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Late-breaking news today, folks -- DEADPOOL is already getting a sequel!

http://www.forbes.com/sites/markhughes/2016/02/09/deadpool-sequel-gets-greenlight-at-fox/
The R-rated shenanigans don't start until this weekend, but buzz is so strong and reviews so positive Fox has already given the thumbs-up for a sequel to Deadpool, the newest entry in the studio's X-Men superhero cinematic universe. News of the sequel came earlier this afternoon from Borys Kit at The Hollywood Reporter. [...]
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Mark do you think the inability to release this in China was a surprise? This seems like a key market, helping films get into the black. I'm a little unsure about the reported violence here. There is a part of me that is getting fatigued at the non-stop mayhem in movies and TV. 

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STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS is headed for another box office milestone -- but does it have enough juice left in the tank to climb one more rung on the all-time box office ladder? Read on to see where it'll wind up when all of the receipts are counted!

http://www.forbes.com/sites/markhughes/2016/02/02/star-wars-the-force-awakens-to-top-2-billion-next-weekend/
Finishing this weekend with $1.983 billion and with a stack of box office records already under its belt, Star Wars: The Force Awakens -- the latest outing in cinema's most famous sci-fi adventure -- is destined for two final headline-grabbing achievements. By Sunday, it will become only the second film in history to pass $2 [...]
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Today at Forbes, I explain how to save the TERMINATOR franchise!

http://www.forbes.com/sites/markhughes/2016/01/28/how-to-save-the-terminator-franchise/
Last week, Paramount removed the next Terminator sequel from the studio's release schedule, in the aftermath of lower than expected box office returns for 2015's Terminator: Genisys and subsequent weak home entertainment sales for the title. This cancelation contradicted previous word from Skydance COO Dana Goldberg, who said the studio was [...]
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I gave it a very positive review, and liked it a lot.

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Will STAR WARS and AVATAR sequels go head-to-head in December 2017? Read on to find out who would win, and why it probably won't even happen!

http://www.forbes.com/sites/markhughes/2016/01/21/will-star-wars-sequel-and-avatar-sequel-face-off-in-2017/
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Lastly from me today -- the 10 biggest snubs & surprises from today's Oscar nominations, check them out!

http://www.forbes.com/sites/markhughes/2016/01/14/todays-10-biggest-oscar-snubs-and-surprises/#2715e4857a0b724337fd216d
Wow. That's the first thing that comes to mind, and it's a widespread sentiment in the aftermath of today's announcement of the Oscar nominees for the 88th Academy Awards. The esteemed Natalie Robehmed has the full list of nominees for you here, and you can see how my predictions stacked up against the [...]
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First up today, see how my OSCAR predictions compared to the nominations -- including my initial guess at who will win the awards on Oscar night!

http://www.forbes.com/sites/markhughes/2016/01/14/oscars-nominations-who-makes-the-cut/#2715e4857a0b294e7ca56369
In about half an hour, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences will reveal their Oscar nominees for the 88th Academy Awards. That list is sure to include a few movies that have been
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Read my DEADPOOL movie review at Forbes today!

http://www.forbes.com/sites/markhughes/2016/02/09/review-deadpool/
A lot has changed for costumed crimefighters. Four short years ago, Batman was the only superhero sporting $1 billion box office, and Spider-Man was the only other hero to crack the $800+ million bar. In those pre-2012 days, the highest-grossing Marvel Cinematic Universe film grossed $623 million, and the only live-action superheroes teaming up were the X-Men. After [...]
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Walt Disney live-action films tend to succeed when they're reimagined fairy tales like Maleficent, Cinderella, Into the Woods, or Oz the Great and Powerful. However, their low-budget sports dramas, while tending to break even, take only a few tens of millions in receipts. The rest of their live-action releases tend to be [...]
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Paramount Pictures removed the TERMINATOR sequel from their 2017 schedule. But don't worry, Skynet will still be in our future...

http://www.forbes.com/sites/markhughes/2016/01/22/terminator-sequel-stalled-but-hell-be-back/
Thirty-one years ago, James Cameron launched what would become one of the greatest sci-fi franchises in history. The Terminator solidified Arnold Schwarzenegger's status as a new Hollywood star, turned Cameron into one of the most sought-after -- and eventually, most successful -- filmmakers of his time, and made Gale Anne Hurd [...]
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Michael Bay has spent a lot of his time creating incredible sci-fi/action spectacles for the Transformers franchise over the last decade. Some appreciated those films as pure comic pop-art, some (like myself) defended them as having much more subtext and artistic validity, and others just dismissed them as loud and obnoxious [...]
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Next up from me today, who needs the Oscar nominations? Here is my list of the REAL top 10 best films of 2015!

http://www.forbes.com/sites/markhughes/2016/01/14/the-best-films-of-2015/#2715e4857a0b65ff1f803360
This morning, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences unveils the official Oscar nominees for the 88th Academy Awards. As usual, there are some likely shoo-ins and a few frontrunners, but so far no clear single favorite has emerged from the pack to establish a strong lead as the best film [...]
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I am thrilled to see the Oscar nominations for Mad Max: Fury Road. Such a beautiful and amazing movie. I only wish Charlize Theron would have gotten a nod for Best Actress. Maybe Tom Hardy for Actor but he does have The Revenant in his back pocket! I actually bought Fury Road for my personal library. For me, for sheer thrills and enjoyment, the only movie that stands with Fury Road is Star Wars: The Force Awakens. But, as wonderful as that movie was, I was (and still am) just stunned by Fury Road. Could it actually win Picture and Director? Probably too much to hope for!!!

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The news today about STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS' box office trajectory is stunning...

http://www.forbes.com/sites/markhughes/2015/12/23/star-wars-the-force-awakens-to-hit-1-billion-in-record-time/
After setting records for the biggest domestic and worldwide opening weekend in history, as well as the biggest Monday and Tuesday domestic box office receipts, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is headed to the record books again this weekend or sooner. Director J.J. Abrams' sequel to the iconic Star Wars original trilogy [...]
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I am going to see it again tonight! I NEVER see a movie two times in the theater...but..it's that good!!
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