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The Academy Finally Smiled On Leonardo DiCaprio, King’s The Dark Tower Is Happening, Ghostbusters Gets A Trailer, And More

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By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

March 4, 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, The Oscars finally happened with some notable surprises, Batman V. Superman gets an early reaction and a trailer finally dropped that will hopefully let us know who we’re gonna call. Let’s dig in, shall we?

Oscar Wrap Up: Spotlight Takes Home The Big Prize, But Leo Wins The Night

Hollywood’s big night finally happened and, as expected, it was a truly punishing assault by Chris Rock against the whole #OscarsSoWhite thing and a mixed bag of predictable winners and fairly surprising upsets. Ex Machina took home the Visual Effects prize, which was surprising considering that film shared the category with Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Max Max: Fury Road. Speaking of Mad Max, George Miller’s car chase epic swept the lower categories, taking home six prizes. Spotlight was a bit of a shocker taking home Best Picture, considering the only other award it won was for Original Screenplay.

However, there was no question that the night’s best moment came when Leonardo DiCaprio finally won his Best Actor Oscar for The Revenant, and he handled it with pure class by taking time to tackle climate change in his speech. Beyond that, the biggest upset of the evening came when Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies) beat out Sylvester Stallone (Creed) for Best Supporting Actor.

Trailer Tracker: The All-Female Ghostbusters Finally Gets a Trailer And We Found Dory

Ghostbusters
Normally one movie trailer wouldn’t warrant as much talk as this, but, this is a pretty big deal. Bridesmaids director Paul Feig has, as most of us know, been working hard on an all-female reboot of the much beloved Ghostbusters. This is an achievement unto itself as it has been over three decades since the original film came out and since then a revolving cast of creatives trying desperately to get a third installment of the franchise going. In the end, a reboot with cameos is what we’re going to get, and the first trailer for the film finally dropped to very mixed reactions.

Sony dropped the trailer on Thursday and fans seem to be pretty divided. Some are praising it with more than several exclamation points and others are treating it like luke warm bath water. In any case, the Ghostbusters trailer showcases plenty of nostalgia, enough of the plot to understand it is very similar to the original, and enough moments with the cast to get a feel for what this is probably going to be.  The film is set for a July 15 release and be sure to watch the trailer for yourself.



Finding Dory
In other, “revisiting things most of us love” news, Ellen Degeneres just debuted a brand new trailer for Disney’s Finding Dory, which is the long-awaited sequel to Finding Nemo. This time around it is Dory who is trying to find her long lost family, and she finds herself getting into trouble along the way. The film definitely appears to be treading the same water, if you will, but it certainly has that Pixar feel. In any case, the sequel drops on June 17.



Things We Learned: The Dark Tower Is Happening For Real But Spaceballs 2 Is Not

The Dark Tower - Stephen King finally confirmed this week that, after years of being in development hell and months of speculation, his beloved series The Dark Tower is finally heading to the big screen in January 2017. King confirmed that, as rumored, Idris Elba will indeed be taking on the role of The Gunslinger and Matthew McConaughey will be taking on the role of the bad guy for the adaptation. Nikolaj Arcel is set to direct.

Alien Not Vs Predator - Fox has set release dates for two massive upcoming sci-fi properties. Ridley Scott’s Prometheus sequel, Alien: Covenant  will be hitting theaters on August 4, 2017 and Shane Black’s long awaited The Predator will be dropping on March 2, 2018.

Spaceballs 2 - Sadly, Mel Brooks fans had a fast one pulled on them last week when a few fake, but very convincing, posters for the rumored Spaceballs sequel showed up in a New York City subway. It got everyone buzzing, but they were quickly found out to be a bit of a stunt.

Sorry, Gambit - Fox is definitely rethinking things given the success that Deadpool is enjoying, and that new thinking seems to have hurt Channing Tatum’s passion project Gambit. The film was originally set to be released in October, but now the studio has totally pulled it from their schedule and added two different release dates for the as-of-yet-unannounced (but probably Deadpool related) films.

World War 3 - Sam Raimi has revealed that his next feature film will be  World War 3, an adaptation of George Friedman's 2009 book, The Next 100 Years.

David Ayer Is Busy - As it turns out, the buzz on Suicide Squad is really, really good, and it looks like Warner Bros. is hoping to bring director David Ayer and the rest of the gang back to shoot a sequel in 2017. Ayer will be squeezing in another movie in the in between with Will Smith. Bright will be a buddy cop fantasy movie written by Max Landis that will co-star Joel Edgerton.

First Batman V Superman Review - Anthony Breznican of Entertainment Weekly has definitely seen Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice in its entirety, and he took to Twitter to give his review. His subjective information on the movie is as follows.



Box Office Review/Preview and Predictions
Last week saw Deadpool take the top spot for a third week in a row, which has helped the film take in more than $600 million at the worldwide box office. Gods of Egypt managed to jump into the number-two spot, but it only made $14 million on a reported $140 million budget. Ouch. The week’s other new releases, Triple 9 and Eddie The Eagle both underperformed, taking in just over $6 million each. This week Deadpool will finally fall to the house of mouse when Disney releases Zootopia, which is looking to take in around $60 million. Gerard Butler will look to redeem himself with London Has Fallen, which should fair pretty well considering the mid-range budget, and Tina Fey is teaming up with Margot Robbie in the Middle East for Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, which will do just fine.

Weekend Box Office Predictions
  • Zootopia
  • Deadpool
  • London Has Fallen
  • Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
  • Risen

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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