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Chadwick Boseman’s ‘17 Bridges’ Adds ‘Deuce’ Star Jamie Neumann (Exclusive)

Chadwick Boseman’s ‘17 Bridges’ Adds ‘Deuce’ Star Jamie Neumann (Exclusive)
Jamie Neumann, who can currently be seen on HBO’s “The Deuce” as Dorothy, has joined the cast of the Stx action movie “17 Bridges.” Sources also tell Variety she has landed a recurring role on Netflix’s “Jessica Jones” and “NOS4A2.”

17 Bridges,” directed by Brian Kirk, stars Chadwick Boseman, J.K. Simmons, Taylor Kitsch, and Stephan James.

Boseman will portray a disgraced NYPD detective who, after being thrust into a citywide manhunt for a cop killer, is given a shot at redemption. As the night unfolds, lines become blurred on who he is pursuing, and who is in pursuit of him. When the search intensifies, extreme measures are taken to prevent the killers from escaping Manhattan as the authorities close all 17 bridges to prevent any entry or exit from the iconic island.

Boseman, Logan Coles, and Joe and Anthony Russo are producing along with Mwm Studios. Gigi Pritzker (“Hell or High Water
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Idris Elba Boarding Universal-Working Title’s ‘Cats’ As Macavity

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Idris Elba Boarding Universal-Working Title’s ‘Cats’ As Macavity
Idris Elba is in final talks to join Tom Hooper’s feature adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit musical Cats. We hear Elba is playing famed feline Macavity.

The Golden Globe and two-time SAG Award winner joins Taylor Swift, Jennifer Hudson, Ian McKellen, James Corden, Laurie Davidson, and Mette Towley. The pic is currently in pre-production.

Macavity is the only real villain in the musical who kidnaps Old Deuteronomy, the Jellicle leader, and attempts to abduct Demeter, one of two cats who sings about him. The character was originally portrayed by Richard Pettyfer in the original West End production, and by Kenneth Ard in the Broadway production. Macavity also has a hypnotic power. In act two, there are two songs about him: “Macavity: The Mystery Cat” sung by Demeter, Bombalurina, and female feline back-up and “Macavity Fight” performed by Macavity, Demeter, Munkustrap, and Alonzo.

Elba is currently filming Fast and Furious
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‘The Flash’ Movie Has Been Delayed Again, May Not Come Out Until 2021

‘The Flash’ Movie Has Been Delayed Again, May Not Come Out Until 2021
The Flash may be the fastest man alive on the comic book pages, but when it comes to the big screen, he’s positively sluggish. The Flash standalone movie has been hit with yet another delay, as Warner Bros. pushes back the expected production start date for Ezra Miller‘s solo superhero film. Now it seems that […]

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Oscars: Olivia Colman Will Compete in Best Actress for ‘The Favourite’ as Acting Races Get Clarified

Oscars: Olivia Colman Will Compete in Best Actress for ‘The Favourite’ as Acting Races Get Clarified
When it comes to predicting the Oscars, one of the major hurdles early in the season is figuring out in which categories some of the actors will be competing. Someone like Christoph Waltz in Django Unchained is more of a co-lead performance, but it’s on the studio to decide where to campaign for the actor, and on the Academy to either accept or re-categorize. In the case of Waltz and Django, he was submitted for Best Supporting Actor …
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Film News Roundup: 1963 U.S. Naval Academy Football Team to Get Doc Treatment

In today’s film news roundup, a documentary about the 1963 Navy football team takes shape, “Never Heard” gets a release, Tim Tebow is backing “Run the Race,” “Death on the Nile” gets a 2020 release and Martin Scorsese is honored.

Documentary Set

Michael Meredith, son of the late Dallas Cowboy quarterback Don Meredith, has signed on to direct “The President’s Team,” a documentary about the 1963 U.S. Naval Academy football team, Variety has learned exclusively.

The film, based on the 2009 book of the same title by Michael Connelly, follows the story of commitment and camaraderie among a team of young athletes attempting to revive a nation wrought with grief — 10 days after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

Kennedy, a Navy veteran, was scheduled to initiate the 1963 Army-Navy game with a coin toss. In the days following his assassination, with the status of the major event up in the air,
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‘This Is Us’: Dan Fogelman Talks About the Gruesome and Challenging Vietnam Episode

‘This Is Us’: Dan Fogelman Talks About the Gruesome and Challenging Vietnam Episode
With multiple characters to service and timelines to tackle, “This Is Us” is not an easy show to produce. Now creator Dan Fogelman has added another ambitious wrinkle to production: Vietnam.

Starting with this week’s episode, “Vietnam,” “This Is Us” dives deep into the story of Jack Pearson (Milo Ventimiglia) and his tour of duty in 1971. In particular, the flashbacks will showcase the relationship between Jack and his younger brother Nicky (Michael Angarano), who also served — and ultimately died in combat.

“Vietnam” is a departure from the normal “This Is Us” storytelling, which usually shifts from the present-day stories of Jack’s now-grown children to flashbacks of Jack and wife Rebecca (Mandy Moore). In this episode, the story begins with the moment Jack finally reunited with Nicky at war, before traveling in reverse to tell the story of how Nicky got drafted, their home life with an abusive father,
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/Filmcast Ep. 489 – First Man and Bad Times at the El Royale (Guest: Lindsey Romain)

/Filmcast Ep. 489 – First Man and Bad Times at the El Royale (Guest: Lindsey Romain)
Jeff, Devindra, and Lindsey Romain do a double review of Damien Chazelle’s First Man and Drew Goddard’s Bad Times at the El Royale. You can always e-mail us at slashfilmcast(At)gmail(Dot)com, or call and leave a voicemail at 781-583-1993. Also, follow us on Twitter or like us on Facebook. Listen and subscribe below: Shownotes (all timestamps […]

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‘Shoplifters’ Leads Asia Pacific Screen Awards Nominations

‘Shoplifters’ Leads Asia Pacific Screen Awards Nominations
“Shoplifters,” the Japanese drama that won the Palme d’Or at Cannes this year, leads the race for the Asia Pacific Screen Awards. It is nominated for best film and in in two other categories.

The four other films nominated for best feature film are: Lee Chang-dong’s “Burning” (Korea), Adilkhan Yerzhanov’s “The Gentle Indifference of the World”, Khavn de la Cruz’s “Balangiga: Howling Wilderness” (Philippines), and Phuttiphong Aroonpheng’s “Manta Ray”.

Nomination in 11 categories were announced on Wednesday. They include 46 films from 22 countries. The awards will be presented at a ceremony in Brisbane, Australia, on Nov. 29, 2018.

This year, films from Japan and China lead the tally with 7 nominations each. Films from Australia, India and Kazakhstan each received 5 nominations. Uzbekistan (actor Karim Mirkhadiyev for his role in “Fortitude”) received a nomination for the first time.

Best director nominations go to: Hirokazu Kore-eda for “Shoplifters”; Ivan Ayr for “Soni
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Lena Waithe Wants ‘Boomerang’ Adaptation ‘to Change the Face of Bet’

Lena Waithe Wants ‘Boomerang’ Adaptation ‘to Change the Face of Bet’
Lena Waithe has very high hopes for her television series adaptation of the 1992 comedy “Boomerang” for Bet.

“I literally want this show to change the face of Bet,” Waithe said at Variety’s Power of Women luncheon, adding that she expects the show to be “phenomenal.”

“I’m not even saying that out of shade,” she said.

Waithe is teaming up to produce the 10-episode series with Halle Berry, who starred in the movie alongside Eddie Murphy and Robin Givens. The series will follow the children of the film’s main characters.

“It was me calling Halle and going like, ‘Look, I think I’m going to do this. If you had a good experience and you want to do it with me, let’s go,’” Waithe said. “She said, ‘I had a great experience and I’d love to work with you.’”

The series is set to premiere in
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Superhero Bits: Is the 1966 Batmobile in ‘Joker,’ Eminem Performs ‘Venom’ on the Empire State Building & More

What’s the dumbest Venom storyline of all time? What is DC’s Legends of Tomorrow doing instead of the Arrowverse crossover this year? Did you know Deadpool 2 star Zazie Beetz auditioned for another key Marvel role? Is the 1966 Batmobile appearing in an upcoming DC Comics movie? Who might know Peter Parker‘s secret in Spider-Man: […]

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Roseanne’s Death: Here Are All the Details as ‘The Conners’ Finally Reveals the Character’s Fate

[Warning: If you can’t tell by the headline above, spoilers follow.]

It can finally be shared: As revealed in the first episode of ABC’s “The Conners,” Roseanne Conner died from an overdose of opioids. Of course, the news didn’t come as a surprise to anyone who follows social media, as disgraced star Roseanne Barr herself revealed the storyline on YouTube during an interview in September.

ABC hid the character’s fate, utilizing it as a marketing hook to convince viewers to tune into “The Conners” premiere Tuesday night. But even before Barr revealed how her character would die, star John Goodman had already let slip, in a late August interview with the Sunday Times, that Roseanne Conner’s absence would be explained by killing her off.

Nonetheless, studio audiences signed non-disclosure agreements, and ABC asked reviewers to keep Roseanne’s plight a secret until the show debuted. So now it’s official.

The death isn’t out of step
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Daily Podcast: Chuck Wendig, The Flash, Tom and Jerry, Scooby-Doo, Flintstones, Iron Fist, Dracula, TV Commercials & Searching

Daily Podcast: Chuck Wendig, The Flash, Tom and Jerry, Scooby-Doo, Flintstones, Iron Fist, Dracula, TV Commercials & Searching
On the October 16 2018 episode of /Film Daily, /Film editor-in-chief Peter Sciretta is joined by /Film senior writer Ben Pearson and writers Hoai-Tran Bui and Chris Evangelista to talk about the latest film and tv news, including Chuck Wendig, The Flash, Tom and Jerry, Scooby-Doo, Flintstones, Iron Fist, Dracula, Fox, and Searching. You can […]

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David Gordon Green’s ‘Halloween’ Tracking Toward Franchise-Best $50 Million Opening

Director David Gordon Green's Halloween sorta-sequel is tracking toward a weekend box office so big it's scary. Some would even say it's killer. It's going to murder the...okay, sorry, Universal is currently thinking modestly at $50 million, but Variety reports the latest chapter in the Michael Myers slasher saga could bank an opening somewhere over the $70 million line. Considering the film was made on a $10 million budget, any of these numbers would mean a hefty profit. While this wouldn't touch the bonkers record-breaking $80 million that Venom pulled in, it …
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Movie Talk: ‘The Flash’ Movie Production Pushed, Now Eyeing a 2021 Release

On today's episode of Collider Movie Talk, Perri Nemiroff, Jeff Sneider, and Haleigh Foutch discuss the following: Variety reports that Idris Elba is in final talks to star in the feature film adaptation of the Broadway musical Cats. Variety reports that The Flash standalone film is pushing its production start date to late-2019 which means the film would come out sometime in 2021. Fox Searchlight announced that they will be submitting Olivia Colman as a Best Actress for the Oscars for her work in The Favourite. Deadline reports that Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson will be reprising their …
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Luca Guadagnino to Adapt Bob Dylan’s ‘Blood on the Tracks’ Album Into a Movie

Luca Guadagnino to Adapt Bob Dylan’s ‘Blood on the Tracks’ Album Into a Movie
Luca Guadagnino is about to give Bob Dylan another turn on the big screen. Hot off the heels of his acclaimed drama Call Me By Your Name and the divisive horror remake Suspiria, the filmmaker is taking on another unique project: an adaptation ofDylan’s 1975 album Blood on The Tracks. According to a New Yorker profile about Guadagnino ahead of the […]

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Ilm’s Rob Bredow on ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ and the Future of VFX

Even before he was promoted to Svp, executive director and head of Ilm in May, Rob Bredow was a very busy man. He joined Industrial Light & Magic in 2014 as a visual effects supervisor, then quickly rose up the ranks, helping to launch ILMxLAB in 2015 to develop and release immersive entertainment, moving into the chief technology officer role at Lucasfilm in 2016 and most recently serving as visual effects supervisor and co-producer of Disney’s “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” working alongside director Ron Howard.

He’s been making the rounds of top-notch tech conferences like Siggraph in August and the upcoming View Conference in Turin, Italy, talking about creativity and how it applies to just about everything we do. “Whether that’s writing code, or creating a detail in a shot, those are all things that I feel are really creatively driven,” he says.

Variety caught up with Bredow ahead of his View Conference keynote,
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‘American Gods’ Could Eventually Reach Neil Gaiman’s Unpublished Sequel Novel

‘American Gods’ Could Eventually Reach Neil Gaiman’s Unpublished Sequel Novel
Although American Gods has been plagued by behind-the-scenes issues, Neil Gaiman has divine hopes for the Starz series. The author teased that American Gods could run long enough to adapt his yet-unpublished sequel novel — if he finishes it by then. Neil Gaiman has been knocking around ideas for an American Gods sequel novel for years, first announcing in […]

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Idris Elba to Play a Handsome Feline in Tom Hooper’s ‘Cats’

File this news under "sure, why the hell not." Variety reports that Idris Elba is about to join the cast of Tom Hooper's Cats. The Thor: Ragnarok star joins Taylor Swift, Jennifer Hudson, and Ian McKennel in the adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical about a theater full of audience members' who inexplicably like it when the performers come off the stage and get all up in your face and shit. Okay, that's not exactly what Cats is about. Cats is about...cats, a whole bunch of them, who gather in an alleyway to perform a yearly …
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Break Out the Pop Rocks and Soda: ‘Urban Legend’ Blu-ray Coming From Scream Factory

The people demanded it, and now it’s here. Urban Legend, the 1998 horror flick that rode the post-Scream wave of slasher movie revivals, is headed to Blu-ray from the good folks at Scream Factory. As an added bonus, the boutique Blu-ray label is also releasing the sequel I bet you forget even existed: Urban Legends: Final Cut. Get […]

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The Monkees’ Psychedelic ‘Head’ Returns to Hollywood for 50th Anniversary Screening

The Monkees’ Psychedelic ‘Head’ Returns to Hollywood for 50th Anniversary Screening
Michael Nesmith and Micky Dolenz of the Monkees will be on hand for a Q&A session at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood on Nov. 1 when an American Cinematheque screening of the band’s 1968 feature “Head” commemorates the 50th anniversary of the film’s release.

The Pre-Fab Four’s big-screen debut was a self-referential and surrealistic picture starring the band – Nesmith, Dolenz, Peter Tork and the late Davy Jones – and featuring an eclectic cast that included Frank Zappa, Annette Funicello, Victor Mature, pro football linebacker Ray Nitschke, prizefighter Sonny Liston and topless dancer Carol Doda. Co-written by Bob Rafelson (who also co-produced the film with Bert Schneider) and Jack Nicholson, it marked Rafelson’s feature directing debut.

Shot following the cancellation of the Monkees’ popular TV show, the movie, which premiered in New York on Nov. 6, 1968 — and in Hollywood two weeks later — sported a soundtrack that included songs by Harry Nilsson
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