Top Movie News for May 4, 2016

WATCH: 'Star Wars' droids surprise unsuspecting office workers These were the droids EW staffers were looking for

‘Captain America: Civil War’ Writers to Marvel Newbies: Catch Up on Your Own As shared universe movies come of age, filmmakers and studios increasingly face the decision of how and when to cater to new audiences  — those who may never have seen any of the previous movies in long-running franchises.

Russell Crowe to Enter the Universal Monster Movie Universe in ‘The Mummy’ At one time, it was believed that Dracula Untold would mark the beginning of a Universal movie monster universe, inspired by all the classic monsters like Dracula, Frankenstein, The Invisible Man, The Wolfman and more. However, since that movie tanked at the box office, I’m willing to bet it won’t be mentioned in Universal’s new efforts to make the monster cinematic universe happen. Instead, Universal is looking to kick off this new shared universe with The Mummy, debuting in the summer of 2017.

Both 'Avengers: Infinity War' Movies Will Get New Titles The next Avengers sequel was announced last year as part of Marvel’s Phase 3, with Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1 set to arrive in 2018 followed by Avengers: Infinity War – Part 2 in 2019. And with Inhumans off the table, it looks like the second half of Infinity War will now close out the third phase of the MCU. But it’s probably getting a new title pretty soon. Continue reading…

Blake Lively’s The Shallows Is Basically The Revenant With More Bikinis Blake Lively battles a shark in the new trailer for "The Shallows," which looks like her version of "The Revenant."

'En Sabah Nur' Looms In Another Awesome IMAX Poster For X-MEN: APOCALYPSE 20th Century Fox are taking a big gamble with X-Men: Apocalypse. The last movie exceeded expectations at the box office, but if Bryan Singer's attempt to balance epic action with the introduction of a major new villain, several younger versions of familiar characters, and those who are returning from the First Class era fails, this movie could very well end up being more like The Last Stand than Days of Future Past!

Arnold Schwarzenegger Joins Action/Comedy Why We’re Killing Gunther Despite being more well known in the public eye for his various roles as action-hero heavy-men from the 1980s, actor and former bodybuilder Arnold Schwarzenegger is no stranger to humor.

Before she reprises her role in Colin Trevorrow‘s “Star Wars: Episode IX,” Daisy Ridley will shoot an indie movie titled “Ophelia” that reimagines William Shakespeare‘s classic play “Hamlet,” it was announced Wednesday. Set in the 14th century but spoken in a contemporary voice, the film explores the untold story of Ophelia (Ridley) and her tragic romance with Hamlet, as well as her relationship with his mother, Queen Gertrude, who will be played by two-time Oscar nominee Naomi Watts.

'Barry Allen' Is Trapped (Within The Speed Force?) In New Images From Kevin Smith's Episode Of THE FLASH Last night's episode of The Flash ended with a real shock as Barry Allen was disintergrated from Harry's attempt to recreate the accident which gave the Scarlet Speedster his powers. Rather than leaving us all thinking he's dead for the next week, The CW has revealed that Barry is instead trapped in some sort of alternate dimension, one which many believe could be the Speed Force.

Batman: The Killing Joke Blu-ray Release Date & Details Announced A new photo of The Joker has been unveiled, along with the release date and special features for Batman: The Killing Joke.

Slender Man: Here's the skinny on the new movie

Game of Thrones Season 6, Episode 3 Preview: Photos + Reckless Speculation Edition A quick preview of the next Game of Thrones episode, complete with photos and some Maester-like speculation work.Continue reading on Film School Rejects »

Josh Boone's dropping some big 'New Mutants' hints on Instagram today Josh Boone is set to direct 'The New Mutants' for Fox, and today, he's been using his Instagram account to drop some hints for fans about which characters they'll see in the X-Men spin-off.

Jon M. Chu in talks to direct adaptation of 'Crazy Rich Asians' Kevin Kwan wrote the 2013 novel

If the unwritten rule for sequels is “Do it again, only different,” then “Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising” fulfills its obligation, figuring out a way to retell its own story with just a bit of a twist.

Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje Discusses Preparing To Play 'Killer Croc' In SUICIDE SQUAD Killer Croc is a Batman villain that fans have been waiting a long time to see on the silver screen. Now, after numerous appearances in comics, television shows, and video games, Waylon Jones will be making his first live-action appearance in Suicide Squad this August. Actor Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, who plays Croc, gave some insight into where we find the character upon his introduction. "At the time you meet him in this film, he’s a fully-fledged criminal. He’s really one of the baddest criminals known to be roaming in Gotham, hence his lockup in Arkham.

New rumored details on Guillermo del Toro's supernatural Cold War drama Back in March we learned that Guillermo del Toro is planning on directing a supernatural Cold War drama that has "an otherworldly love story at the center of it," and now thanks to The Tracking Board, we might know a little bit more about the film, including its title. The site is claiming that the movie is titled THE SHAPE OF WATER, and that the 1963-set fairytale centers around Elisa,... Read More...

Why Olivia Munn chose Psylocke over 'Deadpool' Olivia Munn will cut a swath through this month’s X-Men: Apocalypse as the psychic swordfighter Psylocke, but, at one point, she had the chance to be in another of this year’s superhero movies. Munn told American Way that she was initially offered Morena Baccarin’s role in ...

Sharknado: The 4th Awakens Cameos & Poster Revealed Following the release last summer of the third made-for-television film in the eponymously titled disaster franchise developed by the SyFy channel, Sharknado: The 4th Awakens is already gearing up to be another major basic cable event.

As popular as comic book movies are right now, there are plenty of challenges when it comes to adapting them – not least because many comic book characters were created half a century ago or more, and certain elements of their original stories are no longer considered politically correct.

Roland Emmerich on why 'Independence Day: Resurgence' took 20 years The director and stars from the original film talk to EW about its impact and missing Will Smith

Sean Penn and Lee Daniels have reached a settlement in Penn’s defamation lawsuit against Daniels. In exchange for Penn dropping the lawsuit, Daniels has apologized to the actor. Daniels has also made a charitable donation to Penn’s J/P Haitian Relief Organization. “I am so sorry that I have hurt you, Sean, and I apologize and retract my reckless statements about you. How thoughtless of me. You are someone I consider a friend, a brilliant actor and true Hollywood legend and humanitarian,” Daniels’ apology reads.

You know those celebrity death hoaxes that periodically pop up on Twitter? Woody Allen experienced kind of the opposite of that on Wednesday: Twitter users acknowledged Allen’s continued existence, but wished they didn’t have to. On Wednesday, as Allen began to trend on social media, the Twitterati’s interest was collectively piqued.

Original producer Douglas Wick confirms that The Craft remake is actually a sequel set in modern day.

In a preview of next week’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Coulson and Talbot get ready to face Hive. But with Daisy and other Inhumans on his side, it will take extraordinary measure to deal with the threat he represents. Click here to view the embedded video. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs Tuesdays on ABC. Coulson and Talbot Get Ready To Face Hive In A Preview Of Next Week’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

While his blockbuster sequel, INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE, centers on the 20th anniversary of the fictitious "War of 1996," Roland Emmerich would like to turn his sights next towards a real life war story. On June 4, it'll be exactly 74 years since "The Battle of Midway" began- where the United States Navy obliterated an attacking Japanese fleet.

There are two pieces of big news here. First: Hulu has acquired The Beatles: Eight Days a Week, a new documentary about the greatest musical group in human history (sorry, everyone else) directed by Academy Award winner Ron Howard. Second: this purchase has signaled the launch of Hulu Documentary Films, a new arm for the streaming service that will, as its name implies, will focus on building a library of non-fiction movies. Let’s start with that first bit.

Earlier this year, it was announced that MGM had hired BIG BAD WOLVES directors Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado to helm their DEATH WISH remake starring Bruce Willis. Given that Willis has already signed off on the script, MGM had a projected release date in mind that didn't given the directors much breathing room. As it happened, they decided to leave the project over creative differences. The... Read More...

Fox Searchlight’s new film, A Bigger Splash — opening in limited release today and wide May 13th — concerns itself with rockstars, failed relationships and gorgeous island vistas, but its greatest asset is Ralph Fiennes. The actor, known for repressed and aloof roles, comes alive and unhinged as record producer Harry Hawkes. He drinks, seems to know everyone he encounters and embraces life with a terrifying and sometimes tiring intensity.

Mike Birbiglia’s film about an improv comedy troupe is laughing its way into theaters this summer. Don’t Think Twice, which was had a breakout debut at this year’s South by Southwest Film Festival, will premiere in New York on July 22 followed by a nationwide release, the film’s...

When it came time to writing a cantina song for STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS, John Williams bowed out (been there, done that) and left the writing duties up to J.J. Abrams. As it happens, Abrams had just seen Lin-Manuel Miranda's Hamilton, and hit up the artist to see if he would like to collaborate on the song you'd hear during the visit to Maz Kanata's castle. They did just that, and now... Read More...

Universal has assigned release dates to four untitled horror movies from Jason Blum‘s company Blumhouse. Universal will release Blumhouse films on Feb. 24, 2017; April 28, 2017; Jan. 5, 2018; and Oct. 19, 2018. Blumhouse will take on Paramount and Bad Robot’s sci-fi movie “God Particle” on Feb. 24, 2017 and Warner Bros.’ new “Jungle Book: Origins” movie from director Andy Serkis on Oct.

As a banner year looms thanks to Martin Scorsese‘s “Silence” and Mel Gibson‘s “Hacksaw Ridge,” Andrew Garfield has signed on to star in “Under the Silver Lake,” a modern day noir crime thriller set in Los Angeles that hails from “It Follows” writer-director David Robert Mitchell, it was announced Wednesday. Michael De Luca will produce under his eponymous production company along with Chris Bender, Jake Weiner and Adele Romanski.

Lessons in filmmaking from the directors of Captain America: Civil War.Continue reading on Film School Rejects »

Director Paul Feig has maintained that his new Ghostbusters movie isn’t a sequel or a remake, but a reboot. Basically, it ignores the fictional events and characters depicted in Ivan Reitman’s classic 1984 film — which makes the first trailer for Feig’s movie a bit confusing. If you count yourself among those who were baffled by the trailer, then you can rest easy with the knowledge that someone who is actually in the movie is also confused. Unfortunately, she doesn’t have any answers for you. Continue reading…

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Key & Peele Make a Feature-Length SketchContinue reading on Medium »

The Huntsman: Winter’s War and Mother’s Day prove Hollywood is not done with some damaging tropes.Continue reading on Film School Rejects »

This article originally appeared on A new Twitter campaign calling on Frozen producers to make Elsa a lesbian in the upcoming sequel has gone viral.  Twitter user Alexis Isabel Moncada was the first to bring up the idea on Saturday, tweeting, “I hope Disney makes Elsa a...

Paramount Pictures has entered a multi-picture deal with Elisabeth Murdoch‘s Locksmith Animation, the companies jointly announced Wednesday. Under the agreement, Paramount and Locksmith will co-develop and co-produce a series of animated projects for the studio and are progressing three current properties which Locksmith has been developing since 2014.

I rolled my eyes harder than anyone when it was revealed that MTV was making a new television series based on the Scream movies. However, a few trusted friends and colleagues have told me that my negativity was misplaced. I have yet to actually eat my words, but enough serious horror fans have informed me that my decision to not watch the first season of this show was a poor one and that the negative early reviews were off-base.

Remember when “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” opened on March 25 to huge fanfare and a huge $166 million domestic box office haul? Seems so long ago. After six weeks in theaters, Warner Bros.’ DC Comics action epic starring Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill has stalled well short of the $1 billion mark, earning $863.2 million worldwide. That’s an impressive achievement, but it’s significantly less than the $1.5 billion that Marvel’s own superhero-mashup “The Avengers” grossed worldwide in 2012.

This charming man — or Joe Manganiello, as he’s formally known — is officially set to star in an upcoming movie heavily featuring The Smiths’ music, a rep confirmed to EW.  The movie, titled Shoplifters of the World after The Smiths’ single “Shoplifters of the World Unite,” follows a metal...

Netflix may rule the streaming scene with an iron fist at the moment, but you’ve got to hand it to the competition – they’re doing everything in their power to level the playing field.

Director Josh Boone reveals which iconic Marvel characters will be featured in his New Mutants movie adaptation.

Box Office

  • 1. Jungle Book, The
    Gross: $43,714,706
    Total: $253,371,506
  • 2. Huntsman: Winter's War, The
    Gross: $9,619,300
    Total: $34,215,325
  • 3. Keanu
    Gross: $9,453,224
    Total: $9,453,224
  • 4. Mother's Day
    Gross: $8,369,184
    Total: $8,369,184
  • 5. Barbershop: The Next Cut
    Gross: $6,080,496
    Total: $44,661,136

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