Top Movie News for October 22, 2017

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David Fincher Reveals He Could’ve Directed ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens,’ Lays Out His Reasons Why He Didn’t Disney The very idea of David Fincher helming a Star Wars motion picture seems like the stuff of Wizard devotee fever dreams, but according to the Zodiac filmmaker, he was in contention to direct the franchise’s bring Episode XII return. Fincher confirmed he was in the running to direct Star Wars: The Force Awakens during a recent interview with Empire. That’s not to say Fincher was necessarily atwitter about the prospect of directing a Star Wars film.

Avengers 4 Brings Back Surprise Iron Man 3 Character? A recently added actor may hint at tony Stark's ultimate fate as Iron Man in Avengers 4.

‘Pacific Rim 2’ Director Teases Future Crossover With King Kong, Godzilla Franchise Judging by its trailers, the “Pacific Rim” sequel looks amazing, with “Force Awakens” star John Boyega joining as the new lead — but fans might already have a reason to look forward to the franchise’s films down the line. With “Pacific Rim: Uprising” coming out next March, director Steven S.

Thor: Ragnarok Critics Spot Calls it ‘The Boldest Marvel Movie Yet’ Critics call #ThorRagnarok “A Triumph”. In theaters everywhere November 3rd. Get your tickets now:— Marvel Studios (@MarvelStudios) October 21, 2017 Critics are heaping praise on Thor: Ragnarok in a new 30-second spot for the upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe film.

Harvey Weinstein Faces 3 New Accusers, All Former Fashion Models Three former fashion models have stepped forward to accuse former Hollywood heavyweight Weinstein of sexual misconduct, according to a new report in the L.A. Times. Former Brazilian model Juliana De Paula told the L.A. Times Weinstein groped her and forced her to kiss other models at his New York City loft a decade ago. When De Paula went to leave, she said she had to fend off a naked Weinstein with broken glass. “He looked at me and he started to laugh,” said De Paula. “I was shocked.

‘Stranger Things’ Actor Finn Wolfhard Fires His Agent After Accusations Of Sexual Assault Against Other Young Actors Sonora Stranger Things actor Finn Wolfhard is parting ways with agency after allegations surfaced about his (now former) agent allegedly assaulting and harassing clients. According to The Hollywood Reporter>, Wolfhard has fired prominent APA agent Tyler Grasham after a number of claims that Graham sexually assaulted or acted inappropriately with young male actors. Two men have come forward alleging that Grasham assaulted them.

Disastrous Geostorm Opening Weekend Won't Cover Cost of Reshoots Geostorm is proving to be a disaster at the box office, with its opening numbers indicating one of the year's biggest bombs.

AMC’s VR App Brings New Immersive Content from ‘The Walking Dead’ By Sheryl Oh AMC continues to gnaw away at virtual reality marketing. The Walking Dead is coming back this weekend in a big way. AMC has launched a virtual reality (VR) app which will house 360-degree immersive content from the hit TV show to complement its Sunday premiere. The AMC VR app will provide supplementary material for season 8, including an extended bonus scene from the premiere starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Seth Gilliam.

Watch The Justice League Trailer Remade With Dogs An adorable new video parodies the Justice League trailer with the Pupstice League – a team of superdogs out to save the day. The film has been garnering some serious hype in recent weeks, as Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment builds toward this long-anticipated superhero team-up (out next month).

Female animators call for an end to sexual harassment in open letter For the past several weeks, the Harvey Weinstein scandal has served as something like the first domino in a series of many to come toppling down around Hollywood and its many abhorrent behavioral practices. Among the several accusations being brought to the public eye as of late, 217 women and gender non-conforming individuals working in the field of animation have signed an open letter to a dozen... Read More...

Jason Momoa Parties Hard as Aquaman Wraps Jason Momoa and Amber Heard celebrate the end their Aquaman shoot with wine and guitars.


Magnum P.I. reboot in the works at CBS Another classic TV series is set to get the reboot treatment courtesy of CBS as it has been announced that the network has shelled out a sizeable pilot-production commitment for a reboot of Magnum P.I., the 80's cop-drama which starred Tom Selleck as a private investigator living on Oahu, Hawaii. The potential new series is currently being penned by Peter Lenkov and Eric Guggenheim, who are behind the... Read More...

The Predator Gets A Thunderous Teaser Motion Poster The Predator has just received a rather striking new teaser motion poster. The original Predator is celebrating its thirtieth anniversary in 2017, and it’s become a sci-fi classic thanks to its fantastic dialogue, tense action sequences, and the iconic look of the title creature itself. The Predator franchise has been something of a mixed bag, however. While Predator 2’s reputation has increased over the years, it underperformed compared to the original, with many disappointed that Arnold Schwarzenegger didn’t return.

Most Brutal Reviews For Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween Yep, they made another one. Tyler Perry’s long-running Madea film series dates back to 2005’s Diary of a Mad Black Woman, which itself was an adaptation of Perry’s popular stage play. 12 years later, we’ve arrived at Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween, and at its current pace, the latest entry may well pull off the impossible: become the worst reviewed Madea flick ever. Boo 2! is the tenth movie in the franchise, although it’s tough to count I Can Do Bad All by Myself, a film in which Madea makes a brief appearance but is otherwise absent.

Stephen King Still Has Hope For ‘The Dark Tower’ TV Series, Just Don’t Expect It To Follow The Movie Columbia Pictures By most accounts, the film adaptation of The Dark Tower was a disaster. The film managed $111 million worldwide at the box office according to Slash Film, slapping a big question mark on the initial plans to create a television series from the film and tell the full story of Stephen King’s epic series. Surprisingly, that might still happen. It just won’t be based on the movie and the events within it. As Slash Film points out, Dark Tower director Nikolaj Arcel was excited for the prospect of the series and had a hand in writing the pilot.

Female Thor Movie Is Possible Says Kevin Feige Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige says that seeing a female version of Thor someday in the MCU is very possible.

Josh Brolin on Deadpool 2 Death: It Was a Freak Accident With Deadpool 2 wrapped, Joi Harris' death is still on the mind of Josh Brolin.

Girl in the Spider’s Web Casts Blade Runner 2049 Actor Sylvia Hoeks is in talks to join Sony’s adaptation of the Swedish crime novel The Girl in the Spider’s Web. Back in 2011, David Fincher directed the American adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s novel The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, with Rooney Mara as hacker Lisbeth Salander and Daniel Craig as journalist Mikael Blomkvist. Although there were plans to adapt the next two novels in Larsson’s trilogy, the studio finally decided to move forward with an adaptation of The Girl in the Spider’s Web, the fourth book of the series, written by David Lagercrantz.

Netflix/Hulu Welcome to Comedy Now, a weekly column cataloging what comedy fans should know about what’s available in the streaming world. Whether it’s a brand new special, an old classic, or the oddball show that defies categorization, we’ll list as many as we can for your enjoyment right here. Who knows? We may even throw in a few non-streamable bits on occasion, like tour announcements from our favorite comics.

By Natalie Mokry Marvel’s confirmed continuation of the MCU films is definitely exciting, but it’s more than a few years of box office success that they’re aiming for with this.  With the recent news that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will kick start phase 4 of the MCU, it’s clear there is no shortage of stories which involve our favorite superheroes intersecting on screen. This isn’t really surprising to us.

Actor Brent Briscoe, whose work included the David Lynch series “Twin Peaks” and Lynch’s 2001 film “Mulholland Drive,” died Wednesday morning, his representative told TheWrap on Friday. He was 56. Briscoe died following a short hospital stay following a serious fall that resulted in internal bleeding and eventually heart complications. He was surrounded by family and friends at the time of his death. “We lost a class act on Wednesday. Brent played hundreds of roles throughout his career but his greatest role was to his family and friends.

The Snowman Review: The Crime Of Making A Dull Thriller The Snowman 3 Reviewer 0 Users (0 votes) BC Rating The Snowman is said to be based on a novel of the same name by author Jo Nesbo. That the film was developed into a script in the first place would seem to indicate that the original must had some merit as a crime thriller.

Coco Early Reviews: Pixar’s Day of the Dead Movie May Be One of Their Best Early reviews are out for CoCo, and it looks like this Day of the Dead inspired story is going to be another huge hit for Pixar. The latest offering from the animation powerhouse, CoCo tells the story of Miguel (Anthony Gonzalez), a young boy in Mexico who wants nothing more than to play the guitar. However, his family refuses to allow anyone to make music, thanks to a shiftless ancestor who abandoned his family to be a troubadour. With Star Wars: The Last Jedi just a few weeks away and Carrie Fisher’s stern look as Princess Leia all over trailers, it’s becoming a near-constant reminder that the world lost one of the best and most outspoken celebrities of the last four decades. Now, on October 21st, what would’ve been her 61st birthday, a collection of celebrities and family members posted pictures and memories of the incredibly talented writer and actress who passed on December 27th, 2016.

By Rob Hunter We all know Leatherface is a monstrous killing machine, but what this movie presupposes is… what if it wasn’t his fault? Tobe Hooper’s The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is a horror classic, in part, because it’s harrowing, raw, and terrifying. It also never feels the need to explain the madness behind the chainsaw-wielding Leatherface and his like-minded clan of murderous wackos. Three sequels followed, and while they added humor, gore, and soon-to-be stars (Matthew McConaughey, Renée Zellweger, Viggo Mortensen) they too avoiding looking into the past.

Hellboy Rounds Out Its Cast with Three More Actors Sophie Okonedo, Brian Gleeson and Alistair Petrie have all come aboard Lionsgate's highly-anticipated Hellboy reboot.

By Caroline Cao A conversation with one of the breakout stars of the year. Sean Baker’s The Florida Project is remarkable for its small-scale humility yet epic emotional scope on the lives of motel residents. At the core of the film is young Moonee, a rambunctious 6-year-old residing with her young mother Halley at the ironically-named Magic Castle motel, a run-down pastel-colored establishment situated only a few miles away from the opulent Magic Kingdom. Despite the proximity of Disney World, Moonee and Halley are not among the upper-class who can afford tickets into the land of dreams.

Twin Peaks star Naomi Watts will take the lead in The Wolf Hour, a psychological thriller set during the New York City blackouts of 1977. Writer/director Alistair Banks Griffin is making the film as the follow-up to his 2010 Cannes Film Festival Directors’ Fortnight entry Two Gates of Sleep. The film centers on June Leigh (Watts), a ’60s-era big-shot activist who has fallen on hard times by the late ’70s.

The Shape of the Water looks like nothing we’ve seen on the big screen this year, and every stunning image and poster from Guillermo del Toro‘s dark fantasy only serves to highlight its lush visuals and wistful romance. The newest The Shape of Water poster is no exception, bringing into one-sheet glory one of the most beautiful shots of the film. Fox Searchlight Pictures tweeted the new The Shape of Water poster, which shows Sally Hawkins‘ mute lab worker and Doug Jones‘ Creature embracing under water.

Welcome to The Water Cooler, a weekly feature where the /Film staff is free to go off-topic and talk about everything except the movies and TV shows they normally write about.

When I’m not infuriating everyone in our comment sections here, I’m on a podcast with a bunch of my close friends out here in Salt Lake City, Utah. Every week, we get together and talk about the nerd news that has happened over the week, comics, and a topic for the latter half. We are a NSFW podcast, and all of our opinions are our own. We have a good time, and we’d love for you to join us! The Nerd Dome Podcast Episode 105 – Make The Federation Great Again After being sick from con crud I have returned to the podcast.

Awards season has begun! October might sound a little early for year-end awards, but the IFP Gotham Awards, presented by the Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP), are limited to films directed by a U.S. born or based filmmaker and are "made with an economy of means." So, don't expect any blockbusters to be honored. Obviously, not every movie released during the year is submitted for consideration, but traditionally the nominees are good indicators of films that have enjoyed...Read MoreRead Comments

Sean Penn Doesn’t Want Netflix To Stream ‘The Day I Met El Chapo’ Documentary By Victor Stiff Kate del Castillo shares her side of the controversial El Chapo meeting. Today marks the launch of Netflix’s latest documentary, The Day I Met El Chapo: The Kate del Castillo Story. The documentary recounts the events leading to Mexican actress, Kate del Castillo and Hollywood actor Sean Penn’s headline-making interactions with the world’s most famous drug lord, Joaquín Guzmán Loera (aka El Chapo). Pop culture’s endless infatuation with Scarface, Breaking Bad, and Narcos shows that Americans can’t get enough stories about drug lords.

Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige weighs in on whether or not fans will get the Hulk spin-off they so badly want.

President Donald Trump vowed on Twitter today to finally release the remaining classified documents pertaining to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy (the Ned Stark of presidents). In addition to potentially proving Trump’s claims about Lyin’ Ted Cruz’s dad, the release of the documents also throws down the gauntlet for Game of Thrones author George R. R. Martin to conclude his own long-running story. Subject to the receipt of further information, I will be allowing, as President, the long blocked and classified JFK FILES to be opened. — Donald J.

Santa and Mrs. Claus channel Joker and Harley Quinn in the first gruesome trailer for Once Upon a Time at Christmas.

The synopsis for Daniel Day Lewis’s upcoming Phantom Thread has been released, with the promise of a trailer for the film on the way soon. The film, which will be released at the end of the year, is the actor’s last role before he retires from acting, and tells the story of a dressmaker to the elite of 1950s London.

New Line If horror legend Robert Englund is going to terrorize people in their dreams armed with a razor glove, it’ll be for his own personal reasons and not for a future Nightmare on Elm Street outing. Chatting with Entertainment Weekly, Englund expressed his comfortability with how the franchise “ended” with Freddy vs. Jason and offers a practical reason why you won’t see him don Freddy’s sweater in a future sequel or reboot. “I’m too old to do another Freddy now,” he explained to EW.

While most of the MCU’s eyes are currently looking at the likes of Thor: Ragnarok and Avengers: Infinity War, director James Gunn is here to assure fans that he is hard at work on the script for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Promising to round off the trilogy that he started in 2014, Gunn will be back for one more adventure with Star-Lord, Gamora, and the rest of the team. With this year’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 once again lighting up the box office with its retro soundtrack, hopes are high that a third entry will follow suit.

If you start a trailer set to the Animals’ House of the Rising Sun, you’re going to get my attention. Add the fact it’s a murder mystery starring Al Pacino and Karl Urban and I’ll be buying my ticket before the trailer ends.

Evangelical Christian filmmaking is having a moment.

We kid you not, Christian Bale and Amy Adams are legit unrecognizable as Dick and Lynne Cheney in these new set photos. Continue reading…


I first saw Red Christmas at Fantasia in 2016, and then again in September 2017 at the Horrible Imaginings Film Festival. Star Dee Wallace (Cujo, E.T.) was in attendance at both festivals, but it was at HIFF where she gave an impassioned speech about her choices and her role in Red Christmas that cemented her status as a serious badass for me.  After a lengthy festival tour, director Craig Anderson's crazy little horror film has come out on blu-ray via Artsploitation.

By Victor Stiff Luca Guadagnino’s Suspiria remake “goes in different directions.” There are beloved films, classic films, and legendary films. Anytime a filmmaker adapts a movie from one of these three categories they’re aware their work is subject to intensive scrutiny. But when tackling a picture that has achieved legendary status, the filmmaker is forced to justify why they’re even messing with perfection in the first place.

We hope you’re proud of yourself, Game of Thrones Season 8 script; you made poor Jon Snow actor Kit Harrington Cry! Harrington revealed the sad news to Alex Jones… No, not that Alex Jones. The Alex Jones who hosts The One Show in Britain, as reported by espionage-themed pop culture site Digital Spy. Harrington was talking about reading the Season 8 scripts, when he revealed, “I’m really emotional about [the end]. We had the read-through last week, in fact, so I know everything now. I cried at the end!” Game of Thrones Season 8 script, you are a big bully!

Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect.

Ahead of its closing ceremony this evening, the 22nd Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) announced its awards today which included top honors in their signature New Currents competition for the Korean film After My Death from Kim Eui-seok and the Iranian feature Blockage by Mohsen Gharaei. After My Death, which chronicles the difficult aftermath of a child's suicide and how it affects her school, classmates and family, also earned the Actress of the Year Award for its lead Jeon Yeo-been.

A Santa Barbara artist has accused Roman Polanski of photographing her naked and then molesting her when she was 10 years old. Marianne Barnard told The Sun that in 1975, her mother took her to a Malibu beach, where she met Polanski. “She explained that this man wanted to take pictures of me in this fur coat.

Box Office

  • 1. Alien: Covenant
    Gross: $36,000,000
    Total: $36,000,000
  • 2. Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2
    Gross: $35,062,000
    Total: $301,799,474
  • 3. Everything, Everything
    Gross: $12,000,000
    Total: $12,000,000
  • 4. Snatched
    Gross: $7,600,000
    Total: $32,782,600
  • 5. Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul
    Gross: $7,200,000
    Total: $7,200,000

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