With spies continuing to be a relatively bankable subject in Hollywood these days, we’ve got yet another successful literary spy about to make the jump to the big screen. Mitch Rapp is the star of a series of best-selling books by Vince Flynn, a fictional CIA agent seemingly cut from the same cloth as characters like Jason Bourne, Jack Ryan and Jack Bauer. CBS Films is adapting the 11th book in the series, a prequel of sorts that explains how Rapp joined the CIA (no unlike the recent Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit). The Maze Runner star Dylan O’Brien is playing the young Rapp and they are obviously hoping he can grow with the franchise… that is, assuming it is successful enough to spawn a few sequels. American Assassin is directed by Michael Cuesta (Kill the Messenger, Homeland) and co-stars Michael Keaton, Sanaa Lathan and Taylor Kitsch. The movie hits theatres on Sept. 15th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.
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As the first wave of reviews arrive online to deliver high praise for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, writer-director James Gunn has announced that he will be returning in the near future to complete a third Guardians of the Galaxy movie. It might not seem like the most surprising news, but up until now everything in the Marvel Cinematic Universe beyond The Avengers: Infinity War has remained largely unknown. This will make him the second director (okay, technically, the third) to helm three movies for Marvel after Anthony and Joe Russo, although he will be the first to complete a trilogy. Here’s what he had to say about it:
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The Fate of the Furious was right on target over the weekend as it managed to become the second movie of the year to open above $100 million but only just barely. The movie raced to an estimated $100.2 million at the domestic box office, which is the second best start for the franchise but still a staggering $47 million off from Furious 7. That being said, the movie did set a new box office record internationally, pulling in $432.3 million outside the U.S. which puts it ahead of its predecessor from an overall perspective. Elsewhere, The Boss Baby and Beauty and the Beast fell to second and third place respectively, while Smurfs: The Lost Village and Going in Style rounded out the top 5. The Fate of the Furious should easily continue to dominate for the rest of the month.
1. The Fate of the Furious — $100.2M
2. The Boss Baby — $15.5M
3. Beauty and the Beast — $13.6M
4. Smurfs: The Lost Village — $6.5M
5. Going in Style — $6.4M
6. Gifted — $3M
7. Get Out — $2.9M
8. Power Rangers — $2.9M
9. The Case for Christ — $2.7M
10. Kong: Skull Island — $2.7M
Straight from the panel at Star Wars Celebration in Orlando, here is the first teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi (aka Star Wars: Episode VIII). Much like the initial trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, it is mainly a collection of brief images fading in and out set to some voiceover narration. In this case, it seems like they’ve given us even less to go on, although there is that intriguing line from Mark Hamill: “It’s time for the Jedi to end.” Star Wars: The Last Jedi is directed by Rian Johnson and hits theatres on Dec. 15th, 2017; check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.
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Despite the initial outcry from fans, TriStar Pictures and The Jim Henson Co. are continuing to move forward with a proposed Labyrinth sequel / reboot project that was announced last year just following the death of David Bowie. At the time, screenwriter Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy) promised fans that it would not be a remake and that it would be “handled with love and respect.” Now this week brings news that the studio has settled on a director, although surprisingly it is a filmmaker known for R-rated horror flicks as opposed to PG fantasy films: Don’t Breathe / Evil Dead director Fede Alvarez. Here’s what he had to say about the announcement:
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The Fast and the Furious franchise just keeps on truckin’ this weekend as the eighth installment, The Fate of the Furious, hits theatres a few weeks before the official start of the summer movie season. Although reviews have been all over the place, it should still easily become the second movie this year to open over $100 million following Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. As often happens with movies of this magnitude, there are no competing titles opening in wide release, although the animated movie Spark: A Space Tail is opening on over 300 screens. In select theatres, we also have James Gray’s adventure drama The Lost City of Z, Terence Davies’ Emily Dickinson biopic A Quiet Passion and Norman starring Richard Gere. What will you be watching this weekend?
Although Ryan Reynolds has turned in a few decent dramatic performances over the years, the success of Deadpool seems to prove that audiences prefer to see him in comedies (especially R-rated ones). He is embracing that fact with another R-rated action comedy this summer that finds him teaming up with Samuel L. Jackson, a potentially inspired pairing for a buddy comedy. Reynolds plays a protection agent who is tasked with safeguarding a notorious hitman (Jackson) for 24 hours so that he can testify in court. Needless to say, he is not interested in co-operating. Directed by Patrick Hughes (The Expendables 3), The Hitman’s Bodyguard also co-stars Gary Oldman, Salma Hayek and Elodie Yung. The movie hits theatres on Aug. 18th; check out the red band trailer after the jump and see what you think.
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After months of speculation and fan petitioning, Fox has finally settled on an actor to play Cable in the upcoming Deadpool sequel. In this case, they appear to have gone off the grid by choosing someone who was not rumoured to be in the running in the first place: Josh Brolin. Although Brolin has played his fair share of grizzled anti-heroes over the years, he still seems like a surprising choice, perhaps because he is known more for his dramatic work in movies like No Country for Old Men, Milk and Sicario. Hit the jump for the full scoop.
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The debate continues to rage on (around here anyway) over whether or not Frank Darabont’s version of The Mist has a twist ending, but in the meantime we’ve got another adaptation of Stephen King’s novella that may serve to confuse the matter even further. This time it is being turned into a 10-episode TV series and showrunner Christian Torpe (Rita) promises a different ending and a partial re-imagining of King’s source material. The show stars Morgan Spector, Alyssa Sutherland, Isiah Washington, Jr. and Frances Conroy and it will apparently expand the number of characters and locations although it still takes place in a small town in Maine. The Mist premieres on Spike on Thurs. June 22 at 10 pm; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.
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After a long period of radio silence, this week we finally have our first look at Kathryn Bigelow’s highly anticipated next film, Detroit, which will hit theatres this August. The movie revolves around the 1967 Detroit riots, a subject that is seemingly more relevant now than ever, and brings the same gritty sense of realism that she established with her last two films, The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty. It is another collaboration with screenwriter and journalist Mark Boal and it features a cast that includes John Boyega, Will Poulter, Jason Mitchell, Jack Reynor, John Krasinski and Anthony Mackie. Detroit hits theatres on Aug. 4th; check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.
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14:50 – Review: T2 Trainspotting
45:45 – Review: The Void
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Here’s a new trailer for David Leitch’s upcoming action thriller Atomic Blonde, which is no doubt being released this week so that it can play in theatres with The Fate of the Furious this weekend. Charlize Theron is taking on another tough girl role as Lorraine Broughton, an MI-6 agent sent to investigate the murder of a fellow spy and to recover a list of double agents that may have fallen into enemy hands. The movie does appear to maintain the period setting of the source graphic novel (which takes place in 1989 Berlin just prior to the fall of the Berlin Wall), although aside from the New Order and Depeche Mode songs, it’s definitely working pretty hard to feel like anything but a period piece. It does have the potential to be a late summer hit, however, and it doesn’t hurt that August is looking pretty empty right now. Atomic Blonde co-stars James McAvoy, John Goodman, Sofia Boutella and Toby Jones and it hits theatres on July 28th. Check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.
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