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Ben Affleck's Batman Future in Doubt as Warner Bros. Plots Franchise

1 hour ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Ben Affleck is heading to Comic-Con this weekend to promote Warner Bros.’ upcoming Justice League movie, set for a Nov. 17 release. But how many more times is he likely to put on the Batsuit? Probably not many, if ever again.

Yes, Warners’ film studio chief Toby Emmerich tells The Hollywood Reporter, "Ben is our Batman. We love him as Batman. We want to keep him in the cowl as long as we can." And Matt Reeves, who will direct the studio’s still-undated (and unwritten) The Batman, has said that he means to keep Affleck in the »


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John Boyega Slams ‘Game of Thrones’ For Lack of Diversity: ‘There Are No Black People’

1 hour ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

John Boyega, who shot to fame with his role as defector Storm Trooper Finn in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” minces no words when discussing Hollywood’s race problem.

“There are no black people on ‘Game of Thrones.’ You don’t see one black person in ‘Lord of the Rings,'” Boyega said in a recent interview with GQ. “I ain’t paying money to always see one type of person on-screen. Because you see different people from different backgrounds, different cultures, every day. Even if you’re a racist, you have to live with that. We can ruffle up some feathers.”

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Much has been made of the racial politics of “Game of Thrones” following controversy around this week’s announcement of “Confederate,” the next project from creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. »


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‘Cloverfield’ Movie Bumped to February 2018

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

Paramount’s “2017 Cloverfield Movie” has been pushed from October 27, 2017 to February 2, 2018, the studio announced Friday. Jennifer Lawrence’s “Mother!” was previously scheduled for an Oct. 13 release but will now open a month earlier, on Sept. 15. George Clooney’s “Suburbicon” will also open a month earlier than previously announced, on Oct. 27. Darren Aronofsky’s “Mother!” will be a horror-thriller, and a star-studded one at that. Lawrence and Javier Bardem lead a cast that includes Michelle Pfeiffer, Domnhall Gleeson, Ed Harris and Kristen Wiig. The synopsis reads: “A couple’s relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence. »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Kevin Spacey Playing Author Gore Vidal in Netflix Original Biopic (Exclusive)

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

Rome – Oscar winner Kevin Spacey is playing writer Gore Vidal in a new Netflix original biopic, “Gore,” which is in production in Italy.

U.S. director Michael Hoffman (“The Last Station”) is helming the 1980s-set film about the late American author, playwright, and occasional political candidate. “Gore” is currently shooting in Rome but will move next month to Vidal’s longtime villa in Ravello, a village on the Amalfi Coast, sources tell Variety.

British producer Andy Paterson (“Girl with a Pearl Earring”) is producing “Gore” for Netflix.

Netflix was not available for comment.

Vidal’s beloved gravity-defying villa La Rondinaia, nestled on a craggy cliff in Ravello a thousand feet above the Tyrrhenian Sea, will feature prominently in the movie, according to the president of the Ravello Foundation, Sebastiano Maffettone, local media reported. At La Rondinaia, which he sold in 2004, Vidal entertained his vast network of high-profile friends and acquaintances, including Greta Garbo, »


- Nick Vivarelli

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Comic-Con 2017: Entertainment Weekly, BuzzFeed, Viceland, More of Hollywood’s Most Exclusive Invites

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

As Hollywood migrates 100 miles to the south this weekend for Comic-Con, so do the velvet ropes, guest lists and an armada of the industry’s top event producers guarding red carpets across downtown San Diego. Here’s The Party Report’s hand-picked highlights of the most choice invites. Leave your laminates at the hotel, fanboys. Also Read: 'The Walking Dead' Gets Season 8 Premiere Date, Poster Teasing Big Showdown Thursday, July 20 Fandom’s Annual Kick-Off Party Float at the Hard Rock Hotel, 7:30 p.m. Notable Names: Abbi Jacobson, Dan Stevens, Tyler Posey, Doug Benson, and super producer Oren Koules. »


- Mikey Glazer

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And the Title of American Horror Story Season 7 Is...

14 hours ago | TVGuide - Breaking News | See recent TVGuide - Breaking News news »

After sharing a multitude of teases for American Horror Story's seventh season -- ranging from bees to clowns to intriguing dye jobs -- producer Ryan Murphy finally revealed the title. So without further adieu, get ready for American Horror Story: Cult.

Clues were first teased at San Diego Comic-Con »


- Sadie Gennis

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'Stargate' Revived as MGM Launches Digital Franchise Destination

16 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

After a feature film and a number of TV series spinoffs, the Stargate franchise is coming back to life.

Producers MGM have revived the franchise as a 10-episode digital series — Stargate Origins — that will live exclusively on a dedicated subscription-based platform called Stargate Command.

The new series, which will feature 10-minute episodes, will follow fan-favorite character Catherine Langford (originally played by Elizabeth Hoffman) and explore a new chapter in her early history surrounding the portal. Young Catherine embarks on a new unexpected adventure to unlock the mystery of what lies beyond the Stargate in order to save the Earth »


- Lesley Goldberg

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Jennifer Lawrence’s ‘Mother!’ Moves Forward to September Release

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

Paramount Pictures has moved its Jennifer Lawrence thriller “Mother!” forward by a month to Sept. 15 from its previous Oct. 13 release date.

The studio confirmed the date change Thursday but did not elaborate. It’s possible that “Mother!” could be premiered at the Telluride Film Festival or Venice Film Festivals — both which open on Aug. 30 — or even at the Toronto Film Festival, which opens Sept. 7.

“Mother!” is directed and produced by Darren Aronofsky through his Protozoa Pictures banner along with Scott Franklin and Ari Handel. It co-stars Javier Bardem, Michelle Pfeiffer, Kristin Wiig, Domnhall Gleeson, and Ed Harris, in addition to Lawrence.

Lawrence and Bardem portray a couple whose relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence.

“Mother!” will open against Open Road’s Blake Lively drama “All I See Is You” and Lionsgate’s actioner “American Assassin,” starring »


- Dave McNary

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Noah Hawley Developing Doctor Doom Movie for Fox

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

Legion” and “Fargo” creator Noah Hawley is developing a movie at Fox involving Fantastic Four villain Doctor Doom.

At the end of a Comic-Con panel for “Legion” Thursday, Hawley announced that he was developing a new film at Fox — one he would say just two words about. “I’ll just say two words. The first one is Doctor and the next one is Doom,” he said.

More to come.

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- Daniel Holloway

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‘Purge 4’ Finds Director in ‘Burning Sands’ Filmmaker Gerard McMurray

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

Gerard McMurray has come on board to direct the untitled fourth “Purge” movie for Blumhouse Productions with Universal Pictures setting a July 4, 2018, release date.

McMurray’s feature directorial debut “Burning Sands” premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and was acquired by Netflix. The film chronicles the brutal hazing process at an all-black university. McMurray also produced and co-wrote “Burning Sands.”

He additionally served as an associate producer on Ryan Coogler’s highly praised 2015 feature film, “Fruitvale Station.”

James DeMonaco — who served as the writer/director of “The Purge,” “The Purge: Anarchy,” and “The Purge: Election Year” — is returning to write the script. The logline is under wraps.

All three films center on America having devolved into a culture where murder is legal for one night every year. The franchise’s producers are Blumhouse ProductionsJason Blum; Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay, Brad Fuller »


- Dave McNary

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'Dunkirk' Delivers $5.5M from Thursday Previews, 'Valerian' and 'Girls Trip' Each with $1.7M

20 July 2017 11:07 AM, PDT | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

Friday Am Update: Dunkirk led the way last night, delivering $5.5 million from Thursday night previews in ~3,400 theaters beginning at 6Pm. This compares to Star Trek Beyond, which also delivered $5.5 million before opening with $59.2 million last July and is an improvement on the $4.23 million Jason Bourne brought in from preview showings ahead of its $59.2 million debut. Other comparisons used in our weekend preview below include: Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation - $4m Preview / $55.5m Opening Mad Max: Fury Road - $3.7m Preview / $45.4m Opening Interstellar - $3.5m Preview / $47.5m Opening The Magnificent Seven - $1.75m Preview / $34.7m Opening Fury - $1.2m Preview / $23.7m Opening Unbroken - $850k Preview / $30.6m Opening Stx's release of the EuropaCorp production Valerian delivered $1.7 million from Thursday previews that began at 5Pm at ~2,600 locations. This is better than the $1 million in previews Jupiter Ascending brought in before opening with $18.3 million in February 2015 as well as the $1.4 million »


- Brad Brevet <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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Bill Hader Eyeing Disney’s Female Santa Claus Film With Anna Kendrick (Exclusive)

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Bill Hader is in talks to co-star with Anna Kendrick in Disney’s upcoming female Santa Claus film “Nicole,” sources tell Variety.

Miss Congeniality” scribe Marc Lawrence is directing and penning the script.

The story revolves around Santa’s daughter, presumably the titular Nicole, who is forced to take over the family business when her father retires and brother ends up getting cold feet prior to his first big Christmas Eve flight. Hader will play said brother.

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Susanne Todd is producing while Louie Provost is overseeing for Disney. Production is expected to start sometime this fall.

While this film is not related to the Tim Allen “Santa Clause” triology, Disney seems to be in the Kris Kringle business as they are also developing another holiday-themed project with Kevin Hart, “Dashing Through the Snow.”

Hader cut his teeth on the “Saturday Night Live” scene for ten years »


- Justin Kroll

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Mads Mikkelsen in Talks to Join Sci-Fi Adventure ‘Chaos Walking’

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

Mads Mikkelsen is in negotiations to join Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley as the villain in Lionsgate’s science-fiction adventure “Chaos Walking.”

Doug Liman is directing while Allison Shearmur, Doug Davison, and Erwin Stoff are the producers. The screenplay will be written by Charlie Kaufman, Lindsey Beers, John Lee Hancock, and Gary Spinelli (“Mena”).

The film is based on Patrick Ness’ “Chaos Walking: The Knife of Never Letting Go,” a book that was published in 2008 as the first in a trilogy. It is set in a dystopian world where all living creatures can hear each other’s thoughts.

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The book is centered on the only boy in a town of men, who discovers something awful hidden from him and is forced to flee with only his dog. With the townspeople in pursuit, the duo then stumbles upon a strange and silent girl and together set off »


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Anne Hathaway To Star In Contained Sci-Fi Thriller ‘O2’

20 July 2017 8:40 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Anne Hathaway will star in O2, a contained thriller with sci-fi elements that is fast coming together for a fall shoot. Im Global is closing a deal to finance the film that will fall in the $10 million budget range. In the script by Christie LeBlanc, Hathaway will play a woman who wakes up inside a cryogenic chamber, with no memory of how she got there. She must escape the chamber before her air runs out. Its sci-fi elements make it a closer cousin to Gravity… »


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Linkin Park Frontman Chester Bennington, 41, Found Dead of Apparent Suicide

20 July 2017 11:25 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Chester Bennington, lead singer of the band Linkin Park, has committed suicide by hanging, TMZ reports. He was 41 years old. Law enforcement officials tell the outlet that his body was found just before 9 a.m. on Thursday in a private residence in Palos Verdes Estates, a district of Los Angeles Country.

The rock frontman was a close friend of Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell—who also committed suicide by hanging in May—and spoke at his funeral. Bennington’s body was found on what would have been Cornell’s 53rd birthday.

Linkin Park were one of the best selling alternative rock bands of all time, »


- Jordan Runtagh and Jeff Nelson

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‘Insecure:’ Here’s Where We Left off at the End of Season 1

7 minutes ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

At the end of “Insecure” Season 1, Issa (Issa Rae) is left boyfriendless and, while not entirely friendless, in a questionable place with her Bff Molly (Yvonne Orji). The Season 2 trailer (which you can watch above) sees Issa trying to get back in her groove. If you can’t remember everything that went on last season, have no fear, because we’re breaking it down for you. Also Read: 'Insecure' Star Issa Rae Is 'Bummed' About Show's Emmy Snubs Let’s begin with Issa’s relationship with boyfriend Lawrence (Jay Ellis). Season 1 started out with Issa questioning their relationship–ok, »


- Ashley Boucher

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Oscars 2018: Sony divisions have Denzel Washington in ‘Roman Israel Esq.,’ Ridley Scott’s ‘All the Money in the World’

9 minutes ago | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Sony Pictures Entertainment has late-breaking Oscar contenders from two of its feature film divisions. Columbia’s legal drama “Roman Israel, Esq” could bring Denzel Washington that elusive third Oscar for acting while TriStar’s true-life “All the Money in the World” could finally win Ridley Scott an Oscar for directing. Below, detailed listings of each of these […] »


- Paul Sheehan

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'Mr. Robot' Creator Sam Esmail to Write, Direct Bermuda Triangle Movie

9 minutes ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail will write, and is attached to direct, a new take on Universal's Bermuda Triangle project.

Earlier drafts of the untitled project were written by Miles Millar & Alfred Gough, and Juliet Snowden & Stiles White. Details of the plot are being kept under wraps. The mysterious Caribbean area known as the Bermuda Triangle stretches between the Florida Straits, Bermuda and Puerto Rico. Over the years, several ships and planes have disappeared while in the area under mysterious circumstances. Theories about paranormal or alien causes have long swirled around these strange disappearances.

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- Rebecca Ford

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The 21 Best Movies and TV Shows to Stream When It’s Raining on Vacation

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If bad weather is ruining your summer trip, we’re here to help. »

- Brian Moylan

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Marisa Tomei on Playing Aunt May in ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming,’ Sequels and Hollywood Sexism

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

After one Oscar win, two nominations, and roles in more than 60 movies, Marisa Tomei needs no introduction. Yet playing Aunt May in “Spider-Man: Homecoming” has changed the energy around her. She noticed it on the day of her interview with Variety when a disdainful contractor in her Manhattan building in the West Village suddenly offered a welcoming smile. “He pulled out a picture for me to sign for his son,” Tomei recalled, with a laugh.

With nearly $500 million in box office receipts worldwide, “Spider-Man” is one of the biggest hits of the year. The reboot of the comic-book series features Tom Holland as a high-school web slinger. And his Aunt May is hipper, too, than the version played by Rosemary Harris in the 2002 tentpole. Tomei spoke to Variety about not watching other “Spider-Men” films and how she found the character.

How has the reception been to your “Spider-Man?”

I think the most gratifying has been the reaction »


- Ramin Setoodeh

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