Star Trek 4 in Jeopardy: Chris Pine and Chris Hemsworth Talks Fall Through

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The future of Star Trek on the big screen is in question this month after cast negotiations for the next installment reportedly hit a major stumbling block. As previously reported, the currently untitled sequel to Star Trek Beyond was aiming to have Chris Hemsworth reprise his role as George Kirk, Captain James T. Kirk’s father, so that the two could team up in a time travelling adventure. Unfortunately, we are hearing that both Chris Hemsworth and Chris Pine have walked away from the project after the various parties involved could not come to an agreement. Is J.J. Abrams’ rebooted movie series destined to remain a trilogy for good?

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Slaughterhouse Rulez Trailer Starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost

It’s nice to see Simon Pegg and Nick Frost continuing to work together even when Edgar Wright is not involved and now they have started their own production company to ensure that it happens more often. The first release from Stolen Picture will hit theatres this October in the U.K. and it is a horror-comedy called Slaughterhouse Rulez. Written and directed by Crispian Mills (A Fantastic Fear of Everything), it revolves around a group of students and teachers from a British boarding school who are forced to fight a demon unleashed by a nearby fracking site. Michael Sheen, Asa Butterfield, Finn Cole and Hermione Corfield also co-star. Slaughterhouse Rulez hits theatres in the U.K. on Oct. 31st but it is still unclear if and when it might come to North America. Check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Monday Morning Box Office Report: The Meg Proves Bigger Than Expected

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Going into the weekend there was a feeling that The Meg might be a decent late summer entry for Warner Brothers and that it had a shot at dethroning Mission: Impossible – Fallout. It turns out the giant shark thriller completely blew M:I out of the water with a massive $44.5 million debut ($141 million worldwide). That is way beyond expectations and quite a bit more than The Shallows and 47 Meters Down made in previous years, although obviously it had a higher budget and bigger cast. It is also the biggest opening of Jason Statham’s career not counting the Fast & Furious movies. Elsewhere Mission: Impossible – Fallout fell to second with $20 million followed by Christopher Robin in third. Slender Man opened in fourth with an unremarkable $11.3 million while Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman rounded out the top 5 with $10.8 million, making it one of his biggest hits in quite some time.

1. The Meg — $44.5M
2. Mission: Impossible – Fallout — $20M
3. Christopher Robin — $12.4M
4. Slender Man — $11.3M
5. BlacKkKlansman — $10.8M
6. The Spy Who Dumped Me — $6.6M
7. Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again — $5.8M
8. The Equalizer 2 — $5.5M
9. Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation — $5.1M
10. Ant-Man and the Wasp — $4M

47 Meters Down: The Next Chapter Teaser Trailer

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Just in time to capitalize on the release of The Meg, Entertainment Studios has released the first teaser trailer for the upcoming sequel to their own shark thriller, 2017’s surprise hit 47 Meters Down. The original was rescued from a direct to DVD release at the last minute but this appears to be a full-fledged theatrical release from the get to with Johannes Roberts (The Other Side of the Door) returning to direct. The movie apparently revolves around deep sea cave diving and has been described as “The Descent underwater”, unfortunately you won’t see any of that in the teaser which features a lot of text and some quick shots of shark attacks that may or may not be in the movie. 47 Meters Down: The Next Chapter hits theatres on June 28th, 2019; check out the teaser after the jump and see what you think.

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New to Theatres This Weekend: The Meg, BlacKkKlansman, Slender Man

Tom Cruise goes up against Jason Statham and a giant shark this weekend as Mission: Impossible – Fallout enters its third week hoping to survive an encounter with The Meg. Both movies are expected to be in the mid-$20 million range, but everyone knows you should never underestimate a shark movie in the summer! Other new movies in wide release include Spike Lee’s well-received BlacKkKlansman starring John David Washington and Adam Driver, the canine comedy Dog Days, and the previously delayed Slender Man horror movie, which once seemed like easy money but is now barely on track to crack $10 million. In select theatres we also have the Thai prison kickboxing drama A Prayer Before Dawn (which is already available on DirecTV) and the acclaimed Sundance hit Madeline’s Madeline. What will you be watching this weekend?

Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 11/9 Trailer

The Toronto International Film Festival announced their 2018 line-up for several programs today including Midnight Madness and TIFF Docs and among the list of high-profile premieres is Michael Moore’s anti-Trump documentary Fahrenheit 11/9. It’s not a huge surprise given that Toronto has always been friendly to Moore and his last few films have also played at the festival. To coincide with the announcement, the first trailer has arrived online and it looks like he is mostly up to his old tricks. Although the movie seems destined to simply preach to the choir, we can at least hope it is a little more compelling than his one-man show Michael Moore in TrumpLand. Fahrenheit 11/9 hits theatres on Sept. 21st; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms Trailer

At this point Disney’s live-action fairytales are bordering self-parody with their latest entry taking the holiday classic The Nutcracker and turning it into another slightly twisted fantasyscape a la Alice in Wonderland. Tim Burton didn’t direct it (he’s busy working on Dumbo), which might explain why it feels like a second rate knockoff. Instead Lasse Hallström (A Dog’s Purpose) and Joe Johnston (Captain America: The First Avenger) share directorial credit after Johnston was brought in for extensive reshoots earlier this year. Mackenzie Foy plays Clara, a young girl who gets transported to a parallel world in the midst of a war between gingerbread soldiers and an army of mice. With a star-studded supporting cast that includes Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren, Jayden Fowora-Knight, Eugenio Derbez and Keira Knightley, this is really just filling a gap for Disney until Mary Poppins Returns arrives in December. The Nutcracker and the Four Realms hits theatres on Nov. 2nd; check out the new trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Oscars to Introduce New Award for Popular Film

After taking criticism year after year for being both irrelevant and esoteric, this week The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences unveiled some major changes to the Oscars in an attempt to reconnect with the general public. The biggest of these changes is the addition of a new category for “outstanding achievement in popular film.” Clearly they want to give mainstream moviegoers something to root for, although this was the same reason that they expanded the Best Picture category from five to ten nominees back in 2009. Obviously that did not have the desired effect with last year’s nominees being the lowest grossing group in six years. But what constitutes a popular film? The rules are unclear although it seems likely to be based on box office numbers. Hit the jump for more info on the Oscar shake-up.

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Showtime’s Kidding Trailer: Jim Carrey Reteams with Michel Gondry

We’ve heard in the past that there may have been a strained working relationship between Jim Carrey and Michel Gondry on Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (for example, in Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond, Carrey claimed that Gondry was pleased that he was emotionally “broken” in real life because it would be good for the movie). The two have not worked together since then, but now they are reuniting for a Showtime original series called Kidding and it seems like it could be the most interesting thing either has done in quite a while. Created by Dave Holstein (Weeds, The Brink), the series stars Carrey as the host of a children’s TV show called Mr. Pickles who starts to lose his grip on reality when his family life disintegrates. Catherine Keener, Frank Langella and Judy Greer co-star and it looks like Gondry directed all 10 episodes himself. Kidding premieres on Showtime on September 9th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Supergirl Movie in the Works at Warner Brothers

It’s pretty clear that the DC Universe is still going through a bit of an identity crisis at Warner Brothers right now as the studio attempts to refocus after the failure of Justice League. There have been so many new movies put into development over the past year or two, the majority of them having no direct connection to the superhero team that Zack Snyder had worked so hard to assemble. This week they are adding another movie to the list which may or may not have direct ties to that series. Superman’s cousin Supergirl is reportedly about to get her own feature film even as the cinematic future of The Man of Steel himself remains uncertain. Hit the jump for more info.

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Lizzie Trailer Starring Chloë Sevigny and Kristen Stewart

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Chloë Sevigny has been trying to get a Lizzie Borden biopic off the ground since 2010, but after morphing from TV mini-series to big screen feature, her passion project finally premiered at Sundance back in January and now Saban Films and Roadside Attractions are bringing it to theatres next month. Lizzie stars Sevigny in the lead role as the notorious woman accused of killing her father and stepmother with an axe in 1892 Fall River, Massachusetts, while Kristen Stewart plays the family’s housemaid Bridget Sullivan with whom she had a relationship. Directed by Craig William Macneill (The Boy), the movie brings a feminist perspective to the true story although it is said to be a little more subtle and restrained than one might expect. Lizzie hits select theatres on Sept. 14th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Patrick Stewart Confirms Return to Star Trek with New TV Series

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We first heard rumours a couple of months ago that there were multiple new Star Trek TV shows in development at CBS including one that would potentially bring back Patrick Stewart as Captain Jean-Luc Picard from Star Trek: The Next Generation. At the time, it was unclear just how far along the negotiations were and, let’s be honest, it seemed like it might actually be too good to be true. But this weekend, Stewart made a surprise appearance at the Official Star Trek Convention in Las Vegas where he confirmed that he had signed on for the show and that it is expected to debut in fall 2019. Here is Stewart’s full statement as it appeared on Instagram:

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