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Universal Wins Rights for Stephen King’s ‘Tommyknockers’ Movie

Universal Wins Rights for Stephen King’s ‘Tommyknockers’ Movie
Universal Pictures has won an auction for Stephen King’s “The Tommyknockers,” which is being developed as a movie by producers James Wan and Roy Lee.

The deal closed Friday afternoon. Netflix and Sony were also bidding. Wan, who’s directing “Aquaman” and produces “The Conjuring” franchise, will produce through his Atomic Monster company. Lee, whose credits include “It,” the Lego movies, and “The Departed,” will produce through Vertigo Entertainment.

The duo has teamed up with Larry Sanitsky, who executive produced the 1993 ABC miniseries adaptation of “The Tommyknockers,” starring Jimmy Smits and Marg Helgenberger.

The producers began shopping the package to studios through Paradigm earlier this month. “It is an allegorical tale of addiction (Stephen was struggling with his own at the time), the threat of nuclear power, the danger of mass hysteria, and the absurdity of technical evolution run amuck,” Sanitsky said. “All are as relevant today as the day the novel was written.
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‘Deadpool 2’ on Track to Become Fandango’s Top R-Rated Pre-Seller

‘Deadpool 2’ on Track to Become Fandango’s Top R-Rated Pre-Seller
Online ticket-seller Fandango is reporting “Deadpool 2” has become the third-largest pre-seller of 2018 at the same point in the sales cycle behind “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Black Panther.”

After only one day of sales, “Deadpool 2” tickets are on pace to become the top R-rated preseller in Fandango’s 18-year history, eclipsing 2015’s “Fifty Shades of Grey.”

“Thanks in part to ‘Deadpool’ creator Rob Liefeld’s exclusive FanShop poster offer with tickets, fans flocked to Fandango to reserve their seats as soon as tickets were available,” said Fandango managing editor Erik Davis.

Fox released the final trailer for the Ryan Reynolds sequel on Thursday with Deadpool coming together with Zazie Beetz’s Domino and T.J. Miller’s Weasel to defeat the powerful Cable, played by Josh Brolin. The superhero sequel also stars Brianna Hildebrand, Morena Baccarin, Leslie Uggams, and Stefan Kapicic as Deadpool’s team of mutants protect a young boy (Julian Dennison) from Cable.
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John Carpenter Returns To ‘Halloween’ Franchise To Provide Score For New Film

John Carpenter Returns To ‘Halloween’ Franchise To Provide Score For New Film
It feels like it wasn’t that long ago that Blumhouse Productions announced that they were making, yet another, entry in the “Halloween” franchise. Now, we are almost exactly 6 months from the film’s release, and the buzz around the sequel/reboot/remake is starting to build. And the excitement will increase even more now that it has been confirmed that filmmaker/composer John Carpenter is back lending his talents to the new film.
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Is Universal Making a New ‘Doom’ Movie?

Is Universal Making a New ‘Doom’ Movie?
News about a major Hollywood studio making a new film adaption of a popular video game property is typically revealed through either a splashy official announcement or a journalist’s reporting. But we may have just learned that Universal is making a new Doom movie through a tweet from an actress who’s supposedly involved. Find out […]

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Wendi McLendon Covey In Talks For ‘What Men Want’

Wendi McLendon Covey In Talks For ‘What Men Want’
The Goldbergs star Wendi McLendon-Covey is in negotiations to join Taraji P. Henson in What Men Want, Paramount Players’ gender-swapping revamp of the 2000 comedy starring Mel Gibson and Helen Hunt. The studio is fast-tracking this one, with principal photography underway in Atlanta and a January 11, 2019 release date already set. Adam Shankman is directing the pic written by Alex Gregory and Peter Huyck with previous revisions by Tina Chism. The new version follows a…
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Melissa McCarthy's Action Comedy 'Super-Intelligence' Gets 2019 Release Date

Melissa McCarthy's Action Comedy 'Super-Intelligence' Gets 2019 Release Date
Super-Intelligence, the new Melissa McCarthy comedy from New Line, will open on Christmas Day, 2019, Warner Bros. announced today.

At the same time, the studio has set release dates for the Michael B. Jordan death row drama, Just Mercy, as well as staked a claim for a release of an untitled film based on The Conjuring horror universe.

Super-Intelligence will be released Dec. 25, 2019. The movie, which is being directed by McCarthy’s husband, Ben Falcone, sees the comedian playing a former corporate executive whose earnest yet unfulfilled life is turned upside down when she is selected for observation by...
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Leslie Jones, Rachel Bloom, Sterling K. Brown Join Voice Cast of 'Angry Birds 2'

Leslie Jones, Rachel Bloom, Sterling K. Brown Join Voice Cast of 'Angry Birds 2'
Sony Pictures and Rovio Entertainment are adding a new flock of comedic talent to Angry Birds 2.

Leslie Jones (Saturday Night Live, Ghostbusters) will voice the film’s villain character, while Rachel Bloom (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend), Sterling K. Brown (This is Us, The People vs. O.J. Simpson), Mexico’s breakout Eugenio Derbez (Instructions Not Included, Overboard), Zach Woods (Silicon Valley, The Post), Awkwafina (Ocean's 8, Crazy Rich Asians), Lil Rel Howery (Get Out), Dove Cameron (The Descendants, Agents of Shield), Beck Bennett (Saturday Night Live, Brigsby Bear) and Brooklynn Prince (The Florida Project) have all signed on for roles in The Angry...
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Neill Blomkamp’s Oats Studios Cancels ‘Firebase’ Movie Crowdfunding Effort After Not Raising Enough Money

Neill Blomkamp’s Oats Studios Cancels ‘Firebase’ Movie Crowdfunding Effort After Not Raising Enough Money
Neill Blomkamp’s dream of raising money from fans to turn his startup studio’s Vietnam War-set short film “Firebase” into a full-length film has ended, for now.

Oats Studios, which Blomkamp launched last year as an outlet for experimental shorts, said on Friday that it was canceling its “Firebase” crowdfunding effort because it hadn’t raised enough cash to make something “awesome.” Oats didn’t say how much it had raised but said it would issue refunds to everyone who contributed.

“Unfortunately we didn’t raise enough to do something truley [sic] awesome,” the studio said in a tweet Friday. “We would rather over deliver than create an average film. We thank the thousands of people who did back us- hang in there.”

To all backers of Firebase.. Oats will be refunding everyone who contributed completely. Unfortunately we didn't raise enough to do something truley awesome. We would rather over
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Selina Lo, Michelle Yeoh Join Cast of ‘Boss Level’ (Exclusive)

Selina Lo, Michelle Yeoh Join Cast of ‘Boss Level’ (Exclusive)
British-Chinese actress, Selina Lo and veteran Michelle Yeoh have joined the cast of “Boss Level.” The action thriller is currently shooting in Atlanta, Georgia, with Joe Carnahan directing.

Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios recently acquired the film from Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films. It is set for a wide theatrical release in 2019.

Lo, who has both acting and action chops, joins in a major role opposite Frank Grillo. Grillo plays a special forces operative trapped in a time loop in which he dies every day. His quest is to find out who is responsible.

The cast already features several high-profile names Naomi Watts, Ken Jeong, and Mel Gibson in a variety of roles. Yeoh joins in a key supporting position.

The above the title role is a breakthrough for Lo, an actress and model who previously appeared in The Weinstein Company’s doomed production of “Shanghai,” Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s
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Amy Pascal & Neal Moritz Land Liz Moore’s New Book ‘Long Bright River’

Amy Pascal & Neal Moritz Land Liz Moore’s New Book ‘Long Bright River’
Exclusive: The prolific producing pair of Amy Pascal and Neal H. Moritz have teamed to acquire film rights to Long Bright River, the upcoming suspense novel from Liz Moore. The book just sold at auction to Penguin Random House imprint Riverhead Books for seven figures. Moore is also set to adapt the book, which is set in her native Philadelphia and revolves around two sisters — one, an addict who has gone missing and the other a police officer who must find her. The story…
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New ‘Nancy Drew’ Movie Coming Starring ‘It’ Actress Sophia Lillis

New ‘Nancy Drew’ Movie Coming Starring ‘It’ Actress Sophia Lillis
16-year-old actress Sophia Lillis broke out last year with her starring role as Beverly Marsh in the mega-hit film adaptation of Stephen King’s It, and now she’ll be playing an even more high profile literary character. A new report says that Lillis has been cast as the title role in a new Nancy Drew movie […]

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Duck Butter review – intense lesbian romance churns up disappointment

Search Party’s Alia Shawkat falls for a Manic Pixie Dream Girl in this occasionally daring but ultimately exhausting 24-hour love story

Writer Mike White and director Miguel Arteta have quietly become one of the most effective yet underrated double acts working in independent film. They’ve created a string of nuanced, darkly funny, usually female-centric films and even one TV show, starting in 2000 with uncomfortable stalker comedy Chuck & Buck. Since then they’ve given Jennifer Aniston her best role to date in The Good Girl, gifted us with the criminally short-lived Laura Dern HBO show Enlightened, and most recently delivered Beatriz at Dinner, one of the sharpest films to tackle the current fractured state of the Us.

Related: 'I'm not a quirky 17-year-old any more': what Arrested Development's Alia Shawkat did next
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The Weinstein Co. Names Executive With Experience In Restructuring To Board Of Directors

The Weinstein Co. has appointed Ivona Smith, an executive with experience in corporate restructuring and working with distressed assets, as an independent director. The Board made the decision to add an additional independent director as part of its ongoing discussions with the Unsecured Creditors Committee in the company’s chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings. “We are delighted to welcome Ms. Smith to our Board,” said Chairman Robert Weinstein. “Ms. Smith brings not only…
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‘Jane the Virgin’ Finale: 5 Theories Explaining That Massive Twist

‘Jane the Virgin’ Finale: 5 Theories Explaining That Massive Twist
[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers from “Jane the Virgin,” Season 4, Episode 17, “Chapter Eighty-One.”]

Well, we really didn’t see that one him coming.

While “Jane the Virgin” hinted that something huge and unforeseen would happen in the finale, that felt as if it were an obvious promise. After all, it’s a show based on a telenovela. But what would it be this time? Many hints pointed to another death or a deep, dark secret in Rafael’s (Justin Baldoni) past that would put a monkey wrench in his future happiness with Jane (Gina Rodriguez).

Viewers had become somewhat used to the usual twists — dead bodies! secret twins! — by now. Besides, after the show killed off Jane’s husband Michael (Brett Dier) before the third season even reached its halfway point, it felt as if viewers couldn’t be that blindsided again… until Friday’s Season 4 finale.

Throughout the episode, Rafael had acted despondent and upset
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Film Review: ‘Anything’

Love, companionship, healing and deliverance often come from unexpected places, but in movies, it’s far too easy for out-of-the-blue twists of fate to feel creakily contrived. That fact is born out by “Anything,” a romance between a recent widower and a transgender woman that, at nearly every turn, operates in schematic fashion. Though the film’s heart is in the right place, writer Timothy McNeil’s directorial debut (an adaptation of his play) hits so many familiar notes that it undercuts its compassionate lead performances, in the process rendering it merely a superficial tale of unlikely amour.

The casting of Matt Bomer as Freda Von Rhenburg, a Hollywood transgender sex worker, was greeted last year with criticism from some online quarters for being insensitive (if not worse). As it turns out, however, the most problematic thing about the character ultimately has far less to do with Bomer’s sincere
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First U.S. Samsung Led Cinema Screen Debuts at Pacific Theaters Winnetka in Chatsworth

Samsung on Friday debuted its first-ever Led cinema screen in the U.S. at Pacific Theaters Winnetka in Chastworth, Calif., pitching the new technology has a money saver for exhibitors that offers greatly improved color quality.

The new screen, which measures 34 feet wide and 17 feet tall, is essentially a massive television screen that can display content in much greater detail with its High Dynamic Range. It does not require a projector, eliminating the need for a projection room.

Samsung Electronics America boasts that the screen can display true black and is unaffected by ambient lighting. During a presentation Friday for members of the press, the screen was noticeably brighter and displayed richer detail during trailer showings for “Black Panther” and “A Wrinkle in Time.”

.@Samsung boasts the screen can show true black, a much brighter screen. In person I can vouch for the improved color quality, even before the start of the screening.
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‘Genius: Picasso’ Review: Antonio Banderas Spices Up a Painfully Banal Portrait of the Great Abstract Artist

“Genius: Picasso” is a telling title in how it orders those two words. Though last year’s debut season of the National Geographic anthology series didn’t feel the need to incorporate “Einstein” into its name, the second season makes sure the brand takes priority over the subject — and the creative elements follow suit.

Season 2 is a painful bore. Using the same formula devised for an entirely different character, “Genius: Picasso” short-shrifts the few compelling angles it touches upon in favor of covering a wide swath of the painter’s life. Again, there are two stories running in parallel to each other: One is of Picasso in his early twenties, with Alex Ross depicting a passionate artist finding his vision. The other, largely framed around the Nazi occupation of Paris, follows an older Picasso played by Antonio Banderas.

Each timeline has its strong points (Ross and Banderas both among them
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Universal Answers Call To Make A ‘Tommyknockers’ Movie, Wins Bidding For Stephen King Novel

Exclusive: Universal has stepped up to the plate to acquire Tommyknockers, a feature film package centered on Stephen King’s 1987 sci-fi horror novel. This is the project that has James Wan producing under his Atomic Monster banner with an eye to direct. Also producing is Roy Lee, Larry Sanitsky, the latter who executive produced the hit 1993 ABC miniseries based on King’s book, Michael Clear and Jon Berg. The deal was struck in a bidding battle between Uni, Netflix and…
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Superhero Bits: ‘Infinity War’ Harder to Make Than ‘Avengers 4’, Actors Who Were Almost Marvel Heroes & More

Superhero Bits: ‘Infinity War’ Harder to Make Than ‘Avengers 4’, Actors Who Were Almost Marvel Heroes & More
Was Avengers: Infinity War or Avengers 4 harder to make for the Russo brothers? Why didn’t Comcast win the bid to pick up 20th Century Fox? Want to see some Lego The Incredibles gameplay footage? Did you hear Avengers: Infinity War is now the second most expensive movie ever made? Did you know Adam Sandler […]

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Writers Guild Seeks to Reshape Talent Agency Business in Proposed Deal

Amping up its battle with talent agents, the Writers Guild of America has issued proposals to Hollywood agents aimed at stopping potential conflicts of interest.

“The Guilds’ proposals are entirely reasonable,” said WGA West president David A. Goodman. “If you review them closely, they read like a voluntary code of conduct that an agency would put up on their own website to attract writers and other talent. The proposals demonstrate a commitment to the fiduciary principles of law, always putting the client first and being an honorable representative.”

The WGA’s actions have raised alarms at major agencies, which are unlikely to agree to the proposals. Should the agreement expire next year, it’s uncertain what kind of oversight the WGA would be able to exercise over agents.

The specific proposals were sent to Ata members and first unveiled Friday by Deadline Hollywood. The key proposal says, “No agency shall
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