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The Marvel movie formerly known as ‘Avengers: Infinity War Part I’ just got a title update

3 hours ago | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The movie formally known as Avengers: Infinity War Part I shall henceforth be known simply as Avengers: Infinity War. Disney notified press of the title update on Friday afternoon. This comes after Joe and Anthony Russo told Uproxx (a sister site to HitFix) back in May that Avengers: Infinity War Part I and Avengers: Infinity War Part II would be getting new titles. “The movies are two very different movies,” Joe Russo explained. Seems like a good reason to get rid of the “Part I,” “Part II,” nonsense, along with the audience fatigue that developed after one too many franchises split sequels in half. Today’s update also confirmed that the Avengers: Infinity War release date remains unchanged (May 4, 2018), as does the release date of the next Avengers movie (May 3, 2019). That film, formerly Avengers: Infinity War Part II, is now getting a temporary new title of Untitled Avengers from Disney. »


- Emily Rome

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Joe Carnahan To Pen "Uncharted" Film

8 hours ago | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

"The Grey" and "Narc" director Joe Carnahan has come onboard to pen the latest draft of the script for the film adaptation of the video game series "Uncharted" at Sony Pictures.

The Playstation game series follows Nathan Drake as he seeks lost civilizations and their treasures with the help of journalist Elena Fisher and mentor Victor "Sully" Sullivan. A fourth and final game in the series was released earlier this year and is a serious 'Game of the Year' contender on many sites.

Carnahan is unable to helm the project as well unless production is pushed back. Carnahan is currently committed to direct "Bad Boys 3" for Sony early next year which is when the studio also hopes to get going on the "Uncharted" film. Funnily enough it was an earlier draft of "Uncharted" by David Guggenheim that landed that scribe the job of doing the script for "Bad Boys 3 »


- Garth Franklin

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Paul Dano to Make Directorial Debut With Indie Drama ‘Wildlife’

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

Paul Dano will make his feature directorial debut with the coming-of-age drama “Wildlife,” helming from a script he’s written with Zoe Kazan.

“Wildlife,” based on the 1990 Richard Ford novel, is being produced by Alex Saks for June Pictures with Oren Moverman, Ann Ruark and Dano. Kazan is executive producing.

The narrator of the book is a teenage boy who watches his parents’ marriage start to come apart after the family moves to Montana. ”In the fall of 1960, when I was 16 and my father was for a time not working, my mother met a man named Warren Miller and fell in love with him,” the book begins.

Neither Dano nor Kazan are expected to act in “Wildlife.” Dano’s credits include “Little Miss Sunshine,” “There Will Be Blood,” “12 Years a Slave,” “Love & Mercy” and “Swiss Army Man.” He’s currently in production on “Okja” with “Snowpiercer director Bong Joon-Ho.

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- Dave McNary

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Why Danny Trejo Wants Betty White to Star in His New Movie (Exclusive Video)

4 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Danny Trejo‘s next movie doesn’t just feature his usual brand of weird and badass — it’s for a good cause, too. The crowd-funded “Social Security,” now raising money on Indiegogo, is described as “Die Hard” set at a retirement facility. And after he and his fellow filmmakers discovered overwhelming cases of senior-citizen abuse in researching the movie, Trejo decided to donate proceeds from the film to preventing such crimes in the future. During a recent interview with TheWrap’s Stuart Brazell at his new restaurant, Trejo’s Tacos, the “Machete” star also revealed his dream cast member for the project. »


- Linda Ge

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Marvel Surprise: ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Won’t Be Split Into 2 Movies

4 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The next “Avengers” adventure will exist as one movie, not a previously announced two, Walt Disney said on Friday. The studio will release “Avengers: Infinity War” as planned on May 4, 2018.  What was slated to be the second part in that story, “Avengers: Infinity War Part II,” has now been renamed as an “Untitled Avengers” project. Presumably, this will be a completely different story involving the heroes Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), The Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner). That title is still scheduled to hit on May »


- Matt Donnelly

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Morgan Freeman Joining Disney's 'The Nutcracker' (Exclusive)

28 July 2016 4:06 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Morgan Freeman is in negotiations to join Disney's live-action The Nutcracker. Interstellar actress Mackenzie Foy is starring as Clara while Misty Copeland will play the lead ballerina in the live-action film, which is based on The Nutcracker and the Mouse King by E.T.A. Hoffmann. The story, set at Christmastime, follows a young girl named Clara whose favorite toy, a Nutcracker, comes alive. After he defeats the Mouse King, he takes Clara away to a magical kingdom inhabited by dolls. The story inspired the famous ballet that featured one of Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s most iconic

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- Rebecca Ford

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Surprise: The 'Flatliners' remake isn't a remake, it's a sequel

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As I suspected, Sony's upcoming Flatliners remake isn't a remake at all but rather a sequel, in which returning original cast member Kiefer Sutherland will indeed reprise his role as Nelson Wright. I'm a genius! Sutherland confirmed the nature of the project in a recent interview with Metro: “I play a professor at the medical university. It is never stated but it will probably be very clearly understood that I’m the same character I was in the original Flatliners but that I have changed my name and I’ve done some things to move on from the experiments that we were doing in the original film."  Interestingly, this is the second so-called remake of a beloved '90s genre film to have been revealed as a sorta-sequel in recent months. Earlier this year, The Craft producer Douglas Wick revealed to HitFix exclusively that the new version of the 1996 cult »


- Chris Eggertsen

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‘Roadies’ Casts John Mellencamp, David Spade, Rosanna Arquette and Marc Maron

12 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Showtime’s “Roadies” has added a number of high-profile guest stars for its upcoming episodes, Variety has learned.

David Spade will appear as Harris DeSoto, star of the fictional drama “Dead Sex,” a must-see favorite of the roadies. Rosanna Arquette has signed on as a smug and intimidating iconic rock photographer who battles with Shelli (Carla Gugino) over her unusual concepts. This Sunday, comedian Marc Maron, playing himself, finds that comedy and rock aren’t always in perfect harmony, and legendary rocker John Mellencamp will also guest star as himself, giving some much-needed wisdom to Wes (Colson Baker a.k.a. Machine Gun Kelly) and Winston (Ethan Michael Mora).

The show has already drafted a number of guest stars including Rainn Wilson, Eddie Vedder and Matt Passmore, among others.

Roadies” is created, written and executive produced by Oscar winner Cameron Crowe. The season finale will air Sunday, August 28th.

Watch a sneak preview of Mellencamp’s performance »


- Laura Prudom

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Stephen Frears to receive honorary Sarajevo award

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British director’s latest film, Florence Foster Jenkins, to screen at the festival’s open air theatre.

Stephen Frears, the British director of The Queen and Philomena, is to receive the Honorary Heart of Sarajevo Award at the 22nd Sarajevo Film Festival (Aug 12-20).

Frears, who was previously the subject of the festival’s tribute programme in 2002, will have his latest film - Florence Foster Jenkins starring Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant - screened as part of Sarajevo’s Open Air programme.

Previous recipients of the honorary award have included Angelina Jolie, Gael Garcia Bernal, Mike Leigh and last year Benicio del Toro.

Frears breakthrough as a feature film director came with the low budget hit My Beautiful Laundrette in 1985 and made his Hollywood debut with Dangerous Liaisons in 1989, which received six Oscar nominations.

His first Oscar nomination as best director can in 1991 for The Grifters, produced by Martin Scorsese, while his 1998 western »


- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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‘Sharknado 4’ Review: This Joke Has No Teeth Anymore

1 hour ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

A joke might be funny the first time, but by the fourth time you hear it, the punchline gets tired. “Tired” is a good description for “Sharknado 4: The 4th Awakens,” which premieres Sunday on Syfy. Although the parody movie is as absurd and silly as the first three installments were, this time around the whole thing feels forced. On one hand, you can tell stars Ian Ziering, Tara Reid and David Hasselhoff are having fun. Ziering even manages to mock his stint as a Chippendales dancer. But the novelty of this campy killer-shark franchise has clearly worn off, and now the. »


- Mekeisha Madden Toby

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Fan art discovery: A sweet, heart-warming take on superheroes and ‘Star Wars’

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Spider-Man reunited with his Marvel pals, The Flash getting in trouble for using flash photography at the museum, Disney princesses in line at Disneyland, and other adorable imaginings of fan-favorite characters are the subjects of the art of Mauricio Abril — one of my favorite discoveries on the exhibit hall floor at Comic-Con this year. Abril’s art — mostly made digitally, though he sometimes uses watercolor — reveals a child-at-heart that’s gotta be alive and well inside this molecular biologist-turned-artist. Many of his heart-warming pieces feature cape-clad superheroes as kids. Among his work is a sweet Halloween-set print called “Shadow Play,” Team Cap on a road trip in Civil War’s blue Beetle, and multiple pieces that are tributes to geek dads. HitFix’s video team visited Abril’s booth at Comic-Con. Check out our video featuring his art below: You can see more of Abril’s work on his website at Mauricioabril. »


- Emily Rome

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Chandra Levy Limited Series in Development at TNT

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The Chandra Levy case is the latest true-crime mystery to get the TV treatment, Variety has confirmed.

A limited series on Levy’s murder is currently in development at TNT as a co-production between Turner and Sony Pictures Television, written and executive produced by Keith Huff.

Lawrence KasdanJudith Verno and Diane Sokolow are attached to executive produce, with Kasdan possibly in line to direct, subject to his availability. Huff’s script is based on the book “Finding Chandra: A True Washington Murder Mystery” by Washington Post reporters Scott Higham and Sara Horowitz, who were assigned to dig into the cold case in 2007.

24-year-old Levy was an intern with the Federal Bureau of Prisons at the time of her disappearance in 2001. Her story captured the public’s attention after it emerged that she had been romantically linked to Congressman Gary Condit. Levy’s remains were found in Rock Creek Park in 2002, and although it later emerged that »


- Laura Prudom

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Constance Wu Slams Matt Damon’s ‘The Great Wall’ Over Whitewashing

2 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Fresh off the Boat” star Constance Wu took to Twitter on Friday to call out the upcoming film “The Great Wall” for its white star. The film, shot entirely in China and directed by Zhang Yimou, stars Matt Damon as a dragon slayer who helps to protect China from monsters to the north. Wu took the filmmakers to task for casting Damon as a “white savior” to the Chinese people, which, she said, perpetuates the “racist notion that white people are superior to , and that Poc need salvation from our own color via white strength.” Also Read: John Oliver Skewers Hollywood. »


- Reid Nakamura

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‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child': Everything You Need to Know (Photos)

2 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Pottermania is back, just not as you once knew it. Nearly a decade after J.K. Rowling completed her epic seven-book series and five years after Daniel Radcliffe ended an eight-film career as The Boy Who Lived, a new chapter in the life of Harry Potter is coming to West End. Entitled “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” the two-part play shows how Harry is dealing with being an Auror, father, and the most famous wizard alive. Rowling and her crew have been tight-lipped about what’s next for Harry, but here’s what we know. Harry will be played by veteran West. »


- Jeremy Fuster

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Does Jason Bourne still have the spy skills to excite you? | Fandemonium

2 hours ago | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Jason Bourne, the fifth film in the celebrated cinematic spy franchise, is looking to target the number one spot at the domestic box office this weekend with predicted figures upwards of $60 million being tossed around. Is the success merited? Join Fandemonium host Miri Jedeikin and guest Sasha Perl Raver in the video below to find out! Follow Miri and Sasha on Twitter here: @mirithejedi  @sashaperlraver »

- Miri Jedeikin

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How Hillary Clinton Disappeared Into Her Own Speech (Commentary)

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The best part of Hillary Clinton’s acceptance speech was how little she was in it. Clinton knew before she accepted the Democratic presidential nomination on Thursday that she isn’t especially well liked, and that many voters don’t trust her. She knows we know her well, which leaves her little chance to change our minds. So she tried to disappear before our eyes. Also Read: Clinton, Sanders Delegates Fought During 'What the World Needs Now Is Love' Dressed in white — male nominees have to speak in somber suits — she presented the 2016 race as a fight between light and dark, »


- Tim Molloy

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HBO Orders Family Drama From ‘Six Feet Under’ Creator Alan Ball

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HBO has given a series order to an untitled family drama from “Six Feet Under” creator Alan Ball, TheWrap has learned. The untitled series focuses on a contemporary multi-racial family: a philosophy professor, his lawyer wife, their three adopted children from Somalia, Vietnam and Colombia, and their sole biological child. This seemingly perfect, progressive family is in actuality harboring deep rifts. Then, one of the children begins to see things others cannot. Is it mental illness? Or something else? The series is a tragicomic meditation on the complicated forces at work on us all in America today. Also Read: 'Ballers' »


- Reid Nakamura

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Family Drama From Alan Ball Goes Straight to Series at HBO

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

HBO is going back to its golden child, Alan Ball, for a new family drama. The premium cable network has gone straight to series on an untitled multi-racial family drama from the Six Feet Under and True Blood creator, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. It's the first project to come from Ball's new two-year overall deal with HBO. Here's the official logline: "This untitled series focuses on a contemporary multi-racial family: a philosophy professor, his lawyer wife, their three adopted children from Somalia, Vietnam and Colombia, and their sole biological child. This seemingly perfect, progressive family is in

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Howard Dean Explains Donald Trump’s Rise: ‘People Don’t Care’

2 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

As the former governor of Vermont, a former presidential candidate and the former chair of the Democratic National Committee, Howard Dean has been deeply involved in several national election cycles. When he looks at the current presidential election, he sees the rise of Donald Trump as part of a worldwide trend — one driven by anger.

“Why is Trump getting away with that he’s getting away with? I think it’s that people are angry,” Dean said Friday at the Television Critics Association press tour. “I think there are direct ties with Brexit, with Marine Le Pen in France and all this craziness. You’ve got a comedian who just got elected president of Guatemala.”

Those political winds are a response, Dean said, to the forces of globalization.

“You know, globalization has been really wonderful for young people, it’s been wonderful for people who are computer literate, who are digital natives,” he »


- Daniel Holloway

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HBO Orders Alan Ball Family Drama to Series

2 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

HBO has given a series order to a new project from “True Blood” executive producer Alan Ball, Variety has confirmed.

The untitled series focuses on a contemporary multi-racial family: a philosophy professor, his lawyer wife, their three adopted children from Somalia, Vietnam and Colombia, and their sole biological child.  This seemingly perfect, progressive family is in actuality harboring deep rifts.  Then, one of the children begins to see things others cannot.  Is it mental illness?  Or something else?  The series is a tragicomic meditation on the complicated forces at work on us all in America today.

Ball serves as executive producer alongside Peter Macdissi; the series hails from Ball’s Your Face Goes Here production banner.

The project is the first new series created under Ball’s recently extended two-year overall deal with the premium cabler. In addition to “True Blood,” which ran for seven seasons, Ball previously created and executive produced HBO’s “Six Feet Under,” which »


- Laura Prudom

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