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Oct 18

Who should play Penguin in 'The Batman' now that Jonah Hill is out?

by Ben Cost

Jonah Hill won't be appearing in the upcoming "The Batman" movie after all.

Despite whispers that Hill would play a villain opposite Robert Pattinson, the two-time Oscar nominee and court jester to Judd Apatow's frat pack dropped out of the Matt Reeves-directed project after "talks broke down," according to [Deadline].

The DC flick has a tentative release date of June 2021, but so far, no details regarding the plot of Warner Bros.' remake have been officially revealed. Only casting news has slowly trickled in for "The Batman," which will also feature ZoŽ Kravitz as Catwoman, Jeffrey Wright as Commissioner Gordon and its latest addition, Paul Dano, who was tapped to play the Riddler.

It's still not confirmed that Penguin will even be in this already villain-stacked movie - although Joel Schumacher's "Batman Forever" and "Batman and Robin" both had multiple villains - but online chatter about the possible role has us speculating, too.

Continue Reading at: NY Post

Oct 17

Studio Ghibli movies will soon be available to stream for the very first time

A scene from Studio Ghibli's 2001 animated film 'Spirited Away' (image courtesy Rex / Shutterstock)
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by Will Lavin

Studio Ghibli's much loved animated movies will soon be made available to stream for the very first time.

HBO Max has announced that it has bought the exclusive streaming rights to the entire back catalogue of the Japanese animation house.

The catalogue includes Hayao Miyazaki's Howl's Moving Castle, My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, Nausicaš of the Valley of the Wind, and many others.

The movies will be available to stream when HBO Max launches in spring 2020.

Continue Reading at: NME

Oct 15

Gemini Man on track to be Will Smith's biggest box office flop since Wild Wild West

by Adam White

Will Smith's latest sci-fi thriller Gemini Man is on track to be one of his biggest flops at the box office, after grossing just $20 million in its opening weekend.

The film, directed by Ang Lee and starring Smith as a government assassin facing off against a clone of his younger self, cost $138 million to produce.

According to Deadline, the $20 million gross is particularly low as it was screened at IMAX cinemas and in 3D, both of which require higher costs of tickets.

The site also reported that the film looks set to lose $60 million for studio Paramount, with Gemini Man needing to hit $275 million worldwide to break even.

Gemini Man is also the lowest opening weekend for a Will Smith action movie since 1995's sleeper hit Bad Boys, which would go on to produce two sequels.

Smith's infamous flops After Earth and Wild Wild West additionally both opened to higher grosses in their respective opening weekends.

In 2013, After Earth opened to $27 million ahead of a global haul of $243 million (off a budget of $130 million), while 1999's Wild Wild West opened to a similar $27 million before topping just $222 million worldwide at the end of its theatrical run.

Wild Wild West cost $170 million to produce, not including a hefty marketing spend, leading to studio Warner Bros barely breaking even.

Continue Reading at: Independent UK

Oct 14

Martin Scorsese Continues Trashing Marvel Movies: We Shouldn't Be Invaded by It

by Neeraj Chand

Recently, Martin Scorsese made a few remarks about Marvel movies that did not sit well with the comic book community, both within Hollywood and among fans. Comparing the MCU to theme park rides, Scorsese dismissed the notion that the franchise produces actual cinematic content. Despite meeting with a strong backlash for his remarks, Scorsese stands by his beliefs, elaborating on his earlier comments at the British Film Institutet's London Film Festival for the closing night screening of his latest film, The Irishman.

"The value of a film that's like a theme park film, for example, the Marvel type pictures where the theaters become amusement parks, that's a different experience. As I was saying earlier, it's not cinema, it's something else. Whether you go for that or not, it is something else and we shouldn't be invaded by it. And so that's a big issue, and we need the theater owners to step up for that to allow theaters to show films that are narrative films."

The statement is only going to further infuriate the masses of MCU fans who have been boiling over with indignation ever since Scorsese issued his original remarks about the MCU formula. One has to wonder what exactly Scorsese thinks is preventing Marvel movies from being true cinema? Not enough tracking shots? Not enough stories about morally repugnant protagonists working for the mob before eventually meeting a sticky end? Or is this the old 'Superheroes are for children and thus unworthy of serious adult consideration' argument?

In a lot of ways, Scorsese's Marvel remarks are the final frontier that comic book movies need to breach to achieve that mythical 'mainstream acceptability'. For the longest time, superhero films were considered b-movies at best, useful for studios to earn millions off of die-hard fans through theater tickets and merchandise sale, but not something the 'auteurs' of cinema ever wasted time on.

Continue Reading at: Movieweb

Oct 13

Box Office: 'Joker' Goes Crazy With $55M; 'Addams Family' Buries 'Gemini Man'

This image split shows stills from 'Gemini Man', 'The Addams Family', and 'Joker' (images courtesy Paramount / MGM / and Warner Bros.)
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by Pamela McClintock

Todd Phillips' Joker is laughing all the way to the bank, earning an outstanding $55 million in its sophomore weekend for a 10-day domestic total of $192.7 million and massive global haul of $543.9 million.

Joker easily stayed No. 1, although MGM and United Artists Releasing's animated family pic The Addams Family came in a strong No. 2 with $30.3 million, ahead of expectations and more than enough to bury Ang Lee's big-budget Gemini Man, starring Will Smith. Gemini Man followed at No. 3 with an estimated $20.5 million.

Overseas, Joker remained a powerhouse for Warner Bros., grossing $125.7 million from 79 markets for a foreign tally of $351.2 million.

Gemini Man, conversely, took in $31.1 million from 58 markets for an early foreign total of $39 million and $59.5 million globally (it debuted in a handful of markets last weekend). The movie was beat by Joker in many markets; at the same time, in 25 territories, the pic marks Lee's biggest opening. Gemini Man has big aims for China, which is among several major markets where it has yet to open.

Joker, starring Joaquin Phoenix as the twisted supervillain, fell only 43 percent in North America, one of the lowest drops ever for a superhero or superhero-related pic behind Aquaman. The latter debuted over the year-end holidays, when films generally have huge second weekends.

Addams Family, co-financed by Bron, features a star-studded voice cast led by Oscar Isaac and Charlize Theron, along with Chloe Grace Moretz, Finn Wolfhard, Nick Kroll and Bette Midler.

Gemini Man, from Skydance and Paramount, reportedly cost $140 million to make after rebates and will need to do big business overseas if it isn't to lose money.

Continue Reading at: The Hollywood Reporter

Oct 12

Gemini Man Marketing Is Resorting To Will Smith Memes

by Mike Jones

Gemini Man marketing is resorting to Will Smith memes. The new film from Oscar-winning director Ang Lee can certainly claim the honour of being one of the most technologically ambitious films of the past year, with a strong cast to match.

Will Smith takes on the film's lead role as Henry Brogan, an American government assassin who is nearing the end of his career. After completing what he decides will be his last assignment, Brogan finds himself being hunted by his deadliest opponent yet: a 23-year-old cloned version of himself. The film was shot at a high frame rate (120 frames per second) and while that may seem an attractive detail to some, the truth of the matter is that only a handful of theaters in the United States are equipped to screen Gemini Man as it was intended to be seen. There is also the issue of Will Smith starring opposite a de-aged version of himself, the likes of which have been both praised and criticised by critics as well as audiences.

At present, the film's early reviews haven't exactly been spectacular, though of course, it is still too early to determine whether or not Gemini Man will sink or swim at the box office. For its part, Paramount has apparently resorted to social media memes in hopes of drawing more attention to the film. The first of these can be seen below and is somewhat of a treat for Smith fans, as it shows the star undergoing the process of some green screen effects, moments before things get a little, well... zany.

Click the Continue Reading at link to go to the article to see the tweet from Paramount and read the rest of the story.

Continue Reading at: ScreenRant

Oct 11

Brie Larson Confirms She and Other Avengers Talked to Kevin Feige About All-Female Movie

Brie Larson who plays Captain Marvel in the Marvel franchise wants an all-female Marvel movie (image courtesy Getty)
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by Greg Brian

The push for diversity in the MCU is continuously well-meaning, even if some of it is just "talk" across a corporate board table. Marvel has, at least, succeeded in bringing more gender and ethnic diversity. But the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) still lacks LGBTQ representation and it has yet to create an all-female Marvel movie. But all that may change soon.

Brie Larson, who plays Captain Marvel in the franchise, has led the way in bringing more women superheroes: something we're going to see extend to Black Widow in the coming year. What happens after that, though, is anyoneís guess.

After being honored at Variety's Power of Women recently, she spoke up about it. Larson revealed there's been some discussion about doing an all-female Marvel project. As she insinuated, speaking up may be the only way to make anything a reality.

During the Variety interview, Larson confirmed she and her fellow women cast talked considerably with Kevin Feige about creating a Marvel movie with just women. When using the words "truly discussed," Larson paused to note it's only a discussion.

Continue Reading at: Showbiz Cheatsheet

Oct 10

Pixar's Onward Gets Bizarre And Hilarious First Trailer

Dan Auty

Onward is the first of two new Pixar movies expected in 2020, and the full trailer has arrived. The movie features Marvel stars Tom Holland and Chris Pratt as two Elf brothers who embark on an unusual quest and it hits theaters next March.

While the first Onward teaser, released back in May, provided the basic plot, it didn't give us any details about the brothers' quest. But the new trailer reveals that the pair have cast a spell to bring their dead dad back to life--but unfortunately, it only restores his legs. So they set out on an adventure to try to get the rest of him back. It looks very strange and funny, and this being a Pixar movie, we can definitely expect some tears along the way too.

Onward's cast also includes Julia Louis-Dreyfuss (Veep) and Octavia Spencer (Ma), and it's directed by Dan Scanlon, who previously helmed Monster's University for the studio. It releases on March 6, 2020.

Watch the trailer here:

Continue Reading at: Gamespot

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