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Cory Michael Smith, Michael Chiklis, Jamie Chung to Star in AIDS Drama '1985'

18 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Gotham star Cory Michael Smith, Virginia Madsen and Michael Chiklis are starring in 1985, an AIDS drama from Yen Tan.

Stranger Things actor Noah Schnapp and Big Hero Six's Jamie Chung are also starring in the indie, which will begin shooting late May in Texas.

The indie is based on Tan’s short of the same name, which won the special jury prize at last year's SXSW. He expanded the script for the feature and is directing.

1985 focuses on terminally-ill Adrian (Smith), who flies home from New York to visit his estranged family in Texas. His attempt at revealing his »


- Borys Kit

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Marvel Wants Sylvester Stallone for Movies Beyond 'Guardians of the Galaxy 2'

20 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Sylvester Stallone is going to stick around in the Marvel Cinematic Universe past Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, according to director James Gunn — although it's not quite clear just where he's going to show up next.

"My plan is to see more of [Stallone's character]," Gunn told the Toronto Sun. "I’m not sure about him appearing in Vol. 3, we’ll have to see about that, but it’s our plan to see more of Stallone. [Marvel Studios chief] Kevin [Feige] and I are working on what is going to become of the Marvel Cosmic Universe and where it’s »


- Graeme McMillan

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MPAA, Weinstein Company Come to Agreement on ‘3 Generations’ PG-13 Rating

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The Weinstein Company and the Motion Picture Association of America have agreed to give the transgender coming of age drama “3 Generations” a PG-13 rating for “mature thematic content, some sexual references and language.” The MPAA previously slapped an R-rating onto the film starring Elle Fanning, Susan Sarandon and Naomi Watts, due to language including sexual references, but the Weinstein Company challenged the rating. Directed by Gaby Dellal, “3 Generations” stars Fanning as a transgender teenage boy named Ray. Watts plays his mother, and Sarandon plays his grandmother, who is a lesbian. TWC’s co-chairman Harvey Weinstein previously said, “Gaby, Naomi, Susan »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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‘Captain America’ Actor Lex Shrapnel Joins Michael Pena in ‘Extinction’

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

Lex Shrapnel has joined Michael Pena and Lizzy Caplan in Universal’s sci-fi thriller “Extinction.”

The story follows a man (Pena) trying to save his family from an alien invasion. “Luke Cage” star Michael Colter also recently joined the cast. It is unknown which character Shrapnel will be playing.

Ben Young will direct. Eric Heisserer — who was most recently nominated for an Oscar for his script on “Arrival” — will write the screenplay with Spenser Cohen and Bradley Caleb Kane.

The pic bows on Jan. 26, 2018.

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Todd Lieberman and David Hoberman of Mandeville, who backed the highly-anticipated live action “Beauty and the Beast,” will produce. Mandeville’s Alexander Young will executive produce, alongside Nathan Kahane and Joe Drake of Good Universe. Anna Halberg will serve as co-producer.

Exec VP of production Erik Baiers and creative executive Mika Pryce will oversee production for Universal. »


- Justin Kroll

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Amy Madigan, Ken Marino and Sky Ferreira Join Scott Free’s ‘Burning Woman’ (Exclusive)

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

Amy Madigan, Pat Healy, Ken Marino, Sky Ferreira, and Macon Blair have joined the cast of Scott Free’s “The Burning Woman” with Jake Scott directing.

The pic currently stars Sienna Miller, Christina Hendricks, Aaron Paul, and Will Sasso. Brad Ingelsby, who wrote “Run All Night” and “Out of the Furnace,” is penning the script.

The film tells the story of a woman whose life is changed when her teenage daughter mysteriously disappears and she is left to raise her young grandson.

Ridley Scott, Kevin Walsh, and Mike Pruss will produce through the Scott Free banner. Scott Free’s Ryan Stowell will executive produce.

Wme reps domestic rights and Bloom reps foreign with a plan to sell markets in Cannes. The film will start shooting this week in Massachusetts.

Madigan is repped by Don Buchwald & Associates and Anonymous Content; Healy is repped by the Gersh Agency, Luber Roklin, and Jackoway »


- Justin Kroll

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‘Masters of the Universe’ Gets Release Date, Starts Search for Director

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Charlie’s Angels” and “Terminator: Salvation” director McG will not direct Sony’s upcoming adaptation of “He-Man and the Masters of the Universe,” TheWrap has learned.

McG has left the project after circling around it since early last year. Longtime DC Films writer David S. Goyer (“Batman v. Superman,” The “Dark Knight” Trilogy) is still attached to pen the script.

Sony has begun the search to replace McG in the director’s chair and has set “Masters of the Universe” to be released on December 18, 2019. It’s a release slot. »


- Jeremy Fuster

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Kevin Hart to Star in ‘Great Outdoors’ Reboot for Universal

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Kevin Hart will star in a reboot of the 1988 John Candy comedy “The Great Outdoors” for Universal.

Michael De Luca will produce through his Michael De Luca Productions with Hart through his Hartbeat Productions banner. Randall Green is penning the script.

The original film, which was written by John Hughes and directed by Howie Deutch, starred Candy and Dan Aykroyd. It revolved around Candy and his family, whose relaxing camping trip in Wisconsin is ruined by his annoying brother-in-law, played by Akroyd, and his family.

The studio is now looking for a director and a co-star for Hart.

Hart was most recently seen opposite Dwayne Johnson in New Line’s “Central Intelligence” and also voiced Snowball the rabbit in Illumination’s animated hit “The Secret Life of Pets.” He can next be seen as the title character in DreamWorks Animation »


- Justin Kroll

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'Baahubali 2: The Conclusion' premiere cancelled after Vinod Khanna's death

27 April 2017 6:24 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Legendary Indian actor and producer passed away aged 70.

The Mumbai premiere of Indian blockbuster Baahubali: The Conclusion has been cancelled as a mark of respect to Indian actor Vinod Khanna.

The revered Bollywood star, producer and politican died today (April 27) aged 70 from bladder cancer.

Producer Karan Johar, whose Dharma Productions is distributing the Hindi version of the film, said on Twitter: “As a mark of respect to our beloved Vinod Khanna the entire team of Baahubali has decided to cancel the premiere tonight.”

He added: “His screen presence is unparalleled even today… his super star swag is what we grew up on… Rip #VinodKhanna… thoughts and prayers…”

Khanna, known for his good looks, was one the biggest Indian film stars of the 70s and 80s.

He left showbiz to follow spiritual teacher Osho Rajneesh in 1982 before returning to acting five years later.  

Later, he became a politician, representing Gurdaspur constituency in Punjab four times for the ruling »


- orlando.parfitt@screendaily.com (Orlando Parfitt)

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Box-Office Preview: 'The Circle' No Match for 'Fate of the Furious'

27 April 2017 6:40 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Be prepared for another quiet frame at the U.S. box office on the last weekend before the summer season kicks off May 5.

The biggest new offering that opens Friday is filmmaker James Ponsoldt's The Circle, an indie thriller about the dangers of the high-tech age that stars Emma Watson, who is coming off her billion-dollar blockbuster Beauty and the Beast, and Tom Hanks. The film is projected to open in the $11 million-$12 million range from 3,163 theaters. 

That won't be enough to drive The Fate of the Furious off the road. The latest installment »


- Pamela McClintock

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‘Rogue One’ Creator John Knoll Says He’s Working On An Idea For Another ‘Star Wars Story’

27 April 2017 8:20 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

A billion dollars and some great reviews later, and Disney/Lucasfilm must be pretty delighted that John Knoll decided to pitch them the idea for a “Star Wars” spin-off that turned into last year’s blockbuster “Rogue One.” I mean, sure, you could have stuck the “A Star Wars Story” subtitle onto “Queen Of Katwe” and it probably would have made hundreds of millions of dollars, but “Rogue One” was a rare prequel and spin-off that felt truly satisfying, and was about as successful a launch to non-Skywalker stories within the universe as you could ask for.

Continue reading ‘Rogue One’ Creator John Knoll Says He’s Working On An Idea For Another ‘Star Wars Story’ at The Playlist. »


- Oliver Lyttelton

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Odeon & Uci chief operating officer Ian Shepherd exits

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Shepherd is also leaving his position at the Nfts.

Odeon & Uci Cinema chief operating officer Ian Shepherd has exited the major European exhibitor.

Shepherd was at Odeon for three years, initially as group chief commercial officer. He took up the position of COO in December 2016.

Ian Shepherd

He is replaced by Jan Bernhardsson, formerly president and CEO of Nordic Cinema Group, which AMC acquired in a $929m deal earlier this year.

Last month, Bernhardsson was promoted to COO at Odeon and executive vice president of AMC Europe. He will be in charge of all the AMC controlled theatres across 14 countries in Europe, and will report to Mark Way, managing director of Odeon Cinemas and president, AMC Europe.

A spokesperson for Odeon sent Screen the following statement: “Ian told us earlier this year that although he wanted to work with us to ensure that our transition into AMC was a success, his longer »

- tom.grater@screendaily.com (Tom Grater)

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‘How to Be a Latin Lover’ Edges Tom Hanks’ ‘The Circle’ at Thursday Box Office

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The romantic comedy “How to Be a Latin Lover” topped the Tom Hanks-Emma Watson thriller “The Circle” on Thursday night.

Latin Lover” grossed $450,000 at 925 U.S. locations, while “Circle” took in $430,000.

Both new movies are expected trail “The Fate of the Furious” this weekend, which should land in the $15 million to $20 million range during Friday-Sunday.

The Circle” from Stx and EuropaCorp opens at 3,163 venues and is projected to take in between $10 million and $15 million. The film, which premiered Wednesday at the Tribeca Film Festival, has  a relatively thrifty $18 million budget.

The Circle” is set in the near-future and stars Hanks as the founder of a Silicon Valley  social media company with Watson portraying an employee who finds herself in a dilemma over privacy and  tech ethics. Dave Eggers co-wrote the screenplay, based on his book of the same name. James Ponsoldt (“The Spectacular Now”) directed and produced the movie. »


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Dionne Warwick Movie in Works with Mister Smith Selling at Cannes

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A documentary feature film about singer Dionne Warwick, “Don’t Make Me Over,” is in the works, which will provide a “glimpse into the life of one of the most famous, yet notoriously private, superstars of the last 60 years,” according to a statement. David Garrett’s Mister Smith Entertainment will launch sales on the film and present select footage to international buyers at next month’s Cannes Market.

The film, co-directed and co-produced by Dave Wooley and David Heilbroner, and written by Wooley, “brings to life the real Dionne Warwick, an African-American woman who broke racial and gender barriers, a dedicated humanitarian fighting injustice worldwide, and a singer whose music became the soundtrack for generations.”

Directors of photography are Oscar nominee Tom Bergmann (“Life, Animated”) and Academy Award winner Ronan Killeen (“O.J. Made in America”). The film is being edited by Emmy Award winner Aljernon Tunsil (“Through the Fire: »


- Leo Barraclough

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Bingeworthy Breakdown: Should You Be Watching Netflix’s ‘Girlboss’?

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The Bingeworthy Breakdown is an occasional look at new TV shows. An estimated 500 scripted seasons of TV will air in 2017, and to help you sort the wheat from the chaff, we’re going to look at the first episodes of the most notable of these to help you work out whether it’s worth tuning in every week for them, waiting to binge later, or using the time to finally catch up on “13 Reasons Why” or whatever else you’ve been waiting for.

Continue reading Bingeworthy Breakdown: Should You Be Watching Netflix’s ‘Girlboss’? at The Playlist. »

- Will Ashton

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2: the tunes, the rows – discuss with spoilers

42 minutes ago | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Did you spot the big twist coming? Does the music paper over narrative cracks? Has there ever been a more engaging all-cgi character than Baby Groot?

This article contains spoilers

Marvel’s latest episode is a palpable hit with the critics, with a more-than-decent 87 per cent “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes compared with 91% for the smash hit original. Here’s a chance to give your verdict on the movie’s key talking points.

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Gemma Arterton to star in Jessica Swale's 'Summerland'

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Exclusive: Embankment launches sales on Second World War drama.

Gemma Arterton will lead the cast of Summerland, the directing debut of Olivier Award-winning playwright Jessica Swale.

Swale has also penned the screenplay of the feature, which is set during the Second World War and stars Arterton in the lead role of Alice.

When an evacuee boy arrives out of the blue and is placed in her care, Alice resolves to be rid of him. Yet, as the young boy opens her heart, allowing her to unlock the secrets of her past, Alice begins to realise that sometimes imagination really can set you free.

Swale won Bafta’s Jj Screenwriting bursary for the project in 2012.

Her theatre credits include Blue Stockings, which premiered at London’s Globe theatre in 2013, and Nell Gwynn, starring Arterton, which won her the Olivier Award for best new comedy in 2016.

Guy Heeley of Shoebox Films, whose credits include Locke, is producing »


- tom.grater@screendaily.com (Tom Grater)

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Rami Malek On The Run In ‘Buster’s Mal Heart’; Noomi Rapace Kidnapped In ‘Rupture’ – Specialty B.O. Preview

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Filmmaker Steven Shainberg tapped Noomi Rapace for the lead of his thriller Rupture, which had a quick turnaround shoot in Canada. The director said it was all “go go go” for the film, though he ran into a roadblock on the way to distribution. The film joins a somewhat sparse roll-out of new Specialties this weekend as the Tribeca Film Festival eyes its finale in New York. The festival is a launchpad for Well Go USA's Buster's Mal Heart with Rami Malek, which bows in New… »


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Stephen King’s ‘Firestarter’ Getting A Remake From ‘Get Out’ Producers

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To say that veteran horror author Stephen King is having a moment is probably a bit simplistic — he’s one of the most popular and successful authors of all time, and his work has been the source material for classics including “The Shining” and “The Shawshank Redemption,” so it’s pretty rare that he hasn’t been having a moment. But King looks to be more present on screen than ever across 2017 and 2018, even by his prolific standards.

Continue reading Stephen King’s ‘Firestarter’ Getting A Remake From ‘Get Out’ Producers at The Playlist. »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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Kristen Stewart’s Intimate and Lush Music Video for Chvrches Shows Off Burgeoning Director’s Style — Watch

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Burgeoning filmmaker Kristen Stewart — perhaps you’ve heard of her? — is continuing to enhance both her style and her profile with a brand new music video for Chvrches, first teased earlier this month.

The full video has now arrived, and it shows off an intimate and lush approach to the material, which features the band recording a new live version of their “Down Side of Me,” which first appeared on their album “Every Open Eye.” The band has recorded this new version to appear on “7-inches for Planned Parenthood,” a compilation of records and digital singles all released to benefit Planned Parenthood. The “7-inches for Planned Parenthood” vinyl boxset should hit stores this fall.

Read More: How Kristen Stewart and Olivier Assayas Bring the Dead Back to Life in ‘Personal Shopper

Pitchfork shares that, in a press release, Lauren Mayberry said, “‘Down Side Of Me’ was not written specifically for »


- Kate Erbland

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Kurt Russell Stalks James Corden in Hilarious ‘Late Late Show’ Sketch

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James Cordon can’t escape Kurt Russell. In the hilarious new sketch “Escape from Kurt Russell” that aired Thursday on CBS’ “The Late Late Show with James Corden,” Russell and Corden run into each other in an office building, where Russell engages in some friendly sparring and jabbing.

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“Let’s see it!” Russell says, throwing up his hands like a fighter while Cordon awkwardly tries to play along. “Come on baby. Get em up. Let’s see what you got. You still got it?” Russell then lands a thunderbolt of a dead arm on Cordon, before saying a friendly goodbye. “Ow!” Cordon says, writhing in pain and clutching his arm.

The pair run into each other twice more, with each encounter more violent than the last. We won’t spoil it, but Russell makes a references to both “Enter the Dragon »


- Graham Winfrey

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