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Han Solo Movie Gets a Title! - The CineFiles Ep. 43

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Written by David Macintyre The biggest news stories to come out of Hollywood this week are the titling of Han Solo's Star Wars spinoff movie, unleashing the new Black Panther Trailer, and what you need to know about Happy Death Day! WatchMojo presents The CineFiles, where we catch you up on the latest movie news! Watch on WatchMojo: Have an idea for a video we should make? Check out the suggest page here: WatchMojo.commy/suggest.php

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Did you hear that lots of people are hitting the theatres to go see Happy Death Day? That there’s a new Black Panther trailer? What about the fact that the Han Solo movie finally has a name? No? We’ve got you covered. Welcome to The CineFiles! A weekly show where we zoom in on the most buzz worthy news Hollywood and the indie scene has to offer.

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#3: “Happy Death Day” Makes a Killing at the Box Office

When Halloween comes around, always count on horror films to take home frightening amounts of cash. Despite being made on a relatively small budget of $5 million, “Happy Death Day” has recouped that money more than five times over, making $26 million domestically over the weekend. The slasher flick is another feather in the cap of Blumhouse Productions, who also released Get Out and Split to huge box office success earlier this year. The film about a college student who’s killed on her birthday and has to constantly relive that day afterward has been considered by some as a horror film answer to Groundhog Day, even referencing the 1993 Bill Murray classic at one point in the movie. “Happy Death Day”’s weekend gross is also almost $11 million more than that of the much more expensive “Blade Runner: 2049”, which made just over $15 million during that same three day span.

#2: New “Black Panther” Trailer Released

The first teaser for the upcoming Marvel flick looked bonkers when it was released back in June, but this one just cranks it up to 100. Directed and co-written by Ryan Coogler (the director behind Creed), “Black Panther” released its first full trailer on Monday. The preview gives us a closer look at the African nation of Wakanda, where T’Challa – played by Chadwick Boseman – returns to following the events of Captain America: Civil War, to claim the king’s throne following the death of his father – though he faces competition from Michael B. Jordan’s Erik Killmonger. With a star-studded cast also featuring Forest Whitaker, Lupita Nyong’o, Martin Freeman and Andy Serkis among others, the trailer is full of futuristic visuals, great action and fight sequences, and some sick aerial jumps for good measure. In other words, this trailer should get you very, very excited for when “Black Panther” hits theatres February 16.

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#1: The Han Solo Movie Now Has a Title

Keeping with the naming convention last seen with “Rogue One”, the upcoming Han Solo movie finally has a proper name: “Solo: A Star Wars Story”, or simply “Solo”. After many months of shooting – and the firing of initial directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller during production – the film is now helmed by Ron Howard, who revealed the name in a video posted on his Twitter account. With Alden Ehrenreich as the younger version of Harrison Ford’s iconic character, the film will also star Emilia Clarke, Thandie Newton, Woody Harrelson, and notably Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian. The movie will chronicle Han Solo’s younger days and adventures alongside Chewbacca, long before the events of A New Hope. While not a whole lot else is known about the film yet, get ready for the adventures of everyone’s favourite scruffy-looking nerf herder as a young buck when “Solo: A Star Wars Story” hits the big screen on May 25, 2018.

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