Top Movie News for January 26, 2015

Fox and 24 producers bringing X-Men series to television Back in October of last year, we shared a rumor that FOX was looking to bring the X-Men to television. Now after months of speculation, word is that the network is in fact working to bring them to the small screen, pending the approval of Marvel Entertainment. It’s still in the very early stages of development as a live-action X-Men TV series and Fox entertainment chairmen Gary Newman said the series... Read More...

Mission: Impossible 5 Moves to Summer No, I’m not talking about summer 2016. In a rare move Paramount pushed Mission: Impossible 5 up instead of delaying it. New date is July 31st 2015, six months from now and five months sooner than we were expecting. Instead of having to wait until December 25th we’ll now get Mission: Impossible 5 a good […] Read Mission: Impossible 5 Moves to Summer on Filmonic.

Emma Watson Will Play Belle in Disney's Live-Action 'Beauty and the Beast' Hermione Granger and Emma Watson go hand in hand, and they'll be associated for generations to come, but now the former Harry Potter starlet is set to embody another iconic character. Disney officially announced that Watson has been cast in a new, live-action rendition of Beauty and the Beast for the studio. Disney also has the live-action Cinderella coming out on March 13. Naturally, Watson will be playing the beauty side of the title. And apparently it's always been a dream role...Read MoreRead Comments

David Tennant Is Now a Marvel Villain Former Doctor Who star David Tennant has joined Marvel’s Netflix series A.K.A. Jessica Jones as the villain Zebediah Killgrave, who himself as an A.K.A.: The Purple Man! Krysten Ritter stars as the title character while Mike Colter will play Luke Cage on the show before getting his own series as well. Killgrave plays a major role in Jessica Jones’ life in the comics, but it remains to be seen how much the show will match his and Jessica’s story from the printed page.

Chris Weitz Takes Over Star Wars Spin-Off Writing Duties Lucasfilm Ltd. One thing I know after seeing Godzilla is Gareth Edwards doesn’t need a good script to deliver a great blockbuster. I don’t think I could even tell you the plot from memory right now, and yet I stand by my opinion that the monster movie reboot was one of the most spectacular and thrilling pieces of cinema released last year.

Robert Downey Jr. Talks 'Captain America: Civil War' Iron Man actor Robert Downey Jr. offered some comments about his role in the upcoming Marvel film Captain America: Civil War. Downey talks about his willingness to be in this film instead of a new Iron Man installment and how his character is going to change because of the conflict. Read his comments below:About why he decided to join Captain America: Civil War:“They said to me, 'If we have you, we can do this, or Cap 3 has to be something else. It's nice to feel needed. And at this point it's about helping each other, too.

Ava DuVernay & David Oyelowo Reteam on Hurricane Katrina Drama After teaming for the acclaimed Civil Rights drama Selma, director Ava DuVernay and star David Oyelowo aren't going to let their Oscar snubs keep them down. THR reports they will reunite for a new project being developed at Participant Media that is set against the backdrop of Hurricane Katrina. Details are vague, but the drama is described as a sweeping love story and complex murder mystery set against the backdrop of the devastating disaster that struck the southeast coast in 2005.

Joss Whedon says it's doubtful he will return for Avengers: Infinity War While it's still not official, the claim going around late last year that Joe and Anthony Russo were in talks to direct AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR - PART 1 and PART 2 seems more and more likely. Recent comments made by THE AVENGERS and AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON director Joss Whedon all but confirmed that he won’t be continuing to helm the franchise. Here is what Whedon told Empire Magazine about his... Read More...

Box Office: American Sniper Shoots Past $200 Million Two weeks ago The Grand Budapest Hotel ($59.1 million) was the highest grossing Best Picture nominee domestically, now American Sniper more than tripled that number. American Sniper was once again on top in the US with $64.6 million, down just -27.6%. That’s the 8th best 2nd weekend of all time, pushing the film to a […] Read Box Office: American Sniper Shoots Past $200 Million on Filmonic.

First images from The Fantastic Four set as details are finally revealed We have the first official look at a costume design for 20th Century Fox's upcoming reboot of THE FANTASTIC FOUR. As many of us were still wondering if this movie was real or not, this might serve as proof before a trailer or poster arrive (soon please). The image below shows star Michael B. Jordan in the outfit he’ll be wearing as Johnny Storm. It’s not the blue jumpsuit that fans are... Read More...

'Ridiculous 6' Will Be First Adam Sandler Netflix Movie The first movie in Adam Sandler's groundbreaking deal with Netflix has been revealed as the comedy Western Ridiculous 6. Sandler will star in the movie alongside an impressive ensemble that is headlined by Taylor Lautner, singer Blake Shelton, stand-up comedian Whitney Cummings and Nick Nolte. Ridiculous 6 is the first of four movies Happy Madison is creating exclusively for streaming on Netflix.Other Happy Madison regulars appearing in the movie include Steve Buscemi, Rob Schneider, Dan Aykroyd, Will Forte, Nick Swardson, Terry Crews, Jon Lovitz and Vanilla Ice.

'Turbo Kid' Trailer: A Post-Apocalyptic BMX Adventure The 2015 Sundance Film Festival is currently in full swing, with tonight marking the world premiere of the futuristic coming-of-age thriller Turbo Kid. If you aren't in Park City, Utah to check it out, Epic Pictures has just released the first trailer for the feature film debut of directors Anouk Whissell, Fran&#231ois Simard and Yoann-Karl Whissell. The movie first began as a short film, as a contest entry for the horror anthology The ABCs of Death.

Ryan Reynolds: 'Deadpool' Is the Movie We Want to Make With production slated to begin this March in Vancouver, the long-awaited Deadpool movie starring Ryan Reynolds is finally happening, with 20th Century Fox setting a February 12, 2016 release date back in September. MTV caught up with Ryan Reynolds at the Sundance Film Festival, where he was on hand for the premiere of his new movie Mississippi Grind. Deadpool has been in the works for several years, ever since Ryan Reynolds played the Merc With the Mouth in 2009's X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

Sundance 2015: Pervert Park is a Bold Character Study That Brings Humanity to Sex Offenders Sundance Film Festival There were several walkouts during the screening I caught of Pervert Park. I don’t know what those people anticipated from a documentary about a community of sex offenders, but it is worth noting that however intense you think a film with that descriptor will be, this one will likely exceed those expectations. These sex offenders, some of whom committed absolutely insidious crimes, discuss said crimes with unsparing candor. Nothing about this film seeks to soften its subject matter. What it does try to do is bring humanity to its characters.

From Indie To $12 Million In One Day: The Inside Story Of How ‘Me And Earl’ Blew Up At Sundance "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl" director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon tells us what it's like to be in the middle of the hottest film at Sundance.

Edgar Wright Pens Screenplay for Oliver Twist Sequel Cornetto Trilogy filmmaker Edgar Wright has remained busy since leaving Marvel's Ant-Man, with the latest reports saying he has penned a script for Dodge and Twist, a steampunk movie sequel to Charles Dickens' novel Oliver Twist. FilmDivider reports that Wright has become the third screenwriter to try his hand at the Dodge and Twist screenplay, following behind Cole Haddon (NBC's Dracula) and Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire). The film is set 20 years after the end of Dickens' novel in a steampunk stylized England, with police officer Oliver Twist attempting to stop his former best-friend th

7 SAG Award Moments That Prove Emma Stone Is Our Queen Emma Stone won the 2015 SAG Awards in more ways than one.

Adam Levine Performing Oscar-Nominated ‘Begin Again’ Track at Oscars Maroon 5 frontman and “The Voice” judge Adam Levine will perform live on the Oscar telecast, producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan announced Monday. Levine will sing “Lost Stars,” the Oscar-nominated song from John Carney’s “Begin Again.” Levine starred in the film opposite Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo. Also Read: Oscars 2015: The Nominees (Photos) “Adam Levine is an exceptional and dynamic artist.

In a recent interview, Amy Adams talked about reprising her role as Lois Lane in Batman v Superman and Ben Affleck’s portrayal of Batman. According to Adams, Affleck is giving “his own take” to the popular character that has been previously portrayed by Christian Bale, Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer and George Clooney. Read Adam’s comments below:“He is going to be his own unique thing. He’s got a wonderful quality and a great body of work. I was only in one scene with him, I think I’m allowed to say that.

  DANGER COMES IN LARGE DOSES ON AN ALL-NEW "GOTHAM" MONDAY, FEBRUARY 9, ON FOX Gordon and Bullock set out to stop Gerald Crane, a biology teacher who has been harvesting the glands of his murder victims. Meanwhile, after finding herself in an unusual setting, Mooney continues plotting to gain power, and Falcone attempts to change Maroni's plan for the Penguin. Then, Bruce takes a treacherous hike in the all new "The Scarecrow" episode of GOTHAM airing Monday, Feb.

PLOT: Towards the end of his forty-day exile in the desert, Jesus Christ (Ewan McGregor) finds himself locked in a battle of wits over the souls of a family of desert dwellers with the devil (also McGregor). REVIEW: A film like LAST DAYS IN THE DESERT is a curious thing. Walking out of it, I had the impression that the film's reception will go one of two ways. Either it will totally sink into a... Read More...

The first trailer for the highly-anticipated Terminator Genisys that debuted last month showcased Arnold Schwarzenegger's T-800 battling himself, with the aging Terminator trying to stop his younger counterpart who is sent back in time to 1984. The Terminator Fans have uncovered new details about this fight sequence, which is currently being reworked since Skydance Productions is reportedly unhappy with some of the shots in the scene.

Emile Hirsch Under Investigation for Allegedly Assaulting Female Paramount Executive at Sundance Emile Hirsch went to the Sundance Film Festival for his latest film, “Ten Thousand Saints,” but may be leaving with an assault charge. “Currently this is an active case that we’re still investigating,” Park City Police Department spokesman Phil Kirk told TheWrap. “We’ll be submitting the case to the Summit County Attorney’s Office for screening as soon as we complete the investigation.” Page Six reports that an anonymous female Paramount Pictures executive called Park City police to Tao nightclub at around 3:30 a.m.

It's been seven years since the spooky home invasion thriller The Strangers hit theaters, and the long-expected sequel is finally coming together. The Wrap reports The Strangers 2 now has a director in Marcel Langenegger, who directed the thriller Deception starring Hugh Jackman and Ewan McGregor. The story picks up where the first film left off, this time seeing the masked killers (known as Man in the Mask, Pin Up Girl and Dollface) setting their sights on a family whose teenage children have just discovered their recent handy work in a mobile home park run by their uncle.

A Peek At The Empire Magazine Avengers: Age Of Ultron Covers Empire Magazine has released their covers that will feature Avengers: Age Of Ultron. The first shot is a nice group of the heroes while the second gives the spotlight to the villain. These issues will be on stands January 29th. A Peek At The Empire Magazine Avengers: Age Of Ultron Covers

'Avengers 2' Opening Scene Revealed; Thanos Plans Teased Earlier today, we showed you the Empire Magazine covers that feature the main cast members assembling from Avengers: Age of Ultron, the highly-anticipated Marvel Phase Two sequel that hits theaters May 1. The magazine also has a description of the sequel's opening scene, confirming a rumor from early last year that the movie will kick off with a Bond-like action sequence that finds the Avengers paying a visit to an Eastern European castle where Hydra's Baron Von Strucker (Thomas Kretschmann) has been hiding out with Loki's scepter.

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Johnny Depp could be considered one of Hollywood’s biggest stars on the planet, but he hasn’t had a hit at the box office in ages and “Mortdecai” has just been added to the list of bombs. The actor plays the Wolf in Disney’s ensemble musical “Into the Woods,” but his last leading man hit was 2011’s installment of “Pirates of the Caribbean.” Last year’s “Transcendence” fizzled, as did 2013’s “The Lone Ranger” and “Dark Shadows” in 2012. But to be fair, the aging movie star is hardly the only famous actor whose name may no longer be eno

Night of the Living Dead: Origins has been confirmed to be in the works, with Cameron Romero directing. An origin story was first announced in 2009. According to Variety, Romero will take the reins from his father George A. Romero, who directed the original horror classic Night of the Living Dead. Continue reading…

An all-star cast has signed on for CBS Films’ Christmas family drama “Let It Snow,” which has commenced principal photography in Pittsburgh. John Goodman, Ed Helms, Anthony Mackie, June Squibb, Marisa Tomei and Olivia Wilde have joined the previously cast Diane Keaton, Amanda Seyfried and Alan Arkin. Jake Lacy, Alex Borstein and Jon Tenney have also been added in supporting roles. Also Read: TheWrap’s Exclusive Sundance Portraits (Photos) Jessie Nelson (“I Am Sam”) is directing the film, which was previously known by the working title “The Most Wonderful Time,” fr

Sundance Film Festival It seems every year brings one notable documentary that features a major “plot twist,” and The Amina Profile may be this year’s model. That makes it difficult to discuss all aspects of the film, since much of its thematic resonance stems from the nature of the twist. Of course, if the words “A Gay Girl in Damascus” mean anything to you, then you’ll know exactly where the plot is going. I did, so I was ahead of the characters in the film, but I can happily report that this doesn’t harm its effectiveness.

'Suicide Squad' Reportedly Eyeing Karl Urban for Rick Flag, Plus Details on The Joker and Possible Batman Cameo Late last week it was reported that WB was eyeing Joel Edgerton and Jon Bernthal as possible replacements for Tom Hardy, who recently dropped out of ‘Suicide Squad.’ And now an even bigger casting report has emerged, adding Karl Urban to the mix of potential Hardy replacements, and offering details on Jared Leto’s Joker, plus a possible cameo from Ben Affleck’s Batman. Continue reading…

With a weekend of major guild wins under its belt, "Birdman" has shot to the top of the 2015 Oscar class...for now. How many more twists in the road will there be before all is said and done?http://www.hitfix.com/blogs/in-contention

Sundance 2015: Bel Powley Amazes in 'The Diary of a Teenage Girl' In the world of indie films, the coming-of-age storyline is a popular one. But because we're all different, maturing in ways that aren't identical, that makes for a variety of great stories with similar themes. In this case, director Marielle Heller launches her career with The Diary of a Teenage Girl, based on the graphic novel of the same name by Phoebe Gloeckner, which follows 15-year old Minnie Goetze (Bel Powley) growing up in the heart of San Francisco in the drug friendly 1970s, quickly and aggressively exploring her sexuality.

The stars have aligned for Ridiculous 6, Adam Sandler's first movie for Netflix. Sandler co-wrote the script with frequent collaborator Tim Herlihy and will also produce via his Happy Madison company.

For a while now, there’s been talk of a potential Full House sequel. It hasn’t come to pass quite yet, but today we present to you the next best thing: a video of the Full House cast reuniting to sing (or at least, try to sing) the Full House theme song. Check it out after the jump.  Full House actress Andrea Barber posted the video on Instagram (via Vulture). It comes from this weekend’s birthday party for Full House creator Jeff Franklin. Only for you, Jeff Franklin. Only for you. Happy Birthday. #everywhereyoulook #whatsmyline?

A coming of age tale for the post-hip hop and social media generation, a black geek picture for the Urkels and Kanye Wests of the world, a crime/drug caper, a comedy, a gettin’-out-of-the-ghetto film, and more, writer/director Rick Famuyiwa’s funny and vibrantly realized “Dope” packs in a lot of movie.

Cinema and hope reign in the unique documentary 'The Wolfpack,' playing in the US Documentary Competition at the Sundance Film Festival. HitFix's Daniel Fienberg reviews.http://www.hitfix.com/blogs/the-fien-print

Today, World Wresting Entertainment, Inc. announced that former California Governator Arnold Schwarzenegger will be inducted into the celebrity wing of the WWE Hall of Fame. Schwarzenegger is a notable pro-wrestling fan, attending many WWE events since the 1970s. The actor/politician/bodybuilder is also the founder of the Arnold Schwarzenegger Sports Festival , the world's largest annual sports weekend, and a seven-time Mr.

Remember the GoBots? I sure do. I used to get their toys every Christmas in the early 80s from my aunts and uncles who knew I was really into Transformers, but of course they thought there was no difference between them and the GoBots. As a kid, there was clearly a difference, but now that I'm an adult I can see that there really wasn't anything different between the two. Both had sentient robots that could transform into vehicles and such. For those that don't know, GoBots had a toyline an animated Challenge Of The GoBots series in the 80s.

Over the past couple weeks we’d started to get the idea that Luke Evans would not star in the remake of The Crow after all. Now the actor has officially backed out of the film, thanks to the departure of director F. Javier Gutierrez and the delays and expected script revisions that go along with a new director. Corin Hardy is that new director, signed a just over a month ago, and he’ll be looking for a new star immediately after Sundance.

As much as the premise requires you to believe that Mae Whitman is someone you wouldn't hang out with in high school (sorry, anybody wearing a "Tales Of Horror" t-shirt is someone we'd be friends with immediately), could "The Duff" be a little charmer just waiting to arrive in cinemas next month?

New JUSTICE LEAGUE: THRONE OF ATLANTIS Clip: "Welcome To Try" "In the interest of everyone's safety in light of the impending blizzard approaching New York, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment must regretfully cancel this evening's (1/26) premiere of "Justice League: Throne of Atlantis" at the Paley Center for Media. However, the originally-scheduled post-screening panel will gather this afternoon to pre-tape a discussion about the movie for streaming on Yahoo Screen -- paley.me/aqua -- this evening at 8:00pm ET/5:00pm PT. We hope you will tune in and join us on #PaleyLive!

Eli Roth's 'Knock Knock' trailer: Keanu grapples with a twisted Betty and Veronica Watch the teaser trailer for Eli Roth's latest horror film "Knock Knock" starring Keanu Reeves. The film just sold for $3 million at the Sundance Film Festivalhttp://www.hitfix.com

Beachside Films Director Jim Strouse is excellent at conveying the emotional range of the adult male experience. It’s not something you might hear a lot, especially in the context of it being refreshing, mostly because just about every movie is delivered from the male perspective. But there’s something a little more special, insightful and tender about Strouse’s work.

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Marker Films Twelve year-old Adar (Shira Haas) lives with her mom, Alma (Keren Mor), and while her father left some time ago her mom’s boyfriend, Michael (Ori Pfeffer) has become a permanent part of their lives. He’s unemployed and spends his days at home, and over time he and Adar have developed a routine of playful role-playing where they take on personas and pretend to fight. He only refers to her as a he, his prince, but shortly after Adar gets her first period the game takes a darker turn.

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