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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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Sundance London Sets 2019 Dates, Returns To Picturehouse Central

Sundance London Sets 2019 Dates, Returns To Picturehouse Central
Sundance London will return to the UK capital for a fifth edition from May 30 – June 2, 2019.

The Sundance Film Festival offshoot will once again be held at Picturehouse Central by Piccadilly Circus. This year’s event screened 12 features from the Utah festival, including surprise film American Animals.

The programme featured the UK premieres of Idris Elba’s Yardie, Paul Schrader’s First Reformed and Desiree Akhavan’s The Miseducation Of Cameron Post. The Audience Favourite Award was presented to Bo Burnham for his directorial debut, Eighth Grade and Amy Adrion was the recipient of the inaugural #WhatNext Award for her documentary Half The Picture.

Sundance London will announce its full lineup next spring.
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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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‘Brokeback Mountain,’ ‘Jurassic Park,’ ‘My Fair Lady’ Added to National Film Registry

‘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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/Filmcast ep. 496 – Roma and The Favourite (Guest: Britt Hayes)

/Filmcast ep. 496 – Roma and The Favourite (Guest: Britt Hayes)
David gets feedback from last week’s episode with Joseph Kahn, director of Bodied, and Jeff resumes his Limerick ways. The cast plus Britt talk about the power of Roma by Alfonso Cuarón, and cover the outfits and rabbits of The Favourite by Yorgos Lanthimos. Check out Britt Hayes’ piece on the fact and fiction of […]

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Eoin Macken on ‘Nightflyers’, Diverging from George Rr Martin’s Book & His Love of Sci-Fi

Any Game of Thrones fan can tell you that George Rr Martin likes to spin twisted tales, but unless you’re familiar with the rest of his cannon, you might not know the author also has a knack for horror. With Syfy’s Nighflyers, inspired by Martin's 1980 novella of the same name, one of the author's best horror tales comes to the screen in an event series adaptation that follows a team of scientists and explorers on a mission to contact an alien race called the Volcryn before the Earth dies. Each member of the crew is …
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The 50 best films of 2018 in the UK: No 8 – Widows

Steve McQueen’s heist drama is starry, sleek and majestically composed, with an emotional depth that sets it apart

See the rest of the UK countdownThe best culture of 2018

Steve McQueen’s previous film, 12 Years a Slave, won the best picture Oscar (plus supporting actress and adapted screenplay), the best picture Bafta (plus best actor), the Golden Globe for best drama and innumerable other prizes, including, perhaps most significantly, best director at the inaugural (and final) Guardian film awards.

It performed surprisingly well at the box office, too, taking $56m in the Us despite scenes of a wildly upsetting nature, and changing the ambition, scope and effect of cinema for ever. It also – not a little thing, this – affected many generations’ perception of the reality of slavery and its legacy for modern-day race relations.
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Tony Kushner: 'Trump has a sinkhole instead of a soul'

He has spent his life dramatising America’s angels and demons. As his civil rights musical returns to Britain, the playwright reveals all about revamping West Side Story for Spielberg – and writing a play about Trump

‘I hate watching my plays,” Tony Kushner says. “They’re all so long and they take for ever and the only one that’s not true of is Caroline. It’s two hours with intermission and I could listen to that music for ever.”

Caroline is Caroline, Or Change, Kushner’s only musical. Written with the composer Jeanine Tesori (who wrote the music for Fun Home) in 2003, it won an Olivier award in 2007 and it’s now enjoying a run in London’s West End. Caroline, the African-American maid at its centre, spends most of her days in a basement, vibrating to the rhythms of the radio, the washing machine, and her own sorrowing heart.
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Christian Bale Recalls Meeting Donald Trump: ‘He Thought I Was Bruce Wayne’

Christian Bale Recalls Meeting Donald Trump: ‘He Thought I Was Bruce Wayne’
With Christian Bale’s latest film, “Vice,” a political dramedy, it’s inevitable ties will be drawn between the film and the current political administration and its chief, President Donald Trump.

On the red carpet for the premiere of “Vice,” Bale, who stars as former Vice President Dick Cheney, shared that he met the current president while filming “The Dark Knight Rises” back in 2011.

“I met him, one time,” he said. “We were filming on ‘Batman’ in Trump Tower and he said, come on up to the office.”

“I think he thought I was Bruce Wayne,” Bale joked, “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 time that he would think about running for president.”

Bale also talked his astonishing weight gain for the role of Cheney,
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‘Bumblebee’ Again Tops Studios’ TV Ad Spending

In this week’s edition of the Variety Movie Commercial Tracker, powered by the TV advertising attention analytics company iSpot.tv, Paramount Pictures claims the top spot in spending for the second week in a row with “Bumblebee.”

Ads placed for the sci-fi/action film had an estimated media value of $6.31 million through Sunday for 941 national ad airings on 42 networks. (Spend figures are based on estimates generated from Dec. 3-9. Estimates may be updated after the chart is posted as new information becomes available.) Paramount prioritized spend across networks including Fox, Nick and NBC, and during programming such as NFL Football, The Loud House and The Amazing World of Gumball.

Just behind “Bumblebee” in second place: Universal Pictures’ “Mortal Engines,” which saw 971 national ad airings across 37 networks, with an estimated media value of $6.29 million.

TV ad placements for Columbia Pictures’ “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” (Emv: $5.92 million), Warner Bros.’ “The Mule
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Superhero Bits: Early ‘Avengers Endgame’ Box Office Predictions, Designing ‘Venom’ & More

Superhero Bits: Early ‘Avengers Endgame’ Box Office Predictions, Designing ‘Venom’ & More
What’s up with the Japanese Spider-Man? Could Batman end up in the Arrowverse? What are the early box office predictions for Avengers: Endgame saying? What’s the latest comic book related item to make Kevin Smith cry? Could Captain Marvel lift Thor‘s hammer? Would you like to see Ben Schwartz as Plastic Man? All that and […]

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‘Dumplin’s’ Anne Fletcher On Dolly Parton, Self-Empowerment & Drag Queens [Podcast]

When you sit down and chat with director Anne Fletcher you immediately recognize the energy that fueled her first three box office hits, “Step Up,” “27 Dresses” and “The Proposal.” Her last two films didn’t quite work out, but now she’s back with “Dumplin’,” an independently financed dramedy that Netflix acquired and debuted on the service last weekend. And while critics have given it mixed reviews, it’s been completely embraced by fans of the service who had the film trending on twitter.

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Film News Roundup: Ryan Reynolds’ Michael Bay Film ‘6 Underground’ Wraps Production

Film News Roundup: Ryan Reynolds’ Michael Bay Film ‘6 Underground’ Wraps Production
In today’s film news roundup, shooting has wrapped on Ryan Reynolds’ “6 Underground,” BAFTA La names new board members, and the WGA East honors longtime exec Randall Jasta.

Production

Michael Bay’s Ryan Reynolds-starrer “6 Underground” has wrapped production.

Netflix and Skydance Media completed principal photography in Abu Dhabi on the action-adventure, which reportedly carries a $125 million budget. The film also stars Mélanie Laurent, Corey Hawkins, Adria Arjona, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Ben Hardy, Lior Raz, Payman Maadi, and Dave Franco.

The movie is being produced by Skydance’s David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Don Granger, along with Bay and Ian Bryce. It’s based on an original idea from “Deadpool” writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. Details of the plot have been kept under wraps.

“Making this movie was an experience I will never forget,” Reynolds said on Tuesday. “I was impressed with the local crew and artisans we’ve met throughout our journey.
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Movie Talk: ‘Doctor Strange 2′ in Development with Scott Derrickson Directing

On today's episode of Movie Talk, Mark Ellis, John Rocha and Jeff Sneider discuss the following: The panel discusses the Aquaman reviews that dropped now that the embargo has been lifted and the film's current Rotten Tomatoes score. THR reports that Marvel is finalizing a deal for a Doctor Strange sequel with Scott Derrickson returning to direct and Benedict Cumberbatch, Benedict Wong and Rachel McAdams reprising their roles. Variety is considering using no host at all for this year's Academy Awards after the Kevin Hart controversy. Deadline reports that Birds of Prey has cast Chris Messina as …
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Daily Podcast: How To Save The Die Hard Franchise, What’s The Most You’d Pay For A Movie Ticket, Stranger Things 3, Spider-Man, Toxic Avengers, Jordan Peele

Daily Podcast: How To Save The Die Hard Franchise, What’s The Most You’d Pay For A Movie Ticket, Stranger Things 3, Spider-Man, Toxic Avengers, Jordan Peele
On the December 11, 2018 episode of /Film Daily, /Film editor in chief Peter Sciretta is joined by /Film weekend editor Brad Oman, and senior writer Ben Pearson to talk about the latest movie and tv news, including Die Hard, Stranger Things 3, Spider-Man: Far From Home, Toxic Avengers, Jordan Peele and London movie theater […]

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Film Review: ‘Springsteen on Broadway’

Film Review: ‘Springsteen on Broadway’
Hope you like the 69-year-old version of Bruce Springsteen’s face, because it’s virtually all you’re going to see for the two hours and 40 minutes of the filmed “Springsteen on Broadway” — other than the bare brick wall of the theater casting a dim glow in the background beyond those gray sideburns, and two songs’ worth of Patti Scialfa in a harmonizing, nonspeaking role. Tight and medium shots are pretty much the rule, with director Thom Zimny waiting until the last 10 minutes to move the camera back far enough to let us see the silhouetted audience. The Netflix film, which bypasses theaters to debut on the steaming giant Dec. 16 (the day the Broadway show closes), even dispenses with the traditional opening shot of the artist walking onstage. The camera is already zoomed in on him at the outset, as he delivers the show’s first great run-on sentence. “Springsteen on Broadway
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‘Star Wars Episode 9’ Secrecy is Like Being in the CIA, Says Mark Hamill

It’s no secret that secrets of Star Wars must be kept secret, for fear of the secrets secreting and ruining everything (especially the secrets). But the secrecy around Star Wars has gotten even more extreme than you might realize. There are criminals in movies that get transferred between prisons that don’t have as much security […]

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‘Shaun the Sheep: Farmageddon’ Teaser: Shaun the Sheep Goes Sci-Fi

‘Shaun the Sheep: Farmageddon’ Teaser: Shaun the Sheep Goes Sci-Fi
We’re getting another Shaun the Sheep movie! Aardman Animations has given us an early Christmas present with the arrival of the first Shaun the Sheep: Farmageddon teaser. The teaser reintroduces us to the beloved residents of Mossy Bottom Farm, but with a sci-fi twist: there are aliens now. Shaun the Sheep Farmageddon Teaser The teaser shows a single […]

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