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Everything You Need to Know About the Messy ‘X-Men’ Timeline After ‘Dark Phoenix’

Everything You Need to Know About the Messy ‘X-Men’ Timeline After ‘Dark Phoenix’
(We spoil the entire ending of “Dark Phoenix” here and have spoilers for the rest of the “X-Men” movie franchise as well)

It would seem, as far as anyone can tell, that the “X-Men” movie franchise as we know it is over now. Technically it’s not official — Disney and Fox have not declared at any point that they’re closing it down so that the mutants can be rebooted and incorporated into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But we all know that day is coming.

Despite the fact that we know that “X-Men: Dark Phoenix” is almost certainly the last one of these, it ends on a somewhat ambiguous note. Yes, the spinoff “New Mutants” is in the works. And yes, a third “Deadpool” film starring Ryan Reynolds is a virtual certainty. But the “Deadpool” films are pretty much their own thing, connecting to the “X-Men” film series usually just to make jokes.
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‘Maleficent: Mistress of Evil’ Cursed With $36 Million Opening

  • The Wrap
‘Maleficent: Mistress of Evil’ Cursed With $36 Million Opening
The lukewarm opening of “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” has once again proven that Disney isn’t immune to an occasional misfire, as the sequel with a $185 million budget has grossed only $36 million in North America this weekend from 3,790 screens and is turning to overseas markets for better results.

And that is despite premium format support from 2,300 3D locations, 380 IMAX screens, 600 Premium Large Format screens and 135 4D theaters. While audiences have given the film an A on CinemaScore, critics were not favorable with a 40% Rotten Tomatoes score.

As a result, “Mistress of Evil” has joined 2019 sequels like “The Lego Movie 2” and “Godzilla: King of Monsters” that have opened far below their predecessors. This opening is 48% down from the $69.4 million opening earned by the first “Maleficent” in the summer of 2014.

Also Read: Movie Ticket Prices Drop 4% in Third Quarter as 'Lion King' Leads Admissions

The good news for “Maleficent” is that the
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The Cast of Jojo Rabbit on Why Making Fun of Nazis is Ok

Don Kaye Oct 20, 2019

Jojo Rabbit makes jokes about Nazis -- and that’s perfectly fine, says cast member Stephen Merchant.

In Jojo Rabbit, the new film from writer/director Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok), a 10-year-old German boy named Jojo who aspires to become a member of the Hitler Youth brigade in his small town discovers that his own mother (Scarlett Johansson) is hiding a teenage Jew named Elsa (Thomasin McKenzie) in the walls of their home.

As World War II begins to go south for the Nazi regime, Jojo must contend with his unexpected feelings for Elsa, the monstrous ideology he thought he wanted to embrace, and the increasingly sinister demeanor of his imaginary friend Adolf Hitler (Waititi).

Jojo Rabbit uses both absurdist comedy and a bittersweet emotional undertow to emphasize its themes of love and acceptance, but the film has gotten a bit of pushback from some critics who
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"Ford v Ferrari"

"Ford v Ferrari" (aka "Le Mans '66") is the racing feature, directed by James Mangold ("Logan"), starring Matt Damon, Christian Bale ("Batman Begins"), Caitriona Balfe ("Outlander"), Jon Bernthal ("The Punisher"), Tracy Letts, Josh Lucas, Noah Jupe, Remo Girone and Ray McKinnon, opening November 15, 2019:

"...an eccentric, determined team of American engineers and designers, led by automotive visionary 'Carroll Shelby' and his Brit driver, 'Ken Miles'...

"...are dispatched by 'Henry Ford II' and 'Lee Iacocca' with the mission of building the 'Ford GT40', a new racing car with the potential to defeat the perennially dominant 'Ferrari 'racing team at the 1966 '24 Hours of Le Mans' race in France..."

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Ford v Ferrari"...
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"His Dark Materials" On HBO

"His Dark Materials" is the new Brit-produced adventure TV series, directed by Otto Bathurst, starring  Dafne Keen ("Logan") based on the 'Victoriana' fantasy novels by author Philip Pullman, produced by New Line Cinema and Bad Wolf for BBC One/HBO, debuting Season One November 3, 2019 on HBO:

"...'His Dark Materials' is set in an alternative world where all humans have animal companions called 'dæmons', which are the manifestation of the human soul. The series follows the life of young 'Lyra' (Dafne Keen) who is an orphan living with the scholars at 'Jordan College', Oxford.

"Lyra discovers a dangerous secret that involves 'Lord Asriel' (James McAvoy) and 'Marisa Coulter' (Ruth Wilson). In her search for her missing friend, Lyra also uncovers a slew of kidnappings and its link to a mysterious substance called 'Dust'..."

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "His Dark Materials"....
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Director Doug Liman Explains Why He Dropped Out of DC's Justice League Dark and Fox's Gambit

After Edge of Tomorrow ended up being a big hit, lots of studios wanted to be in business with director Doug Liman. He was attached to a couple of big comic book movies at certain points in his career. One was for DC’s Justice League Dark and the other was for Fox/Marvel’s Gambit.

The filmmaker ended up dropping out of both of these projects and there’s a reason for that and that reason seems to be a lack of strong original scripts. He explains that he doesn’t want to do what everyone else is doing, he wants to do something unique, fresh, and new. These projects just didn’t offer him that.

While talking to Cbm the director opened up about what led him to walk away from these projects:

“It's always about the script. Getting a great script is so hard, especially for an
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‘Logan’ Director James Mangold Won’t Give Up Hope for ‘X-23’ Spinoff Movie

The “dark and gritty superhero movie” has been one of blockbuster cinema’s most beloved tropes for over a decade, but while some of the more adult-skewing comic book adaptations have flamed out — like critically savaged DC offerings “Suicide Squad” and “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” — a handful have succeeded. One such standout: filmmaker James Mangold’s pair of X-Men movies focused on Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine, including the PG-13 “The Wolverine” and its haunting R-rated follow-up “Logan.”

While a spinoff of the film and its breakout character X-23 has been chattered about since its release in 2017, news on the project has remained scarce in recent months. The X-Men franchise as a whole is in a state of flux, thanks to both the recent acquisition of home studio Fox by Disney and lackluster recent entries like this year’s disappointing “Dark Phoenix.” And yet Mangold himself remains dedicated to
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Martin Scorsese Continues Trashing Marvel Movies: We Shouldn't Be Invaded by It

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Martin Scorsese Continues Trashing Marvel Movies: We Shouldn't Be Invaded by It
Recently, Martin Scorsese made a few remarks about Marvel movies that did not sit well with the comic book community, both within Hollywood and among fans. Comparing the McU to theme park rides, Scorsese dismissed the notion that the franchise produces actual cinematic content. Despite meeting with a strong backlash for his remarks, Scorsese stands by his beliefs, elaborating on his earlier comments at the British Film Institutet's London Film Festival for the closing night screening of his latest film, The Irishman.

"The value of a film that's like a theme park film, for example, the Marvel type pictures where the theaters become amusement parks, that's a different experience. As I was saying earlier, it's not cinema, it's something else. Whether you go for that or not, it is something else and we shouldn't be invaded by it. And so that's a big issue, and we need the theater owners
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‘Joker’ Posts Strong $55 Million Box Office Weekend While ‘Gemini Man’ Struggles

  • The Wrap
Warner Bros.’ “Joker” cannot be stopped at the box office. In its second weekend, the Village Roadshow/DC tragic drama will post a $55 million total, giving it a 10-day domestic total of $192.7 million.

It’s a remarkable hold for this R-Rated comic book movie, especially considering its bleak tone. But that hasn’t stopped casual moviegoers and hardcore comic book fans alike from embracing Joaquin Phoenix’s take on the Joker, as strong word of mouth from the film’s release is putting it on pace to pass “It: Chapter Two” as WB’s highest grossing 2019 release this coming week.

Also Read: 'SNL' Imagines 'Joker'-Style Origin Story for Oscar the Grouch - Please Make This Happen (Video)

“Joker” is also 26% ahead of the pace set by the last R-Rated comic book drama, “Logan,” in 2017. That film grossed $226 million domestic and $619 million worldwide. Overseas, “Joker” only dropped 29% with $123.7 million from 79 markets,
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‘Logan’ and ‘Mamma Mia!’ Casting Director Priscilla John Launches Casting Pictures Limited With Orla Maxwell

  • Deadline
Veteran UK casting director Priscilla John (Logan) has launched Casting Pictures Limited with fellow casting executive Orla Maxwell (Red Joan).

The duo have worked together for more than 20 years as casting director and co-casting director/associate but the new firm will mark the beginning of their casting director partnership. They will be supported by associates Francesca Bradley and Andreya Lynham.

Emmy-nominee John’s dozens of major credits include Logan, Mamma Mia! and Captain America: The First Avenger. Recent productions include British feature Red Joan; Red Production’s eight-part Harlan Coben thriller Safe for Netflix; and Krypton seasons one & two for Warner Horizon/SyFy.

Recent European castings have included Michael Bay’s 6 Underground for Netflix/Skydance and UK casting on Amblin Entertainment’s The Turning. Also on the slate have been Glen Mazzara’s The Dark Tower for Amazon and Antoine Fuqua’s feature Infinite for Paramount. The duo have just commenced casting on Spell,
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‘Joker’ Sets Another Box Office Record as It Pulls in a New High for October Mondays

After setting box office records over its opening weekend, Todd Phillips’ Joker continued its success on Monday. Deadline reports that the film now has the best Monday in October by pulling in $9.72 million, taking the record from Venom, which previously held the title with $9.63 million. Joker’s Monday total was also a record for September Mondays where it beat out It ($8.76 million) and the fellow R-rated comic book movie Logan ($7.2 million). The Monday total is even more impressive when you consider that it’s not a holiday (Columbus Day is next …
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‘Joker’ Beats October Record and ‘It: Chapter Two’ With $93.5 Million Opening

  • The Wrap
At the start of 2019, it was expected that “It: Chapter Two” would be Warner Bros.’ top grossing film of the year. But this weekend, “Joker” is issuing a challenge for the title of Top Clown.

The Village Roadshow/DC comic book movie is now estimated for a $93.5 million opening from 4,374 screens. That easily breaks the October opening record set by last year’s “Venom” with $80.2 million, and also beats the $91 million opening of “It: Chapter Two.”

Among comic book movies, “Joker” has also topped the $75 million opening of “Ant-Man and the Wasp” and the $88 million opening of fellow R-rated drama “Logan.” “Joker” is now in a virtual tie with $93.8 million opening of “Justice League,” a film with all of DC’s biggest superheroes.

Also Read: Huntington Beach Movie Theater Showing 'Joker' Closes Early Thursday Due to 'Credible' Threat

On the all-time R-rated box office charts, “Joker” has the fourth largest opening weekend ever.
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The Grudge Movie is Not a Reboot

Matthew Schuchman Oct 5, 2019

Talent for next year's The Grudge movie, including Sam Raimi, confirm it's R-rated and not a reboot...plus a few Evil Dead details!

For many, it may feel like only yesterday that the Japanese horror craze had a foothold in the business of frightening audiences with raven-haired evil forces. Shockingly though, we are closing in on 20 years since the heyday of the original Japanese films and subsequent American remakes of The Ring and The Grudge. Now Sam Raimi (of The Evil Dead and classic Spider-Man movies) is back again with his Ghost House Pictures production company to produce an all-new The Grudge that will kick 2020 off in style. With Director Nicolas Pesce and stars Andrea Risebourough, Lin Shaye, and Glow's Betty Gilpin by his side, Raimi bought the first taste of this new R-rated Grudge revival to New York Comic Con.

The first big takeaway is that we shouldn't be mistaken,
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‘Joker’ Sets New October Opening Day Record at Box Office

  • The Wrap
Warner Bros. has a reason to smile this weekend, as Village Roadshow/DC’s “Joker” is primed to blow by multiple October box office records. It already has one in the bag after grossing $39 million from 4,300 screens on Friday — including $13.3 million from Thursday previews — giving it the biggest opening day ever in October history.

After that big start, “Joker” is now estimated to reach the top end of independent tracker projections with a $92-93 million opening. That beats the October opening weekend record set last year by “Venom” ($80.2 million), and also beats the openings of fellow R-Rated comic book movie “Logan” ($88.4 million) and Warner Bros.’ last big release, “It: Chapter Two” ($91 million).

As expected, millennial males were the top demographic on Friday for “Joker,” as CinemaScore polls were 64% male, 68% over the age of 25, and 66% under the age of 35. While the movie’s relentless violence and bleak tone were sure to turn off some moviegoers,
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‘Joker’ Makes $13.3 Million at Thursday Box Office to Break October Record

  • The Wrap
‘Joker’ Makes $13.3 Million at Thursday Box Office to Break October Record
Joker” just put a smile on its face, as the supervillain origin story starring Joaquin Phoenix earned a record $13.3 million on Thursday night, beating out the previous record for the month of October set last year by “Venom.”

Warner Bros. and DC are projecting that “Joker” will earn between $75-80 million when it opens on 4,300+ screens this weekend, but independent trackers are suggesting it could laugh its way all the way to the bank and find itself within the $80-95 million range.
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Masumi and Jonathan Rhys Meyers Star in Vicente Amorim’s ‘Yakuza Princess’ (Exclusive)

  • Variety
Masumi and Jonathan Rhys Meyers Star in Vicente Amorim’s ‘Yakuza Princess’ (Exclusive)
Japanese-American singer-actress Masumi will make her big screen debut opposite Jonathan Rhys Meyers in “Yakuza Princess,” which has completed filming in Brazil. The Japanese-styled thriller also stars Tsuyoshi Ihara (“Letters From Iwo Jima”) and Kenny Leu (“Midway”).

Princess” is an adaptation of a Brazilian graphic novel “Samurai Shiro” by Danilo Beyruth, in which a Japanese gang boss is killed, and his only heiress is sent abroad as a baby. Twenty years later she discovers her inheritance, and her vulnerability, and unleashes a war against her pursuers.

It is directed by Vincente Amorim, a rising star in Latin American cinema, with film credits including “Motorrad” and “The Division.”

Production is by LG Tubaldini Jr and Andre Skaf, the duo responsible for the success of Amorim’s “Motorrad” and “Divorce.” Company credits include Filmland Internacional and Twentieth Century Fox as co-producer. The film has investment from Bbdtvm, and Warner Bros. Pictures attached as distributor in Latin America.
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'Joker' Eyes October Opening Weekend Record

'Joker' Eyes October Opening Weekend Record
This weekend sees the debut of the latest DC Comics adaptation in Warner Bros.'s release of Joker, which has generated a slew of attention heading into release. Following its debut at the Venice Film Festival, where it won the Golden Lion for Best Film, the conversation has since turned to the film's use of violence and, in response, the New York and Los Angeles police will deploy officers to theaters screening the film this weekend. Nevertheless, the film looks as if it will break the October opening weekend record set just last year as the conversation surrounding it is sure to intensify over the weekend. Debuting in over 4,300 locations, Joker is already the widest October opening of all-time, topping the 4,250 theaters Venom opened in last year before setting the October opening weekend record with an $80.25 million debut. On top of opening in more theaters than Venom, it will also
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‘Joker’ Expected to Set October Box Office Record Despite Fears of Potential Violence

  • The Wrap
‘Joker’ Expected to Set October Box Office Record Despite Fears of Potential Violence
“Joker” arrives in theaters this weekend following weeks of polarizing festival reviews and a pre-release backlash that included fears the film may inspire violence. But despite all that, box office analysts expect Todd Phillips’ Scorsese-inspired supervillain origin story to set a new opening weekend record for October.

The current record for the month was set last year by another comic book movie, Sony’s “Venom,” which earned an $80.2 million launch. That figure is the low end of independent tracker projections for Warner Bros./Village Roadshow/DC’s “Joker,” which currently range from $80-95 million. An opening in the middle of that range would put the movie alongside “Logan,” another R-rated superhero drama which opened to $88 million in March 2017.

Warner Bros. is projecting that “Joker” will fall just short of “Venom” with $75-80 million from 4,300+ screens, but even if the film fell well short and opened in the $60 million range — which
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Box Office: Will ‘Joker’ Controversy Impact Opening Weekend?

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Box Office: Will ‘Joker’ Controversy Impact Opening Weekend?
In weeks leading up to its release, Joaquin Phoenix’s “Joker” has inspired waves of stories and streams of tweets criticizing the R-rated comic-book adaptation for glamorizing a mass killer. Warner Bros., the studio behind the grisly origin story, is clearly in crisis mode, banning press from the red carpets at the film’s premieres, as they deal with outrage from families of the survivors of the Aurora movie theater shooting.

However, it doesn’t seem like the mounting controversy will deter most audiences from seeing Batman’s chief antagonist on the big screen. “Joker” is still on track for a massive debut and could earn $80 million to $95 million from 4,300 North American theaters.

Those estimates haven’t wavered much in the three weeks since projections first appeared on tracking services, though some bullish box office prognosticators believe “Joker” could even hit the coveted $100 million mark. Warner Bros. is anticipating a
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Elisabeth Murdoch, Stacey Snider, Jane Featherstone Team Up on Global Content Company, Sister

  • Variety
Elisabeth Murdoch, Stacey Snider and Jane Featherstone are joining forces to launch Sister, a global production and development company that will focus on making high-quality television shows, movies, and other forms of entertainment.

The move unites Murdoch, the daughter of media mogul Rupert Murdoch and the founder of Shine Group, with two of the entertainment industry’s leading executives. Snider most recently served as chairman and CEO of Twentieth Century Fox, leaving the company after it was acquired by Disney. She also had stints as the co-chairman and CEO of DreamWorks and as chairman of Universal Pictures. There had been rumors for months that Murdoch and Snider were teaming up on a new content company, but the addition of Featherstone is an unexpected twist.

However, it substantially bolsters the team’s firepower in the area of television given that Snider has spent much of her career making feature films. Featherstone
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