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Robert Pattinson Is An Exciting Choice To Play Batman

Last week, specifically on Thursday evening, reports came down that we had a new Batman. Yes, the latest Caped Crusader has an identity. Ladies and gentlemen, it appears that Robert Pattinson is the pick to play Bruce Wayne and Batman in Matt Reeves’ upcoming reboot of the character. He will be the newest Dark Knight. Obviously, the internet exploded. I’ve waited a few days because I wanted the dust to settle. Folks who are bemoaning it are just thinking of Pattinson as Edward Cullen from the Twilight saga. However, those who only judge him based on that are missing why this could be quite the coup for DC and Warner Bros., as Pattinson is evolving into one of the industry’s most interesting talents. Part of why this is so exciting is that the actor has been making some phenomenal choices of late. Pattinson is far from the guy
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Oscars 2020: Best Picture Predictions

In order for a movie to wind up in the Best Picture race, everything has to go right. So it’s way too early to jump into real predicting. For now, let’s assess the likely players. And we will update as we see where the chips fall, from Cannes to the all-important gatekeepers, the fall film festivals.

As always, this year’s Oscar derby started off at January’s Sundance Film Festival. Their most likely awards contender is Amazon’s $14-million buy, writer-turned-director Scott Z. Burns’ post-9/11 fact-based political thriller “The Report,” a taut drama slated for fall release that imparts reams of info about CIA interrogation techniques, along the lines of post-Watergate journalism drama “All the President’s Men,” which won four Oscars. “The Report” makes heroes out of dogged investigator Dan Jones (Adam Driver) and his boss, California Senator Dianne Feinstein (four-time Oscar-nominee Annette Bening).

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Oscars 2020: Best Picture Predictions

In order for a movie to wind up in the Best Picture race, everything has to go right. So it’s way too early to jump into real predicting. For now, let’s assess the likely players. And we will update as we see where the chips fall, from Cannes to the all-important gatekeepers, the fall film festivals.

As always, this year’s Oscar derby started off at January’s Sundance Film Festival. Their most likely awards contender is Amazon’s $14-million buy, writer-turned-director Scott Z. Burns’ post-9/11 fact-based political thriller “The Report,” a taut drama slated for fall release that imparts reams of info about CIA interrogation techniques, along the lines of post-Watergate journalism drama “All the President’s Men,” which won four Oscars. “The Report” makes heroes out of dogged investigator Dan Jones (Adam Driver) and his boss, California Senator Dianne Feinstein (four-time Oscar-nominee Annette Bening).

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Disney Confirms Summer 2021 Release For Indiana Jones 5

By the time Indiana Jones 5 hits cinemas, it’s possible that Harrison Ford will belong in a museum. Exactly when that will be was confirmed when Disney announced their latest production slate earlier this week. In case you missed it, it laid out the release dates of several “Untitled Marvel” projects, as well as alternating Avatar and Star Wars movies each year from 2021. Of note, though, was the appearance of “Untitled Indiana Jones,” which is targeting a July 9th, 2021 release date.

Given that Steven Spielberg is still hard at work on his version of West Side Story, which will hit cinemas on December 18th, 2020 and stars Ansel Elgort and Rachel Zegler, this date makes a good deal of sense. The project should enter production shortly and wrap sometime later this year, leaving Spielberg able to deal with post-production on it as he begins to ramp up whatever Indiana Jones 5 will be.
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‘The Americans,’ ‘Alias’ Spies Were Actually Good at Their Job, According to a CIA Disguise Chief

‘The Americans,’ ‘Alias’ Spies Were Actually Good at Their Job, According to a CIA Disguise Chief
Obviously, there’s more to being a counterintelligence operative than wearing a costume or hair dye. But even a professional agrees that those can be pretty helpful if done right, especially how they are portrayed in scripted shows like “Alias” or “The Americans.”

The latest episode of “Technique Critique,” the ongoing Wired series that asks real-life professionals to give their perspective on movie and TV scenes covering their area of expertise, set its sights on the world of spies. For this deep dive, the publication enlisted Jonna Mendez, the former Chief of Disguise for the CIA.

In the process of dissecting 30 scenes from the film and TV spy worlds, Mendez gave top marks to Jennifer Garner and Matthew Rhys’ respective undercover roles. Citing one particular “Alias” sequence where Sydney Bristow (Garner) really leans into one overwhelmingly red outfit, Mendez says with a chuckle that the CIA “could have used that as a training film.
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Steven Spielberg’s ‘West Side Story’ Set for December 2020 Release

Steven Spielberg's new take on the classic musical West Side Story finally has a release date, as Disney announced it will release the film on Dec. 18, 2020 -- when the studio has no plans to release a Star Wars or Avatar movie. Ansel Elgort and talented newcomer Rachel Zegler are set to star as Tony and Maria, the star-crossed couple at the center of this timeless love story. The rest of the cast includes Rita Moreno (Valentina), Ariana DeBose (Anita), David Alvarez (Bernardo), Josh Andrés Rivera (Chino), Ana Isabelle (Rosalia), Mike Faist (Riff), Corey Stoll (Lieutenant Schrank) …
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Oscars 2020: Best Director Predictions

Oscars 2020: Best Director Predictions
It’s still early days, as we head into Cannes, which mainly delivers contenders for the newly dubbed Best International Feature Film. That said, the Academy’s director’s branch, packed with overseas voters, tends to be the most receptive to non-American auteurs. Never underestimate Quentin Tarantino, who’s back after a decade in Cannes Competition with “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, and Margot Robbie.

As always, the fall film festival circuit will yield the most Oscar fodder. This year, finally, offers more than a few strong women contenders for directing nods, including returning “Lady Bird” nominee Greta Gerwig. Netflix has a strong set of offerings, including Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman,” one of several 2019 VFX-packed movies featuring the de-aging of its principals. The other that could factor in the directing race is Ang Lee’s “Gemini Man,” starring Will Smith.

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Oscars 2020: Best Director Predictions

Oscars 2020: Best Director Predictions
It’s still early days, as we head into Cannes, which mainly delivers contenders for the newly dubbed Best International Feature Film. That said, the Academy’s director’s branch, packed with overseas voters, tends to be the most receptive to non-American auteurs. Never underestimate Quentin Tarantino, who’s back after a decade in Cannes Competition with “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, and Margot Robbie.

As always, the fall film festival circuit will yield the most Oscar fodder. This year, finally, offers more than a few strong women contenders for directing nods, including returning “Lady Bird” nominee Greta Gerwig. Netflix has a strong set of offerings, including Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman,” one of several 2019 VFX-packed movies featuring the de-aging of its principals. The other that could factor in the directing race is Ang Lee’s “Gemini Man,” starring Will Smith.

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Oscars 2020: Best Supporting Actor Predictions

Oscars 2020: Best Supporting Actor Predictions
It’s way too early to predict the Oscars, especially in the supporting categories. But looking at Hollywood’s upcoming slates sight unseen, which movies have the right stuff to go the distance?

Studios tend to premiere their movies in Cannes as a launch pad for international release. That’s the case for “Rocketman” starring Taron Egerton as Elton John, Dexter Fletcher’s follow-up to $900-million juggernaut “Bohemian Rhapsody.” It also stars Jamie Bell as songwriter Bernie Taupin and Richard Madden as John’s lover.

And then there’s the return of Terrence Malick, whose “The Tree of Life” won the Palme d’Or in 2011 and went on to score three Oscar nominations. After delivering a series of “Tree of Life” spin-offs, Malick takes a new route this time with “A Hidden Life,” about Austrian conscientious objector Franz Jägerstätter (August Diehl), who would not fight for the Nazis in World War II.
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Oscars 2020: Best Supporting Actor Predictions

Oscars 2020: Best Supporting Actor Predictions
It’s way too early to predict the Oscars, especially in the supporting categories. But looking at Hollywood’s upcoming slates sight unseen, which movies have the right stuff to go the distance?

Studios tend to premiere their movies in Cannes as a launch pad for international release. That’s the case for “Rocketman” starring Taron Egerton as Elton John, Dexter Fletcher’s follow-up to $900-million juggernaut “Bohemian Rhapsody.” It also stars Jamie Bell as songwriter Bernie Taupin and Richard Madden as John’s lover.

And then there’s the return of Terrence Malick, whose “The Tree of Life” won the Palme d’Or in 2011 and went on to score three Oscar nominations. After delivering a series of “Tree of Life” spin-offs, Malick takes a new route this time with “A Hidden Life,” about Austrian conscientious objector Franz Jägerstätter (August Diehl), who would not fight for the Nazis in World War II.
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We'll Spare You the 784 Pages and Tell You Exactly What Happens in The Goldfinch

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We'll Spare You the 784 Pages and Tell You Exactly What Happens in The Goldfinch
It's been a long time coming, but The Goldfinch - Donna Tartt's Pulitzer Prize-winning book about a boy who steals the priceless Carel Fabritius painting "The Goldfinch" from the Metropolitan Museum of Art - is finally coming to the big screen. John Crowley will direct, with Sarah Paulson playing Xandra, Ansel Elgort playing Theo, and Willa Fitzgerald, Finn Wolfhard, Nicole Kidman, and Ashleigh Cummings also appearing. Though you still have plenty of time to read the book before it hits theaters on Sept. 13 this year, we totally understand if you can't fit the 784-page tome into your busy schedule. If short books are more your thing, here's everything you need to know about Tartt's legendary novel.

The novel is told from the perspective of Theodore "Theo" Decker, a 13-year-old living with his beloved mother in New York City. His story starts off with a bang (literally), when he and
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Leonardo DiCaprio, Margot Robbie and More 2019 Star Salaries Revealed

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Leonardo DiCaprio, Margot Robbie and More 2019 Star Salaries Revealed
Hollywood stars owe Netflix a big thank-you.

The streaming service is bolstering pay packages for the most famous actors in the business at a time when studios are getting downright stingy about writing generous checks. Ryan Reynolds, for instance, is getting $27 million to star in “Six Underground,” a Michael Bay film about a billionaire-financed vigilante squad, and Denzel Washington asked for $30 million to topline an action film for the company before opting to pass in favor of other projects. An insider disputes that Washington was ever offered a specific salary. Will Smith will likely score $35 million from Netflix in exchange for reprising his role as a wisecracking cop in “Bright 2.”

On the face of it, those figures are larger than what more traditional studios are willing to shell out for stars. Smith and Martin Lawrence once commanded $20 million a picture, but both actors are shaving their asking prices to
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We'll Spare You the 784 Pages and Tell You Exactly What Happens in The Goldfinch

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It's been a long time coming, but The Goldfinch - Donna Tartt's Pulitzer Prize-winning book about a boy who steals the priceless Carel Fabritius painting "The Goldfinch" from the Metropolitan Museum of Art - is finally coming to the big screen. John Crowley will direct, with Sarah Paulson playing Xandra, Ansel Elgort playing Theo, and Willa Fitzgerald, Finn Wolfhard, Nicole Kidman, and Ashleigh Cummings also appearing. Though you still have plenty of time to read the book before it hits theaters on Sept. 13 this year, we totally understand if you can't fit the 784-page tome into your busy schedule. If short books are more your thing, here's everything you need to know about Tartt's legendary novel.

The novel is told from the perspective of Theodore "Theo" Decker, a 13-year-old living with his beloved mother in New York City. His story starts off with a bang (literally), when he and
See full article at BuzzSugar »

Oscars 2020: Best Supporting Actress Predictions

As always, this year’s Oscar race kicked off at January’s Sundance Film Festival. Front and center at the festival were two Amazon Studios acquisitions. Like Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon’s 2017 Oscar-nominated Sundance Amazon buy “The Big Sick,” Nisha Ganatra’s “Late Night” (June 7) deals with how cultures collide, this time in the New York talk-show universe. Writer and star Mindy Kaling plays the diversity hire for an all-male writers room for a woman talk-show host, played with such brio by Oscar-winner Emma Thompson (“Howard’s End”) that a Supporting Actress nomination should be in the bag, assuming that Amazon turns their $13-million pickup (Metascore: 70) into a summer hit.

Amazon plunked down another $14 million for writer-turned-director Scott Z. Burns’ post-9/11 fact-based political thriller “The Report,” a taut drama slated for fall release that imparts reams of info about CIA interrogation techniques, along the lines of post-Watergate journalism
See full article at Thompson on Hollywood »

Oscars 2020: Best Supporting Actress Predictions

As always, this year’s Oscar race kicked off at January’s Sundance Film Festival. Front and center at the festival were two Amazon Studios acquisitions. Like Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon’s 2017 Oscar-nominated Sundance Amazon buy “The Big Sick,” Nisha Ganatra’s “Late Night” (June 7) deals with how cultures collide, this time in the New York talk-show universe. Writer and star Mindy Kaling plays the diversity hire for an all-male writers room for a woman talk-show host, played with such brio by Oscar-winner Emma Thompson (“Howard’s End”) that a Supporting Actress nomination should be in the bag, assuming that Amazon turns their $13-million pickup (Metascore: 70) into a summer hit.

Amazon plunked down another $14 million for writer-turned-director Scott Z. Burns’ post-9/11 fact-based political thriller “The Report,” a taut drama slated for fall release that imparts reams of info about CIA interrogation techniques, along the lines of post-Watergate journalism
See full article at Indiewire »

West Side Story Casting Pt 2: "When you're a Jet, you're a Jet all the way"

If you missed part 1, The Sharks, that's here.

With the casting of Steven Spielberg's remake of West Side Story complete, and planning to shoot this very summer, let's meet the Jets. We've done the research to familiarize you with the new cast which is thankfully extremely heavy with very talented dancers and singers so we hope Steven Spielberg has a heretofore unknown gift for filming big dance heavy musical numbers! Links go to their instagram pages if we could find them...

Principals

Ansel Elgort (Tony)

The 25 year old movie star has been threatening to do a movie musical for awhile now (he was once attached to a Hans Christian Anderson biopic that seems to have been trapped in development hell) and is finally getting around to it with West Side Story. Major credits include leading roles in The Fault in Our Stars, Billionaire Boys Club, Baby Driver, and the forthcoming drama The Goldfinch.
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Steven Spielberg's West Side Story Remake Adds Broadway and Dance Moms Stars to Its Cast

West Side Story has found its star-crossed lovers. Last year, it was announced that Ansel Elgort had been cast to portray Tony in Steven Spielberg's forthcoming adaptation of the classic musical, and Deadline recently revealed Maria will be portrayed by Rachel Zegler. The 17-year-old Colombian-American high school student was one of 30,000 hopefuls who participated in an online casting call, and her evidently stellar covers of "Tonight" and "I Feel Pretty" earned her the role.

Though Natalie Wood is famous for her impassioned portrayal of Maria in the original screen adaptation, the casting choice has since been met with criticism given that Wood was not Puerto Rican. In a statement shared with Variety, Zegler said she is "humbled by the opportunity to play a role that means so much to the Hispanic community."

If you haven't seen any iteration of the story on stage or the big screen, teenagers Tony
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Maddie Ziegler Joins the Cast of Steven Spielberg's Remake of West Side Story — as a Jet!

Maddie Ziegler Joins the Cast of Steven Spielberg's Remake of West Side Story — as a Jet!
Steven Spielberg has cast his next star for the upcoming remake of West Side Story.

Maddie Ziegler will play a member of the Jets, one of the rival gangs from the 1961 musical film. While it’s unclear who she’ll play in the film, it’s likely her dance talent caught Spielberg’s eye as Ziegler, 16, rose to fame on Dance Moms and has worked extensively with Sia on her music videos.

Joining the cast is Tony nominee Mike Faist who will portray Riff, the leader of the Jets, opposite Ansel Elgort who was cast as the male lead, Tony.
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Steven Spielberg’s ‘West Side Story’ Casts Broadway and ‘Dance Mom’ Stars

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Steven Spielberg’s ‘West Side Story’ Casts Broadway and ‘Dance Mom’ Stars
Steven Spielberg’s upcoming “West Side Story” remake has announced a cast of Broadway alums — and a few TV dance stars — to fill out the ranks of the new Sharks and Jets.

Mike Faist will play Riff, the leader of the Jets. Faist has already starred in the Broadway productions “Dear Evan Hansen” and “Newsies.” Puerto Rican singer and dancer Ana Isabelle will play Rosalia. Maddie Ziegler, who appeared in “Dance Moms” and in a series of Sia music videos, will play a member of the Jets.

Ansel Elgort and Rita Moreno were previously announced as the two leads. Moreno will be playing Valentina, a remade version of the character of Doc, the owner of the corner store in which Tony works. And Elgort has been cast as Tony.

Casting director Cindy Tolan oversaw auditions from over 30,000 performers that included open casting calls in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami and San Juan.
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Steven Spielberg’s ‘West Side Story’ Adds ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ Star Mike Faist, Singer Ana Isabelle

“Dear Evan Hansen” actor Mike Faist and singer Ana Isabelle have joined the cast of Steven Spielberg’s “West Side Story” remake, the studio announced on Tuesday.

The movie also rounded out its cast of the warring Sharks and Jets, the rival street gangs at the center of the musical’s story, with more than 50 actors, singers and dancers. Among them is Sia collaborator Maddie Ziegler, who will play one of the Jets.

Faist, who originated roles in the Broadway productions of “Dear Evan Hansen” and “Newsies,” will star in “West Side Story” as Riff. And Isabelle will play a colleague of Maria’s, Rosalia.

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Rita Moreno (Valentina), Ansel Elgort (Tony), Rachel Zegler (Maria), Ariana DeBose (Anita), David Alvarez (Bernardo), Josh Andrés Rivera (Chino), Corey Stoll (Lieutenant Schrank) and Brian d’Arcy James (Sgt. Krupke
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