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Dreamworks' 'Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie' Has A Trailer
by Amid Amidi
Here's the first trailer for Dreamworks Animationís upcoming film, Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie, to be released in the U.S. by 20th Century Fox on June 2, 2017.
The trailer pretty much tells you everything you need to know about the filmís set-up: two schoolkids hypnotize their principal into thinking heís a superhero named Captain Underpants. It needs little set-up because the movie is an adaptation of the smash childrenís book series created by Dav Pilkey, whose 12 volumes have sold 70 million copies worldwide.
The Dreawmorks version is directed by David Soren (Turbo) from a script by Nicholas Stoller (Neighbors, Storks). The two leads, George and Harold, are voiced respectively by Kevin Hart and Thomas Middleditch. Other voices include Nick Kroll as Professor Poopypants, Jordan Peele as Melvin Sneedly, and Ed Helms as Captain Underpants.
Disney stole 'Zootopia,' writer claims in U.S. lawsuit
by Jonathan Stempel
Walt Disney Co was sued on Tuesday by a longtime Hollywood screenwriter and producer who accused the studio of copying its blockbuster, Oscar-winning animated film "Zootopia" from his work without permission.
Gary Goldman, whose credits include the Arnold Schwarzenegger film "Total Recall" and Tom Cruise film "Minority Report," filed his copyright infringement lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles.
He said Disney replicated, sometimes "virtually verbatim," the themes, settings, plot, characters and dialogue, as well as the title, of his "Zootopia" concept, which he had pitched to the studio in 2000 and 2009.
Disney and its affiliates embrace "a culture that not only accepts the unauthorized copying of others' original material, but encourages it," the lawsuit said. "They did it with 'Zootopia,' too, when they copied Gary L. Goldman's 'Zootopia.'"
In a statement, Disney said: "Mr. Goldman's lawsuit is riddled with patently false allegations. It is an unprincipled attempt to lay claim to a successful film he didn't create, and we will vigorously defend against it in court."
"Zootopia" has grossed more than $1 billion worldwide since its release a year ago, and last month won the Academy Award for best animated feature film.
'Power Rangers' Breaks Ground With First Gay Big-Screen Superhero
Becky G. plays a LGBT character in director (inset) Dean Israelite's 'Power Rangers' reboot (images courtesy Kimberley French / Getty Images)
by Aaron Couch
Power Rangers is breaking down a barrier no superhero has movie before. The Lionsgate reboot of the '90s children's TV show is the first big-budget superhero movie to feature an LGBT protagonist.
During Power Rangers' second act, there's a scene in which the titular heroes learn that the Yellow Ranger Trini (Becky G) is coming to terms with her sexual orientation, with one character assuming she's having "boyfriend problems," and soon realizing that perhaps she's actually having "girlfriend problems." It's a small moment, but one director Dean Israelite calls "pivotal" for the entire film.
"For Trini, really she's questioning a lot about who she is," Israelite tells The Hollywood Reporter. "She hasn't fully figured it out yet. I think what's great about that scene and what that scene propels for the rest of the movie is, 'That's OK.' The movie is saying, 'That's OK,' and all of the kids have to own who they are and find their tribe."
LGBT representation in superhero films has trailed that of comic books, where heroes and villains such as DC's Wonder Woman, Catwoman, Batwoman and Harley Quinn, as well as Marvel's Ice Man, are among high-profile examples of LGBT characters. But so far, when these characters have been translated to the big screen, they have been portrayed as straight. X-Men's Northstar, the first openly gay character from either DC or Marvel, was introduced in the comics in 1992.
'Beauty and the Beast' roars to historic $170-million debut
Dan Stevens (as the Beast) and Emma Watson (as the Beauty) in a still from 'Beauty and the Beast' (image courtesy Disney)
by Tre'vell Anderson, Contact Reporter
Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" brought so many guests to movie theaters this weekend that the live-action remake became the biggest box-office opener so far of the year, and the seventh-best debut of all time.
The picture brought in an impressive $170 million, well above analyst expectations of $130 million to $150 million. It's the highest domestic debut ever for a Disney live-action title and the seventh Walt Disney Studios release to open over $150 million. The picture also brought in $180 million internationally.
"It's incredible. It's amazing," said Dave Hollis, the studio's distribution chief. "There are almost no words to fully capture how gratifying it is to see a result like this from a team that has been working on telling stories like this for years."
The film, which cost $160 to make, stars Emma Watson of the "Harry Potter" franchise as Belle and Dan Stevens ("Downton Abbey") as the cursed prince. The story stays fairly close to the beloved 1991 animated original, a box-office smash that became the first animated movie to earn a best picture Oscar nomination. Directed by Bill Condon, known for "The Twilight Saga" and the musical "Dreamgirls," the new film is well on its way to following in its predecessors history-making footsteps.
"Beauty and the Beast" is expected to reach the coveted $1-billion mark in global receipts before the end of its theatrical run.
Why "PG Has Become the New Go-To" Rating for Studio Movies
A mash-up of images from PG-rated Disney movies, from left, 'The Secret Life of Pets,' 'Beauty and the Beast' and 'The Jungle Book' (images courtesy Disney / THR)
by Pamela McClintock
In the battle for box-office glory, Imax is placing a new bet. The exhibitor - long a haven for fanboys - is bumping Warner Bros.' Kong: Skull Island in favor of Disney's live-action Beauty and the Beast, which hits March 17 and will have a full-week run, unprecedented for a PG title.
The decision to go with Beauty is the latest proof of a market segment that's heating up after years of often playing second fiddle to PG-13 superhero movies and action spectacles. Animated sequel The Lego Batman Movie, currently the top-grossing film of the year domestically with $159.7 million, and the live-action A Dog's Purpose, which has overperformed with $142.8 million to date worldwide, are the latest examples of films rated PG that don't scare away teens or adults.
Disney's live-action division, led by Sean Bailey, is gambling that the trend is here to stay, with future films including The Lion King, Mulan and Cruella. It already has lured in families with nonanimated versions of Cinderella ($544 million worldwide) and The Jungle Book ($967 million). The studio's 2018 release calendar includes A Wrinkle in Time (April 6), Mulan (Nov. 2) and Mary Poppins Returns (Dec. 25). Other studios have such PG pictures as Boss Baby (March 31), Cars 3 (June 16) and Despicable Me 3 (June 30).
The PG renaissance began in 2010 when Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland made more than $1 billion globally. It was followed by 2013's Frozen ($1.28 billion) and 2014's Maleficent ($758.5 million). But the turning point was 2016, when PG titles held eight of the top 20 slots worldwide.
"PG has become the new go-to rating," says box-office analyst Paul Dergarabedian of comScore. "From a business perspective, the rating is perfect because you can grab everyone from little kids to Grandma."
Despicable Me 3 Trailer: Check Out Gru's Brother In Great New Footage
by Jessica Rawden
The Despicable Me franchise has tried a lot of different things since the first movie premiered back in 2010. Mostly, fans have fallen in love with the silly minions, but they also like reformed villain Gru, who looks as if he will be encouraged to return to villainy in the upcoming Despicable Me 3 movie. Encouraging him is none other than Gru's long-lost twin brother Dru. You can check out the interesting new dynamic with the brand new Despicable Me 3 trailer here:
David Fincher, who directed the US adaptation of Stieg Larsson's original novel in 2011, said at the time that Johansson had done a "great audition" for the main part in the first US film, but that audiences would find her too distracting.
Jane Levy, who starred in Alvarez's Don't Breathe and Evil Dead, could also be a contender.
A still of the titular subject from "Kong: Skull Island" (image courtesy Warner Bros.)
by Pamela McClintock
Warner Bros. and Legendary's Kong: Skull Island roared louder than expected in its North American box office debut, scaling $61 million from 3,846 theaters to beat Wolverine threequel Logan.
Kong hopes to restore the world's most famous ape to glory and build a new film franchise, with a Kong v. Godzilla already in the works. The one major caveat: The movie, costing at least $185 million to make before a major marketing spend, will likely need to earn $500 million globally to land in the black.
Overseas, Kong: Skull Island opened to $81.6 million from 65 markets - minus China, where it hits theaters March 24 - for a global bow of $142.6 million. It scored the biggest opening of all time in Vietnam ($2.2 million), where chaos ensued at the movie's premiere late last week after a huge model of the primate outside the theater caught on fire.
Kong faces the challenge of being sandwiched between Logan - which debuted to a rousing $88.3 million domestically and nearly $250 million worldwide a week ago, far ahead of expectations - and Disney's Beauty and the Beast, which opens around the globe on March 17. In particular, the Kong team didn't expect Logan to have such sharp claws (both tentpoles are competing for males). Like Logan, Kong did big business in Imax theaters, or $7.6 million in North America and $12.4 million worldwide.
Falling to No. 2, Logan grossed an estimated $37.9 million for a decline of 57 percent, a good showing for a fanboy-driven title. The R-rated movie, costing just under $100 million to produce, has earned nearly $152.7 million domestically and $285 million overseas for a stellar $437.7 globally.
'Wonder Woman' trailer shows Diana training to be unconquerable warrior
by Karen Butler
The Wonder Woman origin trailer Warner Bros. released Saturday has already been viewed more than 1 million times on YouTube.
The 2 1/2-minute clip offers a glimpse of how Diana, princess of the Amazons, becomes a world-saving, superheroine.
"Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior," explained a summary accompanying this weekend's trailer. "Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when an American pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers ... and her true destiny."
Directed by Patty Jenkins and due in theaters June 2, the movie features Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. It co-stars Chris Pine, Connie Nielsen and Robin Wright.
James Cameron announces another 'Avatar 2' delay, won't come out in 2018
by Bryan Alexander
Avatar fans are going to have to wait beyond 2018 to see Avatar 2 in theaters.
Director James Cameron said the anticipated sequel to his 2009 hit will miss the planned release date set for Christmas next year.
"Well, 2018 is not happening," Cameron told the Toronto Star. "We havenít announced a firm release date."
Nothing scandalous here, Cameron assured. His blockbusters take time, and the plan is to make four new Avatar films in succession.
Cameron wrote, directed and produced 2009's Avatar, which has grossed nearly $2.8 billion worldwide, starring Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana and Sigourney Weaver. The film is set on the lush, habitable moon of Pandora.
Avatar 2 was originally due to come out in 2016, but has been pushed forward with a series of delays.
'Atomic Blonde' Trailer: Charlize Theron Has an "Impressive Set of Skills"
by Aaron Couch
This trailer is not for the faint of heart ... or for those who are watching from their work computers.
The violent look at Atomic Blonde shows Charlize Theron beating bad guys bloody during an impressive single-shot scene. Theron stars as an undercover MI6, who's operating during the Cold War.
If there are thoughts that Theron's Lorraine Broughton bares resemblance to Liam Neeson's Taken character, there is a reference to her having "an impressive set of skills," (rather than a "particular set of skills.")
The film is from John Wick filmmaker David Leitch, who is set to helm the upcoming Deadpool 2. It also stars Star Trek Beyond's Sofia Boutella, James McAvoy, John Goodman and Toby Jones.
Watch the trailer (careful though, NSFW btw and R-rated):
Logan Director Says Blu-Ray May Contain Deleted Scene About Jean Grey
by Megan Peters
If you are a fan of the original X-Men film trilogy, then you are already familiar with one of the franchise's most complex love triangles. From the first movie, Jean Grey found herself bounced between Cyclops and Wolverine as the two men vied for her. Of course, the romance ended in tragedy as X-Men: The Last Stand saw Grey killed at the hands of Wolverine after she lost control of her destructive powers. However, the death was retconned with X-Men: Days of Future Past as the film's timeline alterations negated the events of the third film.
While continuity has been difficult to follow for the X-Men films, fans did wonder what part Grey could have in Logan. After all, the final Wolverine standalone would put a lid on Hugh Jackman's version of Logan and effectively end whatever relationship he may have had with the telepathic mutant. In the end, Grey received no mention in the bleak movie to the disappoint of some, but don't worry. Apparently, the red-headed heroine was not forgotten entirely.
Speaking with Empire, the director of Logan confessed the film originally featured a scene where Logan and Professor Xavier spoke about Grey. James Mangold explained that the scene was shot and ultimately cut from Logan's theatrical release.
"I think [the deleted scene] will make it to the Blu-ray," Mangold teased.
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