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Film News Roundup: Alexandra Shipp in Talks for ‘Shaft’ Sequel

Film News Roundup: Alexandra Shipp in Talks for ‘Shaft’ Sequel
In today’s film news roundup, Alexandra Shipp is in talks to join the “Shaft” sequel, the Palm Springs Film Festival honors Gary Oldman and Norm Newberry gets an Art Directors Guild award.

Casting

Alexandra Shipp is in negotiations to star in New Line’s “Shaft” sequel opposite Samuel L. Jackson and Jessie T. Usher as father and son.

Tim Story is directing from a script by Kenya Barris and Alex Barnow. Jackson is reprising the role he played in the 2000 “Shaft” reboot of the original 1971 blaxploitation film, starring Richard Roundtree.

Usher portrays an FBI agent and a cyber expert, and the partnership with his father is an uneasy collision of old school meets new school. Producers are John Davis and Barris. New Line will have North American rights and Netflix will have international rights.

Production is due to commence in December. Shipp’s credits include “Straight Outta Compton” and “X-Men: Apocalypse” and she stars in the
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Art Directors Guild Sets Norm Newberry For Career Award

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Norm Newberry, who has worked on such films Avatar, War of the Worlds and The Polar Express, Jaws and The Sting along many TV shows, as is set to receive the Art Directors Guild's Lifetime Achievement Award during the Adg Awards on January 27 at Hollywood & Highland. Newberry has worked as a set designer, art director and production designed during a career that has spanned five decades. A motion-capture specialist who has embraced the cutting edge of digital technology…
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Art Directors Guild Sets Norm Newberry For Career Award

Norm Newberry, who has worked on such films Avatar, War of the Worlds and The Polar Express, Jaws and The Sting along many TV shows, as is set to receive the Art Directors Guild's Lifetime Achievement Award during the Adg Awards on January 27 at Hollywood & Highland. Newberry has worked as a set designer, art director and production designed during a career that has spanned five decades. A motion-capture specialist who has embraced the cutting edge of digital technology…
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'Supernatural' Episode 13.7 Photos: Who's Looking for Jack?

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'Supernatural' Episode 13.7 Photos: Who's Looking for Jack?
Official photos from the seventh episode of Supernatural season 13, "War of the Worlds," airing Thursday, November 23 at 8/7c on the CW.

Official Synopsis from the CW: "As Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) continue their search for Jack (Alexander Calvert), with Asmodeus (guest star Jeffrey Vincent Parise) hot on their trail, they stumble across a familiar foe. Meanwhile, Lucifer (Mark Pellegrino) manages to escape Michael?s (guest star Christian Keyes) grasp and finds himself an unlikely and mostly unwilling ally."
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Steven Spielberg Is More Than His Brand

Henry Bevan on Steven Spielberg

Is this the face of the most underrated director of the twenty-first century?

It’s odd to use the word “underrated” in regards to Hollywood’s most successful director. He is the man who did change the face of popular culture with a shark, an archeologist and a dinosaur. His latest film, The Post, appears on countless ‘Oscar 2018 prediction’ listicles before a single frame was seen, and the recent trailer has only amplified anticipation.

Yet, Spielberg’s filmography has always had a “but” attached to it. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial is great, but too sentimental. Jurassic Park is a ground-breaking technical achievement, but its characters lack depth. The Color Purple is a touching film, but it isn’t raw enough. His commercial tendencies and success has seemingly made him miss out on the critical fawning afforded to his movie brat buddies Martin Scorsese or Brian de Palma.
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‘Mission: Impossible’ Producer Paula Wagner to Be Honored at Camerimage

Poland’s Camerimage cinematography fest, which kicked off Saturday, will honor Paula Wagner with its prize for “producer with unique visual sensitivity,” in recognition for her work on such films as “Mission: Impossible” and other partnerships with co-producer Tom Cruise.

With four decades of work, starting with projects such as Alejandro Amenábar’s chiller “The Others” and Billy Ray’s journalist drama “Shattered Glass,” the former actress built her career via agency work, repping talents such as Sean Penn, Val Kilmer, Demi Moore and Liam Neeson while at the Creative Artists Agency.

In 1993, she launched Cruise/Wagner Productions, which took on the film adaptation of the hit ‘70s TV suspense series “Mission: Impossible,” launching the franchise that continues to roll along. Cruise and Wagner also worked on Cameron Crowe’s mystery romance “Vanilla Sky,” based on Amenábar’s “Abre los ojos.”

Wagner then produced Edward Zwick’s Cruise-starrer “The Last Samurai,” exec produced
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See New Films by Native American Creators + More L.A. Events This Week

Your calendar is probably filling up fast, but make sure you take time out to experience these four events this week. From a reimagining of a radio classic to a workshop designed to polish your skills in time for your next commercial audition, these happenings will absolutely enrich your acting life. Experience a legendary alien invasion through opera.It might be hard to imagine these days, but when Orson Welles’ radio drama “War of the Worlds” gave live-action accounts of an alien invasion, people believed it. They were terrified, in fact; after all, as the title might suggest, these extra-terrestrials didn’t come in peace. That chaotic nightmare was perfect fodder for director Yuval Sharon, who turned the legendary program into an opera. See it on Nov. 12 at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, or catch its broadcast from one of L.A.’s relic WWII-era air raid sirens. (Tickets: $25-
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The New Golden Age of Studio Science-Fiction is Upon Us

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The New Golden Age of Studio Science-Fiction is Upon Us
“Blade Runner 2049” is going to struggle to make it past the $100 million mark at the domestic box office, hardly the response Warner Bros. was looking for given the film’s estimated $300 million production and marketing budget. In a way, the odds were always against “2049” given that its predecessor was also a financial disappointment and only went on to become a cult classic with a very specific demographic of moviegoers. “Blade Runner” is no multi-generational favorite a la “Star Wars” or “Jurassic Park.”

But while the sequel is a box office dud, it’s unquestionably a huge step in the right direction for studio filmmaking.

Read More: ‘Blade Runner 2049’ Was Never Going to Be a Blockbuster, But It Can Become Something Cooler: a Cult Classic

In a blockbuster age dominated by comic book fare and endless cash-grabbing sequels, it has become increasingly rare to see a big-budget studio film
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The Alienist Adaptation Gets TNT Premiere Date — Watch New Trailer

The Alienist Adaptation Gets TNT Premiere Date — Watch New Trailer
TNT’s adaptation of Caleb Carr’s award-winning international bestseller The Alienist will land in your TV box on Monday, Jan. 22 at 9/8c, the cabler has announced.

RelatedThe Last Ship to End After Season 5? TNT Responds to Rumor

Starring Dakota Fanning (War of the Worlds), Luke Evans (2017’s Beauty and the Beast), Brian Geraghty (Chicago P.D.) and Daniel Brühl (Rush), the psychological thriller follows a series of gruesome murders of boy prostitutes in New York City circa 1896. Newly appointed top cop Teddy Roosevelt (played by Geraghty) calls upon Dr. Laszlo Kreizler (Brühl), a criminal psychologist (aka “alienist”) and newspaper
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Giovanni Ribisi Returns for All Four Avatar Sequels

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Giovanni Ribisi Returns for All Four Avatar Sequels
With Avatar 2 and the rest of the Avatar sequels starting production just a few weeks ago, the cast continues to be rounded out, with the latest addition returning from the original blockbuster Avatar. Giovanni Ribisi has come aboard to reprise his role as Parker Selfridge from the original Avatar, joining returning stars such as Sam Worthington (Jake Sully), Zoe Saldana (Neytiri), Sigourney Weaver (Dr. Grace Augustine), Stephen Lang (Colonel Quaritch), Cch Pounder (Moat) and Matt Gerald (Corporal Lyle Wainfleet). This also comes a few weeks after the young Avatar 2 cast was announced, which make up the Sully family, members of the Metkayina Clan and a former Hell's Gate Adolescent.

Giovanni Ribisi also joins a slew of new cast members including Cliff Curtis as Tonowari, the leader of the Pandora underwater reef clan known as the Metkayina Clan, Oona Chaplin as a new character named Varang and Kate Winslet,
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10 Things We Learned From HBO's 'Spielberg' Documentary

10 Things We Learned From HBO's 'Spielberg' Documentary
Susan Lacy's documentary Spielberg debuts October 7th on HBO, trots out an all-star team of interviewees – from film critics to famous friends, the Toms (Cruise and Hanks) to God herself, a.k.a. Oprah Winfrey. The voices film buffs will undoubtedly want to hear from the most, however, belong to his fellow "movie brats": Francis Ford Coppola, Brian De Palma, George Lucas and Martin Scorsese, who all talk at length about their heady New Hollywood days alongside Spielberg in the early Seventies. All of them partied together, bounced
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New York Film Review: ‘Spielberg’

New York Film Review: ‘Spielberg’
It’s never been an all-out love-him-or-hate-him thing — though you can always find a cinephile purist or two to grouse about him, with a fervor as irrational as it is intense. That said, there’s an undeniable Beatles-person-vs.-Stones-person quality to the following debate: Either you think that Steven Spielberg is a genius, that he’s created an array of films — not just the early ones — that are suffused with a transporting vision, with a flow of feeling and a camera-eye intuition unique in the history of cinema; or you think that Spielberg is a gifted fabulist trickster with more flash than depth, the kind of brilliant but ultimately facile entertainer who deserves to be called things like “manipulative,” “sentimental,” “crowd-pleasing,” and — yes — “shallow.”

If you’re in the latter camp, then you probably won’t respond much to “Spielberg,” an unabashedly admiring two-hour-and-27-minute documentary portrait of the man and (mostly) his movies that premiered tonight
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‘American Made’ Review: Tom Cruise Grins His Way Through a Dark Comedy

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As fun and as sharp as American Made can be, it’s also a bit depressing since you can’t help but feel like this was the opportunity for star Tom Cruise to return to the more nuanced performances he hasn’t shown us in over a decade. Cruise is a good actor, but it seemed like he made a decision in the late 2000s to only play likable characters, thus leaving behind more interesting roles like the ones he played in Magnolia, War of the Worlds, and Eyes Wide Shut. This renders Doug Liman’s movie a bit of …
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Production for 'Tales of Frankenstein' has wrapped

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Production has completed for the upcoming horror film Tales of Frankenstein. Read the official details below.

From The Press Release

Production has just wrapped in Los Angeles on the horror film "Tales of Frankenstein," starring Bruce Lee's "Game of Death's" Mel Novak and "Wolverine" creator Len Wein in his final film.

"I was lucky enough to know Len well enough to call him a friend. He was a great guy, a fantastic writer and actor and can never be replaced," said Novak.

This film has an Indiegogo campaign for post-production costs with lots of great perks. Please help the campaign by clicking here.

2018 marks the 200th Anniversary of Mary Shelley’s classic novel “Frankenstein,” so the goal of the film is to be released at that time to coincide with this momentous anniversary. This much-anticipated project is based upon four of writer-director Donald F.

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Crackle announces cast for sci-fi thriller In the Cloud

Streaming service Crackle has announced that Nora Arnezeder (Mozart in the Jungle), Gabriel Byrne (The Usual Suspects), Justin Chatwin (War of the Worlds), Tomiwa Edun (Bates Motel) and Laura Fraser (Breaking Bad) have been cast in the upcoming sci-fi thriller In the Cloud, which is being directed by Robert Scott Wildes (Poor Boy).

In the Cloud is described as a high-octane, international, sci-fi thriller that takes place in the near future after dozens of people are killed in attacks by a serial terrorist bomber. An exploration of the inevitable evolution of Virtual Reality and Artificial Intelligence and the dramatic implications when it is used by those with questionable interests, In the Cloud tells the story of two estranged tech geniuses. Brought together by the mysterious death of their mentor, they overcome their differences to create a perfect cutting-edge technology with the goal of invading the terrorist’s memories using a
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Production wraps on ‘Tales of Frankenstein’

Production has just wrapped in Los Angeles on the horror film Tales of Frankenstein, starring Game of Death’s Mel Novak and Wolverine creator Len Wein in his final film. The movie is based upon four of writer-director Donald F. Glut’s (The Empire Strikes Back novel) short stories published in his book of the same name:

“My Creation, My Beloved,” (a deformed descendant of Victor Frankenstein creates the perfect man and woman), “Crawler from the Grave,” (another Frankenstein descendant’s disembodied, plague-infected arm returns from the grave for revenge), “Madhouse of Death” (a private detective winds up in an old dark house filled with loonies…and a gorilla) and “Dr. Karnstein’s Creation,” (a mad doctor creates a monster in vampire-haunted Transylvania – with gruesomely unexpected results).

Tales of Frankenstein also stars Jerry Lacy (TV’s Dark Shadows), Ann Robinson (War of the Worlds), Beverly Washburn (Old Yeller), John Blyth Barrymore,
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Birth Of Fake News? Echo Lake Funds Pic On Orson Welles Alien Invasion Radiocast

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Exclusive: Echo Lake Entertainment and Sean Sorensen's Royal Viking Entertainment have teamed on Sorensen’s spec script We Interrupt This Program. While President Trump has turned “fake news” into a common term, the makers of this one believe they have a film focusing in the birth of pseudo news, and the panic it caused. The script explores the chaos of creative genius that resulted in the infamous radio broadcast of War of the Worlds, narrated and directed by Orson Welles
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‘The Saint’ VOD Review

Stars: Adam Rayner, Eliza Dushku, Roger Moore, James Remar, Thomas Kretschmann, Enrique Murciano, Sammi Hanratty, Kirsty Mitchell, Yani Gellman, Greg Grunberg, Beatrice Rosen, Ian Ogilvy, Alec Secareanu, Sonalii Castillo, Christopher Villiers | Written by Jesse Alexander, Tony Giglio | Directed by Ernie Barbarash

An expanded version of a failed TV pilot, whose first trailer debuted waaay back in 2013, this iteration of The Saint is already on the backfoot before it begins. You have a rejected pilot, “fixed” with reshoots, Twice(!) – which is why Ernie Barbarash is now the credited director and not Simon West (Con Air, Tomb Raider) who is now credited as Executive Producer instead – and featuring not one but Two previous Saints in the cast, Roger Moore and Ian Ogilvy, just to remind you of how good both actors were in the role… Oh, and then there’s memories of the Val Kilmer movie to sour the audiences view
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Visual Effects Society: The Top 70 VFX Films of All Time Include ‘Star Wars,’ ‘Blade Runner,’ and ‘Citizen Kane’

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Visual Effects Society: The Top 70 VFX Films of All Time Include ‘Star Wars,’ ‘Blade Runner,’ and ‘Citizen Kane’
In honor of its 20th anniversary, the Visual Effects Society polled its membership to list the 70 most influential VFX films of all time. James Cameron led the pack with six entries (“The Abyss,” “Aliens,” “Avatar,” “Terminator,” “Terminator 2: Judgment Day,” and “Titanic”); Steven Spielberg followed close behind with five (“Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” “E.T. the Extraterrestrial,” “Jaws,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” and “Jurassic Park”); and Peter Jackson had four Oscar winners (“The Lord of the Rings” trilogy and “King Kong”).

“The Ves 70 represents films that have had a significant, lasting impact on the practice and appreciation of visual effects as an integral element of cinematic expression and storytelling,” said Ves board chair Mike Chambers. “We see this as an important opportunity for our members, leading visual effects practitioners worldwide, to pay homage to our heritage and help shape the future of the global visual effects community. In
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Ed Catto: Thrill Ride with Robert Loren Fleming – Part 2

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This is the final part of my conversation with comics writer Robert Loren Fleming on the tragic backstory and forgotten history of DC’s Thriller comic book series. As I explained last week, this is actually an addendum to my recent article on this 80s cult favorite in TwoMorrow’s Back Issue Magazine.

Thriller was poised to be the next big thing from DC, but it seemed like many forces conspired against it. Despite it all, Thriller achieved a certain status. How did so many things go off the rails? The behind the scenes stories are as fascinating as the story between the covers.

Hazing, Publishing Style

There were some difficult things going on backstage at DC in those days. One of the uglier things was the hazing. It included everything from ripping up freelancers checks to harassing a female worker to the point where she was ready to clobber
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