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Lin-Manuel Miranda to Direct Film of Jonathan Larson’s Pre-‘Rent’ Musical ‘Tick, Tick … Boom’

Lin-Manuel Miranda to Direct Film of Jonathan Larson’s Pre-‘Rent’ Musical ‘Tick, Tick … Boom’
Lin-Manuel Miranda will make his directorial debut with a film adaptation of “Tick, Tick…Boom!” the autobiographical musical of the late “Rent” playwright Jonathan Larson, Imagine Entertainment announced Thursday.

Miranda, who starred in the Off-Broadway poduction of this musical, will also produce with Imagine Chairmen Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, along with Julie Oh. Larson’s sister, Julie Larson, will be executive producer while “Dear Evan Hansen” playwright Steven Levenson will adapt the screenplay.

Also Read: Lin-Manuel Miranda's 'In The Heights' Set for Summer 2020 Release

Taking place in 1990, “Tick, Tick…Boom!” follows Jon, a waiter and aspiring composer who hopes that his next theatrical project, “Superbia,” will bring him his Broadway dreams. But as his roommate prepares to move out and take a high-paying advertising job and his girlfriend pressures him to give up on his play, Jon begins to wonder if his dreams are worth it.
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Box-Office Preview: 'Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again' to Out-Muscle Fellow Sequels 'Equalizer,' 'Unfriended'

Box-Office Preview: 'Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again' to Out-Muscle Fellow Sequels 'Equalizer,' 'Unfriended'
Get ready for a sequel showdown at the U.S. box office this weekend.

A trio of second installments unfurl nationwide: Universal's star-studded Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again — whose cast includes Cher; Sony's The Equalizer 2, returning Denzel Washington in the title role; and Blumhouse's micro-budgeted horror-thriller, Unfriended: The Dark Web.

If prerelease tracking is correct, Mamma Mia 2 should win the weekend with $30 million-$35 million or more, thanks to female moviegoers seeking an alternative to testosterone-laced action pics (Universal is being more conservative in suggesting $27 million-plus).

Mamma Mia 2 is one of the few 2018 summer event films ...
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‘The Sisters Brothers,’ ‘Suspiria,’ ‘My Brilliant Friend’ Look Set for Venice Film Festival (Exclusive)

‘The Sisters Brothers,’ ‘Suspiria,’ ‘My Brilliant Friend’ Look Set for Venice Film Festival (Exclusive)
Amazon’s “Suspiria,” Netflix’s “Roma” and HBO’s “My Brilliant Friend” look set to premiere at the Venice Film Festival, in a lineup expected to showcase the event’s embrace of streaming platforms as well as of traditional Hollywood fare such as Universal’s “First Man” and indie movies like Annapurna Pictures’ “The Sisters Brothers.”

Less than a week before the official selection’s unveiling, the indications are that the slate will bolster Venice’s growing status as an awards-season launching pad, with Damien Chazelle’s “First Man” chosen to open the festival’s 75th edition. Chazelle’s multiple-Oscar-winning “La La Land” also debuted on the Lido, in 2016. But two other upcoming Hollywood titles with early awards buzz, Joel Edgerton’s “Boy Erased” and Barry Jenkins’ “If Beale Street Could Talk,” will not be making the trip to Venice, sources say.

Amazon is almost certain to world-premiere Luca Guadagnino
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Jason Clarke Joins Helen Mirren in HBO, Sky’s ‘Catherine the Great’ Miniseries

Jason Clarke Joins Helen Mirren in HBO, Sky’s ‘Catherine the Great’ Miniseries
Jason Clarke has been cast opposite Helen Mirren in the upcoming HBO and Sky miniseries “Catherine the Great,” Variety has learned.

Clarke will star as Grigory Potemkin, a Russian military commander who became Catherine the Great’s lover, favored statesman and life-long friend. Mirren will star as the titular Russian monarch, who is described as strong-minded, independent, brilliantly intelligent and sexually liberated. MIrren will also executive produce in addition to directing.

Clarke will appear in Damien Chazelle’s upcoming film “First Man” opposite Ryan Gosling and was also recently seen in the critically-acclaimed film “Mudbound.” His other film credits include “Chappaquiddick,
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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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Sundance Now, Shudder to Import Matthew Goode’s Sky Series ‘A Discovery of Witches’

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Sundance Now, Shudder to Import Matthew Goode’s Sky Series ‘A Discovery of Witches’
AMC Network’s SVOD service Sundance Now and streaming service Shudder have jointly acquired the Sky production “A Discovery of Witches,” both companies announced at San Diego Comic-Con on Thursday.

The eight-episode drama is based on Deborah Harkness’ novel of the same name and produced by Bad Wolf, the team behind “The Night Of,” “Doctor Who,” “Torchwood,” “Da Vinci’s Demons” and the upcoming adaptation of Philip Pullman’s “His Dark Materials.”

Matthew Goode, Teresa Palmer, Alex Kingston, Valarie Pettiford and Owen Teale star in the Oxford love story in which witches, vampires and daemons live and work hidden among humans. Palmer plays Diana Bishop, a witch historian denying her heritage. Goode plays Matthew Clairmont, a vampire and geneticist hiding a dark family secret.

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“This captivating story is filled with intrigue, romance and
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‘Brokeback Mountain’ Almost Starred Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio, Gus Van Sant Says

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‘Brokeback Mountain’ Almost Starred Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio, Gus Van Sant Says
Although Ang Lee directed the 2005 film “Brokeback Mountain,” Gus Van Sant was among the directors initially approached for it — and Van Sant now recalls actors like Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio turning down the roles.

“Nobody wanted to do it,” Van Sant told IndieWire. “I was working on it, and I felt like we needed a really strong cast, like a famous cast. That wasn’t working out. I asked the usual suspects: Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Ryan Phillippe. They all said no.”

Of course, Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal ended up starring in the film that followed the secretive relationship of two cowboys. It ended up becoming one of the most financially and critically successful Lgbtq films of all time, winning three Oscars and being nominated for four more. It grossed $178 million worldwide.

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Producers James Schamus and Diana Ossana
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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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‘Impulse’ Renewed For Season 2 By YouTube

‘Impulse’ Renewed For Season 2 By YouTube
YouTube has ordered a 10-episode second season of critically praised supernatural thriller series Impulse, directed and executive produced by Doug Liman (Bourne Identity), for premiere on YouTube Premium in 2019. YouTube says the series pilot, which is available for free on the service, has drawn nearly eight million views since it premiered on June 6. In Impulse, which hails from Universal Cable Productions and studio-based Hypnotic (Suits), Maddie Hasson stars as…
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Paris Jackson To Play Sultry Singer In Indie Film ‘The Space Between’

Paris Jackson To Play Sultry Singer In Indie Film ‘The Space Between’
Exclusive: Paris Jackson is continuing to make inroads on her acting career, and might even be doing a little singing to boot. She has landed a co-starring role in The Space Between, an indie comedic drama starring Kelsey Grammer and Jackson White. Rachel Winter, who produced the Oscar-nominated Dallas Buyers Club, is directing the pic being described as a love letter to music and revolving around the record industry. Shooting is now underway in Los Angeles.

The film, penned by Will Aldis, is set during the mid-1990s L.A. music scene. It centers on wannabe record exec Charlie Porter (White) who, struggling to get out of the mail room, is tasked with forcing forgotten rock star Micky Adams (Grammer) out of his contract at his longtime label.

Jackson will play Cory, Charlie’s love interest and a sultry singer desperate for her big break.

Michael Roiff (Waitress), Milan Popelka
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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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‘Walking Dead’ Season 9 Teaser: Michonne Wants ‘Rules’ – and They Come With Consequences (Video)

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‘Walking Dead’ Season 9 Teaser: Michonne Wants ‘Rules’ – and They Come With Consequences (Video)
Our first look at “The Walking Dead” Season 9 footage is here.

“You think you got all this on lock?” we hear an imprisoned, off-screen Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) say in the teaser video.

As ominous music plays and Rick (Andrew Lincoln) — sporting his new haircut and a shave — surveys a seemingly peaceful community, Michonne (Danai Gurira) urges Maggie (Lauren Cohan) that they need to set some ground rules… or else it doesn’t look like anything good will happen.

Also Read: 'Walking Dead' Star Michael Cudlitz to Return for Season 9 - as a Director

“We need to start talking about making some rules,” Michonne says. “An agreement between all the communities. Like, this is how we treat each other, and this is what happens when we don’t.”

Just as Michonne says “we don’t,” we see Daryl (Norman Reedus) getting into a fistfight.

This is the first look at
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‘Blindspotting’ Creators on the Film’s ‘Advocacy for Empathy’ in the Black Lives Matter Era (Video)

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‘Blindspotting’ Creators on the Film’s ‘Advocacy for Empathy’ in the Black Lives Matter Era (Video)
Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal began working on their first screenplay around the time of the 2009 shooting death of Oscar Grant by a white police officer in Oakland, Calif. — nearly a decade later, their film “Blindspotting” feels just as relevant as ever.

“[The Oscar Grant shooting] was a highly televised case in Oakland because there hadn’t been a lot of them,” Casal told TheWrap. “Now is what happens when a country doesn’t deal with the issues that it has. The conversation sort of gets to the point of exhaustion.”

Diggs, a star of Broadway’s “Hamilton,” said the film comes with a definite message in the Black Lives Matter era. “There’s an advocacy for empathy in the film,” he said. “So if there’s anything that the film is arguing for, it’s this idea that you probably have blindspots no matter who you are. And it’s worth investigating them.
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‘Doctor Who’ Star Jodie Whittaker Explains Why Playing the Doctor Is ‘Liberating’

‘Doctor Who’ Star Jodie Whittaker Explains Why Playing the Doctor Is ‘Liberating’
The first female Doctor made her first appearance at Comic-Con.

Jodie Whittaker, who was announced last year as the new title character in BBC’s “Doctor Who” and appeared briefly in the finale of the most recent season, was joined by producers and fellow cast members in a Hall H panel on Thursday. Whittaker is the first woman to play the role, which has been portrayed by 12 previous actors.

“The thing about this role, which is why it is so amazing for any actor to play the role, is that essentially gender is irrelevant, and that’s completely liberating,” Whittaker said.
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Hear Death Cab for Cutie’s New Torch Song ‘I Dreamt We Spoke Again’

Hear Death Cab for Cutie’s New Torch Song  ‘I Dreamt We Spoke Again’
Death Cab for Cutie unveiled a gauzy new torch song, “I Dreamt We Spoke Again,” from their upcoming album Thank You for Today, out August 17th via Atlantic.

The track is built around shuffling drums, an undulating guitar line and somber synth strokes that warble beneath Ben Gibbard’s soft, longing croon. “I dreamt we spoke again,” he sings, “It’d been so long/ My mind filled in the blanks/ I dreamt we spoke again/ It’d been so long/ Your voice was like a ghost.”

“I Dreamt We Spoke
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‘McQueen’ Review: Portrait of a Fashion Shock Artist As a Genius

‘McQueen’ Review: Portrait of a Fashion Shock Artist As a Genius
Lee Alexander McQueen was just 40 when he hanged himself at his London home in 2010, on the eve of his mother’s funeral. His suicide made headlines. But it was the revolution he started in fashion that is still being felt and fiercely debated – you don’t escape censure when you tag your early 1990’s collections with names like, “Jack the Ripper Stalks His Victims” and “Highland Rape.” The designer insisted his work reflected the brutality of the world without colluding with it. The argument about that still rages.

In their unmissable documentary McQueen,
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