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Nov 21

DC's Final Aquaman Trailer Delivers Ocean-Size Spectacle

by Dan Auty

It's been nearly a year since the last DC movie hit theaters in the shape of Justice League, but next month finally sees the release of Aquaman. Jason Momoa reprises his role as the King of Atlantis, and the final trailer has now been released.

The new trailer splits the difference between plot and action, with lots of footage of young Arthur Curry training with his father Vulko (Willem Dafoe) to become a fearsome ocean warrior. The rest kicks into high gear with tons of wild-looking action, plus another look at Aquaman in his famous golden suit from DC's comic books. Check it out below.

Continue Reading at: Gamespot.com

Nov 21

Harley Quinn Spin-off Movie Gets A Full Title -- And It's Very Long

by Eddie Makuch

Actress Margot Robbie has revealed the official title for the upcoming Harley Quinn spin-off movie, and you may not be able to say it in one breath. The film is titled Birds of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn), Robbie, who is also producing the film, revealed in a post to her personal Instagram page.

The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that this is indeed the final title for the film. It apparently takes inspiration from the Oscar-winning 2014 movie Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance). In the same way that film was shortened to Birdman, it's expected that Birds of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) will simply be known as Birds of Prey.

Robbie will be playing Harley Quinn for a second time in the new film, following her first appearance as Quinn in 2016's Suicide Squad. Her co-stars include Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Huntress, Jurnee Smollett-Bell in the role of Black Canary, Ella Jay Basco as Cassandra Cain, and Rosie Perez as Renee Montoya. Ewan McGregor plays the bad guy, Black Mask.

Cathy Yan (Dead Pigs) is directing Birds of Prey, which hits theaters in February 2020. Little is known about the plot of Birds of Prey, but given the title, it will likely touch on Harley Quinn and her ... emancipation from the Joker.

Continue Reading at: Gamespot.com

Nov 20

The Terminator, Legally Blonde and more movies are now free on YouTube

by Mike Sorrentino

Looking for a free movie? YouTube has you covered, albeit with some ads.

YouTube quietly opened up a free movie section in October, spotted previously by AdAge. Its selection includes The Terminator, Legally Blonde and Rocky. You can find it by clicking on YouTube's Movie page, and scrolling down to the "Free to watch" carousel.

The films are supported with ads because nothing is ever truly free, and are ad-free for anyone with a YouTube Premium account. But this selection is different from the original content films that you get with a YouTube Premium subscription, previously named YouTube Red. YouTube confirmed the addition in a statement to CNET, mentioning the movies are available through Hollywood partnerships the service has made.

The library appears to be available only in the US for now.

Continue Reading at: cnet

Nov 18

Box Office: 'Fantastic Beasts 2' No. 1 With $62M for $253M Global Launch

Eddie Redmayne in a scene from 'Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald' (image courtesy Warner Bros.)
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by Pamela McClintock

Warner Bros.' Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald couldn't conjure the same magic the first film did in its U.S. opening, but made up ground overseas for a worldwide launch of $253.2 million.

In North America, the sequel debuted to $62.2 million from 4,163 theaters, compared to $74.4 million for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them on the same pre-Thanksgiving weekend in 2016. The first Fantastic Beasts fared better with critics and earned an A CinemaScore, while Crimes of Grindelwald battled generally poor reviews and a B+ CinemaScore.

Overseas, the $200 million film roared to $191 million from 79 markets, slightly ahead of the first Beasts ($187 million). China led this time with $47.5 million, although Sony's Venom stayed atop the chart in the Middle Kingdom with $51.2 million for a phenomenal 10-day total there of $207.1 million and a worldwide tally of $780.5 million.
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The holdover The Grinch posed plenty of competition for families in its second weekend, placing No. 2 with a flush $38.2 million from 4,141 locations for a 10-day domestic total of $126.5 million. It took in $9.4 million from 23 markets overseas, where it is rolling out slowly, for an early foreign cume of $25.2 million and $151.7 million globally.

The Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody also held well in its third outing, coming in No. 3 with $15.7 million from 3,810 cinemas. The film's domestic cume through Sunday stands at $129.7 million. At the foreign box office, the movie earned an additional $45 million from 75 markets for a rocking international cume of $256.4 million and $384.3 million worldwide.

The new holiday comedy Instant Family, starring Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne, opened in fourth place in North America with $14.7 million from 3,286 theaters, well behind the Daddy's Home series, also starring Wahlberg.

Continue Reading at: The Hollywood Reporter

Nov 16

Jack Reacher: With Tom Cruise out, who will play the action hero next?

by Clémence Michallon

Tom Cruise is out as Jack Reacher – so who will play the action hero in a forthcoming reboot?

With author Lee Child telling BBC Radio Manchester that the Mission: Impossible actor, "for all his talent", didn't have the right "physicality" to play Reacher, it appears a spot has opened for the new TV adaptation.

When Cruise was first picked to play Reacher, which he has done in two movies, some complained that the Hollywood actor wasn't the right choice.

Reacher is described in Lee's books as being a 250-pound blond man standing at 6ft 5in tall, with hands the size of dinner plates or Thanksgiving turkeys, and knuckles like walnuts.

Cruise, on the other hand, has dark hair and is 5ft 7in tall.

"The idea is that when Reacher walks into a room, you're all a little nervous just for that first minute... so what I've decided to do is – there won't be any more movies with Tom Cruise," Child said.

"Instead we're going to take it to Netflix or something like that. Long-form streaming television, with a completely new actor."

No replacement has been announced for Cruise yet, but fans have already started discussing possible options on online discussion boards.

Click the Continue Reading at link to see a list of proposed replacements being floated by the Independent.

Continue Reading at: Independent UK

Nov 15

The New Trailer for Disney's Live-Action Dumbo Will Pretty Much Rip Your Heart to Shreds

by Beth Elderkin

Thanks to the latest trailer for Tim Burton's live-action remake of Dumbo, you'll still believe a horribly depressed elephant can fly! He will also be ripped away from his mother and be forced to wear clown make-up, among other cruelties.

This new look at Burton's Dumbo remake brings us further into the world of the circus overseen by Max Medici (Danny DeVito), where a one-armed war veteran and single father named Holt Farrier (Colin Farrell) has been tasked with taking care of a newborn circus elephant named Dumbo (or "Jumbo," as he's apparently called at first). This adorable elephant's got skills, flying skills, which the entrepreneur V.A. Vandemere (Michael Keaton) is eager to exploit. The film also stars Eva Green as Colette Marchant, a flying trapeze artist. Take a look...

We've seen a few of the trappings from the original 1941 animated film, including Dumbo’s giant ears and the famous "Pink Elephant Parade" that Dumbo sees when he gets drunk on bubbly. There's more of that here, plus a better look at some of the human characters (especially Keaton, oozing villainy through that weirdly molded coiffure) and a good glimpse of the heart-ripping scene when Dumbo's mother is separated from her baby son and carted away to parts unknown. Yeah, this is gonna get dark.

Dumbo is the latest in a string of Disney live-action remakes, including Cinderella, The Jungle Book, and Beauty and the Beast. We can also expect adaptations of Mulan, Aladdin, Lilo & Stitch, and others in the future. There's also one in the works for The Lion King, though it's tricky to call it live-action as much of it will be computer generated. Dumbo is set to be released in March 2019.

Continue Reading at: Gizmodo.com

Nov 14

Simon Pegg misses George Lucas after seeing The Last Jedi

by Michael Roffman

It's almost been a year since The Last Jedi hit theaters. Since then, the Star Wars fanbase has devolved into an insufferable wasteland, where fans draw their blasters at every other disagreement. It wasn't always like this, though, and that's not lost on Simon Pegg.

As The Playlist points out, the English star recently appeared on the Adam Buxton Podcast, where he offered his two cents on Rian Johnson's divisive sequel and the franchise’s state of affairs. As a longtime fan of all things pop culture - and let's not forget, a minor cast member of 2015's The Force Awakens - he was quite sagacious.

"There was an odd thing with [The Last Jedi] in that the people who didn't like it were sort of being gaslighted by the people that did like it, who were just dismissing their complaints about the film as being fanboy butthurt," Pegg explains. "And yet, the whole thing is just eating itself in a hideous cultural soup."

Pegg goes on to argue that "it's just a film," and admits some disappointment with Johnson's sequel, stating: "...the overriding feeling I got when I came out was, 'I miss George Lucas.' For all the complaining that I'd done about him in the prequels, there was something amazing about his imagination."

He's not wrong. While Lucas' prequels are a mess - from the dialogue to the gluttonous CGI to the lack of narrative cohesion - the ideas are at least far more imaginative than the regurgitated plot lines of these sequels. After all, we've seen cantinas, we've seen death stars (two, in fact), and we've watched Jedis train.

Still, Pegg contends those prequels aren't without its own hideous faults. He argues that the "first three [Star Wars] films were the product of real collaboration," referencing producers Gary Kurtz and Alan Ladd, Jr., while the prequels were more of an anything goes situation that needed "someone to steer [Lucas] in the right direction."

Continue Reading at: consequenceofsound.net

Nov 13

Marvel Comics icon Stan Lee dead at 95

Stan Lee at the premiere of Doctor Strange in Los Angeles on Oct. 20, 2016 (image courtesy Invision / AP)
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by Reuters

Stan Lee, who dreamed up Spider-Man, Iron Man, the Hulk and a cavalcade of other Marvel Comics superheroes that became mythic figures in pop culture with soaring success at the movie box office, died at the age of 95, his daughter said Monday.

As a writer and editor, Lee was key to the ascension of Marvel into a comic book titan in the 1960s when, in collaboration with artists such as Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko, he created superheroes who would thrill generations of young readers.

Lee's daughter C.J. Lee confirmed the death to Reuters. Lee is survived by his daughter and his younger brother, Larry Lieber, who also worked in comics.

Americans were familiar with superheroes before Lee, in part thanks to the 1938 launch of Superman by Detective Comics, the company that would become DC Comics, Marvel's archrival.

Lee was widely credited with adding a new layer of complexity and humanity to superheroes. His characters were not made of stone - even if they appeared to have been chiseled from granite. They had love and money worries and endured tragic flaws or feelings of insecurity.

"I felt it would be fun to learn a little about their private lives, about their personalities and show that they are human as well as super," Lee told NPR News in 2010.

Continue Reading at: CBC

Nov 12

Pixar drops first 'Toy Story 4' teaser trailer

Although it seems like just yesterday that we all collectively ugly-cried at the ending of "Toy Story 3," Disney is hoping we still want to see what troubles face our favourite toys, Woody, Buzz and Jessie, next.

The first teaser trailer for the newest installment of Pixar's "Toy Story" franchise dropped Monday morning and shed some light on where the series will go from here.

The whole gang is back but it will be joined by a homemade toy that isn't really a toy, per se.

Judy Collins' 1967 classic "Both Sides Now" plays as Andy's toys hold hands dancing in a seemingly idyllic circle before one of the newcomers screams: "I don’t belong here!"

A brief synopsis for the film is in the YouTube video's description: "Woody has always been confident about his place in the world and that his priority is taking care of his kid, whether that's Andy or Bonnie. But when Bonnie adds a reluctant new toy called "Forky" to her room, a road trip adventure alongside old and new friends will show Woody how big the world can be for a toy."

Watch the new teaser trailer here:

Continue Reading at: CTV

Nov 12

'Venom' Passes 'Justice League' At The Worldwide Box Office

by Jamie Jirak

Venom, which stars Tom Hardy in the titular role, received mixed reviews, earning an astoundingly different reaction from moviegoers than the critics. No matter who you side with in the Venom battle, there's no denying the film's success. The movie is now ranked at 115th on the worldwide grossing scale while Justice League is pushed down to the 120th spot.

Much like Venom, Justice League was met with mixed reactions, but that didn't stop audiences from taking a peak at the first big DC crossover film, which $229 million domestically.

In a big win for Sony, Venom has officially grossed $673.5 million worldwide whereas Warner Bros.' Justice League topped off at $657.9 million. Venom also comes out on top when you factor in the budget of both films. Venom took about $100 million to make, which is fairly low by today's superhero standards. Justice League, on the other hand, cost three times as much to complete.

Venom's box office win comes off the heels of its release in China, earning $34.7 million on Friday alone. This means the Ruben Fleischer-directed film now holds the record for the second-biggest opening day of a superhero movie in the country's box office history.

Continue Reading at: comicbook.com

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