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Jan 19

Daniel Radcliffe to play Weird Al Yankovic in a biopic

Daniel Radcliffe is going to work some magic in his next role -- playing 'Weird Al' Yankovic (images courtesy Getty / CNN)

by Sandra Gonzalez, CNN

The Boy Who Lived will be playing the man who sang "Amish Paradise."

Daniel Radcliffe, the star of the "Harry Potter" franchise, is set to play "Weird Al" Yankovic in a biopic about his life for Roku.

In a cheeky statement, the comedy recording artist said he was "absolutely thrilled" about Radcliffe's casting, adding "I have no doubt whatsoever that this is the role future generations will remember him for."

The feature-length film, according to a press release, "holds nothing back, exploring every facet of Yankovic's life, from his meteoric rise to fame with early hits like 'Eat It' and 'Like a Surgeon' to his torrid celebrity love affairs and famously depraved lifestyle."

Yankovic wrote the film along with Eric Appel.

Production is set to begin in February in Los Angeles.

Continue Reading at: CTV

Jan 18

Moonfall Character Posters: Halle Berry & Patrick Wilson Face Moon Disaster

Halle Berry in a poster for "Moonfall" (image courtesy Lionsgate)

by Timothy McClelland

Roland Emmerich's upcoming disaster film, Moonfall, shares new character posters. Emmerich is no stranger to the disaster genre, having previously helmed Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow, and 2012, with this new project set to continue the trend. Moonfall sees the Moon knocked from its orbit and sent on a collision course with Earth. With only weeks until impact and humanity already suffering untold levels of devastation, it's now up to a NASA executive, a former astronaut, and a conspiracy theorist to save the world.

Moonfall features a stellar cast, including Halle Berry, Patrick Wilson, John Bradley, Michael Peña, and Donald Sutherland. As shared by /Film, Berry, Wilson, and Bradley are now featured on their own character posters. Each poster has the actors wearing sunglasses as they look to the sky, with the too-close Moon reflected on their lenses.

Continue Reading at: ScreenRant

Jan 16

Box Office: 'Scream' Dethrones 'Spider-Man' With $35M Holiday Debut

A publicity still from "Scream" (image courtesy Paramount Pictures and Spyglass Media)

by Pamela McClintock

Scream is winning the long Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend at the box office with a projected four-day gross of $35 million, enough to dethrone Spider-Man: No Way Home.

It's also good enough to revive the classic slasher franchise for Paramount and Spyglass, who partnered on the reboot.

Scream's three-day domestic weekend gross is an estimated $30.6 million, a strong showing considering the omicron variant and another surge in COVID-19 cases.

Overseas, Scream grossed $18 million from 50 markets. The U.K. led with $3.4 million.

The film has younger moviegoers - who have been the most inclined to return to theaters - to thank for its performance. Males led all ticket buyers, though plenty of females turned out as well (53 percent versus 47 percent).
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Spider-Man: No Way Home fell to No. 2 in its fifth weekend with an estimated four-day haul of $26 million, including $20.8 million for the three days. Sometime on Monday, the blockbuster will become one of only four films ever to cross the $700 million mark at the domestic box office as it hits $703.9 million. And it soared past $900 million internationally to finish Sunday with astounding global haul of $1.62 billion.

Universal took the No. 2 and No. 3 spots on the domestic weekend chart with Illumination's Sing 2 and female action spy pic The 355.

Sing 2 is projected to gross $11 million for the four-day weekend and $8.3 million for the three days as it croons past the $200 million mark globally for a worldwide tally of more than $216 million through Sunday alone.

The 355 continued to struggle in its second weekend, earning a projected $2.8 million for the four days, including $2.3 million for the three days. The film's domestic total is just under $10 million.

Continue Reading at: The Hollywood Reporter

Jan 15

Neve Campbell recounts on-set bear attack when she was a teenager: 'He's biting me'

by Edward Segarra

Neve Campbell went head-to-head with Mother Nature as a teen when she was attacked by a bear on the set of a movie, the "Scream" star shared during a recent talk show appearance.

While promoting the latest film in the "Scream" horror movie franchise on "The Kelly Clarkson Show," Campbell shared with host Kelly Clarkson the details of the harrowing incident, which took place while then-17-year-old Campbell was shooting a film in Canada.

"I was playing this role where she's 'one with the animals,' and there was a scene where I'm supposed to be getting chased by a bear," Campbell told Clarkson, not naming the film. "They brought this bear on set, and they first gave me a big bottle of Coke to feed it. So now this is like a bear on a sugar rush."

She continued: "And then they said - and I'm 17, so I'm really dumb - they said, 'Dip your hand in honey and just run, and when you get to the tree over there, turn around and stick your hand out and feed the bear.' And I, of course, wanting to please everyone was like, 'Ok.' "

However, things did not go according to plan for the former "Party of Five" star in attempting the dangerous stunt.

"I turn around and I put my hand out, and the bear is not slowing down and he is not coming for my hand," Campbell said. "He grabs me by the leg and he pulls me through the forest, and my mother happens to be visiting set, so she's screaming. The whole crew is frozen because no one can believe what's happening.

"All I could think to say was, 'He's biting me,' like it wasn't obvious."

Luckily for Campbell, the bear wrangler that was on set came to her rescue by throwing rocks at the bear, which allowed Campbell to escape and find refuge on top of a nearby rock. Despite the close call, Campbell said she was eager to give the stunt a second go: "No, that was rehearsal," she said shortly after the incident. "We didn't get it on camera: Let's do it."

Although Campbell brushed off the freak encounter as part of the actor's trade – "We get asked to do really silly things" – Clarkson said she would have handled the situation much differently.

"Actors are so different from musicians; I can't stress this enough," Clarkson said. "If I was in a music video and that went down, I would be like, 'Bye,' " to which Campbell replied, "So would I, now."

See the interview clip here:

Continue Reading at: USA Today

Jan 13

A24 Just Dropped An Insane Trailer For Their Next Horror Film, "X"

by Anthony Orlando

A24 has recently shared a trailer for their new film, X, which looks like it will be the studio's next horror hit.

The synopsis reads: "At a secluded farmhouse in Texas, a film crew arrives to shoot an adult film. Their hosts, a reclusive elderly couple, take a special interest in their young guests. As night falls the couple's leering interest turns violent."

Based on the film's trailer, X looks like it will pay homage to classic slasher films from the 1970s, particularly The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

Plus, with the presence of a creepy elderly couple, it seems X will be similar to M. Night Shyamalan's film The Visit.

A24 has been known to make many critically acclaimed films featuring fresh new voices and many bizarre stories.

X looks like it will fit right in with the studio's frightening filmography, which includes modern classics like Hereditary, Midsommar, The Witch, and The Lighthouse.

Check out the trailer here:

Continue Reading at: Buzzfeed

Jan 12

Watch the Official Trailer for the Foo Fighters' Feature Film 'Studio 666'

by Kaelen Bell

Back in December, Dave Grohl confirmed that the Foo Fighters' upcoming feature film Studio 666 would in fact be a "movie movie." And because most movie movies are preceded by trailer trailers, you can now watch the first full teaser for the film, which is arriving February 25.

The two-and-a-half-minute trailer features appearances from Whitney Cummings, Will Forte, Jeff Garlin and a cameo from Lionel Richie.

"This is not just a creepy rock and roll house," warns Cummings in the trailer. "It allows spiritual entities to cross into our world."

Those spiritual entities go on to cause a bunch of trouble, including possessing Grohl, prompting him to attack his bandmates and make some dad-friendly grill jokes.

The trailer also features a scene that has Grohl attempting to show the band a new song of his. "I've got a couple ideas I've been working on. I'll lay 'em on ya," Grohl says before playing the opening riff of "Everlong."

Taylor Hawkins responds, "It's called 'Everlong,' and you wrote it about 20 years ago."

Watch the trailer here:

Continue Reading at: Exclaim

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