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‘Veep’ Creator Armando Iannucci to Direct ‘In Too Deep’ for Levantine Films (Exclusive)

‘Veep’ Creator Armando Iannucci to Direct ‘In Too Deep’ for Levantine Films (Exclusive)
Levantine Films will finance and produce “In Too Deep,” directed by “Veep” creator Armando Iannucci, sources tell Variety.

Iannucci also co-wrote the script with John Finnemore. Iannucci will produce alongside Levantine.

Plot details are being kept under wraps.

Tory Metzger, Levantine’s president of production, will oversee production of the project on behalf of the company.

Iannucci broke onto the Hollywood scene with the Oscar-nominated satire “In the Loop,” but he is best known for creating the hit HBO comedy “Veep,” which earned him several Emmy wins.

Iannucci has now turned his attention back to helming for the big screen, having recently directed “The Death of Stalin,” which earned him strong critical notices. He is currently prepping production on “The Personal History of David Copperfield,” a re-telling of the classic Charles Dickens story. The pic stars Dev Patel in the title role. Variety broke the news on Thursday that Tilda Swinton,
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Jude Law, Carrie Coon to Star in Sean Durkin's 'The Nest'

Jude Law, Carrie Coon to Star in Sean Durkin's 'The Nest'
Jude Law and Carrie Coon are set to star in Sean Durkin's The Nest, a family psychodrama for FilmNation Entertainment and BBC Films, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

Durkin's first film since the critically-acclaimed drama Martha Marcy May Marlene will feature Law as a businessman who brings his American wife and kids home to Britain to pursue new business opportunities, only to be plunged into the despair as their unaffordable new life in an English manor house threatens to destroy the family.

As the eerie isolation of the house pushes the family further apart, each person descends into a self-destructive cycle,...
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S. J. Clarkson ("Jessica Jones") Early Fave To Helm Next ‘Star Trek’ For Paramount Pictures

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Paramount Pictures has begun propulsion power on the fourth Star Trek film initiated by Bad Robot. They haven’t set a director yet, but sources said that S.J. Clarkson has emerged as a front runner. The British director helmed early episodes of Marvel's Jessica Jones and The Defenders for Netflix, and her TV helming credits also include episodes of Vinyl, Dig and Orange Is the New Black.
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Doom Reboot Reportedly Has A Director And Lead

Doom Reboot Reportedly Has A Director And Lead
The world just learned of the existence of a Doom reboot just a handful of days ago, and now Dread Central has an alleged scoop from some unnamed sources. The film will be directed by Tony Giglio (Timber Falls, S.W.A.T. Under Siege) and that Once Upon A Time actress Amy Manson is set to play the film's lead.

It's also been revealed the project is being helmed by Universal's non-film division Universal 1440 Entertainment, which appears to mean the project is going straight to DVD or a streaming platform. That makes sense, and would certainly explain why we've heard next to nothing about it until now. Are you more, or less excited for this film now that you've read all this?
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Tilda Swinton, Hugh Laurie Join Dev Patel in ‘David Copperfield’ (Exclusive)

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Tilda Swinton, Hugh Laurie Join Dev Patel in ‘David Copperfield’ (Exclusive)
Armando Iannucci’s new retelling of Charles Dickens’ “The Personal History of David Copperfield” is rounding out its cast.

Tilda Swinton, Hugh Laurie,”Dunkirk” breakout Aneurin Barnard, Ben Whishaw, Morfydd Clark, Anthony Welsh, and Rosalind Eleazar have all joined Dev Patel, who will play the title character. FilmNation could not be reached for comment.

The project will offer a modern take on Dickens’ title character as he navigates a chaotic world to find his elusive place within it. The original “David Copperfield” was first published in 1850 and describes the journey of the titular protagonist — who was modeled after Dickens himself, from impoverished childhood to becoming a successful author, thanks to perseverance and despite a lack of personal discipline.

Kevin Loader and Iannucci will produce the feature, which was developed with FilmNation. Iannucci is directing from a script he wrote with Simon Blackwell.

Iannucci and Blackwell previously collaborated with Tony Roche
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‘Rampage’ Breakout Star Jason Liles Joins ‘Godzilla: King of Monsters’ (Exclusive)

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‘Rampage’ Breakout Star Jason Liles Joins ‘Godzilla: King of Monsters’ (Exclusive)
Jason Liles, who most recently played the albino gorilla in Dwayne Johnson’s “Rampage,” has been cast as one of several motion-capture actors playing Godzilla’s three-headed archenemy in Legendary and Warner Bros.’ “Godzilla: King of Monsters,” TheWrap has learned exclusively.

King Ghidorah is a kaiju film monster that has golden-scaled wings and three heads. Liles plays the middle head, while Alan Maxson is the right head and Richard Dorton is the left head in the epic action-adventure film that pits Godzilla against some of the biggest monsters in pop culture history; additional mo-cap actors contribute to the body movement of the creature.

Michael Dougherty is directing from a screenplay he wrote with Zach Shields. Liles is joining the previously announced cast of Millie Bobby Brown, Vera Farmiga, O’Shea Jackson, Sally Hawkins, Thomas Middleditch and Bradley Whitford.
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Naomi Watts, Sophia Lillis to Star in Claire McCarthy’s ‘Burning Season’

Naomi Watts, Sophia Lillis to Star in Claire McCarthy’s ‘Burning Season’
Naomi Watts and “It” star Sophia Lillis, who appears in the forthcoming “Sharp Objects” and “Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase,” will head the cast of Claire McCarthy’s movie “Burning Season,” with London-based HanWay Films on board as sales agent. Watts, who recently starred in McCarthy’s “Ophelia,” will also executive produce. HanWay will introduce the project to buyers at the Cannes Film Festival.

Adapted for the screen by writer/producer Jenny Halper, based on Laura Van Den Berg’s short story “What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us,” the film sets a complicated mother-daughter relationship against the dramatic landscape of Madagascar, an island where nearly all the species are indigenous, and many are endangered.

The film centers on primatologist June Engle, played by Watts, who has returned to a drought-stricken region of Madagascar in search of endangered species. Dragged along for the adventure
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Can 'Avengers: Infinity War' Deliver a Record Opening Weekend?

Can 'Avengers: Infinity War' Deliver a Record Opening Weekend?
Following the record-breaking, $207.4 million opening for The Avengers in May of 2012, it took three years for another film to top the $200 million mark when Jurassic World debuted with $208.8 million in June 2015. Later that year Star Wars: The Force Awakens would go on to deliver the largest opening weekend ever, coming just shy of $250 million, en route to a domestic run topping $936 million. Since then, two more films have topped the $200 million mark over the course of their opening weekend in the recent releases of Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Black Panther, and with the release of Avengers: Infinity War this weekend, it isn't so much a question of whether it will be the third film in the last five months to open over $200 million, but can it threaten Force Awakens's all-time record? Debuting in over 4,470 locations, Avengers: Infinity War will be the widest debut for a film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe ever,
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Box Office: 'Avengers: Infinity War' Blasts Off Overseas With Massive $39M

Box Office: 'Avengers: Infinity War' Blasts Off Overseas With Massive $39M
Disney and Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War blasted off overseas Wednesday with a mighty opening-day gross of $39 million from 21 markets.

The film, placing No. 1 everywhere, is already setting industry records in numerous territories. In South Korea, it landed the top opening day on of all time with $6.5 million, while it secured the second biggest opening day in Australia behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens with $6.7 million.

In France, Infinity War earned $3.9 million, the highest opening day in history for April and the largest ever for a Marvel Cinematic Universe title. In the Philippines ($2.7...
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Emmy Predictions 2018: Outstanding Animated Program

Emmy Predictions 2018: Outstanding Animated Program
Last Year’s Winner: “Bob’s Burgers”

Still Eligible: Yes.

Hot Streak: Though “Bob’s Burgers'” win in 2017 marked the series’ second Emmy in this category, no series has won two years in a row since “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” won in 2004 and 2005, and that was when there were two categories: “one-hour or less” and “more than one hour.”

Fun Fact: “The Simpsons” has won twice as many awards in this category than the second place series, “South Park,” 10 to five — and no other series have won more than two.

The Best Animated Series category is not known for a lot of year-to-year turnover, but there’s usually at least one big surprise among the nominees. Last year, “Elena and the Secret of Avalor (Sofia the First)” beat out a lot of big-name contenders; that’s not eligible in 2018, but the question remains, “What show will shock the world come July?
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What if superheroes aren’t really the good guys?

We’ve always thought of them as flawed, noble and on our side – but perhaps they’re just dangerous rightwing vigilantes

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“We’re in the endgame now,” says Doctor Strange, mid-way through Avengers: Infinity War. He’s talking about the epic battle against the mega-villain Thanos, who is threatening to destroy half the universe. Stopping Thanos is going to require every Marvel superhero that Disney’s franchise rights can access. But Doctor Strange is also reminding us that Infinity War is the culmination of the most awesomely ambitious, successfully coordinated crossover project that cinema has ever seen, which has unfolded over a decade and nearly 20 movies.

But Infinity War could represent another kind of endgame. Superhero movies are undoubtedly the success story of modern Hollywood. They have been having their cake and eating it, combining
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“Take Me Back to That Day, If You Could”: Errol Morris’s Wrenching Distracted Driving Shorts

Errol Morris brings the full force of his filmmaking to a pair of PSAs he’s made as part of At&T’s “It Can Wait” campaign, which raises awareness about distracted driving. Those who’ve seen his recent work, especially his Netflix six-part film, Wormwood, will recognize a number of stylistic devices here, including multi-angle talking heads material, unusual photo crops, and, of course, Morris’s pertinently shouted off-screen questions. But the films, particularly the devastating “Forrest’s Story,” go further than the usual PSA, exploring, in addition to Morris’s usual epistemological inquiry, the different forms of grief and the enduring mysteries of loss. The […]
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In Potent ‘Schindler’s List’ Panel, Steven Spielberg, Liam Neeson And Ben Kingsley Get Emotional 25 Years Later

Tonight’s Schindler's List retrospective event at the Tribeca Film Festival yielded more than a few familiar stories. But it also brimmed with unchecked emotion from director Steven Spielberg and four of his cast members, including Liam Neeson and Ben Kingsley, who all watched the film with a theatrical audience for the first time in nearly 25 years. Moments after the lights came up after the screening and a long ovation from the Beacon Theatre crowd had subsided…
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‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Post-Credit Scene, Explained

Spoilers ahead for Avengers: Infinity War. Avengers: Infinity War concludes with one hell of a bummer ending. Half the world gets wiped out and the villain, Thanos (Josh Brolin), is victorious. Usually, Marvel gives the audience two post-credits scenes as a bit a reprieve from all the action, but instead, we just have to sit through the sadness until the very end of the credits when we get one scene that tees up a new Marvel movie. [caption id="attachment_154782" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via Marvel Studios/caption] In the scene, Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Maria …
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Tribeca Film Review: ‘The Party’s Just Beginning’

Tribeca Film Review: ‘The Party’s Just Beginning’
She’s pert and beautiful, and stands out from her scuzzy town in the Scottish Highlands like a diamond on a plate of herring. Yet no one would look at Liusaidh, the 24-year-old heroine of “The Party’s Just Beginning,” and call her a princess. Played by Karen Gillan, the Scottish TV–actress–turned–blockbuster–costar, Liusaidh spends each day, sullen and glum, behind the cheese counter of a local supermarket: a go-nowhere job she despises. At night, she drinks like a fish (mostly hard liquor), until she’s trashed enough to go through her ritual of sinful deliverance. She’ll pick up a man, often a stranger — not someone at a bar, but someone right off the street — and have him take her roughly from behind. After that, she’ll scarf several helpings of greasy fries, stuffing them into her mouth as she walks along with greedy abandon. (It
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‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Ending Explained: Where Does the McU Go From Here?

Major spoilers ahead for Avengers: Infinity War. A lot can be said about Avengers: Infinity War, and even more can be said about the bonkers ending. To recap, Thanos (Josh Brolin) basically wins the war when he collects all six Infinity Stones. Then, with a snap of his fingers, he accomplishes what he sets out to do—wipe out half the universe at random. This ends up killing beloved characters like Spider-Man (Tom Holland), Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), all of the Guardians of the Galaxy except Rocket (Bradley Cooper) and Nebula (Karen Gillan), and more. There are still major …
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‘Atlanta’: Earn’s Inevitable Downfall Is Foreshadowed by White Frat’s Degradation

‘Atlanta’: Earn’s Inevitable Downfall Is Foreshadowed by White Frat’s Degradation
[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers from “Atlanta” Season 2, Episode 9, “North of the Border.”]

In a note to journalists before the “Atlanta” episode “North of the Border” aired on Thursday, FX Networks warned:

Tonight’s episode is rated TV-ma and contains nudity, violence and strong language. The frontal nudity will not appear in the version airing on the FX network linear telecast. The unedited version will air Only on FX+.

Atlanta” has been delivering layered and meticulously crafted episodes throughout the season. It follows that adding nudity isn’t just a whim or salacious play, but a deliberate choice that serves a purpose. With that in mind, IndieWire watched the unedited version to see what warranted showing that anatomy.

The scene in question doesn’t feature an intimate sexual encounter, but instead an absurd, borderline nightmarish scenario — the kind that has become “Atlanta’s” trademark. Earn (Donald Glover) and his friends are on a college campus in
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Rami Malek, ‘Deadpool 2’ And ‘Widows’ Shine As 20th Century Fox Says Goodbye(?) At CinemaCon

Las Vegas – The CinemaCon presentation for 20th Century Fox got off to a rousing start on Thursday morning. An intricate musical number to the song “One” from “A Chorus Line” featured dancers in red and black costumes as the “Deadpool” logo slowly came into view overhead. There was a male dancer with a Deadpool mask on (or one similar to it), but it wasn’t star Ryan Reynolds.
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‘Jessica Jones’ Director Set To Helm ‘Star Trek 4’

To boldly go where no woman has gone before, is the news today. Paramount is searching for a new director for the next installment of the highly successful “Star Trek” franchise. It’s not just a mandate made by the company. J.J. Abrams, who has long been attached to the contemporary take on the science fiction classic wants to see a woman direct the next installment as well.
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CinemaCon Winners & Losers: Drunk Mark Wahlberg, Terrific Tiffany Haddish, Missing MoviePass

The curtain has come down on another CinemaCon.

Every year, studios make the trek to Las Vegas, hoping to prove to exhibitors that they have the goods to turbocharge the box office. Their Caesars Palace presentations are increasingly elaborate (Cher even performed), and hauling talent and executives to the desert can cost north of $3 million, so the stakes are high.

Some get their money’s worth. Others should just have spent the money at the crap’s table. Here’s a look at the winners and losers of CinemaCon 2018.

Tiffany Haddish (Winner)

The comedienne proved “Girls Trip” was no fluke. Haddish had the crowd at Caesars in stitches while presenting a trailer from the very funny-looking “Night School,” talking up upcoming turns in “The Secret Life of Pets 2” and Tyler Perry’s “The List,” and joking about her past career in porn.

Moviepass (Loser)

The subscription service lost this round.
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