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Sterling K. Brown to Star in Fox Searchlight’s ‘The Fence’ (Exclusive)

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Sterling K. Brown to Star in Fox Searchlight’s ‘The Fence’ (Exclusive)
Following his SAG nomination for actor in a drama series, Sterling K. Brown is in negotiations to star in Fox Searchlight’s biopic “The Fence,” sources tell Variety.

Peter Nicks is on board to direct. George Pelecanos and Dennis Lehane, who originally brought the book to HBO before it landed at Searchlight, teamed up to adapt the script.

Based on the book by award-winning Boston Globe journalist Dick Lehr (“Black Mass”), “The Fence” follows the true story of Michael Cox, an African-American undercover cop who is mistaken for a suspect and brutally beaten by his own force following one of the largest police chases in Boston history. As Cox seeks answers and justice for what happened, he finds himself on the other side of the “blue wall of silence” as the Boston Police Department aggressively covers it up.

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Pixar’s ‘Onward’ To Star Chris Pratt, Tom Holland, Julia Louis-Dreyfus & Octavia Spencer

Pixar’s ‘Onward’ To Star Chris Pratt, Tom Holland, Julia Louis-Dreyfus & Octavia Spencer
Chris Pratt, Tom Holland, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Octavia Spencer have been set to lead the voice cast of Onward, the next film in the works at Pixar Animation Studios. Dan Scanlon (Monsters University) is directing the pic, which is set to hit theaters on March 6, 2020.

Disney said today in announcing the film that it is set in a suburban fantasy world and centers on two teenage elf brothers who embark on a quest to discover if there is still a little magic left out there.

“At Pixar we try to create stories that come from some kind of personal truth,” Scanlon said. “This film was inspired by my own relationship with my brother.”

Scanlon first tipped the film at Disney’s D23 convention last year under the working title Suburban Fantasy World. He said the plot is inspired by the story of his childhood and how his father died when
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‘Star Wars': Mark Hamill Isn’t Even Allowed to Keep a Paper ‘Episode IX’ Script

‘Star Wars': Mark Hamill Isn’t Even Allowed to Keep a Paper ‘Episode IX’ Script
The security measures for the next “Star Wars” movie are tighter and thornier than a Sarlacc pit. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Mark Hamill compared obtaining pages for the as of yet untitled “Episode IX” like being in the CIA.

Hamill said that while measures to make sure nothing leaks about the new “Star Wars” films have always been tight, they’ve been strengthened even more for this film, so much so that he isn’t allowed to hang on to a paper script of the movie.

“They’re going to fly [the rewrites] over with somebody from the company,” Hamill told EW. “They’re going to come and give it to me and wait for me to read it before I give it back. So no pressure! You can’t even keep it overnight. But that’s the way it is now.”
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'A Star Is Born,' "Mrs. Maisel," "Ozark" Lead SAG Nominations

'A Star Is Born,'
A Star Is Born” led the way with four SAG feature film nominations while “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” and “Ozark” each scored a quartet of TV nominations.

BlacKkKlansman” and “The Favourite” each took a trio of film nominations. “Barry,” “Glow,” “The Handmaid’s Tale” and “The Kominsky Method” all scored three TV nods.

Nominees for the feature film ensemble cast trophy were “A Star Is Born,” “Black Panther,” “Crazy Rich Asians,” “BlacKkKlansman” and “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

Lady Gaga scored an actress nomination for “A Star is Born” along with Glenn Close for “The Wife,” Olivia Colman for “The Favourite,” Melissa McCarthy for “Can You ever Forgive Me?” and Emily Blunt for “Mary Poppins Returns.”

Bradley Cooper, who also directed “A Star Is Born” nabbed a best actor nod along with Christian Bale for “Vice,” Rami Malek for “Bohemian Rhapsody,” Viggo Mortensen for “Green Book” and John David Washington for “BlacKkKlansman.”

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‘Doctor Strange’ Director Scott Derrickson to Return for Sequel

‘Doctor Strange’ Director Scott Derrickson to Return for Sequel
Doctor Strange” director Scott Derrickson has signed up for Disney-Marvel’s sequel.

The studio, which had no comment, is about to start searching for a writer. Derrickson co-wrote the 2016 original with C. Robert Cargill and Jon Spaihts.

Benedict Cumberbatch is expected to reprise his role as Stephen Strange, along with co-stars Benedict Wong and Rachel McAdams. “Doctor Strange” centered on Cumberbatch’s surgeon character deciding to practice mystic arts after a career-ending car accident left his hands injured. Instead, he began learning about the astral plane, the hidden world of magic, and other dimensions.

The movie was a solid performer at the box office, grossing $677 million worldwide. “Doctor Strange” also starred Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Stuhlbarg, Benjamin Bratt, Scott Adkins, Mads Mikkelsen, and Tilda Swinton.

Disney and Marvel have not yet dated the “Doctor Strange” sequel. Doctor Strange was created by artist Steve Ditko and writer Stan Lee. The
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‘Brokeback Mountain,’ ‘Jurassic Park,’ ‘My Fair Lady’ Added to National Film Registry

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‘Brokeback Mountain,’ ‘Jurassic Park,’ ‘My Fair Lady’ Added to National Film Registry
Brokeback Mountain,” “Jurassic Park,” “My Fair Lady,” “The Shining,” “Hud” and “Monterey Pop” are among the best known titles among this year’s additions to the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress.

A place on the list — always made up of 25 films — guarantees the film will be preserved under the terms of the National Film Preservation Act. The criteria for selection is that the movies are “culturally, historically or aesthetically” significant.

“The National Film Registry turns 30 this year and for those three decades, we have been recognizing, celebrating and preserving this distinctive medium,” said Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden. “These cinematic treasures must be protected because they document our history, culture, hopes and dreams.”

The 2018 selections bring the total number of films in the registry to 750. Hayden will discuss the 25 new films with Leonard Maltin on Turner Classic Movies at 8 p.m. E.T. Wednesday.

The new titles
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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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‘Jurassic Park,’ ‘The Shining,’ ‘Brokeback Mountain,’ and More Added to National Film Registry

The Library of Congress has announced its 25 new inductees to the National Film Registry, the archive that protects and preserves “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant films” to American film history. As of 2018, there are 727 films in the registry — a surprisingly small amount considering cinema’s rich and long history. This year’s annual selection […]

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Ventana Sur: exorcism trilogy, single-take horror pitches bewitch Blood Window

Filmmakers attend market in search of co-production partners, international exposure.

The second instalment in an Argentinean exorcism trilogy, a genre anthology directed by women, a horror thriller with Lgbt elements, and a single-take Chilean horror film were among entries in the Blood Window pitching sessions at Ventana Sur on Wednesday (12).

The genre sidebar is one of the highlights of the Buenos Aires market and provided a forum for passionate and high-level presentations to a knowledgeable audience.

The filmmaking team behind Immaculate (Inmaculada) the second part of the exorcism trilogy from Argentina, were on hand to talk up their property. Director
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Watch Impressive ‘Aquaman’ Fight Scene That Was Somehow Filmed in One Single Shot

Watch Impressive ‘Aquaman’ Fight Scene That Was Somehow Filmed in One Single Shot
Aquaman is about to splash into theaters in just a few days, but a clip from the movie has emerged that hardcore fans may want to see early. It’s a fight scene involving Nicole Kidman‘s Queen Atlanna, and it takes place all in one long continuous shot. Most “oners” find ways to stitch multiple takes […]

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‘Venom’ 4K Blu-ray Review: Polishing a Turd

After years of false starts and dropped projects, Marvel's black-suit anti-hero Venom finally chomped his way to his own big-screen standalone film in 2018, breaking box office records and ingesting criminal pancreases along the way. Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland) directs a script by Jeff Pinkner, Scott Rosenberg, and Kelly Marcel, while Tom Hardy stars with an energy and commitment usually reserved for competitive powerlifting as Eddie Brock, a journalist who binds with the alien symbiote known as Venom. With the film heading toward 4K Blu-ray, we snagged a copy to see if it's worth adding …
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Joel McHale Joins DC Universe’s ‘Stargirl’ Series as Starman

Joel McHale Joins DC Universe’s ‘Stargirl’ Series as Starman
Joel McHale has been cast in the DC Universe series Stargirl as the Golden Age superhero Starman. He is the second addition to the Stargirl cast following the announcement of Brec Bassinger as the titular teenager who becomes an unlikely superhero. The Wrap reports that McHale is joining the cast of DC Universe’s Stargirl series as Starman, a stalwart superhero […]

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Chris Pratt, Tom Holland, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Octavia Spencer to Voice Pixar’s ‘Onward’

Chris Pratt, Tom Holland, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Octavia Spencer to Voice Pixar’s ‘Onward’
Chris Pratt, Tom Holland, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Octavia Spencer are leading the voice cast for “Onward,” Pixar’s next original movie.

Pixar had previously referred to the film as an untitled suburban fantasy. Dan Scanlon, who helmed 2013’s “Monsters University” for Pixar, is directing “Onward.” He’s re-teamed with producer Kori Rae, who also produced “Monsters University.”

“Onward” follows two teenage elf brothers who embark on an extraordinary quest to discover if there is still magic left in the world. It hits theaters on March 6, 2020.

Scanlon, who was raised in Michigan, said the film’s story is driven by his own life. He was one and his brother was three when their father passed away.

“At Pixar we try to create stories that come from some kind of personal truth,” Scanlon said. “This film was inspired by my own relationship with my brother.”

Pratt and Holland both starred in “Avengers: Infinity War,
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‘A Star Is Born’ Blu-ray Will Include Never-Before-Seen Musical Performances

As the A Star Is Born awards train continues rolling towards the Oscars, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has set a cushy pre-Oscars release date for the film on home video. Indeed, A Star Is Born will hit Digital HD on January 15th—mere days before Oscar nominations are announced—and will be available on 4K Uhd, Blu-ray, and DVD on February 19th—a few weeks before the Oscars ceremony. But thankfully this isn’t a home video rush job. Instead, the home video releases of A Star Is Born are packed with exciting bonus features—including never-before-…
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The Evolution of Peter Jackson: From Cult Filmmaker to Industry-Shaking Oscar-Winner [Part 1]

The Evolution of Peter Jackson: From Cult Filmmaker to Industry-Shaking Oscar-Winner [Part 1]
Peter Jackson has two new movies out this December, and each represents a vastly different side of the New Zealand cinema titan. Mortal Engines, which Jackson produced and co-wrote, is the kind of giant fantasy blockbuster he has become known for, while They Shall Not Grow Old, his (non-faux) documentary debut, stems from an entirely […]

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‘The Quake’ Exclusive: A Man Must Save His Kid Atop A Falling Skyscraper In This Anxiety-Inducing Clip

If you believe that the best disaster movies made today star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, then you are sorely mistaken. The action star that every film fan should be following nowadays is none other than actor Kristoffer Joner. The Norwegian actor is the star of the criminally underrated disaster film “The Wave” and the upcoming sequel “The Quake.” And with his everyman father character, Kristian, Joner has created a hero that you not only root for but you actually care about.

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Steve Carell on New Film ‘Welcome to Marwen’ and Reprising His ‘Anchorman’ Character

In 2000, Mark Hogancamp was nearly beaten to death by five men outside of a bar. Left with brain damage and little money to afford therapy, Hogancamp began creating miniature doll versions of himself, his friends, and his attackers as a way to cope. This true story inspired the 2010 documentary “Marwencol” and the upcoming film “Welcome to Marwen,” directed by Robert Zemeckis and starring Steve Carell.

Carell told Variety at the film’s Monday premiere in Hollywood that he was inspired by the documentary, but he wasn’t sure it needed to be turned into a scripted feature film. It wasn’t until he met with Zemeckis and learned about the director’s idea involving animation and motion capture that he realized there could be something there.

“We got together and he explained what his vision was, which was essentially to take this world that Mark had created, this miniature world,
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Miley Cyrus in ‘Black Mirror’ Season 5? Actress Confirms Role, but She Can’t Say More

Miley Cyrus in ‘Black Mirror’ Season 5? Actress Confirms Role, but She Can’t Say More
Miley Cyrus might be in big trouble with Netflix. After a month of rumors regarding her involvement in the new season of “Black Mirror,” Cyrus went ahead and confirmed to Howard Stern that she’s got a role in an upcoming episode (via Billboard). “If you guess it, then I will shake my head ‘yes,'” Cyrus told Stern when he asked about the rumors. Stern then revealed Cyrus confirmed her “Black Mirror’ role, although the actress added she wasn’t allowed to mention “Black Mirror” by name because she’s not allowed to speak about it further.

The rumor was first introduced last month by the South African news website Iol. The outlet spoke with a hotel manager in Cape Town, South Africa who said Miley Cyrus had stayed at the facility while shooting “Black Mirror.” Cyrus’ sister Brandi made the rumor go viral during the December 11 edition of her podcast “Your Favorite Thing.
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Exclusive: Laurence Fishburne on His Career, His Love of Comics, ‘Apocalypse Now’, and More

Laurence Fishburne is an actor with great authority. Besides his towering presence and deep silken voice, the 57 year-old, probably still best known for playing Morpheus in The Matrix series, took a lot of inspiration from his old man. His love of comic books as he grew up also exerted a huge influence on his playing Bill Foster/Goliath in Marvel’s superhero sequel Ant-Man and the Wasp, and Perry White for the DC Superman movies Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Dressed in a caftan in a garden during the Marrakech Film Festival …
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Emma Stone, Darren Criss and More React to SAG Award Nominations

Emma Stone, Darren Criss and More React to SAG Award Nominations
The nominations for the 25th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards were revealed on Wednesday morning, and “A Star Is Born” commanded the list with four noms alongside TV series “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” and “Ozark.” The awards recognize acting and ensemble performances across television and film, and this year, plenty of performers will be competing against co-stars, such as best actor/actress in a comedy series, dominated by co-leads from “The Kominsky Method,” “Barry,” “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” and “Grace and Frankie.”

Many actors have reached out to Variety or taken to social media to express their gratitude for their nominations. Here are some reactions below:

Emma Stone, Female Actor in a Supporting Role, “The Favourite” and Female Actor in a TV Movie/Miniseries, “Maniac

“Thank you so much to SAG for these nominations. I’m so honored to be recognized by my fellow actors for two projects I’m
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