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Ready Player One passes $500 million at the global box office

It’s been a while since Steven Spielberg enjoyed a big hit at the box office, with his recent efforts such as Bridge of Spies, The Bfg and The Post all grossing below $200 million around the world.

However, his latest film Ready Player One, an adaptation of Ernest Cline’s cult novel, has now passed the $500 million mark globally. That’s thanks in no small part to China, where the film delivered Warner Bros.’ best ever opening of $61 million, and has went on to pull in over $200 million, making the Middle Kingdom its biggest market.

It’s a double celebration for Spielberg, as he has also become the first director whose films have pulled in a combined $10 billion in unadjusted ticket sales – led by his 1993 blockbuster Jurassic Park, which has grossed $983.8 million globally.

As it happens, Ready Player One is only the sixth Spielberg movie to surpass $500 million worldwide – the
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"Deadly Class" TV Series

Syfy has given a series order to "Avengers: Infinity War" co-directors The Russo Bros. to executive produce "Deadly Class", based on the Image Comics title, created by Rick Remender and Wes Craig, in a co-production between Sony Pictures Television Studios and Universal Cable Productions:

"...set in a dark world against the backdrop of the late 1980's counterculture, a homeless teen is recruited into a storied elite private school where the world's top crime families send their next generations. He maintains his moral code while surviving a ruthless curriculum, vicious social cliques and his own adolescent uncertainties..."

Cast includes Benedict Wong ("Doctor Strange"), Benjamin Wadsworth ("Teen Wolf"), Lana Condor ("X-Men: Apocalypse"), Maria Gabriela de Faria ("Sitiados"), Luke Tennie ("Shock and Awe"), Liam James ("The Killing") and Michel Duval ("Queen of the South").

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The Predator reshoots have reworked “three-quarters of the third act”

Having originally been slated for release in February, 20th Century Fox and Shane Black’s reboot The Predator was pushed back to August, before settling – for the time being – on a September release date.

It was recently announced that the film would be undergoing two weeks of reshoots, and actor Keegan-Michael Key has now revealed to Cinema Blend that the additional photography has wrapped, and focussed on reworking the film’s third act.

“We just finished [reshoots] last week, and just about three-quarters of the third act was rewritten. And Shane Black is… he’s just a consummate professional, and a consummate writer. He’s a wordsmith! It was a really, really exhilarating experience, and I think that he’s still one of our most vibrant writers of cinema.”

Given the numerous delays, lack of promotional material, and word of these reshoots, it’s understandable that some fans are feeling a
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Shane Black's The Predator Has Gone Through Extensive Reshoots That Drastically Changed The Third Act

Writer and director Shane Black has been hard at work shooting The Predator. Apparently, the film has gone through some extensive reshoots recently and thanks to co-star Keegan-Michael Key we know just how important those reshoots have been. While talking to CinemaBlend, he reveals that Black reshot nearly the entire third act of the movie!

“We just finished [reshoots] last week, and just about three-quarters of the third act was rewritten. And Shane Black is… he’s just a consummate professional, and a consummate writer. He’s a wordsmith! It was a really, really exhilarating experience, and I think that he’s still one of our most vibrant writers of cinema.”

I know a lot of people see reshoots as a bad sign, but in most cases, they help make the film better. Remember, Rogue One went through a shit-ton of reshoots but it ended up being a great Star Wars film.
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Ready Player One's Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke Spent 3 Weeks Learning That Disco Dance Number

Ready Player One's Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke Spent 3 Weeks Learning That Disco Dance Number
Minor spoilers below, if you haven’t yet seen Ready Player One proceed with caution!

Tye Sheridan (Mud, X-Men: Apocalypse) and Olivia Cooke (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl) had to pick up a number of new skills before embarking on Steven Spielberg’s sci-fi adventure Ready Player One — and the one one they spent the most time on might surprise you!

“Olivia and I had three weeks of rehearsing this dance where we make a nod to Saturday Night Fever and the famous dance from the movie,” Sheridan, 21, tells People. “That was something we got to learn together
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Riverdale’s Kj Apa Lands The Hate U Give Role, Replacing Kian Lawley

Fox 2000’s movie adaptation of Angie Thomas’ 2017 novel, The Hate U Give, casts K.J. Apa (Riverdale) to replace the previously fired Kian Lawley. The Hate U Give joins the list of fellow young adult adaptations hitting screens in 2018. Twentieth Century Fox already released Love, Simon to glowing reviews from critics and casual moviegoers alike. Plus, Netflix recently made a deal to distribute To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, the adaptation of Jenny Han’s novel starring X-Men: Apocalypse’s Lana Condor; the first trailer for The Darkest Minds previewed an exciting adaptation of Alexandra Bracken’s book.
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Shane Black reveals when we can expect The Predator trailer

Originally intended for release in March of this year, Shane Black’s The Predator is currently undergoing reshoots as it works towards an August 3rd opening. With very little emerging from the project beyond the original promotional shots and news of delays, Black has taken to Twitter to respond to questions about the status of the film.

Nope! Just busy. Expect a teaser mid-april… how’s this — my brother and I used to actually close our eyes when the theater ran trailers. Wouldn’t it be cool to go in knowing nothing?

— Shane Black (@BonafideBlack) March 30, 2018

So there you have it, we can expect our first look at The Predator within the next couple of weeks. Excited? Or have the delays got you worried about the rumoured studio interference? Let us know in the comments section…

The Predator is set for release on August 3rd, 2018 release and features a cast
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Jessica Chastain is Rumored To Actually Be Playing Miss Sinister in X-men: Dark Phoenix

Last week it was reported that Fox pushed back the released date of director Simon Kinberg's X-Men: Dark Pheonix, which is said to be going through some reshoots. Now a new report has surfaced regarding the character that Jessica Chastain will play.

It was previously believed that she would be taking on the role of Lilandra, the leader of the Shi-ar Empire. Then there were rumors of her possibly playing Queen Veranke of the Skrull Empire. But according to entertainment reporter Jeff Sneider, on the most recent episode of Meet the Movie Press, he reveals she actually might be playing the classic X-Men villain Mister Sinister, only this will be a gender bent version that will be known as Miss Sinister, which would be a big twist if it actually turns out to be true. 

This is interesting because Sneider also recently reported that Jon Hamm was supposed to play Mr.
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Ready Player One opens with $181 million worldwide

Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One has enjoyed a healthy debut at the global box office, pulling in $181.3 million worldwide.

Domestically, the pop culture sci-fi grossed $53.2 million across the Thursday to Sunday period to take top spot ahead of Tyler Perry’s Acrimony, and pulled in a further $128 million from international markets, including a hefty $61.7 million in China.

Not accounting for inflation, Ready Player One has given Spielberg his fourth biggest domestic debut after Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull ($100 million in 2008), The Lost World: Jurassic Park ($74 million in 1997), and War of the Worlds ($64 million in 2005), although its Fri-Sun haul of $41.2 million wast bested by 1993’s Jurassic World on $50 million.

See Also: Steven Spielberg’s involvement allowed Ready Player One to be crammed with pop-culture references, according to writer Zak Penn

Ready Player One is set in 2045, with the world on the brink of chaos and collapse.
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Jessica Chastain Is Miss Sinister in X-Men: Dark Phoenix?

Jessica Chastain Is Miss Sinister in X-Men: Dark Phoenix?
Is Miss Sinister coming to the big screen in X-Men: Dark Phoenix? If a new rumor is to be believed, that's exactly who Jessica Chastain is playing in the follow-up to X-Men: Apocalypse. Chastain is one of the most in-demand and talented actresses working in the business today and managed to be a major get for this movie as the main villain. But her exact role has been a bit mysterious up to this point. Assuming this new rumor has any truth to it, that secrecy would actually make a great deal of sense.

Again, we need to caution that this is just a rumor for the time being, but with that said, it's being reported that the gender-swapped version of Mister Sinister, one of the most beloved X-Men villains ever, is going to be at the center of Dark Phoenix. This rumor was revealed on the latest episode of Meet the Movie Press and,
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Antonio Banderas Joining The New Mutants As Mystery Villain

As if fans weren’t already against the idea of Fox pushing The New Mutants back well over a year in order to completely reshoot the film, yesterday brought some frustrating news.

It turns out that Jon Hamm was set to appear in a post-credits scene as Mister Sinister, a villain folks have been waiting to see in the X-Men movie universe for years now. However, due to the production being completely overhauled, his scene has been removed.

On the bright side, The Tracking Board’s revealed that another well-liked star is joining The New Mutants instead. While Hamm’s Mister Sinister is out, Antonio Banderas is now in. He’ll likewise cameo as a villain in the film’s tag sequence, though despite how that appears, TB maintains that he’s not simply taking over the role of Sinister and is playing a different, unspecified antagonist.

It’s hard
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Jon Hamm was reportedly going to appear as Mister Sinister in The New Mutants prior to the reshoots

Earlier this week it was revealed that 20th Century Fox has once again pushed back the release of The New Mutants, with the X-Men spinoff reportedly set to be completely “overhauled” with up to fifty percent of the movie reshot ahead of its latest release date in August 2019.

We know that these reshoots will include the addition of several new characters, but it seems they’ll also be removing one too – Mister Sinister, as played by Mad Men’s Jon Hamm.

According to The Tracking Board, The New Mutants would have featured the Essex Corporation, which you may recall was teased in the X-Men: Apocalypse post-credits scene, and would have featured a tag of its own with Jon Hamm making an appearance as Nathaniel Essex, a.k.a. the supervillain Mister Sinister.

Instead, the site is reporting that the post-credits scene for The New Mutants will now feature Antonio Banderas
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Steven Spielberg thinks Netflix films are TV movies and shouldn’t qualify for the Oscars

Out on the promotional rounds for his new film Ready Player One, legendary director Steven Spielberg has been chatting about current trends in filmmaking – and specifically, the rise of original content on streaming services such as Netflix.

“A lot of studios today would rather just make branded, tentpole, guaranteed box office hits from their inventory of branded successful movies than take chances on smaller films,” Spielberg tells The Playlist. “Those smaller films that studios used make routinely are now going to Amazon, Hulu, and Netflix. Television is really thriving with quality and art. But it poses a clear and present danger to film goers.”

Spielberg went on to elaborate that, in his opinion, films produced for Netflix et al should be considered “TV movies”, thus competing for Emmy Awards rather than Oscars:

“Once you commit to a television format, you’re a TV movie. You certainly, if it’s a good show,
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Jon Hamm Was Supposed to Appear in The New Mutants as Mr. Sinister, But Not Anymore

As you know Josh Boone's The New Mutants has been going through some big changes. Earlier this week, we learned that Fox wanted 50% of the film reshot because they didn't feel it was scary enough. That has been confirmed to be true. The reason they want it to be scarier is because of the success of Stephen King's It. It's funny because at first, the studio was hesitant to make this a horror film, now they are pushing it to be scarier. It's explained:

Fox cut a trailer for New Mutants that played up the scary elements from the film, essentially selling it as a straight-up horror movie — this despite the fact that in its first test screening, New Mutants scored the exact same number as the first screening of Deadpool and besides the very end, reshoots were deemed unnecessary. However, because of that well-received trailer, audiences were now expecting a horror movie.
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Ready Player One movie review: trivial pursuit*

MaryAnn’s quick take… A nightmare of nothingness, of empty, soulless wankery, that serves only to reassure male dorks that their pop-culture obsessions make them special, and will make cute girls like them. I’m “biast” (pro): mostly a big fan of Spielberg…

I’m “biast” (con): …but he’s faltering more often these days

I have read the source material (and I hate it)

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto) women’s participation in this film

(learn more about this)

Oh, what a terrible dystopia. The year is 2045. Society is collapsing. Everybody is poor and desperate. Rule is seemingly by corporations, which distract the citizenry from their misery with digital circuses and drone-delivered pizza. The last hope for humanity: the benevolence of billionaires.

No, wait: that’s today. Bill Gates is trying to fix malaria, Mark Zuckerberg is trying to fix public education, and
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Tye Sheridan Looks Back on ‘The Tree of Life’ and What He Learned From Terrence Malick at 11 Years Old

Tye Sheridan Looks Back on ‘The Tree of Life’ and What He Learned From Terrence Malick at 11 Years Old
Tye Sheridan is front and center in Steven Spielberg’s new blockbuster hopeful “Ready Player One,” but the movie is hardly the first time the young actor has worked with one of the greatest living directors in cinema. Sheridan made his feature acting debut in “The Tree of Life,” and he shot Terrence Malick’s magnum opus when he was only 11 years old. As the actor explains on Variety’s Playback Podcast, working with Malick on his first film set a very unusual precedent.

“That was my first experience ever on a film set,” Sheridan said. “The fact that I never saw a script and I didn’t know what we were shooting until literally the moment we arrived on set, for me, I thought that was normal when I was 11 years old working on this movie.”

Sheridan eventually learned on subsequent film projects like Jeff Nichols’ “Mud” and David Gordon Green
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Playback: Tye Sheridan on ‘Ready Player One’ and Learning From Terrence Malick

Playback: Tye Sheridan on ‘Ready Player One’ and Learning From Terrence Malick
Welcome to “Playback,” a Variety / iHeartRadio podcast bringing you exclusive conversations with the talents behind many of today’s hottest films.

The 21-year-old actor Tye Sheridan is in full gallop on a career that began 10 years ago when he was plucked from the sidelines by Terrence Malick for the 2011 film “The Tree of Life.” After finding his stride in movies like Jeff Nichols’ “Mud” and Bryan Singer’s “X-Men: Apocalypse,” Sheridan — one of Variety‘s 10 Actors to Watch in 2014 — has a pair of studio blockbusters set for 2018: “X-Men: Dark Phoenix,” in which he’ll reprise the role of Cyclops later in the fall, and Steven Spielberg’s “Ready Player One,” a dream project for a young man who grew up on a steady diet of Spielberg’s spectacles in Texas.

Listen to this week’s episode of “Playback” below. New episodes air every Thursday.

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Ready Player One opens with $3.8 million in Wednesday previews

Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One got off to a solid start at the North American box-office, with its Wednesday night previews collecting $3.8 million worth of coins for the Warner Bros. blockbuster.

Box-office analysts have the adaptation of Ernest Cline’s book reaching between $38 to $42 million over this four-day weekend. Ready Player One will expand into 4000+ theatres by Friday, and currently sits at 78% on Rotten Tomatoes. You can read what Flickering Myth thought of the film here.

Fighting over second place will be Universal and Legendary’s sophomore frame for Pacific Rim Uprising, the all conquering Black Panther, and the third week of spiritual surprise, I Can Only Imagine.

What do you think Ready Player One will finish on for the four day weekend? Has the positive word-of-mouth convinced you to take a chance on a trip to the Oasis? Let us know in the comments section…

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Review: Spielberg's 'Ready Player One' is a World of Pure Imagination

In a legendary career spanning more than four decades, Steven Spielberg changed the film industry with his influential science fiction and adventure movies. Timeless films, such as Jaws (1975), Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982), and Jurassic Park (1993), are revered as archetypes of contemporary Hollywood escapist cinema. Along with other pop culture touchstones of the era, like Star Wars (1977) and Superman: The Motion Picture (1978), Spielberg's movies paved the way for the massive blockbusters that now dominate the box office year-round. With his new film, the unabashedly entertaining Ready Player One, Spielberg adapts author Ernie Cline's NY Times bestseller, a love letter to the 1980s that would not exist without the director's unparalleled output. Set in the year 2045 - the world is a harsh place, beset by unemployment, poverty, overcrowding, and utter hopelessness. 18-year-old Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan of Mud and X-Men: Apocalypse) lives
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Steven Spielberg’s involvement allowed Ready Player One to be crammed with pop-culture references, according to writer Zak Penn

One of the best aspects of Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One is its unabashed affection for the past. Reading the book feels like a freefall into the 1980s, with each page packed to the brim with nostalgia. With that said, any film adaptation of Ready Player One would need access to this wealth of pop-culture if it was going to do the book any justice. Well, what’s easy for a book is not so easy when it comes to a major studio film. Seriously, how does one cut through all the bureaucratic tape to get this to the screen? Furthermore, imagine being tasked with writing the script! Where do you start? What can you use?

Cinemablend, at a recent press day, asked Ready Player One script writer Zak Penn about the arduous task of sifting through all of the pop-culture references that he could, and couldn’t use for the adaptation,
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