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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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Clare Stewart To Take Year-Long Sabbatical From BFI London Film Festival

The BFI London Film Festival is under new, temporary management as Clare Stewart is set to take a year-long sabbatical. The Festival Director and BFI Head of Festivals will step down for 12 months in January 2018 with Tricia Tuttle and Anne-Marie Flynn taking over. Tuttle, currently the Deputy Head of Festivals, will become the Lff's interim Artistic Director and Anne-Marie Flynn, currently Head of Business & Industry, will become the Lff's interim Managing Director. Both…
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Song of Granite review – Joe Heaney story is a biopic unlike any other

Pat Collins’ retracing of the colourful journey of the sean-nós singer is poetic, innovative and a treat to all lovers of Irish folk music

In order to tell the story of sean-nós singer Joe Heaney, Pat Collins blends a documentarian’s attachment to authenticity with a poet’s flair for innovation and unconventional storytelling. A biopic not quite like any other, this measured, oblique but luminous film unfolds in a series of long held shots and scratchy newsreel clips to show how Heaney (played by Michael O’Chonfhlaola, Macdara Ó Fátharta and Colm Seoighe, as well as the addition of archive material) emerged from rural Galway in the mid-20th century and ended up performing at the legendary Newport folk festival with the Clancy Brothers in the late 60s. Along the way he performed in pubs, helped build stone walls and worked as a doorman in New York City. However,
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Jennifer Morrison’s Directorial Debut ‘Sun Dogs’ Lands At Netflix

Jennifer Morrison’s Directorial Debut ‘Sun Dogs’ Lands At Netflix
Exclusive: Jennifer Morrison's feature directorial debut Sun Dogs has landed at Netflix. I hear that the streaming service has picked up worldwide rights to the film, which stars Michael Angarano, Melissa Benoist, Xzibit, Allison Janney and Ed O'Neill. Sun Dogs is a poignant story about an intellectually limited young man, desperate to serve in the armed forces despite countless rejections, searching for meaning in his own life. It follows Ned (Angarano), in his repeated…
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‘Guilty Men’ Sweeps Colombia’s 6th Macondo Awards

‘Guilty Men’ Sweeps Colombia’s 6th Macondo Awards
Pariente” (Guilty Men), an edge-of-your-seat drama-thriller, swept Colombia’s 6th Macondo National Film Awards Thursday night at Bogota’s historic Teatro Faenza in a home-turf industry vote that marks a big local thumbs-up for Colombia’s current foreign-language Oscar submission.

The first feature of Ivan D. Gaona – and marking him out for larger-scale fiction, such is the tension of its banner action sequences – “Guilty Men” walked off with best picture (in the fiction category), as well as directing and screenplay, the latter both won by Gaona, and a total of 9 wins in 16 categories.

Focusing on movies released over the last year, “Guilty Men” faced off for best picture with Juan Andrés Arango’s “X500,” Felipe Guerrero’s “Oscuro Animal” and Juan Sebastián Mesa’s “Los Nadie,” three fest favourites. The fact that three of the four best picture contenders are first features shows how much new talent is still driving much of Colombia’s cinema.

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Star Wars' Mark Hamill – ‘I said to Carrie Fisher: I’m a good kisser – next, we’re making out like teenagers!’

Luke Skywalker is back in The Last Jedi – and it’s a triumphant return. The Star Wars actor recalls the shock of finding out about Fisher and Harrison Ford’s secret affair and the pain of losing his longtime friend

Han Solo is dead and Princess Leia, heartbreakingly, died almost a year ago, when Carrie Fisher died after becoming ill on a flight from London, as she was going home for Christmas. Which means, out of the original Star Wars trio, the most holy of cinematic trinities, Luke Skywalker is the last one standing. This is not how anyone expected it to end, least of all Luke himself, Mark Hamill. So, while the latest entry in the Star Wars canon, The Last Jedi, written and directed by Rian Johnson, is great fun – as exciting and inspired as its predecessor, Jj Abrams’ The Force Awakens, but a lot funnier and without
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The Prince of Nothingwood review – affectionate portrait of a movie mogul

Sonia Kronlund’s engaging documentary focuses on the indomitable Salim Shaheen, who has made more than 100 films in war-torn Afghanistan

The show must go on, and movies must get made, and this holds true even or especially in troubled war zones. Film-maker Sonia Kronlund has made this funny and affectionate documentary portrait of veteran Afghan movie mogul Salim Shaheen: actor, producer, director and creator of more than 100 features. He is the prince of an industry he calls “Nothingwood” – a Hollywood that must make do with nothing at all.

The indomitable and bulky Shaheen, perennially giving his cast and public observers rousing pep talks and calling for a round of applause, resembles Diego Maradona. He admires the Bollywood style and the Bollywood work ethic and his work resembles those films, with a strong dash of the cheap’n’cheerful action shlock produced by Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus at Cannon Films in the 80s.
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Ecam Pacts with Torino, Rotterdam on First Incubator Projects

Madrid — In a pioneering move, the Ecam Madrid Film School has sealed pacts for movie projects from its startup The Incubator development program to be presented at the Rotterdam Lab and the Torino Film Lab.

The agreements sees up-to-three titles from The Incubator’s first tranche of five feature projects being pitched at next November’s Torino Film Lab Meeting Event, global co-production forum with a special emphasis on up-and-coming directors, and one title presented at the January 2019 Rotterdam Lab, a five-day workshop for emerging producers. The pacts mark the first international outreach deals at the Ecam’s Incubator, launched last month in a pioneering move by a film school to move into real-life feature film project development of five titles. Development initiatives are now common at film festivals – such as indeed Torino and Rotterdam, as Sundance and Tribeca. Their proposing partners are, however, for the most part national or regional state-run film agencies.

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Mother superior: it’s been a great year for on-screen mums

All too often they are simply angels or monsters. But in a terrible year for women in the film industry, there have been some refreshingly complex mothers roles from The Florida Project to the forthcoming Lady Bird and Three Billboards …

At a screening I went to recently, one of the biggest laughs came when the lead character, a 58-year-old grieving mother, drilled a small hole into the hand of a dentist. No, not nice. But honestly, he was being inexcusably patronising.

The film was the Oscar-buzzy Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, and the grieving mother was Mildred Hayes, played by Frances McDormand at her finest since Fargo. Mildred’s daughter was raped and murdered seven months earlier. Furious at the police’s failure to arrest the killer, she rents three billboards the size of double-decker buses outside her small town, Ebbing, Missouri, to shame the local sheriff (Woody Harrelson) into action.
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The 50 top films of 2017 in the UK: No 6 The Handmaiden

Continuing our countdown of the year’s finest films, Peter Bradshaw praises Park Chan-wook’s dazzling film about a lesbian love affair in 1930s Korea

See the Us cut of this listSee the rest of the UK countdownMore on the best culture of 2017

Sarah Waters’s novel Fingersmith has had a lavish, almost operatically spectacular adaptation by the Korean auteur Park Chan-wook, which isolates and intensifies the keynote of eroticism. The sexuality drenches the superbly designed fixtures, fittings and fabrics of this film and perfumes the intoxicating air that all the characters breathe.

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Feeling the force: why directing a Hollywood blockbuster is tougher than ever

As the big-money Hollywood franchises tighten their stranglehold, directors seem more and more disposable. The Last Jedi’s Rian Johnson explains how he deals with the pressure

It was hardly short of work, but “creative differences” must have become the most overused phrase in Hollywood. It was trotted out earlier this year when directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller departed the Han Solo spin-off, and when Colin Trevorrow was jettisoned from Star Wars: Episode IX. Ditto when Edgar Wright left Marvel’s Ant-Man in 2014, while there was a tart whiff of you-know-what about the reshoots on Gareth Edwards’s Rogue One.

Then there have been high-profile conflicts during production, as with Josh Trank on Fantastic Four, and last-minute balks such as Warner’s decision not to let Ben Affleck direct as well as be The Batman. It’s hard not to conclude that, in the blockbuster world, directors – far from
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