His co-star Oscar Isaac may be the Internet’s boyfriend, but the dashing “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” flier has never opened a movie on his own. But its makers chose this weekend because it marks the anniversary of the beginning of the genocide.9. It worked for “Born in China,” in part because this weekend was Earth Day, and in part because Disney has been releasing nature documentaries on Earth Day weekend for nearly a decade, priming a ready audience to expect them at this time of year.On the other hand, “The Promise” might have done better in the fall, when an awards-season campaign for Isaac or Bale could have boosted the film’s profile. Indeed, there’s evidence that such denial was behind the apparent trolling attack on the IMDb scores for “The Promise” that began within moments of the film’s premiere screening last fall at the Toronto Film Festival. “Free Fire’s” Larson is still unproven, even after the very modest success this spring of “Kong: Skull Island,” whose true draw was the big gorilla.As for “The Promise,” Christian Bale isn’t a box office draw when he’s not driving the Batmobile. Rotten Tomatoes Scores
To the extent that these movies, particularly “Unforgettable” and “The Promise,” were depending on older viewers, they needed to earn strong reviews. Male critics dismissed it, while female critics appreciated its camp value and the willingness of its female writer and female director to explore the issue of domestic violence against women. Which means that most of the new films spent the weekend playing to largely empty theaters.2. But the dismal 25 percent fresh rating for “Unforgettable” and the weak 45 percent score for “Promise” don’t really tell the whole story.Remember, RT is a measure of consensus opinion, not of what critics thought of a particular movie’s strengths and weaknesses. Posted April 23, 2017 by Gary SusmanThe “Fast and Furious” franchise may be starting to run out of gas after eight installments, but it still had a few laps left in it this weekend. Even if “Unforgettable” had enjoyed as high a per-screen average as “Fate” ($8,936), it still couldn’t have grossed more than $21.6 million.3. They couldn’t really have booked many more. Of course, it’s possible that, rather than let any of these movies compete for their ticket dollars, female viewers just went to see “Beauty and the Beast” again.4. It’s no wonder that these new movies all but cannibalized each other, or that none of them was able to open higher than fourth place. Add “Going in Style” and “Smurfs: The Lost Village,” and you’ll see that the top five holdovers were hogging an average of 3,423 screens each.The five new releases were able to book only half that many, averaging 1,768 screens each. Judging by their aggregate scores on Rotten Tomatoes, they did not. Female Audiences Stayed Away From Theaters
“Unforgettable” was also supposed to serve as counter-programming to “Fate,” the idea being that the female-driven thriller would attract women put off by all the testosterone of the action sequel. The appreciation of the film as a flawed-but-noble work is the sort of half-hearted endorsement that RT scores are not built to acknowledge.5. And apparently, nobody in any of these movies had the box office appeal of the adorable pandas in “Born in China.”8. Lack of Star PowerNone of these movies had much. In fact, it was the second least lucrative weekend of 2017 so far. Forget fast cars, baby pandas, and Katherine Heigl finally letting her psycho flag fly; we’re all holding out for the talking raccoon and the ass-kicking sapling. (Look for next weekend, the last weekend in April, to be similarly bleak.)Even with “Fate” and other hit movies still playing, even with five new wide releases, there was not a compelling draw at the multiplex this weekend. The top three movies had more than 11,000 screens already taken. That was Disney’s “Born in China,” which sold an estimated $5.1 million in tickets and averaged $3,413 per screen.That’s a just-okay average, but it’s way better than its four new rivals, none of which managed even a $2,000 per-screen average. Unfortunately, nearly everyone else had the same idea.Historical epic/wartime romance “The Promise” was also best suited for female viewers, and so was found-footage sci-fi/horror film “Phoenix Forgotten.” Even “Free Fire,” a crime caper marked by wall-to-wall macho gunplay, had as its biggest star the feisty Brie Larson. Of course, that’s the whole point of the movie, as it was with the similarly satirical “Shoot ‘Em Up” 10 years ago. It counts all reviews as either positive or negative; it has no way of accounting for nuance or middling reviews. This polarization effect really hurt “Unforgettable” and “Promise.”For “Unforgettable,” positive and negative reviews were divided largely along gender lines. Even after losing 60 percent of its business from last week’s debut, and even with five new wide releases opening, “Fate of the Furious” still motored to an easy victory this weekend, with an estimated $38.7 million.If anything, “Fate” won again, not because it was so beloved, but because the battle was so bitter among the also-rans and the non-threat of new releases. “Phoenix” had a cast of unknowns. But since male critics far outnumber female critics, the consensus score measured by RT was overwhelmingly negative.For “The Promise,” the first mainstream, big-budget Hollywood movie to address the Armenian genocide of 1915, critics were divided between those who felt its well-meaning take on history made up for its listlessness as a drama, and those who did not. The movie received tens of thousands of downvotes from people outside of Canada who clearly could not have seen the movie yet.It’s not clear to what extent such trolling — and such artificially low scores at audience-polling sites like IMDb — discourage opening-weekend moviegoers. Timing
Was late April the right time to release any of these movies? The Trolling ProblemEven 102 years after the systematic massacre of the Armenians, the Turkish government and many Turkish nationalists still won’t acknowledge the genocide as a historical fact. Everyone’s Saving Their Money for Baby GrootThe other reason not to release a film at the end of April is that moviegoers are holding onto their money until the summer movie season starts with the May 5th release of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. (Or encourage them, as in the case of “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” which received a suspiciously large number of high scores early on from apparent DC Comics partisans.) But with a number of movies having been affected over the past year or so — most notoriously, “Ghostbusters” — Hollywood is acknowledging that there’s a problem here, one that could be having an impact at the box office.7. 2.” No wonder this weekend saw total box office receipts fall 36 percent from a week ago. Katherine Heigl is certainly not the box office draw she was at the height of her rom-com successes of a few years ago. The Crowded FieldFive new wide releases is really too many for the multiplex to handle, especially with three holdover blockbusters (“Fate,” “The Boss Baby,” and “Beauty and the Beast”) already sucking up much of the oxygen. Even so, its theater count was just 2,417. No wonder both movies were tough sells.6. Here’s why none of them could pull ahead of the pack for a clear win, or even a serious challenge to “Fate.”1. Wide Releases, Disappointing Movies “Unforgettable” was widely expected to be the top new movie, since it was opening on the most screens. Audiences Didn’t Want Whatever “Free Fire” Was Selling Male critics seemed to have missed the satirical intent of “Unforgettable.” Critics also seemed to miss the satire of “Free Fire,” with some panning the film for its over-the-top, non-stop gun violence.

All proceeds made from the movie will be donated to charity.”We certainly hoped for a better box office result,” said Open Road’s president of marketing Jonathan Helfgot, adding that the film’s mission was not purely box office-related. it’s undeniable that there’s been more focus and attention in the past two weeks than the past hundred years since the atrocity took place.”Disney’s latest animal documentary “Born in China,” a co-production between Disneynature and Shanghai Media Group, is making $5.1 million from 1,508 theaters. “And looking at the amount of conversation … Oscar Isaac, Charlotte Le Bon and Christian Bale make up the central love triangle in the movie directed by Terry George (“Hotel Rwanda”). This time around looks to tell mostly the same story — while domestic grosses slipped 61% from its first to second weekend, the movie is still easily topping the box office with $38.7 million from 4,329 locations.But slipping domestic earnings (and lower U.S. “It was about bring the world’s attention to this issue,” he said. A24’s “Free Fire” raked in only $1 million from 1,070 spots in its first weekend.In its fourth frame, Fox’s “The Boss Baby” will bottle up $12.8 million from 3,697 locations, putting it in second place behind “Fate.” Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” should hold onto third with $10 million from 3,315 theaters.Warner Bros.’ “Going in Style” should slide into fourth with $5 million from 3,038 spots. “Born in China” looks to round out the top five. The movie, from Open Road Films on behalf of Survival Pictures, looks to round out the weekend with about $4.1 million from 2,251 locations — barely cracking the top ten for the weekend.While “The Promise” could be considered a massive disappointment for its $90 million price tag, the film’s backers hoped it would raise awareness more than earn money. A bankable, diverse cast including Dwayne Johnson, Vin Diesel and Charlize Theron is leading the film, directed by F. The heist comedy starring Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Alan Arkin is targeting an older demo, and saw only a 20% decline in ticket sales from its second to third weekend. Warner Bros.’ “Unforgettable” seems to have slipped audiences’ minds, earning $4.8 million in its first weekend from 2,417 theaters.”It just didn’t resonate with the intended audience,” said Jeff Goldstein, the president of domestic distribution at Warner Bros. Posted April 23, 2017 by Drew TaylorLOS ANGELES (Variety.com) – “The Fate of the Furious” is racing to defend its title at the top of the box office, while a number of new releases including “The Promise” and “Unforgettable” are being left in the dust.Universal’s eighth installment in the Fast and Furious franchise proved to be a global box office titan when it opened last weekend to a record-shattering $532.5 million. grosses than “Furious 7,” which pulled over $250 million in its first two weekends versus “Fate’s” current sum of $163.6 million) are majorly overshadowed by the movie’s international appeal. Narrated by John Krasinski, the docu earned more than previous films “Monkey Kingdom” ($4.6 Million) and “Bears” ($4.8 Million), and is the highest grossing Disneynature opening since 2012’s Chimpanzee ($10.7 million).Cinelou’s “Phoenix Forgotten” opened at 1,592 theaters to an estimated $2 million this weekend. Goldstein stressed that the movie was made for a moderate price, and the marketing was “targeted and appropriate” for the audience.The directorial debut of Denise Di Novi stars Katherine Heigl as a scorned ex-wife, and Rosario Dawson as a woman who is newly engaged to the same man. In his review for Variety, critic Peter Debruge lauded Heigl’s “terrific” performance, and wrote that her casting “savvily exploits the actress’s prickly reputation within the industry.””Unforgettable” joins a string of so-so to disappointing releases from Warner Bros. so far this year, including “Chips” and “Fist Fight.” At least the Heigl movie had a low production budget ( about $12 million) to minimize losses.”The Promise,” too, couldn’t follow through, despite a social media push from stars including Leonardo DiCaprio, the Kardashian sisters and Cher. The film is set during the Armenian Genocide, and bankrolled by the late businessman Kirk Kerkorian who wanted to bring visibility to the systematic extermination to 1.5 million Armenians at the order of the Ottoman empire in 1915 — a politically fraught subject that Turkey continues to deny happened. Gary Gray, to a two-frame global total of $744.8 million and worldwide sum of $908.4 million.While studios wait for summer season to commence, there are no surprise hits to come of this weekend’s releases.

I remember I was playing Tosca, a piece from Tosca, it was a very grand thing. That whole day, which was shot the same day as the scene in the room with the compass, and her work was magnificent that day. Posted April 23, 2017 by Drew TaylorIf you saw director James Gray’s thrilling “The Lost City of Z” this weekend, then you were undoubtedly blown away by the film’s true-life story of obsession and Amazonian exploration and the finely calibrated performances of the cast (led by an impeccable Charlie Hunnam and Sienna Miller). It’s a staggering shot, as subtle as it is complex, and when we sat down with Gray a few weeks ago to talk about the film, a large majority of that conversation was centered on this incredible shot.You’ve had two movies back-to-back with amazing final shots. But then I think she realized what it was. She had that widow’s catastrophe about her. I thought, Well that’s interesting. And the inspiration came from a weird source. Then there was a visual effect at the end with the mountain and the sky because otherwise it looked too much like a greenhouse.It was all about coming up, if I can use a pretentious term, a visual objective correlative for the narrative idea that the obsession was going to swallow her up. It’s harder than you’d think. It was a weirdly difficult shot to do because it involved correctly placing her in the mirror and getting the camera move right. It’s very weird. It was a very strange day.”The Lost City of Z” is now playing everywhere. You can’t just cut in the Royal Geographic Society with the compass and all that. I thought about how we’re going to deal with this. I quite like the way it came out. Can you talk about the shot and how you did it and the reasoning behind it?In the case of “The Immigrant,” that final shot, which I quite like, was always in the script. She was so uncertain and wary and troubled, and I loved that it was a trance that she had to be in. It was the literal visual correlative to that idea. I can’t imagine what the neighbors thought. But I couldn’t figure out a way to express that his obsession became her tragedy. Music, it’s an old quote of Stanislavski’s, is the most direct path to the human heart. I knew I wanted to end it on her. It was very funny to see these greens people coming in with huge palm trees and you’re in the middle of Northern Ireland. I think that’s take 24 that’s in the movie.Did it take some explaining?I think, at first, she thought I was insane. So I struggled. But what might be the most dazzling thing about a movie almost exclusively filled with dazzling things is the final shot of the film.(Spoiler warning, obviously.)In the final moments of the film, Miller, who plays the wife of presumed-dead explorer Percy Fawcett, walks down the stairs of the stuffy Royal Geographic Society, and, as we glimpse in a hallway mirror, we’re staring into the Amazonian jungle that took the life of her husband and child. So how do you put two people in the same frame walking away from each other?But this ending I struggled with. So right before filming I had scouted this Victorian house and there was this mirror so I thought she could walk off into the jungle, literally.It was a very strange set because we had this Victorian house in Belfast and we created this long corridor. I was watching an excellent movie, “The Boston Strangler,” with Tony Curtis. And there’s all this stuff at the end with Henry Fonda, and it’s a psychoanalysis and he’s talking about, “I don’t know what I was doing, I was in a house.” And it cuts to him in the house with Henry Fonda. It’s a love story that’s never consummated thankfully and the worst people ever connecting but not connecting and I thought there you couldn’t kill one of them off. Because she comes down and the camera booms down and there’s something very counter-intuitive for the camera operator, because the camera has to move away from her and at a speed she isn’t walking. He’s combining two different spaces and all that. So you play that, and she got it. Weirdly, the motion of the person always dictates the motion of the camera. It was there from the beginning because it was a story about codependence.

While he is objectively wrong, he sticks to his guns. Hit us up on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with the hashtag #CANTWAIT.CAN’T WAIT! A Movie Lover’s Podcast Episode 20: ‘Super Mario Bros.’Total runtime: 49:48Subscribe to the CAN’T WAIT! Yet, we endured all 104 minutes of it because a job’s a job and the movie-watching public needs to be warned.Yes, the CAN’T WAIT! Have a movie you really, really want us to watch and talk about? Posted April 21, 2017 by Moviefone StaffLet’s get this out of the way: “Super Mario Bros.” is a nonsensical, ugly, terribly written, horribly acted mess of a movie. Tony Maccio, who seems to think that nostalgia > competent filmmaking. Join Moviefone editors Tim Hayne, Rachel Horner, Phil Pirrello, and Tony Maccio as they extol the virtues and expose the failings (with love!) of nostalgic movies. Questions asked in this week’s episode include: “What the hell is even going on?” “Why did you make us watch this?” and “How do we create a device that removes this movie from our brains?” We also talk about the movie’s redeeming quality. podcast:iTunesGoogle PlayStitcherHave thoughts/feelings/feedback about the podcast? A Movie Lover’s Podcast by Moviefone celebrates Hollywood’s guiltiest pleasures by taking a fresh look at critically ignored movies and giving them a second chance at life. crew plunged into to the deep end of the 1993 comedy/sci-fi/fantasy “movie” thanks to a decidedly misled whim of one Mr. Yes, that’s “quality” not “qualities.” It only has one, and even that’s up for debate.Next week, we’ll be discussing Tim’s pick, 1987’s “Overboard,” a delightful romp of a rom-com starring Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell, which features a scheme that, if executed in real-life, would probably result in kidnapping charges, multiple arrests, and childhoods being spent in foster care.Listen to CAN’T WAIT!

Including Guardians Inferno, written by me and Tyler Bates and performed by my new band The Sneepers ft @DavidHasselhoff. #DontHasseltheHoff #ProcyonLotor #InfantalizedSequoiaA post shared by James Gunn (@jamesgunn) on Apr 21, 2017 at 8:56am PDT”Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. Posted April 21, 2017 by Gina CarboneThe “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. It also goes on for nearly two minutes before The Hoff even starts to rap/sing about Groot.Here’s “Guardians Inferno” performed by The Sneepers, featuring David Hasselhoff:If only we could time-travel back to a 1980s roller rink and skate to this masterpiece.In case you’re curious, io9 wrote down the lyrics:”Getting down and dirty with a procyon lotorGot no people skills but he’s good with motorsThat weird thing by his side an infantilized sequoiaThe two of them walk by, people say “Oh Boy-a”They ask me why I’m bringin’A baby into battle”Thats really irresponsible”And getting them rattledI say “Give me a breakGet off my back dammit”I didn’t learn parentingMy daddy was a planetIn these times of hardshipJust remember:We are Groot””Guardians” director James Gunn co-wrote the song, and promoted it on Instagram:You can download the #GotGVol2 soundtrack now! 2″ will be released in theaters next Friday, May 5.Want more stuff like this? Like us on Facebook. The track is inspired greatly by Meco’s disco-infused Star Wars theme. 2″soundtrack is out today, but you may not be ready for the closing song, David Hasselhoff’s “Guardians Inferno.” That kind of fabulous disco cheese is too pure for this world.

Will Claire continue to break the fourth wall with Frank in Season 5, or was that just a hint to their stronger partnership this year?Netflix will give us answers when the fifth season starts streaming May 30. That may be one parallel with our real world.”
“House of Cards” Season 5 will be available for streaming on Netflix on May 30.Want more stuff like this? Like us on Facebook. Posted April 21, 2017 by Gina CarboneIf you’ve seen “House of Cards” Season 4 — and if you haven’t, you deserve the very iciest of stares from Claire — you know it ended with the surprise of both Francis “Frank” Underwood (Kevin Spacey) and Claire Underwood (Robin Wright) staring into the camera. “Francis wasn’t elected president, so this is the real test: What is the will of the people, and can he work his Machiavellian magic on them?”Returning for more action are author/hot-piece-on-the-side Tom Yates (Paul Sparks); Underwood rivals Will (Joel Kinnaman) and Hannah Conway (Dominique McElligott); and Team Underwood “frenemies” Doug Stamper (Michael Kelly) and Leann Harvey (Neve Campbell).Gibson told EW, “The battlefield for Season 5 is the American psyche. In the meantime, Entertainment Weekly debuted a few photos from the new season, showing the Underwoods campaigning for POTUS and Veep. “That’s something the show has been building towards for quite some time now,” executive producer Melissa James Gibson told EW.

And he chose wisely.Entertainment Weekly asked him about his role as the flawed, conflicted, desperate Boromir in “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.” Boromir dies toward the end of the film, taking arrows in pretty much every part of his body as a way of protecting his hobbit buddies, Merry and Pippin.”It’s my favorite death scene, and I’ve done a few,” Bean told EW with a laugh. So it’s interesting to hear him pick a personal favorite death scene. Some fans may put Ned at No. Pray for him.Want more stuff like this? His “Game of Thrones” death as Ned Stark was No. If he shows up in a movie, there is a very good chance his character will die. He’s said to have the highest death-per-film ratio of any actor. Like us on Facebook. Posted April 21, 2017 by Gina CarboneSean Bean is a human spoiler. Same spot the star put it. 2. It has become his Thing. “You couldn’t ask for a more heroic death.”Bean told EW that he, Viggo Mortensen (Aragorn), director Peter Jackson, and co-writer Fran Walsh came up with Boromir’s parting line to Aragorn — “My brother, my captain, my king” — the night before shooting, over beers and a bottle of wine.In 2014, WatchMojo made a video of the Top 10 Sean Bean Deaths, and guess where they put Boromir? Yep. 1 themselves, but at least Boromir had a more noble end.Sean Bean’s new movie “Drone” comes out May 26th.

Giganti, a Brooklyn native, was a former chef at Birra restaurant in South Philadelphia. We did a little bit better than a lot of people because of him.”Gordon Ramsay eliminated Paulie in the 14th episode of “Hell’s Kitchen” Season 16, which aired in January 2017. Posted April 21, 2017 by Gina CarbonePaulie Giganti, who made it to fourth place on FOX’s most recent season of “Hell’s Kitchen,” was found dead in his home in Philadelphia on Thursday. He was 36.James Garrow, spokesperson for the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, told Philly.com. “It is an accidental death by drug intoxication.” It’s not clear what drugs, prescription or otherwise, were found in his body. As TMZ put it, Giganti and Ramsay “famously feuded” during the season, but the determined chef did almost make it to the finale.Want more stuff like this? He brought a consistency to our product which is why we are still around. Birra owner Gordon Dinerman told Philly.com that Giganti was talented, but troubled, and “definitely a personality, which is how he got on TV.” He added, “I’ll miss him. He had worked at the restaurant for about five years, but left in November. Like us on Facebook.

The second film will move the story from New York to Paris and the U.K. Rowling wrote the first “Fantastic Beasts” script and she also wrote this sequel, and David Yates will return as director. There were no further details on the role, other than that the “War & Peace,” “Green Room,” “Victor Frankenstein,” and “Assassin’s Creed” star was in talks for the role.Redmayne will return in “Fantastic Beasts 2” (we don’t know if it’ll get a new title beyond that), along with Johnny Depp as Gellert Grindelwald, and Jude Law as Albus Dumbledore, in the next story set decades before the “Harry Potter” films.Author J.K. Posted April 21, 2017 by Gina CarboneEddie Redmayne, meet your new brother!The sequel to “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” starts filming this summer, and Variety reports British actor Callum Turner, 27, will play Newt’s bro. According to Pottermore, the sequel “takes the story deeper into an increasingly dark time for the wizarding world, where Newt and our other heroes must decide on their allegiances.” This will be the second of five planned films in the “Fantastic Beasts” series.”Fantastic Beasts 2″ — also starring Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Ezra Miller, and Zoë Kravitz — is currently scheduled for release November 16, 2018.Want more stuff like this? Like us on Facebook.

That’s the only choice. Like us on Facebook. Gimple told TVLine Rick is not only willing to die himself to free the various communities from the tyranny of Negan and the Saviors, he’s willing to see his loved ones die, too. So he’s willing to face the losses.”Rick and Michonne talked about this a bit in Season 7, in their day-at-the-fair episode. They knew many of their own friends would be dying in All Out War, and they may even lose each other. In the Season 7 finale, Rick was even willing to see his son Carl die because he was just that done kneeling to Negan. (Since he never seems to know where Judith is at any given moment, she might not be a huge loss to him.)Gimple told TVLine that Rick “will suffer any loss, even his own self, to give his people and other people the life that they should live, where the world belongs to all of them and not just one person. Chandler Riggs, who plays Carl, revealed the actors now have the first script for filming, and apparently it’s a “good” one.Want more stuff like this? Posted April 21, 2017 by Gina CarboneRick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) will be all about the New Hampshire state motto in “The Walking Dead” Season 8: Live Free or Die.Showrunner Scott M. (Rick would make a great wildling/Free Folk on “Game of Thrones” at this point. We do not kneel!)The Season 8 premiere, arriving in October, will be the big 100th episode of the series. A real life. That was the calm before the storm.

“I blew it, I told one person,” Gunn said. Dave Bautista, who plays Drax, seemed to confirm the news to The Huffington Post, saying, “I heard that she’s uncredited and a voice somewhere.” This also falls in line with some teasing banter between director James Gunn and Marvel boss Kevin Feige, who debated revealing the identity of Mainframe. @MileyCyrus is the voice of Mainframe. Lifestyle blogger Sarah Ruhlman first shared the news on Twitter:Fun fact from the @JamesGunn@Kevfeige interview happening now! Feige responded, “It’ll get out.” That it did. #GotGVol2Event#GotGVol2
— Sarah Ruhlman (@SarahScoop) April 20, 2017Mainframe is an alternate universe version of Vision, played by Paul Bettany in “The Avengers” films. 2″ as the voice of Mainframe. In the future of “Guardians of the Galaxy,” Vision evolves to be the operating system of an entire planet. Posted April 21, 2017 by Kelly WooMiley Cyrus went from “Party in the U.S.A.” to a party in the galaxy!The singer reportedly has a cameo in “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.

And rumors floated that there was a post-credits scene in “Fate of the Furious” featuring Johnson and Statham that could’ve set up a spinoff. Both began as antagonists to Vin Diesel’s crew, but soon became part of the family. Universal has been considering spinoffs of the blockbuster franchise for years. But the two actors have reportedly patched things up. The project is in the very early stages, but writer Chris Morgan (who’s penned all of the films since “Tokyo Drift”) will work on a concept.Johnson’s Luke Hobbs and Statham’s Deckard Shaw exhibited a ton of chemistry in the most recent film in the franchise, “The Fate of the Furious.” Luke first appeared in “Fast Five,” while Deckard showed up in the sixth movie. Diesel reportedly cut it due to the feud between himself and Johnson. Perhaps this spinoff was the olive branch? Posted April 21, 2017 by Kelly WooThe “Fast” family is branching out.Deadline reports that Universal is developing a “Fast and Furious” spinoff centering on Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham.

As Mader said, “It’s really complicated, and the stakes are really high.””Once Upon a Time” airs Sundays at 8 p.m. ” “We might meet some other ‘Wizard of Oz’ peeps,” Mader teases. But this episode will introduce some new faces in Oz. “We’re going to learn more about why she is the way she is, and why some of the characters became who they are because of her. There’s an echo between what happens on Oz, and what’s currently going on, because Zelena’s always been on this struggle of being incredibly pained by abandonment, and having a mean dad, and all that stuff.”In Storybrooke, Zelena has actually been helpful lately, teaming up with half-sister Regina (Lana Parrilla). Their relationship has had a few setbacks, like when she worked with the Evil Queen to bust Robin Hood out of town. Posted April 21, 2017 by Kelly WooIt’s not easy being green — or feeling second-best. And it won’t be pretty.”She was really abusive, she was terrorizing munchkins, and terrorizing everybody in the Land of Oz,” Mader told Entertainment Weekly. Fans have already seen Zelena battling Dorothy. But everyone is coming together to defeat the biggest foe they’ve ever face: the Black Fairy. on ABC. This Sunday, “Once Upon a Time” returns to the land of Oz to explore more of Zelena’s (Rebecca Mader) backstory.

If he was going to make a documentary about animals, it had to be the best documentary about animals … An early version of Disneyland had a different name for Adventureland — True-Life Adventureland, which shows you how all-in the studio was about this material. He had been courted for educational films for a while (a year later, in 1944, Encyclopedia Britannica wanted to lock the visionary into a multi-picture deal), but wanted to do something that was as entertaining as it was educational. Walt would later say of the films, “We did not succumb to the alluring temptations to make villains or saints of the creatures portrayed in our films. After Walt insisted that the documentarians focus on seals (and after he himself took a trip to Alaska in 1947), they finally had a movie in 1948. So many of his breakthroughs — humanistic narration, painstaking photography, an easy-to-follow narrative — are present, and it’s hard to imagine “Born in China” (or any other modern nature documentary) without them. The idea of animals in a Disney Park would come to fruition decades later, when Disney’s Animal Kingdom opened as part of Walt Disney World in 1998. Everything from “March of the Penguins” to “Planet Earth” sprouted from these early films, in structure, narrative, and philosophy. It’s more about emphasizing the depths of their lives than flattening them into two-dimensional facades. Posted April 21, 2017 by Drew TaylorDisneynature’s “Born in China,” out this week, is the latest in a line of springy nature documentaries that Disney has been putting out every Earth Day, more or less, for the past few years. The films would inspire a line of books, a comic strip printed in newspapers nationwide each week, and a spin-off series called “True-Life Fantasies,” which featured animal casts wedged into more traditional narrative frameworks (this was things like “Charlie, the Lonesome Cougar”). The process took a long time. It was Walt who created the nature documentary and whose fundamental respect for animals, his emphasis on conservation, his insistence that the material be entertaining, and his ability to turn creatures into compassionate screen icons, can be felt in these films today.So let’s take it back …As early as 1943, Walt was talking about using his skills to produce things strictly for educational means. Walt would be proud. He had first talked a husband-and-white photography team with taking footage of Alaska (“Everything that moved” was what Walt said). Walt had followed through on his promise: With their bouncy soundtracks, anthropomorphized subjects, and gorgeous photography, these were not boring.Of the 14 films produced in the “True-Life Adventures” series, eight of them won Academy Awards. RKO, who was distributing Walt’s movies at the time, refused to release it, so Disney personally exhibited it in a theater in Pasadena. “We can’t be boring,” Walt said.By late 1944 Walt, an animal lover since growing up on a farm in Missouri, first laid out a plan for a series of short films, but by the end of 1944 made a trip to the New York Zoological Society with something grander, more ambitious in mind. These stories were warm, relatable, and mind-blowing. The Disneynature team understands this and, with each film, pushes the medium a little bit forward. ever. (You can also see echoes of the “True-Life Adventures” in elements of Frontierland and can see posters for the films hanging in the Smokejumpers Grill restaurant in Disney California Adventure.)Virtually every nature documentary that came after Walt’s “True-Life Adventures” were inspired by the series and owes him a considerable debt. We have maintained a sensitive regard for the wisdom of nature’s design and have attempted to hold a mirror to the out-of-doors rather than to interpret its functioning by man’s standards.”
It’s Walt’s original vision that you can see course through “Born in China” — and all of the Disneynature films. But what’s amazing about these Disneynature films is that you can trace their fundamental, well, nature, to innovations that Walt Disney himself made back in the 1940’s. Disney biographer Neal Gabler said that the film “in its own way proves just as revolutionary as his first sound animation or Snow White.” Once again, Walt was introducing something to the movie-going public, something that they had never experienced before, never even thought about, but now that it was here, they couldn’t get enough of it.The movies were troublesome and costly to produce (something that made Walt’s brother, Roy O. Walt introduced audiences to a world that they could connect with, one without heavy-handed moralizing or sterile detachment. This was “Sea Island,” the first of a Disney series called “True-Life Adventures.”At 28 minutes, the movie was too long for a short and too short for a feature. Audiences loved it and it won the Academy Award for Documentary Short Subject. Like, a long time. Walt was great at understanding what audiences wanted but also that they wouldn’t just accept the same old thing. In this version of the land, the Jungle Cruise would have you float by real-life animals instead of cartoon-y Audio-Animatronic versions and actually give you the ability to take home an exotic animal as a pet (ah, the ’50s). Disney, who handled the finances for the studio, nervous), with a fraction of the footage shot making it into the final film, but they were transcendent, beautiful, and unlike anything else out there. The latest film follows three families of animals in modern-day China (yes, there are pandas) and, as narrated by John Krasinski, personalizes the animals’ struggles without ever turning them into cartoonish caricatures.

Then, trouble in paradise, as Hathaway spots a text on Corden’s phone and launches into Biz Markie’s “Just a Friend.”The heartache continues with “All By Myself” and “Leaving on a Jet Plane,” with Corden pursuing her while singing “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles).” It all ends happily (as all romcoms do) with “Let’s Stay Together.”Watch the whole video below: Their clothes are disheveled after the elevator doors open and they duet on Selena Gomez’s “Can’t Keep My Hands to Myself.”The scene switches to a romantic park where Hathaway warbles “Kiss Me” from “She’s All That.”Next up: A duet of Jazon Mraz’s “I’m Yours” in a bathroom where Hathaway sings while brushing their teeth. Posted April 21, 2017 by Sharon KnolleJames Corden and Anne Hathaway had a whirlwind romance set to a romcom sountrack on last night’s “Late Late Show With James Corden.”First, they meet cute outside an elevator as Hathaway belts out Bonnie Tyler’s “I Need a Hero” from “Footloose.” He then sings how he fell in love with her with “Just One Look,” as the two step into an elevator.

Chris’s creativity, along with the brilliant work of David and Gillian, continue to propel this pop culture phenomenon, and we can’t wait to see what fresh mysteries Mulder and Scully uncover in this next chapter of ‘The X-Files’.”The show was often at its most enjoyable in its Monster of the Week episodes and the standout ep from the revival was the hilarious “Mulder and Scully Meet the Were-Monster.” So more eps like that one, please. 2 broadcast drama.”In a press release, David Madden, President of Fox Broadcasting Company, said, “Iconic characters, rich storytelling, bold creators – these are the hallmarks of great TV shows. Posted April 21, 2017 by Sharon KnolleMulder and Scully will be back! Fox announced that an all-new 10-episode run of “The X-Files” will start filming this summer, to air in the 2017-2018 season.David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson and series creator Chris Carter are all on board to continue the cult sci-fi series that originally ran from 1993 to 2002. And they are some of the reasons why ‘The X-Files’ has had such a profound impact on millions of fans worldwide. Last year’s 6-episode revival, according to Fox, “drew an average multi-platform audience of nearly 16 million viewers and was last season’s No.

If people will support other projects I do because of that, awesome — that’s awesome! How great was that? If you have loyal fans for anything, it’s a fantastic feeling. It’s a lot of fun to be a part of that world, and I’ll embrace it until I play Supergirl’s grandfather.Have you shared a scene with Teri yet?I have not had a scene with Teri on camera. They’re working 18-hour days. That’s fantastic. Posted April 21, 2017 by Scott HuverTwenty years after he took of the red cape, Dean Cain is still feeling pretty super.After enjoying a four season run playing the Man of Steel and his journalistic alter ego on “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman,” Cain has made a triumphant return to the iconic DC Comics superhero’s world — but not in Metropolis. It’s a long, hard day, every single day for those guys. Instead he’s been on the scene in National City, the home base of “Supergirl,” where he plays Kara Danvers’s adoptive Earth father, Jeremiah, a DEO scientist recently freed after 15 years of forced service to the villainous Project Cadmus.The actor, who’s also recently appeared on VH-1’s cheerleading drama “Hit the Floor,” chats with Moviefone about reconnecting with his Super-roots, the key factor in playing a Kryptonian crusader, and the possibility of an on-screen and on-set reunion with his “Lois & Clark” co-star Teri Hatcher now that she, too, has found her way into the “Supergirl” universe.Moviefone: How’s the “Supergirl” experience been going?That must be a little blast from the past for you.Dean Cain: Yeah, it’s great fun. I’m glad, it’s a lot of fun. It’s been tougher with the latest incarnations, but I think kindness is about the most important thing.What’s been fun about having that devoted Super fanbase? I’ll hug them back. It gets difficult on the cast and the production. I think they’re making good decisions. “Supergirl” has three units, and they’re shooting things out of order. It’s a slog. I think they’ve been very, very welcoming to everybody. I don’t try to hide from that or have a problem acknowledging that I played Superman, so I embrace it. They’ve done a great job.Were you surprised at what a juicy character they wrote for you?You got to play Jeremiah right down the middle. It’s a lot of fun. Nothing has aired.Have you at least had some time to hang out on set?I can’t say anything about that!! That part’s hard. That’s great. So I’m proud to have been a part of it. That gets difficult. We didn’t know if he’s really good or bad.Yeah. I still wonder. Teri Hatcher is on the show now, and Helen Slater.I like the way they’ve done it. A lot of us are doing that. But if we’re up there at the same time shooting, we will hang out together, of course.What’s cool about seeing how they do it now, as opposed to the way you did it when you were doing the “Lois & Clark”?They’ve got much better special effects, but not much has changed. I think it’s great. Then, of course he got his revenge. I love the whole world, that whole Super-world, if you will. I assume he’s good. But it’s a lot of fun. I got to beat up Cyborg Superman. I’m not allowed to talk about any of that sort of stuff. That starts with the producers, and those guys are making those decisions. First and foremost, it’s kindness. I enjoy it, and like I said, I embrace the heck out of it.There’s a certain quality that you actors who have played Superman or Supergirl, you have to have. What do you see in Melissa Benoist’s portrayal of Supergirl that is exactly what that character needs?Kindness. You’re the most powerful being on Earth, or one of the most powerful beings on Earth, and you have to have a kindness, an ability to relate to everyone, and that’s what Superman or Supergirl does.They say the “S” means “hope,” and that’s a great thing, but Superman is always kind. Obviously, if he’s fighting a foe, he’ll fight him until he’s got him beat, but then he would pick him up. They have a lot more characters than we had, so they have a little bit of a break.Because there’s four different shows shooting up there — “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow,” “Flash,” “Arrow,” and “Supergirl,” all under the [Greg] Berlanti umbrella — it’s a lot of crossover, and they have four, five, six units sometimes working.

The person behind the blog was eventually outed, so any revival would have to deal with that.We may never get more of the Upper East Side gang, but it’s nice to know that Lively is at least willing to consider the possibility.Xoxo.[via: Variety] Posted April 20, 2017 by Stephanie Topacio LongSpotted: Blake Lively talking about a “Gossip Girl” reunion.It looks like six seasons of playing Serena van der Woodsen wasn’t necessarily Lively’s limit. The former “Gossip Girl” star discussed the possibility of a revival of the CW drama during a recent interview with Variety, and she revealed that she is willing to consider it should the opportunity arise.”I don’t know. Why not?” she said when asked if Netflix could reboot the series.Of course, she wouldn’t reprise her role for just any revival attempt. They eventually aged out of school, but one thing that stayed constant was a the mysterious blogger “Gossip Girl” revealing their secrets online. “Would I do seven years of the show? No, because it’s hard work and I’ve got my babies, and I don’t want to be away from them that much.”Returning to New York City, though, seems like something Lively would enjoy if a “Gossip Girl” reunion came to pass.”We had so much fun shooting and living and working in New York City,” she said.When it began airing, the series followed a group of students at an elite high school on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Lively specified that she’d only want to be involved “if it was good, [and] if it made sense.” Plus, signing on for several seasons doesn’t sound appealing to her — not as a mother of two.”It sort of all depends,” she said.

Posted April 20, 2017 by Stephanie Topacio LongThere were a number of impassioned reactions to Bill O’Reilly’s ousting from Fox News on Wednesday, and two very different ones came from just one man: Stephen Colbert.While the “Late Show” host wasn’t sad to see Bill O’Reilly go, he brought back his conservative pundit persona Stephen Colbert, who felt differently. Ah, to be a fly on that wall.For the return of the pundit Stephen Colbert, watch below, starting around 3:50.”The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. (O’Reilly has denied the allegations against him.) The pundit also offered O’Reilly a strange form of solace: living in a mountain cabin with him and Jon Stewart. Saying goodbye was painful for him, but he got his chance.In his hilarious return, Colbert shamed the nation for having “failed” O’Reilly and informed us that we “didn’t deserve this great man.” He had plenty say on the world we live in now as well, and expressed surprise that sexual harassment is now a crime. ET/PT on NBC. The character — who first appeared on “The Daily Show” in 1997 before getting his own series, the satirical “The Colbert Report” — is, naturally, Bill O’Reilly’s biggest fan.

It involves two important characters and has an outcome we can totally see happening: Jon Snow (Kit Harrington) killing Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey).Writes Dremling:To quote the end of Cersei’s prophecy, “When your tears have drowned you, the Valonqar shall wrap his hands about your pale white throat and choke the life from you.”Since the Valonqar is Valyrian for the little brother, most people think that Jaime, or maybe Tyrion, will kill Cersei. If there’s any family that has a score to settle with Cersei, it is House Stark. Jon’s Targaryen connection remains a secret to many in Westeros, but it seems likely to play a big role in the episodes ahead. Jon may not actually be the illegitimate son of Eddard Stark (Sean Bean) as we were led to believe for so many seasons, but he is still Ned’s nephew. [via: Reddit; h/t: The Independent] I think that in a show as unpredictable of Game of Thrones, this is too obvious. But saying this in Valyrian suggests that the person will have Valyrian blood.The Targaryens have Valyrian blood. So Cersei’s murderer could be anyone who is a little brother. Jon Snow is a Targaryen. The last Targaryen to sit on the Iron Throne, Aerys (also known as the Mad King), was killed by Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), so there’s a symmetry to a Lannister ruler being taken out by a Targaryen.Let’s not forget the Stark angle, either. He wants to kill Cersei. There would make for some poetic justice, that’s for sure. We may not find out whether or not the theory is correct during “Game of Thrones” Season 7, but with the following season being the last, the answer is definitely coming. He is the little brother of Rhaenys and Aegon. I think it is very likely that he does.This theory works for a number of reasons. Posted April 20, 2017 by Stephanie Topacio LongThere’s nothing like a good “Game of Thrones” fan theory to get you through the months when the HBO fantasy drama series is off the air.Lately, a theory posted on Reddit by a user called Dremling has gained popularity. The Valonqar means “the little brother”, not Cersei’s little brother.