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Harvey Weinstein Says Quentin Tarantino Has Changed The Last Chapter Of 'The Hateful Eight'

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Last week, Quentin Tarantino officially started production on "The Hateful Eight." It was the dramatic conclusion to year that saw him initially cancel the movie entirely after the script leaked, only to rebound, giving a live read of his new work-in-progress screenplay (read our review), and then returning to the project full force, with a planned release of the finished film — shot in 70mm — later this year. But what has changed in the post-Civil War set movie that tracks a group of rogues who meet and clash in haberdashery in the Old West? Well, Harvey Weinstein has a little tease. "I’m pretty close to him, but I had to go to the house and read the last chapter and it has changed. Right now, there’s one guy who knows the ending. The one I read, he made adjustments that will shock, surprise and delight. Me, the whole cast, »


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'Maze Runner' actress Kaya Scodelario will be in 'Pirates of the Caribbean 5'

3 hours ago | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Jerry Bruckheimer tweeted over the weekend that Kaya Scodelario of The Maze Runner and Skins has been enlisted for the fifth Pirates of the Caribbean movie. Scodelario joins The Giver's Brenton Thwaites as new blood added to the franchise, while Johnny Depp will once again play Captain Jack Sparrow. Javier Bardem has been in talks to play a villain in the movie. »


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Emma Watson to Star in Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ (Exclusive)

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Director Bill Condon has cast the “Harry Potter” actress as Belle in the live-action adaptation

Harry Potter” alum Emma Watson has closed a deal to star in Disney’s live-action musical “Beauty and the Beast,” TheWrap has learned.

Bill Condon (“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn”) will direct from a script written by Stephen Chbosky, who directed Watson in “The Perks of Being a Wallflower.” Evan Spiliotopoulos wrote the previous draft of the screenplay.

David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman are producing under their Mandeville Films banner.

Also Read: Emma Watson Speaks Out for Feminism and Against Man-Hating at Un (Video)

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Adam Levine to perform 'Lost Stars' at the Oscars

11 minutes ago | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine will be making an appearance at the Academy Awards to perform "Lost Stars," the Oscar-nominated song from 2014's Begin Again. Both Levine and co-star Keira Knightley perform the song in Begin Again, a musical drama about a songwriter trying to get her start in the business. The Oscars air Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. on ABC. »


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Ava DuVernay to direct Hurricane Katrina love story with David Oyelowo as star

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Selma director Ava DuVernay will write, produce, and direct a film about Hurricane Katrina, Participant Media announced today. David Oyelowo, who plays Martin Luther King, Jr. in her Best Picture nominee, is in talks to produce and star. According to the announcement, the film will be a "sweeping love story and complex murder mystery during the time of Hurricane Katrina." »


- Esther Zuckerman

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'Selma' Duo Ava DuVernay & David Oyelowo Reteaming For Hurricane Katrina Murder Mystery

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It ended up with a Best Picture Best Original Song nominations, the overall Academy Awards snub of "Selma" -- and lack of recognition for director Ava DuVernay and star David Oyelowo in particular -- has nevertheless been a talking point in the past few weeks. And rightly so: DuVernay's smart, confident direction, and Oyelowo's transformative performance were easily among the best in their fields this year, but were bafflingly overlooked in favor of more pedestrian fare (*cough* "The Imitation Game"). But the pair, who originally worked together on DuVernay's previous feature, "Middle Of Nowhere," aren't skipping a beat, and are coming for Oscar voters again, as The Hollywood Reporter reveal that the duo are set to reteam for a third project. Backed again by Participant Media, who were partly behind "Selma," the film's described as a "sweeping love story and complex murder mystery set against the backdrop" of Hurricane »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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David Tennant Joins Marvel’s ‘Aka Jessica Jones’ as Villain

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The gregarious Tenth Doctor will be taking a dark turn in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. David Tennant is set to join Marvel’s upcoming Netflix series Aka Jessica Jones as Zebediah Killgrave, a villain with ties to Jessica Jones’ (Krysten Ritter) past. Hit the jump for more on the David Tennant Aka Jessica Jones casting.  Netflix announced […]

The post David Tennant Joins Marvel’s ‘Aka Jessica Jones’ as Villain appeared first on /Film. »


- Angie Han

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Watch: Actors and Filmmakers Answer 'What's Your Favorite Movie That No One Has Seen?'

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The Academy Originals series continues to provide viewers a behind-the-scenes look at Hollywood. This time, they asked actors, screenwriters, directors and producers what their favorite movie is that they think no one else has seen. Many, including actors Mark Whalberg and Jennifer Garner and director David O. Russell answered the tough question. Highlights from the video include Ralph Fiennes, who says, "A film I've seen recently that really effected me is an Iranian film called 'Manuscripts Don't Burn.'" Jonah Hill, having starred in "The Wolf of Wall Street," answers with another Martin Scorsese film: "The King of Comedy" from 1982. Screenwriter John Ridley chooses the 1969 Francis Ford Coppola film "The Rain People," calling it "an astonishing piece of work." David O. Russell answers with an impressive three films: "Love and Anarchy," "The Seduction of Mimi" and "Seven Beauties." Have you seen »


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The Orchard pounces on The Overnight

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An unusually busy first weekend of on-site deal-making continued in Park City as The Orchard announced on Monday (January 26) it had taken North American rights to The Overnight and reports continued to swirl of Fox Searchlight’s pursuit of Me And Earl And The Dying Girl.

An action-packed weekend has already seen Open Road and Sony double up on Rick Famuyiwa’s Us Dramatic Competition selection and coming-of-age comedy Dope in a deal said to be worth $7m with a $20m P&A commitment.

Open Road will release in the Us and Sony handles international territories on the story, which takes place in a gang-ridden Los Angeles neighbourhood.

Meanwhile Fox Searchight was understood to be leading a pack of bidders over Sunday night for Us Dramatic Competition selection Me And Earl And The Dying Girl from Alfonso Gomez-Rejon starring Thomas Mann, Olivia Cooke and Molly Shannon.

Weekend reports also claimed Sony Pictures Classics had picked up Us rights »


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Sundance Review: ‘Diary Of A Teenage Girl’ Starring Bel Powley, Alexander Skarsgård & Kristen Wiig

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Girls just wanna have fun. And girls you wanna get laid. And hey, there are no judgments here in Marielle Heller's often terrific, half-excellent coming-of-age and self-discovery tale, “The Diary Of A Teenage Girl.” Provocative, brutally honest and R-rated formative year stories for females are certainly in short supply. And so Heller’s vividly drawn and assured debut feature certainly delivers in this regard with an rich and expressively effervescent bildungsroman story. But like so many Sundance narratives so far this year, Heller’s movie begins to overstate its case and lose hold of its charms in its darker, overlong second half. But the picture also manages some deft navigation of potentially distasteful subjects and tricky source material.  Based on cartoonist Phoebe Gloeckner graphic novels, “Diary Of A Teenage Girl” is about a sexually precocious adolescent girl in 1970s San Francisco who begins a complex sexual affair with her mother’s boyfriend. »

- Rodrigo Perez

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Sundance 2015 review: The D Train – all abort this Jack Black high school reunion comedy

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The strange chemistry of Jack Black and James Marsden can’t rescue this far-fetched farce about a man trying to win the respect of his hometown peers 20 years on

Think about that one insufferable guy you knew in school who comments on everything you put on Facebook. Now try and imagine spending an entire movie’s run time with him. The D Train, starring Jack Black, presents a peculiar artistic conundrum. When a film’s lead character is the movie-going equivalent of nails across a chalkboard, is there any way you can enjoy it? With more substantial fare, like Rick Alverson’s Sundance debut Entertainment, the answer is yes. That is a movie whose form is part of its message. The D Train, written and directed by television veterans Jarrad Paul and Andrew Mogel, aspires to be light entertainment with occasional flashes of edge. The “neither this nor that” quality »

- Jordan Hoffman

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‘The Strangers 2′ Moving Forward With Director Marcel Langenegger

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The Strangers will come knocking again. Relativity is moving forward on The Strangers 2, a follow-up to Bryan Bertino‘s 2008 horror hit. Marcel Langenegger (Deception) is directing this time around, from a script by Ben Katai (Chosen). More on The Strangers 2 after the jump. TheWrap reports Langenegger is currently in negotiations to direct The […]

The post ‘The Strangers 2′ Moving Forward With Director Marcel Langenegger appeared first on /Film. »


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‘Night of the Living Dead’ Origins Movie Gains Momentum with Radar Pictures

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Radar Pictures has come on board to produce writer-director Cameron Romero’s “Origins,” the genesis story of his father’s iconic “Night of the Living Dead.”

Production is planned for later this year.

Night of the Living Dead” was released in 1968 and starred Duane Jones, Judith O’Dea and Karl Hardman. The film, which follows seven people trapped in a rural farmhouse attacked by zombies, was shot in black and white for $114,000 and grossed $30 millon worldwide, spawning five more “Living Dead” films.

It was selected in 1999 by the Library of Congress for preservation in the National Film Registry.

The new film’s story is by Romero, who will also direct, with a screenplay by Romero, Darrin Reed and Bryce C. Campbell. Radar’s Ted Field will produce with Aldo Lapietra, Campbell, Reed and Romero. Executive producers are Mike Weber and Thomas van Dell.

The project is set at the height of the Cold War, »


- Dave McNary

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Emma Watson Is Disney’s Belle In 'Beauty And The Beast,' Adam Sandler's First Netflix Movies Saddles Up Cast And More

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Disney is eager to keep replacing your fond memories of their animated classics, with big screen, live-action do-overs or prequels no one asked for. Last summer we got "Sleeping Beauty" predecessor "Maleficent," in a couple of months "Cinderella" drops in, and now "Beauty And The Beast" is gearing up. The studio has announced that Emma Watson will play Belle in their version. The actress was previously attached to iteration that would've seen Guillermo del Toro directing, but it never got off the ground. Instead, Bill Condon ("The Fifth Estate," "Dreamgirls") will get behind the camera with production beginning later this year. Julia Roberts will produce and star in a remake of the documentary "Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard Around The World." The movie will tell the real life story about how a Make-a-Wish event for Miles – a 5 year old boy diagnosed with leukemia - wanting to be Batman for a day turned into not. »

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Sundance: Meet Damián Szifrón, Director of Oscar-Nominated 'Wild Tales' (Exclusive Video)

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From writer-director Damián Szifrón, 39, "Wild Tales" was scooped up by Sony Pictures Classics out of the Cannes 2014 competition and plays in Park City this week before a limited Us run beginning February 20. Among all the dark explorations of the human spirit on display on the festival circuit, this tour-de-force collection of six insane, utterly identifiable tales of human beings pushed to extreme "primal instinctive behavior" (per the director)--from road rage-gone-wrong and a righteously precise explosive expert who fights a corrupt towing company, to the ultimate disastrous wedding--had universal appeal and was hugely entertaining.  Each carefully wrought jewel of story is more delicious and outrageous and hilarious than the last. Think Almodóvar on Tarantino steroids. With a Gustavo Santaolalla score. (Almodóvar's Spanish company El Deseo produced.)  Sure enough, this hilarious movie hit big »


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Fifty Shades of What? See the S&M Romance 'The Duke of Burgundy' Instead

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[Editor's Note: This post is presented in partnership with Time Warner Cable Movies On Demand in support of Indie Film Month. Today's pick, "The Duke of Burgundy," is available now On Demand. This interview originally ran during last year's Sundance Film Festival.] British director Peter Strickland is an expert at toying with expectations. In "Berberian Sound Studio," he followed the eerie plight of a sound mixer on an Italian giallo film with a disoriented style that made it unclear whether anything we saw took place outside of the disturbed man's brain. "The Duke of Burgundy" offers a far more ambitious gamble: It explores a sadomasichistic romance between two women — under the guise of European sexploitation films from decades earlier — by exploring the peculiar nature of their attraction without turning it into a punchline. By the movie's end, the kinky antics are oddly heartwarming. In an amusing feat of counterprogramming by »


- Eric Kohn

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2015 Oscar Predictions: Best Makeup and Hairstyling

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Indiewire will provide updates of our predictions for the 87th Academy Awards through February 22nd, when the winners are announced. Here is our current prediction for the Best Makeup and Hairstyling Oscar race, with commentary to come. Check out our predictions in other categories here. The Nominees: "Foxcatcher" "The Grand Budapest Hotel" "Guardians of the Galaxy" Will Win: "Guardians of the Galaxy" Could Win: Any of them. Should Win: "Guardians of the Galaxy" Shoulda Been Here: "Into The Woods" Sign up Here for Indiewire's Awards Season newsletter and receive a twice-weekly email roundup of our awards stories, hand-picked by our editors from across the Indiewire Network, plus additional coverage in the final run up to the Oscars. Read More: Anne Thompson's Oscar Predictions »


- Peter Knegt

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2015 Oscar Predictions: Best Visual Effects

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Indiewire will provide updates of our predictions for the 87th Academy Awards through February 22nd, when the winners are announced. Here is our current prediction for the Best Visual Effects Oscar race, with commentary to come. Check out our predictions in other categories here. The Nominees: "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" "Guardians of the Galaxy" "Interstellar" "X-Men: Days of Future Past" Will Win: "Interstellar" Could Win: "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" Should Win: "Interstellar" Shoulda Been Here: "Godzilla" Sign up Here for Indiewire's Awards Season newsletter and receive a twice-weekly email roundup of our awards stories, hand-picked by our editors from across the Indiewire Network, plus additional coverage in the final run up to the Oscars. Read More: Anne Thompson's Oscar Predictions »


- Peter Knegt

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Sundance 2015, Dispatch 3: The Wolfpack, Western and Dreamcatcher

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I stopped taking notes after a while during The Wolfpack; I was feeling a bit too disturbed to keep at it and it seemed somewhat besides the point. Crystal Moselle’s first feature follows the Angulo brothers: six siblings, born to father Oscar, who for something like 15 years never left their Les apartment, save sporadic supervised summer walks. Oscar named them all Hare Krishna style — Govinda, Bhagavan, etc. — and amassed a collection of some 5,000 films, their sole meaningful connection to the outside world. They were homeschooled and lived in a state of fear — Oscar’s past/present (?) […] »

- Vadim Rizov

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Emma Watson Is Joining Disney's Live-Action Beauty And The Beast, Get The Details

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It appears Disney has found its Beauty. Emma Watson has officially been cast in the role of Belle in Bill Condon's upcoming live-action "interpretation" of Beauty and the Beast. Following her run as Hermione Granger in all eight Harry Potter films, Emma Watson hasn't exactly been stockpiling major movie roles, choosing instead to split her time between acting, modeling, furthering her education and serving as a Un Women Goodwill Ambassador. We can hardly fault her for aspiring to extend herself and her talent beyond the screen. Still, it's exciting to hear that she's taking on starring role in what Disney is referring to as an "interpretation" of Beauty and the Beast. That description does leave plenty of room for, well, interpretation. We know that it's live-action, and that The Fifth Estate director Bill Condon is on board to helm. Beyond that, details about the project are slim. But it »

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