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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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‘Metro 2033’ Film Project Halted Because ‘A Lot of Things Didn’t Work’

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‘Metro 2033’ Film Project Halted Because ‘A Lot of Things Didn’t Work’
It appears that MGM’s film adaptation of “Metro 2033” is no longer happening because “a lot of things didn’t work,” according to VG24/7.

“Metro 2033″ is a novel by Russian author Dmitry Glukhovsky. It was also adapted into a series of successful survival horror shooters from video game publisher Thq and developer 4A Games in 2010. The book and games are set in a post-apocalyptic version of Moscow where humanity lives in the tunnels of the old metro after a nuclear blast.

The movie was supposed to follow the events of the book, but MGM reportedly tried to Americanize it by setting it in Washington D.C. That idea apparently didn’t work, and the film’s rights have reverted to Glukhovsky, the author told VG24/7 in a recent interview.

“A lot of things didn’t work out in Washington D.C.,” he said. “In Washington D.C., Nazis don’t work,
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Academy Considers No 2019 Oscars Host At All Following Kevin Hart Controversy

Academy Considers No 2019 Oscars Host At All Following Kevin Hart Controversy
With Kevin Hart no longer hosting the 91st Academy Awards next year, the Academy is reportedly “freaking out” as it rushes to find a replacement emcee for the 2019 ceremony. At least that’s according to a top comedy agent who spoke to Variety ahead of an Academy board meeting that’s set to discuss what to do with the hosting dilemma. Another insider told the publication there was no contingency plans in place by the Academy or broadcaster ABC, meaning there was no back-up host to fall on once Hart pulled out.

The Academy announced December 4 that Hart would be hosting the 2019 Oscars, but the confirmation was met with backlash online as homophobic jokes Hart made in the past began to resurface. Hart initially refused to apologize for the controversial jokes, but he eventually said he was sorry and announced he would not host the Oscars as to prevent 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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‘Captive State’ Trailer: John Goodman Wants You To Respect Our Alien Overlords

We’ve seen alien invasion films of all shapes and sizes. There’s the classic “Independence Day”-style film where aliens invade and immediately want to wipe out the human race. Then you have something like “Arrival,” which is on the opposite side of the spectrum where the beings from outer space come to help. The upcoming film “Captive State” lives somewhere in between those extremes.

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New, Full-Length ‘Captive State’ Trailer Imagines an Earth under Alien Rule

Focus Features and Participant Media have released a new, full-length trailer for the upcoming sci-fi film Captive State. Directed and co-written by Rise of the Planet of the Apes and The Gambler helmer Rupert Wyatt, the film takes place in Chicago 10 years after extraterrestrials landed on Earth and instituted an occupational rule. The aliens are now fascist overlords, with humans split into two factions: those who cooperate “for the greater good” and those who resist. So yeah, it’s an alien invasion movie about fascism. The previous trailers have only given a small taste of what …
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‘Captive State’ Trailer: It’s Time to Revolt Against Our Alien Oppressors

‘Captive State’ Trailer: It’s Time to Revolt Against Our Alien Oppressors
We live in a world constantly struggling against war, famine, crime, disease and disasters. But what if our first contact with an alien race came with the promise of saving humanity from all these woes? How much would we be willing to sacrifice in order to survive? That’s exactly the question that the new sci-fi […]

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SAG Film Awards Go Mainstream, Snubbing Critical Favorites Regina King and Ethan Hawke

The SAG Awards went mainstream with its annual film nominations, favoring commercial crowdpleasers over critics’ favorites on Tuesday. But it’s easy to read where the strength in the Oscar race lies. Not every SAG nominee will move on to the Oscars — but, given the overlap between SAG members and the Academy’s actors branch, statistically, the eventual Oscar Best Picture winner is a SAG Ensemble nominee. Exceptions are rare.

Follow the numbers and the likeliest Best Picture winners are Ensemble nominees “A Star Is Born” (four nods), “BlacKkKlansman,” or “Black Panther.” Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga and Sam Elliott all landed nominations, along with John David Washington and Adam Driver—while “Black Panther” did not score any acting citations; Michael B. Jordan did not make it onto the Supporting Actor list. In the Oscar race, popular “Bohemian Rhapsody” star Rami Malek will get support from actors, and broad comedy “Crazy Rich Asians,
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SAG Award Nominations: Biggest Snubs and Surprises

SAG Award Nominations: Biggest Snubs and Surprises
At the SAG Awards nominations Wednesday morning, “A Star Is Born” led the film pack with four nods and while that wasn’t a surprise, there were plenty of snubs and surprises that caught us off guard.

On the television side, a plethora of co-stars are competing against each other, as both male and female actors who would submit in the lead category for Emmys and Globes have been nominated against performers who would submit in the supporting category at those other awards. Since SAG combines, fewer series are seeing their titles on the ballot, as space has been dominated by multiple performers in shows such as “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” “Sharp Objects” and “The Kominsky Method.”

Here, Variety breaks down the biggest snubs and surprises of the 25th annual SAG Award nominees:

Snub: “If Beale Street Could Talk”

If there was one was sure thing going into the nominations,
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Female-Led Movies Outperform Male-Led Movies at the Box Office, According to New Study

The results are in: female-led movies sell. For years, producers have assured us that female-driven films just don’t perform well at the box office. But if that was true once, times are changing. A new study finds that female-led movies outperformed male-led films at the box office between 2014 and 2017. Hopefully, the powers-that-be in […]

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SAG Awards 2019 TV Snubs and Surprises: ‘Pose’ and ‘Westworld’ Out, ‘Ozark’ and ‘The Kominsky Method’ In

SAG Awards 2019 TV Snubs and Surprises: ‘Pose’ and ‘Westworld’ Out, ‘Ozark’ and ‘The Kominsky Method’ In
Crazy Rich Asians” star Awkwafina and Laverne Cox, of “Orange is the New Black” fame, unveiled the 2019 Screen Actors Guild Award nominations first thing Wednesday morning, and the list of film and TV contenders illustrated just what a wild year it’s been. For the SAG Awards, there were plenty of exciting surprises and a few inexplicable snubs.

Most noticeable was how much space was taken up by so few shows. In part because the SAG Awards don’t have supporting categories, dual nominees dominated many races: Both Julia Garner and Laura Linney were nominated for “Ozark,” Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda for “Grace and Frankie,” Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin for “The Kominsky Method,” Bill Hader and Henry Winkler for “Barry,” Rachel Brosnahan and Alex Borstein for “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” and Amy Adams and Patricia Arquette for “Sharp Objects.”

That meant snubs galore, as hot new shows like “Pose,
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Here’s What’s Leaving Netflix in January

If you count on Netflix to serve as your film library, you have to roll with the punches of losing titles. It happens every month, and January 2018 is losing some big ones. While they might return at a later date, you never know with the licensing agreements, so if there’s something you really love, you should seek it out on DVD or Blu-ray to make sure it’s yours. Major films leaving the service in January include Blade II, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Face/Off, Friday Night Lights, Interview with the Vampire, Love Actually, Marie Antoinette, all …
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‘Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse’ Exclusive: Hear A Track From Daniel Pemberton’s Amazing Score

Coming into 2018, no one expected that the best superhero film of the year would be the Sony animated feature “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.” But now, after the success of “Black Panther,” “Avengers: Infinity War,” “Venom,” and more, it appears that ‘Spider-Verse’ is going to take the crown as the best the genre has to offer in 2018, if not the previous 10 years.

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20th Century Fox Takes Final Bow at CineAsia

If it is possible to feel sympathy for the demise of a competitor, such feelings were on display Wednesday evening at the CineAsia distributors and exhibitors’ convention in Hong Kong.

20th Century Fox made what was expected to be its final product presentation at the event as an independent studio. The mega-acquisition of Fox by Disney is scheduled to be completed in the first half of next year, a move that reduces the number of Hollywood “majors” from six to five. Job losses and other consolidation is expected.

Corridor talk for the past two days at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre has been as much about when and where the Disney ax might fall as it has been on the U.S.-China trade war and theatrical technology. There is a certainty of disruption and an anticipation of pain as a result of the Disney-Fox deal, even in the growing Asia-Pacific region.
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Christian Bale Says Donald Trump Thought He Was Bruce Wayne in Real Life

Christian Bale Says Donald Trump Thought He Was Bruce Wayne in Real Life
Several years before he assumed the position of President of the United States, Donald Trump was just another wealthy businessman who happened to visit the set of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy ender “The Dark Knight Rises.” As Christian Bale remembers it, Trump spoke to him as if the actor actually was his character, Bruce Wayne, in real life. The brief meeting between the two men took place in 2011.

“I met him, one time. We were filming on ‘Batman’ in Trump Tower and he said, ‘Come on up to the office,’” Bale told Variety on the red carpet at the world premiere of his new film, “Vice.” “I think he thought I was Bruce Wayne because I was dressed as Bruce Wayne. So he talked to me like I was Bruce Wayne and I just went along with it, really. It was quite entertaining. I had no idea at the
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Robert Sheehan on His ‘Mortal Engines’ Role and Netflix’s ‘The Umbrella Academy’

From director Christian Rivers and with a script written by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens and Peter Jackson, the fantasy adventure Mortal Engines is set hundreds of years after civilization was destroyed by a cataclysmic event that has led society to rebuild as moving cities of varying sizes, where the bigger cities hunt down and consume the smaller cities, as part of the natural evolution. When the mysterious and fierce Hester Shaw (Hera Hilmar) joins forces with outcast Tom Natsworthy (Robert Sheehan) to stop the giant predator city of London from destroying everything in its path, their strength and determination will …
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SAG Nominations Scorecard: Netflix Leads the Pack

Netflix led the way among all networks and studios with this year’s SAG nominations, garnering 15 nods thanks to programming like “Glow,” “Ozark,” “Grace and Frankie” and “The Kominsky Method.” “Ozark” was among the select group of titles to snare four nominations, along with “A Star Is Born” and “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.”

On the studio side, Fox Searchlight came out on top with multiple nominations for “The Favourite” and “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”

Here’s how the nominations stacked up by network, studio and title:

Theatrical Motion Pictures With Multiple Nominations

A Star is Born” – 4

BlacKkKlansman” – 3

The Favourite” – 3

Black Panther” – 2 (including a stunt ensemble nomination)

Bohemian Rhapsody” – 2

“Can You Ever Forgive Me?” – 2

Green Book” – 2

“Vice” – 2

Television Programs With Multiple Nominations

“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” – 4

“Ozark” – 4

“Barry” – 3

Glow” – 3 (including a stunt ensemble nomination)

“The Handmaid’s Tale” – 3

The Kominsky Method” – 3

“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” – 2

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