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Sorry Fanboys, Joss Whedon Is Not Attending Comic-Con 2017
Sorry fanboys, but don’t expect Joss Whedon to appear during DC films Hall H presentation next month down in San Diego, California, as the director is not attending this year’s Comic-Con. Over the weekend, London based film critic Mark Searby ran into Whedon on the street and told him he was looking forward to seeing what he would be bringing to Comic-Con next month. However, Whedon replied: “I won’t be there. Only the second time in 20 years I won’t make it.” Just met @joss pic.twitter.com/Pc6CbZ4LPA — Mark Searby (@Mark_Searby) June 25, 2017 The »
- Umberto Gonzalez
‘Conjuring 3’ in the Works With David Leslie Johnson Attached to Write Script
The “Conjuring” universe continues to expand.
New Line is moving forward on its third iteration of the “Conjuring” franchise with “The Conjuring 3.” David Leslie Johnson is on board to script. James Wan will serve as producer through his Atomic Monster production company with Peter Safran.
The logline for “The Conjuring 3” is under wraps. As with the first two “Conjuring” films, which starred Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga as paranormal researchers Lorraine and Ed Warren, the story will be taken from the Warrens’ case files.
Johnson wrote “The Conjuring 2,” which went on to gross $320 million worldwide. The news comes two weeks after New Line launched development on “The Crooked Man,” based on the malevolent character in “The Conjuring 2” in the the fourth film spinoff from Wan’s 2013 hit “The Conjuring.” The others are “Annabelle,” “Annabelle: Creation” and “The Nun.”
- Dave McNary
'War for the Planet of the Apes': What the Critics Are Saying
Step aside, Wonder Woman; there's a new beloved blockbuster of the summer — and War for the Planet of the Apes has a level of critical praise that would make even the first lady of superhero movies jealous. Simply put, it's getting reviews that summer tentpoles just don't traditionally receive.
To wit, The Hollywood Reporter's Todd McCarthy raves about the movie, praising its visuals ("the sheer beauty of the film is intense," he writes, noting that cinematographer Michael Seresin "intoxicatingly" captures the world around the apes), score and a story that dares to be morally complex instead of reductive »
- Graeme McMillan
'Inconvenient Sequel' Directors to Change Film in Light of Trump's Climate Accord Exit
In a sit-down interview with The Hollywood Reporter at the Nantucket Film Festival, where the Al Gore-fronted climate change documentary was the closing-night film, Jon Shenk and Bonni Cohen say they have been scrambling to make additions to the film, including a new epilogue, before its July 28 opening.
“We spent a great deal of time with Al thinking about how to respond in the film,” says Cohen, who previously issued a joint statement with Shenk on »
- Tatiana Siegel
Warner Bros. Developing 'The Accountant' Sequel With Ben Affleck
Writer Bill Dubuque and director Gavin O’Connor are also in talks for the proposed sequel to the 2016 feature, which followed a highly functioning autistic man who worked as an accountant for criminal organizations. When the Treasury Department starts to follow his activities, he uses his background as an assassin to protect himself and others.
The action-drama grossed $86 million at the domestic box office on the relatively modest budget of $44 million. »
- Mia Galuppo
Sundance Jack Black Comedy ‘The Polka King’ Acquired By Netflix
Netflix has taken global rights to Maya Forbes and Wally Wolodarsky’s comedy biopic The Polka King starring Jack Black as local Pennsylvania polka legend Jan Lewan. Deadline hears that Netflix paid seven figures for the movie, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival back in January. A deal has been in the works since the movie premiered at Sundance. A streaming date has not been determined yet, but Polka King will hit Netflix before the end of this year. No word on… »
Russell Brand To Speak At Edinburgh TV Fest; Discovery & Atari Launch New Game Show – Global Briefs
Russell Brand has been set to appear in the Edinburgh International Television Festival's "Alternative MacTaggart" slot this year. The comedian, writer, actor and broadcaster will be interviewed by comedy writer Matt Morgan, addressing Brand's lifelong devotion to comedy, his extensive portfolio of work on and off the screen and how his call for revolution has been realized in a personal way, in love and fatherhood. Brand is best known as a prolific stand-up comic and has… »
New Trailer For ‘War For The Planet Of The Apes’ Fights For Freedom
Last month, we got was supposed to be the final trailer for “War For The Planet Of The Apes,” but given the rave reviews the film has received (here’s ours) it’s not a huge surprise that 20th Century Fox is making one last push.
A new promo has been unveiled for ‘War,’ which by most accounts, is the most intense entry in the series. Matt Reeves directs the continuation from “Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes,” which sees Caesar leading another charge against humans who want to eliminate apes.
Continue reading New Trailer For ‘War For The Planet Of The Apes’ Fights For Freedom at The Playlist. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
David Tennant on Why ‘Broadchurch’ Is Like Nothing Else on TV, And Why He’s Glad It Has An Ending
Of all the roles that David Tennant has played, Detective Inspector Alec Hardy in “Broadchurch” is perhaps the least likely to be associated with a catchphrase — and yet he has one. Or, at the very least, he acknowledges that when you think of Hardy, you think of him shouting “Millah!” in a strong Scottish accent.
It has significance to this reporter, given my byline, which was something I mentioned to Tennant when we spoke about the third and final season of the ultra-serious drama series. “I’m delighted,” he said when I told him how much I enjoyed the “Millah!” meme. “People shout it at me in the streets sometimes, actually,” Tennant said. “Which is a bit odd because it’s not actually my name. But it obviously pleases people for some reason.”
- Liz Shannon Miller
Kristen Stewart’s Remarkable Performance Makes ‘Personal Shopper’ One of the Year’s Great Indies — Watch
If you don’t think Kristen Stewart is one of the most exciting actresses working today, then you simply just haven’t been paying attention. Over the last several years, the former “Twilight” darling has carved out one of the most interesting careers in Hollywood, and her collaborations with Olivier Assayas have cemented her legacy as one of the best in the game right now. The duo’s second outing, “Personal Shopper,” has finally arrived on VOD, and it’s one of the great indies of 2017.
Stewart is front and center as Maureen, a personal shopper living in Paris who spends her nights trying to communicate with the ghost of her recently deceased twin brother. Assayas puts the entire weight of the picture on Stewart, who is in every frame and never short of amazing. »
- Zack Sharf
Robert Pattinson Races Against The Clock In New Trailer For ‘Good Time’
Robert Pattinson has been spending a good amount of time moving away from his “Twilight” image, but “Good Time” might be his biggest pivot yet. The actor gets grimy in the new film from Josh and Benny Safdie, which presents a gritty side of New York City in this unique crime thriller which sparked all sorts of strong buzz at Cannes.
- Kevin Jagernauth
‘Good Time’ Trailer: Robert Pattinson Delivers His Best Performance Yet in This Wild Summer Indie
Robert Pattinson has been transforming his career over the last several years with work in “Cosmopolis,” “Maps to the Stars,” “The Rover” and “The Lost City of Z,” but he finally confirms in “Good Time” what many of us have been expecting for quite awhile: He’s one of the most exciting actors working today.
“Good Time” finds Pattinson teaming up with New York indie darlings Josh and Benny Safdie, whose last feature, “Heaven Knows What,” earned acclaim on the international film circuit. “Good Time” debuted to positive reviews at Cannes, where Pattinson became an instant Best Actor contender. He ended up losing to Joaquin Phoenix, but the fact remains this is the best work of Pattinson’s career thus far.
Pattinson plays Constantine “Connie” Nikas, a small town criminal who embarks on a »
- Zack Sharf
Outsider Pictures Handling Sales on Small is Biutiful Title ‘1,200 Souls’ (Exclusive)
Paris — Paul Hudson’s L.A. based Outsider Pictures has boarded “1,200 Souls,” a fantasy thriller set in the high Pyrenees, and one of the highlights at the 10th Spain-Ile de France Small is Biutiful in Paris, a prestigious boutique Spain-France co-production forum which unspooled June 23.
Outsider Pictures is handling international sales rights on “1,200 Souls,” the latest movie from the Zaragoza-based producer-director tandem of Marta Cabrera and Pablo Aragues whose “Novatos,” also repped by Hudson, was a Netflix worldwide distribution pick-up.
In his first two features, Aragues tackled sects (“Vigilo el camino”) and hazing (“Novatos”). Backed by the Aragon Film Commission, “1,200 Souls” is set in a small town in the lap of the Pyrenees, to which a young woman, Carla, returns to scatter her mother’s ashes, only to be confronted by violence, deaths and the seemingly supernatural, such as spontaneous combustion.
A film about “a girl looking for her origins,” Cabrera told Variety, »
- John Hopewell and Elsa Keslassy
Daniel Day-Lewis Has Reportedly Become A Dressmaker
Earlier this month, Daniel Day-Lewis shocked the world when he announced his retirement from acting, with Paul Thomas Anderson‘s upcoming and tentatively titled fashion world drama “Phantom Thread” marking his final film. A terse statement was issued which declared, in part: “This is a private decision and neither he nor his representatives will make any further comment on this subject.” All we could do is speculate, and around The Playlist watercooler, I joked that the next time we hear about the actor, he’ll be unveiling his new line of clothes in Vogue.
Continue reading Daniel Day-Lewis Has Reportedly Become A Dressmaker at The Playlist. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
James Corden’s Production Company Preps ‘Bros’ Feature Documentary
Fulwell 73, the U.K. producer that makes the “Late Late Show” and now counts James Corden as one of its partners, is making “Bros,” a feature doc about the British boyband, which shot to fame in the 1980s and is reforming this year.
The documentary film will be financed by Lorton Entertainment and directed by by Fulwell 73’s David Soutar (“Harry Styles Behind The Music”). It will track the highs and lows of the band, from their breakout success, to family tragedy, and internal bust-ups.
Bros were hugely popular in the in the 1980s and the band, comprising the Goss twins and their brother (who later left the group), became the youngest to have its own Wembley show. A reunion concert will take place at the London O2 later this year, the first gig since 1989, and which sold out in seven seconds when tickets went on sale late last year.
- Stewart Clarke
Odeon Cinemas Group hires MD for Spain and Portugal
Ramon Biarnes joins Europe’s largest exhibitor.
Europe’s largest cinema operator Odeon Cinemas Group has appointed Ramon Biarnes as managing director for Spain and Portugal.
Biarnes will be responsible for the group’s brands in the region, including Cinesa, Spain’s largest cinema chain with 46 cinemas housing 521 screens.
He will also oversee Uci in Portugal, which operates three cinemas.
Biarnes joins from Avid Budget Group, where he was senior vice president, sales international regional (Emea & Asia Pacific). His previous experience includes roles at Carlson Wagonlit Travel in Madrid, and Europcar, Spanair and Finnair.
Jan Bernhardsson, chief operating officer of Odeon Cinemas Group, which is owned by Us chain AMC Theatres (which in turn is controlled by Chinese outfit Wanda), commented that the company was plotting heavy investment across the region.
“We’re delighted to welcome Ramon to our team at this exciting time for our Group and for Cinesa/Uci. We have very »
- email@example.com (Tom Grater)
New Trailer For ‘The Emoji Movie’ Goes Inside Your Phone
One of the strangest new stories to really pick up traction this spring has been T.J. Miller‘s exit from “Silicon Valley.” The comic actor has been on a weirdly involved press tour to explain why he left the hit show, and the main reason is that he wanted more time to pursue other gigs….like “The Emoji Movie.”
“They came to me and said, ‘Look, we’re not going to pick up your contingency because we want to offer you doing five episodes out of the 10, or three episodes.’ And then I said, ‘Oh perfect, I had been wanting to ask if you guys would be open to me leaving the show.’ And then they suddenly said, ‘Wait, no, what?
Continue reading New Trailer For ‘The Emoji Movie’ Goes Inside Your Phone at The Playlist. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Fox’s $14.9 billion Sky Deal Cleared in Ireland, U.K. Announcement Imminent
With a decision from U.K. authorities on 21st Century Fox’s proposed £11.7 billion ($14.9 billion) takeover of Sky imminent, Ireland has given the deal a green light.
Fox wants to fully acquire Sky, buying the shares in the European pay TV operator that it does not already own. It needed approval for the deal in all of the territories in which it operates, and has now had that in Austria, Germany, Italy, and the Republic of Ireland. Only the U.K., Sky’s largest market, is still to make a decision. The European Union has also given the deal its blessing.
The U.K. government received a report from media regulator Ofcom last week and a full decision is expected this week. Culture Minister Karen Bradley can either say she is minded to approve the deal in its current form, attach conditions, or refer it to U.K. competition authorities. The U. »
- Stewart Clarke
Indian Censor Decisions Shift From Erratic to Surreal and Political
The ongoing saga of India’s Central Board of Film Certification (Cbfc) making bizarre censorship decisions continued this week with rulings on the films “An Insignificant Man” and “Jab Harry Met Sejal.”
Directed by popular Bollywood filmmaker Imtiaz Ali, romantic drama “Jab Harry Met Sejal” stars Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma and is due an August 4 release. Cbfc chief Pahlaj Nihalani objected to the word “intercourse” used in one of the film’s promos and wanted it removed on the grounds that it was unsuitable for 12-year-olds.
Nihalani initially said that the word could stay if 100,000 people voted to keep it in. Now, he has added a few provisos. The votes have to be from married people aged 36 and above, as they are likely to have 12-year-old children.
Khan has told the Indian media that if the Cbfc see the word in the context of the whole film they would understand that the usage is appropriate »
- Naman Ramachandran
Hollywood Auditing China Box Office In First Look At Middle Kingdom Books
While box office manipulation has long been a major issue in China, the vast market has increasingly vowed to crack down on cheats. Now, the MPAA has hired an accounting firm to audit Middle Kingdom ticket sales on a select number of films. This is the first time the Hollywood studios are availing themselves of a clause in the longform agreement with China which gives them the ability to take their own close look at the books. I understand that the decision to trigger… »
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