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Branagh’s ‘Death On The Nile’ Adaptation Will Face Off Against Star Wars Next Year

Branagh’s ‘Death On The Nile’ Adaptation Will Face Off Against Star Wars Next Year
In what seems to be a bit of genius counter-programming, the next Agatha Christie novel to be directed by and star Kenneth Branagh, will be released in cinemas on the same day as the next instalment in the Star Wars saga. The film in question is Death On The Nile and is adapted from the Christie novel of the same name which was first published in 1937. Deadline reports the news.

The film will follow on from last year’s Murder On The Orient Express which was met to decent box-office and acclaim from the critics. Branagh will direct and lead the cast as Hercule Poirot.

Here’s the story from the source material:

Agatha Christie’s most exotic murder mystery, reissued with a striking new cover designed to appeal to the latest generation of Agatha Christie fans and book lovers.

The tranquillity of a cruise along the Nile is shattered
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2018 BET Awards: Kendrick Lamar Wins Big at Youth-Centered Show

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2018 BET Awards: Kendrick Lamar Wins Big at Youth-Centered Show
Jamie Foxx took a moment to address the recent death of rapper XXXtentacion during the 2018 BET Awards on Sunday. “We can’t get too used to these types of things. We’re too used to young people being killed. It’s like we don’t even trip anymore,” he said.

Foxx, who served as the host of the evening — which saw Kendrick Lamar take home prizes for album of the year for “Damn.” as well as best male hip hop artist — challenged artists to utilize their platforms to address important issues. “We all have to figure out a way to not become too used to what’s going on right now. If you can in your music. If you can in your entertainment, try and sneak a message in there.”

Meek Mill chose to address senseless violence during his surprise performance. Wearing a hoodie with XXXtentacion’s face on it,
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Rumor: Ewan McGregor to Return as Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars IX?

Rumor: Ewan McGregor to Return as Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars IX?
According to a new report, Ewan McGregor is going to reprise his role as Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars IX.

Last week was a big one in terms of news surrounding the Obi-Wan movie that Lucasfilm has in development. It was first announced that the studio had put all of the upcoming Star Wars anthology films aside for the time being, which included the Obi-Wan film. Lucasfilm later debunked the rumor, but there are still reports that director Stephen Daldry has exited the project, which means that it's back to the drawing board.

Star Wars fans were excited about the idea of a possible return of Ewan McGregor to the franchise, even though he had never been confirmed for the role. The Sun U.K. is now reporting that McGregor will secretly film scenes for the upcoming J.J. Abrams-directed Star Wars IX. If proven true, this would be massive news for fans,
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'Jurassic World 2' Delivers $150M Debut; 'Incredibles 2' Reaches $350M Domestic

'Jurassic World 2' Delivers $150M Debut; 'Incredibles 2' Reaches $350M Domestic
Surpassing expectations, Universal and Amblin Entertainment's Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom got off to a strong start. With an estimated $150 million for Fallen Kingdom, this is only the second time ever two different films have brought in over $100 million over two consecutive weekends. The first time was in 2007 when Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End opened with $114.7 million following Shrek the Third's $121.6 million opening the weekend prior. Disney and Pixar's Incredibles 2 followed up its monster debut weekend last week with a second place finish this weekend as its domestic cume has already topped $350 million in just ten days. With an estimated $150 million, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom's opening is down ~28% compared to the $208.8 million debut for its 2015 predecessor. However, given the fact the film was competing with Incredibles 2 for a lot of the same audience, this is a solid start, especially when coupled with an "A-" CinemaScore,
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Rumor: Obi-Wan Kenobi Star Wars movie heading straight to Disney’s streaming service

Rumor: Obi-Wan Kenobi Star Wars movie heading straight to Disney’s streaming service
The Star Wars rumor mill has been in overdrive these past few days, with various reports claiming to have insider knowledge on Disney and Lucasfilm’s “reassessment” of the Star Wars franchise in the wake of the dismal box office performance of Solo: A Star Wars Story.

We’ve heard that all future Anthology movies are on hold, a rumour subsequently denied by Lucasfilm, along with an in-depth report from THR which suggested that the studios are “licking their wounds” and may be “reconfiguring” several projects such as James Mangold’s Boba Fett film, as well as “trying to figure out how to make, and market, [the Anthology movies] differently.”

Adding to that, we now have a rumour from The Playlist which claims that the hotly-anticipated Obi-Wan Kenobi Anthology film is still moving forward, but director Stephen Daldry has left the project and the plan now is to produce the film for Disney
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‘The King’ Reigns Over Mixed Weekend of Openers; ‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor?’ Expands Robustly: Specialty Box Office

‘The King’ Reigns Over Mixed Weekend of Openers; ‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor?’ Expands Robustly: Specialty Box Office
With summer tentpoles in full thrust, specialty distributors are maintaining their seasonal role offering up alternative programming for moviegoers not dazzled by the latest studio blitz.

The final full weekend of June included at least a half dozen new limited titles, headlined by Sundance’s The King by Eugene Jarecki, which Oscilloscope opened in two Manhattan locations Friday. The documentary lorded over the pack of newcomers with a $29K gross for a solid $14,525 per theater average, easily the best among the specialties, and the third-best among all titles reporting grosses Sunday.

Magnolia Pictures took the Zellner brothers’ Damsel to three locations in its opening frame, grossing $21K. By far the ‘widest’ opener among among the group was IFC FilmsThe Catcher Was a Spy, which bowed in 49 theaters, taking in $122,494 for a $2,520 PTA.

Sony Classics’ Boundaries played five locations in its first weekend, grossing $30,395, while China Lion’s Lobster Cop
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Jamie Bell Officially Joins Cast of Elton John Biopic ‘Rocketman’

Jamie Bell Officially Joins Cast of Elton John Biopic ‘Rocketman’
Jamie Bell will join Taron Egerton in Rocketman, a biopic of the life of Elton John. Bell will play Bernie Taupin, the songwriter who collaborated with Elton John on 30 albums. Variety has the story confirming Bell’s involvement in the biopic. In 1967, Bernie Taupin answered an advertisement from Liberty Records seeking new songwriters. Elton John just happened to respond […]

The post Jamie Bell Joins Cast of Elton John Biopic ‘Rocketman’ appeared first on /Film.
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2018 Bet Awards: Kendrick Lamar Wins Big at Youth-Centered Show

2018 Bet Awards: Kendrick Lamar Wins Big at Youth-Centered Show
Jamie Foxx took a moment to address the recent death of rapper XXXtentacion during the 2018 Bet Awards on Sunday. “We can’t get too used to these types of things. We’re too used to young people being killed. It’s like we don’t even trip anymore,” he said.

Foxx, who served as the host of the evening — which saw Kendrick Lamar take home prizes for album of the year for “Damn.” as well as best male hip hop artist — challenged artists to utilize their platforms to address important issues. “We all have to figure out a way to not become too used to what’s going on right now. If you can in your music. If you can in your entertainment, try and sneak a message in there.”

Meek Mill chose to address senseless violence during his surprise performance. Wearing a hoodie with XXXtentacion’s face on it,
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Is Ford Really – and Truly – Gone After ‘Westworld’s Mind-Bending Season 2 Finale?

Is Ford Really – and Truly – Gone After ‘Westworld’s Mind-Bending Season 2 Finale?
(The mother all spoiler alerts: Please do not read ahead unless you’ve seen the “Westworld” Season 2 finale, “The Passenger,” which aired Sunday.)

Fool us once, shame on you. Fool us twice, probably still shame on you, because making “Westworld” fans think Robert Ford (Anthony Hopkins) is gone for good yet again, and then bringing him back once more would be just plain mean.

But after the insane “Westworld” Season 2 finale, Lisa Joy assured TheWrap Ford has really and truly been deleted from Bernard’s (Jeffrey Wright) brain and her and Jonathan Nolan’s HBO sci-fi series. Well, like, that version of Ford.

Also Read: 'Westworld' Season 2 Finale's Wild Post-Credits Scene Explained

During the episode, titled “The Passenger,” Bernard had several exchanges with his old partner, who had been hanging out inside the Host’s brain for the better part of the back half of the season. And that was a little weird,
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‘Westworld': That Entire Bonkers Season 2 Ending, Explained

‘Westworld': That Entire Bonkers Season 2 Ending, Explained
(Warning: All of the spoilers for the end of “Westworld” Season 2 below! Read on at your own risk!)

Westworld” Season 2 ended with yet another series of crazy, possibly confusing twists, bringing together multiple timelines and finally explaining what the deal is with Bernard, Dolores, and the Valley Beyond.

Especially in the last 20 minutes, the “Westworld” Season 2 finale dumps a whole lot of information on viewers, and it’s easy to possibly be a little lost. Here’s a quick rundown of what happened with every character, and what the end of Season 2 means for Season 3.

Also Read: 'Westworld' Season 2 Finale's Wild Post-Credits Scene Explained

First, there’s the past timeline, one week before the Delos extraction team arrived at “Westworld” and found Bernard (Jeffrey Wright) on the beach in the season’s first episode. In that timeline, Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) blew off the hand of the Man
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Japanese Film Makers Find Opportunities in International Co-Productions

Japanese Film Makers Find Opportunities in International Co-Productions
The Japanese film industry, whose idea of an “international co-production” was once a shortish shoot in Los Angeles, is now freeing itself from an almost exclusively local focus.

Fresh from his Palme d’Or victory in Cannes with “Shoplifters,” Hirokazu Kore-eda recently confirmed that he will be returning to France to make his next film. His “The Truth About Catherine,” starring Catherine Deneuve and Juliette Binoche, according to sales agent Wild Bunch, will be shot mostly in France, starting this fall.

Binoche also stars in “Vision,” Naomi Kawase’s drama about a French journalist who journeys to Nara Province to research a mysterious herb. Released on June 8 in Japan, the film is a co-production between Kawase’s own Kumie production cooperative and Paris-based Slot Machine.

Another much-lauded veteran, Kiyoshi Kurosawa, made his 2016 horror/drama “The Woman in the Silver Plate” in France, with French, Belgian and Japanese backing. Since May,
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‘Westworld’ Finale: What’s Up With That Weird Conversation Between Stubbs and Hale?

‘Westworld’ Finale: What’s Up With That Weird Conversation Between Stubbs and Hale?
(The mother all spoiler alerts: Please do not read ahead unless you’ve seen the “Westworld” Season 2 finale, “The Passenger,” which aired Sunday.)

Well that was odd.

Toward the end of “Westworld”s Season 2 finale, “The Passenger,” one of the strangest exchanges that viewers have ever witnessed on Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy’s HBO sci-fi series occurred between Ashley Stubbs (Luke Hemsworth) and Charlotte Hale (Tessa Thompson). Or rather, Stubbs and “Halores” had a bizarre conversation, as Evan Rachel Wood’s character was really inhabiting a new skin that looked just like Hale.

And while TheWrap was busy wondering if the theme park’s head of security had figured that out, as he stopped Hale on the beach to have a little chat as she was trying to leave, we totally missed the real twist there. Yeah, Stubbs is a host. And we even have the interview with Joy to prove it.
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Jimmy Fallon Responds to Donald Trump’s ‘Be a Man’ Trolling With Donation to Raices

Jimmy Fallon Responds to Donald Trump’s ‘Be a Man’ Trolling With Donation to Raices
President Donald Trump on Sunday called out “Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon for expressing regrets about his September 2016 interview in which the comic famously tussled the then-candidate’s hair.

“Jimmy Fallon is now whimpering to all that he did the famous ‘hair show’ with me (where he seriously messed up my hair), & that he would have now done it differently because it is said to have ‘humanized’ me-he is taking heat,” Potus tweeted. “Be a man Jimmy!”

.@jimmyfallon is now whimpering to all that he did the famous “hair show” with me (where he seriously messed up my hair), & that he would have now done it differently because it is said to have “humanized” me-he is taking heat. He called & said “monster ratings.” Be a man Jimmy!

Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 25, 2018

Late Sunday, Fallon responded by promising to make a donation — in Trump’s name — to Refugee and Immigrant
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‘Westworld’ Season 2 Finale: Which 5 Hosts Are in Those Pearls?

‘Westworld’ Season 2 Finale: Which 5 Hosts Are in Those Pearls?
(The mother all spoiler alerts: Please do not read ahead unless you’ve seen the “Westworld” Season 2 finale, “The Passenger,” which aired Sunday.)

Ok, a lot of Hosts were either dead or had crossed into the “Valley Beyond” aka the Sublime by the end of the “Westworld” Season 2 finale. But there are at least three robots still standing: Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood), Bernard (Jeffrey Wright) — thanks to Dolores’ decision to bring him back — and whoever the heck is inside the Charlotte Hale-shaped one (played by Tessa Thompson) that Dolores inhabited before she rebuilt herself. (We’re not counting those guys in the post-credits scene. That’s a whole different can of worms.)

Oh, wait, there are also five Hosts’ consciousnesses inside the five control units that “Halores” smuggled into the real world when exiting the park at the end of Sunday’s season-closer. And while we don’t know for
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Amandla Stenberg Gets Woke in ‘The Hate U Give’ First Trailer (Video)

Amandla Stenberg Gets Woke in ‘The Hate U Give’ First Trailer (Video)
Amandla Stenberg gets woke in the first trailer for director George Tillman Jr.’s Black Lives Matter-themed drama “The Hate U Give.”

Stenberg stars as Starr Carter, a young woman who is constantly switching between two worlds: the poor, mostly black, neighborhood where she lives and the rich, mostly white, prep school she attends.

The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a white police officer. Now, facing pressures from all sides of the community, Starr must find her voice and stand up for what’s right.

Also Read: 'Hate U Give' Star Amandla Stenberg on Impact of Co-Star Kian Lawley's Firing for Old Racist Clip

Audrey Wells adapted the critically acclaimed New York Times best-seller by Angie Thomas. The film also stars Regina Hall, Russell Hornsby, Issa Rae, K.J. Apa, Algee Smith,
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‘Westworld’ Boss on Season 2 Finale: Dolores’ Bold Move, the ‘Door,’ and the Truth About Free Will

‘Westworld’ Boss on Season 2 Finale: Dolores’ Bold Move, the ‘Door,’ and the Truth About Free Will
Spoiler Alert: Do not read if you have not yet watched “The Passenger,” the second season finale of “Westworld.”

When “Westworld” introduced the idea of a “door” to another world for the hosts in the alternate reality theme park, it left a lot of questions dangling about just where that door would lead, what the hosts’ place would be in the world on the other side, and who might be able to escape. The second season finale answered all of those questions definitively — but as series co-creator and co-showrunner Jonathan Nolan points out, the seeds for those answers had been planted from the beginning.
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‘Westworld’ Season 2 Finale’s Wild Post-Credits Scene Explained

‘Westworld’ Season 2 Finale’s Wild Post-Credits Scene Explained
(The mother all spoiler alerts: Please do not read ahead unless you’ve seen the “Westworld” Season 2 finale, “The Passenger,” which aired Sunday.)

The second season of “Westworld” took a cue from the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s handbook on Sunday, capping an insane finale, titled “The Passenger,” with an equally insane post-credits scene. In the short clip, we see the Man in Black (Ed Harris) aka William, stumble out of an elevator into an abandoned room that the hit sci-fi series has never entered before. He comes across his daughter, Emily (Katja Herbers), who, uh, he actually killed in the penultimate episode. The Man in Black is understandably confused, and so was TheWrap. So we asked the show’s co-creator Lisa Joy to explain it to us.

Here is what she said:

Also Read: 'Westworld' Co-Creator Answers Every One of Our Questions About That Insane Season 2 Finale

TheWrap:
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‘Westworld’ Co-Creator Answers Every One of Our Questions About That Insane Season 2 Finale

‘Westworld’ Co-Creator Answers Every One of Our Questions About That Insane Season 2 Finale
(The mother all spoiler alerts: Please do not read ahead unless you’ve seen the “Westworld” Season 2 finale, “The Passenger,” which aired Sunday.)

Well, after an ending like that, where do we even begin?

Westworld” brought its second season to a close Sunday night with a feature-length finale that threw us completely off our programmed loop. But while the episode, titled “The Passenger,” answered many a question we’d been pondering throughout the sophomore year of co-creator Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy’s HBO sci-fi series, it left us with a whole new mess of head-scratchers.

Also Read: 'Westworld' Season 2 Finale's Wild Post-Credits Scene Explained

Seeing as we are still very much in Tbd territory on an air date for the third season, we’ve got a long wait in store before we can stop scratching ours heads. But to help, TheWrap caught up with Joy to help
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‘Westworld’ Recap: Stop Making Sense

‘Westworld’ Recap: Stop Making Sense
Do not read on unless you’ve seen “The Passenger,” the Season 2 finale of HBO’s “Westworld.”

Trying to figure out what the hell is going on in “Westworld” has always been the sport of the show. Are there multiple timelines? Where is Elsie? Is Sylvester’s beard real or is it an illusion created by the robot horse in whose mind the entire series takes place? These are the kinds of questions that “Westworld” inspires actual human beings to ask, then answer for one another. The show sometimes feels like a few hundred million dollars spent just to spawn fan theories and Reddit arguments.
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'Westworld' Finale Recap: Code Unknown

'Westworld' Finale Recap: Code Unknown
Humans are simple creatures. Despite their self-delusions about free will and personal identity, Westworld argues, they're really just a core drive or two, guiding them to the same destination no matter how many times they're given another chance. According to Logan – the form that the park's secret system has taken to speak with Bernard and Dolores inside their virtual world – the problem with park founder James Delos' quest for digital immortality isn't that humans are too complicated to copy. It's that the copies were overcomplicated for humans who are just
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