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Have you ever gotten frustrated going to movies and having your good experience ruined by rambunctious kids? Even at movies geared towards kids? Then click through to read the article about one journalist's view.

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Mar 29

Tom Holland says the Spider-Man movies could follow the Harry Potter formula

by Thomas Ling

Our Spidey senses are tingling. Or is that our Probity Probe going off? We're not sure, but either way something magical is afoot if Tom Holland's to be believed.

The British 20-year-old star of Spider-Man: Homecoming recently said sequels for the web-slinger could be modelled on the Harry Potter series.

But that doesn't mean Spidey's going to be firing patronuses out of his wrists anytime soon: Holland says the future films will focus on the superhero's life in the classroom, with each movie taking place over one school year, just like the on-screen adventures at Hogwarts. (We've no idea how that'll work with the MCU, but hey, just go with it).

When asked about the rumours that sequels are planned around a friendly neighbourhood student, Holland told TV: "You know those discussions all happen behind closed doors with the creatives and I'm only brought into the process much later, when we have a script and I can sort of write little notes on what I'd like to happen.

"But I think that is the overall plan, I think the Harry Potter movies are a perfect example, they worked so well. I'm such a huge fan, as are billions of people, so why not follow that perfect formula? And I think we can do something really exciting with that."

Continue Reading at: RadioTimes.com

Mar 28

New 'Spider-Man,' 'Blade Runner' footage kicks off CinemaCon

by Lindsey Bahr, The Associated Press

Iron Man just put Spider-Man in time out.

Sony Pictures on Monday unveiled the second trailer for "Spider-Man: Homecoming" at CinemaCon, featuring Tom Holland, the newly anointed web-slinger, being put in his place by Robert Downey Jr.'s more seasoned Tony Stark. The film, out July 7, picks up with Holland's Peter Parker returning to high school after the events of "Captain America: Civil War," and wanting to immediately get back into the action as a new threat emerges from Michael Keaton's Vulture.

The annual gathering of theatre owners, exhibitors and Hollywood studios kicked off Monday evening at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas with Sony Pictures' presentation of their upcoming slate, featuring new looks at everything from "Blade Runner 2049" and "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" to the Stephen King adaptation "The Dark Tower." The studio also announced that they were bumping up the release of Edgar Wright's "Baby Driver" to June 28 from its planned August release.

See the new footage here:

Continue Reading at: The Toronto Sun

Mar 27

First look at Alicia Vikander's Lara Croft in Tomb Raider

Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft in Tomb Raider, opening March 16, 2018 (image courtesy Graham Bortholomew / Warner / MGM)
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by Mark Daniell

Alicia Vikander doesn't mind getting her hands dirty.

From the looks of two exclusive photos that appeared on Vanity Fair's website Monday, the 28-year-old Oscar winner is going to have no problem mixing it up as Lara Croft in next year's cinematic reboot of the Tomb Raider franchise.

Vikander will be taking over the role from Angelina Jolie, who played Croft in two films.

Vanity Fair also published an official plot synopsis for the film, "Suddenly, the stakes couldn't be higher for Lara, who - against the odds and armed with only her sharp mind, blind faith and inherently stubborn spirit - must learn to push herself beyond her limits as she journeys into the unknown. If she survives this perilous adventure, it could be the making of her, earning her the name tomb raider."

Continue Reading at: Toronto Sun

Mar 26

Box Office: 'Beauty and the Beast' Conquers With $88M; 'Power Rangers' Pleases With $40.5M

The new iteration of 'Power Rangers' opens with nearly $41 million this weekend (image courtesy Saban / Lionsgate)
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by Pamela McClintock

'Beauty' nears a dazzling $700M worldwide as March revenue crosses a record $1 billion in North America; elsewhere, Sony's space horror-thriller 'Life' loses gravity and Warner Bros.' 'CHIPS' crashes.

Nostalgia works in mysterious ways at the box office.

Beauty and the Beast, Disney's live-action remake of the classic 1991 animated film, continued to make history in its second weekend, declining a scant 49 percent to an estimated $88 million from 4,210 locations, the fourth-biggest sophomore outing of all time. And its North American cume of $317 million is the fourth-biggest 10-day total in history. Overseas, Beauty likewise stayed atop the chart, grossing $119.2 million for a foreign tally of $373.3 million and $690.3 million globally.

Lionsgate and Saban's male-fueled Power Rangers, an edgier adaptation of the kids TV show produced by Haim Saban that began airing in the early 1990s, also succeeded in pulling on the heartstrings of those growing up on the series. The movie, rated PG-13, grossed a better-than-expected $40.5 million from 3,693 North American theaters, thanks to a strong turnout by millennials and following a successful and lengthy marketing campaign. Power Rangers also broke ground by being the first big-budget studio film to feature a superhero who questions whether or not they are gay.

"We knew that if this was going to work for us, we would need to get older audiences and not just kids because of the nostalgia factor," said Lionsgate distribution chief David Spitz. "It is such a beloved property."

Thanks to March releases Beauty, Logan and Kong: Skull Island - and now Power Rangers, among other titles - revenue for the month has crossed $1 billion for the first time ever at the domestic box office, eclipsing last year's record-setting March haul of $948.8 billion.

Continue Reading at: The Hollywood Reporter

Mar 25

Justice League: 63 Images From The New Trailer

by Matthew Mueller

Warner Bros. and DC delivered an action packed and buzzworthy first trailer for Justice League, the biggest glimpse fans have received since the preview footage from last year's San Diego Comic-Con. There's plenty to see in the new footage, and now you can get a closer look in a massive Justice League gallery.

While everyone is covered at some point, special mention goes to Ray Fisher's Cyborg, who is heavily featured in the trailer and in the images. He's seen at one point with a hood over his head, likely taking place before he stops a vehicle from hitting some bystanders. He's also shown using his extensive arsenal against a Parademon, and can also be seen using a new helmet as he flies high into the sky.

Aquaman also gets a few spotlight stealing moments, most of which involve Batman in some way. He still stuns though as he flies high into the air and takes out a few Parademons, but he isn't the only one who does so. Wonder Woman also flies in to save the day, and the Flash can also be seen going one on one with a Parademon.

Click the Continue Reading at link below to go to the original article to see the image gallery.

In the meantime check out the trailer here:

Continue Reading at: Comicbook.com

Mar 24

'Star Wars': Bob Iger Reveals New Han Solo Details and Talks What Happens After 'Episode IX'

by Carolyn Giardina, Aaron Couch

Disney CEO Bob Iger is peeling back the curtain on the future of Star Wars.

"We're starting talk about what could happen after Episode IX. About what could be another decade-and-a-half of Star Wars stories," Iger said Thursday during a talk in Santa Monica.

He also said The Last Jedi will not be changed in the wake of star Carrie Fisher's death in December.

"When we bought Lucasfilm, we were going to make three films - Episodes VII, VIII and IX," said Iger. "We had to deal with tragedy at the end of 2016. Carrie appears throughout VIII. We are not changing VIII to deal with her passing. Her performance remains as it is in VIII. In Rogue One, we had some digital character. We are not doing that with Carrie."

The executive also revealed new details about the young Han Solo movie, saying the film will span the Star Wars rogue's years from age 18 to 24. Han (played by Alden Ehrenreich) will meet Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo) and will be seen finding his ship, The Millennium Falcon.

Continue Reading at: The Hollywood Reporter

Mar 22

Dreamworks' 'Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie' Has A Trailer

by Amid Amidi

Here's the first trailer for Dreamworks Animationís upcoming film, Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie, to be released in the U.S. by 20th Century Fox on June 2, 2017.

The trailer pretty much tells you everything you need to know about the filmís set-up: two schoolkids hypnotize their principal into thinking heís a superhero named Captain Underpants. It needs little set-up because the movie is an adaptation of the smash childrenís book series created by Dav Pilkey, whose 12 volumes have sold 70 million copies worldwide.

The Dreawmorks version is directed by David Soren (Turbo) from a script by Nicholas Stoller (Neighbors, Storks). The two leads, George and Harold, are voiced respectively by Kevin Hart and Thomas Middleditch. Other voices include Nick Kroll as Professor Poopypants, Jordan Peele as Melvin Sneedly, and Ed Helms as Captain Underpants.

See the trailer here:

Continue Reading at: Cartoonbrew.com

Mar 21

Disney stole 'Zootopia,' writer claims in U.S. lawsuit

by Jonathan Stempel

Walt Disney Co was sued on Tuesday by a longtime Hollywood screenwriter and producer who accused the studio of copying its blockbuster, Oscar-winning animated film "Zootopia" from his work without permission.

Gary Goldman, whose credits include the Arnold Schwarzenegger film "Total Recall" and Tom Cruise film "Minority Report," filed his copyright infringement lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles.

He said Disney replicated, sometimes "virtually verbatim," the themes, settings, plot, characters and dialogue, as well as the title, of his "Zootopia" concept, which he had pitched to the studio in 2000 and 2009.

Disney and its affiliates embrace "a culture that not only accepts the unauthorized copying of others' original material, but encourages it," the lawsuit said. "They did it with 'Zootopia,' too, when they copied Gary L. Goldman's 'Zootopia.'"

In a statement, Disney said: "Mr. Goldman's lawsuit is riddled with patently false allegations. It is an unprincipled attempt to lay claim to a successful film he didn't create, and we will vigorously defend against it in court."

"Zootopia" has grossed more than $1 billion worldwide since its release a year ago, and last month won the Academy Award for best animated feature film.

Continue Reading at: Reuters

Mar 20

'Power Rangers' Breaks Ground With First Gay Big-Screen Superhero

Becky G. plays a LGBT character in director (inset) Dean Israelite's 'Power Rangers' reboot (images courtesy Kimberley French / Getty Images)
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by Aaron Couch

Power Rangers is breaking down a barrier no superhero has movie before. The Lionsgate reboot of the '90s children's TV show is the first big-budget superhero movie to feature an LGBT protagonist.

During Power Rangers' second act, there's a scene in which the titular heroes learn that the Yellow Ranger Trini (Becky G) is coming to terms with her sexual orientation, with one character assuming she's having "boyfriend problems," and soon realizing that perhaps she's actually having "girlfriend problems." It's a small moment, but one director Dean Israelite calls "pivotal" for the entire film.

"For Trini, really she's questioning a lot about who she is," Israelite tells The Hollywood Reporter. "She hasn't fully figured it out yet. I think what's great about that scene and what that scene propels for the rest of the movie is, 'That's OK.' The movie is saying, 'That's OK,' and all of the kids have to own who they are and find their tribe."

LGBT representation in superhero films has trailed that of comic books, where heroes and villains such as DC's Wonder Woman, Catwoman, Batwoman and Harley Quinn, as well as Marvel's Ice Man, are among high-profile examples of LGBT characters. But so far, when these characters have been translated to the big screen, they have been portrayed as straight. X-Men's Northstar, the first openly gay character from either DC or Marvel, was introduced in the comics in 1992.

Continue Reading at: The Hollywood Reporter

Mar 19

'Beauty and the Beast' roars to historic $170-million debut

Dan Stevens (as the Beast) and Emma Watson (as the Beauty) in a still from 'Beauty and the Beast' (image courtesy Disney)
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by Tre'vell Anderson, Contact Reporter

Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" brought so many guests to movie theaters this weekend that the live-action remake became the biggest box-office opener so far of the year, and the seventh-best debut of all time.

The picture brought in an impressive $170 million, well above analyst expectations of $130 million to $150 million. It's the highest domestic debut ever for a Disney live-action title and the seventh Walt Disney Studios release to open over $150 million. The picture also brought in $180 million internationally.

"It's incredible. It's amazing," said Dave Hollis, the studio's distribution chief. "There are almost no words to fully capture how gratifying it is to see a result like this from a team that has been working on telling stories like this for years."

The film, which cost $160 to make, stars Emma Watson of the "Harry Potter" franchise as Belle and Dan Stevens ("Downton Abbey") as the cursed prince. The story stays fairly close to the beloved 1991 animated original, a box-office smash that became the first animated movie to earn a best picture Oscar nomination. Directed by Bill Condon, known for "The Twilight Saga" and the musical "Dreamgirls," the new film is well on its way to following in its predecessors history-making footsteps.

"Beauty and the Beast" is expected to reach the coveted $1-billion mark in global receipts before the end of its theatrical run.

Continue Reading at: Los Angeles Times

Mar 17

Why "PG Has Become the New Go-To" Rating for Studio Movies

A mash-up of images from PG-rated Disney movies, from left, 'The Secret Life of Pets,' 'Beauty and the Beast' and 'The Jungle Book' (images courtesy Disney / THR)
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by Pamela McClintock

In the battle for box-office glory, Imax is placing a new bet. The exhibitor - long a haven for fanboys - is bumping Warner Bros.' Kong: Skull Island in favor of Disney's live-action Beauty and the Beast, which hits March 17 and will have a full-week run, unprecedented for a PG title.

The decision to go with Beauty is the latest proof of a market segment that's heating up after years of often playing second fiddle to PG-13 superhero movies and action spectacles. Animated sequel The Lego Batman Movie, currently the top-grossing film of the year domestically with $159.7 million, and the live-action A Dog's Purpose, which has overperformed with $142.8 million to date worldwide, are the latest examples of films rated PG that don't scare away teens or adults.

Disney's live-action division, led by Sean Bailey, is gambling that the trend is here to stay, with future films including The Lion King, Mulan and Cruella. It already has lured in families with nonanimated versions of Cinderella ($544 million worldwide) and The Jungle Book ($967 million). The studio's 2018 release calendar includes A Wrinkle in Time (April 6), Mulan (Nov. 2) and Mary Poppins Returns (Dec. 25). Other studios have such PG pictures as Boss Baby (March 31), Cars 3 (June 16) and Despicable Me 3 (June 30).

The PG renaissance began in 2010 when Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland made more than $1 billion globally. It was followed by 2013's Frozen ($1.28 billion) and 2014's Maleficent ($758.5 million). But the turning point was 2016, when PG titles held eight of the top 20 slots worldwide.

"PG has become the new go-to rating," says box-office analyst Paul Dergarabedian of comScore. "From a business perspective, the rating is perfect because you can grab everyone from little kids to Grandma."

Continue Reading at: The Hollywood Reporter

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