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17 February 2017 1:19 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Get ready for more purging.
The studio has set a date of July 4, 2018, for the untitled next Purge chapter, which brings back franchise creator James DeMonaco, though not as a director.
DeMonaco is writing the script and will work closely with the producers to choose a new director for the project.
- Borys Kit
Earlier today it was reported that The Conjuring 2 spinoff The Nun will be released on July 13th, 2018, and it already has some company on the calendar: a fourth Purge movie.
James DeMonaco, who directed and wrote the first three Purge movies, will return to pen the fourth film, currently referred to as "untitled Next Purge Chapter." Although he will be writing the third sequel, DeMonaco is not expected to direct, and instead will aid the creative team in getting someone else to helm the fourth film in his franchise that features an annual Purge night when all crime is legal for a 12-hour period. On board to produce the project is Sébastien K. Lemercier, Blumhouse's Jason Blum, and Platinum Dunes' Michael Bay, »
- Derek Anderson
James DeMonaco, who helmed the previous two films, will return as writer. Blumhouse Productions’ Jason Blum, Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form, and DeMonaco’s longtime production partner, Sebastien K. Lemercier will produce.
Plot details are unknown at this time as DeMonaco will work closely with the team to find a new director. Previous installments were set in the near future where the government, in order to bring down crime, created one day a year where all crime was legal including murder and labeled the event, “The Purge.”
“The Purge: Election Year” starring Frank Grillo and Elizabeth Mitchell, became the highest grossing film in the series last summer, bringing in $118 million worldwide. It is unknown if previous cast members will return to the series.
- Justin Kroll
For more than a decade, sound mixers Kevin O’Connell and Greg P. Russell worked hand-in-hand on some of the industry’s biggest box office hits, movies like “The Rock,” “Armageddon,” “Spider-Man,” and “Transformers.” It was a relationship born out of an early coupling on Ridley Scott’s “Black Rain” that later took flight in the mid-1990s when the two set up shop together at the Cary Grant mixing stage on the Sony lot in Culver City. In their time together, they landed Academy recognition 12 times, quickly becoming the Susan Luccis of the Oscars — consistently nominated, but never awarded.
Ten years ago, after the first “Transformers” film, O’Connell and Russell went their separate ways. This year, they’re back at the big dance together, though for different projects: O’Connell picked up his 21st nomination to date for Mel Gibson’s “Hacksaw Ridge,” while Russell is back in »
- Kristopher Tapley
Review by Stephen Tronicek
Running Wild plays like if Michael Bay directed Flicka and as the old saying goes two wrongs do not make a right. Now, if you enjoy Michael Bay (Pain and Gain and The Rock are awesome) and you enjoy Flicka, well then this might just be the movie for you. If those movies aren’t your cup of tea, though, you might want to steer clear.
The bringing up of those two recognizable names (Flicka maybe less than Michael Bay) comes with a good purpose in that the film emulates the style of one and the familiar plot elements of the other. Running Wild is about a woman (Dorian Brown, who was excellent on Wilfred) trying to keep her ranch afloat after the death of her husband. She finds a number of wild horses and brings them in with a government program that helps inmates by »
- Movie Geeks
New footage from the upcoming live-action adaptation of Japanese cyberpunk manga “Ghost in the Shell” was released in a trailer during the Feb. 5 Super Bowl with Johansson in action, packing a punch, jumping through glass, and wielding a gun in a chaotic scene. The film has generated more than 184,000 new conversations.
Johansson spoke about whitewashing and gender in her new role in an interview on Feb. 8, and an announcement video was also posted on Feb. 9 teasing its next trailer. Paramount is opening “Ghost in the Shell” on March 31.
Disney-Marvel’s “Guardian of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” which had the most talked-about Super Bowl trailer, generated 24,000 new conversations last week. The studio released new images on Feb. 6, and held a test screening in which it earned an unprecedented “100” score. »
- Dave McNary
Henry Bevan on why Lego Batman is the hero Hollywood needs right now…
The Joker is Batman’s greatest enemy, and he has been almost since the start. Batman may have the best roster of rogues (rivalled only by Spider-Man), but nothing gets Bat-fans excited more than a tussle with the Clown Prince of Crime. A mere whisper of his presence, like the ending of Batman Begins, is enough to whip up a frenzy. Chris McKay and the folks over at Warner Bros. Animation understand this. They also understand how ridiculous the Batman mythology is. This is, after all, a man dressed as a bat fighting a man dressed as a clown.
In The Lego Batman Movie, Batman and the Joker are jilted lovers (“I like to fight around”). The Joker, voiced by Zack Galifianakis, only wants Batman’s (Will Arnett) attention. It is a spot-on interpretation that encapsulates and laughs at their relationship. »
- Henry Bevan
Marvel's "Secret Empire", available May 2017, is written by Nick Spencer and illustrated by Steve McNiven, Andrea Sorrentino, Daniel Acuña, and Leinil Francis Yu, with a cover by Mark Brooks, as 'Steve Rogers' aka 'Captain America' brings about a 'Hydra' revolution during "...the worst day in the 'Marvel Universe'...":
"His plans and Hydra's plans will have begun to unfurl," said Marvel about the story. "We are done with the covert portion, the buildup portion of the program. 'Secret Empire' is the pyrotechnics, the big Michael Bay blockbuster, with huge colossal struggles and battles across the 'Marvel Universe', with all of our key characters and players taking on a big role. 'Cap', as head of 'S.H.I.E.L.D.', is able to mobilize forces..."
"We'll definitely see an impact on our new, younger generation of heroes, a huge turn for them, a 'Watergate' moment for them. »
- Michael Stevens
Do you remember Power/Rangers? Not Power Rangers, the TV show about a team of super-powered teenagers who fight evil using dinosaur mechs. Power/Rangers, a Power Rangers fan film that hit YouTube in 2015 and was pretty much the only thing anybody wanted to talk about for weeks after the fact. The fifteen-minute fan film’s central premise was turning everything that we loved about the series as kids on its head. Instead of rainbow-colored rangers wielding over-sized props and fighting henchmen in grey leotards, we got a gritty, Michael Bay-like continuation of the series where evil won, the Power Rangers disbanded
What the Heck Is Going on with Power Rangers These Days? »
- Brian Hadsell
We'd like to forget all about the last attempt at a live-action Masters of The Universe movie. Sorry, Dolph! Great hair, though.
Welcome back to another edition of Fantasy Fridays, where two real-life best friends (Jeremy Scully and I, Mario-Francisco Robles) get together to cast/pitch our dream movies.
In the past, we've tackled everything from The Batman to the Universal Monsters.
This week, we turn our attention towards the long-gestating cinematic reboot of Masters of The Universe. Jeremy and I grew up on the classic 80s cartoon, and I had a ton of the old action figures. Yet even we knew, as children, that the 1987 movie starring Dolph Lundgren was crap. That's why we'd like to put our own spin on what the reboot should look/feel like.
Over the years, many filmmakers and various studios have tried and failed to get a Masters of The Universe movie off of the ground. »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
When Marvel started dropping teasers for their next major crossover event, Secret Empire, not long ago, it quickly became apparent that Steve Rogers would somehow be central to the plot. After all, the current shield he wields was being used in the promo images.
Now, the House of Ideas is ready to pull back the curtain and formally announce the event series set to be written by, not surprisingly, Nick Spencer, who currently pens the ongoing Captain America: Steve Rogers. Not only that, but fan favorite artist Steve McNiven is slated to lend his distinctive pencils to the project. As of now, 9 issues are scheduled to encompass the ambitious story arc.
As many of you are likely aware, Rogers had his history rewritten when Kobik, a living Cosmic Cube, managed to make him an agent of Hydra during the resurrection process. Needless to say, this creative decision caused an uproar among fans, »
- Eric Joseph
Tired of status quo changing events? Tough luck, because next up for Marvel is Secret Empire from writer Nick Spencer and artists Steve McNiven and Andrea Sorrentino. The nine issue series kicks off in May with a #0 issue going on sale the month before, and it promises to bring the past year or so's Captain America stories to a head as the Hydra controlled Steve Rogers finally unleashes his plans. "Steve has been kind of lining his dominoes up around the Marvel Universe to be able to make his move and bring about a Hydra revolution, a takeover," says Tom Brevoort. "At the point of ‘Secret Empire,’ they are ready to go. That’s the moment we hit as we go in. We are done with the covert portion, the buildup portion of the program, ‘Secret Empire’ if the pyrotechnics, the big Michael Bay blockbuster, huge colossal struggles and battles across the Marvel Universe, »
This past Monday afternoon, word came down from Paramount Pictures that the latest installment of “Friday the 13th,” which had been part of the studio’s development slate for nearly four years, had been pulled from its schedule. Only a couple of hours later, speculation engendered by that announcement was confirmed: The new “Friday the 13th” was dead, at least for the time being, and certainly at Paramount.
No official explanation was forthcoming, though the obvious one seemed to be the disappointing box-office returns for the just-concluded first weekend of “Rings,” another Paramount franchise reboot that had bounced around its slate a few times; it finished below the third weekend of Universal’s “Split.” The news was met with disappointment by die-hard “Friday” fans, who were looking forward to Jason Voorhees’ return to the studio that had nurtured him through eight movies between 1980-89. The feeling was especially acute for »
- Michael Gingold
More and more women in the entertainment industry are opening up about the misogyny they face every day.
And as some of the most sought-after talents in Hollywood come forward with tales of bias and chauvinism, it’s clearer than ever that sexist attitudes are the norm in the industry.
Below, twelve seasoned Hollywood stars share stories of the shameful sexism they’ve endured.
“I’d never been on a film before. I was doing a love scene with Keanu Reeves. We started filming and the very famous director screamed ‘Cut’ and said, ‘How quickly can we get a plastic surgeon in here? »
- Lydia Price
So here’s my theory on a reasonable amount of Michael Bay movies. All of them are over the top when it comes to action. That much we know. But my theory is this. Whenever you see a Michael Bay movie for the very first time in the theater, it’s usually pretty darned good and you get caught up in emotion. You actually forget about how ridiculous the actual lines and plots are and let yourself just escape reality and believe what the movie is telling you. It’s the “movie theater” effect. Every single time you see a movie in the
Anyone Who Says They Didn’t Cry During Armageddon is a Liar »
- Nat Berman
It has been 14 years since Martin Lawrence and Will Smith teamed up as a couple of cops who have a fondness for not following the rules in Bad Boys II. Sony has been planning to make Bad Boys for Life for quite some time now, which is currently going to be the title of Bad Boys 3. Unfortunately for those who have been eager to see the Bad Boys back on the big screen, the movie was just given another very significant delay.
As recently as December, Will Smith had said that Bad Boys 3 was "very, very close" to getting done. Sony announced the project more than two years ago and there haven't been many firm updates from the studio, just a lot of rumors and the occasional, unexciting update from either Will Smith or Martin Lawrence. Now, a report from the Exhibitor Relations Twitter account claims that Bad Boys 3 »
Michael Shannon is becoming more and more of a household name with each passing year. The 42-year-old actor has been around film and television since 1992 but his stock has quickly risen in the last 5 years as he’s been getting bigger roles in bigger movies. I personally think that Shannon’s trajectory rose after he portrayed General Zod in Man of Steel. But Michael Shannon has always been awesome. He has a creepy, serious look about him that lends itself to psychotic characters that both scare and bewilder us. But remember, Shannon wasn’t always a big star. Take 2001 for
- Nat Berman
Paramount has decided to back off on its reboot of the iconic “Friday the 13th” horror franchise, which had been in development for several years at the studio.
Paramount announced Monday that it had pulled “Friday the 13th” from its Oct. 13 release date and filled the slot with the Jennifer Lawrence movie “mother!,” but gave no further explanation. Several sources told Variety that Paramount has put the project on ice for several reasons — its $21 million budget; the disappointing $13 million opening weekend for its “Rings” horror reboot; and the looming reversion of the rights to New Line.
“Friday the 13th” had been expected to start principal photography in the early spring with Breck Eisner directing in order to make the October release date. Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes was on board to produce with Andrew Form and Brad Fuller.
- Dave McNary
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On episode 48 of Los Fanboys, Mario and Jammer give a fittingly lengthy follow-up to the Batman director discussion from last week. Who do some of you think should take over as director, and who are some other interesting choices from the guys? From there, the pair go into box office discussion, Super Bowl trailer discussions, among a myriad of other topics!
Question Of The Week: Does A Dark Phoenix-centric X-men Movie Sound Like The Best Way To Go For The X-men Franchise?
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00:00:00 - Intro, question of the week responses, Batman discussion
00:21:48 - Dear Ben Affleck discussion
00:36:55 - Box office discussion
- Joseph Medina
Disney-Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” Super Bowl ad was the most popular trailer of the game. The commercial was out of this world, generating 47,800 new conversations, according to media-measurement firm comScore and its PreAct service.
The new trailer for the “Guardians of the Galaxy” sequel dropped Sunday afternoon right before the Super Bowl Li national anthem. It included Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax (Dave Bautista), Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper), Baby Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel), Yondu (Michael Rooker), Nebula (Karen Gillan), and newcomer Mantis (Pom Klementieff).
“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” opens May 5. The original grossed a massive $773 worldwide in 2014.
Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” generated 25,200 new conversations. The first look at the fifth “Pirates” film — which opens on Memorial Day weekend — featured Johnny Depp returning as Jack Sparrow, a ghostly pirate ship, and the dead walking on water. »
- Dave McNary
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