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Hail to the King: 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD & Digital Release Details & Cover Art for Kong: Skull Island

24 May 2017 6:56 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

As lethal as it is beautiful, Skull Island would make for a gorgeous summer vacation spot if it weren't crawling with colossal creatures that don't exactly want to roll out the welcome mat to tourists. Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will bring the perilous slice of paradise home this summer with their release of Kong: Skull Island on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD, and digital platforms.

Kong: Skull Island will first be available on digital platforms beginning June 20th, followed by a July 18th release on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, and DVD. The special features include a commentary with director Jordan Vogt-Roberts, "Monarch Files 2.0," "Through the Lens: Brie Larson's Photography," and more.

Below, you can read the full lists of special features and the official release details from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

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Kong: Skull Island Blu-Ray Trailer and DVD Details Unveiled

24 May 2017 5:13 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

See the origins of one of the most powerful monster myths of all when Kong: Skull Island arrives onto Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD July 18th, and on Digital HD June 20. This compelling, original adventure from director Jordan Vogt-Roberts (The Kings of Summer) tells the story of a diverse team of scientists, soldiers and adventurers uniting to explore a mythical, uncharted island in the Pacific, as dangerous as it is beautiful. Warner Bros. has released a brief Blu-ray trailer, along with new artwork.

Kong: Skull Island stars Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers, Thor: The Dark World), Oscar nominee Samuel L. Jackson (Best Supporting Actor, The Color Purple, 1994, Pulp Fiction), John Goodman (Transformers: Age of Extinction, Argo), Oscar winner Brie Larson (Best Actress, Room, 2015) and Oscar nominee John C. Reilly (Best Supporting Actor, Chicago, 2003). Vogt-Roberts directed the film from »

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Surprisingly Good Kong: Skull Island Journeys Home July 18

24 May 2017 4:52 PM, PDT | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

Burbank, CA, May 24, 2017 – See the origins of one of the most powerful monster myths of all when Kong: Skull Island arrives onto Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital. This compelling, original adventure from director Jordan Vogt-Roberts (The Kings of Summer) tells the story of a diverse team of scientists, soldiers and adventurers uniting to explore a mythical, uncharted island in the Pacific, as dangerous as it is beautiful.

Kong: Skull Island stars Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers, Thor: The Dark World), Oscar® nominee Samuel L. Jackson (Best Supporting Actor, The Color Purple, 1994, Pulp Fiction,), John Goodman (Transformers: Age of Extinction, Argo), Oscar winner Brie Larson (Best Actress, Room, 2015) and Oscar nominee John C. Reilly (Best Supporting Actor, Chicago,  2003).

Vogt-Roberts directed the film from a story by John Gatins and Dan Gilroy and a screenplay by Dan Gilroy and Max Borenstein. »

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Peter Loehr to Exit as Legendary Entertainment’s China Chief

12 May 2017 2:56 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Longtime China hand Peter Loehr will exit Beijing-based Legendary East at the end of the month, leaving another senior post to be filled at Dalian Wanda-owned Legendary Entertainment after the recent departure of founder Thomas Tull.

Since 2012, Loehr has been CEO of Legendary’s Chinese subsidiary, which distributes and markets Legendary’s films in the Middle Kingdom and seeks out co-production opportunities. Loehr was also a producer on “The Great Wall” (pictured), the most expensive U.S.-China co-production ever.

Legendary did not offer a reason for Loehr’s departure on June 1.

“We are grateful to Peter for his contributions and service building out a platform and awareness for Legendary’s brand in China and wish him great success in all future endeavors,” said Jack Gao, Wanda senior vice president. “The current Legendary East management has been instrumental in developing our business plan for the future, and we look forward »

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Peter Loehr exits Legendary Entertainment

12 May 2017 1:47 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Loehr has been at Legendary East since 2012 and will leave in June.

Veteran Beijing-based film executive Peter Loehr is leaving his position as CEO of Legendary East, the Chinese subsidiary of Legendary Entertainment.

Loehr (right), who has been in the post since 2012, will leave the company on June 1, 2017. His departure comes around four months after Legendary Entertainment founder and chairman Thomas Tull left the company, which was acquired by China’s Dalian Wanda Group for $3.5bn in early 2016.

Jack Gao, Wanda’s senior vice president of international investments and operations, has held the position of acting CEO of Legendary Entertainment since Tull’s departure. Legendary head of production Mary Parent has remained and is currently overseeing the company’s upcoming slate.

“We are grateful to Peter for his contributions and service building out a platform and awareness for Legendary’s brand in China and wish him great success in all future endeavors,” said Gao in »

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China Veteran Peter Loehr Exits Legendary Entertainment

11 May 2017 5:48 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Veteran Beijing-based producer Peter Loehr is leaving Legendary Entertainment.

Since 2012, Loehr had served as Legendary's top American executive in China, holding the position of CEO of Legendary East, the Burbank-based entertainment company's Chinese subsidiary, which handles marketing Legendary’s films in the Middle Kingdom and developing strategic partnerships and co-productions.

Loehr's exit comes about four months after the departure of Legendary Entertainment's founder and chairman Thomas Tull. Tull's resignation was a dramatic shift for Chinese conglomerate Dalian Wanda Group, which acquired Legendary for a reported $3.5 billion in early 2016 — the largest purchase to date of a »

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Legendary East CEO Peter Loehr Steps Down

11 May 2017 5:38 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Legendary East CEO Peter Loehr is stepping down, a person close to the project told TheWrap. The executive will resign his post as of June 1, according to Jack Gao, a top-ranking executive at the company’s corporate owner Dalian Wanda. “We are grateful to Peter for his contributions and service building out a platform and awareness for Legendary’s brand in China and wish him great success in all future endeavors,” Gao, an Svp of International Investments and Operations for Wanda Cultural Industry Group, said in a statement late Thursday. Loehr’s replacement will be announced imminently, Gao added. Also »

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Peter Loehr To Exit As Legendary East CEO

11 May 2017 5:25 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Peter Loehr, the CEO of Legendary Pictures’ China subsidary Legendary East since May 2012, is departing the company at month’s end. Wanda’s Jack Gao, Legendary’s interim CEO, just made the announcement. Wanda acquired Legendary in 2006 for $3.5 billion last year, among a slew of mega-deals to position itself in the entertainment industry that included acquired exhibitor AMC Entertainment. Legendary founder and CEO Thomas Tull exited the company in January. Legendary East… »

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Peter Loehr To Exit As Legendary East CEO

11 May 2017 5:25 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Peter Loehr, the CEO of Legendary Pictures’ China subsidary Legendary East since May 2012, is departing the company at month’s end. Wanda’s Jack Gao, Legendary’s interim CEO, just made the announcement. Wanda acquired Legendary in 2006 for $3.5 billion last year, among a slew of mega-deals to position itself in the entertainment industry that included acquired exhibitor AMC Entertainment. Legendary founder and CEO Thomas Tull exited the company in January. Legendary East… »

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Wanda’s $1 Billion Bet to Transform Legendary Into Global Media Giant

3 May 2017 7:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Give the Dalian Wanda Group this much: It is nothing if not brash. Much of Hollywood did a double take when the Chinese conglomerate shelled out $3.5 billion for Legendary Entertainment last year. Jaws dropped further when Wanda announced it was paying $1 billion for Dick Clark Prods. — a deal so exuberant that the Chinese government was moved to kill it.

After that, one might expect Wanda to lie back and lick its wounds — especially since the Chinese government has moved to tamp down overseas investment across the board. Instead, the company is doubling down.

In an exclusive interview with Variety, Jack Gao — the company’s overseas point man — lays out Wanda’s typically aggressive vision for rebooting Legendary and transforming it into a global media player.

“By 2020, Legendary will be one of the top five studios in the world,” Gao predicts.

To most of Hollywood, this is hyperbole on an industrial scale. »

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Charlie Hunnam explains why he’s not in Pacific Rim: Uprising

16 April 2017 11:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

While Pacific Rim: Uprising will see the return of a number of familiar faces from the 2013 sci-fi blockbuster, one person who is sitting out the sequel is Charlie Hunnam, and during an interview with Den of Geek to promote his new film The Lost City of Z, the British actor has revealed why he won’t be back as Raleigh Becket.

“There was a huge scheduling conflict, I was already really, really invested in doing Papillion.,” said Hunnam. “What happened was Legendary was sold to Wanda, which is the big Chinese corporation, and Pacific Rim, although it underperformed in other territories in the world, was an enormous success in China, all of a sudden, it became their primary focus to make this and they wanted to do it very, very rapidly… I think their schedule subsequently changed, and I might have been able to do both, but at that time, »

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Pacific Rim 2: why Charlie Hunnam isn't returning

13 April 2017 12:17 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Don Kaye Apr 14, 2017

The Lost City of Z star says his absence from Pacific Rim 2 was all about following his heart...

It’s not often that an actor walks away from a role in a major franchise, not necessarily because he or she doesn’t want to return but simply because they are contractually obligated to do so. In the case of Charlie Hunnam, who played the main character in Guillermo del Toro’s 2013 monsters-vs-robots epic Pacific Rim, he did manage to get out of a second movie - but not due to any bad feelings about coming back for a second installment.

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Instead, it was Hunnam’s devotion to a new version of Papillion - the story of French prison escapee Henri “Papillion” Charriere that was made into a classic 1973 film starring Steve McQueen -- that forced him to make a choice. »

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Joe Manganiello almost played Superman in Man of Steel

8 April 2017 2:55 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Last year it was announced that former True Blood star Joe Manganiello would be joining the DC Extended Universe in the role of Deathstroke in The Batman, although his participation now seems up in the air given the behind-the-scenes changes and potential page-one rewrite on the Dark Knight solo movie.

Should this fall through, it would become the second time that Manganiello’s brush with the Dceu came to nothing, with the actor revealing to MTV’s Happy Sad Confused podcast that he was forced to turn down the opportunity to play Superman in Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel due to his commitments to HBO’s True Blood.

“I met with Zack,” said Manganiello (via Screen Rant). “I had an hour and a half long meeting with Zack, which is what was causing all the trouble. … I went ahead and met with casting, and then they all brought me over to meet Zack. »

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Joe Manganiello Almost Played Superman In Man Of Steel

7 April 2017 9:28 AM, PDT | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

It’s always interesting to look at the “what ifs” in Hollywood. While the film that ends up in theaters is what a film is known for, there is often a lot of crazy stuff that goes behind the scenes. Filmmakers file in and out of projects like nobody’s business, and actors are often replaced last minute due to varying circumstances. This is the kind of stuff that audiences would usually never know about, but in the age of the internet, pretty much everything comes out sooner or later.

If you’ll recall, Henry Cavill was attached to play Superman in Superman Returns long before Brian Singer took the helm and cast Brandon Routh in his place. There’s another man who was almost Superman at one point, and this time, it turns out, he was replaced by Henry Cavill in Man of Steel.

Speaking with MTV’s Happy Sad Confused Podcast, »

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Forrest Gump writer Eric Roth set to pen Denis Villeneuve’s Dune

6 April 2017 4:45 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Zehra Phelan

So we have Arrival’s captain Denis Villeneuve at the helm of the all-new adaptation of Frank Herbert’s Dune, what Legendary Pictures needed next was a grade A screenwriter to join the ranks and that is where Forrest Gump writer, Eric Roth, comes into the fold to pen the new version.

This isn’t the first time Frank Herbert’s Dune has been attempted on the big screen; in fact, there have been many attempts and failures to get them off the ground. As far back as in 1971 Ridley Scott attempted and failed to bring the story to life, it wasn’t until 1984 when Mulholland Drive Director, David Lynch attached himself to the film it finally got off the ground with the likes of Kyle MacLachlan, who Lynch later went on to work with on Twin Peaks, and Patrick Stewart taking on roles. Jodorowsky’s Dune »

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Screenwriter Set for New Dune Movie

5 April 2017 3:44 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Last November, Legendary Entertainment acquired movie and TV rights to Frank Herbert's Dune. Then, in December, it was revealed that Arrival and Blade Runner 2049 director Denis Villeneuve was being eyed to helm a new Dune movie, and now the screenwriter for the project has been revealed.

Variety reports that Eric Roth (Forrest Gump, The Postman, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) is set to pen the adaptation of the seminal 1965 sci-fi novel, which was the first in a series of books. Although Villeneuve was previously "in talks" to helm the Dune movie, Variety and THR mention that Villeneuve is taking on the new take on Herbert's ambitious story.

Villeneuve is also set to produce the new Dune movie with Mary Parent and Cale Boyter. Executive producers will include Thomas Tull, Brian Herbert, Byron Merritt, and Kim Herbert, with sci-fi author Kevin J. Anderson on board as a creative consultant. »

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After Dick Clark Productions Deal Fails to Close, What’s Next for Dalian Wanda?

14 March 2017 7:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Wang Jianlin has led a triumphal march through Hollywood. Drawing on bottomless cash reserves, the Dalian Wanda Group chairman has snapped up theater chains and forged powerful friendships, while vowing someday to own a major studio. But last week, China’s richest man found himself in an unfamiliar position: being short of cash.

Wanda had agreed last fall to buy Dick Clark Productions — the company behind live TV events like the Golden Globe Awards and “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” — for $1 billion. But under pressure from Chinese regulators and faced with steep losses at Legendary Entertainment, another Wanda property, Wang couldn’t close the deal.

Wanda declined comment for this story.

The stunning reversal is a major embarrassment for Wang and puts his conquest of Hollywood, once seemingly inevitable, in grave doubt. It also raises broader concerns about the future of Chinese investments in the U.S. »

- Gene Maddaus and Brent Lang

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SXSW: Gareth Edwards Explains How a Starbucks Cup Influenced ‘Rogue One’

13 March 2017 11:33 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Gareth Edwards’ keynote Monday at SXSW Film began years ago, in fact, when “Monsters” became part of the screening lineup in 2010. It had been rejected from every major – and minor – festival before that.

Today it was a trip down memory lane complete with laughing, (stories of) crying, swearing and a true look into the shaky beginnings of a now-big-time director, who followed “Monsters” with “Godzilla” and then dove into the Star Wars universe with “Rogue One.”

“I hate doing this stuff,” he said, like a true director who’s comfortable being behind the camera. “Please forgive me, it’s a little nerve-wracking.”

Here are some of Edwards’ favorite memories.

He was always going to join the rebel alliance.

When I was very young, my parents forced me to watch this film that was artistic and groundbreaking and revolutionary at the same time – you may have heard about it – it was »

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Kong: Skull Island Post-Credit Scene Almost Got the Axe

12 March 2017 4:13 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Last week, it was confirmed that there is a post-credit scene attached to Warner Bros.' Kong: Skull Island, which sets up the highly-anticipated Godzilla: King of Monsters in 2019, which will in turn set up Godzilla vs. Kong in 2020. As it turns out, it seems that scene was almost cut by the studio, according to director Jordan Vogt-Roberts. Here's what the filmmaker had to say in a recent interview about why it almost got the axe.

"We shot that during production, and it was actually one of those things that they had taken off the movie at one point. For some reason, there was concern about it, and I was really happy when everyone decided let's bring this back. I think that's what people want to know is happening."

During his interview with Cinema Blend, the filmmaker did not say why the scene was almost removed, but the scene made the final cut anyway. »

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Kong: Skull Island Pummels Logan with $61M Win at the Box Office

12 March 2017 3:22 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

After 20th Century Fox's Logan came away with an easy box office win last weekend, many were expecting the superhero movie to take the top spot at the box office this weekend as well. While Logan didn't suffer a tremendously drastic second weekend drop (57.2%), it did drop to second place, with Warner Bros. Kong: Skull Island overperforming, taking in an impressive $61 million while Logan earned a decent $37.8 million. While it was originally expected to be a close weekend at the box office, Kong: Skull Island had no trouble running away with the box office crown.

Box Office Mojo reports that Kong: Skull Island opened with an impressive $15,865 per-screen average from 3,846 theaters. While the debut was impressive, it does fall quite short of 2014's Godzilla, which opened huge with $93.1 million in 2014, but dropped a massive 66.8% in its second weekend and 61.2% in its third weekend, closing its domestic run with $200.6 million with a worldwide tally of $529 million, »

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