Trailer Buzz: ‘Early Man,’ ‘The Current War’ and ‘Jungle’

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Today’s new trailers take us through a history of man:

Early Man

We begin with the dawn of civilization as the Stone Age clashes with the Bronze Age. The latest animated feature from Nick Park, creator of Wallace and Gromit, is about a caveman (Eddie Redmayne) trying to save his tribe from the more advanced humans led by an evil ruler (Tom Hiddleston). Don’t look for historical accuracy at all; do look for a lot of fun British stop-motion comedy. See Early Man in theaters beginning on February 16, 2018.

The Current War

Next we have the dawn of electricity, as man changed civilization forever just ahead of the 20th century. In The Current War, Benedict Cumberbatch portrays Thomas Edison while Michael Shannon is George Westinghouse in…
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It’s Official: ‘Star Wars,’ Marvel Movies Leaving Netflix for Disney Streaming Service

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Say goodbye to “Star Wars” flicks and Marvel Cinematic Universe movies, Netflix subscribers: Disney is officially moving those films to its new streaming service.

Disney CEO Bob Iger confirmed the news during an appearance at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Media’s communications and entertainment conference in Beverly Hills on Thursday, where he also revealed a few more small details about the company’s new venture.

“We’ve now decided we will put the Marvel and ‘Star Wars’ movies on this app as well,” Iger told attendees.

When Disney announced back in August that it was creating its own streaming service, it was apparent that more traditional Disney flicks (like its animated features and Pixar pictures) would eventually be leaving Netflix. What remained unclear at the time, however, was whether or not the “Star Wars” and Marvel films (more recent Disney acquisitions) would be included in that exodus. Netflix reportedly tried to make a deal to keep those movies, but was ultimately unsuccessful in swaying the Mouse House. Now all that remains to be seen is when all the Disney-adjacent titles currently on Netflix will expire.

Iger also revealed on Thursday that the Disney streaming service will debut sometime in late 2019, though no official launch date has been determined). The service will likely produce four or five original feature films, in addition to several original TV series and TV movies, the CEO said.

[via: Variety]

‘It’ Sequel, ‘Chapter Two,’ Is Officially Moving Forward

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Prepare yourself, ’cause “IT” is officially coming back. The plan for two movies — one focused on the young Losers Club, and a sequel as they’re older — is moving forward.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, New Line is firming up plans for “Chapter Two,” as “It” readies to open this Friday. The positive reviews are hoped to be a sign of a big box office opening.

One of the “It” screenwriters, Gary Dauberman, closed a deal to write the sequel, also adapted from Stephen King’s expansive novel. Director Andy Muschietti seems ready to return, but he reportedly has no deal in place. (Maybe they are all waiting to see how “It” does in its opening weekend.)

THR’s sources added that what’s currently being called “Chapter Two” will take place 27 years later, but flashbacks will figure into the story, meaning the first movie’s young cast may return. When the sequel script is finished, the studio will head out to cast the older stars.

Andres Muschietti previously told Variety the plan was to start filming this coming spring 2018.

“We’ll probably have a script for the second part in January. Ideally, we would start prep in March. Part one is only about the kids. Part two is about these characters 30 years later as adults, with flashbacks to 1989 when they were kids.”

The first “IT” movie opens this Friday, September 8. A release date of sometime in 2019 is being eyed.

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2017 Toronto Film Festival: Our Most Anticipated Movies, Performances and More

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Within the span of three weeks this September, many of the movies that will be up for the year’s major awards will have premiered at one of a few film festivals around the world. The largest and arguably most influential of those festivals is the Toronto International Film Festival, which runs from September 7 through September 17, and showcases well over 100 movies from around the world.

Fandango will be in attendance for this year’s festival north of the border, and for those who are also going – or even keeping an eye on it from afar – here is a rundown of what we’re most looking forward to.

Our 5 Most Anticipated Movies


Who stars: Matt Damon, Christoph Waltz, Kristen Wiig, Hong Chau

Why we’re…
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Felicity Huffman & William H. Macy Celebrate 20th Anniversary With Goals-Worthy Tributes

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You have truly won at life when you find a partnership like Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy. Twenty years of marriage is like 200 in Hollywood years, and that’s just how long stars Huffman and Macy have been married. They dated off and on for more than a decade before that point, which Huffman referenced on their September 6 anniversary:

You took me home in ’85. Married me in ’97. You give me a thrill every time you walk through the door. TY for marrying me 20yrs ago today.

— Felicity Huffman (@FelicityHuffman) September 6, 2017

A thrill every time you walk through the door, even after 20 — no, more than 30 — years. That’s the dream.

Macy shared his own loving tribute:

Twenty years ago today I did the best thing I’ve ever done in my life. I married Felicity Huffman.

— William H. Macy (@WilliamHMacy) September 6, 2017

Fans lost it, of course, honoring the celebrity pair for helping them to still believe in love.

Huffman, 54, and Macy, 67, have two daughters together, and seem to be going strong as a family even as they both balance thriving careers. In 2015, Huffman told TribLive she was initially scared of marriage, and that’s why it took them so long to get hitched:

“Bill Macy asked me to marry him several times over several years. And I was finally smart enough to go: ‘I’m going to marry this guy or really lose him for good.’ And it was after we broke up for four or five years when he asked me again, I knew I couldn’t say no. It was the work I had to do in order to bring myself to the marriage and then the work that I did to be able to trust another person and see what comes out of that comfort and that safety. I was able to blossom out of that. […] I thought I’d disappear. Men’s stock when they get married goes up. Women’s stock goes down. Another thing, 60 percent of first marriages fail, 80 percent of second marriages fail.”

So far — knock on wood — this first marriage for both ain’t failing, and the “Desperate Housewives” star has done anything but disappear. They are both up for Emmys this year — she for “American Crime” and he for “Shameless” — and we should see them supporting each other in the 2017 Emmy Awards audience on Sunday, Sept. 17.

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Jared Leto Admits He’s ‘a Little Confused’ About DC’s Plans for the Joker

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If someone out there has a master plan balancing Warner Bros. and DC’s various Joker ideas, it’s not Jared Leto. The “Suicide Squad” star recently talked to ODE about the new projects, basically admitting he’s as confused as anyone.

There’s a new Joker origin story in the works, with Leonardo DiCaprio reportedly the one they want to cast, that would not be part of the current DC Extended Universe. Then there’s a special spinoff film following Joker and Harley Quinn that would be part of the DCEU, bringing back Jared Leto and Margot Robbie.

The ODE reporter asked Leto for a status update.

Reporter Melissa Nathoo: “I’m a bit confused with what’s going on with the DC universe at the moment. Because there’s a new Joker film being made but you’re not going to be part of that. But you’re going to be part of the Joker and Harley Quinn spinoff people are talking about?”

Jared Leto: “I think so. I’m a little confused too, but yeah, there are a couple of things happening in the DC world. I love the Joker, he’s a great character, a really fun character to play. But it’s a big universe and when you play the Joker, there’s no ownership there. You have the honor of, like, holding the baton for a little while and then passing it off. But there are other films in development and I’m excited to see what comes from them.”

The recently announced Joker origin film is meant to be part of a banner separate from the DCEU “in which WB can expand the canon of DC properties and create unique storylines with different actors playing the iconic characters.”

But Leto is still expected to be part of “Suicide Squad 2,” which is part of the DCEU and now officially has “The Accountant” director Gavin O’Connor attached to write and direct.

Stay tuned for more updates on filming and premiere dates … depending on which projects actually move forward.[via: Variety]

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‘The Accountant’ Director Tapped for ‘Suicide Squad 2’

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In the summer of 2016, Suicide Squad introduced a new team of antiheroes to the DC cinematic universe. It proved to be a rip-roaring popular success, earning more than $745 million at the box office worldwide. Director David Ayer soon began working on a spin-off project, Gotham City Sirens, that would revolve around Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), leaving the inevitable Suicide Squad sequel in the hands of a director to be named later.

Reportedly, the candidates included Mel Gibson, Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland), Daniel Espinosa (Life) and Jonathan Levine (Snatched). In July we heard that Jaume Collet-Serra (The Shallows) was the front-runner for the job, but a short while later he dropped out of consideration, instead deciding to direct Disney’s action-adventure movie Jungle…
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Christian Bale Gained Weight & Bleached Eyebrows to Play Dick Cheney: See New Look

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He’s at it again! Christian Bale’s body may want a break from all of the weight fluctuating for various roles, but an artist is an artist.

Bale famously lost 70 pounds for “The Machinist,” and also lost weight to play a heroin addict in “The Fighter,” which earned him an Oscar. He packed on 30 pounds of muscle weight as Batman, and gained enough weight to earn a pot belly for “American Hustle.” Now he’s back on the larger end of the spectrum for “Backseat.” In the film, Bale will play former Vice President Dick Cheney. He’ll also reunite with his “The Fighter” and “American Hustle” co-star Amy Adams, who’ll play his wife Lynne Cheney. Sam Rockwell plays former President George W. Bush, with Steve Carell as Donald Rumsfeld, and Bill Pullman as Nelson Rockefeller.

“Backseat” is scheduled to begin filming this month. Bale, 43, showed off his new dyed eyebrows and heavier frame at the Telluride Film Festival, where he was premiering another movie, “Hostiles.”

Here’s a photo from “Hostiles,” showing Bale’s very thin physique, contrasted to his Cheney look for “Backseat”:

Christian Bale’s brutal Western #Hostiles has become the biggest festival title without distribution. See why here:

— IndieWire (@IndieWire) September 7, 2017

Christian Bale, is that you?
Lagi-lagi Bale ngelakuin transformasi ekstrim dgn naikin berat badannya 30kg untuk film Backseat #KAMUSOZZER

— D’OZ RADIO BALI (@d_ozradiobali) September 7, 2017

Christian Bale shows off transformation for Backseat

— invtrade (@InvtradeNet) September 6, 2017

Christian Bale plumping up for next role #ChristianBale #Backseat

— Poppy Kulture (@poppykulture) September 6, 2017

Christian Bale, Gary Oldman.
Telluride 2017

— Elynne Preston (@EvlynPrestonW) September 4, 2017

“Backseat”‘ is being written and directed by Adam McKay, who worked with Bale on “The Big Short.” The focus will be on Cheney. “I’ve always found Cheney fascinating,” McKay told Deadline. “Questions of what drove him, what his beliefs were. But once we started digging, I was astounded at how much he had shaped modern America’s place in the world and how shocking the methods were by which he gained his power.”

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Movie News: ‘Purge 4’ Title, Plot Details Revealed; Will Smith Shares First ‘Aladdin’ Cast Photo

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The Purge 4: James DeMonaco, who wrote and directed the first three installments in the Purge series (above on the set of The Purge: Election Year), says that the next movie is currently titled The Purge: The Island. DeMonaco is writing the prequel, which revolves around “the first experimental Purge” when all crime is declared legal. He says it will be set on Staten Island. Gerard McMurray will direct the movie, scheduled for release on July 4, 2018. [Vulture]

Aladdin: Will Smith (above in Suicide Squad) shared a photo from the first day of shooting on Disney’s live-action Aladdin (below), featuring himself (the Genie) with Mena Massoud (Aladdin), Naomi Scott (Princess Jasmine) and Marwan Kenzari (Jafar). Navid Negahban, Nasim Pedrad, Billy…
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Today in Movie Culture: Terminator vs. Predator, the Biggest Problem With ‘Wonder Woman’ and More

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Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:

Mashup of the Day:

Terminator 2: Judgment Day didn’t do too well in its 3D re-release, but you can bet Terminator vs. Predator would be huge. Here’s what it could look like:

Casting Rendering of the Day:

Warner Bros. wants Leonardo DiCaprio to play the Joker in an origin movie, so BossLogic shows us what that could look like:

Some messing around with @leonardodicaprio as #joker with @comicbook, I think I went too scary…. XD (rumours are rumours)
— BossLogic (@Bosslogic) September 2, 2017

Fan Theory of the Day:

Now that summer’s over, MatPat of The Film Theorists raises an issue about the…
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