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‘Shazam!’ Paid Previews Are Super At $3.3M, Beating ‘Dragon 3’, ‘Aquaman’ & More

  • Deadline
Warner Bros.Fandango preview screening yesterday at 1,200 struck lightning with a $3.3M gross besting the paid-preview figures of DreamWorks Animation-Fandango preview of How to Train Your Dragon 3 ($2.6M), Atom & Amazon’s WB preview of Aquaman ($2.9M), and Atom/Amazon’s previews of Sony’s Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle ($1.8M) and Hotel Transylvania 3 ($1.3M)

Although, previews are not a direct indicator of opening day, opening weekend or life of a movie, they certain tell you that there is interest, and Warners surely has that for New Line/DC’s Shazam!.

The box results were spread out evenly throughout the entire North American footprint in large, medium and small markets and theaters. The initial anecdotal reactions from theaters as well as the social media feedback is extremely positive and encouraging. Along with a current 93% Fresh Rt (35 reviews), the indicators are positive for Shazam! Tracking has the pic’s opening pegged at
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The Top Five Upcoming Movies for 2019

Many people love watching superhero and science fiction movies. However, some of them struggle to choose the best movies to watch. Infinity War, A Stars Wars Story, Black Panther, and Ready Player One were the most thrilling movies in 2018. They won several awards. In this post, we discuss the top five upcoming movies for 2019.

1. Shazam

The League film was released in 2017. It featured several mainstream superheroes such as Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash. Most superhero film lovers have patiently waited for DC Comic to introduce other superheroes into the comic world. Shazam is the next hero. DC Comic will release the superhero in April 2019. Warner Bros and DC Comic will collaborate with David F. Sandberg to improve the quality of their films. For instance, The Justice League received a 40 percent rating last year.

Many comic fans believe that the DC Universe has been dark in the comic industry. They hope
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Kids’ Choice Awards 2019: Complete Winners List

Kids’ Choice Awards 2019: Complete Winners List
Ariana Grande was the big winner at the 2019 Kids’ Choice Awards, picking up Favorite Female Artist and best song for her hit “Thank U, Next.”

Avengers: Infinity War” also won multiple awards, as did Adam Sandler’s “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation.”

The favorite movies stars were two actors who broke out in Netflix teen flicks: Noah Centineo for “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” and Joey King for “Kissing Booth.”

DJ Khaled hosted the slime-heavy ceremony on Saturday, which took place at the Galen Center in Los Angeles and aired on Nickelodeon.

Here are the complete winners.

Also Read: 'Dora and the Lost City of Gold' Trailer Shows the Explorer Facing the Jungle of High School (Video)

Favorite Music Group

The Chainsmokers

Fall Out Boy

Imagine Dragons

Maroon 5 — Winner**

Migos

Twenty One Pilots

Favorite Male Artist

Bruno Mars

DJ Khaled

Drake

Justin Timberlake

Luke Bryan
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Zachary Levi’s ‘Shazam!’ Is ‘Pure Superhero Entertainment’ and 6 Other Electrifying Reviews

  • The Wrap
Zachary Levi’s ‘Shazam!’ Is ‘Pure Superhero Entertainment’ and 6 Other Electrifying Reviews
Reviews are in for Zachary Levi’s “Shazam!” and most critics agree — it’s a “slick” and “entertaining” superhero film, and “DC’s most joyful and sweet movie since the days of Christopher Reeve’s ‘Superman.'”

The DC film starring Zachary Levi in the title role of an adult superhero with the spirit of a 14-year-old won’t be hitting theaters until April 5, but it’s already showing signs of blockbuster potential, thanks to word of mouth from impressed critics.

While one critic called “Shazam!” the “slickest DC movie in years,” TheWrap’s own film critic Alonso Duralde says, “This new DC entry has a lovely lightness, both in the visuals and in its tone.” Overall, the film currently holds a score of 97 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

Also Read: 'Shazam!' Film Review: DC Comics Gets a Bouncy Burst of Big-Screen Ebullience

“‘Shazam!’ is such an unexpected joy from
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‘Shazam!’ Reaction: Zachary Levi’s Superhero Stint Is a Jolly Good Time (Video)

  • The Wrap
[Spoiler alert: Do not read on or watch the video above if you are worried about “Shazam!” spoilers or teasers.]

Guys, DC has done it. We have an entertaining, lighthearted superhero movie that awakens the child in all of us, but also, at times, can give us a big fright.

David F. Sandberg directs Zachary Levi and Asher Angel in this superhero iteration that follows a kid who can transform into a muscular, good-looking superhero by simply saying “Shazam!”

Watch the video above.

Also Read: Why Warner Bros.' Big Change Won't Disrupt the DC Universe

Warner Bros./New Line’s “Shazam!” got its first round of opening weekend estimates, with independent trackers setting it at a $40 million launch.

Although that would be a drop from the $72.5 million launch “Aquaman” had in December en route to a $334 million domestic/$1.14 billion global gross, there’s still plenty of reason for optimism for this lighter, sillier DC film.

For starters, it was made on a smaller budget. While “Aquaman” was reported to
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‘Shazam!’ Film Review: DC Comics Gets a Bouncy Burst of Big-Screen Ebullience

  • The Wrap
‘Shazam!’ Film Review: DC Comics Gets a Bouncy Burst of Big-Screen Ebullience
If the “Wonder Woman” and “Aquaman” movies represented DC Comics’ first big-screen steps away from the austere color palette of the Zach Snyder movies, “Shazam!” takes us deeply into primary colors in a single bound. There’s still a touch of urban decay and kitchen-table warmth on display — this is by no means Warren Beatty’s “Dick Tracy” or a candy-colored Cartoon Network production — but this new DC entry has a lovely lightness, both in the visuals and in its tone.

Before the 1940s serials and the 1970s Saturday-morning TV show, “Shazam!” was born in a magazine called Whiz Comics, published by Fawcett and later acquired by the company that would be known as DC Comics. And to use a 1940s expression, there’s a gee-whiz ebullience to the movie that makes it stand out among the last several decades’ worth of caped crusaders.

Young Billy Batson has spent most
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Review: Shazam!

  • JoBlo
After the tremendous success of both Wonder Woman and Aquaman, following the disastrous performance of Justice League, all eyes are on Shazam! to see if the back-to-back rebound success stories were a fluke or a sign that the Dceu has regained its footing. Well, for me, the answer is simple. Hell yes. Now, I know that there are many that champion the Snyder-verse Dceu and I have enjoyed many of them…
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Rare Justice League Concept Art Teases A Far Superior Steppenwolf

There are many things wrong with Justice League. The mangled storyline, the often misplaced humor, Henry Cavill’s freaky top lip…the list goes on. One of the most fundamental, though, is the underwhelming nature of its villain. In place of Darkseid, the team-up movie casts his general, Steppenwolf, as the big bad. Even if the script didn’t fail to flesh him out, it didn’t help that the CG rendering of the Apokaliptian looked half-finished and unimpressive.

If only we had something similar to the design seen in these abandoned pieces of concept art in the film itself. The three images found below give us a taste of how Steppenwolf could have appeared if Jl depicted him as something much more monstrous and alien than what we got. It’s actually much closer to his cameo in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and we’re really digging it.
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‘Black Mirror’ Season 5 Gets Two Super Additions to Its Cast With Anthony Mackie and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II

‘Black Mirror’ Season 5 Gets Two Super Additions to Its Cast With Anthony Mackie and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II
Anthony Mackie and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II are taking a break from the superheroics — and supervillainy — for a little bit to play with some computers. The Avengers: Infinity War and Aquaman actors, respectively, have been tapped to join the Black Mirror season 5 cast in an unknown episode of Netflix’s Emmy-winning series. Anthony Mackie and Yahya Abdul-Mateen […]

The post ‘Black Mirror’ Season 5 Gets Two Super Additions to Its Cast With Anthony Mackie and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II appeared first on /Film.
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‘Black Mirror’: Anthony Mackie & Yahya Abdul-Mateen II Cast In Season 5

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‘Black Mirror’: Anthony Mackie & Yahya Abdul-Mateen II Cast In Season 5
Captain America: Civil War star Anthony Mackie and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Aquaman) have been cast in the upcoming fifth season of Netflix’s Emmy-winning anthology sci-fi series Black Mirror, Deadline has learned.

Created and written by Charlie Brooker, each episode of Black Mirror employs a different cast of actors to explore themes linked to the collision of mankind with the unforgiving technology they have created.

Season four featured episodes including space thriller “USS Callister” starring Breaking Bad‘s Jesse Plemons, romcom “Hang The DJ”, Maxine Peake-fronted black and white nightmare “Metalhead”, Iceland-set “Crocodile”, Jodie Foster-directed “Arkangel” and Colm McCarthy’s “Black Museum”.

Netflix, which has been extremely quiet about the upcoming season, wouldn’t comment.

Mackie will next be seen in the second season of Netflix’s Altered Carbon as the lead Takeshi Kovacs. He most recently was seen on the big screen in Miss Bala and The Hate U Give.
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The 2019 Box Office Is Down Half a Billion Dollars: It’s Not All Bad News

The 2019 Box Office Is Down Half a Billion Dollars: It’s Not All Bad News
Twelve days into its domestic opening, “Captain Marvel” has earned over $270 million in North America — but that’s not enough to end recent worries about the plunging box office. Revenue is still off by more than 20 percent, suggesting an unusual confluence of factors have created a sudden pronounced lack of interest in moviegoing. Here’s four of them.

Fewer wide-release films

Through last weekend, 2019 has seen 21 films open on more than 1,500 screens. This time last year, that number was 27. Even if those were lesser-grossing titles, figure six fewer films contributed at least $150 million to the shortfall. That doesn’t mean individual films made less this year; indeed, the absence of competition may have meant higher grosses for them. However, this looks like the new normal as studios conserve their firepower to produce fewer, more-expensive titles.

Christmas was weak

To put it kindly, January is a month for more secondary titles.
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New Blu-ray Releases: ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’, ‘Aquaman’, ‘Mary Poppins Returns’, ‘Willard’

In our latest Blu-ray round-up, we have two of the best superhero movies from last year, a well-intentioned but slightly forgettable Disney musical sequel, and Crispin Glover chilling out and freaking out with his some rats. These are the new Blu-ray releases and their special features you should check out this week and beyond. Spider-Man: Into […]

The post New Blu-ray Releases: ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’, ‘Aquaman’, ‘Mary Poppins Returns’, ‘Willard’ appeared first on /Film.
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Aquaman Honest Trailer: Never Make Fun of the Fish Boy

Aquaman goes from the comic pages of yore into the CGI universe of now with actor Jason Momoa bringing the DC comic character to life. The Honest Trailer certainly has some key Momoa moments in it as well as poking fun at a host of other scenes from the film.

The Honest Trailer is over five minutes long, so there is plenty of time to bask in the visual feast of the overall production of Aquaman. The youtube piece starts off with some massive scenes that seem to shake the narrator to the point of him asking, "What is happening?"

&#8232&#8232The video cuts to a scene from an original old school cartoon, where Aquaman says "My ability to talk to fish is of no use Wonder Woman." Wonder Woman is not impressed. Then they bring in the movie hero Jason Momoa in the lastest and biggest ever portrayal of the comic book Icon.
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‘Aquaman’ Honest Trailer: From Fish-Talking Zero To Hunky Hero

Sometimes the folks over at Screen Junkies have to do a bit of reaching to really come up with funny things to comment on in their Honest Trailers. However, with “Aquaman,” you can’t help but think that the writers had plenty of extra jokes that they couldn’t fit into the video’s relatively short five-minute run-time.

Let’s be honest, despite making over $1 billion at the box office and making fans’ heads explode with superhero bliss, “Aquaman” is not a great film.

Continue reading ‘Aquaman’ Honest Trailer: From Fish-Talking Zero To Hunky Hero at The Playlist.
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After Kevin Tsujihara’s Ouster, What’s in Store for Warner Bros.?

  • The Wrap
It was all good just two weeks ago: WarnerMedia had just announced it was solidifying its ranks and Kevin Tsujihara was set to take on an expanded role as the studio’s chairman and CEO.

In a moment of nostalgia and celebration, Tsujihara and his wife, Sandy, greeted with a bear hug former Time Warner boss Jeff Bewkes and his girlfriend Lisa Carco at a dinner in Brentwood. The warm hug meant a certain passing of the torch, and an affirmation that with all the changes from At&T’s $85 billion acquisition that Tsujihara had emerged intact, with even more power.

But in the aftermath of a The Hollywood Reporter article detailing a sexual relationship with actress Charlotte Kirk and an ongoing investigation into that relationship, Tsujihara has stepped down, sparking questions about the future of Warner Bros. as the studio prepares for its new life under its new telecom owner.
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Why Warner Bros.’ Big Change Won’t Disrupt the DC Universe

  • The Wrap
The exit of Warner Bros. CEO and chairman Kevin Tsujihara came just as the studio’s DC films are gaining momentum with the success of “Aquaman” and high hopes for “Shazam.” But the departure isn’t likely to stop the progress.

Tsujihara wasn’t actively involved in the day to day management of the DC brand, according to three sources familiar with the situation. So his exit won’t be too disruptive.

“They will not be affected by his departure,” said one insider with knowledge of the situation.

Toby Emmerich, chairman of Warner Bros.’ motion picture group, already had the power to greenlight films, and will keep it. Walter Hamada, the president of the DC Films production unit who oversees the development of the DC Films properties, reports directly to Emmerich.

Also Read: Kevin Tsujihara to Step Down as Warner Bros CEO and Chairman Amid Investigation Over Ties to Actress

Meanwhile,
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Warner Bros. and Legendary Announce the Start of Filming for New Adaptation of Frank Herbert’s Dune

Featuring a cast that includes Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Zendaya, and Dave Bautista, Warner Bros. and Legendary Entertainment's new adaptation of Frank Herbert's Dune has begun filming, with a release date currently set for November 20th, 2020:

Press Release: Burbank, Calif. -- Filming has begun on Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Entertainment’s epic “Dune,” being directed by Oscar nominee Denis Villeneuve.

The big-screen adaptation of Frank Herbert’s seminal bestseller Dune stars Oscar nominee Timothée Chalamet (“Call Me by Your Name”), Rebecca Ferguson (“Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation”), Oscar Isaac (“Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi”), Oscar nominee Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgård, Dave Bautista, Zendaya (“Spider-Man: Homecoming”), David Dastmalchian (the “Ant-Man” movies), Stephen Henderson, with Oscar nominee Charlotte Rampling, with Jason Momoa (“Aquaman”), and Oscar winner Javier Bardem. Chang Chen is in discussions to join the cast.

A mythic and emotionally charged hero’s journey,
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Patrick Wilson doesn’t think Ocean Master will be the main villain in another Aquaman movie

Given the enormous box office success of Aquaman, it’s no surprise that Warner Bros. has already set a December 2022 release date for a sequel to the highest-grossing DC movie of all time.

During an interview with Syfy Wire, Patrick Wilson was asked about the future of his character Orm, and while he’s yet to hear whether he’ll be involved in Aquaman 2, the actor has expressed his excitement over potentially getting to reprise the role – although he doesn’t believe we’ll see Ocean Master as the main villain in any more films.

“You can’t kill him. He’s too important to [Arthur’s] journey,” said Wilson. “He’s a foil to [Aquaman]. He’s not gonna be a main villain in another movie. I don’t think Orm ends up in Belle Reve like he does in the New 52. I assume they’re gonna keep him in some
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WarnerMedia Setting Interim Leadership Team After Kevin Tsujihara Ouster (Exclusive)

  • Variety
An interim leadership team will take the reins at Warner Bros. Entertainment following the shocking dismissal of CEO Kevin Tsujihara on Monday.

The team will likely consist of Warner Bros. motion pictures group chairman Toby Emmerich, Warner Bros. television group president and Cco Peter Roth, and at least one other top executive, individuals familiar with the company told Variety. It appears likely that the leadership group will include at least one female executive.

WarnerMedia CEO John Stankey is currently heading from corporate headquarters in New York to Los Angeles and on Tuesday is expected to formally announce the interim leadership team, according to multiple sources. WarnerMedia had no immediate comment on leadership and as of right now there is no town hall meeting scheduled with the staff.

The interim team of executives will handle day-to-day operations until a replacement is found for Tsujihara, whose departure was announced on Monday morning
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Production Begins on Denis Villeneuve's Dune, Hans Zimmer Will Compose

  • Cinelinx
After a lot of false starts and studios changes, the long-gestating Dune remake has finally started filming and WB has revealed a new synopsis for the film, more cast and behind the scenes additions. Come inside to check it all out!

I can't begin to tell you how excited I am for this. Since I started writing about movies/entertainment (around a decade now), I feel like I've been writing about the Dune movie remake. Seriously, some version of a new Dune movie has been in the works for as long as I can remember. Now, it's finally happening and with a ridiculously stacked cast.

Today marks the start of production on Denis Villeneuve's take on the iconic science fiction property. The press release from WB reveals some more behind the scenes crew which includes the reveal that Hans Zimmer has signed on to handle the film's score! Seriously,
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