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New X-Men film, Apocalypse, to be released in 2016
Director Bryan Singer to be involved with the 8th film in the X-Men franchise (image courtesy Getty)
Apocalypse will be the eighth film in the superhero series, which includes two Wolverine spin-off movies.
Bryan Singer, who directed the first two films in the franchise, hinted about the project on Twitter before it was confirmed by Fox that it would be released on 27 May 2016.
The first film in the X-Men series came out in 2000.
The new movie will focus on Apocalypse, an ancient Egyptian villain who appears in the Marvel comics.
The character first appeared in 1986.
It is set to be released in the same week as Alice in Wonderland 2 and two weeks before The Amazing Spider-Man 3.
There are no indications of the plot for the film.
'Amazing Spider-Man 2' trailer: 'Not everyone has a happy ending'
By Jeff Labrecque
In the new trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Andrew Garfield's Peter Parker feels like the world is plotting against him, especially since the more good he seems to do as Spider-Man, the greater the forces of evil rise. "It's just a matter of time before I face those with more power than I can overcome."
The first real footage from the sequel unveils plenty of shady characters: an armored Rhino, Jamie Foxx's blue Electro, Dane DeHaan's not-even-pretending-to-be-nice Henry Osborn, the raspy-voiced Oscorp shadow from the first film's post-credit teaser, and someone suited up in a Goblin-like hi-tech military suit.
Throw in a little evocative razor-blades-on-string-instruments music, à la The Dark Knight, and an ailing Norman Osborn wheezing, "Not everyone has a happy ending," when Spidey is about to stare down incredible odds, and you've got a pretty potent clip.
Gal Gadot cast as Wonder Woman in Batman-Superman movie
Actress Gal Gadot at the 'Riddick' L.A. premiere in August 2013 (image courtesy Paul A. Herbert)
By JAKE COYLE
Wonder Woman is finally coming to the big screen.
Israel-born actress Gal Gadot has been cast as Wonder Woman in Warner Bros.' superhero team-up film with Batman and Superman, the studio announced Wednesday. Already starring in the currently untitled film are Ben Affleck as Batman and Henry Cavill as Superman.
Created in the 1940s and outfitted in patriotic colors, Wonder Woman was most famously played by Lynda Carter in the 1970s "Wonder Woman" television series. But despite the character's considerable cultural impact, Wonder Woman hasn't previously made it into the movies.
Wonder Woman's inclusion in the film brings it closer to a full gathering of DC Comics' Justice League, which also features the Flash, Aquaman and others. Warner Bros. hasn't announced any further castings in the film, except that it will return many of the stars of Zac Snyder's Superman reboot "Man of Steel."
New report: 70 percent of America's silent films are gone forever
A previously captured image from one of the many lost silent films (image courtesy Everett Collection)
By Jeff Labrecque
Seventy percent of America's silent films from 1912-29, an era that established Hollywood and American cinema as a lucrative and prominent art form, are gone forever. A new study commissioned by the National Film Preservation Board and unveiled by the Library of Congress revealed that of the nearly 11,000 silent feature films released during that period, only 30 percent are still in existence - and more than half of those are incomplete or remain only in foreign versions or in lower-quality formats, like 28 mm or 16 mm.
"The Library of Congress can now authoritatively report that the loss of American silent-era feature films constitutes an alarming and irretrievable loss to our nation's cultural record," said Librarian of Congress James H. Billington. "We have lost most of the creative record from the era that brought American movies to the pinnacle of world cinematic achievement in the 20th century."
In the last 80 years, thousands of films - some of them classics - have been lost due to chemical decay, fire, lack of commercial value, and the cost of storage. Lon Chaney's London After Midnight (1927, pictured above), The Patriot (1928), Cleopatra (1917), and The Great Gatsby (1926) are a few of the casualties, and only five of Will Rogers' 16 silent features still exist.
The study highlights [an] ongoing effort to locate and preserve copies of American silent films in any form, and the study notes that more than a quarter of the existing films had been found in other countries.
'I will always love you:' Vin Diesel pays tribute to Paul Walker
Vin Diesel with Paul Walker at the April 2013 Las Vegas CinemaCon (image courtesy AP)
by Bang Showbiz
Vin Diesel has paid an emotional tribute to his late 'Fast and the Furious' co-star Paul Walker.
The 46-year-old actor, who appeared alongside the 40-year-old star in four of the franchise's six movies, took to his Facebook page to post a picture of the pair and a touching tribute to his good friend, who tragically died in a car crash on Saturday, describing him as a "brother" and insisting he will always love him.
Quoting Scottish poet Thomas Campbell, he wrote: "To live in the hearts we leave behind, is not to die." Thomas Campbell."
Vin -- who played Dominic Toretto in the film franchise, opposite Paul's character Brian O'Conner -- added: "Pablo, I wish you could see the world right now... and the profound impact, your full life has had on it, on Us... on me..."
'Fast and Furious' star Paul Walker dies in car crash
'Fast and Furious' franchise star Paul Walker dies in car accident (image courtesy Getty)
By Carla Rivera
Actor Paul Walker, who gained fame as an undercover detective in the hugely successful "The Fast and the Furious" franchise, was killed Saturday in a car accident in Valencia, his representatives confirmed.
The single vehicle crash occurred about 3:30 p.m. in the 28300 block of Rye Canyon Loop. Deputies from the Santa Clarita Valley sheriff's station and the Los Angeles County Fire Department arrived to find a vehicle engulfed in flames. Two people in the vehicle were pronounced dead at the scene.
The cause of the accident is under investigation, said sheriff's Deputy Kim Manatt.
According to a statement on his Twitter account, Walker, 40, was attending a charity event to aid Filipino victims of Typhoon Haiyan for his organization Reach Out Worldwide, formed in 2010 as a quick response first-aid organization.
"It is with a truly heavy heart that we must confirm that Paul Walker passed away today in a tragic car accident while attending a charity event for his organization Reach Out Worldwide," the statement read. "He was a passenger in a friend's car, in which both lost their lives. We appreciate your patience as we too are stunned and saddened beyond belief by this news."
Officials with the Los Angeles County coroner's office said they were still at the scene and could not confirm the names of either victim.
Representatives with Universal Pictures confirmed Walker's identity and released a statement:
"All of us at Universal are heartbroken. Paul was truly one of the most beloved and respected members of our studio family for 14 years, and this loss is devastating to us, to everyone involved with the 'Fast and Furious' films, and to countless fans. We send our deepest and most sincere condolences to Paul's family."
'Frozen' Poised to Open Big at Thanksgiving Box Office Weekend
Movie poster for new animated flick 'Frozen' (image courtesy Disney)
With good reviews coming its way, "Frozen" is expected to open big at Thanksgiving weekend. The Disney Pictures animation is predicted to make $70 million over five days in its first weekend in wide release, but it is unlikely to beat "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" in the domestic box office.
"Frozen" had been introduced at El Capitan Theater in Hollywood last week and garnered more than $243,000. Critics have also given favorable reviews to the 3D animation. Rotten Tomatoes noted 87 percent of them said it's among the "fresh".
Disney has continuously delivered strong contenders for Thanksgiving holiday. In 2007, "Enchanted" took in $49 million in its opening weekend while in 2010, "Tangled" successfully opened to $68.7 million income.
Meanwhile, "Catching Fire" had landed itself in the fourth position of the best domestic opening ever with $161.1 million opening. The second week run is likely to post another big gross with ticket sales around $85 million starting from Wednesday, November 27 through Sunday, December 1.
Anchorman 2 Hitting Theaters Two Days Early-Plus! Ron Burgundy Sends His Holiday Greetings
Ron Burgundy's Thanksgiving card (image courtesy Paramount Pictures)
by Bruna Nessif
This may just be one of the greatest gifts of all this holiday season.
E! News has confirmed that Paramount Studios have decided to change the release date for Anchorman: The Legend Continues—but wait, don't frown. They're moving the date up by two days! Yes, that means it's getting released to theaters sooner than we expected!
Instead of the regularly scheduled Dec. 20 release date, Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) and our favorite news team will hit the big screen on Dec. 18.
But that's not all the Anchorman goodness we have for you...
The film's stars—Ferrell, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell and David Koechner—treated a moviegoers to a little treat on Sunday night. The news team showed up at the movie's Sydney premiere and gave a live impromptu performance of "Afternoon Delight."
Hitting every note perfectly, the costars gave a great cover of the Starland Vocal Band's 1976 hit, recreating the memorable scene from the original film.
But wait, there's more!
Ron Burgundy was nice enough to create a holiday greeting card for fans who celebrate Thanksgiving and Hanukkah, and they were written in true Ron Burgundy fashion.
From Jennifer Lawrence to Taylor Swift, it's a great time to be a leading lady
By Maggie Furlong
It's a really good year to be a bold and bad-ass chick in Hollywood.
This weekend, "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" broke box office records, catapulting Jennifer Lawrence's Katniss Everdeen to superhero status on the big screen and putting her in the ranks with other megafranchises, including (male-dominated) "The Avengers," "Iron Man" and "Harry Potter." Movies in those franchises held on to the top three slots on the list of highest grossing opening weekends of all time, but "Catching Fire" came in at a strong No. 4 with $161 million, beating out "Batman," "Spider-Man" and the "Twilight" franchise.
And "The Hunger Games" franchise is only at the halfway mark of its life on the big screen -- the third book, "Mockingjay," will be split into two movies, meaning there's still plenty of time for Katniss and Co. to fight their way to that No. 1 slot.
It's not just new faces getting all the attention.
Entertainment Weekly just named Sandra Bullock their Entertainer of the Year on the heels of the success of "Gravity," which is getting plenty of Oscars buzz, and female buddy cop comedy "The Heat." Bullock has been acting for more than 25 years -- longer than Jennifer Lawrence has been alive -- but that hasn't stopped the Oscar winner from being one of the most consistent top earners in Hollywood.
"The Heat," which co-starred fellow female favorite Melissa McCarthy, grossed almost $160 million at the box office; "Gravity" did even better, bringing in more than $245 million already since its October premiere. But it's Bullock's ability to shift so effortlessly from comedies to dramas to a sci-fi thriller such as "Gravity" -- which is basically just a one-woman show, a character study set in space -- that keeps her at the top of so many moviegoers' must-see lists.
Ellen Degeneres at the unveiling of her star on the Walk of Fame in 2012 (image courtesy Reuters)
Ellen DeGeneres has high aspirations for her second time around hosting the Oscars.
"It reached the world," the talk show host said of her well-received 2007 Oscarcast. "And I'm trying to get world peace. So, that's my goal. My hope is by hosting the Academy Awards, right afterward, we have world peace."
DeGeneres may have been exaggerating but there's no overstating her enthusiasm for the upcoming March 2 gig.
"I know a lot of those people," she said of the Oscar audience. "They're on my show a lot. I love the whole business. ... I get to play with all those people in the audience and make people happy, and, hopefully, relax them."
'Spider-Man' Movie Spin-Offs Could Be Coming, Sony Pictures Chief Hints
Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone starred in the recent Spider-man reboot 'The Amazing Spider-man (image courtesy Sony)
By Brent Lang
Venom and the Green Goblin should start getting ready for their close-ups because Sony Pictures Entertainment Co-Chairman Amy Pascal hinted that the studio is planning spin-off adventures for supporting characters in its "Spider-Man" franchise.
"We are going to access Marvel's full world of Spider-Man characters, so be on the lookout for new heroes and villains," Pascal said during a presentation to investors on Thursday.
Sony licenses the web-spinner from Marvel, which is owned by the Walt Disney Company, but it has the rights to make films from the characters who orbit, aide and do battle with Peter Parker and his alter-ego Spider-Man. These include popular villains like Rhino and Electro, as well as anti-heroines like Black Cat.
Given that the four "Spider-Man" films have made north of $3 billion worldwide, it makes sense that Sony would want to find ways to further exploit the comic books, much the way Fox is doing with "X-Men" and the "Wolverine" films.
'Catching Fire': Burning brighter than 'Hunger Games'?
by Bryan Alexander
With a better release period, hotter romance and all-star killers "Catching Fire" could even vanquish its champion predecessor "The Hunger Games" at the box office.
Catching Fire is just the second installment of The Hunger Games franchise and doesn't open wide until this weekend, yet Katniss Everdeen and her cohorts from Suzanne Collins' sci-fi novels already are being enshrined on the movie industry's version of Mount Rushmore.
"James Bond, The Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, The Twilight Saga - you can add The Hunger Games to the crown-jewel franchises and brands of the movie world," says Paul Dergarabedian, senior analyst for the box office tracking firm Rentrak.
He and other analysts believe Fire has the potential to eclipse 2012's The Hunger Games, which took in nearly $700 million worldwide. "The appetite is even stronger," says Dergarabedian.