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Jordan Peele has reportedly pitched a Gargoyles movie to Disney

After scoring a huge critical and commercial success (and an Oscar) for last year’s hit horror-thriller Get Out, one would assume that studios would be chomping at the bit to work with actor-turned-filmmaker Jordan Peele.

However, it seems that Disney are reluctant to move ahead with one project that Peele has pitched to them – a movie based upon the cult 1990s animated series Gargoyles, which ran for three seasons between 1994 and 1997 and drew favourable comparisons to the classic Batman: The Animated Series.

According to Richard Rushfield of industry newsletter The Ankler (via SlashFilm), Peele “walk[ed] in and says he wants to do a new version of Gargoyles“, but Disney is said to be sitting on its hands and unlikely to move ahead with the pitch.

“How do you turn down Jordan Peele?,” writes Rushfield. “Well, you can’t. Who wants to be responsible for that decision? So in the
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Black "Widows"

Sneak Peek new footage, plus images from the crime thriller "Widows", directed by Steve McQueen ("12 Years A Slave"), starring Liam Neeson, Michelle Rodriguez, Viola Davis, Robert Duvall, Elizabeth Debicki and Colin Farell, opening November 16, 2018:

"...in contemporary Chicago, amidst a time of turmoil, four women with nothing in common except a debt left behind by their dead husbands' criminal activities...

"...take fate into their own hands, and conspire to forge a future on their own terms..."

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Widows"...
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Orlando Bloom, Freida Pinto, Cynthia Erivo and Leslie Odom Jr. join John Ridley’s Needle in a Timestack

Deadline is reporting that Orlando Bloom (The Lord of the Rings), Freida Pinto (Guerilla), Cynthia Erivo (Bad Times at the El Royale) and Leslie Odom Jr. (Hamilton) have joined the cast of Needle in a Timestack, the new film from John Ridley, the Oscar-winning writer and producer of 12 Years a Slave.

Ridley is set to write and direct the film, which is based upon a short story by Robert Silverberg and “follows a couple who work to hold their marriage together in a world where time travel is possible, and the past and present are ever fluctuating.”

Needle in a Timestack was originally set up at Miramax, but is now being produced by Bron Studios, which has the Al Capone biopic Fonzo, Bill Condon’s The Good Liar and the Tom Hanks WWII movie Greyhound on its upcoming slate.

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‘Maleficent 2’ Adds Judith Shekoni of ‘Heroes Reborn’ and ‘Ice’ (Exclusive)

‘Maleficent 2’ Adds Judith Shekoni of ‘Heroes Reborn’ and ‘Ice’ (Exclusive)
Judith Shekoni has joined the cast of “Maleficent 2.” The British actress is coming off two seasons of Antoine Fuqua drama series “Ice” for At&T’s Audience network in which she played the female lead, Lady Rah, opposite Donald Sutherland.

Maleficent” was loosely based on Sleeping Beauty, but little is yet known about the sequel. Shekoni will star as Shrike, a character who befriends the titular anti-hero, Maleficent, who is once again played by Angelina Jolie. Filming is underway at Pinewood Studios in the U.K.

Shekoni starred in “Twilight Breaking Saga: Breaking Dawn II – Part 2” as Zafrina, the leader of the Amazonian Vampires. On TV, having started out in the U.K. in series such as “Eastenders,” she has gone on to star in numerous U.S. network shows including CBS comedy “Mike and Molly,” ABC’s “Brothers and Sisters,” and the CW’s “All of Us.” She is
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Viola Davis Leads Steve McQueen’s Star-Packed ‘Widows’ Trailer

There are nearly too many big names to count in the first full-length trailer from “12 Years a Slave” director Steve McQueen’s forthcoming drama, “Widows.” Led by Academy Award winner Viola Davis, the ensemble features Michelle Rodriguez, Cynthia Erivo, Liam Neeson, Colin Farrell, Brian Tyree Henry, Daniel Kaluuya—and that’s not even the entire slate. Co-written by McQueen and “Gone Girl” scribe Gillian Flynn, the 20th Century Fox feature will hit theaters Nov. 16. Have big screen dreams? Check out Backstage's film auditions!
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Toni Collette Is Explosive, but ‘Hereditary’ Is Horrific: How Genre Bias Can Kill Oscar Chances

Toni Collette Is Explosive, but ‘Hereditary’ Is Horrific: How Genre Bias Can Kill Oscar Chances
Winning any Oscar nomination demands that enough Academy voters see the movie in the first place. A demanding film can make the cut — “The Shape of Water,” “12 Years a Slave,” “Moonlight,” and “Get Out” prove that — but in order to go the distance, they first had to become must-see films. For most genre movies, that’s a bridge too far.

Far more horror films have been nominated for Oscars than have won. A scary movie needs serious elevation to score Oscar nods: Either it penetrates the culture as a drama, or boasts such amazing acting or production values that its quality can’t be denied.

Jordan Peele’s “Get Out” rose above its horror DNA thanks to the preferential ballot and to an expanded younger and more diverse Academy membership. This timely racial thriller, which started production during the Obama administration and was released in the age of Trump,
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Toni Collette Is Explosive, but ‘Hereditary’ Is Horrific: How Genre Bias Can Kill Oscar Chances

Toni Collette Is Explosive, but ‘Hereditary’ Is Horrific: How Genre Bias Can Kill Oscar Chances
Winning any Oscar nomination demands that enough Academy voters see the movie in the first place. A demanding film can make the cut — “The Shape of Water,” “12 Years a Slave,” “Moonlight,” and “Get Out” prove that — but in order to go the distance, they first had to become must-see films. For most genre movies, that’s a bridge too far.

Far more horror films have been nominated for Oscars than have won. A scary movie needs serious elevation to score Oscar nods: Either it penetrates the culture as a drama, or boasts such amazing acting or production values that its quality can’t be denied.

Jordan Peele’s “Get Out” rose above its horror DNA thanks to the preferential ballot and to an expanded younger and more diverse Academy membership. This timely racial thriller, which started production during the Obama administration and was released in the age of Trump,
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Widows Trailer Is the Gritty Heist Movie of Your Dreams

Widows Trailer Is the Gritty Heist Movie of Your Dreams
The first trailer for Widows is here. Steve McQueen made a big name for himself in Hollywood with 2013's 12 Years a Slave. The movie went on to win the Oscar for Best Picture that year and earned McQueen a nomination in the category of Best Director. He's taken some time to choose his next directorial effort carefully and it looks to be vastly different than what we might have expected, but no less fascinating. The first footage for Widows is action-packed and promises to be one of the most hotly-anticipated movies coming down the pipeline later this year.

There is so much to process in this first trailer. Essentially, this is a gritty heist movie that sees a team led by Viola Davis and a bunch of other awesome women. Unlike Ocean's 8, however, this girl gang is reluctantly pulled into the crime life and this is going to
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Windows Trailer Is the Gritty Heist Movie of Your Dreams

Windows Trailer Is the Gritty Heist Movie of Your Dreams
The first trailer for Windows is here. Steve McQueen made a big name for himself in Hollywood with 2013's 12 Years a Slave. The movie went on to win the Oscar for Best Picture that year and earned McQueen a nomination in the category of Best Director. He's taken some time to choose his next directorial effort carefully and it looks to be vastly different than what we might have expected, but no less fascinating. The first footage for Windows is action-packed and promises to be one of the most hotly-anticipated movies coming down the pipeline later this year.

There is so much to process in this first trailer. Essentially, this is a gritty heist movie that sees a team led by Viola Davis and a bunch of other awesome women. Unlike Ocean's 8, however, this girl gang is reluctantly pulled into the crime life and this is going to
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Watch Viola Davis learn how to get away with a heist in first ‘Widows’ trailer

Watch Viola Davis learn how to get away with a heist in first ‘Widows’ trailer
Fittingly, in the same week “Ocean’s 8” will open, we get the first trailer for another female-fronted heist film: Steve McQueen’s “Widows.” But you’ll never confuse the two.

Directed by McQueen and co-written by him and Gillian Flynn (“Gone Girl”), the thriller stars Viola Davis, Cynthia Erivo, Elizabeth Debicki and Michelle Rodriguez as the titular widows who decide to finish a heist that had left their criminal husbands dead.

“Our husbands aren’t coming back. We’re on our own,” Veronica (Davis) says in the trailer. “They stole a lot of money and now people want it from us. Now, the best thing we have going for us is being who we are.”

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Why? “Because no one thinks we have the balls to pull this off,” she says.

The ensemble cast includes Colin Farrell, Robert Duvall,
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Four Women Plan a Dangerous Heist in Great-Looking New Crime Thriller Widows

The first trailer has been released for an intense new crime thriller called Widows. The film follows four women with nothing in common except a debt that was left behind by their dead husbands' criminal activities. The film is described as a "blistering, modern-day thriller set against the backdrop of crime, passion and corruption."

The story is set in contemporary Chicago, "amid a time of turmoil, tensions build when Veronica (Viola Davis), Alice (Elizabeth Debicki), Linda (Michelle Rodriguez) and Belle (Cynthia Erivo) take their fate into their own hands and conspire to forge a future on their own terms."

The movie is set to be directed by Academy Award-winning director Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave) and co-writer and bestselling author Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl). The movie also stars Colin Farrell, Brian Tyree Henry, Daniel Kaluuya, Garret Dillahunt (Deadwood), Carrie Coon, Jacki Weaver, Jon Bernthal (The Punisher), Manuel Garcia-Rulfo with Robert Duvall and Liam Neeson.
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Viola Davis Assembles a Fierce Criminal Team in First ‘Widows’ Trailer

Fox has dropped the first trailer for “Widows” with an intense Viola Davis dominating as a robbery crew leader.

The film, based on the British miniseries of the same name, opens with four armed thieves being killed during a robbery. Their surviving widows come together to try to deal with the debt left behind from the failed job with Davis’ character as the leader — and in full-body armor.

“Our husbands aren’t coming back,” Davis explains in the trailer. “We’re on our own. They stole a lot of money and now people want it from us. Now, the best thing we have going for us is being who we are. Because no one thinks we have the balls to pull this off.”

Set in contemporary Chicago, the other crew members are portrayed by Elizabeth Debicki, Michelle Rodriguez and Cynthia Erivo. “Widows” also stars Liam Neeson, Colin Farrell, Robert Duvall,
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Steve McQueen’s Widows gets a first trailer

20th Century Fox has debuted the first trailer for the upcoming crime thriller Widows. Based upon the 1983 Lynda La Plante crime series, the film is directed by Steve McQueen, who co-wrote the script with Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn, and features a cast that includes Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki, Cynthia Erivo, Colin Farrell, Brian Tyree Henry, Daniel Kaluuya, Garret Dillahunt, Carrie Coon, Jacki Weaver, Jon Bernthal, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Robert Duvall, and Liam Neeson ; watch it below…

From Academy Award®-winning director Steve McQueen (“12 Years a Slave”) and co-writer and bestselling author Gillian Flynn (“Gone Girl”), comes a blistering, modern-day thriller set against the backdrop of crime, passion and corruption: “Widows” is the story of four women with nothing in common except a debt left behind by their dead husbands’ criminal activities. Set in contemporary Chicago, amid a time of turmoil, tensions build when Veronica (Oscar® winner Viola
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First Trailer for Steve McQueen's Heist Thriller 'Widows' Set in Chicago

"In this city, you reap what you sow." 20th Century Fox has released the first official trailer for the new film by highly acclaimed director Steve McQueen titled Widows. Set in contemporary Chicago, amidst a time of turmoil, four women with nothing in common except a debt left behind by their dead husbands' criminal activities, take fate into their own hands, and conspire to forge a future on their own terms. McQueen co-wrote the script for this with "Gone Girl" author Gillian Flynn, and put together an incredibly impressive ensemble cast here. Widows stars Elizabeth Debicki, Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Cynthia Erivo as the four primary women, along with Garret Dillahunt, Liam Neeson, Carrie Coon, Daniel Kaluuya, Jon Bernthal, Colin Farrell, Robert Duvall, Brian Tyree Henry, Jacki Weaver, Kevin J. O'Connor, and Lukas Haas. This looks incredible already, way more major than McQueen's past work, way more thrilling. But we
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‘Widows’ Trailer: Steve McQueen Is Back With A Cast To Die For

‘Widows’ Trailer: Steve McQueen Is Back With A Cast To Die For
Academy Award-winning director Steve McQueen is back with Widows, his first feature film since 2013’s 12 Years A Slave – and he’s lined-up a cast to die for. Viola Davis, Elizabeth Debicki, Michelle Rodriguez and Cynthia Ervio play the widows of criminals who band together to pull off a heist to pay off their dead husband’s debts. Watch the Widows […]

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Viola Davis Is Out for Blood in Explosive ‘Widows’ Trailer (Video)

Viola Davis Is Out for Blood in Explosive ‘Widows’ Trailer (Video)
Viola Davis plays the widow of a crime boss who is deep in debt to some very bad men in the explosive trailer for Steve McQueen’s new thriller “Widows.”

The film, which McQueen wrote with “Gone Girl” author Gillian Flynn based on the novel by Lynda Laplante, looks nothing like his Oscar-winning “12 Years a Slave” with its explosive action scenes.

Davis plays a woman in modern Chicago who joins forces with three other women whose husbands also died owing significant sums to criminal types: Elizabeth Debicki, Michelle Rodriguez and Cynthia Erivo.

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The quartet decides to take their fate into their own hands and conspire to forge a future on their own terms — donning masks, loading guns and generally behaving like guys typically do in crime thrillers.

Widows” also stars Liam Neeson,
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‘Widows’ First Trailer: Steve McQueen and Viola Davis Pull Off a Heist for the Ages

‘Widows’ First Trailer: Steve McQueen and Viola Davis Pull Off a Heist for the Ages
Steve McQueen is known for tackling challenging subject matter in his movies, be it the Irish hunger strike (“Hunger”), sex addiction (“Shame”), or American slavery (“12 Years A Slave”), but he’s lightening things up somewhat for his fourth feature, “Widows.” Based on the first trailer below, the heist thriller looks like it has the potential to be McQueen’s biggest commercial hit to date.

Widows,” co-written by McQueen and “Gone Girl” author Gillian Flynn, stars Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki, and Cynthia Erivo as four women who decide to finish the heist that killed their four husbands. McQueen has assembled an impressive ensemble cast for the film, including Liam Neeson, Colin Farrell, Carrie Coon, Daniel Kaluuya, and Andre Holland.

While “Widows” will no doubt get a box office boost from its cast, especially with Davis front and center, the film is also notable for being McQueen’s first
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Viola Davis Plans a Heist in First Trailer for Steve McQueen’s ‘Widows’

The heist movie has been a tried-and-true subgenre since the early days of filmmaking, but if there’s one filmmaker in today’s Hollywood that can put a unique spin on it, that would certainly be Steve McQueen. Six years after his multiple Oscar-winner 12 Years a Slave, the director is back with Widows, based on the British television series, featuring a script co-written by Gone Girl‘s Gillian Flynn.

Starring Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki, Cynthia Erivo, Colin Farrell, Brian Tyree Henry, Daniel Kaluuya, Garret Dillahunt, Carrie Coon, Jacki Weaver, Jon Bernthal, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo with Robert Duvall and Liam Neeson, the film follows four widows who come together to finish a robbery after their crooked husbands are killed on the job. Ahead of a November release, the first trailer has now landed.

“I remember seeing Lynda La Plante’s TV show Widows at 13 years old. The idea that
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First Images from Steve McQueen’s Crime Drama ‘Widows’

Following up his Oscar-winning drama 12 Years a Slave, Steve McQueen is switching things up and going genre with his next feature: the crime drama Widows. Based on the British television series, featuring a script co-written by Gone Girl‘s Gillian Flynn, the film boasts one of the year’s best casts, including Viola Davis, Cynthia Erivo, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki, Daniel Kaluuya, Colin Farrell, Robert Duvall, and Liam Neeson.

Although it doesn’t debut until November, the first trailer will arrive this Monday, and ahead of that, the first images have landed for the story about four widows who come together to finish a robbery after their crooked husbands are killed on the job.

“I remember seeing Lynda La Plante’s TV show Widows at 13 years old. The idea that these women achieved something no one thought they had the capability of doing left a big impression on me,
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Jason Blum, Brie Larson and John Ridley Among Academy Board Finalists (Exclusive)

Jason Blum, Brie Larson and John Ridley Among Academy Board Finalists (Exclusive)
Some added star power may be coming to the Academy’s board of governors.

Oscar-winning actress Brie Larson (Room) and screenwriter John Ridley (12 Years a Slave), Oscar-nominated actress Meg Ryan, Get Out producer Jason Blum, Sony Classics co-chief Michael Barker, DreamWorks Animation producer Bonnie Arnold, former Academy president Sid Ganis (who left the board after his presidency came to an end in 2009) and the producers of the last two Oscars telecasts, Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd, are among the finalists for open seats as the Academy conducts its annual board elections, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

The Academy’s ...
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