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Neil Burger to Direct Young Adult Sci-Fi ‘Voyagers’ at AGC Studios

Neil Burger to Direct Young Adult Sci-Fi ‘Voyagers’ at AGC Studios
Neil Burger, the director of this month’s “The Upside” and “Divergent,” will move back to young adult sci-fi for his next feature film.

AGC Studios will fully finance and co-produce the thriller “Voyagers” for Burger to direct, the company’s chairman and CEO Stuart Ford announced Thursday.

Burger will direct from his own original screenplay, and he’ll also produce under his Nota Bene Productions banner. Basil Iwanyk and Brendon Boyea will produce via Thunder Road Films. Ford and Agc’s Head of Film Greg Shapiro are onboard as executive producers. “Voyagers” begins production this spring and is actively casting its key roles.

“Voyagers” focuses on 30 children sent into space on a multi-generational mission to reach and populate a newly discovered planet. After the adult captain of the mission is mysteriously killed,
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Kevin Hart to Star in ‘Monopoly’ Movie for Lionsgate, Hasbro

Kevin Hart to Star in ‘Monopoly’ Movie for Lionsgate, Hasbro
Kevin Hart isn’t hosting the Oscars, but he will be putting on a top hat and tuxedo very soon.

Hart is in final negotiations to star in Lionsgate’s and Hasbro’s movie based on the board game “Monopoly,” and Tim Story, Hart’s longtime collaborator on “Ride Along” and other stand-up specials, is in final negotiations to direct, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

Hart will also produce through his HartBeat Productions label. HartBeat’s John Cheng will also produce and HartBeat’s Carli Haney will oversee with John Cheng. Story will produce as well through his The Story Company banner. Sharla Sumpter Bridgett, President of The Story Company, will also produce.

The logline is under wraps, but the film is inspired by Hasbro’s popular board game franchise. Hasbro
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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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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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French Films’s Overseas B.O. Revenue Drops 51% in 2018

After bouncing back in 2017, the overseas box office revenue of French movies plummeted by 51% to 237 million euros ($270 million) with 40 million admissions sold, a 52% year-on drop, in 2018.

The provisional box office figures were unveiled by UniFrance during a reception hosted at France’s culture minister during which Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache, the directors of “The Intouchables” and most recently “C’est La Vie” received the French Cinema Award.

Co-produced and sold by Gaumont, “C’est La Vie” grossed over 15 million overseas and was the second biggest French hit in international markets in 2018, following the EuropaCorp-produced “Taxi 5,” an action-packed film directed by Franck Gastambide.

The other French films ranking in the top 10 of 2018 include Dany Boon’s “La Ch’tite Famille” (Pathé), “Belle and Sebastian, Friends for Life” (Gaumont), the animated film “White Fang” (Sc Films International), “Rolling to You” (Gaumont), “Big Bad Fox & Other Tales” (StudioCanal), “The Young Karl Marx
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‘Now Apocalypse’ Trailer: Gregg Araki’s Trippy Vision of the End of the World is a Millennial Comedy

It turns out the end of the world is a lot trippier and sexier than we anticipated. But it’s not really the apocalypse as the new Starz series Now Apocalypse implies. It’s just the romantic trials and tribulations of the millennials at the center of the series created by Gregg Araki and executive produced by Steven Soderbergh that seem […]

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Director Paul King Has Departed Disney’s Live-Action ‘Pinocchio,’ Leaving The Future Of The Film In Doubt

Yesterday, we reported that Disney is moving forward with yet another live-action remake of a classic animated film. This time, the studio is tackling “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.” However, it doesn’t appear that the Mouse House is as much of a remake-machine as we first thought. According to a person working on the live-action “Pinocchio,” that live-action adaptation seems to have hit a major, major speed bump.

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‘The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot’ Trailer Reveals a Legendary Sam Elliott

A title as epic as The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot has a lot to live up to. But with Sam Elliott starring, well, it seems to be on the right path. The movie follows Elliott's Calvin Barr (a strong name!), a man who has been called upon to save the free world yet again. But is there a cost to such legendary badassery? Our own Haleigh Foutch wrote about the movie in her list:11 Under-the-Radar Genre Movies to Watch For in 2019, saying: With a name like The Man Who Killed Hitler …
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‘High Maintenance’ Season 3 Review: The Transition from Vimeo to HBO Pays Off

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Time slots still hold some currency in the streaming era, and never more so than on HBO. The network takes chances on experimental content, but tends to premiere its more out-there offerings on non-Sunday nights. Now, we’re seeing the once-risky “High Maintenance” receive the Season 3 coronation of a Sunday-night premiere, right after the Judd Apatow-produced “Crashing.” This approbation only confirms what fans have known since its Vimeo days: “High Maintenance” is a brilliant show, even when its risks don’t highlight the show’s strengths.

Watching Ben Sinclair and Katja Blichfeld’s creation shift from its origins as a web series to a grown-up half-hour comedy has been fascinating. (This critic humbly admits writing that any sort of transfer from the web to television felt like a bad idea.) The only character in every episode is a pot dealer (Sinclair), known as The Guy; he serves as the
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New ‘gen:lock’ Trailer Throws Viewers Right into All-Out, Action-Packed Mecha Madness

Rooster Teeth treated their faithful fans to a sneak peek of their new animated series gen:lock during a recent airing of their hit anime show Rwby, but soon viewers everywhere will get to experience the next evolution in the company's always-entertaining content. And to get a taste of just what sort of animated insanity awaits you in the new show, all you have to do is check out the newly released series trailer below! gen:lock is the highly anticipated sci-fi mecha anime series starring Michael B. Jordan, Dakota Fanning, Maisie Williams, Asia Kate Dillon, Golshifteh …
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‘Berlin, I Love You’ Trailer: It’s Like ‘New York, I Love You’…But In Berlin & With Keira Knightley, Luke Wilson & Mickey Rourke

First, they attacked Paris. Then they destroyed New York. And in February, a random assortment of actors and filmmakers have their sights set on Berlin. The producers of the films “Paris, je t’aime” and “New York, I Love You” are returning with their latest anthology rom-com, “Berlin, I Love You.”

And in the first trailer for ‘Berlin,’ it’s exactly what you think a film like this would be.

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‘Close’ Writer/Director Vicky Jewson Found Real-Life Badasses For Her New Netflix Action Movie [Interview]

‘Close’ Writer/Director Vicky Jewson Found Real-Life Badasses For Her New Netflix Action Movie [Interview]
We already knew Noomi Rapace was badass from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Prometheus and her Netflix films Bright and What Happened to Monday. Now she has to measure up to real life bodyguard Jacquie Davis, the inspiration for her fictional character in Close from writer/director Vicky Jewson. Sam (Rapace) is a prominent bodyguard […]

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Netflix Casts Starry Ensemble for Adaptation of John Green’s ‘Let It Snow’

Netflix Casts Starry Ensemble for Adaptation of John Green’s ‘Let It Snow’
Dora the Explorer’s” Isabela Moner, “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’s” Shameik Moore, “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’s” Kiernan Shipka, “Lady Bird’s” Odeya Rush, Jacob Batalon, Miles Robbins, Mitchell Hope, Liv Hewson, Anna Akana, and Joan Cusack are set to star in the Netflix pic “Let It Snow.”

The film is based on the New York Times bestselling book by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle with Luke Snellin directing.

The story is set during a once-in-a-century snowstorm that hits a small town on Christmas Eve, where several high school seniors discover unexpected opportunities as well as complications that test their friendships, love lives, and aspirations for the future.

Finding Dory” scribe Victoria Strouse penned the script with Dylan Clark producing through his Dylan Clark Productions along with Alexa Faigen. Beau Bauman, executive vice president of Dylan Clark Productions, and Brendan Ferguson will exec produce.

Production is set
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Isabela Moner, Shameik Moore among cast on Netflix holiday original 'Let It Snow'

Bird Box producer Dylan Patrick on board.

Netflix has rounded out the cast on its holiday original movie Let It Snow based on the book by Ya bestseellers John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle.

Isabela Moner, Shameik Moore, Kiernan Shipka, Odeya Rush, Jacob Batalon, Miles Robbins, Mitchell Hope, Liv Hewson, Anna Akana, and Joan Cusack.

Let It Snow takes place as a once-in-century snowstorm hits a small town on Christmas Eve and a group of high school students discover unexpected opportunities as well as complications that test their friendships, love lives, and aspirations.

Production is scheduled to begin early this year.
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‘Cat Sticks’ Trailer: Slamdance’s Only Indian Film Is an Evocative Look at Addiction

‘Cat Sticks’ Trailer: Slamdance’s Only Indian Film Is an Evocative Look at Addiction
Ronny Sen’s feature filmmaking debut, “Cat Sticks,” arrives at this year’s Slamdance Film Festival with an eye-catching piece of trivia attached to it: it’s the only Indian film to play at the fest. Yet what will likely set Sen’s work apart is its evocative, eye-catching style and unique approach to dramatizing drug addiction. For the black-and-white film, Sen teamed up with Tanmay Dhanania, who both executive produced and starred in the feature, to help bring Sen’s own experiences to life.

Per the film’s official synopsis: “On a rainy night in Calcutta a group of desperate addicts chase brown sugar, but the permanent intoxication they seek proves elusive. ‘Cat Sticks’ weaves their stories into a chiaroscuro, traverses with them through states high and low, spaces real and unreal. A relentless downpour plays backdrop to lives balanced on a precarious high. Some of them seek a release,
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Universal Moves Release Date For ‘Happy Death Day 2U’ After Parkland Shooting Controversy…Kind Of

Yesterday, we reported that an outraged parent of a teenage victim of last year’s Parkland school shooting was upset with Blumhouse Productions and Universal about the upcoming release date for “Happy Death Day 2U.” The actual release date of February 14 coincided with the first anniversary of the tragic event. Well, according to Universal, the studio is willing to move the date for the film…kind of.

Read More: Parent Of Parkland Shooting Victim Urges Blumhouse To Delay Upcoming ‘Happy Death Day 2U’ Release

In what is seemingly purely a PR move, Universal provided a statement that said the studio would move the release of “Happy Death Day 2U” from February 14 to…February 13.

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‘Creepshow’ TV Series Adapting Stephen King’s Most Disturbing Story

‘Creepshow’ TV Series Adapting Stephen King’s Most Disturbing Story
As a horror fan, there’s not much that actually shocks or disturbs me. But there are exceptions. One of those exceptions is Stephen King‘s grisly short story Survivor Type, featured in his collection Skeleton Crew. It’s a queasy, nasty piece of work about a man shipwrecked on a desert island, forced to slowly eat his own body […]

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Here’s What’s New to and Leaving Hulu in February 2019

Hulu has released a list of the films and TV series that will be coming to the streaming service in February 2019, as well a what will be leaving. In terms of new additions, you’ll be able to catch up with the incredible documentary Three Identical Strangers just in time for the Oscars (it’s a very likely nominee and a fantastic film). You can also check out the underseen 2018 gem The Sisters Brothers, a somber melancholy Western featuring a pair of terrific performances from John C. Reilly and Joaquin Phoenix. In terms of older films, a number …
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Apple Orders New Sci-Fi Series From ‘X-Men’ Mastermind Simon Kinberg

Apple’s upcoming streaming service is still, as the tech folks say, “vaporware” but that isn’t stopping the massive corporation from continuing to purchase new content that will eventually infect cell phones around the globe. And for its latest foray in TV, the tech giant has enlisted one of Hollywood’s most high-profile producers, Simon Kinberg.

Read More: Simon Kinberg Apologizes For ‘X-Men 3’ & Explains How ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Influenced ‘Dark Phoenix

Deadline is reporting that Kinberg, along with co-writer David Weil, has signed a deal to write and produce a 10-episode science fiction series for Apple.

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Listen: From ‘Beale Street’ to ‘Spider-Verse,’ Brian Tyree Henry Was Your 2018 Mvp

Listen: From ‘Beale Street’ to ‘Spider-Verse,’ Brian Tyree Henry Was Your 2018 Mvp
Welcome to “Playback,” a Variety / iHeartRadio podcast bringing you exclusive conversations with the talents behind many of today’s hottest films.

Emmy- and Tony-nominated actor Brian Tyree Henry is coming off a sensational year. A second, acclaimed season of FX’s “Atlanta” sent him headlong into a fall movie season that saw featured roles in Yann Demange’s “White Boy Rick,” Steve McQueen’s “Widows” and Barry Jenkins’ “If Beale Street Could Talk,” among others. He capped it all off with voice work in one of the year’s biggest hits, “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.” It’s been a whirlwind for the 36-year-old North Carolina native, and it’s a million miles away from where he ever expected to end up.

Listen to this week’s episode of “Playback” below. New episodes air every Thursday.

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“For me, [acting] seemed like something very unobtainable,” Henry says.
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