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After a decade in development hell, Deadpool finally kicks off production in Vancouver this month.

Ryan Reynolds, the man emptying clips and spouting quips as Deadpool, is promising that next year's solo movie shows "slavish devotion" to the Marvel Comics character and, as such, ought to be embraced by even "the most critical of fanboys."

Set photos have already revealed Michael Fassbender in character as Steve Jobs in the appropriately titled Steve Jobs, but today we've got something a little more novel:

A poster, apparently from the set, recreating a 1997 poster on which the Apple co-founder shills for the NeXT.

Disney just can’t let Frozen go!

The animated musical was a runaway hit for the studio, winning Oscars for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song, as well as becoming the fifth biggest grossing movie of all time. After recently announcing development of Frozen 2, Disney has produced a brand new short film entitled Frozen Fever, which was released with Cinderella and is currently playing in theaters now.

Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee once again direct Frozen Fever, with Peter Del Vecho producing. Voice actors Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, and Josh Gad all reprise their roles from the original, while Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez composed a new song for the short. Frozen Fever takes place on Anna's (Menzel) birthday, as Elsa (Bell) and Kristoff (Groff) are determined to give her the best celebration ever. However, Elsa's icy powers may put more than just the party at risk. 

I recently had the pleasure of sitting down with co-director Chris Buck and producer Peter Del Vecho to talk about their work on Frozen Fever. The Oscar-winning director and producer discussed the new short, the incredible success of the original feature, their master plan for world domination, purposely having John Travolta mispronounce Idina Menzel’s name at the Academy Awards, revisiting the Frozen characters, the Lopez’s new song, and the cute new characters from Frozen Fever that might just appear in Frozen 2.

You thought you were already as psyched as you could be for Crimson Peak, the next movie from modern master Guillermo del Toro.

You've been counting down the days until del Toro's first grown-up movie in the English language hit theaters in October, putting big Sharpie® X's on your calender in anticipation of the haunted house thriller, which stars Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, and Charlie Hunnam.

Your wait is about to feel a whole lot longer, because two of the biggest names in genre fiction are singing the praises of Crimson PeakStephen King – the author who has sold 400 million copies and made himself synonymous with creepy, soulful storytelling  – and Joe Hill – an up and comer who somehow gets better with every book  – have seen Crimson Peak, and they both love it.

With Cinderella dominating the box office, Disney is confident as all hell about its next high profile live-action fairy tale remake.

The studio has announced a March 17, 2017 release date for Beauty and the Beast, right as the new musical adds some serious ammunition to its acting ensemble.

The cast of this Beauty and the Beast is already plenty fierce, with Emma Watson and Dan Stevens (yeah, everybody loves Matthew Crawley, but have you seen The Guest?) set to star as Belle and Beast, respectively, with erstwhile Bard the Bowman Luke Evans as exceptional expectorater Gaston.

Now, the supporting cast is filling out in A-list fashion, with Emma Thompson, Kevin Kline, and Josh Gad all joining the ensemble.

Another new Avengers: Age of Ultron poster has arrived, showcasing teen heartthrob/vibranium villain Ultron.

That's not all, either, because all-star composer Danny Elfman has clarified just what he's doing contributing music to the Marvel sequel.

Furious 7 had its world premiere via a surprise midnight screening at SXSW last night and word from everybody in Austin is that this is exactly the fast, furious sequel we've all been waiting for.

If, like me, you could make it all the way to Austin, Texas this year, though, there's a consolation prize: an international trailer that really gets to the heart of what this franchise is all about.  Plus, there's also making-of featurette that goes behind the scenes of that beautifully ludicrous skydriving sequence.

Disney's enchanted pumpkin carriage ride continues.

The studio's latest lavish, live-action remake of a classic animated fairy tale had the magic touch at the box office this weekend, sliding on a glass slipper worth an enchanting $70 million.

That's how much the Kenneth Branagh-directed romance is estimated to have earned from 3,845 theaters in the U.S. and Canada, making it the number one movie in North America by a margin of damn near $60 million.

Arguably, Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield and Bernard Hopkins are three of the greatest boxing champions of all time! Now their story can be seen in the brilliant new documentary Champs, which was directed by Bert Marcus and opens in theaters on March 13th.

The new documentary examines the rise, fall, and rise again of Tyson, Holyfield and Hopkins, and combines interviews with all three champions, old footage, and narrative footage used to represent their early lives. The film was produced by Marcus, Tyson, Tyson’s wife Lakiha Spicer, and actor Mario Lopez (TV’s Saved By The Bell), and also includes interviews with celebrity boxing fans like Mark Wahlberg (Broken City), Denzel Washington (Flight), Mary J. Blige (The Help), 50 Cent (Freelancers), Spike Lee (Oldboy), and Ron Howard (Cinderella Man).

The three champions share a lot in common having all rose to fame in the ‘80s and ‘90s, and overcoming childhoods in poor inner city neighborhoods. While Tyson and Holyfield will forever be linked in history by the infamous “biting incident,” they also both lost their fortunes after boxing, and Tyson and Hopkins have both served lengthy prison sentences. The documentary really uses boxing and the lives of these three champions as a way to examine bigger issues in our society like poverty, race, the American prison system, and economic inequality. 

I recently had the pleasure of speaking with director Bert Marcus about his work on Champs. The documentary filmmaker discussed his new movie, why he chose to look at the lives of Tyson, Holyfield and Hopkins, how he used the project as an opportunity to examine important social issues, the evolution of Mike Tyson, why Tyson and Evander Holyfield will forever be linked together in history, Bernard Hopkins incredible life story, what the World Boxing Association should do to prepare fighters for life outside of the ring, and the decision to include narrative footage in his documentary. 

INHUMANS INCOMING!

Disney has unveiled two more Avengers: Age of Ultron character posters featuring two of the new heavy hitters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, played by Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson, respectively.

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