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Comics on Film: Taking Another Crack at the X-Men's Phoenix

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As the longest-running single superhero movie series in the modern era of the genre that's gone without a full-on reboot, the X-Men film series is one of the strangest narrative beasts in current movie theaters. From 2000-2012, every X-Men movie released in that period of time shared a single continuity that, at times, didn't seem like it concerned itself with much. Next November, the series is set to make a return in the form of X-Men: Dark Phoenix, a film that acts as a direct sequel to the events of last year's X-Men: Apocalypse. The title likely holds a special meaning for comic book fans, signifying that the film will be taking a crack at the timeless and beloved story, "The Dark Phoenix Saga," written by Chris Claremont...

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New Movie Posters: 'Tomb Raider,' 'Thor: Ragnarok,' 'Jigsaw' and More

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Trailer Buzz: Wes Anderson's 'Isle of Dogs,' James Corden is 'Peter Rabbit' and an 'Earth' Sequel

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Here's a trailer roundup focused on upcoming movies about animals:   Isle of Dogs Wes Anderson's next stop-motion animated feature, Isle of Dogs, follows a pack of canine characters as they're banished to an island of trash. Bryan Cranston voices their leader, Chief, while Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Jeff Goldblum and Bob Balaban play the rest of the main group, who help a young Japanese boy (Koyu Rankin) search for his missing pup. The dystopian sci-fi movie features an even bigger star-studded voice cast, including Tilda Swinton, Scarlett Johansson, Frances McDormand and Greta Gerwig, and now has a very funny, very Wes Anderson-y trailer with its showcase of obscure '60s psychedelic group The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band on the...

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- Christopher Campbell

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Movie News: More 'Unbreakable' Stars Return for 'Glass'; Tom Hanks Stars in Remake of Oscar Nominee

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Glass: Spencer Treat Clark, the former child actor who played Bruce Willis's son in Unbreakable, will reprise his role in M. Night Shyamalan's sequel, Glass. Fortunately, the now nearly 30-year-old actor has kept in the business, most recently appearing as a regular on the series Animal Kingdom. Charlayne Woodard will also be reprising her Unbreakable part as the mother of Elijah "Glass" Price (Samuel L. Jackson). [THR] A Man Called Ove: Another of last year's foreign-language Oscar nominees is being remade. Joining the Jack Nicholson-led Toni Erdmann now is a Tom Hanks-led version of A Man Called Ove, about a grumpy old man and the friendship he forms with some new neighbors. Hanks will also produce the remake of...

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- Christopher Campbell

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Sequel Buzz: Zack Snyder Moves On From 'Justice League,' Sylvester Stallone Shares 'Escape Plan 3' Update

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Will Zack Snyder direct Justice League 2? Zack Snyder is back from his work hiatus with a new short film, but he says he's not returning to Justice League following his personal departure earlier this year. "I’m at a place where I feel excited about it and I’m happy for my guys and I love these people that are working on it, and they’re my family and I think they’re doing an amazing job," he told Wired, "but I’ve kind of just let them do their thing." It's unclear if he'll be involved with the Dceu going forward, however. Many are speculating that he'll remain as a relatively hands off executive producer but won't direct Justice League 2 or Man of Steel 2 or any other future...

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- Christopher Campbell

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Fantastic Fest 2017 Preview: 'The Square,' 'Five Fingers For Marseilles,' 'Anna and the Apocalypse' and More

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Known as a launch pad for fright flicks, sci-fi adventures, thrillers, intense dramas and all types of weird comedies from the U.S. and abroad, Fantastic Fest kicks off tonight in Austin, Texas. Here's a preview of what's on tap.   The Wild, the West, the Women, the Rap Battle Let's start with several international stunners that we have seen and can recommend highly.   The Square Visually striking and profoundly unsettling, The Square is an act of provocation masquerading as an art house drama. Christian is a museum curator in Sweden who is preoccupied with preparing a new exhibition of modern art. One morning he loses his watch, wallet and cufflinks, which leads him on a wild pursuit to retrieve his possessions. Instead, events soon spiral out of...

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'Star Wars' Buzz: See Ron Howard's Han Solo Images

21 September 2017 2:00 PM, PDT

Back in June, we heard that there had been a changing of the guard in the world of new Star Wars movies. Directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller left the Han Solo spin-off movie and were replaced by Ron Howard. Actor turned filmmaker Howard directed his first movie, Grand Theft Auto, 40 years ago and he's helmed more than three dozen titles since then. Even though he's a member of an older generation than Lord and Miller, Howard has been quite adept at using social media to keep his fans apprised of his current productions for some time now. After he started his latest job, Howard shared a photo of young Chewbacca, teased the Galactic Empire and shared on-set photos of actors Donald Glover and Paul Bettany. Frankly, however, that's only the tip of the...

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- Peter Martin

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Movie News: Gal Gadot Touted for Bradley Cooper's 'Deeper'; New 'New Mutants' Premise Details Revealed

21 September 2017 12:00 PM, PDT

Deeper: Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman, above) is in early talks to join Deeper. Bradley Cooper is already set to star as a disgraced former astronaut who ends up in a fight with mysterious forces in a very deep, newly-discovered oceanic trench. Max Landis (American Ultra) wrote the original script and Kornel Mundruczo (White God) will direct. [Deadline]   New Mutants: In a new interview, 20th Century Fox chairman and CEO Stacey Snider (above) compares X-Men spin-off movie New Mutants to both The Breakfast Club and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest: "It’s like watching mutants go through adolescence and they have no impulse control, so they’re dangerous. The only solution is to put them in a Breakfast Club detention / Cuckoo’s Nest institutional...

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- Peter Martin

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Today in Movie Culture: Watch Alicia Vikander Become Lara Croft, 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' vs. 'It' and More

20 September 2017 11:00 PM, PDT

Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:   Behind the Scenes Video of the Day: You've seen the new trailer for Lara Croft, now see how Alicia Vikander became the iconic video game character:   Fake Behind the Scenes Movie of the Day: The Lego Ninjago Movie also has a new behind the scenes feature, as if it was all really filmed rather than computer-animated:   Remade Scene of the Day: Speaking of Lego, here's one of the most memorable scenes from It is recreated in Lego care of Huxley Berg Studios:   Mashup of the Day: Speaking of It, when you're with friends you can defeat Pennywise the clown, just as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles do in this...

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- Christopher Campbell

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'Thor: Ragnarok' Director Eyed for Live-Action 'Akira'

20 September 2017 2:00 PM, PDT

Earlier this year, Jordan Peele (Get Out) was under consideration to direct Warner Bros.' Akira, the long-brewing live-action adaptation of the Japanese manga series about a biker gang and psychic powers. The series was adapted into an animated movie in 1988 (above). Instead, Peele signed a two-year deal with Universal, leaving the helming opportunity open. Now Taika Waititi is in negotiations to direct the project, according to Deadline. Waititi directed Thor: Ragnarok and we've heard glowing reports about the upcoming superhero adventure. In the past, directors like Justin Lin, the Hughes Brothers and Jaume Collet-Serra have been under consideration, while actors such as Dane DeHaan, Michael Pitt, Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Stewart, Ken Watanabe and Helena...

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- Peter Martin

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Linda Hamilton to Return to 'The Terminator' Franchise

20 September 2017 1:00 PM, PDT

Movies have the wonderful ability to bring favorite characters back to life. Even many years later, it was nothing but pure joy when we saw Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew) board the Millennium Falcon in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, later joined on screen by Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher) and -- spoiler! -- Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill). Just last week we heard that Jamie Lee Curtis will be reprising her iconic role as Laurie Strode in a new version of Halloween. Now another actress who first made her mark decades ago is joining the parade of beloved characters flocking back to the big screen. Linda Hamilton will reprise her role as Sarah Connor in The Terminator franchise, according to The Hollywood Reporter. James Cameron will help to produce the next...

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- Peter Martin

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Movie News: Matt Damon to Star in 'Charlatan'; 'The Croods 2' Nabs New Release Date

20 September 2017 12:00 PM, PDT

Charlatan: Matt Damon (Suburbicon, above) will star as a doctor turned con man in Charlatan. It's based on a book by Pope Brock, first published in 2008, that told the true story of a medical doctor in Kansas who fooled his patients into believing he had found a cure for impotence. Brian Koppelman and David Levien (Ocean’s Thirteen) will write the screenplay. [Variety]   The Croods 2: A sequel to The Croods (above) has now set a theatrical release date. The Croods 2 will once again feature a prehistoric family as they grapple with a new challenge: another family. Returning members of the voice cast include Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Catherine Keener, Cloris Leachman and Clark Duke. Leslie Mann will lend her vocal talents as well. Look for the...

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- Peter Martin

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Watch Alicia Vikander in First 'Tomb Raider' Trailer

20 September 2017 3:01 AM, PDT

In a screen career that began in 2002, Academy Award winner Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl) has already appeared in a wide variety of roles, including supporting performances in the action movies The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and Jason Bourne. Her role in the upcoming Tomb Raider, however, will likely see her reach a much higher level of worldwide stardom. Based on the popular video game series, the first trailer for the big-screen adaptation has now been released. In it, she shows her action chops as a young bike courier who finally decides to investigate the disapperance of her father some years before. Watch the first trailer below.   Directed by: Roar Uthaug. The Norwegian director received critical acclaim for The Wave, a modern-day disaster thriller. He's...

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- Peter Martin

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Today in Movie Culture: The Many Deaths of Marty McFly, 'The Princess Bride' Trivia and More

19 September 2017 11:00 PM, PDT

Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:   Fan Theory of the Day: Remember all the times Marty McFly dies in the Back to the Future movies? Cracked presents a theory that it's all there in the background:   Fan-Made Poster of the Day: Vin Diesel shared this fan-made poster for Avengers: Infinity War, which is from a series of downer fan art that you can see at Geek Tyrant.   Have a Groot weekend... A post shared by Vin Diesel (@vindiesel) on Sep 15, 2017 at 11:04pm Pdt     Movie Takedown of the Day: Wonder Woman is good and important but not without flaws, which Honest Trailers makes sure to lasso up for our enjoyment:   Movie Trivia...

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- Christopher Campbell

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'Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales' Sails Home; Plus This Week's New Digital HD and VOD Releases

19 September 2017 4:00 PM, PDT

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 Wonder Woman (superhero action-adventure; Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Connie Nielsen, Robin Wright; rated PG-13) The Big Sick (romantic comedy; Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan; rated R) The Hero (comedy-drama; Sam Elliott, Laura Prepon; rated R) Past Life (action-drama; Nelly Tagar, Joy Rieger; not rated) The Women’s Balcony (comedy-drama; Orna Banai, Itzik Cohen; not rated) Killing Gunther (action-comedy; Arnold Schwarzenegger, Cobie Smulder; pretheatrical title available 9/22; rated...

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- Robert B. DeSalvo

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Movie News: See Josh Brolin in New 'Deadpool 2' Photo; The Scene in 'It' That Scared Stephen King

19 September 2017 2:00 PM, PDT

Deadpool 2: Josh Brolin (above in Hail! Caesar) shared a very intense photo in black and white from Deadpool 2 (below). His character, Cable, is evidently having a bad day; one commenter suggested that Cable might be suffering from techno-organic virus, which refers to an affliction suffered by Cable in Marvel comic books. Deadpool 2 is heading for release on June 1, 2018. [Instagram via THR]   Cable Porn #????L2 #cableinsanity #cableswole #cablepowered #cableporn A post shared by Josh Brolin (@joshbrolin) on Sep 18, 2017 at 8:07am Pdt   It: Producer Barbara Muschietti says that Stephen King, the author of It, told director Andy Muschietti: "I f---ing love the woman in the painting, it scared the s--- out of me." The...

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- Peter Martin

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'Kingsman: The Golden Circle' Buzz: Is the Sequel Better Than the Original?

19 September 2017 12:00 PM, PDT

Reviews for Kingsman: The Golden Circle have arrived, and the sequel seems almost equal in its praise to the original. Released in 2015, Kingsman: The Secret Service has a Rotten Tomatoes score of 74%. So far, with 29 reviews accounted for,The Golden Circle is slightly under that with a positive score of 62%. And yet the consensus of the new movie, which introduces a ton of new characters including Julianne Moore's villain and Jeff Bridges and Channing Tatum and others as American counterparts to the Kingsmen, doesn't sound so positive. What exactly are the critics saying? Here's a breakdown: How does The Golden Circle compare to The Secret Service? "Just as stylish -- and as grotesque -- as its predecessor.&quot...

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Today in Movie Culture: 'Star Wars' vs. 'Independence Day,' Retro 'Thor: Ragnarok' Trailer and More

18 September 2017 11:00 PM, PDT

Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:   Mashup of the Day: Who wouldn't like to see Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum in a Star Wars movie? This perfect mashup with Independence Day from PistolShrimps makes it happen:   Trailer Remake of the Day: Speaking of Jeff Goldblum, Nerdist shows us what Thor: Ragnarok (aka Thor III: Ragnarok The Motion Picture) might have looked like as released on VHS in 1987:   Dream Casting Rendering of the Day: Jackie Earle Haley would make a great Joker, and here's BossLogic to show us what that could look like: Forgot to post it on its own - @jackieearle Joker Thank you @ClayEnos for the epic photo...

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- Christopher Campbell

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Is 'mother!' a Masterpiece or a Mess? Fans and Critics Sound Off

18 September 2017 7:30 PM, PDT

Moviegoers might not be in agreement about Darren Aronofsky's mother!, but polarization is a popular topic for conversation. The new thriller, which stars Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem as a couple dealing with unwanted houseguests in their remote country home, received an F grade from opening night audiences polled by CinemaScore, but not everyone considers it to be a failure. In fact, while the the 14 releases with an F grade via CinemaScore have an unfortunate average Rotten Tomatoes score of 36%, mother! is on the positive end of the spectrum for the bunch with a 69% fresh rating from nearly 200 reviews. That's still a considerable spilt for critics, while ticket buyers have also been mixed on their reactions.  To see just how divisive this...

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- Christopher Campbell

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'It' Buzz: Pennywise Actor Describes Deleted Scene

18 September 2017 4:00 PM, PDT

Bill Skarsgard stars as the terrifying villain known as Pennywise the Clown in It. Recently he talked to Variety about a scene that was cut from the smash hit movie. Skarsgard says: “There was a scene we shot that was a flashback from the 1600s, before Pennywise [was Pennywise]. The scene turned out really, really disturbing. And I’m not the clown. I look more like myself. It’s very disturbing, and sort of a backstory for what It is, or where Pennywise came from. That might be something worth exploring in the second one. The idea is the ‘It’ entity was dormant for thousands and thousands of years. The [flashback] scene hints on that." The actor hinted that the scene might appear in the sequel. We heard previously that some scenes were cut from...

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- Peter Martin

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