Channing Tatum Officially Signs On For Gambit

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After having spearheaded the upcoming Gambit movie for years it came as quite a surprise when Channing Tatum last week suddenly wasn’t a lock for the role any longer. However, as expected at the time, Tatum seems to have only entertained the idea of dropping out of the project as a negotiation tactic now that the movie is close to being a sure-fire thing. Over the weekend, the actor has now come to an agreement with 20th Century Fox and officially signed on to star in the X-Men spin-off. Hit the jump to read the full story.

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Ferrell Takes the Field Full Trailer

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The teaser trailer for HBO’s upcoming documentary Ferrell Takes the Field dropped earlier this month and now the full trailer has arrived. The comedic documentary focuses on Will Ferrell cycling through every position for ten different major league baseball teams during spring training this year. Taped March 12, Ferrell was traded around between the Oakland Athletics, Seattle Mariners, Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Cincinnati Reds, Arizona Diamondbacks, San Francisco Giants, Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres in order to honor the former ballplayer Bert “Campy” Campaneris, who played all nine positions in baseball in a match in 1965, as well as to raise money to help in the fight against cancer. Ferrell Takes the Field premieres on HBO on Sept. 12th at 10 pm; hit the jump to check out Ferrell’s buffoonery in the name of charity.

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Jurassic Park 5 Set for Summer 2018, Chris Pratt to Return

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Although Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow isn’t up for another brush with the prehistoric, the same can’t be said for leading man Chris Pratt, who has now been confirmed to be returning for the next chapter in the recently reinvigorated franchise. Along with Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard has also signed on for Jurassic Park 5, which has yet to receive an actual title. While we have in the past been forced to wait at least four years between entries, Universal Pictures is aiming for that not to be the case this time around, as Jurassic Park 5 is planned to hit theaters in 2018. Hit the jump for more info.

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San Andreas Director Reunites with The Rock for Rampage Video Game Adaptation

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A movie adaptation of the classic video game series Rampage has been in the works for almost four years at this point, and after a long period of stagnation it seems like it is now finally about to go somewhere. The Rock himself, Dwayne Johnson recently landed the lead role in the upcoming movie which now also has a director lined up in the form of Brad Peyton. While that name will probably still be unknown to most, he is a logical choice to pair up with Johnson. The two have already seen massive success together with not only this summer’s blockbuster San Andreas but also 2012’s Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, which combined have made more than $795 million in theaters worldwide. Hit the jump for the full story.

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Jurassic World Becomes the Third Highest Grossing Movie of All Time

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It’s no secret that Jurassic World has been a huge success across the globe, but it is now officially the third highest grossing movie of all time. Jurassic World has just managed to take over the number three spot on the list of highest grossing movies in theaters worldwide from The Avengers with a current total of $1,524,640,390. Making it an even more impressive feat is the fact that the movie had to follow up the poorly received Jurassic Park III from 2001, which, despite making a solid chunk of money, is by far the weakest performing entry in the series with just $368,780,809 in theaters worldwide. Hit the jump to continue reading.

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The Sword in the Stone to Get Live-Action Remake at Disney

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The trend of Disney turning their animated movies into big, expensive, live-action blockbusters doesn’t seem to be winding down any time soon. With movies based on Pinocchio, Dumbo, Peter Pan, Aladdin, Mulan, Beauty & the Beast, The Jungle Book, and Winnie The Pooh in the works, Disney seemingly has plenty of adaptations lined up for years to come… but that isn’t stopping them from adding even more to the list. The latest to join the fray is the 1963 animated fantasy film The Sword in the Stone, the 18th animated feature from Disney and the last one to get released before Walt Disney passed away in 1966. Hit the jump to read more about the story and to see a chart of all the spin-offs, sequels and remakes from animated Disney movies.

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Watch the Pitch Video That Got The New Muppets Show Greenlit

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After Muppets Most Wanted failed to make even half as much money at the box office as its predecessor, it looked like the revival of the brand might have been short-lived. The Muppets then went on and landed not only a new series of interstitials on Disney Junior, but also a new primetime show on ABC, their first TV shows since Muppets Tonight went off the air in 1998. Promoting the new primetime series, simply called The Muppets, ABC has now released the original 10 minute long pitch video, which The Big Bang Theory‘s Bill Prady and Anger Management‘s Bob Kushell put together for the network as a vision of what the new show would be like. Other than the regular cast of Muppets such as Kermit and Ms. Piggy, both Topher Grace and Elizabeth Banks also show up in the video. The Muppets will premiere on Tues. September 22nd at 8 pm EST; check out the pitch video after the jump, along with the recent The Muppets Comic-Con panel.

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Pacific Rim 2 Rumored to Start Production Later This Year

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After Warner Brothers decided to turn down a partnership with Legendary Pictures for Pacific Rim 2 due to the middling success of the first movie in the U.S., things looked grim for Guillermo del Toro and Co for a while. Luckily, Universal ended up taking on the project, preparing to have it ready to hit theaters by August 4, 2017 with shooting expected to begin sometime in 2015. We now finally have rumors specifying when the movie will start filming, and it looks like it’ll be this November. Find out more about the rumor (as well as a possible title for the upcoming film) after the jump.

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Benicio Del Toro Could Be the Villain in Star Wars: Episode VIII

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Although the rumor about Jurassic World helmer Colin Trevorrow being announced as Star Wars: Episode IX director never came to fruition at the recently held San Diego Comic-Con, we now have more Star Wars chatter to report, this time concerning Episode VIII. According to The Wrap, multiple anonymous sources familiar with the casting process are telling them that Benicio Del Toro has been offered to play the villain in Episode VIII. Early discussions are said to be under way between him, Disney and Lucasfilm, and they are apparently quite enthusiastic about the possibility of securing Del Toro for the movie. Get the full scoop after the jump.

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Sam Mendes Probably Not Up For More Bond After Spectre

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Before Skyfall director Sam Mendes was confirmed for Spectre, rumors had him returning for not just the 24th James Bond movie but also a 25th entry in the iconic action franchise. At the time, it was believed that he had turned down a proposal to shoot the two movies back-to-back but was still open to the idea of returning for another movie at a later point. It is now unclear if there was ever any truth to that last part, because it seems Mendes is no longer up for a third helping of Bond even if it is offered, according to a new interview with BBC Radio. Here’s what he had to say:

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Vacation Directors Set to Write Spider-Man Reboot

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John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein, the writer / director duo behind the upcoming Vacation quasi-reboot, are in talks to write Marvel and Sony’s latest joint Spider-Man reset. They were also previously on the shortlist of possible directors, though that gig eventually went to Clown and Cop Car helmer Jon Watts. The two scribes were the last major pieces of the puzzle needed to get the movie ready for production so that the friendly neighborhood superhero can swing into North American theaters July 28, 2017. In related news, the casting of Aunt May was also recently announced. Hit the jump for the full story.

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David O. Russell’s Joy Trailer Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro

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For a third time director David O. Russell is teaming up with his Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle stars Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper, this time also bringing Robert De Niro back into the mix. The movie is called Joy (also the name of Lawrence’s main character), and the first trailer has just hit the net packing a strong punch. Telling the real-life rags to riches story of Miracle Mop inventor Joy Mangano, a single mother of three from Long Island who made a dynasty out of her many innovations, Joy aims to hit theaters this holiday. Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think.

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