A Quiet Place Returns to First Place at the Box Office

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A Quiet Place Returns to First Place at the Box Office

A Quiet Place returns to first place at the box office

After dropping to second place last weekend, A Quiet Place (Paramount Pictures) returned to the top spot at the domestic box office this weekend with $22 million. After three weeks, the film has grossed $132.4 million. Internationally, A Quiet Place grossed $15 million from 57 markets this weekend to push its overseas total to $74.8 million, with China (May 18), France (June 20), and Japan (Sept. 14) still to go. Worldwide, the movie has now reached $207.2 million. Made for just $17 million, A Quiet Place was directed by John Krasinski, who also stars opposite his real-life wife Emily Blunt, Noah Jupe, and Millicent Simmonds.

Warner Bros. Pictures action adventure Rampage followed closely behind in second place domestically with $21 million its second weekend, for a total of $66.6 million. The film added $57 million internationally in 61 territories to bring its overseas total to $216.4 million and global total to $283 million (with $106.6 million coming from China). Based on the video game, the Brad Peyton-directed film stars Dwayne Johnson, Naomie Harris, Malin Akerman, Jake Lacy, Joe Manganiello, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan. It cost $120 million to make.

STXfilms’ new comedy I Feel Pretty, starring Amy Schumer, opened in third place with an estimated $16.2 million from 3,440 theaters, an average of $4,715 per location. Written and directed by Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein, the $32 million film also stars Michelle Williams, Rory Scovel, Emily Ratajkowski, Busy Phillips, Aidy Bryant, Tom Hopper, Naomi Campbell, and Lauren Hutton. I Feel Pretty received a B+ CinemaScore from audiences.

Opening in fourth place was sequel Super Troopers 2 (Fox Searchlight Pictures), which debuted with $14.7 million from 2,038 theaters, an average of $7,213. Made for just $13.5 million, the film received a B+ CinemaScore.

Blumhouse’s Truth or Dare (Universal Pictures) rounded out the top five with $7.9 million and has grossed $30.4 million domestically after two weeks. The film also has earned $7.9 million internationally, for a worldwide total of $38.3 million. Made for just $3.5 million, the horror thriller was directed by Jeff Wadlow and stars Lucy Hale, Tyler Posey, Violett Beane, Nolan Gerard Funk, Hayden Szeto, and Sophia Taylor Ali.

In the sixth spot, Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One (Warner Bros. Pictures) added $7.5 million and has earned $126.2 million after four weeks. Continuing its great international run, Ready Player One took in another $23 million in 67 territories to push its overseas total to $395.4 million (with an impressive $207.4 million coming from China) and worldwide sum to $521.6 million. Ready Player One stars Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, T.J. Miller, Simon Pegg, and Mark Rylance.

Seventh place belonged to comedy Blockers (Universal Pictures), which earned $6.99 million its third weekend for a total of $48.3 million. Internationally, the $21 million film has made $19.5 million and the global total is at $67.8 million. Directed by Kay Cannon, Blockers stars Leslie Mann, Ike Barinholtz, John Cena, Kathryn Newton, Geraldine Indira Viswanathan, and Gideon Adlan.

With just five days to go until Avengers: Infinity War opens, Marvel Studios’ Black Panther is still in the top 10! In eighth place, the juggernaut added $4.6 million and is now up to $681 million after 10 weeks in theaters. The film added $1.2 million internationally and has reached $642.9 million, for a global total of $1.324 billion. The Ryan Coogler-directed film stars Chadwick Boseman, Danai Gurira, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, and Andy Serkis.

Opening in ninth place was Traffik (Lionsgate’s Codeblack Films) with $3.9 million from 1,046 theaters, an average of $3,705 per theater. Receiving a B CinemaScore, the film was directed by Deon Taylor and stars Paula Patton, Omar Epps, Roselyn Sanchez, and Laz Alonso.

Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs (Fox Searchlight) took 10th place with $3.4 million to take its five-week total to $24.4 million. Internationally, the film added $5.6 million in 14 markets and has reached $15.2 million. Isle of Dogs features the voices of F. Murray Abraham, Bob Balaban, Bryan Cranston, Greta Gerwig, Jeff Goldblum, Akira Ito, Scarlett Johansson, Harvey Keitel, Frances McDormand, Bill Murray, Mari Natsuki, Yojiro Noda, Kunichi Nomura, Edward Norton, Yoko Ono, Koyu Rankin, Liev Schreiber, Fisher Stevens, Tilda Swinton, Akira Takayama, Courtney B. Vance, and Frank Wood.

Cameron Says Avatar Sequels are Godfather-Like, Talks Avengers

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Cameron Says Avatar Sequels are Godfather-Like, Talks Avengers

Cameron says Avatar sequels are Godfather-like, talks Avengers

For his new documentary series James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction, premiering on Monday, April 30 on AMC, the filmmaker talked to the press about the show and the upcoming Avatar sequels and more.

According to Deadline, he said the sequels will be more like a family drama. “So it’s The Godfather. Obviously a very different genre [and] a very different story, but I got intrigued by that idea, so that’s really what it is. It’s a generational family saga very different than the first film. Now, it’s the same type of settings and the same sort of respect for that shock of the new that we want to show you things that not only that you haven’t seen, but you haven’t imagined. It’s a continuation of the same characters, but what happens when warriors, willing to go on suicide charges and leap off cliffs on to the backs of big orange Toruks, grow up and have their own kids. Now the kids are the change makers. It’s interesting. Everyone is either a parent or they had parents at the very least. If you look at the big successful franchises now they are pretty much uninterested in it. So this could be the seeds of utter damnation and doom for the project or could be the thing that makes it stand apart and continue to be unique. Nobody knows until you make the movie and put it out. Anyone who thinks this is easy or they are just printing money over there at the Avatar studio, it doesn’t work that way.”

Speaking of other franchises, Cameron hopes that Avengers fatigue will set in soon. He said, according to Indiewire, “Not that I don’t love the movies. It’s just, come on guys, there are other stories to tell besides hyper-gonadal males without families doing death-defying things for two hours and wrecking cities in the process. It’s like, oy!”

He also mentioned the new Terminator movie that will be directed by Tim Miller and produced by Cameron. “We are looking at it differently than when I wrote the first story in 1982. That was just a classic sort of ‘technology bad, smart computers bad’ kind of thing. It’s got to be a much more nuanced perspective now I think, and hopefully we’ll show that ‘smart computers bad but…’ is the new motif,” he laughed.

Returning for the Avatar sequels are Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Joel David Moore, Dileep Rao, Stephen Lang, Matt Gerald and Sigourney Weaver. Kate Winslet, Cliff Curtis and Oona Chaplin are also joining the sequels. Cameron recently explained that Stephen Lang’s Colonel Miles Quaritch is coming back for all four sequels and will be the main villain throughout the story. Filming officially started on Avatar 2 and Avatar 3 on September 25, 2017. Shortly after, James Cameron announced young cast members for the sequel, which include the Sully family and children from the Metkayina Na’vi clan who live near ocean reefs, led by Tonowari (Cliff Curtis). The only actor who will appear in live-action playing a non-CGI character is Jack Champion as Javier “Spider” Socorro, a human teen born at the Hell’s Gate military complex seen in the first film.

20th Century Fox and Lightstorm Entertainment previously announced release dates for the four Avatar sequels. Avatar 2 will be coming to theaters on December 18, 2020, and will be followed by Avatar 3 on December 17, 2021. Filming will then begin on Avatar 4 and Avatar 5, which will be released on December 20, 2024 and December 19, 2025, with Cameron’s caveat that they won’t make 4 and 5 if 2 and 3 aren’t successful.

Released in 2009, the first Avatar film remains the highest-grossing film worldwide with over $2.7 billion in box office grosses. Titanic was previously the record holder with $2.186 billion worldwide.

For Story of Science Fiction, sat down with Sigourney Weaver (Alien), Christopher Nolan (Inception), Steven Spielberg (Ready Player One), Keanu Reeves (The Matrix), Ridley Scott (Blade Runner), Arnold Schwarzenegger (The Terminator), Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water), George Lucas (Star Wars), Paul Verhoeven (RoboCop) and Zoe Saldana (Avatar).

Verne Troyer Passes Away at Age 49

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Verne Troyer Passes Away at Age 49

Verne Troyer passes away at age 49

Verne Troyer, who was best known for playing Mini-Me in the Austin Powers films and for his height of 2 ft 8 in due to achondroplasia dwarfism, has passed away at the age of 49. Born on January 1, 1969, Troyer also briefly appeared as Griphook the goblin in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. You can view his full filmography here.

The news was posted on his social channels and you can read the full statement below:

“It is with great sadness and incredibly heavy hearts to write that Verne passed away today.

Verne was an extremely caring individual. He wanted to make everyone smile, be happy, and laugh. Anybody in need, he would help to any extent possible. Verne hoped he made a positive change with the platform he had and worked towards spreading that message everyday.

He inspired people around the world with his drive, determination, and attitude. On film & television sets, commercial shoots, at comic-con’s & personal appearances, to his own YouTube videos, he was there to show everyone what he was capable of doing. Even though his stature was small and his parents often wondered if he’d be able to reach up and open doors on his own in his life, he went on to open more doors for himself and others than anyone could have imagined. He also touched more peoples hearts than he will ever know.

Verne was also a fighter when it came to his own battles. Over the years he’s struggled and won, struggled and won, struggled and fought some more, but unfortunately this time was too much.

During this recent time of adversity he was baptized while surrounded by his family. The family appreciates that they have this time to grieve privately.

Depression and Suicide are very serious issues. You never know what kind of battle someone is going through inside. Be kind to one another. And always know, it’s never too late to reach out to someone for help.

In lieu of flowers, please feel free to make a donation in Verne’s name to either of his two favorite charities; The Starkey Hearing Foundation and Best Buddies.”

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New Supergirl Poster Shows Mon-El Fully Suited Up

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New Supergirl Poster Shows Mon-El Fully Suited Up

New Supergirl poster shows Mon-El fully suited up

Just a few days before the next episode of Supergirl, The CW has released a new poster of lead character Mon-El in his red suit from the comics! Check it out in the gallery below.

The new episode, which is entitled “In Search of Lost Time,” is set to air on April 23 and is described as follows:

“J’ONN HAS TO FACE THE TRUTH ABOUT HIS FATHER — When Myr’nn (guest star Carl Lumbly) inadvertently causes psychic disturbances at the DEO, Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) must work with J’onn (David Harewood) to contain the resulting chaos. Meanwhile, Mon-El (Chris Wood) begins training Kara in fighting techniques he’s learned in the future for battling Worldkillers.”

Andi Armaganian directed the episode, with a story by Eric Carrasco and teleplay by Katie Rose Rogers & Nicki Holcomb.

The series, based on the DC Comics character of the same, stars Benoist as the titular character, Mehcad Brooks as James Olsen, Chyler Leigh as Alex Danvers, Jeremy Jordan as Winslow ‘Winn’ Schott, Chris Wood as Mon-El, Katie McGrath as Lena Luthor, Odette Annable as Sam/Reign, and David Harewood as Hank Henshaw/J’onn J’onnz.

Supergirl also joined the rest of its fellow DC Comics adaptations with another season’s renewal from The CW.

The Goldbergs’ Wendi McLendon-Covey In Talks for What Men Want

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The Goldbergs' Wendi McLendon-Covey In Talks for What Men Want

The Goldbergs’ Wendi McLendon-Covey in talks to co-star in What Men Want

The Hollywood Reporter brings word that comedian Wendi McLendon-Covey (The Goldbergs, Reno 911!) is in talks for the upcoming comedy What Men Want.

What Men Want will be a flipped version of the Nancy Meyers-directed film from 2000 in which a misogynistic advertising executive is given the power to read women’s minds and learn what they’re really thinking following an accident. In the upcoming remake, Taraji P. Henson will star as a female sports agent who has been isolated by her male colleagues and after gaining the power to hear men’s thoughts uses them to race to sign the next NBA superstar.

McLendon-Covey will star as Henson’s best friend in the film. The cast for the film also includes Tracy Morgan (The Last O.G.) and Aldis Hodge (Straight Outta Compton).

Nancy Meyers’ original film also starred Marisa Tomei, Alan Alda, Logan Lerman, Bette Midler, and Sarah Paulson. The film quickly became a worldwide sensation, and brought in over $374 million at the global box office when it was released (which is over $535 million if adjusted for inflation). What Women Want remains the highest grossing film of Meyers career.

What Men Want is set to be directed by Adam Shankman (Hairspray) and will debut in theaters on January 11, 2019.

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Netflix’s Witcher Series Could Premiere in 2020, Writer Reveals

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Netflix's Witcher Series Could Premiere in 2020, Writer Reveals

Netflix’s Witcher series could premiere in 2020, writer reveals

Netflix‘s adaptation of The Witcher book series has been in development since May of last year, and while things continue to chug along for the epic fantasy series, we may finally know when to expect it. Executive producer/writer Lauren Schmidt Hissrich has taken to Twitter to confirm a few more details on the series and among them is the potential premiere window of 2020.

RELATED: Witcher Characters Confirmed for the Netflix Series

“Who knows?! We’re moving quickly ahead with everything — like, my head is spinning around Exorcist-style, except with enthusiasm, not evil possession — but one thing is certain: quality comes before speed. You’ll get it as soon as humanly possible, and it’ll be good,” she writes.

Hissrich also confirmed that the first season of the series will be just eight episodes long and that the series will be shooting in Eastern Europe.

“I know, I know, it may not seem like enough for you, but creatively, it’s the right call,” Hissrich says of the episode count. “The episodes can be tight, action-packed, rich in character and story, without lagging in the middle of the season.”

The Witcher series for Netflix will be based on the stories and novels by Andrzej Sapkowski, of which there are eight, which themselves formulated the popular Witcher games franchise which has since spawned a comic book series and a tabletop game. The book series was previously adapted for television in Poland.

Schmidt Hissrich will serve as executive producer and showrunner for The Witcher. She’s known for her work (writing and co-executive producing) on The DefendersDaredevil and Power. Sean Daniel is set to executive produce under the Sean Daniel Company with his partner Jason Brown. Tomek Baginski and Jarek Sawko of Platige Image will executive produce as well.

Arrow Episode 6.20 Photos: Shifting Allegiances

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Arrow Episode 6.20 Photos: Shifting Allegiances

Arrow Episode 6.20 photos: Shifting Allegiances

The CW has released the first batch of promo photos for Arrow Episode 6.20, the all-new episode that arrives this Thursday. Check them out in the gallery below!

RELATED: Oliver and Diaz Go Toe-to-Toe for Control of Star City in New Arrow Promo

Titled “Shifting Allegiances” and set to air April 26, the episode is officially described as follows:

“RENE RETURNS TO NTA – Oliver (Stephen Amell) turns to an old friend to help battle Diaz (guest star Kirk Acevedo). Meanwhile, Rene (Rick Gonzalez) is out of the hospital but has a hard time re-adjusting to life as Wild Dog. Also, Lance (Paul Blackthorne) discovers something shocking about Black Siren (Katie Cassidy).”

Alexandra La Roche directed the episode, which was written by Wendy Mericle & Rebecca Bellotto.

Arrow stars Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen, David Ramsey as John Diggle, Emily Bett Rickards as Felicity Smoak, John Barrowman as Malcom Merlyn, with Paul Blackthorne as Detective Lance. Manu Bennett is back as Slade Wilson, aka Deathstroke, and his son, Joe Wilson, will be played by Liam Hall. Juliana Harkavy is playing Dinah Drake, David Nykl portrays Anatoly Knyazev, Michael Emerson is playing the big bad, Cayden James.

Based on the DC characters, the series is executive produced by Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, Andrew Kreisberg, Wendy Mericle and Sarah Schechter. Arrow is produced by Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television.

Grey’s Anatomy Season 15 Given the Green Light by ABC

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Grey's Anatomy Season 15 Given the Green Light by ABC

Grey’s Anatomy Season 15 given the green light by ABC

ABC’s hit medical drama series Grey’s Anatomy has been picked up for another season, it was announced by Channing Dungey, president, ABC Entertainment.

“‘Grey’s Anatomy’ has a special place in my heart and millions of viewers feel the same way,” said Dungey. “Thanks to fiercely loyal fans who have been on this journey since the beginning, and new generations of viewers who continue to discover the joy and drama of Grey Sloan Memorial, the show is as strong as ever.”

Next season will be the 15th season of Grey’s Anatomy, which is ABC’s longest-running primetime drama series. Only seven dramas in the history of television have had more seasons.

In its 14th season, Grey’s Anatomy is ABC’s No. 1 drama among Adults 18-49, ranking among the Top 5 broadcast series on TV, and is tied with ABC’s The Good Doctor as the No. 2 broadcast drama. Grey’s Anatomy is improving over this point last season by 3% in total viewers to deliver its most watched season in four years – since the 2013-14 season.

Recipient of the 2007 Golden Globe Award for Best Drama Television Series and nominated for multiple Emmys, including Outstanding Drama Series, Grey’s Anatomy is considered one of the great television shows of our time. The high-intensity medical drama follows Meredith Grey and the team of doctors at Grey Sloan Memorial, who are faced with life-or-death decisions on a daily basis. They seek comfort from one another, and, at times, more than just friendship. Together they discover that neither medicine nor relationships can be defined in black and white.

Grey’s Anatomy stars Ellen Pompeo as Meredith Grey, Justin Chambers as Alex Karev, Chandra Wilson as Miranda Bailey, James Pickens Jr. as Richard Webber, Kevin McKidd as Owen Hunt, Jesse Williams as Jackson Avery, Caterina Scorsone as Amelia Shepherd, Camilla Luddington as Jo Wilson, Kelly McCreary as Maggie Pierce and Giacomo Gianniotti as Andrew DeLuca.

Grey’s Anatomy was created and is executive produced by Shonda Rhimes (Scandal, How to Get Away with Murder). Betsy Beers (Scandal, How to Get Away with Murder), Mark Gordon (Saving Private Ryan), Krista Vernoff (Shameless), William Harper, Zoanne Clack, Debbie Allen and Fred Einesman are executive producers. Grey’s Anatomy is produced by ABC Studios.

Stephen King’s The Tommyknockers Lands at Universal

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Stephen King's The Tommyknockers Lands at Universal

James Wan and Larry Sanitsky teaming up for Stephen King’s Tommyknockers

Universal Pictures has won a bidding war for the big screen rights to Stephen King novel The Tommyknockers, according to The Hollywood Reporter. James Wan (The Conjuring) and Roy Lee (IT) will produce the film, which has no director or writer yet.

Universal reportedly beat out Sony Pictures and Netflix for the rights.

The 1987 horror novel is described as follows: Writer Bobbi Anderson becomes obsessed with digging up something she’s found buried in the woods near her home. With the help of her friend, Jim Gardener, she uncovers an alien spaceship. Though exposure to the Tommyknockers who piloted the alien craft has detrimental effects on residents’ health, the people of Haven develop a talent for creating innovative devices under its increasingly malignant influence.

Wan from Atomic Monster and Lee from Vertigo are joining producer Larry Sanitsky (the 1993 TV miniseries based on The Tommyknockers) to work on the film.

The Tommyknockers is the second best-selling Stephen King book in its hardcover release. The book outsold IT. The previous Tommyknockers miniseries starred Jimmy Smits and Marg Helgenberger. There was talk of doing a miniseries version of the book back in 2013 for NBC.

Not Groovy: Ash vs Evil Dead Cancelled by Starz

by Max Evry

Not Groovy: Ash vs Evil Dead Cancelled by Starz

Not Groovy: Ash vs Evil Dead cancelled by Starz

In a bit of unfortunate news for horror fandom today, The Hollywood Reporter brings word that Starz has cancelled Ash vs Evil Dead after three seasons. The April 29 Season 3 finale will serve as a series finale. Ratings on the show have dropped precipitously since its launch in 2015, which was cited as reason for the cancellation. Are you sad to see Ash vs Evil Dead cancelled? Let us know in the comments below.

“‘Ash vs Evil Dead’ has taken audiences on a wild ride for three seasons thanks to the fantastic performances and creative efforts of Sam, Bruce, Rob, and the entire cast and crew. We are proud to send the show out with a bang … and a splat,” said Carmi Zlotnik, president of programming at Starz.

“‘Ash vs Evil Dead’ has been the ride of a lifetime,” Campbell said. “Ash Williams was the role of a lifetime. It was an honor to reunite with ‘Evil Dead’ partners Rob Tapert and Sam Raimi to give our tireless fans another taste of the outrageous horror/comedy they demanded. I will always be grateful to Starz for the opportunity to revisit the franchise that launched our careers.”

The wickedly gore-filled series starred Bruce Campbell as Ash Williams, the chainsaw-wielding anti-hero tasked with saving the world from evil; Lucy Lawless as Ruby, the unpredictable foe and occasional ally who has strong ties to the origin of the “Necronomicon;” Ray Santiago plays Pablo Simon Bolivar, Ash’s loyal sidekick and eternal optimist; and Dana DeLorenzo as Kelly Maxwell. Ash vs Evil Dead Season 3 also found Ash discovering his long lost daughter, Brandy Barr, played by newcomer Arielle Carver-O’Neill (House Husbands, Suburbs, Conspiracy 365).

The Evil Dead original filmmakers Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert and Bruce Campbell served as executive producers along with Ivan Raimi and Rick Jacobson. Mark Verheiden served as Showrunner with producer Moira Grant.

IT’s Sophia Lillis to Star in Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase

by Max Evry

IT's Sophia Lillis to Star in Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase

IT’s Sophia Lillis to star in Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase

Deadline is reporting that Sophia Lillis, the young star of last year’s blockbuster IT, has been tapped by Warner Bros. to headline their potential franchise starter Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase. Based on the second of 175 books in the “Nancy Drew” series published since 1930, Lillis will portray the tireless title sleuth as she investigates a potentially haunted house and a missing landowner.

Ellen DeGeneres, Jeff Kleeman, and Chip Diggins will produce Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase, with Wendy Williams executive producing. No director or screenwriter has been announced yet, but the project is expected to begin filming shortly.

The character of Nancy Drew was created by publisher Edward Stratemeyer to go along with his Hardy Boys book series. The books were written by a series of ghostwriters and published under the pen name Carolyn Keene. The character first appeared in 1930 and evolved over the years with the culture. Depending on the version of the story, Nancy Drew is either 16- or 18-years old and is an amateur detective. She is often helped by her best friends, cousins Bess Marvin and George Fayne, both of whom are women. It can be assumed that the friends of the author in the series are the people upon whom she bases Bess and George.

The book Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase was previously adapted as a Warner Bros. movie in 1939 starring Bonita Granville as Nancy Drew, itself the fourth of four Drew mystery movies. The studio attempted a modern-day reboot titled Nancy Drew and starring Emma Roberts in 2007, which failed at the box office. NBC announced last October that they were developing Nancy Drew series inspired by the books from Doubt creators Tony Phelan and Joan Rater, producer Dan Jinks and CBS TV Studios. The original 2015 concept would have focused on an adult Drew working as a detective for the NYPD, and a pilot was shot starring Sarah Shahi (Person of Interest) as the titular character, but was later scrapped. Previous TV adaptations included The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries which ran from 1977 to 1979 on ABC, a 1995 series titled Nancy Drew featuring a 21-year-old Nancy, and a 2002 ABC TV movie titled Nancy Drew intended as a pilot for a series that was never greenlit.

Are you guys interested in this take on Nancy Drew? Let us know in the comments below!

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The Angry Birds Movie 2 All-Star Cast Revealed!

by Kylie Hemmert

The Angry Birds Movie 2 All-Star Cast Revealed!

The Angry Birds Movie 2 all-star cast revealed!

Sony Pictures and Rovio Entertainment are once again joining forces on The Angry Birds Movie 2, and today they announced an all-star cast of new and returning talent for the flightless birds and scheming green pigs as they take their beef to the next level.

The returning voice cast includes Jason Sudeikis (We’re the Millers, Horrible Bosses) as the temperamental Red, Josh Gad (Beauty and the Beast, Frozen, Murder on the Orient Express) as speedy Chuck, Bill Hader (Barry, Trainwreck) as Leonard, king of the pigs, Danny McBride (Vice Principals, This is the End) as the volatile Bomb, and Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones, Avengers: Infinity War, Three Billboards) as the legendary Mighty Eagle.

Joining the cast for the sequel is a host of hilarious actors and comedy stars, including Emmy-nominee Leslie Jones (SNL, Ghostbusters) as the film’s villain, Golden Globe winner Rachel Bloom (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend), Golden Globe and Emmy winner Sterling K. Brown (This is Us, Black Panther, The People vs. O.J. Simpson), Mexico’s comedy superstar Eugenio Derbez (Instructions Not Included, Overboard), Zach Woods (Silicon Valley, The Post), Awkwafina (Oceans 8, Crazy Rich Asians), Lil Rel Howery (Get Out), Dove Cameron (The Descendants, Agents of SHIELD), Beck Bennett (SNL, Brigsby Bear) and Brooklynn Prince (The Florida Project).

John Cohen (Despicable Me, The Angry Birds Movie), the producer of the sequel, said: “I’m thrilled about our incredibly talented filmmaking team and the hilarious people we’ve brought together for the sequel.  We’re so happy that Jason, Josh, Bill, Danny, and Peter are back for a second adventure joined by Leslie, Rachel, Sterling, Eugenio and this awesome ensemble of new talent.  We’ll have many more exciting announcements to share soon.”

The Angry Birds Movie opened at #1 in 50 countries around the globe in May 2016, becoming the second-highest-grossing video game adaptation of all time after earning $352 million at the box office. The Angry Birds games have been downloaded over 4 billion times.

The Angry Birds Movie 2 is directed by Thurop Van Orman (The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack, Adventure Time) and co-directed by John Rice (King of the Hill, Rick and Morty). Mary Ellen Bauder Andrews is co-producing, Sean Charmatz (Trolls) is the head of story, Peter Ackerman (FX’s The AmericansIce Age) is writing the screenplay, Pete Oswald is the production designer, and Linda Lamontagne is the casting director.  David Maisel and Catherine Winder are executive producers.  The talented team at Sony Pictures Imageworks handles the animation.

The Angry Birds Movie 2 is slated for release on September 20, 2019.

Ant-Man and The Wasp Funko Pop! Figures Get Small

by Max Evry

Ant-Man and The Wasp Funko Pop! Figures Get Small

Ant-Man and The Wasp Funko Pop! figures get small

Funko has revealed new Pop! figures from Marvel Studios’ upcoming summer sequel Ant-Man and The Wasp, with both Ant-Man and the Wasp getting unmasked Chase pieces, a rarity of 1-in-6. There’s also a different “phasing” version of Ghost available only at Walmart. Check out the Ant-Man and The Wasp Funko Pops in the galley below, along with other recent Funko releases!

From the Marvel Cinematic Universe comes Ant-Man and The Wasp, a new chapter featuring heroes with the astonishing ability to shrink. In the aftermath of Captain America: Civil War, Scott Lang grapples with the consequences of his choices as both a super hero and a father. As he struggles to rebalance his life with his responsibilities as Ant-Man, he’s confronted by Hope van Dyne and Dr. Hank Pym with an urgent new mission. Scott must once again put on the suit and learn to fight alongside the Wasp as the team works together to uncover secrets from the past.

Ant-Man and The Wasp stars Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Peña and Academy Award winner Michael Douglas, who all return to the roles they originated in the 2015 box office hit Ant-Man. Bobby Cannavale, Judy Greer, Abby Ryder Fortson, Tip “T.I.” Harris and David Dastmalchian also reprise their supporting roles. The highly-anticipated follow-up has also added Academy Award nominees Michelle Pfeiffer and Laurence Fishburne, along with Hannah John-Kamen, Walton Goggins and Randall Park to the ensemble cast.

Marvel’s Ant-Man and The Wasp is directed by Peyton Reed and produced by Kevin Feige, with Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Stephen Broussard, Charles Newirth and Stan Lee serving as executive producers. The sequel will open in theaters on July 6, 2018.

Michelle Yeoh and Selina Lo Join Joe Carnahan’s Boss Level

by Sarah Musnicky

Michelle Yeoh and Selina Lo Join Mel Gibson's Boss Level

Michelle Yeoh and Selina Lo join the cast of action thriller Boss Level

Variety reported today that actresses Michelle Yeoh and Selina Lo have joined Mel Gibson and Frank Grillo in Joe Carnahan’s action thriller Boss LevelSpecifics surrounding their roles have not been disclosed, but Yeoh will be in a key supporting role.

Michelle Yeoh is most known for her work in the award-winning Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and playing a Bond girl in Tomorrow Never Dies. She will next appear in the much-anticipated Crazy Rich Asians.

The role in Boss Level will be a career breakthrough for British actress Selina Lo. Lo is most known for her work in BBC’s One Child, Jesse Johnson’s The Debt Collector, and Scorpion King 3.

Boss Level also stars Ken Jeong, Annabelle Wallis, and Naomi Watts.

Boss Level follows a retired special forces officer, Roy Pulver (Grillo), who is trapped in a never-ending time loop on the day of his death. His quest is to find out who is responsible.

Boss Level will be produced and financed by Randall Emmett and George Furla of Emmett/Furla/Oasis, with Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian also serving as producers. Carnahan and Grillo’s War Party will executive produce alongside Scott Free’s Jules Daly. The film was written and will be directed by Joe Carnahan (Death Wish).

The film is currently in production in Atlanta and is expected to be released sometime in 2019.

(Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Amazon Picks Up Zero Zero Zero with Riseborough, DeHaan & Byrne

by Max Evry

Amazon Picks Up Zero Zero Zero with Riseborough, DeHaan & Byrne

Amazon picks up Zero Zero Zero with Riseborough, DeHaan & Byrne

Variety is reporting that Amazon has picked up US rights to Zero Zero Zero, the new eight-part TV series from the creators of the 2014 hit Gomorrah. Andrea Riseborough (Waco), Dane DeHaan (Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets), Gabriel Byrne (Hereditary) and Harold Torres (Sin Nombre) have all signed on to star in the series from Italy-based production company Cattleya. The series has already begun production.

Zero Zero Zero centers around the power struggle over the cocaine trade by following a shipment of coke from the Americas to Europe. Mexican cartels, the Calabrian mafia and corrupt businessmen all battle each other for power over the drugs.

Adapted from Roberto Saviano’s book, Zero Zero Zero will be directed by Stefano Sollima (Gomorrah), Pablo Trapero (The Clan) and Janus Metz (True Detective).

“We are going to do it by following a container ship and its load from its point of departure in Mexico to its final destination in Calabria, describing how the international trafficking of this special ‘commodity’ is affecting the market, the world economy and even our lives,” Sollima said. “This special good is cocaine, and its journey is our own.”

(Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Wentworth Miller is Back in The Flash Fury Rogue Photos

by Spencer Perry

Wentworth Miller is Back in The Flash Fury Rogue Photos

Wentwoth Miller is back in The Flash Fury Rogue photos

Ahead of the episode’s debut next week, The CW has released the first batch of photos for the next episode of The Flash which will feature the final appearance of Wentworth Miller as Captain Cold! Check them out in the gallery below and watch the promo for the episode by clicking here.

RELATED: Wentworth Miller to Make Final Appearance on The Flash, Legends

Titled “Fury Rogue” and set to air April 24, the episode is officially described as follows:

“WENTWORTH MILLER RETURNS AS CITIZEN COLD – When Barry (Grant Gustin) needs help transporting a dangerous meta, he calls on a new friend for help – Leo Snart AKA Citizen Cold (guest star Wentworth Miller). Meanwhile, Cisco (Carlos Valdes) becomes suspicious of Harry (Tom Cavanagh).”

Rachel Talalay directed the episode, which was written by Jeff Hersh & Joshua V. Gilbert.

The Flash stars Grant Gustin as Barry Allen/The Flash, Candice Patton as Iris West, Danielle Panabaker as Caitlin Snow, Carlos Valdes as Cisco Ramo, Tom Cavanagh as Dr. Harrison Wells, and Jesse L. Martin as Detective Joe West. New additions to the cast are Katee Sackhoff as the villain Amunet Black and Hartley Sawyer as Ralph Dibny, aka Elongated Man.

New Supergirl Photos Tease an Attack by Pestilence

by Spencer Perry

New Supergirl Photos Tease an Attack by Pestilence

New Supergirl photos tease an attack by Pestilence

Ahead of next week’s new episode, The CW has released the first batch of photos for the following episode of Supergirl! Check them out in the gallery below!

RELATED: New Supergirl Promo: In Search of Lost Time

Titled “Of Two Minds” and set to air April 30, the episode is officially described as follows:

“SUPERGIRL AND IMRA MUST WORK TOGETHER TO STOP THE THIRD WORLDKILLER – Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) and Imra (guest star Amy Jackson) have different ideas on how to stop the third Worldkiller, Pestilence. However, when both Alex (Chyler Leigh) and Winn (Jeremy Jordan) are seriously injured by Pestilence, Supergirl and Imra team up to stop the destruction.”

Alexandra La Roche directed the episode, which was written by Gabriel Llanas & Anna Musky-Goldwyn.

Supergirl stars Melissa Benoist as Kara Danvers/Supergirl, Mehcad Brooks as James Olsen, Chyler Leigh as Alex Danvers, Jeremy Jordan as Winslow ‘Winn’ Schott, Chris Wood as Mon-El, Katie McGrath as Lena Luthor, Odette Annable as Sam/Reign, and David Harewood as Hank Henshaw/J’onn J’onnz.

Based on the DC characters created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, the series is executive produced by Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, Sarah Schechter, Robert Rovner and Jessica Queller. Supergirl is produced by Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.

Iron Spider Hot Toy from Infinity War Revealed

by Spencer Perry

Iron Spider Hot Toy from Infinity War Revealed

Iron Spider Hot Toy from Infinity War revealed

With great power comes great responsibility, as well as a brand new super suit. Hot Toys has revealed the next piece of their Infinity War puzzle with their Spider-Man ‘Iron Spider’ collectible figure from Avengers: Infinity War! Check it out in the gallery below along with the previously-released Infinity War Captain America figure photos.

RELATED: Hot Toys Infinity Gauntlet 1/4th Scale Collectible Photos

Expertly crafted based on the stylish appearance of Iron Spider with the most up-to-date details in the movie, the collectible figure features three interchangeable heads including a newly-developed interchangeable masked head with LED light-up function, a masked head sculpt with five pairs of interchangeable eye pieces to create numerous combinations of Spider-Man’s expressions and a newly-painted interchangeable head sculpt featuring remarkable likeness of Tom Holland, a newly-developed specialized body, a skillfully-tailored metallic red and dark blue-colored Iron Spider suit with gold-colored trims perfectly capturing all the tiniest details, two pairs of articulated Iron Spider pincers with stylish gold-colored painting, a variety of spider-web shooting effect parts and a movie-themed dynamic figure stand.

The 1/6th scale Iron Spider Collectible Figure specially features:
– Authentic and detailed likeness of Iron Spider in Avengers: Infinity War
– One (1) newly developed interchangeable masked head with LED light-up function (white light, battery operated)
– One (1) newly developed masked head sculpt with four (4) sets of interchangeable eyepieces that can create numerous combination of expressions
– One (1) newly painted interchangeable head sculpt with authentic likeness of Tom Holland as Peter Parker
– Newly developed body with 30 points of articulation
– Approximately 28.5 cm tall

Twelve (12) pieces of interchangeable hands including:
· One (1) pair of fists
· One (1) pair of relaxed hands
· One (1) pair of palms for cobweb shooting
· One (1) pair of palms for cobweb swinging
· One (1) pair of open hands
· One (1) pair of gesturing hands
– Each piece of head sculpt is specially hand-painted

Costume :
– One (1) newly developed metallic red and dark blue colored Spider-Man suit with gold trims, embossed cobweb pattern and dark blue spider emblem on chest
– One (1) pair of red-colored boots with gold trims and embossed cobweb pattern
– Two (2) pairs of detachable gold-colored articulated Iron Spider pincers

Accessories:
– One (1) Spider-Man mask (not wearable on figure)
– One (1) open spider web effect accessory
– Four (4) strings of spider web in different shapes and lengths, attachable to the web-shooters
– A specially designed Avengers: Infinity War themed dynamic figure stand with movie logo

Artists:
– Head Sculpted by Yulli
– 3D Design by Da Hye, Kim
– Head Painted by JC. Hong
– Head Art Directed by Kojun

Release date: Approximately Q1 – Q2, 2019

Dolby Cinema Unleashes New Deadpool 2 Artwork

by Sarah Musnicky

Dolby Cinema Unleashes New Deadpool 2 Artwork

Check out exclusive Deadpool 2 artwork from Dolby Cinema.

Dolby Cinema has revealed exclusive Deadpool 2 artwork in celebration of the release of the upcoming movie. This poster is available for those who purchase tickets through Dolby here. Make sure you check it out in the gallery below.

Ryan Reynolds is reprising his role as the Merc with a Mouth alongside Zazie Beetz as the luck-manipulating mutant Domino and Josh Brolin as Cable, the time-traveling son of the X-Men’s Cyclops. Jack Kesy (The StrainBaywatch) is playing the film’s central villain, which, while unconfirmed, is rumored to be Irish mutant Black Tom Cassidy. Japanese actress Shioli Kutsuna and Julian Dennison (Hunt for the Wilderpeople) have also joined the film in mystery roles.

After surviving a near fatal bovine attack, a disfigured cafeteria chef (Wade Wilson) struggles to fulfill his dream of becoming Mayberry’s hottest bartender while also learning to cope with his lost sense of taste. Searching to regain his spice for life, as well as a flux capacitor, Wade must battle ninjas, the yakuza, and a pack of sexually aggressive canines, as he journeys around the world to discover the importance of family, friendship, and flavor – finding a new taste for adventure and earning the coveted coffee mug title of World’s Best Lover.

Other stars returning from the first Deadpool include Leslie Uggams as Blind Al, Morena Baccarin as Vanessa, Brianna Hildebrand as Negasonic Teenage Warhead, and Stefan Kapicic as the voice of Colossus.

Deadpool 2 arrives in theaters on May 18.

Starz App May 2018 Movie and TV Titles Announced

by CS

Starz App May 2018 Movie and TV Titles Announced

Starz App May 2018 movies and TV titles announced

The Starz App May 2018 releases have been announced and the full schedule can be viewed below. Next month, Starz will premiere two back-to-back STARZ Original Series Sweetbitter and Vida on Sunday, May 6. The critically-acclaimed hit mockumentary feature Borat will be exclusively available on the STARZ App, among others. The UCB Show will also be available on the Starz App, as part of the slew of comedy series, specials and films that Starz recently acquired.

The Starz App offers streaming access to current and past Starz Originals, in addition to a huge library of big hit movies and popular to classic TV series. Those who already have Starz in their cable package can access the app through their cable provider. Those who do not can purchase the Starz App for a streaming subscription of $8.99 a month. A unique feature of the Starz App is its capability to download full movies and shows to watch offline, anytime and anywhere.

Below, you can take a look at a rundown of new movies and series coming to the service next month. The titles will be available at midnight Eastern Time on the specific dates.

Which of the new Starz App May 2018 titles are you planning to check out? Let us know in the comments below!

AVAILABLE MAY 1st
“Barbie Dreamtopia” (2017) – Season 1
“New York’s Funniest” (2016) – Episodes 101-105
“Night Train With Wyatt Cenac” (2016) – Episodes 101-106
“Night Train With Wyatt Cenac” (2017) – Episodes 201-206
“Robotboy” (2007) – Episodes 201-252
“Take My Wife” (2016) – Episodes 101-106
“Take My Wife (2017) – Episodes 201-208
“The UCB Show” (2016) – Episodes 101-108
“The UCB Show” (2017) – Episodes 201-208
28 Days (2000)
Benny & Joon (1993)
Black Rain (1989)
Blow Out (1981)
Borat (2006)
Borderland (1937)
Brian Posehn: Criminally Poshen (2016)
Charlotte’s Web (2006)
Cujo (1983)
Dakota (1945)
Dazed and Confused (1993)
El Dorado (1966)
The Fighting Kentuckian (1949)
Flirting With Disaster (1996)
Hoodlum (1997)
Howard Lovecraft And The Undersea Kingdom (2017)
La Granja (2015)
Lachian Patterson Live From Venice Beach (2016)
Larger Than Life (1996)
Life (1999)
Line Of Descent (2017)
Platoon (1986)
Race To Witch Mountain (2009)
Redemption (2013)
Rollerball (1975)
Rollerball (2002)
The Seven-Per-Cent Solution (1976)
Shaquille O’neal Presents: All Star Comedy Jam – Live From Las Vegas (2014)
Sin Norte (2017)
Sklar Brothers: Hipster Ghosts (2017)
Streets Of Fire (1984)
Thelma & Louise (1991)
To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything, Julie Newmar (1995)
Urban Cowboy (1980)
X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)

AVAILABLE MAY 4th
I Love You Phillip Morris (2010)
The Men Who Stare At Goats (2009)
Which Way Is Up? (1977)

AVAILABLE MAY 5th
Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House (2017)

AVAILABLE MAY 6th
“Sweetbitter” (2018) – Episode 101 **Series Premiere
“Vida” (2018) – Episode 101 **Series Premiere

AVAILABLE MAY 8th
Abracadabra (2017)

AVAILABLE MAY 11th
Big Game (2014)
Boricua’s Bond (1999)
Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind (2002)
Desert Dancer (2015)
Fury At Showdown (1957)
Greenberg (2009)
Joshua (2007)
The Odd Couple II (1998)
The Phantom Of The Opera (1962)
Tomahawk (1950)

AVAILABLE MAY 12th
Flatliners (2017)

AVAILABLE MAY 13th
“Sweetbitter” (2018) – Episode 102
“Vida” (2018) – Episode 102

AVAILABLE MAY 14th
Eye In The Sky (2016)
What Haunts Us (2016)

AVAILABLE MAY 16th
The Princess And The Frog (2009)

AVAILABLE MAY 18th
100 Rifles (1968)
The Alamo: Thirteen Days To Glory (1986)
Battle For The Planet Of The Apes (1973)
Beneath The Planet Of The Apes (1970)
Brubaker (1980)
Cattle Drive (1951)
Conquest Of The Planet Of The Apes (1972)
Death Rides A Horse (1967)
Desperado (1995)
Erik The Viking (1989)
Escape From The Planet Of The Apes (1971)
The Evil Of Frankenstein (1964)
Flawless (1999)
Hardball (2001)
Heroes (1977)
In The Blood (2013)
Mermaids (1990)
Raiders Of San Joaquin (1942)

AVAILABLE MAY 20th
“Sweetbitter” (2018) – Episode 103
“Vida” (2018) – Episode 103

AVAILABLE MAY 23rd
Paulie (1998)
The Warriors (1979)

AVAILABLE MAY 25th
The Banger Sisters (2002)
D.C. Cab (1983)
Frankenstein Meets The Wolf Man (1942)
God Forgives… I Don’t! (1969)
The Hunting Party (1971)
The Mod Squad (1999)
Rat Race (2001)
The Rawhide Years (1955)
The Stand At Apache River (1953)

AVAILABLE MAY 27th
“Sweetbitter” (2018) – Episode 104
“Vida” (2018) – Episode 104

AVAILABLE MAY 28th
Wasted! The Story Of Food Waste (2017)

AVAILABLE MAY 31st
Raging Bull (1980)

WHAT’S LEAVING THE STARZ APP IN MAY

LEAVING MAY 2nd
The Pink Panther (1963)

LEAVING MAY 4th
Best Laid Plans (1999)
Monkey Business (1952)

LEAVING MAY 8th
Dark Horse (2016)
Maggie’s Plan (2016)

LEAVING MAY 11th
Robin Hood (1991)

LEAVING MAY 15th
Somwhere (2010)

LEAVING MAY 18th
Obsessed (2009)
Rapid Fire (1992)

LEAVING MAY 21st
The Meddler (2016)
Money Monster (2016)

LEAVING MAY 24th
Legally Blonde (2001)

LEAVING MAY 25th
Fatso (1980)

LEAVING MAY 30th
Fist Of Fury (1972)

LEAVING MAY 31st
Always Watching: A Marble Hornets Story (2015)
Anarchy Parlor (2015)
The Babysitter (1995)
The Big Show (1936)
Bio-Dome (1996)
Blue Jasmine (2013)
Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo (1984)
Brokedown Palace (1999)
The Cable Guy (1996)
Calamity Jane And Sam Bass (1949)
The Cimarron Kid (1951)
Class (1983)
Collision (2013)
The Covenant (2006)
The Curse Of The Jade Scorpion (2001)
Daddy Don’t Go (2014)
Dakota (1945)
Dark Command (1940)
Dead Heist (2007)
The Devil’s Own (1997)
Devuélveme La Vida (2016)
Double Jeopardy (1999)
Down The Shore (2010)
Dr. Lucille: The Lucille Teasdale Story (2000)
Drango (1957)
Earthquake (1974)
El Dorado (1966)
El Guri (2015)
Event Horizon (1997)
The Family Fang (2016)
Ferngully: The Last Rainforest (1992)
The Fighting Kentuckian (1949)
Foxfire (1955)
Game Of Death (1978)
Ghoulies II (1987)
A Good Woman (2006)
The Great Outdoors (1988)
Groundhog Day (1993)
Gunsmoke (1953)
Hannah And Her Sisters (1986)
Hard Rain (1997)
Hard Sell (2016)
Heart Of The Rio Grande (1942)
Heller In Pink Tights (1960)
Home In Wyomin’ (1942)
Home On The Prairie (1939)
Hoop Dreams (1994)
House of 1,000 Corpses (2003)
Idiocracy (2006)
In The Heat Of The Night (1967)
Jeepers Creepers (2001)
Kansas Raiders (1950)
Leaving Las Vegas (1995)
Loch Ness (1995)
The Lone Star Trail (1942)
Man Without A Star (1955)
Men At Work (1990)
Mexicali Rose (1939)
The Milagro Beanfield War (1988)
My Stepmother Is An Alien (1988)
The Natural (1984)
Navy Seals (1990)
One Week (2001)
The Out Of Towners (1999)
Pollock (2000)
Private Parts (1997)
A Reason To Live, A Reason To Die (1974)
Renegades OF The Rio Grande (1945)
Ride A Crooked Trail (1958)
Ridin’ On A Rainbow (1941)
Rio, I Love You (2015)
The Rolling Stones Rock And Roll Circus (1996)
The Rolling Stones Sympathy For The Devil (1968)
Safe Men (1998)
The Saga Of Hemp Brown (1958)
Sam Whiskey (1969)
Shooting High (1940)
Slums Of Beverly Hills (1998)
Stick (1985)
Terror In A Texas Town (1958)
Tootsie (1982)
Troop Beverly Hills (1989)
Under Fiesta Stars (1941)
Untamed Frontier (1952)
Vamps (2011)
The Virginian (1929)
Walk The Line (2005)
The Watcher (2000)
The Way Of The Dragon (1973)
Weepah Way For Now (2015)
Weird Science (1985)
Western Jamboree (1938)
Wild Heritage (1958)
The Wiz (1978)