Top Movie News for August 27, 2016

‘Beauty and the Beast’ Concept Art Provides First Look at Mrs. Potts, Chip & More Even though a teaser trailer for Beauty and the Beast debuted some time ago, we’ve still yet to see much from the live-action adaptation of Disney’s animated take on the classic tale. Thankfully, yesterday gave us out first look at Lumiere and Cogsworth in their cursed form as a candelabra and a clock, giving us some imagery to go along with the respective voices of Ewan McGregor and Ian McKellen.

You Have Chris Pratt to Thank for Kurt Russell's Role in 'Guardians of the Galaxy' If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times: whenever you need to cast someone as a giant floating face planet, get Kurt Russell. Russell has long been one of our most self-deprecating movie stars, an immensely talented actor with movie star looks who, for some wonderful reason, always preferred to play the buffoon over the action hero. Movies like Big Trouble in Little China and even the more recent The Hateful Eight reveal that Russell is never happier than when making fun of his movie star persona. Continue reading…

Star Wars: New Rogue One Stills Released Lucasfilm is starting to double down on the marketing efforts for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which hits theaters this December. Earlier this month, the full-length trailer was released to an enthusiastic response, and in the weeks since, more news about the film has come out. Director Gareth Edwards has explained the multiple meanings of the title, members of the cast have reaffirmed the grimy, war drama tone the movie is going for, and some first looks at a handful of tie-in toys were revealed.

Captain America: Civil War Promo Shows Making Of the Airport Battle Once the promotional campaign for Captain America: Civil War, we started to see glimpses of what everybody wanted to see out of the movie – all of our favorite heroes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe fighting one another. The prolonged sequence, shot exclusively in IMAX, became known as the splash page sequence for the movie, referencing the giant panels that fill entire pages in a comic book.

Suicide Squad End Credits & VFX Reel Have a Better Look at Easter Eggs The VFX company behind the Suicide Squad end credits scene has revealed the video with a better look at the character intros.

BREAKING BAD's Giancarlo Esposito Turned Down A Marvel Role Due To Division Between Film And TV Studios Breaking Bad and The Jungle Book star Giancarlo Esposito is hoping to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but it turns out that he has no interest in doing so if whoever he plays won't be seen on the big screen. In fact, he's actually spoken to Marvel TV about an unknown role, but turned their offer down after learning that his character wouldn't end up making the leap to the movie side of things.  "I know the Marvel world exists on the Disney lot. I love those guys at Marvel," he says.

Entertainment Weekly reports that NBC is developing a new series based on the myth of Noah’s Ark, but set in the modern day.

Nate Parker Addresses 1999 Rape Allegations: ‘I Knew That No Meant No, But That’s It’ “Birth of a Nation” director Nate Parker says in an interview with Ebony that his awareness and consciousness about consent have changed since he was acquitted of rape while a college student. The discussion of his upcoming film, about Nat Turner’s slave rebellion, has been largely sidelined by debate about the case, which involved Parker, “Birth” co-writer Jean McGianni Celestin and a female student at Penn State University.

DOCTOR STRANGE: Another Villain Revealed? Plus Clip and Motion Poster Are All Kinds Of Psychedelic So it sounds like Mads Mikkelsen's Kaecilius won't be the only villain rearing his silver-speckled head in Doctor Strange, the next film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. On a recent episode of Harmontown, the podcast for Community creator Dan Harmon (who is known to have done some rewrites for Doctor Strange), the writer pulled up a list of files on his computer.

Sam Mendes Closes in On Live-Action James and the Giant Peach According to Deadline Skyfall and Spectre helmer Sam Mendes is in early talks to direct a live-action adaptation of Disney’s James and the Giant Peach. But wait a minute, wasn’t James and the Giant Peach already partially live-action? Why yes it was, you are completely right. Then again, Disney made a live-action The Jungle Book in […] Read Sam Mendes Closes in On Live-Action James and the Giant Peach on Filmonic.


Review: Hands of Stone

JoBlo - Fri, 2016-08-26 11:41

Review: Hands of Stone PLOT: The rollercoaster life of Panamanian boxer Roberto Duran includes rising up from the streets of Panama to become one of the greatest fighters of his time, his friendship with trainer Ray Arcel and his rivalry with American showboat Sugar Ray Leonard. REVIEW: Roberto Duran is such a dynamic, fascinating figure, it's hard to believe it took this long to bring his vivacious personality to... Read More...

A Dog's Purpose trailer takes talking animal movies to a whole new level It's National Dog Day today apparently, as learned via the numerous posts about it clogging up my Twitter feed. As a result, Universal saw this as the perfect opportunity to serve up a trailer for A DOG'S PURPOSE, the latest in a long tradition of talking animal movies. However, upon closer look at Lasse Hallström's film, there's something more... Read More...

SICARIO Composer Jóhann Jóhannsson Set To Re-Team With Denis Villeneuve For BLADE RUNNER Sequel In a recent interview (via Film Music Reporter) with the Icelandic radio station RUV, composer Jóhann Jóhannsson revealed to them that he will indeed be reuniting with director Denis Villeneuve to score his upcoming Blade Runner sequel, which stars Harrison Ford & Ryan Gosling in the lead roles. Plot details for the yet-to-be titled Warner Bros. film are pretty much nonexistent at this point, but the film is due out in theaters October 2017, so we should be learning more relatively soon.

Thor: Ragnarok Set Photos Tease Loki’s Costume & New Character [Warning: Potential SPOILERS for Thor: Ragnarok ahead.] – Since helping to save the day (again) in Avengers: Age of Ultron, Thor of Asgard has been noticeably absent from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. All is not well with the Nine Realms, though, especially with Loki (Tom Hiddleston) on the throne and the cataclysmic events of Thor: Ragnarok on the way. With filming wrapping up in Brisbane, Australia, which doubled for New York City, the Ragnarok cast and crew are moving back to the Gold Coast.

‘Don’t Breathe’ Can Exhale, on Track to Double Expectations With $22 Million Opening After three straight weekends at No. 1, Warner Bros. comic book hit “Suicide Squad” is finally going down — and landing harder than initially expected. Screen Gems and Stage 6 Films horror thriller “Don’t Breathe” has gained a huge amount of momentum and is poised to double initial expectations to end the weekend close to $22 million.

Summer 2016 Box Office Take is Up From Summer 2015 This summer was packed with indie surprises and plenty of big blockbusters, but looking at box office earnings for the year in combination with critical reception of some of the bigger movies, it would be easy to look upon the summer of 2016 as more of a failure than a success. Finding Dory has been one of the bigger performers of the summer, but there have not been many other films that have had the same pull.

Marvel and Sony are deep into production on their first joint collaboration following the deal to bring Spider-Man back under the Marvel umbrella for the first time since the Marvel Cinematic Universe began. Tom Holland has already made his debut as Peter Parker in Captain America: Civil War, but next year he will be the lead in Spider-Man: Homecoming. He has been surrounded by a young and diverse cast of school mates, as well as Michael Keaton as the villain, and Robert Downey Jr.

What's Expiring From Netflix: September 2016 September is bringing a whole slew of new titles to Netflix Instant, but that also means a bunch are on their way out. You know you need to weep to ‘A Walk to Remember’ one more time, but you also better cross ‘The Bridge on the River Kwai’ off your list before it’s gone for good. Just make sure you leave time for a double feature of ‘Zoolander’ and ‘Crocodile Dundee.’ Also what the heck is ‘My Babysitter’s a Vampire: The Movie?’ I don’t know, but I think you need to add it to your queue immediately before you miss this opportunity. Continue reading…

We're Going Into the Woods in the New Trailer for 'Blair Witch' It’s back to the woods we go in the newest trailer for ‘Blair Witch,’ the surprise sequel to The Blair Witch Project that had one of the coolest reveals in recent memory. Marketed as simply ‘The Woods,’ the film had an early screening at San Diego Comic Con, at which the real title and connection to the original film was announced. When the audience exited the theater after it was over, they saw that during the screening the big poster advertising ‘The Woods’ had been swapped for a ‘Blair Witch’ poster. Continue reading…

Sometimes, when you have a surprise hit on your hands, you get a little bit of freedom to go outside the box with your casting choices on the sequels. That seems to be the approach taken by the producers of Deadpool 2, anyways. A few weeks ago, we wrote about the rumors that Kyle Chander and Mackenzie Davis were atop the wishlist for Cable and Domino, respectively, in the next Deadpool movie. And now Davis has spoken openly about her lack of conversations regarding the role. Continue reading…

I saw I Am Not a Serial Killer at the SXSW Film Festival earlier this year and it was one of the most pleasant surprises of the fest. A throwback horror movie that never feels the need to wink or nudge, Billy O’Brien‘s film is slick, sick, and deeply interested in the humanity that lurks behind a monster (and vice versa). It also features the great Christopher Lloyd in his best role in years, playing the elderly neighbor and friend to a teenage sociopath who finds himself pursuing a serial killer in his rural town. I was able to speak with Mr.

There may be no movie more qualified to illustrate the often-heard complaint that “They don’t make movies like this anymore” than The Big Chill. Lawrence Kasdan’s earnest, talky 1983 drama features adults discussing the intricacies of themselves, each other, their feelings, and life itself...B

While appearing at the Edinburgh Television Festival yesterday, Gotham executive producer Bruno Heller offered an opinion that may be considered unpopular around these parts: superheroes do not work on television. “Probably because of the costume thing,” he continued, according to The Hollywood Reporter (via Heroic Hollywood).

Review: 'Mechanic: Resurrection': EW review In the interest of full disclosure, let me come right out and admit that I have a soft spot for Jason Statham movies. There’s something about his bespoke brand of squinty, bareknuckle beat-downs that speaks to me in the same dog-whistle pitch that the Fast and the Furious flicks or the...C-

Netflix has released a new clip for the upcoming release of Marvel’s Luke Cage. We’ve seen parts of this clip in the trailer, but here Luke Cage (Mike Colter) walks into a gym and confronts the bad guys who he easily knocks away. Then, when they draw down on him, he comments that they obviously haven’t heard about him. Marvel’s Luke Cage premiere’s on September 30th. Luke Cage Is Sick Of Having To Buy New Clothes

If you’re anything like me, it’s probably been a while since you were really excited for a Tim Burton movie. While movies like Big Eyes, Dark Shadows, and Alice in Wonderland all did either OK with critics or at the box office, Burton has made too many wonderful movies in his career for “OK” to feel like anything other than a disappointment. Thankfully, Burton seems to be back on track with Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children, a YA adaptation that brings together the conflict of the X-Men with the sense of childish wonder that only Burton can bring to bear. Continue reading…

Don't Breathe, the second feature film from Uruguayan writer-director Fede Alvarez (of 2013's Evil Dead reboot) produced by legendary filmmaker Sam Raimi, is the depraved offspring of Sofia Coppola's The Bling Ring and Wes Craven's The People Under the Stairs. It's about a group of teens who try to rob a blind man's house, only to discover he's not as passive as they expected.

Denzel Washington Circling Nightcrawler Director’s Next Film In 2014, writer/director Dan Gilroy gained a lot of attention for his drama Nightcrawler, which told the story of aspiring crime journalist Lou Bloom (Jake Gyllenhaal) and the immoral lengths he would go to to make a name (and money) for himself. The film received a plethora of accolades, including a Best Original Screenplay Oscar nomination for Gilroy.

The Bruce Willis lead remake of the 1974 film Death Wish has added two more actors. Vincent D’Onofrio (Marvel’s Daredevil) and Dean Norris (Breaking Bad) have signed on to the new Eli Roth adaptation of the book by Brian Garfield. The story follows a man named Paul Kersey (Willis) whose world is destroyed by a violent crime against his wife and daughter. When the criminals are not brought to justice, Kersey takes to the streets to hunt them himself. Charles Bronson played Kersey the first time and in four sequels over twenty years.

You probably had no idea today was National Dog Day until you signed on to Twitter or Facebook this morning, but no matter — it’s as good an excuse as any for Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment to drop the first A Dog’s Purpose trailer. Josh Gad voices a dog who keeps getting reincarnated and, over the course of his many lives, finds meaning in his relationships with various humans played by Dennis Quaid, K.J. Apa, John Ortiz, and more. Is that cute or creepy?

Jason Bourne 3D Screenings in China Draw Backlash The concept of 3D filmmaking has seen a surge in popularity over the past few years, but the trend now appears to be in decline. Of course, this decline shouldn’t surprise anyone, as the popularity of 3D filmmaking has both risen and declined since its arrival in mainstream movie theaters over sixty years ago.

By Will Romine, Age 32 Hi everyone!  Remember last week when I told you that I got a peek of the latest episode of Fear the Walking Dead?  Well, this week is no different.  I got a good look at tomorrow’s episode and I have to say, Fear is packing a lot of storytelling into the back half of season 2. Last episode focused almost exclusively on Nick (Frank Dillane) and this episode picks up right where we left him.  He is in a makeshift hospital recovering from his wounds and explores the larger world of post-outbreak Mexico.

Producer Harvey Weinstein sees awards potential in Lion, one of the two contenders he’s betting on this fall. The other awards hopeful film coming from TWC, in Harvey Weinstein’s eyes, is The Founder, based on the life of Ray Kroc. While that biopic is about a man driven by greed, Lion is a more kind-hearted and inspiring tale, about a man (Dev Patel) searching for his family. Below, watch the Lion trailer. Starring alongside Patel are Rooney Mara, Nicole Kidman, and (an actor I’m always delighted to see) David Wenham.

NBC’s Parks and Recreation ended at the exact right time, but that doesn’t mean we don’t miss it now that it’s gone. So if you’re still in mourning, you may find some comfort in the new trailer for My Blind Brother. Sophie Goodhart‘s indie drama stars not one, not two, but three former Pawneeans caught in a love triangle. Nick Kroll, the former Douche, gets to play the nice guy this time, while Adam Scott steps up as the douchey one.

Batman Superfan’s Cosplay Costume Sets a Guinness World Record (Video) Batman is now a Guinness World Record holder. Or rather, a guy who wishes he was Batman. Julian Checkley built an incredibly detailed Batman cosplay that is so good, it set a world record for the most functional gadgets on a cosplay suit. He will be immortalized in the upcoming Guinness World Records Gamer’s Edition 2017, which comes out in September. Checkley, a special creature effects expert, designed the get up based on the “Arkham Origins” video game.

A sequel to "The Angry Birds Movie" is being planned by the app creator Rovio Entertainment. Plus: more of the latest animation news in this installment of AnimationFix.

In many ways, John Krasinski’s second directorial effort is your standard Sundance fare. There’s an anxious man struggling to find his way as he returns to his hometown after years in the Big Apple. There’s the eclectic, dysfunctional family (with names like Don, John, and Ron) grappling with a...B

Australian sci-fi thriller Restoration is set in a near-future world where humans have their memories downloaded for backup, and one man awakes after a routine backup with his memories restored into a body that is not his own.

Time for some rapid-fire rumors to fuel your weekend conversations. As always, take a pinch of salt with what these bits of information might mean and never forget Constable Zuvio … even if Star Wars: The Force Awakens did. Spoilers are possible if any of the following are true. 1.) According to The Wrap’s Umberto Gonzales (via Reddit), a Green Lantern will be the seventh member of the team when Justice League is released next year. Granted, he revealed this almost in passing during a Periscope chat (at 20:20 of the following video), but what is the League without a Green Lantern.

Brad Grey is not in danger of losing his job as chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures in the midst of the ongoing Viacom legal turmoil, according to Viacom interim CEO Tom Dooley and Sumner Redstone’s board member daughter Shari Redstone. “Shari, Tom and the Board remain fully supportive of Brad and his leadership of the studio,” the group said in a statement. “Under Brad’s leadership, Paramount has taken significant, successful steps to broaden and strengthen its business, and we are confident that Brad and his team have the skills, relationships and resources n

‘Ocean’s Eleven’ Spinoff Counts in Sarah Paulson Ocean’s Ocho continues to add to its all-star lineup. Along with Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Rihanna, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Mindy Kaling, and Awkwafina, Sarah Paulson is now in talks to join the Ocean’s Eleven spinoff. Gary Ross is set to direct from a script he wrote with Olivia Milch, while Steven Soderbergh (who directed the 2001 Ocean’s Eleven) will produce.  As previously reported, Ocean’s Ocho stars Bullock as the sister of Danny Ocean, George Clooney’s character from Soderbergh’s Ocean’s Eleven.

There is a new kid on the block in Philadelphia, an upstart film festival with a lineup of film oddities that will satisfy the appetite of most fantastic cinema fans. The Phliadelphia Unnamed Film Festival starts off its first year this October, an excellent time of year to get you in the mood for Halloween.    The new film We Go On from the makers of Yellow Brick Road will screen during the festival. Exploitation director Kurando Mitsutake's follow up to Gun Woman, Karate Kill is also part of the lineup.

Tom Hiddleston‘s Instagram page was hacked on Friday morning, with the perpetrator posting screen shots of other Snapchat accounts to the actor’s social media account. According to the New York Daily News, the hacker used the moniker “Mr.

Mike Myers is interested in seeing what Wayne looks like at 50 in Wayne's World 3.

"That nutty old man is my father." GKids has debuted a trailer for the animated film called Miss Hokusai, which opened in Japan in 2015 and played at numerous film festivals last year. The film is about the life and works of Japanese artist and ukiyo-e painter Katsushika Hokusai, also known as Tetsuzo, as seen from the eyes of his daughter, Katsushika O-Ei. You all know his work because Hokusai painted the very famous piece known as "The Great Wave off Kanagawa". The voice cast includes Anne Watanabe as O-Ei, Yutaka Matsushige as Hokusai, plus Kumiko Asô, Gaku Hamada and Kengo Kôra.

As far as sequels go, Roland Emmerich's Independence Day: Resurgence, which brought back stars Jeff Goldblum & Bill Pullman and teamed them with newcomers Liam Hemsworth, Jessie Usher, & Maika Monroe, didn't quite hit the mark with critics or with fans of the original 1996 blockbuster. It ultimately finished its box office run with a fairly underwhelming $382 million on a $165 million budget.  Earlier this week, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment officially detailed the film's upcoming home video release.

Some cliche somewhere said that 'a picture is worth a thousand words.' This has proven to be the case for me and especially when it comes to fan art. I have always sought out great fan art and have wanted to share it with as many people as possible. "Awesome Artwork We've Found Around The Net" is the outlet for that passion. In this column I will showcase the... Read More...

The folks behind 24: Legacy have made one thing clear about the series: it’s not a reboot, it’s an expansion. The consensus after 24: Live Another Day was that Jack Bauer’s story was, at least for now, over, and it was time to move on and find a new hero. That new hero is Eric Carter (Corey Hawkins), an ex-Army Ranger whose past comes back to haunt him. We did hear it was a possibility to see more of Jack Bauer, although the actor wasn’t confident about that, but will fans ever see Chloe (Mary Lynn Rajskub) return?

In this sneak peek for the next episode of AMC’s Geeking Out, Kevin Smith and Greg Grunberg talk with Deadpool co-writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick as they explain how they convinced Bill Murray to be in Zombieland. Just How Did Bill Murray End Up In Zombieland…

Reese Witherspoon is seriously thinking about a return as Elle Woods in Legally Blonde 3 and wants to do Sweet Home Alabama 2.

I’m not really sure how audiences feel about filmmaker Harmony Korine. Critics certainly love his work; in the recent BBC poll of the greatest films of the 21st century, Korine’s 2012 millenial anthem Spring Breakers placed 74th on the list, ahead of notable movies such as The Wolf of Wall Street and Finding Nemo. This was despite the fact that Spring Breakers has an IMDb user score of 5.3, a quick and easy way to measure general audience opinions (and easily the lowest for all the movies on the BBC list). Continue reading…

A United Kingdom is like a trifecta of talents who seem like they should be much bigger than they are. In the lead roles it has Rosamund Pike and David Oyelowo, who gave two of the best performances of 2014, and behind the camera it’s got Amma Asante, who delivered the smart period drama Belle that same year. While none of them are at household name status quite yet, all three are worth keeping an eye on.

Box Office

  • 1. Suicide Squad
    Gross: $20,855,401
    Total: $262,428,736
  • 2. Sausage Party
    Gross: $15,485,577
    Total: $65,486,596
  • 3. War Dogs
    Gross: $14,685,305
    Total: $14,685,305
  • 4. Kubo And The Two Strings
    Gross: $12,608,372
    Total: $12,608,372
  • 5. Pete's Dragon
    Gross: $11,349,938
    Total: $42,911,207

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