A few weeks ago, Disney and Lucasfilm changed the release date of Star Wars: Episode VIII to December 2017, partially to capitalize on the holiday season box office and partially to (reportedly) allow for some rewrites. Almost immediately after the announcement, James Cameron’s long-gestated and even longer-promised Avatar sequel moved away from that release date, citing yet another production delay and leaving Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One adaptation to fend for itself against Star Wars. And now it seems that Star Wars will mostly have December 2017 all to itself as Ready Player One has been pushed back to 2018.
Like many funny people before her, Amy Schumer has decided to branch out into more serious acting territory. In addition to starring in an upcoming film with Jennifer Lawrence (which the pair co-wrote) and in an untitled mother / daughter action-comedy project, the comedian and actress has signed on to appear opposite Miles Teller in Thank You for Your Service.
Fox has yet to officially green light the X-Force film, but if Deadpool does as well as early tracking suggests (promo screening buzz has been pretty positive from general audiences) and if Ryan Reynolds has his way, it won’t be long before we see the Merc With a Mouth team up with the X-Force for his own superhero team movie. Given Reynolds’ success in getting a proper Deadpool adaptation off the ground, this seems fairly likely.
Unlike Duncan Jones’ Warcraft movie, Justin Kurzel’s Assassin’s Creed seems like it may be able to appeal to a wider audience beyond the niche video game fan base. That’s thanks in part to the casting of Michael Fassbender (who doesn’t love that guy?), the hiring of Kurzel, the sci-fi / action genre appeal, and their commitment to using practical effects and stunts when and wherever possible. But just in case you need a little more convincing, Fassbender’s got you covered.
If you’re one of the people who went to see an early promo screening of Deadpool, then you already know that the R-rated superhero outing has one post-credits scene. And if you were disappointed by said scene, then maybe this news will inspire you to run out and see the film again when it hits theaters next weekend (unless you didn’t particularly like it the first time around).
Vin Diesel is a one-man PR machine. And though he hardly needs to get us hyped up for one of his movies, the actor can't keep from sharing new photos on social media, once again offering more sneak peeks at xXx 3: The Return of Xander Cage, featuring Diesel, a longboard (yeah, sure) and one of his lovely new co-stars.
It’s kind of amazing that Larry David has never hosted SNL, and up until recently he had never really appeared on the show, either (save for a couple of tiny appearances back in the ’80s). David only managed to get one sketch on the show in the year he spent writing for SNL back in 1984–85, but now, after Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm and a couple of cold open cameos as Bernie Sanders, David finally has his chance to host. How did he do? Read on for our ranking of this week’s sketches from best to worst.
Deadpool hits theaters on Valentine’s Day weekend, offering some wildly violent and profane counter-programming to your typical romantic offerings, though the people at Fox have been doing their best to promote the love story aspect of the film. Two new promos have arrived online, offering a little something for everyone on this special holiday.
Leonardo DiCaprio arguably went Peak Leo with The Revenant, a film that is essentially a two-hour frontier-style reimagining of his quaalude scene in The Wolf of Wall Street. While we wait to find out whether all his suffering and bison liver-eating and vape withdrawals will pay off with a long-deserved Oscar, DiCaprio is already going back to work with one of the screenwriters of The Revenant on a new film that will presumably torture the actor once more.
A new Gremlins film has been in development for several years, with a handful of different writers attached at various points. Last we heard, the new installment in the franchise will take a Jurassic World-style approach, essentially operating as a legacyquel that takes place 30 years later and maintains the canon from the previous films while introducing new characters. While we wait for more updates on Gremlins 3, two of the writers who previously developed ideas for the sequel have shared their rejected pitch, which basically sounds like Mogwais on a Plane.
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