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‘Pet Sematary’ Director Mary Lambert Boards Mermaid Thriller ‘Rolling in the Deep’

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‘Pet Sematary’ Director Mary Lambert Boards Mermaid Thriller ‘Rolling in the Deep’
Pet Sematary director Mary Lambert is attached to helm an adaptation of Mira Grant’s mermaid thriller “Rolling in the Deep” for Branded Pictures Entertainment, Variety has learned exclusively.

Sean Hood, whose credits include Conan the Barbarian and Halloween: Resurrection, will adapt the novel, published in 2015. The story revolves around an idealistic young filmmaker who sets out to the Mariana Trench with a small crew to film a faux documentary about mermaids. But the hoax soon turns real as sailors begin to disappear and the filmmaker realizes that they are under siege by actual mermaids. A fight to survive at any cost ensues.

“‘Rolling in the Deep’ is a film led by complicated badass female characters,” Lambert said. “I’ve been waiting to make a film like this my entire career. Our mermaids are not cliché sugary cartoon princesses; they will take you down if you stand in their way.
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Ryan Kwanten & Kodi Smit-McPhee Lead Oz Climate Change Thriller ‘2067’; Shoot Underway; Kew Inks North America Deal

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Ryan Kwanten & Kodi Smit-McPhee Lead Oz Climate Change Thriller ‘2067’; Shoot Underway; Kew Inks North America Deal
Exclusive: Ryan Kwanten (True Blood) and Kodi Smit-McPhee (X-Men Apocalypse) lead cast in climate-change sci-fi-thriller 2067, which is now underway in Australia.

Also starring are Deborah Mailman (The Sapphires), Aaron Glenane (Killing Ground), Damian Walshe-Howling (Mystery Road), Leeanna Walsman (Safe Harbour), Finn Little (Storm Boy) and Oz newcomers Sana’a Shaik and Matt Testro.

Seth Larney (Tombiruo) is writing and directing the feature which will see humans looking to the future for answers after the planet’s forests, wildlife and plants are ravaged by climate change. Producing are Lisa Shaunessy (Killing Ground) through her Arcadia production banner, and Kate Croser of Kojo Entertainment.

Kew Media Distribution, part of Kew Media Group, is handling international sales, excluding Australia and New Zealand where Umbrella Entertainment has distribution rights. Shout! Studios has acquired all North American rights. The film started principal photography at Adelaide Studios, South Australia on November 3.

Australian Government funding and investment
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The Title For 'Bad Boys 3' Has Been Reveled and it Has a Silly Twist

The Title For 'Bad Boys 3' Has Been Reveled and it Has a Silly Twist
A couple weeks ago Martin Lawrence and Will Smith confirmed that Bad Boys 3 was officially a go. The movie is going into production with Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, who previously worked on FX’s show "Snowfall," directing.

Now today we have the official title for the film to share with you thanks to Production Weekly. It was previously reported that the film would be called Bad Boys For Life, and it is, but the official title comes with a silly twist.

The title of the film will be Bad Boys for Lif3. You see what they did there? The whole Why just not call it Bad Boys For Life? The 3 at the end adds nothing to it except for unneeded ridiculousness.

Regardless of the title, I’m still looking forward to seeing Lawrence and Smith back together for another action-packed adventure. Michael Bay will be missed in this franchise,
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Lucy Hale Joins Michael Pena in ‘Fantasy Island’ Movie

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Lucy Hale Joins Michael Pena in ‘Fantasy Island’ Movie
Pretty Little Liars” star Lucy Hale has joined the cast of Sony and Blumhouse’s upcoming film Fantasy Island.

Starring opposite Michael Pena, Hale will play one of the guests at a mysterious island where people can live out their fantasies — for a price. The movie is based on the television series, which ran for seven seasons from 1977 to 1984 and often dealt with dark themes and the supernatural.

Pena will portray Mr. Roarke, a role originated by Ricardo Montalban in the television series. The TV show became best known for Mr. Roarke’s sidekick Tattoo (played by Hervé Villechaize), who would ring a bell in a bell tower and shout “Ze plane! Ze plane!” to announce the arrival of a new set of guests at the start of each episode.
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Harley Quinn Spinoff ‘Birds of Prey’ Finds Its Cassandra Cain (Exclusive)

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Harley Quinn Spinoff ‘Birds of Prey’ Finds Its Cassandra Cain (Exclusive)
Newcomer Ella Jay Basco is in negotiations to land the last major role, Cassandra Cain, in Warner Bros.' Harley Quinn spinoff, Birds of Prey.

Margot Robbie is back as Quinn with Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Jurnee Smollett-Bell on board as Huntress and Black Canary, respectively. Ewan McGregor will play the film’s villain and Rosie Perez will portray Gotham City police detective Renee Montoya.

Cathy Yan is directing the pic with Robbie producing, along with Sue Kroll and Bryan Unkeless.

In the new film, Robbie, Winstead, and Smollett-Bell team up to protect Cain’s character when she comes across a diamond belonging to McGregor’s Black Mask, a kingpin in Gotham City’s criminal underworld.
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J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Adds Six Projects to Growing Film Slate

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J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Adds Six Projects to Growing Film Slate
J.J. AbramsBad Robot production banner has acquired six new projects from a number of rising filmmakers.

Among the titles is a feature on hip-hop artist Bobby Hall, known by his stage name Logic. His song “1-800-273-8255” was nominated for two Grammys. His movie, Everything Must Go, is described as Clerks for a new generation. Hall will star and co-write with “Blackish” scribe Lisa McQuillan.

Other storytellers involved on the new slate include Hell Fest writer Blair Butler, “The Good Place” executive producer Megan Amram, The Good Time Girls director Courtney Hoffman, Ben Shiffrin, writing team Dylan Meyer and Peter Glanz, and first-time director Stan Grube, who had previously served as an editor on the Bad Robot sci-fi thriller 10 Cloverfield Lane.

The news comes following the release of Bad Robot’s war horror film “Overlord,” which opened with $10 million last weekend. The production company is also involved
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James Cameron: The ‘Avatar’ Sequels Have Wrapped Production

James Cameron: The ‘Avatar’ Sequels Have Wrapped Production
This just in from Pandora: James Cameron says the Avatar sequels have reached a major milestone with the completion of all principal photography involving main cast members.

In a video message, the director of the two highest-grossing films of all time (Avatar and Titanic) praised the ensemble of actors who have been filming Avatar 2 and Avatar 3 since September 2017.

“Hi, James Cameron here and today I’m coming to you from the set of the Avatar sequels — and behind me you can see our performance-capture stage. Today we’re capturing some stunt scenes filming some stunt scenes but our principal cast are all wrapped: Sam [Worthington], Zoe [Saldana], Sigourney [Weaver], Stephen Lang, Kate Winslet.”

The Oscar-winning filmmaker added: “They’re done now but they gave us incredible performances. And I can’t tell you how proud I am of the work that they did on these films.”
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FilmStruck Saved? WarnerMedia CEO Reportedly Interested In Finding A Way To Keep Streaming Service Alive

After a petition with tens of thousands of digital signatures and almost every major filmmaker in the world coming out in support for the service, it appears that the streaming service FilmStruck may just live to see another day. But that’s the only good news, right now.

You see, according to Deadline, WarnerMedia CEO John Stankey has apparently heard the massive amount of outcry from filmmakers and film fans asking the company to keep FilmStruck alive.

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MGM Sees Strong Revenue Gains Due to TV Content

MGM Holdings has reported a strong 42% third-quarter revenue hike to $380.2 million, thanks to higher television revenues.

In a filling Thursday on its investor relations website, privately held MGM also disclosed that its earnings slid to $25.3 million from $114.2 million in the year-ago quarter and adjusted Ebitda declined to $34.5 million from $90.8 million, which the company said was due to higher expenses-related investment spending on growth initiatives, including increased programming costs for its Epix channel, higher marketing expenses for Epix, expanded theatrical distribution, and higher overhead due to the acquisitions of Epix, Evolution, and Big Fish.

The third quarter included “unanticipated film impairment charges” totaling $19.7 million. MGM did not identify which title was the source of the charges. It also said this was partially offset by $32 million of higher adjusted Ebitda from “robust” licensing activity for “Vikings,” as well as deliveries of new episodes of “Vikings” (Season 6) and “The Handmaid’s Tale” (Season
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‘Wallace and Gromit’ Animation Studio Now Belongs to Its Employees

‘Wallace and Gromit’ Animation Studio Now Belongs to Its Employees
In 2018, huge media corporations are like those rolling cities in Mortal Engines: they’re always on the hunt for a smaller company to consume. But Aardman Animations, the stop-motion animation company responsible for projects like Wallace and Gromit and Chicken Run, isn’t interested in being eaten up by a behemoth like Disney, Comcast, or WarnerMedia. […]

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Apple Taps A24 to Produce Slate of Films

Apple is enlisting Oscar-winning indie studio A24 to produce a slate of films for the tech behemoth. The partnership comes as Apple is delving more deeply into making its own shows and movies, having previously signed deals with the likes of Steven Spielberg, Reese Witherspoon, and Oprah Winfrey.

Apple did not provide many specifics about the deal with A24 beyond saying it was a “multiyear agreement” and involved multiple films. It’s unclear if the movies the studio makes will be released in theaters or if they will premiere on some kind of digital platform. Financial terms of the pact were not disclosed.

It does enable Apple to partner with one of the hottest brands in the arthouse space. Launched in 2012, A24 has differentiated itself by backing edgy, auteur-driven projects. It nabbed a Best Picture Oscar for “Moonlight,” and also scored with the likes of “Room,” “The Witch,” and “Ex Machina.
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‘Rbg’: The Filmmakers Say Sparkly Gavels Are Even Better Than Awards

At some point, they started showing up in costume. After “Rbg” earned an extended standing ovation at its Sundance Film Festival premiere, Betsy West and Julie Cohen’s Ruth Bader Ginsburg documentary was anointed as one of the year’s biggest crowdpleasers. Subsequent festival showings proved to be just as vibrant, and by the time the film arrived in theaters in early summer, audience participation became the expectation: a gavel here, a robe there, wannabe RBGs everywhere you look.

“You have people, men and women of all ages, who seem to come together around Rbg, and that’s really cool,” West said. “The other day we were at a screening in Santa Barbara and there were five women standing in the third row with complete outfits.”

Added Cohen, “Not to just festivals, even just regular screenings at theaters, almost every screening we go to, there’ll be at least one person,
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A24 and Apple Enter Agreement to Produce Multiple Films Over Several Years

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A24 and Apple have entered an agreement that will see the film studio produce multiple features for Apple over the course of several years. Founded by Daniel Katz, David Fenkel, and John Hodges in the summer of 2012, A24 has grown into one of the most prestigious distributors of art-house cinema in the country, earning acclaim and awards for the likes of “Room” and “The Lobster” before winning Best Picture with 2016’s critically adored “Moonlight.”

The company released more than a dozen features this year alone, with “First Reformed,” “Lean on Pete,” “Hereditary,” “Eighth Grade,” and “Mid90s” garnering the most praise. Apple, meanwhile, is best known to moviegoers who frequent the iTunes Store for home viewing, with many well-received films — including a number of A24’s — making their digital premiere on the platform before being available anywhere else. Details on the partnership are currently scarce, though it stands as the most
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The Coen Brothers Partially Blame Hollywood For The Decline In Theater Attendance & Explain Why TV Is An “Alien” Concept

While it appears that the buzz around Netflix’s Oscar chances this year seems to revolve around Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma,” there’s still a chance that the Coen Brothers’ latest film “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” makes some noise this awards season. Now, as the anthology Western film plays in theaters before its eventual Netflix streaming launch, the filmmaking siblings are talking about their choice to go to Netflix and why it appears that a TV project probably isn’t in the cards.

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‘Cold War’s’ Joanna Kulig Should Be A Best Actress Oscar Contender

There are still two major films left to see for 2018, but you can be guaranteed that Pawel Pawlikowski’s “Cold War” is going to be very close to the top of my year-end top 10 list. Inspired by his own parents’ volatile love affair, the Polish filmmaker has crafted an epic love story that begins at the dawn of that nation’s communist era and features a star-making turn by Joanna Kulig.

The 36-year-old actress and singer has appeared on screen before with small roles in Pawlikowski’s Oscar-winning “Ida” and, of all things, “Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters,” but her performance as Zula is, for lack of a better description, a revelation.

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Listen: ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’ Director Marielle Heller Really Wanted to Avoid the ‘Sophomore Slump’

Listen: ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’ Director Marielle Heller Really Wanted to Avoid the ‘Sophomore Slump’
Playback is a Variety / iHeartRadio podcast bringing you conversations with the talents behind many of today’s hottest films. New episodes air every Thursday.

Coming off her critically acclaimed debut feature “Diary of a Teenage Girl,” filmmaker Marielle Heller put a lot of thought into how she would follow it up. She at least knew she didn’t want to make another movie about teenage life, which was of course how the industry was seeking to pigeonhole her. The answer finally came to her in the form of “Can You Ever Forgive Me?,” the story of author Lee Israel’s campaign of fraud (selling counterfeit letters “signed” by famous writers) in the early 1990s.

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“The statistics show women take a lot longer to make their second movie,” Heller says.
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15 Great Performances Oscar Voters Shouldn’t Overlook This Season

Oscar season is upon us, which means studios are working overtime to ensure that their films get duly recognized by the appropriate awards bodies in the lead up to the Academy Awards. With the fall film festival behind us, we already have our frontrunners, and the next two months are about the major contenders jockeying to get into the conversation. There’s always room for a spoiler or two, but by and large a lot of the chess board has already been set. Which is …
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‘Bumblebee’ International Trailer: No Matter What Happens, Bumblebee is Adorable

‘Bumblebee’ International Trailer: No Matter What Happens, Bumblebee is Adorable
Will Bumblebee succeed where other Transformers movie failed? I have no idea, but I do know that Bumblebee is adorable as hell in this new international trailer. Unlike previous Transformers films, the focus here is on character building, and that just might save this film. Watch the new Bumblebee international trailer below. Bumblebee International Trailer There’s not a whole […]

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New ‘Glass’ Trailer Teases All-Out Comic Book Action

Glass, the upcoming sequel to M. Night Shyamalan's Unbreakable and Split, follows up on the misadventures of James McAvoy’s villainous Kevin Wendell Crumb, Bruce Willis’ heroic David Dunn, and Samuel L. Jackson’s manipulative Elijah Price, aka. Mr. Glass. A new trailer reminds us that this movie is indeed coming in just about two months, but it also ramps up the intense comic-book action audiences everywhere are in store for. We're sold and we need see no more. Glass opens January 18, 2019 and also stars Anya Taylor-Joy, Sarah Paulson, Spencer Treat Clark, and Charlayne …
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‘Fantastic Beasts’: Johnny Depp Allegations and Mixed Reviews Won’t Deter Potterheads, Research Says

‘Fantastic Beasts’: Johnny Depp Allegations and Mixed Reviews Won’t Deter Potterheads, Research Says
Johnny Depp’s abuse allegations and personal drama, on top of divisive reviews and social media backlash surrounding the upcoming chapter in the wizarding world have little impact on legion Harry Potter fans.

This Friday marks the release of “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald,” a Warner Bros. sequel derived from characters created by J.K. Rowling in her blockbuster boy wizard books. In its brief but feverish promotional life, the film has been burdened with bad headlines that could sink a movie.

Here’s a recap of some of the headwinds facing the Potter spinoff. Depp, who plays the titular dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald, has been accused by his ex-wife Amber Heard of physical abuse — an allegation he denies. He also consented to a lengthy Rolling Stone interview, in which he smoked hash and appeared to indulge in harder drugs, drank oceans of wine, and made a boozy forensic accounting of his declining personal fortune.
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