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'How to Train Your Dragon 3' Looks to End February on a High Note

'How to Train Your Dragon 3' Looks to End February on a High Note
The winter box office season is nearing an end, serving as good news for what has been a rather rough start to 2019. Fortunately, before all eyes turn to March and Captain Marvel and Us, it would appear one of the final new wide releases of the season is looking to close things out on a high note as Universal debuts How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, their first DreamWorks Animation release since acquiring the animation studio in 2016 for $3.8 billion. The film is already off to a strong start internationally since releasing overseas seven weeks ago and is now looking to keep the momentum domestically. Also going wide this weekend is MGM's Fighting with My Family, after a limited debut last weekend, and Roadside is debuting Run the Race in moderate release. At a reported $129 million, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World carries the lightest budget
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Michael B. Jordan to Star in Denzel Washington’s ‘Journal for Jordan’

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Michael B. Jordan to Star in Denzel Washington’s ‘Journal for Jordan’
Michael B. Jordan is in talks to star in Sony’s “Journal for Jordan,” a drama that will be directed by Denzel Washington.

The movie, penned by “Mudbound” screenwriter Virgin Williams, is based on the true story of Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Dana Canedy’s love affair with First Sergeant Charles Monroe King. King kept a journal full of poignant life lessons for their newborn son, Jordan, while deployed overseas. He was killed in Iraq in 2006 when Jordan was just seven months old, but his spirit lives on in his messages of love to Dana and Jordan.

Jordan will also produce through his Outlier Society banner, while Washington and Escape Artist’s Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, and Steve Tisch will also produce.

Jordan garnered critical acclaim for portraying the tormented villain Erik Killmonger in “Black Panther,” the first Marvel movie to score a best picture Oscar nomination. He most recently starred in “Creed II,
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Kevin Costner, Diane Lane to Reunite in Suspense Thriller ‘Let Him Go’

Kevin Costner, Diane Lane to Reunite in Suspense Thriller ‘Let Him Go’
Focus Features has tapped Kevin Costner and Diane Lane to star as a husband and wife in the suspense thriller “Let Him Go.” The two also collaborated on “Man of Steel” and “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” as the parents of Superman.

Thomas Bezucha (“The Family Stone”) is set to direct his own screenplay, based on Larry Watson’s novel of the same name. Paula Mazur and Mitchell Kaplan of the Mazur Kaplan Company will produce alongside Bezucha. Costner will executive produce with Kimi Armstrong Stein, Jeffrey Lampert, and Rod Lake.

Production of “Let Him Go” is expected to start in the spring.

Focus Features and Universal Pictures International will distribute the film worldwide. Josh McLaughlin, Focus Features president of production, will oversee the movie.

Costner will play a retired sheriff and Lane will portray his wife. After the loss of their son, the couple leaves their Montana ranch
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Best Score Nominee Alexandre Desplat to Skip Oscar Ceremony

Best Score Nominee Alexandre Desplat to Skip Oscar Ceremony
Best score nominee Alexandre Desplat will be unable to attend Sunday’s Oscar ceremonies because of recent throat surgery, a rep for the composer confirms.

The French native, already a two-time Oscar winner (for 2014’s “Grand Budapest Hotel” and 2017’s “The Shape of Water”), is nominated this year for his Japanese-flavored score for Wes Anderson’s “Isle of Dogs.”

Life imitated art recently while Desplat was writing a 75-minute opera that will debut on Tuesday in Luxembourg. It is titled “Silence,” based on a short story by Japanese author Yasunari Kawabata, in which the author visits another writer who can no longer speak.

During the composition process, Desplat was also finding it difficult to speak, and physicians advised him to have “a surgical procedure to repair his vocal cords,” the rep said. “He had the procedure, has successfully recuperated, and has regained full use of his vocal cords.”

The composer
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International box office set for quiet Oscar weekend

Alita hits China and Japan and How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World arrives in Russia and Spain.

Us films get only scattered new openings in the international marketplace this weekend, as local blockbuster The Wandering Earth continues to dominate in China and audiences in many regions focus their attention on coverage of Hollywood’s Oscar celebrations.

Alita: Battle Angel, last weekend’s leading Us film domestically and internationally, will test its muscle against The Wandering Angel when it opens in China and Japan on Friday (February 22). As of Tuesday (19), the sci-fi action adventure had amassed $104.7m internationally through Fox International.
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‘Space Jam 2’ Gets Summer 2021 Release Date

Warner Bros. has set a July 16, 2021, date for its live-action/animated sports comedy “Space Jam 2,” starring LeBron James.

Terence Nance, creator of the HBO show “Random Acts of Flyness,” is directing the sequel. His credits include “An Oversimplification of Her Beauty,” “Swimming in Your Skin Again,” and “Univitellin.” The movie marks James’ first major acting role. He played himself in the 2015 Amy Schumer-Bill Hader comedy “Trainwreck.”

Rumors of a “Space Jam” follow-up first emerged in 2015 when James and his company, SpringHill Entertainment, signed a deal with Warner Bros. Justin Lin was in talks to direct in 2016, but that deal did not go through. Lin is an executive producer on the movie.

Michael Jordan teamed up with Bugs Bunny and the rest of the Looney Tunes characters in 1996’s “Space Jam,” which grossed $230 million worldwide. The cast included NBA stars Larry Bird, Charles Barkley, and Patrick Ewing, and
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Michael B. Jordan Will Star in ‘Journal for Jordan’ For Director Denzel Washington

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Michael B. Jordan Will Star in ‘Journal for Jordan’ For Director Denzel Washington
Denzel Washington has found his next directorial project, and he’s bringing in a heavy-hitter to star. Michael B. Jordan will play the lead in the Washington-directed Journal for Jordan, based on the memoir by Dana Canedy. Canedy’s book told the story of the love affair between herself and First Sergeant Charles Monroe King. King began writing a journal […]

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Sequel Bits: ‘Jumanji 3′, Bill & Ted 3’, ‘Hobbs and Shaw’, ‘Jay and Silent Bob’ Reboot,’ ‘Bumblebee’ & More

Sequel Bits: ‘Jumanji 3′,  Bill & Ted 3’, ‘Hobbs and Shaw’, ‘Jay and Silent Bob’ Reboot,’ ‘Bumblebee’ & More
In this edition of Sequel Bits: Get a first look at the sequel to Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle Hobbs and Shaw face down a helicopter Kevin Smith gears up to start shooting Jay and Silent Bob Reboot Jason Reitman talks briefly about Ghostbusters 2020 Bill & Ted 3 may finally start shooting this year […]

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Film News Roundup: Gwendoline Christie Joins Jason Segel-Dakota Johnson Drama ‘The Friend’

Film News Roundup: Gwendoline Christie Joins Jason Segel-Dakota Johnson Drama ‘The Friend’
In today’s film news roundup, Gwendoline Christie is cast in “The Friend,” film preservationist Kevin Brownlow is honored, Demi Moore’s “Corporate Animals” gets sold, and BondIt Media Capital hires a CFO.

Castings

Game of Thrones” and “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” star Gwendoline Christie has joined the cast of “The Friend” starring Jason Segel, Dakota Johnson, and Casey Affleck.

Gabriela Cowperthwaite is directing from a screenplay by Brad Ingelsby, based on Matthew Teague’s story about Nicole Teague and himself learning that Nicole had six months to live and receiving the unexpected support of their best friend, played by Segel. Johnson and Affleck are portraying the Teagues.

Scott Free and Black Bear Pictures are producing the project, which has begun shooting on location in Fairhope, Ala. — the town where the Teague family resided. Additional cast members are Jake Owen, Denee Benton, Marielle Scott, Ahna O’Reilly, Isabella Kai Rice,
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Already Stacked ‘The Devil All the Time’ Cast Somehow Finds Room For Haley Bennett, Jason Clarke and Riley Keough

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Netflix’s adaptation of The Devil All the Time already has a stacked (and impressive) cast – but there’s still room for a few more. Haley Bennett, Jason Clarke and Riley Keough are the latest actors to join the Devil All the Time cast, which already features Tom Holland, Mia Wasakowska, Robert Pattinson, Bill Skarsgard, Eliza Scanlen and […]

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2019 Best Live Action Short Film Oscars Predictions

For the most part, these were some dark, dark Oscars shorts. Out of all of them, “Marguerite” is the most moving which should give it the edge. “Fauvre” is the most cinematic, “Madre” has the best performance and the twisty “Skin” is the only American entry. “Detainment” feels a bit too familiar. [Updated Feb. 21]

Predictions

1. “Marguerite”

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‘The Kid’ Trailer: Ethan Hawke is a Lawman Chasing Dane DeHaan’s Famous Outlaw

‘The Kid’ Trailer: Ethan Hawke is a Lawman Chasing Dane DeHaan’s Famous Outlaw
Billy the Kid has long been a source of fascination for Hollywood, getting the silver screen treatment most notably in Sam Peckinpah’s 1973 classic film Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid. Now, the famous Old West outlaw and gunfighter is getting another round on the big screen in actor-turned-director Vincent D’Onofrio‘s The Kid. Dane DeHaan stars as the titular teenage outlaw. The […]

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Heather Parry Fired From Live Nation Productions

Live Nation Entertainment announced Thursday that Heather Parry will leave the company following a Variety investigation into allegations of workplace bullying.

Parry ran Live Nation Productions, the TV and film arm of the touring conglomerate, for three years. In December, Variety reported that Live Nation’s human resources department had been repeatedly warned that Parry was verbally abusing her subordinates. Parry also was accused of using offensive slurs in the office and denigrating African-Americans. She denied ever using discriminatory language, and apologized for any hurt she may have caused, saying it was unintentional.

Parry was put on leave on Dec. 21, as Live Nation hired an outside firm, Paul Hastings Llp, to conduct an investigation. The investigator, Elena Baca, interviewed numerous current and former employees, who in many cases restated allegations they had already made to the company’s Hr department. Baca also seemed intent on ferreting out leakers, asking several
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‘Stranger Things’ Director Uta Briesewitz to Spin ‘The Wheel of Time’ for Amazon

‘Stranger Things’ Director Uta Briesewitz to Spin ‘The Wheel of Time’ for Amazon
Stranger Things director Uta Briesewitz is putting her own spin on The Wheel of Time. Amazon has tapped Briesewitz as The Wheel of Time TV series director for the first two episodes of the epic fantasy series based on the acclaimed books by Robert Jordan. Deadline reports that Amazon has hired the director from the hit Netflix sci-fi series to […]

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Sundance Film Review: ‘Sea of Shadows’

Sundance Film Review: ‘Sea of Shadows’
It’s a decidedly grim circle of life that moves us all in “Sea of Shadows,” a tight, troubling documentary eco-thriller that charts a compelling course of consequence from Chinese black-market apothecaries to the near-extinction of a rare whale in the Sea of Cortez, hitting on Mexican crime cartels and institutional corruption along the way. Austrian director-cinematographer Richard Ladkani has form in this field, having previously co-helmed Netflix’s urgent anti-poaching doc “The Ivory Trade,” and once more brings sturdy conventional craftsmanship and boots-on-the-ground engagement to an environmentally conscious, unabashedly heart-grabbing exposé. With its clear crowd-pleasing credentials confirmed by an audience award win at Sundance, “Sea of Shadows” will sail through the festival circuit; in an ideal match of sensibilities, National Geographic has secured worldwide rights.

Louie Psihoyos’s 2009 Oscar-winner “The Cove” provides the most obvious commercial precedent for “Sea of Shadows,” though Ladkani’s film is something of a shape-shifter,
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A24 Seeks Summer Box Office with Release Dates for ‘The Farewell’ and ‘Last Black Man’

The summer box office typically plays home to some of the year’s biggest blockbusters, but boutique distributor A24 is banking on a trio of festival favorites to turn the popcorn season into something decidedly more offbeat and special.

The company will release three of its Sundance hits during the upcoming summer season, including Lulu Wang’s breakout second film “The Farewell” and Joe Talbot’s special jury award winner “The Last Black Man in San Francisco.” Last week, the company announced the May 17 release date for Joanna Hogg’s Sundance darling “The Souvenir,” which boasts the debut performance of breakout Honor Swinton Byrne.

Talbot’s film, which stars the very actor who inspired it, will hit theaters on June 14, while Wang’s beloved family dramedy (with a wonderful performance from Awkwafina) will arrive a month later, on July 12. The films will face off against some hefty studio competition, with
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‘Black Panther’ Song “All the Stars” Won’t Be Performed at the Oscars, Four Other Best Song Nominees Will

‘Black Panther’ Song “All the Stars” Won’t Be Performed at the Oscars, Four Other Best Song Nominees Will
With just a few days to go until this year’s Academy Awards, I’d assumed most of the chaos surrounding the ceremony was finally worked out. But it turns out there’s (at least) one more odd update left. Despite the Academy’s efforts to include them, Kendrick Lamar and Sza will not be performing their Oscar-nominated song “All […]

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‘The Old Guard’: Charlize Theron and KiKi Layne Will Play Immortal Mercenaries For Netflix

‘The Old Guard’: Charlize Theron and KiKi Layne Will Play Immortal Mercenaries For Netflix
Charlize Theron is the latest A-list movie star to make a movie with Netflix. The Mad Max: Fury Road actress will co-star with KiKi Layne (If Beale Street Could Talk) in The Old Guard, a movie adaptation of the recent comic series about “a covert group of immortal mercenaries who must fight to keep their […]

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The Best Fantasy Movies on Netflix Right Now

Sometimes reality is a bust. In times like those, you might want to fire up the Netflix account and look for something with "far-off places, daring sword fights, magic spells, a prince in disguise!" No, we're not just quoting Beauty and the Beast for no reason, we're talking about fantasy stories, and if you're craving a movie that transports you to another world look no further! From family-friendly favorites to award-winning dramas, and everything in between, we've got you covered with the …
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Edgar Wright’s Horror Movie ‘Last Night in Soho’ Adds Matt Smith and Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie to Cast

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Edgar Wright’s Horror Movie ‘Last Night in Soho’ Adds Matt Smith and Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie to Cast
Last Night in Soho, the psychological horror-thriller from director Edgar Wright, just picked up two exciting new cast members – Matt Smith, of Doctor Who fame, and Leave No Trace break-out Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie. The two join the previously cast Anya Taylor-Joy in a film that Wright has described as being in the same style as Roman Polanski’s Repulsion and Nicolas Roeg’s Don’t Look […]

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