More Batman v Superman Toy Fair Photos!

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More Batman v Superman Toy Fair Photos.

More Batman v Superman Toy Fair photos

Following the photos from earlier today, we’ve got more Batman v Superman Toy Fair photos! The photos were taken at a special preview of the Warner Bros. Consumer Products Play Fair showroom, where they had the Batmobile from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice on display, a look at the toy lines for the anticipated film, a sneak peek at the new DC Super Hero Girls product line, and more.

In the film, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante, fearing the actions of a god-like Super Hero left unchecked, takes on Metropolis’s most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman and Superman at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it’s ever known before.

Directed by Zack Snyder and written by Chris Terrio from a screenplay by David S. Goyer, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice stars Henry Cavill in the role of Clark Kent/Superman and Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman. The film also stars Gal Gadot as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman, with Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane returning from Man of Steel, joined by Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons as Alfred, and Holly Hunter in a role newly created for the film. Jason Momoa will also be making an appearance as Aquaman.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice opens in theaters on March 25.

Deadpool Box Office Update: The Merc with a Mouth is Setting Records

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Deadpool Box Office Update: The Merc with a Mouth is Setting Records.

Deadpool Box Office Update: The Merc with a Mouth is setting records

The Friday Deadpool box office results are in, and the Merc with a Mouth set a new record for a Friday in February with an estimated $47.5 million from 3,558 theaters (including the record $12.7 million from Thursday previews)! The 20th Century Fox comic book adaptation easily beat Fifty Shades of Grey‘s previous record of $30.2 million last February. The Tim Miller-directed film could earn over $110 million for the three-day portion of the four-day Presidents’ Day weekend and possibly as much as $130 million for the four days. Fifty Shades of Grey holds the four-day Valentine’s Day/Presidents’ Day weekend record with $93 million. The Deadpool box office is on track to make it the biggest opening for an R-rated film and the biggest February opening of all time.

20th Century Fox had previously projected that Deadpool, which cost about $58 million to make, should be able to top $65 million or more over the four days, so this is quite a win for the studio, crew and cast.

Deadpool stars Ryan Reynolds stars as the title character alongside T.J. Miller as Weasel, Gina Carano as Angel Dust, Brianna Hildebrand as Negasonic Teenage Warhead, Morena Baccarin as Copycat, and Ed Skrein as Ajax. The film also features the mutant Colossus, voiced by Serbian actor Stefan Kapicic.

Based upon Marvel Comics’ most unconventional anti-hero, Deadpool tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life.

Time for a Prison Break in New DC’s Legends of Tomorrow Photos!

by Spencer Perry

Time for a Prison Break in New DC's Legends of Tomorrow Photos!

The Legends of Tomorrow take part in a prison break

The executive producers of The Flash had a Prison Break reunion when they case Wentworth Miller and Dominic Purcell as villains Captain Cold and Heat Wave on the series. Now that the two are starring in DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, they actually get to take part in a prison break. You can check out the newly released photos for DC’s Legends of Tomorrow episode 4 below. Titled “Fail-Safe,” the episode is offiically described as follows:

“After some of the Legends are captured and thrown into a Russian gulag during the height of the Cold War of 1986, Snart leads the team in an elaborate escape plan to free their comrades. However, Rip gives Sara a secret side mission that could prove not only to be a liability, but fatal to the team.”

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow stars Arthur Darvill as Rip Hunter, Brandon Routh as Ray Palmer/The ATOM, Caity Lotz as Sara Lance/White Canary, Victor Garber and Franz Drameh as Professor Martin Stein & Jefferson “Jax” Jackson/Firestorm, Wentworth Miller as Leonard Snart/Captain Cold, Dominic Purcell as Mick Rory/Heat Wave, and Ciara Renée as Kendra Saunders/Hawkgirl. The series is executive produced by Greg Berlanti , Marc Guggenheim, Andrew Kreisberg, Phil Klemmer, Chris Fedak and Sarah Schechter.

“Fail-Safe” will premiere on Thursday, February 18 at 8 PM EST on The CW. If you missed an episode of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow or just need a refresher on what happened you can read our weekly recaps to catch up!

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Arrives at New York Toy Fair

by Max Evry

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Arrives at New York Toy Fair.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Arrives at New York Toy Fair

Warner Bros. Consumer Products and DC Entertainment are presenting a super-powered showcase during International New York Toy Fair 2016 this weekend. Collections from Warner Bros. Pictures’ highly-anticipated feature film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will be on display alongside the iconic Batmobile from the film, and we had a chance to preview these offerings tonight so that you can see them in the gallery below!

New York Toy Fair attendees will find Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice to have a Super Hero presence with a world-class roster of licensees supporting the action-adventure epic; and the DC Super Hero Girls toyline will be presented for the first time at Mattel’s showroom. WBCP will also make a heroic statement at the first-ever Play Fair, displaying the Batmobile from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and showcasing the DC Super Hero Girls collection of product for fans to experience up close all weekend long.

Leading up to the eagerly anticipated release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, in theaters worldwide beginning March 25, 2016, WBCP has unleashed a must-have collection featuring some of the most iconic Super Heroes in pop culture, including DC Comics’ Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman. WBCP licensed merchandise arrives at retailers worldwide this month to allow fans around the globe to get in on the excitement of this epic adventure.

Revving up for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is global master toy licensee Mattel as it displays its vast toy line, including action figures, vehicles, playsets and collectible figures, highlighted by the fan-favorite and much-anticipated Multiverse line, which captures the superior accuracy and details of the film’s characters. Also supporting Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice are global licensees such as The LEGO Group, with exciting construction sets inspired by memorable scenes from the film, and Rubie’s Costume Co., with a new line of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice-inspired costumes and accessories for both kid and adult fans.

Additional toy partners supporting the property include Funko, with fan-favorite stylized collectible figures; Thinkway Toys, with a role-play line for Batman and Superman fans; Jakks Pacific, with their popular 31-inch and 20-inch collectible Batman and Superman figures to size up for the epic film event; Hallmark, with extensive range of gifts and novelties; Spin Master, with roaring remote control Batmobiles; Sakar International, with electronics and accessories; Tonner Dolls, with detailed-design fashion dolls; Bandai America, with poseable figure model kits; Buffalo Games, with adult puzzles; and even Fetch for Cool Pets, with pet accessories for furry friends to get in on the fun; among many other licensees around the world.

Warner Bros. Pictures presents, an Atlas Entertainment/Cruel and Unusual production, a Zack Snyder film, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, starring Oscar winner Ben Affleck (Argo) as Batman/Bruce Wayne and Henry Cavill as Superman/Clark Kent in the characters’ first big-screen pairing.  Directed by Snyder, the film also stars Oscar nominees Amy Adams (American Hustle), Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network), Diane Lane (Unfaithful) and Laurence Fishburne (What’s Love Got to Do with It); Oscar winners Jeremy Irons (Reversal of Fortune) and Holly Hunter (The Piano); and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman/Diana Prince. Snyder directed from a screenplay written by Chris Terrio and David S. Goyer, based on characters from DC Comics, including Batman, created by Bob Kane with Bill Finger, and Superman, created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster.  The film is produced by Charles Roven and Deborah Snyder, with Wesley Coller, Geoff Johns and David S. Goyer serving as executive producers. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will be distributed worldwide in 3D, 2D, and select IMAX 3D theaters beginning March 25, 2016, from Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company. 

Ashley Judd Boards Twin Peaks Revival

by Silas Lesnick

Ashley Judd has joined the cast of Showtime's Twin Peaks reboot.

Ashley Judd is the latest name to join the cast of David Lynch’s Twin Peaks revival

Ashley Judd has joined the cast of David Lynch‘s highly anticipated return to the world of Twin Peaks. Deadline has the news, reporting that Ashley Judd will join a cast confirmed to include the returning Kyle MacLachlan as Dale Cooper, Sherilyn Fenn as Audrey Horne, Sheryl Lee as Laura Palmer, Mädchen Amick as Shelly Johnson, Michael Horse as Deputy Hawk, Dana Ashbrook as Bobby Briggs, Miguel Ferrer as Albert Rosenfeld, Peggy Lipton as Norma Jennings and Everett McGill as Ed Hurley and Ray Wise and Grace Zabriskie as Leland and Sarah Palmer. Lynch himself will also reportedly be reprising his own role from the original series, returning as FBI Regional Bureau Chief Gordon Cole. Today’s report also promises a cameo from Warren Frost as Dr. Will Hayward. Of course, not all those characters made it out of the series alive, so fans will be certainly be in for an interesting time when Twin Peaks returns to Showtime in 2017.

Newcomers to the Twin Peaks cast include, in addition to Ashley Judd, James Belushi, Larry Clarke, Laura Dern, Balthazar Getty, Grant Goodeve, Caleb Landry Jones, Robert Knepper, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Amanda Seyfried, Tom Sizemore and Naomi Watts.

Currently in production, Twin Peaks is written and produced by series creators and executive producers David Lynch and Mark Frost and is directed entirely by David Lynch. 

Widely considered one of the most groundbreaking and influential broadcast series of all time, Twin Peaks followed the inhabitants of a quaint northwestern town who were stunned after their homecoming queen Laura Palmer was shockingly murdered. The town’s sheriff welcomed the help of FBI agent Dale Cooper, who came to town to investigate the case. As Cooper conducted his search for Laura’s killer, the town’s secrets were gradually exposed. The mystery that ensued set off an eerie chain of events that plunged the inhabitants of Twin Peaks into a darker examination of their very existence. Twenty-five years later, the story continues…

(Photo credit: Andres Otero / WENN.com)

Third Slate of Oscar Presenters Announced

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Third Slate of Oscar Presenters Announced.

Third slate of Oscar presenters announced

Oscars producers David Hill and Reginald Hudlin announced today a third slate of Oscar presenters for the 88th Oscars telecast. The Oscars, hosted by Chris Rock, will air live Oscar® Sunday, February 28, on ABC. 

The presenters, including several Oscar winners, include Patricia Arquette, Abraham Attah, Cate Blanchett, Emily Blunt, Louis C.K., Common, Russell Crowe, Chris Evans, Jennifer Garner, Louis Gossett, Jr., Michael B. Jordan, Rachel McAdams, Dev Patel, Eddie Redmayne, Daisy Ridley, Sarah Silverman, and Sofia Vergara.

“Through their work, these artists have shown us the unique, transformative power of cinema,” said Hill and Hudlin. “We are delighted they will be joining us on the Oscars stage this year.”

They join the previously-announced presenters and performers, including Steve Carell, Priyanka Chopra, Benicio del Toro, Tina Fey, Whoopi Goldberg, Ryan Gosling, Kevin Hart, Quincy Jones, Lady Gaga, Byung-hun Lee, Jared Leto, Julianne Moore, Olivia Munn, Margot Robbie, Jason Segel, Andy Serkis, J.K. Simmons, Sam Smith, Charlize Theron, Jacob Tremblay, Kerry Washington, The Weeknd, Pharrell Williams, and Reese Witherspoon.

The 88th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 28, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

Hannibal Buress Joins the Baywatch Movie

by Silas Lesnick

Hannibal Buress has joined the cast of the new Baywatch movie.

Hannibal Buress is joining the ensemble cast of the Baywatch movie

Comedian Hannibal Buress has joined the cast of the upcoming Baywatch movie at Paramount Pictures. The Broad City star will play a bay local opposite Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron, Alexandra Daddario, Kelly Rohrbach and Priyanka Chopra. Look for this one to hit the big screen May 19, 2017.

Baywatch offers a big-screen take on the television series that originally premiered on NBC in 1989. The original Baywatch cast included David Hasselhoff, Parker Stevenson, Shawn Weatherly, Billy Warlock, Erika Eleniak, Peter Phelps, Brandon Call and Holly Gagnier. The series was initially not a success and was cancelled after a single season. Plans were made, however, to move Baywatch into first-run syndication and, in 1991, Baywatch returned to the airwaves where it continued for a full decade, bringing in new cast members like Yasmine Bleeth and Pamela Anderson. The show also received a short-lived spinoff, Baywatch Hawaii.

“This is my beach b*tch!” Johnson wrote when he first announced his connection to the film in 2013.Rumors are true… we’re making #BAYWATCH the movie. Edgy, raunchy and hopefully, funny as all hell. Cue slo mo running on the beach… #WhoNeedsMouthToMouth #RedShortsBeHugginABrotha”

Hannibal Buress will be back in Broad City when the hit show returns to Comedy Central February 17. He’s also set to lend his voice to two different upcoming animated features, The Secret Life of Pets and The Angry Birds Movie.

Although several writers have been attached to the Baywatch movie, the most recent draft hails from the Friday the 13th pair of Damian Shannon and Mark Swift. Horrible Bosses and Identity Thief director Seth Gordon is helming the new Baywatch film, which is being produced by Dwayne Jonson alongside Michael Berk, Greg Bonann, Beau Flynn, Dany Garcia, Ivan Reitman and Douglas Schwartz.

What do you think of the addition of Hannibal Buress to Baywatch‘s ensemble cast? Let us know in the comments below!

(Photo Credit: Brian To / WENN.com)

Face It, You’re Going to See the New Game of Thrones Trailer Soon

by Spencer Perry

Face It, You’re Going to See the New Game of Thrones Trailer Soon

The new Game of Thrones trailer for season 6 coming on Sunday

Following the new photos released yesterday, HBO has announced that the new Game of Thrones trailer for season six will be released this Sunday. You can check out a preview for the teaser below, and be sure to put your best face forward.

Based on the popular book series “A Song of Ice and Fire,” by George R.R. Martin, the hit Emmy-winning fantasy series chronicles an epic struggle for power in a vast and violent kingdom. The ensemble cast for the fifth season included Emmy and Golden Globe winner Peter Dinklage, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, Aidan Gillen, Kit Harington, Diana Rigg, Natalie Dormer, Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner. Former “Deadwood” star Ian McShane is also set to guest star in Game of Thrones season six.

David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, Carolyn Strauss, Frank Doelger and Bernadette Caulfield are the executive producers. The co-executive producers are Guymon Casady, Vince Gerardis and George R.R. Martin.

Game of Thrones season five began with a power vacuum that protagonists across Westeros and Essos were looking to fill. At Castle Black, Jon Snow struggled to balance the demands of the Night’s Watch with those of newly-arrived Stannis Baratheon, who styles himself the rightful king of Westeros. Meanwhile, Cersei scrabbled to hold on to power in King’s Landing amidst the Tyrells and the rise of a religious group led by the enigmatic High Sparrow, while Jaime embarked on a secret mission. Across the Narrow Sea, Arya sought an old friend while a fugitive Tyrion found a new cause. And as danger mounts in Meereen, Daenerys Targaryen found that her tenuous hold on the city requires some hard sacrifices.

Set for ten new episodes, Game of Thrones season 6 will debut on HBO Sunday, April 24. You click here to check out the previously-released Game of Thrones season 6 teaser.

Damon Wayans Sr. Boards Lethal Weapon TV Show

by Silas Lesnick

Damon Wayans is set to star on the Lethal Weapon TV show reboot.

Damon Wayons Sr. is set to headline the upcoming Lethal Weapon TV show

FOX‘s upcoming Lethal Weapon TV show has found it’s first leading man. The Hollywood Reporter today brings word that Damon Wayans Sr. has signed on to play the part of LAPD Detective Roger Murtaugh. Danny Glover famously played the part opposite Mel Gibson in all four big-screen Lethal Weapon installments.

Warner Bros. Pictures is producing the Lethal Weapon TV show, which will follow Martin Riggs, a former Navy SEAL-turned-police officer who moves from Texas to Los Angeles after the tragic loss of his wife and child. Attempting to begin a new life, Riggs winds up partnered with Roger Murtaugh. Murtaugh, who recently recovered from a heart attack, is on doctor’s orders to try his best to live a stress free life. Riggs’ devil may careless attitude towards life winds up clashing with Murtaugh’s hopes for some peace and quiet.

The Lethal Weapon TV show pilot will be written by Matt Miller (Forever, Chuck), who will executive produce via his Good Session production company. Lin Pictures’ Dan Lin (The LEGO Movie, Suicide Squad) and Jennifer Gwartz are executive producing.

Initial reports of the Lethal Weapon TV show suggested that original filmmakers (director Richard Donner and screenwriter Shane Black) will not be involved  with the new show. Despite not being credited on the drama, however, they have reportedly blessed plans for the Lethal Weapon TV show reboot.

The original film hit theaters in 1987 and was followed by three sequels in 1989, 1992 and 1998.

Damon Wayans, who became a star after headlining the sketch comedy series In Living Color, has been relatively quiet the past few years. Back in 2006, Wayans created and starred in short lived comedy series The Underground.

Fifty Shades Darker Casts Eric Johnson as Christian Grey’s Rival

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Fifty Shades Darker Casts Eric Johnson as Christian Grey's Rival.

Fifty Shades Darker adds Eric Johnson as Christian Grey’s rival

Rocky Balboa and Apollo Creed. Superman and Lex Luthor. Pee-wee Herman and Francis Buxton. There are a lot of notable rivalries in film, and the Fifty Shades of Grey series is getting ready to bring its own to life.

Variety reports that Eric Johnson (The Knick, Smallville) has been cast as the aptly-named Jack Hyde in Fifty Shades Darker. In the film, Hyde is the new boss and would-be suitor of Dakota Johnson’s Anastasia Steele, much to the dismay of Jamie Dornan’s Christian Grey. Perhaps they will figure out a way to work out their frustrations.

RELATED: Dakota Johnson Wants Jamie Dornan Full Frontal in Fifty Shades Sequels

An erotically charged romance, the Fifty Shades of Grey franchise has capitalized on it’s naughty-but-not-too-naughty aesthetic to the tune of more than $570 million worldwide. On-set conflict between author E L James and the first film’s director Sam Taylor-Johnson, however, led to Taylor-Johnson and screenwriter Kelly Marcel opting not return for the sequel. James Foley will instead direct Fifty Shades Darker, which will be penned by E L James’ husband, Niall Leonard.

Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson are set to return as Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele in both Fifty Shades Darker and the third film, Fifty Shades Freed. Kim Basinger will play Elena Lincoln, who introduced Grey to the world of BDSM, and Arielle Kebbel will play Gia Matteo. Expanding upon the events set in motion in Fifty Shades of Grey, the films will again aim to become the motion-picture events for Valentine’s Day 2017 and 2018. Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti, alongside E L James, the creator of the series, also return to produce.

Syfy Greenlights Science Fiction Pilot Prototype

by Max Evry

Syfy Greenlights Science Fiction Pilot Prototype.

Syfy greenlights science fiction pilot Prototype

Syfy today announced it has greenlit to pilot the original sci-fi thriller Prototype, written by Tony Basgallop (“24: Live Another Day”). Prototype centers on three unlikely cohorts who inadvertently stumble upon an invention that challenges the very nature of quantum physics – a discovery which in turn puts their lives in grave danger.

“‘Prototype’ is a purely original idea from a talented writer with a unique vision,” said Bill McGoldrick, Executive Vice President, Scripted Content, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment. “We can’t wait to see this original idea come to life in this pilot for Syfy.”

Oscar nominee Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later) will direct. Escape Artists Productions (Southpaw, The Pursuit of Happyness) will serve as executive producers along with Fresnadillo and Basgallop. Taylor Latham (Freeheld) will be co-executive producer.

Prototype is the latest project to be added to Syfy’s development pipeline, which includes Brave New World, with Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television; 3001: The Final Odyssey, an adaptation of Arthur C. Clarke’s final “Odyssey” book from Ridley Scott’s Scott Free Productions; Hyperion, with Bradley Cooper as executive producer, and the Superman prequel Krypton from David S. Goyer. Incorporated, a futuristic thriller from Matt Damon, Ben Affleck & Jennifer Todd’s Pearl Street Films, CBS Television Studios and Universal Cable Productions, was recently greenlit to series from pilot.

Bad Boys 3 Director Joe Carnahan Shares Action Scene Pre-Viz

by Max Evry

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Bad Boys 3 director Joe Carnahan shares pre-viz of an action scene

Sony Pictures’ long-in-development Bad Boys 3 seems to be picking up steam this week, first with Will Smith telling BBC 1 that he recently reunited with co-star Martin Lawrence for a friendly meeting, and now The A-Team and The Grey director Joe Carnahan (taking the reigns from Michael Bay) has posted two new images of action scene pre-viz on his Twitter feed. Check out the pics in the gallery below!

The scene, which takes place at night on a bridge in what we assume is Miami, offers the kind of bombastic explosions the series is famous for, and also looks to put Detective Mike Lowrey (Smith) in the middle of a motorcycle chase with a bad guy. Fathy Hassan (Suicide SquadTeenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows) is the current visual effects supervisor on the threequel, and presumably this sequence.

“I saw Martin a few weeks ago,” Smith told BBC 1 (via The Verge). “I haven’t seen him for about two years. We just looked at each other. We hugged. In that moment, we knew we were making another ‘Bad Boys.’ We’re definitely doing another one.”

Although Smith and Lawrence may return, Sony had originally hoped to fast track the project to be the next movie for Smith after he’d finished with Warner Bros.’ Suicide Squad, but the actor has moved on to the drama Collateral Beauty.

The original Bad Boys was released in 1995 and it grossed a relatively tame $65 million, but by the time Smith and Bay returned with Bad Boys II in 2003, they both were big enough names for a $46.5 million domestic opening (not bad for an R-rated film at that time) and a worldwide gross of $273 million.

Jerry Bruckheimer is expected to return as a producer, with a screenplay by David Guggenheim (Safe House). Sony currently has Bad Boys 3 dated for February 17, 2017, with Bad Boys 4 (which we hope is called “Bad Boys 4 Life”) scheduled for July 3, 2019, although as with other ambitious sequels planned as two films like Mad Max: Fury Road and Independence Day: Resurgence, the two Bad Boys sequels may be folded into one before all is said and done.

2018 Transformers Movie is a Bumblebee Spin-Off Film

by Spencer Perry

2018 Transformers Movie is a Bumblebee Spin-Off Film

Bumblebee spin-off film coming in 2018

Word broke earlier today that Paramount Pictures had set release dates for three more Transformers movies set to roll out annually beginning in June 2017. It was initially reported that these films would be the fifth, sixth, and seventh entries in the franchise, but new details have emerged regarding the blueprint of the Transformers films moving forward and reveal that, though there will be seven movies, one of them is in fact a spin-off.

Speaking on an investor conference call for Toy Fair, Tom Warner, the Transformers franchise leader for Hasbro, revealed that the announced 2018 film is not Transformers 6 but actually a spin-off film focusing on the character Bumblebee, with Transformers 6 actually being the 2019 release.

“This summer we worked closely with a talented team of A-list screenwriters to map out the future of the Transformers cinematic universe, and as Brian announced earlier, things kick off in a major way in 2017 with the release of Transformers 5 in June. And we’re working on a spin-off movie centered around Bumblebee for 2018 and the next chapter for 2019.”

The Bumblebee spin-off is currently set to debut in theaters on June 8, 2018, where it will clash with Legendary’s Godzilla sequel. There are currently no details on who will write or direct the film. The voiceless member of the Autobots, Bumblebee has become a fan favorite since his debut in the 2007 Transformers film with initial reports on a film of his own popping up last year.

Transformers 5, featuring a script by Iron Man scribes Art Marcum & Matt Holloway and Ken Nolan (Black Hawk Down), will be directed once again by Michael Bay and is set to crash into theaters on June 23, 2017, where it will open against Warner Bros.’ upcoming Wonder Woman movie. Mark Wahlberg has also confirmed he will return for the film.

What do you think of a Bumblebee spin-off film? Sound off in the comments below!

Donnie Yen In, Jet Li Out of xXx: The Return of Xander Cage

by Max Evry

New xXx Photos from the Set of the Vin Diesel Sequel

Donnie Yen In, Jet Li Out of xXx: The Return of Xander Cage

Production continues on xXx: The Return of Xander Cage and Vin Diesel has revealed a new set photo on Facebook featuring himself, director D.J. Caruso and international superstar Donnie Yen (Ip Man, Blade II), who has apparently joined the cast as a character named Xiang. Meanwhile, Twitch is reporting that Yen is actually a last-minute replacement for the previously-announced Jet Li, who has exited the film for unknown reasons.

Scoring Yen is something of a coup for the sequel, as the Hong Kong action star will get a great deal of western exposure for his role as a blind samurai in the forthcoming Rogue One; A Star Wars Story. You can view the new xXx set photo in the gallery below.

D.J. Caruso (I Am Number Four) is directing xXx: The Return of Xander Cage. The film is written by Chad St. John (London Has Fallen) with current revisions by F. Scott Frazier (Collide).

The third explosive chapter of the blockbuster franchise that redefined the spy thriller finds extreme athlete turned government operative Xander Cage (Vin Diesel) coming out of self-imposed exile and on a collision course with deadly alpha warrior Xiang and his team in a race to recover a sinister and seemingly unstoppable weapon known as Pandora’s Box. Recruiting an all-new group of thrill-seeking cohorts, Xander finds himself enmeshed in a deadly conspiracy that points to collusion at the highest levels of world governments. Packed with the series’ signature deadpan wit and bad-ass attitude, xXx: The Return of Xander Cage will raise the bar on extreme action with some of the most mind-blowing stunts to ever be caught on film.

Margot Robbie to Star in Noir Thriller Terminal

by Spencer Perry

Margot Robbie to Star in Noir Thriller Terminal.

Margot Robbie to star in noir thriller Terminal

Highland Film Group has announced today that Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street, Suicide Squad) will star in the upcoming noir thriller Terminal from Vaughn Stein. Stein is primarily known as an assistant director, having worked on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2World War ZLes Misérables, and In the Heart of the Sea. This marks his debut feature as a director.

Currently in pre-production, with casting underway for the remaining cast, the film tells the story of two hit-men as they embark on a borderline suicide mission for a mysterious employer and a high paycheck. Along the way, the unlikely pair find a dynamic woman named Annie (Margot Robbie) may be more involved than they had originally suspected.

David Barron of BeaglePug (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, The Legend of Tarzan) and Molly Hassell (The Trust) will produce alongside Tom Ackerley, Josey McNamara, Sophia Kerr and Margot Robbie under their production company LuckyChap Entertainment. Stein is also penning the screenplay with Highland Film Group financing and introducing the project to international buyers in Berlin. Highland and CAA are co-representing the U.S. rights.

Highland Film Group’s Arianne Frasier and Delphine Perrier said of the project: “With an ambitious slate already lined up for Berlin, Highland is delighted to be able to kick off this year’s market with another title of such strong caliber. Crafted with incredibly in-demand and relevant talent in front and behind the camera, the project perfectly showcases the quality of genre-led movies we’re committed to supporting.”

Margot Robbie next be seen in Paramount Pictures’ Whiskey Tango Foxtrot on March 4th and as Jane Porter in The Legend of Tarzan on July 1.

(Photo credit: Ivan Nikolov/WENN.com)

Emily Blunt Cast in Hasbro’s My Little Pony Movie

by Max Evry

Lionsgate and Hasbro Team for Animated My Little Pony Movie

Emily Blunt cast in Hasbro’s My Little Pony movie

Emily Blunt (Edge of Tomorrow, Into the Woods) must understand that “friendship is magic” because, according to The Hollywood ReporterLionsgate and Hasbro have cast her as a voice actress in their upcoming animated My Little Pony movie.

Blunt will voice a new character, joining Kristin Chenoweth, Tara Strong, Cathy Weseluck, Andrea Libman, Tabitha St. Germain and Ashleigh Ball, who are voicing the Mane 6 — Twilight Sparkle, Applejack, Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie, Fluttershy and Rarity.

In the movie, a new dark force threatens Ponyville, and the Mane 6 embark on an unforgettable journey beyond Equestria where they meet new friends and exciting challenges on a quest to use the magic of friendship and save their home. The My Little Pony movie will feature all new music, with Jayson Theissen is directing. Brian Goldner and Stephen Davis are producing the film with Meghan McCarthy and Michael Vogel co-executive producing.

Meghan McCarthy, fan-favorite writer and producer for the “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic” animated series, is penning the screenplay, which will be produced by Hasbro’s Allspark Pictures. Lionsgate will be distributing and marketing the film globally (except in China). 

The “My Little Pony” brand has been enchanting fans of all ages worldwide for more than 30 years with its socially relevant messages of acceptance and friendship. What started in 1983 as a toy line of colorful ponies with unique symbols, called “cutie marks,” has since exploded into international, multi-media, pop culture phenomena that grossed over $1 billion in retail sales in 2014. The entertainment continues to engage and inspire kids and families in over 180 countries across the globe.

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Deadpool Sets New February Preview Record with $12.7 Million

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Deadpool Sets New February Preview Record with $12.7 Million.

Deadpool sets new February preview record with $12.7 million

20th Century Fox launched Deadpool into 2,975 theaters at 7 p.m. on Thursday night, and the Ryan Reynolds-starrer earned an impressive $12.7 million, a new February preview record and the biggest ever for an R-rated film. The Tim Miller-directed comic book adaptation beat previous preview record holder The Hangover Part II‘s $10.4 million from Memorial Day weekend in 2011 and last year’s Fifty Shades of Grey ($8.6 million), which went on to set a new Presidents’ Day weekend record of $93 million for the four days.

It was previously reported that Deadpool, which cost about $58 million to make, should be able to top $65 million or more over the four days. How much do you think it will earn this weekend?

Deadpool stars Ryan Reynolds stars as the title character alongside T.J. Miller as Weasel, Gina Carano as Angel Dust, Brianna Hildebrand as Negasonic Teenage Warhead, Morena Baccarin as Copycat, and Ed Skrein as Ajax. The film also features the mutant Colossus, voiced by Serbian actor Stefan Kapicic.

Based upon Marvel Comics’ most unconventional anti-hero, Deadpool tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life.

Dakota Johnson Wants Jamie Dornan Full Frontal in Fifty Shades Sequels

by Max Evry

Dakota Johnson Wants Jamie Dornan Full Frontal in Fifty Shades Sequels.

Dakota Johnson wants Jamie Dornan to go full frontal in Fifty Shades Sequels

While out promoting her new romantic comedy How to be Single, Dakota Johnson appeared on Bravo’s Watch What Happens: Live with Andy Cohen and answered a viewer query about whether she thinks Jamie Dornan should show as much flesh in upcoming sequels Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed as she did in Fifty Shades of Grey.

“That’s an interesting question, I’ll probably get in trouble for this answer… yeah,” said Johnson. “Yeah. I’m gonna make him get fully naked in the next one. Everybody wants to see the D, the Dornan D. We should start a movement, a campaign.”

An erotically charged romance, the Fifty Shades of Grey franchise has capitalized on it’s naughty-but-not-too-naughty aesthetic to the tune of more than $570 million worldwide. On-set conflict between author E L James and the first film’s director Sam Taylor-Johnson, however, led to Taylor-Johnson and screenwriter Kelly Marcel opting not return for the sequel. James Foley will instead direct Fifty Shades Darker, which will be penned by E L James’ husband, Niall Leonard.

Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson are set to return as Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele in both Fifty Shades Darker and the third film, Fifty Shades Freed. Kim Basinger will play Elena Lincoln, who introduced Grey to the world of BDSM. Meanwhile Arielle Kebbel has already been cast as provocative architect Gia Matteo in the third film, Fifty Shades Freed, which will shoot back-to-back with the second film. Expanding upon the events set in motion in Fifty Shades of Grey, the films will again aim to become the motion-picture events for Valentine’s Day 2017 and 2018. Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti, alongside E L James, the creator of the series, also return to produce.

Do you want to see Jamie Dornan go Full Monty for the sequels? Let us know in the comments below!

Captain America: Civil War Hot Toys Photos Released, Including Your Bucky

by Spencer Perry

Captain America: Civil War Hot Toys Photos Released, Including Your Bucky.

Your Bucky gets his own Captain America: Civil War Hot Toy

Though we’ve seen photos of them before, Hot Toys has released some official promo photos for their Captain America: Civil War figures, including the title hero and everyone’s favorite brainwashed assassin, your Bucky, The Winter Soldier! In addition, two busts for the film for both Iron Man and War Machine have been revealed, all of which you can check out below.

Some of the accessories included in the Captain America 1/6 scale collectible figure will be a helmeted head sculpt with two (2) interchangeable lower part of faces, one pair of fists, one pair of shield holding palms, a newly-tailored Captain America suit with star emblem and red and white patterns, a newly created metal circular red and blue Captain America shield, a broken Crossbones helmet, and a Captain America: Civil War-themed Team Captain America figure stand with Captain America nameplate and the movie logo. 

The Winter Soldier collectible figure will feature a newly sculpted head with fine hair sculpture, four pairs of interchangeable palms, a machine gun and a Captain America: Civil War themed Team Captain America figure stand with Winter Soldier nameplate and the movie logo. Both figures are set to be released later this year. 

Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo from a screenplay by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely, Captain America: Civil War will open in theaters on May 6, 2016.

Paramount Sets Annual Release Dates for Transformers 5, 6 and 7!

by Spencer Perry

Paramount Sets Annual Release Dates for Transformers 5, 6 and 7!

Annual release dates set for Transformers 5, 6 and 7

UPDATE: It has been confirmed that the 2018 Transformers film will be a Bumblebee spin-off movie.

We hope you packed extra Energon cubes, because the Transformers franchise is taking you on a three-year journey. Paramount Pictures has not only set the official release date for Transformers 5, but also for Transformers 6 and Transformers 7!

Transformers 5, featuring a script by Iron Man scribes Art Marcum & Matt Holloway and Ken Nolan (Black Hawk Down), will be directed once again by Michael Bay and is set to crash into theaters on June 23, 2017, where it will open against Warner Bros.’ upcoming Wonder Woman movie. Mark Wahlberg has also confirmed he will return for the film.

Transformers 6 will drop in the next year on June 8, 2018, where it will clash with Legendary’s Godzilla sequel; with Transformers 7 landing the next year on June 28, 2019. Details on both of these films have not been confirmed.

Last year, Paramount began forming a Transformers “writers room” with the purpose of planning out both multi-part sequels in the main franchise and character spin-offs. The only other film confirmed to be in-development out of the franchise brain trust is an animated “origin story” film that will be set on the Transformers’ homeworld of Cybertron.

Are you excited for three more Transformers movies? What do you think of the annual release pattern? Sound off in the comments below!

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