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Joss Whedon To Guide ‘Justice League’ As Zack Snyder Deals With Family Tragedy

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The superhero wars, the constant pitting of Marvel versus DC Films, doesn’t seem abate in the social media sphere, as both sides lob fiery tirades about why their team is better than the other. But let’s face it, these are just movies, and while that’s not to diminish the talents involved or the passion of the creatives, the responsibilities and realities of real life are always the number one priority, and today comes a bracing reminder of that fact.

Continue reading Joss Whedon To Guide Post-Production, Direct Additional Scenes For ‘Justice League’ As Zack Snyder Deals With Family Tragedy at The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘Resident Evil’ Franchise Reboot: James Wan On Board To Produce From Greg Russo Script

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Exclusive: More details are leaking out on the Resident Evil franchise reboot. James Wan has come aboard to produce the first of the Resident Evil reboots from a script by Greg Russo, we’re hearing and it will have an entirely new cast. Russo wrote Mortal Kombat and Wan is known for producing the box office coups Lights Out, Annabelle and Saw, to name a few. The Wan brandname is a strong one and should give a boost to the reboot. Also producing are Constantin Film and… »

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A meme come true: Rihanna and Lupita Nyong'o to star in film based on tweet

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Selma director Ava DuVernay will direct film for Netflix after joke movie pitch about photo of stars goes viral, with a script from Insecure breakout Issa Rae

Rihanna and Lupita Nyong’o are set to star in a buddy movie for director Ava DuVernay after a tweet of the two went viral.

The Grammy-winning singer and Oscar-nomimnated actor were pictured together at a Miu Miu fashion show in 2014, which was then used as part of a joke movie pitch on Twitter in April.

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- Guardian staff

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Does ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales’ Have a Post-Credits Scene?

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Although it’s been six long years since Johnny Depp’s Captain Jack Sparrow hit the big screen, he returns May 26 in Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.” And what’s more, audiences who stick around to the very end of the credits will see a bonus scene — one that also teases a possible sixth installment in the fantasy adventure franchise. (The studio has not slated another installment.) “Dead Men Tell No Tales,” directed by series newcomers Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg, features returning stars Depp, Geoffrey Rush and Orlando Bloom as well as newcomers like Javier Bardem, »

- Thom Geier

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'Angry Birds Movie' Sequel Set for 2019 Release

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Sony is set for a second Angry Birds Movie.

Columbia Pictures and Rovio Entertainment announced that a sequel to last year's animated film will hit theaters on Sept. 20, 2019, a release date coinciding with the tenth anniversary of the original mobile gaming app. It will open ahead of Universal's animated adventure Everest and a Warner Bros. event film, both of which debut the following week.

Thurop Van Orman will make his feature directorial debut with the followup,  as the flightless birds and scheming green piggies take their beef to the next level. John Rice, who served as lead storyboard artist on The Angry Birds »

- Ashley Lee

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‘Spider-Man’ Star Tom Holland to Play Young Nathan Drake in Sony’s ‘Uncharted’ Franchise

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

Spider-Man: Homecoming” star Tom Holland is attached to another major Sony franchise, joining Shawn Levy‘s “Uncharted,” an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

Shawn Levy is directing the film in which Holland is set to star as the young thief Nathan Drake. The film will take its inspiration from a sequence in the third version of the famous video game, in which Drake first meets professional rogue, Sullivan. Sony is yet to find a writer for the screenplay. Producers include Charles Roven, Avi Arad, Alex Gartner and Ari Arad. »

- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Dina Merrill, Elegant Actress and Philanthropist, Dies at 93

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Dina Merrill, a beautiful, blonde actress with an aristocratic bearing known as much for her wealthy origins, philanthropy, and marriage to actor Cliff Robertson as for her work in film and television, died on Monday at her home in East Hampton, N.Y. She was 93.

Her son, Stanley H. Rumbough, told the New York Times that Merrill had Lewy Body dementia.

Her parents were Post Cereals heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post, and her second husband, Wall Street’s E.F. Hutton.

In 1983, on the occasion of Merrill’s musical comedy debut in a revival of Rodgers and Hart’s 1936 musical ”On Your Toes,” the New York Times gushed, “Long regarded as the essence of chic, the epitome of class and such a persuasive purveyor of charm and charity that she could have a rightful claim to fame as an eloquent spokesman — and fund-raiser — for a slew of worthy causes, Miss Merrill »

- Carmel Dagan

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Jordan Peele’s New Social Thriller Set for 2019 by Universal

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After signing Jordan Peele to a first-look deal following the success of his directorial debut, “Get Out,” Universal has dated his next film for March 15, 2019.

Currently untitled, the movie’s plot details are being kept under wraps. Peele will write, direct, and produce the social thriller based on his original idea.

The pic will face stiff competition from Brie Larson’s “Captain Marvel,” which opens the week before, and Millie Bobby Brown’s “Godzilla: King of the Monsters,” which launches the following week.

Get Out” opened at the top of the domestic box office in February, and the thriller has since become both a commercial and critical success, grossing almost $230 million worldwide. Under his new deal, Peele will also produce a wide range of movies for the studio through his Monkeypaw Productions, including several micro-budget projects with Jason Blum, »

- Justin Kroll

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Failure To Launch: ‘War Machine’ Starring Brad Pitt Is A Major Misfire [Review]

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You’ve heard the refrain from filmmakers before: making a movie is like going off to war. The director leads the troops, his actors are soldiers on the battlefield, and everyone leaves their loved ones behind for months. The crucial key to the battle plan is a vision and the unswerving belief in that ideal in the face of all odds and obstacles. For filmmakers, faith in what you’re doing — as you take the plunge and jump off the cliff to make a movie — is everything.

Continue reading Failure To Launch: ‘War Machine’ Starring Brad Pitt Is A Major Misfire [Review] at The Playlist. »

- Rodrigo Perez

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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Takes the Cover of Vanity Fair, Highlights Dope New Space Capes

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Could these covers show how the story is divided? »

- Matt Goldberg

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'James Bond' star Roger Moore dies aged 89

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Actor passes away in Switzerland.

James Bond actor Roger Moore has died aged 89, after a battle with cancer, according to a statement released by his official Twitter account.

The statement reads:

“It is with a heavy heart that we must announce our loving father, Sir Roger Moore, has passed away today in Switzerland after a short but brave battle with cancer. The love with which he was surrounded in his final days was so great it cannot be quantified with words alone.

“We know our own love and admiration will be magnified many times over, across the world, by people who knew him for his films, his television shows and his passionate work for Unicef which he considered his greatest achievement.  

“The affection our father felt whenever he walked on to a stage or in front of a camera buoyed him hugely and kept him busy working into his 90th year, through to his »

- tom.grater@screendaily.com (Tom Grater) orlando.parfitt@screendaily.com (Orlando Parfitt)

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24 Frames review – a mesmeric glimpse into Abbas Kiarostami's mysterious mind

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The Iranian director has produced a posthumous marvel with this bizarre, experimental ghost-film that even puts his hated cinema seats to decent use

Abbas Kiarostami last came to Cannes competition in 2012 with Like Someone in Love, a head-scratching tease of a film, bowing out with a crash ending that left the audience hanging. At the time, the Iranian director was unrepentant; he said that cinema seats made an audience lazy and that question marks were “part of the punctuation of life”. Now, nearly a year after his death at the age of 76, Kiarostami is back – after a fashion – with a mesmerising sign-off. Belatedly, it seems, he has provided Cannes with an ending.

24 Frames was conceived as Kiarostami’s response to the paintings and photographs that inspired him, prompted by the desire to hold the frame steady so as to watch each image come to life, each drama play on. Except »

- Xan Brooks

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King Arthur topples Alien: Covenant to reign supreme at UK box office

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Guy Ritchie’s historical romp debuted to middling reviews and underwhelming ticket sales but came up against weak opposition from Snatched and Colossal

Buzz on King Arthur: Legend of the Sword may have been pretty flat following its weak performance in the Us and other territories the previous weekend, but Guy Ritchie’s Middle Ages actioner nevertheless managed to nab the top spot at the UK box office, dethroning Alien: Covenant. It did so courtesy of fairly uninspired debut takings of £2.5m. That’s the lowest gross for a No1 film so far this year, and also the lowest since early September 2016, when Sausage Party held on to the top spot in a weak field of new releases led by Ben-Hur.

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- Charles Gant

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Michael Haneke Talks Making ‘Happy End’ But Won’t Explain The Film For You [Cannes]

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Michael Haneke‘s “Happy End” was easily one of the most anticipated films at Cannes this year. Coming off his last two films, “The White Ribbon” and “Amour,” which both won the Palme d’Or, expectations for his latest effort were sky high. Some were saying they never saw a lineup, outside the famous De Bussy theater, as big as the one for the film’s press screening earlier this week.

Continue reading Michael Haneke Talks Making ‘Happy End’ But Won’t Explain The Film For You [Cannes] at The Playlist. »

- Jordan Ruimy

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Roger Moore – Saint, Persuader and the suavest James Bond – dies aged 89

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The much-loved English actor, who made his name on the small screen before taking on the mantle of 007, has passed away in Switzerland

He was the epitome of the suave English gent, quipping sweatlessly in a bespoke three-piece suit, who enjoyed an acting career spanning eight decades. On Tuesday, Roger Moore’s children announced his death at the age of 89 in Switzerland, saying: “he passed away today ... after a short but brave battle with cancer”.

Related: Roger Moore: ‘Being eternally known as James Bond has no down side’

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- Benjamin Lee

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‘Alien: Covenant': Why Shaw and Daniels Aren’t Worthy of Ripley’s Legacy

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The ‘Alien’ franchise continues to put forward female leads, but fails to understand why its original heroine was so beloved. »

- Matt Goldberg

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‘Veronica Mars’: 10 Episodes That Prove Why Kristen Bell and Season 1 Were Perfect

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In 2004, Upn debuted “Veronica Mars” to what quickly became an adoring audience. Three years later, after a chaotic run that involved a network change, the constant threat of cancellation and a thwarted attempt at a Season 4 set at FBI headquarters, the series came to a close.

Read More: The 20 Best TV Crime Shows of the 21st Century, Ranked

This week marks the 10 year anniversary of that last episode, and while it wasn’t the last we saw of Veronica (Kristen Bell) and her friends thanks to the 2014 feature film, the show’s cancellation stung. Fortunately, “Veronica Mars” now has a new, subscription-free streaming home at go90.com, making this the perfect time to revisit it.

For fans who might want to revisit the first season’s highs and lows, we’ve come up with a list of the ten best episodes that demonstrate why “Veronica Mars” remains gone but not forgotten. »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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‘Better Call Saul’ Review: Who Came Out on Top in ‘Expenses’?

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(Every week, we’re going to kick off discussion about Better Call Saul season 3 by answering one simple question: who came out on top when the credits rolled?) At this point in Better Call Saul, it’s difficult to know whether or not we’re supposed to root for Jimmy (Bob Odenkirk). Obviously, to a certain degree, we are. We’re […]

The post ‘Better Call Saul’ Review: Who Came Out on Top in ‘Expenses’? appeared first on /Film. »

- Karen Han

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Martin Scorsese Pens Heartfelt Tribute to Brad Grey: ‘He Protected Me’

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Usually I’m the one chasing down movies, but this time they were chasing me. I’d been through two tough films — well, they’re all tough, but these were marked by constant fighting with the producers and studio — and I was drained. I wasn’t playing hard to get; I just didn’t know if I could do it. But I liked the script by Bill Monahan, the cast was coming together; and maybe a gangster picture was just what I needed. I listened to the pitch by the young producer, Brad Grey, and agreed to direct “The Departed.”

Over the next month, red flags started to appear. The usual stuff — problems with scheduling, the budget, etc. — and I didn’t want to step into that maelstrom. I walked away. Then another meeting was set up. We went over the budget and schedule. It all seemed reasonable, and I »

- Martin Scorsese

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Annabelle Wallis Tapped For ‘Tag’; Jeremy Renner, Ed Helms Comedy From New Line

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Exclusive: Annabelle Wallis is Tag‘s it girl. She’s been set to star in the New Line comedy alongside Jeremy Renner, Ed Helms, Jake Johnson and Hannibal Buress. The film is based on a true story featured in the Wall Street Journal about a group of friends who have been playing a no-holds-barred version of the children's game for the last 30 years. Jeff Tomsic is directing from a script by Mark Steilen and Rob McKittrick. Wallis, who’s next up in Universal’s The Mummy… »

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