Nicolas Winding Refn Teams with Bond Writers for Spy Movie

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Nicolas Winding Refn’s upcoming film The Neon Demon is set to be released by Amazon sometime this summer, but in the meantime he’s starting to get the ball rolling on his next project behind the camera. While The Neon Demon is said to be his first foray into the horror genre, he has hinted that his next project may actually be a spy movie. We still don’t know for sure if this is the project he is actively working on (he is also attached to direct a few other things), but it would seem to make sense as he is now supposedly bringing a pair of long-time James Bond screenwriters on board to write the script. Hit the jump to find out what else we know.

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Monday Morning Box Office Report: Kung Fu Panda 3 Crushes, Jane Got a Gun Shoots Blanks

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As expected, the DreamWorks animated film Kung Fu Panda 3 easily topped the box office over the weekend, earning an estimated $41 million. That’s less than both of the previous installments in the series but it was still enough to make it the second largest January opening ever (the first being Ride Along). The other new releases were less fortunate with The Finest Hours debuting in fourth place with $10 million and Fifty Shades of Black in ninth with $6 million. Sadly, the Natalie Portman western Jane Got a Gun completely tanked, earning just $803,000 from 1200 screens. Meanwhile The Revenant and Star Wars: The Force Awakens both continue to do quite well with the latter expected to cross $2 billion worldwide sometime this week.

1. Kung Fu Panda 3 — $41M
2. The Revenant — $12.4M
3. Star Wars: The Force Awakens — $10.78M
4. The Finest Hours — $10.33M
5. Ride Along 2 — $8.35M
6. The Boy — $7.89M
7. Dirty Grandpa — $7.58M
8. The 5th Wave — $7M
9. Fifty Shades of Black — $6.19M
10. 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi — $6M

Cabin Fever Remake Trailer

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14 years after Eli Roth broke into the industry with a little horror film called Cabin Fever, he is now in the unique position of having produced a remake of his own first film. Not unlike Sam Raimi’s The Evil Dead (which Roth’s film borrows heavily from), Cabin Fever is also being updated for a new audience, although in this case they even used the exact same shooting script. Directed by Travis Zariwny (Scavengers), this looks pretty solid… but will it be anything more than a useless exercise in redundancy? Cabin Fever stars Gage Golightly (Teen Wolf), Dustin Ingram (Paranormal Activity 3), Samuel Davis (From Dusk Till Dawn), Matthew Daddario (Delivery Man) and Nadine Crocker (Deadgirl) and it hits select theatres and VOD on Feb. 12th. Check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Kubo and the Two Strings Trailer #2

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Following up on the initial teaser that was released last month, LAIKA has unveiled a gorgeous full trailer for their upcoming stop motion animated movie Kubo and the Two Strings that I am assuming will be attached to Kung Fu Panda 3 this weekend. It looks like another solid entry in their unique filmography that also includes Coraline, ParaNorman and The Boxtrolls. The story revolves around a young man trying to uncover the mystery of his fallen samurai father with the help of his magical shamisen, a monkey and a giant beetle. The subtle rendition of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” is a nice touch. Kubo and the Two Strings features the voices of Charlize Theron, Ralph Fiennes, Rooney Mara, George Takei and Matthew McConaughey and it hits theatres on Aug. 19th; check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Kathryn Bigelow’s Next Movie to Focus on 1967 Detroit Riots

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We’ve been waiting a couple of years now to see what Kathryn Bigelow’s follow-up to Zero Dark Thirty might be, and although she has popped up on director wishlists for a couple of big tentpole action movies (Wonder Woman and Tomb Raider), I think we all knew that was unlikely. All signs pointed toward another collaboration with screenwriter Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker), who had been developing a script based around the story of Bowe Bergdahl, the U.S. Army sergeant who was held captive by the Taliban for five years after leaving his post in Afghanistan. Much of that story is currently being revealed on the second season of Serial, but for the time being, it looks as though Bigelow and Boal will turn their attention to another matter. They are now in the process of setting up a new movie that takes place during the Detroit race riots that took place over five days in the summer of 1967. Hit the jump for more details.

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New to Theatres This Weekend: Kung Fu Panda 3, The Finest Hours, Fifty Shades of Black

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January might seem like a strange time to release the next Kung Fu Panda movie but DreamWorks still has high hopes for the third installment in the animated series, which seems to be getting solid reviews and is expected to be the first 2016 movie to open north of $50 million. Also in wide release this weekend we have the coast guard rescue film The Finest Hours starring Chris Pine and Casey Affleck along with Marlon Wayans’ latest spoof, Fifty Shades of Black. Lastly, the Natalie Portman western Jane Got a Gun is finally arriving on approximately 1200 screens after a long and troubled production but remains a completely unknown quantity since it did not screen for critics. What will you be watching this weekend?

New Celebrity Apprentice Line-Up Announced

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There are some big changes in store for the new season of NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice and I’m not just talking about the fact that Arnold Schwarzenegger is taking over for Donald Trump in the boardroom. This week NBC has unveiled some new details including the full list of advisors and competitors taking part in the new season of the show. For the first time, Celebrity Apprentice is moving away from Trump’s home base of New York City and instead will be set in L.A.’s Silicon Beach, where major tech companies like Google and Yahoo have set up shop. No doubt this will make it a little easier to land celebrities as well. Speaking of which, the full cast for the new season is as follows:

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Nine Lives Trailer: Kevin Spacey is a Cat

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It might look like the latest College Humor viral video sensation, but alas it is not… this is actually the new Barry Sonnenfeld movie. Nine Lives stars Kevin Spacey as Tom Brand, a hot shot billionaire who has made it to the top at the expense of becoming disconnected from his family. He gets a chance to fix that, however, when a strange accident finds him inhabiting the body of Mr. Fuzzypants… a tomcat intended to be his 11-year-old daughter’s birthday gift. Christopher Walken, Jennifer Garner, Robbie Amell and Cheryl Hines also co-star and believe me, this one has drive-in double feature written all over it! Nine Lives hits theatres on Aug. 5th; check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Poll Results: Most Anticipated Movie of 2016

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Well, another year, another Star Wars movie at the top of our most anticipated movie poll… something tells me this trend will continue for the foreseeable future. Although the hype is not quite as pronounced as it was with The Force Awakens, Rogue One still won with a commanding 20% of the votes. Second place was a bit more surprising as the upcoming period horror film The Witch beat out plenty of big blockbusters, as did The Coen Brothers’ Hail Caesar, which came in third. Interestingly, Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad tied for fourth place with 7% of the votes each. Despite the split vote, they both still managed to edge out Captain America: Civil War… perhaps this will be DC’s year after all? Way down at the bottom of the list we had The Conjuring 2, Gambit and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, which kind of makes sense, but who knew Star Trek Beyond would be near the bottom as well? Do you agree with these results?

1. Star Wars: Rogue One — 20%
2. The Witch — 10%
3. Hail Caesar — 8%
4. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice — 7%
4. Suicide Squad — 7%
6. Captain America: Civil War — 5%
7. Deadpool — 4%
8. Silence — 4%
8. Bourne 5 — 4%
10. X-Men: Apocalypse — 4%
10. Knight of Cups — 4%
12. The Nice Guys — 3%
13. Ghostbusters — 3%
13. Midnight Special — 3%
15. The Neon Demon — 3%
16. Independence Day Resurgence — 2%
17. 10 Cloverfield Lane — 2%
18. Doctor Strange — 2%
18. High Rise — 2%
20. Assassin’s Creed — 1%
21. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them — 1%
21. Green Room — 1%
21. Finding Dory — 1%
21. Star Trek Beyond — 1%
25. Zoolander 2 — 1%
26. Keanu — 0%
26. Warcraft — 0%
28. The Conjuring 2 — 0%
28. Gambit — 0%
28. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows — 0%

Jared Hess to Direct Nickelodeon Animated Crossover Movie Featuring Ren and Stimpy, Rugrats and More

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Are you ready to enter the Nickelodeon Cinematic Universe? In a surprising announcement this week, Paramount Pictures has revealed that they will be delving into the vast archives of ’90s Nickelodeon TV shows in order to create one gigantic all-star animated movie. The nostalgia-fueled crossover film is expected to include characters from such beloved shows as Rugrats, Ren & Stimpy, Rocko’s Modern Life, Hey Arnold!, Aaahh! Real Monsters and The Angry Beavers. What’s more, the director bringing this unique project to life will be none other than Napoleon Dynamite creator Jared Hess. Hit the jump to find out what else we know.

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Joseph Fiennes to Play Michael Jackson in Elizabeth, Michael & Marlon

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As Hollywood continues to grapple with its diversity problem in a major way, this week we have an unfortunate news story that would seem to be adding insult to injury. Sky Arts is developing a half-hour TV movie that revolves around a bizarre road trip that was said to have been undertaken by Michael Jackson, Elizabeth Taylor and Marlon Brando on 9/11. According to a story reported in Vanity Fair back in 2011, the three friends were in New York City following two concerts that Jackson had put on at Madison Square Garden and when the planes hit the twin towers, they decided to rent a car and “get outta dodge”… so to speak. While I can see how this would make for a quirky little dramedy, here’s the problem: Michael Jackson is being played by a white actor. As you can probably guess, it’s not going over well.

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: Goosebumps, Chi-Raq, The Assassin

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It’s a pretty slow week for new DVD and Blu-ray releases with just one major title arriving on store shelves. That one major title happens to be the family-friendly horror-comedy Goosebumps starring Jack Black, but looking beyond that we also have a few critically acclaimed films from revered directors including Spike Lee’s Chi-Raq, Hou Hsiao-hsien’s The Assassin and Fran├žois Ozon’s The New Girlfriend. Meanwhile, on the small screen, we have the sixth and final season of Downton Abbey and on Blu-ray we’ve got Alfred Hitchcock’s The Wrong Man plus the 3-D 1981 spaghetti western Comin’ At Ya!. What will you be picking up this week? Check out the full list of new releases after the jump.

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