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Will Smith To Battle His Younger Clone In Ang Lee’s ‘Gemini Man’

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When he’s not being a renowned cinephile who’ll spend most of May on the Cannes jury debating the merits of the new Andrey Zvyagintsev with Alain Resnais’ muse Agnès Jaoui, Will Smith is also a movie star. But the man who was once the unquestionable box office king of Hollywood has had an atypically rough patch of it lately.

Suicide Squad” was a rare bright spot last year — indeed, his second biggest grossing movie worldwide after “Independence Day.” But it was also an ensemble superhero movie, and got lousy reviews, so doesn’t entirely recover the star’s lustre, especially with a string of flops — “After Earth,” “Focus,” “Concussion,” “Collateral Beauty” — and with his go-to franchises of “Men In Black” and “Bad Boys” either rebooting away from him, or floundering in development hell.

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- Oliver Lyttelton

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First Look At Juliette Binoche In Claire Denis’ Cannes-Bound ‘Let The Sunshine In’

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These are undoubtedly dark times, and we need every bit of lightness that we can get. Even Claire Denis seems to think so. The great French director is known principally for her wrenching dramas and searing indictments of colonialist France, but when her sci-fi collaboration with writer Zadie Smith, set to star Robert Pattinson, was delayed again, she pivoted to something that she’s never really tried before: a comedy.

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- Oliver Lyttelton

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Priyanka Chopra Hits The Beach In The Latest International Trailer For ‘Baywatch’

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It hasn’t always been the case — it’s only a few years since “Pain & Gain” and “Hercules” underperformed — but Dwayne Johnson is, these days, about as reliable a star as you could ask for. Current mega-hit “The Fate Of The Furious,” which has made close to a billion dollars after just ten days on release, is his fifth smash on the trot, following “Furious 7,” “San Andreas,” “Central Intelligence,” and “Moana,” and his slate of upcoming projects, including “Jumanji,” “Rampage” and “Skyscraper,” all look like they’ll do the same.

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- Oliver Lyttelton

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Jeff Goldblum’s Dr. Ian Malcolm Will Return For ‘Jurassic World 2’

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Life,uh, finds a way! Big news in the world of dinosaurs tonight. Fan favorite Dr. Ian Malcolm will return. While the character was nowhere to be found in Colin Trevorrow’s “Jurassic World,” THR reports that the know-it-all mathematician and beloved character, who somehow survived both the ‘Jurassic Park” and its sequel “The Lost World,” will be heading back to the franchise.

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- Edward Davis

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Tom McCarthy To Follow Oscar-Winner ‘Spotlight’ With Disney Kid Detective Movie ‘Timmy Failure’

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To begin with, it felt easier to categorize Tom McCarthy. The actor-turned-director’s first three movies, “The Station Agent,” “The Visitor” and “Win Win,” were quite different in some ways, but all felt of a piece: gentle, humane comedy-dramas with excellent performances. But then he made the pilot for “Game Of Thrones,” albeit the original, unaired version mostly scrapped after cast changes and other issues.

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- Oliver Lyttelton

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The ‘Umbrellas of Cherbourg,’ ‘La La Land’ And The Bittersweetness Of A Demy Musical

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If you kept up with reviews during “La La Land”’s theatrical run at the tail end of 2016, you probably ran into at least a few mentions of “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg,” Jacques Demy‘s colorful 1964 romantic musical masterpiece. If you also keep up with The Criterion Collection, you know that “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg” just hit home video via a pristine Criterion Blu-ray release this month.

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- Andrew Crump

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Billy Eichner & Seth Rogen Join ‘The Lion King’ Remake As Timon & Pumbaa

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On the one hand, the idea of a remake of “The Lion King,” arguably the most beloved of all the beloved 90s Disney movies, is a horrible one: it’s yet another example of Disney plundering their archives for a fast buck, and it’d surely be difficult to capture the magic of the original movie. But on the other hand, we had similar feelings about Jon Favreau’s earlier Disney re-do, “The Jungle Book,” and then turned out to be pretty damn good.

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- Oliver Lyttelton

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Never Seen ‘Twin Peaks?’ Catch Up Before The New Episodes With A Handy Video Recap

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There’s so much going on these days — the upcoming Cannes line-up, the release of blockbusters like “Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2,” the constantly nagging threat that we might all soon be blown up by a bloated, tangerine-colored, narcissistic, deeply insecure reality show host — that it’s almost easy to forget that we’re now just a few weeks away from the return of “Twin Peaks.”

It’s over 25 years since the classic, hugely influential show was last on the air, and a full 10 since the last time David Lynch directed anything of note, so the show’s return is undoubtedly one of the major pop culture events of 2017.

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- Oliver Lyttelton

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Black List-Topping Madonna Biopic ‘Blond Ambition’ Moving Forward At Universal

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It’s a valuable resource that has launched countless careers and contained work that led to great movies, but taking first place on the annual Black List — a collection of the best unmade screenplays in Hollywood, coming up to its 13th year — isn’t necessarily a guarantee that your movie will go on to greatness. Some have been produced only to be greeted tepidly (“Things We Lost In The Fire,” “The Beaver,” “Draft Day”), a couple of outliers did go on to awards-lauded success (“Recount,” “The Imitation Game”), but most, from Western “The Brigands Of Rattleborge” in 2006 to 2014’s “Catherine The Great” biopic, remain unmade to this day.

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- Oliver Lyttelton

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Weinstein Try & Deliver The Cure For ‘Tulip Fever’ With New Trailer

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After two push backs on its release date and a lack of promotion for “Tulip Fever,” The Weinstein Company has finally presented an “official character teaser poster” for the period drama starring Alicia Vikander, Judi Dench, and Christoph Waltz. The film reportedly had polarizing results in test screenings dating back to 2014.

Read More: The 100 Most Anticipated Films Of 2017

The film is produced by Alison Owen and Harvey Weinstein, penned by “Shakespeare In Love” writer Tom Stoppard (based off the book by Deborah Moggach), and directed by Justin Chadwick (“The Other Boleyn Girl”).

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- Joseph Marconi

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Wes Anderson’s New Animated Movie ‘Isle Of Dogs’ Dated For Spring 2018

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We’ve known for a while that Wes Anderson has been in production on his latest movie, “Isle Of Dogs,” his first stop-motion animation since “Fantastic Mr. Fox” eight years ago, but there’s been no fixed release date for the project, and as anyone who’s ever done stop-motion will tell you, these things take as long as they take.

Read More: Ranked: Wes Anderson’s Most Memorable Characters

But the good news is that Fox Searchlight have just revealed a release date (at the same time as “Star Wars Episode IX” revealed its, natch), and the good news is that you have just under a year to wait: the studio will be releasing the movie on April 20th, 2018.

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- The Playlist

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‘Indiana Jones 5’ Delayed A Year Until 2020, ‘Star Wars Episode IX’ & More Get Release Dates

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It’s apparently the time of year when studios do the release-date shuffle: this weekend saw Fox move their calendar around and reveal things like that they’re putting out three “X-Men” movies next year, and today has seen Disney take time out of just rolling around in giant piles of money to address their current (non-Marvel) slate.

The big headline news is that “Indiana Jones 5,” previously set for July 2019, has been pushed back a year, and will now open on July 10th, 2020.

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- Oliver Lyttelton

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Lars Von Trier Continues Nicolas Winding Refn Feud, Calls Him ‘An Opportunist In An Unpleasant Way’

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It’s been an atypically quiet time for Lars Von Trier: the provocative Danish filmmaker hasn’t released a movie since “Nymphomaniac” in 2014, which means that he’s mostly been out of the press, where his ever-quotable, often controversial mouth tends to get him as much attention as the movies. But Von Trier’s starting to emerge from the shadows: the director is midway through shooting his new film, serial-killer tale “The House That Jack Built” with Matt Dillon, Uma Thurman and Riley Keough.

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- Oliver Lyttelton

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‘Chewing Gum,’ ‘Catastrophe’ And The Rise Of UK TV Comedy

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When Colin Welland, accepting his screenwriting Oscar for “Chariots of Fire” in 1982, echoed Paul Revere’s famous words “the British are coming!,” it’s widely felt he ushered in a long period of decline in the fortunes of U.K. filmmaking in the U.S. So we don’t want to make the same mistake here, and will just point out that, in addition to all the British imports that have already snuck past Customs and Border Protection and onto American screens, in just a few weeks we see season 3 of “Catastrophe” come to Amazon (this Friday), and the first two seasons of “Chewing Gum” come to Netflix, to no little fanfare.

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- Jessica Kiang

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DC To Launch Their Own Netflix-Style Streaming Service With Live-Action ‘Teen Titans’ Show From ‘Batman & Robin’ Writer

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The streaming revolution has been a relatively simple one so far: if you had Netflix and Amazon, that would cover your bases for most of the big shows and movies out there eventually. But things have become increasingly splintered for the cord-cutters: HBO launched HBO Go; Hulu land their first real killer app this week with “The Handmaid’s Tale”; and even CBS, home of Shows That Your Grandparents Fall Asleep To, got in on the act with CBS All Access, which exclusively holds “The Good Wife” spin-off “The Good Fight” and the upcoming new “Star Trek” show.

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- Oliver Lyttelton

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Rebecca Hall & Dan Stevens Impress In The Charming ‘Permission’ [Tribeca Review]

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Despite a slightly silly premise and a script that plays it fast and loose with increasingly ridiculous scenarios, director Brian Crano‘s sincere and funny “Permission” manages to charm and impress thanks to the largely committed and above-average cast of Rebecca Hall and Dan Stevens. A comedy/drama hybrid that strongly resembles the underrated “Sleeping With Other People” in tone, “Permission” skillfully tackles this popular dram-com mixture while adding a relatively fresh spin on the genre.

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- Ally Johnson

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Brian Cox Will Fight Them On The Beaches In New Trailer For WW2 Biopic ‘Churchill’ [Watch

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Let us pitch you something quickly. It’s a movie called “Crisis On Infinite Churchills,” and it’s an “Avengers”-style team-up movie where all the actors who’ve played the great British leaders — Michael Gambon, Albert Finney, Brendan Gleeson, John Lithgow, Timothy Spall, a CGI recreation of a young Richard Attenborough — reprise the role as the various parallel-universe versions of Churchill battle “Highlander”-style for supremacy.

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- The Playlist

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Bruce Willis Goes Full-Blown ‘John Wick’ In Trailer For ‘Once Upon A Time In Venice’

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Just a few years ago, it felt like Bruce Willis was heading into serious comeback territory: the “Red” franchise had proved a surprise hit, and he won some of the best reviews of his career for the one-two punch of “Looper” and “Moonrise Kingdom,” working with two of the most acclaimed directors around with Rian Johnson and Wes Anderson.

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- The Playlist

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Will Smith, Paolo Sorrentino & Park Chan-Wook Join Pedro Almodóvar & Jessica Chastain On Cannes Jury Duties

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This year is the 70th Cannes Film Festival, and it seems like more than ever, Thierry Frémaux and co. are planning on pulling out the stops to make it a festival to remember. The line-up of movies certainly suggests that, and now the festival has revealed what might be the most high-profile jury line-up in the seven-decade history of movies on the Croisette.

Read More: Let’s Talk About A Cannes Line-Up: Hollywood’s Studios Are Sitting Out [Podcast]

We already knew that the legendary Pedro Almodóvar was going to serve as jury president, and Jessica Chastain joined him in the line-up last week.

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- Oliver Lyttelton

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Chris Pratt Gives ‘Suicide Squad’ Some Critical Tips; Zoe Saldana Delivers An ‘Avengers’ Spoiler?

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Only yesterday, we learned that one of the reasons that the title for the fourth “Avengers” movie in 2019 hasn’t been revealed yet, despite the film being two years away, is that Kevin Feige considers it to be something of a spoiler for future “Avengers” movies. Well, nobody gave the memo to Zoe Saldana, who even before the day was out might have managed to spill the beans on that secret title.

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- Oliver Lyttelton

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