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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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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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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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Mark Duplass Deletes Tweet Praising Ben Shapiro After Harassment Campaign: ‘Get the F– Out of Here’

Mark Duplass Deletes Tweet Praising Ben Shapiro After Harassment Campaign: ‘Get the F– Out of Here’
Mark Duplass was criticized for praising conservative media personality Ben Shapiro on Twitter on Wednesday. The screenwriter and actor ultimately deleted the tweet following backlash from liberals.

“Fellow liberal: If you are interested at all in ‘crossing the aisle’ you should consider following @BenShapiro.” Duplass said in the tweet. “I don’t agree with him on much but he’s a genuine person who once helped me for no other reason than to be nice. He doesn’t bend the truth. His intentions are good.”

Duplass may have had good intentions, but the liberals he addressed in the tweet took his call of “crossing the aisle” as a betrayal and bluntly told Duplass that conversing with Shapiro would not be tolerated.

Also Read: Jimmy Kimmel: Trump Is the 'Taylor Swift of Treason'

I wish I had the energy to drag Mark Duplass but I met my quota of
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‘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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Hal Linden-Ryan Ochoa’s ‘The Samuel Project’ To Be Distributed by In8 Releasing (Exclusive)

Hal Linden-Ryan Ochoa’s ‘The Samuel Project’ To Be Distributed by In8 Releasing (Exclusive)
Los Angeles-based theatrical distributor In8 Releasing has announced it will make its distribution debut with the Hal Linden-Ryan Ochoa drama, “The Samuel Project,” Variety has learned exclusively.

The independent company will open the film theatrically in New York on Sept. 28, followed by a limited national engagement in over 25 markets, including Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago.

The Samuel Project” is directed and produced by In8 founders Marc Fusco and Steve Weinberger, respectively. The film follows a high school senior, played by Ochoa, who dreams of becoming an artist and makes his grandfather, a dry cleaner portrayed by Linden, the subject of an animated art project. In the process, he discovers that when his Jewish grandpa was a boy in Germany, a young woman heroically saved him from Nazi capture.

The script was written by Fusco and Chris Neighbors, and produced by Weinberger, Rebecca Reyes, and Jeff Deverett. Rounding
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Watch Trump-Inspired ‘Schoolhouse Rock!’ on ‘Colbert’

Watch Trump-Inspired ‘Schoolhouse Rock!’ on ‘Colbert’
Following President Trump‘s attempt to clarify remarks from his controversial press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin by using the now-infamous “double negative” excuse, The Late Show With Stephen Colbert revived animated educational show Schoolhouse Rock! to offer a true definition of that grammatical concept.

“Double negative, what’s your function?/ A desperate way to not side with the Russians,” the song opened. “Double negative, how’s that function?/ Confusing the people with sentence construction.”

The chipper tune continued with more examples that criticized Trump’s relationships with Putin
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Robin Gets Brutal in First ‘Titans’ Trailer for DC Universe

Robin Gets Brutal in First ‘Titans’ Trailer for DC Universe
“F–k Batman.”

The first trailer for “Titans” — the first original scripted series for DC Entertainment’s new streaming service, DC Universe — was unveiled Thursday, revealing a dark side of Dick Grayson, the erstwhile Robin.

The teaser comes as Comic-Con kicks off Thursday in San Diego. DC also on Thursday revealed the subscription cost for DC Universe. Annual subs to the service, which also includes digital comics, library content, and a social-media element, will be available for $74.99. Monthly subscriptions will be available for $7.99. Pre-orders for the app opened Thursday.

Titans,” from Warner Bros. Television, is set to premiere this year,
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‘Pecan Man’ Movie in the Works, So Yong Kim to Direct (Exclusive)

So Yong Kim has come on board to direct the independent drama “The Pecan Man,” based on the novel by Cassie Dandridge Selleck, Variety has learned exclusively.

Claude Dal Farra, Brice Dal Farra, and Brian Keady of Bcdf Pictures are the producers. Joseph Muszynski adapted the book and is an executive producer.

Described as “To Kill a Mockingbird” meets “The Help,” “The Pecan Man” tells the story of a small 1970s southern town after a homeless black man is hastily charged with the fatal stabbing of the police chief’s son. A white widow and her black housekeeper struggle with what they know of the crime as the tragedy creeps into their lives.

Kim’s debut feature, “In Between Days,” won the special jury prize at Sundance. Her two films, “For Ellen” and “Lovesong” also premiered in competition at Sundance. She has been nominated for four Film Independent Spirit Awards,
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DC Universe Series ‘Titans’ Debuts Nsfw First Trailer: ‘F— Batman’ (Video)

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If you’re wondering how adult-oriented Warner Bros./DC Comics’ upcoming streaming service DC Universe will be, you have an answer: really f—ing adult.

And to emphasize that point, in the first trailer for “Titans,” the live-action adaptation of DC’s long-running superhero team “Teen Titans,” Brenton ThwaitesDick Grayson gives the following crude response to some thugs who ask him if he’s got Batman with him: “F— Batman.”

The series focuses on a band of soon-to-be superheroes recruited from across the DC Comics universe and led by Dick Grayson, a.k.a. the original Robin, who emerges from the shadows some time after quitting as Batman’s sidekick.

Also Read: 'Shazam': First Look at Zachary Levi and Jack Dylan Grazer in DC Comics Movie (Photo)

Thwaites (“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales”) plays Grayson, who is lured back into the superheroics game by half-demon
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