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‘John Wick’ Director Chad Stahelski to Adapt Ed Brubaker Comic ‘Kill or Be Killed’

‘John Wick’ Director Chad Stahelski to Adapt Ed Brubaker Comic ‘Kill or Be Killed’
John Wick co-director Chad Stahelski proved he's got the goods when he returned to direct the sequel John Wick: Chapter 2 solo and doubled down on all the good stuff that made fans fall in love with the franchise in the first place. Now, he's getting into the realm of comic book movies with an adaptation of Ed Brubaker's dark little tale of suicide, demons, and murder, Kill or Be Killed. Per THR, Stahelski will team with his John Wick producer Basil Iwanyk to bring Kill or Be Killed to the big screen with Dan Casey, …
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Oscars Foreign Language Shortlist Includes ‘The Square,’ ‘A Fantastic Woman’

Oscars Foreign Language Shortlist Includes ‘The Square,’ ‘A Fantastic Woman’
Sweden’s “The Square,” Russia’s “Loveless” and Chile’s “A Fantastic Woman” are among the nine films that will advance in the Oscars race for Best Foreign Language Film, the Academy announced on Wednesday. The other films that made the list come from Germany (“In the Fade,” starring Diane Kruger), Hungary (“On Body and Soul”), Israel (“Foxtrot”), Lebanon (“The Insult”), Senegal (“Félicité”) and South Africa (“The Wound”). Angelina Jolie’s Cambodian-language film “First They Killed My Father” did not advance in the race, and neither did the critically acclaimed “Bpm (Beats Per Minute)” by Robin Campillo. Also Read: 'In
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‘It’ Director Andy Muschietti Eyed for ‘Electric State’ From Russo Brothers

‘It’ Director Andy Muschietti Eyed for ‘Electric State’ From Russo Brothers
It” director Andy Muschietti is in talks with Russo Brothers Studio to board a movie version of Simon Stalenhag’s illustrated novel “The Electric State.”

The story, set in an alternative 1997, centers on a runaway teenager and her yellow toy robot as they travel through a strange USA, where the ruins of gigantic battle drones litter the countryside heaped together with the discarded trash of a high tech consumerist society in decline. As their car approaches the edge of the continent, the world outside the window seems to be unraveling ever faster as if somewhere beyond the horizon, the hollow core of civilization has finally caved in.

Muscietti, who’s attached to direct “It: Chapter 2,” would direct and produce “Electric State” with sister Barbara Muschietti and Rbs principals Joe and Anthony Russo, should the deal go through. Russell Ackerman and John Schoenfelder are also in talks to produce. Julian Angelin of The Salomonsson Agency and Simon Stålenhag will executive
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'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Sets Sights on Becoming the Latest $200M+ Opener

'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Sets Sights on Becoming the Latest $200M+ Opener
After a strong performance last month, the December box office is currently pacing ahead of 2016 by 3% while the overall year is still pacing just a bit behind 2016, currently by 4.2%. However, now comes what will surely be the highest grossing domestic release of the year, Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The latest film in the Star Wars franchise is looking to become only the fourth domestic release to ever open over $200 million, sure to assist in closing the year-to-year gap even further. Meanwhile, Fox has chosen to once again offer some counter-programming with the animated release Ferdinand. Two years ago they tried a similar tactic when they debuted the fourth installment of the Alvin and the Chipmunks franchise against Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Much like 2015, we're anticipating similar results. When forecasting the opening weekend for Star Wars: The Force Awakens back in 2015 it was a rather monumental task as no
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Boba Fett Film Rumored to be in Development by Simon Kinberg

Boba Fett Film Rumored to be in Development by Simon Kinberg
A standalone Boba Fett movie has been announced for some time. However, there were some serious doubts about whether the movie would ever get made because the initial director Josh Trank was fired over Fantastic Four. Some sources have claimed that Trank was fired because of his poor behavior on the set for the movie, whereas other sources have claimed that the movie’s poor performance at the box office was the primary factor. Whatever the case, the firing of Trank as well as a prolonged lack of news put the Boba Fett movie into something of a limbo, so much

Boba Fett Film Rumored to be in Development by Simon Kinberg
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‘Good Time’ Directors Benny & Josh Safdie To Helm ’48 Hrs.’ Remake

‘Good Time’ Directors Benny & Josh Safdie To Helm ’48 Hrs.’ Remake
The success of “Good Time” has kicked open some doors for filmmakers Josh and Benny Safdie, who have spent years solidifying their indie cred. As they shared last month, some very big projects have started to cross their desk, though the duo are being selective about what they choose to do.

“….we’re talking about doing a remake of a movie. It’s weird, a studio offered us to do a sequel to this huge comic-book thing.

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‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Director James Gunn to Produce Horror Movie for H Collective

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Director James Gunn to Produce Horror Movie for H Collective
Guardians of the Galaxy” director James Gunn will produce an untitled horror film for The H Collective.

Gunn’s brother Brian Gunn and cousin Mark Gunn are writing the screenplay. James Gunn will produce the project in between scripting “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” and starting production on the Disney-Marvel tentpole, which he will direct next year.

Gunn’s longtime collaborator David Yarovesky will direct the film, and The H Collective will fully finance and produce alongside Gunn and his Troll Court Entertainment. Brian and Mark Gunn, Dan Clifton, and The H Collective’s Nic Crawley will executive produce.

The horror pic is expected to go into production in the spring of 2018. Gunn directed the 2006 horror film “Slither” and the 2010 superhero comedy-drama “Super.” In between 2014’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” and 2017’s “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” Gunn also penned and produced the horror film “The Belko Experiment,” which was released in March.

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Jim Parsons Options Film Rights To TVLine Chief Michael Ausiello Memoir ‘Spoiler Alert: The Hero Dies’

Jim Parsons Options Film Rights To TVLine Chief Michael Ausiello Memoir ‘Spoiler Alert: The Hero Dies’
Exclusive: In a competitive situation. Jim Parsons and Todd Spiewak's That's Wonderful Productions has optioned the film rights to Michael Ausiello's acclaimed memoir Spoiler Alert: The Hero Dies, with Parsons attached to star. Parsons and Spiewak will be producers, and Ausiello — the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Deadline’s sister site TVLine.com — will be executive producer. In his heartbreaking, tragicomic memoir, Ausiello told the story of the eleven month span…
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Ryan Reynolds’ Silly Disney-Fox Merger Tweet Leads Hollywood Response to Massive Deal

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Ryan Reynolds’ Silly Disney-Fox Merger Tweet Leads Hollywood Response to Massive Deal
Disney announced on Thursday that it would acquire much of 21st Century Fox for $52.4 billion in stock, which would include the “X-Men” and “Deadpool” properties and make it possible for the Marvel Cinematic Universe to include those characters in their cinematic fold.

In response, Fox’s “Deadpool” star Ryan Reynolds tweeted a picture of himself being escorted out of Disneyland with the caption
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Morgan Spurlock Steps Down From His Production Company After Sexual Misconduct Admission

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Morgan Spurlock Steps Down From His Production Company After Sexual Misconduct Admission
Morgan Spurlock has stepped down from the production company that he co-founded after admitting that he had once been accused of rape and had been guilty of sexual misconduct in the past.

In a statement issued Thursday, Warrior Poets partners Jeremy Chilnick and Matthew Galkin said, “On behalf of Warrior Poets, we as partners have always supported our company and its endeavors. As of today, Morgan Spurlock will be stepping down effective immediately.”

The duo continued, “We will continue to lead the company as equal partners, producing, distributing & creating from our independent production company.”
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‘Justice League’ Dp Fabian Wagner on Zack Snyder’s Cut, Superman’s Black Suit & ‘Game of Thrones’

Shooting a massive blockbuster movie is no easy feat, but shooting a film like Justice League is almost a herculean challenge. When it came time for director Zack Snyder to start putting Justice League together as his follow-up to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, he turned to cinematographer Fabian Wagner to lens the superhero team-up. It marked Wagner’s biggest film to date, but his resume not only features films like Victor Frankenstein but also extensive work on HBO’s Game of Thrones. Indeed, Wagner actually served as the cinematographer on two of the show’s most …
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‘The Polka King’ Trailer: Jack Black is a Polish Hustler in This Stranger-Than-Fiction True Story

‘The Polka King’ Trailer: Jack Black is a Polish Hustler in This Stranger-Than-Fiction True Story
Jack Black is looking to kick off 2018 with something of a career resurgence. The comedian is one of the leads in the Christmas family tentpole “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” and just a few weeks later his indie comedy “The Polka King” will debut on Netflix.

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Directed by “Infinitely Polar Bear” filmmaker Maya Forbes, “The Polka King” tells the stranger-than-fiction true story Jan Lewan, a Polish hustler known for being the “King of Pennsylvania Polka” in the early ’90s and for running a Ponzi scheme to fund his aspiring music career. Jenny Slate, Jason Schwartzman, Jacki Weaver, and J.B. Smoove co-star.

The Polka King” premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. The film will be available to stream on Netflix starting January 12. Watch the trailer below.

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‘The Polka King’ Trailer: Jack Black Sings Polka and Rips People Off

Netflix has released The Polka King trailer. The film premiered at Sundance earlier this year and tells the true story of Jan Lewan (Jack Black), a polka performer in Pennsylvania who set up a Ponzi scheme that defrauded local residents by promising them a 12% return on their investment. In my review, I pointed out that despite a strong performance from Black, the film gets too wrapped up in Lewan’s personality so they fail to note what his scheme says about the American Dream and the lengths people will go to fulfill it. Surprisingly, this trailer is pretty spot-…
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Listen to John Williams’ Score for ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is finally in theaters, which means the wait is over. For a new Star Wars movie, for a new Rian Johnson film, and for a new John Williams score. The latter is notable as Williams has slowed down a bit as of late, so it’s a special treat to get to hear new work from The Master. With The Last Jedi now in theaters, the full Star Wars: The Last Jedi soundtrack is available to stream online. Williams notably sat out of scoring Steven Spielberg’s upcoming Ready Player One, for which duties have …
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Listen: The 36 Best Songs on TV in 2017

A TV soundtrack sets a tone, can leave you humming a piece of music for weeks on end, and has the power to add to the emotional impact of devastating scene. 2017 has been an exceptional year for television, and in a landscape crammed with options across network, cable, and streaming platforms it can be hard to stand out. One way to do this is to have a playlist that viewers will want to seek out and listen to on repeat, and to be the kind of show that causes one to rewind and Shazam an unfamiliar song because you …
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Why ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Surpassed Expectations — IndieWire’s Movie Podcast (Screen Talk Episode 177)

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Why ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Surpassed Expectations — IndieWire’s Movie Podcast (Screen Talk Episode 177)
It’s been a busy week for the movie business, starting with the most predictable news — the Golden Globes nominations on Monday morning — in addition to the unprecedented sale of Fox’s film and TV properties to Disney, just a few days after “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” reviews landed. All three of those developments have stimulated far-reaching conversations about the art and business of making movies. In the case of the Globes, debate has focused as much on the movies that didn’t get nominated (“The Big Sick”) as the off-the-wall ones that did (“The Greatest Showman”?). But Disney’s new acquisition raises a series of more open-ended questions, from the future of the Marvel universe to the next steps for Fox Searchlight.

With “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” however, one question looms above them all: How did this blockbuster behemoth turn out so good?

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‘The Polka King’ Trailer: Jack Black’s Schemes Comes True

Parsing the schedule at any film festival is never easy, because you don’t want to overlook a movie that could be a breakout hit. However, last year at the Sundance Film Festival, we felt “The Polka King” told us everything we need to know just from the movie title. True to form, the movie left Park City with zero buzz and middling reviews, however, the folks at Netflix crunched their data and determined this will find an audience on their platform.

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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’: So Let’s Talk about Rey’s Parents

This article contains spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. J.J. Abrams, a man who loves the mystery box like no other, set up a pretty big mystery in Star Wars: The Force Awakens with the question of Rey’s parents. Rey, believing they had abandoned her on Jakku, struggled to accept the reality that they were never coming back for her, and audiences struggled to discover who could have spawned such a powerful Force user. The movie was littered with possibilities. At point, Rey hears the voice of Obi-wan Kenobi saying, “These are the first steps,” so …
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How Spanish-Language Media Fails to Recognize Lgbt and Other Diverse Content (Guest Column)

When I came to the United States at age six with my family, none of us spoke English. It was tough. We had to maneuver many new and frightening things. Media sometimes helped bridge that large and cold divide between our old home and our new home. That moment, of turning on the TV and hearing someone speak the language of your past, of your dreams, the language spoken by the people you left behind, was powerful.

It is still powerful. For immigrants, who today arguably (and sadly) face more discrimination than we faced in the 1970s, media can be a place of comfort.

The connection is intellectual as well as emotional. Spanish-language media does a good job covering stories. Everything from daily detentions, raids, deportations, and confusing changes in policy that hurt immigrants, to natural disasters and the misdeeds of political figures like Joe Arpaio, is often covered more deeply in Spanish-language media.

Those of who
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Jim Gaffigan to Star in Dramatic Thriller ‘All the Animals Come Out at Night’ (Exclusive)

Jim Gaffigan is set to star in “All The Animals Come Out At Night,” sources tell Variety.

Robbie Jones, Isabel Arraiza and Tammy Blanchard are also on board to star with Derrick Borte directing. Borte is also writing along with Daniel Forte.

Scott Lochmus of Storyland Pictures is producing the film in association with Xyz Films and via a workforce development partnership with Old Dominion University and The Virginia Film Commission.

The film tells the story of Cam (Gaffigan), a former computer programmer, now a down on his luck driver. After suffering an emotional breakdown, and the subsequent loss of his job and family, he is a shell of the successful man he once was. Cam makes extra cash chauffeuring Mazz, a low-level drug dealer, around the city. As Cam’s situation deteriorates into a serious financial bind he decides to kidnap Mazz’s child in hopes of collecting a ransom from the cash-carrying dealer.

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