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10 Reasons Why My Favourite Movie Is Better Than Yours

Ok so starting with number one...

Well actually the title is purely satirical and I don’t claim, nor do I actually believe, that my favourite movie is somehow in a different league then yours. In fact, I don't really care what your favourite movie is. So why bring it up? Good question.

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June 23

Darth Vader Lives!

The "Darth" one himself in a scene from 'The Empire Strikes Back' (image courtesy Lucasfilm)
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by Anthony Breznican

Cue the heavy breathing.

Darth Vader is alive, angry, and merciless.

As part of EW's Rogue One cover reveal, we confirmed the Sith lord will be back at the height of his powers in the Dec. 16 film, which takes place just prior to the events of 1977's original Star Wars.

Ever since Lucasfilm announced that the plot of its first stand-alone movie would focus on the Rebel warriors who staged a heist of plans for the first Death Star, fans knew – or at least seriously expected – that the most iconic villain in film history would return to the screen. If he didn't...? The collective rage of the Star Wars fandom would probably Force-choke whoever nixed him.

Rogue One is a new kind of movie for Lucasfilm, a story that explores territory beyond the core "saga" films of the first three classic movies, George Lucas' prequels, and the new trilogy that started with J.J. Abrams' The Force Awakens and will continue in 2017 with director Rian Johnson's Episode VIII. The next stand-alone film after Rogue One will be a young Han Solo story, coming out in 2018, which delves into the history of the captain of the Millennium Falcon long before he encounters Luke and Obi-Wan Kenobi in that cantina on Tatooine.

Lucasfilm has said the main difference between the features is that the "saga" films are focused mainly on the Skywalker family – but now we know that doesn't mean Rogue One will be completely devoid of Skywalkers.

Click the Continue Reading at link to read more about Darth Vader and his role in the standalone 'Rogue One'.

Continue Reading at: Entertainment Weekly

June 22

Will Smith Regrets Trying to Be the World's "Biggest Movie Star"

Will Smith in a scene from the 1999 film 'Wild Wild West' (image courtesy Warner Bros.)
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by Zach Johnson

Will Smith is a rarity in Hollywood.

After all, he is the only actor in history to have eight consecutive films gross north of $100 million at the domestic box office and 10 consecutive films gross north of $150 million internationally. But these days, star power has less of an impact than it once did. Moreover, as Smith explained at Cannes Lion Tuesday, becoming popular wasn't as fulfilling as he'd imagined.

"I had so much success that I started to taste global blood and my focus shifted from my artistry to winning," he recalled. "I wanted to win and be the biggest movie star, and what happened was there was a lag—around Wild Wild West time—I found myself promoting something because I wanted to win versus promoting something because I believed in it."

Smith repeatedly cited Wild Wild West as an example of a film that he did for status rather than artistic integrity. And though director Barry Sonnenfeld's 1999 film was panned by critics, it still managed to earn $222.1 million on a reported $170 million budget. Smith gave credit to the film's marketing team, but added that their tricks wouldn't work on today's fans. "That smoke and mirrors in marketing is over. People are going to know really quickly and globally whether a product keeps its promises," he said, adding, "Back in the '80s and '90s you had a piece of crap movie you put a trailer with a lot of explosions and it was Wednesday before people knew your movie was s--t...But now what happens is 10 minutes into the movie, people are tweeting, 'This is s--t. Go see Vin Diesel.'"

Smith said he considers himself to be a marketer, not just an actor. "My career has been strictly being able to sell my products globally, and it's now in the hand of fans," he said. "I have to be in tune with their needs and not trick them into going to see Wild Wild West."

Continue Reading at: E! Online

June 20

'Finding Dory' Keeps Swimming To Massive $136.2 Million Box Office Debut

by Brent Lang

Family audiences turned out in droves over the weekend, propelling "Finding Dory" to a massive $136.2 million debut and establishing a new record for an animated film opening.

The sequel to 2003's "Finding Nemo" was bolstered by strong reviews and residual affection for the Oscar-winning first film. It's a return to form for Pixar after the animation studio behind "Toy Story" and "The Incredibles" suffered its first box office failure last year with "The Good Dinosaur." But its decades of excellence continue to be the brand's major selling points.

"It's amazing when you look at the longevity of this brand, the viability of it, and the unfettered enthusiasm pretty much everyone has for Pixar," said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at comScore.

"Finding Dory" centers on a blue tang fish with short term memory loss (Ellen DeGeneres) and her quest to be reunited with her long-lost parents. Its opening weekend results sailed past the previous high-water mark for an animated film - "Shrek the Third's" $121.6 million launch in 2007 - and ranks as the second-best June debut, behind "Jurassic World's" $208.8 million bow. Overseas, "Finding Dory" added another $50 million to its haul from 29 international markets, including Australia, Argentina, Russia and China, where its $17.5 million debut ranks as the biggest ever for a Pixar release.

The success of "Finding Dory" comes as Disney, Pixar's parent company, has dominated the movie business, fielding the year's three highest-grossing pictures globally in "Zootopia," "The Jungle Book" and "Captain America: Civil War." "Finding Dory" seems destined to join those films among 2016's top earners, partly because it is appealing to all age groups. Disney distribution chief Dave Hollis predicted that the film was gearing up for a "run for the ages," noting that it was playing well with both families (65% of ticket buyers) and older audiences, with adults comprising 26% of crowds.

Continue Reading at: Variety

July 19

'Star Trek' actor Anton Yelchin dead at 27, killed by own car

Anton Yelchin, best known for playing Chekov in the new "Star Trek" films died early Sunday morning, his publicist has confirmed (image courtesy AP / Invision)
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by Lindsey Bahr and Sandy Cohen, The Associated Press

Anton Yelchin, a rising actor best known for playing Chekov in the new "Star Trek" films, was killed by his own car as it rolled down his driveway early Sunday, police and his publicist said.

The car pinned Yelchin, 27, against a brick mailbox pillar and a security fence at his home in Los Angeles, Officer Jenny Hosier said. He had gotten out of the vehicle momentarily, but police did not say why he was behind it when it started rolling.

Yelchin was on his way to meet friends for a rehearsal, Hosier said. When he didn't show up, the group came to his home and found him dead.

The freak accident tragically cuts short the promising career of an actor whom audiences were still getting to know and who had great artistic ambition. "Star Trek Beyond," the third film in the rebooted series, comes out in July.

Director J.J. Abrams, who cast Yelchin in the franchise, wrote in a statement that he was "brilliant ... kind ... funny as hell, and supremely talented."

Continue Reading at: CTV

June 17

'Finding Dory' Set to Break Record for Biggest Animated Film Opening With $130 Million

A scene from this weekend's new release 'Finding Dory" (image courtesy Disney / Pixar)
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by Dave McNary

"Finding Dory" is swimming toward a record-breaking $130 million opening weekend, early estimates showed Friday.

Disney/Pixar's animated sequel - playing in 4,305 North American theaters - is completely dominating moviegoing, set to earn more than $50 million on its opening day Friday - which includes $9.2 million from Thursday night - the biggest debut of all time for an animated film. Action-comedy "Central Intelligence," teaming Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart, is launching with a solid $35 million at 3,508 sites this weekend.

The most conservative estimates Friday were in the $115 million to $130 million range. Sunday's telecast of the NBA final game may hold down some business at the end of the weekend, but it's likely that "Dory" will break the nine-year-old record for best domestic animated opening, set by "Shrek the Third" in 2007 with $121.6 million. "Minions" is in second at $115.7 million, followed by Disney/Pixar's "Toy Story 3" with $110 million.

Should "Dory" hit $130 million this weekend, it will rank as one of the top 20 domestic openers of all time. Marvel-Disney's "Captain America: Civil War' had the year's highest-grossing launch with $179 million, the fifth-biggest debut of all time.

Continue Reading at: Variety

June 16

Details about all-female Ocean’s Eleven reboot revealed!

By Shelby Morton

Ocean's Eleven was the super-slick, breakout remake of the 1960 flick of the same name and featured an all-star ensemble cast - George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, and Julia Roberts - to name a few. It was directed by the renowned Steven Soderbergh and spawned two successful sequels - Ocean's Twelve and Ocean's Thirteen.

Since news broke last fall that an all-new, all-female Ocean's reboot was in the works, fans have been abuzz with questions, as well as the media with speculation.

Names like Cate Blanchett, Mindy Kaling, Elizabeth Banks and Helena Bonham Carter have been tossed around in regards to the cast. Rumors circulated that confirmed star Sandra Bullock will play Danny Ocean's sister, a Clooney-esque ex-con, who leads a group of talented ladies in taking down a corrupt art gallery owner.

Concrete details obviously still remain scarce, but one thing we do know is that well-known Hunger Games director Gary Ross will take the reins from Soderbergh.

Ross sat down with SlashFilm to, once and for all, confirm the title - which, contrary to previous "Ocean's Ocho" reports, will actually be Ocean's Eight - as well as to tease some long-awaited details about the upcoming caper flick.

"You know, Steven Soderbergh and I are incredibly close friends, and we would not have done this if we weren't," Ross said. "I don’t think he would've wanted anyone to do it if we weren't. This is very much an extension and a continuation. He's a producer on the movie."

Continue Reading at: Tribute.ca

June 15

'Finding Dory' expected to jolt sluggish summer box office

A still from the animated movie 'Finding Dory' in which Dory is voiced by Ellen DeGeneres (image courtesy Disney / Pixar)
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by Ryan Faughnder

The forgetful blue fish of Pixar's "Finding Dory" is poised to boost the U.S. box office this weekend, and make the sluggish start to this summer's movie season a distant memory.

The long-awaited sequel to "Finding Nemo" is expected to gross as much as $120 million in ticket sales from the U.S. and Canada through Sunday, according to people who have reviewed audience tracking surveys. That means it has a chance to deliver the biggest opening ever for Disney-owned Pixar, besting the $110 million "Toy Story 3" nabbed in the summer of 2010.

The studio says it expects $100 million or more from the film's debut. Such a powerful opening would be welcome news for cinemas suffering from a lackluster summer so far, with movies like "Warcraft" and "Neighbors 2" faltering domestically. Summer ticket sales so far are down 22% industrywide compared with the same time a year ago.

It should also help dispel fears that audiences are tired of sequels, a concern stoked by a rash of movies that failed to live up to the originals, including "Alice Through the Looking Glass," "X-Men: Apocalypse" and "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows."

Those worries were partly assuaged last weekend after the success of Warner Bros.'s "The Conjuring 2," which opened to a strong $40 million. If "Finding Dory" and "The Conjuring 2" are any indication, audiences will still flock to sequels in droves as long as there's positive buzz to fuel interest. "Finding Dory's" prospects are surely helped by stellar reviews and continued fondness for the original.

Continue Reading at: Los Angeles Times

June 15

Ghostbusters: Stay Puft Marshmallow Man is back in new trailer

by Jack Shepherd

The marketing team behind Ghostbusters is really struggling to sell their latest film; first off, the trailer has become the most disliked film trailer ever to hit YouTube. Meanwhile, the merchandise for the film has been unreasonably male-centric considering the new team is all female.

In another attempt to move fans on from that infamous trailer, Sony has released another TV spot, revealing that another iconic villain (as well as Slimer) will appear in the film: the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man.

The 30-second clip also features the other, bigger Stay Puft-like villain getting shot by Melissa McCarthy in, what we presume, is its reproductive organs.

Alongside McCarthy will is Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon, as well as Chris Hemsworth who is their secretary.

Watch the new spot here:

Continue Reading at: Independent

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