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The Week in Movie News: Here's What You Need to Know

15 September 2017 11:00 PM, PDT

Need a quick recap on the past week in movie news? Here are the highlights: Big News J.J. Abrams will direct Star Wars IX: Following the departure of Colin Trevorrow as the director of Star Wars: Episode IX, Lucasfilm announced the return of The Force Awakens helmer J.J. Abrams. Due to the changeup, they also rescheduled the trilogy-closer to release on December 20, 2019. Read more here.   Great News Patty Jenkins officially signs on for Wonder Woman 2: Everyone presumed Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins would be back for the sequel, but now it's not only official but great news that she will receive the highest payday for a woman filmmaker ever. Read more here.   Fine First Look The new Hellboy: We got our first...

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Today in Movie Culture: Spike Jonze's New Live Dance Film, John Carpenter's New 'Christine' Music Video and More

15 September 2017 9:30 PM, PDT

Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:   Short Film of the Day: Spike Jonze filmed part of a new short dance film starring Mia Wasikowska and Lakeith Stanfield on The Tonight Show:   Music Video of the Day: John Carpenter revisits and pays tribute to his adaptation of Christine in his new music video:   Movie Parody of the Day: James Corden is Pennywise the clown at the office in this Late Late Show parody of It:   Cosplay of the Day: Speaking of Pennywise, watch a time-lapse video of a BFI staffer being turned into the It clown:   Visual Effects Reel of the Day: Ilm shared a look "behind the magic" of its visual effects...

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Jamie Lee Curtis to Star in New 'Halloween'

15 September 2017 8:00 PM, PDT

Earlier this year, we heard that Danny McBride and David Gordon Green had been tapped to create a new version of Halloween. Now comes word that Jamie Lee Curtis will star as the character she first played in John Carpenter's original horror thriller. Curtis will reprise "her iconic role as Laurie Strode, who comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago," according to an official statement. "Inspired by Carpenter’s classic, filmmakers David Gordon Green and Danny McBride crafted a story that carves a new path from the events in the landmark 1978 film, and Green also directs." As for Curtis, she appeared as Laurie Strode in...

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Matthew Vaughn Hints at Directing 'Man of Steel 2'

15 September 2017 6:00 PM, PDT

As Justice League draws closer to its theatrical release on November 17, it's natural that curiosity about the main characters and their next adventures has increased. We know that Aquaman, Wonder Woman 2 and Cyborg have all been slated for release in the next few years and that The Batman and Flashpoint are both in active development. But what about Superman? This past March, we heard that Warner Bros. might be looking at Matthew Vaughn (Kingsman: The Golden Circle) to direct the sequel to Man of Steel (above). The report by Collider stated: "Preliminary conversations about the prospect have taken place." Now Vaughn confirms to HeyUGuys: "I have had chats about Superman, I love Superman." In the same interview, he also says...

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Comics on Film: What Green Lantern Brings to the Justice League

15 September 2017 4:00 PM, PDT

  We're now just over two months away from the theatrical arrival of Justice League, Warner Bros.' potentially most ambitious DC Comics-based film ever attempted. Uniting Batman, Wonder Woman, the Flash, Aquaman, and Cyborg (and Superman), the heaviest hitters in modern DC Comics lore are all hitting the big screen to take it to the forces of Steppenwolf and his underlings from Apokolips...   ...except one.   Since 2011, the wider popular culture relationship that audiences have had with Green Lantern has been tenuous, since the movie which arrived that year failed to make a significant impression with both fans and critics alike. While the brunt of the blame for that likely goes to the overall tepidness of the film's story when compared...

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'It' Director's Cut on Its Way

15 September 2017 2:00 PM, PDT

Even before Andy Muschietti's big-screen adaptation of Stephen King's It made its way to the big screen, we heard that certain scenes had been cut for budgetary reasons. Muschietti suggested that at least two of those scenes might be filmed for the planned sequel. Of course, the next installment has not yet been given the official green light by Warner Bros. and New Line, but now we've learned that an extended edition of the first movie will appear on home video. The news reached director Andy Muschietti and his filmmaking partner, producer Barbara Muschietti -- who is also his sister -- just before they spoke with Yahoo about the movie. Andy Muschietti described one scene in particular that had been trimmed, reluctantly, involving Stanley Uris (Wyatt Oleff...

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Movie News: 'Lego Movie 2' Rewrite, Gender Issues Revealed; Watch First 'All the Money in the World' Trailer

15 September 2017 12:00 PM, PDT

The Lego Movie 2: The sequel to The Lego Movie will pick up the story "several years" later and deal with gender issues, contrasting the way that boys and girls play, according to producers Dan Lin and Chris McKay. Phil Lord and Christopher Miller have returned to revise the script, which will be told through the perspective of two children: Finn and his little sister. Mike Mitchell (Trolls) will direct; the movie is scheduled to open in theaters on February 8, 2019. [Collider]   John Wick: Chapter 3: Keanu Reeves will star in John Wick: Chapter 3, the next installment in the series that revolves around an expert assassin. The action-thriller has now received an official green light for production and has been set for theatrical release on May 17, 2019. Back...

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Today in Movie Culture: Dave Bautista Gets a 'Blade Runner 2049' Prequel Short, Harry Potter Gets Another Fan Theory and More

14 September 2017 11:00 PM, PDT

Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:   Prequel Short of the Day: Denis Villeneuve introduces another short prequel to Blade Runner 2049, this one introducing Dave Bautista's replicant character: #BladeRunner2049's @DaveBautista is a replicant on the run in this never-before-seen in-world prequel. Watch it now. pic.twitter.com/xGn3WfjATF — iTunes Trailers (@iTunesTrailers) September 14, 2017   Fan Theory of the Day: Cracked explores the theory that Harry Potter's curse magically caused his nice adoptive family into a bunch of jerks:    Poster Homage of the Day: This week's new Stranger Things throwback poster pays homage to Jaws or maybe Tremors or...

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The Last Horror Blog: 'It,' John Carpenter's Music Video, 'Lore' Trailer and More

14 September 2017 6:00 PM, PDT

Pennywise murders the box office as It sets records – Stephen King’s had a big year, with multiple TV shows and films based on his books hitting the screen. He’s apparently saved the best for last, as Andy Muschietti’s adaptation of his novel It not only dominated at the box office, it posted the highest opening weekend numbers in genre history. The film pulled in $123.1 million in the Us, and $185 million globally. The previous record holder for a horror film, Paranormal Activity 3, opened with $52.6 million. That’s impressive – but what’s even more astonishing is that film is now the second highest opening film of the year, behind only Guardians of the Galaxy 2. The film is a huge success for New Line and Warner Bros., as It had...

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Frank Vincent, Known for 'Goodfellas' and 'The Sopranos,' Passes Away at 78

14 September 2017 4:00 PM, PDT

Stars get all the headlines, in movies as in real life, but it's great supporting players who make it possible for them to shine. His name may not trip off the tongues of most movie fans, but Frank Vincent (above in Chicago Overcoat) was an enormously talented character actor. His performances rarely drew attention to themselves, yet always bolstered the movies and television shows in which he appeared. Now he has passed away at the age of 78, according to his friend and fellow actor Vincent Pastore (via Variety). Frank Vincent did not begin acting until 1976, when he debuted in The Death Collector, which also featured Joe Pesci. Vincent and Pesci then appeared together in Martin Scorsese's classic Raging Bull, starring Robert De Niro. Watch a Nsfw video below in which...

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Movie News: Paul Bettany Shares New 'Avengers' Photo; 'Expendables' Writer Tapped for 'Wonder Woman 2'

14 September 2017 2:00 PM, PDT

Avengers: Infinity War: Just last week, we learned that Paul Bettany (above in Avengers: Age of Ultron) had joined the cast of the Han Solo Star Wars movie via director Ron Howard. Now Bettany has shared a mysterious photo of himself in costume as his Avengers character Vision (below), though he doesn't state if it's from Avengers: Infinity War, now in post-production, or the upcoming and untitled fourth Avengers installment. [Instagram via Splash Report]   @markruffalo took this picture of me catching up on paper work. A post shared by Paul Bettany (@paulbettany) on Sep 13, 2017 at 12:39am Pdt   Wonder Woman 2: Writer Dave Callaham (Doom, The Expendables) has come on board the sequel to Wonder Woman. He will join director...

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First Look at David Harbour as the New Hellboy

14 September 2017 12:00 PM, PDT

If you only know David Harbour from Stranger Things, or from anything else, really, then you'll be amazed by his first appearance as the new Hellboy. Behold the debut look at the actor in all his devilish glory: Harbour kinda looks like Ron Perlman's version of the comic book character, who previously led two eponymous movies from Guillermo del Toro. There are little but notable differences, however, such as that long hair and more robotic-looking "Right Hand of Doom." The way he's photographed gives him a darker tone as well, which is fitting since the reboot promises more of an edge. While we're staring at this red hunk of cinematic beauty, here's a recap of everything we know about the next Hellboy movie: Who is taking over the...

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Today in Movie Culture: 'Kingsman: The Golden Circle' in Lego, Don Bluth's American Classic and More

13 September 2017 11:00 PM, PDT

Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:   Trailer Remake of the Day: Ahead of this month's release of Kingsman: The Golden Circle, here's the obligatory Lego redo of the trailer from Huxley Berg Studios:   Film Studies Lesson of the Day: What is "result direction"? This video essay on the collaboration of directors and actors by Travis Lee Ratcliff explains:    New Perspective of the Day: Learn the supposed "hidden meaning" of Django Unchained from an alien in the future in the latest Earthling Cinema video:   Mashup of the Day: Antonio Maria Da Silva edited together homages to the stairs sequence from Battleship Potemkin, including...

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Trailer Buzz: Pixar's 'Coco,' Jackie Chan as 'The Foreigner' and the Tragic True Story 'Only the Brave'

13 September 2017 8:00 PM, PDT

Today we've got a trio of trailers about courageous people:   Coco First up we have the latest from Pixar, an animated feature with a protagonist who literally comes back from the dead. Well, the Land of the Dead. Young Miguel (Anthony Gonzalez) is magically transported to a world full of skeletons, including his deceased ancestors and must return to the land of the living before he's caught or turned into a skeleton himself. The new trailer, entitled "Find Your Voice," offers more reason to anticipate this stunning and humorous-looking movie. Disney doesn't even need the new Frozen short in front of Coco to get people to buy tickets. We'll be there when it opens on November 22.   The Foreigner Somewhere in...

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Toronto 2017 Buzz: 'The Disaster Artist,' 'First Reformed,' 'Three Billboards,' 'Foxtrot' and More

13 September 2017 4:00 PM, PDT

Let's start off with two titles that recently debuted new, full trailers at the Toronto International Film Festival. The Disaster Artist - James Franco stars as Tommy Wiseau, a passionate filmmaker who directed the beloved cult title The Room. Dave Franco and Seth Rogen also star. The Disaster Artist: so fun. A hilarious & sweetly inspirational tale about a man with a dream. James Franco does a perfect Tommy! #TIFF17 pic.twitter.com/wyq5oMk7oA — Alicia Malone (@aliciamalone) September 12, 2017   Downsizing - Alexander Payne's movie sparked very good buzz coming out of the Venice International Film Festival, though reactions have been more mixed during its screenings at the Telluride and Toronto festivals. A new trailer establishes the unusual...

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Movie News: Nicolas Cage to Star as Big-Game Hunter in 'Primal'; Disney Sets New 'Aladdin' Release Date

13 September 2017 2:00 PM, PDT

Primal: Nicolas Cage (above in Arsenal) will star in Primal. He'll portray a big-game hunter who has gathered a collection of deadly and exotic animals for a zoo and is heading home on a shipping freighter, not realizing that a political assassin is also on board and plotting chaos by releasing the animals. Veteran stunt coordinator Nick Powell will direct. [Variety]   Disney: Right after the announcement that Star Wars: Episode 9 would be delayed, Disney announced several other release date changes. The two most noteworthy titles are the live-action Aladdin, starring Will Smith (above in Collateral Beauty), which will move from December 2019 to May 24, 2019, while the not yet titled movie about Christopher Robin, starring Ewan McGregor, has now been set for August...

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Liam Neeson to Retire From Action Movies

13 September 2017 12:00 PM, PDT

Liam Neeson has enjoyed a long and varied career as an actor. He made his stage debut in 1976 and then began appearing in films and television shows. His notable supporting role in John Boorman's Excalibur (1981) brought him increased attention, as did his turn in The Bounty (1984) opposite Mel Gibson and Anthony Hopkins. From there, the sky was the limit. He began snaring lead roles, such as in Sam Raimi's action movie Darkman, but it was his performance as Oskar Schindler in Steven Spielberg's Schindler's List that elevated him to the top ranks, earning him an Academy Award nomination. He easily moved between heavy-duty dramas like that and blockbusters such as Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace and Batman Begins. Yet it was his starring role in...

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Today in Movie Culture: How 'Wonder Woman' Should Have Ended, Jason vs. Michael Myers and More

12 September 2017 11:00 PM, PDT

Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:   Alternate Endings of the Day: Wonder Woman gets some alternate scenes, including a Moana mashup, and ending in this animated parody:   Mashup of the Day: We've seen Jason battle Freddy, so now it's time for the Friday the 13th icon to fight Halloween's Michael Myers in this fan-made trailer:   Alternate Poster of the Day: Thor: Ragnarok, director Taika Waititi shared some mashup fan art, jokingly claiming it an unused poster design: My rejected poster design. pic.twitter.com/GL4t1ONSrr — Taika Waititi (@TaikaWaititi) September 9, 2017     Fan Theory of the Day: Disney animated features are all...

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'Transformers: The Last Knight' Comes Home; Plus This Week's New Digital HD and VOD Releases

12 September 2017 4:00 PM, PDT

Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and/or own this week via various Digital HD providers such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, Google Play and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (animated; voices: Kevin Hart, Ed Helms, Nick Kroll, Thomas Middleditch, Jordan Peele, Kristen Schaal; rated PG) The Mummy (action-adventure-horror; Tom Cruise, Annabelle Wallis, Sofia Boutella, Courtney B. Vance, Russell Crowe; rated PG-13) It Comes at Night (horror-thriller; Joel Edgerton, Riley Keough, Christopher Abbott, Carmen Ejogo; rated R) Beatriz at Dinner (comedy-drama; Salma Hayek, John Lithgow, Connie Britton, Chloe Sevigny; rated...

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- Robert B. DeSalvo

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'Transformers: The Last Night' Comes Home; Plus This Week's New Digital HD and VOD Releases

12 September 2017 4:00 PM, PDT

Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and/or own this week via various Digital HD providers such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, Google Play and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (animated; voices: Kevin Hart, Ed Helms, Nick Kroll, Thomas Middleditch, Jordan Peele, Kristen Schaal; rated PG) The Mummy (action-adventure-horror; Tom Cruise, Annabelle Wallis, Sofia Boutella, Courtney B. Vance, Russell Crowe; rated PG-13) It Comes at Night (horror-thriller; Joel Edgerton, Riley Keough, Christopher Abbott, Carmen Ejogo; rated R) Beatriz at Dinner (comedy-drama; Salma Hayek, John Lithgow, Connie Britton, Chloe Sevigny; rated...

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