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‘Pitch Perfect 3’ moves to December 2017

‘Pitch Perfect 3’ moves to December 2017

While the film is still in pre-production, Universal Pictures has decided to push back the release of “Pitch Perfect 3” from July 21, 2017 to December 22, 2017.

In its place Universal has put its other female-centric comedy “Girl Trip” starring Regina Hall, bowing on July 21. The pic was originally set to open Aug. 11, 2017.

Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow and Rebel Wilson have already closed deals to return, with Kay Cannon on board to pen the script and Elizabeth Banks set to direct.

No plot details have been released. The original film was adapted from Mickey Rapkin’s book “Pitch Perfect: The Quest for Collegiate A Cappella Glory.”

Paul Brooks of Gold Circle Entertainment and Banks and Max Handelman of Brownstone Productions are returning to produce.

“Girl Trip” will be directed by Malcolm Lee and follows four lifelong friends who travel to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival, where sisterhoods are rekindled, wild sides are rediscovered, and there’s enough dancing, drinking, brawling and romancing to make the Big Easy blush. Will Packer will produce.

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Emily Blunt to star in Mary Poppins Returns

Emily Blunt to star in Mary Poppins Returns

It’s official! Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda will star together in Disney’s upcoming Mary Poppins live-action adaptation, Mary Poppins Returns.

Blunt has been cast as Mary Poppins and Miranda will play a new character, a street lamplighter named Jack. The film will take place in Depression-era London (when the books were originally written) and will follow a now-grown Jane and Michael Banks along with Michael’s three children. After suffering a personal loss, the family is visited by Mary Poppins and Jack who help them rediscover the joys and excitement within the magic of life.

While some people were a bit skeptical of the new film, this casting could change their minds. In fact, here are 8 reasons Blunt and Miranda are the perfect pair for Mary Poppins Returns.

Emily Blunt to star in Mary Poppins Returns

About Marry Poppins Returns

Disney is bringing Mary Poppins back to the big screen. No, she isn’t leaving the infamous Disney vault. The magical nanny will come back to life in a new, original, live-action adaptation that will be directed by Into the Woods’ Rob Marshall.

The updated version will take place during the 1920s Depression era in London, which is about 20 years after Disney’s classic Mary Poppins starring Julie Andrews. While the Disney classic focused on the first installment of author P.L. Travers’ eight-book series, this movie, which is not a sequel, will focus on Mary’s further adventures with the Banks family.

But you can’t just bring a classic film back to life without some serious backlash. Twitter is absolutely pissed about the idea of Disney messing with Andrews’ famous character. People were furious about Jumanji, but those people had nothing on what’s being said about Disney’s billionth live-action film. Haven’t the people in Burbank, Calif., ever heard the expression, “Don’t fix what isn’t broken”??

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Film-makers defend Keira Knightley

Film-makers defend Keira Knightley

Mark Romanek, Lorene Scafaria and Lynn Shelton tweet support for actor after John Carney said he would ‘never make a film with supermodels again’.

Major directors have shown their support for Keira Knightley after she was criticised by the director John Carney over their collaboration on Begin Again.

Mark Romanek, who directed the actor in Never Let Me Go, wrote on Twitter that working with Knightley was “utterly spectacular”. Meanwhile, Lorene Scafaria, Knightley’s director for Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, said she was “just lovely” and Say When director Lynn Shelton also referred to the actor as “magnificent”.

Review for Begin Again

After Inside Llewyn Davis, here’s Outside Keira Knightley. John Carney’s latest tale of random hearts brought together by song may not have the rough-and-ready brilliance of Once (or a tune to match Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová’s Oscar winning Falling Slowly) but it does a surprisingly good job of making us believe in the slightly preposterous idea of KK recording an album on the streets of New York.

Begin Again Movie - Keira Knightley

Knightley plays Greta, a singer-songwriter stumbling from a recently stalled relationship with a corporate sell-out rocker (Maroon 5’s Adam Levine), who catches the drunken eye/ear of washed-up A&R man Dan (a typically ruffled Mark Ruffalo). Hearing in her hesitant open-mic strummings the makings of a full-blown hit (Carney brilliantly revisits the opening downbeat performance to dramatise an imaginary upbeat orchestration), Dan attempts to sign Greta to the label from which he has recently been dumped. But when her indie integrity reawakens his own long-lost musical passion, the odd couple embark on a series of makeshift pavement and rooftop recording sessions in which the natural sounds of NYC (sirens, trash cans, car-horns) become an integral part of the endearingly skiffled songs.

With original music co-written by New Radicals frontman Gregg Alexander (the songs are serviceable, if not spine-tingling), Carney’s bigger-than-before budget feature still retains a distinctively ramshackle charm. Knightley and Ruffalo are nicely natural as the increasingly idealistic musos who discover that a song can save your life, their streetwise story mutating into an anti-establishment fairytale with added exhaust fumes. I found it moving, funny and really rather charming, provoking more than enough laughter and tears to dispel my underlying anxieties about the “live” performances.

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7 Things to learn from the set of “Preacher”

7 Things to learn from the set of "Preacher"

In April, we visited the set of AMC’s upcoming supernatural drama “Preacher.” We spoke to the show’s holy trinity — Jesse Custer (Dominic Cooper), Tulip O’Hare (Ruth Negga), and Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun) — about the weird, wild, and violent ride fans of the comic and newcomers should expect when “Preacher” premieres on May 22.

1. Tulip O’Hare

Ruth Negga is an inspiration as Tulip O’Hare. She understands the nature of who the Garth Ennis and Steve Dillion character is from the “Preacher” comics, while not being afraid of adding her own flair to the character. When asked what she felt was kept from the comics Negga mentions Tulip’s “anarchic quality” as well as her relationship with Jesse Custer (Dominic Cooper), which she describes as one of “near hatred.”

Fans of the comics will know that sums up Jesse and Tulip’s relationship perfectly at the beginning. “We get much more sense of her history and how she came to be the woman she is,” says Negga. Which in Tulip’s case will no doubt involve a questionably violent past, with baddies in hot pursuit. But, as Negga says about Tulip, “What’s wrong with being flawed?”

2. Cassidy

He’s foul-mouthed and inappropriate, making Joseph Gilgun the best Cassidy “Preacher” fans could’ve hoped for. A larger than life personality in his own right who’s no stranger to playing odd violent men (i.e. Hydell in Lockout and Rudy Wade in “Misfits”), Gilgun says that he’s worked to keep Cassidy’s core elements: “He’s jovial, but he’s a sociopath.”

If fans were looking for a real-life embodiment of the surly Irish Vampire, Gilgun brings as much humor and heart as the Cassidy from the comics. Having found a family on the set of “Preacher” with his co-stars, Gilgun whole-heartedly believes there are “no limits with Tulip, and Cass, and Jess.” He explains, “You put them anywhere, put them through anything, and I think they’ll come out the other end.”

7 Things to learn from the set of "Preacher"

3. Jesse Custer

At last we get to Jesse Custer, the all-mighty Texas badass himself, but if you’re a fan of the comics you might be wondering if we’ll see that Jesse in AMC’s “Preacher.” Like Custer’s introduction in the comic, Dominic Cooper says when we first find Jesse he’s “lost, alone, dark, drunk, fighting against something he wasn’t.” Fans also know about Custer’s mean streak, and to that Cooper says, “[Jesse’s] trying to mask that all the time. He’s desperate to be good. But we often can’t hide the true monster that’s lying underneath the skin.” There will be plenty of time to see this monster come out as AMC’s “Preacher” continues.

4. Odin Quincannon

Very little is known about Odin Quincannon (Jackie Earle Haley) – except by fans of the comics. But the question is: Are they the same beast? While walking on set, I was treated to a scene being filmed with Haley’s portrayal of Quincannon. And in that vignette, Haley conveyed a range of excitement, cold indifference, and outright hatred for his fellow man with chilling ease.

In the comics Quincannon is a ruthless meatpacking entrepreneur with a dark secret discovered by Jesse Custer. Whether AMC’s “Preacher” will mirror Quincannon and Jesse’s meeting is yet to be seen, but either way fans are in store to an amazingly dark portrayal of Quincannon by Haley.

5. Savage violence

“People get kicked in the balls repeatedly,” says Joseph Gilgun about the kind of action and violence people can expect. “It’s good fun.” The “Preacher” comics are known for a kind of hyperviolence that borders on hilarity, and that’s exactly the tone captured in the show.

One direction Dominic Cooper thought was important for both Jesse’s character and the scene was during filming of a bar fight. “They said ‘Enjoy this,’ and I’m smiling,” Cooper said, describing the bright side of a brutal fight scene from the pilot episode. “Amongst this violence there’s this joy, and it really unlocked a part of [Jesse] that he’s trying to suppress but actually he relishes and loves.”

6. The cast has become a family

Cassidy is a vampire older than folks know, and he’s just stumbled on his newest family in Jesse and Tulip. This aligns with Gilgun’s view of the “Preacher” family on set. He explains: “My word is all I’ve got and loyalty really matters. We have no agenda as a cast. We have no agenda as a crew. At the moment we’ve got everybody coming together. This is a unique and special job in that the stars aligned, and we all found each other.”

7. Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are superfans with a plan

Keeping in line with Gilgun’s feelings on the cast, crew, and show, I sensed from my set visit that everyone working on AMC’s “Preacher” feels this show is special, collaborative, and sure to wow long-time fans and newcomers when it premieres. At the heart of this is the infectious enthusiasm of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg.

“Seth and Evan are not just producers and writers and directors in this; they’re super fans,” Ruth Negga says. And she’s right: From small-set details like art from the “Preacher” comic finding its way into the stained glass windows of Jesse’s church to the care Dominic Cooper, Ruth Negga and Joe Gilgun have taken with the “Preacher” trinity of Jesse, Tulip and Cassidy, this show is poised to satisfy both old and future “Preacher” fans.

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Marvel Is finally committing to a movie focused on Black Widow

Marvel Is finally committing to a movie focused on Black Widow

After making superhero movie after superhero movie without a female lead, Marvel Studios is finally committing to more female super hero leads. Earlier this year Marvel announced it would release Captain Marvel and now President Kevin Feige says a solo Black Widow movie could be coming soon.

The film has not been completely confirmed yet, but Feige told Deadline: “I would say certainly the one [movie] creatively and emotionally that we are most committing to doing is Black Widow.” This would of course not happen until as early as 2019 as a slew of Marvel films are already lined up, none of which have female leads.

The part of Black Widow a.k.a. Natasha Romanoff is played by Scarlett Johansson and has made bad ass appearances all across the Marvel universe. She’s been in films like Iron Man 2, the Captain America movies, and The Avengers series, where audiences got a look at her controversial origin story: a killer ballerina who undergoes forced sterilization and eventually falls for the Hulk despite zero buildup to that realization in past films.

The later plot point had many fans complaining the character’s story was anti-feminist. With Black Widow being one of the few female heroes in the comic universe and even Johansson’s cast mates calling her character a slut and whore, the outrage was not misplaced.

But what does Johansson have to say about this potential step up for her character? “The character has a really rich origin story,” she told Collider. “In my mind, there’s room for plenty more Black Widow and certainly more-I think I could see her in a standalone film.”

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A Black Widow Movie Is a ‘No-Brainer’

A Black Widow Movie Is a 'No-Brainer'

Collider recently spoke with Captain America: Civil War directors Anthony and Joe Russo and they chatted about doing a standalone Black Widow film. They both endorse it, with Anthony saying, “It’s a no-brainer, right?” and Joe adding, “I don’t think [it’ll take] much. I think it’s just a function of where on the slate it goes. She’s a badass.”

Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow first arrived in theaters in Iron Man 2 and since then has become a mainstay of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Yet, despite other Avengers stars like Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, and even Ant-Man getting time to shine, it appears Black Widow will get a decade of Marvel movies under her belt without ever getting her own spotlight. And she’s helped save the world, like, four times.

In Tales From the Script, X-Men writer David Hayter said he was working on a Black Widow movie, set into motion during a successful run of female action flicks like Kill Bill, Tomb Raider, and Resident Evil.

But when the studios followed this trend with a run of awful films, including Aeon Flux, they decided to pull the plug on a Black Widow film. Imagine if they stopped making male action hero films just because of Green Lantern or X-Men Origins: Wolverine?

A Black Widow Movie Is a 'No-Brainer'

Besides, Scarlett Johansson is a big moneymaker. Other than Samuel L. Jackson, she has by the far the best box-office totals of any other Avengers star. And she has already proven that she can headline an action film by herself — Lucy opened on the same day in 2014 as Dwayne Johnson’s Hercules and earned $15 million more, despite being R-rated. Moviegoers have proven they are happy to see a good action movie with a female lead — Mad Max: Fury Road, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Sicario, and Spy are just a few recent examples. And The Hunger Games franchise has made more than $2 billion.

Putting aside the business of moviemaking, there are artistic reasons to make a Black Widow film, not least of all: She’s an interesting character. There are various origin stories, but basically she was trained to be an assassin and is a villainous character before she finds redemption through the Avengers — a story that would be a nice addition to Marvel’s slate.

We’re going to have to wait until 2018 to get a movie with a female hero in the title, and even then the Wasp is sharing it with Ant-Man. It won’t be until 2019 that we get our first true female lead, Captain Marvel. Yet a character we all know and like played by a huge movie star who has already stated interest in giving it a go, only gets to be a supporting character.

There is a wild gender imbalance in comic book movies, and while one Black Widow movie won’t solve this problem, it’s a step in the right direction.

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Meet Black Panther: Marvel’s New Breakout Hero

Meet Black Panther: Marvel's New Breakout Hero

“We have a character — the Black Panther — that they’re going to do as movie. I think he’ll be very popular.”

That was what Stan Lee told me a year ago when talking about his roster of classic comic-book characters being adapted to the big screen. This week, Black Panther makes a spectacular entrance into the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Captain America: Civil War.

Played by Chadwick Boseman (42, Get On Up), Black Panther is the formidable alter ego of T’Challa, prince of the fictional African nation of Wakanda. He is a compassionate diplomat with a righteous streak who inherits the mantle of the Panther from his father, King T’Chaka, and becomes a key ally of Iron Man in the confrontation between Avengers factions.

While Panther might be new to casual fans, the character is considered an iconic figure in comics history, who’s in the midst of a renaissance as he marks his 50th anniversary. With the hero playing such a key role in Civil War and with his own stand-alone film looming in February 2018, it’s worth taking a brief look at T’Challa’s curriculum vitae with insight from those who know him best.

Created by Lee and illustrator Jack Kirby, Black Panther was the first mainstream black superhero, debuting before Falcon or Luke “Power Man” Cage. “I had some super characters before [that were black], but the Black Panther was the first one we devoted an entire book to,” Lee recalled. “He first appeared in Fantastic Four and then he became an Avenger. Then we gave him his own book.”

Billed, in typical Lee understatement, as the “surprise sensation of the century,” T’Challa made his Marvel premiere in issue 52 of Fantastic Four in July 1966. He immediately established himself as one of the great intellects in Marvel-dom, matching wits with fellow brain Mr. Fantastic by putting the superhero quartet through a series of tests before deeming them worthy.

The Panther would eventually split his time between his homeland of Wakanda and his work alongside the Avengers. At one point, Black Panther became Black Leopard to avoid confusion with the nascent political party, which launched five months after the Panther appeared on the scene. (The Black Panthers’ name was completely coincidental and not based on the character.) But the new moniker didn’t stick because, according to Lee, fans and writers preferred “Panther.”

Those early comic books teased out the hero’s origin. The hidden country of Wakanda is ruled by T’Chaka and is the sole source of the prized metal Vibranium, the super-stuff Captain America’s shield is made out of. The sinister Ulysses Klaw murders the king in an attempt to score the precious element, but is driven off by the teenaged T’Challa.

The heir passes a series of tests to become the new Black Panther, wearing the signature black costume with the ritual toothed necklace and gaining possession of a special herb that enhances his already preternatural cat-like abilities. Under T’Challa’s rule, Wakanda flourishes and becomes an advanced technological society.

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Gal Gadot, Wonder Woman and the serious DC Universe

Gal Gadot, Wonder Woman and the serious DC Universe

Now that Batman and Superman have finally duked it out in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, the stage has been set for the DCEU to really take off. With that in mind, one of the most highly anticipated films on the DC slate belongs to Diana Prince a.k.a Wonder Woman.

Although many of the upcoming solo DC films have promised a more lighthearted approach to what we’ve seen, that’s not the tone Diana’s movie will adopt. Wonder Woman will take the Amazon warrior back to the gritty days of WWI, and according to Gal Gadot, it won’t attempt to shy away from the darkness of the era.

Gal Gadot elaborated on that during a recent conversation with Digital Spy – explaining that Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman is a dark movie with a handful of lighthearted moments: In Batman v Superman, you get a glimpse of who she is but not where she comes from. In Wonder Woman, this would be the first time we ever tell the coming-of-age story of how Diana becomes Wonder Woman. It’s very interesting. It has moments of humor, but it’s pretty dark.

As Gal Gadot explains, Wonder Woman will most certainly have its instances of humor and levity, but at the end of the day it will still represent one of the darker DC movies on the slate. This creative decision makes sense when we consider the setting alone. Diana – a relatively inexperienced young Amazon – will leave her home to take part in WWI.

Gal Gadot, Wonder Woman and the serious DC Universe

Seeing the carnage of one of the most bloody and brutal wars in human history will have a profound impact on her, and it’s not necessarily something that a filmmaker can convey with Ant-Man level jokes. The Wonder Woman we saw in Batman V Superman had pretty much given up on humanity as a worthy cause, so it’s important for us to see what she saw in order to make that decision.

Before we get all up in arms about Wonder Woman going too dark, it’s important to remember what else is coming on the DC slate. Numerous recent reports have indicated that films like Aquaman and the Justice League movies will lighten up the tone from the overbearingly dark and somber Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. In the interest of variety, we think it’s actually a good thing that Wonder Woman will set itself apart from the other solo films by keeping a bleaker and more mature tone.

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Why Scarlet Witch’s sexy costume was never an option

Why Scarlet Witch's sexy costume was never an option

While the Marvel Cinematic Universe has done an amazing job of transitioning many of their characters from the page to the screen, several have gone through some significant changes in making the leap. The character who may have seen the most change from page to screen is Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch, who went through a fairly substantial physical transformation. The actress says the traditional look for the character was never going to happen. Joss Whedon promised her that from day one.

Appearing on Late Night with Seth Meyers in advance of this weekend’s Captain America: Civil War, the host asked Elizabeth Olsen about the more traditional look of the character. Apparently, Olsen was not previously familiar with the character when Avengers: Age of Ultron director Joss Whedon presented it to her, but he promised her one thing:

Why Scarlet Witch's sexy costume was never an option

[Joss] said, ‘When you go home and Google her, just know you will never ever have to wear what she wears in the comics.’ Because I did ballet growing up, but that’s not a confident look.

While all of the characters in the MCU have their ornate and somewhat bizarre outfits, most of them tend to make some sense. A couple of the guys wear giant suits of armor. The guy with the shield is a soldier. It’s difficult to argue that Wanda Maximoff’s clothing choice was particularly functional. It looks amazing as a piece of art on a comic page, there’s no question about that, but they would have had to have come up with a pretty convincing argument for why the character would choose to dress like that. It’s just not the sort of thing one would wear on a battlefield.

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‘Captain America: Civil War’ dominated the foreign box office

‘Captain America: Civil War’ dominated the foreign box office

“Captain America: Civil War” dominated the foreign box office, debuting to a massive $200.2 million in its first weekend of overseas release, and kicking off the summer movie season on a high note.

The Disney and Marvel superhero adventure is performing less like a sequel to the star-spangled hero’s films and more like another installment in the “Avengers” franchise. It opens domestically on May 6, when it is expected to make nearly $200 million.

Disney distribution chief Dave Hollis hailed the Marvel films as a model of commercial consistency in a business that is notoriously unpredictable.

“They have found a way to keep the films unbelievably fresh and the reception to this leading into its opening suggests that they’ve delivered arguably one of the best films to come out of the studio,” he said. “We expect a lot of repeat business.”

Beyond branding, there are several reasons “Captain America: Civil War” is off to such a hot start. The film promises the spectacle of watching Captain America (Chris Evans) square off against Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), in an intra-Avengers duel. It also introduces Tom Holland’s take on Spider-Man and marks the first appearance of Chadwick Boseman as the Black Panther, two characters that are fanboy and fangirl favorites.

Then there are the reviews. Critics have embraced the movie, handing it some of the best notices of the year. Joe and Anthony Russo, who previously oversaw “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” handled directing duties.

Its gargantuan foreign debut comes from 37 major territories representing approximately 63% of the international marketplace. The film played well in premium formats, with Imax responsible for $9.6 million of the foreign box office haul. The opening is only 5% behind “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” and is outpacing “Iron Man 3” and “The Avengers” by 26%.

Among the most significant contributors were Korea with $28.9 million, Mexico with $20.6 million, the United Kingdom with $20.5 million, Brazil with $12.3 million and Australia with $10.9 million. The Brazil and Mexico openings set a new industry high, as did the film’s $7.5 million kick-off in the Philippines.

In addition to North America, next weekend will also see “Captain America: Civil War” debuting in China, Russia, Italy and Argentina. Its success continues a torrid streak for Disney, which has minted money this year with “Zootopia” and “The Jungle Book,” both of which have a realistic shot of generating nearly $1 billion globally. The studio also seems likely to score with “Finding Dory,” the follow-up to Pixar’s “Finding Nemo,” and “Star Wars: Rogue One.”

“All the box office is about is Disney, Disney, Disney,” said Jeff Bock, an analyst with Exhibitor Relations.

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