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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 donít 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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July 18

Tarantino's Star Trek Will Be Pulp Fiction in Space with a Gangster Element

by B. Alan Orange

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is hitting theaters next weekend. It serves as Quentin Tarantino's 9th film as a director, and it could be his last original work. When his promotional tour is over, he is turning his attentions to Star Trek with an original idea that he conceived and turned into JJ. Abrams. He still doesn't know if he will direct it, but if he does, it will be his final movie as a director. It will also be rated R. Contrary to belief, he is also referring to it as Pulp Fiction in space.

Quentin Tarantino is a little upset with Simon Pegg, who plays Scotty in the new movie franchise version of Star Trek. About being Pulp Fiction in space, or what some are calling The Wild Bunch in space, the filmmaker says this.

"I don't know if I'll do it or not. I've got to figure it out, but [Mark L. Smith] wrote a really cool script. I like it a lot. There's some things I need to work on but I really, really liked it. I get annoyed at Simon Pegg. He doesn't know anything about what's going on and he keeps making all these comments as if he knows about stuff. One of the comments he said, he's like "Well, look, it's not going to be Pulp Fiction in space." Yes, it is! [laughs hard]. If I do it, that's exactly what it'll be. It'll be Pulp Fiction in space. That Pulp Fiction-y aspect, when I read the script, I felt, I have never read a science fiction movie that has this sh*t in it, ever. There's no science fiction movie that has this in it. And they said, I know, that's why we want to make it. It's, at the very least, unique in that regard."

It isn't known if Simon Pegg will return to play Scotty in this iteration of the Sci-Fi drama, but the movie could harken back to one of the series greatest original episodes. In Season 2, Episode 7, titled "A Piece of the Action", Spock and Kirk get to become gangsters when they discover a remote world that looks like 1920's Chicago. Tarantino says this about bringing some of those elements back, which also ties into his history with Pulp Fiction.

Continue Reading at: Movieweb

July 17

Watch Jennifer Lopez, Cardi B, Constance Wu Hit the Stage in First 'Hustlers' Trailer

by Alexandra Del Rosario, Sharareh Drury

Put Robin Hood in the strip clubs of New York City and one gets the ladies of Hustlers.

The trailer for Lorene Scafaria's STX Entertainment drama dropped Tuesday night, showing its stars Jennifer Lopez, Constance Wu, Lili Reinhart, Keke Palmer, Cardi B and Lizzo hitting the stage.

Based on Jessica Pressler's New York magazine story "The Hustlers at Scores," Hustlers follows a crew of strip-club employees hoping to get back at the affluent Wall Street clients who have wronged them.

"The game is rigged and it does not reward people who play by the rules," says Lopez's character, Ramona, who serves as the crew's ringleader.

Ramona leads her group - which includes Wu's Destiny, Cardi B's Diamond, Palmer's Mercedes, Reinhart's Annabelle and Lizzo's Liz - in exacting their revenge.

Also among the cast is Usher, Frank Whaley and Julia Stiles.

Check out the trailer here:

Continue Reading at: The Hollywood Reporter

July 14

Box Office: 'Crawl,' 'Stuber' Crumble in Shadow of 'Spider-Man'

These publicity stills show Kumail Nanjiani (far left) and Dave Bautista in 'Stuber', and Kaya Scodelario in 'Crawl' (images courtesy 20th Century Fox / Paramount Pictures)
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by Pamela McClintock

In another blow for the summer box office, newcomers Crawl and Stuber wilted in their box office debuts with an estimated $12 million and $8 million, respectively, a disappointing showing for major studio releases.

Sony and Marvel Studios' Spider-Man: Far From Home instead dominated in its second weekend as it reached $847.1 million globally. In North America, the pic took in $45.3 million from 4,634 theaters for a $274.6 million cume.

Overseas, Far From Home earned another $100 million for a foreign tally of $572.5 million - the biggest showing ever for the franchise, not adjusted for inflation. The previous best was 2007's Spider-Man 3 ($555 million).

Not even the web-slinging hero could prevent another down weekend in terms of overall ticket sales, however. Domestic revenue slipped more than 25 percent from the same weekend a year ago, putting year-to-date revenue down 8.7 percent, according to Comscore.

Disney and Pixar's Toy Story 4 also held strong at No. 2. Now in its fourth weekend, the animated tentpole grossed another $20.7 million domestically and $48.1 million overseas for a worldwide cume of $771.1 million.

The Disney empire also saw solid results for The Lion King in China, where the Jon Favreau-directed film opened to $54.1 million, ahead of fellow Disney titles The Jungle Book, Beauty and the Beast and, more recently, Aladdin.

Crawl and Stuber hoped to serve as counterprogramming to tentpole fare but failed to generate much interest after both earning a lackluster B CinemaScore.

Paramount's Crawl, which cost a modest $13.5 million to produce, certainly fared the best.

Continue Reading at: The Hollywood Reporter

July 13

Disney's The Lion King Debuts With 'Rotten' Score On Rotten Tomatoes

by Sebastian Peris

Disney's live-action remake of The Lion King remake debuted with a "Rotten" score on the popular review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes.

When Disney debuted its first trailer for The Lion King, even those who were impressed by the photorealistic CGI expressed concerns about the remake potentially being a shot-for-shot retread of the original animated classic. Now, reviews for The Lion King are officially online and despite the largely positive initial reactions from those who attended the premiere, the latest Disney remake debuted on Rotten Tomatoes with a score of 58%, though that number will likely change as more reviews are submitted to the site.

Based on a total of 82 reviews at press time, the [Rotten Tomatoes] critical consensus for The Lion King appears to confirm the doubts many fans held regarding the originality, or lack thereof, in the latest Disney remake:

Though it can take pride in its visual achievements, this reimagined The Lion King is a by-the-numbers retelling that lacks the energy and heart that made the original so beloved Ė though for some fans that may just be enough.

Continue Reading at: HeroicHollywood.com

July 11

'Sherlock Holmes 3' Finds Its Director With 'Rocketman' Filmmaker

Robert Downey Jr. [left] and Jude Law in a still from 'Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows' and possible 'Sherlock Holmes 3' director Dexter Fletcher [inset] (images courtesy Photofest / Getty)
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by Borys Kit

Dexter Fletcher is going from Elton to Sherlock.

The Rocketman director is in talks to helm the third installment in Warner Bros.' Sherlock Holmes series.

Robert Downey Jr. will return to his role as Arthur Conan Doyle's iconic detective, and Jude Law will again play his loyal sidekick, Dr. John Watson.

Fletcher would be taking over directing duties from Guy Ritchie, who was behind the camera for the first two films in the lucrative franchise, which grossed $524 million in 2009 and $545 million in 2011.

The long-gestating third film in the Sherlock series will hit theaters Dec. 22, 2021 - 10 years after the second pic, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.

Continue Reading at: The Hollywood Reporter

July 9

Disney Mulan live-action remake: Release date, cast and everything we know so far

Yifei Liu plays Mulan in Disney's live-action remake, slated to hit theaters in 2020 (image courtesy Disney)
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by Abrar Al-Heeti

Disney is bringing its 1998 animated classic Mulan to life in a live-action remake slated to hit theaters next year. Mulan joins a list of other Disney classics getting the live-action treatment, including Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and The Lion King.

Disney released a teaser trailer for Mulan on Sunday showing Mulan being told she must be a "good wife" who is "quiet, composed, graceful, disciplined." She instead becomes a fearless soldier, saying, "It is my duty to fight."

More details about the film will roll out as the release date approaches.

Click the Continue Reading at link below to see CNet's list of things we know so far about "Mulan" and check out the new trailer here:

Continue Reading at: CNet

July 8

Dark Phoenix Set To End Run A Bigger Box Office Bomb Than Fantastic Four

Sophie Turner as the title character in a scene from "Dark Phoenix" (image courtesy Marvel)
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by Gina Carbone

Dark Phoenix was a box office bust for Marvel's X-Men. Well all know that. I'm not a fan of piling on, but since Fox/Marvel's Fantastic Four faced plenty of schadenfreude when it flopped in 2015, it's worth pointing out that Dark Phoenix pulled its own "hold my beer" response.

This weekend's box office is all about Spider-Man: Far From Home, with some eyes on Avengers: Endgame's worldwide take versus Avatar, and curiosity about Midsommar, Toy Story 4 in its second weekend, etc.

Dark Phoenix, on the other hand, is getting close to ending its run. It played this weekend in 426 domestic theaters, and it'll soon be squeezed out. Since Dark Phoenix's overseas release is also winding down, the superhero movie is expected to end its run with just over $250 million worldwide.

That may sound like a big enough number, and it would be for most films. But with a reported budget of $200 million, it's not good. As Forbes put it, by earning less than 1.39 times its budget, Dark Phoenix is set to be a bigger box office bomb than even the ill-fated Fantastic Four, which made $167.9 million off a reported $120 million budget in 2015.

Like Fantastic Four, Dark Phoenix made most of its money at the international box office. That's pretty standard for major movies these days. Fantastic Four made $56.1 million at the domestic box office, per Box Office Mojo, and $111.8 million at the foreign markets.

Continue Reading at: CinemaBlend

July 7

Box Office: 'Spider-Man: Far From Home' Opens to $185M in U.S., Nears $600M Globally

Spidey weaved his web to become Box Office champ over the July 4th holiday weekend (image courtesy Sony / Marvel)
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by Pamela McClintock

Talk about fireworks.

In a win for Sony and Kevin Feige's Marvel Studios, Spider-Man: Far From Home scored a sensational six-day launch of $185.1 million from 4,634 North American theaters, including a near-record $93.6 million over Fourth of July weekend. Globally, it now has amassed $580.1 million.

The only tentpole to have earned more over Independence Day weekend was Transformers: Dark of the Moon in 2011 ($97.9 million), not adjusted for inflation. Far From Home did, however, top Spider-Man 2 to boast the biggest six-day July Fourth debut of all time. It also is Sony's best six-day opening ever.

Overseas, the pic earned another $238 million for a foreign total of $395 million (it opened early in China, Japan and Hong Kong). China added $30.6 million for a total there of $167.4 million. Among new markets, South Korea led with a strong $33.8 million, followed by the U.K. with $17.8 million, Mexico with $13.9 million and Australia with $11.9 million. Overall, the film is pacing 46 percent of Spider Man: Homecoming.

Far From Home's better-than-expected performance is welcome news for the struggling box office, where a number of summer franchises' installments have lagged.

Continue Reading at: The Hollywood Reporter

July 4

Quentin Tarantino admits he's 'come to the end of the road' with directing and may even QUIT following the release of Once Upon A Time In Hollywood

Quentin Tarantino (pictured here at the Cannes Film Festival this past May) admitted on Wednesday that he's 'come to the end of the road' with directing (image courtesy Rex / Shutterstock)
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by Roxy Simons For Mailonline

Quentin Tarantino claimed he has 'come to the end of the road' with directing, as he spoke about his future plans in an interview with GQ Austraila on Wednesday.

The director, 56, has always said he intends to quit the business after making ten films, and his latest, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, is his ninth film.

Admitting that he's considering becoming a writer, he told the publication: 'I think when it comes to theatrical movies, I've come to the end of the road.

'I see myself writing books and starting to write theatre, so I'll still be creative. I just think I've given all I have to give to movies.'

When asked what he might do if his upcoming release is a huge success, he teased: 'If it's really well received, maybe I won't go to 10. Maybe I'll stop right now! Maybe I'll stop while I'm ahead. We'll see.'

Continue Reading at: The Daily Mail

July 3

Keanu Reeves totally excellent year after decades of highs and lows

Keanu Reeves arrives at the world premiere of "Toy Story 4" on June 11, 2019 in Los Angeles (image courtesy Invision / AP)
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by Cassandra Szklarski, The Canadian Press

Overexposure can dim the brightest Hollywood star - except, it seems, Keanu Reeves.

The prolific Toronto-bred action hero is riding high on a dizzying array of film and TV roles while internet memes and tributes have exploded in recent months with unified adoration.

The so-called Keanuaissance is sweet justice for devotees of the heartthrob, who has weathered decades of critical pans that often dismiss his acting as little more than wooden portrayals of himself.

Most notably, the 54-year-old is dominating the box office with "John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum," which pushed the cult franchise into the mainstream when it debuted at #1 mid-May, and appears in last weekend's #1 film, "Toy Story 4," as the voice of bombastic Canuck stuntman Duke Caboom.

"Suddenly, he's at the top of his game and he's leading a franchise that I don't think ... anyone thought would achieve this kind of status," Comscore analyst Paul Dergarabedian says from Los Angeles, referring to the violent "John Wick" film series that has amassed more than $500 million worldwide according to his data.

"Keanu Reeves has this cool factor that's pretty undeniable, and the guy builds motorcycles - he has that Arch Motorcycle company. He's well-known for being super-friendly, affable, down-to-earth kind of guy."

The preternaturally youthful star is a rare celebrity to have anchored culture-shifting hits in each of the past four decades, including "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure" in '89, "Speed" in '94, "The Matrix" franchise in '99, and '03; and the "John Wick" instalments that launched in '14.

Continue Reading at: TheSpec.com

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