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Michael Lewis’ Wall Street Movie ‘Flash Boys’ Moves to Netflix

Netflix has acquired movie rights Michael Lewis’ real-life financial drama “Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt” — a project that had been in development at Sony Pictures in 2014.

Ben Jacoby is adapting the book, which was published in 2014. No producer or director is attached yet.

Lewis alleged in the book that the stock market is “rigged” by high-frequency traders being able to “front run” orders ahead of other traders. “Flash Boys” also focuses on the creation of Iex, the Investors Exchange, aimed at eliminating the advantage of high-frequency trading.

Jacoby’s script “Newsflash” made the Black List and is centered on CBS’ coverage of the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Seth Rogen is attached to play Walter Cronkite with David Gordon Green directing.

Three of Lewis’ books have resulted in Hollywood movies — “The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game,” which was adapted into 2009’s “The Blind Side” and earned Sandra Bullock
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Chris Pratt to Receive Generation Award at 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards

Chris Pratt to Receive Generation Award at 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards
Chris Pratt will be this year’s recipient of the Generation Award at the 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards.

The annual Generation Award is given to an outstanding talent who has made significant contributions in film and television.

Pratt, who most recently starred in record-breaking blockbuster “Avengers: Infinity War,” developed a fanbase from his breakout role in sitcom “Parks and Recreation” as Andy Dwyer. He appeared on the NBC show with Amy Poehler, Nick Offerman, and Aubrey Plaza for seven seasons.

He has since become an action star with lead roles in “Jurassic World” and “Guardians of the Galaxy” as the superhero Peter Quill, better known as Star-Lord. Pratt also had supporting roles in “Moneyball,” “The Lego Movie,” “Her,” and “Zero Dark Thirty.” He also co-starred with Jennifer Lawrence in sci-fi drama “Passengers.”

He will soon reprise his role as Owen Grady alongside Bryce Dallas Howard in “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,
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Chris Pratt to Receive Generation Award at 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards

Chris Pratt to Receive Generation Award at 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards
Chris Pratt will be this year’s recipient of the Generation Award at the 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards.

The annual Generation Award is given to an outstanding talent who has made significant contributions in film and television.

Pratt, who most recently starred in record-breaking blockbuster “Avengers: Infinity War,” developed a fanbase from his breakout role in sitcom “Parks and Recreation” as Andy Dwyer. He appeared on the NBC show with Amy Poehler, Nick Offerman, and Aubrey Plaza for seven seasons.

He has since become an action star with lead roles in “Jurassic World” and “Guardians of the Galaxy” as the superhero Peter Quill,
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MTV Movie & TV Awards: Chris Pratt to Receive Generation Award

Chris Pratt is already in two summer tentpole films in Avengers: Infinity War and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, and he now has another big day on his calendar. Just days before the Jurassic World sequel hits theaters, the actor will receive the Generation Award at the 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards.

Pratt's additional film credits include the first two Guardians of the Galaxy movies, Passengers, The Magnificent Seven, Moneyball and Zero Dark Thirty. He also memorably played Andy Dwyer on NBC's Parks and Recreation.

Past recipients of the MTV Generation Award include the Fast & Furious franchise, Will Smith,...
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MTV Movie & TV Awards: Chris Pratt to Receive Generation Award

MTV Movie & TV Awards: Chris Pratt to Receive Generation Award
Chris Pratt is already in two summer tentpole films in Avengers: Infinity War and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, and he now has another big day on his calendar. Just days before the Jurassic World sequel hits theaters, the actor will receive the Generation Award at the 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards.

Pratt's additional film credits include the first two Guardians of the Galaxy movies, Passengers, The Magnificent Seven, Moneyball and Zero Dark Thirty. He also memorably played Andy Dwyer on NBC's Parks and Recreation.

Past recipients of the MTV Generation Award include the Fast & Furious franchise, Will Smith,...
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MTV Movie & TV Awards: Chris Pratt to Be Honored With This Year’s Generation Award

MTV Movie & TV Awards: Chris Pratt to Be Honored With This Year’s Generation Award
Star Lord is finally getting the recognition he craves. Chris Pratt is being honored with the Generation Award at this year’s MTV Movie & TV Awards, which will kick off a very long Emmy season next month. Past winners include Will Smith, Reese Witherspoon, Robert Downey Jr., Mark Wahlberg, Sandra Bullock, Jamie Foxx, Johnny Depp, Ben Stiller, Adam Sandler, Mike Myers, Tom Cruise, and Jim Carrey.

Pratt most recently appeared in “Avengers: Infinity War,” reprising the character he introduced in “Guardians of the Galaxy” and its sequel — two films that have grossed a combined $1.6 billion at the global box office. He also headlines the upcoming “Jurassic Park: Fallen Kingdom,” a sequel to 2015’s continuation of the prehistoric franchise launched by Steven Spielberg.

The actor first came to prominence with his role as Andy Dwyer on “Parks and Recreation” and has also appeared in “Moneyball,” “Her,” and “Zero Dark Thirty.” Tiffany Haddish
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Bennett Miller On False Starts, True Stories, And Philip Seymour Hoffman [Qumra 2018 Masterclass]

Now celebrating its fourth year, Qumra is a weeklong industry event run by the Doha Film Institute in Qatar. We’ll be bringing you coverage of the stellar lineup of Qumra 2018 Masterclasses, given by such luminaries as Tilda Swinton, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Andrey Zvyaginstev and Bennett Miller in the coming days.

Maybe because he’s only made four films — “The Cruise,” “Capote,” “Moneyball” and “Foxcatcher” — Bennett Miller, despite two director Oscar nominations, still feels like a relatively unheralded quantity.
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Borg Vs. McEnroe Trailer: Shia Labeouf Is a Tennis Legend

Borg Vs. McEnroe Trailer: Shia Labeouf Is a Tennis Legend
A new trailer for Borg vs. McEnroe has arrived online. Sports movies have long been a staple in Hollywood and often go on to become some of the best movies the industry has to offer. Specifically, we often get the chance to see actors deliver excellent and memorable performances in sports movies. Such may be the case with Shia Labeouf, who stars as tennis legend John McEnroe in the movie, going up against his real-life rival Bj&#246rn Borg, played here by Sverrir Gudnason. Could this be the beginning of a career renaissance for Labeouf? Or at the very least, a good performance not overshadowed by his off-screen antics?

This new trailer for Borg Vs. McEnroe makes tennis look surprisingly intense and cinematic. There have been quite a few improbable sports movies over the years, with Moneyball somehow making the science behind putting together a modern baseball team quite exciting,
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Oscars 2018: 10 exclusive chats with nominated writers and directors including Guillermo del Toro, Greta Gerwig & more [Watch]

Oscars 2018: 10 exclusive chats with nominated writers and directors including Guillermo del Toro, Greta Gerwig & more [Watch]
Some of the biggest filmmakers in Hollywood have joined Gold Derby recently to talk about their awards-contending films. With the Oscar ceremony coming up on Sunday, March 4, catch up on 10 exclusive interviews with this year’s writing and directing contenders. Follow the links below to be taken to their full interview.

See 2018 Oscar nominations: Full list of Academy Awards nominees in all 24 categories

Guillermo del Toro (Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay for “The Shape of Water”) helmed this fantastical romance about a mute janitor (Sally Hawkins) who falls in love with a giant fish man (Doug Jones). Del Toro previously competed at the Oscars for Best Original Screenplay for “Pan’s Labyrinth” (2006). He has won the Golden Globe, DGA, BAFTA, and Critics Choice prizes as Best Director for this film. (Click here to be taken to his full interview)

Greta Gerwig (Best Director and Best Original Screenplay
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2018 Cinema Audio Society Awards: ‘Dunkirk’ wins on way to Oscars

2018 Cinema Audio Society Awards: ‘Dunkirk’ wins on way to Oscars
At Saturday’s Cinema Audio Society Awards, “Dunkirk” edged out three of its Oscar rivals for Best Sound Mixing — “Baby Driver,” “The Shape of Water” and “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” — as well as “Wonder Woman” for the top award. The Cas snubbed “Blade Runner: 2049,” which won big with the Motion Picture Sound Editors on Feb. 18

This win for “Dunkirk” does not guarantee that it will take home the Oscar. Only 12 of the 24 winners with the Cas have repeated at the Academy Awards.

Predict Oscar winners now; change them till March 4

“Coco” won best sound mixing in an animated feature over “Cars 3,””Despicable Me 3,” “Ferdinand” and “The Lego Batman Movie.” And “Jane” claimed the documentary feature prize over “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power,” “Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars,” “Gaga: Five Feet Two,” and “Long Strange Trip.”

On the TV front, “Game of Thrones” won on the
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Five Things You Didn’t Know about Bennett Miller

Bennett Miller is the kind of guy that describes himself as a ‘tumbleweed’ in that he doesn’t own a car, a house, a staff, or a company. He’s essentially not tied down to anything possibly as a way to remain as liberated as possible and as free as he can be. It’s not a bad way to live, just different, and it’s definitely a choice. Aside from that he’s been responsible for some very noteworthy movies such as Moneyball, Foxcatcher, and Capote. He might not have that many films to his name but he’s managed to create some very memorable

Five Things You Didn’t Know about Bennett Miller
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Oscars flashback: Watch as Christopher Plummer confesses he was rehearsing his acceptance speech since birth

Oscars flashback: Watch as Christopher Plummer confesses he was rehearsing his acceptance speech since birth
Christopher Plummer had to wait until his eighties to receive any attention from Oscar voters. The long-awaited first nomination for the 2010 film “The Last Station” followed an acclaimed career in “The Sound of Music,” “The Man Who Would Be King,” “Somewhere in Time,” and “The Insider.” Even with the sympathy vote and at his age, he wouldn’t win that night, losing to Christoph Waltz in Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglorious Basterds” for Best Supporting Actor.

SEEOscar Best Supporting Actor Gallery: Every Winner in Academy Award History

However, two years later, Plummer was offered the plum role of Hal in the indie dramedy Beginners starring Ewan McGregor. It was that role that did bring Plummer his first (and only, so far) Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. He played an elderly man dying of cancer who reveals to his son that he is gay with a young male lover.

At 82 Plummer
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Oscars 2018: Margot Robbie (‘I, Tonya’) could make history as an actress and producer

Oscars 2018: Margot Robbie (‘I, Tonya’) could make history as an actress and producer
Margot Robbie (“I, Tonya”) is a shoo-in for a nomination for Best Actress next week, but she could end up making Oscars history in another category as well as was recently reported by one of our Experts, Sasha Stone (Awards Daily). Robbie is also a producer of the film, so if “I, Tonya” also receives a Best Picture nomination she would be the first actress to receive acting and producing nominations for the same film. After a year that saw actresses Nicole Kidman (“Big Little Lies”), Elisabeth Moss (“The Handmaid’s Tale”), and Julia Louis-Dreyfus (“Veep”) all win Emmys as both actors and producers of TV programs, it would be fitting for Robbie’s passion project to go the distance with a pair of historic Oscar nominations.

It has been an incredible year for female stories, both real and fictional. The “Me Too” and “Time’s Up” movements have shined
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Michael De Luca joins Suicide Squad 2 in producer role

As Warner Bros. continues to shake up its slate for the DC Extended Universe, the studio has added a new name to Suicide Squad 2. Michael De Luca has joined the film as a producer, partnering with Charles Roven to craft the sequel according to Variety.

Roven will remain the lead producer on the film and was reportedly enthusiastic to De Luca coming on board. This seems to point once again to WB’s shifting attitude towards a shared universe for the DC films by having individuals focusing on one project rather than one single voice in charge of several films.

The sequel to David Ayer’s film is said to be a top priority for WB at this time and is only one of two DC films entering production this year, the other being Shazam! with Zachary Levi starring and David F. Sandberg directing.

Other films De Luca has produced
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Suicide Squad 2 Brings in Fifty Shades Producer Michael de Luca

The creative team for Suicide Squad 2 is starting to take shape. We've known for a little while now that Gavin O'Connor (Warrior, The Accountant) is on board to write and direct the sequel, but now Warner Bros. has brought on a very established producer in the form of Michael De Luca to help handle Suicide Squad 2 behind-the-scenes. This is just a small part of the major changes being made to the way that DC Films is being handled at Warner Bros. now in the wake of Justice League's disappointment.

It sounds like Michael De Luca will primarily be focused on Suicide Squad 2 and won't be managing a big chunk of the upcoming DC slate for the studio. As for his resume? He's produced many prestigious movies like The Social Network, Moneyball and Blow. But he's also got some misses on his record as well, having been
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‘Suicide Squad 2’: Michael De Luca Joins as Producer

‘Suicide Squad 2’: Michael De Luca Joins as Producer
Warner Bros. has added Michael De Luca to produce “Suicide Squad 2,” sources tell Variety.

Variety first reported the news that Warner Bros. would be reconfiguring the look of its DC Universe, including the arrangement of executives in charge of each film. The addition of De Luca seems to signal that the studio would prefer having a central figure focused on a single project rather then having one individual oversee several films, as Charles Rovin and Zack Snyder had been doing up until these recent stumbles.

Gavin O’Connor is on board to write and direct the sequel to “Suicide Squad,” which stars Will Smith, Margot Robbie, and Jared Leto.

The movie is a top priority at Warner Bros. and looks to be one of the two DC properties (the other being New Line’s “Shazam!”) to begin production this year. Given the ensemble’s busy schedule, the shoot isn’t expected to start until fall of
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Aaron Sorkin Q&A: Why He Directed ‘Molly’s Game’ and Refused to Let Jessica Chastain Change His Words

Aaron Sorkin Q&A: Why He Directed ‘Molly’s Game’ and Refused to Let Jessica Chastain Change His Words
After years of letting Hollywood’s best directors take over his meticulous scripts for Oscar winner “The Social Network” (David Fincher) and Oscar nominee “Moneyball” (Bennett Miller), Aaron Sorkin finally decided to do it himself. While Sorkin was an executive producer of shows like NBC’s “The West Wing” and HBO’s “The Newsroom,” directing his adaptation of poker wrangler Molly Bloom’s confessional “Molly’s Game” was a first.

“Molly’s Game” debuted in Toronto, and since Stx released it December 25 (Metascore: 71) it’s picking up steam in the awards race, with Globes, BAFTA, and Writers, Editors and Producers guild nominations. I screened the film for my UCLA Sneak Previews class, and afterward Aaron Sorkin came in for a chatty Q&A: The man loves to talk. He did stop to ask me one question: “Can I just ask you, in the history of doing this, has there ever been an answer this long?
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Aaron Sorkin Q&A: Why He Directed ‘Molly’s Game’ and Refused to Let Jessica Chastain Change His Words

Aaron Sorkin Q&A: Why He Directed ‘Molly’s Game’ and Refused to Let Jessica Chastain Change His Words
After years of letting Hollywood’s best directors take over his meticulous scripts for Oscar winner “The Social Network” (David Fincher) and Oscar nominee “Moneyball” (Bennett Miller), Aaron Sorkin finally decided to do it himself. While Sorkin was an executive producer of shows like NBC’s “The West Wing” and HBO’s “The Newsroom,” directing his adaptation of poker wrangler Molly Bloom’s confessional “Molly’s Game” was a first.

“Molly’s Game” debuted in Toronto, and since Stx released it December 25 (Metascore: 71) it’s picking up steam in the awards race, with Globes, BAFTA, and Writers, Editors and Producers guild nominations. I screened the film for my UCLA Sneak Previews class, and afterward Aaron Sorkin came in for a chatty Q&A: The man loves to talk. He did stop to ask me one question: “Can I just ask you, in the history of doing this, has there ever been an answer this long?
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Elizabeth Banks, Michael De Luca Producing ‘Uncanny Valley’ for Universal (Exclusive)

Elizabeth Banks, Michael De Luca Producing ‘Uncanny Valley’ for Universal (Exclusive)
Universal Pictures has optioned “Uncanny Valley,” a novel about life in the tech bubble, Variety has learned. The studio snagged the rights to the unpublished book in a highly competitive bidding situation, one that drew interest from several suitors.

Michael De Luca, the man behind the “Fifty Shades” trilogy, and Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman, the duo responsible for the “Pitch Perfect” franchise, are set to produce the picture through their Universal-based Michael De Luca Productions and Brownstone Productions, respectively.

“Uncanny Valley” originally started life as a 2016 blog post from author Anna Wiener. It detailed her life at a startup on its last gasps, as the workers grapple with their Ipo dreams evaporating and dust off resumes. The novel version of that initial post is said to deal with Weiner’s transition from the world of publishing to Silicon Valley life. The book is tentatively set to be published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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Roles Where Actors Lost Weight

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New Year’s resolutions are a time to work towards a transformation of your body and/or your life. To honor these goals, this month we’re going to look at transformative roles in film. This week we look at some prominent examples of actors losing weight for roles.

It’s one thing to mentally prepare to play a character in a movie or a play. It’s another thing to physically transform yourself in order to better identify with the role. Some transformations are only skin deep; extensive makeup or prosthetics may be sufficient to pull of the necessary look. Other transformations are more involved; many actors may take part in weeks, if not months, of preparations for a role. This can include intense training, specialized diets, and exhaustive exercise routines. The end result of an actor going through such a transformation is not only a more accurate visual resemblance,
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