Top Movie News for March 1, 2015

Focus Is Sharp At The Top Of The US Box Office The Lazarus Effect arises in fifthLast week’s second-weekend drop was no blip for Fifty Shades Of Gray: after the furore of its initial launch, the film has begun to fall quickly down the charts. Taking its place this weekend was the new Will Smith con drama Focus, which arrived to a relatively meagre $19.1 million despite a hefty ad campaign.

The Good, The Bad & the Badass: Leonard Nimoy Last week, in the wake of the Oscars, we took a look at the career of master director Richard Linklater. This week's tribute marks a much unhappier occasion... Leonard Nimoy Leonard Nimoy's passing hit me hard. Granted, he was eighty-three and rather frail, but I always assumed Nimoy would be one of those guys that would just always be around, defying time just like his alter-ego Spock... Read More...

Leonardo DiCaprio Enters 'The Crowded Room' with 24 Personalities Later this year, we'll probably see Leonardo DiCaprio enter the awards race again with the lead role in Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's The Revenant (get a first look right here). But it sounds like he's got another potential awards contender finally coming together after trying to get the project off the ground for nearly two decades. The Crowded Room is a real life drama about Billy Milligan, the first person to successfully use multiple personality disorder as a defense in a court of law.

David Ayer Teases SUICIDE SQUAD Reveal Tomorrow; Will We See 'The Joker'? What's coming tomorrow? Something, according to Suicide Squad director David Ayer. It could be anything in all honesty, with an official logo and cast list in the form of a press release most likely. However, with Jared Leto confirming that he's touched down in Toronto, could he be about to get a shave and a haircut to be transformed into The Joker? That would certainly be a good way to get people talking anyway! Shooting is expected to begin in the Canadian city next month, so they must be right in the middle of costume fittings and the like right now.

Warner Bros. Turning Animated 'Adventure Time' into Feature Film The wild and wacky journeys of Finn and Jake are heading to the big screen. Deadline has word that Cartoon Network's hit animated series Adventure Time is being developed by the channel's sister company Warner Bros. Pictures for a feature film adaptation. The LEGO Movie co-director and producer Chris McKay and Roy Lee are producing the film, so it's bound to be great.

'Fifty Shades' Approaches $500 Million Worldwide For the third weekend in a row, Fifty Shades of Grey easily took first place at the international box office.The worldwide phenomenon added $36 million from 59 markets, which brings its overseas total to a stunning $338.4 million. Holdover markets were off an average of 46 percent from last weekend. The movie's only new territory was South Korea, where it opened in fourth place with $1.8 million; according to Universal, this comparatively low debut correlates with the fact that the book nev...

WookieeLeaks: The Beginning and the End of 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' ScreenCrush’s WookieeLeaks is a weekly roundup of everything Star Wars! From Episode 7, to the upcoming spinoffs and the TV shows, if it pertains to that long ago, far away galaxy, we’re covering it here, bringing you our expert analysis. This week, we parse through the latest spoilers, watch the season finale trailer for Star Wars Rebels, and listen to cast and crew tell us absolutely nothing. Continue reading…

The Walking Dead Will Have an Extended Season Finale on March 29th More zombie smashing is always a good thing; more stumbling through the woods yelling for Carl is not. Here’s hoping we’re getting more of the former. The Walking Dead is one of the biggest shows on television which, despite nearing the end of its fifth season, is more popular than ever. AMC recently announced that they’ll be doing what everyone does with something... Read More...

Will Forte Says ‘MacGruber 2′ Is His Next Movie To say that films based on Saturday Night Live sketches have a spotty history would be a bit of an understatement. After all, for every Blues Brothers and Wayne’s World, there’s an It’s Pat or Superstar or Stuart Saves His Family (you get the idea). In the case of 2010 comedy MacGruber (based on the SNL MacGyver parody of the same name), the film earned a paltry $9 million worldwide and received mixed reviews. Yet, in the years since its release, the film has amassed a cult following that has kept rumors swirling around a sequel.

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I’ve Just Seen Frozen Fever, With The Kids, Before Cinderella Click here to view the embedded video. “I’ve never has a cold… and a cold never bothered me anyway.” That’s an early line from Frozen Fever, showing before Disney’s new Cinderella remake. I’ve just been to see both with the kids – but thought I’d write about the shorter one first. It was a surprise for the press-and-the-kids crowd that I managed to attend in London’s West End this morning, and the place went mental when the guy from Disney announced it on the stage. Mostly from the kids.

Kristen Stewart On For Kelly Reichardt's New Drama She'll play a lawyerNight Moves director Kelly Reichardt does not yet have a title for her new drama. But she has still been building an impressive cast of previous collaborators and new faces, with Michelle Williams, Jared Harris, Laura Dern, James Le Gros and Sara Rodier all aboard. Now Kristen Stewart will join them in the eventual film.For this one, Reichardt is headed to the wide-open plains of Montana, and the small towns that dot the expansive countryside.

‘Bruce Lee’ Biopic in Development by Daughter Shannon Lee is honoring her late father in a big way by announcing a biopic of kung fu and movie star legend “Bruce Lee.”There are countless stories and biopics about Lee, but Sharon Lee believes this film will capture more of the “philosophy, extensive writings and entire life history, as well as his skill as a martial artist, which is the goal of this latest development effort.”Other films or projects didn’t have much input or official authorization from the Bruce Lee estate or Bruce Lee Entertainment.Another project in the works from producer Bill Block are moving for

Two Teasers For Game Of Thrones Season 5 Game of Thrones has released two teasers for the upcoming fifth season. Both of them are keeping with the Raven Sight theme they used previously… so the videos are a little blurry and off. The first, The Sight: Brienne and Podrick has Brienne explaining she never wanted to lead but to find someone worthy to follow. While the second, The Sight: Jon Snow and Mance shows Jon Snow trying to get Mance back into the game. Game of Thrones Season 5 starts April 12th on HBO. Click here to view the embedded video. Click here to view the embedded video. Two Teasers For Game Of Thrones Season 5

Michelle Rodriguez Apologizes for Minority Superhero Comments: ‘I Stuck My Foot in My Mouth’ Michelle Rodriguez is clarifying her comments about minorities playing traditionally white superhero characters. Hours after “The Fast and the Furious” actress slammed Hollywood for casting actors of color in roles originally conceived as white, she issued an apology. “I stuck my foot in my mouth once again,” Rodriguez said in a video posted on her Facebook page. “I have a tendency to speak without a filter, sorry about that.” Also Read: Michael B.

Jennifer Lawrence Shuts Down ‘Terrible Rumor’ About On-Set Fight Jennifer Lawrence wrote a rare Facebook post dismissing rumors that she's feuding with her "Joy" director David O'Russell.

'Batman vs. Superman' Star Jason Momoa on Aquaman's Role in the Film A few weeks back, Zack Snyder revealed our first look at Jason Momoa as Aquaman, who will make his big screen debut in Batman vs. Superman—along with a few other notable DC heroes. With all the casting info and plot details we’ve learned over the last year, that film seems like it should be about three hours long when all is said and done. No stranger to speaking out about his role as Aquaman, Momoa has once again opened up about the upcoming film, revealing just how big his part is, as well as his surprise when Snyder tweeted that photo. Continue reading…

Indominus Rex isn't the only big, bad beast roaming the wilds of Jurassic World. As with any theme park, this unique tourist location needs to keep visitors coming back year after year. And what better way to do that than with the introduction of new dinosaurs? The Jurassic World Viral Site has been updated, and they have introduced 7 more giant monstrosities from the B.C. Era.Included in this latest batch of images is Suchomimus, Baryonyx, Dimorphodon, Pteranodon, Edmontosaurus, Metriacanthosaurus, and a pack of Microceratus.

Neill Blomkamp sure is talking about every other Blomkamp project except Chappie, his new film hitting theaters next week. Mostly, he’s been talking about his plans for a new Alien movie, officially in development at Fox, and in between all of that Alien talk, he’s also admitted his errors with Elysium. It’s been a busy week for Blomkamp, who implied that his Alien project would ignore Alien 3 and Resurrection, the sequels to James Cameron’s more beloved original films.

James Franco In Talks For Why Him? Could he be the boyfriend from hell?John Hamburg knows a little something about comedies where parents disapprove of their spawn’s dating choices – he wrote all three of the Meet The Parents films. He’s dipping into that well again for a new movie, called Why Him? and he has James Franco in talks to star.The script, which Hamburg co-wrote with Bad Neighbours director Nick Stoller and The Oranges writer Ian Helfer, finds a Midwestern father taking his family to visit his daughter, who is attending Stanford.

Following legal disputes and outcry from fans (including original Green Ranger Jason David Frank), producer Adi Shankar's controversial Power Rangers fan film is back on YouTube and Vimeo. According to Deadline, the gritty Power Rangers fan film is back online with the following disclaimer from Shankar:  “Deboot of the Power Rangers. My take on the FAN FILM. Not a pilot, not a series, not for profit, strictly for exhibition. This is a bootleg experiment not affiliated or endorsed by Saban Entertainment or Lionsgate nor is it selling any product.

'Brewster's Millions' Remake in the Works From Director Robert Townsend Today in “things you didn’t know you needed”: A remake of Brewster’s Millions is currently in development, based on the 1902 novel that’s previously been adapted 10 times. And today in “things you were totally not aware of”: There have been 10 adaptations of Brewster’s Millions. The latest will be helmed by Robert Townsend, best known for directing The Five Heartbeats and acclaimed stand-up documentary Eddie Murphy: Raw. Continue reading…

You can’t stand in the mud and not expect to get dirty. Jim Gordon knows the corruption in Gotham City is all around and even his desire to clean it up will end up corrupting him in ways. In this behind the scenes clip we see that Commissioner Loeb has collected a treasure trove of material against the cops in Gotham and is more than happy to use it when he needs to.

Review: WILD CANARIES, An Effervescent Comic Murder Mystery, Both Retro And Modern One of the most interesting forms of music sampling is what's known as the "mash-up." In some of the best and most creative examples of this practice - e.g. Danger Mouse's Grey Album (Jay Z's Black Album/Beatles' White Album) or Girl Talk's masterful records - all the disparate pieces of music used greatly benefit from the juxtaposition and re-contextualization.Lawrence Michael Levine performs a similar symbiosis in cinematic terms in his second feature, the delightful comic mystery Wild Canaries, which he wrote, directed, and co-stars in.

Relativity Studios Popular culture is filled with cautionary tales of what happens when overly ambitious scientists play god, and from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein to Stuart Gordon’s Re-Animator the answer has always been the same — success, immediately followed by violent death for pretty much everyone involved.

Eddie Redmayne is following up his Oscar win for The Theory of Everything with another biopic. The Danish Girl stars Redmayne as Lili Elbe, an early 20th century painter who became one of the first people to undergo gender reassignment surgery.

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David Cronenberg is considered the master of body horror. He films a lot of orifices, cavities, and diseased flesh. He had bodies fall apart, or be taken apart, in The Fly, Scanners, Dead Ringers, The Brood, etc. Body horror is a label that’s been affixed to him like a skin graft. But now that he’s been a filmmaker for 30 years, if you step back and take a broader view from his gaping body holes, you’ll see that his interest in the body is mostly about how the mind ruins it—because it’s always seeking more.

• Launching directly out of Guardians of the Galaxy comes the new ongoing series bringing the Guardians to the Marvel Universe's grandest stage for an opening arc of out-of-this-world adventures with some of the biggest hitters Marvel has to offer. • Kicking off with a cosmic threat so massive, it'll take more than just the Guardians of the Galaxy to stop it!

It’s very super.Former television’s Superman, Dean Cain, and former movie’s Supergirl, Helen Slater, will join CBS’ television show “Supergirl.”The veteran actors are cast in top-secret roles, according to Variety.Slater once played Kara/Supergirl in the 1984 movie “Supergirl.” The new television show’s Supergirl will be played by Melissa Benoist. Cain did play Superman/Clark Kent for several seasons in ABC’s “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.”It will not be the first time for both actors to play different characters in a superhero-related project.

7 Last Man on Earth Movies Worth Checking Out Some spoilers follow. The end times, they are a-coming -- this Sunday, actually, when Will Forte’s great new FOX comedy The Last Man on Earth debuts. And that’s gotten us thinking about all the other last men out there… Will Forte’s The Last Man on Earth Reviewed It’s a genre many of us at IGN love, so let’s break down a few of the other Last Man on Earth movies that are worth checking out.

Lupita Nyong’o‘s missing Oscar dress appears to have been recovered. The dress was found at the West Hollywood hotel from where it first went missing, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. See photos: Oscars Red Carpet Arrivals (Photos) “They found the dress inside of this black garment bag hidden behind a garbage bag under a counter,” Lt. Michael White said at a press conference Friday evening.

Today at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, smartphone manufacturer HTC announced they were working in partnership with Valve on a VR headset called Vive. The Vive uses Valve's SteamVR tracking technology and pairs with two SteamVR base stations, which track your physical movement in virtual space without having to use a controller. You can, of course, use a controller while wearing the headset. In addition to standard inputs, HTC also announced their own wireless controller that work through hand tracking. Continue reading…

Kanye West and Dame Dash link up to executive produce "Loisaidas."

Fox has a new DC Comics-based series in development, but it’s something very different from the Batman origin story Gotham. Lucifer is based, perhaps loosely, upon the vision of the fallen angel originally seen in Neil Gaiman’s Sandman series, and will follow the Morningstar to Los Angeles, where he helps cops solve crimes.

There’s a fascinating, if kind of depressing, look at bygone film economics in this recently reposted 2005 conversation with David Cronenberg by the Film Society Of Lincoln Center talking about “A History Of Violence.” The filmmaker, whose latest film, “Maps To The Stars,” hits theaters and VOD this weekend, says that earlier film, distributed by Focus Features, cost $32 million to make and another $30 million to market. Remember those days of prestige-y, mid-sized studio movies?

John Green's "Looking For Alaska" has tapped "The Fault in Our Stars" duo Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber to pen the screenplay.

Blade Runner 2: Harrison Ford now confirms he will star in the sequel to 1982's Blade Runner. Ford will reprise his role as replicant hunter Rick Deckard; the story will take place several decades after the events in the original movie. There were whispers Ridley Scott might direct, but filmmakers are in negotiations with Canadian director Denis Villeneuve (Enemy, Prisoners) with production set to begin in the summer of 2016. [Heat Vision]   Jurassic World: New photos...Read MoreRead Comments

By Jason Henderson, Drew Edwards, Tony Salvaggio, and Julia Guzman Bleeding Cool welcomes back The Castle of Horror Podcast tonight, a weekly internet radio show where professional writers in the comics, games and book industries take a look at horror movies, choosing one movie a week to discuss in depth. They say: We’re back with kung fu, wizardry and monsters! This week talk about the amazing original Mr. Vampire, complete with magic-wielding priests, kung-fu-fighting apprentices, hopping vampires and love-struck ghosts. This movie has to be seen to be believed.

DiCaprio to Produce Gritty 'Robin Hood: Origins' Movie Leonardo DiCaprio's Appian Way production company is developing Robin Hood: Origins, which was written by Joby Harold (Knights of the Round Table). Deadline describes the project as, "a gritty version of the rogue do-gooder Robin Hood." The project isn't set up at a studio quite yet, but there are also two separate competing Robin Hood movies in development at other studios.Disney is developing Nottingham & Hood, written by Brandon Barker, which is described as a revisionist take on the Robin Hood legend.

February 27 is recognized in the United States as the official Day of Jokes, which is slightly different from April Fool's Day, as it's about punchlines not hilarious pranks. In celebration of this little known holiday, ARC Entertainment already released the trailer for their The Walking Dead spoof The Walking Deceased. Now, Ketchup Entertainment has debuted their Fast and Furious parody Superfast. We hope you're in a really good mood, cause if you're not, you're going to hate this!Superfast follows undercover cop, Lucas White, who joins Vin Serento's LA gang of illegal street racers.

In a competitive situation, the Weinstein Company has closed a deal to acquire “The Founder,” which is set to star Michael Keaton as McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc, multiple individuals familiar with the bidding war have told TheWrap. John Lee Hancock will direct from a script by Robert Siegel, and FilmNation is producing with Jeremy Renner and Don Handfield’s company The Combine. Also Read: Michael Keaton Pocketing Planned Oscar Acceptance Speech Goes Viral (Video) Described as being in the vein of “The Social Network” and “There Will Be Blood,” th

Oscar winner J.K. Simmons‘ “Whiplash” character Fletcher meets his match in Muppet drumming prodigy Animal. The two face off in this mash-up by Handface, David Schneider and Andrea Mann for The Huffington Post UK. “When ‘Whiplash’ meets The Muppets, there can be only one question: Was Animal rushing, or was he dragging?” ask the site’s editors.     Watch the video above or see it here. Related stories from TheWrap:Kermit the Frog Auditioned for Hulk, Offers 'Guardians of the Galaxy's' Rocket Raccoon Muppets Spot (Video)

Leonard Nimoy's Mr. Spock: A tribute to the humane spirit Dammit, Jim, Leonard Nimoy is dead. We should have been ready for this. His end, at the age of 83, after a pronounced battle with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and years of inside Hollywood talk of declining health, was inevitable. It hurts like hell all the same. If only there was a...

China Lion Film Distribution will release the Andy Lau drama Lost And Love in North America, Australia and New Zealand day-and-date with mainland China next month. Tackling the en vogue theme of child abduction, and based on real events, Lost And Love is the story of a desperate father, Lei (Andy Lau), from Hubei province who spends years scouring the country searching for his son, who was abducted as a young boy.

"Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." returns for a dynamic, action-packed second half of season two, TUESDAY, MARCH 3 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. After discovering an alien city with ties to his resurrection, Coulson and his team destroyed it before the forces of Hydra could claim its secrets, eliminating the villainous Whitehall (Reed Diamond) in the process.

By Rich Epstein This week’s Arrow opens with Ra’s al Ghul (Matt Nable) soaking in the tub (Lazarus Pit?) In walks Nyssa al Ghul (Katrina Law) with news that Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) is still alive. Ra’s knows, in fact, he knows that Oliver did not kill Sara. Nyssa thinks that Ra’s isn’t so keen to go after Sara’s killer because he disapproved of their relationship. He tells Nyssa that he did disapprove, because he knew Sara would eventually leave them, he knew that she would leave Nyssa, not for any other reason. Well, good to know the League of Assassins is progressive about such things.

Resident Evil: Revelations 2 Episode 1 came out this week to promising reception. Pair that with the successes of the Resident Evil HD remake and I hope it leads Capcom to pay attention to the interest in more classical survival horror. Episode 2 is just around the corner mind and to get people excited, Capcom release this 40 second teaser trailer. If you haven’t played the first one, it obviously contains minor spoilers. Click here to view the embedded video. Waiting On The Next Episode Of Resident Evil: Revelations 2? This Teaser Should Help

“Marvel’s Daredevil” is a live action series that follows the journey of attorney Matt Murdock, who in a tragic accident was blinded as a boy but imbued with extraordinary senses. Murdock sets up practice in his old neighborhood of Hell’s Kitchen, New York where he now fights against injustice as a respected lawyer by day and masked vigilante at night. Starring Charlie Cox, Vincent D’Onofrio, Deborah Ann Woll, Elden Henson, and more, Daredevil will premiere on Netflix on April 10th. What do you guys think about this latest look at the character?

Red Sonja Film Gets New Screenwriter A new Red Sonja film has been in the works for quite some time now. It once had Robert Rodriguez (Sin City) attached to direct as a potential vehicle for his then-girlfriend Rose McGowan. At another point writer / director Doug Aarniokoski was working on it… but the project set up with Nu Image / Millennium Films just hasn’t moved forward much. Word now is that Christopher Cosmos has been brought on as screenwriter. Cosmos is a former VP of the managment-production company Benderspink who left to pursue screenwriting.

Hey, Toronto! Twitch is proud to present Dancing With The Devil - an extensive retrospective of Spanish maverick Alex de la Iglesia unspooling at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. Things continue this week with a March 3rd screening of his A Ferpect Crime and we want to give you tickets!TRafael (Guillermo Toledo) is the top clerk in a major metropolitan department store, where he has his pick of the female staff and clientele and his eye on a plum promotion.

For the fans who think the best part of a James Bond film are the awesome cars and the chases… seems there will be a chase in Spectre between Bond’s ride of choice an Aston Martin DB10 and a Jaguar C-X75. Footage of the scene being filmed has hit the internet and we have a few of them here. Spectre is currently filming in Rome.

I’ve stopped myself putting too much time into Kerbal Space Program, because frankly, I’d get nothing done. When I first started playing, I thought about 45 minutes had past before realising it was closer to four hours. The spaceship building physics game is addictive as all hell and I’ve had to drag myself more than a few times. For super fans who have the time to build spaceships to their heart’s content, this new bit of promotion is pretty cool. If you head over to Eucl3D, you can now get your own creations 3D printed.

"Would you like to push me up the street?" Today's trailer selection is for an adaptation of a play about an elderly woman named Mary Shepherd who lived in a battered car on the driveway of the writer Alan Bennett for 15 years. Oscar winning actress Maggie Smith plays Miss Shepherd, a character she has played before on stage and on the radio, and she looks like quite a hoot. She's joined by Alex Jennings as Alan Bennett, with appearances by Dominic Cooper, James Corden, Jim Broadbent, Frances de la Tour and a few others.

The most moving moment at the Oscars this year was not visible on television. It wasn’t backstage either, or on the red carpet, or in the wings, though there were lots of moments of deep and authentic emotion in all those places. No, the most moving moment at the Oscars happened in the lobby outside the Dolby Theatre. Also Read: 23 Best & Worst Oscars Moments of 2015 (Photos) I don’t have a picture, it would have been rude. So you’ll just have to imagine the scene: An elderly couple – in their late 70s, I would guess – both tiny, just a little over 5 feet tall each.

Box Office

  • 1. Focus
    Gross: $19,100,000
    Total: $19,100,000
  • 3. Spongebob Squarepants: Sponge Out Of Wat
    Gross: $11,200,000
    Total: $140,322,050
  • 5. Lazarus Effect, The
    Gross: $10,600,000
    Total: $10,600,000

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