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‘Now Apocalypse’ Bowing Via Starz With Free Giveaways On Program Platforms

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Starting tonight, Starz will release the full 10-episode premiere of its original series Now Apocalypse across its non-linear platforms, and will make the series premiere episode available for free on its Starz.com, Starz YouTube channel, Reddit and Pride Media platforms, including Pride.com, Out.com and Advocate.com.

The giveaway starts at midnight Et/9 Pm Pacific on Friday, March 22. An official selection of Sundance Film Festival 2019 and Canneseries Festival 2019, Now Apocalypse stars Avan Jogia as Ulysses, who is struggling to figure out his life in the surreal city of Los Angeles. Kelli Berglund stars as Carly, Beau Mirchoff as Ford, and Roxane Mesquida as Severine, all of them on quests for love, sex, and fame.

Between sexual and romantic dating-app adventures, Ulysses grows increasingly troubled as foreboding, premonitory dreams make him wonder if some kind of dark
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Magnolia Pictures Expands Subscription Service, But Not at the Expense of Theatrical Business

Magnolia Pictures has been at the forefront of specialty film distribution in North America for over a decade, maintaining its foothold in the theatrical market even as it blossomed in the growing digital marketplace. In 2018 alone, the company found major success with two eventual Oscar nominees — documentary “Rbg,” which grossed over $14 million at the box office, and foreign-language contender “Shoplifters,” which made over $3 million. At the same time, Magnolia was quietly exploring another phase of growth, launching the subscription service Magnolia Selects with virtually no fanfare.

Now, as the monthly service expands from availability on Amazon Prime to Roku, Magnolia Selects is ready for its closeup. The streaming-vod service collates hundreds of films from Magnolia’s library that aren’t on other Svod platforms, making them available to audiences for $4.99 month. While that alone may not set the service apart from others out there, Magnolia’s library is distinguished by
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‘Bill & Ted 3’ Sets 2020 Summer Release Date

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‘Bill & Ted 3’ Sets 2020 Summer Release Date
Excellent! “Bill & Ted 3” has a release date.

Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter will return to the big screen in “Bill & Ted Face the Music” on Aug. 21, 2020. The duo made the announcement in a short video shot at the Hollywood Bowl, where they’ll “never play.” Production began on Wednesday.

Reeves will again portray Ted “Theodore” Logan and Winter will reprise his role as Bill S. Preston, Esq. The two previous films were 1989’s “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure” and 1991’s “Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey.”

Dean Parisot (“Galaxy Quest”) will direct from a script by original creators Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon. Scott Kroopf (“Limitless”) will produce with Alex Lebovici and Steve Ponce of Hammerstone Studios, with Steven Soderbergh executive producing alongside R. Scott Reid, Scott Fischer, John Ryan Jr., and John Santilli.

MGM owns the rights and will debut the movie in the U.S. under its United Artists Releasing banner.
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Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter Announce Bill and Ted 3 in Excellent Video Message

Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter Announce Bill and Ted 3 in Excellent Video Message
We have some excellent news! Bill & Ted Face the Music, at long last, is happening. For real this time. This is one of those projects that has been discussed to death and we understand people being afraid to get their hopes up. However, original stars Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter have both personally confirmed that the long-awaited sequel is finally going to head into production this summer. What's more, is they confirmed that the movie will be heading to a theater near you in summer 2020.

The video kicks off with the two gathered at the Hollywood Bowl proclaiming that, together, they make up the band Wyld Stallyns. That alone is delightful. But things get progressively more excellent as both Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves continue on, as they confirm that production on the movie will finally be getting underway shortly after a long, long wait. And they make it clear
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Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter Announce ‘Bill & Ted 3’ Films This Summer, 2020 Release Date — Watch

Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter Announce ‘Bill & Ted 3’ Films This Summer, 2020 Release Date — Watch
Christopher Nolan is no longer the only one returning to movie theaters in summer 2020. “Bill & Ted” duo Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter have announced production on the franchise’s long-in-the-works third movie, “Bill & Ted Face the Music,” will begin in New Orleans this summer. Orion Pictures will release the movie through its United Artists Releasing banner in August 2020.

Bill & Ted Face the Music” will be the third entry in the long-running series, which started in 1989 with cult classic “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure” and continued in 1991 with the first sequel, “Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey.”

The official synopsis for “Face the Music” reads: “To fulfill their rock and roll destiny, now middle-aged best friends William ‘Bill’ S. Preston Esq. (Winter) and Theodore ‘Ted’ Logan (Reeves) set out on a new adventure when a visitor from the future warns them that only their song can save life as we
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‘Bill & Ted Face the Music’ With Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter to Open Summer 2020 (Video)

‘Bill & Ted Face the Music’ With Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter to Open Summer 2020 (Video)
Excellent! “Bill & Ted Face the Music,” the reunion film where Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves reprising their roles as the beloved time-traveling slackers, will open nationwide on Aug. 21, 2020.

Production is set to begin this summer on the third film in the franchise, Hammerstone Studios announced on Wednesday. Orion Pictures will release the movie through its United Artists Releasing banner.

Winter and Reeves released a brief announcement video from the Hollywood Bowl that the movie is “actually, hopefully” happening. Watch it above.

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Bill & Ted Face The Music” follows the events of 1989’s “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure” and 1991’s “Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey,” with the now middle-aged best friends William “Bill” S. Preston, Esq. (Winter) and Theodore “Ted” Logan (Reeves) setting out on a new adventure to fulfill their rock
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‘Bill & Ted Face The Music’ Sets Excellent Summer 2020 Release Date

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Strange things will be afoot at the Circle K once again as Hammerstone Studios and Orion today announced that the third Bill & Ted movie, Bill & Ted Face the Music, will head into production this summer in New Orleans for an Aug. 21, 2020 release.

Orion Pictures will release the pic through the United Artists Releasing banner. Stars Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter had a special message today, which you can watch above.

Dean Parisot will direct from a screenplay by the original Bill & Ted writers Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon.

Synopsis: Following 1989’s Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure and 1991’s Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey, the stakes are higher than ever for William “Bill” S. Preston Esq. (Winter) and Theodore “Ted” Logan (Reeves). Yet to fulfill their rock and roll destiny, the now middle-aged best friends set out on a new adventure, when a visitor
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‘Girls Trip’ Co-Writer Tracy Oliver Inks First-Look Deal At Topic Studios

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Topic Studios has signed Girls Trip co-writer and The First Wives Club series creator Tracy Oliver to a first-look deal for film and TV.

The pact, which begins April 1, comes at a busy time for the multi-hyphenate, who is currently working on First Wives Club, the half-hour comedy based on the movie that she executive produces and showruns. It stars Ryan Michelle Bathe, Jill Scott and Michelle Buteau and will air later this year on Bet.

On the film side, she has the Will Packer-produced Little, which she wrote, hitting theaters April 12 via Universal, and she penned and executive produced Warner Bros’ Ya adaptation The Sun Is Also a Star, which bows May 17 and stars Grown-ish‘s Yara Shahidi and Riverdale‘s Charles Melton. In addition, she is producing a remake of Clueless at Paramount.

“We’re huge fans of Tracy,” said Michael Bloom, CEO of First Look Media/Topic Studios.
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15 Notoriously Bad Movie Remakes (And 15 That Are Actually Worth Watching)

Next to sequels and reboots, remakes seem to be the most common type of film moviegoers see today. Whether they modernize the setting or alter the plot and/or characters, remakes come in all shapes, sizes, and qualities. However, because some audiences tend to think back to the phrase, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it," they can be quick to judge remakes as heartless retellings of iconic stories. This is simply not the case.

While it is true that many remakes have failed to capture the magic of their source films (feeling downright unnecessary in the process), some have expanded upon their lore and delivered a fresh, updated take on their stories. For example, Ocean's 11 was originally a 1960 film that, despite starring Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis, Jr., received average reviews. However, once acclaimed director Steven Soderbergh remade it in 2001, it spawned an entire franchise of
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Cannes Predictions: From Tarantino to Malick, Americans Should Be Well Represented

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Cannes Predictions: From Tarantino to Malick, Americans Should Be Well Represented
The lineup for the Cannes Film Festival won’t be officially unveiled until April 18, but early indications suggest that Elton John biopic “Rocketman,” Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” and Kristen Stewart thriller “Against All Enemies” will all make their world premieres on the Croisette in May.

If Cannes director Thierry Frémaux is able to snag those three films, the French festival will already be looking at a starrier and potentially more glamorous edition than last year, when a combination of factors — a royal wedding, an industry-led embargo on Netflix movies, and the perception that fall festivals serve as better launchpads for Oscar hopefuls — led to one of the most underwhelming Cannes competition slates in years. The program itself wasn’t bad, but light on English-language fare and established directors, meaning that for the majority of American press, there literally wasn’t much to write home about.
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Scorsese's The Irishman Won't Be Finished in Time for Cannes

Netflix hoped to screen Martin Scorsese's The Irishman at the Cannes Film Festival this year. However, the movie will not be finished in time to debut at the annual French festival. The streaming platform and the festival had a very public battle last year over the fact that France has a strict policy involving streaming movies playing in theaters. According to laws in France, there must be a 36 month wait before a movie can be shown on a streaming platform, which isn't how Netflix handles its projects. This led Netflix to pull Alfonso Cuaron's Roma and premiere it at the Venice Film Festival instead, along with a lot of confusion surrounding streaming platform projects and their place at film fstivals in general.

A lot has changed in the last year and the Cannes Film Festival has been keeping an open dialogue with Netflix. The streaming platform's Ted Sarandos and
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Kelli Berglund and Tyler Posey on ‘Now Apocalypse’ & Filming Intimate Nude Scenes

From filmmaker Gregg Araki and sex columnist Karley Sciortino, as well as executive producers Steven Soderbergh and Greg Jacobs, the 10-episode, half-hour Starz comedy series Now Apocalypse is a surreal and wild coming-of-age story that follows Ulysses (Avan Jogia) and his friends – Ford (Beau Mirchoff), Carly (Kelli Berglund) and Severine (Roxane Mesquida) – as they explore identity, sexuality and love in the often strange city of Los Angeles. As his premonitory dreams become more troubling and seemingly apocalyptic, Ulysses begins to wonder if something dark and dangerous is going on, or if the weed he’s been …
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Scorsese’s ‘The Irishman’ Won’t Be Finished by Cannes, as Netflix Plans to Skip Festival

Following IndieWire’s report earlier this month that Netflix and the Cannes Film Festival were unlikely to find a solution in order to allow Netflix films to play in competition, Variety now confirms the streaming giant will be skipping the festival entirely for the second year in a row. The move means high profile Netflix titles such as Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman,” Steven Soderbergh’s “The Laundromat,” David Michod’s “The King,” the Safdie brothers’ “Uncut Gems” (Netflix is handling international rights), and an untitled Noah Baumbach film will not debut at Cannes and will most likely wait until fall film festival season.

Scorsese’s “The Irishman,” starring Robert De Niro and Al Pacino, would have easily been the biggest title at Cannes, but Variety reports the film would not have been ready to debut by May even if Netflix was bringing films to the Croisette. Scorsese is using
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Despite Ongoing Peace Talks, Netflix Won’t Have Any Movies at Cannes 2019 (Exclusive)

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Although Netflix and the Cannes Film Festival continue quietly to negotiate a potential settlement to their differences, the streaming giant will be absent from the Croisette again this year with no film in or out of competition, Variety has learned.

The ongoing talks between the two sides have been friendly, including a dinner in Los Angeles just over a week ago with Netflix’s Ted Sarandos and Scott Stuber and Cannes artistic director Thierry Fremaux, who was in town for a summit hosted by the Hollywood Foreign Press, one insider said. The meeting was one of several held since Netflix and Cannes’ bitter spat before last year’s festival, which led the streamer to take “Roma” to Venice instead, where it won the Golden Lion.

But no solution has been found yet that would allow a Netflix title to return to Cannes’ competition lineup. In any case, it does not
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The Top 10 Movies On Gambling You Must Watch

Though there are several movies that had come up during the years, there are certain top gambling movies which would provide you with all kinds of relevant information related to gambling. You would be in a hurry especially when you win the risky bets. You would even get to know what people actually do to win the casino games or how someone can prevent cheaters from deceiving the gambling company. Through these movie makers, you can now get all such relevant information. In the initial years, roulette online was not much popular because the spread of the Internet was not much then.

The following are the top 10 gambling movies that are very exciting as gambling is one of the most thrilling activities throughout the World:

Casino: The film has been released by Martin Scorsese in the year 1995. It consisted of star- a studded cast which included Joe Pesci, Robert De Niro
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2020 Oscar Predictions: Best Original Screenplay

2020 Oscar Predictions: Best Original Screenplay
Since the academy expanded the Best Picture category at the Oscars in 2010, Best Original Screenplay has gone to writers of a wide-range of genres: dramas; comedies (“Midnight in Paris”); biopics; true-life stories (“Spotlight”); period pictures (“Django Unchained”); war movies (“The Hurt Locker”); sci-fi (“Her”) and horror (“Get Out”). (Scroll down for the most up-to-date 2020 Oscars predictions for Best Original Screenplay and be sure to check out our predictions for Best Adapted Screenplay.)

Regardless of the type of film, a nominee needs broad academy support to win this race. Indeed, all 10 of these most recent Best Original Screenplay winners were, at the least, Best Picture nominees. And five of them won the big prize, bringing the total number of Best Picture champs with Oscar-winning original screenplays to 17. By comparison, 41 films have done this on the adapted side.

In 2019, four of the five nominees for Best Original Screenplay at the Academy Awards
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Antonio Banderas, Richard E. Grant Board Lionsgate’s ‘The Hitman’s Bodyguard’ Sequel

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Antonio Banderas, Richard E. Grant Board Lionsgate’s ‘The Hitman’s Bodyguard’ Sequel
Antonio Banderas has joined The Hitman’s Bodyguard sequel, with Oscar-nominated Can You Ever Forgive Me? star Richard E. Grant signing on to reprise his role in the Lionsgate/ Millennium Media follow-up to the hit 2017 comedy action-thriller. Production is currently underway on The Hitman, with stars Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson and Salma Hayek, as well as director Patrick Hughes, returning.

Morgan Freeman and Frank Grillo are also set to co-star in the film, which will shoot in London, Croatia and Italy.

Set on the Amalfi coast, the pic follows the mismatched, high-octane trio who are unwillingly pulled onto the side of the good guys as they battle to save Europe from a vengeful and powerful zealot with a dangerously over-developed sense of national pride.

Matt O’Toole and Les Weldon are producing for Millennium alongside Campbell Grobman Films. Executive producers are Avi Lerner, Trevor Short, Boaz Davidson, Jeffrey Greenstein
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2020 Oscar Predictions: Best Director

2020 Oscar Predictions: Best Director
One of the big questions about the 2020 Oscars is whether or not there will be a split between the winners of Best Picture and Best Director, as we’ve seen in three of the last four years. Before the academy reintroduced the preferential ballot for Best Picture in 2010, such divides were fairly rare. Now, they are the rule rather than the exception at the Academy Awards. (Scroll down for the most up-to-date 2020 Oscars predictions for Best Director.)

Why is this?

Unlike every other Oscar category, which are decided by a popular vote, the winner of the Best Picture award is determined by a weighted ballot. Voters rank their choices from first to last. If one nominee garners more than 50% of the first place vote, it automatically wins. If, however, no nominee can meet that threshold, the film with the fewest first place votes gets eliminated, with its ballot getting reapportioned to the second place choice.
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2020 Oscar Predictions: Best Picture

2020 Oscar Predictions: Best Picture
Predicting the winner of the Academy Award for Best Picture is never easy. We were sure the top prize at the 2019 Oscars would go to “Roma” but it was “Green Book” that won. In coming up with our 2020 Oscar predictions, we considered a slew of factors, starting with the preferential ballot used to determine the winner. Add in the pedigree of the filmmakers, the critical reception to the films, the box office tally and the track record of the studios. We take all of these into consideration again as we look ahead to the 2020 Academy Awards. (Scroll down for the most up-to-date predictions for this year’s Best Picture race.)

Contenders began to emerge at the Sundance Film Festival in January. Others will be seen for the first time at the Cannes Film Festival in May. However, most of the top tier of Best Picture hopefuls won’t screen until
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‘Now Apocalypse’: Gregg Araki and Karley Sciortino on Creating Sexually Adventurous Characters

From filmmaker Gregg Araki and sex columnist Karley Sciortino, as well as executive producers Steven Soderbergh and Greg Jacobs, the 10-episode, half-hour Starz comedy series Now Apocalypse is a surreal and wild coming-of-age story that follows Ulysses (Avan Jogia) and his friends – Ford (Beau Mirchoff), Carly (Kelli Berglund) and Severine (Roxane Mesquida) – as they explore identity, sexuality and love in the often strange city of Los Angeles. As his premonitory dreams become more troubling and seemingly apocalyptic, Ulysses begins to wonder if something dark and dangerous is going on, or if the weed he’s been …

The post ‘Now Apocalypse’: Gregg Araki and Karley Sciortino on Creating Sexually Adventurous Characters appeared first on Collider.
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