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X-23 Will Eventually Replace Wolverine In The McU

If one thing’s clear, it’s that Marvel Studios has confirmed their intent to introduce the X-Men into the McU in the future. If there’s one thing which isn’t, it’s exactly how the creative team plans to accomplish the task at hand. We’ve heard reports, rumors, theories, and everything in between, but we’re no closer to figuring out where and when the mutants will make their first appearance.

However, we’ve recently come across a tidbit of info that might shed some light on Marvel Studios’ plans for the X-Men. One of our industry insiders – the same ones who told us Tom Welling was returning for “Crisis on Infinite Earths,” and that Taskmaster will be the villain in Black Widow – have clued us in on what’s in store for both Wolverine and X-23. It seems the elder clawed mutant will be introduced to
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Everything You Need to Know About the Messy ‘X-Men’ Timeline After ‘Dark Phoenix’

  • The Wrap
Everything You Need to Know About the Messy ‘X-Men’ Timeline After ‘Dark Phoenix’
(We spoil the entire ending of “Dark Phoenix” here and have spoilers for the rest of the “X-Men” movie franchise as well)

It’s been a crazy journey for the main series of “X-Men” movies over the past two decades, with seven films and one in-universe reboot of the continuity in “Days of Future Past” that made the whole thing get really, really weird. And now we’re at “Dark Phoenix,” which would appear to be the end of this story now that Disney owns the rights to these characters and can bring them into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Despite the fact that we know that “X-Men: Dark Phoenix” is the last one of these, it ends on a somewhat ambiguous note. Yes, the spinoff “New Mutants” is in the works. And yes, a third “Deadpool” film starring Ryan Reynolds is a virtual certainty. But the “Deadpool” films are pretty much their own thing,
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Lionsgate Hires Platinum Dunes’ Aaron Janus As Svp of Production, Ups Meredith Wieck To Vice President

  • Deadline
Aaron Janus, an executive producer of the sleeper hit, A Quiet Place, has joined Lionsgate’s Motion Picture Group as Senior Vice President of Production, while Meredith Wieck has been promoted to Vice President of Production. Both will report to Erin Westerman, the President of Production.

Prior to joining Lionsgate, Janus served as Head of Development at Platinum Dunes, working with filmmakers Michael Bay, Brad Fuller, and Andrew Form. The company produced the John Krasinski-helmed the post-apocalyptic suspense thriller A Quiet Place, which made over $340 million at the worldwide box office and spun a forthcoming sequel. Janus was also the Director of Film Production and Development at Twentieth Century Fox where he was involved with such films as Deadpool, The Wolverine, and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Janus began his film executive career as the VP of Development at Scott Rudin Productions where he worked on films including The Social Network,
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Veteran Exec Aaron Janus Joins Lionsgate Motion Picture Group as Svp of Production

  • The Wrap
Aaron Janus has joined Lionsgate’s Motion Picture Group as senior vice president of production, while the studio promoted Meredith Wieck to vice president of production, Erin Westerman, president of production, announced on Wednesday.

Janus has overseen and developed hits like “A Quiet Place” and “Deadpool.” He comes to Lionsgate from Platinum Dunes where he most recently served as head of development for filmmakers Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form. Prior to joining Platinum Dunes, Janus served as the director of film production and development at Twentieth Century Fox where he also worked on films such as “The Wolverine” and “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.” Prior to that, Janus served as vice president of development for Scott Rudin Productions.

Wieck has been with Lionsgate since 2015 and is currently overseeing projects like Jay Roach’s “Bombshell,” as well as Kristen Wiig’s “Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar.
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Lionsgate hires Aaron Janus, promotes Meredith Wieck to senior production ranks

Studio continues to realign film operations.

Aaron Janus has joined Lionsgate motion picture group as senior vice-president of production as the studio continues to realign its film operations.

Janus has overseen and developed tentpoles such as Deadpool and A Quiet Place and arrives from Platinum Dunes, where he most recently served as head of development for Michael Bay, Brad Fuller, and Andrew Form. The executive brought the script of A Quiet Place to the company and the hit thriller went on to gross $341m worldwide.

Lionsgate has also promoted Meredith Wieck to vice-president of production. Erin Westerman, the president of
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Mortal Kombat Reboot Casts Its Scorpion And Shang Tsung

Considering how twenty-two years have gone by since we last received a Mortal Kombat movie, I’m sure lots of us were starting to think there would never be another one. But after more than two decades of rumors and false promises, it feels strange to see a reboot coming together so smoothly.

To briefly bring you up to speed on how quickly casting has heated up in recent memory, it all kicked off this past July when Joe Taslim was enlisted as the iconic Sub-Zero. Then, in this month alone, the other puzzle pieces began falling into place when Sisi Stringer (Mileena), Mehcad Brooks (Jax), Ludi Lin (Liu Kang) and Tadanobu Asano (Raiden) were hired for their respective roles, with Jessica McNamee (Sonya Blade) and Josh Lawson (Kano) joining the cause earlier this week.

Now, we can add two more fan favorite Kombatants to the tally, as Chin Han
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Mortal Kombat Movie Reboot Casts Scorpion and Shang Tsung

Richard Jordan Aug 28, 2019

The Mortal Kombat movie reboot has found its Scorpion and Shang Tsung!

The fatality-laden fighting game franchise Mortal Kombat is heading back to the big screen for a bruising, beat-em-up extravaganza. The games have been adapted twice before – Paul Ws Anderson's decent, Enter the Dragon-with-superpowers 1995 original and its universally derided follow-up, Annihilation. This new version, though, is scaling things up, with the upcoming shoot in south Australia said to be the biggest production in the region's history.

With the movie due to start filming later this year, the casting announcements are flying out fast. Variety is now reporting that Chin Han and Hiroyuki Sanada have been cast as classic Mk characters Shang Tsung and Scorpion, respectively.

Shang Tsung was the "final boss," if you like, of the original film (in which he was memorably played by Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa) and is likely to play the same role here.
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Mortal Kombat Reboot Finds Its Scorpion & Shang Tsung

The cast for the Mortal Kombat reboot continues to grow, as two new cast members have boarded the project in key roles. It's been revealed that Hiroyuki Sanada is set to portray Scorpion in the reboot, with Chin Han on board as the villainous Shang Tsung. They join an increasingly full cast that will bring the characters of the beloved video game franchise to life on the big screen in the modern, R-rated take on this immensely popular property.

According to a new report, both Chin Han and Hiroyuki Sanada have signed on for the movie. Mortal Kombat is currently in pre-production. Filming is expected to take place in Australia later this year, with horror master and blockbuster maestro James Wan on board to produce. Simon McQuoid, who is known mostly for his commercial work, is set to make his feature directorial debut. Greg Russo, who is also attached to the Resident Evil reboot,
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‘Mortal Kombat’ Reboot Finds Its Shang Tsung and Scorpion (Exclusive)

  • Variety
New Line continues to ramp up its pre-production on its “Mortal Kombat” reboot, tapping Chin Han to play Shang Tsung and Hiroyuki Sanada to play Scorpion.

The two join Joe Taslim (Sub Zero), Ludi Lin (Liu Kang), Jessica McNamee (Sonya Blade), Josh Lawson (Kano), Tadanobu Asano (Raiden), Mehcad Brooks (Jackson “Jax” Bridges), Sisi Stringer (Mileena) and Lewis Tan.

Simon McQuoid is directing and James Wan and Todd Garner are producing.

While the plot of the film remains unknown, the video game centers on a massive roster of character fighters from different realms in a fictional universe battling for supremacy. Greg Russo penned the current version of the screenplay.

Shang Tsung is one of the few original “Mortal Kombat” characters, having debuted in the first “Mortal Kombat” arcade game as the final boss. Shang Tsung is a powerful evil warlock and shapeshifter who absorbs the souls of those he defeats in
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Dark Phoenix Ends Theatrical Run as Lowest Grossing X-Men Movie Ever

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Dark Phoenix Ends Theatrical Run as Lowest Grossing X-Men Movie Ever
It's official. Dark Phoenix is now the lowest grossing X-Men movie ever. The theatrical run has ended with $65.8 million domestically. This is a lot lower than the previous record holder, The Wolverine, which was still able to earn $132.5 million in North America. The cards were stacked against the final installment from the beginning and now it looks like Disney may have withheld over $50 million in marketing, adding to the disastrous final numbers at the box office around the globe.

Internationally, Dark Phoenix faired a bit better at the box office, though it still holds the record for the lowest grossing installment of the franchise. The movie was able to earn $252.4 million, but that is still pretty far behind the original X-Men movie, which scored $296.3 million worldwide when it was released in theaters almost 20 years ago. Both Marvel fans and critics were not happy with the finished product, though there are
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‘The Art of Racing In the Rain’ Review: A New Dog Gets Up to Some Old Tricks

Author Garth Stein fired a literary agent who rejected his idea of creating an entire novel from the perspective of a dog. After said novel, The Art of Racing in the Rain, spent 156 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list following its 2008 debut, Stein had the last laugh. Now the novel is a movie, with the same title and the same perspective. No doubt there will be cynical moviegoers who’ll side with Stein’s agent about talking-pooch stories. But those in thrall to all things canine will surely
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Watch an exclusive clip from She’s Just a Shadow starring Tao Okamoto

Thanks to Breaking Glass Pictures, we’ve got an exclusive clip from writer-director Adam Sherman’s Tokyo-based gangster thriller She’s Just a Shadow, which stars Tao Okamoto, Haruka Abe (Cyberbully), Kentez Asaka (The Outsider) and Japanese musican Kihiro; watch the clip below, and be sure to head on over to our YouTube channel for more exclusive content and videos…

A beautiful Japanese madam and her ladies. A deranged, drug-addled Tokyo gangster and his crew. A sadistic serial killer on the loose. The intersection of these stories, and the interior world of the characters, plays out against a dreamlike backdrop of ultraviolence and orgiastic sex, as everyone tries futilely to rewrite their futures and cheat death.

A modern, dreamlike take on the gangster genre, She’S Just A Shadow is the action-packed story of a matriarchal crime family engaged in a vicious gang war. A deranged killer is leaving his
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Watch The Trailer For Nekrotronic Starring Monica Bellucci And David Wenham – Invading Theaters And Digital HD August 9

“Nekrotronic feels like Quentin Tarantino had been watching a lot of Edgar Wright and Wachowski movies, and then decided to make a Ghostbusters film. [It] is one wild, funny, gory combo.” – Nerdist

Howard North, a down on his luck sewage worker, gets dragged into a global conflict between the Nekromancers, a family of badass demon hunters, and Finnegan (Monica Bellucci) – an evil demon who absorbs people’s souls to increase her power. When Howard finds out the truth behind Finnegan’s past and her dark plans for the future, he teams up with his new friends to discover he is the ultimate Nekromancer, the only one with the power to defeat her and save the world.

Starring Ben O’Toole, Caroline Ford,Tess Haubrich, Epine Bob Savea, David Wenham, check out the crazy trailer.

Directed by Kiah Roache-Turner (Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead) and written by Kiah Roache-Turner, Tristan Roache-Turner (Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead
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“Evil Gets Rebooted” in the Official Trailer for Nekrotronic

Following its crowd-pleasing premiere at Tiff last year, the supernatural cyber-centric horror thriller Nekrotronic will be unleashed this August from Momentum Pictures, and ahead of its release, the film's official trailer teases plenty of high-tech, demonic carnage in the latest movie from Kiah Roache-Turner (Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead).

"Howard North, a down on his luck sewage worker, gets dragged into a global conflict between the Nekromancers, a family of badass demon hunters, and Finnegan (Monica Bellucci) - an evil demon who absorbs people's souls to increase her power. When Howard finds out the truth behind Finnegan's past and her dark plans for the future, he teams up with his new friends to discover he is the ultimate Nekromancer, the only one with the power to defeat her and save the world."

Nekrotronic was co-written and directed by Kiah Roache-Turner (Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead), co-written by Tristan Roache-Turner, and stars Ben O'Toole,
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'Toy Story 4' dominates UK box office with record opening for animation

'Toy Story 4' dominates UK box office with record opening for animation
The Disney/Pixar franchise title took £13.3m across its first three days.

Today’s Gbp to Usd conversion rate: 1.27

Rank Film (Distributor) Three-day gross (June 21-June 23) Total gross to date Week 1 Toy Story 4 (Disney) £13.3m £13.3m 1 2 Aladdin (Disney) £1.2m £32.6m 5 3 Men In Black: International (Sony) £1m £5 2 4 Rocketman (Paramount) £780,000 £21.1m 5 5 The Secret Life Of Pets 2 (Universal) £473,985 £17.6m 5 Disney

Disney’sToyStory 4 opened in top spot with a stellar £13.3m opening weekend – the highest ever three-day opening for an animated title in the UK.

The film opened in 668 venues and scored a location average of £19,231, more than 10 times that of any other title
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Nekrotronic to Receive August 9th Theatrical & VOD Release from Momentum Pictures

A high-tech and stylish homage to Ghostbusters and 80s/90s action films, Nekrotronic premiered at Tiff last year and was definitely an indie crowd-pleaser so it's no surprise to hear that it will be getting a theatrical and VOD release later this year from Momentum Pictures.

"Howard North,  a down on his luck sewage worker, gets dragged into a global conflict between the Nekromancers, a family of badass demon hunters, and Finnegan (Monica Bellucci) - an evil demon who absorbs people's souls to increase her power. When Howard finds out the truth behind Finnegan's past and her dark plans for the future, he teams up with his new friends to discover he is the ultimate Nekromancer, the only one with the power to defeat her and save the world."

Nekrotronic was co-written and directed by Kiah Roache-Turner  (Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead), co-written by Tristan Roache-Turner, and stars Ben O'Toole,
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Why ‘Dark Phoenix’ Ended the ‘X-Men’ Series With a Box Office Whimper

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The saga of Fox’s “X-Men” series came to an inglorious end this past weekend, as “Dark Phoenix” suffered the worst opening weekend in the history of the 19-year, 12-film franchise with a $33 million launch.

While one more film in the series is still coming with the repeatedly delayed spinoff “The New Mutants,” this will be the final film to feature Charles Xavier and his team of heroic mutants before they are assimilated into the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the coming years. But no one other than the most devout superhero movie fans was interested in seeing this incarnation of the X-Men off as “Dark Phoenix” sunk 38% below the previous franchise low opening of $53 million by 2013’s “The Wolverine.”

This blockbuster, made on a reported $200 million budget before Fox was acquired by Disney, is set to be one of the biggest box office bombs of 2019 — one that a lot of box office analysts saw coming.
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'X-Men: Dark Phoenix' scores lowest opening of the franchise at UK box office

'X-Men: Dark Phoenix' scores lowest opening of the franchise at UK box office
Aladdin’ stays top for third week.

Today’s Gbp to Usd conversion rate: 1.27

Full screen Rank Film (Distributor) Three-day gross (June 5-June 7) Total gross to date Week 1 Aladdin (Disney) £3.9m £26.1m 3 2 X-Men: Dark Phoenix (20th Century Fox) £2.7m £3.8m 1 3 Rocketman (Paramount) £2.2m £16.1m 3 4 The Secret Life Of Pets 2 (Universal) £2m £14.9m 1 5 Take That - Greatest Hits Live (CinemaLive) £1.8m £1.8m 1 Disney

Live action remake Aladdin marked a third session at the top of the UK box office, falling just 20% on its previous session with a £3.9m weekend, beating X-Men: Dark Phoenix into second place.

The film scored the highest location
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X-Men: Dark Phoenix Box Office is Franchise Low

Richard Jordan Jun 10, 2019

X-Men: Dark Phoenix had a disappointing opening weekend at the box office, to put it mildly...

It hasn't been a great weekend for X-Men: Dark Phoenix. The final chapter of the mutant saga has flamed out, taking just $33 million in its first few days of release in the Us – the lowest ever domestic debut for an X-Men movie.

The film fared better internationally, though – it earned $107 million outside of the Us, making for a better-sounding $140 million worldwide total.

Still, there's no hiding from the fact that it's a massive disappointment for Fox and the filmmakers – that worse-than-predicted domestic figure is only half that of the previous film in the series, 2016's X-Men: Apocalypse, which took $66 million in its opening weekend. It also meant that Dark Phoenix came in second place in the weekend charts, behind The Secret Life of Pets 2.

The film has also beaten 2013's The Wolverine
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Weekend Box Office: ‘Dark Phoenix’ Debuts Behind ‘Secret Life of Pets 2’

Dark Phoenix officially holds the lowest opening of the 19-year, 12-film X-Men franchise. The film, written and directed by Simon Kinberg, rose from the ashes this weekend to just $33 million, significantly behind the opening numbers for 2013's The Wolverine ($53 million) and the original Bryan Singer-directed X-Men ($54 million). The other film Dark Phoenix failed to catch? The Secret Life of Pets 2, which opened this weekend at number 1 with $47 million, just a bit better than estimates. Dark Phoenix stars Game of Thrones alum Sophie Turner as Jean Grey in an …
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