It’ll be nice to see her back after two seasons away, but definitely bittersweet as well.Get your first glimpse of Dobrev’s return below and brace yourself for goodbye.”The Vampire Diaries” airs Fridays on the CW at 8 p.m. The CW unveiled a new teaser Monday, and it shows Dobrev in what looks like one of Mystic Falls High School’s hallways.In the short preview, we see her looking at a trophy case that holds a photo from Elena’s cheerleading days. Ah, back when times were simple — before she had vampire brothers competing from her heart, doppelgangers coming out of the woodwork, and millions of other bizarre #mysticfallsproblems. ET/PT and will wrap up its eight-season run on March 10. Posted February 13, 2017 by Stephanie Topacio Long”The Vampire Diaries” is coming full circle.Not only is original “TVD” star Nina Dobrev returning for one final goodbye in the upcoming series finale, it looks like she’ll revisit her old stomping grounds.
Who else is ready to go on an adventure?”Moana” is on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere on February 21st and on Blu-ray on March 7th. And the song is just so good too.So seeing how it was formed, with three musicians from wildly different disciplines, is both inspiring and educational. Posted February 13, 2017 by Drew TaylorOn February 21st “Moana,” Walt Disney Animation Studios’ wind-swept adventure, splashes down on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere (it’s out on Blu-ray on March 7th). And to celebrate this release, we’ve got an exclusive look at some of the features; this one takes you behind-the-scenes for a look at the film’s unique songwriting process.In the clip, you get to see Mark Mancina, a composer who has worked on such animated Disney classics as “Tarzan” and “The Lion King;” Lin-Manuel Miranda, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playright behind “Hamilton” (and an Oscar-nominee this year for another “Moana” tune, “How Far I’ll Go”); and South Pacific songwriter Opetai Foa’I, collaborate on “We Know the Way.” If you know and love “Moana” (and if you’ve seen it already, you love it), you know how important this song is, both in terms of setting up the movie’s central theme of finding your own calling and forming the narrative bedrock for Moana’s journey out to sea.
Posted February 13, 2017 by Gina CarboneThe Baby Groot of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. There would be nothing lost.” Gunn agreed:Exactly. Here’s some fresh Groot Q&A:”Because Groot has basically been reborn, has his character changed in any way at all? Groot’s sacrifice was real. https://t.co/307DDWajn7
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) February 13, 2017Vin Diesel previously talked to Collider about the differences between Vol. He has no memories of adult Groot. 2″ is absolutely adorable, but he’s also something of a tragic figure. This is — I always think of the Groot that we saw on the first ‘Guardians’ as a college-level Groot. 2 Groot:”He couldn’t be more naive as Baby Groot. Adult Groot’s sacrifice in Vol. https://t.co/QrGnsuE7BJ
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) February 12, 2017
Another fan asked “Will groot have any memory of GOG 1?” Gunn replied:No. So he’s not fully grown yet, but he’s a man. https://t.co/Cbmrbe2TOb
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) February 12, 2017A fan replied, “It’s sad, but it also doesn’t then render the sacrifice irrelevant like comic deaths always do. 2” will be released on May 5.Want more stuff like this? 1 left him starting over, with no memories of his past.On Friday, Marvel dropped an “Avengers: Infinity War” production video confirming what we already knew: The “Guardians” will be in the next “Avengers” movie.On Sunday, Marvel also shared another “Guardians 2” TV spot, with the gang rocking out to David Bowie:For the past few days — actually, pretty much all the time — “Guardians” director James Gunn has been answering fan questions. Like us on Facebook. He’s an aggressive little baby.”Baby Groot is very different from adult Groot. Once he sacrifices himself at the end of the movie, now he has to start all over, so to speak, so we’re gonna see kind of this goofy, adorable, Baby Groot thing running around the screen and just kind of learning as he goes.””Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1 and Vol.
No word yet on the other movies she should be filming pretty soon if “X-Men” does start shooting in June, but that’s something else to look forward to.[via: Hey U Guys, Collider]Want more stuff like this? So I’ve got a busy year lined up.”Watch that part around the :50 mark:Turner made her debut as Jean Grey/Phoenix in 2016’s “X-Men: Apocalypse,” and reports recently came out saying the next film, “X-Men: Supernova” will start filming in June, following Jean Grey and her “Dark Phoenix” saga.Previous reports said “Game of Thrones” Season 8 would start filming in September, and that timeline does seem to fit. Like us on Facebook. And then we go on to Season 8. Posted February 13, 2017 by Gina CarboneRed alert: Sophie Turner is about to have a very busy year, and you can expect to see a lot more ginger slaying from her Sansa Stark and Jean Grey.The “Game of Thrones” star was at the BAFTA Awards over the weekend, and revealed juicy details on her schedule. She not only announced the end of filming for GoT Season 7, she basically confirmed Sansa would be around for the final Season 8. She also snuck in an “X-Men” movie tease, which sounds very promising for Dark Phoenix.Here’s what she told Hey U Guys at the BAFTAs:”So we’re about to start shooting the next ‘X-Men.’ We just finished shooting Season 7 of ‘[Game of] Thrones,’ and I’ve got a couple of movies to do before ‘X-Men’ starts.
But one sketch making headlines was the “Fatal Attraction” spoof with Kate McKinnon’s Kellyanne Conway stalking Beck Bennett’s CNN anchor Jake Tapper to force her way back on his show.It was a clever combination of disturbing, funny, sexy, right, and so very wrong. Alec Baldwin hosted “Saturday Night Live” over the weekend, and Melissa McCarthy brought back her Sean Spicer impression. Like us on Facebook. Posted February 13, 2017 by Gina CarboneAt least she can take a joke. No boiling bunnies on the menu. 11 “SNL” earned its highest rating in six years, so that sketch was watched by even more viewers than usual.Here are more highlights from the show:Want more stuff like this? Tapper had no idea he’d be part of the show this week, and Sunday morning he posted a video link with a very brief reaction:Um https://t.co/pFOrMFWgqC
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) February 12, 2017He later replied that he found the sketch “funny!”Conway was the real butt of the joke, and she took it in stride, tweeting this lighthearted response:Inquiring minds re: #SNL: @jaketapper & I spoke this morning just before brunch time. — Kellyanne Conway (@KellyannePolls) February 12, 2017At least she got the reference!And at least she’s not complaining about comedians being mean, like That One Guy.According to Variety, the Feb.
Posted February 13, 2017 by Gina CarboneIrony alert! So far, the Netflix team appears to have learned from the HBO show’s mistakes, since very little has “leaked” out from “Stranger Things” Season 2.”We literally consulted with the producers on ‘Game of Thrones’ to learn security protocols,” executive producer Shawn Levy told Entertainment Weekly. But this year’s spoilers have gone to another level.Months ago — long before Season 7’s premiere this coming summer — someone leaked a full season rundown, scene by scene. “And now I have a code name! “We had no security protocols last season and we have extensive security protocols this season. Slowly but surely, most of those scenes have been confirmed by on-set images and cast interviews. It’s kind of funny, especially going into “Game of Thrones” Season 7, that the producers of “Stranger Things” Season 2 turned to the most leaked and pirated show out there for tips on set security. We protect every story point, every page of every script.” Co-creator Russ Duffy said he used to throw his sides away “and now they have to be burnt.” (Yes, kill them with fire. Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven) told Entertainment Weekly they now have code names for the show and each actor. The worst part, as Maisie Williams (Arya Stark) noted, is that kind of leak could only come from someone on the inside, so it was an especially shocking betrayal/act of carelessness.So “Stranger Things” has a massive example to learn from. That’s basically a nightmare scenario for the showrunners and HBO. Like us on Facebook. Maybe GoT let them use some dragons for that.)It’s possible they are reacting to what happened to GoT this past year. I can’t speak about what they are because then people could crack them. It’s this weird thing. On the call sheets our names are across it and if we lose it, we’re dead.”Hopefully their security protocols work better than the ones for “Game of Thrones” (and “The Walking Dead,” which also deals with major plot leaks).Want more stuff like this? GoT has had leaks before — they sent out press screeners of the first four episodes of Season 5 and those were leaked, people are constantly spying on the outdoor sets and sharing photos online, etc.
No whay! 14, here are 18 things you need to know about this comedy hit. Helping boost the song was a video directed by Spheeris that incorporated footage from the movie.12. “Wayne’s World” marked the feature film debut of not just Myers, but also of his “SNL” co-star Chris Farley (as Alice Cooper’s security guard) and future “Oz” star Lee Tergesen (as Wayne’s basement-show cameraman, Terry).5. “Mike was a sport about it,” Spheeris said, in a joint reunion interview with the cast in Rolling Stone magazine. 2, 17 years after it had first become a hit. The film made Mike Myers a bankable star, spawned a sequel, sent Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” back up the chart, popularized numerous catchphrases (“Not!” “Schwing!” “We’re not worthy!”), and turned out to be the most successful film ever adapted from an “SNL” sketch.In honor of its 20th anniversary on Feb. “Penelope is a very brilliant director,” Myers said in 2015. “Freddie loved it,” May told Rolling Stone. Eventually, however, the two reconciled. The star and director had a falling out after she refused to take up his suggestions on how to edit the film.17. The singer passed away less than three months before the film’s release.11. “I hated that bastard for years,” she said.18. Spheeris blamed Myers for nixing her for the “Wayne’s World 2” gig. In a 2008 Entertainment Weekly interview, Spheeris mocked Myers for being “emotionally needy” during the shoot, saying, “You should have heard him bitching when I was trying to do that ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ scene: ‘I can’t move my neck like that! In fact, he threatened to walk off the movie if he didn’t get his way.8. Why do we have to do this so many times? In fact, as Myers learned on the set, Tergesen and Sean Sullivan (who played Wayne’s pal Phil) had done the same as kids.7. While working with Alice Cooper on the film, Myers became good friends with the shock-rocker’s manager, Shep Gordon, and eventually directed a documentary about him, 2014’s “Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon.”14. May showed it to the band’s dying frontman, Freddie Mercury. Myers knew the completed scene was something special. No one is going to laugh at that!'”9. He said the first note he got back from the studio after screening the completed film read, “I don’t get it.”15. They clashed over the scene where accident-prone Stacy (Lara Flynn Boyle) crashes her bike into a car, as well as the scene with Robert Patrick’s cameo as a scary cop who reminds Wayne of Patrick’s “Terminator 2” villain.16. The shoot marked a dark and confusing time for Myers. When it came time to make the sequel a few months after the “Wayne’s World” release, a new director got the gig. It needed to be well-covered to just get that tone right.”10. Posted February 13, 2017 by Gary SusmanIs it really the 25th anniversary of “Wayne’s World”? Eric Myers passed just before “Wayne’s World” had its first successful test screening; he never got to see his son become a movie star.13. 1 on the charts and sent “Bohemian Rhapsody” shooting up the singles chart to No. The head-banging required for the scene was a particular point of contention between the star and the director, since it required about four hours of painful neck-snapping to complete the brief scene. There were just so many angles and so many takes. By 2015, however, Spheeris and the cast were willing to chalk up the friction to everyone’s mutual perfectionism. In fact, Myers and Spheeris didn’t agree on what was funny. Whay!Yep, it’s been a quarter-century since “Saturday Night Live” slacker pals Wayne and Garth took their public access cable show from their Aurora, Illinois basement to the big screen. Not only was it his first movie, but he was away from his ailing, Alzheimer’s-stricken father. 3.Tia Carrere, who became a star playing rocker Cassandra Wong, was born Althea Rae Janairo.4. Myers’ inspiration for the iconic opening scene came from his childhood memories of driving through Ontario with friends and singing along to “Bohemian Rhapsody.” As specific as his experience was, he was sure it was universal enough to resonate with others.6. Wayne and Garth may have been teenagers, but when “Wayne’s World” was filmed, Myers was 28, and Dana Carvey was 36.2. Just really smart, caring, and very generous to me because God knows I didn’t know what the hell I was doing.” For her part, Spheeris said in 2013, “We’re all getting too old to be pissed, ‘Wayne’s World’ has such a beautiful, uplifting spirit about it. “She’s fantastic. Carvey based Garth on his older brother, Brad, an electronic engineer. (Cue cascading-finger flashback gesture: Diddle-iddle-um, diddle-iddle-um, diddle-iddle-um…)1. Myers has said the suits at Paramount found the film’s humor baffling at first. Said Myers, “Dana and I both suspect we actually may have hurt our necks doing it. Producer Lorne Michaels and director Penelope Spheeris wanted to use a song by then-hot Guns N’ Roses for the scene, but Myers insisted on the 1975 Queen tune. Why should there be a dark cloud?” The movie’s popularity took its soundtrack to No. As a courtesy, he sent a video of it to Queen guitarist Brian May, who responded with a gift to Myers of an autographed guitar.
Posted February 13, 2017 by Gina CarboneYour spider-sense should still be tingling from the official start of production on “Avengers: Infinity War.” (Maybe that pic shows what happens to your face when the sense gets really strong.) Marvel shared a behind-the-scenes video from set late Friday night, then several stars followed-up with an amazing Facebook Live Q&A on Robert Downey Jr.’s (Tony Stark/Iron Man) timeline.The Facebook video features cameos from directors Joe and Anthony Russo, plus Downey’s “Infinity” co-stars Chris Pratt (Peter Quill/Star-Lord), and — also doing double-duty as the “camera guy” — Tom Holland (Peter Parker/Spider-Man). Like us on Facebook. RDJ: “I can’t give too much away, but this literally feels like the second greatest story ever told, and there’s so many characters, and so many interesting stories, so many surprises.”Are you and Captain America still not getting along? He’s on my s-list.”Watch the whole thing:Here’s the first look at “Infinity War,” which Marvel shared Friday to celebrate the start of production: The stars were just as impressed as fans:Goosebumps….https://t.co/Bmhofeodnwhttps://t.co/xTjsoqSZvV
— chris pratt (@prattprattpratt) February 11, 2017WOW https://t.co/fvP8Yd9z1p
— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) February 11, 2017
“Avengers: Infinity War” will be released May 4, 2018, and “the second part” (Marvel’s words) will be released May 3, 2019. RDJ: “That is correct. Want more stuff like this? Those three actors were also featured in Marvel’s first-look video (see below) so it seems safe to say they had the bulk of the shooting work on Friday.The “camera guy” read off some fan questions for RDJ before the directors talked a bit, then “camera guy” revealed himself to be Tom Holland in motion capture visual effects mode.What excites you most about being back with the Avengers?
Moss: Well, I like stories about the world, where we’re at. To me it was about, for me anyway, my character,I had this rock outside my door which said “faith” or “believe” or something, and I remember felt like that was my key into her, into Trinity. I like to explore my own humanity. Probably the best bio I’ve ever gotten from anybody, actually, which I appreciated.You never know — especially on episodic television — you just don’t know, week to week, what’s going to happen. It’s the first thing she knew. So that’s not ever necessarily my gift, to explain, so much as I just feel things pretty deeply.So I just love to play characters that are layered and that I can relate to in some way, even if they’re completely different than me; that I can see a glimpse of humanity and something I’m interested in exploring.You’ve been working more in television lately, between this and Jessica Jones. I feel like it’s — I said this last year when I was here with “Jessica Jones,” it’s like what the independent film world felt like when I did “Memento.” I didn’t read a script like that anywhere except in the independent film world, and now it feels like that in television.Every time I hear about a new show and I see show that is being created that is nothing like I’ve ever though about, I just get so excited about that expansion. Have you found that fertile ground to play in? So I just thought, just from first principles, these things are machines, and every movement uses up battery power. You won’t get the job.”But they said, “We want you to give an indication of what you might do, just to make the movement something that isn’t human. I’ve never been attracted to sci-fi, per se. Can you say a little about your character? Because I started working when “L.A. Her bond with Leo: she’s a sister, but she’s also a mother figure as well. I was lucky when I got this part that they wrote this really amazing bio for me of her, and so I really got to see all the reasons that she was doing the things that she was doing.There were all these nuggets of gold that the writers gave me to have in my arsenal of information about her. She definitely goes on an interesting journey because her relationship, or her interaction with human beings have been quite limited so far. And some of the things they wrote in the bio didn’t actually execute and then other things did, but that information all informed me as to who she was.Obviously, “The Matrix” is a story about technology as it relates to humanity and where we’re going, and so is this. I like to explore humanity. I see her as something of an innocent still at the beginning of Season 2. It was lawyers and cops. They do things that might seem wrong or harsh, maybe in the pursuit of a good cause, maybe not. So one of the first things I did was to try and kind of neutralize that, which sounds quite easy, but actually sometimes you don’t realize you’re doing things — apparently I have an overactive left arm.So that was my first instinct. That’s what I tried initially. People tell me I’m in a genre kind of movie, but it never crossed my mind that “The Matrix” was genre. Have you been finding better roles in TV than in film?Moss: I think it’s an exciting time to be a woman in television, and it’s an exciting time in television, period. Chan: The heart of Mia is love, I think. So there’s obviously going to be more of a stillness. Her name is Athena. To imagine that it could be this diverse and creative, that television could be this creative, I couldn’t have imagined that, I don’t think.Gemma, what were the most interesting things that was framed for you in terms of the exploration of her deepening relationship with Ed?Gemma Chan: For me, what was really interesting is that at the beginning of Season 2, it’s really the first time that Mia has had a chance to figure out who she might be, and where she might fit in the world. All of us have a lot of physical ticks that we don’t realize that we’re doing subconsciously. More of a stillness, more of a centeredness in these characters. What appeals to you about those kinds of stories? Moss: I love storytelling, I love characters that are complicated and layered, real people; that you see why they do what they do. Then, when I got the job, I started working, me and the other actors who play synths in the show, we went to synth school, and we worked with a really brilliant choreographer called Dan O’Neill to hone that movement, so there’s a universal language of movement for all the synths in the show, which is also tailored to each character depending on how old the synth is, or what condition they’re in.What would you guys say is the heart of Mia and Athena? Because most of the time you have to make those up, which I like to do, too. They said, “Definitely don’t come in and do that. But I couldn’t have explained it to anybody. Love and acceptance.Moss: And Athena, I think she’s so protective of herself because of the pain she’s experienced in her life. She’s always searching for love. There’s a naiveté to some of the way she behaves. Because she was created for a particular purpose, to look after Leo within the Elster family, and then she ended up with the Hawkins family against her will. Yeah, I’m a human being who is interested in A.I., and she’s pretty smart.In science fiction, a lot of these innovators and scientist characters have complex morality. It was like she was the heart of it. They usually get to play a little bit of a bad guy and a little bit of a good guy. Posted February 13, 2017 by Scott Huver”Humans” is about to go even deeper under the skins of the oh-so-real synthetic beings at its center and their place in the world.Joining the cast for the AMC sci-fi drama’s second season is genre veteran Carrie-Anne Moss (“The Matrix,” “Marvel’s Jessica Jones”), who sat down with series star Gemma Chan (“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”) and a small band of press to offer some hints at what lies ahead.Carrie-Anne, you’re playing a new character this season. She craves human interaction. Law” was on. I think her natural instinct to look for the best in other human beings, or other synths, is both a great asset to her, but also it could be her downfall as well.How did you master the art of playing that synth-but-not-obviously-a-synth quality?Chan: When I first went in to audition, they gave a brief and they said, “You’re obviously playing a character that’s not human, but we don’t want anything overtly robotic, or anything you think that’s being robotic in a cliché way.” They didn’t want any kind of quizzical head cocking, or anything like that. So really, it’s the first time she’s really getting a say in what she wants to do.She, for better or worse, wants to put herself out there. But I felt like they really gave me a lot. Carrie-Anne Moss: Yeah, I play a scientist. And so she has created this world of control so that she doesn’t have to feel how she feels and at the core of it, I think it’s love, again: very deep love for parts of her life that didn’t turn out the way she hoped they would and that disappointment.Season 2 of “Humans” premieres tonight (February 13th) on AMC. I, intellectually, did not understand what I was doing when I did that role, but I definitely felt it in my feeling body, in my self.
Sure, it was a feature-length toy commercial, but it also had a message (about world-building and childlike imagination) that fit the product. Yeah, you wouldn’t think the audiences for the family-friendly “LEGO Batman,” the female-friendly “Darker,” and the testosterone-heavy “Wick” would overlap, and yet nearly $15 million of that extra $20 million projected for “LEGO Batman” seems to have gone instead to its new rivals. Indeed, that’s why the sequel was expected to premiere with only about half the $85.2 million that “Fifty Shades of Grey” opened with two years ago.4. It also had a bright and dazzling visual style, one that seems both familiar and slightly muted in the new movie. “LEGO Batman” < “LEGO Movie” It’s no wonder that “LEGO Batman” can’t match the startling originality of the first movie. Posted February 12, 2017 by Gary SusmanBruce Wayne is a billionaire, so a missing $20 million here or there isn’t going to put a big crimp in his Bat-budget.Still, box office experts must be scratching their heads wondering why “The LEGO Batman Movie” opened about $15 million below the $70 million they projected, taking the No.1 spot with $55.6 million.Analysts widely expected the new animated feature to top the $69 million opening that “The LEGO Movie” enjoyed three years ago, released around the same time as “LEGO Batman.” The success of the first movie, the eight-decade popularity of Batman, and the 4,088-screen release (the biggest ever for a February film) all made for much loftier prediction than what the film brought it for its opening weekend.Fellow sequels “Fifty Shades Darker” and “John Wick: Chapter Two” both outperformed expectations. That meant both a date-movie crowd and a Monday holiday helped boost sales. Here are six likely reasons why:1. The “John Wick” fanbase may have been cultish, but they’re also vocal and enthusiastic.2. But it’s also not clear that fans of the first movie, with its universe of characters, wanted to see a “LEGO” movie confined to Gotham City.Meanwhile, fans of the first “Fifty Shades” were widely expected to come back for a movie that pretty much offered more of the same “Mommy Porn” elements. Plus, all of these movies have already earned sizable amounts overseas (a massive $100.1 million, in the case of “Darker”), so profitability is assured, as are the prospects of third installments for each franchise.Still, even though he’s sitting on a $92.6 million worldwide jackpot, which will surely double by the time his movie leaves theaters, LEGO Batman’s still going to brood over that $20 million left on the table.He’s the Dark Knight, after all, and he’s just built that way. Bad Weather on the East CoastThe downside of a February opening? In fact, the sequel’s $30 million is more than twice the $14.4 million premiere of “John Wick” in October 2014, which shows just how strong the word-of-mouth is among “Wick” fans.The new “Fifty Shades,” on the other hand, has earned terrible reviews (9 percent “Rotten” on RT), not that they matter so much to fans of the novel. This time last year, we saw “Deadpool” open with $132 million, about as much as this week’s three new releases earned combined.Still, having three big movies open at the same time, even in February, means at least one will suffer. Not Great TimingFebruary can be a good month for surprise blockbusters. For “Wick,” predictions hovered around $20 million, but the Keanu Reeves action film over-performed with an estimated $30.0 million.Why did “LEGO Batman” fall short of expectations, while “Darker” and “Wick” outdid them? It opened on the same weekend as the first movie did two years ago, but in 2014, that Friday fell on February 13, so the weekend included both Valentine’s Day and President’s Day. The rest may have gone to the other still-strong family films already established at the multiplex, including “A Dog’s Purpose,” “Sing,” and even “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.””Darker” may also have suffered from a quirk of timing. And “John Wick” may have had the most ardent fanbase of all, those who made the 2014 hitman movie a modest hit in theaters — and even bigger on home video. Keanu Reeves doesn’t have the greatest track record either, but he is a household name, and as long as he stays in his wheelhouse (brooding men of action who remain mysterious as long as they don’t speak much), he’s capable of delivering, as the “John Wick” movies have shown. iAudiences may get snowed in, as much of the country did this weekend.Even so, moviegoers braved blizzard conditions to make this the biggest overall weekend at the box office since “Rogue One” opened two months ago. Pundits predicted “Darker” would premiere in the low $40s, but its estimated sales as of Sunday came to $46.8 million. ReviewsActually, reviews for “LEGO Batman” have been very strong (91 percent “Fresh” on Rotten Tomatoes), as has word-of-mouth (as measured by an A- grade at CinemaScore). Even they, however, seem to agree a bit with critics, having given “Darker” a good-but-not-great B+ grade at CinemaScore.To the extent that “Darker” viewers are older adults who still read reviews, the drubbing critics gave the movie may have kept some of them away. Familiarity, not novelty, is the selling point of “Darker.” Indeed, the point of casting Kim Basinger in a supporting role seems to be to remind older viewers that this sort of kinky-yet-glossy romance is nothing new, since Basinger herself practically invented it 31 years ago with “9 1/2 Weeks.”As for “John Wick,” the franchise’s balletic action choreography and complex backstory will be novelties to most viewers, while the “Wick” cult from the first movie should appreciate the sequel’s deeper dives into both style and mythology.3. Not that kids read reviews, of course.The new “John Wick” has enjoyed nearly identical praise from both critics (90 percent on RT) and fans (A- at CinemaScore). With Friday falling on the 10th this year, “Darker” enjoys neither of those advantages.6. (Sorry, “Arrested Development” fans, but it’s true.)Neither are Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan; certainly, neither has proved to be any kind of box office draw outside the “Fifty Shades” franchise. FanbasesBatman’s been a popular character for nearly 80 years, but last year’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” and “Suicide Squad” may have squandered a lot of the franchise’s good will.Not that it’s at all clear that fans of those grim, grown-up movies would have come to see the family-oriented “LEGO” film’s funnier take on the Caped Crusader, unless they wanted to see a spoof of the bleak bummers the live-action “Batman” movies have become. Star PowerThe names on the marquee don’t much matter for animated movies, not that “Batman” voice star Will Arnett is a household name. Still, even the 52-year-old Reeves has to be pleasantly surprised by the robust premiere of “Chapter Two,” which marks his best opening weekend since “The Day the Earth Stood Still” eight years ago.5.