Top Movie News for May 22, 2017

Johnny Depp as Invisible Man & Javier Bardem as Frankenstein Confirmed Universal Pictures confirmed Monday that Johnny Depp will play The Invisible Man and Javier Bardem Frankenstein’s monster in what the studio is branding its “Dark Universe”. Universal essentially created the monster movie genre in the 1930s when it released such classic films as Frankenstein, Dracula and The Mummy, and creating legendary stars like Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi in the process.

Zack Snyder Exits 'Justice League' Following Family Tragedy, Joss Whedon to Take Over With post-production well underway, Justice League is on schedule to hit theaters in November, but the DC superhero epic will have to enter the homestretch without Zack Snyder. The director is officially stepping away from the film to tend to a deeply personal family tragedy, as Snyder, along with wife and creative partner Deborah, cope with the sudden loss of their daughter. Continue reading…

Tom Holland Cast as 'Uncharted's Nathan Drake Well I guess if anyone has experience among thieves, it’s Spider-Man. Continue reading…

Making Wonder Woman’s Shield With the Wonder Woman movie less than two weeks away, the folks at Baltimore Knife and Sword lead by Kerry Stagmer and Matt Stagmer try to put together Wonder Woman’s shield by hand. Man At Arms have done a lot of movie weapons over the years, but this is the first time I remember them making a shield, which is a very different process including putting in the eagle relief and the lettering around the edge. This particular design looks more like the one from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Making Wonder Woman’s Shield

Review: TWIN PEAKS: THE RETURN, First 4 Episodes Dazzle, Confound, Delight Gorgeous to behold and wonderfully idiosyncratic, Twin Peaks: The Return is nothing like I expected and everything I wanted. The first four episodes were unveiled last night on the Showtime premium network in the U.S. As I recently explained, I feel a very personal connection to the original series, which first ran about 27 years ago. Watching the entire first season and the first nine episodes of the second season (17 in all) over the weekend left me in a melancholy, nostalgic mood, so I stopped my binging for a few hours and, once again, cursed my timing.

Universal’s Monster Movie Universe is Officially the Dark Universe Leading up to the theatrical release of Universal Pictures Monster Movie Universe production The Mummy early next month, the latest word has the newly-founded cinematic universe being labeled as the Dark Universe.

The Resident Evil series will live on with a six-movie reboot In the words of MacGruber: “Never ever say never ever.” The RESIDENT EVIL series seems to embrace that in stride as the recent FINAL CHAPTER was intended to come with a giant asterisk in the title, given the studio that produces the franchise has already announced a reboot is in the works. While speaking to Variety at Cannes, Martin Moszkowicz of the German-owned Constain Film confirmed that... Read More...

The New 'Pirates of the Caribbean' Will Be the First Movie Released in the U.S. in the ScreenX Format The movies are getting bigger all the time — quite literally in the case of ScreenX, a new theatrical format from Korean company CJ 4DPLEX, the same company behind the 4DX technology you may have already seen invade your local multiplex. (We wrote about that experience here.) ScreenX is described as a “270-degree panoramic film viewing experience within a theater setting,” where in addition to the standard screen at the front of the house there are two additional screens, one on either side. Here’s an image of what it looks like: Continue reading…

Destroy All Monsters: Hell Is The Human Race In ALIEN: COVENANT Spoilers. "Mortal, after all," crows the android David (Michael Fassbender) in Prometheus, upon discovering that the "gods" his crew has sought - the Engineers - can in fact be killed. In Alien: Covenant we learn that David took his name from Michelangelo's eponymous statue, a metatextual irony, given that the Engineers in Prometheus were designed by the filmmakers to resemble that exact Platonic ideal. Having cemented the connection between David, created by humans, and the Engineers, who created humanity, David moves in Covenant to sever the link.

‘Game of Thrones’ Season 7 Images Feature Scheming and Scowling and a Big ‘Ol Dragon A few months ago, we heard that the dragons in Game of Thrones season 7 would be the size of 747 jet airliners. Now, a batch of images from the penultimate season of HBO’s flagship series have revealed the dragons and they don’t appear to be quite as big as 747s.

Mel Brooks: Star Wars Revival Has Restarted Spaceballs 2 Talks The resurgence in Star Wars popularity and success has reignited talks about making Spaceballs 2. Legendary filmmaker Mel Brooks has made a name for himself by creating some of the most outlandish parodies and satires over the years, as well as creating the comedy series Get Smart.

‘Angry Birds 2’ Will Fling Itself Into an Unstable Structure in 2019 The Angry Birds Movie was only a modest hit at the domestic box office last year, but its international haul seemingly pleased the accountants at Sony. The studio has announced a sequel for 2019, just in case you need more stories about flightless birds voiced by comedians being flung in the direction of green pigs who live in poorly designed towers. Angry Birds 2 (which will probably have a different title at some point) will open on September 20, 2019, marking the ten-year anniversary of Rovio’s original Angry Birds mobile game.

Netflix Lands Ava DuVernay Film Starring Rihanna & Lupita Nyong’o Netflix has landed a high-profile buddy movie directed by Ava DuVernay and starring Rihanna and Lupita Nyong’o. The project was born as an internet meme in April, when a photo of Rihanna and Nyong’o in the front row of a Miu Miu fashion show went viral.

American Gods 'Git Gone' Recap Credit Starz The episode opens to an Egyptian-themed casino somewhere in America. The camera pans over the casino floor, glancing upon the employees and tourists walking about. The camera lands on a Blackjack table with its dealer, Laura. She finishes her shift at the table learning that the casino will soon have machines shuffling cards for her; she is not amused.

All the Guardians of the Galaxy 2 Nathan Fillion Posters Released Following numerous teases over the past year, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 writer and director James Gunn has finally released all of Nathan Fillion’s movie posters as Simon Williams. Though Alien: Covenant took the box office this past weekend, the second Guardians film continues to dominate at home and abroad. Not only did the new film bring back the action and comedy of the first movie, but reunited the team and a number of their frenemies. On top of that, but the film was packed full of new characters and cameos pulled straight from the page.

The Internet Reacts To: Donald Trump, Saudi Arabia, And The Orb (Btw, It’s Obama’s Fault) It’s already been called the greatest “caption this” photo ever taken. Even in strange days, this particular presidential image will linger in our collective imaginations for a long, long time.  In case you’re interested in the actual details, it’s this: President Donald Trump and Saudi Arabia’s King Salman participated in a photo-op opening ceremony for the new state-of-the-art center in Riyadh, called the Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideologies.

Season 2 of Preacher is just a month and change away, and we have a new batch of character banners which spotlight our trio of returning antiheroes, along with The Saint of Killers and Arseface...

Adam Sandler Gets Rave Reviews for His Latest Performance at the Cannes Film Festival Adam Sandler has become an easy punching bag as he continues to make awful to mediocre comedies to fuel not just his career, but also the careers of his less talented comedian friends. But every now and then, Sandler reminds us that he can be a really good actor when taking roles in films like Punch-Drunk Love, Reign Over Me, Spanglish and to some extent, Funny People.

Over the past few years, more and more high-profile film directors have been fleeing the uncertain world of cinema in favor of longform television shows. David Fincher, Cary Fukunaga, Steven Soderbergh, Woody Allen, David O.

The Flagship City International Film Festival just announced their 2017 winners and amongst them is Irish actress Dervla Kirwan who stars in the dark thriller Red directed by Branko Tomovic. Red is set in the underground world of illegal organ smuggling, the so-called red market. Niklas, a surgeon who lives a life of solitude and is tormented by self hatred, performs regular illegal surgeries for the red market. He works together with Mia, a young prostitute who lures her clients in and drugs them.

Summer 2017 Box Office is Down From 2016 So Far Thanks to disappointing debuts from a couple of high profile films this month, the summer box office is already down 10 percent from a year ago. Summertime is traditionally one of the most lucrative times of the year at the movie box office, as studios start to roll out films in May to entice audiences into theaters as the weather gets nicer and schools start to empty out for a few months.

It looks like there will be three openings on the Saturday Night Live cast next season. Following the expected departures of longtime cast members Bobby Moynihan and Vanessa Bayer, which were reported prior to last weekend’s season finale, Sasheer Zamata has also left the show, according to a report from Entertainment Tonight. Zamata is the newest member of the cast of the three, having joined in 2014.

Brad Pitt And David Michôd’s ‘War Machine’ Is An Absurd, Tragicomic Home Run Netflix In order to fully appreciate how great Brad Pitt and David Michôd’s new Netflix original movie, War Machine, is, you first have to understand this project’s degree of difficulty. In the first place, it’s a movie adaptation of a narrative non-fiction book (Michael Hastings’ The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War on Afghanistan). One need only see the filmic incarnations of Unbroken, Lost City Of Z, The Blind Side, Moneyball, et al to grasp how hard that is to pull off.

As much as I'd like to include some of my more um ... colorful college-related stories in this article, doing so would more than likely result in my immediate termination fromt the site, so I'll just leave it all to your wild imaginations, yeah? Let's just say I spent a fair amount of time watching THE DARK CRYSTAL, BREAKIN' 2, and LEGEND while partaking... Read More...

Back in the day, like many other adolescent boys and girls, I had the biggest crush on Christina Ricci. Oh how my little black heart melted the first time I saw her in the role of Wednesday Addams for Barry Sonnenfeld's 1991 comedy classic THE ADDAMS FAMILY. For me, Ricci's deadpan delivery, chilling dialogue, and penchant for violence acted as fule for the fire that had ignited... Read More...

‘The Killing of a Sacred Deer’ Review: A More Consistent Lanthimos While Yorgos Lanthimos’s second English language film can’t quite match The Lobster in several regards, it still paints Lanthimos as one of the most promising and distinctive auteurs working in film today. After a snippet of Schubert’s Stabat Mater against a dark screen, The Killing of a Sacred Deer opens with a close-up of a human heart, exposed in the final stages of surgery. This first shot is incredibly indicative of the film that follows: precise and invasive, graphic yet sterile, unapologetically clinical, and arguably difficult to watch.

Stan Lee has teased the arrival of a major new character in Avengers: Infinity War. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is still riding high at the box office, well on its way to grossing $1 billion before its cinematic run is over. In fact, Marvel is still enjoying the kind of success that everyone wants to emulate. With several movies lined up for release through 2020, including this year’s Thor: Ragnarok, and 2018’s Black Panther, the MCU shows no signs of slowing.

The start of 2017 wasn’t a good one for the credibility of the DC Extended Universe. While fans, by and large, may not have been thrilled with the outcome of Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad, many rested their faith on the fact that Ben Affleck would be helming the hotly-anticipated standalone Batman film.

Jordan Peele astounded audiences and studios alike with his directorial debut Get Out, and, unsurprisingly, has gotten himself another, way bigger deal with Universal Pictures. His next film has no title and no plot (that we know of) yet, but it does finally have a release date — and we won’t have to wait that long: Universal announced that Peele’s next movie will hit theaters March 15, 2019. Continue reading…

Hellboy: Ron Perlman On What The Third Film Would Have Been About Late last year, Guillermo del Toro took to social media to gauge interest in a potential Hellboy III. For years, fans have been hungry to see actor Ron Perlman return to the fold as the red-skinned comic book hero. Sadly, however, although del Toro gathered enough interest to initiate talks, it seems as though the historically muted performance of the previous films were just too much to overcome.

Black Mirror season 3 was one of my favorite things I watched in 2016 and Netflix is the perfect home for a show so unsettling that you can’t look away (or take breaks between episodes). While the big-hearted and romantic “San Junipero” was the best episode of the entire series so far, it sounds like season 4 will once again deliver the show’s trademark pessimistic outlook on the near future.

T.J. Miller will get an expanded role in Deadpool 2 as shooting on the anticipated sequel begins this August.

Universal Pictures has slated Jordan Peele’s next film for a March 15, 2019 release. The still-untitled social thriller will be the first project to come from the first look deal Peele recently inked with Universal.

Luke Cage and Iron Fist are a legendary pair in the comics known as the Heroes for Hire. However, Luke Cage and Danny Rand might exist in the same universe now but they haven’t met yet but they will this August in Marvel’s The Defenders. We got to see them interact a little in the trailer but nothing like the dynamic that made them such an amazing pair in the comics. Ever since Marvel announced plans to bring Luke and Danny to the small screen fans have been wondering if we are going to get to see a variation of the Heroes for Hire.

Summary: After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. War for the Planet of the Apes will be released on July 14th. New War For The Planet Of The Apes TV Spot Rallies That “Apes Stronger Together”

Some footage from the first trailer for Inhumans has found its way online today and it offers up a look at Black Bolt teleporting alongside Lockjaw and the royal family sitting down to dinner...

A new piece of promo art for Spider-Man: Homecoming has found its way online today and it offers up a look at the wall-crawler going to war with a very different looking Shocker. Check it out...

Some photos from the Australian set of Aquaman take us to an iconic comic book location and offer up some hints about both what's to come and what looks like it will be a key action sequence...

This past weekend saw the opening of the Hero Complex Gallery‘s latest exhibition: Blacklight. The Blacklight show featured dozens of fluorescent and blacklight reactive artwork, which means we’re talking about some bright, electric and neon tributes by extremely talented artists to some of your favorite movies and TV shows.

Cannes 2017 Review: FACES PLACES, A Delightful and Poignant Capture of Working Life The Grand Dame of French cinema, Agnès Varda's work has ranged from the New Wave in Cleo from 5 to 7, to feminism and friendship in One Sings, The Other Doesn't, to documenting the life of the poor in The Gleaners and I.

Clint Eastwood, Still Unforgiven? Clint Eastwood was at Cannes this weekend to help present the restored edition of Unforgiven on that film’s 25th anniversary. He was interviewed for an hour-long ‘master class’ on film while he was there, which has been widely quoted for the ‘politically correct’ commentary as he was talking about Dirty Harry. Despite an impressive list of credits as both actor and director, Eastwood’s politics are what make the headlines these days, because of the infamous Empty Chair, and some comments about supporting Trump last year among other things.

By now, moviegoers the world over are familiar with the blockbuster historical romance that is Titanic from 1997 as directed by James Cameron – and one viewer has taken it upon himself to sue Cameron for wrongfully using his likeness in the creation of Jack Dawson, as portrayed in the film by Leonardo DiCaprio.

Hayden Christensen stars as a former soldier who believes the world is coming to an end in the new trailer for Numb, At the Edge of the End.

A new video from the Fawley Power Station set reveals Han Solo racing a podcar speeder in the next Star Wars Story.

Cannes 2017 Review: THE DAY AFTER Offers Bitter Portrait of Infidelity Returning to black and white for the first time since The Day He Arrives (which screened in Director's Fortnight in 2011), Hong Sangsoo returns to the Cannes competition section with The Day After, a focused rumination on love and betrayal which is, much like his other 2017 films On the Beach at Night Alone and fellow Cannes-invitee Claire's Camera, an act of bitter self-reflection. A literary critic and small publishing house boss is confronted by his wife, who believes him to be pursuing an affair with his employee.

Snark all you want about Adam Sandler's live-action efforts of the past few years, but if you're going to hang out with me, you had best curb your jeers when it comes to the HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA films. That's right, I said it. Straight up, I genuinely adore both films in the franchise, and I'm very excited that Corus... Read More...

It may not have hit the heights of its older sibling, but Fear the Walking Dead is still chugging along as it explores the zombie apocalypse taking place on the opposite side of the country. Although the series began by exploring the very beginnings of the zombie outbreak, Fear the Walking Dead feels as though it's moving a little too quickly to catch up with the original series.... Read More...

Box Office

  • 1. Alien: Covenant
    Gross: $36,000,000
    Total: $36,000,000
  • 2. Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2
    Gross: $35,062,000
    Total: $301,799,474
  • 3. Everything, Everything
    Gross: $12,000,000
    Total: $12,000,000
  • 4. Snatched
    Gross: $7,600,000
    Total: $32,782,600
  • 5. Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul
    Gross: $7,200,000
    Total: $7,200,000

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