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‘The Expendables 4’ Muscles Up: Sylvester Stallone Action Pic & ‘Rambo 5’ Sell To China In Eight-Figure Co-Fi Deal

‘The Expendables 4’ Muscles Up: Sylvester Stallone Action Pic & ‘Rambo 5’ Sell To China In Eight-Figure Co-Fi Deal
Exclusive: Chinese exhibition giant Dadi has pre-bought mainland China distribution rights to Sylvester Stallone-fronted action sequels The Expendables 4 and Rambo 5 from Avi Lerner’s Millenium Media. Production on both franchises has long-been subject to rumour, but according to sales and production outfit Millenium, which has backed all of The Expendables movies and the latest Rambo installment, Stallone will return for Rambo 5 in September 2018 and star in The Expendabl…
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Donald Glover chimes in on that possible Lando Calrissian movie

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Donald Glover chimes in on that possible Lando Calrissian movie
One of the highlights of the upcoming Solo: A Star Wars Story is said to be Donald Glover's portrayal of Lando Calrissian, which got fans wondering just when we'd get to see the character star in his own spin-off. While interviewing Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy last week, Premiere magazine reported that Kennedy had indicated that a Lando spin-off was being fast-tracked, but... Read More...
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Halle Berry, Anjelica Huston Join Cast For ‘John Wick: Chapter 3’

Halle Berry, Anjelica Huston Join Cast For ‘John Wick: Chapter 3’
Halle Berry and Anjelica Huston are joining the cast of Lionsgate’s third installment of its hit franchise John Wick: Chapter 3. It was already announced that Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Ian McShane as well as Lance Reddick are returning for the Chad Stahelski-directed film, which will go through Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment label for a May 17, 2019 release.

The film introduces Berry as “Sofia,” Huston as “The Director” and Dillon as “The Adjudicator” of the High Table, Dacascos as an assassin named “Zero,” and Mantzoukas as the “Tick Tock Man.”

Berry sent out an Instagram today announcing the move to her fans:

Also aboard this time around are Asia Kate Dillon (Billions), Mark Dacascos (Lucky Day), and Jason Mantzoukas (The Long Dumb Road). Yayan Ruhian and Cecep Arif Rahman from The Raid film franchise join as formidable professional killers that Wick has to face off against; Martial arts star Tiger Hu Chen
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Jake Gyllenhaal Is in Talks to Play the Spider-Man Sequel's Big Villain, Mysterio

Jake Gyllenhaal Is in Talks to Play the Spider-Man Sequel's Big Villain, Mysterio
The sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming is still in the early stages of production, but it might have already landed one of the movie's most important roles: its villain. None other than Jake Gyllenhaal is reportedly in talks to play Mysterio, a classic nemesis for the titular web-slinger from the comics.

Mysterio, the brainchild of Marvel legends Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, made his big debut in the comics in 1964. The supervillain's alter-ego is Quentin Beck, a stunt man with an extraordinary talent for special effects and illusions, which he uses to pull off major crimes. Those abilities, partnered with his skills as an amateur chemist, help him take on Spider-Man a number of times.

While Gyllenhaal's casting isn't official just yet, we can totally see the Stronger actor playing a bad guy. He'd be joined by Tom Holland, who will be reprising his role as Peter Parker, as well as Zendaya as MJ.
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Warner Bros To Make Film On Bard Prison Initiative Debate Team That Beat Harvard

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Warner Bros To Make Film On Bard Prison Initiative Debate Team That Beat Harvard
Exclusive: Warner Bros will develop a film about the Bard Prison Initiative debate team and its founder, Max Kenner. Kenner, who hatched the BPI program while an undergraduate at Bard, put together a debate team comprised of prison inmate from Eastern New York Correctional Facility and made global headlines in 2015 when they beat the Harvard debate team in competition.

Andrew Lazar is producing through his WB-based Mad Chance banner. Set to write the script is Kay Oyegun, who was nominated for a WGA Award for her work on This Is Us. She separately scripted a film about Angela Davis for Lionsgate.

The BPI runs across six campuses at New York State prisons. Low levels of literacy create tremendous hardship for the 650,000 prisoners who are released in the U.S. each year. That and the reluctance to hire former convicts leads to high levels of recidivism.

BPI has pointed to
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Bryan Fuller Slams ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Trailer For Leaving Out Freddie Mercury’s Sexuality

20th Century Fox debuted the flashy Bohemian Rhapsody trailer to much fanfare, but there were a few people that it didn’t rock. Primarily, former American Gods showrunner and Twitter extraordinaire Bryan Fuller. Fuller took to his preferred social media platform to express his disappointment that the Bohemian Rhapsody trailer completely glossed over Freddie Mercury’s sexuality. The Queen frontman and […]

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‘Under The Silver Lake’ Execs Board Iraq War Drama ‘A Brotherhood’ About Vet Whose Brother Is Kidnapped By Isis

Exclusive: Actor-turned-producer David Moscow (Big), an executive producer on David Robert Mitchell’s Cannes Competition entry Under The Silver Lake, will produce Iraq war drama A Brotherhood, which is currently scouting locations in the Middle East. Moscow will produce under his UnLtd Productions banner, which has previously produced movies including To Dust, Thirst Street and Hellbenders. Fellow Under The Silver Lake execs Jason Dreyer (To Dust) and Todd Remis (Magic Mag…
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Major hotel development on Soho post-production site wins planning permission

Planning permission for a huge hotel in the centre of Wardour Street will wipe out the Soho offices of an assortment of post houses.

The proposal to create an upmarket 176-bedroom, seven-storey hotel on the Wardour Street sites of Deluxe’s UK post-production house Encore, sound studio Angell Sound and VFX/grading house Freefolk, has been given the go-ahead.

Design and architect studio MoreySmith has been cleared to create the Soho hotel development, which will retain the facades of the Film House and Mentorn House buildings on Wardour Street while demolishing the rest of the buildings as well as demolishing
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YouTube Red rebrands as Premium ahead of global rollout

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Video site to split subscription service into two, distinguishing music and original video content.

YouTube is splitting its subscription service into two distinct products, YouTube Music and YouTube Premium, ahead of a global rollout.

The simplified offering follows confusion as to what the platform’s Red service was. Where producers and creators largely viewed Red as a platform for high-quality TV content, YouTube chief executive Susan Wojcicki said in February that she saw it predominantly as a music service.

The new YouTube Music streaming service will bring together official songs, albums, playlists and artist radio with YouTube’s catalogue of remixes,
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Bafta announces 2018 Student Film Awards finalists

The nine titles have been selected from 469 submissions.

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has selected the finalists for the 2018 Bafta Student Film Awards, with representatives from the UK, USA, Germany and Norway.

For the second ever edition of the awards, the nine films were chosen from a previously announced shortlist of 60, narrowed down from 469 submissions from 35 countries.

Film schools across the world were invited to submit up to nine films for consideration in four categories: animation, documentary, live action film and the special jury prize.

The awards ceremony will take place on June 29 in La, with
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‘Peppa Pig’ & TV Content Drive Entertainment One Results But Movie Revenues Slow

Entertainment One’s full-year results for 2017-18 show that revenues for the group’s family division rose by 56% to £139m, boosted by the continued success of the Peppa Pig franchise and that of other family animations such as superhero cartoon Pj Masks. Group profit before tax doubled to £78m, the company said, while pre-tax profits climbed 11% to £144m. The company said it is on track to double the size of the business over the next five years. Flagship show Peppa Pig
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TV and ‘Peppa Pig’ Boost eOne’s Results, but Film Revenue Slumps

Healthy increases in TV and family revenues and profit at independent studio eOne helped offset sharp reverses in its film business in the last financial year, which closed at the end of March, the company said Tuesday.

“It has been a strong year for the group, as we combined our film and television operations into the film, television and digital division for FY19, completed the acquisition of the remaining stake in The Mark Gordon Co. and continued the reshaping of our film business,” eOne CEO Darren Throop said.

Overall revenues were 4% lower at £1.04 billion. Ebidta profit of £177.3 million was spurred by the strong performance of the TV and family divisions.

In the family content business, “Peppa Pig” continues to be a powerhouse, and another animated series, “Pj Masks,” is gaining traction. There are eight new projects in the works, eOne said, reporting family revenue of £138.6 million, a 56% increase year-on-year, and Ebidta profit of £82.3 million,
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‘Arrested Development’ Review: Season 5 Is (Almost) Everything Fans Hoped to See Five Years Ago — Spoiler-Free

‘Arrested Development’ Review: Season 5 Is (Almost) Everything Fans Hoped to See Five Years Ago — Spoiler-Free
If there was any doubt about the qualitative impact of “Arrested Development” Season 4, look no further than the first episode of Season 5. In spits and sputters (that take the literal form of many recaps and flashbacks), the first wholly new episode in five years struggles to restart its engine after smashing into a wall stairs-first half-a-decade prior. So loud and painful are Mitch Hurwitz’s grinding narrative gears that the Bluth family’s initial reintroduction inspires little hope for the road ahead.

But hop on nonetheless. The opening entry exemplifies the pain it takes to overhaul a broken down classic, but the next six more closely resemble the beauty of old and should leave viewers optimistic for what’s coming.

In order to qualify for the Emmys, only eight episodes of the fifth season’s 16 total entries will be released on May 29; seven of those were given to critics for review.
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Ibiza review – breezy and raucous Netflix comedy is a fun night in

Gillian Jacobs heads up a strong trio of female comic actors in a knockabout trip around Europe that squeezes moments of hilarity into a barebones plot

Last year, in a belated attempt to redress the balance, a party busload of films was released that saw women drinking, partying and casual sexing in ways that have usually been reserved for their male counterparts. There was Scarlett Johansson dealing with the death of a stripper in the dark, intermittently funny Rough Night, Toni Collette and Molly Shannon leaving the kids at home in Fun Mom Dinner, the cast of Bad Moms returning with diminishing returns in A Bad Moms Christmas and Tiffany Haddish transforming into a one woman comic phenomenon in crowd-pleasing box office hit Girls Trip. The results were mixed but the message was clear: the post-Bridesmaids boom in comedies fronted by groups of very funny women was finally happening.
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Netflix Signs First-Look Deal With Producer Kim Magnusson for Nordic Movies (Exclusive)

Netflix has signed an exclusive multi-year first-look deal with leading Danish producer Kim Magnusson to produce original feature films from the Nordic region. The projects, which will be produced, predominantly, in their local languages, will be released globally on the streaming platform. Magnusson will work with both established filmmakers and new talent.

Magnusson has produced or executive produced more than 125 movies and TV series, including Zoe Saldana’s “I Kill Giants,” Mads Mikkelsen’s “Men and Chicken,” J.K. Simmons’ “Worlds Apart,” “Headhunter,” “Terkel in Trouble,” Pilou Asbæk’s “R” and Nicolas Winding Refn’s three “Pusher” films. He has been Oscar-nominated in the live-action short film category six times, winning with “Election Night” and “Helium.” He received an Emmy for the film “Island on Bird Street.”

In a statement, Ian Bricke, Netflix’s director of content acquisition, said Magnusson had “incredibly strong relationships with talent in Scandinavia, and a proven
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Is anyone really desperate to see Solo: A Star Wars Story?

The Han Solo prequel is one Star Wars movie we don’t really need. No wonder excitement levels around it are unexceptional, to say the least

This week marks the release of a new Star Wars movie, focusing on arguably the most loved character in the history of the franchise – swashbuckling cosmic bad-boy Han Solo. Everything about Solo: A Star Wars Story suggests it should be steaming into cinemas on the back of a roaring hype train, but that’s not so. Compared with the rabid fan anticipation that preceded The Force Awakens in 2015 and last year’s divisive The Last Jedi, the publicity build-up to Solo is muted, like Chewbacca with a sore throat.

Related: Solo: A Star Wars Story review – Han Solo origins film is boisterous bromance
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Cannes Film Review: ‘Chris The Swiss’

The past can be a prickly thing. One of the strengths of Anja Kofmel’s part-animated documentary investigation into the death of her cousin Chris in Croatia in 1992 is that it does not attempt to sand the troubled history it explores down to smoothness. Instead, Kofmel, who was a child when 27-year-old journalist Christian Würtenberg was found strangled in a Balkan field wearing the uniform of a mercenary unit embroiled in the Yugoslav War, uses a variety of approaches — talking heads, newsreel footage, excerpts from Chris’ diaries and her own hand-drawn animation — to embody those contradictions without claiming to understand them. It’s a multicolored wreath of roses to lay against her cousin’s legacy, thorns and all.

Chris was a good-looking, Bradley Cooper-esque young man with a thrill-seeking nature that Michael, still clearly furious with his brother after many years of grief and therapy, prefers to describe as “reckless” and “irresponsible.
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Cannes Film Review: ‘The State Against Mandela and the Others’

Cannes Film Review: ‘The State Against Mandela and the Others’
The last three words in the title of “The State Against Mandela and the Others” make an apparent afterthought of the nine men tried alongside Nelson Mandela for crimes against the apartheid state in the landmark Rivonia Trial of 1963-64. Even in the opening credits, they appear after a lag, as if to say, “Oh, and those guys too.” Directors Nicolas Champeaux and Gilles Porte are quite aware that they’re reflecting general public awareness with this tongue-in-cheek sidelining, for their absorbing, surprisingly inventive documentary account of the trial makes these “others” its heroic stars. Weaving the reflections of those still alive into an artful fusion of recently excavated archive audio and atmospheric interpretive animation, the film brings emotive, enlightening perspective to a case that may be most famous for putting Mandela in prison for 27 years, but ruptured many other lives besides.

That said, ongoing international fascination with Mandela’s
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Film News Roundup: ‘The Flash’ Star Tom Cavanagh Joins Family Drama ‘Be the Light’

Film News Roundup: ‘The Flash’ Star Tom Cavanagh Joins Family Drama ‘Be the Light’
In today’s film news roundup, Tom Cavanagh books a role as a pastor, Warner Bros. is developing a prison movie, and Molly Shannon is selected for a film festival honor.

Castings

Tom Cavanagh (“The Flash”) has joined the cast of the family film “Be the Light,” portraying a pastor, Variety has learned exclusively.

Cara Santana, Dawnn Lewis, and Michael DeLorenzo lead the supporting cast. Malcolm Goodwin is starring and directing the movie, with a script from Victor Hawks.

“Be the Light,” currently shooting in Los Angeles, is produced by Hawks and Goodwin for Vision Vehicle Productions, Vanessa Goodwin, and Suwannee Wilhelm.

Santana portrays a woman who has been estranged from her father (DeLorenzo) when she discovers that he is dying from cancer. She returns home to repair their relationship and reconnects with a friend (Goodwin), who is a former gangster trying to turn the page and do some good for his community.
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Cannes Film Review: ‘Dear Son’

Cannes Film Review: ‘Dear Son’
We do not live in subtle times, and of all nuance-annihilating topics, few are as dramatically divisive as jihadism. Which makes Mohammed Ben Attia’s delicate portrait of devastation, “Dear Son,” remarkable for the quietness of its approach, its rich, calm, generous characterizations, and the compassion it evokes for extremism’s more indirect victims. After his award-winning 2016 debut “Hedi,” which was, like “Dear Son,” co-produced by the Dardenne brothers, Ben Attia has confirmed himself as an unassuming auteur of ordinary life in Tunisia, in which global, block-capital concerns are writ in intimate, personal cursive.

The film is both anchored and elevated by a performance of simple, radiant decency from Mohamed Dhrif, an actor whose few credits mostly date back to the 1980s. He plays Riadh, a Tunisian dock worker married to Nazli who is the pragmatic foil to Riadh’s slightly impractical optimism. Their son, Sami (Zakaria Ben Ayed) is
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