After years of build up and months of capital-H hype, “Avengers: Infinity War” is finally hitting theaters this week. And, uh, speaking of build up and hype, Marvel has been so determined to keep spoilers from spilling out that world premiere screenings held tonight in Los Angeles and New York City are the first time the film has been shown to anyone outside of the studio.
In fact, most movie critics won’t even see “Infinity War” until tomorrow morning. By the way, good luck critics, because the review embargo lifts at 3:00 p.m. Pacific time. But while critics have to wait to speak their peace, the social media embargo expired Monday night at 10:30, right after the Hollywood gala premiere let out.
Anyway, you’re probably not going to believe this, but people who attended tonight’s screenings are freaking out on Twitter.
First past the post was Kevin Smith, who violated the embargo by several hours to gush about “Infinity War”:
I am overwhelmed. The movie is epic beyond compare. LOVED it. My legs are still shaking. It’s a gigantic @Marvel masterpiece. So much to say but I’ll stay Silent Bob til Monday so as not to slip in spoilers. Suffice to say it’s gonna be a looooong year until @Avengers 4… pic.twitter.com/aHnsgj5MK0
— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) April 24, 2018
Warning: Possibly major spoilers for “Avengers: Infinity War.”
It’s “Avengers: Infinity War” week on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” so we’ll cut right to the chase. To kick things off, Kimmel had Robert Downey Jr., Tom Holland, Zoe Saldana, Paul Bettany and Pom Klmentieff on to talk the film up — and debut a new clip. But even though it’s just 60 minutes of people talking, it looks like a huge detail is revealed. You can watch it above, but like we said, possibly major spoilers.
In the clip from what seems to some ways into the film, Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo), Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Wong (Benedict Wong) explain the situation to Tony Stark (Downey Jr.). It’s bad, of course: Thanos is coming, soon it seems, and he’s pretty much able to destroy Earth without a fight.
But despite the dire tidings, Tony still finds time for some snark, and meets his match with a very droll Doctor Strange. Wong and Strange explain they can’t just ditch the Eye of Agamotto — AKA the Time Stone — because they’ve sworn an oath to protect it. Tony replies that he swore to give up dairy, but then “Ben and Jerry’s named a flavor after me so…” That ice cream, counters Strange, is “a bit chalky.”
Here’s the big possible spoiler: The clip also reveals that Thanos has only two Infinity Stones...
In an exciting but entirely predictable humble brag, Sony Pictures lured their new creative partner Quentin Tarantino to CinemaCon 2018, where the movie-obsessed director charmed thousands of American movie exhibitors.
Appearing with his leading man Leonardo DiCaprio, Tarantino walked out onto The Forum stage at Caesar’s Palace with nary a concept image or additional cast to announce for his upcoming tenth film — “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” – which Sony snatched from a wide field of competitors after the fall of Tarantino’s longtime distribution partner Harvey Weinstein.
“Sony and myself will be coming to the theaters with the most exciting star dynamic duo since Robert Redford and Paul Newman,” Tarantino promised the crowd.
He’s referring to his other massive star, Brad Pitt, who will lead the project with DiCaprio. The men will play a faded TV star and his live-in stunt double searching for relevance in a changing Hollywood landscape in 1969.
Oh, and their neighbors are a nice couple named Roman Polanski and Sharon Tate.
“It takes place at the dvent of the counterculture explosion. It takes place at the time of the hippie revolution and the height of new Hollywood,” Tarantino said.
He had no further details but promised that during production, he would be transforming Los Angeles “street by street, block by block” into its 60s heyday.
Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group President Tom Rothman called Tarantino’s script “the...
After a teaser trailer in which he was conspicuously absent, Venom finally appeared in all his CGI glory on Monday as Sony Pictures released the first theatrical trailer for the upcoming Spider-Man spinoff “Venom” during its studio presentation at CinemaCon in Las Vegas. Watch it below:
— Venom Movie (@VenomMovie) April 24, 2018
“Venom” is the first in a series of planned “Spider-Man” spinoffs that Sony is scheduled to release in coming years alongside the 2019 sequel to “Spider-Man: Homecoming.” Other Spider-Verse films on the studio’s slate include the animated Miles Morales film “Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse,” due out December 14, and the Silver Sable/Black Cat spinoff “Silver & Black,” which has Gina Prince-Bythewood attached as director and is slated to be released next year.
“Venom” stars Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams and Riz Ahmed, with Ruben Fleischer directing. It will be released in theaters October 5.Related stories from TheWrap:
Miles Morales may be a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe someday, but in the meantime, Sony will be giving the black-and-red Spider-Man his big screen debut with the animated “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” with the film’s first extended loook on Monday.
Writers Phil Lord and Chris Miller introduced very rough footage showing a super-charming Morales at CinemaCon. Morales dons the Spider-Man mask in a comic world where several people are empowered to do the same.
In addition to impressive fight sequences and a hot soundtrack, the “Lego Movie” creators also showed some heart — in the form of Miles’ doting father, an NYPD officer voiced by Mahershala Ali.
“He’s half Puerto Rican and half African American, he’s the product of a happy and alive family,” Lord and Miller told to the crowd at the Forum Theater at Caesar’s Palace about Morales, making references to Peter Parker’s unfortunate family situation.
“It’s really true that anyone can wear the mask,” Shameik Moore said.
Created by Brian Michael Bendis and Sara Pichelli, Miles Morales was introduced to the comic book world in 2011 as part of the Ultimate Marvel universe, a timeline separate from the main Marvel world. In that series, the Ultimate incarnation of Peter Parker was killed off, with Miles stepping in as the new New York webslinger. After the Ultimate Universe ended in 2015, Miles joined the main Marvel universe as the new protector of the Big Apple, as the main timeline’s Peter Parker took on villains around the world.
“Spider-Verse” is part of a series...
(Spoiler alert: Please do not read ahead unless you’ve seen the season 3 finale of “UnREAL” that aired Monday.)
“UnREAL” got pretty darn real in its Season 3 finale on Monday. The two back-to-back episodes saw drama on-screen for Serena (Caitlin FitzGerald) and her suitors and off-screen for Quinn (Constance Zimmer), Rachel (Shiri Appleby) and the rest of the “Everlasting” production crew, with Rachel even leaving the show all together come episode’s end.
One of the catalysts for another bit of fuss was Adam Demos’ outspoken Aussie August, a contestant vying for Serena’s affections. August expresses some beliefs on-camera about the military and fellow suitor Owen (a veteran played by Alex Hernandez) at a fundraiser that don’t sit well with everyone. Including Serena, who kicks him out of her Final Three on the spot.
Of course it’s revealed that all of this was set up by Rachel to create a distraction on behalf of Quinn, who was about to be fired from the network in public at the shindig. And, as you’ll remember, these are the two women August had a love triangle with earlier in the season.
Because Demos is already set for Season 4 of “UnREAL,” TheWrap had to get to the bottom of how he felt about that awkward exit and what his return for a game of “Everlasting: All Stars” will mean for Rachel and Quinn.
“You got to see August going on, and myself and...
YouTuber Jake Paul has once again found himself accused of untoward behavior, and this time there’s a $2.5 million asking price attached to the accusation.
Paul has been named among the defendants in a lawsuit filed by a company that says it leased its property to Paul and others, only to have the property trashed.
According to the lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Friday, Cobra Acquisitions entered into a lease agreement with Paul and others in 2016. The property, described as “a multi-million dollar single family home located in an upscale neighborhood,” initially fetched a monthly rent of $17,495, with the rent increased to $20,000 in August 2017, with the security deposit increased to $40,000.
“During the time that Defendants occupied the Subject Property, Defendants used the Subject Property for commercial purposes shooting YouTube videos and performing various stunts at the Subject Property,” the suit reads, adding that they hosted “large parties and attracted a social media following” to the property.
According to the suit, Paul and the others caused “extensive damage” at the property.
“Defendants performed a number of dangerous and damaging stunts at the Subject Property including lighting fires in the backyard, filling the pool with cereal, draining the pool and lighting a fire in the pool, hosting parties at the roof, installing a trampoline on the roof, and making holes in the interior walls of the Subject Property,” the...
Will Ferrell is on the mend and hyping his latest comedy.
At the Monday night opening gala of CinemaCon 2018 in Las Vegas, the annual convention of movie exhibitors, Ferrell stepped out belting Celina Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On,” a nod to the forum at Cesar’s Palace Hotel and Casino.
Not only did Ferrell seem in perfect spirits after being involved in a serious auto wreck last week, Ferrell said he won $50,000 playing roulette in the hour he spent wandering the floor.
Ferrell also introduced a sizzle reel for his latest collaboration with frequent costar John C. Reilly — a slapstick take on Sherlock Holmes called “Holmes & Watson.”
Etan Cohen directs the men and costars like Ralph Fiennes and Rebecca Hall. The film hits this Christmas.
AMC’s “The Terror” tells the story of the Franklin Expedition, an 1840s attempt by the British Navy to find an Arctic passage between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. The show tells a fictional story of what happened to the expedition, but a lot of the setup elements are true: The two ships really did vanish in the Arctic, along with their crews.
What happened to the HMS Terror and the HMS Erebus has been a mystery for almost two centuries. “The Terror” gives a fictional take on what might have happened to the two ships, but nobody knows for sure. But while the crews disappeared, the wrecks of the Erebus and Terror were eventually found — in the case of the second ship, a full 170 years after it was trapped in the ice. In fact, the final resting places of the two ships were discovered only a few years ago.
The Erebus was discovered in 2014, located in the Queen Maud Gulf south of Canada’s King William Island, a public-private partnership led by Parks Canada, country’s national parks service. Two years later, in 2016, the wreck of the Terror was found north of the Erebus’ location by Canadian private charitable organization the Arctic Research Foundation.
While locating the wrecks answered the question of where the ships wound up, they haven’t shed much more light on the mystery...
Actress Allison Mack appears to have tried to recruit actress Emma Watson and “The Voice” judge Kelly Clarkson into a self-help group authorities say is a sex cult, according to several tweets first unearthed by Business Insider.
Mack, best known for the superhero TV series “Smallville,” was arrested Friday for her involvement in the organization NXIVM. Her indictment follows that of NXIVM founder Keith Raniere, who was arrested in Mexico last month and has been charged with sex trafficking, sex trafficking conspiracy, and conspiracy to commit forced labor.
In a statement Friday, U.S. attorney Richard P. Donoghue said that Mack recruited women for Raniere, and that the women were “exploited, both sexually and for their labor.” He said Mack, who was arrested in Brooklyn, New York, is accused of “directly or implicitly” requiring women “to engage in sexual activity with Raniere. In exchange for this, Mack received financial and other benefits from Raniere.”
In 2016, she made several attempts to reach out to Watson on Twitter. “I’m a fellow actress like yourself & involved in an amazing women’s movement I think you’d dig,” Mack tweeted the “Harry Potter” and “Beauty and the Beast” star in January 2016. “I’d love to chat if you’re open.”
She tried her luck agin a month later, telling Watson in a thread: “I participate in a unique human development & women’s movement I’d love to tell you about....
Apple showed its might, winning an auction for worldwide rights to the Ed Sheeran documentary “Songwriter” following its premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival.
The tech giant paid somewhere in the low- to mid-seven figures, people close to the deal confirmed to TheWrap.
“Songwriter,” directed by Sheeran’s cousin Murray Cummings, mainly follows the musician’s 2016 hiatus between touring his second album, “Multiply,” and writing his third album, “Divide.”
The film premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival in February and is screening this month at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York. “Songwriter” hasn’t been reviewed well, overall.
The Guardian said of the film: “Ed Sheeran is now the subject of this diverting but pretty incurious promo-video-style cheerleading documentary about the build-up to the release of Sheeran’s album, ‘Divide.'”
Apple, which has more than $280 billion cash on reserve, announced last year its plans to pony up $1 billion to invest in Hollywood content. The documentary was picked up by Apple Music.
During South by Southwest in March, Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of software and services, said: “We’re completely all in. There’s a difference though; we’re not after quantity, we’re after quality,” said Cue. “We don’t try to sell the most smartphones in the world; we don’t try to sell the most apps, we try to make the best one.”
Donna Summer might actually have had a more dramatic life than Fanny Brice, if Broadway musicals are any evidence. In “Funny Girl,” Brice becomes a star and marries a gambler who embarrasses her by going to jail.
In “Summer,” which opened Monday at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, Summer becomes a star, marries and divorces a guy who beats her up, remembers being sexually abused by a pastor as a teenager, finds herself dependent on little blue pills, attempts suicide, finds Jesus, insults her homosexual fan base and diddles herself while writhing on the floor to simulate orgasms for her first hit single, “Love to Love You Baby.”
For that last bit of business, Summer does ask that the men in the recording control booth look the other way so she can jerk off in private. She doesn’t ask anyone in the Lunt-Fontanne to look the other way.
The many traumas in Summer’s life receive one scene each, with the exception of the abusive husband and the pills. They get two each. In other words, the book by Colman Domingo, Robert Cary and Des McAnuff doesn’t develop so much as it lists. Interspersed are the many songs the singer made famous before her death in 2012. Since “Summer” is very much a concert, the songs don’t help to tell the story. They do help to break up the monotony, not that the music itself is...
Bob Dorough, the jazz musician who was instrumental in the 1970s educational cartoon series “Schoolhouse Rock!” died Monday in Mt. Bethel, Pennsylvania, a spokesperson for Dorough told TheWrap. He was 94.
During his run with “Schoolhouse Rock!” Dorough wrote and performed iconic numbers including “My Hero, Zero” and “Three Is a Magic Number.”
Dorough, born in Arkansas and raised in Texas, took to music early,joining his high school’s band and serving three years in a special services army band unit.
Dorough was a conductor, accompany player, arranger and conductor for a number of years before recording his first effort of his own, “Devil May Care,” in 1956 for the Bethlehem label. Among the artists Dorough worked with was Miles Davis, recording “Nothing Like You” and “Blue Xmas,” both of which Dorough composed, with Davis in 1962.
“In 1971 he received a commission to ‘set the multiplication tables to music.’ This led to a small industry, being the beginning of ABC-TV’s ‘Schoolhouse Rock,’ Saturday morning cartoons that entertained and instructed unsuspecting children during the years 1973-1985,” Dorough’s biography reads.
The bio adds, “The impact of this media exposure was unpredictably immense. The show came back for another five years in the 90’s and is now enjoying its 40th anniversary with a DVD edition of the entire, five-subject...
Sam Rockwell, hot off his Oscar-winning performance in 2017’s “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” is joining Scarlett Johansson in “Thor: Ragnarok” director Taika Waititi’s Nazi Germany satire, “Jojo Rabbit,” a representative for Rockwell told TheWrap.
TheWrap initially broke the news that “Jojo Rabbit” would be Waititi’s next film. He will also be stepping in front of the camera to star in the film as an imaginary version of Adolf Hitler.
The film centers around a young boy, Jojo, who struggles to fit in and resorts to his imaginary friend, Hitler, who offers advice and helps him cope. Jojo then discovers that his mother (Johansson) is secretly working for the resistance and hiding a 15-year-old Jewish girl in their house.
Rockwell will play a Nazi captain who runs a Hitler Youth camp.
“It’s my version of… a lonely boy’s best version of his hero, which is really his dad,” Waititi told TheWrap in March.
Waititi’s depiction of Hitler won’t be meant as a sympathetic, but rather an invention of 10-year-old Jojo, who misses his dad, and, confused by Nazi propaganda, imagines a figure who is a combination of his father and the führer.
The film, which was eyeing a late-May production start, will be distributed by 20th Century Fox’s independent division, Fox Searchlight. The release is likely to be one of the first releases under the Disney umbrella, which said in December it plans to buy the studio as part...
Kevin Smith is feeling great and looking good since suffering a heart attack last February, so much so that he put on his best baseball cap, hockey jersey and got baked for his first on-camera interview since then with “Today” on Monday morning.
“I’m a wake-and-baker, so I’m feeling fantastic,” Smith told Savannah Guthrie and Craig Melvin. “I’ve been up since 5 a.m, I’m ready to embrace the day.”
In fact, the “Clerks” director explained that he was even stoned when he went into the hospital and learned he had suffered a heart attack.
“[The doctor] was like, you’ve had a massive heart attack, and I was like, ‘nobody told me, are you serious,'” he said. “And he was like, ‘are you high?’ And I was like, ‘yeah, I got blazed before my show!'”
Smith tweeted back in February from his hospital bed that he had 100 percent blockage in his LAD artery, or the “widow-maker.” He told “Today” that his worst fears were dying and having someone see him naked, both of which go up when you’re in the hospital. He was even kept awake on the operating table, and he said the doctor later described him as “very chatty,” even lightening the mood by singing the theme song from “Degrassi.”
But Smith has since lost 32 pounds of a prescribed 50 since his health scare, and he’s now on a “plant-based” diet to go along with...
An eight-second first look at Tom Hardy in full Venom mode leaked online Monday — hours before the full trailer for Sony’s upcoming Marvel movie “Venom” was due to be released.
Fans, who had criticized an earlier teaser of the movie that showed Hardy only as photographer Eddie Brock, welcomed the reveal of the character’s alter ego, the horrifying, sharp-fanged creature known as Venom.
“Well holy s—, Venom looks like Venom,” someone with the Twitter handle MisterBatfleck wrote in a caption attached to the leaked eight-second footage.
A rep for Sony declined to comment.
The film, which is not considered a spinoff of the Sony-based “Spider-Man” franchise even though the character originated in the Spider-Man universe for which Sony controls film rights, also stars Riz Ahmed, Jenny Slate, Michelle Williams and Woody Harrelson.
Ruben Fleischer is directing the film, based on a script by Scott Rosenberg (“Jumanji”) and Jeff Pinkner (“The Dark Tower”). Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach are producing with Amy Pascal.
Hardy himself took to Instagram on Sunday to tease a new “Venom” trailer screening at CinemaCon in Las Vegas this week.
After the first trailer dropped, “Venom” fans were enraged that the trailer didn’t actually show Venom.
If Thandie Newton and Evan Rachel Wood’s “Westworld” characters have been fully awakened to the realities of their robot existence, James Marsden’s Teddy is like that moment right after you first open your eyes, when you’re still groggy and confused and aren’t entirely sure where you are. And Marsden plays the role admirably, spending much of the season premiere looking as resolute and bewildered as a “Westworld” fan scouring the trailer for clues. Here are seven photos of James Marsden trying to figure out what’s going on. (Spoilers for the premiere.)
From the very beginning, Dolores rides into Season 2 like a badass, shooting down guests from the back of her horse, with the sunset on her face and the wind blowing through her inexplicably clean hair. Poor Teddy can barely keep up.
It’s unclear how much Teddy actually understands, as far as the robot revolution goes, but he’s apparently willing to follow Dolores’ lead on things like murder, torture and delivering monologues.
“Robots? If you say so.”
This is the face you make when you ask your girlfriend to stop murdering people, and she just delivers another monologue about identity and free will. You don’t really understand what she’s talking about (and tbh you already stopped listening), but you know enough to know that she’s definitely not going to stop murdering people, and you just have to be cool with that.
“But why can’t we just buy a house, settle down and, you know, not murder people?”
Teddy, like Jon Snow, knows nothing and...
Paramount Television has promoted David Goldman to President of Business Operations, the company announced on Monday.
Goldman, who most recently served as executive vice president, business affairs and strategy, has been with the studio since its inception in 2013. He will continue to report to studio president Amy Powell.
“The chance to build Paramount Television with Amy and the team has been a dream come true. I’m so grateful for Amy’s support and I look forward to continuing the expansion of Paramount TV,” Goldman said in a statement.
“David is a strong leader who thinks broadly about our business and Paramount TV’s interests around the world with a level head and clear point of view,” said Powell. “David was the first employee I hired when we launched Paramount TV and I am thrilled he will continue to be a part of our team in this expanded role as we work together to strategically grow our business globally.”
Goldman has previously served in business affairs at ABC Studios and was an attorney at the entertainment law firm Grubman Indursky & Schindler (now Grubman Shire Meiselas & Sacks), where he advised clients on a range of film and television agreements.
Paramount Television’s upcoming slate includes Tom Clancy’s “Jack Ryan” starring John Krasinski at Amazon, the second season of Netflix’s “13 Reasons Why,” the George Clooney-led Hulu series “Catch-22,” the upcoming “First Wives Club” on Paramount Network.Related stories from TheWrap:
A lot has happened in the two decades since James Cameron said he was “King of the World.” In place of obsessions with terminators, aliens and Na’vi, superheroes and franchises have taken over the pop culture landscape. And as we await four “Avatar” sequels from Cameron, he’s had plenty of time to throw some shade at some of our more recent movie landmarks. He most recently said he hopes we all get “Avengers” fatigue very soon, but he’s also had criticisms for “Star Wars,” “Wonder Woman,” “Iron Man 3” and more.
3-D Conversions in “Man of Steel” and “Iron Man 3”
The craze to make movies in 3-D was real after the wild success of “Avatar.” But movies like “Man of Steel” and “Iron Man 3” weren’t shot in 3-D, just converted to it. Cameron took notice. “One thing is shooting in 3D and another is to convert to 3D,” he said in 2013. “If you spend $150 million on visual effects, the film is already going to [look] spectacular [and] perfect.”
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”
Maybe he was just sore that “The Force Awakens” took over “Avatar’s” throne. But Cameron chided J.J. Abrams for a lack of “visual imagination.” “I have to say that I felt that George’s group of six films had more innovative visual imagination, and this film was more a retrenchment to things you had seen before and characters you had seen before,” Cameron said in 2016. He added that Abrams took “baby steps”...
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences members will cast ballots for 2019 Oscar nominations beginning Jan. 7, with the nominated films and filmmakers set to be revealed Jan. 22, the academy announced on Monday.
The academy had previously announced that the 91st Academy Awards show will be Sunday, Feb. 24, but now the timetable leading up to the Oscars has been filled out.
The schedule starts with the Governors Awards on Nov. 18. The first round of Oscar voting begins Jan. 7 and will close Jan. 14. After nominations are announced on Jan. 22, the nominees luncheon will be held on Feb. 4. The Scientific and Technical Awards will be Feb. 9, before final voting for awards begins Feb. 12. Final voting will end Feb. 19.
ABC will broadcast the awards show, but neither producers nor a host of the show have been named at this time.
Below is the full schedule:
Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018: Governors Awards
Monday, Jan. 7, 2019: Nominations voting opens
Monday, Jan. 14, 2019: Nominations voting closes
Tuesday, Jan.22, 2019: Oscar Nominations Announcement
Monday, Feb. 4, 2019: Oscar Nominees Luncheon
Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019: Scientific and Technical Awards
Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019: Finals voting opens
Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019:...