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Synopsis For M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘Glass’ Revealed

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**Spoilers ahead**

M. Night Shyamalan‘s comeback has been official since “Split” topped the box-office for three weekends in a row back in late January/early February of this year. By then it had made $100 million in those three weekends alone. Its overall domestic gross is currently close to $138 million, an all out smash for Blumhouse and Universal, which had the film budgeted at a skimp $9 million.

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- Jordan Ruimy

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Clint Eastwood’s ‘The 15:17 To Paris’ May Join The Oscar Race In December

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Director Clint Eastwood has helmed fourteen movies since hitting the age of 70. Has any director come close to that feat at this late stage in their career? Yes, Woody Allen‘s nearly been there thirteen films post-70, but Eastwood is still making hyper relevant films at the near twilight of his career and sometime breaking the box office in the process with something like “American Sniper.” Case in point his last two films: ‘Sniper‘ and “Sully,” both of which had the classicism of old-school Hollywood filmmaking, and yet, felt vitally alive and current.

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- Jordan Ruimy

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Star Wars: Jabba The Hutt Spinoff Reportedly In The Works

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After months or rumor and speculation, the trades confirmed it this week: an Obi-Wan Kenobi solo film is in the works at Lucasfilm with Stephen Daldry (“Billy Elliott“) at the helm. Yet, buried in the fine print at Variety was another nugget of “Star Wars” in-development news. You’ve heard about potential Yoda and Boba Fett movies in the past, but the most surprising project ever-so-briefly mentioned was that of a spin-off focusing on the galaxies powerful Tatooine gangster Jabba the Hutt.

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- Jordan Ruimy

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‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ Season 9 Trailer: Larry David Is The Hero We Need

18 August 2017 2:22 PM, PDT

Fans were delighted when it was announced that after being off the air since 2011, Larry David (co-creator of “Seinfeld”) was bringing his hit series “Curb Your Enthusiasm” back to HBO for its ninth season. The improvised comedy, which follows a version of David as he navigates life’s constant barrage of annoyances with varying degrees of success, returns this fall with ten new episodes.

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- Anthony Casella

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‘Pilgrimage’ Is A ‘John Wick’-Style, Rising-Death-Toll Action Flick During The Crusades [Review]

18 August 2017 2:02 PM, PDT

Movies that tackle religion tend to fall on one of two camps. We either are graced with films such as Martin Scorsese‘s under-seen (and undervalued) “Silence” or forced to slog through more politicized fare such as “The Shack.” Not only a tricky subject to navigate (and better to avoid) at family get together’s, it’s also a topic that unless made by the hands of a fine craftsman, won’t get the delicate film treatment it deserves.

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- Ally Johnson

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Steven Soderbergh Reveals 2 Versions Of HBO Project ‘Mosaic’

18 August 2017 1:48 PM, PDT

Logan Lucky” races into cinemas today, with Steven Soderbergh firing on all cylinders for his hugely enjoyable heist comedy. But as always, the director is shifting gears for his next effort, the HBO project “Mosaic.” The project, which has been kept under wraps for quite some time, stars Garrett Hedlund and Sharon Stone, with Ed Solomon (“Men in Black,” “Charlie’s Angels“) writing the script for the story that will allow users to pursue different narrative paths, utilizing a new state-of-the-art app.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Obi-Wan Kenobi Spinoff, ‘Justice League’ Headaches & The CinemaSins Debate [Podcast]

18 August 2017 12:59 PM, PDT

Welcome to another edition of The Playlist Podcast, a discussion about film news and other film and television related items.

On this episode, I’m joined by Playlist Editor-in-Chief Rodrigo Perez to discuss a couple of news items, but the bulk of our discussion centers around the announcement of a solo Obi-Wan Kenobi movie that’s in the works. Stephen Daldry (“Billy Elliot,” “The Hours“) is set to direct, which is where our discussion starts, as we wonder if Lucasfilm will find themselves in another situation of reshoots in regards to another out-of-the-box director choice.

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- Ryan Oliver

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Samuel L. Jackson Returning For ‘Shaft’ Sequel

18 August 2017 12:31 PM, PDT

After we all survived the potential peril of Y2K, moviegoers arrived at the cinemas way back in 2000 for a serving of “Shaft.” The remake of the Blaxploitation classic, directed by John Singleton and starring Samuel L. Jackson in the lead role, did relatively well, earning $107 million worldwide off a $47 million budget. But after that, things went quiet. If there were any plans to make a followup, they didn’t really materialize.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Lee Chang-Dong’s Delayed Adaptation Of Haruki Murakami’s ‘Barn Burning’ Now Back On

18 August 2017 11:58 AM, PDT

Last fall, cinephiles were pleased to hear that “Secret Sunshine” and “Poetry” director Lee Chang-Dong was getting ready to shoot his next film. There weren’t many details available at the time, other than the picture was slated to star Kang Dong-won and Yoo Ah-in in what was described as a mystery thriller about a woman who becomes entangled with two men, one rich, and the other trying to make ends meet.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Don Hertzfeldt Announces ‘World Of Tomorrow’ Sequel

18 August 2017 11:36 AM, PDT

It’s not often that an animated short captures the easily distracted attentions of the film world, but then again, there aren’t many animators like Don Hertzfeldt. At only 33 years old, he received the San Francisco International Film Festival‘s Lifetime Achievement Award for his groundbreaking, unique work. That’s not to mention he’s been nominated for two Oscars, most recently for “World Of Tomorrow,” his visually stunning, funny, melancholy animated short.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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First Look: Frank Grillo In Netflix’s ‘Wheelman’

18 August 2017 10:56 AM, PDT

Frank Grillo might be the next megastar, as unlikely as you might think it sounds. The actor features in “Wolf Warriors 2,” which has become the biggest blockbuster at the Chinese box office ever. Meanwhile, he leads the upcoming sci-fi spinoff “Beyond Skyline,” and this fall, he buckles up for Netflix‘s “Wheelman.” The actor has his fingers in a lot of different pies, and the first taste of the latter movie has landed.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘Literally, Right Before Aaron’ Trailer: Justin Long Goes To Cobie Smulders’ Wedding

18 August 2017 10:29 AM, PDT

For quite some time Justin Long has been the face of the middling romantic comedy genre. The actor has led a string of relatively low-profile films about down on their luck dudes pining for lost loves and manic pixie dream girls (“Going The Distance,” “A Case Of You,” “Comet”). But while Long-fronted pictures haven’t always fared well (“Comet” was at least interesting), he has mostly managed to remain a welcome, if quantifiable presence, thus giving us reason to remain hopeful for his upcoming dramedy “Literally, Right Before Aaron,” which pairs him with the delightful Cobie Smulders.

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- Gary Garrison

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‘What Happened To Monday?’ Offers The Silly Fun Of Seven Different Noomi Rapaces [Review]

18 August 2017 9:41 AM, PDT

“What Happened to Monday?” evokes a rote dystopian future to concoct an intriguing premise for a psychological thriller, making one wish the filmmakers had jettisoned the half-baked social commentary and just embraced the silly concept. However, even in a future bereft of new ideas, it’s fun to watch Noomi Rapace act against herself six times over and her game performances in the midst of fast-paced action make “What Happened to Monday?” a mostly enjoyable thriller.

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- Joe Blessing

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Porn Site Offers To Produce ‘Sense8’ Season 3

18 August 2017 8:59 AM, PDT

Earlier this year, Netflix pulled the plug on “Sense8” after two seasons. But after fan petitions and outcry, the streaming service made a deal to let the Wachowskis produce a two-hour series finale, to wrap things up. However, another streaming service, in a very particular niche, is extending an olive branch to the show’s creators to keep “Sense8” going.

xHamster has penned an open letter, offering to produce a third season of “Sense8.”  Lana Wachowski recently revealed she was going ahead and writing the a new season, and the porn site is offering to be the admittedly unconventional home for the sci-fi show.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Xavier Dolan’s ‘The Death And Life Of John F. Donovan’ Won’t Be Ready For TIFF

18 August 2017 8:38 AM, PDT

For much of the spring and summer, Xavier Dolan has been teasing his forthcoming film, “The Death And Life Of John F. Donovan.” Official images and new posters arrived for the movie, along with an early report that the director was aiming to have his latest effort finished in time for the fall festival season. Unfortunately, that won’t be happening.

Films Séville, the official distributor for ‘Donovan’ in Canada, confirmed today that Dolan’s picture won’t be ready in time to screen at the Toronto International Film Festival.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘Bright Sunshine In’ Trailer: Juliette Binoche Stars In Claire Denis’ New Film

18 August 2017 7:55 AM, PDT

Claire Denis is currently filming her highly anticipated, very ambitious sci-fi “High Life” starring Robert Pattinson, but while we wait, she has something else to share. Earlier this year, the revered filmmaker knocked out “Bright Sunshine In,” and within a matter of months, had it ready in time for the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight. Now it’s starting to roll out around the globe, and the first trailer has landed.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Michael B. Jordan To Star In ‘A Bittersweet Life’ Remake

18 August 2017 7:11 AM, PDT

There haven’t been a whole lot of American remakes of South Korean films, but the most high profile was easily Spike Lee‘s “Oldboy.” His take on Park Chan-wook‘s audacious thriller missed the mark, for a variety of reason, but primarily because Lee just couldn’t put his own stamp on the material the way the South Korean filmmaker did. Now, another cult favorite is gearing up for a Hollywood redo, and if history is any indication, caution is advisable.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘Human Flow’ Trailer: Ai Weiwei Explores The Refugee Crisis

18 August 2017 6:30 AM, PDT

Artist, activist and filmmaker Ai Weiwei has gained international acclaim for his work, and been the subject of films including “Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry” and “Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case.” This time around, he’s going behind the camera to explore a crisis that’s currently gripping the globe.

The documentary “Human Flow” will take audiences around the world, as it details the profound human migration that is seeing people cross deserts, seas, and more to find safety and shelter.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Patty Jenkins Making Superhero Sized Deal For ‘Wonder Woman 2’

18 August 2017 6:18 AM, PDT

To put it bluntly, Patty Jenkins saved DC Films.

Warner Bros.’ plan to emulate Marvel with their own comic book universe had a very rough start. “Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice” and “Suicide Squad” were both costly critical failures, and while we can argue about the merits of their box office returns, the bottom line is the brand value really took a hit.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Marvel’s ‘The Punisher’ Trailer: Justice Is Coming

18 August 2017 5:59 AM, PDT

Frank Castle, aka The Punisher, made his Netflix debut in season 2 of Marvel’s “Daredevil.” In that series, Castle was seen as a brutal force of nature that would stop at nothing in his quest for justice. What separates him from the other heroes in the Marvel Universe is that his form of justice normally includes horribly maiming people and killing them. Fans instantly loved Jon Bernthal’s portrayal of the character and wanted more.

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- Charles Dean

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