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  1. Disneynature's 'Penguins' Looks Like a Live-Action 'Happy Feet'

    Disneynature gave us what we needed on Earth Day: a trailer for the upcoming film "Penguins."

    The film is nonfiction, but that doesn't mean the story is any less compelling. After watching the preview, we've already fallen for its protagonist, a penguin named Steve. He reminds us a little of another movie bird we adored, albeit a fictional one. Like Mumble, the hero of "Happy Feet," Steve is apparently "a gentleman who stands out from the crowd" and "looking for love."

    As the trailer continues, we see the Steve does find a mate, but his travails don't end there. Not only does he have to take care of their offspring while she goes in search of food, he has to deal with an extremely harsh climate and a variety of dangerous predators. Survival will be a challenge, but we're ready to cheer him on, every step of the way.

    Watch below.

    "Penguins" hits theaters on Earth Day 2019.

  2. Whoopi Goldberg Had Best Outfit at 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' Broadway Debut

    Bow down, casual Harry Potter fans: Whoopi Goldberg is a true Potterhead.

    "The View" host attended the Broadway opening of "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" on Sunday, and she came clad in the most fitting outfit ever. Instead of getting dressed to the nines, she showed up wearing Gryffindor robes. The comedian looked as if she were headed to class at Hogwarts, proving she is nothing if not a devoted fan.

    In case it wasn't clear based on her perfect sartorial choice, Goldberg was thrilled to have a chance to watch the play. She tweeted about the show afterward and described it as "off the hook." Her advice to her followers was to "see it."

    I just spent the whole day in the theatre watching Harry Potter & the Cursed Child pt 1 &2. The show is off the hook, the cast is magnificent, the magic that happens on stage is EVERYTHING you want in the theater.& more An experience to be shared with you & your family See it.

    — Whoopi Goldberg (@WhoopiGoldberg) April 23, 2018

    For those who do, you can draw inspiration from her Harry Potter-inspired look. Behold:

    All she is missing is tape on her glasses and a wand.

    "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child," a stage sequel to J.K. Rowling's beloved book series, officially premiered in London in July 2016 and has now finally made it to Broadway. The play is showing at the Lyric Theatre, so experience the magic if you can.

    [h/t: EW]

  3. Kevin Feige Reveals How 'Infinity War' Ends Things and What 'Black Panther's' Success Taught Him

    For the past ten years, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has woven countless storylines, superheroes, and sequels into a centralized tapestry that is unlike anything ever attempted in the history of cinema. (Seriously; just think about it.) And the man in charge of it all, the one who conceived of the interlinking franchises that would give way to massive team-up movies every so often, is producer and president of Marvel Studios, Kevin Feige.

    Feige oversaw the latest Marvel release, this week's astronomically anticipated "Avengers: Infinity War," ostensibly the third "Avengers" film -- but also the first part of a canonical closure that will continue with next summer's untitled fourth "Avengers" film (already shot, not yet edited). Things as we know it in the Marvel Cinematic Universe will never be the same after this.

    And it's on this momentous occasion that Moviefone sat down with Feige in Beverly Hills to talk about the unparalleled success of this year's "Black Panther," when the decision to end a big portion of the story with "Infinity War" came to be, why it's so important to have the MCU characters in the Disney Parks, and whether or not he's started thinking about the potential of the Fox-licensed Marvel properties (like "X-Men" and "Fantastic Four") returning to Marvel Studios. Also, I asked a dumb question about his hats. Excelsior!

    Moviefone: You must be really tired of answering everything so politically. Can you just commit to answering one question with complete transparency? You don't have to tell me which question it is.

    Kevin Feige: I don't know. [laughs] That was transparent.You've already had an amazing year with "Black Panther." What did you learn from that experience and what did the movie's success mean to you?

    Feige: It's incredibly meaningful. It was something that we had wanted to do for a very long time. It was something that we finally got incredible support from our bosses at the studio, Bob Iger and Alan Horn, to do it and do it well. They gave us a lot of money to do it right, and bring Wakanda to life, and the way we wanted to.

    Chadwick Boseman, having introduced him in "Captain America: Civil War" -- and knowing that people responded to him in "Civil War" -- it was great seeing that go so much bigger in his own movie. And what Ryan Coogler was able to do, with his questions growing up as an African American that he wanted to explore and play with in this arena, and having almost the entire world respond to it.

    It was a surprise, to some degree?

    Feige: We used to say to Ryan that the biggest statement this movie could make -- because we wanted it to be political, and we didn't shy away from the honesty that Ryan wanted to tell the story with -- but we would occasionally say the biggest statement this movie could make is to be a success around the world. The biggest political statement this movie is going to make is going to be a global success. So, it had to be a global success. That it was this big of a global success exceeded the expectations, for sure.At what point, during the course of plotting out this ten-year experiment that is the Marvel Cinematic Universe, did you settle on "Infinity War" being the end point?

    Feige: Thanos first popped up when Joss Whedon wrote his name into an early draft of "The Avengers" as the tag, as a man in the shadows pulling the strings of Loki's invasion of Earth. And as James Gunn started working on "Guardians of the Galaxy," and we introduced characters like Gamora and Drax and Nebula, who had story connections to Thanos, we saw a little bit more of him there. But it was at a creative retreat we had in Palm Springs, four or five years ago, when we started to see that through and talk that through. [It was there] that we realized we would need two movies to do it. And it was when we wrapped "Civil War" that Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely holed up in a room -- and the room changed locations a few times -- but, essentially, a version of the development room was up for about three-and-a-half years as we cracked what became "Infinity War" and the untitled fourth "Avengers" movie.

    Was there ever a moment when it felt like you wouldn't get there?

    Feige: Every day. Every day on every movie. We haven't premiered it. We've got less than 24 hours. We'll see what happens.

    All of the marketing for this movie states, "it all comes down to this." But we still have one more big team-up movie coming next year. Because it was originally going to be "Infinity War, Parts 1 and 2," but now it's a different movie altogether, right?

    Feige: Yes. But...

    It's a continuation.

    Feige: For sure. We didn't want to call it one and two because we didn't want people to think it was the first half and then the second half, because "Infinity War" is a full and complete movie. People are going to want to know what happens next right away, and the next movie answers that question, and then does other things, which make it feel like its own movie. And we didn't title it yet because we wanted the attention to be on "Infinity War." That got blown out of proportion, too, with people asking what it was going to be called and assuming it'd be a spoiler. We just want the attention to be on "Infinity War." But "Infinity War," in conjunction with the "Avengers" movie next year, will be the conclusion of the storylines as we have started them. And then we go from there.You're closing out ten years on the big screen and ramping up the presence of the MCU at Disney Parks. Why is that so important to you?

    Feige: Well, I love continuing the adventure in other arenas. "Return of the Jedi" came out in 1983 and a few years after that, they started talking about Star Tours and doing a ride at Disneyland and, later, Walt Disney World. It was like another movie for me. I grew up in New Jersey, but we went to California once or twice when I was growing up. And one of those times was around '87 or '88, and going to Star Tours for the first time -- nevermind sitting on the ride and flying around the Death Star -- even just walking through the ride, and seeing C-3PO there and seeing R2-D2 coming out of the smoking vehicle, and seeing Admiral Ackbar in the control booth... It was amazing. I loved it. It furthered the mythology for me and it furthered my fandom.

    So, the notion of having the theme parks to be able to further stories, and allow the fans to experience this, and get new fans to come in from another way. The minute Disney bought Marvel, it felt like an amazing opportunity. And now, having Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout, seeing fans wait in line for hours and come in and see the Collector's museum, and the actual actors playing the characters ... I love it.

    The Guardians of the Galaxy are coming to Epcot. You've worn an Epcot Center hat before. What does Epcot mean to you and what makes it a good fit for Guardians?

    Feige: I love Epcot. It was my favorite park when I was a kid. At the time it was only Magic Kingdom and Epcot. Disney's Hollywood Studios, then Disney-MGM Studios, opened in '89, when I was 16. And I also loved that because it was all about movies and, even then, I knew I wanted to make movies. But Epcot and the notion of the future and the promise of the future and the promise of a global community ... I bought into it hook, line, and sinker. I was inspired by it. I still listen to the music from those old attractions. And I am the kind of person who is inspired by well-told stories and inspired by well-told, well-scored messages. And Epcot did that in an amazing way, for me.

    Now, the notion that one of our movies is going to be a part of that -- and yes, provide a big, fun, Marvel Studios-type adventure -- but still stay true to what Epcot Center is all about, is pretty awesome.

    Should the Fox deal go through, are you excited about having all of those characters back?

    Feige: Yes. I always thought, "Wouldn't it be nice for Marvel to have what almost every other IP holder has, which is access to all of their IP?" Because we do not. And it's been fine. We've done fine without access to all of it. And we'll continue to do fine if we don't ever get it. If it happens, it'd be great. But, honestly, we aren't thinking about it at all. We're just focused on finishing what we started with five movies still to finish between now and July of 2019.

    Thought experiment: You are about to be banished to a desert island. You can only bring one Marvel Studios hat with you. Which hat will it be?

    Feige: [laughs] I've got to tell you, this new tenth anniversary one that they made for "Avengers: Infinity War," it's a well-made hat. It's a good one. It's got the logo. It can remind me what we've done. And it fits well.

    "Avengers: Infinity War" invades theaters everywhere, starting on Thursday night.

  4. J.K. Rowling Talks Future of Harry Potter Series: 'I Think We've Done the Story Justice'

    The Boy Who Lived and his descendants got their chance to shine, and now it seems to be over.

    Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling is not planning to continue the story of her first hero -- at least not right now. She's already happy with the story she told, as she recently indicated to Variety. In spite of the success of her play, "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child," a follow-up to her beloved book series, Rowling says she is "probably not" going to write another. Although her answer was specifically in regard to a stage sequel, her comments seem to apply to books, as well.

    "I think we really have now told, in terms of moving the story forward, the story that I, in the back of my mind, wanted to tell," she said of the play she wrote with Jack Thorne and John Tiffany.

    For Rowling, that was the story of Harry's second son, Albus, a character she'd introduced in the epilogue of the final book, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows." She told Variety he was the character she was the most "interested in."

    "And I think we've done the story justice," she said. "So I think pushing it on to Harry's grandchildren really would be quite a cynical move, and I'm not interested in doing that."

    Besides feeling good about how she left things, Rowling has a lot on her plate. She is in the midst of the five-movie Fantastic Beasts series right now, which delves into the story of another Albus -- the one who is the youngest Potter son's namesake. Jude Law appears in the upcoming second film, "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald," as a young version of Albus Dumbledore.

    In the sequel, we'll learn more about the eventual Hogwarts headmaster's ill-fated love for the infamous dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp). So far, fans have proven skeptical (and even angry) about the fact that the film won't portray Dumbledore as "explicitly" gay. Rowling, however, has indicated they need to see the series before judging.

    Whatever happens with the Harry Potter series in the future, Rowling has many more stories to tell.

    [via: Variety]

  5. 'Blessed and Proud' Dwayne Johnson Welcomes Third Daughter

    The Rock is a dad again: Dwayne Johnson revealed that his he and his longtime girlfriend, Lauren Hashian, have welcomed a baby girl.

    Johnson made the exciting announcement on Instagram on Monday, where he shared a sweet snap of himself snuggling his newest addition, Tiana Gia Johnson. The star -- who already has the perfect movie on his resume to share with his little girl someday -- wasted no time in praising Hashian for giving birth to their second child.

    Skin to skin. Our mana. Blessed and proud to bring another strong girl into this world. Tiana Gia Johnson came into this world like a force of nature and Mama @laurenhashianofficial labored and delivered like a true rockstar. I was raised and surrounded by strong, loving women all my life, but after participating in baby Tia's delivery, it's hard to express the new level of love, respect and admiration I have for @laurenhashianofficial and all mamas and women out there. Word to the wise gentlemen, it's critical to be by your lady's head when she's delivering, being as supportive as you can.. holding hands, holding legs, whatever you can do. But, if you really want to understand the single most powerful and primal moment life will ever offer - watch your child being born. Its a life changer and the respect and admiration you have for a woman, will forever be boundless. And to my third and youngest daughter, Tiana Gia - like I did when your two older sisters Simone Alexandra and Jasmine Lia were born, you have my word, I'll love, protect, guide and make ya laugh for the rest of my life. Your crazy dad has many responsibilities and wears many hats in this big ol' world, but being your dad will always be the one I'm most proud to wear. Oh and one more thing.. you're gonna love rollin' in daddy's pick up truck. #TianaGiaJohnson🌺 #3rdDaughter #BlessesAndGratefulMan #ImInTROUBLE

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    "I was raised and surrounded by strong, loving women all my life, but after participating in baby Tia's delivery, it's hard to express the new level of love, respect and admiration I have for @laurenhashianofficial and all mamas and women out there," Johnson wrote on Instagram.

    The star has not been shy in recent years about sharing intensely personal details about his life with his fans, and the same was true in announcing the birth of his third daughter. In addition to lauding Hashian, he shared some special words for Tiana herself.

    "[Y]ou have my word, I'll love, protect, guide and make ya laugh for the rest of my life," the star said. "Your crazy dad has many responsibilities and wears many hats in this big ol' world, but being your dad will always be the one I'm most proud to wear."

    Tiana is Johnson's third child, and second with Hasian. She joins big sisters Simone, 16, and Jasmine Lia, 2.

  6. Sorry, Marvel Fans: The Studio Won't Hold a Comic-Con Hall H Panel This Year

    Marvel fans may want to rethink booking their tickets for this year's Comic-Con: The studio is skipping its annual panel presentation at Hall H.

    That's what several media outlets are reporting after speaking with none other than Marvel Studios head honcho Kevin Feige, who told reporters from both Vulture and Collider that the MCU would still have a presence at SDCC to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the MCU. But there won't be any splashy cast reunions or big-time movie reveals at a fan-packed panel event.

    Don't count on a lot of juicy AVENGERS 4 reveals at Comic-Con this year... Kevin Feige just told me that while Marvel will still have a floor presence, they're skipping the usual Hall H panel to let the dust settle from INFINITY WAR.

    — Kyle Buchanan (@kylebuchanan) April 22, 2018

    "Kevin Feige just told me that while Marvel will still have a floor presence, they're skipping the usual Hall H panel to let the dust settle from INFINITY WAR," Vulture's Kyle Buchanan tweeted.

    Collider offered a few more details from Feige, including the reminder that this isn't the first time that Marvel will be missing from Hall H (they also skipped the panel after the first "Avengers" flick in 2012, as well as in 2015). And according to the exec, the studio purposefully wants to avoid giving out any information about its upcoming slate of flicks -- including not proving the names of several untitled films scheduled to hit theaters in 2020 until after "Avengers 4" is released in May of 2019.

    Skipping a flashy Comic-Con panel is certainly one way of ensuring absolute secrecy about its future releases, though as fans noted on Twitter, it's a bit odd, considering the studio has been promoting the 10th year of the MCU so heavily and seemed primed for a big, celebratory Hall H event. And now, there won't be any more "Avengers" panels at Comic-Con, since "Avengers 4" will come out well before SDCC 2019 (currently scheduled for July).

    While this news may be disappointing for fans, at least they can comfort themselves with the knowledge that "Avengers: Infinity War" is coming out on Friday (or Thursday night, for those who bought tickets for advance showings).

    [via: Vulture, Collider]

  7. Constance Wu Faces 'Crazy Rich Asians' in First Full Trailer

    Meeting your boyfriend's family and friends for the first time is always a nerve-wracking experience. But when those family and friends just happen to be some of the wealthiest people in Asia, and definitely don't approve of you, that's an entirely different experience.

    That's the dilemma Rachel (Constance Wu) faces in "Crazy Rich Asians," when her longtime partner, Nick (Henry Golding), invites her back to his native Singapore to attend the wedding of a friend. When they're greeted curbside at the airport and ushered into a luxurious first class lounge, Rachel suspects Nick has left out more about his lavish lifestyle than she initially thought. She has no idea.

    Aside from the shock of attending opulent parties where Nick's pals actually throw giant wads of cash in the air like confetti, Rachel also has to square off with Nick's mother, Eleanor (Michelle Yeoh), who makes it quite clear that Rachel isn't good enough for her son. But Rachel isn't about to back down from a challenge.

    "If Nick chose me, he would lose his family," Rachel tells Eleanor. "And if he chose his family, he might spend the rest of his life resenting you."

    The also trailer features plenty of over-the-top examples of Nick's wealth (not to mention Nick's abs -- looking good, Henry Golding), as well as a hilarious supporting turn from Awkwafina (also starring in this summer's "Ocean's 8"). We're already counting down the days until this flick hits theaters.

    "Crazy Rich Asians," directed by John M. Chu, is slated for release on August 17.

  8. Anthony Mackie & Sebastian Stan Continue Tom Holland Mockery on 'Avengers 3' Press Tour

    Yes, Stackie is back!

    The "Avengers: Infinity War" stars are everywhere this week, doing 9 million interviews. But, frankly, we only really care about Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan.

    Because when they get together, they are savage.

    Stan & Mackie need their own spinoff series, or at least a podcast. Obviously a special guest would have to be Tom Holland, the way that Matt Damon is an occasional guest on "Jimmy Kimmel Live."

    Tom Holland (Peter Parker/Spider-Man) has been a recurring source of light-hearted roasting from Mackie (Sam Wilson/Falcon) and Stan (Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier/The White Wolf) since Holland's debut as Spider-Man in "Captain America: Civil War."

    Holland has responded to the many jokes in the past, and he just did it again:

    We in yo face Spidey! @TomHolland1996 pic.twitter.com/CdI4r9yrhU

    — Anthony Mackie (@AnthonyMackie) April 22, 2018

    And you love it. https://t.co/xF1bvqXos4

    — Tom Holland (@TomHolland1996) April 22, 2018

    The fact that Sebastian Stan and Anthony Mackie are STILL trash talking Tom Holland on this Infinity War press tour too is just.. 😂😂

    — Claire bella (@whitestofurwave) April 22, 2018

    I bet Toms like this right now 😂 pic.twitter.com/MRBXsrBo24

    — Chloe Amber Emery (@Iamchloeamber) April 23, 2018


    Stan, Mackie, and Winston Duke (M'Baku) recently had a fun little interview with Screen Rant, mostly mocking Benedict "Benadryl" Cumberbatch's name but also sliding in a Tom Holland joke:

    Screen Rant: First question is if you as fans could be any other character and you can't be yourself, so would you be?

    Sebastian Stan: I would be the raccoon...Rocket.

    Winston Duke: I'm going for Groot.

    Anthony Mackie: I would be Spider-Man because I could make that movie much better than Tom Holland.

    Nice. Watch that full interview for more. It's pure gold. It is its own Infinity Stone.

    They make a great trio. Here's another interview with them:

    Here's more of Mackie and Stan's previous Holland trash talk:Clearly the guys get along and this is all in good fun. "Infinity War" has the big L.A. premiere tonight (Monday, April 23) and it opens for The Rest of Us on Friday.

    Now that this is an official tradition, we'll be expecting more Stackie trash talk videos before "Avengers 4" opens next year.

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  9. 'Avengers 4' Director Says It 'Could Easily Be a 3-Hour Film' 

    Fans should expect "Avengers 4" to be longer than "Avengers: Infinity War," which is currently the longest film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

    "Infinity War" is opening this week -- big L.A. premiere tonight, careful of spoilers! -- and then fans can look forward to "Avengers 4" in May of next year.

    Collider sat down with directors Joe and Anthony Russo, who didn't quite confirm that "Avengers 4" will be titled "Avengers: Infinity Gauntlet" but they smiled and didn't deny.

    The Russos were asked about the run time of "Avengers 4," and whether it could be a three-hour film or would Disney say that's too long. The directors said Disney has never given them any notes on run time. "Infinity War" is about 2.5 hours, and the Russos said "Avengers 4" is likely to be longer.

    Joe Russo: "I'll say it could easily be a three-hour film, but I think that we're very hard on the material. We like it to play at a certain pace. I'm sure that we'll squeeze it. So I can't imagine..."

    Anthony Russo: "We have a whole year of work left on that movie."

    Joe: "I do think it will be longer than 'Avengers 3.'"

    Anthony: "It's clearly impossible to say at this point."

    Joe: "You like how we're like -- I'm like 'It's gonna be longer,' he's like 'We can't say!'"

    Anthony: "I'm just saying there's such a long road on this movie left."

    Joe said the rough/assembly cut for "Avengers 4" is their longest yet, but it's not four hours or anything. Anthony really emphasized that the assembly cut isn't even complete.

    Chris Evans (Captain America/Steve Rogers) is said to be leaving the MCU after "Avengers 4" and in that initial report it said he'd be finished after the planned reshoots this fall. So we already know more material will be added to "Avengers 4" later this year, and that must make it especially tough to gauge a run time.

    Watch their full interview for more:"Avengers 4" is meant to have a very different tone to "Avengers 3," with the screenwriters saying they're almost like two completely different genres, tonally and structurally.

    "Avengers 3" opens this Friday, April 27; "Avengers 4" -- whose title will be announced at some point in the next few months -- opens May 3, 2019.

    The big "Infinity War" premiere is tonight. The Russos shared another message on that...

    #ThanosDemandsYourSilence

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    You shouldn't avoid social media altogether. We're curious at the general reaction from critics, who usually post non-spoilery initial reactions right after the premiere. They'll probably tease what they liked/didn't like about the movie, compared to previous MCU films.

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  10. James Cameron Hopes Fans Soon 'Start Getting Avenger Fatigue'  

    James Cameron is already tired of the "Avengers: Infinity War" hype train. Maybe you agree. Maybe not.

    Cameron has had phenomenal success as a blockbuster writer/director/producer. From sci-fi ("Aliens," "Avatar," "The Abyss," "Terminator") to disaster ("Titanic") and straight-up action "(True Lies"), he has had the formula for success for years.

    But that was a long time ago, at least to him, and he kinda comes across as a bit ... jealous? bitter? .. in a new talk with reporters (via IndieWire):

    "I'm hoping we'll start getting 'Avenger' fatigue here pretty soon. Not that I don't love the movies. It's just, come on guys, there are other stories to tell besides hypogonadal males without families doing death-defying things for two hours and wrecking cities in the process. It's like, oy!"

    You mean like in the "Terminator" movies?

    He was probably just joking around, but between this and his "Wonder Woman" comments, it sounds like he's the frustrated kid on the sidelines judging all the players currently in the game.

    It's strange to hear him say "fatigue" when he is working on four "Avatar" sequels, and also producing the sixth "Terminator" film in the franchise.

    Cameron compared the "Avatar" sequels to "The Godfather" as "a generational family saga":

    "I've found myself as a father of five starting to think about what would an 'Avatar' story be like if it was a family drama. What if it was 'The Godfather'? It's a generational family saga. That's very different than the first film. There's still the same setting and the same respect for the shock of the new. We still want to show you things that you haven't even seen or imagined, but the story is very different. It's a continuation of the same characters... but what happens when warriors who are willing to go on suicide charges and leap off cliffs, what happens when they grow up and have their own kids? It becomes a very different story."

    Maybe that's why he made his comment about "hypogonadal males without families" -- because he's a dad now, thinking in Dad Zone and -- what? Fans should be tired of stories that don't reflect where he is right now?

    Anyway, he's still a sci-fi master and had more to say on that if you'd like to read about it. Or you can just watch "AMC Visionaries: James Cameron's Story of Science Fiction," the six-part docuseries that premieres Monday, April 30.

    Cameron is producing "Terminator 6" -- a direct sequel to his films "The Terminator" and Terminator 2: Judgment Day" -- scheduled for release November 22, 2019.

    "Avatar 2" is currently slated to open on December 18, 2020, with "Avatar 3" opening on December 17, 2021, "Avatar 4" opening on December 20, 2024, and "Avatar 5" opening on December 19, 2025.

    After "Avengers: Infinity War" opens this Friday, "Avengers 4" is coming May 3, 2019.

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  11. RIP, Verne Troyer: Mike Myers Honors 'Austin Powers' Costar as 'Beacon of Positivity'

    Verne Troyer was best known for playing Mini-Me in two "Austin Powers" movies, but he was also part of the "Harry Potter" family as Griphook in "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone." Over the weekend, it was revealed via Troyer's official Facebook account that he had died at age 49.

    Troyer's cause of death has not been revealed, but the April 21 post shared these sad notes:

    "...Verne was also a fighter when it came to his own battles. Over the years he's struggled and won, struggled and won, struggled and fought some more, but unfortunately this time was too much. [...] Depression and Suicide are very serious issues. You never know what kind of battle someone is going through inside. Be kind to one another. And always know, it's never too late to reach out to someone for help...."

    Mike Myers starred with Troyer in "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me and "Austin Powers in Goldmember," plus "The Love Guru." Myers shared a statement on Troyer's passing:

    "Verne was the consummate professional and a beacon of positivity for those of us who had the honor of working with him. It is a sad day, but I hope he is in a better place. He will be greatly missed."


    Fans and friends shared memories and condolences on social media:

    So sad to read of the passing of Verne Troyer. A lovely smile with a caring and big heart, he helped raise money on behalf of @starkeycares for free hearing aids for deaf and hard of hearing people. RIP pic.twitter.com/pgA91tWPo6

    — Marlee Matlin (@MarleeMatlin) April 21, 2018

    WWE is saddened to learn that actor and guest #RAW General Manager Verne Troyer has passed away at age 49. https://t.co/Z622fsOzg7

    — WWE (@WWE) April 21, 2018

    RIP Verne Troyer aka coach Cherkov, who passed away yesterday. Gonna miss you buddy. pic.twitter.com/DQSSYoKA8k

    — Hockey Central (@HockeyCentraI) April 22, 2018

    RIP Verne Troyer, who starred in the first Harry Potter film pic.twitter.com/dgQA1Mi7PD

    — Professor Snape (@_Snape_) April 21, 2018

    "It shouldn't take the death of a member of the #dwarfism community to prompt a sincere and meaningful discussion about the prejudice many #dwarf and #disabled people face in their everyday lives. But it is a discussion we really need to have."

    By me.https://t.co/VfmzKN7gH9

    — Eugene*Grant (@MrEugeneGrant) April 23, 2018


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  12. What's New on TV, Netflix, Digital & DVD/Blu-ray This Week: April 23-29

    At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's new on Netflix and TV, we've got you covered.

    New Video on Demand, Rental Streaming, and Digital

    "The Handmaid's Tale" Season 2 (Hulu Original)
    The resistance continues in Season 2 of Hulu's Emmy-winning dystopian hit. The first two episodes start streaming Wednesday, April 25. In Episode 1, "June," Offred (Elisabeth Moss) -- aka June -- "reckons with the consequences of a dangerous decision while haunted by memories from her past and the violent beginnings of Gilead." In Episode 2, "Unwomen," "Offred adjusts to a new way of life. The arrival of an unexpected person disrupts the Colonies. A family is torn apart by the rise of Gilead."

    "Fifty Shades Freed"
    The final film in the "Fifty Shades" trilogy comes home Tuesday, April 24 on digital/Movies Anywhere, and May 8 on Blu-ray/DVD/4K Ultra HD Blu-ray. Fans can enjoy both the R-rated theatrical version and the special unrated version. There are extensive bonus features, include deleted scenes; "The Final Climax" behind-the-scenes featurette; and the featurette "Christian & Ana By Jamie & Dakota," with stars Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson looking back on their characters.

    "Supercon"
    Ryan Kwanten, Maggie Grace, Mike Epps, Russell Peters, Clancy Brown, and John Malkovich star in this comedy about a washed up former child star who finds himself broke and desperate. With the hope of turning things around, he teams up with a rag-tag group of former TV actors and comic book artists to rob a comic book convention. The movie is out on digital Friday, April 27 and on DVD June 5. Extras include two commentary tracks, with director Zak Knutson and members of production.


    New on DVD and Blu-ray

    "Paddington 2"Curl up with a jar of marmalade and enjoy the sweetness of this sequel, which managed to snare a perfect 100 percent rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes. The family film arrives on DVD and Blu-ray April 24, featuring Ben Whishaw as the voice of Paddington the teddy bear, and co-starring Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Brendan Gleeson, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, Peter Capaldi, Hugh Grant, Madeleine Harris, Samuel Joslin, and Imelda Staunton. Both the DVD and Blu-ray include the featurette "Paddington: The Bear Truth"; the Blu-ray also has several more cute featurettes, plus audio commentary by director/co-writer Paul King.

    "Maze Runner: The Death Cure"
    The final installment in the "Maze Runner" series arrives on disc this Tuesday, April 24. Fans who buy the movie on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, or DVD get a 24-page prequel origins comic book written by screenwriter T.S. Nowlin. The trilogy boxset is also releasing April 24 on Blu-ray/DVD, and includes the three films in the series and the exclusive comic book. The Blu-ray trilogy will include an exclusive "Maze Runner" bandana chosen by fans. "The Death Cure" discs all feature audio commentary, with the Blu-ray and digital releases also including a gag reel, deleted and extended scenes, and four behind-the-scenes featurettes.

    "Den of Thieves"
    Gerard Butler's crime drama arrives on Blu-ray and DVD April 24. A director's cut is available alongside the theatrical cut, adding nine minutes to the feature. Extras include an alternate ending, commentary with director Christian Gudegast and producer Tucker Toole, outtakes and deleted scenes, and several behind-the-scenes featurettes.

    New on Netflix

    "The Week Of" (Netflix Film)Adam Sandler and Chris Rock star in this comedy heading to Netflix this Friday, April 27. "The Week Of" follows a devoted, middle class father (Sandler) determined to pay for his daughter's wedding despite the prodding of the wealthier father of the groom (Chris Rock). "A series of calamities forces the dads (and their families) to come together and endure the longest week of their lives." Watch the trailer here.

    "3%" Season 2 (Netflix Original Series)
    Have you seen the first season of this Brazilian series? It's worth a binge. It's like a dystopian cousin to "The Hunger Games," set in a future where the Inland majority live in poverty while those in the Offshore live in virtual paradise. Only 3 percent of candidates -- at age 20 -- manage to pass a series of tests called The Process to get to the Offshore. In Season 2, available April 27, Process 105 approaches and the Offshore and the Cause are increasingly determined to destroy each other. Here's the Season 2 trailer, which is pretty spoilery for Season 1, if you aren't already caught up.

    "Bobby Kennedy for President" (Netflix Original Documentary Series)
    Netflix is unmatched for docuseries, and this one -- available April 27 -- looks at Bobby Kennedy's ill-fated, and very brief, run for president in 1968. The 42-year-old's campaign only lasted 83 days before he was assassinated on the night he won the California primary. He was killed less than five years after his older brother, JFK, and just two months after the killing of Martin Luther King, Jr. Here's the documentary series trailer.

    "Candy Jar" (Netflix Film)
    This comedy, streaming April 27, follows an introverted high school girl (Sami Gayle) from a working-class background who clashes with her wealthy, debate-team nemesis (Jacob Latimore). "But when they're forced to work together to compete in the state championship, they might discover opposites can attract." The stellar supporting cast includes Christina Hendricks, Uzo Aduba, Helen Hunt, and Tom Bergeron. Check out the movie's trailer.

    TV Worth Watching

    "The 100" Season 5 Premiere (Tuesday on The CW at 9 p.m.)What's next for Clarke (Eliza Taylor) after she survived that radioactive death wave and the series flashed forward six years? Find out April 24 in "Eden": "In the fifth season premiere, Clarke (Eliza Taylor) struggles to survive on a desolate, scorched earth while her friends in space come across a long-awaited beacon of hope."

    "Suits" Season 7 Finale (Wednesday on USA Network at 9 p.m.)
    Both Meghan Markle (Rachel) and Patrick J. Adams (Mike) are leaving after this season, and their wedding will play out over April 25's two-hour season finale. In the first episode, "Tiny Violin," "An attack against Specter Litt blindsides Harvey and Louis; Mike can't turn his back on the clinic when a class action suit overwhelms Nathan and Oliver." The second episode of the night is called "Good-Bye": "It's all hands on deck as Louis, Donna and Alex defend the firm, while Harvey aids Jessica on a case; Mike and Rachel juggle their commitments to the firm, the clinic and each other."

    "Archer" Season 9 Premiere (Wednesday on FXX at 10 p.m.)
    The ninth season of "Archer" is also the penultimate season for the series. It's also known as "Archer: Danger Island." In the first episode, called "Strange Pilot," "Archer inserts himself into a domestic dispute; engine troubles threaten to ruin Archer's business."

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  13. Han, Chewie and Lando Are Stylin' in New 'Solo' Photos

    Solo: A Star Wars StoryWe've got a little over a month until "Solo: A Star Wars Story" hits theaters. These photos (via EW) should help tide you over.

    Alden Ehrenreich plays young Han Solo in this prequel, set 10 years before the first "Star Wars" film.

    The actor talked to EW about working with Joonas Suotamo, who takes over the role of Chewbacca from Peter Mayhew: "Joonas is a really funny guy, and he also brings a lot to the role. It's clear when you're up close and seeing him do it just how much Wookiee craft he really has to do, knowing how to move in the suit to convey the right things."

    Ehrenreich also talked about Han and Lando (Donald Glover). "Their relationship is many different things, as it is when you see them in the original films. I think they have very different styles."

    Glover says Lando (first played by Billy Dee Williams) knows he looks good. "Lando's always the best-dressed person on that set. And I don't say that lightly. There's a lot of cool costumes and a lot of cool clothing," Glover says. "[Lando] takes pride in the clothing. It makes things easier. When people see you and you're debonair, they tend to want to give you stuff easier."

    "Solo: A Star Wars Story" opens May 25.

    SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY.
Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo and Joonas Suotamo as ChewbaccaAlden Ehrenreich is Han Solo and Joonas Suotamo is Chewbacca in SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY.SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY
Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian

    [Via EW]
  14. Jason Blum Confirms John Carpenter Will Score New 'Halloween' Film

    John CarpenterHorror master John Carpenter isn't directing the latest "Halloween" film, but he is returning to score the latest entry in the franchise.

    Producer Jason Blum confirmed the news on Twitter.

    Confirm!

    — Jason Blum (@jason_blum) April 19, 2018

    Carpenter's eerie electronic score for the first "Halloween" film in 1978 helped cement the film's status as a genre classic. Composers Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein admitted their nostalgic "Stranger Things" score was partly a nod to Carpenter.

    In 2018's "Halloween" (directed by David Gordon Green), Jamie Lee Curtis returns as Laurie Strode to confront her homicidal, unkillable bother Michael Myers. She recently told Yahoo, "I've seen a trailer and I've seen some footage, and it's terrifying."

    "Halloween" opens October 19. We can't wait.

    [Via The Playlist]

  15. Redheads Rejoice: 'It' Star Sophia Lillis To Play Nancy Drew

    Sophia LillisSophia Lillis, who played evil-clown-fighting Beverly Marsh in "It," has lined up another iconic redhead role: Teenage sleuth Nancy Drew.

    Lillis will star in "Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase," based on the second book in the series that was first launched in 1930. In the book, Nancy looks into the supposed haunting of an old Civil War-era mansion.

    Ellen DeGeneres, Jeff Kleeman, and Chip Diggins will produce and Wendy Williams will serve as exec producer. Production is expected to begin soon.

    The last time Nancy Drew was on the big screen was in 2007: She was played by Emma Roberts and the focus was more on makeovers than mysteries.

    This could presumably be the first film of a franchise, since there are more than 50 Nancy Drew mysteries in the original series.

    A recent attempt to reboot Nancy Drew as a 30-something sleuth on TV was deemed "too female"(!) for CBS.

    Lillis will next be seen in HBO's "Sharp Objects," based on the book by "Gone Girl" author Gillian Flynn. Amy Adams stars as a reporter looking into the deaths of two teen girls in her hometown; Lillis plays the younger version of her character.

    Lillis is expected to return for "It: Chapter Two." Jessica Chastain recently signed on to play the grown-up Beverly. (Naturally, we're also expecting her to play younger versions of Isla Fisher and Bryce Dallas Howard at some point.)

    [Via Deadline]

  16. A Third 'Conjuring' Film Is Coming in 2019

    We're getting another "Conjuring" film next year, we're just not sure which one.

    Warner Bros. announced today that the company will release an untitled Conjuring universe film on July 3, 2019. It could be either "The Conjuring 3" or the spin-off "The Crooked Man" (featuring the creepy character first seen in "The Conjuring 2").

    Next up in the adventures of occult investigators and Ed and Lorraine Warren (played by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga) is "The Nun." Corin Hardy ("The Hallow") directs the spinoff about the Marilyn Manson-esque nun that haunts Lorraine Warren in "The Conjuring 2." That's in theaters September 7.

    So which film is closer to being a reality? "Conjuring 3" or "The Crooked Man"? Hard to say.

    "We've been working hard on Conjuring 3," James Wan, who also directed the first "Conjuring" film, told EW last year. "We want to make sure that the script is in a really good place. With how much people have loved the first two 'Conjuring' [films], I don't want to rush in to the third one if possible."

    As for "The Crooked Man," Wan said, "We think we have a really exciting story. What we want to do, with The Conjuring universe, is we want each of our little offshoots to have a very different flavor. So, for example, 'Annabelle' is the classic sort-of haunted doll subgenre. And with 'The Crooked Man,' I would love to push it more down somewhat of that dark fairy tale, and more whimsical, subgenre. I love the idea that, within the Conjuring universe, each of our little movies all have their own flavor, so that way they don't feel like they're the same films."

    [Via EW]

  17. 'Angry Birds 2' Cast Announced, Including Sterling K. Brown and Leslie Jones

    Concept art from The Angry Birds The Movie. [PNG Merlin Archive]"The Angry Birds" had better get ready to welcome some new friends — and enemies.

    The movie's sequel, "The Angry Birds Movie 2," has added a bunch of new names to its voice cast, including "This Is Us" star Sterling K. Brown, "Saturday Night Live" player Leslie Jones, and "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" creator Rachel Bloom.

    Also joining in the fun for round 2 are Eugenio Derbez (the "Overboard" remake), Zach Woods ("Silicon Valley"), Awkwafina ("Ocean's 8"), Lil Rel Howery ("Get Out"), Dove Cameron ("Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."), Beck Bennett ("SNL"), and Brooklynn Prince, the 7-year-old breakout from "The Florida Project."

    The sequel also brings back Jason Sudeikis (Red), Josh Gad (Chuck the Yellow Bird of Speed),Danny McBride (Bomb the Bird of Bomber), Bill Hader (Leonard), and Peter Dinklage (Mighty Eagle). It's unclear if Maya Rudolph will return as Matilda.

    Jones will voice the villain, but the new cast members' roles remain unidentified.

    "The Angry Birds Movie 2" is set for release September 20, 2019 — which coincides with the 10th anniversary of the game's release.

  18. Rachel Weisz Pregnant and Expecting First Child With Daniel Craig

    The Opportunity Network's 11th Annual Night of Opportunity GalaBaby Bond on the way! Rachel Weisz and Daniel Craig are expecting their first child together, as the actress revealed to the New York Times.

    "I'll be showing soon," the 48-year-old said. "Daniel and I are so happy. We're going to have a little human. We can't wait to meet him or her. It's all such a mystery."

    Weisz and Craig, 50, married in 2011, after a whirlwind six-month courtship. Both have a child from a previous relationship. Weisz has an 11-year-old son, Henry, with director Darren Aronofsky; Craig has a 25-year-old daughter, Ella, with actress Fiona Loudon.

    Weisz was talking to the New York Times about her new movie, "Disobedience," which opens April 27. But aside from her surprising revelation, the actress tends to keep mum about their relationship.

    "He's just too famous," she has previously said. "It would be a betrayal. You have to protect your marriage."

    Craig, of course, is famous as the current James Bond. He'll reprise his role as 007 in the franchise's next movie, slated for Nov. 8, 2019. It might be the last time, though; Craig often talks about stepping away. And the British bookies love placing bets on who might play Bond next.

    One person not in the running? Craig's wife. She doesn't think Bond should be played by a woman.

    "Why not create your own story rather than jumping on to the shoulders and being compared to all those other male predecessors?" she said. "Women are really fascinating and interesting and should get their own stories."
  19. 'Avengers: Infinity War' Week Is Here: See Chris Evans Training & Jimmy Kimmel Guests

    Hopefully you're as excited for "Avengers: Infinity War" as we are. If not, this is going to be a looooong week to suffer through, because it's all Marvel all the time. If only Thanos were a talk show, the Avengers could easily crush him with witty anecdotes and vague story teases.

    "Jimmy Kimmel Live" -- which airs on ABC, part of the Disney/Marvel family -- just issued a press release declaring April 23-27 "Avengers: Infinity War" Week. That should obviously be celebrated as a national holiday with time off for everyone.

    Jimmy Kimmel always gets the best MCU late-night interviews, and he'll get most of the cast members on his couch in the next week.

    Here's the JKL announcement:

    In advance of the release of Marvel's upcoming "Avengers: Infinity War," ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" will host a week of shows dedicated to the highly anticipated movie.

    The guest lineup includes the film's stars: Robert Downey Jr., Tom Holland, Zoe Saldana, Pom Klementieff, Paul Bettany, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Hiddleston, Dave Bautista, Mark Ruffalo, Danai Gurira, Chris Hemsworth, Josh Brolin, Sebastian Stan, Chadwick Boseman, Karen Gillan, Benedict Cumberbatch, Don Cheadle, Elizabeth Olsen and Winston Duke.

    You know who's missing on that list, among the 9 million MCU cast members? Two of the Chrises -- Evans and Pratt. Maybe they're stuck backstage with Matt Damon?

    'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' Rings The NYSE Opening BellIt looks like Chris Evans will be a guest on "Late Night With Seth Meyers" on Monday, April 23. He probably has to stay in New York since he's busy on Broadway with "Lobby Hero," and JKL tapes in Los Angeles. (Will he not be at the L.A. movie premiere?)

    Besides, Chris Evans started celebrating Avengers week early on his own social media. Cap might be feeling a bit nostalgic for the early days, since he shared some five-year-old videos from "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" training:

    In honor of Infinity War coming out next week, here are a few videos I found from 2013 while prepping for The Winter Soldier. pic.twitter.com/TFur0vZs3M

    — Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) April 19, 2018

    Elevator.... pic.twitter.com/f3qi6OBgG6

    — Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) April 19, 2018

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    — Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) April 19, 2018

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    — Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) April 19, 2018

    CHRIS TWEETING THOSE VIDEOS OF HIM TRAINING FOR THE WINTER SOLDIER GAVE ME SO MUCH NOSTALGIA IM ACTUALLY SOBBING pic.twitter.com/QPg2pufFEG

    — emily (@daisyxtom) April 19, 2018


    "The Winter Soldier" really was a gift. Prepare for more epic fight scenes in "Infinity War." Anthony Mackie (Sam Wilson/Falcon) was just on "Good Morning America" talking about a 25-page final fight sequence. A fight scene that took 25 pages! And it was just the final fight. This is going to be ridiculous.

    "Avengers: Infinity War" holds its L.A. premiere on Monday, April 23 before opening Stateside on April 27. Some early reactions should make their way across the Internet after that screening. It'll be good to get a general feel of what people thought, but tread carefully and try to avoid actual spoilers.

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  20. Evan Rachel Wood Explains Why She Turned Down 'Mean Girls'

    Evan Rachel Wood finally found a role worthy of her excellence as Dolores in "Westworld." Before that, she was mostly known for roles in indie films -- but she was almost in "Mean Girls."

    ERW was on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" last night, and Tina Fey was a fellow guest. Evan said she loves Tina Fey, and "Mean Girls." Jimmy asked if it's true that she had auditioned for that movie.

    Evan: "No, it's even worse. I turned it down."

    The audience groaned.

    Jimmy: "What?!"

    Evan: "There's a good reason! The only reason is because I was already supposed to do a film called 'Pretty Persuasion' that was set in a high school, that was very 'Heathers'-esque, and it was very similar [to 'Mean Girls']. And I was already kind of doing that. So I was like, I can't. But Tina, if you're here, I'm so sorry we got off on the wrong foot. As long as the next movie you're doing is not about a robot uprising, I will happily, happily [do it]."

    Jimmy joked that, sadly, that's Tina's next movie.

    "Mean Girls" came out in 2004. "Pretty Persuasion" came out in 2005, starring ERW, Ron Livingston, James Woods, and Jane Krakowski.

    Clearly Evan doesn't have ESPN or she would've sensed that "Mean Girls" was going to be the much bigger movie. But after "Thirteen" and "Pretty Persuation," you can't blame her for wanting to break away from the high-school roles for fear of typecasting. Good for Rachel McAdams (Regina George), while we're on the subject, that she didn't get stuck in the high school zone after "Mean Girls" and has instead had one of the best careers in Hollywood.

    Also -- on a semi-related subject -- Evan Rachel Wood and Rachel Brosnahan ("The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel," "House of Cards") finally proved they are two different people:

    "Westworld" Season 2 premieres this Sunday, April 22 on HBO.

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  21. 7 Things You Need to Know Before Seeing 'Avengers: Infinity War'

    2018 is truly the year of the Marvel movie.

    "Black Panther" is relinquishing its grip on the global box office just in time to hand it over to "Avengers: Infinity War." This upcoming blockbuster will feature a who's who lineup of Marvel heroes, and finally give fans the epic showdown with Thanos they've been waiting for.

    To help gear up for this major release, here are seven things you need to know about "Infinity War" before heading to the theater (at least twice) to see it.

    1. The MCU Has Been Building to This For a DecadeMay 2018 marks the tenth anniversary of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which launched with 2008's "Iron Man." Fittingly, "Infinity War" is the culmination of all the ongoing storylines and post-credits teases that these films have been building up over the past ten years. Basically, this probably isn't the best starting point if you've somehow never seen a Marvel movie in your life. But given how much money these movies rake in, we doubt that's going to be a problem for most people.

    2. The Infinity Stones Are (Duh) Important
    The Infinity Stones are basically the driving catalyst of "Infinity War." We've seen these powerful gems serve as MacGuffins in past Marvel movies -- the Tesseract in "Captain America: The First Avenger," the Power Stone in "Guardians of the Galaxy," etc.

    This time around, the cosmic tyrant known as Thanos (Josh Brolin) is determined to gather all of these artifacts and assemble a weapon called the Infinity Gauntlet. This shiny glove will give Thanos complete power over the fundamental forces of the universe, allowing him to finally achieve his lifelong goal of killing half of all life in the universe. In the comics, his genocidal spree was a tribute to Death (whom he has a major crush on). Not sure yet if that crush factors into "Infinity War," but it was teased during "The Avengers" post-credits scene. Guess we'll find out.

    3. The Bench Is Deep. Like, Crazy-Deep
    If someone played a superhero or ally in a previous Marvel movie, chances are they're going to appear in Infinity War.

    A threat as massive as Thanos requires a full roster of Avengers to combat it. Look for Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) to don his latest swanky Iron Man suit and assemble opposite Spider-Man (Tom Holland), Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), War Machine (Don Cheadle), and Vision (Paul Bettany). But will we see Ant-Man? Or Hawkeye?

    Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) will rally his own team to defend Wakanda, one that includes the former Captain America (Chris Evans), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan), and Hulk (Mark Ruffalo). Plus, a number of "Black Panther" fan-favorites will return, including Okoye (Danai Gurira) and M'Baku (Winston Duke).

    4. The Avengers Are Going Cosmic, With Groot's Help"Infinity War" will be the first MCU film to unite the Avengers with your favorite bunch of a-holes, the Guardians of the Galaxy.

    It appears that Thor (Chris Hemsworth) will bump into the Guardians early in the film, compelling the team to make a detour to Earth to help out in the fight against Thanos. Expect plenty of head-butting between Iron Man and Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), while Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Nebula (Karen Gillan), and Drax (Dave Bautista) will prepare to finally confront the villain they all despise.

    5. Thanos Has New MinionsThanos alone may have the strength to take on this combined force of superheroes, but he has some new allies of his own.

    The film will introduce the Black Order, a group of elite killers who all happen to be Thanos' children. Not to mention that they have access to an army that dwarfs even the Chitauri invasion force from "The Avengers."

    6. Not Everyone Will SurviveYou might want to plan on bringing a box of tissues to this movie, as it's been heavily implied that not every hero will be making it out of "Infinity War" alive.

    This blockbuster and its sequel are basically the finale to the current era of the MCU. New heroes are emerging to take the spotlight, and that means some old favorites have to be cleared away.

    Obviously, we don't know who might kick the bucket, but the fan consensus is that Cap and Loki (Tom Hiddleston) are both in mortal danger right now.

    7. We Still Don't Know the Sequel's Title
    So far, MCU fans have had to wait three years in between each new Avengers movie. That wont be the case this time, as "Avengers 4" is scheduled for release in May 2019.

    They shot it and "Infinity War" back-to-back (which is nuts!). Look for "Avengers 4" to be a more direct continuation of "Infinity War" than we normally see from the MCU. In fact, the two movies were originally announced as "Infinity War, Part 1" and "Infinity War, Part 2." Whether that means Thanos will also serve as the main villain in the next movie remains to be seen, but expect there to be plenty of unfinished business as the dust settles this time.

    "Infinity War" blasts into theaters April 27.

  22. 'Life of the Party Trailer': Melissa McCarthy Dives Into the College Experience

    You're never too old to accomplish your dreams -- or have fun doing so.

    That's one of the lessons in Warner Bros. Pictures new trailer for "Life of the Party," starring Melissa McCarthy. The studio unveiled the latest preview Wednesday, and it centers on Deanna (McCarthy), a perimenopausal women who decides to go back to college after her husband leaves her. The divorce is ugly, but it leads to some beautiful -- not to mention hilarious -- experiences.

    McCarthy is joined in the film by Molly Gordon, who plays her college-aged daughter, Maddie. The latter seems to take her mom under her wing once they're both co-eds, and she and her friends show Deanna the ropes. Before they know it, she's eating marijuana-infused chocolate bark, doing the walk of shame, and generally taking advantage of her chance to live out her wild college years. They grow up so fast, don't they?

    Watch the trailer below.

    The film, which was written by McCarthy and her husband, director Ben Falcone, also stars Maya Rudolph, Gillian Jacobs, Julie Bowen, and Jacki Weaver, among others.

    "Life of the Party" opens May 11.

  23. Anthony Mackie Worried 'Avengers: Infinity War' Would Be 'Awful'

    We're just days away from the box office debut of "Avengers: Infinity War," so excitement is high right now. At one time, though, Anthony Mackie didn't have much confidence in the film.

    Mackie appeared on "Good Morning America" Thursday to promote the superhero flick, and he gave the hosts a lot of interesting insight on what it was like to be a part of the star-studded MCU movie. The film packs in so many actors that many of them never got to see a full script, Mackie included. As he told the hosts of "GMA," the pages that he did get weren't enough to initially convince him that "Infinity War" would be any good.

    "I got 25 pages, which was the final fight sequence, and I sent a long email like, 'This movie's going to be awful,'" he said.

    Mackie expanded on why he thought that, listing some of the points he made in his email. Not only did he share that he didn't see how it could work, he said there was "no story." Additionally, he worried it would be "the longest fight sequence ever."

    Luckily, Mackie soon received reassurance. He found out that his 25 pages were a small fraction of the massive script; in total, there were 250 other pages, he said.

    Mackie's "GMA" appearance included several other high points, including his description of how his co-star Mark Ruffalo is "problems" and a new "Infinity War" clip. Watch below.

    "Avengers: Infinity War" hits theaters April 23.

  24. Denzel Washington Avenges a Friend in Bloody 'Equalizer 2' Trailer

    Denzel Washington is back to save the day, one brutal fight at a time.

    The two-time Academy Award winner returns in "The Equalizer 2," the upcoming sequel to the 2014 action thriller directed by fellow Oscar-holder Antoine Fuqua. The duo have teamed up again, and they'll bring viewers more suspense and intense fights, based on what we've seen so far. Sony Pictures Entertainment released the official trailer Thursday.

    In "The Equalizer 2," Washington returns as Robert McCall, a retired CIA black ops operative. In spite of his promise to his late wife, a quiet life continues to elude him. When he learns that an old friend has been killed, he sets out to avenge her murder.

    "I'm going to kill each and everyone of them, and my only disappointment is that I'm only going to get to do it once," he says in the trailer.

    Watch below -- as long as you're prepared for some gory scenes.

    "The Equalizer 2" is due out July 20.

  25. Ryan Reynolds Is Lloyd Dobler in New 'Deadpool 2' Photo

    The promotional campaign for "Deadpool 2" has been all about making references to (or many cases, making fun of) various pop culture properties -- just look at the film's latest (and allegedly last) trailer for proof. Now, yet another photo has been released from the flick, and it should come as no surprise that it, too, has the fingerprints of another movie all over it.

    The image, debuted by Entertainment Weekly, is a direct reference to beloved '80s flick "Say Anything...," and the specific moment in which lovelorn Lloyd Dobler (John Cusack) holds up a boom box outside the window of Diane Court (Ione Skye) in the hopes of winning her back. This time around, Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) is standing in for Lloyd, and he's trying to convince Colossus (Stefan Kapičić) to join his new gang, the X-Force.

    According to Reynolds, audiences should expect many more moments like this in the sequel.

    "There are a lot of different nods to films that we all loved growing up," the actor told EW.

    "Deadpool 2" also stars Zazie Beetz (you can see her in the above image, hanging out in the cab while Deadpool tries to woo Colossus), Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin, and T.J. Miller. It opens on May 18.

    [via: Entertainment Weekly]

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