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

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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'

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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

16 hours ago

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

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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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- Christopher Campbell

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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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Movie News: Harry Dean Stanton Passes Away at 91; Watch Final 'Kingsman: The Golden Circle' Trailer

18 September 2017 2:00 PM, PDT

Harry Dean Stanton: Known for a rich variety of roles in a busy career that stretched back to 1954, Harry Dean Stanton has passed away. He was 91. He first gained wide attention for a supporting role in Cool Hand Luke, becoming a notable presence later for his turns in Alien (above), Escape From New York, Christine, Repo Man, Paris, Texas, Pretty in Pink and this year's Twin Peaks. He stars in Lucky, which opens in theaters on September 29. [Variety]   The Girl in the Spider's Web: Claire Foy (TV's The Crown, above) will star as computer hacker Lisbeth Salander in The Girl in the Spider's Web. The character has previously been played by Noomi Rapace and Rooney Mara. The new movie is based on a novel by David Lagercrantz; Fede Alvarez (Don't Breathe...

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- Peter Martin

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Box Office Report: No Challenges For 'It' As Audiences Expectedly Reject 'mother!'

18 September 2017 12:00 PM, PDT

Here's your estimated 3-day box office returns (new releases bolded): 1. It - $60.0 million ($218.7 million total) 2. American Assassin - $14.8 million ($14.8 million total) 3. mother! - $7.5 million ($7.5 million total) 4. Home Again - $5.3 million ($17.1 million total) 5. The Hitman’s Bodyguard - $3.5 million ($70.3 million total) 6. Annabelle: Creation - $2.6 million ($99.9 million total) 7. Wind River - $2.5 million ($29.1 million total) 8. Leap! - $2.1 million ($18.6 million total) 8. Spider-Man: Homecoming - $1.8 million ($330.2 million total) 10. Dunkirk - $1.3 million ($185.1 million total)   The Big Stories There are virtually no surprises at the box office this weekend. Nothing was going to challenge the latest incarnation of Stephen...

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- Erik Childress

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