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The Joker Origin Story On Deck: Todd Phillips, Scott Silver, Martin Scorsese Aboard WB/DC Film
Exclusive: Warner Bros and DC are in the early stages of another Batman Universe spinoff movie, this one telling the origin story of the signature villain The Joker. The studio has set The Hangover‘s Todd Phillips to co-write a script with 8 Mile scribe Scott Silver. Phillips will direct the movie, and Martin Scorsese will produce it with Phillips. This will be the first film under a new banner that has yet to be named in which WB can expand the canon of DC properties and… »
‘Han Solo’ Cuts Michael K Williams’ Role
The actor told Deadline that the Han Solo film’s production schedule was conflicting with his commitment to “The Red Sea Diving Resort,” which is now shooting in South Africa with Ben Kingsley and Chris Evans.
New director Ron Howard, who took over the film from fired directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller in June, is handling the reshoots. “When Ron Howard got hired to finish out the film, there were some reshoot issues »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
‘La La Land,’ ‘Stranger Things’ Among 2017 World Soundtrack Award Nominees
The World Soundtrack Academy has announced the first wave of 2017 World Soundtrack Award nominees.
Among the contenders: Academy Award winner Justin Hurwitz (“La La Land”), and Academy Award nominees Mica Levi, Nicholas Britell, Dustin O’Halloran and Jóhann Jóhannsson. As previously announced, the lifetime achievement award will be presented to composer David Shire (“The Conversation,” “All the President’s Men”) as part of the #WSAwards celebration of jazz. »
- Rebecca Rubin
Sequel Bits: Dolph Lundgren Pumps Iron For ‘Creed 2’, Zombie Hitler to Appear in ‘Dead Snow 3’, and More
In this edition of Sequel Bits: Rocky IV star Dolph Lundgren is preparing for Creed 2 A zombie version of Adolf Hitler will appear in Dead Snow 3 Boo 2! A Madea Halloween gets a new trailer Narcos and Game of Thrones star Pedro Pascal joins Denzel Washington in The Equalizer 2 And more! Getting […]
- Ben Pearson
‘Marvel’s Inhumans': Director Roel Reine and Cinematographer Jeff Jur on Filming in IMAX
One of the big reasons I’m excited to see the first two hours of Marvel’s Inhumans is the production shot the pilot using IMAX cameras. As a huge fan of the format, I can’t wait to see the action come to life on their massive screen. Back when the show was filming earlier this year in Hawaii, I was able to visit the set with a few other reporters where we did a group interview with director Roel Reine and cinematographer Jeff Jur during a break in filming. They talked about if they had any extra challenges … »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Doug Liman Says ‘Edge of Tomorow’ Sequel Couldn’t Have Happened Without Fans
You might have missed the exhilarating work director Doug Liman, and his stars Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt, gave us in the summer of 2014 with “Edge of Tomorrow.” The film only earned $90 million at the box-office, and while you might have dismissed the film as a sci-fi “Groundhog Day,” you weren’t exactly wrong. However, Liman’s film was more than just a gimmick.
Continue reading Doug Liman Says ‘Edge of Tomorow’ Sequel Couldn’t Have Happened Without Fans at The Playlist. »
- Jordan Ruimy
Exclusive: Saddle Up! It’s the ‘Spirit Riding Free’ Season 2 Trailer
Earlier this year, DreamWorks Animation took their Oscar-nominated 2002 film Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron and molded it into a version fit for young Netflix viewers with a hankering for horses. Though it's quite different from its feature-film version--this series features Spirit Jr. after all--the first season of Spirit Riding Free proved to be a refreshing, family-friendly, girl-centric adventure series. Now, fans of Pru, Abigail, Lucky, and their horses Chica Linda, Boomerang, and Spirit (of course) will be happy to hear that those adventures will continue in Season 2! We're happy to … »
- Dave Trumbore
Elizabeth Debicki, Isabella Rossellini Join Virginia Woolf Biopic ‘Vita & Virginia’
Elizabeth Debicki and Isabella Rossellini have joined the cast of Virginia Woolf biopic “Vita & Virginia” for Protagonist Pictures, it was announced Wednesday by Protagonist CEO Dave Bishop. The finance, production and sales company has also closed a deal with distributor Thunderbird Releasing to take all U.K. rights on the film.
“The Night Manager” star Debicki, who recently appeared in James Gunn’s “Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2,” will play Virginia Woolf opposite Gemma Arterton in the period drama, which tells the true story of the unconventional love affair between socialite Vita Sackville-West (Arterton) and Woolf. Rossellini’s role has not been announced.
“‘Vita & Virginia’ is the true story of two of the most fascinating and progressive women of their time, who end up in the throes of a passionate affair which shapes their work and changes their lives forever,” said Vanessa Saal, managing director of sales and distribution for Protagonist.
- Robert Mitchell
‘Big Mouth’: Nick Kroll’s New Animated Netflix Comedy Gets Release Date, Poster, and First Look — Watch
Growing up is hard. Nick Kroll might have found a way to make it funny.
Netflix released the first look at “Big Mouth,” the newest animated comedy about the pitfalls of early teen life, set to be released next month. In addition to voicing the character of Nick on the show, Kroll serves as a co-creator, along with writers Andrew Goldberg, Mark Levin, and Jennifer Flackett.
Read More:The 20 Best Animated TV Shows of the 21st Century, Ranked
It’s the second Netflix project of the year for Kroll, who co-starred with John Mulaney as their now-iconic sketch characters Gil Faizon and George St. Geegland in the special “Oh, Hello on Broadway.” Mulaney also features prominently in “Big Mouth” as Nick’s friend Andrew, also facing the literal and imagined dangers of the middle ground between childhood and adulthood.
- Steve Greene
‘Game of Thrones’: In Defense of Believable Timelines and Logic Even on a Fantasy Show With Dragons
[Editor’s Note: The following review contains spoilers for “Game of Thrones” Season 7, Episode 6, “Beyond the Wall.”]
The penultimate episode of “Game of Thrones” Season 7 has been a divisive one for fans, and not because of the usual politics of who should win, who should lose, and who should possibly sleep with her long-lost nephew.
Instead, many viewers came away frustrated because even though “Beyond the Wall” was entertaining, so much of it was unbelievable. This, on a show with magic, dragons, zombies, and even a zombie-dragon. Although some detractors had pointed to plot holes and character inconsistencies, the biggest offender across the board was time.
In the episode, an emergency rescue mission had to go into effect when Jon Snow (Kit Harington) & Co. were surrounded by an army of the undead who were stopped by a moat of a partially frozen lake. Their only hope of surviving lay in a three-part plan: Gendry (Joe Dempsie) had to flee on foot back to Eastwatch, his message would »
- Hanh Nguyen
The Morning Watch: Michael Bolton’s ‘Game of Thrones’ Theme, ‘Memento’ Video Essay & More
(The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.) In this edition, listen to Michael Bolton‘s theme song for Game […]
- Ethan Anderton
Cornerstone Films Takes Worldwide Sales on Jehovah’s Witness Film ‘Apostasy’
Cornerstone Films has boarded Daniel Kokotajlo’s directorial debut feature “Apostasy” ahead of its world premiere at the Toronto Intl. Film Festival. The sales company will introduce the film to buyers in Toronto.
“Apostasy” is based on Kokotajlo’s own experiences as a former Jehovah’s Witness, telling a story of the complex nature of faith, family, duty and love. It follows the story of two sisters (Sacha Parkinson and Molly Wright) in Manchester’s Jehovah’s Witness community whose faith and family connection is tested when one if condemned for fornication with a non-believer and the other is pressured to shun her sibling. Siobhan Finneran plays the girls’ equally devout mother. Robert Emms also stars.
“Daniel has sensitively questioned the notion of unconditional familial love [and] while doing so created three powerful roles for strong and complex women struggling to find their place in their community and in their relationships with one another,” said »
- Robert Mitchell
Content Media Boards ‘Bees Make Honey’ for Worldwide Sales
Content Media was acquired worldwide sales rights to British murder mystery comedy “Bees Make Honey,” the company announced Wednesday. The film, which stars Alice Eve, is set to make its world premiere at the Raindance Film Festival in London, Sept. 23. Content will introduce the film to buyers in Toronto next month.
The sophomore feature of Eve’s younger brother Jack Eve, who wrote, directed and produced the film, “Bees Make Honey” is set in England in 1934. It sees Alice Eve’s high society widow, hosting her annual Halloween costume party for her friends, secretly employ a police inspector to solve the crime of the murder of her husband that took place at the same event one year earlier.
“Jack has taken a traditional ‘Who Dunnit?’ format, infused it with a Baz Luhrmann like energy, and combined it with a wonderful old school British comedy,” said Jamie Carmichael, president of film at Content.
- Robert Mitchell
Hasta la vista: why not even James Cameron can save 3D movies
A new 3D take on Terminator 2: Judgment day is about to hit cinemas. But with high ticket prices, shrinking box office figures and poor image quality, is the new age of 3D film over before it has even begun?
For once, James Cameron has been left looking off the pace with next week’s 3D rerelease of Terminator 2: Judgment Day. One thousand of La’s finest have been at work for six months retroactively converting – a botch method Cameron has derided in the past – his 1991 action masterpiece to 3D. It feels like an odd throwback: the post-Avatar glow that he imparted on 21st-century 3D has long since faded. 3D box office in the Us dropped by 8% last year, confirming that a dull tint has dropped over the audience’s enthusiasm for a technology revived only a decade ago.
Related: Researchers develop 3D movie screen that doesn't need glasses
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- Phil Hoad
Wide House, ICM Partners Board Nancy Buirski’s ‘The Rape of Recy Taylor’ (Exclusive)
After joining forces on Raoul Peck’s “I am Not Your Negro,” Wide House is re-teaming with ICM Partners for Nancy Buirski’s “The Rape of Recy Taylor,” a historical, yet timely documentary which will world premiere at Venice Film Festival.
Slated for Venice’s Horizons section, the documentary feature tells the story of Recy Taylor, a 24-year-old black mother and sharecropper who was gang raped by six white boys in 1944 Alabama.
Although Recy Taylor was represented by Rosa Parks, who rallied support and triggered an unprecedented outcry for justice, her six assailants were never prosecuted. It took nearly 70 years for the rape to be acknowledged by authorities, explained Anais Clanet, the boss of Paris-based Wide House.
Recy Taylor’s courage inspired other black women to speak up and their noble efforts to take back their bodies led »
- Elsa Keslassy
Sanfic: Alfredo Castro to Star in ‘My Tender Matador’ for Forastero (Exclusive)
Chile’s Alfredo Castro, star of multiple Pablo Larrain’s titles and Venice Golden Lion winner “From Afar,” is attached to play the lead role of La Loca del Frente in “Tengo Miedo Torero” (My Tender Matador), a big-screen adaptation of the only novel of Pedro Lemebel, maybe the most politically transgressive of writers who emerged in the last years of Chile under Augusto Pinochet.
The casting of Castro, star of Larrain’s breakthrough “Tony Manero” and last seen in Cannes Critics’ Week entry “Los Perros,” is a first building block in a flagship project from leading Chilean production house Forastero which speaks of its heightened ambition to make films that enroll Latin American co-production and high-level talent to leverage big festival play into overseas theatrical distribution.
“My Tender Matador” also looks on paper like a highlight at San Sebastian’s main industry event, its Europe-Latin America Co-production Forum, which runs Sept. 24- »
- John Hopewell
Sanfic: Chile’s Roberto Doveris Producing ‘The Prince,’ Santiago Muñoz’s Directorial Debut (Exclusive)
Santiago De Chile — Chilean helmer-scribe Roberto Doveris (“Plants”) is producing “The Prince,” the directorial debut of veteran art director Santiago Muñoz, with a prestige cast headlined by Chile’s Alfredo Castro (“Tony Manero,” “From Afar”) and Argentina’s Gaston Pauls (“Nine Queens”).
“The Prince” is slated to start shooting in February. It will also be the first time Doveris lead produces a film. He is currently preparing his second directorial outing, “The Sequel.”
Muñoz’s multiple art director credits include Alicia Scherson’s “Il Futuro” and her seminal feature debut “Play,” as well as Cristian Jimenez’s “Optical Illusions” and Pablo Larrain’s HBO Latin America TV series “Profugos.”
Chile’s Marianne Mayer-Beckh of El Otro Film (“Rara”) and Nicolas Grosso of El Tiro Films (“Rara,” “La Visita”) in Argentina, have also boarded the drama as co-producers. Castro and Pauls lead a cast that includes newcomer Juan Carlos Maldonado who plays the ‘Prince’ and dozens of extras »
- Anna Marie de la Fuente
Sanfic: Documenting Art Theft: Cristóbal Berríos Discusses his World Premiere ‘Stealing Rodin’
Santiago De Chile — In 2005, the Palace of Fine Arts in downtown Santiago, Chile, hosted a collection of sculptures by the French master Auguste Rodin. Late one morning, after a party celebrating another of the museum’s exhibits, security guards were shocked to find that one of the Rodin pieces had gone missing during the previous night’s festivities. For a frantic afternoon officials at the museum debated how to move forward. Authorities were contacted and a search begun. But, just as things moved into high gear, a young man, a local art student, Luis Onfray, showed up with the statue in his backpack, claiming he had found the piece in a patch of flowers in the park across the street. As quickly as the robbery had been discovered, the piece had been returned. The story of the pieces abduction, however, and its evening on the town, had just begun to unfold and the international art community would »
- Jamie Lang
‘Disjointed’ Review: You Need to Be Stoned to Enjoy Kathy Bates’ Netflix Comedy, and That’s Not High Praise
“Disjointed” is a title sporting so many puns that unpacking them proves irresistible. (Pun-haters to the back.) The core word “joint” refers to both a marijuana cigarette and the slang term for any ‘ol place at all; like, say, the dispensary where Kathy Bates’ long-term pot advocate, Ruth, legally sells medicinal and recreational weed in the new Netflix comedy.
“Head to Ruth’s joint and buy as many joints as you’d like!” is a slogan Ruth herself might share in the series: an easy, obvious joke for a show built (mostly) around simple pleasures.
Fans of equally elementary wordplay are probably sold, but not so fast — the new Netflix comedy unveils a harsh buzz upon further pun-vestigation. Optimists could argue “disjointed” refers to the the pieced together family of pot dealers, smokers, and breeders who all work out of Ruth’s shop. That’s a nice thought, but after binging four episodes, »
- Ben Travers
Surprise! Adam Green Secretly Made a Fourth ‘Hatchet’ Film and It Premiered Tonight
God, I love a secret movie. It's hard enough to make a film, but to pull it off without anybody knowing about it in the age of internet sleuths and Reddit rumors really tickles me. So huge congrats to Adam Green, who pulled off that feat tonight when he revealed the fourth installment in his cult slasher franchise Hatchet. Titled Victor Crowley, the film debuted unexpectedly tonight in Los Angeles, where fans were assembled to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the first Hatchet film. Franchise writer/director Adam Green returns to the director's chair for Victor Crowley (Bj … »
- Haleigh Foutch
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