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Goosebumps 2 Gets Retitled Slappy's Revenge?

Goosebumps 2 Gets Retitled Slappy's Revenge?
We reported back in May that the sequel to the 2015 hit Goosebumps will be titled Goosebumps: Horrorland, but that isn't the case anymore. Another report has surfaced which claims the Goosebumps sequel is not entitled Goosebumps: Horrorland, but instead will be called Goosebumps: Slappy's Revenge. This report also claims that production is slated to begin in Atlanta in the first half of 2018. While Sony had been planning a fall 2018 release for this sequel, that seems highly unlikely, with a 2019 debut more plausible.

The original Goosebumps 2 2018 release date was set back in January, but it seems impossible to hit with filming starting next year. While no plot details have been released, when the Horrorland title was revealed, there was speculation that the massive park near where the main characters live could ultimately become this place known as "Horrorland," but that was never confirmed. Regardless, it seems that the studio is now
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‘The Big Sick’ Star Holly Hunter Readies for Career Achievement Award at Palm Springs

‘The Big Sick’ Star Holly Hunter Readies for Career Achievement Award at Palm Springs
As awards season takes over Hollywood, keep up with all the ins, outs, and big accolades with our bi-weekly Awards Roundup column.

– The 29th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (Psiff) will present Holly Hunter with the Career Achievement Award at its annual Film Awards Gala. Past recipients of the Career Achievement Award include Annette Bening, Glenn Close, Kevin Costner, Bruce Dern, Robert Duvall, Clint Eastwood, Sally Field, Morgan Freeman, Samuel L. Jackson, and Lynn Redgrave.

Holly Hunter’s career is filled with many memorable performances including her Academy Award-winning role in ‘The Piano’ as well as other films including ‘Broadcast News,’ ‘The Firm,’ ‘The Incredibles’ and more,” said Festival Chairman Harold Matzner in an official statement. “In her recent film ‘The Big Sick,’ she brings comedy and poignancy as a mother coping with her daughter’s coma, while bonding with her daughter’s ex-boyfriend. It is our great honor
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The 20 Best Plot Twists of the 21st Century, Ranked

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The 20 Best Plot Twists of the 21st Century, Ranked
It’s the shock of seeing Norman Bates, knife in hand, clad in his mother’s clothes, grinning maniacally in the swinging lamplight. It’s the realization that Kevin Spacey spun us a bunch of lies, and was actually Keyser Söze the whole time. It’s finally connecting “I see dead people” with Bruce Willis being shot at the beginning of “The Sixth Sense.” When movies pull the rug from under us, it’s one of the greatest thrills that cinema can provide.

As Hollywood continues to reboot countless old properties, it’s easy to think that the days of original and surprising storytelling are long behind us. But these films prove that Hollywood still has a few tricks up its sleeve, ones that have kept us talking for years, and have cemented their place in film history.

Beware of spoilers! Here are the best plot twists of the 21st
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How ‘Fargo’ Afforded Allison Tolman the Opportunity to Be Choosy About Her Roles (Exclusive)

How ‘Fargo’ Afforded Allison Tolman the Opportunity to Be Choosy About Her Roles (Exclusive)
Since earning an Emmy nomination for her breakout role as Deputy Molly Solverson on the first season of Noah Hawley’s FX anthology series, Fargo, Allison Tolman has taken pains not to pigeonhole herself. But there is a common thread to her roles; she plays an "everywoman" just trying to live her life until she gets dropped into extraordinary circumstances.

When Tolman hears that description, she laughs with sudden recognition that, yes, certain roles appeal to her more than others. "I guess I'm not offered a lot of superheroes," she tells Et. "I tend to be drawn to the roles where women are the heroes of their own story, and most of those women are real women. They are just trying to get through the day and hold down a job. I think that that's enough of a challenge."

In the film Barracuda, which opens in limited release on Friday, Oct. 6, she
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How Instagram and ‘The Little Rascals’ Inspired Sean Baker’s ‘The Florida Project’ (Exclusive)

How Instagram and ‘The Little Rascals’ Inspired Sean Baker’s ‘The Florida Project’ (Exclusive)
Sean Baker, the creator of Fox’s Greg the Bunny, enjoyed breakout success (and Oscar buzz) with the 2015 film Tangerine. Telling the story of two transgender prostitutes, the movie was notably shot entirely on an iPhone 5. Once again, modern technology -- this time, Instagram -- is playing a pivotal role in the 46-year-old director’s latest film, The Florida Project, about 6-year-old Moonee (Brooklynn Prince), and her tumultuous childhood, growing up right outside the happiest place on Earth, Walt Disney World.

Moonee and her young, out-of-work, single mom Halley (Instagram star Bria Vinaite) live week to week in the Magic Castle budget motel, run by the hardworking yet kindhearted Bobby (Willem Dafoe). It was Baker’s co-writer Chris Bergoch who brought the plight of Orlando’s hidden homeless population to Baker’s attention, and together they got to work on this film.

“I’ve always been inspired by The Little Rascals,” Baker says, referring
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15 Films to See in October

If September was a precursor to the fall season, October delivers beyond imagination with a slate packed with some of the year’s best films (not just limited to arthouse and foreign fare). There’s big-budget sci-fi, jaunts through the French countryside, cinematic social experiments, explorations of cinematic icons, gruesome exploitation films, and much more. Check out our picks of what to see and let us know what you’re most looking forward to.

Matinees to See: Walking Out (10/5), Better Watch Out (10/6), The Mountain Between Us (10/6), Dina (10/6), Breathe (10/13) Man From Earth: Holocene (10/13), The Foreigner (10/13), Human Flow (10/13), Marshall (10/13), Professor Marston & the Wonder Women (10/13), The Killing of the Sacred Deer (10/20), The Strange Ones (10/20), One of Us (10/20), Félicité (10/27), and Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold (10/27)

Bonus: Spielberg (Susan Lacy; Oct. 7)

Synopsis: A documentary about the king of blockbusters.

Trailer

Why You Should See It: What more could we want to know about
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Amy Ryan on Playing Difficult Women: ‘I’ve Become Their Advocate’

Amy Ryan on Playing Difficult Women: ‘I’ve Become Their Advocate’
In “Abundant Acreage Available,” Amy Ryan plays a tough-minded woman who reunites with her brother (Terry Kinney) to bury their father on the farm where he raised them. As they argue about where to lay him to rest, another set of siblings from their father’s past show up to further complicate matters, laying claim to the land and injecting themselves into the center of this parochial setting.

Ryan’s character remains a fierce, defiant voice who pushes back against her brother’s religious convictions and the interlopers who question her solitary way of life. It’s a commanding performance that dominates this quiet, understated movie, and it makes you wonder why Ryan — an Oscar nominee for “Gone Baby Gone” — doesn’t land such impressive leading roles more often.

See More:Amy Ryan Gives Her Best Performance In a Decade With ‘Abundant Acreage Available’ — Tribeca 2017 Review

Ryan, however, doesn’t
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Exclusive: How ‘Abundant Acreage Available’ Paralleled Amy Ryan’s Real Life

Exclusive: How ‘Abundant Acreage Available’ Paralleled Amy Ryan’s Real Life
After indulging her funny bone with notable appearances on Broad City, Kevin Hart’s Central Intelligence and High Maintenance, and starring opposite Richard Armitage in the Off-Broadway production of Love, Love, Love, Amy Ryan is firmly back in the dramatic world that earned her an Oscar nomination for Gone Baby Gone with her new film, Abundant Acreage Available, in theaters on Sept. 29.

Written and directed by Angus MacLachlan (Junebug), the film tells the story of Tracy (Ryan) and Jesse (Terry Kinney), who after burying their father’s remains on their tobacco farm, are confronted by three older men (Max Gail, Francis Guinan, Steve Coulter) camping in their field. It’s a story of grief and morality and learning to let go.

It’s also one of Ryan’s best (and detailed) performances in years, earning rave reviews following the film’s premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival -- and the suggestion that she should be a contender
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Escape Plan 3 begins filming, new cast members announced

We’re still waiting on a release date for Escape Plan 2: Hades, but that hasn’t stopped Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films from kicking off production on the third instalment in the series, titled Escape Plan 3: Devil’s Station.

The third film is being directed by John Herzfeld (15 Minutes) and sees Sylvester Stallone back as Ray Breslin alongside his Hades co-stars Dave Bautista, Jaime King, Lydia Hull, and Tyler Jon Olson. New additions for the third instalment include Devon Sawa (Final Destination), Harry Shum Jr. (Shadowhunters), Malese Jow (The Vampire Diaries), Max Zhang and Sergio Rizzuto.

See Also: Dave Bautista says Escape Plan 2 is “completely different”

According to Deadline, Escape Plan 3 will see Ray Breslin (Stallone) and Trent DeRosa (Bautista) joining forces again in order to rescue one of their team members who is held captive at the penitentiary known as Devil’s Station, a prison where no one ever gets out.
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Trailer for ‘Abundant Acreage Available’ Previews Amy Ryan’s Career-Best Performance

Having worked under the direction of Kenneth Lonergan, Steven Spielberg, Sidney Lumet, Ben Affleck, Bennett Miller, Lodge Kerrigan, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Greengrass, Joachim Trier, Tom McCarthy, and more, it’s astounding that Amy Ryan has never had a leading role — until now. Premiering at Tribeca Film Festival, where it won a Best Screenplay jury award, Angus MacLachlan’s Abundant Acreage Available will now get a release this fall and the first trailer has landed.

“MacLachlan’s latest is a departure from his previous work: a quiet, powerful portrait of two families at a crossroads, featuring the middle-aged Ledbetters — including the reformed alcoholic Jesse (Terry Kinney) and his adopted sister Tracy (Amy Ryan) — and three aging brothers (Max Gail, Francis Guinan, and Steve Coulter),” we said in our review.

Executive produced by Martin Scorsese, see the trailer below featuring our quote.

On a fifty acre tobacco farm in North Carolina,
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Amy Ryan in First Trailer for Indie Film 'Abundant Acreage Available'

"This is our place - right here, right now." Gravitas Ventures has revealed an official trailer for the indie drama titled Abundant Acreage Available, which won the Best Screenplay award at the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year. The film stars Amy Ryan and Terry Kinney as middle-aged brother and sister, who have just finished burying their father in a field on the fifty acre tobacco farm in North Carolina that their family owns. Trouble brews when three brothers, whose family farmed the land for generations, return after 50 years. The cast includes Max Gail, Steve Coulter, and Francis Guinan. I have been a big fan of Amy Ryan ever since Gone Baby Gone, so I'm always interested to watch anything she's in, especially if she has a lead role. This looks damn good, and it's easy to see the tough choices the script attempts to address. Here's the first official
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25 Indie Films and Festival Favorites to See This Season, From ‘mother!’ to ‘Call Me By Your Name’

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All this week, IndieWire is rolling out our annual Fall Preview, including the very best indie cinema has to offer, all the awards contenders you need to know about, and even blockbuster fare that seems poised to please the most discerning tastes, all with an eye towards introducing you to all the new movies you need to get through a jam-packed fall movie-going season. Check back every day for a new look at the best the season has to offer, and clear your schedule, because we’re going to fill it right up. First up: indie films and festival favorites.

“mother!” (September 15)

The return of Darren Aronofsky should be enough to get any cinephile back to the theater, but the fact that “mother!” has remained so secretive with just under a month to go has only made anticipation higher. Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem play a couple whose lives are
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Mena Massoud Joins ‘Strange But True’; Jessica Allain Boards ‘Vengeance’; Hassie Harrison In ‘The Iron Orchard’

Mena Massoud Joins ‘Strange But True’; Jessica Allain Boards ‘Vengeance’; Hassie Harrison In ‘The Iron Orchard’
Mena Massoud has come aboard Strange but True, directed by Rowan Athale. He joins Amy Ryan, Greg Kinnear, Nick Robinson, Margaret Qualley and Connor Jessup in the film about a young woman who suddenly finds herself pregnant five years after the death of her boyfriend. When she confronts his family with the idea that this child could be his, the truth begins to unravel. La La Land producer Fred Berger is producing the film, which was written by Eric Garcia based on the…
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Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner In Talks to Script ‘Toni Erdmann’ Remake — Report

Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner In Talks to Script ‘Toni Erdmann’ Remake — Report
We’ve heard precious little about Paramount’s planned English-language remake of Maren Ade’s beloved Oscar nominee and Indie Spirit winner “Toni Erdmann” since the project cast Jack Nicholson and Kristen Wiig in its lead roles, but a new report from The Tracking Board packs a doozy of an update.

According to the outlet, “Girls” creators Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner are currently in talks to write the remake, which is being produced by Paramount.

Read More: ‘Toni Erdmann’ Remake: Why We’re Skeptical About the New Cast — Analysis

Adam McKay, Will Ferrell, and Jessica Elbaum are producing under their Gloria Sanchez Productions banner. The Tracking Board adds that writer-director Ade will executive produce, along with original producers Jonas Dornbach and Janine Jackowski, though the filmmaker has said in the past that she will not be involved with the project.

Dunham and Konner recently wrapped their HBO series “Girls,
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Film Acquisition Rundown: Netflix Buys Drake Doremus’ ‘Newness,’ Gravitas Picks Up ‘Abundant Acreage Available’ and More

Keep up with the wild and wooly world of indie film acquisitions with our weekly Rundown of everything that’s been picked up around the globe. Check out last week’s Rundown here.

– Netflix has acquired the worldwide Svod rights to Drake Doremus’ “Newness,” Deadline reports. The film stars Nicholas Hoult and Laia Costa as a couple in contemporary Los Angeles navigating the world of online dating and social media–driven hookup culture. The film was a last-minute addition to the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, and co-stars Matthew Gray Gubler, Courtney Eaton, Danny Huston and Courtney Eaton. Netflix acquired the rights in a reported seven-figure deal.

Gravitas Ventures has acquired writer-director Angus MacLachlan’s second feature film, “Abundant Acreage Available.” The film premiered at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, where it won the Best Screenplay Award in the U.S. Narrative Competition. The film focuses on siblings Tracy (Amy Ryan) and Jesse
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Amy Ryan’s ‘Abundant Acreage Available’ Lands at Gravitas for Fall Release

Amy Ryan’s ‘Abundant Acreage Available’ Lands at Gravitas for Fall Release
Gravitas Ventures has secured North American rights to Angus MacLachlan’s family drama “Abundant Acreage Available,” starring Amy Ryan and Terry Kinney.

Abundant Acreage Available” won the best screenplay award in the U.S. narrative competition at the Tribeca Film Festival in April. Martin Scorsese executive produced the film, which will be released in theaters and on demand in the fall.

MacLachlan directed from his own script about grown siblings coming to terms with the death of their father and the future of their North Carolina tobacco farm. Their quiet and simple existence is unexpectedly disrupted by the sudden arrival of three mysterious brothers, camping on their land and setting the two sets of siblings on a collision course.

MacLachlan also produced “Abundant Acreage Available” alongside Kate Churchill (“Spotlight”). Scorsese executive produced with Jeanne Hagerty.

Variety’s Peter Debruge gave the film a strong review, highlighting Ryan’s performance: “Only
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How Martin Scorsese Will Save Filmmaking From Extinction — Exclusive Interview

How Martin Scorsese Will Save Filmmaking From Extinction — Exclusive Interview
It means something when one of American cinema’s greatest auteurs and commits to working on a digital platform, big-screen experience be damned. That’s exactly what Martin Scorsese did by partnering with Netflix on his next project, the $125 million mob movie “The Irishman.” While the 74-year-old New Yorker delights in celebrating film history, he’s practical enough to know his movies must remain relevant in rapidly changing times.

The fast-talking cinephile has also moved into television (“Boardwalk Empire” and “Vinyl”), fought to preserve film history through archival efforts, and produced films from younger generations. By getting a handle on multiple facets of the moving image, he’s saving filmmaking from extinction in a fragmented media age, even as he contributes to the art form with his own vibrant and ambitious directing efforts.

“I do think, with the advent of digital, there’s good hope that the storytelling impulse will always be there,
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‘La La Land’s’ Fred Berger to Produce Noir Thriller ‘Strange but True’ (Exclusive)

‘La La Land’s’ Fred Berger to Produce Noir Thriller ‘Strange but True’ (Exclusive)
La La Land” producer Fred Berger has set multilayered noir thriller “Strange but True” as his next project. British sales company Bankside Films is handling international sales on the film, which it will introduce to buyers at the Cannes Film Festival this week.

Academy Award nominees Amy Ryan and Greg Kinnear will lead the cast, which also includes rising stars Nick Robinson, Margaret Qualley and Connor Jessup, and Tony and Emmy Award winner Blythe Danner. The film, which is based on a 1994 novel by John Searles, is directed by British filmmaker Rowan Athale from an adaptation by Eric Garcia, and is scheduled to begin shooting in Toronto in June.

Strange but True” tells the story of a woman who, five years after the tragic death of her boyfriend, arrives on the doorstep of his family to tell them she is pregnant with his child. Though skeptical, the family find themselves trying to prove her right,
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FilmNation boards Steve Carell, Joaquin Phoenix projects

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Exclusive: Amazon Studios fully finances both titles and will release in Us.

Glen Basner’s FilmNation has come on board to launch international sales on the Croisette to the latest films from Gus Van Sant and Felix van Groeningen.

Van Sant’s dramatic comedy Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot stars Joaquin Phoenix, Rooney Mara, Jonah Hill, and Jack Black, while van Groeningen’s Beautiful Boy stars Steve Carell.

Amazon Studios, with whom FilmNation has collaborated several times, most recently on a headline-grabbing $12m deal on Sundance hit The Big Sick, is fully financing both films and will distribute in the Us.

Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot is in post and is based on Van Sant’s adaptation of the memoir by John Callahan.

Phoenix plays a hell-raiser who is paralysed and confined to a wheelchair following a car wreck.

After a dark spell of alcoholism he sobers
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Festival Feature: The Films of the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival

Chicago – The 16th Tribeca Film Festival wrapped last Sunday (April 30, 2017) and the award-winning films of the festival have been named. Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com was there for the first week of Tribeca and files his personal best of the films he experienced.

This is Patrick switching to first person, and I was able to see 13 media and film works, and took a turn in the “Immersive” or Virtual Reality arcade (there will a separate article on that experience). I sampled TV, short films, documentaries and narrative films, and rank them from first preferred on down, but honestly I didn’t see anything that I didn’t like, which is a testament to the programmers of this iconic film festival.

The following are the prime 13, and an indication of when they are scheduled to release…

Flower

Flower,’ Directed by Max Winkler

Photo credit: Tribeca Film Festival

What seems like a “Juno” rip-off,
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