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Disney Debuts Rogue One:
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Star Wars Fans Get Their First Look At Rogue One, Mel Gibson Is Back, A Doctor Strange Trailer Is On The Way And More

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By Ryan Scott
Modern Times Magazine

April 7, 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. Let’s Dig In, shall we?

Now that Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice is out of the way, a path is clear for Disney to start its dominance on the box office for the rest of the year, and it got off to a big start this week by dropping the very first teaser trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

The film, directed by Gareth Edwards (Godzilla), will be the very first non-episodic Star Wars film ever released, and the trailer gave quite a few little things for fans to pick apart and think about. First, for anyone who knew nothing about the film, the trailer lays out the plot, which will center around the band of Rebels who set out to steal the plans for the Death Star that were eventually used to destroy the weapon in A New Hope.

What else did we learn? For one, we finally know that Felicity Jones’ character is named Jyn Erso. As for what else that means, we don’t know, but some have already begun to speculate that she may be Rey’s mom. Also, Mon Mothma, who many remember as the Rebel Alliance leader in the white dress from Return of the Jedi, is also in the film and is being played by Genevieve O'Reilly.

Other notable things to look for are quick peaks at Diego Luna’s still unnamed character, Donnie Yen’s character who has a very sweet martial arts moment and Forest Whitaker, who appears to be taking on the role of some sort of master or teacher to Erso. Oh, and there was definitely, well  maybe, a shot of Darth Vader from behind. Beyond that we got a wonderful shot of the Death Star and a whole bunch of stormtroopers, some of which we have never seen onscreen before. And, for the first time on screen since the 1980s, we saw AT-ATs in action.



Rogue One: A Star Wars Story drops in theaters December 16.

Trailer Tracker: Mel Gibson Is Back And Paul Dano Gets Weird With Daniel Radcliffe

Swiss Army Man - When this movie came out of Sundance it was unfortunately dubbed the “farting corpse” movie, and the first trailer for Swiss Army Man delivers on the promise, but also delivers a whole lot more. The film stars Paul Dano and Daniel Radcliffe and drops June 17. Be sure to watch the trailer for yourself, because it is pretty hard to explain and do the film justice.



Blood Father - Mel Gibson has been more or less out of the Hollywood eye for a very long time thanks to some less than fortunate PR on his part. However, it looks like he is taking the Liam Neeson older guy action movie Taken route with his new movie Blood Father, and the movie looks pretty promising. The film doesn’t have a specific release date yet, but it is set for release this year.



Things We Learned: Doctor Strange Trailer Is On The Way And Sicario Gets A Sequel

Doctor Strange - A slew of set photos from Marvel’s Doctor Strange were floating around recently and now that filming has wrapped, Disney has confirmed that a trailer is on the way very soon. This Tuesday Stephen Strange himself (actor Benedict Cumberbatch) will be dropping by Jimmy Kimmel Live to deliver the world premiere of the film’s first teaser trailer. This will be part of Marvel week on Kimmel that will feature various Marvel Cinematic Universe actors dropping by the show. There’s no doubt, though, that all eyes will be on the studio’s newest cinematic hero this Tuesday.

Fast 8 - After months of rumors, it has been confirmed that Charlize Theron has joined the cast of the next Fast & Furious sequel as the villain. She will be joined by Game of Thrones actor Kristofer Hivju.

Rose Red - Disney is continuing to press ahead with more live-action twists on classic fairy tales as it was recently announced that the company is moving ahead with a live-action movie based on Snow White’s sister.

Dave Bautista - Blade Runner 2 is happening with Sicario director Denis Villeneuve at the helm and Guardians of the Galaxy star Dave Bautista has apparently joined the cast in an unspecified role. The actor took to social media to post a picture signaling his inclusion in the upcoming sci-fi sequel.

Sicario 2 - Speaking of Sicario and sequels, Lionsgate is moving ahead with a sequel to the critically acclaimed drug trafficking flick from 2015. Not only that, but the entire central cast is said to be returning. Though the film wasn’t a smash at the box office and seemed to be a pretty one and done type of story, the studio clearly feels there is franchise potential there.

Warner Bros. Making Moves - The less than expected box office take from Batman V Superman is resonating all throughout Warner Bros. and, as a result, it is making some big changes. The studio is reportedly only going to focus on films that have huge potential. That being the case, Wonder Woman has been bumped up by a few weeks and will arrive in theaters June 2, 2017. Warner Bros. also delayed Andy Serkis’ Jungle Book film a full year to October 2018 to make way for Disney’s The Jungle Book, which comes out next week. The company also set two dates for future untitled DC comics movies, Oct. 5, 2018 and Nov. 1, 2019. Speculation is already running rampant that one of those slots will be for the Ben Affleck solo Batman film.

Box Office Preview/Review and Predictions
Last week was very telling and perhaps troubling for Warner Bros. Yes, Batman V Superman held onto the top spot at the box office, but it took a nearly 70 percent dive compared to its first week, bringing in $51 million. It is looking less and less like the film will be the billion dollar smash the studio was hoping for. Disney’s Zootopia, on the other hand, finished again in the number two spot and has crossed the $800 million mark worldwide. God’s Not Dead 2 was the only new film to crack the top 5, bringing in $7.6 million, which was good enough for the number four spot.

This week’s new offerings are unlikely to unseat Batman V Superman for the top spot, but it could have some competition from the Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Bell vehicle The Boss; however, that film has been getting some pretty poor reviews that may hurt its potential. Hardcore Henry, the first person action flick starring Sharlto Copley has fared better and will likely crack the top five despite tapping into a niche market. This will be the last chance for Batman V Superman to take in some cash before The Jungle Book opens next week and closes the door on the superhero team up flick.

Weekend Box Office Predictions

  • Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice
  • The Boss
  • Zootopia
  • Hardcore Henry
  • My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2

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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