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‘Avatar’ Sequels Finally Begin Shooting With $1 Billion Price Tag
The “Avatar” phenomenon, or lack of a long tail on it, is one of the weirdest stories in movie history. James Cameron’s sci-fi epic was a gargantuan, unprecedented hit back in 2009 — only two other movies have come within even a billion dollars of its $2.788 billion take (Cameron’s own “Titanic” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”), and they’re both at least $600 million behind.
Continue reading ‘Avatar’ Sequels Finally Begin Shooting With $1 Billion Price Tag at The Playlist. »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Chevy Chase, Andie MacDowell, Richard Dreyfuss Lead Netflix Comedy 'Last Laugh'
Netflix has gathered Chevy Chase, Richard Dreyfuss, Andie MacDowell, Lewis Black, Kate Micucci and Chris Parnell for its feature comedy The Last Laugh, written and directed by Greg Pritikin. Rob Paris of Paris Film, Inc. is producing. Production starts this week in New Orleans.
The Last Laugh centers on talent manager and widower Al Hart who reunites with his former client Buddy Green after 50 years. Though Buddy gave up a promising career as a stand-up comedian to settle down and have a family, Al convinces him to perform on a bucket list tour of classic stand-up venues across America, »
- Ashley Lee
Owen Vaccaro to Star Opposite Cate Blanchett in ‘House With a Clock in Its Walls’ (Exclusive)
The novel tells the tale of a recently orphaned 10-year-old boy, played by Vaccaro, who discovers a world of hidden passageways, magic, and danger in his uncle’s old house.
Production begins next month with no release date set at this time.
Vaccaro broke out in the Paramount comedy “Daddy’s Home” as Will Ferrell’s stepson and Mark Wahlberg’s biological son and can be seen reprising the role in “Daddy’s Home 2” opening November 10, with Mel Gibson and »
- Justin Kroll
Kaya Scodelario, Josh Hutcherson to Star in Action-Romance ‘Die in a Gunfight’
The Mark Gordon Company is producing the film, with photography set to begin next month in Boston. Collin Schiffli will direct the film. His 2014 movie “Animals” won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2014 SXSW Film Festival.
Scodelario and Hutcherson will play the star-crossed lovers who share an eagerness to break from the confines of their lives that fuels their passion for each other and leads to an all-out struggle for their love against a backdrop of corporate espionage, revenge, and a long-standing feud between their families. Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari, who teamed on Marvel’s upcoming “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” wrote the screenplay. »
- Dave McNary
Kevin Hart's 'Night School' Adds Megalyn Echikunwoke (Exclusive)
Based on a story by Hart, Night School follows a group of misfits who are forced to attend adult classes with the long shot hope that they'll pass the Ged exam.
- Ashley Lee
Shirley MacLaine Joins Anna Kendrick in Female Santa Claus Movie ‘Nicole’ (Exclusive)
The movie revolves around Santa’s daughter, presumably the titular Nicole, who is forced to take over the family business when her father retires and brother ends up getting cold feet prior to his first big Christmas Eve flight. MacLaine will play Elf Polly who was Nicole’s nanny and helped raise her all of her life.
- Justin Kroll
'It' Sequel Gets September 2019 Release Date
Pennywise the Dancing Clown is getting ready to terrorize audiences all over again.
Since its debut earlier this month, the film adaptation of Stephen King's book has shattered numerous records, including becoming the top-grossing horror film of all time, not adjusting for inflation. The Exorcist, released in 1973, made $233 million in North America and $441.3 million worldwide, but the domestic portion swells to $917.5 million when adjusting for inflation.
It has earned »
- Pamela McClintock
Harry Knowles Sex-Assault Allegations Prompt Staff Exodus at Ain't It Cool News
Several writers have resigned from the influential movie site Ain't It Cool News (AICN) after a woman came forward to accuse that site's 45-year-old founder, Harry Knowles, of having sexually assaulted her nearly two decades ago.
In a statement posted Monday to Twitter, Steve Prokopy, a Chicago-based writer who signs his reviews "Capone," called the choice to leave the site "a remarkably easy decision to make."
"I sincerely hope that the women impacted by any of these incidents have received all the support and strength they need to recover and heal," Prokopy said.
Eric Vespe, who wrote »
- Seth Abramovitch
‘Blade Runner 2049’ First Reactions Praise Denis Villeneuve’s ‘Mind-Blowing’ and ‘Masterpiece’ Sequel
The first reactions are pouring in from critics who have seen “Blade Runner 2049,” and to call them “great” would be a massive understatement. Words like “masterpiece” are being thrown around by more than one critic when talking about Denis Villeneuve’s highly anticipated sequel, which means you’ll probably want to order tickets right now to what is shaping up to be the most acclaimed blockbuster of the fall.
“Blade Runner 2049” is set thirty years after the events of Ridley Scott’s groundbreaking original. The plot concerns Ryan Gosling’s Officer K, a member of the Los Angeles Police Department who is tasked with finding the missing Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) in an attempt to save humanity from a replicant manufacturer named Niander Wallace, played by Jared Leto. The supporting cast includes Robin Wright, David Bautista, and Mackenzie Davis.
- Zack Sharf
‘Gotti’ Trailer Asks You to Marvel at John Travolta’s Magnificent Wig
Lionsgate Premiere has released the Gotti trailer. Directed by Kevin Connelly, the film spans three decades and follows the rise and fall of crime boss John Gotti (John Travolta) as he tried to build the Gambino Crime Family both during and between his stints in prison. It looks about as bad as you’d expect a John Travolta movie to be these days. Even when he’s in something good like American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson, it’s like he lucked into it and somehow his over the top performance works in tandem with everything else. … »
- Matt Goldberg
Brian Taylor on ‘Mom and Dad’ and His Syfy Series ‘Happy!’ with Grant Morrison
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
‘Game Of Thrones’ Reveals Directors For Final Season
After seven seasons, 67 episodes and countless grisly deaths, “Game Of Thrones” is finally nearing its endgame-of-thrones. With **Spoiler** Littlefinger in the ground, Jon and Daenerys incestuously hooking up, and a blue-fire-breathing undead dragon in the hands of the Night King **End Spoiler** just six episodes of HBO’s blockbusting show remain.
The eighth and final season of the adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s fantasy epic likely won’t arrive until 2019 thanks to the coming of winter (shooting has to start later due to the greater number of snowy environments), and likely a heftier-than-usual effects elements, but production is gearing up for the final run of episodes, and HBO have announced, via The Hollywood Reporter, the directors who’ll be bringing the final run to the screen, and they’re all familiar names for Thrones fans.
Continue reading ‘Game Of Thrones’ Reveals Directors For Final Season at The Playlist. »
- Oliver Lyttelton
‘Supergirl’ Season 3 Premiere Images Tease a New Threat to National City
From the looks of these first images of Supergirl's Season 3 premiere, "Girl of Steel," the show is coming back hot! Not only do we already get an introduction to new villain Reign (Odette Annabel) who is a "Worldkiller" and thus an enemy to Supergirl, but there is a new threat to National City that Kara is already embroiled against. For her part, Kara is also looking to deal with the emotional fallout from having to send Mon-El out to space, and a few of the images suggest that we might be getting a dream sequence of some … »
- Allison Keene
Aidan Gillen, Tom Hollander Join Freddie Mercury Biopic ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’
Aidan Gillen and Tom Hollander have joined the cast of Bohemian Rhapsody, the Freddy Mercury biopic being directed by Bryan Singer. Gillen will play John Reid, Queen’s manager from 1975 to 1978 while Hollander will play Jim Beach who took over as manager from Reid in 1978 and stayed on for years. Rami Malek (Mr. Robot) is portraying Queen frontman Freddie Mercury. Production is already underway for a slated Christmas Day 2018 release from 20th Century Fox, New Regency and… »
Final Trailer For Gerard Butler Disaster Movie ‘Geostorm’ [Watch]
The directorial debut of producer Dean Devlin (“Independence Day”) was always going to draw sneers from disaster-movie haters. Yet Devlin’s long-delayed, wannabe blockbuster “Geostorm” risks failing to live up to the presumably low expectations of fans of films like “2012” and “The Day After Tomorrow.”
- Bennett Campbell Ferguson
‘The Opposition’: Jordan Klepper’s InfoWars Spoof is Already in Danger of Becoming One-Note
Usually, it’s a bit unrealistic to piece together what a comedy show is after only one episode. Especially in the world of late night, each successive half-hour brings host, writers, and assorted crew alike a chance to really drill down on a show’s strengths.
But “The Opposition,” the latest 11:30 slot-holder on Comedy Central, took its first episode as a chance to deliver what seemed like an effective mission statement for what this conspiracy-adjacent satire would be going forward. Not only did host Jordan Klepper take the opportunity to define some of the edges of this particular brand of late-night blowhard, he introduced the various members of his staff and doubled down on the logical loopholes that will theoretically provide most of the laughs as the show progresses.
In doing so, the show might not be the show at its funniest, but it did indirectly touch on the »
- Steve Greene
Watch Gal Gadot, Jennifer Lawrence, Jake Gyllenhaal and More Read Mean Tweets
Mean Tweets is back! While Jimmy Kimmel Live has been making headlines recently for host Jimmy Kimmel’s passionate and personal please to stop the Graham-Cassidy bill from passing, last night’s episode debuted a new installment of the terrific running gag “Celebrities Read Mean Tweets.” In this 11th installment, we’ve got folks like Gal Gadot, Emma Watson, Jake Gyllenhaal, Kumail Nanjiani, Jennifer Lawrence, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Kristen Bell, and Dave Chappelle sounding off. Obviously some of these are Nsfw (especially the Jennifer Lawrence one), so a word of caution if your volume's up. I wouldn’t … »
- Adam Chitwood
‘Blade Runner 2049’ Anime Prequel Introduces New Nexus 8 Replicants
The third and final prequel short for Denis Villeneuve's Blade Runner 2049 has arrived and it is glorious. Shinichiro Watanabe has crafted a thrilling short story that acts as narrative connective tissue between Ridley Scott's original film and the highly anticipated sequel. You can watch it right now on Crunchyroll, unless you're lucky enough to be in Japan where it's been released on Warner Bros.' YouTube page, but either way we've included a run-down and analysis of it for you below. (If nothing else, this approach to the movie's marketing is refreshingly original … »
- Dave Trumbore
‘Kevin Can Wait’: Former Star Erinn Hayes Is Liking Tweets Grieving Her Dead Character
True, I've been let go from the show. Very sad, I had a great experience season 1. Thank you for all the support from our wonderful fans. https://t.co/HfYKzVuSnT
— erinn hayes (@hayeslady) June 3, 2017
Since then, especially following the reveal that the character of Donna would be killed off to make way for the re-introduction of Leah Remini, Hayes has been relatively quiet about “Kevin Can Wait” in every way except one: Her use of the “like” button.
Like many people on Twitter, Hayes’s feed these days is largely dominated by political discussion and imploring followers to help disaster victims. But over the last 24 hours, she’s also been actively liking Tweets »
- Liz Shannon Miller
‘Underworld’ Franchise Moving to TV with Creator Len Wiseman
The Underworld franchise seems to have finally worn out its welcome at theaters. Debuting in 2003, the film about a “death dealer” (a vampire who hunts werewolves only to fall for a vampire/lycan hybrid), spawned three sequels and a prequel, most recently this past January’s Underworld: Blood Wars. The movie grossed a respectable $81 million worldwide off a $35 million budget, but that $81 million was a far cry from the gross of the previous picture, Underworld: Awakening, which pulled in $160 million worldwide. Deadline reports that the series is now moving to television with Len Wiseman, who … »
- Matt Goldberg
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