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'Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald' tops North American charts in $62m debut

'Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald' tops North American charts in $62m debut
At Eternity’s Gate starring Willem Dafoe debuts at number 27 on respectable $92,000 from four sites.

Warner BrosFantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald starring Eddie Redmayne opened top of the North American charts by a country mile, yet there will be no hiding the fact that $62.2m was a disappointing debut.

Despite its fans among critics, the fantasy sequel opened in 4,163 sites to average reviews and audiences were not hugely enthusiastic in the first three days either. The three-day debut trailed 2016’s Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them $74.4m opening weekend by 16%, rising to 20.2% when the numbers from two
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Sylvester Stallone on reprising Rocky role for Creed II and passing the torch to Michael B. Jordan

Sylvester Stallone takes on the role of Rocky Balboa for the eighth time this month, reuniting with his Creed’s Michael B. Jordan for the hotly-anticipated sequel Creed II. And, during an interview with the Toronto Sun, Sly has been reflecting on reprising the part of the Italian Stallion some 42 years after his first outing, as well as passing on the Rocky franchise torch to his young co-star

“The irony is, as my life evolves, I find new things in the Rocky character,” said Stallone. “In the last one, he faced death and his own mortality. In this one, he’s finally completely alone. The only thing he has left is this young man. So he’s now part of the Creed universe. The Rocky universe is gone. It’s left in the graveyard.”

Stallone also explained why he decided to vacate the director’s chair, handing over the reins
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‘Creed II’ Review: Michael B. Jordan Gets Back in the Ring

‘Creed II’ Review: Michael B. Jordan Gets Back in the Ring
Released in the middle of the prestige-movie season in 2015, Creed wasn’t just an anomaly among the Oscarbait-and-biopics circuit: It wondered whether a continuation of a dormant movie series and a comeback of sorts for its creator was in the cards. It was also an unlikely attempt to establish a side franchise, a chance for filmmaker Ryan Coogler to prove he could beat the sophomore slump and a referendum on whether Michael B. Jordan could be a movie star. Quicker than you could yell “Adrian!” we had answers. The movie became a hit,
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‘Creed II’ Review: Michael B. Jordan Rules Another Satisfying ‘Rocky’ Update

‘Creed II’ Review: Michael B. Jordan Rules Another Satisfying ‘Rocky’ Update
Three years ago, Ryan Coogler’s “Creed” pulled off an impossible gamble: It recontextualized the “Rocky” franchise by relegating its famous snarling boxer to the sidelines. As Adonis, the offspring of deceased boxer and Rocky pal Apollo Creed, Michael B. Jordan injected the franchise with fresh juice — as a sensitive, tortured soul with daddy issues to work through, Adonis made “Rocky” relevant again. Though Coogler later proved the commercial viability of blockbusters with black faces, “Creed” got the ball rolling on a comparatively intimate scale.

With “Creed II,” it keeps rolling along: This slick and involving sequel finds Adonis continuing to work through the weight of his father’s death in the ring, follows all the familiar motions revived with “Creed.” But in the context of this resilient franchise, the movie hits each beat with the calculated precision of its tireless fighter.

With Coogler still journeying through Wakanda, he’s
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Film Review: ‘Creed II’

  • Variety
Film Review: ‘Creed II’
In “Creed II,” Michael B. Jordan, all hardened fury and wounded tenderness, reprises the role of Adonis Creed, the ardent bruiser who’s got boxing in his blood as much as his father, Apollo Creed, ever did. The movie is a sequel to “Creed,” Ryan Coogler’s astonishingly vibrant and soulful 2015 spinoff/reboot. But you could also call it the eighth “Rocky” film. And maybe because Coogler opted out of this one, and the script was co-written by Sylvester Stallone (with Juel Taylor), “Creed II,” far more than the first film, feels like it’s drawing heavily on a 40-year-old franchise.

Taken on its own terms, the movie is a rousing and effective sequel, with a couple of surprise punches and, mostly, a lot of smooth feints and jabs you’ve seen before. But if you compare it to, say, the second and third “Rocky” sequels, with its larger-than-life villains,
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‘Creed II’ Film Review: Michael B Jordan and Sylvester Stallone Return for Serviceable Sequel

‘Creed II’ Film Review: Michael B Jordan and Sylvester Stallone Return for Serviceable Sequel
How in the world did we get two spinoffs out of “Rocky IV”? Granted, it’s not the most pressing question on your mind as you watch the agreeably paint-by-numbers “Creed II,” the inevitable sequel to Ryan Coogler’s 2015 hit. “Creed” reignited the “Rocky” franchise with the story of the late Apollo Creed’s outside-of-marriage son Adonis, played by Michael B. Jordan as a brooding young man contending with the legacy of a champion he never knew.

But it is a bit of a head-scratcher that the worst entry in Sylvester Stallone’s initial series — in which Rocky Balboa’s fight against Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren) was really jingoistic America versus a cartoon Soviet Union, which was really aging action star versus bulked-up newcomer, but which was Really Stallone’s terrible direction pummeling the crap out of Eisenstein’s theory of montage — also sowed the seeds for its newfound appreciation and reworked survival.
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New "Who's In Your Corner?" Featurette Released For Creed II Focuses on Family Bonds

“When a fighter ain’t got nothin’ to lose, he’s dangerous!”

I’ve got another must watch featurette for Creed II for you today. It’s called “Who’s In Your Corner?” and it puts the focus on the family bonds of the characters that help drive the story forward.

The featurette offers insightful interviews with the cast of the film sharing additional information on the characters that they play and what family means to them. It also shows off some new footage from the movie.

One thing that Rocky is truly afraid of is that history will repeat itself and he’ll lose Adonis Creed when he faces off with Viktor Drago. This new video really brings highlights the deep emotion of the characters and what they are all facing in this movie.

Here’s the synopsis for the film:

Life has become a balancing act for Adonis Creed.
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New Clip Arrives From Boxing Sequel ‘Creed II’

A new clip has arrived from this month’s incoming boxing sequel Creed II. Michael B. Jordan returns as the title character in the film which also stars the likes of Sylvester Stallone and Tessa Thompson.

MGM/Warner Bros.

Wood Harris, Russell Hornsby, Phylicia Rashad, Dolph Lundgren, and Florian “Big Nasty” Munteanu are also amongst the cast of Creed II, which opens on 30th November.

Life has become a balancing act for Adonis Creed. Between personal obligations and training for his next big fight, he is up against the challenge of his life. Facing an opponent with ties to his family’s past only intensifies his impending battle in the ring. Rocky Balboa is there by his side through it all and, together, Rocky and Adonis will confront their shared legacy, question what’s worth fighting for, and discover that nothing’s more important than family. Creed II is about
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Creed II Review

Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone return for a Creed 2 that plays more like a hybrid of Rocky II and IV.

Just when it seemed as if the Rocky boxing franchise had finally come to a close in 2006 with the earnest and decently received Rocky Balboa, the long-running series pivoted in 2015 with the stunning Creed. Shifting the focus to Adonis “Donnie” Creed (Michael B. Jordan), the son of late champ Apollo Creed, while relegating Rocky (Sylvester Stallone) to a supporting role as the younger Creed’s reluctant trainer, the Ryan Coogler-directed melodrama was a surprise crowdpleaser, charting a natural evolution for Rocky, establishing Jordan as a compelling leading man, and infusing the whole picture with a gritty, streetwise sensibility that attracted both old and new fans.

Creed ended in such a good place--with Adonis embracing his heritage as Apollo’s son, forging his own destiny as a fighter, and
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Creed II gets a new clip and four featurettes

MGM has released a new clip from Creed II which sees Adonis (Michael B. Jordan) promising a concerned Bianca (Tessa Thompson) that he’ll beat Viktor Drago; watch it below along with four new featurettes for the Rocky spinoff sequel which focus on Adonis, Bianca, and Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren)…

See Also: Rocky and Adonis argue over the Drago fight in Creed II clip

See Also: Dolph Lundgren says Drago is “pretty damaged” in Creed II

Life has become a balancing act for Adonis Creed. Between personal obligations and training for his next big fight, he is up against the challenge of his life. Facing an opponent with ties to his family’s past only intensifies his impending battle in the ring. Rocky Balboa is there by his side through it all and, together, Rocky and Adonis will confront their shared legacy, question what’s worth fighting for, and discover
See full article at Flickeringmyth »

‘Creed II’ Soundtrack Includes Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell, Nicki Minaj, Nas, More

‘Creed II’ Soundtrack Includes Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell, Nicki Minaj, Nas, More
Grammy-winning producer Mike Will Made-It revealed the heavy-hitting track list for the upcoming action movie, Creed II, which he executive-produced and curated. Kendrick Lamar, Lil Wayne, Pharrell Williams and Nicki Minaj are just a smattering of names on the track list that’s dominated by hip-hop artists – minus Bon Iver.

“The soundtrack game will never be the same after this,” the producer said on Twitter. Earlier in November, Mike Will Made-It gave a first taste of the project by releasing the track “Kill ‘Em With Success,” by Schoolboy Q, 2 Chainz and Eearz.
See full article at Rolling Stone »

"Disney+" Streaming Service

  • SneakPeek
The Walt Disney Company has confirmed their new "Disney+" direct-to-consumer streaming service, offering Disney movie/animated classics, plus content from Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, that will be, according to Disney Chairman/CEO Bob Iger , "...the biggest priority of the company during calendar 2019..."

Iger revealed the service's name during the company's fiscal full year and fourth quarter 2018 financial results.

In addition to "Daredevil" and "Jessica Jones" being removed from Netflix in 2019, actor Tom Hiddleston will reprise his role as Marvel Studios' "Loki" in a new original live-action series, followed by a prequel series to "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story", a new series based on Disney-Pixar's "Monsters, Inc.", several "High School Musical" spin-offs, another "Star Wars" series titled "The Mandalorian' and more new episodes of animated "Star Wars: The Clone Wars".

There will also be a "High Fidelity" TV series, starring Zoë Kravitz
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Rocky and Adonis argue over the Drago fight in Creed II clip

Following a character promo for Florian Munteanu’s Viktor Drago, we’ve now got a new clip from Creed II which sees Rocky (Sylvester Stallone) and Adonis (Michael B. Jordan) arguing about Creed taking the fight against Drago; watch it here…

See Also: Adonis, Rocky and the Dragos featured in new Creed II images

See Also: Dolph Lundgren says Drago is “pretty damaged” in Creed II

Life has become a balancing act for Adonis Creed. Between personal obligations and training for his next big fight, he is up against the challenge of his life. Facing an opponent with ties to his family’s past only intensifies his impending battle in the ring. Rocky Balboa is there by his side through it all and, together, Rocky and Adonis will confront their shared legacy, question what’s worth fighting for, and discover that nothing’s more important than family. Creed II is
See full article at Flickeringmyth »

Disney Finally Names Its Upcoming Streaming Service

  • The Wrap
Disney has finally given a name to its upcoming streaming service. (But still no word on the launch date or price for the Ott platform.)

The service will be called Disney+, Disney CEO Bob Iger announced during the company’s fourth quarter earnings call on Thursday.

Disney+ — along with housing titles from Disney brands including Marvel, Pixar, LucasFilm and its own vault — will feature a number of original productions.

Also Read: 'Rogue One' Prequel Series Starring Diego Luna in the Works for Disney Streaming Service

The biggest ones that Disney has confirmed so far are a “Rogue One” prequel series starring Diego Luna — which was first announced during the call Thursday — and the previously-ordered “The Mandalorian,” a live-action “Star Wars” TV series helmed by Jon Favreau.

“Star Wars” vet Dave Filioni will direct the pilot episode for the latter series, with subsequent installments helmed by Bryce Dallas Howard, Taika Waititi,
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New Clip & Featurette For The Upcoming Sequel ‘Creed II’

A new clip and poster have been released for the upcoming Creed II, which will land in cinemas later this month. The film sees Michael B. Jordan return as the title character in the movie, which also stars Sylvester Stallone as his iconic character Rocky Balboa.

Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures

Life has become a balancing act for Adonis Creed. Between personal obligations and training for his next big fight, he is up against the challenge of his life. Facing an opponent with ties to his family’s past only intensifies his impending battle in the ring. Rocky Balboa is there by his side through it all and, together, Rocky and Adonis will confront their shared legacy, question what’s worth fighting for, and discover that nothing’s more important than family. Creed II is about going back to basics to rediscover what made you a champion in the first place,
See full article at The Hollywood News »

New Creed II Promo Shows Us How Terrifying Viktor Drago Is

We’ve got a new promo spot for you to watch for Creed II that introduces us to Ivan Drago’s son Viktor (Florian “Big Nasty” Munteanu). It makes a point of showing you how terrifying the character is!

Beating Viktor is not going to be easy for Adonis Creed (Michael B. Jordan) because is looks like Viktor is going to pummel him in the ring! As you’ll see in this video, he’s a monster!

You know what would make this movie unique? If Adonis lost the big fight at the end. After all, sometimes we can’t win them all. But, I’m sure that Adonis will beat him. I don’t know how, but he will.

Here’s the synopsis for the film:

Life has become a balancing act for Adonis Creed. Between personal obligations and training for his next big fight, he is up against the challenge of his life.
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Creed II character promo introduces Viktor Drago

MGM has released a new character promo for the Rocky spinoff sequel Creed II which introduces Florian Munteanu’s Viktor Drago, the son of returning Rocky IV villain Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren); check it out here…

See Also: Adonis, Rocky and the Dragos featured in new Creed II images

See Also: Dolph Lundgren says Drago is “pretty damaged” in Creed II

Life has become a balancing act for Adonis Creed. Between personal obligations and training for his next big fight, he is up against the challenge of his life. Facing an opponent with ties to his family’s past only intensifies his impending battle in the ring. Rocky Balboa is there by his side through it all and, together, Rocky and Adonis will confront their shared legacy, question what’s worth fighting for, and discover that nothing’s more important than family. Creed II is about going back to basics
See full article at Flickeringmyth »

Avengers 4 Star Chris Hemsworth Shares Awesome New Workout Video

If you want to maintain a physique worthy of the God of Thunder, you have to put the work in, and in this new video from the Twitter account of Chris Hemsworth, the Avengers 4 star does just that while apparently feeling pretty good about himself.

The short clip shows Hemsworth hitting the bag at the gym, though the actor offers a slightly more elaborate name for this activity in the post’s accompanying caption:

“Kicking off the week with some good old fashioned ‘attack the bag cause it won’t attack you back and you’ll feel super tough’”

Kicking the week off with some good old fashioned “attack the bag cause it won’t attack you back and you’ll feel super tough” pic.twitter.com/oO5Bi81jmS

— Chris Hemsworth (@chrishemsworth) November 5, 2018

Of course, another benefit of attacking the bag is that it won’t kill half the
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Adonis, Rocky and the Dragos featured in new Creed II images

MGM and Warner Bros. have unveiled four new images from the upcoming sequel Creed II which show Michael B. Jordan’s Adonis Creed and Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky along with their foes, Viktor Drago (Florian Munteanu) and Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren). Check them out here…

See Also: Dolph Lundgren says Drago is “pretty damaged” in Creed II

See Also: Creed II featurette explores the ‘Sins of Our Fathers’

Life has become a balancing act for Adonis Creed. Between personal obligations and training for his next big fight, he is up against the challenge of his life. Facing an opponent with ties to his family’s past only intensifies his impending battle in the ring. Rocky Balboa is there by his side through it all and, together, Rocky and Adonis will confront their shared legacy, question what’s worth fighting for, and discover that nothing’s more important than family. Creed
See full article at Flickeringmyth »

Netflix, McG & Director Nzingha Stewart Team On ‘Tall Girl’ Teen Comedy

  • Deadline
Netflix and McG have set their fourth collaboration with Tall Girl, a feature which will be directed by Nzingha Stewart.

Written by Sam Wolfson, the tone is described as a John Hughes classic. It’s about 16-year-old Jodi who, at more than six feet tall, has to go above and beyond to survive high school while struggling with the constant label of being her school’s tall girl.

All of that changes when she falls for the handsome (and equally tall) foreign exchange student Stig, who gets Jodi’s quirky, best, male friend Dunkleman and his hippie mom as a host family. As a result, Jodi gets embroiled in a surprising love triangle, which helps her realize she’s far more than her insecurities about her height have led her to believe.

Filmmakers are currently in search of tall
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