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'Empire' Co-Creator Danny Strong to Pen 'Oliver Twist' Movie for Disney, Ice Cube

'Empire' Co-Creator Danny Strong to Pen 'Oliver Twist' Movie for Disney, Ice Cube
Danny Strong, co-creator of Fox's Empire, has been tapped to pen Disney’s modern and musical take on Charles DickensOliver Twist, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

Thomas Kail, the Tony-winning director of Hamilton, is attached to helm the project, which has Ice Cube on board to star and produce.

Also producing are Marc Platt, the veteran movie producer who was behind Broadway’s hit musical Wicked, and Jeff Kwatinetz of The Firm.

Oliver Twist is one of Dickens’ most famous works and tells of an orphan boy who moves from a life as an exploited child laborer to being under the wings of Fagin, a leader of...
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Billy Bob Thornton, Carla Juri Join 'Million Little Pieces' Movie

Billy Bob Thornton, Carla Juri Join 'Million Little Pieces' Movie
Billy Bob Thornton, Blade Runner 2049 actress Carla Juri and Charlie Hunnam have joined Aaron Taylor-Johnson in the adaptation of A Million Little Pieces.

Sam Taylor-Johnson, who directed 2015’s Fifty Shades of Grey, is behind the camera for the adaptation of the James Frey best-seller that is being financed by Brad Weston’s Makeready Films.

Weston is producing along with The Picture Company partners Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman.

The book was for years set up at Warner Bros., but the Taylor-Johnson husband-and-wife team extricated it. Million Little Pieces became controversial after Frey was exposed for inventing or embellishing...
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Machine Gun Kelly to Play Tommy Lee in Netflix’s Motley Crue Biopic ‘The Dirt’

Machine Gun Kelly to Play Tommy Lee in Netflix’s Motley Crue Biopic ‘The Dirt’
Colson Baker, known by his stage name Machine Gun Kelly, has been tapped to play Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee in Netflix’s adaptation of the band’s biography “The Dirt.”

Jeff Tremaine, who helmed the “Jackass” movies, is directing the film from a script by Rich Wilkes and Tom Kapinos. Julie Yorn, Erik Olsen, and Allen Kovac are producing, while Chris Nilsson, Steve Kline, and Rick Yorn are exec producing. Members of Motley Crue are co-producing.

Based on the 2001 autobiography “The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band,” the movie follows the group’s rise during the ’80s “hair band” rock scene on the Sunset Strip and pulls no punches as it dives into the band’s highs and lows along the way. Motley Crue played its final concert on New Year’s Eve in 2015 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

The band was formed in L.A. and released
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'Toy Story 4' Finds Its Writer

'Toy Story 4' Finds Its Writer
Toy Story 4 has found its writer. 

Stephany Folsom, who recently had a feud with Marvel after being denied a "Story by" credit on Thor: Ragnarok, has been tapped to write the script for the upcoming fourth installment of the long-running Pixar franchise, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. 

Rashida Jones was initially attached as writer for the film, along with her writing partner Will McCormack, but she left the project last year. It was initially reported that Jones decided to step away from the project because of unwanted advances from Pixar head John Lasseter, who took a leave...
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Netflix Acquires ‘Sierra Burgess Is a Loser’ Starring ‘Stranger Things’ Actress Shannon Purser

Netflix Acquires ‘Sierra Burgess Is a Loser’ Starring ‘Stranger Things’ Actress Shannon Purser
Netflix has acquired “Sierra Burgess Is A Loser,” a feature film from Black Label Media.

Ian Samuels directed the pic with Lindsey Beer penning the script. The movie stars “Stranger Things” actress Shannon Purser, Rj Cyler, Kristine Froseth, Noah Centineo, Chrissy Metz, Alan Ruck, and Lea Thompson.

The film is a modern rom-com retelling of the story of Cyrano de Bergerac, set in high school. It centers on Sierra (Purser), an intelligent teen who does not fall into the shallow definition of high school pretty but, in a case of mistaken identity that results in unexpected romance, must team with the popular girl (Froseth) in order to win her crush.

The film is produced and fully financed by Black Label Media, with Molly Smith, Rachel Smith, Trent Luckinbill, and Thad Luckinbill serving as producers. Wme brokered the deal.

Best known as Barb in Season 1 of Netflix’s “Stranger Things,” Purser can be seen next in NBC’s drama
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Competition Will be Stiff for New Releases With 'Jumanji' Set to Remain #1

Competition Will be Stiff for New Releases With 'Jumanji' Set to Remain #1
This weekend sees Warner Bros.'s 12 Strong and STX's R-rated heist thriller Den of Thieves hitting theaters, both of which are targeting male audiences, which means they'll also have to contend with the NFL conference championship games this Sunday. Additionally, a couple of notable expansions are taking place this weekend along with Roadside's moderate release of Forever My Girl. That being said, all appear as if they'll be settling in behind last weekend's #1 and #2 films, as Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and The Post are expected to hold on to those top two spots. Jumanji topped last weekend's box office after dropping just 24.5%, and this weekend it should continue to hold on rather well. While we're currently anticipating a drop around 32% and a fifth weekend around $19 million, don't be surprised if it hangs on a little better than that. The film should top $315 million domestically by end of day Sunday,
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‘Justice League’ Blu-Ray Details and Box Art Revealed; No Zack Snyder Cut

‘Justice League’ Blu-Ray Details and Box Art Revealed; No Zack Snyder Cut
Fans clamoring to see the non-existent Zack Snyder cut of Justice League will be bummed to discover that Snyder’s iteration of the film, which almost certainly was never finalized, is not included on the home video release. Indeed, the Justice League Blu-ray details include a bunch of behind-the-scenes featurettes, but really nothing substantial to speak of. Unsurprisingly there’s no director’s commentary, no extended cut, and only a single deleted scene: “The Return of Superman.” While it’s true that Zack Snyder traditionally creates director’s extended cuts of his films—and the extended …
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Stanley Tucci Joins Rosamund Pike, Jamie Dornan in ‘A Private War’ (Exclusive)

Stanley Tucci Joins Rosamund Pike, Jamie Dornan in ‘A Private War’ (Exclusive)
Stanley Tucci has enlisted in “A Private War,” the upcoming movie about famed war correspondent Marie Colvin, Variety has learned. He joins Rosamund Pike (“Gone Girl”), Jamie Dornan (“Fifty Shades of Grey”), and Tom Hollander (“The Night Manager”) in the picture. Pike plays Colvin, and Dornan photographer Paul Conroy.

Based on a Vanity Fair article by Marie Brenner, the film follows the exploits of American-born Brit Colvin, who was tragically killed in Homs, Syria, in 2011. It takes in her fearless work in war-torn locales including Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, and Syria, which are juxtaposed with her home life back in London.

“A Private War” is BAFTA, DGA and Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Matthew Heineman’s first narrative project after helming feature documentaries including “Cartel Land” and “City of Ghosts.” Arash Amel (“Grace of Monaco”) penned the script.

Little is yet known about Tucci’s character in the film, but he will figure in the London part of the project
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Box Office Preview: '12 Strong' To Challenge 'Jumanji's' Reign

Box Office Preview: '12 Strong' To Challenge 'Jumanji's' Reign
As the family-friendly fantasy film Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle attempts to hang on to the top spot at the domestic box office for the third weekend in a row, it is facing off against a challenge from 12 Strong, which follows a Special Forces team into battle in Afghanistan in the wake of 9/11. Both films could take in about $15 million or more before the dust settles.

So far, Sony’s Jumanji has proven to be unexpectedly resilient. In both its third and fourth weekends it fell by just 25 percent during each frame. The fall-off is expected to...
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'Handmaid's Tale' Actress Ann Dowd Has 5 Films at Sundance

'Handmaid's Tale' Actress Ann Dowd Has 5 Films at Sundance
The Handmaid's Tale Emmy winner Ann Dowd is appearing in a quintet of world premieres, all shot in the past 11 months — from horror (Ari Aster's Hereditary) to crime thriller (Bart Layton's American Animals) to drama (Silas Howard's A Kid Like Jake, Christina Choe's Nancy, Sebastian Silva's Tyrel).

"I have a wonderful manager and agent, Marsha McManus and Gary Gersh, who were so generous in trying to work the schedules...
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EuropaCorp Being Circled By Potential Buyers, Investors (Exclusive)

EuropaCorp Being Circled By Potential Buyers, Investors (Exclusive)
Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp is being circled by potential buyers and investors as it struggles to climb out from under a mountain of debt. Among the suitors, sources say, is business tycoon Tarak Ben Ammar, a shareholder in The Weinstein Co. and a board member of Vivendi.

Hit by the disappointing performance of last year’s “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets,” EuropaCorp has directed its primary lender, JP Morgan, to find someone who can inject equity capital into the company, as well restructure and pay a portion of its debt. Several well-informed sources tell Variety that the company urgently needs to find a solid partner by March 30, which marks the end of its financial year. The company’s market capitalization fell to €57.4 million ($70.2 million) as of Thursday, while losses reached €119.9 million ($146.8 million) and its net debt skyrocketed to €230 million ($281.6 million) as of September.

JP Morgan currently holds EuropaCorp’s assets, including its valuable
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Bradford Dillman, Actor in 'Compulsion' and 'The Way We Were,' Dies at 87

Bradford Dillman, Actor in 'Compulsion' and 'The Way We Were,' Dies at 87
Bradford Dillman, who starred with Dean Stockwell in the taut 1959 crime drama Compulsion and portrayed Edmund in the original Broadway production of Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey Into Night, has died. He was 87.

Dillman died Tuesday in Santa Barbara due to complications from pneumonia, family spokesman Ted Gekis announced.

The lanky, dark-haired Dillman also played Robert Redford's best friend J.J. in The Way We Were (1973), and his daughter Pamela said that it was this movie that "perfectly captured the essence" of her father, particularly during the scene on a boat when the actors reminisce about their lives and best moments.

Dillman...
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Visit Films to handle sales on Sundance pair (exclusive)

Ryan Kampe will introduce films to Efm buyers in Berlin next month.

Source: Visit Films

New York-based Visit Films has acquired rights to two Sundance premieres, taking the world excluding Latin America and Scandinavia to The Queen Of Fear and the world excluding North America, Mexico, and Benelux to Time Share.

After their world premieres in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition section, Visit president Ryan Kampe and his team will present the films to Efm buyers in Berlin.

Argentine actress Valeria Bertuccelli (Xxy, A Boyfriend for My Wife) and Fabiana Tiscornia directed The Queen Of Fear (Argentina-Denmark), which premieres on Sunday.

Bertuccelli wrote the screenplay and stars in the Rei Cine and Patagonik production as a neurotic actress who attempts to distract herself from the fast-approaching opening night of her one-woman show. Diego Velázquez, Sary López, Gabriel Goity, and Dario Grandinetti round out the key cast.

Santiago Gallelli, Benjamin Domenech, and Matias Roveda produced
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‘Blindspotting’ Review: Daveed Diggs Tackles Race Relations in Living Color | Sundance 2018

Tackling race relations within the context of a film is no easy task. For one, there are great examples that already exist to which you’ll always be compared. Additionally, it’s not exactly a subject that strikes people as simple to unpack, or even discuss. And yet it’s one that should be discussed far more often, and with more complexity, than it is now, as the relationships between people with different skin colors—especially in the United States—often suffer due to a lack of dialogue, and thus a lack of understanding. Filmmaker Carlos López Estrada’s …
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‘Our New President’ Review: As Bad As Our Current President | Sundance 2018

Maxim Pozdorovkin’s “documentary” (I use that term in the loosest sense of the word) Our New President has ambitious goals, aiming to outline out how creating “fake realities” through propaganda ends up creating fake citizens, people who can buy into absurdity. Unfortunately, Pozdorovkin is either unwilling or uninterested in doing the hard work of making a compelling argument, instead just stringing together a bunch of clips from Russia Today (Rt) and Ntv, showing how the state’s power over journalism has created an endless string of mindless propaganda. Rather than provide any context, whether it be historical, academic, sociological, …
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‘Blindspotting’ Review: Daveed Diggs Is an Instant Movie Star in Intense, Uneven Oakland Buddy Movie — Sundance 2018

‘Blindspotting’ Review: Daveed Diggs Is an Instant Movie Star in Intense, Uneven Oakland Buddy Movie — Sundance 2018
There’s a brilliant scene in “Blindspotting” in which Collin (Daveed Diggs), a few days before ending his probation, has a terrible nightmare. Sitting in a neon-red courtroom presided over by the police officer he recently saw kill a man, Collin faces a metaphysical trial that embodies every ounce of frustration in his fragile life. It’s a tense collage of one man’s cluttered mind, his disdain for a system piled against him, and nothing else in the movie can compete with it.

See More:The 2018 IndieWire Sundance Bible: Every Review, Interview, and News Item Posted During the Festival

Directed by Carlos Lopez Estrada from Diggs and co-star Rafael Casal’s long-gestating, semi-autobiographical screenplay, “Blindspotting” offers up a handful of such astonishing moments throughout an otherwise straightforward look at two lower-class Oakland pals struggling to find their place in a sea of gentrification. Ultimately, the movie belongs to Diggs, a
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‘Arrow’ Recap: “Divided” – Uncivil War

At the end of 2017, with the midseason finale of Arrow, Team Arrow was fractured by betrayal and the machinations of this season's cerebral villain, Cayden James (Michael Emerson). At the beginning of 2018, things aren't much better. You could probably tell as much from the midseason premiere's title, "Divided", that the team wouldn't be able to get over their betrayals and trust issues that easily. That's a problem in and of itself, but the gathering of significant forces against Team Arrow make Oliver's position of isolation a much more perilous and personal one. …
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Paramount Network Will Take On FX and AMC By Rooting Itself In Middle America

Paramount Network’s first two big event series, “Waco” and “Yellowstone,” take place in the center of the country — and that’s not by accident. The newly rebranded channel, which flipped from its longtime identity as Spike today, may now sport the name of a big Hollywood studio. But its roots still lie in Nashville.

That’s what helped fuel a desire to make Paramount a premium basic cable network that perhaps appeals as much to the middle of the country as the coasts, which network president Kevin Kay said he hoped might set it apart from established competitors like FX and AMC. “Waco,” which premieres Jan. 24, stars Michael Shannon, Taylor Kitsch, John Leguizamo, Rory Culkin, Melissa Benoist, and Camryn Manheim, and tells the story of the real-life 1993 standoff between cult leader David Koresh and the FBI and Atf.

Yellowstone,” meanwhile, stars Kevin Costner as the nation’s largest ranch owner.
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Bradford Dillman Dies: Star Of Broadway, Film And TV Was 87

Bradford Dillman Dies: Star Of Broadway, Film And TV Was 87
Actor Bradford Dillman, who starred as Edmund in the original Broadway production of Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey Into Night and had an impressive film and TV career, died on January 16 in Santa Barbara, CA. He was 87 and suffered complications from pneumonia, according to Ted Gekis of Gekis-Ribera personal management. Dillman was also known as the co-star with Dean Stockwell in the 1959 crime drama Compulsion, where he played killer Arthur A. Straus, a role…
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Colin Firth Says He Will Not Work With Woody Allen Again Following Dylan Farrow Interview

Colin Firth Says He Will Not Work With Woody Allen Again Following Dylan Farrow Interview
Colin Firth is the latest actor to speak out against filmmaker Woody Allen.

In a statement to the Guardian, Firth, who appeared in Allen’s 2013 film “Magic in the Moonlight,” became the latest actor to declare that he would not work with Allen again. The actor also spoke out against Harvey Weinstein, who was executive producer on Firth’s film “The King’s Speech,” when sexual assault accusations against Weinstein came to light.

Firth’s statement coincides with the first television interview with Dylan Farrow in which she accused her stepfather of molesting her when she was 7 years old. Farrow previously penned an open letter accusing Allen of assault in 2014 and on op-ed piece in 2017 questioning why Allen has been allowed to continue to work in Hollywood and why the #MeToo movement was seemingly overlooking his actions. Allen has always denied the charges.

Following Farrow’s piece, actors Rachel Hall, Greta Gerwig, Mia Sorvino,
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