Top Movie News for September 21, 2017

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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Delivers With A Fresh Batch Of Photos For Everybody To Theorize Over Lucasfilm The best possible thing to do in these quiet days before we enjoy any new canonical entries into the Star Wars universe is to theorize over what’s going to happen next.

Review: KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE, A Cartoon Spy Action Film With Little Bite I loved director Matthew Vaughan's 2014 James-Bond-on-speed spy extravaganza Kingsman: The Secret Service. That film, adapted from the graphic novels by famed author Mark Millar (Kick Ass) took everything the world loved about the world's favorite martinio enthusiast and cranked it up to eleven, delivering a high octane action cartoon populated by memorable characters and featuring handsome relative newcomer Taron Egerton in the lead as the chavvy super spy in training, Eggsy.

Why Fox Believes Logan Should Be an Oscar Contender It’s generally accepted by moviegoers that superhero movies don’t win Academy Awards, but could Logan be the exception? Some superhero films do win awards for sound editing, visual effects, and makeup, but not usually in key categories like Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Picture.

‘The Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina’ TV Series Coming To The CW TV’s next Game of Thrones could air on the CW! No, we’re not talking about an actual or thematic sequel, but a spiritual one. Just as Game of Thrones is based on writer George R. R. Martin‘s A Song Of Ice And Fire series, which sometimes has fans wait years for new entries, CW is making a show based on the comic The Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina, a comic book that has published just eight issues in three years. In the comic, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Robert Hack provide a modern, grim and gritty take on the classic Archie property Sabrina the Teenage Witch.

Gal Gadot May Take a Break from DC for Bradley Cooper's Deeper Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot is in early talks to join Bradley Cooper in the sea diving drama Deeper for MGM.

Justice League Screening Reportedly Did Not Feature Lex Luthor A new report suggests Jesse Eisenberg’s polarizing take on Superman’s archenemy Lex Luthor does not currently feature in the cut of Justice League being screened for test audiences. Eisenberg first portrayed Lex Luthor in Zack Snyder’s Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. The performance borrowed a bit from Eisenberg’s Academy Award nominated turn as Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in David Fincher’s The Social Network; this version of Luthor was a young corporate mogul, sporting an off putting haircut, as well as lethal levels of narcissism and arrogance.

HBO wastes no time appreciating a hit when they have it, announcing that the cable giant has renewed its critically acclaimed drama series The Deuce for a second season. Created by George Pelecanos (Treme) and David Simon (The Wire, Homicide: Life on the Streets), the series was renewed after airing only the second episode of the show’s eight-episode first season. For Casey Bloys, president of HBO programming, it’s about giving Simon and Pelecanos the ability to continue telling their tales they way they were meant to be told: “We are thrilled to continue our creative collaborati

Marvel’s The Punisher – Music Maketh The Trailer I’m the West Coast guy here at Bleeding Cool, which means a lot of the new trailers are already posted by the time I sit down at my desk. That happened this morning, as Netflix released a full trailer for Marvel’s The Punisher. Another writer had already posted it, but I had some thoughts on the trailer that I still wanted to share. Let me start by saying that this is one the best trailers I’ve seen in a while. Marvel’s The Punisher I think the choice of music is a huge part of making a good trailer.

Behind-The-Scenes Featurette For Tomb Raider Shows Alicia Vikander Becoming Lara Croft We finally have a trailer for the Tomb Raider reboot and with it comes a featurette that shows how star Alicia Vikander got in shape and ready to be an action star. She worked hard on this role and the fact that she talks about having to reshoot a scene because her skin was too blue from the cold to fix in post. We get to see a bunch of behind-the-scenes stuff and it looks like Vikander did a lot of her own stunts which is pretty awesome.

'Cult of Chucky' Is Coming to Netflix in October The only thing worse than evil clowns in the things-that-kids-are-supposed-to-like-but-are-actually-terrified-of genre is evil dolls, and the Child’s Play series pretty much has that one on lock. A few months ago we got our first look at the latest installment, Cult of Chucky, which promises even more scares from that orange-haired, rosy-cheeked bringer of terror. The good news is: you can stream it on Netflix next month. Continue reading…

Wonder Woman Gets An Honest Trailer… That’s Actually Kind Of Nice Wonder Woman is out now on Blu-ray and DVD, which means it’s time for Screen Junkies to do an Honest Trailer. The Gal Gadot-led film was well received, but not without its flaws — and the video below does a good job in pointing out both the strengths and the weaknesses of the film. A sign that they, like most, really liked it. They point out how the studio still felt the need to cast one of the bankable Chrises, but they gave Chris Pine the supportive love interest role that usually goes to women.

Anna and The Apocalypse Trailer: The First Zombie Christmas Musical Anna and the Apocalypse fuses High School Musical with the Christmas-themed undead for a horror experience unlike anything you've ever seen.

Update: George R.R. Martin has provided a few more updates about this series on his blog, and you can read the relevant portions at the bottom of this article. Current Game of Thrones writer and producer Bryan Cogman has a live-action movie adaptation of The Sword in the Stone in the works and a film based on Magic: The Gathering on his plate, but it looks like he’s not finished with the world of ice and fire quite yet.

Finding Identity in ‘The Lego Movie’ By Kieran Fisher It’s about community. While The Lego Movie is undoubtedly a great advertisement for the toys themselves, it’s so much more than a ploy to get people to part with their bucks. In addition to being hilarious, heartfelt, and an outstanding technical achievement, the film is also a smart commentary on various subjects. Capitalism, copyright laws, and the power of government and the media are just a few of the themes that theorists have interpreted since the movie was released in 2014.

Two More Trailers for Jake Kasdan's 'Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle' "We have to work together!" Sony has revealed two more official trailers (US + international) for Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, which hits theaters in December just in time for the holidays. This new brand big screen take on the Jumanji board game stars Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, and Karen Gillan as glorified "avatar" versions of high school kids sucked into this game world. It also stars Nick Jonas, Alex Wolff, Rhys Darby, Madison Iseman, and Bobby Cannavale.

Sandler, Stiller & Hoffman shine in first The Meyerowitz Stories trailer Noah Baumbach is one of the best humanist directors working today and always tells poignant, sympathetic and funny stories with all-star casts. His most recent film – THE MEYEROWITZ STORIES – is his most talk-about films in years thanks to outstanding work from Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller and Dustin Hoffman. Sandler received raves out of Cannes, which in itself is a rare sentence, and word is... Read More...

The folks at TVLine got the official cast photo for season 4 of Gotham. And it’s pretty complete with the two new series regulars Crystal Reed and Alxander Siddig in the picture. Also in the shot is Morena Baccarin who was seen leaving Gotham at the end of season 3… she also left Gotham at the end of season 2… she’s really not good at leaving town as she keeps coming back. Except this time, when she comes back, she won’t be dating one of Carmine Falcone’s children… Gordon will be. Let’s take a closer look at the way the photos is composed.

Sylvester Stallone shares the first video from the set of Escape Plan 3, reuniting with Escape Plan 2 co-star Dave Bautista.

New Thor: Ragnarok IMAX Poster Is a Jaw-Dropping Stunner IMAX has released a new poster for Thor: Ragnarok that features all of the heroes and villains from Asgard and beyond.

20th Century Fox Former NFL player and longtime actor Bernie Casey has died at the age of 78, passing at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles after a short fight with an undisclosed illness, according to The Hollywood Reporter. While Casey first landed fame on the football field as a member of the San Francisco 49ers and the Los Angeles Rams, many will likely remember him more his film roles.

Benedict Cumberbatch Previews What to Expect From Infinity War Benedict Cumberbatch teases what fans can expect from Avengers: Infinity War. Marking its 10th anniversary of the MCU, Marvel Studios is set to release the most ambitious venture yet in the upcoming ensemble flick.

By Farah Cheded The actor will be snipping goat gonads in Charlatan. Fresh off the back of starring in not one, but two movies featured in this year’s Toronto International Film Festival (Suburbicon and Downsizing), Matt Damon is showing no signs of slowing down. As Variety is reporting, he is set to play the hoodwinking lead in Charlatan, a 1900s-set movie based on the true story of quack John R. Brinkley.

New Ferdinand Trailer Introduces Peyton Manning as Guapo the Bull Take a look at the latest footage from 20th Century Fox's Ferdinand, along with the first look at Guapo the Bull, voiced by NFL legend Peyton Manning.

CBS has given a 13-episode straight-to-series order to a new FBI drama from producer Dick Wolf. Called F.B.I., the series will likely run during the 2018-2019 season and will explore the inner workings of the New York branch of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Wolf will executive produce along with Arthur W. Forney, Peter Jankowski and Craig Turk.

Amy Poehler, Natasha Lyonne & Leslye Headland Bring Comedy To Netflix Though the “Netflix Is A Joke” campaign is meant to show people that it’s the home for stand-up comedy, the streaming service has forgotten about its slate of scripted comedy series.

Let’s face it, Law & Order was once a freaking juggernaut with the main series, Law & Order: SVU, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Law & Order: Los Angeles, Law & Order: UK and Law & Order: Trial By Jury plus the upcoming Law & Order: True Crime. And one of the most recognizable faces from the franchise… besides Jerry Orbach… is Sam Waterston who played prosecutor Jack McCoy for 16 seasons.

Jordan Peele sees your nazi-punching, and he raises! Photo: Peabody Awards (Keegan-Michael Key / Jordan Peele) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia CommonsGet Out director Jordan Peele is working on a new TV show called The Hunt about a group of vigilante Nazi hunters who track down Nazis in America in the 1970s and kill them. Peele will executive produce the series, alongside David Weil, who will write it.

Spice Mines of Kessel Teased in Latest Look at Han Solo Director Ron Howard sent out a new photo from the Han Solo set offers a look at the iconic spice mines of Kessel.

Marvel's Inhumans has been torn apart by critics and word of mouth isn't pointing to particularly strong ratings when it debuts on ABC. As a result, it appears as if the show has already been cancelled.

‘Wonderstruck’ Trailer: Gorgeous, Tragic New York Tale Set in Two Eras (Video) Amazon Studios has released a new trailer for Todd Haynes’ “Wonderstruck,” which takes audiences on a beautiful, heartbreaking trip through the lives of two deaf children. The filmmaker’s follow-up to his lesbian romance “Carol” is based on Brian Selznick’s acclaimed 2011 illustrated novel about two deaf children (Oakes Fegley and Millie Simmonds) from two separate eras who secretly wish their lives were different. The young boy goes on a journey to learn more about his father based on a single book mark he found of a bookstore that no longer exists &a

Andres Muschietti's IT is floating to the top of the horror movie hall of fame as it crushes everything in its box office path.

New Mutants to take inspiration from The Shining While I enjoy the X-MEN films for the most part, and haven't felt the superhero fatigue many others have claimed to have, I can understand the feeling that superhero movies are due to run their course. I mean, how many times can there be a world-ending threat that only punching, explosions, and witty quips can solve? A lot, apparently...but probably not an infinite amount. Which is why many people are shrugging... Read More...

Will we get even more flashbacks in the second season of Jessica Jones? When will Jean Grey be returning to Marvel Comics? Is a Power Pack movie back in development? What does Adrianne Palicki have to say about her failed Wonder Woman pilot? Will Inhumans only be lasting for a single season? How did the ratings for The Defenders compare to previous Marvel shows on Netflix?

We’ve got roughly a month and a week before we can binge watch the entire second season of Stranger Things on Netflix. Fans are chomping at the bits to see more from the new season, especially since we haven’t seen any new footage since the first trailer debuted at San Diego Comic-Con back in July.

Judi Dench has been named recipient of the 2017 Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film, the Santa Barbara International Film Festival announced on Wednesday. The award is given out annually at a black-tie fundraising dinner for the festival.

We got notice from a press event that Linda Hamilton is coming back for Terminator 6. The Hollywood Reporter was at the event where director James Cameron made the announcement that Hamilton was returning. However, according to Borys Kit, he also confirmed something else. Also…James Cameron finally begins shooting AVATAR 2 Monday. — Borys Kit (@Borys_Kit) September 20, 2017 So it sounds like the Avatar sequels are finally getting off of the ground. We have four of these things coming up and the current reports say that they are going to be filming all four back to back.

The 2017 Toronto International Film Festival is finished, but the movies that premiered there are just getting started. We watched a ton of films up north over the past week, and brought back with us seven titles that you should definitely keep an eye out for. Here’s why…   The Best Movie Three Billboards Outside Ebbings, Missouri (in theaters November 10)   This dark comedy (pictured above) from the director of In Bruges and Seven Psychopaths features...Read MoreRead Comments

The September 2017 box office is on-course to set an all-time record, thanks in no small part to the immense success of IT. There’s been much hand-wringing about the lackluster performance of the domestic box office in recent months, following the worst summer box office turnout since 2006.

Actor Parker Young appears to be in the mix for the lead role in Shazam! after his audition tape surfaces online. Warner Bros. and New Line are in the final months of preparation as they gear up for another film in the DC Extended Universe to start production. They appointed David F. Sandberg as the director at the beginning of the year, and he’s been tirelessly working to finalize his superhero film before production begins early next year. Even though he is attached to direct, he does not yet have any cast members set to join him.

Jake LaMotta, the boxer dubbed the “Bronx Bull” and immortalized by Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese in Raging Bull, has died at the age of 95. LaMotta passed away Tuesday in a nursing home, members of his family told TMZ, from complications from pneumonia, his wife said. Continue reading…

We're now just days away from the debut of Star Trek: Discovery, which will mark the franchise's return to television after an absence of over a decade. Although much of its production has been accompanied by mixed reactions towards just about everything, including the time-period, costumes, sets, and choice of cast, the recent red-carpet Hollywood premiere of the first episodes were... Read More...

Nick Antosca, creator and showrunner of SYFY’s horror anthology Channel Zero, is setting a pretty high bar with regard to the series’ second season titled No-End House.

The director of Edge of Tomorrow wants the film rebranded with the title, Live Die Repeat, so that the sequel, Live Die Repeat and Repeat will be in line with its predecessor. The director also offers vague details on the time travel aspect of the upcoming film. Initially titled All You Need is Kill, the 2014 science fiction film starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt was based off a Japanese graphic novel of the same name. In 2013, Warner Bros.

New intel claims the script for The Joker origin movie is expected to be turned in next week, indicating filming may start in 2018. Separate from the already existing DC Extended Universe, the Warner Bros. film is developing at an unusual speed as it has only been a few weeks since news broke of The Joker origin movie being in development at the studio in the first place. With The Hangover and War Dogs director Todd Phillips on board to direct, and critically-acclaimed veteran filmmaker Martin Scorsese reportedly interested in the project, it’s hard not to get excited for the film.

Getty Image For the better part of this decade, the former relationship between Taylor Swift and Jake Gyllenhaal has been a topic of great public interest.

David Gordon Green explains how he made Boston bombing drama ‘Stronger’ feel more genuine than the typical Oscar tearjerker. Continue reading…

It’s been a few weeks since the season/series finale of Twin Peaks‘s third season, and I believe most of us are finally coming around to actually thinking about the series as a whole and then dissect it into thematic parts. For me, it’s looking back a number of things about this season that I still need to process. David Lynch‘s portrayal of and attitude towards women during this season has proven to be disturbingly complex, to say the least.

(Every week, we’re going to get the discussion going about American Horror Story: Cult by answering one important question: who is the main villain of the episode?) Episode 3 of American Horror Story: Cult, titled “Neighbors From Hell,” began to connect every bloody event that has plagued Ally’s life since the election. But if AHS’s history tells us anything, it’s that we’re about to hit the point in the story where the season gets a bit muddied, clunky and weird. Is it possible AHS: Cult will follow that pattern?

Matthew Vaughn feels obliged to make another Fantastic Four movie Considering all of the blow-back that surrounded the release of Josh Trank's FANTASTIC FOUR, it's easy to forget that KINGSMAN helmer Matthew Vaughn was a producer on the failed superhero film. With that being said, Vaughn recently chatted with Corey Chichizola over at Cinemablend and stated the following with regard to one day giving Marvel's first family another go on the big screen:... Read More...

Olivia Munn isn’t pleased about having to pay for her own expenses to appear in a cameo role in the upcoming Ocean’s Eleven spinoff, Ocean’s Eight.

There are any number of minefields into which “Goodbye Christopher Robin” might easily have wandered — it’s a fall-release biopic set in England between the wars, about the creation of a beloved classic of children’s literature — but the film emerges mostly unscathed as neither a hagiography nor a hatchet job on A.A.

A new clip from Leatherface features Lili Taylor as Leatherface’s mom, Verna Sawyer. Directed by French filmmakers Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury (Inside), Leatherface is actually the second cinematic attempt to tell the story of Leatherface’s origin. The first try at doing this came with 2006’s Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning, a prequel to 2003’s Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake.

Look! Up in the sky! It’s a three-hour extended cut of Richard Donner‘s 1978 classic Superman: The Movie! But what’s it doing up there? Oh, I see now, it’s preparing for its long-awaited home video release later this year.

Negan has managed to stick around for quite some time in Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead comic-series, but the television series will be bringing Rick Grimes' (Andrew Lincoln) conflict with Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) to a close by the end of the upcoming eighth season. Now that all out war has finally broken out on the series, the question has become, "how long will the... Read More...

The “Terminator” franchise is a confusing mishmash of time travel, altered pasts and adjusted futures. And in the latest movie, “Terminator: Genisys,” the entire timeline got rebooted and rewritten, making it even tougher to follow.

Bill Denbrough almost had a much different confrontation with Pennywise at the end of IT: Chapter One

Don Cheadle’s return as War Machine in Untitled Avengers appears to have been confirmed thanks to Gwyenth Paltrow. Marvel Studios may have several other films hitting theaters first, but one of their current priorities is one of the final films of Phase 3. Avengers 4 is currently filming in Atlanta and has been for a few weeks, well ahead of its 2019 release.

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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