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Duncan Jones’ ‘Mute’ Finally Gets a Release Date on Netflix

Duncan Jones’ ‘Mute’ Finally Gets a Release Date on Netflix
It's been a long road, but Duncan Jones' future-set Noir Mute finally has a release date. The Moon and Source Code director has had a long journey with his sci-fi passion project, intended to be his first film, and Netflix will finally release the film on February 23rd. Alexander Skarsgard stars as a mute bartender who lost the ability to speak after a childhood accident and gets dragged into the "city’s seedy, neon underworld” when his girlfriend (Seyneb Saleh) disappears. Set in the near-future, Mute shares a world with Moon -- the second of a trilogy …
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Disney's 'Sword in the Stone' Live-Action Remake Finds Director (Exclusive)

Disney's 'Sword in the Stone' Live-Action Remake Finds Director (Exclusive)
Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, perhaps best known for directing the zombie thriller 28 Weeks Later, is in negotiations to helm The Sword in the Stone, Disney's live-action reimagining of the studio's 1963 animated fantasy.

Bryan Cogman, a writer-producer on HBO fantasy series Game of Thrones, wrote the script for the project, which is being produced by Brigham Taylor (The Jungle Book).

Stone was the final movie released by the studio before Walt Disney’s death; it takes a lighthearted and musical view of the legend of King Arthur, focusing on the young Arthur being mentored by the magician Merlin.

It was loosely based on T.H....
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Logan Lerman in Talks to Play Dan Rather in JFK Drama ‘Newsflash’

Logan Lerman in Talks to Play Dan Rather in JFK Drama ‘Newsflash’
Logan Lerman is in negotiations to play newscaster Dan Rather in “Newsflash,” centered on CBS’ coverage of the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

If the deal goes through, Lerman will portray Rather as a co-worker of Walter Cronkite in the movie. Rather had joined CBS in 1962 and had been appointed chief of the southern bureau in New Orleans.

Seth Rogen came on board last month to portray Cronkite. David Gordon Green is directing the drama from Ben Jacoby’s script. Former Warner Bros. production president Greg Silverman is producing through his Stampede Ventures, along with Adam Kolbrenner of Madhouse Entertainment.

The network broke into its broadcast of “As the World Turns” for Cronkite to announce that Kennedy had been shot in Dallas. CBS returned to the soap opera, then interrupted it again with Cronkite’s announcement of Kennedy’s death: “From Dallas, Texas, the flash, apparently official: President Kennedy died at 1 p.m. Central
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Tamara Jenkins Delivers Infertility Dramedy ‘Private Life’ for Sundance Opening Night

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Tamara Jenkins Delivers Infertility Dramedy ‘Private Life’ for Sundance Opening Night
Director Tamara Jenkins has always been interested in the family dynamic. The indie classic “Slums of Beverly Hills” was about failed upward mobility in the late 1970s. “The Savages” was about disinterested siblings who need to solve the problem of an ailing father.

After a ten-year break, Jenkins returned to open the 2018 Sundance Film Festival on Thursday night with “Private Life,” about a reproductively-challenged couple who need to start a family before they eviscerate the two-person unit they’ve already got.

Kathryn Hahn plays Rachel, a 41-year-old novelist who...
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Weekend Box Office: 'Den of Thieves' Nabs $950K in Thursday Previews

Weekend Box Office: 'Den of Thieves' Nabs $950K in Thursday Previews
Den of Thieves nabbed $950,000 in Thursday preview screenings.

STXfilms' R-rated heist movie stars Gerard Butler as a cop who's pitted against a crew looking to rob the Federal Reserve Bank in downtown Los Angeles. Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, Pablo Schreiber and O'Shea Jackson Jr. are also among the cast of the thriller, which marks the directorial debut of screenwriter Christian Gudegast. It screens in 2,432 theaters, and could pull in $7 million-$8 million.

12 Strong earned $900,000 in preview screenings on Thursday night. The Warner Bros. release follows a Special Forces team into battle in Afghanistan in the wake of 9/11. Chris...
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'Empire' Co-Creator Danny Strong to Pen 'Oliver Twist' Movie for Disney, Ice Cube

'Empire' Co-Creator Danny Strong to Pen 'Oliver Twist' Movie for Disney, Ice Cube
Danny Strong, co-creator of Fox's Empire, has been tapped to pen Disney’s modern and musical take on Charles DickensOliver Twist, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

Thomas Kail, the Tony-winning director of Hamilton, is attached to helm the project, which has Ice Cube on board to star and produce.

Also producing are Marc Platt, the veteran movie producer who was behind Broadway’s hit musical Wicked, and Jeff Kwatinetz of The Firm.

Oliver Twist is one of Dickens’ most famous works and tells of an orphan boy who moves from a life as an exploited child laborer to being under the wings of Fagin, a leader of...
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'Toy Story 4' Finds Its Writer

'Toy Story 4' Finds Its Writer
Toy Story 4 has found its writer. 

Stephany Folsom, who recently had a feud with Marvel after being denied a "Story by" credit on Thor: Ragnarok, has been tapped to write the script for the upcoming fourth installment of the long-running Pixar franchise, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. 

Rashida Jones was initially attached as writer for the film, along with her writing partner Will McCormack, but she left the project last year. It was reported that Jones stepped away from the project early on after an unwanted advance from Pixar head John Lasseter, who took a leave of...
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Netflix Acquires ‘Sierra Burgess Is a Loser’ Starring ‘Stranger Things’ Actress Shannon Purser

Netflix Acquires ‘Sierra Burgess Is a Loser’ Starring ‘Stranger Things’ Actress Shannon Purser
Netflix has acquired “Sierra Burgess Is A Loser,” a feature film from Black Label Media.

Ian Samuels directed the pic with Lindsey Beer penning the script. The movie stars “Stranger Things” actress Shannon Purser, Rj Cyler, Kristine Froseth, Noah Centineo, Chrissy Metz, Alan Ruck, and Lea Thompson.

The film is a modern rom-com retelling of the story of Cyrano de Bergerac, set in high school. It centers on Sierra (Purser), an intelligent teen who does not fall into the shallow definition of high school pretty but, in a case of mistaken identity that results in unexpected romance, must team with the popular girl (Froseth) in order to win her crush.

The film is produced and fully financed by Black Label Media, with Molly Smith, Rachel Smith, Trent Luckinbill, and Thad Luckinbill serving as producers. Wme brokered the deal.

Best known as Barb in Season 1 of Netflix’s “Stranger Things,” Purser can be seen next in NBC’s drama
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Competition Will be Stiff for New Releases With 'Jumanji' Set to Remain #1

Competition Will be Stiff for New Releases With 'Jumanji' Set to Remain #1
This weekend sees Warner Bros.'s 12 Strong and STX's R-rated heist thriller Den of Thieves hitting theaters, both of which are targeting male audiences, which means they'll also have to contend with the NFL conference championship games this Sunday. Additionally, a couple of notable expansions are taking place this weekend along with Roadside's moderate release of Forever My Girl. That being said, all appear as if they'll be settling in behind last weekend's #1 and #2 films, as Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and The Post are expected to hold on to those top two spots. Jumanji topped last weekend's box office after dropping just 24.5%, and this weekend it should continue to hold on rather well. While we're currently anticipating a drop around 32% and a fifth weekend around $19 million, don't be surprised if it hangs on a little better than that. The film should top $315 million domestically by end of day Sunday,
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‘Dawson’s Creek’ at 20: That Time It Was Condemned for Safe Sex, Lgbt Acceptance

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You don’t wanna wait for the 20th anniversary of “Dawson’s Creek” to be over before you hear this news. Or, rather, remember this old news. Saturday marks two decades since the pop culture phenomenon debuted, so TheWrap would like to bring this little bit of history to your attention: Back in the ’90s, the Parents Television Council named the popular WB series (which ran for five seasons from 1998-2003) one of the worst shows on television — two years running. This was in part due to positive references the teen soap made about pornography and condoms, and the show’s acceptance of...
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‘Three Identical Strangers’ Film Review: Documentary Follows Separated Triplets Down Some Tragic Life Paths

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In 1980, a 19-year-old man named Robert Shafran walked on campus for his first day of college. To his bewilderment, the kids greeted him as if they knew him already and were surprised that he was back. It didn’t take long for Robert to figure out that he had an identical twin brother named Eddy about whom he knew nothing. After they met, and it was reported in the press, yet another identical twin brother named David contacted Robert and Eddy. Director Tim Wardle’s carefully structured and suspenseful documentary “Three Identical Strangers” starts at this point where all the brothers...
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Vice Media Co-Founder Calls Sen. Cory Booker ‘Sambo': ‘Shucking and Jiving for the White Man’

Vice Media Co-Founder Calls Sen. Cory Booker ‘Sambo': ‘Shucking and Jiving for the White Man’
Vice Media co-founder Gavin McInnes waded into racially charged waters this week, blasting U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-n.J.) as “kind of like Sambo” when he voices concern about racial inequality. “He’s kind of shucking and jiving for the white man,” McInnes said Wednesday during a riff on his online talk show “Get Off My Lawn,” using a term for African Americans considered derogatory and stereotypical since the days of the Civil War. “Cory Booker grew up rich in an all-white suburb. He’s basically a white guy. His parents were very wealthy executives at Ibm,” McInnes, who is white, continued. He added that...
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'Three Identical Strangers': Film Review | Sundance 2018

Almost invariably, the most important element of a good documentary is fascinating subject matter, and Tim Wardle unquestionably zeroed in on that with Three Identical Strangers. Chronicling the startling history of Robert Shafran, Edward Galland and David Kellman, triplets separated at birth who grew up oblivious to one anothers' existence, the film starts out like a jaunty sitcom, featuring three likable lugs with toothy grins who might have stepped off the set of Welcome Back, Kotter. They look like they were cloned from Andy Samberg. But as the euphoria of reconnection subsides and disconcerting questions begin to arise, a mystery...
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TV Review: J.K. Simmons and Olivia Williams in ‘Counterpart’ on Starz

TV Review: J.K. Simmons and Olivia Williams in ‘Counterpart’ on Starz
“Counterpart” is quite likely to appeal to fans of a few different genres. A smartly constructed and atmospheric spy thriller, “Counterpart’s” first allegiance is to hushed conversations, dangerous secrets, and the kind of shadowy alleys and darkened hallways traversed by secret agents.

But “Counterpart” is also a work of speculative fiction, and it uses its graceful and well-modulated sci-fi elements to ask thoughtful questions about missed opportunities, identity, and what happens when people get unexpected chances to remake their lives.

And if that weren’t enough, “Counterpart” is also a handsome, character-driven serial for adults. It avoids many of the traps of the Prestige Drama category: It’s brisk, sardonic, and has moments of bittersweet sadness, but it’s not enamored of predictable grimness or uninspired transgression. And whatever genre you gravitate to, “Counterpart” is made immensely enjoyable by excellent performances from J.K. Simmons and Olivia Williams, among others.

As the drama
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‘Hearts Beat Loud’ International Rights Acquired by Sony

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Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (Spwa) now has all international rights to Brett Haley’s drama “Hearts Beat Loud.” The film, starring Nick Offerman and Kiersey Clemons, revolves around a man (Offerman) who owns a floundering record store in Red Hook, Brooklyn. He gets a second chance at his former life as a musician when he forms a band with his daughter (Clemons) before she is set to head off to college. The acquisition deal followed a packed screening at this year’s Sundance Film Festival on Thursday night. The film premieres at the Park City, Utah fest on Friday, Jan. 26. Offerman and...
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2018 Oscars: All 5 Best Actress nominees in Best Picture contenders for first time in 40 years?

2018 Oscars:  All 5 Best Actress nominees in Best Picture contenders for first time in 40 years?
Frances McDormand (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”), Saoirse Ronan (“Lady Bird”), Sally Hawkins (“The Shape of Water”), Meryl Streep (“The Post”) and Margot Robbie (“I, Tonya”) have long been our predicted Best Actress Oscar nominees. If they all make the cut, along with their films in Best Picture, they’d join a very exclusive club: It’d be first Best Actress slate […]
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No Date for You: Rihanna Gets Blocked by Sixers Star Joel Embiid

Sixers big man Joel Embiid dropped 26 points on the Celtics last night in road victory — and then proceeded to dunk on Rihanna. In a post-game interview with TNT, Embiid was asked if he wanted to say anything to the young woman “who told you to come back when you’re an all-star.” After making the all-star team earlier on Thursday, Embiid didn’t feel like giving his celeb temptress — long speculated to be Rihanna — a second chance. “She denied me back then, so why go with her again?” said an amused Embiid. “I have to pass that and move...
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‘Shawshank,’ ‘Saving Private Ryan’ Sans-Men Are Perfect Replies to No-Women ‘The Last Jedi’

‘Shawshank,’ ‘Saving Private Ryan’ Sans-Men Are Perfect Replies to No-Women ‘The Last Jedi’
Backlash from a certain segment of the Internet to blockbuster movies that cast women (as well as people of color) has led to some pretty horrible things, like online harassment. It also leads to ridiculous, even hilariously stupid things, like someone editing “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” to remove all the women. That edit of “The Last Jedi,” which was made from a bootleg recording of the movie made by someone watching it in a theater, purports to be “basically The Last Jedi minus Girlz Powah and other silly stuff.” It slices the movie down to 46 minutes, and apart...
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Ken Watanabe Joins Ryan Reynolds in Pokemon Movie 'Detective Pikachu' (Exclusive)

Ken Watanabe Joins Ryan Reynolds in Pokemon Movie 'Detective Pikachu' (Exclusive)
Ken Watanabe is joining Ryan Reynolds in Detective Pikachu, Legendary Entertainment’s live-action Pokemon movie.

In addition to Reynolds, Watanabe — who will slip into a role specifically created for the movie — joins Justice Smith, who will be seen in the upcoming Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, and Big Little Lies actress Kathryn Newton in the movie based on the gaming franchise.

Rob Letterman (Goosebumps) is directing the project, which is due to start shooting this month in London.

The concept of Pokemon sees players acting as trainers who collect cute but powerful monsters called Pokemon in order to compete in battle tournaments.

Pikachu...
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Watch Al Pacino in First Trailer for HBO's 'Paterno'

HBO has released its first trailer for the upcoming film about Joe Paterno, the late Pennsylvania State University football coach dismissed from his position after he became embroiled in the Jerry Sandusky scandal. 

In its first glimpse at the plot of the Barry Levinson-directed film, Penn State football fans chant Paterno's name over images of Jerry Sandusky being forced to a police car, Paterno (played by Al Pacino) holds a press hearing and Sandusky leads a small boy into an elevator. Riley Keough, playing journalist Sara Ganim, and Jock McKissic, playing a man named "Tyler," also get screentime, looking concerned.

"Did...
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