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‘Godless’ Review: An Excellent Cast & Stunning Imagery Elevate Netflix’s Dark Western

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Though Logan remains the best X-Men movie by a country mile, there is a blatant desperation in both Scott Frank's script and James Mangold's direction, centered specifically on the film's pedigree. Though their film stands on its own merits, at once riveting and emotionally devastating, Mangold and Frank strained to reiterate through dialogue, music, and visual gags that Logan belonged to the great tradition of Hollywood Westerns. This was obvious within the first 30 minutes of the film but the references continued on and became increasingly heavy-handed as the film went on, reaching an earnest …
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Genre, Indie and Blockbuster Directors Jostle for Awards Attention

Genre, Indie and Blockbuster Directors Jostle for Awards Attention
From Paul Thomas Anderson to Guillermo del Toro to Patty Jenkins, a wide variety of directors across genres are vying for attention this awards season.

Paul Thomas Anderson

“The Phantom Thread

Not a frame of Anderson’s latest has yet been seen by the public, nor is much known about it, but he’s the rare filmmaker whose name alone can stoke anticipation. The fact that this 1950s-set film about the fashion world also stars Daniel Day-Lewis, who plans to retire from acting, only piques interest further.

Darren Aronofsky

Mother!”

Easily the most divisive studio film of 2017, and presumably intentionally so, Aronofsky’s “Mother!” could curry favor among his fellow directors for the sheer boldness of his vision, as he and star Jennifer Lawrence ascend ever-escalating levels of madness.

Sean Baker

The Florida Project

An indie darling du jour thanks to his sleeper “Tangerine,” Baker returned with yet another warm, sly-humored study of
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City On A Hill: Kevin Bacon to star in new crime drama

David Crow Nov 14, 2017

Kevin Bacon will lead City On A Hill, a Showtime pilot from Ben Affleck about Boston crime in the 1990s...

In recent years, when one thinks of Boston, you would be forgiven if what springs to mind is crime drama. After all, Dennis Lehane has made a near cottage industry out of tough tales about tough guys in Dorchester or Southie, such as Gone Baby Gone and Mystic River. There was also Martin Scorsese’s The Departed and Ben Affleck’s The Town. Well Affleck and Mystic River’s Kevin Bacon want again to mine that lore while also reimagining a true crime saga for Showtime: City On A Hill.

Based on an idea originated by Affleck, who will executive produce, as well as fellow executive producer Chuck MacLean (Boston Strangler), City On A Hill will return to Beantown’s not so glorious days in the 1990s,
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Kevin Bacon, Aldis Hodge to Star in Ben Affleck and Matt Damon’s ‘City on a Hill’ Showtime Pilot

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Kevin Bacon, Aldis Hodge to Star in Ben Affleck and Matt Damon’s ‘City on a Hill’ Showtime Pilot
Kevin Bacon and Aldis Hodge are set to star in Showtime’s drama pilot, “City on a Hill,” which hails from Ben Affleck, Matt Damon and Jennifer Todd. “City on a Hill” is written and executive produced by Chuck MacLean, and directed and executive produced by Michael Cuesta. James Mangold will also serve as executive producer. Bacon will serve as co-executive producer. Production will begin in Boston later this year. Here’s the official “City on a Hill” description, per Showtime: In the early 90s, Boston was rife with violent criminals emboldened by local law enforcement agencies in which corruption and racism was the norm,
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Why This Could Be the Year That Best-Director Oscar Nominations Finally Tip Toward Women

Why This Could Be the Year That Best-Director Oscar Nominations Finally Tip Toward Women
Kevin Spacey’s Oscar chances, obliterated. Dustin Hoffman’s, gone. While we don’t yet have the hashtag, March 4, 2018 will be remembered as the year that the issue of sexual harassment took center stage at the Dolby Theatre.

If one of the historical perks of Hollywood stardom was the ability to misbehave without consequences, those days are over. Sony pulled Ridley Scott’s AFI Fest closer “All the Money in the World,” which was primed for an awards campaign around Spacey, now accused of multiple instances of sexual harassment and abuse.

While Hoffman presented a Hollywood Film Award Sunday night, it’s unlikely that his crusty New York patriarch will be in the running for “The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)” after multiple harassment claims — in addition to Meryl Streep’s own account of how he introduced himself by grabbing her breast. (Streep will move into Oscar mode as
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Why This Could Be the Year That Best-Director Oscar Nominations Finally Tip Toward Women

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Why This Could Be the Year That Best-Director Oscar Nominations Finally Tip Toward Women
Kevin Spacey’s Oscar chances, obliterated. Dustin Hoffman’s, gone. While we don’t yet have the hashtag, March 4, 2018 will be remembered as the year that the issue of sexual harassment took center stage at the Dolby Theatre.

If one of the historical perks of Hollywood stardom was the ability to misbehave without consequences, those days are over. Sony pulled Ridley Scott’s AFI Fest closer “All the Money in the World,” which was primed for an awards campaign around Spacey, now accused of multiple instances of sexual harassment and abuse.

While Hoffman accepted a Hollywood Film Award Sunday night, it’s unlikely that his crusty New York patriarch will be in the running for “The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)” after multiple harassment claims — in addition to Meryl Streep’s own account of how he introduced himself by grabbing her breast. (Streep will move into Oscar mode as
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Fox’s ‘Logan’ & ‘War For The Planet Of The Apes’ Teams Talk Franchise Endings — The Contenders

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Fox’s ‘Logan’ & ‘War For The Planet Of The Apes’ Teams Talk Franchise Endings — The Contenders
20th Century Fox tentpoles Logan and War for the Planet of the Apes both marked the end of an era for beloved characters. For Logan director James Mangold, the choice to end the stories of the X-Men franchise characters came from an artistic point of view. “We had a goal to make a more humane movie,” said Mangold told Dominic Patten at Deadline’s The Contenders event. “That Charles and Logan die at the end of the movies would be no big deal if it was any other movie. The…
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Hugh Jackman and Director James Mangold on the Powerful Performances in ‘Logan’

The following content has been sponsored by 20th Century Fox. Writer-director James Mangold’s “Logan” breaks many barriers of genre films. A serious drama with deep characterizations and superb performances, it marries modern special effects with traditional filmmaking and never loses narrative focus. Although the characters in “Logan” have superhuman abilities, at its heart, the story—a family drama about a father, son, and daughter—is filled with very human emotions and behavior: regret, moral ambivalence, and the desire to come to terms with life choices. “Logan” has the soul of a classic Western continuing the great tradition of the Western road movie—pictures as strong and diverse as “Shane,” “Thelma and Louise,” “Easy Rider,” “Bonnie and Clyde,” and, more recently, “Hell or High Water” and “Mad Max Fury Road.” Distributed by 20th Century Fox with a March 3 release, critics raved about the third solo film starring Wolverine—everyone’s
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Thor: Ragnarok writer working with James Mangold on X-23 script

Earlier this week Logan director James Mangold revealed that he is developing a spinoff to Hugh Jackman’s final X-Men outing focusing on Dafne Keen’s Wolverine clone Laura, a.k.a. X-23.

While the project is still in its very earliest stages, with Mangold beginning to work on the story, it has now been announced that he will be teaming up with Thor: Ragnarok writer Craig Kyle to pen the script.

I’ve been sitting on this news for months! One of the biggest secrets I’ve ever kept. https://t.co/GkJxv5Ic3i

Craig Kyle (@MrCraigKyle) October 25, 2017

Kyle has written extensively for Marvel, and is actually the co-creator of X-23 along with Chris Yost, having introduced the character in the animated series X-Men: Evolution. His other work includes all eight of the direct-to-video movies in the Marvel Animated Features line, as well as Wolverine and the X-Men.
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Ominous Teasers For The New Mutants Continue To Big Up The Film’s Horror Element

Now that Hugh Jackman has bid farewell to the X-Men franchise and Wolverine, 20th Century Fox is slowly gearing up for a brand new chapter in its elaborate mutant saga. Out with the old and in with the new, as the old saying goes.

It’s a venture that will see the launch of an X-23 spinoff under James Mangold and Craig Kyle, the author behind Dafne Keen’s Laura, along with a Drew Goddard-directed X-Force movie. Filming on that one is expected to commence late next year – or early 2019, as Josh Brolin cautioned – by which point Fox will have launched three high-profile tentpoles onto the big screen: Deadpool 2, X-Men: Dark Phoenix, and The New Mutants.

Out of that tantalizing trio, The New Mutants has caught our eye for its bold horror elements, not to mention the A-list cast of up-and-coming talent. Both were on full display during that unnerving first trailer,
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Hugh Jackman to Finally Wear Classic Wolverine Costume for Halloween?

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Hugh Jackman to Finally Wear Classic Wolverine Costume for Halloween?
Many thought Hugh Jackman would finally wear Wolverine's classic yellow and blue costume from the Marvel comics in Logan. This was before the first footage was ever revealed. In the movie, Wolverine never dons any costume at all featuring a much more realistic take on the character. As this was Jackman's final turn as the iconic mutant superhero, fans hopes were dashed, and all seemed lost. But perhaps we'll finally see Jackman in that iconic yellow and blue spandex after all.

In celebration of Halloween, Hugh Jackman shared a photo on social media that shows the actor shopping for costumes. He holds up an adult sized, albeit sort of chintzy looking, official Marvel costume depicting Wolverine in his classic colors. Trying to remain conspicuous in shades, he says this to fans.

"Just maybe I will finally wear blue and yellow spandex for my #halloweencostume

#tootall"

There's no size visible on the bag,
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Will Logan Earn Patrick Stewart An Oscar?

For 17 long, long years, Hugh Jackman brought Wolverine to life with such a raw intensity that it’s difficult to imagine anyone else donning those iconic adamantium claws anytime soon. That saga, one with many ups and downs, reached its conclusion back in March with the release of Logan, James Mangold’s poignant, R-rated finale that struck a chord with critics and X-Men fans the world over. And even now, many months since it first hit theatres, the film continues to find itself making headlines.

This time, it’s because 20th Century Fox has made their intention to give the flick a strong Oscar push quite clear, with the studio sending out “for your consideration” screeners to Academy voters last month. Where the film may find itself nominated (if at all) is currently unknown, but one award that producer Hutch Parker is really hoping for is that of Best Supporting Actor,
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Heroes: ‘Venom’ Begins Production!

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On this 188th episode of Heroes (October 25, 2017), Jon Schnepp is joined by Amy Dallen and Robert Meyer Burnett to bring you news from the world of Heroes and Villains and answer your Twitter questions which include: Venom begins Production! Minor Mutations Ben Mendelsohn may be the lead villain in Captain Marvel Gambit looks to cast Thieves and Assassins Guilds, and Mr.Sinister! A Logan X-23 spinoff movie with Dafne Keen is in the scripting phase according to James Mangold Jimmy Olsen himself Marc McClure cameos in Justice League! Kevin Feige confirms the retrun of Kork and Miek …
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Patrick Stewart Revisits ‘Logan’ And The Never Ending Goodbye To Professor X [Podcast]

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Sir Patrick Stewart is still waiting for his invite to the Dolby Theater and we’re (probably) running out of time. The legendary star of stage, little screen and big screen is a spry 77-years-old and while he’s as busy as ever it’s always worth noting that Father Time waits for now one. Stewart, who is a Grammy winner, Golden Globe and Emmy nominee, hasn’t had a lot of opportunities for award season consideration on the big screen over the years but there’s a chance that changes with James Mangold‘s “Logan.”

Stewart reprised the role of Professor X for likely the last time in a Wolverine film that turned out to be more grounded and realistic than any previous 20th Century Fox “X-Men” installment.

Continue reading Patrick Stewart Revisits ‘Logan’ And The Never Ending Goodbye To Professor X [Podcast] at The Playlist.
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X-23 Creator Will Help Script The Logan Spinoff Movie Alongside James Mangold

Still reeling from yesterday’s big scoop? We wouldn’t blame you.

Doing good on all those theories and half-hearted rumors about an X-23 spinoff, James Mangold announced via THR that he had begun work on a story outline involving Dafne Keen’s Laura, the undisputed breakout star of Logan.

Aside from citing the Patty Jenkins-directed Wonder Woman movie as a source of inspiration, Mangold stopped short of detailing too much, too soon. And for good reason. However that may be, we now have confirmation that Craig Kyle, writer on Thor: Ragnarok and the creator of X-23, will help pen the treatment for Fox’s newly-unveiled spinoff. It’s a project that has been gestating for months, according to Kyle’s Twitter feed, but there is perhaps no one better equipped to map out Laura’s X-Men future than the writer who created her in the first place.

Behind
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X-23 spin-off movie, Venom begins production, Michael Bay’s Dora the Explorer movie and more – Daily News Roundup

X-23 Script In The Works

After a stunning performance in this year’s Logan, James Mangold has revealed that the success of Wonder Woman may have opened the doors for an X-23 movie starring Dafne Keen. “Patty [Jenkins]’s success with that film only solidifies more for studios that there’s less to fear with a female protagonist,” said Mangold in an interview with THR. “The more that keeps getting hit home, that ends up giving me more space turning around and going, ‘Well, here we are with a female protagonist. That’s incredible. And what are we going to do with her?’ And that’s where we are with that [the Laura script] right now, dreaming.” Read more here.

Avengers 4 To Get Marvel

Speaking of female protagonists, and Kevin Feige has confirmed that Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel will feature in 2019’s Avengers 4. “We’re really focusing on Captain Marvel and the work
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'Logan' Spin-off Centered on X-23 (aka Laura) Moves Forward

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This has been an incredible year for superhero movies. Despite releasing in early March, Logan is still warmly remembered and widely discussed going into awards season. Director James Mangold’s hit film served as a passing of the torch within 20th Century Fox’s X-Men Cinematic Universe. As Logan (Hugh Jackman) and Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart) drove off into the proverbial sunset, a much younger group of mutants stepped onto the stage. Front and center was Laura, also known as X-23, played by newcomer Dafne Keen (above). It left many wondering when and where we’d see Laura show up again. In May we reported on X-23’s future in X-Men Cinematic Universe. At that time producer Hutch Parker spoke on the difficulty "to find a story that we think she...

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'Logan' Spin-off Centered on X-23 (aka Laura) Moves Forward

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This has been an incredible year for superhero movies. Despite releasing in early March, Logan is still warmly remembered and widely discussed going into awards season. Director James Mangold’s hit film served as a passing of the torch within 20th Century Fox’s X-Men Cinematic Universe. As Logan (Hugh Jackman) and Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart) drove off into the proverbial sunset, a much younger group of mutants stepped onto the stage. Front and center was Laura, also known...

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Why Hugh Jackman Is Excited About Recasting Wolverine

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Why Hugh Jackman Is Excited About Recasting Wolverine
Fans knew long before 20th Century Fox's Logan hit theaters this spring that it would be Hugh Jackman's final Wolverine performance, closing out his 17-year run as Wolverine. While it isn't clear when exactly it will happen, it seems inevitable that, at some point, 20th Century Fox will reboot the franchise with a younger actor as Logan, and while most fans may not be ready for that yet, Hugh Jackman has already come to terms with another actor portraying his iconic character. As it turns out, it was some advice given to him during production of the very first X-Men movie that has prepared him to say goodbye to this character.

What some fans may not know is that, we were almost quite close to having a much different Wolverine. British actor Dougray Scott was originally cast as Logan/Wolverine in the original 2000 film X-Men, but he was forced
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