Top Movie News for February 9, 2016

Why Deadpool Will Break the R-Rated Comic Book Movie Curse http://www.hitfix.com/blogs/the-dartboard

311 days until Star Wars: A tiny ‘Rogue One’ spoiler to whet your appetite The tiniest piece of information about the latest "Star Wars" movie came from an unlikely source...a supermodel.http://www.hitfix.com/blogs/harpy

Star Trek: J.J. Abrams vs Bryan Fuller http://www.hitfix.com/blogs/the-dartboard

SXSW Announces Midnight Films, Shorts & More The film component of SXSW just released its programs for midnight films, shorts, special events, and festival favorites. Among the films chosen, the 2016 SXSW Film Festival Mike Flanagan's Hush; Micky Keating's Carnage Park; Don Coscarelli's Phantasm: Remastered restoration ala J.J.

Tom Hiddleston Faces Power Failures And Class Distinctions In High-Rise Trailer In the trailer for High-Rise, Tom Hiddleston takes up residence in an apartment block west of London. Initially wanting solitude, he comes to learn the building is going a little mad as power failures and class distinctions create tensions among the residents. Filmmaker Ben Wheatley adapts the novel by J.G.

Barry And Cisco Meet A Familiar Face On Earth-2 In Clip From Tonight’s Flash In the following clip from tonight’s episode of The Flash, Barry and Cisco make the leap to Earth-2 and encounter a unlikely S.T.A.R. Labs tech. Well, unlikely if you are from Earth-1. Click here to view the embedded video. The Flash airs Tuesdays on The CW. Barry And Cisco Meet A Familiar Face On Earth-2 In Clip From Tonight’s Flash

In one of the more unlikely moves for the upcoming AMC Preacher TV series, Watchmen alum Jackie Earle Haley has been cast as Odin Quincannon in what The Hollywood Reporter calls a “six-episode arc.” Quincannon is the principle antagonist on the “Salvation” storyline late in the comic series run. Owner of the town’s meatpacking plant and ringleader of the local KKK, he and Jesse Custer butt heads when the latter becomes sheriff of Salvation, Texas.

Robert Schwentke walks away from Divergent series before Ascendant finale These big-budget franchise movies are exhausting, especially when you consider the turnaround time the studios are looking for from one film to the next in order to maximize the value of a series at its peak and rake in the dollars. That's why you'll often see different filmmakers being brought in to helm subsequent sequels and chapters. It's a process that is rife with burnout, given the time and energy... Read More...

Goldie Hawn Will Play Amy Schumer’s Mom in Jonathan Levine’s Untitled Vacation Comedy Not too long ago, we heard about First Wives Club stars Bette Midler, Diane Keaton and Goldie Hawn reuniting for a comedy at Netflix called Divanation about three former members of a popular singing group who are forced to reunite after being apart for 30 years. And it sounds like Hawn is lining up another role that will take her back to the big screen as well. News has surfaced that Goldie Hawn is in early talks to play Amy Schumer‘s mother in the untitled comedy from Warm Bodies and 50/50 director Jonathan Levine that we first heard about last August.

“Have You Seen Her?” Finding Dory Gets Four New Posters It’s so exciting to see things releasing regarding Disney Pixar’s Finding Dory. Four posters have been released that feature the tagline “Have you seen her?” and show the character Dory hiding in different underwater environments. I know there’s always hesitation when it comes to sequels, because that often fall flat of the original movie. However, Pixar has done a good job in the past with multiple Toy Story sequels. Sure, one can claim that the success of Toy Story came from the colorful cast, but Finding Nemo is filled with amusing characters.

'Frozen' animator Lino DiSalvo to direct Playmobil movie Move over, LEGO Movie. The upcoming animated Playmobil movie has a director. Lino DiSalvo, who worked as the head of animation on Disney’s Frozen, has signed on to direct Playmobil: Robbers, Thieves & Rebels.   According to Variety, which first reported the...

'The Lobster' Director Yorgos Lanthimos To Helm Revenge Tale ‘The Killing Of A Sacred Deer’ There's striking when the iron is hot, and then there's Yorgos Lanthimos' ever growing schedule. While he took two years between "Dogtooth" and "The Alps," and another four until "The Lobster" which debuted on the festival circuit last year, and comes to U.S. cinemas this spring, the director is now starting to up the pace. He's already in pre-production on "The Favorite," a period drama that will star Olivia Colman, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz, and now he's got another gig brewing. READ MORE: Watch: U.S.

Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One Moves To March 2018 Clearing yet more room for Episode VIII of the Star Wars saga is Steven Spielberg‘s adaptation of Ernest Cline‘s Ready Player One. Variety reports the film, originally schedule to debut alongside the currently untitled Star Wars sequel, will now debut on March 30th, 2018. Star Wars‘s December 15th, 2017 date was itself a shift away from a planned May release. Citing the need for extra time to complete the picture — and in the hope of repeating Star Wars: The Force Awakens‘ holiday box office — Disney moved its original release date by half a year.

Keira Knightley in talks to join Will Smith in 'Collateral Beauty' Keira Knightley is in negotiations to join the star-studded cast of Collateral Beauty, EW has confirmed. The New Line drama stars Will Smith, Helen Mirren, Edward Norton, Michael Peña, and Naomie Harris, and is directed by David Frankel (The Devil Wears Prada). Collateral...

Deadline reports The CW‘s upcoming pilot for Riverdale, based on Archie Comics characters, has found its Betty and Jughead. Surviving Jack‘s Lili Reinhart will play Betty Cooper, described in a previous breakdown as liking Adderall and tiring of being the perfect student.

Matt Damon says Jason Bourne "goes deeper than Ultimatum" The upcoming Bourne sequel will explore much more than Jason Bourne's identity...

Which Super Bowl Movie Had People Most Psyched? A Tech Firm Knows During Sunday’s Super Bowl 50, one movie commercial scored a game-winning emotional touchdown with viewers: Universal’s “Jason Bourne” with Matt Damon. Universal’s new installment in the action franchise stoked the most excited reaction of any ad during the big game, according to tech company Canvs’ analysis of tweets captured by Nielsen. For advertisers, no program has higher stakes than the Super Bowl. The yearly marketing blow-out carries the biggest price tags on TV, with 30-second spots costing as much as $5 million this year.

Paramount Pictures announced Tuesday that Josh Gad is set to star in and produce the new comedy Heavy Duty. Based on an original idea from Gad, the story follows a man who wants to lose weight in the hope of living a more extraordinary life. But when he signs up for a wellness retreat with...

One of the downsides to most of the X-Men movies so far has been the has been the focus on Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine. Sure, Jackman’s take on the adamantium-clawed mutant superhero is one of those vital foundational blocks upon which the entire comic book movie genre has been built, but it’s been a little suffocating. With the exception of X-Men: First Class, most of the films in the series have been Wolverine movies that also happen to feature some other X-Men. His solo films have been a little redundant.

Lupita Nyong'o and Ava DuVernay Touted for Sci-fi Thriller 'Intelligent Life' After winning an Academy Award as Best Supporting Actress for her sterling performance in the historical drama 12 Years a Slave in 2014, Lupita Nyong'o has taken a different path than might be expected. Barely 20 years of age, Nyong'o only had a scant few screen credits when she landed her startling role in Steve McQueen's harrowing drama about slavery. Since then, she appeared in a supporting turn as a flight attendant in the Liam Neeson action-thriller Non-Stop and then showed...Read MoreRead Comments

Will Smith confirmed in a recent radio interview that he and Martin Lawrence have agreed to come back for 'Bad Boys 3'.

EuropaCorp has bought the domestic rights to “The Circle,” starring Tom Hanks and Emma Watson, TheWrap has learned. Directed by James Ponsoldt, the thriller also stars “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” star John Boyega, Patton Oswalt and Ellar Coltrane. “The Circle” is about a young woman (Watson) who joins a social media company and is forced to step in front of the camera, only to attract a huge following and have her identify threatened.

As the Berlin Film Festival and European Film Market get under way, Film4 has announced a flurry of news, including an agreement with Fox Searchlight Pictures to co-finance Martin McDonagh‘s “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” along with producer Blueprint Pictures. Additionally, Film4, Entertainment Film Distributors and production company FP Films (set up by “The Inbetweeners” creators Iain Morris and Damon Beesley) have announced a two-year development, production and distribution deal that covers a slate of four new comedy features. Finally, Film4 Dire

Alcon Entertainment has set Isaac Adamson, writer of the #1 script on the 2015 Black List, to adapt the psychological thriller “The Ice Twins” by S.K.

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Before shared universes were really a thing and there were machines that cranked out comic book movies with precision in order to serve the greater overall brand, movie studios were still trying to grab hold of something that was once popular or interesting on the page and turn it into a big-screen success that might be capable of shouldering a franchise. Along the way, we found a few hits, but there were plenty... Read More...

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, the Honest Trailers team is taking on one of the internet’s favorite love stories: Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.

Michael Fassbender Champions Assassin’s Creed’s Practical Stunts The process of adapting popular video game titles to big screen movies has a lengthy, yet problematic history. Titles such as Mortal Kombat, Street Fighter and Doom are practically royalty when it comes to their legacies as video games, but as movies they didn’t quite deliver in the same way. Even early efforts at making the leap from consoles to cinemas weren’t especially promising. Actor Bob Hoskins once famously described his time spent as Mario in Nintendo’s 1993 Super Mario Bros.

Second City has been a factory of comedic talent for more than 50 years, producing generations of brilliant improv comedians that helped reshape the face of comedy — from Mike Nichols to Bill Murray to Tina Fey. The Chicago-based sketch theater today announced the establishment of the first film...

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We were originally going to put the Man of Steel's blood in the Batman V Superman HeroBox but we are currently waiting on Batman being able to extract some. He should be able to at some point, right? He has all of those fancy toys and Superman just has...a cape! Oh, Superman is also pretty much invincible and can shoot laser beams out of his eyes and fly? Yeah, but Batman has that car! All I know is that Lex Luthor is awfully interested in the Batman V Superman HeroBox and he keeps muttering something about Doomsday...or the Grey Hulk...or Facebook.

Voltron follows a team of astronauts that pilot a giant super robot known as (you guessed it) Voltron. The original series aired in the mid-1980s, but now DreamWorks Animations is updating the formula and bringing it to Netflix. While we don't have an exact premiere date yet, they did release this teaser poster. Netflix also released some art for the upcoming season of House of Cards, featuring some... Read More...

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Stephen King thinks 'Dark Tower' movie will happen with Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey As the eight-volume story of an epic adventure, Stephen King’s The Dark Tower has had an appropriately lengthy development on its way to the big screen. The project has cycled through so many possible formats, directors, and cast members that it was beginning to seem doomed, but the prolific...

Regal Entertainment Group on Tuesday reported fourth quarter 2015 results that beat analysts’ projections for revenue, adjusted earnings and earnings per share and said it would provide a quarterly dividend. The nation’s largest theater chain said revenues for the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31, 2015 were $848.2 million compared to $799.1 million for the fourth quarter last year.

Today was an exciting day for Full House fans, because the cast of Fuller House was on The Ellen Show. Yes, I’m one of those fans, and it was so exciting to see Candace Cameron-Bure, Jodie Sweetin, and Andrea Barber being interviewed by my favorite talk show host Ellen Degeneres.  After watching the trailer, I was filled with nothing but positive feelings. Seeing the cast together again was a joy, and every clip seemed genuine. I think the large fan base is going to get exactly what they hope for with the sequel series. It also looks like D.J.

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The good news is female protagonists in the top 100 domestic films of 2015 increased 10 percent from the previous year. The bad news is 2014’s numbers were exceptionally low. According to the latest iteration of the study It’s a Man’s (Celluloid) World by Dr. Martha Lauzen, executive...

If there was any doubt that Xavier Dolan can now command A-list casts, this should put it to rest. His upcoming "It's Only The End Of The World" features Marion Cotillad, Vincent Cassel, and Lea Seydoux, and now, for this next feature and English language debut "The Death And Life Of John F.

Two decades after GoldenEye, star Pierce Brosnan and director Martin Campbell are looking to team up again, albeit for a very different kind of movie. They’re joining forces for Across the River and Into the Trees, based on Ernest Hemingway‘s 1950 novel about an older man who travels to an exotic location and strikes up a romance with a much younger woman. So on second thought, maybe Across the River and Into the Trees has something in common with James Bond after all.  THR reported on the Pierce Brosnan Martin Campbell project.

I've earned my cynicism about awards season honestly, and now Jacob Tremblay and Sylvester Stallone have to go and ruin it.http://www.hitfix.com/blogs/motion-captured

Mark Seal's book, "The Man In The Rockefeller Suit," is one that Hollywood has been trying to crack for a while now. At one time attached to Scott Cooper (before he would go on to direct "Out Of The Furnace"), Walter Salles was linked to the film way back in 2013 with his longtime collaborator Jose Rivera penning the script.

Josh Stolberg and Pete Goldfinger, the minds behind the 2009 horror flick SORORITY ROW, have been tapped by James Wan and Lionsgate to write SAW: LEGACY. This will be the eighth entry in the venerable SAW franchise, which had seemingly concluded with SAW 3D in 2010. "The Final Chapter"? Nope! While the original seven films came out annually beginning in 2004 and "culminating" in 2010, this new SAW will be coming out after a seven year absence from theaters.

Even though Will Smith isn’t returning for Independence Day: Resurgence, his on-screen wife Vivica A. Fox is back for the sequel, and her character Jasmine is doing everything she can to make sure their son Dylan (played by Jessie Usher) is just as strong of a man as his father. In addition, Brent Spiner is one of the more surprising returning characters from the original movie, mostly because everyone had assumed the Area 51 scientist Dr. Okun was dead.

Among the many complaints about the annual Oscar show — the length; the gaudy musical numbers; the endless tributes; and dear god, the length — is how the ceremony's producers tend to have a heavy hand when prompting the exit music during the winners' speeches.

Fox has released the second episode of Gotham Stories, the motion comic that is setting us up for the return of Gotham on February 29th. Mr. Freeze has arrived and is on a mission to kill someone. Is it the Penguin? And does Selina Kyle mean to save him or was he just in the way as she looked to escape? This definitely isn’t coming across as a super-villain team-up. Click here to view the embedded video. Is Mr. Freeze Gunning For The Penguin In Gotham Stories #2?

With Spotlight earning several Oscar nominations, The Club, Chile’s submission for Best Foreign Language Film, is a devastating look at the other side of the coin. The film drops in on the lives of four retired Catholic priests and their ex-nun caretaker, all living in a remote...B

Starz Digital Media Movies that hope to explore the idea and effects of grief aren’t uncommon, but many of them, even the great ones, often exist by design as emotionally devastating experiences. Less common are the films that manage to examine these sad and sorrowful life experiences while still recognizing the rest that life has to offer. Kenneth Lonergan’s masterful Manchester By the Sea is one of the finest such rarities, and hopefully those of you who missed its debut at Sundance will share in its brilliance and heart later this year.

In 2004, a tiny horror movie called Saw, from an unknown director named James Wan, played at the Sundance Film Festival to good reviews, was picked up by a relatively minor distributor called Lionsgate, and the rest is history. Lionsgate is now a major player. James Wan is directing gigantic blockbusters.

Run….   “Desperate Times Call For Desperate Measures” – New Poster For Agent Carter

Toronto based Raven Banner Entertainment will be representing worldwide sales for the horror flick The Evil In Us at EFM in Berlin. It is the feature film debut from Canadian filmmaker Jason William Lee. THE EVIL IN US tells the story of six best friends who fall victim to a terrorist organization when they unknowingly take a bio-active drug that transforms them into bloodthirsty cannibals. The guys passed along their promotional poster and a trailer to give horror fans a bloody good taste of what is to come in Lee's film.

A lonely stretch of highway through the middle of nowhere provides ample fodder for the directors of Southbound, a new anthology project that reunites much of the creative team behind previous anthology hit V/H/S with a similarly high quality result. While most anthology projects tend to be developed with each segment in isolation from one another the creators of Southbound chose to take another approach with the segments directly linked into one another with the entire piece weaving into a whole that plays like Twilight Zone for the indie horror generation.

It's just a few weeks to go until the Oscars, and it'll be our last chance rubbing digital elbows with the Class of 2015. And it's been a pretty good bunch this year, and only has to look at the filmmakers nominated for Best Director by the DGAs to see how the the high level of talent that have created some of the most memorable films of the year. And before the Oscar show closes the books, the Directors Guild Of America rounded up all five — Alejandro G.

Anne Heche, Scott Speedman, Tom Everett Scott and Philip Baker Hall have signed on to join Amanda Seyfried and Oscar winner Shirley MacLaine in Bleecker Street’s “The Last Word,” the company announced Tuesday. Production started this past weekend, with Mark Pellington (“Arlington Road”) directing from a script by Stuart Ross Fink.

Hidden web sites? Scrambled codes? Secret passwords? If that sounds like a J.J. Abrams viral marketing campaign to you, you win a prize. We told you last month that the viral campaign for 10 Cloverfield Lane had quietly started, but following the new ad that ran during the Super Bowl, things have considerably gotten more excited... Continue reading…

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  • 3. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
    Gross: $6,973,316
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  • 5. Choice, The
    Gross: $6,050,443
    Total: $6,050,443

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