James Cameron Avatar set

Remember back in 2010, when 20th Century Fox dated Avatar 2 for December 2014? That date has long since come and gone, and deep into 2016 we’re still waiting on this movie. But in the meantime, director James Cameron has added yet another sequel to to his Avatar-related to-do list. During its CinemaCon presentation today, 20th Century Fox announced we’ll be seeing four more Avatar movies between now and 2023.  Read More »

Mower Minions

Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment have announced that a new Minions short film will play before their summer release The Secret Life of Pets. Learn about the short film, titled Mower Minions, and see the first image, after the jump.

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Emoji movie

When Sony announced they had won a bidding war against two other studios to make The Emoji Movie, an animated feature based on emojis, we were like [insert WTF face emoji here]. Now we know what the pitch from Eric Siegel (producer on the TBS series Men at Work) and Anthony Leondis (director of the animated series Kung Fu Panda: Series of the Masters and the delayed DreamWorks Animation project B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations) entailed. Learn more after the jump.

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Ghostbusters - streams

Yesterday was the second day of CinemaCon 2016 in Las Vegas. As you know, each year movie theater exhibitors gather to, among other things, watch presentations from all of the major movie studios previewing their film slates for the upcoming year and beyond. Sony Pictures presented a ton of new footage for upcoming films, including:

Ang Lee’s Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime WalkPassengers starring Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt, Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver, the animated Spider-Man movie, Blake Lively’s contained thriller The Shallows, Ron Howard’s DaVinci Code sequel Inferno starring Tom Hanks, Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters, the R-rated Seth Rogen animated film Sausage Party, and antoine Fuqua’s remake of The Magnificent Seven.

Warner Bros also presented a preview of their upcoming films, including:

Justice League, Wonder Woman, Suicide Squad, Shane Black’s buddy cop period comedy The Nice Guys, James Wan’s The Conjuring 2Lights Out starring Teresa Palmer, Dawson Thurber’s comedy Central Intelligence starring The Rock and Kevin Hart, The Legend of Tarzan, the Todd Phillips comedy War Dogs, The LEGO Batman movie and the Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Hit the jump to watch both video blogs talking about all the clips shown at the presentation.

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new spider-man release date

The Spider-Man: Homecoming title confirmation and logo isn’t the only Spider-Man news to come out of Sony’s CinemaCon 2016 presentation. Sony Pictures Animation president Kristine Belson talked briefly about the upcoming animated Spider-Man movie, which is due in 2018. While no big information was revealed, Belson did make some big claims about the upcoming animated superhero film from producers/screenwriters Phil Lord and Chris Miller. Find out what she said, after the jump.

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Jump Street Men In Black

UPDATE: Sony announced at CinemaCon that the title of the Jump StreetMen in Black crossover will be MIB 23.

Our original story from March 4, 2016 follows.

One of the biggest surprises to come out of the 2014 Sony hack (at least for our purposes) was the news that the studio was considering merging two of its franchises, 21 Jump Street and Men in Black. It seemed like a wild idea at the time, but now it’s actually happening. James Bobin (The MuppetsAlice Through the Looking Glass) is in early talks to helm the movie, which will bring back 21 Jump Street‘s Channing Tatum and Jonah HillRead More »

new spider-man costume

UPDATE: At CinemaCon, Tom Holland confirmed that the title of the upcoming Spider-Man solo movie would be Spider-Man: Homecoming, adding that “it really is a homecoming” for the character. Sony’s Tom Rothman said the title was “obviously” a high school reference, so it seems to fit with the John Hughes vibe we’ve heard about before. Holland says that throughout the story Peter Parker is really trying to find where he belongs. Check out the logo below:

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batmanvsuperman-batman-ground-onset

A big portion of the Warner Bros presentation at this year’s movie exhibitor gathering CinemaCon was dedicated to the company’s commitment to the future of the DC movie universe. Warner Bros. head Kevin Tsujihara affirmed they are still on board to release at least 10 DC Comics movie adaptations over the next five years. Additionally, he seemed to confirm rumors that Ben Affleck will be directing a solo Batman movie.

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CinemaCon

We’re back in Las Vegas at CinemaCon, the annual gathering of movie theater exhibitors. As you probably know by now, theater owners from around the nation gather to, among other things, watch presentations from all of the major movie studios previewing their film slates for the upcoming year and beyond. The opening night presentation was Paramount Pictures, which came to Vegas to promote Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, Ben-Hur, the first teaser trailer for the Ring franchise film Rings, the first footage from Tom Cruise’s sequel Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, Robert Zemeckis’ spy thriller Allied, xXx: The Return of Xander Cage, and a very early look at Baywatch starring The Rock and Zac Efron.

But the two biggest surprises involved Prisoners/Sicario/Blade Runner 2 filmmaker Denis Villeneuve adaptation of Story Of Your Life and the shocking lack of any Star Trek Beyond preview despite having Simon Pegg and JJ Abrams in town and on stage for an award celebration. The new Villeneuve film seems like a smart science fiction film, think Contact meets Close Encounters of a Third Kind. Hit the jump to watch a video blog reaction talking about all the clips shown at the presentation.
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Pixels movie - Chris Columbus interview

While in Las Vegas for CinemaCon 2015 last week, I got the opportunity to sit down with Chris Columbus, a screenwriter and director who had a dramatic effect on the cinema of my childhood, and yours. Lets do a list: Gremlins, Goonies, Young Sherlock Holmes, Adventures in Babysitting, Home Alone, Mrs. Doubtfire, Stepmom, and the first installments of the Harry Potter franchise. His latest film Pixels seems to be a return to the roots of his earlier days, and I’m personally excited to see it.

In my interview with Chris Columbus (who turns out to be a daily /Film reader) I ask him if he will ever return to writing original screenplays again like he did with Gremlins and Goonies. He explains how he got involved with Pixels, initially having not seen the viral short film which inspired the movie. He talks a bit about how the licensed video game characters became involved with the project and also talks about Pac Man creator Toru Iwatani‘s appearance in the film, not as himself (as seen in the trailer) but in a cameo role.

We learn whether or not there was any pressure to differentiate the movie from Ghostbusters, and Columbus talks about a return to the Amblin era of films, whether he’d ever direct one of John Hughes‘ unproduced screenplays, and he even gives us an update on the Gremlins reboot. Hit the jump to read my full Chris Columbus interview from CinemaCon 2015 in Las Vegas.

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