New Stephen King’s IT Images Want to Give You a Balloon

by Max Evry

These IT images will scare you! These IT images are pretty spooky!

New IT images tease the Stephen King adaptation

New Line Cinema (via USA Today) has revealed new images from their adaptation of Stephen King’s IT, featuring the new Pennywise (Bill Skarsgård) offering you a big red balloon. Check out the IT images in the gallery below, and look for the trailer later this week!

Mama helmer Andy Muschietti is directing the film, which stars Jaeden Lieberher (Midnight Special) as Bill Denbrough, Finn Wolfhard (Stranger Things) as Richie Tozier, newcomer Sophia Lillis as Beverly Marsh, Jack Dylan Grazer (Tales of Halloween) as Stan Uris, Wyatt Oleff (Guardians of the Galaxy) as Eddie Kaspbrak, Chosen Jacobs (Hawaii Five-0) as Mike Hanlon and Jeremy Ray Taylor (42) as Ben Hanscom, the younger versions of the story’s protagonists.

The film is based on the novel by Stephen King, whose story recalls a promise made twenty-eight years ago that forces seven adults to reunite in Derry, Maine, where as teenagers they battled an evil creature that preyed on the city’s children. Unsure that their Losers Club had vanquished the creature all those years ago, the seven had vowed to return to Derry if IT should ever reappear. Now, children are being murdered again and their repressed memories of that summer return as they prepare to do battle with the monster lurking in Derry’s sewers once more.

The film is set to be released in two parts with Part One focusing on the group of teens called the Losers Club, while Part Two is set around the repercussions on these characters as adults. Stephen King’s IT will be released on September 8, 2017.

IT  is being produced by Barbara Muschietti, Dan Lin, Roy Lee, Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg. IT was previously adapted into a television miniseries in 1990 from director Tommy Lee Wallace and featured Tim Curry’s iconic performance as the title character.

What do you think of the IT images? Are you scared of Pennywise? Let us know in the comments below!

O’Shea Jackson Jr. Joins Legendary’s Godzilla: King of the Monsters

by Max Evry

O'Shea Jackson Jr. Joins Legendary's Godzilla: King of the Monsters. What do you think of having O'Shea Jackson Jr. in the cast?

O’Shea Jackson Jr. joins Legendary’s Godzilla: King of the Monsters

According to VarietyLegendary and Warner Bros. Pictures‘ sequel Godzilla: King of the Monsters is adding Straight Outta Compton star O’Shea Jackson Jr. to the cast, while adding that Ken Watanabe’s Monarch scientist character Dr. Ishiro Serizawa is likely to be the only original cast member to return.

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Jackson will join Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown, with Kyle Chandler (Super 8) and Vera Farmiga (The Conjuring) playing her parents. Michael Dougherty (Trick ‘r Treat, Krampus) is directing the sequel to Gareth Edwards’ 2014 Godzilla, and co-wrote the script with Zach Shields (Krampus). No official plot details have been revealed, though Legendary previously announced the addition of several more famous Toho kaiju, including Rodan, Mothra, and King Ghidorah.

The previous Godzilla brought in $529 million at the global box office and starred Aaron Johnson, Ken Watanabe. Elizabeth Olsen, Sally Hawkins, and Bryan Cranston.

King of the Monsters is part of the Legendary and Warner Bros.’ cinematic Monsterverse, which also includes the upcoming Kong: Skull Island, due out in theaters on March 10. Following King of the Monsters on March 22, 2019, there are plans for a Godzilla vs King Kong feature film, set for a May 29, 2020 release.

RELATED: Will Kong: Skull Island Feature Post-Credit Teaser for Godzilla 2?

What do you think of the addition of O’Shea Jackson Jr. to Godzilla: King of the Monsters? Who else would you like to see appear in the 2019 release? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

(Photo Credit: Getty Images)

More CinemaCon Posters and Movie Promo Art!

by Silas Lesnick

New CinemaCon posters have been released! Which of these CinemaCon posters is your favorite?

More CinemaCon posters and promo art swings in!

CinemaCon, the official convention of The National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO), officially launches this evening and set up is already nearly complete at Las Vegas’ Caesars Palace. CS was on the scene last night and today we’re back with an updated gallery containing even more CinemaCon posters! In the gallery viewer below, you can check out 60 new additions, including several promo shots from a Selfie With Me interactive photo booth that lets theater goers insert themselves into shots with some of their favorite big screen characters. Those include new promo images from Spider-Man: Homecoming, Justice League and more!

RELATED: Check Out All Three Spider-Man: Homecoming Posters

Be sure to check back soon, too, as we’ll be bringing reports on CinemaCon 2017’s biggest reveals and chatting with lots of the actors and directors in attendance. CinemaCon always has a lot of great surprises with different studio presentations scheduled throughout the week. We’re also planning to chat with the filmmakers and stars of some very exciting upcoming projects. Look for exclusive CinemaCon 2017 interviews in the days to come.

Let us know which of these CinemaCon posters are your favorites in the comments below!

CinemaCon, sponsored by Coca-Cola, is officially described as follows:

Since taking its first step in 2011, CinemaCon has evolved and grown to become the largest and most important gathering for the worldwide motion picture theater industry. CinemaCon is truly a global event attracting attendees from more than 80 countries.

On behalf of CinemaCon, the Official Convention of The National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO), we extend our sincerest appreciation and gratitude to the entire motion picture theater industry for helping to make the past five years so successful. The excitement continues when CinemaCon returns to Caesars Palace in Las Vegas from 27 – 30 March 2017 for what is sure to be our biggest convention to date.

Paul Greengrass to Direct Ness, Based on the Graphic Novel Torso

by Max Evry

Paul Greengrass to Direct Ness, Based on the Graphic Novel Torso

Paul Greengrass to direct Ness, based on the graphic novel Torso

Paramount Pictures‘ long-planned feature film version of Brian Michael Bendis and Marc Andreyko’s graphic novel Torso is back on track as Variety reports that acclaimed helmer Paul Greengrass (Jason Bourne, Captain Phillips) will direct the thriller for the studio under the new title Ness. They are currently looking for a leading man to star as famed crimefighter Elliot Ness, whose prohibition-era exploits inspired The Untouchables.

The story follows Ness after his Chicago glory days, now serving as Safety Director of Cleveland, Ohio. Besides his efforts to root out corruption in the Cleveland police force, Ness assembled a new team dubbed “The Unknowns” to bring down a notorious serial killer dubbed the “Torso Killer ” or the “Mad Butcher of Kingsbury Run.”

Oscar-winning screenwriter Brian Helgeland (L.A. Confidential, 42) adapted the graphic novel into a script for Greengrass, with whom he previously collaborated on 2010’s Green Zone. The film has gone through several directors in the past, including David Fincher (Zodiac) and David Lowery (Ain’t Them Bodies Saints).

David Engel of Circle of Confusion will produce Ness alongside Greengrass, Greg Goodman, John Davis, and John Fox of Davis Entertainment. Bendis and Andreyko are executive producing.

Katie Cassidy Returns to Arrow as a Series Regular

by CS

Katie Cassidy Returns to Arrow as a Series Regular

Katie Cassidy returns to Arrow as a series regular

The CW and Warner Bros. Television announced today that Katie Cassidy will return to Arrow as the Black Siren for episodes #522 and #523 this season, and then continue in the same role as a series regular for Season Six.

Black Siren is Laurel’s evil Earth-2 counterpart. Cassidy has played this far edgier doppelganger twice before — the first time on The Flash last season and the second earlier this year on Arrow.

Arrow executive producer Marc Guggenheim says, “One of the things that most excites us about Arrow is that we go where the story takes us. Last year, the story took us to the tragic death of Laurel Lance. This year, our midseason finale reintroduced us to Laurel’s doppelgänger, Black Siren. We were so taken by Katie’s fearless interpretation of this character that we knew her story was not yet finished. We couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome Katie back to Arrow as Black Siren, though as her appearances on Arrow and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow this season show, she never really left the family.”

Are you looking forward to having Katie Cassidy back on Arrow? Let us know in the comments below.

Colorful New Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 International Posters

by Max Evry

Colorful New Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 International Posters

Colorful new Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 international posters

Marvel Studios has just released several new Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 international posters, which you can check out in our gallery below! The lone domestic poster in the batch is meant to coincide with Fandango’s double feature screenings in RealD 3D on Thursday, May 4 at 4:30pm, where guests receive an exclusive poster and souvenir collectible button set. Get tickets to the Guardians double feature by clicking here!

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Walt Disney Pictures and Marvel Studios production, the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 cast includes the return of Chris Pratt (Jurassic World, Parks and Recreation) as Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana (Avatar, Star Trek) as Gamora, Dave Bautista (SPECTRE) as Drax, Vin Diesel (xXx, Furious 7) as the voice of Groot, Bradley Cooper (Joy, American Sniper) as the voice of Rocket, Michael Rooker (Slither, Jumper) as Yondu, Karen Gillan (Doctor Who, The Big Short) as Nebula, and Sean Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy, Gilmore Girls) as Kraglin. New cast members include Pom Klementieff (Oldboy), who plays Mantis, Elizabeth Debicki (The Great Gatsby, Everest), Chris Sullivan (The KnickThe Drop) and Kurt Russell (The Hateful Eight, Furious 7) as Ego, the Living Planet.

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Set to the backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, the Guardians of the Galaxy sequel continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel cinematic universe continues to expand.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 opens in theaters everywhere on May 5.

First Lara Croft Photos & Plot Synopsis for Tomb Raider Reboot

by Max Evry

First Lara Croft Photos & Plot Synopsis for Tomb Raider Reboot

First Lara Croft photos & plot synopsis for Tomb Raider reboot

Vanity Fair has debuted the first Lara Croft photos from the upcoming Tomb Raider reboot, featuring Academy Award winner Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl, Ex Machina) as the title hero. They’ve also revealed a detailed plot synopsis, which you can read below, and be sure to check out the Lara Croft photos in our gallery!

Official plot synopsis: “Seven years after the disappearance of her father, 21-year-old Lara has refused to take the reins of his global business empire, instead working as a bike courier in London while taking college classes. Eventually she becomes inspired to investigate her father’s disappearance and travels to his last-known location: a tomb on an island somewhere off the coast of Japan. Suddenly, the stakes couldn’t be higher for Lara, who—against the odds and armed with only her sharp mind, blind faith and inherently stubborn spirit—must learn to push herself beyond her limits as she journeys into the unknown. If she survives this perilous adventure, it could be the making of her, earning her the name Tomb Raider.”

“When I was asked to take on this role I got really excited—Lara Croft is a truly iconic character,“ Vikander stated. “I think people can identify with her for lots of different reasons, but for me I very much see her as a model for many young women. She’s trying to carve out her place in the world and connect her future with her past. She also has a fantastic mix of traits—tough, smart, vulnerable, plus she’s kick ass! She is also uniquely different to other characters I have taken on previously. It’s a lot of fun trying to get into Lara’s head and the challenge of getting to grips with such a physical role is an element of this project that I find an absolute thrill.”

Vikander is joined in the film by Dominic West (The Wire, Punisher: War Zone) as her father, Into the Badlands star Daniel Wu as a ship captain helping Lara Croft find her father, and Emmy-nominated actor Walton Goggins (JustifiedThe Hateful Eight) as the main villain.

Roar Uthaug will direct the film, which has a script by Transformers: The Last Knight scribe Geneva Robertson-Dworet.

The original Tomb Raider game was published in 1996 by the London-based video game company Eidos and became one of the most successful video games of the time. A reboot of the series, telling the origin of Lara Croft, was released in 2013 and sold over 5 million copies. The most recent game, titled Rise of the Tomb Raider, is available now.

Paramount Pictures previously made two movies about the daredevil archaeologist on a series of global missions. The films, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, starred Angelina Jolie and grossed a combined $432 million at the worldwide box office.

Tomb Raider will be distributed by Warner Bros. with MGM. They will produce the film with GK Films. The new Tomb Raider movie is scheduled to hit theaters March 16, 2018.

New Poster for A24’s A Ghost Story, Starring Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara

by Jenna Busch

New Poster for A24's A Ghost Story Starring Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara

A new poster has been released for A24’s A Ghost Story with a new trailer coming tomorrow

A24 tweeted a brand-new poster for the upcoming horror film A Ghost Story starring Casey Affleck (Manchester By the SeaGone Baby Gone) and Rooney Mara (The Girl With the Dragon TattooThe Social Network) today. The tweet also let us know that we’re getting a new trailer for the film tomorrow. A Ghost Story is directed by David Lowery (Ain’t Them Bodies SaintsPete’s Dragon), who also wrote the script for the film. You can check out the tweet below or check out the poster in our gallery.

Here is the official synopsis for the film: A ghost (Casey Affleck) silently observes his grieving widow (Rooney Mara) in his beloved home. 

Affleck reportedly wears a sheet for most of the film, and it was shot almost entirely in a single house. The characters are identified only as C (Affleck) and M (Mara) in the end credits. A Ghost Story premiered on January 22, 2017 at the Sundance Film Festival to largely positive reviews.

Principal photography for the film took place in July and August in Dallas, Texas, finishing in September 2016. A Ghost Story also stars McColm Sephas Jr., Kenneisha Thompson, Grover Coulson, Liz Cardenas Franke and Barlow Jacobs. The film is produced by Sailor Bear, Zero Trans Fat Productions, Ideaman Studios and Scared Sheetless.

A Ghost Story will hit theaters on July 7, 2017. What do you guys think of the poster? Are you excited for the trailer tomorrow? How do you feel about the idea of Casey Affleck in a bed sheet for most of the film? We want to hear your thoughts. Leave them in the comments or tweet us @ComingSoonnet.

Deadpool 2 Update from Writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick

by Jenna Busch

Deadpool 2 Update from Writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick

We have a Deadpool 2 update from writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick

We have a Deadpool 2 update from writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, who are currently out promoting their film Life, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson and Ryan Reynolds. Reese and Wernick spoke about the upcoming sequel to the R-rated superhero film in an interview with THR, discussing the influence that the lack of a specific release date has on their process. They also react to an idea about a way Hugh Jackman could cameo in the film. Note: The original article has major spoilers for Life, so read it at your own risk.

Reese explained that no specific release date outside of some time in 2018 helps the process of writing. “We’re very close to a draft that we’ll go off and shoot in a couple of months and we couldn’t be more thrilled,” he said. “We don’t want to put the cart before the horse, and often times with release dates that happens. You end up racing and you end up being forced to do something you’re not happy with and the great thing about Deadpool is we spent a career trying to duck other movies. ‘How do we get off the release date of this or that?’ I think in most cases, people are going to have to duck us. Fox is probably going to be able to drop that thing on a date and everyone else is going to scatter, because no one will want to come out the same weekend … our feeling is it’s all about the movie. The fact that Deadpool came out in February and did as well as it did, and you are seeing similarly the summer [movie season] start earlier in March, and movies succeed in October and so the date to us doesn’t mean as much as it used to. I think the studio feels the same way. We just want to make the best movie possible and Deadpool will find an audience, we feel at this point.”

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Since he’s done playing Wolverine, it was suggested that Hugh Jackman could cameo as himself in the film instead. Reese reacted by saying, “Oh my gosh, that’s one we haven’t heard. That’s not a bad idea. I like that. Deadpool lives in a world where Hugh Jackman is out there. He’s got the People’s Sexiest Man Alive cover that he staples to his forehead in the first movie, so maybe he could meet Hugh as Hugh. That would be really funny.”

We want your thoughts on the Deadpool 2 update. Do you think the film should be a Valentine’s Day film again? What do you think about the idea for a Hugh Jackman cameo in the film? Let us know in the comments or tweet us @ComingSoonnet.

Power Rangers Cast Would Like a Female Green Ranger in Sequel

by Jenna Busch

Power Rangers Cast Would Like a Female Green Ranger in Sequel

The Power Rangers cast would like to see a female Green Rangers in the sequel

Fans of the Power Rangers film who stayed for the end credits scene know that there is likely an appearance from the Green Ranger in the upcoming sequel. On the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers series, the Green Ranger was the alternate identity of Tommy Oliver (played by Jason David Frank). Throughout the franchise’s run, Oliver has returned as a number of different rangers, including the White Ranger, the Red Ranger and, most recently, the Black Ranger. While Oliver doesn’t appear in the new film, Green Ranger fans would be wise to stay in their seats during the new movie’s end credits. That said, there is a possibility that we might see a female Green Ranger, if the cast of the current film gets their collective wish.

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Dacre Montgomery who plays the new Red Ranger tells THR, “A lot of the cast and I have discussed that we think it should be a girl. It makes it even: three girls, three boys. It’s left blank. It’s a cliff-hanger. Whoever you’re going to drop into that position — whether it’s a girl — it’s inevitably going to create drama. It’ll be interesting to drop that drama into it and see how we all relate to it and work with it.”

“There’s a post-credits scene, so people should stay,” the film’s director, Dean Israelite, told the site. “It teased up the direction of what the next movie could be. For people that know the brand, it’s super exciting. There are so many ideas we’re kicking around in the direction of where the film leads you.”

Saban’s Power Rangers follows five ordinary high school kids who must become something extraordinary when they learn that their small town of Angel Grove – and the world – is on the verge of being obliterated by an alien threat. Chosen by destiny, our heroes quickly discover that they are the only ones who can save the planet. But to do so they will have to overcome their real-life issues and band together as the Power Rangers before it is too late.

What do you think? Should there be a female Green Ranger? There have certainly been a number of versions of the Rangers over the years. We want to hear from you. Leave your thoughts in the comments or tweet us @ComingSoonnet.

Avengers: Infinity War Filming in New York in May

by Jenna Busch

Avengers: Infinity War Filming in New York in May

Avengers: Infinity War filming in New York in May

Want to be in a superhero film? You might just have a chance. The upcoming Avengers: Infinity War and its untitled sequel are filming in New York City this May, according to MovieCastingCall.org. They’re currently hiring extras for the job, though they have to have legal eligibility to work in the entertainment industry in New York. The movies are filming under the working title of “Mary Lou.” There are extra roles available as well as some speaking roles. If you want to take part in the battle for the world, here is the info for the Avengers: Infinity Wars filming:

Central Casting is now accepting submissions for the Marvel feature film “Infinity War” in New York. To be considered, all actors and extras must be legally eligible to work in the entertainment industry in the New York and in the United States. That information is published in the 2017 New York Actors Resource Guide eBook. The film’s directors, Anthony and Joe Russo, will be personally hand-picking the talent from the photos submitted. The following are the current casting needs:

• MALES & FEMALES – Any ethnicity, who appear 18 – 50’s, all types. Especially needed are people with New York looks, and also people with good character faces. Filming is tentatively scheduled for May 19, 2017. A wardrobe fitting could possibly be required in the beginning of May. You must have an open and flexible schedule, as the dates are very tentative at the moment. If you have previously worked on this film in any area, your are NOT eligible to be considered for these new roles. This is for NEW TALENT only, who have not worked on the film.

It has also been reported that the Scottish city of Edinburgh will play a large role in the upcoming Marvel film. According to the Daily Record, Edinburgh will take center stage in the film, though we don’t know the details yet. Director Joe Russo told the site, “When Edinburgh came up as a location option we jumped at the chance. The city is such a unique and iconic location, but one never seen as the backdrop for a big action film, which is incredibly exciting.”

Avengers: Infinity War will star Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Elizabeth Olsen, Sebastian Stan, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Benedict Cumberbatch, Pom Klementieff, Peter Dinklage, Tom Holland, and many more The film will hit theaters on May 4, 2018. The untitled sequel will premiere on May 3, 2019.

So, what to you think about putting yourself up for the Avengers: Infinity War casting? We want to hear from you. Leave your thoughts in the comments or tweet us @ComingSoonnet.

Okja Photos Featuring Tilda Swinton, Jake Gyllenhaal and An Seo Hyun

by CS

Okja Photos Featuring Tilda Swinton, Jake Gyllenhaal and An Seo Hyun

Okja photos featuring Tilda Swinton, Jake Gyllenhaal and An Seo Hyun

Netflix has unveiled a new set of images from director Bong Joon-ho’s Okja. The Netflix original film stars Tilda Swinton, Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano, Giancarlo Esposito, Steven Yeun, Lily Collins and newcomer An Seo Hyun. You can view the Okja photos in the gallery below. If you missed the teaser, you can still watch that by clicking here.

For 10 idyllic years, young Mija (An Seo Hyun) has been caretaker and constant companion to Okja – a massive animal and an even bigger friend – at her home in the mountains of South Korea. But that changes when the family-owned multinational conglomerate Mirando Corporation takes Okja for themselves and transports her to New York, where image obsessed and self-promoting CEO Lucy Mirando (Tilda Swinton) has big plans for Mija’s dearest friend.

With no particular plan but single-minded in intent, Mija sets out on a rescue mission, but her already daunting journey quickly becomes more complicated when she crosses paths with disparate groups of capitalists, demonstrators and consumers, each battling to control the fate of Okja…while all Mija wants to do is bring her friend home.

Deftly blending genres, humor, poignancy and drama, Bong Joon Ho (Snowpiercer, The Host) begins with the gentlest of premises-the bond between man and animal-and ultimately creates a distinct and layered vision of the world that addresses the animal inside us all.

Okja will premiere exclusively on Netflix on June 28.

 

Exclusive: Cult Epics to Release Massive 25th Anniversary Book

by Chris Alexander

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Legendary obscure genre movie label Cult Epics to print limited edition 25th anniversary coffee table book

For 25 years, crazy movie imprint Cult Epics has distributed the most sought-after, obscure, provocative and barely screened films to the home video market. It’s what they do and few do it better or weirder. To commemorate this anniversary, the company has set its sights on creating a deluxe, hardcover art book (in a limited edition of 1000) about the many genre-bending, boundary-pushing films and their directors – fully illustrated with in-depth reviews, interviews, and essays.

This commemorative book covers 150 essential releases 
from filmmakers such as Tinto Brass, Fernando Arrabal, Radley Metzger,
 Walerian Borowcyzk, Jean Genet, Abel Ferrara, Rene Daalder, Olivier Smolders, Jorg Buttgereit, Nico B, Irving Klaw, and pinup legend Bettie Page. Includes in-depth reviews, interviews, and essays on films and directors – fully illustrated in color with rare photos, poster art, and memorabilia. Size is approx. 8.75″ x 11.25″ x 1″, with 256 full color pages (and over 200 Images).

But with genre media being in such a niche state, in order to do this properly, Cult Epics is reaching out to fans and film lovers,to help us raise the funds to make this essential book. Plenty of pretty perks await those who get on board to help produce this massive tome and you can investigate further by visiting their IndieGoGo campaign page. This is a great way for the hardcore horror and freak film enthusiast to be part of cult movie history.

And for more on Cult Epics and the incredible library of titles they have, drop by their official website.

Ready Player One VR Content Coming from HTC Vive

by CS

Ready Player One VR Content Coming from HTC Vive

Ready Player One VR content coming from HTC Vive

HTC Vive and Warner Bros. Pictures announced today a strategic partnership in which HTC Vive will be the exclusive VR partner for all content, online and offline activations for the highly-anticipated theatrical and home entertainment release of Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One. Adapted from the book by Ernest Cline, Ready Player One is a sci-fi action thriller that unfolds largely within the virtual reality space. The film is slated for global theatrical release on March 30, 2018, from Warner Bros. Pictures, Amblin Partners and Village Roadshow Pictures.

Vive will produce multiple pieces of VR content tied to the world of Ready Player One. This content will be available to users through Viveport, which will distribute the content globally across all VR in-home platforms, from high-end PC based VR systems to mobile solutions. In addition, Vive plans to bring Ready Player One-inspired content to its Viveport Arcade platform for location-based entertainment as well as showcase the VR experiences and games at many of the biggest global consumer events through the year.

“The virtual reality world within Ready Player One is extremely advanced, sophisticated and engaging, and with Vive, we chose the best system to represent the future of VR. Vive is the perfect partner to bring that to life and also has the broadest reach to global markets for the use of VR in home, mobile and offline channels,” said Blair Rich, President, Worldwide Marketing, Warner Bros. Pictures. “We’re delighted that HTC Vive will be partnering with Ready Player One and very excited to work with them leading up the movie’s release in Spring 2018.”

“Ready Player One is one of the most anticipated movies in the world, and has tremendous potential to engage and entertain the worldwide market, showcasing the transformative nature of VR, and what it can and will be,” said Rikard Steiber, President, Viveport. “Vive is delivering on the promise of VR and continues to be the most advanced and immersive VR experience available to consumers, and we’re thrilled to be partnering with Warner Bros. to bring these experiences to consumers, on all platforms, around the globe.”

The Ready Player One movie cast includes Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cook, Mark Rylance, Simon Pegg, TJ Miller and Ben Mendelsohn.

Set in the near future, Ready Player One follows outcast teenager Wade Watts (Sheridan), who escapes from his bleak surroundings by logging in to the OASIS, a globally networked virtual utopia where users can lead idyllic alternate lives. When eccentric billionaire who created the OASIS dies, he offers up his vast fortune as the prize in an elaborate treasure hunt. Along with gamers from around the world, Wade joins the adventure, and quickly finds himself pitted against powerful corporate foes and other ruthless competitors who will do anything, in the oasis or the real world, to reach the treasure first.

A Warner Bros. Pictures, Village Roadshow Pictures and DreamWorks Pictures production, the Ready Player One movie is being directed by Spielberg, who is also producing alongside Donald De Line, under his De Line Pictures banner, Dan Farah and Kristie Macosko Krieger. Bruce Berman will serve as executive producer.

Michael Keaton and Jon Watts on Vulture in Spider-Man: Homecoming

by CS

Michael Keaton on Vulture in Spider-Man: Homecoming

Michael Keaton on Vulture in Spider-Man: Homecoming

Following three new posters, which you can view in the gallery below, Michael Keaton and director Jon Watts have spoken to USA Today about his Keaton’s portrayal of the villain Vulture in Spider-Man: Homecoming.

“My whole approach for this movie is that we’ve seen the penthouse level of the (Marvel) universe,” said Watts. “We’ve seen what it’s like to be a billionaire inventor and to be a Norse god. We’ve seen the very top of this world. But we’ve never seen what it’s like to be just a regular joe.”

“Some people see themselves as victims — he sees himself a little bit like that,” Keaton added. “He probably would have a strong argument that he never got a fair shot — a lot of ‘Why not me? Where’s mine?’”

In the film, Adrian Toomes (Keaton) runs a New York salvaging company that cleans up messes such as the ones left by big superhero battles. He becomes irked, however, when a new government organization founded by Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) steps in to take over after one altercation. Toomes and his crew — including the Shocker (Bokeem Woodbine) and the Tinkerer (Michael Chernus) — use scavenged alien artifacts and stolen advanced tech to put together weaponry to sell to other criminals.

Watts said he gets to use “this neat junk from all the other movies. It’s a really great starting point for the villains to have the Vulture picking over the stuff and finding the valuable exotic elements and having the Tinkerer assemble into something that could be used.”

The director revealed he found inspiration for Vulture’s “ground-level perspective” in John C. Reilly’s supporting character in Guardians of the Galaxy.

“I like the idea that in these huge movies, you pick out one extra and you’re like, ‘What does he think of all this?’” Watts said. “Sometimes these movies are so casual about just destroying whole cities and incredible things happen and everyone’s like, ‘Eh, whatever.’ If that really happened, it would be amazing and change everything.”

A young Peter Parker / Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Captain America: Civil War, begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging super hero in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.). Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine – distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man – but when the Vulture (Michael Keaton) emerges as a new villain, everything that Peter holds most important will be threatened.

Spider-Man: Homecoming also stars Zendaya, Jon Favreau, Donald Glover and Tyne Daly.

Directed by Jon WattsSpider-Man: Homecoming was written by Jonathan Goldstein & John Francis Daley, Jon Watts & Christopher Ford, and Chris McKenna & Erik Sommers. The film is produced by Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal, and executive produced by Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Patricia Whitcher, Jeremy Latcham, and Stan Lee.

Spider-Man: Homecoming will swing into theaters on July 7, 2017.

CinemaCon 2017 Posters Gallery

by Silas Lesnick

Take a look at the CinemaCon 2017 posters. Which of the CinemaCon 2017 posters are your favorites?

Take a look at what’s on display at CinemaCon 2017

Although CinemaCon, the official convention of The National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO), doesn’t officially begin until tomorrow, set up is already nearly complete at Las Vegas’ Caesars Palace and CS was on the scene today. In the viewer below, you can check out our CinemaCon 2017 posters gallery, featuring more than 40 different posters, standees and other pieces of promotional artwork!

RELATED: Check Out All Three Spider-Man: Homecoming Posters

Among the highlights of this first round of CinemaCon 2017 posters is an elaborate Marvel‘s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 couch standee, a new artwork for The Mummy, Cars 3 and lots more.

Be sure to check back soon, too, as we’ll be bringing reports on CinemaCon 2017’s biggest reveals and chatting with lots of the actors and directors in attendance. CinemaCon always has a lot of great surprises with different studio presentations scheduled throughout the week. We’re also planning to chat with the filmmakers and stars of some very exciting upcoming projects. Look for exclusive CinemaCon 2017 interviews in the days to come.

Let us know which of these CinemaCon 2017 posters are your favorites in the comments below!

CinemaCon, sponsored by Coca-Cola, is officially described as follows:

Since taking its first step in 2011, CinemaCon has evolved and grown to become the largest and most important gathering for the worldwide motion picture theater industry. CinemaCon is truly a global event attracting attendees from more than 80 countries.

On behalf of CinemaCon, the Official Convention of The National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO), we extend our sincerest appreciation and gratitude to the entire motion picture theater industry for helping to make the past five years so successful. The excitement continues when CinemaCon returns to Caesars Palace in Las Vegas from 27 – 30 March 2017 for what is sure to be our biggest convention to date.

Marvel’s Inhumans Release Date Set for IMAX

by CS

Marvel's Inhumans Release Date Set for IMAX

Marvel’s Inhumans release date set for IMAX

IMAX announced today the Marvel’s Inhumans release date! The first two episodes will premiere in IMAX on Friday, September 1, followed by the full eight-episode series on ABC this fall.

The Inhumans, a race of superhumans with diverse and singularly unique powers, were first introduced in Marvel Comics by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in 1965. Since that time, they have grown in prominence and become some of the most popular and iconic characters in the Marvel Universe.

The cast for the series includes Anson Mount (Hell on Wheels) as Black Bolt, Serinda Swan (Ballers, Graceland) as Queen Medusa, Lost alum Ken Leung as Karnak, Iwan Rheon (Game of Thrones) as Maximus, Eme Ikwuakor (Concussion, Extant) as Gorgon, Mike Moh (Empire, Street Fighter: Assasin’s Fist) as Triton, Sonya Balmores (Beyond the Break, Soul Surfer) as Auran, Isabelle Cornish (Australia DayPuberty Blues) as Crystal,, and Ellen Woglom (Californication, Outlaw).

Marvel’s Inhumans is executive produced by Scott Buck (Dexter, Marvel’s Iron Fist) along with Jeph Loeb (Marvel’s Daredevil, Marvel’s Jessica Jones, Marvel’s Luke Cage) and Jim Chory (Marvel’s Daredevil, Marvel’s Jessica Jones, Marvel’s Luke Cage), with Buck serving as showrunner. Roel Reine (Admiral, Black Sails) will direct the first two episodes. The series is co-produced by Marvel Television and ABC Studios.

Beauty and the Beast Reaches $690M, Power Rangers Opens to $40.5M

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Beauty and the Beast Reaches $690M, Power Rangers Opens to $40.5M

Beauty and the Beast reaches $690M, Power Rangers opens to $40.5M

Beauty and the Beast added an estimated $88.3 million domestically and $119.2 million internationally this weekend to push its global total to $690.3 million ($317 million domestic, $373.3 million international) after two weeks. Now the #1 movie of 2017 domestically and globally, this is the fourth consecutive Walt Disney Studios release to surpass the $600 million mark globally, following Doctor Strange, Moana, and Rogue One. Domestically, Beauty and the Beast dropped just -49% from its substantial opening weekend ($174.8 million), bringing the 10-day total to $317 million. That’s the fourth-largest 10-day total for any film, as well as the fourth-largest second weekend of all-time.

Internationally, Beauty and the Beast opened strongly in France, Australia and Argentina this week, especially Argentina where it was the second-highest live-action admissions opening in industry history. In the UK/Ireland, Beauty and the Beast delivered the third-biggest second weekend ever (behind only Skyfall and SPECTRE) and March’s biggest ever second weekend. The film has yet to open in Japan (April 21). In IMAXBeauty and the Beast had another fairy tale weekend, delivering $8.1 million globally on 617 screens. The worldwide total in IMAX is now $33.6 million after only 10 days.

Made for $160 million and directed by Bill Condon, Beauty and the Beast stars Emma Watson as Belle, Dan Stevens as the Beast, Luke Evans as Gaston, Kevin Kline as Maurice, Josh Gad as Lefou, Ewan McGregor as Lumière, Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, Stanley Tucci as Cadenza, Audra McDonald as Garderobe, and Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts.

Lionsgate’s Power Rangers opened in second place in North America with a strong $40.5 million from 3,693 theaters, an average of $10,967 per location. Internationally, however, the big-screen adaptation debuted with just $18.7 million from 62 markets, for a global weekend of $59.2 million. Made for $100 million, the film received an A CinemaScore from audiences. The Dean Israelite-directed Power Rangers stars Dacre Montgomery, RJ Cyler, Naomi Scott, Becky G, Ludi Lin, Elizabeth Banks, Bryan Cranston, and Bill Hader.

Dropping one spot to third was Warner Bros. and Legendary’s Kong: Skull Island, which added $14.4 million domestically its third weekend, for a total of $133.5 million. Fueled by outstanding openings in China ($72.1 million) and Japan ($3.5 million), Kong: Skull Island surpassed $200 million internationally, with a monster-sized $93 million on 28,900 screens in 67 markets! The international total is now $258.6 million and the worldwide total has reached $392.1 million. The Jordan Vogt-Roberts film stars Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman, Jing Tian, Toby Kebbell, John Ortiz, Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Shea Whigham, Thomas Mann, Terry Notary and John C. Reilly. It was made for $185 million.

Sony Pictures’ sci-fi thriller Life, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson and Ryan Reynolds, opened to $12.6 million in the fourth spot. The Daniel Espinosa-directed film averaged $4,005 in 3,146 theaters. Receiving just a C+ CinemaScore from audiences, Life cost $58 million to make.

The James Mangold-directed Logan (20th Century Fox) rounded out the top five with $10.1 million to push its four-week domestic total to $201.5 million. Internationally, the film added $12.1 million to bring its overseas total to $364 million and global sum to $565.5 million. Made for $97 million, the R-rated film stars Hugh Jackman in his last appearance as Wolverine, Patrick Stewart in his last turn as Charles Xavier, Boyd Holbrook, Richard E. Grant, Stephen Merchant, Eriq La Salle, Elise Neal, Elizabeth Rodriguez and Dafne Keen.

In sixth place, Universal Pictures and Blumhouse Productions’ Get Out earned another $8.7 million to bring its five-week total to $147.5 million. Internationally, the film has earned $7 million. Made for just $4.5 million, the Jordan Peele film stars Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford, Caleb Landry Jones and Catherine Keener.

Moviegoers didn’t show much interest in the other wide release, Warner Bros.’ CHIPS. Written and directed by Dax Shepard, and starring Shepard, Michael Pena, Rosa Salazar, Adam Brody, Kristen Bell, and Vincent D’Onofrio, the adaptation debuted with just $7.6 million from 2,464 theaters, an average of $3,084. Made for $25 million, the comedy received a B- CinemaScore.

Fox Searchlight’s Wilson, starring Woody Harrelson, was in a similar situation, earning just $330,000 from 310 theaters, an average of $1,065 per theater.

Nearly 100 Justice League Trailer Screenshots and Zack Snyder on the Characters

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Justice League Trailer Screenshots and Zack Snyder on the Characters

Nearly 100 Justice League trailer screenshots and Zack Snyder on the characters

This morning, Warner Bros. Pictures debuted the new Justice League trailer (watch it here!) and we’ve gone through and pulled out nearly 100 screenshots that you can view in the gallery below! The Justice League trailer screenshots give you a good look at characters such as Amy Adams’ Lois Lane, Amber Heard’s Mera, J.K. Simmons’ Commissioner Gordon and Billy Crudup’s Henry Allen.

Director Zack Snyder also talked to USA Today about the characters in the team-up film. About Batman, he said:

“He’s been a loner for certainly his crime-fighting career, maybe with the exception of Robin. When we meet him in BvS, he’s definitely at this low point of isolation. That was always our intention, that Justice League would be this continuation for Batman to evolve into a more complete hero.”

Wonder Woman has her own movie coming out on June 2 which will “flesh out and realize (her island home) Themyscira and embrace canon with her and get all the elements to mash up that I love from the original stories,” says Snyder. “But also we’ll see that dovetail into not only the why of BvS, but even now the why of Justice League and who she is finally realized. We know now where she comes from.”

Snyder talked about Aquaman, The Flash and Cyborg as well: “They’re each such awesome personalities in the movie. You have Jason stomping around as this inked hairy man, just this mythic figure. And you’ve got Ezra, who’s full of life and hilarious and all over the place and amazing — a really fun and also poignant Flash. And Ray’s story is in a lot of the ways the heart of the movie.”

And what about Superman? “It’s hard to have a Justice League without Superman. That’s how I feel about it,” Snyder said with a laugh. “It was always a super-intriguing concept to me to have this opportunity to have him make that sacrifice but also have him be this, in a weird sort of way, the why of Justice League: What do you do now with him? What does the team think? What does the world need? All that comes into play. It’s fun for us but it’ll be interesting for audiences what we do with him.”

Justice League stars Ben Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Ezra Miller as The Flash, Ray Fisher as Cyborg, Willem Dafoe as Nuidis Vulko, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Connie Nielsen as Queen Hippolyta, with J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon, and Amy Adams as Lois Lane.

Fueled by the hero’s restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Justice League sees Bruce Wayne enlist 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.

Directed by Zack Snyder (Batman v Superman: Dawn of JusticeMan of Steel), the screenplay is by Chris Terrio from a story by Snyder and Terrio. The producers are Charles Roven, Deborah Snyder, Jon Berg and Geoff Johns. The executive producers are Jim Rowe, Wesley Coller, Curt Kanemoto, Chris Terrio and Ben Affleck.

Justice League will open in theaters on November 10, 2017.

The Third Spider-Man: Homecoming Poster!

by CS

The Third Spider-Man: Homecoming Poster!

The third Spider-Man: Homecoming poster!

Following two posters yesterday, Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios have released a third Spider-Man: Homecoming poster! You can check it out in the gallery below along with the previous posters.

RELATED: Guardians 2 Character Posters Arrive!

A young Peter Parker / Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Captain America: Civil War, begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging super hero in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.). Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine – distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man – but when the Vulture (Michael Keaton) emerges as a new villain, everything that Peter holds most important will be threatened.

Spider-Man: Homecoming also stars Zendaya, Jon Favreau, Donald Glover and Tyne Daly.

RELATED: 65 Screenshots from the Spider-Man: Homecoming Trailer

Directed by Jon WattsSpider-Man: Homecoming was written by Jonathan Goldstein & John Francis Daley, Jon Watts & Christopher Ford, and Chris McKenna & Erik Sommers. The film is produced by Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal, and executive produced by Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Patricia Whitcher, Jeremy Latcham, and Stan Lee.

Spider-Man: Homecoming will swing into theaters on July 7, 2017.