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Warner Bros. Touts $1B ‘Conjuring’ Universe With ‘Annabelle: Creation’ Success

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So many “universes” since the Marvel Universe brand. Universal touts its Monsters universe and yes, Warner Bros. has one, too, now. It’s call The Conjuring universe. After the successful box office launch of New Line Cinema's latest horror offering Annabelle: Creation, Warner Bros. just announced that James Wan and producer Peter Safran's Conjuring “universe” of films have reached the $1 billion mark at the worldwide box  office. Annabelle: Creation opened to $35M… »

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‘Super Troopers 2’ Lands Spring 2018 Release Date

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Fox Searchlight has set an April 20, 2018, release date for “Super Troopers 2” — 17 years after the original.

Jay Chandrasekhar is directing the comedy sequel, as he did on the original. Filmmaking team Broken Lizard raised $4.4 million in a 30-day crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo in 2015 that saw more than 50,000 contributors. It was one of the most successful crowdfunding campaigns for a movie along with the $5.7 million raised by fans for the “Veronica Mars” movie starring Kristen Bell.

Donation incentives for “Super Tropers 2” on the first day included a producer title for $10,000, a speaking actor role for $10,000, a trip to the ballpark with the main actors for $15,000, and the patrol car to be used in the filming for $35,000. “Super Troopers 2” met the initial goal of $2 million (set by Fox Searchlight) in 26 hours.

Super Troopers 2” reunites all five Troopers from the original film — Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter, and Erik Stolhanske. The »

- Dave McNary

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John Boyega Hints Again at Possible Cameos by Princes William and Harry in ‘Jedi’

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John Boyega has hinted again that heirs to the British throne Prince William and Prince Harry and actor Tom Hardy have cameos in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”

Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s “Today” program Friday morning to promote Kathryn Bigelow’s “Detroit,” Boyega was asked about the rumors he fueled when last on the show – that the two royals had secret cameos in “The Last Jedi” as stormtroopers – and whether the princes had lines.

“I think they took that scene out,” Boyega said jokingly, then added: “I’ve had enough with those Prince William secrets, man. They came on set; they were there, man. Tom Hardy was there, too – I said it. I’m sick of hiding this.”

The actor, who plays former stormtrooper Finn in the sequel trilogy, said questions had dogged him ever since the rumors first began circulating in April 2016, when William and Harry visited the “Jedi” set (pictured). “Every time I get »

- Robert Mitchell

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Samuel L. Jackson, Jessie T. Usher to Star in ‘Shaft’ Sequel

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After originally planning a full reboot of the ’70s classic, New Line is reverting back to a familiar formula for the next installment of “Shaft,” while also leaving the door open for a new face to take over the franchise.

Sources tell Variety that Samuel L. Jackson is in negotiations to reprise his role of the titular character with “Survivor’s Remorse” star Jessie T. Usher in talks to play Jackson’s son in the film.

Tim Story is directing a script from “Black-ish” creator Kenya Barris.

The original 1971 version — based on Ernest Tidyman’s novel — starred Richard Roundtree as a smooth private detective who’s hired by a drug lord to find his kidnapped daughter. The character became a pop culture icon and the theme song, written by Isaac Hayes, went on to win an Oscar.

Paramount Pictures rebooted the film in 2002 with Samuel L. Jackson taking over the role, and »

- Justin Kroll

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David Mackenzie’s ‘Outlaw King’ Adds Billy Howle

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Exclusive: Actor Billy Howle has joined Chris Pine, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and Florence Pugh in David Mackenzie’s (Hell Or High Water) upcoming Netflix film Outlaw King. The Looming Tower scribe Bash Doran drafted the screenplay, which tells the story of Robert The Bruce (Pine), the king who led his country to freedom from the oppressive rule of England in Scotland. Howle will play Prince of Wales who goes head to head with Robert The Bruce to secure the Scottish… »

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Adam Driver Teases "Unexpected" Kylo Ren Development in 'Last Jedi'

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

It's a trap! Or maybe not. 

Adam Driver will intrigue Star Wars fans with a Sunday interview on the Today show in which he discusses his Sith character, Kylo Ren. 

The 33-year-old actor doesn't give anyway any specifics, obviously, but he does make a comment that is interesting when asked by Willie Geist if fans "will be happy with that happens to Kylo." 

Driver responds, "God, I hope. I think it will be hopefully unexpected." 

Now, this could mean anything. Perhaps Luke or Rey cut him down or maybe he pulls a Darth Vader and redeems himself. Or maybe none of the »

- Ryan Parker

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The ‘Logan Lucky’ Easter Egg Movie Fans Should Watch Out For

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In addition to making an astonishing variety of high-quality films, director Steven Soderbergh also works in the booze industry. Since 2010, he’s been importing and distributing Singani 63. It’s a distilled Bolivian spirit he went nuts for while shooting Che in South America. The drink has previously appeared in David Fincher’s work, and now it’s in the new Steven Soderbergh […]

The post The ‘Logan Lucky’ Easter Egg Movie Fans Should Watch Out For appeared first on /Film. »

- Jack Giroux

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How ‘Black Mirror’s California Dreams Put Dystopian Netflix Series in Emmy Race

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In its original British incarnation, “Black Mirror” was always a bleak and stylish prediction of what technological advances could do to us sorry humans. But when Netflix nabbed the show from the U.K.’s Channel 4, showrunners Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones gave it a decidedly American makeover, to award-worthy effect. Two of the show’s episodes received Emmy nominations, with “San Junipero” landing nods for Outstanding Television Movie and for Brooker’s screenplay. (Individual episodes qualified as TV movies under Emmy rules.) “It was the first Episode I wrote for Netflix,” Brooker said of “San Junipero.” “It was partly a deliberate bid on. »

- Matt Donnelly

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Roman Polanski Loses Bid to Have Sexual Assault Case Tossed

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The long legal saga of Roman Polanski took another — and discouraging, for the director — turn on Friday, as a judge shot down Polanski’s bid to have the case against him stemming from a 1977 sexual assault dismissed. In the order, handed down Friday, Judge Scott M. Gordon called out Polanski’s “continued refusal to obey court orders” and “ad hominem attacks” on judicial officers involved with the case. “The Defendant in this matter stands as a fugitive and refuses to comply with court orders . As eloquently described by Ms. Geimer, his conduct continues to harm her and compounds »

- Tim Kenneally

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Common Talks Legacy of Ava DuVernay’s ’13th’ and His Song ‘Letter to the Free’ (Video)

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After previously making the short list for Best Original Song at the Oscars, Common‘s “Letter to the Free” from the Ava DuVernay Netflix documentary “13th” is now campaigning for an Emmy. Written specifically for the film, which traces the history of mass incarceration back to slavery and the 13th Amendment, “Letter to the Free” missed out on an Oscar nomination earlier this year (Common won with John Legend for “Glory.”) Now, as Emmys season heats up, it’s getting another shot at some awards recognition. But as the rapper sees it, this is just the beginning of the song’s life. »

- Reid Nakamura

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Floyd Mayweather vs Conor McGregor: Vegas Hot Spots Spar for Coolest Celebrity Parties

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All eyes around the world are going to be on Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor come Aug. 26, when the fighting legends finally enter a ring together. The most recent Vegas mega-fight — Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao in May 2015 — sucked in a more diverse lineup of household name celebrities than any of Hollywood’s awards shows since. Jay-z, Beyonce, Ben Affleck, Jake Gyllenhaal, Robert De Niro and Michael Keaton mixed with Hollywood executive heavyweights like Les Moonves, Ted Sarandos, Brett Ratner and Kevin Tsujihara for the boxing phenomena. Also Read: Conor McGregor Trolls Floyd Mayweather With Giant Knockout Punch Mural Also Read: Jay. »

- Mikey Glazer

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Sonny Landham, 'Predator' and '48 Hrs' Actor, Dies at 76

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Sonny Landham, the muscular action-movie actor who co-starred in Predator and 48 Hrs., has died. He was 76.

Landham's sister, Dawn Boehler, said the actor died from congestive heart failure Thursday at a Lexington, Kentucky, hospital. Landham was a brawny, deep-voiced actor and stunt man who played a bit part in Walter Hill's 1979 street-gang thriller The Warriors before the director cast him as the trigger-happy criminal Billy Bear in 1982's 48 Hrs.

Landham, who was part Cherokee and Seminole, was perhaps best known for playing the Native American tracker Billy Sole in the 1987 Arnold Schwarzenegger film Predator.

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‘The Defenders:’ Charlie Cox Tells Us Why ‘Stakes Are Higher’ Than Ever for Daredevil

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Summer’s long-awaited street-level superhero show “The Defenders” has finally landed on Netflix, and Charlie Cox says the stakes are higher than ever for his character Matt Murdoch/Daredevil and the other street heroes of New York: Danny Rand/Iron Fist (Finn Jones), Luke Cage (Mike Colter) and Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter). “We’re now face to face with not just the warriors of ,” Cox told TheWrap in a phone interview. “I think the stakes are higher because we’re now encountering the very heads of these organizations — as we try to say, without laughing, the ‘five fingers of The Hand. »

- Ashley Boucher

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Which ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ all-stars should join ‘Dancing with the Stars’ as pro dancers?

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Season 14 of “So You Think You Can Dance” welcomed back 10 of its all-stars from past seasons to mentor a new roster of contestants (read our most recent recap), so it’s clear that good competitors on the show can become great teachers. It’s no surprise, then, that “Sytycd” pros have sometimes gone on to […] »

- Daniel Montgomery

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Sonny Landham, ‘Predator’ and ’48 Hrs’ Actor, Dies at 76

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Sonny Landham, the brawny journeyman actor best known for tough guy roles in films like “48 Hrs.” and “Predator,” has died. He was 76. The actor died from congestive heart failure Thursday at a Lexington, Kentucky, hospital, his sister Dawn Boehler said, according to the Associated Press. Landham played a small part in Walter Hill’s 1979 street-gang thriller “The Warriors” before Hill cast him as the trigger-happy criminal Billy Bear in 1982’s “48 Hrs.” Also Read: Shane Black's 'The Predator' Pushed to Late Summer 2018 However, Landham who was part Cherokee and Seminole, is perhaps best known for playing the Native American tracker Billy. »

- Umberto Gonzalez

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Box Office Milestone: 'The Conjuring' Horror Universe Passes $1 Billion

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With the latest film Annabelle: Creation earning more than $110 million worldwide, New Line Cinema’s Conjuring cinematic universe has surpassed the $1 billion mark at the global box office.

The horror universe, helmed by James Wan and producer Peter Safran, includes the films The Conjuring 2 ($320.4M), The Conjuring ($319.5M) and Annabelle ($257M).

“We are thrilled with the success of Annabelle: Creation and enormously proud to continue bringing this hugely popular Conjuring franchise to theaters everywhere," says Sue Kroll, President, Worldwide Marketing and Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures. "We congratulate our colleagues at New Line Cinema, our astute marketing and distribution »

- Rebecca Ford

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So What Exactly Is Going On with Daredevil at the End of ‘The Defenders’?

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(Note: This post contains spoilers for the finale episode of “The Defenders.”) The final episode of “The Defenders” finds Daredevil, aka Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox), Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), Luke Cage (Mike Colter) and Danny Rand (Finn Jones) going all-out in a battle to destroy The Hand once and for all. But in order to be sure the villainous organization is destroyed and New York is safe from its plans, the heroes have make a pretty drastic move: They’re forced to blow up a building. Jessica, Luke and Danny manage to escape the building at Midland Circle in the final moments. »

- Phil Hornshaw

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‘What Happened to Monday’ Review: Noomi Rapace Is Woman Times Seven in Sci-Fi Dystopia

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“What Happened to Monday” is as much a title as it is a question about itself. Directed by Tommy Wirkola (“Dead Snow,” “Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters”), the Netflix original production lands somewhere in a creative middle ground. Part fugitives-on-the-run thriller, part post-apocalyptic familial drama, Wirkola’s latest is a perplexing amalgamation. Its identity is the absence of one. Set in a not too distant future where families are limited to one child, due to overpopulation, the story opens on the Settman household. After the passing of their father, Terence Settman (Willem Dafoe), a family of seven sisters (all played by. »

- Sam Fragoso

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Emmys 2017: ‘United Shades of America’ could earn support after Donald Trump response to Charlottesville

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Born This Way” is the defending Emmy champ for Best Unstructured Reality Program, but according to most of our users “United Shades of America” is the fronturnner to win this year. It’s nominated for the second time in a row, so what makes it stronger now than it was in 2016? Strangely, it might be […] »

- Daniel Montgomery

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Watch Alex Jones Get Coffee Tossed in His Face by Seattle Pedestrian (Video)

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For someone who frequently decries “fake news,” Infowars host Alex Jones sure does like to promote it. In his latest episode, Jones takes to the streets of Seattle to, well, we’re not really sure. He starts off talking about the media’s perceived failure to label the Barcelona terror attack as an act of Islamic terrorism. Then he invites pedestrians to engage in conversation with him — and fight him. Also Read: Alex Jones, Trump and Hipster Music Don't Mix - But You'll Love It Anyway (Videos) The worst (read: funniest) part comes about three-and-a-half minutes into the video. As a man yells. »

- Ashley Eady

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