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Chadwick Boseman (‘Black Panther’): After all those biopic snubs, could his first Oscar nom come for a superhero?

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Chadwick Boseman (‘Black Panther’): After all those biopic snubs, could his first Oscar nom come for a superhero?
There is a certain time-honored formula for winning Oscars. Kudos usually come if you transform yourself into a real-life icon — Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill (“Darkest Hour”), Eddie Redmayne as Stephen Hawking (“The Theory of Everything”), and so on. The awards don’t usually come if you transform yourself into a comic-book icon. But Chadwick Boseman has tried the first route with multiple biographical roles, to no avail. Wouldn’t it be deliciously ironic, then, if he managed his first Oscar nom as the king of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in “Black Panther”?

Boseman played legendary baseball integrator Jackie Robinson in “42” (2013). Then he was legendary musician James Brown in “Get on Up” (2014). After that he graduated from legendary to literally mythic by portraying the Egyptian god Thoth in “Gods of Egypt” (2016). And he came back down to Earth to play America’s first black Supreme Court justice Thurgood Marshall
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‘Halloween’ Screams $32M Second Weekend As October B.O. Hits $789M+ Record

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Sunday Am Update with chart after Friday 11:04Pm and Saturday Am update: While it’s often written that the weekend that lands prior to or around Halloween is deathly slow, it really depends on what the studios put on the marquee. We could have said the same thing about the third weekend in October, that it’s just a platform for lackluster wares, a pig pile of counter-programming.

But Universal/Miramax/Blumhouse’s Halloween proved that business theory wrong last weekend with the second-best start ever for the month with $76.2M. And the horror sequel is showing again that there’s money to be made at the end of October, with a studio-reported second weekend of $32M second weekend, -58%, a great hold for a slasher, beating the second weekend of such horror movies as The Nun (-66%) and The Conjuring 2 (-63%) and not that far from Annabelle: Creation
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Morbius the Living Vampire to Shoot in February, May Still Be R-Rated

Despite what many critics may think, Sony has found themselves a hit with Venom. That has given them the confidence to proceed With their Morbius the Living Vampire movie, which will be the next one of these Spider-Man spin-offs to enter production. According to producers Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach, the movie starts filming "more or less" in February. It's been previously reported that Oscar-winner Jared Leto is on board to star in the titular role and Arad confirmed that in a recent interview. Here's what he had to say about it.

"Oh yeah. This is the great thing for us now, that an actor like him, and an actor like Tom [Hardy] wanted to have their own character. But the character they love. Both of them, very hard to get them to do a movie. You actually cannot get them. We went in, we sat with them, and everybody told us,
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First-time filmmaker David Richards fulfills a dream with ‘The Knockoffs’

Isaac Smith as Buff Space Cadet in ‘The Knockoffs.’

David Richards is proving you don’t need formal training or to have made a short film or web series to write, produce and direct a feature film.

A former basketball coach and banker, Richards is shooting The Knockoffs, a family comedy/parody, in the Newcastle/Port Stephens region of Nsw.

The plot follows the World Toy Federation whose profits and dwindling, prompting its leaders to hatch an evil plan to restore fiscal viability to large toy companies.

After discovering a portal to a parallel dimension, the federation’s Supreme Toy leader (Paul J. Mailath) draws all the poorly made, non-commercial knockoff action figures into this toy world and sends in his highly trained toy agents to destroy them.

First he must eliminate a vintage figure, the first knockoff ever made. However he underestimates the knockoffs’ fierce desire to survive and
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Occupation Invades Blu-ray and DVD September 25th

Lionsgate is proud to announce Occupation, arriving on Blu-ray (plus Digital), DVD, and Digital September 25.

Prepare for invasion when the sci-fi epic Occupation arrives on Blu-ray (plus Digital), DVD, and Digital September 25 from Lionsgate. This film is currently On Demand. When a fleet of spaceships cover the sky in darkness and invade Earth, a small group of civilians band together to fight off their attackers to save their lives along with all of humanity. Featuring eye-grabbing special effects, the high-stakes action film stars Dan Ewing, Temuera Morrison, and Stephany Jacobsen. Occupation will be available on Blu-ray (plus Digital) and DVD for the suggested retail price of $21.99 and $19.98, respectively.

Check out the trailer:

A town is suddenly plunged into darkness. In the sky, a fleet of spaceships appears. The aliens have been watching Earth for centuries; now they have arrived to seize control of our planet. As alien storm troopers cut
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Jacki Weaver Heads Cast of Stan Original Series ‘Bloom’

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Jacki Weaver Heads Cast of Stan Original Series ‘Bloom’
Australia’s two-time Oscar-nominated actress Jacki Weaver heads the cast of sci-fi series “Bloom.” An original commission for Australian streaming platform Stan, the six-part series is produced by Sony Pictures Television’s Playmaker.

The story takes place a year after a devastating flood has killed five locals in an idyllic country town, and when a mysterious new plant appears. The plant’s phenomenal ability to restore youth is so formidable that attempting to harness it means re-evaluating values. It is a miracle some will kill to keep secret.

With finance from Stan and federal funding body Screen Australia, production is now under way in Victoria state. Sony Pictures Television will distribute outside Australia.

The series is created by Glen Dolman. Production is by Sue Seeary and shot by Aacta-winning cinematographer Geoff Hall. The series is directed by John Curran and Mat King.

The lead cast includes Bryan Brown, Phoebe Tonkin,
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‘Occupation’ Arriving On Blu-ray, DVD and Digital

From Saban Films comes Occupation, a story of survival and fighting off an alien invasion. The sci-fi film is arriving on Blu-ray, DVD and digital from Lionsgate. Read all the details below.

Prepare for invasion when the sci-fi epic Occupation arrives on Blu-ray (plus Digital), DVD, and Digital September 25 from Lionsgate. This film is currently On Demand. When a fleet of spaceships cover the sky in darkness and invade Earth, a small group of civilians band together to fight off their attackers to save their lives along with all of humanity. Featuring eye-grabbing special effects, the high-stakes action film stars Dan Ewing, Temuera Morrison, and Stephany Jacobsen. Occupation will be available on Blu-ray (plus Digital) and DVD for the suggested retail price of $21.99 and $19.98, respectively.

Official Synopsis

A town is suddenly plunged into darkness. In the sky, a fleet of spaceships appears. The aliens have been watching Earth for centuries
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Could “An Interview with God” Turn Brenton Thwaites into a Star?

It’s possible that Brenton Thwaites could be looking at major stardom eventually, especially considering that he’s technically already a star and has proven that a couple of times. The only problem is that his biggest roles have come in two of the biggest box office flops within the last several years. His time spent in Gods of Egypt, which was horribly whitewashed, and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, was not wasted, but his role in both movies was kind of regrettable since both were kind of terrible. In this new film coming up however, An Interview

Could “An Interview with God” Turn Brenton Thwaites into a Star?
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Jared Leto to Star as ‘Morbius,’ Daniel Espinosa Set to Direct

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Jared Leto to Star as ‘Morbius,’ Daniel Espinosa Set to Direct
Oscar winner Jared Leto will star in and Daniel Espinosa will direct “Morbius,” based on the Marvel comic, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap on Wednesday.

Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach will produce with Lucas Foster. Palak Patel will oversee for the studio.

Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless wrote the script.

Also Read: 'Morbius': Matt Sazama, Burk Sharpless in Talks to Write Sony-Marvel Vampire Movie

The Morbius character was created by Roy Thomas and Gil Kane and first appeared in “The Amazing Spider-Man” issue no. 101 in 1971. In the comics, Michael Morbius is a Nobel Prize-winning biochemist who is transformed into a vampire while attempting to cure a rare blood disease with a highly experimental approach involving electroshock therapy… and vampire bats.

Oh, and Spider-Man had six arms at the time. It was temporary.

As a “pseudo-vampire,” Morbius does not possess all the powers of an actual vampire,
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Lord of the Rings crew addition to Sunny Leone's next film!

Sunny Leone's next film, Veeramadevi is progressing at a brisk pace. The movie is being directed by Vc Vadivudaiyan and produced by Ponse Stephen. The makers have allocated a budget of more than 40 crore for the CG works of the film. 

A statement from the makers also states that the CG work is going to be done by the same technicians who worked for movies like The Lord of the Rings and Gods of Egypt.

‘Office Uprising’ Poster Promises the Worst. Workday. Ever.

‘Office Uprising’ Poster Promises the Worst. Workday. Ever.
Lin Oeding is drinking the energy drink from hell having directed the zombie pic Office Uprising., which now has an official poster ahead of this July’s free release on Crackle. Brenton Thwaites (Gods of Egypt, Maleficent) stars a slacker who has to step up his game in order to rescue himself and his friends from a growing zombie plague […]
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‘Office Uprising’ Clip Gets Off On Sharpening a Pencil

‘Office Uprising’ Clip Gets Off On Sharpening a Pencil
Lin Oeding is drinking the energy drink from hell having directed the zombie pic Office Uprising. In this first clip from the Crackle release, a presumably infected boss gets near orgasm every time he sharpens his pencil. It’ll stream for free this coming July. Brenton Thwaites (Gods of Egypt, Maleficent) stars a slacker who has to step up his […]
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Sweet Country movie review: an essential confrontation with the ugly not-so-past past

MaryAnn’s quick take… As harshly beautiful as its landscape, this is a stark corrective to the American western it echoes, and a pragmatic confrontation with the deep, tenacious roots of modern racism. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto) women’s participation in this film

(learn more about this)

Australia’s Northern Territory in the 1920s is “sweet country,” drools Sergeant Fletcher, “cattle country.” But it’s not his country to do anything with, and this is not his story, except as the villain… or, rather, as a personification and representation of the villainy of colonialism and racism.

As the title of the story of Sam Kelly (Hamilton Morris), Sweet Country is ironic at best: it’s no longer sweet for him, and its sweetness is what has enticed his invaders. Sam is an Aboriginal
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Director Alex Proyas Clarifies Controversial #MeToo Statements: Terry Gilliam Shouldn’t Be Lumped in With Other Disgraced Directors

Editor’s Note (March 27): When IndieWire first published this story, the full text of what Proyas wrote on Facebook was, “Kill ‘Em All! The Guilty & The Witch-hunted. Then you’ll have nothing left to watch other than the sanitised directed-by-committee crap you’ll so thoroughly deserve.”

He later amended the post to add an asterisk and the explanation, “I do not support criminal perpetrators like Polanski in any way. I support #metoo and abuse survivors. I do not believe Terry Gilliam should be lumped in with perpetrators for stating an opinion, however egregious. Clarification for those who might not get this.”

In a Facebook message to IndieWire, he wrote, “I would appreciate it if you could report what I did actually say in my Facebook rather than what you thought I was implying. I did not support Polanski or Woody Allen in any way. I believe Polanski committed a crime without any question.
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Filmart: Evolutionary sells Australian horror 'Out Of The Shadows' to China, takes UK rights (exclusive)

Filmart: Evolutionary sells Australian horror 'Out Of The Shadows' to China, takes UK rights (exclusive)
The film stars Goran D Kleut (Gods Of Egypt), Jake Ryan (The Great Gatsby).

UK-based Evolutionary Films has sold Australian horror thriller Out Of The Shadows to China (Virtual Cinema) and North America (Blue Fox Entertainment).

Evolutionary Films has also taken UK rights and is planning to release the film day-and-date in that territory when Blue Fox Entertainment releases it in North America.

The film was previously represented by Kaleidescope Film Distribution and the company retains rights to the territories they already sold, but the rest were given to Evolutionary Films before Cannes last year.

Directed by Dee McLachlan, the
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The 'Black Panther' Revolution

Norman Jean Roy for Rolling Stone

Two years ago, Chadwick Boseman was in a movie called Gods of Egypt. It was not a very good movie. But in addition to its not-goodness, it also became infamous for whitewashing – casting, as ancient African deities, a white guy from Scotland, a white guy from Denmark and at least seven white people from Australia. Boseman, the sole black lead, played Thoth, the Egyptian god of wisdom and inventor of mathematics. Before the movie came out, an interviewer asked him about the criticism, and
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Black Panther movie review: absolute Marvel

MaryAnn’s quick take… Classic comic-book stuff made fresh by drawing on underexplored mythologies and cultures, yet still deeply resonant and deeply universal. An exhilarating pulp-fiction dream that ups the ante on the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I’m “biast” (pro): love the Marvel Cinematic Universe

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto) women’s participation in this film

(learn more about this)

Wakanda forever!” It’s patriotic sentiment, a battle cry for warriors, and maybe it would be the slogan of Wakanda’s tourism board if it welcomed visitors.

The small nation of Wakanda is a protected valley enclave in east Africa, hidden from outside eyes by some very advanced technology fueled by the alien metal vibranium, which arrived via asteroid millennia ago. As Prince T’Challa — whom we last saw in Captain America: Civil War as superpowered Black Panther — arrives
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/Filmcast Ep. 454 – The Villainess (Summer Movie Wager Follow-Up)

/Filmcast Ep. 454 – The Villainess (Summer Movie Wager Follow-Up)
This week on the /Filmcast, David, Jeff, and Devindra discuss the scary future of digital manipulation and adjudicate a case of a director who doesn’t want to finish making his own film. Also: Devindra forces the rest of the crew to watch The Villainess, but everyone agrees that it’s no Gods of Egypt. Be sure to read […]

The post /Filmcast Ep. 454 – The Villainess (Summer Movie Wager Follow-Up) appeared first on /Film.
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Final Portrait movie review: the not-so-fine making of fine art

MaryAnn’s quick take… A bleakly funny, genteelly twisted gloss on the clichés of temperamental creative genius, via the relationship between an artist and his subject, one that questions the sometimes high personal price of great art. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto) women’s participation in this film

(learn more about this)

In Paris in 1964, Swiss artist Alberto Giacometti (Geoffrey Rush: Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge, Gods of Egypt) invites a friend, American journalist James Lord (Armie Hammer: Call Me by Your Name, Cars 3), to sit for a portrait. Lord is about to fly home to New York in a few days, but Giacometti promises that this favor to him will require “two to three hours, an afternoon at the most.”

Spoiler (not really): it takes quite a bit longer than that.
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LeEco chief Jia Yueting defies order to return to China

LeEco owns Le Vision Pictures, which has invested in The Great Wall and Gods Of Egypt.

Source: LeEco

Jia Yueting, the founder of Chinese technology firm LeEco, has not returned to China before the end of 2017, despite being ordered to do so by Chinese financial regulators.

According to Chinese press reports, Jia has defied the December 31 deadline, set by the China Securities Regulatory Commission (Csrc), to return to China to deal with financial problems at LeEco’s Shenzhen-listed subsidiary Leshi Internet Information & Technology Co.

Jia’s wife Gan Wei posted on her Weibo social media account on Sunday (December 31) that she had returned to China “with a mission” and tagged her location as Beijing Capital International Airport. However, Jia’s whereabouts are still unknown, although in recent months he has been living in California where he heads up ailing electric car company Faraday Future.

Jia has reportedly said that if he leaves the Us,
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