And she certainly looks the part of Lara, too, sporting a tight tank top, combat boots, and her dark hair pulled back.Audiences will get to see the finished product when “Tomb Raider” hits theaters on March 16, 2018.[via: Daily Mail, h/t The Playlist] The actress can be seen running, climbing, and crawling across the structure, as well as swinging underneath it, all while secured by a safety harness (which we assume will be edited out in post). And with the leak of some new set photos from the currently-in-production shoot, it’s clear that Vikander was the right choice for the physically demanding role.The images, obtained by paparazzi camped out near the film’s South Africa set, show Vikander shooting what looks like an intense action sequence atop a metal beam. Posted February 6, 2017 by Katie RobertsWhile actress Alicia Vikander already has an Oscar under her belt (for 2015 historical drama “The Danish Girl”), she isn’t exactly a household name just yet. #AliciaVikanderpic.twitter.com/VZVAZ5lo7P
— Alicia Vikander (@vikanderonline) February 6, 2017It looks like a grueling shoot, but it appears as if Vikander is more than holding her own. It appears her hands are bound, too, suggesting this is some sort of escape sequence.#NEW: Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft on the set of the Tomb Raider Reboot in Cape Town 🔥 #aliciavikanderpic.twitter.com/QP8U9oslx9
— AliciaVikanderItalia (@VikanderITALY) February 6, 2017📷 First look at Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft in the upcoming Tomb Raider!!! That’s about to change, though, with her upcoming starring role in the “Tomb Raider” reboot, in which she plays the titular archaeologist.

We can only imagine.Fans will finally get to see the film for themselves when “Beauty and the Beast” opens on March 17. It means a lot to me.”Despite the high stakes, Watson said she’s had an “amazing” experience making the movie. The actress gushed about Belle’s unique personality (“She’s very smart, she loves books, she wants to see the world, and she’s really feisty.”), and said that it’s a bit daunting to take on such a persona, especially when she cares so much about the character.”It feels like a lot of pressure: Don’t screw this up. “Because I love it so much. And while fan anticipation is sky-high, star Emma Watson admits that there’s enormous pressure on the flick — and not all of it is coming from outside sources.In an interview with the Disney Channel’s Movie Surfers, Watson chatted about taking on the iconic Disney Princess Belle, and her own personal connection to the character. Posted February 6, 2017 by Katie RobertsThere’s a lot riding on Disney’s upcoming live-action remake of beloved animated classic “Beauty and the Beast,” with the lavish production pulling out all the stops to make sure the movie connects with audiences: securing a majorly starry cast, recruiting some big behind the scenes talent, and showing off some dazzling special effects. Don’t screw this one up!,” Watson told Movie Surfers.

The Season 2 teaser earned the most tweets of any ad during last night’s game. and 11:00 p.m. According to social-media measurement firm Amobee (via the New York Post), the much-anticipated first look at “Stranger Things” Season 2 had 307,000 mentions during the game, which was way more than the runner-up, T-Mobile’s ads with Justin Bieber, Martha Stewart, and Snoop Dogg.Here are the top 10 advertisers that generated the most tweets between 6:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, Jan. Posted February 6, 2017 by Gina Carbone”Stranger Things” fans could not L’Eggo of their excitement about Netflix’s Super Bowl ad. Like us on Facebook. 5, 2017:Stranger Things – 307,000 TweetsT-Mobile – 91.7K TweetsMr. Clean – 80.8K TweetsAirBnB – 77.8K TweetsCoke – 74.5K TweetsAudi – 73.1K TweetsBudweiser – 72.2K Tweets84 Lumber – 68K TweetsGuardians of the Galaxy 2 – 54.4K TweetsIntel – 27.3K TweetsAs you can see, the only other TV/movie teaser to make the list was the “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2” teaser. You can watch the “Stranger Things” teaser — and Netflix’s Twitter build-up — over here, and see all of the movie trailers released during the Super Bowl here.[via: New York Post]Want more stuff like this?

But, I’m hoping they’ll say yes.What was it like for Peter to meet his dad for the first time?Well, I think all of the evidence that Quill has to who his father is, he learns at the same time as the audience does in the first movie. He learns with the audience through the course of this second movie who he is, so I’m not sure necessarily that he had expectations that aren’t comically Quill. There are actors that I loved growing up, and he is absolutely right at the top of that list and has not done anything to disappoint the inner-child in me that was so excited when he got cast. It’s a collection of really great songs. There’s a thread there that gets pulled into this second movie. I’m still hoping to hear on that, because he’s got other children, so I think he’s got to check with them to see if they want a brother. You get to know a little bit more. Before, the pressure was, “No one knows you, and what’s it going to be like to be the first Marvel movie that fails?” I can’t tell you how many times I answered that question and I was like “This is not looking good.” So that pressure is off, because we built an audience and people really liked it. 2″ — but, if he’s learned anything from filming his first sequel, it’s that having Kurt Russell in it is awesome.While on the set of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. James [Gunn] is a fantastic curator for that kind of music and it’s probably better because we had more money. That wasn’t an unimportant aspect of who he is.What do you think about the “Vol. 2″ last year, Pratt told Moviefone and a small group of reporters all about his plans to be adopted by Russell, how much he’s digging the new mix tape, and where Star-Lord’s relationship with Gamora stands.How cool is it that Kurt Russell is playing your dad?Chris Pratt: It’s so cool. 2” blasts into theaters May 5th. I think anytime you take a man and a woman in a movie that are both in a lead position and you put them in the same room, there’s naturally going to be this question of “will they or won’t they?” That’s pretty inevitable, unless you really clearly illustrate that either they’re brother and sister or that one of them isn’t into that type of thing. So, he definitely feels a responsibility, and feels like he’s a leader, but it’s still a group of misfits. It just tickles me.Which Marvel character would you want Star-Lord to be paired up with?I think it would be awesome for Star-Lord to meet Vincent D’Onofrio’s Kingpin somehow.”Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. I’m in love with Kurt Russell. So it took this movie for it to become a household name kind of superhero character and for that I feel really proud and really happy. If you have two characters of the opposite sex, it always seems like you’re just waiting for them to collide. the first one?We’re picking up a couple of months after the first “Guardians” movie, so there was a certain evolution that happened with him in that movie, and it was important to all of us that we don’t move backwards and all of a sudden start where he was at the beginning of the first movie and just tell that story over again. The pressure we’re feeling now is: “How do we do the same thing, in terms of wowing an audience and having people come in and have their expectations defied.” A lot of times when people make a sequel, they just play the hits. He certainly doesn’t have mastery on how to be the leader of this group, but I think he feels like the leader at the beginning of this.Has messing with the Power Stone done anything to Peter?Well, it plays a certain role. He loves to hunt and be outdoors and I just love him. Her particular voice, the look of the character, and all the story elements are so unique that it’s really nice that Pom inhabits a character no one’s ever seen before, because she’s doing something no one has ever seen before. Posted February 6, 2017 by Rachel HornerIt’s still hard to believe that Chris Pratt went from playing lovable goofball Andy Dwyer on “Parks and Recreation” to the still lovable (but way more more buff) Peter Quill in “Guardians of the Galaxy.”Now that he’s a bonafide Marvel superhero, Pratt feels the pressure for Marvel’s summer flick, “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. He realizes there’s something special about him that he can’t quite identify, but that’s as much as he knows. As a narrative tool, there’s never a moment that the music isn’t justified and isn’t part of the storytelling process. You get to find out who he hopes his father is, and you get to find out whether or not that is the reality.How is Star-Lord different in this film vs. Even though he’s the “everyman” kind of character, he’s really an artist, and he just really cares deeply about all the details of his character. It’s perfect. They’re like “Let’s just tell the exact same story, strip it down, replace the jokes with new jokes and replace the bad guy with a new bad guy, tell the same exact story in a different way.” That totally works fine, but that’s not what we’re doing at all with this movie.Will Peter and Gamora have a will they / won’t they relationship?That was there in the first movie as well. 2″ mixtape?It’s totally different, but also the same. So it steps up a little bit.What is the relationship like between Star-Lord and Mantis?I can tell you that Pom [Klementieff] is somebody who will be on your radar for the rest of your life after this. We’re really kindred spirits, I think. I’ve asked him to be my dad in a real way. I just feel really lucky to be part of the process of bringing that to kids. It’s not just an accompaniment or a score. His interaction with the Infinity Stone in the first movie. So that is dealt with a little more in this movie, but then again we didn’t want to go back and do the same thing we did in the first movie. She is crushing it, and she’s so unique and, like Dave [Bautista] was born to play Drax, she was born to play Mantis. The songs, more so in this movie, really help tell the story.The audience response to first movie was completely unexpected. As far as how our relationship goes, I don’t want to get too far into that, but she’s a major part of this movie and, I think it’s safe to say, a major member of the Guardians of the Galaxy.What’s it like to have kids come up to you and see you as Star-Lord?People didn’t know who Star-Lord was, unless they were a comic book fan and read “Guardians of the Galaxy,” but, kids didn’t know who Star-Lord was. Did you guys feel a certain pressure going into the sequel?It’s a different type of pressure that we’re under now.

That’s the case again, so AMC decided to remind fans of that fact by taking out a simple, but effective 15-second ad during the 2017 game.In the Super Bowl spot, Negan’s best girl Lucille crushes the pigskin to declare “Football season is over,” with Season 7 returning this coming Sunday, Feb. Posted February 6, 2017 by Gina CarboneTakin’ it like a champ there, little super-deflated football!”The Walking Dead” usually starts the second half of a 16-episode season on the Sunday after the Super Bowl. Sunday, Feb. 12 on AMC.Want more stuff like this? So you have to figure around half that for a 15-second spot.”The Walking Dead” Season 7 returns with (supersized) Episode 9, “Rock in the Road,” at 9 p.m. According to Forbes, a 30-second Super Bowl spot sold for as much as $5,000,000 on Fox. Then again, the Super Bowl attracts more than 100 million viewers, so you and everyone else probably did see the TV spot, unless you were in the john at the time.How much did that wordless 15-second commercial set AMC back? 12:On Super Bowl Sunday, AMC held its usual counter-programming marathon of “The Walking Dead” episodes, so it’s possible true fans missed TWD’s Super Bowl ad because they were staying loyal to the dead. Like us on Facebook.

Nebula is still having a rough life.”We realize that the payment for the mission the Guardians have done on Sovereign is to get Nebula,” Feige said. Since the last movie, the Guardians have been attempting to be heroes.”They are available for do-gooding, so to speak. “And when we first meet them at the beginning of the movie, they’re in a place called Sovereign, where they’ve been asked to deal with this giant beast that eats their power source and wreaks havoc on the planet.”2. “Especially after popping twins like 17 months ago. Yondu’s soft spot for Quill gets him in trouble.”There is an incident in the first act of this movie where [the Ravagers] have been hired to get Quill, but, yet again, Yondu is like: ‘We’re not gonna take down the Guardians of the Galaxy, we’d be crazy to do that.” But Taserface and some others are like ‘Bullsh*t, you’re just doing that because you’re soft on Quill,’ and it leads to a mutiny,” Feige said.5. “I think Peter may have gotten a little more annoying, and Gamora is a little too rigid sometimes. So we’re gonna chip away at those layers, which is really fun.””Through their relationship, you get a closer idea of what Thanos is really about,” Saldana added.11. Drax still doesn’t like Groot.”I don’t think Drax and the tree are ever going to get along,” Bautista joked.16. She has empathic powers, so it’s connected with her feelings and emotions. She was pretty lonely and then she meets the Guardians. The cast got to do a little more improvising.”There’s a lot more freedom that James [Gunn] is giving us, and letting us improvise and kind of test how well we know we our characters,” Saldana revealed.17. Mantis brings a whole new dynamic to the group.”She’s an alien, and she’s spent her life with Kurt Russell’s character, Ego. “And we’re going to find out a lot about their backstory and learn a lot about Thanos’s parenting skills, and maybe how dysfunctional the entire thing is. She doesn’t understand him.”12. We learn why Quill could hold the Infinity Stone.”There’s a question as to why Star-Lord was able to hold the Infinity Stone and not be completely and immediately destroyed, and we learn a little bit more about why that’s the case in this movie,” Gunn revealed.7. What they did give us, however, has us so excited for the movie that we can barely contain ourselves. Nebula hangs out with all the Guardians.”Her main focus is Gamora, but she finds herself with all of them and I think she’s unimpressed by Rocket,” Gillan said. 2″ in an attempt to get as much information as we possibly could about the upcoming Marvel sequel.If you know anything about Marvel, then you know they were pretty tight-lipped about a lot of things. The Ravagers aren’t going anywhere.”The Ravagers have a bigger part in this movie,” Feige revealed.4. It doesn’t always go well, but they try,” Marvel president Kevin Feige told us. It doesn’t exactly tie in with everything else going on in the MCU.”The way this film ends will inform future things, but there’s nothing that nods directly towards it,” Feige revealed.9. Nebula and Gamora get closer, but not that close.”[Nebula’s] on a mission to find Gamora and rectify a few things there,” Karen Gillan, who plays Nebula, said. There’s an innocence about Drax, and I think Mantis has that as well, and I think that’s probably where their connection would be the most — just a very child-like innocence with both characters,” Dave Bautista, who plays Drax, revealed.15. The fact that I can get on wires and be lifted 30 feet up in the air at full speed, or just be dropped and land on heels, I love that they’re trusting me with this.”3. Drax and Mantis form an unlikely friendship.”I think they’re both really awkward, but at the very core of Drax, he’s really just heartbroken. “In fact, we have so many obscure Easter eggs in this movie that it’s ridiculous.”8. “The Sovereign has captured her and are exchanging her for their services.”10. Quill and Gamora explore their relationship.”They’re becoming a really good team in the way that oil and vinegar are, where it’s good together, but they tend to stick to their own things,” Saldana told us. “She doesn’t know what he is as an animal. There’s more action, which means more stunts.”The stunts here are much more defined and they’ve been a lot more challenging, so I’ve been having fun,” Zoe Saldana, who plays Gamora, said. Be on the lookout for even more Easter eggs.Gunn love his Easter eggs. And I think that we’re creating something different,” Klementieff asserted.”Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. Yondu gets a bigger fin!”Yondu’s fin has a big thing to do with the Ravager’s more present role in this movie,” writer and director James Gunn told us.6. You won’t find any sexualizing of Mantis.”I didn’t want the character to be sexual, and, usually, they’re always like that. 2″ hits theaters May 5th. “Our Easter egg obsession is insane,” he said. Posted February 6, 2017 by Rachel HornerLast year, Moviefone and a group of other reporters headed to Atlanta to visit the set of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. Is it May 5th yet?Here are 17 things we learned on the set of Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. So, through the dynamics that are happening around her, she learns to relax.”13. 2.”1. She can change other people’s emotions,” Pom Klementieff, who portrays Mantis, explained.14.

The idea of a “Split” follow-up film makes sense, and not just because this movie is making so much cash. TheWrap reports that “Split” is Shyamalan’s second film to top the box office for three consecutive weeks since 1999’s “The Sixth Sense.” It’s never a bad thing to be compared to your first big hit, so no wonder M. Night feels “humbled and grateful.” Now he just has to live up to his own potential.Want more stuff like this? So fans were happy to see these tweets from Shyamalan about his “next film”:Thank you to everyone who has gone to see #Split in the U.S. & around the world. Night Shyamalan is “humbled and grateful” about the response. Night Shyamalan (@MNightShyamalan) February 4, 2017
What’s next? Night Shyamalan (@MNightShyamalan) February 4, 2017I have an 11 page outline for my next film in my bag. The James McAvoy horror film, written and directed by Shyamalan, just topped the box office for its third weekend in a row. Posted February 6, 2017 by Gina Carbone”Split” is destroying expectations at the box office, and M. The response is overly generous. I am humbled & grateful. I can’t tell you what it is, but If you’ve seen #Split… No spoilers here, but plenty of spoilers here if you want to discuss “Split” and what exactly this next film might entail.”Split” only cost about $9-$10 million to make, and worldwide it has earned more than $142 million so far. Like us on Facebook. — M. — M.

Because I’m not here to be your buddy. Kristen Stewart hosted the February 4th “SNL” but — in an inspired choice — McCarthy was cast in a guest role as White House press secretary Sean Spicer. Is it too soon to rate this impression to Palin levels?The real Sean Spicer reacted to the sketch, once someone sent him a link to it, and he didn’t rip on it (like his boss would), although he didn’t want to spend a lot of time talking about it. Her angry, press-hating, truth-avoiding Spicer became an instant classic, arguably up there with Alec Baldwin’s Donald Trump, Larry David’s Bernie Sanders, Kate McKinnon’s Hillary Clinton, Will Ferrell’s George W. Bush, and … Hopefully this is just the first of many Spicer impressions to come.When asked for reaction, Sean Spicer called the sketch “cute” and “funny” … Posted February 6, 2017 by Gina CarboneBeware of radical “moose” “lambs,” guys.Melissa McCarthy stopped by “Saturday Night Live” this weekend to add a glorious new impression to her repertoire. When I say ‘rocky start,’ I mean it in the sense of ‘Rocky’ the movie because I came out here to punch you in the face. (See video below.)The press briefing sketch went on for eight minutes of pure hilarity, with McCarthy not even seeming to rely on cue cards for the jokes.”Before we begin, I need you to know that myself and the press have gotten off to a rocky start. Like us on Facebook. Now I’d like to begin today by apologizing on behalf of you to me for how you have treated me these last two weeks, and that apology is not accepted. It’s funny.” pic.twitter.com/6QsxgMs7YT
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) February 6, 2017Spicer did give McCarthy some notes for next time, via Extra: Dial it down a bit, and stop chewing so much gum. And also I don’t talk so good. Tina Fey’s Sarah Palin? even if it’s hard to believe he really meant it:Sean Spicer reacts to SNL’s Melissa McCarthy sketch: “It was cute. I’m here to swallow gum and I’m here to take names.”Watch the video:McCarthy got herself trending on Twitter Sunday morning for her brilliant performance. And, for the record, he’s standing by his man on Alec Baldwin’s “mean” Trump impression.Want more stuff like this?

There was very little awkwardness or “Twilight” lip biting, instead fans got a taste of the promise Stewart first showed back in David Fincher’s “Panic Room.”Stewart’s excellence started in her monologue, which went text-by-text through now President Donald Trump’s past tweets about her breakup with Robert Pattinson.”So, to be fair, I don’t think Donald Trump hated me. Like us on Facebook. It’s great. I think he was in love with my boyfriend,” she said, adding, “But Donald if you didn’t like me then you’re probably really not going to like me now because I’m hosting ‘SNL’ and I’m, like, so gay, dude.”At the end of her 5-minute monologue, she appeared to accidentally (or not accidentally?) drop an f-bomb:”We’ve got a great show, and I totally care that I’m here because it’s the coolest f*cking thing ever.” She covered her mouth, and added “Oops! Oh my god, and I’m sorry…. And Alessia Cara is also here, and I’ll never come back.”And here’s Kristen Stewart dropping an f-bomb during the SNL monologue. pic.twitter.com/C7snwPV8Lu
— Mike Ryan (@mikeryan) February 5, 2017Here’s the bleeped version, with the full monologue:Here are more Stewart sketches, including a sexy Totinos Super Bowl ad, and her Celebrity Family Feud: Super Bowl edition segment as Gisele Bundchen:Want more stuff like this? Posted February 6, 2017 by Gina CarboneKristen Stewart did a dang good job hosting “Saturday Night Live,” surprising a lot of her critics — including possibly Donald Trump.

“Grey’s Anatomy” fans are still trying to sort through what’s happening with Jo and Alex, but after the midseason premiere, many fans suspect Jo is carring Alex’s baby. ????????A video posted by Camilla Luddington (@camillaluddington) on Feb 3, 2017 at 2:04pm PSTSomeday, that baby is going to be able to look back on this and laugh … I want her to grow up knowing how strong women are ??. Like us on Facebook. @beyonce @ellenpompeo @hairtheshaway @greysabc #greysanatomy #beyonceA video posted by Debbie Allen (@therealdebbieallen) on Feb 3, 2017 at 2:50pm PSTRG. So Pompeo (Meredith Grey) pressured the reluctant Luddington to recreate Bey’s now iconic pose in a video directed by Allen (Catherine Avery).The stars all captioned versions of the shoot on Instagram:Arguing over whether this is really necessary….. or be so embarrassed about her crazy mom.We know that’s a “her” in there, since the 33-year-old “Grey’s” actress also just revealed that she and her boyfriend Matthew Alan are expecting a girl. We’ll see if that’s the case as Season 13 continues Thursdays at 8 p.m. Here’s what she wrote on Instagram just before the Bey photo and video:”I am so excited to announce today that I am having a… Special shoutout to #crystaldynamics for sending me her first #tombraider onesie.”Congrats! on ABC.Want more stuff like this? @ellenpompeoA photo posted by Camilla Luddington (@camillaluddington) on Feb 3, 2017 at 3:42pm PSTWe can’t help but act a fool #welovebeyonce filmed and directed by @therealdebbieallen @camillaluddington @hairtheshaway #greysanatomyA video posted by Ellen Pompeo (@ellenpompeo) on Feb 3, 2017 at 1:30pm PSTOur tribute to Beyoncé ?? To navigate through life with courage and kindness, and to be one of the girls who says “you CAN sit with us..”. girl!?? When @ellenpompeo goes rogue directing… Posted February 6, 2017 by Gina CarboneCamilla Luddington and fellow “Grey’s Anatomy” stars Ellen Pompeo and Debbie Allen got in formation on Friday for an adorable tribute to Beyoncé.Luddington is pregnant (and her “Grey’s” character Jo Wilson may or may not be pregnant as well), and we all know that Queen Bey is pregnant right now, too. To be a little warrior who is not afraid to use her voice and stand up for what she believes is right.

Posted February 6, 2017 by Gina Carbone”Stranger Things” Season 2 will turn the #WorldUpsideDown this Halloween.The Netflix’s show’s first teaser debuted during the 2017 Super Bowl, starting with a replay of the old ’80s ad for Eggo waffles. #WorldUpsideDown
— Netflix US (@netflix) February 5, 2017me trying to figure out what #WorldUpsideDown could mean pic.twitter.com/5cSEyF099n
— ɐᴉɥdos (@jontybyers) February 6, 2017And then the teaser arrived:This is a #WorldUpsideDownhttps://t.co/TzpqmCD49v
— Netflix US (@netflix) February 6, 2017Halloween can’t get here fast enough! 31 is a Tuesday this year, though, so they’d be veering from the usual big-show-release-on-Friday formula.)Netflix did some great pre-Bowl teasing on Twitter before the ad debuted in the second half of the game:˙uʍop ǝpᴉsdn ƃuᴉuɹnʇ sᴉ plɹoʍ ǝɥ┴
— Netflix US (@netflix) February 5, 2017Evil forces have been unleashed. #WorldUpsideDown
— Netflix US (@netflix) February 5, 2017We have to be brave. — Netflix US (@netflix) February 5, 2017Monsters are threatening us. Like us on Facebook. That poor kid is still messed-up, even a year after the events of Season 1, and that does not mean good things for Hawkins, Indiana.Based on this teaser/ad/promo/TV spot/trailer, Season 2 is going to double down on the supernatural terror — we even have mini Ghostbusters in the Hawkins kids, and the series itself is meant to start streaming on Halloween. But it’s Will Byers that concerns us now. We gotta stay together. (Oct. Stranger Things 2 yasssssss!#StrangerThingsSeason2#worldupsidedownpic.twitter.com/GFcdlvbT0n
— Ivett Martz (@Ivee23) February 6, 2017Want more stuff like this? Since Season 1 arrived in July, an Oct. 31 premiere means we have to wait longer than usual for the follow-up. We were hoping they would stick with a mid-July timeframe, but there is definite undead power in releasing the next phase of terror on the scariest holiday of all. The second fans saw those Eggos, they knew Eleven would be close behind.

That seems especially true of “Rings,” with its Spanish director, Italian leading lady, and overseas gross of $15.2 million, about 53 percent of its earnings so far. The Foreign MarketAs 2017’s box office keeps reminding us, a lot of these movies simply weren’t made with the American market in mind. Night Shyamalan’s three-week reign at the box office with his biggest horror/suspense hit in 13 years, it must be 2004. Really Sh***y Reviews
Critics certainly notice when a movie’s release gets delayed three times, and since those delays lead critics to expect a disappointment, they may color the reviews. So does not screening a movie at all for critics and forcing them to wait until after it opens to see it and write about it.True, that’s standard procedure for horror movies, but it still doesn’t inspire confidence when a studio withholds screenings, perhaps because it knows the reviews won’t help. But women watch football, too, so maybe not.3. “Rings” cost just $25 million to make (about half the cost of the original “The Ring” back in 2002), so it should make a profit whether Americans go see it or not.”Space” will have a much harder time abroad, as a dialogue-heavy movie without big-name stars or a title familiar from another medium. (This column noted the same problem last week for “Resident Evil,” and that series went only five years between sequels.)The current generation of horror fans may not remember the first two “Ring” movies, and the fact that none of the principals from those films returned for “Rings” makes it hard for moviegoers to grab onto a thread of continuity.5. But you can generate good word-of-mouth only if you can get audiences in the door, and the delays, the reviews, and the Super Bowl all would have discouraged viewers from buying tickets in the first place.7. Here are seven reasons why “Rings” and “Space” fell short.1. Release Date Musical Chairs Both “Rings” and “Space” had their initial release date changed or postponed at least three times. (At least its budget was also modest, just $30 million, pretty frugal for a movie involving space travel.)It might have done better on a weekend with fewer distractions and less competition, but that would have meant changing the release date a fourth time. That means the movie will finish with the lowest domestic total of any of the series’ six installments.Besides, “Rings” earned a dismal C- at CinemaScore, indicating horrible word-of-mouth. A Glut of Horror MoviesWith several horror movies in the marketplace already, we really noticed that the market was saturated last week when “Resident Evil: The Final Chapter” had to settle for a fourth-place premiere. The Super Bowl
The biggest TV event of the year tends to keep people away from the multiplex. This despite direct competition from “Rings,” the third entry in the horror franchise whose first two installments earned more than $400 million worldwide.Even with “Split” losing 43 percent of last weekend’s business, it still did better than “Rings,” which debuted in second place with an estimated $13.0 million. That’s the 11th worst opening ever for a movie released on more than 2,500 screens.As this column noted when “Split” opened with an astonishing $40 million two weeks ago, the thriller did a lot of things right, but it’s also been lucky with its timing, in that it’s competed against some especially feeble rivals. 1.)Shyamalan’s “Split” proved unbeatable for the third straight weekend, earning an estimated $14.6 million from Friday to Sunday, for a 17-day total just shy of $100 million. Judging by M. That’s about what it was expected to earn, so at least it did better than the other wide release, “The Space Between Us.” No one had high expectations for that film, with predictions running around $6 million, but it didn’t even clear that low bar, debuting instead with an estimated $3.8 million and settling for ninth place. Posted February 5, 2017 by Gary SusmanWhat year is it again? “Space” didn’t do much better (18 percent).Actually, paying audiences really liked “Space,” giving it a strong A- at CinemaScore. This weekend, it’s down to sixth place, with an estimated $4.5 million from Friday to Sunday and $21.9 million for its 10 days of release — woof. (“Split” earned a B+.) Given a choice between two wide-release horror movies, the one with much better word-of-mouth had the edge.4.Too Long a Wait for “Rings”
It’s been 12 years since “The Ring Two,” an eon in the lifespan of a horror franchise aimed at young-adult viewers. It also makes it hard to market the movie, especially if the trailers end up coming out so far in advance of the eventual release date that potential viewers forget about the film.6. Better, perhaps, to put it on the field with “Rings,” “Split,” and the Patriots and Falcons, and just take your lumps. In the case of “Rings,” the result was a fresh rating of just 5 percent at Rotten Tomatoes. In fact, this was one of the slowest weekends in recent memory, the first in which total sales failed to crack $100 million since the doldrums of early December.2. Female Audiences Stayed Home
You’d think a horror movie and a tearjerking teen romance would be smart counter-programming to the Super Bowl, as both genres target young women. That doesn’t bode well for a film’s quality; it suggests a lack of confidence on the distributor’s part. (Or 1999, when “The Sixth Sense” was the last time that the filmmaker had a movie threepeat at No.

That’s seen as critical for the longterm survival of studio chief Brad Grey. The drama about African-American NASA employees earned $10.1 million, bringing its domestic earnings to a sizable $119.4 million. The first “Ring” movie opened to $15 million in 2002 on its way to a $129.1 million domestic gross, while its followup, 2005’s “The Ring Two,” kicked off to $35.1 million, ending its stateside run with $76.2 million. The studio has struggled at times, scoring with “Bad Moms” and “The Gift,” but falling flat with “Free State of Jones,” “Hardcore Henry,” and “The Edge of Seventeen.” “The Space Between Us” cost $30 million to produce — STX says it limited its financial exposure with foreign pre-sales, tax credits, and by taking on outside investors.”While we were hoping for more, we are proud of the film and the way we managed it creatively and financially,” a spokesman for STX said in a statement to Variety.”A Dog’s Purpose,” a family film from Universal, Amblin Entertainment, and Walden Media, nabbed third place, grossing $10.8 million to push its domestic total to $32.9 million. Sony Pictures Classics is distributing the film.Magnolia’s “I Am Not Your Negro” fared better, grossing $709,500 on 43 screens. “It’s very satisfying for audiences. He managed to make it through the ouster of Philippe Dauman, the head of Paramount’s parent company Viacom and a one-time ally, but Grey must prove that he has the vision needed to restore the studio’s luster.The weekend’s other new wide-release, STX Entertainment’s “The Space Between Us,” bombed, eking out $3.8 million. The domestic box office is trailing 2016’s results, but analysts believe that those fortunes will be reversed when “Fifty Shades Darker,” “Beauty and the Beast,” and “Logan” debut in the coming weeks.”We’re not exactly off to a rousing start, but I still think this year will be a record breaker,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at ComScore. Paramount marketing and distribution chief Megan Colligan said she was pleased by the reception the film received here and abroad.”It’s solid,” she said. The two teams will meet at Super Bowl LI, and the high-profile matchup should ensure that the weekend box office closes on a muted note.”Rings,” an attempt to revive a long-dormant horror franchise, earned $13 million. The film stars James McAvoy, was directed by “The Sixth Sense’s” M. Overseas, “Rings” took in $15.2 million from 35 international markets, including Brazil, Mexico, and Russia. It cost $25 million to produce and, like its predecessors, focuses on a videotape that kills those who watch it. “It’s just a late bloomer.” STX Entertainment is a relative newcomer to Hollywood, having launched in 2014 with backing from the likes of the venture capital firm TPG and the private equity player Hony Capital. The film picked up another honor this weekend, as Damien Chazelle, the 32-year-old wunderkind who wrote and directed “La La Land,” won the Director’s Guild Award.In limited release, “The Comedian,” a critically maligned dramedy with Robert De Niro, struggled to make much of an impression, grossing $1.1 million on 848 screens. The science-fiction romance was picked up from Relativity Media after that company fell into bankruptcy. The film was nearly derailed after video surfaced showing a skittish German Shepherd being forced by members of the crew into rushing water. The look at essayist and novelist James Baldwin is competing for an Oscar in the best documentary category.Overall ticket sales topped out at $100 million, a 4.7% jump from the year-ago period when “Kung Fu Panda 3” topped charts. “Rings” was delayed multiple times, and was originally intended to hit theaters in 2015. It centers on an intra-planetary relationship that forms between a young man who lives on Mars (Asa Butterfield) and a girl from Earth (Britt Robertson) who captures his heart. “Hidden Figures” is also factoring into the Oscar race, having recently earned a best picture nomination.”La La Land,” the musical expected to dominate this year’s Academy Awards, rounded out the top five, adding $7.4 million to push its domestic results to more than $118 million. Universal later claimed that the video was heavily edited. Posted February 5, 2017 by Reuters By Brent LangLOS ANGELES, Feb 5 (Variety.com) – It was a squeaker, but Universal’s “Split” has edged past Paramount’s “Rings” to narrowly claim victory at the domestic box office. So far, “Split,” the story of a man with multiple personalities, has made $98.7 million stateside, while costing just $9 million, making it very profitable indeed. The low-budget thriller retained its first place position for the third consecutive weekend, earning $14.6 million. That’s far less than the $8 million to $10 million that the studio projected the film would earn in its debut. After all, most of America’s attention has shifted away from the multiplexes to the coming battle between the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons. Night Shyamalan, and produced by Jason Blum’s Blumhouse Productions, the maker of “Sinister” and “Paranormal Activity.””It’s a darn good movie,” said Nick Carpou, Universal’s domestic distribution chief. Despite the controversy, “A Dog’s Purpose” has performed well at the box office.Fox’s “Hidden Figures” took fourth place, continuing its torrid run at the box office. “Internationally we did incredibly well and it’s nice to have over-performed in certain markets like Brazil.” As for whether or not “Rings” will lead to more sequels, Colligan offered, “time will tell.”Paramount has gone through a bruising period at the box office, enduring a stream of painful flops such as “Allied,” “Ben-Hur,” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows.” The studio has scored with the Oscar-nominated “Fences” and “Arrival,” but is trying to exhibit greater consistency on the big screen. People seek out quality.”It was a quiet weekend for Hollywood.

And why drop the charges now? (Especially since Jo does not seem to be into him at all.)What’s next for Alex? Should they get back together when she wasn’t even there with Meredith and Maggie looking for Alex?ABC’s promo for the next episode picks up with Alex in bed as Meredith and Maggie try to get answers, but the synopses and photos don’t show Alex at all, so it’s hard to say what he’ll do next, and how he’ll patch things up with DeLuca, Jo, and everyone else at Grey Sloan.• Here’s the synopsis for Episode 12, “None of Your Business” (which airs next Thursday, Feb. Bailey has to make a difficult decision when one of the attendings refuses to work with Eliza, and Stephanie gets caught up in Owen and Amelia’s personal drama.” See photos here.• And here are the details for Episode 13, “It Only Gets Much Worse” (Feb. He wasn’t in jail! Maybe Alex doesn’t deserve more punishment, but DeLuca does deserve more fan love. DeLuca was the first to know the truth about Jo Wilson’s (Camilla Luddington) past, so it’s not like it’s breaking news to him that she would be dragged into any trial. Was he on the run from the law? Or maybe after cooling down he figured taking Alex out of the hospital would do more harm than good?Fans love Alex waayyyy more than Jo or DeLuca, and many seem to think Alex has already been punished more than enough. Meanwhile, April has a challenging first day in her new role at the hospital.” Here are photos.”Grey’s Anatomy” airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. 16):”The residents are excited for Eliza’s next phase of teaching, but they spend the day caught between the warring attendings. “Grey’s Anatomy” Season 13, Episode 11 didn’t really make Alex Karev’s (Justin Chambers) fate that clear, although we have some ideas — and several questions.Alex was MIA for most of the episode, then Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo) — who had been searching everywhere for him — happened to find him home in (her) bed. But he did beat the crap out of DeLuca for misreading a scene that actually had nothing to do with him at all. Probably not. Maybe he thought Alex would just take the plea and do some time? If not, will they still get back together? Toward the start of the hour, Meredith and Maggie (Kelly McCreary) discovered that Karev’s case was postponed indefinitely, and they assumed that to mean he had taken a plea and was in jail. But if he did that, why the secrecy, and what happens next?Why didn’t Alex call and tell anyone (especially Mer) what happened? Is Jo really pregnant with his child? Like us on Facebook. Posted February 3, 2017 by Gina CarboneDid DeLuca do the right thing, the wrong thing, or no-thing at all? 9):”Maggie gets a surprise visit from her mother at the hospital. on ABC.Want more stuff like this? But in the same episode, Arizona (Jessica Capshaw) had a talk with DeLuca (Giacomo Gianniotti) and he was surprised when she said she missed Alex, as if he wondered why Alex would be gone.The obvious answer is that DeLuca dropped the charges. If so, will they get back together? Will he get his job back and just return to work like nothing ever happened?

But, as they said, they don’t even have to worry about it for several months, and by the time fall rolls around, they may have come up with the perfect political spin.[via Entertainment Weekly, Australia’s ABC News]Want more stuff like this? Trump race as a “turd sandwich” vs. The last season of ‘South Park’ we just ended like a month and a half ago, we were really trying to make fun of what was going on, but we couldn’t keep up. So we decided to just kind of back off and let them do their comedy and we’ll do ours.”Matt Stone: “Let everyone in government do their comedy.”Stone said they don’t have to do more “South Park” episodes for about eight months, so it’s too early to say exactly what they might cover. “South Park” is known for being equal opportunity — mercilessly mocking PC culture as much as religion, and spoofing the Clinton vs. For the saddest, most basic reason: Reality is now funnier than their show.Creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone told Australia’s ABC News that, in the recent Season 20 — which just ended in December — they struggled to keep up with the comedy opportunities presented by the divisive 2016 presidential election. Posted February 3, 2017 by Gina CarboneBuckle up, Buckaroos: Despite obvious opportunities for satire, the “South Park” creators plan to drive around the current political trainwrecks. So they may take a completely different angle when Season 21 premieres later this year (probably in September).Trey Parker: “It’s really tricky now because satire’s kind of become reality. So it’s really hard to make fun of. People say to them all the time that they must be getting such good material from the current political climate, like they’re happy about what’s happening, but that’s not the case at all.Stone: “It feels like it’s going to be more difficult.”Parker: “They’re already going out and doing the comedy. Like us on Facebook. a “giant douche.” They make fun of everyone.It’s sad to think of “South Park” benching itself on politics when those have been some of the strongest, most insightful episodes of the past two decades. It’s not something you can make fun of.”Stone: “We’re having our head blown off like everybody else.”Which is not to say that the guys are just typical Hollywood liberals. Why? What was actually happening was way funnier than anything we could come up with.

Like us on Facebook. THR said Urman will take on a larger role in retooling “Charmed” for next season once she’s done with “Jane.”As far as “The Lost Boys” reboot, TVLine said Thomas is writing the pilot for a planned anthology series, with the first season set during San Francisco’s 1967 “Summer of Love.” Thomas already wrapped production on “iZombie” Season 3, and the show has yet to be officially renewed for Season 4, so he has time to focus on this new series.Want more stuff like this? The CW already said yes to pilot orders for six new series, leaving no room at the inn for the witches of “Charmed” (from “Jane the Virgin” producer Jennie Snyder Urman) and vampire “Lost Boys” (from “iZombie” producer Rob Thomas).Also, THR quoted sources who said that the “Charmed” draft from “Jane the Virgin” writers Jessica O’Toole and Amy Rardin “didn’t come in the way the network had hoped,” and producer Urman is too busy wrapping up “Jane” Season 3 to have enough time to commit to the new show. Posted February 3, 2017 by Gina CarboneThe spells of the “Charmed” reboot need a bit more work.The CW has pushed back plans for two supernatural series, The Hollywood Reporter shared, rolling development of the “Charmed” and “The Lost Boys” reboots to next season. Why the delays?

22.Want more stuff like this? Like us on Facebook. Posted February 3, 2017 by Kelly WooHere’s some aca-amazing news: John Lithgow is joining the cast of “Pitch Perfect 3.”The actor recently won a Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild Award for playing Winston Churchill in “The Crown.” There are no details about his role in “Pitch Perfect 3,” but it’s easy to imagine Lithgow as a snooty judge or demanding coach.The sequel brings back all of the Barden Bellas, including Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow, Rebel Wilson, Anna Camp, and Hailee Steinfeld. Kendrick posted this group shot recently:💋A photo posted by Anna Kendrick (@annakendrick47) on Jan 22, 2017 at 11:47am PST”Pitch Perfect 3″ is set to open in theaters Dec. Elizabeth Banks is also set to return, but only on screen — she will not be directing the third film. Lithgow joins other a cappella newbies Ruby Rose and Andy Allo.The cast members have already been sharing sneak peeks from the set as they film the movie.

Posted February 3, 2017 by Kelly WooSomething’s strange in the neighborhood! But where’s the fourth Ghostbuster, Mike (Finn Wolfhard)? Like us on Facebook. Maybe it’s Halloween and the three friends are heading to their school’s Halloween party. “Stranger Things” season 2 is set a year after the events of season 1, as the kids, Joyce (Winona Ryder), and Chief Hopper (David Harbour) attempt to lead normal lives again. The first teaser trailer for Netflix’s supernatural hit drama “Stranger Things” will air during the Super Bowl this Sunday. Season 2 is expected to stream later this year.Want more stuff like this? We aren’t expecting to see a whole lot of footage, but Entertainment Weekly has a sneak peek photo that is definitely something to get excited about:Yes, that’s Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo), Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin), and Will (Noah Schnapp) dressed as Ghostbusters. But of course, the Upside Down is still out there — and the fate of Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) is still up in the air.

Obviously, the stuntmen get to do their thing, but to get as much as they could give you safely, were you excited?I was gung-ho! He’s going to take care of it. But it’s fun. It doesn’t go on forever. I’m definitely going to watch the first episode because he better bring it, you know what I mean?”That’s the bar you’ve got to set for yourself. Before filming, throughout filming, and since. It’s like picking projects that you like, and actors that you like to work with, directors, that’s how you’ve got to look at this business. They were going on new little outings with all of us.Everybody was sort of there for the entire six months in Hawaii, in Australia, in Vietnam together. I love it, and they give me as much as I can handle, and I take as much as I can handle. We would try stuff, wouldn’t work, would work, whatever, whatever. I’ll look at the first episode and see how I feel. We’ve talked since. That was the jumping off point.The action format is the candy-coating on the medicine of the messages.That’s it, that’s it. Reilly’s life and love of life. Dre’s shoes, why not Jack Bauer’s?The 28-year-old actor has been enjoying a meteoric ride to the top of Hollywood’s A-list in recent years, including a six-episode stint on “The Walking Dead” and a breakthrough performance as one of the real-life architects of hip-hop in 2015’s “Straight Outta Compton,” which led him to be cast as a Yale-educated seismology expert entangled with a legendary gigantic ape in this summer’s presumptive blockbuster “Kong: Skull Island.”But his most visible — and perhaps riskiest — role yet is that of the young war hero turned Counter Terrorist Unit operative Eric Carter, the central character of “24: Legacy,” Fox’s hotly anticipated revival of one of its most beloved and influential television series of recent vintage.It’s a major showcase for Hawkins, a demanding turn that requires him to deftly navigate both intense acting and intense action, and as the actor reveals to Moviefone, he’s ready for his star turn, 24/7.Moviefone: You’ve had a lot of heat on your career since “Straight Outta Compton,” you’ve got “Kong: Skull Island” coming up. Jordan Vogt-Roberts is an amazing director. They’ll be like, “I’ll look at it once. So he’s been super supportive.”24: Legacy” premieres February 5th, after the Super Bowl, on Fox. To do these projects like that, where you’re like, “Oh, OK — this isn’t just a movie or a TV show. Is it going to be that same for Eric, with those sort of issues coming in his way and deciding where he lands on the side of things?Exactly: it’s how do you deal with that? I’ve got to show up and work,” what’s that been like for you to have those experiences lined up that way?It’s been fun. That’s the thing that we all kind of hunger for. He has made such a name for himself in terms of stunts in this industry, and my amazing stunt double, Nico Woulard, they’re like, “Whatever you want to do, this isn’t about us showing people jumping there and bullets flying. I learned that preparation from Sam and John, that sort of always being ready. We’ve talked since. You’ve got to come correct.It’s just been great. I set it for myself regardless of the audience anticipation or whatever. You get to Season 4, 5, 6, and 7 of “24,” the original “24,” you pretty much know Jack Bauer is going to take care of the job. That’s the bar that you have to kind of set and exceed. That’s the thing. It’s about Eric and it’s about making that real.”Even in the construction site at the end of the pilot, it’s not karate/kung fu. What made you say, “Let’s go down this road in TV and see what happens”? King Kong is something that people have feelings about. Some will succeed and some won’t, and I’m OK with that, because I’m invested in it regardless.Tell me what that experience was like for you to be a part of the production of the scale of “Skull Island.”It was crazy. Williams — I did a little piece in it, so we’ll see what happens with that, too. It was really, really, really hard to make this movie, because it’s such a big thing, and you’re trying to hone in on what the story is. The key thing that made you say, “I’m in”?Corey Hawkins: It’s always interesting, because television always has this way of doing this sort of reinventing itself. You know exactly what he’s going to do. You can do something that people kind of like, “I’ll go see that. Would I go through with that?”And Eric has to deal with that because he has a responsibility. Let’s do this. It’s rich. I’ll see what that’s about. I learned that from Sam. But I think in the end, we made something that we were all really proud of, and we put stuff on camera that we were really proud of, and I learned so much.I learned about working with Sam Jackson, and John Goodman, and John C. We saw it in that airport incident that just happened. I don’t feel any kind of way about it.” Or you can do stuff that people are going to have really strong feelings about. He has to survive. I f*cking love that, man! I love it. For me, it’s always only about the character, and it’s always only about that opportunity to tell that story. Stuff was lying around — that’s what I would f*cking do in this moment! Posted February 3, 2017 by Scott HuverIf Corey Hawkins can fill Dr. It was me, Sam [Jackson], all the stars of the movie: John Goodman, John C. He sees a piece of rhubarb on the ground, and that’s how we crafted it out. “The Walking Dead,” the same. You know in your heart, you’re like, “Dammit, Jack would just beat the crap out of …” or whatever. It was guerrilla filmmaking, no pun intended.Since “Straight Outta Compton,” have you talked to Dr. Whether people like it or not, choose to tune in or not, but you’re going to go on this journey with him, and we’re going to have the conversation about what it means to live in this country, to look this way, to run through the streets with a gun and you’re not a CTU agent, and what that means, and struggling, and the family unit. It’s so scary how close to reality this show is, and how we are not actively talking about it. He’s actually working on a project right now with Michael K. It’s life or death.And to really go down that path, when they heard my enthusiasm — we’ve been running with it, much to my dismay sometimes! Never a wasted moment. That’s just because I want to go and do it. That’s definitely me.As far as the high-profile projects with “Straight Outta Compton,” NWA and its music — that’s something people had feelings about. But you get to watch Eric, and you get to say, “Would I do that? Would I put myself in that situation? He has people that he cares deeply for, people that he feels very responsible for, Grimes, you know what I mean? Let’s keep the energy.” It’s fun, because they love that stuff, and I love it, and it keeps the realness of “24” real. And it was challenging. I don’t know — we’ll see when “Kong” comes out.But to be in people’s homes night after night after night, I felt an immense responsibility once I started doing the research, once I started doing the work to figure out Eric’s backstory, and to figure out what it means to be a soldier, what it means to be someone who fights for our country that in the past hasn’t seen him fully, and what that responsibility is, where his allegiances lie.We have soldiers who are coming back home from war right now who are dealing with mental health issues. They’re gouging each other’s eyes out. It was like a merry band of brothers — and sister, with Brie Larson. He has to reckon with those allegiances and figure out how to make the best of it, and we get to go on that journey with him towards being or not being a CTU agent, or his involvement in this world, his trust of this world.How ready were you, personally, to dive into the action side? Sometimes they’ll be like, “OK, let’s make it safe.” I’m like, “No, let’s shoot it! We talk about it because it’s happening, and it’s news, and we want to report on it, and then all of a sudden the next day, we’re talking about silly things during this political campaign.But what needs to be focused on is that the great thing about television is that week after week after week, he is going to be in their homes. They don’t beat you over the head with a message. I think the play is extremely timely, but it’s that kind of thing. “24,” people are invested in. These write so well, without them being didactic about it, without them being pushy. We’ll see if it becomes a moment, or if it’s timely. We were all super-close, and when I say super-close, all of us. Dre?Yeah, yeah. And this actually will be a broader audience than any of the films than I’ve done. He’s been a huge mentor throughout filming. Reilly, Tom Hiddleston — they were just in the mud with us, too. I haven’t been like, “Oh, that’s a big thing, let me do that. With Eric, we don’t know, and that’s the fun of discovering this new character. I’m just really excited for him because he’s just been expanding his world view, and expanding what he’s doing.It’s very easy to become a mogul and to rest on your laurels. So that when it looks like I’m tired, I’m tired. There’s a push, there’s a goal in there. I just saw it as an opportunity. You have to be ten times better than anybody would normally expect. But he’s always been a huge supporter. Eric Norris is our stunt coordinator, obviously the son of Chuck Norris. You show them that you really want to do it, they’re going to make it safe. It’s just been crafted that way.Next, I’m going to go do a Broadway play and go back to Broadway. Oh, that’s bigger, let me do that.” I’ve just been fans of all of the people that I’m working with on it. I’m still gung-ho about it, but I’m gung-ho because this is the thing. You want to sit back and watch it, or lean in and watch it, but you’ve got to trust that he can get the job done.In the original series, Jack Bauer got tested, morally and ethically, in some extreme cases in his 24-hour periods.

Posted February 3, 2017 by Kelly WooMichael Bay is putting away his giant robots. He has said this before, but now he really means it. “I see the 120 million fans around the world who see these movies, the huge theme park lines to the ride and the amazing Make- A-Wish kids who visit my sets, and it somehow keeps drawing me back. But, this time might really be it. The director announced via a letter on his website that “Transformers: The Last Knight” will be his last movie in the franchise. These scribes will create interlinking movies that expand the “Transformers” universe.As for Bay, well, he’ll still be Bay. With every ‘Transformers’ film, I’ve said it would be my last,” he wrote. Still, he noted that the “Transformers” franchise will be taken over by a writers room. So I’m blowing this one out.”Bay can’t help himself and leaves himself a way back in (“might really be it”). Probably.”It’s bittersweet for me. He’ll just take his love of explosions, car chases, and fireballs to new stories.”The Last Knight” opens in theaters June 23. This film was especially fun to shoot. I love doing these movies.