Now You See Me 2 trailer

After making his name as the most famous young wizard in the world, Daniel Radcliffe is employing a very different kind of magic in Now You See Me 2. He plays a young prodigy determined to steal a high-tech MacGuffin with the aid of the Horsemen (Jesse EisenbergWoody Harrelson, and Dave Franco, with Lizzy Caplan replacing Isla Fisher as “the girl Horseman”). Mark Ruffalo and Morgan Freeman return as well. Watch the Now You See Me 2 trailer after the jump.
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Oh, look – another day, another post featuring director Taika Waititi. What can we say? We like the guy. And we like his movies. And we like Marvel movies, so we like that he’s directing Thor: Ragnarok and we like that he’s saying all of the right things.

And that brings us to the latest piece of news to travel from his mouth to your web browser: the Hulk, who normally doesn’t have a lot to say between smashing things, may be a bit more vocal now that he gets to play galactic buddy cop with Thor.

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hulk in thor ragnarok

Almost everything we know about Thor: Ragnarok is built on rumor, conjecture, and offhand comments from Mark Ruffalo. We know that Cate Blanchett is probably joining the cast. We know the plot will involve Thor and the Hulk teaming up to go on some kind of cosmic road trip. We know that Taika Waititi of What We Do in the Shadows fame is on board to direct. But beyond that? Be skeptical.

So be skeptical with this new rumor that claims to know exactly how the Incredible Hulk ends up the third Thor adventure. If you want to know more, grab your pinch of salt and follow me.

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will smith oscars boycott

If you read about movies on the internet, you’re surely familiar with the recent controversy surrounding this year’s Academy Awards nominations. But here’s the short version: for the second year in a row, every single acting nominee and four of the five directing nominees were white. This lack of representation, a symptom of an industry that is still dominated by white men, was the finally straw for many actors, filmmakers, writers, and movie fans. With the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag as their rallying cry, this group of concerned citizens set out to raise awareness and question why the biggest awards show on the planet was snubbing people of color.

And now, two new major names have joined the cause. Will Smith says he’ll be skipping the ceremony altogether and Mark Ruffalo, who is nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his work in Spotlight, may follow suit.

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thor ragnarok plot

The first two Thor movies have their moments, but they’re among the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s more forgettable chapters. They never reach the heights of The Avengers or Captain America: The Winter Soldier, but they never tumble to the dismal lows of Iron Man 2. They’re just kind of there, a great showcase for a handful of weird ideas and Chris Hemsworth‘s always entertaining lead, but not too much more.

Everything we’ve heard about Thor: Ragnarok suggests that Marvel Studios is trying to make the third solo adventure of the Odinson something special. First and foremost, it’s no longer a solo movie but a team-up adventure with Bruce Banner, a.k.a. the Hulk. And puny Banner himself, Mark Ruffalo, says the sequel a road movie in the vein of Midnight Run.

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THR Actors

Out of everyone at this Hollywood Reporter actors roundtable, only Mark Ruffalo (Spotlight) was actually nominated for an Academy Award. Not like that really matters, but this video interview does highlight some of the talent the Academy members overlooked this year, such as Samuel L. Jackson (The Hateful Eight), Benicio Del Toro (Sicario), and Michael Caine (Youth).

After the jump, watch this group of actors and more discuss their careers, success, and fear in The Hollywood Report actors roundtable.

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Spotlight trailer

Writer-director Tom McCarthy has had one bizarre year. He wrote and directed one of the year’s finest films, Spotlight, and also The Cobbler — a movie so strange and tonally troubled you must watch it. McCarthy, to my surprise, also had a role in this summer’s Pixels. The man keeps busy. But Spotlight is the movie everyone keeps talking about, and for good reason. It’s an all around excellent film, with an efficient script, taught direction, and quietly riveting performances.

After the jump, watch Tom McCarthy break down a Spotlight scene.

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Spider-Man director

It’s long been assumed that Tom Holland‘s Spider-Man would make his debut in Captain America: Civil War — so long, in fact, that you’d be forgiven for thinking it was officially confirmed fact. But until now, it’s really just been a rumor (albeit one based on lots of circumstantial evidence).

So it’s with great relief that we can report once and for all that, yes, Spider-Man will be in Captain America: Civil War. That is, unless Marvel Studios changes its mind and decides to cut him out.

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‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Lands a New Writer

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Despite its title, Thor: The Dark World was far from a dark movie. Both Thor movies have plenty of humor, arguably almost too much at times. By hiring writer-director Taika Waititi (What We Do in the Shadows), Marvel seems to be indicating it wants the next film in this series, Thor: Ragnarok, to maintain (or have more of) the sense of humor we saw in the first two movies. Of all the Marvel movies, the Thor films have been the lesser entries in the MCU, but with Waititi directing, that may not be the case for Thor: Ragnarok.

Before the film goes into principal next year, a new Thor 3 writer has been brought in to rewrite the script. Learn more about the Marvel sequel and its new writer after the jump.

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