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Batman Fans Are Furious About Idea of a Todd Phillips Joker Film

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Why so serious?

It seems Batman fans snapped harder than Bruce Wayne's back on Tuesday when it was reported that Hangover director Todd Phillips was tapped to co-write and possibly direct a stand-alone Joker film that may give the maniacal villain a backstory. 

The archenemies of Batman was trending on Twitter almost immediately and, for the most part, it appeared the reaction was pure ire. Fans always weigh in on new projects, but it usually seems like a mixed bag of positive and negative reactions, where as Tuesday's news was very one-sided, almost mirroring the (ultimately unjustified) disgust years back when Ben Affleck »


- Ryan Parker

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Joker Movie in the Works With 'Hangover' Filmmaker

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This is no laughing matter: Warner Bros. has tapped The Hangover filmmaker Todd Phillips to co-write and possibly direct an origin movie of the classic Batman villain The Joker.

Phillips will co-write the script with Scott Silver, writer of the 2002 Eminem movie 8 Mile as well as The Fighter, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

The project is intended to be part of a still-developing label for Warners’ DC Entertainment properties that will include projects that could stand apart from the big massive tentpoles that are tied to each other in a shared universe way.

For example, the Joker is »


- Borys Kit,Rebecca Ford

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'A Day' ('Ha-Roo'): Film Review

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Recent years have seen a resurgence of interest in Groundhog Day-style plots, with both tiny indies and major Hollywood productions sticking their heroes in time loops that threaten to replay the same day over and over into infinity. First-time filmmaker Cho Sun-ho finds something to add to this mini-genre with A Day, in which a man desperately reliving the day of his daughter's death soon learns that another man's tragic time-loop intersects his own. Despite some regional ingredients (musical, for the most part) that won't play as well in the States, the South Korean import has plenty of appeal for »


- John DeFore

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Hamptons International Film Festival Sets Andy Serkis' 'Breathe' as Centerpiece Screening

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The Hamptons International Film Festival has unveiled the first group of films set to screen at its 25th anniversary 2017 edition.

The U.S. premiere of Andy Serkis' directorial debut Breathe, starring Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy as an adventurous real-life couple who refuse to give up after one of them is struck with polio, will serve as the event's centerpiece screening. The fest will also feature screenings of six other films: Rob Reiner's Lbj, starring Woody Harrelson as the former president; Ruben Ostlund's Palme d'Or winner The Square, starring Elisabeth Moss and Dominic West; Ai Weiwei's migrant doc »


- Hilary Lewis

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Han Solo Movie Loses Michael Kenneth Williams to Reshoots

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The effects from the director change for the Han Solo stand-alone movie continue to reverberate.

Michael Kenneth Williams, one of the film’s actors, is now a casualty of the reshoots, with his character no longer appearing in the untitled Star Wars spinoff, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

Williams played a half-human, half-animal alien in the feature, but that was before Phil Lord and Chris Miller were replaced by Ron Howard in June. The move, almost unheard of so late in a film's production, caused shooting to cease and launched an evaluation of what was already shot, »


- Borys Kit

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'A Wrinkle in Time' Star Storm Reid Signs With CAA (Exclusive)

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A Wrinkle in Time star Storm Reid has signed with CAA, The Hollywood Reporter has exclusively learned.

The young actress plays Meg Murry, the heroine at the center of Ava DuVernay’s adaptation of Madeline L’Engle’s Newbery Medal-winning novel. With the upcoming Disney film, DuVernay, also repped by CAA, is the first woman of color to direct a movie budgeted at $100 million.

Prior to landing her big break, Reid starred opposite Jacob Latimore in Jd Dillard’s magic-themed thriller Sleight, which won praise last year at Sundance and was acquired by Blumhouse. She will next reteam with Blumhouse for »


- Rebecca Sun

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'Snowy Bing Bongs': Film Review

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Three years before they set Sundance abuzz with Swiss Army Man, the duo known as Daniels made their name with a much-watched video for "Turn Down for What," in which Sunita Mani (Glow, Mr. Robot) had something of a dance-battle with Daniel Kwan's puppet-animated erection. No stranger to unconventional dance routines, Mani was already part of a trio called the Cocoon Central Dance Team, friends of Daniels from back in college. Now the gents have exec-utive produced Ccdt's big-screen debut, Snowy Bing Bongs, in which directors Rachel Wolther and Alex H. Fischer adapt the New York troupe's stage show (full »


- John DeFore

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Appeals Court Grapples With Digital Files, and the Business of Selling "Used" Songs

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Every now and then, a technology comes along that is disruptive, legally provocative and has the entertainment industry screaming and kicking and foretelling of impending doom. A million years ago, or at least that's what 2013 now feels like in the digital era, a federal judge put the breaks on one such technology called ReDigi. Back then, consumers were getting many of their tunes by purchasing digital downloads off of iTunes. Before streaming outlets like Spotify and Apple Music really took off, ReDigi launched a service whereby consumers could sell their "used" iTunes music in a secondary market for digital »

- Eriq Gardner

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'Awards Chatter' Podcast — Lorne Michaels ('Saturday Night Live')

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Saturday Night Live had so much success airing the final four episodes of its past season live coast-to-coast — something that the iconic NBC variety show never had done before in its 42-year history — that it may continue the practice when its new season begins this fall. There were "two significant reasons" for the experiment, the show's legendary creator and executive producer Lorne Michaels tells The Hollywood Reporter's "Awards Chatter" podcast as part of a wide-ranging interview, his first in a year. Speaking from his cozy 30 Rock office, with its window looking down onto NBC's fabled Studio 8H from »


- Scott Feinberg

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'Red Christmas': Film Review

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Offering something to offend viewers from many walks of life, Craig Anderson's Red Christmas uses Jesus' birthday as an occasion for an abortion-themed slasher pic whose boogeyman happens to have Down syndrome. The literal-minded may also take offense at the film, and not just because its Yuletide horrors are being delivered in the dog days of summer. But some horror buffs will appreciate this irreverent little gorefest, especially those with a nostalgic soft spot for topliner Dee Wallace, the scream queen of The Hills Have Eyes and The Howling (not to mention E.T.) who remains impressively prolific even as she »


- John DeFore

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SAG Awards: Morgan Freeman to Receive Life Achievement Honor

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Morgan Freeman will receive the SAG Life Achievement Award, SAG-aftra announced Tuesday.

The Oscar-winning actor will be honored at the 24th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, which is set to air on TNT and TBS on Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018 at 8 p.m. Et/5 p.m. Pt.

The award, the guild's highest honor, is given to an actor who fosters the "finest ideals of the acting profession." In addition to his Oscar, Freeman's accolades include a SAG Award, the Cecil B. DeMille Award and a Kennedy Center Honor.

“I am thrilled to announce Morgan Freeman as this »


- Hilary Lewis

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Oscars: Azerbaijan Selects 'Pomegranate Orchard' for Foreign-Language Category

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Azerbaijan has selected Ilgar Najaf's Pomegranate Orchard — the story of the return home of a wayward son — as its submission for best foreign-language film for next year's Oscars.

The film is about an old man living in a decrepit old house with his grandson and daughter-in-law surrounded by a vast orchard of pomegranates. When the man's son returns home in an attempt to heal deep emotional scars, the ancient tranquility of the rural idyll is harshly interrupted.

The film, which had its world premiere last month in Karlovy Vary's East of the West competition, was written by Asif Rustamov, »


- Nick Holdsworth

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Toronto: Angelina Jolie, Javier Bardem, Helen Mirren Added to Speakers Lineup

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Angelina Jolie, who is bringing her Cambodian genocide pic First They Killed My Father and the animated Afghan drama The Breadwinner to the Toronto Film Festival, is joining the lineup of keynote speakers to appear at the Sept. 7-17 event.

Keynotes will also be delivered by Javier Bardem, Helen Mirren and Gael Garcia Bernal, organizers said Tuesday. As Toronto programmers rounded out their 2017 edition lineup, they added Discovery program titles that include the sidebar opener, the Argentine film Tigre, by directors Silvina Schnicer and Ulises Porra Guardiola, and the closer Human Traces by New Zealand director Nic Gorman.

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- Etan Vlessing

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Tiff First Look: Christian Bale Is a 19th-Century Army Captain in 'Hostiles'

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Christian Bale is a contemplative Army captain in the first-look image of Hostiles.

Directed by Scott Cooper, the Western is set in 1892 and stars Bale as Captain Joseph J. Blocker who, after stern resistance, reluctantly agrees to escort a dying Cheyenne war chief and his family back home to tribal lands. Making the harrowing and perilous journey from New Mexico to the grasslands of Montana, the former rivals encounter a young widow whose family was murdered on the plains. Together, they must join forces to overcome the punishing landscape, hostile Comanche and vicious outliers encountered along the way.

Wes Studi also stars »


- Ashley Lee

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Clooney Joins Forces with Civil Rights Group: "No Two Sides to Bigotry and Hate"

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The Southern Poverty Law Center (Splc) is partnering with the Clooney Foundation for Justice to combat hate in the wake of the deadly violence at a white nationalist gathering in Charlottesville, Virginia.

"Amal and I wanted to add our voice (and financial assistance) to the ongoing fight for equality," George Clooney said. "There are no two sides to bigotry and hate.”

George and Amal Clooney on Tuesday gave the Splc  a $1 million grant from the Clooney Foundation for Justice. 

One person was killed and many others injured while protesting a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville on Aug. 12. Shortly thereafter, »


- Ryan Parker

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Hollywood Studios Could Launch $30 Movie Rental Service Early Next Year

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If Hollywood studios get their wish, a new premium video-on-demand service could finally be introduced in the first two months of 2018. One likely scenario: Consumers would pay $30 to rent a movie only 30 to 45 days after the film has opened in theaters.

That’s less aggressive than some studios might want — there have been suggestions of making a movie available for $50 after 17 days — but the more modest $30 price point could help to soothe the frayed nerves of theater owners, as well as lure more consumers to hit the “buy” button.

Insiders say Comcast, »

- Pamela McClintock

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'Abracadabra': Film Review

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A technically impressive mix of the commercial and the personal, Pablo Berger’s breathless wild ride Abracadabra daringly goes out on several limbs at once. Full-on Spanishness, elements of noir, gothic horror and social commentary fuse into a brightly colored, eye-catching dark comedy that’s inevitably hit-or-miss but never, ever dull — like a more cerebral Alex de la Iglesia, in whose spirit of controlled delirium the film has been made. Indeed, Abracadabra ends up looking very much like a cinephile’s homage to those bits of Spanish film — starting with dirty realism before spinning out into thrillers, gore and the occult »


- Jonathan Holland

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Russian Director Detained in Fraud Probe

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Prominent Russian film and theater director Kirill Serebrennikov was detained early Tuesday on suspicion of a role in the embezzlement of government funds.

"Creative director of Moscow's Gogol Center theater Kirill Serebrennikov has been detained on suspicions of organizing embezzlement of at least 68 million rubles [$1.2 million], allocated in 2011-2014 [by the government] for the execution of Platforma theater project," a spokeswoman for the Investigative Committee said.

She added that charges against Serebrennikov, former head of the theater center Sedmaya Studia, which ran the Platforma project, would be brought shortly. Under Russian law, embezzlement of this size is punishable by »


- Vladimir Kozlov

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Robert Pattinson, Woody Harrelson to Get Deauville Festival Honors

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Robert Pattinson and Woody Harrelson will join this year’s Deauville Film Festival as honorees, with Pattinson picking up his award after canceling last year and Harrelson on hand to present his latest film, The Glass Castle

They will join director Darren Aronofsky and actors Jeff Goldblum, Laura Dern and Michelle Rodriguez in receiving honors at the weeklong festival in France, which is set to run Sept. 1-10. 

This year’s lineup highlights independent films, festival organizers noted Tuesday, with five being debut films. Online video players are also well represented, with Netflix’s Sweet Virginia, Amazon’s The Only Living Boy in New »


- Rhonda Richford

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'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri' to Close London Film Festival

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This year's BFI London Film Festival has a closing night film. 

With an opener already announced in Andy Serkis' directorial debut Breathe, and Battle of the Sexes getting a gala screening, Martin McDonagh's black comedy Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri has been revealed as the curtain closer.

The film – starring Frances McDormand as a mother seeking justice for her murdered daughter, alongside Sam Rockwell, Woody Harrelson, Abbie Cornish and Peter Dinklage – will have its U.K. premiere on Oct. 15 at the Odeon Leicester Square theater, with McDonagh, McDormand and Rockwell expected to attend. 

"I'm excited to bring this »


- Alex Ritman

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