Dan Stevens Is Open to a Beauty and the Beast Sequel

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is already one of the year’s biggest hits, becoming the first $1 billion movie at the global box office. As of now, we haven’t heard anything about a potential sequel, but given its enormous success, it wouldn’t be surprising if a sequel eventually happens. When that day does come, it seems Dan Stevens will be ready to return as the Beast, according to comments the actor made over the weekend.

Variety caught up with Dan Stevens at the Tribecc Film Festival, where the actor debuted his new sex comedy entitled Permission. The actor was asked if he would consider returning as The Beast, and the actor replied that he’s open to whatever offers may come his way regarding a return to this magical world. Here’s what the actor had to say during the Tribecca Film Festival below.

“That’s not a question for me. I’m not sure what turn that would take. I’m open to offers. It would seem odd for me to hear about it, but never say never.”

However, it seems that a sequel may not even happen at all. Last month, Disney’s production president Sean Bailey revealed that Beauty and the Beast 2 isn’t happening, but the studio may consider a prequel or spin-off. The studio could certainly craft movies for all of the characters in the Beast’s castle, showing their back story before they were turned into household items. These characters include Ewan McGregor’s Lumiere, the candelabra, Stanley Tucci’s Maestro Cadenza, the harpsichord, Audra McDonald’s Madame de Garderobe, the wardrobe, Gugu Mbatha-Raw’s Plumette, the feather duster, Hattie Morahan’s enchantress, Nathan Mack’s Chip, the teacup, Ian McKellen’s Cogsworth, the mantel clock and Emma Thompson’s teapot, Mrs. Potts. It’s also possible that there could be a Gaston and LeFou spin-off as well.

Oscar winner Bill Condon directed Beauty and the Beast with Alan Menken providing the score. Beauty and the Beast also featured new recordings of the original songs written by Menken and Howard Ashman, as well as several new songs written by Menken and three-time Oscar winner Tim Rice. It isn’t known if Bill Condon will return to direct any of these potential prequels or spin-off movies. Hopefully we’ll get some confirmation on the future of this franchise soon.


Lucasfilm Is Planning Future Star Wars Spin-Off Movies Soon

It’s been an exciting week for Star Wars fans with the premier of The Last Jedi trailer at Star Wars Celebration last weekend, getting fans into a fever pitch of excitement and fan theories. In addition, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has recently been released to the home video/streaming market where it continues to be a giant success, which was a gamble that Disney profited off of in a major way. With the success of Rogue One, it seems that Disney is ready to look into the future of more Star Wars spin-offs after Episode IX.

At last week’s Star Wars Celebration, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy hinted about a untitled 2020 anthology film that could be officially announced as soon as the summer of 2018 with the release of the Han Solo spinoff. But it seems now that the official announcement could come much sooner. In an interview with E-Cartela (via StarWarsNewsNet), Kennedy says this.

“To be honest, we are beginning to talk about [the spinoffs] right now. We have four or five weeks immersed in the film ‘Han Solo’ and we are about to read the script of Colin Trevorrow’s Episode IX, so we have a lot of work at the moment. We will have some meetings about the stories that we will develop here.”

Kennedy goes on to talk about the future of  Star Wars spin-offs after the wrap of Episode IX In the next six or eight months. This kind of information is just the thing that fans need to fuel more Star Wars spin-offs rumors. Some of the larger rumors from unnamed sources have suggested that the next set of spin-offs could be Obi-Wan, Boba Fett, and a possible young adult romance story. Other reports suggest that Sam Esmail, creator of Mr. Robot is working on a script for another possible spin-off. And J.J. Abrams has expressed interested in directing a standalone Knights of Ren movie. Regardless of where the Star Wars spinoffs officially end up, it is certain that there is a huge demand for more.

Fan theories and ideas of where future Star Wars spin-offs should go have been around for decades and from a variety of sources. A cursory search through Reddit can lead a reader down a virtual rabbit hole of Star Wars theories and conspiracies and it appears that Lucasfilm is aware and paying attention. Further in the E-Cartela interview Kennedy reveals this.

“After 40 years of adventures, fans have so much information and so many theories about the way that can take these stories and theories that emerge are sometimes new ideas for us that we hear, read and pay attention to everything what is said.”

More importantly, Kennedy further states.

“It is Clear that the fans are as much masters of this franchise as we are…”

Lucasfilm understands the importance of getting it right for the fans of Star Wars and Kennedy’s words cement that understanding. While fans are still quite a ways away from any official announcements, they still have The Last Jedi in December, the still untitled Han Solo spin-off, and Episode IX to look forward to. Lucasfilm seems to be taking their time as to not rush the creative juices and ensure a proper film to appease fans of all walks of life. It is definitely a very exciting time to be a Star Wars fan right now, with many more Star Wars anthology movies still to come.


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War for the Planet of the Apes Director Calls It a Revenge Western

After two wildly successful movies, 2011′s Rise of the Planet of the Apes and 2014′s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, 20th Century Fox is getting ready to unveil the third installment in this hit franchise centering on the powerful ape Caesar, played by Andy Serkis. While we wait for the next trailer to debut, director Matt Reeves and star Andy Serkis shed some light on this movie in a new interview. This action-packed sci-fi thriller will focus on how both the apes and humanity engage in a war for their own livelihood.

Entertainment Weekly caught up with both Matt Reeves and Andy Serkis as part of their summer movie preview. When we first met Caesar, he was just one ape among many, who was raised by James Franco’s character Will Rodman. Now he is a fully grown ape who has evolved into a family man and commander of a growing ape army that squares off with a mysterious Colonel (Woody Harrelson) and his human army. Here’s what Andy Serkis had to say about his iconic character.

“It’s very rare that an actor can get to play the whole life of a character. It’s Boyhood, but for apes. It’s my Apehood!”

The story takes place two years after Dawn of the Plant of the Apes, which represents a much smaller time jump this time around. 15 years had passed between Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, with this new story centering on this conflict between the apes and the Colonel shortly after the end of the previous sequel. Director Matt Reeves revealed that Caesar goes on a “revenge mission” in this movie.

“It finally cracks Caesar. It sets him on a revenge mission. The movie goes from being this grand war movie to an almost Josey Wales-like Western.”

This movie also introduces a new human character, a young girl named Nova (Amiah Miller), who becomes part of Caesar’s “posse,” and Bad Ape, a talking ape played by Steve Zahn. The movie opens with a “stunning ape-versus-human battle through the forest,” with the rest of the story taking Caesar to the snow-capped Sierra Mountains. Here’s what Andy Serkis had to say about this war with the Colonel.

“The Colonel comes across as someone who’s psychotic. But he is fighting for the survival of humanity, as Caesar is fighting for the apes. Expect a loser, but no real winners.”

War for the Planet of the Apes also stars Gabriel Chavarria, Judy Greer and Karin Konoval. Matt Reeves directs from a script he co-wrote with Mark Bomback. The movie will hit theaters on July 14, which has that date to itself, but comes a week after Spider-Man: Homecoming and a week after Dunkirk. Hopefully we’ll have more on War for the Planet of the Apes soon.


New Kingsman 2 Footage Arrives, Trailer Coming This Monday

Last week, 20th Century Fox unveiled the first Kingsman 2 trailer preview, which condensed the entire trailer down into a rapid-fire 10-second video. Today we have a second preview, which offers a better look at new cast members Halle Berry as Ginger and Channing Tatum as Agent Tequila, along with word that the full trailer will arrive tomorrow, Monday, April 24. It isn’t clear exactly when the trailer will drop, but if these two trailer previews are any indication, this trailer will certainly be explosive and packed with non-stop action.

20th Century Fox debuted this trailer preview on their YouTube channel today, which teases an action-packed car fight with Eggsy (Taron Egerton) along with a very intriguing scene at the end of this preview. The final shot features a leaping Eggsy delivering a punch to a robot, which doesn’t have any arms. It’s possible that this robot was unleashed by the villainous Poppy (Julianne Moore), who Taron Egerton described in a recent interview as “genuinely terrifying”. Hopefully we’ll get to see more of Poppy and these strange robots in the full trailer.

This action sequel picks up after the events of the first Kingsman movie, where a new threat emerges as the Kingsman headquarters is destroyed. Both Eggsy and Merlin are forced to seek help across the pond, joining forces with the American version of the Kingsman, known as the Statesmen. It was recently revealed that their headquarters resides in an old Kentucky distillery, which is why all of these spies have alcohol-related code names. For example, Pedro Pascal’s character is Agent Whiskey, while Channing Tatum plays Agent Tequila, while their leader is Agent Champagne, played by Jeff Bridges.

These new characters team up with Eggsy and Merlin to defeat the nefarious Poppy, who director Matthew Vaughn recently described as “America’s sweetheart gone wrong”. Last month, 20th Century Fox issued a new Kingsman 2 release date, setting the sequel for release on September 29, pushing it up from its June 16 release. The movie was originally supposed to go up against Pixar’s Cars 3, Open Road Films’ All Eyez On Me, Sony’s Rough Night and Entertainment Studios’ 47 Meters Down. Now in its new date, it will go up against Universal’s American Made, Sony’s Flatliners and Pure Flix’s Samson.

There has also been talk of Kingsman 3, when Halle Berry reportedly signed on to play the head of the CIA in Kingsman 2, with an option to also return for Kingsman 3. Still, 20th Century Fox hasn’t confirmed whether or not Kingsman 3 will be moving forward. Edward Holcroft, Jeff Bridges, Vinnie Jones, along with the returning Mark Strong as Merlin and Colin Firth as Harry Hart, who was seemingly killed off towards the end off the first movie. While we still don’t know much about Harry Hart’s resurrection, Colin Firth did state in an interview last year that Kinsgman 2 is not a ‘conventional sequel’, and that his return will be quite surprising. Take a look at the new trailer preview for Kingsman: The Golden Circle.

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Last Jedi Isn’t Repeating Empire Strikes Back Says Director

For more than a week now, fans all over the world have been rewatching and picking apart every single frame of the first trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Since Disney and Lucasfilm had been very quiet on the details about the movie up to that point, there was an awful lot of excitement, but there has also been some concern that this movie will just be repeating the story beats of The Empire Strikes Back. Director Rian Johnson has put that theory to bed, albeit in a pretty snarky way.

Rian Johnson is quite active on social media and, on a fairly regular basis, will engage with fans and even answer some question they may have. Recently. Someone on Twitter suggested that Star Wars 8 is just going to copy The Empire Strikes Back and said, “Nothing new here.” Rian Johnson didn’t seem to like that suggestion. Here is his response.

“Greg is right actually, I’ve spent the last three years just copying Empire.”

Doing a little bit of reading between the lines there, it is clear that Rian Johnson, who both wrote and directed the movie, is being sarcastic and essentially shooting down that suggestion. That said, the concern that Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be a rehash of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back isn’t totally unfounded. Cast members have made vague comparisons at least tonally, to both movies and there are definitely going to be some story beats that sync up. A Jedi in training, the possible surprising reveal of someone’s parents, the bad guys going back on the offensive after suffering a huge defeat. So there could definitely be some similarities between the two movies.

Not only that, but after seeing Star Wars: The Force Awakens, it is possible fans could be worried Star Wars: The Last Jedi will go the same route. While The Force Awakens was very successful, both critically and at the box office, there were very obvious and numerous similarities between that movie and Star Wars: A New Hope. Some didn’t like how much both movies mirrored one another and it is understandable that they may be worried that will happen again. But Rian Johnson is a very different filmmaker than J.J. Abrams and it seems like he didn’t want to spend three years of his life retelling a story that has already been told.

We’ll have to wait until December to see just how similar both movies are, but even if they are more than a little similar, don’t expect that to deter fans from seeing the movie when it is finally released. Star Wars 8 stars Mark Hamill, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita NyOng’o, Gwendoline Christie, Adam Driver, Benicio Del Toro, Laura Dern, Kelly Marie Tran and Carrie Fisher. Star Wars: The Last Jedi is set for release on December 15, 2017.

@[email protected]@[email protected] Greg is right actually, I’ve spent the last three years just copying Empire.

— Rian Johnson (@rianjohnson) April 21, 2017


Fate of the Furious Wins Second Lap at the Box Office with $38.6M

After setting a worldwide box office record, Universal’s blockbuster The Fate of the Furious was expected to suffer a rather big second weekend drop, but still come out on top. Both predictions did in fact come true, with this high-octane blockbuster dropping a whopping 60.8%. But it still came out on top with an estimated $38.6 million. While there were five new movies arriving in theaters, two didn’t even crack the top 10, and the rest barely managed to underperform.

Box Office Mojo reports that Fate of the Furious even added 19 theaters this weekend for a total theater count of 4,329, earning a decent $8,936 per-screen average. This weekend’s tally brings its total up to $163.5 million domestic and a whopping $744.8 million international for a worldwide tally of $908.3 million. It’s possible that it could break Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ record of the fastest movie to reach $1 billion, with the Disney blockbuster taking just 12 days to accomplish that feat. If it reaches the milestone tomorrow, the Universal blockbuster would hit the mark on the 11th day, but it remains to be seen if it can take in nearly $100 million worldwide in just one day. Furious 7 took just 15 days to accomplish that feat in 2015.

The only new release that came even remotely close to Furious 8 was the Disney documentary Born in China, which opened in a distant fourth place with $5.1 million, behind Furious 8, The Boss Baby ($12.7 million) and the Disney hit Beauty and the Beast ($9.9 million), while Going in Style rounded out the top 5 with $5 million. The top 10 was rounded out by Smurfs: The Lost Village ($4.85 million) newcomer Unforgettable ($4.8 million), Gifted ($4.5 million), newcomer The Promise ($4 million) and The Lost City of Z ($2.1 million). Gifted expanded into 840 more theaters this weekend for a total theater count of 1,896, while The Lost City of Z expanded into 610 more theaters for a total of 614. Newcomer Phoenix Forgotten debuted just out of the top 10 in 11th place with $2 million while Free Fire opened in 17th place with $1.03 million.

Over the course of seven films that have successively stoked passion in an ever-expanding audience and an astounding $3.9 billion at the worldwide box office, Universal Pictures’ record-smashing homegrown franchise has become the studio’s most-profitable and longest-running one. On social media platforms, fan following for the movies and cast has grown into the biggest of any active franchise. On the heels of 2015′s Furious 7, one of the fastest movies to reach $1 billion worldwide in box-office history and the sixth-biggest global title of all time, comes the newest chapter in one of the most popular and enduring motion-picture serials of all time: The Fate of the Furious.

Also opening in limited release is IFC’s documentary Citizen Jane, The Orchard’s Jeremiah Tower and MUBI’s The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki, with The Lost City of Z expanding to 500 theaters. Citizen Jane earned $33,760 from just two theaters for an impressive $16,880 per-screen average. Jeremiah Tower earned $24,068 from two theaters for a $12,034 per-screen average, but no box office data was released for The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki.

Looking ahead to next weekend, three new movies will debut in the last weekend of spring, before Guardians of the Galaxy 2 kicks off the summer movie season on May 5. Opening next weekend is STX Entertainment’s The Circle, Pantelion’s How to Be a Latin Lover and Blumhouse Tilt’s Sleight. Also arriving in limited release is Gunpowder & Sky’s Below Her Mouth, Well Go USA’s Buster’s Mal Heart, Grey Lady, Well Go USA’s The Lady and Oscilloscope Pictures’ One Week and a Day. Take a look the box office estimates for the weekend of April 21 below, and check back next Tuesday for the next round of predictions.

1The Fate of the Furious
2The Boss Baby
3Beauty and the Beast
4Born in China
5Going in Style
6Smurfs: The Lost Village
9The Promise
10The Lost City of Z


Why It Could Be A While Before We Hear Prince’s Deliverance EP

The posthumous Prince EP Deliverance was slated for a release one year after the music legend’s death. But now that courts are involved, it seems fans will be waiting much longer to enjoy it. Get the details.

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