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Sorry Fanboys, Joss Whedon Is Not Attending Comic-Con 2017

3 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Sorry fanboys, but don’t expect Joss Whedon to appear during DC films Hall H presentation next month down in San Diego, California, as the director is not attending this year’s Comic-Con. Over the weekend, London based film critic Mark Searby ran into Whedon on the street and told him he was looking forward to seeing what he would be bringing to Comic-Con next month. However, Whedon replied: “I won’t be there. Only the second time in 20 years I won’t make it.” Just met @joss pic.twitter.com/Pc6CbZ4LPA — Mark Searby (@Mark_Searby) June 25, 2017 The »


- Umberto Gonzalez

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‘Conjuring 3’ in the Works With David Leslie Johnson Attached to Write Script

7 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The “Conjuring” universe continues to expand.

New Line is moving forward on its third iteration of the “Conjuring” franchise with “The Conjuring 3.” David Leslie Johnson is on board to script. James Wan will serve as producer through his Atomic Monster production company with Peter Safran.

The logline for “The Conjuring 3” is under wraps. As with the first two “Conjuring” films, which starred Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga as paranormal researchers Lorraine and Ed Warren, the story will be taken from the Warrens’ case files.

Johnson wrote “The Conjuring 2,” which went on to gross $320 million worldwide. The news comes two weeks after New Line launched development on “The Crooked Man,” based on the malevolent character in “The Conjuring 2” in the the fourth film spinoff from Wan’s 2013 hit “The Conjuring.” The others are “Annabelle,” “Annabelle: Creation” and “The Nun.”

The two “Conjuring” films and 2014’s “Annabelle” have combined to gross $897 million in box office worldwide. “Annabelle: Creation »


- Dave McNary

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'War for the Planet of the Apes': What the Critics Are Saying

6 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Step aside, Wonder Woman; there's a new beloved blockbuster of the summer — and War for the Planet of the Apes has a level of critical praise that would make even the first lady of superhero movies jealous. Simply put, it's getting reviews that summer tentpoles just don't traditionally receive.

To wit, The Hollywood Reporter's Todd McCarthy raves about the movie, praising its visuals ("the sheer beauty of the film is intense," he writes, noting that cinematographer Michael Seresin "intoxicatingly" captures the world around the apes), score and a story that dares to be morally complex instead of reductive »


- Graeme McMillan

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'Inconvenient Sequel' Directors to Change Film in Light of Trump's Climate Accord Exit

10 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

The directors behind An Inconvenient Sequel are breaking their silence in the aftermath of President Trump pulling the U.S. from the Paris Climate Accord.

In a sit-down interview with The Hollywood Reporter at the Nantucket Film Festival, where the Al Gore-fronted climate change documentary was the closing-night film, Jon Shenk and Bonni Cohen say they have been scrambling to make additions to the film, including a new epilogue, before its July 28 opening.

“We spent a great deal of time with Al thinking about how to respond in the film,” says Cohen, who previously issued a joint statement with Shenk on »


- Tatiana Siegel

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Warner Bros. Developing 'The Accountant' Sequel With Ben Affleck

10 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Warner Bros. is readying a sequel for The Accountant, with Ben Affleck in talks to return to star.

Writer Bill Dubuque and director Gavin O’Connor are also in talks for the proposed sequel to the 2016 feature, which followed a highly functioning autistic man who worked as an accountant for criminal organizations. When the Treasury Department starts to follow his activities, he uses his background as an assassin to protect himself and others. 

Producers Lynette Howell Taylor and Mark Williams are also eyeing a return.

The action-drama grossed $86 million at the domestic box office on the relatively modest budget of $44 million. »


- Mia Galuppo

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Sundance Jack Black Comedy ‘The Polka King’ Acquired By Netflix

12 hours ago | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Netflix has taken global rights to Maya Forbes and Wally Wolodarsky’s comedy biopic The Polka King starring Jack Black as local Pennsylvania polka legend Jan Lewan. Deadline hears that Netflix paid seven figures for the movie, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival back in January. A deal has been in the works since the movie premiered at Sundance. A streaming date has not been determined yet, but Polka King will hit Netflix before the end of this year. No word on… »


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Sally Hawkins (‘Maudie’): Critics praise her Oscar-worthy performance in new Aisling Walsh film

25 June 2017 9:00 AM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Sally Hawkins is emerging as an early Best Actress candidate at the 2018 Oscars for her role in the film “Maudie.” Directed by Aisling Walsh, “Maudie” tells the true story of the humble beginnings of artist Maud Lewis, who was afflicted with arthritis at a young age and lived in poverty in Nova Scotia in […] »


- Robert Pius

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Inside the Minion-Filled 'Despicable Me 3' Premiere With Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig

25 June 2017 11:17 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

For Despicable Me 3's world premiere, Universal Pictures pulled out all the stops with a full-on carnival to celebrate the movie.

And while Kristen Wiig, Steve Carell, Pharrell Williams and Trey Parker joined each other on the yellow carpet in Los Angeles on Saturday, it was really the minions from the movie who stole the show.

The trio of Bob, Stuart and Kevin hammed it up on the carpet as they danced and later posed for pictures with fans. (Fun fact: Given how hot it was the day of the premiere, there were two sets of life-size minions on hand to »


- Brian Porreca

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‘The Big Sick’ and ‘The Beguiled’ Rescue Indie Box Office, Top All 2017 Specialty Openers

25 June 2017 10:45 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Things are looking up at the specialty box office as two festival hits, Sundance breakout “The Big Sick” (Amazon/Lionsgate) and Sofia Coppola’s Cannes director-winner “The Beguiled” (Focus Features) both beat all the 2017 limited openings to date. With $87,000 and $60,000 per theater averages respectively, they both accomplished something only one platform film (“Cafe Society”) achieved all last summer. And they did so the same weekend in some of the same theaters.

This shows that core specialty audiences are starving for cinematic nourishment they aren’t getting from mainstream studio fare.

The two new films join “Beatriz at Dinner” (Roadside Attractions), which expanded well in its third week. A box office rebound for specialized non-mass-audience film is finally under way.

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The Big Sick (Lionsgate) – Metacritic: 87; Festivals include: Sundance, South by Southwest, Seattle 2017

$435,000 in 5 theaters; PTA (per theater average): $87,000

Amazon strikes again with its $12-million Sundance acquisition marking the biggest limited opening of the year, »


- Tom Brueggemann

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That Super-Sad ‘Toy Story’ Video About Andy’s Dad Has Been Debunked, Thankfully

25 June 2017 12:56 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The internet was abuzz with a video explaining the sad, sad backstory to “Toy Story” yesterday; unfortunately — or maybe not, given what a bummer it was — the video has been debunked by Pixar’s Andrew Stanton, who co-wrote all three movies in the series. “Complete and utter fake news,” he tweeted. “Everyone go back to your homes. Nothing to see here, folks. #Iwasthere”

Read More: Pixar’s Sequel Problem: Studio Tells Audiences Not to Worry About Franchises in Its Slate — Sf International Film Festival

Still, it’s a good story. According to Mike Mozart, who served as a toy consultant on the original film, Pixar’s former head writer Joe Ranft (now deceased) confided in him the tragic backstory of Andy’s dad. The long version can be found in the video below, but here’s the gist of it: Andy’s father, also named Andy, had polio as a child. »


- Michael Nordine

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Johnny Depp's dogs: Australia's deputy Pm threatens actor with 'perjury' investigation

1 hour ago | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Barnaby Joyce says government will examine whether it can take further legal action after saga of dogs Pistol and Boo

Australia’s deputy prime minister, Barnaby Joyce, has said the government will examine whether Johnny Depp committed “perjury” by smuggling dogs into the country while knowing it was illegal.

The saga of Pistol and Boo, the Yorkshire terriers who infamously landed the then Hollywood couple in strife in 2015, took another twist with allegations by Depp’s former managers that he was “fully aware that he was illegally bringing his dogs to Australia”.

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- Joshua Robertson

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‘The Leftovers’: Damon Lindelof Promises Naked Justin Theroux if HBO Drama Earns Emmy Nominations

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As Emmy nomination voting comes to a close, there’s only one reason “The Leftovers” won’t land any nods: Damon Lindelof started his campaign too late.

On Monday evening, the co-creator and showrunner of “The Leftovers” unveiled an Emmys Fyc campaign on his Instagram page, and made voters an offer they couldn’t refuse. If “The Leftovers” gets nominated for an Emmy, Justin Theroux gets naked.

Read More: ‘The Leftovers’ Longest Running Joke: A Timeline of Every Reference to Justin Theroux’s Penis

Ok, Ok, it’s a little more specific than that. Take a look for yourself at his first post.

A post shared by Damon (@damonlindelof) on Jun 26, 2017 at 3:50pm Pdt

“Nominate Theroux and the sweatpants go away,” Lindelof wrote over a photo of Theroux wearing gray sweatpants and only gray sweatpants. That’s a pretty clear message paired with a pretty enticing photo. It »


- Ben Travers

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Josh Duhamel To Make Directing Debut On WWE Studios’ ‘The Buddy Games’

3 hours ago | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Josh Duhamel will make his directorial debut for WWE Studios on The Buddy Games. He also will star in the film alongside wrestling star Seamus and Nick Swardson. Actually, you would know all this if you were watching WWE Raw, as Duhamel just announced it on the broadcast. Duhamel, who just opened in Transformers: The Last Knight, wrote the script with Jude Weng and Bob Schwartz. The premise: A group of thirtysomething friends reunite to play the Buddy Game. That is a wild… »


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Collider TV Talk: ‘Watchmen’ Series in the Works with Damon Lindelof for HBO

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Colin Trevorrow Responds to Negative ‘Book of Henry’ Reviews: ‘I Do Stand by the Movie’

3 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Jurassic World” director Colin Trevorrow, whose latest, “The Book of Henry,” hit theaters last weekend, addressed the scathing reviews that the drama has received, calling it “hugely disappointing.”

“It’s a little heartbreaking, without getting too personal,” he told the Empire Podcast. “It came to us as a bit of a shock because we had screened this movie to so many people, and we’d had reactions from so many people that we felt we knew what we had and we knew how it was affecting the audience. And that actually hasn’t changed. It affects audiences in the same way that we thought it would.”

“We did not anticipate that level of vitriolic dislike for the film,” he added. “In the end, do I want to be somebody who pleases both audiences and critics? Absolutely. Is that hugely disappointing? It is.”

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- Dixie Limbachia

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Jared Leto Partners With Omni Magazine for Production Deal (Exclusive)

3 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Jared Leto is partnering with Omni magazine in a deal to produce original content, Variety has learned exclusively

Jerrick Media and Leto’s Paradox made the announcement Monday. The companies did not disclose any specific projects.

Omni was a science and science fiction magazine published in the Us and the UK between 1978 and 1995. It contained articles on science, parapsychology, and short works of science fiction and fantasy and included authors such as Isaac Asimov, George Rr Martin and William Gibson.

Jerrick Media purchased the rights to Omni in 2012 along with several other brands, and has since reestablished the magazine as an online archive and forum for user-generated fiction.

Rick Schwartz, founder of Jerrick Media, said in a statement, “Omni is one of the crown jewels in the Jerrick portfolio. I can’t think of a better person to partner with in developing its content than Jared, whose career has been defined by fearlessness, otherworldly »


- Dave McNary

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