Movie News – Weekend Roundup

Excelsior forever

 

Stan Lee, the hero who brought us many of our favorite superheroes, has passed away at 95. His decades-long career saw the co-creation of beloved characters such as the Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Thor, Spider-Man, and countless others, and his legacy will live on the hearts of comic fans forever. Excelsior.

 

I’m sorry Dave, I’m afraid I can’t do that

 

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

This Monday also saw the passing of Douglas Rain, whose name might not ring as much of a bell as that of the character he famously voiced – HAL in 2001: A Space Odyssey. His eerily calm portrayal of a conscious computer that goes on a murderous rampage earned HAL a ranking as the 13th greatest movie villain of all time according to The American Film Institute.

 

Deadpool, now effing kid-friendly

 

Once upon a time, Deadpool was the Merc with a mouth. But now, he’s coming back to theaters this Christmas with a little less bark and the promise that “there will be zero F’s given.”

 

The 12-day run of the PG-13 rated movie will find Fred Savage in a The Princess Bride story time parody that somehow only comes in at three minutes shorter than the rated-R theatrical release.

 

A peek at more Reynolds-chu news

Like the baby legs scene of Deadpool 2, everyone’s talking about it, so we might as well mention it – Ryan Reynolds is going to be Pikachu. Yeah.

 

Based on the game of the same name, Detective Pikachu brings all your favorite (or not) Pokemon to life in this very furry live action film. Oddly enough, most of the current discussion around this movie isn’t about Ryan, or even the existence of this movie (that’s admittedly growing on us), but rather the state of Pikachu’s fur and whether or not it’s too furry.

 

Appropriate for all ages

Everyone’s favorite toys are back. Disney has released the first Toy Story 4 teaser trailer and it’s got all your favorite characters – and even a new face (if you can call it that).

 

Forky – a spork who’s been made into a toy – joins Woody, Buzz, Jessie, Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head, Rex, Hamm, Slink, and LGM in this teaser.

 

 

MONDAY MOVIE NEWS

FAMILY FUN

 

This weeks headlines are all about the kids, with exciting announcements about animation, fantasy, and fables for the young and young at heart.

PADDINGTON 3 IS IN DEVELOPMENT

 

 

Fans of whimsical bears and marmalade sandwiches rejoice: Paddington Bear is set to return to the screen in a third outing for the much-acclaimed children’s franchise.

 

While, according to series producer David Heyman, director Paul King is unlikely to return for the new installment, hopes are high for an equally delightful third adventure for cinema’s most nattily dressed bear (no offense, Pooh).

 

NEW Clip From RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET

 

 

The long-awaited and quickly approaching sequel to 2012’s Wreck-It-Ralph is set to take audience’s on a wild ride through the far corners of the internet, with a few new faces encountered along the way.

 

The latest clip released from Ralph Breaks the Internet introduces Yesss, a digital tastemaker voiced by Taraji P. Henson whose exuberant enthusiasm for all things trending sets the tone for a turbo-charged, mile-a-minute adventure.

 

NEW CLIP FROM FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD

 

 

Harry Potter fans aren’t going anywhere, and neither are new additions to the beloved magical property.

 

The newest return to the wizarding world is a sequel to 2016’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and a new clip featuring protagonists Newt Scamander and Tina Goldstein dueling with Newt’s brother Theseus promises plenty of spells, spills, and unexpected turns.

 

LABYRINTH 2 IS IN DEVELOPMENT

 

 

Speaking of fantastic beasts, Jim Henson‘s Labyrinth, memorable for its overflowing visual spectacle, is reportedly on the way to production with a first draft of the script having been completed.

 

Pleasing long-time fans of the cult hit is no mean feat, but Fede Alvarez of Evil Dead (2013) fame is confident that he and his team are up to the mystical task.

 

THE MATRIX REVOLUTIONS CELEBRATES 15 YEARS

 

 

While not technically a kids movie, The Matrix Revolutions capped off a reality-bending trilogy that forever changed the pop cultural landscape for a generation of young movie lovers.

 

The thrilling conclusion to the story of Neo vs. the machines, Revolutions and its predecessors became the program-packed progenitors to the decades of sci-fi properties living in the shadow of it’s floor-length black coat.

 

If you thought the visual effects of The Matrix trilogy were mind-blowing back in the day, you haven’t seen anything yet. Just like Neo’s eyes were opened to reality outside the Matrix, you can see things in a whole new light with all three movies available in 4K + UHD on Vudu. With cutting edge visual and audio quality, you’ll swear you just took the red pill.

 

 

ALL-TIME GREATEST HORROR MOVIES

WHO’S THE SCARIEST OF THEM ALL?

 

The nasty nun from The Conjuring or the hockey-headed horror of Jason Voorhees? Hannibal Lecter‘s horrifying hors d’oeuvre or Freddy Krueger‘s nefarious nightmares?

 

We wanted to know whose screams reign supreme, so this Halloween we polled horror fans on which fearful features still make their spines tingle and their hair stand on end.

 

Check out the shocking results below (if you dare), then creep over to our Halloween Sale for deadly discounts on your favorite horror movies and TV, and even some free frights.

 

 

 

MONDAY MOVIE NEWS

COOL COLLABS

 

Whether it’s an iconic team getting back in the saddle or a long-awaited co-production, Hollywood’s greatest minds are joining forces for some major projects coming down the pipe.

 

NEW IMAGE OF IVAN DRAGO IN CREED II

 

 

After 2015’s Creed chronicled the son of Rocky rival Apollo Creed as he rose through the boxing ranks, it’s only appropriate that the sequel has him coming fist-to-fist with the son of the man who killed his father.

 

The killer, Dolph Lundgren returning as Soviet punching-machine Ivan Drago, is seen supporting his equally brutal offspring in a new image from Empire magazine, and the bloodline reunion promises some bitter blows in and out of the ring.

SIGOURNEY WEAVER CONFIRMS WORK ON AVATAR 4 AND 5

 

 

While audiences have not returned to the alien world of Pandora since 2009’s Avatar, director James Cameron has not been shy about his intentions to complete a full 5-film series with four sequels due out between now and 2025.

 

Sigourney Weaver, who portrayed the peaceful Dr. Grace Augustine in the original film, has revealed that she is currently working on the final two entries in the series, confirming the full realization of Cameron’s vision as an imminent (not virtual) reality.

 

MARTIN SCORSESE WILL ADAPT KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON WITH LEONARDO DICAPRIO

 

 

Killers of the Flower Moon, the best-selling 2017 non-fiction book investigating the murder of members of the Osage native American tribe, is being developed as a feature film by director Martin Scorsese, with longtime Scorsese collaborator Leonardo DiCaprio set to appear in the film.

 

If the duos previous co-creations like The Aviator, The Departed, and The Wolf of Wall Street are any indication, the tale of oil, money, and deadly greed is set to make a sizable splash when it hits theaters.

 

CHRIS ROCK WILL DIRECT NEW KEVIN HART COMEDY

 

 

Coparenting, an upcoming comedy starring Kevin Hart as a stay-at-home dad going through a heated divorce and custody battle, will be directed by Chris Rock, who came up with the film’s premise alongside Hart.

 

The two comics previously worked together on Rock’s 2014 film Top Five, and with Hart citing Rock as a major influence on his own comedy, the partnership should give audiences something to smile about.

 

ANDY MUSCHIETTI WILL ADAPT ATTACK ON TITAN

 

 

Andy Muschietti,who scored a horrifying hit with last year’s It, is ready to continue his reign of terror with an American adaptation of hit horror/adventure anime Attack on Titan.

 

The series follows a team of trained protectors sworn to defend their walled cities from the unexplained evil of the massive, humanoid titans, and with Muschietti at the helm the tension will be at an at all time high.

 

 

MONDAY MOVIE NEWS

SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW

 

Hollywood gets a lot of flack for all the sequels, prequels, and reboots, but this week’s top stories have a healthy mix of reimagined classics, anticipated additions, and fresh new fables.

 

TOP GUN 2 WILL BE SCORED BY THE ORIGINAL COMPOSER AND HANS ZIMMER

 

 

Harold Faltermeyer, the composer behind the score of the original Top Gun, and Hans Zimmer are both living legends of movie music, and they’ll be collaborating on the film’s high-flying sequel. With Tom Cruise and Val Kilmer reprising their original roles, movie buffs are in for a blast from the past as they head back into the danger zone.

 

NEW IMAGE OF GHIDORAH FROM GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS

 

 

The enormous, Komodo-Dragon-like claw extending into a new image from the upcoming Godzilla sequel belongs to one of Godzilla’s most dreaded foes: the fearsome Ghidorah. The gnarled appendage is all we’ve seen so far of the redesigned, three-headed monster, but it’s enough to have kaiju fans quaking in their boots.

 

LEBRON JAMES SET TO PRODUCE FRIDAY THE 13TH REBOOT

 

 

The 3-time NBA finals MVP may not seem like the obvious choice to bring Jason Voorhees back to the silver screen, but LeBron James has been steadily building up his Hollywood bonafides and is in talks to produce a potential reboot of the hit Friday the 13th horror franchise. If he and the rest of the creative team can get the rights, horror-heads can look forward to a re-vamped slasher coming soon.

 

FIRST POSTER FOR HAPPY DEATH DAY 2 U

 

 

The original Happy Death Day was a high-concept sleeper hit that left audiences wanting more, and they’re about to get their wish. The new poster shows a (presumably) new killer offering the doomed cupcake from the first installment, with creepy foreshadowing aplenty.

 

FIRST TRAILER FOR ESCAPE ROOM

 

 

Horror-themed escape rooms have been a terrifying example of life imitating art for years, and now art is returning the favor in the forthcoming Escape Room. The trailer teases at a wide variety of elaborate, dangerous, and maybe even deadly puzzles to test the wits of the on-screen participants.