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‘Justice League’ Blu-Ray Details and Box Art Revealed; No Zack Snyder Cut

‘Justice League’ Blu-Ray Details and Box Art Revealed; No Zack Snyder Cut
Fans clamoring to see the non-existent Zack Snyder cut of Justice League will be bummed to discover that Snyder’s iteration of the film, which almost certainly was never finalized, is not included on the home video release. Indeed, the Justice League Blu-ray details include a bunch of behind-the-scenes featurettes, but really nothing substantial to speak of. Unsurprisingly there’s no director’s commentary, no extended cut, and only a single deleted scene: “The Return of Superman.” While it’s true that Zack Snyder traditionally creates director’s extended cuts of his films—and the extended …
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Stanley Tucci Joins Rosamund Pike, Jamie Dornan in ‘A Private War’ (Exclusive)

Stanley Tucci Joins Rosamund Pike, Jamie Dornan in ‘A Private War’ (Exclusive)
Stanley Tucci has enlisted in “A Private War,” the upcoming movie about famed war correspondent Marie Colvin, Variety has learned. He joins Rosamund Pike (“Gone Girl”), Jamie Dornan (“Fifty Shades of Grey”), and Tom Hollander (“The Night Manager”) in the picture. Pike plays Colvin, and Dornan photographer Paul Conroy.

Based on a Vanity Fair article by Marie Brenner, the film follows the exploits of American-born Brit Colvin, who was tragically killed in Homs, Syria, in 2011. It takes in her fearless work in war-torn locales including Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, and Syria, which are juxtaposed with her home life back in London.

“A Private War” is BAFTA, DGA and Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Matthew Heineman’s first narrative project after helming feature documentaries including “Cartel Land” and “City of Ghosts.” Arash Amel (“Grace of Monaco”) penned the script.

Little is yet known about Tucci’s character in the film, but he will figure in the London part of the project
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Box Office Preview: '12 Strong' To Challenge 'Jumanji's' Reign

Box Office Preview: '12 Strong' To Challenge 'Jumanji's' Reign
As the family-friendly fantasy film Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle attempts to hang on to the top spot at the domestic box office for the third weekend in a row, it is facing off against a challenge from 12 Strong, which follows a Special Forces team into battle in Afghanistan in the wake of 9/11. Both films could take in about $15 million or more before the dust settles.

So far, Sony’s Jumanji has proven to be unexpectedly resilient. In both its third and fourth weekends it fell by just 25 percent during each frame. The fall-off is expected to...
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'Handmaid's Tale' Actress Ann Dowd Has 5 Films at Sundance

'Handmaid's Tale' Actress Ann Dowd Has 5 Films at Sundance
The Handmaid's Tale Emmy winner Ann Dowd is appearing in a quintet of world premieres, all shot in the past 11 months — from horror (Ari Aster's Hereditary) to crime thriller (Bart Layton's American Animals) to drama (Silas Howard's A Kid Like Jake, Christina Choe's Nancy, Sebastian Silva's Tyrel).

"I have a wonderful manager and agent, Marsha McManus and Gary Gersh, who were so generous in trying to work the schedules...
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William Friedkin’s Real-Life Exorcist Doc ‘The Devil & Father Amorth’ Lands at The Orchard

William Friedkin’s Real-Life Exorcist Doc ‘The Devil & Father Amorth’ Lands at The Orchard
The Orchard has acquired worldwide rights to director William Friedkin’s real-life exorcism documentary “The Devil & Father Amorth,” the company announced Wednesday.

The company plans an April 20 theatrical release for the doc, which records an actual exorcism performed by the Vatican’s Father Gabriele Amorth as he fights to expel Satan from an Italian woman.

The film, produced by LD Entertainment’s Mickey Liddell and Pete Shilaimon, arrives 45 years after Friedkin directed the blockbuster, “The Exorcist.” Friedkin had received permission to travel to Rome and meet with 91-year-old Father Gabriele Amorth, the “Vatican Exorcist,” to film a real-life exorcism.
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2018 Visual Effects Society Awards: ‘Blade Runner 2049’, ‘Planet of the Apes’, and More

2018 Visual Effects Society Awards: ‘Blade Runner 2049’, ‘Planet of the Apes’, and More
Say what you will about 2017, but last year’s crop of movies was pretty damn good overall, and that high bar of quality is reflected in the nominees for the 16th annual Ves Awards. Nearly 3,400 artists, producers, technologists, and entertainment industry workers narrowed down the movies that best represented outstanding achievements in visual effects, and Blade Runner […]

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Mark Gordon, James Patterson Team for Aaron Hernandez Movie

Mark Gordon, James Patterson Team for Aaron Hernandez Movie
The Mark Gordon Company has picked up the movie rights to the upcoming James Patterson book, All-American Murder: The Rise and Fall of Aaron Hernandez, the Superstar Whose Life Ended on Murderer’s Row.

MGC’s Mark Gordon and Matt Jackson will produce the project with Bill Robinson and Leopoldo Gout.

Patterson, who wrote the book with Alex Abramovich and Mike Harvkey, will exec produce. All-American Murder will be published by Little, Brown and Company on Jan. 22, 2018.

Hernandez was a star tight end with the New England Patriots who was arrested for murdering a football player who was dating his fiancee’s sister. He was...
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EuropaCorp Being Circled By Potential Buyers, Investors (Exclusive)

EuropaCorp Being Circled By Potential Buyers, Investors (Exclusive)
Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp is being circled by potential buyers and investors as it struggles to climb out from under a mountain of debt. Among the suitors, sources say, is business tycoon Tarak Ben Ammar, a shareholder in The Weinstein Co. and a board member of Vivendi.

Hit by the disappointing performance of last year’s “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets,” EuropaCorp has directed its primary lender, JP Morgan, to find someone who can inject equity capital into the company, as well restructure and pay a portion of its debt. Several well-informed sources tell Variety that the company urgently needs to find a solid partner by March 30, which marks the end of its financial year. The company’s market capitalization fell to €57.4 million ($70.2 million) as of Thursday, while losses reached €119.9 million ($146.8 million) and its net debt skyrocketed to €230 million ($281.6 million) as of September.

JP Morgan currently holds EuropaCorp’s assets, including its valuable
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Kim Rhodes on Adding New Voices to ‘Supernatural’ with “Wayward Sisters”

If you’re wondering what Wayward Sisters could look like as a spinoff and would like a glimpse at the possibilities for the potential series, look no further than the next episode of The CW series Supernatural, appropriately entitled “Wayward Sisters.” With Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) missing, rebellious rogue hunter Claire (Kathryn Newton) returns home to help Jody (Kim Rhodes), Alex (Katherine Ramdeen), Donna (Briana Buckmaster) and a psychic named Patience (Clark Backo) go on a hunt for the Winchesters, who went through a rift opened by a dreamcatcher (Yadira Guevara-Prip). With humor, heart and monsters …
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‘Succession’ Trailer: Adam McKay’s HBO Series Lets Brian Cox Curse A Lot

‘Succession’ Trailer: Adam McKay’s HBO Series Lets Brian Cox Curse A Lot
The Big Short director Adam McKay looks to be transferring that former film’s general mood onto his new HBO series Succession. The new vulgarity-laced Succession trailer boasts a finely-tuned cast going head-to-head against a backdrop of greed and power grabs. In other words, it looks like fun for the whole family. Adam McKay, the director behind Anchorman, The Other […]

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Golden Globes Music Sweep Is a Kraft-Engel Production

Golden Globes Music Sweep Is a Kraft-Engel Production
Last weekend’s Golden Globe Awards saw Alexandre Desplat win Best Score (for “The Shape of Water”), and Benj Pasek and Justin Paul win Best Song (for “The Greatest Showman”). What do they have in common? All three are represented by Richard Kraft and Laura Engel, whose Kraft-Engel Management is one of Hollywood’s top music agencies. Kraft-Engel’s other clients include Danny Elfman, Moby, John Debney, Mark Isham, Henry Jackman, Alan Menken, Bear McCreary, Marco Beltrami, Christophe Beck and John Powell.

Kraft has been a film-music agent for more than 30 years, Engel for more than 20. They began working together in the 1980s when Engel was Elfman’s manager and Kraft was doing his film deals. Kraft started his own company in 1991; she joined him as an agent in 1996 and together they formed Kraft-Engel Management in 2005. They refer to themselves as “agents who give the attention to our clients as if we were managers.”

Variety caught
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Joseph Gordon-Levitt Defends ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’

**Spoilers Ahead**

Star Wars: The Last Jedi” has been in cinemas for a month now, and debate continue to swirl around the movie, which is probably the finest compliment it could receive.

Many longtime fans of the franchise were left severely disappointed by writer/director Rian Johnson‘s movie, which declared that Rey’s parents doesn’t matter, nudged the lines of what it means to use the Force, and most crucially of all, killed off Luke Skywalker.

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‘Shape of Water’ Poised to Lead Oscar Nominations: Final Predictions in All Categories

On Tuesday, Jan. 23, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will unveil nominations for the 90th annual Oscars. It’s been a season marked, refreshingly, by a lack of frontrunners in most major categories. Combined with an extended phase two this year (thanks to the Winter Olympics), it ought to make for a spirited sprint to the finish line after the races are firmed up next week.

Here are In Contention’s final predictions for nominations in all 24 Oscar categories.

Best Picture

Call Me by Your Name

Emilie Georges, Luca Guadagnino, Marco Morabito, Peter SpearsDunkirk

Emma Thomas, Christopher NolanThe Florida Project

Sean Baker, Chris Bergoch, Kevin Chinoy, Francesca Silvestri, Shih-Ching TsouGet Out

Sean McKittrick, Jason Blum, Edward H. Hamm, Jordan Peele “Lady Bird”

Eli Bush, Evelyn O’Neill, Scott RudinThe Post

Amy Pascal, Steven Spielberg, Kristie Macosko KriegerThe Shape of Water

J. Miles Dale, Guillermo del Toro “Three
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MarketCast Expands Executive Team By Two In Los Angeles

MarketCast has brought in Lee Doyle and Jenny Matkovich to their executive ranks, thereby expanding their Los Angeles’ office. In their newly created roles, Doyle joins MarketCast as Exec VP of global client strategy, and Matkovich joins as its marketing director. The move follows Fizziology coming under the MarketCast umbrella earlier this year to work alongside New York-based research and strategy agency, Insight Strategy Group, which MarketCast acquired in 2015. Prior…
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Abominable Pictures Producer Jonathan Stern Inks With UTA As ‘A Futile And Stupid Gesture’ Hits Sundance

Abominable Pictures Producer Jonathan Stern Inks With UTA As ‘A Futile And Stupid Gesture’ Hits Sundance
Exclusive: Jonathan Stern, the Abominable Pictures president and comedy producer whose credits include Childrens Hospital and Burning Love, has signed with UTA. The deal comes as he heads to the Sundance Film Festival with A Futile and Stupid Gesture, the David Wain-directed pic about the formation of National Lampoon which Stern produced with his longtime manager Peter Principato. Will Forte stars as Doug Kenny, the National Lampoon founder, and Domnahll Geeson, Emmy…
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Revamped Orange Studio Bows First Slate, Sales Execs at UniFrance Rdv in Paris

Orange Studio, the revamped film and TV arm of France’s leading telco operator Orange, is rolling into the UniFrance Rendez-Vous with French Cinema with a new international sales team and a first slate including Mia Hansen-Løve’s “Maya” and Sophie Marceau’s “Mrs. Mills.”

The newly-launched international sales division is being led by Andreï Kamarowsky, who joined Orange Studio from EuropaCorp at the end of 2017, and Emilie Serres, who’s just joined the company from Wild Bunch where she was working since 2014 and handled such movies as Cannes’s Palme d’Or winning “I, Daniel Blake,””Dheepan” and jury prize winning “Loveless.”

Serres pointed out she and Kamarowsky had complementary backgrounds and rolodex, as they head from two of France’s biggest sales companies, EuropaCorp and Wild Bunch; two companies known for handling very different movies.

Set in December 2012, Hansen-Løve’s “Maya” is a drama following the journey of two French reporters who were released after months
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Paul Thomas Anderson’s Ama Is a Gold Mine for Cinephiles and Just Downright Delightful

Six-time Oscar-nominated filmmaker extraordinaire Paul Thomas Anderson revealed quite a bit about himself and his upcoming film Phantom Thread during a recent Ama for the film. Fans of his were tasked with asking him just about anything they could think of, and PTA responded in kind, answering everything from questions about deep cuts from cinematic history to modern kids cartoons and Star Wars. (He's just like us!) It really was a fun bit of publicity that went beyond mere marketing and offered some insight into the mind of a truly unique filmmaker, so both cinephiles and casual …
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New ‘Pacific Rim Uprising’ Images Show Off John Boyega and Big Robots

New ‘Pacific Rim Uprising’ Images Show Off John Boyega and Big Robots
Pacific Rim Uprising, the highly anticipated (?) sequel to Guillermo del Toro‘s Pacific Rim, is about to unleash more giant robot mayhem on audiences. Ahead of the film’s March release date, a new set of images have arrived showing off star John Boyega along with some sword-wielding robots. See the Pacific Rim Uprising images below. Is there […]

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‘Succession’ Trailer: Business Management “Is a Big Dick Competition” in Adam McKay’s HBO Series

In Succession, wealthy media mogul Logan Roy (Brian Cox) is looking to retire, and hand off his company to his son Kendall (Jeremy Strong). But as is immediately apparent, Kendall is not to best choice for an heir, as Logan's other children (played by Sarah Snook, Kieran Culkin, and Alan Ruck) also start to consider what part of their father's company they will control. Added to all of this is the formidable presence of Logan's third wife, Marcia (Hiam Abbass), a player in her own right who is looking to take a controlling interest in the global …
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Former Assistant’s Long Collaboration With Oscar-Winning Editor Reaches Fruition on ‘The Post’

Former Assistant’s Long Collaboration With Oscar-Winning Editor Reaches Fruition on ‘The Post’
What began as a mentor-mentee relationship has bloomed into a professional partnership that finds Michael Kahn and Sarah Broshar sharing credit as the editors of Steven Spielberg’s “The Post.”

Broshar met Kahn, who has been working with Spielberg for four decades, when she was an assistant editor on the director’s “The Adventures of Tintin” (2011). She went on to work with Kahn and Spielberg on “War Horse,” “Lincoln” and “Bridge of Spies” before earning a full editor’s credit on “The Post.”

“I feel very, very lucky to have Michael as my mentor,” she says. “It’s been a really rewarding process to sit with Michael and Steven and learn the craft.”

The duo were just nominated for an Ace Eddie Award by American Cinema Editors.

At the time that Kahn and Broshar cut “The Post,” which tells the 1971-set story of how The Washington Post came to publish the Pentagon Papers, Spielberg was still
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