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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

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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

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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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'Having a child is a distraction from your own mortality': Kathryn Hahn and Tamara Jenkins on their IVF film

Hahn stars in Jenkins’ new comedy about a couple struggling with infertility. They talk about whether feminism is to blame for encouraging women to wait before reproducing – and why their film shouldn’t be dismissed as a chick flick

Eleven years ago, the director Tamara Jenkins was flying round the world promoting her second film, The Savages. A sad, frank comedy about suddenly caring for a father with Alzheimer’s, it won rave reviews, then Oscar nominations for Jenkins and star Laura Linney.

Professionally, life was peachy. Privately, more rotten. Jenkins, who was then 45, and her husband, the screenwriter Jim Taylor, were trying unsuccessfully to start a family. Natural methods seemed a non-starter; medical intervention hit a brick wall; egg donation was fraught; international adoption was swaddled in red tape.
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‘A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding’ Trailer Reveals the Next Chapter of Netflix’s Holiday Romance

Ready to get Christmas cozy? You'll have to wait until after Thanksgiving -- yes, show Thanksgiving some respect!! -- for Netflix's A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding, a sequel to their happy holiday film. Rose McIver and Ben Lamb will reprise their roles as an everywoman and a royal who meet-cute and fall in love, but who face a few more challenges before they tie the knot. Probably really low-key ones, though. It's Christmas after all! The movie will be directed by John Schultz and written by Nathan Atkins, and will follow the couple through some minor …
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Apichatpong Weerasethakul Wants to Quit the Academy: Oscar Voting Is Too Expensive

Apichatpong Weerasethakul Wants to Quit the Academy: Oscar Voting Is Too Expensive
In the years since his 2015 feature “Cemetery of Splendour,” Thai filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul has traveled a lot, presenting shorts and installation pieces around the world. These days, he’s plotting his first movie outside of Thailand, the Colombia-set “Memoria,” with Tilda Swinton and Jean Balibar attached to star. On November 19, he will receive the annual Fiaf prize from the Federation of Film Archives. In the midst of all this activity, Weerasethakul was also invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, in 2016 — but voting for the Oscars has little appeal to poetic auteur, who won the Palme d’Or for “Uncle Boomnee Who Can Recall His Past Lives” in 2010.

“They’ve been sending me these DVDs and movies. A lot of them,” Weerasethakul said in a Skype interview from a shorts festival in Europe. “I confess that I don’t watch many.” Last year, he tried voting using AMPAS’ online system,
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Watch the Magical First Trailer for Disney’s ‘Dumbo’

Watch the Magical First Trailer for Disney’s ‘Dumbo’
Dumbo” takes flight in the first official trailer for Tim Burton’s live-action remake of the Disney classic.

This reimagining, which uses visual effects to portray the lovable elephant, sees Danny DeVito as the owner of a faltering circus. He enlists a former star (Colin Farrell) and his children (Nico Parker and Finley Hobbins) to look after the newborn elephant who gets teased for his oversized earns. They soon find out that those ears allow Dumbo to fly, giving the circus a newfound appeal.

Before long, the peculiar pachyderm draws the attention of entrepreneur V.A. Vandevere (Michael Keaton), who wants Dumbo for his upcoming entertainment venture, Dreamland, that might not be such a dream.

“You have something very rare. You have wonder, you have mystique, you have magic,” Keaton’s mysteriously dark character says. “Come with me. Together we can soar on those elephant’s wings.”

Burton, best known
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Cinematographer Robert Richardson on ‘A Private War’, the Loss of FilmStruck, ‘The Aviator’ and More

Robert Richardson is one of the greatest cinematographers who’s ever lived, full-stop. His versatility is matched only by his specificity, and it’s no surprise that he’s struck up a number of fruitful collaborations with some of cinema’s best filmmakers throughout the course of his career. Richardson initially honed his craft with director Oliver Stone on films like Salvador, Platoon, and JFK, then he struck up a tremendous relationship with Martin Scorsese that ranged from Casino to The Aviator, with the latter earning Richardson the Oscar for Best Cinematography. When Quentin Tarantino set out to craft …
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Lucy Hale to star in 'Fantasy Island'

Lucy Hale to star in 'Fantasy Island'
Michael Pena to play island overseer in adaptation of TV show.

Lucy Hale from Truth Or Dare and Freeform series Pretty Little Liars is set to star in Fantasy Island, for co-financiers and co-producers Blumhouse and Sony Pictures.

Hale will star opposite previously announced Michael Pena in the television adaptation based on the series about a group of guests at the eponymous locale where the island overseer warns them their wishes will play out not necessarily as they wish, but as they should. Pena will play the island overseer, Mr. Roarke.

Sony Pictures controls the rights to the property and will distribute.
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‘Everybody Knows’ Trailer: Penélope Cruz & Javier Bardem Star In New Thriller From Director Asghar Farhadi

It had to happen eventually. After 2017’s “The Salesman” brought Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi his second Oscar win in the Best Foreign Language Film category, the director’s next picture was set to be just one more triumph in a run of critically adulated works that was showing no signs of losing momentum. At the time, few could’ve anticipated the collective ‘meh’ that “Everybody Knows” was ultimately met with when it premiered as the opening feature at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.

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‘A Private War’ Goes Public With Aviron’s Word-of-Mouth Screenings

‘A Private War’ Goes Public With Aviron’s Word-of-Mouth Screenings
A Private War” is expanding this month after its Nov. 2 launch in New York and L.A. The film, starring an excellent Rosamund Pike, is the perfect calling card for the new Aviron Pictures. The film embodies what Aviron is doing, but it’s also an exception to its rules.

“Most of our films are mid-budget feature films that we believe have the ability to be wide releases,” says Aviron president David Dinerstein. “But ‘A Private War’ is a little different.”

Aviron execs knew this film would depend on word-of-mouth. It is a complex, adult drama, centering on war correspondent Marie Colvin, who reported from war zones in Africa and the Middle East for Sunday Times of London; the film covers her work for a decade, concluding in 2012.

Reviewing the film out of Toronto, Variety’s Peter Debruge praised it as an “incredibly sophisticated, psychologically immersive” film, adding that director
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‘Backtrace’ Trailer: Sylvester Stallone’s Latest Action Film Checks All The Boxes For A Fun Time

A bank heist that has gone wrong. A brain injury, leading to amnesia. A prison breakout. An experimental brain-healing serum. Drugs, gunfights, and the FBI. Sly Stallone. Are these the ingredients to a film that sounds awesome to you? Then you’re in luck. This December, Ryan Guzman, Matthew Modine, and the aforementioned Stallone star in an action thriller titled “Backtrace.”

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In the new trailer for “Backtrace” we get the basic premise — after suffering a brain injury from a bank heist gone wrong (we weren’t lying), MacDonald (Modine) develops amnesia (see?) and is put into a prison psychiatric ward.

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‘Crow: The Legend’ Review: John Legend Leads a Musical Tale of Native American Mythology

In honor of the ongoing Native American Heritage month, Baobab Studios today released Crow: The Legend, a CGI short and an experiential virtual reality (Vr) film that is the first Vr movie to incorporate an indigenous world view. Directed, written and produced by veteran animator Eric Darnell (Antz, Madagascar franchise) and executive produced by John Legend, Crow is based on the moving Native American story about the bird’s cultural genesis and its place in Native American mythology. The short film, available today in Vr on YouTube and Oculus, boasts a talented multicultural and multi-talented voice cast led by …
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Watch: Eddie Redmayne Finally Explains That Weird ‘Jupiter Ascending’ Voice

When Eddie Redmayne was in the running for an Oscar for his performance in Theory of Everything, some wondered if his chances would be hindered by his performance in another movie that came out just as Oscar voting was underway: Jupiter Ascending. The original sci-fi film from The Wachowskis was an ambitious, bold epic that showcased a very ambitious, very bold performance from Redmayne as Balem Abrasax, an emperor who controls the wealthiest business empire in the known universe. Redmayne’s performance as Abrasax is out there, complete with a voice that modulates between a whisper and a scream …
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‘Everybody Knows’ Trailer: Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem Team Up to Fall Apart

‘Everybody Knows’ Trailer: Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem Team Up to Fall Apart
Asghar Farhadi puts Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem through an emotional crisis in the upcoming “Everybody Knows.” The drama opened the Cannes Film Festival this year and will hit theaters in 2019, courtesy of Focus Features. While Farhadi has often competed for the Oscar as Iran’s official submission (he most recently won with “The Salesman” in 2017), “Everybody Knows” is a Spanish-language film and was thus passed over this year in favor of Vahid Jalilvand’s “No Date – No Signature.”

The official synopsis from Focus Features reads: “The film follows Laura (Cruz) on her travels from Argentina to her small home town in Spain for her sister’s wedding, bringing her two children along for the occasion. Amid the joyful reunion and festivities, the eldest daughter is abducted. In the tense days that follow, various family and community tensions surface and deeply hidden secrets are revealed.”

IndieWire’s Eric Kohn called
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