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‘Mortal Kombat’ Sequel in the Works With ‘Moon Knight’ Screenwriter Jeremy Slater

‘Mortal Kombat’ Sequel in the Works With ‘Moon Knight’ Screenwriter Jeremy Slater
A “Mortal Kombat” sequel is in the works at Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema.

Jeremy Slater, best known for the Disney Plus Marvel series “Moon Knight,” has been tapped to write the screenplay. Warner Bros. and New Line had quietly been looking to develop other installments in its “Mortal Kombat” universe, but plans for a follow-up film had not been official until Slater had been hired to pen the script.

The first “Mortal Kombat,” a martial arts-inspired adaptation of the popular video game, opened in theaters and on HBO Max last April. Despite mixed reviews, the R-rated movie still managed to generate solid ticket sales at a time when most people were largely steering clear of their local cinema. It earned $42 million domestically and $83 million worldwide.

Simon McQuoid, who directed “Mortal Kombat,” previously hinted to Variety that he would be interested in expanding the movie into a gory action franchise.
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Nicole Kidman, ‘The Power of the Dog’ Win Top Prizes at 11th Annual Aacta International Awards

Nicole Kidman, ‘The Power of the Dog’ Win Top Prizes at 11th Annual Aacta International Awards
The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (Aacta) announced the winners for the 11th annual Aacta International Awards, with Nicole Kidman nabbing her 7th Aacta award for her portrayal of Lucille Ball in “Being the Ricardos.”

Jane Campion’s “The Power of the Dog” dominated the film categories with three wins — best film; best lead actor for Benedict Cumberbatch; and best supporting actor for Australian actor Kodi Smit-McPhee.

Belfast” star Judi Dench won the best supporting actress prize, while “Dune” filmmaker Denis Villeneuve picked up the award for best direction in film. Aaron Sorkin won the screenplay prize for his “Being the Ricardos” script.
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‘Spider-Man’ To Top Box Office For 5th Weekend As No Wide Releases Open

‘Spider-Man’ To Top Box Office For 5th Weekend As No Wide Releases Open
Until just a few weeks ago, Spider-Man: No Way Home was set to face Spidey nemesis Morbius at the box office this weekend. Sony decided to push its “Ssu” (Sony’s Spider-Man Universe) film starring Jared Leto back to April, and nothing has come to fill the vacated slot. Without any new wide releases, the webslinger will have yet another weekend where it rules the box office. After reclaiming the top spot from Scream last weekend, the MCU film is set to have its fifth number one weekend, a feat only a few films in recent decades have achieved.

If Spider-Man continues with its 30-40% drops, it will fall below $10 million in a weekend for the first time, and on Monday it fell below $1 million in a day for the first time. Of course, this is nothing to fret about for the fourth top domestic grosser ever, currently at $723 million.
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The Best Movies In Netflix's Top 10 For The Week Of January 17-24

The Best Movies In Netflix's Top 10 For The Week Of January 17-24
Netflix really said "new week, new me" in regard to the most popular films of the week: a whopping 60% of the top 10 list are first-timers. 

"Don't Look Up" is celebrating its fifth week on the list, sitting comfortably in the 4th position. Right on its heels, however, is the horror film "Annabelle: Creation," because anything remotely related to James Wan, "The Conjuring," or terrifying killer dolls is always going to draw a crowd. Horror always performs well on Netflix, and when you've got the terrifying face of the Annabelle doll staring at you from the algorithm, of course people...

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Fairview Trailer: Welcome To Fairview, A Place Of Freedom And Punching Stuff

Fairview Trailer: Welcome To Fairview, A Place Of Freedom And Punching Stuff
When there's no more room in Hell, the IP will walk the earth. 

It's all about look-backs and revivals these days. The slasher subgenre is enjoying resurgences of its "Scream," "Texas Chainsaw," "Candyman," and "Halloween" franchises, while streaming services are banking on nostalgia with the '80s-stylized "Stranger Things" and a revival of the iconic "Unsolved Mysteries" docuseries. 

Now, Comedy Central has followed suit with orders for several adult animated series amid a production-slowing pandemic, mostly throwbacks to another era: a "Ren & Stimpy" reboot is still on the table without the original series creator John Kricfalusi; Beavis and Butt-Head are set to return with a space...

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Clips Round-Up: Adrian Brody And RZA Get Clean, Alicia Silverstone Is Swept Up In The Requin, & More! [Exclusive]

Clips Round-Up: Adrian Brody And RZA Get Clean, Alicia Silverstone Is Swept Up In The Requin, & More! [Exclusive]
(Welcome to SlashClips, a series where we bring you exclusive clips from hot new Digital, Blu-ray and theatrical releases you won't see anywhere else!)

In this edition:

Clean The Requin Ghosts of the Ozarks

First up we have the kickass pairing of Oscar-winner Adrian Brody ("The Pianist") with hip hop superstar RZA ("The Man With the Iron Fists") in the crime drama "Clean," having a cool "buying the weapons" moment together. Extra props to RZA for rocking that very on-brand "Spiritual Gangster" sweatshirt while he gives Brody a flare gun on the house. The film is directed by Paul Solet, who...

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2022 DGA And WGA Award Nominations For Feature Films Include Dune, Licorice Pizza & More

2022 DGA And WGA Award Nominations For Feature Films Include Dune, Licorice Pizza & More
The Directors Guild of America (DGA) and Writers Guild of America (WGA) have announced the nominees for their annual awards recognizing the best contributions in feature films. The lists, honoring releases for 2021, contain titles that should be familiar to anyone who has been following along this awards season. As usual, it's the films that didn't pick up nominations that might be more surprising.

First up is the DGA list for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Theatrical Feature Film (via The Hollywood Reporter):

Paul Thomas Anderson - "Licorice Pizza" (Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures/United Artists Releasing)

Kenneth Branagh - "Belfast" (Focus Features)

Jane Campion - "The...

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Horror Roles That Changed Actors Forever

Horror Roles That Changed Actors Forever
We often think about the life-changing impact horror has on us. Whether it was Regan MacNeil doing the spider walk in "The Exorcist" that made us terrified of stairs, "Jaws" effectively making us never want to set foot in the water again, or "Psycho" forcing us to develop questionable hygiene habits, horror movies leave a serious mark. But what about the actors who have to make those movies that scare us half to death? Sometimes, they can't let go of the strange things that happened on set, or they feel ... haunted. Some actors wind up "cursed" by horror movies, so to speak, in as much as they get pigeon-holed...

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‘Nightmare Alley’ Goes Wide in Black-and-White After Box-Office Disappointment

‘Nightmare Alley’ Goes Wide in Black-and-White After Box-Office Disappointment
As Searchlight buyers find Sundance films for Disney streamer Hulu, Guillermo del Toro’s “Nightmare Alley” will expand to about 1,100 screens this weekend — with 900 of them showing the film in black-and-white.

This version saw strong reactions in multiple showings in Los Angeles and New York, but the color film proved to be a box-office disappointment with $9.7 million in after five weeks in theaters.

The black-and-white screenings included sold-out shows with appearances by del Toro and lead Bradley Cooper. Word of this alternative version was first revealed when the director spoke to IndieWire’s Eric Kohn last month as part of our Awards Spotlight video series.

Del Toro has told the press that he lit his film as if it were black-and-white, like 20th Century Fox’s 1947 original film noir starring Tyrone Power. This presentation, “Nightmare Alley: Visions of Darkness and Light” will play while the color version remains in around 300 theaters.
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‘Sirens’ Review: Thrashing the Patriarchy with Lebanon’s All-Female Metal Band

‘Sirens’ Review: Thrashing the Patriarchy with Lebanon’s All-Female Metal Band
It’s hard to imagine any metal band ever had as much to be angry about as Slave to Sirens, the unlikely subjects of Rita Baghdadi’s dynamic new documentary “Sirens.” Based in the outskirts of Beirut, it’s safe to say the five-woman thrash metal band is the first of its kind in Lebanon, let alone the Middle East. Even if you’re not a huge metal fan, you can’t help but bop to the screeching vocals and thrumming guitar riffs, if not in pleasure then in amazement at the sheer moxie of these young radicals. Moroccan-American director Baghdadi, who also lensed the film, centers character in her storytelling to craft an engrossing and humanizing narrative. With the band’s headstrong co-founders leading their tale, “Sirens” is

“Sirens” opens, naturally, with a head-banging metal show. Donning black spiral eye make-up and shredding on their Flying V axes, Slave
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‘Downfall: The Case Against Boeing’ Review: Bland but Infuriating Netflix Doc Sifts Through the Wreckage of the 737 Max

‘Downfall: The Case Against Boeing’ Review: Bland but Infuriating Netflix Doc Sifts Through the Wreckage of the 737 Max
When Lion Air Flight 610 crashed into the Java Sea 13 minutes after taking off from Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta International Airport on October 29, 2018, most people assumed that whatever problem caused the disaster had nothing to do with the plane. Yes, it was a clear day and there was no evidence of terrorism, but a brand-new Boeing 737 Max wouldn’t just fall out of the sky. Surely the blame for such a catastrophe would never belong to the proud American company whose name has become synonymous with flying itself, but rather with the low-cost Indonesian carrier and/or the foreign pilot (Capt. Bhavye Suneja) it had hired to operate the aircraft that day, whose impeccable record and U.S. training were quickly obscured behind his brown skin and Indian name.

It was only when Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 plummeted to the Earth the following March that most people were able to see past their
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‘Fight Club’ Author Finds ‘Irony’ in China’s Censored Ending, ‘Almost Exactly’ Like Book

‘Fight Club’ Author Finds ‘Irony’ in China’s Censored Ending, ‘Almost Exactly’ Like Book
We may not be our jobs, but novelist Chuck Palahniuk still finds hilarity in his work.

The “Fight Club” author weighed in on the Chinese government censoring the ending of David Fincher’s 1999 film adaptation.

Instead of the original ending showing Narrator (Edward Norton) blowing up a city skyline, the online release in China cut the explosion and added a caption to assure viewers that the Narrator a.k.a. the real Tyler Durden was apprehended by authorities.

“Through the clue provided by Tyler, the police rapidly figured out the whole plan and arrested all criminals, successfully preventing the bomb from exploding,” the title card reads. “After the trial, Tyler was sent to lunatic asylum receiving psychological treatment. He was discharged from the hospital in 2012.”

Palahniuk told TMZ that the recut ending actually bears more similarity to his original novel’s conclusion.

“The irony is that the way the Chinese
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Christoph Waltz, Javier Bardem Talk Oscar Contender ‘The Good Boss,’ Method Acting, Playing Villains

Christoph Waltz, Javier Bardem Talk Oscar Contender ‘The Good Boss,’ Method Acting, Playing Villains
In some ways, Javier Bardem and Christoph Waltz have trod similar career paths. In the space of two years, both stole the show and won Oscars playing cold-blooded killers, Bardem in the Coen brothers’ “No Country for Old Men,” Waltz in “Inglourious Basterds.”

Both went on to become memorable Bond villains. And they also have a pronounced sense of humor. The latter is on display in their conversation about Bardem’s arguably highest-profile movie in his native Spanish in a decade: Fernando León de Aranoa’s “The Good Boss” (“El buen patrón”), Spain’s shortlisted candidate for Best International Feature Film at the upcoming Academy Awards.

In “The Good Boss,” produced by Reposado and The Mediapro Studio, Bardem stars as the owner of Básculas Blanco, a small-town industrial scale manufacturer contending for a big regional business excellence award.

At first, Blanco may come across as a kindly patriarch. As the award gets closer,
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Kristen Stewart Can’t Wait to Direct ‘The Chronology of Water’ Adaptation: It’s ‘So Fiercely, Ragingly Female’

Kristen Stewart Can’t Wait to Direct ‘The Chronology of Water’ Adaptation: It’s ‘So Fiercely, Ragingly Female’
What do you do after you’ve played a princess, a vampire, and an Angel?

If you’re the multi-faceted Kristen Stewart, you turn to both writing and directing. The “Spencer” star confirmed she wants to direct “so badly” during Variety‘s Actors on Actors interview with Nicole Kidman.

“I’ve adapted a memoir by a novelist named Lidia Yuknavitch, and we just cast the lead role, which is monumentally relieving,” Stewart said of upcoming film “The Chronology of Water.” “I’ve been alone with this, in this vacuum, and it’s so nice to give something to someone, a friend and a partner, and say, ‘Help me.’ She’s the one who’s going to have to do it, and it’s really hard, so I’m over the moon.”

Stewart noted production is “in process,” while IMDb already lists her as the official director for pre-production. The star has not yet been announced.
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The State of the Oscar Race: After the Guild Nominations, Here Are the Leading Contenders

The State of the Oscar Race: After the Guild Nominations, Here Are the Leading Contenders
This week’s pile-up of guild nominations yielded a wealth of intel. Sift through the lists of what’s in and what’s out, and the leaders in the Oscar race are clear. The Directors Guild of America put the cap on the most recent guild awards nominations announced by the Editors, Producers, and Writers Guilds, as well as the previous Actors and other craft guilds.

Here’s what didn’t happen: None of the leading contenders scored slots in all four top Guild Awards: WGA, PGA, DGA, and SAG Ensemble.

Leading the fray are the DGA nominees: Kenneth Branagh’s Toronto audience award-winner “Belfast,” Paul Thomas Anderson’s ’70s California valentine “Licorice Pizza,” Steven Spielberg’s musical remake “West Side Story,” and Denis Villeneuve’s space epic “Dune,” which are all three for four, and show support from the crafts as well, as does PGA nominee Jane Campion’s
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Jean-Luc Godard Wants Wild Boars to See His Films at Berlinale

Jean-Luc Godard Wants Wild Boars to See His Films at Berlinale
Thanks to Twitter, we now really know what Jean-Luc Godard thinks about animals: They’re future filmgoers.

Berlinale tweeted a video of the famed auteur discussing his retrospective exhibition as part of the festival’s Sentiments, Signes, Passions, curated by Fabrice Aragno in collaboration with Godard. The exhibition screens Godard’s 2018 “Le livre d’image” as a “living projection” on 40 screens.

“What I would like is what I told you, is that in Berlin, since there are often wild boars in the city of Berlin, a feeder for wild boars should be placed under the screens,” Godard said.

He added, “The film, or something from the cinema, is like when you go into nature and see trees that have several branches. What [cinematographer] Fabrice Aragno does, it is each time a tree of the cinema. In Berlin it will be the second time. The first time was in Nyon. I hope
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Netflix's Texas Chainsaw Massacre Has The Same Narrator As The 1974 Original

Netflix's Texas Chainsaw Massacre Has The Same Narrator As The 1974 Original
The new "Scream" brought back a killer's house from Wes Craven's original1996 meta-slasher with the same title. Last year, Nia DaCosta's "Candyman" had composer Robert A.A. Lowe conjuring up the tragic melodies of Philip Glass' 1991 score for the franchise original when the moment called for a throwback. Now, David Blue Garcia's "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" is invoking the spirits of the past in hopes of conjuring up some of the runaway success of Tobe Hooper's 1974 original slasher. 

The Netflix feature is a direct sequel to "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre" and takes place after the events that left Sally Hardesty (originally...

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Super Pumped Teaser: Joseph Gordon-Levitt And Kyle Chandler Wage A Battle For Uber

Super Pumped Teaser: Joseph Gordon-Levitt And Kyle Chandler Wage A Battle For Uber
Showtime has released a new trailer for the upcoming first installment in a new anthology series. "Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber" will premiere on Sunday, February 27, 2022 at 10 p.m. Et/Pt, and it's all about the rise and fall of Travis Kalanick, the founder of Uber. The ride-sharing service may have changed the way we travel, but it had a whole lot of baggage that came along with it. The first trailer gave off some strong "The Wolf of Wall Street" vibes and not in a good way. I was very worried that Kalanick would be glorified the way Jordan Belfort...

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Moonfall Director Roland Emmerich Didn't Think Don't Look Up Was Disaster-y Enough

Moonfall Director Roland Emmerich Didn't Think Don't Look Up Was Disaster-y Enough
It's always great when directors expand their boundaries and evolve over time, tackling projects that they might never have even considered even just a few years ago. Director Adam McKay gradually progressed from Will Ferrell studio comedies to increasingly social-conscious dramas with an eye on awards attention, such as "The Big Short" or "Vice" or, most recently, the divisive Netflix film "Don't Look Up." And then there are directors like Roland Emmerich, who know their lane and largely stay in it. With the odd exception here and there, Emmerich has been directing almost nothing but disaster flicks for the past few decades, which...

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Here's What It Took To Get Andrew Garfield And Tobey Maguire To Join Spider-Man: No Way Home

Here's What It Took To Get Andrew Garfield And Tobey Maguire To Join Spider-Man: No Way Home
Andrew Garfield, a man best known for his lies, is executing his right to finally speak about his "Spider-Man: No Way Home" appearance. After months of being badgered and insisting he knows absolutely nothing, Garfield is embracing that sweet, sweet NDA freedom by openly laughing about his hilarious lies. Honestly, it's hard to hold a grudge against this man after such a convincing performance — we never stopped suspecting, of course, but every now and then his lies made me doubt reality. But trickery is just the tip of the great acting iceberg for Garfield. His return...

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