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We’ll now have to wait nearly six months longer for Shane Black’s ‘The Predator’

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This past weekend was quite a busy one for the fine folks over at Twentieth Century Fox who spent their Saturday morning scheduling and adjusting several different releases for many of their upcoming projects including Deadpool 2, a Steven Spielberg project, four Avatar sequels, and Shane Black’s The Predator, which we’ll now have to wait just a little bit longer for.

As per a press release sent out by the studio, Fox has moved The Predator from its original February 9, 2018, release date, and will now hit theaters nearly six months later on August 3, 2018. While it’s certainly quite frustrating (to say the least) that’ll have to wait even longer for a film that we’ve already been waiting long enough for, the adjustment should actually come as a glimmer of hope.

In its new summer release date, The Predator will go up against some fairly large competition such as Tom Cruise’s Mission: Impossible 6 and Guy Ritchie’s live-action Aladdin remake, as well as Holmes & Watson from comedic duo Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly. Not to say that we didn’t already have plenty of confidence in this project, especially given the fact that Black is on board to direct, but it is reassuring to know that Fox has just as much hope for this movie as we do.

Back in February, Black took to Twitter to share the first image of the cast of The Predator including Sterling K. Brown (The People v. O.J. Simpson), Trevante Rhodes (Moonlight), Boyd Holbrook (Logan), Jacob Tremblay (Room), Olivia Munn (X-Men: Apocalypse), and Keegan-Michael Key (Key & Peele).

While details about The Predator seem to be fairly limited, we do know that Holbrook plays an ex-marine who first discovers the existence of the alien creatures but finds that no one believes that they actually exist. Tremblay is playing his son, while Trevante Rhodes is also an ex-marine who teams-up with Holbrook and Key to battle the alien creatures in action. Munn is playing a scientist.

Black is directing The Predator from a screenplay he co-wrote along with Fred Dekker who he previously collaborated with on The Monster Squad. Holbrook, who appears to be a favorite of 20th Century Fox, appearing in several of the studio’s movies over the past couple of years, boarded The Predator after scheduling conflicts forced Del Toro to go separate ways with the project.

The Predator will hit theaters on February 9, 2017.

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Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson save the world in a new ‘Men in Black: International’ trailer

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Sony Pictures has released a new trailer for Men in Black: International, the newest installment in the long-dormant franchise that originally starred Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones, which now finds Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson in the lead roles.

MIB: International follows Agent H (Hemsworth) and Agent M (Thompson) as they carry out their usual duties of protecting the Earth from the alien scum of the universe. However, things become increasingly more dangerous for the pair when they’re assigned to their biggest mission yet: identifying a mole in the Men in Black organization.

In addition to Hemsworth and Thompson, the reboot also stars Liam Neeson, Rebecca Ferguson, Kumail Nanjiani, Rafe Spall, Laurent Bourgeois, Larry Bourgeois, and Emma Thompson, who reprises her role from Men in Black 3.

F. Gary Gray, who directed 2015’s Straight Outta Compton and 2017’s The Fate of the Furious, helmed MIB: International using a script written by Art Marcum and Matt Halloway, based on the Malibu Comic by Lowell Cunningham.

Men in Black franchise veterans Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald produced the film, with Steven Spielberg, E. Bennett Walsh, Riyoko Tanaka, David Beaubaire, Edward Cheng, Howard Chen, and Barry Sonnenfeld serving as executive producers.

Men in Black: International will hit theaters on June 14.

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‘Bond 25’ reveals full cast and plot details, but no title, as production begins to get underway

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In a special live streamed announcement on Thursday, the team behind Bond 25, including producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli and director Cary Joji Fukunaga, revealed a number of key details about the long-awaited next chapter in the classic British spy franchise, stopping just short of the film’s title.

Fukunaga, who signed on to direct Bond 25 following the departure of Danny Boyle last year, confirmed the returning cast which, in addition to Daniel Craig in the titular role, also includes Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Rory Kinnear, Léa Seydoux, Ben Whishaw, Jeffrey Wright.

As for the newcomers, Ana de Armas is set to join the cast along with Dali Benssalah, David Dencik, Lashana Lynch, Billy Magnussen, and Rami Malek, who confirmed that he will be playing the film’s main villain, adding that he promises to make sure “that Mr. Bond does not have an easy ride in this.”

The film will find Bond having left active service and enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica. However, his peace is short-lived when his old friend Felix Leiter from the CIA turns up asking for help. The mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist turns out to be far more treacherous than expected, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.

Neal Purvis and Robert Wade wrote the screenplay for the movie along with Fukunaga, Scott Z. Burns, and Phoebe Waller-Bridge, with the latter two having taken the most recent pass at the script.

Production on Bond 25, which will commence on Sunday, April 28, will be based at Pinewood Studios in the UK and on location in London, Italy, Norway, and Jamaica, where today’s announcement took place at GoldenEye, the former home of Bond creator Ian Fleming.

“We’re thrilled to return to Jamaica with Bond 25, Daniel Craig’s fifth installment in the 007 series, where Ian Fleming created the iconic James Bond character and Dr. No and Live And Let Die were filmed,” Wilson and Broccoli said.

Bond 25 is set to be released in the U.K. on April 3, 2020 and April 8, 2020 in the U.S.

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Lili Taylor and Stefania LaVie Owen to star in the coming-of-age indie drama ‘Paper Spiders’

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Lili Taylor and Stefania LaVie Owen have been cast as the leads in Inon Shampanier’s indie drama Paper Spiders, a bittersweet story about coming-of-age in the shadow of mental illness. The film is expected to begin production in Syracuse, New York later this month.

Written by Inon and Natalie Shampanier, Paper Spiders follows Melanie (Owen), a high school senior struggling to help her mother Dawn (Taylor), whose paranoid delusions spiral out of control.

“I am thrilled to work with these incredibly talented actresses,” Inon Shampanier said in a statement. “Lili Taylor and Stefania Owen bring great tenderness and depth to this mother-daughter story.”

Anne Clements is producing Paper Spiders for Idiot Savant Pictures along with Ash Christian for Cranium Entertainment.

Taylor, repped by APA and Untitled Entertainment, was seen most recently in last year’s The Nun, where she reprised her role from the 2013 blockbuster horror hit The Conjuring. She can be seen next in the upcoming indie The Evening Hour.

Owen is repped by McKeon/Myones Entertainment and Paradigm Talent Agency and can currently be seen onscreen starring opposite Matthew McConaughey in Harmony Korine’s stoner comedy The Beach Bum. She’ll appear next in Netflix‘s thriller The Messiah.

Inon and Natalie Shampanier, whose previous credits include 2015’s Beautiful & Twisted and 2012’s The Millionaire Tour, are repped by Chris Sablan of Avenue 220 and attorney Jacob Shapira.

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