Ron Perlman Gets Sorted Into Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

by Spencer Perry

Ron Perlman Gets Sorted Into Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Ron Perlman, who played the Beast of the Apocalypse in Hellboy, joins the cast of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find

The Hollywood Reporter brings word that the Beast of the Apocalypse himself Ron Perlman (Hellboy, “Sons of Anarchy”) has joined the cast of Warner Bros. “Harry Potter” spin-off film, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Perlman will reportedly play a goblin in the film which is currently filming in England.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is set to star Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Dan Fogler, Colin Farrell, Jon Voight, Carmen Ejogo, Gemma Chan, Jenn Murray and newcomer Faith Wood-Blagrove. The David Yates-directed film follows Newt Scamander (Redmayne), the Wizarding World’s preeminent magizoologist, who in his travels has encountered and documented a myriad of magical creatures, ultimately leading to his penning the Hogwarts School textbook “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.”

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is being produced by David Heyman, producer of all eight of the blockbuster Harry Potter features; J.K. Rowling; Steve Kloves, who scripted all but one of the Harry Potter films; and Lionel Wigram, who served as an executive producer on the last four installments of the franchise. Rowling herself is supplying the screenplay.

Warner Bros. Pictures has the first Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them set for a worldwide release in 3D and IMAX on November 18, 2016.

(Photo credit: Klaus Werner/Future Image/

Composer John Williams to Receive AFI Life Achievement Award

by Spencer Perry

Composer John Williams to Receive AFI Life Achievement Award.

Composer John Williams will receive the AFI Life Achievement Award next summer

The American Film Institute Board of Trustees announced today that composer John Williams will be the recipient of the 44th AFI Life Achievement Award, America’s highest honor for a career in film. For the first time in AFI history, the award will be bestowed upon a composer. Williams will be honored at a gala Tribute on June 9, 2016 in Los Angeles, CA. The AFI Life Achievement Award Tribute special will return for its fourth year with Turner Broadcasting to air on TNT in late June 2016, followed by an encore presentation on its sister network, Turner Classic Movies (TCM).

“John Williams has written the soundtrack to our lives,” said Sir Howard Stringer, Chair, AFI Board of Trustees. “Note by note, through chord and chorus, his genius for marrying music with movies has elevated the art form to symphonic levels and inspired generations of audiences to be enriched by the magic of the movies. AFI is proud to present him with its 44th Life Achievement Award.”

John Williams’ storied career as the composer behind many of the greatest American films and television series of all time boasts over 150 credits across seven decades. Perhaps best known for his enduring collaboration with director Steven Spielberg, his scores are among the most iconic and recognizable in film history, from the edge-of-your-seat Jaws (1975) motif to the emotional swell of E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982) and the haunting elegies of Schindler’s List (1993). Always epic in scale, his music has helped define over half a century of the motion picture medium. Three of Williams’ scores landed on AFI’s 100 Years of Film Scores — a list of the 25 greatest American film scores of all time — including the unforgettable Star Wars (1977) soundtrack, at number one. With five Academy Award wins and 49 nominations in total, Williams holds the record for the most Oscar nominations of any living person.

(Photo credit: Getty Images)

Nicholas Hoult, Luke Evans and Henry Cavill Join War Film Sand Castle

by Spencer Perry

Nicholas Hoult, Luke Evans, and Henry Cavill Join War Film Sand Castle

Nicholas Hoult, Luke Evans, and Henry Cavill will star in the war film, Sand Castle

Treehouse Pictures has announced that Nicholas Hoult (Mad Max: Fury Road, X-Men: Apocalypse), Luke Evans (Furious 7,”The Hobbit”) and Henry Cavill (The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice) will star in the intense war drama Sand Castle, produced by Oscar-nominated Mark Gordon (Steve Jobs, Saving Private Ryan) of The Mark Gordon Company, Justin Nappi (Arbitrage, All Is Lost) through his company Treehouse Pictures, and Ben Pugh (Welcome to the Punch) of 42.

Written by Chris Roessner and directed by Fernando Coimbra (A Wolf at the Door, “Narcos”) the film is set in Iraq circa 2003 and is based on Roessner’s experience as a machine gunner in Iraq’s Sunni Triangle. The story centers on Matt Ocre (Hoult), who is part of a mission to repair a broken water system in the dangerous and unstable Iraqi village of Baqubah. While the people of Baghdad welcome the Americans as saviors, the villagers resist their presence and Matt and his unit must try to convince the community that they are part of the solution, not the problem in order to save the town and get out alive.

Voltage Pictures is handling international sales for the film and will present the film to buyers next month at the American Film Market. Producers currently hold US rights.

“It took little convincing for me to come on board to produce this extraordinary and gripping film which so accurately depicts the intricacies of real people in extreme circumstances. I am excited about our amazing lead cast who, in the hands of our masterful director Fernando, will deliver the most powerful performances of their careers. Nicholas, Luke and Henry are a dream team, as are my fellow producers Mark and Ben,” said Nappi. 

Added producer Gordon, “Chris was my assistant and we worked on the script together for some time. It’s very exciting to see the movie come together with a wonderfully talented director and an amazing cast.”

Principal photography is set to start on November 2.

(Photo credit: Dominic Chan/Sean Thorton/Ivan Nikolov/

Batman v Superman Concept Art Released in New Video

by Spencer Perry

Batman v Superman Concept Art Released in New Video

Batman v Superman concept art officially released

The costumes for DC’s Trinity from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice are on display this weekend at the New York Comic Con, and DC Entertainment has released a new video of costume designer Michael Wilkinson providing some insight into the designs. You can check out the video, which also features Batman v Superman concept art, in the player below! You can also view the Batman v Superman concept art separately in the gallery underneath.

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, 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.

Fearing the actions of a god-like Super Hero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante 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, written by Chris Terrio, from a screenplay by David S. Goyer, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice is produced by Charles Roven and Deborah Snyder with Benjamin Melniker, Michael E. Uslan, Wesley Coller, David S. Goyer and Geoff Johns serving as executive producers.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is set to open worldwide on March 25, 2016.

Colin Firth is Back in New Bridget Jones’s Baby Set Photos

by Max Evry

Colin Firth

First look at Colin Firth on the set of Bridget Jones’s Baby

After our first look at a preggers Renée Zellweger on the London set of the threequel Bridget Jones’s Baby, we have a second round (or is that trimester?) of set pics, this time featuring the return of Colin Firth (The King’s Speech, Kingsmen: The Secret Service) possibly cheating on Jones! Check out the Bridget Jones’s Baby set photos in the gallery below.

Working Title  will produce the film, based on Helen Fielding’s bestselling book series, which sees Zellweger reprising the title role along with Colin Firth as love interest Mark Darcy and Patrick Dempsey taking on a new role in Jones’s life. Zellweger and Firth previously appeared in both of the preceding films, Bridget Jones’s Diary in 2001 and Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason in 2003. Combined, the two films have grossed over $540 million at the global box office.

Sharon Maguire, who directed the original Bridget Jones’s Diary in 2001, will return to direct the feature film from a script she co-wrote with David Nicholls (One Day). Plot details are being kept under wraps, but as you have probably guessed, Bridget Jones will indeed have a baby in the third film of the series. The question remains, however, if the father of the child will be Firth’s Darcy, Dempsey’s new character, or perhaps a third party. Hugh Grant, who appeared in the previous two films, will not reprise his role for “Baby.”

Though no release date has been set, Universal will distribute Bridget Jones’s Baby.

(Photo credit: FameFlynet)

Even More Avengers, Transformers, and Star Wars Toys and Action Figures Revealed!

by Spencer Perry

Even More Avengers, Transformers, and Star Wars Toys and Action Figures Revealed!

New Marvel, Transformers, and Star Wars toys revealed!

Following the images released this morning from Hasbro, we’ve got 80 more photos of Hasbro’s reveals from New York Comic Con, including new Marvel Legends figures, new Avengers: Age of Ultron toys, Transformers: Robots in Disguise, Transformers: Titans Return, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens! Check them all out below.

The Transformers battle explodes into uncharted territory when the Titans Return! To control an ancient race of giant, city-sized warriors–Titans–the Transformers must harness the power of Titan Masters, smaller bots that give bigger bots enhanced abilities in battle. Every Titan Master figure can become the head for any Deluxe Class, Voyager Class, or Leader Class Titans Return figure. Choose from Autobot and Decepticon Titan Master characters, unite them with other figures, and imagine they’re powering up for battle! Each Titan Master figure converts from robot to head mode and back in 1 step. They come with a mini vehicle or mini beast that converts to a weapon for Titans Return Deluxe, Voyager, or Leader Class figures.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is set 30 years after the events of Return of the Jedi, and features a new generation of swashbuckling heroes and shadowy villains, as well as the return of fan-favorite smugglers, princesses, and Jedi. The J.J. Abrams-directed film will debut in theaters on December 18, 2015.

Tyrant Gets a Third Season Order From FX

by Max Evry


Tyrant gets a third season order from FX

FX has ordered a third season of Tyrant, the drama from Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning Executive Producer Howard Gordon, it was announced today by Eric Schrier and Nick Grad, Presidents of Original Programming, FX Networks and FX Productions. Tyrant recently completed its thrilling second season. The 10-episode third season will air in 2016.

“Tyrant’s second season took the show to a new level thanks to the skill and direction of Howard, Chris and Glenn and their creative team, the exceptional cast and a story steeped in family, loyalty and intrigue,” Schrier said. “We look forward to the next chapter and a sensational third season of Tyrant.”

Season 2 of Tyrant was executive produced by Showrunner Howard Gordon, along with Glenn Gordon Caron, Chris Keyser, David Fury, Gideon Raff, Avi Nir and Hugh Fitzpatrick. Tyrant is produced by Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions.

Tyrant is the story of an unassuming American family drawn into the inner workings of a turbulent Middle Eastern nation.  Bassam “Barry” Al-Fayeed (Adam Rayner), the youngest son of a war-torn country’s controversial dictator, returns to his homeland after a self-imposed 20-year exile in America, only to be forced back into the treacherous familial and national politics of his youth.  When his brother, Jamal (Ashraf Barhom), assumes the presidency, Barry becomes a powerful force within the government, fueled by visions of bringing humanitarian freedoms to his homeland.  Upon realizing that Jamal lacks any sense of justice or morality, Barry colluded with members of the U.S. government on a failed attempt at overthrowing his tyrannical reign and was arrested on charges of treason.  Having been betrayed by the West, Jamal now sets his sights on the East, developing an alliance with China that he hopes will make Abuddin a global power.  But Barry continues to be a thorn in Jamal’s side, becoming a symbol of freedom for the increasingly vocal insurgency.

Halt and Catch Fire Renewed by AMC for a Third Season

by Max Evry

Halt and Catch Fire Renewed by AMC for a Third Season.

Halt and Catch Fire renewed by AMC for a third season

AMC today announced that it has ordered a third season of Halt and Catch Fire, a show that garnered significant critical acclaim in its second season, which shifted focus from building a personal computer to online gaming and communication and the early days of what would become the Internet. Co-creators and writers Christopher Cantwell and Christopher C. Rogers have been upped to showrunners for the 10-episode third season, which will return to AMC next summer. The series will also debut on AMC Global channels around the world.

“We love what the creative team and cast have been able to deliver on ‘Halt and Catch Fire’ and are particularly grateful to the critics and fans who supported the show throughout the second season and have been pulling for its renewal,” said Joel Stillerman, president of original programming and development for AMC and SundanceTV. “We’re so thankful for the talent and leadership of Jonathan Lisco over these first two seasons and glad that we are able to continue this story with co-creators and showrunners Chris Cantwell and Chris Rogers at the helm. In a world of TV series filled with scary, mythical creatures like zombies and dragons, we’re thrilled to be able to follow these characters to Silicon Valley and finally bring unicorns to television.”

Cantwell and Rogers said: “We are beyond thrilled to have the opportunity to continue telling this story. ‘Halt and Catch Fire’ has been a passion project of ours from day one, and we are so thankful that AMC not only shares this passion, but also continues to champion bold character-driven storytelling in an increasingly crowded television landscape. While we know we would not be here were it not for the leadership and mentorship of former showrunner Jonathan Lisco, we’re incredibly excited to continue working with our wonderful producing partners at Gran Via, as well as our extremely talented cast and crew. Much in the way that ‘Halt’ is about underdogs overcoming convention and breaking new ground, the story of season 3 will endeavor to further stretch the medium and challenge the form.”

From AMC Studios, “Halt and Catch Fire” captures the rise of the PC era in the early 1980s, focused on four main characters attempting to innovate against the changing backdrop of technology and Texas’ Silicon Prairie. In addition to Cantwell and Rogers, the series is executive produced by Gran Via Productions’ Mark Johnson (“Better Call Saul,” “Rectify,” “Breaking Bad,” Diner, Rain Man) and Melissa Bernstein (“Better Call Saul,” “Rectify,” “Breaking Bad”) and stars Lee Pace as Joe MacMillan, Scoot McNairy as Gordon Clark, Kerry Bishé as Donna Clark and Mackenzie Davis as Cameron Howe. “Halt and Catch Fire” is distributed internationally by Entertainment One Television (eOne) through an exclusive multi-year output agreement.

X-Men: Apocalypse Synopsis Officially Released

by Spencer Perry

X-Men: Apocalypse Synopsis Officially Released

The official X-Men: Apocalypse synopsis has been released online!

20th Century Fox and Mars Chocolate North America announced a partnership today between M&M’S and the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse and even released a cute image of the Yellow and Green M&M’S as Magneto and Storm (which you can see below). Tucked away in their press release, however, is the actually interesting part, the X-Men: Apocalypse synopsis! It reads as follows:

“Since the dawn of civilization, he was worshiped as a god. Apocalypse, the first and most powerful mutant from Marvel’s X-Men universe, amassed the powers of many other mutants, becoming immortal and invincible. Upon awakening after thousands of years, he is disillusioned with the world as he finds it and recruits a team of powerful mutants, including a disheartened Magneto (Michael Fassbender), to cleanse mankind and create a new world order, over which he will reign. As the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance, Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) with the help of Professor X (James McAvoy) must lead a team of young X-Men to stop their greatest nemesis and save mankind from complete destruction.”

In addition to Fassbender, McAvoy, Lawrence, and Nicholas Hoult as Magneto, Professor X, Mystique, and Beast, the film will also see the return of Rose Byrne as Moira MacTaggert, Evan Peters as Quicksilver, Lucas Till as Havok and newcomers Alexandra Shipp as Storm, Sophie Turner as Jean Grey, Ben Hardy as Angel, Tye Sheridan as Cyclops, Olivia Munn as Psylocke and Lana Condor as Jubilee. Oscar Isaac is starring as the film’s title antagonist.

Said to be the conclusion of a trilogy started with X-Men: First Class and continued with X-Men: Days of Future Past, the Bryan Singer-directed X-Men: Apocalypse is set for release on May 27, 2016.

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Disney Sets Box Office Record, Dates New Films From Marvel & Pixar

by Max Evry

Walt Disney Pictures 2015

Newly dated films include 6 from Pixar, 6 from Marvel and 7 from Disney Studios

On Wednesday, October 7, The Walt Disney Studios crossed the $4 billion mark at the global box office in record studio time, surpassing its previous fastest set November 14, 2014 by nearly six weeks. With $1.433 billion domestically and $2.575 billion internationally as of October 7, 2015, this is the third consecutive year Disney has reached this threshold. It comes as Disney•Pixar’s Inside Out crosses the $800 million mark upon its debut in China this week.

“2015 has been a record-setting year both domestically and internationally thanks to a strong slate of films from all of our brands,” said Dave Hollis, Executive Vice President, Theatrical Distribution, The Walt Disney Studios. “With an incredible pipeline of both original stories and anticipated sequels featuring our most beloved characters, we are set to deliver some fantastic movies well into the future.”

Further solidifying its branded tentpole strategy, The Walt Disney Studios has set the following domestic release dates:

· CARS 3 now dated on 6/16/17 wide
· COCO is final title of previous “11/22/17 Untitled Pixar Animation” (previously announced 11/22/17 wide playdate is unchanged)
· 12/22/17 UNTITLED DISNEY FAIRY TALE (Live Action) now dated on 12/22/17 wide
· BLACK PANTHER moves to 2/16/18 wide (from 7/6/18 wide)
· GIGANTIC is final title of previous “3/9/18 Disney Animation” (previously announced 3/9/18 wide playdate is unchanged)
· TOY STORY 4 moves to 6/15/18 wide (from 6/16/17 wide)
· ANT-MAN AND THE WASP now dated on 7/6/18 wide
· 11/2/18 UNTITLED DISNEY FAIRY TALE (Live Action) now dated on 11/2/18 wide
· CAPTAIN MARVEL moves to 3/8/19 wide (from 11/2/18 wide)
· 3/29/19 UNTITLED DISNEY FAIRY TALE (Live Action) now dated on 3/29/19 wide
· UNTITLED DISNEYTOON STUDIOS now dated on 4/12/19 wide
· THE INCREDIBLES 2 now dated on 6/21/19 wide
· 11/8/19 UNTITLED DISNEY FAIRY TALE (Live Action) now dated on 11/8/19 wide
· 3/13/20 UNTITLED PIXAR ANIMATION now dated on 3/13/20 wide
· 5/1/20 UNTITLED MARVEL now dated on 5/1/20 wide
· 6/19/20 UNTITLED PIXAR ANIMATION now dated on 6/19/20 wide
· 7/10/20 UNTITLED MARVEL now dated on 7/10/20 wide
· 11/6/20 UNTITLED MARVEL now dated on 11/6/20 wide
· 11/25/20 UNTITLED DISNEY ANIMATION now dated on Wed 11/25/20 wide

Which movies from The Walt Disney Studios are you looking forward to the most?

Keanu Reeves and Jimmy Kimmel Go ‘A Reasonable Speed’

by Max Evry

Keanu Reeves

Keanu Reeves and Jimmy Kimmel go ‘A Reasonable Speed’

Keanu Reeves, the star of 1994’s classic Speed, dropped by Jimmy Kimmel Live to teach America a few safe driving tips via a new “trailer” for A Reasonable Speed, a car chase movie sponsored by the government. It’s just as exciting as it sounds! Check out the clip below that makes Fast & Furious look way faster and slightly less furious. 

Reeves, who’s out on the promotional trail for his new horror film Knock Knock, also talked a little bit about why he turned down the chance reunite with Sandra Bullock in 1997’s box office disaster Speed 2: Cruise Control, in which Jason Patric took over leading man duties.

“I didn’t get to be in that… well, I decided not to be in that,” Reeves said bluntly. “I loved working with Jan de Bont and Sandra, of course. It was just a situation in life where I got the script and I read the script and I was like ‘Ugggghhh.’ It was about a cruise ship and I was thinking, ‘A bus, a cruise ship… Speed, bus, but then a cruise ship is even slower than a bus and I was like, ‘I love you guys but I just can’t do it.'”

“Jimmy Kimmel Live” airs weeknights at 11:35|10:35c on ABC.

Marvel Studios Announces Ant-Man and the Wasp Movie for 2018, Plus 3 Mystery Films!

by Spencer Perry

Marvel Studios Announces Ant-Man and The Wasp Movie for 2018, Plus 3 Mystery Films!

Ant-Man and the Wasp movie officially announced for Marvel Phase Three!

Marvel Studios has announced a bit of a shift in their plans for Marvel Phase Three with the announcement of a new movie, Ant-Man and the Wasp, featuring the return of Paul Rudd as Scott Lang alongside Evangeline Lilly as Hope Van Dyne. The movie will debut on July 6, 2018, the original release date for Marvel’s Black Panther, which will now open in theaters on February 16, 2018. The announcement comes following the success of this summer’s Ant-Man, which brought in $178.5M at the domestic box office and $231.3M internationally for a global total of $409.8M.

In addition, Marvel has announced that the long-awaited Captain Marvel film will shift from its November 2, 2018 release date to March 8, 2019. 

Finally, Marvel has set release dates for three more mystery films which will premiere on May 1, 2020, July 10, 2020, and November 6, 2020. Which movies do you think will hit on those days?

The other films for Marvel’s Phase Three include Captain America: Civil War on May 6, 2016, Doctor Strange on November 4, 2016, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 on May 5, 2017, their Untitled Spider-Man Film on July 28, 2017, Thor: Ragnarok on November 3, 2017, Avengers: Infinity War Part I on May 4, 2018, Avengers: Infinity War Part II May 3, 2019, and Inhumans on July 12, 2019.

Tatiana Maslany Joins Jake Gyllenhaal in Boston Bombing Film Stronger

by Max Evry

Tatiana Maslany

Orphan Black’s Tatiana Maslany will co-star with Jake Gyllenhaal in Stronger

The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that Emmy-nominated “Orphan Black” actress Tatiana Maslany has entered negotiations to co-star with Jake Gyllenhaal in Lionsgate’s Boston Marathon bombing project titled Stronger, directed by David Gordon Green (George Washington, Pineapple Express).

Based on the non-fiction survivor’s memoir of the same name by Jeff Bauman (with Bret Whitter), Stronger tells Bauman’s story of waiting for his girlfriend to cross the finish line on April 15, 2013 when two pressure cooker bombs exploded killing three and wounding 264. Bauman lost both his legs and became a key witness in the ensuing manhunt for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the former having been sentenced to death this past May.

Bauman’s story of recuperation and triumph is being adapted to the screen by writers John Pollono (Sex & Marriage) and Scott Silver (8 Mile, The Fighter), and produced by Silver along with David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman of Mandeville Films.

There is no word on whether Maslany’s casting in Stronger infers that she is out of the running for Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: Episode VIII, for which she did a chemistry read last weekend. 

(Photo credit: WENN)

Rick Moranis Turned Down a Cameo in Ghostbusters Reboot

by Spencer Perry

Rick Moranis Turned Down a Cameo in Ghostbusters Reboot

Fan-favorite Rick Moranis reveals in rare interview he turned down a cameo in the Ghostbusters reboot

We already know that original cast members Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson and Sigourney Weaver are set to cameo in some capacity in Sony’s upcoming Ghostbusters reboot, but there is one notably absent cast member, the elusive Rick Moranis. Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, Moranis revealed that he was offered a cameo in the film but turned it down.

“I wish them well. I hope it’s terrific. But it just makes no sense to me. Why would I do just one day of shooting on something I did 30 years ago?”

Moranis went on to confirm that despite rumblings that he’s completely retired from film and television work, if the right project came along he would do it.

“I took a break, which turned into a longer break,” he tells the outlet. “But I’m interested in anything that I would find interesting. I still get the occasional query about a film or television role and as soon as one comes along that piques my interest, I’ll probably do it. [But Ghostbusters] didn’t appeal to me.”

Ghostbusters stars Kristen Wiig as Erin Gilbert, Kate McKinnon as Jillian Holtzman, Melissa McCarthy as Abby Yates and Leslie Jones as Patty Tolan. The film is also set feature Chris Hemsworth as the new secretary, Andy Garcia as the Mayor of New York City, Michael K. Williams as a character named “Hawkins,” Matt Walsh as a character named “Rourke,” and Neil Casey as the film’s villain. New York City’s NY1 news anchor Pat Kiernan is also set to appear as news anchor in the film.

“I’m having a lot of fun playing with genres,” Feig told of the new film earlier this year, “…I love the original film, but I also just love the idea of busting ghosts and kind of paranormal warriors. I thought, ‘You know, if I could do this with the funny women I know and kind of just do a new origin story…’ I’m more interested in what would happen today. You know, you see things on TV about ghosts, but none of it’s real. What if, suddenly, something started happening? What happens when that just begins to happen to people? Also, how do they develop their technology? It’s not as fun if they’re just handed their proton packs. It’s why it’s not as fun to do a sequel. The fun is getting there.”

Directed by Feig from a script he co-wrote with Katie Dippold, Sony Pictures will release Ghostbusters in theaters on July 15, 2016.

NYCC: More Star Wars: The Force Awakens Toys Revealed!

by Spencer Perry

NYCC: More Star Wars: The Force Awakens Toys Revealed!

Even more Star Wars: The Force Awakens toys have been revealed!

To kick things off at New York Comic Con, Hasbro has revealed several new Star Wars: The Force Awakens toys, including new figures from the 6″ Black Series, including a look at Domhnall Gleeson’s General Hux! Check out The Force Awakens toys in the gallery below along with some of the Titanium Series starships and Micromachines ranging from the original trilogy to Star Wars Rebels!

In addition, JAKKS Pacific (via MTV) has released images of three of the Wave 2 Big-Figs, including John Boyega’s Finn. Be sure to check back later as even more Star Wars toys will be revealed over the course of the weekend!

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is set 30 years after the events of Return of the Jedi, and features a new generation of swashbuckling heroes and shadowy villains, as well as the return of fan-favorite smugglers, princesses, and Jedi.

Starring Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, Lupita Nyong’o, Gwendoline Christie, Crystal Clarke, Pip Anderson, Christina Chong and Miltos Yerolemou, the J.J. Abrams-directed film will debut in theaters on December 18, 2015

PlayStation 4 Price Reduced to $349.99 in the U.S.

by CS

PlayStation 4 Price Reduced to $349.99 in the U.S.

Sony has officially dropped the PlayStation 4 price to $349.99

Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) today announced that the PlayStation 4, which is currently available for $399.99, will be available in the U.S. starting at $349.99 USD on October 9. In Canada, the PlayStation 4 price also will be reduced from $449.99 CAD to $429.99 CAD.

“Our goal at PlayStation has always been to offer the best place to play at a compelling value to gamers,” said Shawn Layden, president and CEO of SCEA. “We’re continuing to deliver on that commitment with this new price for PS4, making the console even more accessible to a broader audience this holiday. With highly-anticipated games like ‘Call of Duty: Black Ops III’ and ‘Star Wars Battlefront’ launching soon and blockbuster exclusives like ‘Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End’ on the horizon, there has never been a better time to join the PS4 community.”

The following outlines the new prices for the current PS4 lineup, including the limited-edition and standard-edition bundles that feature some of the biggest games coming to PS4 this holiday season:

- Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection PS4 Bundle (500GB HDD) – $349.99 USD / $429.99 CAD (MSRP); October 9, 2015
- Limited Edition Call of Duty®: Black Ops III PS4 Bundle (1TB HDD) – $429.99 USD / $499.99 CAD (MSRP); November 6, 2015
- Limited Edition Disney Infinity 3.0: Star Wars PS4 Bundle (500GB HDD) – $399.99 USD / $469.99 CAD (MSRP); November 13, 2015
- Limited Edition Star Wars Battlefront PS4 Bundle (500GB HDD) – $399.99 USD / $469.99 CAD (MSRP); November 17, 2015
- Star Wars Battlefront PS4 Bundle (500GB HDD) – $349.99 USD / $429.99 CAD (MSRP); November 17, 2015
- NHL 16 PS4 Bundle (500GB HDD) – $429.99 CAD (MSRP); Available now in Canada only

With the PlayStation 4 price dropping to $349.99, are you more likely to buy one this holiday season?

Gugu Mbatha-Raw Rumored for Star Wars: Episode VIII

by Silas Lesnick

Gugu Mbatha-Raw has allegedly joined the cast of Star Wars: Episode VIII.

Beyond the Lights and Belle star Gugu Mbatha-Raw has allegedly joined the cast of Star Wars: Episode VIII

A new Star Wars: Episode VIII casting rumor has just broken as Collider today alleges that actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw has joined the cast of Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: Episode VIII. The film, which has already starting filming in Ireland, previously cast Benicio Del Toro for a villainous role with recent reports also suggesting that, after whatever happens in J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakensat least one familiar face will be returning.

Gugu Mbatha-Raw, who also recently appeared in the Wachowskis’ Jupiter Ascending, previously worked with J.J. Abrams on the short-lived spy series “Undercovers.” She was also selected by Tom Hanks to play a leading role in his 2011 directorial feature Larry Crowne (check out our Gugu Mbatha-Raw interview from the Larry Crowne set) and can be seen coming up as Plumette, the feather duster, in Walt Disney Pictures’ live-action Beauty and the Beast. That film will hit March 17, 2017 with Star Wars: Episode VIII arriving just over two months later on May 26. If this casting rumor pans out, 2017 is shaping up to be a very good year for Gugu Mbatha-Raw.

Very little is known about the eighth “Saga” chapter of the hugely successful sci-fi fantasy franchise other than that Johnson is attached to both write and direct and that Del Toro is confident he’ll appear as the villain. The film will be produced by Ram Bergman and Kathleen Kennedy and will follow both J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens as well as the franchise’s first “anthology” film, director Gareth Edwards’ Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

What do you think about Gugu Mbatha-Raw potentially joining the Star Wars: Episode VIII cast? What sort of character do you think she might play? Let us know in the comments below!

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Mexico City to Host SPECTRE Premiere of the Americas

by Silas Lesnick

The SPECTRE premiere of the Americas will happen in Mexico City.

The SPECTRE Premiere of the Americas heads to Mexico City November 2

Albert R. Broccoli’s EON Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and Sony Pictures Entertainment have just announced that Mexico City will host the SPECTRE Premiere of the Americas on Monday, November 2. The SPECTRE premiere of the Americas will follow on the heels of London’s World SPECTRE premiere and marks the first time that Mexico has hosted an international James Bond premiere. The November 2 date will have the SPECTRE premiere coinciding with the colorful Day of the Dead festivities across Mexico, which are featured in SPECTRE‘s opening sequence.

“We owe our magnificent Day of the Dead opening sequence, shot in Mexico City, to the expert craftsmanship of our wonderful British and Mexican crews,” say franchise producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson. “With 2015 being the Year of Mexico in the UK and the Year of the UK in Mexico, it is fitting that the Premiere of the Americas will take place in Mexico City.”

The SPECTRE cast also includes Daniel Craig, Monica Bellucci, Andrew Scott, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Jesper Christensen and Ben Whishaw.

Directed once again by Skyfall‘s Sam Mendes, SPECTRE is written by John Logan and Neal Purvis & Robert Wade. Following a UK release on October 26, SPECTRE will begin its rollout in North America and South America on November 6. visited the SPECTRE set earlier this year and got an up close look at production. Be sure to check out our video interviews with cast members Dave Bautista, Léa Seydoux and Christoph Waltz. Bautista teases Mr. Hinx’s “hook” that will make him a classic Bond villain, Waltz discusses his “business man” character and Seydoux reveals a special Inglourious Basterds Easter egg she and Waltz filmed as an homage to their first appearance together in the Quentin Tarantino film.

Naomi Scott is the Pink Ranger in Lionsgate’s Power Rangers Reboot!

by Spencer Perry

Naomi Scott is The Pink Ranger in Lionsgate's Power Rangers Reboot!

The Pink Ranger in the upcoming Power Rangers reboot has been cast!

This weekend, word broke about actors testing for the various roles in Lionsgate‘s upcoming Power Rangers reboot, and the studio has officially announced the first cast member. Naomi Scott (The Martian, “Terra Nova”) will star as Kimberly, AKA The Pink Ranger!

Other actors reportedly up for parts in the film include KJ Apa (“Shortland Street”), Austin Butler (“Arrow,” “The Carrie Diaries”) and Mitchell Hope (“Descendants”) for the role of Jason/The Red Ranger and Daniel Zovatto (It Follows), Ross Butler (“Chasing Life”) and Brian “Sene” Marc (“Major Crimes”) in contention for Zack/The Black Ranger.

Screenwriters Zack Stentz and Ashley Miller (X-Men: First Class, Thor) wrote the screenplay for Power Rangers, which is described as a modern reinvention of the long-running franchise. In it, a group of ordinary high school kids find themselves infused with extraterrestrial powers and must harness those powers as a team to save the world. Original creator Haim Saban is acting as producer along with Brian Casentini and Allison Shearmur.

Saban’s “Power Rangers” franchise is the brainchild of Haim Saban, creator and producer of the original “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” hit series that launched in 1993. Following its introduction, “Power Rangers” quickly became the most-watched children’s television program in the United States and remains one of the top-rated and longest running boys live-action series in television history. The series follows the adventures of a group of ordinary teens who “morph” into superheroes and save the world from evil. It is seen in more than 150 markets around the world, translated into numerous languages and is a mainstay in the most prominent international children’s programming blocks. 

20th Century Fox previously released two feature films, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie in 1995 and Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie in 1997.

Set to be directed by Project Almanac‘s Dean Israelite, Power Rangers will debut in theaters on January 13, 2017.


It’s official! #NaomiScott will play the #PinkRanger in the @PowerRangersMovie!  Coming in 2017…

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The Conjuring 2 Set Photo Welcomes Back the Warrens

by Silas Lesnick

James Wan welcomes back Vera Farimga and Patrick Wilson with a Conjuring 2 set photo!

James Wan has shared a new The Conjuring 2 set photo, featuring himself and returning stars Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson

Production on James Wan’s much anticipated horror sequel The Conjuring 2 officially began last month with an actual priest coming to bless the set. Today, Wan has a new The Conjuring 2 set photo that he just shared via social media. Check it out in full below for a look at returning stars Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga, set to reprise their The Conjuring roles as real life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren.

Unlike the recent spinoff film, Annabelle (which explored the back story of the first film’s terrifying doll), The Conjuring 2 will continue the based on truth adventures of the Warrens, whose cases have also inspired the likes of The Haunting in Connecticut and most notably, The Amityville Horror. The sequel is also set to feature Frances O’Connor, playing the part of a desperate mother whose daughter is experiencing a haunting.

The Conjuring 2 features a screenplay by Chad and Carey Hayes who penned the first film along with House of Wax and The Reaping. James Wan (Saw, Insidious, Furious 7) will return to direct.

With The Conjuring 2 set for release on June 10, 2016, the James Wan film is slated to up against both Jon M. Chu’s heist sequel Now You See Me: The Second Act as well as the long awaited big screen adaptation of Warcraft from Moon director Duncan Jones.

What do you think of this latest The Conjuring 2 set photo? Are you looking forward to another terrifying big screen experience? Let us know in the comments below!

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