Top Movie News for August 29, 2016

Read Gene Wilder’s Heartbreaking Essay About Wife Gilda Radner’s Death Gene Wilder’s final theatrical movie role came in 1991, but the end of his career on the big screen coincided with the start of another project he was passionate about: promoting cancer awareness. No where was his passion for fighting cancer more apparent than in his 1991 guest column for People Magazine, in which he spoke openly and honestly about the death of his third wife, “Saturday Night Live” star Gilda Radner, from ovarian cancer in 1989. In the column, which you can read here, Wilder goes into detail about the pain and suffering Radner went through before and after sh

What You Need To Know About Deathstroke, The Next Batman Villain As any DC Comics fan will tell you, one of the greatest strengths of the “Batman” series is the deep and compelling rogues gallery against which the Dark Knight defends Gotham. Now, for Batman’s first solo entry in the DC Cinematic Universe, we will see Bruce Wayne take on Deathstroke, a hired gun who didn’t start out as Batman’s nemesis, but has become one of DC’s most popular villains. Deathstroke was introduced to the DC universe in 1980 as Slade Wilson, a born fighter who lied about his age to join the Army at age 16.

Zombieland 2 Script Work Begins with Deadpool 2 Writers Deadpool writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese will meet with Woody Harrelson as they plan out Zombieland 2.

TNT has ordered a pilot for a television series based on Let The Right One In. Based on the best-selling novel by Swedish author John Ajvide Lindqvist which spawned an acclaimed Swedish film adaptation directed by Tomas Alfredson and an American film adaptation titled Let Me In by filmmaker Matt Reeves (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Cloverfield).

Superhero Bits: Mysterious Thor: Ragnarok Character, Silly Justice League Trailer Edit & More Want to see Rob Liefeld totally pumped about new Deadpool and Cable action figures? Who is the mysterious female character spotted on the set of Thor: Ragnarok? Which DC’s Legends of Tomorrow star has a desire to play Wolverine after Hugh Jackman is done? Want to see a super strange version of the Justice League sizzle reel? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Silas Lesnick over at ComingSoon got accepted into Xavier’s School for the Gifted.

CAPTAIN MARVEL: Someone Else May Be In Contention For the Director's Chair Last week, we reported that there were three directors that were potentially up for the directing gig for the upcoming Marvel Studios film, Captain Marvel.

Star Wars 8 Script Leak Reveals Huge Anakin Skywalker Spoiler? The latest Star Wars: Episode VIII rumor claims that Luke Skywalker is going to be confronted with an ugly truth about his father.

'Don't Breathe's' big box office win capped off a terrific summer for horror From this weekend's "Don't Breathe" to the surprise-hit shark flick "The Shallows," this has been a terrific summer for horror movies at the box office. http://www.hitfix.com

Community’s Alison Brie To Become A Gorgeous Lady Of Wrestling Community‘s Alison Brie will return to live-action television by way of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Brie has signed on to star in Netflix‘s upcoming series G.L.O.W. from Weeds creator Jenji Kohan. Based on the mid-1980s women’s wrestling league (and syndicated television series), Brie will star as a struggling actress who finds herself joining the league and facing all its spandex, body slams and Aquanet-assisted hairdos. Having watched an appalling amount of television as a child, I have a few memories of G.L.O.W.

SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING's Tom Holland Calls Out Chris Hemsworth In Stunt Video I had my doubts when actor Tom Holland was first hired to take on the role of Peter Parker and Spider-Man. It wasn't that I doubted his ability to act, but I'd only seen him once before that, and in that role, I hadn't seen anything remotely Spider-Man-like. But I, along with many other folks, were happily proven wrong when we saw the actor give a spot-on interpretation of the character in Captain America: Civil War.

Latest CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR Blu-ray Featurette Highlights "Team Cap" IGN has debuted a fun new featurette from The Making Of Captain America: Civil War offering a brief tease of the Team Cap portion of the 45-minute special that will be included on the upcoming Blu-ray, DVD, & Digital HD release of the Marvel blockbuster. It's only about a minute long, but we do get to see some funny moments with Team Cap stars Chris Evans, Elizabeth Olsen, Sebastian Stan, Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, and Paul Rudd.

Transformers: The Last Knight Casts Liam Garrigan as King Arthur The Transformers franchise has not been shy on exploring the history of the Autobots and Decepticons and their connections to Earth. They have so far been tied to the Hoover Dam, the pyramids, and dinosaurs, but they are looking to explore history even further in Transformers: The Last Knight.

Maze Runner 3 Resumes Shooting in February Production has been shut down on Maze Runner: Death Cure since March, after star Dylan O'Brien suffered a horrific on-set injury.

Actor-director-writer-producer-author Bruce Campbell has had a weird and wonderful career. Fans know him best as Ash Williams in Sam Raimi's The Evil Dead franchise, a wisecracking, Deadite-killing character he's revisiting on the new Starz show Ash vs. Evil Dead. Campbell has also starred in cult films like Bubba Ho-Tep and Maniac Cop, made memorable cameos in films like Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy, authored the best-selling book If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B Movie...Read MoreRead Comments

HBO has released a new “mature” trailer for the upcoming Westworld series. In it, an android named Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) awakens to find herself far from home and questioned by two of her creators. The conversation may have far reaching implications as she learns that she was designed to fulfill the desires of guests to Westworld. Westworld debuts on October 2nd. There Are No Friends In New Westworld Trailer

The CW has released a new poster image for the second season of Supergirl. And a slight change to the title treatment as well, with the “P” and “Rs” receiving an additional stylization. While a number of large alterations came with the program switching networks and moving production to Vancouver, I wonder how many more subtle changes we’ll see when the show’s second season debuts on October 10th. The CW Previews Supergirl’s Second Season With New Poster

Huge DC Movies Update Includes Suicide Squad 2 & Green Lantern Details DC Films reportedly wants make TV shows for premium cable as a more solid movie slate is ironed out.

"Kiss my cheeks, cherry lips." FilmRise has released a second trailer for the wacky horror film The Greasy Strangler, which premiered at Sundance this year to quite a bit of acclaim. The first teaser trailer for this was pretty messed up, focusing more on the gore and gross side of this film. This new trailer is packed full of sex and nudity, the kind you don't want to see, but that's what this film is all about. The surreal horror stars Michael St. Michaels as Big Ronnie, along with Sky Elobar as Big Brayden, plus Elizabeth De Razzo and Gil Gex.

The Academy revealed the 17 winners of its 43rd Student Academy Awards Tuesday, and unlike last year, when California schools accounted for eight of the 11 U.S.

Another television obsession meets a disappointing end.Continue reading on Film School Rejects »

Ben Affleck shares footage which teases the appearance of a major DC villain Well, this certainly comes as a bit of a Monday morning surprise, Ben Affleck shared live-action footage via Twitter of what appears to be DC Comics villain Deathstroke. Whether this is a confirmation that the villain is due to make an appearance in Zack Snyder's upcoming JUSTICE LEAGUE or Affleck's own standalone BATMAN film isn't certain, but it's definitely a... Read More...

A few of DC Comics' Rogues are rumored to be the villains in The Flash movie starring Ezra Miller.

A new poster arrives for the 3D conversion of James Cameron's sci-fi action classic Terminator 2: Judgment Day.

It's a good week for Disney fans, especially if they love the live-action remakes of animated classics trend. A few days ago, the hit new version of The Jungle Book became available on home video, and now we get another glimpse at the next effort, Beauty and the Beast. Two new images from the movie, which so far has been kept pretty tightly concealed, are circulating online. The pics come from a brief sneak peek found on the new 25th anniversary video release of the...Read MoreRead Comments

‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Character Name and Production Details Revealed When it comes to talking about Star Trek: Discovery, showrunner Bryan Fuller has a unique habit of saying whole lot while revealing very little. Other producers, writers, and directors should take note: this is how you work people into an excited froth without spoiling your show. Today’s deluge of Discovery-related business is full of intriguing morsels, promising suggestions, and even a nugget or two of potential controversy for a certain corner of Trek fandom.

He’ll be the next solo Batman movie villain, but is that all?Continue reading on Film School Rejects »

The John Steinbeck adaptation debuts at the Venice Film FestivalContinue reading on Film School Rejects »

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The AVATAR sequels are on the way, and there’s very little out there that anyone can use to make heads or tails regarding what they’ll exactly be about. The only thing we know is that there will be several films and that together they will make up one huge, epic story. Sadly, that is about the extent of the knowledge out there. Luckily, actor Stephen Lang (who will reprise his role as Col. Miles... Read More...

Universal Pictures has released the new trailer for Kevin Hart: What Now?, the follow-up film to Hart's 2013 stand-up concert Let Me Explain, which grossed $32 million domestically and became the third-highest live stand-up comedy movie of all time. Hart takes center stage in this groundbreaking, record-setting, sold-out performance of What Now?—filmed outdoors in front of 50,000 people at Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field—marking the first time a comedian has ever performed to an at-capacity football stadium.Kevin Hart: What Now? will be released in

Earlier this Summer it was revealed that Mondo would be teaming up with ACME Archives to produce licensed prints based on the Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises. Today I’m excited to tell you that Mondo has now struck a partnership with Cyclops Print Works, the company behind the amazing Disney prints from the past couple years. And we get to premiere the first collaboration exclusively: In honor of The Jungle Book‘s Blu-Ray release on August 30th, 2016, Cyclops and Mondo have teamed up to release a print by artist Daniel Danger.

Any way you slice it, Kurt Russell appearing in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is amazing news. He’s perfectly cast as the long-lost father of Star-Lord, and the fact that said long-lost dad is actually Ego the Living Planet goes beyond our wildest dreams. (Seriously: I don’t think any of us at /Film could’ve dreamed this up in a hundred years.) So who do we have to thank for this casting coup? Apparently, Star-Lord himself. According to James Gunn, casting Russell was all Chris Pratt‘s idea.

Ghosts and giants, and War Boys, oh my! The company that worked on visual effects for Game of Thrones, Ghostbusters, Mad Max: Fury Road and more have some impressive reels.http://www.hitfix.com/blogs/harpy

By Rob Bradfield Wait a minute – Alejandro thinks he is immune to the zombie virus?! Somebody has to get him to the CDC before the extinction event protocols kick in! Where are Abraham and Rosita when you really need them? Joking aside, a major plot development like this can go two ways: he is either bluffing, or he isn’t. Alejandro has a good reason to bluff. He is the leader of a sizeable survivor colony without the advantages of an imposing physique and/or weapons.

Although PROMETHEUS didn't quite live up to my expectations, I was able to find more than enough to like to keep my spirits high for Ridley Scott's upcoming sequel. Production on ALIEN: COVENANT wrapped up last month and with a little under a year to go until it arrives in theaters, there's still plenty of time for me to let the hype in my head reach unattainable levels.... Read More...

There has been much discussion lately regarding the first few films in the DC Extended Universe. So far, Man of Steel, Batman V Superman, and Suicide Squad have all been relatively successful at the box office, but have received mixed reviews from critics and fans alike. With the amount of comic book adaptations only growing, DC/Warner Bros. is hoping that the next crop of films in the DCEU, including Wonder Woman and the highly anticipated, Justice League, will not only continue the trend of raking in cash at the box office but find more consistent critical praise as well. Warner Bros.

Sony Pictures’ Sausage Party is one of the biggest surprise hits of the summer, turning a tidy profit almost immediately an earning strong reviews for its unique combination of gross-out Pixar-parody and clever satire of religious and existential arguments. But one group not celebrating is the film’s animators, who allege mistreatment and dishonest practices by upstart Nitrogen Studios. Following several reports of animators being denied overtime, one of the entertainment industry’s most powerful unions has stepped up to offer aid to the aggrieved employees.

In the world of pop culture, there are some actors who are only ever best known for a single role they played in a movie or TV show. No matter how much other work they do, they’ll always be that character in the eyes of the audience.

Jyn Erso likes getting caught in the rain in these new Rogue One images A little over a week ago we showed you the cover of the new ROGUE ONE-themed issue of Empire—the one with all the heroes standing there looking all cool. Now, it’s only befitting we show you some of the pictures from inside the issue. Aren't we just the nicest? The images (via Making Star Wars) show off some interesting scenes, particularly one where Chirrut (Donnie Yen) appears to be... Read More...

Harmony Korine‘s The Trap is on pause. Al Pacino, Benicio Del Toro, Idris Elba, Robert Pattinson, and James Franco were set to star in the film, which is about an insane-sounding feud between a musician (Elba) and his old, ex-convict buddy (Del Toro). The project was financed and ready to go, but after Korine had some personal problems with an actor who was initially attached to the project, a delay occurred.

This past summer was pretty disappointing in the sequel and remake department, even if the box office numbers weren’t as underwhelming as they may have seemed. This summer’s blockbusters just felt mostly underwhelming, but thankfully there are plenty of smaller independent films that are worth seeking out.

It looks like poor Jason Vorhees is having some serious mommy issues, and not exactly the kind you'd expect after seeing the movies. According to THR, there was a lawsuit filed last Wednesday that is bringing the rightful owners of the Friday the 13th franchise into question.One of the parties in question is Victor Miller. Miller was one of two writers who came up with the story for the first Friday the 13th film, and was credited as the sole screenwriter of the project.

The Russo brothers are in negotiations to sign a production deal with the China-based Huayi Brothers Media Corporation, an individual with knowledge told TheWrap. Like many other Chinese film companies, Huayi Brothers aims to create English language films that play internationally.

Back before he made fascinating films like Adaptation. and Her, Spike Jonze was best known for directing music videos for the likes of Bjork, the Beastie Boys and Fatboy Slim — the latter is of particular relevance here, as Jonze’s latest project is a wildly entertaining perfume ad evocative of his classic video for “Weapon of Choice.” You might even call it “Weapon of Choice 2.0.” Continue reading…

After news broke that Michael Rowe (Arrow) might be playing a live-action version of Ninjak from Valiant, I was contacted by a source close to the production with some details. They gave me a better idea of what is and isn’t going on. I’m told that this is for a webseries being produced by Valiant and directed by Bat in the Sun, the same Youtube channel that does Super Power Beat Down.

Chuck star Yvonne Strahovski will represent the Gilead establishment in Hulu’s upcoming adaptation of Margaret Atwood‘s The Handmaid’s Tale. Deadline reports Strahovski will play Serena Joy, the wife of Joseph Fiennes‘ Commander Fred Waterford.

Merlin’s beard! A new patent from Universal Parks & Resorts seems to indicate a very exciting, interactive Harry Potter ride could be on the way. Wands at the ready!!http://www.hitfix.com/blogs/harpy

If you’ve had trouble sleeping the past few days, there’s a solid chance someone took you to see Don’t Breathe (or, for the more faint-hearted among us, sent you the trailer). The tension-ridden horror smash just beat out Suicide Squad at the box office, and all that buzz has put Fede Alvarez, the director of Don’t Breathe, in the hot seat. Screen Rant published an interview with Alvarez last week, where the Uruguayan director gave advice to up-and-coming filmmakers.

The hit Netflix show surpassed the wildest of expectationsContinue reading on Film School Rejects »

Box Office

  • 1. Don't Breathe
    Gross: $26,115,000
    Total: $26,115,000
  • 2. Suicide Squad
    Gross: $12,110,000
    Total: $282,882,627
  • 3. Kubo And The Two Strings
    Gross: $7,909,000
    Total: $24,920,378
  • 4. Sausage Party
    Gross: $7,665,000
    Total: $80,008,510
  • 5. Mechanic: Resurrection
    Gross: $7,500,000
    Total: $7,500,000

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