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Rogue One Tickets Go on Sale Monday, New IMAX Posters Unveiled


We are just three weeks away from the release of a brand new Star Wars movie. There is just one burning question; when can we get our hands on tickets for Star Wars: Rogue One? We now have our answer and the answer is Monday. This news was announced shortly after a new Thanksgiving Day final trailer was unveiled.

Atom Tickets, an advanced ticketing platform, spilled the beans when they announced they were doing a promotional tie-in for Star Wars: Rogue One. Atom revealed that the tickets would be going on sale Monday, November 28, in the U.S. They already went on sale last week in the U.K. Fandango stepped in and further revealed that the tickets would go on sale at midnight in the U.S., which is definitely good to know for those who are hoping to see the movie first. So if you want to get your hands on some early showing tickets for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, you’d better be prepared to stay up a little late this Monday.

Nobody is expecting Rogue One: A Star Wars Story to do what Star Wars: The Force Awakens did at the box office, but it will still absolutely crush. By the time The Force Awakens hit theaters it had sold more than $100 million in advance tickets. Again, Star Wars: Rogue One may not hit those crazy numbers, but it will certainly be big and the power of Disney, especially when combined with the power of Star Wars, should never be underestimated.

In addition to the news that tickets are finally going on sale for the very first ever Star Wars spinoff, a bundle of brand new images have surfaced. First off, Empire Magazine got their hands on a couple of exclusive images that show off some of the new characters who are going to be featured in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. One of the images highlights Bodhi Rook, who is played by Riz Ahmed as well as some of the other less central, but still cool looking, new characters. The other image features the buddy duo with very opposing views, Baze Malbus, played by Jiang Wen and Chirrut Îmwe, played by Donnie Yen.

Not only did we get these new Empire images, but some very exciting new international images have surfaced for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story as well. There are several pretty cool IMAX posters, but easily the best new image is a gigantic new banner image for the movie that is pretty much everything fans want this movie to be. It teases the looming battle between the Empire and the Rebels, the new AT-ACT and most importantly, the Death Star.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story takes place before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope and tells the story of how the Rebellion got their hands on the plans for the Death Star. The movie stars Felicity Jones, Mads Mikkelsen, Riz Ahmed, Ben Mendelsohn, Alan Tudyk, Diego Luna, Jiang Wen, Donnie Yen, Wen Jiang and Forest Whitaker. The movie is being directed by Godzilla helmer Gareth Edwards. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is set to hit theaters on December 16, 2016. You can check out all of the new images for yourself below.

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More Ghostbusters Movies Are Coming Says Producer Ivan Reitman



Director Paul Feig has gone back and forth on whether or not he wants to attempt a second Ghostbusters movie after his reboot faltered at the box office this summer. At first, he said no way, but as the months wore on, he seemed much more open to reuniting with his all-female cast. So far, Sony Pictures hasn’t announced Ghostbusers 2: Answer the Call Again, and we haven’t heard anything further about the planned animated movie that would feature completely different characters. But don’t worry, the franchise is far from dead. At least according to producer Ivan Reitman, who directed the 1984 original.

The new Ghostbusters was quite controversial, as it featured all women in the team. And fans opposed it all through production leading up to its debut in theaters. And that certainly hurt its chances at the box office. Sony just isn’t sure what it wants to do next. Reitman has opened up about current plans, but he doesn’t really state what is next, except that we can expect a lot more movies following the Ghostbusters in some iteration.

ComicBook.com has new insight from a podcast Ivan Reitman did with Mr. Wavvy. The end of the new Ghostbusters sets up a sequel. But chances are we may never get to see that play out. Says Reitman about his Ghostbusters plans moving into the future.

“There’s going to be many other Ghostbusters movies, they’re just in development right now.”

It will be interesting to watch and see what Sony Pictures’ next step is. Will an animated movie really be the way to go? Does anyone really want to see Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy in a sequel? It’s possible that a new group of guy Ghostbusers will make the scene, and for a while it was being teased that Chris Pratt and Channing Tatum might headline their own spin-off.

Right now, Ghost Corps., which is under the watchful eye of Ivan Reitman and co-creator Dan Aykroyd, has been set up at Sony Pictures. It is a subsidiary production company that has been set up to conceive and produce new Ghostbusters-themed content. What that content is has not yet been revealed. But one thing is certain. We haven’t seen the last of the Ghostbusters as a franchise.



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Guardians 2 Details Reveal More About Rocket and the Ravagers



During Marvel’s Comic-Con presentation in Hall H this summer, the studio unveiled the first trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy 2. While the big reveal from that footage was Kurt Russell as Ego the Living Planet, father of Star-Lord, there were plenty of other interesting details as well. Yondu (Michael Rooker) seems to be working together with Peter Quill, even after he double-crossed him at the end of the first movie. Sean Gunn, the brother of director James Gunn and the actor who portrays the Ravager Kraglin, offered some intriguing insight about how this sequel opens in a recent interview.

Shortly after the Comic-Con presentation, James Gunn shared photos of all the Ravagers, including the new leader Taserface (Chris Sullivan) in a lengthy social media post. The filmmaker hinted that Yondu has joined forces with Star-Lord and the Guardians, after the rest of the Ravagers weren’t too thrilled that Yondu didn’t retaliate against Star-Lord, when he double-crosed them, after he swapped out the Infinity Stone with a troll doll at the end of the first movie. ComicBook.com spoke with Sean Gunn at the Heroes and Villains convention in Atlanta, where he explained the opening moments of this superhero sequel.

“When the movie starts, it’s only a couple of months after the first movie. The Ravagers have not gone hard after Peter Quill after he double crossed them with the Infinity Stone. There’s a little rumbling amongst the Ravagers, like, ‘Where does Yondu’s allegiance lie here? Is he going soft on Quill?’ So, the Ravagers have to make a decision of what they’re gonna do about Yondu and I think Kraglin is a key part of that, but that’s all I can say.”

Aside from his portrayal of Kraglin, Sean Gunn has another important job on the Guardians 2 set, serving as the motion-capture reference for Rocket Raccoon, while Bradley Cooper returns to provide Rocket’s voice. Sean Gunn revealed that Rocket has plenty to do in this superhero sequel, and that he starts questioning his place among this team. Here’s what Sean Gunn had to say about what happens with Rocket Raccoon in Guardians 2.

“Oh yeah! Rocket has a lot of great stuff to do in this movie. There are a few relationships that are central to the theme of the movie and that really go towards keeping a family… and Rocket has the same sort of crisis of faith about whether or not he belongs in this family or not. I’m really grateful to work on the movie in that capacity. I’m a team member when it comes to Rocket. It’s much different from other acting jobs that I have, but it’s still really cool and special.”

Before the first Guardians of the Galaxy hit theaters, some thought that this adaptation featuring some of Marvel’s more obscure comic book characters, might be Marvel Studios’ first box office bomb. That theory couldn’t have been farther from the truth, with the movie earning $333.1 million domestically and $773.3 million worldwide from a $170 million budget. When asked how this sequel will be different from the original movie, Sean Gunn had this to say.

“I do think that it tries to touch some of the same notes that worked in the first movie. It’s a tentpole movie, meaning it’s literally for everyone. It’s not just a kids’ movie disguised as an adult movie or vice versa. I really think it’s for all ages. I really do think it really has a heart but it’s a comedy, as well. I’ve heard my brother [director James Gunn] say that the first movie was sort of about creating a family the second movie is more about being a family and the struggle of maintaining that. I think that’s spot on and I hope that’s what resonates with people. I can’t wait to share it with an audience”

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 brings back Chris Pratt as Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer, Vin Diesel as Groot, Bradley Cooper as Rocket Raccoon, Michael Rooker as Yondu and Karen Gillan as Gamora. New cast members include Kurt Russell as Ego the Living Planet, Elizabeth Debicki as Ayesha, Chris Sullivan as Taserface, Pom Kelmentieff as Mantis and Tommy Flanagan as Tullk. Marvel hasn’t announced when the next trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy 2 will debut, but the studio has set a May 5, 2017 release date.



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Rogue One First Look at Jimmy Smits as Bail Organa



With the release of Rogue One just three weeks away, fans are more eager than ever. It doesn’t help, or maybe it does depending on how you view it, that Disney is in full-blown marketing mode, so a lot of new stuff related to this first Star Wars spinoff is making its way online. The latest photo to hit the web gives us our first look at Jimmy Smits, who is returning to the franchise to play Bail Organa, probably for the last time.

The photo made its way to Twitter recently and will be an exclusive in the latest issue of US Weekly. In it, we get to see Bail Organa for the first time since the end of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, when he offered to take Princess Leia into his care. We can also see that he isn’t looking quite as fancy and dapper as we are accustomed to seeing him and according to Jimmy Smits, there is a good reason for that. As we can see in the photo, Bail Organa “isn’t as high up the political food chain” as he once was.

Given where Rogue One: A Star Wars Story falls in the overall Star Wars timeline, it makes perfect sense that we would see Bail Organa in the movie. Several months ago Jimmy Smits broke the news on The Talk that he would be appearing in the movie, but he made it clear that he would have a small part in the movie. So he may not have a lot of screen time, but Bail Organa will be providing some connective tissue between the prequels and these new Disney era Star Wars movies. Those who know their Star Wars history also probably know that since this movie takes place so close to the events of Star Wars: A New Hope, this is probably the last time we will ever see Jimmy Smits as Bail Organa. The first planet the Death Star destroys is Alderaan, Princess Leia’s home planet. It hasn’t been confirmed in the new Star Wars canon yet, but it is a safe bet that Bail Organa will be on Alderaan when it blows up, adding another heartbreaking layer to that event in Star Wars history.

Jimmy Smits as Bail Organa will be one of the only recognizable Star Wars characters in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, as the movie will primarily be centering on a new cast of characters. Specifically, a band of Rebels led by Jyn Erso, played by Felicity Jones, who are tasked with stealing the plans for the Death Star, something that was teased in the original opening crawl of Star Wars: A New Hope. However, there will be another classic Star Wars character in the form of famed Sith Lord Darth Vader, which has been teased in the trailers quite a bit. As an added bonus, James Earl Jones has returned to voice the character, which has Star Wars fans very excited.

Rogue One stars Felicity Jones, Mads Mikkelsen, Riz Ahmed, Ben Mendelsohn, Alan Tudyk, Diego Luna, Jiang Wen, Donnie Yen, Wen Jiang and Forest Whitaker. The movie is being directed by Godzilla helmer Gareth Edwards. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is set to hit theaters on December 16, 2016. You can check out the first image of Jimmy Smits as Bail Organa for yourself below.



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Fences Trailer #2: Denzel Washington Goes for Oscar Gold



A Pulitzer Prize-winning play comes to life on the big screen this holiday season with Fences, starring Denzel Washington, who also steps behind the camera to direct his third feature film. Two months after the first trailer debuted, Paramount has released the second trailer with new footage, which shows that Denzel Washington’s character Troy Maxson wants to steer his son away from his former life as a ball player. The actor is actually reprising his role from the 2010 Broadway revival of this stage play, alongside Viola Davis.

The original stage play by August Wilson was the sixth in his 10-part series of plays known as The Pittsburgh Cycle. The play made its Broadway debut in 1987, with James Earl Jones starring as Troy Maxson, an African-American father who struggles with race relations in the United States while trying to raise his family in the 1950s and coming to terms with the events of his life.

The play also starred Mary Alice starring as his wife Rose and Courtney B. Vance as their son Cory. The play won the Tony Award for Best Play, with James Earl Jones and Mary Alice also winning Tony’s, and Courtney B. Vance earning a Tony nomination, with Fences also winning the Pulitzer Award that year as well.

The 2010 revival earned 10 Tony nominations altogether, which included acting nominations for both Denzel Washington and Viola Davis and Best Revival. Playwright August Wilson wrote the screenplay for this film adaptation, which started production in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in late April, and is set for release on Christmas Day. Fences from Paramount Pictures is currently the only movie set to open in wide release on December 25, but it falls in the midst of a competitive holiday season. It may also be an early awards season contender as well, but we’ll have to wait until closer to the end of the year for the Oscar race to truly take shape.

Just nine days before Christmas, Disney and LucasFilm will unleash the first Star Wars spin-off Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which will also go up against Warner Bros.’ Collateral Beauty starring Will Smith, Helen Mirren and many more. On December 21, 20th Century Fox will release the video game adaptation Assassin’s Creed, starring Michael Fassbender, going up against Sony’s sci-fi thriller Passengers, starring Jennifer Lawrence as Chris Pratt, and Universal’s animated comedy Sing. On December 23, 20th Century Fox will release the comedy Why Him?, starring James Franco and Bryan Cranston. Those are just the films opening in wide release, with a slew of others such as Focus’ A Monster Calls, director Martin Scorsese’s Silence, Mark Wahlberg’s Patriot’s Day, director Jim Jarmusch’s Paterson, director/star Ben Affleck’s Live By Night and the ensemble Hidden Figures also opening in limited release.

Fences is directed by Denzel Washington from a screenplay by August Wilson, adapted from Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play. The supporting cast also includes Jovan Adepo, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Russell Hornsby, Mykelti Williamson and Saniyya Sydney. The film is produced by Scott Rudin, Denzel Washington and Todd Black. Take a look at the second trailer below for Fences, as we get closer to the December 25 release date.



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Justice League Movie: What We Know


In the comic book world, the Justice League may be the single greatest symbol of hope that exists. At the moment, the Justice League movie happens to be that symbol of hope for the DC Extended Universe. There are certainly fans of what Warner Bros. has done with their current run of DC Comics movies, but there are a great many others who are less than happy with the results so far.

Warner Bros. is totally committed to making the DCEU work. Rotten Tomatoes be damned. But they can’t keep making movies that get trashed by critics and are met with a divisive response from fans. That being the case, Justice League really needs to deliver in order to help keep the DCEU train on the tracks and the responsibility is once again falling in Zack Snyder’s lap.

No matter how you feel about the DCEU so far, much of the blame and/or praise belongs to Zack Snyder. He directed Man of Steel, the first movie in this DC Comics movie universe, as well as Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice. That movie was the true launching point of the DCEU, but it didn’t go as smoothly as Warner Bros. was hoping it would. While it will surely be a very different movie, Justice League will shoulder a lot of the same responsibilities that The Avengers did for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It has to prove this grand idea can work and that these heroes can unite in an effective movie.

Despite very poor critical reception to the movies that have been released so far in the DCEU, with both Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad both hovering around a 26 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, there is massive desire for these movies. Combined they made more than $1.6 billion at the box office in 2016, so the general public really wants to see these movies and there is no reason to think they won’t also want to see Justice League. But at some point, mixed reception will hurt more than it currently is. Justice League has to work.

We are still about a year away from Justice League landing in theaters, but anticipation is very high. Ever since the first footage debuted at San Diego Comic-Con, cautious optimism has been abundant and there is reason to believe Justice League could nail it. So just to help satiate your desire to see the movie, here is what we know about Justice League at this point in time.

Zack Snyder is Directing

Zack Snyder

There remain a great many defenders of the DCEU despite the fact that none of the movies have been critically well received so far. At this point, equal parts blame and praise belong to Zack Snyder. He started Warner. Bros down this path with Man of Steel and forged the path for these movies moving forward with Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Like it or not, he is the one who will unite the Justice League for the very first time ever on screen.

Nobody will argue against Zack Snyder’s ability as a director to make things look visually stunning (see the warehouse seen in BvS), but most complaints that have been lobbed his direction have to do with character and story. In the case of the DCEU, his treatment of Superman in general and showing Batman killing people willingly on screen are decisions that have divided fans. Also, even the biggest defenders of Batman V. Superman can acknowledge that it was a bloated story with some plot issues. It is unclear exactly how the fallout from the negative reception to Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice will affect his approach, but Zack Snyder is the man behind the camera for Justice League and that is a huge responsibility. Warner Bros. can only hope that he can do a better job of appealing to more of the general public as well as critics this time around.

Chris Terrio Returned to Write the Script

Chris Terrio

Even if you loved Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice, you can probably acknowledge that there were some serious story problems. It is really unclear where those story problems came from, but hopefully they weren’t from Chris Terrio, because he is the one responsible for the Justice League script. In the case of Batman V. Superman, David S. Goyer also was credited, so it is unclear who was responsible for exactly what.

Either way, Chris Terrio is the man who shaped Justice League, at least on paper. He is also reportedly already signed on for the Justice League sequel, so it seems like Warner Bros. liked what he did. It is also worth noting that he wrote Argo, which Ben Affleck directed. That movie went on to win the Oscar for Best Picture, so it is clear the man has some talent. Fans can just hope he brought his A game for Justice League.

Batman Returns

Batman

When it was first announced that Ben Affleck was going to play Batman in the DCEU, many thought, or at least hoped, it was a joke. It was not. But for all of the criticism made of the casting choice, Batfleck wound up being one of the best parts of Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice. And with Superman currently dead after his fight with Doomsday, it is up to Ben Affleck to bring the Justice League together in order to fight whatever threats await them in Justice League. It is unclear if Batman will be a little less willing to kill this time around, but outside of that, Ben Affleck doesn’t need to do a whole lot differently in this movie. It was a tough task to be the first man to play Batman after Christian Bale in The Dark Knight trilogy, and I think most would argue that he did an admirable job. It is just a matter of Justice League being able to deliver on the promise, and Batman will be a very large part of that.



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What Will We See in the New Justice League Trailer?



Recently, the DC All Access team teased the arrival a new Justice League trailer. They may have just been messing with us, but many fans are still hoping the first real-deal trailer for Zack Snyder’s follow up to Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice will be coming soon. If it does, we may have some information about what fans can expect to see in it.

This potential information about the upcoming Justice League trailer comes from a post by an anonymous user on 4Chan. That being the case, we can’t possibly lend a ton of credibility to it, but none of what is being said sounds overly outlandish and much of it would seem to make sense. Here is what the anonymous poster had to say.

“The first trailer for Justice League was edited simultaneously with the second Wonder Woman trailer. Right Now the whole Marketing campaign of the film is being prepared, in the studios TrailerPark. I do not know the exact date of the premiere of the trailer, it depends on the client, which in this case is WB. I can offer you some data of what we will see in the new trailer: There are no Superman scenes, sorry. No scenes of Mera, Vulko and Gordon. Junkie XL design the music of the advance, you will have a small look at the main theme of the film, it is a remastering of the intro of the animated series. There are action scenes in Slow-motion. (Flash). Aquaman will be the best part of the trailer. The trailer will end with the first look at Steppenwolf, something similar to the Avengers 2 teaser.”

There is a lot to dig into there, but perhaps the juciest bit is that Superman won’t be in the trailer at all. He is at a bit of a disadvantage, since he is dead at the moment, but Zack Snyder has basically confirmed that Henry Cavill will be back and we even saw him in costume in a behind-the-scenes video the director posted last month. As far as Jason Momoa stealing the show as Aquaman in this trailer, that seems like something that has been corroborated elsewhere. Heroic Hollywood Editor and self-proclaimed “ace-scooper” Umberto Gonzalez recently had this to say in a tweet.

“Take this with a grain of salt but I hear the next #JusticeLeague trailer is AWESOME & that Momma’s #Aquaman steals the show!”

So that would at least seem to corroborate some of what this random 4Chan poster had to say. Assuming some of the other details are correct, we can look forward to a Justice League theme that is reminiscent of the animated series. In addition, we will also be getting to see the main villain Steppenwolf, who is being played by Game of Thrones star Ciaran Hinds. The post compared it to the teaser for Avengers: Age of Ultron, which teased James Spader’s Ultron at the very end of the trailer.

A Justice League trailer was released during San Diego Comic-Con over the summer, but Warner Bros. made it clear that it was something that was put together just to show those in attendance at the event, even though it was released online right away. So this trailer that is allegedly coming out soon will be, in a way, the first real trailer we have seen for the movie. The movie is still nearly a year away, so Warner Bros. may make us wait a little while before dropping this trailer. Or they could want to build hype early, like Lucasfilm did with Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Here is the official synopsis for the movie.

“Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes-Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash-it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.”

Justice League features a cast led by Ben Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Ezra Miller as The Flash and Ray Fisher as Cyborg. The movie is being directed by Zack Snyder and is set for release on November 17, 2017. We will be sure to keep you up to date as information on this new Justice League trailer becomes available.



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Thor: Ragnarok Set Video Shows Hela in Action



Now that Doctor Strange has unleashed the power of mysticism on the Marvel Cinematic Universe (and the box office for that matter), all eyes are on 2017 and Marvel’s slate of upcoming movies. One of those movies will be the culmination of the Thor trilogy, Thor: Ragnarok. We still don’t have a trailer, but there is a pretty cool set video featuring the movie’s main villain Hela that you can check out.

The video was posted to the bigfootkam YouTube Channel and at first, looks a bit underwhelming. The set they were filming on will clearly be heavily reliant on visual effects. But once the action kicks in, the unfinished set doesn’t matter quite as much. Cate Blanchett is playing the villain Hela in Thor: Ragnarok, and sadly, she isn’t featured in the video (it is her stunt double Zoe Bell), but we do get to see what the big baddie will look like in action. As it turns out, she will be very acrobatic.

In the video, we can see Zoe Bell, who some may know for her role in Quentin Tarantino’s Death Proof, doing some seriously complex flipping and twisting in what we assume will be a very cool looking shot when it’s all finished up in the movie. It looks like the kind of thing that is begging for some super slow motion. The video also offers a look at Hela’s costume, mostly by way of a lighting test, but it still gives us a little something we didn’t have previously. It should make fans even more excited to see Oscar winner Cate Blanchett all decked out as Hela when the first trailer for Thor: Ragnarok finally arrives. Since the movie is still about a year away, that may not be for a while, but you never know with Marvel.

We haven’t been given an official synopsis for Thor 3 as of yet, but we do know a few things about the plot of the movie. For one, it will at least be partially adapting the beloved Planet Hulk storyline from the comics, which is something fans have been craving in the Marvel Cinematic Universe for quite some time. We also know that it has been described as a “buddy cop” road movie with Thor and Bruce Banner/The Hulk joining forces to take down the bad guys in the movie. We also know that Benedict Cumberbatch will be making an appearance in the movie as Doctor Strange and that at least part of the movie will be taking place on Earth, or Midgard, as it were. Specifically, in New York City.

Thor 3 added a lot of new talent, like Cate Blanchett. Other new talent came in the form of Karl Urban, who is playing the villain Skurge, Jeff Goldblum, who is playing Grandmaster and What We Do in the Shadows director Taika Waititi. There will be a lot of familiar faces returning for this installment as well. Chris Hemsworth will once again be putting the hammer down as Thor, Tom Hiddleston is having at least one more go as Loki, Mark Ruffalo is coming back to the MCU as Bruce Banner/The Hulk, Anthony Hopkins is returning as Odin and The Warriors Three are also set to appear. Thor: Ragnarok is set for release on November 3, 2017. You can check out the set video for yourself below.



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Angela Lansbury Thinks New Beauty and the Beast Is a Bad Idea



There are a lot of big movies coming out next year, but at this point, it seems like the general public might be the most excited for Beauty and the Beast. This is the latest in Disney’s strategy of remaking animated classics as live-action movies and that strategy has worked very well so far. But Angela Lansbury, who lent her voice to the original animated Beauty and the Beast, doesn’t feel overly confident about this new version.

The actress recently spoke to Entertainment Weekly in honor of the 25th anniversary of the animated Beauty and the Beast. Angela Lansbury voiced Mrs. Potts in the original and when she was asked about this upcoming remake, she seemed a bit defensive and to say the least, not exactly positive about it. Here is what she had to say.

“I was a bit taken aback, naturally. I thought, ‘Why? Why are we doing this over again?’ But I guess, I don’t know why they’re doing it. But they are and it will be interesting to see what they do with it. These are live action pieces and I know very well the actress who’s playing Mrs. Potts and she’s a very good friend of mine. It’s Emma Thompson. I don’t quite know why they’re doing it. I can’t understand what they’re going to do with it that will be better than what we’ve already done. And how they’re doing it live – it may turn to be very entertaining and wonderful. It won’t be like the cartoon that we did, but it’s a good story – it’s one of the famous fairy stories that is known worldwide by children. Therefore, why not? I don’t blame them for doing it. But, I’m sorry, they’re not really on our territory. We did it as cartoon characters, and that is quite different from live actors.”

Despite Angela Lansbury’s doubts, Disney has assembled a very impressive cast for Beauty and the Beast, which includes Harry Potter alum Emma Watson as Belle and Dan Stevens as the Beast. They are joined by Luke Evans, Oscar winner Kevin Kline, Josh Gad, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald, Oscar nominee Ian McKellen and two-time Academy Award winner Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts. If this movie is bad or can’t seem to justify its existence, as Angela Lansbury suggests, it certainly doesn’t appear that it will be for a lack of talent.

Angela Lansbury may not understand why Disney is doing this new Beauty and the Beast, but it isn’t rocket science. Quite simply, the studio has had a tremendous amount of success with these live-action adaptations so far. Starting with Tim Burton’s Alice In Wonderland, which made more than $1 billion worldwide back in 2010. Since then, they have also had success with Maleficent, Cinderella and The Jungle Book, which was one of the highest-grossing ($966 million) and best-reviewed movies this year. Disney has no reason to think Beauty and the Beast won’t be at least as successful at this point. The studio also has several other live-action projects in development, including Dumbo, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin and The Lion King.

Academy Award winner Bill Condon is directing the movie with eight-time Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken returning to score this new live action version. He won two Oscars for the 1991 animated movie. Beauty and the Beast will also feature new recordings of the original songs written by Menken and Howard Ashman, in addition to several new songs written by Menken and three-time Oscar winner Tim Rice. Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is set for release on March 10, 2017.



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Assassin's Creed TV Spot Brings Action-Packed New Footage


Michael Fassbender’s Callum Lynch must work in the dark to serve the light in a new TV spot for the video game adaptation Assassin’s Creed. This new footage does not skimp on the action, and for folks who want to end their year with an action-packed bang, Assassin’s Creed will most certainly fill the bill when it arrives in theaters December 21. While we’ll have to wait and see how it performs at the box office, video game movies haven’t traditionally performed well, and this particular movie will have a slew of competition.

Assassin’s Creed has been given a December 21 release date, where it will go up against Sony’s sci-fi thriller Passengers and Universal’s animated comedy Sing. It also opens five days before the highly-anticipated Star Wars spin-off Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which some are predicting will earn upwards of $130 million, while going up against Warner Bros.’ Collateral Beauty. 20th Century Fox will also release the comedy Why Him? on December 23 with Paramount’s Fences opening on Christmas Day. It remains to be seen if this video game adaptation will be able to find its footing in such a crowded field.

Through a revolutionary technology that unlocks his genetic memories, Callum Lynch (Michael Fassbender) experiences the adventures of his ancestor, Aguilar, in 15th Century Spain. Callum discovers he is descended from a mysterious secret society, the Assassins, and amasses incredible knowledge and skills to take on the oppressive and powerful Templar organization in the present day. This new TV spot from 20th Century Fox also gives us new glimpses at Jeremy Irons as Alan Rikkin, Marion Cotillard as Dr. Sophia Rikkin and Essie Davis as Mary Lynch.

The supporting cast for Assassin’s Creed also includes Michael K. Williams, Brendan Gleeson, Ariane Labed, Matias Padin and Denis Menochet. Justin Kurzel, who directed both Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard in Hamlet last year, directs from a script by Bill Collage, Adam Cooper and Michael Lesslie. The movie is based on the wildly popular video game franchise, which, as of last summer, has sold over 93 million copies, becoming Ubisoft’s best-selling video game franchise ever.

Earlier this year, we reported that the production’s death-defying Leap of Faith stunt set a new world record. Stuntman Damien Walters’ free fall from 125 feet was the highest leap in over 35 years. Production wrapped in January, so we aren’t exactly sure when this record-breaking leap took place. Director Justin Kurzel explained in a video taken from the set that he wanted to ground this video game adaptation in reality as much as possible. Producer Patrick Crowley, reveals that, normally, with a stunt as big as the Leap of Faith, it would be a digital character taking the leap. However, since stuntman Damien Walters is said to be “the best,” they did this stunt for real. To prepare for this stunt, stuntman Damien Walters first jumped from 70 feet, and then from 90 feet, before the record breaking jump of 125 feet. During the jump, Damien Walters was falling at 61.1 miles per hour upon impact with the large inflatable mat.

Earlier this year, Universal’s Warcraft became the highest-grossing video game adaptation of all time, earning $433.5 million worldwide, although it only took in $47.2 million domestically. Assassin’s Creed has a shot to become only the third video game movie ever to crack $100 million at the domestic box office, following 2001’s Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and this year’s The Angry Birds Movie ($107.5 million). Take a look at the new Assassin’s Creed TV spot below, as we get closer to the December 21 release date.

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