Hans Solo News,
Trailers Galore And More
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By Ryan Scott
Modern Times Magazine
March 18, 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.
Firstly, as most Star Wars fans know, we are getting a bunch of new movies based in a galaxy far far away and one of those upcoming flicks Disney is putting together will focus on a young version of Han Solo. Yes, somebody other than Harrison Ford will be playing everyone’s favorite scruffy nerfherder and, according to THR, that person is very likely going to be Taron Egerton (Kingsman: The Secret Service), Jack Reynor (Transformers: Age of Extinction) or Alden Ehrenreich (Hail Caesar!).
Egerton seems to be the fan favorite, but other sites have reported that Glee’s Blake Jenner and Unbroken’s Jack O’Connell are also still very much in the running as well. In any case, production is likely ramping up and we should hear something official soon enough. The film is as of yet untitled and is currently slated for May 25, 2018.
Trailer Tracker: Seth Rogen Has Kicked Off The Sausage Party, The Ben Hur Remake And More
Sausage Party - After years of talking about it, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are finally getting their R-rated 3D-animated film into theaters and the red band trailer just dropped this week. The film centers around sentient food figuring out what really happens when people buy it from the grocery store. Look for the movie in theaters on August 12 and watch the trailer below if you haven’t already. Or watch it again.
Ben Hur - Like it or not, Paramount has dropped the trailer for its remake of one of the most classic films of all time: Ben Hur. Reactions seem to be mixed, but at least we get to see Morgan Freeman in dreadlocks. The film drops on August 12 as well and was directed by Timur Bekmambetov. Watch the trailer and judge for yourself.
Green Room - If you’ve ever thought “I sure would love to see Patrick Stewart play a terrifying skinhead bad guy in a movie that looks scary as hell, you’re in luck. A24 has dropped a new trailer for Green Room, and that’s exactly what we get to see. Anton Yelchin and Imogen Poots co-star in the film which drops on April 15.
High Rise - In what looks to be Snowpiercer but in a very tall building with Mufasa and Loki as the centerpieces, the first full-length High Rise trailer should, at the very least, inspire some curiosity. The film was directed by Ben Wheatley and stars Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, Luke Evans and Sienna Miller. Look for it on-demand April 28 and in theaters May 13.
Now You See Me 2 - For some reason, Now You See Me got a sequel, though this one stars Daniel Radcliffe and Lizzy Caplan, so that does help. The first full length trailer has dropped and it is exactly what you think it would be. Look for it July 4.
Central Intelligence - Wanna see The Rock in a fat suit in a cop comedy with Kevin Hart? Of course you do, and that’s why you should watch the new full length trailer for Central Intelligence. Look for it in theaters June 17.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children - Finally, Tim Burton’s latest film has a very Tim Burtony trailer to go with it, courtesy of 20th Century Fox. The film stars Eva Green as the title character and will be hitting theaters on September 30.
Things We Learned: Indiana Jones 5 is Official, Tons of SXSW News and More
SXSW Movie News Galore - Unless you avoid social media altogether, you are probably aware that South by Southwest (SXSW) is currently happening and consequently, tons of movie news is trickling out. Key and Peele decided to debut a rough cut of their film Keanu at the festival and reactions have been pretty mixed and that is a bit of a bummer considering how much people loved their Comedy Central show. The horror flick Hush that got a lot of buzz at the festival has been picked up by Netflix and will be hitting the streaming service soon. To round it out, the Grand Jury Prize for a feature film at SXSW went to Adam Pinney’s The Arbalest and the documentary top prize went to Tower by Keith Maitland. If you want to know absolutely everything coming out of SXSW, visit www.sxsw.com.
Crystal Skull Redemption? - After months and months of rumors and hearsay, Disney finally announced that Indiana Jones 5, with Harrison Ford and Steven Spielberg both returning, is coming to a theater near you on July 19, 2019. The film has no title as of yet and for those doing the math, Ford will be 77 years old when the film drops. Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall will also be returning to produce.
Obama Biopic Gets a Little Compton Flavor - Straight Outta Compton’s Jason Mitchell and Boyhood star Ellar Coltrane have joined the upcoming Barack Obama film, Barry, which will focus upon the President at a young age.
Longer Wait For The Little Prince - For some reason, Paramount decided to drop out as distributor for the animated adaptation of the beloved book The Little Prince just a week before its scheduled release in the United States. Director Mark Osborne confirmed that another distributor will be handling the release later this year, but fans in America will have to wait longer to see it.
Sharknado 4 - SyFy has confirmed that Sharknado 4 is happening. That’s really all you need to know.
Tomb Reyder - The long gestating Tomb Raider reboot got more interesting as it looks like The Force Awakens star Daisy Ridley is being eyed for the lead role. Rey is bae, but will Rey also be Lara Croft? Only time will tell.
Princess Diaries Return - Anne Hathaway will be returning to the franchise that made her a star as it was confirmed by director Garry Marshall that the pair would be reuniting for a third entry in the series once Hathaway decides to restart her career after the birth of her child.
Box Office Review/Preview and Predictions
Last week was pretty much a victory lap for Disney and Fox. Zootopia stayed in the top spot, only sliding by about 33 percent and taking in $51 million. Deadpool on the other hand stayed in the top 3 and crossed the $700 million mark worldwide, passing Man of Steel and Iron Man. So much for audiences being tired of superhero movies. The biggest new release was 10 Cloverfield Lane which brought in just shy of $25 million, slightly underperforming but positive buzz should keep it going for a couple of weeks. There are two new releases this week that are pretty much just a placeholder until Batman V. Superman drops a bomb on the box office next week. The Divergent Series: Allegiant should do okay, but it has been getting trashed on Rotten Tomatoes. Strangely enough, the Christian film Miracles From Heaven has actually been fairing really well with both critics and fans, which is rare. Jennifer Garner’s performance is to thank for much of the praise thus far.
Weekend Box Office Predictions
- The Divergent Series: Allegiant
- 10 Cloverfield Lane
- Miracles From Heaven
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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