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Leonardo DiCaprio in Talks to Star in Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Nightmare Alley’ (Exclusive)

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Leonardo DiCaprio in Talks to Star in Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Nightmare Alley’ (Exclusive)
Leonardo DiCaprio is in negotiations to star in Fox Searchlight’s “Nightmare Alley,” Guillermo del Toro’s follow-up to his Oscar-winning film “The Shape of Water.”

Del Toro will direct the pic and co-wrote the script with Kim Morgan. “Nightmare Alley” is being produced and financed by del Toro and J. Miles Dale with TSG Entertainment, with Fox Searchlight acquiring worldwide distribution rights to the film.

While there is a 1947 Fox pic, this film will be more based on the William Lindsay Gresham novel of the same name. The 1947 movie starred Tyrone Power as an ambitious young con-man who teams up with a female psychiatrist who is even more corrupt than he is. At first, they enjoy success fleecing people with their mentalist act, but then she turns the tables on him, out-manipulating the manipulator.

The film shoots this fall as del Toro fills out the remaining roles.

After “The Shape of Water
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Ben Affleck to Star in and Direct World War II Caper ‘Ghost Army’

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Ben Affleck to Star in and Direct World War II Caper ‘Ghost Army’
Ben Affleck will star in and direct the Universal Pictures caper “Ghost Army,” based on the book “The Ghost Army of World War II,” written by Rick Beyer and Elizabeth Sayles, as well as the documentary “Ghost Army.”

It’s unclear when the movie will go into production as it’s still in development and Affleck is expected to rework the screenplay. The latest script was written by Nic Pizzolatto (HBO’s “True Detective”), with an earlier draft by Henry Gayden (“Shazam!”).

The film tells the true story of a squadron of recruits from art schools, ad agencies and other creative businesses who were tasked with fooling the Nazis into thinking the U.S. had larger troop numbers than it actually did. The book follows a group of young GIs, including fashion designer Bill Blass, painter Ellsworth Kelly, artist Arthur Singer, photographer Art Kane, and others, who conduct a secret mission.
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Marisa Tomei Joins Pete Davidson in Judd Apatow Comedy (Exclusive)

Marisa Tomei Joins Pete Davidson in Judd Apatow Comedy (Exclusive)
Marisa Tomei, the Oscar winner who plays Aunt May in the current Spider-Man movies, will star opposite Pete Davidson in Universal’s untitled comedy being made by Judd Apatow.

Apatow will direct the feature, which is set to shoot this summer in New York City, and he also is producing with Barry Mendel, his collaborator on such comedies as Bridesmaids, This Is 40 and The Big Sick.

Universal’s senior executive vp production Erik Baiers will oversee for the studio.

Details on the logline are being kept under lock and key, but it is known to be a coming-of-age comedy set ...
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James Wan, Gary Dauberman Tackling Stephen King's Vampire Tale 'Salem's Lot'

James Wan, Gary Dauberman Tackling Stephen King's Vampire Tale 'Salem's Lot'
Stephen King’s vampire novel Salem’s Lot is heading to the big screen.

James Wan and Gary Dauberman, the respective producer and writer collaborators behind many of the biggest hits of the Conjuring horror universe, are teaming to adapt the novel for New Line.

Dauberman will write the script and serve as executive producer. Wan will produce, along with Roy Lee and Mark Wolper.

Published in 1975, King’s book centers on an author who returns to his hometown in order to write about an abandoned mansion in the small town. As he discovers the home has been bought by ...
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J.R.R. Tolkien's Family Does "Not Endorse" Upcoming Fox Searchlight Biopic

J.R.R. Tolkien's Family Does
With less than a month to go before the release of Tolkien, Fox Searchlight's biopic starring Nicholas Hoult as the famed author of The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit, the subject's family has said it does "not endorse" the movie. 

In a statement issued Tuesday, the J.R.R. Tolkien family and the Tolkien estate said they wished to "make clear that they did not approve of, authorize or participate in the making" of the film, which recounts the years of toil and imagination that gave the novelist the inspiration for his storytelling in ...
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Doug Liman’s $100M ‘Chaos Walking’ Undergoes Reshoots After First Cut Deemed ‘Unreleasable’ — Report

Doug Liman’s $100M ‘Chaos Walking’ Undergoes Reshoots After First Cut Deemed ‘Unreleasable’ — Report
When Lionsgate picked up the distribution rights to Patrick Ness’ “Chaos Walking” trilogy in 2011, it seemed that the home of such blockbuster adaptations as “The Twilight Saga” and “The Hunger Games” was lining up their next Ya-leaning smash hit. That market has, of course, changed in the intervening years — by the time the fourth film in the Jennifer Lawrence-starring “Hunger Games” series ended, each film’s box office had declined precipitously from the previous film; Lionsgate and Summit didn’t even make a final film in the similar “Divergent” series — and few studios are attempting the same multi-film treatment that ruled the box office just a decade ago.

It didn’t help that with “Chaos Walking” the film went through a few iterations on its way to the big screen, the kind that would slow down any film, let alone one arriving a touch too late. Robert Zemeckis was
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‘Avengers: Endgame’ Expected to Shatter Box Office Records

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‘Avengers: Endgame’ Expected to Shatter Box Office Records
Avengers: Endgame” has its sights set on world domination.

Disney and Marvel’s upcoming superhero epic should light the box office on fire when it launches this weekend, with the hopes of setting domestic, international, and global records. In North America alone, “Avengers: Endgame” is expected to earn between $250 million and $268 million in its first three days of release. If it hits the higher part of that range it would qualify as the biggest domestic debut of all time, a distinction currently held by 2018’s “Avengers: Infinity War,” the precursor to “Endgame,” which launched with $257.7 million.

Advance ticket sales have been sky high for “Endgame,” so box office watchers are confident the grand conclusion to the current phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe will be one for the record books. At the very least, the opening weekend of “Endgame” will position itself as one of the best launches ever. Disney
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The Tolkien Estate Won’t Endorse the New ‘Tolkien’ Biopic

The Tolkien Estate Won’t Endorse the New ‘Tolkien’ Biopic
Fans of J.R.R. Tolkien and his seminal work The Lord of the Rings might be soon lining up to see Nicholas Hoult play the young, hot version of him in Fox Searchlight’s upcoming biopic, Tolkien. But one group of people that won’t be in line are Tolkien’s family and the Tolkien estate, which have released a statement saying […]

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Tribeca Film Festival: 10 Music Docs We’re Excited to See

While the Tribeca Film Festival usually has strong music entries, this year has such a bounty that narrowing our top picks down to 10 was a challenge. This year’s offerings range from documentaries on the legendary Apollo Theater, the Wu-Tang Clan and Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman to music-adjacent films like Danny Boyle’s “Yesterday” (about a world with no Beatles), and anniversary editions of ‘90s classics “Say Anything,” “Reality Bites” and “This Is Spinal Tap” — all three of which have special Q&As with castmembers after the screenings. Covering Tribeca’s 2019 music offerings alone, it’s possible to spend upwards of 30 hours in movie theaters over the next few days — be sure to check back for Variety’s reviews of many of these films.

All I Can Say [Shannon Hoon documentary]. The unofficial chief cinematographer for this documentary about the late Blind Melon singer Shannon Hoon is: Shannon Hoon.
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Cool Stuff: Set the Mood for the ‘Game of Thrones’ Finale with a Bleeding Joffrey Candle Holder

Cool Stuff: Set the Mood for the ‘Game of Thrones’ Finale with a Bleeding Joffrey Candle Holder
We’re two episodes into the final season of Game of Thrones, and the battle for Winterfell is nearly upon us. After this weekend, we’ll be halfway through the end of HBO’s fantasy series, so there’s no better time to light a candle in the show’s honor. Of course, it wouldn’t be a celebration of Game […]

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‘Avengers: Endgame’ Will Break Box-Office Records, and That’s Bad for Business

Is Marvel on Team Avengers, or Team Thanos? The question verges on apostasy, but it has to be asked when faced with the projected opening for “Avengers: Endgame.” Not only is it expected to beat the $257 million (adjusted) opening for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” (2015), but domestic projections are a staggering $300 million (or higher!) as some theaters run round-the-clock shows. However, it doesn’t prove that exhibitors are no longer under siege; it’s more like a tsunami that washes away enemy troops… and most of the city along with it.

Here’s why.

It Will Only Make a Dent in the Box Office

Through Monday, 2019 total domestic box office totals about a little over $2.9 billion. Through the same date last year, it was $3.5 billion. Certainly, this weekend will represent an improvement — but only a slight one. Led by “Infinity War,” the same weekend last year grossed $314 million, for one
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The Morning Watch: ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Edition: Best Red Carpet Moments, Weird Trailer & More

The Morning Watch: ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Edition: Best Red Carpet Moments, Weird Trailer & More
The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows. In this Avengers: Endgame edition, check out an assembly of the […]

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Eighth Grade review – the exquisite agony of growing up | Peter Bradshaw's film of the week

Elsie Fisher is magnificent as a vulnerable teenager facing trouble at school and at home in Bo Burnham’s gripping drama

In all its boredom punctuated by sudden moments of unforgettable discomfort and horror – like military service – the state of being a teenager could best be approached in a numb state. There is interestingly something anaesthetised, or at any rate tonally ambiguous in this gripping drama about a teenage girl in the Us about to leave eighth grade, the last stage of middle school and due to enter high school after the summer. Elsie Fisher is absolutely outstanding in the role of Kayla Day, like an undiscovered Fanning sister: her smart, observant performance gives the audience instant access to her vulnerabilities, hurt feelings and quiet determination.

Writer-director Bo Burnham has been known before this as a YouTuber and comic, but this is not exactly a funny movie, nor does it
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Craig Fairbrass, Robert Glenister join UK crime thriller 'Villain' (exclusive)

Craig Fairbrass, Robert Glenister join UK crime thriller 'Villain' (exclusive)
Filming is now underway in London.

Craig Fairbrass and Robert Glenister have joined the cast of UK crime thriller Villain, the feature debut of Philip Barantini which has started shooting on location in London.

North American sales firm Double Dutch International (Ddi) has come on board to handle sales at next month’s Marché du Film in Cannes (May 14-23).

The film follows a former criminal’s release from prison, and his attempts to help his family by reconnecting with his daughter and clearing his brother’s debt.

Mark Monero and Izuka Hoyle have also joined the cast alongside Fairbrass and Glenister.
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Wes Anderson gets a wallpaper collection – let the over-decorating begin!

Campy wallpapers inspired by his films are now on sale. Which other directors, from Jj Abrams to David Lynch, should get their own lines?

Wes Anderson turns 50 next week. Of all the ways you could mark such a momentous event, one stands head and shoulders above all others: you could deck out your entire house in whimsical wallpaper that will make you feel as if you’ve accidentally set foot inside one of Anderson’s films.

The Anderson Aesthetic collection by MuralsWallpaper is campy, meticulously designed wallpapers that are inspired by the set designs of his movies. There’s the Suzy, made up of row upon row of perfectly symmetrical butterflies. There’s the Margot, a headache-inducing tiki-style clash of green leaves and orange tigers. And there’s the Agatha, giving the illusion of slightly drab mid-century wood panelling. Slap any of these on your walls and you too can
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Abigail Disney Calls Robert Iger’s Pay ‘Naked Indecency’ in Op-Ed

Abigail Disney Calls Robert Iger’s Pay ‘Naked Indecency’ in Op-Ed
After stirring a flurry of reactions over her Tweets calling out wage inequality at the Walt Disney Co. on Sunday, Abigail Disney, a filmmaker and philanthropist who is the grand niece of Walt Disney, penned an opinion column outlining her arguments against Disney’s pay practices.

In her op-ed, which was published in the Washington Post with the headline “It’s time to call out my family’s company — and anyone else rich off their workers’ backs,” Disney said the pay of Robert Iger was “naked indecency.”

“That’s 1,424 times the median pay of a Disney worker. To put that gap in context, in 1978, the average CEO made about 30 times a typical worker’s salary. Since 1978, CEO pay has grown by 937 percent, while the pay of an average worker grew just 11.2 percent,” pointed Disney, adding that this “growth in inequality has affected every corner of American life.”

She said Disney
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Avengers: Endgame fever set to make it first $1bn film in under a week

The climax to the Marvel superhero series has broken pre-sale box office records and is on track to shatter many more

If any movie is critic-proof, it is Avengers: Endgame, the culmination of 21 previous titles in the wildly popular Marvel Cinematic Universe, which began with 2008’s Iron Man.

Pre-sale records have already been destroyed by the cinematic colossus, with the film, which is released on Thursday, selling more advance tickets in its first 24 hours than any other title in history, as even lukewarm aficionados of the franchise race to watch the film on its first weekend, before spoilers assail them.
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UK's Emily Morgan, 'Border' producer among Efp Producers On The Move at Cannes

Three alumni of the programme have films premiering in Competition.

Emily Morgan, producer of Directors’ Fortnight 2017 title I Am Not A Witch, and Nina Bisgaard, producer of the Oscar-nominated Border, are among the 20 up-and-coming producers to be selected for the European Film Promotion (Efp)’s Producers On The Move showcase, which takes place at the Cannes Film Festival (May 14-25).

The programme for 20th edition runs from May 16-20, and includes pitching sessions, case studies, and one-to-one meetings with the international industry.

Morgan produced the Bifa and Bafta-winning I Am Not A Witch through her UK outfit Quiddity Films,
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Oscars Goes Status Quo With New ‘Netflix Rule’ But Makes Other Changes

The Academy’s Board of Governors held its first formal meeting following the 91st Oscars and the much ballyhooed “Netflix vs. Speilberg” showdown did not come to pass. Not only was the influential filmmaker never expected to be at the function, but there was also a conveniently timed New York Times story published on the same day that effectively spun that his concerns over streaming services’ films and their Oscar qualifications were grossly exaggerated.

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Autlook boards SXSW prize-winning doc 'For Sama' (exclusive)

26-year-old Syrian filmmaker Waad al-Kateab’s film has been picked up by Vienna and La-based Autlook Filmsales.

Fresh from winning the audience award and documentary feature award at SXSW, and in advance of its special screening in Cannes, 26-year-old Syrian filmmaker Waad al-Kateab’s film For Sama has been picked up for international sales by Vienna and La-based Autlook Filmsales.

Autlook has For Sama for all the world excluding the UK and North America. PBS Distribution will be giving the film (also selected for Hot Docs) a theatrical release in North America in July.

Co-directed by Edward Watts, For Sama
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