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John David Washington to Star in Christopher Nolan’s Next Film (Exclusive)

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John David Washington to Star in Christopher Nolan’s Next Film (Exclusive)
Christopher Nolan has tapped “BlacKkKlansman’sJohn David Washington to star in his next “event film,” sources tell Variety.

Nolan recently finished the script for the movie and Warner Bros. quickly dated it for July 18, 2020 — a slot the studio often reserves for the director, most recently with “Dunkirk.”

The gig has become one of the more highly coveted in town, even though most of the industry has been kept in the dark about who has been meeting for the role and what the movie is even about.

Although rumors are swirling that the film is a romantic thriller in the vein of “North by Northwest,” sources have denied those claims, keeping plot details under lock and key. One insider described the pic as a massive, innovative, action blockbuster, which will again be shown in Imax.

Nolan is also producing along with his partner Emma Thomas. Production is set to commence later this year.
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‘West Side Story’ Remake Adds Corey Stoll, Brian d’Arcy James as Cops

‘West Side Story’ Remake Adds Corey Stoll, Brian d’Arcy James as Cops
Steven Spielberg has cast Corey Stoll and Brian d’Arcy James as police officers in his movie adaptation of “West Side Story.”

Stoll will take on the role of Lieutenant Schrank, the New York City detective charged with quelling civic unrest in his racially-torn precinct. James will play Sergeant Krupke, a veteran cop whose beat includes the territories of two warring street gangs, the Sharks and the Jets.

The song “Gee Officer Krupke” was performed by the Jets in the original Broadway musical and the 1961 movie. It concludes with the memorable line “Gee, Officer Krupke – Krup you!”

Spielberg has already cast 17-year-old high schooler Rachel Zegler as Maria opposite Ansel Elgort as Tony, along with Rita Moreno as Valentina — a reconceived version of the character of Doc, the owner of the corner store where Tony works. Moreno won an Academy Award for her portrayal of Anita in the 1961 film version of “West Side Story.
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Chris Cooper Joins, Focus Features Boards Jon Stewart’s Political Comedy ‘Irresistible’

Chris Cooper Joins, Focus Features Boards Jon Stewart’s Political Comedy ‘Irresistible’
Focus Features is partnering with Plan B Entertainment to produce and distribute Jon Stewart’s political comedy “Irresistible,” with Chris Cooper joining stars Steve Carell and Rose Byrne.

Variety first reported in October that Stewart and Carell had boarded the project, with Stewart directing and producing with Plan B. Stewart has kept a low profile since leaving “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” in 2015.

“In the age of fake news, Jon Stewart continues to be the real deal. He’s been making us laugh at the bipartisan commitment to bending the truth for years, and we couldn’t be more excited to partner with him and Plan B as Jon brings his signature wit to the big screen with the incredibly versatile talents of Steve, Rose, and Chris,” said Focus Features chairman Peter Kujawski.

Focus Features and Universal Pictures International will distribute the film worldwide. Focus’ president of production Josh McLaughlin will oversee the movie.
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Movies New to Netflix in April: ‘Burning,’ ‘American Honey,’ and Extended Version of ‘Hateful Eight’

Movies New to Netflix in April: ‘Burning,’ ‘American Honey,’ and Extended Version of ‘Hateful Eight’
Netflix might be skipping this year’s Cannes Film Festival, but the streaming giant is offering a bit of a mea culpa in its April offerings, which come with some exciting options from bonafide auteurs who also happen to be Cannes regulars, including Lee Chang-Dong, Andrea Arnold, and Quentin Tarantino. Ken Loach’s Palme d’Or winner “I, Daniel Blake” will also join Netflix’s ranks next month, along with classics like “All the President’s Men,” “Bonnie and Clyde,” and “Deliverance.”

In April, Netflix will add Lee’s lauded Cannes competitor “Burning,” which missed out on Oscar love but picked up plenty of other accolades during last year’s awards circuit, including a number of nods for star Steven Yeun. It will be joined by Arnold’s 2016 Palme d’Or entry “American Honey,” along with an extended version of Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight”.

The streaming service will also
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Norman Hollyn, Film Editor on 'Heathers,' Music Editor on 'Sophie's Choice,' Dies at 66

Norman Hollyn, Film Editor on 'Heathers,' Music Editor on 'Sophie's Choice,' Dies at 66
Norman Hollyn, the respected film editor and music editor who worked on such films as Sophie's Choice, Heathers and The Cotton Club, has died. He was 66.

Hollyn was lecturing students from Tokyo University of the Arts in Yokohama, Japan, where he died Sunday night from a coronary embolism and subsequent cardiac arrest, Elizabeth Daley, dean of the USC School of Cinematic Arts, wrote on Facebook.

An acknowledged expert in his field, Hollyn was a full professor at Sca and the inaugural holder of its Michael Kahn Endowed Chair in Editing. "Norm was such an important member of our faculty for many ...
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SXSW Film Review: ‘Come as You Are’

The rare remake that’s actually a slight improvement on its predecessor, Richard Wong’s “Come as You Are” translates Geoffrey Enthoven’s 2011 Belgian “Hasta la Vista” to middle America. Other changes are less substantial, but this seriocomedy has a less formulaic feel than the original while remaining a crowd-pleasing buddy pic-caper with a soft-pedaled minority empowerment theme. Reception in real-world disabled communities may be somewhat muted by the casting of able-bodied actors in the lead roles. Nonetheless, it’s hard to entirely resist this loosely fact-inspired tale of three physically challenged men road-tripping to Montreal in order to lose their virginity at a “special needs” bordello.

Sticking close in outline to the earlier screenplay by Mariano VanHoof and Pierre de Clercq, Erik Linthorst’s script centers on a trio of protagonists all stuck living with their parents in adulthood. Paraplegic Scotty, whose congenital defect makes him particularly dependent on
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SXSW Film Review: ‘Strange Negotiations’

In a era when some mainstream entertainers have transitioned to targeting faith-based audiences, David Bazan is moving in the other direction.

The gifted songwriter’s ersatz band Pedro the Lion was perhaps the most successful Christian indie rock act of its time, and the first to significantly cross over to secular fans. Then he ditched that persona (and lost much of his fanbase), not in an attempt to “sell out,” but rather amid public acknowledgement that he’d suffered a serious loss of religious faith.

Brandon Vedder’s “Strange Negotiations” is a music documentary whose interest goes beyond the usual realms of performance footage and personality, since Bazan is so forthcoming about the “breakup with God” that continues to impact his art, career and life. Particularly with U.S. evangelicals in greater political ascendance than ever before, Bazan’s personal issues lend a larger philosophical depth to this insightful Diy-style portrait.
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Disney seals $71bn deal for 21st Century Fox as it prepares to take on Netflix

The acquisition of Rupert Murdoch’s film and TV studio business will boost Disney as it enters the TV streaming market

Disney has closed its $71bn (£54bn) acquisition of Rupert Murdoch’s entertainment business in a deal which unites franchises such as Cinderella, The Simpsons and Star Wars under one corporate roof to create a media behemoth of unprecedented scale.

The Walt Disney Company closed its acquisition of 21st century Fox just after midnight New York time on Wednesday.
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Disney closes $71.3bn acquisition of 21st Century Fox entertainment assets

Thousands of lay-offs to come once full integration plan is established.

Disney has closed its $71.3bn acquisition of the entertainment assets of 21st Century Fox, reducing the number of Us majors to five in an historic change that will have broad repercussions for Hollywood and the global media landscape.

The deal officially closed at12:02am Et on Wednesday (20). As analysts anticipate thousands of lay-offs in the coming year or so – possibly as much as 10,000 over time, according to analyst Rich Greenfield of Btig, who is notably antagonistic towards Disney and legacy media – the fate of many senior executives at
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Disney completes $71.3bn acquisition of 21st Century Fox entertainment assets

Thousands of lay-offs to come.

Disney has officially closed its $71.3bn acquisition of the entertainment assets of 21st Century Fox, reducing the number of Us majors to five.

As analysts anticipate thousands of lay-offs in the coming year or so – possibly as much as 10,000 over time, according to analyst Rich Greenfield of Btig, who is notably antagonistic towards Disney and legacy media – the fate of many senior executives at Fox is yet to be decided as senior executives from both sides work out how to integrate divisions.

“This is an extraordinary and historic moment for us – one that will create
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SXSW Film Review: ‘Bluebird’

As affectionate as a love letter but as substantial as an infomercial, Brian Loschiavo’s “Bluebird” may be of most interest to casual and/or newly converted country music fans who have occasionally wondered about the songwriters behind the songs. There’s a better than even-money chance that anyone who’s a loyal and longtime aficionado of the musical genre already has at least a nodding acquaintance with the history and significance of The Bluebird Café, the intimate Nashville venue often cited as a launching pad for both platinum-selling superstars and behind-the-scenes tunesmiths. On the other hand, even many of those individuals could be entertained by what amounts to a backstage tour.

Director-editor Loschiavo capably balances the household names and unsung heroes in the cavalcade of interviewees who, with degrees of enthusiasm ranging from nostalgic to reverential, tell the story of an improbable landmark in an unlikely setting.

Located in
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‘Wonder Park’ Tops Studios’ TV Ad Spending for the Fourth Week in a Row

In this week’s edition of the Variety Movie Commercial Tracker, powered by the TV advertising attention analytics company iSpot.tv, Paramount Pictures claims the top spot in spending for the fourth week in row with “Wonder Park.”

Ads placed for the animated film had an estimated media value of $5.18 million through Sunday for 1,718 national ad airings on 30 networks. (Spend figures are based on estimates generated from March 11-17. Estimates may be updated after the chart is posted as new information becomes available.) Paramount prioritized spend across networks including Nick, NBC and Cartoon Network, and during programming such as “SpongeBob SquarePants,” “The Loud House” and “Paw Patrol.”

Just behind “Wonder Park” in second place: Walt Disney Pictures’ “Dumbo,” which saw 897 national ad airings across 36 networks, with an estimated media value of $4.89 million.

TV ad placements for Universal Pictures’ “Us” (Emv: $4.55 million), Warner Bros.’ “Shazam!” ($3.34 million) and Paramount’s “Pet Sematary” ($3.26 million) round out the chart.
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‘The Village’ Review: NBC’s New Drama Delivers Cliches and Feels

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‘The Village’ Review: NBC’s New Drama Delivers Cliches and Feels
Honestly, there’s no better way to announce that you’re feel-good TV than by opening with a big red heart. And thus that’s exactly what “The Village” does in its first few minutes, not the first or last big obvious touch meant to make it clear that while the world might be a scary one, this is fundamentally a show about nice people who like each other.

NBC’s newest aim to tearjerk, created by Mike Daniels, focuses on the residents of a titular (and mythical) New York City apartment building. But unlike other NYC apartment buildings, the Village is special — all the residents go beyond friendship to help each other out because that’s just part of “the whole Village experience,” where the thin walls and tight bonds are only emphasized by the constant CGI zooming through each unit.

The large ensemble cast includes Frankie Faison, Lorraine Toussaint,
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Superhero Bits: Deathstroke’s Son Coming to ‘Titans’, Deadpool Invades ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Trailer & More

Superhero Bits: Deathstroke’s Son Coming to ‘Titans’, Deadpool Invades ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Trailer & More
What is Super Sons: The Polarshield Project? How is the Supergirl season finale paying tribute to one of the classic Superman movies? Want to win a visit to the set of Agents of Shield? Who will play Deathstroke‘s son in the second season of Titans? Does David F. Sandberg want to direct a Shazam sequel? […]

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Film News Roundup: Michael B. Jordan, Jordan Vogt-Roberts Team for Monster Movie

Film News Roundup: Michael B. Jordan, Jordan Vogt-Roberts Team for Monster Movie
In today’s film news roundup, Michael B. Jordan is producing a creature feature, billiards champ Cisero Murphy is getting a movie, the sixth Terminator movie gets a title, and Graham King receives an honor.

Project Unveiled

New Regency and Michael B. Jordan’s Outlier Society are partnering on an untitled monster movie from “Kong: Skull Island” director Jordan Vogt-Roberts.

Vogt-Roberts, who’s based in Detroit, will produce alongside Outlier Society’s Jordan and Alana Mayo as well as New Regency. Exact plot details are being kept under wraps other than the project being set in Detroit. A search for a writer will get underway immediately.

Kong: Skull Island” grossed $565 million at the global box office, leading Legendary to ramp up its Monsterverse franchise with the upcoming “Godzilla vs. Kong.” His other credits include “The Kings of Summer,” which premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, and the pilot for FX show “You’re the Worst,
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‘Penny Dreadful’ Sequel Cast Adds Original Series Actor Rory Kinnear

‘Penny Dreadful’ Sequel Cast Adds Original Series Actor Rory Kinnear
Penny Dreadful: City of Angels, the sequel series to Penny Dreadful, just hired a familiar face. Rory Kinnear, who played Frankenstein’s monster on the original series, has joined the cast as a new character named Dr. Peter Craft. The new series will be set in Los Angeles in the 1930s, and features elements of Mexican-American folklore. More […]

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‘Game of Thrones’ Writers Defend Last Season’s Controversial Pacing Choices

‘Game of Thrones’ Writers Defend Last Season’s Controversial Pacing Choices
For the first several seasons of Game of Thrones, the show made a point to take things slowly in terms of travel, establishing huge distances between its major cities and building the reality of its fantasy world by having characters traverse those distances across long stretches of episodes. But in season 7, it was as […]

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Nicolas Cage to Star in Martial Arts Actioner ‘Jiu Jitsu’

Nicolas Cage to Star in Martial Arts Actioner ‘Jiu Jitsu’
Nicolas Cage will star in the martial arts actioner “Jiu Jitsu,” based on the comic book of the same name.

The cast will also include Alain Moussi, who stars in the “Kickboxer” franchise. Dimitri Logothetis is producing with Martin Barab and directing from a script he wrote with Jim McGrath. Highland Film Group is handling worldwide sales, which are currently underway at Hong Kong Filmart.

“Jiu Jitsu” centers on an ancient order of expert Jiu Jitsu fighters facing fearsome alien invaders in a battle for Earth every six years. Cage’s character and his team of Jiu Jitsu fighters band together with Moussi’s character to defeat the Brax.

Logothetis wrote and directed “Kickboxer: Vengeance” and “Kickboxer: Retaliation,” both starring Moussi. “‘Jiu Jitsu’ is guaranteed to satisfy the millions of martial arts and science fiction lovers across the globe with world class martial artists, stunt men go-to expert Alain Moussi
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Chinese, Thai Shingles Pact for Co-Production Fund at FilMart

A deal to establish a 100 million yuan ($14.9 million) co-production fund between China and Thailand was struck at FilMart on Tuesday to help launch TV and film projects that will appeal to Chinese and Southeast Asian audience.

The deal that was struck by China’s Poly Film Investment Co., Tw Capital from Thailand and Thai Chi (Hainan) Culture and Media Co. will kick off with 50 million yuan ($7.4 million) in seed money. Tanawat Wansom, president and CEO of Tw Capital, told Variety that the fund will draw investments from other partners and aim to raise more than 100 million yuan in total.

Wansom said the success of Thai comedy “Bad Genius” in China last year has boosted the confidence of content producers and financiers in Thailand to invest more in the middle kingdom. He said the fund already has more than 10 projects in the pipeline, including film projects for both theatrical releases and internet streaming platforms.
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Alamo Drafthouse’s Season Pass Movie Ticket Subscription is Launching This Year

Last summer, Alamo Drafthouse tested their own movie ticket subscription service called Season Pass. Now they’re bringing it to all of their theater locations before the end of the year. Business Insider has word from Alamo Drafthouse founder and CEO Tim League that the Alamo Drafthouse Season Pass will be available before the end of […]

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