Film Friday is The Hollywood News’ brand new weekly film show which will feature the week’s brand new releases in the UK, as well as looking at the pick of the pics currently showing at your local multiplex.
On this week’s show, we take a look at a five-star rated movie Trumbo, which we reviewed at last year’s London Film Festival, the big Hollywood remake of Point Break, Jack Black starrer Goosebumps, Dad’s Army, and much more.
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- Paul Heath
Lionsgate’s stock is down 5.7% in initial postmarket trading, to what would be a new 52-week low, after the studio reported fiscal Q3 earnings that fell short of Wall Street’s expectations. Part of the problem: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2‘s $650 million global box office was down from Mockingjay 1, despite costing more to produce. Movie expenses also were higher, with four wide film releases in calendar Q4 vs two in the last three months of 2014. "While the… »
Lionsgate posted lower than expected Q3 earnings on Thursday, reporting earnings of $0.27 per share, compared to analyst projections of $0.47. The company posted earnings of $0.66 during the same quarter last year. It also reported revenue of $670.5 million, compared to revenue of $751.3 million in the prior year quarter. Lionsgate shares dropped six percent after the results were reported. Although “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay 2” grossed over $650 million at the global box office, ranking it among the highest-grossing films of the year, its box office performance declined from “Mockingjay 1” with higher “Mockingjay 2” production costs also impacting its profitability. Also »
- Joe Otterson
Jojo Moyes's bestselling book Me Before You is heading to the big screen this year, and the trailer is promising to be heart-wrenching and faithful to the book. Even better, the movie's cast reads like a who's who of major franchises. Thea Sharrock is directing the film, which is about a woman who forms an unlikely connection with a paralyzed man, and it's set to be released in June. Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke is playing the lead, Louisa Clark, opposite Sam Claflin, who fans will recognize as Finnick from The Hunger Games movies. Meanwhile, there's a Harry Potter actor in the mix, and one of Clarke's Game of Thrones costars is also part of the film's cast. Keep reading for a look at the Me Before You movie cast, then see pictures of Clarke and Claflin filming in Majorca, Spain, last Summer. »
- Laura Marie Meyers
Based on the critically acclaimed, bestselling novel by Jojo Moyes, New Line Cinema’s and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures’ Me Before You stars Emilia Clarke (“Game of Thrones”) and Sam Claflin (“The Hunger Games” series), under the direction of Thea Sharrock, making her feature film directorial debut.
Oftentimes you find love where you least expect it. Sometimes it takes you where you never expected to go…
Get the tissues ready before you watch the first trailer.
Louisa “Lou” Clark (Clarke) lives in a quaint town in the English countryside. With no clear direction in her life, the quirky and creative 26-year-old goes from one job to the next in order to help her tight-knit family make ends meet. Her normally cheery outlook is put to the test, however, when she faces her newest career challenge. Taking a job at the local “castle,” she becomes caregiver and companion to Will Traynor (Claflin), a »
- Michelle McCue
In just two weeks, Alamo Drafthouses nationwide will host screenings of A24's The Witch. More details on that story after the jump. Also in this round-up: a trailer for Night Terrors, Angelica release details, a new clip from The Final Project, and four images from The Terrible Two.
The Witch: Press Release: "Austin, TX - Feb 3, 2016 - The Alamo Drafthouse is excited to announce A24's chilling new horror film The Witch as the latest Drafthouse Recommends title. The film will open at Alamo Drafthouse locations nationwide with "sneak preview" screenings on the night of Feb. 18th, 2016. In the lead up to that opening date, select Alamo locations will also host free retrospective screenings of witchcraft horror classics to get audiences in the, er, spirit and to set the stage for director Robert Eggers' debut feature and groundbreaking new take on the genre.
And, for a limited time this month, »
- Tamika Jones
The 5th Wave is a great trailer and a mediocre movie. There are some big ideas and ambitious visuals but they all made the advertisements and don’t take up much more room in the actual movie. What we get for the price of our ticket is a lot of watching characters move around the woods alone or in small groups. It almost never feels like the big action is happening on screen. It’s the kind of book adaptation where I’m sure the novel is a much more satisfying experience and am not sure why anyone bothered to make the film.
I want to talk more about the plot (and that will need to be behind a spoiler warning) and while I feel like I need to get some discussion of the non-plot aspects of this movie, they’re all just sort of there. The acting is not »
- Arthur Tebbel
The trailer for the highly anticipated Me Before You has finally arrived, and fans of the beloved book need not worry: it looks every bit as wonderful as we all hoped. As Ed Sheeran's "Photograph" plays in the background (and Kleenex's stock no doubt skyrockets), the trailer introduces Louisa "Lou" Clark (Game of Thrones' Emilia Clarke), a bubbly, working-class woman who finds herself as the new caretaker for the wealthy, quadriplegic William Traynor (The Hunger Games's Sam Claflin). Their relationship starts off rocky but ends up being a life-changing experience for both of them. Watch the touching trailer above, and check out the rest of the all-star cast. »
- Quinn Keaney
News hit today that Spotlight Pictures has acquired worldwide sales for Teeth director Mitchell Lichtenstein’s supernatural gothic drama Angelica. Featuring a cast comprised of Jena Malone (The Hunger Games, Contact), Janet McTeer (Albert Nobbs, Tumbleweeds) and Ed Stoppard (The Pianist), the film also boasts a crew of two-time Academy Award® nominee cinematographer Dick Pope (Mr. Turner and The Illusionist), Academy Award® nominee costume designer Rita Ryack (Casino, Apollo 13) and Academy Award® winning production designer Luciana Arrighi (Howard’S End). Two-time César winner Zbigniew Preisner composed the score.
Regarding the acquisition, Lichtenstein had the follow to say: “I’m psyched to be putting Angelica into the capable hands of the folks at Spotlight Pictures,” said Lichtenstein. “They will be effective, enthusiastic custodians of our beautiful and intensely emotional film, bringing it to a wide and diverse audience.”
Angelica is a gothic tale of a newly married couple living in »
- Jerry Smith
Warner Bros. has made a move to capitalize on the lingering romance ahead of Valentine’s Day by releasing the maiden trailer for Thea Sharrock’s Me Before You – giving our heartstrings a good ol’ tug in the process.
Placing Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin – Game of Thrones and The Hunger Games, respectively – at the heart of the tale, today’s snippet introduces the latter’s quadriplegic, a bitter yet intellectual young banker who has resigned to living out the rest of his days in a wheelchair. On the other side of the budding romance, Clarke’s wide-eyed Louisa “Lou” Clark takes on the role of a caretaker on a whim when her future prospects leave her with little option, and the pair soon fall madly in love.
- Michael Briers
It has been quite some time since we have had the opportunity to talk about Teeth director Mitchell Lichtenstein. Some eight years later and we have news about his latest film, the Gothic horror flick, Angelica. A year after its premiere in Berlin the film is going back to the festival in the European Film Market for sale. ...the film stars Jena Malone (The Hunger Games, Contact), two-time Academy Award nominee Janet McTeer (Albert Nobbs, Tumbleweeds) and Ed Stoppard (The Pianist). Angelica is a gothic tale of a newly married couple living in Victorian London who endures a series of increasingly alarming psychological and supernatural effects following the birth of their child....
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Ever wonder what The Hunger Games would have looked like if it were a Tarantino movie? Well, with The Culling, you won’t have to wonder for much longer. The new survival battle royale from Xaviant LLC is coming to Steam Early Access very soon, and it looks simply horrifying in a new announcement trailer.
The trailer, which you can check out above, does a great job of showcasing the chaotic fight for survival that will be at the centre of The Culling. The game is essentially a free for all, deathmatch style stage with added survival elements. You can explore the paradise island to find new equipment or crafting tools, and set traps and snares to help hold out in a fortified position.
Each game will last for up to twenty minutes, with one survivor crowned the victor at the end. The Culling is a game that Xaviant are clearly very proud of, »
- Gareth Cartwright
Yes, that Power Rangers big screen reboot is still happening in 2017 whether you like it or not. And if you don’t, you’ve just been given one big reason to at least be curious about it, as the always funny and always beautiful Elizabeth Banks (The Hunger Games series, The Lego Movie, Pitch Perfect) has just joined the cast.
Big news! @ElizabethBanks joins the cast of @PowerRangersMovie as the villainous #RitaRepulsa. Let the countdown to 2017 begin!
A photo posted by Power Rangers (@powerrangersmovie) on Feb 2, 2016 at 9:09am Pst
In an inspired move, she’ll be playing Rita Repulsa, the classic villain from the original series. It’s a heck of a coup getting someone of Banks’ comedic caliber, and not only is it a sign of the hopeful quality of the script – Banks has always seemed like an actress with integrity, who wouldn’t necessarily sign »
- Dan Woburn
What would happen if you combined Game of Thrones and The Hunger Games into a weepy romantic comedy? No, you don't get The Hunger Game of Thrones...but you do get something quite nice instead! Sam Claflin (District 4's Finnick Odair from The Hunger Games) and Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen, mother of dragons in GoT) are coming together for the adaption of Jojo Moyes' best-selling book, Me Before You, and the trailer already has us reaching for a box of tissues. The film follows the story of a small-town 26-year-old woman named Louisa (Clarke) who finds herself stuck between dead-end jobs when she is hired to take care of Will (Claflin), a successful, adrenaline junkie who becomes »
Hopefully Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton doesn't have any issues with snakes on the field during Super Bowl 2016. At least Tom Brady won't have to shave his "furry ankles" for the big game, since his New England Patriots didn't make the cut. The folks over at Bad Lip Reading have returned—and this time they're taking on the NFL, ahead of Sunday's game. In "NFL 2016: Part One" — A Bad Lip Reading of the NFL, they add funny voice-overs to memorable moments, both on and off the field, from this past football season. Bad Lip Reading has previously taken on political debates, Star Wars, The Hunger Games, and »
So many of your favorite Britishes from the stage and screen have assembled for this adaptation of Jojo Moyes's weepy best-seller Me Before You: Mr. Bates! Clara! Tywin Lannister! Neville Longbottom! But the two star-crossed actors at the center of this romantic drama are Emilia Clarke, the mother of dragons from Game of Thrones, and Sam Claflin, District 4 hottie Finnick Odair from The Hunger Games. Clarke plays Louisa "Lou" Clark, a 26-year-old working-class girl hired to cheer up the former adrenaline junkie and quadriplegic Will Traynor, played by Claflin. Naturally, they fall in love, and it's beautiful and magical and sad and won't someone please pass the tissues already? »
- E. Alex Jung
Ahead of its release this Friday, a new featurette has arrived online for the Dad’s Army movie focussing on the Women of Walmington. Take a look below after the official synopsis…
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It is 1944 and World War II is reaching its climax. The Allies are poised to invade France and finally defeat the German army. But in Walmington-on-Sea morale amongst the Home Guard is low. Their new mission then – to patrol the Dover army base – is a great chance to revive spirits and reputation, that is until glamorous journalist Rose Winters arrives to write about their exploits, setting the pulses racing and putting the local women on red alert. MI5 then discover a radio signal sent direct to Berlin from Walmington-on-Sea. There’s a spy on the loose! The outcome of the war is suddenly at stake, and it falls »
- Amie Cranswick
Dominique McElligott, who most recently starred in ABC’s “Astronaut Wives Club,” has been cast as a series regular in Amazon’s pilot “The Last Tycoon,” Variety has learned exclusively. She will star alongside Matt Bomer, Kelsey Grammer and Lily Collins in the period piece drama.
Based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s final unfinished novel, “The Last Tycoon” centers on Monroe Stahr (Bomer), Hollywood’s first wunderkind studio executive in the 1930’s, who is based on real-life film mogul Irving Thalberg. The series would follow Monroe as he climbs to the height of power, pitting him against his mentor and current head of the studio, Pat Brady (played by Kelsey Grammer) who is inspired by MGM co-founder Louis B. Mayer.
McElligott will play Kathleen Moore, a pretty and intelligent waitress who works at the restaurant frequented by most of the studio’s writers, which is where she meets Monroe who »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Earlier today, it was announced that the remake of The Power Rangers – where a band of ordinary teenagers become superheroes to defeat villainy across the land – has cast one of their most prominent villains, Rita Repulsa! Rita is an alien witch of humanoid form hellbent on galactic domination and was the arch-nemesis of the rangers in the original television series. Today, it has been announced that she will be played in the March, 2017 film by none other than Elizabeth Banks, most recognisably of The Hunger Games and Pitch Perfect fame.
The news was announced via the official Power Ranger Movie instagram account. Though it came as somewhat of a surprise to see such a big name attached to the project, when its prior announced casting choices are still so relatively unknown.
Big news! @ElizabethBanks joins the cast of @PowerRangersMovie as the villainous #RitaRepulsa. Let the countdown to 2017 begin!
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- Matthew Ceo
Exclusive: Josh Boone’s passion for Stephen King movie adaptations left me regretful I didn’t publish an interview I did with King several years ago, when an influx of book adaptations done with input from authors raised questions of just how much influence Hollywood owes book writers. While studios once paid big checks to authors and invited them to go away, The Twilight Saga‘s Stephenie Meyer, The Hunger Games‘ Suzanne Collins, Harry Potter‘s Jk. Rowling, The Fault In Ou… »
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