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The Important News

DC Extended Universe: Ben Affleck dropped out of directing The Batman. Gavin O’Connor, Denis Villeneuve and George Miller are rumored replacements. Nicole Kidman and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II joined Aquaman.

Star WarsThe solo Han Solo movie began production with the fake working title “Red Cup.” Lando Calrissian’s fate after Return of the Jedi is revealed in a new novel.

Giant Monsters Universe: Millie Bobby Brown joined Godzilla: King of the Monsters.

Sequels: Jack Reacher: Never Go Back‘s video release comes with a new graphic novel. James Cameron says Avatar sequels begin filming this summer. Mel Gibson and John Lithgow will join Daddy’s Home 2.

Spinoffs: Corin Hardy will direct the Conjuring spinoff The Nun.

Remakes: Dominic West joined the Tomb Raider reboot. Diego Luna will star in the next version of Scarface. Denis Villeneuve will helm the next version of Dune.

Action Movies: Liam Neeson will star in a new action movie titled Hard Powder. Julius Avery will helm the supernatural WWII movie Overlord.

True Stories: HBO will depict the making of The Godfather in a TV movie. Yoko Ono is producing a movie about her and John Lennon. Dakota Johnson will play infamous rape victim Carrie Buck in Unfit.

Box Office: M. Night Shayalan’s Split continued to reign in theaters.

Awards: Hidden Figures and Fences were big winners at the SAG Awards.

Festivals: Baby Driver and Ghost in the Shell are among the movies showing at SXSW this year.

Marvel TV: Aubrey Joseph and Olivia Holt will star in the Cloak and Dagger series. Rhenzy Feliz, Virginia Gardner and others joined Marvel’s Runaways.

RIP: John Hurt passed away at age 77.

The Videos and Geek Stuff

New Movie Trailers: Beauty and the Beast, Transformers: The Last KnightGhost in the Shell, This Beautiful FantasticFist FightGirls Trip and The Lego Batman Movie.

TV Spots: The Lego Batman Movie.

Movie Clips: Fifty Shades Darker and Wheeler.

Movie Pics: Ocean’s Eight and Pixar’s Lou.

Movie Posters: All of this week’s best new posters and how the twist of Split is revealed on its poster.

Movie Music: The Mountain Goats’ unofficial canon theme song for Star Wars VIII.

Reworked Trailers: Weird Spider-Man: Homecoming Trailer.

Reworked Movies: Edge of Tomorrow as a rom-com.

Fake Movies: Split 2 and A Day on Alderaan: A Star Wars Story.

Alternate Endings: How Doctor Strange should have ended and the original ending of Jurassic Park.

Mashups: Fifty Shades Darker meets Toy Story, Star Wars vs. Toy Story, Wolverine teams up with Deadpool and City Slickers meets Westworld.

Oscars Montages: 2017 Best Actress showcase, 2017 Best Director showcase, and every Best Cinematography winner ever.

Commercials: 2017 Super Bowl ads by famous directors.

Our Features

Monthly Movie Guide: We marked the important new releases and movie anniversaries in February.

Event Coverage: We reported on the annual Alamo Drafthouse Nicolas Cage movie marathon.

Geek Movie Guide: We highlighted all the geeky stuff to know about in February.

Horror Movie Guide: We highlighted all the latest horror news and trailers.

Comic Book Movie Guide: We contemplate whether Ben Affleck might be leaving Batman behind.

R.I.P.: We remembered all the reel-important people we lost in January.

Home Viewing: Our guide to everything hitting VOD this week.



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