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'Jungle Book' #1 Over Newcomers; 'Captain America: Civil War' Up To $84M Internationally

28 April 2016 1:58 PM, PDT | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

Three new releases hit theaters this weekend as the "official" start of the summer movie season is now just one week away. This year, however, has had more than its share of box office blockbusters ahead of the summer movie season with three films already topping $300 million domestically and a fourth well on its way to doing that same. The fourth film is, of course, Disney's The Jungle Book, which will be unfazed by this week's new offerings as it will maintain the #1 position at the box office for a third straight week in a row. Said new titles vying for a position in the top ten include Warner's comedy Keanu, Open Road's Mother's Day and Gramercy's animated release Ratchet & Clank. Meanwhile, Captain America: Civil War began its international debut just yesterday and is off to a great start, banking $14.9 million from 15 territories, just behind the performance of Avengers: Age of Ultron last year. »

- Brad Brevet

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Final "Maze Runner" Shuts Down Indefinitely

29 April 2016 12:43 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

20th Century Fox's "The Maze Runner: The Death Cure" has indefinitely shut down production for the foreseeable future due to leading man Dylan O'Brien's injuries from an accident on set last month proving more severe than initially expected.

O'Brien was injured on March 18th while shooting the third and last film in the young-adult action-adventure trilogy. The actor was reportedly in a harness on top of a moving vehicle when he was pulled off the vehicle unexpectedly and hit by another vehicle. He was said to have scored "concussion, facial fracture and lacerations" in a report.

Production was shut down for a few weeks in order for the actor to recover, with the hope of resuming filming on May 9th. Now though, sources say that cast and crew have been sent home and a new start date will depend on O'Brien's recovery and the ability to reassemble the large cast and crew. »

- Garth Franklin

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Paul Rudd Getting Serious With World War II Thriller ‘The Catcher Was a Spy’

29 April 2016 3:00 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

In just a few days we’ll see Paul Rudd back in his superhero suit for Captain America: Civil War, but it looks like he’s headed for a big change of pace beyond that. He’s just signed on to star in The Catcher Was a Spy, based on the true story of a Major League Baseball player who became a spy […]

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- Angie Han

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Tribeca Film Review: ‘Don’t Look Down’

35 minutes ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Sir Richard Branson’s out-sized hankering for adventure is matched only by his talent for self-promotion. “Don’t Look Down” focuses on Branson as balloonist, using previously unseen footage of his daredevil hot air flights together with archival footage and interviews with the major players, and while the achievements have an undeniable thrill, the documentary needs trimming. Director Daniel Gordon, best known for his superb North Korean trilogy, seems to be a helmer for hire here, delivering a solid, and solidly engaging film that nevertheless feels like an extended promo for the Branson brand. TV and streaming sites will be the likely takers.

Who would deny the romance of a hot air balloon? Their majestic beauty is an understandable lure, so combined with the challenge of breaking world records (not to mention the nice big expanse of canvas crying out for the Virgin logo), they seem custom designed to tickle Branson’s fancy. »

- Jay Weissberg

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James Wan’s ‘Aquaman’ Movie May Be In Trouble As Cracks Begin To Show In Warner’s DC Universe

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A new report from Birth.Movies.Death says that director James Wan (“Furious 7”) may be leaving the Warner Bros’ DC Comics’ super hero film “Aquaman,” right on the heels of the announcement that Seth Grahame-Smith has left “The Flash” movie over creative differences (news that was tellingly dumped late on a Friday night). Suffice it to say, we’ve been hearing the same, much of it last night when Bmd’s report was first published. Is Wan leaving? Well, there is certainly some larger cracks starting to show in the WB/Dcu facade. We’ve said it for a long time now, even complained and moaned about it, but copies of someone else’s successful template often fail because they are creatively bankrupt. Warner Bros. didn’t fast track their DC Universe and vast super heroes intellectual properties after “Man Of Steel” because it seemed finally time to make “Aquaman” and “Wonder Woman” movies. »

- Rodrigo Perez

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The Real Life Politician That Inspired Sela Ward In Independence Day: Resurgence

1 hour ago | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

It’s been a whole 20 years since Independence Day first hit theaters and became one of the most iconic and successful films of the 1990’s. Now the seemingly impossible has happened: a long-awaited sequel was produced and will be released on the big screen close to the 4th of July. Containing almost all of the original cast, Independence Day: Resurgence will be set in the modern day, 20 years after the catastrophic events of the original movie. Due to the time change, many aspects of the world are sure to be different. One of these changes is a new President of The United States, played by actress Sela Ward. In a recent interview with Variety, Sela Ward was asked if any real life politicians inspired or informed her performance as the first female President. It turns out, that answer is a resounding yes. Well, we don’t have »

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Jon Favreau Doesn’t Rule Out Returning to Marvel Studios as a Director

2 hours ago | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Back in 2008, director Jon Favreau kicked off the first movie in what would become the Marvel cinematic universe with Iron Man. It was the first film to reveal to audiences that Marvel Studios was intending to assemble The Avengers on the big screen for the first time ever, and the rest is history. It […]

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- Ethan Anderton

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Civil War: Why Black Widow Chose Team Iron Man, According To The Producer

2 hours ago | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Very mild spoilers ahead for Captain America: Civil War. If you.d like to go into the movie completely surprised, you may want to check out one of our other great stories on the movie instead. We.re just a week away from finally being able to feast our eyes upon the superhero romp Captain America: Civil War. Anticipation for the third Captain America film has been steadily building since the first trailer was released. It seem that all of the Marvel Cinematic Universe has lead to this film, with almost all of the heroes in the franchise picking a side and fighting amongst themselves. While some of the heroes. motivations seem clear, others are a bit more confusing. One of these more ambiguous characters is Black Widow, who surprisingly is siding with Team Iron Man for the main conflict.  Comicbook.com recently caught up with one of Captain America »

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Sela Ward Studied Hillary Clinton to Play President in ‘Independence Day: Resurgence’

3 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In the upcoming “Independence Day: Resurgence,” Sela Ward plays a pantsuit-wearing U.S. president tasked with saving mankind after an alien invasion. Director Roland Emmerich offered her the part, and Ward was game (“I’m going for it”), after working with him on 2004’s “The Day After Tomorrow.” Variety caught up with Ward at this week’s White House Correspondents Dinner.

Did you model President Landford on any real-life presidents?

Well, we don’t have any female presidents to emulate. But I watched a lot of Hillary Clinton on the campaign trail, just to see physically what she would do, how she would approach a podium, a crowd, etc. [Germany’s] Angela Merkel, I would look at a little bit. She’s not as expressive. It’s really mostly watching Hillary, who is the only real female role model we have.

Did you absorb Hillary’s energy?

I was listening to the cadence of her speeches. »

- Ramin Setoodeh

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‘Ghostbusters’ Reboot Is the Most Disliked Trailer in YouTube History and That’s Just Stupid

3 hours ago | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

It’s no secret that some people just aren’t happy about the reboot of Ghostbusters on the way from director Paul Feig. Even before production began, there was already a decent amount of outrage and hate for the film. Some of the distaste was from fans who just didn’t want to see the beloved classic get […]

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- Ethan Anderton

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This Modern Trailer For The Original Star Wars Trilogy Is Epic And Cryptic

3 hours ago | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Since the release of J.J Abrams. Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the world is once again crazy about Star Wars. After suffering through both the prequels trilogy and the years in between each set of films, it was easy to forget just how great the original Star Wars trilogy truly was. The space opera forever changed the world of sci-fi, effects, and film in general. One fan seems to realize this, and has edited together a modern trailer for the original trilogy as a whole. Check out all the awesomeness below. Pretty great, right? This youtuber, Medley Weaver seems to perfectly understand what makes the original Star Wars trilogy so great. As well as how to make trailer enticing for modern audiences. Medley Weaver seems to know the original trilogy rather well, even by our standards. In this trailer, Luke is the clear focus of the story. Rather than »

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The Original Ghostbusters Is Heading Back To Theaters, Get The Details

4 hours ago | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Sony Pictures is gearing up for the release of arguably its biggest movie of the summer, Ghostbusters. Based on the 1984 classic, the new film follows a new team of paranormal investigators as they attempt to protect New York City from all manner of ghosts and ghouls. While it’s still unclear how this movie fits into the Ghostbusters timeline (if it does at all), Sony is hoping to introduce a new generation to the Ghostbusters franchise. That seems to be the basis for their decision to re-release the original film in a special two-night event in order to get fans both old and new excited for the reboot.   This news comes from Entertainment Weekly who report that Sony Pictures has teamed up with Fathom Events and will be re-releasing the original Ghostbusters in select theaters on June 8 – the anniversary of its original release in 1984. The film will »

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Rumor: James Wan May Not Stick with ‘Aquaman’ as Trouble Brews for DC Universe Movies

4 hours ago | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Just yesterday, The Flash lost director Seth Grahame-Smith, creating some uncertainty and instability for the future of the DC Comics film universe. The report cited creative differences between the filmmaker and the studio as the reason for Grahame-Smith’s departure, but it sounds like that might not be the only trouble Warner Bros. Pictures is having […]

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- Ethan Anderton

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‘The Jungle Book’ Swings Past $600M Global; Crossing $400M Overseas Today

5 hours ago | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Safe to say there’s more than the bare necessities coming to Disney this weekend. Swinging along with the international debut of Captain America: Civil War, the Mouse’s The Jungle Book is crossing $400M today overseas. That’s after the Jon Favreau-helmed Jungle-naut passed $600M globally yesterday. The Jungle Book is winning the domestic weekend with an expected $38.8M 3rd frame. The overall totals through yesterday are $219.9M for North America, $386M for international… »

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Will Jon Favreau Ever Direct Another Marvel Movie?

5 hours ago | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Considering just how expansive the Marvel Cinematic Universe is, it.s sometimes easy to forget the humble beginnings. The McU was first launched with 2008.s Iron Man, directed by Jon Favreau. If you ignore 2008.s The Incredible Hulk, which most people do, then Iron Man 2 could also be considered the second successful film in the Universe. Considering that the first two Iron Man films were both directed by Jon Favreau, and he was essentially the first director to lead the McU, you.d think he would have returned for more directing projects as the Marvel world got bigger.  IGN recently asked Jon Favreau what it would take to bring director/actor/producer back to the director.s seat in a future McU film. A great story. I know the people over there. I like them. I still executive produce the Avengers series and I like what they.re doing »

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How James Horner Convinced Antoine Fuqua to Make ‘The Magnificent Seven’ and Contributed to the Score

5 hours ago | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Before composer James Horner tragically passed away last summer, he was working on a gift for filmmaker Antoine Fuqua. Last year, Fuqua and Horner collaborated on the boxing drama, Southpaw, and the two had discussed reuniting for the upcoming remake of The Magnificent Seven. Without seeing any footage — or really discussing the potential score with Fuqua, either — […]

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- Jack Giroux

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‘Maze Runner: The Death Cure’ Production Postponed Indefinitely Due to Dylan O’Brien’s Injuries

6 hours ago | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Just last month, some bad news came from the set of The Maze Runner: The Death Cure. Leading actor Dylan O’Brien was injured during production when a stunt went wrong. There were conflicting reports on the severity of his injury, with one report saying he had several broken bones, either fracturing his cheek bone or […]

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- Ethan Anderton

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‘Captain America: Civil War’ Soars to $84 Million Internationally

6 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Disney-Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” has launched with a massive $84 million in its first three days in 38 international markets — finishing in first place in all territories.

The international opening is on par with Disney’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” in the same markets last year. “Ultron” wound up its international run as the top-grossing superhero movie internationally with $946 million.

Eight markets opened Friday, led by Mexcio with a record-setting $7.3 million opening day, beating the mark set by “Ultron.”

The U.K. saw a stellar $7 million opening day, 33% ahead of “Ultron.” Japan opened with $2.8 million on Friday, the start of the lucrative Golden Week holiday.

South Korea, which opened Wednesday, carries the top number with $12.6 million after three days, followed by Mexico and the U.K. Brazil is in fourth with $5.4 million after two days, followed by France with $5.2 million in three days and Australia with $4.5 million in two days. »

- Dave McNary

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New Civil War Video Shows Cap's Journey Through The McU

6 hours ago | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Out of all the characters in the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe, none has gone on a longer journey than Steve Rogers. From his humble, scrawny beginnings in the early 1940s, The First Avenger has become one of the McU’s most heroic and reliable players. It’s been an emotional ride that will undoubtedly come to a head in Captain America: Civil War. Luckily for us fans, a new video has just hit the web highlighting Cap’s journey through the McU. Check it out below to see for yourself.     Take a moment to wipe your tears after watching that video. The trailer moves chronologically though Steve Rogers’ journey, starting with his earliest days before his participation in Project Rebirth during the events of Captain America: The First Avenger. Highlighting his glory days during the Second World War, the trailer then shows how he »

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‘Captain America: Civil War’ Shoots To $84M In 3 Days At Offshore Box Office – Saturday Update

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Update Saturday, 8:38 Am: With another eight international territories opening Friday, Captain America: Civil War‘s launch frame is still running on par with the performance of Avengers: Age of Ultron last year and has now taken in $84M in three days of release. Team Cap and Team Iron Man are currently busting it up in 38 offshore markets. In Mexico yesterday, they beat Ultron‘s start to log the best industry opening of all time, according to Disney, with a haul of $7.3M… »

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