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Brie Larson confirmed as 'Captain Marvel'
Brie Larson at the 2016 Oscars and a conceptual image of Captain Marvel from Marvel's website (images courtesy Today / Marvel)
by Lindsey Bahr, The Associated Press
Oscar winner Brie Larson has a new title to add to her resume: Superhero.
Disney and Marvel announced Saturday at Comic-Con that Larson will star in "Captain Marvel" as the butt-kicking air force pilot Carol Danvers who gets special powers after an alien encounter.
"Captain Marvel" will be the first film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to center on a female character. The film is scheduled for release in March of 2019.
"Guardians of the Galaxy" writer Nicole Perlman and "Inside Out's" Meg LeFauve are co-writing the screenplay. No director has been announced.
Box Office: 'Star Trek Beyond' Beams Up $59.6M; 'Ice Age 5' Bombs With $21M
CPO: We wonder if the tagline was somehow prophetic? (image courtesy Blue Sky / 20th Century Fox)
by Pamela McClintock
It was a topsy-turvey weekend at the box office.
Justin Lin's Star Trek Beyond beamed up a strong $59.6 million from 3,928 theaters, more than enough to win the weekend and marking one of the best openings of summer to date. However, the third chapter in Paramount and Skydance's rebooted franchise came in 14 percent behind the opening of Star Trek Into Darkness ($70.2 million) as Hollywood battles a bad case of sequelitis. (The 2009 film Star Trek blasted off with an even better $75.2 million.)
Still, 14 percent is a relatively modest drop. And it's nothing compared to Ice Age: Collision Course, which fell off a cliff in its U.S. debut with $21 million from 3,392 theaters — 55 percent behind the 2012 launch of Ice Age: Continental Drift ($46.6 million) and the worst showing for a studio animated tentpole in a decade. The good news: Collision Course, which eked out a fifth-place finish, is a vibrant player overseas, earning $127 million even before it landed in North America.
Instead, U.S. audiences preferred Universal and Illumination's animated holdover The Secret Life of Pets, which placed No. 2 in its third weekend with $29.3 million from 4,048 locations for a domestic total of $260.7 million and worldwide haul of $323.7 million (Pets earned another $10 million overseas this weekend from 14 markets.)
Ice Age faced tough going all the way around; Pixar's Finding Dory placed No. 6 in its sixth weekend with more than $7 million, pushing its domestic total to $460.2 million - the ninth-best showing of all time - and global cume to $781.7 million after earning another $19.5 million overseas from 45 markets.
New 'Fantastic Beasts' Trailer Featuring Eddie Redmayne Reveals Magical Monsters
by Nicholas Hautman
More magic and more monsters! A brand new Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them trailer debuted at San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday, July 23, sending Muggles everywhere into a frenzy.
The film's director, David Yates, took the stage during the Warner Bros. panel on Saturday afternoon to introduce the cast of the movie, which was written by Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling. After protagonist Eddie Redmayne, who plays Newt Scamander, was greeted by a roar of cheers from the audience, he started handing out magic wands to thousands of fans, with some help from Warner Bros. crew members.
"Everyone here is getting their own wand!" Comic-Con host Conan O’Brien said.
After Potterheads were instructed to point their wands at a screen onstage, the Fantastic Beasts trailer began to play. The teaser starts with Colin Farrell, who plays Auror Percival Graces, investigating the sudden arrival of several dangerous creatures in New York in the mid-1920s.
As fans know, and as is later revealed in the trailer, the so-called "fantastic beasts" escaped from a magical briefcase owned by none other than Newt (Redmayne). Although several promos for the upcoming movie have previously been released, the Comic-Con video gives viewers a first look at the beasts themselves.
Watch the New Trailer for Secret 'Blair Witch' Sequel
by Natalie Stone
Seventeen years after The Blair Witch Project spooked audiences at the 1999 summer box office, a sequel to the horror film has been released.
In a surprise twist to San Diego Comic-Con-goers on Friday evening, Lionsgate shocked fans when the studio unveiled that its upcoming film The Woods is, in actuality, a new sequel to the 1999 horror-mystery. Upon entering a screening for the film at SDCC, the studio swapped The Woods posters for the newly unveiled project: Blair Witch.
Set to hit theaters on September 16, 2016, Blair Witch follows a group of college students who venture into Maryland's Black Hills Forest to uncover mysteries surrounding the disappearance of James' sister, who many believe is connected to the legend of the Blair Witch. During the group's hunt, they are visited by a menacing presence.
Justice League Trailer Revealed at Comic-Con 2016: Ben Affleck's Batman Confronts Aquaman and The Flash
by Corinne Heller
The Avengers, X-Men...you've got some fierce competition.
The first teaser trailer for Zack Snyder and DC Entertainment's new superhero ensemble movie Justice League was posted on YouTube and unveiled at San Diego Comic-Con International 2016 Saturday, marking the first released footage from the anticipated film, and it looks kick-ass.
In the clip, Ben Affleck's Bruce Wayne, aka Batman, talks about building an "alliance" of "warriors" with "special abilities" to fight against an "enemy" coming from far away. The actor had previously played the superhero role in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
In the Justice League teaser, his character is shown talking to Diana Prince / Wonder Woman, played by fellow past co-star Gal Gadot, and getting into a physical confrontation with Arthur Currry / Aquaman, played by franchise newcomer Jason Momoa.
"I hear you can talk to fish," Affleck says.
Ray Fisher also returns as Victor Stone / Cyborg, while Ezra Miller reprises his Batman v Superman cameo role as Barry Miller / The Flash and showcases his skills to Batman.
Director Garry Marshall and Julia Roberts back during the days of filming 'Pretty Woman' (image courtesy Pinterest / Buena Vista)
by Samantha Schnurr
Hollywood has lost a movie legend, but fortunately, Garry Marshall's legacy will live on in his films.
The iconic actor, producer, director and writer led a career spanning more than four decades. In that time, he managed to magnify the careers of then-upcoming stars like Julia Roberts and Anne Hathaway and fortify the romantic comedy genre tenfold.
"He launched and nurtured more careers than he had shoes," Tom Hanks wrote of the director.
The 81-year-old, who passed away from complications of pneumonia following a stroke, was as multi-talented as they come in the industry, having simultaneously written, directed and starred in cameo appearances in many of his films. Aside from the silver screen, he also created several beloved television series, including Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley and Mork & Mindy - the latter having turned Robin Williams into a household name.
"I had this kid, Robin Williams. Nobody ever heard of him. I brought him on as a guest on Happy Days," Marshall told CNBC. "When I introduced Robin Williams, the audience stood up... I said this could be somebody good and that's when I immediately tried to create something."
The Magnificent Seven seem to be on everybody’s mind these days. John Sturges' iconic 1960 Western inspired not one but two big-name parodies in the last year alone: Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight and Adam Sandler's The Ridiculous Six. Soon, viewers will be staring down the barrel of Antoine Fuqua's honest-to-goodness remake of The Magnificent Seven (itself, of course, a Western remake of Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai). As the latest trailer shows, it's going to involve a lot of horses and a lot of things blowing up.
Denzel Washington stars as Chisolm, a bounty hunter recruited by Emma Cullen (Haley Bennett) to even the score of her fellow townspeople against oppressive industrialist Bartholomew Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard). He assembles a strike force of six other fighters and desperadoes: Josh Farraday (Chris Pratt), Goodnight Robicheaux (Ethan Hawke), Jack Horne (Vincent D’Onofrio), Billy Rocks (Byung-Hun Lee), Vasquez (Manuel Garcia-Rulfo), and Red Harvest (Martin Sensmeier). The seven are vastly outnumbered by Bogue's cronies, but they love to think on their feet, blow stuff up, and, in the case of Sam, shoot people while hanging sideways off a moving horse. Should make for an even fight.
Paramount Plans Fourth 'Star Trek' Film in New Series
Yes it's amazing, the new 'Star Trek' franchise will be back for a fourth (image from 'Star Trek: Beyond' courtesy Paramount)
by Tatiana Siegel
Paramount Pictures, Skydance and Bad Robot have made it official that the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise will return to the big screen for another outing.
In the next installment of Star Trek, Chris Pine's Captain Kirk will cross paths with a man he never had a chance to meet but whose legacy has haunted him since the day he was born: his father. The move has been rumored but never confirmed by the studio.
Chris Hemsworth, who appeared in 2009's Star Trek, will return to the space saga as George Kirk to star alongside Pine.
The remaining cast also is expected to return with the exception of Anton Yelchin, who passed away last month and had played Chekov in the past three incarnations. No director has been named for the untitled fourth film.