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Ken Jeong, Parisa Fitz-Henley Join Dave Bautista’s Comedy ‘My Spy’

Ken Jeong, Parisa Fitz-Henley Join Dave Bautista’s Comedy ‘My Spy’
Ken Jeong, Parisa Fitz-Henley, and Chloe Coleman have joined Dave Bautista’s action-comedy “My Spy” for STXFilms.

Peter Segal is directing the script penned by the writing team of brothers Jon and Erich Hoeber. Bautista plays a hardened CIA operative who finds himself at the mercy of a precocious 9-year-old girl, having been sent undercover to surveil her family. The film is currently in production in Toronto.

“’My Spy’s the perfect vehicle to highlight Dave’s undeniable humor and charm, while continuing to stay true to his action roots,” Adam Fogelson, chairman of STXfilms, said. “His father/daughter-like chemistry with Chloe Coleman is a true pleasure to watch, and we could not have asked for a stronger roster of funny and talented co-stars to round out the cast of this wildly entertaining film.”

Good Fear’s Chris Bender and Jake Weiner are producing the project alongside Mwm Studios, Bautista,
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China Release of Fan Bingbing-Bruce Willis Film ‘Unbreakable Spirit’ Is Scrapped

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China Release of Fan Bingbing-Bruce Willis Film ‘Unbreakable Spirit’ Is Scrapped
The planned theatrical release of big-budget Chinese war movie “Unbreakable Spirit,” has been scrapped following allegations of money laundering. The film had earlier been at the center of the tax avoidance allegations involving actress Fan Bingbing.

The film, previously known as “The Bombing,” was originally set for an August release. That was rescheduled to Oct. 26 after the Fan affair became major news. But Chinese media now report the release as cancelled.

Aside from Fan, the film has a stellar cast that includes Bruce Willis, Liu Ye, and Nicholas Tse. Director, Xiao Feng said the film had taken eight years to make.

“It is time to let it go,” Xiao Feng wrote on social media. “My sincere apologies to my crew, the distribution team, and all audiences who had high expectations of the film.” The film’s distributors, Beijing United Exhibition Partners, and Qi Tai Culture did not respond to Variety’s inquiries.
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‘A Star Is Born’ Continues To Hit Box Office High Notes, Clears $100M In 12 Days

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‘A Star Is Born’ Continues To Hit Box Office High Notes, Clears $100M In 12 Days
When a major studio’s awards contender shoots past the century mark this early in the fall, it’s something to celebrate, and Warner BrosBradley Cooper-Lady Gaga musical romance drama A Star Is Born has filled $100 million-plus worth of movie auditoriums in its first 12 days of domestic release.

Let’s face it, not all adult-oriented awards contenders are slam dunks at the box office, particularly when they are wide releases. Just ask Universal and DreamWorks, who hoped their astronaut drama First Man would launch to $20M in three days; it’s at $19.1M through five days. Quite often the better PR win is in a platform release: You celebrate your theater averages up front, and then, wow, the film has crossed over to bigger numbers later on in its run.

For the third midday to date in its run, A Star Is Born beat Venom in daily grosses — the pic did so last Thursday, on Monday and last night, edging out Tom Hardy’s fanged superhero $3.95M-$3.75M. Every studio depends on a huge opening-weekend gross for their event movies to survive, but sleeper movies, especially ones which continually draw out adult audiences — a crowd notorious for crawling to the multiplex — is pure manna from heaven. While Universal/ Miramax/ Blumhouse’s Halloween will soak up around $70M worth of business this weekend, Venom and A Star Is Born will continue to fight for second with around $18M-$20M. “A Star Is Born will continue to ease 30% every weekend in its run,” praised one rival studio executive about the pic’s longevity.

Yes, Sony’s Venom hit $100M in its first six days last week, but its commercial success after overcoming negative reviews can largely be attributed to being a long-awaited Marvel spinoff finally hitting the screen and clicking. Nice IP if you can get it.

But here we have A Star Is Born, the fourth remake of a classic property in an 81-year period, a movie by a first-time director in Cooper, coupled with ambitious dramatic performances that have paid off, not just for The Hangover actor, but in pop star Lady Gaga too. It’s a recipe that’s paying off. Note this movie could have been a very different one, with various directors having circled at various points in time, i.e., Joel Schumacher, Nick Cassavetes and Clint Eastwood, and stars including Will Smith and Tom Cruise, with Beyonce being a constant attachment throughout various iterations.

A Star Is Born through 12 days counts $101.4M to Venom‘s $148.9M. Versus other October hits, Warner Bros’ Gravity (final stateside gross $274M) hit $100M in nine days, 20th Century Fox’s The Martian (final domestic $228.4M) in 10, and Fox’s Gone Girl ($167.7M) in 16.

It’s fair to say, A Star Is Born is just getting warmed up.
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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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Report: Louis C.K. Says #MeToo Controversy Cost Him “$35 Million In An Hour”

Louis C.K. has been making headlines for being one of the few alleged #MeToo predators that has been trying to make a comeback. After admitting to his past experiences that were detailed earlier this year, C.K. has kept out of the public eye, with his latest film being pulled completely from release. But now, he’s been making a comeback, showing up at his old comedy club stomping ground and attempting to bring humor to the situation.

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Netflix Plans to Keep Making Marvel Shows for the Foreseeable Future

The Netflix Marvel TV shows aren’t going away any time soon. Despite the looming threat of the upcoming Disney streaming platform and Netflix’s surprising decision to cancel Iron Fist after the better-received second season, Netflix isn’t ringing the death knell for its acclaimed Marvel series. The Marvel universe stopped being #AllConnected a long time ago, but Netflix is […]

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Nicole Holofcener Talks “Traumatic” & “Terrible” Experience Leaving The Production Of ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’

Nicole Holofcener is having a great year already. Her recent film for Netflix, “The Land of Steady Habits,” is a return to form for the filmmaker, who last directed a film in 2013. However, the five-year gap between “Enough Said” and her next feature film might have been a lot shorter if she was able to make “Can You Ever Forgive Me?

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At&T Cranks Up Promo Engine for ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’

At&T Cranks Up Promo Engine for ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’
Corporate synergy, meet J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World.

At&T and Warner Bros. are hoping some magic transpires with their first large-scale marketing campaign together — for next month’s “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” — since the telecom giant closed the Time Warner acquisition in June.

The multi-pronged push will include At&T retail stores being decked out with “Fantastic Beasts” posters and interactive displays starting in early November; a dedicated DirecTV on-demand channel for WB’s Harry Potter movies and “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”; a sweepstakes to win a trip to a premiere; advance screenings for At&T customers in select markets; and exclusive film-related content across At&T’s digital channels.

In “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald,” which hits theaters Nov. 16, Eddie Redmayne returns as the wizard Newt Scamander, who is called upon by Professor Dumbledore (Jude Law) to track down evil wizard Gellert Grindelwald
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‘Burning’ is a Haunting Mystery About the Stories Men Tell and the Lives They Destroy [Nyff]

‘Burning’ is a Haunting Mystery About the Stories Men Tell and the Lives They Destroy [Nyff]
The mysteries in Lee Chang-dong’s Burning frustrate, but with purpose. Loosely based on the Haruki Murakami’s 1983 Japanese short Barn Burning, part of his The Elephant Vanishes collection — the English translation by Philip Gabriel appeared in The New Yorker in ’92 — South Korea’s Oscar hopeful is a winding trail about the stories that […]

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At 3,000 Feet, Shooting ‘Free Solo’ Was More Like ‘Mission: Impossible’ Than a Documentary

At 3,000 Feet, Shooting ‘Free Solo’ Was More Like ‘Mission: Impossible’ Than a Documentary
For a sensible person, the idea of attempting to climb a sheer, 3,200-foot wall of granite without ropes or safety gear is enough to send shivers down your spine. As directors Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai reveal in “Free Solo,” their documentary about Alex Bonnold’s death-defying climb of Yosemite National Park’s El Capitan, Bonnold is not one of those people. And to judge by the shots captured by the directors and their crew, neither are they.

Take this three-shot sequence from “The Boulder Problem,” a particularly tricky part of Honnold’s climb.

Shot 1: A vertigo-inducing, high-angle shot points straight down the face of El Capitan. Honnold is in the middle of frame, with the earth 2,050 feet below him in the background. He turns his body slightly diagonal as he reaches for a hand hold. As he pulls himself up, a cut on action to:

Shot 2: A
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John Carpenter Talks Potential Sequels/Reboots Of His Films: “I’m Up For Almost Anything That Involves Money”

If you’ve been reading The Playlist lately, you probably have seen that we’re big fans of the recent, “no fucks given” John Carpenter. The director, who hasn’t stepped behind the camera since 2010’s “The Ward,” has been making the publicity rounds lately promoting the upcoming “Halloween” reboot-quel. And during those interviews, Carpenter has been bringing his A-game, sidestepping questions because he didn’t care, talking about his love of video games, and now, bluntly talking about why he’s okay with reboots and sequels to his films — money.

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‘Blindspotting’ Star Janina Gavankar Lands Lead in Ben Affleck Drama ‘Torrance’

Fresh off her turn in the critically acclaimed indie Blindspotting, Janina Gavankar has landed the female lead opposite Ben Affleck in the Warner Bros. drama Torrance, Collider has exclusively learned. Affleck will play a man struggling with alcohol addiction who attempts to redeem himself by becoming the coach of an inept high school basketball team. Gavankar is nearing a deal to play Affleck's ex-wife who still cares about him, while Al Madrigal (Night School) will co-star as Affleck's assistant coach. Collider hears that Michaela Watkins (Casual) has been eyed to play Affleck's sister, though that …
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‘Lucifer’ Star Tom Ellis Fights Piers Morgan Over Fatherhood and Making Fun of Daniel Craig Carrying His Baby

‘Lucifer’ Star Tom Ellis Fights Piers Morgan Over Fatherhood and Making Fun of Daniel Craig Carrying His Baby
Lucifer” star Tom Ellis has joined the social media fight against Piers Morgan after the journalist and television host made fun of a photo showing Daniel Craig holding his newborn daughter in a baby carrier. Morgan tweeted the photo on October 14 with the caption, “Oh 007…not you as well?!!! #papoose #emasculatedBond,” and he was immediately criticized on social media for implying that using a baby carrier is something women do and not “masculine” figures like James Bond.

“Hey Piers Morgan,” Ellis tweeted, “a man carrying their child in an intimate nurturing way is basic dad behavior.”

Ellis apparently caught the eye of Morgan, as the two ended up having a back and forth exchange on social media in which Ellis blocked every effort Morgan made to troll the “Lucifer” star. Morgan reiterated his stance by telling Ellis, “God gave you arms for a reason, Tom, use them and stop being so lazy,
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‘Fast & Furious’ Producer Neal Moritz Sues Universal Over ‘Hobbs and Shaw’

‘Fast & Furious’ Producer Neal Moritz Sues Universal Over ‘Hobbs and Shaw’
Is the upcoming Fast & Furious spin-off film quick enough to maneuver its way through a court of law and come out unscathed? We’re about to find out. A Hobbs and Shaw lawsuit has been filed against Universal Pictures by Fast & Furious franchise producer Neal Moritz, who alleges that, in “a classic example of Hollywood greed,” […]

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Agapy Kapouranis to head Lionsgate international TV and digital as Peter Iacono departs

Executive has served seven years at studio in Svod, Est, and Tvod.

Lionsgate’s veteran head of international TV distribution Peter Iacono is leaving the company and will be succeeded by Agapy Kapouranis, currently the mini-major’s executive vice-president of worldwide subscription video on demand.

Iacono is moving to a job as CEO of TravelCadabra, an internet travel, entertainment and e-commerce platform set to launch early next year.

Los Angeles-based Kapouranis will take the title of president of international television and digital distribution and report to Jim Packer, Lionsgate’s president of worldwide television and digital distribution.

Kapouranis joined Lionsgate
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“What is Our Responsibility to Survivors?”: Alexandria Bombach on her Sundance-Winner On Her Shoulders

Recently announced Nobel Peace Prize recipient Nadia Murad, a survivor of the Yazidi genocide and a current human rights activist, is the star of On Her Shoulders, Alexandria Bombach’s Sundance-winning (both for Best Documentary and the U.S. Documentary Directing Award) portrait of Murad as she navigates a world that would be overwhelming and intimidating for any 23-year-old, let alone one who has experienced unspeakable crimes at the hands of Isis. But speak Murad must — to the prying media, to the cold bureaucratic Un, to indistinguishable assorted government officials. And to the refugees at camps who look to her as […]
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‘The Nun’ Star Demián Bichir in Negotiations to Join ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’

Hot off the stunning success of The Nun, Oscar-nominated actor Demián Bichir is in negotiations to join Julian Dennison (Deadpool 2) and Brian Tyree Henry (Atlanta) in Legendary's upcoming Godzilla vs. Kong, Collider has learned. Adam Wingard is directing the film, which will be the fourth installment of the Godzilla-Kong cinematic universe, following Gareth Edwards' Godzilla, Jordan Vogt-Roberts' Kong: Skull Island, and Michael Dougherty's upcoming Godzilla: King of the Monsters. Warner Bros.will release the monster movie on May 22, 2020. [caption id="attachment_472313" align="alignright" width="300"] Image via The Weinstein Company/caption] …
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How Does ‘Warner Bros: Horror Made Here’ Compare to Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights & Knotts Scary Farm?

Warner Bros is trying to get into the Haloween season horror maze game with Horror Made Here: A Festival of Frights, transforming a portion of their backlot into a small town filled with haunted houses. Over the past five years, I have gotten sucked up in the seasonal haunted maze phenomenon and you may have […]

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David Mackenzie’s Re-Edited ‘Outlaw King’ Trims The Fat & Is A Rousing, Satisfying Adventure [Lff Review]

We don’t usually review movies twice at The Playlist. But then again, a director doesn’t usually cut a substantial chunk of his film after reactions from a festival premiere suggested it was too long, and debut the new version barely six weeks after the initial premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. So props to David Mackenzie for clearly taking the response to “Outlaw King” seriously — not least because the film is backed by Netflix, who, given the latitude they usually give their filmmakers, clearly would have had no problem with releasing whatever version Mackenzie preferred.

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