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‘Beauty and the Beast’ Soars Past $500 Million Global Mark at Friday Box Office
Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” will easily hold on to the No. 1 spot at the box office in its second weekend in theaters, making $23.6 million on Friday to reach $252 million domestic and soar past the $500 million global milestone in just a week, reaching $541 million worldwide. Disney now estimates that the film will pass the $300 million domestic mark by the end of the weekend, which would make “Beauty” the sixth film to pass that mark in just ten days. Coming in second is Lionsgate’s “Power Rangers,” the highest among newcomers this week, with $15 million »
- Jeremy Fuster
Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Talks to Direct, Star in Musical Comedy With Channing Tatum (Exclusive)
Sources tell Variety that Gordon-Levitt is in early negotiations to direct Universal’s R-rated musical comedy with the running title “Wingmen.” He’s already attached to star in the movie alongside Tatum.
Universal landed the pitch that Gordon-Levitt and “21 Jump Street” scribe Michael Bacall hatched last year following a competitive bidding war that saw several studios chasing the project.
The story follows two pilots who crash-land in Las Vegas. According to sources, the film is in the vein of “Pitch Perfect” meets “Book of Mormon,” with the dup covering Top 100 hits with a touch of adult humor.
- Justin Kroll
‘Sing Street’ Star Ian Kenny Joins Han Solo Movie (Exclusive)
Ian Kenny, who broke out with his scene-stealing performance in “Sing Street,” has joined the ensemble of Lucasfilm’s Han Solo stand alone pic starring Alden Ehrenreich, Variety has learned exclusively.
Donald Glover, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Woody Harrelson, Michael K. Williams, and Emilia Clarke are already set to co-star in the Disney-Lucasfilm feature, directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller. Jon and Lawrence Kasdan are penning the script.
The untitled Han Solo movie hits theaters May 25, 2018. Production is currently underway.
Details about Kenny’s character are unknown. Disney CEO Bob Iger said in an earnings call earlier this week that the movie would cover Solo’s life from when he was 18 to 24, revealing how he came to own the Millennium Falcon as well as how he met his Wookie sidekick, Chewbacca.
- Justin Kroll
Lola Albright, Sultry Actress in 'Peter Gunn' and Kirk Douglas' 'Champion,' Dies at 92
Lola Albright, the charming actress with the smoky voice who sang and starred on TV's Peter Gunn and was spurned by the back-stabbing Kirk Douglas in the classic 1949 boxing drama Champion, has died. She was 92.
Albright died Thursday in a home in the Toluca Lake enclave of Los Angeles, her friend, Eric Anderson, confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter. News of her death was first reported by the Akron Beacon-Journal; she was born and raised in the Ohio city.
Albright was perhaps best known for playing the sultry singer Edie Hart, the girlfriend of private eye Craig Stevens, »
- Mike Barnes
Adam Sandler Expands Netflix Deal With Four New Movies
Adam Sandler and Netflix expanded a previous deal to release four additional movies for a total of eight on the streaming platform. The original collaboration was announced in 2014.
"Love working with Netflix and collaborating with them," Sandler said in a statement, via Variety. "I love how passionate they are about making movies and getting them out there for the whole world to see." Sandler's first two films with Netflix included 2015's western spoof The Ridiculous 6 and the 2016 spy-comedy The Do-Over. On April 14th, his Hollywood satire Sandy Wexler will »
Colin Farrell in Talks to Star in Tim Burton’s ‘Dumbo’
Colin Farrell is in negotiations to star in Disney’s live-action remake of the 1941 animated classic, “Dumbo,” an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap. If the deal goes through, he will play the role of Holt, a widowed father of two kids from Kentucky. Eva Green and Danny DeVito already star. Tim Burton is set to direct and will reunite with Green for their third effort after previously working together on “Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children” and “Dark Shadows.” Also Read: Eva Green to Reteam With Tim Burton for Disney's 'Dumbo' Remake Ehren Kruger »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
‘Sinister 2’ Director Ciaran Foy Boards Broad Green’s Horror Movie ‘Eli’
The movie, which begins shooting this summer, centers on a young boy who undergoes treatment for a rare disease at a secluded clinic, which becomes a haunted prison with no way out.
After ‘The Infiltrator’ Fizzles, Broad Green Plots Its Comeback
Trevor Macy producing via his Intrepid Pictures banner. John Zaozirny will also produce for Bellevue Productions, and Gabriel and Daniel Hammond will executive produce for Broad Green. Melinda Nishioka will co-produce for Intrepid.
Foy has several projects in the works at Blumhouse Productions, including “The Shee,” which he will write and direct. Foy’s debut feature was “Citadel,” which premiered at SXSW in 2012 and won the festival’s midnighters audience award. Focus Features »
- Dave McNary
Justice League: first full trailer released online
The first full trailer for the much-anticipated superhero-team movie Justice League has been released onto the internet.
Directed by Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’s Zack Snyder, Justice League has been heavily hyped as DC Comics’ answer to Marvel’s The Avengers, which provided a gateway into multiple character spin-off movies and allowed its superhero “universe” to mushroom. Justice League features the likes of Batman, Aquaman and Wonder Woman, and is due to be followed by films giving each character solo outings. Wonder Woman, released in June, stars Gal Gadot, while Aquaman should be arriving in December 2018. The Batman has been beset by well-publicised production troubles, and is not likely to start shooting until next year.
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‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’: Three New Posters Revealed
In one photo, the webbed hero is seen lounging on a riverbank wearing headphones. “Homework can wait,” the caption reads. “The city can’t.” In the second, the foreground shows the hero hanging onto Avengers Tower, while the Empire State Building and One World Trade Center linger in the background. “Straight A superhero,” the caption says. Finally, Spidey is seen latched onto a sign for the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway. The “Spider-Man: Homecoming” Twitter account sent out the caption, “Quickest way to get home.”
- Seth Kelley
Liam Neeson, Anna Kendrick and More Audition to Be Stephen Hawking’s New Voice in Hilarious Red Nose Day Sketch
Liam Neeson and Anna Kendrick recently auditioned for the voice role of a lifetime: Stephen Hawking. The pair are just two celebrities from a larger group that took part in a hilarious Comic Relief video in which they lobby the world renowned scientist who suffers from Als to pick them as the person to replace the computerized voice he’s used for more than 30 years.
Read More: ‘Love Actually’ Sequel: First Trailer for Short Film Asks Which Cast Members Have Aged the Best
“Stephen, it’s me. Surely it has to be me,” Neeson says in the video. “Listen to my voice. It’s deep, it’s sexy, it’s got a tinge of … physics?”
In Kendrick’s audition tape, the actress calls herself “the obvious choice,” ading, “I’m intelligent, kind of, and, I’m young and cool, kind of.”
The project is part of Red Nose Day, a »
- Graham Winfrey
‘Animals’ Season 2 Trailer: HBO’s Bizarre Animated Series Returns
Animals is one of the strangest shows to hit the small screen in the past few years. It imagines what the creatures in and around New York City would do if they had recognizable human problems – insecurity, parenting issues, dealing with bullying, marital struggles, experimenting with drugs…the works. The show was also notable for its all-star cast, which included some […]
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- Ben Pearson
Two Directors Added To The Short-List For Live-Action ‘Akira’
It seems that every six months or so, there are new rumors about the long-awaited live-action remake of “Akira.” Ever since Warner Bros. secured the rights in 2002, there have been rumors about writers, directors, and actors all coming and going from the project. Well, get ready, there are new rumors about the film. According to a recent episode of Meet the Movie Press, we can add two more names to the long list of people associated with the film.
Continue reading Two Directors Added To The Short-List For Live-Action ‘Akira’ at The Playlist. »
- Charles Dean
Robert Rodriguez To Direct ‘Escape From New York’ Remake
And the remakes keep a-coming. Robert Rodriguez (“From Dusk till Dawn,” “Sin City”) has been hired by 20th Century Fox to remake the 1981 John Carpenter classic “Escape from New York.” Fox won a bidding war for the rights to the reboot in 2015 and has high hopes to reinvent the property as a “Planet of the Apes”-esque franchise. What studio isn’t trying to turn every brand into a franchise?
- Elizabeth MacLeod
This Week In Trailers: Clash, Abortion: Stories Women Tell, Casting JonBenet, Maurizio Cattelan Be Right Back, Rupture
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? This week […]
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- Christopher Stipp
‘Attack on Titan’ Season 2 New Trailer: Humankind Faces Off Against Flesh-Eating Beasts
Funimation has released another trailer for Season 2 of the manga series, ‘Attack on Titan,’ in which giant beasts attack the city of Shinganshina and threaten to wipe out humankind. Here’s the official description of the series from IMDb.
After his hometown is destroyed and his mother is killed, young Eren Jaegar vows to cleanse the earth of the giant humanoid Titans that have brought humanity to the brink of extinction.
Protecting what’s left of humanity are three walls — Wall Maria, Wall Rose and Wall Sheena — and after breaking through the first wall in season one, it appears that the second wall will also be breached in season two.
Seen in the clip are Eren, Mikasa and Armin fighting back and taking on the beasts, while a handful on new titans attack various Survey Corps. »
- Graham Winfrey
‘Justice League’ Official Trailer Is Here, Minus A Red Cape
After two days of teasing, the official Justice League trailer is here. “We have to be ready,” says a voice that sounds very much like Batman: “You, me and the others. There’s an attack coming, from far away.” “Not coming, Bruce,” says Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman. “It’s already here.” Ben Affleck’s Bruce Wayne kicks off the action here, riding horseback along a snowy plain, on a mission to gather the rest of the superhero gang. So we then witness a gathering of the tribe… »
New ‘Justice League’ Trailer Brings the Superhero Team Together (Watch)
Several character teasers later, a new “Justice League” trailer was finally released Saturday morning that unites the team.
What follows is an epic montage of the heroes teaming up to battle enemies while a cover of the Beatles’ “Come Together” blares in the background.
Watch All the ‘Justice League’ Character Teaser Trailers
Affleck, Gadot, Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller, and Ray Fisher star in the Warner Bros. tentpole. Amy Adams, Amber Heard, Jeremy Irons, J.K. Simmons, and Willem Dafoe will also appear in the film. While Henry Cavill’s Superman is expected to appear in the movie as well, he has been missing from recent promotions, including the latest trailer. »
- Seth Kelley
‘Justice League’ Trailer: Zack Snyder Gets Another Chance to Save the Dceu, And It Looks Crazy Epic
The gang is all here! The new trailer for “Justice League” has arrived, and it features some pretty badass new footage of Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash teaming up to stop the latest CGI threat bent on destroying the world.
“Justice League” follows the events of “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” with Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) and Diana Prince (“Gal Gadot”) rallying up a crew of metahumans to fight Steppenwolf (Ciarán Hinds) in the wake of Superman’s death. Of course Superman won’t be gone for too long, but just how he returns and factors into the plot remains to be seen.
While fans are no doubt curious about how the Dceu will progress in the first big meet-up of its many heroes, the industry is watching “Justice League” even »
- Zack Sharf
‘Justice League’ Unites In New Trailer For Zack Snyder’s Epic Superhero Movie
Well, it’s really all on this. You can tally up the box office receipts all you want for “Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice” and “Suicide Squad,” but perception is just as valuable, if not moreso, and right now, DC Films needs a movie that will succeed with both audiences and critics. Perhaps they’ll get it this summer with “Wonder Woman,” but it’s really “Justice League” that has to be an unequivocal homerun.
- Kevin Jagernauth
‘Justice League’ Trailer: The Age of Heroes Has Come Again
Following a barrage of new posters and trailer teasers, the new Justice League trailer is finally here. Zack Snyder is back as director to bring DC Comics’ biggest superheroes together as a team for the first time on the big screen. Though Superman (Henry Cavill) is still in the ground, we know at some point […]
- Ethan Anderton
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