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Tom Hollander Joins Rosamund Pike in 'A Private War'

Tom Hollander Joins Rosamund Pike in 'A Private War'
Tom Hollander will join Rosamund Pike and Jamie Dornan in A Private War, the biopic about American-born British war reporter Marie Colvin.

It was also announced today that Acacia Entertainment will produce and finance the feature, with 47 Meters Down production company The Fyzz Facility set to executive produce. The company's recently worked together on screenwriter Taylor Sheridan’s directorial debut Wind River.

Matthew Heineman will direct from a script by Arash Amel. The feature is based on Marie Brenner’s 2012 Vanity Fair story "Marie Colvin’s Private War."

Thunder Road’s Basil Iwanyk and Kamala FilmsMarissa McMahon are producing, along with Charlize Theron...
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Andy Serkis Joins Seth Rogen and Charlize Theron in ‘Flarsky’

Andy Serkis Joins Seth Rogen and Charlize Theron in ‘Flarsky’
Andy Serkis is joining Lionsgate’s Charlize Theron-Seth Rogen feature film “Flarsky,” portraying a media mogul who employs Rogen’s journalist character.

Flarsky” is directed by Jonathan Levine from Dan Sterling’s script. The comedy is currently shooting in Montreal. Lionsgate has set a Feb. 9, 2019, release date.

Rogen is playing the titular Fred Flarsky, battered by his own misfortune and self-destructive ways, who endeavors to pursue Theron’s character — his childhood crush and babysitter, who now happens to be the U.S. Secretary of State and is one of the most unattainable women on earth.

Serkis portrayed the lead character Caesar in Fox’s “War for the Planet of the Apes.” He made his directorial debut on “Breathe,” starring Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy, and is in post-production on the live-action “Jungle Book,” which Warner Bros. will open on Oct. 19.

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'Coco' Hopes to Add Disney's Legacy at the Thanksgiving Box Office

'Coco' Hopes to Add Disney's Legacy at the Thanksgiving Box Office
One look at the Thanksgiving opening weekend records shows how important the holiday has been to Disney, which currently holds nine of the top ten three-day and five-day opening weekend records including last year's Moana, which opened with $82 million over the five-day holiday, the second largest of all-time. This weekend the studio debuts the latest Pixar feature, Coco, which has already become the largest single release in Mexico and looks to make an impact domestically this weekend. Coco will be opening in 3,987 locations starting Wednesday, with industry estimates anticipating a five-day opening in the $55-60 million range. This would be enough to challenge the studio's The Good Dinosaur for the fifth largest five-day Thanksgiving opening ever and based on the data we're looking at we're expecting it to go even higher. IMDb page view data shows Coco surging ahead of titles such as Good Dinosaur, Sing and even Moana leading up to release.
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John Lasseter Takes Leave of Absence From Disney/Pixar, Apologizes for Unwanted Hugs

John Lasseter Takes Leave of Absence From Disney/Pixar, Apologizes for Unwanted Hugs
John Lasseter, the head of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios and one of the most powerful figures in the entertainment industry, acknowledged Tuesday that he had crossed the line with employees. He is taking a six-month leave of absence.

Lasseter sent a memo to staff apologizing for making employees feel disrespected or uncomfortable, Variety has confirmed.

“That was never my intent,” he wrote. “Collectively, you mean the world to me, and I deeply apologize if I have let you down. I especially want to apologize to anyone who has ever been on the receiving end of an unwanted hug or any other gesture they felt crossed the line in any way, shape, or form.”

Lasseter is taking a leave as several prominent Hollywood figures are grappling with allegations of sexual harassment. His name has continued to be mentioned privately, with a number of former Pixar employees telling Variety that he has behaved inappropriately and describing a culture
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‘Get Out,’ ‘Call Me by Your Name,’ ‘Good Time’ Top Indie Spirit Awards Nominations

‘Get Out,’ ‘Call Me by Your Name,’ ‘Good Time’ Top Indie Spirit Awards Nominations
The Florida Project,” “Lady Bird,” “Get Out,” “Call Me by Your Name” and “The Rider” have been nominated as the best independent films of 2017 at the Film Independent Spirit Awards, Film Independent announced on Tuesday.

Luca Guadagnino’s “Call Me by Your Name” received the most nominations, six, followed by “Get Out” and “Good Time” with five and “Lady Bird” and “The Rider” with four.

Acting nominees included Salma Hayek for “Beatriz at Dinner,” Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri,” Holly Hunter for “The Big Sick,” Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf for “Lady Bird” and Armie.
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Does 'Valerian' Deserve a Second Act?

Does 'Valerian' Deserve a Second Act?
If we boil down Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets to a single word, “bananatown" might do. But even that jam-packed word can’t capture the sheer joy of watching a movie where Rihanna plays a shape-shifting, burlesque dancing alien, where Ethan Hawke plays her good ol’ boy pimp, where finding your lost partner in space law enforcement is as easy (and as gross) as shoving your head up a psychic scyphozoan’s keister, and where you can shop for useless bricabrac across dimensions so long as you remember your plane-shifting helmet. Losing yourself in Valerian’s varied array of space...
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‘Justice League’ Star Jason Momoa ‘Bummed’ by Movie’s Weak Reception

‘Justice League’ Star Jason Momoa ‘Bummed’ by Movie’s Weak Reception
Congratulations, critics — you done pissed off Khal Drogo. “Game of Thrones” alum Jason Momoa says he’s “kind of bummed” by the reception of his new movie “Justice League.” “I try to stay the f— away from what people say,” the actor behind Aquaman told EW. “Some of my friends said, ‘”Justice League” isn’t doing well’ and it kind of bummed me out. But I didn’t want to look it up. I don’t want to look up the bad and the negativity. I don’t think that’s useful; it doesn’t help.” Momoa, who has seen the movie twice,
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Box-Office Preview: 'Coco' Set to Rule Thanksgiving With $55M-$60M Bow

Box-Office Preview: 'Coco' Set to Rule Thanksgiving With $55M-$60M Bow
The Disney animated empire will once again dominate the Thanksgiving box office.

Pixar/Disney's critically acclaimed Coco, about the Mexican holiday Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead), parades into theaters everywhere Wednesday, following Tuesday-night previews. Disney and Pixar, along with the major tracking services, are projecting a five-day domestic debut of $55 million to $60 million, but there's plenty of room for upside.

Between them, Disney Animation Studios and Pixar claim the top six five-day Thanksgiving openings of all time, not accounting for inflation. Frozen (2013) is the record holder with $93.6 million, while last year's Moana sang...
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The Most Critically Divisive Films of the Last 17 Years, According to Gizmodo Study

The Most Critically Divisive Films of the Last 17 Years, According to Gizmodo Study
When “mother!” opened nationwide last month, it divided critics in a way no film had in a very long time. For every review that called the movie a masterpiece, there was one detesting it as nothing but Darren Aronofsky’s sick, bloated metaphor. Such a polarizing response can be exciting, and it would appear based on a new study that Aronofsky’s latest really does rank as one of the most divisive films of the 21st century.

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The Gizmodo UK team has released their official ranking of the 50 most critically divisive movies of the last 17 year, and it’s a list that includes the likes of such provocateurs as Lars von Trier, Terrence Malick, Jonathan Glazer, Harmony Korine, David O. Russell, and more. Gizmodo looked at over 9,000 films listed on Metacritic with at least 40 reviews.
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Box Office: Pixar’s ‘Coco’ Strums $2.3 Million on Tuesday Night

Box Office: Pixar’s ‘Coco’ Strums $2.3 Million on Tuesday Night
Disney-Pixar’s “Coco” has opened with a solid $2.3 million on Tuesday night.

The animated family film has been on track to take in $55 million to $60 million at 3,948 venues during the Thanksgiving holiday period from Wednesday to Sunday. Estimates show the costly “Justice League” — which has pulled in a disappointing $111.9 million in its first five five days — as the winning film for the period with about $60 million to $65 million.

Coco” opens in nearly 2,800 3D locations, 106 premium large format screens, and 268 locations offering the film in Spanish. Unlike “Justice League,” critics have embraced “Coco” with a Rotten Tomatoes score that is currently 95% Fresh.

Just before “Coco” began its Tuesday night previews, news broke that animation guru John Lasseter would be taking a six-month leave over allegations of inappropriate behavior toward women. Lasseter, who runs both Pixar and Disney Animation, apologized in an email to those “on the receiving end of an unwanted hug or any other gesture they felt
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‘The Crown’ Season 2 Trailer: The Mystery Of Philip Unravels

As handsome as he is mysterious, Queen Elizabeth’s husband Philip was a bit of an enigma in the first season of “The Crown.” Suffering through the various royal functions he’s forced to attend with this wife, Philip could be loyal one minute, unpredictable the next. And in the upcoming season, we’ll be getting a bit more background about the man who stands in the shadow of the throne.

One of the longest running royal rumors is that Philip had extramarital dalliances, and that story thread will continue to be pulled in the upcoming episodes.

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Netflix to Make its First Original Colombian Series

Netflix is wading deep into the Amazon to make its first original Colombian series. To be executive produced by Oscar-nominated Ciro Guerra (“Embrace of the Serpent”), the still-untitled series is based on an original idea by Diego RamÍrez Schrempp and Jenny Ceballos of Colombian powerhouse shingle Dynamo. Production is slated to begin summer 2018. The series will debut exclusively on Netflix worldwide in 2019. The eight one-hour series will be shot entirely in 4 K and produced in partnership with Dynamo.

Series tracks a young detective and her partner who travel deep into the Amazon, on the border of Brazil and Colombia, to investigate a series of bizarre murders. They soon realize that there’s more intrigue to the jungle than the homicides, as they come across a mysterious indigenous tribe with an extraordinary secret that they will go to great lengths to protect.

“We are thrilled to be launching our first Colombian original, featuring great Colombian
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Russell Simmons Accuser Says He Apologized to Her Privately

Russell Simmons Accuser Says He Apologized to Her Privately
Despite “completely and unequivocally” denying accusations that he sexually assaulted model Keri Claussen Khalighi when she was 17, Russell Simmons allegedly privately apologized to his accuser.

During an appearance on “Megyn Kelly Today,” Khalighi told the host that Simmons’ claim that what transpired in his apartment, where Brett Ratner was also present ,in 1991 was completely consensual is “ludicrous.”

“Russell and I have actually had a face-to-face confrontation around this,” Khalighi told Kelly via video phone. “We’ve had phone conversations where we’ve had a conversation about what happened where there was no dispute of what we were talking about. We were both talking about what happened on that night and he actually apologized.”

“Part of what’s so confusing and re-traumatizing is what he’s speaking about privately with me is completely different than what’s come out publicly,” Khalighi continued. “And that’s the piece that’s been really, really, really upsetting,
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‘Mission: Impossible 6’: Christopher McQuarrie Releases a New Image of Tom Cruise and Simon Pegg

Filming is still underway on Mission: Impossible 6, but it looks like everything is back on track following Tom Cruise’s injury earlier this year. Writer-director Christopher McQuarrie has released a new image of Cruise and co-star Simon Pegg, and while it doesn’t tell us a single thing about the movie, it’s still a nice reminder that filming is humming along and hopefully the sequel is still on track for release next year. Additionally, I think we've reached the point where as good as the original Mission: Impossible is, it's tough to see these …
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Mel Gibson Has Something To Say About Harvey Weinstein

Remember that time when Mel Gibson unleashed all that racist, sexist, anti-Semitic hate speech? And those other times he was openly homophobic? Well, Hollywood has forgotten and forgiven, and so too have moviegoers. The actor and filmmaker returned to the mainstream this month with “Daddy’s Home 2,” a box office success that marks his best opening in front of the camera since “Signs.” Now, Gibson — who was once investigated for domestic violence and admitted hitting his former partner Oksana Grigorieva — has deemed it necessary to weigh in on the Harvey Weinstein scandal.

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‘The Man Who Invented Christmas’ Review: A Corny Hat on a Festive Hat

We’ve reached the point where we’ve adapted certain stories so many times that we now need a myth for the myth. We made too many Peter Pan adaptations, so we got Finding Neverland. We made too many Winnie the Pooh stories, so we got Goodbye Christopher Robin. And because we’ve adapted A Christmas Carol too many times, we’ve now got Bharat Nalluri’s The Man Who Invented Christmas, a story that could have provided an interesting look at Charles Dickens but instead couches a bunch of familiar touchstones in coincidence and random observations. It’s a …
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20 Reasons Movie Lovers Should Be Thankful in 2017

20 Reasons Movie Lovers Should Be Thankful in 2017
A year in which Jordan Peele, Patty Jenkins, Sofia Coppola, and Greta Gerwig all break records is something to be celebrated.

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Critics Debate What the Disney Ban Against the L.A. Times Says About the Future of Film Criticism

Earlier this year, critics group made headlines when they came together to protest Disney’s decision to ban the Los Angeles Times’ access to the studio’s films. The ban was eventually lifted, but it raised a number of questions about how critics and studios maintain an ongoing relationship.

During a recent panel discussion at the Key West Film Festival moderated by IndieWire’s Eric Kohn, Los Angeles Times’ critic Kenneth Turan was joined by Rolling Stone’s David Fear, Time Out New York’s Joshua Rothkopf, Buzzfeed’s Alison Willmore, and Miami-based freelancer Juan Barquin to discuss the ramifications of Disney’s decision and other related issues. The following is an edited excerpt from that conversation.

Kenneth Turan: Around the time of “Thor,” a lot of people in the film department of the paper were not getting invited. We knew screenings were taking place. We got in touch
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Disney Short ‘Olaf’s Frozen Adventure’ Is a Bridge to ‘Frozen 2’

Disney Short ‘Olaf’s Frozen Adventure’ Is a Bridge to ‘Frozen 2’
There’s an interesting continuity going on in the Disney “Frozen” world. In the “Frozen Fever” short (2015), Elsa (Idina Menzel) catches cold and nearly ruins the birthday party for Anna (Kristen Bell). And, in “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure,” which opens in front of Pixar’s “Coco” (a first for Disney), there are no holiday traditions to embrace during their first Christmas together, also thanks to Elsa’s curse.

Clearly, there are emotional loose ends being tied up between the sibling princesses, which will presumably allow them to be better prepared to confront whatever threat awaits them in “Frozen 2” (November 27, 2009).

Meanwhile, Olaf (Josh Gad) continues to evolve as the child-like snowman in the Oscar-contending, 21-minute short (originally intended as an ABC holiday special). But with its eye-popping animation and emphasis on family and tradition, “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure” makes the perfect opener for “Coco,” which embraces similar thematic territory during Día de los Muertos.
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‘12 Strong’: New Trailer Sees Chris Hemsworth Leading Soldiers Against Al-Qaeda

Warner Bros. has released a new 12 Strong trailer. The upcoming war drama tells the story of the “horse soldiers”, a special forces team who, in the days following 9/11, set off to Afghanistan to fight the Taliban and Al-Qaeda. It’s weird watching this trailer, and maybe I just don’t have an appetite for this kind of film despite the strong cast. We’re about to start sending soldiers to Afghanistan who weren’t even born when 9/11 happened. That means there’s no victory, no solution, and no way out. So to have a …
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