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Oct 23

News of the World Trailer Sees Tom Hanks on a Cross-Country Journey

by Grant Hermanns

After unveiling the first look at the film earlier this month, Universal Pictures has released a new trailer for the Tom Hanks-starring Western drama News of the World, which is set to hit theaters this Christmas. The News of the World trailer can be viewed in the player below.

The film, based on the 2016 novel of the same name by Paulette Jiles and penned by Lion's Luke Davies, follows a widowed newsreader in the aftermath of the Cold War who travels throughout Texas announcing the news of the world to the local population. He is hired to help transport an orphan girl (Helena Zengel) whose parents were killed by a Native American tribe that then took her in and raised her to San Antonio to her surviving relatives. As they make the trek through dangerous territories, they form a close bond that the man finds will make it difficult to relinquish her to her relatives, who have no desire to take her and have abusive plans for her.

News of the World was originally set up at Fox 2000, but that label was put into early retirement by Disney after the Mouse house acquired 20th Century Fox last month. The project was then moved to Universal.

Continue Reading at: Comingsoon.net

Oct 21

Sinister Is The Scariest Movie Of All Time According to Science

Publicity image for horror movie "Sinister" (image courtesy Summit Entertainment)
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by Rachel Labonte

Scott Derrickson's 2012 film Sinister has been deemed the scariest movie of all time, according to science. Yes, science. Starring Ethan Hawke as true crime author Ellison Oswalt, Sinister follows Ellison's family as they move into a brand new home. In the attic, Ellison discovers a series of old Super 8mm footage depicting several grisly murders. As Ellison digs further into the mystery behind the videos, he unwittingly makes his family the next target of a deadly demon. Upon its release, Sinister was met with generally positive reviews and became a box office smash when it grossed $82.5 million worldwide against a budget of merely $3 million.

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In fact, it just may be the most terrifying. In a new study conducted by broadbandchoices (via Forbes), titled the "Science of Scare Project," 50 people of various ages were tasked with watching over 100 hours of horror films. Through tracking their heart rates, broadbandchoices was able to determine the 35 scariest films ever made (out of a sample pool of 50), with Sinister topping the list. The average resting heart rate was 65 beats per minute, and during Sinister, it rose to 86 BPM. Both Derrickson and Cargill shared the study, with Cargill adding, "Oddly enough, the UK distributors of SINISTER had a handful pre-release events built around this idea, in which they had medical professionals measure your heart rate and blood pressure while watching the film."

The film that came in second was Insidious, which also earned the distinction of having the biggest jump scare. That sent participants' heart rate up to 133 BPM (Sinister's biggest jump scare pushed their BPM to 131). Rounding out the top ten list are as follows: The Conjuring, Hereditary, Paranormal Activity, It Follows, The Conjuring 2, The Babadook, The Descent, and The Visit. Additionally, Insidious director James Wan scored three films in the top ten, making him the "king of horror."

Continue Reading at: ScreenRant

Oct 21

'Fast & Furious' Franchise To End After 11th Movie

Publicity shot for "Fast 9" (image courtesy Universal Pictures)
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by Brent Furdyk

The "Fast & Furious" movies have been among the most successful in Hollywood history, with the upcoming "Fast 9" slated to hit theatres in May 2021.

However, the rubber-burning film franchise will be coming to the end of the road, with Variety confirming there will be two more films after that, which will be the final ones.

Director Justin Lin - who's helmed the series' third, fourth, fifth, sixth and ninth films - will direct the final two instalments.

However, just because the "Fast & Furious" franchise will cross the finish line doesn't mean it will be the last that fans will see of the characters. According to Variety, Universal is developing more spinoffs, following the the success of 2019's "Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw", which starred Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham and went on to rake in $759 million worldwide.

Continue Reading at: ET Canada

Oct 20

Avatar 2 Image Reveals First Glimpse At Edie Falco's Character

New on-set image from "Avatar 2" shows Edie Falco (right) in character (image courtesy Twitter / 20th Century)
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by Adam Holmes

When the James Cameron-shepherded Avatar franchise finally returns to the big screen in a little over two years (assuming there aren't any more delays), naturally moviegoers will meet a lot of new characters alongside the familiar ones who debuted in the first Avatar movie over a decade ago. Among the lineup of fresh faces is Edie Falco, and we finally know how the Nurse Jackie actress fits into the Avatar 2 picture.

As youíll see in the photo, rather than playing one of Pandora's natives, Edie Falco is starring as a human leading a familiar organization from Avatar.

In case itís been a long time since you last saw Avatar, RDA stands for Resources Development Administration. This was the organization that traveled to Pandora to mine unobtanium, a rare mineral that was being shipped back to Earth, which was dealing with a severe energy crisis. During Avatar, Stephen Lang's Colonel Miles Quaritch was leading the RDAís mining operation on Pandora, but his command ended when he was killed by Neytiri during the Na'vi's battle against the RDA.

We've known for a while that Miles Quartich will somehow return to the fold in Avatar 2 and serve as the main antagonist in all four of the upcoming Avatar movies, but as far as the RDA goes, Edie Falco's General Ardmore has succeeded him as the leader of the organization's efforts on Pandora over a decade later. The Na'vi made it clear that the RDA was no longer welcome on Pandora at the end of Avatar, but evidently once the events of Avatar 2 unfold, the group is back to crash the party.

Continue Reading at: CinemaBlend

Oct 18

Box Office: Liam Neeson's 'Honest Thief' Pilfers $3.7M in U.S. Debut

Liam Neeson in a scene from "Honest Thief" (image courtesy Open Road Films)
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Liam Neeson's turn as older action star continued over the weekend as his film Honest Thief collected a solid $3.7 million in its U.S. box office debut.

The movie, which marks the first release from Tom Ortenberg's revived Open Road Films, topped yet another quiet frame in terms of moviegoing amid the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic.

As of last Friday, Seattle theaters were allowed to open, whereas New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Saturday that cinemas outside of New York City can open if they are in counties meeting certain criteria.

Honest Thief has earned a total of $4.2 million when factoring in Canadian grosses.

"Moviegoers, particularly couples, came back to theatres to enjoy Honest Thief in a theatrical environment and were rewarded with a movie rated 88 percent on the audience score from Rotten Tomatoes," said Ortenberg, who recently relaunched Open Road with Josh Green's Raven Capital.

The movie played particularly well in Miami, Chicago, San Diego and Atlanta.

101 Studios' The War With Grandpa took in $2.5 million in its sophomore session for a 10-day-domestic total of $7.3 million.

Christopher Nolan's Tenet, from Warner Bros, grossed $1.6 million domestically for a North American total of $50.6 million and a worldwide tally of $333.9 million. The film saw a huge boost from Seattle reopenings; five of the top-10 grossing theaters were in the Seattle area.

Continue Reading at: The Hollywood Reporter

Oct 15

Hillbilly Elegy Trailer: The Real America Is Glenn Close and Amy Adams Shout-Crying

by Jackson McHenry

Glenn Close and Amy Adams have 13 Oscar nominations between the two of them, and in this trailer they will not let you forget for one second that neither of them has won yet. The two have teamed up in Ron Howard's adaptation of J.D. Vance's best seller Hillbilly Elegy and competed to see who could get the most awards-reel moments into the trailer as possible.

The story follows J.D., played by Gabriel Basso, a former U.S. Marine and Yale Law student from southern Ohio who comes home to deal with a family crisis involving his mother, Bev, played by Amy Adams, who is living with addiction. He also has flashbacks to his grandmother, Mamaw, played by Glenn Close.

The movie is coming out on Netflix on November 24, and given that so many movies have been delayed this year, it stands a very good chance of picking up some awards. If so, maybe Glenn and Amy will finally get to relax in a movie for once.

See the trailer here:

Continue Reading at: Vulture

Oct 14

Milla Jovovich, Tony Jaa take on vicious creatures in Monster Hunter trailer

by Jennifer Ouellette

US soldiers must fight for their lives in a parallel world filed with gigantic, aggressive creatures in Monster Hunter, a forthcoming film adapted from the hugely successful global video game franchise of the same name. Die-hard fans of the games are already noting their displeasure with the trailer, which I get - let's be honest, the trailer looks a little cheesy. But the film also co-stars martial arts star Tony Jaa of the Ong-Bak franchise, which in my book makes up for a lot of sins. And director Paul W.S. Anderson was the driving creative force behind the wildly popular Resident Evil film franchise.

The Monster Hunter games are Capcom's second bestselling game series - behind the Resident Evil series - with more than 64 million units sold globally to date across all platforms. Anderson (Mortal Kombat) discovered Monster Hunter while visiting Japan in 2008, and adapting a film from the game world became his new passion project. With the hope of establishing another successful film franchise, he enlisted his own wife, Milla Jovovich (who starred in the Resident Evil films), for the lead role of Captain Natalie Artemis, a US solider who falls into the gaming world via a portal - Anderson's plot device for introducing cinema audiences to that universe.

Check out the "cheesy?" trailer here:

Continue Reading at: Ars Technica

Oct 13

ZoŽ Kravitz Glams Up as Catwoman, Colin Farrell Is Unrecognizable as the Penguin on The Batman Set

ZoŽ Kravitz (left) and Colin Farrell in character on the set of "The Batman" (image courtesy Splash)
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by Alexia Fernandez

ZoŽ Kravitz and Colin Farrell are all dressed up for The Batman.

Kravitz, 31, was photographed on the set of the upcoming film looking chic in an all-black ensemble with a black velvet fascinator along with knee-high lace-up boots while filming in Liverpool, England. The actress is playing Selina Kyle/Catwoman in the film.

Her costar, Farrell, 44, looked unrecognizable while filming the same scene as Kravitz in facial prosthetics along with a black leather trench coat, and a black suit with a lavender button-down shirt as he played The Penguin. The actor also carried a black umbrella while he and Kravitz shot a scene in St. George's Hall in Liverpool.

The appearances come a week after Warner Bros. Studios pushed back the expected release date for the film from Oct. 1, 2021, to March 4, 2022.

The film, which is a new take on the caped crusader starring Robert Pattinson as Batman, has already halted production twice: once in March as the coronavirus pandemic locked down all Hollywood productions and again in September when Pattinson reportedly tested positive for the virus.

Filming resumed later that month in the U.K. with director Matt Reeves at the helm.

Continue Reading at: People

Oct 12

Cinemas 'shocked and dismayed' by Disney decision to launch Soul on streaming

Joe Gardner, voiced by Jamie Foxx, in Pixar animation Soul (image courtesy Pixar / AP)
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by Andrew Pulver

Cinemas across Europe have expressed their outrage at the decision by Hollywood studio Disney to bypass a big-screen release for the new Pixar animation Soul and debut the film on their streaming platform Disney+.

The International Union of Cinemas (UNIC) released a statement saying the decision has "shocked and dismayed all cinema operators".

The statement said: "The vast majority of cinemas across Europe and indeed many regions of the world are now open and able to offer a safe and enjoyable return for audiences. Cinema operators have invested massively in offering the safest possible experience to their audiences on the basis of a promising schedule of new film releases. Yet again, however, they find a distributor delivering another blow."

Soul, which features Jamie Foxx as a jazz musician whose soul is separated from his body, is due to screen at the Rome film festival this week after it had its premiere on 10 October at the London film festival.

However, Disney appears to be following a similar model that it used to release its recent China-set adventure yarn Mulan, which was pulled from large-scale theatrical showings at the start of the coronavirus pandemic, and instead was later released as a premium offering on Disney+. However, it appears Disney does not currently have plans to charge extra for Soul, which will be made available on 25 December.

But UNIC, whose president is the UK Cinema Associationís chief executive Phil Clapp, warned that Hollywood's decisions "risk causing irreparable damage to key markets" and that when the studios want to release their blockbusters again, "it may be too late for many European cinemas"

Continue Reading at: The Guardian

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