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Tribeca 2015: Harvey Weinstein Offers 'Hateful Eight' Update, Hits Back at 'Woman in Gold' Critics

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Sat, 18/04/2015 - 20:50

The Weinstein Company head also said the effort to pardon 49,000 men who were prosecuted in the U.K. for being gay is "going to pass."

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'Guardians 2' Codename Is 'Guardians 3000', What Does It Mean?

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - Sat, 18/04/2015 - 20:31

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 has a production codename. As revealed by Production Weekly, it is Guardians 3000. While it isn't know if this will remain as the official title of the movie, it certainly has kicked up a lot of speculation amongst fans. What could the title possibly mean, and who is it in reference too?

It turns out that the title Guardians 3000 is quite relevant to the Marvel comic books upon which Guardians of the Galaxy is based. While it connects to the ongoing mythos, there's also the fact that Marvel currently has a standalone Guardians 3000 comic book series separate from their main Guardians of the Galaxy franchise. It showcases the 'original' members of the interstellar superheroes. Does this mean we might see anyone from Adam Warlock, Galactus, Nova, Odin, Quasar, Rick Jones, the Silver Surfer and/or The Watcher in the sequel? We have no idea, but anything is possible!

Its far too early to read anything too heavily into this latest title reveal, and it may just be a placeholder sent out by Marvel to keep fans guessing as to what comes next. This title does hint that we'll see more new characters arriving alongside Star-Lord and his team, which has long been hinted at. The current Guardians 3000 line-up consists of Yondu (who was introduced in 2014's Guardians of the Galaxy and is played by Michael Rooker), Vance Astro (a.k.a Major Victory), Martinex, Charlie 27 and Starhawk. If we go by the original comic book canon, the first team was established in 1969, and is actively trying to save the universe in the 31st Century. As the new movie series takes place in our own current timeline, its likely that there won't be continuity between the sequel and comics.

It's speculated that the film will most likely bring in Vance Astro, who is an unfroze contemporary U.S. Air Force pilot-turned-intergalactic hero of the future. In the 31st Century, he is usually the defacto leader of Guardians of the Galaxy, and is armed with psychokinetic powers. Considering that he is an earthling in the comics, we can probably rule him out as Star -Lord's dad, who has already been revealed as an alien. Unless they drastically change his backstory for the MCU. One person that could definitely be Quill's father is Starhawk. When Peter's mother describes his father, she calls him an 'Angel'. This fits with his current appearance in the Guardians 3000 comic book. And director James Gunn may have already planted a great Easter egg, with Starhawk showing up in the 8-bit video game that was included with the special features on the Guardians of the Galaxy Blu-ray.

We'll have to wait until at least late 2016 to discover exactly what Guardians 3000 is in reference to and if it is, in fact, the official title. You should be reminded that all of the Marvel movies up until this point have had code names. And there isn't too much stock put into their meaning, though you can see how they definitely relate to the titles:

Rasputin (Iron Man 2)

Manhattan (Thor)

Frostbite (Captain America: The First Avenger)

Group Hug (The Avengers)

Caged Heat (Iron Man 3)

Thursday Mourning (Thor: The Dark World)

Freezer Burn (Captain America: The Winter Soldier)

Full Tilt (Guardians of the Galaxy)

After Party (Avengers: Age of Ultron)

Bigfoot (Ant-Man)

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 comes to theaters May 5th, 2017 and stars Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista.

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'Guardians 2' Codename Is 'Guardians 3000', What Does It Mean?

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - Sat, 18/04/2015 - 20:31

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 has a production codename. As revealed by Production Weekly, it is Guardians 3000. While it isn't know if this will remain as the official title of the movie, it certainly has kicked up a lot of speculation amongst fans. What could the title possibly mean, and who is it in reference too?

It turns out that the title Guardians 3000 is quite relevant to the Marvel comic books upon which Guardians of the Galaxy is based. While it connects to the ongoing mythos, there's also the fact that Marvel currently has a standalone Guardians 3000 comic book series separate from their main Guardians of the Galaxy franchise. It showcases the 'original' members of the interstellar superheroes. Does this mean we might see anyone from Adam Warlock, Galactus, Nova, Odin, Quasar, Rick Jones, the Silver Surfer and/or The Watcher in the sequel? We have no idea, but anything is possible!

Its far too early to read anything too heavily into this latest title reveal, and it may just be a placeholder sent out by Marvel to keep fans guessing as to what comes next. This title does hint that we'll see more new characters arriving alongside Star-Lord and his team, which has long been hinted at. The current Guardians 3000 line-up consists of Yondu (who was introduced in 2014's Guardians of the Galaxy and is played by Michael Rooker), Vance Astro (a.k.a Major Victory), Martinex, Charlie 27 and Starhawk. If we go by the original comic book canon, the first team was established in 1969, and is actively trying to save the universe in the 31st Century. As the new movie series takes place in our own current timeline, its likely that there won't be continuity between the sequel and comics.

It's speculated that the film will most likely bring in Vance Astro, who is an unfroze contemporary U.S. Air Force pilot-turned-intergalactic hero of the future. In the 31st Century, he is usually the defacto leader of Guardians of the Galaxy, and is armed with psychokinetic powers. Considering that he is an earthling in the comics, we can probably rule him out as Star -Lord's dad, who has already been revealed as an alien. Unless they drastically change his backstory for the MCU. One person that could definitely be Quill's father is Starhawk. When Peter's mother describes his father, she calls him an 'Angel'. This fits with his current appearance in the Guardians 3000 comic book. And director James Gunn may have already planted a great Easter egg, with Starhawk showing up in the 8-bit video game that was included with the special features on the Guardians of the Galaxy Blu-ray.

We'll have to wait until at least late 2016 to discover exactly what Guardians 3000 is in reference to and if it is, in fact, the official title. You should be reminded that all of the Marvel movies up until this point have had code names. And there isn't too much stock put into their meaning, though you can see how they definitely relate to the titles:

Rasputin (Iron Man 2)

Manhattan (Thor)

Frostbite (Captain America: The First Avenger)

Group Hug (The Avengers)

Caged Heat (Iron Man 3)

Thursday Mourning (Thor: The Dark World)

Freezer Burn (Captain America: The Winter Soldier)

Full Tilt (Guardians of the Galaxy)

After Party (Avengers: Age of Ultron)

Bigfoot (Ant-Man)

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 comes to theaters May 5th, 2017 and stars Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista.

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'Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk' Gets November 2016 Release

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - Sat, 18/04/2015 - 18:56

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk has been given a November 11, 2016 release date from TriStar Pictures, which puts the military drama in theaters for Veterans Day. Based on the acclaimed novel by Ben Fountain, the movie will be a groundbreaking, cinematic event and stars Garrett Hedlund, Steve Martin, Kristen Stewart, Ben Platt, Vin Diesel, Chris Tucker and Joe Alwyn. Director Ang Lee plans to redefine the possibilities of cinema with the film, engaging the audience with an advanced cinematic experience.

Ang Lee will use state-of-the-art Sony cameras while shooting Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, utilizing native 3D and high resolution. He will also make history with a frame rate that seemed impossible just months ago. Ang Lee hopes to create a new way for audiences to experience drama with the heightened sensation a soldier would really feel on the battlefield and on the home front.

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk tells the true-life story of Bravo Company and 19-year-old private Billy Lynn, who survived a harrowing Iraq battle captured by news cameras. Billy and his squad are brought home by the US administration for a promotional tour, culminating at the spectacular halftime show of a Thanksgiving Day football game, all while facing an imminent return to the war. Almost the entire movie takes place during the day of the game, with flashes back to the underlying events and Billy's heroism.

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk is currently shooting with producers Marc Platt, Ink Factory's Stephen Cornwell, Rhodri Thomas and Simon Cornwell, and Ang Lee. Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk is a partnership between TriStar, Studio 8, Bona Film Group and Film4. At this time, Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk has no direct competition on November 11. But the Marvel movie Doctor Strange opens the week before. And the Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will open the following week.

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk comes to theaters November 11th, 2016 and stars Garrett Hedlund, Steve Martin, Kristen Stewart, Ben Platt, Vin Diesel, Chris Tucker. The film is directed by Ang Lee.

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'Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk' Gets November 2016 Release

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - Sat, 18/04/2015 - 18:56

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk has been given a November 11, 2016 release date from TriStar Pictures, which puts the military drama in theaters for Veterans Day. Based on the acclaimed novel by Ben Fountain, the movie will be a groundbreaking, cinematic event and stars Garrett Hedlund, Steve Martin, Kristen Stewart, Ben Platt, Vin Diesel, Chris Tucker and Joe Alwyn. Director Ang Lee plans to redefine the possibilities of cinema with the film, engaging the audience with an advanced cinematic experience.

Ang Lee will use state-of-the-art Sony cameras while shooting Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, utilizing native 3D and high resolution. He will also make history with a frame rate that seemed impossible just months ago. Ang Lee hopes to create a new way for audiences to experience drama with the heightened sensation a soldier would really feel on the battlefield and on the home front.

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk tells the true-life story of Bravo Company and 19-year-old private Billy Lynn, who survived a harrowing Iraq battle captured by news cameras. Billy and his squad are brought home by the US administration for a promotional tour, culminating at the spectacular halftime show of a Thanksgiving Day football game, all while facing an imminent return to the war. Almost the entire movie takes place during the day of the game, with flashes back to the underlying events and Billy's heroism.

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk is currently shooting with producers Marc Platt, Ink Factory's Stephen Cornwell, Rhodri Thomas and Simon Cornwell, and Ang Lee. Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk is a partnership between TriStar, Studio 8, Bona Film Group and Film4. At this time, Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk has no direct competition on November 11. But the Marvel movie Doctor Strange opens the week before. And the Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will open the following week.

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk comes to theaters November 11th, 2016 and stars Garrett Hedlund, Steve Martin, Kristen Stewart, Ben Platt, Vin Diesel, Chris Tucker. The film is directed by Ang Lee.

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'The Walk' Poster Has Joseph Gordon-Levitt Defying Death

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - Sat, 18/04/2015 - 18:39

Those who have seen the critically praised documentary Man on Wire will already be familiar with Philippe Petit's story. Now, acclaimed director Robert Zemeckis has set out to retell this tale of a man who, on August 7, 1974, attempted an astounding high-wire walk between the two World Trade Center towers. Sony's TriStar Pictures will release&#160The Walk in 3D and IMAX 3D theaters on October 2. But first, we get a cool new poster, which shows star Joseph Gordon-Levitt defying death with this intense stunt.

The Walk is the true story of a young dreamer, Philippe Petit, and a band of unlikely recruits who together achieve the impossible...They pull off an illegal wire walk in the immense void between the World Trade Center towers. With little more than nerve and blind ambition, Petit and his ragtag crew overcome daunting physical obstacles, betrayals, countless close calls and overwhelming odds to beat the system and execute their mad plan.

With a screenplay by Robert Zemeckis and Christopher Browne based on Philippe Petit's book To Reach the Clouds, The Walk also stars Ben Kingsley, James Badge Dale, Ben Schwartz, Charlotte Le Bon, Cl&#233ment Sibony and C&#233sar Domboy. Check out the latest poster, which teases the walk itself. And then check out Man on Wire so that you have the full story before seeing The Walk this fall.

The Walk comes to theaters October 2nd, 2015 and stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ben Kingsley, James Badge Dale, Charlotte Le Bon, Ben Schwartz, Clément Sibony, César Domboy. The film is directed by Robert Zemeckis.

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'The Walk' Poster Has Joseph Gordon-Levitt Defying Death

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - Sat, 18/04/2015 - 18:39

Those who have seen the critically praised documentary Man on Wire will already be familiar with Philippe Petit's story. Now, acclaimed director Robert Zemeckis has set out to retell this tale of a man who, on August 7, 1974, attempted an astounding high-wire walk between the two World Trade Center towers. Sony's TriStar Pictures will release&#160The Walk in 3D and IMAX 3D theaters on October 2. But first, we get a cool new poster, which shows star Joseph Gordon-Levitt defying death with this intense stunt.

The Walk is the true story of a young dreamer, Philippe Petit, and a band of unlikely recruits who together achieve the impossible...They pull off an illegal wire walk in the immense void between the World Trade Center towers. With little more than nerve and blind ambition, Petit and his ragtag crew overcome daunting physical obstacles, betrayals, countless close calls and overwhelming odds to beat the system and execute their mad plan.

With a screenplay by Robert Zemeckis and Christopher Browne based on Philippe Petit's book To Reach the Clouds, The Walk also stars Ben Kingsley, James Badge Dale, Ben Schwartz, Charlotte Le Bon, Cl&#233ment Sibony and C&#233sar Domboy. Check out the latest poster, which teases the walk itself. And then check out Man on Wire so that you have the full story before seeing The Walk this fall.

The Walk comes to theaters October 2nd, 2015 and stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ben Kingsley, James Badge Dale, Charlotte Le Bon, Ben Schwartz, Clément Sibony, César Domboy. The film is directed by Robert Zemeckis.

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'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' Clip Teases 'Avengers 2' Crossover

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - Sat, 18/04/2015 - 17:29

There are only 2 episodes of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. left before Avengers: Age of Ultron hits theaters everywhere. And as expected, the latest clip from this week's upcoming episode The Frenemy of My Enemy is clearly setting up a crossover between the show and the blockbuster sequel. Agent Coulson and his team are planning a strike against Hydra...Which is leading them right to Baron Wolfgang von Strucker!

In The Frenemy of My Enemy, a dangerous new alliance is formed! Coulson and Hunter must turn to the last person anyone would ever expect...And that is Grant Ward! As the war between S.H.I.E.L.D. factions continues, Skye and Lincoln will also find themselves drawn into this conflict. The Frenemy of My Enemy was written by Monica Owusu-Breen and directed by Karen Gaviola.

In this latest clip, we see Agent Fitz being chased down by rogue agents. But he leads them right into the side of Coulson's cloaked jet. As Coulson and Fitz take flight, Fitz is reunited with Mike Peterson (aka Deathlok), who sits in the pilot's seat. After thanking Coulson for his tips on evading his tail, Coulson explains that they are gong to need find Skye. They don't have any leads, but Hyrda might. Hydra has a new head by the name of Baron Wolfgang von Strucker, who is researching powered people. Coulson's research claims he is very obsessed. The team needs to break into Hyrda...And their only hope is Ward!

This, of course, is leading up to the Avengers big raid on Strucker's castle in the opening action scene of Avengers: Age of Ultron! Take a look at this exciting crossover clip, and then check out the first photos from next week's episode The Dirty Half Dozen, which will lead right into Avengers 2 when it debuts on April 28!

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: The Dirty Half Dozen

Avengers: Age of Ultron comes to theaters May 1st, 2015 and stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Scarlett Johansson, Robert Downey Jr., Elizabeth Olsen, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Cobie Smulders, Jeremy Renner. The film is directed by Joss Whedon.

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode 2.18, "The Frenemy of My Enemy" airs on ABC April 21st, 2015.

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode 2.19, "The Dirty Half Dozen" airs on ABC April 28th, 2015.

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'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' Clip Teases 'Avengers 2' Crossover

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - Sat, 18/04/2015 - 17:29

There are only 2 episodes of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. left before Avengers: Age of Ultron hits theaters everywhere. And as expected, the latest clip from this week's upcoming episode The Frenemy of My Enemy is clearly setting up a crossover between the show and the blockbuster sequel. Agent Coulson and his team are planning a strike against Hydra...Which is leading them right to Baron Wolfgang von Strucker!

In The Frenemy of My Enemy, a dangerous new alliance is formed! Coulson and Hunter must turn to the last person anyone would ever expect...And that is Grant Ward! As the war between S.H.I.E.L.D. factions continues, Skye and Lincoln will also find themselves drawn into this conflict. The Frenemy of My Enemy was written by Monica Owusu-Breen and directed by Karen Gaviola.

In this latest clip, we see Agent Fitz being chased down by rogue agents. But he leads them right into the side of Coulson's cloaked jet. As Coulson and Fitz take flight, Fitz is reunited with Mike Peterson (aka Deathlok), who sits in the pilot's seat. After thanking Coulson for his tips on evading his tail, Coulson explains that they are gong to need find Skye. They don't have any leads, but Hyrda might. Hydra has a new head by the name of Baron Wolfgang von Strucker, who is researching powered people. Coulson's research claims he is very obsessed. The team needs to break into Hyrda...And their only hope is Ward!

This, of course, is leading up to the Avengers big raid on Strucker's castle in the opening action scene of Avengers: Age of Ultron! Take a look at this exciting crossover clip, and then check out the first photos from next week's episode The Dirty Half Dozen, which will lead right into Avengers 2 when it debuts on April 28!

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: The Dirty Half Dozen

Avengers: Age of Ultron comes to theaters May 1st, 2015 and stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Scarlett Johansson, Robert Downey Jr., Elizabeth Olsen, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Cobie Smulders, Jeremy Renner. The film is directed by Joss Whedon.

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode 2.18, "The Frenemy of My Enemy" airs on ABC April 21st, 2015.

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode 2.19, "The Dirty Half Dozen" airs on ABC April 28th, 2015.

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'Independence Day 2': Bill Pullman, Judd Hirsch Returning

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Sat, 18/04/2015 - 16:47

Director Roland Emmerich announced the news on Twitter.

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'Independence Day 2': Bill Pullman, Judd Hirsch Returning

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Sat, 18/04/2015 - 16:47

Director Roland Emmerich announced the news on Twitter.

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'Jurassic World' Poster: Dinosaur Vs. Jaws!

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - Sat, 18/04/2015 - 16:36

Yesterday, a new poster arrived for Jurassic World, along with the news that a new full-length trailer is coming this Monday. Today, we get yet another poster...And it's epic! Check out the scale of the Mosasaurus, never before seen in the franchise, as he takes a snack break. Tourists watch on as a great white shark is hunted down in what will surely be one of the best 3D IMAX moments of the year!

Steven Spielberg returns to executive produce the long-awaited next installment of his groundbreaking Jurassic Park series, Jurassic World.&#160Colin Trevorrow directs the epic action-adventure from a screenplay he wrote with Derek Connolly. Frank Marshall and Patrick Crowley join the team as producers. Twenty-two years after the events of Jurassic Park, Isla Nublar now features a fully functioning dinosaur theme park, Jurassic World, as originally envisioned by John Hammond. After 10 years of operation and visitor rates declining, in order to fulfill a corporate mandate, a new attraction is created to re-spark visitor's interest, which backfires horribly.

Make sure to check out this latest poster, which shows a new dinosaur going after Jaws, then tweet #JurassicWorld at all your friends, and stay tuned for the monstrous worldwide trailer debut Monday morning! The film also stars Chris Pratt, Judy Greer, Vincent D'Onofrio, Jake Johnson, Nick Robinson, Ty Simpkins and B.D. Wong. If this latest poster doesn't get you to buy your ticket...What will?

Jurassic World comes to theaters June 12th, 2015 and stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Judy Greer, Vincent D'Onofrio, Jake Johnson, Katie McGrath, Lauren Lapkus, Nick Robinson. The film is directed by Colin Trevorrow.

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'Jurassic World' Poster: Dinosaur Vs. Jaws!

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - Sat, 18/04/2015 - 16:36

Yesterday, a new poster arrived for Jurassic World, along with the news that a new full-length trailer is coming this Monday. Today, we get yet another poster...And it's epic! Check out the scale of the Mosasaurus, never before seen in the franchise, as he takes a snack break. Tourists watch on as a great white shark is hunted down in what will surely be one of the best 3D IMAX moments of the year!

Steven Spielberg returns to executive produce the long-awaited next installment of his groundbreaking Jurassic Park series, Jurassic World.&#160Colin Trevorrow directs the epic action-adventure from a screenplay he wrote with Derek Connolly. Frank Marshall and Patrick Crowley join the team as producers. Twenty-two years after the events of Jurassic Park, Isla Nublar now features a fully functioning dinosaur theme park, Jurassic World, as originally envisioned by John Hammond. After 10 years of operation and visitor rates declining, in order to fulfill a corporate mandate, a new attraction is created to re-spark visitor's interest, which backfires horribly.

Make sure to check out this latest poster, which shows a new dinosaur going after Jaws, then tweet #JurassicWorld at all your friends, and stay tuned for the monstrous worldwide trailer debut Monday morning! The film also stars Chris Pratt, Judy Greer, Vincent D'Onofrio, Jake Johnson, Nick Robinson, Ty Simpkins and B.D. Wong. If this latest poster doesn't get you to buy your ticket...What will?

Jurassic World comes to theaters June 12th, 2015 and stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Judy Greer, Vincent D'Onofrio, Jake Johnson, Katie McGrath, Lauren Lapkus, Nick Robinson. The film is directed by Colin Trevorrow.

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'Tooken' Trailer Spoofs Liam Neeson in 'Taken'

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - Sat, 18/04/2015 - 16:15

Lee Tergesen, Reno Wilson, Laura-Leigh, Margaret Cho and Michael Blackson headline the star-studded, hilarious spoof Tooken, seeking revenge on Digital HD and Video on Demand May 26. A satire based on the popular thriller Taken and its many sequels, the outrageous comedy will also steal some laughs on DVD July 7 from Cinedigm. We have the hilarious trailer and poster for you to check out!

In this spoof film on the Taken action-film franchise, Bryan Mills (Lee Tergesen) is an ex-CIA agent now working as a mall security guard. He keeps finding his things are being taken from him-his wife, his dog...his daughter's virginity. With the help of his ex-CIA elderly mother, Bryan battles his nemesis BrownFinger (Margaret Cho) to free his family and a pound of dogs in danger of exploding.

Featuring special appearances by real-life couple, Emmy nominated actor Donnie Wahlberg and hilarious talk show host Jenny McCarthy, along with celebrated musician Akon, Ethan Suplee and Lukas Haas, Tooken takes a satirical stab at Liam Neeson's retired CIA character Bryan Millis by making him a Prius-driving mall cop with a special set of skills. Stripped of his wife, dog and daughter's virginity, Millis joins forces with his ex-CIA mother to fight his nemesis and save the day! Inspired by the short film, Taken 3 - Back to Normal, make sure not to miss all the sidesplitting fun with the crazy comedy directed by John Asher, co-written by Asher and Cameron Van Hoy and produced by Elevative Entertainment:

Tooken comes to theaters May 26th, 2015 and stars Jenny McCarthy, Donnie Wahlberg, Ethan Suplee, Lukas Haas, Lee Tergesen, Laura-Leigh, Reno Wilson, Lauren Stamile. The film is directed by John Mallory Asher.

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'Tooken' Trailer Spoofs Liam Neeson in 'Taken'

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - Sat, 18/04/2015 - 16:15

Lee Tergesen, Reno Wilson, Laura-Leigh, Margaret Cho and Michael Blackson headline the star-studded, hilarious spoof Tooken, seeking revenge on Digital HD and Video on Demand May 26. A satire based on the popular thriller Taken and its many sequels, the outrageous comedy will also steal some laughs on DVD July 7 from Cinedigm. We have the hilarious trailer and poster for you to check out!

In this spoof film on the Taken action-film franchise, Bryan Mills (Lee Tergesen) is an ex-CIA agent now working as a mall security guard. He keeps finding his things are being taken from him-his wife, his dog...his daughter's virginity. With the help of his ex-CIA elderly mother, Bryan battles his nemesis BrownFinger (Margaret Cho) to free his family and a pound of dogs in danger of exploding.

Featuring special appearances by real-life couple, Emmy nominated actor Donnie Wahlberg and hilarious talk show host Jenny McCarthy, along with celebrated musician Akon, Ethan Suplee and Lukas Haas, Tooken takes a satirical stab at Liam Neeson's retired CIA character Bryan Millis by making him a Prius-driving mall cop with a special set of skills. Stripped of his wife, dog and daughter's virginity, Millis joins forces with his ex-CIA mother to fight his nemesis and save the day! Inspired by the short film, Taken 3 - Back to Normal, make sure not to miss all the sidesplitting fun with the crazy comedy directed by John Asher, co-written by Asher and Cameron Van Hoy and produced by Elevative Entertainment:

Tooken comes to theaters May 26th, 2015 and stars Jenny McCarthy, Donnie Wahlberg, Ethan Suplee, Lukas Haas, Lee Tergesen, Laura-Leigh, Reno Wilson, Lauren Stamile. The film is directed by John Mallory Asher.

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Paradigm Chairman Hosts Bash for 'Furious 7' Director as Film Crosses $1 Billion

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Sat, 18/04/2015 - 16:00

Sam Gores welcomed James Wan, Vin Diesel and other industry heavyweights into his Beverly Hills home.

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Paradigm Chairman Hosts Bash for 'Furious 7' Director as Film Crosses $1 Billion

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Sat, 18/04/2015 - 16:00

Sam Gores welcomed James Wan, Vin Diesel and other industry heavy weights his Beverly Hills Home.

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35 Movies You Need to See This Summer

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - Sat, 18/04/2015 - 15:49

Whether you like it or not, the summer movie season is right around the corner! Of course, blockbusters sprout up all throughout the year, with movies like The Divergent Series: Insurgent and Furious 7 setting the box office on fire even before the "official" summer movie season kicks off...But the four-month period between May and August is simply jam-packed with big-budget tentpoles, outlandish comedies and even a few memorable indie dramas. Before you start snatching up tickets to your favorite summer movies, we have a handy guide breaking down all of the major studio blockbusters, and even a few independent flicks that have the potential to break out into the mainstream. Here our the 35 movies you simply can't miss this summer!

1Avengers: Age of Ultron - May 1

Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Renner, Cobie Smulders, Elizabeth Olsen, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Paul Bettany and James Spader

Director: Joss Whedon

What It's About: When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth's Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure.

Our Thoughts: At this point, we all know that Avengers: Age of Ultron will be a huge hit. How big of a bit remains uncertain, but many will be watching to see if it will be able to eclipse the staggering success of Marvel's The Avengers, which took in $623 million domestic and $1.5 billion worldwide. Could it pass the first Avengers? Could it even break the all-time box office domestic record and pass Avatar's $760.5 million? We'll find out in just a few short weeks, along with how this will set up Marvel's impressive Phase Three slate.

2Hot Pursuit - May 8

Cast: Sof&#237a Vergara, Reese Witherspoon, Jodi Lyn Brockton, Michael Mosley, John Carroll Lynch, Robert Kazinsky, Matthew Del Negro, Richard T. Jones

Director: Anne Fletcher

What It's About: An uptight and by-the-book cop (Reese Witherspoon) tries to protect the sexy and outgoing widow (Sofia Vergara) of a drug boss as they race through Texas pursued by crooked cops and murderous gunmen.

Our Take: Every year there are at least one or two major studio movies that I had absolutely no idea even existed, and this year, Hot Pursuit is one of them. I was actually surprisingly amused by the trailer, and there is enough star power between Sof&#237a Vergara and Reese Witherspoon to validate the early summer release date, but debuting the week after a Avengers: Age of Ultron could either be counter-programming brilliance, or, well, the opposite...

3Mad Max: Fury Road - May 15

Cast: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Zo&#235 Kravitz

Director: George Miller

What It's About: From director George Miller, originator of the post-apocalyptic genre and mastermind behind the legendary "Mad Max" franchise, comes "Mad Max: Fury Road," a return to the world of the Road Warrior, Max Rockatansky. Haunted by his turbulent past, Mad Max (Tom Hardy) believes the best way to survive is to wander alone. Nevertheless, he becomes swept up with a group fleeing across the Wasteland in a War Rig driven by an elite Imperator, Furiosa (Charlize Theron). They are escaping a Citadel tyrannized by the Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne), from whom something irreplaceable has been taken. Enraged, the Warlord marshals all his gangs and pursues the rebels ruthlessly in the high-octane Road War that follows.

Our Take: Any time a movie has been stuck in development (not to mention nearly three years of post-production) for as long as Mad Max: Fury Road, certain red flags go up in the minds of fans like me. Of course, most movies don't look as ludicrously amazing as Mad Max: Fury Road does, so I can only imagine that this will be well worth the wait.

4Pitch Perfect 2

Release Date: May 15

Cast: Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Hailee Steinfeld, Elizabeth Banks, Brittany Snow, Alexis Knapp, Katey Sagal, Anna Camp, Skylar Astin, Hana Mae Lee and Adam DeVine

Director: Elizabeth Banks

What It's About: The sequel centers on the Barden Bellas entering an international a cappella competition that no American team has ever won. Pitch Perfect stars Anna Kendrick (Beca), Skylar Astin (Jesse), Brittany Snow (Chloe), Anna Camp (Aubrey), Rebel Wilson (Fat Amy), Adam DeVine (Bumper) and Alexis Knapp (Stacie) reprise their roles from the original blockbuster, alongside new cast member Hailee Steinfeld. Elizabeth Banks also returns as Gail, and makes her feature directorial debut with this highly-anticipated sequel.

Our Take: I'm apparently one of the few on Earth who have not seen the original Pitch Perfect, despite hearing nothing but good things about it. What I found interesting is that, when Hailee Steinfeld joined the cast, it was said that her character will essentially take the reigns of the franchise on future sequels, so it will be interesting to see how that unfolds. At any rate, I still have a few months to watch the original before the sequel hits theaters.

5Poltergeist - May 22

Cast: Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt and Jared Harris

Director: Gil Kenan

What It's About: Legendary filmmaker Sam Raimi ("Spiderman," "Evil Dead", "The Grudge") and director Gil Kenan ("Monster House") contemporize the classic tale about a family whose suburban home is haunted by evil forces. When the terrifying apparitions escalate their attacks and hold the youngest daughter captive, the family must come together to rescue her before she disappears forever.

Our Take: I saw the original Poltergeist when I was WAY too young, so I have high hopes for this remake. Thankfully, there is some strong buzz building, especially since Fox pushed it from a late July release to late May, which shows how confident the studio is in this reboot.

6Tomorrowland - May 22

Release Date: May 22

Cast: George Clooney, Hugh Laurie and Britt Robertson.

Director: Brad Bird

What It's About: From Disney comes two-time Oscar winner Brad Bird's riveting, mystery adventure "Tomorrowland," starring Academy Award winner George Clooney. Bound by a shared destiny, former boy-genius Frank (Clooney), jaded by disillusionment, and Casey (Britt Robertson), a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity, embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space known only as "Tomorrowland." What they must do there changes the world-and them-forever.

Our Take: This movie has been shrouded in just as much mystery as Disney's Star Wars: The Force Awakens, so I don't know exactly what to expect from this adventure. Granted, it sure does look adventurous and ambitious, but I hope to learn just a bit more about this movie before rendering any kind of judgment. It has the perfect release slot, placed right in between Marvel's superhero adventures, so it shouldn't have any trouble finding an audience. The question is: will they respond to it?

7Aloha - May 29

Cast: Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, Rachel McAdams, Danny McBride, Alec Baldwin, Jay Baruchel

Director: Cameron Crowe

What It's About: A defense contractor (Bradley Cooper) who is overseeing a weapons satellite launch from Hawaii teams up with (and falls for) an Air Force pilot (Emma Stone) to scuttle the launch. Mystical island forces and a talking a computer also play a part.

Our Take: Aloha? After years of being known as the Untitled Cameron Crowe Project, they go with Aloha? I was on the fence about this movie long before seeing the trailer, and even after I saw it, on the fence I remain. Trust me, I'm hoping Cameron Crowe will finally return to form as much as the next guy, but I also don't think this is the one he does so with.

8San Andreas - May 29

Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Carla Gugino and Alexandra Daddario

Director: Brad Peyton

What It's About: After the infamous San Andreas Fault finally gives, triggering a magnitude 9 earthquake in California, a search and rescue helicopter pilot (Dwayne Johnson) and his estranged wife make their way together from Los Angeles to San Francisco to save their only daughter. But their treacherous journey north is only the beginning, and when they think the worst may be over...it's just getting started.

Our Take: I'm definitely intrigued enough to give San Andreas a shot, but I'm curious how much people in other non-California areas will be taken by this story. Sure, it has star power and what looks to be some eye-popping visuals, but will people in other parts of the movie who don't even known what the Richter Scale is even care enough to check this out? I'm not saying it won't be a hit, but I'm just not sure how big of a hit it may be.

9Entourage - June 5

Cast: Adrian Grenier, Jeremy Piven, Jerry Ferrara, Kevin Connolly, Kevin Dillon, Billy Bob Thornton, Ronda Rousey and Haley Joel Osment

Director: Doug Ellin

What It's About: Movie star Vincent Chase (Adrian Grenier), together with his boys, Eric (Kevin Connolly), Turtle (Jerry Ferrara) and Johnny (Kevin Dillon), are back...and back in business with super agent-turned-studio head Ari Gold (Jeremy Piven). Some of their ambitions have changed, but the bond between them remains strong as they navigate the capricious and often cutthroat world of Hollywood.

Our Take: I've only seen bits and pieces of the Entourage TV series, not because I particularly hated it, but I just didn't have HBO for the longest time. The show is most certainly beloved, but TV to movie adaptations don't exactly have the strongest track record, even with a show with a large built-in fanbase such as this. I honestly wouldn't be surprised either way if the movie tanks or becomes a huge success, because it really could go either way.

10Insidious Chapter 3 - June 5

Cast: Dermot Mulroney, Stefanie Scott, Angus Sampson, Leigh Whannell, Lin Shaye, Hayley Kiyoko, Corbett Tuck

Director: Leigh Whannell

What It's About: The newest chapter in the terrifying horror series is written and directed by franchise co-creator Leigh Whannell. This chilling prequel, set before the haunting of the Lambert family, reveals how gifted psychic Elise Rainier (Lin Shaye) reluctantly agrees to use her ability to contact the dead in order to help a teenage girl (Stefanie Scott) who has been targeted by a dangerous supernatural entity.

Our Take: I was truly terrified by James Wan's original Insidious, and while the sequel Insidious Chapter 2 was not terrible by any means, something just felt off. I'm glad Leigh Whannell is stepping in to make his directorial debut (and return as Specs) because I think a different perspective at the helm could be just what this thrilling franchise needs. Setting this prequel before the Lambert family's haunting experiences not only opens up the series to new story lines, but keeps the first two movies intact, leaving them ripe to return in the future.

11Jurassic World - June 12

Cast: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins, Nick Robinson, Vincent D'Onofrio, Irrfan Khan, B.D. Wong, Omar Sy, Judy Greer and Jake Johnson

Director: Colin Trevorrow

What It's About: Twenty-two years after the events of Jurassic Park, Isla Nublar now features a fully functioning dinosaur theme park, Jurassic World, as originally envisioned by John Hammond. After 10 years of operation and visitor rates declining, in order to fulfill a corporate mandate, a new attraction is created to re-spark visitor's interest, which backfires horribly.

Our Take: 14 years after the franchise nearly died with Jurassic Park III, Jurassic World looks to bring this beloved series back to its glory days, by taking us back to where it all started on Isla Nublar. With Chris Pratt leading a stellar ensemble cast, and the emergence of brand new dinosaurs, this certainly has the potential to be a hit with both fans and critics alike.

12Inside Out - June 19

Cast: Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling, Bill Hader, Phyllis Smith, Lewis Black, Kaitlyn Dias, Diane Lane, Kyle MacLachlan

Director: Pete Docter

What's It About: Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it's no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions - Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith). The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley's mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, turmoil ensues in Headquarters. Although Joy, Riley's main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive, the emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school.

Our Take: Pixar hasn't been on a hot streak lately, with Cars 2, Brave and Monsters University not exactly living up to the high standards fans have set for the studio. Inside Out looks like it could certainly be a return to form for Pixar, with a high-concept story about the emotions that reside inside us all, specifically in this case, an 11-year-old girl who is going through a transitional period in her life. The voice cast is simply superb, and with the return of director Pete Docter, who hasn't directed a film since 2009's Up, this could be Pixar's chance to break their slump of mediocrity.

13The Transporter Refueled - June 19

Cast: Ed Skrein, Ray Stevenson, Loan Chabanol, Lenn Kudrjawizki, Gabriella Wright

Director: Camille Delamarre

What's It About: The producers of Lucy and the Taken trilogy bring you the next adrenaline-fueled installment of The Transporter series, Transporter Legacy, starring newcomer Ed Skrein as Frank Martin, the most highly-skilled transporter money can buy. The stakes are greater and technology better, but the same three simple rules apply: never change the deal, no names and never open the package.

When Frank is hired by cunning femme fatale Anna and her three stunning sidekicks, he quickly discovers he's been played. Anna and her cohorts have kidnapped his father (Ray Stevenson) in order to coerce Frank into helping them take down a ruthless group of Russian human traffickers. Fueled by revenge, he will break all his rules and stop at nothing to rescue his father in this action-packed thrill ride across the French Riviera.

Our Take: I enjoyed the original Transporter movies enough, for what they were worth, but I'm still surprised that it spawned any sort of franchise. Untested newcomer Ed Skrein takes over the Frank Martin role from Jason Statham, and Relativity certainly does seem to have plenty of confidence in this movie, giving it a plum mid-June release date, but after three Statham movies and even a TV series, is there any juice left in this franchise?

14Ted 2 - June 26

Release Date: June 26

Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Seth MacFarlane, Amanda Seyfried, Liam Neeson, Morgan Freeman, Patrick Warburton, Dennis Haysbert and Mila Kunis

Director: Seth MacFarlane

What It's About: Seth MacFarlane returns as writer, director and voice star of Ted 2, Universal and Media Rights Capital's follow-up to the highest-grossing original R-rated comedy of all time. Joined once again by star Mark Wahlberg and fellow Ted writers Alec Sulkin & Wellesley Wild, MacFarlane produces the live action/CG-animated comedy alongside Bluegrass Films' Scott Stuber, as well as John Jacobs and Jason Clark.

Our Take: I loved the foul-mouthed original Ted just as much as the next person, and there is certainly plenty of fertile comedic ground left to be sowed here, but I am somewhat concerned about how good this may be. While this does bring back the whole creative team behind the first movie, it's also the same people who made the dreadful A Million Ways to Die in the West. Hopefully it delivers on the same level as Ted, and not the same level as A Million Ways to Die in the West.

15Terminator Genisys - July 1

Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jai Courtney, Emilia Clarke, J.K. Simmons, Matt Smith, Jason Clarke and Byung-hun Lee

Director: Alan Taylor

What It's About: When John Connor (Jason Clarke), leader of the human resistance, sends Sgt. Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) back to 1984 to protect Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) and safeguard the future, an unexpected turn of events creates a fractured timeline. Now, Sgt. Reese finds himself in a new and unfamiliar version of the past, where he is faced with unlikely allies, including the Guardian (Arnold Schwarzenegger), dangerous new enemies, and an unexpected new mission: To reset the future...

Our Take: While the first trailer was surprisingly impressive, I'm still somewhat on the fence about this one. The cast is great, and I'm intrigued about how they're handing time travel this time around, but I'm still not fully sold on this one quite yet. Paramount is certainly pinning a lot on this movie, with two more sequels already in development, and a TV series that branches off from a plot point in the original Terminator. Of course, if this first movie tanks (which I don't expect it to), those project may not move forward, but we'll have to wait and see.

16Magic Mike XXL - July 1

Cast: Channing Tatum, Matthew Bomer, Joe Manganiello, Andie MacDowell, Amber Heard, Elizabeth Banks, Michael Strahan, Donald Glover, Kevin Nash

Director: Gregory Jacobs

What It's About: Picking up the story three years after Mike (Channing Tatum) bowed out of the stripper life at the top of his game, "Magic Mike XXL" finds the remaining Kings of Tampa likewise ready to throw in the towel. But they want to do it their way: burning down the house in one last blow-out performance in Myrtle Beach, and with legendary headliner Magic Mike sharing the spotlight with them. On the road to their final show, with whistle stops in Jacksonville and Savannah to renew old acquaintances and make new friends, Mike and the guys learn some new moves and shake off the past in surprising ways.

Our Take: I'm sure this one will do just as well as the first movie, but since I still have yet to see the original yet, I don't know exactly what to make of the sequel. Matthew McConaughey is not back for the follow-up, but the sequel adds a slew of new cast members such as Andie MacDowell, Amber Heard, Elizabeth Banks, Michael Strahan, Donald Glover. We'll have to wait and see if fans come out in droves for the follow-up as they did with the original.

17Minions - July 10

Cast: Sandra Bullock, Steve Carell, Jon Hamm, Hiroyuki Sanada, Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud

Director: Kyle Balda, Pierre Coffin

What It's About: The story of Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment's Minions begins at the dawn of time. Starting as single-celled yellow organisms, Minions evolve through the ages, perpetually serving the most despicable of masters. Continuously unsuccessful at keeping these masters-from T. rex to Napoleon-the Minions find themselves without someone to serve and fall into a deep depression.

But one Minion named Kevin has a plan, and he-alongside teenage rebel Stuart and lovable little Bob-ventures out into the world to find a new evil boss for his brethren to follow.

The trio embarks upon a thrilling journey that ultimately leads them to their next potential master, Scarlet Overkill (Academy Award&#174 winner Sandra Bullock), the world's first-ever female super-villain. They travel from frigid Antarctica to 1960s New York City, ending in mod London, where they must face their biggest challenge to date: saving all of Minionkind...from annihilation.

Featuring a soundtrack of hit music from the '60s that still permeates our culture today, Minions is produced by Illumination's Chris Meledandri and Janet Healy, and is directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda. Brian Lynch has written the screenplay for the 3D-CG comedy adventure, and Chris Renaud serves as executive producer of the film.

Our Take: After appearances in Despicable Me and Despicable Me 2, the lovable Minions get their own feature film. As it turns out, the Minions have been around for centuries, serving master after master, years before they come into Gru's service. It sounds like a wonderful origin story, of sorts, and with a fantastic voice cast in place, I have no doubt that this will bring in the big bucks at the box office this sumemer.

18Ant-Man - July 17

Cast: Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Pena, Corey Stoll, Judy Greer, John Slattery and Neil Hamburger

Director: Peyton Reed

What It's About: The next evolution of the Marvel Cinematic Universe brings a founding member of The Avengers to the big screen for the first time with Marvel Studios' "Ant-Man." Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, master thief Scott Lang must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.

Our Take: I think this will do quite well, and I'm not worried at all about the movie's quality, but I am wondering how exactly this character will fit into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The movie was originally supposed to be the first Phase Three movie, but now with the expanded nine-movie slate for Phase Three, Ant-Man will now be the last Phase Two movie. With a schedule already mapped out until 2019, the earliest we'd likely see a sequel is 2020, but that could all change if this is a big hit.

19Trainwreck - July 24

Cast: Amy Schumer, Bill Hader, Brie Larson, Colin Quinn, Vanessa Bayer, Tilda Swinton, John Cena, Mike Birbiglia, LeBron James, Barkhad Abdi

Director: Judd Apatow

What It's About: Having thought that monogamy was never possible, a commitment-phobic career woman may have to face her fears when she meets a good guy.

Our Take: There doesn't seem to be a lot of straight-up comedies this summer, but Trainwreck seems to be the best one out of the bunch. Judd Apatow's track record for finding comedic talent speaks for itself, and while Amy Schumer is primarily known for her Comedy Central series Inside Amy Schumer, Trainwreck should surely make this rising star a household name.

20Pan - July 24

Cast: Hugh Jackman, Garrett Hedlund, Rooney Mara, Adeel Akhtar, Levi Miller, Amanda Seyfried, Jack Charles, Nonso Anozie, Kathy Burke, Kurt Egyiawan

Director: Joe Wright

What It's About: From director Joe Wright comes "Pan," a live-action feature presenting a wholly original adventure about the beginnings of the beloved characters created by J.M. Barrie.Peter (Levi Miller) is a mischievous 12-year-old boy with an irrepressible rebellious streak, but in the bleak London orphanage where he has lived his whole life those qualities do not exactly fly. Then one incredible night, Peter is whisked away from the orphanage and spirited off to a fantastical world of pirates, warriors and fairies called Neverland. There, he finds amazing adventures and fights life-or-death battles while trying to uncover the secret of his mother, who left him at the orphanage so long ago, and his rightful place in this magical land. Teamed with the warrior Tiger Lily (Rooney Mara) and a new friend named James Hook (Garrett Hedlund), Peter must defeat the ruthless pirate Blackbeard (Hugh Jackman) to save Neverland and discover his true destiny-to become the hero who will forever be known as Peter Pan.

Our Take: I need another Peter Pan movie like I need a hole in the head. Joe Wright does have plenty of talent, and this is an impressive cast he has assembled, but I just don't see the need for yet another Peter Pan movie. How will this fare at the box office? I have no clue, and I could honestly care less, but maybe I'll change my mind between now and July 24.

21Pixels - July 24

Cast: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Josh Gad, Peter Dinklage, Michelle Monaghan and Brian Cox

Director: Chris Columbus

What It's About: In Pixels, intergalactic aliens misinterpret video-feeds of classic arcade games as a declaration of war against them and attack the Earth, using the games as models for their various assaults. President Will Cooper (James) has to call on his childhood best friend, '80s video game champion Sam Brenner (Sandler), now a home theater installer, to lead a team of old-school arcaders (Dinklage and Gad) to defeat the aliens and save the planet. Monaghan plays the team's unique weapons specialist.

Our Take: I never thought I'd say this again, but I'm actually (kind of) looking forward to *gasp* an Adam Sandler movie. I love the short film that this is based on, and it seems the filmmakers have found an interesting way to craft a narrative behind this unique premise. Plus, there is plenty of nostalgia to go around, with numerous classic video game characters, not to mention a talented and diverse cast. Obviously there is plenty of interest in the movie, with 34.3 million people watching the trailer in the first 24 hours it was released. We'll have to wait and see if those numbers translates to a huge box office take.

22Mission: Impossible 5 - July 31

Cast: Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Paula Patton, Simon Pegg, Alec Baldwin and Ving Rhames

Director: Christopher McQuarrie

What It's About: Ethan and team take on their most impossible mission yet, eradicating the Syndicate - an International rogue organization as highly skilled as they are, committed to destroying the IMF.

Our Take: I have always been an unabashed fan of this franchise (well, except for the second one...), and each installment finds some way to deliver a new and amazing "holy s--t" moment that outdoes the last. After scaling the tallest building in the world in Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol, Tom Cruise's Ethan Hunt is seen hanging off of a moving airplane as it takes off in the thrilling first trailer. I'm wondering if they will even have enough time to complete post-production though, since filming just wrapped a few weeks ago and Paramount pushed this up from Christmas Day to July 31, but the footage I've seen so far is impressive nonetheless.

23Self/less - July 31

Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Ben Kingsley, Matthew Goode, Michelle Dockery, Natalie Martinez, Derek Luke, Victor Garber

Director: Tarsem Singh

What It's About: In this provocative psychological science fiction thriller, an extremely wealthy man (Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley) dying from cancer undergoes a radical medical procedure that transfers his consciousness into the body of a healthy young man (Ryan Reynolds). But all is not as it seems when he starts to uncover the mystery of the body's origin and the organization that will kill to protect its cause.

Our Take: Tarsem Singh does have a distinct visual style, but I'm not too sure about this one either. I love Ryan Reynolds and Ben Kingsley as much as the next guy, but something just feels a bit off about this one. Maybe the next trailer will do better job of convincing me, but we'll see.

24Southpaw - July 31

Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Forest Whitaker, Rachel McAdams, Naomie Harris

Director: Antoine Fuqua

What It's About: A boxer fights his way to the top, only to find his life falling apart around him.

Our Take: I'm really looking forward to this. When I spoke with Antoine Fuqua for The Equalizer, he was so incredibly excited for this project, and from the first look photo we saw last year, Jake Gyllenhaal is practically unrecognizable as a boxer whose personal life is full of turmoil. With a script from Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter, this drama should bring some much-needed grit to the summer movie season, and possibly deliver an early Oscar candidate as well.

25Fantastic Four - August 7

Cast: Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell, Michael B. Jordan, Toby Kebbell and Tim Blake Nelson

Director: Josh Trank

What It's About: A contemporary re-imagining of Marvel's original and longest-running superhero team, centers on four young outsiders who teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe, which alters their physical form in shocking ways. Their lives irrevocably upended, the team must learn to harness their daunting new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy.

Our Take: I'm glad they decided to go with a much younger cast for this version of Fantastic Four, which is based on the Ultimate Fantastic Four comics. I've been a huge fan ofKate Mara for several years, and I hope this big-budget superhero movie gives her the push into the stratosphere that she most definitely deserves. Josh Trank as already a director to keep an eye on after his directorial debut Chronicle and his stock should continue to rise after this hits theaters.

26Masterminds - August 7

Cast: Owen Wilson, Zach Galifianakis, Kristen Wiig, Jason Sudeikis, Ken Marino, Kate McKinnon, Mary Elizabeth Ellis, Devin Ratray, Leslie Jones

Director: Jared Hess

What It's About: Inspired by true events, Masterminds tells the story of a disgruntled bank employee who is ready to take a chance and risk it all for love, money, and a life he's only dreamed of. Teaming up with his work crush, they conspire to rob the financial institution. Together with their accomplices, the inexperienced criminals nab nearly $20 million - leaving a trail of evidence in their wake. Now the only thing tougher than pulling off the heist - will be getting away with it.

Our Take: Before we get to see the new Ghostbusters reboot next year, three of the four main characters (Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones) will be seen in Masterminds, a comedy that has been in development for several years. I'm not sure what to make of this at the moment, but it could do some solid business as summer comes to a close.

27Straight Outta Compton - August 14

Cast: Jason Mitchell, Corey Antonio Hawkins, Aldis Hodge, Neil Brown Jr. and Paul Giamatti

Director: F. Gary Gray

What It's About: In the mid-1980s, the streets of Compton, California, were some of the most dangerous in the country. When five young men translated their experiences growing up into brutally honest music that rebelled against abusive authority, they gave an explosive voice to a silenced generation. Following the meteoric rise and fall of N.W.A., Straight Outta Compton tells the astonishing story of how these youngsters revolutionized music and pop culture forever the moment they told the world the truth about life in the hood and ignited a cultural war.

Our Take: This just might be the movie I'm most excited for this summer. The trailer was simply phenomenal, and the story of N.W.A. and their rebellion towards authority is more poignant now than it was back in the 1980s and 1990s. Their debut album Straight Outta Compton was one of the first to have the infamous Parental Advisory label, and they received threats from the government and several other advocacy groups at the time, but itquite literally created the "gangsta rap" genre and is considered one of the most important records of all time. I simply can't wait for this movie.

28The Man from U.N.C.L.E. - August 14

Cast: Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Alicia Vikander, Hugh Grant, Elizabeth Debicki, Jared Harris, Luca Calvani

Director: Guy Ritchie

What It's About: A fresh take on the hugely popular 1960s television series,"The Man from U.N.C.L.E." is set against the backdrop of the early 1960s, at the height of the Cold War, "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." centers on CIA agent Napoleon Solo (Henry Cavill) and KGB agent Illya Kuryakin Armie Hammer). Forced to put aside longstanding hostilities, the two team up on a joint mission to stop a mysterious international criminal organization, which is bent on destabilizing the fragile balance of power through the proliferation of nuclear weapons and technology. The duo's only lead is the daughter of a vanished German scientist, who is the key to infiltrating the criminal organization, and they must race against time to find him and prevent a worldwide catastrophe.

Our Take: The original TV series was far before my time, but this could be the last big hit of the summer movie season. The cast is top-notch and director Guy Ritchie is still at the top of his game, so I have to imagine this will fare well at the box office. Still, I have somewhat of a funny feeling about this one, and even though there isn't as much competition for this movie, I'm not quite so sure it will fare as well as other summer blockbusters.

29Sinister 2 - August 21

Cast: Shannyn Sossamon, Dartanian Sloan, Robert Sloan, James Ransone

Director: Ciaran Foy

What It's About: In the aftermath of the shocking events in Sinister, a protective mother (Shannyn Sossamon) and her 9-year-old twin sons (real-life twins Robert and Dartanian Sloan) find themselves in a rural house marked for death.

Our Take: To be completely honest, I totally forgot this movie was even coming out until I looked at the summer schedule for this preview. Since we don't have a trailer quite yet, it's tough to have any sort of take on it whatsoever, but it's nice that they brought back James Ransone, who portrayed the concerned sheriff's deputy in Sinister, for this sequel. Ciaran Foy has a very distinct visual style, and it will be interesting to see what he can do with producer Jason Blum, who has made a name for himself for churning out big hits on miniscule budgets.

30Hitman: Agent 47 - August 28

Cast: Rupert Friend, Zachary Quinto, Ciar&#225n Hinds, Thomas Kretschmann, Hannah Ware, Emilio Rivera, Dan Bakkedahl, Rolf Kanies, Jerry Hoffmann, David Br&#252ckner

Director: Aleksander Bach

What It's About: Hitman: Agent 47 centers on an elite assassin who was genetically engineered from conception to be the perfect killing machine, and is known only by the last two digits on the barcode tattooed on the back of his neck. He is the culmination of decades of research &#173 and forty-six earlier Agent clones -- endowing him with unprecedented strength, speed, stamina and intelligence. His latest target is a mega-corporation that plans to unlock the secret of Agent 47's past to create an army of killers whose powers surpass even his own. Teaming up with a young woman who may hold the secret to overcoming their powerful and clandestine enemies, 47 confronts stunning revelations about his own origins and squares off in an epic battle with his deadliest foe.

Our Take: I played the first two video games quite a lot in the early 2000s, so I have somewhat of a soft spot for this franchise. This new reboot comes just eight years after 2007's Hitman, but I'm just as intrigued with this one as I was the previous one, although I hope this does turn out better. I don't expect this to set the world on fire, especially given the underperforming history of movies that come out in the last weekend in August, but, even if it's not a success, this video game adaptation will surely close out the summer season with a bang.

In addition to all of the blockbusters, I've singled out five indie movies that have the best chances for finding success at the box office, amid all of the big-budget clutter around them. Granted, many of these won't get a wide release, and you may not get to see them in a theater near you this summer, but they may also be available on VOD in pre-theatrical windows, so there will be plenty of opportunities to check out these possible indie gems. Take a look at our Sleepers below.

31Welcome to Me - May 1

Cast: Kristen Wiig, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Linda Cardellini, James Marsden, Wes Bentley, Alan Tudyk, Tim Robbins, Joan Cusack, Thomas Mann, Loretta Devine

Director: Shira Piven

What It's About: What happens when a young woman with Borderline Personality Disorder wins the lottery? In the case of Alice Klieg (Kristen Wiig), she quits her psychiatric meds and buys her own talk show. Inspired by the immortal Oprah, she broadcasts her dirty laundry as both a form of exhibitionism and a platform to share her peculiar views on everything from nutrition to relationships to neutering pets.&#160

Our Take: I love a quirky indie comedy as much as the next... well, quirky indie comedy love, and this one looks to deliver in a great way. Of course, it's somewhat unfortunate that it's going up against Avengers: Age of Ultron, but even the biggest of blockbusters need some sort of counter-programming, and this gives indie-friendly fans something to do on the first weekend this summer. The premise is fantastic and it may have one of the most diverse casts of the entire summer season. If you aren't planning on seeing Avengers 10 times during opening weekend, give this comedy a shot if it's playing in a theater near you.

32Maggie - May 8

Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Abigail Breslin, Joely Richardson, Laura Cayouette, Dana Michelle Gourrier, Raeden Greer, Taylor Ashley Murphy, Amy Brassette

Director: Henry Hobson

What It's About: The film tells the story of a deadly zombie virus that has put a plague on the world. When Maggie, a vivacious young woman becomes infected, her father brings her home to let her be with their family. As Maggie's condition worsens, their relationship is tested, a father's love holding on stronger than the disease. This heart-wrenching twist on the zombie apocalypse puts a human face on an inexplicable horror.

Our Take: A few months before you can watch Arnold return as his iconic android in Terminator Genisys, the action icon shows us his indie side in Maggie. Given the popularity of zombies these days, there certainly should be an audience for Maggie, which puts a new spin on the undead. After five seasons of The Walking Dead, anytime someone is bit, we know they'll be dead a few seconds later, so it's nice to see a project like this examining humanity in the face of such chaos. If this is as good as I hope it is, I'm crossing my fingers that positive word of mouth will help this little indie infect the entire country, just like the zombie plague it depicts.

33Good Kill - May 15

Cast: Ethan Hawke, January Jones, Zo&#235 Kravitz, Jake Abel, Bruce Greenwood, Stafford Douglas, Kristen Rakes, Michael Sheets

Director: Andrew Niccol

What It's About: The film tells the story of a Las Vegas fighter-pilot turned drone-pilot (Ethan Hawke), who fights the Taliban via remote control for half of his day, then goes home to his wife (January Jones) and kids in the suburbs for the other half. But the pilot is starting to question the mission. Is he creating more terrorists than he's killing? Is he fighting a war without end? One soldier's tale with epic implications. Good Kill is a visually stunning exploration of how a man's psychological, emotional and moral boundaries are challenged by the realities of 21st century warfare. The film initiates an important dialogue about the current techniques used in modern war, and in the same vein as The Hurt Locker and Full Metal Jacket, illustrates how war is constantly being redefined according to the technologies and methods in play.

Our Take: I've been a huge Andrew Niccol fan ever since Gattaca and The Truman show, but he just can't seem to find that project to take him into the directorial stratosphere that he deserves to be in. OK, I know, The Host didn't help matters much in this regard, but I'm hoping that Good Kill is just the first movie on his "comeback trail" so to speak. Drone warfare is an incredibly timely subject which is popping up more and more on the big screen, so it will be interesting to see how the viewing public reacts to this one.

34Dope - June 19

Cast: Meak Moore, Zo&#235 Kravitz, Forest Whitaker, Blake Anderson, Keith Stanfield, Tony Revolori, Rick Fox, Kiersey Clemons, Kimberly Elise, Quincy Brown

Director: Rick Famuyiwa

What It's About: A coming of age comedy/drama for the post hip hop generation. Malcolm is a geek, carefully surviving life in The Bottoms, a tough neighborhood in Inglewood, CA filled gangsters and drugs dealers, while juggling his senior year of college applications, interviews and the SAT. His dream is to attend Harvard. A chance invitation to a big underground party leads Malcolm and his friends into a, only in Los Angeles, gritty adventure filed with offbeat characters and bad choices. If Malcolm can persevere, he'll go from being a geek, to being dope, to ultimately being himself.

Our Take: Every year there are a handful of films that do so well at Sundance that they are picked up immediately and brought to theaters in just a few months time. Dope is one of those movies this year, and it looks like this could be that coming of age hit that transcends the arthouse and becomes a mainstream phenomenon. Of course, this all depends on how audiences in New York and L.A. respond to the film, but we've already seen a film like It Follows go from opening in just four theaters to over 1,600 in just a matter of weeks, so anything is possible.

35Beyond the Brick - July 31

Cast: Jason Bateman

Director: Kief Davidson, Daniel Junge

What It's About: Lego bricks have captured imaginations for generations, and today, the community of builders is bigger than ever: Adult Fans of LEGO (AFOLs) display their latest creations at Brick Conventions, self-proclaimed Master Builders create entire worlds out of the modular bricks, and a corporate design team plans the Times Square unveiling of the largest LEGO model ever created. Directed by Oscar-winner Daniel Junge and Oscar- nominee Kief Davidson, Beyond the Brick: A LEGO Brickumentary playfully delves into the extraordinary impact of the LEGO brick , its massive global fan base, and the innovative uses for it that have sprung up around the world. Junge and Davidson's delightful survey of boundless and surprising creativity will inspire audiences of all ages rediscover their inner child.

Our Take: The Lego Movie proved that LEGOs aren't just for kids, bringing in $468 million worldwide and spawning a sequel and two spinoffs. Admittedly, I don't see nearly as many documentaries as I should, but if any doc has the potential to break out, it's this one. With Jason Bateman providing narration, this documentary takes us inside the intriguing world of adult LEGO builders. If The Lego Movie got you inspired to dig those old Lego bricks out of the attic, then perhaps Beyond the Brick will inspire you to create something truly amazing with them.

That wraps it up for our Summer Movie Preview. Are there any Sleepers that you think should have been showcased? What movie do you think will be the most talked-about after the summer months come to an end? Let us know what you think below, or reach out to me on Twitter @GallagherMW. Regardless of what movies you think will hit or miss, this will surely be a summer to remember!

Categories: Film News, Hollywood News

35 Movies You Need to See This Summer

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - Sat, 18/04/2015 - 15:49

Whether you like it or not, the summer movie season is right around the corner! Of course, blockbusters sprout up all throughout the year, with movies like The Divergent Series: Insurgent and Furious 7 setting the box office on fire even before the "official" summer movie season kicks off...But the four-month period between May and August is simply jam-packed with big-budget tentpoles, outlandish comedies and even a few memorable indie dramas. Before you start snatching up tickets to your favorite summer movies, we have a handy guide breaking down all of the major studio blockbusters, and even a few independent flicks that have the potential to break out into the mainstream. Here our the 35 movies you simply can't miss this summer!

1Avengers: Age of Ultron - May 1

Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Renner, Cobie Smulders, Elizabeth Olsen, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Paul Bettany and James Spader

Director: Joss Whedon

What It's About: When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth's Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure.

Our Thoughts: At this point, we all know that Avengers: Age of Ultron will be a huge hit. How big of a bit remains uncertain, but many will be watching to see if it will be able to eclipse the staggering success of Marvel's The Avengers, which took in $623 million domestic and $1.5 billion worldwide. Could it pass the first Avengers? Could it even break the all-time box office domestic record and pass Avatar's $760.5 million? We'll find out in just a few short weeks, along with how this will set up Marvel's impressive Phase Three slate.

2Hot Pursuit - May 8

Cast: Sof&#237a Vergara, Reese Witherspoon, Jodi Lyn Brockton, Michael Mosley, John Carroll Lynch, Robert Kazinsky, Matthew Del Negro, Richard T. Jones

Director: Anne Fletcher

What It's About: An uptight and by-the-book cop (Reese Witherspoon) tries to protect the sexy and outgoing widow (Sofia Vergara) of a drug boss as they race through Texas pursued by crooked cops and murderous gunmen.

Our Take: Every year there are at least one or two major studio movies that I had absolutely no idea even existed, and this year, Hot Pursuit is one of them. I was actually surprisingly amused by the trailer, and there is enough star power between Sof&#237a Vergara and Reese Witherspoon to validate the early summer release date, but debuting the week after a Avengers: Age of Ultron could either be counter-programming brilliance, or, well, the opposite...

3Mad Max: Fury Road - May 15

Cast: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Zo&#235 Kravitz

Director: George Miller

What It's About: From director George Miller, originator of the post-apocalyptic genre and mastermind behind the legendary "Mad Max" franchise, comes "Mad Max: Fury Road," a return to the world of the Road Warrior, Max Rockatansky. Haunted by his turbulent past, Mad Max (Tom Hardy) believes the best way to survive is to wander alone. Nevertheless, he becomes swept up with a group fleeing across the Wasteland in a War Rig driven by an elite Imperator, Furiosa (Charlize Theron). They are escaping a Citadel tyrannized by the Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne), from whom something irreplaceable has been taken. Enraged, the Warlord marshals all his gangs and pursues the rebels ruthlessly in the high-octane Road War that follows.

Our Take: Any time a movie has been stuck in development (not to mention nearly three years of post-production) for as long as Mad Max: Fury Road, certain red flags go up in the minds of fans like me. Of course, most movies don't look as ludicrously amazing as Mad Max: Fury Road does, so I can only imagine that this will be well worth the wait.

4Pitch Perfect 2

Release Date: May 15

Cast: Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Hailee Steinfeld, Elizabeth Banks, Brittany Snow, Alexis Knapp, Katey Sagal, Anna Camp, Skylar Astin, Hana Mae Lee and Adam DeVine

Director: Elizabeth Banks

What It's About: The sequel centers on the Barden Bellas entering an international a cappella competition that no American team has ever won. Pitch Perfect stars Anna Kendrick (Beca), Skylar Astin (Jesse), Brittany Snow (Chloe), Anna Camp (Aubrey), Rebel Wilson (Fat Amy), Adam DeVine (Bumper) and Alexis Knapp (Stacie) reprise their roles from the original blockbuster, alongside new cast member Hailee Steinfeld. Elizabeth Banks also returns as Gail, and makes her feature directorial debut with this highly-anticipated sequel.

Our Take: I'm apparently one of the few on Earth who have not seen the original Pitch Perfect, despite hearing nothing but good things about it. What I found interesting is that, when Hailee Steinfeld joined the cast, it was said that her character will essentially take the reigns of the franchise on future sequels, so it will be interesting to see how that unfolds. At any rate, I still have a few months to watch the original before the sequel hits theaters.

5Poltergeist - May 22

Cast: Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt and Jared Harris

Director: Gil Kenan

What It's About: Legendary filmmaker Sam Raimi ("Spiderman," "Evil Dead", "The Grudge") and director Gil Kenan ("Monster House") contemporize the classic tale about a family whose suburban home is haunted by evil forces. When the terrifying apparitions escalate their attacks and hold the youngest daughter captive, the family must come together to rescue her before she disappears forever.

Our Take: I saw the original Poltergeist when I was WAY too young, so I have high hopes for this remake. Thankfully, there is some strong buzz building, especially since Fox pushed it from a late July release to late May, which shows how confident the studio is in this reboot.

6Tomorrowland - May 22

Release Date: May 22

Cast: George Clooney, Hugh Laurie and Britt Robertson.

Director: Brad Bird

What It's About: From Disney comes two-time Oscar winner Brad Bird's riveting, mystery adventure "Tomorrowland," starring Academy Award winner George Clooney. Bound by a shared destiny, former boy-genius Frank (Clooney), jaded by disillusionment, and Casey (Britt Robertson), a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity, embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space known only as "Tomorrowland." What they must do there changes the world-and them-forever.

Our Take: This movie has been shrouded in just as much mystery as Disney's Star Wars: The Force Awakens, so I don't know exactly what to expect from this adventure. Granted, it sure does look adventurous and ambitious, but I hope to learn just a bit more about this movie before rendering any kind of judgment. It has the perfect release slot, placed right in between Marvel's superhero adventures, so it shouldn't have any trouble finding an audience. The question is: will they respond to it?

7Aloha - May 29

Cast: Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, Rachel McAdams, Danny McBride, Alec Baldwin, Jay Baruchel

Director: Cameron Crowe

What It's About: A defense contractor (Bradley Cooper) who is overseeing a weapons satellite launch from Hawaii teams up with (and falls for) an Air Force pilot (Emma Stone) to scuttle the launch. Mystical island forces and a talking a computer also play a part.

Our Take: Aloha? After years of being known as the Untitled Cameron Crowe Project, they go with Aloha? I was on the fence about this movie long before seeing the trailer, and even after I saw it, on the fence I remain. Trust me, I'm hoping Cameron Crowe will finally return to form as much as the next guy, but I also don't think this is the one he does so with.

8San Andreas - May 29

Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Carla Gugino and Alexandra Daddario

Director: Brad Peyton

What It's About: After the infamous San Andreas Fault finally gives, triggering a magnitude 9 earthquake in California, a search and rescue helicopter pilot (Dwayne Johnson) and his estranged wife make their way together from Los Angeles to San Francisco to save their only daughter. But their treacherous journey north is only the beginning, and when they think the worst may be over...it's just getting started.

Our Take: I'm definitely intrigued enough to give San Andreas a shot, but I'm curious how much people in other non-California areas will be taken by this story. Sure, it has star power and what looks to be some eye-popping visuals, but will people in other parts of the movie who don't even known what the Richter Scale is even care enough to check this out? I'm not saying it won't be a hit, but I'm just not sure how big of a hit it may be.

9Entourage - June 5

Cast: Adrian Grenier, Jeremy Piven, Jerry Ferrara, Kevin Connolly, Kevin Dillon, Billy Bob Thornton, Ronda Rousey and Haley Joel Osment

Director: Doug Ellin

What It's About: Movie star Vincent Chase (Adrian Grenier), together with his boys, Eric (Kevin Connolly), Turtle (Jerry Ferrara) and Johnny (Kevin Dillon), are back...and back in business with super agent-turned-studio head Ari Gold (Jeremy Piven). Some of their ambitions have changed, but the bond between them remains strong as they navigate the capricious and often cutthroat world of Hollywood.

Our Take: I've only seen bits and pieces of the Entourage TV series, not because I particularly hated it, but I just didn't have HBO for the longest time. The show is most certainly beloved, but TV to movie adaptations don't exactly have the strongest track record, even with a show with a large built-in fanbase such as this. I honestly wouldn't be surprised either way if the movie tanks or becomes a huge success, because it really could go either way.

10Insidious Chapter 3 - June 5

Cast: Dermot Mulroney, Stefanie Scott, Angus Sampson, Leigh Whannell, Lin Shaye, Hayley Kiyoko, Corbett Tuck

Director: Leigh Whannell

What It's About: The newest chapter in the terrifying horror series is written and directed by franchise co-creator Leigh Whannell. This chilling prequel, set before the haunting of the Lambert family, reveals how gifted psychic Elise Rainier (Lin Shaye) reluctantly agrees to use her ability to contact the dead in order to help a teenage girl (Stefanie Scott) who has been targeted by a dangerous supernatural entity.

Our Take: I was truly terrified by James Wan's original Insidious, and while the sequel Insidious Chapter 2 was not terrible by any means, something just felt off. I'm glad Leigh Whannell is stepping in to make his directorial debut (and return as Specs) because I think a different perspective at the helm could be just what this thrilling franchise needs. Setting this prequel before the Lambert family's haunting experiences not only opens up the series to new story lines, but keeps the first two movies intact, leaving them ripe to return in the future.

11Jurassic World - June 12

Cast: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins, Nick Robinson, Vincent D'Onofrio, Irrfan Khan, B.D. Wong, Omar Sy, Judy Greer and Jake Johnson

Director: Colin Trevorrow

What It's About: Twenty-two years after the events of Jurassic Park, Isla Nublar now features a fully functioning dinosaur theme park, Jurassic World, as originally envisioned by John Hammond. After 10 years of operation and visitor rates declining, in order to fulfill a corporate mandate, a new attraction is created to re-spark visitor's interest, which backfires horribly.

Our Take: 14 years after the franchise nearly died with Jurassic Park III, Jurassic World looks to bring this beloved series back to its glory days, by taking us back to where it all started on Isla Nublar. With Chris Pratt leading a stellar ensemble cast, and the emergence of brand new dinosaurs, this certainly has the potential to be a hit with both fans and critics alike.

12Inside Out - June 19

Cast: Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling, Bill Hader, Phyllis Smith, Lewis Black, Kaitlyn Dias, Diane Lane, Kyle MacLachlan

Director: Pete Docter

What's It About: Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it's no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions - Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith). The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley's mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, turmoil ensues in Headquarters. Although Joy, Riley's main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive, the emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school.

Our Take: Pixar hasn't been on a hot streak lately, with Cars 2, Brave and Monsters University not exactly living up to the high standards fans have set for the studio. Inside Out looks like it could certainly be a return to form for Pixar, with a high-concept story about the emotions that reside inside us all, specifically in this case, an 11-year-old girl who is going through a transitional period in her life. The voice cast is simply superb, and with the return of director Pete Docter, who hasn't directed a film since 2009's Up, this could be Pixar's chance to break their slump of mediocrity.

13The Transporter Refueled - June 19

Cast: Ed Skrein, Ray Stevenson, Loan Chabanol, Lenn Kudrjawizki, Gabriella Wright

Director: Camille Delamarre

What's It About: The producers of Lucy and the Taken trilogy bring you the next adrenaline-fueled installment of The Transporter series, Transporter Legacy, starring newcomer Ed Skrein as Frank Martin, the most highly-skilled transporter money can buy. The stakes are greater and technology better, but the same three simple rules apply: never change the deal, no names and never open the package.

When Frank is hired by cunning femme fatale Anna and her three stunning sidekicks, he quickly discovers he's been played. Anna and her cohorts have kidnapped his father (Ray Stevenson) in order to coerce Frank into helping them take down a ruthless group of Russian human traffickers. Fueled by revenge, he will break all his rules and stop at nothing to rescue his father in this action-packed thrill ride across the French Riviera.

Our Take: I enjoyed the original Transporter movies enough, for what they were worth, but I'm still surprised that it spawned any sort of franchise. Untested newcomer Ed Skrein takes over the Frank Martin role from Jason Statham, and Relativity certainly does seem to have plenty of confidence in this movie, giving it a plum mid-June release date, but after three Statham movies and even a TV series, is there any juice left in this franchise?

14Ted 2 - June 26

Release Date: June 26

Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Seth MacFarlane, Amanda Seyfried, Liam Neeson, Morgan Freeman, Patrick Warburton, Dennis Haysbert and Mila Kunis

Director: Seth MacFarlane

What It's About: Seth MacFarlane returns as writer, director and voice star of Ted 2, Universal and Media Rights Capital's follow-up to the highest-grossing original R-rated comedy of all time. Joined once again by star Mark Wahlberg and fellow Ted writers Alec Sulkin & Wellesley Wild, MacFarlane produces the live action/CG-animated comedy alongside Bluegrass Films' Scott Stuber, as well as John Jacobs and Jason Clark.

Our Take: I loved the foul-mouthed original Ted just as much as the next person, and there is certainly plenty of fertile comedic ground left to be sowed here, but I am somewhat concerned about how good this may be. While this does bring back the whole creative team behind the first movie, it's also the same people who made the dreadful A Million Ways to Die in the West. Hopefully it delivers on the same level as Ted, and not the same level as A Million Ways to Die in the West.

15Terminator Genisys - July 1

Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jai Courtney, Emilia Clarke, J.K. Simmons, Matt Smith, Jason Clarke and Byung-hun Lee

Director: Alan Taylor

What It's About: When John Connor (Jason Clarke), leader of the human resistance, sends Sgt. Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) back to 1984 to protect Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) and safeguard the future, an unexpected turn of events creates a fractured timeline. Now, Sgt. Reese finds himself in a new and unfamiliar version of the past, where he is faced with unlikely allies, including the Guardian (Arnold Schwarzenegger), dangerous new enemies, and an unexpected new mission: To reset the future...

Our Take: While the first trailer was surprisingly impressive, I'm still somewhat on the fence about this one. The cast is great, and I'm intrigued about how they're handing time travel this time around, but I'm still not fully sold on this one quite yet. Paramount is certainly pinning a lot on this movie, with two more sequels already in development, and a TV series that branches off from a plot point in the original Terminator. Of course, if this first movie tanks (which I don't expect it to), those project may not move forward, but we'll have to wait and see.

16Magic Mike XXL - July 1

Cast: Channing Tatum, Matthew Bomer, Joe Manganiello, Andie MacDowell, Amber Heard, Elizabeth Banks, Michael Strahan, Donald Glover, Kevin Nash

Director: Gregory Jacobs

What It's About: Picking up the story three years after Mike (Channing Tatum) bowed out of the stripper life at the top of his game, "Magic Mike XXL" finds the remaining Kings of Tampa likewise ready to throw in the towel. But they want to do it their way: burning down the house in one last blow-out performance in Myrtle Beach, and with legendary headliner Magic Mike sharing the spotlight with them. On the road to their final show, with whistle stops in Jacksonville and Savannah to renew old acquaintances and make new friends, Mike and the guys learn some new moves and shake off the past in surprising ways.

Our Take: I'm sure this one will do just as well as the first movie, but since I still have yet to see the original yet, I don't know exactly what to make of the sequel. Matthew McConaughey is not back for the follow-up, but the sequel adds a slew of new cast members such as Andie MacDowell, Amber Heard, Elizabeth Banks, Michael Strahan, Donald Glover. We'll have to wait and see if fans come out in droves for the follow-up as they did with the original.

17Minions - July 10

Cast: Sandra Bullock, Steve Carell, Jon Hamm, Hiroyuki Sanada, Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud

Director: Kyle Balda, Pierre Coffin

What It's About: The story of Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment's Minions begins at the dawn of time. Starting as single-celled yellow organisms, Minions evolve through the ages, perpetually serving the most despicable of masters. Continuously unsuccessful at keeping these masters-from T. rex to Napoleon-the Minions find themselves without someone to serve and fall into a deep depression.

But one Minion named Kevin has a plan, and he-alongside teenage rebel Stuart and lovable little Bob-ventures out into the world to find a new evil boss for his brethren to follow.

The trio embarks upon a thrilling journey that ultimately leads them to their next potential master, Scarlet Overkill (Academy Award&#174 winner Sandra Bullock), the world's first-ever female super-villain. They travel from frigid Antarctica to 1960s New York City, ending in mod London, where they must face their biggest challenge to date: saving all of Minionkind...from annihilation.

Featuring a soundtrack of hit music from the '60s that still permeates our culture today, Minions is produced by Illumination's Chris Meledandri and Janet Healy, and is directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda. Brian Lynch has written the screenplay for the 3D-CG comedy adventure, and Chris Renaud serves as executive producer of the film.

Our Take: After appearances in Despicable Me and Despicable Me 2, the lovable Minions get their own feature film. As it turns out, the Minions have been around for centuries, serving master after master, years before they come into Gru's service. It sounds like a wonderful origin story, of sorts, and with a fantastic voice cast in place, I have no doubt that this will bring in the big bucks at the box office this sumemer.

18Ant-Man - July 17

Cast: Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Pena, Corey Stoll, Judy Greer, John Slattery and Neil Hamburger

Director: Peyton Reed

What It's About: The next evolution of the Marvel Cinematic Universe brings a founding member of The Avengers to the big screen for the first time with Marvel Studios' "Ant-Man." Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, master thief Scott Lang must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.

Our Take: I think this will do quite well, and I'm not worried at all about the movie's quality, but I am wondering how exactly this character will fit into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The movie was originally supposed to be the first Phase Three movie, but now with the expanded nine-movie slate for Phase Three, Ant-Man will now be the last Phase Two movie. With a schedule already mapped out until 2019, the earliest we'd likely see a sequel is 2020, but that could all change if this is a big hit.

19Trainwreck - July 24

Cast: Amy Schumer, Bill Hader, Brie Larson, Colin Quinn, Vanessa Bayer, Tilda Swinton, John Cena, Mike Birbiglia, LeBron James, Barkhad Abdi

Director: Judd Apatow

What It's About: Having thought that monogamy was never possible, a commitment-phobic career woman may have to face her fears when she meets a good guy.

Our Take: There doesn't seem to be a lot of straight-up comedies this summer, but Trainwreck seems to be the best one out of the bunch. Judd Apatow's track record for finding comedic talent speaks for itself, and while Amy Schumer is primarily known for her Comedy Central series Inside Amy Schumer, Trainwreck should surely make this rising star a household name.

20Pan - July 24

Cast: Hugh Jackman, Garrett Hedlund, Rooney Mara, Adeel Akhtar, Levi Miller, Amanda Seyfried, Jack Charles, Nonso Anozie, Kathy Burke, Kurt Egyiawan

Director: Joe Wright

What It's About: From director Joe Wright comes "Pan," a live-action feature presenting a wholly original adventure about the beginnings of the beloved characters created by J.M. Barrie.Peter (Levi Miller) is a mischievous 12-year-old boy with an irrepressible rebellious streak, but in the bleak London orphanage where he has lived his whole life those qualities do not exactly fly. Then one incredible night, Peter is whisked away from the orphanage and spirited off to a fantastical world of pirates, warriors and fairies called Neverland. There, he finds amazing adventures and fights life-or-death battles while trying to uncover the secret of his mother, who left him at the orphanage so long ago, and his rightful place in this magical land. Teamed with the warrior Tiger Lily (Rooney Mara) and a new friend named James Hook (Garrett Hedlund), Peter must defeat the ruthless pirate Blackbeard (Hugh Jackman) to save Neverland and discover his true destiny-to become the hero who will forever be known as Peter Pan.

Our Take: I need another Peter Pan movie like I need a hole in the head. Joe Wright does have plenty of talent, and this is an impressive cast he has assembled, but I just don't see the need for yet another Peter Pan movie. How will this fare at the box office? I have no clue, and I could honestly care less, but maybe I'll change my mind between now and July 24.

21Pixels - July 24

Cast: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Josh Gad, Peter Dinklage, Michelle Monaghan and Brian Cox

Director: Chris Columbus

What It's About: In Pixels, intergalactic aliens misinterpret video-feeds of classic arcade games as a declaration of war against them and attack the Earth, using the games as models for their various assaults. President Will Cooper (James) has to call on his childhood best friend, '80s video game champion Sam Brenner (Sandler), now a home theater installer, to lead a team of old-school arcaders (Dinklage and Gad) to defeat the aliens and save the planet. Monaghan plays the team's unique weapons specialist.

Our Take: I never thought I'd say this again, but I'm actually (kind of) looking forward to *gasp* an Adam Sandler movie. I love the short film that this is based on, and it seems the filmmakers have found an interesting way to craft a narrative behind this unique premise. Plus, there is plenty of nostalgia to go around, with numerous classic video game characters, not to mention a talented and diverse cast. Obviously there is plenty of interest in the movie, with 34.3 million people watching the trailer in the first 24 hours it was released. We'll have to wait and see if those numbers translates to a huge box office take.

22Mission: Impossible 5 - July 31

Cast: Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Paula Patton, Simon Pegg, Alec Baldwin and Ving Rhames

Director: Christopher McQuarrie

What It's About: Ethan and team take on their most impossible mission yet, eradicating the Syndicate - an International rogue organization as highly skilled as they are, committed to destroying the IMF.

Our Take: I have always been an unabashed fan of this franchise (well, except for the second one...), and each installment finds some way to deliver a new and amazing "holy s--t" moment that outdoes the last. After scaling the tallest building in the world in Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol, Tom Cruise's Ethan Hunt is seen hanging off of a moving airplane as it takes off in the thrilling first trailer. I'm wondering if they will even have enough time to complete post-production though, since filming just wrapped a few weeks ago and Paramount pushed this up from Christmas Day to July 31, but the footage I've seen so far is impressive nonetheless.

23Self/less - July 31

Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Ben Kingsley, Matthew Goode, Michelle Dockery, Natalie Martinez, Derek Luke, Victor Garber

Director: Tarsem Singh

What It's About: In this provocative psychological science fiction thriller, an extremely wealthy man (Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley) dying from cancer undergoes a radical medical procedure that transfers his consciousness into the body of a healthy young man (Ryan Reynolds). But all is not as it seems when he starts to uncover the mystery of the body's origin and the organization that will kill to protect its cause.

Our Take: Tarsem Singh does have a distinct visual style, but I'm not too sure about this one either. I love Ryan Reynolds and Ben Kingsley as much as the next guy, but something just feels a bit off about this one. Maybe the next trailer will do better job of convincing me, but we'll see.

24Southpaw - July 31

Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Forest Whitaker, Rachel McAdams, Naomie Harris

Director: Antoine Fuqua

What It's About: A boxer fights his way to the top, only to find his life falling apart around him.

Our Take: I'm really looking forward to this. When I spoke with Antoine Fuqua for The Equalizer, he was so incredibly excited for this project, and from the first look photo we saw last year, Jake Gyllenhaal is practically unrecognizable as a boxer whose personal life is full of turmoil. With a script from Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter, this drama should bring some much-needed grit to the summer movie season, and possibly deliver an early Oscar candidate as well.

25Fantastic Four - August 7

Cast: Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell, Michael B. Jordan, Toby Kebbell and Tim Blake Nelson

Director: Josh Trank

What It's About: A contemporary re-imagining of Marvel's original and longest-running superhero team, centers on four young outsiders who teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe, which alters their physical form in shocking ways. Their lives irrevocably upended, the team must learn to harness their daunting new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy.

Our Take: I'm glad they decided to go with a much younger cast for this version of Fantastic Four, which is based on the Ultimate Fantastic Four comics. I've been a huge fan ofKate Mara for several years, and I hope this big-budget superhero movie gives her the push into the stratosphere that she most definitely deserves. Josh Trank as already a director to keep an eye on after his directorial debut Chronicle and his stock should continue to rise after this hits theaters.

26Masterminds - August 7

Cast: Owen Wilson, Zach Galifianakis, Kristen Wiig, Jason Sudeikis, Ken Marino, Kate McKinnon, Mary Elizabeth Ellis, Devin Ratray, Leslie Jones

Director: Jared Hess

What It's About: Inspired by true events, Masterminds tells the story of a disgruntled bank employee who is ready to take a chance and risk it all for love, money, and a life he's only dreamed of. Teaming up with his work crush, they conspire to rob the financial institution. Together with their accomplices, the inexperienced criminals nab nearly $20 million - leaving a trail of evidence in their wake. Now the only thing tougher than pulling off the heist - will be getting away with it.

Our Take: Before we get to see the new Ghostbusters reboot next year, three of the four main characters (Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones) will be seen in Masterminds, a comedy that has been in development for several years. I'm not sure what to make of this at the moment, but it could do some solid business as summer comes to a close.

27Straight Outta Compton - August 14

Cast: Jason Mitchell, Corey Antonio Hawkins, Aldis Hodge, Neil Brown Jr. and Paul Giamatti

Director: F. Gary Gray

What It's About: In the mid-1980s, the streets of Compton, California, were some of the most dangerous in the country. When five young men translated their experiences growing up into brutally honest music that rebelled against abusive authority, they gave an explosive voice to a silenced generation. Following the meteoric rise and fall of N.W.A., Straight Outta Compton tells the astonishing story of how these youngsters revolutionized music and pop culture forever the moment they told the world the truth about life in the hood and ignited a cultural war.

Our Take: This just might be the movie I'm most excited for this summer. The trailer was simply phenomenal, and the story of N.W.A. and their rebellion towards authority is more poignant now than it was back in the 1980s and 1990s. Their debut album Straight Outta Compton was one of the first to have the infamous Parental Advisory label, and they received threats from the government and several other advocacy groups at the time, but itquite literally created the "gangsta rap" genre and is considered one of the most important records of all time. I simply can't wait for this movie.

28The Man from U.N.C.L.E. - August 14

Cast: Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Alicia Vikander, Hugh Grant, Elizabeth Debicki, Jared Harris, Luca Calvani

Director: Guy Ritchie

What It's About: A fresh take on the hugely popular 1960s television series,"The Man from U.N.C.L.E." is set against the backdrop of the early 1960s, at the height of the Cold War, "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." centers on CIA agent Napoleon Solo (Henry Cavill) and KGB agent Illya Kuryakin Armie Hammer). Forced to put aside longstanding hostilities, the two team up on a joint mission to stop a mysterious international criminal organization, which is bent on destabilizing the fragile balance of power through the proliferation of nuclear weapons and technology. The duo's only lead is the daughter of a vanished German scientist, who is the key to infiltrating the criminal organization, and they must race against time to find him and prevent a worldwide catastrophe.

Our Take: The original TV series was far before my time, but this could be the last big hit of the summer movie season. The cast is top-notch and director Guy Ritchie is still at the top of his game, so I have to imagine this will fare well at the box office. Still, I have somewhat of a funny feeling about this one, and even though there isn't as much competition for this movie, I'm not quite so sure it will fare as well as other summer blockbusters.

29Sinister 2 - August 21

Cast: Shannyn Sossamon, Dartanian Sloan, Robert Sloan, James Ransone

Director: Ciaran Foy

What It's About: In the aftermath of the shocking events in Sinister, a protective mother (Shannyn Sossamon) and her 9-year-old twin sons (real-life twins Robert and Dartanian Sloan) find themselves in a rural house marked for death.

Our Take: To be completely honest, I totally forgot this movie was even coming out until I looked at the summer schedule for this preview. Since we don't have a trailer quite yet, it's tough to have any sort of take on it whatsoever, but it's nice that they brought back James Ransone, who portrayed the concerned sheriff's deputy in Sinister, for this sequel. Ciaran Foy has a very distinct visual style, and it will be interesting to see what he can do with producer Jason Blum, who has made a name for himself for churning out big hits on miniscule budgets.

30Hitman: Agent 47 - August 28

Cast: Rupert Friend, Zachary Quinto, Ciar&#225n Hinds, Thomas Kretschmann, Hannah Ware, Emilio Rivera, Dan Bakkedahl, Rolf Kanies, Jerry Hoffmann, David Br&#252ckner

Director: Aleksander Bach

What It's About: Hitman: Agent 47 centers on an elite assassin who was genetically engineered from conception to be the perfect killing machine, and is known only by the last two digits on the barcode tattooed on the back of his neck. He is the culmination of decades of research &#173 and forty-six earlier Agent clones -- endowing him with unprecedented strength, speed, stamina and intelligence. His latest target is a mega-corporation that plans to unlock the secret of Agent 47's past to create an army of killers whose powers surpass even his own. Teaming up with a young woman who may hold the secret to overcoming their powerful and clandestine enemies, 47 confronts stunning revelations about his own origins and squares off in an epic battle with his deadliest foe.

Our Take: I played the first two video games quite a lot in the early 2000s, so I have somewhat of a soft spot for this franchise. This new reboot comes just eight years after 2007's Hitman, but I'm just as intrigued with this one as I was the previous one, although I hope this does turn out better. I don't expect this to set the world on fire, especially given the underperforming history of movies that come out in the last weekend in August, but, even if it's not a success, this video game adaptation will surely close out the summer season with a bang.

In addition to all of the blockbusters, I've singled out five indie movies that have the best chances for finding success at the box office, amid all of the big-budget clutter around them. Granted, many of these won't get a wide release, and you may not get to see them in a theater near you this summer, but they may also be available on VOD in pre-theatrical windows, so there will be plenty of opportunities to check out these possible indie gems. Take a look at our Sleepers below.

31Welcome to Me - May 1

Cast: Kristen Wiig, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Linda Cardellini, James Marsden, Wes Bentley, Alan Tudyk, Tim Robbins, Joan Cusack, Thomas Mann, Loretta Devine

Director: Shira Piven

What It's About: What happens when a young woman with Borderline Personality Disorder wins the lottery? In the case of Alice Klieg (Kristen Wiig), she quits her psychiatric meds and buys her own talk show. Inspired by the immortal Oprah, she broadcasts her dirty laundry as both a form of exhibitionism and a platform to share her peculiar views on everything from nutrition to relationships to neutering pets.&#160

Our Take: I love a quirky indie comedy as much as the next... well, quirky indie comedy love, and this one looks to deliver in a great way. Of course, it's somewhat unfortunate that it's going up against Avengers: Age of Ultron, but even the biggest of blockbusters need some sort of counter-programming, and this gives indie-friendly fans something to do on the first weekend this summer. The premise is fantastic and it may have one of the most diverse casts of the entire summer season. If you aren't planning on seeing Avengers 10 times during opening weekend, give this comedy a shot if it's playing in a theater near you.

32Maggie - May 8

Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Abigail Breslin, Joely Richardson, Laura Cayouette, Dana Michelle Gourrier, Raeden Greer, Taylor Ashley Murphy, Amy Brassette

Director: Henry Hobson

What It's About: The film tells the story of a deadly zombie virus that has put a plague on the world. When Maggie, a vivacious young woman becomes infected, her father brings her home to let her be with their family. As Maggie's condition worsens, their relationship is tested, a father's love holding on stronger than the disease. This heart-wrenching twist on the zombie apocalypse puts a human face on an inexplicable horror.

Our Take: A few months before you can watch Arnold return as his iconic android in Terminator Genisys, the action icon shows us his indie side in Maggie. Given the popularity of zombies these days, there certainly should be an audience for Maggie, which puts a new spin on the undead. After five seasons of The Walking Dead, anytime someone is bit, we know they'll be dead a few seconds later, so it's nice to see a project like this examining humanity in the face of such chaos. If this is as good as I hope it is, I'm crossing my fingers that positive word of mouth will help this little indie infect the entire country, just like the zombie plague it depicts.

33Good Kill - May 15

Cast: Ethan Hawke, January Jones, Zo&#235 Kravitz, Jake Abel, Bruce Greenwood, Stafford Douglas, Kristen Rakes, Michael Sheets

Director: Andrew Niccol

What It's About: The film tells the story of a Las Vegas fighter-pilot turned drone-pilot (Ethan Hawke), who fights the Taliban via remote control for half of his day, then goes home to his wife (January Jones) and kids in the suburbs for the other half. But the pilot is starting to question the mission. Is he creating more terrorists than he's killing? Is he fighting a war without end? One soldier's tale with epic implications. Good Kill is a visually stunning exploration of how a man's psychological, emotional and moral boundaries are challenged by the realities of 21st century warfare. The film initiates an important dialogue about the current techniques used in modern war, and in the same vein as The Hurt Locker and Full Metal Jacket, illustrates how war is constantly being redefined according to the technologies and methods in play.

Our Take: I've been a huge Andrew Niccol fan ever since Gattaca and The Truman show, but he just can't seem to find that project to take him into the directorial stratosphere that he deserves to be in. OK, I know, The Host didn't help matters much in this regard, but I'm hoping that Good Kill is just the first movie on his "comeback trail" so to speak. Drone warfare is an incredibly timely subject which is popping up more and more on the big screen, so it will be interesting to see how the viewing public reacts to this one.

34Dope - June 19

Cast: Meak Moore, Zo&#235 Kravitz, Forest Whitaker, Blake Anderson, Keith Stanfield, Tony Revolori, Rick Fox, Kiersey Clemons, Kimberly Elise, Quincy Brown

Director: Rick Famuyiwa

What It's About: A coming of age comedy/drama for the post hip hop generation. Malcolm is a geek, carefully surviving life in The Bottoms, a tough neighborhood in Inglewood, CA filled gangsters and drugs dealers, while juggling his senior year of college applications, interviews and the SAT. His dream is to attend Harvard. A chance invitation to a big underground party leads Malcolm and his friends into a, only in Los Angeles, gritty adventure filed with offbeat characters and bad choices. If Malcolm can persevere, he'll go from being a geek, to being dope, to ultimately being himself.

Our Take: Every year there are a handful of films that do so well at Sundance that they are picked up immediately and brought to theaters in just a few months time. Dope is one of those movies this year, and it looks like this could be that coming of age hit that transcends the arthouse and becomes a mainstream phenomenon. Of course, this all depends on how audiences in New York and L.A. respond to the film, but we've already seen a film like It Follows go from opening in just four theaters to over 1,600 in just a matter of weeks, so anything is possible.

35Beyond the Brick - July 31

Cast: Jason Bateman

Director: Kief Davidson, Daniel Junge

What It's About: Lego bricks have captured imaginations for generations, and today, the community of builders is bigger than ever: Adult Fans of LEGO (AFOLs) display their latest creations at Brick Conventions, self-proclaimed Master Builders create entire worlds out of the modular bricks, and a corporate design team plans the Times Square unveiling of the largest LEGO model ever created. Directed by Oscar-winner Daniel Junge and Oscar- nominee Kief Davidson, Beyond the Brick: A LEGO Brickumentary playfully delves into the extraordinary impact of the LEGO brick , its massive global fan base, and the innovative uses for it that have sprung up around the world. Junge and Davidson's delightful survey of boundless and surprising creativity will inspire audiences of all ages rediscover their inner child.

Our Take: The Lego Movie proved that LEGOs aren't just for kids, bringing in $468 million worldwide and spawning a sequel and two spinoffs. Admittedly, I don't see nearly as many documentaries as I should, but if any doc has the potential to break out, it's this one. With Jason Bateman providing narration, this documentary takes us inside the intriguing world of adult LEGO builders. If The Lego Movie got you inspired to dig those old Lego bricks out of the attic, then perhaps Beyond the Brick will inspire you to create something truly amazing with them.

That wraps it up for our Summer Movie Preview. Are there any Sleepers that you think should have been showcased? What movie do you think will be the most talked-about after the summer months come to an end? Let us know what you think below, or reach out to me on Twitter @GallagherMW. Regardless of what movies you think will hit or miss, this will surely be a summer to remember!

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