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Charlie Hunnam in final talks for King Arthur role

Guy Ritchie has his eyes on Charlie Hunnam for the lead role in Warner Bros.’ upcoming King Arthur saga, sources confirm to EW. The Sons of Anarchy actor is the director’s top choice and is in final negotiations to play the medieval warrior.

Elizabeth Olsen is also in talks for the female lead in the Joby Harold-penned project, which, according to Deadline, could be a six-film franchise. Idris Elba has been rumored to be circling a role as well.

Hunnam, whose Sons of Anarchy starts up its seventh and final season on Sept. 9, also starred in Warner Bros. and Legendary’s Pacific Rim and can be seen in Guillermo del Toro’s horror Crimson Peak, which is expected to hit theaters in 2015. He’s also known for being the guy to sign on for and then promptly drop out of the big-screen adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey.

This article has been updated to reflect the fact that Crimson Peak will open on Oct. 16, 2015, not in 2016. We regret the error.

Arnold Schwarzenegger zombie thriller 'Maggie' gets U.S. distribution

In the genre-subverting apocalyptic thriller Maggie, which Lionsgate just acquired  for North American distribution, Arnold Schwarzenegger stars as a father grappling with his daughter’s imminent zombie-ness.

John Scott 3’s Black List script imagines a world overtaken by a zombie virus, but focuses the trauma on the relationship between a father and his daughter (Abigail Breslin) as she slowly devolves into one of the cannibalistic undead. Henry Hobson, whose main credits are for designing title sequences for video games, television shows, and films such as The Help and The Walking Dead, directed the film, which also stars Joely Richardson.

Maggie has all the ingredients that spell commercial excitement—a compelling script and an ‘A’ list superstar surrounded by a world-class cast,” said Lionsgate’s Co-Chief Operating Officer and Motion Picture Group President Steve Beeks. “We’re delighted to continue our relationship with Arnold Schwarzenegger, who turns in a performance that marks a dramatic departure from his action persona, and partner with our friends at Lotus Entertainment on a film that will resonate with thriller aficionados everywhere.”

Lotus co-chairs Bill Johnson and Jim Seibel, who produced and will handle international sales, added: “Maggie takes the zombie genre in exciting new directions, and it offers something for everyone—star power, horror, suspense, and riveting performances that will keep moviegoers on the edge of their seats.”

Maggie does not have a set release date yet, but it’s expected to arrive in theaters in early 2015.

British actor-director Richard Attenborough dies at 90

English actor-director Richard Attenborough died Sunday, his son Michael told the BBC. He was 90.

The Cambridge, England, native made his film debut at 19 in the 1942 war film In Which We Serve, which was later nominated for Best Picture at the 1943 Academy Awards. READ FULL STORY

Box office report: 'Turtles' reclaim top spot, 'Expendables' misfire

Holdover tent-poles Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Guardians of the Galaxy maintained the top spots at the weekend box office, while the new openers trailed behind. But, while it was expected that Let’s Be Cops and The Giver would open in the teens, the biggest surprise of the weekend was The Expendables 3, a franchise pic which should have easily opened in the $20 to $25 million range, but instead floundered with an estimated $16.2 million.

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Wendi McLendon-Covey on her 'Friggin' Christmas' costar Robin Williams

Robin Williams left behind four complete, upcoming films when he died on Monday, leaving fans with a diverse slate of movies that will mark the final roles of his prolific career.

The Academy Award winning-comedian filmed Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, Boulevard, Absolutely Anything, and A Merry Friggin’ Christmas. Co-starring Joel McHale, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Lauren Graham, and Oliver Platt, A Merry Friggin’ Christmas holiday flick features Williams as a patriarch of a quirky family that reunites during the Christmas celebration. READ FULL STORY

Lauren Bacall dead at 89

She looked so terrific and strong for such a long time that it was easy to imagine Lauren Bacall might just hang around forever. And who wouldn’t want her to, for the pleasure of hearing her firing off smart, unvarnished remarks about old Hollywood in that husky voice? But the end came at last on Tuesday, when the 89-year-old actress died from a stroke at her home, according to a report on TMZ. The Humphrey Bogart Estate followed with this tweet: “With deep sorrow, yet with great gratitude for her amazing life, we confirm the passing of Lauren Bacall.”

Whether she was trading double entendres with Humphrey Bogart, hawking freeze-dried instant coffee in a TV commercial, or taking a punch as a guest star on The Sopranos, Bacall had no equal at projecting an insolent, imperious, sexy, and slightly impish personality. (Okay, maybe Kathleen Turner came close for a while.) Was Bacall a great, rangy actress? No, but she was a lanky, electrifying presence, and a champion movie and stage star. READ FULL STORY

Box office report: 'Turtles' tops 'Guardians' with $65 million

Turtle Power does exist after all. The heroes in a half shell surpassed industry and analyst expectations by more than $20 million, raking in an estimated $65 million in its first weekend in theaters. With an additional $28.7 million from 19 international territories, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which cost $125 million to produce, has earned $93.7 million globally. No wonder Paramount has already announced plans for a summer 2016 sequel.

The Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies pic may not have resonated with the critics, but that didn’t seem to matter much to its target audience: kids. While moviegoers overall slapped the Michael Bay-produced movie with a lackluster B Cinema Score, kids were much more enthusiastic, giving it an A overall. Audiences on the whole were mostly male (61 percent) and a significant portion (45 percent) were under 25 years old.

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'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' sequel set for 2016

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Cowabunga, dude. It looks like the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are here to stay. On the heels of a $65 million opening weekend, Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies on Sunday announced plans for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2, with a release date of June 3, 2016.

Michael Bay will return to produce with his Platinum Dunes partners, and Turtles writing team Josh Appelbaum and André Nemec are on board to pen the sequel script and executive produce. The statement did not specify whether or not Jonathan Liebesman would return to direct.

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Box office update: 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' rocket to No. 1

It looks like a pizza party may be in order.

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles brought in an estimated $25.6 million on its first day in theaters, including $4.6 million from screenings on Thursday night. Though it was widely expected to be in a tight race for No. 1 with Guardians of the Galaxy, TMNT more than doubled the estimated Friday earnings of Marvel’s reigning champ ($12.34 million).

The big opening day puts the $125 million Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies reboot on track to take in around $62 million this weekend, beating analyst and studio estimates of a $40 million start. Audiences were mostly male (61 percent) and age 25 or older (55 percent); they were more receptive to the movie than critics, awarding it a Cinema Score of B, though kids exiting the theaters gave it an A.

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Menahem Golan, prolific producer of '80s action pics, dies at 85

Menahem Golan, best known for producing and directing scores of schlocky ’80s action pics under the Cannon Films banner—including the likes of Bloodsport and some of the Death Wish sequels—died Friday, Haaretz reports. He was 85.

Obsessed with movies from a young age, the Israeli-born Golan got his start working with B-movie master Roger Corman on 1963’s The Young Racers. He eventually teamed up with his cousin Yoram Globus to head up The Cannon Group, a fledgling production company that they bought in 1979. They transformed Cannon into a veritable force in the industry by the mid-’80s, producing testosterone-driven films for the likes of Sean Connery, Chuck Norris, Charles Bronson, Sylvester Stallone, and Jean-Claude Van Damme.

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