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‘Captain Fantastic’s’ Matt Ross to Direct ‘Tomorrow and Tomorrow’ for TriStar

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

After helming the Oscar-nominated “Captain Fantastic,” Matt Ross will direct an adaptation of Tom Sweterlitsch’s debut novel “Tomorrow and Tomorrow” for TriStar.

Mark Gordon will produce via The Mark Gordon Company along with Entertainment 360 and Lynette Howell Taylor.

Published in 2014, the novel is set in a near future world where humanity’s relationship with evolving virtual environments becomes isolating.

“‘Tomorrow and Tomorrow’ is prescient,” Ross said. “It posits a world not so dissimilar from today, a direction we are all clearly headed where technology has altered the ways in which we interact with each other and the world around us.”

He continued, “I hope to examine, following the book’s lead, the degree to which our lives are enhanced and deeply compromised by the technology that is already an inseparable part of our daily existence. Lynette and I couldn’t be more excited to collaborate with Hannah to translate »


- Justin Kroll

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The Batman: Matt Reeves Will Officially Direct and Produce

15 hours ago | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

After an initial rumor, then having the negotiations break down entirely, Warner Bros. has officially hired Matt Reeves to direct The Batman, which will give the newest incarnation of the Caped Crusader a standalone story.  Come inside to check out the announcement!  

The film industry, like any other business, will go back and forth.  We've seen people attached to movies drop out at the last minute, and "done deals" entirely fall apart.  A couple weeks ago, after Ben Affleck dropped The Batman directing gig, word came out that Matt Reeves (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and War for the Planet of the Apes) was in talks to direct.  

The internet exploded at the possibility as he's a fantastic storyteller...but then last week, news came out that the negotiations had fallen apart and it looked like the WB would have to keep searching.  So imagine our surprise today when they revealed, »


- feeds@cinelinx.com (Jordan Maison)

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Original Cuts of ‘Star Wars’ May Finally, Possibly Be Re-Released for the 40th Anniversary

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

Every now and then there’s a new rumor that the original, unaltered, non-Special Edition cuts of the Star Wars trilogy are on the verge of being re-released to the public. Sometimes the rumor says the original trilogy will be re-released in theaters, other times they say the movies will be available in high-definition on Blu-ray […]

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- Ethan Anderton

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Drew Goddard Joins ‘Deadpool 2’ Writing Team, Joe Carnahan Penning ‘X-Force’

20 hours ago | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Still without a release date, it seems Ryan Reynolds wants “Deadpool 2” to be the best it can be, and if the rumors are to be believed, he’s flexing all the creative muscle he has on the sequel to realize his vision. Last fall, “Deadpool” director Tim Miller exited the picture, with “John Wick” co-helmer stepping in to replace him.

Continue reading Drew Goddard Joins ‘Deadpool 2’ Writing Team, Joe Carnahan Penning ‘X-Force’ at The Playlist. »


- Kevin Jagernauth

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Box-Office Preview: Jordan Peele's 'Get Out' to Impress With Possible $20M U.S. Debut

20 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Look for Universal and Jason Blum to score another win at the box office this weekend with the micro-budgeted Get Out, a thriller and social commentary on race relations that marks the feature directorial debut of Jordan Peele (Key & Peele). 

Pre-release tracking suggests the film, costing under $5 million to make, could approach or cross $20 million in its debut. Universal is being more cautious and suggesting high teens. Get Out, which premiered in a secret midnight screening at the Sundance Film Festival in January, is getting a berth in 2,777 theaters.

Peele's film — boasting a rare »


- Pamela McClintock

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Martin Scorsese Criticizes At-Home Movie Viewing Day After Netflix Deal for ‘The Irishman’

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

Martin Scorsese explained why watching movies at home is not as good as going to the cinema on the heels of signing a deal with Netflix to distribute his new film “The Irishman.” “The problem now is that it is everything around the frame that is distracting,” Scorsese told the audience at a BFI London event on Wednesday, per Screen Daily. “Now you can see a film on an iPad,” he continued. “You might be able to push it closer to your in your bedroom, just lock the door and look at it if you can but I do find just glimpsing. »


- Joe Otterson

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‘Separate Tables’ Screenwriter John Gay Dies at 92

14 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

John Gay, known for writing movies including “Run Silent Run Deep,” “Separate Tables,” “The Hallelujah Trail” and “The Courtship of Eddie’s Father,” died on Feb. 4 in Santa Monica. He was 92.

Gay shared an Oscar writing nom with Terrence Rattigan for the screenplay for “Separate Tables,” a 1958 romantic drama starring Burt Lancaster, Rita Hayworth, Deborah Kerr, and David Niven.

Long active in the Writers Guild of America, Gay wrote 14 feature films and 39 miniseries and TV movies, scripting projects for John Huston, Vincent Minnelli and John Sturges. He helped lead the Writers Guild through difficult negotiations while serving on the Wgaw’s Board of Directors (1971-75, 1977-79), and as Vice President (1985-87).

Gay started out in live television starring with his wife Barbara in “Mr. and Mrs. Mystery,” and went on to write for numerous live TV dramas. Lancaster helped recruit him to Hollywood, where he wrote Clark Gable-Lancaster starring submarine film “Run Silent Run Deep.” He »


- Pat Saperstein

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'Das Boot' sequel finds director

19 hours ago | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The $28.5m TV series is being developed by Sky Germany with other partners.

The forthcoming sequel to Wolfgang Petersen’s classic submarine drama Das Boot has found its director.

Andreas Prochaska (The Dark Valley) has boarded the project, which will be an eight x 60’ television series and is scheduled to begin production in mid-2017.

The $28.5m production is being made by Bavaria Fernsehproduktion, Sky Germany and Sonar Entertainment.

Set in the immediate aftermath of the original Das Boot (and the novel on which it was based), the series will expand on the concept of the original, depicting not just the German U-boat perspective but also encompassing the experiences of the French Resistance and Allied forces on land and at sea.

The programme will be first broadcast in 2018 in Sky territories Germany, Austria, Italy, UK and Ireland.

Lead writers are Tony Saint (The Interceptor) and Johannes W. Betz (The Tunnel).

Oliver Vogel and Moritz Polter are executive producing »


- tom.grater@screendaily.com (Tom Grater)

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Why Hacksaw Ridge should win the best picture Oscar

49 minutes ago | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Mel Gibson’s gore-laden war story is not just a crowdpleasing tale of American bravery, it’s a unique film about faith and suffering

It’s the age-old story: a solitary, unlikely individual is chosen by a higher power to transcend their limitations and achieve something impossible. Against all the odds, and despite the scorn of their peers, their deep beliefs allow them to do something others cannot. They endure, they prevail and, eventually, they go down in history, remembered with reverence and awe. They do not have a say, these chosen few, they must simply follow the call of duty. But they always prevail. And so it is that I today accept my own impossible burden: to write about why a Mel Gibson film should win the best picture Oscar.

For those of you who haven’t seen Hacksaw Ridge – which may include those opposed to individuals who make »

- Paul MacInnes

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Wide Management Boards ‘Negative Numbers’ (Exclusive)

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

Marking its first international co-production, Loic Magneron’s Paris-based Wide Management has boarded the Georgian prison-rugby drama “Negative Numbers,” signing on to co-produce with Brett Walker and Miguel Govea of Tbilisi-based Alief LLC and David Isakadze at Tbilisi’s Magnet Studio.

Wide will also serve as the sales agent on “Negative Numbers.” When it is completed, he aims to put it through Eye on Films (EoF), the festival and distribute support program for first and second features, backed by the E.U.’s Media Mundus program.

The first feature from Georgian screenwriter-director Uta Beria, “Negative Numbers” is set in Georgia in the early years of the last decade, when an economic crisis pushed many of the country’s out-of-work young into petty crime, which saw them ending up, under a zero-tolerance policy, in juvenile detention centers.

“Negative Numbers” is based on the true story of a juvenile detention centre in »


- John Hopewell

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Berlin Film Review: ‘The Erlprince’

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

A dazzling cinematic style becomes the dreamy, death-obsessed substance of a troubled teen’s mind in Polish helmer-writer Kuba Czekaj’s wild coming-of-age tale “The Erlprince.” While riffing on Goethe’s famous poem “The Erlking” to reflect the world in a mirror of fables, the drama reflects on, among other things, an approaching apocalypse and the possible existence of parallel worlds. Started before Czekaj’s even wilder Venice and SXSW entry “Baby Bump” (2015) but completed afterward, it, too, gives an unorthodox spin to archetypes and confirms the helmer as a talent to watch. Adventurous fest and small-screen programmers should take a look.

The Erlprince” centers on the turbulent adolescence of a 15-year-old science prodigy (Staszek Cywka) and his relationship with his controlling mother (Agnieszka Podsiadlik) and a man (Sebastian Łach) who appears halfway through the film and seems to be his father. (The characters are never addressed by their names »


- Alissa Simon

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The Match Factory secures key deals across Berlin slate

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Exclusive: Festival winners sell to Europe, Asia, Australia and South America.  

Art-house stalwart The Match Factory has secured a slew of deals on its Berlinale and Efm slate, including on the three films which won awards for the company at the festival.

Aki Kaurismäki’s The Other Side Of Hope, winner of the Silver Bear for best director, sold out in Europe during the Efm and has additionally been snapped up for Japan (Eurospace), Brazil (Imovision), Cis (Russian Report) Hong Kong (Edko), Mexico (Mantarraya) Turkey (Filmarti) and China (Time-in-Portrait).

Deals for other key markets are understood to be in the works while deals for the digitally remastered Kaurismäki Classics collection have been closed for China (Time-in-Portrait) and Hong Kong (Edko).

German comedy Bye Bye Germany, the Berlinale special title starring Moritz Bleibtreu, went to Australia/Nz (Jiff), Brazil (Mares), Bulgaria (Bulgarian Film Vision), China (Time-in-Portait), Cis (Russian Report), Greece (Feelgood), Turkey (Filmarti), Hong Kong (Edko), Hungary (Cirko »


- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Film Review: ‘Rock Dog’

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

For a film in which a Tibetan mastiff with big musical dreams stalks a jaded feline rock star while honing his supernatural martial arts powers and dodging kidnapping attempts from a gang of lupine Mafiosi who run a pro wrestling business on the side, “Rock Dog” is surprisingly uneventful.

Based on a graphic novel by Chinese musician Zheng Jun, this animated Chinese-American co-production cribs freely from “Kung Fu Panda,” “Ratatouille,” “The Muppets,” and “Flashdance,” taking those influences and flattening them out into an easy-listening version of the classic rock star origin story. “Rock Dog” is entirely inoffensive, and its low-key pace and no-frills animation style might come as a bit of a relief in contrast to so many frenetic kids movie spectacles. But taking an ode to the power of musical rebellion and running it through the mill of committee-thinking winds up being no rock and roll fun.

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- Andrew Barker

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Oscars 2017: Tanna and Lion bring heart to Hollywood in landmark year for Australian film | Luke Buckmaster

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

After Mad Max: Fury Road smoked the 2016 Oscars, Australia has much to celebrate with this year’s contenders

This year, for the first time in history, two Australian films have been nominated for best picture at the Academy Awards: Lion and Hacksaw Ridge. Tanna can be considered a third, if you include best foreign-language film in the mix.

And why wouldn’t you? The foreign-language field is actually more competitive – the entire non-English speaking world of cinema is in the running – and the winner is usually superior to the more lauded best picture. It’s here you get the really eclectic stuff too, such as pallid monsters with eyeballs on their hands and black-and-white Polish dramas about nuns.

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- Luke Buckmaster

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Sen. Kamala Harris At CAA Take Action Day: We Are In “The Post-11/8 Era”

8 hours ago | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

The Sen. Kamala Harris talk at CAA Take Action Day ended up being the most attended of the many conversations and panels on Thursday that ranged from immigration and the environment to politics, politics, politics. It was standing-room only as the 224-seat theater became a fire marshal’s nightmare. People lined the entrance and walls and sat on the stairs. CAA employees were asked to give up their seats and go into the overflow room. Guests in attendance included director… »


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Stx Weighing Legal Action Over Netflix Deal for Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Irishman’ (Exclusive)

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

Martin Scorsese’s upcoming mob movie “The Irishman” looks to be running into trouble as distributor Stx is weighing legal action over Mexican producer Gaston Pavlovich’s pending deal with Netflix. Stx bought all non-u.S. distribution rights to the Robert De Niro starring movie last year in a $50-million deal that was the talk of the Cannes Film Festival.

But Stx’s role in the distribution of the film was cast into doubt after Pavlovich and his Fabrica de Cine outfit tried to switch instead to a worldwide deal with Netflix. Meanwhile, “The Irishman” production budget is quickly ballooning to $125 million from its originally estimated cost of $100 million.

The studio released a terse statement through a spokesman.

“As a policy, Stx does not comment on rumors or matters related to litigation,” the statement reads.

News of Netflix closing in on a global distribution deal for Martin Scorsese’s upcoming »


- Brent Lang and Nick Vivarelli

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Jackie Chan’s ‘Five Against a Bullet’ Draws Jeffrey Nachmanoff to Direct

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

Jeffrey Nachmanoff has signed on to direct Jackie Chan’s upcoming action-thriller “Five Against a Bullet” for Sony.

The attachment of Nachmanoff — whose credits include Don Cheadle’s “Traitor” and Keanu Reeves’ “Replicas” — comes two months after Chan was attached to the project.

Lorenzo di Bonaventura is producing the project though his Di Bonventura Pictures for Sony along with Suretone Pictures, Jordan Schur through Mimran Schur Pictures and Chan through his Sparkle Roll production company.

Joe Carnahan came on to the project in 2014 to direct and re-write Alex Litvak’s script, set in a small Mexican town under attack by the drug cartel. The story centers on five the world-weary bodyguards who are signed on to protect a Mexican politician after his father is murdered by a cartel, ahead of an election.

Matt Corman and Chris Ord (“Covert Affairs”) are writing the latest draft under Nachmanoff’s supervision.

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- Dave McNary

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Jack Thompson's wisdom: life's crowning glory is the here and now

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

His voice is indelibly laid down in minds of Australians who have watched his film career unfold over five decades: from Breaker Morant to The Man From Snowy River; from Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil to The Sum of Us. Jack Thompson’s skill as an actor is echoed in his abiding love of poetry and memories of the father who introduced him to it. The power of poetry, he says, keeps him centred in the here and now

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- David Fanner and Lucy Clark

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Most Memorable Oscar Dresses Ever (Photos)

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

Millions will be tuning in Sunday to not only see who wins what, but who wore what.

The Academy Awards have been the backdrop for some of the most memorable fashion moments over the last nine decades, and judging by this awards season, the 89th Oscars won’t disappoint.

Who can forget Cher’s huge headdress, Bjork’s white swan, or Angelina Jolie’s bare leg?

Natalie Portman will be far along her pregnancy when she hits the red carpet at the Dolby Theater on Sunday. The “Jackie” actress was also pregnant when she won best actress for “Black Swan” in 2011.

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Oscar Nominated Actresses Make Bold and Varied Fashion Choices

Other stars to watch include best supporting actress nominee Nicole Kidman, who makes the best-dressed list year after year; Meryl Streep, who reportedly canceled her custom Karl Lagerfeld Chanel dress; and Janelle Monae, who has kept her signature black-and-white palette all awards season. »


- Lawrence Yee

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Superhero Bits: New Injustice 2 Trailer, Neil Gaiman’s Batman Story, Aquaman Crew & More

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

Who is the costume designer for Aquaman? Which other Marvel heroes have been inhabited by The Phoenix? How power hungry is Superman in the new Injustice 2 trailer? Want to see a fanmade trailer for a Christopher Nolan directed Nightwing movie with Casey Affleck as The Riddler? What Batman story has Neil Gaiman been working […]

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- Ethan Anderton

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