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World War Z sequel reportedly pushed back, yet again

Earlier this year, Paramount Pictures announced that it had pushed back production on the zombie blockbuster sequel World War Z from the summer to the fall, and now comes word of another delay, this time preventing the movie from shooting this year.

The original decision to move back production was to allow returning star Brad Pitt time to shoot Quentin Tarantino’s new movie Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, but with director David Fincher now turning his attention to the second season of Netflix’s Mindhunter, it seems the plan is to begin production on World War Z 2 some time in 2019.

The Playlist reports that the sequel remains firmly in development, and locating scouting in Spain, Sweden and Texas has taken place. However, it’s said that the script – which last had Steven Knight and Dennis Kelly attached – “isn’t quite there” and still needs work before the project moves ahead.
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World War Z 2 Production Delayed Again, Will We Ever See It?

World War Z 2 Production Delayed Again, Will We Ever See It?
For those of you hoping that World War Z 2 was actually going to begin filming this year, now would be a good time to start tempering expectations. David Fincher, the director behind such cinematic masterworks as Seven and Fight Club, has been courted to direct the long-awaited sequel, with the help of his frequent collaborator Brad Pitt, who is set to reprise his role in the follow-up. While Fincher coming on board seemed great, it's been troublesome actually getting the movie in production and it looks as though things are going to be delayed even further, as Fincher is busy shooting Mindhunter for Netflix.

According to a new report, David Fincher is deep into production on Mindhunter season 2, which should last through the summer, with post-production taking him into the fall. Unfortunately, that presents a bit of a conflict. We last reported that World War Z 2 was finally aiming
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World War Z 2 Pushed Back To 2019 As Fincher Zeroes In On Mindhunter

We have a status report for World War Z 2, and it’s bad news for those of you out there pining for David Fincher to direct a big-budget blockbuster.

Despite tentative plans for the zombie sequel to begin filming sometime this year, The Playlist is reporting that Paramount has shelved production until 2019 so that David Fincher can shift his focus over to Mindhunter season 2 ahead of its own start later this month. Word is the Powers That Be had been scouting for possible locations across Bilbao, Spain, Sweden, and Texas, before deciding that the World War Z 2 script still needed a little more time in the oven before Fincher and his team can yell “action!” for the first time.

Previous drafts have been turned in by Steven Knight (Locke) and Dennis Kelly (Utopia), though it’s unclear as yet who – if anyone – is tackling the screenplay for Paramount at the moment.
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John Travolta Shocks Us by Naming His Favorite Director, and It Ain't Tarantino

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John Travolta just had his best experience ever on a movie set -- after 40-plus years in the biz -- and he says it's all thanks to his amazing director, whose name will probably shock you. We got John and his wife, Kelly Preston, at producer Oscar Generale's Bev Hills estate recently -- and he went off about one of the many films he's just completed, and the guy who was at the helm.
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Chicago Critics Film Festival 2018 Capsule Review – Revenge

The comically but altogether disgustingly unrealistic amounts of blood dripping from characters both male and female, soaked into the walls of a remote mountainous getaway vacation home and the vast desert landscapes that occupy the surroundings, are absolutely sure to be a major talking point for Revenge (the feature-length debut from French writer and director Coralie Fargeat), but this is rape vengeance with an artistically minded cinematic mean streak. The closing moments are bound to be some of the most intense all year. This is a primal display of female empowerment and revenge that is sure to somewhere have even Quentin Tarantino and Uma Thurman erupting in applause.

Revenge plays at the Chicago Critics Film Festival, check here for more information and watch the trailer here.


Director: Coralie Fargeat | Cast: Matilda Anna Ingrid Lutz, Kevin Janssens, Vincent Colombe | 108 mins

Three wealthy married men get together for their annual hunting game in a desert canyon.
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The Meaning Behind Pink's Name Is Actually Raunchy Af

Confession: In my 26 years of living, I thought Pink got her name from her infamous hair color. Anyone else? No? Ok. Turns out, Alecia Beth Moore didn't get her inspo from a bottle of L'Oréal. Instead, the "What About Us" songstress came up with the moniker while watching Reservoir Dogs — and the meaning is actually raunchy Af. The 38-year-old explained to Iol, "My best friend had never seen a white girl's vagina before so he asked me if I could see it, so I showed it to him and he said 'It's pink!' Then my friends started calling me Mr. Pink." If you've never seen Quentin Tarantino's violent film, Steve Buscemi's character is also named "Mr. Pink." She admitted, however, that people aren't exactly thrilled with the how she came up with her stage name. "I've been receiving complaints for a very long time. I'm Ok with it.
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Birds of Prey Finds Its Director, Margot Robbie to Return as Harley Quinn

Warner Bros.' Birds of Prey has found its director. One of several Harley Quinn movies that wound up in development following the success of Suicide Squad is moving forward, as the studio has tapped newcomer Cathy Yan to helm this ensemble adventure, with Margot Robbie not only returning to reprise her role as Harely Quinn, but she will also be involved as a producer as well. It looks like this movie could begin filming before the end of the year.

Cathy Yan only has one movie under her belt, the indie Dead Pigs, but she reportedly beat out several well-established, male directors for the job. Not only because Margot Robbie wanted the movie to be directed by a female, but because her presentation reportedly was exceptional. Yan, outside of her single directorial effort, started out as a reporter for the Wall Street Journal before making her way into the world of filmmaking.
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Harley Quinn Movie: Warner Bros. Chooses Sundance Winner Cathy Yan to Direct Over Bigger Names

Warner Brothers and DC Entertainment have chosen relative newcomer Cathy Yan to direct Margot Robbie in an untitled Harley Quinn movie, Deadline confirms. The film is expected to be based on the “Birds of Prey” comics storyline and feature numerous female characters from the DC universe teaming up with Robbie’s Harley. Once the deal closes, Yan will become the first female Asian director to helm a superhero film.

According to Deadline, Yan was chosen as the director over numerous “well-established male filmmakers.” Yan only has one feature to her name: An indie film called “Dead Pigs” that won the World Cinema Dramatic Award For Ensemble Acting at Sundance earlier this year. Yan’s pitch for the DC movie was “exceptional” and her hire was supported by Robbie, who has been adamant DC and Warner Bros. get a female director to helm the project. The script was written by Christina Hodson,
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Cathy Yan to Direct Harley Quinn Movie Starring Margot Robbie

Cathy Yan to Direct Harley Quinn Movie Starring Margot Robbie
Cathy Yan has been tapped to direct the next Harley Quinn movie based on the “Birds of Prey” comic with Margot Robbie attached to star.

Robbie’s LuckyChap is producing with Sue Kroll and her Kroll & Co Entertainment, along with Bryan Unkeless of Clubhouse Pictures.

Christina Hodson, who was recently tapped to pen the “Batgirl” pic, wrote the script.
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East End Film Festival Movie Review – Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts (2018)

Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts, 2018.

Directed by Mouly Surya.

Starring Marsha Timothy, Dea Panedra, Egy Fedley, Yoga Pratama, and Haydar Salishz.


When Marlina (Marsha Timothy) is confronted with the prospect of a horrific assault by a man named Markus (Egy Fedley) and his gang, the widower takes action into her own hands, leading to a cross country journey to report the crime, from which she can’t quite escape.

Like a ninety minute Quentin Tarantino vignette, Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts is a ‘brutiful’ Indonesian revenge drama that’s as timely as it is brilliant.

Framed like a contemporary Western, it’s an admittedly difficult watch, with the catalyst for Marlina’s journey an unsettling attack, that veers from terrifyingly loud silence, to flashes of explicit violence. It’s never gratuitous, but at times you wonder whether the power of suggestion might have been enough. The way
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Interview: Larry Ziegelman's Chicago Web Series ‘Geek Lounge,’ Screening April 17, 2018

Chicago – Getting to the next step of any new creative project is the goal, and creator/director Larry Ziegelman has done it. One year after premiering his new web series, “Geek Lounge,” he has completed an entire season, and is ready for the festivals. The idea behind Geek Lounge was to combine the nerd culture of “Silicon Valley” with the back-and-forth bar banter of “Cheers.” He will screen the entire series on Tuesday, April 17th, 2018, at the Den Theatre in Chicago, Free and open to the public. Click here for details and ticket information.

Larry Ziegelman is a veteran short film director who began that pursuit in 2007 with “Check Please.” In 2013, he broke through with a film festival favorite, “Little Man of Steel,” a riff on Superman and Lois Lane’s relationship. His twin brother Terry also works in the industry, and has collaborated with Larry on the shorts “Boom Boom” and “9 to 5 Feet Under.
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A Crazy Story about Quentin Tarantino’s “Death Proof” You were Unaware Of

So to redirect this story about Quentin Tarantino’s movie Death Proof, the story is really more about Tarantino than anything. If you’ve ever watched one of his films then you know that he gets bloody, he gets punchy, and he gets racist all in a big dang hurry. There’s no shortage of language, violence, and the kind of scenarios you would only hope would never happen in real life. But if you really want to know that the crazy story is behind Death Proof, it’s that Stuntman Mike’s life was kind of modeled around Quentin’s. It’s been documented that Tarantino

A Crazy Story about Quentin Tarantino’s “Death Proof” You were Unaware Of
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‘Fonzo’ Behind-the-Scenes: Tom Hardy Shares Photos of Dramatic Al Capone Transformation

‘Fonzo’ Behind-the-Scenes: Tom Hardy Shares Photos of Dramatic Al Capone Transformation
Tom Hardy has played historical figures on screen in the past, but it looks like his upcoming role as Al Capone in the biographical drama “Fonzo” will be one of his most transformative true roles yet. Production is currently underway in New Orleans on the biopic, which is being directed by “Fantastic Four” and “Chronicle” filmmaker Josh Trank. Hardy has been sharing behind-the-scenes photos from the “Fonzo” production on his Instagram page.

“Fonzo” takes place 10 years into Capone’s prison sentence. The 47-year-old gangster begins suffering from dementia and becomes haunted by his violent past. Joining Hardy on screen is Linda Cardellini, Matt Dillon, Kyle McLachlan, and “Dunkirk” breakout Jack Lowden.

The production is notable for being Trank’s first since “Fantastic Four.” The director feuded with studio 20th Century Fox over final cut privileges and reshoots and bashed the film’s theatrical release in a since-deleted Tweet that claimed
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Paul Thomas Anderson Doesn’t Understand How Quentin Tarantino Could Want to Retire After 10 Films

Paul Thomas Anderson Doesn’t Understand How Quentin Tarantino Could Want to Retire After 10 Films
When it comes to directing, Paul Thomas Anderson is in it for the long haul. The Oscar-nominated filmmaker made it clear during a discussion on “Phantom Thread” that he has no plans to retire from feature filmmaking in the future. “This is what I want to do as long as I’m able to do it,” Anderson said.

Anderson was responding to a question about how long directors can sustain a certain level of artistic dominance. The moderator noted that it’s hard for many directors to put together several decades of notable work, and yet somehow Anderson has managed to never fall off his peak. The director has been making features since 1996’s “Hard Eight,” and 22 years later his prominence has only gotten greater. “Phantom Thread” earned Anderson his second Oscar nomination for direction, among five other nominations this year.

“Apparently there was a kind of health report that
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Is Brad Pitt Quitting Hollywood to Focus on His New Artistic Life?

Is Brad Pitt Quitting Hollywood to Focus on His New Artistic Life?
Is it the end of Brad Pitt as we know it?  The actor has been taking a more artsy approach to life since his split with Angelina Jolie, and recently has been rumored to have a new lady friend. So is Brad calling it quits on the glitz and glam of Hollywood?  Don't panic, because it looks like Brad still has plans for the silver screen. In fact, E! can confirm that he recently signed on for Quentin Tarantino's new film alongside Leonardo DiCaprio, called Once Upon a Time In Hollywood. What other surprising side-gig is he taking part in?  Watch the clip above for all the latest details! 
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‘Coming to America’ Sequel, ‘Scarface,’ ‘Ford v. Ferrari’ to Receive California Production Tax Credit

‘Coming to America’ Sequel, ‘Scarface,’ ‘Ford v. Ferrari’ to Receive California Production Tax Credit
The California Film Commission has selected two relatively big-budget films — “Ford v. Ferrari” and “Coming 2 America” — as recipients of the state’s production tax credit.

The credit, which covers up to 25% of a film’s budget, was announced on Monday. The program was expanded in 2015 to include movies with total budgets exceeding $75 million, including “A Wrinkle in Time,” “Bumblebee,” “Call of the Wild,” and Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.”

Fox’s action-drama “Ford v. Ferrari” from James Mangold is on track to spend more than $78 million in California on qualified expenditures (defined as wages to below-the-line workers and payments for equipment/vendors). A total of 67 shooting days are planned in-state, with well over half in regions outside the Los Angeles 30-mile zone, including Kern, Orange, Santa Rosa, and San Bernardino counties. California will double for locales such as Florida, Michigan, England, and France.

Paramount’s sequel “Coming 2 America,
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‘Scarface,’ ‘Deadwood’ Movie, Jordan Peele Film Score California Tax Credits

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The California Film Commission announced Monday that nine upcoming films have received tax credits to shoot in the Golden State as part of California’s expanded Film & TV Tax Credit Program.

Among the films receiving credits are the upcoming remake of “Scarface” — which will see the story of Tony Montana moved from Miami to L.A. — the film adaptation of the acclaimed HBO series “Deadwood,” and an untitled Universal film directed by “Get Out” filmmaker Jordan Peele as part of his exclusive deal with the studio.

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In 2014, California Gov. Jerry Brown approved revisions to the Film Commission’s tax credit program in response to an exodus of higher budget films to other states like Georgia. The new system allows projects previously barred from credit by the old program to be eligible, including TV pilots, hour-long TV series, and most notably, feature films with budgets of more than $75 million.

This has led major Hollywood studios to return to California for some of their projects, including Marvel Studios, which has filmed most of their recent work at Pinewood Studios in Atlanta but is filming next year’s “Captain Marvel” in California. Disney also filmed Ava DuVernay’s “A Wrinkle In Time,” which had a budget of $103 million, in California as well.

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Another upcoming film that has just received credit but would have been ineligible under the old system is Fox’s action-drama “Ford vs. Ferrari.” Reporting a production budget of $78 million, the film will tell the true story of the intense rivalry between Ford and Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans after Enzo Ferrari refused to let Henry Ford II buy his company, resulting in Ford upsetting the Italian company at the race by designing the iconic Ford Gt.

Other high-budget projects that have received credit include Fox’s upcoming adaptation of Jack London’s “Call of the Wild,” Paramount’s next “Transformers” film “Bumblebee,” and Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood.”

The next application period for feature film tax credits will be held June 18-22.

Read original story ‘Scarface,’ ‘Deadwood’ Movie, Jordan Peele Film Score California Tax Credits At TheWrap
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‘Westworld’ Creators Explain the Choice to Introduce Shogun World and Wanting to Make ‘An Homage to Akira Kurosawa’

‘Westworld’ Creators Explain the Choice to Introduce Shogun World and Wanting to Make ‘An Homage to Akira Kurosawa’
Westworld” makes its long-awaited Season 2 debut at the end of the month, and fans are gearing up for the introduction of Shogun World. The samurai-filled world was teased in the Season 1 finale, and now showrunners Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy are ready to talk about the setting’s introduction. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Nolan and Joy explain why they decided to bring the series to Shogun World over the likes of Medieval World and Roman World, both of which appeared in Michael Crichton’s 1973 film.

“Part of the reason we’re going to Shogun World instead of to Roman World or Medieval World is, yes, you saw those in the original film. But also if you’re doing a theme park, you wouldn’t limit it to the Western European or North American experience,” Nolan said. “You’d try to reach a global audience. So the idea is
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Quentin Tarantino Rides Scooby-Doo Kiddie Ride Outside L.A. Grocery Store

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Quentin Tarantino's no stranger to pushing the envelope ... and that applies to the age limits on rides meant for children. The famous director was seen at a Super A Foods market in L.A. Friday afternoon, and couldn't resist a ride on the coin-operated kiddie ride in front ... which happened to be a mini-version of Scooby-Doo's Mystery Machine. We're told it looked like Tarantino was at the grocery store with other Hollywood types scouting for a movie.
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Lowlife Review: Welcome to a Special Kind of Crazy

If you're looking for the craziest movie of the year, look no further than Lowlife. Director Ryan Prows comes out of the gate swinging extra hard with his feature debut, which is truly one of the most insane movie experiences you're going to have in 2018, should you decided to give this blood-drenched, ultraviolent but entertaining and impactful movie a go. Love it or hate it, and I'm suspecting there will be a lot more love than hate with this one, Lowlife is a movie that is going to stick with you.

Lowlife asks the question, what happens when you throw together a fallen Mexican wrestler with serious rage issues, a just-out-of-prison ex-con with a regrettable face tattoo, and a recovering junkie motel owner in search of a kidney? Set amidst the seedy underbelly of Los Angeles, Lowlife zigzags back and forth in time as it charts how fate, and a ruthless crime boss,
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