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Michael Caine Conquers All in Now You See Me 2 Digital HD Preview | Exclusive

19 August 2016 12:30 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Living legend Michael Caine returned to portray Arthur Tressler in this summer's sequel Now You See Me 2, the follow-up to 2013's surprise hit Now You See Me. Now that its theatrical run has come to an end, fans will be able to watch this comedy hiest adventure on Digital HD starting today, ahead of its Blu-ray and DVD release on September 6. To get fans ready for this sequel's home video release, we have an exclusive Blu-ray preview with Michael Caine's co-stars Lizzy Caplan and Daniel Radcliffe revealing how much they admire this iconic actor.

The preview, which comes from Lionsgate Home Entertainment, features Lizzy Caplan calling her co-star a worldwide treasure, while Daniel Radcliffe marvels at how enthusiastic the actor still is about acting and filmmaking in general. Daniel Radcliffe also adds that his co-star's "general attitude" is something he aspires to. We also hear from the man himself, »

- MovieWeb

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Now You See Me 2 4K, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD Release Dates and Details

14 August 2016 8:14 PM, PDT | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

Looking for a little extra magic in your life? Lionsgate Home Entertainment is gearing up to release Summit's misdirection sequel, Now You See Me 2 starring Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco, Daniel Radcliffe, Lizzy Caplan and Morgan Freeman, on a variety of home video formats in the coming weeks.

The Now You See Me 2 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray and DVD editions will arrive on September 6th. The Digital HD version is just around the corner with an August 19th release date.

Now You See Me 2 was a big hit at the international box office with $312.5 million to date. The original earned $351.7 million so the drop off has been minimal.

Dolby Atmos will be included on the high definition versions of Now You See Me 2. Bonus features are as follows:

Audio Commentary by Director Jon M. Chu

“The Art of the Ensemble” Featurette

“You »

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Star Trek Beyond review: “Demands, commands and deserves your attention…”

15 July 2016 12:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Star Trek Beyond review: Justin Lin takes the reigns for the latest instalment in the Star Trek series. Does it boldly go or crash land?

Star Trek Beyond review by Paul Heath, July 2016.

Star Trek Beyond review

Star Trek Beyond. J.J. Abrams has jumped ship to navigate another space opera, though still stays on as producer, and the directing reigns have been passed to Fast and Furious 3, 4 and 5 helmer Justin Lin, a filmmaker who was actually born four years after the original TV series ended. There’s also a new writing team on board in Doug Jung and Simon Pegg, so, with a new creative team, does this second sequel in the Kelvin series deliver the goods? Well, it’s very different in terms of look and feel, which I suppose you’d expect but all in a positive way (less flare is actually a good thing here) – the film »

- Paul Heath

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Star Trek Beyond: Simon Pegg on Sulu's sexuality

11 July 2016 12:15 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Kayti Burt Jul 12, 2016

Simon Pegg has penned a response to criticisms over Sulu's sexuality in the forthcoming Star Trek Beyond...

Just under a week after the news broke that John Chu's Hikaru Sulu would be revealed as gay in the upcoming Star Trek Beyond film, co-screenwriter Simon Pegg has responded to complaints (including from original Sulu, George Takei) that the decision goes against canon.

Pegg scripted a thoughtful, respectful response on his personal blog, arguing that - while everyone is entitled to their own opinion - "ultimately, if we love Star Trek, we are all on the same page, we all want Gene’s idea of a tolerant inclusive, diplomatic and loving Universe to become a reality."

Pegg specifically addressed why he and director Justin Lin ultimately decided to move forward with the reveal of Sulu's Lgbt status, despite Takei's feelings on the subject, writing:

"So why persist when George Takei wasn’t keen? »

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Second Opinion – Now You See Me 2 (2016)

10 July 2016 11:30 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Now You See Me 2, 2016.

Directed by Jon M. Chu.

Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Dave Franco, Woody Harrelson, Lizzy Caplan, Morgan Freeman, Daniel Radcliffe and Michael Caine.



The Four Horsemen resurface and are forcibly recruited by a tech genius to pull off their most impossible heist yet.

2013’s Now You See Me was a surprisingly entertaining popcorn film with a ludicrous plot and obvious twists and turns. The sequel is no different when it comes to delivering a highly stupid and implausible script but it is a really fun film that’s easy to watch and entertaining as long as you don’t think too much about it.

This time around the Horsemen have been in hiding for a year after their dramatic getaway at the end of the last film. When they stage their big comeback it doesn’t go entirely to plan and they end up »

- Helen Murdoch

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How Diversity Initiatives Are Changing the Film Industry

7 July 2016 7:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

“Diversity” may be a big buzzword for the film business these days, but for a lot of organizations, the challenges implied by the term are nothing new. While the Academy announced last week that it was inviting 683 new members—many from diverse backgrounds—to their vaunted club, the independent film side of the industry has long been fighting the good fight, with programs, grants and foundations focused on creating a more equitable entertainment ecosystem.

But how well are such initiatives working? “If we’re honest with ourselves, we have to realize there are a lot of well-meaning programs out there that are not having an impact,” said Film Independent’s Josh Welsh. “I’m at a point of great frustration. I am proud of what we’ve accomplished, but at the same time, these studies continue to come out every year that say the numbers in the industry are, as a whole, »

- Anthony Kaufman

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Exclusive Interview – Jesse Eisenberg and Dave Franco talk Now You See Me 2, sequels and learning magic

5 July 2016 4:22 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

After the huge success of the first film, it was almost inevitable that Now You See Me 2 was going to appear and as if by magic, the sequel has now arrived on UK cinemas (Read our review here). And to celebrate the release, Flickering Myth’s Scott J. Davis got to sit down and chat magic and sequels with two of the film’s returning stars, Jesse Eisenberg and Dave Franco.

The first film grossed over $350 million worldwide so it was a certainty that a sequel would find its way into multiplexes. But the cast took a little convincing, with Eisenberg saying that despite the success of the first it was the sort of project that may not necessarily work a second time around:

“I think we were hesitant also because we weren’t sure when we were making the first one how it would turn out and we »

- Scott J. Davis

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Movie Review – Now You See Me 2 (2016)

4 July 2016 9:45 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Now You See Me 2, 2016.

Directed by Jon M. Chu.

Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco, Daniel Radcliffe, Lizzy Caplan, Jay Chou, Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman.


The Four Horsemen, now with a new recruit, are taken hostage by a tech wizard who forces them to carry out a seemingly impossible heist.

At the end of the last film, it is revealed that FBI agent Dylan (Mark Ruffalo) was the Fool; the omnipotent being, capable to hatch a convoluted, albeit nonsensical, plan to unite the greatest of Earth’s magician. Dylan had managed to lure in the Four Horseman: Danny (Jesse Eisenberg), Merritt (Woody Harrelson), Jack (Dave Franco), and Henley (Isla Fisher). It was, quite frankly, a tacked on ending that made minimal sense, and created greater plot holes to an already messy story. In other words, it was the daft, blockbuster spectacle that came prior »

- Matthew Lee

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Now You See Me 2 Review

30 June 2016 7:30 AM, PDT | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

  Spurning the opportunity to title this sequel “Now You Don’t” is an early, and indicative disappointment that deems this Jon M. Chu endeavour somewhat superfluous, as, three years after Louis Leterrier’s Now You See Me, we delve back into the lives of The Four Horsemen; a troupe of magicians metaphorically donning Robin Hood’s feathered […]

The post Now You See Me 2 Review appeared first on HeyUGuys. »

- Stefan Pape

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Kellan Lutz Wanted as He-Man in Masters of the Universe?

25 June 2016 2:18 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

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. »

- MovieWeb

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‘Now You See Me 2’ Conjures Record-Breaking Opening in China

24 June 2016 3:18 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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.

The caper comedy is directed by Jon M. Chu and written by Ed Solomon.

The cast includes Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson and Dave Franco as well as Daniel Radcliffe, Lizzy Caplan, Jay Chou, Sanaa Lathan, Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman.


- Dave McNary

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How ‘Now You See Me 2’ pulled off that incredible cardistry heist scene

17 June 2016 10:30 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

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

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Justin Bieber Is Still Finding Ways To ‘Cope’ With Fame, Never Say Never Director Says

15 June 2016 10:54 AM, PDT | MTV Newsroom | See recent MTV Newsroom news »

Director Jon M. Chu explains to MTV News why people like to tear Justin Bieber down and whether he's up for a third Bieber movie. »

- Crystal Bell

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Bo Report: James Wan bests the Ninja Turtles as The Conjuring 2 debuts

13 June 2016 4:48 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

The Conjuring 2 director James Wan.

Australian director James Wan is sitting pretty at the top of the Australian box office, with The Conjuring 2 bowing on 203 screens and ringing up around $3.5 million by Cob Sunday.

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.

John Chu's sequel added Daniel Radcliffe and replaced Isla Fisher with Lizzy Caplan, dropping twenty-nine percent in its second week to bring its cume to $5.8 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.

Fox's X-Men: Apocalypse dropped forty-one percent and has pulled in $14.3 million after four weeks, while Shane Black's The Nice Guys has made $4.9 million after three..

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

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How Lin-Manuel Miranda Rode His ‘Hamilton’ Star from Broadway to Hollywood

12 June 2016 9:25 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

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

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Film Review: Waste of Talent, Sequel Energy in ‘Now You See Me 2’

12 June 2016 5:39 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

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.”

Rating: 1.5/5.0

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”

Continue reading for Patrick McDonald’s full review of “Now You See Me 2

House of Cards: Mark Ruffalo, Dave Franco, Jesse Eisenberg and Lizzy Caplan in ‘Now You See Me 2

Photo credit: Summit Entertainment

Continue reading for Patrick McDonald’s full review of “Now You See Me 2


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The Voice Alum Christina Grimmie Shot Dead: Demi Lovato, Tori Kelly, Alyson Stoner and Other Stars Mourn the Singer

11 June 2016 3:15 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

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

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Jon M. Chu Circling Lin-Manuel Miranda’s ‘In the Heights’

10 June 2016 3:30 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

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 […]

The post Jon M. Chu Circling Lin-Manuel Miranda’s ‘In the Heights’ appeared first on /Film. »

- Angie Han

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Jon M. Chu in Talks on Lin-Manuel Miranda’s ‘In the Heights’ Movie

10 June 2016 1:44 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Jon M. Chu is in early talks to direct The Weinstein Co.’s movie version of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical “In the Heights,” which won the 2008 Tony Award for best musical.

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

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Jon M. Chu gets real on Hollywood rallying after 'Jem' and Mark Ruffalo's vomit

10 June 2016 1:23 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

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

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