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Best of the Week: Promising News for the DC Extended Universe, 'Alien: Covenant' Prologue and More

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The Important News DC Extended Universe: Matt Reeves will direct The Batman. Chris McKay will direct a Nightwing movie. David F. Sandberg might direct Shazam. David Thewlis is playing the villain Ares in Wonder Woman. Marvel Cinematic Universe: Rob Zombie will appear in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. X-Men: Deadpool 2 and X-Force got hot new writers in Drew Goddard and Joe Carnahan. James Mangold is sure Logan's X-23 will return in more movies. Star Wars: The Han Solo Star Wars Story has begun production. Disney Remakes: Donald Glover and James Earl Jones will star in the live-action The Lion King. Angelina Jolie might do a Maleficent sequel. Alien/Predator: Alfie Allen...

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- Christopher Campbell

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Today in Movie Culture: Wolverine v. Hydraulic Press, the Perfect Oscar-Bait Movie and More

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Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:   Promotional Video of the Day: Logan gets a fun promo ahead of its release next week with this video of a hydraulic press attempting to crush Wolverine's claws:   Fake Movie of the Day: Late Night's Seth Myers sends up Oscar bait movies with a fake trailer for something literally titled Oscar Bait:   Mashup of the Day: Ryan Gosling is replaced by Kermit the Frog in this new version of La La Land mashed with Muppets:   Oscars Guide of the Day: Vox explains the voting process of the Academy Awards and why safer choices win in this essential pre-Oscars video (via /Film):   Oscars Analsyis of the Day: Video essay master...

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- Christopher Campbell

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Watch: Get in the Team Spirit With New 'Power Rangers' and 'Fate of the Furious' Trailers

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It's starting to feel like Spring outside, almost a month early, so today we've got a couple international trailers to get you excited about two of the hottest movies of the next season.    Power Rangers First up we've got a movie out next month about team building. And we mean literal building, as in giant robot formation. Based on the cheesy old TV show Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers, this looks to be a major improvement in terms of production quality. The latest trailer comes from Japan, where much of the content of the original series originated, and it will be interesting to hear how this version does over there. It doesn't seem like it's being sold any different in this spot than it has been in America. Even the jokey tone is...

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- Christopher Campbell

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'Fences' Behind-the-Scenes Clip Is All About Giving 110%

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Directing is hard. Talking about it in such simple terms almost doesn't do justice to the difficulty of the job. The amount of things you need to keep track of and pay attention to is staggering. Every single department on set, from sound to costumes to cinematography, is looking to you for a final answer. Now imagine not only having to spin all of those plates behind the camera, but then step in front of it to act as well. That's why even when actors transition to directing, they often avoid also casting themselves as the lead actor. Denzel Washington, however, decided he was up to that challenge with his directorial debut, Fences. So where did the confidence to pull it off come from? As Washington says in the behind-the-scenes clip below, the reason he knew he could...

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- Peter Hall

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Comics on Film: How the Original Boy Wonder May Swing to the Big Screen in 'Nightwing'

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For a lot of people who are all across the spectrum of comic book fandom — from the barely initiated to the hardcore — Batman's most natural state of existence is as a part of the "Dynamic Duo" consisting of he and Robin, the Boy Wonder. As the original kid sidekick superhero, Robin would play a hugely important part in comics history by providing a more relatable hero for young comics readers to attach to, while also charting a path for future sidekicks like Toro, Bucky, Kid Flash, Aqualad, Wonder Girl, and a plethora of others that have followed in the decades since the Boy Wonder's first appearance in 1940. Still, now there are a generation of Batman fans who know that the Dark Knight has actually had a few different partners that have...

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- Chris Clow

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Movie News: Charlize Theron, Seth Rogen to Star in 'Flarsky'; Watch Charming 'Their Finest' Trailer

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Flarsky: Charlize Theron (The Huntsman: Winter's War, above left) and Seth Rogen (Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, above right) will star in Flarsky. Jonathan Levine will direct; he previously worked with Rogen on 50/50 and The Night Before; writer Dan Sterling previously penned Rogen's The Interview. Rogen will play an out-of-work journalist who decides to pursue his childhood crush (Theron). The biggest obstacle? She is now "powerful and unattainable." [THR]   Five Against a Bullet: Jeffrey Nachmanoff (Traitor, above right with Don Cheadle) will direct the action thriller Five Against a Bullet. Jackie Chan will star as one of five bodyguards hired by a Latin American dictator for protection during a potentially dangerous election. Joe Carnahan (Stretch...

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Rob Zombie to Cameo in 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2'; Who Else Might Join the Fun?

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Musician and filmmaker Rob Zombie (above) is obviously no stranger to the performing arts, but as far as acting is concerned, he's probably best known for voicing roles in movies directed by James Gunn (Slither, Super, Guardians of the Galaxy). That tradition will continue with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, according to Zombie (via ScreenRant).     With @jamesgunn at Disney recording a voice for Guardians of the Galaxy 2! #robzombie #jamesgunn #guardiansofthegalaxy2 #godblesstinytim A post shared by RobZombieofficial (@robzombieofficial) on Feb 22, 2017 at 6:12pm Pst   Gunn later shared the same photo on social media and added his own caption (via Av Club):  "There are two things you can be sure of in my...

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- Peter Martin

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Today in Movie Culture: Pixar's 'Pulp Fiction,' Romantic 'La La Land' Superfans and More

23 February 2017 11:00 PM, PST

Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:   Reimagined Movie of the Day: Samuel L. Jackson voices a character in Pixar's The Incredibles, so he'd gladly return to the studio for an animated Pulp Fiction, right? See more of Pixar artist Josh Cooley's children's book versions of classic movies, including The Terminator, Fight Club and The Big Lebowski at Konbini (via Design Culture).    Movie Comparisons of the Day: Speaking of Pixar, see how their movies are altered for international distribution in Oh My Disney's side-by-side comparisons:   Video Essay of the Day: In the latest episode of Frame by Frame, Kyle shows how much Vincente Minnelli influenced Oscar...

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'Logan' Buzz: Is There a Post-Credits Scene? Plus: What Might Bring Hugh Jackman Back as Wolverine?

23 February 2017 9:30 PM, PST

In just over a week, one of the best superhero movies ever hits theaters. We love Logan, and we can't wait for you all to see it, but for now we have some things to share with you regarding the X-Men spinoff's post-credits stinger and the future of Hugh Jackman and newcomer Dafne Keen in the franchise.   No Post-Credits Scene Despite back and forth rumors about a post-credits scene being attached late to Logan (we critics who've seen it saw nothing at the end), Collider has confirmed that there is no stinger. And that makes some sense, as this is a kind of one-off movie and doesn't need it. The site does claim there is supposed to be something extra attached somewhere, however. "After doing some digging I’ve learned I...

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More Batman News: Nightwing Is Getting His Own Movie

23 February 2017 8:00 PM, PST

The DC Extended Universe is a constantly expanding, unpredictable place. Just earlier today Matt Reeves was confirmed to direct The Batman, a week after it was reported that his director talks had broken down. That's not the only Batman news of the day, though. Warner Bros. have also announced that they're making a Nightwing movie. The currently untitled movie will be directed by The Lego Batman Movie director Chris McKay, but unlike that movie, this one will be both live-action and an official part of the DC EU. We certainly don't know the exact plot at this stage, but it will no doubt be about Dick Grayson, aka the original Robin, and his adventures protecting Gotham City after he splits off from Batman. So far Robin hasn't played a big part of the new round...

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'The Batman' Is Back On With 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' Director Matt Reeves, But Will Affleck Return?

23 February 2017 6:00 PM, PST

Hollywood is full of ups and downs. Movies have tons of different pieces in constant motion, and so often news that's true in the morning may not even be true by lunchtime. There's no better recent example of this than news on who is directing The Batman. So let's recap the timeline. January 30, 2017 - News breaks that Ben Affleck has officially stepped away from directing The Batman. A shortlist for new directors includes Matt Ross (Captain Fantastic) and Matt Reeves (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes). February 10, 2017 - Matt Reeves is reported to be negotating a contract to direct The Batman. February 17, 2017 - Negotations stall with Reeves after some kind of undisclosed breakdown with Warner Bros. February 23, 2017 - Warner Bros. announces Matt Reeves will...

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- Peter Hall

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Watch: Ominous 'Alien: Covenant' Prologue Echoes The Original's Iconic Dining Scene

23 February 2017 3:00 PM, PST

Earlier this week we got the above image from Alien: Covenant that offered our most complete look at the surely doomed spaceship crew. But that was just a still image. Now you can see it in motion thanks to Fox releasing what they're calling a prologue. It's not a trailer, but rather an extended look at the scene from the pic. In it we get to know the lay of the Covenant land a bit. It appears that everyone on board, save for Michael Fassbender's droid character, is part of a couple. Katherine Waterston and James Franco seem to be running this ragtag group of idealistic explorers, who all have great chemistry together as they party after having woken up from hypersleep. But something isn't quite right. There aren't any major spoilers in this scene, but the...

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Movie News: Yvonne Strahovski Joins 'The Predator'; Angelina Jolie Sets Up Multiple Movies

23 February 2017 1:30 PM, PST

The Predator: Yvonne Strahovski (above) is in final negotiations to join the cast of Shane Black's The Predator. If things work out, she'll portray the ex-wife of lead monster hunter Boyd Holbrook, who draws their troubled son (Jacob Tremblay) into the action. Strahovski is best known for TV's Chuck; she'll also be appearing in Hulu's upcoming series The Handmaid's Tale. [Heat Vision]   Angelina Jolie: Having completed the drama First They Killed My Father, her most recent directorial effort, Angelina Jolie (By the Sea, above) is now considering multiple projects. The possibilities include reprising her leading role in a sequel to Disney's Maleficent, starring in a historical romance about Catherine the Great and starring in The Spy Who...

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Superhero Buzz: New Writers Nabbed for 'X-Force' and 'Deadpool 2'

23 February 2017 12:00 PM, PST

Right now, we're waiting to see what will come next for Fox's X-Men movie series, which wrapped up multiple storylines in last year's X-Men: Apocalypse. Meanwhile, Hugh Jackman's X-Men spin-off Logan is already receiving rave reviews -- such as this one by our own Erik Davis -- ahead of its wide release on March 3. Naturally, that makes us eager to hear about Fox's other upcoming movies based on Marvel comic books. Now comes word via Collider that Joe Carnahan (above, left) is writing the screenplay for X-Force. Like many comic book series, numerous iterations of X-Force have been published over the years, though the primary focus remains on a group of military-minded mutants. Carnahan has been in the news lately because of his plans to write and direct a...

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Today in Movie Culture: David Lynch's 'La La Land,' 'Zootopia' Parodies the Oscar Nominees and More

22 February 2017 11:00 PM, PST

Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:   Alternate Universe Movie of the Day: La La Land may be Damien Chazelle's baby, but here's what it might have looked like if David Lynch directed it instead:   Remade Movie of the Day: What if La La Land had an old-school video game? It would look like this 8-Bit Cinema version of the Oscar nominee, also from CineFix:   Movie Parody Poster of the Day: And to make it a trio of La La Land items, here's one of the Oscar nominee parodies made by the makers of Zootopia. See more at /Film.    Oscars Montage of the Day: Speaking of La La Land, it could very well be the next movie to add to Burger Fiction's new...

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Kristen Stewart to Star in an Underwater Disaster Movie

22 February 2017 9:30 PM, PST

Kristen Stewart has been on a roll lately as a prestigous actress of arthouse cinema. She was the first ever American actress to win a Cesar Award (the French Oscars) for her work in Clouds of Sils Maria and has been garnering stellar reviews for performances in such films as Still AliceCertain Women and Personal Shopper. But she hasn't fallen completely out of the mainstream genre fare she's most known for, occasionally showing up in, say, an action thriller like American Ultra (one of her many gigs opposite Jesse Eisenberg), and now she's about to be cast in her biggest movie since 2012, the year she finished up the Twilight saga and starred in Snow White and the Huntsman.  According to The Hollywood Reporter, Stewart...

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In This Oscar Survey, Thousands of Moviegoers Want 'Hidden Figures' To Win Best Picture

22 February 2017 8:00 PM, PST

With a record-tying 14 nominations, many experts are picking La La Land to walk away with the coveted Best Picture award come Oscar night, but if it were up to the moviegoers, that award might just go to Hidden Figures instead. Fandango surveyed over 8,000 moviegoers recently, asking which movies and performers they'd like to see win those elusive gold statues. In what's now proving to be a tighter race than some had thought previously, Hidden Figures came away victorious, beating La La Land by only one percentage point. Does that mean it has a shot to win come Oscar night? We shall see... In the other categories, those surveyed heavily favor Emma Stone (La La Land) for Best Actress, with 44% of the vote -- the highest tally for a single performer -- going to her...

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The Geek Beat: Forget the R Rating, These Superheroes Deserve G-Rated Movies

22 February 2017 5:00 PM, PST

There's a lot of talk right now about R-rated superhero movies, thanks to the massive success of Deadpool and the impending arrival of Logan, Hugh Jackman's final adventure as Wolverine. Of course, it's all well and good that certain superheroes are finally finding the edgy elements of their characters welcomed on the big screen, but what about the flip side of the page-to-screen audience? Although we're still far from a situation in which all this emphasis on R-rated movies leaves superheroes' youngest fans behind – especially given all the great, kid-friendly television programming out there – it's worth considering what the future has in store for movie fans that aren't old enough for PG-13 films, let alone R-rated...

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- Rick Marshall

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'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend' Team Heads to the Big Screen for 'Most Likely To Murder'

22 February 2017 3:00 PM, PST

Stories about someone reluctantly returning to their home town after years away are basically their own genre at this point. More often than not that premise winds up being used strictly for dramas, with a recent (and highly successful) example being Manchester By the Sea, but the whole "stranger in a familiar land" aspect of these stories is also ripe for comedy. And apparently murder. At least some of the creative team behind the CW's award-winning series Crazy Ex-Girlfriend are hoping all those ingredients will go well together in the new movie Most Likely To Murder. Deadline tells us it will star Adam Pally as a guy who returns to his hometown a decade after graduating only to realize he's gone from most popular kid in school to outcast. And in a further...

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Casting Buzz: Kyle Chandler to Star in 'Godzilla: King of the Monsters'

22 February 2017 1:30 PM, PST

Kong: Skull Island will stomp into movie theaters on March 10, so it makes sense that we're hearing more rumblings about Godzilla: King of the Monsters, the next giant monster movie. First came word that young Millie Bobby Brown, who broke out big in the Netflix series Stranger Things, will star. Now Kyle Chandler has joined the cast, per Variety. Chandler, who costarred in Peter Jackson's King Kong back in 2005 (above), will portray Brown's father. The movie is a sequel to the 2014 reboot of Godzilla, directed by Gareth Edwards. Reportedly, Ken Watanabe is the only member of that cast who will reprise his role. Michael Dougherty (Krampus) will direct; it's due in theaters on March 22, 2019. Charlize Theron (above) will star in and produce Need to Know...

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