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'Kong: Skull Island': 8 Great Things We Learned on Set and How It Sets Up ‘Kong vs. Godzilla’

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 09:00

In December of 2015, the folks at Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. extended an offer no sci-fi/fantasy geek journalist could resist: the chance to spend two days on the Hawaii set of their then mystery-laden adventure film Kong: Skull Island. At the time, little was known about Kong but speculation was rampant: Was the film a sequel or prequel to Peter Jackson’s 2005 King Kong or any other previous Kong adventures? Or was it a complete reboot, a la Legendary’s Godzilla (2014)?...

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Exclusive Clip: De Niro Is an Aging Insult Comic in 'The Comedian'

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 09:00

Robert De Niro tackles getting old yet staying funny in a new comedy out in limited release February 3, The Comedian. In it, he plays an aging insult comic struggling to remain current and relevant in the time of social media, until he enjoys a sudden and unexpected resurgence (along with a new relationship). He's joined by a terrific ensemble cast that includes Leslie Mann, Edie Falco, Danny DeVito, Cloris Leachman, and a laundry list of well-known comedians. If you're a fan of popular...

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Edgar Wright's 'Baby Driver' Will Premiere at the 2017 SXSW Film Festival

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 06:19

Over the years the Sundance film festival has become somewhat synonymous with grim, dramatic movies that, while remarkably well made, are probably bound to bum you out. It may not be an accurate reputation, but it's what a lot of people think of when they hear the words "Oh, this played Sundance."  The SXSW Film Festival kind of has the opposite reputation in recent years. Their programming is a bit more adventurous, a bit more eclectic, and often mixes studio movies with...

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Nicole Kidman and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II Join 'Aquaman' -- See Who They're Playing

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 06:13

While some entries of the DC extended universe are having difficulty moving forward, we needn't fear because at least Aquaman is near. Jason Momoa will make his first full appearance as the oceanic superhero, who hails from the underwater kingdom of Atlantis, this fall in Justice League with the solo feature out almost a year later. We've been hearing bits and pieces about the latter for a while now, including last month's confirmation that Patrick Wilson is playing...

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Rumor Patrol: Will Any of These People Direct 'The Batman'?

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 06:09

When Ben Affleck stepped down from directing the Batman solo movie, provisionally titled The Batman, it was as if he turned on the Bat-Signal. Instantly, reactions flooded forth from around the world, both positive and negative. While battle broke out about whether or not this was a positive step in the right direction, others considered who might be a good fit for the project. As we noted, studio veteran Matt Reeves (War for the Planet of the Apes) and actor-turned-indie-director Matt Ross...

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News Briefs: Leonardo DiCaprio to Star in Real-Life Cop Thriller 'The Black Hand'

Tue, 01/31/2017 - 19:36

The Black Hand: Leonardo DiCaprio will star in The Black Hand. Paramount Pictures will hire a writer to adapt the book by Stephan Talty, which follows a New York City police officer in the late 19th century who sought to stop a ruthless criminal enterprise from Italy. The gang kidnapped people and then extorted their families for ransom. [Deadline]   Francis & The Godfather: HBO will make Francis & The Godfather, based on the real-life drama behind the scenes of Francis...

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Exclusive Clip: There's Gonna Be a 'Fist Fight' After School

Tue, 01/31/2017 - 09:00

Nobody ever wants to hear the dreaded phrase, "I'm gonna fight you. Parking lot, after school!" But that's exactly what teacher Campbell (Charlie Day) hears from his fellow teacher, Strickland (Ice Cube) in the comedy Fist Fight, due in theaters everywhere February 17. Campbell helped get Strickland fired, and now, as the latter puts it, "It's on!" In this clip, Campbell tries to enlist the help of the school security guard (Kumail Nanjani), only to...

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James Cameron Says 'Avatar' Sequels Are Written, MoCap Filming Begins This Summer

Tue, 01/31/2017 - 06:10

Still waiting for those Avatar sequels? It has now been seven years since the first movie came out, and with every delay fans might be wondering if they'll ever see one follow-up, let alone four. Well, they're still happening, and James Cameron has just given his firmest update yet on when production will actually happen. In an interview for the Daily Beast promoting his upcoming National Geographic documentary Atlantis Rising, he announced the status of the scripts...

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Ben Affleck Will Not Direct 'The Batman' Solo Movie

Tue, 01/31/2017 - 06:08

Ben Affleck will not direct a solo Batman movie, according to Variety. He will, however, still be reprising his role as Batman, also known as Bruce Wayne. He will also remain as a producer on the project. In a prepared statement, Affleck said: "There are certain characters who hold a special place in the hearts of millions. Performing this role demands focus, passion and the very best performance I can give. It has become clear that I cannot do both jobs to the level they require....

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News Briefs: Diego Luna to Star in 'Scarface,' Which Now Needs Director

Mon, 01/30/2017 - 19:18

Scarface: Diego Luna (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, above) is attached to star in Scarface, a reimagining of the gangster classic. Director Antoine Fuqua has departed the project, however, due to scheduling issues. Fuqua had already invested considerable time in developing The Equalizer 2, so that will now take priority for him. As for Scarface, Universal has begun meeting with potential directors, aiming to start production in the spring. Based on a revised script by Terence Winter (The Wolf of...

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The Final Trailer for 'Beauty and the Beast' Features That Classic Song

Mon, 01/30/2017 - 18:11

Beauty and the Beast took third place on Fandango's recent survey of the most anticipated movies of 2017. Considering how beloved the original animated film is, that's not too surprising on its own, but it's extra impressive when you consider it leads the likes of Wonder Woman, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Justice League and Logan. It's all because Disney's new Beauty and the Beast (tickets now on sale here) is a perfect storm of source material, nostalgia, and raw...

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First Official 'Ocean's 8' Image Confirms Sandra Bullock's Character Is Related to Danny Ocean

Mon, 01/30/2017 - 10:10

The first official image from Ocean's 8 has arrived online, and though the film doesn't arrive in theaters until June 8, 2018 (yes, we said 2018, not 2017), we now have a tantalizing look at the exciting female-led ensemble along with the film's synopsis, confirming Sandra Bullock's character is indeed related to George Clooney's Danny Ocean. Previous rumors have indicated that she is playing his sister. Here's the shot WB posted on Instagram, which does beg the...

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Exclusive Clip: 'Rings' Brings Back the Dreaded Videotape

Mon, 01/30/2017 - 07:00

It's been 12 years since The Ring Two, 17 since the original The Ring, but we're finally getting the third in the series on Feburary 3: Rings. The concept of the franchise was pretty terrifying back then -- if you watch a certain videotape, you'll be dead within a week thanks to the evil spirit that haunts it. VCRs have long gone the way of the dodo but in Rings, we learn that there's actually a movie within the movie, which makes this videotape more dangerously relevant than...

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The Best of Sundance 2017: The Movies and Performances We Loved the Most

Mon, 01/30/2017 - 05:29

The 2017 Sundance Film Festival has come to an official close (check out all of the major award winners here), and now it's time to unpack our bags, shake the snow off our boots and tell you about the best films we watched while in the mountains of Park City, Utah so that way you know what to look out for later this year.  Here are our favorite films from this year's Sundance fest, along with release date info where available. (And here's a list of which films were picked up...

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Awards Buzz: 'Hidden Figures,' 'La La Land,' 'I Don't Feel at Home' Surprise and Confirm

Mon, 01/30/2017 - 05:19

Now that the Academy Award nominations have been announced, award shows take on a different perspective. Rather than calling attention to lesser-known movies, award shows often serve to confirm the front-runners, although surprise winners still bloom forth. Last night, for example, Emma Stone was the recipient of the lead actress award for La La Land, as expected. But instead of her costar Ryan Gosling or, even more likely, Casey Affleck taking home the Best Lead Actor prize for Manchester...

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John Hurt, Distinguished British Actor, Passes Away at 77

Mon, 01/30/2017 - 05:16

Sir John Hurt, a British actor who enjoyed a long career filled with distinguished performances, has passed away, according to multiple news reports. He was 77. Born in a coal-mining village in England, Hurt was accepted into the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and made both his stage and movie debuts in 1962. He first gained international attention in A Man for All Seasons (above right and below) in 1966. On television, he made big marks as the notorious Quentin Crisp in The...

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News Briefs: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway May Reunite in Thriller 'Serenity'

Sun, 01/29/2017 - 18:39

Serenity: Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway, who starred together in Interstellar (above), are in negotiations to reunite in Serenity. Steven Knight (Locke) wrote and and will direct the thriller, described as a "sexy noir" about a fishing boat captain in the Caribbean with a mysterious past. [Deadline]   Godzilla: King of the Monsters: Young Millie Bobby Brown, who broke out big in the Netflix series Stranger Things, will star in Godzilla: King of the Monsters....

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2017 Oscar Ballot

Fri, 01/27/2017 - 12:43

It's looking like La La Land's year, but you never know which movie will win the gold. To help you keep track and play along with your friends, Fandango presents our annual printable Oscar ballot with all 24 Oscar categories. Make your picks, then kick back and enjoy the 89th Academy Awards when they air at 4 p.m. PST February 26 on ABC.

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The 'Beauty and the Beast' Characters Come to Life in a Fun Batch of Animated Posters

Fri, 01/27/2017 - 06:47

It's fair to say that we live in times of great uncertainty, where it seems like up is and down and nobody can agree on anything. But amidst the chaos of the world, at least you can count on one thing: Beauty and the Beast is going to be another hugely, wildly popular Disney remake. The original '90s animated movie is one of Disney's most beloved animated films of all time. It was even nominated for Best Picture, although it lost the Oscar to a very different beast (The Silence...

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Superhero Bites: 'Black Panther' Full Cast and Plot Synopsis Revealed

Fri, 01/27/2017 - 06:44

Need a shot of superheroes today? Here's the latest on Black Panther, The Avengers and The Lego Batman Movie:   Black Panther Begins Production The next solo Marvel superhero movie is getting into action, as Black Panther announced the start of production today. Along with that news, the studio has shared its complete cast list and an official synopsis. Among the actors confirmed to be joining Chadwick Boseman in the title role are Martin Freeman,...

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