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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Tina Fey’s ‘Mean Girls’ Musical Is Opening on Broadway This Spring

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Tina Fey has some very fetch news: The “Mean Girls” musical she co-wrote is set for a Broadway run.

The writer-slash-actress made her “very big, very exciting” announcement in a video released Wednesday, hyping the new development. With official dates set, fans can start planning to watch the Plastics take the stage at the August Wilson Theatre. Previews will begin March 12, and then the show will officially open on April 8. Unfortunately, that date does not fall on a Wednesday, but you can still wear pink.

Fans who can’t wait till the “Mean Girls” musical hits Broadway can catch an earlier run in Washington, D.C., beginning Oct. 31. The show will tell the same story as the 2004 movie. This time, we’ll also get music from Fey’s composer husband, Jeff Richard, and lyrics written by Nell Benjamin (“Legally Blonde”). Casey Nicholaw (“The Book of Mormon”) directs.

Watch Fey’s announcement below, and get excited. This is going to be grool.

Tickets for “Mean Girls” on Broadway go on sale on — when else? — Oct. 3.

[h/t: Variety]

Will Smith Shares First Cast Photo From Live-Action ‘Aladdin’

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It’s a whole new world, and Will Smith is excited to be in it!

The actor shared the first photo of the cast of Disney’s live-action remake of “Aladdin.” In the pic, Smith, who plays the Genie (voiced by Robin Williams in the 1992 animated movie), takes a selfie with co-stars Mena Massoud (Aladdin), Naomi Scott (Princess Jasmine), and Marwan Kenzari (Jafar).

Not depicted is Billy Magnussen, who just joined the cast in the newly-created role of Prince Anders.

Director Guy Ritchie recently began filming in London. The movie will feature new recordings of the beloved music from the original, as well as two new songs.

Other cast members include Navid Negahban as the Sultan; Nasim Pedrad as Dalia, Princess Jasmine’s hand maiden; and Numan Acar as Hakim, palace guardsman.

“Aladdin” does not yet have a release date. It is one of the many animated properties Disney is converting into live-action. “Lion King” and “Mulan” are expected to be up next.

Apple, Amazon Vie For James Bond Rights, Making a TV Show Possible

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The competition for the film rights to James Bond has been shaken and stirred by the arrival of new contenders in Apple and Amazon.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the digital companies are bidding for 007, a move that drastically changes the landscape for the property — considered one of the last big “untapped brands.”

MGM and Eon Productions have been looking for a new distribution deal since their last one with Sony expired after 2015’s “Spectre.” Warner Bros. is apparently still in the lead, with Sony, Universal, and Fox also in the mix, but Apple and Amazon bring big, fat checkbooks.

Apple, in particular, is considered a fearsome contender. The tech giant is investing more into original content. Two former Sony Television execs defected to Apple, and their involvement leads to speculation that Apple (or Amazon) could develop a James Bond TV series to stream on their platforms.

“In the world of Lucasfilm and Marvel, Bond feels really underdeveloped,” a source told THR. Both of those other franchises utilize their properties in both movies and TV.

‘It’ Reviews: See What Critics Are Saying About the New Stephen King Adaptation

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The reviews for It have finally arrived, just a couple days ahead of the movie’s release. But don’t let the lateness of their publication signal anything wrong. Just as the initial social media buzz on the Stephen King adaptation was positive, so are most of the full critiques, only now with some reservations. To start, It has a Rotten Tomatoes score of 96%.

It follows the story of a group of preteens who face off against an evil, child-murdering entity taking the form of a clown named Pennywise. The highly anticipated movie is reportedly sufficiently scary and does the original novel justice as a drama, too. It’s sure to be a hit and be granted a sequel that brings the rest of the book to the big screen.

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‘Daddy’s Home 2’ Trailer Piles on All the Fathers For Christmas

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So. Many. Dads. Christmas should be renamed Father’s Day in this new trailer for “Daddy’s Home 2.”

Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell reunite in the sequel to their 2015 comedy. For Christmas, they decide to celebrate as one big “happy” family, including Dusty (Wahlberg), his ex-wife Sara (Linda Cardellini), their two kids, her husband Brad (Ferrell), Dusty’s new wife Karen (Alessandra Ambrosio), and her daughter.

Joining the fun is Dusty’s intimidating dad (Mel Gibson) and Brad’s goofy father (John Lithgow). And while Dusty and Brad start out on good terms, this is one powder keg of a family holiday. Things only get worse when Karen’s ex (John Cena) shows up to add even more dad rivalry to the mix.=

The sequel looks to deploy the same kind of slapstick, broad humor as the original, as seen in a gag where Ferrell cuts down a cell phone tower instead of a Christmas tree.

“Daddy’s Home 2” opens in theaters November 10.

‘A Bad Moms Christmas’ Trailer Is a Raunchy Holiday Extravaganza

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Baby, it’s cold outside … but it’s hot in heerrrre for the “Bad Moms.”

Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, and Kathryn Hahn reunite for “A Bad Moms Christmas,” the holiday-themed sequel to their raunchy hit comedy. Christmas is hard enough on the three moms, but things get a lot worse with the arrival of their own mothers.

Kunis is trying to stand up to her perfectionist mom (Christine Baranski), while Bell’s mama (Cheryl Hines) is way too clingy. And then there’s Hahn’s mother (Susan Sarandon), who’s too busy boozin’ and cruisin’ to realize it’s not Easter.

The trio just want to let loose and have fun for the holiday. “Let’s put the ‘ass’ back in ‘Christm-ass,'” Hahn declares. And she gets that and some more thanks to the studly Justin Hartley, who puts on a very “Magic Mike”-like show for them.

“Bad Moms Christmas” opens in theaters November 3.

Movie News: ‘It’ Director Eyed for ‘Dracula’ Prequel; ‘Sheena: Queen of the Jungle’ Reboot on Its Way

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Dracul: Paramount Pictures wants Andy Muschietti (It, above) to direct Dracul, described as “the first prequel authorized by the estate of Bram Stoker,” the author of the original Dracula. Universal previously released the origin story Dracula Untold (2014), but the new movie will forge its own vision, following a script by Dacre Stoker and J.D. Barker about a 21-year-old Stoker who meets “an ungodly evil” and traps it in an ancient tower. [Deadline]

Sheena: Queen of the Jungle: A new version of Sheena: Queen of the Jungle is on its way to the big screen. First published in 1937, the comic book character was an orphan who grew up in the jungle and could communicate with wild animals. Tanya Roberts starred in a film version, Sheena, in 1984 (above…
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Netflix’s ‘Gerald’s Game’ Trailer Is Fifty Shades of ‘Horrifying,’ Even to Stephen King

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Carla Gugino told Moviefone all about her “incredibly intense” experience filming “Gerald’s Game,” and now you can get a taste of it in the terrifying official trailer.

Netflix’s adaptation of the Stephen King horror novel will be ready for streaming September 29.

Netflix’s simple tease for the film reads, “Breaking free will require more than keeping her sanity.” When tweeting out the trailer, Netflix included a quote from King himself, who called director Mike Flanagan’s movie, “Horrifying, hypnotic, terrific. It’s gonna freak you out.”

Here’s the trailer, starring Carla Gugino and Bruce Greenwood:The movie, like the novel, follows married couple Jessie and Gerald, whose sex game in a secluded cabin goes awry when Gerald dies and Jessie is left handcuffed to the bed with no means of getting free.

“The biggest obstacle, when it comes to an adaptation for this, is that the protagonist is handcuffed to a bed, alone in a room, for the duration of the novel,” director and co-writer Mike Flanagan told EW. “Everything that happens is happening entirely in her head, and in her memory, and it’s very hard to present that in visually compelling way.”

Watch what happens September 29 on Netflix.

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