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May 5

Angelina Jolie Excited for Chloé Zhao to Bring A New Voice to Marvel

Angelina Jolie in a still from the upcoming movie "Eternals" (image courtesy Marvel)
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by Anthony Nash

Fans recently got a brief glimpse at footage from Marvel Studios' upcoming Eternals. In a recent interview, star Angelina Jolie said she’s excited for fans to see more of what Chloe Zhao has in store for them.

During a recent interview with CinemaBlend, Jolie was asked about what it was like to see Zhao take home the Oscar for Best Picture for Nomadland, and the actress was pleased. "I was very, very happy," Jolie said. "Very, very happy. I think she's...she's a special director. You know, she's a really interesting woman. She's very thoughtful, very serious about her work. I think she's bringing a new voice through her films, and, I think, to Marvel. So I'm very excited for people to see it."

Jolie didn't delve too much into the film or what to expect, but judging by the recent footage and information from Kevin Feige, it seems as if Zhao is going to bring a unique vision to the world of Marvel.

Continue Reading at: ComingSoon

May 3

The Eternals first footage drops as Marvel reveals Black Panther and Captain Marvel sequel titles

by Nick Romano

It's time to meet a new kind of comic book family.

Marvel Studios unleashed the first footage from The Eternals, Oscar winner Chloé Zhao's movie about a race of immortal beings who protect earth from villains called the Deviants. Not only that, but the footage came as part of a look ahead at the Phase Four movie slate, including official titles for Black Panther 2 & Captain Marvel 2.

To start, the Eternals footage revealed these comic heroes - Richard Madden (Icarus), Kumail Nanjiani (Kingo), Lauren Ridloff (Makkari), Brian Tyree Henry (Phastos), Salma Hayek (Ajak), Lia McHugh (Sprite), and Don Lee (Gilgamesh) - in their civilian clothes, in addition to a brief glimpse of their Eternals costumes. Angelina Jolie's Thena, however, gets a more action-packed shot wielding a celestial blade.

"When you love something, you fight for it," Ajak says.

The Eternals is set for release on Nov. 5 later this year, and Marvel confirmed the current release schedule for the others in the lineup.

The official title for the Black Panther sequel will be Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Marvel's Kevin Feige has already confirmed the late Chadwick Boseman's role will not be recast.

Check out the Marvel trailer here:

Continue Reading at: Entertainment Weekly

May 2

Box Office: 'Demon Slayer' Edges Out 'Mortal Kombat'

It was a close race at the Box Office this weekend between 'Mortal Kombat' (left) and 'Demon Slayer the Movie: Mugen Train' [images courtesy Warner Bros. / Aniplex]
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by Pamela McClintock

Japanese anime blockbuster Demon Slayer the Movie: Mugen Train edged out video game adaptation Mortal Kombat at the weekend box office, according to Sunday estimates.

Demon Slayer grossed $6.4 million from 1,925 theaters for an impressive 10-day domestic total of $34.1 million for Aniplex and Funimation, and north of $450 million globally.

Warner Bros.' Mortal Kombat took in $6.2 million from 3,113 cinemas for a 10-day domestic tally of $34.1 million.

Final numbers will be released Monday, and could change the order.

Both films fell steeply in their second weekends of play. That's not entirely unexpected for male fueled, R-rated genre pics.

A week ago, Demon Slayer opened to $21 million in North America, by far the biggest domestic debut of all time for a foreign-language film.
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Legendary and Warners' Godzilla vs. Kong continued to make panemic-era history as it crossed the $90 million threshold. Globally, the tentpole finished Sunday with an estimated $415.4 million in worldwide ticket sales.

In North America, the only new wide release was Open Road's horror entry Separation, which debuted to a meek $1.8 million.

Continue Reading at: The Hollywood Reporter

Apr 30

Wrath of Man red band trailer lets Jason Statham fire head-shots galore

by Kevin Fraser

Jason Statham and Guy Ritchie have reunited once again for WRATH OF MAN, an action thriller which finds Statham playing H, a mysterious stranger who is hired as a cash-truck security guard by a company responsible for moving millions of dollars around Los Angeles, but he's secretly on the hunt for the people who murdered his son. MGM have released a new red-band trailer for Wrath of Man, and as you might expect, there's an awful lot of bloody wrath on display with plenty of head-shots for all. Who does Statham think he is? John Wick?

In addition to Jason Statham, Wrath of Man also stars Josh Hartnett (Penny Dreadful), Scott Eastwood (The Fate of the Furious), Holt McCallany (Mindhunter), Jeffrey Donovan (Sicario), Laz Alonso (The Boys), DeObia Oparei (Game of Thrones), and Niamh Algar (Raised by Wolves).

Check out the trailer here, but remember it is red-band and therefore NSFW.

Continue Reading at: Joblo

Apr 28

Citizen Kane loses perfect Rotten Tomatoes score due to 80-year-old review

A still from 1941's "Citizen Kane" (image courtesy Photofest)
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by Kevin Fraser

Citizen Kane has been widely regarded as the best film of all-time and has enjoyed a perfect 100% score on Rotten Tomatoes which reflected that legacy, but thanks to a recently resurfaced 80-year-old review from the Chicago Tribune, the Orson Welles film now stands at a mere 99% on the review aggregator. Pathetic. I'll be burning my Blu-ray copy immediately. Only the strong survive.

Penned by Mae Tinée (which was a common pseudonym at the time), the negative review leads with the headline: Citizen Kane Fails to Impress Critic as Greatest Ever Filmed. "You've heard a lot about this picture and I see by the ads that some experts think it 'the greatest movie ever made,'" reads the review. "I don't. It's interesting. It's different. In fact, it's bizarre enough to become a museum piece. But its sacrifice of simplicity to eccentricity robs it of distinction and general entertainment value."

According to THR, the negative review was discovered by Rotten Tomatoes' Archival Project, which "focuses on resurrecting critics and publications of the past and adding archived reviews to classic films." The reviewer goes on to take aim at Citizen Kane's ground-breaking use of light and shadow, saying that it gave them the creeps and they "kept wishing they'd let a little sunshine in." It's not all bad however, as the reviewer does admit that Orson Welles is a "zealous and effective performer." Does any of this mean anything? Well, unless you're a card-carrying member of some Rotten Tomatoes cult, I'd say not, but it is an interesting snippet of history which proves that critics hated movies back in the day as well. Golly!

Continue Reading at: Joblo

Apr 27

Tom Cruise Reportedly Saved Co-Star's Life from Spinning Helicopter Blade While on Set

by Zack Sharf

Tom Cruise is a hero on the big screen and in real life. A new report from The Sun reveals Cruise saved his co-star Elisabeth Shue's life during the production of the 1988 comedy "Cocktail." The film's aerial camera operator Bill Bennett wrote about the incident recently on Facebook, and Cruise reportedly confirmed the story to his "Mission: Impossible" director Christopher McQuarrie. The Sun's report followed a story from over the weekend in which Cruise was spotted saving a cameraman from falling off a train during a stunt on the production of the latest "Mission: Impossible" movie.

'We were filming the scene from a helicopter, where Tom and Elisabeth are riding horses along the beach," Bennett writes in his post. "After a couple takes, the pilot would land the helicopter on the beach, and Tom and Elisabeth would come over to watch the shot recordings and get notes from the director. The only monitor was at my operating position in the left front seat of the helicopter."

Bennett explains that the tail rotor at the back of the helicopter appears invisible as it spins, adding, "If you walk into it, it will kill you instantly." After Cruise and Shue watched playback of a scene on the monitor, Shue "took off suddenly, running towards the back of the helicopter."

"Tom is a pilot, rated in both airplanes and helicopters, and instantly saw the danger," the camera operator continues. "He lunged after her, but only was able to grab her legs, tackling her to the ground... At that point she turned white, and he pulled her back towards the front of the helicopter and they walked away. All of us in the helicopter, we're quite shaken up by the close call, but there was nothing to be said. Tom had, in that instant, truly saved her life."

Continue Reading at: IndieWire

Apr 26

'Nomadland' wins best picture at a distanced Oscars

by Jake Coyle, The Associated Press

Chloe Zhao's "Nomadland," a wistful portrait of itinerant lives on open roads across the American West, won best picture Sunday at the 93rd Academy Awards, where the China-born Zhao became the first woman of colour to win best director and a historically diverse group of winners took home awards.

In the biggest surprise of a socially distanced Oscar ceremony held during the pandemic, best actor went to Anthony Hopkins for his performance in the dementia drama "The Father." The award had been widely expected to go to Chadwick Boseman for his final performance in "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom." The night's last award, it ended the ceremony on a down note, particularly since Hopkins wasn't in attendance.

Hours later, Hopkins made a belated victory speech from his Welsh homeland and paid tribute to Boseman, who he said was "taken from us far too early."

The "Nomadland" victory, while widely expected, nevertheless capped the extraordinary rise of Zhao, a lyrical filmmaker whose winning film is just her third, and which -- with a budget less than US$5 million and featuring a cast populated by non-professional actors -- ranks as one of the most modest-sized movies to win Hollywood's top honour. (Zhao's next film, Marvel's "Eternals," has a budget approximately 40 times that of "Nomadland.")

A plain-spoken meditation on solitude, grief and grit, "Nomadland" stuck a chord in a pandemic-ravaged year. It made for an unlikely Oscar champ: A film about people who gravitate to the margins took centre stage.

Continue Reading at: CTV

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