Box Office: NIGHTCRAWLER, SAW duke it out over Halloween!

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For the first time since 2008, Halloween falls on a Friday this year. As a result, Hollywood has programmed a light slate this weekend—the big six studios are entirely avoiding the date, while Lionsgate is re-releasing the original SAW.

Therefore, Open Road Films will likely win the weekend with NIGHTCRAWLER, which seems poised to wind up ahead of holdovers like OUIJA, JOHN WICK and FURY.

Here are the predictions from Box Office Mojo:

Forecast (October 31—November 2)
1. Nightcrawler – $15 million
2. John Wick – $8.2 million
3. Fury – $8 million
4. Ouija – $7.7 million
5. Gone Girl – $7 million
-. Saw 10th Anniversary – $5.2 million
-. Before I Go to Sleep – $3.5 million

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First image from PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES!

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Who’s ready to see Elizabeth (Lily James), Lydia (Ellie Bamber), Mary (Millie Brady), Jane (Bella Heathcote), and Kitty Bennet (Suki Waterhouse) take on some “unmentionables?” Burr Steers’ book to film adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith’s PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES is currently in production and EW’s got our very first look at the sisters wielding swords and daggers.

This big screen rendition of Grahame-Smith’s book has been kicking around for a while and at one point, David O. Russell penned a script and made plans to direct as well. However, that never panned out and Steers took over instead, rewriting Russell’s script while making “realism” a top priority. Here’s what he told EW:

“The first thing I did was reinsert all the Pride and Prejudice beats.”

Steers also gave the roles of Mr. Darcy (Sam Riley) and Mr. Wickham (Jack Huston) a boost, but it’s the Bennet sisters who’ll be front and center. Here’s what James had to say about portraying Elizabeth Bennet, the second eldest who’s deeply dedicated to her family and her training in the “dark arts:”

“Even in the original story, Elizabeth’s a fighter and beyond her contemporaries in her ambitions and her ideas of women. She’s a badass warrior. She’s a ninja.”

The film is expected to hit theaters next year and also stars Lena Headey, Charles Dance, Matt Smith, Douglas Booth, Jack Huston and Sam Riley.

Michael Bay in talks to direct Benghazi drama 13 HOURS

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Well this… this is something. If PAIN AND GAIN was one for him, and TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION was one for them, then Michael Bay‘s potential new Benghazi movie 13 HOURS is definitely payback for putting in the hours with those giant robots. Given that Benghazi is an extremely touchy political issue it will be interesting to see where Bay, whose instincts for crowd pleasing are often spot on, falls along the spectrum of public opinion.

I actually think Bay is a smart guy who knows what he’s doing (and I think he does TRANSFORMERS movies, at least in part, in order to gain the power to do stuff he’s more passionate about) so I’m actually looking forward to seeing what he’s thinking with this one. 13 HOURS will be based on the Mitchell Zuckoff book of the same name and will be adapted for the screen by ‘The Strain’ writer Chuck Hogan.

According to THR, the focus is on six members of a security team that valiantly fought to defend the many Americans stationed there. They only partially succeeded: Stevens and a foreign service worker were killed in one attack, and two contract workers were killed during a second assault on a CIA station nearby.

Many liked PAIN AND GAIN, but that had a comic bent to it that played to Bay’s obsession with the Coen Brothers. It will be interesting to see how he adapts to territory more in the vein of Paul Greengrass or Kathryn Bigelow. The budget is said to be in the $30-40 Million range. Can Bay handle this more serious material? I wouldn’t be surprised if he pulled it off, but there are going to be some pissed off people either way. That’s for sure.

First look at TERMINATOR: GENISYS on the cover of EW!

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The TERMINATOR franchise has now been going for thirty years, and it’s going to need a reboot of sorts if it plans to stay alive. But as the cover of EW proclaims, TERMINATOR: GENISYS (spelling is for nerds) is trying to “save a billion-dollar franchise.” And how do you go about that?

We know that TERMINATOR: GENISYS isn’t going to be a sequel or a reboot, and according to Courtney, it’s a “reset” for the franchise. The movie takes place in 2029, but also has Kyle Reese (Courtney) going to 1984. EW [via The Playlist] provides a few new details about the film:

Sarah Connor isn’t the innocent she was when Linda Hamilton first sported feathered hair and acid-washed jeans in the role. Nor is she Hamilton’s steely zero body-fat warrior in 1991’s T2. Rather, the mother of humanity’s messiah was orphaned by a Terminator at age 9. Since then, she’s been raised by (brace yourself) Schwarzenegger’s Terminator—an older T-800 she calls “Pops”—who is programmed to guard rather than to kill. As a result, Sarah is a highly trained antisocial recluse who’s great with a sniper rifle but not so skilled at the nuances of human emotion. I like the idea of a “Pops” Terminator, which calls to mind the Big Daddy from BioShock—an unstoppable killing machine working to protect its ward.

Producer David Ellison adds:

Since she was 9 years old, she has been told everything that was supposed to happen. But Sarah fundamentally rejects that destiny. She says, ‘That’s not what I want to do.’ It’s her decision that drives the story in a very different direction.

We still don’t know where an adult John Connor (Jason Clarke) factors in, and according to the EW cover, Matt Smith is playing “????”, but judging by his outfit, it looks like he’s planning a fellow soldier. Also, I love that there’s a Terminator totally photo-bombing their cover.

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TERMINATOR: GENISYS opens July 1, 2015 and stars Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney, Jason Clarke, Matt Smith, J.K. Simmons, Dayo Okeniyi and Byung Hun Lee.

Final intense trailer for THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY PART 1!

Lionsgate has released the final THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY PART trailer for the upcoming event film. Directed by CATCHING FIRE helmer Francis Lawrence, the film finds Panem’s Capitol fighting an all-out revolution, as Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss prepares for battle in District 13 following the destruction of her home, District 12. The scope of this thing looks absolutely massive, and while it should be fun to see what Francis Lawrence does with a larger canvas, I do hope that the film maintains the strong character-centric focus that made CATCHING FIRE so satisfying. Catastrophe and “trailer shots” are neat, but we see countless quantities of them year-round; what the HUNGER GAMES franchise excels at is showcasing Jennifer Lawrence’s powerful lead performance and the camaraderie that surrounds her. Fingers crossed that continues with MOCKINGJAY.

The film also stars Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Elizabeth Banks, Sam Claflin, Jena Malone, and Donald Sutherland. THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY PART 1 opens on November 21st.

Marvel Studios announces their Phase 3 film lineup!

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It’s been just two weeks since Warner Bros. unveiled its DC Movie lineup, but Marvel is already stealing back the spotlight with an enormous slate of its own. Here’s the overview:

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CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR will hit theaters on May 6, 2016.

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DOCTOR STRANGE will arrive on November 4, 2016.


GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 2 is due on May 5, 2017.

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THOR: RAGNAROK hits theaters on July 28, 2017.

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BLACK PANTHER arrives on November 3, 2017 starring Chadwick Boseman.

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AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR PART I arrives on May 4, 2018

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CAPTAIN MARVEL will be released on July 6, 2018.

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INHUMANS is coming on November 2, 2018.

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AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR PART II on May 3, 2019.

Kevin Feige confirms new AVENGERS team after AGE OF ULTRON!

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With so many Marvel heroes in play and contracts in flux, there’s been rumblings of possible alterations to the Avengers lineup and Kevin Feige just confirmed it. During an on-set interview, Feige came right out and said that the Avengers roster will be different by the end of AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON.

It’s already been reported that the events of AGE OF ULTRON will have a huge impact on CAPTAIN AMERICA 3, so it seems likely that this new roster Feige is referring to could be the team Captain America is supposedly taking into his new film. If that is the case and the lineup rumors are true, that group could consist of Falcon (Anthony Mackie), War Machine (Don Cheadle), Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson), Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and possibly The Vision (Paul Bettany).

Here’s what Feige told BuzzFeed:

“It’s like as it was in publishing, when each of the characters would go on their own adventures and then occasionally team up for a big, 12-issue mega-event. Then they would go back into their own comics, and be changed from whatever that event was. I envision the same thing occurring after this movie, because the [Avengers] roster is altered by the finale of this film.”

With the “Civil War” storyline coming up, this seemed inevitable. Steve Rogers and Tony Stark don’t see eye to eye when it comes to the Superhuman Registration Act, so there’s your rift right there. BuzzFeed even goes on to point out that the lineup change could weigh heavily on Cap. Here’s what Evans told the outlet about his character:

“He’s still looking for a home, probably a metaphorical home. He’s always felt comfortable as a soldier. And he likes structure. He works well taking orders. But when that dynamic turned on him, he’s now left to depend upon his team, the Avengers. There really is no one above them telling them what to do. They’re kind of having to operate independently. So there’s a lot of leaning on one another, but there really isn’t a kind of clear chain of command. And I think Cap looks for that. I think he’s looking to understand where he belongs, not just as a soldier, as Captain America, but as Steve Rogers, as a person.”

We can’t be sure who will remain an Avenger post-AGE OF ULTRON and who will “go on their own adventure” for a while, but based on the rumored AVENGERS 2.5 approach to CAPTAIN AMERICA 3, the “Civil War” storyline and where Cap’s head is at right now, it does seem as though Cap will be the one to hold tight to the team, for now at least.