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Damien Chazelle’s True Astronaut Epic ‘First Man’ Is Venice Film Festival Opener

Damien Chazelle’s True Astronaut Epic ‘First Man’ Is Venice Film Festival Opener
While Damien Chazelle anxiously labors away in the editing room on his final cut of Universal’s space epic “First Man,” he will now have to finish it in time for the opening of the 75th annual Venice International Film Festival (August 29 – September 8). Chazelle’s “La La Land” also opened Venice in 2016 en route to winning six Oscars, including Best Director.

Starring Ryan Gosling as Neil Armstrong, the mission movie focuses on the astronaut’s preparation for his then-unimaginable 1969 Apollo 11 moon landing and historic walk. Claire Foy (“The Crown”) costars along with Kyle Chandler, Jason Clarke, Corey Stoll, Ciaran Hinds, Christopher Abbott, and Patrick Fugit.

Last year Venice opened with Alexander Payne’s “Downsizing,” which scored Supporting Actress SAG and Golden Globe nominations for Hong Chau; recent Oscar winners include openers “Birdman,” “Gravity,” and “Black Swan.” The Competition jury is headed by Guillermo del Toro, who debuted “The Shape of Water
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'Joker' Origin Movie Lands Fall 2019 Release Date

'Joker' Origin Movie Lands Fall 2019 Release Date
Director Todd Phillips' standalone Joker movie starring Joaquin Phoenix will hit theaters on Oct. 4, 2019, Warner Bros. and DC said late Wednesday afternoon.

The release date, and title, were announced as this year's edition of the ultimate fanboy gathering — Comic-Con — got underway in San Diego. Warners and DC will take the stage there on Saturday.

Last month, Phoenix finalized his deal to star as the arch-nemesis of Batman. The studio describes Phillips' film as being an “exploration of a man disregarded by society [that] is not only a gritty character study, but also a broader cautionary tale....
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Sony Moves Tarantino’s Manson Pic, Dates ‘Zombieland 2’ & ‘Little Women’

Sony Moves Tarantino’s Manson Pic, Dates ‘Zombieland 2’ & ‘Little Women’
Sony has announced a slew of release dates and moves. The studio set the newly greenlighted Zombieland 2 for October 2019 and will open Little Women on Christmas Day that year. It also moved the opening of Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood back by two weeks to August 9, 2019. Meanwhile, Sony said that White Boy Rick now will open wide instead of the previously announced limited release but keep its September 14 date. Slender Man also moves up two weeks to…
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‘Bloodshot’: Valiant Comics Makes Big Screen Debut in 2020

‘Bloodshot’: Valiant Comics Makes Big Screen Debut in 2020
It’s going to be a long wait for us comic fans to see the first Valiant adaptation hit theaters with Sony PicturesBloodshot targeting a February 21, 2020, release. Vin Diesel will play the live-action superhero for the first time in Dave Wilson’s film, which costars Toby Kebbell (Kong: Skull Island), Eiza Gonzalez, Michael Sheen, Talulah Riley, Alex Hernandez and Sam Heughan. “Bloodshot” […]
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'Y: The Last Man' Adds Amber Tamblyn to FX Pilot Cast

'Y: The Last Man' Adds Amber Tamblyn to FX Pilot Cast
FX continues to assemble an impressive cast for its take on Y: The Last Man.

Amber Tamblyn has joined the cast of the drama pilot based on Brian K. Vaughan's beloved comic.

Y: The Last Man ranks as one of the most critically acclaimed comic book series of all time. The DC Comics/Vertigo title was first launched in 2002 and revolves around Yorick Brown — the last surviving human with a Y chromosome — and his Capuchin monkey, Ampersand. The series follows escape artist Yorick after a mysterious plague as he sets out to find what might have wiped out ...
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Ashton Sanders, Jeffrey Wright Star In ‘All Day & A Night,’ ‘Black Panther’ Scribe Joe Robert Cole Directing For Netflix

Ashton Sanders, Jeffrey Wright Star In ‘All Day & A Night,’ ‘Black Panther’ Scribe Joe Robert Cole Directing For Netflix
Exclusive: Ashton Sanders is set to star with Jeffrey Wright in All Day & A Night, a drama written and to be directed by Joe Robert Cole, who co-wrote Black Panther. Netflix has set the film for a July 30 start date and will release the film on its streaming service. Nina Jacobson is producing. Sanders, who opens Friday alongside Denzel Washington in Equalizer 2, had his breakthrough in the Best Picture winner Moonlight, and he is again the fulcrum for a powerful…
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Natalie Dormer Says She Knows How 'Game of Thrones' Ends

Natalie Dormer Says She Knows How 'Game of Thrones' Ends
Natalie Dormer’s Game of Thrones days have been over for quite some time, but she’s just as invested in the final season as the rest of the world. “I’m excited to see the next season. I’m on the edge of my seat like everybody else,” she told The Hollywood Reporter In Studio while promoting her film In Darkness and TV mini-series Picnic at Hanging Rock.

While the actress remained pretty tight-lipped on what information she knows about season eight — the final of the HBO hit series — she did tease that she knows how it ends, but ...
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Damien Chazelle’s ‘First Man’ With Ryan Gosling to Open 75th Venice Film Festival (Exclusive)

Damien Chazelle’s ‘First Man’ With Ryan Gosling to Open 75th Venice Film Festival (Exclusive)
Oscar-winning director Damien Chazelle’s space race drama “First Man” will open the 75th annual Venice International Film Festival, Variety has learned. The film will unspool on Wednesday, Aug. 29.

This will mark the second opening-night Venice bow for Chazelle. His previous film, “La La Land,” kicked off the fest in 2016 before cruising into the awards season and tying the all-time Oscar nominations record. Chazelle ultimately won the best-director prize at the Academy Awards, while Barry Jenkins’ “Moonlight” walked away with best picture.

A Universal Pictures release, “First Man” stars Ryan Gosling as astronaut Neil Armstrong in the years leading up to the Apollo 11 moon-landing mission of 1969. Claire Foy (Netflix’s “The Crown”) also stars as Armstrong’s wife, Janet Shearon. Kyle Chandler, Jason Clarke, Corey Stoll, Ciaran Hinds, Christopher Abbott, and Patrick Fugit fill out the rest of the cast.

“The hook was to think of it less as a
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Average Movie Ticket Price Jumps to Record High of $9.38 in Second Quarter

Average Movie Ticket Price Jumps to Record High of $9.38 in Second Quarter
Going to the movies has gotten slightly pricier.

Average ticket prices in North America rose to $9.38 in the second quarter of 2018, according to the National Association of Theatre Owners. That number is a 22 cent uptick from 2018’s first quarter average of $9.16 and a 43 cent bump compared to the same period in 2017. Though movie tickets in major cities such as New York and Los Angeles usually top $10, the figures are collected from national ticket prices across the country.

The domestic box office is coming off a record quarter, topping $3.33 billion. For that, theater owners can thank the smash successes of a string of sequels leading to record April, May, and June months. “Avengers: Infinity War,” which had the best domestic opening of all time, was the first summer release to generate $2 billion worldwide. Meanwhile, “The Incredibles 2” became the biggest animated movie with $440 million in North America. Other top earners include “Deadpool 2
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IMDbPro App Adds Tracking Feature for Talent, Projects

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IMDbPro App Adds Tracking Feature for Talent, Projects
IMDbPro has added a feature to its iPhone app that allows users to keep tabs on the talent and projects they’re interested in most.

The new Track functionality is intended to help industry professional stay abreast of the latest developments in their business, funneling relevant trade news from sources like Variety for the people and programs (TV and film) a subscriber can opt in to track. Users can receive notifications and a personalized news stream in the app’s inbox.

“IMDbPro members are busy professionals and they need convenient, timely and cusotmizable access to news that matters the most,” said Col Needham, founder and CEO of IMDb.

Among the 5 million titles being tracked are 25,000 titles still in development that are accessible on the app but not IMDb itself. Amazon, which owns IMDb, recently offered a 60% discount to IMDbPro members to Amazon Prime subscribers for a limited time only.

“Track
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Jason Blum, James Wan Team for Horror-Thriller 'M3GAN' (Exclusive)

Jason Blum, James Wan Team for Horror-Thriller 'M3GAN' (Exclusive)
Jason Blum and James Wan, two titans in the scary movie world, are partnering for a techno horror thriller titled M3GAN.

Gerard Johnstone, who directed the Australian horror movie Housebound, is on board to helm the project, which has a script by Akela Cooper, a writer-supervising producer who has worked on Luke Cage and American Horror Story.

Wan and Blum will produce the feature, which is aiming to begin shooting this fall.

M3GAN comes together on the eve of Comic-Con International: San Diego, the annual pop culture convention, at which both Blum and Wan will be present. Blum has two movies there — Glass, M....
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Melissa London Hilfers Set To Write Sony ‘Jagged Edge’ Remake For Halle Berry

Melissa London Hilfers Set To Write Sony ‘Jagged Edge’ Remake For Halle Berry
Exclusive: Sony Pictures is moving forward with Jagged Edge, the thriller being crafted for Halle Berry to play the heroine lawyer role originated by Glenn Close in the 1985 hit. The studio has hired Melissa London Hilfers to write the script, and Doug Belgrad’s 2.0 Entertainment banner has been set to co-finance the film. Belgrad is producing with Matti Leshem. Scott Strauss is supervising for the studio. Creative Executive Michael Bitar is also working on the…
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‘The Crown’ Season 3: Helena Bonham Carter Makes Her Debut as Princess Margaret

‘The Crown’ Season 3: Helena Bonham Carter Makes Her Debut as Princess Margaret
On the heels of our first look at Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth II, Netflix has debuted more first look photos from the upcoming third season of its Emmy-winning drama series “The Crown.” The streaming giant has given fans their first look at Helena Bonham Carter as Princess Margaret and Ben Daniels as Antony Armstrong-Jones, Margaret’s photographer husband.

Carter, who recently appeared on the big screen opposite Cate Blanchett and Sandra Bullock in “Ocean’s Eight,” is taking over the role of Margaret from Vanessa Kirby. Kirby just earned an Emmy nomination for Oustanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for the show’s second season. Daniels, meanwhile, is taking over for Matthew Goode.

“I’m not sure which I’m more terrified about – doing justice to the real Princess Margaret or following in the shoes of Vanessa Kirby’s Princess Margaret,” Carter said when her casting was made official.
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Party of Five's Neve Campbell Weighs In On Reboot, Possible Cameo

Party of Five's Neve Campbell Weighs In On Reboot, Possible Cameo
Has the world not seen the last of Julia Salinger?

During an appearance on Watch What Happens Live Tuesday, Neve Campbell was asked whether she’d be open to a cameo on the previously announced Party of Five reboot, which back in January landed at Freeform with a pilot-production commitment. The potential series is centered on a first-generation Latino family that has immigrated to the United States.

“I love the idea of the new reboot because it’s very timely,” the actress said. “From what I understand [after speaking to series co-creator] Chris Keyser… they’re doing it with a Mexican family whose parents have been sent across the border,
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Stan Dragoti, Director of ‘Mr. Mom,’ ‘Love at First Bite,’ Dies at 85

Stan Dragoti, Director of ‘Mr. Mom,’ ‘Love at First Bite,’ Dies at 85
Stan Dragoti, director of “Love at First Bite” and “Mr. Mom,” died July 13 in Los Angeles. His wife Yolanda reported that he died after complications from pneumonia. He was 85.

In addition to rewatching his films such as “Mr. Mom” and “Love at First Bite,” he loved watching his movie “Necessary Roughness,” Yolanda Dragoti said, “Because he loved football.”

“He got me hooked on Turner Classic Movies, we would watch black and white movies all night long,” she recalled. “He was such a history buff, a film buff. I learned so much from him.”

Born in Manhattan, Dragoti was the son of Albanian immigrants.

He attended Cooper Union College and later the Visual Arts College before working at the New York City advertising agencies Young & Rubicam and Mary Wells Lawrence. He partnered with Charlie Moss to create the “I Love New York” tourism campaign.

Dragoti broke into Hollywood by teaming
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Why Game of Thrones, the McU and More are Skipping San Diego Comic-Con 2018

Why Game of Thrones, the McU and More are Skipping San Diego Comic-Con 2018
The Con is going to look a little bit different this year. While some of the San Diego Comic Con stalwarts will be present and accounted for—we're looking at you, The Walking Dead and the DC Extended Universe—but a quick glance at the line-up for this year's convention, beginning in the sunny Southern California city on Thursday, July 19, and you might just be more surprised by what's not listed than by what is. Marvel Cinematic Universe? Maybe next year. Game of Thrones? Ditto. Outlander? Hope you're also planning on attending NYCC, Sassenach. But why are all these heavy-hitters sitting out in exactly the same year? Ah, we're glad you asked. Allow us to explain. ...
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Netflix Series And Movies Announced Based On The Work Of Mark Millar

Netflix Series And Movies Announced Based On The Work Of Mark Millar
Netflix has announced its first slate of films and series based on the stories of Mark Millar.

Netflix acquired Millar’s company, Millarworld, last year and since then has been developing projects with Mark and Lucy Millar, including The Magic Order, which has been published as Netflix’s first comic book and was the biggest selling new comic-book franchise in nearly 20 years.

Said Millar, “My wife Lucy and I are eleven months into our jobs at Netflix and it’s everything we hoped for to the power of ten. To see a movie based on your work every couple of years is incredibly exciting, but to see them all happening at once like this and with talent, this high-end is just off the scale. These are writers and directors I’ve privately been sending fan-mail to over the last eighteen months so to be working with them all is just enormously exciting.
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ESPYs 2018: Full list of ESPY Award winners for 26th ceremony hosted by Danica Patrick

ESPYs 2018: Full list of ESPY Award winners for 26th ceremony hosted by Danica Patrick
Winners for the 2018 ESPYs were announced Wednesday, June 18, during ABC’s live ceremony hosted by pro racer Danica Patrick. The ESPY Awards, which honor the best achievements in sports, have been handed out annually since 1993. This year’s champions were decided by fans voting online at ESPYs.com after the 2018 nominations were determined by the ESPY Select Nominating Committee. ABC started hosting this kudosfest in 2015 after it was initially broadcast on sister network ESPN.

Athletes from the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang dominated many of the categories for this 26th ceremony. As for the top two categories, Best Male Athlete featured a battle between Tom Brady (New England Patriots), Jose Altuve (Houston Astros), James Harden (Houston Rockets) and Alexander Ovechkin (Washington Capitals). And the Best Female Athlete competitors were Mikaela Shiffrin (Ski), Sylvia Fowles (Minnesota Lynx), Chloe Kim (Snowboard) and Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars/United States Women’s National Soccer
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Durban FilmMart Taps Funds for African Filmmakers

Durban — With the four-day Durban FilmMart building a bridge between African filmmakers and the international market, 16 projects from across the continent arrive in South Africa this week for pitching sessions with potential co-producers, broadcasters, sales agents, investors, and other industry experts from around the world.

“The projects are at various stages of development. We do each year attempt to create a balance between what presents as strong projects, as well as new emerging talents,” said Toni Monty, head of the Durban Film Office, which jointly organizes the Dfm along with the Durban Int’l. Film Festival and the eThekwini Municipality. “This is important to ensure that we not only present filmmakers that have a fairly established profile and need to get their next project out there, but also to tap into the undercurrent and ensure we are bringing new talents into the marketplace.”

Here’s a look at the eight
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‘Meghan and Harry: The First 100 Days’ is Royalty-Themed Svod Service’s First Original

‘Meghan and Harry: The First 100 Days’ is Royalty-Themed Svod Service’s First Original
A new documentary about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s first few months as newlyweds will be the first original show for new streaming service TrueRoyalty.tv. “Meghan and Harry: The First 100 Days” looks at the couple since their globally broadcast May wedding, which was attended by royalty, stars, and numerous British society and establishment figures.

The one-hour film will launch on TrueRoyalty.tv and also be sold to broadcasters. A major free-tv deal for the show is thought to be in the cards in Britain. It will feature royal insiders, historians and figures from fashion and show business, who
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