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Rogue One Early Reactions Tease Strong Star Wars Standalone Film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has had more question marks hovering over it than one would typically expect from a Star Wars movie, being the first feature film set outside the continuity of the main series and taking on a different tone and aesthetic in order to differentiate itself. Although Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens revived the beloved sci-fi adventure franchise by continuing the main saga, Rogue One is the first of Disney and Lucasfilm’s spinoff films.

Tom Holland on Spider-Man’s Scariest Action Scene The Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer gave fans a first look at the reboot’s tone for what is expected to be the first in yet another trilogy focused on the world’s most famous web-slinger. With the announcement of Homecoming‘s sequel set to hit theaters in July 2019, the Spider-Man franchise has been given a shot in the arm with it’s entirely new cast.

The Flash Will Add Another Former Justice League Detroit Hero After the Flash the other night, there was a CW Fan Fest Q&A that featured Danielle Panabaker and Carlos Valdez. Valdez told of how the team will be joining together to try and stop Savitar from killing Iris West.

Tim Miller Clears Up Rumors About Why He Left ‘Deadpool 2’ It’s unfortunate Tim Miller isn’t returning to the director’s chair for Deadpool. Following his departure, rumors began to swirl around about why 20th Century Fox and the director parted ways. A budget dispute was a big rumor, but Miller denies that along with a few other rumors. Below, Tim Miller talks Deadpool 2 to clear up some of the misinformation out there. A part of Deadpool‘s charm is that it’s a smaller-scale, character-driven comic book movie without any huge city blocks getting demolished.

Al Gore's 'An Inconvenient Truth' Gets a Sequel Just in Time for Sundance Al Gore is one of those people who gets me thinking about legacy. When Gore’s time on the earth comes to a close, how will he be remembered? As a solid vice president who lost one of the most hotly disputed elections of all time? Or as a champion of environmental conservationism? From the outside, it certainly appears that Gore is angling for the latter.

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 Trailer High-Res Image Gallery It’s almost hard to remember a time now when Guardians of the Galaxy‘s chances of Box Office success seemed like a longshot, but the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s lovable losers were essentially nobodies before their movie was announced. Now they’re one of Marvel’s most popular franchises with a sequel on the way that won’t even bother itself with connecting to the larger MCU.

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Andy Serkis Compares Planet of the Apes Series to Boyhood Six years will have passed since Andy Serkis first played the genetically-altered ape Caesar in Rise of the Planet of the Apes, by the time that War for the Planet of the Apes – the third installment in the rebooted Planet of the Apes series – reaches theaters in 2017. Serkis has continued to hone his motion-capture acting craft in the franchise and with other roles, such as that of Supreme Leader Snoke in the Star Wars movies.

Alien: Covenant to Reunite James Franco and Danny McBride? A new rumor claims that James Franco is the captain of the Covenant ship in Ridley Scott's new Alien prequel.

Silence Early Reviews: Martin Scorsese’s Drama is a Work of Passion Despite the year ending soon, there are still a number of notable films that have yet to be released in 2016. Among these is Martin Scorsese’s Silence, starring Adam Driver, Andrew Garfield, and Liam Neeson.

Office Christmas Party Tops Moana at the Box Office With only one film receiving a release in over 3,000 theaters, this weekend was always going to be a slow one at the box office. Heading in, the expectation was that Disney’s Moana would once again top the box office in its third week of release. With Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them entering its fourth weekend, the only real competition for Moana was the R-rated comedy Office Christmas Party, starring Jason Bateman, T.J. Miller, and Jennifer Aniston. The R-rated comedy carries an estimated budget of $45 million and features a large ensemble cast of comedic actors.

Why Did Will Smith Choose Suicide Squad Over Independence Day 2? Will Smith explains why Suicide Squad seemed like a better move for his career than going backwards in ID4 2.

Gareth Edwards sheds more light on those Rogue One reshoots Whenever it's announced that a film is undergoing reshoots, there's a part of us that goes "uh oh" despite knowing that reshoots are nothing out of the ordinary, especially for blockbuster fare like ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY. Earlier this year the upcoming STAR WARS spin-off underwent reshoots and the rumour-mill went into overdrive claiming that... Read More...

‘OJ: Made in America’ Wins Top Prize at IDA Documentary Awards ESPN’s saga about race, murder and celebrity, “O.J.: Made in America,” has been named the best nonfiction feature film of 2016 by the International Documentary Association, which presented its IDA Documentary Awards on Friday evening in Los Angeles. The film, which had a qualifying run as a seven-and-a-half-hour film before airing in five parts on ESPN’s “30 for 30” series, won in a category that also included “Cameraperson,” “Fire at Sea,” “I Am Not Your Negro, “13th” and “Weiner.” While “O.J.&am

Power Rangers Movie Plot & Character Details Revealed? [Potential SPOILERS for Power Rangers ahead.] – Saban’s highly-anticipated Power Rangers movie reboot is set to release in theaters early next year. The new film is expected to revive the franchise for a new generation of fans, even though the TV series has remained on the air for much of the past 23 years. Five new actors will play Mighty Morphin characters Jason (Dacre Montgomery), Kimberly (Naomi Scott), Billy (RJ Cyler), Trini (Becky G) and Zack (Ludi Lin) in an edgier, more grounded take from Project Almanac director Dean Israelite.

Blade Runner 2 Shot for Months Without Harrison Ford Says Ryan Gosling Harrison Ford was absent from a great deal of the Blade Runner 2049 shoot, but that doesn't mean he only has a cameo.

“Toni Erdmann,” a German comedy-drama that’s picking up Oscar buzz, swept every major category at Saturday’s European Film Awards in Wroclaw, Poland. The movie won Best Film and Best Screenplay, while Maren Ade was named Best Director and stars Sandra Huller and Peter Simonischek were presented with trophies for Best Actress and Best Actor. “Toni Erdmann” beat out Ken Loach’s “I, Daniel Blake,” which took home the Palme D’Or at this summer’s Cannes Film Festival.

Samuel L. Jackson accepted a lifetime achievement at the Dubai International Film Festival this week, and he didn’t pull any punches when talking about “Oscar bait movies” during his acceptance speech. From a report in Gulf News: This time of the year is always interesting. Last year we had the OscarSowhite rhetoric … This year seems to be different. We have all these films like Moonlight, Birth Of A Nation … The politics that happen during this time is always interesting.

We'll Be Seeing Roger Ailes and Megyn Kelly's Feud on the Big Screen Courtesy of 'The Big Short' Writer Batman v. Superman. Godzilla vs. Mothra. Kramer vs. Kramer. Throughout film history we have been treated to the battle royales of battle royales, the feuds to end all feuds, but there may be one that stands above all others. Earlier this year, Fox News host Megyn Kelly, along with other female employees of the network, both names and unnamed, accused now-former Fox News chairman Roger Ailes of sexual harassment. The ensuing waterfall of accusations combined with a lawsuit leveled against him by Gretchen Carlson caused Ailes to resign form his position in July.

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Jennifer Lawrence Apologizes For Defiling Hawaiian Sacred Rocks With Butt X-Men star Jennifer Lawrence apologized via Facebook today for comments she made on the Graham Norton Show about defiling rocks at a sacred site with her butt while filming The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, according to a report from Entertainment Weekly. “We were filming in Hawaii and there were sacred rocks,” Lawrence told Norton on the BBC One show. “They were, I don’t know, ancestors, who knows.

Ryan Reynolds Thinks A Deadpool/Wolverine Movie Would “Light The Screen On Fire” Well, if nothing else we can say that 2016 has truly been a formative one for Fox’s Marvel properties. Before the release of Deadpool, it wasn’t clear if making an R-rated comic book movie was something that could actually translate into big box office bucks. Now we know that so long as the studio works with the character in mind, an R-rated hit is indeed quite possible.

Kelly Mantle, a gender-fluid performer who was a contestant on the sixth season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” has made Oscar history as the first potential nominee eligible in both male and female categories, TheWrap has learned. Mantle plays a transgender prostitute in “Confessions of a Womanizer,” a Miguel Ali indie from Harbor House Films starring Andrew Lawrence and Gary Busey. The film’s producers ran into a dilemma when filling out Oscar paperwork, which required them to classify Mantle, who was born a man, as either male or female.

Although it was a dream gig, composing the score for ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY presented Michael Giacchino with quite the challenge. After the ROGUE ONE reshoots shifted the post-production schedule around, original composer Alexandre Desplat was no longer available and Michael Giacchino was brought in at the last minute. With the release or ROGUE ONE quickly approaching, Michael Giacchino had just... Read More...

Arnold Schwarzenegger & Jackie Chan Team Up in Journey to China Images While both of their stars have faded a bit in recent times, there was a sweet spot in the ’90s when Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jackie Chan were two of the biggest names in action films, comedies, and often a merger of both. As both were immigrants from humble beginnings who went on to make millions in the States, they seemed to embody the American dream in its truest sense. Chan even recently received an honorary Oscar, and has completed 200 films at this point.

“Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn‘t stop to think if they should!” In the original Jurassic Park, Dr. Ian Malcolm (played by Jeff Goldblum) revealed the core choice at play in the creation of life. The film’s science may have taken a few liberties, but the moral decisions it discusses are real. As mankind has become more proficient toying with the genes that build all known life, new discussions have come to the forefront. This is one of many reasons that Jurassic Park stands out as a landmark film.

There’s seemingly not a chapter of American history that Hollywood can’t turn into feel-good, audience-pleasing schmaltz — and if that’s going to be the norm, then let there be equal-opportunity schmaltz.

John Cena had a ton of fun hosting Saturday Night Live this week, and no sketch proved that more than the show’s spoof on The Karate Kid, with Cena as the perfect foe for the sketch’s Daniel stand-in during the final round of the fictional San Fernando Valley karate championships.

AMC has released a couple of clips from this Sunday's midseason finale of The Walking Dead, "Hearts Still Beating", and while they don't take us back to Negan and Carl's awkward little house-sit in Alexandria, they do show us what's going on with Carol and Morgan in The Kingdom. We also find out how Rick and Aaron are doing on their supply run, and it... could be better. Check out the sneak peeks below, and let us know what you think is going to go down on The Walking Dead this weekend.

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Live-Action Animated Hybrid ‘Puff The Magic Dragon’ Movie Coming From ‘Trolls’ Director Fox Animation have acquired the rights to turn the Peter, Paul and Mary song Puff the Magic Dragon into a feature film. Trolls helmer Mike Mitchell has signed on to direct the hybrid live action/animated feature which will be produced by Safehouse partners Tory Tunnell and Joby Harold and Weed Road’s Akiva Goldsman. Hit the jump to learn more about the planned Puff the Magic Dragon movie. It’s probably no coincidence that this deal comes on the heels of Walt Disney Pictures’ release of the Pete’s Dragon reboot.

Warner Bros. It’s been an unbelievably long wait to see Wonder Woman in live action on the big screen, but if director Patty Jenkins had her way, we might have gotten there a lot sooner. Jenkins recently talked about why she wanted to tackle the story of the Amazon princess and which parts of that story were most important to her. The director has a piece at The Hollywood Reporter today as part of its 2016 “Women in Entertainment” feature in which she reveals something pretty major. I met with Warner Bros.

We’re in awards season, which means it’s the time of year when critics’ groups praise their favorites, top 10 lists are published, and words like “overrated” and “underrated” become overused. Awards season can lead to healthy or unnecessarily heated debates among film fans online.

When the first film in George Lucas’ now beloved sci-fi action/adventure series debuted in 1977, Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope launched one of the biggest blockbuster franchises in history. Lucas followed up A New Hope with the remaining two entries in the original trilogy, then the prequel trilogy in the the early 2000s. Though it seemed Star Wars‘ big screen tale may be complete, Disney acquired Lucasfilm in 2012 and set to work on reviving the franchise. J.J.

Since Mattel first launched the fashion-focused doll in 1959, Barbie has remained one of the most popular and iconic toys in the world. The doll has since been spun off into an entire line, along with a number of direct-to-video movies, games, and plenty of branded merchandise. Fast-forward 50 years to 2009, when film studio Universal first set their sights on adapting the property into a live-action film. Given the complex social changes that have happened around the line since then, however, this hasn’t proven to be an easy task.

Warner Warner Bros. plans for their DC Comics big screen universe is getting a tiny shakeup between Justice League and Ben Affleck’s The Batman, partially due to an overdue Zack Snyder passion project. Snyder is still directing both Justice League and its sequel according to The Hollywood Reporter, but he will be tackling a non-superhero film in between the two massive tentpole films, titled The Last Photograph: Snyder is still intent on directing Justice League 2, but that movie has been pushed back to make room for Ben Affleck’s Batman stand-alone movie.

Actor — and aspiring politician — Dwayne Johnson brought together a military family in a tearful reunion on Friday’s episode of “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.” Fallon had the mountain-sized leading man on his show to talk about Johnson’s new movie, “Moana,” an animated Disney tale about a Polynesian girl who sets sail to reunite with a demigod to help save her people. On Fallon’s show, Johnson helped bring about a different kind of reunion — one involving one of the show’s producers, Karina Kabalan, a veteran whose hus

Though not a new phenomenon in Korean cinema, the disaster drama has been particularly popular in 2016 and just as we wind down the year the local industry is preparing to launch one final assault on multiplexes with the release of Park Jung-woo's nuclear-themed extravaganza Pandora.

HBO And J.J. Abrams To Conquer Worlds Together In New Space Series ‘Glare’ With few details yet available, Star Trek and Star Wars producer J.J. Abrams will be getting even more busy as he adds another series to his roster (he’s already Executive Producer for Westworld and Roadies). HBO says that Glare will be an hourlong space drama about the colonization of another planet. So far that’s all that’s been said about it, other than Ben Stephenson and Javier Gullón will also produce, with Gullón being the writer. Warner Bros. Television is producing in tandem with Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions. HBO And J.J.

Top CAA agent Nick Styne was let go from the agency on Thursday, an individual familiar with the decision told TheWrap.

Sigourney Weaver reveals that production still hasn't started on Avatar 2 yet, casting some doubt on the 2018 release date.

One Final Trailer for Kurzel's 'Assassin's Creed' is Packed with Action "You're about to enter the Animus." Fox has debuted one final trailer for Assassin's Creed, from director Justin Kurzel, arriving in theaters Christmas week. We've already seen plenty of trailers and featurettes for this, but this last one might just be the best yet. No really, it's fantastic. Michael Fassbender plays Callum Lynch, an imprisoned man who is forced into an experimental sci-fi program that allows him to go back in time as his ancestor, Aguilar, in 15th Century Spain.

Jessica Chastain headlines an all-star cast in MIss Sloane, a timely political thriller that delivers big on talent but not much else.

Man in Black Vs the Gunslinger in New Dark Tower Photo The Gunslinger and the Man in Black square off in an epic photo from The Dark Tower, in theaters Summer 2017.

Bursting with anarchic energy and awash with lurid colours, The Mole Song: Hong Kong Capriccio surpasses its 2013 predecessor in sheer entertainment value as a consistently ridiculous crime caper.    Prolific Japanese director Takashi Miike again takes the helm, with Toma Ikuta reprising his role as undercover cop Reiji Kikukawa in this second adaptation of Noboru Takahashi’s popular manga series. The film had its world premiere this past Friday at the inaugural International Film Festival and Awards Macao.

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 Devil has two new loyal servants - the Salvatore Brothers. Last night's final Christmas episode of The Vampire Diaries was mostly Stefan-centric as he took a trip down memory lane and relived some of his greatest hits or well, some of the worst days of his existence. Following that experience, he decided to strike a new deal with Cade, but this one comes at a potentially devastating cost as in the Ripper is back.

Those of you who used to regularly watch the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson will remember that he liked using puppets for some comedy bits. He had a variety of puppets that he would use and do different voices, but he never tried to be a ventriloquist. Now Ferguson, along with with The Voice producer Talpa Media, Muppet creators The Jim Henson Company, are teaming up with NBC to produce a new series that puts ventriloquism  in the spotlight.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is already making waves after the premiere at Hollywood’s famed Pantages Theater. Hollywood Boulevard was blocked off with a giant X-Wing and other Star Wars paraphernalia as thousands of fans packed the street to get a glimpse of the cast as they traversed the red carpet.

Box Office

  • 1. Moana
    Gross: $28,373,000
    Total: $119,888,330
  • 2. Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them
    Gross: $18,545,000
    Total: $183,507,403
  • 3. Arrival
    Gross: $7,300,000
    Total: $73,078,514
  • 4. Allied
    Gross: $7,050,000
    Total: $28,927,432
  • 5. Doctor Strange
    Gross: $6,486,000
    Total: $215,309,177

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