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Doug Liman Quits ‘Justice League Dark’

9 hours ago

Warner Bros. and  DC Films is not having a good week. Yesterday it was revealed that director Zack Snyder was stepping down from “Justice League” due to a family tragedy (his daughter committed suicide in March) and Joss Whedon of “Avengers” fame would be taking over post-production duties and shooting a new few scenes that he had written.

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- Rodrigo Perez

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James Mangold Details Original ‘Logan’ Opening Featuring Death Of The X-Men, Talks Cut Jean Grey Reference

13 hours ago

Hugh Jackman‘s last stand as Wolverine in “Logan” is now on pretty much every format you could want, and the team is doing one last press spin before moving on. Director James Mangold has revealed some interesting nuggets about the elements that didn’t make it into the movie.

In “Logan,” an event that is only known as the “Westchester incident” hangs heavy over the aging Charles Xavier, who was responsible for the accidental slaughtering of X-Men.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Contest: Win ‘Get Out’ Blu-Ray Prize Pack

13 hours ago

Having already earned just under a shade of $230 million worldwide, and still playing abroad, the numbers speak for themselves when it comes to the commercial success of Jordan Peele‘s debut horror film “Get Out.” The picture earned near universal critical acclaim as well, and immediately launched Peele’s filmmaking career, with all eyes on his next film, which has recently been slated for a 2019 release. However, if you’ve somehow missed the boat on the movie — or if you’re a huge fan — we’ve got some cool prizes today for some lucky readers.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Sam Mendes Exits ‘James And The Giant Peach,’ Now Eyes Live-Action ‘Pinocchio’

14 hours ago

Sam Mendes has been spending his time post “Skyfall,” peeking in at various projects, but not quite committing to anything yet. Well, that’s not entirely fair as “The Voyeur’s Motel” essentially fell apart over potential issues with the source material and a competing project, but though the filmmaker has eyeballed “Beautiful Ruins,” “My Favorite Thing Is Monsters,” and “James And The Giant Peach,” nothing has really stuck.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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The 50 Best TV Comedies Of All Time

15 hours ago

In the peak TV era, much of the attention has gone to the drama shows — the dark, morally complex, violence-filled series like “The Sopranos,” “The Wire,” “Game Of Thrones,” “Fargo” and many more. But that’s only half the story. While they might not fuel thinkpieces and fan theories in the same way, we’re in a golden age of small-screen comedy, as this month has demonstrated: the excellent “Master Of None” and “I Love Dick,” and the wonderful “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” have all recently landed.

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- Oliver Lyttelton

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Elisabeth Moss To Play Typhoid Mary In TV Series ‘Fever’

16 hours ago

We’re huge fans of Elisabeth Moss, and the year is barely half over, and we’ve already been basking in her absolutely stunning work in “The Handmaid’s Tale,” were again impressed with her small turn in Ruben Östlund‘s “The Square,” and are keeping our fingers crossed for “Top Of The Lake: China Girl“ to live up to its potential.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Jane Campion’s ‘Top Of The Lake: China Girl’ With Elisabeth Moss & Nicole Kidman Gets Off To An Uneven Start [Cannes Review]

16 hours ago

Let’s go through the checklist. 1: Jane Campion is one of my favorite working filmmakers; 2: The only other time she collaborated with megastar Nicole Kidman, she made “The Portrait Of A Lady,” which I’ll defend to all comers as the underrated masterpiece in both women’s catalogues; 3: I’ve extolled the virtues of Elisabeth Moss as an actress so much recently (especially in relation to “The Handmaid’s Tale,” and most recently for her small, terrific role in Ruben Östlund‘s “The Square“) that I’m a little sick of hearing my own fawning praise; and 4: “Top Of The Lake” season 1 was one of the best TV shows I’ve watched in the last few years — knotty, atmospheric, noirish and novelistic.

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- Jessica Kiang

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Michael Cera’s Bonkers Cameo On ‘Twin Peaks’ Revealed

16 hours ago

The ratings have come in for “Twin Peaks,” and despite lots of chatter, the series did lukewarm on Sunday, coming behind both HBO’s “The Leftovers” and Starz’s “American Gods” on Sunday night. However, in the digital realm, Showtime couldn’t be more pleased by the result. The network offered up four episodes to subscribers of Showtime Anytime, sparking a huge rise in users, and they were lucky enough to catch one of the returning series’ most bonkers cameos yet.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Dwayne Johnson’s Ample Chest & Charms Cannot Rescue ‘Baywatch’ [Review]

17 hours ago

At a crucial plot moment in Paramount’s big-screen adaptation of the popular ’90s lifeguard TV show “Baywatch,” brash, upstart recruit Matt Brody (Zac Efron) is playing with a dead man’s shriveled penis in a morgue. At the behest of his boss, Lieutenant Mitch Buchanan (Dwayne Johnson), Brody is looking for clues specifically in the “taint” region, trying to find anything that might point to the cause of the local politician’s covered-up death.

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- Rodrigo Perez

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’24 Frames’ Is The Final, Major Work From The Great Abbas Kiarostami [Cannes Review]

18 hours ago

On July 4th, 2016, cinema lost one of its living legends in Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami. For its 70th edition, the Cannes Film Festival rolled out the red carpet for the director’s posthumous final work, the documentary “24 Frames.” One must give credit where credit is due to Cannes for offering up the iconic Grand Theatre Lumière for the premiere of a nonfiction and non-narrative work that is a world apart from the glamour associated with the tapis rouge.

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- Bradley Warren

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First Look: Penélope Cruz As Donatella Versace In ‘The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story’

18 hours ago

After revisiting the O.J. Simpson saga to surprisingly resonant results with “The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story,” Ryan Murphy is turning his anthology toward another curious chapter in notorious celebrity history: the 1997 murder of fashion icon Gianni Versace by serial killer Andrew Cunanan.

Read More: How ‘The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story’ Became A Triumphant TV Highlight Of 2016

EW has the glamorous first look at Penélope Cruz as Donatella Versace in “The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.” I’m not sure why it’s Photoshopped to the point of being pretty much an illustration, but I suppose we’ll take what we can get. 

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘Wonder Woman’ Sequel Not In The Works Yet, Producer Explains Why There’s No End Credit Sequence

18 hours ago

Generally speaking, Hollywood likes to put their carts well in advance of their horse, announcing sequels and franchise plans long before they’ve really gotten out of the gate. It makes for good copy and gives the impression that everyone behind the vehicle is feeling confident, but Warner Bros. — who are juggling what seems like a good dozen DC Films projects — are taking a more cautious position when it comes to “Wonder Woman.”

The latest Dceu film opens in cinemas next week, and while early word is very good, producer Charles Roven reveals that no followup is planned just yet. 

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Michael Haneke Talks Making ‘Happy End’ But Won’t Explain The Film For You [Cannes]

19 hours ago

Michael Haneke‘s “Happy End” was easily one of the most anticipated films at Cannes this year. Coming off his last two films, “The White Ribbon” and “Amour,” which both won the Palme d’Or, expectations for his latest effort were sky high. Some were saying they never saw a line outside the famous Debussy theater as big as the one for the film’s press screening earlier this week.

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- Jordan Ruimy

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Hong Sang-soo’s ‘The Day After’ Is A Soundful & Profound Cinematic Serenade [Cannes Review]

20 hours ago

Speak of Korean cinema outside art-house circles, and the conversation will inevitably revolve around the kooky, provocatively intelligent genre-benders from the likes of Park Chan-wook and Bong Joon-ho. The more humble and unsuspecting cinema of Hong Sang-soo is an entirely different experience, and throughout his prolific career, featuring 20+ years of directing, he has amassed a collective of ardent art film fans. Through methodical pace and rhythm, quotidian storylines entrenched in Korean traditions, and translucent warmth for his characters, Hong has developed his own brand of sensitive and thoughtful cinema and, in his own right, added a unique voice to contemporary Korean film.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘Tangerine’ Director Sean Baker’s Boisterous & Heartbreaking ‘The Florida Project’ [Cannes Review]

21 hours ago

It’s a virulently lilac three-story motel called The Magic Castle, complete with fake crenellations, and it’s nobody’s idea of a paradise. Well, nobody over the age of 10, maybe. To the rambunctious, irrepressible, mischievous 6-year-old Moonee (instant tiny superstar Brooklynn Prince) and her friends Scooty (Christopher Rivera) and Jancey (Valeria Cotto), the juvenile leads of Sean Baker‘s bristling and delightful “The Florida Project,” it’s a domain of endless possibility and adventure.

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- Jessica Kiang

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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Cast Revealed In New Vanity Fair Covers

21 hours ago

Disney and Lucasfilm carefully plot the reveal of each “Star Wars” movie, with a marketing campaign that moves with unerring precision, often teaming with a particular media partner for each rollout. And this week, fans are going to get a new batch of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” news in the pages of Vanity Fair, but as a little preview, portraits of the cast have been revealed.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Nicole Kidman Resurgence Hits Cannes: “I Don’t Have To Work. I Work Because It’s My Passion”

23 hours ago

Cannes – Her fourth Oscar nomination this past January somehow an afterthought, Nicole Kidman has arrived on la Croisette as, arguably, the queen of the 70th Cannes Film Festival. That may give Isabelle Huppert stans heart palpitations, but after nearly universal acclaim and an Emmy nomination in sight for her work on “HBO’s” “Big Little Lies” Kidman has not one, not two, but four different projects screening during the fest.

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- Gregory Ellwood

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Joss Whedon To Guide ‘Justice League’ As Zack Snyder Deals With Family Tragedy

22 May 2017 3:29 PM, PDT

The superhero wars, the constant pitting of Marvel versus DC Films, doesn’t seem abate in the social media sphere, as both sides lob fiery tirades about why their team is better than the other. But let’s face it, these are just movies, and while that’s not to diminish the talents involved or the passion of the creatives, the responsibilities and realities of real life are always the number one priority, and today comes a bracing reminder of that fact.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Failure To Launch: ‘War Machine’ Starring Brad Pitt Is A Major Misfire [Review]

22 May 2017 2:01 PM, PDT

You’ve heard the refrain from filmmakers before: making a movie is like going off to war. The director leads the troops, his actors are soldiers on the battlefield, and everyone leaves their loved ones behind for months. The crucial key to the battle plan is a vision and the unswerving belief in that ideal in the face of all odds and obstacles. For filmmakers, faith in what you’re doing — as you take the plunge and jump off the cliff to make a movie — is everything.

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- Rodrigo Perez

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Inevitable ‘Resident Evil’ Reboot In The Works, James Wan Producing

22 May 2017 1:41 PM, PDT

Last year, “Resident Evil: The Final Chapter” hit cinemas, but only the most naive could assume that Costantin Film, who own the movie rights for the big screen video game adaptation, would simply let the property fade away.

Read More: 7-Minute Video Essay Explains Why Most Video Game Movies Suck

At the Cannes Film Festival, the company revealed that a reboot is in the works, but this should hardly be a surprise to anyone.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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