The Gang’s All Back in First Full ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ Trailer

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Trailer

“Showtime, a-holes!” Disney + Marvel Studios have revealed a super fun new full-length teaser trailer for James Gunn’s intergalactic sequel, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, to follow up the short “sneak peek” a few months ago. There’s lots of new footage in this, including Baby Groot galore, plus another great song (“Fox On the Run” by The Sweet) playing in the background, too. Chris Pratt returns as Star-Lord, with a mega cast including Zoe Saldana, Karen Gillan, Chris Sullivan, Elizabeth Debicki, Kurt Russell, Dave Bautista, Michael Rooker, Tommy Flanagan, Nathan Fillion, Glenn Close as well as Pom Klementieff; plus Vin Diesel as Groot and Bradley Cooper as Rocket Raccoon. Fire it up and enjoy! ›››

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Learn About the Characters in New ’20th Century Women’ Featurette

20th Century Women

“If you’re being honest, and vulnerable, and real, everyone can relate to that…” A24 has revealed a new featurette for Mike Mills’ latest film, 20th Century Women, which recently premiered at the New York Film Festival last month. The featurette focuses on the various characters, or rather, the incredible women at the center of this fantastic film. The ensemble cast includes Annette Bening in the lead as the mother, with Elle Fanning, Alia Shawkat, Laura Wiggins, Billy Crudup, Greta Gerwig, John Billingsley and Waleed Zuaiter. It tells the story of a single mother raising her children in the late 1970s, and how different and unique and free they all are. Even though we’ve already featured two great trailers for this, I’m happy to bring more attention to this film in hopes that more people seek it out. Opening on Christmas Day. ›››

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‘Harry Potter’ Play’s Broadway Move Comes With an Awkward Catch

The cast of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Photo by Manuel HarlanHarry Potter is pulling a Newt Scamander and heading Stateside, but that’s not good news for everyone.

It was recently revealed that “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” is planning to open on Broadway “in a totally transformed Lyric Theatre” in New York City in the spring of 2018. U.S. Potter-philes had been waiting for that news, but — as “Once Upon a Time” fans know — magic always comes with a price. In this case, the price is apparently being paid by a Cirque du Soleil show.

According to the New York Times, the Lyric Theater is being transformed, “shedding one-fifth of its seats” to make room for the two-part Potter play. However, here’s the catch:

“The move is awkward: The theater is currently occupied by Cirque du Soleil, which spent $25 million creating its first Broadway show, ‘Paramour,’ and was hoping to keep running it there.

But the Ambassador Theater Group, known as ATG, the British company that owns the Lyric, was so eager to lure ‘Cursed Child’ that it is making it financially worthwhile for Cirque to move out.

‘They made us an offer we couldn’t refuse,’ said Scott Zeiger, the chief executive of Cirque’s theatrical division. ‘They have some plans for the venue, and they incentivized us to go.’”

Did you ever expect to hear a “Godfather” reference in regard to Harry Potter muscling someone out of a Broadway venue? Maybe the whole thing is being run by Slytherins. That doesn’t have to be a bad thing, but it’s a bit surprising.

At any rate, the takeaway is good for the fans who couldn’t travel to London to see the play, which is most of us here in North America. Stay tuned for details on when “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” will open on Broadway, and how to get tickets.

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Interview: ‘La La Land’ Star Emma Stone on the Evolution of Her Acting

Emma Stone

“I feel very excited as of late for what’s to come, whether it works or not.” I can’t say enough how much I adore Damien Chazelle’s musical La La Land. It’s an exhilarating cinematic experience, full of so much joy and happiness, along with superb dancing and exuberant singing and beautiful sets and gorgeous sunsets. Aside from Ryan Gosling, the other co-star of La La Land is Emma Stone. Her first big break out role was playing Jules in Superbad back in 2007, and over the nearly 10 years since she’s earned an Academy Award nomination (for Birdman) and worked with some of the best filmmakers around. I was lucky to spend 15 minutes chatting with Emma about her career and her work on La La Land and it was an absolute delight. ›››

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Chris Pratt Keeps Cropping Jennifer Lawrence Out of Photos & It Never Gets Old

Maybe we’re just too easily amused, but every time Chris Pratt posts a new Instagram photo with his “Passengers” co-star Jennifer Lawrence, it cracks us up.

Pratt has made a running gag out of blocking Lawrence’s face, or almost completely cropping her out of photos. He doesn’t mention that he’s doing it, he just keeps posting photos (and even a video) with “best buddy Jen” and acts like they’re completely normal instead of half of her face, or the back of her head, or just her arm drinking from a glass behind him:

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Why is it funny every single time?!

Both actors are and naturally funny, but “Passengers” is hardly a comedy — it’s more like “Titanic” in space. They just can’t help but be goofy behind-the-scenes while promoting it.

“Passengers” will be released in theaters December 21. Take a closer look at the mysterious trailer over here. And don’t forget to keep checking Pratt’s Instagram to see more partial photos of Jennifer Lawrence.

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‘Rogue One,’ ‘Jungle Book’ Make Oscars Shortlist For Best Visual Effects

Rogue One
Some of this year’s biggest movies are one step closer to Oscar.

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Science announced the shortlist for the Best Visual Effects category, and it’s full of major blockbusters like “The Jungle Book,” “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” and the soon-to-be-huge “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.” And in an unusual move, the animated feature “Kubo and the Two Strings” made the list.

Last year, robot drama “Ex Machina” took the prize.

Later this month, a committee will further narrow down the list to 10 contenders. Oscar nominations are announced on Jan. 24.

Here’s the shortlist:
Alice Through the Looking Glass
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Captain America: Civil War
Deepwater Horizon
Doctor Strange
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Independence Day: Resurgence
The Jungle Book
Kubo and The Two Strings
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Star Trek Beyond
Suicide Squad
X-Men: Apocalypse

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Amy Schumer in Talks to Star in and Co-Write ‘Barbie’ Movie

People Amy Schumer TrumpAmy Schumer might be a Barbie girl, in a Barbie world.

The comedian and actress is in talks to star in and co-write the script of Sony’s live-action “Barbie” movie, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The movie is described as a “a contemporary spin on beauty, feminism and identity.”

Sony and Mattel have been developing the project for some time. Last year, they hired three writers to turn in scripts, and ended up choosing Hilary Winston’s. Schumer and sister Kim Caramele are expected to rewrite it. A director has yet to be hired.

The story begins with a woman in a land of perfect Barbies who realizes she doesn’t fit in. She journeys to the real world, where she finds being unique is an asset. Schumer’s casting seems to indicate Mattel wants to shake up Barbie’s image of stick-thin beauty.

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First Trailer for Netflix’s Supernatural Sci-Fi Action-Thriller ‘Spectral’

Spectral Trailer

“There’s no limit to how far they can spread…” Netflix has unveiled an official trailer for the sci-fi action-thriller titled Spectral, described as “Ghostbusters meets Black Hawk Down.” The plot is about a scientist who joins a Delta Forces unit that goes into a European city to investigate “mysterious phantom aggressors code-named Spectral”. The cast includes Max Martini, Clayne Crawford, James Badge Dale, Emily Mortimer and Bruce Greenwood. To top it off, this film has a score by Junkie XL, weapons made by Weta Workshop, and VFX by Weta Digital. It seems odd that this is being dumped straight to Netflix, but even better because it means we all get to see it starting next week. This looks very cool, I want to check it out. ›››

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Watch: Clark Zhu’s ‘Moving Pictures 2016’ – A Movie Trailer Mashup

Moving Pictures 2016

“One day, this will all feel like a dream. I promise…” Now that we’re into the final month of 2016, it’s time to start looking back at the year in movies. The next year end recap movie trailer mashup has arrived – this one made by Clark Zhu. It’s titled “Moving Pictures 2016” and includes clips from over 260 movies that were released in 2016. Since he packs in so many, the video runs a good seven minutes but covers a number of different themes – from comedy to suspense to action to horror to love and pretty much everything else. It’s a great reminder that there’s some stellar movies this year, and to catch up with those you haven’t seen. ›››

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Another Trailer for the Year End Party Movie ‘Office Christmas Party’

Office Christmas Party Trailer

“This party has to rock!” Paramount has unleashed another new trailer for Office Christmas Party, the third official trailer for his all-out holiday party movie set to end the year with a bang. With a week until this is in theaters, Paramount is giving it one last push to get the attention of tired white collar workers waiting for their own holiday party to unwind. T.J. Miller is the main instigator, with an ensemble cast including Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman, Vanessa Bayer, Jillian Bell, Jamie Chung, Rob Corddry, Abbey Lee, Kate McKinnon, Olivia Munn, Karan Soni and Matt Walsh. Honestly, these new trailers seem to be getting worse and worse, with the humor stooping lower each time. Just not my kind of comedy. ›››

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