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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

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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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Alanna Ubach To Play Fox News’ Jeanine Pirro In Jay Roach’s Untitled Roger Ailes Feature

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Alanna Ubach To Play Fox News’ Jeanine Pirro In Jay Roach’s Untitled Roger Ailes Feature
Exclusive: After working with Jay Roach on Meet the Fockers, Alanna Ubach is set to play Fox News spitfire host Jeanine Pirro in the filmmaker’s upcoming untitled feature about the women who battle against network boss Roger Ailes and his hostile corporate culture. Pirro was one of the Fox News hosts who defended Ailes, ripping apart Fnc colleague Gretchen Carlson’s sexual harassment lawsuit back in July 2016.

Carlson will be played by Nicole Kidman in the movie. Pirro has known Ailes for three decades going back to her assistant Da days in NYC. At the time when Carlson’s suit hit, Pirro felt Ailes wasn’t capable of the abuse Carlson was subjecting him to.

Bron Studios is co-financing the production which is already shooting and Lionsgate is finalizing their domestic deal to distribute and co-finance; the studio is already selling foreign on the pic as Deadline exclusively reported from AFM.
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‘Alien: Awakening’ Could Return to Alien Home World, If It Gets Made at All

‘Alien: Awakening’ Could Return to Alien Home World, If It Gets Made at All
The future of the Alien franchise is in doubt, mostly because audiences haven’t taken kindly to Ridley Scott‘s strange new direction started with Prometheus and followed with Alien: Covenant. But Scott was already planning an Alien: Covenant sequel, with Covenant writer John Logan handling the script. New details about Logan’s script, titled Alien: Awakening, have hatched. The next film in the series […]
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Stan Lee Reportedly Won’t Have A Cameo In Upcoming ‘X-Men’ Film ‘Dark Phoenix’

Stan Lee Reportedly Won’t Have A Cameo In Upcoming ‘X-Men’ Film ‘Dark Phoenix’
While the world still reacts to the passing of Stan Lee, one of the biggest questions amongst fans is whether or not the Marvel Comics legend was able to shoot cameos for upcoming films before his death. We’ve already heard that Avengers 4 will have the requisite cameo from Lee, but apparently, there’s one 2019 Marvel movie that doesn’t have a cameo from the writer.

According to a report from EW, Lee never filmed a cameo for the upcoming X-Men film Dark Phoenix. While it’s unclear if this was a matter of timing or if he was never set to appear in the film, Dark Phoenix, will mark the first X-Men film to not have Lee appear in a cameo.
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Chiwetel Ejiofor’s Directorial Debut ‘The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind’ Blows to Netflix

Chiwetel Ejiofor’s Directorial Debut ‘The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind’ Blows to Netflix
Netflix has picked up Chiwetel Ejiofor’s directorial debut, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, the story of a real-life Malawian boy named William Kamkwamba who built a windmill that helped save his village from famine.

The streamer acquired global rights to the film excluding Japan, China and U.K. free TV rights, and plans to launch the film worldwide next year — including in select theaters in the U.S. and U.K.

Ejiofor, the Oscar-nominated star of 12 Years a Slave, also co-stars and wrote the script, adapted from the best-selling book of the same name by Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer.

The film follows 13-year-old William Kamkwamba (newcomer Maxwell Simba) who is thrown out of the school he loves when his family can no longer afford the fees. Sneaking back into the school library, he
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Jack White Almost Played Jackson Maine in 'A Star Is Born' - We'll Let That Sink In

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Jack White Almost Played Jackson Maine in 'A Star Is Born' - We'll Let That Sink In
It's hard to imagine Jackson Maine being played by anyone other than Bradley Cooper. And yet, the battered lead of 2018's A Star Is Born could have very easily been portrayed by an entirely different person. Apart from the initial, and well-reported, back-and-forth on who would direct and star in the remake, it was recently revealed that Cooper had Jack White in mind to portray Maine.

Before Lady Gaga was officially attached to the project, Cooper was interested in casting a real-life musician. "I saw this other person that I wanted to do this, who is an actual musician," he told Variety. "But [the studio] wouldn't make the movie with him." The publication later learned the musician in mind was the former White Stripes singer and guitarist.

Though Cooper would go on to deliver an impassioned performance, in his defense, White wasn't an entirely out-there casting idea. In fact, he previously acted
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20 production companies picked for £500,000 Scottish scheme

Focus initiative aims to provide business support to Scottish film and TV companies.

Twenty companies have been selected for a £500,000 initiative to provide business support for Scottish TV and film production companies.

For the two-year pilot project called Focus, Screen Scotland partners Creative Scotland and Scottish Enterprise have allocated £250,000 each to be spread across the participating companies.

These companies are expected to contribute a further £250,000 between them to create a potential £750,000 of total project funding. Applications for the scheme are now closed.

The selected companies are:

barry crerar (Spite My Face) Bees Nees Black Camel Pictures Hopscotch Films Matchlight Seventh
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Lily James and Armie Hammer to star in Rebecca movie remake

A new adaptation of the Daphne du Maurier novel will be directed by High Rise’s Ben Wheatley

A new film version of Rebecca, based on Daphne du Maurier’s Gothic novel, is in the works, with Lily James and Armie Hammer confirmed in the lead roles.

A 1940 adaptation of Rebecca, about a newly married woman oppressed by the memory of her husband’s first wife, was Alfred Hitchcock’s first Hollywood film, and won the best picture Oscar in 1940.
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Saudi Fund Mulling $700 Million Investment in Legendary (Report)

Saudi Arabian sovereign-wealth fund Pif is exploring the possibility of acquiring a stake worth up to $700 million in Wanda-owned Legendary Entertainment. The news was reported by the Reuters news agency.

The Reuters story, citing unnamed sources, said Thursday that Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund is seeking to invest about $500 million to $700 million in Legendary, the studio behind “Jurassic World” and “Pacific Rim.” The report said that the Pif is also seeking to appoint an outside adviser to help it with the possible transaction. Contacted by Variety, Wanda declined to comment.

Until early last year, Wanda, under chairman Wang Jianlin, was the most expansionary Chinese firm in the media sector, buying majority control of the AMC and Hoyts exhibition chains and attempting to buy Dick Clark Productions for $1 billion. It acquired Legendary in January 2016 in a deal worth up to $3.5 billion. However, Wanda has come under severe pressure from the
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Italy Set to Regulate Theatrical Windows Following Netflix Controversy

Italy is set to regulate its theatrical windows by law, following an uproar over the simultaneous release on Netflix and in theaters of local police-brutality drama “On My Skin.”

New rules announced by Italian Culture Minister Alberto Bonisoli will enshrine in law the current gentleman’s agreement among the country’s distributors to wait 105 days after a film’s first theatrical screening before it can be released on other platforms, including TV and streaming.

However, exceptions will be made for limited-release or under-performing Italian movies. The window will be reduced to 60 days for local films shown on fewer than 80 screens or for those that generate fewer than 50,000 admissions after 21 days in cinemas. The window is even shorter – 10 days – for Italian films screened only for three days.

The head of Italian motion picture association Anica called the country’s upcoming new regulations “a good agreement between all sectors within the Italian cinema industry,
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‘The Favourite’ Dominates Bifa Craft Awards With 5 Big Wins

‘The Favourite’ Dominates Bifa Craft Awards With 5 Big Wins
Ahead of its annual awards show, the British Independent Film Awards have unveiled their winners for a number of craft categories, including such key categories as best cinematography and best effects. This year’s batch of winners is led by Yorgos Lanthimos’ raucous period drama “The Favourite,” which dominated the field with five major wins, including best cinematography for the lauded Robbie Ryan, best costume design for perennial favorite Sandy Powell, and best casting for Dixie Chassay. Lynne Ramsay’s “You Were Never Really Here” also picked up a pair of wins, including best music for Jonny Greenwood and best sound for Paul Davies.

This year’s Bifa awards ceremony will take place on Sunday, December 2. As previously announced, Felicity Jones will receive this year’s Variety Award, which recognizes a director, actor, writer, or producer who has made a global impact and helped focus the international spotlight on the UK.
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Siberia review – Keanu Reeves ices up as diamond geezer

Reeves finds selling gems to the mob is trickier than he’d like in this drab but realistically violent romantic thriller, also starring Molly Ringwald

Keanu Reeves is back in action, after a fashion, in this drab downer romantic thriller – a less fighty, more arty version of John Wick from the indie director Matthew Ross (Frank & Lola). Fatally, the script requires Reeves, playing a black-market diamond trader, to do some serious acting over and above his usual stiff, stoical delivery of deadpan lines and punches.

Reeves plays Lucas Hill, an American visiting St Petersburg to flog $40m of rare blue diamonds to a Russian mobster. When his business associate vanishes with the ice, Lucas hotfoots it to Siberia on his tail, finding time to Facetime his wife (Molly Ringwald). I did wonder if pairing Reeves, 54, and Ringwald, 50, was an enlightened example of age-appropriate love interest casting. But no. In Siberia
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'The Favourite' tops 2018 Bifa craft awards

'The Favourite' tops 2018 Bifa craft awards
Other winners were ‘You Were Never Really Here’, ‘American Animals’ and ‘Early Man’.

The Favourite was the big winner of the British Independent Film Awards’ (BIFAs) craft categories, announced today (Nov 15).

Yorgos Lanthimos’ historical comedy won five awards: best casting for Dixie Chassay, best cinematography for Robbie Ryan, best costume design for Sandy Powell, best make up and hair design for Nadia Stacey and best production design for Fiona Crombie.

You Were Never Really Here won two awards; best music for Jonny Greenwood and best sound for Paul Davies.

The other awards went to American Animals, which won best editing for Nick Fenton,
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9 to 5 review – Dolly Parton's quietly radical office revenge satire

Thirty-eight years on, this tale of misogyny, kidnap and rattling typewriters is a boldly progressive piece of film-making

This 1980 feminist revenge comedy, starring Dolly Parton, Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin as three New York office workers who kidnap their misogynist monster of a boss, is rereleased nationally, tagged to the Comedy Genius season at London’s BFI Southbank. Parton’s pumpingly brilliant song over the opening credits declares: “In the same boat / With a lot of your friends / Waiting for the day / Your ship will come in / And the tide’s gonna turn / And it’s all gonna roll your way.” Thirty-eight years on, is Parton’s prophecy being fulfilled?

It was written by Patricia Resnick, who three years previously had been uncredited writer on Robert Altman’s experimental movie 3 Women, the trio of titular leads there possibly representing id, ego and superego. A PhD needs to be written
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Disney's Rogue One spin-off must prove Star Wars can be so much bigger

By finding new paths forward for the saga, the new TV series, based around rebel spy Cassian Andor, could usher in a brave new world of Star Wars films

There are many reasons most fans consider Rogue One to be among the greatest Star Wars movies. The keenest is perhaps that Gareth Edwards’s film gave us a glimpse into the grubbier corners of a galaxy, far, far away.

Star Wars has always been about the greater good. But even Obi-Wan Kenobi’s decision to give up his life in the original 1977 Star Wars pales next to the sacrifice made by Rogue One’s crew of motley rebels, not least because Jyn Erso, Cassian Andor, Chirrut Îmwe et al go to their deaths in the full knowledge that they will not be coming back as Force ghosts. The end really is the end.
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Dead in a Week (Or Your Money Back) review – knock-off comedy leaves a bad taste

Tom Wilkinson and Christopher Eccleston collect easy cheques in a film that vainly mines the bleakest subject for laughs

Despite an impressive cast doing their best to give it some zip, this is one of those baffling British indie comedies that has somehow got made in the face of its own silliness. It is based on the larksome subject of suicide (though the film’s publicity material declares it is supported by the Samaritans).

William (Aneurin Barnard) is a depressed and unsuccessful young writer who keeps trying to take his own life with hilarious lack of success. Then he is approached by Leslie (Wilkinson), a hitman and member of the assassins’ guild who offers to kill him with professional efficiency. William pays for this service, but, having then met beautiful publisher Ellie (Freya Mavor) who rather likes both his writing and him, he changes his mind. Leslie, however, gruffly insists
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'I had guns pulled on me' – Penny Woolcock on filming with gangs

Her experiences as a single mum, factory worker and revolutionary gave the artist and film-maker an affinity with the underdog. So she headed right into the heart of British gang culture

Fourteen years ago, Penny Woolcock was mugged in a London street. “Someone ran up behind me and was punching me and I stupidly fought back,” she says. “There was this moment when I caught his eye and we had this very strange connection.”

Though her assailant managed to wrestle her bag off her, it was found the next day on top of a nearby car. It was a life-changing encounter: “I didn’t want to become a frightened person, so I thought I would have to get to know some robbers.”
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Save ‘FilmStruck’: Paul Thomas Anderson, Christopher Nolan & Dozens Of Top Name Filmmakers Rally Around Canceled Streaming Service

When cinephile mensch Guillermo del Toro starts something, generally good things happen. Now, we probably can’t give all the credit to the Academy-Award-winning director of “The Shape Of Water.” Yet, ever since Warner Bros. and Turner Classics Movies shuttered FilmStruckNetflix for film obsessives; an ambitious cinephile streaming service that housed All the Criterion Collection films, some Cc films not yet released on DVD, the massive Warner Bros.

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