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‘Westworld’ Releases First Look Footage of Shogun World at SXSW as Cast Teases a ‘Reckoning’ in Season 2

‘Westworld’ Releases First Look Footage of Shogun World at SXSW as Cast Teases a ‘Reckoning’ in Season 2
It’s been over a year since “Westworld” aired its Season 1 finale, and the time since has been largely quiet. Co-creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy are notoriously close-mouthed about plot details, so little is known about where Season 2 of HBO’s Emmy-winning blockbuster series is headed.

Well, shooting just wrapped, and with only a month to go before the show returns, it’s time to start teasing what’s next. The two creators joined their cast, including Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, and James Marsden, at SXSW for a featured panel discussion, and they didn’t come empty-handed.

The group kicked things off by sharing footage from Season 2, including one scene and a brief, previously unreleased trailer. The panel ended with a surprise appearance by Elon Musk, but let’s get to the important stuff first:

The Footage

Nolan, always hesitant to share story details (let alone
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‘The Outsider’ Review: That Netflix Movie Where Jared Leto Joins the Yakuza Is Even Worse than it Sounds

‘The Outsider’ Review: That Netflix Movie Where Jared Leto Joins the Yakuza Is Even Worse than it Sounds
You probably don’t need a critic to tell you that “The Outsider,” a tragically real crime drama in which Jared Leto plays a silent but violent enforcer for the Yakuza in post-war Japan, is 100% percent horrendous. After all, when was the last time you saw a good Yakuza movie starring Jared Leto?

Of course, “The Outsider” didn’t have to be yet another story about a white dude who manages to insinuate himself into a historically inaccessible Japanese subculture just to have sex with the most coveted native woman around and then ruin everyone’s life in the noble pursuit of something no one asked him to do in the first place. You’d like to think that Hollywood would eventually learn from the mistakes (or even the title) of “The Last Samurai,” and perhaps one day it will. But today is not that day. Today is just the
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Jimmy Kimmel Hinted at a Major Oscars Scandal in His Opening Monologue

Touching upon the Harvey Weinstein scandals in his opening speech for the Oscars, host Jimmy Kimmel quipped that the only other person to get expelled from the Academy was a character actor named Carmine Caridi, who received the same punishment as Weinstein because he lent a "neighbor a copy of Seabiscuit on VHS." Surely, this shout-out must have been awkward for Caridi, who's been out of the spotlight for the last 14 years since his expulsion from the Academy. Many younger viewers may miss this reference, but Caridi's scandal was quite a debacle back in the day. In early 2004, federal authorities alleged that Caridi gave Russell Sprague screeners of over 60 movies seeking consideration for the Academy Awards after it found a copy of Something's Gotta Give circulating illegally on the Internet in 2004. Sprague and Caridi had met in Los Angeles when Sprague helped Caridi with a broken Vcr. They kept in contact,
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The Greatest Movie Music Of All Time

We’re heading into movie award season in Hollywood and around the world. There are lots of ingredients that go into making a successful film: an exciting and original script, a skillful director, and a lead actor and actress who put their heart and soul into a role. Add these together and you might get good box office sales and even pick up an award or two, but if you want a movie to be remembered for all time it needs one other ingredient: brilliant music. That’s certainly what these three films have!

The Magician Behind James Bond

Okay, so the first choice on our list isn’t a single movie but a whole series of them, but they are all known for their soundtrack as much as for their thrill-a-minute scripts. There are currently 25 James Bond films (if you count David Niven’s ‘Casino Royale’), each with its own theme tune.
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John Logan to script Leonardo DiCaprio’s da Vinci biopic

Back in August it was reported that Paramount Pictures had snapped up the rights to Walter Isaacson’s book Leonardo da Vinci as a star vehicle for Leonardo DiCaprio, and now comes word from Deadline that the project has secured a writer.

The site is reporting that Paramount has tapped John Logan, the Oscar-nominated screenwriter of Gladiator and another DiCaprio film, The Aviator. Logan’s other credits include the Bond films Skyfall and Spectre, as well as The Last Samurai, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Hugo, Alien: Covenant and the TV series Penny Dreadful.

Leonardo da Vinci is being produced by DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson of Appian Way, with DiCaprio portraying the role of the celebrated artist and scientist. It’s a fitting role for the Oscar-winner, with his pregnant mother deciding to give him the name Leonardo as she was looking at a da Vinci painting
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Ken Watanabe Joins Ryan Reynolds in Detective Pikachu

So, respectable actor Ken Watanabe has been cast in Legendary Picture's upcoming Pokemon film Detective Pikachu. This movie is bringing together a pretty solid cast and for their sake... I hope it's good!

I'll be honest... I'm not really that excited about this, but maybe when I actually see what the movie will look like, I'll change my mind. Watanabe joins the previously cast Justice Smith (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom) and Kathryn Newton (Big Little Lies).

The story of Detective Pikachu centers around Smith’s character’s father getting kidnapped. He teams up with Pikachu (Reynolds) to help find him. Newton plays a journalist who helps them on their quest. Ken Watanabe will play a new character created for the film called Detective Yoshida.

The movie is being directed by Goosebumps director Rob Letterman from a script that is being written by Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Alex Hirsch
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10 Things You Didn’t Know about “The Last Samurai”

The Last Samurai has been seen as a work of cultural appropriation but it has also been given note that such a story does exist as a base for the movie. However, as you can guess, the true story is far different and offers nothing like the tale we see in this movie. Tom Cruise as an action star is usually a big draw for anyone but while this film did okay in the box office it had kind of a mixed reception by the fans. Perhaps they thought that someone else should have stepped into the role. The trick

10 Things You Didn’t Know about “The Last Samurai
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‘Mission: Impossible’ Producer Paula Wagner to Be Honored at Camerimage

Poland’s Camerimage cinematography fest, which kicked off Saturday, will honor Paula Wagner with its prize for “producer with unique visual sensitivity,” in recognition for her work on such films as “Mission: Impossible” and other partnerships with co-producer Tom Cruise.

With four decades of work, starting with projects such as Alejandro Amenábar’s chiller “The Others” and Billy Ray’s journalist drama “Shattered Glass,” the former actress built her career via agency work, repping talents such as Sean Penn, Val Kilmer, Demi Moore and Liam Neeson while at the Creative Artists Agency.

In 1993, she launched Cruise/Wagner Productions, which took on the film adaptation of the hit ‘70s TV suspense series “Mission: Impossible,” launching the franchise that continues to roll along. Cruise and Wagner also worked on Cameron Crowe’s mystery romance “Vanilla Sky,” based on Amenábar’s “Abre los ojos.”

Wagner then produced Edward Zwick’s Cruise-starrer “The Last Samurai,” exec produced
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Tiffcom: Philippines Shares Location Attraction Lessons With Japan

Tiffcom: Philippines Shares Location Attraction Lessons With Japan
The Philippines has long been a favorite destination to shoot Hollywood films such as “Apocalypse Now” and “Bourne Legacy.” Now the South East Asian nation has broadened its appeal to productions for other Asian countries – Japan included.

At a Tiffcom market seminar on Thursday Philippines Film Development Council representative Liza Dino-Seguerra and Viva Communications licensing and acquisitions VP Tina Tubongbanua sat down with J-horror director Hideo Nakata, Sapporo Film Commission representative Arifumi Sato to not only pitch their country as a location, but discuss how Japan can improve its own appeal to foreign filmmakers.

(The Philippines’ star director Brillante Mendoza was also on hand at the Tokyo International Film Festival on Thursday to give a master class on working with actors.)

English fluency; low costs; relaxed censorship; coordination between government agencies to cut red tape; and diverse locations that have served as everything from Bali to Norway, were among The Philippines attractions, said Dino-Seguerra.
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Film News Roundup: Columbus Short Developing Biopic on Baseball Player Dock Ellis

Film News Roundup: Columbus Short Developing Biopic on Baseball Player Dock Ellis
In today’s film news roundup, Columbus Short is developing a film based on the life of major league baseball player Dock Ellis, Patricia Arquette gets her first feature directing gig, “The Deuce” star Emily Meade joins “Trial by Fire” and Angourie Rice is starring in Australian drama ‘Ladies in Black.”

Project Development

Columbus Short and Artistry Films are developing a film based on the life of the late major league baseball player Dock Ellis, Variety has learned exclusively.

The project, titled “Ellis D,” is planned to go into production next year. The project will be produced by Max Gousse and Short at Artistry Films, who announced Tuesday that they have acquired life rights from Ellis’ widow, Hjordis Ellis, who has been consulting on the project.

Short plans to star in the film. He wrote the script along with actor/writer Lane Garrison (“Prison Break”).

It’s the second Ellis biopic in the works in Hollywood. In
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Tom Cruise's Craziest Stunts – and the Toll They Took on His Body

Tom Cruise's Craziest Stunts – and the Toll They Took on His Body
Tom Cruise is notorious for pushing the limits with his stunt work, often performing high-flying action sequences by himself.

Just last month, he injured his ankle while filming a scene for Mission: Impossible 6 in London, where he had to jump between two buildings.

Below is a collection of the craziest stunts the 55-year-old has performed over his long career, along with the toll they’ve taken on his body – and his coworkers’ anxiety levels.

1. Hanging Off the Side of a Flying Plane in Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

Described by Cruise himself as “undoubtedly the most dangerous thing I’ve ever done,
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Chile Offers 30% Cash Rebates to Int’l Films, TV and Digital Location Shoots

Chile has kicked off a 30% cash rebate incentive to attract more international productions to its shores. In order to qualify, foreign producers of feature films, TV series or digital platform series are required to ink a co-production pact with a local producer and spend a minimum of $2 million in the country. The incentive will not exceed 30% of qualified expenses, with a cap of $3 million.

For Cristian Diaz, investments chief of Chile’s Strategic Creative Program (Corfo), “the development generated by audiovisual investments goes beyond the economic activity associated with the investment itself.” “Countries like New Zealand, or cities like New York, to name just two, are strong examples of the impact on the tourist development of those territories,” he noted.

Chilean film commissioner Joyce Zylberberg pointed out that the influx of foreign productions would bring a good measure of knowhow and expertise to Chile’s local audiovisual industry, which remains small despite the multiple accolades its films
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Hiroyuki Sanada joins Westworld season 2 and Avengers: Infinity War casts

Japanese actor and martial artist Hiroyuki Sanada will be joining the cast of HBO’s Westworld in a major recurring role for season 2, TV Guide reports. In addition to the fact that Sanada will be playing a new character named Musashi for multiple episodes, the outlet also did a little bit of digging and discovered that the character could give the audience a closer look at Samurai World (park name unconfirmed), a sister park to Westworld hinted at in the season 1 finale.

For this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, Funko unveiled a wave of exclusive HBO-related Pop! vinyl figures, including one for a character of the name Musashi; he hadn’t been introduced on the show before and sports a samurai-appropriate sword, helmet and armor. Westworld clearly isn’t Delos Incorporated’s only venture, and the toy would suggest that at least one of those other ventures will get some
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‘Hellboy’ Whitewashing Controversy: 5 Japanese Actors Who Could Take on the Embattled Role

‘Hellboy’ Whitewashing Controversy: 5 Japanese Actors Who Could Take on the Embattled Role
Early last week, white British actor Ed Skrein joined the cast of Neil Marshall’s upcoming “Hellboy” reboot, a casting choice that was immediately derided for its whitewashing of Skrein’s character, a Japanese-American Marine named Ben Daimio (whose family tree includes no less than a famous Japanese spy and war criminal, who also appears in the John Arcudi and Mike Mignola comic book series). In short order, Skrein did something wholly remarkable: he dropped out of the project after learning about Daimio’s heritage.

Read More:‘Hellboy’ Whitewashing: Ed Skrein Steps Down From Playing Japanese-American Comic Character

In an official statement, the actor made it clear that he believed the choice was what was “right,” noting that portraying the part in “a culturally accurate way” was clearly important for audiences (Skrein also pointed to his own “mixed heritage” family in the statement, which you can read here). In a
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Movie Review – American Made (2017)

American Made, 2017.

Directed by Doug Liman.

Starring Tom Cruise, Domhnall Gleeson, Sarah Wright, E. Roger Mitchell, Jesse Plemons, Lola Kirke, Alejandro Edda, Benito Martinez, Caleb Landry Jones, and Jayma Mays.

Synopsis:

A pilot lands work for the CIA and as a drug runner in the south during the 1980s.

There’s an unshakeable feeling that Tom Cruise is actually trying in American Made, Doug Liman’s derivative if not entertaining Goodfellas-lite comic thriller. Cruise has been the movie star for the past two decades, but his on-screen persona only exists as a parallel to Cruise as the movie star. Few risks are taken, so American Made, albeit steeped in cliché, is a rather welcome detour away from the glamour and stunts of the monolithic blockbusters he finds comfort in.

It’s all too easy to forget his 1-2-3-4 punch of The Last Samurai, Collateral, War of the Worlds,
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Tobey Maguire Chess Movie Launches Day-and-Date On Amazon in the U.K.

Tobey Maguire Chess Movie Launches Day-and-Date On Amazon in the U.K.
Pawn Sacrifice” will launch on Amazon’s U.K. Prime Video on August 13, the first time the streaming service has had a movie day and date with its theatrical release in the country.

The film stars Tobey Maguire as American chess prodigy Bobby Fischer and launched at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2014, before getting a limited U.S. release in 2015.

Set at the height of the Cold War, the film tells the story of Fischer and the epic matches he had at the 1972 World Chess Championships, effectively a match-up between the superpowers of the U.S. and Soviet Russia.

Amazon Prime subscribers in the U.K. will be able to stream or download the movie from this weekend, as the film is released in theaters. Bleecker Street took the U.S. rights to the movie, and in the U.K. it is with eOne.

Directed by Edward Zwick (“The Last Samurai”) and written by Steven Knight (“Peaky Blinders
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Warner Bros. Pictures’ Next Godzilla Film And Tag Movie Begin Production

Following the global success of 2014’s “Godzilla” and this year’s “Kong: Skull Island,” comes the next chapter in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ cinematic MonsterVerse: an epic action adventure that pits Godzilla against some of the most popular monsters in pop culture history.

The film, which began principal photography on June 19, is being directed by Michael Dougherty (“Krampus”), and stars Oscar nominees Vera Farmiga (“Up in the Air,” “The Conjuring” films), and Ken Watanabe (“The Last Samurai”) and Sally Hawkins (“Blue Jasmine”), both reprising their “Godzilla” roles; Kyle Chandler (“The Wolf of Wall Street,” “Manchester by the Sea”); Millie Bobby Brown (“Stranger Things”) in her feature film debut; Bradley Whitford (“Get Out”); Thomas Middleditch (HBO’s “Silicon Valley”); Charles Dance (HBO’s “Game of Thrones”); O’Shea Jackson Jr. (“Straight Outta Compton”); Aisha Hinds (“Star Trek Into Darkness”); and Golden Globe nominee Zhang Ziyi (“Memoirs of a Geisha,” “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”).

The new story follows the heroic efforts of the crypto-zoological agency Monarch as its members face off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah. When these ancient super-species—thought to be mere myths—rise again, they all vie for supremacy, leaving humanity’s very existence hanging in the balance.

Dougherty directs from a script he wrote with Zach Shields. The film is being produced by Mary Parent, Alex Garcia, Brian Rogers and Thomas Tull, with Barry H. Waldman, Zach Shields, Yoshimitsu Banno and Kenji Okuhira serving as executive producers and Alexandra Mendes co-producing for Legendary.

Behind the scenes, Dougherty’s creative team includes director of photography Lawrence Sher, whose past credits include “War Dogs” and “Godzilla,” for which he handled additional photography; production designer Scott Chambliss (“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” “Star Trek Into Darkness”); editor Roger Barton (“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” the “Transformers” films); costume designer Louise Migenbach (the “X-Men” and “Hangover” films); and Oscar-winning VFX supervisor Guillaume Rocheron (“Godzilla,” “Ghost in the Shell,” and part of the Oscar-winning team behind “Life of Pi ”).

Filming is taking place mainly in Atlanta, Georgia. A presentation of Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures, the film is currently scheduled for release in March 2019, and will be distributed in 3D and 2D and in select IMAX theaters by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, except in Japan, where it will be distributed by Toho Co., Ltd.

Meanwhile, Tag! You’re It!

Production begins this week on location in Atlanta for the new comedy “Tag,” directed by Jeff Tomsic (Comedy Central’s “Broad City”) for New Line Cinema. The film’s starring ensemble cast is led by Ed Helms (The “Hangover” movies, “We’re the Millers”), Jake Johnson (TV’s “New Girl”), and Hannibal Buress (“Neighbors”), with Jon Hamm (“Baby Driver,” TV’s “Mad Men”) and Oscar nominee Jeremy Renner (“The Hurt Locker, “The Town”).

For one month every year, five highly competitive friends hit the ground running in a no-holds-barred game of tag they’ve been playing since the first grade—risking their necks, their jobs and their relationships to take each other down with the battle cry “You’re It!” This year, the game coincides with the wedding of their only undefeated player, which should finally make him an easy target. But he knows they’re coming…and he’s ready. Based on a true story, “Tag” shows how far some guys will go to be the last man standing.

The film also stars Annabelle Wallis (“The Mummy”), Rashida Jones (TV’s “Parks and Recreation”), Isla Fisher (“Now You See Me”) and Leslie Bibb (“Iron Man 2”).

Tomsic directs from a screenplay written by Mark Steilen (TV’s “Mozart in the Jungle”) and Rob McKittrick (“Waiting”), based on the Wall Street Journal article entitled “It Takes Planning, Caution to Avoid Being It.” The film is produced by Todd Garner, Mark Steilen and Sean Robins, with Hans Ritter serving as executive producer. The creative filmmaking team includes director of photography Larry Blanford, editor Josh Crockett, production designer David Sandefur, and costume designer Denise Wingate.

Tag” is set for a June 29, 2018, release.

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Netflix: Movies and TV Shows Leaving in July

Netflix: Movies and TV Shows Leaving in July
Here are the movies and TV shows leaving Netflix in July.

Batman, While You Were Sleeping, Two Weeks Notice and The Last Samurai are some of the films subscribers to the streaming service should check out in the next few weeks if they want to watch them before they expire. Seasons 1-6 of Futurama will also no longer be available starting next month.

Netflix's July additions were just announced.

Check out the full list below to see what is leaving Netflix in July.

Leaving July 1, 2017

9/11: Stories in Fragments

America's Secret D-Day Disaster

American Pie Presents:...
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Netflix: Movies and TV Shows Leaving in July

Here are the movies and TV shows leaving Netflix in July.

Batman, While You Were Sleeping, Two Weeks Notice and The Last Samurai are some of the films subscribers to the streaming service should check out in the next few weeks if they want to watch them before they expire. Seasons 1-6 of Futurama will also no longer be available starting next month.

Netflix's July additions were just announced.

Check out the full list below to see what is leaving Netflix in July.

Leaving July 1, 2017

9/11: Stories in Fragments

America's Secret D-Day Disaster

American Pie Presents:...
See full article at The Hollywood Reporter - TV News »

Watch The Thrilling Trailer For Marshall Starring Chadwick Boseman, Josh Gad And Kate Hudson

Witness the rise of the man who changed America. Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther) is Thurgood Marshall.

Also starring Josh Gad, Kate Hudson, Dan Stevens, Sterling K. Brown and James Cromwell, watch the exciting trailer now.

Such an dynamic trailer – with a fall season release date, expect to see awards buzz for such a powerful film. Acting, directing, writing, producing categories, including the technical categories for cinematography, costumes, hair and makeup, and production design, with score and song to round out the possible nominations.

Long before he sat on the United States Supreme Court or claimed victory in Brown v. Board of Education, Thurgood Marshall (Chadwick Boseman) was a young rabble-rousing attorney for the NAACP. The new motion picture, Marshall, is the true story of his greatest challenge in those early days – a fight he fought alongside attorney Sam Friedman (Josh Gad), a young lawyer with no experience in criminal law: the case of black chauffeur Joseph Spell (Sterling K. Brown), accused by his white employer, Eleanor Strubing (Kate Hudson), of sexual assault and attempted murder.

The film has a top notch production team.

Directed by Reginald Hudlin, Marshall is produced by Paula Wagner, Jonathan Sanger ( The Elephant Man, Vanilla Sky, Flight Of The Navigator), and Reginald Hudlin. It is written by Jake Koskoff and Michael Koskoff.

Hudlin co-produced the 88th Academy Awards ceremony in 2016 and was one of the producers of Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, for which he received an Oscar nomination for Best Picture for the film.

Paula Wagner launched Cruise/Wagner Productions (C/W) with her former CAA client Tom Cruise. C/W went on to produce such critically acclaimed films as The Others, The Last Samurai, Vanilla Sky, Without Limits, Shattered Glass, Narc, Elizabethtown, and Ask the Dust, as well as Steven Spielberg’s War of the Worlds (which Wagner executive produced). C/W was responsible for the original Mission: Impossible film trilogy (Mission: Impossible 2 and Mission: Impossible III).

Open Road Films will release Marshall on October 13, 2017. Mark it on your calendar now.

Check out the film at it’s official site: http://www.marshallmovie.com/

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