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Jon Favreau to Direct Live-Action ‘The Lion King’ Remake

2 hours 34 min ago

After delivering the massive blockbuster success that was the live-action remake of The Jungle Book (which pulled in nearly $966 million in the worldwide box office) Disney has lined up another remake of one of their animated classics featuring even more animals from the wild.

Walt Disney Studios has announced that they are working on a live-action remake of 1994’s animated hit The Lion King, and they’re bringing in The Jungle Book and Iron Man director Jon Favreau to be at the helm. Find out more about The Lion King remake after the jump.

Here’s the tweet that Jon Favreau posted this morning to reveal the news:

Excited for my next project ????????

— Jon Favreau (@Jon_Favreau) September 28, 2016

This news comes in addition to the fact that Jon Favreau will also be working on a sequel to The Jungle Book at Disney as well. When that sequel was announced, Favreau was also in talks to return as director. Will he end up doing both, or could he take a step back and let someone else direct The Jungle Book 2?

We shouldn’t be surprised that Disney is looking to remake one of their most beloved films from the 1990s. After all, they already have Beauty and the Beast coming next year, so nothing is off limits. The Lion King feels like one of the hardest to remake in live-action since every single character is a talking animal, but since the visual effects were so astounding in The Jungle Book, it’s clear Disney can pull it off.

The question is, will this be as much of a musical as the original animated film? There were plenty of great numbers from the movie, such as “Hakuna Matata” and “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King,” but since The Jungle Book remake didn’t feature nearly as many songs as the original animated version, maybe they’ll pull back on the musical elements. It’s early in development, so we’ll just have to wait and see how this particular remake pans out.

Here’s the official press release from Walt Disney Studios:

We can officially confirm that The Walt Disney Studios and director Jon Favreau are putting a new reimagining of The Lion King on the fast track to production. The project follows the technologically groundbreaking smash hit The Jungle Book, directed by Favreau, which debuted in April and has earned $965.8 million worldwide. 

The Lion King builds on Disney’s success of reimagining its classics for a contemporary audience with films like Maleficent, Cinderella, and The Jungle Book. The upcoming Beauty and the Beast, starring Emma Watson as Belle, is already one of the most anticipated movies of 2017. Like Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King will include songs from the animated film. Disney and Favreau are also in development on a sequel to The Jungle Book. No release date has been announced for either film. 

The Lion King (1994) is one of the biggest animated films of all time with a lifetime global box office gross of $968.8 million, including $422.8 million domestically. It won Academy Awards for the original song “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” (Elton John, Tim Rice) and original score (Hans Zimmer), plus two Grammy Awards, with the soundtrack selling over 14 million copies. In 1997, the stage production The Lion King made its Broadway debut, winning six Tony Awards; 19 years later, it remains one of Broadway’s biggest hits alongside several other productions running around the world, including London, Hamburg, Tokyo, Madrid, Mexico City, Shanghai, and North America. Translated into eight different languages, its 23 global productions have been seen by more than 85 million people across every continent except Antarctica. The Lion King’s worldwide gross exceeds that of any film, Broadway show or other entertainment title in box office history.  , in

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The Final ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ Trailer Is The Best One Yet

3 hours 18 min ago

As a huge fan of the Harry Potter franchise, I’ve been skeptical of whether or not Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them can deliver a quality magical adventure that lives up to the hype of the primary franchise. So far the trailers haven’t indicated much about the plot, and they haven’t been particularly exciting. But that all changes with the latest Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them trailer. Not only does it take us inside Newt Scamander’s (Eddie Redmayne) magical suitcase, but it also shows off some new magical creatures, and gives us a better idea of who the villains turn out to be.

The New Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Trailer

First of all, this is the first time we’ve ever actually been inside a charmed item that isn’t usually meant to have people inside of it, so that’s pretty cool. Second of all, it appears that even thought Colin Farrell is working for the Ministry of Magic, he might turn out to be a villain in the movie, a wizard who is sick of having to hide the magical world from the Muggles No-Majs. It appears Ezra Miller may be on his side as well, but we can’t be sure.

However, the more intriguing part for longtime fans of Harry Potter will be the mention of the name Grindelwald. Whoever the head of the American government in the wizarding community is says, “This is related to Grindelwald’s attacks in Europe.” In the Harry Potter books, Grindelwald was one of the most dangerous dark wizards in his time, second only to Lord Voldemort in the history books.

Even more interesting is that there have been hints of Albus Dumbledore appearing somewhere in this movie. The mention of Grindelwald only makes that more likely since the two wizards were once friends, even making a plan to find the Deathly Hallows and become Masters of Death in order to begin a wizarding revolution.

But their relationship ran deeper than friendship as Albus Dumbledore fell in love with Grindelwald, a revelation that J.K. Rowling explained at the same time she revealed Dumbledore was gay. The future Hogwarts headmaster was blinded by his love, and eventually turned on Grindelwald, resulting in a duel that included his brother Aberforth, which in turn caused the death of their sister Ariana.

Could Grindelwald be the primary villain in this new magical franchise? That remains to be seen, but his mention in this trailer is an intriguing one, and now I am fully on board to see how this movie turns out.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them arrives on November 18.

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‘Raw’ Combines Coming-of-Age Drama and Cannibalism Into One Delicious Dish [Fantastic Fest Review]

3 hours 34 min ago

It’s going to be easy to label Raw as a cannibal horror movie. It’s simple. It gets the point across. It’s a hook to get people in the door. However, director Julia Ducournau‘s feature debut is about so much more than the consumption of human flesh. It’s a coming-of-age drama that truly understands the loneliness of being away from home for the first time. It’s a pitch-perfect portrait of the awkward transition into college life. It’s a sad and lovely portrait of how siblings are never that far apart, even when there appears to be a great distance between them. Raw is a movie about changes and transitions and settling into being the person you will be for the rest of your life.

And yes, it is also a cannibal horror movie.

Justine (Garance Marillier) is a vegetarian. She’s a vegetarian because her parents are vegetarians. And she’s about to attend her first year of veterinary school, the same school her parents attended years earlier. Her sister Alexia (Ella Rumpf) goes there, too. Things get off to a rough start, with Justine and other first-year students being subjected to extensive hazing rituals that involve everything from all-night partying to eating raw rabbit livers. Justine is forced into the latter against her will and it’s all downhill from there. Classes are hard. Professors are unforgiving. Friends are in short supply. When Justine isn’t contending with intense loneliness and receiving the cold shoulder from her sister, she’s getting odd rashes and battling strange cravings that have overtaken her life.

Things get really, really bad.

Just as startling as the bursts of violence that punctuate Raw‘s plot are the intimate details, the tiny slice-of-life moments that are as uncomfortable as they are relatable. Marillier is a revelation as Justine and her struggle to discover an identity is funny, embarrassing, and mundane in ways that will hit home for everyone and anyone who has moved out of their parents’ house. The great strength of Raw is that every choice, even the ones that will turn stomachs, feels rooted in reality. It’s all about those little moments – a disquieting conversation with a professor, bad decisions made at a party where the alcohol flows a little too freely, dancing alone in your bedroom while you try out a guise you’re too afraid to put on in public. Justine’s bumpy voyage of self-discovery is shown in excruciating detail and Marillier captures every emotional hiccup with quiet sadness.

Just as impressive is Rumpf as Alexia, the older sister who had adjusted to life away from home and whose attempts to educate her sibling on the right and wrong ways to survive school. Their dynamic is the crux of the film, especially as Raw slowly reveals itself to be a story about two sisters getting finally getting to know each other as adults rather than as children. Justine and Alexia fight as often as they get along and their clashes capture the honest contradictions that exist between all siblings. Even when you hate them, you love them with all of your heart.

Because the dynamic between these characters feels so lovely and because Ducournau builds such a recognizable and stressful college environment that the horror elements work so well. Eventually, the blood does start flowing (although not in the ways you would expect) and the violence is appropriately grotesque, but it serves the larger themes of the movie. Raw may be shocking, but it isn’t interested in shock value. Every torn piece of flesh, every grisly bite wound, is a literal representation of the emotional and mental scars we collect as we grow up. In Ducournau’s skillful hands, violence becomes a metaphor for awakenings of all kinds, sexual and emotional and mental.

Raw is funny and sad and sexy and grotesque and moving and troubling and weird. It’s a breath of fresh air and it represents the loud and proud arrival of a brilliant new talent in Julia Ducournau. It’s one of the most brutally honest and nuanced coming-of-age movies ever made. It’s hard to imagine a better final shot in any film I’ll watch in 2016, with the accompanying final line of dialogue providing the strangely beautiful and wildly disturbing punchline that you didn’t previously realize the movie needed. Raw is one of the best movies of the year.

/Film Rating: 9 out of 10

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‘Warcraft’ Honest Trailer Digs Into “The World’s Most Expensive Unskippable Cutscene”

4 hours 4 min ago

In a summer full of big-budget flops, one of the most interesting misfires was Warcraft. Here was a film bursting with wild ambition and earnest affection for the source material, that tried to expand the fantasy film genre beyond lazy Lord of the Rings retreads. Unfortunately, despite director Duncan Jones‘ best efforts — and Jones and his team clearly poured themselves into this project — Warcraft as a whole didn’t really work.

So naturally, Screen Junkies is here to unleash their Emmy-nominated brand of snark. The Warcraft Honest Trailer takes the film to task for delivering, essentially, “the world’s most expensive unskippable cutscene”… but hey, at least they’re willing to concede it’s a “gorgeous-looking” mess instead of a “crappy-looking” one.

Screen Junkies isn’t pulling its punches, but Warcraft has weathered much harsher pummelings from critics. One of the film’s biggest problems was that it simply wanted to do too much — as the Honest Trailer puts it, it’s “like a season of Game of Thrones crammed into two hours.” And while we’ll take an overabundance of ambition over a shortage of same, it all led to a film that struggled to explain its intricate mythology, or flesh out its giant cast of characters, or explore its grand, universal themes with any real depth. Even the narrator can’t seem to sort it all out, calling upon MatPat for an assist late in the video.

Still, Warcraft had its share of fans and if you’re among them, don’t lose hope. While the film tanked hard domestically, it was a massive success in China, which accounted for a whopping 50% of its $433 million worldwide gross, and which is becoming a more and more important market for Hollywood. (For comparison, the U.S. contributed a little over 10% of that total.) Hey, it worked for Pacific Rim, right?

Warcraft is now available on Blu-ray.

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Cool Stuff: Jonathan Burton’s Hypnotizing ‘Vertigo’ Prints

4 hours 33 min ago

There aren’t a lot of classic films that get the collectible art treatment unless they hit that sweet nerd niche, usually in the sci-fi and fantasy genres. But as artist Jonathan Burton proves, you can’t go wrong with paying tribute to the films of Alfred Hitchcock.

Mad Duck Posters is releasing a few Vertigo prints featuring imagery inspired by both Shakespeare and the opening title designs of the iconic Saul Bass. These prints are bright, vibrant and available for you to purchase today. Check them out below.

Here’s the standard (left) and variant versions of Jonathan Burton’s Vertigo prints (via OMG Posters):

The standard version has an edition of 225 with a cost of $65 while the variant has an edition of 125 that will cost $85. Each is a 24×36 screenprint that will go on sale today, September 28th, at 12pm ET at the Mad Duck Posters website. Here’s what the artist had to say about the print:

“The scene of Madeleine floating in the bay surrounded by flowers directly reflects images of Shakespeare’s Ophelia. I used Sir John Everett Millais’s painting of Ophelia as my source of inspiration for her floating pose and the water’s reflection of Madeleine’s face became an interesting way to represent her duality.

The films use of colour is very rich with contrasting reds and greens. Madeleine and Judy are constantly associated with the colour green; her car, clothes, the cemetery, the lighting in the motel and the green water of the bay in which she throws herself. The reason I coloured the water such a strong shade of deep green.

My representation of Scottie is a direct tribute to the iconic original poster of Saul Bass with a graphic disorienting shape around his silhouette. In the two editions of this poster I wanted to try different ways of showing Scottie’s panic. The Variant edition uses the more classic ‘spiral’ which is synonymous with the film while the regular edition has the form of his silhouette zooming out. In this version Scottie appears to be running towards us but the zoom effect gives the illusion that he’s falling away. It’s a link to the nausea inducing special effect, invented by Hitchcock, of the camera lens zooming in while the camera pulls back. A technique that was used so effectively to represent Scottie’s phobia.”

I love the use of colors in the print as well as the hypnotic designs around the silhouette in the corner. This is a must-have for any Hitchcock fan out there.

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VOTD: ‘Film Meets Art’ Compares Cinema To The Art That Inspired It

5 hours 3 min ago

Some have criticized Quentin Tarantino for stealing from other movies, but it’s a practice that he’s very open and even proud of, and he should be. For centuries, all the best artists have been inspired by the artists the came before them, and the same can be said of every single filmmaker out there.

While most directors may not borrow as much from other movies as Quentin Tarantino, a video series called Film Meets Art compares movies like There Will Be Blood, Melancholia, Lost in Translation, Empire of the Sun, Inherent Vice and and even Django Unchained to the pieces of art that inspired some of their gorgeous shots.

Watch the Film Meets Art videos after the jump.

The first video debuted about six months ago, while the second installment was just posted about a week ago. I had no idea that the inspiration for some of these beautiful shots were these classic paintings. As creator Vugar Efendi says, “Art inspires cinema, cinema inspires art. As lover of both, I just wanted to look into films that are inspired by famous paintings throughout history.”

It just goes to show you how every filmmaker borrows from other artists. More than likely other visual inspiration comes from photographers, sculptures and other visual media. There’s probably an endless series of videos that could be made comparing cinema to art.

Thanks to FirstShowing for bringing these videos to our attention.

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/Filmcast Ep. 385 – The Magnificent Seven

September 27, 2016 - 10:00pm

In this episode, David, Jeff, and Devindra reunite to discuss what happens when you break a blood oath to watch The Force Awakens with a loved one, praise the brilliance of OJ Simpson: Made in America, and get moderately excited about the debuts of High Maintenance and Easy.

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Superhero Bits: Cyborg Teased in The Flash, Wonder Woman’s Sword Designs, Arrow Turns 75 & More

September 27, 2016 - 7:00pm

Is the Vote Loki comic book series riffing on Donald Trump’s presidential campaign? Want to see a bunch of alternate designs for Wonder Woman‘s sword? What happened when Mike Colter took a baseball bat to the face on the set of Luke Cage? What is Arrow doing on the season premiere of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow? Did you see The Flash director Rick Famuyiwa teasing Cyborg in the movie? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits.

Half-Man, Half-Machine… #BORGLIFE #JusticeLeague

A photo posted by Ray Fisher (@rehsifyar) on Sep 16, 2016 at 11:33am PDT

Ray Fisher is getting absolutely ripped to play Cyborg in the various movies of the DC Expanded Universe.

Jon Favreau talked briefly about how Happy he was to get back in the MCU in Spider-Man: Homecoming.

ScreenRant looks at how the Vote Loki comic book series seems to be riffing on Donald Trump’s campaign a bit.

Check out this list of some of the best Batman stories that exist outside of the usual comic books.

Get a sneak peek at the next episode of Gotham, which will feature the introduction of The Mad Hatter.

Jai Courtney talks about the criticism of Suicide Squad and the rumor about Captain Boomerang in The Flash.

Here’s some concept art showing of the many different designs that were considered for Wonder Woman‘s sword.

ScreenRant put together a list of comic books that fans of the Marvel cinematic universe would enjoy.

Continue Reading Superhero Bits>>

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‘Mary Poppins Returns’ Details Revealed By Lin-Manuel Miranda

September 27, 2016 - 6:30pm

When it was announced that Chicago director Rob Marshall would be helming a reboot of Mary Poppins, I wasn’t interested. Don’t get me wrong; I like the original Walt Disney adaptation quite a bit, but for me what makes the film is the music by the Sherman Brothers. And I was very skeptical that they would be able to recapture that magic, even with the pitch perfect casting of Emily Blunt as the titular hero.

But when it was revealed that Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda would be co-starring in a role similar to the one Dick Van Dyke played in the original, I finally got invested. If Lin-Manuel Miranda would be providing his songwriting skills for this Mary Poppins sequel, it could end up being something special.

And now Miranda is finally talking about the upcoming Mary Poppins sequel Mary Poppins Returns, giving us a little tease as to what we might expect. Hit the just to learn some new Mary Poppins Returns details.

Lin-Manuel Miranda talked to Variety recently for a cover story, and revealed some details about the upcoming Mary Poppins sequel Mary Poppins Returns:

“It’s straight up a sequel. Michael and Jane Banks have grown up, and they find themselves in their own spot, and Mary Poppins comes back to take care of Michael’s kids. I play a lamplighter named Jack who sort of grew up apprenticing to Bert. So I know if Mary Poppins shows up, it’s gonna get awesome. I perform that function in the movie, of saying: ‘Y’all don’t know about Mary Poppins. When Mary’s around, cool sh– happens.'”

So yes, basically Miranda is playing a new character that serves somewhat the same purpose that Dick Van Dyke’s Burt did in the original. From what we have heard previously, he will be playing a lamplighter named Jack. I think this is the first confirmation that the characters of Michael and Jane Banks will return for this new story, although we assumed as much. Ben Whishaw (Cloud Atlas, Skyfall) has been rumored to be up for a role in the movie, likely as Michael Banks, played by Matthew Garber in the original Robert Stevenson-directed picture.

Director Rob Marshall has said that he is “working from the other [seven] books, not touching the iconic brilliance of Mary Poppins,” adding that this movie “is an extension” of the first film with “all this new material.”

“It was the Harry Potter of its time — and they were never turned into anything further than that adventure.”

The story will be set 20 years after the events of the first film, in Depression-era London. Pulling from P.L. Travers‘ original novels, the film will chronicle the further adventures of that “practically perfect” nanny.

Miranda hadn’t met up with Van Dyke but would love to meet him, admitting that he cried like everyone else did when Dick showed up on ‘The Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60’ special and started stepping in time.

Meryl Streep also has a role in the film, as someone named Topsy, who becomes a cousin to Mary Poppins through marriage after Topsy marries Arthur Turvey, which changes her name to Topsy Turvey.

The movie is being produced by John DeLuca and Marc Platt.  Mary Poppins Returns will hit theaters on December 25th, 2018.

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Viola Davis Joins Steve McQueen Heist Thriller ‘Widows’

September 27, 2016 - 6:00pm

Today is a great day to be Viola Davis. Well, actually, every day is probably a great day to be Viola Davis, because she gets to wake up each morning as one of the most reliably excellent actors currently working. But today especially, everything’s coming up Davis.

This morning Paramount Pictures debuted the first trailer for Denzel Washington’s Fences, featuring what looks like another powerhouse performance from Davis. Now this afternoon, we have word she’s lined up her next new project: Widows, a heist thriller directed by 12 Years a Slave helmer Steve McQueen, who will also pen the script with Gone Girl writer Gillian Flynn

Variety reported on the Viola Davis Steve McQueen project. Widows is based on the 2002 British miniseries of the same title created by Lynda La Plante. The story follows the wives of four armed robbers. When the men are killed during their latest heist, the widows step up to finish what their husbands started. Davis’ specific role has not been revealed, though it seems reasonable to assume she’ll play one of the widows.

While Davis is the only actress linked to the project so far, we can probably expect more high-profile stars to sign on down the road. The combination of McQueen, Flynn, and now Davis basically guarantees Widows will get a lot of attention and maybe even some awards buzz. Indeed, Variety notes that the production once courted Jennifer Lawrence for one of the widow roles, though she ultimately turned it down due to scheduling conflicts.

Davis was recently seen in Suicide Squad, where her Amanda Waller emerged as one of the best parts of an otherwise extremely sloppy movie. Her next big-screen role is in Fences, in which she reprises a role that has already won her a Tony. And she can currently be seen in ABC’s How to Get Away With Murder. The show itself is a mess, but (just as with Suicide Squad) Davis has an impressive ability to remain watchable no matter how uneven the movie or show around her is.

Widows will be McQueen’s first feature since the 2014 Best Picture winner 12 Years a Slave, though he’s been working on a few other projects since then. One of those was Codes of Conduct, a promising-sounding HBO miniseries described as “Six Degrees of Separation meets Shame.” But the network pulled the plug on the project earlier this year, freeing McQueen to turn his attention to Widows. Flynn also had a recent brush with HBO. She was originally planning to reunite with Gone Girl director David Fincher for Utopia, but that project stalled at the network last year.

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‘Jumanji’: Dwayne Johnson Shares First Look at Nick Jonas’ Character

September 27, 2016 - 5:30pm

For a game that has the potential to trap players for decades and wreak jungle-themed havoc on unsuspecting towns, Jumanji sure is proving popular among the Hollywood set. Recently we got our first look at Dwayne JohnsonKaren GillanJack Black, and Kevin Hart on set, and today Johnson has shared yet another set photo showing off one of the movie’s other stars, Nick Jonas.

Johnson unveiled the first Jumanji Nick Jonas photo on his Instagram feed, which is really the best place to look for updates on any of Johnson’s upcoming projects. In his own Instagram post about the photo, Jonas gushed that he was “so pumped” to work with the “incredible” cast and crew.

Officially welcoming my guy @NickJonas to #Jumanji. Great dude, great positive energy and very talented. He’s gonna kill this role like I kill things with my bare hands. The jungle awaits. The adventure continues. And ironically the one who sings the most on set is Jack Black ????. #OnLocation #Hawaii #WelcomeToTheFamilyNick #Jumanji ????

A photo posted by therock (@therock) on Sep 27, 2016 at 10:27am PDT

Jumanji centers around four teens, played by Alex Wolff, Madison Iseman, Ser’Darius Blain, and Morgan Turner, who get sucked into a video game version of the infamous board game. Johnson, Hart, Black, and Gillan represent the avatars of the four kids, who are on a mission to find a jewel. It’s not clear whom Jonas is playing, but based on his costume (and the fact that he’s hanging out with Johnson on the jungle set), it seems likely he’s one of the characters in the game, rather than one of the people out in the real world.

Jonas may still be best known as one-third of the Jonas Brothers, but in recent years he’s come into his own as a TV and movie actor. He can currently be seen in Goat, the fraternity hazing drama that debuted at Sundance earlier this year, as well as the MMA drama Kingdom.

Jumanji is billed as a continuation of the 1995 movie starring Robin Williams, rather than a reboot, though it remains to be seen how exactly they will be linked. Jake Kasdan (Bad Teacher) directs the new film, and Rhys Darby co-stars as Nigel. Jumanji hits theaters July 28, 2017.

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‘Back to the Future’ Fan Celebration Is Coming To The Real Twin Pines Mall In California

September 27, 2016 - 5:00pm

Last year brought endless amounts of celebration revolving around Back to the Future. Not only did it mark the 30th anniversary of the original time travel film from director Robert Zemeckis, but it also marked the year in which Doc Brown and Marty McFly traveled into the future in Back to the Future Part II. There were endless screenings, fan gatherings, and tons of new memorabilia released. But just because those milestones are passed us doesn’t mean fans are done celebrating.

The first annual Back to the Future Fan Celebration is coming next month, and the festivities will be happening at a location that will be very familiar to fans of the time travel franchise: Twin Pines Mall. Get the details on the 2016 Back to the Future Fan Celebration after the jump.

The Back to the Future Fan Celebration will take place in the parking lot of the Puente Hills Mall in City of Industry, California. For those of you who don’t know, this was the real location used for Twin Pines Mall, which becomes Lone Pine Mall after Marty travels back in time and knocks down one of Old Man Peabody’s pine trees in the original Back to the Future.

The best news about this particular fan celebration event, unlike most of the major celebrations of last year, is that it’s free. Fans will appreciate that it’s scheduled for October 25th, which marks 31 years since the DeLorean time machine first traveled through time. The event begins at 4 pm and runs until 1:16 am, which is when Marty arrived at the mall to help with Doc’s experiment.

There aren’t a lot of details on the event yet, but a press release (via HitFix) has promised live ’80s music, food trucks, contests, DeLoreans on display, book signings, vendors celebrity autographs and an outdoor screening of Back to the Future. While attendance is free, I’m betting that stuff like the autographs and food trucks will still cost money individually.

If it’s too short notice for you to attend this year, the hope is that this will be something for fans to come out for every single year on October 25th in the same location. More than likely it will be an even bigger celebration on milestone years such as the 35th and 40th anniversaries coming up.

To keep up to date on all the latest information for the event, check out the official website right here.

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FX’s ‘The Strain’ Renewed for Fourth and Final Season

September 27, 2016 - 4:30pm

Try to enjoy The Strain while you can, because the show won’t be around much longer. FX has just announced that it is picking up the vampire thriller series for a fourth season… which will be its last. But that’s not necessarily bad news, even if you’re a fan of the show. Showrunner Carlton Cuse has stressed that the decision allows him and his team to wrap up the drama on their own terms. “It is a true joy to work at FX where creative intentions always comes first,” he said in a statement. 

The news comes just as The Strain hits the halfway point of its third season, which consists of ten episodes instead of the usual 13. The show is based on a trilogy of books by Chuck Hogan and Guillermo del Toro, and the current season will bring the narrative arc up to the end of the second book. The next season, then, will cover the events of the last book. The show will return to FX for season four sometime in summer 2017, for an unspecified number of episodes.

Cuse explained the decision to end The Strain after season four:

Our original plan was for the series to last three years. Once we began telling that story it expanded to be more. After finishing the writing on season three, Guillermo, Chuck and I looked at our remaining story and felt the best version could be told in one more season. We have a fantastic plan for an exciting and climatic season four. We are deeply grateful to FX for supporting our vision and for allowing us to end the show on our own timetable.

While some shows are designed to run indefinitely, The Strain was never one of them. Earlier this year, Cuse suggested the series would likely wrap up around season five. It’s probably just as well that the show can start working toward an end. Let’s just hope it’s a satisfying finish for everyone who’s stuck with Eph (Corey Stoll) and his adventures so far.

The Strain airs Sundays at 10 PM on FX. The season three finale is scheduled for October 30.

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S.H.I.E.L.D. Will Return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Says Samuel L. Jackson

September 27, 2016 - 4:00pm

After Phil Coulson and the agency helped assemble The Avengers, an ABC television series spin-off launched to tell the ongoing adventures of the Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.  But S.H.I.E.L.D wasn’t long for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Hydra had infiltrated the group, and the agency was brought down by the events seen in Captain America: Winter Soldier. While the team has continued as a small unofficial faction in the tv series, they have not been seen in the Marvel Cinematic Universe ever since. The Marvel movie and television groups have been divided, and even those involved in the shows don’t have much hope for future crossovers. It’s almost like the Marvel universe has been split into two entirely separate cinematic and television dimensions that not even Doctor Strange can merge.

But there may be hope for SHIELD to return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. At least if you believe Samuel L Jackson, who plays former SHIELD director Nick Fury. Could a SHIELD MCU return actually happen?

Samuel L. Jackson’s SHIELD MCU Return Comments

ComingSoon talked to Samuel L Jackson while he was doing press for Tim Burtons Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Jackson was asked if SHIELD will return to the MCU, and his response was:

“Yeah! For sure, definitely.”

Sounds like he might know something we don’t… until his follow-up response leads us to believe this might just be his own optimism speaking:

Why wouldn’t there be? There’s some way of fixing what they created, and hopefully somebody has that going on or Nick Fury is out there — wherever he is, probably hanging out with Jules and walking the world — figuring out what happened and how it got to that particular place. Maybe they’ll find out that all that was part of a ruse to get to something else also. That would be great. They’ll bring me back somehow, some way, for some reason. I mean, they didn’t have me around to referee the kids when they didn’t go to their rooms and got in this big old fight. We’ll see what happens.

But even if Nick Fury himself believes that S.H.I.E.L.D. will probably have a role to play in the battle with Thanos doesn’t mean we’ll ever see them again in the MCU. I would definitely bet money that the former SHIELD Director Nick Fury will return for Avengers: Infinity War, but that doesn’t mean we’ll see Skye of Agent Coulson again on the big screen.

And if we did, how would they even explain the fact that Phil Coulson has returned from the dead to the Marvel movie audience that doesn’t follow the television series. I watched the first two seasons before giving up on the show, and I don’t even think I remember them giving a plausible explanation for the whole thing. I can’t imagine they could pull it off in a line of inserted dialogue during the epic chaos that will be Infinity War.

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‘Doctor Strange’ IMAX Trailer + Get Free Tickets To A 15-Minute Theatrical Sneak Preview

September 27, 2016 - 3:40pm

It sounds like Marvel Studios feels the need to build the early buzz on Doctor Strange a little more, because they’ve just announced a special IMAX 3D sneak preview of 15 minutes of footage from the movie. Find out when and where you can catch this Doctor Strange sneak preview after the jump.

Fans interested in seeing what Marvel’s latest movie has to offer will be able to attend what is being called Expand Your Mind: An IMAX 3D Exclusive First Look, which will play at over 115 movie theaters across North America on October 10th at 7pm local time. Here’s a tease for the event in the form of a quick IMAX trailer with some great new footage of Benedict Cumberbatch in action as the Sorcerer Supreme, as well as a quick name drop of the Avengers:

With 15 minutes from the movie, we’ll be seeing plenty of never-before-seen footage that has likely been assembled to convince unknowing or skeptical audiences to see the movie. However, I’m not sure that anyone outside of fans who already know about this movie will be all that interested in just seeing 15 minutes of the film, even if it’s for free. But maybe this will also serve as a way for Marvel’s fans to gain the confidence to convince their lesser interested friends and family to check out Marvel’s new movie.

The last time Marvel felt the need to have a sneak preview like this, it was for Guardians of the Galaxy. Since that was a property that was a little strange for general audiences and even some Marvel fans to embrace, it was a smart move on Marvel’s part. And since Guardians of the Galaxy went on to be one of the favorites out of the entire cinematic universe, hopefully this preview means Marvel is confident in the movie they have waiting for us to see on November 4th.

Director Scott Derrickson had this to say in a press for the event:

As a movie fan, I am thrilled to take audiences along on the visual journey of ‘Doctor Strange’ and give them an early peek at what we’ve been working on.  The completed film will feature more than an hour of specially formatted IMAX sequences that will provide audiences with a totally immersive—and mind-blowing—film-going experience and I’m excited to share a taste of that with our fans on 10/10.

If you want to get tickets to the event, head to SeeItFirst right here to find the closest theater. Attendees will also get a limited edition Doctor Strange IMAX poster.

From Marvel Studios comes “Doctor Strange,” the story of world-famous neurosurgeon Dr. Stephen Strange whose life changes forever after a horrific car accident robs him of the use of his hands. When traditional medicine fails him, he is forced to look for healing, and hope, in an unlikely place—a mysterious enclave known as Kamar-Taj. He quickly learns that this is not just a center for healing but also the front line of a battle against unseen dark forces bent on destroying our reality. Before long Strange—armed with newly acquired magical powers—is forced to choose whether to return to his life of fortune and status or leave it all behind to defend the world as the most powerful sorcerer in existence.

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‘SWAT’ Getting a TV Series Reboot at CBS From Justin Lin & Shawn Ryan

September 27, 2016 - 3:30pm

This fall, CBS revived MacGyver with a TV series reboot starring Lucas Till, and before that they successfully brought back Hawaii Five-O and The Odd Couple. Now they’re reaching back into the 1970s for another series reboot.

SWAT ran on CBS for just two seasons totaling 37 episodes from February 1975 to April 1976 and was turned into a feature film of the same name. Now it’s getting a series reboot at its home network with The Shield creator Shawn Ryan on board, as well as Fast & Furious franchise director Justin Lin. Find out more about the SWAT reboot after the jump.

The original series produced by TV legend Aaron Spelling is arguably better known for its iconic theme than for its quality programming. The song sounds like this in case you need a reminder:

The crime procedural was a spin-off of The Rookies and followed a Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) team operating in an unidentified California city. Steve Forrest starred as the unit’s leader Lieutenant “Hondo” Harrelson, Rod Perry as Hondo’s second-in-command Sergeant David “Deacon” McKay, Robert Urich as Officer Jim Street, James Coleman as Officer T.J. McCabe, and Mark Shera as Officer Dominic Luca.

SWAT was also turned into a movie back in 2002, when film adaptations of classic TV shows were all the rage. The film starred Colin Farrell, Samuel L. Jackson, Michelle Rodriguez, Jeremy Renner and LL Cool J. Though the series reboot will have some big screen talent behind it with Justin Lin on board, I imagine the cast won’t be pulling in as many big names, especially since it’s a network show. But Lin has done some solid television work with the likes of Community and True Detective, so he should help attract some great talent.

TV Line reveals the reboot will change the show a little bit by following an African-American SWAT lieutenant whose loyalties are divided between his fellow cops and the tough streets he grew up on. I’m not sure CBS needs any more crime procedural shows, but since this one has executive producer Shawn Ryan on board, it just might be one worth watching. Also on board will be Neil H. Moritz (Preacher) and Aaron Rahsaan Thomas (Sleepy Hollow) writing the script.

While we’re enjoying a new golden age of television right now, there is still a heavy reliance on recycling old TV shows to create something “new” for audiences who just want something familiar. The crime procedural will never go anywhere either, so this is CBS doing what they do best by playing it safe.

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‘Justin Timberlake and The Tennessee Kids’ Trailer: Jonathan Demme Films An Epic Arena Concert

September 27, 2016 - 3:00pm

Justin Timberlake is one of the best singers and songwriters working in the music industry today. While he started off as just another breakout pop star, his music in recent years has begun to throw back to a different era with a contemporary edge. He doesn’t just deliver the shorter three-minute, radio-friendly songs, but extended indulgences with amazing instrumentals.

Now you can see what it’s like to witness Justin Timberlake in concert with a new documentary coming to Netflix next month. While that might not sound very special to you, this particular documentary, called Justin Timberlake and The Tennessee Kids, is directed by Silence of the Lambs helmer Jonathan Demme.

Watch the Justin Timberlake documentary trailer after the jump.

It looks like Jonathan Demme will also provide a glimpse behind the scenes of the 20/20 Experience World Tour, in addition to showing off Timberlake and the titular band’s performance at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. We get a taste of just some of the music from the concert, including Timberlake’s hit song “Mirrors,” but there’s bound to be plenty more in the movie.

Though the concert is part of his 20/20 Experience World Tour, Timberlake will play some of his older hits, including “Cry My a River,” but hopefully there are some other surprises in store. Personally, I always like when a performer tackles a cover song when they’re on tour, so I hope he’s got something like that in this documentary.

In addition to this documentary, we’re going to get much more music from Justin Timberlake this year with the release of Trolls coming on November 4th. Not only does Timberlake sing on the soundtrack, but he also produced it, including writing original songs for the movie. You can actually stream the soundtrack at Spotify and some other places right now.

Music superstar Justin Timberlake and acclaimed director Jonathan Demme team up for a visionary concert-film experience with the new Netflix release Justin Timberlake + The Tennessee Kids. Timberlake, along with his band – the Tennessee Kids – will have you on your feet singing along, from “Cry Me a River” to “Mirrors.”  The Netflix Original Film, which premiered at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival, gives you the best seat in the house for the final show of the 20/20 Experience World Tour at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Justin Timberlake And The Tennessee Kids hits Netflix on October 12th.

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‘Desierto’ Trailer: Jeffrey Dean Morgan Hunts Down Gael García Bernal

September 27, 2016 - 2:30pm

Jeffrey Dean Morgan‘s got villainous swagger to spare, as anyone who’s seen his introduction in The Walking Dead can attest. And this fall he’ll put it to good use on the big screen in Desierto.

Produced by Alfonso Cuarón and directed by his son Jonás CuarónDesierto stars Morgan as a gun-toting vigilante who drives out to the U.S.-Mexico border, looking for migrants to use as human target practice. One morning, he sets his sights on a group of border-crossers led by Moises, played by Gael García Bernal, and a tense cat-and-mouse game ensues. Watch the Desierto trailer below. 

While the concept of Desierto is a simple one, it’s clearly got a political bent — one that’s all the more impossible to ignore in an election year as fraught as this one. As The Guardian points out, it’s “a pornographic dream to a subsect of American xenophobes.” The idea of a human hunting another human, The Most Dangerous Game-style, is sickening in any context, but it’s especially queasy to consider in light of the recent debates around immigration to the U.S.

Cuarón has been working on Desierto for about seven or eight years, and the film made its debut at TIFF last year to mixed reviews — like the one from THR which called its perspective on the immigration debate “woefully reductive.” On the bright side, those just looking for a tense thriller may be pleased, as Variety says it “operates on a level that is swift, primal and unrelenting.”

Desierto is in theaters October 14.

What begins as a hopeful journey to seek a better life becomes a harrowing and primal fight for survival when a deranged, rifle-toting vigilante chases a group of unarmed men and women through the treacherous U.S.-Mexican border. In the harsh, unforgiving desert terrain, the odds are stacked firmly against them as they continuously discover there’s nowhere to hide from the unrelenting, merciless killer.

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The Best Movies Leaving Netflix in October 2016

September 27, 2016 - 2:00pm

While next month will see a number of great movies arriving on Netflix (in the United States), it will also see more than a few must-see films vanish. Here are the movies leaving Netflix in October 2016 that you need to catch before they’re gone.

The Back to the Future Trilogy

Listen, you should probably already own the Back to the Future trilogy, since it’s easily one of the best film franchises ever made. But having it on Netflix is obviously super convenient so you can move from one film right into the other without having to get up out of that indentation on your couch. But if you’ve somehow avoided buying it because it’s always on AMC or something like that, you’ve only got three more days to watch before it disappears on October 1st. So what are you waiting for, butthead?

The Exorcist (1973)

This movie scared the wits out of audiences back in 1973, because no one had ever seen something so terrifying brought to the big screen so effortlessly. If you watch it for the first time, you might not find it to be quite as scary since horror films today have gone above and beyond what used to scare people over 40 years ago. But this is the film that influences all those horror films you’re watching today. It’s the quintessential exorcism film, and it has one of the most terrifying performances by a child ever.

FOX just debuted a TV series adaptation of this classic horror movie last Friday, but since the network is notorious for canceling shows, no matter how good they might be, you may not want to get too attached if you enjoyed the pilot. You’ve got just enough time to watch this movie before the next episode airs since The Exorcist leaves on October 1st.


The late Robin Williams stars in a psychological crime thriller directed by Christopher Nolan with Al Pacino in hot pursuit. What else do you need to know? Plus, it’s a remake, something that you wouldn’t expect from a director who has such a penchant for original stories, even in his approach to The Dark Knight trilogy. Insomnia may be one of Nolan’s less celebrated movies, but it’s certainly a must-see, if only to see how Robin Williams and Al Pacino engage in a game of cat and mouse. The movie leaves Netflix on October 1st.

My Girl

This coming-of-age dramedy will always have a special place in my heart, and if you’ve never seen it, you must watch before it leaves on October 1st. I didn’t grow up as a little girl in the early 1970s, but you can’t help but fall in love with Anna Chlumsky (who is now all grown up and starring on Veep) as the precocious, sassy Vada Sultenfuss. Macaulay Culkin plays her childhood best friend, Dan Aykroyd plays her father and Jamie Lee Curtis plays a woman who takes a job at the funeral parlor they live in, much to Vada’s chagrin. They don’t really make movies like this at major studios anymore, but I wish they did.

The Phantom

Look, I’ll be the first to admit that this movie isn’t very good. But the classic, hammy serial style of the action, acting, and story is what makes me love it. With flares of a lesser Dick Tracy or The Rocketeer, this comic book adaptation gives us Billy Zane in purple spandex, and he somehow fits into the role in the same way that Keanu Reeves perfectly plays Neo in The Matrix. Plus, you can’t go wrong with Treat Williams playing the smarmy villain. The Phantom disappears from Netflix on October 1st.

The Truman Show

Arguably Jim Carrey‘s best performance on the big screen, The Truman Show arrived when the actor was at the top of his comedy game. Best known for silly roles like Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, The Mask and The Riddler in Batman Forver, Carrey was allowed to show a different side in The Truman Show, and he blew people away. It helps that the story was one that was ahead of its time, predicting a future when we would be obsessed with faux reality on television. Laura Linney and Ed Harris also turn in outstanding supporting performances in the Peter Weir-directed film. Catch it before it leaves on October 31st.

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Amazon Orders ‘The Tick’, ‘Jean-Claude Van Johnson’, and ‘I Love Dick’ to Series

September 27, 2016 - 1:30pm

The Tick is officially a go. Amazon has given a series order to the latest reboot of Ben Edlund‘s big blue superhero, along with the new comedies Jean-Claude Van Johnson, starring (you guessed it) Jean-Claude Van Damme, and I Love Dick, from Transparent creator Jill Soloway

All three series released pilot episodes on Amazon last month as part of the service’s latest “pilot season.” (They’re still up on the site if you’d like to take this opportunity to sample them.) According to the company, this past batch of pilots were the most-watched ever. Each half-hour series will launch a full-length season on Amazon Prime Video sometime in 2017. None of them have announced a specific release date at this point.

The Tick stars Peter Serafinowicz as the brawny and well-meaning but perpetually oblivious superhero, and Griffin Newman as his anxious sidekick Arthur. Jackie Earle Haley plays the villain known as The Terror, because Jackie Earle Haley will not stop until he has appeared in every single geek-friendly property under the sun. (Not that we’re complaining!) The Tick character has been adapted for TV twice before — once as an animated series in the 1990s and once as a live-action series in the early 2000s.

I Love Dick is also based on existing property, in this case Chris Kraus‘ 1997 novel of the same title. Kathryn Hahn stars as Chris, the dissatisfied wife of a faculty member, Sylvère (Griffin Dunne), who is completing a fellowship in Marfa, Texas. She meets and falls for her husband’s mentor, a charismatic writer called Dick (Kevin Bacon). The dramedy is more unusual than that familiar love-triangle construction makes it sound, wry about the intellectual community that Chris and Sylvère belong to and smart about the messy complications of desire.

And finally, Jean-Claude Van Damme stars Van Damme as a fictionalized version of himself: a retired action hero who used to moonlight as a spy. He’s compelled to return to both of his former jobs after a chance encounter with a former flame, played by Kat Foster. The layers of meta are super thick with this one, but its satirical vision of Hollywood is hilariously spot-on. This one comes from David Callaham (The Expendables) and Peter Atencio (Key and Peele).

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