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Taraji P. Henson to Star in and Produce Drama About Emmett Till’s Murder

Henson in “Proud Mary”

Taraji P. Henson is set to revisit a gruesome chapter in U.S. history. She’s signed on to star in and produce a drama about Emmett Till, a black 14-year-old who was tortured and lynched in Mississippi in 1955. The two white men who killed him were acquitted by an all-white jury.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Henson will play Till’s mother, Mamie Till-Modbley. She insisted that her son’s public funeral include an open casket to show how his body had been mutilated.

Henson is developing the film via her production company, Tbh Productions. When she announced the drama, the “Hidden Figures” actress said she’s been “passionate about the project since Trayvon Martin was murdered.” John Singleton (“Boyz n the Hood,” “2 Fast 2 Furious”) is directing.

While Henson received an Oscar nod in 2009 for “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” she revealed
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Win Passes To The Advance Screening Of Father Figures In St. Louis

Owen Wilson (“The Grand Budapest Hotel,” “Zoolander 2”) and Ed Helms (“The Hangover” films, “We’re the Millers”) star in the Alcon Entertainment comedy “Father Figures,” marking the directorial debut of veteran cinematographer Lawrence Sher (“The Hangover” films).

Wilson and Helms are Kyle and Peter Reynolds, brothers whose eccentric mother raised them to believe their father had died when they were young. When they discover this to be a lie, they set out together to find their real father, and end up learning more about their mother than they probably ever wanted to know.

The film also stars J.K. Simmons (“Whiplash”), comedian Katt Williams, NFL Hall of Fame quarterback-turned-actor Terry Bradshaw, Ving Rhames (the “Mission Impossible” films), Harry Shearer (“The Simpsons”), and Oscar nominee June Squibb (“Nebraska”), with Oscar winner Christopher Walken (“The Deer Hunter”), and Oscar nominee Glenn Close (“Albert Nobbs,” “Guardians of the Galaxy”) as the twins’ mother.
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It Blu-ray details and special features revealed

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has revealed details of the upcoming Blu-ray release of the acclaimed Stephen King adaptation It, which is set to arrive on Digital HD on December 19th and on DVD, Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD in the States on January 9th 2018. Check out the cover artwork and special features below (although the reported Director’s Cut is absent – perhaps we’ll be getting a second release for that?):

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Special Features:

Pennywise Lives! – Discover how Bill Skarsgård prepared to portray the primordial creature known as Pennywise the Dancing Clown. The Losers’ Club – Get up close and personal with the teenage stars of “It” as they bond together during the production. Author of Fear – Stephen King reveals the roots of his best-selling novel, the nature of childhood fear and how he created his most famous monster, Pennywise Deleted
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FX Developing ‘Crimetown’ Based On Podcast; Ted Melfi To Direct & Executive Produce

FX has put in development Crimetown, based on the popular podcast from The Jinx duo Marc Smerling and Zac Stuart-Pontier, with Hidden Figures and St. Vincent helmer Ted Melfi attached to direct and executive produce. Written by Smerling and Stuart-Pontier, the Crimetown TV project is a story of organized crime and municipal corruption in Providence, Ri. Smerling and Stuart-Pontier executive produce with Color Force’s Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson, along with…
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Jessica Chastain wants to play Beverly in It: Chapter 2

Jessica Chastain is on many people’s It: Chapter 2 grown-up Losers Club wish-list, and it appears that the actress is equally keen to play the grown-up Beverly Marsh in the blockbuster horror sequel.

Speaking to Screenrant, Chastain said “Well, I love Andy and Barbara. I worked with them on Andy’s directorial debut, you know, his film, Mama. His first film. And you know, Barbara is one of my best friends so… Listen, of course, I want to work… they’re my friends. They’re like my family. Anything that they’re doing I want to be a part of, so I hope we can make it happen.”

A sequel to Andy Muschietti’s It was a no-brainer after it became the biggest grossing horror film of all time, and casting Chastain appears to be a similarly easy decision for Warner Bros. to make.

See Also: Pennywise Actor Bill Skarsgard
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Pennywise actor Bill Skarsgard discusses It: Chapter Two

After scary audiences silly this year, Bill Skarsgard is preparing to reprise the role of Pennywise the Clown for It: Chapter Two, the second half of New Line Cinema’s hugely-successful Stephen King adaptation, and the actor has been chatting to IGN about what he’s hoping to see in the sequel.

The first movie worked so well at what it is trying to do, I think, and ultimately that is the kids’ story, and you follow these kids and you sort of fall in love with these kids. And the second one will be the adult story. And I think the right way to do it is to make that movie actively different. I think there might be worth exploring sort of the psychological aspects of horror, but also maybe the sort of cosmological existence of this being. What is he, and where does he come from? And, you know,
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A deleted scene from It had Pennywise eating a baby

Last month, It star Bill Skarsgard revealed that a “really, really disturbing” flashback scene was cut from the theatrical release of the Stephen King adaptation. Now, thanks to Reddit (via Bloody Disgusting), we have details on the scene in question, which takes place in the 1600s and culminates with Pennywise eating a baby. Check out the script excerpt here…

A removed scene from the movie, about Abigail and Pennywise choosing her child from ItTheMovie

When children begin to disappear in the town of Derry, Maine, a group of young kids are faced with their biggest fears when they square off against an evil clown named Pennywise, whose history of murder and violence dates back for centuries.

It sees Andy Muschietti directing Bill Skarsgard (Hemlock Grove) as Pennywise alongside Jaeden Lieberher (St. Vincent), Finn Wolfhard (Stranger Things), Jack Dylan Grazer (Tales of Halloween), Wyatt Oleff (Guardians of the Galaxy), Chosen Jacobs
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Bill Skarsgård wants to explore Pennywise’s back-story in It: Chapter Two

The actor behind It’s Pennywise wants chapter two to delve into the evil being’s mind and back-story.

While It was really all about the kids, the group of friends that stood up to the face of evil in attempt to save their town, there is no doubt that Pennywise stole the show. This fact will not likely change for the film’s announced sequel, It: Chapter Two, which will see the friends return to battle Pennywise once more but this time as adults.

The actor behind the evil shape-shifter, Bill Skarsgård, has recently spoken to IGN about his hopes for the sequel, stating that he wants the film to get into the mind of Pennywise and explore the being’s origins.

The first movie worked so well at what it is trying to do, I think, and ultimately that is the kids’ story, and you sort of fall in love with these kids.
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It crosses $300 million domestically and $600 million worldwide

Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema’s acclaimed Stephen King adaptation It has already become the biggest horror movie of all time, and now it has reached another milestone at the box office, crossing the $300 million mark domestically and $600 million worldwide.

Domestically, It is only the fourth R-rated movie ever to reach the $300 million threshold after The Passion of the Christ ($370.1 million), Deadpool ($363.1 million), and American Sniper ($350.1 million). Worldwide it now sits on $604.0 million and should go on to overtake blockbusters Transformers: The Last Knight ($605.4 million) and Logan ($616.8 million) globally this week.

See Also: Blade Runner 2049 opens soft with $81.5 million worldwide opening weekend

When children begin to disappear in the town of Derry, Maine, a group of young kids are faced with their biggest fears when they square off against an evil clown named Pennywise, whose history of murder and violence dates back for centuries.

It sees Andy Muschietti
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Nycc: Seth Green says It star Finn Wolfhard’s Richie Tozier is “fantastic”

While nowadays most know actor Seth Green as the voice of Chris on Family Guy or a co-creator of Robot Chicken, it’s easy to forget his humble beginnings as a child actor, and in particular his role in the 1990 miniseries It.

During a Thursday night panel at New York Comic Con for Crackle’s SuperMansion: Drag Me to Halloween, Green, an executive producer on the show, was asked by a fan to recount his fondest memories from being a 15-year-old on the set of It. In addition to answering the question, Green offered up his thoughts on the new It, including Finn Wolfhard’s performance as the comedian of the Losers’ Club, Richie Tozier.

Green said, “I thought that new version was awesome. I was excited to see the whole thing rendered with an R-rating. I love Finn, that kid from Stranger Things who plays Richard Tozier. He was fantastic.
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It passes $500 million at the global box office to become the biggest horror of all time

Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema’s Stephen King adaptation It has continued its stellar box office run, passing the half billion dollar mark at the worldwide box office.

In doing so, It has also become the highest-grossing horror movie of all time, toppling the 44-year record set by The Exorcist which grossed $441 million (although adjusted for inflation is still has some way to go… the 1973 classic’s adjusted worldwide gross was calculated at $1.794 billion in 2014’s money).

“Crossing $500m is rarified air for any film, but for a horror film it is history-making, and we could not be prouder,” said Sue Kroll, president of worldwide marketing and distribution at Warner Bros, in a statement to Variety. “The film-makers and cast did more than make a box-office hit. They created a communal, must-see moviegoing event that has reverberated around the globe and is still going strong.”

See Also: New Line Cinema
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Burger King Russia wants It banned because Pennywise looks like Ronald McDonald

The Russian division of Burger King has demanded that It be banned in the country.

One might think that a ban being called would pertain to the film’s frightening nature or disturbing content, but this has nothing to do with why Burger King wants the film banished.

The company is claiming that the movie’s villain looks too much like McDonalds’ Ronald McDonald and is therefore working as an advertisement for their fast food competitor.

A complaint has been filed with Russia’s Federal Anti-Monopoly Service (Fas), with whom the ban has been demanded.

A spokeswoman for the agency has confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that the complaint has been received and that it is now being evaluated.

“We can’t be concerned with the content of the film because the writer and director have their own creative understanding of any character,” she said, then stating that they would
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Fall Movie Preview: 9 Breakout Child Stars, Oscar Contenders, Action Heroes and Scream Queens to Watch

There are dozens upon dozens upon dozens upon dozens of new movies coming out this fall (here are 35 that we're particularly excited for) and oodles of awards season-worthy performances within them. But we've whittled that all down to these nine (9!) stars who we're pretty dang confident will break out and who you'll be hearing much more about for many years to come. So, you might as well get to know them now.

1. The Losers' Club (Chosen Jacobs, Finn Wolfhard, Jack Dylan Grazer, Jaeden Lieberher, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis and Wyatt Oleff) From It Photo: Getty Images / Warner Bros. Pictures

Age: 14 (except Lillis, who is 15) Where You've Seen Them: Lieberher co-starred with Bill Murray in the feel-good dramedy St. Vincent; Oleff played Young Peter Quill in both volumes of Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy franchise; and, of course, Wolfhard plays Mike Wheeler on Netflix's hit series Stranger Things.

Breakout Moment: Bill Skarsgård is getting plenty of attention
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It enters 2017’s top 5 at the domestic box office

It has made its way into the top 5 highest grossing films of 2017.

The horror sensation doesn’t appear to be slowing down as it continues to break records and rake in vast quantities of cash at the box office.

It has recently become the highest grossing domestic horror film of all time, moving past The Exorcist, and now the Stephen King adaptation has entered 2017’s top 5 at the Us box office.

After just two full weeks of release, It has claimed $266 million domestically, surging ahead of Despicable Me 3 which sits in sixth spot with $261.8 million.

This comes off the back of another solid weekend for It, in which it accumulated $29.7 million, finishing in second place for the weekend behind Kingsman: The Golden Circle.

It is currently a fair way behind fourth spot in the 2017 rankings, which is presently held by Spider-Man: Homecoming with $331 million. Though, It is $16 million ahead
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New Line Cinema sets It: Chapter Two release date

As Chapter One continues to rake in the cash at the worldwide box office, Warner Bros. and New Line Pictures have now officially given the green light to the second chapter of its Stephen King adaptation It, setting a release date of September 6th 2019 for the sequel.

Director Andy Muschietti is set to return for the second movie, which picks up 27 years after the first and sees the now-adult Losers’ Club reuniting to face Pennywise once again. As yet, there’s no word on casting for any of the adult characters, but Bill Skarsgard is set to return as Pennywise and the young cast are also expected to feature in flashback scenes.

See Also: Jaeden Lieberher discusses an alternate ending to It

Since its opening earlier this month, It has become the highest-grossing Stephen King adaptation, as well as the highest-grossing horror movie in North America. It is currently sitting on $478.1 million worldwide.
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Jaeden Lieberher discusses an alternate ending to It

During an interview with Variety, young It star Jaeden Lieberher has revealed that the hit adaptation of Stephen King’s classic horror novel originally featured an alternate ending, which would have seen his character Bill going up against Bill Skarsgard’s Pennywise one-against-one.

“I did have this scene where I climb up the tower at the end,” said Lieberher. “When I’m chasing after Georgie, I climb the tower and I’m at a one-on-one confrontation with Pennywise and then I say that I’m not afraid of him, that none of the losers are afraid of him, and that’s how we beat him. But they took those lines and put toward the end, right after our big fight. So I had this whole thing where Bill Skarsgard is grabbing me and pushing me off the ledge, and I had to wear this harness. That was a more difficult scene.
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It star Jaeden Lieberher on who he wants to play his character in the sequel

Jaeden Lieberher, one of the stars of It, has spoken about who he would like to play the grown up version of his character in the sequel.

The first movie covers the part of the book which focuses on the group of friends as children, with the second movie set to concentrate on the same individuals but as adults, having to confront once again the evil of Pennywise.

In an interview with Variety on a number of It related topics, the young actor spoke about being recognised, his opinion on horror films, favourite scenes, and which actor he sees playing his character Bill in the film’s sequel.

“I think Ewan McGregor would be interesting. I don’t want to offend him or anything, but he might be too old. I love Ewan McGregor, and I think he’s a great actor. I think he could play Bill very well.
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It set to lose box office top spot this weekend

There won’t be three successive weeks on top for It as the horror sensation is set to lose its top spot at the Us box office.

It’s been quite something to see, the new Stephen King adaptation of the popular horror novel It has really caught the public’s imagination and is proving to be a juggernaut at the box office.

But while it has been breaking numerous records, including becoming the highest grossing film ever to be released in September, it won’t manage to secure a third straight week as the box office king.

Two new entries look to be in line to slide past the 80s set horror film, with The Lego Ninjago Movie and Kingsman: The Golden Circle making their debuts.

It will likely be a very close race for the top two spots with Ninjago predicted to bring in around $55 million and Kingsman roughly $52 million.
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It will remain comfortably in the top spot at the box office this weekend

It is predicted to easily retain its title as king of the Us box office this coming weekend.

The Stephen King adaptation blew cinemas apart during its opening weekend on its way to a massive $123 million. It has continued to perform impressively in its domestic market since, earning $8.8 million on Monday and $11.4 million on Tuesday for a present total of $143.6 million.

Even if It drops steeply by 60 percent this coming weekend, that will still see the horror flick bring in around $50 million, which would be more than enough to fight off its competition.

Two new releases will be vying for their share of the market this weekend, action thriller American Assassin and Jennifer Lawrence’s horror title mother!.

It should have little trouble defeating either of these movies.

The question at this point is just how high It will climb up this year’s biggest earners list. It should be
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It director talks box office success and sequel plans

The director of It, Andy Muschietti, has been speaking about the film’s huge success and plans for a sequel.

It was predicted to be a success at the box office, thanks to a mixture of an iconic villain, scary trailer, and 80s nostalgia gripping society. But the Stephen King adaptation was not expected to blow the box office apart.

Breaking nearly every record it could think on its way to a $123 million domestic box office opening, It is now well and truly on top of the world.

Andy Muschietti, who directed the movie, with Barbara Muschietti producing, spoke to Variety about the movie’s success, being asked about their initial predictions.

“I had a premonition like five months ago” said Barbara, “that it would do $80 [million in its opening weekend]. I have no idea why, people kept telling me that I was insane, and I actually turned out being wrong — because it turned out to be higher.
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