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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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Hopes & Dreams For 20th Century Fox As A Disney Entity

Almost a year and a half after it was first announced, the merger of most of 21st Century Fox’s assets and the Walt Disney company has finally been completed. Of course, it’s a merger in technical terms only. In truth, it’s an acquisition, one that Hollywood’s creative community has tried to embrace with optimism and one that superhero fans have selfishly clamored for. There have been significant changes to the landscape since the merger was announced but it doesn’t change one important fact: thousands of people will likely lose their jobs.

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Marvel Studios Reportedly Has 2 Films For 2020 & 3 For 2021 With No ‘X-Men’ Or ‘Fantastic Four’ Films In The Mix

Happy Disney/Fox Day! Today is the first official day that Disney and Fox are now one, meaning all is right with the world! Well, that is if the only thing you care about are superhero films because, for thousands of people, they’re out of a job. Yeah…not so good.

But for this article, the focus is on superheroes, and thus, we can not dwell on the sad state of affairs that has led to the industry’s first mega-studio that will no doubt put everyone else out of business and rule the world by 2025.

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€2m awarded to producer nominees in three categories of Germany's Lola awards

€2m awarded to producer nominees in three categories of Germany's Lola awards
The recipients were the producers of films nominated for best film, best doc and best children’s film.

More than €2m ($3.2m) in nomination premiums has been awarded to the producers of the films nominated for best film, best documentary and best children’s film at the 2019 German Film Awards, aka the Lolas, in Berlin today (March 20).

The best film nominees are Andreas Dresen’s Gunderman, Markus Goller’s 25 km/h, Caroline Link’s The Boy Needs Fresh Air, Aron Lehmann’s The Most Beautiful Girl In The World, Wolfgang Fischer’s Styx and Christian Petzold’s Transit. Each of
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Will ‘Once Upon a Time In Hollywood’ Follow ‘Inglourious Basterds’ and Change History?

Will ‘Once Upon a Time In Hollywood’ Follow ‘Inglourious Basterds’ and Change History?
The Once Upon a Time in Hollywood trailer is here, and it’s a blast. The latest film from Quentin Tarantino is a star-studded affair, and based on this trailer, it’s going to lean heavily into comedy. That may seem like an odd choice, since the film features both Charles Manson and Sharon Tate, one of the […]

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'A monopolistic blob': what the Disney/Fox merger means for cinema

This cartoon-like demonstration of alpha-capitalism will lead to stricter, safer and blander entertainment – and with each acquisition, the stakes get higher

The mouse just ate the fox – and created a monster. Or rather, an even bigger monster than the two separate ones already in existence. The Walt Disney Company’s $71.3bn takeover of most of 20th Century Fox is a gigantic deal, the business equivalent of a sex scene between Alien and Predator – and Fox’s Alien and Predator products are included in the purchase, along with James Cameron’s Avatar franchise and many other lucrative properties. It is estimated that the merger gives Disney control of 40% of all theatrical box office and puts it in a position to take on the digital streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon and Apple.

The deal also adds the superheroes X-Men, Deadpool and the Fantastic Four to the Disney fold – where they could
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Bob Iger: ‘Challenging Work of Uniting Our Businesses’ Lies Ahead for Disney

Bob Iger: ‘Challenging Work of Uniting Our Businesses’ Lies Ahead for Disney
Bob Iger marked the historic occasion of Disney’s purchase of 21st Century Fox with a lengthy memo to staffers that was candid about the challenges of the massive integration of people and cultures that lies ahead for the media giant.

“I wish I could tell you that the hardest part is behind us, that closing the deal was the finish line rather than just the next milestone,” Iger wrote in the note titled “A Historic Day for Our Company,” sent to staffers shortly before 10 p.m. Pt on Tuesday, less than an hour after the $71.3 billion transaction formally closed. “What lies ahead is the challenging work of uniting our businesses to create a dynamic global entertainment company with the content, the platforms and the reach to deliver industry-defining experiences that will engage consumers around the world for generations to come.”

Employees from the 21st Century Fox ranks also received
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Michael B. Jordan Teaming With Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts For An Upcoming Monster Movie

Michael B. Jordan Teaming With Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts For An Upcoming Monster Movie
Watch out Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Michael B. Jordan is out there trying to become the actor with the most projects in development. Thanks to a scene-stealing turn in one of the biggest films of 2018, “Black Panther,” combined with another great performance in “Creed II,” the young actor has cemented himself firmly in the superstar category and is using that star power to its fullest.

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11 Great ‘90s Animated Series We Wish Netflix Would Reboot

Hollywood is currently on the verge of mining every pocket of our '80s and '90s childhoods to find that which was once popular and make it so again. [Editor's note: Need proof? Just pay a visit to Netflix and look up She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, Voltron Legendary Defender, Stretch Armstrong and the Flex Fighters, Carmen Sandiego, My Little Pony, etc., etc...] There's lots of revenue to be made from our collective Nostalgia porn, both on the big and small screens. With reboots of ‘90s classics like Tiny Toon Adventures and Animaniacs in the works, and …
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“What I Discovered Was a Unique Bond Between Man and Dog…”: Heddy Honigmann on Buddy

For over 30 years the globetrotting Dutch filmmaker Heddy Honigmann has been wowing audiences the world over. Born in Peru to Polish Jewish parents, Honigmann’s been honored with retrospectives at the Centre Pompidou in Paris and also at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, where her latest work of cinematic nonfiction Buddy closed this year’s Doc Fortnight. A heart-soaring tearjerker, the doc is an exquisite portrait of the lives of six guide dogs and their owners. But because it’s a Heddy Honigmann film it inevitably transforms into a philosophical meditation — in this case, an exploration of the love affair […]
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‘Extra Ordinary’ Review: A Sweet Irish Rom-Com With Paranormal Activity [SXSW]

Mike Ahern and Edna Loughman’s Extra Ordinary comes together as the tonal lovechild of Jared Hess and Taika Waititi, playfully mocking horror beats instead of unleashing them. It’s more a cutesy rom-com with expelled ectoplasm goo than completionist horror dive into Drag Me To Hell territory, but when subdued haunting gags land, laughs project with […]

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Armie Hammer Shuts Down ‘Call Me By Your Name’ Sequel Talk, Says He’s Unsure About It

Armie Hammer Shuts Down ‘Call Me By Your Name’ Sequel Talk, Says He’s Unsure About It
Armie Hammer has been one of the more vocal supporters of a “Call Me By Your Name” sequel, but the actor is now casting doubt on whether or not a follow-up to Luca Guadagnino’s acclaimed 2017 romance will ever happen. Speaking to Vulture during the press tour for his new movie “Hotel Mumbai,” Hammer said he’s now conflicted about making a follow-up as it will be next to impossible to capture the spark of the original.

“There have been really loose conversations about it, but at the end of the day — I’m sort of coming around to the idea that the first one was so special for everyone who made it, and so many people who watched it felt like it really touched them, or spoke to them,” Hammer said. “And it felt like a really perfect storm of so many things, that if we do make a second one,
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‘Stranger Things’ Season 3 Images Are an 80s Dream

Friends, I don't know what I expected from the Stranger Things Season 3 trailer, but it delivered so much more than I was prepared for that I can safely say it was worth the wait. The joyous introduction to this new season was not without tinges of darkness (and some very explicit shots of demons and the sinister evil of the Upside Down still corroding the down), however, it was mostly a celebration of being a kid or a teen in summertime. Along with the new trailer, Netflix has dropped some new images that give a clearer look at …
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Robert Pattinson Circling Co-Lead Role in Christopher Nolan’s Next Movie

Robert Pattinson Circling Co-Lead Role in Christopher Nolan’s Next Movie
Robert Pattinson may have found his next auteur to work with. The High Life actor is poised to star in Christopher Nolan‘s next untitled movie, circling a co-lead role opposite BlacKkKlansman‘s John David Washington. Joining the new Christopher Nolan movie cast would certainly be a fitting next step for Pattinson, who has hit a hot streak of working […]

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‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ Trailer Reveals Quentin Tarantino’s Star-Studded Film

Sony Pictures has released the first trailer for director Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood. The movie takes place in 1969 and stars Leonardo DiCaprio as a faded TV Western star who's trying to come to terms with a rapidly changing Hollywood landscape alongside his longtime stunt double, played by Brad Pitt. Oh, and they live next door to actress Sharon Tate (Margot Robbie) the summer she was murdered by followers of Charles Manson. Tarantino trailers are always upbeat and stylish, but here it feels a bit icky. While Tarantino doesn'…
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Dead famous: the Kickstarter campaign to restore Méliès's grave

The grave of French film pioneer Georges Méliès, who inspired Martin Scorsese’s 2011 film Hugo, has fallen into disrepair. Now his family and fans are reanimating his fantastical legacy

Cinephiles who visit the grave of French film pioneer Georges Méliès in Paris’s Père Lachaise cemetery have their work cut out. The memorial is not easy to find, set back from the cemetery path behind another row of gravestones.

The grave itself has fallen into a state of disrepair. A creeping green stain has overtaken the crumbling stonework, some of the iron posts and chains are missing and the lettering is now indistinct. Still, the final resting place of Méliès has become a place of pilgrimage for many, who come from around the world to leave tributes. “Each time I visit it’s like a little new adventure,” says his great-great-granddaughter Pauline Duclaud-Lacoste.
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‘Traitors’ Producer 42 Hires Literary Manager Eugenie Furniss

Eugenie Furniss is joining London- and Los Angeles-based management and production company 42 as literary manager, it was announced Wednesday. The company’s slate include movie “Ironbark,” a Cold War thriller starring Benedict Cumberbatch, and TV series “Traitors,” a spy thriller coming to Netflix in the U.S. at the end of the month.

Furniss joins 42 in the London office to expand the company’s offerings in representation and create a book division that represents international authors, both across fiction and non-fiction. She brings with her a wealth of best-selling writers, with a particular interest in stories that translate to other media. Her clients’ work has been adapted for TV, including the hit BBC series “Call the Midwife,” which is filming season nine, the BBC’s “Hotel Babylon,” which aired for four seasons and starred Dexter Fletcher, and ITV’s “Mr. Selfridge,” starring Jeremy Piven.

Most recently Furniss set up and
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