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Aaron Sorkin, Sacha Baron Cohen Film 'Trial of Chicago 7' Shuts Down (Exclusive)

Aaron Sorkin, Sacha Baron Cohen Film 'Trial of Chicago 7' Shuts Down (Exclusive)
It’s case closed for the Trial of the Chicago 7.

The Amblin Partners drama that was to be directed by Aaron Sorkin has been shut down.

Sources say that budgetary concerns forced the company to pull the plug on the feature project, which was in pre-production and heading toward a February 2019 start.

Sacha Baron Cohen, Eddie Redmayne and Jonathan Majors were on board to star in the drama about anti-war activists such as Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin and Tom Hayden, who were accused by the federal government of conspiracy and incitement to riot because of the protests surrounding the ...
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Sterling K. Brown to Star in Fox Searchlight’s ‘The Fence’ (Exclusive)

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Sterling K. Brown to Star in Fox Searchlight’s ‘The Fence’ (Exclusive)
Following his SAG nomination for actor in a drama series, Sterling K. Brown is in negotiations to star in Fox Searchlight’s biopic “The Fence,” sources tell Variety.

Peter Nicks is on board to direct. George Pelecanos and Dennis Lehane, who originally brought the book to HBO before it landed at Searchlight, teamed up to adapt the script.

Based on the book by award-winning Boston Globe journalist Dick Lehr (“Black Mass”), “The Fence” follows the true story of Michael Cox, an African-American undercover cop who is mistaken for a suspect and brutally beaten by his own force following one of the largest police chases in Boston history. As Cox seeks answers and justice for what happened, he finds himself on the other side of the “blue wall of silence” as the Boston Police Department aggressively covers it up.

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Pixar’s ‘Onward’ To Star Chris Pratt, Tom Holland, Julia Louis-Dreyfus & Octavia Spencer

Pixar’s ‘Onward’ To Star Chris Pratt, Tom Holland, Julia Louis-Dreyfus & Octavia Spencer
Chris Pratt, Tom Holland, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Octavia Spencer have been set to lead the voice cast of Onward, the next film in the works at Pixar Animation Studios. Dan Scanlon (Monsters University) is directing the pic, which is set to hit theaters on March 6, 2020.

Disney said today in announcing the film that it is set in a suburban fantasy world and centers on two teenage elf brothers who embark on a quest to discover if there is still a little magic left out there.

“At Pixar we try to create stories that come from some kind of personal truth,” Scanlon said. “This film was inspired by my own relationship with my brother.”

Scanlon first tipped the film at Disney’s D23 convention last year under the working title Suburban Fantasy World. He said the plot is inspired by the story of his childhood and how his father died when
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‘Star Wars': Mark Hamill Isn’t Even Allowed to Keep a Paper ‘Episode IX’ Script

‘Star Wars': Mark Hamill Isn’t Even Allowed to Keep a Paper ‘Episode IX’ Script
The security measures for the next “Star Wars” movie are tighter and thornier than a Sarlacc pit. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Mark Hamill compared obtaining pages for the as of yet untitled “Episode IX” like being in the CIA.

Hamill said that while measures to make sure nothing leaks about the new “Star Wars” films have always been tight, they’ve been strengthened even more for this film, so much so that he isn’t allowed to hang on to a paper script of the movie.

“They’re going to fly [the rewrites] over with somebody from the company,” Hamill told EW. “They’re going to come and give it to me and wait for me to read it before I give it back. So no pressure! You can’t even keep it overnight. But that’s the way it is now.”
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'A Star Is Born,' "Mrs. Maisel," "Ozark" Lead SAG Nominations

'A Star Is Born,'
A Star Is Born” led the way with four SAG feature film nominations while “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” and “Ozark” each scored a quartet of TV nominations.

BlacKkKlansman” and “The Favourite” each took a trio of film nominations. “Barry,” “Glow,” “The Handmaid’s Tale” and “The Kominsky Method” all scored three TV nods.

Nominees for the feature film ensemble cast trophy were “A Star Is Born,” “Black Panther,” “Crazy Rich Asians,” “BlacKkKlansman” and “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

Lady Gaga scored an actress nomination for “A Star is Born” along with Glenn Close for “The Wife,” Olivia Colman for “The Favourite,” Melissa McCarthy for “Can You ever Forgive Me?” and Emily Blunt for “Mary Poppins Returns.”

Bradley Cooper, who also directed “A Star Is Born” nabbed a best actor nod along with Christian Bale for “Vice,” Rami Malek for “Bohemian Rhapsody,” Viggo Mortensen for “Green Book” and John David Washington for “BlacKkKlansman.”

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‘Doctor Strange’ Director Scott Derrickson to Return for Sequel

‘Doctor Strange’ Director Scott Derrickson to Return for Sequel
Doctor Strange” director Scott Derrickson has signed up for Disney-Marvel’s sequel.

The studio, which had no comment, is about to start searching for a writer. Derrickson co-wrote the 2016 original with C. Robert Cargill and Jon Spaihts.

Benedict Cumberbatch is expected to reprise his role as Stephen Strange, along with co-stars Benedict Wong and Rachel McAdams. “Doctor Strange” centered on Cumberbatch’s surgeon character deciding to practice mystic arts after a career-ending car accident left his hands injured. Instead, he began learning about the astral plane, the hidden world of magic, and other dimensions.

The movie was a solid performer at the box office, grossing $677 million worldwide. “Doctor Strange” also starred Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Stuhlbarg, Benjamin Bratt, Scott Adkins, Mads Mikkelsen, and Tilda Swinton.

Disney and Marvel have not yet dated the “Doctor Strange” sequel. Doctor Strange was created by artist Steve Ditko and writer Stan Lee. The
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‘Brokeback Mountain,’ ‘Jurassic Park,’ ‘My Fair Lady’ Added to National Film Registry

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‘Brokeback Mountain,’ ‘Jurassic Park,’ ‘My Fair Lady’ Added to National Film Registry
Brokeback Mountain,” “Jurassic Park,” “My Fair Lady,” “The Shining,” “Hud” and “Monterey Pop” are among the best known titles among this year’s additions to the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress.

A place on the list — always made up of 25 films — guarantees the film will be preserved under the terms of the National Film Preservation Act. The criteria for selection is that the movies are “culturally, historically or aesthetically” significant.

“The National Film Registry turns 30 this year and for those three decades, we have been recognizing, celebrating and preserving this distinctive medium,” said Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden. “These cinematic treasures must be protected because they document our history, culture, hopes and dreams.”

The 2018 selections bring the total number of films in the registry to 750. Hayden will discuss the 25 new films with Leonard Maltin on Turner Classic Movies at 8 p.m. E.T. Wednesday.

The new titles
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Iffam: Shekhar Kapur Plans New ‘Elisabeth’ Film (Exclusive)

Iffam: Shekhar Kapur Plans New ‘Elisabeth’ Film (Exclusive)
Shekhar Kapur, best known outside India for “Elizabeth,” his 1998 biopic about the 16th Century British queen, is readying a new “Elisabeth” film. Based on a musical about one of the most famous members of the Austrian royal family, the film is to be shot in German.

Together with Michael Kunze and Sylvester Levay, Kapur is developing “Elisabeth.” This one is based on the life and death of Empress Elisabeth of Austria, the wife of Emperor Franz Joseph I, and better known as Sissi. Kunze and Levay’s “Elisabeth” is a stage musical based on the Empress’ life that has been watched by more than 10 million people and which rates as the most successful German musical of all time. There have been 12 language adaptations of the stage show, with the most popular Asian adaptations being in Korean and Japanese. Kapur will direct the film adaptation of the musical in German.

“Sissi,
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Film Review: ‘The Quake’

Film Review: ‘The Quake’
Roar Uthaug’s 2015 “The Wave” revived the pleasures of the 1970s disaster-movie cycle in a form that seemed purer than the never-quite-dead genre’s recent Stateside incarnations — most of which seem to involve Dwayne Johnson in a generic pileup of CGI perils. “The Wave” wasn’t high art, but it was entertainment that delivered some standard satisfactions without treating the viewer like an easy mark.

The Quake,” written by the same duo of John Kare Raake and Harald Rosenlow Eeg, is a “more of the same” sequel that’s just as good as the original, in nearly identical ways. Yes, there’s a tolerably talky buildup to wade through first, but once again it pays off in heightened human involvement when the mass destruction hits the fan. With Uthaug having defected to Hollywood and the “Tomb Raider” remake, this entry is helmed by veteran cinematographer John Andreas Andersen, whose second
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Jeffrey Dean Morgan Will Return as John Winchester for ‘Supernatural’s 300th Episode

We've got a Winchester reunion on our hands! And it's about time. A decade after leaving the long-running CW series, Jeffrey Dean Morgan will return as John Winchester for the 300th episode of Supernatural. The episode is titles Lebanon, which might seem obtuse and mysterious to folks who last watched the show when John Winchester was still around, but is in fact the name of the Kansas town where Dean (Jensen Ackles), Sam (Jared Padalecki), and the rest of the gang shacked up. Executive producer Andrew Dabb said, “We’re incredibly excited to have Jeffrey back for …
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Frank Darabont’s ‘The Walking Dead’ Lawsuit is Going to Trial, But Could Still Take Years to Get There

Frank Darabont’s ‘The Walking Dead’ Lawsuit is Going to Trial, But Could Still Take Years to Get There
Eight years after its premiere, The Walking Dead is still one of AMC’s biggest hits as its surviving human characters continue their battle against undead walkers and keep a wary eye on other humans they encounter. But one of the people who helped turn the show into a huge success is still fighting his own […]

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Lucrecia Martel Turned Down ‘Black Widow’ After Marvel Told Her ‘Don’t Worry About’ Action Scenes

Lucrecia Martel Turned Down ‘Black Widow’ After Marvel Told Her ‘Don’t Worry About’ Action Scenes
The thought of Argentinian filmmaker Lucrecia Martel directing a Marvel movie may sound unusual (her challenging style is a far cry from the McU), but she was included on the studio’s shortlist of filmmakers to helm the Black Widow standalone movie, starring Scarlett Johansson. Martel recently told India’s English-language newspaper The Daily Pioneer (via The Playlist) that her interest in the Marvel film didn’t go beyond her first meeting with the studio.

“I received an e-mail from Marvel for a meeting,” Martel said. “So I went to the [Marvel 10th Anniversary] reunion. I actually signed this thing where I can’t talk about that reunion. Marvel and other such production houses are trying to involve more female filmmakers…What they told me in the meeting was ‘we need a female director because we need someone who is mostly concerned with the development of Scarlett Johansson’s character.'”

Martel continued,
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Peter Jackson Would “Love To Help” Amazon With ‘Lord Of The Rings’ & Says ‘Tintin 2’ Isn’t Dead

Sure, Academy Award-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson has a new film coming Friday, “Mortal Engines,” which he co-wrote and produced. But considering the less-than-stellar early reviews, and the absolute bonkers box office competition facing the sci-fi/fantasy film, many are already looking past “Mortal Engines” and focusing on future Jackson projects. Namely, that “Lord of the Rings” TV show and “Tintin 2.”

During a recent interview we conducted with Jackson, we asked about those projects, to see if there were any updates on the status of the filmmaker’s involvement.

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Exclusive: Steven Yeun to Star in Episode of Jordan Peele’s ‘The Twilight Zone’

Exclusive: Steven Yeun to Star in Episode of Jordan Peele’s ‘The Twilight Zone’
Hot off a win for Best Supporting Actor at the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards, Burning star Steven Yeun has been tapped to star in an episode of Jordan Peele's revival of The Twilight Zone at CBS All Access, Collider has exclusively learned. Sources say that Yeun will play the title character in the series' fourth episode "The Traveler," which follows two cops and a mysterious traveler. Peele will serve as host and narrator of the series, which his Monkeypaw Productions is producing with Simon Kinberg's Genre Films and CBS Television Studios. Peele and Kinberg will serve …
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The 20 Best TV Moments in 2018

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More often than not, it’s the heart-pounding, jaw-dropping, or heartbreaking moments which define our memories of great television. Which is why each year, IndieWire chooses to recognize those scenes and twists which keep us enraptured in TV’s variety of narratives.

The picks below celebrate on-screen seconds which are the best sort of gut-punches and serve as examples of how this medium can have a genuine impact on how people see the world. From the far-off future to the Biblical past, it was an incredible year for TV, and these moments will be remembered for a long time.

[Editor’s Note: The following article contains light spoilers for the featured series.]

“911”

Bounce House Time!

“9-1-1” is a show built on sheer audacity. What other show would begin with a woman getting slowly constricted to death by a giant snake (and not have that be the craziest thing that happened in the episode)? Showing that no one was truly safe from the whims of Los Angeles-area disasters,
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Awkwafina and Laverne Cox Talk Diversity: ‘It’s Not Something That’s Hot This Year and Goes Away’

Awkwafina and Laverne Cox Talk Diversity: ‘It’s Not Something That’s Hot This Year and Goes Away’
“’Crazy Rich Asians’ and ‘Black Panther’ are the two biggest movies of the year,” says Laverne Cox. “This is also the year of ‘Pose.’”

Cox believes Hollywood is doing a better job at supporting and promoting diversity, but the “Orange Is the New Black” star also says, “We can always do better. It’s the year of a lot of stories, voices and bodies we don’t often see on our TV screens and movie screens so that’s progress. Do we need more? Yes, because there are so many more stories. There are so many more folks who need to be seen and heard.”

Variety caught up with Cox and “Crazy Rich Asians” star Awkwafina on Wednesday morning after they announced the nominees for the 25th annual SAG Awards.

“Diversity is not a trend,” Awkwafina said. “It’s not something that’s hot this year and goes away. It
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The Mule review – Clint Eastwood's drug running drama is a slow misfire

The director’s second film in a year is a strangely inelegant tale cursed with a clumsy script, uneasy politics and a lethargic pace

There’s been an air of mystery lingering around Clint Eastwood’s drug-running drama The Mule, which, despite some considerable star power and an effectively tense trailer, has been kept from critics until the very last second. It’s become a rather telling sign of a studio either unsure of how to position a film or, more likely, a studio aware that they have a disaster on their hands.

Related: Bumblebee review - Transformers spinoff that dumps 'Bayhem' for old-school spirit
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‘The Mule’: Clint Eastwood Is A Geriatric Gardner-Turned-Outlaw In This Oddly Charming Thriller [Review]

Hats off to Clint Eastwood – not only has the film legend just directed and starred in a new film at the impressive age of 88, but it appears he still has some surprises up his sleeve. Overbearing trailer aside, “The Mule” is not the movie you may think it is. That is, unless you thought it would be an often-comedic riff on aging that takes Eastwood on a journey from being a 78-year-old seersucker-clad champion daylily gardener to an outlaw pushing 90, who has a threesome at a Mexican cartel party.

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New ‘Aquaman’ and ‘Bumblebee’ Clips Reveal Trench Monsters and a Police Chase

New ‘Aquaman’ and ‘Bumblebee’ Clips Reveal Trench Monsters and a Police Chase
There will soon be a big blockbuster battle for Christmas audiences. Mary Poppins Returns will get a bit of a head start on December 19, but two days later, Bumblebee and Aquaman will go head-to-head, hoping to pull in all the families home for the holidays. In an effort to convince audiences to head to theaters […]

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‘The Mule’ Review: Clint Eastwood’s Best Movie in More than 25 Years

‘The Mule’ Review: Clint Eastwood’s Best Movie in More than 25 Years
At 88 years old, Clint Eastwood might be the hardest-working man in Hollywood. And now, with his second directorial outing of 2018 — and his best film since at least “Letters from Iwo Jima” in 2006, and perhaps 1992’s “A Perfect World” before that — he’s finally explained why.

Inspired by a Sam Dolnick article in the New York Times Magazine called “The Sinaloa Cartel’s 90-Year-Old Drug Mule,” “The Mule” is a far cry from the red state fantasy that some people feared from a Maga-era vehicle by an auteur who’s publicly endorsed the Republican Party in the somewhat recent past (two presidential elections and a zillion news cycles ago). On the contrary, Eastwood’s latest thriller is a tender, conflicted, and sometimes very funny meditation on what America conditions people to want for themselves — on how natural it can be to forget who you are in a country where work is an identity unto itself.
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