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‘Venom’ Trailer Breakdown: Six Major Takeaways From the First Footage of Tom Hardy’s Transformation

‘Venom’ Trailer Breakdown: Six Major Takeaways From the First Footage of Tom Hardy’s Transformation
Venom” is coming, and the first footage previewed in the first teaser trailer suggests fans can rest easy. Tom Hardy steps into the shoes of Eddie Brock, last played on the big screen by Topher Grace in a supporting role in Sam Raimi’s “Spider-Man 3.” Now Brock gets a film all to himself, and it looks like “Venom” will be somewhat of an origin story mixed with a scientific thriller.

The movie stars Hardy opposite Michelle Williams and Riz Ahmed. Ruben Fleischer, best known for making “Zombieland” and “Gangster Squad,” handles directing duties. “Venom” promises to be the next big R-rated superhero film following “Logan” and the “Deadpool” films. The first teaser is light on violence and story, but it provides enough brief glimpses of characters and action to get audiences primed for October.

Watch the “Venom” teaser trailer here, and read below for the clip’s biggest takeaways.
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Sam Raimi in talks to return to the directors chair for Lin-Manuel Miranda’s The Kingkiller Chronicle

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Author: Zehra Phelan

Spider-Man director Sam Raimi is currently in talks with Lionsgate to take the helm on the adaptation of The Kingkiller Chronicle.

Lionsgate has already nabbed Hamilton and La La Land musical genius Lin-Manuel Miranda as the creative producer and music creator for the film which is based on Pat Rothfuss’ classic novels of the same name.

The Kingkiller Chronicle is a fantasy series telling the story of Kvothe, an adventurer and famous musician. Much of the story is autobiographical, being told by Kvothe to a scribe. The first two books, The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man’s Fear, were released in 2007 and 2011 and went on to sell over ten million copies.

The plot is divided into two different action threads: the present, in which Kvothe tells the story of his life to Devan Lochees (known as Chronicler) in the Waystone Inn, and Kvothe’s past,
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Sam Raimi in Negotiations to Direct the Kingkiller Chronicles

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The director of original Spider-man trilogy and the Evil Dead saga could be about to jump back into the supernatural genre as Lionsgate is courting him for the Kingkiller Chronicles, according to a new report.

Variety is reporting that Lionsgate is looking in the direction of a seasoned sci-fi director in Sam Raimi to helm the first part of the Kingkiller Chronicles film, based on the novels by Pat Rothfuss.  The report states that Raimi and Lionsgate are currently in negotiations, which would explain why Lionsgate didn't want to comment on the news.  (Negotiation strategies and all)

The Kingkiller Chronicles is a series that Lionsgate definitely has a lot of faith in, as back in 2016 they signed Lin-Manuel Miranda to the Creative Director and Musical Composer for both the film and TV adaptations that are likely to come.  They even gave him the option to do any future stage adaptations.
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Sam Raimi To Direct ‘The Kingkiller Chronicle’

While Sam Raimi has been keeping busy as a producer, on the directing front, he hasn’t been behind the camera of any feature film since 2013’s “Oz The Great And Powerful.” And while he’s lined up no shortage of projects including a remake of “A Prophet,” “World War 3,” the tornado heist flick “Stormfall,” and a Bermuda triangle project, nothing has really stuck (he even turned down “The Flash: Flashpoint“).

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Sam Raimi Has Found His Next Directing Gig with The Kingkiller Chronicles

Sam Raimi is about to jump on board his next film project. He is currently in negotiations to helm The Kingkiller Chronicles, which is based on the classic book series by Pat Rothfuss. Raimi will work with Hamilton star and creator Lin-Manuel Miranda on the project as he is set to serve as the creative producer and musical mastermind of the feature film. There's also a TV series that is in development that he's involved with.

Sam Raimi has directed a film since 2013's Oz The Great and Powerful, so it's awesome to see that he's got a new film project to jump on board. Since he made Oz, Raimi has been working on the Ash Vs. Evil Dead series.

The Kingkiller Chronicles film will be an adaptation of the first book in the series, "The Name of the Wind." The script will be adapted by Lindsey Beer, who most
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Sam Raimi to Direct ‘Kingkiller Chronicles’ for Lionsgate and Lin-Manuel Miranda (Exclusive)

Sam Raimi to Direct ‘Kingkiller Chronicles’ for Lionsgate and Lin-Manuel Miranda (Exclusive)
Sam Raimi is in negotiations to direct Lionsgate’s adaptation of “The Kingkiller Chronicles,” based on Pat Rothfuss’ classic novels.

In 2016, Lionsgate tapped “Hamilton” star and creator Lin-Manuel Miranda to serve as creative producer and musical mastermind of the feature film and TV series adaptations of “The Kingkiller Chronicle,” along with Rothfuss. Miranda has the option to be involved in future stage productions as well.

Lionsgate had no comment on the Raimi news.

The film’s script is being penned by Lindsey Beer, who served as a writer on “Transformers: The Last Knight.” It will be based on the first book in Rothfuss’ series, “The Name of the Wind.”

The series is centered on the wizard Kvothe, who survives a tragic childhood to become a notorious household name. “The Kingkiller Chronicle” series of books and novellas has sold 10 million copies, and the first two books — “The Name of the Wind” and “The Wise Man’s Fear” — were
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A Letter To Rian Johnson

It feels a little bit like Christmas morning around the house this morning, even though we’ve still got a week and change to go before the actual day, and that’s undoubtedly because all the women here are rousing themselves a bit early to get ready for what amounts to Christmas 2017, Hollywood style. (The cats have been up for some time already, and they too are very excited, but you know, that’s just their way.) You see, in a couple hours we’re all piling into the car and making the pilgrimage up the hill to Universal City to see Star Wars: The Last Jedi. When it comes to buying advance tickets for a big movie for the whole family to see together my dear wife knows no restraints, and if the movie is prefixed with the words “Star Wars,” then all bets are most assuredly off.
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Hayes Brothers, Joel Silver Teaming on Horror Film (Exclusive)

Hayes Brothers, Joel Silver Teaming on Horror Film (Exclusive)
The Hayes brothers, the sibling duo behind “The Conjuring,” are teaming up with producer Joel Silver on an original horror movie.

Details are being kept under wraps, but the film is being set at Sony, where Columbia Pictures executive vice president of creative production Palak Patel will oversee the development. The brothers, Chad Hayes and Carey Hayes, have a busy dance card. They’ve been contracted to write the third installment of the “Journey to the Center of the Earth” series, and they’ve established themselves as among the preeminent creative forces in the horror genre. In addition to “The Conjuring,” the Hayes brothers have written “The Crucifixion,” “The Reaping,” and “House of Wax.”

Silver is best known as the producer of “Die Hard,” “Sherlock Holmes,” and “The Matrix.” He’s working with Sony on a remake of “Superfly,” the ’70s crime classic. Patel is involved in bringing that project to the screen as well. Before joining
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James and Dave Franco interview: The Disaster Artist

Ben Mortimer Nov 29, 2017

The Franco brothers chat to us about The Disaster Artist, The Room and Tommy Wiseau...

The story of the 'Citizen Kane of bad movies', The Disaster Artist, has been brought to the screen by writer-director James Franco, who takes the lead role in the film. And Dave Franco, who is the co-lead. The two brothers tell the tale of The Room, Tommy Wiseau's infamous bad movie that's become a cult hit. And on the promotional tour for the movie, they spared us some time for a natter...

[The interview begins with just Dave at the table, as James is chatting with a group of publicists the other side of the room.]

You’ve spent the last day or so bouncing from interview to interview, haven’t you?

Df: We spent the last month and a half or so bouncing from interview to interview.

That must be exhausting.

Df: It is, it is, but it could be worse. At least we like the movie. The alternative is not fun.

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10 Best Movies to See in December: 'Last Jedi,' New Paul Thomas Anderson and More

10 Best Movies to See in December: 'Last Jedi,' New Paul Thomas Anderson and More
We've finally come to the end of 2017, which means: lots of under-the-wire Oscar hopefuls! The return of the Bellas! A brand spankin' new Star Wars! Along with the final push of awards contenders (Steven Spielberg! Paul Thomas Anderson! Guillermo del Toro!), viewers can look forward to a pair of biopics about ethically compromised women, two vastly different musicals and the Rock taking on motorcycle-riding warriors and a safari's worth of jungle creatures. Oh, and James Franco giving what may arguably be the single greatest performance of the year. Yes, you read that sentence correctly.
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Mariah Carey Reflects on How Dreams of a ‘Show Business Life’ Were Realized

Mariah Carey Reflects on How Dreams of a ‘Show Business Life’ Were Realized
After five Grammy award wins, enough No.1 hit singles to create a whole album (the aptly titled “#1s” released in 1998, followed by the updated “#1 to Infinity” in 2015) and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, singer-songwriter-producer-actress Mariah Carey is about to get her feet wet.

On Nov. 1, she will stick them and her hands in cement at the Chinese Theatre forecourt, joining an exalted group of notables with her latest star turn.

Even with a long list of accolades behind her and a number of upcoming projects ahead of her, being immortalized alongside legends such as Marilyn Monroe, one of her own idols, is not an event Carey takes lightly. “I have this picture of Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell when they were doing their imprint ceremony. It’s an iconic photograph, and I have it hanging in my living room,” Carey says. “It’s something that feels humbling, and I feel honored by it.
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‘Venom’ Movie Lands Michelle Williams to Star Opposite Tom Hardy

With the film’s release only about a year away, Ruben Fleischer’s Venom has added another name to its cast. Variety reports that Michelle Williams has signed on to star opposite Tom Hardy in the upcoming superhero spinoff. Per Variety, “sources say Williams would play a district attorney and possibly Hardy’s love interest. Venom is a big change of pace of Williams, who usually opts to work with auteurs or at least directors with a strong point of view and tone. Her last blockbuster was 2011’s Oz the Great and Powerful, which at least offered her the …
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Michelle Williams to Star in ‘Venom’ Opposite Tom Hardy

Michelle Williams to Star in ‘Venom’ Opposite Tom Hardy
Michelle Williams is in talks to star opposite Tom Hardy in Sony’s “Venom” movie.

Riz Ahmed is also on board with Ruben Fleischer directing.

Sources say Williams would play a district attorney and possibly Hardy’s love interest. Sony had no comment on the casting.

Sony execs and Fleischer had been meeting with multiple actresses for the part for the past month, with production beginning next month. Sony recently released the trailer for Ridley Scott’s “All the Money in the World,” which is already generation Oscar buzz for Williams.

The studio has already made it clear that “Venom” will play no part in the Spider-Man universe, and that the film will stand on its own.

Scott Rosenberg (“Jumanji”) and Jeff Pinkner (“The Dark Tower”) will write the script for “Venom,” with Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach producing the movie, along with Amy Pascal. Palak Patel and Eric Fineman are overseeing the project for Columbia Pictures.

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Rian Johnson “Entirely Focused” On The Last Jedi; No Plans To Direct Star Wars: Episode IX

With Colin Trevorrow (Jurassic World) off the project entirely, Star Wars: Episode IX is in need of a new director.

For the second time in three months, Lucasfilm announced a high-profile departure from the Star Wars franchise, after the prestigious studio parted ways with erstwhile Han Solo directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller amid creative differences. With Episode IX, it’s a little different.

Filming on the 2019 sequel wasn’t set to begin until January of next year, but subsequent reports have claimed that the relationship between Lucasfilm and Colin Trevorrow had become “unmanageable,” with some even going so far as to suggest that the filmmaker was “egotistical” and “unbearable.” Harsh words, but one way or another, it’s clear that problems started to arise fairly early on in the creative process – hence the hiring of screenwriter Jack Thorne (Wonder) to polish Episode IX‘s script.

Looking to the future,
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Finn's Secret Mission Begins in Latest Look at Star Wars 8

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Finn's Secret Mission Begins in Latest Look at Star Wars 8
The Last Jedi throws Finn and newcomer Rose Tico into the world of high-rollers at the Canto Bight Casino in a recently released image from the upcoming movie. The news comes after the announcement that Lucasfilm and Colin Trevorrow have officially parted ways under the creative differences umbrella, which is something that Last Jedi director Rian Johnson claims he never ran into while making his new Star Wars movie. The latest issue of Empire Magazine shares this immersive image of Canto Bight as well as Johnson's experience on working with Disney and Lucasfilm.

Previously we had learned some new information about Poe's alterations to his X-Wing fighter from Empire Magazine and now they're sharing a picture of Finn and Rose in the Canto Bight Casino. According to the article, the scene on the planet Cantonica takes place about midway through Star Wars: The Last Jedi and is said to be
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Rian Johnson Had Creative Freedom on The Last Jedi; So Why Are Other Directors Being Let Go For "Creative Differences"?

As you all know by now, it was recently announced that by Lucasfilm that Star Wars: Episode IX director Colin Trevorrow is no longer attached to the project. He was let go because their visions for the project differed. This is one of the reasons used regarding Phil Lord and Chris Miller's departure in the middle of the Han Solo production. Maybe even the reason what Josh T It's pretty clear that these directors didn't have much creative freedom when developing their Star Wars projects.

Because of this, you would think that Lucasfilm has an outline or a formula that directors have to follow, and if the director's vision goes outside of that, then things aren't going to work. Well, according to Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson, that's not the case at all. In fact, it seems like he was given complete creative freedom to do what he wanted.
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The 20 Best Crime Films of the 21st Century, From ‘Memento’ to ‘Zodiac’

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The 20 Best Crime Films of the 21st Century, From ‘Memento’ to ‘Zodiac’
No genre illustrates the evolution of cinema better than the crime film. As recently as the ’90s, Hollywood regularly released stories of cops-and-robber showdowns and mystery-thrillers based on best-selling novels — but as the middle class continues to disappear from Hollywood films, smart crime stories moved to television (see: “The Sopranos,” “The Wire,” “Breaking Bad,” “The Night Of,” et. al.).

Outside the studios, there is a longstanding tradition – from the B-movies to the Coen brothers – of new directors showcasing their filmmaking chops with dark, stylish, and intense crime sagas. A surge of new filmmakers in the ’90s brought fresh interpretations to the genre, from the pastiche of “Reservoir Dogs” to the unnerving realism in “Boyz n the Hood.”

Read MoreThe 50 Best Films of the ’90s, From ‘Pulp Fiction’ to ‘Groundhog Day

These days, many of the best contemporary directors — including Martin Scorsese, David Fincher, Mann, the Coens, Park Chan-wook and Spike Lee – still love the genre,
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Grey’s Anatomy Season 14 To Show More Of Owen’s Sister But With A New Look

According to a couple of reports out there, we’re about to see a lot more of Owen’s sister Megan Hunt in the upcoming season 14! However, she will look quite different from the Megan that we saw in a couple of the season 13 flashbacks. The reason for this is because the actress who played her Bridget Regan will not be able to continue the role due to some scheduling conflicts. She’s currently a series regular on TNT’s “The Last Ship.” So, that’s got her all tied up. Instead, we’re going to see current NBC “Timeless” actress Abigail Spencer (above right) fill the role. According to TV Line, Timeless isn’t scheduled to start filming until November 2017 so that gave her a little extra time to jump in and tackle this Megan Hunt role. According to what we were shown in the season 13 flashbacks, Megan Hunt
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Comic-Con 2017: NBC’s Midnight, Texas Events Include Immersive 4D Experience & Live Tarot Card Readings

The place where only outsiders fit in is now at San Diego Comic-Con as NBC and Universal Television have plenty of Midnight, Texas events underway, including an immersive 4D experience and live tarot card readings:

Press Release: Universal City, Calif. – July 7, 2017 – NBC and Universal Television head to San Diego Comic-Con with a star-studded panel for the anticipated new supernatural thriller “Midnight, Texas” and take-over the entire Gaslamp Square with one of the largest interactive fan experiences yet. “Midnight,Texas” premieres immediately following Comic-Con weekend on Monday, July 24 at 10 P.M. Et/Pt on NBC.

NBC is also offering an exclusive fan opportunity to meet the cast of “Midnight, Texas” and best-selling author Charlaine Harris at a special book-signing of ‘Midnight Crossroads,’ the book that inspired the television series. The book signing will be held on Friday, July 21 from 5:45-7 p.m. at the Gas & Go pop-up station adjacent to the Tin Fish Gaslamp restaurant.
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War For The Planet Of The Apes & The Rise & Rise Of Intelligent Sci-Fi

Author: Dave Roper

Science Fiction has been with us for as long as we’ve had cinema. Méliès made his Trip to the Moon, Lang built and displayed his dystopian Metropolis and Jules Verne’s rich science fiction novels fed into cinema’s early efforts to showcase the fantastical.

Thankfully, cinema’s relationship with science fiction has also generally proved to be intelligent and thought-provoking. Spectacle, as with the disaster epics of Irwin Allen’s 1970’s heyday, has always had its place, but alongside that films as diverse as Planet of the Apes, The Day the Earth Stood Still, Metropolis, Soylent Green and Invasion of the Body Snatchers gave us much to consider about human nature, society and our relationship with our fragile planet.

More recently, Independence Day, Armageddon, War of the Worlds, Mars Attacks, Men in Black and even more sci-fi inflected comic book entries like Guardians of the Galaxy,
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