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‘Avengers: Endgame’ Stars Make Emotional Speeches at Historic Marvel Premiere

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‘Avengers: Endgame’ Stars Make Emotional Speeches at Historic Marvel Premiere
If more than twenty worldwide blockbusters over ten years sounds like a big undertaking, try locking up the cell phones and smartwatches of Hollywood’s most important people for four hours.

Only a franchise with the cache of the “Avengers” series could have A-list talent, celebrity fans, agents and executives gladly turn over their gadgets for a chance to watch the dazzling spectacle of this caped assemblage four days before it opens — the end of three phases of comic book films kicked off in 2008 by unwitting dice-rollers Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow and director Jon Favreau on the first “Iron Man.”

“It’s been an amazing ride and so moving, I love all of you guys so much. It’s been the trip of a lifetime, and what you did up there tonight was so beautiful. My brother and sister Avengers, I love you so much,” gushed Mark Ruffalo, who
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The Avengers: Endgame Premiere Doubled as Date Night For Some Super Hollywood Couples

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The Avengers: Endgame Premiere Doubled as Date Night For Some Super Hollywood Couples
There was no shortage of celebrities on the red carpet at the Avengers: Endgame world premiere in Los Angeles on April 22. Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Tessa Thompson, Brie Larson, Chris Evans, Matt Damon, and Bradley Cooper showed up to celebrate the film, while Chris Pratt made a stylish red carpet debut with fiancé Katherine Schwarzenegger. In fact, they were one of many couples who stepped out for the event, including Liam Hemsworth and Miley Cyrus, Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky, and Scarlett Johannson and Colin Jost. Whew, what a group!

It's really no surprise the premiere scored such an A-list guest list when the movie's cast is packed with some of Hollywood's brightest stars. Keep reading to see photos from their night of glitz and glamour, and catch Avengers: Endgame in theaters on April 26.

Related: Before Avengers: Endgame Wrecks Us, See the Cast's Cutest Moments From the Press Tour
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Watch Avengers: Endgame World Premiere Red Carpet Live in Hollywood

It's time. Tonight, Marvel and Disney are holding the world premiere for Avengers: Endgame, the most highly anticipated superhero movie of all time. And it promises to be one heck of a show. Everyone from the movie is going to be on hand to participate, along with some exciting special guests from the world of the McU, along with other Hollywood heavyweights.

In attendance from the movie will Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Brie Larson, Paul Rudd, Don Cheadle, Karen Gillan, Danai Gurira, Bradley Cooper, Gwyneth Paltrow, Josh Brolin, Benedict Wong, Hiroyuki Sanada; Anthony Russo, Joe Russo (directors), Kevin Feige (producer), Louis D'Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Michael Grillo, Trinh Tran, Jon Favreau (executive producers), along with Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely (screenwriters).

Special Guests from the Marvel Cinematic Universe will include Benedict Cumberbatch, Chris Pratt, Evangeline Lilly, Anthony Mackie, Elizabeth Olsen, Sebastian Stan,
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The Marvel Movies Debrief - Thor: Ragnarok Recap, Legacy, and McU Connections

Richard Jordan Apr 18, 2019

The Thor franchise gets a new lease of life thanks to Taika Waititi, who gives the God of Thunder his best McU showcase yet

This article contains spoilers for Thor: Ragnarok and the wider McU.

"Life is about growth; it's about change..."

With Phase Three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in full swing, having already introduced a couple of major new characters and raised the stakes for the Earth-bound Avengers (in Captain America: Civil War), it was time for the Mighty Thor's third big-screen outing. It's fair to say, though, that the God of Thunder was in need of a bit of a rethink after his largely soulless second adventure, The Dark World. As Chris Hemsworth's Asgardian hero tells his up-to-his-old-tricks brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston), sometimes a change can do you good...

The man tasked by Marvel with leading that change was Taika Waititi. And change things he did.
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Cannes: Alain Delon to Receive Honorary Palme d'Or

Cannes: Alain Delon to Receive Honorary Palme d'Or
French acting legend Alain Delon will receive this year's honorary Palme d'Or during the Cannes Film Festival.

Delon was the first Tom Ripley (a role later reprised by Matt Damon) in 1960's Purple Noon, an adaptation of the Patricia Highsmith novel, and went on to star in Luchino Visconti's Palme d'Or winner The Leopard in 1963, which also earned him a Golden Globe nomination.

Festival artistic director Thierry Fremaux said that Delon had at first hesitated to accept the honor, but expressed his delight that the actor had finally acquiesced.

"We're talking about a giant,...
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U.S. Trailer for Zhang Yimou’s Wuxia Epic ‘Shadow’

Starting in just a few weeks, Hollywood will attempt to continually up the ante each summer weekend to deliver popcorn-munching thrills. While a certain third chapter of a franchise will hopefully deliver the goods, one need not look much further the rest of the season for excitement than the first weekend of May, when Zhang Yimou’s wuxia epic Shadow will arrive in theaters.

A mystic thriller that takes place during medieval China and tells the story of a king and his people’s struggle for their rightful land–all told through the perspectives of the king, his sister, his commander, the entrapped women of the palace, and a commoner–this ensemble features Ryan Zheng, Xiaotong Guan, Chao Deng, Li Sun, Qianyuan Wang, Jun Hu, Lei Wu, and Jingchun Wang. Ahead of the U.S. release, Well Go USA has now released the U.S. trailer.

Leonardo Goi said in his review,
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MarVista Entertainment Promotes Three Key Execs; Hannah Pillemer To Head Of Creative Affairs

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Exclusive: MarVista Entertainment has promoted three key executives in Creative Affairs. Hannah Pillemer, who has spearheaded the company’s indie film slate is now adding network television and digital content to her responsibilities in the elevated role of Head of Creative Affairs. Additionally, Larry Grimaldi, former Vice President of Creative Affairs, is upped to Senior Vice President of Creative Affairs; and Todd Murata is promoted to Vice President of Creative Affairs.

In her new role, Pillemer will be responsible for managing a slate of approximately 60 plus films per year, as well as television series and digital content across a wide range of genres and budgets. Her team includes Grimaldi, who has oversight of all original movies for network and platform partners; Murata continues to work on movies in his new VP role, reporting into Grimaldi; and Neil Elman, Vice President of Creative Affairs, now spearheads the development of new genres and partnership models.
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How to Throw an On-Theme and Elegant 'Game of Thrones' Viewing Party

How to Throw an On-Theme and Elegant 'Game of Thrones' Viewing Party
Captain Marvel's New York premiere. "Every menu is well thought out and creative, every morsel is artfully prepared," says Andrew Saffir, Cinema Society founder, of Giuliani. The event caterer for Bradley Cooper, Matt Damon, HBO and the Tribeca Film Festival released her memoir, titled Tiny Hot Dogs, on April 9, so THR reached out for Game of Thrones viewing-party tips in time for the show's April 14 premiere. Giuliani gave suggestions that follow her patented format: Eat, Drink, Play, Recover. 

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George Clooney, Grant Heslov’s Smokehouse Pictures Signs First-Look Deal With MGM

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George Clooney, Grant Heslov’s Smokehouse Pictures Signs First-Look Deal With MGM
MGM has inked a first-look deal with George Clooney and Grant Heslov’s Smokehouse Pictures, the studio’s motion picture group president Jonathan Glickman announced on Tuesday.

The deal will span two years, and the first film under the deal will center on motoring engineer and designer John DeLorean.

“We are thrilled to bring George, Grant and their spectacular team into the MGM family,” Glickman said in a statement. “Smokehouse has an undeniable pedigree, representing the high quality and entertaining slate of talent we look to work with as we expand the MGM slate.”

Also Read: Annapurna and MGM Expand Theatrical Distribution Venture By Launching United Artists Releasing

Clooney is set to direct the untitled John DeLorean feature, with the possibility of playing DeLorean.

The film will be written by Keith Bunin (“Which Brings Me to You”) and is based on the Epic magazine article “Saint John,” written by journalist Alex Pappademas.
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CinemaCon Buzzmeter: What’s Hot and Cold in Las Vegas

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Hollywood’s top studios are gathered in Las Vegas to preview their upcoming films to theater owners and the media. Here’s the buzz from Caesars Palace, where CinemaCon is underway:

Cinemacon Buzzmeter What’S Hot And Cold At This Year’S Exhibitor Confab In Vegas:

The Lion King Talk about a home run. Disney offered a glimpse at stunning footage of a young Simba and Mufasa basking in a photorealistic African savannah. Add the prospect of Donald Glover and Beyonce singing classic hits, and this remake looks to be huge.

Toy Story 4 Woody, Buzz Lightyear, and crew look just fine in new hands. The toy’s first big adventure without Andy still captures all the magic from the first three films. Fourth time’s a charm!

It: Chapter 2 “You’ll float, too.” The tagline of Stephen King’s terrifying adaptation likely applies to its box office numbers as well.
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Emma Stone and Ralph Fiennes Eyed to Star in Horror Comedy The Menu

Joseph Baxter Apr 4, 2019

The Menu, a comedic horror film from SidewaysAlexander Payne, is looking to cast Emma Stone and Ralph Fiennes.

Here’s a movie pitch that, in the very least, is intriguing: A comedic horror thriller, starring Emma Stone and Ralph Fiennes, set on an island getaway for foodies on which ominously mysterious culinary delights are served. Well, such a project, titled The Menu, appears to be in the industry pipeline.

Indeed, it is being reported by Collider that Emma Stone and Ralph Fiennes are being eyed to star in The Menu. The genre project from eccentric visionary Alexander Payne resides at Gary Sanchez Productions, brandishing a script by the duo of Will Tracy (Succession) and Seth Reiss (Late Night With Seth Meyers), with the company represented by producers in founders Will Ferrell and Adam McKay, along with Betsy Koch.

The premise of The Menu is being described
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'The Lion King' wows star-less Disney session at CinemaCon

'The Lion King' wows star-less Disney session at CinemaCon
No Avatar 2. No Star Wars: Episode IX.

Disney’s star-less CinemaCon presentation on Wednesday evening (April 3) was the first time the industry got to see Disney and Fox executives side-by-side since the $71.3bn acquisition closed, and will be remembered first and foremost for stunning footage from Jon Favreau’s upcoming summer release The Lion King.

There was also the sense of much to do and lots of planning ahead from an opening sizzle reel that featured outsized tentpoles from both studios and a sly moment when Wolverine is seen asking, “What is this place?”

Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn
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‘Ford v. Ferrari’: Christian Bale and Matt Damon Surprise With Thrilling, High-Octane First Footage

As Disney and Fox continue to navigate a still very fresh partnership, Wednesday afternoon’s CinemaCon presentation offered first looks at a handful of films that will now be released under the Disney banner, former Fox properties that have found themselves an unexpected new home. That means that, tucked alongside major tentpole offerings and an increasingly impressive series of live-action remakes, there now live movies like James Mangold’s fact-based racing drama. It’s a new world for everyone, it seems.

Based on A.J. Baime’s book “Go Like Hell: Ford, Ferrari, and Their Battle for Speed,” the film has been through various incarnations over the years, and was at one point to be directed by Michael Mann, before being kicked over to Joseph Kosinski with Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise starring. Now, the film stars Matt Damon and Christian Bale, and its take on the wild true story of
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‘Ford v. Ferrari’ Looks Like Awards Contender Based on CinemaCon Preview

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Perhaps newly-minted Disney employee and Fox Film vice chairman Emma Watts said it best herself: movies like the studio’s “Ford v. Ferrari” are “an endangered species.”

Lucky, then, that Disney inherited the film earlier this month when it acquired 21st Century Fox, and Watts along with it to continue in her role as production president and one of the top creative forces. Watts presented the film to global movie theater owners on Wednesday at CinemaCon in Las Vegas. The film, a muscular look at the engineer and driver who overcame the odds to build a race car for Ford that challenged Ferrari’s dominance, could be an Oscar contender for Fox and its new parent company, Walt Disney Studios.

‘Ford v. Ferrari’ has always been a mystery with megawatt talent — Christian Bale and Matt Damon star, James Mangold (“Logan”) directs the true story. The Ford car was designed to
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‘Ford v. Ferrari’ Sends Christian Bale and Matt Damon on the Race of a Lifetime [CinemaCon 2019]

‘Ford v. Ferrari’ Sends Christian Bale and Matt Damon on the Race of a Lifetime [CinemaCon 2019]
Christian Bale and Matt Damon are out to build a Grand Prix-winning car in Ford v. Ferrari, the latest from Logan director James Mangold. Based on the true story of Ford’s attempt to build a car to beat Ferrari at the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans race in France, the biographical drama also stars Caitriona Balfe, Jon Bernthal, […]

The post ‘Ford v. Ferrari’ Sends Christian Bale and Matt Damon on the Race of a Lifetime [CinemaCon 2019] appeared first on /Film.
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‘Ford v. Ferrari’ Starts Its Engines: First Footage Shown During Disney CinemaCon Panel

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20th Century Fox Vice Chairman Emma Watts ended Fox’s part of the Disney session with the first trailer of James Mangold’s Ford v. Ferrari.

The trailer open’s on Christian Bale’s cocky race car driver Ken Miles who is with his son at sunset at a racetrack: “Look there, there’s a perfect light.”

Matt Damon’s Carroll Shelby is asked by Jon Bernthal’s Lee Iacocca “to build the greatest sports car ever”

“It’s not about speed, it’s about survival,” said Shelby, “You need a car that’s better than anything Enzo Ferrari comes up with.”

Miles tells Shelby, “You think these guys will let you build the car you want, the way you want it?”

Lots of vrroom here, all played against the Rolling Stones’ “Gimmie Shelter” in the trailer.

Walt Disney Studios President of Production followed the trailer and so wowed, he
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Showtime Nears Deal for Steve Zaillian Series Based on Patricia Highsmith Novels

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Showtime appears to be set to bring Tom Ripley, the serial killer antihero of Patricia Highsmith’s novels, to the small screen.

Sources say the cabler is in final negotiations for a straight-to-series order from Steve Zaillian, who will return to writing and directing TV for the first time since creating HBO’s award-winning mini-series “The Night Of.” Zaillian is reportedly in position to write and direct the majority of the first season.

The prospective series will center on the eventual serial killer Ripley, and will likely draw from five of Highsmith’s crime novels: “The Talented Mrs. Ripley,” “Ripley’s Game,” “Ripley Under Ground,” “The Boy Who Followed Ripley,” and “Ripley Underwater.”

Highsmith’s series of Ripley novels have been adapted for the big screen several times, but never for U.S. television. The character was most famously played by Matt Damon in the 1999 psychological thriller “The Talented Mr. Ripley,
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Showtime To Win Auction For Steve Zaillian Series On Patricia Highsmith’s Tom Ripley Books

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Exclusive: Showtime is in final negotiations to make a straight-to-series commitment for a drama that Oscar-winning screenwriter Steve Zaillian will write and direct that focuses on Tom Ripley, the sociopath anti-hero of the Patricia Highsmith crime novel series. Sources said that this will go in a straight-to-series deal and that Zaillian is expected to write and direct most of the first season’s worth of episodes. It will be the first major series for Zaillian since the acclaimed HBO mini The Night Of.

Zaillian will use the five novels written by Highsmith — The Talented Mrs. Ripley, Ripley Under Ground, Ripley’s Game, The Boy Who Followed Ripley and Ripley Underwater — as a road map to show Ripley’s progression from con artist to serial killer.

The series will be produced by Endemol Shine North America and Entertainment 360, with Sharon Levy overseeing. The series will be executive produced by Zaillian,
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Charlie's Angels Reboot Gets a New Release Date

Charlie's Angels Reboot Gets a New Release Date
Looks like director Elizabeth Banks' reboot of Charlie's Angels starring Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, and Ella Balinska has been pushed back, if only slightly. Following DC and Warner Bros. decision to move Wonder Woman 1984 from November 2019 to summer 2020, this reboot was at one point planned to fly into your local multiplex on November 1, 2019. That was because the original Drew Barrymore movie hit theaters over the first weekend in November 19 years ago. So, you know, legacy and whatnot. But today we have word that the powers that be behind the scenes have now sent the film over to a November 15, 2019 release date.

The release date shuffle is said to have come to light due to producer James Cameron and director Tim Miller's upcoming direct sequel to Cameron's Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Terminator: Dark Fate landing on November 1st as well. Not only that, but the studio gave the
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Kelsey Grammer, Julia Stiles to Star in Medical Thriller ‘The God Committee’

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Kelsey Grammer, Julia Stiles to Star in Medical Thriller ‘The God Committee’
Kelsey Grammer and Julia Stiles are starring in medical thriller “The God Committee.”

Austin Stark is directing from his own script. Colman Domingo, Janeane Garofalo and Dan Hedaya are co-starring.

The God Committee” explores the U.S. organ transplant system. The movie follows a donor heart being flown to a New York hospital, where a transplant committee has an hour to decide which patient is the recipient. The story also explores the impact of that decision six years later. It is currently shooting in New York.

“The worldwide organ shortage continues to devastate families from all walks of life,” Stark said. “I feel honored to be working with such an incredible ensemble –- anchored by Kelsey, Julia, Colman, Janeane and Dan –- in my quest to humanize the transplant system and bring faces to the statistics.”

Production companies behind the film include Paper Street Films, Phiphen Pictures, and Crystal City Entertainment.
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