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James Gunn's Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3 Script Is Making People Who Have Read it Cry

James Gunn's Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3 Script Is Making People Who Have Read it Cry
Turns out that there are a few lucky people in Hollywood who have read the script that James Gunn wrote for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Apparently the story is so good and so emotional that it is making people cry. This information comes from Peter Sciretta of /Film:

If I had somehow talked to two separate people, who somehow read James Gunn’s Guardians 3 script, and both told me that it made them cry, I probably wouldn’t be able to say any more.

— Peter Sciretta (@slashfilm) December 17, 2018

We’ve heard from a couple of sources that Disney and Marvel plan on using this script that Gunn wrote, even though he is no longer going to direct the film. Marvel has yet to find a director to replace Gunn, but whoever they do hire, I hope that they stick with the script and vision that Gunn had for the movie.
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Francis Lee To Direct Kate Winslet & Saoirse Ronan In Lesbian Lovers Drama ‘Ammonite’

Francis Lee To Direct Kate Winslet & Saoirse Ronan In Lesbian Lovers Drama ‘Ammonite’
Director Francis Lee’s gay drama love story “God’s Own Country” was easily one of the Best Films of 2017 You Didn’t See and so damn good it also made our list proper Best Films Of 2017 list. Lee’s incredible film, intimate, sparse and unsentimental, created a terrific, unvarnished look at masculine love, something of a nice anecdote to the won’t-show-dongs conservative take of “Call Me By Your Name,” released in the same year.

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‘Dark Crystal’ Series: Taron Egerton, Anya Taylor-Joy Lead Voice Cast of Jim Henson Prequel

‘Dark Crystal’ Series: Taron Egerton, Anya Taylor-Joy Lead Voice Cast of Jim Henson Prequel
Taron Egerton, Anya Taylor-Joy and Nathalie Emmanuel are set to lead the voice cast for “The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance,” the 10-episode animated fantasy series that’s a prequel to Jim Henson’s 1982 fantasy film.

Egerton, Taylor-Joy and Emmanuel will play the three Gelfing heroes, Rian, Brea and Deet. Netflix additionally announced Monday the cast voicing of other puppet characters in a staggering list that includes: Caitriona Balfe, Helena Bonham-Carter, Harris Dickinson, Natalie Dormer, Eddie Izzard, Theo James, Toby Jones, Shazad Latif, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mark Strong, Alicia Vikander, Harvey Fierstein, Mark Hamill, Ralph Ineson, Jason Isaacs, Keegan-Michael Jey, ?”lafur Darri ?”lafsson, Simon Pegg, Andy Samberg and Donna Kimball.

Additional characters will also be voiced by puppeteers from the production, including Alice Dinnean, Louise Gold, Neil Sterenberg and Victor Yerrid, with more to be announced soon.
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Netflix Isn’t Killing Movie Theaters, Study Shows

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Netflix Isn’t Killing Movie Theaters, Study Shows
Netflix isn’t killing movie theaters. At least, that’s the take-away from a new study conducted by EY’s Quantitative Economics and Statistics group, which finds that people who go to movies in theaters more frequently also consume more streaming content. That flies in the face of the “conventional wisdom” of box office sages, who grimly ascribe flatlining theatrical attendance to the growing popularity of digital entertainment companies.

If the study’s findings are accurate, it would appear that the two forms of entertainment consumption are more complementary than cannibalistic. The study found, for instance, that respondents who visited a movie theater nine times or more in the last 12 months consumed more streaming content than consumers who visited a movie theater only once or twice over the past year. Those who saw nine or more movies at the cinema averaged 11 hours of weekly streaming compared to the seven hours
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Jeff Bridges to Receive Cecil B. DeMille Award at 2019 Golden Globes

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Jeff Bridges to Receive Cecil B. DeMille Award at 2019 Golden Globes
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has announced that Jeff Bridges will receive the Cecil B. DeMille award at the 76th Golden Globes on Jan. 6, 2019.

Bridges has starred in legendary films like “The Big Lebowski,” “Crazy Heart,” “True Grit,” and “The Fabulous Baker Boys.”

“The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is delighted to bestow the 2019 Cecil B. deMille Award on Jeff Bridges,” HFPA president Meher Tatna said in a statement. “Bridges’ brilliant body of work across diverse genres has captured the hearts and minds of audiences worldwide for more than six decades. We look forward to celebrating ‘the Dude’ and his remarkable career and philanthropic achievements at the upcoming Golden Globe Awards.”

Bridges’ first Golden Globe nomination came in 1984 for best actor in “Starman.” Seven years later he received his second Golden Globe nomination for his performance in “The Fisher King,” co-starring Robin Williams. In 2001, he was honored with another Golden Globe
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Box Office: 'Aquaman' Laps Past $260M Overseas

Box Office: 'Aquaman' Laps Past $260M Overseas
James Wan's Aquaman is fast approaching the $300 million mark even before it debuts in North America on Dec. 21.

The Warner Bros. and DC superhero pic easily topped the foreign box-office chart upon earning $126.4 million in its second weekend of play internationally for a global haul of $261.3 million, including a massive haul of $189.2 million in China.

After first opening China over the Dec. 7-9 weekend, Aquaman swam into an additional 42 markets this weekend.

In like-for-like markets, the year-end tentpole is pacing 65 percent ahead of last year's DC superhero pic Justice League.

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Berlin Film Festival: Charlotte Rampling to Receive Honorary Golden Bear

Berlin Film Festival: Charlotte Rampling to Receive Honorary Golden Bear
Oscar-nominated actress Charlotte Rampling, whose career has spanned more than 100 film and television roles, will be honored with a special Golden Bear at the upcoming Berlin Film Festival.

The fest will also pay homage to Rampling by screening a selection of her work, including Sidney Lumet’s “The Verdict” (1982), Francois Ozon’s “Swimming Pool” (2003) and Andrea Pallaoro’s “Hannah” (2017). The honorary Golden Bear will be presented to the veteran performer Feb. 14 at a ceremony featuring a showing of Liliana Cavani’s “The Night Porter” (1974).

“I’m very happy that this year’s homage is dedicated to the sublime actress Charlotte Rampling,” said Dieter Kosslick, the director of the Berlinale. “She is an icon of unconventional and exciting cinema.”

Rampling won the Silver Bear in 2015 for her performance in “45 Years” opposite Tom Courtenay; she also received an Academy Award nomination for the role. She served as president of the Berlinale
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'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse' Delivers Largest December Animated Opening at $35.4 Million

'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse' Delivers Largest December Animated Opening at $35.4 Million
For the 13th time this year the top film at the weekend box office was adapted from a Marvel Comics property as Sony's animated release of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse took the weekend box office crown with the largest opening ever for an animated film in December. Warner Bros.'s The Mule also enjoyed a solid debut while Universal's release of Mortal Engines crashed and burned. Additionally, ahead of its domestic debut next weekend, WB's Aquaman continued its stellar international rollout as the #1 film at the global box office this weekend. Finishing at #1, Sony Animation's Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse brought in an estimated $35.4 million for what is the largest three-day animated opening of all-time in the month of December. Previously, Universal and Illumination's Sing held that record with its $35.2 million opening. However, that debut does come with the caveat that it was part of a five-day opening
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‘Aquaman’ Amazon Prime Previews Hook Near $3M Besting ‘Jumanji 2’

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‘Aquaman’ Amazon Prime Previews Hook Near $3M Besting ‘Jumanji 2’
Updated 12:09 pm: with more preview figures: One Saturday 7 pm show at roughly 1,225 theaters last night of Warner Bros./DC’s Aquaman made a huge $2M $2.9M in paid sneaks, a figure that beats the $1.86M earned by Amazon Prime’s previous collaboration with Sony a year ago on Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. If we were to rank Aquaman on this weekend’s B.O. chart it would file in 10th place ahead of Universal’s Green Book ($2.78M at 1,215 theaters), Fox Searchlight’s The Favourite ($2.5M weekend at 439 theaters) and Fox/New Regency’s Widows ($1.2M at 1,228).

Already, Aquaman has caught plenty of fish abroad with an overseas box office of $261M before officially opening stateside.

Paid sneaks, more than packed free previews, are truly an indicator to a major studio about the size of the demand for their upcoming release. While there’s no barometer of
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‘Mortal Engines’ to Lose More Than $100 Million at Box Office

‘Mortal Engines’ to Lose More Than $100 Million at Box Office
Mortal Engines,” a steampunk fantasy adventure, is also an epic flop.

With a budget of just over $100 million and tens of millions in global marketing costs, executives at rival studios estimate that the movie will lose upwards of $100 million. Some even project that number could float to more than $125 million. “Mortal Engines” has so far made a paltry $42 million globally. The sci-fi epic came into a crowded marketplace at a competitive time of year, opening against the well-reviewed “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” and “The Mule,” a Clint Eastwood thriller that had a better start than expected. “Mortal Engines,” on the other hand, launched below estimates, generating just $7.5 million when it debuted in North America.

“This is a true Christmas disaster and a lump of coal for Universal,” said Jeff Bock, an analyst with Exhibitor Relations. “They took a big swing, and they struck out.”

The film still has a few international markets left to open,
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Pete Davidson Shows Christmas Spirit In Brief ‘SNL’ Appearance After Disturbing Post

Pete Davidson Shows Christmas Spirit In Brief ‘SNL’ Appearance After Disturbing Post
Saturday Night Live cast member Pete Davidson raised a lot of concern on Saturday with an unsettling Instagram post that reportedly triggered a welfare check by NYPD. Hours later, he made a brief appearance on SNL, showing everyone that he was alive and well, and even donned a Christmas-colored outfit to fit in with the show’s Christmas theme and the song that followed him.

Davidson introduced musical guest Miley Cyrus’ performance of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s classic (Happy Xmas) War Is Over, which featured Lennon and Ono’s son, Sean Ono Lennon, as well as Mark Ronson.

This was Davidson’s only live SNL appearance tonight (he was also featured in a pre-recorded skit about new Oscar host auditions). He was not visible during the curtain call at the end of the show when the entire cast gathers on stage.

“I’m
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'Carol' Producers Elizabeth Karlsen, Stephen Woolley to Receive BAFTA Honor

'Carol' Producers Elizabeth Karlsen, Stephen Woolley to Receive BAFTA Honor
Elizabeth Karlsen and Stephen Woolley, the powerhouse production duo behind Number 9 Films, are set to receive the outstanding British contribution to cinema award at the BAFTA awards ceremony on 10 February.

Previous recipients of the award – presented annual in honor of British producer Michael Balcon – include Mike Leigh, Kenneth Branagh, Derek Jarman, Mary Selway, Ridley and Tony Scott, Working Title Films, Lewis Gilbert, the Harry Potter series of films, John Hurt, Peter Greenaway, Tessa Ross, BBC Films, Angels Costumes and Curzon. The National Film and Television School was the recipient at 2018’s Film Awards.

Woolley began ...
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‘Daredevil’ Actress Says Netflix Was Responsible for Cancellation, Not Marvel

‘Daredevil’ Actress Says Netflix Was Responsible for Cancellation, Not Marvel
Viewers were surprised by the cancellation of “Daredevil” last month; so was the cast. Charlie Cox called it “painful,” and now his castmate Amy Rutberg has said that even “people high up at Marvel” were shocked by the move — and that Netflix was solely responsible for the decision.

“My contacts at Marvel were very surprised. Any of the rumors that it was a Marvel decision are wrong, I think it was purely a Netflix decision. That comes from personal conversations with people high up at Marvel. They were surprised,” said Rutberg in an Inverse interview.

“We had heard rumors we would start production as early as February 2019,” she said. “It’s a little unusual to be that far ahead in the planning and cancel the show, which makes me think Netflix was laboring over whether or not to cancel it. My guess was it was not an easy decision.”

Daredevil
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‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ Earns Hefty $54,000 Per Screen Average at Indie Box Office

‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ Earns Hefty $54,000 Per Screen Average at Indie Box Office
Barry Jenkins’ “Moonlight” follow-up “If Beale Street Could Talk” arrived at the indie box office this weekend, earning $219,173 from its four screen-start for a per screen average of $54,793.

While it’s barely more than half of the $100,000 average made by “Moonlight” two years ago, it’s still a solid start from distributor Annapurna, which is looking for a major arthouse hit sollowing the departure of its film division head and the removal of two films from their release slate. Annapurna will expand “Beale Street” to 65 screens in time for Christmas a week from Tuesday, and will also release the Dick Cheney biopic “Vice” wide.

“If Beale Street Could Talk” is an adaptation of the James Baldwin novel of the same name and stars KiKi Layne and Stephan James as Tish and Fonny, a couple whose relationship is tested after Fonny is arrested for a crime he did not commit, putting
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‘Fast and the Furious’ Director Justin Lin Signs Overall TV Deal With Apple

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Apple’s content push continues as the tech giant has signed “Fast and the Furious” director Justin Lin to an overall TV deal under his Perfect Storm banner.

The deal means that Lin will leave Sony Pictures Television, where he’s been set up for the past six years after founding Perfect Storm in 2012. During that time Perfect Storm developed three drama series that got on air at CBS — “Scorpion,” “S.W.A.T.” and the reboot of “Magnum P.I.” — as well as Cinemax’s upcoming “Warrior.”

As part of the Apple pact, Andrew Schneider will come on board to run Perfect Storm Entertainment TV. Schneider most recently oversaw the TV department for Free Association, and previously was at Fox 21 Television Studios.

Lin is best known for directing the “Fast & Furious” franchise as well as “Star Trek Beyond.”

More to come…

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NY Times Under Fire for Letting Alice Walker Tout ‘Anti-Semitic’ Book Without Comment

The New York Times Book Review is taking heat over an interview in Sunday’s issue in which “The Color PurpleAlice Walker expressed her admiration for a book by the British conspiracy theorist David Icke that has been called anti-Semitic.

“The book is an unhinged anti-Semitic conspiracy tract written by one of Britain’s most notorious anti-Semites,” writer Yair Rosenberg wrote in a Tablet Magazine, who chided the Times for allowing Walker’s praise for Ickes’ “And the Truth Shall Set You Free” without any further comment. to go unchallenged.

“Anti-Semitism is not incidental to Icke’s book, it is essential. It is impossible to miss it,” Rosenberg wrote, noting that Ickes widely quotes anti-Semitic tracts like the notorious “Protocols of the Elders of Zion” and suggests that Holocaust denial could be a legitimate point of view to be taught in schools.. “This is the book that Alice Walker
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Adam McKay’s Dick Cheney Biopic ‘Vice’ Polarizes Critics, From ‘Clunky’ to ‘Zeitgeist Event’

Adam McKay’s Dick Cheney Biopic ‘Vice’ Polarizes Critics, From ‘Clunky’ to ‘Zeitgeist Event’
While “Vice” has managed to unite most awards groups, critics are polarized about the biopic of former Vice President Dick Cheney from director Adam McKay (“The Big Short”).

Some have championed the film as perceptive, funny and probing in examining Cheney’s part in where our country is politically today, while others have said that it’s a messy satire that often undercuts its political aims.

“‘Vice’ is a jumble of asides and visual gimmicks and pointed digressions, much in the same way that ‘The Big Short’ was,” Richard Lawson writes in Vanity Fair. “That buckshot tactic worked well enough on something as diffuse and hard to gather as the complexities of Wall Street. But when applied to what could be called a biopic–a study of one person–all that antic reeling obfuscates more than it illuminates.”

Also Read: 'A Star Is Born,' 'Vice' Lead
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‘Skate Kitchen’ Director, ‘Love’ Co-Creator to Develop Female Skateboarding Comedy at HBO

HBO is developing a female skateboarding comedy series that hails from Crystal Moselle and Lesley Arfin.

Inspired by the film “Skate Kitchen,” which Moselle directed and co-wrote, the untitled series is set against the backdrop of New York City and will follow a diverse group of young women navigating their lives through the predominantly male oriented world of skateboarding.

Moselle and Arfin will write and executive produce the series, with Moselle also attached to direct.

“As girls we were never brave enough to try skateboarding,” Arfin and Moselle said. “We’re excited to work on a project that could potentially
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‘Fast and the Furious’ Director Justin Lin Sets Overall TV Deal With Apple

‘Fast and the Furious’ Director Justin Lin Sets Overall TV Deal With Apple
Director-producer Justin Lin has planted his Perfect Storm Entertainment banner with Apple in an exclusive overall TV development pact.

Lin moves to Apple after six years with Sony Pictures TV. During that time Perfect Storm delivered three drama series for CBS — “Scorpion,” “S.W.A.T.” and the reboot of “Magnum P.I.” — as well as Cinemax’s upcoming “Warrior.”

As part of the Apple pact, Andrew Schneider has come on board to run Perfect Storm Entertainment TV. Schneider was most recently head of TV for multiplatform production company Free Association and previously worked at Fox 21 Television Studios.

Lin is credited with reviving
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Female Skateboarding Comedy From ‘Love’ Co-Creator Lesley Arfin, Crystal Moselle in the Works at HBO

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HBO is developing a female skateboarding comedy series from “Love” co-creator Lesley Arfin and filmmaker Crystal Moselle.

Inspired by Moselle’s critically-acclaimed 2018 Sundance film, “Skate Kitchen,” the show is set against the backdrop of New York City and follows “a diverse group of young women navigating their lives through the predominantly male oriented world of skateboarding.”

Moselle and Arfin will write and executive produce the project, with Moselle also directing the in-development series.

Also Read: HBO to Explore the Life of Natalie Wood in Documentary 'What Remains Behind'

“As girls we were never brave enough to try skateboarding,” Moselle and Arfin said. “We’re excited to work on a project that could potentially get other girls to feel inspired enough to face their fears, fight the patriarchy and start shredding. Women are changing the game across industries all over this country. Why not add skateboarding to that list?”

Moselle is best known for “Skate Kitchen,
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