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January Jones' take on Emma Frost in Matthew Vaughn's X-Men: First Class received something of a mixed response despite her stellar work in Man Men. Following rumours that she fell pregnant after an affair with a possibly married co-worker on the set of Fox's Marvel movie, no one realy expected to see her return for X-Men: Days of Future Past anyway. She didn't, and hasn't been mentioned as being considered for X-Men: Apocalypse either. However, those of you who enjoyed Jones' take on Emma Frost will surely enjoy these far from frosty images of the stunning actress. »
Steven Spielberg has signed on to direct the adaptation Ready Player One for Warner Bros. Back in December, we reported that Warner Bros. was courting a number of high-profile directors, such as Christopher Nolan, Robert Zemeckis, Peter Jackson, Edgar Wright and Matthew Vaughn to take on this adaptation of Ernest Cline's novel of the same name, but Steven Spielberg wasn't mentioned in that report. Deadline reports that this project will likely be the director's next movie, after he finishes his Roald Dahl adaptation The Bfg, which is slated for release next July.
Ready Player One centers on a teenager named Wade Watts, who becomes obsessed with a virtual reality world known as Oasis, that allows players to live out their fantasies. After the game's creator suddenly dies, an elaborate treasure hunt is held within the Oasis world, with the winner emerging to take control of the entire company. This »
Ready Player One is an entertaining book that would make for a terrific film if not for licensing headaches. The story takes place in 2044 and revolves around the poverty-stricken Wade Watts, who’s only escape is trying to solve a decades old game from the late James Halliday creator of the worldwide, virtual reality space, Oasis. Working along the lines of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, if Wade can progress through the Vr game, he gets to own Oasis, which is pretty much the equivalent of owning the Internet. The trick to beating the game is to figure out how to decipher the clues that are rooted in Halliday’s love of 1980s pop culture. And that’s where a movie gets tricky. In his book, author Ernest Cline could pack in 80s references to his heart’s content (sometimes to the detriment of the story; at points it »
- Matt Goldberg
The story follows a teenager named Wade Watts who becomes immersed in a virtual reality world known as Oasis which enables users to live out their dream lives. When the game's creator suddenly dies, Wade enters an elaborate treasure hunt, where the winner will take control of the entire company.
The teenager soon finds himself up against corporate entities who will do anything to take over the company. Various 1980s pop culture references feature heavily in the work and are expected to be carried over to the film. Zak Penn wrote the script.
Back in December last year the likes of Christopher Nolan, Peter Jackson, Robert Zemeckis, Matthew Vaughn and Edgar Wright were all said to be in the mix as a potential director of the film adaptation. »
- Garth Franklin
Since she was cast in the role of Mystique for Matthew Vaughn's X-Men: First Class, it would be fair to say that Jennifer Lawrence's career has taken off somewhat. She has an Oscar on her mantelpiece for Silver Linings Playbook, and she's become one of the biggest movie stars in the world, courtesy of The Hunger Games series.
She returns for the third time to play Mystique in Bryan Singer's X-Men: Apocalypse, which starts shooting shortly. And whilst many of her colleagues in the cast have held the door open to keep on going in the X-Men world, it sounds as though Jennifer Lawrence may be calling time on her X-Men days.
In a chat with MTV, Lawrence was asked if she thought X-Men: Apocalypse »
The new Image Comics series has been optioned by Universal Pictures, reports Deadline.
The comic centres around two scientist friends who embark on the first televised adventure through the time stream.
Fast & Furious series writer Chris Morgan will produce the movie.
"I swear I shall not rest until every brilliant comic-book artist I love, respect and follow has a nice movie-deal" - Millar, 2015.
— Mark Millar (@mrmarkmillar) March 20, 2015
Chrononauts #1 was released last week. »
Robert Schwentke’s The Divergent Series: Insurgent, the second entry in the Divergent franchise adaptation of Veronica Roth’s novels, took home $54 million to rise to the top of the box office on its opening weekend. The opening roughly matches the first weekend total of the film’s prequel, which bowed with $54.6 million. Last week’s box office champion Cinderella saw a drop of nearly 50 percent to end up with $34.5 million over the weekend, landing it in second place, while Jaume Collet-Serra’s newest feature Run All Night saw a similar drop in revenue from last weekend to round out the top three.
Taken director Pierre Morel’s newest action feature The Gunman also made its debut by landing in the top ten, as the Sean Penn-starring film’s $5 million total landed it in fourth place. The other opening weekend film to land in the top ten was Do You Believe? »
- Deepayan Sengupta
The Divergent Series: Insurgent opened north of $50 million this weekend, which was easily enough to take first place away from Cinderella.The other new openers weren't so hot: The Gunman bombed with $5 million, while Do You Believe? opened to a fraction of God's Not Dead's debut.Insurgent opened to $52.3 million, which is off slightly from its predecessor's $54.6 million on this same weekend last year. While it would have been unreasonable to expect a Twilight type bump from the first to second installment, it did feel like this franchise had some room to grow. Unfortunately, it looks like Divergent will wind up like The Hunger Games and Harry Potter, two young-adult franchises where there just wasn't a ton of domestic gains after the first outing (yes, the final Harry Potter set a high mark for the franchise, but that was a decade later with the addition of 3D pricing).Insurgent's audience was 60 percent female, »
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See Also: Read our review of Insurgent here
Opening to $21.3 millon yesterday (behind the $22.8million opening day for Divergent on the same weekend last year), the sequel is on course to open at around $50 million, but would still fall slightly short of the $54.6 million debut weekend haul of its predecessor, and early tracking estimates which had the follow-up opening higher at around $60 million.
Despite that, Insurgent is set for a strong international opening, with the film grossing around $18.3 million across the globe, with France the highest ($2.5 million) and the UK slightly behind with $1.6 million. It says a lot for the franchise and the popularity of the young adult books, as well as Shailene Woodley’s pulling-power, that it can »
- Scott J. Davis
Universal Pictures will bring Mark Millar and Sean Gordon Murphy's Chrononauts to life in a live-action film adaptation. The comic book follows two best friends and scientific geniuses as they discover time-traveling and wrestle with whether to use the ability for personal gain or the benefit of all mankind. Fast & Furious scribe Chris Morgan joins Millar and Murphy as executive producers. With Chrononaughts set up at Universal (instead of Fox) it will be interesting if Millar brings aboard his usual co-conspirators, director Matthew Vaughn, screenwriter Jane Goldman and actor Mark Strong. Chrononauts movie is happening! I've been keeping this secret since august!!! — Sean Gordon Murphy (@Sean_G_Murphy) March 20, 2015 My Chrononauts news doesn't mean much for Prj, sorry all. If you want a Prj movie as well, tell Warner Bros. :-) — Sean Gordon Murphy (@Sean_G_Murphy) March 20, 2015 »
With the eighth largest film market in the world, South Korean audiences are a good bunch to watch if you want to identify a hit. This is especially true if a film stays atop their box office rankings for a little over a month, which is exactly what Kingsman: The Secret Service has done as of today's box office reports. The Korea Times has reported on their Us site that Matthew Vaughn's latest box office outing has struck it big in the burgeoning overseas market is a rather surprising way. The specific scope of Kingsman: The Secret Service's victory is to the tune of 5 million tickets at the South Korean box office. Apparently, that's enough to dethrone the last R-rated champion of the foreign film market in the country . a title that used to belong to Zack Snyder's 300. Converting this success into actual money brings the film's »
If there is something that Kingsman: The Secret Service proved, it is that there it potential for the teen spy movie. Seeing young people kick ass is something that Matthew Vaughn has proven in everything from Kick-ass to X-men: First Class. Unfortunately, Barely Lethal does not succeed in the same manner that Vaughn did. In fact, this movie seems more like a cross between Mean Girls and Spy Kids. The closest this movie gets to Kingsman is the inclusion of Samuel L. Jackson. With a cast »
- Alex Maidy
The film has just started production in the Alps and moves to the U.K. next month. Lionsgate U.K. plans to release the film in the U.K. in spring 2016; 20th Century Fox will distribute in all other territories worldwide.
The film details the exploits of Michael Edwards, better known as “Eddie the Eagle,” the most famous ski jumper in British history. Edwards won the hearts of sports fans around the world by making a catastrophic showing at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary. The film’s portrayal of Edwards’ never-say-die approach to the sport “celebrates the human spirit and resilience in the face of extraordinary odds and challenges.”
- Leo Barraclough
Lionsgate UK has acquired UK rights to Dexter Fletcher’s Eddie The Eagle, the story of Great Britain’s first ski jumper to enter the Winter Olympics. The film has just gone into production in the Alps and will move to the UK next month. Lionsgate is planning a spring 2016 release. The news comes just days after Fox boarded the film for the rest of the world and dated it domestically for April 29, 2016. Kingsman: The Secret Service writer-director-producer Matthew Vaughn… »
Lionsgate plans to release the film in the UK in Spring 2016. It will be distributed by 20th Century Fox in all other territories worldwide.
Edwards won the hearts of many sports fans by making a catastrophic showing at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary.
Lionsgate UK CEO »
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Director Kenneth Branagh rose to the top of the box office over the weekend, as his latest feature Cinderella topped the charts with a $70 million haul. The first place finish marks the third time Branagh has achieved that in his directorial career, following 1991’s Dead Again and 2011’s Thor. The opening weekend gross also puts Cinderella ahead of the total gross of Branagh’s last directorial effort, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, which made just over $50.5 million during its theatrical run.
Cinderella was joined in the top 10 by a fellow new opener, as the Liam Neeson-starring Run All Night finished in second place with a total of $11 million. Rounding out the top three was Matthew Vaughn’s Kingsman: The Secret Service, which rose up from last week’s fourth place despite a lower overall weekend haul. Last weekend’s box office champion Chappie tumbled to fifth place this time around, »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Adding another $6.2 million domestically over the weekend, Kingsman: The Secret Service now now sits on $257.6 million with $107.3 million of that from the Us. This makes it the fourth biggest movie of 2014, but with the movie yet to be released in China, it could catch-up with and pass The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water ($270.9 million), which has yet to open in the UK, and Taken 3‘s $289.5 million. But it certainly won’t catch up with Fifty Shades of Grey, which sits on $546.5 million.
Still, this can only be good news for 20th Century Fox and Matthew Vaughn, who had hoped for a sequel to Kingsman: The Secret Service so long as this one delivered at the box office. Having now made over $250 million against an $80 million budget, »
- Luke Owen
It didn't reach the heights of "Oz: The Great and Powerful" or "Alice in Wonderland," but you can bet the executives at Walt Disney Studios are overjoyed at the opening of their live action version of "Cinderella" this weekend. Kenneth Branagh's adaptation of the classic fairy tale opened to a magical $70 million to easily take the no. 1 spot at the weekend box office. "Cinderella" reportedly played to a massive 77% female audience and earned an A Cinemascore grade. The family flick will have some competition next weekend as "Insurgent" is poised to steal some of its teenage girl and twentysomething female audience, but "Cinderella" is already a hit that will contribute to all aspects of the Disney empire. Debuting far behind in second place was Jaume Collet-Serra's "Run All Night." The Liam Neeson thriller earned a positive A- Cinemascore grade and mixed to positive reviews, but earned just $11 million over the three-day. »
- Gregory Ellwood
We’re still a few months away from the release of Josh Trank’s The Fantastic Four, but we’ve already heard the news that its sequel (announced before the first movie has hit cinemas) has been pushed back by a couple of weeks to avoid the buzz over Star Wars: Episode VIII. There has also been some talk, both for and against, doing a crossover movie with X-Men, whose rights are owned by 20th Century Fox.
“I would love to kick it with Wolverine,” Miles Teller told MTV News, adding that he’s heard no plans of a crossover movie. “I don’t know what we would talk about, but…”
There has also been some talk of The Fantastic Four deviating away from the source material, but Teller has said that he delved deeply into the Ultimate Fantastic Four series to prep for the role. “We were looking to »
- Luke Owen
Eddie the Eagle and Keeping up With The Joneses have been given release dates.
Hugh Jackman's skiing movie, Eddie the Eagle will be released on April 29, 2016 in the Us.
Taron Egerton plays Eddie, while Wolverine star, Jackman plays a ski jumping expert who helps Eddie train for the Olympics.
Both films will be released through 20th Century Fox. »
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