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'X-Men: Apocalypse' & 'Alice Through the Looking Glass' to Lead Memorial Day Weekend

11 hours ago | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

Two of the five largest four-day, Memorial Day opening weekends belong to films in the X-Men franchise and this weekend the latest installment, X-Men: Apocalypse, hopes to secure its own spot in the record books. Additionally, Disney arrives with their fifth release of their already, record-breaking year with the sequel Alice Through the Looking Glass. Both films enter a weekend that pits them against some stiff demographic and genre competition, all of which should combine for an increase over Memorial Day weekend last year. Assured to finish #1, X-Men: Apocalypse is Fox's latest installment in the X-Men franchise and it's coming on the heels of X-Men: Days of Future Past, which scored an impressive $90.8 million three-day opening, which ballooned to $110.5 million over the 2014 Memorial Day weekend. Reviews for Apocalypse, however, have been mixed as it currently stands at a 48% rating on RottenTomatoes compared to the 91% for Days of Future Past. In fact, »

- Brad Brevet <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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Denis Villeneuve & Jake Gyllenhaal Reteam For Crime Drama ‘The Son’

11 hours ago | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

If three is the official number to cement a cinematic bromance, then director Denis Villeneuve and Jake Gyllenhaal are now confirmed as such. After knocking out back-to-back pictures a few years back with diabolic brain-bender “Enemy” and the intense mystery “Prisoners,” the pair are gearing up to work together again. Villeneuve will direct and Gyllenhall […]

The post Denis Villeneuve & Jake Gyllenhaal Reteam For Crime Drama ‘The Son’ appeared first on The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Jamie Bell Discussing James Bond Role With Producers, But Daniel Craig May Not Be Done With 007

11 hours ago | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Is James Bond going way younger? It seems like that could be the case if things don’t turn out as the producers of the franchise want. There’s been rumors that Jamie Bell could be given the license to kill, but those were from the Daily Mail, which can be very hit and miss when it comes […]

The post Jamie Bell Discussing James Bond Role With Producers, But Daniel Craig May Not Be Done With 007 appeared first on The Playlist. »

- Edward Davis

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Colin Firth to Star in Submarine Disaster Movie ‘Kursk’ (Exclusive)

13 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Colin Firth is in negotiations to star in the EuropaCorp. submarine disaster movie “Kursk.” Matthias Schoenaerts is also set to topline the film.

Danish helmer Thomas Vinterberg will direct from a script by “Saving Private Ryan” screenwriter Robert Rodat, based on Robert Moore’s book “A Time to Die.”

Kursk” tells the true story of the K-141 Kursk — the pride of the Russian Navy — a nuclear-powered submarine that sank to the bottom of the Barents Sea in August 2000. As the sailors fought for survival aboard the disabled sub, their families desperately battled political obstacles and impossible odds to save them.

Lisa Ellzey is exec producing the pic for EuropaCorp.

Firth was most starred opposite Nicole Kidman and Jude Law in “Genius,” and can be seen next in Working Title’s “Bridget Jones’s Baby.” He is also expected to reprise his role as Harry Hart in “Kingsman: The Golden Circle. »

- Justin Kroll

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Dwayne Johnson-Rawson Thurber China Action Pitch Stirs Big Bids

25 May 2016 10:59 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: There’s an action pitch that Rawson Marshall Thurber is writing and will direct that is generating a serious bidding war, with multiple seven-figure offers on the table. Dwayne Johnson is attached to star in the project, which is being described as a Die Hard in China-type star vehicle for The Rock, where it becomes one man against extraordinary circumstances and is set in the Middle Kingdom. Beau Flynn is the producer. Legendary and Universal have made a… »

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Lionsgate Could Make Up to Seven More ‘Power Rangers’ Movies

15 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer said the studio may make as many as seven more “Power Rangers” movies, underlining the company’s bullishness over the upcoming film.

“We are really, really excited about the ‘Power Rangers’ movie,” Feltheimer said during a conference call Thursday with analysts. “We could see doing five or six or seven.”

The CEO cited the positive reaction to the costume reveal as evidence of audience interest. The suits consist of translucent armor that crystallizes around the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers’ bodies.

The studio has tapped Dean Israelite to direct the film and has cast five young actors to star — Becky G as the Yellow Ranger, Ludi Lin as the Black Ranger, Naomi Scott as the Pink Ranger, Dacre Montgomery as the Red Ranger and Rj Cyler as the Blue Ranger. Elizabeth Banks will play the evil alien witch Rita Repulsa.

Power Rangers” will hits theaters on March »

- Dave McNary

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Is 'You're Next' director Adam Wingard already vying for that 'Halloween' job?

25 May 2016 5:28 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

What young, talented horror filmmaker wouldn't want to direct the new Halloween movie? From the looks of it, You're Next and The Guest helmer Adam Wingard is one of those vying for the job; ever since the John Carpenter executive-produced project was first announced, the auteur has been tweeting Halloween-related imagery and even a screengrab that proves Jason Blum "liked" one of his posts. As other sites have already noted, this is all purely speculation at this point, but it certainly makes one wonder just how close Wingard is (or isn't) to landing the coveted gig. Blumhouse could certainly do a lot worse. Here's the tweet-storm from Wingard that began yesterday: Big Breaking Halloween Movie News from John Carpenter and Blumhouse https://t.co/cXDE4XdQdW via @dreadcentral — John Carpenter (@TheHorrorMaster) May 24, 2016 pic.twitter.com/EE4j57yDUu — Adam Wingard (@AdamWingard) May 24, 2016 pic.twitter.com/wtFnrJMojO — Adam Wingard (@AdamWingard) May 24, 2016 pic. »

- Chris Eggertsen

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Magnolia Acquires Arnaud Desplechin’s ‘Ismael’s Ghosts’ With Marion Cotillard, Charlotte Gainsbourg (Exclusive)

40 minutes ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris — Magnolia has acquired all U.S. rights to Arnaud Desplechin’s “Ismael’s Ghosts” with Marion Cotillard, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Mathieu Amalric and Louis Garrel, Variety has learned.

Sold by Wild Bunch and produced by Paris-based Why Not Productions, “Ismael’s Ghosts” marks Desplechin’s follow-up to “My Golden Days” which was also picked up by Magnolia. “My Golden Days” world premiered last year at Cannes’ Directors Fortnight and won the Sacd prize along with a flurry of prizes, including six Cesar (France’s equivalent to the Oscars) kudos.

Currently in pre-production, “Ismael’s Ghosts” tells the tale of a widowed film director who is in the middle of making a film about an atypical diplomat inspired by his brother. While he has started a new life with Sylvia, he still mourns the death of a former lover, Carlotta, who passed twenty years earlier; until she returns from the dead, »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Two X-Men Surprises In Latest Clip Will Get You Excited For Apocalypse

3 hours ago | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Warning: There are spoilers for X-Men: Apocalypse in the following article. Bookmark this page, and come back after you've seen the film. After trailers and viral videos galore, you might still be on the fence about going to see X-Men: Apocalypse. With summer movie season being packed as usual, spending your money as smartly as possible is always a concern. However, Fox has picked up on this, and just in time for the film's debut in theaters this evening, they've released a clip that might force your hand and make you buy tickets to the next showing. Prepare for Sentinels and the rise of the Phoenix! The only reason that we can think of 20th Century Fox dropping this ad on their YouTube channel this late in the game is due to the middling critical reviews being lobbed at X-Men: Apocalypse. With Memorial Day weekend looming, and the numbers already »

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Documentaries Counter Memorial Weekend Tentpoles: Specialty Preview

3 hours ago | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Memorial weekend launches the counterprogramming season for the specialties. Distributors hoping to skim off audiences looking for fare not dished out by the studio tentpoles will find a plethora of documentaries this weekend. Magnolia Pictures and Participant Media are opening Presenting Princess Shaw, which was a big crowdpleaser on the festival circuit. The film will open in theaters as well as various on-demand platforms. Oscar winner D.A. Pennebaker and nominee Chris… »

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ITV, Hulu team up for 'Harlots'

3 hours ago | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The companies on Thursday announced a straight-to-series order for the period drama series starring Samantha Morton, Lesley Manville and Jessica Brown Findlay.

The ongoing, eight-part series from Alison Owen and Debra Hayward’s Monumental Pictures will air on ITV Encore in the UK and stream exclusively in the Us on Hulu as part of the Hulu Originals slate.

ITV Studios Global Entertainment negotiated the deal and will distribute the drama internationally.

Harlots takes place in 18th century Georgian London as a brothel owner fights to keep her business from a rival madam.

Playwright and screenwriter Moira Buffini wrote the screenplay from an original idea she conceived with Alison Newman.

Shooting is scheduled for June in London. Coky Giedroyc and China Moo-Young direct with Lawrence Till on board as producer and Owen and Hayward as executive producers alongside Alison Carpenter, Buffini and Newman. »

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Jake Gyllenhaal Reteaming With Prisoners Director To Adapt This Crime Novel

4 hours ago | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

When Jake Gyllenhaal and Denis Villeneuve team up on a film together, things get pretty damned dark. With Prisoners and Enemy already in their collective filmography, their third project sounds like it'll fit in nice and cozy with those previous entries. We say this, because the pair are re-teaming for a film adaptation of Jo Nesbo's novel The Son. The announcement was made through Variety, who picked up the news that the collaborators would be teaming up to bring the latest Jo Nesbo project to be optioned to the big screen. The Son follows the story of a 15 year old who suffers a criminal breakdown after his father, a police officer, commits suicide. Of course, all is not what it seems, as the titular son uncovers more information about why his father took his life, after spending over a decade in prison for a crime he didn't commit. This leads »

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Legendary Wins Bidding War for Dwayne Johnson’s ‘Skyscraper’

5 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Legendary has won a bidding war for rights to the China-set action movie “Skyscraper” with Dwayne Johnson attached to star.

Rawson Marshall Thurber is directing from his own script. Beau Flynn is producing through his FlynnPictureCo. with Johnson’s Seven Bucks Productions. Thurber will also produce.

Universal, Sony and Paramount also made bids for the project, which takes place in a massive skyscraper in China, with Legendary paying about $3 million. Details of the logline are being kept under wraps.

Universal will handle distribution of “Skyscraper” worldwide. Legendary was acquired four months ago by Chinese conglomerate Dalian Wanda for $3.5 billion.

Johnson and Flynn teamed on New Line’s “San Andreas,” which grossed more than $470 million worldwide, and on the two “Journey to the Center of the Earth” films.

Johnson will be seen next month with Kevin Hart in action-comedy “Central Intelligence,” which Thurber directed for New Line. Johnson recently wrapped shooting on “Baywatch” for Paramount. »

- Dave McNary

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Disney Developing ‘Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant’ Movie

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Disney has acquired the feature film rights to Tony Cliff’s graphic novel series “Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant.”

The studio is developing a live-action film with Roy Lee producing through his Vertigo Entertainment banner along with Mark Mower and Justin Giritkian, who secured the rights.

The story centers on Delilah Dirk, a 19th century adventurer, who plots to rob a corrupt Sultan in Constantinople evades the Sultan’s guards with the aid of her flying boat. She’s aided by her new friend, a Turkish tea-master Erdemoglu Selim, who becomes duty-bound to follow her across Turkey after she saves his life.

Miri Yoon is overseeing for Vertigo and Tendo Nagenda and Chaz Salembier are overseeing for Disney.

The book became a New York Times bestseller in 2013. No director, writer or actors are attached yet.

Lee broke into Hollywood by executive producing remakes of Asian films such as “The Ring, »

- Dave McNary

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X-Men On The Brink

5 hours ago | Leonard Maltin's Movie Crazy | See recent Leonard Maltin's Movie Crazy news »

This screen series based on the colorful Marvel characters has proved to be both durable and flexible: having enjoyed a great run in its initial phase, it spun off two Wolverine vehicles for Hugh Jackman and then rewound the timeline to create a series of prequels, beginning with the excellent X-Men: First Class. Director and co-writer Bryan Singer, who launched X-Men in 2000 has steered this latest installment, X-Men: Apocalypse and delivered another winner. (He’s even planted a not-so-subtle in-joke about the first entry he didn’t direct in the series.)          Essentially, the screenplay (credited to series veteran Simon Kinberg,...

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- Leonard Maltin

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Bebop And Rocksteady Steal The Spotlight In New Ninja Turtles 2 Trailer

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Despite being defeated in the last Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, Shredder is returning for vengeance in next month’s sequel, Out of the Shadows, but this time, he won’t just have the Foot Clan as his soldiers. Also serving him will be Bebop and Rocksteady, the simple-minded minions who’ve been a part of the Turtles’ history since the late 1980s, but are finally making their cinematic debut. We’ve seen the humanoid warthog and rhino in previous trailers, but in this latest preview, these two straight up hijack it from our reptilian protagonists. The latest Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows trailer starts out with the Turtles watching a basketball game on the catwalk high above the court, enjoying themselves from the “best seats in the house.” Unfortunately, Michelangelo brought pizza to war, and one of the slices »

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Why Psylocke Winds Up Fighting Alongside The Villain In X-Men: Apocalypse

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In X-Men: Apocalypse it doesn.t take much for the titular villain to sway Psylocke and convince her to join his team. He appears at the establishment of Caliban, and within a few moments she goes from threatening the god-like mutant as a bodyguard for the black market operator to becoming one of En Sabah Nur.s Four Horsemen. Why is this? Well, according to a conversation I recently had with Olivia Munn, it all ties to the character.s need to find some kind of direction and family after losing her own when she was young. Olivia Munn was grouped with Sophie Turner and Evan Peters at the X-Men: Apocalypse press day in London, and turning my attention towards the actress I asked about her character.s motivation and why she was so drawn to Apocalypse.s side. She complimented the question, and in acknowledging that the exposition really »

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Agent Ken Stovitz Departing Paradigm To Join Mgmt As Manager/Producer

6 hours ago | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Ken Stovitz is leaving Paradigm where he was a senior agent for the past three years, to join management company Mgmt. Entertainment, effective June 6. At Mgmt, Stovitz will manage clients, many of whom he currently represents and will share with Paradigm. He will also produce film and television projects. “I have known and worked successfully with Ken for too long to mention,” said Mgmt Founder and Managing Partner David Schiff. “He is a dynamic executive with a… »

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Gravitas Ventures & Broad Green Recruit Three War Films Including ‘Citizen Soldier’

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Exclusive: Gravitas Ventures, in partnership with Broad Green Pictures, has acquired global rights to the war drama Citizen Soldier, with Gravitas handling global VOD and Broad Green handling domestic Blu-ray and DVD release. Gravitas and Broad Green have also acquired the upcoming documentary Danger Close, currently in production and set for release in 2017, and the 2014 Afghanistan War docu The Hornet’s Nest, also directed by Salzberg and Tureaud. Set for release August… »

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