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Fantasia 2018 Review: A Rough Draft Is The Bold, Audacious Russian Sci-Fi Action That Will Get You Hyped!

Back in 2004, Russian science fiction film Night Watch took the genre film world by storm, introducing a new and exciting voice to the international crowd. Based on the work of novelist Sergei Lukianenko, Night Watch was no dour, pensive mood piece, it was an exciting, action packed film that became one of the decade's biggest international hits. It was followed up with the equally well received Day Watch in 2006. Both films were directed by the then unknown Timur Bekmambetov, who has gone on to be one of the most reliable science fiction filmmakers/producers in Hollywood, producing pulpy hits like Wanted, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, and the current festival hit Profile. Sadly, the proposed Night Watch trilogy never got its concluding chapter, but Lukianenko's...

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Netflix Announces Full Slate of Millarworld Movies and TV Shows

Netflix, the world's leading internet entertainment service, today 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 about the impending slate of new Netflix series.

"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
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Netflix Announces Multiple TV Series And Feature Films Based On Mark Millar Comic Books

Netflix’s first major push into the comic book filmmaking world by buying the rights to Mark Millar’s Millarworld line of books is finally going to bear some fruit. According to the streaming service, plans to develop original series and films based on a handful of comic book properties is now moving forward.

For those not aware of Mark Millar, he’s the co-creator behind comics that inspired the films “Wanted,” “Kingsman: The Secret Service,” and “Kick-Ass.” Now, with his deal at Netflix, we’ll be seeing much more from the creator, including series based on “Jupiter’s Legacy” and “American Jesus,” as well as films for “Empress,” “Huck,” and “Sharkey The Bounty Hunter.”

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.

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Netflix initial roster of Mark Millar content to include 'Empress', 'American Jesus'

Netflix, whose shares took a tumble on Monday after it failed to reach subscriber growth forecasts, announced on Tuesday [July 17] the first wave of films and series with Kick-Ass and The Kingsman creator Mark Millar.

Netflix, whose shares took a tumble on Monday after it failed to reach subscriber growth forecasts, announced on Tuesday [July 17] the first wave of films and series with Kick-Ass and The Kingsman creator Mark Millar.

Films include Empress to be written by Lindsey Beer (Kingkiller Chronicle), Huck to be written by Ted Melfi, and Sharkey The Bounty Hunter to be written by Michael Bacall.

The series encompass
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Timur Bekmambetov set to co-direct his new film with a computer

Timur Bekmambetov set to co-direct his new film with a computer
”Now we have found a way to use computers to create poetry.”

Russian filmmaker Timur Bekmambetov is developing a project to be partly directed by a computer using artificial intelligence.

The AI film is one of two separate projects inspired by neuro-psychologist Alexander Luria’s non-fiction book ’The Man With A Shattered World: The History Of A Brain Wound’, about the author’s work with a Soviet-era soldier who suffered severe head trauma, that Bekmambetov has long been trying to adapt for the screen through his prolific Bazelevs production company.

“Luria invented neuro-psychology in the 1940s,” explained Bekmambetov, whose many
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Rapper/Actor Common Signs With UTA in All Areas

Rapper/Actor Common Signs With UTA in All Areas
United Talent Agency has signed rapper, actor and producer Common in all areas.

The Chicago-born Mc first emerged in the early 1990s as Common Sense and simplified his name to Common by the time he released his first full-length, “Can I Borrow a Dollar?,” in 1992. Two more indie albums followed before he inked with McA (now Universal) for the release of “Like Water for Chocolate” in 2000, which was recorded in collaboration with Questlove and other members of the Soulquarians collective, who also worked on contemporaneous albums by D’Angelo and Erykah Badu. He moved over to Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. label in 2005 and recorded the album “Be” with him. Common’s two most recent albums, including 2016’s “Black America Again,” are on Def Jam; he recently formed the hip hop group August Greene along with Robert Glasper and Karriem Riggins. He has won three Grammy Awards out of 20 nominations, for “Glory,
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Rapper/Actor Common Signs With UTA in All Areas

United Talent Agency has signed rapper, actor and producer Common in all areas.

The Chicago-born Mc first emerged in the early 1990s as Common Sense and simplified his name to Common by the time he released his first full-length, “Can I Borrow a Dollar?,” in 1992. Two more indie albums followed before he inked with McA (now Universal) for the release of “Like Water for Chocolate” in 2000, which was recorded in collaboration with Questlove and other members of the Soulquarians collective, who also worked on contemporaneous albums by D’Angelo and Erykah Badu. He moved over to Kanye West’s G.O.O.D.
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What’s Leaving Netflix in July 2018

When a new crop of movies and TV shows hits Netflix each month, it’s inevitable that another must head toward the exit.

On July 1, “Tropic Thunder,” the cult-classic comedy spoof of “Apocalypse Now,” will be leaving the streamer alongside “Michael Clayton,” “Lethal Weapon,” “Bring It On,” “Midnight in Paris,” and “Scary Movie.” Later this month, “Wanted,” “A Cinderella Story,” and “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” will also be hitting the road.

Check out the full list of titles leaving Netflix below:

July 1

Alive

Along Came Polly

An Honest Liar

The Art of War

Beerfest

Before Midnight

Bring It On

Bring
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John Cho’s Searching Finds New Trailer and Poster

This August, John Cho (The Exorcist) stars in an all-new lap-top Pov thriller from producer Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted) called Searching. We’ve already brought you guys a trailer and poster for the film, but guess what? Today we have an all-new trailer and poster for the found footage film, which you can check out to the right […]

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See Angelina Jolie, James McAvoy, and the Cast of 'Wanted' 10 Years After the Premiere

Can you believe it's been 10 years since the premiere of Wanted? Since the action film, inspired by a comic book miniseries, debuted audiences still find themselves watching James McAvoy (Wesley) joining The Fraterniy — a team of assassins portrayed by Angelina Jolie, Morgan Freeman, and Common — over and over again. Seriously, one decade later, we're still not over that plot twist. At the time, James revealed he was surprised to be cast as an "action hero" (Disclaimer: this was before his breakout roles in Last King of Scotland and Atonement). "Nobody really knew who I was over there [in Hollywood] and I just thought that they were being really brave casting somebody who isn't usual action hero fodder and thought, 'Well, they're trying to do something different," he told the Times of Malta. He went on to detail how he trained for the role, which included doing stunts for 12 hours a day followed by the gym for 90 minutes.
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‘The Magic Order’ Trailer: Mark Millar Introduces You to Netflix’s First Comic Book Series

Netflix has dominated film and television over the last several years, and now the streaming giant is making a big play into the comic book world with “The Magic Order.” The six-issue comic series hits shelves this summer and hails from the mind of Mark Millar, creator of “Kick-Ass,” “Kingsman,” and “Wanted.”

The Magic Order” centers around five families of magicians sworn to protect the world against a mysterious evil who’s picking them off one by one. By day they live among us as our neighbors, friends and co-workers, but by night they are the sorcerers, magicians and wizards that protect us from the forces of darkness.

Watch “The Magic Order” trailer below. The six-issue comic book series hits comic book stores in July 13.
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Maleficent 2 Begins Shooting, Full Cast, Synopsis and Photo Unveiled

Maleficent 2 Begins Shooting, Full Cast, Synopsis and Photo Unveiled
Filming on Maleficent 2 is officially underway. Disney has announced that production has commenced on the sequel to their live-action take on Sleeping Beauty, which sees Angelina Jolie (Wanted) and Elle Fanning (Super 8) return to reprise their roles from the first movie. Filming is taking place at Pinewood Studios in the U.K. The studio has also confirmed the full cast and has released an official synopsis, which reads as follows.

"A fantasy adventure that picks up several years after Maleficent, in which audiences learned of the events that hardened the heart of Disney's most notorious villain and drove her to curse a baby Princess Aurora, Maleficent II continues to explore the complex relationship between the horned fairy and the soon to be Queen, as they form new alliances and face new adversaries in their struggle to protect the moors and the magical creatures that reside within."

Also joining
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Elle Fanning And Angelina Jolie Photos On Instagram As Maleficent II Begins Production

Production has begun on Maleficent II, a sequel to the 2014 global box office hit “Maleficent,” at Pinewood Studios and on locations throughout the U.K..

Oscar® and three-time Golden Globe® winner Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning reprise their roles as the dark fairy Maleficent and Princess Aurora, respectively, two characters from the studio’s animated classic “Sleeping Beauty,” whose untold story was brought to life on screen in Maleficent.

Michelle Pfeiffer, the Golden Globe® Award winning, Emmy® nominated and three-time Academy Award® nominated actress, joins the cast as Queen Ingrith.

Also joining the production are Academy Award® and Golden Globe nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor, Ed Skrein and Robert Lindsay.

Harris Dickinson joins Maleficent II as Prince Phillip.

It's bring your mom to work day on the #Maleficent2 set!!!!!

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Maleficent II is directed by Joachim Rønning and written by
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Full Cast and Synopsis for Maleficent 2 Revealed as Filming Begins

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Cameras have started rolling on Maleficent 2 to mark production's beginning, Disney has released the first synopsis for the film and a list of all the new, and returning, cast. Come inside to check it out!

Maleficent kicked off a new wave of live-action Disney films based on their iconic animated films. While it's had a sequel announced/talked about for some time now, filming has officially started. For fans who loved the first film the most important thing about today's production announcement is the first synopsis that gives us an idea of what to expect from the story:

A fantasy adventure that picks up several years after “Maleficent,” in which audiences learned of the events that hardened the heart of Disney’s most notorious villain and drove her to curse a baby Princess Aurora, “Maleficent II” continues to explore the complex relationship between the horned fairy and the soon to be Queen,
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Konstantin Khabenskiy Leads An Escape From Sobibor

Russian star Konstantin Khabenskiy rose to international fame through his lead roles in Timur Bekmambetov's Night Watch films - followed by a memorable support part in Bekmambetov's English debut Wanted -  and he now makes his directorial debut with the upcoming Sobibor.  And, yeah, it would appear he's learned a thing or two over his long career as one of Russia's most notable leading men. Sobibor itself was one of the most notorious Nazi death camps in Poland, believed to be the site of the mass executions of at least a quarter million Jews. But at the end of its life Sobibor was also the site of a successful escape with 600 prisoners engaging in revolt, roughly half of those making it out of the...

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Scoop: Salman Khan starrer Dabangg 3’s schedule delayed; won’t release in January 2019

Scoop: Salman Khan starrer Dabangg 3’s schedule delayed; won’t release in January 2019
Salman Khan starrer Dabangg 3 was expected to release on January 25, 2019. Due to the busy schedule of Salman Khan for Race 3 and Dus Ka Dum, the film is yet to even go on the floor. It has been learned that Dabangg 3 schedule has gone for a toss and the pre-production taking a lot of time. The shooting will now begin on September 14, as per the source. Hence, the movie won't release in January 2019 as speculated. As far as the third installment is concerned, Sonakshi Sinha and Arbaaz Khan will be returning in the film. Dabangg 3 will be helmed by Wanted director, Prabhu Dheva.

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James McAvoy Bio: In His Own Words – Video Exclusive, News, Photos

 James McAvoy (born April 21, 1979; age: 38) is a Scottish actor best known for his role as Mr. Tumnus, the faun from The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005), The Last King of Scotland (2006), Atonement (2007), Wanted (2008), and as the young Professor Charles Xavier in the X-Men films. He also recently starred in the 2017 psychological thriller Split. James […]

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‘Maleficent 2': Michelle Pfeiffer in Talks to Play the Queen

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‘Maleficent 2': Michelle Pfeiffer in Talks to Play the Queen
Michelle Pfeiffer is in talks to play the Queen in “Maleficent 2,” an individual with knowledge of the project tells The Wrap.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” director Joachim Ronning is set to direct. Production on the sequel is set to start in 2018.

Angelina Jolie will reprise the title role in the live-action fairy tale. She is noted for her reluctance to doing live-action sequels, instead preferring to focus on original movies as both an actress and a filmmaker. Sony and Universal once planned sequels to “Salt” and “Wanted,” respectively, but Jolie hasn’t expressed desire to return for either would-be franchise since the poor reception of her 2003 “Tomb Raider” sequel, “The Cradle of Life.”

Also Read: 'Maleficent 2' With Angelina Jolie: Joachim Rønning in Talks to Direct Sequel

Joe Roth is producing the film. Jez Butterworth and Linda Woolverton wrote the sequel script, with Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster writing its most recent revisions.

Maleficent” grossed $760 million worldwide in 2014, making the sequel a high priority for Disney’s development team.

Pfeiffer was last seen in Kenneth Branagh’s “Murder on the Orient Express” and will be in Marvel StudiosAnt-Man and The Wasp,” which will be in theaters July 6.

Pfeiffer is repped by CAA and Management 360.

Variety first reported the news.

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Wanted Is Coming to Netflix in May 2018

Here's a film you'll want to press play on Netflix next month.  E! News can exclusively reveal the 2008 action thriller Wanted starring Angelina Jolie is coming to Netflix on May 16. The Oscar-winning actress famously starred alongside James McAvoy and Morgan Freeman as a mentor to a burgeoning assassin with superhuman killing powers.  McAvoy portrayed Wesley Gibson, a young man frustrated with his lackluster job and existence. However, his life turns upside down after a mystery woman known as Fox, played by Jolie, reveals that his father was a renowned assassin. Gibson trains as a member of a fraternity of assassins under Fox and Freeman's character,...
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Tribeca: Sarah Jessica Parker’s ‘Blue Night’ Gets Moody Poster (First Look)

Tribeca: Sarah Jessica Parker’s ‘Blue Night’ Gets Moody Poster (First Look)
With a cast that includes Sarah Jessica Parker, Renee Zellweger, and Common, “Blue Night” is one of the hottest projects at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival. Variety has an exclusive first look at the film’s moody poster, which features a forlorn-looking Parker in a sea of anonymous city dwellers.

The film follows Vivienne (Parker), a singer in New York City, whose world is shattered after she receives some bad news. It unfolds over the course of a day as she prepares for an upcoming world tour, navigates various personal and professional relationships, and reflects on her successes and failures, all while trying to find a private moment to share with others the news she has received from her doctor.

Blue Night” is Parker’s first film in three years. In addition to her work on HBO’s “Sex & the City” and “Divorce,” Parker has appeared in “Failure to Launch,
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