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Ben Affleck’s Batman Leaving DC Films Extended Universe

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The rumors had always been in the air that Ben Affleck had one foot out the door the DC Films Extended Universe, but they never quite stuck. The studio insisted the actor was still the one they wanted in the Batsuit, and perhaps they made overtures to try and keep him in the franchise. However, it looks like he’s going fade into the dark.

THR reveals that “Justice League” will likely be the last time Affleck ever appears on screen as Batman.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘Confederate’ Team Defend Their Controversial HBO Show

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HBO is no stranger to controversy, but it’s not often that a press release for a show that hasn’t even been written, sparks the kind of outrage “Confederate” generated. The new series from “Game Of Thrones” duo David Benioff and D.B. Weiss takes place in an alternate timeline, in which the southern states have successfully seceded from the Union, giving rise to a nation in which slavery remains legal and has evolved into a modern institution.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Channing Tatum Eyed To Join Dark Universe In ‘Van Helsing’

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Cinematic universes don’t get off to a rougher start than “The Mummy.” The first film in Universal‘s Dark Universe was critically panned and earned just $390 million worldwide. Those are good numbers, but not great, and certainly, there doesn’t seem to be any clamoring for more monster movies that are connected. Nonetheless, Universal are pressing forward, and their roster of A-list anchors which include Javier Bardem (Frankenstein), Russell Crowe (Dr.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Listen: Christopher Nolan Sits Down With Edgar Wright To Discuss ‘Baby Driver’

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Anthony Bourdain may disagree, but Edgar Wright’s action/musical/ car chase movie “Baby Driver” is pretty bad-ass. Whatever your taste may be, it’s hard to deny it’s a technical masterwork featuring some of the best car chase and foot chase scenes in recent memory, not to mention dizzying sequences choreographed beat for beat to entire songs.

Don’t believe us? Listen to “Dunkirk” filmmaker Christopher Nolan chat with Wright about the film, and share his enthusiasm and admiration for the filmmaking behind the hit movie (“the film is so spectacularly directed” he says).

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- Rodrigo Perez

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Tony Jaa & Iko Uwais Fight In First Trailer For ‘Triple Threat’

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At one point, “Triple Threat” — which brings together the fighting talents of Tony Jaa (“Ong-Bak,” “The Protector“) and Iko Uwais (“The Raid“) into one film — was promisingly going to be directed by “John Wick” co-helmer Chad Stahelski. Sadly, that didn’t happen, and instead, some guy named Jesse V.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Stream Hans Zimmer’s Intense ‘Dunkirk’ Score

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By now, the one thing you’ve likely heard about Christopher Nolan‘s “Dunkirk” is that it needs to be seen on the biggest screen possible. That’s certainly true, but the one element that makes the film a gloriously nerve-wracking experience is Hans Zimmer‘s coiling, unrelenting score. “Dunkirk” features minimal dialogue, which means the score carries a greater weight for transmitting the emotions of the film, and Zimmer does that, and much more.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Fox Reassessing Ridley Scott’s Planned ‘Alien’ Movies

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It’s been a summer of franchises that might have made okay money (largely thanks to international ticket sales) but left audiences disappointed. “Transformers: The Last Knight,” “The Mummy,” and “Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” all fall into that category, but “Alien: Covenant” is its own special thing. Not only was the sequel to “Prometheus“/prequel to “Alien” a box office disappointment (it earned nearly $200 million less than its predecessor worldwide), but it arguably severely damaged the brand.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Venice Fest Lines Up ‘Suburbicon,’ ‘The Shape Of Water,’ ‘Three Billboards’ & More; ‘mother!’ Not Going

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The official press conference isn’t until next week, but as these things go, the trades have gotten the scoop on the Venice Film Festival lineup, and it’s a killer. While the Lido always has plenty of goods, this year they really seem to be bringing the business with several high profile titles that will join opener, Alexander Payne‘s “Downsizing.”

George Clooney’s “Suburbicon,” Guillermo Del Toro’s “The Shape of Water,” Martin McDonaugh‘s “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Andrew Haigh‘s “Lean On Pete,” Paul Schrader‘s “First Reformed,” and Lucrecia Martel’s “Zama” are all expected to make their premieres in Venice.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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New Trailer For ‘Beach Rats’ Wrestles With Desire

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The summer season and the feeling of sweat-soaked desire are often not far apart, but in director Eliza Hittman‘s “Beach Rats,” those elements shield a sexual awakening. This Best Director winner at this year’s Sundance Film Festival has been picking up strong buzz all year long, and now you can cap off your own summer by heading into a cool cinema to check it out.

Harris Dickinson, Madeline Weinstein, and Kate Hodge star in the film which follows Frankie, as he grapples with his attractions, and the expectations of his mother and those around him.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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New Trailer For ‘Stronger’ Starring Jake Gyllenhaal Stays Boston Strong

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The events of April 15, 2013 are forever caught in the memories of Bostonians. It was a day of terror and horror, but it also saw the city come together, hope rise from awful circumstances, and people like Jeff Bauman become an everyday hero. And the upcoming “Stronger” will tell his story.

Directed by David Gordon Green, and starring Jake Gyllenhaal, the movie shares Bauman’s story, a man who was waiting at the finish line for his ex-girlfriend, when the bomb went off, leading to the loss of both his legs.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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New ‘Inhumans’ Trailer Met With Derision & Scorn At Comic-Con

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Enthusiasm for Marvel properties on TV is usually never low, despite how middling their shows can get. ABC’s “Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D,” isn’t good, but it’s still on the air. “Agent Carter” is/was a great character and everyone loves Hayley Atwell, but sorry, it was pretty unwatchable. Netflix shows for Marvel can be really sketchy too (“Luke Cage,” “Iron Fist”), but fans seem to love them nonetheless.

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- Rodrigo Perez

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‘Legion’s Noah Hawley Developing A ‘Doctor Doom’ Movie

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So, the “Fantastic Four” series is deader than dead after Josh Trank’s disastrous 2015 attempt to reboot the series, right? Not so fast, “Legion” and “Fargo” TV series creator Noah Hawley is attempting to kick new life back into the franchise. And villains are becoming the new super hero black as of late.

While Comic Con in San Diego has been largely devoid of big announcements so far, at the end of “Legion” Hawley teased his interest in the “Fantastic Four” universe. 

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- Rodrigo Perez

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New Trailer For David Ayer’s ‘Bright’ Starring Will Smith Is A True Genre-Bending Action Flick

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Despite, arguably, being the best part of the wildly disappointing “Suicide Squad,” there’s not much to say positively about Will Smith’s line of films recently. From the aforementioned DC film, to the critically decimated “Collateral Beauty” and films with middling reviews such as “Focus” and “Concussion,” Smith has failed to pick the right projects while filmmakers have failed to capture that charismatic essence that made him such a huge star.

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- Ally Johnson

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‘The Midwife’ Successfully Unites Two Grand Dames of French Cinema [Review]

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This gentle drama about life’s beginnings and its end features two lead performances that are anything but quiet. “The Midwife” marks the first time that two grand dames of French cinema – Catherine Deneuve and Catherine Frot – appear together, and the pairing doesn’t disappoint. Little happens in the way of plot, but these performances and the script from director Martin Provost let these characters breathe and bloom in a way that feels special.

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- Kimber Myers

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‘Invasion Of The Body Snatchers’ Remake In The Works

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Invasion of the Body Snatchers” remakes have a checkered history, to say the least. Here at The Playlist, we suggested that Philip Kaufman‘s 1978 remake “[surpassed] the original in sheer terror and execution,” that Kaufman “[cranked] up the fear factor,” and that the film boasts “one of the bleakest and most terrifying endings in sci-fi history.” Conversely, we referred to Oliver Hirschbiegel’s 2007 “The Invasion” as a “rather lifeless hybrid of two halves of a movie that just didn’t sync up,” further writing that the film sported a “diluted political message coupled with half-baked performances in which no one involved comes out a winner.”

And yet, it looks as though Warner Bros.

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- Eli Fine

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Nicholas Hoult Is J.D. Salinger In New Trailer For ‘Rebel In The Rye’

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Elusive and reclusive during his lifetime, author J.D. Salinger is proving to be just the same after his death. Despite a high profile documentary (“Salinger“), and one indie drama (“Coming Through The Rye“), no one has really unlocked the enigma of the highly influential author. But it’s not without trying, as another movie is hoping to offer some insight into the man who created Holden Caulfield and the Glass family.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Andrés Muschietti Confirms ‘It’ Sequel, Talks Going R-Rated

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In the latest, “one novel being split into a two-part film adaptation” news, director Andrés Muschietti has confirmed that his take on Stephen King’s horror classic “It” will unfold over the course of two R-rated movies. In an interview with Variety, Muschietti goes into detail about the production process of his first “It” film (which is out in September), the contemporaneous development of Part II, and his philosophy of horror cinema.

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- Eli Fine

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Christopher Nolan Says ‘Dunkirk’ Is His Most Experimental Movie, Explains How Shooting On Film Saved Key Sequence

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You’ve already heard a lot about “Dunkirk,” and you’re going to hear a lot more in the days before it opens, and undoubtedly in the weeks ahead. Yes, the film is worth every bit of the hype, with Christopher Nolan‘s WWII tale playing out like a full-length anxiety attack. Cleverly structured, and featuring very little dialogue (indeed, you could probably watch the film with just Hans Zimmer‘s supremely intense score and not miss a thing), it’s Nolan at his most stripped down.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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First Trailer For Todd Haynes’ ‘Wonderstruck’ With Julianne Moore & Michelle Williams

20 July 2017 11:31 AM, PDT

San Diego Comic Con is here, and with it comes the expected players: superhero movies, blockbusters based on comic books, and much more. However, one film that seem slightly out of place on the convention floor is “Wonderstruck.” The latest from director Todd Haynes has just as much imagination as anything else at the fanboy mecca.

Based on the book by Brian Selznick (“Hugo“), and starring Oakes Fegley, Julianne Moore, Michelle Williams and Millicent Simmonds, the film is a wondrous tale, split between timelines, about two children longing for better circumstances.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘Archer’ Meets ‘Kingsman’ In Ultimate Face Off

20 July 2017 11:23 AM, PDT

If you read the site, you might know already that I don’t really roll with the ‘Kingsman‘ franchise, and if I were to give my hard earned bucks to any spy spoof, it would be “Archer.” Well, thanks to Fox Corp. owning the rights to both, worlds are colliding in a new promotion for “Kingsman: The Golden Circle.”

This afternoon, attendees at San Diego Comic Con are being treated to a panel for the sequel, and leading things off was this animated mash-up between the two properties.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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