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May 27

See The First Look At Harrison Ford In Indiana Jones 5

A first look at Harrison Ford's Indy in the upcoming "Indiana Jones" film (image courtesy Lucasfilm)

by Sarah El-Mahmoud

For years we've been anticipating Harrison Ford's return to his iconic fedora and whip-smart character for Indiana Jones 5 and that time is finally getting closer. During Star Wars Celebration at the Anaheim Convention Center, the Lucasfilm property invaded a panel of announcements to share the first official image from the James Mangold-directed upcoming movie.

The first Indiana Jones 5 image is here and it features Harrison Ford back in his classic outfit in a beautiful silhouette image.

The image sees Harrison Ford walking on a bridge as a beam of yellow-tinted light comes from above him, highlighting his memorable profile. It is reminiscent of Spielberg often playing with light and shadows when the character enters a scene in previous Indiana Jones films.

Harrison Ford took the stage at Star Wars celebration on Thursday to the audience’s surprise, alongside John Williams, who was conducting a full orchestra and playing his beloved Indiana Jones theme music, which he will once again compose for the fifth film. CinemaBlend was in attendance. Ford said he was "really proud" of Indiana Jones 5 amidst the first image being shown amidst Star Wars announcements like the first Andor trailer, Jude Law joining Star Wars and another off-topic announcement with the Willow series trailer.

Continue Reading at: Cinemablend

May 26

Ray Liotta, 'Goodfellas' star, dead at 67

In this file photo, Ray Liotta attends a screening of "Goodfellas" during the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival (image courtesy Getty)

by Lisa Respers France and Chloe Melas, CNN Digital

Ray Liotta, the actor known for his roles in "Field of Dreams" and the Martin Scorsese mob classic "Goodfellas," has died.

He was 67.

"Ray was working on a project in the Dominican Republic called 'Dangerous Waters' when he died in his sleep. He is survived by his daughter, Karsen, and his fiancée, Jacy Nittolo, his publicist Jennifer Allen told CNN.

Born in Newark, New Jersey, Liotta was the adopted son of Alfred and Mary Liotta, who later adopted a daughter, Linda.

He attended Union High School where he excelled at sports and went on to attend the University of Miami. He studied drama and was cast in his first play, "Cabaret."

Following his college graduation, Liotta moved to New York City where he got work in commercials and was cast as Joey Perrini on the daytime soap opera "Another World," in which he appeared from 1978 to 1981.

His performance as crazed ex-con Ray Sinclair in the 1986 film "Something Wild" proved to be a breakthrough role for the actor.

Liotta followed that with an acclaimed performance as baseball player "Shoeless" Joe Jackson in the box office hit "Field of Dreams" with Kevin Costner.

His most memorable role, perhaps, was as real-life mobster Henry Hill in the 1990 film "Goodfellas," which cast him opposite heavy hitters Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci.

More recently, Liotta narrated the TV docuseries "The Making of the Mob" and starred in "The Many Saints of Newark," the prequel film to the hit television mob series "The Sopranos."

Continue Reading at: CTV

May 25

The Gray Man Trailer: Ryan Gosling is hunted by Chris Evans in Netflix’s first-look

by Gaius Bolling

The first trailer for The Gray Man has been released and it sees Ryan Gosling being hunted by a psychopathic adversary played by Chris Evans in Netflix's latest original film.

Based on the 2009 novel of the same name and helmed by The Russo Brothers, Netflix describes the film by saying, "The Gray Man is CIA operative Court Gentry (Ryan Gosling), aka, Sierra Six. Plucked from a federal penitentiary and recruited by his handler, Donald Fitzroy (Billy Bob Thornton), Gentry was once a highly-skilled, Agency-sanctioned merchant of death. But now the tables have turned and Six is the target, hunted across the globe by Lloyd Hansen (Chris Evans), a former cohort at the CIA, who will stop at nothing to take him out. Agent Dani Miranda (Ana de Armas) has his back. He'll need it." The film also stars Jessica Henwick, Wagner Moura, Dhanush, Alfre Woodard, Regé-Jean Page, Scott Haze, Julia Butters, and Eme Ikwuakor.

At $200 million+, The Gray Man is the most expensive film ever made by the streamer. Empire Magazine also reports that a prequel focusing on Chris Evans' Lloyd Hansen is in the works from Deadpool screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. Hansen is the villainous character played by Evans in The Gray Man and, if all works out, those prequels could very become their own franchise. Also in development is a direct sequel to The Gray Man from writer Stephen McFeely.

See the trailer here:

Continue Reading at: Joblo.com

May 24

Thor: Love and Thunder Trailer & Poster Showcase Gorr the God Butcher

The new poster for "Thor: Love and Thunder" (courtesy Marvel)

by Tyler Treese

Marvel has released the second Thor: Love and Thunder trailer, plus a new poster, for the upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe film starring Chris Hemsworth. It features a great look at Christian Bale's Gorr the God Butcher. The film is set to hit theaters on July 8.

Thor: Love and Thunder sees the return of MCU alums Chris Hemsworth as the God of Thunder, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, and Natalie Portman as Jane Foster, who is now taking on the mantle of the Mighty Thor and will be wielding the iconic Mjolnir. Oscar-winner Christian Bale will also be making his return to the superhero genre as he signs on for the villainous role of Gorr the God Butcher.

"The fourth installment finds Thor on a journey unlike anything he's ever faced – a quest for inner peace. But his retirement is interrupted by a galactic killer known as Gorr the God Butcher, who seeks the extinction of the gods," says the synopsis. "To combat the threat, Thor enlists the help of King Valkyrie, Korg and ex-girlfriend Jane Foster, who – to Thor's surprise – inexplicably wields his magical hammer, Mjolnir, as the Mighty Thor. Together, they embark upon a harrowing cosmic adventure to uncover the mystery of the God Butcher's vengeance and stop him before it's too late."

Check out the new trailer here:

Continue Reading at: ComingSoon.net

May 23

Mission: Impossible Dead Reckoning's first trailer throws Tom Cruise off a mountain

by Austen Goslin

Ethan Hunt is back for another entry in the Mission: Impossible series and he’s already defying death in the film’s first trailer. The first look at Mission: Impossible Dead Reckoning Part One was released alongside the European premiere of Tom Cruise's Top Gun: Maverick over the weekend and now it’s on YouTube, over a year before it’s set to be released in theaters on July 14, 2023.

Joining Tom Cruise on the latest mission for the IMF is an all-star team from previous entries in the series. That includes regulars like Rebecca Ferguson, Simon Pegg, and Ving Rhames. Vanessa Kirby is also returning after her role in Mission: Impossible Fallout, and even Henry Czerny is coming back as Kittridge, who we haven't seen since the original Mission: Impossible back in 1999.

Along with all those returning members, Mission: Impossible Dead Reckoning Part One will also add Hayley Atwell (Captain America: The First Avenger), Pom Klementieff (Guardians of the Galaxy Part 2), Shea Whigham (American Hustle), Cary Elwes (The Princess Bride), and Mark Gatiss (Sherlock) to its cast.

Both parts of Dead Reckoning are written and directed by Christopher McQuarrie, who also directed Rogue Nation and Fallout in the series, as well as collaborating with Cruise on other movies like Edge of Tomorrow and Jack Reacher.

Watch the trailer here:

Continue Reading at: Polygon

May 22

Box Office: 'Doctor Strange 2' Beats 'Downton Abbey' Sequel as Older Adults Remain Skittish

A scene from "Downton Abbey: A New Era" (image courtesy Focus Features)

by Pamela McClintock

In another universe - i.e., before the pandemic - Downton Abbey the movie blew away all expectations when opening to $31 million in September 2019 in a record-best for specialty house Focus Features.

Much has changed in the time since.

The 2019 big-screen adaptation of Julian Fellowes' hit British TV series was fueled by moviegoers 45 and older - a demo that has been the most reluctant to return to cinemas since the COVID-19 crisis struck, and particularly older females. Consumers over 55 represented 52 percent the opening weekend audience, a nearly unheard of stat.

Over the weekend, Fellowes' sequel Downton Abbey: A New Era opened to $16 million from 3,815 locations. While that was in line with prerelease tracking, it's notably behind the first film and underscores the challenges facing movies relying on older consumers who could still be nervous about COVID, and whose habits have changed in the pandemic era as studios offer new releases in the home as soon as three weeks after a title launches in theaters.

Certainly, Downton Abbey 2 attracted plenty of attention from those 55 and older (48 percent) in a promising sign, but the number of people turning out wasn’t at the same levels as in 2019. As with the first film, about 70 percent of the audience was female.

Marvel and Disney's superhero pic Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness had no trouble staying atop the chart in its third weekend with $31.6 million for a domestic total of $342.1 million and $803.2 million globally to become the No. 2 film of the pandemic era behind Spider-Man: No Way Home ($1.8 billion).

Doctor Strange 2 achieved after passing up James Bond pic No Time to Die ($774.2 million), released late last year, and the more recent superhero pic The Batman ($768.5 million).

Family films The Bad Guys and Sonic the Hedgehog 2 followed with $6.1 million and $3.9 million, respectively.

Continue Reading at: The Hollywood Reporter

May 20

Margot Robbie to Star in Ocean's Eleven Prequel

Margot Robbie in 2015 film "Focus" (image courtesy Warner Bros)

by Anthony Nash

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros. is getting ready to bring back the Ocean's Eleven franchise once again, this time with Margot Robbie attached.

Robbie will star and produce a new Ocean's movie that will be directed by Jay Roach, the same director who worked with Robbie on the 2019 drama Bombshell, which earned Robbie a best-supporting actress Oscar nomination. The film will also see Tom Acklery join as producer, with Roach also getting a producer and executive producer credit.

The film's script will be written by Carrie Solomon, and will reportedly be a prequel film set in Europe in the 1960s, although further details are being kept quiet as of now. However, as is the case with any Ocean's film, fans can expect a couple of heists, some betrayals, and a lot of twists and turns along the way. The report notes that the film is in active development and hasn’t been officially greenlit, but the goal is to begin production in spring 2023.

Based on the 1960 Rat Pack film, the first Ocean's Eleven was a massive hit when it premiered in 2001 and was quickly followed up by two sequels, the total of which grossed more than $1 billion at the box office. Most recently, a spin-off film, Ocean's 8, was released in 2018 and featured an all-female cast led by Sandra Bullock. That film was also a success at the box office, earning more than $297 million at the box office and earning generally positive reviews from critics and fans alike.

Continue Reading at: ComingSoon

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