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Mary Elizabeth Winstead to Star Opposite Will Smith in 'Gemini Man' (Exclusive)

Mary Elizabeth Winstead to Star Opposite Will Smith in 'Gemini Man' (Exclusive)
Mary Elizabeth Winstead has nabbed the female lead in Gemini Man, the Will Smith action thriller that Ang Lee is directing.

Skydance and Paramount are behind the project, which is eyeing a February start.

The project sees Smith playing two opposing roles: one of Henry, an aging assassin who wants to get out of the business, and that of his ultimate opponent, a clone who is 25 years younger and at the peak of his abilities that has been tasked to kill him.

Winstead, who beat out Orphan Black star Tatiana Maslany for the role, will play an operative who...
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Jason Statham Developing Action Film With STX, China's Tencent Pictures (Exclusive)

Jason Statham Developing Action Film With STX, China's Tencent Pictures (Exclusive)
Jason Statham has signed a deal with STX Entertainment and Tencent Pictures, the fast-growing film arm of Chinese internet giant Tencent, to co-develop an action film targeting the Chinese film market, The Hollywood Reporter has exclusively learned.

Statham will produce and star in the project, which is expected to be set up as an official China co-production. Details of the film's story and concept are still under development.

The deal is an extension of Statham's ongoing courtship of the growing Chinese film market. The actor, 50, is one of Hollywood's most familiar faces in the Middle Kingdom, thanks to the...
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Jake Gyllenhaal Is a Lock If Ben Affleck Bails on The Batman?

Jake Gyllenhaal Is a Lock If Ben Affleck Bails on The Batman?
There has been no shortage of rumors swirling around The Batman over the past few months, regarding star Ben Affleck and his potential exit from the standalone sequel. A report surfaced in August that the actor was in fact leaving, and although that report was later retracted, Jon Hamm (Mad Men) has express his interest in the role, and director Matt Reeves is reportedly eyeing Jake Gyllenhaal. There has been a lot of back-and-forth between the studio and Affleck, with this latest report claiming the studio is "sour" on Ben. If the actor were to outright bail on The Batman at this point, Jake Gyllenhaal} will likely get the call to replace him. Here's what an unnamed sourced had to say about Jake Gyllenhaal replacing Ben Affleck.

"Gyllenhaal is probably Batman. Affleck is not out of it yet. That's the thing, he still has a contract. But the studio is sour on him.
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Comedian Sebastian Maniscalco Joins Viggo Mortensen in Drama 'Green Book' (Exclusive)

Comedian Sebastian Maniscalco Joins Viggo Mortensen in Drama 'Green Book' (Exclusive)
Sebastian Maniscalco will join Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali in the real-life drama Green Book.

Green Book follows an Italian-American bouncer, Tony Lip, (Mortensen), who in 1962 is hired to drive Dr. Don Shirley (Ali), one of the world’s finest jazz pianists, on a concert tour from New York City through the pre-Civil Rights era Deep South. They had to use the Negro Motorist Green Book to guide them to the few motels, restaurants and gas stations below the Mason-Dixon Line that served black customers.

Maniscalco will play Tony's fast-talking brother-in-law, Johnny.

Peter Farrelly will direct from a script he wrote with Nick Vallelonga and Brian Currie.

Jim Burke, Charles...
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Sundance: HBO Buys ‘Price of Everything’

Sundance: HBO Buys ‘Price of Everything’
HBO Documentary Films has nabbed “The Price of Everything,” a look at the world of contemporary art, in advance of its Sundance Film Festival debut.

Directed by Oscar-nominated director Nathaniel Kahn, “The Price of Everything” examines the headaches associated with pricing art and the vagaries of a market based around subjective opinions of what is hot and valuable. It looks at collectors, dealers, auctioneers and artists in weaving together its cultural and commerical tapestry, and features interviews with the likes of Jeff Koons, Gerhard Richter, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, and Larry Poons.

The company has acquired U.S. TV rights to the film and will also open it in theaters in at least a dozen U.S. markets prior to its premiere on HBO. It debuts in Sundance on Jan. 19. Kahn previously worked with HBO on his 2004 documentary “My Architect” and his short “Two Hands.”

“I couldn’t think of a better home for the film than HBO
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Trevor Jackson & Jason Mitchell To Star In Sony’s ‘Superfly’ Remake From Director X; Future, Steven R. Shore To Produce

Trevor Jackson & Jason Mitchell To Star In Sony’s ‘Superfly’ Remake From Director X; Future, Steven R. Shore To Produce
Exclusive: Sony’s Superfly film is assembling a team aptly fit for its title. As Deadline previously reported, Director X is officially attached to direct the remake with Trevor Jackson confirmed to star as Youngblood Priest. In addition, Mudbound and Straight Outta Compton star Jason Mitchell has signed on to co-star as Eddie, along with Lex Scott Davis as Georgia, Andrea Londo as Cynthia, Jacob Ming-Trent (Showtime's White Famous) as Fat Freddy, and Omar Chapparo as…
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Eric Tsang Sues Sex-Harassment Accuser Grace Han

Eric Tsang Sues Sex-Harassment Accuser Grace Han
Actor-director-producer Eric Tsang says he has taken legal action against Grace Han, one of the leading figures in the modeling industry in Greater China. Han recently accused Tsang of making unwanted sexual advances to women in showbiz.

Speaking at a press conference Wednesday, Tsang continued to deny the alleged rape of former actress Yammie Lam and said Han’s allegations that he took advantage of women at an event were defamatory.

“The report about the rape of Yammie Lam was fabricated. I respect women. If there is any investigation that requires my assistance, I’m willing to cooperate,” said Tsang, who was accompanied to the press conference by his lawyers. “I’m determined to defend myself with legal measures and I have taken action against Ms. Han’s accusations.”

Last week, a video interview of Lam, previously published by Next Magazine, in which she said she was raped by two powerful Hong Kong actors two decades ago, resurfaced
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Film Review: ‘Chicken’

Film Review: ‘Chicken’
“Sit down; something’s happened.” By the time Polly (a convincingly surly Morgan Watkins) makes this pronouncement to his developmentally challenged younger brother Richard (a riveting Scott Chambers) we’re steeped enough in the world of Joe Stephenson’s “Chicken” — a rural Norfolk, England, of dingy caravans, petty theft and breakfast-time Marmite beverages served in scabbed mugs — to know that there’s no chance it will be something good. But Stephenson’s pure-hearted intentions mostly power his debut through its misery-laden moments, and whenever they threaten to overwhelm the narrative, there’s always Chambers’ wrenchingly authentic performance to marvel at. The pitfalls of playing a mentally disabled character are well documented, but his portrait is both physically and psychologically convincing, and if the film wins its reckless game of cinematic chicken, leaning into its weighty and ostensibly off-putting themes of disability, poverty and violence without flinching, it’s largely because of this remarkable turn — a little miracle
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Cineworld revenues on the rise as Regal takeover nears completion

Revenues up 11.6% as the company plots further growth.

Cineworld, Europe’s second largest cinema operator, reported revenue increases of 11.6% in 2017.

Source: Cineworld

Retail revenue grew 15.6%, with the company’s sites outside of UK and Ireland showing 29.2% growth in that area.

Box office growth was 10.3% across the group. In the UK and Ireland, box office rose 6.3%.

The growth was largely driven by the expansion of Cineworld’s estate, which has seen it open nine new sites in 2017, four in the UK and five elsewhere. The company also added the 16-screen Empire Newcastle to its roster in June 2017. By the end of the year, the company operated 232 sites with 2,217 screens.

Cineworld’s highest-grossing films of the year were: Beauty And The Beast and Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Dunkirk. Local films also performed well for the company in specific territories, particularly Poland where List Do Movie 3 and Botoks were the two highest grossing titles.

For 2018, Cineworld identified
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Star Wars actors mock fan who recut film to remove women

Mark Hamill and John Boyega join social media derision aimed at ‘De-Feminized Fanedit’

A fan-made recut of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, designed to remove women from the film, has been mocked on social media by the movie’s stars.

The film writer and critic Priscilla Page posted a link to a news report about the recut, adding a long, drawn-out laugh to her tweet.

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'I am telling the truth': Dylan Farrow to appear on TV over Woody Allen allegations

Farrow set to discuss her sexual assault allegation against her adoptive father on CBS, as growing number of stars distance themselves from the director

Dylan Farrow will appear on television to discuss her sexual assault allegation against her adoptive father Woody Allen – which he rejects as “untrue and disgraceful” – as a growing number of stars distance themselves from the director.

The interview, which airs on CBS on Thursday and is Farrow’s first on television according to the Us broadcaster, comes after she used a newspaper article to question why Allen had been spared by the “revolution” that ended studio mogul Harvey Weinstein.

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First look at Laia Costa and Josh O'Connor in 'Only You' (exclusive)

First look at Laia Costa and Josh O'Connor in 'Only You' (exclusive)
Victoria, God’s Own Country stars wrap UK feature.

Screen can reveal a first look at upcoming UK love story Only You, featuring rising stars Laia Costa and Josh O’Connor.

Source: The Bureau

Only You

The project is the latest from UK outfit The Bureau, the company behind autumn festival favourite Lean On Pete and previous titles 45 Years and Daphne.

In Only You, Costa and O’Connor play a couple who, after a one-night stand on New Year’s Eve, fall madly in love. Within weeks they are living together, and not long after they begin trying for a child. When conception isn’t immediate, pressure builds on the pair and the idea of a family begins to overshadow their relationship.

The Bureau’s Paris-based international sales arm is selling the film at Unifrance’s Rendez-vous this month.

Laia Costa shot to prominence in 2015 with her leading role in Sebastian Schipper’s Victoria, for which she won
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One Two Films joins 'Rams' follow-up 'The County', cast also unveiled (exclusive)

German co-producer joins anticipated new project from Grimur Hakonarson, which will start shooting in late February.

Source: Cannes Film Festival

Rams

Sol Bondy and Jamila Wenske’s Berlin-based One Two Films, has joined as a co-producer on Grimur Hakonarson’s The County, the Icelandic director’s anticipated follow-up to 2015 hit Rams.

One Two joins alongside German broadcaster Sr/Arte.

Grimar Jonsson of Iceland’s Netop Films is the lead producer, with partners Profile Pictures of Denmark, Haut et Court of France and now One Two of Germany. Backers include the Icelandic Film Centre, Danish Film Institute, Nordisk Film + TV Fond and Sr/Arte.

As with Rams, Jan Naszewski’s New Europe will handle sales. Distributors already on board are Sena in Iceland, Scanbox for Scandinavia and Haut et Court in France.

The County will start shooting in late February in the countryside of northern Iceland, for delivery in early 2019.

The story is a drama set in rural Iceland
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India's Ficci to launch international contents market

The Confluence market will host around 100 buyers and 300 sellers from 50 countries in its first year

Source: Wiki Commons

India’s Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (Ficci) is launching an international contents market to run concurrently with its annual Frames conference in Mumbai.

Scheduled to take place March 5-7 at the Grand Hyatt in Mumbai, the Confluence market will host around 100 buyers and 300 sellers from 50 countries in its first year. Attendees are expected to include Vice, Star India, CBS and Viacom18, in addition to domestic and international Ott platforms.

The market aims to provide a platform to sell Indian and Asian content across film, TV, digital, documentary and animation. India currently produces around 1,500 feature films a year in Hindi and regional languages and has more than 800 TV channels broadcasting across different language groups.

Market sections include sellers’ booths, a buyer’s lounge, an Indian locations showcase, a pitching forum entitled “Frame Your Idea” and networking
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‘Maze Runner: The Death Cure’ Review: The Best Dystopian Ya Saga Climaxes with Huge and Exhausting Final Chapter

‘Maze Runner: The Death Cure’ Review: The Best Dystopian Ya Saga Climaxes with Huge and Exhausting Final Chapter
Welcome (back) to the Scorch!

Picking up where 2015’s “Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials” left off — and bringing the best and most kinetic of the post-apocalyptic Ya sagas to an exhausting finish — “The Death Cure” reintroduces us to a fallen world where a killer virus has decimated most of the population. In the trilogy’s first installment, a handful of twentysomethings with flawless skin escaped from a deadly labyrinth and opened the secret door at the end only to discover (dun dun dunn!!!) Patricia Clarkson! The sequel found our photogenic heroes learning that they are immune to the pathogen that continues to shred our species, and had been used as glorified lab rats by the shady government agency hoping to repurpose their bodily fluids into some kind of cure.

That shady government agent’s name: Wckd (short for World in Catastrophe: Killzone Experiment Department, and pronounced “wicked”). Because no matter
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Film Review: ‘Maze Runner: The Death Cure’

Film Review: ‘Maze Runner: The Death Cure’
The past few years have been a rather dystopian era for dystopian Ya film adaptations. After “The Hunger Games” became a genuine phenomenon, studios went on a spending spree, scouring increasingly indistinguishable tales of chosen ones and oppressive government regimes for potential franchises, with decidedly mixed results. Ever since Jennifer Lawrence called time on Katniss, “Divergent” has fizzled out rather ignominiously; “Ender’s Game” and “The 5th Wave” proved to be nonstarters; and after a delayed production that saw series lead Dylan O’Brien injured in an on-set accident, “Maze Runner: The Death Cure,” the third and final entry in Fox’s adaptations of James Dashner’s books, finally arrives this month with relatively little fanfare. Somewhat surprisingly, however, “Maze Runner’s” core team – including original series director Wes Ball – have rallied to give this once middling saga a proper sending-off. Downplaying some of the property’s sillier elements when not jettisoning them entirely, and streamlining
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Thailand Attracts More Film Shoots in 2017

Thailand saw the number of incoming productions drop in 2017. But their value and the number of feature films both increased.

Data from the Thailand Film Office showed that the value of foreign film, TV, video and advertisements shot in the country last year increased 7% from $74.1 million (THB2.37 billion) in 2016 to $79.4 million (THB2.54 billion) in 2017. The number of productions fell from 779 in 2016 to 730 in 2017.

Within the total, the number of feature movies leaped from 50 to 80. Worateera Suvarnsorn, director of the Thailand Film Office said that two films had been able to access the production rebate scheme that was introduced in January 2017. She attributed the increase in feature movies to the promotional efforts of her office. “Over the last few years, we have concentrated particularly on the promotion of Thailand as a location for international feature films, through our attendance at events like Cannes, Afm, and Filmart. It is gratifying to see that this has had a positive effect
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/Filmcast Ep. 450 – Black Mirror: Season 4 (Guest: Kristy Puchko from Pajiba)

/Filmcast Ep. 450 – Black Mirror: Season 4 (Guest: Kristy Puchko from Pajiba)
This week on the /Filmcast, it’s all Black Mirror as David, Jeff, and Devindra analyze each episode of the show’s new season on Netflix. Special guest Kristy Puchko joins us from Pajiba. Be sure to read Vulture’s recap of Hang the DJ and Vice’s review of Black Museum, as well as how every episode is connected. You can always e-mail us at slashfilmcast(At)gmail(Dot)com, or […]

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With Scarlett Johansson front and centre, finally it's Black Widow's time to shine

Long-delayed plans for a female-led Marvel superhero movie following Wonder Woman’s triumph should deliver one of the studio’s biggest hitters

It’s not difficult to follow Hollywood’s logic in avoiding female-led superhero movies for most of the past 20 years. Whenever studios have taken risks on characters such as Catwoman (in 2004, with Halle Berry in the leathers) and Elektra (2005, with Jennifer Garner as the famed assassin), the box-office results have been paltry and the critical brickbats relentless.

Of course, when I say it is possible to follow the logic, this is not the same thing as saying such blinkered thinking is logical, which led us to a point where there were no major female-led comic-book flicks released in cinemas between 2005 and the debut of Patty JenkinsWonder Woman last year. For, by the same rationale, Hollywood ought to have banned all male-led sci-fi romps following the failure of
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