The Latest 'Alien: Covenant' Poster Shows the Hellish Path to Paradise
The creepy creatures are out again.
20th Century Fox revealed the latest "Alien: Covenant" poster on Thursday, and not surprisingly, it's more than a little disturbing. The image comes right out of our worst nightmares. It shows what is basically a pit of despair, full of terrifying and strange lifeforms, wrapped around helpless bodies.
The Alien Anthology Twitter account's accompanying caption echoed a line from the trailer and said all that needed to be said: "The path to paradise begins in hell."
The storyline promises to be equally terror-inducing. It centers on the members of a colony ship who arrive on what they think is an uncharted paradise. Instead, they find more of a hell, complete with a hostile alien lifeform. The Ridley Scott-directed film stars Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Danny McBride, and Billy Crudup, among others.
"Alien: Covenant" hits theaters on May 19.
[via: Alien: Covenant/Twitter]
Amy Schumer Is No Longer Starring in the 'Barbie' Movie
The "Barbie" movie just suffered a big loss.
Amy Schumer has bowed out of the comedy, citing scheduling conflicts, Variety reports. The goal had been for production to start in late June, but the comedian couldn't fit it in with everything else on her plate. She's set to shoot the dramedy "She Came to Me" with Steve Carell and Nicole Kidman, and she also has to promote her upcoming Fox comedy "Snatched" ahead of its May theatrical release.
It sounds like Schumer was disappointed to leave the project, but the studio couldn't push back its June 29, 2018 release date, according to Variety sources.
"The film has so much promise, and Sony and Mattel have been great partners," she said in a statement. "I'm bummed, but look forward to seeing Barbie on the big screen."Whoever fills Schumer's shoes will play a character banished from Barbieland for not being perfect enough. In the real world, she'll have new adventures and probably -- we're just guessing here, but come on -- discover that everyone is perfect in their own way. Even without the comedian, it's bound to be cute.
'Star Wars': Bob Iger Talks Episode VIII, Carrie Fisher's Death, Han Solo Movie, and More
The Star Wars universe is busier than ever, and it looks like it will stay that way.
Disney CEO Bob Iger gave fans some insight into the franchise's future during a talk in Santa Monica Thursday, as THR reports. Naturally, there was a lot he had to cover -- from the sad subject of Carrie Fisher's death to the much more pleasant topic of the film universe's future.
"We had to deal with tragedy at the end of 2016," he said. "Carrie appears throughout 'VIII.' We are not changing 'VIII' to deal with her passing. Her performance remains as it is in 'VIII.'"
He acknowledged that some digital character was used in "Rogue One," but he made it clear that Fisher won't be brought back that way.
"We are not doing that with Carrie," he said.
Take a moment if you need to.
Unfortunately, Iger didn't satisfy our curiosity regarding how they'll deal with her loss. Yet while he apparently isn't ready to publicize that yet, he did share that Disney is going beyond the three films the studio originally planned on making when it bought Lucasfilm.
"We're starting talk about what could happen after 'Episode IX.' About what could be another decade-and-a-half of Star Wars stories," he said.
Oh, yes, you read that right -- another decade-and-a-half. Between all of these new sequels and spinoff projects, it's hard to say who is more excited about the franchise at this point: the studio or Star Wars' die-hard fans.
Iger also discussed one specific spinoff. Bringing the topic around to the young Han Solo movie, he revealed a rare piece of information about the story. It turns out the film will follow the beloved smuggler from ages 18 to 24 as he (played by Alden Ehrenreich) and Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo) travel around on the Millennium Falcon.
What a time to be a Star Wars fan.
'Life' Writers Talk Technological Advances, That 'Venom' Rumor, and 'Deadpool 2'
This week's terrifying sci-fi odyssey "Life," which stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Ryan Reynolds, and Rebecca Ferguson as crewmembers aboard a doomed international space station that comes in contact with a very nasty Martian (they nickname the squid-like beast "Calvin"), began, like the monster, as a simple, single-celled idea in the minds of writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. The screenwriters, who have penned wise-ass classics like "Zombieland" and "Deadpool," take a surprisingly straightforward approach with "Life." This is a singularly scary movie. Prepare to clutch your significant other's hand until you hear bones break.
I got a chance to chat with them ahead of the film's world premiere at the SXSW Film Festival, and we talked about the inspiration for the movie, what it was like seeing their visions come to life (not only Calvin but the entire space station), the possibility of a sequel, and what's going on with "Deadpool 2."
Moviefone: What's interesting about this movie, especially coming from you guys, is how straightforward it is. Had you always wanted to do a straightforward sci-fi horror movie?
Rhett Reese: Absolutely. It really is. I grew up with a very active imagination, and movies like "Alien" and "The Shining" absolutely terrified me. When I was younger, I wouldn't even get to see them, but I'd see the commercials and they would absolutely terrify me. Deep down inside I always wanted to write something that was really scary. And this was the attempt to do that. We had fun. It was certainly not going for the same things we normally go for, so we got to flex a different writing muscle.
Technology seems to have freed you up, too. Because if you had been writing this 30 years ago there would have been no way to visualize something like this creature.
Paul Wernick: Absolutely. And not just the creature but the technology of the weightlessness and how that all visualized itself on screen and visual effects and wirework it's just ... We've been afforded so many gifts on this movie, with the ability to do stuff we couldn't have done even five years ago at the price point that we wanted to do it. And as for Calvin, he's a creature that we did extensive research on going into this. He's one of the seven main characters and the primary villain in the piece. We visualized him in a way that we tapped into research we did on the deep-sea world with these translucent sea creatures and the octopus was a great inspiration of ours. And then Daniel and the visual effects guys and the creature design guys brought it to life in a way that far exceeded even our expectations.
Was there ever a point where you guys said, "Screw it, let's give him a face"?
Reese: There was, at some point, because you're so used to seeing faces. But everybody felt that to anthropomorphize it too much would be a mistake. Because it really is based on the idea that it's all these interconnected cells that perform the bodily functions of all the differentiated tasks of a human body. So a cell that could be an eye cell and a muscle cell and a nerve cell all at once. It doesn't look as much like the average creature on Earth, let's say.
What was it like seeing the set for the first time?
Wernick: It was amazing. There's such detail, and I don't know if you know this, but it was shot on two soundstages at Shepperton in London, and they built basically the entire space station. The level of detail on everything, there was Russian on buttons that you'd never actually see on screen. The level and attention to detail was incredible and really awesome. It shows on screen. We could have shot this on the space station. It's pretty astonishing. And they had to build it in such a way that it had to be open air so the wires could move above it. It was a technological and artistic thing of beauty.
Reese: I'm not sure what he's talking about.
Wernick: He might have put in some definite Easter eggs. There were some on "Deadpool" we didn't know about either. Everyone likes to throw stuff in there. I'm sure there's a bunch of stuff in this one. You know, "Alien" was definitely a huge inspiration of ours. It's a great movie, and almost 40 years ago it came out. For us it was making the thing as current and relevant and up to date as we could.
It also has such an international feel, which is really great in today's climate, with all of these countries working together. Was that something that you guys were cognizant of?
Reese: Yes, and that's the way the space station is, with astronauts from different countries aboard it. We didn't want to get into the divisiveness between nations or the divisiveness between characters in the sense that one character wants to bring the sample back to Earth to turn it into a weapon or something like that. We wanted a diverse but united crew that did their jobs well and had each other's back. That was part of the realism factor, with these astronauts putting aside their country's differences to come together on that space station to do work together.
Have you guys thought about a sequel to "Life"? The ending is terrific and definitely leaves the possibility for another film open.
Reese: Well, the sequel is going to be "Venom." [Laughs] We would love a sequel but it depends on whether or not people buy tickets.
Wernick: We always felt that an unconventional ending to a big tentpole movie would be cool, to us at least. We're always left-of-center and it felt left-of-center to us. But studios do love franchises so that set up the potential should the movie succeed, we'd love to make another one on Earth. It brings a smile to our face.Let's talk about "Deadpool 2." The first film was such a surprise for so many people. How do you do that again?
Reese: I think we'll find some more rules to break hopefully. I think sequels should have the familiar and the new in them. They shouldn't feel too similar to the previous movie otherwise people will get bored but I think they should also carryover in terms of tone and character so that people will still see what they know and love in the new movie. So we have similar elements, the tone will be the same, but the story is very different -- it'll have more characters, different characters, Deadpool is going to go on a new emotional journey so we want to keep it emotional. So it's all about striking that balance.
How did you guys feel about the movie hitting the way that it did?
Reese: It was probably the most gratifying moment of our careers. Because we've certainly reached big audiences but never a massive international audience like that, and the passion people had with it was so intense. We meet people all the time and the second you mention "Deadpool" they just light up. That, for us, is why we do it. There's that line in "Zombieland," when Woody Harrelson is gushing at Bill Murray and Bill says, "Well that's why we do it." That's what we say about "Deadpool." It's really fun.
Was it also fun introducing that character to the world?
Wernick: Well, there was always the fear that "Deadpool" was a one-quadrant movie. I think that's why it took six years to get made. And the fact that it extended all over age ranges, including kids as young as 10, which I cringe at, all the way to grandparents, to hit all four quadrants in a movie that could have, if it had gone wrong, was astonishing to us and really gratifying. Because it was a passion of ours, it remains a passion of ours. And to see that passion come across on screen and relay that to audiences is amazing and awesome for us.
Can you talk about working with new director David Leitch and what he brings?
Wernick: He's the best. His mind works in ways that others don't in terms of visualizing the action. We were just in the production offices and saw the pre-viz on one of the action scenes that we'd written and it elevated it in such a way that's jaw-dropping. So we're playing to his strengths and we feel like audiences are going to be blown away.
Reese: He also really gets the tone and the character. There was no learning curve. He came in and just got it.
So is it going to have more action?
Reese: I think it'll be a little bigger, just by virtue of it being a sequel and wanting to top ourselves. But we're not going to be lifting cities into the air or having alien invasions.
Wernick: We're saving that for the third one.
Reese: The first film was an underdog movie, and we don't want to feel like "The Avengers" -- that big and bloated and huge. It will always have a scrappy, underdog feel to it.
"Life" comes to our galaxy tomorrow.
'Justice League' Starts 'Countdown' With Official Posters & Teasers
Snyder directed "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice," which brought back Henry Cavill's "Man of Steel" Superman, and introduced Ben Affleck's Batman and Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman. "Justice League" will add Aquaman (Jason Momoa), Cyborg (Ray Fisher), and The Flash (Era Miller).
Snyder decided today was the day to give fans the official poster, so here it is:
Snyder has some very loyal fans, and they reacted to the poster in their usual fashion:
"Justice League" also released a few teasers to promote the full trailer coming this Saturday:
Individual character posters followed, starting with Aquaman:
And here's Batman:
Before we get to "Justice League," DC and Warner Bros. will give fans Diana Prince's "Wonder Woman" origin story, which opens June 2.
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Rotten Tomatoes Responds to Brett Ratner's Slam That It's 'the Worst Thing' for Movies
Does a rotten or fresh score on Rotten Tomatoes affect whether you see a movie or not? The $873 million worldwide gross for "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" would suggest fans don't really care -- they'll see what THEY want to see, critics be damned. But producer/director Brett Ratner, who helped finance "BvS," lashed out at the Tomatometer aggregate score as "the destruction of our business."
Here's part of Ratner's speech at the Sun Valley Film Festival (via Entertainment Weekly):
"The worst thing that we have in today's movie culture is Rotten Tomatoes. I think it's the destruction of our business. I have such respect and admiration for film criticism. When I was growing up film criticism was a real art. And there was intellect that went into that. And you would read Pauline's Kael's reviews, or some others, and that doesn't exist anymore. Now it's about a number. A compounded number of how many positives vs. negatives. Now it's about, 'What's your Rotten Tomatoes score?' And that's sad, because the Rotten Tomatoes score was so low on 'Batman v Superman' I think it put a cloud over a movie that was incredibly successful."
But isn't that contradictory? How could it put a cloud over the movie if it was incredibly successful, despite having just a 27 percent rating on RT? It suggests fans saw the movie anyway.
Ratner, who is not exactly objective on the subject of BvS since his company had a financial investment in it, continued:
"People don't realize what goes into making a movie like that. It's mind-blowing. It's just insane, it's hurting the business, it's getting people to not see a movie. In Middle America it's, 'Oh, it's a low Rotten Tomatoes score so I'm not going to go see it because it must suck.' But that number is an aggregate and one that nobody can figure out exactly what it means, and it's not always correct. I've seen some great movies with really abysmal Rotten Tomatoes scores. What's sad is film criticism has disappeared. It's really sad."
What's sad is anyone speaking for Middle America, especially when plenty of people did see "BvS" and other movies/shows that have gotten low scores -- including "Iron Fist," which many viewers defended from critical attacks. Sometimes low ratings just leave fans with low expectations, leaving them pleasantly surprised. And there are plenty of movies out there with high Rotten Tomatoes scores that fans didn't bother to see. Don't act like viewers are just sheep who buy tickets to whatever the critics tell them to see.
EW asked Rotten Tomatoes for a response to the "Rush Hour" director's comments, and Jeff Voris gave them a statement:
"At Rotten Tomatoes, we completely agree that film criticism is valuable and important, and we're making it easier than it has ever been for fans to access potentially hundreds of professional reviews for a given film or TV show in one place. The Tomatometer score, which is the percentage of positive reviews published by professional critics, has become a useful decision-making tool for fans, but we believe it's just a starting point for them to begin discussing, debating and sharing their own opinions."
It's not like there's just one guy out there raising or lowering his thumb, it's a collection of reviews. And fans do know that. If "BvS" had been better liked (and a better movie in general) you probably wouldn't hear Ratner complaining at all.
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Ryan Gosling Has a Semi-Serious Reason for Laughing Through Oscars Fiasco
Obviously, Ryan Gosling won the 2017 Oscar for Best Reaction to That Hot Mess. While everyone else lost their poop through the "La La Land"/"Moonlight" Best Picture snafu, Gosling just stood on stage with the "La La Land" crowd and giggled:
He looked so amused, like he forgot he was part of the losing movie's team, and instead thought he was watching from home in his PJs like the rest of us.
Gosling explained his thought process this week during a talk with Adobe CMO Ann Lewnes at the Adobe Summit in Las Vegas. As he put it, his laughter was more in relief than amusement.
"What really was happening as I was watching, it was surreal anyway, I was watching people start to have this panicked reaction in the crowd and guys were coming on with headsets and I felt like someone had been hurt. I thought there was some kind of medical situation, and I had this worst-case scenario playing out in my head. And then I just heard 'Moonlight' won and I was so relieved that I started laughing."
Yes, it is very Hollywood to get so melodramatic over an award that a reasonable person might think there was an actual crisis, like a heart attack.
The Gos was not even slightly upset about "La La Land" losing Best Picture:
"Truthfully, I was also so thrilled that Moonlight won. I know the director [Barry Jenkins] ... I've worked with them before. It's such a groundbreaking film, made for a million dollars, and incredible achievement and I'm so happy for them that they were being recognized."
And he was used to losing at that point, since he lost Best Actor to Casey Affleck. But it's not like "La La Land" went home empty-handed. Damien Chazelle won Best Director, Emma Stone won Best Actress, and the film won awards for cinematography, music score, and production design. Plus, Gosling won himself a few more memes, making him some kind of unofficial lifetime champion.
Read People's full post for his reaction to his cereal meme, among other things.
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Chris Pratt Hypes 'Guardians 2' as the Greatest Movie Ever: 'Everyone Will Get Pregnant'
Chris Pratt really, really loves "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2," and he thinks you'll love it so much it'll leave you knocked up with your own Baby Groot. Yes, you too, fellas! Start planning for child support now.
Pratt proved he's a Don Draper-level marketer with a hilariously hyperbolic letter to fans on Facebook, shared with the new international poster. That the over-the-top plug is signed "Humbly, Starlord" just adds to the majesty:
On May 5th the greatest movie in the history of movies is coming. There has never been and will never again be a movie like this. Seriously. Ever heard of Citizen Kane? We're much better. Seriously. Our movie just tested at over one million points. Rotten tomatoes already has it at 234% fresh. #GotGVol2 will win every movie award AND about 39 Olympic gold medals in swimming, gymnastics, the skiiing event with the gun, x games, snowmobiling and everything. It will win the World Cup and about 7 super bowl rings, sorry TOM Brady. This movie will fry your brains and lift your spirits. James Gunn will be elected president of the world. They will add the faces of the guardians to Mount Rushmore for sure. We're gonna get a planet. May 5th will become a national holiday. Everyone will get pregnant. Candy will fall from the sky. Global warming will stop. Dinosaurs will come back to life. Which unlike some movies might tell you, is actually a really good thing. Because they won't flip out and kill people instead they'll be your awesome pets. So basically get your tickets as soon as you can. Don't be the only person on the planet who doesn't see this movie.
Sorry, Tom Brady! Pratt and Ryan Reynolds should win special awards for how they promote films. Whether those films are good are not ("Passengers"?) is up for debate, but they certainly make the journey enjoyable.
By the way, director James Gunn is up for his appointed task:
A few months ago, Pratt said "Guardians 2" would be the "biggest spectacle movie of all time," so it's clear his thoughts have only gotten larger since then. He mentioned it, but the "Guardians" sequel arrives in theaters May 5, aka our new national holiday.
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Exclusive: How the Death Troopers Were Brought to Life for 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story'
Tomorrow "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" debuts on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere, ahead of its release on Blu-ray on April 4, and we've got your exclusive sneak peek at one of the release's many bonus features. And it's a doozy.
In this mini-doc, you get a look at the design and creation of the fearsome Death Troopers, the elite Stormtrooper unit favored by Ben Mendelsohn's Director Krennic. They're described here as being like the "Seal Team 6 version of the Stormtroopers," and boy are they scary -- tall, elegant, scary. While the clip is brief, it does highlight a tidbit that I hadn't even heard before: that their design was based on a sketch by Ralph McQuarrie, one of the designers for the original series whose distinctive look has been appropriated recently for things like "Star Wars Rebels" and even "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." It goes to show you that a good idea never dies it just surfaces decades later."Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" is on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere this Friday, and on Blu-ray/DVD April 4.
The Han Solo Movie Might Be the Best 'Star Wars' Film, Says Woody Harrelson
The untitled young Han Solo movie is still filming, but Woody Harrelson is confident that the finished product is going to top all of its Star Wars predecessors.
The actor, one of the stars of the upcoming space Western, recently made his prediction to Collider. It's a bold statement, of course. The Star Wars trilogies, and now the series' spinoffs as well, have inspired a devoted, multi-generational fan base and raked in billions of dollars over the decades. Still, Harrelson has his reasons for believing what he does, so we should hear him out before getting too up in arms.
"Any movie's only as good as the director or in this case directors," he said. On top of that, he argued that none of the previous films had the same combination of "great actors, great directors, great script" (though he did concede that they have had "a lot of great stuff").
"I really feel like we're gonna make the best one," he told Collider.
The project does certainly have impressive players involved. Harrelson stars alongside Alden Ehrenreich, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, and Joonas Suotamo. Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are directing, and the script was penned by father-son writers Lawrence and Jon Kasden.
In spite of all that, it's still a big statement. While we love Harrelson's confidence, we're going to have to see a movie that backs it up before we get too excited. We'd love to see him proven right, though.
Correction: This article previously stated that Harrelson's young Han Solo movie character is named Garris Shrike, as had been widely reported. He subsequently told Jimmy Fallon during an appearance on "The Tonight Show" that his character is called Beckett.
'Death Note' Trailer Brings Japanese Horror Manga to Netflix
Dear, murderous diary ....
Netflix released the first trailer for the movie "Death Note," based on the popular Japanese horror manga. Nat Wolff stars as a young high school student who finds a notebook. But this is no ordinary notebook. The teen soon realizes that he can kill anybody just by writing their name in it. Soon, he becomes drunk with power, doling out death sentences to people he deems unworthy of life.
He also becomes acquainted with the terrifying Ryuk, a shinigami or god of death who follows the notebook's owner.
Willem Dafoe voices Ryuk, and the movie also stars Shea Whigham, Margaret Qualley, and Paul Nakauchi. "Death Note" is a huge sensation in Japan, where it's inspired anime series, live-action movies and TV shows, video games, and even a musical.
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Michael Shannon Is the Frontrunner to Play Cable in 'Deadpool 2': Report
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Shannon is the frontrunner, though not the only name on the list. "Stranger Things" star David Harbour is also a candidate, though Kyle Chandler -- thought rumored for the role -- is not.
In the comic books, Cable, aka Nathan Summers, is a mutant with telepathic and telekinetic powers. He is also the son of Scott Summers aka Cyclops. The character is depicted as bulky and strong, with an intimidating presence. Cable was often paired with Deadpool in comics, and his inclusion in the sequel was teased both at the end of the first movie and in an Easter egg in "Logan."
If Shannon is selected, he'll join Reynolds and new "Deadpool 2" cast member Zazie Beetz, who is playing the mercenary Domino.Want more stuff like this? Like us on Facebook.
'Baywatch' Trailer Features Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron in Shirtless, Slo-Mo Glory
The first official trailer for the "Baywatch" movie has everything you could ever want: Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron showing off their ripped bodies, some criminal hijinks, some tongue-in-cheek jokes, and of course, slow-motion running down the beach.
Johnson plays Mitch Buchannon, the veteran head of Baywatch, who is forced to "rebrand" the unit. That introduces new recruit Matt Brody (Efron), who butts heads with his new boss. They're forced to work together when they discover a criminal drug ring run by Priyanka Chopra.Judging by the trailer, director Seth Gordon ("Horrible Bosses") keeps things fast-paced, with lots of banter between Johnson and Efron, flashy action set-pieces, and plenty of poking fun at the "Baywatch" aura. It looks very much in the vein of "21 Jump Street," another TV show successfully turned into a movie.
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What's Leaving Netflix in April 2017
Brace yourself: Nearly every Joss Whedon series is leaving Netflix streaming in April. Noooo! So, get your fill of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Firefly," Angel," and "Dollhouse" while you can! Also going bye-bye: "The X-Files." Is this some kind of cruel government conspiracy?!
The bad news continues with the removal of fan favorites "The Princess Bride" (1987) and "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" (1986).
Here's everything leaving Netflix in April.
Leaving April 1
- "Ally McBeal": Seasons 1 - 5
- "Angel": Seasons 1 – 5
- "Better Off Ted": Season 1
- "Barbershop 2: Back in Business Bones": Seasons 1 - 4
- "Buffy the Vampire Slayer": Seasons 1 - 7
- "Chaplin" (1992)
- "Dollhouse": Season 1
- "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" (1986)
- "Firefly": Season 1
- "House, M.D.": Seasons 1 - 8
- "Lie to Me": Season 1
- "Menace II Society" (1993)
- "Resident Evil: Extinction" (2007)
- "Roswell": Seasons 1 - 3
- "Snow Day" (2000)
- "Stomp the Yard" (2007)
- "Superman: The Movie" (1978)
- "Superman II" (1980)
- "Superman III: (1983)
- "Superman IV: The Quest for Peace" (1987)
- "Superman Returns" (2006)
- "The Agony and the Ecstasy" (1965)
- "The Boys from Brazil" (1978)
- "The Escapist" (2008)
- "The Princess Bride" (1987)
- "The Riches": Seasons 1 - 2
- "The Usual Suspects" (1995)
- "The X-Files": Seasons 1 - 9
- "Vanilla Sky" (2001)
Leaving April 3
- "Collateral Damage" (2002)
- "The Circle" (2014)
Leaving April 7
- "Legit": Season 2
- "Wilfred": Season 4
Leaving April 9
- "Hero" (2002)
Leaving April 10
- "Legit": Season 1
- "Flower Girl" (2013)
Leaving April 14
- "The Lazarus Effect" (2015)
Leaving April 15
- "A Fantastic Fear of Everything" (2013)
Leaving April 27
- "American Dad!": Season 6
Leaving April 26
- "The Nutty Professor 2: Facing the Fear" (2008)
Leaving April 30
- "Under the Tuscan Sun" (2003)
- "The Mirror" (2014)
- "Born to Defense" (1986)
- "The Defender" (1994)
New on Netflix: April 2017
Netflix has outdone itself this April.
Watch out, sub-par movies: "Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return" is here to mock your ineptness! The revival of the cult TV show debuts April 14.
New original series debuting in April include "Bill Nye Saves the World," "Girlboss," and "Dear White People." Among the returning Netflix original series are "The Get Down" and "Chelsea."
Here's everything new on Netflix streaming in April 2017.
Available April 1
- "A Weekend with the Family" (2016)
- "A Nightmare on Elm Street" (1984)
- "Across the Universe" (2007)
- "An American Tail" (1986)
- "An American Tail: Fievel Goes West" (1991)
- "An American Tail: The Mystery of the Night Monster" (1999)
- "Boy Bye" (2016)
- "Born To Be Free" (2016)
- "Cool Runnings" (1993)
- "Good Witch": Season 2 (2016)
- "Gremlins" (1984)
- "Only for One Night" (2016)
- "Richard Pryor: Live & Smokin'" (1971)
- "Scooby-Doo" (2002)
- "Schindler's List" (1993)
- "Something's Gotta Give" (2003)
- "Thunderstruck" (2012)
- "Wynonna Earp": Season 1 (2016)
- "Trouble with the Curve" (2012)
- "Tropic Thunder" (2008)
- "The Tenth Man" (2016)
Available April 2
- "The D Train" (2015)
Available April 4
- "Chewing Gum": Season 2 (Netflix Original)
- "Louis C.K. 2017" (Netflix Original)
Available April 6
- "Disney's The BFG" (2016)
Available April 7
- "El Faro De Las Orcas (Netflix Original)
- "Dawn of the Croods": Season 3 (Netflix Original)
- "The Get Down": Part 2 (Netflix Original)
- "Win It All" (Netflix Original)
Available April 8
- "Kubo and the Two Strings" (2016)
Available April 10
- "Documentary Now!": Season 2 (2016)
Available April 11
- "Kevin Hart: What Now?" (2016)
Available April 12
- "DC's Legends of Tomorrow": Season 2 (2016)
Available April 14
- "Chelsea": Season 2 (Netflix Original)
- "El Elegido" (2017)
- "Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return" (Netflix Original)
- "Sandy Wexler" (Netflix Original)
Available April 15
- "Disney's Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey" (1993)
- "Slam" (Netflix Original)
Available April 18
- "Lucas Brothers: On Drugs" (Netflix Original)
Available April 19
- "A Plastic Ocean" (2016)
Available April 21
- "Bill Nye Saves the World": Season 1 (Netflix Original)
- "Girlboss": Season 1 (Netflix Original)
- "Hot Girls Wanted": Turned On: Season 1 (Netflix Original)
- "Sand Castle" (Netflix Original)
- "Tales by Light": Season 2 (Netflix Original)
- "The Mr. Peabody & Sherman Show": Season 4 (Netflix Original)
- "The Prestige" (2006)
- "Tramps" (Netflix Original)
Available April 22
- "The Great British Baking Show: Masterclass": Season 1-3 (2016)
- "The Secret Life of Pets" (2016)
Available April 23
- "Liv and Maddie": Season 4 2016)
- "Phantom" (2013)
Available April 24
- "Long Nights Short Mornings" (2016)
Available April 25
- "Disney's Queen of Katwe" (2016)
- "The 101-Year-Old Man Who Skipped Out on the Bill and Disappeared" (Netflix Original)
- "Vir Das: Abroad Understanding" (Netflix Original)
Available April 26
- "Real Rescues": Season 6-7 (2012)
- "Trust" (2010)
Available April 27
- "Las Chicas del Cable": Season 1 (Netflix Original)
Available April 28
- "A Murder in the Park" (2014)
- "Casting JonBenet" (Netflix Original)
- "Dear White People": Season 1 (Netflix Original)
- "Rodney King" (Netflix Original)
- "Small Crimes" (Netflix Original)
Available April 30
- "Sofia the First ": Season 3 (2015)
'Love Actually' Stars Debate Who Aged Best in Adorable 'Red Nose Day' Teaser
The network just shared a promo, featuring the actors all using Andrew Lincoln's iconic cards to get fans excited to see how the characters turned out. The video features Andy Lincoln, Martine McCutcheon, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rowan Atkinson, Lúcia Moniz, Keira Knightley, Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Olivia Olson, and Bill Nighy.
It's really adorable, as you can see for yourself:So which one has aged the best? Is it really Liam Neeson and "definitely not Colin Firth"? They don't even show Colin to compare, so how can we be sure?
If you want more visual teases before the special airs May 25, producer Emma Freud shared a bunch of photos from set, from the Daniel, Sam, Joanna, and Carol storyline to David and Natalie and the Juliet/Peter/Mark love triangle.
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Ryan Reynolds & Stephen Colbert Mock Green Lantern's 'Dumb Superpower'
Not to pile on, but "courage bladder" really is a cooler superpower than what Green Lantern can do.
Ryan Reynolds is promoting his new movie "Life," but he's also firing more shots at his 2011 movie "Green Lantern." He's been poking fun of himself and that DC Comics movie for years now, with its only saving grace being that it paired Reynolds with his future wife, Blake Lively.
Reynolds was on "The Late Show" last night, taking a spot on the blanket for Stephen Colbert's regular segment, "Big Questions With Even Bigger Stars." While gazing up at the night sky, asking each other tough questions about the universe, they added a joke about Green Lantern:
Ryan Reynolds: "Hey, Stephen, if you could have any superpower, what would it be?"
Stephen Colbert: "Oh, I'd like to have, like, this super-cool alien high-tech ring, and it's green and it has a lantern on it, and I could use my imagination to make anything out of green light."
Long pause, and applause.
Ryan: "Wow. That's a really dumb superpower."
Stephen: "Yeah. What superpower would you want?"
Ryan: "I'd like to be able to pee at a public urinal when someone's standing directly behind me."
Stephen: "Oh. Courage bladder."
Courage bladder! Watch the full segment; the joke about "Avatar" is pretty good, too:
Green Lantern is about to get back in action in the DC Extended Universe. Henry Cavill (Superman) was just posting about the character, who may or may not be played by Armie Hammer in "Green Lantern Corps."
"Life" opens Friday, March 24. For more shenanigans, check out Ryan's insane junket interview with co-star Jake Gyllenhaal.
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6 Things You Need to Know Before Seeing 'Power Rangers'
It's only March, and it already feels like summer movie season is in full swing.
The next blockbuster out of the gate is "Power Rangers," a big-budget reboot of the popular TV series. But don't worry if you haven't watched an episode in 20 years. We're breaking down everything you need to know so you can bring a little Morphin' Time into your life.
1. It's a RebootDon't worry if you're not caught up on all 24 seasons of the "Power Rangers" TV show. Unlike the previous theatrical film from 1995, this movie serves as a total reboot for the franchise. Hardcore fans will recognize the main characters and many other callbacks to classic TV episodes, but the point is to appeal to a wider audience thirsty for a mash-up of superhero movies and "Pacific Rim."
All you really need to know about the movie is that it features five ordinary high schoolers who gain super-powers and band together to fight an evil sorceress using their giant robots. You know, the typical teen experience.
2. You'll See Some Familiar Faces
The Power Rangers have gone through countless changes over the years, with the show constantly re-branding itself and rotating out old cast members in favor of new ones. But for many Power Rangers fans, the original cast of "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers" will always be the definitive lineup, so we're not surprised to see the movie going back to that well.
"Power Rangers" features new versions of the original five Rangers -- Red Ranger Jason (Dacre Montgomery), Pink Ranger Kimberly (Naomi Scott), Blue Ranger Billy (RJ Cyler), Yellow Ranger Trini (Becky G), and Black Ranger Zack (Ludi Lin).
Also, the film will feature a cameo by OG Pink Ranger, Amy Jo Johnson.
3. These Are the Most 'Grounded' Power Rangers Ever"Power Rangers" is directed by Dean Israelite, best known for 2015's "Project Almanac." That's apparently a sign of what fans can expect from this reboot, as Israelite has said the tone will be similar. (Here's hoping it's not as terrible as the director's feature debut.)
Expect a slightly more grounded take on the Power Rangers mythos, one that focuses a great deal on the team's dysfunctional relationships with each other and their parents.
4. The Rangers Get Super-Power'd UpDon't expect things to be too grounded, however. At the end of the day, "Power Rangers" is still the story of five color-coded heroes battling monsters through the twin powers of martial arts and friendship. The story, judging by the trailers, seems to be "Chronicle" meets Power Rangers, with our heroes getting expose to a space rock thing that gives them the need for morphin' time.
Expect plenty of crazy monster designs in the new films, though, including some seriously upgraded Putties and a new take on iconic villain Goldar.
The Rangers themselves will also be getting a serious upgrade in the costume department. Whereas the show tends to portray them as simple martial artists in spandex, the Rangers will be gaining actual super-powers in this reboot. Between super-strength and some seriously upgraded armor, these Rangers are ready to punch evil in the face.
5. Rita Repulsa Is the Big BadWith the original team of Power Rangers being featured in this reboot, it's only fair that their greatest nemesis, Rita Repulsa, also sticks around. This time around, the green everything will be played be a very cackle-heavy Elizabeth Banks.
But rather than being just a hammy villainess who conjures an endless stream of giant monsters for the Power Rangers to fight, look for the movie to devote a lot more time to exploring her backstory. We'll learn a lot more about the history between Rita and Zordon, and how she went from being Earth's greatest protector to its worst nightmare.
6. There Could Be SequelsSaban Entertainment is planning for multiple sequels to this reboot, possibly even "five or six" by the time all is said and done. (Read: If the movie is a hit, and that is a big "if"). And with so many new Rangers and monsters left to explore, it's not as if there's a shortage of material for these movies to mine.
We assume that the first order of business for the sequel will be to introduce Rita's master, Lord Zedd, and fan-favorite hero Tommy, the Green Ranger.
We're keeping our fingers crossed that one or both of these characters will have some sort of cameo appearance in the film.
"Power Rangers" hits theaters March 24th.
'Life' Director Daniel Espinosa Won't Tell Us Where the 'Alien' Easter Eggs Are
I talked to director Daniel Espinosa the morning before his brand-new sci-fi thriller, "Life," had its world premiere in front of an audience at the SXSW Festival. (One of the greatest film festivals in the world, by the way.)
He said watching the film, in that setting, with an audience, would leave him a ball of "anxiety." "It's like a personal experience for me to sit there with other people. I'm sitting there going, Is this a good silence? Is this a bad silence?" I asked him what his ideal reaction would be. "It's quite nice when people miss five minutes of the movie because they can't look," he said.
And while I wasn't at the screening, I'm sure that people missed five minutes of the movie because they were afraid to look. "Life" is a crackerjack sci-fi horror tale of six doomed astronauts (among them: Ryan Reynolds, Rebecca Ferguson, and Jake Gyllenhaal, who had great things to say about making the movie) who uncover a Martian life form in a soil sample and then ... things go very bad.
Espinosa is a Swedish director who made the breakout film "Easy Money," before helming such big Hollywood productions as "Safe House" and "Child 44" and, based on our brief phone conversation, is a lovable madman. We talked about the obvious comparisons to "Alien" (and the multitude of Easter eggs he refused to divulge), how he shot the movie, and the joys of having an extremely truncated post-production schedule.
Be advised, minor spoilers follow.
Moviefone: "Life" obviously fits very literally into the monster-on-a-space-ship genre. Was that something that you'd always wanted to do?
Daniel Espinosa: Well, the whole idea of moving into science fiction, when you work in Sweden it is such an absurd idea. So it was more that I adored many of those movies but I never thought it would be possible. But when I got the script it hit me that it had such a great turn towards the end and had such a great surprise in the beginning, which I thought were a little bit unusual. I got to have my own Janet Leigh/"Psycho" moment. And then what hit me was the realism that it had. Those two turns and the realism differentiated it from the obvious comparison, which is "Alien." "Alien" took place in the future in this dystopian future, which is what we feared the most in the 1970s because of the atomic era, but I think the greatest fear right now is what happens tomorrow. I liked to pursue that.
Were there any references you snuck in to "Alien" or any of those earlier movies?
Oh my god, there's tons! It's littered with it! But that's a fun game. If you made a science fiction movie wouldn't you fill it with numbers, with what people are saying, with writings on the wall, with shapes? That's what makes it so fun, making one of these movies. I don't know about you, but I've watched "The Shining," for example, so many times, looking at the numbers on the door and thinking about what they mean.
Yeah, I mean, they made a whole documentary about the things hidden in "The Shining." Maybe they'll do that for "Life."
Can you tell us one really good, hidden Easter egg?
I can't because it's hidden, man! You've got to find it yourself! That's the fun of it. I can say this: Look at the walls.
Was part of the appeal for you how streamlined the movie is?
Yes, I loved that it had such forceful energy to it, which I think is quite nice. The pauses become moments like small breaths. But what I loved was -- the combination of that energy usually leads to a cute Hollywood ending, but what I liked was that it was more like a zombie movie with a more noir ending, or a "Twilight Zone" ending.
Can you talk about your approach to the film's visuals?
I looked a lot into still photography from the first voyage to the moon, which was shot with this Hasselblad big format. So what we decided to do was get these Hasselblad lenses and re-house them for the 65 mm Alexa [digital camera] to get the same kind of feeling. Those old Hasselblad lenses have this very particular kind of flair, which was actually the first encounter we, as human beings, had of how images looked in space. I thought if I'm going to do it naturalistic it would be nice to tap into the core essence of the first images that we saw as space images.
The movie has such a wonderful combination of awe and terror. Was that something that you were going for?
Oh, completely. We wanted to create a vignette around these characters that became stronger and stronger throughout the picture. I worked with this color grader who had done "The Revenant" and "Gravity," and us three together could work on this bright movie to become darker and darker and walk into this almost Kubrickian red.
This movie is pretty quick. Was there anything that you cut for time or pacing that you wish was still in the movie?
No, I was quite lucky because we were supposed to have a six month post-production period, but we got so squeezed because Ridley Scott kept moving ["Alien: Covenant"] closer and closer to mine and I had to back off ... the quickness of the post-production meant that the influences that usually drop down on you weren't as strong as normal. We were pretty much able to do the movie the way we wanted to.
"Life" opens in our galaxy this Friday.
'Total Recall' Writer Accuses Disney of Copying 'Zootopia'
Disney's "Zootopia" does suggest you "Try Everything," but they probably don't mean "file a lawsuit against us." Disney just picked up the Best Animated Feature Film Oscar for "Zootopia" and now the studio is fighting back after the co-screenwriter of "Total Recall" and "Big Trouble in Little China" filed a lawsuit alleging they copied "Zootopia" from an idea he pitched to them -- twice.
"They did it with 'Zootopia,' too, when they copied Gary L. Goldman's 'Zootopia.' Twice — in 2000 and 2009 — Goldman, on behalf of Esplanade, pitched Defendants his 'Zootopia' franchise, which included a live-action component called Looney and an animated component called Zootopia. He provided a treatment, a synopsis, character descriptions, character illustrations and other materials. He even provided a title for the franchise: 'Zootopia.' Instead of lawfully acquiring Goldman's work, Defendants said they were not interested in producing it and sent him on his way. Thereafter, consistent with their culture of unauthorized copying, Defendants copied Goldman's work. They copied Goldman's themes, settings, plot, characters, and dialogue — some virtually verbatim."
The complaint included artwork comparisons from Goldman's pitch to Disney's "Zootopia" characters (via Deadline):
The lawsuit alleges that Goldman pitched his idea to former Disney executive and Mandeville Films' CEO David Hoberman at Disney's offices in 2000, and that everyone at the pitch meeting "understood that writers pitch ideas and materials to studios and producers in confidence in order to sell those ideas and materials for financial compensation." The company passed, but Goldman tried again nine years later, allegedly pitching his "Zootopia" idea to Disney exec Brigham Taylor in February 2009. Disney then allegedly began work on its own "Zootopia" movie. The lawsuit alleges violation of plaintiff's copyrights, breach of implied contract, breach of confidence, and unfair competition.
A Disney spokesperson responded to the suit in a statement, saying, "Mr. Goldman's lawsuit is riddled with patently false allegations. It is an unprincipled attempt to lay claim to a successful film he didn't create, and we will vigorously defend against it in court."
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Watch Ryan Reynolds & Jake Gyllenhaal Lose It Through 'Useless' Junket Interview
Move over, Blake Lively and Hugh Jackman, 'cause Ryan Reynolds just found his perfect goof-off partner: Jake Gyllenhaal. The two stars actually had to be spoken to on the set of their new sci-fi movie "Life" because they "wasted so much money" by laughing through (expensive) takes. You can watch an example of that beautiful tomfoolery in the interview FOX 5 DC attempted to do with the pair during the "Life" junket.
Reporter Kevin McCarthy tried desperately to get out one question about a tracking shot in the movie, but before he could get a semi-serious answer, he got something much better -- a live comedy act between the riffing co-stars. The hilarity started with Gyllenhaal throwing his "Deadpool" gift pin over his shoulder, sending Reynolds into hysterics, and continued with a raunchy discussion of Reynolds's use of the term "big oner" to describing one long take. Blake Lively's name got thrown in there at one point, and the two stars kept things at a junior high level by joking about the name tags on their chairs -- in case they couldn't figure out where to sit -- and also made some fake earrings.
The stars laughingly acknowledged that they had given the reporter a "useless interview" with no actual information, but this was much better, no?
Last night on "The Tonight Show," Gyllenhaal talked to Jimmy Fallon about his bromance with Reynolds, and revealed that the producers pulled them aside to the corner and told them to "cut it out" 'cause they were wasting so much time and money.Check out Moviefone's (much more serious) interview with Gyllenhaal on "Life" and the 10th anniversary of "Zodiac." "Life" -- which is actually horror, not comedy, opens March 24.
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'Beauty and the Beast' Almost Had a 'Frozen' Easter Egg
Do you want to build a snowman, Belle?
"Beauty and the Beast" — which made all the money this weekend — has it all: lavish sets, gorgeous costumes, incredible special effects, lovely songs. But there was one thing the movie almost had, but didn't wind up including: a "Frozen" Easter Egg.
As star Josh Gad, who plays LeFou, told People, "The Easter egg I fought for [director] Bill Condon to put in but we never did, there's a moment in the original where a bunch of snow falls on LeFou and he becomes a snowman and I thought, this could kill. It's a little meta but it could be great."
Why it's meta: Gad also voiced Olaf the snowman in "Frozen."
It could've worked, since the Beast's castle is stuck in permanent winter. And magic does turn human beings into inanimate objects, even if a snowman isn't quite a household item.Want more stuff like this? Like us on Facebook.
America Ferrera Offers Hope for 'Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 3'
At last night's Human Rights Campaign gala, where the LGBT rights group honored her with the Ally For Equality Award, Ferrera told E! News that making another movie with co-stars Blake Lively, Alexis Bledel, and Amber Tamblyn would be "amazing."
"It's an idea and a conversation," she said. "I love my girls. We're very much a part of each other's lives and if the movie happens it would be a great thing."
The first "Sisterhood" came out in 2005, with the sequel following in 2008. It's been nearly a decade, but the four actresses remain close friends.
"What's wonderful about these girls in my life is, people expect girls and women to be competitive, and we made a decision to love and support each other off-screen and onscreen," she said.
"We would love to get paid to hang out with each other. That would wonderful."Want more stuff like this? Like us on Facebook.
Darth Vader Almost Killed a Major Character in 'Rogue One'
Darth Vader only has a couple scenes in "Rogue One," but one of them was originally supposed to be very different.
Vader shows what a total badass he is in the second scene where — spoiler alert — he mows down a bunch of Rebel soldiers. But that scene was added late in production. In the original script, as screenwriter Gary Whitta told Entertainment Weekly, Vader was supposed to kill Director Krennic (Ben Mendelsohn).
In the final version of "Rogue One," Krennic dies on Scarif when the Death Star blasts the planet. But in Whitta's first draft, several characters escape Scarif, including Jyn Erso and Cassian Andor (a happier ending for the heroes) — and Krennic.
Krennic somehow survives the blast and is rescued by Imperial forces ("it's a bit of a reach," Whitta admitted).
"He survived the blast and they pulled him up and brought him to the Star Destroyer to report to Vader," Whitta explained. "He's all beat up, his cape's all torn up and stuff, and he thinks he has survived."
Instead, Krennic finds it very hard to breathe — an unseen Force chokes him. "Vader kills him for his failure."Want more stuff like this? Like us on Facebook.
Mariah Carey's 'All I Want for Christmas Is You' Is Becoming a Movie
Mariah Carey's classic holiday song "All I Want for Christmas Is You" is becoming an animated movie. The singer announced the news this morning via Twitter:
The 1994 hit song was already turned into a children's book about a girl who wants a puppy for Christmas. Yes, the same kind of puppy we see in the video with Mariah, who's also got the book by her side.
Can it possibly be as cute as the original 1994 video that featured Mariah frolicking in the snow in a variety of adorable outfits with a zoo-full of cute animals?Expect the movie this Christmas on DVD, Blu-ray and VOD, EW reports.