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‘Avatar’ Sequels Finally Begin Shooting With $1 Billion Price Tag
The “Avatar” phenomenon, or lack of a long tail on it, is one of the weirdest stories in movie history. James Cameron’s sci-fi epic was a gargantuan, unprecedented hit back in 2009 — only two other movies have come within even a billion dollars of its $2.788 billion take (Cameron’s own “Titanic” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”), and they’re both at least $600 million behind.
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- Oliver Lyttelton
‘Blade Runner 2049’: David Bowie Was Denis Villeneuve’s First Choice to Play the Villain
“Blade Runner 2049” finally arrives in theaters next weekend with Oscar winner Jared Leto starring as the villainous Niander Wallace, but it turns out the actor wasn’t exactly director Denis Villeneuve’s first choice for the antagonistic role. In a new interview with Metro, Villeneuve reveals that he originally wanted David Bowie to play the film’s main villain before the world learned of his passing and cancer diagnosis.
“Our first thought [for the character] had been David Bowie, who had influenced ‘Blade Runner’ in many ways,” Villeneuve said. “When we learned the sad news, we looked around for someone like that.” The director’s quest for an actor with a similar rock star vibe as Bowie led him to Leto, who had just wrapped production as the Joker on “Suicide Squad.” »
- Zack Sharf
Len Wiseman’s ‘Underworld’ TV Series Is Still In Development
Grab your leather pants and blue light bulbs, the oft-rumored Underworld TV series is still happening. At least, that’s what Underworld mastermind Len Wiseman says. So if you haven’t had enough of vampires vs. werewolves inside a Matrix simulator, you’re in luck! There’s more coming your way, on a weekly basis! Sink your fangs into more details […]
- Chris Evangelista
'It' Sequel Gets September 2019 Release Date
Pennywise the Dancing Clown is getting ready to terrorize audiences all over again.
Since its debut earlier this month, the film adaptation of Stephen King's book has shattered numerous records, including becoming the top-grossing horror film of all time, not adjusting for inflation. The Exorcist, released in 1973, made $233 million in North America and $441.3 million worldwide, but the domestic portion swells to $917.5 million when adjusting for inflation.
It has earned »
- Pamela McClintock
Leslie Abramson Won’t Watch Edie Falco Play Her in NBC’s Menendez TV Movie
Leslie Abramson, the spitfire Los Angeles defense attorney who represented one of Erik Menendez in two sensational murder trials, says she will not watch Edie Falco portray her on NBC’s “Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders.”
“Oh boy,” Abramson told TheWrap when asked about true-crime TV movie. “I have nothing to say. Absolutely nothing. Goodbye.”
Before she hung up, she was asked “Are you going to watch it?” “No,” she said.
NBC and Dick Wolf Productions are betting big on Falco’s performance. »
- Susan Seager
'Insecure' Director to Adapt Man Booker Prize-Winning Novel for Amazon Studios (Exclusive)
Matsoukas is developing the project as a series and will executive produce as well as direct the episodes. Teaming with her is James, who will write the script as well as executive produce, while Malcolm Spellman, a writer and co-executive producer on Empire, will be the showrunner and exec produce as well.
Seven Killings begins with the attempted assassination of reggae icon Bob Marley and explores its aftermath, looking at one vital »
- Borys Kit
‘The Mick’ Star Scott MacArthur Shares 7 Tips on How to Act Drunk on TV
Not drunk? Sorry to hear that — but we can help! Or at least, “The Mick” star Scott MacArthur can. Any readers who missed Fox’s freshman sitcom last season should really catch up — just don’t try to keep up with the gang’s alcohol intake. Anyone who has even seen one promo for “The Mick” has probably deduced that adult stars MacArthur, Kaitlin Olsen and Carla Jimenez spend a lot of time filming drinking and drunk scenes. Well, we asked the lone man of the burnt-down mansion how we too could master one of acting’s most deceivingly difficult techniques. »
- Tony Maglio
American Film Institute: Vote which actress should receive the 2018 AFI life achievement award recipient
Who should the American Film Institute select as its 46th life achievement award recipient? Last year’s announcement of actress Diane Keaton as the honoree came on October 6, so the decision is probably in the works right now. Which legendary actress could join her among the honorees in 2018? After reviewing the possible choices, be sure to vote […] »
- Chris Beachum
Fixer Upper Is Officially Ending and We’re Not Ready to Say Good-bye
We’re not crying, you’re crying. »
- Brittany Stephanis
Saturday Night Live's Pete Davidson: I Have Borderline Personality Disorder
Pete Davidson considers this past year a "fucking nightmare," due in large part to his borderline personality disorder diagnosis back in December 2016.
In a new interview on the Wtf With Marc Maron podcast Monday, Davidson got candid about his mental health issues prior to the diagnosis, and how he had assumed his pot-smoking was the problem.
"I've been a pothead forever,” the Saturday Night Live star said. "Around October [or] September last year, I started having mental breakdowns where I would, like, freak out and then not remember what happened after. »
Grizzly Bear Are Still Here
How one of the defining bands of the 2000s reinvented their sound and found their place in the madness of 2017. »
- Simon Vozick-Levinson
How 'This Is Us' Became a Surprise Breakout Hit
Hoisting his Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, Sterling K. Brown couldn't help but grin and tip his cap to some of the popular cable antiheroes who have dominated the category over the past decade: "This one right here, when I think about it? Like, Walter White held this joint! Dick Whitman held this joint!"
Brown's no stranger to prestige drama himself, having snagged a statuette for his work in FX's The People vs. O.J. Simpson last year. But no one would have predicted a year ago »
9 Theories About Jack Pearson’s Death on This Is Us
How will Jack die? Let’s take a close look at the biggest fan theories. »
- Maggie Fremont
'Steve McQueen: American Icon': Film Review
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Fans of Steve McQueen may be surprised at the not so hidden agenda of the new documentary about the legendary actor. Although it dutifully recounts McQueen’s hardscrabble beginnings and his most famous movie roles, the film seems more interested in shedding light on the actor having become a born again Christian late in his life. The film is being shown in theaters nationwide Sept. 28, with an encore screening on Oct. 10.
The film prominently features Greg Laurie, a mega-church pastor, who describes himself as one of McQueen’s biggest fans. Professing to identify with the actor because they both endured »
- Frank Scheck
Megyn Kelly Tackles Trump-nfl Drama Day After Saying She’s ‘Done With Politics’ (Video)
Megyn Kelly was unable to avoid the clash between Donald Trump and the NFL Tuesday when an audience member asked if she would take a knee on her new morning show “Megyn Kelly Today.” This comes a day after Kelly said she’s “kind of done with politics for now.” “I would never be at a sporting event,” Kelly joked, adding that she sees the controversy through a different lens after working in law for nearly a decade. “I am a lover of the First Amendment and I, in a way, think that this whole situation underscores some of the beauty of. »
- Ashley Boucher
‘Game of Thrones’ Star Aidan Gillen Joins ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ as Queen’s Manager
“Game of Thrones” star Aidan Gillen has joined the cast of Bryan Singer’s Freddie Mercury biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody,” Twentieth Century Fox, New Regency and Gk Films announced Tuesday. Gillen will play John Reid, who served as manager of Mercury’s band Queen from 1975 to 1978. Also joining the cast is Tom Hollander, who will play Jim Beach, who took over as manager in 1978. Rami Malek stars as the legendary Queen frontman Freddie Mercury. He is joined by Ben Hardy, Gwilym Lee, Joe Mazzello and Lucy Boynton. See Photo: Rami Malek Looks Exactly Like Freddie Mercury in First 'Bohemian Rhapsody' Shot The movie. »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
‘American Horror Story: Asylum’ named scariest season yet by ‘Ahs’ fans — Do You agree? [Poll Results]
Even though the current season of FX’s anthology series “American Horror Story” has clowns, bees and even Donald Trump, diehard fans do not think it’s the scariest season yet. In fact, in our recent poll “Ahs: Cult” actually comes in fourth place with 14% of the vote. So which three seasons are scarier than the […] »
- Marcus James Dixon
In Stronger, Jake Gyllenhaal Takes on His Most Unusual Role in Years: A Regular Guy
To think: He could be making Prince of Persia 3 right now. »
- Kevin Lincoln
Adam Pally Joins Nina Dobrev in Ken Marino Comedy 'Dog Days' (Exclusive)
Set in Los Angeles, the comedy follows a group of unwittingly interconnected people brought together by their better halves...their dogs. Pally will play Dax, a guitarist in a struggling cover band, who enjoys a carefree life until his sister goes into labor with twins and forces him to take care of her very large and mischievous dog, Charlie.
- Mia Galuppo
Zurich Film Festival Offers Respite From Fall Fatigue
The Zurich International Film Festival isn't the biggest or most important industry event on the calendar, but it just might be the nicest.
Taking its cue from the city itself — a hub for international finance and industry that still feels casual and stress-free — Zurich, which runs post-Cannes, post-Venice and post-Toronto, has set itself up as the spot to regroup and recharge after the excess of the festival season.
"Zurich is actually ideal for filmmakers because you can combine work with vacation," says festival co-founder Nadja Schildknecht. "You can network, you can do some business, but in a »
- Scott Roxborough
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