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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Rockets to Dominant Social Media Buzz

‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Rockets to Dominant Social Media Buzz
Disney-Luscasfilm’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” dominated social media buzz last week in the wake of the Dec. 9 world premiere and announcing its dedication to the late Carrie Fisher, according to media-measurement firm comScore and its PreAct service.

“The Last Jedi,” which opens Dec. 15, generated 368,000 new conversations last week to bring its total to 4.75 million. Tracking has shown the tentpole’s opening weekend could be in the $200 million range at the domestic box office — which would be the fourth-largest of all time after “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” “Jurassic World” and “The Avengers.”

Directed by Rian Johnson, the movie picks up where 2015’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” left off. It stars returning cast members Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, and Andy Serkis. The new cast members include Kelly Marie Tran, Laura Dern, and Benicio del Toro. It’s the final film role for Fisher, who died last
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Guillermo Del Toro Regrets Turning Down Dark Universe Offer

Though Universal was touting it as the next big cinematic universe, the studio’s monster-filled Dark Universe franchise pretty much collapsed at the first hurdle earlier this year when The Mummy became a colossal flop. Despite the box office might of Tom Cruise behind it, the movie was torn to shreds by critics and audiences shrugged their shoulders at it across the board.

In the wake of The Mummy‘s failure, architects Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan have left the project, leaving its fate in limbo. What it really needs, then, is a true horror auteur director to take over the reigns. Someone who’s able to make popular and critically acclaimed movies. You know, someone like Guillermo Del Toro, for instance?

Well, it turns out that a Del Toro-fronted Universal Monsters franchise could really have been a possibility at one stage. Back in 2007, when the project was laying dormant,
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Guillermo Del Toro Was Offered Control of Universal's Dark Universe

Hollywood is filled with tales of what could have been. Be it movies that never quite got going, projects that never got finished, or filmmakers who passed on a project that could have made it potentially amazing. In this case, it's the third option. Visionary director Guillermo del Toro reveals that, more than a decade ago, long before it was known as the Dark Universe, Universal offered him the keys to their monster movie universe.

Guillermo Del Toro is currently making the rounds for The Shape of Water, which is set to be released next month. The movie looks to clean up at the Academy Awards this year and is being hailed as one of 2017's best movies. So things have gone well for Del Toro, but he admits he regrets passing on the chance to work on Universal's monster movie universe those years ago. Here's what he had to
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‘Beauty and the Beast’ is Waltzing Back Into Theaters Ahead of Awards Season

‘Beauty and the Beast’ is Waltzing Back Into Theaters Ahead of Awards Season
In a tale as old as time, an awards hopeful is returning to theaters for a limited run just in time for awards season. Bill Condon‘s lush remake of the animated classic Beauty and the Beast is getting a theatrical re-release in Los Angeles and New York City in the first week of December. It’s unsurprising […]

The post ‘Beauty and the Beast’ is Waltzing Back Into Theaters Ahead of Awards Season appeared first on /Film.
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Disney's Beauty and the Beast Returns to Theaters This December

Disney's Beauty and the Beast Returns to Theaters This December
Fans of Disney's live-action adaptation Beauty and the Beast will be able to view the stunning, cinematic event celebrating one of the most beloved tales ever told once again when the film is re-released on December 1 at the AMC Century City in Los Angeles and AMC Empire 25 in New York. The film, which has grossed more than $1 billion worldwide at the box office, will screen at the two theaters for an exclusive one-week engagement. Members of AMPAS, BAFTA, Ace, Adg, Asc, Cas, DGA, HFPA, Mpeg, Mpse, PGA, WGA, Cdg and Ves will be admitted with a guest to screenings at both theaters with valid membership card. The film was released domestically on March 16 of this year and quickly became the highest grossing film domestically and internationally, and the biggest live-action movie musical of all time.

In his review of the film, A.O. Scott from The New York Times said the film,
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‘Beauty and the Beast’ Returning for One-Week Awards Run at Two Locations

‘Beauty and the Beast’ Returning for One-Week Awards Run at Two Locations
Disney is making an awards season push for its live-action “Beauty and the Beast” with a one-week re-release starting Dec. 1 at the AMC Century City in Los Angeles and AMC Empire 25 in New York.

The film has grossed more than $1 billion worldwide at the box office and is the year’s highest domestic grosser with $504 million.

Members of AMPAS, BAFTA, Ace, Adg, Asc, Cas, DGA, HFPA, Mpeg, Mpse, PGA, WGA, Cdg and Ves will be admitted with a guest to screenings at both theaters with valid membership card. The film was released domestically on March 16.

Golden Globe nomination ballots are due back on Dec. 7 and Screen Actors Guild ballots are due on Dec. 10.

Beauty and the Beast” is directed by Bill Condon and based on the 1991 animated film. The film stars: Emma Watson as Belle; Dan Stevens as the Beast; Luke Evans as Gaston, the villager who woos Belle; Kevin Kline as Maurice, Belle’s father
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2018 Oscar Predictions: Best Visual Effects

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2018 Oscar Predictions: Best Visual Effects
A bunch of sequels and a remake are vying for the Best Visual Effects Oscar this year, many of them from Disney, including Bill Condon’s live-action remake of Disney’s classic “Beauty and the Beast,” Marvel’s “Thor: Ragnarok” and Lucasfilm’s upcoming “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”

Three Fox films offer stunning VFX: “War for the Planet of the Apes,” which advances its visual effects technology over the last Matt Reeves installment featuring Weta Digital’s astonishing array of digital apes led by performance capture master Andy Serkis as Caesar, could win Weta’s Joe Letteri (“Avatar,” “King Kong,” “The Lord of the Rings”) his fifth Oscar. Another visually sumptuous sequel is Denis Villeneuve’s “Blade Runner 2049.” And Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water” is also impressive.

Two Warner Bros. blockbusters, Christopher Nolan’s World War II epic “Dunkirk” and Patty Jenkins’ World War I superhero origin myth “Wonder Woman,
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Disney's Live-Action Pinocchio Movie Loses Director Sam Mendes

Disney's Live-Action Pinocchio Movie Loses Director Sam Mendes
Disney's live-action Pinocchio movie is searching for a new director tonight, after filmmaker Sam Mendes backs out. Director Sam Mendes entered talks for Pinocchio back in May, but nearly six months later, the filmmaker has exited the project, although no reason for his departure is given. There is no indication if the studio has any top contenders in mind to replace Sam Mendes, but this new report claims Disney shouldn't have too hard a time finding a replacement, given the success of similar live-action adaptations in recent years.

Disney has been able to lure top-notch directorial talent into its stable with their growing slate of live-action adaptations, including Jon Favreau taking the helm on last year's hit The Jungle Book, and Bill Condon directing this year's Beauty and the Beast, currently the highest-grossing movie of the year. Director Tim Burton is currently shooting Dumbo for the studio and Guy Ritchie
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Hugh Jackman And Zac Efron Dance Their Way Through The Greatest Showman Trailer

It’s no secret that La La Land reignited Hollywood’s hunger for a modern musical, and that’s despite the fact that Damien Chazelle’s dreamy love story was piped at the post by Moonlight in spectacular fashion during February’s Oscar ceremony.

Perhaps more than anything else, La La Land stands as concrete proof that a modern-day musical is not only economically feasible, but also has the chance to become a critical and commercial hit – in the right hands, of course – and one director stepping up to the plate later this year is Michael Gracey.

His movie? The Greatest Showman, an original drama which looks to chronicle the remarkable rags-to-riches story of P.T. Barnum, who is often credited as the founding father of show business. Trading mutants for musicals is Logan actor Hugh Jackman, who calls upon his Les Misérables experience in today’s brand new trailer for the pic.
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Sam Mendes Exits Disney's Live-Action 'Pinocchio'

Sam Mendes Exits Disney's Live-Action 'Pinocchio'
Sam Mendes is no longer pulling the strings on Disney's live-action Pinocchio movie.

The director has exited the animation adaption, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. The feature, based on the classic 1940 cartoon, was penned by Rogue One scripter Chris Weitz

This isn't the first Disney project the Oscar-winning director has dropped. He was previously in talks for the live-action James and the Giant Peach adaption before exiting the movie for Pinocchio.

After Bill Condon's Beauty and the Beast pulled in over $1 billion at the worldwide box office, the studio has multiple live-action movies based on their classic animation in the pipeline....
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Dark Universe: the undignified death of a cinematic universe

Ryan Lambie Nov 14, 2017

It's fair to say that The Mummy didn't ignite the multi-movie franchise expected of it. We look at the death of the Dark Universe...

Nb: The following contains spoilers for 2017's The Mummy.

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For some, The Mummy's marketing campaign began not with a bang, but a squeaky Tom Cruise scream. In December 2016, an unfinished trailer for the then-forthcoming film appeared online, and soon went viral: lacking music and proper sound effects, the promo's otherwise dramatic visuals suddenly seemed comically threadbare. A violent plane crash unfolded with only a few chunks of dialogue and an amusing yelp from co-star Annabelle Wallis; Tom Cruise stumbled about in zero-gravity with only a few apologetic 'oofs' and 'eeks' for company.

Steps were taken to have the leaked trailer removed, but as is the way of the web,
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Greatest Showman Trailer #2: Hugh Jackman Joins the Circus

Greatest Showman Trailer #2: Hugh Jackman Joins the Circus
20th Century Fox is promising that The Greatest Showman is the greatest holiday movie of the season. It's Hugh Jackman's first big outing since saying good-bye to his iconic Wolverine character earlier this year in Logan. Now, he's singing and dancing his way through the end of the year with a show stopping extravaganza that proves to be a real thanksgiving feast for the eyes.

20th Century Fox has released the second trailer for The Greatest Showman, which has Hugh Jackman starring alongside High School Musical alum Zac Efron and Oscar-nominated actress Michelle Williams. Also running away to the circus are Rebecca Ferguson and Spider-Man: Homecoming pop sensation Zendaya.

The Greatest Showman features original songs by the Academy Award Winning lyricists of La La Land, Benj Pasek & Justin Paul. Step inside the magical world of P.T. Barnum and experience the birth of show business! This musical hits theaters everywhere
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‘The Greatest Showman': Hugh Jackman Corrals Lions, Elephants and Bearded Ladies – Oh My! (Video)

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‘The Greatest Showman': Hugh Jackman Corrals Lions, Elephants and Bearded Ladies – Oh My! (Video)
Lions and elephants and bearded ladies, oh my! Hugh Jackman corrals all of these, plus Zac Efron and a sympathetic Michelle Williams in the new trailer for his new big-screen musical “The Greatest Showman.” Fox is releasing the tune-filled biopic of circus impresario P.T. Barnum on Dec. 20. The film also stars Rebecca Ferguson and a very athletic Zendaya, and featuries original songs by Oscar-winning lyricists Benj Pasek & Justin Paul (“La La Land”). Also Read: Hugh Jackman Jokes About Possible Return to Wolverine Character (Photo) Michael Gracey directed the movie from a script by Jenny Bicks and Bill Condon . The film was produced.
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Universal's Dark Universe faces new threat

Simon Brew Nov 9, 2017

Universal's classic monsters cinematic universe may have been dealt a fatal blow by The Mummy...

Universal’s had quite a good year at the box office, but the one area where it’s really struggled is with the launch of its planned Dark Universe cinematic universe. This is the umbrella for its remakes of classic monster movies, that started – and potentially ended – with last summer’s The Mummy, starring Tom Cruise.

Whilst The Mummy eventually scrambled together just over $400m in takings, its poor reviews and less than expected box office sent out warning signals. Then, writer/director Bill Condon distanced the next Dark Universe project, Bride Of Frankenstein, from the overall universe. And then Universal halted pre-production of his movie anyway, with Bride Of Frankenstein now going back for script work.

Now, though, a bigger problem. The creative heads of the Dark Universe project – Alex Kurtzmann
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Dark Universe's Future Seems Dark

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The Dark Universe seemed to be ready to rock and roll. Full of A-List stars, writers, and directors. However now it looks like we have already shut the door on the universe.

Shared universe’s are all the craze in Hollywood today. From the McU, to the DC Films Universe, to the Transformers. Universal was set to start their own. The first plan was with Dracula Untold starring Luke Evans. While not initially in the cards, they went back and added on a few scenes, once the Dark Universe was brought up. While it did not work very well, Universal scraped that, and made the Tom Cruise vehicle The Mummy the opening film in the universe.

Soon it was announced that along with Tom Cruise, Russel Crow, Johnny Depp, and Javier Bardem were now on board for the Dark Universe being written by Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan. Bill Condon
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Universal’s Dark Universe could already be dead

When Universal’s attempts to re-launch their monster movie franchise unravelled with serious Mummy issues this summer, grossing just $409 million off a $125 million budget, that wonderfully staged photograph of Tom Cruise, Russell Crowe, Javier Bardem, Johnny Depp, and Sofia Boutella appeared to be a serious case of running before you could even shuffle. Now it seems that all of Dr. Jekyll’s movie-stalling, world building exposition was for nothing, and The Dark Universe is set to collapse again.

The Hollywood Reporter have revealed that the producers drafted in to plant the creative seeds that would find Johnny Depp headlining The Invisible Man, Javier Bardem bringing Frankenstein’s monster to life, and Bill Condon directing Angelina Jolie as the Bride of Frankenstein, have departed The Dark Universe for good.

Alex Kurtzman, who directed the much maligned summer turkey, has left to concentrate on his TV projects, most notably Star Trek: Discovery,
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Universal's Dark Universe in Trouble as Producers Abandon Franchise

Universal's Dark Universe in Trouble as Producers Abandon Franchise
The Bride of Frankenstein can crawl back into her crypt for a nice long sleep, as it doesn't look like that thriller is moving forward anytime soon. Universal's planned Dark Universe franchise is in dire straights as producers Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan have officially jumped ship. Their exit comes in the wake of Tom Cruise's The Mummy failing miserably at the box office.

Wolfman, Bride of Frankenstein and the Invisible Man were all supposed to get movies that would have interconnected to create a larger world known as Dark Universe, and Universal's plans were pretty ambitious. But the franchise is sinking quick. And according to reports, every planned upcoming movie is currently dead in the water.

It's been just five months since Universal released that ominous photo-shopped image of Dark Universe cast mates Johnny Depp, Russell Crowe, Tom Cruise and Javier Bardem all seemingly in a room together.
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Universal’s Dark Universe Thrust Into Jeopardy As Top Producers Walk

It seems Universal’s fledging Dark Universe is at risk of flatlining.

Sources close to The Hollywood Reporter claim Alex Kurtzman (Star Trek: Discovery) and Chris Morgan are no longer involved in the wildly ambitious franchise, which arguably got off on the wrong foot after The Mummy was torn to shreds by critics earlier this year.

Despite a global haul in excess of $400 million, the Tom Cruise-fronted epic wound up costing Universal close to $95 million, and it didn’t take long before the Powers That Be pumped the brakes on the Dark Universe to reassess the situation. Indeed, that soul-searching led to Bride of Frankenstein being unceremoniously yanked from Universal’s release slate, at which point the horror spinoff also lost Angelina Jolie. Writer-director Bill Condon (Beauty and the Beast) is still in the process of hashing out a script, though, according to THR’s sources.

Circling back to
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‘The Lion King’: Disney Announces Full Live-Action Cast; New Synopsis Revealed

After the wildfire success of Bill Condon's Beauty and The Beast (which is still sitting pretty as the highest grossing movie of 2017 so far), you can bet your bottom dollar that Disney is ready to throw around some serious cash to make the most of their animated classic catalogue with star-studded live-action adaptations. Jon Favreau's The Lion King is one of the most anticipated remakes on the lineup (though calling it live-action is a bit of a stretch since it will be almost entirely CG a la The Jungle Book), and Disney has officially …
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Valerie Bertinelli Reveals Why She Was Passed Over for 'Footloose' Role -- and It's a Pretty Good Reason

Valerie Bertinelli Reveals Why She Was Passed Over for 'Footloose' Role -- and It's a Pretty Good Reason
Valerie Bertinelli nearly landed the role of Kevin Bacon's love interest, Ariel, in the 1984 movie Footloose, but there was one problem.

The 57-year-old actress appeared on Wednesday's Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen and revealed that she went out for the leading lady role in the beloved dance film.

"It was between me, Lori Singer and Jennifer Jason Leigh," she shared. The part ultimately went to Singer.

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As for why she ended up not landing the role, Bertinelli admitted, "I can't dance."

Bacon's real-life wife, Kyra Sedgwick, also made a shocking confession when she appeared on Wwhl last November.

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The 52-year-old actress disclosed that as a teenager, she had an on and off relationship with Ferris Bueller himself, Matthew Broderick!

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