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Yesterday, we reported that Will Smith is being eyed for the lead role in Disney's live-action Dumbo adaptation, which Tim Burton is set to direct. It seems that is not the only role the studio is trying to cast, with a new report revealing Tom Hanks has been offered the villain character, although it is not immediately clear if he will take the part. The report claims that he may also take a role in the World War II drama The Grey Hound, but it doesn't seem that the actor has made up his mind quite yet.
Variety reports that Will Smith will play the father of the children who become friends with the elephant after seeing him at the circus. This report also reveals that, if Will Smith does take this project, it will likely have a "significant impact" on his long-awaited Sony Pictures sequel Bad Boys For Life. »
Audrey Hepburn, Sherlock, and Sleeping Beauty top our Event Cinema highlights for JanuaryAudrey Hepburn, Sherlock, and Sleeping Beauty top our Event Cinema highlights for JanuaryJenny Bullough1/12/2017 9:14:00 Am
You know Cineplex is the place to go for new movies; but every month there’s so much more to see on the big screen! Through our Event Cinema programming you can see classic films, live theatre presentations, exclusive gallery tours, and more! Here are a few choice highlights from our January Events Calendar:
Jan 15 – Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Directed by Blake Edwards from a story by Truman Capote, this is the classic film that catapulted Audrey Hepburn into the public consciousness and made her an icon. George Peppard is no slouch either, as the struggling writer who becomes obsessed with his neighbour, Hepburn’s Holly Golightly, an independent young woman who strives to be a high-climbing socialite. But when he »
- Jenny Bullough
A Monster Calls, Hidden Figures and Underworld top Tanner's What to Watch weekend preview!A Monster Calls, Hidden Figures and Underworld top Tanner's What to Watch weekend preview!Tanner Zipchen1/6/2017 9:12:00 Am
This weekend, a boy finds a friend in a giant monster, Kate Beckinsale returns to the underworld, and, what might just be the coolest use of math (or at least in a movie!).
Felicity Jones has had a busy couple of months at the box office! First we saw her in Inferno with Tom Hanks, then she stole those famous Death Star plans in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and now now she's playing a terminally ill mother in A Monster Calls. This was one of the most intriguing movies I previewed at Tiff last year as it beautifully blends real-life, raw emotion, with a fantasy world where Liam Neeson voices a talking tree-monster. The lines »
- Tanner Zipchen
Welcome back to the first Weekend Warrior of 2017, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out (when applicable).
We’ll bypass the past couple holiday weekends cause that was so 2016, and we’ll instead get right into the new movies opening on Friday including two that opened in select cities and are expanding nationwide.
Genre: Action, Horror, Thriller
Plot: The vampire death dealer Selene (Kate Beckinsale) finds herself facing both Lycans and vampires, both of them trying to use the blood of her daughter to create new hybrids, so she and David (Theo James »
- Edward Douglas
Is there anyone who doesn't love Tom Hanks?
The 60-year-old actor may not have had his wife, Rita Wilson, by his side at the Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala on Monday, but he was still in good company in the desert.
Getty Images for Palm Springs International Film Festival
"I was thrilled and stunned to hear the fabulous actor Andrew Garfield finally, finally see to it that the Palm Springs International Film Festival gave some love to Joe Versus the Volcano," Hanks joked while accepting the award, according to The Hollywood Reporter, referring to Andrew Garfield revealing earlier in the night that Hanks' »
MaryAnn’s quick take… A fairy tale of the Grimm sort: no happy ending, no heroes or villains, just hard truths about life and human nature. Important, beautiful, heartbreaking. I’m “biast” (pro): big fantasy fan
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
I have not read the source material
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
This is my big worry re A Monster Calls: people who don’t read reviews will hear only that this is a fantasy movie based on a young-adult novel and presume that it is a kiddie movie. And then they will freak out when they discover how dark and angry and bitter and oh-so un-fairy-tale it is, how it gave the little ones scary dreams and why didn’t someone tell them? And a movie that is important and beautiful and heartbreaking will be unfairly maligned.
So be warned: This is not The Bfg. »
- MaryAnn Johanson
“Finding Dory,” “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” “The Secret Life of Pets” and other blockbusters helped drive the domestic box office to record heights in 2016. However, it’s not like moviegoing suddenly saw a surge in popularity. Attendance was essentially flat with last year’s 1.32 billion and a far cry from the record 1.57 billion admissions from 2002. The record came from a new high-water mark in ticket prices, as well as the added cost that comes with Imax and 3D releases.
Overseas, the numbers are still being tallied, but many experts believe that a slowdown in China will lead to revenue declines.
The story of 2016, when it is written, will be a mixed one. Despite the rise of streaming services and quality television, the movie business continues to be resilient. Audiences are still turning up en masse for the new Star Wars or Avengers films, regardless of how adept “Game of Thrones »
- Brent Lang
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