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John David Washington to Star in Christopher Nolan’s Next Film (Exclusive)

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John David Washington to Star in Christopher Nolan’s Next Film (Exclusive)
Christopher Nolan has tapped “BlacKkKlansman’sJohn David Washington to star in his next “event film,” sources tell Variety.

Nolan recently finished the script for the movie and Warner Bros. quickly dated it for July 18, 2020 — a slot the studio often reserves for the director, most recently with “Dunkirk.”

The gig has become one of the more highly coveted in town, even though most of the industry has been kept in the dark about who has been meeting for the role and what the movie is even about.

Although rumors are swirling that the film is a romantic thriller in the vein of “North by Northwest,” sources have denied those claims, keeping plot details under lock and key. One insider described the pic as a massive, innovative, action blockbuster, which will again be shown in Imax.

Nolan is also producing along with his partner Emma Thomas. Production is set to commence later this year.
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‘West Side Story’ Remake Adds Corey Stoll, Brian d’Arcy James as Cops

‘West Side Story’ Remake Adds Corey Stoll, Brian d’Arcy James as Cops
Steven Spielberg has cast Corey Stoll and Brian d’Arcy James as police officers in his movie adaptation of “West Side Story.”

Stoll will take on the role of Lieutenant Schrank, the New York City detective charged with quelling civic unrest in his racially-torn precinct. James will play Sergeant Krupke, a veteran cop whose beat includes the territories of two warring street gangs, the Sharks and the Jets.

The song “Gee Officer Krupke” was performed by the Jets in the original Broadway musical and the 1961 movie. It concludes with the memorable line “Gee, Officer Krupke – Krup you!”

Spielberg has already cast 17-year-old high schooler Rachel Zegler as Maria opposite Ansel Elgort as Tony, along with Rita Moreno as Valentina — a reconceived version of the character of Doc, the owner of the corner store where Tony works. Moreno won an Academy Award for her portrayal of Anita in the 1961 film version of “West Side Story.
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Chris Cooper Joins, Focus Features Boards Jon Stewart’s Political Comedy ‘Irresistible’

Chris Cooper Joins, Focus Features Boards Jon Stewart’s Political Comedy ‘Irresistible’
Focus Features is partnering with Plan B Entertainment to produce and distribute Jon Stewart’s political comedy “Irresistible,” with Chris Cooper joining stars Steve Carell and Rose Byrne.

Variety first reported in October that Stewart and Carell had boarded the project, with Stewart directing and producing with Plan B. Stewart has kept a low profile since leaving “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” in 2015.

“In the age of fake news, Jon Stewart continues to be the real deal. He’s been making us laugh at the bipartisan commitment to bending the truth for years, and we couldn’t be more excited to partner with him and Plan B as Jon brings his signature wit to the big screen with the incredibly versatile talents of Steve, Rose, and Chris,” said Focus Features chairman Peter Kujawski.

Focus Features and Universal Pictures International will distribute the film worldwide. Focus’ president of production Josh McLaughlin will oversee the movie.
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Movies New to Netflix in April: ‘Burning,’ ‘American Honey,’ and Extended Version of ‘Hateful Eight’

Movies New to Netflix in April: ‘Burning,’ ‘American Honey,’ and Extended Version of ‘Hateful Eight’
Netflix might be skipping this year’s Cannes Film Festival, but the streaming giant is offering a bit of a mea culpa in its April offerings, which come with some exciting options from bonafide auteurs who also happen to be Cannes regulars, including Lee Chang-Dong, Andrea Arnold, and Quentin Tarantino. Ken Loach’s Palme d’Or winner “I, Daniel Blake” will also join Netflix’s ranks next month, along with classics like “All the President’s Men,” “Bonnie and Clyde,” and “Deliverance.”

In April, Netflix will add Lee’s lauded Cannes competitor “Burning,” which missed out on Oscar love but picked up plenty of other accolades during last year’s awards circuit, including a number of nods for star Steven Yeun. It will be joined by Arnold’s 2016 Palme d’Or entry “American Honey,” along with an extended version of Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight”.

The streaming service will also
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Norman Hollyn, Film Editor on 'Heathers,' Music Editor on 'Sophie's Choice,' Dies at 66

Norman Hollyn, Film Editor on 'Heathers,' Music Editor on 'Sophie's Choice,' Dies at 66
Norman Hollyn, the respected film editor and music editor who worked on such films as Sophie's Choice, Heathers and The Cotton Club, has died. He was 66.

Hollyn was lecturing students from Tokyo University of the Arts in Yokohama, Japan, where he died Sunday night from a coronary embolism and subsequent cardiac arrest, Elizabeth Daley, dean of the USC School of Cinematic Arts, wrote on Facebook.

An acknowledged expert in his field, Hollyn was a full professor at Sca and the inaugural holder of its Michael Kahn Endowed Chair in Editing. "Norm was such an important member of our faculty for many ...
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‘The Village’ Review: NBC’s New Drama Delivers Cliches and Feels

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‘The Village’ Review: NBC’s New Drama Delivers Cliches and Feels
Honestly, there’s no better way to announce that you’re feel-good TV than by opening with a big red heart. And thus that’s exactly what “The Village” does in its first few minutes, not the first or last big obvious touch meant to make it clear that while the world might be a scary one, this is fundamentally a show about nice people who like each other.

NBC’s newest aim to tearjerk, created by Mike Daniels, focuses on the residents of a titular (and mythical) New York City apartment building. But unlike other NYC apartment buildings, the Village is special — all the residents go beyond friendship to help each other out because that’s just part of “the whole Village experience,” where the thin walls and tight bonds are only emphasized by the constant CGI zooming through each unit.

The large ensemble cast includes Frankie Faison, Lorraine Toussaint,
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Superhero Bits: Deathstroke’s Son Coming to ‘Titans’, Deadpool Invades ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Trailer & More

Superhero Bits: Deathstroke’s Son Coming to ‘Titans’, Deadpool Invades ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Trailer & More
What is Super Sons: The Polarshield Project? How is the Supergirl season finale paying tribute to one of the classic Superman movies? Want to win a visit to the set of Agents of Shield? Who will play Deathstroke‘s son in the second season of Titans? Does David F. Sandberg want to direct a Shazam sequel? […]

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Film News Roundup: Michael B. Jordan, Jordan Vogt-Roberts Team for Monster Movie

Film News Roundup: Michael B. Jordan, Jordan Vogt-Roberts Team for Monster Movie
In today’s film news roundup, Michael B. Jordan is producing a creature feature, billiards champ Cisero Murphy is getting a movie, the sixth Terminator movie gets a title, and Graham King receives an honor.

Project Unveiled

New Regency and Michael B. Jordan’s Outlier Society are partnering on an untitled monster movie from “Kong: Skull Island” director Jordan Vogt-Roberts.

Vogt-Roberts, who’s based in Detroit, will produce alongside Outlier Society’s Jordan and Alana Mayo as well as New Regency. Exact plot details are being kept under wraps other than the project being set in Detroit. A search for a writer will get underway immediately.

Kong: Skull Island” grossed $565 million at the global box office, leading Legendary to ramp up its Monsterverse franchise with the upcoming “Godzilla vs. Kong.” His other credits include “The Kings of Summer,” which premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, and the pilot for FX show “You’re the Worst,
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‘Penny Dreadful’ Sequel Cast Adds Original Series Actor Rory Kinnear

‘Penny Dreadful’ Sequel Cast Adds Original Series Actor Rory Kinnear
Penny Dreadful: City of Angels, the sequel series to Penny Dreadful, just hired a familiar face. Rory Kinnear, who played Frankenstein’s monster on the original series, has joined the cast as a new character named Dr. Peter Craft. The new series will be set in Los Angeles in the 1930s, and features elements of Mexican-American folklore. More […]

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‘Game of Thrones’ Writers Defend Last Season’s Controversial Pacing Choices

‘Game of Thrones’ Writers Defend Last Season’s Controversial Pacing Choices
For the first several seasons of Game of Thrones, the show made a point to take things slowly in terms of travel, establishing huge distances between its major cities and building the reality of its fantasy world by having characters traverse those distances across long stretches of episodes. But in season 7, it was as […]

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Nicolas Cage to Star in Martial Arts Actioner ‘Jiu Jitsu’

Nicolas Cage to Star in Martial Arts Actioner ‘Jiu Jitsu’
Nicolas Cage will star in the martial arts actioner “Jiu Jitsu,” based on the comic book of the same name.

The cast will also include Alain Moussi, who stars in the “Kickboxer” franchise. Dimitri Logothetis is producing with Martin Barab and directing from a script he wrote with Jim McGrath. Highland Film Group is handling worldwide sales, which are currently underway at Hong Kong Filmart.

“Jiu Jitsu” centers on an ancient order of expert Jiu Jitsu fighters facing fearsome alien invaders in a battle for Earth every six years. Cage’s character and his team of Jiu Jitsu fighters band together with Moussi’s character to defeat the Brax.

Logothetis wrote and directed “Kickboxer: Vengeance” and “Kickboxer: Retaliation,” both starring Moussi. “‘Jiu Jitsu’ is guaranteed to satisfy the millions of martial arts and science fiction lovers across the globe with world class martial artists, stunt men go-to expert Alain Moussi
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FIlmart: Nicolas Cage to star in Highland Film Group sales title 'Jiu Jitsu'

FIlmart: Nicolas Cage to star in Highland Film Group sales title 'Jiu Jitsu'
Cage stars alongside Alain Moussi in sci-fi martial arts saga.

Nicolas Cage will star in the martial arts action saga Jiu Jitsu, which Highland Film Group (Hfg) has introduced to buyers at Filmart.

Dimitri Logothetis will direct from a screenplay based on the comic book of the same name that he adapted with Jim McGrath, and is producing alongside Martin Barab.

Alain Moussi, an actor and stunt performer whom Logothetis directed in Kickboxer: Retaliation, plays Jake, a war veteran and master jiu jitsu fighter who belongs to an ancient order that for thousands of years has battled an alien invader
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Chinese, Thai Shingles Pact for Co-Production Fund at FilMart

A deal to establish a 100 million yuan ($14.9 million) co-production fund between China and Thailand was struck at FilMart on Tuesday to help launch TV and film projects that will appeal to Chinese and Southeast Asian audience.

The deal that was struck by China’s Poly Film Investment Co., Tw Capital from Thailand and Thai Chi (Hainan) Culture and Media Co. will kick off with 50 million yuan ($7.4 million) in seed money. Tanawat Wansom, president and CEO of Tw Capital, told Variety that the fund will draw investments from other partners and aim to raise more than 100 million yuan in total.

Wansom said the success of Thai comedy “Bad Genius” in China last year has boosted the confidence of content producers and financiers in Thailand to invest more in the middle kingdom. He said the fund already has more than 10 projects in the pipeline, including film projects for both theatrical releases and internet streaming platforms.
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Alamo Drafthouse’s Season Pass Movie Ticket Subscription is Launching This Year

Last summer, Alamo Drafthouse tested their own movie ticket subscription service called Season Pass. Now they’re bringing it to all of their theater locations before the end of the year. Business Insider has word from Alamo Drafthouse founder and CEO Tim League that the Alamo Drafthouse Season Pass will be available before the end of […]

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Russo Brothers Confirm They’re Misleading Audiences Again With ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Trailers

When it comes to Marvel movie trailers, it’s becoming increasingly obvious that we shouldn’t believe what we see. Spider-Man was hidden from an airport fight shot in the Captain America: Civil War trailer, the Thor: Ragnarok trailers faked out audiences by including a key shot of Thor with both of his eyes, and an Avengers: Infinity War […]

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Filmart: Cj adds Thai trio to global production slate

Korean studio unveils slate of 14 local-language productions scheduled for release this year.

South Korea’s Cj Entertainment has unveiled a slate of 14 local-language productions scheduled for release this year, including three new Thai-language titles.

Like the rest of Cj’s global production line-up, the Thai projects are co-productions with a local partner – in this case Thai exhibitor Major Cineplex, with which the Korean giant formed Bangkok-based joint venture Cj Major in 2016.

The three new Thai productions are Thatchaphong Suphasri’s Classic Again, a remake of 2003 hit The Classic; Wirat Hengkongdee’s romantic comedy Our Love Forever; and romantic drama That
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Filmart: Tencent to co-produce dance drama (exclusive)

The company is joining forces with Southern Lead TV & Film for In Love With Spring.

Guangzhou-based Southern Lead TV & Film is joining forces with Tencent Penguin Pictures to co-produce dance-themed drama In Love With Spring.

Directed by Tang Wei and scripted by Duan Ting Ting, the story follows a group of neighbours in Guangzhou who form a Latin dancing team in order to save a dance hall that has been in business for more than 30 years.

Southern Lead’s vice general manager Liu Jiajia is producing the film, which is scheduled to start shooting in April for release in the second half of this year.
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Filmart: Crime drama 'Money' flies for Korea's Showbox (exclusive)

The film, which stars Ryu Jun-yeol (Hit-And-Run Squad), has sold to Japan, North America and more.

South Korea’s Showbox has sold director Park Noo-ri’s crime drama Money to a raft of territories led by Japan (New Select) and Hong Kong and Macau (Megaton Entertainment).

The film has also sold to North America (Cj Entertainment America), Singapore (Shaw), Taiwan (MovieCloud), Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei and Thailand (Cj Enm Hk), Philippines (Mvp Viva), Vietnam (Lumix Media) and worldwide in-flight (Emphasis).

Starring Ryu Jun-yeol, Yoo Ji-tae (Old Boy) and Jo Woo-jin (Default), Money is about a rookie stockbroker (Ryu) with big dreams
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Filmart: Korea's M-Line sells Chinese remake rights to 'Forgotten', 'Wedding Day' (exclusive)

The two Korean box-office hits went to Production Pictures and Dream Chaser Pictures respectively.

South Korea’s M-Line Distribution has sold Chinese-language remake rights on two Korean films: mystery thriller Forgotten to A Production Pictures and romantic drama On Your Wedding Day to The Dream Chaser Pictures Limited.

Directed by Zhang Hang-jun, Forgotten stars Kang Ha-neul and Gim Mu-yeol in the story of a mildly schizophrenic man whose brother is kidnapped and returns 19 days later with supposedly no memory of what happened to him.

Produced by BA Entertainment, the film took 1.38 million admissions and $9.4m at the Korean box office
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Filmart: Korea rides Asian popularity wave despite China ban

Exports to Hong Kong and Taiwan increased by 392.4 and 115 percent respectively.

With uncertainty over when and if the mainland China ban on Korean cultural content will be lifted, Korean sales companies have been increasing their business to other countries through markets such as Filmart.

Amidst the rise in popularity of Korean music, TV and films in mainland China, the South Korean government’s decision in 2016 to host the Thaad Us missile defence system led to retaliatory measures from the Chinese government including a freeze on the import of Korean cultural products and targeting Korean businesses operating in the mainland.

“Sales
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