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'Dunkirk' Sparks Debate in India Over Failure to Show Soldiers From the Country
Dunkirk opened in India last Friday to stellar reviews and what is considered a strong box-office opening for a Hollywood film, bringing in an estimated $2.4 million. But not everyone in the country is impressed.
Various reports in leading media outlets have questioned why Christopher Nolan's movie ignored what the Times of India newspaper calls the “significant contribution” of Indian soldiers at Dunkirk. The article, titled "How Nolan forgot the desis (Indians) at Dunkirk," notes that the omission should be seen in light of the fact that the “British public is more well-informed today about the Indian role »
- Nyay Bhushan
Box Office: ‘Atomic Blonde’ Explodes With $1.5 Million, Topping ‘Emoji Movie,’ on Thursday
Focus Features and Sierra/Affinity’s spy thriller has been projected for an opening weekend in the low $20 million range from 3,304 sites. “Atomic Blonde,” which has a $30 million price tag, is set in 1989 Germany during the fall of the Berlin Wall. »
- Dave McNary
Bleecker Street boards Rosamund Pike, Jon Hamm thriller
The political thriller centres on a top diplomat (Jon Hamm) who leaves Lebanon in the 1970s after his wife is tragically killed.
“Brad’s film is the kind of adult thriller a smarthouse audience craves,” Andrew Karpen, CEO of »
Pablo Schreiber Joins Dwayne Johnson In ‘Skyscraper’
Exclusive: American Gods star Pablo Schreiber has come aboard writer-director Rawson Marshall Thurber’s 3D actioner Skyscraper, the Legendary/Universal pic starring Dwayne Johnson. Co-starring Neve Campbell and Chin Han, the film hits theaters July 13, 2018. Skyscraper follows former FBI Hostage Rescue Team leader Will (Johnson), who now assesses security for skyscrapers. During an assignment in Hong Kong, he finds the tallest, safest building in the world suddenly… »
Rachel Dratch Joins Adam Sandler and Chris Rock Netflix Film ‘The Week Of’ (Exclusive)
Steve Buscemi is also on board.
The film is set the week leading up to a wedding in which Sandler’s daughter is marrying Rock’s son. Dratch will play Sandler’s wife.
Robert Smigel directs from a script by Sandler and Smigel. “The Week Of” is produced by Happy Madison Productions with Sandler and Allen Covert serving as producers, and Barry Bernardi and Tim Herlihy serving as executive producers.
The film will premiere globally on Netflix in 2018 and marks the fourth movie in Sandler’s pact with Netflix. The three others are “The Ridiculous 6,” “The Do-Over,” and most recently, “Sandy Wexler.”
Production is taking place in Long Island, N.Y., over the summer.
- Justin Kroll
‘It’ Producer Says Tilda Swinton Was Eyed to Play Pennywise the Clown
Bill Skarsgard is going to be your biggest nightmare come September, when he appears as Pennywise the Clown in the highly anticipated Stephen King adaptation “It.” But a producer on the film said Tilda Swinton was in the running to play the iconic monster. “I swear to God,” producer Barbara Muschietti told Playlist. “We had a slot to shoot the movie and she wasn’t available, so she didn’t even audition. But of course, we all thought about her.” Skarsgard came in and was eventually cast in the role, and he has since said that he’s scared the child actors on set. »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
Can 'Dunkirk' Hold Off 'Emoji Movie' and 'Atomic Blonde' For Second Weekend at #1?
Not since Wonder Woman seven weeks ago has a film repeat atop the weekend box office. This weekend, Dunkirk is looking to do just that. Christopher Nolan's war drama faces incoming challenges in the form of Sony's animated feature The Emoji Movie and Focus's actioner Atomic Blonde starring Charlize Theron. Both Sony and Focus are anticipating openings around $20 million for their new releases, which wouldn't likely be enough to top Dunkirk's sophomore session, though both could over perform against those expectations making this a weekend to watch closely. Both the new releases and holdovers alike could provide some fireworks, including Universal's Girls Trip, which returns to the fray following its $31 million opening weekend and "A+" CinemaScore. After debuting with $50.5 million last weekend, Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk delivered a #1 opening and is hoping to do the same this weekend. In 2014, following a $47.5 million debut, Nolan's own Interstellar dropped »
- Brad Brevet <email@example.com>
‘Godfather’ Producer Al Ruddy, Good Films Team on World War II Drama (Exclusive)
“In the Hours of the Night” is being adapted by Chris Starr from the William Bradford Huie novel, set in 1945 in the weeks after the U.S. dropped two atomic bombs on Japan. The story centers on a man thrown into a military psychiatric hospital to save him from himself and to save America from a breach of Q-clearance — the highest security clearance available — after the dropping of the bombs, of which he was instrumental in developing.
- Dave McNary
Marty Sklar Dies: Longtime Imagineer, Theme Park Designer & Walt Disney’s “Right-Hand Man” Was 83
Marty Sklar, the man who supervised the design and construction of Tokyo Disneyland, the Disney-MGM Studios, Disneyland Paris and other theme park attractions, has died at his home, Disney said tonight. He was 83 and had made an appearance at Disney’s D23 two weeks ago.
Having started as an intern for Walt Disney, Sklar finished his 54-year career at Disney as the International Ambassador for Walt Disney Imagineering. That role meant traveling to art and design colleges… »
BAFTA La announces Newcomer Programme participants
Newcomers Programme to feature 31 UK professionals who have relocated to Los Angeles.
The British Academy of film and Television Arts Los Angeles (BAFTA Los Angeles) has announced the participants of its 2017-2018 Newcomers Programme.
Now in its 10th year, the programme aims to foster new global collaborations by supporting rising talent from the UK who have recently moved to Los Angeles to expand their knowledge, develop their skills, and expand their network of peers.
This year’s group contains 31 participants: eight actors, seven directors, six producers, three composers, two art directors, two screenwriters, one agent, one executive and one publicist.
These participants are divided into two groups – one that is entering their first year in the programme, and the other entering its second.
BAFTA La sees its Newcomers as the next wave of film, games, and television professionals who will go on to continue the tradition of successful collaborations between the Us and UK industries.
The Newcomers »
Charlize Theron on the Future of ‘Atomic Blonde’, ‘Mad Max’, James Bond and Female Characters
One of the panels that went overlooked at San Diego Comic-Con amidst all the major news and trailers from the rest of the convention was Entertainment Weekly‘s own “Women Who Kick Ass” panel. Usually, the panel features an ensemble of tough, badass women from movies and television, but this year’s panel focused on just one: […]
- Ethan Anderton
Awesometacular: Jeremy Jahns Talks about the ‘Justice League’ Reshoots
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‘The Walking Dead’ Season 7 Blu-ray Brings Negan into Your Homes This August
The dead aren’t the only things to fear when The Walking Dead Season 7 arrives on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD) and DVD August 22nd from Lionsgate and Anchor Bay Entertainment. Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and his hardened band of survivors face their greatest challenge yet in Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), the volatile leader of an opposing group. "The Walking Dead: The Complete Seventh Season" also stars Norman Reedus, Lauren Cohan, and Danai Gurira. Picking up immediately after the thrilling cliff-hanger, Negan forces Rick and the group to fall under his will, brutally convincing them to live by … »
- Dave Trumbore
Bryce Dallas Howard to Make Directorial Debut on ‘Sorta Like a Rock Star’ (Exclusive)
Howard has directed a handful of short films as well as an M-80 music video starring Lily Collins but this would mark her full-length debut.
The film is currently in early development and without a distributor but sources say if the film moves forward she would direct.
Originally set up at Fox Searchlight, the story follows an optimistic high school student, Amber Appleton, who secretly lives in her mom’s school bus during her senior year after an altercation at home.
Ol Parker penned the most recent draft of the script.
- Justin Kroll
‘Claws’ is the Crazy, Inclusive and Just Plain Fun Crime Comedy You Should be Watching Right Now
Claws is a little crazy. But in the best way possible. TNT’s new hit series (which recently got picked up for a second season!), highlighting a crew of scandalous and potent women nail technicians, is far more delicious than it should ever be. In fact, it’s downright criminal. Literally. The always well-worth-your-money-and-time Niecy Nash is at […]
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- Candice Frederick
‘UnReal’ Season 3 Doesn’t Premiere For Months, But Lifetime Has Already Ordered a Fourth Season
Lifetime is giving a vote of confidence to “UnReal,” giving the show a fourth season renewal, even as the show’s third season premiere is still several months away.
Read MoreHow ‘UnREAL’ Is Really Helping Female Filmmakers Break Into TV
“UnReal” Season 3, which was originally scheduled to air this summer, has been pushed to early 2018, as previously announced. Production on Season 3 has already wrapped, but the delay will allow Lifetime to pair it with “Mary Kills People” next year.
Season 4 of “UnReal” is the first to be produced under new showrunner Stacy Rukeyser. In Season 3, Rachel (Shiri Appleby) and Quinn (Constance Zimmer) must deal with a new feminist “suitress,” Serena (Caitlin FitzGerald), on their dating competition show-within-a-show, “Everlasting.”
- Michael Schneider
Bertrand Bonello Calls Out The ‘Nocturama’ “Haters”
Made prior to the Paris terror attacks in November 2015, and released after, Bertrand Bonello’s “Nocturama” (our review) arrived during an interesting time in the world, and still maintains a thrum of relevance. Travelling through the festival circuit last year, it was not unnoticed that the film was not at Cannes, where the director had previously presented four of his movies. And his movie, about a group of millennials who commit acts of terror, but without a clear reason, ruffled some feathers.
- Kevin Jagernauth
‘Atypical’ Is An Unusually Unwatchable Netflix Show About Autism [Review]
While “Atypical” may not be Netflix’s best show, it’s not the worst thing Netflix has ever— y’know what, scratch that. As far as I’m concerned, “Atypical” is the worst thing that Netflix has ever done (keeping firmly in mind the streaming service’s ongoing relationship with Adam Sandler, which has produced such gems as “The Do-Over” and “The Ridiculous 6.”) It’s the type of show where the Nerdy Main Character’s Hornball Best Friend says things like “I’m taking you to Poon City” and “code titties!
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- Eli Fine
Alamo’s ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’ Screening Event Will Meet in Montauk
“Meet me in Montauk.” Anyone who loves Michael Gondry‘s magnificent Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind knows how important that single piece of dialogue is when it’s whispered into Jim Carrey‘s ear by Kate Winslet, and next month fans will have the opportunity to meet in Montauk themselves for an unbelievable, special screening of the […]
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- Ethan Anderton
‘Lord of the Rings’ Spoke to 1960s College Kids — and to United Artists
Happy birthday, Frodo. J.R.R. Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring” debuted July 29, 1954; the next two books were published separately in the next 15 months. Tolkien’s popularity in the U.S. climbed significantly in 1965, when Ballantine printed a revised paperback edition.
When United Artists acquired film rights to “Rings” in 1969, Variety explained that the books’ success was fueled by students, adding that the trilogy “preceded marijuana and LSD in making the younger generation flip.” For years, “Rings” continued to fascinate but frustrate filmmakers. Among those who flirted with film adaptations were Walt Disney, John Boorman and the Beatles; Ralph Bakshi did a 1978 animated version. But a live-action version went nowhere until 1998, when Peter Jackson made a successful pitch to New Line’s Bob Shaye.
On Aug. 31, 1998, Variety announced that New Line would commit $130 million to perhaps the biggest gamble in the history of movies: Jackson would make three films simultaneously. If »
- Tim Gray
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