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Brian Tyree Henry Circling Jennifer Lawrence’s A24 Film, First Plot Details Revealed

Brian Tyree Henry Circling Jennifer Lawrence’s A24 Film, First Plot Details Revealed
Little is known of Jennifer Lawrence’s secretive A24 project, but at least we now know a little more. Collider reports that Brian Tyree Henry, fresh off a breakthrough year that saw him steal scenes in “If Beale Street Could Talk” and “Widows,” has been offered the lead role opposite Lawrence. In addition, a few plot details are now available: The untitled film, written by first-time scribe Elizabeth Sanders and helmed by theater director Lila Neugebauer, will focus on a veteran of the Afghanistan War struggling to recover from a traumatic brain injury after returning home.

Lawrence will play said soldier, ending the sabbatical she took after last year’s “Red Sparrow.” An Oscar winner for her leading role in David O. Russell’s “Silver Linings Playbook,” she also received nominations for “Winter’s Bone,” “American Hustle,” and “Joy.” According to the Collider report, Lawrence “has been intrigued by the
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Will Joker Follow the Villain's Comic Book Backstory? Well, It's Complicated

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With Joker coming out this year, we're excited to see how director Todd Phillips will flesh out the iconic character in his first stand-alone origin story - partly because the point of the Joker is that he doesn't really have an origin. Not knowing quite how he became a murderous psychopath preserves his status as a terrifying figure; he's the incarnation of chaos. Having said that, Phillips didn't have a shortage of comic sources from which to draw inspiration. Given that the Joker came about in the '40s and is one of the first comic book supervillains ever, it's inevitable that writers would explore his history. If you're curious about how Joaquin Phoenix's portrayal aligns with past comics about Batman's foe, keep reading!

The Joker's Big Debut

The Joker makes his first appearance in Batman No. 1 in 1940. Writer Bill Finger originally planned to kill
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‘Child’s Play’ Official Trailer: Mark Hamill Voices Chucky and Brings the Terror

‘Child’s Play’ Official Trailer: Mark Hamill Voices Chucky and Brings the Terror
When he’s not playing his iconic role of Luke Skywalker in the “Star Wars” movies, Mark Hamill can often be found doing voice work. The actor has built an acclaimed career out of voicing the Joker on “Batman: The Animated Series” and in various video games, and now Hamill is set to give his voice to the world’s deadliest doll, Chucky. Orion Pictures is rebooting the “Child’s Play” franchise this summer with the backing of producers Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg, both of whom were behind the blockbuster “It” remake in 2017.

“Child’s Play” stars newcomer Gabriel Bateman as Andy Barclay, a young boy who comes into the possession of a murderous doll. Aubrey Plaza stars as Andy’s mother, while “Atlanta” favorite Brian Tyree Henry plays the local detective investigating all of the recent murders. The new film is the first “Child’s Play” movie to
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Why We’re Seriously Worried About The New Joker Movie

The state of the Dceu (DC Extended Universe) is, and has always been, in a complete sense of displacement. Sure, Wonder Woman was a pleasant surprise, Aquaman was silly entertainment and Shazam! has unexpected heart. Yet the fact remains that there’s no way to comprehend where these movies are headed, and if they’re even connected after the financial and critical failure of Justice League. In fact, nothing sums up the current state of the DC films more than the trailer for Todd Phillips’ upcoming Joker.

Warner Bros. has confirmed it’s a one-off movie with no ties to the Dceu and no major impact on future films. It’s just an origin story of the character we all know and love. Joker is more then “just” a comic book character, though. He’s arguably the greatest comic book villain of all time, so much so that people love
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Birds of Prey Logo Revealed as Margot Robbie Wraps Shooting

Birds of Prey Logo Revealed as Margot Robbie Wraps Shooting
Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) has officially wrapped production. In addition, we have a look at the first potential logo for the upcoming girl gang movie and it is very fitting. It's been a little while since we've seen a return to Gotham on the big screen after the two previous DC projects took us to other intriguing places, but it's time to go back with Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn, June Smollett-Bell's Black Canary, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead's Huntress.

Margot Robbie's production company LuckyChap Entertainment announced shooting on Margot Robbie has wrapped. The picture in their post is of Margot Robbie sitting on a chair while on set with the movie's logo on the back. The logo is written in a font that incorporates Harley Quinn's bat, a mallet, and a diamond, which may be a reference to the Black Mask diamond in the movie,
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‘Mary Magdalene’ perishes in the Us while ‘Hotel Mumbai’ chugs along

‘Mary Magdalene’

Thirteen months after Mary Magdalene perished at Australian cinemas, the Biblical saga directed by Garth Davis probably did not have a prayer of getting a warmer reception in the Us.

So it proved last weekend as the See-Saw Films production starring Rooney Mara, Joaquin Phoenix and Chiwetel Ejiofor was released on 62 screens by IFC Films.

Meanwhile Anthony MarasHotel Mumbai continues to earn tidy sums in the Us for Bleecker Street/ShivHans Pictures. The thriller starring Dev Patel, Armie Hammer, Nazanin Boniadi, Anupam Kher, Jason Isaacs and Tilda Cobham-Hervey collected $863,000 in its third weekend wide, playing on 617 screens.

The film produced by Basil Iwanyk, Gary Hamilton, Mike Gabrawy, Julie Ryan, Andrew Ogilvie and Jomon Thomas has generated $8 million in the Us, outperforming Australia’s $3.1 million after five weekends, never having recovered from opening on the same weekend as the Christchurch massacre.

Mary Magdalene fetched $62,436, a per screen average
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'Shazam!' stays top in North America as 'Hellboy' disappoints (updated)

Box office drops 25.6% against last weekend.

April 15 Update: Shazam! held on to its North American box office crown thanks to a confirmed $24.4m haul through Warner Bros, fending off a number two debut by Universal’s body swap comedy Little and a disappointing number three arrival by the Hellboy reboot.

DC Entertainment and New Line’s superhero adaptation Shazam! starring Zachary Levi stands at $94.2m and will cross $100m within days. The film, which reportedly cost $100m excluding P&A spend, stands at a solid $258.4m worldwide.

Universal’s comedy Little from super producer Will Packer starring Issa Rae, Regina Hall and youngster Marsai Martin,
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'Shazam!' stays top in North America as 'Hellboy' disappoints

Box office drops 25.6% against last weekend.

Shazam! held on to its North American box office crown thanks to an estimated $25.1m haul through Warner Bros, fending off a number two debut by Universal’s body swap comedy Little and a disappointing number three arrival by the Hellboy reboot.

DC Entertainment and New Line’s superhero adaptation Shazam! starring Zachary Levi stands at $94.9m and will cross $100m within days. The film, which reportedly cost $100m excluding P&A spend, stands at a solid $259m worldwide.

Universal’s comedy Little from super producer Will Packer starring Issa Rae, Regina Hall and youngster Marsai Martin,
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'Shazam!' stays top in North America as 'Little', 'Hellboy' score top three debuts

Box office drops 25.6% against last weekend.

Shazam! held on to its North American box office crown thanks to an estimated $25.1m haul through Warner Bros, fending off a number two debut by Universal’s body swap comedy Little and a disappointing number three arrival by the Hellboy reboot.

DC Entertainment and New Line’s superhero adaptation Shazam! starring Zachary Levi stands at $94.9m and will cross $100m within days. The film, which reportedly cost $100m excluding P&A spend, stands at a solid $259m worldwide.

Universal’s comedy Little from super producer Will Packer starring Issa Rae, Regina Hall and youngster Marsai Martin,
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The Joker Is Hitting the Big Screen With a Star-Studded Cast - Check Out the Full List

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The Joker Is Hitting the Big Screen With a Star-Studded Cast - Check Out the Full List
Batman's long-hated archenemy is finally getting his solo run on the big screen, and it looks terrifying. Led by Joaquin Phoenix, Joker tells the gritty origin story of Arthur Fleck, the man who becomes the Joker after being driven insane by the cruelty of society around him. Phoenix is the seventh actor to portray the Joker in a theatrical film, but it's obvious that his portrayal will be a different take from the ones that came before him.

Not only does Joker boast a genuinely intriguing story, it also comes with a star-studded cast that includes American Horror Story's Frances Conroy, Robert De Niro, and Brett Cullen. Check out the rest of the cast ahead, and find out who they'll be playing when Joker hits theaters in October.

Related: The First Teaser For Joaquin Phoenix's Joker Is Equal Parts Terrifying and Tragic
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The Joker Is Hitting the Big Screen With a Star-Studded Cast - Check Out the Full List

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Batman's long-hated archenemy is finally getting his solo run on the big screen, and it looks terrifying. Led by Joaquin Phoenix, Joker tells the gritty origin story of Arthur Fleck, the man who becomes the Joker after being driven insane by the cruelty of society around him. Phoenix is the seventh actor to portray the Joker in a theatrical film, but it's obvious that his portrayal will be a different take from the ones that came before him.

Not only does Joker boast a genuinely intriguing story, it also comes with a star-studded cast that includes American Horror Story's Frances Conroy, Robert De Niro, and Brett Cullen. Check out the rest of the cast ahead, and find out who they'll be playing when Joker hits theaters in October.

Related: The First Teaser For Joaquin Phoenix's Joker Is Equal Parts Terrifying and Tragic
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Jake Gyllenhaal heads to HBO’s ‘Lake Success’

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Believe it or not, Jake Gyllenhaal is yet to make his TV debut, well that is about to come to an end as the Mysterio actor is set to star in HBO’s limited series ‘Lake Success’.

Gyllenhaal will both star and executive produce alongside Riva Marker, which is based on Gary Shteyngart’s book.

The series follows a narcissistic, self-deluded and hilariously divorced from the real world, hedge fund manager Barry Cohen (Gyllenhaal) who flees his family, his past and the SEC on a cross-country bus ride in search of his college girlfriend and a last chance at romantic redemption. Meanwhile, back in Manhattan, his brilliant wife Seema struggles to raise their autistic son and begins a tragicomic love affair of her own.

The series is co-written by Shteyngart and ‘Watchmen’s’ Tom Spezialy who will also act as a show-runner.

Also in news – Hawkeye gets his own limited
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Screenwriter Philippa Goslett on Mary Magdalene, Neil Gaiman and the ‘Viewpoint of the Outsider’

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Philippa Goslett is the screenwriter of “Mary Magdalene,” the movie that looks at the life of Jesus from the perspective of his most famous contemporary female follower. The film stars Rooney Mara, Joaquin Phoenix, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Tahar Rahim and is being released by IFC Films in the U.S. on Friday. Goslett’s previous work includes “Little Ashes,” with Robert Pattinson as Salvador Dali, and Neil Gaiman adaptation “How to Talk to Girls at Parties.” With severalnfilm and TV projects in the works, Goslett tells Variety about world-building and finding the viewpoint of the outsider.

How did the “Mary Magdalene” film come about?

The project originated with Katherine Bridle, head of development at See Saw, who very much wanted to tell stories about characters in history who have been marginalized or forgotten or, in Mary’s case, massively misrepresented over the years. There was a very beautiful script by
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Will Joker Follow the Villain's Comic Book Backstory? Well, It's Complicated

Image Source: Warner Bros.

With Joker coming out this year, we're excited to see how director Todd Phillips will flesh out the iconic character in his first stand-alone origin story - partly because the point of the Joker is that he doesn't really have an origin. Not knowing quite how he became a murderous psychopath preserves his status as a terrifying figure; he's the incarnation of chaos. Having said that, Phillips didn't have a shortage of comic sources from which to draw inspiration. Given that the Joker came about in the '40s and is one of the first comic book supervillains ever, it's inevitable that writers would explore his history. If you're curious about how Joaquin Phoenix's portrayal aligns with past comics about Batman's foe, keep reading!

The Joker's Big Debut

The Joker makes his first appearance in Batman No. 1 in 1940. Writer Bill Finger originally planned to kill
See full article at BuzzSugar »

“Mary Magdalene” Wastes Rooney Mara And Joaquin Phoenix

There’s so much talent involved in the production of Mary Magdalene, you know it would only sit on the shelf for so long. Caught up in the dissolution of The Weinstein Company, it now hits theaters this week, a year or so after when it was figured to arrive. For some, this will be a must see curiosity. Unfortunately, for most it’ll just be a disappointment. Despite all of the talent that came together for the movie, they can’t grt it to engage with the audience. It remains stuck in neutral. Even after seeing it, you’ll almost certainly be left wondering what all the fuss once upon a time was about. The film is a biblical drama, telling the story of, you guessed it, Mary Magdalene (Rooney Mara). A woman unsure of her place in the world, she’s only sure that she wants more than
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‘Hellboy’ Battles ‘Shazam!’ at Weekend Box Office

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It’s about to get crowded at multiplexes.

That’s because four movies — Lionsgate’s “Hellboy” remake, Universal’s comedy “Little,” Laika’s stop-motion animation “Missing Link” and Aviron’s romantic drama “After” — are all opening nationwide. The quartet of films joins an already packed box office marquee that includes last week’s champ “Shazam!” and Paramount’s horror pic “Pet Sematary.”

Unless one of this weekend’s newcomers becomes a surprise hit, it’s likely that “Shazam!” will repeat No. 1 in North America. The comic-book tentpole debuted with $53 million, along with $102 million overseas. As of Wednesday, it has earned $162 million worldwide, including $59 million at the domestic box office. If “Shazam!” sees holdover similar to other recent superhero origin stories like “Ant-Man,” “Wonder Woman,” and “Captain Marvel,” it could add another $24 to $28 million in its second weekend of release.

Hellboy,” the reboot that sees “Stranger Things” actor David Harbour take
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‘Mary Magdalene’ Film Review: Rooney Mara Plays Jesus’ Gal Pal in Snoozy Epic

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‘Mary Magdalene’ Film Review: Rooney Mara Plays Jesus’ Gal Pal in Snoozy Epic
Setting out to tell the story of Jesus’ last days from the point of view of the only woman among the apostles is the brave and interesting aim of Garth Davis’ “Mary Magdalene.”

At the film’s premiere in London last year — the film’s U.S. release was delayed due to the bankruptcy of its former distributor, The Weinstein Company — the Australian director claimed his film would “celebrate the remarkable spiritual contribution of Mary that has remained hidden for 2,000 years.” Again, a laudable ambition had it not been revealed a few minutes before that the National Gallery, the venue for the event, held no less than 50 painted images of Mary Magdalene on its walls. Maybe all of those representations have been wrong.

Davis, riding high on the success of his Oscar-nominated 2016 hit “Lion,” turns the camera on Rooney Mara as his Mary, a headstrong girl from the rock-strewn fishing village of Magdala,
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What Can We Expect from Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker Movie? | Flickering Myth Podcast Mini

In this extract from The Flickering Myth Podcast, Allen Christian, Gerald James, Ej Moreno and Tori Brazier discuss the first trailer for Warner Bros. and DC Films Joker, and what we can expect from Joaquin Phoenix’s take on the Clown Prince of Crime. Check it out in the video below, or listen to the full episode here…

See Also: Ranking every big screen version of The Joker from worst to best

See Also: Why Joker is More Scorsese Ode Than Comic Book Movie

Joker is set for release on October 4th 2019 and stars Joaquin Phoenix (The Sisters Brothers), Robert De Niro (Goodfellas), Zazie Beetz (Deadpool 2), Bill Camp (Red Sparrow), Frances Conroy (American Horror Story), Brett Cullen (Narcos), Glenn Fleshler (Billions), Douglas Hodge (Penny Dreadful), Marc Maron (Glow), Josh Pais (Motherless Brooklyn), Shea Whigham (Kong: Skull Island), Douglas Hodge (Robin Hood) and Dante Pereira-Olson (You Were Never Really Here
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Why Joker is More Scorsese Ode Than Comic Book Movie

Tom Jolliffe takes a look at Joker and its clear love letter to Martin Scorsese

As with any comic book property, any adaptation is met with a degree of buzz. When the character in question happens to be the Clown Prince himself, then that buzz goes through the roof. That in itself has only increased since the performance and subsequent passing of Heath Ledger. Since Todd Phillips and Joaquin Phoenix jumped on board Joker, a lot of anticipation has been brewing.

From the off it was made pretty clear this exists outside the extended DC universe. There had been rumours, as is the internet wont, that Batfleck might appear, etc, etc. This is not going to be the next big comic book film though. What Phillips is going for has been fairly heavily influenced by Martin Scorsese. He’s admitted that in any case, it’s no grand secret.

This approach will undoubtedly alienate some.
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