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Summer Slows to a Crawl as 'Hitman's Bodyguard' and 'Logan Lucky' Debut

2 hours ago | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

The downward trend continues this weekend. Two new releases arrive in theaters and neither will debut with enough to even marginally turn the summer box office tide. In fact, we may be looking at the worst weekend at the box office this year with a top twelve that could struggle to generate a combined $80 million. As for the new releases, Lionsgate's release of The Hitman's Bodyguard will do what it can to challenge Annabelle: Creation for the weekend's top spot while Bleecker Street's release of Logan Lucky is a fascinating study in and of itself and whether it pushes higher than $10 million will be something to watch. At the top of the weekend box office it's looking like a competitive race between last weekend's strong opening performance for WB and New Line's Annabelle: Creation and Lionsgate and Summit's The Hitman's Bodyguard. Annabelle delivered a $35 million opening, which is just a »


- Brad Brevet <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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'Star Wars' Obi-Wan Kenobi Film in the Works (Exclusive)

7 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Stephen Daldry is Star Wars’ new hope.

The Oscar-nominated director behind Billy Elliot and The Hours is in early talks to direct a Star Wars standalone movie centering on Obi-Wan Kenobi, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. 

Sources say talks are at the earliest of stages and that the project has no script. If a deal makes, Daldry would oversee the development and writing with Lucasfilm brass. It's not known at this stage if Ewan McGregor will reprise his role. 

The Obi-Wan Kenobi standalone is one of several projects being developed by Lucasfilm and Disney that fall outside the trilogies telling the »


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Amazon Studios, Warner Bros. Teaming on ‘The Goldfinch’ (Exclusive)

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

Warner Bros. is finalizing a deal with Amazon Studios to co-finance its film adaptation of Donna Tartt’s “The Goldfinch,” Variety has learned.

As part of the pact, Amazon will invest more than a third of the movie’s budget, which is estimated to be in the $40 million range, according to insiders. In return, it will get streaming rights to the picture and debut it on home entertainment platforms in what is commonly referred to as the pay-tv window, the term for when movies debut on HBO and Showtime.

Warner Bros. will distribute the film in theaters worldwide. There were several other parties interested in boarding the project, but Amazon was the most aggressive. The e-retailer believes the project is a good fit for its customer base, because Tartt’s novel was a big seller on its platform. It also views the partnership on the movie as a good branding opportunity. »


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Alan Arkin Joins Tim Burton’s Live-Action ‘Dumbo’ (Exclusive)

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

Alan Arkin has joined the cast of Disney’s live-action adaptation of “Dumbo” directed by Tim Burton.

The film’s cast already includes Colin Farrell, Eva Green, Michael Keaton, and Danny DeVito. Nico Parker and Finley Hobbins will also appear in their first film roles.

Ehren Kruger penned the script. Justin Springer, who worked on “Tron: Legacy,” is producing with Kruger. Nigel Gostelow will serve as an executive producer.

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The original story followed an ostracized baby circus elephant who strives to achieve his full potential. In this version, the film follows Holt Farrier (Farrell), a former circus star who finds his life turned upside down when he returns from the war. Circus owner Max Medici (DeVito) enlists Holt to care for a newborn elephant whose oversized ears make him a laughingstock in an already struggling circus. But when Holt’s children (Parker and Hobbins) discover that Dumbo can fly, persuasive »


- Justin Kroll

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Director David F. Sandberg gives an update on Shazam and his comic book inspirations

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Fresh from the box office success of Annabelle: Creation, director David F. Sandberg is now turning his attention to the DC Extended Universe and his next project, Shazam!. Speaking to Film Riot (via Heroic Hollywood), Sandberg has provided an update on Shazam!, confirming that the script is ready and it will be the next DC movie to go into production after Aquaman.

“There’s a script, it’s the next DC movie to shoot,” said Sandberg, who also confirmed that Dwayne Johnson’s Black Adam will no longer feature in the film. “There’ve been variations of the script, like before I came along, where… you know, variations where Black Adam was in and out and, you know. But now, this is about Shazam.”

Sandberg also talked about which comic books he’s been reading in preparation for the project: “I’m taking it all in. Some of those really old ones are quite fun, »


- Gary Collinson

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'It' Tracking for Record $50M Debut in U.S.

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The upcoming film adaptation of Stephen King's It is tracking for a record September debut.

The Warner Bros. and New Line horror film, rolling out in theaters Sept. 8, could clear $50 million or more in its first weekend, besting Hotel Transylvania 2 ($48 million) to score the biggest start ever for the month of September, not adjusting for inflation. Some even believe it could approach $60 million.

Warners insiders are being more cautious and saying $40 million-$45 million, noting the sluggish marketplace and the fact that September has never been known for huge openings. Also, It is rated R.

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- Pamela McClintock

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Point Grey, Good Universe Team With 'Hello Ladies' Creators for 'Good Boys'

16 August 2017 12:14 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Point Grey Pictures and Good Universe are developing the comedy Good Boys written by Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky, who will also be making their feature directorial debut.

Described as in the vein of Sausage Party and Superbad, Good Boys is an R-rated comedy about four 12-year-olds caught between childhood innocence and lewd teenage corruption, who embark on an epic quest from Tarzana to the Sherman Oaks Galleria to replace a broken drone before their parents get home.

Point Grey's Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and James Weaver will produce, while Good Universe’s Nathan Kahane and Joe Drake will executive produce. Josh »


- Rebecca Ford

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Trailer For ‘One Percent More Humid’: Juno Temple & Julia Garner Star In Tribeca Film Festival Award Winner

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From the renowned writer-director of the not-good 2013 Kristen Bell vehicle “The Lifeguard” comes “One Percent More Humid.” With a stacked cast including Juno Temple, Julia Garner, Alessandro NivolaMamoudou Athie, and Maggie Siff, “One Percent More Humid” could be interesting. Although reactions from its Tribeca Film Festival premiere were far from glowing, the film did pick up a Best Actor trophy for Nivola’s turn.

Continue reading Trailer For ‘One Percent More Humid’: Juno Temple & Julia Garner Star In Tribeca Film Festival Award Winner at The Playlist. »

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‘Gemini’ Trailer: Zoe Kravitz, Lola Kirke, John Cho Star in a Dreamy Neo-Noir

58 minutes ago | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Combine the talents of rising indie star Lola Kirke, talented genre actress Zoe Kravitz, and the endlessly watchable John Cho, and you’ve already got a great set-up for a movie. Place them in a dark Los Angeles-set neo-noir, and well, you have one of the most intriguing indie films of the year. The trailer for New York filmmaker […]

The post ‘Gemini’ Trailer: Zoe Kravitz, Lola Kirke, John Cho Star in a Dreamy Neo-Noir appeared first on /Film. »


- Hoai-Tran Bui

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Amy Poehler and ‘The Simpsons’ Alums Developing New Fox Animated Comedy — First Details

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Amy Poehler is getting animated for Fox.

The “Parks and Recreation” star, who has been spending more time as an executive producer in recent years (“Broad City,” “Difficult People”), has paired with “The Simpsons” alums Mike and Julie Scully to develop a new animated half-hour series about a teenager with big aspirations

Fox has given a script-plus-presentation order to the show, which means a short pilot will be produced for series consideration.

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Per the network, the untitled show is centered “on the family and friends of 15-year-old Duncan Harris, an average kid with dreams of being a Ufc fighter, tech billionaire, video game champ, or any job where you make a ton of money and don’t have to wear a tie.”

Poehler will executive produce with the Scullys, and »


- Michael Schneider

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David Tennant, Guy Pearce Join Saoirse Ronan’s ‘Mary, Queen of Scots’

1 hour ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

David Tennant and Guy Pearce have joined the cast of Working Title’s “Mary, Queen of Scots,” which has begun filming in England and Scotland.

Saoirse Ronan is starring in the title role opposite Margot Robbie as Elizabeth I. Josie Rourke is making her feature directorial debut on the movie, directing from a script by Beau Willimon. The project is based on John Guy’s biography “My Heart Is My Own: The Life of Mary Queen of Scots.”

Focus Features holds worldwide rights and will release “Mary, Queen of Scots” in the U.S. Universal Pictures International will distribute the film internationally.

Producers are Working Title co-chairs Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, and Debra Hayward. The trio all received best picture Academy Award nominations for “Les Misérables.”

Previously announced cast includes Jack Lowden (“Dunkirk”), Joe Alwyn, Martin Compston, and Brendan Coyle (“Downton Abbey”).

The story is set during the 16th Century when Mary Stuart became Queen of »


- Dave McNary

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Justin Theroux Joins Emma Stone and Jonah Hill in Cary Fukunaga’s ‘Maniac’ Netflix Series

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Justin Theroux won’t be staying off television for too long. The actor is following his acclaimed three-season run on HBO’s “The Leftovers” by joining Emma Stone and Jonah Hill in “Maniac,” the Netflix original drama from “True Detective” Season 1 director Cary Fukunaga. The filmmaker made Netflix’s first original feature, “Beasts of No Nation,” which was released in October 2015.

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Maniac” is a 10-episode drama based on the 2014 Norwegian series. Hill and Stone’s characters are patients in a mental asylum and a majority of the season will take place in their dreamed-up fantasy worlds. Think of it as Fukunaga’s version of “Sucker Punch.” Theroux is playing a character named James Mantleray, who is rumored to be an alcoholic mad scientist. No character description has been confirmed.

Fukunaga just kicked off »


- Zack Sharf

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Film Review: Tom Cruise in ‘American Made’

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There’s a lot going on in “American Made,” a hectic, hyperactive true-life tall tale that jumbles Colombian drug-smuggling, CIA arms-trading, Midwestern fortune-making and a whole lot of very fancy flying. Yet the most salient image in the whole coked-up kaleidoscope is a simple one: Tom Cruise’s sunglasses. There may be significant stretches in Doug Liman’s film where the star, as Twa pilot turned all-sides-of-the-law hustler Barry Seal, isn’t wearing wire-rimmed aviator shades, yet somehow it feels as if they’re always there. An accessory that Cruise made wholly his own in “Top Gun,” they connote as much rakish bravado and slightly impenetrable machismo now as they did then — 1986, coincidentally the year that the action in “American Made,” which spans eight fast years of Carter-to-Reagan-era governmental skulduggery, comes to a startling head.

A sweat-slicked, exhausting but glibly entertaining escapade on its own terms, “American Made” is more interesting as a showcase for »


- Guy Lodge

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Fox International Productions Boards Gustavo Hernandez’s ‘You Shall Not Sleep’ (Exclusive)

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Fox International Productions (Fip) is partnering with Pablo E. Bossi (“Nine Queens”) to produce “You Shall Not Sleep,” (“No Dormirás”) the latest film from “Casa Muda’s” Gustavo Hernandez, which 20th Century Fox will distribute in the U.S., Latin America and German-speaking territories.

The Fox distribution deal was struck by FilmSharks Intl. which has acquired international territory sales rights to “You Shall Not Sleep” and will introduce it to buyers at the Toronto Festival. Variety has had first access to an international trailer and initial teaser artwork.

One of the most awaited of Latin American horror movies since Hernandez and his producing partner Ignacio Garcia Cucucovich first announced it to Variety at 2015’s Ventana Sur, “You Shall Not Sleep” is produced by Bossi, whose credits include Ricardo Darin’s “Chinese Takeaway” and “Black Snow,” Maria Luisa Gutierrez, producer of Santiago Segura’s “Torrente” saga, Argentina’s Juan Pablo Buscarini (“Gamemaker 3D) and  Cucucovich (“Casa Muda”), Hernandez »


- John Hopewell

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‘American Made’ Review: Tom Cruise Finally Lands a Role Worthy of His Talents

1 hour ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

There’s a case to be made that Tom Cruise is a compelling screen presence when he looks desperate. Much evidence for this claim was gathered in his millennial run – 1999’s “Eyes Wide Shut” and “Magnolia,” 2001’s “Vanilla Sky” – in which varyingly forceful writer-directors did their level best to chip away at their star’s glib toothpaste-salesman confidence and expose the very human doubts and frailties behind it. After those box-office failures, Cruise retreated to the surety of known properties and franchises; though we got glimpses of other Cruises – notably the Comic Cruise of “Tropic Thunder” – this was his fall-back position up until the disastrous “The Mummy.” It’s possible that audiences had grown tired of watching a performer playing it so consistently safe: as Kubrick and Paul Thomas Anderson had twigged, it’s always more revealing watching a control freak losing control.

American Made” isn’t a major breakthrough, »


- Mike McCahill

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‘American Assassin’ Red Band Trailer: Michael Keaton Trains Dylan O’Brien to Make a Killing

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

The trailers for American Assassin are a tad generic, but the filmmaker behind the thriller doesn’t make generic movies. Michael Cuesta knows how to craft a drama with some real firepower. The director of 12 and Holding and Kill the Messenger has never made a thriller quite like his adaptation of Vince Flynn‘s novel, which stars Dylan O’Brien and Michael Keaton. The trailers paint […]

The post ‘American Assassin’ Red Band Trailer: Michael Keaton Trains Dylan O’Brien to Make a Killing appeared first on /Film. »


- Jack Giroux

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How The Hitman’s Bodyguard Differs From Other Buddy-Action Films, According To Its Stars

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CinemaBlend recently sat down with Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson to pick their brains over why The Hitman's Bodyguard is different from a run of the mill buddy-action movie. Here's what they had to say. »

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Olivia Colman, Alice Englert, Thomas Mann Set For ‘Them That Follow’

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Exclusive: Olivia Colman (The Lobster), Alice Englert (Ginger and Rosa) and Thomas Mann (Me, Earl and the Dying Girl) have been set to star in Them That Follow, which Brittany Poulton and Daniel Savage will direct from their original screenplay. Bradley Gallo and Michael Helfant will produce for Amasia Entertainment, along with Gerard Butler, Alan Siegel and Danielle Robinson for G-base. Amasia is financing an October shoot in Ohio. Them That Follow is a dramatic thriller… »


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CW Developing Female Gladiator Series ‘The Valiant’, Based on the Novel

1 hour ago | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

In the last few years, the CW has really made a strong effort to create women-led programming, not just in front of but also behind the camera. With series like Jane the Virgin, iZombie, and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, as well as adding a series like Supergirl into its superhero line-up, the CW has proven that it's definitely committed to female-centric programming (that is, of course, accessible to everyone!) Now, Variety is reporting that coming up next for the network is an adaptation of The Valiant, a novel by Lesley Livingston that follows "a Celtic princess on … »

- Allison Keene

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‘Stranger Things’ Throwback Thursday Posters: Hopper is a ‘Running Man’

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

We’ve still got about two and a half months until the second season of Stranger Things starts streaming on Netflix just before Halloween. The brand new trailer that debuted at Comic-Con was good enough to hold us over for awhile, but we’re going to need another trailer soon to whet our appetite. In the meantime, the […]

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- Ethan Anderton

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