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'Profile' director Timur Bekmambetov plots slate of 'Screen Life' movies after box office success

'Profile' director Timur Bekmambetov plots slate of 'Screen Life' movies after box office success
The first in his inventive series, Unfriended, grossed more than $60m.

Timur Bekmambetov, whose Profile premiered in the Berlin Film Festival’s Panorama strand last week, is preparing a slate of new “Screen Life” movies.

The director-producer is plotting to release up to six over roughly the 12 months, including adaptations of Cyrano De Bergerac and Romeo And Juliet, and an online variation on a Hangover-style comedy.

The filmmaker behind such big budget affairs as Wanted and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and the recent remake of Ben-Hur now sees the computer as the new frontier for filmmaking.

“Obviously, we live on screens…the most important and dramatic events are happening on screen,” the Russian-Kazakh director told Screen.

“This ’Screen Life’ is not a genre. It is a language,” Bekmambetov continued. He is working with Cyprus-based financiers Dossor on the slate.

’Screen Life’ films unfold on computer screens. Bekmambetov is in Berlin with the latest in the cycle, Profile, in which
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‘Bright’ Review: Netflix’s Misguided Mashup Of Cop And Fantasy Genres Does No Favors For Will Smith

‘Bright’ Review: Netflix’s Misguided Mashup Of Cop And Fantasy Genres Does No Favors For Will Smith
For a while, there seemed to be a trend for major studio feature mashups like Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Pride & Prejudice And Zombies, and Cowboys Vs. Aliens. None of them were any good, and more importantly, as Hollywood is concerned, all were box office flops. So why would Netflix go for a reported $90 million mashup of what is essentially Lethal Weapon meets Lord of the Rings? Did they smell their first shot at a franchise? This is their biggest shot yet at the…
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Beetlejuice 2 is Actually Moving Forward and it Has a New Writer

Over the past few years, there's been a lot of talk about a sequel to Tim Burton's classic film Beetlejuice. It looked like it was actually really close to happening in 2016. In one day Tim Burton said that film was ready to start shooting and then a few hours later said it wasn't in development. We haven't really heard anything regarding the movie since, other than Michael Keaton saying, "it's possible that ship has sailed."

Now today it's being reported that Warner Bros. is putting Beetlejuice 2 back into development and they've hired Mike Vukadinovich (Rememory) to rewrite the script that was originally written by Seth Grahame-Smith (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter). 

Burton is currently working on Dumbo for Disney, so maybe Warner Bros. is looking to get Beetlejuice 2 into a place of development where Burton can jump on board and direct when he's done with Dumbo.

There are
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‘The Current War’ Review: Benedict Cumberbatch and Michael Shannon Short Circuit a Shockingly Dull Epic — Tiff

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‘The Current War’ Review: Benedict Cumberbatch and Michael Shannon Short Circuit a Shockingly Dull Epic — Tiff
Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, director of the perceptive and unjustly maligned “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl,” is a young, thoughtful filmmaker with an inventive visual imagination and a very bright future ahead of him. That being said, something clearly went very, very wrong during the making of “The Current War.” A lifeless period drama about the rivalry between two of America’s greatest geniuses, Gomez-Rejon’s lavish third feature unfolds like a more historically accurate riff on “The Prestige,” albeit one lacking even a trace amount of magic (Nikola Tesla factors in, however, and Nicholas Hoult’s performance pays tribute to David Bowie).

The initial aim, however, may have been closer to “Hamilton.” First conceived as a stage musical by eventual screenwriter Michael Mitnick, “The Current War” tells the story of the race to light up the world. It begins, rather inexplicably, in December of 1880, after Thomas Alva Edison (a
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Neuromancer: Deadpool's Tim Miller Latest Director Attached to Cyberpunk Novel Adaptation

Deadline is reporting that Deadpool's Tim Miller looks to have landed the plum gig of directing Fox's adaptation of William Gibson's cyberpunk opus Neuromancer. The current attempt at the adaptation is being produced by Simon Kinberg, his Deadpool producer.    Kinberg has had his share of hits but mostly misses over the years, from Deadpool to a lengthy list of, well, it's not encouraging. From Jumper to Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter,  Elysium, Chappie, Fantastic Four, and X-Men Apocalypse, the track record gives cause for concern for fans of the seminal cyberpunk novel, the first in Gibson's Sprawl trilogy.    Miller only has Deadpool to his credit and is working on rehashing the why-won't-you-just-die-already Terminator franchise.    Case was one of the best console cowboys until...

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Fantastic Four Reboot Planned as a Kids' Movie?

Fantastic Four Reboot Planned as a Kids' Movie?
While Marvel Studios has succeeded in getting back most of the rights to their comic book characters over the past few years, there are still a few big properties that have alluded them, primarily the X-Men and Fantastic Four. Both of these are controlled by 20th Century Fox, which may be eyeing yet another Fantastic Four reboot. Despite the critical and commercial failure of the 2015 Fantastic Four reboot, producer Simon Kinberg teased in February that a Fantastic Four sequel may still happen, although if this new, unconfirmed report is to be believed, that won't be the case. The studio is now reportedly eyeing a Fantastic Four reboot that will have a much different family twist.

The 2015 movie followed younger versions of Reed Richards (Miles Teller), Johnny Storm (Michael B. Jordan), Susan Storm (Kate Mara) and Ben Grimm (Jamie Bell), based on the Ultimate Fantastic Four comics. Bleeding Cool reports that 20th Century Fox has brought on writer Seth Grahame-Smith to write a new Fantastic Four reboot that will go in a different direction than the 2015 movie, centering on Franklin and Valeria, the children of Reed Richard and Susan Storm, with Johnny Storm and Ben Grimm still part of the story as well. This unconfirmed report claims that the whole movie will be more "kid-centric," said to be in the same vein as the Pixar hit The Incredibles.

The 2015 Fantastic Four reboot was a disaster in every possible aspect, earning just $56.1 million domestically and $167.9 million worldwide from a $120 million budget. The low box office returns were paired with reports of unprofessional behavior from director Josh Trank while production was under way in New Orleans, with reports that he almost came to blows with star Michael B. Jordan. Just a few months after the movie hit theaters, there were rumors that Fantastic Four will return to Marvel, with a report claiming that Marvel was planning a reboot for 2020, but that was never verified.

20th Century Fox's original deal with Marvel, which was made in the 1990s when Marvel was selling off the rights to several characters as part of its bankruptcy proceedings, gives them the rights to keep making Fantastic Four movies and X-Men movies for as long as they want. In recent years, Marvel has been able to win back the rights to several of the characters they signed away to rebuild the company, like Ghost Rider, Blade, The Punisher and Daredevil, just to name a few, with a major coup coming in 2015 when they finalized a deal with Sony to bring Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Still, Marvel Studios has not been able to get back Fantastic Four, which reportedly angered Marvel to the point that they even killed off Fantastic Four and X-Men comics.

As for this Seth Grahame-Smith, he is no stranger to the superhero realm, having performed uncredited script polishes for Josh Trank's Fantastic Four. He was also slated to write the screenplay for and make his directorial debut with Warner Bros.' Dceu entry The Flash. He also wrote the screenplays for Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, along with the novel it was based on, Dark Shadows, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and this year's hit Lego Movie spin-off, The Lego Batman Movie. As of now, this report about yet another Fantastic Four reboot has not been confirmed, but perhaps we'll hear more about this potential project soon.
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Rumour: Fox developing new “kid-centric” Fantastic Four movie

Although many fans had hoped that the failure of 20th Century Fox’s 2015 Fantastic Four reboot meant that Marvel’s First Family may potentially find itself heading back home to Marvel Studios, it seems that Fox isn’t looking to give up the rights to the potentially lucrative superhero franchise just yet.

Now, take this as a rumour for the time being, but Bleeding Cool is reporting that Seth Grahame-Smith, author of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter has written a draft for a new Fantastic Four movie.

According to the site, “the whole movie will be kid-centric with a vibe far more reminiscent of The Incredibles” and will look to differentiate itself from the Josh Trank bomb by focussing on Franklin and Valeria, the children of Reed Richards and Sue Storm (although The Thing and the Human Torch will also feature alongside Mister Fantastic and the Invisible Woman).

Graheme-Smith does have previous superhero experience, having done some script polishing on Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four movie, as well as writing The Spider-Man Handbook: The Ultimate Training Manual. He was also previously attached to direct The Flash solo movie for Warner Bros.

Under the terms of the deal for Fantastic Four, 20th Century Fox will retain the rights to the characters, as long as they continue to produce movies. Despite the disastrous box office performance of the last month, producer Simon Kinberg has stated on several occasions that Fox still has plans for the franchise, while Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige revealed last week that there has been no talk about bringing the Fantastic Four into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

What do you make of this news? Are you excited about the prospect of a kid-centric Fantastic Four movie? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below…
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Official Trailer for Netflix's 'Shimmer Lake' Film with Benjamin Walker

"Once you open that door there's no going back!" Netflix has unveiled an official trailer for a new film titled Shimmer Lake, the feature directorial debut of screenwriter Oren Uziel. This small-town crime mystery is told in reverse, going backwards day-by-day, telling the story of the local sheriff's attempt to solve a bank robbery and find the criminals. Benjamin Walker (from Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) stars as the sheriff, with an eclectic cast of indie actors including Rainn Wilson, Stephanie Sigman, Rob Corddry, Wyatt Russell, Ron Livingston, Adam Pally, and John Michael Higgins. This seems like it's riding the coattails of all the buzz about small-town crime TV shows and films, but I'm still curious to check it out. Here's the official trailer for Oren Uziel's Shimmer Lake, direct from Netflix's YouTube: An inventive crime thriller told backwards -- reversing day by day through a week -- following a
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The Flash movie has a new title, more details

Kirsten Howard Simon Brew Rob Leane Jul 24, 2017

Flashpoint is the new name for The Flash movie, it's been confirmed...

It was announced at San Diego Comic-Con over the weekend that the Flash movie is now called Flashpoint and will adapt Geoff Johns' famous and controversial storyline, which saw Barry Allen go back in time to save his mother from being killed by Reverse-Flash. The change had huge ramifications for the future of the DC Universe, altering many things and eventually leading to a brand new timeline known as the New 52 in the comics.

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While that's unlikely to happen here, it could allow for a refresh of some of the more controversial elements of the Dceu. More importantly, though, this opens the door to a significant number of potential superheroic guest stars.

The story has already been adapted twice: once as an excellent animated
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Fargo: Mary Elizabeth Winstead Teases Nikki Swango's Unimaginable Journey, Stands 'Totally in Awe' of Noah Hawley

Fargo: Mary Elizabeth Winstead Teases Nikki Swango's Unimaginable Journey, Stands 'Totally in Awe' of Noah Hawley
Rarely does cold-blooded murder actually involve freon. But as FX’s Fargo let loose with its third season, Mary Elizabeth Winstead’s Nikki Swango let fly with a fourth-story air conditioner unit to eliminate, brutally, a loose thread in boyfriend Ray’s scheme to get rich, quick.

After which she probably turned her attention back to competitive bridge strategy.

RelatedFargo Premiere Recap: ‘I Won’t Lie, It Didn’t Go Smooth’

As Episode 2 of the new “year” nears, Wednesday at 10/9c, TVLine spoke with Winstead about Nikki’s wants and desires, Ewan McGregor pulling double duty, butting heads with
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Sculptor Perfectly Recreates Johnny Depp's Twisted Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas Head From the Poster

Artist Kevin Kirkpatrick, who has worked on films like The Avengers, Sucker Punch, Lincoln, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, must be a huge fan of the 1998 movie Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, because he's sculpted this spot-on recreation of Johnny Depp's twisted visage from the movie's poster. He talked about the project in an interview with Creators:

"I just wanted people to think about what it was they were looking at," Kirkpatrick says. "When I first made the piece, I posted photos and people would ask me why I posted a photo of the poster. It's not until they looked closer that they realized that it was a 3D art piece that they were used to seeing in two dimensions. I took on a challenge with a very limited time constraint, which quite nearly drove me crazy due to lack of sleep.
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Exclusive: How ‘Underground’ Is Making History by Telling Harriet Tubman’s Story on Screen

Exclusive: How ‘Underground’ Is Making History by Telling Harriet Tubman’s Story on Screen
When Underground returns to Wgn America for season two on Wednesday, March 8, it’ll make history by presenting Harriet Tubman’s narrative onscreen for the first time since 1978, when Cicely Tyson played the abolitionist on the TV miniseries A Woman Called Moses. In the 39 years since, there’s been little of Tubman’s vast story -- from her escape from slavery to the Underground Railroad to her role as spy and military leader during the Civil War and, later, a suffragette -- presented, unless one counts her brief appearance on an episode of NBC's 1982 time-traveling series Voyagers! or in 2012’s Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, which even the film’s screenwriter, Seth Grahame-Smith, admitted was “sad.”

In fact, several versions of Abraham Lincoln’s story have appeared on TV and in theaters since 1978, with Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln earning Daniel Day-Lewis the 2013 Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of the president. Even [link=nm
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The Lego Batman Movie review: give a minifig

MaryAnn’s quick take… A great Batman movie, a great superhero movie, and a gloriously bonkers expression of the sublime silliness of crime fighters in capes, and our love of them. I’m “biast” (pro): really liked The Lego Movie

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

He’s Batman. (Say it in a low growl for best effect.) The little Lego minifig in black actually works as a superhero. Of course he appeared in The Lego Movie a couple years back, but he was a joke, a sideshow, a parody of the Dark Knight. Would spinning him off into his own movie work as anything other than a caricature, and wouldn’t he be just one joke stretched too thin across a full movie? Wouldn’t the few things that made The Lego Movie stand apart from all the many
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Underground Season 2 Adds Harriet Tubman to the Cast

It’s hard to believe that after all of these years one of the most famous figures in the history of the movement to end slavery, Harriet Tubman, hasn’t been portrayed on screen to the extent that she should have. In fact it on TV it was only once way back in 1978 in a miniseries called A Woman Called Moses. Then in 2012 she appeared in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. And let’s face it. Does the 2012 appearance even count? I mean Abraham Lincoln is fighting vampires. Come on now. You’ll recall that Harriet Tubman was “conductor” of the

Underground Season 2 Adds Harriet Tubman to the Cast
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Benjamin Walker and Kaya Scodelario Welcome a Son

Benjamin Walker and Kaya Scodelario Welcome a Son
Benjamin Walker and Kaya Scodelario are parents!

The actors have welcomed their first child, a son, the new mom announced Thursday on social media.

“Welcome to the world little man. We couldn’t be happier or more in love with you & Arnie’s loving his new cuddle buddy,” Scodelario wrote on Instagram next to a photo of her newborn’s arm.

No further details — including his name and birth date — have been released.

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The Maze Runner actress,
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Lincoln Fist Axe Warrior Fan Trailer Is the Abraham Lincoln Kung Fu Film We've Always Wanted

If you want to see an awesomely fun mashup, you've got to watch this fan trailer for "Lincoln Fist Axe Warrior"! It perfectly combines Steven Spielberg's Lincoln with Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter. The result is an old-school looking Kung Fu film with Abraham Lincoln. The video comes from CineFix, who had this to say:

If you thought Spielberg's Lincoln was a bit of a snooze-fest you might be interested to see what happens when you combine it with the other Lincoln movie released that year, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.

The result is a surprisingly convincing trailer for a Kung Fu movie, in which old Honest Abe must do battle against the "bad guys" in the only way he knows how: by kicking some serious butt!

Enjoy!
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Today in Movie Culture: Finding Art in 'Batman v Superman,' the Originality of the 2016 'Ghostbusters' and More

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Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:   Video Essay of the Day: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice looks a lot more artistic when you watch this video showcasing its allusions and its framing (via Live for Films):   Redone Trailer of the Day: Watch the new trailer for The Lego Batman Movie redone with footage from the '80s and '90s live action Batman movies:   Reworked Movie of the Day: In honor of the election, CineFix mashed together Lincoln and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter for a presidential martial arts movie:   Vintage Poster of the Day: Dorothy Dandridge, who was born on this day in 1922, was the first ever African-American woman...

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The Flash Movie: Kiersey Clemons Not Happy About Director Rick Famuyiwa Leaving

Kiersey Clemons in Dope (Center)

News of director Rick Famuyiwa leaving The Flash didn’t exactly hit fans too well. Not only is it almost always discouraging to see a talented artist leave a project, but this is in a universe that’s already been riddled with problems. Man of Steel was a divisive film at best, Batman v Superman was underwhelming to some and terrible to others, Suicide Squad was dumb fun at its best, and for some reason or another The Flash can’t seem to lock down a director.

Earlier this year, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter author Seth Grahame-Smith left the project due to creative differences, and earlier this week, Famuyiwa, officially dropped out at as well, stating:

"I pitched a version of the film in line with my voice, humor and heart. While it’s disappointing that we couldn’t come together creatively on the project,
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Breaking: The Flash In Trouble? Film Loses Its Second Director, Rick Famuyiwa

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Oh, boy DC. Get it together.

Looks like The Flash is in trouble again. THR is reporting that Rick Famuyiwa, the director of the fun indie flick Dope, which hit theaters last year, has officially left the film due to creative differences. According to the outlet, Famuyiwa’s vision of the film had “more edge” than the studio was comfortable with, hence the departure.

Famuyiwa had nothing but good things to say about his experience, though he did express his disappointment with having to leave:

"When I was approached by Warner Bros and DC about the possibility of directing The Flash, I was excited about the opportunity to enter this amazing world of characters that I loved growing up, and still do to this day."I was also excited to work with Ezra Miller, who is a phenomenal young actor. I pitched a version of the
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‘Designated Survivor’ Review: Kiefer Sutherland Is Here To Save You From Electing the Next President

‘Designated Survivor’ Review: Kiefer Sutherland Is Here To Save You From Electing the Next President
With “Designated Survivor,” ABC isn’t just expecting audiences to crave wish fulfillment fantasies over reality. The network is betting Americans are so sick of politics, they’re A-ok with blowing Congress straight to hell — literally.

The pilot episode of Kiefer Sutherland’s latest series — aka, his latest attempt to capitalize off of Jack Bauer’s iconic visage — wastes little time turning him into a lone survivor, even if it takes a bit longer to swear in the nation’s sixth unelected president. Assigned to be this year’s designated successor (a cabinet official chosen by the President to be excused from the State of the Union to preserve the line of succession… you know, in case everyone in attendance dies and we need a new President), Tom Kirkman watches in horror as a fiery inferno rises from the capital building and an outcome he never planned for becomes a frightening new reality.
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