That’s a Wrap: The Week in Movie News

The cast has come together for the upcoming Rampage adaptation for the big screen. Dwayne Johnson will star in the film as primatologist Davis Okoye, who works to find a cure after a rogue genetic experiment turns several alpha predators into raging creatures. Collider reports that Naomie Harris, Malin Akerman, Jake Lacy, Joe Manganiello, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, P.J. Byrne and Marley Shelton are also part of the cast.

According to Deadline, Palmstar Media has optioned a pair of Mary Doria Russell books based upon legendary gunman Doc Holliday. The books will reportedly serve as the base for a new film based on Holliday with Jeremy Renner set to star in the central role.

The cast continues to grow for the upcoming Bad Moms sequel, A Bad Moms Christmas. Deadline reports Susan Sarandon, Christine Baranski, Cheryl Hines and Peter Gallagher have all joined the cast, with the three actresses appearing as the mothers of the three central characters.

Brian DePalma will direct the upcoming thriller Domino, starring Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Christina Hendricks. Coster-Waldau will play a Danish cop who goes rogue and joins with a fellow officer (Hendricks) to track down a killer after his partner is murdered in Europe while being targeted by terrorists. However, the pair are unaware that the assailant is a CIA operative who is on the trail of an ISIS cell behind the attacks.

Director Antoine Fuqua will reunite with actor Denzel Washington in the sequel to The Equalizer. The film is now on schedule for a Sept. 14, 2018 arrival.

Actor Tyrese Gibson has posted on Instagram that he’ll be reprising one of his past film roles, appearing in Baby Boy: Coming of Age. It is not known as of yet if director John Singleton will return. Gibson starred in the original film as a young bike mechanic with two children who clashes with his girlfriend’s ex.

The futuristic romance Zoe just had a major talent infusion to its cast. Christina Aguilera, Theo James, Rashida Jones and Miranda Otto have joined the film, which stars Ewan McGregor and Lea Seydoux. Deadline reports the film centers on two colleagues who work at a revolutionary lab where they are designing technology to improve and perfect romantic relationships, but their work uncovers discoveries more profound than ever expected.

Melissa McCarthy has signed on for the raunchy puppet film The Happytime Murders. Brian Henson will direct the film, with the movie set to take place in a Los Angeles underworld where humans and puppets co-exist. McCarthy is a human detective paired with a puppet partner who must work together to figure out who has been killing cast members of a classic puppet show.

Brie Larson, recently seen in Free Fire, will star in the feature film adaptation of Jeannette Walls‘ best-selling memoir The Glass Castle. Larson will play the central role of a woman with a dysfunctional and very colorful family. Woody Harrelson will play her alcoholic father, while Naomi Watts stars as her painter mother. The film is expected to premiere on Aug. 11.

Variety reports that Clive Owen, Tom Felton, George MacKay and Devon Terrell have all joined the Daisy Ridley-starring film Ophelia. The film starts principle photography later this month with Claire McCarthy directing the romantic tragedy.

The Mindy Project‘s Garret Dillahunt has joined the cast of the Steve McQueen-directed heist thriller Widows. Deadline reports that the film centers on four armed robbers who are killed during a heist, with their widows coming together to try to finish the job. Viola Davis, Robert Duvall, Colin Farrell and Liam Neeson have also been cast in the film.

David Spade and Nat Faxon will star in the Happy Madison film Who Do You Think Would Win? Deadline reports that the movie centers on the playful debate between two friends about whose father would win in a fight, but the ante gets upped when one of the dads takes the bet seriously. Bridgit Mendler, Joey Bragg, Matt Shively and Jackie Sandler have also been cast.

‘The Flash’ Star Grant Gustin To Attend Silicon Valley Comic Con


The Flash star Grant Gustin and his co-star Tom Felton (he plays Doctor Alchemy on the series) have been added to the show lineup of the Silicon Valley Comic Con. Created by Steve Wozniak, SVCC is a pop culture and technology expo that takes place at the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose, Ca on the April 21-23 weekend.

Grant and Felton will appear together for a fan Q&A on Sunday, with Felton, who’s best known known for his work as Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter flicks, also appearing at SVCC on April 22nd. Previously announced guests include John Cusack, Gina Torres (Suits, Firefly), Billy Boyd (The Lord of the Rings trilogy), Robert Englund (Nightmare on Elm Street films) and Steven Yeun (The Walking Dead).

Along with his work on The Flash, Gustin has appeared on Arrow, Supergirl (which had him reunite with Glee castmate Melissa Benoist), and Legends of Tomorrow. Felton also starred in Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Belle, and Risen.

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Blu-ray Pick: ‘Risen’ Rises With Joseph Fiennes And Epic Storytelling

RisenNow out on Blu-ray and DVD, Risen (108 minutes, PG-13) focuses on the resurrection of Jesus Christ (Cliff Curtis),  but from an entirely different vantage point. Clavius (Joseph Fiennes) is a Roman tribune and non-believer who is tasked with finding the body of Christ, which has gone missing after his crucifixion. Clavius is under huge pressure from Pontius Pilate (Peter Firth) to find the corpse, as a missing Christ will only strengthen his followers’ belief that the son of God truly walked the Earth.

Harry Potter vet Tom Felton is Lucius, a fellow Roman who helps Clavius on his quest and is more than ready to punish anyone who impedes their mission.

One of the impressive facets behind Risen is that with a reported $20 million budget, director Kevin Reynolds (The Count of Monte Cristo, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves) infuses the movie with enough epic scale to draw viewers into this arresting tale, which is essentially a mystery on what truly happened to Christ. Naysayers of the film may claim it’s a purely faith-based picture, but Risen has enough riveting action and compelling melodrama to keep one engaged. As the morally conflicted Clavius, Fiennes also turns in some of his best work to date, and even if Biblical features are not your cup of team, Risen may engage you on an entirely different level.

Special features on Risen include audio commentary from producer Patrick Aiello and co-writer Paul Aiello, several deleted scenes (one of which features the hanging of Judas Iscariot and another gives more depth to Felton’s character), and the featurettes “The Battle of the Zealots Deconstructed,” “The Mystery of the Resurrection,” “Script to Screen,” and “Creating A.D. Jerusalem.”

The visual scope and production design of Risen was particularly impressive, so learning how the crew designed the sets in Malta as well as checking out the behind the scenes details on shooting off a coastal area in Spain (for the Galilee sequences) were of particular interest (these details are discussed in “Creating A.D. Jerusalem”).

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Making Horror Films Is The Job ‘Apparition’ Director Todd Lincoln Was Born To Do

apparitionIn theaters today, THE APPARITION is a stylish (if traditional) horror story focused on a young couple whose lives are turned upside-down by the presence of an evil poltergeist in their supposedly idyllic dream house. As much a story of haunted people as it is a story of a haunted house, the film does manage some pretty solid scares. Written and directed by TODD LINCOLN, the cast features ASHLEY GREENE, SEBASTIAN STAN, TOM FELTON, JULIANNA GUILL and LUKE PASQUALINO.
A thirty-something native of Oklahoma, TODD LINCOLN is a long time fan of horror films and things that go bump in the night. In fact, listening to him describe his childhood during our recent interview, it seemed obvious that making scary movies was his true calling. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)

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THE APPARITION opens in theaters today

‘Apparition’ Star Ashley Greene Ready To Say Goodnight To ‘Twilight’


ashley-greene-new-moon-premiere-2No stranger to the ways of the supernatural, ASHLEY GREENE will soon be seen in the big-screen fright-fest THE APPARITION as part of a young couple whose lives are turned upside-down by the presence of an evil poltergeist in their supposedly idyllic dream house. Written and directed by TODD LINCOLN, the film has GREENE sharing the screen with SEBASTIAN STAN, TOM FELTON, JULIANNA GUILL and LUKE PASQUALINO.
GREENE is also one of the stars of the hugely successful TWILIGHT SAGA franchise, which is about to come to a close with the release of THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN PT. 2. A member of the TWILIGHT ‘family’ since the films began in 2008, GREENE is looking at the end of the series with mixed emotions. We spoke with her a few days ago and she talked about seeing the franchise come to a finish. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
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THE APPARITION opens in theaters Friday
THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN PT. 2 opens in theaters 11/16