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Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth Are Re-Teaming for “Men in Black” Spinoff — Let’s Talk About Pay

Thor: Ragnarok

Thor: Ragnarok” co-stars Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth are reuniting for another big budget project. Thompson is in talks to join Hemsworth in Sony’s “Men in Black” spinoff, Variety reports. This casting news is an opportunity to raise some important questions about pay equity.

The original 1997 sci-fi comedy starred Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones as agents of a secret organization — known as the Men in Black — formed to protect Earth from aliens. If Thompson and Hemsworth are co-leads in the pic, it only makes sense for the “Men” part of the title to change. But we’re left wondering if that’s all that’s going to be updated.

Now is the time to examine the quote system, which is how paydays in Hollywood are determined. The system is inherently sexist because quotes are based on the success of an actor’s last film — and if
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Journey’s End movie review: where the war winds blow

MaryAnn’s quick take… A descent into the muddy trenches of World War I that is intimate and immediate, melancholy and profoundly moving. An experience as visceral as it is intellectual. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

I have not read the source material

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto) women’s participation in this film

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This year is the centenary of the final year of World War I, and the cinematic commemorations are beginning with the new British film Journey’s End. The last surviving veteran died in 2012 just short of the age of 111, so the experience of serving in the war has now passed out of living memory. But End puts us in the trenches with an intimacy that is profound and moving, and with an immediacy that unavoidably draws us to see a relevance for today.
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Murder On The Orient Express Review

Kenneth Branagh’s Murder On The Orient Express – 2017’s take on Agatha Christie’s 1934 dead-body caper – reminds of a cinematic time capsule that was dug up and never dusted off. It’s not the first, nor even fourth time Christie’s words would be uttered by actors aboard their high-class locomotive prison. Sidney Lumet’s 1974 classic shines with old-Hollywood prestige, Alfred Molina stars in a 2001 modern-day take, Japan televised a 2015 miniseries event overseas – so how would Branagh differentiate? Apparently by staying devout to Christie’s 1930s aesthetic, conception and tone. A relic whose connotation translates to “Back in my day!,” rolling slowly down the tracks for an almost two-hour whodunit that runs out of steam far before reaching desired conclusions.

Branagh stands-in as star detective Hercule Poirot, an investigator whose reputation is outshined only by his feral-animal-lookin’ mustache. In Istanbul, with the help of philandering companion Bouc (Tom Bateman), Poirot
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Thor: Ragnarok movie review: it’s only the end of the world

MaryAnn’s quick take… Breezy, jokey, crammed with clever sci-fi ideas; the funniest McU flick yet. Director Taika Waititi brings a new geeky verve we didn’t realize the series needed. I’m “biast” (pro): love the cast, love the McU

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Thor can go to hell.

No, I mean, literally: Thor is capable of going to hell, just for a visit, which is where he is at the opening of Ragnarok. Okay, okay, I know, I know, it’s not really hell, not Hell. I know it’s Muspelheim, the extradimensional realm of fire, please don’t write in to complain. But it’s pretty hellish, and Thor is there to confront the fire demon Surtur, who is fairly satanic: extremely large and scary, aflame, and determined to slay the gods of Asgard and
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Why Gwyneth Paltrow Is Putting Acting on the Backburner

Why Gwyneth Paltrow Is Putting Acting on the Backburner
Where in the world is Gwyneth Paltrow? The Oscar winner, last appeared on the big screen in the 2015 box office flop Mortdecai, has put acting on the back burner to concentrate on her passion; Her Goop lifestyle company and website. "I think I was so lucky I had an incredible acting career. But I had this deep passion to, you know, produce content and make great products and curate things and it's sort of evolved slowly and had a long gestational period and now it's like a real business," Paltrow said on the Today show Thursday. "I'm still going to do a little bit here and there," she said about acting. "But this really requires almost all of my time....
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What ‘The Mummy’s’ Cursed Domestic Opening Means for Tom Cruise’s Movie Star Appeal

  • The Wrap
What ‘The Mummy’s’ Cursed Domestic Opening Means for Tom Cruise’s Movie Star Appeal
Tom Cruise’s “The Mummy” seriously underperformed at the domestic box office this weekend, delivering just $31.6 million from over 4,000 locations. It’s a rare miss for the 54-year-old star, who has a reported 16 films to his name that have grossed over $100 million prior to last week’s release of the flagship movie for a hopeful Universal franchise. Take the misfortunes of his Hollywood colleague Johnny Depp, who suffered five consecutive misfires (namely “Alice Through the Looking Glass,” “Black Mass” “Mortdecai,” “Transcendence” and “The Lone Ranger” before this summer’s rebound with “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.
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Exclusive: Listen to a track from Geoff Zanelli’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man Tell No Tales score

Before its May 26th release, we would like to exclusively share with you a track from Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man Tell No Tales titled ‘El Matador Del Mar’ by Emmy winning composer Geoff Zanelli.

Some of Zanelli’s other credits include Steven Spielberg’s Into The West, Disney’s The Odd Life of Timothy Green, HBO’s The Pacific, DreamWorks and Paramount PicturesDisturbia, 20th Century Fox’s Hitman, Lionsgate’s Gamer, DreamWorksGhost Town, The Weinstein Company’s Outlander and more recently Lionsgate’s Mortdecai, for which he collaborated with Grammy-award winning Mark Ronson on both the co-written score and songs.

Zanelli’s full Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales soundtrack will also be available May 26 and can be preordered via Amazon Us or Amazon UK.

See Also: Read our review of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

Johnny Depp
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‘Jurassic World’ Sequel: 4 Reasons the Franchise Needs Jeff Goldblum

‘Jurassic World’ Sequel: 4 Reasons the Franchise Needs Jeff Goldblum
Jeff Goldblum fans rejoiced after THR revealed on April 25 that the Oscar-nominated actor will star in next year’s untitled sequel to “Jurassic World,” but no one could have been happier than Universal Pictures. Though Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard were already confirmed to reprise their roles from the 2015 film, landing Goldblum is a huge win for the studio, as he bridges the gap between the first two “Jurassic Park” movies and the fifth installment of the franchise, which will be directed by “A Monster Calls” director J.A. Bayona.

Read More: ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Photos: Chris Hemsworth Rocks a New Haircut With Cate Blanchett, Jeff Goldbum and Tessa Thompson

Goldblum will once again play Dr. Ian Malcolm, the sharp-witted mathematician who had some of the most memorable lines in 1993’s “Jurassic Park,” and who returned as the lead in the 1997 sequel “The Lost World.” Universal shouldn’t have a problem
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WWE blamed for cancelled Wrestlemania match, WWE wrestlers released | WrestleTalk News

Oli Davis rounds up the biggest professional wrestling news in his daily WrestleTalk column…

Just several months after production began on Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson’s movie about WWE star Paige, another Hollywood wrestling biopic is about to be greenlit: a film about the life of Vince McMahon, quite aptly called Pandemonium.

The Hollywood Reporter have revealed that TriStar Pictures have snapped up the project after Andrew Lazar – the producer behind 2014’s box office smash American Sniper – acquired the rights. He’s also the man responsible for Cats & Dogs, Jonah Hex and Mortdecai, but those are in no way as impressive.

The President of WWE Studios Michael Luisi is also producing, and the project is said to have Vince McMahon’s blessing. Which probably means the movie will have no mention of Randy Savage, B. A. Star isn’t just a PR exercise, Wrestlemania always breaks attendance records, WCW never stood a chance,
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Pepper Potts to Return in Spider-Man: Homecoming?

Pepper Potts to Return in Spider-Man: Homecoming?
Fans are still buzzing over the new Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer that dropped this morning, which offered a better look at the mentor/mentee relationship between young Peter Parker (Tom Holland) and Iron Man himself, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.). We have also known for quite some time that Robert Downey Jr. will be joined by his first Iron Man director and actor Jon Favreau, reprising his role as Tony's bodyguard/driver Happy Hogan, who hasn't been seen on the big screen since 2013's Iron Man 3. Today we have word that Spider-Man: Homecoming will bring back another character we haven't seen since Iron Man 3, Gwyneth Paltrow's Pepper Potts.

While this report hasn't been confirmed, Lainey Gossip reports that, since Gwyneth Paltrow's contract with Marvel has expired, Sony Pictures had to pay the actress, which has reportedly become a "problem" for the studio, with the studio experiencing some
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Johnny Depp Is Once Again America’s Most Overpaid Actor

Despite the fact that Johnny Depp just can’t seem to find a good role lately, he’s still demanding extremely high paychecks for his work. The once upon a time A-lister is now more often than not found starring in one bomb after another, with his recent filmography cluttered up with mediocre projects like Alice Through the Looking Glass, Mortdecai, Transcendence, The Lone Ranger and Dark Shadows, among others.

Admittedly, it isn’t all doom and gloom for Mr. Depp, as he earned a fair amount of praise for his turn in Black Mass last year and is now part of the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them franchise. Still, he’s just not the box office draw that he used to be and as such, he’s now found himself as America’s most overpaid actor for the second year in a row.

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Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them: 15 spoiler-y questions answered

Mark Harrison Nov 22, 2016

With spoilers, we look at the questions Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them left behind...

This feature contains spoilers for Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them and other Harry Potter films.

For fans of Jk Rowling's Wizarding World, the newest adjunct to the Harry Potter franchise has been refreshingly unknown up until release. Although the new spin-off Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them is set before the previous films, we don't expect that Rowling's planned five films will dovetail directly into The Philosopher's Stone and aside from a couple of references to wizarding history, it's uncharted territory.

The book version of Fantastic Beasts was published for Comic Relief in 2001 and purports to be an abridged, Muggle-worthy edition of Newt Scamander's in-universe work on magical creatures. On the other hand, the plot of the film is brand new, taking place during Newt's research into writing the book,
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Exclusive: ComicBookMovie Sits Down With Star Trek Beyond Makeup Artist Joel Harlow

It's not every day you get a chance to chat with an Academy Award-winner, but that's exactly the opportunity I was given a few weeks back when I got to sit down with Joel Harlow, the makeup artist behind Paramount Pictures' critically acclaimed smash hit Star Trek Beyond.  Harlow's work spans many generations, so even if you haven't gotten around to watching Captain Kirk's latest adventure just yet, you'll surely have seen his handiwork in one film or another at some point over the last thirty years. Outside of the Star Trek franchise, for which his won his Academy Award back in 2009, he has a very close working relationship with 3x Academy Award-nominated actor Johnny Depp, collaborating with him on all five films in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, both Alice In Wonderland films, The Tourist, The Rum Diary, Dark Shadows, The Lone Ranger, Transcendence, Mortdecai, Into The Woods and Black Mass.
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Finding Altamira movie review: family at the intersection of science and art

MaryAnn’s quick take…

Couched in a tale of scientific discovery is a lovely portrait of a father-daughter relationship grounded in intellect and curiosity, a rare thing onscreen. I’m “biast” (pro): love anything about cave paintings

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Altamira is a cave in northern Spain in which, in the late 1870s, the first prehistoric paintings were discovered… or perhaps we should say rediscovered. They may have been stumbled upon first by a shepherd named Modesto Cubillas, but Finding Altamira focuses on gentleman scholar and scientist Marcelino Sanz de Sautuola (Antonio Banderas: The 33, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water) and his eight-year-old daughter Maria (Allegra Allen), after she follows a dog into the cave and becomes enchanted by the “moving” pictures of bison and other impressive creatures on the rock walls and ceiling.
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Johnny Depp Considers Taking The Lead In Thriller LAbyrinth

Arguably, it is long past time that Johnny Depp selected a good movie project. He presumably has a very lucrative set-up with Disney regarding the ongoing Pirates Of The Caribbean franchise, but lucrative deals and good films are not the same thing. He has, in recent years, filled his time with uncredited appearances (Jack And Jill, 21 Jump Street, London Fields), supporting roles (Tusk, Into The Woods, Yoga Hosers), and poorly received leads (Transcendence, Mortdecai, Black Mass, Alice through The Looking Glass) – but has not had a solid critical and financial success since 2011’s Rango. Could LAbyrinth be the film to turn things around?

The project comes with controversy baked right in. It is the screen adaptation of the overly titled LAbyrinth: A Detective Investigates The Murders Of Tupac Shakur And Notorious B.I.G, The Implication Of Death Row Records’ Suge Knight, And The Origins Of The Los Angeles Police Scandal,
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Five Important Lessons Hollywood Needs To Learn

  • Cinelinx
Filmmakers think they know what we want, but do they really? Do the executives sitting behind big, round tables in the executive offices of the major movie studios really have their finger on the pulse of the public? In fact, it’s questionable if even some of the creative talent, such as big name directors really understand what the people want. (Looking at you, Zack Snyder!) Is the film industry headed in the right direction? Well, we’re offering some free advice to Hollywood today. Cinelinx is listing 5 lessons that the people behind the cameras and desks need to know.

1…Big Blockbusters Are Becoming a Risky Proposition:

Movies are becoming more and more expensive to make. Some can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to produce. When you consider all the additional costs (like advertising) and the fact that studios don’t get all the money a movie makes at the theater,
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Trends and the Lack of Originality in Hollywood

Eric Bay-Andersen on trends and the lack of originality in Hollywood…

At the beginning of this year I went to the cinema and saw a preview of all the big films coming out in 2016, and it really depressed me because almost every upcoming ‘event’ film was a sequel, a re-boot, or a prequel to the re-imagined spin-off of a TV show adaptation! It’s gotten to the point where I even get disheartened by book adaptations, which is silly I know because there are so many great published stories out there that are worthy of being adapted for the big-screen. I guess I just find it sad that most film-makers these days seem to look to the best-sellers list for their inspiration, rather than their own imagination. I mean, if a new book comes out and is a big success, then of course someone will make it into a film at some point,
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Are Popular Characters Replacing Big Name Actors?

  • Cinelinx
The long-accepted rule in the film industry is that established names bring in the box office gold. Hollywood has always relied on big-name actors to guarantee them big box office. But is the trend changing now? Are fans now becoming less interested in A-list actors than in the characters they play?

A-List Hollywood stars get the big money because they bring in big profits for Hollywood studios. Or at least, they have up until now. Is the era of the A-Lister starting to fade? It’s possible, because in recent years, it seems that film fans have more interest in the role and less in the person playing the role. Look at what’s been happening to many A-lister in recent years.

Let’s take Johnny Depp, for instance. He used to play a variety of roles and could draw in crowds with his name alone. More recently, however, his
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How Johnny Depp and Amber Heard's Difficult Divorce Could Impact Their Careers

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How Johnny Depp and Amber Heard's Difficult Divorce Could Impact Their Careers
Will the shocking allegations surrounding Johnny Depp and Amber Heard's acrimonious divorce affect their careers? On Depp, veteran box office tracker Paul Dergarabedian says, even with accusations of domestic abuse levied against him, "Johnny is a huge star, he's a huge brand. This is not a good thing, but is this something that will dog his career forever? If history tells us anything, it's very doubtful." One veteran Hollywood insider agrees, but says it won't be as simple as hoping that time will make audiences forget about the scandal. "He's going to need to do a big sit-down with
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Anatomy of a Flop: 'Alice Through the Looking Glass'' disastrous performance, explained

  • Hitfix
With a gross of around $35 million over the four-day Memorial Day weekend, Disney's Alice Through the Looking Glass fell far short of analysts' expectations and is well on its way to becoming one of the year's biggest flops. So how did the James Bobin-directed sequel fall so short of its predecessor's massive $116 million opening weekend? HitFix reached out to box office experts to contextualize the film's disappointing performance. "Alice was a disaster any way you look at it," bottom-lined Box Office Guru founder Gitesh Pandya. "It was not a sequel that audiences were asking for in the first place and the final product was dull which led to bad reviews. Hence, there was no must-see factor." In terms of competition, Looking Glass went up against the mega-sequel X-Men: Apocalypse (which also underperformed relative to expectations despite handily finishing at No. 1) this weekend, which would understandably lead many to assume
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