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A Deadpool Sequel Has Already Been Approved

Fox knows you're going to love Deadpool so much this weekend that the studio has already rubber-stamped sequel plans. THR reports the powers that be want to maintain the first film's creative team for round two, which would entail a very quick and likely reunion for star-producer Ryan Reynolds and helmer Tim Miller. Original scribes Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick have already been re-attached to write the follow-up. Fan approval on everything from the movie's leaked test footage to the trailers have been loud and clear, but the trade notes that an estimated $65 million opening box-office haul could be another justification for the quick greenlight. Though the sequel's story is probably still in the works, it could possibly mean a closer look at X-Force and will definitely mean another half year of naughty marketing virtuosity.

Classic Cool Guy Johnny Depp Will Star As Invisible Guy in Cool Reboot of the Classic Invisible Man Story

Johnny Depp, owner of cool hats and glasses, will bring his stylish and theatrical flair to Universal's Invisible Man. Deadline reports the actor is set to star in the reboot's titular role as a researcher who, if in line with H. G. Wells's original character, will turn himself irreversibly invisible, develop a comparable penchant for wide-brimmed headwear and dark-colored specs, and ultimately become a terror. The site notes nothing of helmer or timeline, but producers Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan are reportedly getting things going in a writers room. (THR says Men in Black's Ed Solomon could be the main scribe.) The project is definitely part of the studio's initiative to reboot a slew of classic monster flicks in what the trades are describing as a Marvel-esque shared universe — recall the similar Mummy business. But it's also possibly part of a secret campaign to bring back Depp's Willy Wonka shades. (Gone but not forgotten.)

New High-Rise Trailer: Tom Hiddleston Has Lost His Clothes

Tom Hiddleston has another sexy-creepy movie coming out this year with High-Rise, an adaptation of J. G. Ballard's 1975 sci-fi novel by director Ben Wheatley. Yes, we know that it's a story about an ultramodern high-rise that eventually abandons all social order, starring Hiddleston, Sienna Miller, Jeremy Irons, Luke Evans, Elisabeth Moss, and James Purefoy. But there are orgies involving Tom Hiddleston, and who is strong enough to say no to that? "Not I," said the Vulture. Watch the latest trailer above, which basically gives the people what they want: naked Tom Hiddleston. What a sight to behold. The other teasers and trailers are below:

Second City Launches the Harold Ramis School for Making Movies As Funny As Animal House

The Second City is paying tribute to the late Harold Ramis by naming a film school after him: The Chicago comedy institution announced Tuesday it will launch the Harold Ramis Film School, which it says is the only educational institution of its kind devoted to comedy. The one-year program will be devoted to teaching Second City's philosophy of improvisation in a filmmaking context. At this early date, the school will not be formally accredited; Second City hopes students' portfolio of coursework and the school's networking opportunities will jump-start their entry into the creative field as much as or more than a formal degree would. Tuition is expected to run around $15,000, with scholarships available. The Harold Ramis Film School is not expected to be affiliated with any Greek organizations, and any that arise will be swiftly put on double-secret probation.

Like Sands Through the Hourglass, the Divergent Series Has Lost Another Director

When it comes to the future, the career paths of the Divergent series and its directors keep ... diverging: Deadline reports that director Robert Schwentke has chosen to go his separate way from the YA franchise, dropping out of the fourth and final film in the series, Ascendant. The reason seems to be simple burnout, as Schwentke had already shot Insurgent and the upcoming Allegiant back to back. Schwentke himself got the Insurgent gig after the sequel languished for a while without a director in the wake of Neil Burger's departure. Ascendant is still sticking to its summer-2017 release date, which means a replacement needs to be found, pronto. To all the directorial hopefuls out there, may the odds be ever in your — wait, wrong series.

Kristen Stewart, James Franco, and Helena Bonham Carter to Join JT LeRoy Biopic ... or Are They?

JT LeRoy, the literary sensation who palled around with celebrities and romanced Asia Argento before being unmasked as a hoax a decade ago, is getting a biopic: THR reports that Kristen Stewart, Helena Bonham Carter, and James Franco are in talks to join JT LeRoy, a film about the two women who dreamed up the stunt, from I Am Michael's Justin Kelly. Bonham Carter would take the role of Laura Albert, who wrote the work credited to LeRoy; Stewart would play Savannah Knoop, who impersonated LeRoy in public (and now co-wrote this movie's script). Franco is set to play Knoop's brother, who was married to Albert. Ten years after being unmasked, LeRoy is having another moment in the spotlight: A documentary, Author: The JT LeRoy Story, just earned rave reviews at Sundance.

Dang, Bruce Willis, How Did You Get So Good at Bowling?

Say, which member of the Pulp Fiction cast would be the best at making your child cry during their 11th birthday party? That would be Bruce Willis, who "Page Six" reports was seen rolling a whopping 286 at a Misery after-party at a bowling alley Saturday. And he did it in between "drinking vodka and showing off his dance skills." Yippee-ki-yay! Tell us, Bruce Willis: How did you get so good at bowling? Is it because of your resemblance to a bowling pin? Did Steve Buscemi teach you during the production of Armageddon? Or maybe, is Joseph Gordon-Levitt about to start practicing?

Sylvester Stallone Considered Boycotting This Year’s Oscars Ceremony

Sylvester Stallone might have forgotten to thank Michael B. Jordan and Ryan Coogler during his Golden Globe speech, but he gave his Creed co-star and helmer nothing but praise during a Monday Oscar nominee luncheon. The 69-year-old actor revealed he even considered boycotting the Academy Awards out of respect for them, despite the fact that his return as Rocky Balboa has netted him his first Oscar shot in nearly 40 years. "I remember I spoke with Ryan Coogler when [the nominee fallout] happened," Stallone explained at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. "I said, 'Ryan how do you want to handle this? Because I really believe that you are responsible for me being here.' Michael Jordan, every time, I looked into his eyes as an actor, I said, 'He is making me better.' I think he should have been given a lot more respect and a lot more attention. And [Coogler] said, 'Just go there and try to represent the film. We feel you deserve it, but you know, eventually things will change.' I said, 'If you want me to go, I'll go, and if you don't, I won't.' And he said, 'No, I want you to go.' That's the kind of guy he is."


Lupita Nyong’o and Ava DuVernay Might Team Up for a Sci-Fi Thriller Called Intelligent Life

Lupita Nyong'o and her extraterrestrial chops have been tapped for a role in a closer galaxy, as THR reports the Star Wars actress is in talks to take a turn as another alien. If negotiations go as planned, Nyong'o will star in the earthbound Intelligent Life, a sci-fi thriller coming from Amblin Entertainment. The trade notes Ava DuVernay might also receive an offer to direct. Jurassic World's Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly have already written the script, which tells the story of a U.N. worker-turned-interstellar ambassador who "falls in love with a mysterious woman, [Nyong'o], who turns out to be an alien." No word yet if this role also requires a fondness for Chewie or those tasty mocap dots, but you should know fairly soon, as production is slated to begin this summer.

2016’s Oscars Class Photo: 8 Points of Interest

Today in Hollywood, many of Hollywood's most melanin-deficient stars came out for the annual Oscar nominees luncheon, a delightful chance for A-list actors to rub shoulders with less-famous, behind-the-scenes nominees who make very charming decisions about what to wear. As always, the nominees on hand posed for a giant class picture, and Vulture is here to point out all the important parts. Here, then, are eight points of interest.

Including Leo. »

Goldie Hawn Might Be Coming Out of Retirement to Play Amy Schumer’s Mom in Kidnapping Comedy

When news emerged last summer that Amy Schumer's first post-Trainwreck project would be a mother-daughter kidnapping comedy, one question loomed above all others: Who in the world should play Amy Schumer's mom? Now we've got our answer: It might be Goldie Hawn! The news was originally reported by Vulture's Kyle Buchanan, and then confirmed by the Wrap. The untitled comedy would mark Hawn's return to the screen after a 14-year absence. (Her last film was 2002's The Banger Sisters, which now won't even have the pleasure of being a trivia answer.) Of course, this news means that, in the Amy Schumer Cinematic Universe, Goldie Hawn once hooked up with Colin Quinn. Congratulations, Colin Quinn!

10 Promising Independent Horror Films to Watch Out For This Year

The blockbuster business these days is all about spandex and sequels and reboots. It’s never been a better time to be a superhero, but if you know where to look, it’s also never been a better time to be a horror buff. Genre festivals like Fantastic Fest and Beyond Fest are bigger than ever, while the Midnight lineups at heavyweight events like Sundance, South by Southwest, and the Toronto International Film Festival have become pipelines for movies that generate buzz on par with the more conventional prestige fare.

What’s more, digital distribution platforms like Netflix and Amazon have given life to niche horror films that don’t command nationwide theatrical releases. Going to see Guillermo del Toro’s sprawling Gothic romance Crimson Peak on the big screen was beautiful and all, but Mark Duplass’s microbudget Creep is terrifying and available to stream at a moment’s notice. And did you miss the Danish fantasy-thriller When Animals Dream? Of course you did! But don’t stress, because it, too, is waiting for you on Netflix right now.

But it’s not just a question of availability either. The quality and diversity of horror films right now is incredibly high. “2015 was a very exciting year for film, and even more so in the horror genre," Evrim Ersoy, the head programmer for Fantastic Fest, says. "The wide variety of topics covered, in ever-more inventive ways, showed us that filmmakers were constantly reinventing themselves and their visual language, to find fresh ways to scare, to terrorize, and to disturb us.” Fantastic Fest is the biggest genre film festival in the country, which means that if Ersoy liked what he saw on the indie circuit last year, then viewers are in luck this year. Based on input from Ersoy and Beyond Fest co-founder Christian Parkes, as well as our own assessment of what's to come, here are ten independent horror films to get excited about this year. Open that Hungarian trapdoor to hell and see where it leads.


Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates Trailer: Adam Devine and Zac Efron Are Rowdy, But Anna Kendrick and Aubrey Plaza Are Rowdier

In what looks like a more scripted version of Jackass, the Super Stangle Bros. (Adam DeVine and Zac Efron) make bad decision after bad decision until they make their best worst decision yet: taking Alice (Anna Kendrick) and Tatiana (Aubrey Plaza) to their sister's wedding in Hawaii. Roll the clip above to see how con becomes catastrophe in the form of really ugly cries, porno parodies, and a Michael JordanMia Hamm commercial gone wrong. Jake Szymanski's comedy, which also includes Stephen Root, Wendy Williams, Alice Wetterlund, and Sam Richardson, unspools in theaters on July 8 — just in time for you to get inspiration for your own late-summer disasters.

Independence Day: Resurgence’s Super Bowl Spot Has the National Anthem and Jeff Goldblum; Could It Be More Patriotic?

Ah, Independence Day, where we give thanks for our freedom and also for true American hero Jeff Goldblum. Do you not give thanks for Jeff Goldblum? Is this a regional thing? Anyway, the Super Bowl trailer for Independence Day: Resurgence, the long-gestating sequel to Roland Emmerich's mammoth 1996 blockbuster about Jeff Goldblum and Will Smith fighting aliens, is here. Goldblum returns, sans Smith, alongside Judd Hirsch, Bill Pullman, and Vivica A. Fox. They're joined by Liam Hemsworth, Brent Spiner, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Jessie Usher, Maika Monroe, and Sela Ward, who worked with Emmerich (still rebounding from Stonewall) on The Day After Tomorrow. Watch the latest spot above, and get a little more context (as if Independence Day needs context) below. Independence Day: Resurgence comes crashing into theaters like an alien mother ship June 24, 2016.

New X-Men: Apocalypse Trailer: Olivia Munn Is Loosed Upon the World

It's the end of the world as we know it, and Olivia Munn (as Psylocke) feels fine — that's probably because she has a psychic purple katana, but who are we to know? The second trailer for X-Men: Apocalypse is here, and it's got more of everything a person could want: Blue Oscar Isaac, American Sansa, Jennifer Lawrence's terrified "I've been picked for the Hunger Games" face. If you want some background on the action, check out the previous trailer below, which features some unsettling assertions about theology and war. The Apocalypse is coming May 27. Get ready to buy tickets.

Jason Bourne First Look: Matt Damon Is Really Mad, Really Ready to Break Cars and Faces

Jason Bourne is back, but he doesn't feel the same way about early-2000s nostalgia as you might. You see, he remembers everything (except for the rules of the road), and he's ready for the biggest punch party of the year. Recall how upset Matt Damon looked in producer Frank Marshall's first pic, multiply that level of frowning by a few, and you'll get the mad, road-rage-y "perfect weapon" you see in the first-look teaser above. Bourne vet Paul Greengrass helmed this project, which may or may not be about cyberwarfare, with writing help from Christopher Rouse. Also starring Alicia Vikander, Vincent Cassel, Tommy Lee Jones, and Julia Stiles, their movie comes to theaters July 29, just in time to save the world and boost hand-wrap sales.

Here’s Captain America: Civil War’s Very Stressful, Very Badass Super Bowl Spot

Sunday's Super Bowl 50 is promising a lot in terms of on-site entertainment, but let's not forget about the TV spots also on the way. Right away Marvel set the bar high by unveiling a tension-filled Civil War ad: No Spidey present, but you will find a sporty chant, lots of uh-oh faces, and a badass look at their version of a historic standoff (or really clique-y flight attendants). Roll the clip above to see some of the explosive new action and to start stressing out about which side to pick. Or, just flip a coin:

It Was the Panda Bowl Weekend at the Box Office

For the second week in a row, Kung Fu Panda 3 martial arts-ed its way to the top of the box office, martial art-ing the Coen Brothers' Hail, Caesar! in its Golden Age Hollywood face. Panda made $21 million, bringing its domestic total up to $69 million, while the Coens' comedy made $11.4 million, a little more than half of its $22 million budget. The Revenant, which snagged a Best Director DGA Award like a bear in a trap, made $7.1 million in its 7th week, for a cume of $149.7 million. Star Wars: The Force Awakens slacked in its 8th week, only making $6.8 million for a paltry $905.9 million domestic cume. (The film took 52 days to break $2 billion worldwide.) The week's other two major debuts, The Choice and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, didn't set the box office on fire. The Nicholas Sparks romance made $6 million while the adaptation of Jane Austen's beloved novel about the bourgeois undead made $5.2 million.

The Club Exists in a Place of Spiritual and Physical Exile

In Tom McCarthy’s Oscar contender Spotlight, there’s a scene where one of the film’s crusading journalists, played by Brian D’Arcy James, discovers that a house in his neighborhood is being used by the Catholic Church to house disgraced priests accused of molesting children. It’s a chilling moment, but also an odd one: In a film that’s otherwise quite generous with its characterizations and meticulous in its narrative, it’s weird to have an element like that turn up, like some kind of grisly, real-world haunted house. Watching the otherwise excellent Spotlight, I found myself wondering about what exactly goes on in a sad, condemned place like that.


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Jackie Chan Forgot to Tell Tourists He Was Blowing Up a Bus in London

On Sunday morning a bus exploded in London. It went up in a great whorl of flame on the Lambeth Bridge, its smoldering wreckage flung into the Thames below. Tourists and Londoners who live near the bridge were, of course, in a panic. Thankfully, the explosion was just a stunt for Jackie Chan’s upcoming film The Foreigner, co-starring Pierce Brosnan. (Given that the movie is being filmed in London, Chan is presumably the titular expat.) People took to Twitter to voice their frustration that they were not given enough warning about the planned explosion, though others were quick to point out that, yes, they were given ample warning, in the form of signs and fliers and bright orange cones.