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Kevin Smith Says He Will Donate His Future Weinstein Residuals to Women in Film

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Kevin Smith says he intends to donate all future residuals from his Miramax and The Weinstein Company-produced films to the organization Women in Film, following multiple allegations of sexual misconduct made against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein. “My entire career is tied up with the man,” Smith said in the latest episode of his podcast, Hollywood Babble-On. “”It’s been a weird f–ing week. I just wanted to make some f–ing movies, that’s it. That’s why I came, that’s why I made Clerks. And no f–ing movie is worth all this. Like, my entire career, »


- Umberto Gonzalez

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Frank Grillo, Jamie Bell to Star in Indie ‘Donnybrook’

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

Frank Grillo, Jamie Bell, Margaret Qualley, and James Badge Dale are set to star in the indie pic “Donnybrook.”

Tim Sutton is writing and directing.

Production starts on Oct. 23 in Cincinnati. Backup Media is fully financing the film. UTA Independent Film Group is representing North American rights.

Adapted from Frank Bill’s 2013 noir novel of the same name, the film follows a man hard up for cash and determined to support his family competes in the Donnybrook, a legendary, bare-knuckle brawl where a $100,000 prize goes to the last man standing.

The film is produced by David Lancaster along with Stephanie Wilcox of Rumble Films, together with Backup Media. This is the third feature in the last two years that the two companies have made together after Fabrice du Welz’s “Message From the King” and Evan Katz’s “Small Crimes.”

Grillo can be seen next in Netflix’s action movie “Wheelman.” Bell was most »


- Justin Kroll

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Official Title For Han Solo Spinoff Revealed

17 October 2017 9:24 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Filming has wrapped on the fraught production of Lucasfilm‘s Han Solo spinoff movie, which saw Phil Lord and Chris Miller packing up their things and leave during shooting. Ron Howard came in, bringing a veteran, reassuring hand behind the camera, and a pleasant and engaging social media presence. Now, he’s heading into post-production with one more message.

The director hit Twitter today and revealed the official title of the movie, which is the fairly bland, “Solo: A Star Wars Story“:

Hey #Twitterville we just wrapped production so here's a special message #StarWars pic.twitter.com/8QJqN5BGxr

Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) October 17, 2017

It’s simple, effective, dull, and certain to start many memes (or as safesolvent suggested “Yolo: A Star Wars Story,” amirite?).

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Hilary Swank to Star in Sci-Fi Thriller ‘I Am Mother’ (Exclusive)

17 October 2017 8:45 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Hilary Swank is starring in the science-fiction thriller “I Am Mother,” which has started shooting at South Australia’s Adelaide Studios, Variety has learned exclusively.

Swank, who won best actress Academy Awards for “Million Dollar Baby” and “Boys Don’t Cry,” is joining Clara Rugaard in a unique mother-daughter story.

Rugaard portrays the first of a new generation of humans raised by “Mother” – a kindly robot designed to repopulate the earth following the extinction of mankind. But their unique bond is threatened when a blood-drenched woman (played by Swank) inexplicably arrives, calling into question everything she’s been told about the outside world.

I Am Mother” is based on an original concept by director Grant Sputore and writer Michael Lloyd Green. The screenplay was on the 2016 Black List.

I Am Mother” is Sputore’s feature debut. The special effects team at Weta Workshop (“Avatar,” “The Lord of The Rings”) has created the titular robot.

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- Dave McNary

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‘Michael Jackson’s Halloween’ Special Trailer Will Haunt Your Dreams

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

Let the Halloween horror begin! The first trailer for CBS's upcoming animated special Michael Jackson's Halloween is here and it sure is something. The "unexpected, magical adventure" will center on two Millennials who meet on Halloween night at a funky, mysterious hotel. That Rocky Horror Picture Show-esque premise will then transition into what's probably a whimsical musical adventure filled with the familiar songs of the late Michael Jackson. Is this thing destined to be a holiday classic played on the network every year? Maybe, but it's hard to tell from this trailer. While the music … »

- Dave Trumbore

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David Fincher Talks The Problem With Movies & The Evolution Of Cinema

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It’s not lost on anybody that studios are currently chasing blockbusters. The mid-budget, original movie — something made for $30-60 million — almost doesn’t exist anymore. Instead, executives are trying to maximize branded content, hoping to build the next cinematic universe, and aiming to create films that can reach a global market. David Fincher has certainly seen the landscape change, but instead of fighting against it, he’s embraced new opportunities as they’ve arrived.

Continue reading David Fincher Talks The Problem With Movies & The Evolution Of Cinema at The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Napa Valley Film Festival to Proceed as Planned in Aftermath of Fires

33 minutes ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Napa Valley Film Festival has announced that it will proceed with next month’s festival and donate 10% of the proceeds to the Napa Valley Community Foundation’s Disaster Relief Fund.

The region has been hit hard by aggressive wildfires that began on Oct. 8 and killed at least 41 people in Napa, Sonoma, Yuba, and Mendocino counties in the deadliest week of fires in California history. The fires have destroyed at least 5,700 homes. Firefighters have been gaining control over the blazes this week.

“Our hearts and thoughts continue to be with all of our Napa and Sonoma County families, friends, colleagues, neighbors, and partners during this difficult time,” said Nvff co-founders/directors Marc and Brenda Lhormer.

“Our intention is to put on the most memorable and meaningful film festival to date,” the duo added. “Our partners and venues are eager to share this festival with those who love and need great stories, conversation, and bonding experiences. »


- Dave McNary

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‘Ahs: Cult’ Guide, Week 7: Every Question Before “Winter of Our Discontent”

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

Like a tweet sent at 4 a.m. by the president, American Horror Story usually leaves us with far more questions than answers. Each week, we’re going to take a deeper look into every question the anthology gore-a-palooza needs to A. Oh man, if you’re the type of person (see: me) who enjoys when American Horror Story puts its Important Commentary on the backburner and just cranks the crazy levels up to maximum cocaine, then boy howdy was “Valerie Solanas Died For Your Sins: Scumbag” an episode for you (see: me). Living wonder Frances Conroy showed … »

- Vinnie Mancuso

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Are Harvey Weinstein and Donald Trump the Same Person?

50 minutes ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The relentless downpour of the Harvey Weinstein story — the hideous saga of a sociopathic predator, and of the corrupt system that gave license to him — has unleashed an unending torrent of voices. So it’s no surprise that a number of them are coming from the raging, frothing hothouse of right-wing media. Even with what should, by all rights, be embarrassing echoes of the Roger Ailes and Bill O’Reilly scandals (then again, you can’t embarrass a network that has no shame), the Weinstein story feeds into the sweet spot of conservative optics, since it’s all about the hidden corruption of Hollywood, which has long been a mythological target of the right. Yet there’s a lone voice in all this that (for once) has been notably restrained: that of Donald Trump.

It’s easy to imagine the Weinstein story as a trifecta of Trump tweets. Taken on the president’s own terms, it’s about »


- Owen Gleiberman

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#RejectTheNRA: Julianne Moore, Emma Stone, Laura Dern, and More Call on Citizens to Help in New PSA — Watch

50 minutes ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

If you’ve been wanting to do something in the wake of the deadly Las Vegas shooting, a new PSA from the gun advocacy nonprofit Everytown, which features a pack of concerned and involved celebrities doing their part, shows just how easy it can be to get involved.

In the new PSA, built around the movement to #RejectTheNRA, a slew of celebs — including Julianne Moore, Emma Stone, Laura Dern, Melissa McCarthyBill Hader, Elizabeth Banks, Julianne Moore, John Slattery, Sheryl Crow, and Adam Scott — offer up a step by step process that allows citizens to easily contact their reps and ask them to vote against efforts supported by the NRA to roll back safety laws on gun silencers and concealed carry reciprocity legislation.

Read More:Jimmy Kimmel Reacts to Las Vegas Shooting By Calling Out 56 Senators Who Voted Against Gun Control — Watch

In the new video, the celebs lay out »


- Kate Erbland

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Billy Nighy, Jack Lowden Step Into ‘Made In Italy’

52 minutes ago | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Bill Nighy and Jack Lowden (Mary Queen of Scots, Dunkirk) are now attached to James D'Arcy's feature screenplay and directorial debut Made In Italy. The comedy, set in Tuscany, is about a bohemian London artist Robert (Nighy), who returns to Italy with his estranged son Jack (Lowden) to make a quick sale of the house they inherited from his late wife. The film is slated to go before the cameras next year in both Tuscany and London. The film was developed by London-based… »


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‘The Meyerowitz Stories’ & The Career Of Noah Baumbach [Adjust Your Tracking Podcast]

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Yeah, the movie news cycle has been rough lately, but change is coming (and it’s about goddamn time!) In the meantime, Netflix has just released one of its best original films…

On this episode of Adjust Of Your Tracking, Joe and I talk about the career of Noah Baumbach, a filmmaker we’ve mostly enjoyed through the years. The chat was inspired by his latest feature, the Netflix original “The Meyerowitz Stories (New And Selected),” which we talk about in the first half of the show while also examining which films from the writer/director work and don’t work for us.

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- Erik McClanahan

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‘Bright’ Featurette Breaks Down Human/Orc Relationship and Magic Wands

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

Netflix has released a new Bright featurette. David Ayer’s upcoming film stars Will Smith as an Lapd cop who has to partner with an orc (Joel Edgerton), the first of his kind to ever join the force. Their contentious relationship is further tested when they come across a magic wand, which is the equivalent of a nuclear weapon in their world. Looking at Bright, you may think, “This looks like the dumbest thing ever. Why would Netflix pay tens of millions of dollars for this?” and the answer is that Netflix doesn’t function like a traditional studio. It’… »

- Matt Goldberg

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Retrial! How Dan Gilroy & Denzel Trimmed 12 Minutes Of ‘Roman J. Israel, Esq’ Following Toronto Bow

54 minutes ago | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: The creative team behind the legal thriller Roman J. Israel, Esq is appealing for a retrial. After a Toronto International Film Festival premiere, the drama has been substantially reconfigured by writer/director Dan Gilroy and star Denzel Washington, to become what they feel is a much leaner, tighter and more focused drama. They dropped a dozen minutes from the running time, moved up a key scene, dropped another, and radically changed the musical backdrop. Sony… »


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Josh Brolin on Getting “Beat to Shit” in ‘Deadpool 2’ and When ‘X-Force’ Might Start Filming

1 hour ago | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

An actor is lucky if he or she gets to experience one big resurgence in his or her career, but to get two big boosts is extremely rare. Josh Brolin obviously gained renewed prominence for his terrific starring turn in Best Picture-winner No Country for Old Men, after which he got to show off his dramatic chops in films like W. and Milk. But now Brolin is venturing into a very different kind of movie territory: the superhero genre. The actor plays the Marvel Cinematic Universe Big Bad Thanos in the upcoming Avengers sequels, but he also landed the … »

- Adam Chitwood

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Box Office: ‘Boo 2! A Madea Halloween’ to Haunt Competition on Slow Weekend

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The opening of Tyler Perry’s horror-comedy sequel “Boo 2! A Madea Halloween” should dominate the North American box office this weekend in the $20 million to $22 million range at about 2,300 locations.

Lionsgate is looking at a result that’s down 30% from the year-ago returns of the original “Boo! A Madea Halloween,” which launched with a $28.5 million weekend on Oct. 21-23 and finished with $73 million domestically. The sequel is directed by Perry from his own script and stars Perry in his ninth iteration as the tough-talking Madea.

As with the original, “Boo 2” is a relatively low-risk project for the studio, with a combined production cost and marketing spend in the $20 million range. It’s the 20th movie Perry’s produced since 2005’s “Diary of a Mad Black Woman.” Both “Boo” movies were inspired by a Chris Rock joke in 2014’s “Top Five.”

Geostorm,” “The Snowman,” and “Only the Brave,” meanwhile, are expected to generate only moderate results at best »


- Dave McNary

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How ‘Human Flow’ Director Ai Weiwei Made the Definitive Film About the Refugee Crisis

1 hour ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

When Ai Weiwei was detained for 81 days by China’s secret police [When?], the dissident Chinese artist spent his time in prison for his supposed crimes against the state, the men who were tasked with interrogating him must have faced a unique challenge: He speaks in a stage whisper, murmuring with the flatness of someone to whom the world is always revealing itself. “They said I watched too many Hollywood movies,” he said. His voice barely went up a tick, even when imitating his furious jailers: “’This person is out of his mind! He’s talking about human rights and freedom of speech… can’t he just grow up?’”

The reasons for Ai’s release were as arbitrary as those for his incarceration, but perhaps he was set free because the Chinese government realized that he was fundamentally inextricable from his ideals. Born into exile during the Cultural Revolution, Ai was »


- David Ehrlich

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Hollywood’s New Creative Leaders of 2017

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Each year Variety’s New Leaders feature profiles the most prominent up-and-comers in the entertainment business. To determine this year’s worthies, Variety looked for go-getters across disciplines, from television, digital, music and film, to law and finance, as well as content creators. They were proposed by their bosses and peers who have worked with them and seen their rise. All are age 40 or under, and Variety has measured them by the progress of their career trajectories: do they take calculated risks? How fast have they risen in their companies? Are they innovative and employ solutions to problems that are creative? While it’s hard to pinpoint the “it” factor, these folks embody that intangible. The people on the list have helped build the brilliant careers of their clients, shepherded hit television shows and successful movies, created small-screen series, films and animated shows, launched digital platforms, fostered hit music, counseled top dealmakers and financed them, and are some »


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Hollywood New Leaders: Agents and Managers

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Each year Variety’s New Leaders feature profiles the most prominent up-and-comers in the entertainment business. To determine this year’s worthies, Variety looked for go-getters across disciplines, from television, digital, music and film, to law and finance, as well as content creators. They were proposed by their bosses and peers who have worked with them and seen their rise. All are age 40 or under, and Variety has measured them by the progress of their career trajectories: do they take calculated risks? How fast have they risen in their companies? Are they innovative and employ solutions to problems that are creative? While it’s hard to pinpoint the “it” factor, these folks embody that intangible. The people on the list have helped build the brilliant careers of their clients, shepherded hit television shows and successful movies, created small-screen series, films and animated shows, launched digital platforms, fostered hit music, counseled top dealmakers and financed them, and are some »


- Variety Staff

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‘Lone Wolf and Cub’ Remake Hires Andrew Kevin Walker to Pen Screenplay For Justin Lin

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

Seven scribe Andrew Kevin Walker has been tapped to pen a new adaptation of the manga Lone Wolf and Cub. Previously adapted into a six-film series in the 1970s, the new take on Lone Wolf and Cub will be produced by Justin Lin, who will likely direct as well. Hop into a baby cart to hades and […]

The post ‘Lone Wolf and Cub’ Remake Hires Andrew Kevin Walker to Pen Screenplay For Justin Lin appeared first on /Film. »


- Chris Evangelista

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