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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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Jake Gyllenhaal to Star in Remake of Denmark’s Oscar Entry ‘The Guilty’ (Exclusive)

Jake Gyllenhaal to Star in Remake of Denmark’s Oscar Entry ‘The Guilty’ (Exclusive)
Bold Films, and Jake Gyllenhaal and Riva Marker’s Nine Stories Productions have acquired the rights to remake the Danish thriller “The Guilty,” with Gyllenhaal attached to star.

The pic, which premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, won the world cinema audience award and was also named one of the top five foreign language films of 2018 by the National Board of Review. The movie, Denmark’s foreign language film Oscar entry, is also nominated for best screenwriter and best actor at the 2018 European Film Awards.

The movie follows a police officer under investigation, who’s demoted to desk-work at an emergency call center. When he receives a terrified phone call from a kidnapped woman, he must battle his internal demons in order to save her.

Gyllenhaal and Marker will produce for Nine Stories, alongside Bold Films’ Michel Litvak, Gary Michael Walters, David Litvak, and Svetlana Metkina. Bold Films will finance the pic.
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‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Breakout Constance Wu in Talks for Rom-Com at Screen Gems

‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Breakout Constance Wu in Talks for Rom-Com at Screen Gems
Constance Wu, the star of “Fresh Off the Boat” and “Crazy Rich Asians,” will be looking for love in yet another romantic comedy.

Wu is in talks to star in an untitled romantic comedy from Screen Gems, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

Savion Einstein (the upcoming “The Longest Birthday”) wrote the screenplay, and Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman are producing. Kimmy Gatewood, who stars as a wrestler on the Netflix show “Glow,” is in talks to make her directorial feature debut on the film. She’s previously directed a handful of shorts and several episodes of the 2016 show “Junketeers.”
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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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Exclusive: ‘Versace’ Stars Finn Wittrock, Jon Jon Briones Join Ryan Murphy’s ‘Ratched’

Mega-producer Ryan Murphy is known for working with the same troupe of actors and his upcoming Netflix series Ratched will be no exception, as The Assassination of Gianni Versace stars Finn Wittrock and Jon Jon Briones will join Sarah Paulson on the show, multiple sources have told Collider. Ratched effectively serves as a prequel to the Oscar-winning 1975 drama One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, in which Louise Fletcher played the infamous nurse tormenting poor Jack Nicholson. The Netflix series will begin in 1947 and track Nurse Ratched’s terrifying progression through the mental health care system. …
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'Roma' brings limitations of LatAm ecosystem into sharp focus at Ventana Sur

'Roma' brings limitations of LatAm ecosystem into sharp focus at Ventana Sur
’With Roma, there are queues everywhere, great potential for audiences, and we’re underestimating it.’

The lack of an adequate independent theatre circuit across parts of Latin America has been brought into sharp focus by regional demand for Roma, a Ventana Sur panel in Buenos Aires heard on Tuesday (10).

“We have to add more theatres,” said Juan Zapata of Brazil’s Latinópolis. “With Roma, there are queues everywhere, great potential for audiences, and we’re underestimating it. Roma is a great example and shows how we can fill up theatres. We have to talk to each other and think about distribution training.
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‘Duke Nukem’ Movie Brings ‘Assassin’s Creed’ Producer on Board to Make a ‘Deadpool’-Inspired Film

Virtually no one liked the Assassin’s Creed movie, but that film’s producer, Jean-Julien Baronnet, is going to give another video game adaptation a try. Baronnet has been brought on to produce the Duke Nukem movie, based on the popular video game series about a sexist meathead who shoots aliens with giant guns. Earlier this year, it was […]

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Breaking Down ‘The Favourite’s’ Insane, Royal Dance Battle (Watch)

Breaking Down ‘The Favourite’s’ Insane, Royal Dance Battle (Watch)
We’ll go out on a limb and say no scene in this year’s crop of awards films was more Wtf? than the absurd and delightful royal dance moment in “The Favourite.”

Debuting early on in Yorgos Lanthimos’ female love-triangle drama, the dance serves as wonderful reminder that, even when dressed like Merchant Ivory and full of Shakespearean power grabs, this is still Lanthimos’ world — thanks to disorienting modern choreography and outright silliness.

Stars Rachel Weisz and Joe Alwyn square off in the scene, set at a palace rager thrown by Olivia Colman’s Queen Anne. The scene has two purposes: establish how autonomously Weisz’s Lady Sarah operates as the Queen’s closest adviser and secret lover, and how temperamental the wheelchair-bound queen can be when she’s reminded of all the fun she can’t have.

“I must dance,” Weisz tells Colman when an unremarkable instrumental piece begins to play.
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Marvel Developing a ‘Doctor Strange’ Sequel; Scott Derrickson Will Return to Direct

In the wake of the trailer for the franchise-capping Avengers: Endgame, Marvel has started looking far beyond Thanos' snap heard 'round the universe. First, some footage of a very much alive Peter Paker popped up in the Spider-Man: Far From Home trailer that debuted in Brazil, and now THR reports that the comic book movie giant is finalizing a deal for a Doctor Strange sequel. Scott Derrickson will return as director after helming and co-writing the first Strange film in 2016, with a search for a new writer set to kick off soon. Benedict Cumberbatch will reportedly …
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‘Doctor Strange 2’ Conjures Director Scott Derrickson For The Sequel

By the Hoary Hosts of Hoggoth! Marvel Studios has found its Doctor Strange 2 director, and it’s a familiar face: Scott Derrickson, the filmmaker behind the 2016 Doctor Strange movie, will return behind the camera once again for the sequel. Looks like Doctor Strange survives Thanos’s snap – as if that were ever in any doubt. […]

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Kathryn Busby elected chair of BAFTA La board

Kathryn Busby has been elected chair of the board at BAFTA La as the group announced election results on Tuesday (10).

Kathryn Busby has been elected chair of the board at BAFTA La as the group announced election results on Tuesday (10).

The senior vice-president of development at Sony Pictures Television Networks will commence her new post on January 1 2019, and succeeds Kieran Breen, the president of international marketing at 20th Century Fox International who has reached his term limit but will continue as a trustee.

Karl Stewart, president and co-founder of 1TwentyFour, takes on Busby’s previous role of deputy chair of the board.
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‘Aquaman’ Reviews: What the Critics Are Saying

Reviews of DC’s “Aquaman” vary between feelings of surprise and disappointment. Some critics are applauding director James Wan’s strong re-imagining of a previously stale character, while others are harping on DC’s inability to stack up against rival Marvel — but most are just relieved the film isn’t an all-out flop. There are virtually no qualms about Jason Momoa’s performance, which is widely acknowledged to be a vast improvement on the old Aquaman, who was more akin to “SpongeBob’s” Mermaid Man than a DC hero. The bigger problems, critics say, are its unnecessary length and overstuffed plot.

Here’s what critics are saying about “Aquaman,” which hits theaters on Dec. 21:

Variety’s Peter Debruge:

“‘Aquaman’ isn’t like the other DC Comics superheroes, so it seems only right that his bigscreen solo show should have a personality all its own — which, in the hands
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‘Bird Box’ Trailer: Netflix’s Post-Apocalyptic Thriller Looks Bleak as Hell

Whatever you do, don’t open your eyes. Unless you want to watch this new Bird Box trailer, that is. This intense new look at the Netflix film sends Sandra Bullock blindfolded across the wilderness, hoping to avoid some terrifying force. A force that, in the best Lovecraftian fashion, can kill people if they just lay eyes […]

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‘BoJack Horseman’ is Auctioning Off a Chance to Get Drawn Into an Episode — Watch

‘BoJack Horseman’ is Auctioning Off a Chance to Get Drawn Into an Episode — Watch
Bojack Horseman” is a show that puts its audience through any number of emotions, but one lucky fan might just get the chance to have a day of bliss.

Partnering with the fundraising site Omaze, the show is auctioning off a chance to visit the studio where the acclaimed Netflix series is produced. To cap off the experience, the winner will get to sit in on a table read of the episode and be drawn by the show’s artists. From there, that person’s likeness will be worked into an upcoming episode.

Read More: ‘BoJack Horseman’ Season 5 Review: Netflix’s Best Comedy Series Continues to Deliver Smarts and Heart

This prize package, which also includes flight and hotel accommodations and the really good friend of their choosing, won’t go to the highest bidder. Like most comedy-themed Omaze drawings, interested participants can donate in tiers, raffle-style, to increase their
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In ‘Vox Lux’ & Spike Lee’s ’25th Hour,’ Real-World Tragedies Are Boldly Weaved Through Fictional Narratives [Ayt Podcast]

On this episode of Adjust Your Tracking, Joe and I search for meaning in the thematic concerns of two surprisingly connected films from different times. We look at the new movie, “Vox Lux,” starring Natalie Portman and directed by actor turned serious auteur Brady Corbet, and compare it to my Hold Up of “25th Hour” by Spike Lee.

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‘Black Panther’ Named Top Movie of 2018 by African American Film Critics Assn.

‘Black Panther’ Named Top Movie of 2018 by African American Film Critics Assn.
Ryan Coogler’s “Black Panther” has won three awards from members of the African American Film Critics Association, taking the trophies for best film, director, and song for “All the Stars.”

The Aafca made the announcement Tuesday and will present the awards in ceremonies on Feb. 6 at the Taglyan Complex in Los Angeles.

“Selecting Disney’s ‘Black Panther’ as the year’s best film was a no-brainer,” said Aafca co-founder Shawn Edwards. “Beyond its tremendous reviews and historic box office performance, the film changed the culture and became a defining moment for Black America. Finally, after years of painfully negative and blatantly harmful depictions of blacks on screen there was a movie full of positive images and characters that blacks could rally around. For many blacks the film’s release was like a national holiday.”

Spike Lee’s “BlacKkKlansman” won awards for best actor for John David Washington and for screenplay.
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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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