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David Oyelowo Joins the Cast of Sony’s ‘Peter Rabbit’ Sequel (Exclusive)

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David Oyelowo Joins the Cast of Sony’s ‘Peter Rabbit’ Sequel (Exclusive)
Golden Globe nominee David Oyelowo is set to join the cast of Sony Pictures’ “Peter Rabbit 2,” the live-action hybrid sequel to the 2018 family hit, sources tell Variety.

He joins Rose Byrne and Domhnall Gleeson, who are returning from the first film, as is James Corden in the voice of the mischievous Peter Rabbit. Writer-director Will Gluck is back at the helm of the sequel, and is also producing through his Olive Bridge Entertainment banner, along with Animal Logic’s Zareh Nalbandian. The screenplay is by Gluck and Patrick Burleigh.

Plot details are vague other than it following the adventures of Peter as he continues to stir up trouble with his fellow furry friends. It is also unknown who Oyelowo will be playing, but it will be a live-action role like Gleeson and Byrne’s.

The first “Peter Rabbit” film was a hit globally, taking in over $350 million worldwide, including $115 million domestically.
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John Krasinski To Direct ‘A Quiet Place 2’, Emily Blunt Returning Too

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John Krasinski To Direct ‘A Quiet Place 2’, Emily Blunt Returning Too
Exclusive: Sources says John Krasinski is back to direct Quiet Place 2. He was already on board to write the sequel.

Production we hear begins in July on the Brad Fuller and Andrew Form produced film.

We also hear that Emily Blunt’s deal for the sequel is closed as well. She recently won a Screen Actors Guild best supporting actress award for her turn in the film. Today on Instagram Krasinski announced the sequel’s release date: May 15, 2020.

The $17M production made its world premiere at SXSW a year ago, where it promptly sent electricity into the audience. The pic was expected to open around $30M, and over-performed its domestic tracking with a $50.2M opening, and final stateside of $188M, $340M Ww. With Paramount struggling before Jim Gianopulos’ arrival to the studio, A Quiet Place came as a wonderful renaissance for them. Gianopulos announced the sequel to the alien thriller last spring at CinemaCon.
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Luke Wilson Joins ‘Zombieland’ Sequel (Exclusive)

Luke Wilson Joins ‘Zombieland’ Sequel (Exclusive)
Luke Wilson is set to join the ensemble of the upcoming “Zombieland” sequel, sources tell Variety.

Wilson will star alongside Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, and Abigail Breslin in “Zombieland 2.” As previously reported, Zoey Deutch, Thomas Middleditch, and Rosario Dawson are also boarding the cast.

In the sequel, the zombie slayers must face off against new kinds of zombies that have evolved since the first movie, as well as new human survivors. They also have to deal with the growing pains of their own makeshift family.

It’s unknown who Wilson will be playing in the pic.

Original “Zombieland” filmmaker Ruben Fleischer, who most recently helmed Sony’s “Venom,” is returning to direct the follow-up. He is re-teaming with original writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese, known for their work on both “Deadpool” movies. The sequel is currently in the production and will be released this October, on the
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Vinny Vella Dies: ‘Casino’ & ‘The Sopranos’ Actor Was 72

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Vinny Vella Dies: ‘Casino’ & ‘The Sopranos’ Actor Was 72
Vinny Vella, known for his roles in the 1995 film Casino and HBO’s The Sopranos, among others, has died. His family shared the news on Vella’s Facebook page. Vella died Wednesday from liver cancer. He was 72.

“We are saddened to report that Vinny Vella has passed and I’m sure that no one more saddened than himself,” the Facebook statement read. “Vinny loved life from his family to his friends and fans he was easily one of the funniest, endearing actors to have ever graced the screen. Vinny also had integrity and pride rarely seen.”

The statement continued, “Arguably the fastest on the draw, king of the comebacks. His verbal jousting was legendary but many know Vinny for his favorite saying – ‘Who’s better than you?’ Well Vinny, I think we all can agree on the answer to that, it was you, it always was you! We miss you my boy!
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'How to Train Your Dragon 3' Looks to End February on a High Note

'How to Train Your Dragon 3' Looks to End February on a High Note
The winter box office season is nearing an end, serving as good news for what has been a rather rough start to 2019. Fortunately, before all eyes turn to March and Captain Marvel and Us, it would appear one of the final new wide releases of the season is looking to close things out on a high note as Universal debuts How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, their first DreamWorks Animation release since acquiring the animation studio in 2016 for $3.8 billion. The film is already off to a strong start internationally since releasing overseas seven weeks ago and is now looking to keep the momentum domestically. Also going wide this weekend is MGM's Fighting with My Family, after a limited debut last weekend, and Roadside is debuting Run the Race in moderate release. At a reported $129 million, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World carries the lightest budget
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Oscars 2019 Predictions: Why This Year Is Such a Tough Call — IndieWire’s Movie Podcast

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Oscars 2019 Predictions: Why This Year Is Such a Tough Call — IndieWire’s Movie Podcast
After months of hectic campaigns and a seemingly endless parade of awards shows, Oscar season comes to a dramatic finale this weekend with the Academy Awards. Voting ended earlier this week and prognosticators have finished the hard work. Now we wait. But with the full narrative of the last few months coming to a close, is anything guaranteed? “Roma” may be a popular favorite, but even the Best Picture category has a few other major contenders. Needless to say, every Oscar pool is going to require a lot of educated guesswork.

In this week’s episode of Screen Talk, Eric Kohn sits down with Anne Thompson in Los Angeles as they anticipate the outcome of the ceremony, taking into account some of the potential upsets — and why the plans for this year’s ceremony have been as complicated as the overall race.

Listen to the full episode below.

Screen Talk is available on iTunes.
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‘Pop. 1280’: ‘The Favourite’ Director Yorgos Lanthimos Sets His Sights on a Crime Drama

‘Pop. 1280’: ‘The Favourite’ Director Yorgos Lanthimos Sets His Sights on a Crime Drama
Yorgos Lanthimos, the Greek director whose dark and hilarious period piece The Favourite is currently nominated for 10 Academy Awards, has found his next movie. Lanthimos will direct Pop. 1280, a film adaptation of author Jim Thompson‘s celebrated 1964 novel of the same name. Read on for details about the story, and why Lanthimos seems like […]

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Michael B. Jordan Is In Negotiations For Denzel Washington’s ‘Journal For Jordan’

How many times have we cried for Michael B. Jordan and his deaths on screen? (Too many.) That trend is expected to continue if he joins Denzel Washington‘s “Journal for Jordan.” Oscar-nominated “Mudbound” screenwriter Virgil Williams will adapt the Sony Pictures movie from Dana Cadendy’s heartbreaking memoir about the death of her son’s father, Charles Monroe King.

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Kevin Feige Confirms ‘Black Widow’ Won’t Be R-Rated

Once upon a time, Disney CEO Bob Iger addressed the idea of the R-Rated film when talking about the 20th Century Fox purchase and “Deadpool.” In short, the Ryan Reynolds-starring filthy series would stay R-Rated. He then added, “We think there might be an opportunity for a Marvel-r brand for something like ‘Deadpool,’ as long as we let the audiences know what’s coming, we think we can manage that fine.” And this quickly turned into “Black Widow” would be Marvel’s first R-Rated film thanks to Internet chatter and discourse.

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Tessa Thompson and Nnamdi Asomugha to Star in ‘Slyvie’

Tessa Thompson and Nnamdi Asomugha to Star in ‘Slyvie’
Tessa Thompson and Nnamdi Asomugha are set to star in the feature film “Slyvie.”

Eugene Ashe has written the screenplay and will direct with production currently underway.

The film is described as a love story set in the cool jazz era of New York City in the late 1950’s/early 1960’s. Sylvie (played by Thompson) meets aspiring saxophonist Robert (played by Asomugha) when he takes a job at her father’s record store in Harlem. After a summer romance comes to an end, the two fatefully reconnect several years later and find that their feelings for each other have never disappeared.

Asomugha will produce through his iAm21 Entertainment banner alongside Jonathan Baker (“The Banker”), Gabrielle Glore (“Dirty Laundry”), and Matthew Thurm (“Crown Heights”). Thompson will executive produce.

Thompson will next star in “Men in Black: International” this June, and was recently seen starring in “Creed II,” “Sorry to Bother You,
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Hidden Streams: Marilyn Monroe, Italian Horror, and Other Classic Gems Streaming Right Now

(Welcome to Hidden Streams, a column focused on the best older movies available to stream on your favorite services, including Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and more.) In this edition of Hidden Streams, you’ll find plenty of golden (and not-so-golden) oldies to check out or revisit, including enough giallo films to throw your own mini-marathon, a few […]

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‘A Quiet Place 2’ Bringing Back John Krasinski to Direct, Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds, and Noah Jupe Also Returning [Updated]

‘A Quiet Place 2’ Bringing Back John Krasinski to Direct, Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds, and Noah Jupe Also Returning [Updated]
Update: The Hollywood Reporter says Millicent Simmonds and Noah Jupe, the actors who played the children in the first A Quiet Place, are in talks to reprise their roles in the sequel alongside Emily Blunt. Our original article follows, and you can get more updated details below. After almost a year of talking about how […]

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Yorgos Lanthimos to Follow ‘The Favourite’ with Twisted Crime Drama ‘Pop. 1280’

Yorgos Lanthimos' The Favourite just took home seven Baftas and is up for ten Academy Awards at this weekend's ceremony, so it should come as no surprise that the filmmaker has already lined up his next project. Per Deadline, the filmmaker will next head to the realm of twisted crime drama and political manipulations with an adaptation of Jim Thompson's Pop. 1280 for Imperative Entertainment. While the book is said to be a longtime favorite for the filmmaker, there's no denying the somewhat timely nature of the material. Published in 1964, the novel from the Killer Inside …
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‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Deleted Scene Has Advice on How to Save the World

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‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Deleted Scene Has Advice on How to Save the World
One of last year’s best films, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, is swinging onto digital and Blu-ray soon. It brings with it several deleted scenes, including one you can watch below. In the scene, Jake Johnson‘s Peter B. Parker tries once again to offer some heartfelt advice to Miles Morales (Shameik Moore). Peter still hasn’t mastered […]

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Box Office: ‘How to Train Your Dragon 3’ Soaring to $50 Million-Plus Launch

Box Office: ‘How to Train Your Dragon 3’ Soaring to $50 Million-Plus Launch
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” is soaring toward a $53 million launch weekend at 4,259 North American locations, early estimates showed on Friday.

That estimate is well above Universal’s forecast in the $40 million range at 4,259 sites — and ahead of its predecessors, 2010’s “How to Train Your Dragon,” which made $43.7 million for Paramount, and 2014’s “How to Train Your Dragon 2,” which earned $49.4 million for Fox.

The third entry in the franchise is the first DreamWorks Animation title to be released by Universal since it acquired the animation studio for $3.8 billion in 2016. If the estimate holds, “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” will become the top three-day domestic opener of 2019, eclipsing the $40.2 million reeled in by Universal’s “Glass” on Jan. 18-20.

The final entry in the “Dragon” trilogy follows the young Viking Hiccup and his companion Toothless as they seek a dragon utopia called the Hidden World.
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‘The Umbrella Academy’ Cast Discusses Bringing The Superhero Saga To Life [Interview]

For the past two decades, superheroes have been the driving force behind pop culture. Movie studios, TV networks, and streaming services are thriving off their viewers’ demand for content based on comic books. Comic book culture is so dominant that even casual viewers can recite the genre’s clichés in their sleep. A threat emerges, a hero(ine) rises to the challenge, overcomes self-doubt, and thwarts the evil-doer. Lather, rinse, repeat.

Read More: ‘The Umbrella Academy’ Trailer: Ellen Page & Mary J.

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Dreaming of a Hollywood Ending for Actors With Disabilities (Guest Column)

Dreaming of a Hollywood Ending for Actors With Disabilities (Guest Column)
Picture a world in which an actor with a disability wins an Academy Award. Sadly, that storyline remains no more than a Hollywood fantasy.

In recent years, the #OscarsSoWhite trending hashtag campaign has shed light on the lack of diversity in the movie industry. Yet ahead of this year’s Oscars on Feb. 24, society’s definition of diversity all too often remains narrow and only encompasses race and ethnicity.

Ever since Dustin Hoffman won Best Actor in 1989 for playing a protagonist with autism in “Rain Man,” about half of the Best Actor winners have also portrayed people with disabilities or illnesses. Yet it’s alarming that Hollywood seems to greatly value stories of disabilities without actually employing actors, directors, storytellers, or technicians with disabilities.

Year in and year out, actors without disabilities are nominated for playing characters with disabilities, most recently Sally Hawkins in “The Shape of Water” and Eddie Redmayne
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John Krasinski Will Direct ‘A Quiet Place 2’; Emily Blunt Will Return

Silence is survival, but the cat’s out of the bag. John Krasinski will return to the post-apocalyptic world of strange alien creatures that “see” through sound for the sequel to “A Quiet Place.” Krasinski teased the news and the just-announced release date for “A Quiet Place 2“— 5-15-20” on social media and the trades confirmed what he suggested: the director is coming back for Paramount‘s sequel.

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Yorgos Lanthimos to Adapt and Direct Jim Thompson’s ‘Pop. 1280’

Those looking for more trademark nastiness from Yorgos Lanthimos may not have to wait long. The director of Oscar-nominated “The Favourite” will next tackle an adaptation of Jim Thompson‘s “Pop. 1280.” Lanthimos will write the script, direct, and produce alongside Imperative Entertainment and Element Pictures, in association with Discovery Productions.

Read More: Yorgos Lanthimos Discusses The Irrational Physicality & Ridiculousness Of ‘The Favourite’ In 45 Minute Talk [Video]

Lanthimos has been a fan of the novel for a while, and the plot description from the book’s publisher makes it clear why this is right up the filmmaker’s dark alley:

“Nick Corey is a terrible sheriff on purpose.

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‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Puts Doug Jones’ Saru in the Spotlight for “The Sound of Thunder’

It’s another Saru-themed episode this week on Star Trek: Discovery! This week’s episode, “The Sound of Thunder,” is all about Saru becoming the savior of his Kelpien race, delivering them from the insidious Great Balance the Baul have instilled over thousands of years. It’s always great to see Saru, but it’s been especially amazing to […]

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