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The Week in Movie News: Here's What You Need to Know

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Need a quick recap on the past week in movie news? Here are the highlights: Big News Ron Howard Takes Over the Han Solo Star Wars Spin-Off: Early in the week, we got the shocking news that Phil Lord and Chris Miller were stepping down from directing the Han Solo Star Wars spin-off prequel due to creative differences. After a couple days of uncertainty, Ron Howard was announced as their replacement to finish the film. Read more here and here.   More Unexpected News Daniel Day-Lewis is Retiring: One of our greatest actors has decided to stop now while he's ahead. The three-time Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis will hang up his hat following the release of Paul Thomas Anderson's Phantom Thread this Christmas. Read more...

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Today in Movie Culture: All the Product Placement in Michael Bay Movies, a Spider-Man Airline and More

23 June 2017 8:00 PM, PDT

Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:   Filmmaker in Focus: ScreenCrush went through the entire filmography of Michael Bay and highlighted all the product placement:   Cosplay of the Day: Jetstar Airways introduced a special Spider-Man-themed plane in Japan in anticipation of Spider-Man: Homecoming and promoted it with a bunch of Spidey (and one Tony Stark) cosplayers. See more photos at Fashionably Geek. #????????? ???????????????? ???????????????www pic.twitter.com/fP1SGKjowz — ???@245 (@bar_rest245) June 21, 2017     Diy Prop Replica of the Day: If you ever want to cosplay as Boba Fett from the Star Wars movies, here's a tutorial on making your own...

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New Movie Posters: 'Pitch Perfect 3,' 'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,' and More

23 June 2017 6:50 PM, PDT

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Comics on Film: Five Marvel Heroes Spider-Man Should Team Up With Post-‘Homecoming’

23 June 2017 6:00 PM, PDT

We’re now just a couple of weeks away from the highly anticipated premiere of Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios’ aptly named Spider-Man: Homecoming, the first spotlight outing for the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s version of arguably Marvel Comics’ most iconic and popular character: Spider-Man. Actor Tom Holland’s debut as the Webhead in last year’s Captain America: Civil War nearly stole the show, so the hype train has most definitely left the station since we get an all-new Spidey film, in addition to a team-up with the McU’s patriarch, Robert Downey, Jr.’s Iron Man. While it’ll likely be a great dynamic to take in for this first McU Spidey outing, recent news from THR seems to indicate that Iron Man will not be appearing in...

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The Last Horror Blog: 'The Dark Tower' Is a Sequel, Plus: What's New in Theaters and at Home

23 June 2017 4:00 PM, PDT

Want to get all caught up on the latest in the world of horror? We got you covered.   Horror News Stephen King’s The Dark Tower movie is a sequel! – Ever since the first trailer debuted for the upcoming adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower, fans have been speculating about how the film story ties into the books. Many worried that the trailer portrayed a tale radically different from the novels, and were bracing for disappointment. Not so fast. While the film will be different from the books, it’s because (as some astute fans figured out…) it’s a sequel to the novels. Here’s what director Nik Arcel had to say in a recent interview: “It is, in fact, a continuation. It is a canon continuation. That’s exactly...

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Movie News: Neve Campbell Joins Dwayne Johnson's 'Skyscraper'; Watch Jake Gyllenhaal in First 'Stronger' Trailer

23 June 2017 2:00 PM, PDT

Skyscraper: Neve Campbell (Scream 4, above) will star opposite Dwayne Johnson in Skyscraper. The action-thriller will be directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber (Central Intelligence), who also wrote the screenplay. Johnson will play a security expert who is framed for setting a fire when it breaks out in the world's tallest skyscraper; he must clear his name and save his family before the flames claim their lives. The movie is scheduled to open on July 13, 2018. [Deadline]    Second Act: Jennifer Lopez (The Boy Next Door, above) will star in and produce the romantic comedy Second Act. The movie will revolve around an employee at a large retail store who reinvents herself as she seeks to prove that "street smarts are as valuable as a college degree.&quot...

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Superhero Buzz: New 'Black Panther' Villain, 'Aquaman' Character Mystery

23 June 2017 12:30 PM, PDT

Nowadays, advance trailers for superhero movies are so packed with action and adventure that some elements can easily pass by without notice. That appears to have happened with the first trailer for Black Panther, which impressed everybody when it was released earlier this month. Now that we've all had a little time to absorb the colorful, packed trailer, actress Nabiyah Be has proudly announced on Twitter that she's in the trailer as Tilda Johnson. Never kept something for myself for so long! Check out Tilda Johnson's first appearance in @Marvel @theblackpanther #blackpanther #Wakanda pic.twitter.com/9vFjx0dfEq — Nabiyah Be (@nabiyahbe) June 10, 2017 As pointed out by BirthMoviesDeath, Tilda Johnson is also known as Deadly Nightshade in the Marvel...

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- Peter Martin

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Today in Movie Culture: Darth Vader vs. Tony Montana, the Definitive 'Alien' Xenomorph Life Cycle and More

22 June 2017 11:00 PM, PDT

Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:   Mashup of the Day: In the latest Phone Fights video, Darth Vader from Star Wars and Tony Montana from Scarface have a heated conversation:    Movie Science of the Day: Kyle Hill attempts to scientifically explain the definitive xenomorph life cycle as depicted in the Alien movies:   Fake Movie Poster of the Day: Who else watched the first act of Wonder Woman and imagined a sequel to The Princess Bride?  "Farm boy, polish my armor. I want to see my face shining in it by morning." pic.twitter.com/BvvLCvh4Zv — Tarah M. Wheeler (@tarah) June 20, 2017   Soundtrack Cover of the...

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'Jurassic World' Sequel Gets a Title and New Poster: Here's What We Know So Far

22 June 2017 8:00 PM, PDT

One year from today, a new installment of the Jurassic Park and Jurassic World franchise hits theaters, and in honor of the reverse-anniversary occasion, Universal has announced the sequel's full title: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. The studio also released a new poster with the title featured over a dark background consisting of what appears to be embers and ash from a fire.  With this latest update, let's take a look at what else we know so far: Who is returning from Jurassic World? Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard will once again be the leads (Owen Grady and Claire Dearing) of the direct Jurassic World follow-up, while the previous installment's director, Colin Trevorrow, wrote the script for Fallen...

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Michael Bay on How ‘Bad Boys,’ ‘The Rock’ and ‘Armageddon’ Helped Shape Him as a Filmmaker

22 June 2017 6:00 PM, PDT

Note: This is the third part in a three-part interview series with Michael Bay. Check out the first two parts below: Part One: The Future Michael Bay on 'Bad Boys 3' and what comes after Transformers: The Last Knight Part Two: The Present Michael Bay on "Bayhem," an R-rated 'Transformers' Movie and Time-Traveling in 'The Last Knight'    Continue on for part three... “We were like punk kids doing that in Miami,” Michael Bay said when he began to reminisce about his feature directorial debut, 1995’s Bad Boys. Bay was a seasoned music video director by the time he helmed Bad Boys, but as he went on to reveal to Fandango in our exclusive conversation in support of Transformers: The Last Knight, it was those...

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Movie News: The Avengers Go to Lunch (See Photo); Lord and Miller's Animated 'Spider-Man' Adds Oscar Winner

22 June 2017 4:00 PM, PDT

Avengers: Infinity War: Robert Downey Jr. (above in Avengers: Age of Ultron) shared a photo (below) featuring his fellow stars from the currently in-production Avengers: Infinity War as they shared a little time away from the set. Above, left to right: Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Strange), Downey (Iron Man), Mark Ruffalo (The Hulk) and Benedict Wong (Wong). The movie is scheduled for release May 4, 2018. [Twitter]  Forks, tongs, cans + bottles + a Wong... Help us #healthenet #afeastoffriends #AvengersInfinityWar #beardbros #sciencebros #benedictsquared pic.twitter.com/kjvCmC5Mk8 — Robert Downey Jr (@RobertDowneyJr) June 21, 2017   Animated Spider-Man: Mahershala Ali, who recently won an Academy Award for Moonlight (above), and Brian Tyree Henry...

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Ron Howard Will Direct the Han Solo 'Star Wars' Movie

22 June 2017 3:00 PM, PDT

  Earlier this week it was announced that directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (The Lego Movie) have left the Han Solo Star Wars movie due out next May, and now we have leaned of their official replacement via StarWars.com: Ron Howard. Need to catch up on what all went down with Star Wars? Keep reading.   So what happened? "It’s become clear that we had different creative visions on this film, and we’ve decided to part ways," says Kathleen Kennedy, Lucasfilm president, when she announced that Lord and Miller will no longer be directing the film.  For their part, Lord and Miller said: “Unfortunately, our vision and process weren’t aligned with our partners on this project. We normally aren’t fans of the phrase...

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'Saw 8' Gets a Brand New Title That Fans Will Love

22 June 2017 2:00 PM, PDT

In a move that's clever and yet also a bit risky, the forthcoming eighth installment of the Saw horror-movie series has received an official title -- and it's not what we expected. First referred to as Saw: Legacy, the movie will now be known as Jigsaw.  Fans of the long running franchise know that Jigsaw is the name given to John Kramer (Tobin Bell), who devised fiendish traps in a deranged attempt to force individuals to rehabilitate themselves instantly and thus make the world a better place. The traps nearly all inflicted horrible torture upon the victims. The series proved to be quite popular, earning more than $873 million at the box office worldwide. Saw 3D: The Final Chapter (above) was released in 2010 and was, obviously, intended to conclude the...

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Superhero Buzz: Future 'Spider-Man' Villains Named, Plus: Could Phil Lord and Chris Miller Direct 'The Flash'?

22 June 2017 12:00 PM, PDT

With Spider-Man: Homecoming arriving in theaters next month, there's a lot of discussion about the future of that rebooted franchise, while Star Wars' loss of directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller could be DC's gain. The latest in superhero movie news:   Lord and Miller's DC Meeting Following the surprising news that Phil Lord and Chris Miller were exiting the Han Solo Star Wars spin-off in the middle of production, The Wrap reported that the duo met with DC Entertainment about directing The Flash. They worked on the project two years ago as early treatment writers but weren't attached to helm the movie, which is due in 2020. Currently it's expected that Robert Zemeckis will sign on to direct Ezra Miller as the...

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Today in Movie Culture: Spider-Man's Driver's Test, What Makes a 'Transformers' Movie and More

21 June 2017 11:00 PM, PDT

Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:   Franchise Recap of the Day: With Transformers: The Last Knight in theaters, Couch Tomato shows us 24 reasons all Transformers movies are the same:   Commercial of the Day: Watch Peter Parker (Tom Holland) take his driver's test in a new Audi ad cross-promoting Spider-Man: Homecoming:   Diy Prop Build of the Day: Speaking of Marvel characters, learn how to make your own replica of Thor's hammer mashed with the look of the xenomorphs from Alien:   Vintage Image of the Day: Chris Pratt, who turns 38 today, in his pre-Marvel days in a 2006 episode of The O.C. that just so happens to be titled "The...

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Damon Lindelof Might Get HBO's 'Watchmen' TV Series Off the Ground

21 June 2017 6:00 PM, PDT

Superhero reboots happen all the time. We're about to get yet another start on the Spider-Man franchise next month, in fact. But most of the time those are just general comic book character restarts, not remakes of specific works. Watchmen, on the other hand, is a singular entity that had a faithful film adaptation in 2009. Now it's time for a new version, this one for cable television. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' 1980s limited series (known best in its collected graphic novel form) might be headed to the screen once again with a new voice. Damon Lindelof, whose HBO series The Leftovers just concluded this month, is talking to the same network about the idea, which they've been developing for the last...

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Netflix Introduces Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Programming for Kids

21 June 2017 4:00 PM, PDT

Have you ever thought a movie or TV series went down the wrong path, storywise? Well, now you can choose the direction of your entertainment with a new kind of programming from Netflix. Currently streaming on the service is a Shrek/Puss in Boots spin-off from DreamWorks titled Puss in Book: Trapped in an Epic Tale that gives you options as to which way its plot will continue. That's right, just like those old Choose Your Own Adventure books. The framing of the animated short is actually like one of those books, which Puss has magically fallen inside. Every couple of minutes an omniscient narrator gives Puss a new set of possibilities. For instance, he can fight a god or a tree. The choices are also for the viewer to pick from, using a smart TV, game...

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Movie News: 'Wonder Woman' Sequel Now Being Written; Jack Black and Eli Roth to Team for Gothic Horror

21 June 2017 2:00 PM, PDT

Wonder Woman: Director Patty Jenkins (above with Gal Gadot) and producer Geoff Johns are currently working on a treatment for a Wonder Woman sequel. Generally considered a detailed outline, a treatment comes before a script is written. Jenkins has not yet been confirmed as director for the project, but at least we know she's had a hand in the creative development. Johns says: "The goal is to make another great Wonder Woman film. I had a blast making it with Patty the first time. We’ve got a cool idea for the second one." [Variety]    The House with a Clock in Its Walls: Jack Black (Goosebumps, above) and director Eli Roth will team on The House with a Clock in Its Walls. It's based on a gothic horror book, written by John Bellairs and...

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Phil Lord and Chris Miller Step Down from Directing the Han Solo 'Star Wars' Movie

21 June 2017 12:00 PM, PDT

  A huge new opportunity in the Star Wars cinematic universe has just opened up for an enterprising director (or two). Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (above), who have been attached to direct the untitled Han Solo movie since July 2015, have departed the project, according to StarWars.com.   What happened? "It’s become clear that we had different creative visions on this film, and we’ve decided to part ways," says Kathleen Kennedy, Lucasfilm president. For their part, Lord and Miller say: “Unfortunately, our vision and process weren’t aligned with our partners on this project. We normally aren’t fans of the phrase ‘creative differences’ but for once this cliché is true. We are really proud of the amazing...

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- Peter Martin

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'Kong: Skull Island' Comes Home; Plus This Week's New Digital HD and VOD Releases

21 June 2017

Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and/or own this week via various Digital HD providers such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, Google Play and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical Life (sci-fi thriller; Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson, Ryan Reynolds; bonus featurette available; rated R) Wilson (comedy; Woody Harrelson, Laura Dern; rated R) This Beautiful Fantastic (comedy-drama; Tom Wilkinson, Anna Chancellor; rated PG) Everybody Loves Somebody (romantic comedy; Karla Souza, Jose Maria Yazpik; rated PG-13)   Digital HD: Rent from $4-$7 or own from $13-$20 (HD may cost more than Sd). Check with your favorite Digital HD provider to see if the same...

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