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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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
‘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… »
Angelina Jolie’s Audition Process For Casting The Lead In ‘First They Killed My Father’ Was Pretty Disturbing
It’s not easy casting any role in a film, but finding child actors is particularly difficult. Generally held under stricter guidelines for how long they can be on set, having a young lead meanings finding someone who can tap into emotions that they might not fully understand the complexities of. So, one can understand the challenge Angelina Jolie faced in finding the lead for “First They Killed My Mother,” her adaptation of the memoir by author and human rights activist Loung Ung, that details the horrors of the Khmer Rouge, whose four year reign of terror and genocide saw nearly two million Cambodians killed.
Continue reading Angelina Jolie’s Audition Process For Casting The Lead In ‘First They Killed My Father’ Was Pretty Disturbing at The Playlist. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Al Gore Tests Box Office Climate With ‘An Inconvenient Sequel’; New Pics With Cotillard, Butler & Cera – Specialty Preview
Former Vice President Al Gore was on hand at the 2007 Oscars, where his An Inconvenient Truth won Best Documentary Feature. Bringing climate change to center stage, it was one of the biggest nonfiction films at the box office ever. Now, the former veep is back with An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, which Paramount Pictures is opening in four New York and L.A. locations ahead of an early-August national rollout. The film joins a rather crowded set of specialty… »
‘The Simpsons Movie’ Sequel Still a Possibility
The Simpsons Movie came out just about 10 years ago today and the award-winning animated series is still going strong as it approaches the debut of its 29th season on Fox this fall. With viewership still showing a healthy interest, the writing remaining solid, and the cast and crew still invested after all these years, what are the chances we'll be seeing another feature outing for Springfield's most famous family anytime soon? Probably pretty slim, at least in the short term, but there's always hope for a feature in the future. Many have wondered just how … »
- Dave Trumbore
Famous Disney Imagineer Marty Sklar Is Dead At 83
Walk Disney Imagineering is responsible for all the remarkable creations you find at the company's theme parks around the world. Today, the division is in mourning as one of the all-time great Imagineers has passed away. »
‘Baby Driver’: The Opening Car-Chase Scene Just Got Mapped Out — Watch
Now that the opening segment of “Baby Driver” is available to watch online, the geographically astute folks at Vox have done the inevitable: mapped out the car chase in its entirety. Propelled by the eponymous getaway driver’s (Ansel Elgort) red Subaru and taking place in Atlanta, the three-and-a-half-minute sequence may now be thought of as a testament to the power of Google Maps.
Read More‘Baby Driver’ Opening Scene Is Some of the Best Action Filmmaking You’ll See This Year — Watch
It’s even annotated in a way that brings to mind VH1’s “Pop-Up Video” — which is fitting, given how musically inclined Edgar Wright’s newest film is — and comes complete with trivia and factoids: Did you know, for instance, that the Candler Building was built by the founder of Coca Cola in 1906?
Read MoreGuillermo del Toro Explains Why Losing ‘Hellboy’ Inspired Him to Support ‘Baby Driver »
- Michael Nordine
How Angelina Jolie Found The Child Actors For Her New Movie
She has a movie called First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers coming up, and she recently revealed how the film cast its young child lead, Sareum Srey Moch »
Andy Serkis Says His ‘Jungle Book’ Will Be ‘Darker’ & More Authentic Than Disney’s
Last year, Disney scored huge with their remake of “The Jungle Book.” The film was a hit with critics and fans, raking in almost $1 billion worldwide. Everyone was excited at the success of the film, except maybe for one person – Andy Serkis. The fan-favorite actor, best known for his motion-capture performances, has been hard at work on his own “The Jungle Book” film at Warner Bros., for which he’ll make his directorial debut.
- Charles Dean
‘The Defenders’ Cast Explains Why Sigourney Weaver’s Mysterious Villain Is Their Most Dangerous Foe Yet
There's an old saying that a hero is only as good as their villain, so when you've got four heroes, you better have one hell of a villain. With The Defenders, Netflix unites the stars of their Marvel Universe -- Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist, most of whom are meeting for the first time after headlining their own series. The team of street-level heroes are teaming up to take on The Hand, and while Daredevil and Iron Fist have shown us plenty of the shadowy criminal organization, The Defenders is introducing a new foe to … »
- Haleigh Foutch
Jessica Williams: Why She Quit ‘The Daily Show’ and Bet Her Career On ‘The Incredible Jessica James’
Girl Talk is a weekly look at women in film — past, present, and future.
When long-time “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart announced his intention to leave his popular Comedy Central program in February 2015, Jessica Williams received plenty of buzz as a potential replacement that could lead the show into the next era of smart, amusing reporting. Williams, however, had different ideas.
Just weeks earlier, the budding actress and comedian had been bouncing around the Sundance Film Festival, happily hawking her first big movie role in James Strouse’s “People Places Things.” That happiness was definitely earned, because Williams’ work in the film — as a super-smart art student who plays matchmaker for her recently divorced teacher (Jemaine Clement) and her single mother (Regina Hall) — proved that her comedic chops could translate to an entirely new medium.
Williams, already a star on the rise, suddenly had a brand new career to pursue, »
- Kate Erbland
Another Ant-Man Character Is Returning For Ant-Man And The Wasp
The sequel will be the first in the McU to feature female superhero in a leading role, and now another one of Ant-Man's supporting actors has been confirmed to be reprising their role. »
‘The Murders Of Molly Southbourne’ Picked Up By Cathy Schulman’s Welle Ent.
Exclusive: The Murders of Molly Southbourne, a novella written by Tade Thompson which is designed as the first in an ongoing series from MacMillan Publishing imprint Tor.com, has just been optioned by Cathy Schulman's Welle Entertainment (a co-venture with Primary Wave Entertainment). The company is clearly gearing up as this marks the second book to be brought into the company this week, with Welle winning a bidding war over the hot property Alpha Girls just about four da… »
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