Top Movie News for April 1, 2015

‘Furious 7’ Premiere: Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez Rev Their Engines on the Red Carpet (Photos) Related stories from TheWrap:'Furious 7' Premiere: Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez Rev Their Engines on the Red Carpet (Photos)Rihanna Gives Jimmy Kimmel a Rude Awakening in April Fools' Day Prank (Video)Isaiah Washington Baffles CNN Viewers in Bizarre Defense of Racial Profiling CommentsWill Ferrell and Kristen Wiig to Star in Lifetime Movie 'A Deadly Adoption'Bill Block Fires Back at QED Lawsuit

Ryan Reynolds’ ‘Deadpool’ Wins April Fool’s Day With This Prank On Mario Lopez Ryan Reynolds plays April Fool's Day joke on Mario Lopez.

Watch: Your Friend Gordo is Back in First Trailer for 'The Gift' Thriller "It's not over…" No, it has only just begun. STX has debuted the first trailer for The Gift, the new "chilling psychological thriller" from Blumhouse that was first teased earlier this week with mysterious and eerily personal shipments to many movie bloggers. The Gift is the directing debut of Joel Edgerton, who also wrote the script and stars in the film as Gordo, a creepy old high school friend who shows up suddenly when a couple moves back to town.

'Straight Outta Compton' Trailer: The Story Behind N.W.A. Following the red band trailer released in February, Universal Pictures has debuted an all-ages theatrical trailer for the N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton. Original N.W.A. members Ice Cube and Dr. Dre serve as producers on this biopic, with Ice Cube's own son O'Shea Jackson Jr. portraying his father alongside Jason Mitchell as Eazy-E, Corey Antonio Hawkins as Dr. Dre, Aldis Hodge as M.C. Ren and Neil Brown Jr. as DJ Yella.

'Avengers: Age of Ultron': Mystery roles for Julie Delpy and Linda Cardellini Just one month from release, Avengers: Age of Ultron still has some surprises to reveal. Now we have learned that Julie Delpy and Linda Cardellini will appear in the film in roles that are being kept hush-hush. The news was revealed when the two were included in the cast list attending the...

Johnny Galecki Heads For Rings Set for the new horror In his day job at The Big Bang Theory, the only scary issues Johnny Galecki’s Leonard usually have to deal with are his roommate’s overbearing attitude to everything and possibly his own sinuses. But the actor will be dealing with much more terrifying events as he’s signed on to co-star in Rings.The film represents Paramount’s attempts to breathe fresh life into the J-horror-spawned franchise, which has been quiet of late.

G.I. Joe 3 is still in the works; Aaron Berg to take over writing duties The last attempt at a G.I. Joe film, G.I. JOE: RETALIATION, performed marginally better than its predecessor but still fell short of being the hit Hasbro was hoping it would be, even Dwayne “franchise saviour“ Johnson couldn’t salvage things. The third sequel is still moving forward and THR is telling us that Aaron Berg has just been tapped to write an all-new script for G.I. JOE... Read More...

Daredevil Producer Wants "Hard R" Punisher Series Earlier today, Ryan Reynolds and Twentieth Century Fox confirmed that the Deadpool movie will be rated R. But could Marvel's The Punisher get the same treatment down the line? Speaking with ScifFiNow, Daredevil producer and showrunner Steven DeKnight explained how he'd love to see a Marvel/Netflix series featuring a "hard R" version of Frank Castle. "I've been a huge fan of the Punisher comics for years," he said. "I'd love to see him get his due on a platform like this.

Casting Net: Anna Kendrick joins Zac Efron in 'Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates' Anna Kendrick will join Zac Efron and Adam DeVine in the 20th Century Fox comedy Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, the story of two brothers who put an ad online to find dates for a wedding and the ad ends up going viral. [Variety]...

'Star Wars 7' Rumor Breaks Down the 4 Main Villains Yesterday, an unconfirmed report surfaced claiming that the new trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens will first debut at Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim this month, before debuting in theaters with Disney's Avengers: Age of Ultron. Since the first trailer didn't give us a whole lot of information, aside from revealing four new characters, many fans are hoping to learn much more about the plot when the latest footage arrives. If you can't wait that long for more confirmed plot details, then perhaps this report from Making Star Wars will satiate your need for all things Star Wars.

David Duchovny On Which 'X-Files Characters' Will Return Actor David Duchovny (Californication) appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman this week to discuss his new show Aquarius premiering on NBC this May. Talk later turned to The X-Files, which received the green-light by 20th Century Fox to return in the form of a six-episode limited event series. The cult classic television show made Duchovny and Anderson household names as it was the longest running sci-fi series when it aired from 1993-2002 on Fox.

'Mallrats 2' Also Gets Joey Lauren Adams & Renee Humphrey Director Kevin Smith continues to add more and more cast members for his upcoming sequel Mallrats 2, with original Mallrats stars Joey Lauren Adams (Gwen), Ren&#233e Humphrey (Trish) and Sven-Ole Thorsen (LaFours) coming back to reprise their roles. They join director/star Kevin Smith (Silent Bob), Jason Mewes (Jay), Ethan Suplee (William), Jason Lee (Brodie), Stan Lee (Himself), Michael Rooker (Mr Svenning), Shannen Doherty (Rene) and Jeremy London (T.S. Quint).

Forest Whitaker may join Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner in Story of Your Life I'm a big fan of PRISONERS director Denis Villeneuve, so it's only natural that I would be very excited for any project he presents us with in the future. One of several films Denis has in the works, STORY OF YOUR LIFE, has already assembled itself quite the cast and is looking to add even more star-power; Variety is reporting that Oscar-winner Forest Whitaker is in talks to board the sci-fi... Read More...

Toho Reveals Two Filmmakers Behind New Japanese Godzilla Movie Whoa! This is big news for fans of Japanese cinema, or anime, or Godzilla, or sci-fi, or–hell just anyone who loves awesome movies. Toho Company (news via ScreenDaily), the studio behind the original Gojira, have announced the directors and revealed a teaser image for their newest Godzilla movie that was announced late last year. Not much was known about the project when it was revealed, save that "the time has come for Japan to make a film that will not [be lost] to Hollywood." So who have they hired to wrangle Godzilla this time?

Hugh Jackman Set to Get Holy as 'Apostle Paul' for Affleck & Damon Over the past few years, there has been a growing number of faith-based projects aimed at pulling in the church crowd who will pile into a theaters by the busload. Most of them have been feeble efforts in the past, but lately there have been some known talents taking roles in these film (see Little Boy or Heaven is for Real). Now Warner Bros. is getting into the game with Apostle Paul, a new project that will put Hugh Jackman into the title role of the Jewish man who preached the word of God to the Roman.

Kristen Stewart Joins 'Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk' Kristen Stewart is in talks to star in an adaptation of Ben Fountain's best-selling novel Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, with another report revealing that Ben Platt has joined the cast. They will join newcomer Joe Arwyn as the title character, along with Garrett Hedlund and Steve Martin. Production is scheduled to begin later this month.The story centers on 19-year-old Billy Flynn (Joe Arwyn), an infantryman who survives a firefight during the Iraq war in 2005. Billy and his surviving comrades are brought back to the U.S.

'Mad Max: Fury Road' Soundtrack Details Arrive, Listen To The First Pulse-Pounding Track Yesterday, the collective jaw of the internet dropped when the totally bonkers new trailer for "Mad Max: Fury Road" arrived. Truly, we're in for something special when George Miller's latest addition to his apocalyptic desert saga arrives in May, and the soundtrack will bring just as much fury as the images. The full details have been revealed today for Junkie XL, aka Tom Holkenborg's 26-track strong soundtrack, and a little taste has arrived too.

The Transporter Refueled is now set to open September 4 in the United States. EuropaCorp has pushed back the action flick two and half months, according to Variety. The Transporter Refueled was previously slated to hit the silver screen June 19. But this isn't the first time The Transporter Refueled's release date has moved as at one point the film was scheduled to come out in February. Starring Ed Skein (Game of Thrones), Loan Chabanol, Radivoje Bukvic and Gabriella Wright, The Transporter Refueled is the start of a new trilogy in the series.

Andy Serkis' JUNGLE BOOK: ORIGINS is on the verge of adding a new actor to the cast and this one will not be for voice work or performance capture. Deadline reports that Matthew Rhys is in negotiations to play the human character of John Lockwood in the gritty take on Rudyard Kipling's classic. Rhys is best known for his current role on the critically acclaimed (and criminally underseen) series The... Read More...

Is The Flash Faster Than Sonic the Hedgehog? While thinking about who will win our Super Team Tournament 64, we've been fantasizing about clashes between beloved characters. There's plenty there to choose from, but we keep coming back to one specific rivalry: The Flash vs. Sonic the Hedgehog. Our debate was starting to devolve into a shouting match, so we decided to get your take. We went to Twitter and asked: Who Would win in a race: Sonic the Hedgehog, or The Flash? Here's what you had to say: @IGN Sonic would tie him with the Emeralds, no? But without, it seems Flash would win. Continue reading…

Film Review: 'Woman in Gold' Helen Mirren stars in the new film "Woman in Gold" as Maria Altmann, a woman trying to recover a painting of her late aunt from the Austrian government. That painting was taken from her family by the Nazis during World War II and now hangs in a gallery in Vienna, having gained enormous value and notoriety over the years. Painted by Gustav Klimt, the Austrian government is loathe to let it go, so Maria enlists the help of a young lawyer played by Ryan Reynolds to aid her efforts. His character, Randy Schoenberg, is the son of a longtime family friend of Ms.

*** This article contains spoilers for the most recent episode of Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD *** This is where it hits the fan. In the most recent episode of Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD, called One Door Closes, we learn exactly who the Real SHIELD is and just why they don’t trust Director Phil Coulson. So we are going to take a look at the six important moments from the episode. 1) We start with a flashback that runs through the episode.

451 Media Group, which counts director Michael Bay as a founder, has landed a strategic investment from China’s Guangdong Alpha Animation and Culture Co. Established with John and Anthony Gentile, Bay’s venture will develop and produce content in an overall deal that leverages the distribution and product manufacturing arms of Alpha Animation in territories like Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Greater China. “This strategic long-term partnership will marry 451’s creative capabilities in entertainment and merchandise with Alpha Animation’s expertise and reach in mobile

Random House announced Wednesday that they will publish a memoir written by Patricia Arquette. The Academy Award, Golden Globe and Emmy award-winning actress will focus on her life growing up in the storied Arquette family, which includes “Pulp Fiction” actress Rosanna Arquette and “Scream” star David Arquette. Arquette will also write about being a single mother at the age of 20 and her experience as a woman in Hollywood.

Clint Eastwood circling Richard Jewell project After American Sniper earned six Oscar nominations and became the biggest box-office hit of 2014, Clint Eastwood can basically make any movie he chooses. Deadline reported that he’s contemplating reuniting with Leonardo DiCaprio for a movie about suspected-terrorist-turned-hero Richard...

Director Rob Zombie's new horror-thriller 31 has landed distribution with Alchemy, just as production begins in Los Angeles. The filmmaker debuted a brief teaser trailer and artwork back in July, but we haven't heard much about the project since then. The film stars the director's wife, Sheri Moon Zombie, along with Richard Brake, Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs, Jeffrey Daniel Phillips, Lew Temple, Meg Foster and Malcolm McDowell.The story centers on five friends who are kidnapped and held hostage in a place known as Murder World.

In the realm of comic book blockbusters, adapting a superhero costume into the real world is a nearly thankless task.

Former QED International CEO Bill Block has fired back at the lawsuit filed against him Wednesday by his former company. The company’s new bosses, Sasha Shapiro and Anton Lessine, filed suit against Block in the federal Court in Los Angeles citing unfair practices and copyright infringement. “Instead of performing his executive responsibilities exclusively and conscientiously for QED, Block actively and surreptitiously hijacked QED’s assets and siphoned QED’s opportunities for his personal gain,” read the complaint.

The Spoils of Babylon stars Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig have reunited for a secret Lifetime TV movie entitled A Deadly Adoption. The movie has already completed production, and is set for an early summer debut on Lifetime.

Mark Wahlberg to Star in Movie Based on Boston Marathon Bombing Few actors — nay, few human beings — are more associated with the city of Boston than Mark Wahlberg. Since he first introduced the world to his Funky Bunch in the early ’90s, he’s been closely tied to Beantown. Even as he’s become a huge movie star he’s maintained his ties with Boston, rooting loudly for its sports franchises and starring in many movies set in and around the area (The Perfect Storm, Ted). Continue reading…

UTA Lures Agents Chelsea McKinnies, Mackenzie Condon From CAA UTA has hired former CAA agents Mackenzie Condon and Chelsea McKinnies. Condon is a talent and literary agent working in film and television who will be based in UTA’s New York offices.

I recently went back and played Sunset Overdrive to completion. I’ll tell you what, that is a super fun video game. If you own an Xbox One, I think it’s one of the must haves from last year. The game is winding down now too, as the last DLC has been announced for the game. Rise of the Dawn Of The Fallen Machines lands today and it’s all about new advanced Fizzco Robots. There will be new missions, guns and other add-ons incluced.

James Gunn never shies away from fan questions and always prides himself on telling the truth. He doesn't want to keep too many secrets about Guardians of the Galaxy 2, and is as open as he is allowed to be. Yesterday, the director announced that his horror script The Belco Experiment is moving forward with Wolf Creek director Greg Mclean at the helm. Conducting an impromptu Q&A on Periscope (via Screen Rant) about the project, he also offered fans an update on Guardians of the Galaxy 2. He confirms that the story treatment is finished, and that scripting will start soon.

Last week, we reported that the sequel Ip Man 3 has cast former boxing champ Mike Tyson alongside Donnie Yen. The production also announced that they will use a CGI rendering of Bruce Lee, as opposed to casting an actor to play the martial arts icon.

'Maniac Cop' star Robert Z'Dar dies at age 64 Actor Robert Z’Dar has died at the age of 64, according to People. Z’Dar was best known for playing the title role in 1988’s horror movie Maniac Cop and its two sequels. His lengthy list of acting credits also included the 1989 Sylvester Stallone-Kurt Russell...

OddLot Entertainment has won a heated auction for rights to Adam R.

FAN ART: Stephen Amell As 'Casey Jones' In TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES 2 Do you think Amell will look anything like this is the actual movie? He'll join the returning Megan Fox as April O'Neil and Will Arnett as Vern Fenwick. Though no other cast members have been confirmed yet, William Fichtner is also expected ro reprise the role of Eric Saks. David Green will direct this time, with Michael Bay once again on board as producer. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 hits theaters June 3, 2016.

Join us each week as we review the latest episode of ARROW. Warning: the following review contains major spoilers for the newest episode of the show. Episode 18: "Public Enemy" Synopsis: During an attack on the mayor’s office, Ray is critically injured. Felicity is pleasantly surprised when her mother, Donna Smoak, shows up at the hospital to offer her support. With the SCPD out in... Read More...

The Wrap’s Jeff Sneider revealed last month that British actor Ben Hardy had been cast in an undisclosed role for Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Apocalypse and that the rumor was that he is playing Warren Worthington III aka Angel.

The folks at Big Bee Studios may have a little too much free time… and we get to benefit as they put together this fake trailer for April Fool’s Day meshing Disney’s Star Wars franchise with the Pixar animation line of Cars and Planes… Click here to view the embedded video. One Last April Fool's Joke... Disney / Pixar's X-Wings

The Hollywood Reporter had the chance to gain some insights on the suit Ben Affleck will be wearing in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Affleck is taking over the role of The Dark Knight for this new series of films and, with this being a new cinematic take on the character, it sounds like Zack Snyder and his team wanted to make sure to learn from the mistakes of past costumes. First of all, the suit is no mere garment that Affleck can just slip on and off.

Netflix renews family drama Bloodline for a second season From the sound of it we're going to be plenty happy when Daredevil hits Netflix on April 10th (you can check out our review of the first episode here), but if you need something to tide you over until then, you might be interested in the Netflix original series Bloodline. The story follows that of a family of adult siblings who find that their past secrets and scars are revealed when their... Read More...

STX Entertainment Chief Robert Simonds on Why He’s Spending $750 Million Making Movies This Year: ‘We Believe in It’ STX Entertainment Chairman Robert Simonds announced on Wednesday that he had partnered with China’s Huayi Brothers to finance and produce an expanded slate of movies — up to 15 feature films a year — further boosting the firepower behind his year-old STX Entertainment. TheWrap spoke to the budding independent mogul about why he’s so bullish on making movies while the studios are cutting back. He said: “We will spend $750 million this year in making, marketing and distributing movies.

"I am a prisoner. My crime? Poetry." After debuting at the Cannes Film Festival last year, the animated drama The Prophet is finally coming to the United States this year. Based on the book of prose and poems of the same name, the film features the voices of Liam Neeson, Salma Hayek, Quvenzhané Wallis, John Krasinski, Frank Langella, Alfred Molina and more, along with a myriad of animation styles to bring the friendship between a little girl and an imprisoned poet to life.

Eastwood May Team with Hill & DiCaprio American Sniper helmer Clint Eastwood is reportedly circling the director's job on Fox's upcoming film about Richard Jewell, the security guard who was suspected of being a terrorist after discovering a suspicious backpack during the '96 Olympics. Jewell will be played by Jonah Hill (21 Jump Street), while Jewell's lawyer may be played by Hill's fellow The Wolf of Wall Street star Leonardo DiCaprio. Deadline reports that Eastwood's loyalty to Warner Bros. could be a potential hurdle to a deal.

Last month brought news that British television actor Sam Strike had landed the title role in Leatherface, the origin story of the chainsaw wielding killer from the Texas Chanisaw Massacre horror franchise. And now Deadline brings word that Public Enemies and Somewhere star Stephen Dorff will be taking another lead role in the film, and thankfully, details on his character give us an idea of what we can expect from the story.

Kevin Tsujihara, chairman and chief executive officer of Warner Bros., has joined the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts (SCA) Board of Councilors, SCA Dean Elizabeth M.

We all remember Frank Miller‘s adaptation of Will Eisner‘s The Spirit, or maybe we’re trying to forget it. That wasn’t the first time Hollywood attempted to bring the comic book classic to the big screen. One of the previous attempts was to turn the story into an animated movie, with a young director named Brad Bird creating a fake pitch trailer to try to sell the feature. This was of course before Bird went on to direct The Iron Giant, The Incredibles or Ratatouille.

‘Avengers 2′ Premiere Announcement Reveals Two Additional Cast Members Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron has been playing it rather conservatively when it comes to revealing information about plot, characters, and connections to the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe.

He'll appear alongside Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt and co. in the remakeHaving dealt with weapons in American Sniper, Luke Grimes should be used to being around gunslingers. That should come in handy, as Antoine Fuqua has added him to the cast of his remake of The Magnificent Seven.The ensemble so far includes Denzel Washington, Ethan Hawke, Chris Pratt, Haley Bennett and Vincent D’Onofrio. The movie will once more see a small town – in this case built around a gold mine – threatened by a ruthless baron (D’Onofrio) and his gang of thugs.

If you’re a fan of Joshua Oppenheimer’s Oscar-nominated, critically-acclaimed documentary The Act of Killing, then this new trailer will definitely interest you. The Look of Silence is a follow-up/companion piece to last year’s deeply affecting film, in which Oppenheimer flips the script and focuses on the son of a victim of the mass Indonesian genocide, taking a stirring tactic to allowing the man to confront those who were involved in his father’s murder. Continue reading…

Box Office

  • 1. Home
    Gross: $52,107,731
    Total: $52,107,731
  • Gross: $33,803,253
    Total: $33,803,253
  • 3. Divergent Series: Insurgent, The
    Gross: $21,535,277
    Total: $85,854,100
  • Gross: $17,043,491
    Total: $149,551,020
  • 5. It Follows
    Gross: $3,811,052
    Total: $4,545,515

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