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The Marvel movie formerly known as ‘Avengers: Infinity War Part I’ just got a title update

7 hours ago | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The movie formally known as Avengers: Infinity War Part I shall henceforth be known simply as Avengers: Infinity War. Disney notified press of the title update on Friday afternoon. This comes after Joe and Anthony Russo told Uproxx (a sister site to HitFix) back in May that Avengers: Infinity War Part I and Avengers: Infinity War Part II would be getting new titles. “The movies are two very different movies,” Joe Russo explained. Seems like a good reason to get rid of the “Part I,” “Part II,” nonsense, along with the audience fatigue that developed after one too many franchises split sequels in half. Today’s update also confirmed that the Avengers: Infinity War release date remains unchanged (May 4, 2018), as does the release date of the next Avengers movie (May 3, 2019). That film, formerly Avengers: Infinity War Part II, is now getting a temporary new title of Untitled Avengers from Disney. »

- Emily Rome

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Joe Carnahan To Pen "Uncharted" Film

12 hours ago | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

"The Grey" and "Narc" director Joe Carnahan has come onboard to pen the latest draft of the script for the film adaptation of the video game series "Uncharted" at Sony Pictures.

The Playstation game series follows Nathan Drake as he seeks lost civilizations and their treasures with the help of journalist Elena Fisher and mentor Victor "Sully" Sullivan. A fourth and final game in the series was released earlier this year and is a serious 'Game of the Year' contender on many sites.

Carnahan is unable to helm the project as well unless production is pushed back. Carnahan is currently committed to direct "Bad Boys 3" for Sony early next year which is when the studio also hopes to get going on the "Uncharted" film. Funnily enough it was an earlier draft of "Uncharted" by David Guggenheim that landed that scribe the job of doing the script for "Bad Boys 3 »

- Garth Franklin

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Paul Dano to Make Directorial Debut With Indie Drama ‘Wildlife’

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

Paul Dano will make his feature directorial debut with the coming-of-age drama “Wildlife,” helming from a script he’s written with Zoe Kazan.

“Wildlife,” based on the 1990 Richard Ford novel, is being produced by Alex Saks for June Pictures with Oren Moverman, Ann Ruark and Dano. Kazan is executive producing.

The narrator of the book is a teenage boy who watches his parents’ marriage start to come apart after the family moves to Montana. ”In the fall of 1960, when I was 16 and my father was for a time not working, my mother met a man named Warren Miller and fell in love with him,” the book begins.

Neither Dano nor Kazan are expected to act in “Wildlife.” Dano’s credits include “Little Miss Sunshine,” “There Will Be Blood,” “12 Years a Slave,” “Love & Mercy” and “Swiss Army Man.” He’s currently in production on “Okja” with “Snowpiercer director Bong Joon-Ho.

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- Dave McNary

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Why Danny Trejo Wants Betty White to Star in His New Movie (Exclusive Video)

8 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Danny Trejo‘s next movie doesn’t just feature his usual brand of weird and badass — it’s for a good cause, too. The crowd-funded “Social Security,” now raising money on Indiegogo, is described as “Die Hard” set at a retirement facility. And after he and his fellow filmmakers discovered overwhelming cases of senior-citizen abuse in researching the movie, Trejo decided to donate proceeds from the film to preventing such crimes in the future. During a recent interview with TheWrap’s Stuart Brazell at his new restaurant, Trejo’s Tacos, the “Machete” star also revealed his dream cast member for the project. »

- Linda Ge

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Marvel Surprise: ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Won’t Be Split Into 2 Movies

8 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The next “Avengers” adventure will exist as one movie, not a previously announced two, Walt Disney said on Friday. The studio will release “Avengers: Infinity War” as planned on May 4, 2018.  What was slated to be the second part in that story, “Avengers: Infinity War Part II,” has now been renamed as an “Untitled Avengers” project. Presumably, this will be a completely different story involving the heroes Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), The Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner). That title is still scheduled to hit on May »

- Matt Donnelly

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Morgan Freeman Joining Disney's 'The Nutcracker' (Exclusive)

28 July 2016 4:06 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Morgan Freeman is in negotiations to join Disney's live-action The Nutcracker. Interstellar actress Mackenzie Foy is starring as Clara while Misty Copeland will play the lead ballerina in the live-action film, which is based on The Nutcracker and the Mouse King by E.T.A. Hoffmann. The story, set at Christmastime, follows a young girl named Clara whose favorite toy, a Nutcracker, comes alive. After he defeats the Mouse King, he takes Clara away to a magical kingdom inhabited by dolls. The story inspired the famous ballet that featured one of Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s most iconic

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- Rebecca Ford

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Surprise: The 'Flatliners' remake isn't a remake, it's a sequel

9 hours ago | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

As I suspected, Sony's upcoming Flatliners remake isn't a remake at all but rather a sequel, in which returning original cast member Kiefer Sutherland will indeed reprise his role as Nelson Wright. I'm a genius! Sutherland confirmed the nature of the project in a recent interview with Metro: “I play a professor at the medical university. It is never stated but it will probably be very clearly understood that I’m the same character I was in the original Flatliners but that I have changed my name and I’ve done some things to move on from the experiments that we were doing in the original film."  Interestingly, this is the second so-called remake of a beloved '90s genre film to have been revealed as a sorta-sequel in recent months. Earlier this year, The Craft producer Douglas Wick revealed to HitFix exclusively that the new version of the 1996 cult »

- Chris Eggertsen

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Stephen Frears to receive honorary Sarajevo award

18 hours ago | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

British director’s latest film, Florence Foster Jenkins, to screen at the festival’s open air theatre.

Stephen Frears, the British director of The Queen and Philomena, is to receive the Honorary Heart of Sarajevo Award at the 22nd Sarajevo Film Festival (Aug 12-20).

Frears, who was previously the subject of the festival’s tribute programme in 2002, will have his latest film - Florence Foster Jenkins starring Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant - screened as part of Sarajevo’s Open Air programme.

Previous recipients of the honorary award have included Angelina Jolie, Gael Garcia Bernal, Mike Leigh and last year Benicio del Toro.

Frears breakthrough as a feature film director came with the low budget hit My Beautiful Laundrette in 1985 and made his Hollywood debut with Dangerous Liaisons in 1989, which received six Oscar nominations.

His first Oscar nomination as best director can in 1991 for The Grifters, produced by Martin Scorsese, while his 1998 western »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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‘Jason Bourne’ Targets $60M+; ‘Bad Moms’ Gets Sassy With $26.5M; ‘Nerve’ Holds Steady – Box Office Friday

1 hour ago | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

The re-pairing of Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass with Jason Bourne seems to be paying off for Universal Pictures as the latest in the action franchise is on track to gross $22M+ tonight on its way to right around a $60M weekend, which will mark the highest opening for a Damon-centric film (The Martian grossed $54.3M). It garnered an A- CinemaScore. Jason Bourne, which we’ve heard is in the budget range of $120M to $135M, should do well as it is releasing in 46… »

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Review: ‘Lace Crater’ Buries the Human Ghost Story at Its Core

3 hours ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Movie ghosts usually represent something more than just specters from the beyond. You don’t have to look too far into the recent past to find examples of spooky phantoms that represent some kind of real-world anxiety: grief (“The Babadook”), burgeoning sexuality (“It Follows”) and franchises built on justice meted out by revenge-seeking spirits. In that context, Harrison Atkins’ “Lace Crater” is out of sync with its times, since it takes the existence of an undead corporeal entity at face value.

Here, that ambiguous entity visits Ruth (Lindsay Burdge), a recently single woman on a Hamptons vacation with a cadre of supportive friends. On a drug-laced evening in upstate New York, Ruth retreats to her room in the guest cottage, which a member of the group jokes is haunted. When a creaking door yields a mysterious, soft-spoken figure clad in burlap sacks, Ruth’s initial fright gives way to an eerie sense of understanding. »

- Steve Greene

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Frank Zappa in ‘Eat That Question’: A Blast of Sanity From the Rock Past

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

In the late ’60s, the last time that America seemed as divided as it is now (back then it was the counterculture vs. the establishment; today it’s reality-based thinking vs. rabbit-hole fantasy), there was a popular technique of rudeness known as “the put-on.” The obnoxious idea was that if you found yourself confronting someone who was clueless, you should coax out their cluelessness even more by saying things you don’t believe: more far-out than you thought — or maybe more far in. As the lively new documentary “Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words” makes clear, Frank Zappa was a master of the put-on — but not just because he bamboozled the “squares.” He presented a put-on to the counterculture too. He was a quirky, daring, idiosyncratic, out-of-the-box musician, but he was also a straight arrow in hippie-anarchist clothing. He hated blandness and fakery and selling out, but »

- Owen Gleiberman

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Asian Americans decry 'whitewashed' Great Wall film starring Matt Damon

5 hours ago | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Critics say forthcoming film The Great Wall is just the latest example of Hollywood putting a white person in a role that should go to a person of color

A chorus of outrage followed the release on Thursday of the first trailer for The Great Wall, a fantasy adventure set in China more than 1,000 years ago, which stars the white Hollywood star Matt Damon in the lead role.

Damon’s plays a soldier in ancient China in The Great Wall, an English-language film directed by Zhang Yimou and set for release in February 2017.

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- Julia Carrie Wong in San Francisco

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Marvel’s ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Will be One Movie, Not Two

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Disney has confirmed that it will make only one “Avengers: Infinity” movie rather than the two it had announced previously.

Disney said on Friday that it still plans to release Marvel’s “Avengers: Infinity War” as planned on May 4, 2018. But what was slated to be the second part in that story, “Avengers: Infinity War Part II,” has now been renamed as an “Untitled Avengers” project while retaining the May 3, 2019 release date.

The two “Infinity War” movies were announced together in October, 2014, with both directed by Anthony and Joe Russo. Two months ago, the Russo brothers told the Uproxx site that the third and fourth Avengers were being retitled in part to clarify that the films would be two separate films rather than one large film split in half.

Production of “Avengers: Infinity War” is expected to begin later this year. The Russos are directing from a script by the writing »

- Dave McNary

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Superhero Bits: New Baby Groot Details, Another Squirrel Girl Contender & More

7 hours ago | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

When does the Inhumans vs X-Men comic book event begin? Will Punisher be part of The Defenders? Which Marvel movie director does Grant Gustin want to direct an episode of The Flash? How does Baby Groot‘s memory work in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2? Why did Jai Courtney put cigarettes out on himself while […]

The post Superhero Bits: New Baby Groot Details, Another Squirrel Girl Contender & More appeared first on /Film. »

- Ethan Anderton

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