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Feb 25

Why Denzel Washington Could Make History with a Surprise Third Oscar Win

Denzel Washington may make history at the Oscars this year (image courtesy Shutterstock)
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by Mike Miller

With a best actor nomination for his tour-de-force performance in Fences, Denzel Washington is on the verge of making history - again.

Should he win, Washington would have more Oscars under his belt than any other African-American actor. He is already the most nominated, having landed his seventh nod this year for Fences, and is also the only African-American to win multiple acting Oscars. Jethro Tull But with Casey Affleck's gut-wrenching turn in Manchester By the Sea wracking up best actor nominations and wins throughout awards season, this year's Oscars will see Washington playing an unfamiliar role: the underdog.

He admitted as much after his surprise win at the SAG Awards, where Washington beat out Affleck for the lead actor prize. "I'm a God-fearing man, I'm supposed to have faith; but I didn't have faith," he said onstage. "I said, 'Well, you know that young boy’s going to win, Denzel, you ain't gonna win.' So I didn't even prepare."

Continue Reading at: People

Feb 24

Wolverine/Deadpool film not happening: Hugh Jackman

Ryan Reynolds (left) as Deadpool and Hugh Jackman as Wolverine (images courtesy Toronto Sun - file photos)
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by WENN.com

Hugh Jackman has shot down Ryan Reynolds' hopes of bringing the Australian actor out of retirement as Wolverine to star in a future Deadpool movie.

The Les Miserables star has long insisted his forthcoming outing as Wolverine in Logan will be his final film as the X-Men character, but Reynolds refused to listen and has continued to campaign for a big screen reunion between the clawed superhero and his masked Deadpool, after appearing together in 2009's critical flop X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

Jackman appeared to consider the project last year, when he admitted he liked the idea, telling Variety.com, "I'm hesitating, because I could totally see how that's the perfect fit."

However, the 48-year-old has since decided he wants no part of the huge Deadpool franchise, insisting Reynolds has no "need" for his involvement.

In a recent question and answer session with fans on Facebook, he made it clear the time had passed for such an onscreen match up.

Asked outright if he would reunite with Reynolds onscreen, he replied, "No, and Ryan is currently sleeping outside my house!"

Continue Reading at: Toronto Sun

Feb 23

Alien: Covenant Prologue Lays The Movie's Groundwork With Partying And Good Conversation

by Mike Reyes

In the beginning, Ridley Scott's Alien was a franchise that built itself on a solid foundation of characters who were fun to watch, yet easy to identify with. After all, if some space creature is going to make its business the deaths of the crew members you're watching on the screen, you're going to want to relate to them before they meet such an untimely death. To a certain extent, the franchise moved away from such moments with each passing film, at least until Prometheus brought some of that spark back to the world of Xenomorphs and man. But now, with a newly released prequel video for Alien: Covenant, we're getting a sense that this film just might be going back to that particularly charismatic well.

Thanks to 20th Century Fox's YouTube channel, the prologue to Alien: Covenant, entitled "The Last Supper," has made its way to our eager eyes. While it's short, it's a perfect appetizer to the bloody, severely frightening entree that Ridley Scott's latest film in the series promises to be. There's not a lot of material that looks like it's teasing out the overall story to Alien: Covenant's plot line, but you can already start to see some personal dynamics forming. Not to mention, you get a fair amount of smart-assed Danny McBride doing his thing, helping lend this short film an air of familiarity and comfort; two things that will be in short supply to the crew of the Covenant on their latest journey.

Check out the clip here:

Continue Reading at: CinemaBlend

Feb 22

The Star Wars: Rogue One Blu-ray Will Come With The Cool Bonus Features

by Matt Wood

Considering that it has grossed over $1 billion at the box office and that it currently sits as the seventh highest grossing film of all time, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is probably looking at a pretty long shelf life. The spin-off was also a critical success, and now Disney is starting to roll out the carpet for the digital and home release of their latest Star Wars film. Like any decent Blu-ray worth your buck, the release is going to be loaded with bonus features and extras for die hard fans looking to learn more of that behind-the-scenes action.

Rogue One is hitting Digital HD on March 24, while the Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and On-Demand follow soon after on April 4. Disney and Lucasfilm were kind enough to share what fans are in for should they purchase any of the multiple forms of releases, and there's no shortage of extras. Much of the meat of these features are devoted to the original characters of Rogue One, with Jyn Erso, Cassian, K-2SO and the like each getting their own behind-the-scenes look at how they were conceived and developed. "The Princess & The Governor" sounds like it could be a standout, going into how the digital effects crew recreated Moff Tarkin and Princess Leia for the film. Considering both the controversy and impressive technology, that one might be a must watch.

Click the Continue Reading at link to see a full list of the extras as well as the rest of the article.

Continue Reading at: CinemaBlend

Feb 22

'Star Wars': New Chewbacca Actor Honors Peter Mayhew After Taking on the Role

Finnish-born actor Joonas Suotamo has some tall shoes to fill by playing Chewbacca (image courtesy Getty)
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by Patrick Shanley

Time to re-meet the galaxy's favorite Wookie.

Finnish actor Joonas Suotamo was officially announced in the role of Chewbacca for the upcoming Star Wars stand-alone film following the exploits of a young Han Solo. Suotamo will take over the beloved role Peter Mayhew made famous. In fact, Mayhew has played Chewbacca in every onscreen appearance of the character to date.

"Chewbacca is one of the most iconic characters in the history of film, and Peter's development and portrayal of this beloved Wookie has spread so much joy around the globe," Suotamo wrote in a statement after the casting was announced. "Peter's guidance and kindness have been invaluable gifts which warmed my spirit and prepared me for this journey. I aspire to make Peter proud and bring Star Wars fans the Chewie they know and love."

Suotamo joins Alden Ehrenreich, who is taking over the eponymous role from Harrison Ford, and Donald Glover, who will be playing Lando Calrissian.

While Mayhew's shoes are large ones to fill - both metaphorically speaking and literally - perhaps no actor is better equipped to do so than Suotamo. For starters, this isn't his first time suiting up as the towering furry smuggler: Suotamo served as a body double (Wookie double?) to Mayhew in 2015's The Force Awakens.

Suotamo also measures up to the demanding physical requirements of the role. A former college basketball star at Penn State University, Suotamo played center for the Nittany Lions and stands at an imposing six feet 10 inches tall. That puts him a few inches shorter than Mayhew's 7-foot-6 stature, but hey, this is a prequel - maybe Chewbacca was still growing (though he's thought to be around 200 years old at the time of A New Hope, so probably not).

Continue Reading at: The Hollywood Reporter

Feb 20

'King Arthur: Legend of the Sword' Trailer Delivers a Stylized Look at the Monarch

Charlie Hunman in the titular role of 'King Arthur: Legend of the Sword' (image courtesy of Warner Bros.)
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by Aaron Couch

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword shows that at first, Charlie Hunnam is reluctant would-be king.

The stylized take on the story is directed by Guy Ritchie, with Hunnam playing the monarch. The film also stars Jude Law as a ruler Vortigern, who is worried about a legend stating a sword will be drawn from the stone by the true king. As the trailer shows, the sword has been hidden under water for some time, and Vortigern becomes quite worried when the water recedes to reveal the sword. For his part, Arthur isn't so sure about his destiny, but eventually finds his groove.

David Beckham and Djimon Hounsou are also in the cast.

The trailer comes months after a first teaser debuted at San Diego Comic-Con last year. Warner Bros'/Village Roadshow will release King Arthur: Legend of the Sword May 12.

Watch the trailer here:

Continue Reading at: The Hollywood Reporter

Feb 19

LEGO Batman Beats The Great Wall, Fist Fight at the Box Office

A scene from 'John Wick: Chapter 2' (image courtesy Niko Tavernise / Lionsgate)
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by Alex Osborn

The LEGO Batman Movie held strong in first place at the box office this weekend, outpacing the debuts of The Great Wall and Fist Fight with an estimated $34.2 million.

As noted by Variety, Warner Bros. animated feature, which enjoyed the biggest opening of 2017 so far when it debuted last weekend, is on track to make $44 million by the end of President's Day weekend, nearly matching the combined Friday-Monday estimates of Fifty Shades Darker and The Great Wall.

Fifty Shades Darker and The Great Wall placed second and third at the box office this weekend, earning $21 million and $18.1 million, respectively. By the end of the four-day holiday weekend, Fifty Shades Darker is expected to make $24 million, while The Great Wall is expected to make $21 million. While The Great Wall's debut is above expectations, Legendary has a long way to go before it makes back the film's $150 million production budget.

In addition to The Great Wall, this weekend brought with it the debut of Fist Fight, which placed fifth with $12 million, just behind John Wick: Chapter Two, which earned $18.1 million. The four-day projections for John Wick: Chapter Two and Fist Fight are $19.5 million and $14 million, respectively.

Continue Reading at: IGN

Feb 18

'Lion King' Remake Casts Donald Glover as Simba, James Earl Jones as Mufasa

Director Jon Favreau announced on Twitter that Donald Glover (left) and James Earl Jones will be in his animated remake of 'The Lion King' (images courtesy Getty Images and Wireimage)
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by Aaron Couch

Donald Glover is going to be king.

The star has been cast in Disney's remake of The Lion King as Simba, with director Jon Favreau announcing the news on Twitter. Favreau also revealed James Earl Jones will reprise his role as Mufasa, the beloved father character he voiced in the 1994 animated original.

Favreau first met Glover at The Hollywood Reporter's conversation on creativity in December, where Favreau told Glover his son is a fan of the star's music, which he performs under the name Childish Gambino. ("By the way, full disclosure: I see your face every day when I wake up my 15-year-old son because on his door is a portrait of you," Favreau told the actor-musician.)

Favreau brought The Jungle Book to life last year, and though The Lion King won't be live-action, it will look it. Favreau has plans to build upon his work on Jungle Book, which featured a human child actor and brought a jungle and its animals to life using cutting-edge technology and green screen.

Jeff Nathanson, a Steven Spielberg favorite, is writing the take on the animated classic, which is considered one of the pinnacles of Disney's animated movies. In the original film, Jonathan Taylor Thomas voiced young Simba, while Matthew Broderick voiced the adult version of the character.

Continue Reading at: The Hollywood Reporter

Feb 17

New 'Purge' Movie Gets Summer 2018 Release Date

A scene from last years 'Purge: Election Year' (image courtesy Photofest / Universal)
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by Borys Kit

Get ready for more purging.

Despite seeming to end the story with The Purge: Election Year, Universal and producers Blumhouse and Platinum Dunes have set in development a new installment.

The studio has set a date of July 4, 2018, for the untitled next Purge chapter, which brings back franchise creator James DeMonaco, though not as a director.

DeMonaco is writing the script and will work closely with the producers to choose a new director for the project.

Blumhouse Productions' Jason Blum, Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form, and DeMonaco's longtime production partner, Sebastien K. Lemercier are producing.

The Purge series is set in a near future America where once a year there is a 12-hour period where all crime, including the most insane acts of murder, are legal. The first movie was a contained thriller that starred Ethan Hawke and made a very healthy $64.4 million on a $3 million budget. By the time of last year's installment, Election Year, the story had expanded into a battle for America's political future; the producers still kept the budget low - $10 million - and the movie, which starred Frank Grillo, grossed almost $80 million. The movie was also timely in its political overtones.

Continue Reading at: The Hollywood Reporter

Feb 17

'Logan' review: Hugh Jackman's final outing as Wolverine reinvents the superhero genre

by Mark Daniell

We like our heroes to be ageless. We want to think that they'll be here forever. And in the comic books, that's mostly true.

But Logan, which opens March 3, forces X-Men fans to see their most beloved mutant at his most fragile as he confronts a world without heroes.

If Deadpool reinvented what a superhero movie could be – ultra-violent, irreverent and hilarious – then Logan takes the genre to the next level.

Star Hugh Jackman isn't just giving us the definitive X-Men movie; it could just be the definitive comic book movie.

Logan is dark, very violent and uncompromising. Loosely adapted from Mark Millar's comic book storyline Old Man Logan, it plays a lot like Clint Eastwood's Unforgiven – try as he might, the adamantium-clawed mutant can't change who he is.

Now a pill-popping drunk in the year 2029 (a world not unlike the one we're living in), Logan is a limo driver hiding out along the Mexican border looking to score enough cash to sail away into the sunset with his old mentor Professor Charles Xavier (Sir Patrick Stewart) and the mutant tracker Caliban (Stephen Merchant).

Click the Continue Reading at link to go to the article and read the review and synopsis of 'Logan'.

Continue Reading at: Toronto Sun

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