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Mar 1

New Alien: Covenant trailer features lots of death and destruction as xenomorphs terrorise the crew

By Amy West

Given that it's only a few weeks until Alien: Covenant is released in cinemas, 20th Century Fox has rolled out the film's promotional material at an unusually slow pace. But it's safe to say, it's only made the movie more highly anticipated. Fortunately, over the past few days, the studio has not only unveiled the opening prologue and a brand new poster but, now, a thrilling new trailer that is likely to excite fans of the 1979 original.

Unlike the first teaser, the new clip features a fair amount of spoiler-heavy footage – including some snippets that confirm certain characters' deaths – and the first official look at the new terrifying xenomorph towards the end.

There's explosions, bloodshed and lots of screams – (turns out every one can hear you do so in space) – and judging by the sneak peek's ominous tagline, "The path to paradise begins in hell," viewers should brace themselves for some scares this time round.

Ridley Scott's first Alien instalment was very much a slow-burning suspense movie while Prometheus had a slightly more high-concept sci-fi tone. The shift certainly polarised audiences and despite its star-studded cast and intriguing storyline, the spin-off-cum-prequel was less well-received for that exact reason.

It seems Scott is keen to rectify those "wrongs" with Covenant. But while it looks like he's nailed the mood, there's still one thing left to wonder: how is Scott going to make this "badass team led by an even more badass woman fight an alien" story different from ones we've seen before?

Watch the trailer here:

Continue Reading at: International Business Times

Mar 1

Chris Pratt Surprises Jimmy Kimmel's Audience, Debuts 'Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2' Trailer

by ETOnline

Just your average Joe (or Peter)! Chris Pratt surprised the audience on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Tuesday night during the segment "What Do You Have to Plug?"

The sketch was meant for everyday audience members to promote things going on in their lives. But after one woman gave a shout out to her nephew's basketball team fundraiser and another guy promoted his brother's reggae band, a third man stood up to roaring cheers.

"Hi, Jimmy, my name's Chris. I'm from Lake Stevens, Washington," actor Chris Pratt said as the crowd went wild.

"Yes, I'm here to plug a new movie," the action star revealed.

"Oh, is it like a YouTube thing or something?" Kimmel quipped, pretending not to know Pratt.

"No, no, it's a real movie. It opens May 5. It's called Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2," the actor said.

This is what he previewed:

Continue Reading at: ET Canada

Feb 28

Will Smith wields a mighty sword in first trailer for Netflix's 'Bright'

by WENN.com

Will Smith appeared in the first teaser trailer for Netflix’s US$90 million sci-fi fantasy movie Bright.

Netflix premiered a trailer for the project, which comes from a screenplay written by Max Landis of American Ultra and Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency fame.

Set in a world where orcs live side by side with humans, Smith plays a battle hardened Los Angeles police officer in an R-rated cop procedural who is forced to work with an Orc (Joel Edgerton) to find a weapon everyone is prepared to kill for.

The short clip gave quite a big insight into the movie which looks set to be a mix of director David Ayer’s critically acclaimed End of Watch meets Lord of the Rings, with a heap of fantasy and mysticism including a scene of Smith holding a huge battle sword.

The cast includes Prometheus actress Noomi Rapace, Hands of Stone star Edgar Ramirez, Ike Barinholtz, Kenneth Choi, Lucy Fry and Dawn Olivieri.

See the trailer here:

Continue Reading at: Toronto Sun

Feb 27

'Moonlight' takes best picture Oscar after stunning mix-up

"La La Land" producer Jordan Horowitz holds up the card reading Best Film 'Moonlight" next to actor Warren Beatty after the latter mistakingly read "La La Land" (image courtesy AFP)

by AFP

Coming-of-age drama "Moonlight" won the best picture Oscar on Sunday, but not before the film industry's biggest night was marred by one of the worst fiascos in its history, as "La La Land" was mistakenly handed the award first.

Until the final minute the film industry's biggest night had run smoothly, marked by plenty of political statements -- mainly jabs at President Donald Trump -- and light-hearted jokes from host Jimmy Kimmel.

The evening also represented a move towards burying the #OscarsSoWhite controversy of the past two years, with two of the four acting prizes and a handful of other major awards going to African American nominees.

But the stunning final stumble was a nightmare of a Hollywood ending that no one wanted to see.

Tinseltown legends Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, stars of 1967 crime classic "Bonnie and Clyde" and both past Oscar winners, were meant to give the best picture Oscar to Barry Jenkins's film.

But after the pair were apparently handed the wrong envelope, she mistakenly called it for "La La Land," Damien Chazelle's nostalgic musical.

Scenes of confusion and embarrassment followed after the "La La Land" crew -- already on stage and delivering speeches -- suddenly realized the mistake and announced themselves that "Moonlight" had actually won.

Beatty, the 79-year-old veteran actor and director, said he'd been given the wrong envelope -- the one containing the card announcing "La La Land" star Emma Stone's best actress win.

Continue Reading at: Daily Mail

Feb 26

'Twister' actor Bill Paxton dies at 61: family representative

Bill Paxton arrives at the Critics' Choice Television Awards on Sunday, May 31, 2015 (image courtesy Invision / AP)

by Lindsey Bahr, The Associated Press

Bill Paxton, a prolific and charismatic actor who had memorable roles in such blockbusters as "Apollo 13" and "Titanic" while also cherishing his work in "One False Move" and other low-budget movies and in the HBO series "Big Love," has died from complications due to surgery. He was 61.

A family representative issued a statement Sunday on the death but provided no further details.

Paxton, a Fort Worth, Texas, native, appeared in dozens of movies and television shows and seemed to be around when history was made both on and off screen. As a boy, he was in the crowd that welcomed President John F. Kennedy in Texas on the morning of Nov. 22, 1963, hours before Kennedy was killed in Dallas. As a young man, he worked in the art department for "B" movie king Roger Corman, who helped launch the careers of numerous actors and filmmakers.

Paxton's movie credits included some of the signature works of the past 40 years, from "Titanic" and "Apollo 13" to "The Terminator and "Aliens." Television fans knew him for his role as a polygamist, with three wives who expected the best from him, in the HBO series "Big Love," for which he received three Golden Globe nominations.

Continue Reading at: CTV

Feb 26

Weekend Box Office: 'Get Out' Unseats 'Lego Batman' With Stellar $30.5M Debut

Daniel Kaluuya in a scene from weekend debut 'Get Out' (image courtesy Universal)

by Pamela McClintock

Jordan Peele's unique, race-conscious horror film Get Out peeled out of the North American box office with an impressive $30.5 debut, toppling holdover The Lego Batman Movie from the top spot.

The movie marks Peele's feature directorial debut, and is the second win in a row for Universal and Blumhouse after M. Night Shyamalan's Split, which has grossed $221.2 million globally since its Jan. 20 release.

Get Out, playing in 2,781 theaters and costing under $5 million to make, exceeded expectations after garnering a rare 100 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes and an A- CinemaScore from audiences, unusual for a horror film (it isn't uncommon for a horror title to earn some variation of a C grade).
Heading into the weekend, box office observers weren't sure if Get Out would be able to unseat Lego Batman.

Lego Batman was certainly no slouch in its third weekend, earning an estimated $19 million domestically from 4,157 theaters to jump the $200 million mark globally and finish Sunday with a total $226 million.

Continue Reading at: The Hollywood Reporter

Feb 26

Batman v Superman, Hillary's America top Razzies as year's worst films

by Reuters

Even the Razzie Awards are getting political. A documentary criticizing U.S. Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton tied on Saturday with superhero ensemble Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice on a list of the year's worst achievements in film, winning four Razzies apiece.

The annual tongue-in-cheek Golden Raspberry Awards, which serve as an antidote to Hollywood's Oscars ceremony, named Dinesh D'Souza's Hillary's America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party as the worst film of 2016.

D'Souza, a conservative commentator and best-selling author, was named worst actor for narrating his documentary and worst director alongside Bruce Schooley. Worst actress went to the person who portrayed Clinton in the film.

The Razzies follow a Hollywood awards season marked by outspoken speeches and protests against the policies and behavior of U.S. President Donald Trump. The season culminates with Sunday's Oscars ceremony.

The annual Razzie Redeemer Award went to veteran actor-director Mel Gibson. Gibson has been welcomed back into the folds of Hollywood with his war drama Hacksaw Ridge a decade after a drunken anti-Semitic rant made him an outcast. Hacksaw Ridge is nominated for six Oscars on Sunday, including Gibson for director.

Continue Reading at: CBC

Feb 25

Why Denzel Washington Could Make History with a Surprise Third Oscar Win

Denzel Washington may make history at the Oscars this year (image courtesy Shutterstock)

by Mike Miller

With a best actor nomination for his tour-de-force performance in Fences, Denzel Washington is on the verge of making history - again.

Should he win, Washington would have more Oscars under his belt than any other African-American actor. He is already the most nominated, having landed his seventh nod this year for Fences, and is also the only African-American to win multiple acting Oscars. Jethro Tull But with Casey Affleck's gut-wrenching turn in Manchester By the Sea wracking up best actor nominations and wins throughout awards season, this year's Oscars will see Washington playing an unfamiliar role: the underdog.

He admitted as much after his surprise win at the SAG Awards, where Washington beat out Affleck for the lead actor prize. "I'm a God-fearing man, I'm supposed to have faith; but I didn't have faith," he said onstage. "I said, 'Well, you know that young boy’s going to win, Denzel, you ain't gonna win.' So I didn't even prepare."

Continue Reading at: People

Feb 24

Wolverine/Deadpool film not happening: Hugh Jackman

Ryan Reynolds (left) as Deadpool and Hugh Jackman as Wolverine (images courtesy Toronto Sun - file photos)

by WENN.com

Hugh Jackman has shot down Ryan Reynolds' hopes of bringing the Australian actor out of retirement as Wolverine to star in a future Deadpool movie.

The Les Miserables star has long insisted his forthcoming outing as Wolverine in Logan will be his final film as the X-Men character, but Reynolds refused to listen and has continued to campaign for a big screen reunion between the clawed superhero and his masked Deadpool, after appearing together in 2009's critical flop X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

Jackman appeared to consider the project last year, when he admitted he liked the idea, telling Variety.com, "I'm hesitating, because I could totally see how that's the perfect fit."

However, the 48-year-old has since decided he wants no part of the huge Deadpool franchise, insisting Reynolds has no "need" for his involvement.

In a recent question and answer session with fans on Facebook, he made it clear the time had passed for such an onscreen match up.

Asked outright if he would reunite with Reynolds onscreen, he replied, "No, and Ryan is currently sleeping outside my house!"

Continue Reading at: Toronto Sun

Feb 23

Alien: Covenant Prologue Lays The Movie's Groundwork With Partying And Good Conversation

by Mike Reyes

In the beginning, Ridley Scott's Alien was a franchise that built itself on a solid foundation of characters who were fun to watch, yet easy to identify with. After all, if some space creature is going to make its business the deaths of the crew members you're watching on the screen, you're going to want to relate to them before they meet such an untimely death. To a certain extent, the franchise moved away from such moments with each passing film, at least until Prometheus brought some of that spark back to the world of Xenomorphs and man. But now, with a newly released prequel video for Alien: Covenant, we're getting a sense that this film just might be going back to that particularly charismatic well.

Thanks to 20th Century Fox's YouTube channel, the prologue to Alien: Covenant, entitled "The Last Supper," has made its way to our eager eyes. While it's short, it's a perfect appetizer to the bloody, severely frightening entree that Ridley Scott's latest film in the series promises to be. There's not a lot of material that looks like it's teasing out the overall story to Alien: Covenant's plot line, but you can already start to see some personal dynamics forming. Not to mention, you get a fair amount of smart-assed Danny McBride doing his thing, helping lend this short film an air of familiarity and comfort; two things that will be in short supply to the crew of the Covenant on their latest journey.

Check out the clip here:

Continue Reading at: CinemaBlend

Feb 22

The Star Wars: Rogue One Blu-ray Will Come With The Cool Bonus Features

by Matt Wood

Considering that it has grossed over $1 billion at the box office and that it currently sits as the seventh highest grossing film of all time, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is probably looking at a pretty long shelf life. The spin-off was also a critical success, and now Disney is starting to roll out the carpet for the digital and home release of their latest Star Wars film. Like any decent Blu-ray worth your buck, the release is going to be loaded with bonus features and extras for die hard fans looking to learn more of that behind-the-scenes action.

Rogue One is hitting Digital HD on March 24, while the Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and On-Demand follow soon after on April 4. Disney and Lucasfilm were kind enough to share what fans are in for should they purchase any of the multiple forms of releases, and there's no shortage of extras. Much of the meat of these features are devoted to the original characters of Rogue One, with Jyn Erso, Cassian, K-2SO and the like each getting their own behind-the-scenes look at how they were conceived and developed. "The Princess & The Governor" sounds like it could be a standout, going into how the digital effects crew recreated Moff Tarkin and Princess Leia for the film. Considering both the controversy and impressive technology, that one might be a must watch.

Click the Continue Reading at link to see a full list of the extras as well as the rest of the article.

Continue Reading at: CinemaBlend

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