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So Robert De Niro gets a copy of the script for his new movie. He reads it through a few times, memorizes his lines, and then gets in front of the camera and does his thing! This article takes a look at various acting techniques and discusses that possible situation.

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Mar 22

Terminal trailer sees Margot Robbie tumble into a neo-noir Wonderland

by Clarisse Loughrey

Margot Robbie has mastered control over her own career.

When Hollywood often leaves talented actresses relegated to "supportive wife or girlfriend" roles, the Australian star took the decision to launch her own projects, through her production company LuckyChap Entertainment.

Its first release was I, Tonya, a film which just so happened to land Robbie with an Oscar nomination and her co-star, Allison Janney, with an Oscar win.

Next out of the gate is Terminal, with Robbie back in the lead for a tale drenched in neo-noir style; its first trailer clearly drawing from Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland.

Backing the tagline "tumbling down the rabbit hole", the trailer sees Robbie's impeccably dressed character quote from the Mad Hatter (though taking a line from the 2010 Disney adaptation): "There is a place like no other on earth. A land full of wonder, mystery, and danger. Some say to survive it, you need to be as mad as a hatter. Which luckily, I am."

The film follows a host of unusual characters: two assassins on their latest mission, a teacher battling a terminal illness, an enigmatic janitor, and a waitress leading a dangerous double life. Inevitably, their lives will intertwine.

Check out the teaser here:

Continue Reading at: Independent

Mar 21

Black Panther becomes most tweeted-about movie ever

Chadwick Boseman in Black Panther (image courtesy Matt Kennedy / AP / Marvel)

Black Panther has become the most tweeted about movie ever.

Twitter revealed news that the Marvel hit has been mentioned more than 35m times, pushing previous record holder Star Wars: The Force Awakens to second place, with Star Wars: The Last Jedi in third.

Tweets were led with the most used hashtags #BlackPanther, #Wakanda and #WakandaForever, while the most mentioned characters have been Black Panther himself along with villain Killmonger and Shuri.

The most shared posts have come from Kendrick Lamar, whose soundtrack reveal was retweeted over 240,000 times, and Michelle Obama, whose endorsement of the film scored over 139,000 retweets.

"Congrats to the entire #blackpanther team!" she tweeted. "Because of you, young people will finally see superheroes that look like them on the big screen. I loved this movie and I know it will inspire people of all backgrounds to dig deep and find the courage to be heroes of their own stories."

The film has turned into a box office phenomenon, making $1.1bn worldwide since its release in February. It's already the seventh biggest film of all time in the US and has been at number one for five weekends in a row. It's also the best reviewed live-action superhero film on Rotten Tomatoes and the biggest ever hit from a black director.

Continue Reading at: The Guardian

Mar 20

The Latest 'Sicario: Day Of The Soldado' Trailer Expands The Drug War And Borrows A Bit From 'Logan'

by Andrew Roberts

The latest trailer for the sequel to Sicario comes with a new title and some plot details. It also might remind folks of Logan just a bit, but in all the good ways and without the mutants running around. While this is the second trailer we've seen for the film, we can now get a feel for what the film will be about and how it will expand the drug war from the first film into an actual war in the second. It would seem that Josh Brolin is going to get "dirty" in Mexico in the light of day and the Mexican government is going to get the brunt of it.

At least it seems that way until Benicio del Toro ends up at odds with Brolin and has to go on the defense against the forces he was helping while also protecting the daughter of the man who killed his family. The Logan comparison might seem cheap, but it was the first one that came to mind with the color scheme and dynamic at play. There's no shortage of films you could compare it with, but the basic idea seems to serve a more action-packed continuation of the first film.

Will it be on the same level as the previous film? Probably not. Not many sequels are and that's some hefty praise to overcome without some of the players from the first film involved. That said, it looks like it should satisfy those looking for more time with the characters from the first film and Taylor Sheridan is writing the screenplay. It's kinda like John Wick: Chapter 2, giving you the John Wick experience you likely didn't need but will enjoy anyway.

Watch the trailer here:

Continue Reading at: Uproxx

Mar 18

Weekend Box Office: 'Black Panther' Buries 'Tomb Raider' With $27M

'Tomb Raider' [right] could not upset 'Black Panther', now in its fifth weekend at the top (images courtesy Marvel Studios [left] and Warner Bros. Pictures)

by Pamela McClintock

Ryan Coogler's Black Panther continued to make history in its fifth weekend with a domestic box-office haul of $27 million, burying Tomb Raider and becoming only the seventh film ever to cross the $600 million mark in North America.

The other big headline of the weekend was Roadside Attractions and Lionsgate's faith-based film I Can Only Imagine, which vastly overperformed. The movie debuted to $17.1 million from 1,628 cinemas to defeat A Wrinkle of Time and Love, Simon - the first film from a major Hollywood studio featuring a gay teen protagonist - in a surprise upset.

Black Panther is the first film since Avatar eight years ago to top the chart for five consecutive weekends, and only the third film to do so in 19 years after Avatar and The Sixth Sense. The Disney and Marvel superhero pic finished Sunday with a domestic total of $605.4 million and $1.182 billion globally. In the U.S., it is only days away from overtaking fellow Marvel film The Avengers ($623 million) to become the top-grossing superhero film of all time in North America, unadjusted for inflation.

Tomb Raider's muted domestic bow of $23.5 million from 3,854 theaters is a disappointment for Warner Bros. and MGM, which partnered in rebooting the female-led franchise that's based on the videogame. In the early 2000s, the Tomb Raider film series - starring Angelina Jolie as Lara Croft - beat the curse that continues to haunt videogame adaptations.
Tomb Raider placed No. 2 in North America, followed by I Can Only Imagine, which marks the biggest opening in Roadside's history.

The film stars J. Michael Finley as Bart Millard, the lead singer of the Christian band MercyMe, who wrote "I Can Only Imagine," considered to be the most popular song in Christian music history. Dennis Quaid and Cloris Leachman also star in the drama, which cost a modest $7 million to make.

"It definitely shows that if you build a good movie, this audience will come out," says Roadside co-president Howard Cohen. "This is a branded property, and Dennis Quaid did a ton of publicity."

Continue Reading at: The Hollywood Reporter

Mar 17

'It's going to be messy': 'Avengers: Infinity War' stars promise crying in the theatre

by Mark Daniell, Postmedia Network

Talk about an assembly.

Just a few days before Christmas at Pinewood's studios in Atlanta last December, directors Joe and Anthony Russo were in the final weeks of their epic year-long shoot on Avengers: Infinity War (out April 27) and next year's untitled Avengers 4 (opening May 3, 2019).

The set was shrouded in secrecy, but on this frigid December day, the Sun was among a group of select international journalists invited to meet with some of the cast and crew involved in making the most massive superhero movie to ever hit the big screen.

The culmination of an interconnected series of films that Marvel started in 2008 with Robert Downey Jr.'s Iron Man , Infinity War and its sequel will close out an unprecedented 22-film narrative arc.

"It's going to be messy. There's going to be a lot of messes in the theatre." Mark Ruffalo, who plays Hulk in Avengers: Infinity War, teases the film's ominous storyline."

It brings together pretty much every hero featured so far in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and pits them against Thanos (played by Josh Brolin) - a collector of Infinity Stones and one of the most fearsome villains in the MCU. Brought to life by screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, hes an antagonist that the studio has been teasing since 2012's Avengers .

"You couldn't just have any old standard villain," Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt (who plays Star-Lord) says on a break from shooting. "You have to have the one villain who had access to every story and touched every [hero's] storyline."

After the untitled Avengers 4 , Marvel plans to usher in a new slate of films spearheaded by a sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming . The studio will release at least seven mystery superhero films between 2020 and 2022, and one thing is certain: fans will be saying goodbye to some of their old favourites.

Continue Reading at: The Londoner

Mar 16

Is Alicia Vikander Too Good for 'Tomb Raider'?

Alicia Vikander in a scene from the rebooted 'Tomb Raider' (image courtesy Warner Bros.)

by Josh Spiegel

With her starring role in the Tomb Raider revival, Alicia Vikander has stepped into some big shoes. Though Lara Croft has been an iconic video-game character for more than two decades, she's best known in film thanks to one of the biggest movie stars in the world, Angelina Jolie. Now, Jolie is high up on the A-List, but when she starred in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider in 2001, she wasn't yet a household name. Vikander and Jolie may play the same character with a few similarities, but their two Lara Crofts are plenty different.

It's an odd coincidence that both Jolie and Vikander took the part of Lara Croft when they were fresh off a best supporting actress Oscar win - Jolie for for 1999's Girl, Interrupted, Vikander for 2015's The Danish Girl. When Jolie took on the role, there were criticisms from diehard fans of the video game series that her being American and not ... proportioned to the physical design of the character were setbacks. (Thankfully, Lara Croft isn't treated like a sex object in the new film, but that's a large part of what she used to be.) Moreover, the two films featuring Jolie as Lara Croft placed audiences in the middle of her life, whereas we're now getting an origin story that blends the dourness of Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins with the adventurous setup of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.

While the new Tomb Raider doesn't work very well, the one area of that needs no improvement is in casting Vikander. By the end, it's clear that the writers are interested in making sure fans know how she got some of her trademark weapons (as well as her long-braided hair). Vikander is able to pull off a believable arc throughout, even if the film around her refuses to be more lighthearted despite being utterly goofy. The Lara Croft of the Angelina Jolie era - you know, the one who punches a shark - was essentially a cartoonish superhero. The Lara Croft of this movie, when faced with a wide gap over which to jump lest she get killed, takes her time (maybe a bit too much time) before making the leap. By the end of Tomb Raider, this Lara Croft, no matter how much she might say otherwise, is a bit like the Croft of old, but Vikander makes her feel grounded.

Continue Reading at: The Hollywood Reporter

Mar 13

Matt Damon, Ben Affleck Become Next Stars to Formally Adopt Inclusion Riders

Matt Damon (left) and Ben Affleck are the next stars to announce they plan to use inclusion riders (image courtesy Wireimage)

by Yohana Desta

Frances McDormand really set Hollywood's talking point for the next year when she ended her best-actress acceptance speech at this year's Oscars with these two words: "inclusion rider." The actress left the room abuzz, while viewers at home frantically began Googling the phrase - which refers to a contractual stipulation that stars can include in their contracts, assuring that their film sets are inclusive both on and off-screen. On screen, specifically, the goal is to reach at least 50 percent gender parity, with 40 percent inclusion for people of color, 5 percent L.G.B.T.Q. inclusion, and 20 percent disabled inclusion.

If major stars in Hollywood start adapting these riders, they could help to normalize inclusion until the practice actually becomes the norm. Following McDormand's call to action, Michael B. Jordan got the trend going in earnest, formally announcing that he would be using inclusion riders for all forthcoming projects he produces. And now, his decision has directly inspired a few more big stars: Matt Damon and Ben Affleck.

On Monday, Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni - the head of strategic outreach at Pearl Street Films, Damon and Affleck's production company - tweeted at Jordan, saying that the company would be following in his footsteps and adopting the rider as well.

Continue Reading at: Vanity Fair

Mar 11

Oprah's 'A Wrinkle In Time' stumbles at the box office as 'Black Panther' soars

Oprah Winfrey stars in "A Wrinkle In Time" along with Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling and Storm Reid (image courtesy Disney)

by The Associated Press

T'Challa still rules the box office four weeks in, even with the fresh rivalry of another Walt Disney Studios release in "A Wrinkle in Time."

"Black Panther" took the No. 1 spot at the North American box office with $41.1 million according to studio estimates Sunday, leaving another newcomer in its wake. The Marvel and Disney phenomenon crossed the $1 billion mark worldwide this weekend and became the 7th highest grossing domestic release with $562 million. Not accounting for inflation, it's now passed "The Dark Knight."

With a marketplace still dominated by "Black Panther," Disney faced some stiff competition from its own studio in launching Ava DuVernay's adaption of "A Wrinkle in Time," which opened in second place with $33.3 million from 3,980 locations. The PG-rated film, which cost around $103 million to produce and stars Oprah Winfrey and Reese Witherspoon, received mixed reviews from critics (it's currently at a "rotten" 44 percent on RottenTomatoes) and audiences who gave it a B CinemaScore.

In gauging "A Wrinkle in Time's" long-term prospects, a somewhat similar comparison could be Disney's "Tomorrowland," a PG-rated sci-fi pic with middling reviews and a B CinemaScore which opened to $33 million in the early summer of 2015 and went on to gross $93 million domestically. "Tomorrowland," however, notably cost nearly twice as much to make as "A Wrinkle in Time."

But the "Black Panther" effect is the x-factor here. For Disney, it's a "win all around."

"When you think about having two films at the top of the box office, it's definitely a win all around," says Disney's worldwide theatrical distribution president Dave Hollis. "We're feeling good about this start ... We're feeling good about what, for us, is a little family competition between now and (the Easter holiday)."

Continue Reading at: Fox News

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