sundance The Tale premiered Saturday here at the Sundance Film Festival and, as I write this, it’s Tuesday. Usually when a movie makes as big a splash at a festival at The Tale did, the idea is to rush to get a reaction piece up as soon as possible as a way to get ahead of, or be a part of, “the buzz.” And there’s nothing wrong with that, but, personally, I just couldn’t get myself to write about this particular movie that quickly.

A new rumor suggests that the long-delayed Cloverfield 3 is heading to Netflix and won't be making its way to theaters.

First Black Panther Clip Shows Off an Electrifying Car Chase The first Black Panther clip arrives along with a new featurette that explores the African nation of Wakanda.

A brand new series from DC Comics 'Deathstroke Vs. Batman' is yet to be released in April. The new series will be worked on by Deathstroke's Rebirth team!

Ant-Man & the Wasp Are ‘Very Much Partners’ in Marvel Sequel Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man and Evangeline Lilly’s soon-to-debut superhero, The Wasp, will be equals and partners in Ant-Man And The Wasp.

Wonder Woman Was Completely Snubbed by Oscar Voters Despite some hope that Wonder Woman would get some love from The Academy, the movie was completely snubbed from the 2018 Oscar Nominations.

Can Maze Runner 3 Outrun Jumanji at the Box Office? Maze Runner: The Death Cure and the expanding Hostiles will try to take down three-time box office champ Jumanji this weekend.

The Walt Disney Company announced Tuesday it will give a one time, $1,000 cash bonus to 125,000 U.S.-based employees, for a whopping total of $125 million. And according to an internal memo obtained by TheWrap, Disney CEO Bob Iger said the bonuses come “as a result of the recently enacted tax reform” passed by Republicans in December. The one-time $1,000 cash bonus will be distributed in two payments of $500, the first in March and the second in September. All U.S.-based Disney employees, either hourly or salaried, who have been with The Walt Disney Company since Jan.

After last years massive mix-up during the presentation of the Best Picture Oscar, The Academy has put new rules in place to prevent it from ever happening again.

‘Black Widow’ Movie Reportedly Being Planned for 2020 Release Date The long-awaited Black Widow solo movie may be coming to theaters sooner than we expected. A new report suggests that the female-led Marvel Cinematic Universe film could come only two years after it was announced to be in development.

To be honest, the thought that Quentin Tarantino might actually direct a STAR TREK movie is still a little unreal to me. The project is obviously far from a guarentee, as is the chance that Tarantino might direct it, but that hasn't stopped the folks at Nerdist from putting together this rather entertaining STAR TREK trailer cut in the Tarantino-style. It's got green blood, green women, and Nazis. What more would you want from Quentin Tarantino's Star Trek: Voyage to... Read More...

We're full swing into the awards season, with the big ones being handed out before the Academy Awards countdown. The 24th annual SAG Awards honor the greatest performances from 2017, as chosen by other actors which means this is one of the most definitive lists of the best on-screen performances. Actors know their profession better than anyone and are very particular about good performances. This year, Martin McDonagh's Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri swept the entire awards, picking up four big wins in total - including the Best Ensemble.

Every Female Director Nominated for an Oscar, From Lina Wertmuller to Greta Gerwig (Photos) “Lady Bird” writer-director Greta Gerwig becomes only the fifth woman nominated by the Academy in the directing category. Lina Wertmuller, “Seven Beauties” (1976)  •  The first woman ever nominated in the category was this Italian director for a drama about an Italian solider who deserted the army during WWII and is sent a German prison camp. She lost to John G.

Concept art courtesy of Justice League: The Art of the Film A newly revealed look at some early special effects work on Justice League may confirm our theory about the movie’s main villain, Steppenwolf. After the film debuted to mediocre reviews and a disappointing box office take, fans were left pointing fingers in their attempts to figure out where it all went wrong.

The moment of truth at Oscar nominations came at about 5:45 a.m.

By Madison Brek Watch a video essay comparing ‘Phantom Thread’ to three classic films. Paul Thomas Anderson’s Phantom Thread is finally in wide release, and as more audiences discover the final vehicle for Daniel Day-Lewis, classic cinema lovers among them are sure to notice its homages to the works of Alfred Hitchcock and other old favorites in the new film. The video essay below by Nelson Carvajal showcases some of the classics referenced, pointing to similarities between Phantom Thread and three specific movies: Hitchcock’s Rebecca and Rear Window and David Lean‘s Th

Fox Searchlight / Universal / A24 This year’s Oscar nominations are, at once, entirely predictable and utterly incredible. Call Me By Your Name and The Shape of Water were presumed Best Picture nominees — they are now confirmed Best Picture nominees — but they’re also movies that will forever change the way you look at the peach and fish emojis.

Get Out Makes History with 4 Big Oscar Noms, Director Responds Jordan Peele's smash hit genre thriller Get Out has officially scored 4 Oscar nominations, including in the category of Best Picture.

Alessia Cara's new song Scars To Your Beautiful is featured in the latest A Wrinkle In Time trailer along with new footage.

A group led by Maria Contreras-Sweet is in exclusive negotiations to purchase The Weinstein Company, TheWrap has confirmed with an individual close to the bidding process. The bid, which counts Ron Burkle’s Yucaipa Enterprises and Lantern Capital as minority partners, is roughly $475 million. That figure “will take care of” the company’s outstanding debut, we’re told. It is currently unclear if Burkle will get a board seat should this go through.

With a concept unlike anything else currently on their programming schedule, NBC has given a thumbs-up to a pilot from Gotham writer Ken Woodruff‘s action-drama The Enemy Within. Woodruff will serve as write and also serve as executive producer alongside Vernon Sanders.

ABC is about to venture face first into the highly competitive world of professional make-up with new pilot order False Profits. Written and executive produced by Code Black‘s Kayla Alpert, the project is a comedic soap similar in style to Desperate Housewives and “follows a team of down-and-out women in suburban Arizona as they fight their way to the top of the cutthroat world of a multi-level marketing cosmetics business.” Joining Alpert as executive producers are Jason Reed and Sabrina Wind, via Jason T. Reed Productions.

When Conan host Conan O’Brien took to Twitter a few days ago to let his followers know that he was heading to Haiti, fans of the late-night writer/comedian knew that he was going there to do more than just “explore and make some new friends.” Considering the timing of the trip comes not-so-coincidentally on the heels of disparaging remarks U.S.

Welcome to The Weekly Static’s takeaways from TNT‘s series adaptation of authors Caleb Carr‘s 1994 historical thriller The Alienist. With “The Boy on the Bridge” set to premiere Monday night, we’re here with out thoughts on the first episode and to let you know just how good of a job the show’s creative did (or didn’t do) at setting up the storyline and introducing us to our protagonists: Dr.

Chris Hemsworth Is In the Secret Crocodile Dundee Movie, Too Chris Hemsworth will apparently be appearing in the upcoming Crocodile Dundee sequel that Danny McBride filmed in secret. Hemsworth, of course, is one of Australia’s most famous film imports in the last decade, instantly attracting attention as George Kirk in J.J.

"Is it me, or is he considerably bigger?" With the big games this weekend, Warner Bros revealed a new TV spot for Rampage, the live-action version of the 80's video game about apes and monsters destroying city buildings. It's just a 60-second spot but it contains a bit of new footage not seen in the first trailer for this. From the director of San Andreas and Incarnate, Rampage follows a primatologist named Davis Okoye, played by Dwayne Johnson, who shares a bond with the big white ape George. Suddenly something weird causes him to start growing.

Magnolia Pictures acquired North American rights to Gustav Möller’s critically acclaimed Danish thriller “The Guilty” following its screening at the Sundance Film Festival, the company announced Monday. The film stars Jakob Cedergren as a former police officer and dispatcher who answers an emergency call from a kidnapped woman.

The Jumanji sequel is fast becoming this year’s box office king (of the jungle). After topping the box office charts for three weekends in a row, pushing its domestic total to $317 million, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle has now become Sony’s highest grossing non-Spider-Man movie. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle soared past Skyfall, the highest-grossing James Bond movie, which made $304.3 million domestically in 2012, according to Forbes.

Uncharted movie is being rewritten by Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. writer-producer Rafe Judkins. The film adaptation of Naughty Dog’s acclaimed video game series of the same name has been in development for almost a decade. At first, the movie was conceived as a direct adaptation of the games with someone like Nathan Fillion or Mark Wahlberg playing the titular character, Nathan Drake.

By Max Covill Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty likely won’t be embarrassed again. One of the biggest stories that came from the Academy Awards last year wasn’t what film eventually won Best Picture (sorry Moonlight), but how it was actually announced. There was a monumental snafu regarding the announcement of the final award recipient of the night, which led to lots of confusion and finger pointing.

Tonight's Lucifer picked up shortly after the events of December's midseason finale as Cain struck a deal with the Devil, and next week, the duo get to work. Come check out the new promo and photos now!

Now, sometime in the not-so-far future, another disruption is on the way, with Disney seeking to roll out a Netflix-like streaming service of its own. Disney, which will pull its content from Netflix, announced its plans last summer, with a launch set for 2019. ...Click to continue reading Netflix Isn’t Worried About Disney’s Streaming ServiceThe post Netflix Isn’t Worried About Disney’s Streaming Service appeared first on Screen Rant.

An unspoken consensus exists among prominent Greek filmmakers, including Yorgos Lanthimos (Dogtooth), Athina Rachel Tsangari (Chevalier), and Argyris Papadimitropoulos (Suntan), regarding the validity of the so-called “Weird Wave.” In their rare eyes, a collective effort at creating similarly themed or formally related tales of peculiar subjects didn’t emerge premeditatedly.

James Franco Accuser Calls Star ‘Exploitative’ But ‘Absolutely Not a Harvey Weinstein’ ABC Breaking News | Latest News VideosTwo women who have accused “Disaster Artist” star James Franco of inappropriate behavior appeared on “GMA” on Tuesday morning, where one said the actor “created exploitative environments” but is “absolutely not a Harvey Weinstein.” “He is not an unfeeling monster who has no sense of reality,” Sarah Tither-Kaplan continued her answer when asked where Franco falls on the Hollywood abuse spectrum.

90th Academy Awards Nominations Announced - Full List for 2017 The complete list of nominees for the 90th Academy Awards, the most prestigious award in Hollywood, have been announced today (via oscar.go.com). The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed the nominees this morning via live broadcast. They've nominated many of the best films, and lots of terrific performances from 2017, though there are always more that deserve recognition. There's no need to spend any more time introducing this, let's get right into it!

Asthmatic Kitty Records When he’s not feuding with Fox News (or, you know, being part of Radiohead), Jonny Greenwood has also become known for his work in film scoring.

Infinity War Director Wants Thanos to Be This Generation's Darth Vader Joe Russo recently spoke out about the complexity of Thanos in Infinity War while calling him the Darth Vader of a New Generation.

IFC Films The Thick of It and Veep creator Armando Iannucci’s latest political farce, The Death of Stalin, looks like it might be a timely send-up of contemporary geopolitics, even if early reviews have been mixed. Unless of course, you’re talking to members of Russia’ culture ministry, who were apparently so incensed by the satirical graphic novel adaptation that they have banned it from being shown in Russian theaters.

Neon and AMC Networks’ streaming video service Shudder are partnering for North American rights to Coralie Fargeat’s debut thriller “Revenge,” the companies announced Tuesday. The film, which is playing in the midnight section of this year’s Sundance Film Festival, won Best Direction and Best New Director at genre festival Sitges and also played at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival. Neon plans to release the film theatrically this spring before an exclusive streaming premiere on Shudder later this year. Also Read: Sundance: Every Movie Sold So

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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