Movie News: Paul Bettany Joins Han Solo Movie; ‘Indiana Jones 5’ Will Focus on Indy, Not His Son

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Han Solo: Director Ron Howard shared a photo of actor Paul Bettany (Captain America: Civil War, above) on the set of the Han Solo movie (below) and captioned it: “The Outer Rim just got a little bit wilder.” Bettany replied: “It’s a dream come true.” One report claimed he has replaced Michael K. Williams, who was not available for reshoots, while another report says he’s playing a new character. [Slashfilm/Deadline]

The Outer Rim just got a little bit wilder #PaulBettany #ForceFriday
— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) September 1, 2017

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‘Insidious: The Last Key’ Trailer Will Leave You Screaming

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Home is where the ghosts are in the fourth chapter of the “Insidious” horror franchise.

The trailer for “Insidious: The Last Key” is here. It’s actually a prequel to the first movie, and follows demonologist Elise Rainier (Lin Shaye) as a young woman in New Mexico. And her latest case is one very close to her heart — a haunting in her own family home. Sidekicks Specs (Leigh Whannell) and Tucker (Angus Sampson) join her in trying to rid the place of evil spirits.

And while James Wan, who directed the first two movies and went on to create “The Conjuring” franchise, is still involved as a producer, “The Last Key” is directed by Adam Robitel, who brings a fresh perspective to this chapter.

But judging by the trailer, Chapter 4 looks much in the vein of the previous film — with many jump scares, dark rooms, heavy breathing from characters, and creepy household objects.

“Insidious: The Last Key” opens in theaters January 5, 2018.

George Clooney, Julia Roberts, More Stars Join Hurricane Harvey Relief Telethon

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George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Reese Witherspoon, Oprah Winfrey, and Beyoncé are among the stars joining together to raise money for Hurricane Harvey relief.

They will participate in “Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Harvey Relief,” a one-hour telethon airing on ABC, CBS, CMT, FOX and NBC on Tuesday, Sept. 12, at 8 p.m. ET. It will also stream on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

Other celebs on deck include Jamie Foxx, Karlie Kloss, Matt Lauer, Rob Lowe, Matthew McConaughey, Norah O’Donnell, Dennis Quaid, Kelly Rowland, Adam Sandler, Ryan Seacrest, Michael Strahan, Blake Shelton, George Strait, and Barbra Streisand. More names will be announced in the days to come.

The telethon of taped messages, performances, and appearances will be based in Los Angeles, with stages in New York and Nashville. The project was organized by Houston rapper Bun B and SB Projects founder Scooter Braun

Proceeds will benefit United Way of Greater Houston, Habitat for Humanity, Save the Children, Direct Relief, Feeding Texas and The Mayor’s Fund for Hurricane Harvey Relief. Donations will be accepted over phone, text, or online.

‘Lady Bird’ Trailer: Greta Gerwig Makes Solo Directorial Debut

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Like many high school kids, Saoirse Ronan just wants to move far, far away from home when she graduates.

The trailer for “Lady Bird,” Greta Gerwig’s solo directorial debut, tells the semi-autobiographical story of a rebellious young woman named Christine — who goes by the titular nickname. This California kid craves freedom from her strict Catholic high school, butts heads with her mom (Laurie Metcalf), and wants to escape to the East Coast “where culture is … and writers live in the woods.”

Ronan looks impressive in yet another coming-of-age role (she received an Oscar nomination for “Brooklyn), and the movie has that quirky, heartwarming tone that has marked many of Gerwig’s acting projects, like “Frances Ha” and “Greenberg.”

Tracy Letts also stars as Christine’s dad, while Lucas Hedges plays a love interest.

“Lady Bird” premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival and opens in theaters November 10.

The Week Ahead: ‘The Big Sick,’ ‘It,’ ‘Home Again,’ ‘Lowriders’ and More

We’ve already mentioned a slew of titles that will debut at the Toronto International Film Festival, which kicks off on Thursday night, but for those of us who are not Canada-bound, the big-screen adaptation of Stephen King’s It is the movie of the moment.

Yet it’s not the only movie opening in wide release later this week, as Reese Witherspoon will bring her personal touch to the romantic comedy Home Again. New titles will also be available for consumption at home, including the underrated drama Lowriders. Here are the highlights of the week to come.


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Angelina Jolie Will Return to Acting After ‘Family Situation’ With Brad Pitt

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Angelina Jolie is ready to act again.

During a Q&A about her latest directorial project, “First They Killed My Father,” Jolie said she’ll take up acting again after an extended break over the last year to deal with her divorce from Brad Pitt, with whom she shares six children.

“Right now I don’t have anything to direct that I feel passionate about like this, so I’ll do some acting,” she told the Hollywood Reporter.

“I’ve taken over a year off now, because of my family situation, to take care of my kids.”

She added, “When I feel it’s time for me to go back to work, I’ll be able to go back to work. I’ve been needed at home. I hope [to work again] in the months to come.”

Jolie filed for divorce in September 2016 from Pitt. The couple had been together for 12 years and were married for two.

As for her next project, the actress said, “‘Maleficent,’ we’re working on, most likely. And I look forward to having some fun with that. ‘Cleopatra,’ there is a script. There’s a lot of different things floating around. But I haven’t committed.”

Box Office Report: Labor Day Brings Summer Box Office to Its Final Whimper

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Here’s your estimated 4-day box office returns:

1. The Hitman’s Bodyguard – $13.3 million ($58.0 million total)

2. Annabelle: Creation – $9.3 million ($90.9 million total)

3. Wind River – $7.9 million ($20.3 million total)

4. Leap! – $6.5 million ($13.0 million total)

5. Logan Lucky – $5.64 million ($22.6 million total)

6. Dunkirk – $5.62 million ($180.2 million total)

7. Spider-Man: Homecoming – $4.7 million ($325.1 million total)

8. The Emoji Movie – $3.35 million ($81.2 million total)

9. Despicable Me 3 – $3.30 million ($258.8 million total)

10. The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature – $2.9 million ($26.7 million total)

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Cheryl Burke to Return for ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Season 25

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A two-time “Dancing With the Stars” champion is coming back for more.

Cheryl Burke is set to return for her 20th season of the reality competition series, and she is serious about nabbing another mirror ball trophy. The professional dancer announced her “DWTS” homecoming on Instagram on Monday, making it clear that she will be in it to win it when Season 25 begins this fall.

“Guess who’s back in the ballroom?! So excited to share that I’m officially back for my 20th season of Dancing With the Stars!” she wrote. “This dance floor will always be my home and I’ve got my eyes on that mirror ball.”

Guess who’s back in the ballroom?! So excited to share that I’m officially back for my 20th season of Dancing With the Stars! This dance floor will always be my home and I’ve got my eyes on that mirror ball ⭐️ #bringonthespraytans #dwts

A post shared by Cheryl Burke (@cherylburke) on Sep 4, 2017 at 5:38am PDT

Burke joined the show in its second season and ended up winning its ultimate prize with partner Drew Lachey. She then pulled off an impressive repeat in Season 3, scoring her second mirror ball with Emmitt Smith. Although she hasn’t won since, she has always remained competitive. It’ll be good to have her back after only seeing her in one of the last five seasons.

“Dancing With the Stars” Season 25 premieres Sept. 18 on ABC.

[via: Cheryl Burke/Instagram]

Shia LaBeouf Will Not Be in ‘Indiana Jones 5’ After All

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Shia LaBeouf is sitting out the next Indiana Jones adventure.

The actor, who starred in the long-running franchise’s fourth movie, “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,” is no longer set to reprise his role as Indiana Jones’s son, Henry “Mutt Williams” Jones III. LaBeouf was expected to return for “Indiana Jones 5,” but screenwriter David Koepp has revealed to EW that the actor is “not in the film.”

We don’t know the reason behind the decision, but the news isn’t entirely shocking. LaBeouf caused a stir in 2010 when he made negative comments about 2008’s “Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” in a Los Angeles Times interview. Although he only blamed himself for not having been able to “make it come alive and make it work,” Harrison Ford didn’t appreciate his co-star’s lack of support for the film. (And that’s putting it mildly — Ford called LaBeouf a “f–king idiot” in a 2011 Details interview.)

Now that LaBeouf is out, there is room for Jones to have a new protege, but it remains to be seen what will happen. All we know so far is that Ford is returning as the titular “Indiana Jones 5” character. Koepp was vague when teasing the plot, simply revealing that Jones will be on the hunt for a precious artifact.

At this point, the screenwriter has finished a draft of the script that he says they’re “mostly happy with,” and he believes that production could start soon. Scheduling is difficult, though; Ford and director Steven Spielberg remain in high demand.

Let’s hope they can fit in another whip-cracking adventure soon.

[via: Entertainment Weekly]

Mariah Carey Shows off Her Adorable Animated Character From the ‘All I Want for Christmas Is You’ Movie

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Our annual dose of Mariah Carey-induced Christmas cheer has come early.

The Grammy winner has long been a holiday staple thanks to her 1994 hit single “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” and that could be doubly true this year. Not only will we be hearing her catchy song nonstop, we’ll be able to watch an animated film based on the perennial chart topper. Carey is already hyping the project, and on Monday, she tweeted an introduction to her adorable animated character, Little Mariah.

The singer posted a picture of the character and made sure to express her enthusiasm for the upcoming Christmas flick.

“Meet Little Mariah!” she wrote. “It was a dream come true helping to create this character in my upcoming animated movie!”

Meet Little Mariah! It was a dream come true helping to create this character in my upcoming animated movie! #ALLIWANTMOVIE @AllIWantMovie

— Mariah Carey (@MariahCarey) September 4, 2017

The “All I Want for Christmas Is You” movie’s official Twitter account also shared the picture, along with some character and plot details: “Meet Mariah. She’s smart. She’s considerate. She’s been hounding for a dog. And this Christmas, her wish might be unleashed.”

It sounds and looks like we can expect a cute story, and as a bonus, we’ve gotten an early reminder to be on top of our shopping.

“All I Want for Christmas Is You” is due out this holiday season.

[via: Mariah Carey/Twitter]