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While we've long heard that Producer McG and his Wonderland Productions are working with Mattel to reboot Masters of the Universe, they haven't really seemed in too much of a hurry to make that happen. Aside from a few little teases over the course of 2015, the movie remained fairly radio silent. That changes today with the news that Kellan Lutz has taken a meeting, presumable to play the lead character of He-Man. Nothing has been confirmed, but we do get some nice fan art out of it. Here's what he had to say in a Tweet.
"Hey @HeManTheMovie and all Motu fans, Had an amazing meeting with @McGsWonderland and @ItsMaryViola talking Motu! It's in great hands."
Masters of the Universe hasn't been seen on the big screen since 1987, and Kellan Lutz certainly sounds like a worthy replacement for Dolph Lundgren. The pair even shared the screen in the 2014 sequel The Expendables 3. »
“Now You See Me 2” has set a record for a Lionsgate title in China with a $14.8 million opening day, making it the top title in the market.
The number is 679 percent higher than the figure for the opening day of “Now You See Me” in 2013 — underlining the explosive growth of the Chinese market in the past three years.
The film has taken in $45 million during its first two weeks in the U.S. and another $50 million in foreign markets, including $12 million from Russia.
- Dave McNary
Magicians as Robin Hoods, using their cardistry and escapology skills to beat The Man. That’s the idea of Now You See Me and Now You See Me 2, now in theaters. The Four Horsemen are back, and the actors behind them had to learn more illusions to play the part, with the help of chief magic and mentalism consultant Keith Barry. The approach to the magic of the franchise changed as Jon M. Chu took the director’s chair for the sequel. While the first movie featured some “illusions of tomorrow” that can’t be done in reality (Isla Fisher in a bubble!), Chu was determined to do the movie’s magic in-camera, in real time, with as little CGI as possible. With the first film, director Louis Leterrier had asked magicians, “What effects have you always wanted to perform but don’t quite have the method for it yet? »
- Emily Rome
- Crystal Bell
Paramount's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows opened on 260 screens and raked in $2.4 million to come in second, while eOne's Now You See Me 2 proved it was a good weekend for number two's, coming in third with a weekend gross of around $2 million.
Jodie Foster's Money Monster dropped about the same (twenty-eight percent) in week two, bringing its total to $4.5 million, while Taiki Waititi's Hunt for the Wilderpeople dropped a mere one-percent in its third week to take $1.1 million Thursday to Saturday.
The Madman release has now made $4.1 million (and no doubt more when Queen's Birthday numbers are tallied), and is still on 169 screens.
Also in its third week though on substantially more screens - 291 - Disney's Alice Through the Looking Glass was nevertheless narrowly beaten by Wilderpeople over the weekend, with the sequel to Tim Burton's original film now sitting on $7.3 million overall.
Sony's The Angry Birds Movie has racked up $8.6 million after five weeks, while Captain America: Civil War rounded out the top ten, with weekend takings of $180,295 and a total gross so far of $33.5 million after seven weeks. »
- Harry Windsor
The last time Lin-Manuel Miranda attended the Tony Awards, he was nervous because “In the Heights” needed to win in order to lure audiences. It won best new musical.
That’s not a problem for his ticket-scalpers’ delight, “Hamilton,” his second Broadway musical. He stars in the production, wrote the book, music, and lyrics, and it scored a record-breaking 16 nominations. It swept the Tonys Sunday night with 11 awards including best new musical, and could eventually earn over $1 billion worldwide, according to The New York Times.
“Hamilton” also won the Pulitzer Prize for drama and a Grammy Award for best musical theater album. Because Miranda won an Emmy for writing Neil Patrick Harris’s closing rap at the 2014 Tonys, all he needs is an Oscar to become a member of the Egot club.
That’s not an impossibility, as Miranda’s moving his star to Hollywood—more specifically, Disney. J.J. Abrams »
- Anne Thompson
Chicago – Separately, you love all these movie star icons and funny people – Daniel Radcliffe, Michael Caine, Mark Ruffalo, Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Morgan Freeman, Lizzy Caplan and Dave Franco. Together, they add up to a terrible sequel, “Now You See Me 2.”
There was no need to make the sequel “Now You See Me 2,” and the filmmakers and lead actors went out and proved it. As a boilerplate, the plot is exactly the same from the first film – a band of rogue magicians (yes, magicians) called The Four Horseman are not only David Copperfield-like entertainers, they are superheroes saving the earth (for some reason). In this outing, they are set up as some kind of anti-heroes, but they are so “above it all” that the outcome for them is exactly predictable. If a screenplays sets out to make its characters all god-like, then what chance does even Daniel “Harry Potter” Radcliffe and the great Michael Caine (portraying villains) have? My wish was for them to have a large sock with manure in it, to at least embarrass the arrogant Horseman. But they were content to be defeated (spoiler alert) with no manure in sight, except the film itself.
The Four Horsemen have fled underground after the events in the first film (as well they should have). They are both the magicians and their facilitators, including Danny (Jesse Eisenberg), Dylan (Mark Ruffalo), Jack (Dave Franco), Merritt (Woody Harrelson) and Thaddeus (Morgan Freeman). Female magic doer Henley has flown the coop, so daffy Lula (Lizzy Caplan) joins the gang.
It seems that an evil tech billionaire named Walter (Daniel Radcliffe) is trying to lure the Horsemen back to the surface, and actually kidnaps them with the help of Merritt’s twin brother Chase (Harrelson, again). Behind all this nefarious activity is Arthur Tressler (Michael Caine), the antagonist from the first film. From China to London the Horsemen ride, until what’s up their sleeve is revealed.
”Now You See Me 2” opens everywhere on June 10th. Featuring Dave Franco, Daniel Radcliffe, Michael Caine, Mark Ruffalo, Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Morgan Freeman and Lizzy Caplan. Screenplay by Ed Solomon. Directed by Jon M. Chu. Rated “PG-13”
Photo credit: Summit Entertainment
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Christina Grimmie's friends and fans took to social media early Saturday morning to mourn the late singer, who was shot dead Friday night after her concert in Orlando. She was 22. "It is with a heavy heart that we can confirm that Christina has passed and went home to be with the Lord," her rep confirmed to People. The Voice alum made it to the final three on season six of NBC's singing competition show in 2014 but first gained a loyal fan base on the internet when her cover video of Miley Cyrus' hit "Party in the U.S. »
- Melody Chiu, @chiumelo
Lin-Manuel Miranda recently predicted wouldn’t get a Hamilton movie “for, like, 20 years,” but his other signature work is coming to screens a lot sooner. Earlier this month we heard The Weinstein Co. had scooped up the movie rights to In the Heights, Miranda’s Tony-winning musical. Now they may have found a director in Jon M. Chu, fresh off […]
- Angie Han
Chu has a pair of dance movies on his resume in “Step Up 2: The Streets” and “Step Up 3D” and the concert movie “Justin Bieber: Never Say Never.” He also directed Lionsgate’s “Now You See Me 2,” which opened Friday.
Miranda is producing “In the Heights,” which had been set at Universal with Kenny Ortega attached to direct and Miranda starring before the studio put it into turnaround in 2011. TWC annnounced in late May that it had come on to the project.
Miranda wrote the music and lyrics for the musical and starred in the show’s lead role, earning him a nomination for the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical. “In the Heights” is set in Washington Heights in New York City and focuses on a bodega owner who’s closing his store and retiring to the Dominican Republic after inheriting his grandmother’s fortune.
Miranda is performing on Broadway in the lead role of Alexander Hamilton in the hit musical “Hamilton,” for which he wrote the book, music and lyrics. “Hamilton” was nominated for a record 16 Tony Awards, with the winners to be announced on June 12.
Scott Sanders and Mara Jacobs are producing the movie project along with Miranda through Scott Sanders Productions. Quiara Alegria Hudes, who wrote the book for the original stage show, is working on the script.
Chu is repped by Wme, Principato-Young and attorney Allison Binder.
- Dave McNary
The Four Horseman are set to ride back into theaters this weekend as the magic-based caper Now You See Me 2 opens wide. Here, director Jon M. Chu is refreshingly honest, funny, and thoughtful with us about what it takes to make it as a working director in Hollywood, recovering after the disappointment of Jem and the Holograms, the temptation of making Harry Potter jokes when you have Daniel Radcliffe in a movie about magic, and Mark Ruffalo's vomit. Take a look in the player above or below and chat with us here or on Twitter. Jon: @JonMChu Roth: @RothCornet »
- Roth Cornet
Doug Liman ("Edge of Tomorrow," "The Bourne Identity") is in talks to direct the film adaptation of Patrick Ness' post-apocalyptic young adult thriller trilogy "Chaos Walking" for Lionsgate and Summit Entertainment. Production aims to begin this Fall.
Robert Zemeckis had previously been attached to helm this story set in a world where there are no women and all living creatures can hear one another's thoughts in a stream of images, words and sounds called Noise. Charlie Kaufman and Jamie Linden have reportedly worked on the script.
Set in Washington Heights in New York City, the story focuses on a bodega owner who's closing his store and retiring to the Dominican Republic after inheriting his grandmother's fortune. Scott Sanders »
- Garth Franklin
Now You See Me 2 brings back the Four Horsemen, not the Biblical figures of Armageddon but the four magician/illusionists from the first film, who used magic to reveal corporate misbehaviorand redistribute a little wealth.
The magicians from the first film, who call themselves the Four Horseman, return, again played by Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco, but joined by a new magician played by Lizzy Caplan. Last time the magicians used their skill as illusionists in a Robin Hood-type heists to expose corporate bad guys, which put them on the run from the FBI. A year later, the Horsemen must re-emerge to thwart an evil tech wizard, Walter Mabry (Daniel Radcliffe), who seeks to control the world through a chip to control the world’s computers. That mission takes them to Macau, China, and the oldest magic shop in the world. To accomplish their goal, the Horseman have »
- Cate Marquis
In a world of children’s party illusionists and ambiguously friendly magician teams, Now You See Me 2 does something amazing for the artistic expression of trickery – it makes magic sexy again. Forget what you thought about that annoying kid who always had some new card trick to butcher during school lunches. Jon M. Chu’s mystifying sequel brings a coolness back to magicians that Criss Angel tarnished once he got his own show on A&E. Magic is supposed to make your jaw drop, and that’s the kind of spellbinding blockbuster that Chu’s crew cooks up.
Chu is no stranger to sequels (just check his entire filmography), which gives him a serviceable advantage. Not only does he have to continue a story about renegade magician criminals, but he has to do so minus a main character (Isla Fisher), and with even more big names added to the »
- Matt Donato
Now You See Me 2 (which some thought to be an unnecessary sequel) has once again bottled lightning to Lionsgate’s relief. Louis Leterrier’s Now You See Me *somehow* brought coolness to magic’s stigmatic nature, and – against all odds – Jon M. Chu’s sequel exceeds said coolness. Duelling magicians square off once again in a spectacular battle of illusionist wits, where perception is fooled and wonder trumps all. Ed Solomon and Pete Chiarelli’s heist is more than smoke an mirrors – a social warning preys upon tech-y paranoias, however preachy (and outlandish) it may be – which makes this exciting, spellbinding blockbuster worth the price of admission. This isn’t just any sideshow – these badass wizards of manipulation are the main attraction.
- Matt Donato
Synopsis: After fleeing from a stage show, the illusionists (Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson) known as the Four Horsemen find themselves in more trouble in Macau, China. Devious tech wizard Walter Mabry (Daniel Radcliffe) forces the infamous magicians to steal a powerful chip that can control all of the world's computers. Meanwhile, vengeful FBI agent Dylan Rhodes (Mark Ruffalo) hatches his own plot against Thaddeus Bradley (Morgan Freeman), the man he blames for the death of his father.
Remember when sequels were quaint? You probably can’t, and that’s okay. It was a long time ago when cable wasn’t digital and people dreamed about what the world-wide web might have to offer. For the purpose of this review, let’s say there are two kinds of sequels. There are those that aim to delve deeper into the characters audiences loved before. They raise the stakes because a new threat »
- Tyler Richardson
It’s no secret that Mark Ruffalo is one of the best and most likable actors out there right now. Not only is he immensely skilled, he just appears to be beloved as a human being as well. Ruffalo has broken through in a bigger way over the last few years, both in terms of Oscar nominations and also bigger budget films. He’s already a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but now he can list Now You See Me as another movie franchise of his. This week, Now You See Me 2 opens in theaters and should only increase Ruffalo’s A-list star power, rightly so, I might add. The film is a sequel to Now You See Me, the surprise hit from a few years back. It concerns a magic act that also doubles as a Robin Hood type heist team. Ruffalo plays Dylan Rhodes, who in »
- Joey Magidson
It's hard to connect the dots between all of the movies Jon M. Chu has directed. Every time you think a pattern is emerging, he seems to pivot to something else. He directed the two best Step Up movies, but before he could become "that dance movie guy," he made the surprisingly fascinating documentary Justin Bieber: Never Say Never. From there he jumps over to big budget action with G.I. Joe: Retaliation, and from that to low budget teen drama with Jem and the Holograms. He is a man of many hats, to say the least. Now Chu is back into flashier, bigger budget mode with Now You See Me 2, a sequel to 2013's surprise breakout hit about magicians who use their powers of illusion to rob from the rich and give back to the poor. If anything, NYSM2 is kind of a...
- Peter Hall
Stars: Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, Jorma Taccone, Sarah Silverman, Tim Meadows, Maya Rudolph, Joan Cusack, Imogen Poots, Chris Redd, James Buckley, Edgar Blackmon | Written by Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer | Directed by Akiva Schaffer, Jorma Taccone
What do you get if you take the outrageous gross-out comedy of producer Judd Apatow (Trainwreck, Superbad, Knocked Up) and the trio of Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone, collectively known as comedy pop songsters The Lonely Island? Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping – a faux-documentary which is (and this may sound bombastic) the This is Spinal Tap for the Justin Bieber generation.
The story is the flimsiest of plots: the film goes behind the scenes as former The Style Boyz member (think New Edition meets Beastie Boys) turned solo artist singer/rapper Conner4Real (Samberg) faces a crisis of popularity after his sophomore album flops, leading his entire career into a unrecoverable talispin – leaving his fans, »
- Phil Wheat
Chicago – Comedy is what makes Dave Franco tick, and recently he’s taken on some prime funny roles in “Neighbors” and “Unfinished Business.” He also was in the very successful “Now You See Me” in 2013, playing a rogue street magician. The sequel was inevitable, and Franco will reprise his role in “Now You See Me 2.”
The sequel reunites the all-star cast, including Mark Ruffalo, Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine. Adding to that mix is Daniel “Harry Potter” Radcliffe – portraying a bit of a villain – and Lizzy Caplan, who replaces Isla Fisher from the first film as a female magician. This time the act known as the “Four Horseman” are underground, and it takes a direct challenge to their reputation to get them to emerge again, with China and London among the exotic locations.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
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