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

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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’

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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

6 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’

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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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Oscar Best Picture Nominees Get the Honest Trailer Treatment

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

The ever-clever Honest Trailers produced by Screen Junkies just wouldn’t be the same without an Oscar installment. In the newest edition, Hollywood gets roasted for its selection of nine best picture nominees. “They’ve got to stop releasing all these movies at the same time,” the voiceover mocks. With less than a week to go before Hollywood’s biggest night, the industry could probably use a couple lighthearted jokes.

The video runs through all the nominees, beginning with “Arrival” and moving onto “Lion” (“If you say you’ve seen this, you’re probably lyin’.”) “Hell or High Water” gets the same treatment. Paired with clips of “True Grit,” the trailer promises viewers a chance to hear “that one grizzled cowboy voice Jeff Bridges does.”

“For a film that’s so entertaining, straightforward, and unpretentious, it has no chance of actually winning best picture,” says the voiceover. Touche, Screen Junkies. »


- Dani Levy

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‘Star Wars: Rogue One’ Release Dates Confirmed: Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital

22 February 2017 12:39 PM, PST | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

Today Disney and Lucasfilm made it official: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story from director Gareth Edwards and starring Felicity JonesDiego LunaBen MendelsohnDonnie YenMads MikkelsenAlan Tudyk, Jiang Wen and Forest Whitaker will make its Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D and DVD debut on April 4th, 2017.

You'll be able to watch Star Wars: Rogue One two weeks prior on March 24th when the first standalone Star Wars film is released exclusively on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere. All high definition versions will be presented in 7.1 DTS-hd Master Audio.

Star Wars: Rogue One was a beast at the box office this past holiday season, earning over one billion at the global box office and proving the Star Wars franchise could stand on its own two feet without the core Skywalker mythology involved.

Bonus features are notably missing any of the deleted and re-shot footage from the third act. »


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‘Separate Tables’ Screenwriter John Gay Dies at 92

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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 »


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'Das Boot' sequel finds director

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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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The 15 Best Oscar-Nominated Performances In Foreign-Language Films

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We only have a few more days to wait before we’ll see if [any film or person] can pull off a major upset in [any category] and beat out “La La Land,” which, last time we checked was tracking to pick up more Oscars than there actually are categories in Sunday’s awards, which seems mathematically impossible, but that’s the magic of the movies for you. One of the most hotly contested, though, is Best Actress — a category in which Emma Stone has seemed to be steamrolling her way to victory, until a late showing by Isabelle Huppert and lot of unexpectedly energetic campaigning from the French superstar and Best Actress In The World Tm, has cast a tiny shade of doubt.

Continue reading The 15 Best Oscar-Nominated Performances In Foreign-Language Films at The Playlist. »

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‘The Commuter’: Lionsgate Moves Liam Neeson Thriller Back Three Months To January

12 minutes ago | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

The Commuter is going in reverse, release date-wise. Lionsgate said today that its thriller starring Liam Neeson has moved from an October bow to January 12. Vera Farmiga co-stars as a mysterious woman who boards a commuter train and proposes an enticing opportunity to Neeson's character — one that has dire circumstances if he accepts. The film has Hitchcock-ian elements like North by Northwest and Strangers on a Train. Patrick Wilson, Sam Neill, Elizabeth McGovern and Jon… »


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Sienna Miller, Giancarlo Giannini Join ‘The Catcher Was A Spy’

17 minutes ago | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive:  Sienna Miller and Giancarlo Giannini have joined The Catcher Was A Spy, the Ben Lewin-directed drama that stars Paul Rudd, Guy Pearce, Paul Giamatti and Jeff Daniels. Robert Rodat adapted the script from Nicholas Dawidoff’s bestselling book that tells the true story of Moe Berg, a major league ballplayer who was an important spy against the Nazis in WWII. While they call catcher’s equipment “the tools of ignorance,” Berg was the extreme exception, an Ivy… »


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John Gay Dies: ‘Run Silent Run Deep’ Screenwriter Was 92

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John Gay, whose writing credits for film and TV include big-screen fare like Run Silent Run Deep and The Courtship of Eddie’s Father and, on the small screen reach back to television’s Golden Age and continued through the 1980s and ’90s with such mini-series as Fatal Vision and Cruel Doubt, died February 4 in Santa Monica. He was 92. His death was announced by the Writers Guild of America, West. Gay co-wrote a 2008 autobiography Any Way I Can – 50 Years in Show Business… »


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‘Separate Tables’ Screenwriter John Gay Dies at 92

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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 »


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‘The Batman’: Matt Reeves to Replace Ben Affleck as Director of Superhero Drama

32 minutes ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

You’ll have heard by now that, contrary to original plans, Ben Affleck won’t be directing “The Batman.” The actor — who’s still starring as the Caped Crusader in the upcoming follow-up to “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” — has officially been replaced by one Matt Reeves, late of “Cloverfield” and “Let Me In.”

Read More: ‘The Batman’: Matt Reeves in Early Talks to Helm Ben Affleck-Starring Superhero Story — Report

“I have loved the Batman story since I was a child,” Reeves said in a statement. “He is such an iconic and compelling character, and one that resonates with me deeply. I am incredibly honored and excited to be working with Warner Bros. to bring an epic and emotional new take on the Caped Crusader to the big screen.”

Read More: Ben Affleck Leaves ‘The Batman’ Directing Duties

Reeves also directed 2014’s “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes »


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Studios Push for $50 Early Home Movie Rentals, But Negotiations Are Complex (Exclusive)

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At least five of the major studios are pushing plans to get movies into homes earlier, but theater chains and studios are still far apart from agreeing on how it would happen.

Warner Bros. and Universal have been the most aggressive in pursuing an arrangement that would see certain movies receive a premium video-on-demand release within weeks of their theatrical premieres, but now other studios are joining the discussions. Twentieth Century Fox has also begun to talk early releases with theater owners, while Sony is having its own separate talks with exhibitors and is trying to devise its own plan.

Paramount, which previously did a pilot program with AMC and a few other exhibitors to release “Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse” and “Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension” on digital platforms early, has continued to seek a similar strategy. Though different studios are exploring different scenarios, the plan that has »


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Jeffrey Nachmanoff To Helm Jackie Chan In Sony’s ‘Five Against A Bullet’

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Exclusive: Sony Pictures has set Jeffrey Nachmanoff to direct Five Against A Bullet, the action thriller that is anchored by Jackie ChanMatt Corman and Chris Ord (Covert Affairs) are writing the latest draft under Nachmanoff’s supervision. Nachmanoff most recently wrapped the Keanu Reeves-starrer Replicas. Here, five bodyguards from around the world, with a variety of complementary skills and abilities — led by the infamous Frank (Chan) — are hired by a Latin American… »


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‘Katrina: American Crime Story’: Matthew Broderick Joins Cast Alongside Annette Bening

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American Crime Story” has recruited another beloved star for its highly anticipated new season. Matthew Broderick, who’s been out and about supporting Kenneth Lonergan’s “Manchester by the Sea,” has been cast as Fema director Michael D. Brown.

Brown was in charge of the federal disaster response to Hurricane Katrina, but resigned following the controversy surrounding his handling of the costliest national disaster in United States history.

Broderick joins Annette Bening in the cast of what’s now officially being called “Katrina: American Horror Story.” Bening, who was snubbed at the Oscars this year for her recent role in “20th Century Women,” will be playing Kathleen Blanco, the governor of Louisiana during Hurricane Katrina. Blanco continued serving after the disaster, but did not seek re-election when her term was up.

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The Best Movies Coming to Netflix in March 2017

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

Another month is on the way, so another batch of new content is coming to Netflix. This month will see a slew of Netflix original programming hitting the streaming service, ranging from TV shows like the first season of Marvel’s Iron Fist to a new comedy special from Amy Schumer, and one of the many […]

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- Ethan Anderton

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‘Split’ Shows Personality With $200M+ At Worldwide Box Office

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Amid its continued craze at the domestic and international box office, M Night Shyamalan’s Split has crossed $200M global. The milestone for the James McAvoy-starrer came with Wednesday grosses. Domestically, the psychological thriller has taken $126.3M and overseas has banked $74.1M. The worldwide total stands at $200.4M. Split marks Universal's second collaboration with Shyamalan and Blumhouse Productions following 2015's breakout hit The Visit, reinvigorating the Sixth… »


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Matt Reeves Directing ‘The Batman’ After All

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The pendulum has swung back on “The Batman.” With Ben Affleck leaving the director’s chair, Warner Bros. needed a name to assure everyone the film was still on track. And initially they thought they had it with Matt Reeves (“Let Me In,” “Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes“) — only for him to break off talks last week.

Continue reading Matt Reeves Directing ‘The Batman’ After All at The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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