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Owen Vaccaro to Star Opposite Cate Blanchett in ‘House With a Clock in Its Walls’ (Exclusive)

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

Owen Vaccaro is set to star Cate Blanchett and Jack Black in Amblin Entertainment’s “The House With a Clock in Its Walls,” an adaptation of the 1973 John Bellairs book illustrated by Edward Gorey.

Twin Peaks” star Kyle MacLachlan also recently joined the cast. Eli Roth is directing with Eric Kripke penning the script.

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.

Mythology Entertainment’s Brad Fischer and James Vanderbilt will produce along with Kripke. Executive producers include William Sherak, Tracey Nyberg and Laeta Kalogridis.

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 »


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Kaya Scodelario, Josh Hutcherson to Star in Action-Romance ‘Die in a Gunfight’

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

Kaya Scodelario, Josh Hutcherson, Olivia Munn, and Helen Hunt are starring in the action-romance “Die in a Gunfight” as an update on William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet.”

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.

Producers are Tom Butterfield, Mark Gordon and Allyson Seeger of Sunday Night. Sara Smith of Mark Gordon Company will be an executive producer.

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. »


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Kevin Hart's 'Night School' Adds Megalyn Echikunwoke (Exclusive)

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Megalyn Echikunwoke is enrolling in Night School, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively.

Malcolm D. Lee is directing the Universal comedy, starring Kevin Hart, Taran Killam, Rob Riggle, Ben Schwartz, Yvonne Orji and Tiffany Haddish.

Will Packer is producing the pic, as is Hart, via his Hartbeat Productions. It is set for release on Sept. 28, 2018.

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. 

Echikunwoke — whose credits include A&E's Damien and Fox's The Following, as well as the »


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Shirley MacLaine Joins Anna Kendrick in Female Santa Claus Movie ‘Nicole’ (Exclusive)

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

Shirley MacLaine has signed on to join Anna Kendrick in Disney’s female Santa Claus film “Nicole,” sources tell Variety.

Bill Hader and Billy Eichner are also on board. “Miss Congeniality” scribe Marc Lawrence is directing and writing the script.

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.

Suzanne Todd is producing, while Louie Provost is overseeing the project for Disney. Production is expected to start sometime this fall. The film hits theaters on Nov. 8, 2019.

While this movie is not related to Disney’s “The Santa Clause” trilogy starring Tim Allen, the studio seems to be in the Kris Kringle business, as »


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'It' Sequel Gets September 2019 Release Date

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

Pennywise the Dancing Clown is getting ready to terrorize audiences all over again.

New Line Cinema and Warner Bros. on Monday announced that a sequel to the horror blockbuster It will hit theaters, including Imax locations, on Sept. 6, 2019.

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.

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- Pamela McClintock

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Release Date of “I, Tonya” Hints at Oscar Aspirations

23 hours ago | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

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,

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Denis Villeneuve Says ‘Blade Runner 2049’ Will Be His Director’s Cut

25 September 2017 6:43 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

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.

Continue reading Denis Villeneuve Says ‘Blade Runner 2049’ Will Be His Director’s Cut at The Playlist. »


- Jordan Ruimy

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Quentin Tarantino Is Totally Down to Direct a ‘Star Trek’ Movie and Already Has Ideas

25 September 2017 6:30 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

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 […]

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- Ethan Anderton

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‘The Princess Bride’ Turns 30: Rob Reiner, Robin Wright, Billy Crystal Dish About Making the Cult Classic

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

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. »


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Harry Knowles Sex-Assault Allegations Prompt Staff Exodus at Ain't It Cool News

18 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News 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.

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‘Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders’ Review: A Limited Series with Serious Limitations

15 minutes ago | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

In the late 1980s, two brothers who looked like preppy villains from a John Hughes movie were accused of murdering their parents in cold blood in their Beverly Hills home with shotguns. The brothers, Lyle and Erik, had grown up wanting for nothing. Rich, talented, and good-looking, they were painted by the media at first as spoiled brats eager to get their hands on a $14 million inheritance. But as their trial went on, allegations of sexual abuse and other trauma created nationwide confusion to the truth of their motivations. It wasn’t the forever-crying younger brother Erik, … »

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‘The Lego Batman Movie’ Will Release Its Biggest Set Yet with “The Joker Manor”

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Even though The Lego Batman Movie came out in February and is now available on Blu-ray/DVD, we’re not quite done with the delightful animated movie when it comes to Lego sets. In fact, Lego has saved their biggest one for last as the company revealed that they’ll be releasing “The Joker Manor” this November. Since the film has been out for over six months now (and if you really wanted to stay spoiler free, you wouldn’t click on a Lego Batman Movie article at this point), I think it’s safe to say that in … »

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Float On: ‘It: Chapter Two’ Gets A Release Date

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If there was ever any doubt about the eternal appeal of nostalgia and how absolutely terrifying clowns are, “It” proved those doubts to be misguided. At the start of the year, few thought that the film, a relatively inexpensive adaptation of Stephen King’s seminal horror novel with a cast of almost exclusively newcomers, and from a filmmakers with only one feature behind him, to be a box office champion.

Continue reading Float On: ‘It: Chapter Two’ Gets A Release Date at The Playlist. »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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‘Rick and Morty’: Season 3’s Penultimate Episode Perfected the Art of the ‘Inception’-Style Cliffhanger

1 hour ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Rick and Morty” Season 3 has been defined by thrilling narrative risks (see “The Ricklantis Mixup” and “Morty’s Mind Blowers”), so it was a bit of a shock to see the show return to its more traditional A-story/B-story structure in its penultimate episode, “The ABCs of Beth.” The episode may have felt a little safe in terms of narrative, but it represented a huge milestone for Rick and Beth, the father and daughter whose tumultuous relationship has given the series one of its defining emotional arcs.

Beth took center stage with her own adventure in “The ABCs of Beth,” and the storyline acted as a payoff to the groundwork laid in “Pickle Rick” earlier this year. In that episode, Beth took the kids to therapy in order to help them process her divorce from Jerry, but the session ended up serving as a reckoning for Beth’s own disappointment with her father. »


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Kingsman: The Golden Circle spies an opportunity at the UK box office – and grabs It

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

Matthew Vaughn’s spy caper sequel opens bigger than a string of 2017 summer blockbusters; while Stephen King horror drops into second place

The reviews may have been mixed, but producer-director-writer Matthew Vaughn once again demonstrates his savvy populist instinct. The darkly comic spy adventure opens in the UK with £6.2m, with Wednesday and Thursday previews taking that tally to a five-day £8.53m. This compares with a £3.56m debut for 2015’s Kingsman: The Secret Service, or £4.24m including previews.

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‘Avatar’ Sequels Finally Begin Shooting With $1 Billion Price Tag

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The “Avatar” phenomenon, or lack of a long tail on it, is one of the weirdest stories in movie history. James Cameron’s sci-fi epic was a gargantuan, unprecedented hit back in 2009 — only two other movies have come within even a billion dollars of its $2.788 billion take (Cameron’s own “Titanic” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”), and they’re both at least $600 million behind.

Continue reading ‘Avatar’ Sequels Finally Begin Shooting With $1 Billion Price Tag at The Playlist. »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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New edits and director's cuts: are they lost gems or simply second best?

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A three-hour extended cut of Superman: The Movie is being released for the first time, but can alternate versions of classics ever be more than poor relations?

Warner Brothers recently announced a release that combines both a “special edition” cut of Richard Donner’s 1978 blockbuster Superman: The Movie and an extended TV version that runs over three hours and was previously on television in 1982.

Related: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice review – dark days in Metropolis

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Cool Stuff: Deflower Your Wall with This ‘Almost Famous’ Print by James Flames

1 hour ago | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

“Your time has come. Opie must die!” Almost Famous is quite the popular film among the /Film crew, counted as an all-time favorite for several members on our staff. Therefore, we’re happy to call your attention to a brand new print available today at Bottleneck Gallery honoring a true coming-of-age scene from Cameron Crowe‘s splendid […]

The post Cool Stuff: Deflower Your Wall with This ‘Almost Famous’ Print by James Flames appeared first on /Film. »


- Ethan Anderton

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‘The Vietnam War’: Why the Filmmakers Delayed the My Lai Massacre Portion of the Documentary

1 hour ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

[Editor’s Note: The following contains a graphic image and disturbing descriptions of atrocities perpetrated during the Vietnam War that are discussed in Episode 8 of PBS’ “The Vietnam War.”]

Although Ken Burns and Lynn Novick had been taking a chronological approach to “The Vietnam War,” the filmmakers delayed the coverage of the horrifying My Lai Massacre, which occurred in 1968, until Episode 8 of the series, which takes place over the course of April 1969 through May 1970. IndieWire spoke to Novick to discuss how the series decided to handle the most shocking and incomprehensible events of the war.

“The My Lai Massacre happened in March of 1968, soon after the Tet Offensive [covered in Episode 6], so it could have been the next episode,” said Novick. “But we chose to tell the story of the events when the American public found out about it, which was in the fall of 1969, almost a year and a half afterwards. That’s when the photograph and newspaper article by Seymour Hersh came out and shocked the American public.”

Read More:‘The Vietnam War’: How Vietnamese Women Saw Combat and »


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With New Apology, Alamo Drafthouse’s Tim League Announces Plan for New Board of Directors to Foster ‘A Safe, Inclusive Environment’

1 hour ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Alamo Drafthouse founder Tim League has issued a new apology, his latest statement after weeks of controversy involving the Austin-based theater chain. It’s the fourth public statement from League after the fallout of a string of revelations, including the re-hiring of former Birth.Movies.Death. editor-in-chief Devin Faraci by Drafthouse founder Tim League and new accusations directed at Fantastic Fest co-founder Harry Knowles.

In an email update sent to all Fantastic Fest badge holders (including both fans who purchased their entrance and members of the media and industry attending the annual festival) and viewable here, League writes: “I’ve been reflecting on twenty years of decisions as a business owner. In the early days, Karrie and I conferred on all tough decisions, and we always tried to do the right thing…Recent perspective has made it clear that we didn’t always do the right thing, despite what we thought were good intentions. »


- Kate Erbland

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