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Universal held a surprise screening of ‘The Fate of the Furious’ at CinemaCon this morning

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CinemaCon attendees were a bit surprised when they learned that Universal Pictures had set aside nearly three hours for their presentation at the annual gathering of movie theater owners from around the world this morning. What could they possibly need that much time for? A press conference? A really long sizzle reel? Nope, it was just for a surprise screening of The Fate of the Furious which clocks in at 160 minutes, making it the longest movie in the beloved franchise.

In attendance at the screening were a number of film journalists and critics who were generous enough to share their reactions to F. Gary Gray’s highly anticipated follow-up to 2015’s Furious 7, one of the fastest movies to reach $1 billion worldwide in box office history, and things seem to look quite promising for the sequel at the moment. Sadly, there is an embargo in place for full-length reviews (no word yet on when that will be lifted) but these social media reactions are good enough to hold us over until the more formal reviews are allowed to hit the web.

“Now that Dom and Letty are on their honeymoon and Brian and Mia have retired from the game—and the rest of the crew has been exonerated—the globetrotting team has found a semblance of a normal life,” the film’s official synopsis reads. “But when a mysterious woman (Charlize Theron) seduces Dom into the world of crime he can’t seem to escape and a betrayal of those closest to him, they will face trials that will test them as never before.”

With a screenplay written by Chris Morgan, The Fate of the Furious also stars Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Helen Mirren, Nathalie Emmanuel, Elsa Pataky, Scott Eastwood, and Kurt Russell. Morgan also executive produced the next installment in the franchise alongside Amanda Lewis and Samantha Vincent.

The Fate of the Furious will hit theaters on April 14, 2017.

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The first full-length trailer for ‘Toy Story 4’ reveals the adventures of Woody and Forky

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If you had told me a couple years ago that a fourth Toy Story movie following the adventures of a Woody stuck in an existential crisis and a depressed, suicidal spork was coming out, I probably would’ve laughed in your face. Wait, no. I definitely would’ve laughed in your face!

However, as evidenced by the first full-length trailer for Toy Story 4, that’s exactly the case here, and I can’t believe just how fucking weird and emotional this thing looks. Like, Toy Story 3 was already weird and emotional enough with the whole “toys making peace with death” trope. I don’t know if I’ll be able to handle whatever the hell Pixar has in store with this sequel.

Toy Story 4 seems to pick up shortly after the events of the previous film follows the gang (including Forky, voiced by Tony Hale) as they embark on a road trip adventure with Bonnie and her family. However, things take a turn for the worst when Woody and Forky end up on an unexpected detour, leading them down a shocking path of surprises.

Look, I’m not gonna lie and say I’m not excited for Toy Story 4, because I am, but I also can’t help but continue to question the necessity for this sequel, especially when it seems to be recycling the same narrative arcs from both the second and third films. Plus, we can all pretty much agree that Toy Story 3 felt like the perfect ending to this trilogy, right?

I guess we’ll find out if Toy Story 4 can do the rest of the trilogy justice when it opens in theaters on June 21.

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Production on Denis Villeneuve’s star-studded adaptation of ‘Dune’ is officially underway

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After casting literally every person imaginable in Hollywood, Warner Bros. announced today that production is officially underway on Denis Villeneuve’s eagerly awaited adaptation of Frank Herbert’s beloved sci-fi novel Dune.

If you’re unfamiliar with the source material, Dune tells the story of Paul Atreides (played by Call Me by Your Name heartthrob Timothée Chalamet), “a brilliant and gifted young man born into a great destiny beyond his understanding, who must travel to the most dangerous planet in the universe to ensure the future of his family and his people.”

As for that star-studded cast, in addition to Chalamet, we have the likes of Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgård, Dave Bautista, Zendaya, David Dastmalchian, Stephen Henderson, Charlotte Rampling, Jason Momoa, and Javier Bardem, with Chang Chen still in negotiations to join.

Not only has Villeneuve assembled a talented group of individuals in front of the camera, but behind it as well. He’s collaborating for the first time with cinematographer Greig Fraser (sorry, Roger Deakins), costume designer Jacqueline West (The Revenant), production designer Patrice Vermette (Arrival), editor Joe Walker (Blade Runner 2049), VFX supervisor Paul Lambert (First Man), and last, but not certainly not least, composer Hans Zimmer.

Look, I know, there’s a lot of really cool shit coming out next year, but if Dune, which is currently set to hit theaters on November 20, 2020, isn’t at the top of your most anticipated list, then what in the absolute fuck is wrong with you?

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Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ gets a very unfortunate new poster

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Just before the weekend, word broke that we would be getting the long-awaited first trailer for Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood on Monday morning. However, it appears those initial rumors were mistaken, and we won’t be getting the trailer until later this week. But we do have a very unfortunate new poster to hold us over until then!

In what is perhaps one of the most “graphic design is my passion”-looking posters ever, we see Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio leaning on…something? I mean, they’re standing out in the open. What the hell could they possibly be leaning on? And what exactly is going on with Brad Pitt’s head? Did they photoshop it onto someone else’s body? I have so many questions and not very many answers.

Regardless of this weird ass one-sheet, I’m still extremely psyched for whatever Tarantino has in store for us with his ninth feature, which stars Pitt and DiCaprio as a stuntman-actor duo struggling to make it in a Hollywood that they don’t really recognize anymore. But DiCaprio’s character has a very famous next-door neighbor…Sharon Tate (Margot Robbie).

The film’s star-studded cast also includes the likes of Al Pacino, Damian Lewis, Dakota Fanning, Nicholas Hammond, Clifton Collins, Keith Jefferson, Emile Hirsch, and the late Luke Perry in what will be one of his final roles.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood will hit theaters this summer on July 26. Check out that newly released one-sheet below and be sure to stay tuned for the trailer later this week.

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