Owen Vaccaro to Star Opposite Cate Blanchett in ‘House With a Clock in Its Walls’ (Exclusive)
The novel tells the tale of a recently orphaned 10-year-old boy, played by Vaccaro, who discovers a world of hidden passageways, magic, and danger in his uncle’s old house.
Production begins next month with no release date set at this time.
Vaccaro broke out in the Paramount comedy “Daddy’s Home” as Will Ferrell’s stepson and Mark Wahlberg’s biological son and can be seen reprising the role in “Daddy’s Home 2” opening November 10, with Mel Gibson and »
- Justin Kroll
Kaya Scodelario, Josh Hutcherson to Star in Action-Romance ‘Die in a Gunfight’
The Mark Gordon Company is producing the film, with photography set to begin next month in Boston. Collin Schiffli will direct the film. His 2014 movie “Animals” won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2014 SXSW Film Festival.
Scodelario and Hutcherson will play the star-crossed lovers who share an eagerness to break from the confines of their lives that fuels their passion for each other and leads to an all-out struggle for their love against a backdrop of corporate espionage, revenge, and a long-standing feud between their families. Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari, who teamed on Marvel’s upcoming “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” wrote the screenplay. »
- Dave McNary
Kevin Hart's 'Night School' Adds Megalyn Echikunwoke (Exclusive)
Based on a story by Hart, Night School follows a group of misfits who are forced to attend adult classes with the long shot hope that they'll pass the Ged exam.
- Ashley Lee
Shirley MacLaine Joins Anna Kendrick in Female Santa Claus Movie ‘Nicole’ (Exclusive)
The movie revolves around Santa’s daughter, presumably the titular Nicole, who is forced to take over the family business when her father retires and brother ends up getting cold feet prior to his first big Christmas Eve flight. MacLaine will play Elf Polly who was Nicole’s nanny and helped raise her all of her life.
- Justin Kroll
'It' Sequel Gets September 2019 Release Date
Pennywise the Dancing Clown is getting ready to terrorize audiences all over again.
Since its debut earlier this month, the film adaptation of Stephen King's book has shattered numerous records, including becoming the top-grossing horror film of all time, not adjusting for inflation. The Exorcist, released in 1973, made $233 million in North America and $441.3 million worldwide, but the domestic portion swells to $917.5 million when adjusting for inflation.
It has earned »
- Pamela McClintock
Release Date of “I, Tonya” Hints at Oscar Aspirations
The movie I, Tonya, made its debut at the Toronto International Film Festival earlier in the year. Viewers gave the movie stellar reviews largely based on the performances of Margot Robbie and Allison Janney. Based on a true life story (which Robbie was totally oblivious to, even after reading the script) of Tonya Harding. It is scheduled to open in theaters on December 8th after its rights were bought by Neon for a hefty price tag of $5 million. That is a considerable sum to pay for a biopic, especially about ice skating. The fact that Robbie, at age 27,
Release Date of “I, Tonya” Hints at Oscar Aspirations »
- Nat Berman
Denis Villeneuve Says ‘Blade Runner 2049’ Will Be His Director’s Cut
Upon its release in 1982, “Blade Runner” had so much studio interference, that its history has been plagued with ups and downs. Receiving mixed reviews, the film came and went upon release, but ended up receiving a cult following on home video, which had its director Ridley Scott amped up and screening his own versions to audiences around the country for the next few years. There have been several versions of “Blade Runner,” seven to be specific, but the ultimate version will always be “The Final Cut” which got rid of the narration, left us with an extra final brilliant shot, and fixed many of the plot holes that were present in the original.
- Jordan Ruimy
Quentin Tarantino Is Totally Down to Direct a ‘Star Trek’ Movie and Already Has Ideas
We’re not sure when we’ll be getting another Star Trek to follow up Star Trek Beyond, but we do know that Paramount Pictures isn’t too happy with franchise producer J.J. Abrams after he decided to head back to Lucasfilm and Disney to direct Star Wars: Episode IX. The good news is that they don’t have to […]
- Ethan Anderton
‘The Princess Bride’ Turns 30: Rob Reiner, Robin Wright, Billy Crystal Dish About Making the Cult Classic
It’s no secret “The Princess Bride” was not a box office success when it opened in 1987. And it’s also no secret that thanks to home video, cable, DVD, and now Blu-ray, the charmingly funny fractured fairy tale directed by Rob Reiner and adapted by William Goldman from his 1973 novel, has become part of the cultural landscape.
Stars Chris Sarandon, Cary Elwes, and Wallace Shawn once did a Q&A after a screening for an audience of 5,000 people. Rabid fans approached the stars reciting their lines — especially Mandy Patinkin’s “Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die,” and Shawn’s “Inconceivable.” Even Ted Cruz reenacted the hilarious scene featuring Billy Crystal as Miracle Max and Carol Kane as his wife Valerie during the 2016 presidential campaign.
But did you know the film once saved a woman’s life?
“Honestly, I’m not making this up,” said Reiner. »
- Susan King
Harry Knowles Sex-Assault Allegations Prompt Staff Exodus at Ain't It Cool News
Several writers have resigned from the influential movie site Ain't It Cool News (AICN) after a woman came forward to accuse that site's 45-year-old founder, Harry Knowles, of having sexually assaulted her nearly two decades ago.
In a statement posted Monday to Twitter, Steve Prokopy, a Chicago-based writer who signs his reviews "Capone," called the choice to leave the site "a remarkably easy decision to make."
"I sincerely hope that the women impacted by any of these incidents have received all the support and strength they need to recover and heal," Prokopy said.
Eric Vespe, who wrote »
- Seth Abramovitch
Never go back: why the Terminator reunion may be a recipe for failure
Restoring Linda Hamilton and James Cameron to the man versus the machines saga could be a smart move, but plenty of great directors – from Ridley Scott to George Lucas – have stalled when returning to past glories
In the realm of Hollywood sci-fi, only one future is guaranteed. If a movie finds even a modicum of success with audiences, it will eventually be remade or turned into the starting point for a franchise. Who would have thought that a well-received but largely forgotten 1973 thriller about a wild west-style amusement park whose android cowboys turn on their guests would spark the best new television show of last year, in HBO’s Westworld? And who might have imagined in 1984 that The Terminator, a low budget futuristic vision from rookie film-maker James Cameron, would still be knocking around Hollywood 20 years after the date upon which the machines were supposed to have destroyed human civilisation? »
- Ben Child
‘The Lego Ninjago Movie’ Tops Studios’ TV Ad Spending
In this week’s edition of the Variety Movie Commercial Tracker, powered by the TV advertising attention analytics company iSpot.tv, Warner Bros. Animations claims the top spot in spending with “The Lego Ninjago Movie.”
Ads placed for the animated film had an estimated media value of $4.38 million through Sunday for 1,227 national ad airings across 48 networks. (Spend figures are based on estimates generated from Sept. 18-24. Estimates may be updated after the chart is posted as new information becomes available.) Warner Bros. prioritized budget across networks including ABC, Comedy Central and NBC, and targeted a sports-fan crowd with airings during NFL Football and College Football games. It also prioritized spend during shows such as SpongeBob SquarePants, The Big Bang Theory and South Park.
Just behind “The Lego Ninjago Movie” in second place: Universal Pictures’ “American Made,” which saw 883 national ad airings across 41 networks, with an estimated media value of $4.31 million. Notably, »
Film Review: Chadwick Boseman in ‘Marshall’
If comic-book superheroes get origin stories, why shouldn’t Supreme Court justices? With its punchy, one-word title, “Marshall” sounds like it might be our introduction to some kind of pulp enforcer, but is in fact the story of ambitious young civil rights attorney Thurgood Marshall — who would go on to become the first African-American associate justice named to the highest court in the land — and one of his early cases, reminiscent of the one Atticus Finch tries in “To Kill a Mockinbird,” in which a terrified black chauffeur stands accused of the rape and attempted murder of his white employer.
How appropriate then that the title role should go to Chadwick Boseman, the handsome, fast-rising star who has played heroes both real (Jackie Robinson in “42”) and imaginary (Black Panther in the upcoming Marvel film), and who balances the two in this performance, offsetting Marshall’s mythic stature as the chief counsel for the NAACP with those qualities »
- Peter Debruge
‘Megyn Kelly Today’ Premiere: Unremarkable Start Leaves Viewers Wondering What’s The Point of All This
NBC’s attempt to give the former Fox News host an extreme non-partisan makeover got off to a bumpy start earlier this year, as Kelly’s primetime newsmagazine “Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly” drew fire for lackluster chats with Vladimir Putin and Alex Jones, both controversial figures intent on undermining American democracy.
It was a lose-lose situation for Kelly, who has alienated both sides of the political aisle: The left, by years of race baiting on Fox News; the right, by disavowing those Fox years (ironically, just before racism became a cornerstone of the new presidential administration).
Kelly had a lot of baggage to unpack in her move to 30 Rock, which made Monday’s premiere of “Megyn Kelly Today »
- Michael Schneider
‘The Brave’ Review: What if NBC’s Dull Military Drama Actually Follows Through on Its Big Twist? — Spoilers
[Editor’s Note: The following review of “The Brave” Season 1, Episode 1, “Pilot,” contains spoilers.]
“The Brave” may chronicle the actions of courageous men and women, but, as a series, it’s anything but. The pilot is a paint-by-numbers kidnap-and-rescue story with an unrealistically happy ending, and the military drama only approaches any kind of haunting authenticity with an ending as dark and terrifying as it is likely not to come true.
Beginning in Syria, the first episode picks up Dr. Kimberly Welles (Alix Wilton Regan) as she’s getting a ride home from her posting with Doctors Without Borders. But when her driver takes an alternate route and then abandons the car, gunmen descend on the car and take Kimberly by force.
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- Ben Travers
The Teen Titans Are Getting Their Own Movie, But Not In The Way You’d Expect
The Teen Titans are finally making the jump to the big screen, but it isn't in the way you might be thinking at first. »
Harry Knowles Booted from Austin Film Critics Association In Wake of Sexual Assault Allegations — Exclusive
As the fallout of sexual assault allegations made against Ain’t It Cool News founder Harry Knowles continues, the Austin Film Critics Association has announced that Knowles has been removed from their organization, effective immediately.
In an official statement, Afca president Brian Salisbury commented, “After obtaining a substantial majority vote from membership, we have made the decision to remove Harry Knowles from our group. We feel this is the best choice for our organization and for the future of the Austin film community.”
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After IndieWire posted a story over the weekend in which an Austin-area woman came forward with allegations of sexual assault at the hands of Knowles in the early-aughts, social media exploded with the news, which encouraged a slew of other women to come forward with similar allegations. »
- Kate Erbland
What Needs To Happen With The Joker And Harley Quinn's Relationship, According To Margot Robbie
‘The Vietnam War’: How Vietnamese Women Saw Combat and Got Involved in Other Harrowing War Efforts
Women have been involved with war efforts throughout history, but the more accepted duties have mainly been civilian — such as medical, supplies or domestic roles. The amount of combat seen by women depends on the country, and restrictions stemming from physical, social or cultural issues. The latest chapter of PBS’ “The Vietnam War” explored the role of Vietnamese women in that war.
In an interview with IndieWire, Filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick elaborated on the story of the women seen in Episode 7, “The Veneer of Civilization,” as they risked their lives driving trucks while American pilots dropped bombs.
Read More:‘The Vietnam War’ Filmmaker on the Horrifying Execution Footage That’s ‘Unbearable to Look At’
“One of the revelations of the project was how much women were on the [North Vietnamese] front lines,” said Novick. “We met a unit of women who drove trucks down the Ho Chi Minh trail. And, »
- Hanh Nguyen
The Surprising Cameo Thor: Ragnarok May Have
The Marvel Cinematic Universe is known for throwing fun cameos in, but the one that's now rumored for Thor: Ragnarok is particularly surprising. »
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