Illumination Entertainment release dates

Illumination and Universal Pictures have the next six years covered. The production company, founded in 2007, has made some monster hits with Despicable MeMinionsThe Secret Life of Pets, and most recently, Sing, which is getting a sequel. Today, Illumination announced four new release dates.

Below, learn more about the Illumination Entertainment release dates just announced.

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Girls Trip trailer

Regina HallQueen LatifahJada Pinkett Smith, and Tiffany Haddish are planning a party vacation to remember in Girls Trip, and you know what that means: things are about to go hilariously, horribly awry. That’s just how these kind of trips go in the movies. But the first trailer doesn’t dwell on the misadventures and hangovers we know are coming. Instead, it highlights the lovable cast and offers a taste of the great times to come. Check out the Girls Trip teaser below.

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michael fassbender

Nothing can stop Michael Fassbender. Assassin’s Creed is a box office bomb? He’ll still headline major movies. Steve Jobs becomes one of the most criminally overlooked movies of the past few years? He’ll get an Oscar nomination. X-Men: Apocalypse is an incredible disappointment? He’ll still make each and every one of his scenes sing because he’s pretty darn great at that acting thing. So yeah, I’ll take a look at Michael Fassbender as Norwegian detective Harry Hole in Tomas Alfredson‘s upcoming film adaptation of the novel, The Snowman.

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Scarface remake casts Diego Luna, loses director Antoine Fuqua

Universal’s Scarface remake has gone through a few different potential directors over the years, and it’s just lost another one. Antoine Fuqua has reportedly dropped out of the project, due to scheduling conflicts with Sony’s The Equalizer sequel. But it’s not all bad news for Scarface. While it may not have a director right now, it apparently does have a star. Diego Luna, fresh off his star turn in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, is reportedly attached to play the lead.  Read More »

Back to the Future Hill Valley Comparison Video

Anyone who is a fan of the Back the Future trilogy knows that there are plenty of visual and narrative parallels shared between the three films. One of the most obvious examples is when Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) walks into the town square of Hill Valley. Throughout the course of the film franchise, Marty enters three versions of his hometown that are very different from the one he’s used to early in the first film.

A new video essay takes footage from these sequences in Back to the Future and compares all five versions of Hill Valley side-by-side. The parallels aren’t anything new, but there is something very cool about seeing the footage compared side-by-side so you can see just how similar the Hill Valley sequences are.

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Jurassic Park Alternate Ending

Jurassic Park has some of the most memorable action adventure sequences ever put to film. From the tyrannosaurus rex attack to the velociraptor pursuit in the kitchen, the movie is filled with some extremely thrilling sequences. But there was one more action sequence that we never got to see in the final cut of the movie.

A batch of Jurassic Park storyboards recently surfaced online that show there was once a plan for quite a different action sequence for the film’s finale. Originally, there was a sequence planned that involved a helicopter rescue with the tyrannosaurus rex nearly stopping the chopper from getting off the island.

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m. night shyamalan sequel options

M. Night Shyamalan hasn’t shown too much interest in making sequels. (He had one in mind for The Last Airbender, but that didn’t pan out.) In the 18 years since the success of The Sixth Sense, Shyamalan has been lucky enough to write and direct mostly original movies. If there’s one sequel we’d be happy to see him make, though, it’s an Unbreakable follow-up.

While the massive success of some of his earlier movies probably made some studio execs dream of sequels, they could never make one without Shyamalan’s blessing. Below, the director talks about some deals he was wise enough to make early on in his career. (Spoilers for the ending of Split ahead.)

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Sing sequel

You knew this was coming: Sing, Illumination’s “American Idol, but with animals” movie, is getting a sequel. Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment have just set the follow-up for Christmas 2020, putting it in the same slot that did so well for the first Sing.

Meanwhile, The Secret Life of Pets 2 is getting pushed back a year to 2018, and Minions 2 is moving up just a tiny bit.  Read More »

Transformers The Last Knight - Michael Bay's Secret Weapon

When Donald Trump was somehow elected President of the United States of America, many people around the world took solace in knowing that this turn of events would probably inspire some pretty fascinating art before everyone got killed in the fires of a nuclear holocaust. However, I think it’s pretty safe to say that none of us expected Michael Bay to wade into this particular pond. But here he is: the director of The Rock, Armageddon, and the Transformers movies is producing Little America, a science fiction movie set in a dystopia where a “Donald Trump-like President” has sent the United States spiraling into bankruptcy.

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split twist

It seems like an awful lot of you watched Split over the weekend because the film is already a big hit. That means that an awful lot of you were able to experience the nuttiest twist in M. Night Shyamalan‘s career and one that you absolutely don’t want to know about until you experience it for yourself. So as we segue into the first proper paragraph about how this reveal was hiding in plain sight all along, consider this your one and only spoiler warning.

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