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'John Wick: Chapter 2' Comes Home; Plus This Week's New Digital HD and VOD Releases

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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 The Great Wall (action-adventure; Matt Damon, Tian Jing, Pedro Pascal, Willem Dafoe; rated PG-13) Get Out (horror-suspense directed by Jordan Peele; Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Catherine Keener, Bradley Whitford; rated R) Rock Dog (animated; voices: J.K. Simmons, Luke Wilson; rated PG) Logan (sci-fi action-drama; Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Boyd Holbrook, Richard E. Grant, Elise Neal; rated R) The Shack (drama; Sam Worthington, Octavia Spencer; rated PG-13) Buster’s Mal...

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- Robert B. DeSalvo

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Superhero Buzz: 'Wonder Woman' Sequel Plans, Plus: How 'The Little Mermaid' Influenced the Film

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We are less than two weeks out from the next DC superhero movie, one that already has a lot of positive buzz, so here's a roundup of the latest word from the DC Extended Universe:    Wonder Woman sequel? And why no post-credits scene? While we wait to see if Warner Bros. greenlights a Wonder Woman sequel, producer Charles Roven says that as of now, no sequel has been planned. “I think that [director Patty Jenkins] is going to have a lot of options after this movie,” he told JoBlo. “I believe that she’s dedicated to the character. So I’m hopeful that she’ll be back for another one. But there is no other one yet in the works to commit to.”  As far as why there's no post-credits...

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- Christopher Campbell

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Mel Brooks Says 'Spaceballs 2' Is Still Possible

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Once upon a time, Mel Brooks was a mighty force in comic cinema. Beginning with The Producers in 1967, he directed a string of very funny movies, reaching an early crescendo with Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein, both released in 1974. The movies that followed -- Silent Movie, High Anxiety and History of the World: Part 1, may have been a step down in consistency and popularity, even though they were still hilarious. In 1987, he faced his toughest challenge yet, making fun of popular sci-fi movies (mostly the original Star Wars trilogy) in Spaceballs. The intentionally low-budget look and feel of the movie was, of course, part of the joke (watch the clip above), and Brooks was spot-on with much of the humor, which ridiculed the costumes, the portentous dialogue, silly...

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- Peter Martin

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Former James Bond Sir Roger Moore Has Passed Away

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Sir Roger Moore has passed away in Switzerland following a battle with cancer. He was 89 years old. Moore was the third actor to ever play James Bond, taking over from Sean Connery with 1973's Live and Let Die. He'd go on to star in a total of seven Bond films over the course of twelve years, giving him the record as the longest-serving Bond. He also happens to be the first Bond actor to have passed away. Born in 1927, Moore enjoyed quite a prolific life as a television star - most notably in The Saint - before signing on for Bond. After his spy era ended, Moore took a bit of a break from acting. He would go on to pop up in small roles here and there, often in ways that showed off his self-aware sense of humor (like Spice World), but largely spent his later years on...

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- Peter Hall

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Movie News: Disney's Live-Action 'Pinocchio' Seeks James Bond Director; Rihanna, Lupita Nyong'o Looking to Team for Ava DuVernay

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Pinocchio: Academy Award-winning filmmaker Sam Mendes is in early talks to direct a live-action adaptation of Pinocchio for Disney. Chris Weitz (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) wrote the most recent version of the script, which is inspired by the animated classic, first released in 1940 (above), about a puppet who is transformed into a little boy. Mendes directed Spectre and Skyfall, the two most recent James Bond spy adventures. [Deadline]   Untitled Buddy Movie: Rihanna (This Is the End, above left) and Lupita Nyong'o (Non-Stop, above right) are in talks to star in a movie to be directed by Ava DuVernay. Issa Rae, who created HBO's Insecure, is in talks to write the screenplay The idea for the untitled project, which is under development at Netflix, originated...

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- Peter Martin

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Today in Movie Culture: 'Alien: Covenant' Easter Eggs, Tom Hardy as Venom and More

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Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:   Easter Eggs of the Day: Now that Alien: Covenant has opened and dominated the box office, here's Mr. Sunday Movies with all the Easter eggs and other references you might have missed:   Movie Score Performance of the Day: Watch Spider-Man: Homecoming composer Michael Giacchino conduct a new version of a familiar theme song in this video shared on Twitter: Who's ready for your friendly neighborhood you-know-who?@SpiderManMovie @MarvelStudios pic.twitter.com/iSHk4IvVgk — Michael Giacchino (@m_giacchino) May 19, 2017   Casting Rendering of the Day: Speaking of Spider-Man, Tom Hardy has been cast as the new Venom, so BossLogic shows us...

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Zack Snyder Takes a Break From 'Justice League' Following The Death Of His Daughter

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Losing a loved one is never easy. Losing a child is even harder. Now imagine going through such pain while under the crushing scrutiny of making one of the most highly anticipated movies on the planet. That's the situation Justice League director Zack Snyder and his wife, producer Deborah Snyder, now find themselves in. The Snyders revealed their heartbreaking story to The Hollywood Reporter. The husband and wife had understandably not planned to make their very private matter a very public affair, but knew that any news about them stepping away from Justice League would be met with rumors about every aspect of Warner Brothers' DC Comics movies. So instead they decide to bare it all, knowing full well it wouldn't be easy. Their daughter Autumn commited suicide back...

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- Peter Hall

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Watch An Alternate Version of "Days In The Sun" From 'Beauty and the Beast' (Exclusive)

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Disney's live-action remake of their iconic '90s animated Beauty and the Beast was obviously going to be a big deal when it hit theaters earlier this year, but it somehow managed to even exceed already sky high expectations. Audiences and critics alike embraced the movie, which is currently the highest grossing movie of the year. And that's not just in the U.S., either, where it pulled in twice the numbers of other big hits like Logan and The Fate of the Furious. It's also currently the highest grossing movie across the entire planet, slightly edging out Furious. Now you don't just please that many people around the planet by sheer luck. It takes a lot of talent and a lot of willingness to understand your audience. And it's not just big decisions behind...

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- Peter Hall

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The 'Uncharted' Movie Will Be a Young Nathan Drake Story Starring New Spider-Man Tom Holland

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Sony has been trying to make a movie out of the Uncharted video game franchise for quite some time now. An adaptation of the adventures of treasure hunter Nathan Drake has had quite a few high profile attachments over the years. A quick recap: 2011 - David O. Russell (The Fighter) directing a version that would star Mark Wahlberg and Robert De Niro. 2011 - Neil Burger (Limitless) replaces O. Russell. 2012 - Burger drops off. The Wibberleys (National Treasure) are hired to write a new script. 2014 - Seth Gordon (Baywatch) is brought on to direct. Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker) is hired to write the script. 2015 - Seth Gordon drops off. 2016 - Joe Carnahan (The A-Team) is hired to write a script. Shawn Levy (Real Steel) is set to direct. And that brings us to today and the...

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- Peter Hall

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'Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again' Set for Release, 10 Years Later

22 May 2017 3:00 PM, PDT

In the summer of 2008, Mamma Mia! was a sunny, surprising smash on the big screen. It was adapted from an immensely popular musical that debuted in London in 1999 and opened on Broadway in 2001; the musical was inspired by the songs of 1970s Swedish pop sensation Abba. None of that was a guarantee for movie success, of course, especially since it opened opposite The Dark Knight. Some felt that Mamma Mia! would be swamped by the superhero blockbuster. While it's true that Mamma Mia! made far less money at the box office in the U.S. than The Dark Knight, its overseas receipts more than tripled its total. In sum, Mamma Mia! earned more than $600 million worldwide, an amazing return in comparison to the movie's rather modest $52 million budget. The top-billed Meryl...

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- Peter Martin

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Movie News: 'Resident Evil' to Be Rebooted; Arnold Schwarzenegger Again Says He'll Return in Next 'Terminator'

22 May 2017 1:30 PM, PDT

Resident Evil: Earlier this year, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (above) concluded the horror-thriller movie series that began in 2002. Nearly four months have passed, however, and now it's been decided to reboot the franchise. A new six-installment series is in development; no details have been revealed yet, so we don't know if Milla Jovovich will be returning to star. [Variety]   Terminator: Last month, Arnold Schwarzenegger declared that he was "looking forward to doing another Terminator movie" and that the franchise would never be finished, despite reports to the contrary. Visiting the Cannes Film Festival, Schwarzenegger reiterated his commitment to the action series that made him a worldwide star, stating that he had recently discussed...

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- Peter Martin

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Box Office Report: ‘Alien’ Runs Out Of Weekend Steam & Barely Bests ‘Guardians’

22 May 2017 12:00 PM, PDT

Here's your estimated 3-day box office returns (new releases bolded): 1. Alien: Covenant - $36.0 million ($36.0 million total) 2. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 - $35.0 million ($301.7 million total) 3. Everything Everything - $12.0 million ($12.0 million total) 4. Snatched - $7.6 million ($32.7 million total) 5. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul - $7.2 million ($7.2 million total) 6. King Arthur: Legend of the Sword - $6.8 million ($27.2 million total) 7. The Fate of the Furious - $3.1 million ($219.8 million total) 8. The Boss Baby - $2.8 million ($166.1 million total) 9. Beauty and the Beast - $2.4 million ($497.7 million total) 10. How to be a Latin Lover - $2.2 million ($29.4 million total)     The Big Stories Another week, another...

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- Erik Childress

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