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"Civil War" Scores $84M So Far Overseas

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Marvel's "Captain America: Civil War" opened in around thirty-eight international markets this weekend where the film is tracking on par with last year's "Avengers: Age of Ultron" in those markets. In just three days, and with the release staggered over those three days, the film has still managed to generate an impressive $84 million so far.

Highlights include:

Korea $12.6M

Mexico $7.3M

UK $7.M

Brazil $5.4M

France $5.2M

Australia $4.5M

Philippines $3.8M

Taiwan $3.8M

Germany $3.7M

Hong Kong $3.2M

Japan $2.8M

Thailand $2.7M

Malaysia $2.2M

Other markets $19.8M

Total $84.M

Reviews for the film have been very healthy - a very strong 81/100 on Metacritic which makes it the second highest scoring wide release of 2016 so far behind only "The Witch" (83) and ahead of "Zootopia" (78).

In related news, "Iron Man" director was recently asked by IGN as to whether he would ever get back in the director's chair for another Marvel Cinematic Universe feature. »

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Could "Aquaman" Lose Director James Wan?

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In the wake of "The Flash" film losing its director Seth Grahame-Smith yesterday over creative differences, the other directors attached to upcoming projects in the DC Comics film universe have come under more scrutiny and it looks like things may not be going so well.

A rumor over at Birth.Death.Movies indicates that filmmaker James Wan is "feeling tremendous amounts of trepidation" about directing the Jason Momoa-led solo "Aquaman" movie to which he's been attached for almost a year.

The site says Wan is in the midst of figuring out if he really wants to stay on board the project or not, the hesitancy understandable considering the stressful experience he had on shooting "Furious 7" and the immense pressure all the Dceu films are under to perform for Warners.

Another issue is apparently Warners is trying to be more hands-on in regards to the future of the DC Comics »

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Affleck Has Full Creative Control On "Batman"?

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It has been a busy day or two of rumors regarding the directors of the various upcoming films that are a part of Warner Bros. Pictures' burgeoning DC Extended Universe.

First there was George Miller rumored to be under consideration for "Green Lantern Corps," then Seth Graheme-Smith dropped out of "The Flash," and now there's talk James Wan is having second thoughts about "Aquaman".

There's still more to come as well it seems as Heroic Insider today reports that DC Entertainment Cco Geoff Johns and Oscar winner Ben Affleck are set to have "complete creative control" over the upcoming solo "Batman" film in the works which Affleck will star in and direct.

This essentially suggests the film's producers Zack Snyder, Deborah Snyder and Charles Roven will have no serious oversight regarding the film's content. The site adds that even Johns is more of a consultant on the piece, with Affleck »

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News Shorts: April 30th 2016

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The Neon Demon

A bunch of new stills are out from "Drive" director Nicolas Winding Refn's latest feature "The Neon Demon" which premieres during the Cannes Film Festival next summer. Elle Fanning, Karl Glusman, Bella Heathcote, Jena Malone, Abbey Lee, Desmond Harrington, Christina Hendricks, and Keanu Reeves all star in the horror tale about an aspiring L.A. model who finds her youth and beauty the envy of the beauty-obsessed women around her. [Source: The Film Stage]

Zootopia

Disney Pictures has announced a June 7th Blu-ray, DVD and VOD release date for "Zootopia," their animated feature that has proven a smash with both audiences and critics - taking in $910 million at the global box office to date along with a stunning 98% score on Rotten Tomatoes.

The Cotton Club

Filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola has revealed to the The Associated Press that has gone back and put together a longer cut of his 1984 film "The Cotton Club »

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Snoke, Obi-Wan "Star Wars" Rumors Shot Down

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Two rumors regarding the future of the "Star Wars" franchise have been shot down today by people involved in the productions.

First up, speculation has been going around online recently that despite the setting for this year's "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" pre-dating those of 'A New Hope,' 'Rogue' will also including connections to the current trilogy that began with 'Force Awakens'.

Specifically there's been suggestion that the origins of the villain Supreme Leader Snoke will be addressed here in some fashion. Unfortunately, Lucasfilm creative executive Pablo Hidalgo has shot down that fan theory, saying in a tweet:

"Snoke is not in Rogue One. Like, in any way, shape or form. This is a standalone movie."

Another bit of talk has been about a possible Obi-Wan Kenobi spin-off film, one that would get Ewan McGregor back in the role with a story set between the original and prequel trilogies. »

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"Ghostbusters" Is Returning To Cinemas

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Ahead of the Paul Feig-directed reboot hitting cinemas on July 16th, Fathom Events will be re-releasing the original "Ghostbusters" on 750 screens nationwide on June 8th to celebrate the film's 34th anniversary.

An encore screening is also set for June 12th. Meanwhile, beginning June 8th, BBQ Films will also be hosting a three-night extravaganza in Brooklyn, where they'll be turning a giant warehouse into the "Ghostbusters" headquarters.

Fans will be able to wear proton packs, slurp on an ecto-beverage, watch the original film and maybe fight off a ghost or two. Tickets are available at Fathom Events and BBQ Films.

In related news, the film's director Paul Feig spoke with Cinema Blend about one surprising reaction he received about the film - the reaction to the costumes of the four leading ladies:

"It's funny. When we released the pictures of the uniforms I got so many Tweets from women, like, »

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Elisabeth Moss Joins Hulu's "Handmaid"

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Hulu has given a straight-to-series order for the MGM Television drama series "The Handmaid's Tale" which will star Elisabeth Moss.

Based on Margaret Atwood's 1985 bestselling novel, Moss will play a one of the caste of Handmaids who are forced into sexual servitude by the male-dominated Gilead totalitarian regime as a last desperate attempt to repopulate a devastated world.

Bruce Miller ("The 100") will create, pen and executive produce the project alongside Daniel Wilson, Fran Sears and Warren Littlefield. The first season will go into production later this year and debut on Hulu in 2017.

The project has previously been adapted for the screen in the 1990 film starring Natasha Richardson, Faye Dunaway and Aidan Quinn.

Source: Variety »

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Netflix Renews "The Ranch" For Season 2

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Netflix has officially renewed its comedy series "The Ranch" for a second season, the news revealed in a tweet.

Ashton Kutcher, Danny Masterson and Sam Elliott star in the series about a struggling semi-pro footballer (Kutcher) who returns to his Colorado home to help run the family farm with his dad (Elliott), and older brother (Masterson).

"Two and a Half Men" producers Don Reo and Jim Patterson are behind the project which premiered its first season on April 1st. The second season will premiere in 2017. »

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"The Flash" Movie Loses Its Director

29 April 2016 12:50 PM, PDT

"Pride & Prejudice & Zombies" and "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" writer Seth Grahame-Smith, who was attached to direct the upcoming "The Flash" movie for Warner Bros. Pictures, has left that project over "creative differences".

Grahame-Smith would have made his directorial debut on the film based on the iconic DC scarlet speedster character who is being played by Ezra Miller. Miller was first seen as the character briefly in two scenes of last month's "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice".

The project will retain Grahame-Smith's script, which he wrote working off a treatment from Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. With the film not due out for another two years, there's plenty of time for the studio to find a replacement director.

Grahame-Smith still remains involved in other Warners project including "The Lego Batman Movie" and a "Beetlejuice" sequel.

Source: Heat Vision »

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John Krasinski Is The New TV Jack Ryan

29 April 2016 12:44 PM, PDT

"The Office" and "13 Hours" star John Krasinski is set to play Jack Ryan, the popular CIA analyst and hero of Tom Clancy's novels, for a new TV series in the works at Amazon.

The streaming giant handed out a series commitment with the intention to go straight-to-series, but a green light hasn't been given just yet. The casting of Krasinski however will likely push it forward. "Lost" co-showrunner Carlton Cuse and writer Graham Roland are behind the project, along with Platinum Dunes and Skydance Media.

Five films have been made with the character including John McTiernan's cinematic classic "The Hunt for Red October," Phil Noyce's very well-regarded "Patriot Games" and "Clear and Present Danger," Phil Alden Robinson's respected "The Sum of All Fears" and Kenneth Branagh's disappointing "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit". Four actors have taken on the role including Harrison Ford, Alec Baldwin, Ben Affleck and Chris Pine. »

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Final "Maze Runner" Shuts Down Indefinitely

29 April 2016 12:43 PM, PDT

20th Century Fox's "The Maze Runner: The Death Cure" has indefinitely shut down production for the foreseeable future due to leading man Dylan O'Brien's injuries from an accident on set last month proving more severe than initially expected.

O'Brien was injured on March 18th while shooting the third and last film in the young-adult action-adventure trilogy. The actor was reportedly in a harness on top of a moving vehicle when he was pulled off the vehicle unexpectedly and hit by another vehicle. He was said to have scored "concussion, facial fracture and lacerations" in a report.

Production was shut down for a few weeks in order for the actor to recover, with the hope of resuming filming on May 9th. Now though, sources say that cast and crew have been sent home and a new start date will depend on O'Brien's recovery and the ability to reassemble the large cast and crew. »


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"Deadpool" Creators On Cable, Sequels

29 April 2016 12:01 PM, PDT

The filmmaking team behind Deadpool have been talking about why they want Cable to feature in the forthcoming sequel, and what they are looking for in the actor that will portray him.

With the "Deadpool" sequel now official and the first film hitting home video formats shortly, the film's director Tim Miller has been speaking a bit about where the franchise will go next and the inclusion of fan-favorite Cable. Speaking with IGN, Miller describes what they are looking for in the actor that will portray him and why they are including the character:

"There's a lot about Cable's history that I like because he's so intertwined with the world of the X-Men. Why he was put together with Deadpool – other than that he was in a comic that wasn't selling well and Deadpool was in a comic that wasn't selling well so they put them together – it's the same »

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Will Ferrell Drops Out Of Reagan Comedy

29 April 2016 11:39 AM, PDT

Will Ferrell has backed out of plans to star in a feature comedy that depicts Ronald Reagan's dementia.

The comedian was in talks to play the former president in a political satire that dealt with Reagan's Alzheimer's condition. Mike Rosolio's script, which was on the 2015 Black List, follows an ambitious intern tasked with convincing the Commander-In-Chief that he is an actor playing the President in a movie.

Following reports that Ferrell was involved in the project, Reagan's daughter Patti Davis penned an open letter to Ferrell saying: "Perhaps you have managed to retain some ignorance about Alzheimer's and other versions of dementia. Perhaps if you knew more, you would not find the subject humorous. I watched as fear invaded my father's eyes - this man who was never afraid of anything. I heard his voice tremble as he stood in the living room and said, 'I don't know where I am. »

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Ewan McGregor Joins "Don't Make Me Go"

29 April 2016 11:38 AM, PDT

Ewan McGregor is in final negotiations to star in "The Vow" director Michael Sucsy's road trip drama "Don't Make Me Go" for Bold Films.

The story centers on a single father to a teenage daughter who, upon learning that he has a fatal brain tumor, decides to take her on a road trip to find the mother who abandoned her years before. Along the way he tries to teach her everything she might need over the rest of her life.

Vera Herbert penned the 2012 Black List script while Donald De Line, Michael Litvak and Peter Saraf are producing.

Source: THR »

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New Dates For "Cafe," "Pastoral," "Tulip" & More

29 April 2016 11:37 AM, PDT

A bunch of new release dates have just been set.

First up, Lionsgate have changed plans for Woody Allen's "Cafe Society". Originally set for a wide release on August 12th, it will now open limited on July 15th and expand to wide by July 29th.

Lionsgate have also set an awards-season date of October 21st this year for a limited release of its drama “American Pastoral,” and moved up the release of the in development "My Little Pony" film by a month to October 6th 2017.

Next up, Paramount Pictures has announced a December 9th wide release date for their all-star comedy ensemble "Office Christmas Party". Jennifer Aniston, Olivia Munn, Jason Bateman, T.J. Miller and Kate McKinnon star.

Finally, the Alicia Vikander-led period drama "Tulip Fever" has set a limited July 15 release date in the United States, while Screen Media Films has acquired U.S. rights to writer-director Michel Gondry »

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Alec Baldwin Goes Evil In "Andron" Trailer

29 April 2016 11:36 AM, PDT

With the success of "The Hunger Games" and "The Maze Runner" franchises, there's inevitable low-budget films trying to copy that style - one of which is Italian filmmaker Francesco Cinquemani's UK sci-fi film "Andron - The Black Labyrinth". Today, the trailer for it has dropped.

Alec Baldwin is the President Snow of this particular film, one in which a group of people are plunged into a dark, claustrophobic maze, where they must fight to survive as the outside world watches. Michelle Ryan, Danny Glover, Leo Howard, Gale Harold, Antonia Campbell-Hughes, Gaia Scodellaro and Margareth Made also star in the film which hasn't set a release date as yet.

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George Miller "Lantern" Rumor, "Contact" Talk

29 April 2016 8:59 AM, PDT

Considering the mess of the last "Green Lantern" film in 2011, enthusiasm for the in-development "Green Lantern Corps" film that ties in with the new Dceu mythology is understandably low. But one key bit of hiring could turn around the naysayers.

The latest episode of Heroic Insider has included a comment suggest whom they've heard as a potential directing candidate for the 2020 release: "George Miller is being rumored to direct the Green Lantern Corps movie. I think it would be perfect for him."

As many as three human Green Lanterns are rumored to feature in the new film. Miller already has a hand in the Dceu as a producer on the currently in production "Justice League: Part One".

In related news, screenwriter Mark Lamprell has spoken about an old project of Miller's - a film adaptation of Carl Sagan's "Contact". Filmmaker Robert Zemeckis was the one who directed the well-regarded 1997 film adaptation, »

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"Star Trek Beyond" Pics, TV Series Update

29 April 2016 8:56 AM, PDT

We're still a few weeks out from the new trailer, but Paramount Pictures has now released a bunch of new stills from the Justin Lin-directed "Star Trek Beyond" which shows off new cast uniforms, and the deck of a ship called the USS Franklin which seems to be their makeshift vessel after the Enterprise gets totalled. Check out the gallery below from HiCheck

In related news, TrekCore reports that production CBS All Access' upcoming "Star Trek" TV series is shifting from the franchise's usual filming home of Los Angeles to Toronto.

The shift is understandable - series showrunner Bryan Fuller has made Toronto his home in recent years, producing all of NBC's "Hannibal" there along with Starz's upcoming "American Gods" series. Shooting is slated to kick off this Fall ahead of a January 2017 premiere. »

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Arcade Game "Shinobi" Gets A Film Adaptation

29 April 2016 8:54 AM, PDT

Producer Marc Platt ("Bridge of Spies"), Sega Group and Hakuhodo Dy Group are teaming up for a film adaptation of Sega's iconic video game franchise "Shinobi".

The original side-scrolling action game follows a modern-day ninja named Joe Musashi who goes on a mission to rescue his kidnapped students from a group of terrorists.

Multiple film, television and digital projects are in the works based on Sega intellectual properties, including game franchises such as "Golden Axe," "Virtua Fighter" and "Crazy Taxi".

Platt, Tomoya Suzuki and Adam Siegel will produce.

Source: Variety »

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"The Punisher" Gets His Own Netflix Series

29 April 2016 5:35 AM, PDT

Netflix has officially announced that it is spinning off Jon Bernthal's "Daredevil" character of Frank Castle into his own "The Punisher" TV series.

Even before the former "The Walking Dead" star made his debut in the role on the second season of Marvel's flagship show on the streaming giant, rumors swirled that this possibility was in the works - something dismissed at the time.

"Hannibal" executive producer Steve Lightfoot will serve as showrunner, writer and executive producer. Netflix itself broke the news with a tweet, and said "The Punisher is back. Locked and loaded."

"Marvel's The Punisher" would mark the sixth series in collaboration between Netflix and Marvel, following the already aired "Daredevil" and "Jessica Jones" along with the upcoming "Luke Cage," "Iron Fist" and "The Defenders" mini-series.

Source: Variety »

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