Another ‘Pitch Perfect 3’ Trailer Has Aca-Arrived

The Bellas are back once again for a third and final installment of everyone's favorite aca-franchise. Pitch Perfect 3 follows the a capella group we first met on screen in the 2012 original, based on a nonfiction book by Mickey Rapkin. Now, following the events of 2015's Pitch Perfect 2, the ladies are college graduates and attempting to make it in the world with more than just their talent for singing sans instrumentation.  All of the Bellas have returned for the second sequel of the series, which has already grossed more than $400 million worldwide and maintained primarily positive reviews (the original's Rotten Tomatoes score: 80%; the first sequel's score: 66%). Our favorite a capella commentators are also back, as you can see in the…
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Movie News: Lady Gaga Heads for the Summer Movie Season; Watch First ‘Maze Runner: The Death Cure’ Trailer

A Star is Born: Musicals aren't typically thought of as summer movies, but the genre has seen success in the hotter months, with Mamma Mia! and Hairspray. Now the latest version of A Star is Born is giving the blockbuster season a try with a release date shift from September 2018 to May 18, soon after the arrival of Avengers: Infinity War. Lady Gaga stars alongside Bradley Cooper, who is making his directorial debut with the remake. [THR]   mother!: Speaking of musicals… Darren Aronofsky's latest movie is dividing critics and moviegoers alike, and soon it could be doing the same with live audiences. The filmmaker recently took part in a Reddit AMA interview, and there he revealed the possibility of mother! being adapted…
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Box Office Report: ‘Kingsman’ Gives Nice Boost For Fox While ‘Lego’ Disappoints

Here's your estimated 3-day box office returns (new releases bolded): 1. Kingsman: The Golden Circle – $39.0 million ($39.0 million total) 2. It – $30.0 million ($266.3 million total) 3. The Lego Ninjago Movie – $21.2 million ($21.28 million total) 4. American Assassin – $6.2 million ($26.1 million total) 5. Home Again – $3.3 million ($22.4 million total) 6. mother! – $3.2 million ($13.4 million total) 7. Friend Request – $2.4 million ($2.4 million total) 8. The Hitman’s Bodyguard – $1.8 million ($73.5 million total) 9. Stronger – $1.7 million ($1.7 million total) 10. Wind River – $1.2 million ($31.6 million total)   The Big Stories The monster known as Pennywise — or at least his titular pronoun — was unseated from its record-breaking perch…
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Today in Movie Culture: ‘IT’ Opening Redone in Lego, How Movies Get Smart People All Wrong and More

Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:   Redone Scene of the Day: We've already seen Lego remakes of the IT trailer and the projector scene, so here's another recreating the opening sequence:   Video Essay of the Day: Cracked lists five things that Hollywood gets wrong about smart people, such as characters in Good Will Hunting and The Social Network:   Poster Homage of the Day: This week's official Stranger Things nostalgia-influenced posters pays tribute to The Goonies: Join the adventure. #StrangerThursdays begins now. pic.twitter.com/TmIN58L6uT — Stranger Things (@Stranger_Things) September 21, 2017     Movie Science of the…
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Comics on Film: Taking Another Crack at the X-Men’s Phoenix

As the longest-running single superhero movie series in the modern era of the genre that's gone without a full-on reboot, the X-Men film series is one of the strangest narrative beasts in current movie theaters. From 2000-2012, every X-Men movie released in that period of time shared a single continuity that, at times, didn't seem like it concerned itself with much. Next November, the series is set to make a return in the form of X-Men: Dark Phoenix, a film that acts as a direct sequel to the events of last year's X-Men: Apocalypse. The title likely holds a special meaning for comic book fans, signifying that the film will be taking a crack at the timeless and beloved story, "The Dark Phoenix Saga," written by Chris Claremont…
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Trailer Buzz: Wes Anderson’s ‘Isle of Dogs,’ James Corden is ‘Peter Rabbit’ and an ‘Earth’ Sequel

Here's a trailer roundup focused on upcoming movies about animals:   Isle of Dogs Wes Anderson's next stop-motion animated feature, Isle of Dogs, follows a pack of canine characters as they're banished to an island of trash. Bryan Cranston voices their leader, Chief, while Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Jeff Goldblum and Bob Balaban play the rest of the main group, who help a young Japanese boy (Koyu Rankin) search for his missing pup. The dystopian sci-fi movie features an even bigger star-studded voice cast, including Tilda Swinton, Scarlett Johansson, Frances McDormand and Greta Gerwig, and now has a very funny, very Wes Anderson-y trailer with its showcase of obscure '60s psychedelic group The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band on the…
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Movie News: More ‘Unbreakable’ Stars Return for ‘Glass’; Tom Hanks Stars in Remake of Oscar Nominee

Glass: Spencer Treat Clark, the former child actor who played Bruce Willis's son in Unbreakable, will reprise his role in M. Night Shyamalan's sequel, Glass. Fortunately, the now nearly 30-year-old actor has kept in the business, most recently appearing as a regular on the series Animal Kingdom. Charlayne Woodard will also be reprising her Unbreakable part as the mother of Elijah "Glass" Price (Samuel L. Jackson). [THR] A Man Called Ove: Another of last year's foreign-language Oscar nominees is being remade. Joining the Jack Nicholson-led Toni Erdmann now is a Tom Hanks-led version of A Man Called Ove, about a grumpy old man and the friendship he forms with some new neighbors. Hanks will also produce the remake of…
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Sequel Buzz: Zack Snyder Moves On From ‘Justice League,’ Sylvester Stallone Shares ‘Escape Plan 3’ Update

Will Zack Snyder direct Justice League 2? Zack Snyder is back from his work hiatus with a new short film, but he says he's not returning to Justice League following his personal departure earlier this year. "I’m at a place where I feel excited about it and I’m happy for my guys and I love these people that are working on it, and they’re my family and I think they’re doing an amazing job," he told Wired, "but I’ve kind of just let them do their thing." It's unclear if he'll be involved with the DCEU going forward, however. Many are speculating that he'll remain as a relatively hands off executive producer but won't direct Justice League 2 or Man of Steel 2 or any other future…
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Fantastic Fest 2017 Preview: ‘The Square,’ ‘Five Fingers For Marseilles,’ ‘Anna and the Apocalypse’ and More

Known as a launch pad for fright flicks, sci-fi adventures, thrillers, intense dramas and all types of weird comedies from the U.S. and abroad, Fantastic Fest kicks off tonight in Austin, Texas. Here's a preview of what's on tap.   The Wild, the West, the Women, the Rap Battle Let's start with several international stunners that we have seen and can recommend highly.   The Square Visually striking and profoundly unsettling, The Square is an act of provocation masquerading as an art house drama. Christian is a museum curator in Sweden who is preoccupied with preparing a new exhibition of modern art. One morning he loses his watch, wallet and cufflinks, which leads him on a wild pursuit to retrieve his possessions. Instead, events soon spiral out of…
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