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‘Downsizing,’ ‘Suburbicon’ And ‘Annihilation’ Prove Originality Lives At Paramount [CinemaCon]

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Las Vegas – Jim Gianopulos signed his new deal to become the Chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures in time for CinemaCon, but the former head of 20th Century Fox didn’t take the stage. Instead, the team under Brad Grey showcased the studio’s 2017 slate and teased what’s to come in 2018. There is a lot of work to do at Paramount, for sure. The studio needs fresh franchises and original blockbusters, but three previews of , um, smaller fare proved Paramount films won’t be absent from the end of year best of lists or players in the awards season.

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- Gregory Ellwood

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Al Gore Has Another Warning In First Trailer For ‘An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power’

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Just over a decade ago, Al Gore rocked the world with “An Inconvenient Truth,” his eye-opening lecture about the crisis of global warming. It’d be nice to say that people listened, but they haven’t really, and now he’s back with “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power,” which brings more hard facts that deniers are going to be hard pressed to ignore.

The new film finds Gore once again putting spotlight on the fragile state of the planet, and the very real consequences it’s going to have on all of us if change doesn’t happen — and hopefully, it’s not too late.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Danny Brown Gets Wild & Weird In Jonah Hill Directed “Ain’t It Funny” Featuring Gus Van Sant

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Jonah Hill will soon mount his feature directorial debut “Mid ’90s,” but the aspiring filmmaker has already cut his teeth in the music video realm, getting the behind the camera for Sara Bareilles‘ “Gonna Get Over You.” However, he really takes it up a notch with “Ain’t It Funny” for out there rapper Danny Brown.

Featuring “Growing Pains” Mom Joanna Kerns and Gus Van Sant (who Hill is currently working with on “Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot“), the clever concept imagines Danny Brown as a troubled, sad sack, and potentially dangerous comic relief in an ’80s style sitcom.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Michael Bay Eyed To Direct ‘Hunting El Chapo’

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Michael Bay — who is for real totally done with exploding toys after “Transformers: The Last Knight“— has yet to line up a followup project. As always, he’s busy on the producing front (including some kind of Trump-esque sci-fi thing), but Sony is hoping to get the director behind the camera soon for a fast-moving project.

The studio has snapped up the rights to Cole Merrell and Douglas Century‘s forthcoming book “Hunting El Chapo: The Thrilling Inside Story of The American Lawman Who Captures The World’s Most-Wanted Drug Lord.” (The plot details are pretty much described that title).

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Jessica Chastain And Aaron Sorkin’s ‘Molly’s Game’ Is A Sexy Play For Stx First, Awards Movie Second

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Las Vegas – This wasn’t necessarily Stx Entertainment’s finest moment. After a rough 2016 that featured one breakout hit (“Bad Moms”), one critically acclaimed wonder (“Edge of Seventeen”) and a bunch of bombs, the fledgling mini-major wanted to reassure the nation’s theater owners at CinemaCon that everything was back on track. Well, they certainly tried.

Chairman Adam Fogelson hyped the studio’s three-year distribution agreement with Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp (a company that at one time planned on releasing its own movies in the Us and then did an about face) and its summer release, Besson’s “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets,” with the director and star Cara Delevingne in attendance.

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- Gregory Ellwood

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Aaron Sorkin Says He’s Taking Meetings With Both Marvel & DC

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Fight, fight, fight, fight! There is no fanboy battle more tiresome than the continual battle between devotees of DC Films and Marvel, with both sides unable to realize their blind fidelity to a brand is a bit silly. However, Aaron Sorkin is going to step right in the middle of the battlefield.

Today at CinemaCon, the screenwriter behind “The Social Network” and “The West Wing,” and the writer/director of the upcoming “Molly’s Game,” revealed he’s considering some kind of gig with major superhero players in Hollywood.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Amber Heard To Star In Agnieszka Holland’s ‘The Kind Worth Killing’

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Amber Heard has had a rocky year or so. In the fall of 2015, her latest film, “London Fields,” was yanked from the Toronto International Film Festival amid an acrimonious legal battle, and that was soon followed by her very public split with Johnny Depp. But the actress is returning to the screen later this year in the big-budget “Justice League,” her first role in the comic-book universe that will be expanded in next year’s “Aquaman.” And now she’s adding an intriguing thriller to her plate.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Robert Rodriguez To Direct Animated ‘Ugly Dolls’

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As per usual, Robert Rodriguez is not a man who can be easily pigeonholed. A few years have passed since last feature, the extremely disappointing “Sin City: A Dame To Kill For,” but he’s back in the feature-film business in a big way after detours into television with the interview series “The Director’s Chair” and “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series.” He’s already in post-production on the big-budget, James Cameron-produced “Alita: Battle Angel,” and just last week we learned he signed up to direct the remake of John Carpenter‘s “Escape From New York.” However, kids’ fare has always been part of Rodriguez’s oeuvre (see his “Spy Kids” series), and he’s once again diving into making a movie for children.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Teresa Palmer Fights For Freedom In New Trailer For Cate Shortland’s ‘Berlin Syndrome’

14 hours ago

Love becomes a prison in “Berlin Syndrome,” the new film from Cate Shortland (“Somersault,” “Lore“) that unwinds a slow-burn thriller about romantic obsession that runs deadly.

Read More: Cate Shortland’s ‘Berlin Syndrome’ Starring Teresa Palmer Is An Unbearably Intense, Slow Burn Thriller [Sundance Review]

Teresa Palmer leads the film as an Australian journalist in Germany who strikes up a relationship with a charming young man.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Contest: Win ’20th Century Women’ On Blu-ray

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While it only earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Screenplay, “20th Century Women” boasts so many riches — from its direction to its performances and more — it could deservedly have earned more Oscar love. But regardless, the picture is a treasure, and today we have copies of the film for some lucky readers.

Read More: Mike Mills’ ’20th Century Women’ Is Impressive, Moving & Heartbreaking [Review]

Directed by Mike Mills (“Beginners“) and starring Annette BeningElle Fanning, Greta Gerwig, Lucas Jade Zumann, and Billy Crudup, the film is set in 1979 Santa Barbara, and follows Dorothea (Bening), a determined single mother in her mid-50s who is raising her adolescent son, Jamie (Zumann), at a time brimming with cultural change.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘Harry Potter’ Comes To America In Honest Trailer For ‘Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them’

15 hours ago

While everyone is griping about the multiple “Avatar” movies that James Cameron is plotting, has anyone really been itching for five “Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them” pictures? Well, Warner Bros. is hoping you’ll stay interested in the series, but here to poke a few holes into things are Screen Junkies and their Honest Trailer take on the first installment.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Andrew Garfield To Star In ‘Black Lion’ From Team Behind Sundance Breakout ‘Patti Cake$’

15 hours ago

You might not know the name Stay Gold Features, but the production company made a big splash this year at Sundance. They arrived with hip-hop drama “Patti Cake$,” which went on to scoop a $9.5 million deal with Fox Searchlight, who will release the film this summer. That’s the kind of thing that gets people’s attention, and Andrew Garfield answered the phone when they called.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘Spider-Man’ Director Jon Watts Confirms ‘Venom’ Will Have No Overlap With ‘Homecoming’

16 hours ago

A new trailer for “Spider-Man: Homecoming“ arrived this morning, and with appearances by Iron Man and Captain America, it underlines in bold marker that it will take place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, don’t expect anything that plays out in that film to even touch upon “Venom.”

As we know, Sony is gearing up their own comic-book universe, starting with a movie focused on the classic Spidey villain, which might even be R-rated.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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The 10 Best Films Of 1996

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It seems impossible to believe that at some point in the future, people will actually have 2010s nostalgia and will talk about today’s fashions and fads (peplum skirts and fascism) with a kind of misty-eyed, can-you-believe-that-was-us? fondness. But then, we thought the same thing in the ’90s and now here were are, more than halfway through our ’90s nostalgia series, prompted by the sudden run on ’90s revivals at the box office (everything from “Ghost In The Shell” to “Beauty And The Beast” to “Power Rangers“).

Continue reading The 10 Best Films Of 1996 at The Playlist. »

- Jessica Kiang

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NBC Developing ‘Thank You For Smoking’ Issues-Based Anthology Series

17 hours ago

There are two big trends going on in TV nowadays. One is the reboot of an existing property, and the other is the anthology series. According to Variety, NBC is hoping to cash in on both trends with a small screen adaptation of the 2006 film, “Thank You for Smoking.”

The film, directed by Jason Reitman, starred Aaron Eckhart as a smooth-talking, big tobacco lobbyist who tried to protect the tobacco companies from government sanctions.

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- Charles Dean

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Exclusive: Gael Garcia Bernal Is On The Hunt In Clip From Pablo Larrain’s ‘Neruda’

18 hours ago

While “Jackie” was a big part of last year’s awards conversation, it wasn’t the only film from acclaimed director Pablo Larrain to earn accolades in 2016. The filmmaker’s wildly inventive “Neruda” was an arthouse charmer, featuring a terrific turn by Gael Garcia Bernal, and today we have an exclusive clip from the movie, which arrives digitally this week.

Luis Gnecco stars as the titular, famed poet, in the drama that’s set in 1948 and finds the writer on the run from the Communist government.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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A Bull Steps Into The Ring In The First Trailer For ‘Ferdinand’

19 hours ago

If you’re going to come after “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” you better come hard, and 20th Century Fox believes they’ll have the counter-programming goods with “Ferdinand.” The animated feature is set to go up against the latest “Star Wars” installment, and we’ll see which one parents take their kids to.

Based on the book by Munro Leaf and Robert Lawson, and featuring the voices of Kate McKinnon and Adam DeVine, the story follows a bull who’d rather smell flowers than fight in the ring.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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New Trailer For ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Sees Peter Parker Going From High School To Hero

20 hours ago

Sony is so confident they’ll have a hit with “Spider-Man: Homecoming” (thanks to a helping hand from Marvel), they’re wasting no time in setting up spinoff films. Venom and Silver Sable and Black Cat will have their own movies, and while the studio was burned before in putting the cart before the horse with “The Amazing Spider-Man,” they’ll likely do everything to avoid a second faceplant.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Rooney Mara & Casey Affleck Tell ‘A Ghost Story’ In First Trailer For David Lowery’s New Film

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One of the most talked about on-screen moments at this year’s Sundance Film Festival came in David Lowery‘s “A Ghost Story,” and it might be the mildest scene of any movie to ever spark this amount of chatter. It’s nothing more than Rooney Mara sitting down at a table, and spending nearly five minutes eating almost an entire pie. Needless to say, that’s probably the first indication that film is not what the title might imply.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Daniel Radcliffe Fights To Survive In Trailer For ‘Wolf Creek’ Director Greg McLean’s ‘Jungle’

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Earlier this month, “Wolf Creek” director Greg Mclean pitted a bunch of office workers against each other in the bloody “The Belko Experiment,” but now he’s returning to his bread and butter — survival thrills set against an inhospitable backdrop.

Daniel Radcliffe leads “Jungle,” the new film that’s based on the book by Yossi Ghinsberg, and tells the true story of a young man whose journey into the Amazon goes sideways.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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