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Movie News Mixtape: James Gunn Releases New Guardians Set Photos, Blockbuster Trailers To Dominate Super Bowl And Idris Elba Cleans Up At The SAG Awards


By Ryan Scott
Modern Times Magazine

Feb. 5, 2016 — Greetings, movie lovers! Did you miss the major news and headlines from this week in film? Don’t you worry, because we’ve got you covered with the newest edition of the Movie News Mixtape. This week, there has been mass speculation about what trailers will air during the Super Bowl, the SAG Awards happened and there are a ton of movies that will start shooting soon. Let’s dig in, shall we?

A Bunch Of Big Movies Are (Allegedly) About To Start Shooting In The Very Near Future
There are a ton of studio tentpoles (ed. note: that’s not necessarily a bad word) that are about to start shooting, meaning they’re heading into the phase where they go from being Internet rumors and hearsay to blurry set picture realities.

First up, Ghost In The Shell, which recently moved from Disney to Paramount, will reportedly begin shooting in New Zealand, Hong Kong, Macau and Shanghai. Also this month, the Fifty Shades of Grey sequel, Fifty Shades Darker, will also start shooting in Vancouver.

April will be a truly massive month as Wolverine 3, which will be Hugh Jackman’s last time playing Wolverine, starts shooting on the 25th in New Orleans and New Mexico. Without question, the biggest title to finally go into production, though, will be Avatar 2, which will reportedly begin shooting on April 15 in New Zealand, even though the studio hasn’t quite locked down a new release date.

Finally, Transformers 5, which will see Michael Bay once again return to the director's chair, is rumored to begin shooting in May, though locations have yet to be confirmed.

It should be noted that these shooting dates have yet to be fully confirmed by the studios, so this should be taken with a slight grain of salt. For the most part, though, these dates give a good idea of what is to come.

Trailer Tracker: Miles Ahead, Angry Birds And Nine Lives All Had Trailers Drop This Week
Miles Ahead - Tony Stark’s best pal Don Cheadle is making his directorial debut with the music biopic about Miles Davis, Miles Ahead. Cheadle is also playing the lead role in the film alongside Ewan McGregor. Look for it in theaters on April 1.

Angry Birds - A full-length trailer for the upcoming Angry Birds movie has dropped, and it gives a slightly better idea of what audiences can expect from the mobile game turned pop culture phenomenon. The film stars Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Danny McBride, Maya Rudolph, Kate McKinnon and a slew of other funny people. Look for it May 20.

Nine Lives - Finally, the last new trailer to highlight this week features House of Cards star Kevin Spacey taking on the role of a talking cat in a film directed by Barry Sonnenfeld. Yes, this is a real thing and you can watch the trailer right now. Look for it in theaters on Aug. 5.

Things We Learned: Get Ready For More Guardians,Fast And Furious Has No End In Sight And Super Bowl Trailers Galore
Guardians Gearing Up - Marvel and sci-fi fans rejoice, because Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is underway in Georgia, and director James Gunn took to social media this week to reveal some behind the scenes photos from the production, one of which featured Chris Pratt’s Star Lord holding his signature Sony Walkman with a cassette tape in it labeled “Awesome Mix Vol. 2.” Look for the GOTG sequel on May 5, 2017.

Fast and Furious - Vin Diesel took to social media to confirm release dates for the next three (yes three) more Fast and Furious movies, and it looks like they will be dominating the month of April every two years for quite some time. The eighth film will come out April 14, 2017, 9 will come out April 19, 2019 and 10 will come out on April 2, 2021.

The Rock in Rampage - Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is reuniting with San Andreas director Brad Peyton for an adaptation of the classic monster arcade game Rampage. This week Johnson confirmed that Carlton Cuse and Ryan Condal, who wrote San Andreas, will be writing the new film. No release date has been confirmed yet.

Star Wars Stuff - Gwendoline Christie confirmed that she will be returning to a galaxy far far away as Captain Phasma for Star Wars Episode 8, and Star Wars Episode 9 director Colin Trevorrow has confirmed that Episode 9 will be shooting on film as opposed to digital.

Finding Dory - Short, sweet and to the point: Michael Sheen has been confirmed for a role in Pixar’s upcoming Finding Nemo sequel, Finding Dory, which drops on June 17.

SAG Awards - The Screen Actors Guild Awards recently took place and Spotlight took home the top honors for the night. However, the major headline was Idris Elba taking home two prizes for his work in Beast of No Nation and Luther.

Super Bowl - Aside from the game itself, there will be a ton of big movie trailers taking center stage this Sunday. A new Deadpool spot has been confirmed, and it is very likely there will be a Captain America: Civil War trailer as well as a Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer. Surprises may include a Ghostbusters first look and a possible Doctor Strange teaser.

Jane Was A Bomb - Finally, it should be noted that the long gestating Natalie Portman passion project Jane Got A Gun was an absolute bomb. The film made less than $1 million in a wide release, making less than $700 per screen. This will likely go down as one of the biggest bombs of the year.

Box Office Review/Preview And Predictions
Last week was a fairly lackluster week at the box office for any movie that didn’t feature Jack Black as a cartoon panda as Dreamworks Kung Fu Panda 3 brought in more than $40 million at the domestic box office to easily take the number-one spot. This week’s two big releases are Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, the horror-comedy parody of the Jane Austen classic, and Hail Caesar!, the new Coen brothers comedy which stars George Clooney. It is very likely Panda will repeat this week.

Weekend Box Office Predictions

  • Kung Fu Panda 3
  • Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
  • Hail Caesar!
  • The Revenant
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

That’s it for this week, movie lovers. Be sure to come back next week for all of the Hollywood news you need, want and didn’t know you needed.
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