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‘Wonder Woman’ on Brink of Beating ‘Suicide Squad,’ ‘Batman v Superman’ at Box Office

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There’s no Lasso of Truth like box-office numbers: Wonder Woman is about to conquer Batman, Superman, Harley Quinn and all her Suicide Squad comrades. As it approaches its fifth weekend in theaters, “Wonder Woman” is set to pass its DC Extended Universe predecessors, “Batman v Superman” and “Suicide Squad,” at the domestic box-office with a $325 million total and counting. After grossing $3.9 million on Tuesday, “Wonder Woman” is less than $6,000 away from passing “Suicide Squad” and its $325.1 million domestic take. If “Wonder Woman” maintains its current pace, it should pass “BvS” and its $330 million total by the end of Thursday. »

- Jeremy Fuster

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Darth Vader Almost Appeared in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ – No, Really

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Did you know that Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige — who, by the way, is a huge “Star Wars” nerd — almost had Sith Lord Darth Vader appear in 2014’s “Guardians of the Galaxy”? At the “Spider-Man: Homecoming” junket, Feige told Mashable: “Always, we wanted to reveal at a certain point in the movie that Peter Quill was a human from Earth. And for a long time, I really thought it was going to be the greatest thing in the world that you’re in a spaceship and he’s talking to one of the alien characters and he knocks over his. »

- Umberto Gonzalez

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‘Deadpool 2’ Adds ‘Hunt For The Wilderpeople’ Star Julian Dennison

4 hours ago | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

While “Deadpool” made big piles of money, and was declared the proof of concept that you could step well outside the superhero sandbox, take a risk, and have it pay off handsomely, let’s just say the movie wasn’t for me. I have very little interest in the follow-up, but now Ryan Reynolds and co. have provided one reason I might watch the sequel one day, even if it’s on an airplane.

Continue reading ‘Deadpool 2’ Adds ‘Hunt For The Wilderpeople’ Star Julian Dennison at The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Box Office: ‘Baby Driver’ Races to $2.1 Million in Tuesday Night Previews

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Edgar Wright’s “Baby Driver” sped to $2.1 million at 2,606 North American locations in Tuesday night previews.

Sony’s R-rated action-thriller, starring Ansel Elgort as a getaway car driver, expands to 3,150 sites Wednesday to get a head start on the Independence Day weekend. The studio is projecting an opening in the $13 million to $15 million range for the five-day Wednesday-Sunday period, while other projections have been in the $20 million area.

Baby Driver,” released from Sony’s TriStar Pictures and MRC, has received strong critical support since its South by Southwest premiere in March and has a 98% “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes. »

- Dave McNary

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Michael Bond Dies: Paddington Bear Creator & Author Was 91

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Creator of Paddington, the marmalade-loving bear from deepest darkest Peru, Michael Bond has died. Publisher Harper Collins UK announced the news this afternoon, saying Bond passed away at home on Tuesday after a short illness. He was 91. The British author sold his first short story in 1945 and published his first Paddington book, A Bear Called Paddington in 1958. He ultimately published over 200 books for children, including dozens devoted to the trouble-prone duffel… »

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Matt Reeves Teases a “Noir-Driven, Detective Version” of ‘The Batman’

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With War for the Planet of the Apes landing in theaters next month, director Matt Reeves has already started making the press rounds for the final chapter in the new Apes trilogy. As you might expect, people have some questions about The Batman. What's a bit more surprising is that Reeves actually had some encouraging and interesting things about his vision for the project rather than the boilerplate non-answers and roundabout diversions most major studio directors feed the junket press. In an interview with New Trailer Buzz, Reeves emphasized that it's early days yet on the project, … »

- Haleigh Foutch

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Troy Duffy ('Boondock Saints') Returns With 'The Blood Spoon Council'

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Exclusive: The Boondock Saints creator Troy Duffy makes directing return.

Producer Scott Clayton and his Oceanside Media has signed on to produce and fully finance The Blood Spoon Council, Troy Duffy’s return to the director’s chair since The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day in 2009.

The psychological thriller centres on the eponymous vigilante group that hunts down and executes serial killers in the Us.

When the FBI commissions a rogue profiler to get inside the head of the group’s elusive leader, the investigation is derailed when the whizzkid engages in a game of cat-and-mouse with a formidable mastermind.

Duffy directed 2009’s The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day, the sequel to his 1999 crime thriller The Boondock Saints. »

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Ansel Elgort to Portray John F. Kennedy in World War II Drama ‘Mayday 109’

21 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Baby Driver” star Ansel Elgort has signed on to play John F. Kennedy in the drama “Mayday 109,” based on the 1943 sinking of Kennedy’s PT boat during World War II.

The project has been in development since 2015, when Beau Flynn and Basil Iwanyk acquired a script by Samuel Franco and Evan Kilgore. Kent Kubena and Taylor Zea will oversee for Thunder Road and Scott Sheldon will oversee for Flynn Picture Co. No director is yet attached.

Kennedy was the commander of patrol torpedo boat PT 109 in the South Pacific when it was rammed by a Japanese destroyer Amagin, killing two crewmen. With the crew presumed dead by allies, Kennedy led the 11 survivors in swimming to a deserted island, where the crew had to hide from passing Japanese barges.

Kennedy swam over two miles to two other islands in search of help and food, then led his men to Olasana Island, which »

- Dave McNary

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Gwendoline Christie Joins Steve Carell in Robert Zemeckis’ Drama

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Game of Thrones” star Gwendoline Christie has joined the cast of the untitled Robert Zemeckis project opposite Steve Carell.

Diane Kruger, Leslie Mann and Janelle Monae are also starring in the movie. Carell will star as a man who builds a miniature World War II village as a way to recover from a violent assault. Christie will be his caretaker.

the story of one broken man’s fight as he discovers how artistic imagination can restore the human spirit.

Christie is well known for her role as Brienne of Tarth in HBO’s Game of Thrones and stars opposite Nicole Kidman and Elizabeth Moss in “Top of the Lake.” She appeared as Captain Phasma in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and will return for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”

Zemeckis directs and produces from a screenplay he wrote with Caroline Thompson. Steve Starkey and Jack Rapke of Zemeckis’ Universal-based ImageMovers banner also produce, alongside »

- Dave McNary

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Gail Mancuso Directing Road Trip Comedy ‘Besties’ for DreamWorks

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Veteran television director Gail Mancuso will direct the road trip comedy “Besties” for DreamWorks Pictures.

The project has been in the works since last year when DreamWorks picked up the film rights to the script written by Cassie Daniels and Mark Bartosic. Ivan Reitman and Ali Bell are producing with Tom Pollock as executive producer.

The story follows a woman embarks on an epic road trip with her best friends to break up the wedding of her childhood crush after discovering a long-lost love note.

Universal would distribute. The project is eyeing late 2017 start.

Mancuso is a back-to-back Emmy winner for “Modern Family” in 2013 and 2014. She has directed over 300 television episodes, including “Modern Family,” “30 Rock,” “Friends” and “Roseanne.” Mancuso also has received three DGA nominations for directorial achievement in a comedy series.

She is represented by ICM Partners and law firm Stone, Genow, Smelkinson, Binder & Christopher.

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- Dave McNary

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Michael Nyqvist, ‘Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’ Star, Dies at 56

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Swedish actor Michael Nyqvist, who starred in the original “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” films alongside Noomi Rapace, died on Tuesday following a battle with lung cancer, his representative confirmed. He was 56.

“On behalf of Michael Nyqvist’s representatives and family, it is with deep sadness that I can confirm that our beloved Michael, one of Sweden’s most respected and accomplished actors, has passed away quietly surrounded by family after a year long battle with lung cancer,” said his rep in a statement. “Michael’s joy and passion were infectious to those who knew and loved him. His charm and charisma were undeniable, and his love for the arts was felt by all who had the pleasure of working with him.”

Though best known for his role in the Swedish “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” trilogy, Nyqvist also broke into American film. He played the villain alongside Tom Cruise in “Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol »

- Alex Stedman

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BFI launches £20m plan to tackle UK skills shortage, workforce diversity

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Industry heavyweights back 10-point initiative to boost UK crews.

This evening (June 28), the British Film Institute (BFI) launched the Film Skills Strategy plan, an ambitious new programme with a 10-point plan to tackle skill shortages in the industry.

The scheme will cost £20m of lottery funding over five years.

The programme also aims to address the still chronic lack of representation and inclusion in the workforce at a time when UK film is worth an estimated £4.3bn to the British economy and inward investment is continuing to rise.

Culture Secretary Karen Bradley, James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli, BFI chair Josh Berger and BFI CEO Amanda Nevill were at the House of Commons for the launch of Future Film Skills - An Action Plan. 

A new BFI-commissioned report revealed significant opportunities for the film workforce with an estimated 30,000 job opportunities likely to be available over the next five years.

Despite all this activity, however, problems »

- geoffrey@macnab.demon.co.uk (Geoffrey Macnab)

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Researchers find 'culture of nepotism' in British film industry

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Report shows striking lack of diversity and ‘significant obstacles’ for outsiders looking to break into industry

Nepotism, word-of-mouth employment practices and the widespread use of unpaid work experience have created a “pandemic lack of inclusion” in the British film industry, a report backed by movie producers Barbara Broccoli and Kathleen Kennedy says.

Broccoli, producer of James Bond movies, and Kennedy, president of the Star Wars film-maker Lucasfilm, are throwing their weight behind a plan, backed by £20m of national lottery money, to improve diversity in the sector.

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- Mark Brown Arts correspondent

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DC Animated Movies 10th Anniversary Collection Gathers 30 Movies in One Place

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If you've missed any of DC Comics' fantastic animated movies over the last 10 years, you're gonna love this news. Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and DC Entertainment will celebrate a decade of heroic animation with the release of the "DC Universe Original Movies: 10th Anniversary Collection", a comprehensive box set of all 30 films, 5 animated shorts, new special features and exclusive collectible items coming November 7th to Blu-ray. The entire 30-film set will also be available on Digital starting August 15th. Launched in 2007 with the landmark release of Superman/Doomsday, the DC Universe Original … »

- Dave Trumbore

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Beau Willimon Will Be Next WGA East President

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House of Cards creator Beau Willimon will be the next president of the WGA East. Michael Winship, the guild's president since 2007, isn't seeking re-election, and Willimon is running unopposed in the guild's upcoming officers and council election. Also running unopposed are incumbent Vice President Jeremy Pikser and incumbent Secretary-Treasurer Bob Schneider. In the council races, the 10 candidates vying for six open freelance seats are Amy Sohn, David Handelman, Stu… »

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‘Despicable Me 3’ Review: There Has to Be a Better Way to Entertain Small Children

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Illumination Entertainment has already established itself as one of the most successful animation companies working today despite the overwhelming laziness of their movies. Most of their films boil down to “Is this cute enough to impress a child?” They don’t tell good stories, they don’t come up with good characters, and their business model is basically “For parents that want to distract their children for 90 minutes.” And by that metric, Despicable Me 3 is a success. The kids who were at my screening howled with laughter when Gru (Steve Carell) fell off a ladder or the minions … »

- Matt Goldberg

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‘Glow’ Original Pilot: Watch 1985’s Ladies of Wrestling Who Inspired the Netflix Series

54 minutes ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

There’s really nothing quite like the 1985 pilot for “Glow: Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling,” which led to the cult series in which women portraying heroes and villains battle it out in over-the-top wrestling matches. Watching the nearly one-hour pilot, it’s easy to understand why Netflix found the material so compelling, and worthy of a new original series. Created by Liz Flahive (“Nurse Jackie”) and executive produced by Jenji Kohan (“Orange is the New Black”), “Glow” is centered on the fictional actress Ruth Wilder (Alison Brie), who lands the acting role she’s desperately been searching for.

Read More: ‘Glow’ Breakout Betty Gilpin Still Doesn’t Feel Like She’s Made It, and That’s a Hollywood Problem

The original series created by David McClane and Matt Cimber that aired for three seasons is significantly different from what was shot for the 1985 pilot, particularly the opening introductions to the wrestlers. »

- Graham Winfrey

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Universal, Mike De Luca Win ‘Spiderwick Chronicles’ Holly Black Novel ‘The Cruel Prince’

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Exclusive: Universal Pictures has won an auction for screen rights to The Cruel Prince, the new fantasy novel by The Spiderwick Chronicles author Holly Black. Michael De Luca will produce through his Michael De Luca Productions banner. The novel, which will be published in January by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, is the kick off to a fantasy novel series the author is calling Folk of the Air. The Cruel Prince follows the journey of a human girl who is abducted… »

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Smith Global Media acquires 'Gnome Alone', 'Charming'

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Wide theatrical releases planned for 3Qu Media family films.

Smith Global Media, the theatrical distribution company run by Will Smith’s brother Harry Smith, has added the animated family features Gnome Alone and Charming to its slate.

3Qu Media financed and produced both films in association with Sc Films International and Smith Global Media plans wide theatrical releases for both.

Shrek producer John H. Williams produced both films and 3Qu Media’s Henry Skelsey, Jon Christianson and Jeremy Ross served as executive producers. Production took place at Cinesite’s Montreal studio.

Charming is scheduled for a wide theatrical release in the second quarter of 2018 and features a voice cast of Demi Lovato, Wilmer Valderrama, Ashley Tisdale, recording artists Sia and Avril Lavigne, Nia Vardalos, John Cleese, and singer-songwriter G.E.M.

Ross Venokur wrote and directed the story of Prince Felipe Charming, who was cursed at birth to break hearts and sets out with a strong-willed thief to find »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Newbie Smith Global Media Acquires Animated Pics ‘Gnome Alone’ & ‘Charming’

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Smith Global Media, the nascent distribution company founded by Will Smith’s brother Harry Smith, has acquired distribution rights to the animated family features Charming with a voice cast including Demi Lovato and Wilmer Valderrama, and Gnome Alone. Both hail from Shrek producer John H. Williams and are financed and produced by 3Qu Media in association with Sc Films International. Fresh off inking a home entertainment deal at Sony, Smith Global Media plans a late 2017… »

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