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Netflix's Dumplin' Movie Poster, Photos Reveal First Look & Release Date

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Netflix’s Dumplin’, the movie adaptation of Julie Murphy’s same-named YA book, releases a poster and first look images confirming the film’s premiere date. The streaming service has found a great deal of success in YA adaptations, releasing The Kissing Booth and To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before this year alone. In fact, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before was such a hit for Netflix, fans have been wondering when the company will announce a sequel (based on the second book in the source material’s series).As such, it came as little surprise when Netflix acquired Dumplin’ earlier this year, prepping the film for a late 2018 release. The movie follows teenager Willowdean Dickson (Danielle Macdonald), the daughter of former beauty queen Rosie Dickson (Jennifer Aniston) who signs up for the pageant her mother organizes as a form of protest. However, when other atypical beauty pageant contestants follow Willowdean’s lead, she finds herself reluctantly leading a revolution – all while struggling with her own self-image. Now, Netflix has released the first look images of Dumplin’ and revealed when the movie will be available on the streaming service.Related: What’s Next in Netflix’s Future?Netflix unveiled the first poster for Dumplin’, which features Macdonald in a red pageant dress mimicking Willowdean’s pose on the cover of Murphy’s novel and Aniston standing slightly back as Rosie. The poster confirms the movie will premiere on Friday, Dec. 7. Additionally, Netflix released three photos from Dumplin’, two of Aniston in her beauty pageant tiara and one of Macdonald all dolled up. Check out the poster and photos below.Directed by Anne Fletcher (27 Dresses, Hot Pursuit) from a script by Kristin Hahn (Disney’s Stargirl), Dumplin’ also stars Odeya Rush as Willowdean’s best friend Ellen Dryver; Luke Benward as Bo, a boy Willowdean is interested in; and Dove Cameron, Bex Taylor-Klaus and Maddie Baillio as fellow pageant contestants. Plus, since the book is rich with references to country superstar Dolly Parton, the musician is lending her talents to the Dumplin’ soundtrack, releasing new recordings of her classic songs for the film.With veteran leading lady Aniston and rising star Macdonald – who made a splash in 2017’s Patti Cake$ – Dumplin’ has all the potential to be another massive hit for Netflix. Of course, whether it receives the same huge viewership numbers as To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before remains to be seen, and likely depends on the streaming service’s promotional push as well as word-of-mouth buzz. Additionally, with the month of December being packed with high profile theatrical releases, it’s unclear how that will affect the potential viewership of Dumplin’. But, the movie may prove to benefit from the accessibility of being on Netflix, a streamer now known for their teen-geared and rom-com programming.For now, fans looking forward to the release of Dumplin’ next month will have to make due with the poster and first look images – but a trailer should be just around the corner.Next: The Best Romantic Comedy Films On NetflixSource: Netflix


Rian Johnson's Knives Out Eyes Christopher Plummer

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The star-studded cast of Rian Johnson’s Knives Out continues to grow as the project eyes Oscar-winner Christopher Plummer. Already, Johnson’s upcoming murder-mystery has assembled a top-notch ensemble, headlined by Daniel Craig as a detective assigned to solve a crime. Joining the current 007 are heavy hitters such as Chris Evans, Jamie Lee Curtis, Toni Collette, Michael Shannon, and more. Plot details are being kept firmly under wraps for now, but if the talent is anything to go by, the script has quite the hook.Earlier this week, Johnson revealed he started production on Knives Out, so viewers would be forgiven if they thought all the principal roles were cast. However, there was at least one more part to nail down, and now Johnson’s seemingly recruited another huge name for his latest.Related: Rian Johnson and More React To FilmStruck’s ClosureAccording to THR, Plummer is now in talks for Knives Out, though information about his possible character is under lock and key. Should he officially sign on, Plummer would be the third Academy Award nominee in the cast. Collette and Shannon are the others.With a plethora of credits to his name, Plummer is an experienced veteran actor who’s done just about any genre one can think of. As such, it’s difficult at this time to predict who he might be playing. Plummer can easily portray a friendly elder or someone who’s a bit more sinister. One thing that can be said for sure is he will lend an authoritative presence and a strong amount of gravitas to Knives Out. Even in his advancing age, Plummer is more than capable of delivering a captivating performance. He’s coming off of his awards worthy turn as J. Paul Getty in Ridley Scott’s All the Money in the World. That Plummer was able to come in at the last minute to replace Kevin Spacey and still be considered one of the best aspects of the film speaks volumes to what he can bring to any production.Many viewers are excited to see what Johnson does with his upcoming Star Wars trilogy, but Knives Out is shaping up to be a very compelling offering in the interim. Johnson is well-known for thinking outside the box and defying genre conventions with his work, so it’ll be interesting to see what his approach is here. The sales pitch is it’s a modern-day whodunit in the vein of Agatha Christie, but there’s probably a lot more to it than meets the eye. And there’s apparently no telling who else might join the cast. Johnson fans are likely awaiting news about frequent collaborator Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s possible involvement in Knives Out.More: Rian Johnson Is Still Working On His New Star Wars TrilogySource: THR


Five Feet Apart Trailer: Cole Sprouse Stars In Tearjerker Romance

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In the moving trailer for Five Feet Apart, Cole Sprouse and Haley Lu Richardson grow closer while Cystic Fibrosis keeps them physically apart. Directed by Justin Baldoni, Five Feet Apart’s premise is simple yet complex, as Will (Sprouse) and Stella (Richardson) both live with CF, a genetic disorder, and attempt to find common ground, and perhaps love.While older moviegoers may remember Sprouse as one of Adam Sandler’s twin sons in Big Daddy (1999), younger audiences likely know him as Riverdale’s Jughead Jones. Sprouse hasn’t appeared in a feature film since 2010’s Kung Fu Magoo, but his co-star, Richardson, has recently appeared in high profile films like Kelly Fremon Craig’s coming-of-age comedy The Edge of Seventeen (2016), M. Night Shyamalan’s psychological horror Split (2018), and Chris Weitz’s historical drama Operation Finale (2018). Alongside Sprouse and Richardson, Moisés Arias (Pitch Perfect 3) and Kimberly Hébert Gregory (Vice Principals) have supporting roles.Related: Is Split’s Depiction of Split Personalities Realistic?Today, CBS Films released Five Feet Apart’s trailer, in which the concept of human touch immediately establishes the narrative premise. During a monologue, Richardson’s Stella details what she’s lost (and gained) due to CF, which precedes an exploration of her day-to-day routine. Watch the trailer and see the film’s poster below.The clip further establishes important details of Stella’s condition through the character’s social media video commentaries, most notably that people with CF shouldn’t get within six feet of each other, in order to avoid bacterial infections. Enter Sprouse’s Will, who immediately makes an impression upon Stella, thus creating another layer of conflict as they attempt to understand each other’s firm beliefs on CF and life ideals. In the trailer’s second half, it’s revealed that Stella mostly keeps to herself, which makes her interest in Will so compelling and challenging. While the selling point is obviously the emotional drama, the trailer also accentuates situational humor, complementing the six-foot boundary premise.When viewing the Five Feet Apart trailer, many viewers will likely think of Josh Boone’s 2014 drama The Fault in Our Stars (starring Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort) or Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s 2015 film Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (starring Olivia Cooke and Jon Bernthal). But while those films feature characters with thyroid cancer and leukemia, Five Feet Apart is unique for its examination of CF, and how those living with the genetic disorder live from day to day. In 2012, Baldoni created My Last Days, reportedly the most-watched digital documentary series ever released. For Five Feet Apart, he teamed up with screenwriter Tobias Iaconis, who also wrote the upcoming horror The Curse of La Llorona starring Linda Cardellini (Bloodline, Hunter Killer).Based on the trailer, Baldoni’s film will undoubtedly be a tearjerker, and hopefully it will help spread awareness about Cystic Fibrosis.More: Gerard Butler Interview: Hunter KillerFive Feet Apart will be in theaters on March 22, 2019.Source: CBS Films


Ryan Reynolds Promotes Hugh Jackman's Front Runner With Joke Voter Ad

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Ryan Reynolds is promoting the release of Hugh Jackman’s new film The Front Runner with a joke voter ad that reveals “the truth” about the fan-favorite (former) Wolverine actor. The Twitter clip is but the latest in a series of exchanges between Reynolds and Jackman on social media recently, leading some fans to speculate that the pair are hinting at a long-awaited Deadpool/Wolverine project being in the works.Between Jackman having retired his version of Wolverine in last year’s film Logan and Disney’s ongoing acquisition of Fox and the X-Men brand (Deadpool included), the odds don’t seem to be in favor of a proper Deadpool/Wolverine team-up movie happening at this stage. As such, it’s possible that what Jackman and Reynolds are really hinting at is the former making a cameo as Wolvie in this December’s untitled PG-13 version of Deadpool 2. It’s been confirmed that the PG-13 Deadpool sequel includes brand-new scenes that were shot a couple months ago, so an appearance by Jackman certainly shouldn’t be ruled out just yet.Related: Why Deadpool 2 PG-13 Cut is Happening, According to the WritersIn the meantime, Jackman has a movie to promote (this month’s The Front Runner) and Reynolds has lent a helping hand by releasing a fake awards season ad for the film. The video comes complete with cheeky narration from Reynolds (as he claims that Reynolds isn’t the cheery Australian performer he claims to be), along with a series of equally tongue in cheek disclaimers that the ad was “paid for by not Ryan Reynolds”. Take a look, below.The Front Runner tells the true story of how U.S. Senator Gary Hart (Jackman) went from being a front runner for the 1988 Democratic presidential nomination to dropping out of the campaign altogether, after he became ensconced in a scandal involving an extramarital love affair. Early critical word of mouth around the movie (following its run on the festival circuit) is mixed to positive, but Jackman has been picking up a good deal of praise for his performance as Senator Hart and may yet land some major awards show nominations for his efforts… that is, assuming that Reynolds’ searching expose on the actor’s real name and country of origin doesn’t derail his own campaign.All joking aside, it would be fun to see Reynolds and Jackman share the screen again in the X-Men universe. The extended version of Deadpool 2 that premiered at San Diego Comic-Con this past summer – aka. Deadpool 2: The Super Duper Cut – even included an altered post-credits scene that hinted at Wolverine’s return, sometime down the line. The PG-13 Deadpool 2 cut would be the logical place for that to happen, so keep your eyes peeled for additional news updates on that front (maybe even around the time The Front Runner actually hits theaters later this month).MORE: Deadpool 2 PG-Cut Can Prepare Wade Wilson for the MCUSource: Ryan Reynolds


Justice League Photos Reveal Deleted Wonder Woman Invasion History Lesson

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Even though it’s been nearly a year since Justice League’s theatrical release, we’re still regularly learning new things about Zack Snyder’s original intent for the movie. Thanks to Joss Whedon’s reshoots and a 2-hour runtime mandate, the movie we got in theaters was significantly different than the “Snyder Cut,” but fragments of the director’s vision are still regularly dug up, giving fans a taste of what could have been.This newest reveal comes from a moment that was removed from the movie entirely but had already been teased by Snyder on Vero earlier this year when he posted an image of a deleted scene of Wonder Woman for Gal Gadot’s birthday. In the image, Diana Prince is in a dark room with a torch, examining something. Behind her, a mural can be seen displaying the three Mother Boxes.Related: Darkseid’s Justice League Appearance Was to Set Up Zack Snyder’s SequelWithout context, it’s hard to know exactly what’s going on in the scene, other than the fact that Diana is likely learning something about the Mother Boxes, but with her back turned to them, it looks like there might be something more interesting about the wall she’s facing.Thanks to new images uncovered by DC Films Hub in collaboration with Screen Rant, we now know what three walls of the room of the look like, and it chronicles the same history lesson Diana tells to Bruce about Steppenwolf’s first invasion. The images below show a mural of Humans, Atlanteans, and Amazonians coming together to fight what appears to be a hornless Steppenwolf (possibly anthropomorphized through the retelling of the ancient people), complete with fire pits, boom tubes, parademons, Apocalyptian priests (presumably reading the Anti-Life Equation), and some ancient text threading the length of the image, likely telling the story of the battle.Given the fact that it matches up with the image of Diana with the torch previously released by Snyder, this could be an alternate scene explaining how Wonder Woman came to be involved in the plot. The theatrical cut had Queen Hippolyta shooting a flaming arrow to alert Wonder Woman, and she instinctually knew something was wrong and went to meet up with Batman.Related: How Atom Fit in Zack Snyder’s Justice League and Possible DCEU FutureThe use of Hippolyta’s arrow has all the markings of a narrative tool to cut down the movie, similar to Whedon’s rooftop Batman scene. Whether or not it was a reshoot, its ultimate use in the movie was as a shortcut, likely to remove this scene, where Diana learns about Steppenwolf’s first invasion – information she didn’t have when Bruce first told her he was preparing for an alien invasion in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.The DCEU has a history of incorporating artistic history lessons, like Man of Steel’s depiction if Kryptonian colonialization or Wonder Woman’s story about the origin of the Amazonians, so it’s possible something similar would happen here, tying into the live-action flashback of the invasion we see later.The big question now, though, is what’s on the wall Diana’s looking at? It’s the only one missing from these particular images, and it’s also the one with the big reveal for this scene. Considering Zack Snyder just recently revealed Batman’s “something darker” line was referring to Darkseid, and we know the Lord of Apokolips was supposed to have a bigger presence in the Snyder Cut, it’s the easiest conclusion to jump to.If that’s the case, though, that would indicate Darkseid also had a presence at the battle, which wasn’t the case in the theatrical cut. A significant portion of the movie was redone, but on such a CGI heavy scene, removing Darkseid would be no small task, so it could be Steppenwolf, or maybe the Anti-Life equation, which we know originally played a bigger role in that battle.MORE: Zack Snyder’s Cut Of Justice League Was More Complete Than You RealizeSource: DC Films Hub


Zack Snyder Says a DCEU Amazon/Atlantean Team-Up 'Seems Inevitable'

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Zack Snyder believes that a team-up between the Amazons from Wonder Woman and Atlantean warriors from Aquaman is an inevitable future. Though the director left Justice League halfway through production, Snyder is responsible for much of the early goings of the DCEU. He directed Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and helped cast and produce Wonder Woman. However many critics lay the blame for the negative reception of early DCEU movies at Snyder’s feet, blaming his visual style and storytelling motifs for the most controversial aspects of the shared universe.Whether that impression is entirely correct or not is a matter of debate. Snyder, though, has completely stepped away from DC’s movie universe with seemingly no plans to return. The director hasn’t been shy about what he intended and planned for the DCEU, though. That now includes an alliance between Wonder Woman and Aquaman’s peoples.Related: Unused DC Concept Art Designs Better Than What We GotRecently DC Films Hub writer John Aaron Garza uncovered a piece of Justice League fan art of what appears to be Amazons and Atlanteans on the same battleship. On the social media platform Vero, Garza asked Snyder if this alliance was meant to be included in his version of Justice League. The director responded that it was never in his Justice League plans “but down the line it seems inevitable.”This isn’t the first time that Snyder has used Vero to comment and answer a multitude of fan questions, and it won’t be the last. Snyder has confirmed everything from plans to kill off Batman to the fact that Man of Steel was never meant to be the launch of a shared movie universe. This latest revelation is a bit different as it refers not the DCEU’s defunct past but its possible future.Interestingly, Amazons and Atlanteans have already fought side-by-side in the DCEU. That’s not a reference to Wonder Woman and Aquaman being in the Justice League together. In the flashback sequences of Justice League, which explained the backstory of villain Steppenwolf, Amazons and Atlantean are two of the ancient forces who came together to defeat Steppenwolf in his first invasion of Earth. Snyder reportedly hasn’t seen Justice League, but it seems like he’s suggesting a future alliance between the two people – not anything that happened in the past.Snyder doesn’t have much more knowledge of the DCEU’s future plans than the average fan. Warner Bros. has made it quite clear that whatever road map Snyder printed for the DCEU has been thrown out. Yet the idea of an alliance between Amazon and Atlantean does make sense even from a total outsider’s perspective. Wonder Woman is the undeniable star of the DCEU. Gal Gadot’s solo movie is the best received DCEU movie to date. Similarly, the upcoming Aquaman solo movie has good word of mouth. If Aquaman achieves the same level of box office success as Wonder Woman, Warner Bros. would undoubtedly move Jason Momoa’s superhero to the spotlight as well. When the inevitable Justice League sequel occurs, it’s not that far-fetched for Aquaman, Wonder Woman and their respective clans to be the leading forces of the action.More: Removing The Snyder Movies From Canon Solves The DCEU’s ProblemsSource: John Aaron Garza/DC Films Hub


Venom Projected To Top First Man At Box Office This Weekend

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Damien Chazelle’s First Man is projected to have an uphill climb at the box office this weekend, opening in the shadow of Venom and A Star is Born. The director is reuniting with his La La Land leading man Ryan Gosling on the project, which chronicles Neil Armstrong’s arduous journey to become the first man to walk on the moon. After screening at various film festivals earlier this year, the film is established as one of the top contenders for the next Academy Awards.First Man finally makes its theatrical debut this weekend, where it will look to continue October’s hot start at the multiplex. The one-two punch of Venom and A Star is Born revitalized the marketplace after a fairly slow September, with the former breaking records and the latter posting a strong haul of nearly $43 million. With both getting off to strong starts, they’re likely to have leggy runs commercially, which will make it difficult for newcomers to draw sizable audiences. Despite being the fresh film on the block, First Man looks like it’ll finish last in the race of the big three.Related: Screen Rant’s 2019 Best Picture PredictionsPer Box Office Pro, First Man is estimated to earn about $20 million over its first three days. That would be good enough for third place, behind repeating champ Venom ($30 million) and A Star is Born ($27 million). With strong word-of-mouth in its corner, First Man should be able to top this week’s other new releases, Goosebumps: Haunted Halloween ($18.6 million) and Bad Times at the El Royale ($8.3 million).As stated above, critics consider First Man to be one of the year’s best films, so its relatively muted commercial projections aren’t caused by poor quality. Instead, it looks to be a matter of poor timing. Arriving on the heels of two massive hits is a tall order for just about any movie, no matter how acclaimed it is. What’s more is that some found First Man to be too emotionally distant and cold – despite being based on one of the most inspiring accomplishments in human history. In contrast, Venom is a four-quadrant blockbuster that’s highly entertaining to watch (all its faults aside) and A Star is Born is a touching love story fueled by a powerful soundtrack. Chazelle’s film could end up being the least accessible of the weekend’s big trio. That being said, it will find an audience – particularly cinephiles curious to see another Oscar player.Another box office development that will be fascinating to watch this weekend is how steep Venom’s fall is. As evidenced by its debut weekend, audiences were interested in seeing it, but the comic book adaptation was hamstrung by widely negative reviews, which could impact its legs. Still, it doesn’t have any direct competition for its target demographic, so in all likelihood, Venom will continue to thrive in its second weekend, giving Sony extra confidence to move ahead on other Spider-villain films.More: Venom’s Trailers Might Have Ruined the MovieSource: Box Office Pro