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Feb 23, 2018

Fox Searchlight Is Making a Cheetos Movie, But It's Not What You Think
When you see a headline announcing a "Flamin' Hot Cheetos-inspired movie," your mind easily jumps to conclusions. In this day and age, anything goes, even with branded entertainment. But this isn't exactly branded entertainment in the way we expect after movies like Battleship, The Lego Movie and Ouija. Variety reports that Fox Searchlight is producing a movie called Flamin' Hot, which is about the man who created the spicy flavor of the iconic Frito-Lay snack.  While regular Cheetos are going on 70 years, the Flamin' Hot variety was invented in 1991 by a janitor working at the food company, which also makes Doritos and of course Fritos and Lays chips. Richard Montañez, the son of immigrant farm workers and a high...
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Feb 23, 2018

Movie News: 'Batgirl' Now Needs a New Writer and Director; Chris Tucker Teases 'Rush Hour 4'
Batgirl: Just about a year ago, we heard that Joss Whedon (Avengers: Age of Ultron, above) would be writing and directing Batgirl for Warner Bros. and DC. Now Whedon says: "Batgirl is such an exciting project, and Warners/DC such collaborative and supportive partners, that it took me months to realize I really didn't have a story." Of course, Whedon was also busy last year helping to complete Justice League after the unexpected departure of director Zack Snyder. We'll have to wait and see where the Batgirl project goes from here. [The Hollywood Reporter]   Rush Hour 4: Chris Tucker starred together with Jackie Chan in three popular installments of the Rush Hour action-comedy franchise, all directed by Brett Ratner, the last in 2007 (above). Now Tucker...
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Feb 23, 2018

Today in Movie Culture: Proposing a 'Star Wars'-Inspired Olympic Sport, a Spotlight on Stunt Performers and More
Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:   Dream Olympic Sport of the Day: More people would watch curling at the Winter Olympics if it involved everyone's everyone Star Wars droid (via io9):   Fan Build of the Day: Speaking of Star Wars-inspired things, check out how to make an AT-ST high chair for your baby in this Never Not Making video (via Geekologie):   Reworked Trailer of the Day: Seeing Solo: A Star Wars Story as being like the Star Trek reboot, War Starts at Midnight added The Beastie Boys' "Sabotage" to the trailer to make it even better (via Geek Tyrant):   Oscars History of the Day: Burger Fiction highlights every Academy Award winner...
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Movies.com Movie News
Feb 22, 2018

J.J. Abrams Shares a Detail About 'Star Wars: Episode IX': There's a Script
With debates raging on so many decisions in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the writing of its sequel might seem like a daunting, almost neverending task. Imagine how much second-guessing can go into a Star Wars screenplay, given all the fan scrutiny that awaits, no matter what choices are made. Well, J.J. Abrams seems confident about the next chapter of the "Skywalker Saga," enough to go on a talk show and reveal that the script for the movie is finished.  "We have a script, which is a big deal for me," Abrams confirmed on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert last night. "Having a script in advance is something I haven't always been lucky enough to have."  He goes on to say that he's "writing" with...
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Movies.com Movie News
Feb 22, 2018

Movie News: 'Jurassic World 3' Gets a Release Date - Here's What We Know; Lupita Nyong'o to Star in Trevor Noah's Memoir Adaptation
Jurassic World 3: Universal Pictures has set June 11, 2021, as the release date for the third installment in the Jurassic World series. Emily Carmichael (Pacific Rim: Uprising) and Colin Trevorrow have been hired to write the script. Trevorrow and his usual writing partner Derek Connelly worked together on the first two films in the new series and came up with the story for the third, though no details have been revealed yet. In the meantime, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom will open on June 22. [Variety]   Born a Crime: Lupita Nyong'o (Black Panther, above) will star in Born a Crime, an adaptation of a memoir by Trevor Noah, host of Comedy Central's The Daily Show. Noah was born in South Africa, the son of a white father and a black mother, which was a crime at...
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Movies.com Movie News
Feb 22, 2018

Today in Movie Culture: The Economic Issue of Wakanda in 'Black Panther,' 'Deadpool 2' in Lego and More
Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:   Fan Theory of the Day: Black Panther has made a ton of money, but how is Wakanda's economy? MatPat of The Film Theorists explores how it's unsustainable:   Dream Crossover of the Day: Speaking of Black Panther, a lot of fans want Letitia Wright's Shuri to become the new Iron Man, so BossLogic shows us what that could look like: Throughout the whole @theblackpanther movie I was saying @letitiawright would be a dope Riri Williams #BlackPanther pic.twitter.com/aybhqSyAKE — BossLogic (@Bosslogic) February 17, 2018     Easter Eggs of the Day: Yesterday we shared one highlight of Black Panther Easter eggs, but ScreenCrush...
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Movies.com Movie News
Feb 21, 2018

'Nightwing' Director Touted for 'Dungeons & Dragons'
Director Chris McKay (The Lego Batman Movie; the upcoming Nightwing) is now in negotiations to direct a new version of Dungeons & Dragons, based on the classic role-playing game. The movie will be the first from a new production company that wants to become a rival to Marvel Studios, according to Variety. First published in 1974, the game revolves around characters who embark upon adventures in a fantasy world. Its popularity grew steadily over the years, leading to a television series in the 1980s and finally a film version in 2000 (pictured at top; watch trailer below). That was followed by a sequel for television in 2005 and a third installment that went direct to video in 2012. The new, big-screen version will be written by Michael Gillio. It's been in...
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Movies.com Movie News
Feb 21, 2018

Danny Boyle Is the Top Choice to Direct James Bond 25
After falling short with his recent Trainspotting follow-up, Danny Boyle might get a chance at a sure-thing sequel. According to Variety, the Oscar-winning director of Slumdog Millionaire is MGM's first choice for the gig helming the 25th (official) James Bond feature. Boyle is a name that has been tossed around for the job over the years given that he's British and has consistently delivered crowd-pleasing entertainments, even if on much smaller scale than a 007 action blockbuster.  Plus Boyle has not only shown an affinity for these movies -- see Ewan McGregor's impression of Sean Connery as 007 in the first Trainspotting -- but he's actually sort of already done a James Bond short film with part of the opening ceremonies...
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Movies.com Movie News
Feb 21, 2018

Movie News: 'A Wrinkle in Time' Soundtrack Surprises Revealed; 'Paddington' Director Touted for 'Pinocchio'
A Wrinkle in Time: The soundtrack listing for Ava DuVernay's A Wrinkle in Time has been revealed. It includes a few surprises, such as a rare new recording by Sade; it's only the second song she has contributed to a soundtrack. DuVernay (above with Storm Reid) produced the soundtrack, which also includes an end-credit song performed by DJ Khaled featuring Demi Lovato.The soundtrack will be released when the movie opens in theaters everywhere on March 9. [EW.com] I never thought she'd say yes, but asked anyway. She was kind giving. A goddess. We began a journey together that I'll never forget. Proud to announce that Sade has created an original song for WRINKLE IN TIME. It's entitled "Flower of the Universe." And it's a dream come...
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Movies.com Movie News
Feb 21, 2018

Today in Movie Culture: 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Sound Design Showcase, 'Jumanji' VFX Breakdown and More
Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:   Sound Showcase of the Day: Check out a new short documentary from ABC News on the sound design of Star Wars: The Last Jedi:   VFX Breakdown of the Day: Now that everyone has apparently seen Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle a number of times, it's time for an effects breakdown reel courtesy of Iloura:   Easter Eggs of the Day: Now that you've seen Black Panther a few times, see how many Easter eggs you missed with Mr. Sunday Movies' latest:   Fan Art of the Day: Speaking of Black Panther, who wouldn't want to see Shuri team up with young Spider-Man? Here's a little fan art to show what that could look...
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Movies.com Movie News
Feb 20, 2018

DVD Obscura: 'Professor Marston,' 'The Square,' 'Chavela' and More Home Video Picks
New Indie Now that everyone has seen the amazing big-screen adventures of the Amazon princess, take a fascinating look at the lives of her creators in the lush biopic Professor Marston and the Wonder Women (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment). Writer-director Angela Robinson may play a little fast and loose with the facts - and really, what biopic doesn't? - but this portrait of the comics-creating academic (played by Luke Evans) and the two women in his life (Rebecca Hall and Bella Heathcote) is an all-too-rare celebration of sexual progressivism, wrapped up in a wonderfully tweedy period piece. Gorgeous and provocative, with three riveting lead performances, this one belongs on the shelf of any movie-lover or, especially, comics-lover. Also available: Emma...
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Movies.com Movie News
Feb 20, 2018

Jessica Chastain Now in Talks to Star in 'It: Chapter Two'
The big-screen adaptation of Stephen King's It became a major cultural phenomenon last September, igniting interest in a sequel, which was quickly given a green light. Even before It was released, however, actress Jessica Chastain (above in Molly's Game) voiced her support. Trust me. This film is great. Get your tickets early. It'll sell quick. So proud of the Muschetti siblings. ????https://t.co/LI7rs3Lc83 — Jessica Chastain (@jes_chastain) September 5, 2017   Chastain and It director Andy Muschietti worked together previously on horror thriller Mama, which brought praise for both. Naturally, the film's success and Chastain's support quickly sparked speculation that the actress might be cast in the sequel, which will will...
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Movies.com Movie News
Feb 20, 2018

'Thor: Ragnarok' Comes Home, Plus This Week's New Digital HD and VOD Releases
Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and/or own this week via various Digital HD providers such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, Google Play and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical The Star (faith-based animation; voices: Steven Yeun, Keegan-Michael Key, Aidy Bryant, Gina Rodriguez, Zachary Levi, Christopher Plummer, Ving Rhames, Gabriel Iglesias, Kelly Clarkson, Anthony Anderson, Patricia Heaton, Kris Kristofferson, Kristin Chenoweth, Mariah Carey, Oprah Winfrey; rated PG) Daddy's Home 2 (comedy; Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Linda Cardellini, John Cena, John Lithgow, Mel Gibson; not rated) Same Kind of Different as Me (drama; Greg Kinnear...
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Movies.com Movie News
Feb 20, 2018

Every Record Broken by 'Black Panther'
Another Marvel movie is a huge hit at the box office. But this one is a bigger deal than usual. Black Panther opened over the President's Day weekend to the tune of $235 million. That's not an unprecedented figure, but the four-day take amounts to a whole lot of records broken, milestones reached and other feats accomplished for the superhero release. Below we detail every one of its achievements, including a couple that aren't financial in nature.    Black Panther is... The best-reviewed comic book superhero movie of all time: According to Rotten Tomatoes, Black Panther topped The Dark Knight and Iron Man with its positive review score of 97% but is tied for superhero movies overall with Pixar's The...
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Movies.com Movie News
Feb 20, 2018

Movie News: Jordan Peele's Now Writing Next Film, Will Direct Later This Year; Anne Hathaway to Team with 'Mudbound' Director Dee Rees
Jordan Peele: Actor and writer Jordan Peele (above) made his feature directorial debut with last year's spectacularly successful Get Out. Now he's writing his next feature film and says he'll direct it later this year for Universal Pictures: "One thing I know is that this is genre; and playing around with the thriller, horror, action, fun, genre of intrigue is my favorite. That's my sweet spot. So I think tonally it should resemble Get Out. That said, I want to make a completely different movie. I want to address something different than race in the next one." [THR]   The Last Thing He Wanted: Anne Hathaway (Colossal, above) is in negotiations to star in The Last Thing He Wanted, based on a novel by Joan Didion. First published in 1996, the...
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Movies.com Movie News
Feb 19, 2018

Box Office Report: 'Black Panther' Joins Exclusive Club of All-Timers
Here's your estimated 3-day box office returns (new releases bolded): 1. Black Panther - $192.0 million ($192.0 million total) 2. Peter Rabbit - $17.2 million ($48.2 million total) 3. Fifty Shades Freed - $16.9 million ($76.1 million total) 4. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle - $7.9 million ($377.6 million total) 5. The 15:17 to Paris - $7.6 million ($25.4 million total) 6. The Greatest Showman - $5.1 million ($154.4 million total) 7. Early Man - $3.1 million ($3.1 million total) 8. Maze Runner: The Death Cure - $2.5 million ($54.0 million total) 9. Winchester - $2.2 million ($21.8 million total) 10. Samson - $1.9 million ($1.9 million total)   The Big Stories Remember when the early projections for Black Panther had it hovering around a HUGE opening...
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Movies.com Movie News
Feb 17, 2018

The Week in Movie News: 'Black Panther' Starts Off Strong, 'Incredibles 2' Sneak Peek and More
Need a quick recap on the past week in movie news? Here are the highlights:   BIG NEWS Black Panther broke its first box office records: Marvel has another huge hit on their hands, as Black Panther opens this weekend and already kicked things off with the MCU's second-best preview screenings gross ever. Read more here.   GREAT NEWS Another Willy Wonka movie is in the works: Normally remakes of classics aren't immediately labeled "great news," but a new take on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is coming from Paddington and Paddington 2 director Paul King, and that's pretty promising. Read more here.   SURPRISING NEWS Solo revealed another cast member: With only a few...
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Movies.com Movie News
Feb 16, 2018

Today in Movie Culture: Ryan Coogler Breaks Down a 'Black Panther' Scene, Han Solo Anime Teaser and More
Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:   Director's Commentary of the Day: For the New York Times, Black Panther director Ryan Coogler discusses a scene from the movie:   Cosplay of the Day: There's a lot of great Black Panther cosplay circulating from last night's preview screenings, but these guys doing Coming to America cosplay at their show is just hilarious: I came across this photo pic.twitter.com/rzdHZaJ3g2 — Kay (@Cooperfam2018) February 16, 2018     Actor in the Spotlight: In honor of her breakout role in Black Panther, No Small Parts and IMDb highlights Letitia Wright's career so far:   Fan Film of the Day: In...
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Movies.com Movie News
Feb 16, 2018

Comics on Film: Cinematic Ambition Meets Visual Artistry in 'Black Panther'
It seems these days that a lot of particularly cynical film critics, and even a fair amount of audience members, roll their collective eyes whenever a movie with "Marvel Studios" emblazoned on its poster hits theaters. For so many people who attribute the cultural downfall of cinematic art to the onslaught of superhero movies, the nebulously defined "Marvel movie" in these peoples' rhetorical playbook is supposedly just like every other one that has come out over the past decade. Nevermind the fact that critics and audiences were legitimately taken with efforts like Iron Man, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Thor: Ragnarok, or Guardians of the Galaxy as unique movie-going experiences, each with an emotional core, through-lines...
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Movies.com Movie News
Feb 16, 2018

'Black Panther' Breaks Thursday Previews Record for a Non-Sequel
With Marvel's Black Panther one of the most anticipated movies of all time, box office records are expected to break this weekend. And the movie has already managed one significant feat. Disney reports the MCU installment kicked off its opening last night with $25.2 million. That's Marvel's second-best showing for Thursday night previews, and technically it's a new peak for a non-sequel debut.  The extra bit of change after the decimal point is key, because it means Black Panther sold slightly more tickets than Captain America: Civil War, in which the former's eponymous African superhero made his movie introduction. The only Marvel movie to out-gross Black Panther in Thursday previews is Avengers: Age of Ultron...
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