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‘Endless Summer’ Filmmaker Bruce Brown Dies at 80

‘Endless Summer’ Filmmaker Bruce Brown Dies at 80
Documentary filmmaker Bruce Brown, known for surfing movie “Endless Summer,” died Sunday in Santa Barbara, Calif. of natural causes, his official website reported. He was 80.

Brown was born in San Francisco and grew up on Long Beach, Calif. before briefly moving to Hawaii where he began making films and worked with submarines for the U.S. Navy. Brown became a documentary filmmaker and released his first film “Slippery When Wet” in 1958. He was Oscar nominated for the 1971 motorcycle racing film “On Any Sunday,” on which Steve McQueen was a producer.

The 1966 “Endless Summer” was narrated by Brown and starring surfers and board shapers Mike Hynson and Robert August.
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Emily Rios Joins ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’; Craig Di Francia Cast In ‘Green Book’

Emily Rios Joins ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’; Craig Di Francia Cast In ‘Green Book’
Emily Rios has landed the key role of Victoria in Barry JenkinsMoonlight followup, If Beale Street Could Talk, which is currently in production. Starring KiKi Layne, the drama is based on James Baldwin's novel about Tish, a newly engaged Harlem woman who races against the clock to prove her lover's innocence while carrying their first child to term. Rios joins an impressive cast roaster that includes Stephan James, Colman Domingo, Brian Tyree Henry, Dave Franco, Ed…
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‘Creed 2’ Lands Director Steven Caple Jr.; Stallone Sits Out This Round

‘Creed 2’ Lands Director Steven Caple Jr.; Stallone Sits Out This Round
Though Sylvester Stallone was previously reported as being onboard to direct MGM/Warner Bros.' Creed 2, we now have word that Steven Caple Jr. (The Land) will be handling those duties. Stallone, who won a Golden Globe and earned an Oscar nomination for his role as Rocky Balboa in Ryan Coogler's Creed, will return to star alongside fighter Adonis Johnson, played by Michael B. Jordan. Caple will direct from a script by Stallone and Cheo Hodari Coker (Luke Cage). Variety reports that Caple Jr. was hand-picked by both Stallone and Jordan following the original Rocky's discussions with …
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Seth Rogen To Play Walter Cronkite In David Gordon Green’s ‘Newsflash’

Seth Rogen To Play Walter Cronkite In David Gordon Green’s ‘Newsflash’
You can’t pin down David Gordon Green, who loves to zig and zag between pictures. This year, he released the Boston marathon bombing pic “Stronger,” and he’s following it next year with the “Halloween” rebootquel. True to form, the filmmaker is pivoting yet again, with another project that finds him turning in a different direction.

Deadline reports that Green will direct “Newsflash,” but perhaps the most remarkable thing about the movie is that it will star Seth Rogen as legendary news anchor Walter Cronkite.
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Disney/Fox Deal Won’t Lure Hugh Jackman Back To Play Wolverine

Disney/Fox Deal Won’t Lure Hugh Jackman Back To Play Wolverine
By Christmas, it’s expected that Disney will officially announce their acquisition of Fox‘s movie and tv divisions, in a deal that’s reportedly worth north of $70 billion dollars. Fanboys are already starting to dream about the ways in which the X-Men can leap into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, however, the changed landscape won’t convince Hugh Jackman to return.

The actor hung up the claws as Wolverine — for real, finally — in this year’s gritty, R-rated sendoff, “Logan.” James Mangold‘s film gave Jackman and the character he’s played for years, in multiple films, the farewell they deserved.

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Conrad Brooks, Actor in 'Plan 9 From Outer Space' and Other Ed Wood Films, Dies at 86

Conrad Brooks, Actor in 'Plan 9 From Outer Space' and Other Ed Wood Films, Dies at 86
Conrad Brooks, the actor whose résumé of rotten movies includes Plan 9 From Outer Space and five other collaborations with cult writer-director Ed Wood, has died. He was 86.

Brooks died Wednesday after a series of health problems at Berkeley Medical Center in Martinsburg, West Virginia, family spokesman Edward Hopf told The Hollywood Reporter.

A native of Baltimore, Brooks first met Wood in 1947 while on a trip to Hollywood with his brothers. He then played four characters in the cross-dressing/transsexual docudrama Glen or Glenda (1953), which marked Wood's directorial debut.

The pair went on to work together in
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2017 Black List of the Best Unproduced Screenplays Unveiled (Updating Live)

2017 Black List of the Best Unproduced Screenplays Unveiled (Updating Live)
The 2017 Black List, the annual list of favorite unproduced screenplays based on an industry survey, are being unveiled this morning.

Eighty presenters are taking part in announcing the 76 screenplays that constitute the 13th annual Black List. Among those scheduled to participate are Jake Gyllenhaal, Margot Robbie, Rian Johnson, Don Cheadle and Lena Waithe.

Since The Black List’s creation in 2005, more than 325 of its scripts have been produced, and the films have grossed more than $26 billion at the worldwide box office.

Black List movies have won 50 Academy Awards, including four of the last nine best picture Oscars and 10 of the last 20...
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Female Directors Shut Out of Golden Globes Nominations

Female Directors Shut Out of Golden Globes Nominations
Despite a best picture, comedy or musical nomination for “Lady Bird” and widespread acclaim for its first-time director, Greta Gerwig, the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. stuck with an all-male group for the 2018 best director nominations.

In a year in which Patty Jenkins’ “Wonder Woman” and Dee Rees’ “Mudbound” also received universal praise — and in the case of “Wonder Woman,” massive box office as well, the slight was seen as significant.

Gerwig, who has acted in numerous films, had never directed a feature before “Lady Bird.” She did, however, score a screenplay nom for her original “Lady Bird” script. The Globes combine both adapted and original screenplays into one category.

The push to hire and recognize female directors has intensified in the wake of the Academy’s efforts to improve diversity and the massive sexual harassment scandals that are gripping Hollywood.

Instead, the HFPA nominated Guillermo del Toro, whose “The Shape of Water” had the most noms overall
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Golden Globes 2018: The Complete List of Nominees

Golden Globes 2018: The Complete List of Nominees
The 2018 Golden Globes nominees are in. Alfre Woodard, Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Bell, and Sharon Stone announced the names and titles early Monday from the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California. The actual January awards show also takes place at the hotel.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television Laura Dern, “Big Little LiesAnn Dowd, “The Handmaid’s Tale” Chrissy Metz, “This is UsMichelle Pfeiffer, “The Wizard of LiesShailene Woodley,
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'Coco' Threepeats, 'Disaster Artist' Soars and WB Tops $2 Billion

'Coco' Threepeats, 'Disaster Artist' Soars and WB Tops $2 Billion
Disney and Pixar's Coco topped the weekend box office for the third week in a row. In fact, the only shake-up in the weekend top five compared to the last two weeks is to see A24's The Disaster Artist landing in fourth position as it expanded into 840 theaters this weekend following its strong limited bow last week. As for the weekend's only new wide release, Broad Green's release of Just Getting Started struggled to finish over $3 million, barely eking into the top ten. With an estimated $18.6 million, Disney and Pixar's Coco topped the weekend box office as its domestic gross climbs to $135.5 million domestically. While the film's opening weekend was closer to that of 2000's Tangled, it has since started playing closer to Disney's Moana, which also topped the weekend box office for three straight weeks last year following its Thanksgiving debut prior to ceding the #1 spot to Rogue One.
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'BPM (Beats Per Minute),' 'Barbara' Top France's Lumiere Award Nominations

'BPM (Beats Per Minute),' 'Barbara' Top France's Lumiere Award Nominations
Robin Campillo’s AIDS activist drama BPM (Beats Per Minute) leads the pack with six nominations for this year’s Lumiere Awards, with nods in the best film, best director and best acting categories, among others.

The film is France’s entry in the Oscar best foreign-language film category and took home the Grand Prize in Cannes earlier this year.

Mathieu Almaric’s Barbara, which was given a special award for artistry in the Un Certain Regard section in Cannes, and the comedy C’est la Vie, from Intouchables directors Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano, each scored four nominations.

The three will compete in the...
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'The Florida Project' Named Best Film by the San Francisco Film Critics Circle

'The Florida Project' Named Best Film by the San Francisco Film Critics Circle
The San Francisco Film Critics Circle has named The Florida Project as its best picture of 2017.

The Sean Baker-directed film about a mother and daughter living in a motel on the outskirts of Disney World was also recognized in the category of best supporting actor, with Willem Dafoe winning that award.

The Shape of Water earned two honors: best director (Guillermo del Toro) and best production design (Paul D. Austerberry).

Other noteworthy winners include: War for the Planet of the Apes' Andy Serkis for best actor; I, Tonya's Margot Robbie for best actress; Lady Bird's Laurie Metcalf for best...
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'The Florida Project,' 'Mudbound' Voted Best Picture by New York Film Critics Online

'The Florida Project,' 'Mudbound' Voted Best Picture by New York Film Critics Online
The Florida Project and Mudbound tied for best picture of 2017 in a vote Sunday by the New York Film Critics Online.

Dee Rees also was voted best director for Mudbound, while Willem Dafoe was named best supporting actor for The Florida Project.

In other awards, Darkest Hour's Gary Oldman and I, Tonya's Margot Robbie won for best actor and actress, respectively. Robbie's co-star Allison Janney was named best supporting actress.

Meanwhile, Jordan Peele won for best screenplay and best debut director for Get Out, and Timothée Chalamet was named breakthrough performer for Call Me by Your Name.

A...
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'Phantom Thread' Named Best Film by Boston Society of Film Critics

'Phantom Thread' Named Best Film by Boston Society of Film Critics
The Boston Society of Film Critics on Sunday named Phantom Thread as its best picture of 2017.

The group also recognized the film, which Daniel Day-Lewis has said will be his last project before retiring from acting, in two other categories: best director (Paul Thomas Anderson) and best original score (Jonny Greenwood).

The Boston critics bestowed two awards each on the well-reviewed films Lady Bird and Get Out. The former, a coming-of-age movie starring Saoirse Ronan, was recognized in the categories of best supporting actress (Laurie Metcalf) and best screenplay (writer-director Greta Gerwig), while the latter, a racially themed horror...
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Saudi Arabia Lifts Ban on Cinemas

Cinemas are expected to return to Saudi Arabia for the first time in 35 years.

The Kingdom — undergoing seismic changes under new Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman — made the announcement Monday.

"As the industry regulator, the General Commission for Audiovisual Media has started the process for licensing cinemas in the Kingdom," Minister of Culture and Information Awwad bin Saleh Alawwad said in a statement. "We expect the first cinemas to open in March 2018.”

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, many insiders working in Saudi Arabia indicated that this move had been widely expected, with investors already having built cinemas...
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Iffam: ‘Newton’ Star Rajkummar Rao Signs Horror Comedy

Iffam: ‘Newton’ Star Rajkummar Rao Signs Horror Comedy
Rising star Indian actor Rajkummar Rao has signed an untitled film alongside actress Shraddha Kapoor (“Haseena Parkar”), by director duo Krishna D.K. and Raj Nidimoru (“A Gentleman”).

Principal photography will commence by the end of January 2018. Dinesh Vijan is producing for Maddock Films (“Hindi Medium”). Rao describes the film as an “out-of-the-box, raucous horror-comedy.”

Rao, who will receive one of the Variety Asian Actors to Watch award at Iffam later this week, is enjoying the best year of his career.

He is the star of political satire “Newton,” which was released in India in late September on the day it was announced that it would be India’s entry in Oscar’s foreign language category. It not only racked up the box office numbers, but also won Rao best actor at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards.

Survival drama “Trapped” released in March and alongside enormous critical acclaim, performed well at the box office.

Romantic comedy
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Daily Podcast: Spoiler-Free Last Jedi Reactions, Mark Hamill Interview, Golden Globe Nominations & More

Daily Podcast: Spoiler-Free Last Jedi Reactions, Mark Hamill Interview, Golden Globe Nominations & More
On the December 11, 2017 episode of /Film Daily, Peter Sciretta is joined by /Film writers Chris Evangelista and Hoai-Tran Bui to discuss the latest news, including the first reactions to Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Mark Hamill talks Luke Skywalker, the 2018 Golden Globe nominations, the Venom movie storyline, our reactions to a couple […]

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‘Detective Pikachu’ Gets Summer 2019 Release Date

Universal Pictures has pegged a May 10, 2019 release date for Legendary Entertainment's Detective Pikachu, based on the popular Pokémon. The first live-action film based on the franchise is starring Ryan Reynolds, Justice Smith (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom) and Kathryn Newton (Big Little Lies). Rob Letterman is directing. The film will bow on Mother’s Day and a week after an untitled Avengers’ movie from Disney. Universal Pictures is handling all distribution outside…
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Film News Roundup: Live-Action ‘Detective Pikachu’ Gets 2019 Release

Film News Roundup: Live-Action ‘Detective Pikachu’ Gets 2019 Release
In today’s film news roundup, “Detective Pikachu” gets a release date, T.C. Boyle’s “The Relive Box” is being turned into a movie, and Dimitri Thivaios is cast in “Rise of the Living Dead.”

Release Date

Legendary Entertainment’s live-action “Detective Pikachu” has been set for a May 10, 2019, release.

The film, based on the Pokémon franchise, will star Ryan Reynolds, Justice Smith (“Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom”), and Kathryn Newton (“Big Little Lies”). Rob Letterman will direct.

Universal Pictures will handle distribution outside Japan. Toho will distribute in Japan, as it has done in its partnership with Legendary on the blockbuster monster reboot “Godzilla.”

Project Unveiled

Condé Nast Entertainment is developing the feature film “The Relive Box,” based on T.C. Boyle’s short story in the New Yorker about a tech device that allows you to relive your past.

Daniel Arsham is making his feature directorial debut and Chai Hecht (“Unorthodox”) is writing the screenplay based on the
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Saudi Arabia: Theater Owners Trade Group Has “Extensive Plans” For Kingdom’s Cinemas

Update, WRITETHRUwith AMC weigh-in: The National Association of Theatre Owners has offered its praise to Saudi Arabia after the kingdom confirmed today that it would lift a 35-year ban on public cinemas. Nato also revealed that a delegation from the trade group led by President and CEO John Fithian has been in Riyadh during the past week meeting with various government officials in anticipation of the announcement. Several Nato member companies have developed “extensive…
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