Adam McKay Is Interested in a ‘Silver Surfer’ Movie

Ant-Man co-writer Adam McKay has another Marvel character he’d like to tackle: Silver Surfer. He shared his wish during an episode of MTV’s Happy Sad Confused podcast with Josh Horowitz while promoting his new Dick Cheney film Vice. “Silver Surfer is the one I want to do, man. I would do anything to do Silver Surfer because, visually, you could do what the Wachowskis did with Speed Racer with the Silver Surfer,” McKay said. “At the same time, there’s a great emotional story in there, man, where Norrin Radd [Silver…

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Character-Driven ‘Bumblebee’ Marks New Direction for ‘Transformers’ Series

After five features with Michael Bay directing big freaking robots and increasingly over-the-top stories, Paramount takes its Transformers franchise in a new direction with Bumblebee, which bows Friday. With director Travis Knight now at the helm, the solo outing of one of the franchise’s most popular characters shifts the action back a few decades to the mid-1980s. After Bumblebee arrives on Earth on a mission from Optimus Prime, he encounters Charlie (Hailee Steinfeld), who helps him evade the dangers posed by Decepticons sent after him and the U.S. military unit,…

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‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Post-Credits Scene Explained

The live-action version of Spider-Man may be contained within the Marvel Cinematic Universe for the foreseeable future, but Sony can still do what it wants with animated “Spider-Man” flicks — and thank goodness for that, because “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” totally owns with the way it embraces all corners of the Spider-Canon. But if you thought the seven Spider-People who participate in the plot in “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” — Miles Morales (Shameik Moore), Peter Parker (Chris Pine), Peter B. Parker (Jake Johnson), Gwen Stacy (Hailee Steinfeld), Peni Parker (Kimiko…

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‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Climbs to $35 Million Opening

Sony’s “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” is off to a solid start at the box office this weekend, topping the charts with a $35.4 million opening from 3,813 screens. When compared to the openings for past animated films from producers Phil Lord (who also co-wrote the script for “Spider-Verse”) and Chris Miller, this is a drop. “The Lego Batman Movie,” for example, had an opening of $53 million in February 2017. But this the “Spider-Verse” opening holds tomorrow, it will just edge out the $35.2 million start of 2016 Illumination movie…

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‘Roma’ and ‘Cold War’ Lead Oscars Best Foreign Language Film Shortlist

The Academy unveiled the shortlists for nine different categories on Monday, including Best Foreign Language Film, Original Song, Original Score, Documentary Feature, Documentary Short, Live-Action Short, Animated Short, Visual Effects and Makeup & Hairstyling. In the Best Foreign Language film category, nine films advanced from the eligible 87 films submitted from as many countries. Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma” from Mexico, Pawel Pawlikowski’s “Cold War” from Poland and Nadine Labaki’s “Capernaum” from Lebanon were on the Oscars shortlist and are all favorites to be nominated. Also on the list, from Japan, Hirokazu…

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Box Office Revenue Hits $11B in U.S., Guaranteeing a Record 2018

Combined ticket sales could approach $12 billion, even without a year-end ‘Star Wars’ movie. The domestic box office continues to defy expectations, with 2018 revenue hitting $11 billion on Tuesday and on its way to finishing the year with a record-shattering haul well north of the $11.4 billion collected in 2016. With 19 days let go, 2018 revenue is running 10 percent ahead of 2017, which collected $11.1 billion all in, and more than 6 percent ahead of 2016’s record-setting bounty, according to Comscore. Hollywood studios need that cushion, considering…

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9 Things We Learned From That Dope First ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Trailer

The very first trailer for “Avengers: Endgame” is now out, and surely you’ve seen it if you’re reading this. If not, well, get on it! It’s not super heavy on detail, which is to be expected this far out, but there are still details that we can glean about the plot of this crazy thing. So let’s do dive in. 1. Tony Stark is adrift in space in the Guardians’ ship The entire first minute of the trailer is spent with Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), who is adrift in…

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‘Aquaman’ Makes Huge Splash at Chinese Box Office With $93 Million Opening

Two weeks before it arrives in the U.S., Warner Bros./DC’s “Aquaman” has already had a humongous opening in China, earning $93.6 million and accounting for 85 percent of all box office business in the Asian market this weekend. It’s a watershed moment for WB, as “Aquaman” has set a new studio record for Chinese openings that’s 66 percent ahead of the previous record set by “Ready Player One” earlier this year. It’s also the biggest December opening ever in China box office history. And Aquaman’s arrival in Chinese theaters dwarfs…

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Global Box Office: ‘Venom’ Passes $800 Million – and ‘Wonder Woman’

  Thanks to huge interest from Chinese audiences, Sony’s “Venom” has crossed yet another milestone at the box office by pushing its global gross to $822 million. And in doing so, the Marvel antihero film starring Tom Hardy has passed the worldwide run of one of 2017’s biggest superhero films: “Wonder Woman.” “Wonder Woman” was the movie of the summer last year, grossing $821.8 million worldwide with $412.5 million grossed in North America. “Venom,” meanwhile, set a domestic October opening record last month en route to a $211 million domestic…

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Will China Embrace ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Like America Has?

  Three months ago, “Crazy Rich Asians” took the film industry by storm, with Asian-American moviegoers and media critics alike hailing it as a long-overdue celebration of talent from an ethnicity that has been severely underrepresented in media. But this week, the film will be released in a market in which it will be much harder to find success: China. Regardless of how it does there, Jon M. Chu’s romantic comedy is already a success for Warner Bros., with $236 million grossed worldwide against a $30 million budget. But when…

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