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Harley Quinn Spinoff ‘Birds of Prey’ Finds Its Cassandra Cain (Exclusive)

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Harley Quinn Spinoff ‘Birds of Prey’ Finds Its Cassandra Cain (Exclusive)
Newcomer Ella Jay Basco is in negotiations to land the last major role, Cassandra Cain, in Warner Bros.' Harley Quinn spinoff, Birds of Prey.

Margot Robbie is back as Quinn with Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Jurnee Smollett-Bell on board as Huntress and Black Canary, respectively. Ewan McGregor will play the film’s villain and Rosie Perez will portray Gotham City police detective Renee Montoya.

Cathy Yan is directing the pic with Robbie producing, along with Sue Kroll and Bryan Unkeless.

In the new film, Robbie, Winstead, and Smollett-Bell team up to protect Cain’s character when she comes across a diamond belonging to McGregor’s Black Mask, a kingpin in Gotham City’s criminal underworld.
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J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Adds Six Projects to Growing Film Slate

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J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Adds Six Projects to Growing Film Slate
J.J. AbramsBad Robot production banner has acquired six new projects from a number of rising filmmakers.

Among the titles is a feature on hip-hop artist Bobby Hall, known by his stage name Logic. His song “1-800-273-8255” was nominated for two Grammys. His movie, Everything Must Go, is described as Clerks for a new generation. Hall will star and co-write with “Blackish” scribe Lisa McQuillan.

Other storytellers involved on the new slate include Hell Fest writer Blair Butler, “The Good Place” executive producer Megan Amram, The Good Time Girls director Courtney Hoffman, Ben Shiffrin, writing team Dylan Meyer and Peter Glanz, and first-time director Stan Grube, who had previously served as an editor on the Bad Robot sci-fi thriller 10 Cloverfield Lane.

The news comes following the release of Bad Robot’s war horror film “Overlord,” which opened with $10 million last weekend. The production company is also involved
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James Cameron: The ‘Avatar’ Sequels Have Wrapped Production

James Cameron: The ‘Avatar’ Sequels Have Wrapped Production
This just in from Pandora: James Cameron says the Avatar sequels have reached a major milestone with the completion of all principal photography involving main cast members.

In a video message, the director of the two highest-grossing films of all time (Avatar and Titanic) praised the ensemble of actors who have been filming Avatar 2 and Avatar 3 since September 2017.

“Hi, James Cameron here and today I’m coming to you from the set of the Avatar sequels — and behind me you can see our performance-capture stage. Today we’re capturing some stunt scenes filming some stunt scenes but our principal cast are all wrapped: Sam [Worthington], Zoe [Saldana], Sigourney [Weaver], Stephen Lang, Kate Winslet.”

The Oscar-winning filmmaker added: “They’re done now but they gave us incredible performances. And I can’t tell you how proud I am of the work that they did on these films.”
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Alanna Ubach To Play Fox News’ Jeanine Pirro In Jay Roach’s Untitled Roger Ailes Feature

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Alanna Ubach To Play Fox News’ Jeanine Pirro In Jay Roach’s Untitled Roger Ailes Feature
Exclusive: After working with Jay Roach on Meet the Fockers, Alanna Ubach is set to play Fox News spitfire host Jeanine Pirro in the filmmaker’s upcoming untitled feature about the women who battle against network boss Roger Ailes and his hostile corporate culture. Pirro was one of the Fox News hosts who defended Ailes, ripping apart Fnc colleague Gretchen Carlson’s sexual harassment lawsuit back in July 2016.

Carlson will be played by Nicole Kidman in the movie. Pirro has known Ailes for three decades going back to her assistant Da days in NYC. At the time when Carlson’s suit hit, Pirro felt Ailes wasn’t capable of the abuse Carlson was subjecting him to.

Bron Studios is co-financing the production which is already shooting and Lionsgate is finalizing their domestic deal to distribute and co-finance; the studio is already selling foreign on the pic as Deadline exclusively reported from AFM.
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‘Alien: Awakening’ Could Return to Alien Home World, If It Gets Made at All

‘Alien: Awakening’ Could Return to Alien Home World, If It Gets Made at All
The future of the Alien franchise is in doubt, mostly because audiences haven’t taken kindly to Ridley Scott‘s strange new direction started with Prometheus and followed with Alien: Covenant. But Scott was already planning an Alien: Covenant sequel, with Covenant writer John Logan handling the script. New details about Logan’s script, titled Alien: Awakening, have hatched. The next film in the series […]
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Stan Lee Reportedly Won’t Have A Cameo In Upcoming ‘X-Men’ Film ‘Dark Phoenix’

Stan Lee Reportedly Won’t Have A Cameo In Upcoming ‘X-Men’ Film ‘Dark Phoenix’
While the world still reacts to the passing of Stan Lee, one of the biggest questions amongst fans is whether or not the Marvel Comics legend was able to shoot cameos for upcoming films before his death. We’ve already heard that Avengers 4 will have the requisite cameo from Lee, but apparently, there’s one 2019 Marvel movie that doesn’t have a cameo from the writer.

According to a report from EW, Lee never filmed a cameo for the upcoming X-Men film Dark Phoenix. While it’s unclear if this was a matter of timing or if he was never set to appear in the film, Dark Phoenix, will mark the first X-Men film to not have Lee appear in a cameo.
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Chiwetel Ejiofor’s Directorial Debut ‘The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind’ Blows to Netflix

Chiwetel Ejiofor’s Directorial Debut ‘The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind’ Blows to Netflix
Netflix has picked up Chiwetel Ejiofor’s directorial debut, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, the story of a real-life Malawian boy named William Kamkwamba who built a windmill that helped save his village from famine.

The streamer acquired global rights to the film excluding Japan, China and U.K. free TV rights, and plans to launch the film worldwide next year — including in select theaters in the U.S. and U.K.

Ejiofor, the Oscar-nominated star of 12 Years a Slave, also co-stars and wrote the script, adapted from the best-selling book of the same name by Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer.

The film follows 13-year-old William Kamkwamba (newcomer Maxwell Simba) who is thrown out of the school he loves when his family can no longer afford the fees. Sneaking back into the school library, he
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Jack White Almost Played Jackson Maine in 'A Star Is Born' - We'll Let That Sink In

Jack White Almost Played Jackson Maine in 'A Star Is Born' - We'll Let That Sink In
It's hard to imagine Jackson Maine being played by anyone other than Bradley Cooper. And yet, the battered lead of 2018's A Star Is Born could have very easily been portrayed by an entirely different person. Apart from the initial, and well-reported, back-and-forth on who would direct and star in the remake, it was recently revealed that Cooper had Jack White in mind to portray Maine.

Before Lady Gaga was officially attached to the project, Cooper was interested in casting a real-life musician. "I saw this other person that I wanted to do this, who is an actual musician," he told Variety. "But [the studio] wouldn't make the movie with him." The publication later learned the musician in mind was the former White Stripes singer and guitarist.

Though Cooper would go on to deliver an impassioned performance, in his defense, White wasn't an entirely out-there casting idea. In fact, he previously acted
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Save ‘FilmStruck’: Paul Thomas Anderson, Christopher Nolan & Dozens Of Top Name Filmmakers Rally Around Canceled Streaming Service

When cinephile mensch Guillermo del Toro starts something, generally good things happen. Now, we probably can’t give all the credit to the Academy-Award-winning director of “The Shape Of Water.” Yet, ever since Warner Bros. and Turner Classics Movies shuttered FilmStruckNetflix for film obsessives; an ambitious cinephile streaming service that housed All the Criterion Collection films, some Cc films not yet released on DVD, the massive Warner Bros.

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‘Dumbo’: Tim Burton Reimagines A Magical Live-Action Flying Elephant Fairytale

It seems like yesterday when Disney released the box-office behemoth that was “Alice in Wonderland” in 2010. The astounding return— $10.25 billion— secured the future of the company’s cinema, as we currently witness the everlasting impact of that seminal picture. To be fair and honest, the film wasn’t all that remarkable to begin with, despite the direction of Tim Burton and the stellar cast. Yet is scale and modernized connection with a newer audience established a firm formula to be followed in the years to come.

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Superhero Bits: ‘Black Widow’ Movie Character Details, Stephen Colbert’s Full Stan Lee Tribute & More

Superhero Bits: ‘Black Widow’ Movie Character Details, Stephen Colbert’s Full Stan Lee Tribute & More
Want a first look at the upcoming Arrowverse crossover Elseworlds? How long has Chris Pine known that he would return as Steve Trevor in Wonder Woman 1984? When will DC’s Legends of Tomorrow return from the midseason break? What would Spider-Man look like in a vibranium suit in the McU? What do the breakdowns for […]

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New Full-Length Trailer for Tim Burton’s ‘Dumbo’ Soars to Greater Heights

Disney has released a new trailer for director Tim Burton's new live-action Dumbo movie is here. The film updates the classic animated Disney film and revolves around a circus owner (Danny DeVito) who enlists a former star (Colin Farrell) and his children t care for a newborn elephant, whose gift of flight takes the circus to new heights. While Burton first made waves with dark and strange films like Batman and Beetlejuice, he's actually been working within the realm of family/children's films for quite some time now (from Alice in Wonderland to Miss Peregrine's …
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‘Dumbo’ Trailer: Tim Burton’s Live-Action Remake Soars

‘Dumbo’ Trailer: Tim Burton’s Live-Action Remake Soars
Before the buzzy Aladdin and Mulan remakes make their way to theaters, there is Tim Burton‘s Dumbo, the live-action remake of the 1941 animated film that emotionally scarred all of us as children. Despite rocking a star-studded cast including Colin Farrell, Danny Devito, Michael Keaton, and Eva Green, it feels like Dumbo has fallen by the wayside when it comes to the […]

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‘Rebecca’ Remake: Ben Wheatley Directs, Armie Hammer & Lily James To Star

British filmmaker Ben Wheatley, known for darkly comedic genre fare like “Free Fire” and “High Rise,” is about to remake an Alfred Hitchcock classic. The director, who most debuted the scaled-back family dramedy “Happy New Year, Colin Burstead” at the BFI London Film Festival has signed on to helm a remake of Hitchcock’s gothic romance and psychological thriller “Rebecca.” Lily James and Armie Hammer will star in roles originally played by Joan Fontaine and Laurence Olivier.

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Idris Elba’s Daughter Isan Named 2019 Golden Globe Ambassador

Idris Elba’s Daughter Isan Named 2019 Golden Globe Ambassador
Idris Elba’s daughter, Isan, has been named next year’s Golden Globes Ambassador, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced on Wednesday evening.

Isan is also the daughter of makeup artist and businesswoman Kim Elba. The ambassador, a title that typically goes to the son or daughter of a celebrity, assists in distributing the Golden Globe trophies at the ceremony, and works in raising awareness of a selected charitable cause.

The honorary role was previously called Miss or Mister Golden Globe, but was changed last year to Golden Globe Ambassador.

“Last year, the HFPA renamed the title to represent a more inclusive role that was not only gender-neutral but also spoke to the HFPA’s commitment to philanthropy,” said HFPA president Meher Tatna in a statement. “However, we are continuing to stand by the tradition that the honoree is the daughter or son of a well-known actor.”

Isan, she announced,
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Daily Podcast: Is Going To The Movies Considered Hanging Out? Ghostbusters 3, Netflix, A Star is Born, Origin, Alien, George Rr Martin

Daily Podcast: Is Going To The Movies Considered Hanging Out? Ghostbusters 3, Netflix, A Star is Born, Origin, Alien, George Rr Martin
On the November 14, 2018 episode of /Film Daily, /Film editor-in-chief Peter Sciretta is joined by /Film weekend editor Brad Oman and senior writer Ben Pearson to talk about the latest film and tv news, including Ghostbusters 3, Netflix, A Star is Born, Origin, Alien: Awakening, and George Rr Martin. And in the Mailbag, we’ll […]

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Brillstein Entertainment Partners Recruits Manager Kailey Marsh, Acquires BloodList Franchise

Brillstein Entertainment Partners has recruited manager Kailey Marsh and has acquired the online BloodList franchise that Marsh launched a decade ago to highlight horror scripts.

Brillstein plans to expand BloodList into a production banner for film and TV projects.

“Kailey’s entrepreneurial spirit has brought BloodList to life and turned it into an industry standard for finding new voices in dark genre,” said Brillstein’s David McIlvain. “Kailey and her talented clients are a great addition to Brillstein as we continue to expand our genre business.”

Marsh, who headed the Kelly Marsh Media banner for the past five years, represents a range of writers and directors who specialize in genre fare. At present Marsh is a co-exec producer of the Hulu series “Light as a Feather,” produced by Awesomeness TV. Marsh reps series creator R. Lee Fleming Jr. as well as others on th show.

BloodList.com has a running
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‘Dumplin” Trailer: Jennifer Aniston’s Plus-Size Daughter Changes the Beauty Pageant Game

‘Dumplin” Trailer: Jennifer Aniston’s Plus-Size Daughter Changes the Beauty Pageant Game
It’s strange that beauty pageants are still a thing in 2018, but apparently people still love a superficial contest where women are rewarded for their looks and the judges pretend that the answers to any of the questions they ask actually matter. But in some sparsely populated areas, it’s all they have. For plus-size teenager Willowdean […]

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Movie Talk: ‘Alien: Covenant’ Sequel Would Bring Back the Engineers

On today's episode of Movie Talk, Mark Ellis, John Rocha and Haleigh Foutch discuss the following: Breaking: Collider's Jeff Sneider is reporting that Lily James and Armie Hammer are set to star in a possible remake of Rebecca directed by Ben Wheatley. Empire magazine revealed some details on what a sequel to Ridley Scott's Alien: Covenant would entail, including the return of the Engineers and David ending up on planet Lv-426. Disney released a new poster for their live action adaptation of Dumbo that embraces a bold color scheme. Paramount Animation and Nickelodeon
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Harley Quinn Spinoff ‘Birds of Prey’ Casts Cassandra Cain (Exclusive)

Harley Quinn Spinoff ‘Birds of Prey’ Casts Cassandra Cain (Exclusive)
Newcomer Ella Jay Basco is in negotiations to land the last major role, Cassandra Cain, in Warner Bros.’ Harley Quinn spinoff, “Birds of Prey.”

Margot Robbie is back as Quinn with Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Jurnee Smollett-Bell on board as Huntress and Black Canary, respectively. Ewan McGregor will play the film’s villain and Rosie Perez will portray Gotham City police detective Renee Montoya.

Cathy Yan is directing the pic with Robbie producing, along with Sue Kroll and Bryan Unkeless.

In the new film, Robbie, Winstead, and Smollett-Bell team up to protect Cain’s character when she comes across a diamond belonging to McGregor’s Black Mask, a kingpin in Gotham City’s criminal underworld.

In DC Comics, Cain is the daughter of assassins David Cain and Lady Shiva, and is deprived of speech and human contact during her childhood as conditioning to become the world’s greatest assassin. She
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