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

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Need a quick recap on the past week in movie news? Here are the highlights:   Big News Ron Howard revealed the Han Solo movie title: Solo: A Star Wars Story isn't a surprising title for the standalone young Han Solo movie, but at least we know what to call it now. Read all we know about the movie here and check out some extra Star Wars news and rumors here and here and here.   Terrific News The New Mutants will kick off an X-Men horror trilogy: If you liked what you saw in last week's terrifying The New Mutants trailer, then you'll be happy to know that it's just the first in a trilogy that will cover different types of horror. Read more details from director Josh...

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- Christopher Campbell

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Today in Movie Culture: Eiza Gonzalez as Catwoman, 'Star Wars' Augmented Reality Experience and More

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Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:   Casting Rumor of the Day: Eiza Gonzalez is rumored for Catwoman in Gotham City Sirens again, so BossLogic shows us what that could look like:  I love @eizamusica that's just me :D #gothamcitysirens pic.twitter.com/r6d94Lq9Zv — BossLogic (@Bosslogic) October 20, 2017   Prank of the Day: This augmented reality stunt is more "experience" than prank but it did catch fans at New York Comic Con by surprise:   Pumpkin Carving of the Day: Speaking of Star Wars, here's Bb-8 made out of pumpkins with a link to how to make your own: Get a thumbs up from trick-or-treaters this Halloween with a...

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- Christopher Campbell

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Comics on Film: Reexamining Lex Luthor in the Dceu

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  As many longtime comics fans can likely attest, Lex Luthor has been one of the most fascinating supervillains for the majority of the last thirty years. Originally conceived as a mad scientist out to destroy the original superhero, a reinvention in 1986 by writer/artist John Byrne in the pages of The Man of Steel repositoned Luthor as a villain of our time: a man scrambling to accumulate power in as many ways as possible, in order to directly challenge a man who doesn't accumulate power, but has it: Superman.   The mere fact that Luthor, a non-powered (albeit brilliant) human being stands as the arch-nemesis of one of fiction's most raw powerful icons should say a lot about him: even with all of his physical limitations in the context...

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Movie News: Daisy Ridley Touted for Mysterious Superhero Comedy; Watch Chris Hemsworth in First '12 Strong' Trailer

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Superhero Comedy: Daisy Ridley (Murder on the Orient Express, above) and her Murder costar Josh Gad, as well as Luke Evans, are all attached to star in a project described as "a character-driven comedy that takes an original spin on the superhero genre." The project, which is still in its early days, originated with Gad, who came up with the idea and then brought the actors together along with writers Aaron and Jordan Kandell (Moana). [Deadline]   Out of Blue: James Caan (The Good Neighbor, above) and Jacki Weaver (Equals) have joined the cast of Out of Blue. Patricia Clarkson and Toby Jones star in the crime drama, which follows a homicide detective (Clarkson) who must investigate a shooting of an astrophysicist. The film is currently in production under the...

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Rumor Patrol: 'Star Wars: Episode IX' Will Go "Elsewhere" and Unite the Three Trilogies

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  Last month we learned that J.J. Abrams will be returning to direct Star Wars: Episode IX. Since that announcement, fans have been buzzing over what that would mean for the new trilogy’s capper.    Star Wars: The Force Awakens was very reminiscent of Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, a choice that left some critics and audiences wanting more or, to be more accurate, wanting something new. Many have been speculating if Episode IX would follow in those footsteps. A couple morsels from the director himself may shed some lens-flared light on the situation.   Abrams and composer Michael Giacchino were recently interviewed on a BBC radio program. When asked about working on Star Wars and Star Trek, series...

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Today in Movie Culture: A History of Werewolves in Movies, How David Fincher Hijacks Your Eyes and More

19 October 2017 11:00 PM, PDT

Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:   Film History Lesson of the Day: For Fandor, Luis Azevedo looks at the history of werewolves, particularly in movies from Werewolf of London to Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban:   Movie Trivia of the Day: With Halloween coming up, Screen Rant looks into the dark truth behind the original script for Monster House:   Movie Science of the Day: Why does Captain America's shield bounce? Kyle Hill gives a scientific explanation for Nerdist:   Film Legend of the Day: Wonder Woman goes through the Film Theorists'heavy point-based analysis to determine where it ranks among film legends:   Vintage Image of the...

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'Thor: Ragnarok' Reviews Suggest We've Reached Peak Marvel Cinematic Universe

19 October 2017 4:00 PM, PDT

No longer limited by the confines of social media postings, critics are unleashing their full reviews of Thor: Ragnarok today and the buzz continues to be very strong. Could this be the best-reviewed entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe yet? Is it at least the funniest? Current champion in the former is still the initial installment, 2008's Iron Man, with its 94% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Within a few hours of the review embargo being lifted, Ragnarok sits at a very impressive 98%! But things could change by the time the movie's released on November 3 and more formal reactions have been published. For now, here's a breakdown of the first wave of praise and criticisms with the latest McU blockbuster:   Is this the best...

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- Christopher Campbell

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'Get Out,' 'I, Tonya' and 'Call Me By Your Name' Among 2017 Gotham Award Nominees

19 October 2017 2:00 PM, PDT

Awards season has begun! October might sound a little early for year-end awards, but the Ifp Gotham Awards, presented by the Independent Filmmaker Project (Ifp), are limited to films directed by a U.S. born or based filmmaker and are "made with an economy of means." So, don't expect any blockbusters to be honored. Obviously, not every movie released during the year is submitted for consideration, but traditionally the nominees are good indicators of films that have enjoyed critical plaudits; often they end up winning Academy Awards as well. Last year, for example, eventual Oscar winner Moonlight received the Best Feature award at the Gothams. That being said, what about this year's crop of award contenders? We'll focus on the Best Feature...

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Movie News: First Look at Laura Dern in 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi'; Morgan Freeman to Star as Colin Powell in Bio-Pic

19 October 2017 12:00 PM, PDT

Star Wars: The Last Jedi: Laura Dern (above in Twin Peaks) shared a first look at the character she plays in Star Wars: The Last Jedi (below). Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo became friends with Leia Organa in her youth and later began working with the resistance against the First Order. The sequel will open in theaters on December 15. [Instagram via BirthMoviesDeath]   Excited to talk a little Star Wars with my buddy @theellenshow today!! A post shared by @lauradern on Oct 18, 2017 at 9:56am Pdt   Powell: Morgan Freeman (Going in Style, above) will portray Colin Powell in a new biographical portrait of the former military leader. Ed Whitworth wrote the screenplay, which takes place during the years that Powell served as U.S. Secretary of...

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Today in Movie Culture: 'La La Land' Meets 'Blade Runner 2049,' 'Black Panther' Easter Eggs and More

18 October 2017 11:00 PM, PDT

Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:   Mashup of the Day: This fan-made trailer for La La Land 2049 mashes two Ryan Gosling movies perfectly (via ScreenCrush):   Easter Eggs of the Day: We got a new Black Panther trailer, so here's Mr. Sunday Movies with a funny look at its Easter eggs and other things you might have missed:   High School Assembly of the Day: An Arizona high school's dance team performs the greatest homecoming assembly routines ever. Following last year's Pixar-themed pep rally comes this year's The Wizard of Oz extravaganza (via Geekologies):   Vintage Image of the Day: George C. Scott, who was born on this day in 1927, with co-star...

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Kevin Feige Says a Female 'Thor' Movie Is Definitely a Possibility

18 October 2017 4:00 PM, PDT

If one thing is for certain when it comes to the current Marvel Cinematic Universe, it's that everything will change upon the release of both Avengers: Infinity War and its untitled follow-up, currently known as Avengers 4. What the Marvel roster will look like once those films roll out is an uncertainty. Will they kill off beloved characters like Iron Man, Captain America, Thor and the Hulk, or will they instead allow other characters to become, say, the new Captain America, and kill off the personality who originated them. So maybe Cap sticks around, but is no longer played by Chris Evans. Or maybe Captain America dies and is absent from the films for three or four years, and then surprises everyone by making a triumphant return. We've seen both varations play out in...

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See New 'Bohemian Rhapsody' Photo; Here's What We Know So Far

18 October 2017 2:00 PM, PDT

Director Bryan Singer (X-Men Apocalypse) shared an amazing new photo of Rami Malek (above in Buster's Mal Heart) as Freddie Mercury (below) and it looks like a snapshot from a concert video of the famed singer during his glory days leading Queen. If those names are not instantly familiar to you, however, we're here to help with a quick catch-up on the movie.   Couldn't help myself and had to post this iPhone pic A post shared by Bryan Singer (@bryanjaysinger) on Oct 16, 2017 at 6:30pm Pdt   Who stars? Rami Malek, who broke out big time in TV's Mr. Robot, now in its third season. He's been acting for more than 10 years, building up an impressive resume that includes roles in the Night at the Museum movies, TV...

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Movie News: Mary Elizabeth Winstead to Star in Dark Comedy; 'Seven' Writer Tapped for Justin Lin's 'Lone Wolf and Cub'

18 October 2017 12:00 PM, PDT

All About Nina: Mary Elizabeth Winstead (10 Cloverfield Lane, above) and Common will star in All About Nina. The dark comedy follows a stand-up comedian (Winstead) with a deeply troubled past; now on the verge of stardom, she meets a man (Common) who challenges all her preconceptions. Based on her own original screenplay, Eva Vives (Raising Victor Vargas) will make her directorial debut. The supporting cast includes Beau Bridges, Kate Del Castillo and Chace Crawford. [Deadline]   Lone Wolf and Cub: Andrew Kevin Walker, best known for writing David Fincher's Seven (above), has been tapped to write the screenplay for Lone Wolf and Cub. It's based on a long-running Japanese manga series about a warrior who seeks revenge for the murder of his wife and members of his...

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- Peter Martin

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Today in Movie Culture: 'Geostorm' Pranks New York City, Alternate 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' Endings and More

17 October 2017 11:00 PM, PDT

Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:   Prank of the Day: Warner Bros. fooled a bunch of people in New York City with a sudden weather change to promote Geostorm (via Geekologie):   Alternate Sequel of the Day: What if Jurassic Park II was much different and starred Bruce Willis along with a returning Samuel L. Jackson? Here's a fake trailer showing the answer by Rich Williamson:   Alternate Endings of the Day: Just in time for today's home video release, here's a funny animated look at how Spider-Man: Homecoming should have ended:   Effects Breakdown of the Day: Speaking of Spider-Man: Homecoming, Imageworks shares how they animated the title superhero...

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'Han Solo' Movie Gets a Title; Here's What We Know So Far

17 October 2017 6:00 PM, PDT

  The big news of the day is that the untitled Han Solo film now has a title! The next entry in the Star Wars anthology series is, drumroll please, Solo: A Star Wars Story.   What do you think? It’s simple, it’s to the point and, honestly, what could be a better name for a stand-alone movie? Let’s quickly recap everything we know so far.     Who is playing Han Solo?   The galaxy’s most infamous smuggler will be played by 28-year-old Alden Ehrenreich. He’s been in several films over the last few years, but he really garnered attention as Hobie Doyle in the Coen Brothers’ Hail, Caesar! “Would that it were so simple.” We expect his career to hit lightspeed once the world sees him piloting the...

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'Girls Trip' Now Available for Rent, Plus This Week's New Digital HD and VOD Releases

17 October 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 Spider-Man: Homecoming (umpteenth superhero-franchise reboot; Tom Holland, Zendaya, Michael Keaton, Bokeem Woodbine, Tyne Daly, Marisa Tomei, Robert Downey Jr.; rated PG-13) Girls Trip (comedy; Regina Hall, Tiffany Haddish, Larenz Tate, Mike Colter, Kate Walsh, Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah; rated R) Lady Macbeth (romantic drama; Florence Pugh, Cosmo Jarvis; rated R) Menashe (drama; Menashe Lustig, Ruben Niborski; rated PG) Step (documentary about an inner-city Baltimore dance team...

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- Robert B. DeSalvo

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How 'Happy Death Day' Almost Ended

17 October 2017 2:00 PM, PDT

Spoiler alert: The following post dives into the ending of Happy Death Day. If you haven’t seen the film, and don’t want it spoiled for you, bookmark this post and come back to it later. You have been warned! Happy Death Day had a jubilant opening weekend at the box office, but things weren’t always happy with the teen-friendly horror/comedy. As it turns out, the film’s original cliffhanger ending was a lot darker, so much so that test audiences were reportedly “furious” when it was over. Let’s explore how Happy Death Day originally ended and how the filmmakers adapted to the situation. In an interview with CinemaBlend, Happy Death Day director Christopher Landon (above) explained the version that played at test screenings: "In...

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Movie News: Riz ('Rogue One') Ahmed to Star in 'Hamlet'; What Happened to Sif After 'Thor: The Dark World'?

17 October 2017 12:00 PM, PDT

Hamlet: Riz Ahmed (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, above) is in negotiations to star as the titular character in Hamlet. Ahmed developed the new version of Shakespeare's classic stage play, set in modern-day London, with writer Michael Lesslie (Assassin's Creed), who is also a longtime friend. Netflix will finance and distribute the movie. [Deadline]   Thor: The Dark World: What happened to Asgardian warrior Sif (Jaimie Alexander, above) after the events in Thor: The Dark World? Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige says: "Sif was probably banished. She's off somewhere." Based on his answer, we may not see Sif anytime soon in Marvel's cinematic universe. We expect to have a better idea on what's happening, though, after Thor: Ragnarok opens on...

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- Peter Martin

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Today in Movie Culture: Oscar Issac and Eva Green in 'The Addams Family,' a 'Justice League' Parody and More

16 October 2017 11:00 PM, PDT

Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:   Fan Casting of the Day: A lot of people want a new Addams Family movie starring Oscar Isaac and Eva Green, so BossLogic shows us what that could look like: Been seeing this fan-casting of Oscar Isaac and Eva Green online for a New Addams Family and I love the idea pic.twitter.com/kbeiYSNVdM — BossLogic (@Bosslogic) October 13, 2017     Movie Parody of the Day: The Justice League trailer gets a silly animated spoof with this ArtSpear Entertainment video:   Fan Project of the Day: A movie fan has created an imaginary road map of "Movieland" with great movies as locations around this world. Watch the Kickstarter trailer for the...

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- Christopher Campbell

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'The New Mutants' Will Kick Off an 'X-Men' Horror Trilogy With Practical Effects

16 October 2017 8:00 PM, PDT

Last week we got our first look at The New Mutants with a trailer showcasing the X-Men spin-off as a full-fledged horror movie. Around the same time, cowriter/director Josh Boone shared some additional info about the teen superhero movie with IGN, including the fact that he's planning a trilogy. Here's what we learned from the interview:  Will the New Mutants trilogy continue the horror elements? Yes, this was always pitched as a horror trilogy through all three movies, but it won't be as consistent as that sounds. They will "all be their own distinct kind of horror movies," Boone explains. "This is certainly the ‘rubber-reality’ supernatural horror movie. The next one will be a completely different kind...

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