Best of the Week: Getting Ready for the Oscars, First Look at the New 'Pete's Dragon' and More

Best of the Week: Getting Ready for the Oscars, First Look at the New 'Pete's Dragon' and More

Feb 27, 2016

The Important News

Star Wars Mania: Disney released more concept art and other details on Star Wars LandStar Wars: Episode VIII is fighting off set spies with dronesStar Wars: The Force Awakens will hit iTunes next month.

Marvel Madness: Crossbones made an official debut in new images from Captain America: Civil War. Finn Jones is Marvel's Iron Fist for Netflix.

DC Delirium: Justice League - Part 1 received a shooting start dateBatman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will have an R-rated version available on videoBatman v Superman: Dawn of Justice might have received rewrites from Ben Affleck.

Franchise Fever: Demian Bichir joined the cast of Alien: Covenant.

Sequelitis: Pacific Rim 2 will move ahead with director Steven S. DeKnight. Brant Daugherty will play Anastasia's bodyguard in Fifty Shades Freed. Lin-Manuel Miranda may co-star in the Mary Poppins sequel. Both Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 3 and Cloverfield 3 might happen.

Remake Report: Michael B. Jordan will star in a new version of The Thomas Crown Affair. James Mangold will direct a prequel reboot of a new 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.

Casting Net: Emily Ratajkowski will co-star in In Darkness. Jon Bernthal joined the cast of Baby Driver. Tyler Sheridan will star in Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One.

Reel TV: Amy Adams will star in the TV adapation of Gillian Flynn's Sharp Objects. Jean-Claude Van Damme will star in a comedy series for Amazon.

New Directors/New Films: Joe Wright will direct the supernatural thriller The Ruins. Ava DuVernay will direct Disney's adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time. Chris Weitz will helm a movie about infamous Nazi Adolf Eichmann.

Writers Block: Dan and Kevin Hageman are now writing Guillermo del Toro's Scary Stories.

First Look: Zac Efron's enlarged muscles made a big splash in a new Baywatch image.

Box Office: Deadpool broke more records last weekend. And it became the biggest X-Men movie.

Celebrating the Classics: FerrisFest, honoring Ferris Bueller's Day Off, will be held in Chicago in May.

Tie-in Time: Morgan Freeman's voice is now available for your GPS system. Fake tie-in product Slusho will return in 10 Cloverfield Lane.

Awards Season: Moviegoers chose The Revenant as the favorite to win Best Picture.

 

The Videos and Geek Stuff

New Movie Trailers: Pete's DragonAlice Through Looking Glass, Kill Your Friends, Precious CargoI Am Wrath and The Light Between Oceans.

Clip: Rise of the Legend.

Behind the Scenes: The makers of The Big Short explain how to make sense of financial nonsense.

See: Deadpool's last-minute Oscar campaign ad.

Watch: Deadpool answers fans questions

See: Mysterious Spaceballs sequel ads posted in NYC subways.

Watch: J.J. Abrams fixes more franchises in a parody video.

See: Best Picture nominees aligned with which presidential candidate. And Best Picture nominees told as emojis. And kids explain what they think the Best Picture nominees are about.

Watch: Parodies of Best Picture nominees The Martian and Mad Max: Fury Road. And a parody of Spotlight.

See: Every Leonardo DiCaprio movie in one supercut.

Watch: An in-depth profile of character actor Crispin Glover.

See: A first look at the new Universal Studios ride based on Kong: Skull Island.

Watch: A celebration of the Coen Brothers and a comparison between the Fargo movie and show.

See: This week's best new movie posters.

 

Our Features

Oscar Nominee Guide: Where and when you can find this year's Oscar nominees On DemandGeeky recommendations for old movies starring current Oscar nominees.

Sci-Fi Movie Guide: Revisiting Star Wars: the Force Awakens at the end of its theatrical run.

Comic Book Movie Guide: About that R-rated Batman v Superman cut.

Filmmaker Guide: An appreciation of Triple 9 director John Hillcoat.

Foreign Film Guide: Why you need to know about Stephen Chow's The Mermaid.

Home Viewing: Here's our guide to everything hitting VOD this week. And here's our guide to everything hitting HBO Now next month. And here's our guide to everything hitting Netflix next month.

 

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