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'Captain Marvel' Director Search Narrows (Exclusive)

18 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Captain Marvel is slowly zeroing in on a director. Niki Caro, Lesli Linka Glatter and Lorene Scafaria are on the shortlist for the highly-coveted job of helming Marvel Studio's first female-centric superhero movie, several sources tell The Hollywood Reporter.  A decision won't be made anytime soon as Marvel is being very deliberate in its search, according to sources; the movie has a release date of March 8, 2019. Sources caution that there may be names yet to surface. Marvel had no comment. Brie Larson is attached to star as Carol Danvers, an Air Force pilot who gains

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- Borys Kit, Rebecca Ford

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Doug Liman to Direct ‘Dark Universe’ for DC, Warner Bros. (Exclusive)

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

Doug Liman is set to direct the Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment adaptation of “Dark Universe” — a.k.a., “Justice League Dark.”

Scott Rudin is producing. Michael Gileio is writing the script.

Warner Bros. had no comment.

While plot details are being kept under wraps, the story revolves around a dark Justice League team that consists of Det. John Constantine, Swamp Thing, Deadman, Zatanna and Etrigan the Demon.

The film is an ensemble focused which speaks to one of his early hits “Go”, which dealt with a similar ensemble. The film will play a major role in the new D.C. Cinematic Universe.

Constantine was played by Keanu Reeves in a 2005 movie, as well as by Matt Ryan in NBC series “Constantine,” which was canceled in 2015 after one season. Swamp Thing has also had his own movie, with Dick Durock playing the creature in Wes Craven’s 1982 film.

Del Toro was originally attached to direct, »

- Justin Kroll

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Is Khal Drogo Returning to ‘Game of Thrones’? Jason Momoa Gets Fans Buzzing (Photo)

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Could Jason Momoa be returning to “Game of Thrones?” That is the question fans have been asking themselves ever since Momoa posted a picture on Instagram of himself in Northern Ireland with series creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. “Do you see this????????? Is he coming back?????? The suspense is killing me,” one of the 828 comments (so far) in the sea of speculation reads. “Khal Drogo Is Back?” asked another Instagram user. Also Read: 'Game of Thrones' Star Maisie Williams Has Read Season 7 Scripts: 'S-- Gets Real' Of course, there could be a much simpler explanation. Momoa has also posted several. »

- Joe Otterson

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Nashville Season 5 Premiere Set at CMT

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Nashville‘s comeback tour will kick off just after the new year.

The cancelled ABC country-music drama will make its CMT debut with a two-hour premiere on Thursday, January 5, at 9/8c, the cable network announced Wednesday.

As previously reported, Ed Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz (thirtysomething) will take over as showrunners; Connie Britton, Hayden Panettiere, Charles Esten, Jonathan Jackson and many of their castmates are confirmed to return.

We hear that the proposed Nashville after-show is still a possibility, as well, even though it was not included in the network’s announcement. »

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AFI Cancels ‘Birth of a Nation’ Screening, Nate Parker Q&A

23 August 2016 10:06 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The American Film Institute has canceled its Friday screening of “Birth of a Nation,” which was to be followed by a Q&A with filmmaker and star Nate Parker, whose 1999 rape case has put the filmmaker and distributor Fox Searchlight on the defensive this past week.

AFI dean Jan Schuette made the announcement to students late Tuesday. The AFI screening would have been Parker’s first public event since the story about the rape case became widely known earlier this month.

“I have been the recipient of many different passionate points of view about the screening, and I believe it is essential that we discuss these issues together — messenger and message, gender, race and more — before we see the film,” Schuette said. “Next week, we will be scheduling a special moderated discussion so we may explore these issues together as artists and audience.”

Fox will hold a different AFI screening of “Birth” later this year. »

- Dave McNary

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Busan Festival Honors Abbas Kiarostami, Unveils Project Picks

12 minutes ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The late Abbas Kiarostami was this week announced as Asian Filmmaker of the Year by the Busan International Film Festival. The recently departed Iranian director will be represented at the festival’s opening ceremony by his son Ahmad Kiarostami. The festival will also line up nine Kiarostami directing efforts.

The festival’s Asian Cinema Fund, which supports production and development, is to back 22 projects. Five receiving script development finance include Chinese director Wang Jing’s “Changfeng Town;” “Goodbye Mr. Kanay” by Indian producer-director Shrihari Sathe; Busan’s Asian Film Academy graduate project “Mediterranean Blue” by Lebanon’s Sarah Francis.

Also selected are Nepal’s “The Secret of Radha” by Subarna Thapa and Vietnamese director Kim Quy Bui’s “Memoryland.” The five projects each receive Krw 10 million for script development.

to receive the support this year. That includes 5 projects for Script Development Fund, 5 for Post-production Fund, and 12 for Asian Network of Documentary Fund. »

- Sonia Kil

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Germany Picks ‘Toni Erdmann’ As Its Oscar Candidate

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London — German industry insiders did the obvious and chose Marin Ade’s breakout feature “Toni Erdmann” as their country’s entry in the race for best foreign-language film at the Academy Awards, it was announced Thursday.

The choice, made by an independent jury Wednesday night, seemed a foregone conclusion after the Intl. Federation of Film Critics earlier in the day named “Toni Erdmann” best film of the year. The award was the latest coup for a film that went in to the Cannes Film Festival relatively unheralded and emerged an unexpected hit, winning raves from critics if not any festival prizes.

The last German film to win the foreign-language Oscar, in 2007, was “The Lives of Others,” a drama set in East Berlin at the height of the espionage-ridden Cold War. “Toni Erdmann,” one of eight films on Germany’s long list for Oscar-entry consideration, departs from the Cold War- and »

- Henry Chu

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Film Factory Acquires Jonas Trueba’s ‘The Reconquest’ (Exclusive)

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Madrid — In the run-up to September’s Toronto and San Sebastián festivals, Barcelona-based Film Factory has acquired world sales right to “La Reconquista” (The Reconquest), a nostalgia-laced love story marking the fourth feature from Jonas Trueba, one of the leading lights of Spain’s newest generation of filmmakers.

Film Factory will introduce “The Reconquest” to buyers at the Toronto Festival before it world premieres in competition on Sept. 22 at San Sebastian, the highest-profile film event in the Spanish-speaking world.

That San Sebastian competition berth and now pick-up from one of the Spanish-speaking world’s biggest sales agents signals the maximum exposure to date for Jonas Trueba who has, remarkably, maintained a consistent output since 2010, despite a post-recession industrial context – as least when it comes to new talent – marked by necessary recourse to alternative financing and distribution circuits as access to traditional channels declines.

Trueba’s fourth feature in six years, »

- John Hopewell

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Gaumont Taps Alexis Cassanet, Adeline Falampin to Head International Sales (Exclusive)

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Paris — French mini-major Gaumont has poached former Snd exec Alexis Cassanet to co-head the company’s international sales team alongside Adeline Falampin.

Cassanet and Falampin will report to Cécile Gaget, who previously ran international sales and was appointed boss of Gaumont’s international production and distribution in the run-up to Cannes.

During his seven-year tenure at Snd, Cassanet successfully handled sales on high-profile French movies — from Jalil Lespert’s period biopic “Yves Saint Laurent” to French comedy hit “La Famille Bélier” and the upcoming Omar-Sy starrer “Two is a Family.” Cassanet also spearheaded sales on a flurry of English-language films with cast, notably Jessica-Biel starrer “The Tall Man,” as well as “The Love Punch” with Pierce Brosnan and Emma Thomson and more recently Tommy Wirkola’s sci-fi action thriller “What Happened to Monday” with Noomi Rapace and Glenn Close.

“I’m thrilled about joining such a prestigious company which »

- Elsa Keslassy

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ITV Withdraws Its Bid to Acquire Entertainment One

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London — ITV has withdrawn its bid to acquire Entertainment One, citing disagreement over what it thinks the Canadian-based company is worth.

Entertainment One had rejected a $1.3-billion offer from ITV earlier this month, saying that the amount “fundamentally undervalues the company and its prospects.” While some expected that ITV would increase its bid, the British television giant said Thursday that it was giving up on a deal.

“ITV continues to believe in the strategic logic and potential benefits of acquiring eOne but has a clear view of the value of the business, recognizing that this value would need to be verified by appropriate due diligence,” the company said in a statement. “It appears this value is different [from] the level at which the Board of eOne would currently engage in a more formal process.”

Shares in eOne, which is headquartered in Toronto but listed in London, dropped after the announcement. In addition to running distribution operations in North »

- Henry Chu

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San Sebastian: Kormakur, Feng, Lee Compete For Fest’s Golden Seashell

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Madrid — Baltasar Kormakur’s “The Oath,” Lee Sang-il’s “Rage” and Feng Xiaogang’s “I Am Not Madame Bovary” will compete for the 64th San Sebastian Festival’s Golden Seashell, the Festival announced Thursday.

The Spanish festival also confirmed that two more first features, “Playground,” from Poland’s Bartosz M. Kowalski, and Emiliano Torres’ “The Winter,” have also made San Sebastian’s competition cut, completing this year’s contenders (see below).

The new additions also confirm trends which play out to varying degrees over the festival at large: The recourse to genre by more established directors, at times to channel social comment;the emergence of strong heroines battling a system; a remarkable number of first time or new directors whose films expose a generational rift and the travails of disaffected youth, reacting some times with explosive violence to their dead-end futures.

Some movies do bridge that generational gap. Kormakur describes “The Oath, »

- John Hopewell

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Showrunner Ronald D. Moore on ‘Outlander,’ ‘Electric Dreams: The World of Philip K. Dick’

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Edinburgh, Scotland — “Outlander” showrunner Ronald D. Moore told an audience at the Edinburgh Intl. Television Festival that in season three the show would start in Scotland, but would then be making a sea voyage in the eighteenth century.

“There’s an extended journey across the Atlantic and then the story eventually goes to Jamaica, the Caribbean and ending up in the New World,” he said. “Season three will be as different to season two as season two was to season one.”

These dramatic shifts threw up challenges for the showrunner. “It’s exciting creatively; it’s very hard in terms of the production… You are doing a whole new series with every season. So that’s very difficult. Scouting new locations, building new sets, bringing in new cast members, new costumes, different eras. It increases the expense, it increases the time necessary to prep everything, to shoot everything… So it makes it more difficult and it also »

- Leo Barraclough

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‘The Grand Tour’ Executive Producer Andy Wilman on Working with Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, James May

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Edinburgh, Scotland — “The Grand Tour,” the new auto show from former “Top Gear” hosts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May, launches on streaming platform Amazon Prime Video in the fall. At the Edinburgh Intl. Television Festival Wednesday the show’s executive producer Andy Wilman, who held the same position on “Top Gear,” explained how the team had started afresh.

Wilman and Clarkson, who had gone to the same school, joined BBC’s “Top Gear” in 2002 and helped build it into the most popular factual show in the world. In March 2015, Clarkson was sacked by the BBC for punching a producer, and Wilman, Hammond and May decided to leave the show, too. In July 2015, Amazon announced that the former “Top Gear” team would be producing a new car show for them, and earlier this year they revealed its name: “The Grand Tour.”

Wilman said there will be 12 shows a year for three years, with »

- Leo Barraclough

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Scots Mock ‘Outlander’ Cookbook for Its American Recipes: Haggis Tacos Anyone?

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The Scots are very proud of their food — and you would think that a cookbook dedicated to the Starz’s hit series “Outlander,” which is set in the Scottish highlands, would celebrate that. But instead, “Outlanders Kitchen,” written by a Canadian chef and food writer Theresa Carle-Sanders, has become a subject of mockery among Scottish locals because it is packed full of American recipes. While there are some Scottish dishes — including tattie scones, cock-a-leekie soup and Forfar bridies (meat pastry) — it has plenty of U.S. specialties such as sweet potato pie, pulled pork, fish tacos, enchiladas and apple pie. »

- Debbie Emery

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Trump Says Hillary Clinton's Celebrity Supporters "Aren't Very Hot Anymore"

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Donald Trump spent some time on Wednesday questioning Hillary Clinton's Hollywood support.  "People don’t know where she is," he told a crowd of supporters at a rally in Tampa, Florida. "Her supporters have very little enthusiasm. The only people enthusiastic about her campaign are Hollywood celebrities. In many cases, celebrities that aren’t very hot anymore." The comment may have been in response to Clinton's recent trip to Los Angeles for a set of fundraisers that included a stop at Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel's home. The star-studded gathering was co-hosted by Jennifer and Tobey Maguire,

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- Jennifer Konerman

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Britney Spears to Be Subject of Lifetime Movie

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Britney Spears will be the focus of an upcoming Lifetime movie. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the singer will get the biopic treatment in a two-hour film.

Entitled Britney, the filmmakers have cast Natasha Bassett (Hail, Caesar!) to portray the titular role. Touted as a "tumultuous true story," it will chronicle the singer's life, whether it be personal or professional.

Starting from her humble beginnings in Louisiana, the film will also trace her on-again-off-again relationship with Justin Timberlake and how her parents' divorce affected her on through exploring her high-profile »

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‘Mr. Robot’ Recap: Tensions Rise in an Unusual Hour

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Do not read on unless you have seen “eps2.6_succ3ss0r.p12,” the eighth episode of the second season of “Mr. Robot.”

I wrote a piece earlier today on “Mr. Robot” (and “UnReal”) and the bumpy second seasons both have had. But I also wanted to offer a few thoughts on tonight’s episode, which, which, like last week’s installment, was generally very strong. Last week, we essentially got two episodes in one, a completely bonkers (yet wonderfully disturbing) sitcom, and a sleek heist thriller.

This week, it was “All About the Scooby Gang,” or a depiction of the worsening situation members of fsociety are enduring in the wake of the E Corp hack, plus we got updates on Angela and the indomitable Agent Dom Dipierro. There was no Elliot at all; no voiceovers and no delusions. As a change of pace and a chance to fill out some of the show’s most frequent »

- Maureen Ryan

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Review: How does 'Mr. Robot' get through an entire episode without Elliot?

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A review of tonight's Mr. Robot coming up just as soon as I create an Angelfire fan page... "I didn't know I could do that." -Darlene A year ago, an episode like "Successor" — in which Elliot is entirely absent, along with his eponymous alter ego, while the focus is almost entirely on Darlene and her remaining comrades — would have been unthinkable. In season 1, Elliot was the show, and vice versa, and most of fsociety barely registered as more than vague shapes lingering on the edge of the frame (which, given the framing of Mr. Robot, rendered them particularly obscure). At this stage of season 2, though, it mostly works. It's not even that Mobley or Trenton or Cisco have transformed into vivid and exciting characters (though we're at least at the point where I remember their names), but that after spending so much time this summer inside Elliot's head — up to »

- Alan Sepinwall

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‘Slingshot,’ ‘Maman(s)’ and ‘Thunder Road’ Take Prizes at TheWrap’s ShortList Film Festival

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Maïmouna Doucouré’s “Maman(s),” the story of an 8-year-old girl in Paris whose father returns home from Senegal to his family with a second wife, won the IMAX Industry Prize at TheWrap’s fifth annual ShortList Film Festival on Wednesday. Jim Cummings’ “Thunder Road” won the second-ever Creators League Prize, presented by PepsiCo, at a ceremony at YouTube Space La in Culver City. In addition, David Hansen’s “Slingshot” picked up the Audience Award by receiving the most votes from viewers visiting the ShortList website since nominations were announced on August 9. Each filmmaker received a $5,000 cash prize. Also Read: ShortList 2016: A French Dad. »

- TheWrap Staff

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Viceland’s Low Ratings Aren’t the Problem: Shane Smith Is

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Nearly six months have elapsed since the much-ballyhooed launch of Viceland, the A&E Networks and Vice Media joint linear TV network that was supposed to be a magnet for millennial viewers. One problem: The channel isn’t proving much of a draw for any audience, regardless of age. This is both a bigger and smaller deal than it may seem. The big deal: Vice Media CEO Shane Smith gave a plethora of pre-launch interviews to a number of outlets, explaining why Viceland would succeed where youth-skewing, socially conscious networks like Current TV (and, now, Pivot) had failed. “Twelve months from now we’ll. »

- Oriana Schwindt

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