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Movie News Roundup – Box Office, X-Men, Constantine, Motley Crue

Posted on January 19th, 2015


Patrick Stewart Confirms That He and Ian McKellen Aren’t Coming Back for X-MEN: APOCALYPSE

Source: Collider

I guess this isn’t exactly earth shattering news since we were already aware that X-Men: Apocalypse takes place in the 80’s and ditches the time travel aspect of Days of Future Past (essentially breaking free of many of the iterations of the characters from the first three films). But Patrick Stewart has just confirmed that neither he or Ian McKellen will be appearing in the film.

Stewart told Larry King:
“I was learning quite a lot more about it last night, and it is going to be looking very much at the earlier lives of all our characters. And so I don’t think we’ll be making an appearance.”



‘Sniper’ Sets January Record with Stunning $89 Million Debut

Source: BoxOfficeMojo

Exceeding all reasonable expectations for an R-rated war drama, Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper dominated the Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend box office with an estimated $89.5 million.

That’s over twice as high as the previous January opening weekend record held by Ride Along ($41.5 million), and ranks second all-time for a rated R movie behind 2003’s The Matrix Reloaded ($91.8 million).

The Wedding Ringer and Paddington also had solid openings, while Michael Mann’s Blackhat was a disaster.

The Top 12 earned an estimated $184.6 million this weekend, which is up 20 percent from the same frame last year.




NBC Execs Say CONSTANTINE’s Future Is Still “Up In The Air”, But Why?

Source: ComicBookMovie

NBC made the decision last year not to order any more episodes of Constantine beyond the originally scheduled 13 instalments, but the series has NOT yet been cancelled (five episodes remain, with the first of those airing tonight). Talking at the Television Critics Association press our today, NBC President Jennifer Salke has this to say about the show’s performance so far. “We wish the show had done better live. It has a big viewership after [it airs] in all kinds of ways and it has a younger audience, but the live number is challenging. It hasn’t come out in the way we wanted it to, but we love the show. I think it’s fair to say we’re still talking about it.”

NBC Chairman Robert Greenblatt weighed in too, and may have revealed at least some regrets about picking one of DC’s slightly more obscure and lesser known creations. “We got on the bandwagon of these shows based on comic books and maybe there are too many of them. It’s a popular series of comics, but it’s not The Flash, it’s not Batman. So maybe it suffers a little bit there. But as Jen said, it’s a show we really like. We love Matt Ryan, who’s the star of it. I think we did right by the fans who didn’t like the film that was made of it. The future is still up in the air for that show.” So, they still appear to be fairly positive about Constantine, but the problem here seems obvious. Ahead of its debut, there was almost zero marketing, and a Friday night slot didn’t do it any favours either. What do you guys think? Share your thoughts in the usual place…




Focus Features Picks Up Mötley Crüe Biopic ‘The Dirt’

Source: Latino-Review

Production company Focus Features has announced that they have pick the rights to the bestseller novel “The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Band” which recounts the story of the popular rock band Mötley Crüe. The members of the band Tommy Lee, Vince Neil, Mick Mars, and Nikki Six as well as author Neil Strauss wrote the novel.

The detailed biopic tells the meteoric rise of the band while their members engage in excesses like drug, sex and fights. Jeff Tremaine, of Jackass fame, is attached to direct the film.



LOL: ‘Taken 4’ Trailer Starring Liam Neeson and Jimmy Kimmel

Source: /Film

[Jimmy Kimmel Live] created their own Taken 4 trailer a mere three days after the Taken 3 opening weekend. Liam Neeson stars, of course, as does the host himself. But it’s the subject who is actually “taken” that brings it all together. Watch this funny Taken 4 trailer below.

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