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The Joker origins movie screenplay nearly ready

19 hours ago

Simon Brew Sep 21, 2017

Warner Bros might just have its Joker origins movie ready to film next year at this rate...

It looks like news broke of the planned The Joker origins movie that Warner Bros is setting up long after work had actually begun on the film. This is the movie that won’t feature Jared Leto as The Joker (although he will be back in at least two films, including Suicide Squad 2), will be overseen by Martin Scorsese in some capacity, and that The Hangover’s Todd Phillips is set to direct.

Furthermore, it looks like the project may be on the fast track.

Variety is reporting that the screenplay for the movie is expected to be handed over to Warner Bros next week. It’s a fair assumption that the studio will want to do some tinkering work with it, and the script that lands may, of course, »

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New British animation studio inks major 20th Century Fox deal

20 hours ago

Simon Brew Sep 21, 2017

Locksmith Animation will be making animated movies for 20th Century Fox in London...

We’ve been following the story of Locksmith Animation for some time now. The company was set up in 2014 to make high end CG animated features in the UK. The people behind it are long-time Aardman producer Julie Lockhart, Arthur Christmas writer/director Sarah Smith and Elisabeth Murdoch.

Previously, it looked as if Locksmith was going to making its film for Paramount Pictures. But yesterday, it was announced that the studio had entered into a deal with 20th Century Fox. This makes sense, too. Fox’s agreement to distribute DreamWorks Animation movies came to an end with the wonderful Captain Underpants, and whilst it still has a pipeline of films through Blue Sky Studios – Ferdinand is next – it has capacity for more movies on its slate.

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Avatar sequels finally start filming next week

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Simon Brew Sep 21, 2017

James Cameron confirms that filming will finally start on his quartet of Avatar sequels this coming Monday...

They’ve been a very, very long time coming, but writer/director James Cameron will finally start filming his four Avatar sequels next week.

A start date of September 25th has been confirmed by Cameron, with the technology required now fully in place, and pre-production complete. The cast for the new films includes Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver and Stephen Lang. Avatar 2 is due in cinemas in December 2020, and then the films will come fairly constantly until we get the final planned movie – Avatar 4 – in 2025.

More news on the films as we get it, of course. But it may yet be a bit of a wait…

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Mark Strong interview - Kingsman: The Golden Circle, Stardust, Kick-Ass

20 September 2017 12:51 PM, PDT

Duncan Bowles Sep 21, 2017

Mark Strong chats to us about Kingsman 2, reuniting with Matthew Vaughn, and the brilliant Stardust...

Spoilers for Sherlock Holmes and Kick-Ass 2 lie ahead. We've also marked a bit in big red letters where we talk about a specific Kingsman 2 spoiler.

While Matthew Vaughn has been the director responsible for a string of fantastic movies, his talisman in front of the camera and a core part of his cinematic journey since Stardust, is Mark Strong. As the superbly villainous (or some might say driven) Septimus, a character just as mesmerising dead or alive, Strong imbued him with a roguish evil that really made him stand out in a packed and stellar cast line-up. His next project with Vaughn saw him take up arms (and fists) against a teenage due in Kick-Ass, doling out a new definition of ‘Daddy issues’ yet giving Frank D’Amico a »

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Sabrina The Teenage Witch series in the works

20 September 2017 12:14 PM, PDT

John Saavedra Sep 21, 2017

The Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina is coming to The CW in 2018, as a companion series to Riverdale...

File this under amazing news: Sabrina the Teenage Witch is getting her own series on The CW from the people who brought you the fantastic Riverdale, which is basically the world of Archie via Twin Peaks and Gossip Girl. The series is fittingly called The Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina, which is also the name of the best horror comic currently being published by Archie Horror. It is amazing, and if this show is anything like that spooky, dark book, this show is on the right track. 

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Anyway, objectivity and all that. 

Based on Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Robert Hack's aforementioned comic, the series will tell the story of Sabrina's occult origins. The dark coming-of-age story deals with horror, the occult, »

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New Game Of Thrones spin-off in development

20 September 2017 12:14 PM, PDT

David Crow Sep 21, 2017

The fifth Game Of Thrones prequel spin-off has been confirmed...

HBO has been coy up until now about whether George R.R. Martin was accurate when he blogged that a fifth Game Of Thrones spinoff was in development, but now EW is confirming it as a definite, and Bryan Cogman is writing the project.

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As per EW, the fan-respected Game Of Thrones writer and producer has been attached for months to an unnamed project set in the world of Westeros, and he’s working closely with Martin himself to bring it to fruition. When and where the series would take place in the vast universe created by Martin’s 'A Song Of Ice And Fire' is a complete mystery, however it will almost certainly be a prequel, as the other four projects in development are.

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Todd Haynes’ Wonderstruck gets a trailer

20 September 2017 12:14 PM, PDT

David Crow Sep 21, 2017

Todd Haynes' next film, Wonderstruck, has a new trailer featuring Julianne Moore and Michelle Williams.

We’re living in a brave new world of moviemaking when some of the year's best films have been released by either Amazon Studios (The Lost City Of Z and The Big Sick) or Netflix (Okja). That number might also soon increase since Amazon Studios is partnering with Todd Haynes, the Oscar nominated writer-director of Far From Heaven and Carol. Indeed, one needs to look no further than the first trailer for Wonderstruck to get an idea of the potential inherent in his next project.

Set to debut later this year at the New York Film Festival, Wonderstruck is the anticipated adaptation of Brian Selzick’s New York Times best-selling book (Selzick also wrote the screenplay for the movie). In Wonderstruck, the narrative will transition between two complementary but seemingly separated stories. »

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Benedict Cumberbatch interview: The Child In Time

20 September 2017 11:50 AM, PDT

Caroline Preece Sep 21, 2017

In July, we had a brief roundtable chat with Benedict Cumberbatch about producing and starring in The Child In Time...

The first television adaptation of Ian McEwan’s work, the BBC’s upcoming TV movie version of award-winning novel The Child In Time will also mark the first outing for Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch as producer with his company, SunnyMarch.

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Set in present day rather than the 80s setting of the novel, The Child in Time follows children’s author Stephen Lewis (Cumberbatch) as he struggles to come to terms with and move forward from the disappearance of his daughter two years earlier. His marriage to wife Julie (Kelly Macdonald) crumbling and left alone by his friends Charles (Stephen Campbell Moore) and Thelma (Saskia Reeves), Stephen must reckon with the nature of grief, time and the hope of acceptance. »

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CODumentary review

20 September 2017 11:46 AM, PDT

A new documentary charts the history of the Call Of Duty videogames. Here's our review...

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The Call Of Duty videogame series is, as gamers will attest, a juggernaut. It attracts revenues akin to those of blockbuster movies, cost about as much to make, and every year, queues of people turn up for a midnight opening to get their hands on the new release. Not bad for a franchise that started in 2003, and has now become one of the very biggest videogaming - and entertainment - series on the planet.

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In that 14 years, though, it’s a game series that’s had its fair share of bumps, and the release of CODumentary – essentially a fan-made, unofficial exploration of the franchise – is a welcome one. It’s from writer-director Jonathan Beales, and his film has the aim of exploring »

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Why are babies allowed into 18-certificate parent and baby screenings?

20 September 2017 11:27 AM, PDT

Simon Brew Sep 21, 2017

Parent and baby screenings of mother!? Aren't babies held to the same BBFC certificates as the rest of us? Well, sort of...

The first film that my youngest child watched in a cinema was Olympus Has Fallen. He knew next to nothing about it, given that he was less than a year old and fast asleep. But I’ll always be conscious of the fact that the first time he went to the movies, he snuck in underage. Because technically, he wasn’t supposed to be there.

It sounds a small thing, but Olympus Has Fallen was given a 15 certificate in the UK, yet clearly, my then tiny child was 14 years and counting shy of that. The cinema in question could have got into serious trouble for admitting someone underage, that it technically did. It is actually an offence, with a punishment.

In fact, go back to »

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The horror movie undertones of The Goonies

20 September 2017 10:51 AM, PDT

Simon Brew Sep 21, 2017

As the new film of Stephen King’s It dominates the box office, a look at its spiritual cousin, The Goonies

Currently dominating the global box office is the new adaptation of Stephen King’s novel, It. The book has provided the source material already for one production that scared the lights out of a generation – who can forget Tim Curry’s take on Pennywise the clown? – and the new film has been keen to repeat the trick. With no shortage of success, as it happens. Clowns are already reporting a decline in business.

It was when Mark Kermode reviewed the film on the Kermode & Mayo Film Review programme, though, that he described the new It movie not as a horror, but an adventure horror. And the inevitable line was drawn back to the mighty The Goonies.

The overlaps are clear. A group of young misfits find »

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The First: Sean Penn is heading to Mars in new sci-fi series

20 September 2017 9:14 AM, PDT

Joseph Baxter Sep 21, 2017

Sean Penn is set to star in a space exploration series on Channel 4 called The First, from the creator of House Of Cards...

Sean Penn, the controversial, two-time-Oscar-winning actor who first achieved notable acclaim for playing one-liner-spouting stoner Jeff Spicoli, is about to do something that he’s never done in his storied acting career: headline a television series, specifically, streaming series The First for Channel 4 and Hulu.

Penn, like an increasing amount of A-list actors, will take the television plunge in this new project, which was given a straight-to-series order by the streaming outlet back in May - a space exploration-themed story set in a near-future that will follow humanity’s first mission to colonise Mars.

Interestingly, the visionary behind the series is not one typically associated with the space/sci-fi/adventure genre. Beau Willimon, who is best known as the creator, writer and »

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The Dark Tower Blu-ray/DVD release date and bonus features

20 September 2017 6:24 AM, PDT

Kirsten Howard Simon Brew Sep 20, 2017

The Dark Tower is heading for its home release in the UK in December. Here are all the details you need...

Off the back of not very impressive reviews, the first film adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower saga - starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey - struggled to gain much traction at the Us box office, only scrounging up $19.5m in its opening weekend. Whilst plans are still afoot for a television series based on the books, there are surely a few question marks over the planned film sequel to this particular movie.

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If you were a fan of the film, or you want to grab a copy to see for yourself if it's any good, you'll be able to do so on the 31st of October if you're in »

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Fear The Walking Dead season 3 episode 11 review: La Serpiente

20 September 2017 12:50 AM, PDT

Ron Hogan Sep 20, 2017

Fear The Walking Dead delivers a solid, focused episode with strong performances in La Serpiente. Spoilers...

This review contains spoilers.

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3.11 La Serpiente

Fear The Walking Dead isn't a universe that allows happy endings.  Sure, you might get a few happy moments here and there, and between seasons anything is possible, but on a macro level, nothing's going to work out for anyone, and everyone's going to die miserably.  After all, these are a bunch of people who are trying to scratch out a living in an inhospitable desert, an arduous process even before the whole zombie apocalypse outbreak.  However, La Serpiente ends on a strangely pleasant note. Daniel and Strand have a handshake and an understanding of mutual benefit. Madison's gotten the water needed to keep the peace and keep the ranch alive. Walker sees »

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American Horror Story - Cult episode 3 review: Neighbors From Hell

20 September 2017 12:35 AM, PDT

Ron Hogan Sep 20, 2017

American Horror Story has dialled down the supernatural but stayed as horrifying and unpredictable as ever. Spoilers...

This review contains spoilers.

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7.3 Neighbors From Hell

There's a rope around the neck of Ally Mayfair-Richards (Sarah Paulson), and it seems that at every turn, rather than try to extract herself from the gallows, she only manages to tighten the noose a little tighter with every episode of struggling. Her business was failing and her marriage was a wreck before she shoots an innocent man in a case of mistaken identity, but after that, things only seem to be getting worse.

Cult is operating in a world not unlike our own, just heightened to a ridiculous degree. After shooting Pedro in a case of mistaken identity, the gun-fearing liberal Ally is saved not by detective work or her alibi, »

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Akira remake: Taika Waititi is now in talks to direct

19 September 2017 10:15 PM, PDT

Simon Brew Sep 20, 2017

Thor: Ragnarok's Taika Waititi is reportedly set to take on the long-mooted live action Akira remake...

A live action remake of Akira has been something Hollywood has been chasing since pretty much day one of this site. It’s certainly got close a few times, with perhaps Jaume Collet-Serra coming the nearest to getting the project moving, before he departed last year.

Now, though, there may be fresh life for the project, with the news that Thor: Ragnarok and Hunt For The Wilderpeople director Taika Waititi is reportedly in talks to direct.

Warner Bros has targeted Waititi to take the project on, although it won’t be his next film if he says yes. He’s already committed to filming Jojo Rabbit next spring for Fox Searchlight.

Whether the project needs a new screenplay from scratch, too, of it there’s a previous draft that works, »

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Terminator 6: Linda Hamilton set to return

19 September 2017 10:04 PM, PDT

Simon Brew Sep 20, 2017

James Cameron confirms that Linda Hamilton will be back as Sarah Connor in the new Terminator movie...

It’s been over 25 years since she last appeared on the big screen in the franchise, but Linda Hamilton is finally set to return to the Terminator series. She’ll be reprising the role of Sarah Connor in the upcoming, thus-far untitled Terminator 6.

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The new movie is being developed by James Cameron, who will be producing and has come up with the story. Directorial duties are being handed to Deadpool helmer Tim Miller, with an eye on a potential new trilogy. Arnold Schwarzenegger is also set to return.

Cameron, though, has announced that Hamilton will be a part of the new movie, stating that “as meaningful as she was to gender and action stars everywhere back then, »

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Why Matthew Vaughn quit X-Men: Days Of Future Past

19 September 2017 10:01 PM, PDT

Simon Brew Sep 20, 2017

Following X-Men: First Class, Matthew Vaughn had the option to direct the next film. He chose not to, and has been explaining why...

With his new film, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, now in cinemas, director Matthew Vaughn has been on the promotional trailer for the movie. And whilst on his travels, questions about one or two former projects have come up.

In particular, Uproxx has been asking as to why Vaughn – who sort-of-rebooted the X-Men series with X-Men: First Class – eventually passed on the opportunity to direct the sequel. Instead, X-Men: Days Of Future Past was handled by Bryan Singer.

“The reason I haven’t done sequels in the past is they just weren’t exciting me”, he explained.

“And on Days Of Future Past, even though I co-wrote the bloody thing, the reason I bailed out of it is two things: First, I respect Bryan Singer »

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Superman: The Movie three hour cut getting a release

19 September 2017 5:14 PM, PDT

Mike Cecchini Sep 20, 2017

A legendary extended version of Superman: The Movie will finally get an official release.

I seriously never thought I would live to see this day. Long before home video was a collector's format, when a blockbuster hit the small screen, it was a big deal. And when ABC in the Us aired Superman: The Movie, it was a big enough deal that they split it across two nights.

Yes, you read that right. Superman: The Movie's unwieldy 143 minute runtime wouldn't fit neatly in a normal time slot, so the network's solution was to extend the film itself to 188 minutes and add enough commercials to pad out two different two hour timeslots. That TV cut has been legendarily bootlegged far and wide for as long as I've been on the internet. The best ones would take the available widescreen footage, which would then jarringly cut to an »

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HBO renews The Deuce for season 2

19 September 2017 3:14 PM, PDT

Tony Sokol Sep 20, 2017

HBO’s seventies film industry series The Deuce, starring James Franco, has been renewed for a second season...

Times Square wasn’t always the domain of naked cowboys and groping Elmos. Or was it? HBO’s seventies film industry series The Deuce will 'bare' further witness in season 2, it's been confirmed.

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“We are thrilled to continue our creative collaboration with master storytellers David Simon and George Pelecanos,” HBO programming president Casey Bloys, said in a statement. “Their unique gift for immersing the audience in their dark and edgy worlds brings a brilliant verisimilitude unlike any other. With the remarkably talented Maggie Gyllenhaal and James Franco leading an exceptional cast, we look forward to delving deeper as this captivating story evolves.”

The Deuce stars James Franco as twin brothers who are each rising to their new occasions. »

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