AMC Theaters hosting 31-hour Marvel marathon leading up to new Avengers movie

Have you ever said to yourself "I'd really love to watch every movie in the Marvel Universe in one sitting"?Here's your chance.AMC Theaters' website is teasing a super movie marathon to get Marvel fans ready for the release of the third Avengers movie, "Infinity War."The marathon is slated to last 31 hours and lead into the premiere of the new film.Robert Downey Jr. 'convinces' Marvel to move up 'Avengers: Infinity War' release to April 27While admission price and times aren't up yet, the site says the marathon will start April 25, which syncs up well with the April 27 release of Infinity War.Our advice is bring lots of popcorn and make sure you go to the bathroom before the 31 hour marathon begins!In addition to the usual suspects in the Avengers movies like Captain America, Iron Man and the Hulk, the trailer teases that the Guardians of the Galaxy, Dr. Strange and Black Panther will also all be featured.'Black Panther' And 'A Wrinkle In Time' Make History At The Box OfficeCheck out the trailer for Marvel Studios' Avengers: Infinity War below: Continue Reading

Disney Adds 6 New Marvel Movie Slots Post-‘Avengers 4’

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Marvel moves new ‘Avengers’ movie into April

Marvel will get a jump-start on summer this year by moving "Avengers: Infinity War" from May to the last Friday in April.Tickets have not yet gone on sale for the third "Avengers" movie, which will now open on April 27 in the U.S., which is the same date it's opening in the rest of the world.The move to a day-and-date global release will certainly cut down on the potential for spoilers for what may be the most-anticipated movie of 2018."Avengers: Infinity War" will follow Marvel's latest blockbuster, "Black Panther," which has set box-office records of its own and is poised to hit $500 million this weekend. Continue Reading

‘Man of Steel’ star Henry Cavill’s manager confirms new Superman movie in works

The manager for “Man of Steel” star Henry Cavill says a new standalone sequel to the Superman film is in the works. Cavill reprised his role as Superman earlier this year in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” and is currently filming a Justice League film alongside Ben Affleck’s Batman which is due out next year. Cavill’s manager Dany Garcia tells Newsweek that Cavill is “beginning to expand” the Superman world and is in development for the standalone sequel. Both “Man of Steel” and “Batman v Superman” received tepid reviews from critics but were big successes at the box office. Continue Reading

Can the new ‘Pirates’ movie bring back Johnny Depp’s box-office swagger?

Johnny Depp’s rum-loving Captain Jack Sparrow has faced the most legendary sea foes in 14 years of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, from Blackbeard to Davy Jones, and somehow managed to stagger away victoriously.But as Sparrow sets sail with the fifth installment in the $3.7 billion worldwide franchise, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, which arrives in theaters Thursday night, it's Depp facing his own Hollywood survival offscreen that's providing the main source of drama.The 53-year-old mega-star is in dire need of a box-office hit, following a string of high-profile flops since his last victory with (wait for it) 2011’s Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides."It doesn’t get any bigger than this for Johnny Depp. Everyone in Hollywood will be watching to see how Pirates performs this weekend," says Jeff Bock, senior box-office analyst for Exhibitor Relations. "Johnny Depp is Pirates of the Caribbean. This is a huge test."The eccentric, eyeliner-wearing Sparrow unveiled in 2003's Curse of the Black Pearl earned Depp an Oscar nomination, solidified his leading man status and launched a franchise."Johnny created this iconic character, the opposite of what every studio executive says you need," says Pirates producer Jerry Bruckheimer. "It's a character with no arc. He just is what he is."Depp's own story arc has been more pronounced, and distinctly downward, after his portrayal of the Hatter pushed Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland to $1 billion worldwide in 2010 and On Stranger Tides reached the same mark a year later. The actor's career has been marked by failures such as Burton's Dark Shadows and 2013's implosion The Lone Ranger, featuring Depp as an unrecognizably made-up TontoWhen he played a buffoonish art dealer in 2015's Continue Reading

New Howell movie theater wants you to Xscape

HOWELL - Movies today have more action, are louder, and aim to pull the viewer into a fantasy world with new technology.  But is going to the movies still worth the experience, especially when streaming them at home continues to gain traction?One chain is getting in on the action with, what they say, is the best way to watch a movie.Xscape Theatres opened a 14-screen multiplex April 29 in the new Greenleaf shopping center on Route 9 in Howell.If you haven’t heard of the chain, you’re not alone – it’s the only one in the state.“I think we have a small hurdle to get over to get people used to coming this far south (on Route 9),” said Scott Bagwell, vice president of operations for Xscape Theatres. “Traveling here at night — the traffic is thick until (Interstate) 195 and then it thins out.”The two closest theaters to Xscape are AMC Freehold, which is 10 miles away, and AMC Loews Brick Plaza, which is eight miles away. MORE: Big changes coming to Ocean Twp. movie theaterXscape Theatres' selling point is that this theater has two auditoriums with 70-foot screens — over three stories high — and Dolby Atmos Surround Sound.The sound is immersive — there are rows of speakers on the ceiling, as well as on the walls, and it reverberates around the viewer.“The hard thing is trying to explain it. When you hear it, I think you’ll be very, very impressed with it. But how do you advertise something that sounds great?” said Bagwell. “(People) hear it on maybe their car speakers or their TV set at home, but you don’t get the same transfer, so you have to experience it. It’s one of those things that Xscape wants you to do is come out and experience movies again.” MORE: 10 must-see movies for summer 2016Xscape Theatres is owned by Patoka Capital, an investment firm based in New Albany, Indiana. With the Howell opening, there are four Xscape Theatres Continue Reading

‘The Fighter’, boxing movie about Mickey Ward starring Mark Wahlberg, doesn’t live up to the hype

I have just seen "The Fighter," the film everybody's talking about, the film heralded by many reviewers as one of the year's best. I am not a film critic, but I must, to be true to myself, give an honest take on this fight picture. What I am about to say won't be popular, but, again, it's honest, at least to myself. I was disappointed in this movie, especially since I expected so much from it. I should first point out that "The Fighter" is a movie about a neighborhood, much like any neighborhood in any big city. This happens to be a neighborhood in Lowell, Mass., but it could be in the Bronx or Astoria. It is a neighborhood with its earthy characters bunched together rooting for a hero. Every neighborhood has a hero. In this case, it's a fighter named Micky Ward. The story is taken from the real-life Micky Ward, a junior welterweight who won a title. Ward was one-third boxer and two-thirds street fighter, plus 100% heart. The real Micky fought with all of these elements under his belt. He was good. Playing him in the movie, Mark Wahlberg shows none of this. I don't doubt his acting ability; I have seen him in a lot better parts. But here, I don't know who he is. His personality is one-dimensionally staid throughout the film; a worried, serious look never leaves him.Christian Bale, and this part of the movie at least has something of human interest. Another role in the movie you could call compelling is that of the mother of the two brothers. Still, this part is odd in that she is first a mother and then a fight manager or vice versa. Melissa Leo convincingly plays this tough-talking lady. I immediately thought of an old lightweight champion, Lew Jenkins, who was managed not by his mother but by his wife, Katie Jenkins. I watched the movie attentively, waiting for that call in my head saying, "This is getting good." It never came. The fight scenes that were said to be convincing were not, in this ringsider's opinion. Wahlberg's punches were certainly not Continue Reading

Oscars 2011: Hathaway, Franco give awards fresh style, while new year movies revisit ’80s

Who cares about the Academy Awards? Well, we all do, whether we know it or not. I know that sounds like I drank the Kool-Aid at an Academy Awards party. But every ­moviegoer and movie lover has a sense of the Oscars, of how the annual production is (or isn't) relevant, of what they're trying to do. We know producers this year are trying to "hip up" the show from the commercials with co-hosts Anne Hathaway and James Franco clowning around. We know they're trying to tamp down any notion of a sweep by "The King’s Speech" to create drama. We know that in an effort to seem less lofty and more like the rest of us, they've invited the kids' chorus from Staten Island’s P.S. 22 — who've become a sensation on YouTube — to appear on the show. And as movie lovers, we know, from TV and newspaper ads, most of the films that have been nominated, even if we can't name the exact categories. Just like we know that "Dances With Wolves" won and "Goodfellas" didn’t, that "Lawrence of Arabia" was named Best Picture but "Doctor Zhivago" wasn’t, that Al Pacino got Best Actor not for playing Michael Corleone or the Brooklyn bank robber in "Dog Day Afternoon," but for playing the blind ex-military man in "Scent of a Woman." We know because it's part of the world of movies. Just as box office clout is the flip side to Oscar appreciation, and so on many Monday ­mornings, people are aware of what came in first over the weekend, if for no other reason than to get a sense of what movies their friends went to and which ones they should buy an ever-more-­expensive ticket to. ALWAYS GOLDEN Forget the fact that on Friday, the kickoff to Hollywood's own Super Bowl weekend, the studios didn't put one prestige picture into theaters. Instead there's a lukewarm Farrelly brothers comedy (remember them? Didn't think so), as well as the latest Nicolas Cage eye-roller ("Drive Angry," shot in 3D!) that wasn’t screened in advance for Continue Reading

The Countdown to Christmas begins with these new holiday movies from Hallmark, Lifetime

Nearly two months before Christmas your true love — ahem, that would be us — gave to thee, a schedule of sappy Hallmark and Lifetime movies. Now that we've made the list, you can check it twice to make sure your DVR doesn't miss out on any of these made for TV pictures that'll likely be oh, so nice.All movies begin at 8 p.m. ET/PT sharp. During the Hallmark Channel's Countdown to Christmas, the network will premiere 21 original movies from Oct. 28 until Dec. 30.10/28: Marry Me at Christmas Wedding planner Maddie (Rachel Skarsten) is employed to produce the Christmas ceremony of the sister of mega action star Johnny Blaze (Trevor Donovan). 11/4: Christmas Festival of Ice The dormant passion for ice sculpting in lawyer Emma (Taylor Cole) is revived with the help of a sculptor named Nick (Damon Runyan). 11/5: Miss Christmas In search of a tree for Chicago's plaza, Holly (Brooke D’Orsay) travels to Klaus, Wis. where she meets the good looking Sam (Marc Blucas). 11/11: The Sweetest Christmas Lacey Chabert portrays Kylie, a baker, who has recently gotten back in touch with her high school love, Nick (Lea Coco). With Nick's assistance, Kylie preps for a baking competition, that if she clinched, would let her open her own shop. 11/12: Enchanted Christmas Real life spouses Alexa PenaVega and Carlos PenaVega star in this movie about Laura (Alexa) and her former flame and dance partner Ricardo (Carlos), who used to perform at a lodge that Laura is in charge of renovating in time for Christmas Eve. 11/18: Coming Home for Christmas Lizzie (Danica McKellar) has been hired as a house manager for the lavish Ashford Estate and crafts a last hurrah — a Christmas gala — for the residents.11/19: A Gift to Remember Based on a book of the same name by Melissa Hill, Darcy (Ali Liebert) commits to helping the man she hit Continue Reading

‘Southpaw’ trailer: Jake Gyllenhaal seeks redemption in the boxing ring

A beefed up Jake Gyllenhaal hits the ring – and gets hits back hard – in his new drama. The actor shows off his muscular frame in the trailer for his boxing movie “Southpaw,” which debuted online Friday. Gyllenhaal plays Billy “The Great” Hope, a reigning Junior Middleweight Champion boxer who loses his wife Maureen (Rachel McAdams) to tragedy. Devastated by his wife’s death and suspended from fighting for one year, Billy self-destructs into a haze of drugs and alcohol, but realizes he needs to pull himself together when he loses not only his home, but custody of his young daughter. With the help of a former boxer (Forest Whitaker), Billy seeks redemption both in the boxing ring and in his personal life. “I want to fight again,” he says in the trailer. “I want to get my kid back.” Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Tyrese Gibson and Rita Ora co-star in the Antoine Fuqua-directed film, which hits theaters July 31. ON A MOBILE DEVICE? WATCH THE VIDEO HERE. Continue Reading