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‘Metro 2033’ Film Project Halted Because ‘A Lot of Things Didn’t Work’

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‘Metro 2033’ Film Project Halted Because ‘A Lot of Things Didn’t Work’
It appears that MGM’s film adaptation of “Metro 2033” is no longer happening because “a lot of things didn’t work,” according to VG24/7.

“Metro 2033″ is a novel by Russian author Dmitry Glukhovsky. It was also adapted into a series of successful survival horror shooters from video game publisher Thq and developer 4A Games in 2010. The book and games are set in a post-apocalyptic version of Moscow where humanity lives in the tunnels of the old metro after a nuclear blast.

The movie was supposed to follow the events of the book, but MGM reportedly tried to Americanize it by setting it in Washington D.C. That idea apparently didn’t work, and the film’s rights have reverted to Glukhovsky, the author told VG24/7 in a recent interview.

“A lot of things didn’t work out in Washington D.C.,” he said. “In Washington D.C., Nazis don’t work,
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Academy Considers No 2019 Oscars Host At All Following Kevin Hart Controversy

Academy Considers No 2019 Oscars Host At All Following Kevin Hart Controversy
With Kevin Hart no longer hosting the 91st Academy Awards next year, the Academy is reportedly “freaking out” as it rushes to find a replacement emcee for the 2019 ceremony. At least that’s according to a top comedy agent who spoke to Variety ahead of an Academy board meeting that’s set to discuss what to do with the hosting dilemma. Another insider told the publication there was no contingency plans in place by the Academy or broadcaster ABC, meaning there was no back-up host to fall on once Hart pulled out.

The Academy announced December 4 that Hart would be hosting the 2019 Oscars, but the confirmation was met with backlash online as homophobic jokes Hart made in the past began to resurface. Hart initially refused to apologize for the controversial jokes, but he eventually said he was sorry and announced he would not host the Oscars as to prevent the
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Sundance London Sets 2019 Dates, Returns To Picturehouse Central

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Sundance London Sets 2019 Dates, Returns To Picturehouse Central
Sundance London will return to the UK capital for a fifth edition from May 30 – June 2, 2019.

The Sundance Film Festival offshoot will once again be held at Picturehouse Central by Piccadilly Circus. This year’s event screened 12 features from the Utah festival, including surprise film American Animals.

The programme featured the UK premieres of Idris Elba’s Yardie, Paul Schrader’s First Reformed and Desiree Akhavan’s The Miseducation Of Cameron Post. The Audience Favourite Award was presented to Bo Burnham for his directorial debut, Eighth Grade and Amy Adrion was the recipient of the inaugural #WhatNext Award for her documentary Half The Picture.

Sundance London will announce its full lineup next spring.
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Jake Gyllenhaal to Star in Remake of Denmark’s Oscar Entry ‘The Guilty’ (Exclusive)

Jake Gyllenhaal to Star in Remake of Denmark’s Oscar Entry ‘The Guilty’ (Exclusive)
Bold Films, and Jake Gyllenhaal and Riva Marker’s Nine Stories Productions have acquired the rights to remake the Danish thriller “The Guilty,” with Gyllenhaal attached to star.

The pic, which premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, won the world cinema audience award and was also named one of the top five foreign language films of 2018 by the National Board of Review. The movie, Denmark’s foreign language film Oscar entry, is also nominated for best screenwriter and best actor at the 2018 European Film Awards.

The movie follows a police officer under investigation, who’s demoted to desk-work at an emergency call center. When he receives a terrified phone call from a kidnapped woman, he must battle his internal demons in order to save her.

Gyllenhaal and Marker will produce for Nine Stories, alongside Bold Films’ Michel Litvak, Gary Michael Walters, David Litvak, and Svetlana Metkina. Bold Films will finance the pic.
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‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Breakout Constance Wu in Talks for Rom-Com at Screen Gems

‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Breakout Constance Wu in Talks for Rom-Com at Screen Gems
Constance Wu, the star of “Fresh Off the Boat” and “Crazy Rich Asians,” will be looking for love in yet another romantic comedy.

Wu is in talks to star in an untitled romantic comedy from Screen Gems, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

Savion Einstein (the upcoming “The Longest Birthday”) wrote the screenplay, and Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman are producing. Kimmy Gatewood, who stars as a wrestler on the Netflix show “Glow,” is in talks to make her directorial feature debut on the film. She’s previously directed a handful of shorts and several episodes of the 2016 show “Junketeers.”
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Shooting an Improvised Movie on GoPros with the Actors as DPs: Rick Ostermann and Louis Hoffman on the Survival Thriller Lysis

Rick Ostermann’s Lysis — which had its world premiere at Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival last week — required the Krieg and Wolfskinder director to put even more faith in his actors than usual, as they were also their own directors of photography and, to an extent, their own scriptwriters. The story centers on a dad (Oliver Masucci), who takes his long-estranged teenage son (Louis Hofmann) on a white water rafting and camping trip, with the intention of filming their “adventure.” Once in the wilderness, however, his son proves less than willing to reconnect and an act of petulance soon […]
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Contest: Win ‘Galveston’ On Blu-Ray Starring Ben Foster & Elle Fanning, Directed By Mélanie Laurent

If you’re a film fan and you’re not on board with actor Ben Foster, then you’re missing out. Though he has yet to receive the universal acclaim of some of his co-stars, Foster has carved out a pretty great IMDb over the last few years, starring in films like “Hell or High Water,” “Hostiles,” and the excellent “Leave No Trace.” But with all the acclaim the latter film has received, you may have missed Foster’s newest film “Galveston” during its theatrical run earlier this fall.

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‘Star Wars Episode 9’ May Feature an Ed Sheeran Cameo

‘Star Wars Episode 9’ May Feature an Ed Sheeran Cameo
According to a new report, superstar singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran has locked down a small part in J.J. Abrams‘ upcoming Star Wars: Episode 9. You may recall that Sheeran, already a four-time Grammy Award winner at age 27, cameoed in one of pop culture’s biggest properties last year: he showed up on an episode of Game […]

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Introducing Batwoman: What To Know About Ruby Rose’s Lesbian Superhero on The CW

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Introducing Batwoman: What To Know About Ruby Rose’s Lesbian Superhero on The CW
At the end of “The Flash” episode “Elseworlds, Part 1” — the first installment in the annual CW/DC crossover event — the newest addition to its comic-book world made a classic Bat-entrance: A masked hero stands on a rooftop in full costume, gazing down at Gotham.

It’s a familiar sight, although the World’s Greatest Detective rarely, if ever, wears hot pink — and certainly not as a wig. Instead, this is the introduction of Batwoman; as played by Ruby Rose, she’s poised to make history.

The many DC series produced by Greg Berlanti, including “Arrow,” “The Flash,” “Supergirl,” “Legends of Tomorrow,” and “Black Lightning,” have been limited in previous years in how they might refer to other iconic characters, especially the “big three” — though things have changed: “Legends” did pay a quick visit to Wonder Woman’s homeland of Themyscira, and Superman, as now played by Tyler Hoechlin, now appears semi-regularly on “Supergirl.
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New ‘True Detective’ Season 3 Trailer Takes a Dark Trip through the Ozarks

I say this with extreme cautious optimism ... this True Detective Season 3 trailer is giving me serious Season 1 vibes. And since I absolutely loved and was haunted by Season 1 for a very long time (especially during that Season 2 mess), this is a good thing. The new season cribs a lot from that first , including bringing the show back to just a story of two detectives following a crime out in the gothic southern boondocks. Instead of Louisiana we have the Ozarks, but also like Season 1, the latest story will be one that travels through various time …
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Richard E. Grant Makes the Most of His Screen Time

Richard E. Grant Makes the Most of His Screen Time
Richard E. Grant is so memorable in “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” that it’s a shock to realize he’s only in a fraction of the film.

Fox Searchlight’s “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”centers on biographer Lee Israel (Melissa McCarthy) when she is broke and desperate, and begins forging celebrity letters. Israel has encounters with multiple characters, but it’s the love-hate relationship with friend and accomplice Jack Hock (Grant) that audiences remember, even though he only enters one-third into the film.

To begin research, Grant read Israel’s 2008 memoirs. “It was her voice, in all its scabrous wit, but she was very scant on detail about Jack Hock. It’s a real achievement that [scriptwriters] Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty were able to extrapolate those few hints or suggestions and create a full character.”

He also credits the “brilliant” costume designer Arjun Bhasin. “The film starts in
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‘Aquaman’: James Wan Unleashes An Overblown But Entertaining Visual Spectacle From The Depths Of A Goofy Imagination [Review]

Crashing down like a relentless tsunami that has vomited out every colorful sea creature from the ocean depths, the stranger and weirder the better, Warner Bros.’ “Aquaman” is a sight to behold. The DC superhero film following “Justice League” and “Wonder Woman” is a soap opera supernova of overblown melodrama that’s incredibly goofy and garishly designed. It’s go for broke, it’s insane and subtlety is not anywhere within its vocabulary.

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‘Venom’ Deleted Scene: The Symbiote Hates Car Alarms as Much as You Do

‘Venom’ Deleted Scene: The Symbiote Hates Car Alarms as Much as You Do
It’s hard to believe, but Venom has become one of the biggest box office hits of the year. With a box office haul of over $851 million, it’s currently the 66th highest grossing film globally of all time, surpassing almost all the films in the Spider-Man franchise (except Spider-Man 3 and Spider-Man: Homecoming) and even pushing […]

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Critics Pick the Most Disappointing TV Shows of 2018 – IndieWire Survey

Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday.

This week’s question: What’s the most disappointing show of 2018?

(This is based on some anticipation of a show being good or promising, and then not living up to that standard. Both new and returning shows apply.)

Clint Worthington (@alcohollywood), Consequence of Sound, Freelance

The first season of “Westworld” felt like a wonderful extension of the themes showrunner Jonathan Nolan has been almost single-mindedly preoccupied with since “Person of Interest” — taking an old ‘70s classic sci-fi Western and infusing it with complex discussions of artificial intelligence, personhood, and the inherent problems underlying our images of the Old West. For the most part, Season 1 was a rousing success, culminating in a beautifully dark puzzle-box ending that set up a delicious revolution for the “hosts” of the park. Then Season 2 happened, and much
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Steven Soderbergh’s ‘High Flying Bird’ Premiering At Slamdance Before Hitting Netflix In February

We’ve been wondering when Netflix was going to premiere the latest film from Steven Soderbergh, titled “High Flying Bird.” Outside of a plot description, word surrounding the film has been limited to the fact that Soderbergh finished the film a while ago and Netflix would get around to distributing it in 2019. But thanks to a new announcement from the Slamdance Film Festival, we not only know when select audiences will get a sneak preview of the film, but also when Netflix is releasing the film globally.

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The ‘Riverdale’ Cast Tease the Midseason Finale and What’s Coming Next

The CW teen noir hit Riverdale has reached the mid-season finale, with many juicy revelations ahead. During a recent set visit in Vancouver, the cast talks about the reunion of Jughead with his mom Gladys and sis Jellybean, Hiram’s upcoming racy relationship, and what the future holds for Archie, who is presently a fugitive on the run. First up, Cole Sprouse (Jughead Jones) and Skeet Ulrich (Fp Jones) dish on their upcoming family drama. Potential minor spoilers below. Question: Can you talk about what we can expect from your Mom and Jellybean’s visit? Cole Sprouse: So, you …
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Movies Starring Women Outperform Male-Led Titles at Box Office, Study Finds

Female-led movies outperformed male-led titles at the worldwide box office during the 2014-17 period, a study released Tuesday showed.

Creative Artists Agency and technology company Shift7 said that the analysis found that female-led films outperformed male-led films at all budget levels. The study grew out of the Time’s Up movement in a collaboration aiming to improve the portrayal of women in media and entertainment.

The group is led by producer and former Sony Pictures Chairman Amy Pascal, shift7 CEO Megan Smith and producer Liza Chasin. It includes CAA Agent Alexandra Trustman and Geena Davis.

“This is powerful proof that audiences want to see everyone represented on screen,” said Pascal. “Decision-makers in Hollywood need to pay attention to this.”

The analysis examined 350 top grossing films released between 2014 – 2017, categorized into five budget levels: under $10 million, $10 million – $30 million, $30 million – $50 million, $50 million – $100 million, and over $100 million. To be characterized as female-led, movies had pass the Bechdel Test,
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‘Aquaman’ Review: James Wan Steers the DC Universe to Weird, Wild Success

‘Aquaman’ Review: James Wan Steers the DC Universe to Weird, Wild Success
Aquaman is a movie that shouldn’t work. You’ve got Nicole Kidman eating a live goldfish in one scene, and an octopus playing the bongos in another — plus an absurd number of men sticking their heads down toilets. And yet James […]

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‘Aquaman’ Review: James Wan Can’t Salvage a Wannabe ‘Thor’ Movie

‘Aquaman’ Review: James Wan Can’t Salvage a Wannabe ‘Thor’ Movie
With the exception of “Wonder Woman” and “The Dark Knight Rises,” every DC movie of the past decade has suffered Marvel Imitation Syndrome. This unique corporate malady takes a successful formula, darkens the frame, and deadens the story, under the assumption that audiences won’t notice. By those standards, James Wan’s “Aquaman” is a cut above: The “Conjuring” filmmaker abandons the witless mess of “Justice League” to craft a colorful, vibrant ocean fantasy, but the considerable effort to improve on a leaden franchise can only float for so long before familiar baggage sinks its potential. Hobbled by a messy screenplay, paper-thin characters, and a hodgepodge of unimaginative showdowns stretched across bloated running time, “Aquaman” is the latest example of a franchise that keeps chasing its competitor’s tail.

Whereas “Justice League” was a feeble attempt to deliver the DC answer to “The Avengers,” Wan’s “Aquaman” imitates Marvel’s “Thor” to an embarrassing degree.
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Film Review: ‘Aquaman’

Aquaman isn’t like the other DC Comics superheroes, so it seems only right that his bigscreen solo show should have a personality all its own — which, in the hands of “Furious 7” director James Wan, it does. Gone is the Aryan-looking Atlantean in green-and-orange spandex, replaced with a bare-chested Hawaiian super-stud with long, shaggy surfer hair and all-over tribal tattoos. After being unveiled to the DC Comics Extended Universe as the scales of “Justice League” last year, Aquaman gets his own adventure, and it’s kind of a shock that it doesn’t suck, but only if you’re willing to sit through two hours of water-logged world-building before the movie finally takes off.

Remember, just a decade or so ago, the very idea of a standalone “Aquaman” outing seemed preposterous enough to sustain a running joke in HBO’s “Entourage” series, which poked fun at the notion that
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