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01.28.2016by: Paul Shirey

2016 20th Century Fox Preview

Fox had some great entries in 2015, including Ridley Scott's THE MARTIAN, THE REVENANT, and the breakout hit KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE with the animated pics HOME and THE PEANUTS MOVIE doing solid business as well, pulling in $1.3 billion for the year (domestic). Despite the misfire of FANTASTIC FOUR, the studio has rallied an impressive line-up for 2016, including two superhero flicks in their Marvel/X-franchise, a long-awaited sequel to INDEPENDENCE DAY, a new Tim Burton joint, and the most promising-looking videogame adaptation to date with ASSASSIN'S CREED.

Check out what Fox has in store for 2016and let us know which ones you're most looking forward to.

Keeping Up with the Joneses (TBD)

A comedy starring Jon Hamm, Gal Gadot, Zach Galifianakis, and Isla Fisher you say? We're intrigued, tell us more. "A suburban couple becomes embroiled in an international espionage plot when they discover that their seemingly perfect new neighbors are government spies." All right. Sounds like we might have something here. Directed by Greg Mottola (SUPERBAD, ADVENTURELAND), KEEPING UP WITH THE JONESES certainly has the ingredients for a fun comedic romp, but like any comedy, we'll have to see how well the jokes play before we take the bait completely (We'll also have a set visit report later this year). But, still, we're intrigued.

KEEPING UP WITH THE JONESES will release sometime in 2016.

Kung-Fu Panda 3 (January 29th)

Jack Black returns to voice the surprisingly endearing (and hilarious) titular panda, Po, who sets out on his third adventure in the popular animated franchise, this time visiting the place of his birth (where we will meet his long lost family). Dustin Hoffman's Master Shifu, as well as The Furious Five, including the voices of Angelina Jolie, Seth Rogen, Jackie Chan, Lucy Liu, and David Crane, return for the fun. New voice talent, including Bryan Cranston, Kate Hudson, and J.K. Simmons, also come out to play in what is sure to be another solid entry in the fiercely entertaining series. Hey, don't take my word for it, you can read our review HERE . Ski-doosh!

KUNG-FU PANDA 3 kicks into theaters on January 29th.

Deadpool (February 12th)

Look, we're not going to beat around the bush; we love DEADPOOL. No one has paid us off or bribed us to trump it up. We just love this son of a bitch and are pleased as punch that we're getting a proper R-rated incarnation of the character from the passionate cast and crew that includes Ryan Reynolds in the role he was born to play and director Tim Miller at the helm. Both championed this film to the big screen ever since they created the infamous "leaked" test footage (we KNOW it was you, Tim!). Everything about this film, from the spot-on marketing campaign that's truly captured the spirit of ol' Wade Wilson to what we witnessed on our set visit to everything in between, this one is coming up chimichangas and we are beyond ready to see it on the big screen. Fingers crossed for a home run, as this could really help welcome in a new, edgier and riskier type of superhero film.

DEADPOOL (re)opens his big mouth on February 12th.

Eddie the Eagle (February 26th)

KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE's Taron Egerton plays Great Britain's first ever Olympic ski jumper in the true life tale of EDDIE THE EAGLE, an uplifting underdog sports drama that features support from Hugh Jackman and Christopher Walken. With that much cowbell you're already off to a good start, but the trailers and recent buzz from Sundance (see our interview with Jackman & Egerton HERE) have us ready to strap on the skis and hit the slopes for this one. Sometimes you just need a fun, uplifting tale and that's what we're hoping for here.

EDDIE THE EAGLE soars into theaters on February 26th.

The Other Side of the Door (March 11th)

Producer Alexandre Aja brings another horror-of-the-month title your way, this time starring The Walking Dead's Sarah Wayne Callies and Jeremy Sisto as parents who are suffering the loss of their son when they are presented with an ancient ritual that would allow them to communicate with him once again. All that to say, it's almost like the movie version of the horror trope "Don't open that door!" so perhaps it will give hardcore horror fans something to chew on until something better comes along.

THE OTHER SIDE OF THE DOOR opens...the door on March 11th.

X-Men: Apocalypse (May 27th)

Director Bryan Singer is at the helm again, following up on the massively successful X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST with a film set ten years later (in 1983) that serves as the origin and birth of the "original" X-Men team that eventually becomes the players from the first trilogy, while simultaneously wrapping up the events set in motion since X-MEN: FIRST CLASS. It's also the first film to feature a main villain other than Magneto with Poe Dameron himself (Oscar Isaac) suiting up as the "first" mutant, Apocalypse. We heard and saw tons of cool bits from our set visit and there's just no way we'd miss a new X-film. With this and DEADPOOL hitting in the same year, we could very well be seeing Fox kicking down the door in the superhero genre, especially after that unfortunate FANTASTIC FOUR business we shall not speak of.

X-MEN: APOCALYPSE hits on May 27th.

Independence Day: Resurgence (June 24th)

Man, who doesn't love 1996's INDEPENDENCE DAY? One of the most rousing and entertaining blockbusters of all time, we're finally getting a sequel (hey, it only took 20 years!) with original director Roland Emmerich returning to the helm, bringing along the o.g.'s Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Vivica A. Fox, Judd Hirsch, and Brent Spiner (yeah, he died in the first one, but whatevs) and injecting some new (and older) blood that includes Liam Hemsworth, Maika Monroe, Sela Ward, William Fichtner, and Joey King to the mix. Everything looks bigger, badder, and more invasion-y than before, so we're hoping for another wild ride, hopefully with another chill-inducing speech from Pullman. And Mac-compatible aliens.

INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE invades theaters on June 24th.

Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates (July 8th)

It's been a rough past year for Zac Efron, after his last two films Tranked at the box office (see: WE ARE YOUR FRIENDS and DIRTY GRANDPA), but we still dig the guy and perhaps MIKE & DAVE NEED WEEDING DATES (as well as NEIGHBORS 2) will help redeem the "record scratch" that's been the past year for him. Efron is joined by the always adorable and feisty Anna Kendrick, Aubrey Plaza, and Workaholic's Adam DeVine in the comedy described as "two brothers place an online ad to find dates for a wedding and the ad goes viral." There's many directions this could go, but we're hoping that it just heads North into funny and not South into unfunny. One thing is for sure, though: at some point, Efron will lose his shirt.

MIKE & DAVE NEED WEDDING DATES saves the date for July 8th.

Ice Age: Collision Course (July 22nd)

Oh, that f*cking squirrel is at it again, trying to get his nut. Look, I'm just stating the facts here. He's the digital equivalent of the Trix rabbit trying to get some breakfast cereal and he just can't catch a break, yet we somehow love ol' Scrat for always giving his all to save his nuts, this time in outer space. We all knew it would come to that, though, right? Oh, and then there's those other prehistoric animals played by Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary, and Queen Latifah who roam around new exotic locations on Earth while learning life lessons and such. At this point, either you're on board or you're held hostage by your kids to see this, but let's be honest, these are probably way more fun than they deserve to be.

ICE AGE: COLLISION COURSE smashes into theaters on July 22nd.

A Cure for Wellness (September 23rd)

Gore Verbinski (PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN, THE WEATHER MAN, THE LONE RANGER) directs Jason Isaacs and Dane DeHaan in a horror/mystery where an DeHaan's character is sent to rescue his boss from a European wellness spa where he later finds himself trapped and finds that the facility isn't what it seems. A fairly standard premise for a horror flick, but we know that it's all about the execution when it comes to horror. Verbinski has taken some heat for the later PIRATES flicks and LONE RANGER, but he's an interesting filmmaker that hops around genres (RANGO, THE RING, THE MEXICAN, etc.), so this could be a fine change of piece for him. We can't wait to hear and see more.

A CURE FOR WELLNESS opens on September 23rd.

Trolls (November 4th)

Hey, remember those ugly ass dolls with colorful, frizzy hair? Well, here's your movie about them. Now, I know the knee-jerk reaction is typically a kind of WTF is this shit one, but I'd also bring up that the toy-to-film franchise hasn't done too badly (LEGO MOVIE, TRANSFORMERS, GI JOE: THE RISE OF COBRA), although that could also relate to the audience seeing them. That said, this looks way more SMURFS/ALVIN & THE CHIPMUNKS, so there's that. TROLLS boasts a cast that includes Anna Kendrick, James Corden, Justin Timberlake, Russell Brand, and, why not, Gwen Stefani. We can't say we're optimistic, but we didn't think that a movie about stacked plastic bricks was going to be a slam dunk either. Guess we'll find out.

TROLLS takes to theaters on November 4th (but can be found in website comment sections daily).

Why Him? (November 11th)

Bryan Cranston vs. James Franco; who would win? That's the basic premise of WHY HIM? Co-starring Zoey Deutch, and Megan Mullally, the film tracks "a bitter rivalry" between a dad (Cranston) with his daughter's young rich boyfriend (Franco), courtesy of director John Hamburg (ALONG CAME POLLY, I LOVE YOU, MAN). Hopefully Hamburg makes this into a worthwhile laugher, because we do love some Cranston and funny Franco is way more fun than serious Franco. If it's an R-rated romp we'd feel better, but if it's a PG-13 cutesy flick, then you know where that AMC gift card you got your grandparents is going.

WHY HIM? hits on November 11th.

Assassin's Creed (December 21st)

All right, now we're talkin'. Michael Fassbender takes the lead in the first-ever adaptation of the hugely popular videogame series, ASSASSIN'S CREED, which follows new character Callum Lynch (Fassbender) as he explores the memories of his ancestor Aguilar, gaining new skills from the past that help him in his future predicament. Those familiar with the games will recognize the familiar aspects and those coming in fresh will be able to acclimate nicely as the film, directed by MACBETH's Justin Kurzel, which so far looks to be a genuinely solid event pic (look for our set visit report later this year). Fassbender is known for fully immersing himself in whatever he's playing and we're pretty sure he'll be bringing that same heat here. Could this be the big break the videogame adaptation genre needs? We've got a good feeling...

ASSASSIN'S CREED jumps into theaters on December 21st.

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (December 25th)

Director Tim Burton returns to his dark and kooky roots in an adaptation of the popular children's book by Ransom Riggs, which tracks a teenager (Asa Butterfield) who, after a recent tragedy, visits an abandoned orphanage on a Welsh island that is said to be inhabited by peculiar children and their orphanage director (Eva Green). Sounds like the perfect fit for Burton, who could use a new venue to let his own brand of peculiar style shine once again. The film co-stars Samuel L. Jackson, Judi Dench, Chris O'Dowd, Terence Stamp, Kim Dickens, Allison Janney, and Rupert Everett. If anything, this could be a solid addition to Burton's resume of oddities and a fitting film for the winter season. Did we mention Eva Green?

MISS PEREGRINE'S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN haunts theaters on December 25th.

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8:25AM on 01/29/2016
I was wrong about Days Of Future Past - ended up being pretty entertaining - but I have plenty of reservations about this film too and with luck I'll be proven wrong again. I'd rather someone else was directing, I don't think Sophie Turner looks right as Jean Grey, there's the whole look of Apocalypse - and yet on the plus side we get to see how McAvoy and Fassbender have developed in their roles and some more Quicksilver can't hurt, I guess. With luck it'll be more good than bad.
I was wrong about Days Of Future Past - ended up being pretty entertaining - but I have plenty of reservations about this film too and with luck I'll be proven wrong again. I'd rather someone else was directing, I don't think Sophie Turner looks right as Jean Grey, there's the whole look of Apocalypse - and yet on the plus side we get to see how McAvoy and Fassbender have developed in their roles and some more Quicksilver can't hurt, I guess. With luck it'll be more good than bad.
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8:15AM on 01/29/2016
Remembering the Eddie The Eagle thing from the time, the guy was more of a joke than a plucky underdog, and honestly shouldn't have been representing anyone in the Olympic Games. Having a 'can do' attitude and giving something a go when you're not in the same league as any of the other competitors isn't really what the Olympic Games are supposed to be about. I'm not saying you can't make an interesting film about the guy, but I hope they don't represent him as anything other than someone who
Remembering the Eddie The Eagle thing from the time, the guy was more of a joke than a plucky underdog, and honestly shouldn't have been representing anyone in the Olympic Games. Having a 'can do' attitude and giving something a go when you're not in the same league as any of the other competitors isn't really what the Olympic Games are supposed to be about. I'm not saying you can't make an interesting film about the guy, but I hope they don't represent him as anything other than someone who really shouldn't have been involved in a world-class ski-jumping event, just because the UK didn't have anyone else that wanted to do it.
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8:09AM on 01/29/2016
I really hope this turns out to be good, for a multitude of reasons. Question is, can they effectively string out the snarky, fourth-wall breaking style for the entire film without it getting really irritating? That's still very much up in the air for me. But yeah, I want this to be a great film.
I really hope this turns out to be good, for a multitude of reasons. Question is, can they effectively string out the snarky, fourth-wall breaking style for the entire film without it getting really irritating? That's still very much up in the air for me. But yeah, I want this to be a great film.
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11:36PM on 01/28/2016
Another unnecessary sequel. It just looks like another bland and generic sci-fi film. And no Will Smith? He pretty much made that movie and it was his career launching pad along with Bad Boys and Men in Black.
Another unnecessary sequel. It just looks like another bland and generic sci-fi film. And no Will Smith? He pretty much made that movie and it was his career launching pad along with Bad Boys and Men in Black.
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11:24PM on 01/28/2016
Wasn't impressed by the trailer. It looks so bland and generic. Tired of Bryan Singer.
Wasn't impressed by the trailer. It looks so bland and generic. Tired of Bryan Singer.
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11:22PM on 01/28/2016
Looks terrible. The marketing and trailers are so obnoxious and trying too hard to be funny and edgy.
Looks terrible. The marketing and trailers are so obnoxious and trying too hard to be funny and edgy.
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11:21PM on 01/28/2016
Looks great! First two were awesome.
Looks great! First two were awesome.
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11:19PM on 01/28/2016
Sounds like a stinker, since it was pulled from it's release date.
Sounds like a stinker, since it was pulled from it's release date.
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1:53PM on 01/28/2016
I've never played any of the Assassin's Creed games, but I don't have high hopes for this one. Simply based on video game adaptations in the past - I get it, they're tricky to adapt. While I doubt it will happen, I do hope this one is the game-changer the genre needs if for nothing else to light the way to that Uncharted movie being greenlit officially.
I've never played any of the Assassin's Creed games, but I don't have high hopes for this one. Simply based on video game adaptations in the past - I get it, they're tricky to adapt. While I doubt it will happen, I do hope this one is the game-changer the genre needs if for nothing else to light the way to that Uncharted movie being greenlit officially.
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1:49PM on 01/28/2016
I shockingly have high hopes for this one. Moreso for Adam Devine, he's hilarious on Workaholics, just as funny on Modern Family, and he's been pretty decent in the few movies he's been in (Pitch Perfect 1/2, and The Intern). The definitely has some talent for the screen and Efron isn't horrible in comedies. So I have high expectations that this could be a great summer comedy.
I shockingly have high hopes for this one. Moreso for Adam Devine, he's hilarious on Workaholics, just as funny on Modern Family, and he's been pretty decent in the few movies he's been in (Pitch Perfect 1/2, and The Intern). The definitely has some talent for the screen and Efron isn't horrible in comedies. So I have high expectations that this could be a great summer comedy.
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1:46PM on 01/28/2016

Nope. Fox and Video Game movie means shitty interpretation

It's gonna blow
It's gonna blow
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1:43PM on 01/28/2016

Rated R Deadpool??

In the top 3 of my most anticipated movies of the year.
In the top 3 of my most anticipated movies of the year.
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1:42PM on 01/28/2016

Third movie in a horrible trilogy?

Pass.
Pass.
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1:42PM on 01/28/2016

Gal Gadot?

Pass.
Pass.
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11:19PM on 01/28/2016
Agreed, stop trying to make Gal Gadot happen.
Agreed, stop trying to make Gal Gadot happen.
1:41PM on 01/28/2016

Fox sucks ass

Fox is one of those companies that just gets everything wrong. Only when they give people like Ryan Reynolds full control and a small amount of money do they create something worth watching.
Fox is one of those companies that just gets everything wrong. Only when they give people like Ryan Reynolds full control and a small amount of money do they create something worth watching.
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1:28PM on 01/28/2016
I'd have more interest in this if casting was against type where Galifianakis is the likable but slightly off-center, sort of weird neighbor who is, in actuality, the super-competent spy and Hamm is in over his head.
I'd have more interest in this if casting was against type where Galifianakis is the likable but slightly off-center, sort of weird neighbor who is, in actuality, the super-competent spy and Hamm is in over his head.
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