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Sandra Bullock to Star in Netflix Thriller ‘Bird Box’

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

Netflix has landed the post-apocalyptic thriller “Bird Box,” and attached Sandra Bullock to star, sources tell Variety.

Susanne Bier is directing from a script by “Arrival” scribe Eric Heisserer.

The story follows a woman and a pair of children who are blindfolded, and make their way through a post-apocalyptic setting along a river. Dylan Clark is producing with Chris Morgan and Clayton Townsend. The film was developed by Scott Stuber at Universal, before he moved to Netflix to head its feature film division.

When Stuber left Universal, the movie became one of the first films he wanted to bring over to add to Netflix’s ever-growing slate, which already includes the upcoming supernatural thriller “Bright” starring Will Smith and “Outlaw King” starring Chris Pine.

Production on the film is expected to start this fall.

Bullock recently wrapped production on “Ocean’s Eight” and was most recently seen in “Our Brand is Crisis.” Bier »


- Justin Kroll

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Matt Lauria and Cristina Rodlo Join Gina Rodriguez in ‘Miss Bala’ Remake (Exclusive)

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Kingdom” star Matt Lauria and newcomer Cristina Rodlo have joined the cast of Sony’s “Miss Bala” remake starring Gina Rodriguez, sources have told Variety.

Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer is on board to adapt the script, which was written by original director Gerardo Naranjo and Mauricio Katz.

Producers of the female-driven action thriller are Kevin Misher and Pablo Cruz with executive producer Andy Berman.

Based on the 2011 Oscar-nominated pic, the story follows a woman who, after her friend goes missing in Tijuana, finds herself a pawn in a dangerous game being played by the CIA, the DEA, and a charismatic young crime boss.

Lauria is best known for his roles on shows like “Friday Night Lights” and “Parenthood” and can currently be seen on the Audience drama “Kingdom,” where he plays the Mma fighter and ex-con Ryan. The show is in its final season and Lauria is now looking to make the jump into feature films after a strong »


- Justin Kroll

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‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Director Jon Watts in Talks for Sequel

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

Jon Watts seems to have found a new home at Sony and Marvel.

The studios are in talks with the “Spider-Man: Homecoming” director to return for the sequel to the hit film, which has already grossed $472.8 million worldwide.

The second installment, which will again star Tom Holland, will hit theaters on July 5, 2019.

More to come. »


- Maane Khatchatourian

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Natalie Portman’s Drama ‘Planetarium’ Lands Release Date (Exclusive)

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Natalie Portman’s period drama “Planetarium” has been set for an Aug. 11 release in select U.S. theaters, Variety has learned exclusively.

Planetarium,” which premiered at the Venice Film Festival in September, is written and directed by Rebecca Zlotowski. The film is set in Paris during the late 1930s.

Portman and Lily-Rose Depp portray sisters who are believed to possess the supernatural ability to connect with ghosts. They meet a French producer (played by Emmanuel Salinger) who is fascinated by their supernatural gift and hires them to shoot an ambitious experimental film that soon spirals into a game of hidden agendas.

Zlotowski’s credits include “Belle Epine,” which won the Prix Louis Delluc and critics’ award for best first feature film when it premiered at the Cannes Film Festival’s International Critics’ Week section in 2010, and “Grand Central,” which won the François Chalais Prize at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.

“I had been wanting to work with Rebecca Zlotowski »


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Red West, Actor, Songwriter and Longtime Elvis Presley Confidant, Dies at 81

13 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

Red West, a boyhood friend and member of Elvis Presley's "Memphis Mafia" who appeared in many of the singer's movies as well as in Road House, Black Sheep Squadron and Goodbye Solo, has died. He was 81.

West died Tuesday at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis after suffering an aortic aneurysm, his wife, Pat, told The Commercial Appeal newspaper.

West appeared as a stuntman/actor on dozens of episodes of CBS' futuristic Western series The Wild Wild West in the 1960s and a decade later had a regular role as Sgt. Andy Micklin on another Robert Conrad-starrer, NBC's Black »


- Mike Barnes

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Matt Damon’s Long Developing Robert F. Kennedy Biopic Gets New Director

39 minutes ago | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Passion projects get that name because whoever is shepherding them, sticks with it through thick and thin. That said, you have to hand it Matt Damon for hanging onto his Robert F. Kennedy biopic, a film he’s been trying to get made for almost as long as this site has existed. Now it looks like he’s a step closer.

“Rfk” now has new life, with Nikolaj Arcel signing up to direct.

Continue reading Matt Damon’s Long Developing Robert F. Kennedy Biopic Gets New Director at The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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The Red Band Kingsman: The Golden Circle Trailer Is Over The Top Fun, Watch It Now

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Kingsman has debuted a red band trailer for the highly anticipated sequel The Golden Circle, and it's chock full of ridiculous and fantastic action sequences, plus a closer look at the myriad of new characters being introduced. »

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‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ Gets “Very American” in New Red-Band Trailer

43 minutes ago | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

In case you forgot this was an R-rated affair, 20th Century Fox has debuted a red-band trailer for Kingsman: The Golden Circle as well as a green-band trailer. Director Matthew Vaughn returns for the highly-anticipated sequel to continue the story of Eggsy (Taron Egerton) and his fellow Kingsman, who find themselves in a pickle when their headquarters is destroyed and the world is held hostage. They must subsequently journey across the pond to the U.S., where they team up with their American cohorts in Statesman to take down a common enemy. Vaughn looks like he’… »

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Fathom Events Owners Tap Ray Nutt To Be CEO

54 minutes ago | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

The nation’s three largest exhibition chains have turned to a Regal Entertainment exec to lead their effort to provide theaters with non-Hollywood content including concerts and sports events. Ray Nutt is now CEO of Fathom Events, moving from Regal where he was Svp of Business Relations. The announcement does not mention the status of John Rubey, Fathom’s CEO since 2014 when it was split from National CineMedia. AMC Entertainment, Regal, and Cinemark Holdings own… »


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Fathom Events Hires Regal Executive Ray Nutt as CEO

54 minutes ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Fathom Events and co-owners AMC Entertainment, Cinemark Holdings, and Regal Entertainment Group have tapped Ray Nutt as new chief executive officer for Fathom Events.

Nutt will be transitioning from Regal Entertainment Group to the role of Fathom CEO, where he will also serve as a board director for Fathom. He’s replacing longtime CEO John Rubey, who has not yet announced his plans.

Fathom specializes in presenting live events and one-night showings for theatrical chains. Fathom’s biggest recent events include “Batman: The Killing Joke” in over 1,160 theaters last year; “TCM Big Screen Classics” screened at more than 700 theaters and “Met Live” at 700 sites.

“As CEO of Fathom Events, I look forward to growing Fathom’s existing program verticals and identifying programming opportunities that will bring new and exciting cinematic experiences to the big screen for our Fathom fans and benefit our content providers, all exhibitor partners, employees and shareholders,” Nutt said. »


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It’s No Fantasy, Dreamlover: Starz is Developing a Scripted Show Based on Mariah Carey’s Rise to Fame

54 minutes ago | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

If you listened to the radio in the 1990s, you’ll probably remember how the music of Mariah Carey was totally inescapable. The pop diva experienced a staggering rise to fame and went on to become the biggest selling female recording artist in history, and after appearing on her own reality TV show on E! last year (entitled […]

The post It’s No Fantasy, Dreamlover: Starz is Developing a Scripted Show Based on Mariah Carey’s Rise to Fame appeared first on /Film. »


- Ben Pearson

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A New Invasion Of The Body Snatchers Remake Is Happening

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Some stories never go out of style, as Invasion of The Body Snatchers is about to prove with yet another remake. Read on for the details. »

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Nsfw ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ Trailer Heads To America

1 hour ago | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

There were seemingly two camps when it came to Matthew Vaughn’s genre mash “Kingsman: The Secret Service.” There were those who were pleasantly surprised and taken with the wildly careening film that had Colin Firth bucking his typical role of stuffy, upper class, sauve white guy to stuffy, upper class, suave white guy who kicks major ass set to the tune of “Freebird.” Then there were those who felt it was obscene, tired and poorly committed to its idea of being satirical when it refused to actually shake the restraints of a spy movie.

Continue reading Nsfw ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ Trailer Heads To America at The Playlist. »

- Ally Johnson

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‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ Trailer: Julianne Moore Is the Evil Criminal Mastermind Of Our Dreams

1 hour ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Kingsman: The Golden Circle” promises a lot of great things, including the sight of Channing Tatum in a cowboy hat cracking a bullwhip, but easily the best thing in the upcoming sequel is going to be a scene-chewing Julianne Moore as a psychotic criminal mastermind. The Oscar-winning actress rarely takes on deliciously evil characters, but she’s going full sociopath in “Kingsman” and it looks amazing.

Read More: ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ Trailer: More Pastiche, More Gadgets, More Channing Tatum

“The Golden Circle” brings back Taron Egerton as Gary “Eggsy” Unwin, a secret agent who must stop Julianne Moore’s global entrepreneur Poppy from destroying the world. In order to defeat her plans, Eggsy and the Kingsman must team up with the Statesman, an American spy organization that includes the likes of Tatum, Halle Berry and Jeff Bridges.

Come for the charming cast and Matthew Vaughn’s stylish action direction »


- Zack Sharf

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Cool Stuff: James Cameron Is Getting His Own ‘Aliens’ Action Figure

1 hour ago | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

When it comes to action figures inspired by fan favorite movies of the 1980s, the toy manufacturer Neca has been knocking it out of the park. They especially deserve praise for their spectacular line of toys based on both Ridley Scott’s original 1979 sci-fi horror classic Alien, and their more recent ongoing line of figures […]

The post Cool Stuff: James Cameron Is Getting His Own ‘Aliens’ Action Figure appeared first on /Film. »


- Ethan Anderton

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Deadline’s Pmc, Hollywood Filmmakers & Sports Teams Back Launch Of National Heroes Day

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A group of Hollywood filmmakers, sports teams and Deadline’s parent company Penske Media Corp are among those teaming to support the launch of this country’s first annual National Heroes Day today. The Day is designed as a celebration of every day Americans who perform courageous and selfless acts of heroism. National Heroes Day comes on the 48th anniversary of Nasa’s successful Apollo 11 Moonwalk mission, and is inspired by the heroism of those who sacrificed and risked… »


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‘Memento’ Honest Trailer: The Memory Mockery Unfolds in Reverse

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

With Dunkirk hitting theaters this weekend, everyone is talking about the filmography of director Christopher Nolan. That’s why Screen Junkies has taken aim at the filmmaker’s breakthrough film Memento for their latest edition of Honest Trailers, and they’ve taken a cue from the narrative style of the film to structure their video. Watch the Memento […]

The post ‘Memento’ Honest Trailer: The Memory Mockery Unfolds in Reverse appeared first on /Film. »


- Ethan Anderton

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Wild Bunch inks Us deal for Cannes title '12 Days'

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Exclusive: Documentary capturing French psychiatric system premiered at Cannes.

Distrib Films Us has acquired Us rights to Raymond Depardon’s documentary 12 Days (12 Jours), capturing the stories of vulnerable psychiatric patients hospitalised against their will through the special court-room hearings deciding their fate.

The company’s founding co-chief François Scippa-Kohn did the deal with Eva Diederix, head of sales at Wild Bunch which is handling international sales. The film is being lined up for an autumn release.

Under a new French law introduced in 2011, any hospital admitting a person against their consent has 12 days to submit a detention application to a special judge. Before the introduction of the law psychiatrists handled the decision.

Some 90,000 French citizens are sectioned in this way every year. Veteran French photographer and filmmaker Depardon filmed 72 such hearings, focusing on 10 of the cases he witnessed for the documentary.

12 Days premiered in a special screening at the Cannes Film Festival this year to strong reviews »


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The Snowman: serious film by serious people – or least spooky serial killer thriller ever?

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The trailer suggests Michael Fassbender’s Jo Nesbø adaptation is a high-tension, dread-laden thriller with one problem: it’s full of snowmen

The Snowman, which is due for release in October, absolutely drips with pedigree. It’s based on a Jo Nesbø thriller about a serial killer with a disturbingly unique calling card: he leaves snowmen next to his victims. Originally due to be directed by Martin Scorsese, it’s a movie from film-maker Tomas Alfredson (Let the Right One In, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) that stars Michael Fassbender, Rebecca Ferguson, Jk Simmons, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Toby Jones, with a score composed by Jonny Greenwood. The message is clear: this is a serious film made by serious people. As its new trailer demonstrates, The Snowman is intended to be taken very seriously indeed.

That said, it’s got loads of snowmen in it. Loads of them. Which is a risk, »

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Antalya Film Festival appoints Mike Downey as artistic director

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Producer Downey will curate new international competition strand.

The International Antalya Film Festival in Turkey has appointed Mike Downey as its new artistic director ahead of its 54th edition (which runs 21-27 October).

Downey (pictured) is an independent European film producer who has made more than 60 films, including Return To Montauk starring Stellan Skarsgård and recent Karlovy Vary title Dede.

Mirsad Purivatra, festival director of the Sarajevo Film Festival, also joins the Antalya team as a strategic consultant.

The festival will feature an international competition strand for the first time, which will be curated by Downey.

Once again, the event will support the Antalya Film Forum which connects film professionals in Turkey. It will be directed by Zeynep Atakan, producer of Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Palme D’or winning film Winter Sleep.

It will also feature gala screenings, a children and family section, a culinary section featuring four films on gastronomy and a retrospectives profiling films from two »


- orlando.parfitt@screendaily.com (Orlando Parfitt)

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