New BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE teaser is a Knightmare, full trailer drops Wednesday!

Hot on the heels of Marvel’s CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR trailer debut, Warner Bros. has unveiled a new look at director Zack Snyder’s highly anticipated BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE by way of the film’s first sneak-peek TV spot, which aired during tonight’s episode of the Batman prequel series Gotham. The film picks up after the events of MAN OF STEEL, as Henry Cavill’s Superman finds himself dealing with the repercussions of his collateral damage-heavy fight with General Zod and a world on edge. Ben Affleck’s Batman, meanwhile, comes out of the shadows to defend his city against this alien presence.

In the trailer below, we see that The Man of Steel has caught the Bat. In lieu of a lengthy trailer, Warner Bros. decided to include an extended clip from the film featuring Ben Affleck’s Batman hanging by his wrists. Those soldiers dressed in black — the same ones we saw in the Comic-Con trailer sporting Superman’s insignia — stand watch as the visibly angered Kryptonian superhero sticks his landing and rips off Batman’s mask.

This sneak peek essentially confirms what the somewhat out-of-character moments of the second trailer suggested: it’s Batman’s nightmare (or Knightmare for the geeks). A dictatorial Superman ruling over the world would be a worst-case scenario for the Cased Crusader and would further explain his motive to take the Kryptonian down. The film won’t be released until next year, so perhaps the WB is holding all their bigger cards close to the vest for then. I’m sure we’ll see more when the rest of the trailer drops Wednesday night on Kimmel.

The film also stars Gal Gadot, Jeremy Irons, Diane Lane, Holly Hunter, Scoot McNairy, and Laurence Fishburne. BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE opens in theaters on March 25, 2016.

Christopher McQuarrie confirmed to direct MISSION IMPOSSIBLE 6!

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The sixth MISSION IMPOSSIBLE film will mark a first in the franchise’s near 20-year history. We learned recently that Christopher McQuarrie, who co-wrote and directed the fantastic MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: ROGUE NATION, was in talks to reprise his writing and directing duties on the series’ sixth entry. Now McQuarrie has taken to Twitter to seemingly confirm the news in the same way he revealed he was directing MISSION IMPOSSIBLE 5.

This is the first time the MISSION IMPOSSIBLE franchise will be repeating directors, as producer/star Tom Cruise was keen on changing things up behind the camera for each installment, allowing every filmmaker to make the sequel his own. That resulted in the diverse installments we’ve seen thus far, but Cruise has a special relationship with McQuarrie—since VALKYRIE, he’s brought McQuarrie on to do script work on most of his films—and so if any MISSION IMPOSSIBLE director were to repeat, it’d be McQuarrie.

The JACK REACHER filmmaker was up front on the ROGUE NATION press tour about the fact that he already had plenty of discarded ideas from ROGUE NATION that could be used in MISSION IMPOSSIBLE 6, so I’m incredibly curious to see how the duo aim to continue the franchise while keeping it fresh. Each installment thus far has felt wildly different from its predecessor, so McQuarrie faces a tough challenge in trying to not only top what he did in Rogue Nation, but also do something entirely different.

Cruise and McQuarrie are separately cooking up an EDGE OF TOMORROW sequel with Emily Blunt and director Doug Liman, but that’s still in the nascent stages of development. Cruise may or may not be starring in Universal’s THE MUMMY reboot, which starts filming early next year, but production for MISSION IMPOSSIBLE 6 is scheduled to get underway around next August—an uncharacteristically tight turn around for the series.

As a big fan of Cruise and McQuarrie, I’m psyched by this news. Here’s hoping Rebecca Ferguson—the standout of ROGUE NATION and an actress on the cusp of superstardom—returns for the next installment as well. And Simon Pegg’s chemistry with Cruise has become a highlight of the franchise thus far, so I can’t imagine a MISSION IMPOSSIBLE sequel without him.

Box Office: HUNGER GAMES finale feasts on Thanksgiving weekend, GOOD DINOSAUR & CREED perform!

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THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY PART 2 turned out to be the clear winner at the Thanksgiving box office, earning an estimated $56.1 million this weekend and $75.7 million for the five-day holiday frame. With a new domestic total of $198.3 million, the film is still 12% behind where MOCKINGJAY PART 1 stood at this time last year, but at least the final HUNGER GAMES feature avoided the ignominy of falling to second in its sophomore frame. All previous HUNGER GAMES films have spent at least two consecutive weekends on top of the box office, with 2012’s THE HUNGER GAMES dominating for four.

After last weekend’s opening came in well below expectations, there was good reason to believe that MOCKINGJAY 2 could be beat by Thanksgiving’s most prominent new release, THE GOOD DINOSAUR. But PART 2 is looking neither frontloaded nor played out as a franchise. The film was down just 49.7% from last weekend: a better sophomore hold than any previous HUNGER GAMES feature. Mockingjay 2 also saw stronger weekday numbers than expected, which is helping close the gap between it and its direct predecessor.

Meanwhile, THE GOOD DINOSAUR had to settle for second place. The sixteenth Pixar feature earned an estimated $39.19 this weekend, or a total of $55.5 million since opening on Wednesday. This marks just the second time that a Pixar movie in wide release has not topped the box office. You may recall that this summer’s INSIDE OUT also failed to dominate on its opening weekend, though it rebounded in its third frame to take the title from JURASSIC WORLD. This morning’s estimate also marks the lowest debut for a Pixar feature in wide release since A BUG’S LIFE, which earned $33.2 million on Thanksgiving weekend back in 1998.

The Thanksgiving release that did manage to top expectations was CREED. The latest iteration of the ROCKY franchise earned an estimated $30.1 million from 3,404 locations, easily topping its $25 million pre-release projection. Even more impressive, CREED scored the tenth highest three-day Thanksgiving opening of all-time. The film received an ‘A’ from CinemaScore audiences and an excellent 93% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, which should help it continue to find audiences in the weeks to come.

Thanksgiving’s final new release managed to set a new box office record, though not one that any studio would covet. Fox’s VICTOR FRANKENSTEIN has claimed the lowest domestic opening of all-time for a film in at least 2,500 venues. From its 2,797 locations, the PG-13 drama starring Daniel Radcliffe and James McAvoy earned an estimated $2.35 million this weekend. That’s way off the film’s modest $10 million target and makes VICTOR FRANKENSTEIN second only to JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS on this year’s list of worst openings in at least 2,000 locations.

Here’s the weekend top ten from Collider:

1. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay-Part 2 $51.6M
2. The Good Dinosaur $39.19M
3. Creed $30.12M
4. Spectre $12.8M
5. The Peanuts Movie $9.7M
6. The Night Before $8.2M
7. The Secret in Their Eyes $4.5M
8. Spotlight $4.49M
9. Brooklyn $3.83M
10. The Martian $3.3M

Snoke Speaks in new STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS TV spot!

On this Thanksgiving Day morning, we have a Star Wars: The Force Awakens extended TV spot you can be thankful for.

Like it or not, more footage keeps pouring out of the marketing campaign for STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS and it’s all great. I think I can say I’ve watched every single trailer, TV spot and clip for the upcoming space opera and I don’t feel entirely spoiled quite yet. This TV spot focuses on the Dark Side of the Force in THE FORCE AWAKENS, an element of the film that has been understandably under wraps for the most part. We hear a few more lines out of Andy Serkis’ Supreme Commander Snoke and more imagery from the vast Starkiller Base.

Opening in theaters on December 18, 2015, STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS is set 30 years after the events of Return of the Jedi, and features a new generation of swashbuckling heroes and shadowy villains, as well as the return of fan-favorite smugglers, princesses, and Jedi. Directed by J.J. Abrams, the highly-anticipated movie stars Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Max Von Sydow. The screenplay is by Lawrence Kasdan & J.J. Abrams and Michael Arndt.

CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR trailer pits Cap against Iron Man, film due May 6, 2016!

Disney has released the first trailer for the highly anticipated Marvel Studios sequel CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR. Directed Joe and Anthony Russo (CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER), the first film of Marvel’s Phase Three slate picks up where AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON left off as Chris Evans’ Steve Rogers leads a new team of Avengers. After another international incident involving the superpowered team results in collateral damage, the government—and former Avengers member Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.)—begins to meddle with their practices, all the while a new villainous threat looms.

It’s clear that with this first teaser trailer, Marvel wanted to get across that this is first and foremost a CAPTAIN AMERICA movie despite the overstuffed cast. And they do a swell job of setting this up as a continuation of both AGE OF ULTRON and CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER. Yes the story finds Cap and Tony at odds, but it looks to be mostly from Steve Rogers’ perspective, which should make for an interesting film. Visually it’s in keeping with the tone set in WINTER SOLDIER—plenty of this could pass for deleted scenes from that movie—but there’s a shot of Chadwick Boseman‘s Black Panther that should get fans riled up, as will the “money shot” sequence at the end with Cap and Bucky wailing on Iron Man.

Scripted by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely (CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER), CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR also stars Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Rudd, Chadwick Boseman, Emily VanCamp, Frank Grillo, William Hurt, Daniel Brühl, and Tom Holland. CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR opens in theaters on May 6, 2016.

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DOCTOR STRANGE press release confirms cast, reveals plot synopsis!

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Marvel Studios announced today that is has begun production on DOCTOR STRANGE…just a few weeks after the first set photos from the film landed online. Regardless, the official press release gives us some confirmation of casting as well as a brief logline. Benedict Cumberbatch leads the ensemble as Stephen Strange, and he’s joined by Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, and Michael Stuhlbarg with Mads Mikkelsen (who nearly signed on to play the villain in THOR: THE DARK WORLD) and Tilda Swinton. Although not confirmed in the press release, it’s been reported that Ejiofor is playing Baron Mordo, McAdams is Night Nurse Christine Palmer, Stuhlbarg is Nicodemus West, and Swinton is The Ancient One.

Filming for Doctor Strange is taking place in London, New York, Hong Kong, and Kathmandu, Nepal under the direction of Scott Derrickson, the filmmaker behind Sinister and The Exorcism of Emily Rose. The film’s official logline is as follows:

“Doctor Strange” follows the story of neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange who, after a horrific car accident, discovers the hidden world of magic and alternate dimensions.

“Doctor Strange” is the latest film in Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Phase 3’s goal—over the course of four years and nine films—is to introduce audiences to new heroes and continue the adventures of fan favorites.

DOCTOR STRANGE is an important film as it finally brings Marvel into the realm of mysticism for the first time, and I’m curious to see what Derrickson does within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. DOCTOR STRANGE opens in theaters on November 4, 2016.

Blomkamp’s ALIENS sequel to pass the torch from Ripley to Newt, Michael Biehn claims!

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Last month, it was revealed that 20th Century Fox‘s plans for Neill Blomkamp‘s proposed big screen foray into their ALIEN universe were in a holding pattern pending the release of Ridley Scott’s prequel ALIEN: COVENANT, which will soon begin production in Australia for an October 6, 2017 release. Now Michael Biehn, who famously portrayed colonial marine Cpl. Dwayne Hicks in the 1986 classic ALIENS, has spilled the beans (Biehns?) to Icons of Fright about the sequel, which could potentially see his and Sigourney Weaver’s long-awaited return, as well as another big character from the franchise.

“They’re planning on bringing me and Newt back, and at this point Newt will be around twenty-seven years old,” Biehn confirmed. “I know that every actress in Hollywood is going to want to play this one, it’s really a passing of the torch between Sigourney and this younger actress who would play Newt.”

Child actress Carrie Henn originally played Rebecca “Newt” Jorden, the sole survivor of the colony on LV-426. Henn retired from acting after playing the role, going on to a career as a teacher, and the character was unceremoniously killed off (and dissected) at the tippy-top of David Fincher’s ALIEN 3. Fans who disliked seeing the beloved character offed before she and her surrogate family of Ripley and Hicks could have more adventures will be pleased to note that the events of 1992’s ALIEN 3 and 1997’s ALIEN: RESURRECTION will be summarily ignored in Blomkamp’s untitled Alien sequel.

“The basic idea is acting like Alien 3 and 4 never existed, so if you go on Neill Blomkamp’s site everyone can see all of the artwork for that,” continued Biehn.

Scott has previously claimed that ALIEN: COVENANT would be followed by additional sequels which could theoretically threaten to delay Neill Blomkamp’s ALIENS project indefinitely. With no guarantee it will ever come to fruition, Biehn remains hopeful and suggests that it would be in everyone’s best interest to have ALIEN 5 see the light of day.

“I know Ridley Scott is doing his movie first and is going to be the executive producer on this one, so I’m really looking forward to that,” Biehn says. “I know that Ridley’s focus is on the second ‘Prometheus’ and I’m sure that he and Fox both don’t want that and Neill’s movie to come out right next to each other, because they’re kind of two different worlds, with ‘Aliens’ taking place thousands of years later, which is how they explained it all to me, but at the same time, they want to give them a similar feel. I know they’re putting the brakes on Neill’s movie just for a little while, but I really think that it would be embarrassing to Ridley and Fox and Sigourney if they just didn’t make the movie.”