Kurtzman pic

Writer-director Alex Kurtzman is one of the two writers/producers overseeing Universal’s new Dark Universe and he kicked off the new world by directing The Mummy…which was panned by critics and underperformed in the states, but did very well overseas. It didn’t start off the Dark Universe with a bang, but Bride of Frankenstein and other Dark Universe titles are still coming. Just how involved Kurtzman is in those upcoming movies is now unclear.

Below, Alex Kurtzman talks about his uncertain future in the Dark Universe.

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Cop and a Half: New Recruit

Teaming up two unlikely partners for a buddy cop comedy is a cinematic cliche. That formula gets even more ridiculous when one of those characters is a grizzled, grumpy detective and the other is a precocious, ambitious little kid. We’ve seen this exact scenario play out before in the 1993 family comedy Cop and a Half starring Burt Reynolds, and now that premise is being revived for a reboot.

Cop and a Half: New Recruit sees Lou Diamond Phillips playing a detective not all that dissimilar from the one Burt Reynolds played in the original 1993 version. But this time, the cop in question is teamed up with a spunky 12-year old girl (Lulu Wilson of Ouija: Origin of Evil and Annabelle: Creation) eager to lay down the law. Believe it or not, this is a real movie getting released next week and you can watch the trailer right now. Read More »

new harry potter world ride

A new ride is coming to Hogwarts.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter — Hogsmeade at Universal Orlando will be introducing a new  “thrill ride” in 2019, replacing the Dragon Challenge. Details are vague on what the new ride will entail, but it’s exciting news for a theme park that has been rapidly expanding since it first opened, in which only a few motion-based rides were available. Now, the theme park world of Harry Potter is only getting richer and more magical.

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Channing Tatum Van Helsing

Universal’s Dark Universe is off to an inauspicious start. This summer’s The Mummy, directed by Alex Kurtzman and headlined by Tom Cruise, has made nearly $390 million worldwide, but only $79 million in the United States. That’s a bit of a disappointment, considering it features one of the world’s biggest remaining movie stars. But the studio is doubling down on reaching out to big names in an attempt to keep the ball rolling, and the latest report indicates that they have their eye on Channing Tatum to play the latest incarnation of Van Helsing in the Dark Universe.
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Pacific Rim Uprising teaser

Guillermo del Toro’s 2013 kaiju vs. robots movie Pacific Rim had a reported $190 million budget, but only earned $101 million at the domestic box office. Thankfully for fans of the film, it ended up making $411 million worldwide because international audiences ate it up, and after some intense number-crunching by the studio, a sequel was eventually given the green light.

Now, four years later, the first teaser trailer for Pacific Rim Uprising has arrived, and it features a quick appearance by star John Boyega. Check it out below.
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The Snowman trailer

It’s been six years since we’ve seen a new movie from Swedish director Tomas Alfredson, the director of acclaimed movies like Let the Right One In and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. But now he’s back with The Snowman, an adaptation of the popular novel by author Jo Nesbø that centers on a dogged detective attempting to stop an elaborate serial killer’s twisted rampage. Check out the first The Snowman trailer below.
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Baby Driver Opening Chase

It’s no secret that the /Film crew loves Baby Driver. The musically charged action thriller from director Edgar Wright made it onto every single one of our staff’s list of the Top 10 Movies of 2017 So Far, and our own Jacob Hall gave it a glowing review after catching it way early at SXSW earlier this year. But more people need to see this damn movie.

Baby Driver is already a hit for Edgar Wright. After opening a couple days before the July 4th holiday weekend, the movie has already pulled in $76 million worldwide on a budget of $34 million, making it the director’s most successful film to date. But the movie has still yet to open in some international territories, including Sweden, Brazil, Germany, Japan, Italy, New Zealand and more. So international audiences are still getting a marketing push to convince audiences to pay for a ticket, and that includes Universal (who is distributing the film overseas) releasing the entire opening heist and chase from the movie, which you can watch below. Read More »

‘Scarface’ Remake Loses Director David Ayer

David Ayer Reflect on Suicide Squad

Universal’s Scarface remake has lost another director. Following in the footsteps of Antoine Fuqua (The Equalizer), David Ayer (Fury) has dropped out of the film, which will star Diego Luna (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story). Creative differences led to the End of Watch and Suicide Squad director’s departure.

Below, learn more about the latest trouble surrounding Scarface remake.

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Fast and Furious 9 director

Earlier this week, we wrote about how there’s a chance The Fate of the Furious director F. Gary Gray might not return for the upcoming Fast 9. But this is one of Universal’s biggest moneymakers, so somebody has to take on the tremendous challenge of leading the massive production as the series barrels toward its planned ending. Who could successfully shoulder the weight of a long-running film franchise yet still deliver an entertaining spectacle in a quick and efficient manner? I’ve come up with 10 filmmakers I think are up to the task, so read on for my list of who could be the Fast and Furious 9 director.
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Fate of the Furious Honest Trailer

With The Fate of the Furious arriving on home video this week, there are plenty of cars and butts for fans of the Fast and Furious franchise to get excited to watch all over again from the comfort of their couch. That also means the time is ripe for Honest Trailers to dig into what is easily the most ridiculous installment of the franchise yet.

Watch The Fate of the Furious Honest Trailer below. Read More »