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Blake Lively to Star in Murder Mystery From 'Big Little Lies' Author (Exclusive)

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

Blake Lively's got a secret.

The Gossip Girl grad will star in CBS Films' adaptation of The Husband's Secret, the New York Times best-seller from Big Little Lies author Liane Moriarty.

Chris Weitz, Paul Weitz and Andrew Miano are producing via their Depth of Field shingle. Lively will also executive produce the adaption, which is currently out to potential directors.

Lively will play Cecilia Fitzpatrick, a chronic perfectionist whose suburban bubble is burst when she finds a note from her husband addressed to her with instructions to open it in the event of his death. But he's still alive. She then discovers a secret that her husband has been »

- Mia Galuppo

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‘Makala,’ ‘Gabriel and the Mountain’ Scoop Cannes’ Critics’ Week Awards

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Emmanuel Gras’ Congo-set documentary “Makala” and Brazilian director Fellipe Barbosa’s drama “Gabriel and the Mountain” scooped the top two awards at Cannes’ Critics’ Week on Thursday evening.

Makala,” Gras’ second documentary film, won the Nespresso Grand Prize at Critics’ Week, which is headed by Charles Tesson.

The highly cinematic documentary feature follows a young man (Kabwita Kasongo) who lives in the Congolese countryside and works on production of charcoal to give his family a better future. Gras, who is also a well-respected cinematographer, last directed “Bovines.” The movie is produced by Bathysphere and sold by Les Films du Losange.

Meanwhile, “Gabriel and the Mountain,” which centers on a young Brazilian man’s journey across Africa, won the Visionary Prize and Fondation Gan Award.

Barbosa’s sophomore feature, “Gabriel and the Mountain” is based on the true story of a friend of the director who died on the slopes of »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Box Office: ‘Baywatch’ Dives in With $1.25 Million on Wednesday

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Baywatch” got a head start on the competition by opening in previews on Wednesday, before it goes wide early on Thursday ahead of Memorial Day Weekend.

After its first night of earnings Paramount’s comedy made $1.25 million at 2,554 locations. Previews began at 7 p.m.

For its opening weekend, “Baywatch” is pegged at about $40 million from an eventual 3,647 locations. The summer comedy carries a $60 million production price tag.

Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron star in the comedy that spawned from the 1990s NBC drama starring David Hasselhoff and a team of lifeguards who patrolled the beaches of Los Angeles. This time around it’s Johnson, an experienced and devoted lifeguard, who butts heads with a new recruit, Efron, until they uncover a criminal plot.

Priyanka Chopra, Alexandra Daddario, Jon Bass, Kelly Rohrbach, and Ilfenesh Hadera also star. Seth Gordon directed the film based on a screenplay by Damian Shannon and Mark Swift. »

- Seth Kelley

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Sony’s Silver Sable, Black Cat Movie Lands Gina Prince-Bythewood as Director

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Gina Prince-Bythewood is in talks to direct “Silver and Black,” the second announced standalone film in Sony’s Marvel Universe. If the deal goes through, she would become first African-American woman to direct a movie based on Marvel characters. The film will be based on the characters Silver Sable and Black Cat (aka Felicia Hardy), who are known for their connections with Spider-Man. Silver Sable is a mercenary who runs a company that hunts criminals. She hasn’t been introduced in a previous film. Meanwhile, Hardy made her debut in “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” played by Felicity Jones. Also Read: »

- Carli Velocci and Matt Donnelly

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Rosario Dawson in Negotiations to Star in X-Men Spinoff ‘New Mutants’

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Rosario Dawson is in talks to star in X-Men spinoff “New Mutants,” a person close to the project told TheWrap.

Dawson will play Dr. Cecilia Reyes. Her character in the spinoff acts as a mentor for the young adult ensemble cast that already includes “Game of Thrones” star Maisie Williams and “Split” star Anya Taylor-Joy.

Williams is set to play Rahne Sinclair, or Wolfsbane, who must figure out how to reconcile her ability to turn into a wolf with her religious beliefs. Taylor-Joy is Illyana Rasputin, »

- Ashley Boucher

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Joseph Fiennes Nearly Played Obi-Wan Kenobi – and Tells Us How He Lost the Role (Exclusive)

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When it comes to his most memorable audition story, “The Handmaid’s Tale” star Joseph Fiennes has a really good one. As it turns out, it revolves around a key role in the “Star Wars” prequels. In an interview with TheWrap, Fiennes was coy at first, not dropping the name of the film or its director, but provided enough clues to tip us off. (Waving your hands around like you’re holding a lightsaber isn’t exactly subtle.) “I auditioned for a great director,” Fiennes said as he began his story. “It was whittled down after many auditions to myself »

- Carli Velocci

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Cannes: France’s Mpm Film Takes Carolina Jabor’s ‘Liquid Truth’ (Exclusive)

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Cannes — Paris-based production-sales company Mpm Film has acquired worldwide rights outside South America to Carolina Jabor‘s “Liquid Truth.”

The feature marks the second fiction feature directorial outing by producer-director Jabor, who debuted with “Good Luck,” a box office hit, and also directed documentary “O mistério do samba.” One of the fast-rising women art film directors in Brazil, Jabor also has a cachet as a TV director, helming multiple episodes of Conspiraçao’s flagship TV hit, “The Invisible Woman.”

Produced by top Brazilian independent company Conspiraçao Filmes, whose credits include Andrucha Waddington’s “Lope,” omnibus feature “Rio, I Love You,” and Globo Filmes –the film arm of Brazilian media giant Globo, “Liquid Truth” was 100% financed by Globo using its access to Brazilian tax-break money.

The international sales agent deal was brokered by Ricardo Monastier for Mpm and Leonardo Barros for Conspiracao.

Based on a recent stage play by Catalan author »

- Emilio Mayorga and John Hopewell

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Blake Lively to Star in Thriller ‘The Husband’s Secret’ From ‘Big Little Lies’ Author

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Blake Lively is set to star in CBS Films’ thriller “The Husband’s Secret.”

Lively will also executive produce the film, with Chris Weitz, Paul Weitz, and Andrew Miano producing via their Depth of Field production company.


Blake Lively on Women in Hollywood, Directing and Possible ‘Gossip Girl’ Reunion

Based on “Big Little Lies” author Liane Moriarty’s novel, the story follows a wife, mother, and chronic perfectionist who inadvertently discovers that her husband has been keeping a secret from her for years … a secret that leads her to realize that her life is built on a foundation of lies and murder.

Liane Moriarty has established herself as one of the defining voices of the modern woman and Blake Lively’s unique combination of vulnerability, strength, and extraordinary talent makes her the perfect actress to realize Moriarty’s creation,” said CBS Films President Terry Press.

The book was published »

- Justin Kroll

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Eva Longoria Joins Anna Faris in ‘Overboard’ Remake

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Eva Longoria has joined the cast of the “Overboard” remake at MGM, sources have confirmed.

The film stars Anna Faris and Eugenio Derbez and is based on the 1987 romantic comedy starring Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn.

The remake will be co-directed and written by Rob Greenberg (“How I Met Your Mother”) and Bob Fisher (“We’re the Millers”). Ben Odell and Derbez will produce through their 3Pas Studios.

MGM partnered with Pantelion Films to co-produce, co-finance, and co-distribute the film, with Lionsgate handling domestic theatrical distribution. Production stars this May in Vancouver.

The original movie will be re-imagined with a reversal of the leading roles. The story will focus on a spoiled playboy from one of Mexico’s wealthiest families, portrayed by Derbez, who falls overboard off his yacht. He’s then convinced by Faris’ single, working-class mom that he’s her husband.

Longoria can currently be seen on the »

- Justin Kroll

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Bona Film Group and CAA Establish Film Fund

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Bona Film Group and CAA have launched a long-term film fund, with an initial $150 million investment. The fund will be co-managed by Bona and CAA, with a focus on financing English-language films for the global marketplace, Chinese co-productions, and Chinese-language films for the local market.

All films financed through the fund will be distributed in China by Bona Film Group; CAA will represent the North American and select international distribution rights to all films.

The announcement follows the news of Bona Film financing Roland Emmerich’s next film “Midway,” which is based on the famous World War II battle between U.S. and Japanese forces.

“With Bona, we have a strategic partner that brings an unmatched level of expertise of the Chinese film distribution landscape and a shared commitment to helping grow the Chinese film market,” said Roeg Sutherland, head of CAA’s Global Film Finance & Sales Group. “In addition »

- Justin Kroll

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Bona Film Group & CAA Say They Are Partnering On Film Fund Worth $150M

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Bona Film Group, the Chinese Company that had the biggest deal at this Cannes Film Festival with the $80M lead investment on director Roland Emmerich’s WWII battle film Midway for The Mark Gordon Co., has entered into an agreement with CAA. CAA and Bona Film Group announced the launch of a long-term film fund, with an initial $150 million investment. The first film from this fund is, of course, Midway. Both companies say that the fund will be co-managed by Bona and CAA… »

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Cannes Critics Week Awards: ‘Makala,’ ‘Gabriel and the Mountain’ Take Top Honors

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The top two awards at Cannes Critics Week went to “Makala,” the second documentary from Emmanuel Gras, and the Fellipe Gamarano Barbosa drama “Gabriel and the Mountain” on Thursday.

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Makala” is an intimate portrait of Kabwita Kasongo, a family man in the Congo who works in charcoal production. The film won the Nespresso Grand Prize, while “Gabriel and the Mountain” won the Visionary prize and Fondation Gan award. “Gabriel and the Mountain” follows a young man named Gabriel Buchmann who travels the world for a  year before enrolling in college in the U.S., ultimately arriving in Kenya and reaching the top of Mount Mulanje, Malawi, “his last destination.” The film is based on the true story of a man who was found dead in the mountains of Malawi in 2009.

Léa Mysius’ “Ava,” the oming-of-age story »

- Graham Winfrey

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T.J. Miller Won’t Be Returning For ‘Silicon Valley’ Season 5

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Fans of HBO‘s tech comedy “Silicon Valley” got a mix of good news and some surprising bad news today. The good? The hit program has been renewed for a fifth season. The bad? Erlich Bachman will not be back.

The network has revealed that T.J. Miller, who plays the scruffy entrepreneur on the series, will not be returning, though it seems both sides are amicable about the situation.

Continue reading T.J. Miller Won’t Be Returning For ‘Silicon Valley’ Season 5 at The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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10 Great Fiction Podcasts to Listen to Right Now

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Perhaps your average idea of a podcast is a public radio news program, with longform journalism uncovering a hidden area of everyday life. Maybe it’s an interview show, where hosts dig into the personal and professional lives of experts in any number of fields. Your favorite might even be a show where a handful of people talk about their favorite bits of pop culture — of which IndieWire has a few! — every week.

Beyond those podcasting subgenres is an emerging world of quality audio fiction, scripted programming that follows a carefully crafted story arc. Sometimes these shows are episodic, stretching over years’ worth of episodes. Others are less straightforward spins on a theatrical premise. There are enough shows out there to flood your queue, but for now, here are 10 quality podcasts worth subscribing to (if you haven’t already).


Some scripted podcasts use a lush production design to approximate a particular time and place. »

- Steve Greene

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‘Marvel’s Avengers’ Season 4 to Feature “Secret Wars” Storyline

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Plus, six animated shorts which will introduce new Avengers team members like Captain Marvel, Black Panther, Ms. Marvel, Ant-Man, Wasp, and Vision. »

- Dave Trumbore

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Oh, the Bachmanity! T.J. Miller Leaving ‘Silicon Valley’ Ahead of Season 5

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Where will the show be without its pompous stoner and his incubator? »

- Matt Goldberg

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The Past and Future of Rey and Luke Skywalker’s Lightsabers in ‘Star Wars’

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A lightsaber is the weapon of a Jedi Knight, an elegant weapon for a more civilized age. Since the lightsaber of Anakin Skywalker that was handed down to Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) was one of the driving forces of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, this specific weapon has become more important than ever, especially for […]

The post The Past and Future of Rey and Luke Skywalker’s Lightsabers in ‘Star Wars’ appeared first on /Film. »

- Ethan Anderton

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‘Makala’ Review: Emmanuel Gras’ Critics’ Week Prizewinner Is a Labor of Love About Back-Breaking Labor

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Makala means charcoal in Swahili, and a suitable subtitle for Emmanuel Gras’ Critics’ Week selection might have been “Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Charcoal (But Were Too Afraid to Ask).” One of those sly, low-key films whose early scenes will leave you unsure whether you’re watching a documentary or a drama marked by a docu-real aesthetic, “Makala’s” depiction of back-breaking labor is as no-frills as the work itself.

Gras’ documentary introduces its slow-cinema vibe by devoting several minutes to observing 28-year-old Kabwita fell a mighty tree in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. When it finally topples over, the sound reverberates throughout the surrounding brush as though the earth itself is mourning the loss.

Read More: ‘The Florida Project’ Review: Sean Baker’s ‘Tangerine’ Followup Delivers — Cannes 2017

This tree-chopping isn’t recreational, of course — it accounts for a vital part of Kabwita’s livelihood as a charcoal producer. »

- Michael Nordine

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Christopher McQuarrie Says ‘Mission: Impossible 6’ Is Going To A “More Emotionally Dramatic Place”

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Across five films, “Mission: Impossible” has unapologetically established itself as the espionage franchise where you come to see big spectacular stunts all loosely connected by a story you’ll forget about five minutes after you leave the cinema (seriously, can anybody break down the plot of ‘Rogue Nation‘ without looking it up?). Audiences pay to come see Tom Cruise do the, well, impossible, but Christopher McQuarrie wants to try and change things up for the next installment.

Continue reading Christopher McQuarrie Says ‘Mission: Impossible 6’ Is Going To A “More Emotionally Dramatic Place” at The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘Broadchurch’ Season 3 Trailer: Olivia Colman and David Tennant Return to Solve One Last Crime

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Detective Sergeant Ellie Miller and Detective Inspector Alec Hardy are back to investigate one last case. BBC America has released the trailer for the third and final season of its drama series “Broadchurch,” which centers on the murder investigation of 11-year-old Danny Latimer in the once-sleepy seaside town of Dorset, England. The series is created by Chris Chibnall (“Camelot,” “Gracepoint”) and stars Olivia Colman and David Tennant as the detective duo.

Read More: The 20 Best TV Crime Shows of the 21st Century, Ranked

Season 3 picks up three years after the end of the second season, and five years after the beginning of the series. The new chapter finds the detectives investigating a new crime: a violent sexual assault, which may or may not be related to Danny’s murder. The returning cast includes Jodie Whittaker and Andrew Buchan as Beth and Mark LatimerArthur Darvill as Vicar Paul Coates, Carolyn Pickles »

- Yoselin Acevedo

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