“Sicario” was actually Taylor’s first movie script. And there’s not many of those guys left. He wrote that, “Wind River,” and “Hell or High Water.” He always talked about this as something where there’s more to explore. Jerry is certainly one of the biggest names in the business, and he’s still one of those producers who’s like a brand in and of himself. Most of his stuff obviously has been at the big studios. It’s one of those “they don’t make them like that anymore” movies, where incredible dramatic performances (led by Benicio del Toro and Josh Brolin) anchor a film that is full of suspense and intelligent plotting. How hard was it to make the decision that she was going to sit this one out, and have you guys talked about where her character is in the larger “Sicario” universe? “Sicario: Day of the Soldado” is out today, and you can read our interview with director Stefano Sollima here. (And it’s R-rated, so no kiddie stuff either!) It’s also remarkable for being an independent-financed entry in a brand-new franchise (which began with 2015’s Denis Villenueve-directed “Sicario”). Trent Luckinbill: Yeah, yeah, certainly. We all love these stories, and when we love them we want to see more of it.I wanted to ask about “12 Strong” from earlier this year, because you guys partnered with Jerry Bruckheimer. We’re excited that we had a movie that worked so well and everything was intact to potentially explore further. But he was so hands-on, and I think we got a glimpse of how he’s succeeded over the years. Did Denis have any input as to who was going to be his successor? It was great. (They had a hand in “La La Land” and were responsible for last year’s excellent, sorely underrated firefighter drama “Only the Brave.”)

In our interview, Luckinbill talks about the decision to turn “Sicario” into a franchise, whether or not Emily Blunt’s character from the first film will ever return, and what it was like working with Jerry Bruckheimer on this year’s “12 Strong.”
Moviefone: Well, I first wanted to ask about what happened with the Lionsgate relationship, because the first movie was released through them. We knew that we wanted to do more, and it sounded like there was an audience for it, so we went for it. We know we hit the bullseye when you get those endorsements. We can spend some more time with them. Not as far as making the decision on Stefano [Sollima]. It seems like you kind of happened into it, but is it a priority that you have a franchise like this? Yeah, absolutely. He’s a fan of Stefano. We loved it. Yeah, her character is there. He’s seen the movie and he’s a huge fan of the movie. Yeah, it’s funny. We just basically agreed to take them and go find a different studio that had the room to put them out when we wanted to do it. What was that like? It seems like this would be a great addition to their portfolio. Now that we’ve done the second one, I think it’s even more in his head, about what he’d want to do if we did a third one. It’s really the decision we talked about with Taylor. We had some dating problems and calendar issues where we wanted Black Label to release the movies and we couldn’t quite get the spots right with them. But then you took this movie elsewhere. We were always kicking this around a little bit, because the script sort of left it open. You mentioned a couple of our movies. I want to go back to the original announcement of “Soldado.” It was speculated that Emily Blunt would be coming back. “Sicario: Day of Soldado” is remarkable for a number of reasons. Is that still something you guys are talking about? Big fans of Jerry, and we’d work with him again in a heartbeat. We talked to him afterwards. It was in his head when he wrote the first one. But certainly, as we look at maybe doing more, we’ve got her character squarely in mind. Taylor’s got a lot of really cool ideas. It’s truly as simple as that. Or did you guys come to him with that idea? No, I mean, it’s funny. We’re actively looking at that as well. There’s nobody more Hollywood than that guy, and I imagine that was interesting. These are very hard to come by and the recent cinematic landscape is littered with ambitious, but ultimately, failed attempts at franchise expansion (we love you “Blade Runner 2049,” but you didn’t move the needle). He’s really great in the editing room. I remember when this one was announced there was also talk of a third movie, where there was a loose trilogy idea in place. You guys worked together on “La La Land,” obviously. We don’t hunt them down. With his blessing and support, we went looking for a person who could deliver on that level. Our taste is always sort of in that cross-section between critical prestige and commercial. [He’d say,] “If these characters are loved, then I’ve got some more ideas.” It was always sort of floating around out there. It didn’t tee off anything, plot-wise, but it left it open like, boy, if people respond to these characters the way we do, and the audience reacts like we hope. It’s a fascinating and brilliantly bold move, so we were thrilled to get to chat with producer Trent Luckinbill, who runs (alongside his brother, Thad Luckinbill, and Molly Smith) Black Label Media, a kind of boutique production arm that aims squarely to create movies appreciated on both the critical and commercial level. He didn’t feel like he could make it organic enough where it made sense. He was on board. Well, it really wasn’t about this movie. We were sort of teaching him, in a way, how we do things from the indie approach, and he was sprinkling in all of his experience in the studio world and how to make things as commercial as possible. It was a little bit of a learning experience for both of us. But they still have our international, and they’re huge fans of “Sicario.”

When did [writer] Taylor Sheridan bring up the idea of making a sequel? So we’re having those discussions. We find that landing that balance on top of a franchise is difficult, but we’re certainly looking. I think we left this one in a way, even more than the first one, where it kind of suggests that there’s more to come. How important is establishing a franchise like this to a company the size of Black Label? He really felt like it was most organic to focus on our two guys in this one and really dig into their characters more and to see them kind of pitted against each other. At Black Label, we’ve just been reacting to things we respond to on the page. Certainly, I think, anyone in this business hopes for trilogy opportunities or franchise opportunities. We’re talking to Taylor about it now. But those are really hard to come by. What went on? We don’t make it a mandate. He just had an idea in his head when he wrote the first one for where it would go if we did more. He was really supportive of everything and has been really helpful all the way through. We want to see more of them, and there’s more places to go. Clearly, his schedule got really busy with a lot of big movies. We had been kicking around the idea of a second one during shooting, but you never want to put that in the director’s pad. He just really cares and pours himself into every project, from story to casting to being on set every day into the editing, where he’s just gold. It was kind of interesting, because Jerry hasn’t done a lot of independent films. We talked to Denis [Villeneuve] about it during the movie and after the movie, when we saw the critical response.

It seems more likely that Johnson would get the first movie of his trilogy off the ground first before the other announced series from “Game of Thrones” showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Maybe in two years; it’s just in the early stages.”

With “Episode IX” slated for release December 2019, that would leave a hole in the “Star Wars” schedule for 2020, especially if the reports are true about Lucasfilm putting the brakes on spinoffs. Lucasfilm may be putting more spinoffs like “Solo” on hold, but it’s moving full hyperspace speed ahead with the announced trilogy being created by “Star Wars: Last Jedi” director Rian Johnson. Everything is new,” Bergman explained. So, are we getting that fish nun movie we’ve all been waiting for or what? That doesn’t give them much time to turn around a “Star Wars” movie. “It’s all new characters. In an interview with Israel’s From the Grapevine, Johnson’s producing partner Ram Bergman teased that this new trilogy could arrive as soon as 2020. The company had been developing standalones around Obi-Wan Kenobi and Boba Fett, and previously, the spinoffs alternated with the episodic movies. And Johnson has proven to be a reliable filmmaker that Lucasfilm trusts. Weiss. They’re still busy with post-production on the final season of the HBO fantasy drama, which won’t be released until 2019. And when asked about releasing the first film, he added, “I can’t tell you because we don’t know yet.

King will continue to have a relationship with Freeform, which picked up her “Pretty Little Liars” spinoff “The Perfectionists” this year. The series came from “Pretty Little Liars” creator I. https://t.co/B6Q5BX8hkt
— BITCHIMBELLATHORNE (@bellathorne) June 26, 2018

Sources told The Hollywood Reporter that Freeform wanted a third season of “Famous in Love” and asked Hulu to pony up more money to help with its high cost. I woulda liked a phone call maybe. There were also rumors of strife behind the scenes, with insiders revealing clashes between King and Thorne over the latter’s purported “diva-like behavior” on set. Marlene King and told the story of an aspiring actress (Bella Thorne) who lands the role of a lifetime in a big-budget blockbuster and embarks on the roller coaster ride of celebrity life. Freeform is calling “cut!” on the Hollywood-set drama “Famous in Love” after two seasons. Its May 30 season finale will be its last unless the show is rescued by another outlet. Rumors began swirling earlier this week about the show’s cancellation and Thorne tweeted that she was “upset” to find out her show has possibly been canceled without the courtesy of a phone call:

If this is how I find out our show is canceled..I’m going to be so upset. Very hurtful freeform. Unfortunately, Hulu said no, perhaps because of a decrease in viewership in Season 2.

And the third and final “Guardians of the Galaxy” which is set after “Avengers 4,” will premiere in 2020. I love the movies, they’re fun, but I’m happy to be in the audience. At the Saturn Awards (where he won Best Actor for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,”) Hamill told Collider that the two talked about “living in Malibu, our relatives and pets,” but that the Marvel sequel “never really came up.”

Hamill said, “I didn’t want to strong-arm in any way. [Via Collider, Digital Spy] I like surprises.”

Given that Jedis can appear even after death, we wouldn’t rule out future Luke appearances. So they totally discussed what role he should play, right? “I like it that way. There’s a lot less pressure.” He then joked that that’s why he preferred the Hamill-less “Star Wars” films “Rogue One” and “Han Solo.”

As to whether we’ll see Luke in “Star Wars: Episode IX,” Hamill said he hasn’t heard anything. After Mark Hamill tweeted that he’d love to be in the third “Guardians of the Galaxy” movie, he and director James Gunn (who happens to be his neighbor), hung out. “Star Wars: Episode IX” will be in theaters on December 20, 2019. Cast TBD, but Gunn says he wants to bring back Mantis (Pom Klementieff), Kraglin (Sean Gunn), gold-skinned queen Ayesha (Elizabeth Debeciki), and Stakar (Sylvester Stallone). Nope. “I’m the last to know,” he said.

What about the return of Dr. Colin Trevorrow, who wrote and directed “Jurassic World,” co-wrote “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” and will be directing the third “Jurassic World,” says he’d love to bring back Ellie Satler (Laura Dern) and Alan Grant (Sam Neill). We’ll see when “Jurassic World 3” opens in 2021. Trevorrow said he felt fans would feel “robbed” if Sam Neill didn’t return also. that’s important.”

So, would the focus be on Dern in the third film? let him have his moment. We’d be down with that, but given how little screen time Goldblum got in “Fallen Kingdom,” that’s highly doubtful. Getting those two understandably dinosaur-wary doctors back on board would require some major plot calisthenics, but “Jurassic” movie plots are usually not heavy on believablity. [Via The Playlist] Fans welcomed the return of Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) in “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” so why not bring back more of the original “Jurassic Park” stars? On MTV’s “Seen It, Spill It,” Trevorrow said, “We felt like [“Fallen Kingdom”] was Malcolm’s return, this was his moment… Grant? I feel that way about everyone, especially Laura [Dern] in that she never got to have her own movie…

In other words, a lot like “Stranger Things” and Eleven, but with lots of fire instead of nose bleeds and Eggos. Akin’s “In the Fade” earned star Diane Kruger a Best Actress award at Cannes and won a Best Foreign Film Golden Globe. Scott, who want to turn her into a weapon. She’s abducted by a secret government agency, headed by villains played by Martin Sheen and George C. [Via Variety] Previously, Akin won the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival for his 2004 film “Head On.”

Akiva Goldsman and Jason Blum of Blumhouse Productions will produce the new “Firestarter,” based on a script by Scott Teems (of TV shows “Rectify” and “Narcos”). No cast has yet been announced: In the 1984 film, Drew Barrymore starred as the girl with pyrokinetic abilities. The remake of Stephen King’s “Firestarter” now has a director: Variety reports that German director Fatih Akin has signed on.

The kids were thrilled to have the celeb join their class. Thank you to Oliver Goldsmith primary school for having me back ❤️ https://t.co/CcDDSXmwwt
— John Boyega (@JohnBoyega) June 27, 2018

Boyega back home in Camberwell. Boyega dropped in unannounced to his former elementary school, Oliver Goldsmith Primary School in London, where the students were undergoing a “Train Like a Jedi” fitness lesson. “I thought I was living in a dream,” one girl told ITV. But starstruck kids at a London school weren’t nitpicking when the “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” star surprised them during a PE class. (Now that’s one fan theory we don’t think we’ve heard before!)

Such an amazing day being back at my old school training with these amazing kids. Star Wars icon helps kids Train Like A Jedi @Change4Life @PHE_uk pic.twitter.com/vNNT5UOutf
— Carolyn Sim (@carolyn_sim) June 27, 2018

The moment Star Wars idol John Boyega helped children at his former primary school in Camberwell to “Train Like A Jedi” @Change4Life @PHE_uk pic.twitter.com/jxqhTy5Iy6
— Carolyn Sim (@carolyn_sim) June 27, 2018

[Via PopSugar, ITV News] Okay, yes, we know that Finn (John Boyega) is NOT a Jedi, even though he wields a mean lightsaber. Another student said he initially thought Boyega was a robot.

Rogers-esque kids’ TV show host who’s slowly losing his mind. James Marsden previously signed on to play the beloved blue hedgehog in the film that will blend live-action and computer graphics. Among the producers is “Deadpool” director Tim Miller, so we are expecting snark as well as shenanigans. Carrey’s next project? Tika Sumpter (“Southside With You”) has also been cast in an unspecified role. He’d be playing Dr. The film is getting the primo holiday release date of November 15, 2019. In the game, Sonic must defeat Robotnik, a scientist who has (gasp!) imprisoned animals in robots and stolen Chaos Emeralds. Sega launched the Sonic game in 1991 and has sold more than 360 million copies to date across all platforms. [Via Variety] It premieres in September. Robotnik, a mad scientist and Sonic’s archenemy. Showtime’s “Kidding,” in which he stars as a Mr. Jeff Fowler, who received an Oscar nomination for his 2005 animated short “Gopher Broke,” is directing. Jim Carrey is in talks to play the villain in the upcoming “Sonic the Hedgehog” movie, according to Variety.

Dino-might was unbeatable as the box office kissed June 2018 goodbye. The rest of the top 10 this week only included one newbie. The early tracking estimates for the “Ant-Man” sequel were probably too conservative, but we’ll see. That’s a LOT of people crying for a Brachiosaurus. As of now, it has $439.7 million from the domestic box office, which is about $175M more than “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.”

According to Deadline, at this rate, “the Pixar superheros will easily become the second-highest movie of all time stateside for the animated studio after Finding Dory ($486.2M) and ahead of Toy Story 3 ($415M).” So the supers beat “Finding Dory” for a record opening, but may not pick up the same money in the end. “Sicario: Day of the Soldado” took third on this weekend’s box office chart with $19 million. “Incredibles 2” took second to “Jurassic World 2” for a second straight week, this time with $45.5 million. Like us on Facebook. But it’s so close! [Via: Deadline, Box Office Mojo]

Want more stuff like this? Too much “Jurassic” competition. That’s not a huge debut, but it’s higher than the first film’s wide release debut of just over $12 million in 2015 — despite “Sicario” earning better reviews than the sequel. “Day of the Soldado” cost more to make than the first film’s $30 million, so as much as this box office may be a win, it’s not clear if it’ll make its $35-$45 million back. If you consider $30 million close. What’s next? 1. Blame Star-Lord for that, too. “Ocean’s 8” took fifth, then “Tag,” “Deadpool 2,” “Sanju,” “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” and “Won’t You Be My Neighbor.” “Sanju” — which picked up $2.55 million — is a Bollywood film enjoying the widest release of any Bollywood film over here. “Avengers: Infinity War” dropped out of the top 10 for the first time since its release, picking up $1.4 million to take 12th. “The First Purge” is coming Wednesday, July 4, trying to get ahead of the Marvel Cinematic Universe release “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” which opens this coming Friday, July 6. Apparently “Day of the Soldado” was only tracking in the $9 million to $13 million range, which just goes to show that tracking data is about as useful as reviews these days in determining ticket sales. It’s not quite enough to defeat “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” as the third highest-grossing movie of all time. In this case, you should. But “Incredibles 2” opened one week earlier, and its $180 million opening and $80 million second week both outperformed the dinos. “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” only made $60 million in its second weekend — a drop of 59 percent from last week, and $20 million less than “Incredibles 2” made in its second weekend — but it was enough to be No. “Jurassic World 2” is currently sitting at $932,387,335 in total grosses so far, knock-knock-knockin’ on billion’s door for some point after Fourth of July week. The NBA comedy earned a CinemaScore of “A” vs. “Sicario 2” getting a B. “Avengers 3” has been on this chart for 11 weeks, and has a current worldwide total of $2,034,226,649. “Uncle Drew” ended up in fourth with about $15.5 million. So far, the “Jurassic World” sequel has picked up $264.7 million in its domestic release and a whopping $667.6 million from overseas, where it opened several weeks ago.

A post shared by Kel Mitchell 💯 (@iamkelmitchell) on Jun 25, 2018 at 3:12pm PDT Uh oh! Mitchell shared a sneak peek of their episode on Instagram, in which both he and Thompson (who went on to “Saturday Night Live” stardom) can be seen sporting the trademark goggles. “It’s going down!” Mitchell says. The new version of “Double Dare” premiered this week and will run throughout the summer. Not only is the network reviving the classic game show “Double Dare,” former Nick stars Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell are set to appear in an episode. Fun time shooting Double Dare today with the bro! make sure you watch the premiere tonight on Nickelodeon and check out the hour special with me and Kenan later this summer! Nickelodeon nostalgia is at its peak. The two actors starred on the teen sitcom “Kenan and Kel” from 1996 to 2000 and also in the 1997 movie “Good Burger.” Prior to their own show, they were cast members in the Nick sketch series “All That.” Their castmate, Lori Beth Denberg, will also appear on their “Double Dare” episode. The boys are in the building!

Don’t ask Gus, he’s busy. “Better Call Saul” will be breaking bad in a more significant way in Season 4 of the AMC drama, as hinted at in this teaser full of ominous imagery. “Better Call Saul” Season 4 premieres August 6 on AMC. #BetterCallSaul returns August 6th on @AMC_TV 🍗💀 pic.twitter.com/stu7JrkLh0
— Better Call Saul (@BetterCallSaul) June 25, 2018
Gilligan added, “There is a very important character — I’m not promising you ever saw this character, but there was a very important character nonetheless from the ‘Breaking Bad’ era who we’re going to meet this year.”

That character is Lalo, who was mentioned in the very first scene that involved Saul (Bob Odenkirk) on “Breaking Bad.” And judging by the boots seen in the teaser, we’ll also get the Cousins. It’s still got funny in it, but on the Venn diagram of ‘Breaking Bad’ and ‘Better Call Saul,’ the overlap in the center is getting bigger and bigger,” he said. “It gets darker, it gets richer. Who else will show up in Season 4? The teaser doesn’t show much, of course, but things seem to take a darker turn, with glimpses of gunshots, a car on fire, and Gus Fring (Giancarlo Esposito) calmly saying, “Now is not a good time.”

“Breaking Bad” creator Vince Gilligan told The Hollywood Reporter recently that the world of “Better Call Saul” will start merging more with the flagship series. But might we see someone else too?

The future is female for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. “It’s just the Marvel heroes, more than half of which will be women.”

Of course, right now, Marvel heroes are primarily male. The upcoming “Ant-Man and the Wasp” features a female superhero as the co-lead for the first time and next year’s “Captain Marvel” will be the first MCU movie with a woman solely as the star. And maybe the Wasp can get her own movie (sans Ant-Man) as well. Bring it on. Up until now, the MCU has been dominated by male superheroes — Iron Man, Captain America, Thor. But it seems the company has listened to all the clamoring for movies featuring Black Widow and the badass women of “Black Panther,” Okoye, Nakia, and Shuri. “I think we’re getting to the point soon where we have so many great female characters that those are just our heroes as opposed to when are they all female, all male,” he said. Marvel boss Kevin Feige told Screenrant that he envisions the gender split trending toward female superheroes. But in the coming years, the MCU may look very different.


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We’ll be curious to see if Kaling’s #SequelMuch hashtag prediction comes true. The fabulous females of “Ocean’s 8″ have pulled off yet another impressive heist: Scoring $100 million at the box office. #SequelMuch.”

Kaling’s costar, Anne Hathaway, also toasted the milestone, sharing a celebratory throwback Instagram snap featuring two more fellow stars, Rihanna and Sarah Paulson. Oh hey $100,000,000… Keep your fingers crossed and stay tuned. While “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” was busy roaring to the top of the charts this past weekend, “Ocean’s” pulled in an additional $11.6 million, bringing its total domestic gross to just over $100 million (plus an additional $70 million-plus overseas) since its release earlier this month. $100 million!?! Congrats @oceans8movie!” the actress wrote on Twitter. And in honor of that milestone, one of the film’s stars is calling for a sequel. Factoring in its strong performance out of the gate — especially in comparison to the previous “Ocean’s” flicks — and its ridiculously starry cast, it certainly seems like the series is due for another entry, right? That’s what star (and new Academy member) Mindy Kaling thinks, and she wasn’t shy about saying so on social media. 💵 #SequelMuch https://t.co/xCPVhXETRK
— Mindy Kaling (@mindykaling) June 25, 2018

“Whoa!!! Congrats @oceans8movie! “$100 million!?! After the news broke about the film’s new total, Kaling tweeted that she was ready for more “Ocean’s.”


[via: Deadline] https://t.co/mVWthrVAkZ
— Beck/Woods (@beckandwoods) June 26, 2018

“Ever since we were children, our nightmares have been fueled by the “King” of Horror… “The Boogeyman” follows a man who recently lost all his children to a creature lurking in the closet. Deadline reports that screenwriting duo Scott Beck and Bryan Woods — who came up with the original story for “Quiet,” and co-wrote the film’s script with director John Krasinski — have been tapped to adapt legendary author Stephen King’s short story “The Boogeyman.” According to the trade, “Boogeyman” has previously been adapted seven times as a short, but this new flick will mark its first time receiving the feature-length treatment. If we were living in the world of @quietplacemovie, we would be dead right now from loudly reacting to your gracious praise. — Stephen King (@StephenKing) April 6, 2018

Wow, @StephenKing. THANK YOU. King and Beck and Woods previously exchanged pleasantries on Twitter around the time of the release of “A Quiet Place” back in April. No word yet on when production on “The Boogeyman” is expected to begin. The writers of recent horror hit “A Quiet Place” are taking on a titan of the genre for their next project. It’s in post-production now. https://t.co/dppPFsplUS
— Beck/Woods (@beckandwoods) April 6, 2018

Ever since we were children, our nightmares have been fueled by the “King” of Horror… so we are absolutely thrilled and honored to be adapting @StephenKing’s THE BOOGEYMAN for @20thcenturyfox and 21 Laps!” the scribes tweeted. Now, the duo is working with one of its heroes, and couldn’t be more excited. Here’s some background on the source material, per Deadline:

King’s short story was first published in 1973 and later released as part of his 1978 “Night Shift” collection. Terrific acting, but the main thing is the SILENCE, and how it makes the camera’s eye open wide in a way few movies manage. so we are absolutely thrilled and honored to be adapting @StephenKing’s THE BOOGEYMAN for @20thcenturyfox and 21 Laps! As writers, you were a massive inspiration for this film. A QUIET PLACE is an extraordinary piece of work. Next up for Beck and Woods is the new flick “Haunt,” which they both wrote and directed.

They were at it again on this year’s 21st anniversary, leading one fan to quip that it made him “feel super old.”

Like many of us who grew up with the books, that’s a sentiment with which Rowling agrees. Rowling’s debut novel, “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone,” which celebrated the 20th anniversary of its original UK publication on June 26 of last year. Next up is the book’s 20th anniversary of stateside release: It first crossed the pond as the rebranded “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” on September 1, 1998. It’s been just over two decades since readers first entered the wizarding world in J.K. Twenty years is a significant chunk of time, and that achievement hasn’t gone unnoticed by “Potter” fans, who tweeted up a storm during last year’s milestone celebration. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 26, 2018

The outspoken author (and newly-minted Academy member) frequently reflects on her landmark series on Twitter, and did so during last year’s publication anniversary, too, saying in a tweet that the decades that have unfolded since the book first hit shelves have “been wonderful.” We couldn’t agree more. Rowling may feel old, but as one fan put it on Twitter, she should feel mighty proud, too. https://t.co/SGAeEwWkcX
— J.K. Yes.