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Just as the credits were ready to roll on The Maze Runner, Dylan O’Brien’s teenage protagonist Thomas has believed that he and his fellow Gladers had lucked out and brought an end to their literal trials and tribulations. But as the first clip for Maze Runner: Scorch Trials attests, the struggle is really only beginning.
Starring Game of Thrones‘ Aidan Gillen – channeling his devious Littlefinger from HBO’s series – as Assistant Director Janson, the footage sees O’Brien’s protagonist taken into custody as the enigmatic Wckd organization rolls out the second phase of their testing. Mind you, despite Janson’s amicable front, as the full-length trailers have shown, it isn’t long before our group of survivors opt to escape from the confinements of the facility and take their chances with the arid, equatorial wasteland.
Director Wes Ball returns to helm the sequel, which will be lifted »
- Michael Briers
The popstar's latest Instagram post - in which she's seen leaving Abbey Road Studios in London after a recording session - has got fans talking.
That's a wrap!
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Best and worst Bond themes ranked: Which are classics and which need their 00 status revoked?
Goulding is already working on a new album, and sparked speculation earlier this month that she could be the voice of the next Bond theme with a tweet referencing the 1973 movie Live and Let Die.
— Ellie Goulding (@elliegoulding) July 9, 2015
Meanwhile, Sam Smith, another rumoured contender, also »
8 coolest things you didn't spot in the Spectre trailer
22 best and worst Bond theme songs ranked
Why it could be them: No stranger to movie soundtracks, Goulding has lent tunes to everything from About Time to The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Fifty Shades of Grey. Her ethereal voice would certainly add an interesting flavour to Spectre, and Sam Smith certainly seems to think she has it in the bag.
Most Bondian track: 'My Blood'
Why it could be them: The 007 producers successfully brought back director Sam Mendes »
Though The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 is the Ya adaptation on everyone’s lips this year, 20th Century Fox is also preparing to release Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, the sequel to its 2014 hit The Maze Runner, which will serve as a test of the budding franchise’s box office legs.
Picking up directly after the conclusion of the first entry, Scorch Trials finds Thomas (Dylan O’Brien), joined by the rest of the Gladers he led through a deadly maze to apparent safety at great personal cost to them all, struggling to keep himself and his friends alive. As the trailer reveals, their apparent saviors on the other side of the Maze make Thomas uneasy, and he ends up deciding that the best way to protect the people he cares about is to lead them away from a possibly nefarious organization and into the harsh and desolate landscape known as The Scorch. »
- Isaac Feldberg
The sequel stars Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Ki Hong Lee, Patricia Clarkson and Thomas Brodie-Sangster in a post-apocalyptic battle between the Gladers, young resistance fighters, and Wckd, an organization whose motives with the Gladers are shrouded in mystery. In Scorch Trials, the Gladers have escaped the maze from the original film but soon discover that their struggles to outwit and take down Wckd have just begun.
Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials is directed by Wes Bell, who also directed the original film, and arrives in theaters on September 18. I »
“Hasbro is a partner with incredible global reach, one of the most compelling brand portfolios in the world, and a signature brand in Monopoly that has multigenerational appeal,” said Lionsgate Motion Picture Group co-president Erik Feig.
“Andrew Niccol is the ultimate world creator responsible for such disparate and imaginative films as ‘The Truman Show,’ ‘Gattaca’ and ‘The Terminal,'” Feig added. “He is an inspired choice to develop this timeless property into a big, crowd-pleasing event film that will appeal to kids, families and anyone who has ever played the Monopoly game.”
The companies noted that »
- Dave McNary
Each week Variety publishes ListenFirst Digital Audience Ratings (Dar) – Film, a measurement of fan engagement across all the major digital platforms as it relates to film (see the TV version here). Provided by ListenFirst Media, Dar – Film measures what entertainment content is resonating most across Facebook, Google+, Instagram, Tumblr, Twitter, YouTube and Wikipedia combined. For more on the methodology behind Dar, scroll to the bottom of the article.
Digital Audience Ratings (Dar) – Film Weekly Top 5 Wednesday Jun 10, 2015 – Tuesday Jun 16, 2015 Rank Last Week Film Rating(000) 1 1 Jurassic World 12,748 2 4 The Martian 5,626 3 5 Inside Out 4,976 4 – The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 3,497 5 – Minions 2,359 –
Key First time on the chart Pinnacle Rank –
“Jurassic World” blew expectations out of the park, topping the Dar-Film leaderboard and box office with a record-breaking opening of $208 million. While millions of fans »
- Jason Klein
Starring James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe, Victor Frankenstein was originally scheduled to hit theaters in candy corn season, but the big screen adaptation of Mary Shelley's 1818 novel will now come out when pumpkin pie and turkey are on the menu.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, 20th Century Fox has moved the theatrical release of Victor Frankenstein from Friday, October 2nd to Wednesday, November 25th—the day before Thanksgiving.
20th Century Fox swapped Victor Frankenstein with Ridley Scott's The Martian on the calendar, placing the Matt Damon-starring sci-fi film in the October 2nd slot to put some distance between the ambitious project and the crammed cinematic scene of Thanksgiving week (Creed, The Good Dinosaur, and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2 are all slated to hit the big screen between November 20th – 25th).
- Derek Anderson
The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that Ridley Scott's The Martian has shifted release dates, moving from November 25th to October 2nd. The site reports that the sci-fi film has shied away from a "crowded" Thanksgiving period (which includes The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 and Pixar's The Good Dinosaur) to a position as "the first all audience event film of the fall." Fox's Victor Frankenstein (which stars James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe) has taken the release date vacated by The Martian, meaning we'll get to see Scott's latest film earlier than expected. This seems like a confidence booster for the film, despite the director's track record of late, but what do you think? During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. »
HitFix's recent spate of "Best Year in Film History" pieces inevitably spurred some furious debate among our readers, with some making compelling arguments for years not included in our pieces (2007 and 1968 were particularly popular choices) and others openly expressing their bewilderment at the inclusion of others (let's just say 2012 took a beating). In the interest of giving voice to your comments, below we've rounded up a few of the most thoughtful, passionate, surprising and occasionally incendiary responses to our pieces, including my own (I advocated for The Year of Our Lynch 2001, which is obviously the best). Here we go... Superstar commenter "A History of Matt," making an argument for 1968: The Graduate. Bullit. The Odd Couple. The Lion in Winter. Planet of the Apes. The Thomas Crown Affair. Funny Girl. Rosemary's Baby. And of course, 2001, A Space Odyssey. And that's only a taste of the greatness of that year. "Lothar the Flatulant, »
- Chris Eggertsen
Lionsgate’s big-screen adaptation of Veronica Roth’s Divergent series may not have reached the dizzying heights of the company’s other Ya juggernaut, The Hunger Games, but the property has still managed to carve out an audience of its own to warrant Lionsgate seeing the series through to its two-part conclusion, Allegiant.
With little less than a year until the arrival of Part I, The Hollywood Reporter has learned that the studio is on the verge of snapping up its first new addition to the anticipated finale: The Newsroom‘s Jeff Daniels. It’s understood that the part reserved for the Dumb and Dumber star is a key role, one which will stretch across both installments.
- Michael Briers
Months before the second Maze Runner film is due to hit screens, 20th Century Fox has set the third (and likely final) entry, titled Maze Runner: The Death Cure, for February 17th, 2017.
Remarkably, the studio has opted not to split the final novel in James Dashner’s dystopian Ya trilogy into two movies and will instead bring the Dylan O’Brien-led thriller franchise to a conclusion after just three movies (Ya phenoms Twilight, The Hunger Games, Harry Potter and Divergent all stretched their finales out into two films). It is worth noting that Dashner penned a prequel novel, The Kill Order, and has a follow-up to that called The Fever Code due out next year, so Fox might not be done with the series’ universe after The Death Cure, but that trilogy ender will see a send-off for hero Thomas (O’Brien) and his gang of ‘Gladers.’
For those of »
- Isaac Feldberg
Part serial-killer thriller, part old-school anti-Soviet propaganda, “Child 44” plays like a curious relic of an earlier Cold War mindset, when Western audiences took comfort that they were living on the right side of the Iron Curtain, and relied on movies to remind them as much. Here, the central character is an obedient Mgb agent played by Tom Hardy, who, like the rest of the pic’s starry Euro ensemble, delivers his lines in a thick Russian accent — a distraction that feels as outdated as “Easy Money” director Daniel Espinosa’s choice to shoot on celluloid, plunging the story’s already grim Stalin-era living conditions even deeper into shadow. Nostalgia combined with a certain amount of pageantry should be enough to draw those who miss Red-scare spy stories to this expansive Ridley Scott production (which he originally intended to direct), though not enough to encourage either sequels or imitators.
In recent years, »
- Peter Debruge
For every Harry Potter or Hunger Games series, there are those franchises that didn't quite set the world on fire...
Since Insurgent came out, I’ve been thinking about those less fortunate: the franchise wannabes. While Divergent may have succeeded financially, (a film that rode on the coat-tails of the even more lucrative The Hunger Games franchise) there are others who didn’t quite make it into the movie world’s big leagues. These are the franchise-starters that flopped, the films produced with the optimistic hope that they will bring in the readies and kick-start Hollywood’s latest franchise. Worse luck for them, really.
For the sake of simplicity, this list will zero in on Ya franchise-starters, films adapted from a young adult novel or with that audience in mind. There are plenty of more mature films that struggled such as Prince Of Persia: The Sands of Time, The A-Team »
Paul Thomas Anderson's weird and wild noir adventure, Inherent Vice, is making it's way to blu-ray in April, and Warner Bros. has revealed all the details on when you can pick it up, and what to expect on the disc. Come inside for all the details!
Chill out and get groovy when “Inherent Vice” arrives onto Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD on April 28 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. With an ensemble cast of characters that includes surfers, hustlers, dopers, rockers, and more, “Inherent Vice” is the seventh feature from Oscar® nominee Paul Thomas Anderson and the first ever film adaption of a Thomas Pynchon novel.
“Inherent Vice” stars Oscar® nominees Joaquin Phoenix (“The Master,” “Walk the Line”), Josh Brolin (“True Grit,” “No Country For Old Men”), Owen Wilson (“The Royal Tenenbaums,” “Midnight in Paris”), Katherine Waterston (“Michael Clayton,” TV’s “Boardwalk Empire”), Oscar® winners Reese Witherspoon »
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As is tradition here at Box Office Mojo, we made domestic box office predictions for holiday 2014 releases ahead of the start of the season. Now that those movies are essentially at the end of their runs, it's time to grade that forecast.As usual, there were a healthy set of very accurate predictions (Big Hero 6, Into the Woods, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb), along with a handful that were laughably inaccurate (Exodus: Gods & Kings, Horrible Bosses 2).For each title, we will list the domestic forecast, the actual gross (in most cases an estimate) and the percentage difference [(Actual-Forecast)/Forecast]. Each prediction will be assigned a grade on the following arbitrary scale: A (less than 10% difference), B (10-19.9%), C (20-29.9%), D (30-39.9%) and F (over 40%).The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1Forecast: $385 millionActual: $337 million (est.)Difference: -13%Grade: BThe previous Hunger Games movies each earned over $408 million at »
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Based on the hugely popular novel by E.L. James, Fifty Shades of Grey has become a phenomenon unlike any other, raking up $550 million at the worldwide box office. So it should come as no surprise that it's two main leads are seeking a pay raise. Both Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan want more money moving into Fifty Shades Darker, which was announced just before the first installment hit theaters. It is expected to shoot in early 2016, for a proposed 2017 release date.
Sources close to the production report that both actors were paid $250,000 each, plus tiered box office bonuses. The novel series is a trilogy, and both actors did sign a three-picture deal. Though it is not uncommon for franchise stars to renegotiate their contract once the first film proves to be a hit. Both are looking for a 7-figure raise before moving onto Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed. »
Fifty Shades of Grey doesn't open until Thursday night, but it is pacing to become one of Fandango's top five advance ticket-sellers in the company's 15-year history, joining the elite domain of the Harry Potter, Hunger Games and Twilight franchise movies, which currently dominate the list. Take a look at Fandango's top five pre-sellers, at the same point in their sales cycles, two days before release date.
Here's what Fandango Chief Correspondent Dave Karger had to say about the news in a statement.
"The worldwide phenomenon that is Fifty Shades of Grey is resulting in more buzz for an adult-skewing film than I've seen in many years. It's enticing fans who are looking for an exciting girls' night out, as well as »
Deadline reported grosses on Jupiter Ascending on Sunday at $32.5M and that estimate rose on Monday to $33.8M in Warner Bros’ actuals. There are still Australia, China and Japan releases to come, but with an $18.7M opening domestically and with Fifty Shades Of Grey teed up to begin its day-and-date rollout tomorrow, Jupiter will be pressed to ascend major overseas heights. Elsewhere internationally, The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water soaked up $16.2M for a cume of $26.8M after two frames. According to Paramount, that’s 5.5 times bigger than the original Spongebob for the same bucket of markets. The next big players were The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 thanks to a strong China start; Disney’s Big Hero 6; and Fox’s Taken 3. Meanwhile, Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods And Kings rode past the $200M mark as it continues to play in Japan and wraps up in Brazil. Key »
- Nancy Tartaglione
We now have actuals from most of the studios for the international weekend. Among the biggest fluctuations reported were Penguins Of Madagascar, which landed $2M higher than projected on Sunday; American Sniper clocking an extra $1M; and Jennifer Lopez’s The Boy Next Door knocking upwards by 11% to $777K in nine markets. Figures for the Super Bowl frame have been updated below on those, along with: The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies, Taken 3, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water, The Theory Of Everything, Kingsman: The Secret Service, Big Hero 6, Into The Woods, Unbroken, Birdman, Exodus: Gods And Kings, Seventh Son, Blackhat, Project Almanac, Wild, Ouija, Let’s Be Cops, Ex Machina, The Water Diviner The Gambler and Boyhood.
Jupiter Ascending descends upon the world next weekend and Mockingjay Part 1 wings into China.
2Nd Update, 7:45 Pm Pt: It was »
- Nancy Tartaglione
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