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The Greatest Directors: The Early Contemporaries

Last time we brought you our selections of some of the greatest directors in the Moment In History article we called The Pioneers. Continuing that list, here is the next crop of directors we have categorized as The Early Contemporaries.

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Mar 21

'Once Upon A Time In Hollywood' Trailer Is A '60s Fever Dream With DiCaprio Dancing

by Cole Delbyck, HuffPost US

Once upon a time in Hollywood, writer and director Quentin Tarantino cast what seems like every big-name actor with a SAG card for his ninth and potentially penultimate film.

The first trailer for "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" arrived on Wednesday in full '60s flourish with leads Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio getting into the groove.

Set against the backdrop of the murder of Sharon Tate (Margot Robbie) in the summer of 1969, the story follows Rick Dalton, an aging Western TV star, (DiCaprio) and his stuntman (Pitt) as they attempt to navigate the changing landscape of the entertainment industry. Dalton also happens to live next door to Tate and her then-husband Roman Polanski.

It's still unclear how Tate's murder factors into the "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" plot - we only see her happily dancing in the trailer - but the film reportedly uses a "tapestry–like" structure akin to Tarantino's "Pulp Fiction" to serve its cast, which also includes Al Pacino, Timothy Olyphant, Damian Lewis, Luke Perry, Dakota Fanning, James Marsden, Emile Hirsch, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Danny Strong and Lena Dunham.

See the trailer here:

Continue Reading at: Huffington Post

Mar 20

New 'Toy Story 4' trailer introduces Keanu Reeves' Canadian character

by Mark Daniell

Toy Story 4 is adding some Canadian content.

Toronto-raised Keanu Reeves is set to voice Duke Caboom in the upcoming fourquel.

Caboom is a vintage 1970s-era toy, inspired by Canada's greatest stuntman. Perched atop his powerful Caboom stunt-bike, Duke flashes off his stunt poses with confidence and swagger, but he has one itsy-bitsy problem: he can't actually do the stunts advertised by his own commercial. Weighed down by the failures of his past, he has some serious identity issues when he encounters Woody (Tom Hanks) at an antique store.

"The first time [director] Josh [Cooley] and I talked with Keanu about the role, Keanu became Duke Caboom," says producer Jonas Rivera. "Keanu was asking great questions that dug deep to find the soul of the character. At one point he stood up on the table in the middle of Pixar's atrium and struck poses while proclaiming victory. It was so funny. It's all in the movie and it's all Keanu."

Reeves is the latest addition to the Toy Story 4 voice cast and joins other new characters including Christina Hendricks as Gabby Gabby, Ally Maki as Giggle McDimples, Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele as Ducky and Bunny and Tony Hale as Forky, a homemade toy suffering an existential crisis ("I was made for soup, salad, maybe chili - and then the trash!," he laments in the new trailer).

Watch the trailer here:

Continue Reading at: Toronto Sun

Mar 19

There Are Now 7 MCU Movies Planned After Avengers: Endgame

Mash-up of upcoming Marvel movies (image courtesy Marvel / Movieweb)

by Ryan Scott

What movies are coming our way after Avengers: Endgame? A burning question with at least some answers. The Marvel Cinematic Universe has been going strong for more than a decade now and has more than 20 movies under its umbrella. Captain Marvel has been racking up the dollars at the box office recently, which is already well on its way to crossing the $1 billion mark worldwide. With that, it would seem this grand experiment that started in relatively humble fashion with Iron Man back in 2008, is showing no signs of slowing down whatsoever.

Next up on the MCU roster is Avengers: Endgame. This serves as the conclusion to the tale being told within this interconnected universe thus far. Both Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige and directors Joe and Anthony Russo have made as much clear. The question at this point is, what can we expect beyond Avengers: Endgame?

Infinity War left us with one of the biggest cliffhangers in cinematic history following Thanos' deadly finger snap. The resolution to that cliffhanger will contain many secrets and reveals, no doubt. Marvel Studios has been very cagey regarding their plans for the MCU beyond Avengers: Endgame. Still, certain projects have made themselves known to us and, with that in mind, here are the movies we know are coming during the next phase of the MCU.

Click the Continue Reading at link to see the list of upcoming MCU movies.

Continue Reading at: Movieweb.com

Mar 18

Suicide Squad Sequel Is A "Total Reboot," Not Called Suicide Squad 2

by Eddie Makuch

More details have come to light about DC's upcoming Suicide Squad sequel. Producer Peter Safran told Joblo that the sequel is a "total reboot," so it shouldn't be referred to as Suicide Squad. The name the studio is using is The Suicide Squad, though whether or not this is the final name or a working title remains unconfirmed.

"First of all, we don't call it Suicide Squad 2 'cause it's a total reboot, so it's The Suicide Squad and I think people should be extremely excited about it," Safran said.

Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn, who was recently re-instated for Vol. 3, will write and direct The Suicide Squad. Regarding the script, Safran said, "It's everything you would hope from a James Gunn script and I think that says a lot and that promises a lot and I know that we will deliver a lot."

The intriguing angle of this story is that, now that he's back making Guardians of the Galaxy 3, Gunn is directing movies for both DC and Marvel. Safran said he and Gunn agree that the Marvel vs. DC rivalry is "absurd," and everything is going to be just fine.

"You know what I love about James directing for both Marvel and DC is he has always espoused the view that that which unites comic book and superhero lovers is much greater than that which divides us," Safran said. "Because, there's always been this Marvel/DC rivalry, which he has said, and I agree, is absurd. There's room for everybody and certainly that which unites us all is far greater than that which divides us, so hopefully they'll see that you can be both a Marvel and a DC fan and the world won't spin off its axis."

Continue Reading at: Gamespot.com

Mar 17

Box Office: 'Captain Marvel' Stays No. 1 With $69M, Soars to $760M Globally

by Pamela McClintock

Captain Marvel easily stayed No. 1 in its second weekend, earning another $69 million in North America and $120 million overseas for a mighty worldwide total of $760 million.

The pic's domestic total stands at $266 million; the foreign tally is $494 million.

The first female-led superhero pic from Marvel Studios and Disney - starring Brie Larson - is now assured of ultimately earning $1 billion. And it's already passed up a slew of superhero pics, including Suicide Squad ($747 million), Captain America: Winter Soldier ($714 million), Doctor Strange ($678 million), Man of Steel ($668 million), Justice League ($658 million), Thor: The Dark World ($645 million), Iron Man 2 ($624 million) and Ant-Man and The Wasp ($623 million), not adjusted for inflation.

Overseas, Captain [Marvel] has also zoomed past Wonder Woman, which finished its run with a foreign tally of $409 million (Wonder Woman's global total was $821.8 million).

In North America, where it declined less than 55 percent, Captain Marvel scored one of the top 20 second weekends of all time as more females turned out.

Elsewhere, Paramount's animated family pic Wonder Park, costing as much as $100 million to produce before marketing, opened in second place with a dismal $16 million from 3,838 cinemas. The silver lining: it had been tracking to take in only $8 million to $12 million. Nevertheless, the movie stands to be a major loser unless it does big business overseas and holds up exceptionally well in the U.S.

CBS Films' teen drama Five Feet Apart followed in third place with an estimated $13.2 million from 2,803 theaters, nearly double its modest production budget of $7 million.

Continue Reading at: The Hollywood Reporter

Mar 15

Seth Rogen and Charlize Theron Fall for Each Other in New 'Long Shot' Trailer

by Katherine Schaffstall

Lionsgate on Wednesday released a new trailer for Long Shot, starring Charlize Theron and Seth Rogen.

The comedy follows unemployed journalist Fred Flarsky (Rogen) as he courts his former babysitter and childhood crush Charlotte (Theron), who has become one of the most unattainable women in the world as she runs for president.

O'Shea Jackson Jr., June Diane Raphael, Ravi Patel, Andy Serkis, Alexander Skarsgard, Randall Park, Bob Odenkirk and Randy Orton are also included in the cast. Jonathan Levine directed the film, while Rogen, Theron, Evan Goldberg, James Weaver and Beth Kono produced.

Check out the trailer here:

Continue Reading at: The Hollywood Reporter

Mar 13

Aladdin's newest trailer proves Genie is more than a meme

by Julia Alexander

If the previous Aladdin trailer left us all feeling very concerned about Will Smith's Genie, the newest trailer tries to dissuade that fear.

The second full-length trailer premiered today on Good Morning America, and it's hyperfocused on the relationship between Aladdin and Genie. It's full of quips from Smith and cute bonding moments between the two, and it acts as a reminder that this Genie is more than just a meme.

Reactions to the first full-length trailer weren't as positive as Disney may have hoped; people were disturbed by Smith's Genie, and that dominated the conversation. Smith has always been upfront about how his version of the character would differ from Robin Williams', who voiced the character in 1994. Although Genie was supposed to be one of the more exciting parts of Aladdin, the reaction to Smith's initial appearance in the trailer may explain why it's more elaborate and charming here.

Aladdin is part of Disney's ongoing campaign to reimagine and adapt its animated classics as live-action films. Guy Ritchie is directing, and the film stars newcomer Mena Massoud as Aladdin, Naomi Scott as Jasmine, and, of course, Smith in the role of Genie.

Check out the new trailer here:

Continue Reading at: The Verge

Mar 11

Box Office: How 'Captain Marvel's' $455M Global Bow Shattered the Glass Ceiling

by Pamela McClintock

Higher, further, faster.

That's an apt moniker for the box office debut of Captain Marvel, the first female-led superhero pic from Marvel Studios and Disney. The movie, starring Brie Larson, scored the sixth-best worldwide start of all time with $455 million, including $153 million in North America and a whopping $302 million overseas, which repped the fifth-best foreign opening in history.

Captain Marvel's performance so far internationally is of particular significance in the quest for gender equality on the big screen, signaling to Hollywood studios that an event pic starring a woman can hold its own around the world and rival action tentpoles featuring men.

In summer 2017, DC and Warner Bros.' Wonder Woman made box office history in debuting to $103 million in North America, proving that a female-led superhero pic could do huge business. The film, starring Gal Gadot, topped out at a mighty $412.6 million domestically. Internationally, it finished its run at $409.2 million.

While it certainly did strong business overseas, Wonder Woman only collected 50 percent of its global gross from foreign markets. Often, a Hollywood tentpole collects between 60 percent and 70 percent of its total gross offshore, a point not lost on studio honchos when greenlighting a tentpole. The foreign share of Captain Marvel's first weekend was 66 percent.

Captain Marvel, which cost $150 million to make before marketing, shares rarefied air. Overseas, it debuted only behind The Fate of the Furious ($443.2 million), Avengers: Infinity War ($382.8 million), Jurassic World ($316.7 million) and the final Harry Potter pic ($314 million).

In North America, Captain Marvel soared past the $103 million opening of Wonder Woman, as well as landing the seventh-biggest debut for the Marvel Cinematic Universe behind the three Avengers movies, Black Panther, Captain America: Civil War and Iron Man 3, not adjusted for inflation.

Continue Reading at: The Hollywood Reporter

Mar 9

'Lupita scared the s*** out of me!': Jordan Peele talks new film 'Us' at SXSW in Austin

Lupita Nyong'o stars as a mom whose family faces off with their evil doppelgangers in Jordan Peele's horror film "Us" (image courtesy Claudette Barius / Universal Pictures)

by Rick Jervis

Midway through filming "Us," Jordan Peele's much-anticipated second feature film, the comic-turned-director discovered he had a deep fear: His main star, Lupita Nyong'o.

In between shoots, Nyong'o, seeped in character and dressed in her murderous red gown, would use her creepy movie voice to ask Peele for on-set requests, such as better snacks for the actors.

"Lupita scared the s*** out of me!" Peele told an audience Friday following the world premiere of "Us" at the Paramount Theater in downtown Austin.

That was one of a series of insights and behind-the-curtain confessions Peele and the cast of "Us" shared with an appreciative audience. The movie was featured as the opening film of the nine-day SXSW Conference and Festivals, which began Friday.

"Us" tells the story of an upper-middle-class black family who, while on vacation, suddenly finds itself warring with evil doppelgängers of mysterious origins. It's Peele's second film, following the critical and box office success of "Get Out," which won Peele an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.

Continue Reading at: USA Today

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