Top Movie News for August 20, 2017

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New Han Solo Set Photos Visit Chewbacca in a Star Wars Wasteland Ron Howard directs Chewbacca in a new Han Solo movie set photo, while showing off the rough side of this galaxy.

Mike Colter On How ‘The Defenders’ Is Bigger Than Just Harlem We wrap up the Marvel’s The Defenders red carpet interviews with Marvel’s Luke Cage…though two of the people interview are actually from all four/five series. Head of Marvel Television Jeph Loeb talks about how excited he is to have all four of the characters on the screen together and that what Marvel did was unique in bringing together for distinct series into one — not something anyone else has ever tried before. See what happens when you apply comic book rules to television and film?

Godzilla Vs. Kong Will Have One True Winner One of the two big beasts at the heart of Gozilla Vs. Kong will walk away a true champion in the fight.

Winter Is Here – Game Of Thrones Inspired Christmas Trees The folks over at Treetopia are taking the line, “Winter is coming” to heart as Game of Thrones season seven is close to wrapping up. Different teams were put together to make up Christmas trees inspired by the hit HBO series. Each of the three teams took one of the houses as their theme… House Lannister, House Targaryen and House Stark.

‘Hitman’s Bodyguard’ Shoots for $20 Million Opening at Box Office Lionsgate’s “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” has taken advantage of weak competition at the August box office to take the No. 1 spot this weekend. The Samuel L.

The White House has issued a statement that President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump will not attend the annual Kennedy Center Honors this December. This is only the fourth incident of a President not attending the ceremony (Jimmy Carter in 1979, George H.W.

Jesse T. Usher Is Son of Shaft, Samuel L. Jackson Will Return Jesse T. Usher will play the son of the returning Samuel L. Jackson's John Shaft in New Line's Son of Shaft, with Richard Roundtree also returning.

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Geena Davis Available For Wonder Woman 2 Role, Says Geena Davis Geena Davis has a message for the producers of Wonder Woman 2: hire Geena Davis. In an interview with Variety, the Oscar winning actress answered a question about whether she thought her own action movies helped pave the way for films like Wonder Woman by lobbying for a job in the sequel. “I would never claim credit for those movies. Certainly Wonder Woman needed to be made, and I’m so beyond thrilled with how it came out. I met Patty Jenkins and I told her, ‘I’m sure you’re going to make a sequel and if you need anybody Amazonian, there’s always me.

Willem Dafoe on the complicated nature of Aquaman's "underwater" shoot As talented as the cast of AQUAMAN are, it'd be a little difficult to ask them to spend the majority of the shoot underwater, what with all the breathing we humans do. In order to properly sell the illusion of an underwater kingdom and the Atlanteans who inhabit it, a variety of techniques were used for AQUAMAN, including shooting dry-for-wet with the actors suspended by harnesses. Willem Dafoe,... Read More...

Predator Actor Sonny Landham Passes Away at 76 Sonny Landham, a veteran actor whose work included notable roles in such films as Predator and 48 Hrs., has passed away at age 76. The actor’s career began in the early 1970s, and had more than 50 credits throughout the years. He started with roles earlier in his career in such films as The Warriors and the original Poltergeist, before his breakthrough part as Billy Bear, a criminal on the run opposite Eddie Murphy and Nick Nolte in 48 Hrs. in 1982. The actor was born William Landham on February 11, 1941, in Canton, Georgia.

Broken Lizard’s Super Troopers 2 Gets A Release Date Broken Lizard is coming back, with a sequel to their 2001 comedy Super Troopers. Fox Searchlight has scheduled Super Troopers 2 to hit theaters on April 20th, 2018. Broken Lizard’s Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter and Erik Stolhanske are returning to writer and star.

Watch ‘Logan Lucky,’ Then Watch These Movies By Christopher Campbell We recommend eight movies to watch after you see Steven Soderbergh’s latest. The return of Steven Soderbergh to the big screen is something to celebrate. The filmmaker had announced his retirement but arose to direct Logan Lucky, another enjoyable heist movie in the spirit of his Ocean’s trilogy. In honor of the occasion, it’s been a time to revisit Soderbergh’s career, maybe do a personal ranking of his filmography on Letterboxed, or perhaps stick just to the Channing Tatum collaborations if you’re short on leisure hours.

Deadpool 2: New Look at Josh Brolin’s Cable Revealed A new photo from Deadpool 2 features Josh Brolin’s Cable. The long search for Cable, also known as the mutant Nathaniel Summers, dominated the Deadpool 2 casting process. Shortly after Ryan Reynolds revealed the first look at Zazie Beetz as Domino, fans knew a look at Cable wasn’t far behind.

Hollywood Mocks Steve Bannon After White House Ouster: ‘Did Trump Just Fire POTUS?’ News that Steve Bannon would be leaving his post as Donald Trump’s chief strategist had his opponents rejoicing on Twitter, including more than a few Hollywood stars. Most of Friday’s tweets mocked Bannon for becoming yet another White House official with a comically short tenure, especially so soon after the departures of Reince Preibus, Anthony Scaramucci and Sean Spicer. “It really is like The Apprentice. Except the part about North Korea. Oh wait Rodman was on The Apprentice. So yeah.

Justice League Dark — believe it or not — is still a movie that’s supposedly happening. For those unfamiliar, this is a team of of superheroes who skew more towards the horror side of things. Some notable members inclue Constantine, Frankenstein, and Swamp Thing.This is a movie that’s been in the works for around five solid years. For the longest time, fan favorite helmer Guillermo del Toro was attached to the movie, and in 2015, he unceremoniously dropped out of said project.

The wait for more Curb Your Enthusiasm is almost over. Come this fall, Larry David will be back in action and handling hilarious confrontations over the course of 10 new episodes. In the six years since season 8, it looks like Larry David hasn’t changed much. Below, watch the Curb Your Enthusiasm season 9 teaser. Larry David didn’t have to make more of the show if he wasn’t interested. HBO always made clear the door was always open for him to produce more episodes. Considering the comedian decided to continue with the series, it’s probably not for nothing.

Death Note Director On Ghost in the Shell & Whitewashing Controversy With the Netflix release not so far away, the director of the new Death Note adaptation blames the recent live-action Ghost in the Shell film for bringing the whitewashing controversy to the forefront of the media’s attention and fan discussion. Death Note was originally a Japanese Manga that was adapted into anime and a series of live-action films produced by Warner Bros. Pictures Japan.

Dick Gregory, the comedian and activist for social change in America, has died at 84, his family announced Saturday night. The cause of his death was heart failure, his rep confirmed. In a post on Instagram, his son wrote: “It is with enormous sadness that the Gregory family confirms that their father, comedic legend and civil rights activist Mr. Dick Gregory departed this earth tonight in Washington, D.C. The family appreciates the outpouring of support and love and respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time.

What Would Lucasfilm’s Rumored Jabba The Hutt Movie Look Like? Lucasfilm/Disney With yesterday’s announcement that Lucasfilm is moving forward with a stand-alone movie starring Obi-Wan Kenobi, the waters of Star Wars rumors have been stirred up again. The usual suspects are all out in Force (zing!), including murmurs of an upcoming Boba Fett or Yoda spin-off. But in their write-up of the Kenobi news, Variety noted that one of its sources has mentioned the possibility of a film all about Jabba the Hutt. This isn’t the first time this particular rumor has been dredged up.

The long legal saga of Roman Polanski took another — and discouraging, for the director — turn on Friday, as a judge shot down Polanski’s bid to have the case against him stemming from a 1977 sexual assault dismissed. In the order, handed down Friday, Judge Scott M. Gordon called out Polanski’s “continued refusal to obey court orders” and “ad hominem attacks” on judicial officers involved with the case. “The Defendant in this matter stands as a fugitive and refuses to comply with court orders . As eloquently described by [victim] Ms.

10 Batman Movies That Never Got Made From George Miller's Justice League: Mortal to The Wachowski's Batman: Year One, a lot of potentially great Batman movies have been canceled over the years.

Spider-Man: Homecoming is projected to nab $780 million at the global box office with the upcoming release of the movie in some remaining Asian markets in the next few weeks. The film, which came out in North America and a majority of other countries in July, currently sits at $707 million in ticket sales.

Don Hertzfeldt, known for his stick people in his sweet, heartbreaking short films like It’s Such a Beautiful Day, World of Tomorrow, and also, uh, “My Anus Is Bleeding,” has been hard at work on a new project since the aforementioned World of Tomorrow got him an Academy Award nomination, and today he gave us all a clue as to what it could be. It sounds like we might be visiting Emily Prime and her clone once again. Continue reading…

Superbad Was the First Movie to Use This Raunchy Curse Word Seth Rogen has revealed a few loosely guarded secrets about his iconic comedy Superbad on its 10th Anniversary.

Given that David F. Sandberg launched his career on the basis of a viral YouTube short film, it only makes sense that Warner Bros. would look to leverage that narrative for the release of Annabelle: Creation, the fourth film in The Conjuring cinematic universe. Back in July, Warner Bros. announced the contest on its site, encouraging fans to create their own new additions to The Conjuring universe. The contest would feature winners in multiple countries, meaning multiple chances to win. Continue reading…

David Dunn will chase down The Beast in M. Night Shyamalan's thrilling follow-up to Unbreakable and Split in Glass.

Danielle Macdonald is stellar in her first starring role as an aspiring New Jersey rapper in Patti Cakes.

Stephen King’s IT has received an 8-bit tie-in game. The game is but the latest addition to Warner Bros.’ marketing blitz for Andy Muschetti’s film, which is now projected to possibly break the all-time domestic opening weekend record for a September release. IT also looks poised to easily take the crown of highest opening Stephen King adaptation, as well as possibly the highest opening R-rated horror film of all-time.

This year doesn’t mark a special anniversary for Terminator 2: Judgment Day, but since James Cameron’s action sequel is coming back to theaters in 3D, there’s a little bit of chatter about the 1991 film making the rounds as publicity for the re-release builds. That includes Robert Patrick, who played the liquid metal villain T-1000 in the sequel, discussing his history with the role, which resulted in the actor revealing that he wasn’t the person who was originally cast to play the part. Instead, that role was supposed to go to none other than rock star Billy Idol.

Leah Remini has slammed Tom Cruise as Diabolical and not a good person as she continues to speak against the Church of Scientology.

What Happened To Monday Netflix Review   In a not so distant future, where overpopulation and famine have forced governments to undertake a drastic "One Child Policy," seven identical sisters live a hide-and-seek existence pursued by the Child Allocation Bureau. The Bureau, directed by the fierce Nicolette Cayman (Glenn Close), enforces a strict family-planning agenda that the sisters outwit by taking turns assuming the identity of one person: Karen Settman (Noomi Rapace).

'Girls Trip' laughing all the way past $100 million at the box office and is the highest-earning R-rated comedy to hit theaters in 2017.

Shawn Levy has recently discussed his upcoming Uncharted movie adaptation, comparing it to Indiana Jones. Naughty Dog’s video game series of the same name is considered one of the best action-adventure titles in modern gaming history, and the studio’s cinematic approach to the story and gameplay make it the perfect choice for a movie adaptation.

USA Network dropped a new teaser for the upcoming third season of Mr. Robot onto Twitter last night. The second teaser so far with the first introducing us to Bobby Cannavale’s character of Irving. Along with the clip was the message: “Prepare yourself, friend. This clip is just the beginning.” The one-minute clip shows Elliot (Rami Malek) having just won the Def Con CTF Quals in two minutes. This is a tournament for cyber security experts.

Fantastic Four Reboot Left Jamie Bell Bitter and Disappointed Jamie Bell reflects on the massive flop that was his Fantastic Four reboot.

By Rob Hunter Everybody relax, Kurt Russell’s here. Look, it’s been a rough few days weeks months, so any opportunity to breathe normally and feel good again should be grasped with both hands (and maybe both feet if you’re good with your toes).

By Matthew Monagle Those complaining that ‘Star Wars’ suffers from a small universe problem will undoubtedly find little solace in this message. Sometimes Hollywood news items catch you completely by surprise; sometimes you wish they’d bothered to make it official months ago. As noted in The Hollywood Reporter yesterday – and covered extensively by our own boss Neil Miller – the long-gestating Obi-Wan Kenobi spinoff now appears to be a reality.

We still have over a month until Netflix is graced with the presence of Stranger Things Season 2, but the streaming service is taking advantage of that time to get fans hyped. In addition to the trailer we got at Comic-Con, and the various other bits of marketing, they’re also encouraging fans to look back on previous episodes on #StrangerThursdays.On Thursday, they took to Twitter to share a brand new poster for the series that showcases Hopper from Season 1.

There’s something wondrous about being in a car wash. For a few stolen moments, real life dissolves into a cool, dark shadow world where splashes and bubbles rain down just inches away from your face but can’t touch you. Soft-tipped whirligigs gently rock your vehicle — which, finally, for a couple of seconds at least, ceases to feel like a self-imposed cage.

IT director Andrés Muschietti has admitted that he “wasn’t a big fan” of the 1990 miniseries based on author Stephen King’s classic horror novel.

Depending on how cute you get with your math, there are no less than four separate universes focused upon Robert Heinlein’s Starship Troopers. First, of course, came the original novel itself, then the 1997 blockbuster film by Paul Verhoeven. From there, things get a little dicier. There was Roughnecks: The Starship Troopers Chronicles, an animated television series based on Verhoeven’s film that ran for two seasons back in 1999 and 2000.

Holy shit RIVERDALE! Now, don't get me wrong, this show has never shied away from the darkness. It dealt with murder, drugs, and incest (yes, really). So the fact that it's dark isn't surprising...just, like, was that Archie with a fucking gun? Where is this season headed? No matter what though, I'm excited. While pulpy, melodramatic, and oftentimes goofy, I loved the hell out of the first season of RIVERDALE.... Read More...

I've said many times I'm excited for the upcoming THE TICK series, and this clip helps illustrate why. If you were to watch this clip out of context, for the first half-to-three-fourths of it, you'd think it was just a regular superhero/thriller series. The lighting, music, and tone doesn't tip you off immediately. It isn't until we notice the lint floating around Miss Lint, or the fact that she is obviously still not... Read More...

John Boyega Can't Keep His Mouth Shut, Confirms Royal 'Last Jedi' Cameos Ever since we all found out about Daniel Craig’s hilarious cameo in The Force Awakens, we’ve all been wondering who’s going to make an appearance in the next Star Wars movie. Since a lot of the movie was shot at Pinewood Studios, 20 miles west of London, it’d be the perfect opportunity for a few celebrity locals to don a costume and pop on the soundstage for a line or two. We heard a while back that not only would Tom Hardy be making a cameo, but also Princes William and Harry as well — and now, thanks to one of the movie’s stars, we know they’ll all be in it for sure. Continue reading…

Mark Wahlberg appeared in the last two big-budget Transformers films, and sadly he did not raise the profile (or quality, really) of the material to the heights most would have hoped. This summer while doing press, he said this was The Last Knight would be his last in the franchise, showing great admiration and loyalty to franchise head Michael Bay in the process: “I signed on to make these movies with Michael,” Wahlberg told Collider. “After Pain and Gain, I was like, ‘Whatever you want to do. Anytime, anywhere, just let me know.’ So we’ll see.

The snow glowed white on Buell Theatre’s stage Thursday night as the Frozen musical adaptation made its world premiere in a week-long preview in Denver, Colorado before heading to Broadway in February. Early reactions to the sold-out premiere are rolling out, and it sounds like Disney Theatrical Productions have built themselves another hit. We’ve compiled some of the Frozen on Broadway early buzz below. Stitch Kingdom had the most comprehensive review of the Frozen musical when it opened in Denver on August 17.

More casting information about director Adam McKay’s upcoming Dick Cheney biopic, including the actors currently being eyed for the role of George W. Bush, has come to light. Back in 2015, McKay made the jump from Will Ferrell comedies to more serious fare by helming the Oscar-winning The Big Short, which examined the housing market crash of the 2000s. The filmmaker looks to continue this trend with his next project, covering the life and career of former U.S. vice president Cheney.

Close to 300 members former Yale classmates of Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin have signed a letter asking him to resign from his post following President Trump’s defense of white supremacists. In the letter, which was posted at lettertostevemnuchin.com, Yale class of 1985 said that the president has aligned himself with groups that do not reflect the values of the famed Ivy League college. “President Trump has declared himself a sympathizer with groups whose values are antithetical to those values we consider fundamental to our sacred honor as Americans, as men and women of Yale

How Aquaman Shoots Its Underwater Scenes Willem Dafoe breaks down the process of shooting the underwater scenes in director James Wan's highly-anticipated Aquaman.

Despite the many horror franchises that exist in cinema, crossovers between them in recent years have been few and far between. While Universal once had all of their monster movies like Frankenstein, Wolf Man and Dracula exist in the same universe (something the studio is failing horribly at recreating today), the only major franchise crossovers have been Freddy vs Jason and Alien vs Predator. Here’s a shoutout to Puppet Master vs Demonic Toys, just for existing.

"When There Is Nowhere to Go, Nowhere is Home." Amazon Studios and Participant Media have released an official trailer for Human Flow, a new film directed by iconic Chinese artist/filmmaker Ai Weiwei. This will be premiering at the Venice Film Festival first before hitting theaters in October. This eye-opening, breathtaking, heart-wrenching documentary looks at the humanitarian crisis of our time.

Hollywood producer Joel Silver is being sued for wrongful death by the family of Carmel Musgrove, the producer’s former assistant, who drowned in Bora Bora in 2015 during a celebrity-packed celebration of Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux’s honeymoon. The lawsuit, filed on Friday, also names Silver’s company, Silver Pictures, and the company’s employee, Martin Herold, as defendants. Musgrave, who was 28 at the time of her death, had traveled with Silver and his entourage to Bora Bora and was there for several weeks performing work-related duties. Also Read: JK Rowling

Netflix doesn’t generally release charts, or very much information at all, about which of their streaming shows people are watching and how many are watching it. But that doesn’t stop other companies from trying to guess and sell that data.

In a time of the year usually reserved for gigantic explosions and killer robots, Kumail Nanjiani and Emily Gordon‘s The Big Sick was one of the surprise hits of the past few months. Not only did the film clean up on its limited release, it also broke through with mainstream audiences; my own in-laws declared it “hilarious” after I frantically convinced them to abandon their original plans to see The Beguiled. If every year needs a razor-sharp comedy you can put on at holiday gatherings without causing much of a fuss, then The Big Sick is the perfect choice for 2017. Continue reading…

Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising?

A new poster for Jigsaw puts the focus on menacing puppet Billy. This Halloween brings us the first Saw film in seven years, following up the so-called Saw: The Final Chapter, returning die-hard fans to the film series and asking new ones if they want to “play a game”. Tobin Bell’s eponymous serial killer John Kramer died in the third film, with the four follow-ups chronicling the work of his apprentices Amanda Young and Mark Hoffman.

The ever-expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe have done a marvellous job of nudging fans and obsessives alike more than enough reason to give their films another rewatch.

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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