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An Update on the 'Hamilton' Movie You All Know Is Coming Eventually

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 06:38

They know it's coming, we know it's coming, so what, exactly, is the deal with a movie based on the hit Broadway musical Hamilton? Will we have to wait days, months or years before it arrives? That's a question we're all wondering right now as the show begins to tour, and its creator (and original star) Lin-Manuel Miranda begins dabbling in other projects, like writing the music for Disney's Moana and also costarring in Disney's Mary Poppins sequel. But he's still...

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'Star Wars' Buzz: New R2-D2 Actor, Rey and Kylo Ren's Connection, and 'The Last Jedi' Trailer Details

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 06:36

We love Star Wars, and Star Wars loves us, given all these updates on the franchise arriving in time for Valentine's Day. Check out the latest on The Last Jedi specifically below.    Jimmy Vee is the New R2-D2  With the recent passing of Kenny Baker, who played the droid R2-D2 when an actor was needed beginning with the first Star Wars, a new diminutive performer was needed. Jimmy Vee, who actually worked with Baker on The...

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News Briefs: Niki Caro to Direct Disney's Live-Action 'Mulan'

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 19:12

Mulan: Niki Caro will direct Disney's live-action version of Mulan, becoming the second woman to helm a movie budgeted at more than $100 million for the studio. Her credits include Whale Rider, McFarland, USA (above) and The Zookeeper's Wife, due in theaters on March 31. Veteran producer Bill Wong has also joined the team. Based in Hong Kong, Wong enjoyed early success with Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. [THR]   Triple Frontier: Academy Award-nominated actor Mahershala...

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Exclusive Trailer: Demitri Martin Brings the Laughs and the Tears in 'Dean'

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 09:00

Fans of Demitri Martin appreciate his heady and unconventional brand of comedy, in which he often uses music, drawings and performance art to accompany his deadpan one-liners. Dean, in select theaters March 17, is the offbeat comic's feature-film writing and directing debut, in which he stars as an illustrator having trouble getting over his mother's death. Meanwhile, his dad (Kevin Kline) is moving on, hoping to sell the family home and starting a new relationship while Dean ventures...

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The Latest 'Ghost in the Shell' Trailer Looks Like One of the Most Dazzling Movies of 2017

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 06:06

Pretty much anything is possible with visual effects these days. Giant, transforming robots are old hat at this point. The same goes for believable, talking animals and alien landscapes. When everything is a special effect, it becomes harder and hard for the effects to actually feel, well, special. So it's particularly noteworthy when we say, wow, Ghost in the Shell looks incredible. Directed by Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsman) and based on the anime of the same name, Ghost...

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'James Bond' Director Buzz, Plus: Updates on 'Black Widow,' 'X-Men' and 'Bill & Ted 3'

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 06:04

Sometimes when you want an update on a movie franchise, you need to go directly to the talent for their thoughts. None of the below may be official, but it all gives us hope.   James Bond  The future of 007 is up in the air until we hear anything certain on Daniel Craig's continuation as James Bond or authorized acknowledgement of a director on board. In the meantime, we keep hearing about ideas for who should star and who should take the helm of the 25th installment,...

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Arnold Schwarzenegger Rumored for 'Wonder Woman'

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 05:59

Arnold Schwarzenegger has more than four million followers on Twitter, but two recent additions to that list have raised eyebrows. Patty Jenkins, director of the upcoming Wonder Woman, and Geoff Johns, president and chief creative officer at DC Comics, have both recently started following Schwarzenegger's social media account, per Batman News (via NME). What does that mean, if anything? The site points out that director Rick Famuyiwa started following the Twitter accounts of a number of...

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News Briefs: Robert Downey Jr., Director Richard Linklater to Reunite for Con-Man Movie

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 20:28

Con Man Movie: Robert Downey Jr. and director Richard Linklater will reunite to make a movie based on the real-life story of a con man. It's inspired by an episode titled "Man of the People" from the podcast series Reply All that detailed how one doctor scammed his way to fame and fortune while another doctor sought to bring him down over the course of 10 years. Downey and Linklater previously worked together on A Scanner Darkly. [THR]   Timmy Failure:...

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Surprise! Marvel Just Dropped a Hype Reel for 'Avengers: Infinity War'

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 06:24

Avengers: Infinity War is going to be one of the biggest movies ever. It's going to bring together pretty much every single major character we've seen in the Marvel movies so far. Yes, that means that The Avengers will cross over with the Guardians of the Galaxy, who will cross over with Spider-Man, who will cross over with... who knows? The point is, everybody is meeting everybody. It's going to be insane. The movie, from Captain America: Civil War directors Joe and...

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Awards Buzz: 'La La Land' Leads the BAFTAs, 'Hidden Figures' Honored with NAACP Award

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 06:21

Nominated for 14 Academy Awards, Damien Chazelle's musical drama La La Land continues to build buzz by conquering one awards show after another. The latest show to fall victim to its charms may come from a surprising source. The British Academy of Film and Television Arts presented its annual awards, known as BAFTAs, in London on Sunday. La La Land won the award as Best Film; other nominees included Arrival; I, Daniel Blake; Manchester by the Sea and Moonlight. Chazelle...

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News Briefs: 'The Batman' May Have a New Director

Sun, 02/12/2017 - 18:51

The Batman: Matt Reeves (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, above) is now in early talks to direct The Batman. Ben Affleck recently decided to step down as director, though he's expected to remain as star and producer. Reeves was immediately touted to replace him, though other candidates were still under consideration until recently. [Deadline/Variety]   Han Solo: Thandie Newton (above), recently acclaimed for HBO's Westworld, is in talks to join the untitled Han Solo...

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Exclusive: Watch 'The Circle' Trailer with Director Commentary from James Ponsoldt

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 06:28

This week saw the release of the new trailer for The Circle, based on the best-selling book by Dave Eggers and due to hit theaters on April 28. Tom Hanks and Emma Watson star in the psychological thriller about a woman (Watson) who lands her dream job at a giant tech company, only to find things becoming increasingly stranger and crazier as her role at the company grows. For more on the film and its fantastic ensemble (including Hanks, Watson, John Boyega, Bill Paxton, Karen Gillan and...

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'Fifty Shades Darker' Trivia: Why Christian Grey Has a 'Chronicles of Riddick' Poster in His Childhood Bedroom

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 06:14

When you watch a movie like Fifty Shades Darker -- the much-hyped sequel to Fifty Shades of Grey, and the second installment in a trilogy to conclude with Fifty Shades Freed next year -- you expect a lot of the conversation to revolve around the hotter moments between Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) and Ana Steele (Dakota Johnson), or the delicious romantic intrigue that permeates every corner of the film. Curious fans, however, are very interested in a much smaller part of the film -- a throwaway...

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You'll Never Guess Who'll Be Writing and Directing the 'Halloween' Reboot

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 06:11

Nearly one year ago, we heard that John Carpenter was coming on board to serve as an executive producer for a new version of Halloween with the intention to make "a new version, one that fixes what Carpenter disliked about Rob Zombie's remake." Carpenter was said to be "dedicated to working closely with the director" and was also in negotiations to compose the musical score, as he did with the 1978 original that he directed. Now comes word directly from Carpenter that...

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News Briefs: Shailene Woodley Says "No" to More 'Divergent' on TV

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 19:28

Divergent: Shailene Woodley (Allegiant, above) says she will not be appearing in the fourth installment of the Divergent movie series. Last summer we heard that Lionsgate planned to debut the movie on television rather than in theaters and then launch a TV series as a follow-up. We have yet to hear if Lionsgate will still finish the primary storylines left unresolved from the movies so far. Woodley will next be seen in HBO's limited series Big Little Lies, starting on February 19. [Vanity...

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Action Movies You Need To See Before You Die, According to The Makers of 'John Wick: Chapter 2'

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 11:44

Nobody knows action movies better than the minds behind John Wick: Chapter 2, director Chad Stahelski and stunt coordinator J.J. Perry. Both have been in the business for decades, though most people probably don't know their names. They started as stunt performers, doubling for the stars of movies like Blade, Point Break, Mortal Kombat, The Matrix, and 300. They both have also been the stunt coordinators and/or second unit directors for action in movies like Captain America: Civil War, The...

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FandangoNOW and Vivino Pair Movies and Wine for Valentine's Day

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 11:00

Staying home this Valentine's Day, and looking for some good movie recommendations? FandangoNOW surveyed movie fans on the top 10 movies to watch this Valentine's Day, and once the list was set we asked our friends at Vivino, the world's largest wine community, to help pair a wine to each movie. The results are, in a word, intoxicating... and the movies are pretty awesome, too. In what may be a surprising and inspiring choice to top the list, 1987's The Princess Bride was...

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'The Lego Ninjago Movie' Trailer Is Full of Giant Sharks, Giant Robots and Giant Daddy Issues

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 06:57

Sometimes the toughest magic trick to pull off in Hollywood is making a "kids' movie" that's also for adults. The barrier between the two has been vanishing for quite some time now, thanks hugely to Pixar, but there are still a few properties that feel like they're only for children. Lego Ninjago is one of them. Or, rather, it used to be. For those unfamiliar, Lego Ninjago started as a kids' show about a wise, old master ninja who trains four young people with...

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'Fleabag' Actress Touted to Go CGI for Han Solo Movie

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 06:54

Phoebe Waller-Bridge is in talks to join the cast of the upcoming Han Solo movie, according to Variety. Reportedly, the role will be a "CGI-driven" performance, with comparisons made to Alan Tudyk's supporting role as security droid K-2SO in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. If things work out with Waller-Bridge, it's exciting news for a couple of reasons. First of all, she's a tremendously talented actress, as anyone who's had a chance to see her series Fleabag ...

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News Briefs: Oprah Winfrey to Star in 'Terms of Endearment' Remake

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 19:50

Terms of Endearment: Oprah Winfrey will star in a new version of Terms of Endearment. Lee Daniels is in talks to direct; the two previously worked together on The Butler (above). The 1983 Academy Award-winning version, based on a novel by Larry McMurtry, starred Shirley MacLaine and Debra Winger as mother and daughter in a family drama; Winfrey will play the role originated by MacLaine. [The Wrap]   St. Agatha: Darren Lynn Bousman, best known for helming three installments of...

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