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When seeing a movie for the first time you may think to yourself, "Wow this film is really well written!" or "This is a great story!" Although the script may have been entirely envisioned and created by the screenwriter, there is a good chance that you are looking at the result of a film adaptation.

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Mar 5

Stephen Colbert to Host Cinema-Only 'Lord of the Rings' Reunion

Stephen Colbert on the set of the "Late Show" (image courtesy CBS / Getty)
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by Daniel Kreps

Stephen Colbert will host a trio of cinema-only Lord of the Rings cast reunions as part of Alamo Drafthouse's free series to encourage moviegoers to return to their local independent theaters following a year ravaged by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Colbert - an enormous Tolkien fan who can (and has, on his Late Show) recite entire passages from the novels - will first sit down with Elijah Wood, Sean Astin, Billy Boyd, and Dominic Monaghan to discuss the The Fellowship of the Ring, the first film in the trilogy, for an event showing on March 25th at whatever local cinemas opt to host the free event. (The events will be filmed beforehand and screened at said theaters.)

Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Viggo Mortensen, and Liv Tyler will next chat about The Two Towers with Colbert for an event screening on April 1st, followed by director Peter Jackson, Ian McKellen, and Andy Serkis reminiscing about The Return of the King for an April 8th showing.

Elijah Wood, who played Frodo Baggins in the trilogy, also helped corral all his co-stars for the reunions. "One of the experiences I miss most during this last year, beyond getting to hug my friends and travel, is sitting in a dark movie theater eagerly anticipating a new cinematic experience," Wood said in a statement.

"When Tim [League, Alamo Drafthouse Founder and Executive Chairman] reached out with the idea that we could band together to bring some much-needed support to independent theaters across the globe, I jumped at the chance to help."

The LOTR reunion is the first in a series of "Support Local Cinemas" bonuses - cast reunions, commentaries, interviews, etc. - that Alamo Drafthouse will produce and distribute to fellow indie theaters for free in an effort to welcome film lovers back to the movies.

Continue Reading at: Rolling Stone

Mar 4

F9 Stalls Again as the Fast & Furious Sequel Gets Delayed a Month

by Jon Arvedon

The latest Fast & Furious sequel F9 has been hit with its third delay.

The film will now arrive in theaters June 25 after losing its previous May 22, 2020, April 2, 2021 and May 28, 2021 release dates. Meanwhile, fellow Universal Pictures film Minions: The Rise of Gru will now release on July 1, 2022, setting it back a full year.

This latest delay comes as theaters in some parts of the world remain closed due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic while others, such as New York City, are just beginning to reopen.

Directed by Justin Lin, F9 stars Vin Diesel, John Cena, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Jordana Brewster, Nathalie Emmanuel and Sung Kang, with Helen Mirren, Charlize Theron and Cardi B. The film arrives in theaters June 25, 2021.

Continue Reading at: CBR

Mar 4

Without Remorse Trailer: Michael B. Jordan Stars in Amazon's Tom Clancy Adaptation

by Kylie Hemmert

Amazon Prime Video has released the official Without Remorse trailer starring Michael B. Jordan in the adaptation of Tom Clancy's novel. The trailer spotlights the origin story of Jordan's character, John Kelly, including an attempted assassination that results in his wife being killed. Now, the Navy SEAL goes on a path to avenge his wife's murder only to find himself inside of a larger conspiracy.

Originally scheduled for a February 2021 theatrical release, the film will now be making its debut on April 30, 2021, exclusively on Amazon Prime Video. You can check out the trailer now in the player below!

When a squad of Russian soldiers kills his family in retaliation for his role in a top-secret op, Sr. Chief John Kelly (Michael B. Jordan) pursues the assassins at all costs. Joining forces with a fellow SEAL (Jodie Turner-Smith) and a shadowy CIA agent (Jamie Bell), Kelly's mission unwittingly exposes a covert plot that threatens to engulf the U.S. and Russia in an all-out war. Torn between personal honor and loyalty to his country, Kelly must fight his enemies without remorse if he hopes to avert disaster and reveal the powerful figures behind the conspiracy.

The explosive origin story of action hero John Clark, one of the most popular characters in author Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan universe, Without Remorse is directed by acclaimed filmmaker Stefano Sollima (Sicario: Day of the Soldado, Gomorrah, ZeroZeroZero).

Continue Reading at: ComingSoon

Mar 2

The Ice Road: Netflix Acquires Liam Neeson's Action-Thriller in Domestic Deal

Liam Neeson in a scene from "The Ice Road" (image courtesy CODE Entertainment)
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by Kylie Hemmert

Deadline brings word that Netflix has acquired Oscar nominee Liam Neeson's (Schindler's List, Kinsey, The Grey) action-thriller The Ice Road. The streaming giant won the U.S. rights to the project in a "record domestic only-deal," reportedly offering $18 million for the movie off of a promo. The deal was closed during the virtual European Film Market (EFM) over the weekend.

Neeson most recently appeared in the action titles The Marksman and Honest Thief, as well as the James D'Arcy comedy Made in Italy.

In The Ice Road, after a remote diamond mine collapses in the far northern regions of Canada, an ice driver (Neeson) leads an impossible rescue mission over a frozen ocean to save the lives of trapped miners despite thawing waters and a threat they never see coming.

The movie is written and directed by Jonathan Hensleigh (The Punisher, Die Hard with a Vengeance, Jumanji) and also stars Laurence Fishburne and Holt McCallany.

Continue Reading at: ComingSoon

Mar 1

'Nomadland,' 'Borat,' 'The Crown' win at bicoastal Golden Globes

by Jake Coyle, The Associated Press

With homebound nominees appearing by remote video and hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler on different sides of the country, a very socially distanced 78th Golden Globe Awards trudged on in the midst of the pandemic and amid a storm of criticism for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, with top awards going to "Nomadland," "Borat Subsequent Moviefilm," "The Crown" and "Schitt's Creek."

The night's top award, best picture drama, went to Chloe Zhao's elegiac road movie "Nomadland," a Western set across economic upheaval and personal grief. Zhao, the China-born filmmaker of, became the first woman of Asian descent to win best director. She's only the second woman in the history of the Globes to win, and the first since Barbra Streisand won for "Yentl" in 1984.

"'Nomadland at its core for me is a pilgrimage through grief and healing," said Zhao, accepting the awards remotely. "For everyone who has gone through this difficult and beautiful journey at some point in their lives, this is for you."

With a cancelled red carpet and stars giving speeches from the couch, Sunday's Globes had little of their typically frothy flavour. But they went on, nevertheless, with winners in sweats and dogs in laps, in a pandemic that has sapped nearly all the glamour out of Hollywood.

Facing scant traditional studio competition, streaming services dominated the Globes like never before -- even if the top award went to a familiar if renamed source: Searchlight Pictures, the now Disney-owned specialty label behind "12 Years a Slave" and "Birdman."

Continue Reading at: CTV

Feb 28

Box Office: 'Tom & Jerry' Shows Claws With $13.7M Bow

An image from this weekend's Box Office champ "Tom and Jerry" (image courtesy Warner Bros.)
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by Pamela McClintock

Tom & Jerry made a number of friends at the weekend box office with a North American debut of $13.7 million from 2,475 theaters and a global total of $38.8 million through Sunday.

Domestically, the feature film about the iconic alley cat and pesky mouse who are frenemies scored the second-best three-day launch of the pandemic behind fellow Warner Bros. release Wonder Woman 1984 ($16.7 million), and of 2021, as more cinemas reopen across the country.

The strong debut of the family pic - at least in the COVID-19 era - is a good sign for Hollywood as New York City theaters prepare to open on March 5 (Los Angeles remains closed). It's also a win, at least in the short term, for Warners' policy of opening its 2021 titles simultaneously in theaters on HBO Max.

Roughly half of the country's cinemas remain closed, according to best estimates.

Directed by Tim Story and based on the cartoon characters of the same name created by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, Tom & Jerry's live-action cast is led by Chloë Grace Moretz [pictured above].

Family products dominated the chart. Universal and DreamWorks Animation's The Croods: A New Age fell just 30 percent even with competition from Tom & Jerry. Croods 2 grossed $1.2 million in its 14th outing from 1,1912 locations for a domestic haul of $52.4 million and $156.2 million globally.

The competition for kids will heat up further when Disney debuts Raya and the Last Dragon on March 5 both in cinemas [and] on Disney+ for a $30 upcharge.

Continue Reading at: The Hollywood Reporter

Feb 26

Army of the Dead Teaser: Survivors Take All in Zack Snyder Zombie Heist Pic

by Grant Hermanns

While fans are still anxiously awaiting the arrival of his infamous director's cut of the DC Extended Universe team-up Justice League, Netflix has unveiled the first teaser for Zack Snyder's ensemble zombie heist pic, Army of the Dead, which can be viewed in the player below!

Army of the Dead will follow the story of a man who recruits a group of mercenaries to pull off the ultimate heist amidst a zombie apocalypse. It is consists of an ensemble cast, including Dave Bautista (Stuber), Omari Hardwick (Kick-Ass), Tig Notaro (Instant Family), Hiroyuki Sanada (Westworld), Raul Castillo (Vida), Nora Arnezeder (Origin), Matthias Schweighöfer (The Manny), Samantha Win (Wonder Woman), Rich Cetrone (Thor) and Garrett Dillahunt (Fear the Walking Dead).

Snyder has been working on the main movie since 2007, originally having it in development at Warner Bros. Now, the project is in development at Netflix. Word is the streaming service is sparing no expense with a budget reportedly in the $70 million to $90 million range.

Continue Reading at: ComingSoon

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