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Anne Hathaway to Star in Robert Zemeckis’ ‘The Witches’ (Exclusive)

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Anne Hathaway to Star in Robert Zemeckis’ ‘The Witches’ (Exclusive)
Anne Hathaway has closed a deal to star as the Grand High Witch in Robert Zemeckis and Warner Bros.’ “The Witches” adaptation.

Variety first reported that Hathaway was holding the offer for both that and “Sesame Street,” and at the time, scheduling for both films were holding up dealmaking. With those issues settled, Hathaway is now set to star in the role originally portrayed by Anjelica Huston in the 1990 classic.

Based on the 1973 novel, the film follows a 7-year-old boy who has a run in with real-life witches. Warner Bros. had previously adapted the book in 1990 with Huston playing one of the title characters, but sources close to the project say Zemeckis’ version will be more rooted in the original source material, while the Huston pic was a loose adaptation.

Zemeckis will also pen the script as well as produce with his partner Jack Rapke through their banner ImageMovers, along
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‘It’ Star Bill Skarsgard and ‘Sharp Objects’ Actress Eliza Scanlen Join Netflix’s ‘The Devil All The Time’ (Exclusive)

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‘It’ Star Bill Skarsgard and ‘Sharp Objects’ Actress Eliza Scanlen Join Netflix’s ‘The Devil All The Time’ (Exclusive)
It” star Bill Skarsgard and “Sharp Objects” breakout Eliza Scanlen will star in Antonio Campos’ adaptation of “The Devil All the Time,” which Netflix has officially acquired for distribution.

Skarsgard and Scanlen join an all-star cast that includes Tom Holland, Chris Evans, Mia Wasikowska, Robert Pattinson and Tony Award winner Gabriel Ebert, who attached themselves prior to the start of the Toronto Film Festival.

Campos is directing and co-wrote with Paulo Campos. Jake Gyllenhaal and Riva Marker are producing through their Nine Stories banner along with Randall Poster and Max Born. Annie Marter and Jacob Jaffke are exec producing.

The story is based on Donald Ray Pollock’s novel and is set in a place called Knockemstiff, Ohio, a forgotten backwoods where a storm of faith, violence and redemption brews. Out of desperation to save his dying wife, Willard Russell turns to prayer which succumbs to sacrifice. This sets our protagonist Arvin,
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SXSW to Premiere Harmony Korine’s ‘Beach Bum,’ Seth Rogen Comedy, Kathy Griffin Concert Film

SXSW to Premiere Harmony Korine’s ‘Beach Bum,’ Seth Rogen Comedy, Kathy Griffin Concert Film
The 26th edition of the SXSW Film Festival will feature movies directed by Harmony Korine and Olivia Colman, an untitled romantic comedy starring Seth Rogen and Charlize Theron and a concert film with comedian Kathy Griffin.

The annual gathering in Austin, Texas, which starts on March 8, will open with Jordan Peele’s “Us,” which was previously announced. The thriller stars Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke and Elisabeth Moss.

There will be 102 features and TV episodes featured over nine days.
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Hollywood Agent and Manager Bruce Tufeld Dies at 66

Bruce Tufeld, a Hollywood agent and manager who once repped stars like Rob Lowe, Laura Dern, and Kelsey Grammer, died Tuesday in Los Angeles as a result of complications from liver cancer. He was 66.

The son of respected television announcer Richard “Dick” Tufeld and Adrienne Tufeld, Bruce began his career as an assistant at ICM under famous agent Sue Mengers, who represented stars like Cher, Burt Reynolds, Candice Bergen, Brian De Palma, Faye Dunaway, Ali MacGraw, Barbra Streisand and Steve McQueen. He was promoted to agent in 1978.

He went on to take jobs at the Writers & Artists Agency and then the Artists Agency, before becoming a personal manager at Tufeld Entertainment Group, where he represented clients like Charley Robinson, Jim Beaver, Leslie Easterbrook and William Allen Young.

Tufeld was born July 28, 1952, graduated from the Rexford School in Beverly Hills, and went on to earn a bachelors degree in Television,
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Film News Roundup: Bruce Dern’s ‘The Lears’ Bought by Vertical for February Release

Film News Roundup: Bruce Dern’s ‘The Lears’ Bought by Vertical for February Release
In today’s film news roundup, Bruce Dern’s “The Lears” and “Angels Are Made of Light” are acquired, Cold War drama “Stanley Cage” is launched and a documentary about Madonna’s early music career gets a release.

Acquisitions

Vertical Entertainment has acquired North American rights from NeoClassics Films to “The Lears,” starring Bruce Dern in a modern-day interpretation of William Shakespeare’s “King Lear,” Variety has learned exclusively.

The film also stars Anthony Michael Hall, Sean Astin, Aly Michalka, Nic Bishop and Victoria Smurfit. Vertical is planning a day and date platform release on Feb. 15 in 10 markets.

Written and directed by Carl Bessai, “The Lears” premiered in 2017 at the Nashville Film Festival. Smurfit recently won the Irish Film & TV Academy Award for best supporting actress for her role in the film.

Dern portrays a world-renowned architect nearing retirement who summons his four dysfunctional children to a weekend family retreat
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Daily Podcast: Why We’re Intrigued By Jason Reitman’s ‘Ghostbusters’ Sequel; And What Is Adam Driver’s ‘Star Wars’ Secret?

Daily Podcast: Why We’re Intrigued By Jason Reitman’s ‘Ghostbusters’ Sequel; And What Is Adam Driver’s ‘Star Wars’ Secret?
On the January 16, 2019 episode of /Film Daily, /Film editor in chief Peter Sciretta is joined by /Film senior writer Ben Pearson, and writer Hoai-Tran Bui to talk about the latest film and tv news, including Ghostbusters 3, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Pinocchio, Sofia Coppola, and Star Wars: Episode 9. You can subscribe to […]

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John Boyega Teases “Visually Crazy” Moment in ‘Star Wars: Episode 9’

John Boyega Teases “Visually Crazy” Moment in ‘Star Wars: Episode 9’
John Boyega has witnessed some pretty wild things on Star Wars movie sets: the Poe Dameron-led X-wing rescue on Takodana, Han Solo’s death, and Luke Skywalker’s incredible reveal at the end of The Last Jedi. But all of that apparently pales in comparison to the “visually crazy” moment Boyega is teasing in J.J. Abrams‘ upcoming […]

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Drew Struzan’s ‘Blade Runner’ Poster Will Be On Sale This Week

Drew Struzan is arguably one of the most influential pop artists of all time, responsible for creating the iconic movie posters for films like the Star Wars saga, the Back to the Future trilogy, the Indiana Jones saga, The Thing, and many more. He also created a poster for Ridley Scott‘s 1982 sci-fi classic Blade […]

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Movie Talk: ‘Ghostbusters 3′ Teaser Reveals 2020 Release Date

On today's episode of Collider Movie Talk, Mark Ellis, Jeff Sneider, and Perri Nemiroff discuss the following: EW reports that Jason Reitman is set to co-write and direct a new Ghostbusters movie that is a direct sequel to 1989’s Ghostbusters II. Sony Pictures released a teaser trailer for it today. Deadline reports that Disney has assembled a team to create a new live-action adaptation of The Hunchback of Notre Dame with Josh Gad set to produce. Netflix announced the cast for its upcoming film The Devil All the Time. It will star Chris Evans, Tom Holland, …
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Nick Castle on Returning as Michael Myers in ‘Halloween’ and If He’s Down for Another Cameo

The phrase "horror icon" gets thrown around a lot, but when you're talking about Michael Myers, the label fits. The slasher villain has carved his way through cinematic nightmares for the last forty years, ever since John Carpenter's seminal 1978 horror classic Halloween. He's seen sequels, reboots and remakes aplenty, and the beloved character was just reborn once again in David Gordon Green's 2018 sequel and to do it right, Green and the folks at Blumhouse recruited original actor Nick Castle to get back behind the mask for a cameo. While stuntman James Jude Courtney does …
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How ‘The Godfather’ Influenced Ryan Coogler’s ‘Black Panther’ Ending

How ‘The Godfather’ Influenced Ryan Coogler’s ‘Black Panther’ Ending
Black Panther‘s ending is one of the most impactful conclusions in the Marvel Cinematic Universe so far, but it’s a good thing those productions build several days of reshoots into their process, because the entire ending was reworked at the last minute. Read more about the original Black Panther ending and how co-writer/director Ryan Coogler […]

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‘Channel Zero’, the Best Horror Show on TV, Has Been Cancelled After 4 Seasons

I suppose this was inevitable, but it still stings a little. After four creepy seasons, Syfy has cancelled the excellent, but under-watched, anthology series Channel Zero. While the series had fans (myself included), it failed to generate the same amount of buzz as American Horror Story. Now, it’s over. One can hope that now that with Channel Zero […]

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Octavia Spencer, Bryce Dallas Howard to Reunite for Comedy ‘Fairy Tale Ending’

Octavia Spencer, Bryce Dallas Howard to Reunite for Comedy ‘Fairy Tale Ending’
Octavia Spencer and Bryce Dallas Howard will reunite for the ensemble comedy “Fairy Tale Ending.”

Jim Hecht (“Ice Age: The Meltdown) and Tracy McMillan (“Marvel’s Runaways”) are writing the screenplay.

Howard will also produce the Universal movie through her Nine Muses Entertainment alongside Eric Carlson and Susan Carlson. Seth MacFarlane and Erica Huggins will produce for their production company, Fuzzy Door. Spencer will executive produce alongside Hecht and McMillan.

Howard and Spencer acted together in the 2011 drama “The Help,” for which Spencer won the supporting actress Oscar. Spencer has been nominated in the same category for the past two years for “Hidden Figures” and “The Shape of Water.”

Howard has starred in Universal’s “Jurassic World” franchise and will next be seen in the upcoming Elton John biopic “Rocketman,” portraying John’s mother, Sheila Eileen. Universal executive vice president of production Erik Baiers will oversee “Fairy Tale Endings” on behalf of the studio.
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‘Weekends’: Animating Childhood Memories of a Broken Family in Toronto

“Weekends,” the latest off-the-shelf Pixar short, offers childhood memories of divorce to evoke the clash of painterly beauty and emotional confusion. (The indie was made by Pixar artists under its co-op program to allow them to work on their own time.)

Story artist Trevor Jimenez directed the Oscar and Annie hopeful by recreating how he was shuttled from one parent to the other as a youngster in Toronto during the 1980s.

“It started as a series of drawings from a sketch book that I posted online,” said Jimenez, who worked on “Coco,” “Finding Dory,” and is currently boarding the latest feature from Pete Docter, Pixar’s chief creative officer. They included memories of meeting a woman his dad dated in the kitchen, and, opening the door and seeing a man with flowers for his mom.

Pixar’s co-op program has resulted in Oscar nominations for the shorts “The Dam Keeper” and “Borrowed Time.
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Netflix’s Midwestern Gothic ‘The Devil All The Time’ Has a Ridiculously Star-Studded Cast

Netflix’s Midwestern Gothic ‘The Devil All The Time’ Has a Ridiculously Star-Studded Cast
It’s no exaggeration to call the cast of The Devil All the Time the “Avengers of casts” because, well, it’s got two Avengers and it’s just plain impressive. Netflix’s newest original film is a gothic drama directed by Antonio Campos that boasts a ridiculously good cast including Tom Holland, Chris Evans, Mia Wasikowska, Robert Pattinson, […]

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Marie Kondo to Bibliophiles: No, You Don’t Need to Throw Away Your Books

Marie Kondo to Bibliophiles: No, You Don’t Need to Throw Away Your Books
Book lovers, calm down. When “Tidying Up With Marie Kondo” hit Netflix Jan. 1, America embraced her little folded T-shirt rectangles and shoeboxes reused to organize small items. But when it came to tossing out books — well, those were fighting words.

Do Not listen to Marie Kondo or Konmari in relation to books. Fill your apartment & world with them. I don’t give a shite if you throw out your knickers and Tupperware but the woman is very misguided about Books. Every human needs a v extensive library not clean, boring shelves

Anakana Schofield (@AnakanaSchofiel) January 3, 2019

Others were more levelheaded, noting that the KonMari Method was not tantamount to book burning.

What Marie Kondo Says: Think about getting rid of books you aren't going to read or reread.

What Twitter Hears: Let's burn all books and slay the writers! Let the streets run red with their blood as our literary pyre's smoke blocks out the sun!
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‘Now Apocalypse’ Trailer: Gregg Araki’s New Starz Series Looks Like A Trip Through The End Of Days

With the stresses and anxieties of the entire world ever present, we all feel like we could lose it any day now. But at least we can rest assured we are not so far gone to find ourselves in Starz‘s latest series, “Now Apocalypse.”

A trippy, neon-clad ride, “Now Apocalypse” is set to premiere at Sundance Film Festival, which is just around the corner.

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Anne Hathaway to Traumatize a New Generation as the Grand High Witch in ‘The Witches’

Hide your kids, the witches are coming for them....again. Variety reports that Anne Hathaway has closed a deal to star as the Grand High Witch in Robert Zemeckis' The Witches adaptation. Hathaway will take over the role originated by Anjelica Huston in Nicolas Roeg's 1990 adaptation -- a performance that scarred a generation of children (including yours truly) with her embodiment of a grotesque child-hating witch. Rumors of Hathaway's involvement in the project have been going around for a few weeks, but Variety reports that the Oscar-winning actress is now officially on board. Now, those are …
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M. Night Shyamalan Has Been Self-Financing His Recent Films

M. Night Shyamalan Has Been Self-Financing His Recent Films
Want to know how M. Night Shyamalan got back on top after falling from grace? He paid his way. The filmmaker, who has Glass hitting theaters this week, has been self-financing his recent films – The Visit, Split and now Glass. Shyamalan puts up the money for the movies himself, enabling him to maintain creative control. It’s a […]

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‘The Man Who Killed Hitler And Then The Bigfoot’ Trailer: Sam Elliott Goes On The Hunt

The Man Who Killed Hitler And Then The Bigfoot” Does that crazy B-movie grindhouse-y title grab your attention? Well, that’s probably the design. Now onto what the film is actually about which is probably pretty damn obvious. Who is the man that killed the evil dictator and the supposedly mythical creature?

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Well, Sam Elliott, having a great year given his Oscar buzz for “A Star Is Born,” is the one playing the man in question.

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