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John David Washington to Star in Christopher Nolan’s Next Film (Exclusive)

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John David Washington to Star in Christopher Nolan’s Next Film (Exclusive)
Christopher Nolan has tapped “BlacKkKlansman’sJohn David Washington to star in his next “event film,” sources tell Variety.

Nolan recently finished the script for the movie and Warner Bros. quickly dated it for July 18, 2020 — a slot the studio often reserves for the director, most recently with “Dunkirk.”

The gig has become one of the more highly coveted in town, even though most of the industry has been kept in the dark about who has been meeting for the role and what the movie is even about.

Although rumors are swirling that the film is a romantic thriller in the vein of “North by Northwest,” sources have denied those claims, keeping plot details under lock and key. One insider described the pic as a massive, innovative, action blockbuster, which will again be shown in Imax.

Nolan is also producing along with his partner Emma Thomas. Production is set to commence later this year.
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‘West Side Story’ Remake Adds Corey Stoll, Brian d’Arcy James as Cops

‘West Side Story’ Remake Adds Corey Stoll, Brian d’Arcy James as Cops
Steven Spielberg has cast Corey Stoll and Brian d’Arcy James as police officers in his movie adaptation of “West Side Story.”

Stoll will take on the role of Lieutenant Schrank, the New York City detective charged with quelling civic unrest in his racially-torn precinct. James will play Sergeant Krupke, a veteran cop whose beat includes the territories of two warring street gangs, the Sharks and the Jets.

The song “Gee Officer Krupke” was performed by the Jets in the original Broadway musical and the 1961 movie. It concludes with the memorable line “Gee, Officer Krupke – Krup you!”

Spielberg has already cast 17-year-old high schooler Rachel Zegler as Maria opposite Ansel Elgort as Tony, along with Rita Moreno as Valentina — a reconceived version of the character of Doc, the owner of the corner store where Tony works. Moreno won an Academy Award for her portrayal of Anita in the 1961 film version of “West Side Story.
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Chris Cooper Joins, Focus Features Boards Jon Stewart’s Political Comedy ‘Irresistible’

Chris Cooper Joins, Focus Features Boards Jon Stewart’s Political Comedy ‘Irresistible’
Focus Features is partnering with Plan B Entertainment to produce and distribute Jon Stewart’s political comedy “Irresistible,” with Chris Cooper joining stars Steve Carell and Rose Byrne.

Variety first reported in October that Stewart and Carell had boarded the project, with Stewart directing and producing with Plan B. Stewart has kept a low profile since leaving “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” in 2015.

“In the age of fake news, Jon Stewart continues to be the real deal. He’s been making us laugh at the bipartisan commitment to bending the truth for years, and we couldn’t be more excited to partner with him and Plan B as Jon brings his signature wit to the big screen with the incredibly versatile talents of Steve, Rose, and Chris,” said Focus Features chairman Peter Kujawski.

Focus Features and Universal Pictures International will distribute the film worldwide. Focus’ president of production Josh McLaughlin will oversee the movie.
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Movies New to Netflix in April: ‘Burning,’ ‘American Honey,’ and Extended Version of ‘Hateful Eight’

Movies New to Netflix in April: ‘Burning,’ ‘American Honey,’ and Extended Version of ‘Hateful Eight’
Netflix might be skipping this year’s Cannes Film Festival, but the streaming giant is offering a bit of a mea culpa in its April offerings, which come with some exciting options from bonafide auteurs who also happen to be Cannes regulars, including Lee Chang-Dong, Andrea Arnold, and Quentin Tarantino. Ken Loach’s Palme d’Or winner “I, Daniel Blake” will also join Netflix’s ranks next month, along with classics like “All the President’s Men,” “Bonnie and Clyde,” and “Deliverance.”

In April, Netflix will add Lee’s lauded Cannes competitor “Burning,” which missed out on Oscar love but picked up plenty of other accolades during last year’s awards circuit, including a number of nods for star Steven Yeun. It will be joined by Arnold’s 2016 Palme d’Or entry “American Honey,” along with an extended version of Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight”.

The streaming service will also
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‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ First Trailer: Tarantino Brings DiCaprio and Pitt to 1969

‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ First Trailer: Tarantino Brings DiCaprio and Pitt to 1969
Quentin Tarantino, it’s good to have you back. Sony Pictures has debuted the first official trailer for “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” the ninth feature from Oscar winner Tarantino that promises to be the director’s penultimate movie should he stick to his plan of retiring after his tenth movie. “Hollywood” finds Tarantino reuniting with two of his biggest stars: Leonardo DiCaprio (“Django Unchained”) and Brad Pitt (“Inglourious Basterds”). The three marquee names are enough to make “Hollywood” one of the biggest movie events of the year for cinephiles.

“Hollywood” is set in 1969 and centers around a television actor (Pitt) and his trusted friend and stunt double (Pitt) as they try to transition away from television and into the world of Hollywood moviemaking. The duo live next door to Sharon Tate and Roman Polanski (Rafał Zawierucha), which means at some point their plan to break into the movie
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‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ Trailer: DiCaprio, Pitt, Robbie and More Star in Quentin Tarantino’s New Film

‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ Trailer: DiCaprio, Pitt, Robbie and More Star in Quentin Tarantino’s New Film
Quentin Tarantino is back, and he’s brought one hell of a cast with him. Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood goes back to La the summer of 1969, with the specter of the Manson Family lurking in the background. Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt lead a lineup that includes Margot Robbie, Al Pacino, and Luke Perry, […]

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‘Stranger Things’ Season 3 Trailer: Change is Coming to Hawkins

After long, tortuous months of waiting, Netflix is finally feeding us with the first official Stranger Things season 3 trailer. Part 3 of Netflix’s hit sci-fi/horror show is set to debut on the streaming service this month, but we’ve learned little about it in the past year and a half since Stranger Things Part 2 first premiered. […]

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Bulldog Film Distribution picks up UK rights to Welsh drama 'Gwen'

Bulldog Film Distribution picks up UK rights to Welsh drama 'Gwen'
Gwen made its world premiere in the Discovery section at Toronto in 2018.

Bulldog Film Distribution has picked up all UK rights to William McGregor’s debut feature Gwen from Great Point Media.

The film made its world premiere in the Discovery section of the Toronto International Film Festival last year. It is about a young girl struggling to hold her family together in 19th century Snowdonia in Wales.

Screen Star of Tomorrow 2016 Eleanor Worthington-Cox stars with Maxine Peake, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, Richard Harrington, Mark Lewis Jones and Jodie Innes.

McGregor has previously directed for TV series including Misfits and Poldark. He
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‘Stranger Things’ Season 3 Trailer: One Summer Can Change Everything In 1985

Fewer things in the most recent years have captured the social-media, meme-based, cultural zeitgeist as “Stranger Things,” which is a strange thing, indeed, because the show has absolutely nothing to do with us right now. These aren’t pre-teens on smartphones, Snapchatting their adventures through the Upside Down or taking selfies with the Mind Flayer in the background. They exist in the 1980s, which has been the nostalgic allure of the series since the beginning.

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42 launches literary division with hire of former Wme executive

Eugenie Furniss will be based in London.

Eugenie Furniss has joined the London and Los Angeles-based management and production firm 42 as literary manager.

Furniss will create a book division at the agency to represent international fiction and non-fiction authors. She will be based in the London office.

Most recently Furniss set up and ran the book division at Furniss Lawton, the literary arm of the James Grant Group (now Ymu Group), for seven years. She was previously at the talent agency Wme for 15 years where she latterly ran the company’s book division.

Furniss’ clients’ work has been adapted for
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‘Stranger Things’ Season 3 Trailer: Go Back to the Upside Down for One Crazy Summer

‘Stranger Things’ Season 3 Trailer: Go Back to the Upside Down for One Crazy Summer
If we’re to believe the last image of the second season of “Stranger Things,” there’s still a massive monster lingering in the Upside Down alternate realm of existence for the residents of Hawkins. Unfortunately, that’s not the only trouble Mike, Lucas, Dustin, Eleven, and the “Stranger Things” gang are going to have to face off against in the third season of the Netflix smash hit.

Netflix has released the official trailer for “Stranger Things” Season 3 below, and it’s chock full of threats both supernatural and human. As the central characters continue to age, the confusions of puberty and the push and pull of friendships threaten to be even more dangerous than whatever monster is coming out of the Upside Down this time.

Stranger Things” Season 3 once again brings back the main cast: Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Natalia Dyer,
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The Morning Watch: ‘Into the Spider-Verse’ Production Design, New Found Glory Covers ‘The Greatest Showman’ & More

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows. In this edition, take an extensive look at the development of […]

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In pictures: Screen International & Telefilm Canada Reception at Filmart 2019

The event took place on Tuesday March 19.

Screen International and Telefilm Canada held a reception at The Optimist in Hong Kong on Tuesday March 19, as part of Filmart 2019.

The event was attended by guests including Robert Wong, vice president at Creative BC; Sean O’Reilly, owner of Arcana Studio; Joachim Ng, director of the Singapore Film Commission; and Joel Morrish and Andrew Ooi of talent management firm Echelon.

Hong Kong Filmart 2019: Screen’s dailies
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Exclusive: Robert Pattinson Poised to Star in Christopher Nolan’s Next Movie

The pieces of Christopher Nolan's next cinematic puzzle are starting to fall into place, as Robert Pattinson is poised to star opposite John David Washington in the next film from the director of Inception, Collider has exclusively learned. With plot details being kept under wraps, little is known about the actual film, though Variety described it as "a massive, innovative action blockbuster" that will once again be shown in IMAX -- no surprise given Nolan's preference for the large-screen format. Nolan will produce alongside his wife and longtime collaborator, Emma Thomas, and Warner Bros. will release the movie …
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SXSW Film Review: ‘Come as You Are’

The rare remake that’s actually a slight improvement on its predecessor, Richard Wong’s “Come as You Are” translates Geoffrey Enthoven’s 2011 Belgian “Hasta la Vista” to middle America. Other changes are less substantial, but this seriocomedy has a less formulaic feel than the original while remaining a crowd-pleasing buddy pic-caper with a soft-pedaled minority empowerment theme. Reception in real-world disabled communities may be somewhat muted by the casting of able-bodied actors in the lead roles. Nonetheless, it’s hard to entirely resist this loosely fact-inspired tale of three physically challenged men road-tripping to Montreal in order to lose their virginity at a “special needs” bordello.

Sticking close in outline to the earlier screenplay by Mariano VanHoof and Pierre de Clercq, Erik Linthorst’s script centers on a trio of protagonists all stuck living with their parents in adulthood. Paraplegic Scotty, whose congenital defect makes him particularly dependent on
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SXSW Film Review: ‘Strange Negotiations’

In a era when some mainstream entertainers have transitioned to targeting faith-based audiences, David Bazan is moving in the other direction.

The gifted songwriter’s ersatz band Pedro the Lion was perhaps the most successful Christian indie rock act of its time, and the first to significantly cross over to secular fans. Then he ditched that persona (and lost much of his fanbase), not in an attempt to “sell out,” but rather amid public acknowledgement that he’d suffered a serious loss of religious faith.

Brandon Vedder’s “Strange Negotiations” is a music documentary whose interest goes beyond the usual realms of performance footage and personality, since Bazan is so forthcoming about the “breakup with God” that continues to impact his art, career and life. Particularly with U.S. evangelicals in greater political ascendance than ever before, Bazan’s personal issues lend a larger philosophical depth to this insightful Diy-style portrait.
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Disney seals $71bn deal for 21st Century Fox as it prepares to take on Netflix

The acquisition of Rupert Murdoch’s film and TV studio business will boost Disney as it enters the TV streaming market

Disney has closed its $71bn (£54bn) acquisition of Rupert Murdoch’s entertainment business in a deal that unites franchises including Cinderella, The Simpsons and Star Wars under one corporate roof to create a media behemoth of unprecedented scale.

The Walt Disney Company closed its acquisition of 21st Century Fox shortly after midnight New York time on Wednesday.
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Disney closes $71.3bn acquisition of 21st Century Fox entertainment assets

Thousands of lay-offs to come once full integration plan is established.

Disney has closed its $71.3bn acquisition of the entertainment assets of 21st Century Fox, reducing the number of Us majors to five in an historic change that will have broad repercussions for Hollywood and the global media landscape.

The deal officially closed at12:02am Et on Wednesday (20). As analysts anticipate thousands of lay-offs in the coming year or so – possibly as much as 10,000 over time, according to analyst Rich Greenfield of Btig, who is notably antagonistic towards Disney and legacy media – the fate of many senior executives at
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Disney completes $71.3bn acquisition of 21st Century Fox entertainment assets

Thousands of lay-offs to come.

Disney has officially closed its $71.3bn acquisition of the entertainment assets of 21st Century Fox, reducing the number of Us majors to five.

As analysts anticipate thousands of lay-offs in the coming year or so – possibly as much as 10,000 over time, according to analyst Rich Greenfield of Btig, who is notably antagonistic towards Disney and legacy media – the fate of many senior executives at Fox is yet to be decided as senior executives from both sides work out how to integrate divisions.

“This is an extraordinary and historic moment for us – one that will create
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SXSW Film Review: ‘Bluebird’

As affectionate as a love letter but as substantial as an infomercial, Brian Loschiavo’s “Bluebird” may be of most interest to casual and/or newly converted country music fans who have occasionally wondered about the songwriters behind the songs. There’s a better than even-money chance that anyone who’s a loyal and longtime aficionado of the musical genre already has at least a nodding acquaintance with the history and significance of The Bluebird Café, the intimate Nashville venue often cited as a launching pad for both platinum-selling superstars and behind-the-scenes tunesmiths. On the other hand, even many of those individuals could be entertained by what amounts to a backstage tour.

Director-editor Loschiavo capably balances the household names and unsung heroes in the cavalcade of interviewees who, with degrees of enthusiasm ranging from nostalgic to reverential, tell the story of an improbable landmark in an unlikely setting.

Located in
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