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'House With A Clock In Its Walls' Looks to Top Soft Weekend

'House With A Clock In Its Walls' Looks to Top Soft Weekend
This weekend is looking to be one of the worst of the year with a top twelve that would be hard pressed to deliver a combined $80 million. The weekend's new crop of releases will be led by Universal's The House with a Clock in Its Walls, which will easily take the weekend's top spot. Meanwhile, Michael Moore's new documentary Fahrenheit 11/9 should manage a top ten finish while Amazon Studios's Life Itself becomes the distributor's widest debut yet, though a lack of awareness and troubling reviews won't likely help the film's debut. Looking to top the weekend is Universal and Amblin Entertainment's The House with a Clock In Its Walls. Debuting in 3,592 locations, the adaptation of John Bellairs and Edward Gorey's children's story was directed by Eli Roth and studio expectations currently peg the film at a debut around $20 million with tracking coming in at $22 million.
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Chris Evans to Star in and Produce Apple Limited Series Defending Jacob

Chris Evans to Star in and Produce Apple Limited Series Defending Jacob
Chris Evans has a lot of defending to do in his next project — but not the kind that requires a star-spangled shield.

The Captain America star will topline Defending Jacob, a limited-run drama ordered straight to series at Apple’s streaming service.

Described as a “character-driven thriller,” Defending Jacob is based on the best-selling 2012 novel by William Landay, which follows lawyer Andy Barber (Evans) in the aftermath of his 14-year-old son, Jacob, being accused of murder. The allegations have a major impact on Andy’s family, and he must reevaluate what he thinks he knows about his child.

Evans also
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‘Stargirl’ Casts Brec Bassinger as Lead in DC Universe Series

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‘Stargirl’ Casts Brec Bassinger as Lead in DC Universe Series
Stargirl has been found!

Brec Bassinger will star in titular role for the upcoming “Stargirl” series for the DC Universe digital subscription service, it was announced Thursday.

Here’s her official character description: “Courtney Whitmore (aka Stargirl) is smart, athletic and above all else kind. This high school teenager’s seemingly perfect life hits a major speed bump when her mother gets married and her new family moves from Los Angeles, California, to Blue Valley, Nebraska. Struggling to adapt to a new school, make new friends and deal with a new step-family, Courtney discovers her step-father has a secret; he used to be the sidekick to a superhero. ‘Borrowing’ the long-lost hero’s cosmic staff, Courtney becomes the unlikely inspiration for an entirely new generation of superheroes.”

Also Read: 'Stargirl' Live-Action Series Coming to DC Universe From Geoff Johns

“There is no other character in comic books more special to me than Stargirl,
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Michael B. Jordan to Play Tom Clancy Character John Clark in New Film Series (Exclusive)

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Michael B. Jordan to Play Tom Clancy Character John Clark in New Film Series (Exclusive)
Another Tom Clancy character is headed to Hollywood.

Paramount Pictures has tapped Michael B. Jordan to play Clancy hero John Clark in a new film series, Variety has learned.

Sources tell Variety that Paramount is developing two pics based on the Clancy books “Rainbow Six” and “Without Remorse,” both novels in which Clark is the main star. “Without Remorse” will be the first film of the two, serving as an origin story for the character.

Akiva Goldsman, who’s heading the new “Transformers” universe, will also be spearheading this endeavor as the film’s main producer with Jordan, Josh Appelbaum, and Corin Nemec also producing. Paramount is currently meeting with writers and directors for “Without Remorse.”

The news comes after Amazon and Paramount TV recently released a rebooted “Jack Ryan” series on its streaming platform, starring John Krasinski, to positive reviews.

Clark, a.k.a. John Terrence Kelly, is an
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Kristen Bell Confirms Veronica Mars Revival Is Coming to Hulu

Kristen Bell Confirms Veronica Mars Revival Is Coming to Hulu
Attention all Marshmallows: This is not a drill. Kristen Bell took to Instagram Thursday morning with a big announcement for any and all Veronica Mars fans. "This is a very important marshmallow announcement," she explained to her followers in a personal video. "Did you guys know that as of summer 2019, all the old Veronica Mars episodes will be available on Hula to stream and re-watch, which is great because you'll need to brush up since we're making another one." Say what?! According to the actress, a new Veronica Mars series is coming back on Hulu. And lo and behold, the timing is truly perfect. "Veronica has always been a super hero without a Cape. And I...
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‘The Twilight Zone’: Jordan Peele To Host & Narrate CBS All Access Reboot

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‘The Twilight Zone’: Jordan Peele To Host & Narrate CBS All Access Reboot
Academy Award winner Jordan Peele is about to enter another dimension. A dimension not only of sight and sound — but of mind. Peele is set as host and narrator of The Twilight Zone reboot on CBS All Access.

CBS announced last year that it would revive The Twilight Zone for streaming service CBS All Access with Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions and Simon Kinberg’s Genre Films.

The Get Out director will explore similar creepy dimensions like the “sunken place” in the forthcoming CBS All Access series, which will be a modern reimagining of the original, which premiered in 1959 and continued through 1964. Creator Rod Serling also served as original host and narrator — and he had a very distinct and memorable voice. In the clip of the host announcement below, you’ll hear a mix of Serling and Peele’s voices doing the iconic opening intro.

“Rod Serling was an uncompromising visionary
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‘Bond 25’ Gets Cary Joji Fukunaga As New Director For 007 Daniel Craig

‘Bond 25’ Gets Cary Joji Fukunaga As New Director For 007 Daniel Craig
Eon Productions and MGM have set Cary Joji Fukunaga as the new director who’ll mount James Bond 25 with Daniel Craig in the starring role. Filming will begin March for a worldwide release date of February 14, 2020. MGM will distribute domestically, and Universal releases the film in international territories, after it won a hotly contested auction last May.

Producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli and the studio met numerous helmers after Danny Boyle dropped out over creative differences, this after they sparked to the filmmaker’s concept and hired his Trainspotting screenwriter John Hodge to write it. Sources said that it was a big creative swing, and they mutually decided it would be better to go back to the project they planned to make with venerable 007 scribes Neal Purvis and Robert Wade.

Fukunaga directed the critically acclaimed Beasts of No Nation for Netflix.

The producers just confirmed Fukunaga’s hire.
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Cary Joji Fukunaga to Direct New James Bond Film

Cary Joji Fukunaga to Direct New James Bond Film
Cary Joji Fukunaga will direct the new James Bond film, the producers announced Thursday. The 25th Bond installment will begin filming in London, at Pinewood Studios, on March 4, 2019, with a worldwide release on Feb. 14, 2020, a few months after its original target date.

Fukunaga, who won acclaim for 2015 war film “Beasts of No Nation,” replaces Danny Boyle, who exited the project last month over creative differences with producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson and returning star Daniel Craig.

“We are delighted to be working with Cary,” Broccoli and Wilson said on Twitter. “His versatility and innovation make him an excellent choice for our next James Bond adventure.”

Fukunaga won an Emmy in 2014 for helming the entire first season (eight episodes) of “True Detective” and giving the crime series a cinematic look. More recently, he directed multiple episodes of Netflix’s “Maniac,” a new half-hour comedy show starring Emma Stone and Jonah Hill.
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‘Suits’ Spinoff: Bethany Joy Lenz Among Quartet Series Regulars Cast In USA Show

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‘Suits’ Spinoff: Bethany Joy Lenz Among Quartet Series Regulars Cast In USA Show
Exclusive: USA Network and Universal Cable Prods. have rounded out the cast of the cast of the upcoming Suits spinoff series starring Suits alumna Gina Torres.

Coming on board as series regulars are Bethany Joy Lenz (One Tree Hill), who will be playing a main character in a recasting, as well as Chantel Riley (Wynonna Earp), Isabel Arraiza (The Oath) and Eli Goree (Riverdale). They join Torres and fellow series regulars Simon Kassianides and Morgan Spector. The series is starting production in Los Angeles.

Centered on powerhouse lawyer Jessica Pearson (Torres) as she adjusts to the dirty world of Chicago politics, the spinoff hails from Ucp and is executive produced by Suits creator and executive producer Aaron Korsh alongside executive producer and showrunner Daniel Arkin. Doug Liman, David Bartis and Gene Klein of Hypnotic and Torres also executive produce.

The project was introduced in the Season 7 finale of Suits, which
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The Deuce: Renewed for Third and Final Season on HBO

The Deuce: Renewed for Third and Final Season on HBO
Here's some bittersweet news, James Franco fans. HBO has renewed The Deuce TV show for a third and final season. The early renewal follows the season two premiere, which just aired last week. Reportedly, creators George Pelecanos and David Simon had always intended The Deuce as a three season series, and the renewal was issued after the episode-count was worked out.

An HBO 1970s period piece, The Deuce stars Franco, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Gary Carr, Gbenga Akinnagbe , Margarita Levieva, Dominique Fishback, Emily Meade, Lawrence Gilliard Jr., Chris Bauer, Michael Rispoli, and Chris Coy. A fictional historical drama, inspired by real-life twins who would go on to operate business fronts for the Gambino family, The Deuce centers on the rise of modern-day pornography in 1970s New York City. Season two picks up five years later, in 1977, during the golden age of porn, with
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Alec Baldwin Will Return to Play Donald Trump on ‘SNL’

Alec Baldwin Will Return to Play Donald Trump on ‘SNL’
Alec Baldwin will reprise his impression of President Donald Trump in the 44th season of “Saturday Night Live,” the actor revealed during the “Origins” podcast with author James Andrew Miller, a longtime “SNL” chronicler.

“Trump is insane. I think most people know, the guy – he is insane. We have a man who is president who is insane” Baldwin said during the program. “You can’t go far enough with this idiot. You can’t go far enough. You can’t go far enough.”

The 44th season of “Saturday Night Live” is slated to kick off on Saturday, September 29.

Lorne Michaels,
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Colbert Rips Senate For Setting ‘Totally Artificial Deadline’ for Christine Blasey Ford’sTestimony

The story that won’t go away this week — or, really, this month — is that of Donald Trump’s attempt to put another conservative judge on the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh. And on Thursday’s episode of “The Late Show,” Stephen Colbert had some mean things to say about how badly the Republican-controlled Senate has been at handling the sexual assault allegation leveled at Kavanauh by Christine Blasey Ford.

“Kavanaugh’s confirmation has been thrown into turmoil since he was accused of sexual assault by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford,” Colbert said to lead off his monolgue. “Dr. Ford is willing to testify, but she wants an FBI investigation first. That idea was shot down by Senate Judiciary Committee chairman and geriatric meerkat Chuck Grassley, who said it is not the FBI’s role to investigate a matter such as this.

“Of course not, it’s right there in their
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Movistar + Has a Very Good Year for Scripted Productions

Movistar + Has a Very Good Year for Scripted Productions
Starting with the launch of high-fashion melodrama “Velvet Collection” on Sept. 22 last year, followed by seven more scripted productions to date, the launch of original series from Spain’s Movistar Plus has helped stem the company’s loss of pay-tv subscribers. In 2016, pay-tv clients dropped 0.4% year on year. But in 2017, pay-tv accesses were up 5%, or 92,100 customers, to 3.848 million by year-end. It remains to be seen, after Movistar Plus renewed Champions League and La Liga Spanish league soccer rights, how much subs may grow this September. Most to the point, however, average revenue per subscriber of Movistar Plus’ bundled broadband-tv-mobile customers
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Movistar + Expands Its International Reach

Movistar + Expands Its International Reach
In budget, and even maybe cinematographic values, the weightiest world premiere at this year’s San Sebastian Festival, the biggest movie event in the Spanish-speaking world, will be a TV drama: Movistar Plus’ “Gigantes,” a brutal Madrid crime family saga.

Another Movistar+ original series, Paco Leon’s “Arde Madrid,” a comedy shot in black-and-white about the antics and tribulations of Ava Gardner’s domestic staff in 1961 Madrid, has potential as a crowd-pleaser.

The premium pay-tv operator is seeking to create content that will set it apart from rivals, and “Gigantes” and “Arde Madrid,” its ninth and 10th original series, form
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La Film Festival Uses Music Doc ‘Echo in the Canyon’ to Smooth Risky Move to September

“Echo in the Canyon,” which opened the 2018 Los Angeles Film Festival on Thursday, is the first documentary ever chosen for the opening-night slot at Laff. But the festival has clearly learned a lesson from fests like Sundance and Toronto: If you want to kick off your festival with a guaranteed crowd-pleaser, pick a music doc.

So as Sundance has done in recent years with “20 Feet From Stardom” and “What Happened, Miss Simone?” and Toronto did with the U2 film “From the Sky Down,” Laff had a celebratory opening with “Echo in the Canyon,” first-time director Andrew Slater’s look at the Laurel Canyon music scene of the 1960s in Los Angeles. The open-air screening at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre was followed by a concert at which Jakob Dylan and a handful of guests, including Jackson Browne, performed music of the era.

And while the film seems unlikely to
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Looking Forward to 3D Wire’s 10th Anniversary

Madrid — Over Oct. 4-7, the city of Segovia will host 3D Wire, Spain’s premier platforms for upcoming animation, video games, 3D and Ar content produced on the Iberian Peninsula, across Latin America and beyond.

This year’s market will see more than 1,000 industry professionals visit the historical Roman city best known for its extremely well preserved aqueducts. Segovia seems an ideal place to host an animation festival; the Alcazar de Segovia Castle is said to have inspired Walt Disney and the logo that accompanies so many of the artform’s most iconic productions.

Attendees will be invited to participate in presentations, screenings, round tables and conferences; a number of prizes will be awarded to upcoming projects; there will be a competition for animated short films. The official competition is broken up into domestic and international sections with the former featuring seven animated shorts, while the rest of the world contributes 26 – five from the U.
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Woody Harrelson's 'Lost in London' Wins U.K. Production Guild Award

Woody Harrelson's 'Lost in London' Wins U.K. Production Guild Award
The U.K. production team behind Woody Harrelson's ambitious direction debut, Lost in London, which was broadcast live into theaters as it was being filmed, has been named the production team of the year by The Production Guild of Great Britain.

The honor is set to be awarded on Sep. 22 at the The Production Guild Awards, in association with Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden.

“I want to congratulate everyone who worked on Lost in London on this Production Guild Award," said Harrelson. "There were so many obstacles that seemed almost insurmountable. The concept of shooting in real ...
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Latido Films Proves There’s Still Life in the Arthouse Market (Exclusive)

San Sebastian — Everybody agrees: World markets for arthouse films have contracted, first in prices paid, now in number of territories sold.

But that doesn’t mean there’s no arthouse market at all. A case in point: Latido Films. Headed by Antonio Saura, the Madrid-based sales house heads into this year’s San Sebastian Festival reporting 23 higher profile deals across seven titles struck from Cannes through Venice, Toronto and multiple festivals in between.

Only one of these titles, only Javier Fesser’s “Champions,” can be said to be anywhere near selling out. But, with foreign-language movies so dependent these days on scoring berths at big fests, and sales cycles lengthening given ever-more cautious buyers, none of the films are anywhere near the end of their sales cycle. Among deals:

*Caca Diegues’s Cannes Special Screening “The Great Mystical Circus,” a five-generation circus saga, has closed three major markets: the U.
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San Sebastian: Basque Distributor Barton Films Nabs Spanish Rights to 3 New Directors Contenders (Exclusive)

Pushing into international acquisitions, Bilbao-based distributor Barton Films has picked up Spanish distribution rights to three films playing at the 66th San Sebastian Festival’s New Directors sidebar.

Barton’s most recent international-title release slate is headed by “The Third Wife,” the feature debut by New York and Vietnam-based Ash Mayfair, which recently won the Netpac award at the Toronto Film Festival.

A second buy, “A Decent Man,” by Romanian Hadrian Marcu, highlighted at the first edition of San Sebastian’s Glocal in Progress showcase in 2017, toplines Bogdan Dumitrache, winner last year of a San Sebastian Silver Shell for best actor for Constantin Popescu’s “Pororoca,” another Barton Films pickup.

Ismet Sijarina’s “Cold November,” a Kosovo-Albania-Republic of Macedonia co-production world premiering at New Directors, is a family drama based on real events in the turbulent times after Yugoslavia abolishes Kosovan autonomous institutions in 1990.

“Increasing the volume of independent international movies acquisitions,
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San Sebastian: ‘An Unexpected Love’ Continues to Roll Out Sales (Exclusive)

San Sebastian — Juan Vera’s “An Unexpected Love,” which opens the 66th San Sebastian Intl. Film Festival on Sept 21, has closed a new distribution deal with Palace Films for Australia and New Zealand.

The U.S., China, Italy and Germany are now under discussions, said Guido Rud, at its sales agent, FilmSharks Intl.

Starring Mercedes Moran and Ricardo Darin, and Darin’s first production credit at his new label Kenya Films, “An Unexpected Love” is distributed by Filmax in Spain. The latest distribution deal adds to other licensing accords with Eurozoom for France, Big Film for Russia and the Cis, Nachson Film for Israel, and Alpha Films for Brazil.

Wiesner Distribution has acquired rights to Central America, Cinecolor those for Peru, Colombia and Chile, Av Jet for Taiwan, and Feelgood for Greece.

In Argentina, where it was distributed by Disney’s Buena Vista International (Bvi), the first feature as a
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