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Troubled ‘Magic Mike’ Musical Cancels Boston Tryout Engagement

Troubled ‘Magic Mike’ Musical Cancels Boston Tryout Engagement
The stage musical adaptation of Channing Tatum’s stripper saga Magic Mike has cancelled what was to be a pre-Broadway Boston engagement.

The pull-out from Boston’s Emerson Colonial Theatre is little surprise. The production, which had been scheduled to run Nov. 30, 2019 through Jan. 5, 2020, lost its big-name creative team last month. Composer Tom Kitt, lyricist Brian Yorkey and book writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa left the show over “creative differences.” A private workshop initially set for New York was postponed, then cancelled altogether.

“The producers of Magic Mike The Musical have cancelled a Boston engagement, saying that they don’t feel the musical is ready for production,” reads a statement released today by the Emerson Colonial Theatre. The producers are Channing Tatum, Steven Soderbergh, Gregory Jacobs, Nick Wechsler, Reid Carolin and Peter Kiernan. (Tatum was never expected to perform in the musical).

Though the theater’s statement did not address the possibility of a Broadway production,
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Forty years after its release Francis Ford Coppola’s ‘Apocalypse Now’ gets the restoration treatment

Forty years after its original release, audiences are about to get the chance to experience ‘Apocalypse NowThe Final Cut‘, a never-before-seen and newly restored cut of Coppola’s spectacular cinematic masterpiece. Coppola introduced the new cut at Tribeca – our report is here.

In addition to the release and to celebrate the film’s anniversary, audiences will have the privilege of experiencing all the action on the big screen with special theatrical screenings planned across the summer in the UK, Germany and Australia.

Restored from the original negative for the first time ever, Apocalypse Now – The Final Cut is Coppola’s most complete version of his multi-awarded classic -a haunting journey into madness that fascinated generations of movie lovers.

Also in the news – Kenneth Branagh, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Michael Caine join Christopher Nolan’s new filmed – ‘Tenet’

The film follows Army Captain Willard (Martin Sheen), a troubled man sent on
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40th Anniversary 4K Re-Release Of ‘Apocalypse Now’ Set For August

A 40th anniversary re-release of Apocalypse Now is set for release both in cinemas and on Blu-ray this coming August.

Restored from the original negative for the first time ever, Apocalypse Now Final Cut is Francis Ford Coppola’s most complete version of his multi-awarded classic -a haunting journey into madness that fascinated generations of movie lovers and now feels even more monumentally alive than ever before.

The best visual and sound technologies have been used to present Coppola’s true vision of the film: one that delivers deep, visceral visual and auditory impact. “The audience will be able to see, hear and feel this film how I always hoped it could be—from the first ‘bang’ to the final whimper,” said the film-maker.

This is the first time the original negative has ever been scanned and over 11 months and 2,700 hours were spent on cleaning and restoring the film’s 300,173 frames.
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David Denman Reflects On ‘The Office’ Resurgence & How James Gunn’s Firing Might Have Helped ‘Brightburn’ [Interview]

Thanks to streaming services, such as Netflix, that give shows an extended life after their natural life-spans come to an end, David Denman is, perhaps, most well-known for playing Roy Anderson on the American adaption of “The Office“. However, Denman, a character actor with an impressive range, has had a vast filmography beyond the hit NBC series. A Juilliard graduate, Denman has worked with such acclaimed directors as Steven Soderbergh, Michael Bay, Joel Edgerton, M.

Continue reading David Denman Reflects On ‘The Office’ Resurgence & How James Gunn’s Firing Might Have Helped ‘Brightburn’ [Interview] at The Playlist.
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‘Perfect’ Film Review: Beautiful, Pointless Sci-Fi Saga Remains Aggressively Skin-Deep

‘Perfect’ Film Review: Beautiful, Pointless Sci-Fi Saga Remains Aggressively Skin-Deep
In Eddie Alcazar’s debut feature “Perfect,” beautiful nymph-like models lounge around a Lautner house digitally transported into a waterfall fantasy land, and not a whole lot seems to mean anything. Alcazar has flip-flopped roles with his collaborator, musician-filmmaker Flying Lotus, for whom Alcazar acted as producer on the gross-out horror anthology film “Kuso.” Now Flying Lotus is producing (and acting as composer) for this sci-fi anti-morality tale — released under the “Steven Soderbergh Presents” banner — that frustrates as much as it visually dazzles.

The film opens with a distraught young man calling his chilly mother (Abbie Cornish) on a 1980s landline to beg her to come home and fix his mess. The mess in question is the nude corpse of his girlfriend, drenched in her own blood. When mom whisks her son away to a kind of modernist rehab, it seems as though he might go through the motions of repentance or soul-searching,
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UK box office preview: 'Beats', 'John Wick 3' to open this weekend

UK box office preview: 'Beats', 'John Wick 3' to open this weekend
Other openers include ’Birds Of Passage’ and Fox’s Breakthrough.

Scottish 90s rave drama Beats and John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum begin their run at the UK box office this weekend, with Avengers: Endgame aiming to retake the number one crown it surprisingly lost to Pokémon Detective Pikachu last weekend.

Directed by Brian Welsh and based on writer Kieran Hurley’s play, Beats sees two best friends from different backgrounds in a small Scottish town in the summer of 1994. They head to an illegal rave which promises to be the best night of their lives, so long as the police
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Anonymous, Film Constellation team with Euro partners for Arab Spring drama (exclusive)

Anonymous, Film Constellation team with Euro partners for Arab Spring drama (exclusive)
French-Moroccan actor Kamel Labroudi to star as Tunisian street vendor who took his own life as a protest.

German production outfit DETAiLFILM and Paris-based Cinenovo are teaming with Us companies Beachside Films and Anonymous Content on Before The Spring, a drama based on the life of Mohamed Bouazizi.

Bouazizi was a Tunisian street vendor who set himself on fire in protest of his treatment by officials; the act of defiance was one of the catalysts for the Tunisian Revolution and the wider Arab Spring.

Egyptian-British filmmaker Lotfy Nathan is making his narrative feature debut on the project. Nathan’s documentary 12 O’Clock Boys,
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‘Deadpool’ Actress Gina Carano Signs With UTA

‘Deadpool’ Actress Gina Carano Signs With UTA
Exclusive: Mixed martial artist-turned-actress Gina Carano, who has appeared in films such as Deadpool, Fast & Furious 6, and the Steven Soderbergh-directed Haywire, has signed with UTA for representation. Most recently, Carano was cast in highly anticipated Disney+ series, The Mandalorian, one of two Star Wars original series in the works at Disney’s forthcoming streaming service.

The show is executive produced by Lucasfilm and Jon Favreau, previously mentioned that it is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order. The series will follow the travails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic.

Carano’s role is being kept under wraps.

Previously repped by Gersh, Carano’s other credits include Extraction, opposite Bruce Willis, Heist, with Robert DeNiro, and a guest-starring stint on Fox’s J. J. Abrams executive produced sci-fi series,
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Joe & Anthony Russo Follow Record Setting ‘Avengers: Endgame’ With Agbo Launch & Cannes Pics — Deadline Disruptors

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Joe & Anthony Russo Follow Record Setting ‘Avengers: Endgame’ With Agbo Launch & Cannes Pics — Deadline Disruptors
Joe and Anthony Russo are riding high—about as high as it’s possible to get—as their superhero showdown Avengers: Endgame surpassed $2.5B in global gross to sink Titanic and take second place with Avatar in sight for the all time top grossing film. The brothers have spent the last seven years at Marvel working with screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely on two Captain America films and two Avengers films, which, by the time the latest is done, will have grossed in excess of $6 billion.

So what a time it is for the Russos to jump out of their safety zone by launching full steam ahead with their monied production company Agbo, through which they’ll develop, produce and co-finance films, TV series and other projects—including remakes of certain MGM properties such as The Thomas Crown Affair, which is being developed as a vehicle for Michael B. Jordan.
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Andie MacDowell Remembers How ‘Sex, Lies & Videotape’ Changed Her Career

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Andie MacDowell Remembers How ‘Sex, Lies & Videotape’ Changed Her Career
Andie MacDowell missed the Cannes debut of “Sex, Lies & Videotape” 30 years ago but has made up for it since, walking the festival’s fabled red carpet more times than she can remember. The “Four Weddings and a Funeral” actress, who recently shot “Lovestruck” for Fox and will appear at the fest on behalf of L’Oréal, talked with Variety about her breakthrough role as Ann, the repressed married woman drawn to James Spader’s videotaping Graham, and its outsized impact on her career.

When “Sex, Lies & Videotape” won the Palme d’Or three decades ago, it jump-started your acting career and sent writer-director Steven Soderbergh’s into orbit. How do you think the movie holds up?

I like the intimacy of the film. I think everybody thought they were watching something that was real, that was really happening, because of the way it was done, the rawness of it. When
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Cannes: Bleecker Street Buys U.S. Rights to ‘Dream Horse’ With Toni Collette, Damian Lewis

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Cannes: Bleecker Street Buys U.S. Rights to ‘Dream Horse’ With Toni Collette, Damian Lewis
Bleecker Street has acquired “Dream Horse,” a drama starring Toni Collette and Damian Lewis, Variety has confirmed.

The deal is for U.S. rights and the film tells the true story of Jan Vokes, a Welsh cleaner and bartender, who decides to breed and rear a race horse. She persuades her neighbors and friends to contribute financially to the scheme. The group’s unlikely investment plan pays off as the horse rises through the ranks and puts them in a race for the national championship.

Bleecker’s films include the Oscar-nominated “Trumbo” and “Captain Fantastic,” as well as Steven Soderbergh’s “Lucky Logan.” Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Other cast members include Owen Teale (“Game of Thrones”), Joanna Page (“Gavin & Stacey”), Nicholas Farrell (“The Iron Lady”), Sian Philips and Karl Johnson (“Peterloo”).

Euros Lyn (“Happy Valley”) will direct from a screenplay written by Neil McKay (“Appropriate Adult
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Bleecker Street & Topic Studios Board U.S. Rights To Toni Collette-Damian Lewis Starrer ‘Dream Horse’ — Cannes

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Exclusive: And they’re off at the 2019 Cannes Film Market where Bleecker Street and Topic Studios have jointly boarded U.S rights to Toni Collette and Damian Lewis starrer Dream Horse, produced by American Animals and Three Identical Strangers outfit Raw.

Currently in production in Wales, this is the true story of Jan Vokes (Hereditary star Collette), a cleaner and bartender, who decides on a whim to breed and rear a race horse in her village. She eventually persuades her neighbors to invest in her crazy scheme, and together they name the new foal ‘Dream Alliance’. With little experience but a lot a heart, the collective of townspeople follow ‘Dream’ as he rises through the ranks against all the odds, ultimately pitting all of them against the racing elite in a nail-biting race for the national championship. Billions star Lewis plays Howard Davies, the local accountant Volkes persuades to join
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Leone Film Group at 30: From Spaghetti Westerns to Hollywood Movies

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Italy’s Leone Film Group, the company founded by Spaghetti Western master Sergio Leone, has been on a roaring roll since 2012.

That’s when his children, Raffaella and Andrea, who now run the company, spotted a theatrical distribution gap left open by Medusa and Rai Cinema and stepped in to swiftly sign an output deal with DreamWorks. This, in turn, propelled its expansion.

The two Leone siblings hadn’t been idle before then. They were already among the top distributors of TV movies in Italy, having delved into that market in 1989, the year their father founded the company. That was also the year that Leone Sr. died.

In those days, driven by Silvio Berlusconi’s Mediaset, Italian TV was flourishing, recalls Andrea. “For us, movies are a passion; but at the same time they are business,” he says. During that period, “there was serious opportunity to do business in that segment.
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The Shape-Shifting Zazie Beetz

The Shape-Shifting Zazie Beetz
‘I still feel young and small in a big, big world,” says Zazie Beetz. “My inner self sometimes feels in danger of being exposed.” Exposure is certainly a risk if your career moves as quickly as Beetz’s has. As Van, the on-off girlfriend of Donald Glover’s Earn on Atlanta, Beetz, 27, is a grounding presence in a sea of surreal turns. Her performance, infused with intelligence and vulnerability, has earned her an Emmy nomination — even though the role was initially designed to be more limited. Beetz has pushed behind
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Exclusive ‘Perfect’ Clip: Steven Soderbergh Presents a Hypnotic Sci-Fi Horror Film

Exclusive ‘Perfect’ Clip: Steven Soderbergh Presents a Hypnotic Sci-Fi Horror Film
What would it be like to live in a perfect world? Perhaps a little more horrifying than you would imagine, as seen in this exclusive Perfect clip. Directed by up-and-coming filmmaker Eddie Alcazar and produced by Steven Soderbergh, Perfect follows a boy who goes to a mysterious genetic-engineering clinic, only to discover the price of perfection will cost him his mind and […]

The post Exclusive ‘Perfect’ Clip: Steven Soderbergh Presents a Hypnotic Sci-Fi Horror Film appeared first on /Film.
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Albert Finney movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Erin Brockovich,’ ‘Tom Jones,’ ‘The Dresser’

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Albert Finney movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Erin Brockovich,’ ‘Tom Jones,’ ‘The Dresser’
The entertainment community suffered an enormous loss in February with the death of the great actor Albert Finney, who would have been 83 on May 9, 2019. Finney, whose legacy included triumphs on stage and television, was primarily known worldwide for his career, which lasted over half a century, as a film actor, equally adept in light-hearted musicals and complex dramas.

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Finney’s work has been heralded in all three media. He won London’s Olivier Award for “Orphans” on stage, and won an Emmy, Golden Globe and BAFTA Award for his performance as Winston Churchill in TV’s “The Gathering Storm.” But it was in film that Finney was most honored. In 2000, Finney scored a rare double at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, winning Best Supporting Actor for his work in Steven Soderbergh‘s “Erin Brockovich,” and even though
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Albert Finney movies: 15 greatest films ranked from worst to best

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Albert Finney movies: 15 greatest films ranked from worst to best
The entertainment community suffered an enormous loss in February with the death of the great actor Albert Finney, who would have been 83 on May 9, 2019. Finney, whose legacy included triumphs on stage and television, was primarily known worldwide for his career, which lasted over half a century, as a film actor, equally adept in light-hearted musicals and complex dramas.

Finney’s work has been heralded in all three media. He won London’s Olivier Award for “Orphans” on stage, and won an Emmy, Golden Globe and BAFTA Award for his performance as Winston Churchill in TV’s “The Gathering Storm.” But it was in film that Finney was most honored. In 2000, Finney scored a rare double at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, winning Best Supporting Actor for his work in Steven Soderbergh‘s “Erin Brockovich,” and even though he had little more than a cameo part in Soderbergh’s “Traffic” later that year,
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Topic Studios Hires HBO Veteran Maria Zuckerman

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Topic Studios has hired veteran HBO executive Maria Zuckerman as executive vice president to lead overall strategy including development, financing and production of films, documentaries, TV, podcasts and digital programming.

Zuckerman worked for nearly 20 years at HBO, where she most recently served as senior VP of HBO Films. She oversaw production of more than 30 titles during her tenure, resulting in 17 Emmy Awards. In 2015, Variety named Zuckerman one of Hollywood’s New Leaders in Television.

“Maria is a super smart, creative executive who filmmakers and talent love to work with,” said Michael Bloom, CEO of First Look Media & Topic. “Combined with her extensive experience at HBO and her impressive background working with established and new voices, we knew she had the right sensibility for us.”

Notable films shepherded by Zuckerman include “Bessie,” starring Queen Latifah and directed by Dee Rees, which won four Emmys; Stephen Frears’ “Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight
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Former HBO exec Maria Zuckerman named evp at Topic Studios

New arrival will be based in New York, and work out of new Los Angeles office.

Topic Studios, whose drama The Climb premiers in official selection in Cannes later this month, has hired former HBO executive Maria Zuckerman as executive vice-president.

Zuckerman will lead Topic Studios’ overall strategy encompassing development, financing and production of features, documentaries, TV, podcasts, and digital programming.

Topic projects include Netflix sports documentary Losers from Mickey Duzyj, and John Cameron Mitchell’s podcast Anthem: Homunculus.

The company co-financed and produced best picture Oscar winner Spotlight, and its slate highlights include Leave No Trace, political documentary Dark Money,
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10 Movie Stars We Want To See In The Next Ocean's Movie

Before the Avengers phenomenon, one of the most impressive movie casts ever assembled was the line-up for Steven Soderbergh’s Ocean's Eleven. The 2001 caper was a remake of the Rat Pack film from 1960 and featured George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, and Julia Roberts, among many others, sharing the screen in a widely entertaining heist film.

Related: 21 Wild Details Behind The Making Of The Ocean's Movies

The sequels added even more stars to the cast while Ocean's 8 was a who’s who of female stars like Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett and Rhianna. While there is no follow-up to the franchise currently being developed, we'd love to see a new film with a big cast of the biggest male and female names making up the latest Ocean's crew. Here are some of the movie stars we want to see in the next Ocean's film.
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