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Marvel's Black Panther - First official trailer

Black Panther

Marvel Studios’ Black Panther follows T’Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king.

But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king-and Black Panther-is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk.

Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life.

Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, with Angela Bassett, with Forest Whitaker and Andy Serkis.

The film is directed by Ryan Coogler and produced by Kevin Feige with Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Nate Moore, Jeffrey Chernov and Stan Lee serving as executive producers. Ryan Coogler & Joe Robert Cole wrote the screenplay.

Black Panther is released on February 16, 2018.

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New Mutants - Official trailer

New Mutants

THERE is something to fear…

The story of the New Mutants, a team of mutant heroes comprised of the first graduates from Charles Xavier’s school.

The film is being directed by Josh Boone from a screenplay by himself and Knate Lee, and stars Anya Taylor-Joy, Maisie Williams, Charlie Heaton, Henry Zaga, Blu Hunt, and Alice Braga.

In The New Mutants, a group of young mutants held in a secret facility fight to save themselves.

New Mutants opens in UK cinemas in 2018.

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Happy Death Day lands US top spot to mark another win for horror

Happy Death Day

Story by Jack Foley

HORROR movie Happy Death Day has shot straight to the top of the US box office with a strong $26.5 million to mark another win for the resurgent horror genre.

The micro-budgeted thriller, directed by Christopher Landon, stars Jessica Rothe as a college student who relives the day of her murder over and over until she discovers her killer’s identity. It’s been dubbed a Groundhog Day-style horror.

Incredibly, it cost a mere $5 million to produce, and follows the success of Universal and Blumhouse’s 2017 titles, Get Out and Split.

And in a further blow to more costly Hollywood blockbusters, Happy Death Day trounced holdover Blade Runner 2049, which declined a steep 54% to $15.1 million in its second weekend for an early US total of $60.6 million, against the $150 million it cost to produce.

Jackie Chan starring action-thriller The Foreigner placed third with $12.8 million to mark a solid start for a film that also cost a reported $35 million to make and has already earned more than $88 million internationally.

Directed by James Bond veteran Martin Campbell, The Foreigner finds martial arts legend Chan playing a former military operative who comes out of retirement when his teenage daughter is killed in a politically-motivated terrorist attack.

He’s forced into a cat-and-mouse conflict with a British government official (ex-007 Pierce Brosnan), whose own past may hold clues to the identities of the elusive killers.

Another horror success, the Stephen King blockbuster adaptation of IT came in fourth with $6.1 million, while The Mountain Between Us, starring Idris Elba and Kate Winslet, rounded out the five, with $5.7 million for a US total of $20.5 million.

Overall, horror has enjoyed one of its best years in recent memory, thanks to the gargantuan success of IT, now the highest grossing horror title of all-time, and lower budget successes such as Get Out, Split and now Happy Death Day.

In another victory for the genre, Annabelle: Creation crossed the $300 million mark at the global box office.

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Beetlejuice sequel gets a new writer

Beetlejuice

Story by Jack Foley

A SEQUEL to Beetlejuice has moved a step closer.

According to Deadline, Mike Vukadinovich has been hired by Warner Bros to re-write the script for the long gestating.

If successful, Warner Bros envisage the follow-up as a chance to re-pair Tim Burton with Michael Keaton – although no deals are anywhere near done with either of them.

However, it is thought that both Burton and Keaton, who are currently working on Disney’s live-action version of Dumbo, are keen on the idea of a sequel if a good script can be found.

Vukadinovic most recently completed the script for Rememory, a science-fiction drama that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, starring Peter Dinklage and Julie Ormond.

He also wrote Mr Toad’s Wild Ride, based on the Disneyland ride, for Disney with Pete Candeland attached to direct.

The original Beetlejuice was directed by Burton in 1988 and has become a cult favourite. A fantasy-comedy, the film also starred Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis as ghosts who haunt their old home.

However, when a little girl (played by Winona Ryder) accidentally unleashes a mischievous ghost (Keaton), the ghosts try to drive the homeowners (Catherine O’Hara and Jeffrey Jones) out of the house.

Molly's Game (Jessica Chastain/Idris Elba) - Official UK trailer

Molly's Game

MOLLY’S Game is based on the true story of Molly Bloom, an Olympic-class skier who ran the world’s most exclusive high-stakes poker game for a decade before being arrested in the middle of the night by 17 FBI agents wielding automatic weapons.

Her players included Hollywood royalty, sports stars, business titans and finally, unbeknownst to her, the Russian mob.

Her only ally was her criminal defense lawyer Charlie Jaffey, who learned that there was much more to Molly than the tabloids led us to believe.

Directed by Aaron Sorkin, Molly’s Game stars Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Kevin Costner, Chris O’Dowd and Michael Cera.

It is released in UK cinemas on December 26, 2017.

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Blockers (John Cena/Leslie Mann) - Official red band trailer

Blockers

When three parents stumble upon their daughters’ pact to lose their virginity at prom, they launch a covert one-night operation to stop the teens from sealing the deal.

Leslie Mann (The Other Woman, This Is 40), Ike Barinholtz (Neighbors, Suicide Squad) and John Cena (Trainwreck, Sisters) star in Blockers, the directorial debut of Kay Cannon (writer of the Pitch Perfect series).

The comedy is produced by Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and James Weaver, under their Point Grey Pictures banner (Neighbors, This Is the End), alongside Jon Hurwitz & Hayden Schlossberg (Harold & Kumar series) and DMG Entertainment’s Chris Fenton (47 Ronin).

Blockers will be released in UK cinemas on April 6, 2018.

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Blade Runner 2049 tops UK box office with impressive opening figure

Blade Runner 2049

Story by Jack Foley

IT may have disappointed at the US box office but Denis Villeneuve’s sci-fi stunner Blade Runner 2049 has performed really well with UK audiences to shoot to the top of the box office.

The belated follow-up to Ridley Scott’s seminal 1982 film took £6.07m, including Thursday, to perform better than similar adult-orientated blockbusters.

By way of example, Mad Max: Fury Road launched in May 2015 with £4.54m, while Ridley Scott’s Prometheus, a prequel of sorts to the Alien franchise, kicked off in June 2012 with £6.24m.

It has also secured leading man Ryan Gosling the second biggest UK opening of his career, behind this year’s La La Land, which debuted in January with £6.60m.

Prior to that, Gosling’s biggest UK hit was Gangster Squad, with £5.25m.

Elsewhere at the UK box office, holdover title Kingsman: The Golden Circle also continued to perform well, adding £2.11m for a 19-day total of £19.46m.

The sequel will soon become the 16th film this year to pass £20m at the UK box office, joining – in order of box office merit – Beauty and the Beast, Dunkirk, Despicable Me 3, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2, It, Spider-Man: Homecoming, La La Land, Fast & Furious 8, Sing, The Boss Baby, The Lego Batman Movie, Logan, Fifty Shades Darker, Wonder Woman and War for the Planet of the Apes.

Horror sensation IT came in third, with £807,500 for a UK total of £30,961,497, while Kate Winslet-Idris Elba romantic survival drama The Mountain Between Us slipped in at No.4 with £777,646.

Historical drama Victoria & Abdul, starring Dame Judi Dench, placed fifth with £467,042, while another historical drama, Goodbye Christopher Robin, about the origins of Winnie The Pooh, placed sixth with £397,441.

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Professor Marston & The Wonder Women - First official trailer

Professor Marston and the Wonder Women

A superhero origin tale unlike any other, Professor Marston & The Wonder Women is the incredible true story of what inspired Harvard psychologist and inventor Dr. William Moulton Marston to create the iconic feminist superhero Wonder Woman.

While Marston’s ground-breaking character was pilloried by censors for its sexual frankness, he was living a secret life that was equally controversial.

Marston’s inspiration for Wonder Woman were his wife Elizabeth Holloway Marston and their mutual lover Olive Byrne, self-empowered women who defied social conventions while they helped Marston advance his prescient behavioral research.

Professor Marston & The Wonder Women stars Luke Evans, Rebecca Hall, Bella Heathcote, Connie Britton and Oliver Platt. It is directed by Angela Robinson.

Professor Marston & The Wonder Women opens in UK cinemas on November 10, 2017.

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi - New trailer

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

In Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the Skywalker saga continues as the heroes of The Force Awakens join the galactic legends in an epic adventure that unlocks age-old mysteries of the Force and shocking revelations of the past.

The film stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Kelly Marie Tran, Laura Dern and Benicio Del Toro.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is written and directed by Rian Johnson and produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman. J.J. Abrams, Tom Karnowski and Jason McGatlin are the executive producers.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi opens in UK cinemas on December 14, 2017.

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Helen Mirren and Luke Evans join Luc Besson's Anna

The Tempest

Story by Jack Foley

DAME Helen Mirren and Luke Evans are the latest names to be added to the cast of Luc Besson’s new action thriller Anna.

Written and directed by Besson, Anna finds Russian model Sasha Luss playing the titular role. Plot details remain under wraps at this stage.

Dame Helen and Evans will reportedly have topline roles and join an ensemble cast that also includes Cillian Murphy.

Besson’s last movie was the big-budget sci-fi epic Valerian and the City of A Thousand Planets, which flopped at the world-wide box office.

However, Lionsgate Motion Picture Group chairman Patrick Wachsberger and president of acquisitions & co-productions Jason Constantine said in a joint statement: “We are delighted to be reunited with Luc and his EuropaCorp team on another exciting, action-packed film featuring an A-list cast.”

The film will begin production in November.

Dame Helen was last seen in Fast & Furious 8, in a role she looks likely to reprise in the ninth instalment. Evans, meanwhile, had a supporting role as Gaston in the Disney live-action blockbuster Beauty & The Beast as well as a lead role as the title character in the Wonder Woman real-life origin story Professor Marston and the Wonder Women.

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