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Steven Spielberg Eyeing ‘Indiana Jones 5’ & ‘West Side Story’ For His Next Films

Steven Spielberg Eyeing ‘Indiana Jones 5’ & ‘West Side Story’ For His Next Films
Steven Spielberg is not one of those filmmakers who sits around waiting for projects to develop. There’s rarely a year that passes where he isn’t working on something, and across the past twelve months or so, he simultaneously shot, edited, and released “The Post,” all while juggling post-production on “Ready Player One.” So it goes, the director is now looking to fill up his calendar with something new (or two).

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Dorothy Malone, "Peyton Place" Star and Oscar Winner, Dies at 92

Dorothy Malone,
Dorothy Malone, the matriarch of TV’s Peyton Place who received an Oscar for playing the sex-crazed sister of playboy Robert Stack in the 1956 melodrama Written on the Wind, has died. She was 92.

The big-eyed, dark-haired beauty, who flourished in Hollywood soon after she went platinum blonde in the mid-1950s, died Friday morning in Dallas, her manager, Burt Shapiro, told The Hollywood Reporter. She had been ill for the past few years.

Malone also starred in the biopic Man of a Thousand Faces (1957), playing opposite James Cagney as Lon Chaney’s emotionally charred first wife, and was the moody...
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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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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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'Star Wars' and 'Hunger Games' Producer Allison Shearmur Dies at 53

'Star Wars' and 'Hunger Games' Producer Allison Shearmur Dies at 53
Allison Shearmur, who produced the Hunger Games films, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and the upcoming Solo: A Star Wars Story, died Friday, a source told The Hollywood Reporter. She was 53.

Shearmur was an executive at Paramount and Lionsgate before making a transition to a producer role, becoming involved in some of the biggest movies in recent years.

She spent years in the executive trenches, acting as executive VP production at Universal Pictures and then co-president of Paramount.

On the TV side, her Allison Shearmur Productions was behind an ABC musical remake of Dirty Dancing.

As president of...
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Albert Bettcher, Cameraman on 'Bye Bye Birdie,' 'The Graduate' and 'Batman,' Dies at 97

Albert Bettcher, Cameraman on 'Bye Bye Birdie,' 'The Graduate' and 'Batman,' Dies at 97
Albert Bettcher, a cameraman who worked on The Graduate, Batman, Blade Runner and Three Stooges movies during a career that spanned nearly a half-century in Hollywood, has died. He was 97.

A recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Camera Operators in 1990, Bettcher died Dec. 21 at his home in Pasadena, his daughter Nancy Hurley announced.

On The Graduate (1967), Bettcher served as a hand-held cameraman for director Mike Nichols and cinematographer Robert Surtees and pulled off a particularly difficult scene — the one where the camera "acts" as Benjamin (Dustin Hoffman) as he...
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'The Kindergarten Teacher': Film Review | Sundance 2018

'The Kindergarten Teacher': Film Review | Sundance 2018
Sticking largely to the narrative template of Navad Lapid’s well-received 2014 Israeli film, writer-director Sara Colangelo has crafted a most peculiar and beguiling drama with her American adaptation of The Kindergarten Teacher. Maggie Gyllenhaal, intensely present throughout every scene, follows her tough, internalized work on HBO's addictive The Deuce with an equally compelling performance as the title character, whose out-of-control mission of artistic mentorship in an increasingly soul-deadening world blurs the lines between nurturing and leeching. Rippling with psychological complexity and sneaky humor, this is a rich character study that takes constantly surprising turns, which should appeal to...
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'Dead Pigs': Film Review | Sundance 2018

'Dead Pigs': Film Review | Sundance 2018
Apparently what unites urban Chinese residents isn’t the by-now stereotypical quest for wealth, or even upholding socialist ideals — it’s pork, or at least that’s how Dead Pigs frames the situation for a group of Shanghai-area residents caught up in a series of outlandish porcine-related events.

Cathy Yan’s first feature is a dark, quirky comedy that peels back the layers of contemporary Mainland mores and reveals a group of people almost completely deracinated by their quest to get ahead in a society buffeted by rapidly shifting cultural expectations. Genially offbeat and broadly relatable, Dead Pigs presents the tantalizing potential to...
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‘American Animals': Insane Real-Life Heist Rescues Uneven Crime Drama

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‘American Animals': Insane Real-Life Heist Rescues Uneven Crime Drama
It’s not the easiest climate in which to sell a story about white dudes who plot a heist to kick up some excitement in their privileged lives — or at least to sell it and make us care. Director Bart Layton manages that with “American Animals,” which premiered in the U.S. Dramatic competition at Sundance on Friday, though it’s mostly thanks to a narrative based on a gobsmackingly unbelievable true story. In 2004, a group of college boys conspired to rob a rare books archive at Transylvania University in Kentucky (yup, real college), namely the precious works of John James Audubon...
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Why the Plot of ‘The Snowman’ Makes No Sense, According to the Director of ‘The Snowman’

Why the Plot of ‘The Snowman’ Makes No Sense, According to the Director of ‘The Snowman’
The Snowman” is one of the most fascinatingly awful movies of the past few years, for several reasons. It’s got a pretty solid director, Tomas Alfredson of “Let the Right One In” and “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy” fame. It’s got a really quality cast, with Michael Fassbender, Rebecca Ferguson, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Jk Simmons, Val Kilmer and Toby Jones. And it’s based on the seventh book in the acclaimed Harry Hole series of Norwegian mystery novels by Jo Nesbø. And yet the movie, about an elite crime squad’s hunt for a serial killer, is a total disaster, with a plot that...
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Allison Shearmur, Producer on ‘Rogue One,’ ‘Hunger Games,’ Dies at 53

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Allison Shearmur, Producer on ‘Rogue One,’ ‘Hunger Games,’ Dies at 53
Film producer Allison Shearmur, whose credits include “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” and the upcoming “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” along with the “Hunger Games” film franchise, died on Friday, according to multiple reports. She was 53. The cause of death was not made public. Shearmur was also an executive producer on 2017’s “Power Rangers.” Beginning her career at Columbia/TriStar, Shearmur held executive positions at Disney, Universal, Paramount and most recently Lionsgate, where beginning in 2008 she served as president of motion picture production, overseeing the “Hunger Games.” She struck out on her own as a producer in 2011. A 1985 graduate...
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Fox Orders Comedy Pilots From Lee Daniels and Lil Rel Howery, Josh Safran Musical Drama

Fox has picked up its first three pilots of the season, comedies from Lee Daniels and Lil Rel Howrey, and a musical drama from “Quantico” creator Josh Safran. “Our People,” a single-camera comedy executive produced Daniels, is an adaptation of the Israeli format “Nevsu: A Young Multi-Cultural Couple” written by “30 Rock” and “Modern Family” alum Vali Chandrasekaran. The pilot centers on a man from a bombastic African family who doesn’t have a word in their native language for “privacy” and his fiancée from a mid-western family as they try to build a normal life together. Chandrasekaran will serve as executive producer alongside Pam Williams,...
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Maggie Gyllenhaal Teeters at Edge of Art and Madness as ‘The Kindergarten Teacher’

Maggie Gyllenhaal Teeters at Edge of Art and Madness as ‘The Kindergarten Teacher’
When women breach social stereotypes and act unpredictably, it is often called madness. In “The Kindergarten Teacher,” starring Maggie Gyllenhaal as the title character, a disturbing alternative is offered: Perhaps it is just Art. The film in dramatic competition at Sundance, written and directed by Sara Colangelo, stars Gyllenhaal as Lisa, a forty-something teacher who discovers that one of her five-year-old charges is a budding, genius poet. Also Read: Robert Redford Says #MeToo Will Help Women in Hollywood (Video) Married on Long Island with two teenage kids who have little to do with her, Lisa is nothing if not a typical working mom....
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'The Cleaners': Film Review | Sundance 2018

'The Cleaners': Film Review | Sundance 2018
A year of journalistic interest in the role social-media lies played in the Catastrophe of November 2016 is likely a blessing for Hans Block and Moritz Riesewieck's The Cleaners, an important doc that invites viewers to now think more deeply and broadly about what does and doesn't appear in their feed-dominated media diet. Here, the focus is not only political: The "cleaners" in question are "content moderators" who spend much of their time culling porn from places it isn't welcome. But any censor has powers more expansive than he or she'd admit. This arthouse-ready doc will deepen viewers' understanding of,...
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Weinstein Co. Pulls Three Upcoming Films From Release Schedule

Weinstein Co. Pulls Three Upcoming Films From Release Schedule
The Weinstein Co. has pulled three films from its release schedule: The War With Grandpa, Mary Magdalene and The Upside.

The War With Grandpa, which stars Robert De Niro, Uma Thurman and Jane Seymour, tells the story of a young boy who battles up against his grandfather when he is forced to share a room with him. It was slated for release on Feb. 23. The film is no stranger to release-date changes, having originally been scheduled for April 21, 2017, before being pushed to October, and then the February date. The family comedy also shifted...
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Roy Halladay Had Amphetamine, Morphine in His System When He Died, Autopsy Says

Retired Mlb pitcher Roy Halladay, who died in November when his plane crashed in the Gulf of Mexico, had amphetamine and morphine in his system when he died, according to his autopsy, which has been cited in multiple media reports. Halliday also had evidence of an insomnia drug in his system, the Associated Press reported, citing autopsy documents. The former Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies player died from blunt force trauma, with drowning also playing a factor, the autopsy report said. Also Read: Former Mlb Pitcher Roy Halladay Dies at 40 in Plane Crash Halliday’s plane crashed on Nov. 7. He was 40....
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