Last Week in Movie News (23 May – 29 May)

tom-hiddleston-james-bondHere is some of the major movie news that dropped last week, along with links to the full stories:

It was confirmed that Tom Hiddleston is one of the actors in talks to play the new James Bond.

One source reports that the upcoming theatrically released animated Spider-Man film (which is already confirmed to be in a separate film universe from the upcoming live-action Spider-Man film) will focus on Miles Morales, not Peter Parker, as Spider-Man. In the comics, Miles Morales is the half-African American, half-Latino character who took over the role of Spider-Man in the Ultimate Marvel Universe (a prominent alternate-reality featured in Marvel Comics) when the Peter Parker from that universe died. He recently joined the main Marvel Comics universe where he and that universe’s Peter Parker share the title of Spider-Man.

The first teaser trailer for the upcoming live-action remake of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, which will star Emma Watson as Belle, hit the internet:

The release date for Maze Runner: The Death Cure has been pushed back nearly a year to January 12, 2018 due the serious injuries that its star Dylan O’Brien sustained while filming a stunt scene.

The first trailer for the upcoming sci-fi/drama/romance The Space Between Us dropped:

A release date for The Little Prince, an award-winning animated film which was originally scheduled to be released in America by Paramount only to be dropped by them and later picked up by Netflix, was announced.

X-Men: Apocalypse was #1 at the box office this weekend and made $65 million over the three-day weekend. It is expected to make an additional $12-$15 million by the end of the four-day holiday weekend.

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Last Week in Movie News (16 May – 22 May)

573f502b0fd8cHere is some of the major movie news that dropped last week, along with links to the full stories:

Cate Blanchett, Jeff Goldblum, and Karl Urban were all confirmed to be appearing in Thor: Ragnarok, as the characters Hela, Grand Master, and Skurge, respectively. Mark Ruffalo will also be reprising his role as Bruce Banner/The Hulk.

The second trailer for the upcoming Star Trek Beyond was released:

A spinoff movie from Suicide Squad featuring the character Harley Quinn is in development at DC/Warner Brothers. It will also feature other female heroes and villains from DC Comics.

Schedules allowing, Robert Downey Jr.’s Sherlock Holmes 3 could begin filming this fall.

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is set to star in The Janson Directive, which is intended to become part of a Robert Ludlam-based cinematic universe that may crossover with the character Jason Bourne in a future film.

After it was revealed that Michael Keaton was no longer in talks to join the cast of Spider-Man: Homecoming, it appears that he may have re-entered negotiations with Marvel to play a villain in the upcoming film.

It was revealed that the official title for the fifth Transformers film will be Transformers: The Last Knight.

Oddly enough, it seems that the plans for a Tetris movie are moving forward.

After nearly 20 years of trying to get it made, Terry Gilliam’s long-awaited The Man Who Killed Don Quixote is set to start filming in September.

This week, Captain America: Civil War crossed the $1 billion mark at the box office, becoming the first movie of the year to do so, and thus also becoming the highest-grossing movie of 2016 so far.

Warner Brothers appointed new heads of their DC Comics movie division.

Angry Birds took the #1 spot at the box office this weekend, grossing $39 million and ending Captain America: Civil War’s 2-week run at #1.

 

Last Week in Movie News (09 May – 15 May)

the-wolverine-slashes-past-the-competition-heres-your-box-office-roundup__131023035823Here is some of the major movie news that dropped last week, along with links to the full stories:

The filmmakers of Wolverine 3 have confirmed that they are planning for the film to have an R-rating.

Michael B. Jordan was added to the cast of Marvel’s upcoming Black Panther film. This marks the second time that Marvel has recruited an actor who played the Human Torch in a Fantastic Four film (after famously casting Chris Evans as Captain America).

Another trailer for the upcoming Steven Spielberg adaptation of the Roald Dahl novel The BFG hit the internet:

It was confirmed that a movie about the lesser-known DC superhero Booster Gold is in development.

A producer at 20th Century Fox has confirmed that the studio is still considering a sequel to last year’s disappointing Fantastic Four reboot.

One film site claims that the main villain in the upcoming Justice League film will not be Darkseid, as has been heavily rumored, but it will instead be the lesser-known character Steppenwolf and that Darkseid will be the main villain in the second film. While the site that claims to have this scoop is not a major film news site, several major film news sites have reported this story, citing the original site as the source. Time will tell whether this was a true scoop, or if it was just another unsubstantiated internet rumor.

A Zorro reboot is in the works. It will be entitled “Z” and it will take place in the future.

The trailer for the long-awaited film adaptation of the popular video game Assassin’s Creed arrived:

Captain America: Civil War was the #1 movie at the box office for the second weekend in a row with an estimated $72.5 million earned in the domestic box office this weekend. This brings its current worldwide total to $940 million, and it is estimated that it will be this year’s first film to reach $1 billion. Due to its box office earnings so far, the Marvel Cinematic Universe film franchise has now become the first franchise to earn a cumulative total of $10 billion for all of its films (for reference, the Harry Potter franchise, which is in second place, has earned a total of $7.7 billion).

Last Week in Movie News (02 May – 08 May)

alden-ehrenreich-could-be-the-star-of-the-young-han-solo-casting-wars-933815Here is some of the major movie news that dropped last week, along with links to the full stories:

Alden Ehrenreich will be playing the young Han Solo in an upcoming Star Wars spinoff film.

Maze Runner: The Death Cure had to stop production indefinitely because its lead actor, Dylan O’Brien, was seriously injured while filming a stunt.

Seth Grahame-Smith, who was set to direct the upcoming superhero film The Flash left the project due to “creative differences.”

A picture showing costumes for the title characters in the Power Rangers reboot was revealed:

prangersThe directors of the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War Part I & II revealed the the films will be retitled and that the two films will be “very different movies.”

A Space Jam sequel is in the works, with LeBron James set to star.

It may have been accidentally revealed that Captain Marvel will make her first appearance in Avengers: Infinity War.

The upcoming Mummy reboot, which will star Tom Cruise, is looking to add Russell Crowe to the cast.

Star Wars star Daisy Ridley is set to play the title role in the upcoming film Ophelia, which reimagines the classic Shakespeare tale of Hamlet from the character Ophelia’s point of view.

Captain America: Civil War was the #1 movie at the box office this weekend, making $181.8 million, and becoming the fifth largest opening weekend of all time. However, this is still well below the $200-$210 million it was predicted to make. No official word yet from anyone as to why it made significantly less than predicted.

Last Week in Movie News (25 Apr – 01 May)

20th_century_fox-logoHere is some of the major movie news that dropped last week, along with links to the full stories:

It was revealed that 20th Century Fox will not be present at San Diego Comic Con, citing fears of piracy of exclusive footage (which has been an issue for several film studios at the last few Comic Cons). This means no first looks at movies like Wolverine 3 and Assassin’s Creed for Con-goers.

The first trailer for Snowden (the biopic about NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden) dropped:

Marvel released a statement defending their casting of Tilda Swinton as The Ancient One in Doctor Strange.

Marvel’s “Inhumans” movie was officially removed from their release schedule.

Pictures were leaked that reveal that Nathan Fillion will cameo in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 as the character Simon Williams.

Disney announced new dates for some of their live action movies.

NBCUniversal (owner of Universal Studios/Universal Pictures) bought Dreamworks Animation (the owner of franchises such as How to Train Your Dragon and Kung Fu Panda).

Alicia Vikander was cast as Lara Croft in the Tomb Raider reboot.

A Goosebumps sequel was announced to be in the works.

The Jungle Book was the #1 movie at the box office for the third weekend in a row, making another $42.4 million.