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New James Bond Movie Set for 2019 Release, No Word on Daniel Craig

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James Bond is heading back to movie theaters with or without Daniel Craig.

Franchise producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson of Eon Productions, announced that the 25th James Bond film will hit the U.S. on November 8, 2019. It rollout in Europe one week prior, in keeping with tradition.

Neal Purvis and Robert Wade are returning to write the script, as they have for each Craig-led Bond — titles including “Skyfall,” “Spectre,” “Quantum of Solace” and “Casino Royale

More to come. Read the full announcement from Eon:

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- Matt Donnelly

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Universal Hits $4 Billion in 2017 Worldwide Box Office, Led by ‘Fate of the Furious’

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Universal Pictures has crossed the $4 billion milestone in worldwide box office for the second time in the studio’s 105-year history, led by “Despicable Me 3” and “The Fate of the Furious.”

Universal noted Monday that it’s the first studio to hit this milestone in 2017. It’s taken in $1.265 billion domestically and $2.791 billion internationally so far this year.

The Fate of the Furious” set the mark in April for the biggest global opening of all time ($542 million) and the biggest international opening ever ($443.2 million). The film has gone on to gross more than $1.239 billion worldwide and is only the sixth film in history to cross $1 billion at the international box office. At $392 million, “Fate of the Furious” is the highest grossing foreign film of all time in China.


Girls Trip’ Director Malcolm D. Lee Signs First-Look Production Deal With Universal

Illumination’s “Despicable Me 3” has grossed more than $732.5 million globally. The »

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‘Justice League,’ ‘Walking Dead’ Among Most Tweeted Topics at Comic-Con

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

As a mecca for fans of franchises ranging from Marvel to “Star Trek,” it’s no surprise that San Diego Comic-Con’s output of teasers, panels, and meet and greets would foster an explosion of tweets. Topping this year’s outpouring of excitement with the most tweets were properties that revealed new trailers or are supported by obsessive fandoms.

Marvel’s pantheon of offerings was pushed out by DC’s “Justice League” as the most-tweeted about movie, followed by “Thor: Ragnarok,” “Black Panther,” “Avengers: Infinity War,” and “Kingsman.” Warner Bros. released an Sdcc-exclusive “Justice League” trailer, which may have prompted the tweets.


New ‘Black Panther’ Footage Gets Standing Ovation at Comic-Con

As for television, MTV’s “Teen Wolf,” with its massive following, beat out The CW’s “Supernatural,” “Arrow,” ABC’s “Once Upon A Time,” and AMC’s “The Walking Dead” as the most-tweeted show. The series’s main star, Dylan O’Brien, »

- Erin Nyren

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‘Justice League’ Extensive Reshoots Causing Headaches for Star Schedules (Exclusive)

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Warner Bros. and DC are spending big money to ensure that “Justice League” builds on the creative success of “Wonder Woman” instead of serving up a “Suicide Squad”-style disappointment.

The studio, which had no comment on the scheduling trouble, is spending approximately $25 million on extensive reshoots that have dragged on for roughly two months in London and Los Angeles, according to multiple insiders. Like “The Avengers,” “Justice League” centers on a group of superheroes who band together to save the world. The ensemble nature of the comic book movie, and the fact that its cast includes several of the most in-demand actors working in Hollywood today, is creating scheduling headaches that have prolonged the shooting.

It’s standard for big Hollywood movies to schedule a few weeks of pick-up work, but the cost and time allotted to the work on “Justice League” is raising some eyebrows. Reshoots, or additional photography, to »

- Justin Kroll and Brent Lang

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C.C.H. Pounder Returning for 'Avatar' Sequels

4 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

C.C.H. Pounder will reprise her role as Moat in James Cameron's Avatar sequels.

In the 2009 sci-fi fantasy, Pounder played the Omatikaya Clan's tsahik, or spiritual leader.

While plot details for the sequel are being kept under wraps, the actress is joining returning castmembers Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana and Sigourney Weaver

Oona Chaplin is one of the few newcomers joining the four follow-ups. 

Avatar 2 will open wide on December 18, 2020, with subsequent movies coming out in December 2021, 2024 and 2025. 


- Mia Galuppo

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Sarah Paulson Joins M. Night Shyamalan Thriller 'Glass'

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Sarah Paulson has signed on for M. Night Shyamalan's thriller Glass. The American Horror Story actress joins James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson, who already have boarded the Universal film.

Written by Shyamalan, Glass is a sequel to the writer-director's 2000 thriller Unbreakable, which centered on a man (Willis) who learns something extraordinary about himself after a devastating accident.

Jason Blum, Marc Bienstock, Ashwin Rajan and Shyamalan are producing Glass.

The film has been dated by Universal for Jan. 18, 2019.

Shyamalan announced the news in a tweet, writing: "Incredibly fortunate to round out our iconic »

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‘Wonder Woman’ Becomes Top-Grossing Summer Film as Warner Bros. Crosses $1 Billion Domestically

23 July 2017 11:23 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

On the same day Warner Bros. wowed fans with trailers for “Justice League” and “Ready Player One” at Comic-Con, “Wonder Woman” passed “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” to become the highest domestic-grossing film of the summer. In addition, the estimated $50.5 million opening for Christopher Nolan’s WWII film “Dunkirk” has pushed WB past the $1 billion domestic mark for the 17th consecutive year, a streak longer than any other in Hollywood. “Wonder Woman” grossed an estimated $4.6 million in its eighth weekend in theaters, bringing its domestic total to $389 million. “Wonder Woman” has shown incredible staying power, currently holding »

- Jeremy Fuster

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Sylvester Stallone Once Again Hints That Ivan Drago — or His Son — Will Appear in ‘Creed 2’

23 July 2017 11:04 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Sylvester Stallone’s Instagram has become to go-to spot for updates on “Creed II.” After teasing that Ivan Drago will return in the sequel to Ryan Coogler’s “Rocky” spinoff and that the “sins of the father” will be a factor as well, Sly more or less confirmed that a Drago will appear — though it may not be the original.

Read More‘Creed 2’: Sylvester Stallone Hints at Ivan Drago’s Return

“Just Done …. if you are curious , around 439 handwritten pages translates into about a 120 page typed screenplay…#writers cramp #rockybalboa #drago #adoniscreed #MGM,” he wrote alongside a picture of the notebook that apparently contains the handwritten screenplay for “Creed II.” That second hashtag is of the most interest to viewers ready to see Dolph Lundgren reprise his role as the fierce Russian boxer who kills Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers) in the ring.

Read MoreSylvester Stallone Pays Tribute to ‘Rocky »

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Henry Cavill Comments On Superman's 'Justice League' Absence, Jokes About Missing Comic-Con

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Henry Cavill continued to tease Justice League fans about Superman's seeming absence in the upcoming superhero epic when he took to Instagram on Saturday to share a look at the film's new trailer, released during San Diego Comic-Con.

The 34-year-old star posted the awesome new trailer with the caption, "All in! Well, almost."

Watch: Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, and The Justice League Head to Comic-Con! See the Pic!

Justice League star Jason Momoa -- who will make his debut as Aquaman in the super-powered team-up -- commented on the post, writing, "Missed you today brother."

Momoa and his Jl co-stars -- Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller and Ray Fisher -- were all together at the San Diego Convention Center over the weekend, to promote the film at the Warner Bros. panel and meet fans at the massive pop culture event -- but Cavill was not spotted among them.

In response to Momoa's comment, Cavill cryptically »

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John Hawkes, Jon Bernthal, Thomas Haden Church join 'The Peanut Butter Falcon'

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Principal photography underway in Savannah, Georgia.

Armory Films has announced that John Hawkes, Jon Bernthal, Thomas Haden Church, and Yelawolf will join the cast of The Peanut Butter Falcon.

The film directed by Tyler Nilson and Michael Schwartz centres on Zak, a young man with Down Syndrome who has been confined to live in a retirement home for most of his life.

One day he breaks out and takes to the road to try to find his hero, a retired wrestler named The Salt Water Redneck. Along the way Zak experiences adventure and danger, and joins forces with a desperado crab fisherman and a kind nurse. 

The cast also includes newcomer Zachary Gottsagen, Shia Labeouf, Dakota Johnson, and Bruce Dern.

Armory FilmsTim Zajaros and Christopher Lemole are producing and financing the film, alongside Bona Fide ProductionsAlbert Berger and Ron Yerxa, T Bone Burnett, Lije Sarki, and David Thies. Burnett will also »

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James Bond to return in November 2019

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Details on cast and director to follow at later date.

Eon and MGM announced on Monday that Bond 25 will open in the Us on November 8, 2019.

In keeping with tradition, the upcoming instalment will debut earlier in the UK and the rest of the world on dates to be announced.

Neal Purvis and Robert Wade will write the screenplay, as they did on Casino Royale, Quantum Of Solace, Skyfall and Spectre

Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli of Eon Productions are producing, and announced the date with MGM chairman and CEO Gary Barber.

Additional details regarding cast, director and distribution will be announced at a later date. »

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Revenge of the Auteur: As Bloated Franchises Bomb, Original Stories Own the Box Office

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When it comes to the summer movie season, late July is the new August. Now that blockbusters jockey for attention in early May, we already feel wrung out by the barrage of spectacle. And with that, an exciting new box office trend has begun to make itself known: franchise fatigue, with a twist. Audiences seem to be rejecting force-fed franchises, and instead opt to check out original material.

The numbers don’t lie.While films designed to launch brand-new franchises like “The Mummy” and “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” burned out at the domestic box office, original offerings are making big bucks. Even more compelling? Those would-be one-offs could start their own franchises.

This past weekend was won by a pair of original projects that couldn’t be more different: Christopher Nolan’s World War II epic “Dunkirk” and Malcolm D. Lee’s uproarious girls-gone-wild comedy “Girls Trip. »

- Kate Erbland

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New James Bond Movie Sets 2019 Release Date, But Not Much Else

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The next installment of the James Bond film franchise now has a release date. The untitled Bond 25 movie has been slotted for November 8, 2019, the producers said today, with a traditional earlier release in the UK and rest of the world. That takes care of one part of the future of James Bond on the big screen. There was no word in the announcement today from producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, Eon Productions and MGM’s Gary Barber about a distributor, cast… »

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New James Bond Movie Officially Announced For 2019

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The timing for this bit of news is certainly….interesting. Today, the review embargo lifted on Steven Soderbergh‘s “Logan Lucky,” which finds Daniel Craig giving a comic performance unlike anything we’ve seen from the actor. It’s a big step away from the brooding visage we’re used to seeing from the actor in the James Bond films, but perhaps he’s gearing up to give it one more go.

Today it has been officially announced that the next James Bond movie will open on November 8, 2019 in the United States, and as the pattern has followed for the past few pictures, earlier in the U.K.

Continue reading New James Bond Movie Officially Announced For 2019 at The Playlist. »

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James Bond 25 Gets 2019 Release Date

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James Bond will be back in action in 2019, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Eon Productions said Monday.

The 25th film about the legendary super spy will hit theaters on Nov. 8, 2019. There’s no word yet on whether or not Daniel Craig will be asking for his martinis shaken, not stirred. The companies said that additional details regarding the film’s distribution, including international release dates, its cast and director, will be announced at a later date. However, some insiders believe that there is a good chance Craig will return for at least one more outing as 007.

Bond won’t have the premiere date all to his bespoke-suited lonesome. Disney will be releasing an untitled fairy tale movie on the same date.

MGM and Eon also are looking for a studio to handle the marketing and the distribution of the film. Warner Bros., Fox, »

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Fox Names Netflix & HBO Alum Pai Chaozon As Svp Worldwide Theatrical Marketing

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Pia Chaozon, who spent the past three years as a marketing exec at Netflix, has joined Twentieth Century Fox Film as Svp of Worldwide Theatrical Marketing, effective immediately. The company said she will play a leading role in strategy development and execution for marketing initiatives across all Fox films on a global basis. "From both a strategic and execution standpoint, Pia's innovative thinking and proven track record will be invaluable assets for our entire… »

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John Wells To Helm Vietnam Drama ‘Khe Sanh’

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Exclusive: John Wells has come attached to direct the Vietnam War drama Khe Sanh. The script is being witten by Jason Horwitch, whose credits include the YouTube Red series Impulse, Luke Cage and Southland. Pic tells the story of the last great, unsung battle of the 20th century, the Siege of Khe Sanh. Five thousand young Marines were surrounded and attacked by 20,000 battle-hardened North Vietnamese Army veterans for seventy-seven nonstop days of rocket and mortar fire… »

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John Hawkes, Jon Bernthal & Thomas Haden Church Board ‘The Peanut Butter Falcon’

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John Hawkes, Jon Bernthal, Thomas Haden Church, and hip hop artist Yelawolf have been added to the cast of Tyler Nilson and Michael Schwartz’s upcoming adventure film The Peanut Butter Falcon for Armory Films. Zachary Gottsagen, who is the inspiration behind the film, stars along with Shia Labeouf, Dakota Johnson, and Bruce Dern. Gottsagen stars as Zak, a young man with Down Syndrome who has been confined to live in a retirement home for most of his life. One day he… »

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‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Leads Social Media Buzz Thanks to Comic-Con

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Disney-Marvel’s “Thor: Ragnarok” dominated social media buzz with an impressive 264,000 new conversations last week, according to media-measurement firm ComScore and its PreAct service.

Marvel released a new full trailer featuring both Thor and Hulk at the Marvel showcase at San Diego Comic-Con on July 22. “Thor: Ragnarok” is scheduled for release on Nov. 3.

Hunt for the Wilderpeople” helmer Taika Waititi directed the third standalone Thor movie, which seems to be quirkier and more offbeat than the first two, and is already drawing comparisons to “Guardians of the Galaxy.” “Ragnarok” stars Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Hiddleton, Idris Elba, Cate Blanchett, Tessa Thompson, Jeff Goldblum, Karl Urban, and Anthony Hopkins.

Warner Bros. upcoming tentpole “Justice League” also performed impressively last week with 215,000 new conversations in the wake of the studio debuting a trailer and new posters with a cast panel at Comic-Con on July 22.

The 4-minute preview of the fifth film in the DC Comics Extended Universe focused »

- Dave McNary

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‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Might Be The Longest Marvel Movie Yet

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It’s a weird time in movie culture, where running times are suddenly of vital importance (“Transformers: The Last Knight” is too long! “The Dark Tower” is too short!), and somehow an indication of quality. The length of a movie doesn’t matter, because it’s all about the story — as long as it’s captivating and well-formed, how much time it takes to unfold is a bit irrelevant. However, people have busy lives I suppose and want to know just how much time they need to carve out if they’re headed to the cinema.

Continue reading ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Might Be The Longest Marvel Movie Yet at The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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