Barry Teaser Trailer: First Look at Netflix’s Barack Obama Biopic


With Barack Obama’s time left in office now down to just a few months, Netflix is preparing to release a movie that celebrates his accomplishments by looking into his past: specifically, his junior year at Columbia University in 1981. Directed by Vikram Gandhi (Kumaré), the movie is called Barry and it stars newcomer Devon Terrell as a young Obama years before he met his future wife (for that story, see Richard Tanne’s Southside with You). The movie premiered at TIFF last month to positive reviews and it features a supporting cast that includes Anya Taylor-Joy, Jason Mitchell, Jenna Elfman, Ashley Judd and Ellar Coltrane. Barry arrives on Netflix on Dec. 16th; check out the first teaser trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Godzilla 2 Gets Krampus Director


Earlier this year we learned that Gareth Edwards would not be returning to direct the sequel to his 2014 Godzilla reboot, preferring instead to return to something smaller like his directorial debut Monsters (once he wraps up Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, that is). It sounds like he was suffering from blockbuster burn out, which seems to be an increasingly common problem in Hollywood as of late, particularly with indie filmmakers who make a sudden jump to the studio system. Now this week it looks like Legendary Pictures may have found his replacement and it happens to be someone with a little bit more studio experience: Krampus director Michael Dougherty. Hit the jump for more details.

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Deadpool 2 Loses Tim Miller as Director


Looks like there is trouble brewing in the Fox Cinematic Universe this week after a major shake-up happened on Deadpool 2 over the weekend. We are hearing that director Tim Miller has left the project over creative differences, reportedly having butted heads with star Ryan Reynolds a few too many times. Although Reynolds was a producer on the first film as well, his clout is said to have “increased exponentially” on the sequel, giving him control over casting and other major elements of the movie. Still, after the success of the first film, what could they possibly have to disagree about? Hit the jump for more details.

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Monday Morning Box Office Report: Madea Manhandles Jack Reacher


Madea reclaimed her place at the top of the box office over the weekend as Boo! A Madea Halloween earned $27.6 million, the highest start for the series since Madea Goes to Jail back in 2009. The last film, A Madea Christmas, opened to just $16 million and seemed to indicate dwindling interest, but now Tyler Perry is apparently back in business. In second place, Jack Reacher: Never Go Back also had a decent debut, bringing in an estimated $23 million. That’s considerably more than the first film made, although it opened during a busy Christmas season back in 2012 and seemed to slowly find an audience over time. In third and fourth place, Ouija: Origin of Evil and The Accountant were both at the $14 million mark separated by just $35,000. The Girl on the Train rounded out the top 5. Elsewhere, Keeping Up with the Joneses opened in seventh with just $5.6 million, which makes it a pretty big disappointment for 20th Century Fox.

1. Boo! A Madea Halloween — $27.6M
2. Jack Reacher: Never Go Back — $23.0M
3. Ouija: Origin of Evil — $14.1M
4. The Accountant — $14.0M
5. The Girl on the Train — $7.3M
6. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children — $6.0M
7. Keeping Up with the Joneses — $5.6M
8. Kevin Hart: What Now? — $4.1M
9. Storks — $4.1M
10. Deepwater Horizon — $3.6M

Donald Glover to Play Young Lando in Han Solo Movie


So Disney and Lucasfilm just dropped some pretty big news as we head into the weekend. Back in May, they announced that Hail, Caesar! star Alden Ehrenreich had landed the lead role in their upcoming Han Solo solo movie. Now we have our second major casting announcement as Donald Glover (Community, Atlanta) will apparently be playing a young Lando Calrissian in the upcoming film. Directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller had this to say about the announcement:

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Roger Corman’s Death Race 2050 Trailer


Paul W.S. Anderson’s 2008 remake of the Roger Corman-produced cult classic Death Race 2000 wasn’t nearly as fun as it probably should have been, but it was apparently successful enough to spawn two direct-to-DVD sequels. Sensing that there was somehow still more money to be made, Roger Corman has now returned to his original film to give us an official sequel: Death Race 2050. Directed by G.J. Echternkamp (Frank and Cindy), this movie finds Manu Bennett (Spartacus: War of the Damned, Arrow) taking on the role of Frankenstein with Malcolm McDowell as the evil Chairman. Unfortunately, although this sounds great in theory, the trailer makes it pretty clear that this is going to look a lot like Corman’s recent Syfy output such as Sharktopus and Dinocroc vs. Supergator. So you know… don’t get too excited. Death Race 2050 hits Digital HD, DVD and Blu-ray on Jan. 17th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: Independence Day Resurgence, Alice Through the Looking Glass, Trilogia de Guillermo Del Toro


A couple of big summer disappointments hit DVD and Blu-ray this week along with an acclaimed HBO mini-series and some decent genre back catalogue stuff to boot. Roland Emmerich’s Independence Day Resurgence and James Bobin’s Alice Through the Looking Glass both bombed in theatres (in the U.S. at least) but will now attempt to salvage themselves on home video. Other movies out this week include Woody Allen’s Cafe Society starring Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart, John Le Carre adaptation Our Kind of Traitor starring Ewan McGregor, and the Danish zombie film What We Become. HBO’s crime drama The Night Of is also hitting stores and on Blu-ray we’ve got Criterion’s Trilogia de Guillermo Del Toro, a new collector’s edition of Child’s Play, Night Hawks starring Sylvester Stallone, and Bride of Re-Animator. What will you be picking up this week? Check out the full list of noteworthy releases after the jump.

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Gore Verbinski’s A Cure for Wellness Trailer


After spending a decade of his career focusing on big blockbusters for Disney and producer Jerry Bruckheimer (with a few smaller detours for The Weather Man and Rango), Gore Verbinski is returning to the horror genre for the first time since his 2002 remake of The Ring. His new movie is called A Cure for Wellness and, despite an awkward title that sounds like a charity event, it looks to be both mysterious and creepy. The movie stars Dane DeHaan as a young executive who is sent to retrieve his company’s CEO at a wellness spa somewhere in the Swiss Alps. After arriving, he soon finds himself trapped and unable to escape as he slowly uncovers some dark secrets. A Cure for Wellness co-stars Mia Goth and Jason Isaacs and it hits theatres on Feb. 17th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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New to Theatres This Weekend: Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, Ouija: Origin of Evil, Boo! A Madea Halloween


We’ve got four new movies in wide release this weekend along with some decent indie options as well, which should get people out to theatres after a couple of relatively quiet weeks. The biggest release is Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, the second entry in the Tom Cruise franchise based on the popular book series by Lee Child, but we’ve also got a couple of Halloween-themed sequels that could give it a run for its money: Ouija: Origin of Evil and Boo! A Madea Halloween. The other major release is the spy comedy Keeping Up with the Joneses, which is not tracking well despite a decent cast that includes Zach Galifianakis, Isla Fisher, Gal Gadot and Jon Hamm. In select theatres, we also have Rob Zombie’s 31, Chan-wook Park’s The Handmaiden and Ti West’s In a Valley of Violence, plus the acclaimed drama Moonlight and Ewan McGregor’s directorial debut American Pastoral. What will you be watching this weekend?

Logan Trailer: Hugh Jackman is Wolverine One Last Time


After a week or two of teaser images, Fox has finally unveiled the first full trailer for Logan, the third (and potentially final) Wolverine solo film. Directed once again by James Mangold (The Wolverine, Walk the Line), the trailer is set to Johnny Cash’s cover of Hurt, which perfectly sets the tone for a movie featuring Hugh Jackman as an older, broken down Wolverine in a future world where mutants are nearly extinct. Patrick Stewart also appears as an older version of Professor X and seems to be Wolverine’s primary companion in the film, along with Sienna Novikov, who plays a young girl believed to be X-23, a female clone of Logan. Richard E. Grant, Boyd Holbrook, Stephen Merchant and Dafne Keen also co-star. Logan hits theatres on March 3rd; check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Willy Wonka Prequel in the Works


Just a couple of months after the death of Gene Wilder, who starred in the 1971 adaptation of Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, we have news that Willy Wonka will be once again be returning to the big screen. This won’t be another remake, however; instead it will be a brand new tale expected to focus on a younger version of the character. The project is being set up at Warner Brothers, who were also responsible for the 2005 version, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, directed by Tim Burton and starring Johnny Depp in the lead role. The hope is that this will potentially set the stage for an new franchise of future films revolving around Willy Wonka and his wacky adventures. Hit the jump for more details.

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Teaser Trailer


The first teaser trailer for Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is here! Although it’s a bit short on action and plot details (as you would expect from a teaser), there is still some intriguing imagery that hints at what is to come. It also brings back a familiar song and that irreverent tone that set it apart from so many other Marvel movies. Unfortunately, there is no hint of Baby Groot here (edit: aside from a stinger at the very end), nor do we get any glimpses of Kurt Russell or Sylvester Stallone, but we do get a strong indication that Nebula (Karen Gillan) and Yondu (Michael Rooker) will have bigger roles this time around. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 hits theatres on May 5th, 2017; check out the first trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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