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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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‘Metro 2033’ Film Project Halted Because ‘A Lot of Things Didn’t Work’

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‘Metro 2033’ Film Project Halted Because ‘A Lot of Things Didn’t Work’
It appears that MGM’s film adaptation of “Metro 2033” is no longer happening because “a lot of things didn’t work,” according to VG24/7.

“Metro 2033″ is a novel by Russian author Dmitry Glukhovsky. It was also adapted into a series of successful survival horror shooters from video game publisher Thq and developer 4A Games in 2010. The book and games are set in a post-apocalyptic version of Moscow where humanity lives in the tunnels of the old metro after a nuclear blast.

The movie was supposed to follow the events of the book, but MGM reportedly tried to Americanize it by setting it in Washington D.C. That idea apparently didn’t work, and the film’s rights have reverted to Glukhovsky, the author told VG24/7 in a recent interview.

“A lot of things didn’t work out in Washington D.C.,” he said. “In Washington D.C., Nazis don’t work,
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Academy Considers No 2019 Oscars Host At All Following Kevin Hart Controversy

Academy Considers No 2019 Oscars Host At All Following Kevin Hart Controversy
With Kevin Hart no longer hosting the 91st Academy Awards next year, the Academy is reportedly “freaking out” as it rushes to find a replacement emcee for the 2019 ceremony. At least that’s according to a top comedy agent who spoke to Variety ahead of an Academy board meeting that’s set to discuss what to do with the hosting dilemma. Another insider told the publication there was no contingency plans in place by the Academy or broadcaster ABC, meaning there was no back-up host to fall on once Hart pulled out.

The Academy announced December 4 that Hart would be hosting the 2019 Oscars, but the confirmation was met with backlash online as homophobic jokes Hart made in the past began to resurface. Hart initially refused to apologize for the controversial jokes, but he eventually said he was sorry and announced he would not host the Oscars as to prevent the
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Sundance London Sets 2019 Dates, Returns To Picturehouse Central

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Sundance London Sets 2019 Dates, Returns To Picturehouse Central
Sundance London will return to the UK capital for a fifth edition from May 30 – June 2, 2019.

The Sundance Film Festival offshoot will once again be held at Picturehouse Central by Piccadilly Circus. This year’s event screened 12 features from the Utah festival, including surprise film American Animals.

The programme featured the UK premieres of Idris Elba’s Yardie, Paul Schrader’s First Reformed and Desiree Akhavan’s The Miseducation Of Cameron Post. The Audience Favourite Award was presented to Bo Burnham for his directorial debut, Eighth Grade and Amy Adrion was the recipient of the inaugural #WhatNext Award for her documentary Half The Picture.

Sundance London will announce its full lineup next spring.
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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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‘Dumplin’s’ Anne Fletcher On Dolly Parton, Self-Empowerment & Drag Queens [Podcast]

When you sit down and chat with director Anne Fletcher you immediately recognize the energy that fueled her first three box office hits, “Step Up,” “27 Dresses” and “The Proposal.” Her last two films didn’t quite work out, but now she’s back with “Dumplin’,” an independently financed dramedy that Netflix acquired and debuted on the service last weekend. And while critics have given it mixed reviews, it’s been completely embraced by fans of the service who had the film trending on twitter.

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Film News Roundup: Ryan Reynolds’ Michael Bay Film ‘6 Underground’ Wraps Production

Film News Roundup: Ryan Reynolds’ Michael Bay Film ‘6 Underground’ Wraps Production
In today’s film news roundup, shooting has wrapped on Ryan Reynolds’ “6 Underground,” BAFTA La names new board members, and the WGA East honors longtime exec Randall Jasta.

Production

Michael Bay’s Ryan Reynolds-starrer “6 Underground” has wrapped production.

Netflix and Skydance Media completed principal photography in Abu Dhabi on the action-adventure, which reportedly carries a $125 million budget. The film also stars Mélanie Laurent, Corey Hawkins, Adria Arjona, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Ben Hardy, Lior Raz, Payman Maadi, and Dave Franco.

The movie is being produced by Skydance’s David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Don Granger, along with Bay and Ian Bryce. It’s based on an original idea from “Deadpool” writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. Details of the plot have been kept under wraps.

“Making this movie was an experience I will never forget,” Reynolds said on Tuesday. “I was impressed with the local crew and artisans we’ve met throughout our journey.
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Movie Talk: ‘Doctor Strange 2′ in Development with Scott Derrickson Directing

On today's episode of Movie Talk, Mark Ellis, John Rocha and Jeff Sneider discuss the following: The panel discusses the Aquaman reviews that dropped now that the embargo has been lifted and the film's current Rotten Tomatoes score. THR reports that Marvel is finalizing a deal for a Doctor Strange sequel with Scott Derrickson returning to direct and Benedict Cumberbatch, Benedict Wong and Rachel McAdams reprising their roles. Variety is considering using no host at all for this year's Academy Awards after the Kevin Hart controversy. Deadline reports that Birds of Prey has cast Chris Messina as …
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Daily Podcast: How To Save The Die Hard Franchise, What’s The Most You’d Pay For A Movie Ticket, Stranger Things 3, Spider-Man, Toxic Avengers, Jordan Peele

Daily Podcast: How To Save The Die Hard Franchise, What’s The Most You’d Pay For A Movie Ticket, Stranger Things 3, Spider-Man, Toxic Avengers, Jordan Peele
On the December 11, 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 movie and tv news, including Die Hard, Stranger Things 3, Spider-Man: Far From Home, Toxic Avengers, Jordan Peele and London movie theater […]

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Film Review: ‘Springsteen on Broadway’

Film Review: ‘Springsteen on Broadway’
Hope you like the 69-year-old version of Bruce Springsteen’s face, because it’s virtually all you’re going to see for the two hours and 40 minutes of the filmed “Springsteen on Broadway” — other than the bare brick wall of the theater casting a dim glow in the background beyond those gray sideburns, and two songs’ worth of Patti Scialfa in a harmonizing, nonspeaking role. Tight and medium shots are pretty much the rule, with director Thom Zimny waiting until the last 10 minutes to move the camera back far enough to let us see the silhouetted audience. The Netflix film, which bypasses theaters to debut on the steaming giant Dec. 16 (the day the Broadway show closes), even dispenses with the traditional opening shot of the artist walking onstage. The camera is already zoomed in on him at the outset, as he delivers the show’s first great run-on sentence. “Springsteen on Broadway
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‘Star Wars Episode 9’ Secrecy is Like Being in the CIA, Says Mark Hamill

It’s no secret that secrets of Star Wars must be kept secret, for fear of the secrets secreting and ruining everything (especially the secrets). But the secrecy around Star Wars has gotten even more extreme than you might realize. There are criminals in movies that get transferred between prisons that don’t have as much security […]

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‘Shaun the Sheep: Farmageddon’ Teaser: Shaun the Sheep Goes Sci-Fi

‘Shaun the Sheep: Farmageddon’ Teaser: Shaun the Sheep Goes Sci-Fi
We’re getting another Shaun the Sheep movie! Aardman Animations has given us an early Christmas present with the arrival of the first Shaun the Sheep: Farmageddon teaser. The teaser reintroduces us to the beloved residents of Mossy Bottom Farm, but with a sci-fi twist: there are aliens now. Shaun the Sheep Farmageddon Teaser The teaser shows a single […]

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‘A Star Is Born,’ ‘Vice’ Lead 2018 Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Nominees

The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (Aacta) announced their nominees for the 8th annual Aacta International Awards on Tuesday. “A Star Is Born” and “Vice” lead the pack, with five and four nominations respectively.

The two leading films compete with “BlacKkKlansman,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” and “Roma” for best film, while Nicole Kidman becomes the first actor in Aacta Awards history to be nominated in both the lead and supporting actor or actress categories for “Destroyer” and “Boy Erased.” Kidman won the award for supporting actress last year for “Lion.”

“The Aacta International Awards give Australian filmmakers the opportunity to participate in and add their uniquely Australian perspective to the global conversation of screen excellence,” said AFI and Aacta CEO Damian Trewhella. “This year’s nominees truly represent international filmmaking excellence, and we are very proud to see many of our talented Australian practitioners and performers among these nominees. I
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Sequel Bits: ‘Glass’, ’47 Meters Down’, ‘Star Trek 4’, ‘Hobbs and Shaw’, ‘Leprechaun Returns’, ‘Halloween’, ‘Indiana Jones 5’

Sequel Bits: ‘Glass’, ’47 Meters Down’, ‘Star Trek 4’, ‘Hobbs and Shaw’, ‘Leprechaun Returns’, ‘Halloween’, ‘Indiana Jones 5’
In this edition of Sequel Bits: M. Night Shyamalan says “No” to a Glass sequel. The 47 Meters Down sequel will star the daughters of Jamie Foxx and Sylvester Stallone. John Cho has a good feeling about Star Trek 4. See The Rock and Vanessa Kirby running on the set of Hobbs and Shaw. Warwick Davis explains why he […]

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After Golden Horse Awards Embarrassment, China Orders Talent Home for Huabiao Ceremony

After Golden Horse Awards Embarrassment, China Orders Talent Home for Huabiao Ceremony
China’s government quietly ordered top Chinese talent back to the mainland from abroad this past weekend to attend a Beijing ceremony for its highest film industry honors, the loosely bi-annual Huabiao Awards. The move came just weeks after it directed mainland film executives and talent to snub after-parties and return home as quickly as possible from the Golden Horse Awards in Taipei in the wake of one winner’s controversial pro-Taiwanese independence acceptance speech.

Director Chen Kaige (“Farewell My Concubine”), the jury president at this year’s International Film Festival and Awards Macao, which began Saturday, was summoned back to China for the Huabiao Awards and missed Macao’s opening festivities. Actress Yao Chen, known for her roles in Chinese hits “Monster Hunt” and last year’s “Journey to the West 2,” was also called back to Beijing for Saturday’s festivities, but managed to return to Macao the very next day.
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Fotosintesis Readies Immigration Animated Feature ‘Beast’ (Exclusive)

Buenos Aires — Mexico City-based Fotosintesis Media, a joint initiative of Mexico’s Mantarraya Group and writer-director Miguel Angel Uriegas, is moving into pre-production this January on “Beast,” the third Mexican animated feature from the cause-driven entertainment label.

News of the move comes as Uriegas presents at Ventana Sur’s Animation! forum 15 minutes of work in progress excerpts from from “A Costume for Nicolas,” Fotosintesis’ second movie in a cause-driven franchise which is attracting significant backers.

Beast” will be directed by Uriegas, who helmed and co-wrote the first feature in the series, “The Angel in the Clock” and co-directed Mantarraya’s “The Incredible Story of the Stone Boy.” The presentation will be made on Dec. 12 in a series of four Work in Progress sneak peeks.

An action adventure allegory of migration – the Beast itself makes reference to the trans-Mexico freight train migrants call “La Bestia” – the animated feature is produced by Mantarraya founder Jaime Romandia,
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‘Doctor Strange’ 2: Scott Derrickson Will Return To Direct

Scott Derrickson will return to the world of the mystic arts. The director of “Sinister” (2012), and “Deliver Us From Evil” (2014), as well as the McU film “Doctor Strange” (2016) has been tapped by Marvel to return for the sequel. Benedict Cumberbatch will return as Stephen Strange as will Benedict Wong, who plays the Doctor’s right-hand mystical partner, Wong.

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‘Once Upon a Deadpool’ Is Proof This Weird, Twisted Franchise Needs Its R-Rating

‘Once Upon a Deadpool’ Is Proof This Weird, Twisted Franchise Needs Its R-Rating
The numbers should speak for themselves: over the course of just two films, the burgeoning “Deadpool” franchise has made Fox over $1.5 billion. It’s a cash cow! A strange, twisted, violent, weird cash cow that manages to exist both inside of and wholly removed from the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the X-Men’s own convoluted cinematic canon. No other current superhero franchise is as invested in its own meta machinations, its own foul-mouthed digs at its place in the superhero world, or its adherence to violence that could only come with an R-rating.

And yet, apparently, a billion and a half bucks is just not enough. That’s why “Deadpool 2” has been edited down, chopped up, and stuck inside a strange (though not entirely unlikable) framing device, all the better to earn a PG-13 rating and get served right back up to an audience that presumably liked it just fine the first time around.
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Doctor Strange Was Almost in ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’

Doctor Strange Was Almost in ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is chock-full of characters and cameos, but there was one planned cameo that never came to fruition. Doctor Strange was originally set to make an appearance in Sony’s acclaimed animated superhero movie, but never made it past the first draft. Producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the former of which co-wrote the […]

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‘Roma’ Keeps Adding Theaters in Mexico

‘Roma’ Keeps Adding Theaters in Mexico
Roma,” Alfonso Cuaron’s deeply personal coming-of-age drama, is also a love letter to Mexico City. The sprawling metropolis — its cobblestoned streets, fading movie palaces, and lush parks — is practically a central character in the story of a family grappling with love and loss.

Perhaps that’s the reason that “Roma” has been passionately embraced by Mexican audiences even as the country’s two largest theater chains, Cinepolis and Cinemex, refuse to screen the movie. The companies object to the fact that the movie is premiering on Netflix within weeks of its theatrical debut — a stance being echoed by major U.S. exhibitors such as AMC and Regal.

However, independent chains throughout the country have been clamoring to book the film. “Roma” is currently screening in nearly 100 Mexican theaters, double the number that the film’s producers expected would offer the movie. It’s also nearly as big a footprint
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