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Apr 21

Verne Troyer, known for role in Austin Powers, dead at 49

Verne Troyer, known for his role as Mini-Me in the Austin Powers films, died Saturday at the age of 49 (image courtesy Adam Bettcher / Getty Images)

by Zulekha Nathoo

Verne Troyer, the actor known for his role as Mini-Me in the Austin Powers films, has died at the age of 49.

According to a family statement on his official Facebook page, the actor was struggling with "his own battles...But unfortunately this time was too much."

Troyer, who was two foot eight, was most recognized as Dr. Evil's small clone in Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999) and Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002), starring Mike Myers.

His other credits included Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (2001) and TV shows such as Scrubs, Two and a Half Men and Boston Public.

"Even though his stature was small and his parents often wondered if he'd be able to reach up and open doors on his own in his life, he went on to open more doors for himself and others than anyone could have imagined," the post said.

His family did not give a specific cause of death but made reference to depression and suicide being "very serious issues."

"You never know what kind of battle someone is going through inside."

Continue Reading at: CBC

Apr 20

Netflix and Byron Allen Could Be Getting Into the Movie Theater Business

by Brent Lang and Ramin Setoodeh

Landmark Theatres, a high-end chain known for its art-house offerings, has been quietly on the market for some time. But this week, two would-be buyers emerged as potential suitors: Netflix and Byron Allen's Entertainment Studios.

The names of both companies floated in the press illustrates the seismic changes happening in the movie industry. At a time when ticket sales are on the decline, owning a theater doesn't have the same profitability margins it once had. But there are other perks that could appeal to unconventional owners.

Netflix, which has been flirting with getting into the theatrical exhibition space as a way to qualify its films for awards consideration and to serve as a kind of test-kitchen for corporate experimentation, looked at the chain. However, it's not interested in the company, according to sources. (Netflix declined to comment.)

Netflix received four Oscar nominations this year for Dee Rees' Southern epic "Mudbound," but it has yet to crack the best-picture race with one of its movies. Although the streaming giant has had day-and-date releases for a handful of titles, such as "Okja" and Angelina Jolie's "First They Killed My Father," none of the major chains will carry a move if its simultaneously available on home platforms. If Netflix owned a theater, the company would be able to sidestep this barrier.

Byron Allen's Entertainment Studios has also said it is kicking the tires on Landmark, as a way to give the newer distributor a higher profile in Hollywood. Some studios, worried about domestic attendance declines, believe that they need to more closely align themselves to the theatrical experience. Neon, for instance, was co-founded by Alamo Drafthouse head Tim League and the studio has used the theater-chain to engage in innovative promotions for its films, handing out merchandise and outfitting staffers with pins tied to its upcoming movies. And there have also been mutterings that Amazon Studios could be interested in buying a theater somewhere.

Continue Reading at: Variety

Apr 18

$10-billion man Steven Spielberg to produce and possibly direct 'Blackhawk,' his first DC Comics movie

It looks like director Steven Spielberg is going to enter the DC Universe (image courtesy Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)

by Tracy Brown

Steven Spielberg is joining the DC Universe.

A day after he became the first director to cross the $10-billion threshold in global box office receipts thanks to "Ready Player One," Spielberg and his Amblin Entertainment are reteaming with Warner Bros. Pictures to produce the adaptation of DC's "Blackhawk," the studio announced on Tuesday. The intention is for Spielberg to direct the film, making it his first movie based on characters from DC comic books.

First published by Quarterly Comics in 1941, "Blackhawk" followed an elite team of World War II-era pilots led by a mysterious man called Blackhawk. The team known as the Blackhawks fought Nazis and later more fantastical foes. Comic book icon Will Eisner is credited as one of Blackhawk's co-creators along with Chuck Cuidera and Bob Powell. The title was acquired by DC Comics in 1957.

"We are so proud to be the studio behind Steven Spielberg's latest hit, and are thrilled to be working with him again on this new action adventure," said Warner Bros. Pictures Group Chairman Toby Emmerich in the announcement. "We can't wait to see what new ground he will break in introducing 'Blackhawk' to movie audiences worldwide."

"It was wonderful working with the team at Warner Bros. to bring 'Ready Player One' to the screen," Spielberg said. "They bring a blend of passion and professionalism to everything they do and have a tremendous history in this genre. I am excited to reunite with them on 'Blackhawk.'"

Continue Reading at: Los Angeles Times

Apr 17

Fourth 'xXx' Movie in the Works as Vin Diesel, H Collective Nab Rights to Franchise

Vin Diesel (left) and Deepika Padukone in a scene from "xXx: Return of Xander Cage" (image courtesy Paramount Pictures)

by Dave McNary

The H Collective and Vin Diesel's One Race Films have acquired rights from Revolution Studios to the "xXx" film franchise and plan to begin shooting the fourth film in December.

Revolution Studios retains its rights to the first three films. D.J. Caruso, who directed "xXx: Return of Xander Cage," will return to direct "xXx 4" with Diesel reprising his role as Xander Cage. Joe Roth and Jeff Kirschenbaum will produce with Diesel, Samantha Vincent for One Race Films and the H Collective.

The companies made the announcement Tuesday. Diesel had said in early 2017 at the "Return of Xander Cage" premiere in London that Paramount execs had expressed interest in the fourth movie, but those plans were never solidified.

The "xXx" franchise, which includes 2002's "xXx," 2005's "xXx: State of the Union," and 2017's "xXx: Return of Xander Cage," has collectively grossed nearly $1 billion at the worldwide box-office. Diesel's Xander Cage character is an extreme sports enthusiast and reluctant spy for the National Security Agency.

Continue Reading at: Variety

Apr 17

'Solo: A Star Wars Story' Actor Not Doing a Harrison Ford Impression

by Joseph Schmidt

The star of the upcoming Star Wars spinoff movie has some MAJOR shoes to fill, some would say too big. Some fans have already written off Solo: A Star Wars Story because Harrison Ford isn't involved.

And while new actor Alden Ehrenreich will be taking up the mantle of the galaxy's infamous smuggler, there was never any attempt from him to imitate the man who made Solo a legend. Director Ron Howard spoke with Empire Magazine when he gave some insight to Ehrenreich's approach.

"It was always clear from the beginning, before I was involved, that it was not going to be an impression of Harrison. No one wanted that," Howard said. "Part of Han Solo's character is sort of a vibe and a feel and a body language."

While Ehrenreich isn't recreating what Ford already did on the screen, the actor does understand that he's coming into a character with a lot of expectations, even though it takes place in a different time than what we've already seen.

"I think this movie is a great adventure story, and it's a great adventure story that's kind of a biopic in the way of a fictional character," Ehrenreich said to Kinowetter. "So you're watching this story unfold and enjoying the high excitement of that. And then at the same time, there's more of a focus on character and how he changes, I think, than you typically get in that kind of movie."

See the trailer here:

Continue Reading at: Comicbook

Apr 15

Weekend Box Office: 'Rampage' Beats 'A Quiet Place' After All With $34.5M

A still from this weekend's Box Office champ "Rampage" (image courtesy Warner Bros.)

by Pamela McClintock

On Friday afternoon, New Line's Rampage appeared to be dropping like a rock at the U.S. box office, with first projections suggesting the big-budget movie might not earn much more than $28 million in its launch.

But thanks to the star power of Dwayne Johnson, Rampage made something of a recovery, opening to $34.5 million from 4,101 theaters, one of the best showings ever for a video game adaptation and enough to win the weekend ahead of holdover horror sensation A Quiet Place. That was still behind expectations, however. Heading into the weekend, tracking showed Rampage launching to $35 million to $40 million, compared to $54 million two years ago for New Line's San Andreas, Johnson's last non-ensemble movie (Brad Peyton directed both films).

Paramount's high-concept horror film A Quiet Place continued to defy expectations in its sophomore outing, earning $32.6 million for a domestic total just shy of $100 million at $99.6 million. The $17 million movie - sure to generate huge profits - fell a scant 35 percent. It also is doing horrifyingly well internationally, earning $22.3 million in its second weekend for a foreign cume of $51.7 million and $151.3 million worldwide.

A Quiet Place wasn't the only horror pic to do scary business, thanks to a strong turnout among younger moviegoers.

Truth or Dare, the latest microbudget collaboration from Universal and Blumhouse, opened to a strong $19.2 million in the U.S. The supernatural thriller - which hit theaters on Friday the 13th - revolves around a group of spring breakers who play an innocent game of Truth or Dare that turns deadly. Directed by Jeff Wadlow, the film stars Lucy Hale and Tyler Posey.

Continue Reading at: The Hollywood Reporter

Apr 13

James McAvoy, Bill Hader in Talks to Star in 'It: Chapter Two'

by Borys Kit

James McAvoy and Bill Hader are in negotiations to join Jessica Chastain in It: Chapter Two.

The second installment of New Line's adaptation of Stephen King's It focuses on the adult versions of the characters that were subjected to the terror of demon clown Pennywise, last seen in the 2017 movie that grossed $700 million worldwide.

If the deals are made, McAvoy would play the role of the adult Bill Denbrough, the unofficial leader of the group of kids nicknamed the Losers Club, who grows up to be a successful author. When he returns to face his past, his old stutter resurfaces. Jaeden Lieberher played the character in the first movie. Hader would play the adult Richie Tozier, the jokester who grows up to be a DJ. Finn Wolfhard played the character in the first installment.

Chastain is already on board to play Beverly Marsh, the group's lone female member who as an adult ends up in an abusive marriage. Bill Skarsgard will return as Pennywise.

The kid actors from the movie, Lieberher and Wolfhard among them, are expected to return for the second chapter in flashback scenes.

It: Chapter Two is scheduled to begin production in July and is set to be released in theaters by Warner Bros. on Sept. 6, 2019.

Continue Reading at: The Hollywood Reporter

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