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‘Metro 2033’ Film Project Halted Because ‘A Lot of Things Didn’t Work’

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‘Metro 2033’ Film Project Halted Because ‘A Lot of Things Didn’t Work’
It appears that MGM’s film adaptation of “Metro 2033” is no longer happening because “a lot of things didn’t work,” according to VG24/7.

“Metro 2033″ is a novel by Russian author Dmitry Glukhovsky. It was also adapted into a series of successful survival horror shooters from video game publisher Thq and developer 4A Games in 2010. The book and games are set in a post-apocalyptic version of Moscow where humanity lives in the tunnels of the old metro after a nuclear blast.

The movie was supposed to follow the events of the book, but MGM reportedly tried to Americanize it by setting it in Washington D.C. That idea apparently didn’t work, and the film’s rights have reverted to Glukhovsky, the author told VG24/7 in a recent interview.

“A lot of things didn’t work out in Washington D.C.,” he said. “In Washington D.C., Nazis don’t work,
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Academy Considers No 2019 Oscars Host At All Following Kevin Hart Controversy

Academy Considers No 2019 Oscars Host At All Following Kevin Hart Controversy
With Kevin Hart no longer hosting the 91st Academy Awards next year, the Academy is reportedly “freaking out” as it rushes to find a replacement emcee for the 2019 ceremony. At least that’s according to a top comedy agent who spoke to Variety ahead of an Academy board meeting that’s set to discuss what to do with the hosting dilemma. Another insider told the publication there was no contingency plans in place by the Academy or broadcaster ABC, meaning there was no back-up host to fall on once Hart pulled out.

The Academy announced December 4 that Hart would be hosting the 2019 Oscars, but the confirmation was met with backlash online as homophobic jokes Hart made in the past began to resurface. Hart initially refused to apologize for the controversial jokes, but he eventually said he was sorry and announced he would not host the Oscars as to prevent the
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Sundance London Sets 2019 Dates, Returns To Picturehouse Central

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Sundance London Sets 2019 Dates, Returns To Picturehouse Central
Sundance London will return to the UK capital for a fifth edition from May 30 – June 2, 2019.

The Sundance Film Festival offshoot will once again be held at Picturehouse Central by Piccadilly Circus. This year’s event screened 12 features from the Utah festival, including surprise film American Animals.

The programme featured the UK premieres of Idris Elba’s Yardie, Paul Schrader’s First Reformed and Desiree Akhavan’s The Miseducation Of Cameron Post. The Audience Favourite Award was presented to Bo Burnham for his directorial debut, Eighth Grade and Amy Adrion was the recipient of the inaugural #WhatNext Award for her documentary Half The Picture.

Sundance London will announce its full lineup next spring.
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Jake Gyllenhaal to Star in Remake of Denmark’s Oscar Entry ‘The Guilty’ (Exclusive)

Jake Gyllenhaal to Star in Remake of Denmark’s Oscar Entry ‘The Guilty’ (Exclusive)
Bold Films, and Jake Gyllenhaal and Riva Marker’s Nine Stories Productions have acquired the rights to remake the Danish thriller “The Guilty,” with Gyllenhaal attached to star.

The pic, which premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, won the world cinema audience award and was also named one of the top five foreign language films of 2018 by the National Board of Review. The movie, Denmark’s foreign language film Oscar entry, is also nominated for best screenwriter and best actor at the 2018 European Film Awards.

The movie follows a police officer under investigation, who’s demoted to desk-work at an emergency call center. When he receives a terrified phone call from a kidnapped woman, he must battle his internal demons in order to save her.

Gyllenhaal and Marker will produce for Nine Stories, alongside Bold Films’ Michel Litvak, Gary Michael Walters, David Litvak, and Svetlana Metkina. Bold Films will finance the pic.
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‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Breakout Constance Wu in Talks for Rom-Com at Screen Gems

‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Breakout Constance Wu in Talks for Rom-Com at Screen Gems
Constance Wu, the star of “Fresh Off the Boat” and “Crazy Rich Asians,” will be looking for love in yet another romantic comedy.

Wu is in talks to star in an untitled romantic comedy from Screen Gems, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

Savion Einstein (the upcoming “The Longest Birthday”) wrote the screenplay, and Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman are producing. Kimmy Gatewood, who stars as a wrestler on the Netflix show “Glow,” is in talks to make her directorial feature debut on the film. She’s previously directed a handful of shorts and several episodes of the 2016 show “Junketeers.”
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Small-Screen Stream: ‘Killing Eve,’ ‘Sorry For Your Loss,’ and Other Great Streaming Series You Might Have Missed in 2018

(Welcome to Small-Screen Stream, a feature where we share the best television shows streaming and where you can watch them.) The year is winding to an end, the “best of” lists are pouring in, and chances are you’re up to your neck in content you’d like to catch up on before the month is through. Plenty […]

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‘Once Upon a Deadpool’ Review: A Utility Belt Made of Watches

I always found it fascinating how often the Deadpool movies uses its main character's meta-ness as a defense mechanism against its own issues. When a Deadpool script opts for lazy writing, Ryan Reynolds can look at the camera and say, "that's lazy writing," and the issued is winked away. If a scene uses too much CGI, there's Deadpool crackin' wise about there being too much CGI. And if the writers go for a notoriously sketchy comic book trope in their storytelling—like, say, fridging a main female character—the movie is right there with a funny …
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‘The Office’ Is Returning to Free TV Through the Cozi Network

The year is coming to a close and Best TV of 2018 lists are breathlessly being composed, a process made infinitely harder by the fact it's both easier and more satisfying to just re-watch The Office. At least there's good news on that front [h/t Vulture]: Cozi TV, an NBCUniversal-owned network that you most likely can watch for free via antenna, will begin airing Office episodes weeknights at 10 pm beginning January 1, 2019. As you begin yet another descent into Scranton, Pennsylvania, do remember that if "The Injury" isn't your favorite episode, it'…
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‘hillbilly’ Trailer: Documentary Humanizes and Traces Appalachian Roots (Exclusive)

‘hillbilly’ Trailer: Documentary Humanizes and Traces Appalachian Roots (Exclusive)
Since the 2016 presidential election, Americans have been urged to reach “outside the bubble.” As Donald Trump’s presidential victory made the deep divisions in this country painfully clear, the following years have only solidified the belief on both sides that half the country is completely unreachable. In the new documentary “Hillbilly,” filmmakers Ashley York and Sally Rubin posit that no group is more misunderstood than Appalachian Americans, a group that has either been totally neglected by the media or unjustly maligned with caricatures and stereotypes.

The official synopsis reads: “‘hillbilly’ goes on a personal and political journey into the heart of the Appalachian coalfields, exploring the role of media representation in the creation of the iconic American ‘hillbilly,’ and examining the social, cultural, and political underpinnings of this infamous stereotype. Filmed in Georgia, Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia, ‘hillbilly’ uncovers an unexpected set of artists, poets, activists, queer musicians,
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‘True Detective’ Season 3 Trailer: Mahershala Ali Goes Back to the Beginning of a Deadly Case

‘True Detective’ Season 3 Trailer: Mahershala Ali Goes Back to the Beginning of a Deadly Case
The latest trailer for True Detective season 3 takes star Mahershala Ali back through his past, and takes us back to the mood and tone of the acclaimed first season of the HBO anthology show. The newest season of True Detective follows Ali’s Detective Wayne Hays, who investigates the disappearance of two children in the heart of the Ozarks, and […]

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‘Bird Box’ Trailer: Sandra Bullock Protects Her Children From Creatures That Thrive On Fear

Oscar-winning actress Sandra Bullock is not the most prolific talent in Hollywood. Starring in only one other film in the last three years (this summer’s “Ocean’s 8”), it’s a rare treat for film fans to get a new film featuring Bullock. However, somewhat surprisingly, Netflix is about to unleash a new Sandra Bullock film, “Bird Box,” and this time, we find the actress tackling the horror/thriller genre.

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The Best Films of 2018

Variety chief film critics — and cinema omnivores — Owen Gleiberman and Peter Debruge spend the year devouring everything from superhero movies to subtitled festival gems, which leaves a wealth of exceptional films to savor at year’s end. While “A Star Is Born” scored high with both critics, and “Eighth Grade” and “The Rider” each make the cut (the latter topped Debruge’s 2017 list), their taste otherwise ran in different directions. Click through to read the reasoning behind each of the critics’ selections.

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1. “Blindspotting”

2. “A Star Is Born

3. “Shoplifters

4. “The Hate U Give

5. “Eighth Grade

6. “Museo

7. “Life and Nothing More”

8. “Mission: Impossible – Fallout”

9. “Burning”

10. “In Syria”

Owen Gleiberman’s Top 10 Films of 2018 | Read more

1. “A Star Is Born

2. “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”

3. “The Rider

4. “Green Book

5. “Chappaquiddick

6. “Red Sparrow

7. “If Beale Street Could Talk”

8. “First Man

9. “Wild, Wild Country”

10. “Eighth Grade
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Peter Debruge’s 10 Best Films of 2018

Every so often, Hollywood changes the world, but most of the time, the world changes Hollywood, which adjusts to reflect the innovation happening around it. A year after the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements forced the film industry to confront the sexism baked into the system, we are starting to see progress reflected onscreen and behind the camera — and not just for women, but for groups of all kinds.

Films like “Black Panther,” “Crazy Rich Asians” and “Love, Simon” broke barriers and minted new stars, offsetting the stumbles of “A Wrinkle in Time” and “Annihilation” (a female-powered sci-fi movie too smart for its own good). Want to know which studio is being the most open-minded about choosing its directors? That would be Netflix, where female, minority, queer, and non-English-language filmmakers are making movies — which far exceed the 80 original films estimated this time last year. Heck, the company doesn’t even discriminate against the dead,
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Ventana Sur: Brazilian thriller 'The French Teacher', ‘feverish’ Swiss drama 'The Jungle' among Proyecta pitches

Collaboration with San Sebastian Film Festival to foster co-productions with Latin America.

Filmmakers let fly with their pitches on Tuesday (10) at the inaugural Proyecta session organised by Ventana Sur and San Sebastian Film Festival to foster co-productions with Latin America.

Among those under the spotlight are The Jungle, a Swiss project that director Matthias Huser explained was a 1970s-set family drama that morphs via a “feverish” storytelling tone into an experimental film.

The film centres on Sheila, who returns to her childhood home where her dying father tries to convince her to continue his life’s work and protect a patch of jungle.
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‘Glass’ Trailer: “People are Going to Get Hurt” in M. Night Shyamalan’s New Movie

‘Glass’ Trailer: “People are Going to Get Hurt” in M. Night Shyamalan’s New Movie
Everyone’s trapped under one roof in the latest Glass trailer. M. Night Shyamalan‘s sequel to both Unbreakable and Split brings characters from both of those films together, and sets them loose inside a mental hospital. This new trailer leans heavily on Samuel L. Jackson‘s ominous narration, as his character Elijah Price, Aka Mr. Glass, sets things in motion. “A lot […]

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The 20 Best Action Movies Of 2018

Now it’s time to get our action yah-yahs out. 2018 is coming to a close so as is our usual wont to do, we’re running down many of the particulars of the year in cinema; Best Films, Posters, Trailers, Breakthrough Performances, and much more to come. Action is an art, but it’s not always artfully crafted, sometimes placing a premium on noise, loudness, chaos, and all the things Michael Bay values. But the best action sequences we always tend to love always put a focus on staging, crafty editing, tension, and orchestration.

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Disney Sued for Home Video Profits by ‘Young Doctors in Love’ Writer

Disney is facing a class-action lawsuit from the screenwriter of the 1982 hospital parody “Young Doctors in Love,” who alleges that the studio has withheld millions in home video revenue.

Michael Elias filed the suit on Dec. 6 in Los Angeles Superior Court. His attorney, Neville Johnson, filed similar class-action lawsuits against six other studios in 2013 and 2014, resulting in multi-million dollar settlements.

The controversy dates to the early days of the Vcr, when the major studios would contract out to independent distributors for VHS production. The distributors would return 20% of their receipts to the studios. Later, the studios brought their home video distribution in-house, but did not adjust the profit calculation, the suit alleges.

“In other words, 80% of the revenue generated from such distribution is never subject to potential remittance to profit participants and is, instead, wrongfully kept by Disney outright,” the suit alleges.

According to the suit, Elias’ contract entitled him
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Watch: Blocking as Foreshadowing in Ridley Scott’s Alien

Although this video essay by Sareesh Sudhakaran is called “How Ridley Scott Covers a Dialogue Scene,” it more accurately investigates the ways in which Scott uses blocking and perspective to foreshadow the more sinister events of his 1979 mega-hit Alien. In breaking down the three scenes set inside the Nostromo’s dining area, Sudhakaran also draws attention to the more tradition applications of blocking, via its reinforcement of the shifting power dynamics amongst the crew. Check it out above.
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Shooting an Improvised Movie on GoPros with the Actors as DPs: Rick Ostermann and Louis Hoffman on the Survival Thriller Lysis

Rick Ostermann’s Lysis — which had its world premiere at Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival last week — required the Krieg and Wolfskinder director to put even more faith in his actors than usual, as they were also their own directors of photography and, to an extent, their own scriptwriters. The story centers on a dad (Oliver Masucci), who takes his long-estranged teenage son (Louis Hofmann) on a white water rafting and camping trip, with the intention of filming their “adventure.” Once in the wilderness, however, his son proves less than willing to reconnect and an act of petulance soon […]
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Contest: Win ‘Galveston’ On Blu-Ray Starring Ben Foster & Elle Fanning, Directed By Mélanie Laurent

If you’re a film fan and you’re not on board with actor Ben Foster, then you’re missing out. Though he has yet to receive the universal acclaim of some of his co-stars, Foster has carved out a pretty great IMDb over the last few years, starring in films like “Hell or High Water,” “Hostiles,” and the excellent “Leave No Trace.” But with all the acclaim the latter film has received, you may have missed Foster’s newest film “Galveston” during its theatrical run earlier this fall.

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