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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

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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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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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‘Jack Reacher’ Author Says Tom Cruise Lacked The “Physicality” & Will Recast The Character For Upcoming TV Series

When you think of Tom Cruise and action films, the first ones that come to mind are the big hitters of ‘Mission: Impossible’ (and its myriad of sequels) and “Top Gun” (also getting a sequel). But there’s another action franchise out there that Cruise has been part of that is apparently still kicking — “Jack Reacher.” And now, the author of the series of novels that inspired the ‘Jack Reacher’ film franchise discusses the future of the adaptations and why, despite being one of the biggest stars in the world, Cruise was never the right man to lead.

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Lucy Hale Joins Michael Pena in ‘Fantasy Island’ Movie

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.

Truth or Dare” filmmaker Jeff Wadlow is directing and penning the script with his “Truth or Dare” co-writers, Chris Roach and Jillian Jacobs.
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Exclusive ‘Elliot: The Littlest Reindeer’ Clip Teases a New Holiday Hit in the Making

As we head into the holiday season, it's our pleasure to bring you an early look at a new animated Christmas classic in the making: Elliot: The Littlest Reindeer. In this Screen Media release, the title character isn't a reindeer at all but rather a miniature horse with dreams of pulling Santa's sleigh along with the team. His optimism and can-do spirit, along with the help of his animal pals, might just help him to realize that dream, but it isn't going to be easy. In our exclusive clip, Elliot and his friend Hazel run …
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‘The Clovehitch Killer’ Review: A Well-Constructed Serial Killer Drama With a Killer Dylan McDermott Performance

‘The Clovehitch Killer’ Review: A Well-Constructed Serial Killer Drama With a Killer Dylan McDermott Performance
The question of how well we ever really know our parents is one that surely hangs heavy on any slightly-curious child. We never know what we were like before we were born; we only see the personalities they present to us, which of course are tailored specifically for us. So it must come as a […]

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Time Names ‘Bohemian Rhapsody,’ ‘A Star Is Born,’ and More the Best Films of 2018

Time Names ‘Bohemian Rhapsody,’ ‘A Star Is Born,’ and More the Best Films of 2018
The end of the year is officially upon us now that Time magazine film critic Stephanie Zacharek has released her list of the 10 best movies of 2018. The publication is the first major outlet to release a roundup of the year’s best film offerings, and Zacharek’s personal choices are a mix of titles you’re bound to see on many lists this year and at least one you probably won’t (“Bohemian Rhapsody”).

Alfonso Cuarón’s “Roma” tops Zacharek’s list for 2018, and the film is expected to play well with critics’ group throughout the rest of the year (the New York Film Critics Circle announces their 2018 winners November 29). Zacharek hails “Roma” as the director’s most “gorgeous and moving” effort to date, writing, “In telling his own story, [Cuarón] gets us thinking about the latticework of people who made each of us what we are. Roma is an ode to the power of memory,
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‘The Kominsky Method’ Trailer: Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin Face Death Head-On

‘The Kominsky Method’ Trailer: Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin Face Death Head-On
The Kominsky Method,” the Chuck Lorre-created series premiering this week on Netflix, is largely about death (even if some characters within the show are reluctant to say the word).

Facing down the prospect of not having much more time with their families, both acting teacher Stanley (Michael Douglas) and his longtime agent Norman (Alan Arkin) decide that the time is right to reconcile some of their past differences with their respective daughters.

The show also features the two industry vets in car rides and across dinner tables, philosophizing about what they both will face as they strive to do right by their eventual next of kin. As IndieWire’s Ben Travers put in his review, “Both Douglas and Arkin are acting in their comfort zones — Douglas is a smarmy, scarf-wearing charmer, and Arkin is a lovable grump.”

But the last trailer for the series before the premiere shows that
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‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ Earns $10 Million Overseas

Warner Bros.’ “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” has conjured $10.1 million from 10 international markets on Wednesday.

The “Harry Potter” spinoff series did particularly well in France, where it generated $2.6 million on 903 screens, including Tuesday previews. Other top territories include South Korea with $2 million from 1,560 venues, Holland with $619,000 from 266 venues, and Indonesia with $560,000 on 919 screens. So far, “Crimes of Grindelwald” is performing 54% ahead of the opening day for its predecessor “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.”

Previews and openings in the Nordics took in a collective $1.4 million, while Germany grossed $1.2 million and Australia earned $622,000. “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” launches in 45 more markets Thursday, followed by 24 markets on Friday with a total screen count of 46,000.

The movie is expected to earn $65 million from over 3,300 domestic locations this weekend, though industry estimates show that number could end the weekend closer to $75 million and as much as $250 million worldwide. “The Crimes
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Watch: Tim Burton’s Dumbo gets a trailer

Tim Burton’s a good choice for a live-action (plus) CGI remake of Dumbo, the latest Disney animated classic to get the reboot treatment. Though he’s only made one circus movie prior — 2003’s Big Fish, though Batman Returns does feature, as semi-sympathetic villains, rejected carnival staffers — his whole CV is crammed with paeans to society’s oddballs and rejects, who he knows how to treat as entertainment for the masses. Judging from its new trailer, his Dumbo will be even more of a weepie than the 1941 original, about a young elephant with giant ears who can theoretically (and sometimes […]
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Eddie Redmayne Jokes About His Terrible ‘Jupiter Ascending’ Performance & Says He’s “A Bit Of A Marmite Actor”

Judging by his work in films like “The Danish Girl,” “The Theory of Everything,” and “Les Misérables,” it’s clear why many people consider Eddie Redmayne one of the finest actors working today. He’s even secured one Oscar win for ‘Theory’ and another nomination for ‘Danish Girl.’ So yeah, that’s why his performance in “Jupiter Ascending” seems to be a bit of an anomaly.

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'Grindelwald' conjures early $10.1m from international opening salvo

'Grindelwald' conjures early $10.1m from international opening salvo
Fantasy flies into 79 markets this weekend.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald grossed $10.1m from 10 international markets in its initial raft of opening days on Wednesday (14) as the fantasy epic heads into a further 45 markets on Thursday.

France delivered $2.6m including Tuesday night previews to rank number one with a 64% market share of the top five films and track some 54% ahead of Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them.

South Korea produced $2m for Warner Bros’ highest opening day of the year-to-date, ranking top on 53% share for the highest debut in the Wizarding World series, exceeding the first Fantastic Beasts by 15% by the same stage.
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‘Glass’ TV Spot Brings Superheroes into the Real World

‘Glass’ TV Spot Brings Superheroes into the Real World
Before Christopher Nolan gave superheroes the serious treatment with his Dark Knight trilogy, M. Night Shyamalan brought us Unbreakable, a film that asked: what if superheroes really existed? Now, Shyamalan finishes what he started with Glass, a sequel to both Unbreakable and his 2017 thriller Split. Unbreakable‘s Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson are back, and they’re going to have to deal […]

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Spielberg, Scorsese, Nolan and More Are Trying to Save FilmStruck

The saga to save FilmStruck has taken an interesting turn. In the wake of a popular petition hoping to save the soon-to-close streaming service, a huge list of big names in the movie biz have banded together to plead with Warner Media Group and change the minds of the powers that be. Steven Spielberg, Martin […]

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