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Weekend Box Office: Mockingjay Part 2 Holds First Place For Thanksgiving Holiday

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This Thanksgiving ended up looking a lot like last year: a Mockingjay movie taking first place for the second weekend in a row, followed by new releases of an animated feature and a sequel no one really wanted but people went to see anyway. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 dropped a not unusual 50% this weekend, but that was enough to hold on to the box office top spot. It added $51 million but still fell just short of hitting the $200 million mark. At $198 million it's the only entry in the four part franchise that failed to pass $200 million by its second weekend and looks to hold on to its position as the lowest earner of the bunch. Despite that, it still has a strong position for the year. It's set to be one of only around ten movies this year to break $200 million, a small twist from 2013 and 2014 which »

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Marvel's Spider-Man Movie May Feature 2 Other Huge Characters

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Once you have introduced The Avengers to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it’s hard to put the genie back in the bottle. You want to use characters like Iron Man, Captain America and Thor in your stories, which helps explain why Hulk will show up in Thor: Ragnarok, and several heroes will take part in Captain America: Civil War. We half expect this trend to continue in standalone movies for Black Panther and Doctor Strange, and from what we are hearing now, probably the solo Spider-Man movie Marvel has on its radar. Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans recently appeared on Jimmy Kimmel’s late-night talk show where they unveiled the first full trailer for next summer’s Captain America: Civil War (we’ll include it below). And during that conversation, the duo bantered about upcoming filming they’d have to do. They were joking »

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The Freddie Mercury Biopic Just Took A Huge Step Forward

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Biopics centering on the lives of famous musicians are nothing new. Movies like Ray and Walk the Line turned them into easy Oscar bait, while this summer.s Straight Outta Compton proved that they could still carry a powerful emotional punch when done correctly. One such biopic that has spent years in development hell is a film centering on the life of iconic Queen front man Freddie Mercury. Just when we thought the project had bit the dust . let us have that joke . it now seems that it has found new life.   Collider reports that the biopic has finally nailed down a writer in the form of Anthony McCarten. McCarten is arguably best known for his recent work on The Theory of Everything. In addition to McCarten.s involvement, Collider has also revealed that the current front runner to portray the iconic rock and roll front man is none other »

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So, What Happened With The Guillermo Del Toro And Neil Gaiman Marvel Movie?

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While there exists little doubt that we are living in the golden age of superhero films, sometimes great ones simply don.t get made. For every legendary Iron Man or The Dark Knight, there is a Superman Lives that never came to fruition . for better or for worse. One such superhero movie that never made it to the silver screen was a version of Doctor Strange created by legendary writer Neil Gaiman and visionary director Guillermo del Toro.   According to Slash Film, Gaiman recently took to Twitter to talk about this early version of Doctor Strange, and the reason the film ultimately never went into production:   @KurtBusiek I still wish Marvel had been interested in a @RealGDT & me Dr Strange movie, because I wanted to write Clea so badly after 1602. . Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) November 27, 2015 So it looks like before Marvel began production on their current iteration of the Sorcerer Supreme »

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Stellan Skarsgard For Thor 3? Here's What He Says

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While the impending battle between Steve Rogers and Tony Stark in the upcoming Captain America: Civil War has been grabbing headlines lately, Marvel Studios is always thinking ten steps ahead of the audience. One film that will prove to be a fundamental entry to Marvel.s Phase 3 films will be Thor.s third solo outing: Thor: Ragnarok. While Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston are both expected to return as Thor and Loki, respectively, another familiar face could also potentially pop up.   Actor Stellan Skarsgard recently spoke to Digital Spy regarding whether or not Marvel would bring back his character Dr. Erik Selvig for Thor: Ragnarok: They have an option on me. I don't know what decisions they'll make, but they have an option on me for the next Thor movie. So Marvel might bring him back . but then again they might not. With a two years until the film »

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Why Star Wars: The Force Awakens Is Rated PG-13

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The Star Wars saga has always been fun for the whole family, but at the end of the day the buzzkills at the Motion Picture Association of America still need to do their job. Most Star Wars films to date have merely been classified as PG, but the dark, somber tone of The Force Awakens means that the latest entry to the Star War universe will garner a somewhat stricter rating.   Variety has confirmed that Star Wars: The Force Awakens has officially received a PG-13 rating from the MPAA, primarily for "sci-fi action violence." This is pretty much the exact reason one would expect an installment in the Star Wars saga to receive such a rating. Despite being largely bloodless affairs . lightsabers and blasters conveniently cauterize wounds . the Star Wars films are still about wars at the end of the day; as a result of this they tend to rack »

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Superman III Has Been Turned Into A Horror Movie, Because Someone Finally Found A Use For It

28 November 2015 11:06 AM, PST

As iconic as Richard Donner and Christopher Reeve.s original Superman has become in the decades since its release, subsequent installments in the franchise did not fare quite as well. Superman III has developed particular notoriety for being a low point in the franchise . mainly for its campy tone and casting of comedian Richard Pryor. However, one adept fan decided to edit the abhorrent film into a horror trailer that's actually incredibly gripping, check it out below to see for yourself. The trailer showcases a world in which Superman uses his vast array of powers to wreak havoc and cause destruction wherever he goes with impunity. Whether causing a massive oil spill, or merely breaking bottles at a local bar, Superman can do essentially whatever he wants because no one can stop him. It makes Kal-El out to be the monster that many of Superman.s villains often try to »

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Type This Into Google To Discover Secret Star Wars Easter Eggs

28 November 2015 9:58 AM, PST

With less than a month until Star Wars: The Force Awakens finally brings the beloved franchise back to the silver screen, it.s safe to say that Star Wars fever has a firm Force chokehold on the entire world. From gigantic house decorations to fan edits of the original films, people have done anything and everything to express their love for the iconic sci-fi saga. Now it seems even Internet giant Google is getting in on the action.   Ifl Science! has revealed that Google has hidden some pretty awesome Easter eggs within some of the basic programs of their site. One such Easter egg simply requires users to type the iconic words "A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away" into the Google search bar. Doing this will cause the Google search page to turn into the legendary yellow and black opening exposition crawl that precedes the events »

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How Professor X Will Lose His Hair In X-Men: Apocalypse

28 November 2015 9:35 AM, PST

The quickest, most simple way to differentiate James McAvoy.s version of Charles Xavier from Patrick Stewart.s in Fox.s X-Men films has always been the lush mop of hair atop the former.s head, while the latter possessed the more iconic chrome dome that comic book fans know and love. As audiences have watched McAvoy.s Professor X grow and mature since 2011.s X-Men: First Class, they have all wondered when and how Xavier would lose his brown locks for the streamlined look. Now the actor says that X-Men: Apocalypse will provide those answers.   Appearing on The Graham Norton Show with Daniel Radcliffe to promote the new film Victor Frankenstein, McAvoy discussed Xavier.s hair loss when the topic shifted to the upcoming Apocalypse: He ends up going through something so horrible and physically painful that he literally half pulls his hair out/half it falls out. Maybe, »

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Victor Frankenstein Director's Blunt Opinion Of Frankenstein

28 November 2015 8:38 AM, PST

Frankenstein and his monster are two of the most iconic beings in the realm of cinema. Based on Mary Shelley.s original Frankenstein novel, the characters inhabiting this universe now come with a certain set of audience expectations. According to Victor Frankenstein director Paul McGuigan, those expectations must be avoided.   McGuigan has been incredibly vocal about his desire to deviate from the source material, according to Screen Rant, and he wants to strike new ground with a story of his own:   We give a lot of backstory to it. And it.s our backstory, it.s what we.ve chosen to make up. There.s not a reverence to the book. I think sometimes people are over-reverent about the book. It.s got a fantastic premise, I don.t know if you.ve ever read it, but it.s dull as dishwater, in my opinion.   So while he seems to »

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New Pride And Prejudice And Zombies Trailer Is Gruesome And Cool, Watch It Now

28 November 2015 7:44 AM, PST

When a genre becomes as massively popular as zombie fiction, it can get a little tired. When that happens, it becomes important to switch things up, or take the proceedings in a direction that movie audiences have seldom . if ever . seen before. A new trailer for Pride and Prejudice and Zombies has just dropped, and it.s safe to say that it looks poised to turn the zombie genre on its decomposing head. Check it out below. Based on the 2009 Seth Grahame-Smith novel of the same name, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies takes elements of the classic 1813 Jane Austen story of love between social classes in the 19th century, and injects the looming threat of zombie hordes. The story follows protagonist Elizabeth Bennet (Lily James) and her sisters through their lives that become devoted to training and fighting the legion of zombies intent on devouring them and those they love. »

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Robert Rodriguez Made A Movie We'll Have To Wait A Ridiculously Long Time To See

28 November 2015 7:32 AM, PST

It doesn.t get any more plain or simple: waiting for a highly anticipated movie to be released can seriously suck. We have known about major releases like Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens literally for years, and have been powerless to do little else besides sit and wait. While those waits may seem agonizing, Robert Rodriguez and John Malkovich have just created a new project that audiences won.t get to see for a very, very, long time.   Just how long will "we" have to wait to see this project? A report from io9 indicates that the film . aptly titled 100 Years: The Movie You Will Never See . has been placed in a special time-locked safe that will not unlock until November 18, 2115. The reason for the wait is that the film will serve as a promotion for Louis Xiii Cognac. The process for creating »

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The Captain America: Civil War Trailer Is Even More Emotional With Adele

27 November 2015 5:48 PM, PST

If you.re like us, and you watched that Captain America: Civil War trailer like fifty times as soon as it dropped the other night, you.re well aware that, for all the action and spectacle, it.s one of the most emotional promotional bits that Marvel has ever put together. Those few minutes are all about friendship and feelings, and just when you think it can.t get any more sensitive and moving, some damn lunatic went ahead and put Adele.s new hit, "Hello," over the top of the action and it.s all we can do to keep from weeping openly in public. "The Civil War: Bromance Version," as this video from Vimeo user Anthony Meadows is called, is seriously spot on. With everything that.s going on in Marvel.s next superhero adventure.from the government trying to regulate superheroes, to old friends coming back together, »

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How J.J. Abrams Made Star Wars 7's Lightsaber Battles Different From The Prequels

27 November 2015 4:44 PM, PST

Over the course of the build up to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, director J.J. Abrams has taken great pains to set the new film apart from George Lucas. prequels. There will be no mention of midi-chlorians, no Jar Jar Binks, and instead of ubiquitous green screen, they used practical special effects whenever possible. Another way he set his movie apart was by staging the lightsaber battles differently than in Episodes I, II, and III. It wouldn.t be a Star Wars movie without at least one badass lightsaber duel, and we.ve seen footage of Finn (John Boyega) about to throw down with the villainous Kylo Ren (Adam Driver). In Abrams. opinion, the duels in the first three Episodes were highly stylized, choreographed almost like a dance. He wanted something else when it came to the Finn/Kylo Ren fight, and looked to the original trilogy for inspiration, »

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Michael Fassbender Will Play Two Roles In Alien: Covenant

27 November 2015 4:07 PM, PST

Fresh off providing us with an update on some of the questions that he’ll be answering with the upcoming Alien: Covenant, Sir Ridley Scott has once again been talking about the upcoming Prometheus sequel/Alien prequel. The legendary English director confirmed that Michael Fassbender, who, I think we can all admit, stole Prometheus thanks to his fantastic performance as David the android, will actually play two roles in the blockbuster. Which, for an actor of his caliber, could produce scintillating results.  Scott made this admission during a press conference, witnessed by Screen Daily, for the upcoming science fiction film that was held at Sydney’s Fox Studios Australia. The event was organised to celebrate the fact that production will take place down under. While speaking about Alien: Covenant, not only did the filmmaker reveal that Noomi Rapace will be returning »

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Reese Witherspoon Is Developing A Movie About A Massively Popular Toy

27 November 2015 2:35 PM, PST

Reese Witherspoon is making a film about Barbie. But while that might sound like Reese Witherspoon is about to live out the fantasy of many a young girl by portraying the world’s most famous blonde doll, that’s not exactly the case. It’s something much more alluring instead. That’s because Witherspoon, along with her producing partner Bruna Papandrea, is currently developing an origin story that revolves around the woman who created Barbie, Ruth Handler. In fact, accordig to The Tracking Board, the proposed movie took quite a giant leap forward over the last few days. Bold Films decided to add the project to their slate after Witherspoon and Papandrea's Pacific Standard picked up the rights to Barbie and Ruth: The Story Of The World’s Most Famous Doll And The Woman Who Created Her, written by Robin Gerber, which revolves around »

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J.J. Abrams' 3 Unexpected Influences On Star Wars: The Force Awakens

27 November 2015 2:33 PM, PST

Landing the chance to direct Star Wars: The Force Awakens must have been the opportunity of a lifetime for J.J. Abrams. Like many of us, he.s a big old Star Wars nerd and a lifelong devotee of that far, far away galaxy. But beyond that, he.s also a fan of cinema of all varieties, and his influences are wide, varied, and apparent in many of his films, traits that we will see on display in a few weeks. As The Force Awakens creeps ever closer, the coverage is getting thick and deep. The latest edition of Empire is all over the Star Wars beat, and when they talked to Abrams, he revealed a trio of big, yet unexpected influences on his upcoming addition to the beloved space opera. They may not be the inspiration you normally expect to find in an epic space adventure, but they.re »

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Victor Frankenstein Is Already In Trouble At The Box Office

27 November 2015 1:30 PM, PST

It’s gonna take more than a bolt of lightning to save this one. The first numbers for the opening weekend of Victor Frankenstein are out, and they’re about as unattractive as the monster itself. Facing tough competition in the wake of a few big Thanksgiving releases, Victor Frankenstein is falling victim to its peers. According to The Hollywood Reporter, in its first two days in theaters, Victor Frankenstein has made a ghastly $1 million nationwide. At this rate, the new flick is likely to recoup a mere $4-$5 million dollars in its opening weekend. The horror. These opening numbers, when compared to the rather large budget ($40 Million), make the results even more tragic.  Released this past Wednesday, Victor Frankenstein is a retelling of the famed Mary Shelly novel, as well as the story of Dr. Frankenstein's monster we all know. This »

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Katniss Loves Pita Video Is Dumb And Fantastic

27 November 2015 1:01 PM, PST

Sometimes the internet conjures up something that immediately provokes you to rise to your feet and clap in appreciation. Most of the time it involves a cat being a dick. But on this rare occasion, one nifty YouTube video has decided to riff on the rather ridiculous name of Josh Hutchinson.s character in The Hunger Games franchise to depict Jennifer Lawrence.s Katniss Everdeen repeatedly, and loudly, declaring her love for pita, not Peeta. It.s stupid. It.s ridiculous. It.s also really, really funny.  Well played, internet. Well played, indeed. For some inexplicable reason, especially since the video is basically just the same joke being told over and over and over again, the gag just gets funnier with each passing cut.  Maybe it.s just because the world loves Jennifer Lawrence so damn much, and everything that.s even remotely connected to her instantly manages to go »

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Zoolander 2 Has Already Broken A Record

27 November 2015 11:26 AM, PST

Trailers have a tendency to garner almost as much buzz as films themselves. As little snippets of an upcoming movie, these previews create a sense of anticipation and provide the first opportunity for the creative forces behind a film to showcase the finished product. While Star Wars: The Force Awakens broke viewing records with its trailer, another upcoming film recently did the same for its own genre: Zoolander 2.   Despite the fact that the Zoolander 2 trailer premiered less than two weeks ago, Variety reports that it has already broken the record for most watched trailer for a comedy film ever. Since hitting the web on November 18, the trailer went on to garner more than 52 million views in its first week on the Internet. The previous record holder was 2014.s Dumb and Dumber To, which was, similarly, a sequel to a long dormant classic comedy franchise.   People have ben clamoring »

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