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‘Spotlight’ Director Tom McCarthy Eyeing ‘Timmy Failure’ at Disney

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

Spotlight” writer-director Tom McCarthy is in talks to direct an adaptation of the children’s book “Timmy Failure” for Disney.

McCarthy would also co-write the pic with the book’s author, Stephan Pastis.

The popular book series centers on an 11-year-old boy who believes he is the best detective in town and runs the agency Total Failure Inc. with his partner, a 1,200-pound, imaginary polar bear, and his sidekick Rollo Tookus.

Jim Whitaker, who has a strong track record with the studio producing such tentpoles as “Pete’s Dragon” and “A Wrinkle in Time,” will produce.

Though better known for his adult fare like “Win Win” and “Spotlight,” McCarthy has always been drawn to family friendly stories, going back to when he penned the baseball movie “Million Dollar Arm.” He recently did a rewrite on “Christopher Robin,” a live-action take on the “Winnie the Pooh” tale, and was also a writer on Pixar’s “Up. »


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Wes Anderson’s Next Movie ‘Isle of Dogs’ Gets Poster, Premiere Date

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Wes Anderson’s upcoming film “Isle of Dogs” got a brand new poster on Tuesday, along with a premiere date — April 20, 2018.

The animated film — which has a massive, star-studded cast including Wes Anderson regulars Edward Norton, Bill Murray, and Jeff Goldblum as well as virgins of the auteur Bryan Cranston and Liev Schreiber — is set in Japan and follows a boy’s odyssey to find his dog.

As such, the poster features the Japanese language translations of all of the billings, as well as the title in massive red characters.

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While the stop-motion film’s plot may sound ordinary, in typical Wes Anderson fashion, it’s sure to be creative. For starters, a video released in December revealed that the dogs talk.

The poster features five of the dogs, although it is not identified which actor voices which pup. »


- Erin Nyren

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Adam Sandler, Chris Rock to Star in Netflix's 'The Week Of'

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Adam Sandler and Chris Rock are set to star in Netflix's The Week Of, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

The Grown Ups actors will reunite in the comedy directed by frequent Happy Madison collaborator Robert Smigel, who co-wrote the script with Sandler. It centers on the week before a wedding in which their characters' kids get married. The film will begin production in Long Island, New York this summer, and debut on Netflix globally in 2018.

Sandler and Allen Covert will produce for Happy Madison, with Barry Bernardi and Tim Herlihy serving as executive producers.

The Week Of is the final title »


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Madonna Doesn’t Approve of Movie About Her Life: ‘Only I Can Tell My Story’

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Madonna has condemned Universal for its planned movie about her life. On Monday, the studio announced it had picked up rights to Elyse Hollander’s script for “Blonde Ambition,” a biopic about the rise of the famed pop star. Hollander’s script was ranked No. 1 on the Blacklist, a list of the best screenplays in Hollywood that have yet to be produced.

Madonna had remained silent on the project until Tuesday, when she took to Instagram to voice her displeasure. “Nobody knows what I know and what I have seen, »


- Nigel M. Smith

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Disney Dates ‘Lion King’ and ‘Frozen 2,’ Pushes Fifth ‘Indiana Jones’ Film to 2020

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Disney dated a slew of films on Tuesday, including “Star Wars: Episode IX,” the live-action “Lion King” reboot, and “Frozen 2.” It also moved the release dates for “Indiana Jones,” “Wreck-It Ralph 2,” “Wrinkle in Time,” and others.

Here’s the studio’s full release schedule:

Untitled Disney Fairy Tale (Live Action) previously dated on 7/28/17 moves to 8/3/18

Ralph Breaks The Internet: Wreck-it Ralph 2 (3D) is final title of previous Wreck-it Ralph Sequel – previously dated on 3/9/18 moves to 11/21/18

A Wrinkle In Time (3D) previously dated on 4/6/18 moves to 3/9/18

Magic Camp is final title of previous Untitled Disney Live Action – previously dated on 8/3/18 now moves up to 4/6/18

Gigantic (3D) previously dated on 11/21/18 moves to 11/25/20

Star Wars: Episode IX (3D) now dated on 5/24/19

Untitled Indiana Jones previously dated on 7/19/19 moves to 7/10/20

The Lion King (Live Action) (3D) now dated on 7/19/19

Untitled Disney Live Action now dated on »


- Maane Khatchatourian

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Michael K. Williams Joins Chris Evans in True-Life Drama ‘Red Sea Diving Resort’ (Exclusive)

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The Wire” star Michael K. Williams is in negotiations to join Chris Evans and Haley Bennett in “Red Sea Diving Resort.”

Previously titled “Operation Resort,” the film will be written and directed by “Tyrant” executive producer Gideon Raff. Bron Studios, which backed “Fences,” is fully financing the movie. Alexandra Milchan is on board to produce “Red Sea Diving Resort,” which begins shooting this summer.

Raff had originally sold the pitch to Fox Searchlight, but recently put it back on the market, with Bron Studios now coming on to finance.

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Han Solo Spinoff Eyes Michael K. Williams in Key Role (Exclusive)

The film is based on the 1981 rescue of Ethiopian Jews from Sudan. The story picks up in 1977, when Israel’s Mossad spy agency was given an assignment far different from its usual cloak-and-dagger activities. It was ordered by then-Prime Minister Menachem Begin to rescue thousands of Jewish men and »


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Alexandra Shipp Boards Simon Kaijser’s Thriller ‘Spinning Man’

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Exclusive: Alexandra Shipp, last seen as young Storm in X-Men: Apocalypse, is set to co-star in the upcoming psychological thriller Spinning Man, from director Simon Kaijser. She joins Pierce Brosnan, Guy Pearce and Minnie Drive in the pic written by Matthew Aldrich, with filming slated to begin this week. Based on George Harrar’s novel, the pic follows Evan Birch, a professor and family man, whose past reveals a number of illicit relations with his students. When a young… »


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Netflix’s ‘Outlaw King’ May Reunite ‘Hell or High Water’ Stars Chris Pine & Ben Foster

23 hours ago | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

David Mackenzie’s sweaty western heist film Hell or High Water was ripped straight from the headlines last year, depicting the aftermath of the mortgage crisis as a Robin Hood-style revenge thriller. It resonated with audiences and critics alike, earning four Oscar nods and catapulting Mackenzie to a higher level of recognition. For his follow-up film, Mackenzie is looking to reteam with stars Chris […]

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- Ben Pearson

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Chris Pratt Gives ‘Suicide Squad’ Some Critical Tips; Zoe Saldana Delivers An ‘Avengers’ Spoiler?

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Only yesterday, we learned that one of the reasons that the title for the fourth “Avengers” movie in 2019 hasn’t been revealed yet, despite the film being two years away, is that Kevin Feige considers it to be something of a spoiler for future “Avengers” movies. Well, nobody gave the memo to Zoe Saldana, who even before the day was out might have managed to spill the beans on that secret title.

Continue reading Chris Pratt Gives ‘Suicide Squad’ Some Critical Tips; Zoe Saldana Delivers An ‘Avengers’ Spoiler? at The Playlist. »


- Oliver Lyttelton

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Faye Dunaway Felt ‘Very Guilty’ About Best Picture Mistake at the Oscars

24 April 2017 5:17 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Faye Dunaway is finally speaking out about her role in #EnvelopeGate, two months after the now-infamous 89th Academy Awards best picture gaffe.

The Oscar-winning “Network” actress sat down with anchor Lester Holt on “NBC Nightly News” Monday, recounting the moments leading up to the mistake.

Dunaway and co-presenter Warren Beatty were responsible for announcing the night’s final award when she accidentally called out “La La Land” instead of “Moonlight.”

“[Beatty] took the card out, and he didn’t say anything. He paused, he looked over me, off-stage, he looked around, and I finally said, ‘You’re impossible.’ I thought he was joking! A dramatic pause.”

The confusion was cleared up moments later when the “La La Land” producers were informed they had lost, prompting both movies’ casts and crews to awkwardly crowd the stage.

While the mix-up »


- JD Knapp

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David Puttnam calls for strong EU links and Vpf wind-down

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Fda president also calls for a senior indie distributor to be appointed to the BFI board.

As Brexit continues to pose fundamental questions to the industry a year after the UK voted to leave the European Union, veteran British producer and Film Distributors’ Association (Fda) president David Puttnam has called for Britain to remain in the EU’s Media programme.

Speaking to Screen after delivering his annual keynote address to the Fda, he expressed his confidence it may now be possible for the country to remain in the EU initiative, which provides funding to support the development and distribution of films.

“A soft Brexit, which becomes more possible because of the election, would incorporate things like university research. If we manage to create an environment in which it was accepted that British universities would engage with the Leonardo Programme and all those university programmes, I can well imagine this (the Media Programme) being bundled in with that »


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

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Will Smith To Battle His Younger Clone In Ang Lee’s ‘Gemini Man’

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When he’s not being a renowned cinephile who’ll spend most of May on the Cannes jury debating the merits of the new Andrey Zvyagintsev with Alain Resnais’ muse Agnès Jaoui, Will Smith is also a movie star. But the man who was once the unquestionable box office king of Hollywood has had an atypically rough patch of it lately.

Suicide Squad” was a rare bright spot last year — indeed, his second biggest grossing movie worldwide after “Independence Day.” But it was also an ensemble superhero movie, and got lousy reviews, so doesn’t entirely recover the star’s lustre, especially with a string of flops — “After Earth,” “Focus,” “Concussion,” “Collateral Beauty” — and with his go-to franchises of “Men In Black” and “Bad Boys” either rebooting away from him, or floundering in development hell.

Continue reading Will Smith To Battle His Younger Clone In Ang Lee’s ‘Gemini Man’ at The Playlist. »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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The unsung women of Star Wars: buns, a dead Obi-Wan and the script doctor

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Showbusiness might, as Carrie Fisher wrote, be a man’s meal, but a group of women played a crucial role in creating the blockbuster franchise

‘It’s a man’s world,and showbusiness is a man’s meal,” Carrie Fisher once wrote, “with women generously sprinkled through it like overqualified spice.” It certainly was a man’s galaxy. George Lucas’s first Star Wars film, which turns 40 on 25 May after being retitled A New Hope in 1983, features just two women characters with speaking parts: Aunt Beru and Princess Leia Organa. Behind the camera, female faces were just as scarce. When 19-year-old Fisher turned up for her first day on set at Elstree Studios in 1976, she noticed only three other women. “The crew was mostly men. That’s how it was and that’s how it pretty much still is.” Though few and far between, the unsung women of Star Wars »

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First image: Juliette Binoche in Claire Denis' 'Let The Sunshine In'

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English title for Un Beau Soleil Intérieur, set to open directors’ fortnight, also announced.

The first image and the English-language title for the new Claire Denis film have been unveiled.

The still from Let The Sunshine In (Un Beau Soleil Intérieur), which will open Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes, depicts star Juliette Binoche lying down on a bed.

The movie - formerly known as Dark Glasses - is adapted from Roland Barthes’ A Lover’s Discourse: Fragments and also stars Gérard Depardieu, Bruno Podalydès and Josiane Balasko.

The 1977 novel is seen from a lover’s point-of-view and explores the language of love, drawing upon a number of different philosophers.

Paris-based Films Distribution is handling international sales on the title which was produced by Olivier Delbosc’s Curiosa Films.

Directors’ Fortnight Artistic director Edouard Waintrop said of the film: “What touched us is that it marks a radical change in tone for Claire Denis. We like it »


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First image: Juliette Binoche in Claire Denis's 'Let The Sunshine In'

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English title for Un Beau Soleil Intérieur, set to open directors’ fortnight, also announced.

The first image and the English-language title for the new Claire Denis film have been unveiled.

The still from Let The Sunshine In (Un Beau Soleil Intérieur), which will open Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes, depicts star Juliette Binoche lying down on a bed.

The movie - formerly known as Dark Glasses - is adapted from Roland Barthes’ A Lover’s Discourse: Fragments and also stars Gérard Depardieu, Bruno Podalydès and Josiane Balasko.

The 1977 novel is seen from a lover’s point-of-view and explores the language of love, drawing upon a number of different philosophers.

Paris-based Films Distribution is handling international sales on the title which was produced by Olivier Delbosc’s Curiosa Films.

Directors’ Fortnight Artistic director Edouard Waintrop said of the film: “What touched us is that it marks a radical change in tone for Claire Denis. We like it »


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First Look At Juliette Binoche In Claire Denis’ Cannes-Bound ‘Let The Sunshine In’

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These are undoubtedly dark times, and we need every bit of lightness that we can get. Even Claire Denis seems to think so. The great French director is known principally for her wrenching dramas and searing indictments of colonialist France, but when her sci-fi collaboration with writer Zadie Smith, set to star Robert Pattinson, was delayed again, she pivoted to something that she’s never really tried before: a comedy.

Continue reading First Look At Juliette Binoche In Claire Denis’ Cannes-Bound ‘Let The Sunshine In’ at The Playlist. »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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Coffee, Saki and Ambien: Writer/Director Richard Shepard on His Tribeca ’17 Short Film, Tokyo Project

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An unexpected pleasure at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, Tokyo Project is a romantic drama with a psychological twist starring Elisabeth Moss and Ebon Moss-Bacharach and directed by Richard Shepard, whose career traverses dark comedies like The Matador and Dom Hemingway as well as some of the most memorable episodes of TV’s Girls. But what’s unexpected about this story of two American wanderers who hook up in Tokyo while both seemingly escaping their normal lives is, simply, its existence. The half-hour work is beautifully acted and shot (by Giles Nuttgens), coursing with a kind of romantic cinephilia, and, unlike other […] »

- Scott Macaulay

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Votd: How ‘Rick and Morty’ Evolved from an Attempt to Troll Major Movie Studios

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Rick and Morty is one of the best television shows on air right now. While the animated antics on the Adult Swim series are undoubtedly crass and vulgar, the writing on the show is sharp, witty and has some of the best sci-fi satire that TV has ever seen. Many fans of Rick and Morty […]

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- Ethan Anderton

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IMAX strikes five theatre agreement with India’s PVR

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Baahubali 2: The Conclusion set for release in IMAX on April 28.

Big screen exhibitor IMAX Corporation has signed a five-theatre agreement with Indian cinema chain PVR.

The deal will double PVR’s IMAX footprint to ten screens, which will be built in a combination of new and existing complexes and are expected to all be completed by the end of 2019.

PVR, which operates 126 cinemas in 50 cities, will now be IMAX’s largest partner in India.

IMAX has been busy expanding its India footprint, signing 10 theatre agreements since April 2016. The latest agreement will take the total number of IMAX theatres in the country to 26, with 11 currently open.

Upcoming IMAX releases in India include big budget fantasy sequel Baahubali 2: The Conclusion [pictured], which is out on April 28.

“India is becoming a very important market for us,” commented IMAX CEO Richard Gelfond, “We’ve been trying to develop the Indian market for 15 years, and now finally »


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

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Sequel Bits: ‘Mission: Impossible 6’, ‘Insidious: Chapter 4’, ‘Beauty and the Beast 2’ & More

1 hour ago | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

For this round of Sequel Bits, we’ve got: A first look at Henry Cavill on the set of Mission: Impossible 6 Chris Pratt debunks a popular Jurassic World theory Insidious: Chapter 4 gets pushed back to 2018 Dan Stevens talks Beauty and the Beast 2 possibilities The ABC TV movie Life-Size is finally getting the […]

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- Ethan Anderton

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