Winchester Movie: A First Look at Helen Mirren in the Supernatural Thriller

Winchester is headed to the big screen and it stars Helen Mirren.

Take a first look at Helen Mirren from the upcoming Winchester movie

CBS Films has today revealed a first look at Dame Helen Mirren from the upcoming Winchester movie. The supernatural thriller is now in production with Michael and Peter Spierig (Predestination) directing from a screenplay they wrote with Tom Vaughan. The Academy Award-winning star joins Jason Clarke, Sarah Snook and Angus Sampson in the film, which is set for a 2018 release. You can check out the full image in the gallery viewer at the bottom of this page and, in the player below, watch a brief video version that compares Mirren to the real Sarah Winchester.

RELATED: Production Begins on Winchester Mystery House Movie

The Winchester movie follows the story of firearm heiress Sarah Winchester (Mirren), who was convinced that she was haunted by the souls killed at the hands of the Winchester repeating rifle. After the sudden deaths of her husband and child, she threw herself into the 24-hour a day, seven days a week construction of an enormous mansion designed to keep the evil spirits at bay. But when skeptical San Francisco psychiatrist Eric Price is dispatched to the estate to evaluate her state of mind, he discovers that her obsession may not be so insane after all. Winchester will take audiences inside the labyrinth like house that is believed to be one of the most haunted places in the world.

Winchester is being financed by Bullitt Entertainment, Diamond Pictures and Blacklab Entertainment, with Diamond Pictures handling international sales. Bullitt’s Benedict Carver, Diamond’s Daniel Diamond and Tobin Armbrust are executive producing. Andy Trapani, Toni Lianos, Brian Gilbert, Marc Shipper and Simon Oakes also will serve as executive producers. Imagination Design Works’ Brett Tomberlin and Blacklab Entertainment’s Tim McGahan are producing.

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By the Power of Grayskull! Masters of the Universe Movie Sets 2019 Release

The Masters of the Universe movie has a release date. Look for the Masters of the Universe movie to arrive December 18, 2019.

Sony Pictures has set new release dates for Angry Birds 2 and the Masters of the Universe movie

Sony Pictures has today updated its release calendar, adding two major releases to the schedule. Look for the animated sequel Angry Birds 2 to arrive September 20, 2019 with McG’s Masters of the Universe movie following on December 18, 2019. The still untitled animated Spider-Man movie sees a slight shift, too, moving one week earlier to December 14, 2018.

RELATED: McG is ‘Laser-Focused’ on Making Masters of the Universe His Next Movie

Masters of the Universe follows Prince Adam, who has the ability to transform into a warrior called He-Man. As He-Man, Adam becomes the last hope for a magical land called Eternia, ravaged by technology and the evil Skeletor.

McG, who is directing the Masters of the Universe movie, recently spoke with CS about his plans for the fantastic world of He-Man.

Originally launched as a popular Mattel toy line in 1982, “Masters of the Universe” spawned several animated series (including the female-driven spinoff cartoon series, “She-Ra: Princess of Power”) along with a 1987 live-action film. Directed by Gary Goddard, the first Masters of the Universe movie stars Dolph Lundgren as He-Man, Frank Langella as Skeletor and, in one of her very first big screen roles, a young Courteney Cox as Julie Winston, a teenage character created specifically for the film.

“I think we want to honor the fan base, first and foremost,” he said. “We also need to be cognizant of the incredible resonance of what Kevin Feige is doing with Marvel, and the balance of full-bodied entertainment. That it’s both credible and emotional, action-packed, and the story of a hero’s journey. It’s the genesis of He-Man, it’s the becoming of He-Man. We want it to be clicking on all cylinders in that regard. We’re not going to stop until we get it right.”

The December 18, 2019 release date will see the Masters of the Universe movie opening just two days before both Universal Pictures’ Broadway adaptation Wicked and a mystery live action Walt Disney Pictures fairy tale film. Angry Birds 2, meanwhile, is the first film to claim that date. The animated Spider-Man, then, is now set to face off against Universal’s Mortal Engines.

Who do you want to see star in a Masters of the Universe movie? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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Ewan McGregor Will Headline Disney’s Christopher Robin Movie

Ewan McGregor will headline Disney's Christopher Robin movie. Are you interested in Disney's Christopher Robin movie?

Ewan McGregor is set to headline Disney’s Christopher Robin movie

Currently pulling double duty as a pair of brothers on FX‘s third season of Fargo, Ewan McGregor has today lined up a new feature film project in Walt Disney Pictures‘ Christopher Robin movie. Per The Hollywood Reporter, McGregor will play the title role in the film, which is one of two projects on the way based on the life of Christopher Robin Milne. This one is set to be directed by World War Z and Finding Neverland‘s Marc Forster and focuses on the adult life of the man who, as a boy, served as inspiration for the young protagonist of his father’s Winnie the Pooh books.

RELATED: Goodbye Christopher Robin Sets Fall Release

Disney’s Christopher Robin movie was initially scripted by Alex Ross Perry (Listen Up Philip) with Tom McCarthy (Spotlight) having recently done a rewrite. Today’s trade report notes that Allison Schroeder (Hidden Figures) has now been brought aboard to do another pass. The plot sees a grown-up version of the Winnie the Pooh character whose adult life has caused him to lose the joy he had as a young man. Pooh pays the adult Christopher Robin a visit to remind him of the magic of the Hundred Acre Wood.

Before Disney’s Christopher Robin movie arrives, however, Fox Searchlight is set to deliver director Simon Curtis’ Goodbye Christopher Robin this fall. Starring Domhnall Gleeson as A.A. Milne and Margot Robbie as the author’s wife, Daphne, Goodbye Christopher Robin will feature the young life of Christopher Robin Milne, but it will primarily serve as a biopic of his father.

What do you think of Ewan McGregor as an adult Christopher Robin? Does Disney’s Christopher Robin movie sound like something you’ll want to see on the big screen? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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Movie Mixtape: 6 Movies With Connections to ‘The Circle’

the circle movie connections

(Welcome to Movie Mixtape, where we find cinematic relatives and seek out interesting connections between new releases and older movies that allow us to rethink and enjoy what’s in our theaters as well as the favorites on our shelf. In this edition: James Ponsoldt’s The Circle.)

So far on Movie Mixtape, we’ve danced with a beast and tangoed with Scarlett Johansson’s ghost, and now we’re dipping our toes in a dystopia that feels a bit closer to our home screens.

Based on the Dave Eggers novel, The Circle sees entry-level tech employee Mae Holland (Emma Watson) swimming through the hipster-bait open office of a Hooli-esque search engine company. Her life perks up as she rises through the ranks of the company, but success is a matter of compromising. Mae has to trade away something that most of us trade away everyday by using Facebook and Twitter and Instagram: her private life. At the heart of the company is its rock star founder Eamon Bailey (Tom Hanks) who wants to help society by making it more open and free.

Yes, the whole thing is one big trigger for introverts. It’s also a case of too-good-to-be-true revealing its price tag.

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The Devil’s Advocate

Always remember to read the fine print. The Devil’s Advocate is the perfect message movie about winning everything in life while losing your soul. A real Matthew 16:26 type situation.

As Kevin Lomax, Keanu Reeves smooth-talks his way through Floridian court rooms and Manhattan murder cases by twisting the letter of the law and his own moral compass. The American Dream is handed to him and his wife Mary Ann (Charlize Theron) on a silver platter. The gorgeous apartment. The massive salary. The high life. The only catch is that they’re working for Satan (played by Al Pacino, doing some of the best scream-acting of his career). Like The Circle, it presents a corporate reality where being a team player in a deeply flawed, unethical system, is the key to success, and the whole world is on the line.

the circle movie connections tomorrow never dies

Tomorrow Never Dies

Speaking of which, there’s an unmistakable Bond villain quality to Tom Hanks’ Eamon, who exudes evil as benevolence. A mad genius who sees beyond society as it is to what it could be if “perfected.” Like a fictional Elon Musk.

Bond’s nemeses have been toying with tech for a half-century, but the grandest (dumbest?) experiment with global social tools came from Tomorrow Never Dies‘ Elliot Carver (Jonathan Pryce), a Rupert Murdoch figure who angled to start a major war in order to boost profits for his media empire. It turns out that unchecked power over the informational flow isn’t a good idea. Neither is getting lax on missile security.

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Travel with me now, 22 years into the past, to a magical time when floppy disks were king, hacking into the FBI only took typing super fast, and modems were laughably slow. It’s fascinating to get a double-feature view of Zero Cool (Johnny Miller), Acid Burn (Angelina Jolie), and the gang matching wits with the skateboarding corporate hacker The Plague (Fisher Stevens) as the latter attempts to extort millions by threatening the ballast programs on oil tankers.

Hackers is a perfect example of how films of the time treated the emergent internet, giving us a mystical view of game-changing technology that many people didn’t have access to. Ridiculous as it was even then, there’s something quaint about the film’s targets: telephone networks, street lights, banks. The internet’s nefarious intrusion is on physical spaces while everything in the era of the social network shows how far the internet has come (with us as willing conspirators) to invade our very personalities and behaviors.

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Superhero Bits: Guardians of the Galaxy as a DC Movie, The Punisher Composer & More

Batman Pregnancy Announcement

Which Marvel Studios movie composer will compose the score for The Punisher series at Netflix? What would Guardians of the Galaxy look like if it were a DC Comics movie? Did Heath Ledger playing The Joker really contribute to his fragile mental state? Do you want to ruin Guardians of the Galaxy 2 cameos for yourself? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits.

Baby Groot boogies in a new international TV spot for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, coming next week.

Patty Jenkins is trying to ensure that a woman with stage 4 cancer is able to see Wonder Woman before she passes.

Happy Birthday to MEra! Thank you @creepypuppet @prideofgypsies, Rob Cowan, & the cast and crew of #aquaman

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Amber Heard celebrated her birthday down in Australia on the set of Aquaman with a cake featuring Mera.

Guardians of the Galaxy franchise composer Tyler Bates has been hired to compose the score for The Punisher series.

James Gunn shared this video of Ravagers extras from the set of Guardians of the Galaxy 2 in a nice Facebook post.

At C2E2 in Chicago, Mike Colter says the storyline for the second season of Jessica Jones will be “dark and heavy.”

Batman Pregnancy Announcement

A geeky couple announced the arrival of their first baby to all of their friends with an amusing Batman theme.

TV Line teases what’s in store for the finales of Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl and Gotham coming up soon.

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New US Trailer for ‘Churchill’ Movie Featuring Brian Cox as Churchill

Churchill Trailer

«Try acting like a hero, Winston, and then maybe people will believe that you are one.» Cohen Media Group has debuted a new US trailer for one of the other Winston Churchill movies in the works. This one is called simply Churchill, from Australian director Jonathan Teplitzky. Brian Cox stars as Churchill in the film, which examines a narrow frame of time in 1944 around D-Day and the decisions he was burdened with. The cast includes John Slattery, Miranda Richardson, Ella Purnell, James Purefoy, Richard Durden, and Julian Wadham. This is a very powerful trailer, with a number of strikingly bold shots of Churchill. There’s great cinematography, a moving score, it seems like this might actually be worth watching when it opens. We’re not sure when the other Churchill film will arrive, but this one hits theaters this June. ›››

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‘Rampage’ Plot Details Emerge: It’s a Big, Dumb Monster Movie

Rampage Plot

The big screen has seen its fair share of giant movie monsters lately. Pacific Rim had humanity fight them off with giant robots called Jaegers, Godzilla returned to crush buildings and more in 2014, Kong: Skull Island pitted the giant ape King Kong against a slew of creepy monstrosities just last month, and even the indie world is bringing a huge creature into play controlled by Anne Hathaway in Colossal. And there are only more massive monsters coming.

Rampage is a new movie starring Dwayne Johnson based on the Midway arcade game of the same name from the 1980s. The game has players controlling humongous versions of an ape, a wolf and a lizard, all trying to cause as much city destruction as possible while avoiding the military trying to take them down with tanks, helicopters and more. That game is being turned in to a movie, and if you were somehow expecting it to be anything less silly than the game itself, we have some bad news.

Splash Report has gotten word on the Rampage movie plot, but I don’t recommend reading after the image below if you don’t want to know anything about the story until the real marketing for the movie begins. You’ve been warned.

rampage movie

The movie opens with a privately owned space station being destroyed thanks to some kind of mysterious experiment that was being done on board. In the wake of the destruction, three canisters from the experiment somehow end up falling all the way to Earth. One of the canisters falls into a gorilla enclosure at the San Diego Zoo, another lands in the plains of Wyoming and the final one ends up in the Florida Everglades. You can already see where this is going.

The experiment that was being conducted hails from The Griffin Technologies Group, a company owned by two siblings played by Malin Akerman and Jake Lacy. Looking to ensure the government doesn’t link their company to any of the work they were doing on the space station, they try to destroy the evidence at the crash sites. But of course, the contents of the canisters have already caused a gorilla named George, a wolf and an alligator to start evolving, growing at frighteningly exponential rate. So how can they cover this up now?

The Griffin siblings concoct a genius plan to use a beacon that attracts each of the creatures to their head office, ensuring that all evidence of their experiments will be destroyed. It just so happens that their head office is located in Willis Tower in Chicago, which won’t bode so well for the residents of the Windy City.

You may have noticed that there has been no mention of Dwayne Johnson’s character in this movie. Well, he’s playing an ex-marine who works as the primatologist who raised the ape George, teaching him sign language and everything. Surely that will come into play when Johnson inevitably gets caught up in all this monster action. Naomie Harris (Skyfall, Moonlight) also has a role as a Griffin scientist who helps Johnson trying to stop the monsters from destroying Chicago.

This doesn’t sound like anything incredible, but I wasn’t expecting much from a movie based on a video game with a thin premise. Plus, let’s not forget that Brad Peyton is directing this, the man who has brought us Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island and San Andreas. He’s the perfect filmmaker for this kind of movie, and there’s a chance it could be brainless blockbuster fun. It certainly sounds like it so far.

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The Weekend Read: Marvel Scoops, ‘Star Wars’ Theories, and Why a ‘Redwall’ Movie Must Happen

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If you’re looking for something to read over the weekend, we’ve got you covered. Here’s every review, editorial, list, feature, column, and rant published by the /Film staff and our team of freelancers over the past week.

Exclusives and Scoops

Join Peter Sciretta as he takes you on the a behind-the-scenes tour of Marvel Studios’ swanky headquarters.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 writer/director James Gunn revealed to Peter Sciretta that there was a major character cut from the screenplay of his movie…but he’ll show up in the next one.

Chris Pratt told Ben Pearson that the Guardians of the Galaxy play a significant role in Avengers: Infinity War.

Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige told Peter Sciretta why the new Captain Marvel directors are the right people for the job.

Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi will also play a role in the movie, as Peter Sciretta learned.

Film and TV Reviews

The Lost City of Z is James Gray‘s latest masterpiece, says Josh Spiegel in his review.

Who came out on top in the latest episode of Better Call Saul? Angie Han sets out to answer that question.

Fargo season 3 got off to a (literally) killer start and Jack Giroux is here to take on the whole new batch of episodes.

All Things Star Wars

If you’re looking for all of our coverage from Star Wars Celebration in one place, Jacob Hall has gone and assembled all of it for you.

After dissecting comments from Star Wars Rebels executive producer Dave Filoni, Peter Sciretta is pretty sure he knows what happened to Ahsoka.

It turns out that a Rogue One-centric fan theory about the final stretch of Star Wars Rebels just isn’t true, as Peter Sciretta learned.

Columns and Features

The /Film staff voted on their 25 most anticipated wide releases of the summer and here’s the complete list. We were all pleasantly surprised by what landed at number one!

The latest edition of The Best Movies You Haven’t Seen finds Rob Hunter exploring the best movies about memory loss and amnesia that have flown under the radar.

How the men and and monsters of Colossal and Little Shop of Horrors mirror each other, as explored by Josh Spiegel.

So, who are Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, the directors of the Captain Marvel movie? Alex Riviello put together a primer on their filmography.

Why hasn’t Hollywood adapted the Redwall series for the big screen? Josh Spiegel explains why this is the next big blockbuster franchise waiting to happen.


Damon Lindelof explains why binge-watching television is a bad thing in part one of his conversation with Jack Giroux.

Damon Lindelof talks about the evolution of The Leftovers in part two of his conversation with Jack Giroux.

An interview with Free Fire star Armie Hammer, where he discusses playing a high-functioning marijuana enthusiast in a gunfight with Jack Giroux.

Free Fire director Ben Wheatley spoke with Jack Giroux about finding the human moments in big gun battles.

/Answers and /Response

The /Film staff wrote about their favorite television episodes of all time in the latest edition of /Answers.

The /Film readers wrote about their favorite television episodes of all time in the latest edition of /Response.

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‘Baywatch: The Movie’ Red Carpet to take place in Times Square

If you plan to be in New York in May and are a Baywatch fan, here is some good news: the red carpet premiere of the movie version will take place in Times Square on May 21. Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron, Priyanka Chopra, Pamela Anderson, and David Hasselhoff are expected to attend this special event, which will have other features: since there is no beach in Manhattan, Paramount will turn the plaza on Times Square into a breach area, filling it with sand, sharks, and a large white lifeguard stand. According to Showbiz 411, the reason for having the premiere in New York rather than in Santa Monica is Dwayne Johnson’s schedule: he has to be in the city that week. Directed by Seth Gordon, Baywatch opens nationwide on May 25. Are you attending the red carpet? Send us your pics or any other tips to! Source: Showbiz 411 Contributor Carolina Malhado also has a blog reviewing movies, TV shows and theater in New York. You can follow it on Twitter and Instagram as well.

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The Summer 2017 Movie Preview

The Summer 2017 Movie Preview

The Summer 2017 Movie Preview

The biggest, hottest blockbuster movie season of the year is nearly upon us as the studios prepare to unleash one huge tentpole event picture after another during the summer. We’ve got you covered as we list all the biggest releases the multiplex has to offer with our Summer 2017 Movie Preview, which you can check out below.

The May through August months bring no shortage of superpowered action as Spider-Man, Wonder Woman and the Guardians of the Galaxy all return to the big screen. The franchise fun continues with more Transformers, more Aliens, more Cars, more Pirates and more of those damn dirty Apes than you can shake a stick at. You’ll also find the usual summer counter-programming as well, including fun comedies and even a few dramas, along with a few potential franchise-starters like Stephen King‘s The Dark Tower.

Which big summer 2017 movie is the one you’re looking forward to the most? Which ones do you definitely plan to see in the theater? Let us know in the comments below!

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