Beauty and the Beast box-office

Disney’s new version of Beauty and the Beast is on track to make a lot of dough. Shocking, I know. Tracking indicates Bill Condon‘s (Gods and Monsters) musical is going to make $120 million its opening weekend, but Disney is more conservative with their estimate.

Below, learn more about the damage Beauty and the Beast is expected to cause at the box-office.

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Last week it was revealed that Joe Carnahan would be directing a “re-imagining” of The Raid starring Frank Grillo. Now Carnahan has begun doing press, revealing more about his Raid film.

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Kong Skull Island Clips

The onslaught of Kong: Skull Island marketing is underway as Warner Bros. and Legendary throw everything they can at audiences to convince them to see this latest iteration of the classic movie monster. This new King Kong comes with quite an epic promise of having him meet up with Godzilla sometime down the road (and a post-credits scene after Kong: Skull Island may hint at what’s to come in that regard), but the question is whether Kong stands strongly on his own.

A new batch of Kong Skull Island clips have surfaced online over the past few days, giving us more insight into the human characters who encounter Kong and the rest of the mythical monsters on Skull Island. In addition, we get to see some pretty incredible shots of Kong, showing us that the visuals in this movie will be quite stunning. And if that’s not enough, then an IMAX featurette should help pique your interest.

Watch the Kong Skull Island clips after the jump. Read More »

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Jon Favreau‘s remake of The Jungle Book utilized an all-star cast of recognizable names lending their recognizable voices to an ensemble of recognizable animals, so it makes sense that his upcoming remake of The Lion King will follow a similar template. The director has revealed that Donald Glover, who has made a habit of popping up just about everywhere these past few years, has joined the cast as Simba, with the legendary James Earl Jones reprising the role of Mufasa.

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Beauty and the Beast Featurette

Fans of Disney’s beloved animated classics from decades past consistently ask why the studio is bothering updating movies that everyone already loves. In the case of Beauty and the Beast, director Bill Condon recognizes that the original iteration of Beauty and the Beast was perfect, raising the question of why Disney is bothering to remake it at all. A new Beauty and the Beast featurette attempts to explain that by going behind the scenes and showing fans how they’re making this story feel familiar and new at the same time.

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The Raid Remake

The Raid came out of seemingly nowhere to become a surprise hit in 2011, which meant it wasn’t long before Hollywood came knocking with plans for an English-language remake. Over the years, that intended project has suffered some stops and starts, flirting with different combinations of stars and directors, and seemed to run out of steam around 2015.

But a really buzzy remake idea never really goes away. It just lies in wait until the right people come along. And those people, apparently, are director Joe Carnahan and star Frank Grillo. The two have slyly announced a “reimagining” of Gareth Evans‘ instant action classic, apparently set in Caracas, Venezuela.  Read More »

Robin Hood Origins Cast

One of the stories that has been retold over and over again is that of Robin Hood, the thief who stole from the rich and gave to the poor. There have been countless iterations of the typically green-clad archer from English folklore, and in case you haven’t heard, one more is coming from Lionsgate in the form of Robin Hood: Origins.

It has been said that Robin Hood: Origins will do for bow-and-arrow action what John Wick did for gunplay, and with Kingsman: The Secret Service star Taron Egerton taking the lead role, I wouldn’t be surprised if the action does deliver something entertaining. Still, that doesn’t necessarily justify yet another Robin Hood movie when there are so many original scripts out there begging to be made. However, one new addition to the cast will certainly help make it more appealing: Australian comedian, singer, actor, director and composer Tim Minchin as Friar Tuck. Read More »

Mulan

With Beauty and the Beast just around the corner, Disney’s getting down to business on their next live-action remake. Mulan has just locked down a director in Niki Caro, who just recently worked with the studio on McFarland, USA. In addition, they’ve set Bill Kong (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) to serve as executive producer.  Read More »

R-Rated Power Rangers Animated Series

There’s a new big screen take on Power Rangers coming to shelves next month that looks like it’s in the same vein of the Transformers film franchise. The movie shouldn’t have any problem luring in kids to check out the latest iteration of the superheroes who originated on television back in the 1990s, but it remains to be seen how many adults will be lured in by their nostalgia.

For those children of the ’90s who find themselves disinterested in the new Power Rangers, there might be hope for something drastically different on the way. You might remember that almost exactly two years ago, producer Adi Shankar (executive producer of Dredd and Lone Survivor) released an R-rated Power Rangers short film directed by Joseph Kahn that offered a dark, gritty take on the TV characters. Now Shankar wants to dig deeper with an animated Power Rangers series that has the same mature style.

Find out about the R-rated Power Rangers animated series after the jump. Read More »

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A resurgence of the Halloween franchise has been expected for years now. The reboot franchise from Rob Zombie died off, but recently there was talk of the horror series coming back at Blumhouse Productions with the original film’s director John Carpenter executive producing. Oculus director Mike Flanagan was rumored to be at the helm, but that changed this past week.

Surprising news surfaced just a few days ago that Eastbound & Down collaborators David Gordon Green and Danny McBride were teaming up to write a new Halloween sequel with the former handling directing duties. Some fans were exciting about this prospect while others were perplexed, but all of them seem to at least be interested in how this new Halloween installment will pan out. Thankfully, Danny McBride just gave us some idea of how they’re approaching the movie, and that includes ignoring all all of the franchise’s sequels. Read More »