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Jan 23

Razzie Awards: 'Batman v Superman,' 'Zoolander' Sequel Top Nominations

by Kimberly Nordyke

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is among the top nominees for the 37th annual Golden Raspberry Awards, aka the Razzies, which spotlight the worst in film every year.

Calling the movie a "WTF comic-book battle royale," Razzie organizers said the Ben Affleck-Henry Cavill film landed a total of eight nominations, including worst picture of 2016, where it will vie with Dirty Grandpa, Gods of Egypt, Hillary's America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party, Independence Day: Resurgence and Zoolander No. 2 for the honor.

Overall, Zoolander No. 2 (a "15-years-too-late sequel") led the pack of nominees with a total of nine mentions, while other multiple nominees were Dirty Grandpa (six); Gods of Egypt, Hillary's America and Independence Day: Resurgence (five apiece); and Alice Through the Looking Glass (three).

Both Batman v Superman and Zoolander No. 2 also are nominated for worst remake, ripoff or sequel. In addition, Affleck - who in 2015 won the "Razzie Redeemer" prize for making the transition from the critically drubbed Gigli to Oscar winner Argo and acclaimed Gone Girl - and Cavill are both up for worst actor and worst screen combo. The film also is nominated for worst screenplay and worst director for Zack Snyder.

Zoolander No. 2's nominations include a worst actor mention for Ben Stiller, worst supporting actress for Kristen Wiig, worst supporting actor for Will Ferrell and Owen Wilson and worst screen combo for Stiller and Wilson.

Continue Reading at: The Hollywood Reporter

Jan 23

Ryan Reynolds, Tom Cruise on shortlist for Green Lantern role

Ryan Reynolds in the 2011 flop 'Green Lantern' (image courtesy Warner Bros.)
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by WENN.com

Tom Cruise and Ryan Reynolds are on a rumoured shortlist to play superhero Green Lantern in a new film.

The actors are frontrunner to play Hal Jordan and his alter ego, alongside Joel McHale, Bradley Cooper, Armie Hammer, and Jake Gyllenhaal, according to TheWrap.com.

But the casting process for Green Lantern Corps is in its early stages and the actors haven't entered into negotiations yet.

Reynolds played the character in 2011's flop Green Lantern, opposite his now-wife Blake Lively, and his superhero popularity has been on the rise ever since the critical success of 2016's Deadpool. There is currently a sequel in the works.

Cooper and Jared Leto also auditioned for the role before it went to Reynolds.

The Deadpool star recently revealed he wanted to make his Deadpool film before taking on Green Lantern, but moviemakers wouldn't give him the OK.

Last year, DC Entertainment President Geoff Johns confirmed Green Lantern will appear in the new Justice League film alongside Henry Cavill's Superman, Ben Affleck's Batman, and Gal Gadotís Wonder Woman.

Continue Reading at: Toronto Sun

Jan 22

Weekend Box Office: 'Split' Trumps 'xXx: Xander Cage' With $40.2M

A still from the movie 'Split' with James McAvoy as one of his many split personalities (image courtesy Universal Pictures)
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by Pamela McClintock

Horror and split personalities ruled the inauguration weekend box office.

M. Night Shyamalan's latest horror-thriller, Split, easily topped the chart after trumping the competition with a far better-than-expected $40.2 million from 3,015 theaters in another victory Blumhouse and Universal's partnership.

Split, starring James McAvoy as a kidnapper with 24 personalities, was fueled by younger moviegoers (52 percent of ticket buyers were under the age of 25, while 52 percent of ticket buyers were females). The film, earning strong reviews and a B+ CinemaScore, is rated PG-13.

Shyamalan made Split for less than $10 million and self-financed it in order to retain creative control, similar to 2015's The Visit, likewise from Universal and Blumhouse. "This movie absolutely delivers in terms of his genre," said Universal domestic distribution president Nick Carpou. "What Night does doesn't fit a formula except for his own."

Vin Diesel's extreme action pic xXx: The Return of Xander Cage came in No. 2 in North America with $20 million from 3,600 locations, including Imax runs.

Paramount and Revolution Studio hope to revive the long-dormant series with Xander Cage but it will need to be a strong player overseas in order to achieve that goal. So far, it has earned $50.5 million offshore for a global total of $70.5 million. Russia led overseas with a $5.5 million debut, followed by France with $3.1 million. It doesn't open until Feb. 10 in China, where Paramount topped the chart over the weekend with Arrival, which bowed in the Middle Kingdom to $7.4 million for a global total of $170 million.

Continue Reading at: The Hollywood Reporter

Jan 22

Paramount Inks $1B Film Co-Finance Deal With 2 Chinese Firms

by The Associated Press

Paramount Pictures said Friday it has inked a co-financing deal with two Chinese companies for the Hollywood studio's slate of movies over the next three years.

Under the terms of the deal, Shanghai Film Group and Huahua Media will also set up an office on Paramount's lot later this year, the studio said in a statement.

The Chinese companies will provide roughly $1 billion to finance at least 25 percent of Paramount's films, according to a person familiar with the deal who was not allowed to speak publicly.

Film industry publications cited the same figures.

Paramount is planning to produce 15 to 17 films in 2017.

It's the latest China-Hollywood tie-up, as both sides aim to beef up their presence in each other's movie industries.

Chinese investors have been expanding into entertainment companies overseas in a bid to boost the country's international cultural influence, also known as "soft power," as well as acquire expertise. Foreign producers, meanwhile, are seeking greater access to China's growing film market.

Continue Reading at: The New York Times

Jan 21

'Kong: Skull Island' Spills Exciting TV Spots; King Kong Versus Godzilla World Finally Gets A Name

by Shota Kazehaya

"Kong: Skull Island" movie aims to bring back the former glory of King Kong franchise. It is slated to come out later this year but the hype for the new Kong installment is getting even more exciting. TV Spots about the King reveals the truth behind the world he lives in.

According to Gizmodo, King Kong is not alone in the previously so-called isolated island. The Skull Island as it is called today is also home to another prominent silver screen beast, Godzilla. "Kong: Skull Island" is yet another versus movie that will deliver a very satisfying fight between the gigantic monsters.

The island is located on the wild side of the Pacific. It will be discovered by the venturing explorer who will eventually encounter the compelling beauty and mystery behind the uncharted island as they meet with King Kong.

Watch the full trailer (basically the first two trailers joined) here:

Continue Reading at: University Herald

Jan 20

Matthew McConaughey is ready for 'The Dark Tower'

Actor Matthew McConaughey attends the premiere of "Gold" on Jan. 17, 2017 in New York (image courtesy Dimitrios Kambouris / Getty Images)
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by Liz Braun, Postmedia Network

Speaking of an expanding audience, Matthew McConaughey turned down a role in Guardians of the Galaxy 2 for the chance to be in The Dark Tower.

Adapted from Stephen King's work, The Dark Tower interested McConaughey because of a great script and a director - Nikolaj Arcel - he admires.

As the actor explained to Playboy magazine, he felt he'd just be an add-on in Guardians; in The Dark Tower, on the other hand, "I can be the creator, the author of the Man in Black - a.k.a. the Devil - in my version of this Stephen King novel. It's a fantastic thriller that takes place in another realm, an alternate universe, but it's very much grounded. For instance, the gunslingerís weapon isn't a lightsaber or something; it's a pistol. I enjoyed approaching my character as if I were the Devil having a good time, getting turned on by exposing human hypocrisies wherever he finds them."

McConaughey is too young to have experienced Stephen King's first wave of reader popularity in the late 1970s and early '80s. He came later to the world o' King, and only recently began to understand the strength of Kingís fan base.

There are fans. And then there are Stephen King fans.

"Iím finding this out!" McConaughey says.

"This movie has got some people going, 'I've been waiting for this. For. A. Looong. Time.' I hope it succeeds, because it will be the first franchise I've ever been a part of. If it works and it's successful, I'll do another one."

Continue Reading at: Fort McMurray Today

Jan 19

Miguel Ferrer, 'NCIS: Los Angeles' and 'RoboCop' Actor, Dies at 61

Miguel Ferrer died today from cancer, at the age of 61 (image courtesy Getty)
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by Meena Jang, Ryan Parker

Miguel Ferrer, best known for starring as Owen Granger on NCIS: Los Angeles, died Thursday of cancer. He was 61.

Ferrer, who appeared in numerous films and television shows throughout his career, passed peacefully at home surrounded by family and friends, according to CBS.

"Today, NCIS: LOS ANGELES lost a beloved family member," showrunner R. Scott Gemmill said in a statement. "Miguel was a man of tremendous talent who had a powerful dramatic presence on screen, a wicked sense of humor, and a huge heart. Our thoughts go out to his wife Lori, his sons, and his entire family. He will be greatly missed."

Ferrer was the son of actor Jose Ferrer and singer Rosemary Clooney, making him a cousin to George Clooney, who sent The Hollywood Reporter a statement on the loss of his family member:

"Today history will mark giant changes in our world, and lost to most will be that on the same day Miguel Ferrer lost his battle to throat cancer. But not lost to his family. Miguel made the world brighter and funnier and his passing is felt so deeply in our family that events of the day, (monumental events), pale in comparison. We love you Miguel. We always will."

Ferrer played Bob Morton, the man who came up with the idea for a robotic police officer, in the 1987 cult classic RoboCop. Other memorable roles include Dr. Garret Macy on TV's Crossing Jordan and Albert Rosenfield on Twin Peaks. The actor also had a number of notable voice roles over the course of his career, as he voiced characters in Mulan, Rio 2, Robot Chicken and more.

Continue Reading at: The Hollywood Reporter

Jan 19

New Power Rangers Trailer Lightens Up The Mood

by Josh Wilding

Lionsgate has just released a brand new trailer for their upcoming Power Rangers reboot and this time, they've significantly lightened the mood. Whereas the last preview brought with it a dark and gritty tone, this footage shows off a lot of the humor and lightheartedness that you'll find in the film.

Set to Kanye West's "Power," the trailer also brings us a much better look at characters like Elizabeth Banks' Rita Repulsa, Bill Hader's Alpha 5 and Bryan Cranston's Zordon. It's not all laughs and fun, though. Things get serious pretty quickly as we're treated to a ton of great action shots here, not to mention that Banks' villain looks particularly nasty, making for a formidable threat for our young heroes. Overall, it shines a much different light on the reboot than the first bit of footage did and honestly, we're really digging what we see.

It appears as if the studio has put a lot of money into this one, too, as the trailer shows off some slick CGI and a number of large scale action set pieces which just scream blockbuster. Now that the first trailer has already given us the origin story, or at least hints of it, this one can really dive into the meat and potatoes of the film and it provides a much better look at what's to come. Fans may not have been fully on board with whatís been shown up till now, but this new trailer should definitely do the trick.

Check out the trailer:

Continue Reading at: WeGotThisCovered.com

Jan 18

Hollywood sci-fi movies 'Rogue One' and 'Passengers' dominate China's box office

Donnie Yen portrays martial-arts-fighting, Force-sensitive monk Chirrut Imwe in "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story." (image courtesy Jonathan Olley / Lucasfilm / Disney)
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by Yingzhi Yang

American sci-fi films dominated China's box office last week, just two weeks before the Chinese New Year movie-going frenzy, when film regulators usually block imported films to boost domestic ones.

"Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" topped the charts last week, taking in $22 million in its second week. The spinoff still saw a 29% decrease compared with the previous week, according to film industry consulting firm Artisan Gateway. The 10-day cumulative total in China for the Lucasfilm blockbuster reached $52.8 million.

"Rogue One," which stars Felicity Jones and Diego Luna alongside Chinese actors Donnie Yen and Jiang Wen, received high praise from Chinese moviegoers who saw the film.

Nonetheless, moviegoers in the Middle Kingdom have shown tepid interest in the Star Wars series. "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" only ranked 13th on China's 2016 box office charts, while it became the highest-grossing film of all time in America.

Second place in China last week went to Sony's sci-fi romance "Passengers," which racked up $17.5 million in three days. The film, starring Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt, is Sony's first release since it secured a deal with Chinaís entertainment conglomerate Dalian Wanda Group last September. The agreement helps the Culver City studio gain access to the world's second-largest film market.

Both Lawrence and Pratt have accumulated huge fan bases in China. Lawrence found popularity in China with "The Hunger Games." Chinese fans gave Lawrence a nickname, dabiaojie, or big cousin. Pratt is known as xingjue, or Star Lord, by moviegoers who adored his performance in "Guardians of the Galaxy."

Continue Reading at: Los Angeles Times

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