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Emma Thompson to Star in 'How to Build a Girl' (Exclusive)

Emma Thompson to Star in 'How to Build a Girl' (Exclusive)
The big-screen adaptation of Caitlin Moran's best-selling book How to Build a Girl has added double Academy Award winner Emma Thompson and Bridesmaids and Juliet, Naked star Chris O'Dowd to its cast, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Thompson and O'Dowd join the film's already announced lineup, including Beanie Feldstein (Lady Bird) in the lead and Alfie Allen (Game of Thrones), Paddy Considine (The Death of Stalin) and Sarah Solemani (Bridget Jones' Baby).

The comedic coming-of-age story comes from U.K. producer Monumental Pictures, which optioned Moran's semi-autobiographical 2014 book and developed the project with Film4. Coky Giedroyc (The ...
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‘Charlie’s Angels’ Reboot Moves to Vacated ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ Slot

‘Charlie’s Angels’ Reboot Moves to Vacated ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ Slot
Sony is moving its “Charlie’s Angels” reboot back five weeks to Nov. 1, 2019, to fill the slot vacated by “Wonder Woman 1984.”

Sony made the announcement Monday night, a few hours after Warner Bros. decided it would move Gal Gadot’s “Wonder Woman 1984” to June 6, 2020, with the explanation that the original “Wonder Woman” opened at the same time last year.

Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, and Ella Balinska will portray the film’s three Angels working for a detective agency. Elizabeth Banks is directing and starring as their unseen boss, Bosley. Patrick Stewart and Djimon Hounsou will play the other two Bosleys. Sam Claflin, Jonathan Tucker and Luis Gerardo Mendez are also on board for undisclosed roles in “Charlie’s Angels.”

Filming started in September. Banks and Max Handelman will produce under their Brownstone Productions banner, along with Doug Belgrad, who is also co-financing through his 2.0 Entertainment, and Elizabeth Cantillon.
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‘Wonder Woman 1984’ Pushed Back Seven Months to 2020

‘Wonder Woman 1984’ Pushed Back Seven Months to 2020
Warner Bros. has moved Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman 1984 back seven months from Nov. 1, 2019, to June 5, 2020.

The sequel, which is set in 1984, replaces Mark Wahlberg’s Six Billion Dollar Man, which has been taken off the schedule.

Jeff Goldstein, Warner Bros.’ president of domestic distribution, said, "We had tremendous success releasing the first 'Wonder Woman' film during the summer so when we saw an opportunity to take advantage of the changing competitive landscape, we did. This move lands the film exactly where it belongs."
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A Maga Nightmare Scene, Marketing to Incels and Reacting Against “Performative Wokeness”: Eugene Kotlyarenko and Dasha Nekrasova on Their Reverse Romantic Comedy, Wobble Palace

Wobble Palace is a reverse romantic comedy set in relationship hell tinged by the toxicity of Tinder hookups and Trump’s political rise. “One of the early ideas was to make a movie about a happy break up,” explains director Eugene Kotlyarenko. “The formula for a rom com is whatever happens for the first 90 minutes, by the end, the couple gets together.” Flipping this arc, the film climaxes (spoiler alert!) in the couple splitting up instead. “In a relationship that’s really toxic, staying together is really horrible and breaking up is really liberating,” Kotlyarenko continues. The film follows a millennial […]
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‘Daredevil’ Showrunner Erik Oleson Talks Placing Character First, Dropping Superhero Crossovers, ‘Iron Fist’s’ Cancellation & More [Interview]

Season 3 of Marvel’s “Daredevil” on Netflix returns to the basics in the best way possible. Gone is Matt Murdock’s fancy suit, gone are his superhero friends, and back is the welcome return of Vincent D’Onofrio‘s menacing Wilson Fisk. This means no crossovers, no superpowers, and much higher stakes. Factoring into these decisions was a creative change in the form of a new showrunner for the Devil Of Hells Kitchen’s third season.

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Director Jean-Marc Vallée Took Himself Off ‘Bond 25’ Shortlist To Direct New John Lennon Biopic

Jean-Marc Vallée is one of the most in-demand filmmakers working today. And when you take a glance at his recent filmography, you can easily see why. After helming the Oscar-winning “Dallas Buyers Club,” the director went on to direct Reese Witherspoon’s “Wild,” as well as the two recent HBO series “Big Little Lies” and “Sharp Objects.” This put him atop the shortlist for the new ‘Bond 25,’ after Danny Boyle’s departure, but according to a new report, Vallée took himself out of the running to tell a love story about John Lennon and Yoko Ono.

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New ‘Killer Klowns from Outer Space’ and ‘Critters’ Movies in the Works at SyFy

In recent years, SyFy has become known for their intentionally abysmal programming efforts such as the Sharknado franchise and other monster movies. But they’ve also been responsible for praiseworthy efforts like Battlestar Galactica, The Expanse, Channel Zero and the upcoming Nightflyers and Deadly Class. That makes us wonder just what to expect from their most […]

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‘The Terminator’ Almost Had A Completely Different, Much Happier Ending

Everyone likes a happy ending to a film, right? At least that’s what studios think. But as many film fans know, a happy ending only suits a film if it is earned and fits the overall tone of the project. And one film that really doesn’t need a truly happy ending is James Cameron’s classic “The Terminator.” However, if the studio had its way, fans might have had a very different film.

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Italian Hit ‘Perfect Strangers’ Set for Arabic Remake

Italian Hit ‘Perfect Strangers’ Set for Arabic Remake
Smash hit Italian concept movie “Perfect Strangers” is set to be adapted for the Arab world, following a flurry of remakes worldwide.

Dubai-based Middle East distributor Front Row Filmed Entertainment and sister company Kuwait National cinema have acquired Arabic remake rights from Italy’s Medusa Film to director Paolo Genovese’s 2016 ensemble dramedy involving smartphones and personal secrets.

Front Row will co-produce the Arabic version with prominent Egyptian shingle Film Clinic, whose latest titles include Cannes competition entry “Yomeddine,” and with Lebanese distributor Empire International.

The deal was negotiated by Front Row’s Gianluca Chakra with sales agent Faruk Alatan for Medusa. Besides Chakra, Film Clinic chief Mohamed Hefzy, Kuwait National’s Hisham Alghanim, and Empire’s Mario Haddad Jr. are also attached to produce and finance.

Chakra told Variety that the plan is for the adaptation to be ready in 2019 and have pan-Arabic elements that can appeal to Egyptian
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Megyn Kelly Defends White People Dressing in Blackface on Halloween — Watch

Megyn Kelly Defends White People Dressing in Blackface on Halloween — Watch
Megyn Kelly spent part of the October 23 episode of her NBC talk show taking issue with the idea that white people could be criticized for dressing in blackface on Halloween. Kelly debated guest co-host Melissa Rivers on the matter.

“But what is racist?” Kelly asked about white people donning blackface on Halloween “Because you do get in trouble if you’re a white person who puts on blackface for Halloween or a black person who puts on whiteface for Halloween. When I was a kid, that was Ok as long as you were dressing up as a character.”

Kelly admitted that people have the right to criticize the decision if it makes them uncomfortable, but she said she personally believes that dressing in blackface on Halloween is not as problematic as others make it out to be. When Rivers challenged her by asking why people no longer take manners and politeness into consideration,
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‘Red Dead Redemption’ Revisited: Does Rockstar’s Western Still Hold Up?

Spoilers ahead for 2010’s Red Dead Redemption. I remembered 2010’s Red Dead Redemption as one of my favorite games of this decade, possibly of all time. It was an easy thing to remember because I would grow increasingly agitated with each passing year and no official news of a sequel. “If the wait between Grand Theft Auto IV and Grand Theft Auto V was only five years, why should I have to wait any longer for Red Dead Redemption 2?” I asked with complete obliviousness to the realities of video game development. But with the sequel finally arriving …
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‘Halloween’ Is Coming to IMAX Theaters This Friday for One Week Only

Get ready to see The Shape on the big, big screen. Buoyed by the film’s massive opening weekend, Halloween is now being given the full IMAX treatment starting Friday. Yes indeed, starting this Friday, October 26th, the new Halloween will be playing in IMAX theaters across the country for a limited one-week engagement. While this is good news for horror and Halloween fans, it’s likely less-good news for First Man, which will probably be leaving IMAX theaters fairly soon to make way not only for this spontaneous Halloween exhibition but also Bohemian Rhapsody, which hits IMAX …
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Glenn Close Selected for Santa Barbara Film Festival Honor

Glenn Close Selected for Santa Barbara Film Festival Honor
Glenn Close has been selected to receive the Maltin Modern Master Award at the 34th annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

Close will be honored on Feb. 2 for her longstanding contributions to the film industry, most recently in Sony Pictures Classics’ “The Wife.” Leonard Maltin will return for his 28th year to moderate the evening.

“Glenn Close is one of the great actresses of our time,” Maltin said. “Versatility is her hallmark, and there is clearly nothing she can’t do. She became a star with her first feature film, ‘The World According to Garp,’ and has gone on to play everyone from Cruella de Vil to aging silent-film star Norma Desmond in the stage musical of ‘Sunset Blvd.’ I can’t wait to spend an evening with her onstage at the Arlington Theater.”

The Wife” was directed by Bjorn Runge from a script adapted by Jane Anderson from the
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What is The Mandalorian’s Weapon and What Does It Have in Common With Another Classic ‘Star Wars’ Rifle?

Disney doesn’t launch its streaming service until 2019, but the content that will populate it is beginning to go into production. Right now, Lucasfilm is putting together their first live-action Star Wars television show. Ever. Such a historic occasion is, of course, shrouded in secrecy. Fans know the show will be entitled The Mandalorian, that […]

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Lionsgate, Idc Renew Distribution Partnership for Latin America

Lionsgate and Idc have renewed their longstanding distribution partnership for Latin American releases of Lionsgate and Summit Entertainment films.

Since the partnership’s formation with predecessor company Summit Entertainment in 2005, Idc has generated over $1.3 billion at the Latin American box office, propelled by the Hunger Games, Twilight Saga, Now You See Me, and John Wick franchises along with “La La Land,” “Wonder,” and “The Impossible.” Idc has also strong performances from acquisitions such as “Sinister,” “Last Vegas,” “Winchester” and “Non Stop.”

Idc has distribution relationships with independents across 23 Latin American countries with the flexibility to release both day-and-date with the U.S. The companies said the Idc structure also allows it to create the marketing, release and promotional strategies in each territory.

“Pedro Rodriguez and his Idc team have done a great job of mining the full potential of the Latin American box office,” said Lionsgate chief executive officer Jon Feltheimer.
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Front Row, Kncc plot Arabic-language remake of Italian hit 'Perfect Strangers'

Empire International and Film Clinic board as co-producers.

Gulf region partners Dubai-based Front Row Filmed Entertainment and the Kuwait National Cinema Company have acquired Arabic-language remake rights to Italian hit Perfect Strangers (Perfetti Sconosciuti) from Rome-based Medusa Film.

Dubai and Beirut company Empire International and Film Clinic, the Cairo-based production house behind Cannes titles Yomeddine and Clash, have also boarded the project as co-producers.

Produced by Medusa Film, Leone Film Group and Lotus Productions, Paolo Genovese’s comedy drama Perfect Strangers grossed more than $20m at the Italian box offic and $31m internationally in 2016.

It also picked up several David
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Lionsgate, Idc renew Latin American output deal

Lionsgate, Idc renew Latin American output deal
La La Land, Hunger Games, Wonder among key successes.

Lionsgate has renewed its partnership with Idc for theatrical distribution of Lionsgate and Summit Entertainment films across Latin America.

Since the partnership’s formation with predecessor company Summit Entertainment in 2005, Idc has generated more than $1.3bn at the Latin American box office, propelled by the blockbuster Hunger Games, Twilight, Now You See Me, and John Wick franchises.

Drivers have included La La Land, last year’s breakout Wonder, The Impossible, and The Shack. Idc has also has success with acquisitions such as Sinister, Last Vegas, Winchester, and Non Stop.

Idc’s
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Johnny Depp to play war photographer W. Eugene Smith in thriller 'Minamata'

HanWay Films to handle international sales.

Johnny Depp will play war photographer W. Eugene Smith in real-life story Minamata, directed by Lullaby director Andrew Levitas.

The film will be based on the book of the same name by Smith and his wife Aileen, which was first published in 1975, and adapted for screen by David K. Kessler (A Hard Day’s Day). The true story follows Smith’s return to Japan in 1971 to expose the poisoning and annihilation of the Minamata coastal community via corporate greed and complicit local police and government.

Principal production will start in Japan followed by Serbia
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Johnny Depp to Play War Photographer W. Eugene Smith in ‘Minamata’

Johnny Depp to Play War Photographer W. Eugene Smith in ‘Minamata’
Johnny Depp has come on board to star as war photographer W. Eugene Smith in the independent drama “Minamata.”

The film will center on Smith’s work as a photographer for Life magazine in exposing the poisoning of the people of Minamata, Japan. Andrew Levitas will direct the film, which is based on the book by Aileen Mioko Smith and W. Eugene Smith and adapted by David K. Kessler.

The story will start with Smith as a recluse, with the glory days of World War II far behind him. But an old friend and a commission from Life Magazine editor Ralph Graves convince him to journey back to Japan to expose a big story: the devastating annihilation of a coastal community through mercury poisoning. “Minamata” will start principal production in Japan followed by Serbia in January.

HanWay Films will handle international sales and distribution and will commence sales at the American Film Market,
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Essentials: The Best Lesbian Horror Movies

Ah, horror, you oft-overlooked paragon of cinematic “low art.” While high-profile critics bend over backward every year to admit that they liked one scary movie, the horror fandom thrives and thrives. Whether bonded by a love of B-movie badness or semi-pretentious art films, we horror fans love just how varied the genre can be. Horror is teeming with transgression, experimentation, and out-and-out weirdness that just doesn’t seem to permeate any other genre in quite the same way.

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