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Awards Season Hopeful Mary Queen Of Scots Release Date Set For Friday, December 7, 2018

Ian Hart stars as Lord Maitland, Jack Lowden as Lord Darnley, Saoirse Ronan as Mary Stuart and James McArdle as Earl of Moray in Mary Queen Of Scots, a Focus Features release.Credit: Liam Daniel / Focus Features

Focus Features will release Working Title’s Mary Queen Of Scots on Friday, December 7, 2018 – limited in North America. Previously having been set for November 2, 2018, the new date places the movie in prime Oscar season contention.

Focus Features launched a successful Oscar campaign earlier this year with two celebrated films from 2017.

Darkest Hour, starring Academy Award winner Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill, received six nominations and went onto win statuettes for Best Actor and Achievement in makeup and hairstyling, while Phantom Thread, also garnering six nominations and starring Daniel Day Lewis, took home the Oscar for Achievement in costume design (Mark Bridges).

Saoirse Ronan as Mary Stuart in Mary Queen Of Scots, a Focus Features release.
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Saoirse Ronan-Margot Robbie’s ‘Mary, Queen of Scots’ Pushed Back to December

Saoirse Ronan-Margot Robbie’s ‘Mary, Queen of Scots’ Pushed Back to December
Focus Features has moved its awards-season contender “Mary, Queen of Scots,” starring Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie, back five weeks from Nov. 2 to Dec. 7.

Ronan is starring in the title role opposite Robbie as Elizabeth I. Josie Rourke is making her feature directorial debut on the movie, directing from a script by Beau Willimon. The project is based on John Guy’s biography “My Heart Is My Own: The Life of Mary Queen of Scots.”

Producers are Working Title co-chairs Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, and Debra Hayward. The trio all received best picture Academy Award nominations for “Les Misérables.” Other cast members include Guy Pearce, David Tennant, Jack Lowden (“Dunkirk”), Joe Alwyn, Martin Compston, and Brendan Coyle (“Downton Abbey”).

The story is set during the 16th century when Mary Stuart became Queen of France at 16, was widowed two years later, and returned to her native Scotland to reclaim her throne.
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‘Mary Queen of Scots’ Gets Early December Release From Focus Features

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‘Mary Queen of Scots’ Gets Early December Release From Focus Features
Focus Features announced Wednesday that it is giving Josie Rourke’s Elizabethan biopic “Mary Queen of Scots” a December 7 release, right in the middle of awards season.

The film stars two of this year’s Best Actress Oscar nominees, Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie, who will respectively play Mary Stuart and her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I. It follows Mary after her husband, the French monarch Francis II, dies when she is 18. Defying demands that she remarry, she returns to her native Scotland to become Queen there, only to find that it has fallen under Elizabeth’s rule. In a world dominated by men, the two cousins vie for control of England’s throne, setting off a chain reaction of rebellion and conspiracy.
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Batgirl and Harley Quinn Are Priorities With Birds of Prey Movie

Batgirl and Harley Quinn are the only constants in Birds of Prey‘s dueling scripts. Warner Bros. has rediscovered interest in a female-led project. After finding great success with Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman, one of the reported priorities for the studio was Batgirl. Joss Whedon wound up leaving that project, giving a very uncertain future. But they also developed several projects for Margot Robbie to star as Harley Quinn. One of those was Birds of Prey, and it’s now a major priority after Christina Hodson delivered a great script.
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Film Production in Los Angeles Enjoys First Double-Digit Growth Since 2015

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Feature film productions on-location in Los Angeles increased 11.7 percent in the first quarter of 2018, compared to Q1 of last year. It marks the first double-digit increase in three years, according to the not-for-profit organization FilmL.A.

The California Film Commission has been offering tax credits to lure Hollywood studios back to the Golden Coast to film projects, as major studios like Disney have fled for tax havens such as Atlanta, or locations with other incentives.

Disney’s “Captain Marvel,” starring Brie Lawson, is currently in production and is one of seven films under California’s incentive program with a budget over $100 million to film in the state. The Marvel film, due out next year, filmed in the first quarter under the incentive program along with “Bird Box,” “Peppermint,” “The Devil has a Name” and “Destroyer.”

Also Read: 'Scarface,' 'Deadwood' Movie, Jordan Peele Film Score California Tax Credits

“It is exciting to see increases in high job producing categories in film and television production,” FilmL.A. President Paul Audley said in a statement. “The California Tax Credit program is sustaining the industry in our region and demonstrates how critical it is for a continuation of the program.”

Of the 9,724 shoot days logged during the first quarter, films brought in by the incentive tax program accounted for 161 of those.

TV saw a 7.4 percent decline in the number of shoot days in L.A., but TV pilots enjoyed a 22 percent increase, and those brought in by the tax program contributed 24 percent, or 65 of the total shoot days.

Also Read: Cathy Yan in Early Talks to Direct Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn Movie

Tax incentivized TV dramas contributed 50.3 percent of the total shoot days in the category during the first quarter. Incentivized TV comedy projects totaled 89 shoot days, or 17 percent of the category. And on-location commercials rose 10 percent in the first quarter, to 1,633 shoot days.

“This report confirms what below-the-line-workers across Los Angeles are already experiencing – film and television production is booming,” Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said in a statement. “Each new production means more good-paying jobs and a healthier economy for everyone. L.A. is the creative capital of the world, and we’re going to keep it that way.”

Production of web-based TV in L.A. was down 28.7 percent in the first quarter, compared with last year. Last April, Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos told TheWrap that the streaming giant planned to bring as much of its production as possible to California.

The company’s $90 million hit fantasy cop film “Bright,” which starred Will Smith and Joel Edgerton, also filmed entirely on location in downtown Los Angeles.

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“I personally believe instead of investing in tax incentives that we should invest in infrastructure,” Sarandos told TheWrap. “When you think about productions chasing tax credits all over the world, it puts the onus on the cast and crew who have to travel.”

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Details on Why DC's Birds Of Prey Movie Pushed Sucide Squad 2 Out of Way and Plans For Batgirl

Yesterday it was reported that Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment was moving forward with their Birds of Prey movie. They surprisingly hired an up and coming director named Cathy Yan to helm the film. I have no idea if she's a good choice or not, but she managed to impress the studio producers and executives to land the gig!

Bird of Prey will be the next film that we see Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn in. It was supposed to be Suicide Squad 2, but the studio pushed that back to focus on Birds of Prey. According to a recent report from entertainment reporter Justin Kroll, the reason the studio wanted to jump on this project and make it a priority is because they loved the script that was written by Christina Hodson.

The studio is also using the film as a way to introduce Batgirl into the Dceu before
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Tonya Harding and Sasha Farber want Margot Robbie and Allison Janney in their ‘Dancing with the Stars: Athletes’ routines

Tonya Harding and Sasha Farber want Margot Robbie and Allison Janney in their ‘Dancing with the Stars: Athletes’ routines
If Margot Robbie and Allison Janney stop by “Dancing with the Stars: Athletes” to cheer on Tonya Harding and Sasha Farber, they might not just be in the audience. Asked by “Access Hollywood” if the “I, Tonya” stars will visit, the pair had some big plans for their VIP guests.

“They’re gonna be in the number,” Farber says. “We want them in the number, right?”

“Yes, yes!” Harding replies.

See Tonya Harding is ‘perfectly fine’ with Nancy Kerrigan comparisons on ‘Dancing with the Stars: Athletes’

We can see it now: Harding and Farber will do a dance trio with Robbie, and then Janney will interrupt with Little Man perched on her shoulder and her shiny new Oscar in tow to declare, “Well, my storyline is disappearing right now. What the f—.”

In all seriousness, Harding has no idea if Robbie and Janney will stop by yet. “I hope so,
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Cathy Yan to direct Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn in Birds of Prey for Warner Bros. and DC

Deadline is reporting that up and coming filmmaker Cathy Yan (Dead Pigs) has signed on to direct “an untitled girl gang movie” for Warner Bros. and DC Films, which will be based upon the Birds of Prey comic book series.

Margot Robbie is confirmed to reprise her Suicide Squad role as Harley Quinn, and she is expected to be joined by the likes of Batgirl, Black Canary and the Huntress. The script has been written by Christina Hodson, who penned the Transformers spinoff Bumblebee and also recently signed on to script the Dceu movie Batgirl.

Robbie is set to produce the film with Bryan Unkeless and Sue Kroll of Kroll & Co Entertainment. Filming is expected to get underway late this year, or early in 2019.

In addition to Birds of Prey, Robbie is also set to return as Harley in the Gavin O’Connor-directed Suicide Squad 2, while Warner Bros.
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Saoirse Ronan drama 'Mary Queen Of Scots' moves to December

Donmar Warehouse artistic director Josie Rourke directs Working Title drama based on book by John Guy.

Focus Features has scheduled a December 7 limited release in North America for its Saoirse Ronan period drama Mary Queen Of Scots.

The Working Title production had initially been set for November 2.

Ronan, who earned her second lead actress Oscar nod this year for Lady Bird after one for Brooklyn in 2016, stars as the 16th century British monarch.

Oscar-nominated Margot Robbie, Jack Lowden, Joe Alwyn, Gemma Chan, Martin Compston, Ismael Cordova, Brendan Coyle, Ian Hart, Adrian Lester, James McArdle round out the key cast alongside David Tennant,
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Cathy Yan to Direct Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn; Here's What We Know So Far

In Suicide Squad, Harley Quinn was the clear standout among the dynamic group of superpowered villains assembled for that team. As embodied by Margot Robbie (above), she was very much her own woman; smart, strong and sassy, she did whatever she felt was best for herself in any particular moment. It's no wonder that Warner Bros. and DC Films were quick to start development on more films featuring Harley Quinn. We've heard about a direct sequel to Suicide Squad; director Gavin O'Connor (The Accountant) was enlisted for that project last year. Suicide Squad director David Ayer got busy working on a spin-off project, Gotham City Sirens, which would revolve around Harley Quinn. We also heard that Harley Quinn might be featured in Birds of Prey, based on a crime-fighting...
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Steven Spielberg Joins DC Universe With ‘Blackhawk’ Movie

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Steven Spielberg Joins DC Universe With ‘Blackhawk’ Movie
Steven Spielberg and Amblin Entertainment are again teaming up with Warner Bros. Pictures to produce the action adventure “Blackhawk,” based on the DC Comics series of the same name.

Spielberg also has an eye on directing the movie, Warner Bros. Pictures Group chairman Toby Emmerich said in a Tuesday announcement.

The move comes on the heels of “Ready Player One,” also a Spielberg-Amblin-Warner Bros. collaboration, and marks the filmmaker’s first feature centered on DC characters.

Blackhawk is the leader of a small team of ace pilots who fight tyranny and oppression — including Axis powers as well as various supervillains –while operating from a hidden base known only as “Blackhawk Island.” The comic book debuted in 1941 and features team members from around the world, with Blackhawk himself generally portrayed as a Polish freedom fighter.

Blackhawk was created by comics legends Chuck Cuidera, Bob Powell and Will Eisner for Quality Comics. The characters and concepts were sold to DC after Quality ceased publications in 1956.

“We are so proud to be the studio behind Steven Spielberg’s latest hit, and are thrilled to be working with him again on this new action adventure,” said Emmerich on Tuesday. “We can’t wait to see what new ground he will break in introducing ‘Blackhawk’ to movie audiences worldwide.”

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The screenplay for “Blackhawk” is being written by David Koepp, who has collaborated with Spielberg on the blockbusters “Jurassic Park,” “The Lost World: Jurassic Park,” “War of the Worlds” and “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.”

Spielberg will produce the film along with Kristie Macosko Krieger, under the Amblin Entertainment banner, while Sue Kroll will executive produce, under her Kroll & Co. Entertainment shingle.

“It was wonderful working with the team at Warner Bros. to bring ‘Ready Player One’ to the screen,” said Spielberg, adding, “They bring a blend of passion and professionalism to everything they do and have a tremendous history in this genre. I am excited to reunite with them on ‘Blackhawk.'”

Spielberg’s next two films are the fifth installment of the Indiana Jones franchise and “West Side Story.”

“Blackhawk” will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

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Suicide Squad 2 Pushed Back to Start Shooting in 2019

Suicide Squad 2 Pushed Back to Start Shooting in 2019
After the box office success of Suicide Squad in 2016, DC and Warner Bros. were eager to out a sequel, announcing Suicide Squad 2 shortly after the first movie's release. Unfortunately, things aren't looking great for Suicide Squad fans as the production of the sequel has reportedly been delayed a year.

Even though Suicide Squad was a box office success, it did not land well with critics, earning itself a low score of 27% on Rotten Tomatoes. People connected to the sequel have stated that DC and Warner Bros. are eager to get it things right this time around. One of the biggest issues with the first Suicide Squad was how rushed everyone was to put it out. For example, writer and director David Ayer was reportedly only given 6 weeks to write the script for the movie, which is certainly not enough time to fully develop a feature-length screenplay.

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Movie Talk: DC’s ‘Birds of Prey’ Movie Finds Its Director

On this episode of Collider Movie Talk, Mark Ellis, John Rocha, and Perri Nemiroff discuss the following: WB and DC Entertainment have tapped Cathy Yan to possibly direct a Birds of Prey movie that may star Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn. The film is reportedly based on new Batgirl writer Christina Hodson's script. The Sydney Morning Herald reported new details in the court battle between George Miller and Warner Bros. over a bonus Miller feels he is owed for bringing Mad Max: Fury Road in under budget. The court case has put any subsequent sequels in jeopardy. Deadline is …
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Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn Solo Movie Might Have Found the Perfect Director

Back in November, Margot Robbie sat down to chat with MTV News and confirmed that a Harley Quinn solo movie is in the works. When asked if there was any word on the character's imminent return to the big screen - her first appearance was that sinister-but-sweet turn in 2016's antihero manifesto, Suicide Squad - the actress said that yes, a Harley-centric spinoff will definitely make its way to theaters, but it might take some time. "I've been working on a separate spinoff Harley thing for a while now," she said. She also teased that she'd been involved in the project for two years. Two years!

When it comes to a potential Suicide Squad spinoff, there seems to be quite a bit of confusion. After all, DC Comics first announced a Gotham City Sirens film that would incorporate other evil femme fatales from the gritty Gotham universe. That project was
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Batgirl Will Reportedly Debut In Birds Of Prey Ahead Of Her Own Solo Movie

Today brought the news that DC are pushing ahead with a Birds of Prey movie, as director Cathy Yan has been contracted to helm the team-up film which will feature a bunch of Gotham’s female heroes and anti-heroes. One of those is, of course, Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn. And another, it’s been reported, could be Barbara Gordon’s Batgirl. In fact, it seems the film will have the responsibility of introducing her to the Dceu.

Variety’s Justin Kroll shared the scoop, telling us on Twitter that Birds of Prey is going to take Suicide Squad 2‘s slot of going into production in 2018. This is so that Batgirl can be introduced into the franchise sooner, ahead of her own solo movie. The link between the two projects is screenwriter Christina Hodson, meaning Warner Bros. has a lot of faith in her if they’re entrusting such
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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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Cathy Yan Eyed to Direct Margot Robbie Harley Quinn Movie

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Cathy Yan is poised to make history. Deadline reports that the “Dead Pigs” director has been tapped to direct Warner Bro. and DC Entertainment’s upcoming Harley Quinn pic. Still untitled, the “girl gang movie” will feature Margot Robbie’s baseball bat-wielding “Suicide Squad” character among others. A deal has yet to be finalized, but it’s expected that Yan “will become the second female filmmaker to join the DC club after ‘Wonder Woman’s’ Patty Jenkins, and the first female Asian director ever tapped to direct a superhero film,” the source details.

Jenkins, of course, led “Wonder Woman” to critical success and over $821 million at the box office. A sequel for the Gal Gadot-starrer — co-written and directed by Jenkins — is slated for release November 1, 2019.

Deadline describes Yan’s offer as a “bold bet for Warner BrosGeoff Johns and Walter Hamada who oversee DC under Toby Emmerich,
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Margot Robbie: "Birds of Prey"

According to reports, Cathy Yan ("Dead Pigs") will direct the "Suicide Squad" spin-off "Birds of Prey", written by Christina Hodson, ("Batgirl") showcasing Margot Robbie as 'Harley Quinn':

Robbie's LuckyChap will produce with Sue Kroll, Kroll & Co Entertainment and Bryan Unkeless of Clubhouse Pictures.

Premise of "Birds of Prey", originated as a partnership between 'Black Canary' and 'Barbara Gordon', who adopted the codename 'Oracle' at the time, but has since expanded to include additional crime-fighting superheroines, based in 'Gotham City'.

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Birds of Prey movie has found its director in Cathy Yan

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As the Dceu struggles to find its footing, Warner Bros. and DC seem to be focusing on what they know is working for them. One very bright spot in their series so far is Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn, who earned raves coming out of Suicide Squad. The studio has a lot of plans for her, including more Suicide Squad and perhaps a solo outing. Another film set to include her will be based on the... Read More...
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Warner Bros. Hires Cathy Yan to Direct Birds of Prey Film

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Warner Bros. and DC have finally found the woman who will lead Harley Quinn and the rest of the female DC superheroes to the big screen, with Birds of Prey!  Learn more about Cathy Yan within...

Ever since Warner Bros. and DC earned massive amounts of praise (and money) for their adaptations of Suicide Squad and Wonder Woman, the studio has been shifting their attention to create films depicting the massive catalog of established female superheroes.  Even with movies like Gotham City Sirens, Batgirl, Harley Quinn vs The Joker, and even Suicide Squad 2 (to some degree) in the works, that's not enough for DC.  They want to make a Birds of Prey movie.

According to a report from Deadline, after cycling through tons of qualified male directors, Warner Bros. and DC decided instead to go in a different direction and hire newcomer Cathy Yan to direct their Birds of Prey project.
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