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‘Twisted Metal’ Peacock Series Casts Neve Campbell

‘Twisted Metal’ Peacock Series Casts Neve Campbell
Neve Campbell has joined the “Twisted Metal” series adaptation at Peacock.

Campbell joins previously announced cast members Anthony Mackie, Stephanie Beatriz, and Thomas Haden Church in the series version of the Playstation video game franchise.

In the half-hour action comedy show, a motor-mouthed outsider (Mackie) is offered a chance at a better life, but only if he can successfully deliver a mysterious package across a post-apocalyptic wasteland. With the help of a trigger-happy car thief (Beatriz), he’ll face savage marauders driving vehicles of destruction and other dangers of the open road, including a deranged clown who drives an all too familiar ice cream truck.
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Lupita Nyong’o Exits ‘Lady in the Lake’ Series at Apple (Exclusive)

Lupita Nyong’o Exits ‘Lady in the Lake’ Series at Apple (Exclusive)
Lupita Nyong’o has exited the “Lady in the Lake” series adaptation at Apple from Endeavor Content, Variety has learned exclusively.

The show was first announced in March 2021. “Lady in the Lake” is currently in production and the hunt is now on for a new actress to take over her role. Natalie Portman remains attached to the series as co-lead and executive producer.

This is the second time in the past two years that Nyong’o has dropped out of a prominent TV role. Variety reported in 2020 that she was forced to exit an adaptation of the Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie novel
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Pete Davidson Expected to Exit ‘Saturday Night Live’ (Exclusive)

Pete Davidson Expected to Exit ‘Saturday Night Live’ (Exclusive)
Chad is leaving Studio 8H.

Pete Davidson, who joined “Saturday Night Live” as a relative unknown and has become a superstar whose presence graces gossip pages daily, is expected to leave “Saturday Night Live” after the broadcast of this weekend’s season finale, according to a person familiar with the matter. He is one of a handful of long-serving cast members including Kenan Thompson, Cecily Strong, Aidy Bryant and Kate McKinnon whose tenure on the show has come up for scrutiny at the conclusion of recent seasons. Davidson joined the show in 2014 as a featured player at the age of 20, one of the youngest cast members in the program’s 47 seasons on air.

NBC declined to make producers at “SNL” available for comment.

His departure is likely to draw a new burst of attention to the long-running program, which typically uses its summer hiatus to recalibrate its cast of players and contributors.
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‘Heartstopper’ Renewed for Two More Seasons at Netflix

‘Heartstopper’ Renewed for Two More Seasons at Netflix
Heartstopper” fans, rejoice: Charlie and Nick will be back for a second and third season of the hit Netflix show. The streamer confirmed on Friday it had renewed the show, which is produced by See-Saw Films, for two more seasons

Based on Alice Oseman’s LGBTQ+ webcomic, “Heartstopper” tells the story of the relationship between two British teens, Charlie and Nick. When Charlie falls for Nick, he thinks he doesn’t have a chance. But love has other ideas and soon Nick finds he’s feeling more than just friendship.

Oseman will return as writer and creator. She shared a snap of herself holding a sketch of Nick and Charlie embracing with the caption “2 more seasons!”

Heartstopper” has been a critical and audience hit since launching on the platform on April 22, reaching Netflix’s Top Ten list in 54 countries,

That’s also been clear on social media, where the series
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John Aylward, ‘ER’ and ‘The West Wing’ Actor, Dies at 75

John Aylward, ‘ER’ and ‘The West Wing’ Actor, Dies at 75
John Aylward, the actor best known for his recurring roles in popular NBC dramas “ER” and “The West Wing,” died Monday in Seattle from natural causes, his agent Mitchell K. Stubbs confirmed to Variety. He was 75.

Born and raised in Seattle, Aylward graduated from the University of Washington’s school of drama in 1970. He got his start as a theater actor, founding Seattle’s Empty Space Theatre in 1973. He served as a regular in Seattle Repertory Theatre for 15 years.

After getting his start in television with small roles on television films — including “The Secret Life of John Chapman,” “Stamp of a Killer,” “Third Degree Burn,” “Child in the Night” and “With a Vengeance” — Aylward began working more frequently on television in the ’90s, starting with a recurring role on “Northern Exposure.” Other television shows he had notable recurring and guest spots on over the course of his career included “Grace Under Fire,
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‘Downton Abbey: A New Era’ Debuts With 1 Million at Thursday Box Office

‘Downton Abbey: A New Era’ Debuts With 1 Million at Thursday Box Office
Downton Abbey: A New Era,” the follow-up to the 2019 feature film and the latest in the story of the aristocratic Crawley family established in the hit series, earned 1.05 million in its Thursday box office previews from 3,300 screens. “A New Era” opens on 3,815 screens this weekend, which is the widest opening for a Focus Features film in the specialty distributor’s history.

There are high hopes that “Downton Abbey: A New Era” will be the film that can attract older audiences back to movie theaters in earnest for the first time since the pandemic began, and by grossing over 30 million thus far internationally, including strong showings in the UK and Ireland, those hopes may yet be realized.

Independent analysts say the film has a decent chance of reaching 20 million at the domestic box office, while the studio is projecting a more conservative opening in the low to mid-teens. Either would be
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‘Doctor Strange 2’ Likely to Rule In Week 3, ‘Downton Abbey 2’ & ‘Men’ To Invigorate Specialty Box Office

‘Doctor Strange 2’ Likely to Rule In Week 3, ‘Downton Abbey 2’ & ‘Men’ To Invigorate Specialty Box Office
After two weeks dominated almost entirely by Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, we get some new blood this weekend with the sequel to Focus’ specialty box office blockbuster Downton Abbey and A24’s latest with genre auteur Alex Garland, Men. Neither will have the sort of fireworks we hope for in May, and Doctor Strange should rule the roost once again in its third weekend, but there’s enough to keep audiences coming until Top Gun: Maverick swoops in next weekend and takes the top spot and the premium screens.

Despite having the best opening of the year, 40 ahead of The Batman, Strange 2 ended up falling behind the Caped Crusader’s reboot in the second weekend gross (66.5 million compared to 61.7 million). The Marvel film still has a good lead on the DC film when comparing the post-second weekend cumes and it will probably catch up to it to
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Scoot McNairy, Kit Harington, Josh Lucas Starring in ‘Blood For Dust’ (Exclusive)

Scoot McNairy, Kit Harington, Josh Lucas Starring in ‘Blood For Dust’ (Exclusive)
Scoot McNairy, Kit Harington and Josh Lucas are set to star in “Blood for Dust,” an upcoming action thriller that will be directed by Rod Blackhurst.

Former friends Cliff (McNairy), a traveling salesman struggling to make a living, and Ricky (Harington), an illegal-weapons dealer making serious money, reconnect one fateful day. Hoping to make some quick cash, Cliff agrees to partner with the violent Ricky, who is expanding his business to include cross-state drug and gun deliveries for John, a mid-level American cartel boss (Lucas). Reluctantly he agrees to retrofit his beat-up station wagon to carry dozens of kilos of drugs. When Ricky turns a simple exchange into a bloodbath to eliminate the competition, Cliff is forced to grapple with a harsh new reality.

McNairy has appeared in “Argo” and “Gone Girl” and in the streaming miniseries “Godless,” as well as “Narcos: Mexico.” Harington starred in “Game of Thrones,” earning an Emmy nomination,
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Canada Selects Four Debut Feature Length Films for Cannes Docs-in-Progress Showcase

Canada Selects Four Debut Feature Length Films for Cannes Docs-in-Progress Showcase
New voices were given center stage at the Canada Docs-in-Progress Showcase, part of the Cannes Festival’s Film Market, with four first feature-length docs in the final stages of production presented to an industry crowd on Friday.

The showcase was brought by Telefilm Canada, in partnership with Ridm (Rencontres Internationales du Documentaire de Montréal) and in collaboration with Hot Docs.

Of the four Canadian projects showcased at last year’s edition, both “Geographies in Solitude” and “Cette Maison” went to world premiere at the 2022 Berlin Film Festival, before moving on to Hot Docs along with “And Still I Sing.” “Geographies in Solitude” picked up three gongs along the way, including best Canadian feature doc in Toronto.

Back Home

This year’s showcase started with “Back Home” by Vancouver-based filmmaker, photographer and artist Nisha Platzer.

It follows her pursuit to get to know her older brother more than 20 years after he took his own life.
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Sequel to ‘Law Abiding Citizen’ Hatched by Village Roadshow Pictures, Rivulet Films

Sequel to ‘Law Abiding Citizen’ Hatched by Village Roadshow Pictures, Rivulet Films
Village Roadshow Pictures has partnered with fellow financier and movie producer Rivulet Films on a feature film sequel to 2009’s “Law Abiding Citizen.”

The original film, directed by F. Gary Gray, centered on assistant district attorney Nick Rice’s (Jamie Foxx) pursuit of Clyde Shelton (Gerard Butler), a frustrated father who implements an elaborate and twisted plan to bring down the entire judicial system in Philadelphia after a plea bargain sets free the man who murdered his wife and daughter.

It grossed 73.4 million in North America and 127 million worldwide. Recently made available on Netflix, the 2009 film was, for time, the platform’s third most watched film.

Plot details of the sequel have not been disclosed. Screenwriter Kurt Wimmer and the original producer Lucas Foster will both return, with Foster producing under his Warp Films banner. Rivulet Films’ Rob Paris and Mike Witherill are producing. Butler and his G-Base partner Alan Siegel will also produce.
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‘Law Abiding Citizen’ Sequel in the Works From Village Roadshow and Rivulet Films

‘Law Abiding Citizen’ Sequel in the Works From Village Roadshow and Rivulet Films
A sequel is in the works to F. Gary Gray’s 2009 action thriller “Law Abiding Citizen,” which starred Gerard Butler and Jamie Foxx.

No cast has been set for “Law Abiding Citizen 2,” but Butler will return as a producer on the film along with his partner Alan Siegel for G-Base, and the film’s original producer Lucas Foster and screenwriter Kurt Wimmer will also be reprising their creative roles on the sequel.

Village Roadshow Pictures and financier and producer Rivulet Films are working on the sequel, with Rivulet’s Rob Paris and Mike Witherill serving as producers. Foster will produce for his Warp Films banner. And Village Roadshow Pictures’ Tristen Tuckfield and Jillian Apfelbaum will executive produce.

The plot for the sequel is being kept under wraps.

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Cannes Report Day 5: Tilda Swinton Explains Why It’s ‘Dangerous’ to Hear ‘Only One Story’

Cannes Report Day 5: Tilda Swinton Explains Why It’s ‘Dangerous’ to Hear ‘Only One Story’
George Miller’s gonzo and fanciful “Three Thousand Years of Longing” premiered at Cannes on Friday night has quickly become one of the more talked about films out of the festival thus far. And Miller and his stars Tilda Swinton and Idris Elba in a press conference Saturday encouraged the journalists in the room, as well as Hollywood at large, to continue telling unique, diverse stories.

Swinton in particular warned of the danger of only being exposed to one type of story. A question that began about the state of superhero movies led to an answer that evolved to have as much to do with Russian propaganda, as Swinton explained how “Three Thousand Years of Longing” — despite its fantastical premise — is so important.

“The thing that’s dangerous is when you have only one story. It’s when people can’t hear any other stories that things go down the tubes very fast.
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A24 Horror Movies Ranked From Worst to Best (Photos)

A24 Horror Movies Ranked From Worst to Best (Photos)
A24 has a reputation as one of the coolest indie movie “brands” today.

Through dozens of films, they have established themselves as arbiters of good taste, maintaining relationships with their favorite filmmakers while taking big swings on new talent. Younger filmgoers know an A24 movie when they see them; and they go see movies because the studio is behind them. This knowingness, a contract between the studio and the audience, extends to A24’s horror output, which is even more easily identifiable. “It’s an A24 horror movie,” you’ll say. And whoever you’re talking to will know exactly what you mean. Maybe it’s a little folksy, maybe it’s a little techy, but it’ll always be cutting edge and probably deeply disturbing.

With “Men” hitting theaters this week and “Bodies Bodies Bodies” out later this summer, we figured it would be a good time to rank every A24 horror movie.
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Showcase Spotlights Emerging British Talent

Showcase Spotlights Emerging British Talent
In the run-up to Cannes, the British Film Institute and the British Council held the Great8 showcase, which presented eight U.K. films from emerging filmmakers. Here are the films selected:

Aftersun” (drama)

Director/writer: Charlotte Wells

Cast: Paul Mescal, Frankie Corio, Celia Rowlson-Hall

Sales: Charades

Sophie reflects on the shared joy and private melancholy of a holiday she took with her father 20 years earlier. Memories real and imagined fill the gaps between miniDV footage as she tries to reconcile the father she knew with the man she didn’t.

Birchanger Green” (sci-fi)

Director/writer: Moin Hussain

Cast: Faraz Ayub, Natalie Gavin, Claire Rushbrook, Simon Nagra

Sales: Bankside Films

Adam lives a solitary life. Upon hearing that his estranged father has died, he finds himself in search of answers. Piecing together a complicated image of a man he never knew, Adam starts to become convinced he is descended from an alien race.
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‘Mondocane’ Film Review: Italian Crime Drama Forgets It’s Also Supposed to Be Science Fiction

‘Mondocane’ Film Review: Italian Crime Drama Forgets It’s Also Supposed to Be Science Fiction
The year is sometime in the near future, apparently, and society has collapsed for vague reasons. Well, some of it has. Some of it hasn’t. Or maybe it only has if you squint really hard.

The Italian post-apocalyptic coming-of-age crime drama “Mondocane” is big on attitude but very short on details, presenting a world of violent gangs and oppressive police against a backdrop that’s so similar to what’s going on today, and so unexplored in all its sci-fi trappings, that one can’t help but wonder why it’s set in the future at all.

Dennis Protopapa, in his feature film debut, plays the title character, Pietro, who quickly earns the name “Dogworld” after he torches a pet shop to earn his place in a gang called “The Ants.” He’s grown up by the seashore with his best friend Cristian, and if you thought “Dogworld” was an unfortunate nom de guerre,
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Box Office: ‘Downton Abbey’ Sequel Set to Debut at No. 2 as ‘Doctor Strange’ Continues Reign

Box Office: ‘Downton Abbey’ Sequel Set to Debut at No. 2 as ‘Doctor Strange’ Continues Reign
The “Doctor” is still in, as Marvel’s latest film continues to lead the box office against some very proper competition.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” added another 8.5 million to its box office total on Friday, bumping its cumulative gross up to 318 million. Meanwhile, “Downton Abbey: A New Era” is estimated to end the weekend with 18 million.

Downton Abbey: A New Era,” the second film spin-off of the beloved U.K. series, raked in a solid 1 million in previews on Thursday from 3,300 theaters. But its weekend estimates won’t be enough to dethrone “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness,” which is looking to top the domestic box office charts for a third weekend. Alex Garland’s horror film “Men” also opens this weekend, but looks to have a soft start with only 1,411,853 from 1,800 screens on Friday.

The first “Downton Abbey” film, released in 2019, grossed more than 190 million at the global box office.
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‘Downton Abbey 2’ to Serve Up 18 Million Opening as ‘Doctor Strange 2’ Tops Box Office Again

‘Downton Abbey 2’ to Serve Up 18 Million Opening as ‘Doctor Strange 2’ Tops Box Office Again
As Marvel Studios’ “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” earned its third No. 1 weekend, Focus Features’ “Downton Abbey: A New Era” is opening in the No. 2 spot after earning 7.3 million from 3,820 screens on opening day, with the studio now estimating an 18 million opening weekend.

As the widest release ever in the history of Focus Features, “Downton Abbey: A New Era” has been a film theaters have pinned their hopes for stronger senior turnout on for months, though it was never expected to match the 31 million opening of the first “Downton Abbey” movie in fall 2019. But an 18 million opening would be a step up from the poor openings of 2021 films aimed towards older audiences like “Cry Macho” (4.4 million) and “West Side Story” (10.5 million).

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Omar Sy Starrer ‘Father & Soldier’ Sells to Major Markets for Gaumont (Exclusive)

Omar Sy Starrer ‘Father & Soldier’ Sells to Major Markets for Gaumont (Exclusive)
Gaumont has locked major territory deals on “Father & Soldier,” Mathieu Vadepied’s WWI action-drama about headlined by “Lupin” star Omar Sy. The movie world premiered on opening night of Cannes’ Un Certain Regard.

Father & Soldier” has sold to Latin America (Sofa Digitale), Germany and Austria (Weltkino), Switzerland (Ascot Elite), Spain (A Contracorriente), Italy (Minerva), Benelux (Athena), Portugal (Nos Lusomundo), Former Yugoslavia (Cinemania Group), Indonesia (Falcon) and French-speaking Africa (Pathe BC Africa).

Exploring Africa’s forgotten war heroes, the film opens during in 1917, in the French colony of Senegal. Sy stars as Bakary, a father who enlists in the army to stick by Thierno, his 17-year-old son, who was recruited against his will. Together, father and son must fight in the trenches in France.

Vadepied made his directorial debut with 2015’s “Learn by Heart,” which world premiered at Cannes’ Critics’ Week. Vadepied also worked as the artistic director and cinematographer on “Les Untouchables,
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Jessie Buckley on the Monsters of ‘Men’ and ‘Speaking the Same Mad Language’ as Alex Garland

Jessie Buckley on the Monsters of ‘Men’ and ‘Speaking the Same Mad Language’ as Alex Garland
Note: This interview contains minor spoilers for “Men.”

Jessie Buckley didn’t come away from starring in “Men” with any answers. To her, pinning down the film’s exact meaning would be beside the point.

“I don’t really have a singular meaning to it,” the Irish actor and singer admitted in a recent interview with TheWrap. “I’m more interested in seeing what other people feel about [“Men”] – either side of it. If they hate it, or love it, then that’s absolutely fine.”

In writer-director Alex Garland and A24’s latest mindbender, Buckley plays Harper, a recently widowed woman who decamps to the English countryside hoping to heal. But she finds herself wrestling with more than just personal demons when her encounters with various men – all played by Rory Kinnear – become increasingly nightmarish.

Buckley, who broke out with her starring role in 2018’s “Wild Rose,” is a consummate performer
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Harry Styles Opens Up on First Movie Nude Scenes: ‘There’s No Peen in the Final Cut’

Harry Styles Opens Up on First Movie Nude Scenes: ‘There’s No Peen in the Final Cut’
Harry Styles just released his third studio album “Harry’s House,” but it’s his acting that everyone will be talking about this fall. The singer has two movies set for release, Olivia Wilde’s “Don’t Worry Darling” and Michael Grandage’s “My Policeman.” He has sex scenes in both movies, but it’s only in “My Policeman” where the actor bares it all for nude scenes. Styles stars in the film as a gay man in the 1950s whose marriage to his wife is complicated by his love for a male museum curator.

“It does feel vulnerable. I’d never kissed anyone on camera before and it felt like giving a part of myself away in some ways,” Styles said on “The Howard Stern Show” (via HuffPo) about performing his first nude scene. “I wasn’t naked in ‘Don’t Worry Darling.’ I was naked in ‘My Policeman.’ There’s
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