Top Movie News for May 24, 2016

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Become Something Greater With The Latest Epic TV Spot For X-MEN: APOCALYPSE The world needs the X-Men and in three days time, they're back! After a gargantuan $101.5 million debut internationally, Bryan Singer's X-Men: Apocalypse is all set to arrive stateside this Thursday and is widely expected to win the Memorial Day weekend despite some competition from Disney's fantasy sequel Alice Through The Looking Glass. Following its domestic release, the film will still have two major release dates on its schedule, China (June 3) & Japan (August 11), where its predecessor - X-Men: Days of Future Past - did major business back in 2014.

New Halloween Movie Coming; John Carpenter to Executive Produce If the horror movie genre can be said to have a royal family, then Michael Myers has definitely earned his throne. Along with legends like Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees, the masked killer who made his debut in John Carpenter’s 1978 Halloween has somehow survived through six direct sequels, a reboot from director Rob Zombie, and a sequel to that reboot.

Bill Condon's the right director of 'Beauty and the Beast' for one major reason People seemed to be excited by this morning's 'Beauty and the Beast' trailer, but there's one major reason we're excited to see this latest live-action version of a Disney animated classic.

Suicide Squad: New Details on the Extent of Batman’s Role [WARNING: Potential SPOILERS ahead for Suicide Squad.] – There’s been a lot of buzz about Suicide Squad, with people who claim to have seen an early screening of the film giving it some positive word of mouth.

Extended 5-Min Trailer for 'Independence Day: Resurgence' Arrives "We never had a chance…" "We didn't last time, either." Unite the world! 20th Century Fox has released an extended 5-minute trailer for Roland Emmerich's sequel Independence Day: Resurgence, arriving in theaters this June. This is their full-on final push to make audiences excited for this and I have to say it looks kind of awesome, I am excited to see it. The epic sci-fi sequel stars Jeff Goldblum, Jessie Usher, Maika Monroe, Liam Hemsworth, William Fichtner, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Vivica A. Fox and Sela Ward.

Garfield is getting animated again for a feature film The reboot of Garfield is coming. With an awful pair of live-action/CGI hybrid movies that featured Bill Murray in the voice of the classic cat with a hankering for lasagna having run their course, Garfield is being brought back to the drawing board. Alcon Entertainment has secured the rights to produce an animated adaptation built around the character from Garfield creator Jim Davis, who will operate... Read More...

Game of Thrones is ruining fantasy for big movies

Go to war with the first on-set pictures of Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk Christopher Nolan's latest, DUNKIRK, follows hundreds of thousands of British and Allied troops as they are surrounded by enemy forces. Trapped on the beach, they face an impossible situation of survival as the enemy troops close in. The story is no less epic than Nolan's usual fare and now the first on-set photos have surfaced, courtesy of photographer Pierre Volot, giving you a taste of... Read More...

Frozen 2 Star Idina Menzel Wants Elsa to Have a Girlfriend Frozen star Idina Menzel says she supports the online campaign to give Elsa a girlfriend in the highly-anticipated sequel Frozen 2.

Final Do-Over Trailer Has Sandler & Spade on the Run Adam Sandler and David Spade star as two friends trying to start over from scratch in the final red band trailer for Netflix's The Do-Over.

Second Trailer for 'Free State of Jones' with Matthew McConaughey "For our children, and their children's children." Fight the power! STX Entertainment has released the second trailer for Civil War action thriller Free State of Jones, about the story of a Southern farmer who rebelled against the Confederacy. Recent Academy Award winner Matthew McConaughey plays Newton Knight; he's joined by a cast featuring Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Keri Russell, Jacob Lofland, Mahershala Ali and Sean Bridgers. The first trailer for this film was pretty solid, and this one is also an engaging and emotional trailer.

The Best Movies and Shows Leaving Netflix in June As is so often the case these days, the list of movies and shows departing Netflix next month is full of more quality entertainment than the list of movies and shows arriving on the streaming service. It’s an ongoing problem. Still, at least we have some warning and can plan our movie watching schedule accordingly.

Netflix to Officially Begin Streaming New Disney Films in September Way back in 2012 (or at least it feels way back), Netflix and Disney struck a deal for all of Disney’s movies — including Marvel, Pixar and Lucasfilm — to stream exclusively on Netflix Instant. According to the terms of their agreement, the deal wouldn’t kick in until 2016, which just so happens to be the year in which we are currently living. As announced today, Netflix will officially begin streaming Disney films in September, but that doesn’t mean the studio’s entire library will magically appear in your Instant browser. Continue reading…

Watch Vanilla Ice Crash the Ninja Turtles 2 Premiere Rapper Vanilla Ice surprised the New York City crowd at the TMNT 2 premiere, rapping alongside the original Ninja Turtles.

The new trailer for Star Trek Beyond arrived late on Friday night, instantly washing the dreadful taste of the first trailer out of our mouths. Unlike the initial teaser, this footage looks like it comes from an actual Star Trek movie and you know what that means – there is a whole bunch of stuff to sift through if you go through the whole thing frame-by-frame and shot-by-shot. Since we haven’t seen the movie, this post will contain all kinds of speculation and over-analysis, which means it could be loaded with potential spoilers. Just trek cautiously.

I think the real theme of the season has been revealed in the extended trailer for the season finale of Arrow. It seems that Damien Darhk regains control of the missiles and has them on their way, even though he no longer has his safety bunker. He has lost all hope as have the citizens of Star City. But that’s the theme right there. Finding hope when the world is at its darkest.

BLACK PANTHER may be over two years and five Marvel films from its release, but that hasn't stopped immense hype surrounding the movie. In addition to solid introduction the character received in this month's CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR, the fact that there will be a black actor leading a superhero film is quite the big deal. Sure, it's happened before with the BLADE series, but in the current generation of films, most non-white actors have been reduced to side characters.

Vincent D’Onofrio Confirms That The Kingpin Won't Appear In SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING Rumours have been swirling this week that Vincent D'Onofrio's Wilson Fisk will make his presence felt in Spider-Man: Homecoming next year, with the actor even mentioning on Twitter at one point how much he would like that to happen.

Priyanka Chopra Makes a Bid to Play James Bond: ‘It Sounds Like My Life Already’ (Video) After Priyanka Chopra announced her desire to play James Bond, the actress clarified her qualifications in an interview with TheWrap on Monday. “I don’t think Bond does too much, he’s just suave and sexy,” the “Quantico” star told TheWrap’s Stuart Brazell. “He rolls out with his martini and fancy cars. Wow, it sounds like my life already.” Chopra sent fans into a frenzy on Monday when a social media-friendly quote from her Complex cover story went viral.

Johnny Depp Broods, Pink Performs at ‘Alice Through the Looking Glass’ Hollywood Premiere It was a magical night on Hollywood Blvd.

A new scene involving the Knights of Ren is described from someone close to the set of Star Wars: Episode VIII.

Joss Whedon Is Writing a New Movie, What's It About? Filmmaker Joss Whedon offers some insight into his next original script, which follows a girl who gets into trouble.

Seth Rogen parodies the legendary Walt Disney himself in a sneak peek at Sausage Party, in theaters August 12.

Unlike most comedy sequels, the Austin Powers franchise only became more successful at the box office with each additional outing (sorry, Neighbors 2), with Austin Powers in Goldmember generating $300 million worldwide. It’s been 14 years since Mike Myers last donned the mop-top and spouted a bunch of delightfully cheesy innuendoes, and though we may not be any closer to a fourth Austin Powers outing, director Jay Roach says it could still very much happen. Continue reading…

Writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely confirm that Guardians of the Galaxy will show up in one of the Avengers: Infinity War movies.

   The problems with sequels is expectation. When you have a project that is received so well by an audience, a follow up is not always able to reach the levels of expectation people want from that product. For every “The Empire Strikes Back” and “The Godfather II” there’s “The Matrix Reloaded”, a sequel that advanced the story but did not reach the level of expectation people had for it.   The biggest Marvel event of the past decade was Civil War.

You really have to hand it to Shonda Rhimes for what she has managed to do over at ABC. For the 2016-2017 broadcast season, she will have five series with her name on it hitting the network's airwaves - GREY'S ANATOMY, SCANDAL, HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER, THE CATCH and STILL STAR-CROSSED... and even with that much on her plate, she is seeking to take her brand of success to the Hollywood big... Read More...

Director James Wan introduces a new 360-degree video that lets fans experience Enfield in virtual reality from The Conjuring 2.

Elijah Wood: ‘I Have No First-Hand Experience or Observation’ of Hollywood Child Abuse Elijah Wood has a clarification to make. The “Wilfred” star has issued a statement claiming that he was misinterpreted after comments he made about child abuse in Hollywood yielded widespread headlines. In a statement obtained by TheWrap, Wood says that his interview with the Sunday Times has prompted “a number of false and misleading headlines.” Also Read: Elijah Wood on Pedophilia in Hollywood: 'There Are a Lot of Vipers in This Industry' The actor was quoted as referencing  the Jimmy Savile abuse scandal in England and noting, “Clearly something maj

Matthew McConaughey, Scarlett Johansson, Reese Witherspoon among the crooning cast

Episode 22: "Transference" Synopsis: While Gordon, Bruce and Lucius remain at Indian Hill, the city of Gotham will be met with a new threat as Hugo Strange’s inmates devise a plan to escape and start their new lives in Gotham. Recap: From the beginning, Gotham tried way too hard to be... Read More...


In this episode of “A Cast of Kings,” Joanna and David discuss fifth episode of the sixth season of Game of Thrones,  “The Door.”  Thanks to Helpspot for sponsoring us this week!

Preacher is taking a week off. But when it resumes, Odin Quincannon — in the form of Jackie Earle Haley — makes his debut, as seen in this preview for the next episode. Meanwhile, Jesse outlines being a good man for Cassidy while Tulip attempts to remind the Preacher that he is, deep down, a bad man. Click here to view the embedded video. Preacher returns June 5th. Odin Quincannon Does The Math In A Preview Of The Next Preacher

With the confirmation of Maniac Cop moving forward and the addition of Witchfinder General Danish filmmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn has added the final piece to a trio of horror film remakes.   Deadline reports that Refn has added the 1972 Giallo flick What Have You Done To Solange? to his production slate and will set the tale in Los Angeles.    He will work with Solange's original producer Fulvio Lucisano who also released all of Refn's films in Italy.

Watching Dwayne Johnson get bullied is a thing you probably can't imagine, but watch it I did in Boston one summer afternoon last year: Johnson - 6'5, roughly 266 lbs. - was berated, taunted, put down and basically sent scurrying away like a beaten puppy. Not before meekly asking Kevin Hart - about an entire foot shorter - if it was okay to leave. This was not the Dwayne Johnson I was... Read More...

The National Board of Review announced Monday that the organization will host its annual film awards gala on Wednesday, January 4, 2017, at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City. NBC News personality Willie Geist has been confirmed to return as host. “The NBR is thrilled to welcome Willie back to our annual celebration,” NBR President Annie Schulhof said in a statement. “He has truly become a part of the NBR family as has Cipriani 42nd Street, our home for more than decade.

Three months ago, seven movies that screened at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival ended up landing Academy Award nominations, and four of them won Oscars: “Inside Out” won Best Animated Feature, “Amy” won Best Documentary, “Son of Saul” won Best Foreign Language Film and “Mad Max: Fury Road” won six awards, the biggest haul of the night. This year, though, we shouldn’t expect the same kind of Cannes/Oscar correlation.

Rob Bradfield writes … There are so many interpretations of the mythology surrounding the Hindu deity Shiva and its meaning that saying definitively what it means to AMC’s Fear The Walking Dead’s mid-season finale, “Shiva,” would be difficult, if not impossible. Robert Oppenheimer may have said it best – at least in a way that fits the world of The Walking Dead – when upon seeing the first test of a nuclear bomb declared, “Now I am become Death, Shiva, Destroyer of Worlds.” Maybe. The Abigail compound, if not the entire world, is pretty much destroyed.

This year will be my fourth attending the Seattle International Film Festival, and it remains an intense and overwhelming experience. Spanning 25 days, this year’s festival will include over 420 films representing 85 countries, making it the largest film festival in the United States.

Why ‘The Angry Birds Movie’ Won’t Slingshot Rovio to Disney Heights While “The Angry Birds Movie” opened with an impressive $38.2 million at the domestic box office, creator Rovio Entertainment has far to fly to achieve its long-stated promise to Hollywood and Silicon Valley of becoming the next Walt Disney Studios. Since the December 2009 release of its global best-selling game, the Finnish Rovio has consistently and publicly used Disney as a blueprint, despite a lack of diverse IP and declining sales in key areas like merchandise that are essential to an entertainment giant. Sony Pictures released “The Angry Birds Movie” in North Amer

The first two Thor movies were no means bad, but both were met with something of a tepid response from comic book fans and critics alike. Thor: Ragnarok however looks like it's going to be the adaptation everyone has been hoping the God of Thunder would take centre stage in since day one. In an interview with E! Online, Mark Ruffalo emphasised that by shedding some light on what we should expect from the 2017 release and what happens when the Jade Giant is paired up with his fellow Avenger. "It's an intergalactic buddy road movie with Banner and Thor. I think it will be smashing.

Vin Diesel wraps production on XXX: The Return of Xander Cage, sharing one final set photo that has to be seen to be believed.

Filming is underway for Ridley Scott's ALIEN: COVENANT in Sydney, Australia, and several photos from the production have surfaced online over at The Daily Mail. The movie is currently shooting at an undisclosed quarry, and although there's no sign of stars Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston or Billy Crudup in the images below, they do show a number of humanoid bodies that appear to have... Read More...

Finest Girl (The Bin Laden Song debuted this weekend on Saturday Night Live, from the Popstar soundtrack by Lonely Island.

William Petersen remembers filming with Brian Cox in this exclusive clip from the film's Blu-ray edition.

After creating several projects for TV, including her own HBO stand-up special and the long-running CBS sitcom 2 Broke Girls, comedian Whitney Cummings is directing a feature film titled The Female Brain, EW can confirm.  Cummings co-wrote the movie with Emmy nominee Neal Brennan...

What’s next for Viacom? Most likely, lawsuits and a nasty shareholder fight to determine the fate of the parent company of Paramount Pictures, Comedy Central, BET and more. A war brewing for many years has now exploded into full public view, with no way to predict what or whom it may engulf.

We’re used to seeing movie heists go awry. But quite how awry can one go? That question is fully, and bloodily, explored in the new survival-thriller, Carnage Park, in theaters and on VOD, July 1. Written and directed by Mickey Keating (the Must List-approved Darling) the...

Rob Kazinsky, a huge Warcraft fan and the actor playing Orgrim, takes us on a tour of the Warcraft War Room. He explains that this is basically poetic license, as in the game players get their armor and weapons from vendors, from chests or taking them off of dead bad guys. But then again you also don’t play as a soldier for the Alliance or the Horde, your more of a freelancer. So something like this was needed in the film Warcraft opens June 10th. Click here to view the embedded video. A Trip Inside The Warcraft War Room With Rob Kazinsky

DreamWorks Animation has hired Jennifer Howell, Paramount’s former head of comedy. She will be the new head of development, an individual with knowledge told TheWrap. Howell will be taking over for Gregg Taylor and will report to Bonnie Arnold and Mireille Soria. In August, Taylor began producing duties on “Larrikins,” the animated film that has an expected release date in 2018. Taylor oversaw the development of both “Trolls” and “The Boss Baby” during his five year stint as head of development at DreamWorks.

'You really feel like you've done something,' the 'BFG' actress says

A lot of fan-favourite characters vanished as a result of The New 52 reboot, with Wally West being perhaps the biggest casualty. The decision to later bring him back as an African American teenager who shared little to nothing in common with the original red headed speedster did not sit well with fans either, but thanks to the events of DC Rebirth, the real deal is finally back in the land of the living. Now, DC Comics has unveiled a new cover for Titans: Rebirth #1, and as you can see, it features Wally in a brand new costume.

Last year I endeavored to begin filling in some of the gaps in my movie watching history; one set of films which I'd never gotten around to watching was the LETHAL WEAPON franchise. Long story short, they were all watched and all enjoyed and I promptly began kicking myself for letting my life go on for so long without Riggs and Murtagh in it. It's been almost twenty years since the last... Read More...

Anchor Bay Entertainment will be releasing Christian Sesma's action flick Vigilante Diaries in cinemas and iTunes on June 24th. The release will be quickly followed up by the Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand release on July 5th.

David, Devindra, and Jeff discuss what a Tetris movie’s plot would be, celebrate the world of competitive endurance tickling, praise the comedy of Maria Bamford, and aren’t super impressed by Neighbors 2. You can always e-mail us at slashfilmcast(AT)gmail(DOT)com, or call and leave a voicemail at 781-583-1993. Also, like us on Facebook! Download or play in browser below: Subscribe to the /Filmcast: SHOWNOTES What We’ve Been Watching (1:00) Jeff: Neighbors 2, Lady Dynamite David: Seattle International Film Festival: Weiner, Tickled, The Last King Devindra: The Good Wife

Box Office

  • 1. Angry Birds Movie, The
    Gross: $38,155,177
    Total: $38,155,177
  • 2. Captain America: Civil War
    Gross: $32,939,739
    Total: $347,215,892
  • 3. Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising
    Gross: $21,760,405
    Total: $21,760,405
  • 4. Nice Guys, The
    Gross: $11,203,270
    Total: $11,203,270
  • 5. Jungle Book, The
    Gross: $10,944,350
    Total: $327,424,915

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