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Tom Hanks to Star in, Produce 'A Man Called Ove' Movie

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

Tom Hanks is tackling an adaptation of the international best-selling novel A Man Called Ove.

Hanks is attached to star in the project and will produce with his Playtone banner partner Gary Goetzman. Rita Wilson, Hanks' wife and frequent producing partner, is also producing along with Fredrik Wikstrom Nicastro, it was announced Thursday. Nicastro hails from SF Studios, one of the companies behind the upcoming tennis drama Borg vs. McEnroe. He also executive produced the Swedish-language adaptation.

The 2012 book by Fredrik Backman told the tale of a cantankerous widower who seems to revel in his bitterness and loneliness even as his »


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‘Escape Plan 3’: China’s Max Zhang Joins Sylvester Stallone Sequel

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

Sylvester Stallone and Dave Bautista will be joined by China’s Max Zhang in “Escape Plan 3: Devil’s Station.” The film is the third in the “Escape Plan” prison break franchise produced by Emmett Furla Oasis.

The new movie sees Stallone and Bautista’s characters again join forces to break out one of their team members from an inescapable prison. The pic is directed by John Herzfeld (“Death and Life of Bobby Z,” “15 Minutes”) from Miles Chapman and John Herzfeld’s script.

The film is now beginning principal photography. Lionsgate will release the completed picture. »


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Kate Winslet to Play Famed WWII Correspondent Lee Miller

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

Kate Winslet is joining a growing cohort of British actresses set to play noted war correspondents. 

The Oscar winner is set to star as Lee Miller in an as-yet-untitled biopic about the famed American photographer, model, artist and correspondent who was a leading figure in documenting WWII for Vogue magazine, bringing images of the Nazi concentration camps and the atrocities that were committed to the attention of the world. 

The film – being fully financed by eOne, which will also distribute in its own territories – will be produced by Troy Lum and Andrew Mason of Hopscotch Features alongside Winslet herself, »


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Fox Developing Step-Sibling Comedy With Elizabeth Banks, Max Handelman Producing (Exclusive)

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

Fox is developing a comedy series that hails from executive producers Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman, Variety has learned exclusively.

Titled “Step Strangers,” the series would follow five 20-something adults who are forced to become step-siblings after their overbearing divorced mother and oblivious widower father meet on a singles cruise and fall in love. Fox has ordered a script for the project with a penalty attached.

Lauren Caltagirone will write the project and executive produce. Banks and Handelman will executive produce under their Brownstone Productions banner. Warner Bros. Television will produce in association with Brownstone.

“Step Strangers” marks the latest broadcast project this season for Brownstone Productions. ABC recently announced the order of the drama “Spirited” written by Heather Mitchell and staring Laverne Cox. “Pitch Perfect 3,” another Brownstone project, is due for release this December from Universal. The first two films collectively grossed over $400 million globally. The company also  currently has “Charlie’s Angels” at Sony »


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Samuel Goldwyn Films Nabs Toronto-Venice Prizewinner ‘Sweet Country’ From Memento (Exclusive)

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

Warwick Thornton’s critically lauded “Sweet Country,” a Western set in the Australian Outback, has been acquired by Samuel Goldwyn Films, Variety has learned. The deal is for North American rights.

Sweet Country” won the top prize at Toronto’s Platform, the festival’s only competitive section. At the Venice Film Festival, where it world-premiered, the film won the Special Jury Prize. “Sweet Country” will next compete at the BFI London Film Festival and is generating buzz as a potential Oscar contender.

Memento Films International, which represents “Sweet Country” in international markets, has now sold the film nearly worldwide, including in the U.K. (Thunderbird Releasing), France (The Jokers), Spain (Wanda), Benelux (Cherry Pickers), Italy (102 Distribution), Switzerland (Praesens), Greece (One From The Heart), Turkey (Filmarti), Eastern Europe (HBO), Hungary (Ads Services), Romania (Macondo), former Yugoslavia (Megacom), Bulgaria (Bulgaria Film Vision), China (Lemon Tree) and Middle East (Falcon Films).

Set in Australia’s rugged Northern Territory, “Sweet Country »


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'Star Wars': Ron Howard Teases Millennium Falcon's Famous Kessel Run in Han Solo Film

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

It appears Star Wars fans are finally going to see the Millennium Falcon's famous Kessel Run. 

Ron Howard on Wednesday tweeted a photo that shows an entrance to a cave with one word: "Spicey?" 

Han Solo, of course, made the famous Kessel Run in a record-breaking (fewer than) 12 parsecs, which the character bragged about in A New Hope

The Run is a hyperspace route which smugglers use to move spice from the mines on Kessel. 

It seems Howard is once more giving fans a slight taste of what is to come without really giving away much at all. Ever since the »


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Mark Wahlberg to Star in Paramount’s ‘Instant Family’

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

Mark Wahlberg is set to star in the Paramount comedy “Instant Family,” sources confirm to Variety.

Daddy’s Home” helmer Sean Anders is helming.

Anders and Brian Burns, the writing duo behind the “Daddy’s Home” series, wrote “Instant Family” and will produce alongside Wahlberg and Steve Levinson. Paramount is fast-tracking the project and aims to start shooting next year.

The film is about a couple who decide to start a family and adopt through the foster-care system, only to find themselves raising three wild kids who have no interest in being parented. »


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Disappointing August 2017 Closed Out the Worst Summer Movie Season in Over 10 Years

20 September 2017 8:18 AM, PDT | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

As the September box office attempts to get 2017 back on track*the month is currently up 14% compared to last year*the chapter ends on what was a dismal August 2017 at the domestic box office. August was the fourth month in a row to show a decline compared to the previous year, all of which contributed to the worst Summer movie season in over ten years, in which the total summer gross failed to top $4 billion for the first time since 2006. August 2017 wrapped up as the worst August in twenty years with calendar grosses delivering a combined $657.7 million from 225 movies, 35.5% behind last year's gross and failing to top $700 million for the first time since 2000. Thanks to the continued performance of Annabelle: Creation, which just topped $100 million domestically yesterday, the month did deliver a $100+ million earner, a feat that looked as if it might not happen not too long ago. Annabelle also »


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Zack Snyder says he won’t be returning to help complete Justice League

20 September 2017 6:53 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Despite rumors that he would be returning to the set of Justice League to assist Joss Whedon in finishing the film, it looks like Zack Snyder has stepped for good.  Speaking to Wired about his latest film Snow Steam Iron, a short film that he has shot entirely on an iPhone, the director provided an update in regards to where he stands with Justice League.

Snyder stressed that returning to production would be “unfair in a lot of ways” before going into further detail: “I’m at a place where I feel excited about it and I’m happy for my guys and I love these people that are working on it, and they’re my family and I think they’re doing an amazing job. But I’ve kind of just let them do their thing.”

As we know, Zack Snyder decided to step down from directing duties following »


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Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Irishman’ Casts Former Nightlife Kingpin Danny A Abeckaser (Exclusive)

20 September 2017 12:20 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Former nightlife impresario-turned actor Danny A. Abeckaser has joined the cast of Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman,” TheWrap has learned.

Abeckaser joins an all-star cast in the Netflix Original that includes Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Harvey Keitel, Bobby Cannavale, Joe Pesci and Ray Romano.

The project centers around Jimmy Hoffa, the controversial Teamsters labor union leader who vanished without a trace in the ’70s. Abeckaser previously worked with Scorsese on the HBO drama “Vinyl.”

Reps for the actor and Netflix did not immediately return TheWraps’ request for comment. »


- Matt Donnelly

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Evan Langweiler Promoted to Senior VP of Global Communications for Universal Pictures

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

Universal Pictures has upped Evan Langweiler to senior VP of global communications for the studio.

He will continue to oversee many aspects of the studio’s strategic media relations, including worldwide box office reporting, transactional announcements, dating of its films, and serving as the group’s primary staff writer.

He will be based in Los Angeles.

He will work closely with Universal’s international and brand teams as well as DreamWorks TV and NBCUniversal on issues relating to the business. Langweiler works closely with many of Universal’s filmmakers.

He will continue to report to Cindy Gardner.

Langweiler most recently served as VP of global communications for Universal. He has been with Universal since 2010 and prior to that was with NBC where he was based in New York. Langweiller attended Trinity college before working for NBC.

Related storiesNick Carpou Retiring as Universal Domestic Distribution Chief, Jim Orr Promoted'War for the Planet of the Apes' Producer »


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‘Rick and Morty’ Co-Creator Dan Harmon Denounces Fans Who Harassed Female Writers’: ‘I Loathe These People’

39 minutes ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Rick and Morty” now has gender parity in its writing room, which has unsurprisingly come as unwelcome news to a certain segment of the animated comedy’s audience. Jane Becker and Jessica Gao were reminded of this the hard — and all-too-common — way when they found themselves not only harassed but the victims of doxxers who leaked the two writers’ personal information online.

Rick and Morty” co-creator Dan Harmon spoke to Entertainment Weekly about the incident, calling it “disgusting” and thoroughly denouncing anyone and everyone involved: “It’s offensive to me as someone who was born male and white, and still works way harder than them, that there’s some white male [fan out there] trying to further some creepy agenda by ‘protecting’ my work.”

Read More:‘Rick and Morty’: 10 Reasons Why ‘Morty’s Mind Blowers’ is a Great Place to Start for New Viewers

“I was familiar going into the third season, »


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Andrew Garfield And Claire Foy ‘Breathe’ Deep For History [Review]

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

Toronto – Imagine performing a scene without moving anything but your lips, eyes and maybe your neck.  And the neck can move, but just slightly. Everything else has to stay completely immobile.  That includes your hands and legs. No, you can’t even shift your weight an iota. Sounds easy, right? Test it out for a minute. Maybe five. Dare you to try 10 minutes. It’s O.K., we’ll wait.

Harder than you thought, wasn’t it?

Continue reading Andrew Garfield And Claire FoyBreathe’ Deep For History [Review] at The Playlist. »

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A New Animation Festival Launches, With Plans To Impact the Oscar Race

49 minutes ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Aiming to make an impact this Oscar season, the inaugural Animation Is Film Festival from GKids, the Annecy International Animation Festival, Variety, and Acifa-Hollywood launches October 20-22 at the Tcl Chinese 6 Theater.

The festival will present a selection of new animated feature films from Asia, Europe, South America, and North America, with juried and audience prizes and filmmakers attending most screenings. Additionally, the festival will feature studio events, special screenings, short film programs, and a Vr lounge.

Aif seems well timed: The Academy now allows all members to vote for animated features, using preferential voting. However, it remains to be seen what the dynamic will be in terms of mainstream versus indie nominees.

GKids, which has nine Oscar nominations (including this year’s “My Life as a Zucchini”), has seven movies in contention this season; four showcase in competition at Aif. The highlight is “The Breadwinner” (October 20), a coproduction of Ireland, »


- Bill Desowitz

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‘Peter Rabbit’ Trailer: James Corden Hops In As The Kid-Lit Legend

54 minutes ago | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

This party animal is sportin’ a blue jacket but no pants. He treats fellow woodland creatures to an “all you can eat” in a garden, even the fox who tried to make hasenpfeffer out of him. He hosts a swingin’ bash — well, “hosts” is not the correct verb, as the place clearly isn’t his. Then again, neither is the garden. Meet Peter Rabbit, titular star of Sony’s live-action/animation hybrid. Check out the first trailer above. While this likely isn’t the way Beatrix Potter… »


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‘Twin Peaks’: 10 Behind-the-Scenes Photos to Help You Cope With the Series’ End

57 minutes ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

For anyone who has been having troubling processing the fact that “Twin Peaks: The Return” is over, which could very well mean the end of the franchise as we know it, let the cast’s wonderful behind-the-scenes photos shine a light upon you. Kyle McLachlan, Sabrina Sutherland, and more have taken to social media in the weeks after that mind-blowing finale to share never-before-seen looks at “The Return” set, and man does David Lynch seem to be having the time of his life.

Read More:David Lynch Finally Shares His Thoughts on the ‘Twin Peaks’ Finale, Confirms Season 4 is Possible

Lynch has teased the possibility of continuing the series with Season 4, though nothing is confirmed. He joked that time is the biggest factor standing in his way, given it took over four years to write, direct, and edit “The Return.” The filmmaker is remaining ambiguous about the finale, telling »


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Movie Talk: ‘New Mutants’ Described as a “Haunted House Movie with Hormonal Teenagers”

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

On this episode of Collider Movie Talk (Thursday September 21st, 2017) Mark Ellis, Perri Nemiroff, Dennis Tzeng, Mark Reilly, Natasha Martinez and Wendy Lee discuss the following: Newest trailer for Murder on the Orient Express released, starring and directed by Kenneth Branagh 20th Century Fox CEO Stacey Snider calls New Mutants a Haunted House movie with hormonal teenagers Gal Gadot in talks to join Bradley Cooper in Deeper Opening this week – Friend Request, The Lego Ninjago Movie New trailer released for Ferdinand New trailer released for Breathe Mail Bag Live Twitter Questions [caption id="attachment_642740" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Image … »

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‘Rick and Morty’: Dan Harmon Has No Time for Your Misogynistic Bullshit

1 hour ago | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

When Cartoon Network's [adult swim] program Rick and Morty was in its infancy, the writers room contained the show's co-creators Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon, with Tom Kauffman, Ryan Ridley, Wade Randolph, and Eric Acosta, and writer's assistant Mike McMahan. For the show's current Season 3 run, that writers room has become gender-balanced with the addition of Jane Becker, Sarah Carbiener, Jessica Gao, and Erica Rosbe. Now a mentally and socially balanced person who's a fan of the show and the excellent episodes they've released just this year might celebrate that fact, … »

- Dave Trumbore

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Another Avenger Definitely Isn't Dying In Infinity War

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According to a new report, it looks like at least one major member of The Avengers roster will probably survive the events of Infinity War and live to see Avengers 4. »

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Oscars: Predicting This Year’s Best Picture Landscape

1 hour ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Getting into the weeds of full-blown “Oscar predictions” four months before the nominations are announced increasingly feels like a waste of time. The Academy demographic is changing rapidly and finding the pulse with any real authority is, more and more, a fool’s errand. But with the early festivals behind us and a handful more on the horizon, most of this year’s crop has already been seen. The best picture race has taken shape and it promises to be an exciting one, with no frontrunner in sight. Here are, at least in one observer’s estimation, the 10 strongest contenders for recognition in this year’s contest.

Call Me By Your Name” (Luca Guadagnino; Sony Pictures Classics)

Pros: It’s an important film and a landmark in queer cinema. As the Academy’s collective taste leans more international (and cinephile), movies like this will only benefit.

Cons: Thrifty Sony Classics always has an Oscar presence, but »


- Kristopher Tapley

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