‘Captain Marvel’ Has Incredibly Strong $20.7 Million Thursday Night Opening

Even though the trolls are out there on Rotten Tomatoes giving ‘Captain Marvel’ a terrible audience score rating, they can’t stop its momentum.

The first Marvel flick with a female lead just scored one of the top preview grosses ever for a comic book adaptation. It made $20.7 million during its Thursday night debut, which is just $5 million behind Black Panther and Captain America: Civil War.

It’s looking like Captain Marvel will have no problem getting $120 million during its opening weekend. The number will likely be closer to $150 million, which is great news for Marvel/Disney.

The forecast is also promising overseas, where the tentpole is touching down in every major market this week and weekend— save for Japan — for a projected global bow well north of $300 million through Sunday. It has earned an impressive $44 million in its first two days. That doesn’t include an estimated opening day in China of $34 million, the second-highest start for any MCU title behind Infinity War.

It’s weird because this film has created a bit of rage in a special community online. That community, well, you can read more about it here. It’s a pretty interesting read.

In any event, Captain Marvel is set up to be a huge success.

Watch Brie Larson Star In The First Trailer For Marvel’s Next Big Film ‘Captain Marvel’

Are you ready for more Marvel? Well, you’re going to get it. Every year. Every week. Every day. Every second. Pretty soon, every film inside the theater will be connected to Marvel.

The studio’s next big production is Captain Marvel, which is making waves for being a female-led MCU entry.

Brie Larson stars in the movie as Carol Danvers “who becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races.”

This movie takes place during the late 1990s, which is why you see Danvers crashing into a Blockbuster store to start out the trailer. I have to admit, it’s a pretty cool trailer. I’m still not excited to watch it, because of my aversion to all things superhero, but it does look intriguing.

Captain Marvel is set to hit theaters March 8, 2019. Check out the trailer below…

Brie Larson And Woody Harrelson Star In The First Trailer For Family Drama ‘The Glass Castle’

Just knowing this movie stars both Brie Larson and Woody Harrelson should be enough to make you want to watch it, but just in case it’s not, let’s tell you a little more about The Glass Castle.

It’s based on the memoir by Jeannette Walls, and the film follows Larson as she steps into Walls’ shoes “tracing her extraordinary life from poverty-stricken childhood to successful New York-based journalist.”

And during this journey, we meet Walls’ dysfunctional family, who were constantly moving from city to city thanks to her father’s troubles with landing a steady job.

Walls told PEOPLE that she is thrilled to see her story come to life on the big screen…

“They did a spectacular job bringing to life a complicated story, there’s so many nuances. I wanted Brie Larson to play this role even before I knew who she was. She understands how to be strong and vulnerable at the same time, how you can fight and be scared at the same time.”

The film will be released by Lionsgate on August 11, 2017. You will not want to miss this one. Check out the trailer below…

 

Watch King Kong Smash Some Helicopters In The Final Trailer For ‘Kong: Skull Island’

Did they save the best for last? It looks like it! The final trailer for Kong: Skull Island might give away a little too much, but it’s one of the best trailers (for a monster film) we’ve seen in a long time.

In the action-packed trailer, Kong punches helicopters and fights the terrible “Skullcrawlers” that killed off his species.

The film will hit theaters on March 10, so the wait is almost over. There are a lot of talented people in this movie, including John Goodman, Samuel L. Jackson, Brie Larson and Tom Hiddleston.

I don’t know about you, but I’ll watch any film featuring John Goodman. We should start seeing reviews for the movie later this week, so we’ll keep you posted on that.

For now, enjoy the wild trailer below…

The 2016 Golden Globes List Of Nominations, Which Films Are Up For Best Picture?

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We have officially entered awards season. While most of you are thinking about hot chocolate and Christmas gifts, we’re thinking about Golden Globes and shocking snubs.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association revealed its 2016 Golden Globe Awards nominees Thursday morning, and surprisingly there doesn’t appear to be any huge snubs, at least not on the film side of things. The biggest snub might be Johnny Depp and his film Black Mass not receiving any nominations. Most critics agree it was Depp’s best performance in years.

One nice surprise you will find in the list below is Sylvester Stallone’s name in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role category. We told you he deserved some awards for his performance in Creed, and it looks like he might get some. Sadly, that was the only nomination for the film.

The 2016 Golden Globes should be interesting for several reasons, but one of the main reasons is the return of Ricky Gervais. He will host the show for a third time on Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016. You can always count on Ricky to bring some inappropriate jokes to the party.

Check out the list below…

Best Motion Picture, Drama

“Carol”

“Mad Max: Fury Road”

“The Revenant”

“Room”

“Spotlight”

Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy

“The Big Short”

“Joy”

“The Martian”

“Spy”

“Trainwreck”

Best Animated Feature Film

“Inside Out”

“The Peanuts Movie”

“Shaun The Sheep”

“Anomalisa”

“The Good Dinosaur”

Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama

Bryan Cranston, Trumbo

Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant

Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs

Eddie Redymane, The Danish Girl

Will Smith, Concussion

Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama

Rooney Mara, Carol

Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn

Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl

Cate Blanchett, Carol

Brie Larson, Room

Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy

Jennifer Lawrence, Joy

Melissa McCarthy, Spy

Amy Schumer, Trainwreck

Maggie Smith, The Lady in the Van

Lily Tomlin, Grandma

Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy

Christian Bale, The Big Short

Steve Carrell, The Big Short

Matt Damon, The Martian

Al Pacino, Danny Collins

Mark Ruffalo, Infinitely Polar Bear

Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture

Michael Shannon, 99 Homes

Sylvester Stallone, Creed

Paul Dano, Love and Mercy

Idris Elba, Beasts of No Nation

Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies

Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture

Jane Fonda, Youth

Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight

Helen Mirren, Trumbo

Alicia Vikander, Ex Machina

Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture

Emma Donoghue, Room

Tom McCarthy, Josh Singer, Spotlight

Charles Randolph, Adam McKay, The Big Short

Aaron Sorkin, Steve Jobs

Quentin Tarantino, The Hateful Eight

‘Mad Max: Fury Road” Is Named The Best Movie Of 2015 By National Board Of Review

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Back in September, we told you that Mad Max: Fury Road was already taking home awards. The International Federation of Film Critics named it the best film of 2015, beating out The Assassin, Taxi and Son of Saul.

Now just a few months later, we can officially add another grand award. The National Board of Review has named George Miller‘s masterpiece the best film of 2015. The organization, founded back in 1909, has always been one of the first major film critic groups to announce their annual award-winners.

Unfortunately, the Academy Award voters don’t usually agree with their choices. The last five movies to get that special Best Film title by the National Board of review have been: A Most Violent Year, Her, Zero Dark Thirty, Hugo, and The Social Network. They all failed to take home the Best Picture Oscar.

There were other awards handed out by the organization. Ridley Scott won Best Director for his work on The Martian, and Matt Damon won Best Actor for his performance in the film.

MovieSmackTalk favorite Brie Larson took home the Best Actress award for her brilliant performance in Room, and Sylvester Stallone won Best Supporting Actor for his work in Creed.

I saw Creed last week and I was surprised by Stallone’s performance. His name definitely deserves to be on the list when the Oscars come around.

Check out the full list by clicking this link.

5 Movie Stars Who Might Win Big At The 2016 Oscars

Whaaat? We are already talking about an award show that won’t air for another 4-5 months? Yes. It might be a little early to start making official predictions for the 88th Academy Awards, but we feel confident saying the five stars you below might have a special night this coming February.

It will be interesting to look back at this post in a few months to see how right/wrong we were.

 

 

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No. 5 – Michael Fassbender

Michael Fassbender has two huge movies coming out this award season. You have Macbeth coming out in December (in the States) along with Steve Jobs coming up in October. So far, the response to both films has been overwhelmingly positive. It looks like Fassbender will clearly win the match against Ashton Kutcher for the best Jobs portrayal.

And it looks like the Danny Boyle-directed film will give Fassbender the best shot at a Best Actor nomination. You can click here to check out a trailer for the movie.

 

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No. 4 – Jennifer Lawrence

This is honestly just a safe bet. We don’t know how critics will react to her film Joy, but considering Lawrence has been nominated for every David O. Russell film she’s starred in, we feel confident putting her name on this list. I mean, the movie has Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro, and it’s centered around an actual person. Someone is going to be taking home an award.

Joy is currently scheduled for a December 25, 2015 release. You can check out the trailer by clicking here. It looks oddly suspenseful for a movie about the creator of the Miracle Mop.

 

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No. 3 – Eddie Redmayne

Eddie Redmayne’s The Danish Girl was well received at the Toronto International Film Festival. The reviews have been extremely positive, and most people claim Redmayne’s magnificent performance could land him another Best Actor win.

As most of you know, the 33-year-old actor took home the award earlier this year for his impressive work in the biographical drama The Theory of Everything. It’s difficult for any actor to win back-to-back years, but it’s especially difficult for someone so young. However, he definitely has a fighting chance with his most recent performance as the first person to undergo gender-confirmation surgery.

Check out the trailer here. Scheduled to be released November 27, 2015.

 

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No. 2 – Leonardo DiCaprio

No, this isn’t some sick joke. We truly believe Leonardo DiCaprio has a chance at getting his first Oscar. We were able to cross Julianne Moore off our “10 Incredible Actors Who Have Never Won An Oscar” list from last year after her Best Actress win for Still Alice.

And hopefully, we’ll be able to do the same with Leo in just a few months. His performance in the upcoming film The Revenant could be his ticket to Oscar Land. He’s currently one of the favorites for Best Actor, and it’s easy to see why. The trailer for this movie is stunning, which isn’t surprising when you see that Alejandro G. Iñárritu directed it.

He took home several awards earlier this year for Birdman.

Come March 1, we might be able to retire this GIF…

 

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No. 1 – Brie Larson

And last (or first?) is the incredibly talented Brie Larson. Her name might not be as familiar as the stars above her, but that’s going to change soon. You better purchase your ticket for the Brie-Brie Hype Train because seats are limited, folks. As of right now, Brie is probably best known for her work in Short Term 12. The film has a 99% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and it should be 100% because it’s just that good. You should definitely check it out if you haven’t seen it yet.

The award shows obviously weren’t ready to accept her talent then; however, that’s already starting to change with her latest performance in Room. The film just took home the People’s Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival, and that is HUGE news. Since 2008, every People’s Choice Award winner (minus one in 2011) has been nominated for Best Picture.

According to Brie’s Twitter account, the nationwide release for this film is November 6, 2015. You won’t want to miss this one. Check out the trailer here.

Must Watch Trailer: Brie Larson Stars As An Imprisoned Mother In Kidnap Drama ‘Room’

Some of you folks may only know Brie Larson from her supporting role in Amy Schumer’s Trainwreck. And that’s fine, but you should know Brie is one of the best actresses in Hollywood. If you haven’t seen it, please watch her wonderful performance in Short Term 12. Clicking on that link will take you to the movie on Netflix.

The 25-year-old actress was snubbed during the award season a few years ago. She wasn’t even nominated for best actress at the Oscars, which wasn’t exactly surprising considering the film never got the support it deserved during  awards season. But still, she should have been nominated. She deserves some respect.

And she just might get it after her latest performance in Room. The drama based on the bestselling 2010 novel by Emma Donoghue. The story is told from the view of five-year-old Jack (Jacob Tremblay), who doesn’t realize he and his mother (Brie Larson) are living in captivity until she works out a plan to set them free.

Lenny Abrahamson is the director behind the film. He is responsible for creating last year’s underrated film, Frank. The movie will also star William H. Macy, Megan Park, and Joan Allen. It will debut at the Toronto International Film Festival before being released to select theaters October 16.

You can check out the official synopsis and trailer below…

“Told through the eyes of five-year-old-Jack, Room is a thrilling and emotional tale that celebrates the resilience and power of the human spirit. To Jack, the Room is the world… it’s where he was born, where he and his Ma eat and sleep and play and learn. But while it’s home to Jack, to Ma it’s a prison. Through her fierce love for her son, Ma has managed to create a childhood for him in their 10-by-10-foot space. But as Jack’s curiosity is building alongside Ma’s own desperation — she knows that Room cannot contain either indefinitely.”

 

Movie Review: Trainwreck (2015) – A Rom-com Without Sap; I Didn’t Think It Was Possible

There is a reason that I hate most romantic comedies. It’s not because of the lack of realism in the plot. I can pretty much enjoy anything that requires a leap of the imagination. Nope, it’s because there’s never a character I can identify with. The girl is always this Type A, high strung ball breaking business women who never had time to settle down because of her career.

Note to movie writers, some of us aren’t in relationships and it has nothing to do with our careers. Some of us are just incredibly immature bed hopping binge drinkers. I can’t identify with some Type A nutjob. That’s why I don’t like romantic comedies and that’s why I loved Trainwreck. Finally, there is a character that represents us. For the first time, I didn’t just like a romantic comedy. I loved a romantic comedy. For that, I thank Amy Schumer.

Trainwreck starts out with young Amy learning all about the dangers of monogamy from her father, who explains it by asking Amy “What if I told you this was the only doll you could ever play with for the rest of your life?” Drilled that monogamy is a bad thing, Amy lives on one night stands and drunken benders. That is until she meets a cute, almost virginal doctor in the course of her job as a magazine writer. Then starts Amy trying to grow up and settle down.

It’s a paint by numbers rom-com but what made it shine is the edge. That edge comes in the form of Amy Schumer and some seriously biting sarcasm and humor. There are so many laugh out loud moments. They’re able to keep it rude without going too crude, and it sucks any overly sappy sweetness right out of the movie.

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A rom-com without sap. I didn’t think it was possible. I think it probably has something to do with some of the most flawless casting I’ve ever seen.

Colin Quinn was a stroke of genius as the belligerent, commitment probe dad. While I have never once thought of Bill Hader as a romantic lead, it this movie he just plain shines. While some thought the movie was too cameo heavy, I found that they managed to fit in the cameos pretty seamlessly.

Especially the movie long cameo for LeBron James. He plays Hader’s best friend and he’s pretty good. A lot of that was smart writing. They knew to not give James more than he could handle, and he handled it well. You never forget he’s LeBron James, but I imagine that’s probably what being LeBron James’s best friend is like anyway.

But the big star in this one is Amy Schumer. She is just plain fantastic in this movie and I think it might be her breakthrough. This girl is about to go from being a cable cult following, to a big name star. They didn’t change her up too much from her personality on “Inside Amy Schumer” but it still worked for a romantic comedy.

Trainwreck was very well written and even better cast. If you like Amy Schumer, and even if you hate romantic comedies, this one is worth the watch.

WE GIVE IT: 4.5 STARS!

four and a half stars

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First Look: Redband Trailer for Mark Wahlberg’s ‘The Gambler’. Does a Bald John Goodman Steal the Show? (Video)

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The dramatic pictures of a slimmed down Mark Wahlberg created quite the buzz on the internet, so we couldn’t wait for the trailer. There’s already talk surrounding the fact that Wahlberg might get an Oscar nomination for this role. The remake of the 1974 drama is written by William Monahan (The Departed) so there is potential.

Wahlberg who has really showed his acting chops in the last five years (Transformers aside) put a lot of work into this role. Wahlberg’s character is a literature professor with a bad gambling addiction. He says that convincing audience’s that he is a teacher was tougher then dropping the weight. During an interview he said,

“Forget losing the weight. Being believable as a teacher was one of my greatest challenges and most rewarding.”

Wahlberg just completed his high school diploma online last year at the age of 42. To prepare for this role he actually sat in on literary courses to better understand the classic literature references his character apparently uses throughout the film. The man is dedicated to his craft.

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If Wahlberg doesn’t get an Oscar maybe there’s some room for John Goodman as Best Supporting Actor. A bald John Goodman gives a speech that is destined to become a classic, which is used as the back drop for the trailer…and the only reason I see that it’s redband. Goodman is dropping F-bombs Galore. I thought he deserved something as the “Wingman” in Denzel Washington’s ‘Flight’; maybe this movie will right that wrong.

Enjoy the Trailer. The movie is slated for official release on December 19th.

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