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Rotten Tomatoes Shuts Down Pre-Release Ratings and Comments After Trolls Target ‘Captain Marvel’

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Rotten Tomatoes Shuts Down Pre-Release Ratings and Comments After Trolls Target ‘Captain Marvel’
Rotten Tomatoes, in a move to combat trolling, has banned user reviews and comments prior to a movie’s release.

The movie review site’s decision comes after “Captain Marvel” was inundated with bad reviews before it hit theaters, joining “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” in late 2017 and “Black Panther” in early 2018 as films that trolls deliberately tried to decrease the Audience Score for.

“Unfortunately, we have seen an uptick in non-constructive input, sometimes bordering on trolling, which we believe is a disservice to our general readership,” Rotten Tomatoes said in a post outlining the change. “We have decided that turning off this feature for now is the best course of action. Don’t worry though, fans will still get to have their say: Once a movie is released, audiences can leave a user rating and comments as they always have.”

Also Read: MoviePass Hires Ex-Rotten Tomatoes Editor as Moviefone
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Filmmakers slam move to cut four categories from Oscar broadcast

Filmmakers slam move to cut four categories from Oscar broadcast
Alfonso Cuaron, Guillermo del Toro and Jason Reitman among those who have criticised the decision.

Filmmakers have criticised plans to present the Oscars for four categories off air, after the Academy revealed which awards would miss out yesterday (February 11).

The Oscars for cinematography, editing, make-up and hairstyling, and live-action short will be handed out during advert breaks at this year’s ceremony, which will be broadcast by ABC on February 24.

Academy president John Bailey said in a letter to members that the winners’ speeches for these categories will still be shown at some point during the broadcast and be streamed online.
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A Look Back at 2018's Record Year at the Domestic Box Office

A Look Back at 2018's Record Year at the Domestic Box Office
December 2018 closed out a record year at the domestic box office, and while it was only the fourth largest December of all-time, it was the first December in four years to not feature a new Star Wars release. Considering Star Wars: The Force Awakens accounted for as much as 50% of December 2015's grosses and The Last Jedi made up 39% of last year's record performance for the month, December 2018's $1.068 billion in calendar grosses is an impressive performance with Warner Bros.'s global sensation Aquaman leading the way. That said, while December may not have reached record heights for the month, it closed off the highest grossing year ever at the domestic box office, with ticket sales falling just shy of $11.9 billion, of which Disney delivered a record $3.092 billion all on its own. Walt Disney - $3.092B domestically in 2018 from 13 total movies Disney's 2018 performance saw the studio account for ~26% of the
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Thanksgiving 2019: Lionsgate To Release Rian Johnson's Murder Mystery ‘Knives Out’ With Daniel Craig & Killer Cast

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Thanksgiving 2019: Lionsgate To Release Rian Johnson's Murder Mystery ‘Knives Out’ With Daniel Craig & Killer Cast
Exclusive: Lionsgate is set to partner with MRC and distribute worldwide Knives Out, the contemporary murder mystery that Looper and Star Wars: The Last Jedi helmer Rian Johnson wrote and is directing. Daniel Craig stars as a detective trying to solve a murder and the killer ensemble cast includes Chris Evans, Michael Shannon, Lakeith Stanfield, Jamie Lee Curtis, Toni Collette, Ana de Armas, Christopher Plummer, Katherine Langford and Don Johnson.

Lionsgate has dated the film for nationwide release on November 27, 2019 for the Thanksgiving holiday corridor.

The film became possible when director Danny Boyle exited James Bond 25. While that film regrouped — Cary Fukunaga is directing it — Craig suddenly had an open slot, and Johnson and his producing partner Ram Bergman took full advantage with an Agatha Christie-style murder mystery that Johnson wrote and was able to squeeze in before he and Bergman drill down on a new trilogy in the Star Wars universe.
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Movies With Female Leads Outperform Those With Male Ones at the Box Office, Study Reveals

Movies featuring men in lead roles still outnumber those with women, but a new study from Creative Artists Agency and the digital strategy company Shift7 reveals that’s not exactly good for business. The study found that top movies from 2014 to 2017 starring women in lead roles outperformed those starring men, regardless of budget. The data also found films that passed the Bechdel test, meaning two women characters had a conversation about something other than a man, outperformed those that didn’t.

Creative Artists Agency and Shift7 calculated the data with help from the Neilsen-owned technology provider Gracenote. The “lead actor” was determined by the performer listed first on Gracenote, which means films like the new “Star Wars” movies were not listed as female-led. Gracenote had Harrison Ford as the lead in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and Mark Hamill as the lead in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” even though
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Mark Hamill on His Role in ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’ and the Super Secret Red Pages

Spoilers ahead if you haven't seen Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Mark Hamill, iconic star of the beloved Star Wars franchise, has never been one to mince words when it comes to promoting the current crop of space-fantasy films. As Luke Skywalker, Hamill was kind of grandfathered in when Disney gobbled up the rights to the franchise and its many, many branches, so he's got a little more latitude to speak freely than the younger cast members who have signed multi-picture deals (which presumably include an ironclad secrecy stipulation that promises the penalty of death should …
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Check Out the New Poster and Trailer for Godzilla II: King Of The Monsters

Following the global success of “Godzilla” and “Kong: Skull Island” comes the next chapter in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ cinematic MonsterVerse: “Godzilla II: King of the Monsters,” an epic action adventure that pits Godzilla against some of the most popular monsters in pop culture history.

The film was directed by Michael Dougherty (“Krampus”), and stars Oscar nominees Vera Farmiga, and Ken Watanabe (“The Last Samurai”) and Sally Hawkins (“Blue Jasmine”), both reprising their “Godzilla” roles; Kyle Chandler; Millie Bobby Brown (“Stranger Things”) in her feature film debut; Bradley Whitford (“Get Out”); Thomas Middleditch (HBO’s “Silicon Valley”); Charles Dance (HBO’s “Game of Thrones”); O’Shea Jackson Jr. (“Straight Outta Compton”); Aisha Hinds (“Star Trek Into Darkness”); and Golden Globe nominee Zhang Ziyi.

The new story follows the heroic efforts of the crypto-zoological agency Monarch as its members face off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla,
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Walt Disney Studios crosses $7bn for second time in industry history

Studio on track to overtake its $3bn North American industry record.

Top brass at The Walt Disney Studios said on Monday (10) it had crossed $7bn at the global box office in a calendar year, marking only the second time in industry history this has happened after the studio accomplished the feat in 2016.

Marvel StudiosAvengers: Infinity War, Black Panther, and Ant-Man And The Wasp, and Pixar’s Incredibles 2 have been the key drivers behind the milestone.

The studio’s estimated international box office gross through December 9 stood at $4.069bn, which ranks as Disney’s second biggest year and the third biggest in industry history.
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Star Wars: Episode IX Rumored To Feature Elite Red Stormtrooper

After the death of Snoke and Phasma in Star Wars: The Last Jedi – not to mention those persistent rumors that General Hux will betray Kylo Ren – there are likely one or two new villain slots open for next year’s Star Wars: Episode IX. And while Richard E. Grant could well live up to his reputation as a screen baddie, a recent report from Making Star Wars alleges that the First Order will be drawing on the services of a special kind of trooper.

According to the site’s sources, J.J. Abrams’ next film will feature a costume design described as “pretty much a solid red Stormtrooper with black stripes.” The figure has been compared to the red pilots in Star Wars: Resistance, and to the character Elrik Vonreg in particular, with the piece speculating that the First Order pilot’s appearance might even be an unused design for the Episode IX trooper.
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Disney Makes History Again With $7 Billion at Global Box Office for 2018

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Disney has topped $7 billion at the global box office for 2018 — with three weeks left in the year.

Disney reached the milestone on Dec. 9, marking only the second time in history that any studio has hit that landmark. Disney set the record in 2016 with $7.6 billion.

Avengers: Infinity War” led the way with $2 billion, followed by “Black Panther” with $1.35 billion and “Incredibles 2” with $1.24 billion for the first, second, and fourth place on the worldwide-grosser list for 2018. Universal’s “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” came in third with $1.3 billion.

The studio’s estimated international box office gross through Dec. 9 is $4.07 billion, marking Disney’s second-biggest year and the third-largest in industry history. The domestic gross is $2.95 billion and approaching the $3 billion record set by Disney in 2016. Disney is opening “Mary Poppins Returns” on Dec. 19 amid expectations that it will take in $65 million through Christmas Day.

Disney-Marvel’s “Ant-Man and the Wasp” took in $622.6 million,
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Disney Hits $7 Billion at Global Box Office for Second Time in 3 Years

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Walt Disney Studios made box office history on Monday as its global box office total for 2018 hit $7 billion. It’s only the second time in industry history that a studio has reached that mark, with Disney previously reaching it in 2016.

The milestone comes a week before Disney’s final 2018 release, “Mary Poppins Returns,” is set to arrive in theaters after earning four Golden Globe nominations. When it opens on December 19, it will push Disney past the all-time annual domestic record of $3 billion that it set in 2016. The studio’s domestic total is currently at $2.94 billion.

Disney has set multiple box office records in 2018, including the largest opening weekend in box office history with “Avengers: Infinity War” with $257.7 billion. The Marvel crossover also became the first summer release to gross over $2 billion worldwide. Marvel Studios also gave Disney the record for the biggest pre-summer release ever with “Black Panther,” which became
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Disney Makes Industry Box Office History Again With $7B+ Global Haul

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Prior to merging with Fox next quarter in 2019, Walt Disney Studios is celebrating a $7 billion global B.O. win for 2018 Ytd. It’s the second time in history any studio has surpassed the $7B mark, after Disney’s own industry-record 2016 global gross of $7.6B.

Broken down, Disney earned an estimated $4.069B overseas through Dec. 9, marking the studio’s second biggest year and the third biggest in industry history.

With Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns set to open on Dec. 19, Disney’s domestic box office through Dec. 9 is an estimated $2.948B, approaching the $3B industry record set by the Burbank, CA lot in 2016. Recently Deadline reported that 2018 is passing the $11 billion mark at the domestic box office at a record clip besting its pace in 2016.

To date, four of the top eight global releases of the year are from The Walt Disney Studios, including the top two global and top three domestic releases.
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Brief synopsis for Jordan Peele’s new film Us revealed

Following the enormous success of Get Out, it was announced earlier this year that Jordan Peele will be staying in familiar territory for his second directorial feature Us, described only as a “new nightmare”.

Well, thanks to Slash Film, we’ve now got an official synopsis for the movie which has been circulating with test screening invites, and while it doesn’t give much away (at all), it does give us some insight into the premise:

A mother and a father (Winston Duke from Black Panther) take their kids to their beach house expecting to unplug and unwind with friends (including Emmy winner Elizabeth Moss from TV series The Handmaid’s Tale). But as night descends, their serenity turns to tension and chaos when some shocking visitors arrive uninvited.

In addition to Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke and Elizabeth Moss, the film also stars Tim Heidecker (Tim and Eric’s
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Jordan Peele's Us Synopsis Teases a Beach House Home Invasion

Jordan Peele's Us Synopsis Teases a Beach House Home Invasion
The guy who made Get Out has a new movie coming in 2019. It's called Us, and it sounds pretty thrilling. As we all know by this point in time, Get Out writer-director Jordan Peele has a reboot of The Twilight Zone headed our way on CBS All Access sometime in 2019. Peele will act as both executive producer of the new series as well as the show's host, taking over for the original run's host, Rod Sterling. So far, that new take on the classic anthology has snagged a cast which currently includes such heavy-hitters as Sanaa Lathan, Adam Scott, Kumail Nanjiani, John Cho, Allison Tolman, Jacob Tremblay, and Erica Tremblay.

But let's not forget that Peele has his second feature film as writer-director coming our way this March as well. Peele's new film is called Us and it stars Lupita Nyong'o, Winston Duke, Elisabeth Moss, and possibly the coolest member
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First Story Details Revealed For Jordan Peele's New Film Us

Jordan Peele has jumped on board a lot of different TV and film projects since the success of his horror thriller Get Out. But the next film that he is personally writing and directing is called Us. There hasn’t really been any information on the film’s plot until just recently.

Thanks to /Film, we now have a plot synopsis to share with you that has been shared on test screening invites for the movie. That synopsis reads:

A mother and a father (Winston Duke from Black Panther) take their kids to their beach house expecting to unplug and unwind with friends (including Emmy winner Elizabeth Moss from TV series The Handmaid’s Tale). But as night descends, their serenity turns to tension and chaos when some shocking visitors arrive uninvited.

As you can see, the plot summary is pretty vague, but at least it’s something! It’ll
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Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ Reveals First Plot Details, Which Evoke ‘The Strangers’

Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ Reveals First Plot Details, Which Evoke ‘The Strangers’
Jordan Peele’s “Us” has remained a mystery since Universal Pictures first announced the project in May, but the film is coming a bit more into focus with the reveal of its plot synopsis. “Us” is one of the most highly anticipated films of 2019 as it represents Peele’s first directorial effort since the critical and commercial success of “Get Out,” which earned four Academy Award nominations and won Peele the Best Original Screenplay prize.

The “Us” plot synopsis has been exclusively revealed by /Film, which also notes the movie is starting to test screen. The storyline reads: “A mother and a father (Winston Duke from ‘Black Panther’) take their kids to their beach house expecting to unplug and unwind with friends (including Emmy winner Elisabeth Moss from TV series ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’). But as night descends, their serenity turns to tension and chaos when some shocking visitors arrive uninvited.
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Gareth Evans’ Gangs of London sets its cast

Last year it was announced that The Raid and Apostle director Gareth Evans is working on a TV series entitled Gangs of London, and now Deadline is reporting that the project has found its two leads in Joe Cole (A Prayer Before Dawn) and Sope Dirisu (Humans).

Created by Evans and his regular cinematographer Matt Flannery, Gangs of London “is set in contemporary London as it is being torn apart by power struggles involving several international gangs [and] begins as the head of one criminal gang is assassinated and the power vacuum threatens the fragile peace between the other underworld organizations.”

In addition to Cole and Dirisu, the series is also set to feature Lucian Msamati (Black Earth Rising), Michelle Fairley (Game of Thrones), Mark Lewis Jones (Star Wars: The Last Jedi), Narges Rashidi (The Girlfriend Experience), Jing Lusi (Crazy Rich Asians), Pippa Bennett-Warner (Harlots), Brian Vernel (Dunkirk), Orli Shuka (War Machine
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2018 Domestic Box Office Will Cross $11B Mark In Record Time This Week

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2018 Domestic Box Office Will Cross $11B Mark In Record Time This Week
Streaming did not kill moviegoing this year, not one bit.

While we all knew that the domestic box office was headed for an $11 billion-plus year, it turns out that we’re going to hit that mark in record time this week on either Tuesday or Wednesday completing the feat in 345 or 346 days. Through the end of today, ComScore estimates that we’re at $10.986 billion with $14.2M left to gross before we hit $11B. Remember, it will be an even slower week at the box office than last week since there weren’t any wide studio entries.

2016 was the last time we crossed $11B in record time –361 days for the period of Jan. 1 through Dec. 26– and that year also repped a banner one at the domestic B.O. with $11.4B.

Currently U.S./Canada movie ticket sales are pacing 6% ahead of 2016 ($10.35B) at this point in time for the period of Jan.
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Could Avengers: Endgame End Up Being the Next Last Jedi?

Could Avengers: Endgame End Up Being the Next Last Jedi?
The trailer and title release for Avengers: Endgame was certainly enough to get Marvel fans around the world excited for the next installment in the Avengers franchise, but not everyone seems to be pleased with what they've seen so far. Simply due to the over-hyping of the movie and the negative backlash Avengers: Endgame has received, it is quite possible that the Infinity War follow-up could end up going down the same dark path as last year's The Last Jedi.

As a quick recap for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, following the cliffhanger ending of The Force Awakens, Star Wars fans went rampant with theories on what they wanted to see in the next movie. While the marketing of The Last Jedi was met with mostly positive attitudes, much like Avengers: Endgame so far, the release of The Last Jedi changed everything. Simply put, Star Wars: The Last Jedi was
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‘Avengers: Endgame’ Demolishes Trailer Record With 289 Million Views in 24 Hours

The Avengers just broke their own record; no, they just demolished it. Marvel Studios has revealed the first trailer for “Avengers: Endgame” earned 289 million views across streaming platforms in 24 hours, becoming the most viewed trailer in 24 hours in movie history. The trailer launched December 7 at 8am Et, and by the morning of December 8 had 43 million YouTube views, 35 million on Twitter, 28 million views on Facebook, and so on.

Avengers: Endgame” takes the top spot from “Avengers: Infinity War,” which launched with 230 million views in its first 24 hours in November 2017. “Infinity War” ended up on a shocking cliffhanger, with the villain Thanos succeeding in his quest to eliminate half the universe’s population. Beloved Marvel characters such as Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, Star Lord, and Black Panther all turned to dust. “Avengers” films are often anticipated, but the so-called deaths of so many characters has turned “Endgame” into even more of an event.
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