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‘Olympic Dreams’: Nick Kroll Delivers A Winning Dramatic Turn, But The Movie Never Crosses The Finish Line [SXSW Review]

‘Olympic Dreams’: Nick Kroll Delivers A Winning Dramatic Turn, But The Movie Never Crosses The Finish Line [SXSW Review]
From “Miracle” to “Chariots of Fire” to “Eddie the Eagle” and more, there are dozens of movies recounting the most triumphant moments in Olympic history lionizing the determination of the athletes and the significance of the moment. Yet none of them dropped you into the setting of the Olympics figuratively much less literally. This is what precisely makes writer, director and cinematographer Jeremy Teicher’s “Olympic Dreams” unique and something of a game changer for the genre.

Continue reading ‘Olympic Dreams’: Nick Kroll Delivers A Winning Dramatic Turn, But The Movie Never Crosses The Finish Line [SXSW Review] at The Playlist.
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Universal Pictures Hires Fox Exec Matt Reilly as Evp of Production Development

  • The Wrap
Universal Pictures has nabbed Fox production executive Matt Reilly to serve as the studio’s new executive vice president of production development.

Reilly becomes the latest Twentieth Century Fox employee to leave the lot as the 80-plus year old studio prepares to merge with the Walt Disney Company. The announcement of Reilly’s hire was made on Monday by Universal Pictures president Peter Cramer, to whom Reilly will report.

“Matt has experienced success at the studio level developing breakout franchises, while also working on a wide portfolio of titles,” Cramer said in a statement. “His great filmmaker and talent relationships, along with the ability to identify and develop unique projects, will allow him to quickly contribute to building Universal’s diverse slate.”

Also Read: Universal Pictures Makes Key Changes to Production Development Team

Reilly spent the last six years at Fox, most recently shepherding the launch of the popular “Kingsman” franchise,
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Win Passes To The St. Louis Advance Screening Of Marvel Studios’ Captain Marvel

Marvel Studios presents “Captain Marvel,” an all-new adventure from a previously unseen period in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe that introduces the McU’s first stand-alone, female-franchise title character—Carol Danvers aka Captain Marvel.

Set in the 1990s, “Captain Marvel” sidesteps the traditional originstory template, with Carol Danvers already possessing her superhero powers. Leaving her earthly life behind, she joins an intergalactic elite Kree military team called Starforce, led by their enigmatic commander, Yon-Rogg. But after Danvers has trained and worked with the Starforce team, and become a valued member, she finds herself back on Earth with new questions about her past. While on Earth she quickly lands on the radar of Nick Fury, and they must work together against a formidable enemy in the form of the Skrulls—the notorious Marvel bad guys made even more dangerous by their shape-shifting abilities—and their leader, Talos, who is
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Full Second Trailer for 'Rocketman' Starring Taron Egerton as Elton

"You gotta kill the person you were born to be in order to become the person you want to be." Paramount has debuted a second trailer for Rocketman, the upcoming biopic about the colorful life of famed musician Elton John, as played by Taron Egerton. This trailer goes all out and gives us a taste of the flamboyant world that Reginald Dwight (who eventually changed his name) inhabited. This is the latest film by Dexter Fletcher and it looks like a musical extravaganza worthy of Elton's career. The full cast includes Jamie Bell as Bernie Taupin, as well as Bryce Dallas Howard, Richard Madden, Steven Mackintosh, and Gemma Jones. Well, call me crazy, but I think this looks wonderfully entertaining - with epic dance scenes and all kinds of wild fun. Here's the second official trailer for Dexter Fletcher's Rocketman, direct from Paramount's YouTube: You can still watch the
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‘Rocketman’ Trailer: Taron Egerton Dazzles as Elton John (and Does His Own Singing)

Following the blockbuster success of 20th Century Fox’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” (over $800 million worldwide), Paramount is surely hoping its upcoming Elton John biopic “Rocketman” follows down the same path to financial success. Similar to Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, Elton John is a beloved gay icon with the kind of massive global appeal that could break the bank big time for the music biopic.

Rocketman” is being touted by Paramount as an “uncensored” look at John’s life in the years leading up to the release of his breakthrough 1972 album. The film attempts to upend the traditional biopic genre by including musical fantasy elements, which makes “Rocketman” look like the middle ground between “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “Across the Universe.” “Kingsman” favorite Taron Egerton stars as John, while Jamie Bell plays John’s music partner, Bernie Taupin, and Bryce Dallas Howard stars as John’s mother, Sheila Eileen. Fresh off his hit “Bodyguard,
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Featurette Teases Taron Egerton Singing as Elton John in 'Rocketman'

"All we can do is give our heartfelt interpretation of his life and his music..." Paramount has debuted a new featurette for Rocketman, the upcoming biopic about the life of famed musician Elton John, as played by Taron Egerton. The promo video explains that it's actually Taron singing the songs in the film, and even Elton was impressed by him. This is the latest film made by Dexter Fletcher. Paramount seems to be capitalizing on Bohemian Rhapsody's success and preempting any discussion on whether Taron is worthy enough for the role. The full cast includes Jamie Bell as Bernie Taupin, as well as Bryce Dallas Howard, Richard Madden, Steven Mackintosh, and Gemma Jones. There's another trailer out later this week to build the hype even more. Here's the new featurette (+ poster) for Dexter Fletcher's Rocketman, direct from YouTube: You can still watch the first teaser trailer for Fletcher's
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Oscars invite 928 new members in 2018: Complete list by branch (and 2014-2017 totals too)

Oscars invite 928 new members in 2018: Complete list by branch (and 2014-2017 totals too)
This year, a record 928 people were invited to join the motion picture academy and will be eligible to vote for the 2019 Oscars. Compare this intake to the totals of the previous four years: 774 in 2017; 683 in 2016; 322 in 2015; and 271 in 2014.

While Academy Awards nominees are automatically eligible for consideration, the rest of the candidates must go through a fairly cumbersome process. A candidate must meet certain branch specific requirements before even being eligible.

For example, actors must “have a minimum of three theatrical feature film credits, in all of which the roles played were scripted roles, one of which was released in the past five years, and all of which are of a caliber that reflect the high standards of the Academy.” For writers, directors and producers they need have just two of these credits.

The executive committee of the branch must endorse the application before forwarding it to the Board of Governors for final approval.
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The Academy Invites 928 New Members, from Daniel Kaluuya to Sufjan Stevens

The Academy Invites 928 New Members, from Daniel Kaluuya to Sufjan Stevens
In an astonishing move to swell the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences membership ranks, a record 928 artists and executives from 59 countries have been invited to join this year. The branches have increasingly actively sought eligible people to invite to join the Academy, but the Board of Governors makes the final call; this year, they did not invite Kobe Bryant to join although he won an Oscar for animated short “Dear Basketball.”

Clearly, people of color (38 percent) and women (49 percent) are among the many invites, as the Academy continues to address its long-term white-male dominance. As always, actors make up the largest branch of the Academy, but many new members also come from overseas.

In 2017, the Academy invited 744 new members.

Seventeen Oscar winners are among the new members and 92 Oscar nominees. Nine of the 17 branches invited more women than men. The percentage of women in the Academy has risen
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Movie Academy Invites Record 928 For Membership; Focus On Diversity

  • Deadline
The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences is out with its 2018 list of invitations for membership. Here is the list of the record 928 folks from 59 countries. Note that 10 individuals (noted by an asterisk) have been invited to join the Academy by multiple branches; they must select one branch upon accepting membership.

New members will be welcomed into the Academy at invitation-only receptions in the fall.

Actors

Hiam Abbass – “Blade Runner 2049,” “The Visitor

Damián Alcázar – “The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian,” “El Crimen del Padre Amaro”

Naveen Andrews – “Mighty Joe Young,” “The English Patient

Gemma Arterton – “Their Finest,” “Quantum of Solace

Zawe Ashton – “Nocturnal Animals,” “Blitz

Eileen Atkins – “Gosford Park,” “Cold Mountain

Hank Azaria – “Anastasia,” “The Birdcage

Doona Bae – “Cloud Atlas,” “The Host

Christine Baranski – “Miss Sloane,” “Mamma Mia!”

Carlos Bardem – “Assassin’s Creed,” “Che”

Irene Bedard – “Smoke Signals,” “Pocahontas

Bill Bellamy – “Any Given Sunday,” “love jones”

Haley Bennett – “Thank You for Your Service,
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Bryan Singer To Receive Directing Credit On ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’

  • Deadline
Bryan Singer To Receive Directing Credit On ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’
Despite Bryan Singer being fired from 20th Century Fox/GK Films/New Regency’s Bohemian Rhapsody, the director will receive credit on the Nov. 2 release, the studio confirms.

Singer was fired last year after going AWOL for three days on the set. This followed rumors of the director’s erratic behavior during production, even fighting with star Rami Malek.

Singer asked the studio for time off to deal with the pressing health issues of a family member, and 20th denied that request, leaving Eddie the Eagle director Dexter Fletcher to finish the film, which had three weeks left to shoot. Soon after his firing, Singer’s first look deal with Fox wasn’t renewed with his Bad Hat Harry label departing the lot.

Empire magazine featured an interview with Bohemian Rhapsody producer Graham King in which he said “Bryan Singer is the credited director of the film…Basically, Bryan had some personal issues going on.
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Kingsman Star Taron Egerton is Set to Play Elton John in The Biopic Rocketman

Taron Egerton, who is best known for his role in the Kingsman franchise, is set to play Elton John in the upcoming biopic Rocketman. The movie is set up at Paramount Pictures with Matthew Vaughn producing, and Dexter Fletcher is set to direct it. He recently replaced Bryan Singer as the director of the Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody.

According to Variety, the movie has also been described as, "a biographical musical fantasy that will weave together John’s life and his music... it follows his life story from a child piano prodigy (who by age 11 won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music) to a young man who rebelled against his strict upbringing, wore outrageous costumes and became a global icon who teamed with songwriter Bernie Taupin to sell more records that just about any musical artist of his era."

Tom Hardy was originally set to star, but
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Marvel Studios’ Captain Marvel Begins Production – Brie Larson Stars

Marvel Studios’ Captain Marvel

Brie Larson (left) gets hands-on help from Brigadier General Jeannie Leavitt, 57th Wing Commander (right), on a recent trip to Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada to research her character, Carol Danvers aka Captain Marvel, for Marvel Studios’ “Captain Marvel.”

Photo: Brad Baruh ©Marvel Studios 2019

Marvel Studios has begun principal photography in Los Angeles, California, on its newest film, “Captain Marvel.” The production is shooting in and around the greater Los Angeles area, which will also serve as the production base for the film. The production will also shoot on location in Fresno, California, as well as locations in Louisiana, including Baton Rouge and New Orleans.

Set for release in the United States on March 8, 2019, Marvel Studios’ “Captain Marvel” is directed by the writing/directing team of Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, whose credits include “Mississippi Grind” and “Half Nelson.” An all-star collective of accomplished writers penned the screenplay,
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New Captain Marvel Cast Revealed As Production Gets Underway

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Production for Marvel Studios' Captain Marvel has begun and with the announcement comes a cast list that may surprise you! Take a look!

For months, we've known that Brie Larson would be making her superhero theatrical debut as Captain Marvel in 2019. We've also known that Jude Law would be playing the Kree counterpart, Mar-Vell. However, as production begins in La, there comes a cast list that includes members of the Guardians of the Galaxy film, as well as an agent that's been out of the films for several years now.

Below is the full cast list, provided by Disney PR:

The film stars Academy Award® winner Brie Larson (“Room,” “Kong: Skull Island”), Samuel L. Jackson (Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “The Hateful Eight”), Ben Mendelsohn (“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” “Ready Player One”), Djimon Hounsou (“Blood Diamond,” Marvel Studios’ “Guardians of the Galaxy”), Lee Pace (“The Book of Henry,
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Captain Marvel Begins Production! Agent Coulson and Two Guardians of the Galaxy Characters Will Return

Marvel Studios has officially started production on Captain Marvel and we have some cool news details to share! A synopsis has been released for the film and we've also learned that some other characters from previous Marvel films are set to return.

According to the press release sent out Clark Gregg will reprise his role as Agent Coulson, which was awesome to hear! It's also been revealed that two villains from the first Guardians of the Galaxy film will also return. Those characters include Lee Pace and Djimon Hounsou. The press release doesn't say who they are playing, but it's safe to say they will be back as the Kree villain Ronan the Accuser and his henchman Korath the Pursuer.

They will join previously cast Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Jude Law, Gemma Chan and Lashana Lynch. Other new cast members include Algenis Perez Soto (Sugar), Rune Temte
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Olympics at the Oscar and "I, Tonya"

by Nathaniel R

Margot Robbie recently shared this pic from "exactly a year ago" when she was training for I Tonya

Is Margot Robbie the first actress to ever be nominated playing an Olympic athlete? I legit don't know the answer but I can't think of any others. The only previous Oscar nominated performances that we could think of were men: Will Smith as Muhammad Ali (though the focus there wasn't on the Olympics) and Mark Ruffalo as David Schultz (thanks commenters for this one!)

If you think back over movies that revolved around the Olympics in some way they aren't usually acting showcases (Chariots of Fire) or aren't focused on the Olympians themselves (Munich) or they're films that were either aimed at wide audience crowd pleasing or just didn't connect with awards voters (The Cutting Edge, Personal Best, Running Brave, Prefontaine, Eddie the Eagle, Cool Runnings) or they're documentaries
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Bryan Singer Was Replaced on Bohemian Rhapsody By Director Dexter Fletcher

Following the big fallout between director Bryan Singer and Fox, the studio has officially replaced Singer as the director of Bohemian Rhapsody. Singer was fired from the production earlier this week and now director Dexter Fletcher will finish the film.

Fletcher is an interesting choice. He directed the wonderful film Eddie The Eagle and has also acted in a couple Matthew Vaughn films such as Kick-Ass and Stardust. Fletcher was also one of the original directors in the running to helm the Freddie Mercury biopic before Singer was involved. Maybe they should have gone with him in the first place. Deadline goes on to explain:

The studio began canvassing for replacement directors even before Singer went Awol after Thanksgiving, sources said. Fox denies this, and the studio denies that anyone but Fletcher was offered the job once Singer was sacked. My sources said that the film didn’t appeal to everyone.
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Queen Biopic Replaces Bryan Singer with Eddie the Eagle Director

Queen Biopic Replaces Bryan Singer with Eddie the Eagle Director
It only took 20th Century Fox three days to find a new Bohemian Rhapsody director, bringing aboard Dexter Fletcher to take the reins from the fired Bryan Singer. What remains to be seen is if Dexter Fletcher will get any credit for his work at all, with sources stating that there are only two more weeks left of production, unless the new director decides to reshoot some scenes. The director will also oversee the post-production process, keeping the studio on track to release the film in December 2018.

Sources claim that 20th Century Fox had started quietly searching for directors even before production was shut down following Bryan Singer going Awol, failing to return to the set for three days after the Thanksgiving break. The studio, however, denies this claim, and rumors that anyone other than Dexter Fletcher had been offered this directorial gig before Bryan Singer was officially fired. Sources
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Dexter Fletcher Replaces Bryan Singer At The Helm Of Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’

Wild Bill and Eddie The Eagle director Dexter Fletcher has replaced Bryan Singer at the helm of the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody. Production on the film will resume in the U.K. next, so reports The Wrap. Fletcher was originally attached to the project during its early days, but according to the same source, left the production following creative differences.

Singer was fired from the high-profile project on Monday this week over reported absences and alleged conflicts with actor Rami Malek, who portrays Freddie Mercury in the film.

Singer denied any misdoings and responded with the following statement shortly after leaving the project.

“I wanted nothing more than to be able to finish this project and help honor the legacy of Freddie Mercury and Queen, but Fox would not permit me to do so because I needed to temporarily put my health, and the health of my loved ones, first,
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‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Replaces Bryan Singer With ‘Eddie the Eagle’ Director Dexter Fletcher

‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Replaces Bryan Singer With ‘Eddie the Eagle’ Director Dexter Fletcher
A few days ago, Bryan Singer was fired from his position as director of the Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody. And while the finger-pointing between filmmaker and studio continues, 20th Century Fox has already lined up their replacement: Dexter Fletcher, the English actor and director whose most recent credit behind the camera is the 2016 […]

The post ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Replaces Bryan Singer With ‘Eddie the Eagle’ Director Dexter Fletcher appeared first on /Film.
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Bryan Singer’s Replacement Found For ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’

It’s funny how things work. In the early days of development on “Bohemian Rhapsody,” Dexter Fletcher was among the directors — which included David Fincher, Stephen Frears and Tom Hooper — who were eyeballed to helm the movie. As you know, he didn’t land the gig and went on to direct other projects including “Eddie The Eagle,” while lining up possible musical biopics including “Sunny Afternoon” about The Kinks, and “Rocketman” about Elton John.

Continue reading Bryan Singer’s Replacement Found For ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ at The Playlist.
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