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Denis Villenueve’s ‘Dune,’ Starring Timothée Chalamet, Has Officially Begun Filming As Full Cast Is Now Confirmed

Denis Villenueve’s ‘Dune,’ Starring Timothée Chalamet, Has Officially Begun Filming As Full Cast Is Now Confirmed
After all the talk and casting rumors, it’s official – production on “Dune” has officially begun!

Normally, hearing that another film was being made based on the Frank Herbert classic sci-fi novel would be cause for alarm. David Lynch gave the challenge a valiant effort, which is very Lynch-ian take on “Dune” back in 1984. Before that, filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky tried his damndest and got close to adapting the novel, and instead became the basis for a great documentary titled “Jodorowsky’s Dune.” However, this time, it just feels like all the stars are aligning and the best chance “Dune” fans will ever have at a faithful, and incredible, film based on the novel series is coming thanks to filmmaker Denis Villeneuve and his truly incredible cast.

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'Captain Marvel' Tops $760 Million Worldwide as Newcomers Overperform

'Captain Marvel' Tops $760 Million Worldwide as Newcomers Overperform
For a second weekend in a row Disney and Marvel's Captain Marvel topped the weekend box office as it has now posted over $760 million worldwide in just twelve days in global release. Overall, the weekend ended up topping the same weekend last year for a second straight week as both Wonder Park and Five Feet Apart outperformed expectations with their opening weekend performance. At the same time Lionsgate's release of Pantelion's No Manches Frida 2 delivered a top ten finish from just 472 theaters, topping Focus's disappointing release of Captive State, which struggled in its debut in over 2,500 locations. Disney's Captain Marvel topped the weekend box office for a second weekend in a row, delivering an estimated $69.3 million sophomore frame, dipping -54.8% and outperforming the -56% average second weekend dip for a film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This pushes the film's domestic cume over $266 million after just ten days in domestic release.
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‘Shoplifters’ Wins Best Picture at Asian Film Awards

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‘Shoplifters’ Wins Best Picture at Asian Film Awards
Zhang Yimou’s highly stylized period epic “Shadow” was the numerical winner at Sunday’s Asian Film Awards in Hong Kong. It bagged four technical awards. But the major prizes went to Japanese and Korean filmmakers.

Kore-eda Hirokazu’s “Shoplifters,” a Japanese drama about a family surviving on shoplifting, was named best picture. The film had been the surprise Palme d’Or winner at the Cannes festival last year, but has since won wide acclaim and achieved record scores at the Japanese and Chinese box office.“Shoplifters” also won best original music with Japanese music pioneer Hosono Haruomi’s score.

South Korean director Lee Chang-dong won the best director prize for the psychological drama “Burning”, which Lee also co-wrote as an adaptation of a Murakami Haruki short story. Going into the ceremony, “Burning” was the favorite, having been nominated in eight categories. Lee was also presented with a lifetime achievement award,
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SXSW Days 8 and 9: ‘The Curse of La Llorona’ and ‘Pet Sematary’ Offer One of 2019’s Worst Horror Movies and One of the Best

SXSW Days 8 and 9: ‘The Curse of La Llorona’ and ‘Pet Sematary’ Offer One of 2019’s Worst Horror Movies and One of the Best
(Welcome to The SXSW Diaries, where we will be chronicling every single movie we see at the Austin-based film festival.) Welcome to SXSW 2019 days eight and nine. In this final edition: The Curse of La Llorona is the worst Conjuring movie yet and Pet Sematary is one of the best Stephen King adaptations ever made. […]

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‘Breaking Bad’ Star Aaron Paul Keeps Mum About Sequel Film But Says If It Exists, “It Has To Star Jesse”

Last year, it was revealed that series creator Vince Gilligan was going to write and direct a spin-off film that would serve as a sequel to his Emmy-winning “Breaking Bad.” At the time, details were scarce, as all we knew is that it would follow the character Jesse Pinkman and pick up right where the series left off. Oh, and production was supposedly set to begin in November 2018 and run until mid-February of this year.

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Producer Says James Gunn’s “Total Reboot” Of ‘Suicide Squad’ Is The Director’s “Priority” & Will Hopefully End “Absurd” DC/Marvel Rivalry

Last week, the world of Marvel Studios experienced some massive news. First, there was the runaway success of “Captain Marvel” at the box office. Then, the studio decided to drop a surprise trailer for the little film, “Avengers: Endgame.” And finally, the week was capped off with the revelation that James Gunn was re-hired as the director of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3.” Needless to say, the McU was a busy place.

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James Gunn’s ‘The Suicide Squad’ is a “Total Reboot,” According to Producer Peter Safran

Last week, the best news of the year came with word that Disney and Marvel Studios had reversed their decision to remove James Gunn as the director of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. The filmmaker will return to the franchise that he originated in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but before that, James Gunn will […]

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Everything We Learned on the Set of ‘Missing Link’, Laika’s Latest Stop-Motion Marvel

If you're a fan of Laika Studios' stop-motion animated spectacles, you probably have a good idea of what you're in for when their latest film Missing Link heads into theaters this April: Stunning animation, well-developed characters voiced by top-tier acting talent, and a surefire Oscar nomination come awards season. But more casual moviegoers might miss out on just how much work and artistry goes into making these relatively small but highly complex and sophisticated puppets move, one frame at a time, in order to bring the next great adventure to the big screen. That's …
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There’s Something (Cursed) About Harry: The Wizarding World’s Growing Pains Highlight a Franchise in Awkward Transition

There’s Something (Cursed) About Harry: The Wizarding World’s Growing Pains Highlight a Franchise in Awkward Transition
(Welcome to The Soapbox, the space where we get loud, feisty, political, and opinionated about anything and everything. In this edition: the current state of J.K. Rowling’s beloved universe is…unsteady.) Earlier this year, J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world went to shit. Literally. The Pottermore Twitter account resurfaced an innocuous piece of trivia that described the wizarding world […]

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MGM Hires Robert Marick to Expand Consumer Products

Metro Goldwyn Mayer has hired industry veteran Robert Marick as executive VP of global consumer products and experiences.

In his new role, Marick is responsible for overseeing the expansion of MGM’s traditional merchandise, interactive and consumer products business. He’s also developing a global strategy with a focus on core consumer products licensing, digital and gaming, location-based entertainment and direct-to-consumer businesses.

Marick will report to Christopher Brearton, MGM’s chief operating officer. Marick has worked for Walt Disney Company, Twentieth Century Fox, Time Warner Inc. (now WarnerMedia), Mattel, and Discovery.

“Robert has a proven track record of taking complex entertainment properties and translating them into impactful consumer goods and experiences,” said Brearton. “His extensive knowledge of the industry and global marketing expertise will enable him to provide a unique perspective as we look to enhance MGM’s position as a global leader in consumer products and experiences.”

Marick will
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‘Infinity War’ Writers Considered Saving the Snap for ‘Avengers: Endgame’

In an alternate universe, Avengers: Infinity War ended on a whopper of a cliffhanger, but definitely nowhere near as much of a downer note as that Thanos Snap. Indeed, as the film stands now, it ends with half the universe’s population—including many McU heroes—evaporating into dust as supervillain Thanos (Josh Brolin) actually wins in the end. Not only are the heroes defeated, but their numbers are halved, leaving only the original Avengers team as folks like lil’ Peter Parker (Tom Holland) died horrifically right before our eyes. Few saw this ending coming, which is why it was …
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‘Transformers’ Producer Says ‘Bumblebee’ & ‘Last Knight’ Sequels Are In Development And Will Have “A Little More Bayhem”

If you’re a fan of the classic animated “Transformers” series and ‘80s film, you probably aren’t a huge fan of the recent film series from director Michael Bay. And while that series started off as a massive hit, the fifth film, “Transformers: The Last Knight” was the lowest grossing entry to date, and signaled an end to this franchise. Then, last year, “Bumblebee” came along and re-invigorated the franchise for many classic fans (and new ones), leading to hope that those years of Michael Bay monstrosities were behind us.

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‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ Teaser Poster Lacks the Impact of Previous Tarantino One-Sheets

‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ Teaser Poster Lacks the Impact of Previous Tarantino One-Sheets
The marketing for Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” has officially begun with Sony’s release of the official teaser poster, but this first marketing push isn’t exactly a home run. Featuring some questionable photoshopping of stars Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio against the backdrop of the Hollywood hills and the famous Hollywood sign, the image looks more like a poster for a bootleg DVD of “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” than a poster for the official theatrical release. Nothing about the poster evokes the film’s 1969 setting, although highlighting Pitt and DiCaprio is obviously not a bad idea.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” stars DiCaprio and Pitt as a television actor and his trusted stunt double who are trying to break out of TV and into the world of Hollywood moviemaking. The characters live next door to Sharon Tate (Margot Robbie) and Roman Polanski
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‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: Part 2’ Trailer: Being Wicked Never Felt So Good

‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: Part 2’ Trailer: Being Wicked Never Felt So Good
Just like magic, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is back in no time at all with its second season. Or rather, part 2 of the Netflix teenage fantasy-drama series, based on the streaming service’s confusing labeling of its recent original shows. But you know who’s not confused? Sabrina (Kiernan Shipka), who has fully embraced the wicked side […]

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Matthew McConaughey Being Eyed To Star In Park Chan-Wook’s Ultra-Violent Western From ‘Bone Tomahawk’ Writer

Matthew McConaughey Being Eyed To Star In Park Chan-Wook’s Ultra-Violent Western From ‘Bone Tomahawk’ Writer
The pairing of Park Chan-wook and Matthew McConaughey sounds too weird, but at the same time incredible, to pass up, right? One is the acclaimed director from South Korea, who has amazed fans with works like “Oldboy,” “The Handmaiden,” and most recently, his TV series “The Little Drummer Girl.” And the other is an Oscar-winning actor that continues to take interesting roles, albeit with his Southern charm positioned front and center.
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‘Shrill’: Aidy Bryant Is Fantastic In This Sincere, Hilarious Series About Self-Acceptance [Review]

Being a woman in this world is a nightmare, and the internet is its own particular hellscape for anyone who identifies as female. Some of the tamer online insults I’ve gotten have included, “Get a real name,” and “Go screw yourself with your own finger,” all simply for writing something that some dudes didn’t like. But if you add any adjective to “woman”–be it queer, black, trans, fat, etc.–the horrors only magnify. Online bullying and real-world cruelty don’t seem like the best basis for a comedy, but “Shrill” simultaneously mines them both for tears and shrieking laughter.

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Bulgaria eyes launch of cash production incentive

News announced at the annual Sofia Meetings and Sofia International Film Festival.

Bulgaria is poised to launch a financial incentive to attract high-budget international film and TV production to the south-eastern European country. The news was announced at last week’s Sofia Meetings (March 13-17) the biggest annual event of the Bulgarian film industry which runs as part of the Sofia International Film Festival (Mach 7-17).

“Bulgaria is practically the only country in Europe which doesn’t yet have an incentive but at the end of 2018 the government declared they are willing to do this and very fast,” said Jana Karaivanova,
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The ‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ Part 2 Trailer Reveals the Consequences of Dark Baptism

Whether you want to call it Season 2 or (as Netflix does) "Part 2," all I know is that I'm excited for the return of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. The new set of episodes, which will be dropping in just a few short weeks, will be exploring the fallout from Sabrina's choice to go through with her Dark Baptism -- things that are far more shocking than just her new white hair. I thought the first season (and even the someone lackluster Christmas special) were cozy fun, even an unexpectedly accurate representation of a life lived in faith. But …
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‘The Irishman’ Not Ready for Cannes; Netflix Won’t Screen at the Festival This Year

‘The Irishman’ Not Ready for Cannes; Netflix Won’t Screen at the Festival This Year
A year after Netflix and the Cannes Film Festival got into very heated public battle, the streaming service will not be participating once again. Netflix made its Cannes debut in 2017 with the films Okja and The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) playing in competition, but French theater owners were none too pleased about the decision, as France has a very strict policy when it comes to streaming films playing in theaters. According to French law, a film must wait 36 months before it can be available on a streaming service if it first wants to play in French theaters, …
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How ‘Wolverine: The Lost Trail’ is Blazing the Trail for the New Medium of Podcast Audio Dramas

How ‘Wolverine: The Lost Trail’ is Blazing the Trail for the New Medium of Podcast Audio Dramas
In a cramped, soundproofed room, Richard Armitage is ordering a drink. Or rather, he’s ordering a drink as Logan, aka Wolverine, the lead character in the upcoming Marvel and Stitcher podcast drama, Wolverine: The Lost Trail. Standing around a cheap Ikea table and clinking glasses full of water, Armitage and co-star Rodney Henry, who plays a young […]

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